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We open up to a battlefield to see warriors fighting. The warriors are all fighting and duking it out as we notice in particular one fall down onto the ground after being shot with an arrow.

Narrator:
A true warrior is one that can fight ‘til the end despite being knocked down.

We head back into the battlefield to see one warrior get knocked down with a punch to the face and his mouth falls down into the sand. The warrior slowly gets back onto his feet and pulls himself up spitting sand out everywhere.

Narrator:
There are many inspiring characteristics in a warrior such as courage…

We now notice that the warrior that was shot in the stomach with the arrow is trying to get back onto his feet.

Narrator:
Aggressiveness…

The warrior that was knocked down to the ground is back up ready to fight as he charges at the one that knocked him down.

Narrator:
And many other admirable traits that are inside of them.

We notice now that the warriors are starting to die as the battle is starting to make it’s way towards the end.

Narrator:
But the one true admirable trait inside of a real warrior is the fact that they can be the last one standing!

There is only one warrior left as he lets out a big battle cry as he holds his sword high in the air and cups his hands yelling out to the heavens.

Narrator:
For the twentieth annual year the WWE superstars are all assembled once again to do battle

Highlights of many current WWE superstars in action are shown.

Narrator:
Thirty warriors will step into that ring tonight but twenty-nine will become like the other warriors that came before them.

Past highlights of the Royal Rumbles in the past are shown with superstars being dumped to the outside of the ring.

Narrator:
Those twenty-nine warriors will realize that a dream has come and passed them by.

It shows highlights of competitors in the past verbally angry after being eliminated by numerous methods such as attacking others, slapping the mat, etc.

Narrator:
But when the dust has settled…

We now head back into the battlefield to see a big cloud of dust suddenly come up.

Narrator:
We will know that one person in this world is here and has arrived…

The dust starts to get lighter as we start to see notice something or someone.

Narrator:
That they have came here with a reason and purpose…

The dust slowly continues to fade away.

Narrator:
And we will know that this warrior is destined for greatness.

Suddenly the dust is all gone as we notice the back of a helmet of a warrior. The warrior slowly turns around and takes his helmet off to reveal Mr. McMahon!

Mr. McMahon:
For tonight thirty warriors have arranged to come do battle here in the Alamo. Only one will make it out of here with the dreams that they have dreamt their whole life.

Mr. McMahon pulls his sword out and holds it.

Mr. McMahon:
Tonight these warriors are not here to make friends but instead are here to become bitter enemies…

Quick and fading highlights of friends and tag partners turning on one another to eliminate one in the match are shown.

Mr. McMahon:
For we all know that on this night you cannot trust anyone but yourself…

Mr. McMahon puts his helmet back on as we suddenly head to a black screen with a bible quote on it.

Narrator:
"The bows of the warriors are broken,
…but those who stumbled are armed with strength. – 1 Samuel 2:4

Suddenly after the bible scripture disappears we head out to see the Royal Rumble logo come across the screen.

Narrator:
And now Raw, Smackdown, and Castrol GTX proudly present to you WWE Royal Rumble!

Drones by Rise Against hits now as the theme song for the Royal Rumble plays loudly in the arena. The camera pans across the arena as we see the set up which has two big opening doors playing off the Ancient Rome theme. The camera then situates itself on the commentating team at ringside as we head over to them to get the night kicked off.

Jim Ross:
Hello one and all and welcome to the twentieth annual Royal Rumble. I am Jim Ross and here is my partner Jerry “The King” Lawler.

Jerry Lawler:
JR I’ve been waiting for this night for a while. Probably since last year’s WrestleMania because tonight is the official beginning of the road to WrestleMania!

Jim Ross:
We all find out one of the WrestleMania main events after tonight but don’t let that hinder tonight’s matches.

Jerry Lawler:
Oh it won’t JR because so much is riding on the line tonight as Raw brings two big matches to the table as well! Our World Tag Team titles will be defended as Ric Flair and Charlie Haas teams to take on Shelton Benjamin and Elijah Burke!

Jim Ross:
Rumors have been going around that the ECW Originals have bought tickets tonight to sit right over at ringside (the camera pans over to show an empty row of seats) and they might be here for our Raw main event as Randy Orton defends his WWE championship against ECW original Rob Van Dam!

Jerry Lawler:
Tazz and Michael! Take it away!

Michael Cole:
Thanks a lot guys and I know Raw has some big matches tonight but still that doesn’t mean Smackdown’s isn’t any bigger.

Tazz:
Oh indeed Cole because Matt Hardy gets his first one on one United States title match against Mr. Kennedy and then of course the I Quit Match!

Michael Cole:
That’s right as Edge meets Kurt Angle with the World Heavyweight title on the line as the first person to have to say I Quit will lose!

Tazz:
But there is no doubt that the biggest match of the night has to be the Royal Rumble match and that is why we are all here!

Michael Cole:
Thirty men all enter but one will leave the winner. Will we have a shock winner like last year in Rob Van Dam? Anything is possible in this melee.

Tazz:
This has to be one of my favorite pay-per-views Cole because anything can happen in that Royal Rumble match and we only see it once a year!

Michael Cole:
And we’re going to go ahead and kick the night off with the United States title being defended here tonight.

Turn Up the Treble hits across the arena as the doors swing wide open for the United States Champion Mr. Kennedy to make his way down the ramp. Kennedy unhooks the title off of his shoulder as he slides into the ring and holds his hand in the air as he looks to the heavens. The mic drops from above as Kennedy grasps at it and the fans suddenly hush with a few Kennedy sucks chants being thrown out.

Mr. Kennedy:
It is my honor and privilege to be the first person that you see here tonight at the Royal Rumble! Tonight I will make history as I will retain my United States Championship and then I will walk out the winner of the Royal Rumble as well. But first off the following contest is scheduled for one fall…

The fans boo Kennedy as he looks around the arena.

Mr. Kennedy:
Introducing first he is the United States Champion weighing in at a slick and slender 245 pounds, I hail from Green Bay, Wisconsinnnnnnnnnnnn!!!

Kennedy makes his way to the turnbuckle as he holds his title in the air.

Mr. Kennedy:
Misterrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Kennedyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!

Kennedy holds the title up even higher.

Mr. Kennedy:
KENNEDY!!!

Kennedy jumps down off of the turnbuckles as he hands his title over. Live for the Moment hits at this time as out comes the challenger. Hardy plays to the fans throwing up the V1 symbol as he slaps a few hands with the fans. Hardy gets into the ring and climbs the turnbuckle playing to the fans before he jumps back down.

Tony Chimmel:
And the challenger from Cameron, North Carolina weighing in at 225 pounds, Matt Hardy!!!

Match #1
United States Championship
Mr. Kennedy (c) vs. Matt Hardy


The ref calls for the bell as the match is underway. Both Kennedy and Hardy lock up to kick the night off but it’s Hardy that surprisingly pushes Kennedy down onto the mat with the tie up. Kennedy rolls into the corner as he pulls himself back up with the ropes and looks across the ring at Hardy. Kennedy gives Hardy a stare as he gets back onto his feet and walks over to Hardy. Hardy walked back over to Kennedy at the same time but it’s Kennedy that takes advantage to kick the match off with a big clubbing fist to the stomach of Hardy! Kennedy watches Hardy grab his stomach as Mr. Kennedy kicks Hardy out from under his legs as Hardy falls down onto the mat.

Kennedy pulls Hardy back up before whipping the challenger into the ropes. Kennedy watches Hardy fly back off the ropes as Kennedy wraps his arm around the neck of Hardy before hitting a neck breaker dropping the neck of Hardy right on his leg. Kennedy taunts Hardy as he falls down onto the mat as Kennedy walks right over the body of Hardy and then turns around to kick the head of his challenger. Kennedy picks Hardy up and drops him with a body slam before he throws him over and makes the cover.

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Quick cover to get the first cover of the night but it’s to no avail as Hardy kicks out with ease. Mr. Kennedy picks Hardy back up and places him on his shoulders as if he is looking to throw Hardy head first onto the turnbuckles. Kennedy grabs Hardy charging into the corner but Hardy slides off the shoulders. Hardy watches Kennedy prevent himself from hitting the turnbuckle as Hardy goes to grab Kennedy but Mr. Kennedy quickly elbowed Matt Hardy right in the face. Matt turns around grabbing at his face as Kennedy proceeds to drop him with a quick dropkick.

Mr. Kennedy rolls back onto his feet almost as enthusiastic as he was when he won the United States title back in July. Mr. Kennedy scoops Hardy up and looks to plant him face first with a Forward Russian Legsweep but Hardy spins around on Kennedy. Hardy pushes Kennedy into the ropes as Kennedy bounces off right into a Forearm Smash from Hardy. Kennedy falls down onto the mat as Hardy quickly pulls Kennedy back onto his feet before throwing the champion into the ropes by an Irish whip.

Hardy charges at Kennedy knocking him down with a clothesline as Hardy pulls Kennedy back up onto his feet. Hardy hits Kennedy in the shoulder a few times with some rights before spearing Kennedy into the turnbuckles into the corner. Hardy throws some more rights at Kennedy but Kennedy is able to block one big one and then throw Hardy into the corner instead. Kennedy climbs the turnbuckles as Hardy is still standing in the ring but Hardy quickly shoves Kennedy off the turnbuckles. Hardy quickly jumps on the top rope and leaps off connecting with a Moonsault for old times sake. Hardy keeps the leg hooked looking for an early win at the title.

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Kennedy kicks out enthusiastically knowing that his title is on the line. Matt Hardy gets the help of the ropes to pull him up as he drops a knee onto the stomach of the champion. Hardy bends down to pull Kennedy back onto his feet but Kennedy poked Hardy in the eye illegally. The ref has no clue of what just went down other than that Hardy is holding his eye. The ref asks Kennedy if he cheated to which of course he replies “no!”

Kennedy walks over to Hardy who situated himself in the corner as Kennedy greets Hardy with a hard kick to the sternum. Kennedy then leans against Matt Hardy before he turns around and Irish whips Hardy into the turnbuckles hard. Hardy grabs at his back as Kennedy charges into the corner and connects with a major clothesline knocking Hardy down onto the mat. Kennedy watches as Hardy pulls himself back up slowly to which Kennedy replies by hitting a running kick to the head. Kennedy throws Hardy over on his side.

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Hardy isn’t going to let it end there as he kicks out. Kennedy walks back over pulling his challenger back up as he goes for and connects with a Knee Lift to Hardy. Kennedy doesn’t bother covering but instead opts to work over on the body of Hardy. Kennedy grabs Hardy picking him up as if he is attempting a Vertical Suplex but Hardy uses his weight to pull him down onto the mat. Kennedy turns around to a dropkick that sends Kennedy flying to the outside of the ring. The fans cheer as Hardy looks down at Kennedy! Kennedy looks back up as he is back on his feet and Hardy leaps over the ropes with a Crossbody Plancha! The fans go wild as Hardy is down on the outside throwing rights at Kennedy knowing he has a good chance of winning the title tonight!

The ref slides to the outside to break it up as Hardy slides into the ring. The ref decides that he is about to start counting out Kennedy but the champion is able to slide back into the ring despite taking a hard beating on the outside. Hardy goes on the offense immediately stomping away at the stomach of the champion. Hardy then pulls Kennedy back up as he connects with the Ricochet! Hardy then turns around and drops the elbow to the sternum as he gets back to his feet. Hardy throws the V1 sign up to the fans as they all go wild.

The challenger picks the champion back up as Hardy looks for possibly a Reverse DDT onto Kennedy but halfway through the move Kennedy shoves Hardy off. Hardy turns around right into a well-measured dropkick from Kennedy once again! Kennedy teases Hardy as he gets back on his knees as the champion walks over and drops Hardy with Snap DDT even before Hardy could get up. Mr. Kennedy looks at Hardy down on the mat and throws the challenger over hooking just one leg thinking he has it won.

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Kennedy yells out “Come on!” thinking he really did have it won as Hardy kicked out with authority showing that he won’t give in. Kennedy gets back onto his feet and grabs Hardy ramming him into the turnbuckles back first. Kennedy throws Hardy onto the top rope as Hardy is sitting there on the ropes. Kennedy looks possibly to hit Hardy with one of his finishers that being the Green Bay Plunge but before Kennedy could even get onto the ropes Hardy pushes him off the ropes. Kennedy lands on his feet but turns around right into a Missile Dropkick from Hardy! Hardy quickly scurries over and makes the cover.

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Kennedy kicks out as Hardy has found himself once again back into the match. Hardy watches Kennedy get back onto his feet but the challenger does not want to waste time. Matt Hardy quickly throws Mr. Kennedy into the corner and charges in hitting a clothesline on Kennedy! Hardy then turns around facing the opposite side as he grabs Kennedy and this time drops the champion with a bulldog! The fans are going wild as Hardy gets back onto his feet waiting for Kennedy to get right back up on his.

Hardy sees that he is going to have to get Kennedy up himself and he does so. Kennedy is back up as Hardy hits him with some rights before he knees Kennedy in the stomach and then proceeds to drop Kennedy right in the ring with the Reverse DDT out of pretty much nowhere. Kennedy is down on the mat as Hardy decides not to cover but instead make his way into the corner. Hardy climbs the turnbuckles watching the body of Kennedy! Hardy surveys the ring as he looks down at Kennedy and regains his footing before he leaps off the turnbuckle! Hardy connects with the Leg Drop right onto the throat of Kennedy! Hardy has some trouble after taking such a hard landing but hooks the leg of Kennedy and this might be it!

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Kennedy gets his shoulder up! The fans thought Hardy had a legitimate chance there to close the match out. Hardy gets right back onto his feet as he walks over and pulls the champion back up looking to possibly close it out here now. Hardy taunts Kennedy as he teases him with his famous taunt before the Twist of Fate. Hardy has his hands in the air as Kennedy turns around and Hardy plants him with a kick to the sternum. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Kennedy is able to shove Hardy into the ropes. Hardy springs off the ropes right into a Side Slam Backbreaker as Hardy lands hard on the mat! The fans boo Kennedy for turning the tides in the match as now he has them back in his favor.

Mr. Kennedy heads towards the ropes scooting his way over there trying to get back onto his feet. Kennedy has no problem doing so as he has a bit of a hobble but it’s nothing major. Kennedy gets back up and kicks Hardy in the sternum before he drops Hardy right in the ring once again this time with a huge Inverted Suplex! Hardy fell face first onto the mat as the ever so cocky Kennedy gets back down onto the mat and throws the challenger over. Kennedy looks down at Hardy and the ref gets down to begin the count as Kennedy grabs both legs of Hardy.

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HARDY KICKS OUT! Hardy makes sure that this match will continue on and that he won’t be denied his shot at winning the title tonight. Kennedy rolls back over almost wanting to pull his hair out after having lost another chance at pinning his challenger. Kennedy gets back up and proceeds to drag Hardy in the corner and sits Hardy in the bottom turnbuckle. Kennedy slowly but methodically walks over towards the opposing turnbuckles facing Hardy in the corner. Kennedy looks around the arena and charges in the corner connecting with the Facewash! Kennedy keeps his boot on the face of Hardy for a few seconds after as he yells across the arena that “it’s over now” as Kennedy looks down at the defenseless Hardy and makes another cover.

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Kennedy looks down at Hardy and drags him into the corner, as he looks ready to throw Hardy onto the ropes. Kennedy grabs Hardy placing him once again on the turnbuckles but once more Hardy pushes him away. Hardy kicks Kennedy as Kennedy runs back in the corner. Kennedy makes his way running up the ropes as he hits a big Superplex dropping Hardy onto the mat! The fans cheer the move but aren’t too happy that Hardy took the fall in the move. Kennedy has trouble getting up, as both men lay there for a bit, as the ref has no choice but to start counting them out.

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Kennedy walks over and stomps away at Hardy as he picks Hardy back up. Kennedy then proceeds to knee Hardy in the stomach once again before he hits a Vertical Suplex. Mr. Kennedy points to the corner as he makes his way over to the turnbuckles in the corner. Kennedy looks out across the arena and shouts his name as he is on the top turnbuckle. Kennedy stands up now and leaps off the turnbuckle trying for the Kenton Bomb but Hardy was able to roll away at the last second as Kennedy crashed and burned! The fans go wild now knowing that Hardy has just as big of a chance to get back into the match now than he did before.

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Hardy is back up thanks to the help of the ropes as he walks over and pulls Kennedy back up as well. Hardy grabs Kennedy as he throws Kennedy into the ropes. Kennedy comes off the ropes and charges at Hardy but Hardy wraps his arms around Kennedy and hits the Side Effect dropping the champion in the ring! The fans go wild now as Hardy picks Kennedy back up as he throws Kennedy into the corner. Hardy turns around and charges in the corner but Kennedy moves out of the way. Kennedy grabs Hardy rolling him up from behind.

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Hardy kicks out in the nick of time to keep it going. The champion gets back up and walks over to his challenger as he pleasingly kicks Hardy right in the head once again. Kennedy grabs Hardy attempting to lock in a headlock but Hardy shoves him into the ropes. Kennedy charges back at Hardy knocking him down with a Shoulder Block as Hardy falls down onto the mat from the big shoulder block from Kennedy. Kennedy runs off the ropes and comes back before dropping a knee right across the throat of the challenger in the ring. Kennedy looks to the heavens knowing that he might be getting even closer to having that mic come down to announce the win.

Mr. Kennedy walks over and picks Hardy back up as he grabs the challenger looking possibly for the ending of the match. Mr. Kennedy mocks Hardy throwing his arms in the air teasing his opponent as if he is ready to end it right here. Kennedy continues to mock Hardy as he gets right back onto his feet to which Kennedy kicks Hardy in the sternum and attempts the Mic Check but instead Hardy ends up pushing Kennedy off into the ropes. Kennedy bounces off the ropes and right into the boot of Hardy as Hardy ended up kicking Mr. Kennedy pretty hard in the stomach. Hardy quickly hits the Twist of Fate out of nowhere. Hardy throws Kennedy over on his side, as Hardy knows that this just might be it and that he just might be a few seconds away from being crowned a champion.

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Tony Chimmel:
Here is your winner and the NEW WWE United States Champion…Matt Hardy!!!

Match Length: 12 Minutes, 1 Second

Hardy stumbles back onto his feet as the ref walks over and grabs Hardy’s hand holding it high in the air. The ref hands Hardy his newly won United States title as Hardy looks at the title and grasps it. Hardy gets back onto his feet and holds the title in the air above his head with both hands. The new champion then climbs the turnbuckles posing for the fans with his title before he slides out of the ring and walks around the ring slapping hands with the fans to celebrate his big win.

Michael Cole:
Matt Hardy has done it Tazz. He has finally won the United States Championship and this has to be his biggest title victory yet!

Tazz:
I think he might cherish those tag title runs with his brother but there is no way that they can top this title win tonight!

Michael Cole:
Hardy goes from being the hunter to the hunted as you can bank on it that many superstars on Smackdown are now gunning for his title.

Tazz:
Once again congratulations to Matt Hardy before becoming the new champion and it’s a great win for him over the former champion Mr. Kennedy.

We head backstage to see Cryme Tyme walking down the hallway. JTG and Shad both share a quick handshake with one another before they stop in front of a door. They open the door and walk in to see Raw GM Jonathan Coachman, Smackdown GM JBL, Torrie Wilson and Candice Michelle from Raw and then Ashley Massaro from Smackdown all backstage with the tumblers to draw numbers.

Shad:
J look!

Shad points to JTG to show that they are all leaving the room. Both JBL and Coach walk down the hallways discussing something as the divas walk and head out to their locker room.

JTG:
They must be on a break!

Shad:
Look there’s all those balls in there. If we get two of them we’ll be in the Royal Rumble match!

JTG:
CHYEAH BOY!

JTG and Shad slowly creep their way into the room. They both peek in front of the door as they slowly walk in and reach in to grab a ball. JTG goes to open it to see what number he has and it’s number one!

JTG:
Da’yum! Ma’yne!

Shad:
Keep diggin’

JTG reaches in once more and pulls out 14. He throws it back in and then finds the lucky number 30! JTG goes to place it in his pocket but he hears someone.

Voice:
Ahem!

Cryme Tyme freezes in their tracks. They both slowly turn around and notice that it is the CEO of the board Mr. McMahon! JTG and Shad both look at one another and then both drop the ball back into the tumbler.

Mr. McMahon:
May I help you gentlemen?

Cryme Tyme tries to come up with something but they can’t. They can’t think of any off the wall things to say but suddenly an idea hits JTG out of nowhere.

JTG:
Um yes (unsure of what to say) we were here to um count each and every one of them to make sure they were all there. Right Shad?

The crowd pops as Mr. McMahon tries to keep a straight face.

Shad:
Yeah that’s it. It looks like they are all fine and ok. Some of our homeboys told us that we needed to come by and count them so we did.

Mr. McMahon gives them both a blank stare.

Mr. McMahon:
Do you two actually think that I believe that?

JTG:
Um we…

Shad:
Sure?

JTG and Shad both share a look and then bust out laughing.

Mr. McMahon:
Listen I’m not here tonight to play these dumb little games. So both of you are dismissed. Just don’t be coming back in here and messing with stuff. I’ve already got enough stuff on my mind tonight. I don’t need some people like you trying to sneak your way into the Royal Rumble match just because you didn’t get in it.

JTG:
CHYEAH!

JTG and Shad both walk over and take off their gold and put it around Mr. McMahon’s neck. Mr. McMahon looks at Shad and JTG and Cryme Tyme tries to get him to smile but he really doesn’t want to apparently. Cryme Tyme leaves as the camera follows them out the door.

Shad:
What’s wrong with homeboy Vince?

JTG:
No tellin’ Shad. You don’t think Linda isn’t well…

Shad:
Nah she’s gotta’ be givin’ him what he wants!

JTG and Shad share a laugh as they walk out and head towards the backstage area as we now head back down to ringside.

Jim Ross:
Wow that’s Cryme Tyme for you there King but coming up next we’ve got a big tag team title match set.

Jerry Lawler:
This feud goes back about four or five months and Shelton has been after those tag titles ever since Unforgiven!

Jim Ross:
He has had one title shot before at Cyber Sunday but came up oh so close but since then he’s found a new tag partner in Elijah Burke.

Jerry Lawler:
If one thing is for certain though JR, it’s the fact that Ric Flair and Charlie Haas will need to be on their A-game tonight.

Also Sprach Zarathrustra hits across the arena as out steps Ric Flair and Charlie Haas! Both men make their way down the ramp with the tag titles in hand. Flair and Haas both come down the ramp as Flair lets out a big WOOO! Before they roll into the ring and Flair takes his robe off. Flair and Haas both shake hands with one another as they wait for the match to begin.

Lilian Garcia:
The following contest is scheduled for one fall and is for the World Tag Team Championships! Introducing first they are the champions weighing in at a combined weight of 485 pounds they are Ric Flair and Charlie Haas!

Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now hits across the arena, which is a remixed version of Benjamin’s theme song. Benjamin and Burke both make their way down to the ring in matching warm up wind pants and jackets. Benjamin and Burke rip the jackets off as they throw them down and slide into the ring to boos from the fans.

Lilian Garcia:
And the challengers weighing in at a combined weight of 475 pounds, they are Shelton Benjamin and Elijah Burke!

Match #2
World Tag Team Championships
Ric Flair and Charlie Haas (c’s) vs. Shelton Benjamin and Elijah Burke


The match gets underway tonight as the former tag partners decide to lock up in the middle of the ring. Haas and Benjamin both lock up in the middle of the ring but it’s Benjamin that gets the quick advantage after a knee to the face. Benjamin then proceeds to drag Haas into the corner and slam Haas’s head off the turnbuckle before pulling his former friend out of the corner. Benjamin hits a knee to the face of Haas as Haas falls down onto the mat. Benjamin grabs Haas and places him back onto his feet before he attempts a DDT but Haas was able to get out of the move as both men get know one another too well it seems.

Haas and Benjamin both lock up once more as Haas spins around Benjamin this time around. Haas proceeds to bring Benjamin down onto the mat with a stomach first suplex dropping Benjamin onto the mat on his stomach. Haas spins around on Benjamin (ala Kurt Angle) before slapping Benjamin in the head and toying around trying to get into the head of Benjamin. Benjamin backs off a bit daring Haas to do that again. Haas looks back at Benjamin as he walks over to Benjamin but Benjamin pulls him face first into the bottom turnbuckle. Benjamin kicks Haas in the back of the head before he makes the early tag to his partner Elijah Burke!

Burke jumps over the ropes and into the ring as he kicks Haas in the corner as well. Burke pulls one half of the champions back onto his feet as Burke lifts Haas onto his shoulders and holds Haas in the air letting the blood rush to his head. Burke brings Haas crashing down onto the mat with a Vertical Suplex as Haas grabs his neck. Burke then proceeds to grab Haas and throw him back onto his shoulders again before throwing Haas head first onto the turnbuckle. Burke taunts the fallen Haas as he throws Haas over and makes the first cover of the match.

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Burke watches Haas get his shoulder up as the Elijah Experience looks at Haas before getting back onto his feet. Burke grabs Haas before dragging him into the corner and once again tagging in Shelton Benjamin. Benjamin has Burke hold Haas as Benjamin leaps over the ropes and hits a Hilo onto the stomach of Haas! Haas lets out a big cough as Benjamin poses for the fans taunting them as Haas is rolling around on the mat. Benjamin goes and pulls Haas back up onto his feet by his neck before hitting a Turnbuckle Powerbomb onto Haas. Haas falls onto the mat as Benjamin kicks and teases Haas in the ring.

Benjamin notices that Flair is trying to cheer on Haas to which Benjamin walks over and slaps Flair right square in the face. Flair gets into the ring but the ref holds back Flair, which allows Burke time to slam the leg of Haas into the steel pole. Benjamin acted as if he had no clue what Burke did as he walks over and sees that Haas is grabbing at his leg now. Benjamin pulls Haas up holding Haas’s leg as Benjamin teases Haas. Benjamin has Haas hopping on one leg as Haas is throwing wild lefts and rights but it doesn’t matter as Benjamin drops Haas with a Dragon Whip. Benjamin throws Haas over for another cover.

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It’s not enough as Haas is able to kick out. Benjamin looks at the defenseless Haas right now as he drags Haas back onto his feet by the leg. Haas is able to kick Benjamin in the chest as he leaps out trying to tag in Flair but Benjamin pulls him back into the middle of the ring. Benjamin bounces off the ropes trying to drop a knee onto the leg of Haas but Haas rolls away and ends up making it to the corner tagging in the Nature Boy!

Flair slides into the ring looking to kick some butt as he knocks down Benjamin with a big chop. Flair lets out a big WOOOOOO! As he knocks Benjamin back down with another chop. Burke gets into the ring but gets greeted with a Back Body Drop sending Burke to the mat on the outside. Flair watches Benjamin get back up once more onto his feet to which Flair responds with a bunch of rights to the stomach of one of the challengers. Flair is going wild throwing all the lefts and rights he can as he wears down Benjamin in the corner.

Flair grabs Benjamin looking to send him into the opposing turnbuckle. Flair Irish whips Benjamin into the corner but Benjamin reverses and instead ends up sending Flair. Benjamin walks over into the corner as Flair goes to chop Benjamin but Benjamin scoops Flair up and hits the Nature Boy with a big Belly-to-Belly Suplex sending Flair flying across the ring. Benjamin gets back onto his feet as he stomps away at the body of the legend. Benjamin gets back onto his feet and walks over tagging in Burke. Burke and Benjamin both pick Flair up and drop him face first onto the mat with a Reverse Suplex.

Burke watches the Nature Boy get back onto his feet moments after to which Burke flies off the ropes dropping Flair with a Flying Forearm to the face. Burke gets on the mat and throws rights at Flair before he gets back onto his feet and throws Flair into the corner. Burke proceeds to attempt the 4-UP Combo to which Flair goes wild throwing chops left and right. Flair drags Burke into the corner and makes the tag bringing in Haas. Haas quickly slides into the ring and ducks a clothesline from Burke before hitting a Reverse Neck breaker dropping Burke neck first onto the mat. Haas quickly throws Burke over on his side hooking the leg.

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Burke kicks out at the nick of time. Haas gets back onto his feet and wraps his arms around Burke as if he is going to attempt a German Suplex but Burke instead runs him into the ropes stomach first. Burke rolls backwards into a pin from Haas on Burke.

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Burke rolls backwards this time having the pin on Haas.

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Haas watches Burke scurry into the corner as Burke makes the tag bringing in Benjamin. Benjamin and Haas both circle one another in the ring once again as they lock up one more time. Haas takes advantage as he clubs Benjamin in the back before he tries to hit a Vertical Suplex but Benjamin lands on his feet amazingly. Benjamin grabs the neck of Haas and connects with a Falling Neck breaker as Benjamin rolls right back onto his feet. Benjamin watches slowly as Haas gets back up before Benjamin connects with the kick to the back of the head. Benjamin throws Haas over for the cover.

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Haas kicks out. Benjamin backs himself into the ropes in the corner as he watches Haas drag himself towards the ropes. Haas makes his way over before pulling himself up as Benjamin watches on. Benjamin charges into the corner trying for the Stinger Splash but Haas moves at the last second thanks to help from Flair! Burke runs over trying to attack Flair from behind for interfering but Flair knocks Burke down with some chops as Burke rolls down onto the mat. Back into the ring as Haas catches Benjamin and hits the first of the German Suplexes! The fans go wild for the “Suplex Machine” Charlie Haas as he connects with the second. Haas struggles to keep hold of Benjamin but he is able to do so and connects with the third and final of the Germans.

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Haas gets back onto his feet and picks Benjamin up attempting the Total Haastility but Benjamin pushes Haas into the ropes as Haas gets pushes right into Flair therefore making Flair the legal man. Benjamin doesn’t know about this as Haas turns around right into the Leaping Spike Reverse STO! Benjamin throws Haas over for the cover but the ref says that Flair is the legal man. Benjamin slides Haas to the outside of the ring as we notice that Burke has speared Flair back first into the barricade on the outside. Burke then proceeds to grab the legend and throw him right back into the ring as Haas is down on the outside.

Benjamin walks over tagging in Burke but not before Benjamin drops Flair with a DDT. Burke wastes no time sliding into the ring as he goes after Flair’s sternum. Burke picks Flair back up and grabs him before he runs off the ropes. Flair ducks a clothesline from Burke but as Burke comes back he hits Flair with a very nice dropkick. Burke then gets back onto his feet as he picks Flair back up and throws Flair right into the ropes. Flair charges back at Burke to which Burke catches Flair and hits a Spinning Sit out Spinebuster! Burke throws Flair over as he keeps the pin.

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Flair kicks out! Burke gets Flair back up as Burke throws Flair right into the corner. Burke pulls his kneepads down as he watches Flair pull himself up in the corner. Burke charges into the corner at Flair for the Elijah Express but just in the nick of time Flair is able to get out of the way. Burke’s knees collide with the turnbuckles as Flair turns around and drops Burke with a chop block. Benjamin tries to get in but Haas grabs Benjamin and pulls him down onto the mat on the outside. Haas grabs Benjamin trying for a big German Suplex onto the mat but Benjamin holds onto the apron and instead pushes Haas back first into the Spanish announcer’s table as Haas hit his back rather hard.

Flair watches as Benjamin tries to get into the ring once again but Flair knocks Benjamin down onto the mat with a big knife edge chop. Burke turns around right into a drop toehold as Flair gets down on the mat and wraps his legs around Burke for the Figure Four Leg Lock! The fans are going wild for the Nature Boy in the ring as he is doing everything he can to force Burke to tap out tonight. Flair has the hold locked in on Benjamin as tight as possible but at the last second Burke gets a bit of help form Benjamin who pushed the ropes closer to Burke as Burke reached out and grabbed them since he was so close in the first place.

The ref gets into an argument with Benjamin as Haas gets back onto his feet and attacks Benjamin from behind as they brawl in the ring. Flair gets distracted on the outside watching his friend and tag partner attack Benjamin. Flair is yelling at Charlie as he turns around right into the Elijah Experience from Burke. Haas has no clue what just happened as Burke throws Flair over onto his side and hooks the leg. Burke throws his fingers up counting with the ref as the fans boo Burke for being so cocky.

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Lilian Garcia:
Here are your winners and the NEW World Tag Team Champions…Shelton Benjamin and Elijah Burke!

Match Length: 9 Minutes, 54 Seconds

The ref receives the titles from ringside as he awards them to Burke as Burke comes back from the outside after helping Benjamin back up. Burke and Benjamin both hold their newly won titles high in the air as Haas rolls Flair out of the ring. Flair keeps on repeatedly saying that he’s sorry and Haas tells him its ok. Haas and Flair both make their way out of the arena together as they leave the new tag champs in the ring to celebrate their win.

Jim Ross:
Tough break there for the tag team champions tonight and it seems that Flair is really sorry for the loss.

Jerry Lawler:
Flair and Haas were oh so close to retaining their titles but they weren’t able to tonight and we’ve got our first new tag champions of the new year!

Jim Ross:
I have no doubt in my mind that Shelton Benjamin and Elijah Burke will make two great champions as they are young up comers.

We head backstage to see that Randy Orton is standing by with Todd Grisham.

Todd Grisham:
Randy in just a few moments you are going to be going one on one with Rob Van Dam for your WWE Championship. Just last week you attacked Mick Foley RKO’ing him on the chair sending a message to RVD. So ton…

Randy Orton:
Todd it was a message. You are right about that one. But tonight I’m going to do more than “send a message” to Rob Van Dam. I’m going to literally kick his ass off of Raw and send him to ECW where he belongs with those other crazy untalented old pieces of shit called the ECW Originals. I’ve proven that I can hang with them because didn’t I just take out Mick Foley like you said this past week. It’s the THIRD time that Mick Foley has tried to mess with me and failed once again in a hardcore environment.

Todd Grisham:
A big part of your match tonight is that the ECW originals won’t be allowed at ringside since you were able to talk to Raw GM Jonathan Coachman about this.

Randy Orton:
I shouldn’t have to deal with them because I’ve already proven just what I can do to them. I’ve shown that one simple RKO can go a long way. To be honest I have no clue why Rob Van Dam is even going to wrestle tonight because he knows that he is going to get his ass beat. Todd I don’t need to hop around the ring like a moron to win matches. I do just what it takes and it’s very simple for what it takes to win. R…K…O!

Todd Grisham:
Rumor has it going around that the Originals have bought tickets and that they will be here for the match? Does this concern you?

Randy Orton:
Why should I be concerned about those idiots? If they even try to get involved they are going to end up arrested. You know I thought I could trust Paul Heyman but he used me. Heyman used me so he could get ECW back but tonight I’m going to tear apart one of his first big projects in RVD. I’m going to expose ECW for what it really is tonight and ruin the so-called “dream” that they all have. I’m going to show that ECW coming back really isn’t a dream but more of a nightmare for every single person on that roster.

Orton walks off as the camera cuts to ringside to reveal that the ECW originals along with Paul Heyman have bought seats to sit at ringside. In come Sandman, Tommy Dreamer, Balls Mahoney, Al Snow and Stevie Richards as they all sit down. We head back over to ringside to the Raw commentating team.

Jim Ross:
Business has just picked up King because now the ECW originals are here and it’s all thanks to those tickets they have in their hands!

Jerry Lawler:
This is not right JR! They should not be here because Jonathan Coachman barred them from appearing tonight.

Jim Ross:
They have every right King. They paid money for their tickets and they are not “wrestlers” right now but they are just “fans”

Jerry Lawler:
I still don’t think it’s right JR but regardless they are here and now let’s take a long look back at the feud between RVD and Randy Orton.

Video Package for WWE Championship Match

Survivor Series 2006: Randy Orton survives the onslaught of six other men to win his second championship title as he beats RVD after RVD misses a Frog Splash off the top of the chamber to end the seven and a half month reign of the champion.

December 2006: RVD calls for his rematch title shot.

01.01.07: Randy Orton and Umaga team up to take on Rob Van Dam and Sabu but Orton gets his team DQ’d. Orton then proceeds to lay out both Sabu and RVD with RKO’s but Orton takes RVD down with one onto a chair face first.

01.08.07: Randy Orton has a welcome home party in his hometown of St. Louis with his special guests in World-Heavyweight Champion Edge, his dad “Cowboy” Bob Orton and supposed friend Paul Heyman. Orton revealed Heyman to be the man he was talking to on the phone the week before. ECW is brought back this night as Orton got out of the ring before the damage could be done.

01.15.07: Randy Orton was forced to take on a handpicked ECW Original that turns out to be Sandman. Sandman gets himself disqualified by hitting Orton with the Singapore cane before RVD comes out and frog splashes Orton through the table.

01.22.07: Orton is issued a challenge for this Raw in an Extreme Rules tag match. Orton finds his partner Umaga to take on RVD and Mick Foley! Orton lays out RVD with a big RKO and then hits Foley with one onto the steel chair to close the show.


One of a Kind hits across the arena as out steps the challenger! RVD comes out to a nice pop as the doors are opened for him as his pyro goes off. RVD rolls right into the ring after shaking hands with the ECW Originals before getting into the ring. RVD climbs the turnbuckles to a nice pop before he gets into the ring doing the thumb taunt.

Lilian Garcia:
The following contest is scheduled for one fall and is for the WWE Championship. Introducing first from Battle Creek, Michigan weighing in at 245 pounds, he is the challenger, Rob…Van…Dam!!!

Burn in my Light hits across the arena to resounding boos as out steps Orton with the WWE title clad on his shoulder. Orton makes his way down after his pyro rains down before he walks over staring down the Originals in the face. Orton rolls into the ring as he holds his title high in the air on the turnbuckle before he jumps down and hands it over to the timekeeper.

Lilian Garcia:
From St, Louis, Missouri weighing in at 245 pounds. He is the WWE Champion! Randy Orton!!!

Match #3
WWE Championship
Randy Orton (c) vs. Rob Van Dam


The bell is rung and the match is now underway. Orton and RVD both circle one another as an ECW chant breaks out at this time. The ECW originals at ringside are the main ones stirring up this chant to try and get behind RVD during the match. RVD does the thumb taunt to E-C-W instead of saying his name. Orton then heads to the middle as both men lock up as Orton uses his power to force RVD down onto the mat. Orton still has the hands locked in on RVD as RVD is down on his knees in the ring. RVD starts to fight his way back onto his feet but Orton quickly responds with a kick to the sternum knocking the challenger right back down onto the mat.

Orton taunts Van Dam as he is down on the mat now as Orton kicks RVD in the stomach. Orton picks Van Dam up before dropping RVD back onto the mat with a scoop power slam. Orton then looks back down at RVD and bounces off the ropes before slowly dropping a knee right onto the throat of RVD. Orton looks down at Van Dam as Van Dam grabs at his throat as Orton proceeds to step on the throat of RVD. The ref has to come over and break it up, as Orton won’t take his foot off the throat of RVD. The ref talks Orton into stopping as Orton steps back and then drops another knee onto the throat of Van Dam.

The WWE Champion picks his challenger back up before he backs RVD into the corner. Orton hits RVD with a big European Uppercut before he reaches back and slaps the chest of RVD as hard as he can. Orton then turns around and sends Van Dam flying into the turnbuckles. RVD hits the turnbuckles back first rather hard. RVD is still in the corner as Orton charges into the corner and hits a big corner clothesline sending RVD reeling out of the corner. Orton backs up and grabs Van Dam as he comes out of the corner to connect with a big Vertical Suplex dropping RVD right in the middle of the ring. The WWE champion throws Van Dam over and makes the first cover of the match.

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Van Dam kicks out with authority as the ECW originals are still on the outside from the front row cheering on their fellow ECW original. Orton picks Van Dam up off the mat and knocks him right back down with a right. Orton looks right at the forehead of RVD and then punches RVD in the forehead many a time as RVD falls down onto the mat. Van Dam has yet to hit a move in the match, as it has been all Orton in the first few minutes of the match. Randy Orton looks at RVD down on the mat as he walks over and locks in a Chinlock.

Orton is wrenching away at the neck of Van Dam trying to get the ECW original to submit early on in the match so he can retain the title tonight from the get go. Orton watches RVD start to use the crowd to his advantage as they all start big RVD chants. RVD suddenly starts striking Orton in the stomach with some big elbows before Van Dam gets back onto his feet. RVD flips Orton over with a snapmare before he springs off the ropes and dropkicks Orton right in the back of the head. Orton falls onto the mat grabbing at his head as RVD is still on the mat but crawling towards the ropes.

RVD looks around the arena as he gets Orton back onto his feet. RVD finishes off Orton with a roundhouse kick after a few rights are thrown. RVD then proceeds to thrust Orton into the turnbuckles in the corner. RVD hits two more turnbuckle thrusts before he does a back handspring and finishes it off with the third and final of the turnbuckle thrusts. RVD comes out of the corner as he watches Orton fall down onto the mat on his knees. RVD then runs into the corner and dropkicks Orton head first into the middle turnbuckle! The fans go wild as RVD stands up in the middle of the ring and does the R-V-D thumb taunt to a nice pop.

Van Dam walks over picking the WWE champion back up but Orton was able to surprise RVD with a few rights to the stomach. RVD yells out in pain as Orton is still down on his knees but is able to slowly start to wear RVD down with the rights to the sternum. RVD backed up but Orton tripped RVD up face first before sending him into the turnbuckle face first. Orton gets help from the ropes to pull him up before he grabs RVD and picks him back up. Orton ends up Irish whipping RVD off into the ropes as RVD comes back right into a picture perfect dropkick from Orton! Orton throws Van Dam over before hooking the leg.

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Orton tries to wonder what he is going to have to do to try and wear down RVD. RVD is not going to give it up though and it continues to show after he just kicked out. Orton hits a few forearm shots to the chest of RVD and he ends up clothes lining RVD to the outside of the ring. RVD falls down onto the mat on the outside as Orton leaps out of the ring and down onto the mat below. Orton walks over picking RVD back up as Orton tries for a big Vertical Suplex onto the mat outside but RVD instead was able to reverse and drop Orton with the vertical suplex onto the mat.

RVD rolls back into the ring to break the early count as he suddenly gets an idea! Van Dam grabs Orton throwing him onto the barricade as he climbs onto the apron. RVD looks around the arena and does the thumb taunt once more but this time to E-C-W! Van Dam looks down at Orton and leaps off the apron to the barricade to hit the Spinning Heel Kick across the back! The fans go wild as RVD grabs Orton and rolls him back into the ring. The ref didn’t progress very far in counting RVD and Orton out but Van Dam quickly covers Orton for the first time in the match.

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RVD looks down at Orton as he drops a spinning kick onto the throat of Orton on the mat. RVD doesn’t cover but instead walks over picking Orton back up. Van Dam goes to throw Orton into the ropes but Orton instead reverses. Van Dam comes off the ropes and Orton tries to stop him but RVD hits a reverse kick to the sternum as his back was turned to Orton at the time. RVD turns around and then promptly lifts his leg high enough to kick Orton in the back of the head dropping the champion once again down to the mat. Van Dam once again decides not to cover as he goes and locks in a headlock on Orton.

RVD doesn’t keep the headlock on Orton too long, as Orton was able to get back onto his feet and shove RVD off into the corner. Orton looked at Van Dam in the corner as Orton charges into the corner. RVD however leaps over Orton as Orton collides with the turnbuckle. RVD then wraps his legs around Orton and brings him down onto the mat with a rollup.

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Orton kicks out. Orton is able to roll Van Dam onto his back as Orton keeps the cradle.

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RVD however kicks out and gets back to his feet before he kicks Orton in the back of the head with a swift right kick. Van Dam rolls back onto his feet as he picks Orton back up before dragging him into the corner. RVD watches Orton try to pull himself up with the ropes but the challenger responds with a baseball slide kick sending the champion flying to the mat on the outside. RVD watches Orton flop onto the mat as RVD looks and leaps over the ropes with a Springboard Crossbody but Orton moves as RVD collides with the barricade! Van Dam falls onto the mat with a thud as now both of the competitors are on the outside.

Orton looks at Van Dam on the outside and stomps away at his challenger before he rams Van Dam back first into the barricade. Meanwhile in the ring the ref has began the count out.

One… Orton slides back into the ring to break the count. The ref tells him not to leave the ring again but he does anyways as he rolls Van Dam right back into the ring. Right where RVD landed happened to be of course in front of the ECW originals! The ECW originals get a bit rowdy at ringside as one of them decides to say something to Orton! It was Sandman! Orton reaches back and slaps Sandman right across the face as Sandman looks ready to jump the barricade but the Originals hold him back knowing he would get in big trouble if he jumps the barricade.

Orton rolls back into the ring and looks at Van Dam on the mat. RVD is lying in the ring right now as Orton drops a knee onto his throat once more to continue the damage being built up on RVD’s body during the match. Orton grabs Van Dam and pulls him into the middle of the ring before he turns his back on RVD. Orton holds RVD’s head on his back as Orton then drops the challenger in the middle of the ring with the Inverted headlock backbreaker. Van Dam falls onto the mat as Orton quickly makes another cover.

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RVD kicks out meaning that the match must go on. Orton slaps the mat in frustration seeming that he can’t get a break here tonight. Orton rolls back over and heads into the corner. Orton watches Van Dam get back onto his feet as Orton knows that he must continue to go on the attack of Van Dam if he wants to win the match and keep his title. The Legend Killer walks over picking Van Dam up before Irish whipping RVD into the ropes. Van Dam runs right into a Falling Clothesline as Orton falls down onto the mat with RVD. Orton quickly throws Van Dam over looking for another cover but RVD pushes Orton up before he could even cover.

Orton playfully slaps the head of Van Dam as if he was teasing him (which he pretty much is doing right now) Orton drags Van Dam back onto his feet before he pulls the ECW original into the corner. RVD gets placed onto the middle turnbuckle. Orton climbs onto the middle turnbuckle to try and maybe Superplex Van Dam but Van Dam shoves Orton off of the turnbuckles. Van Dam quickly makes his way to the top rope and leaps off as Orton turns around right into a Moonsault! Van Dam keeps the leg hooked after he falls on Orton and this might be it.

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Orton gets the shoulder up, as the match will continue on. Both men are showing that they will not bow out as the ref watches RVD pull him up with the help of the ropes. Van Dam gets back onto his feet and walks over to the ropes and notices that Orton is already back up. RVD runs off the ropes and drops Orton with a Running Clothesline. RVD quickly picks Orton back up off of the mat and throws Orton into the corner. RVD rolls into the corner and then drops Orton right back in the middle of the ring with a Monkey Flip as the fans are starting to feel it now for Van Dam!

Van Dam walks over towards the ropes as he picks Orton back up but Orton was able to retaliate with a few hard rights. Van Dam tried throwing Orton out of the ring but instead it was Orton who took advantage by picking Van Dam up and placing him on the ropes. Orton throws Van Dam underneath his shoulder as Orton drops Van Dam in the ring with the Elevated DDT! The fans know this very well might be it for Van Dam as he has taken one hell of a beating but he must kick out to keep it going!

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RVD gets his foot on the ropes! The fans love it as Orton gets back onto his feet and kicks the ropes in frustration. Orton proceeds to get back onto the mat and cover again knowing that he must have been robbed right there.

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RVD gets his shoulder up this time. Orton decides not to cover for the third consecutive time as instead he makes his way into the corner. The Legend Killer is prepping in the corner preying on his prey in the middle of the ring. Van Dam starts to move as he sits up and Orton charges across the ring before punting Van Dam in the head! RVD falls down onto the mat, as Orton gets right back onto the mat as well. Orton quickly gets the ref to come over as Orton hooks the leg of the challenger and will this be enough?

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NO! It’s not enough because RVD gets his foot under the rope meaning that the ref must stop the count. Orton almost gets into an argument with the ref and he does so. Orton says that RVD didn’t get his foot on the ropes or anything but the ref points it out that RVD did get his foot underneath the ropes. Orton grabs his head not being able to believe that Van Dam was able to do that. Orton turns around to walk towards RVD but RVD trips up Orton face first into the mat. RVD can’t really do much otherwise as he is selling the kick to the head right now.

The fans start to rally behind RVD as the ref sees both men are down and he must start counting them out.

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Orton has stirred and RVD has pulled himself right back onto his feet. RVD and Orton both go at it in the middle of the ring in a slugfest as RVD is having trouble standing (still selling the kick to the head from Orton) Orton throws hard right after hard right at Van Dam but they don’t seem to affect the challenger as Van Dam is finally able to turn the tide in the match and drop Orton with a big Windmill kick placing Orton in the middle of the ring. RVD looks down at Orton and runs off the ropes before hitting the Rolling Thunder! RVD normally wouldn’t cover but instead covers looking maybe for a chance at victory?

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The Rolling Thunder will not be enough as Orton kicks out. RVD looks towards the sky wondering what he must do as well to end the match. Van Dam picks the champion and grabs him before sending him off into the ropes again. Orton bounces off the ropes and ducks underneath a clothesline from RVD before grabbing Van Dam trying to lock in a headlock. Van Dam quickly retaliates by shoving Orton off into the ropes before Orton runs right into the arms of Van Dam who catches the WWE Champion and drops him in the ring with the Lifting Double Underhook Facebuster! Rarely done by Van Dam but very effective when done so! RVD hooks both legs hoping this just might be it for his second title reign!

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WAIT! The fans thought RVD had it there in the bag but Orton was able to push out and break the count meaning the match must go on. Van Dam gets back onto his feet as he looks down at Orton and knows that he might as well try and finish him off now. Van Dam makes his way into the corner and climbs onto the ropes, as he looks ready to take flight. Orton is still in the ring not moving at all as Van Dam has to fly more than halfway across the ring for the Five Star Frog Splash but he crashes and burns! RVD planned it right but Orton was the one that ruined it rolling out of the way as Van Dam rolls around the ring in pain. Orton slowly starts to pull himself towards RVD as he finally gets over and throws an arm over Van Dam.

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The match of epic proportions will roll on, as RVD is able to get his shoulder up. Orton lays there on the mat taunting and teasing RVD as he gets back onto his feet. Orton preys on Van Dam as he has done all match long. Orton pounces on the mat with his fists daring Van Dam to get back up as Van Dam slowly starts to stir and I mean slowly. RVD gets back up onto his knees as Orton grabs him trying for the RKO but RVD throws Orton off of him as Orton lands on his back in the ring! Orton pulls himself towards the corner, as RVD stays on his knees in the ring for a bit. Orton walks over into the corner as he might be waiting to punt Van Dam in the head again?

Orton starts to pull the turnbuckle padding off as he slowly unties the back of it and throws it down onto the ground. The ref walks over and goes to place the turnbuckle back where it was but in the ring standing behind Orton is the Sandman! Orton turns around as Sandman is wielding the Singapore Cane as he swings and misses Orton but connects square on with Van Dam! Sandman looks pissed that he missed as Orton spins Sandman around and drops him with a thunderous RKO in the ring. Orton throws the Singapore cane to the outside. The ref turns around as he heard the sound but had no clue what it was. The Singapore cane of course was out of sight so he didn’t see anything and he must go by what is happening now.

Orton teases Van Dam to get back up once again as Orton watches RVD slowly pull himself back onto his feet after having been hit by the Singapore Cane shot from Sandman. RVD turns around right into the RKO courtesy of the Legend Killer and the WWE Champion Randy Orton! Orton falls down on top of Van Dam as he is able to hook one leg and the ref has no choice but to count the pin fall despite him not knowing what happened just a few moments ago.

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Lilian Garcia:
Here is your winner and STILL WWE Champion…Randy Orton!

Match Length: 15 Minutes, 57 Seconds

Jim Ross:
Rob Van Dam came oh so close to winning back his coveted WWE title but tonight it was all due to one big RKO he is not the champion.

Jerry Lawler:
RVD put up one big fight and despite interference from Sandman who was barred from the arena he still lost. That shows you just how crappy ECW really was and still is!

Jim Ross:
You can’t say that King because RVD represented ECW well here tonight but he just happened to be on the wrong side of things tonight.

Jerry Lawler:
I still stand by the fact that ECW stands for and always will stand for Extremely Crappy Wrestling.

A black screen comes across before the WrestleMania 23 logo flashes across the screen. After the logo disappears we see shots of Rob Van Dam leaping off the top ropes of the turnbuckle.

Narrator:
The desire to compete and win…

Shots of superstars hitting their maneuvers and having their hands held high.

Narrator:
The burning desire and feeling inside of you that wants out…

Shots of superstars doing their trademark taunt moves.

Narrator:
The need to know that you are the best in this business…

Shots of past champions holding their titles in the air such as Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam, Triple H, Shawn Michaels and many others.

Narrator:
The fact that you are willing to lay it all on the line…

Shots of great matches in WrestleMania history such as Jericho vs. HBK, Warrior vs. Hogan, Hart vs. Michaels, and many others.

Narrator:
For that one night that comes only once a year…

Shots of each WrestleMania are briefly shown as they start to speed up.

Narrator:
For the chance that your name could become embarked in the archives of history…

Shots of legends such as Hogan, Savage, Hart, DiBiase and many more are shown.

Narrator:
Or the chance that you get to wrestle on the biggest stage of them all…

Shots of up and comers are shown with a few having wrestled at last year’s WrestleMania.

Narrator:
WrestleMania 23 “Hotter than Hell”

The WrestleMania 23 logo comes back across

Narrator:
Live Sunday April 1, 2007 from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida!

After the promotional ad ends we head backstage back to where we see Randy Orton walking around before he happens to bump into the World-Heavyweight Champion Edge backstage.

Edge:
Randy! Congrats on the win.

Randy stops and walks over towards Edge who has his title around his shoulder as they both shake hands quickly.

Randy Orton:
Thanks. You remember that little deal we made a few weeks ago on Smackdown?

Edge:
Yeah why?

Edge looks at Orton as Orton adjusts his title belt on his shoulder.

Randy Orton:
Well we did say that we were both going to head into WrestleMania as the champions. I’ve done my part…you need to do yours now.

Edge looks at Randy hesitantly.

Edge:
Randy there is nothing to worry about on that. I’ve got everything under control and there is no way in hell that Angle walks out of here tonight with my title.

Orton shakes his head in agreeance.

Randy Orton:
That’s good Edge. That’s what I want to hear. I had to go through hell to win my match so I’m expecting you to do the same thing. After all it’s just Kurt Angle! He’s got nothing on you.

Edge shakes his head in agreeance now as he smiles.

Randy Orton:
Just keep your part of the deal and then I can promise that I’ll keep my other half when we get to WrestleMania.

Edge:
Don’t worry Randy I won’t let Rated RKO down.

Randy Orton:
That’s right.

Edge:
Well I need to get heading into the arena because my match is next but hey I’ll see you soon. OK?

Edge walks off as Randy walks the other way.

Randy Orton:
Ok later.

We now head back into the arena to the commentating team.

Michael Cole:
Well it is now coming up on the time for our Smackdown main event and it’s going to be one hellacious match.

Tazz:
These two men have been waiting for this night since last summer whenever Kurt first came to Smackdown.

Michael Cole:
It’s become personal ever since then and tonight they look to put it all to the side as Edge and Angle do battle in the I Quit Match.

Video Package for World-Heavyweight Championship Match

Smackdown 5.5.06 – Kurt Angle makes his debut on Smackdown via the Open Season and beats the World-Heavyweight Champion Edge in a non-title match

Judgment Day 2006 - Angle overcomes the challenge of five other men to win the World-Heavyweight Championship

No Mercy 2006 - Edge wins the World-Heavyweight Championship from Angle ending the 5-month reign of Angle.

01.05.07 - Kurt Angle wins a 20 man Battle Royal to set up this match. Edge turns around and announces it as a I Quit Match

01.12.07 – Edge and Angle have a Contract Signing but Edge turns up suplexing Angle through the table to end the show.

01.19.07 – Edge hosts Angle on a special edition of the Cutting Edge. Edge and his new protégé Paul Burchill beats down on Angle in the ring afterwards.

01.26.07 – Angle and Burchill do battle on Smackdown but Edge interferes causing a DQ. Burchill puts in the Royal Mutilation working on the shoulder of Angle as Angle is left in the ring with a bad shoulder.


Metalingus rings throughout the arena as the doors open wide as the World-Heavyweight Champion Edge makes his way down the ramp. Edge’s pyro goes off as he walks down towards the ramp before rolling into the ring. He springs on the ropes bouncing them up and down as he holds his title up in the air taunting the fans. Edge turns around and heads to the opposite side of the ring teasing the fans with his title.

Tony Chimmel:
The following contest is the I Quit Match and it is for the World-Heavyweight Championship. The rules are simple. The first man that is able to make his opponent physically say the words “I Quit” will be the winner and the champion. Introducing first the champion hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Canada weighing in at 250 pounds he is the World-Heavyweight Champion! Edge!!!

Medal hits across the arena as out steps Kurt Angle. After the doors are closed he points to the sky as his pyro goes off. The red, white, and blue pyro shoots everywhere before Angle makes his way down to the ring staring Edge down. Angle takes his hooded jacket off before he throws it to the side and rolls into the ring climbing the turnbuckles. He looks back at Edge before he hops off the ropes and looks ready to get the match started.

Tony Chimmel:
And his opponent from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania weighing in at 230 pounds he is the challenger…Kurt Angle!!!

Match #4
World-Heavyweight Championship
I Quit Match
Edge (c) vs. Kurt Angle


The ref calls for the bell as it rings and the match is underway. The crowd is going wild as Angle and Edge both circle one another in the ring. Edge and Angle both lock up, as it’s apparent that this match won’t be in the ring for too long. Edge is the first to take advantage though in the match as he clubs Angle in the back before ramming Angle into the corner turnbuckle. Edge throws some wild rights before he grabs Angle Irish whipping him into the corner. Angle is able to reverse though as Edge instead gets sent into the corner. Angle charges at Edge in the corner but the champion pounces on Angle throwing some wild rights.

Edge rolls back onto his feet as he stomps away at the shoulder of Angle, which was worked over, on this past week on Smackdown. Edge walks behind Angle and pulls the arm behind Angle’s back as Edge is pulling as hard as he can. Edge is yelling for Angle to give up but it’s clear that he is not going to do so right now. Edge then proceeds to knee Angle hard in the back before he keeps the knee in the back of the contender and adding even more pressure to the submission move. Angle starts to feel it as he slowly tries to break free of the hold but once again Edge drives a knee into the back of Angle as Angle lets out a loud scream of agony.

Edge notices Angle is starting to move over on his side, as Angle gets back onto his feet able to reverse the submission hold. Angle starts to club Edge in the stomach with a big elbow as the contender s able to break free and flip Edge onto his back in the ring with a snapmare. Angle gets Edge back onto his feet as he needs to go straight on the attack and he does so by throwing some big European Uppercuts catching the champion by surprise. Angle then rares back and knife-edge chops Edge across the stomach hard as Edge’s chest is turning red.

The former Olympic Gold Medallist grabs Edge looking to throw him into the corner but Edge instead grabs Angle and sends him flying to the outside of the ring. Angle stumbles to the outside as he hits his back on the ring on his way out. Angle falls down to the outside as Edge climbs on the top turnbuckle and sees Angle standing back up. Edge leaps off the top rope as Angle turns around and hits Angle with a closed fist off the turnbuckle. Edge is now punching the contender hard in the head, as he knows he has to wear down Angle as much as possible so he can win the match.

Edge grabs Angle as he gets Kurt Angle to stand back up on his feet before he rams Angle into the barricade back first. Edge walks backwards as he taunts the fans to which they start a big Edge sucks chant. Edge ignores them as he is on a mission to make Angle say I Quit tonight. Edge walks back over to Angle as Angle quickly back body drops Edge over the barricade and onto the laps of some of the fans! The fans scoot back as a big pop goes around for Edge and Angle bringing the fight to the crowd. Security runs over to keep the fans away as Angle is now on the ground in the stands punching Edge face first as hard as he can.

Angle drags Edge back onto his feet as he brings Edge through the crowd. Along the way Angle throws Edge’s head into one of the rails for people to walk up. Angle then drags Edge up to the second section of seats or the second level of the arena. The fans up there are going wild as Angle rams Edge back first and throws Edge down the steps. Edge takes a roll down the steps as they make their way into the lobby. Angle kicks Edge as Edge and Angle are now back down on the first level of the arena where you first walk in. Angle drags Edge over past the souvenir stand as Angle and Edge both make their way backstage. They finally get where the fans aren’t following them anymore and the camera shifts backstage on the big screen.

Angle grabs Edge as he rams him back first into the set up where the interviews are conducted. Edge yells out in pain holding his back as his opponent now drags Edge into the locker room. Some of the lower name superstars are in there as they watch Angle throw Edge into a locker back first. They all stand back as Angle is going wild throwing some more hard rights before he drags Edge out of the locker room. They then proceed to make their way into an isolated part of the arena now, as it’s just between these two. Angle grabs Edge as he sees a table is beside him and he hits a big German Suplex on Edge through a table. Angle yells at the referee to come over and ask Edge if he is going to quit but Edge answers with a big no!

Angle picks Edge back up as he drags him over and throws Edge back down onto the ground before kicking him hard in the back. Angle picks Edge back up and places him on his feet as he then drags Edge into another part of the arena. Angle gets down on the ground and locks in a Body Scissors on Edge as Angle is yelling for the Rated R Superstar to give it up now. The referee asks him once again if he is going to give up but he yells out no once again. Angle looks really pissed, as he’s pulling hard on the body of Edge with the body scissors that he has applied.

Angle can’t take anymore of it as he picks Edge back up and drags him to the outside of the arena! Angle and Edge are now outside as they both make their way out after Angle slammed Edge face first into the glass door. Angle then drags Edge throwing him down on the ground as Edge rolls down the steps of the arena. Angle picks Edge back up but Edge shoves him off. Angle falls down onto the ground as Edge gets back up and tries to walk off. Angle ambushes Edge from behind before they make their way back into the arena or try to at least!

Angle grabs Edge as he goes to throw him on a parked car that was on the side of the road but Edge instead picks up Angle slamming him back first onto the car. Angle slides off the car slowly as the window is of course busted. Edge grabs Angle as he drags him back into the arena. Edge has the doors opened as they make their way backstage once again. The fans can’t take it anymore that they can’t see the match but luckily Edge and Angle roll back into the arena now. They are both on top of the stage as Edge grabs Angle slamming him face first into the big door that is being used to open for the entrances of each superstar.

Edge grabs Angle and throws him to the side as Edge stomps away at the stomach of Angle. Edge picks the Olympic Gold Medallist back up before he hits Falling Reverse DDT on Angle onto the mat on the floor. Angle grabs at his neck as Edge simply kicks him in the stomach once again showing him that he is not playing around tonight. Edge pulls Angle back up as he drags him over to the side of the arena as they make their way over behind the entrance. Edge rams Angle back first into the steel barricade as Angle holds his back as he falls down. A fan holds a big Edge sucks sign up before Edge grabs it and rips it up throwing it at Angle. Edge walks over picking Angle back up before Edge gets thrown into the barricade by Angle face first!

Edge holds at his face as the camera zooms in to reveal a bit of blood in a wound that has opened on Edge. Angle and Edge are both down as the referee asks if one of them are going to quit but both of them say no! Angle gets back onto his feet as he picks Edge up and brings him back towards the ring. Angle grabs Edge before he throws Edge back first into the steel steps and then rolling him back into the ring. The match is taking place once again in the ring now to a big shock as Angle seems to want to focus on his big match moves now to slow it down a bit. Angle picks Edge back up before he hits a big Belly-to-Belly Suplex.

Angle then gets down on the mat and locks in a Crossface Chickenwing as Angle is yelling for Edge to give up. Edge tries to climb for the ropes but it won’t matter, as there is no rope break tonight. Angle pulls harder and even gets some help from the ropes. Angle decides to let go as he rolls back onto his feet and picks Edge back up. Angle rams Edge back first into the turnbuckle before he slides to the outside of the ring. Angle pulls out a big trashcan of weapons before he throws them into the ring and starts digging through them as he pulls out a big 2x4! Angle grabs the 2x4 and cracks Edge right in the head with it.

Kurt Angle walks over and empties the trashcan out before he looks in there and dumps everything out. Angle sits Edge in the corner as he places the trashcan in the ropes wedging it in between the middle and top rope. Angle picks Edge up before grabbing the Rated R Superstar hitting a big German Suplex that goes rather awkward as Edge hits his neck and upper back on the trashcan before falling down on the mat! The fans go wild with a big Holy Shit chant breaking out across the arena as both men are pulling out all the stops tonight needed to win this match. Edge rolls over on his back as Angle slides to the outside of the ring and begins to look for more weapons. The ref walks over asking Edge if he is going to quit but he of course responds with no.

Angle slides another table into the ring along with a steel chair. Angle walks back over to Edge who is not moving right now and has very good reason not to after that hellacious German Suplex he just took from Angle. Angle kicks Edge over on his back as Angle wedges a chair in the same spot, as Edge was able to trip Angle face first into the steel chair after it was wedged in. Angle and Edge are both now down on the mat as the ref doesn’t know what to do since there are no count outs and pretty much anything goes in this environment.

Edge begins to make his way towards the ropes as he pulls himself back onto his feet very slowly. He has the ropes gripped as he pulls himself back up and he slowly staggers over to Angle in the corner. Edge picks Angle up as he goes to throw him into the ropes but instead decides to throw Angle to the outside of the ring. Edge throws the steel chair that Angle’s head collide with to the outside as he slides out of the ring himself. The Rated R Superstar walks over and throws Angle onto the Spanish announce table. Edge picks the chair up and climbs onto the table as he places a chair underneath the head of Angle as well! Edge holds his chair high in the air as he brings the chair crashing down onto the head of Angle and connects with a big One Man Con-Chair-to! The crowd is in shock as Angle can’t move right now but the ref is forced to ask Angle if he is going to quit and Angle is barely able to mumble the words “no.”

Edge throws the chair down to the outside, as he looks frustrated at Angle. Edge throws Angle underneath his shoulder as he looks ready to hit the Edgecution but Angle somehow was able to hit the Back Body drop sending Edge from the Spanish announce table to the Smackdown announce table and crashing through! Angle falls down onto the Spanish table still barely moving, as Edge is down and out too right now. The ref watches on before he asks Edge if he is going to quit and Edge of course responds with no. The fans are getting into the match as a big “Let’s go Angle” chant goes up across the crowd.

Both men are down as the Smackdown commentating team is going wild at ringside talking about just how brutal the match has been tonight. We see Angle start to slowly crawl towards the ring but it’s still very slowly as he is still selling the con-chair-to he took earlier on in the match a few minutes ago. Angle is able to get himself towards the ring apron as he is still lying on the ground and he lifts the apron up to pull out a metal pipe. Angle pulls out the metal pipe and slides it over towards the table as he crawls back towards Edge and hits Edge in the face with the pipe repeatedly! The already bloody face of Edge now turns into a crimson mask as Edge is bleeding a lot now. Angle won’t stop beating the hell out of Edge with the pipe until he eventually drops it and the ref asks Edge again if he will quit but Edge says no once again.

Angle is able to pick himself back up despite all the rubble that is lying around the announcer’s table. He stumbles onto his feet looking a little unbalanced before he picks the Rated R Superstar up and slides him into the ring. Angle slides into the ring after Edge as Angle slides into the ring and picks Edge up trying to hit Edge with a big German Suplex and he does connecting this time to a trash can that is lying on the mat in the ring. Edge has taken one hell of a beating but so has Angle if you look at it in that perspective. Angle doesn’t get the ref to ask Edge if he is going to quit but instead walks over and picks Edge up possibly looking for the Ankle Lock but he isn’t able to get the hold locked in because from behind comes Paul Burchill!

Burchill assaults Angle from behind as he kicks Angle right in the back of the head. Angle falls face first onto the mat as Edge ends up rolling to the outside of the ring. Burchill grabs Angle and puts his foot into the back of Angle before hitting a rather nasty looking Curb Stomp driving Angle face first into the mat. Burchill holds his hands in the air as the fans boo him as Edge is now lying on the outside of the ring on the mat. Burchill walks back over to Angle and he picks Angle up before hitting a big shoulder breaker as Angle yells out in pain! Burchill kicks Angle over before he locks in the Royal Mutilation. The ref gets down and even though Angle is not being beaten up by Edge it would not matter if he were to say I Quit. The ref asks Angle if he wants to give up and Angle yells out NO!

Kurt Angle is not going to just give up like that and he continues to show that as Burchill is trying to rip away at the shoulder of Angle. Angle is having a hard time as he is trying to break the move but he’s not really able to get a grip on Burchill. Angle however is able to get back onto his feet somehow and push Burchill into the ropes as Burchill sprung off he ran right into a German Suplex from Angle! Angle doesn’t let go and connects with the second of the German Suplexes but Burchill grabs onto the rope! Burchill tries to hold onto the ropes for protection but Angle forces the British Nightmare off the ropes and is able to connect with the third and final of the three German Suplexes! The camera cuts to the outside to still see Edge down as he looks underneath the apron but for what is not shown.

Angle starts playing to the fans as he stomps away on the mat as Burchill gets back onto his feet. Angle is looking to connect for the Angle Slam and he does. Angle walks over and locks in the Ankle Lock as Burchill is scurrying for the ropes trying to break the hold. Angle has the British Nightmare in a big predicament now and even though it’s not Edge he still wants to beat the holy hell out of Burchill for interfering. Angle keeps the hold locked in but from behind Edge strikes Angle in the back with a ladder! The fans boo Edge as he rams the ladder right into Angle once again causing the contender to fall down onto the mat. The Rated R Superstar brings the ladder into the corner as he climbs on the top turnbuckle and instructs Burchill who is hobbling as he is selling the Ankle Lock to hold Angle down. Edge has the ladder in the corner with him as he is on the top turnbuckle. Edge grabs the ladder and falls with the ladder right on top of Angle as Burchill got out of the way as the ladder falls on top of Angle! Edge gets the ref to ask Kurt Angle if he is going to give up and the ref does so but Angle is able to say no.

The fans are shocked that Angle is taking such a big beating and that he still keeps on going. Edge goes and sets the ladder up in the corner as once again he instructs Burchill to hold Angle down. Edge slowly starts to climb the ladder, as his fatigue is becoming a big part in the match. Edge gets to the top of the ladder and looks down at Angle but Angle was able to kick Burchill and Burchill bumped right into the ladder! The ladder starts to slowly shake as the ladder comes falling down and Edge falls right onto the mat back first! Angle gets help from the ropes to pull himself up as Burchill charges at the contender. Angle ducks underneath Burchill and dumps Edge to the outside of the ring. Burchill rolls to the outside of the ring landing hard on the outside as Angle walks over towards Edge.

Angle grabs the ankle of Edge and places it in between the ladder that’s on the ground. Angle lifts the ladder up and smashes the ladder onto the ankle of Edge! Edge lets out a big yell of agony as Angle does it again and he does it a total of five times! The crowd knows that Angle is getting ready to try and close it out. Angle keeps the ankle wedged in between the ladder, as he is able to lay down on the ladder that is applying pressure to the Edge! Angle is lying on the opposite side of the ladder and Edge’s ankle might be crushed if he is not careful! Angle is pushing his back on the ladder trying to apply even more force as the ref asks Edge if he is going to give up but he says no! Angle is yelling out for Edge to give up but he won’t do it!

Angle has enough knowing that Edge won’t quit so he knows that he needs to move on to bigger and better things. Angle starts to stomp the mat, as he gets ready to pick Edge up with the Angle Slam. The crowd is going wild as we might be closing in on a new champion. Angle sees that Edge is not going to get up so Angle picks Edge back up trying for an Angle Slam onto the ladder but Edge is able to hit a spinning DDT sending Angle head first into a rung on the ladder. Angle is busted open on impact now rather late into the match but nevertheless it’s blood. The crowd is booing as both men are down and the ref asks Angle if he is going to quit but of course he says no and this match will continue on.

Edge hobbles back onto his feet as he gets Burchill to slide a table into the ring. Burchill gets a table and throws it in as he gets ready to get in but Edge instructs him to stay outside for this one. Edge sets the table up in the middle of the ring as Edge throws Angle onto the table. Edge walks over setting the ladder back up as he looks possibly ready to leap off the ladder but he notices Angle get off the table. Edge wasn’t able to set the ladder up before Angle rolled off. Edge calls Burchill into the ring as he instead sets the table up in the corner turnbuckle. Edge instructs Burchill to hold Angle up in front of the table. Edge heads into the corner looking ready to charge in for a Spear through the table but Angle was able to roll away. Edge prevented himself from running into the table but Angle instead grabs Edge and hits a Belly-to-Belly Suplex through the table. Edge crashes through the table and hits his back rather hard as he goes upside down through the table. Angle with a crimson mask on his face as well brings the ladder back into play now.

Angle throws the ladder back into the middle of the ring, as he looks ready to possibly lock back in the Ankle Lock while lying on the ladder. Angle throws Edge down onto the ladder as he goes to grab the ankle of Edge but Edge is able to break free. Burchill comes from behind Angle but Angle quickly scoops Burchill up and hits a big Vertical Suplex sending Burchill flying down to the outside of the ring. Angle turns his attention towards Edge who grabs Angle and hits the Edge-O-Matic driving Angle into the ladder rung hard. Angle and Edge are going through hell and back tonight as Edge grabs Angle and slams the ladder on his shoulder. Edge continues slamming the ladder on his shoulder. Edge looks ready to lock in a move but Burchill slides into the ring and assaults the referee from behind. The referee is down as Edge locks in the Edgecator with him having the shoulder of Angle crushed in on the ladder. Edge has one foot pushing on the ladder applying pressure to the ladder and the other is on the mat. Angle really seems as if he is going to have to give up as of right now as he can’t take this anymore.

Burchill drags the referee over towards Edge and Angle before he walks in front of Edge. The referee can’t really move right now but he is starting to stir a bit, as the attack from Burchill didn’t “knock him out” completely. Edge gets Burchill to pull something out and it’s a tape recorder! Burchill plays the tape recorder, which the ref can’t see but it’s loud enough for him to hear! It’s the words of Angle saying “I Quit” in one of his past promos. Of course the fans couldn’t hear it as the ref calls for the bell. Edge breaks the Edgecator on the ladder and rolls over.


Tony Chimmel:
Here is your winner and STILL World-Heavyweight Champion…Edge!!!

Match Length: 20 Minutes, 26 Seconds

The fans are wondering just what the hell happened as Edge holds his title high. The ref is back on his feet now after getting the title he walks over handing it over to Edge. Edge demands the ref hold his hand in the air as Edge and Burchill have their hands raised in the air! The fans give big “This is bullsh*t chants” as Angle was clearly robbed as he never said “I Quit” but the referee heard the tape recording so he thought Angle said it.

Michael Cole:
What in the hell just happened? Kurt Angle has been robbed of his future title shot as long as Edge is champ and it’s all because of what just went down.

Tazz:
Kurt Angle never did say I Quit but the fact of the matter is that Edge and Paul Burchill are two very smart guys.

Michael Cole:
Kurt Angle deserves another shot because he never said I Quit. I’ll be damned and I’m not very surprised Edge did this. It seems like something he would do.

Tazz:
There is nothing we can do Cole. It’s over and it’s in the books. Angle has to obide by the rules and now he’s not going to get another title shot until we get a new champion. Rules are rules.

We now briefly head backstage to see Jonathan Coachman and JBL in the room where the numbers are being drawn.

Jonathan Coachman:
You know John. I’m kinda’ glad that you are GM. I never really did like Teddy Long. Do ya hear me playa?

Coach laughs as does JBL.

JBL:
Yeah I here ya’ dawg!

The crowd laughs for a moment at JBL doing symbols making fun of Teddy Long.

JBL:
But I took out that trash. I got rid of the cancer on Smackdown and that was Teddy Long. He did nothing good for the show and I knew that I had to get rid of him. I’d be careful though Coach because he might try to come to Raw soon.

Coach looks at JBL as if he is serious.

Jonathan Coachman:
Well I don’t have to worry about him. He’s no threat to my job.

Coach shares a laugh with JBL.

Jonathan Coachman:
Well you know that idea we were talking about earlier tonight. I say that we go ahead and go through with it for No Way Out.

JBL:
That’s great. I have no problem with doing it. It just mainly depends on who wins the Rumble match next.

Jonathan Coachman:
Cool we’ll let’s go ahead and sit back and watch this match.

Coach walks over to the television turning the TV on (a big screen by the way!) as it’s going to be showing the match. JBL stands up before he looks ready to walk off.

JBL:
I can’t…I’ve um…got somewhere to be.

Coach looks at JBL.

Jonathan Coachman:
Sure. Ok well hey we’ll talk about this soon about No Way Out.

JBL walks out of the room as Coach sits down and turns his eyes towards the screen as he looks ready to watch the Royal Rumble.

Jim Ross:
Well the time has come. We’re set for the 20th annual Royal Rumble match and I’m going to be broadcasting the match along with my colleague from Smackdown Tazz.

Tazz:
JR it’s a privilege to be able to call the match with you as I’ve called it a bit in the past but let me say we are going to make a great team!

Jim Ross:
No doubt but in all seriousness Tazz. This Royal Rumble match makes a big difference in what goes down at WrestleMania 23 and it can either make a career or further push one that is already big.

Tazz:
For record the last six Royal Rumble winners have all went on to main event WrestleMania and win the title in the main event so you are indeed right.

Jim Ross:
I know every superstar looks forward to this night because of the fact that it only comes once a year and that they know it will give you an automatic main event come WrestleMania 23!

Tazz:
Let’s go ahead and get this match underway!

Howard Finkel:
Ladies and gentlemen, it is now time for the 20th annual Royal Rumble Match!

The crowd goes wild for the match that only comes around once a year.

Howard Finkel:
Here are the rules. In just a few moments the two individuals that drew numbers one and two will make their way to the ring and the match will be underway. Every two minutes, a new superstar will enter the ring in the order of the number that they drew. This will continue

For eliminations to occur the individual must go over the top rope and both feet must touch the floor.

The winner of this match will be declared the winner of the 2007 Royal Rumble and will advance to the main event at WrestleMania 23!

Here are the superstars that drew numbers one and two…

Lambeg hits across the arena as out steps the first superstar in the Royal Rumble, Finlay. Finlay certainly doesn’t look happy that he drew number one but there really isn’t much you can do about it. Finlay makes his way into the ring with his trusty shillelagh before the ref takes it away and places it in the corner.

Royal Rumble Entrant #1 Finlay (Smackdown)

Jim Ross:
Finlay is making his debut in the Royal Rumble tonight and this certainly is not the best way to get your night started in the Rumble is it?

Tazz:
It certainly isn’t JR but if there is any superstar in the WWE that will be able to hang with the other twenty-nine superstars and win it all from number one, it’s got to be Finlay.

My Time is Now hits across the arena and out steps John Cena to a loud pop from the fans. Cena doesn’t look too worried about being number two as instead he makes his way down the ramp and plays off to the fans as they are enjoying Cena right now. Cena slides into the ring and throws his shirt off preparing for the long battle he has ahead of him.

Royal Rumble Entrant #2 John Cena (Raw)

Jim Ross:
At last year’s Royal Rumble John Cena went through hell literally in the Hell in a Cell Match and this year will be no different.

Tazz:
Finlay has a tough task ahead of him in Cena as I can promise you from the long time that I have known John Cena that he has come here tonight and is ready to get back to main eventing WrestleMania.

Match #5
The Royal Rumble Match


The bell rings as the match is underway. Both Cena and Finlay circle one another around the ring knowing that they want to take it slowly in the beginning. Cena and Finlay both meet in the middle of the ring and lock up and the match is officially underway. Cena gets the best of Finlay first by throwing some hard rights at Finlay before backing him up into the corner. Finlay tries to defend himself and he does by retaliating with the hard rights of his own. Cena backs out of the corner and charges at Finlay but Finlay ducks underneath him before hitting Cena with a short arm clothesline knocking Cena down onto the mat.

Finlay toys with Cena now stomping away on the stomach of Cena before dragging the former WWE Champion back up onto his feet. Finlay Irish whips Cena into the ropes before Cena runs right back at Finlay and Finlay spins around on Cena locking in a Head Lock. Finlay wrings away at the neck of Cena as Finlay is trying his best to wear down Cena before the other twenty-eight superstars come into the ring later on. Cena pushes Finlay into the ropes, as the headlock isn’t left on for too long before Finlay bounces off the ropes into a clothesline from Cena. Cena runs off the ropes once again before bouncing off and dropping a knee into the stomach of Finlay, which is uncharismatic from Cena.

Cena gets back onto his feet before dragging Finlay over onto the ropes and trying to throw Finlay over but Finlay wraps his feet around the ropes and won’t let go. Finlay eventually hits Cena in the head with a right before Cena backs off. Finlay is back in the ring now as Cena charges at Finlay but as he does, Finlay moves and Cena runs into the ropes. Finlay grabs Cena by his legs and tries to chunk Cena out of the ring but just like Finlay did earlier, Cena is determined that he won’t let go of the ropes.

Cena is able to fight off Finlay as well as Cena gets back into the ring and as he does, he turns around right into a European Uppercut from Finlay that knocks Cena into the corner. Finlay gets Cena in the corner and starts mounting punches on him as he notices that the countdown has begun.


…..10

9…..

…..8

7…..6

5…..

…..4

…3…

2…..1


*BUZZER GOES OFF*

Ready? Hits across the arena as out steps the young Kenny Dykstra. Kenny makes his way down the ramp looking a little cocky and arrogant before he slides into the ring.

Royal Rumble Entrant #3 –Kenny Dykstra (Smackdown)


Jim Ross:
Another first timer in the Royal Rumble right here is young Kenny Dykstra and Tazz I must say that young Kenny has a future on Smackdown.

Tazz:
He’s only been on Smackdown for a little under two months and already he’s making a name for himself. What not a better way to make even a bigger name if you win tonight’s Royal Rumble!

Dykstra slides into the ring and goes straight after John Cena for some reason. Dykstra pushes Finlay off to the side as Dykstra is throwing hard rights at Cena trying to make some type of impact going after Cena presuming. Dykstra is able to get Cena mounted in the corner as he gets about five punches off but Cena throws Dykstra off of him and charges at Dykstra before knocking down Dykstra with a shoulder block. Finlay runs at Cena but Cena moves as Finlay collides into the turnbuckles in the corner. Cena quickly grabs Dykstra trying to dispose of him early on in the match but Dykstra won’t have any of that as he grabs onto the ropes before Cena can throw him out.

Dykstra quickly kicks Cena in the stomach with a reverse right kick as Dykstra had his back to Cena. Dykstra now lets go of the ropes before he hits a rolling arm drag on Cena and Dykstra finishes it off with three clotheslines to knock Cena down onto the mat. Dykstra tries to continue the offense on Cena as he starts hitting numerous hard rights to the head of Cena trying to slow Cena down. Dykstra rolls back onto his feet and heads over into the corner but as he does, Finlay charges into the corner squashing Dykstra in the process. Finlay grabs the leg of Dykstra trying to throw the young 20 year old over the top ropes but Dykstra holds on not wanting to go anywhere right now.

Finlay grabs Dykstra by the other leg and tries to throw him over the ropes once again but Dykstra is able to slip out of the hold and get back into the ring. Dykstra hits the veteran Finlay hard in the corner before he backs up and charges at Finlay once again. Finlay moves this time as Dykstra stops himself from hitting the turnbuckle in the corner. Dykstra turns around however and runs right into the arms of Finlay who hits a huge Gut wrench Suplex sending Dykstra half way across the ring with his amazing suplex. Finlay gets back up and walks over to Cena in the corner as Cena is pulling himself up but in the mean time Cena was playing possum and quickly grabs Finlay trying to hurl him over the top rope. The crowd begins the countdown for the next superstar.

…..10

9…..

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Live for the Moment hits across the arena as out steps Mat Hardy, the NEW United States Champion. Hardy has a tough task ahead of him tonight after having won the title and now coming into the Royal Rumble fairly early. Hardy however won’t back down from a challenge as he runs and slides into the ring.

Royal Rumble Entrant #4 –Matt Hardy (Smackdown)


Jim Ross:
If anybody could surprise us tonight and win the Royal Rumble it would be the new United States Champion Matt Hardy!

Tazz:
Indeed it would JR and Matt Hardy has been on the rise and something tells me that 2007 just might be his year here in the WWE!

Matt Hardy comes running down into the ring and slides in going straight after Kenny Dykstra. Dykstra got back onto his feet in time for Hardy to get into the ring and both men meet each other in the middle of the ring with clubbing rights. Hardy gets the advantage though as he backs Dykstra into the corner. Hardy spins Dykstra around and hits a Reverse DDT. Hardy quickly picks Dykstra back up once more and goes to chunk him over the ropes but Hardy can’t get the young rookie over as Dykstra holds onto the ropes with both hands not wanting to leave the match this early.

The camera cuts over to Cena and Finlay now as Cena has Finlay backed up in the corner still trying to throw him over the ropes as well. Finlay is able to get off the ropes. Finlay charges at Cena but Cena ducks underneath him. Finlay turns around and runs at Cena once more but he runs right into a hard clothesline from Cena sending the Fighting Irish Bastard down onto the mat. Cena pulls Finlay off the mat and Finlay runs right into a Swinging Side Slam sending the Irishman once more down onto the mat. The fans go wild as Cena bends down and “pumps” his shoes up before grabbing Finlay looking for an F-U attempt. Finlay was able to slide off the shoulders quickly before he runs Cena into the ropes and rolls back with a cradle. Finlay breaks the cradle quickly knowing it doesn’t affect this match. Finlay then proceeds to club Cena hard right in the back of the neck.

We see Dykstra now getting some offense in on Hardy in the corner. Dykstra was able to hit Hardy with a huge kick to the sternum and then Dykstra goes to follow it up with a Delayed Belly to Belly Suplex but Hardy pushes Dykstra off of him and then leaps off the second rope with a spinning elbow hitting Dykstra right in the face. Dykstra is on the other side of the ring now holding at his face as Hardy is now by the ropes close to the corner. Dykstra comes charging at Hardy in the corner but in a matter of seconds, Hardy ducks underneath Dykstra and propels Dykstra over the top ropes with a weird elimination to start the Royal Rumble off with tonight.


Elimination #1 –Kenny Dykstra by Matt Hardy

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Sexy Boy hits across the arena as the crowd explodes for the hometown superstar Shawn Michaels! Michaels doesn’t make a rush into the ring as he plays to the fans in his hometown for a bit before setting off his pyro. Michaels then chunks his shirt into the crowd before he runs and slides right into the ring.

Royal Rumble Entrant #5 - Shawn Michaels (Raw)


Jim Ross:
By gawd Tazz! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bigger response for HBK anywhere other than tonight here in his hometown of San Antonio!

Tazz:
And with the crowd behind him you’d have to think that he could be an odds on favorite to win the match tonight!

Michaels slides into the ring and runs straight after Hardy leaving Cena and Finlay together as they have been for the entire Rumble match so far. Michaels and Hardy exchange some early blows as HBK has come in here so far and is already on fire. Michaels sends Hardy into the ropes with an Irish whip and he explodes off the ropes with a Flying Shoulder sending Hardy down onto the mat. Michaels jumps up and plays to the fans as he grabs Hardy and goes to throw Hardy over the ropes but Hardy lands outside on the apron. HBK runs over to Hardy trying to eliminate him but Hardy was able to punch HBK and send him reeling for a bit before sliding into the ring to make sure he is not eliminated.

Finlay is still on the offense right now on Cena in the corner and there seems to be some bad blood brewing between these two considering the fact they’ve been fighting since the Rumble started. Finlay chunks Cena into the corner as he climbs onto the second rope once more but this time Cena was able to reverse the move and Cena attempts to throw Finlay over the ropes but Finlay has both hands on the ropes but his feet are in the air as Cena has him by the feet. Cena tries his best to once more get rid of Finlay in this match but Finlay is able to kick Cena in the back of the head and then get down into the ring once more to ensure his chances of staying in the match. Finlay watches as Cena slowly crawls back onto his feet and Finlay charges right at Cena kicking Cena right in the face with a hard kick.

We cut back over to Hardy and Michaels brawling in the corner as HBK has Hardy in the corner before he sends Hardy flying into the opposite corner. Michaels runs and charges at Hardy but Hardy quickly side steps HBK. HBK prevents himself from hitting the turnbuckle as Hardy charges at Michaels but Michaels ducks underneath Hardy and then hits Hardy with a huge neck breaker as HBK nips back up onto his feet. HBK crawls back over to the ropes and positions himself in the corner waiting for the next entrant to make his way out as the crowd begins the count down.

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Snapshot hits across the arena as out steps Joey Mercury of MNM. Mercury makes his way down the ramp for his first ever Royal Rumble as he slides right into the ring to get right in on the action after he throws his fur coat down on the outside.

Royal Rumble Entrant #6 – Joey Mercury (Raw)


Jim Ross:
Here comes one half of the former tag team champions, MNM, and he hasn’t really been seen on Raw lately so you think tonight he’s here to make a lasting impact.

Tazz:
Oh indeed he is JR. I remember back when he was on Smackdown last year when Nitro and Mercury were both big time players.

Mercury makes his way down the ramp before sliding in and going straight after Matt Hardy. Mercury pummels Hardy in the corner with a few rights before Hardy pushes Mercury off. Mercury then proceeds to follow it up with a huge dropkick sending Hardy back down onto the mat. Mercury then turns around and heads over to HBK. Mercury talks a bit of trash to Michaels as Michaels doesn’t seem too impressed with the young and arrogant up and comer. Mercury looks around the arena and slaps Michaels right across the face! Michaels looks across the arena and then rubs his hand on his face before raring back and going crazy hitting Mercury with some hard rights. Michaels tells Hardy to back off, as Michaels won’t let Mercury get away with what he just did.

Michaels throws Mercury into the opposing corner before he charges into the corner and clotheslines Mercury. Mercury comes out of the corner near lifeless as HBK proceeds to hit Mercury with an Atomic Drop and then turns around before running and clothes lining Mercury right over the ropes and to the outside.


Elimination #2 – Joey Mercury by Shawn Michaels

The fans go wild as Mercury is down on the outside of the ring now grabbing at his head and pulling his hair after just having been eliminated. We head now back over to see Cena and Finlay still going at it as HBK and Hardy start a small brawl in the corner. Finlay was able to reverse an attempt to throw him over the ropes once more but Cena was able to return the favor by hitting a huge one handed running bulldog sending Finlay once again back down onto the mat. Cena gets back onto his feet once more before he walks over and grabs Finlay trying to chunk Finlay over the ropes once again. Finlay stops himself at the ropes though before Cena can throw him over and he hits Cena in the face with an elbow.

Finlay turns around and quickly kicks Cena in the sternum before dropping the former WWE Champion with a single arm DDT sending Cena head first into the mat. Finlay stomps away at Cena before dragging him back onto his feet and going to dump him out of the ring. Finlay tries to get rid of Cena but Cena does the same by holding onto the ropes and not letting Finlay throw him out.

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2 Z Top hits across the arena as out steps the Cruiserweight Champion, Jamie Noble, who’s had a one-year reign so far with the title. Noble runs down to the ring and throws his title down on the steps to which the ref moves it before Noble goes right into the ring.

Royal Rumble Entrant #7 – Jamie Noble (Smackdown)


Jim Ross:
An impressive young man right there in Jamie Noble and it has shown in his one year reign as Cruiserweight champion.

Tazz:
Noble has been challenged by literally every Cruiserweight on the brand but has yet to be able to be beaten.

Jamie Noble comes into the ring earlier this year than he was in last year’ s Royal Rumble. Noble goes first after the smallest man in there right now, which is Hardy. Noble meets Hardy in the corner but Hardy tries to throw off some rights at Noble. Noble was able to blindside Hardy in the eyes with a poke to the eyes before taking down Hardy with a swinging neck breaker. HBK comes from behind on Noble and picks the Cruiserweight champ up before Michaels goes to Irish Whip Noble into the ropes. Noble charges back off the ropes at HBK and ducks underneath a clothesline before bouncing off the ropes as HBK grabs him by the head and goes to chunk him out of the ring! Noble barely escapes elimination as he holds onto the ropes in the nick of time before being able to elbow Michaels in the sternum.

Back over to Cena and Finlay still brawling it out as they have been since the beginning of the match. Cena was able to manage throwing Finlay over the ropes once more before Finlay was able to headbutt Cena in the sternum. Finlay quickly crawled back into the ring before Cena could turn back around and Finlay plants Cena with a low angle dropkick to the knee of Cena. Cena falls down on one knee grabbing at the knee that he just got kicked in. Finlay quickly proceeds to run at Cena who is down on the mat now and hit the Running Seated Senton onto the stomach of Cena as Finlay rolls back onto his feet and looks down at Cena.

We head back over to Noble and Hardy this time as Hardy has Noble in a headlock before he tries for a DDT onto the Cruiserweight Champion. Noble reverses and spins around throwing Hardy between his legs possibly for the Tiger Driver but as Hardy is picked up in the air, Hardy uses his weight to fall down on top of Noble. Hardy quickly gets back onto his feet as Hardy runs Noble into the ropes back first and Noble looks set to go over the top rope. HBK comes over to help Hardy but Noble fights off Hardy first with some rights before dropkicking HBK into the corner. Noble gets back down onto the mat and proceeds to hit Hardy with some wild hard rights.

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World’s Greatest hits across the arena and out comes one half of the former World Tag Team Champions, Charlie Haas. Haas looks a little disgruntled that he lost his tag titles earlier in the night but knows that now he has an even bigger opportunity ahead of him tonight.

Royal Rumble Entrant #8 – Charlie Haas (Raw)


Jim Ross:
Young Charlie Haas is certainly mad about earlier tonight but now he’s got to focus on the Rumble match.

Tazz:
Haas has a big opportunity ahead of him and now he could rebound off losing those titles to head into WrestleMania.

Haas comes into the ring, as now there are six men in the ring. Hardy pairs off with Noble, Finlay stays with Cena, and Haas goes to HBK in the corner. Haas backs HBK in the corner before he goes to Irish whip the Heart Break Kid into the opposing ropes. HBK bounces out of the corner right into a Big Boot from Haas. Haas quickly grabs Michaels and throws him into his arms before trying to catapult HBK across the ring with a German Suplex and he does so! Haas quickly walks over and grabs HBK before trying to throw HBK out of the ring as if he was a lawn dart. However as HBK gets to the ropes he hits Haas with a rare head scissors sending Haas down onto the mat. Haas rolls over on his side as HBK rolls back over.

We cut over to see Noble has Hardy in the corner before Noble wraps his arms around Hardy and hits a huge Release German Suplex sending Hardy across the ring. Noble knows that this might be his chance to make a huge elimination in the match. Noble walks over and picks up the new United States Champion before he goes to hurl Hardy out of the ring but Hardy holds onto the ropes as Noble tries to throw him over once more but Hardy was able to kick Noble off of him. Hardy quickly turns around as both men charge at one another and hit a simultaneous clothesline knocking both down in the middle of the ring.

Back to Cena and Finlay who still have not left one another since the match began. Both men are locked up in a battle position before Finlay backs Cena into the corner and strikes Cena in the stomach. Finlay goes to reach down and grabs Cena before bouncing Cena’s head right off the turnbuckle. Finlay goes to Irish Whip Cena into the ropes but as he does, Finlay charges right into Haas. Haas quickly proceeds to hit a huge clothesline on Finlay as Finlay turns around and backs right into Cena who throws more rights at Finlay. Finlay backs up and walks into a hard right from Haas before he turns back around and gets scooped up by Cena. Cena carries Finlay over to the ropes in the F-U position, as Cena looks ready to throw Finlay out.

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World’s Strongest hits across the arena and out walks the World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry! Henry makes his way down the ramp. Henry makes his way into the ring slowly as he throws his head back sending the water on his body flying into the air. Henry waits on the steps and watches his opponents in the ring before he gets in.

Royal Rumble Entrant #9 – Mark Henry (Smackdown)


Jim Ross:
One of the biggest men in the Royal Rumble right now is making his way to the ring and something tells me Henry is hungry for another title shot.

Tazz:
It’s been a while since he had his title shot and he’d love to be the person to earn that title shot here tonight.

Henry gets into the ring and heads in the corner as we head back over to Cena and Finlay briefly. Cena had Finlay in the F-U position preparing to throw him over the ropes but underneath the ring comes Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle climbs into the ring and pulls on the foot of Cena trying to prevent Cena from throwing Finlay out of the match. Hornswoggle of course being little doesn’t have much influence on that as Cena quickly kicks Hornswoggle off. Cena turns around as he runs right into a huge clothesline from Finlay. Hornswoggle escapes from the ring and slides back underneath the ring after causing trouble tonight.

The camera cuts over to see Henry heading into the corner after Jamie Noble. Noble is back up after being hit by Hardy with the clothesline as Henry throws some hard punches at Noble. Noble tries to fight off the World’s Strongest Man and he does as Henry charges at Noble in the corner. Noble escapes out of the corner as Henry collides with the turnbuckles before he comes out of the corner into a dropkick to the knees from Noble. Henry gets down on one knee as Noble runs back at him again but Henry catches the Cruiserweight champion. Henry quickly proceeds to grab Noble as if he was about to squash Noble with the World’s Strongest Slam and tries to dump Noble out of the ring but Noble lands on the outside. Henry gets punched by Noble as Noble leaps onto the top rope and jumps off at Henry trying for a dropkick but Henry only falls backwards but stays on his feet.

HBK and Haas are back at it in the corner as HBK is trying his best to throw the former World Tag Champion out of the ring but Haas holds onto the ropes. Haas backs out of the corner before he turns around into Hardy. Hardy grabs Haas possibly trying for a Side Effect but Haas pushes Hardy off into the ropes. Hardy runs off the ropes and comes back at Haas who quickly runs behind Hardy and attempts another German Suplex but Hardy pushes Haas into the ropes. Haas bounces off the ropes himself right into a Discus Punch from Hardy. Haas falls down onto the mat as Hardy rolls over and heads into the corner right back over to HBK as the clock counts down.

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Fire Storm hits across the arena and out steps Gregory Helms. Helms makes his way down the ramp for the Rumble match as he quickly hurries down and takes his jacket off before throwing it down and sliding into the ring.

Royal Rumble Entrant #10 – Gregory Helms (Raw)


Jim Ross:
A superstar that had a great breakout year in 2006 on Raw looks for an even bigger one here in 2007!

Tazz:
Helms has to be a dark horse in this Royal Rumble and in all seriousness I’d love to see Helms pull this one out.

Helms quickly rolls into the ring and goes after the other Cruiserweight in the ring, Jamie Noble. Noble and Helms pair off, as HBK and Hardy, Haas and Henry, and then Cena and Finlay stay together. Helms fends off Noble’s attempt at being thrown over before he knees Noble in the face and then throws Noble onto his shoulders. Noble is almost thrown out of the ring as Henry comes from behind and punches Helms in the back. Henry tells Helms to back off as Henry quickly grabs Noble who turns around right into the big arms of the World’s Strongest Man. Henry shows no remorse for Noble as he presses him in the air and throws him out of the ring as Noble rolls on the mat on the outside as he grabs his title.

Elimination #3 – Jamie Noble by Mark Henry


Now that leaves seven men in the ring now as we head back over to Cena and Finlay. Finlay pokes Cena in the eyes as Finlay throws Cena onto his shoulders and runs across the ring before hitting the Celtic Cross! The fans boo as Finlay walks over and pulls Cena back up before throwing Cena out of the ring! Or so Finlay thinks? Cena holds onto the ropes and pulls himself back in as Finlay walks off and dusts his hands off as if he just got rid of a major problem. But actually that major problem is standing in the ring right behind him! Finlay turns around and acts as if he has seen a ghost as he jumps right into the arms of Cena! Cena quickly scoops Finlay up and hits an F-U sending Finlay flying right out of the ring and to the outside!

Elimination #4 – Finlay by John Cena

Now it’s six men in the ring and those are Helms, HBK, Haas, Henry, Hardy, and Cena. Cena finally has gotten rid of his big problem as instead now he goes after Henry. Cena nudges Henry as Cena and Henry have stare down in the ring. Cena breaks this off with some hard rights but before he can hit another one, Henry scoops Cena up and locks in a Bear Hug. Henry is trying his best to squeeze the dear life right out of Cena, as he will do anything to escape that Bear Hug. Cena looks up as the fans begin the countdown for the next superstar to make his entrance into the Royal Rumble.

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Elijah Experience hits and out comes one half of the new World Tag Team Champions, Elijah Burke! Burke makes his way down to the ring as he hands his title over and waits for a bit before getting into the ring. He takes his jacket off and slides into the ring ready for the competition.

Royal Rumble Entrant #11 – Elijah Burke (Raw)


Jim Ross:
A young superstar that has achieved so much in a month that he’s been here has to be this young man Elijah Burke.

Tazz:
After only one month he walks in here and now he’s one half of the World Tag Team Champions, I’d think so too JR!

Burke slides into the ring and naturally goes straight after Charlie Haas. Haas and Burke exchange blows with one another, as Haas really wants nothing to do with Burke in the ring. Haas tries for a Inverted DDT but Burke pushes Haas off. Haas turns around right into a kick from the sternum before Burke hits Haas with a DDT of his own. Burke quickly gets Haas back up and sends Haas flying into the ropes. Burke pulls down the kneepads and slaps his knees before running across the ring and attempting the Elijah Express but Haas moves as Burke’s knees collapse with the turnbuckle. Haas grabs Elijah as he comes out of the corner and hits a huge Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex sending Elijah across the ring.

Helms and Matt Hardy now get into it in the ring as Helms challenges Hardy to lock up with him in the middle of the ring. Helms and Hardy do so as Helms was able to get the advantage over Hardy after a knee to the stomach. Helms quickly pulled Hardy into the corner before trying to bounce Hardy’s head off the ropes. Helms quickly leaps onto the second rope as he looks ready to jump off but as he does he jumps right into a dropkick from Hardy to the sternum of Helms. Helms falls down onto the mat clutching at his stomach.

Cena was able to break free of the Bear Hug a few seconds earlier as he then proceeds to push Henry off into the ropes. Cena bounces off the ropes and attempts to take down Henry with a shoulder block but Henry won’t budge. Cena then was able to dropkick Henry in the knee before running over and hitting the Throwback onto Henry. Cena then looks down at Henry and picks the fallen World’s Strongest Man up and throws him onto his shoulders. Cena is looking for another F-U to the World’s Strongest Man but Henry won’t let that happen as he falls on top of Cena right in the middle of the ring! Henry looks down at Cena and makes his way off the ropes before connecting with a huge tide turning World’s Strongest Splash crushing Cena on the mat in the process. Henry rolls Cena over and “checks” on him, as Henry looks down at the fallen Cena and the countdown begins once more again.

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London Calling hits across the arena and out comes one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Brian Kendrick! Kendrick comes running down to the ring as he quickly slides in and looks to make an immediate impact in this match.

Royal Rumble Entrant #12 – Brian Kendrick (Smackdown)


Jim Ross:
Just this time last year nobody thought that Brian Kendrick and Paul London were going to have a huge 2006 but they did just that.

Tazz:
And they are having a big 2007 already, as they still remain the WWE Tag Team Champions and looks to keep them for another year to come.

Kendrick quickly slides into the ring and goes after Helms. Helms and Kendrick pair off as now it’s Haas and Burke, Cena and Henry, Hardy and HBK as once again there are eight superstars in the ring. Hardy and HBK have been a bit silent in the past few minutes in the match as both have decided that instead of working against each other that they should work together. Hardy and HBK both go after Helms and Kendrick in the corner. Both Hardy and HBK take the offense on Helms and Kendrick as Kendrick tries to fight off Hardy but as he does he backs up right into a huge back body drop from Hardy. HBK tries to take down Helms but Helms was able to quickly take offense on HBK after he trips HBK up face first into the bottom turnbuckle!

We get back over to Cena and Henry as Cena has already had enough troubles with Finlay tonight but now he’s got Henry after him. Henry drags Cena back up as if he was a wasted limb as Henry grabs Cena looking ready for a World’s Strongest Slam. However before Henry can get Cena on his feet, Cena fights off Henry with some rights. Cena then proceeds to this time hit Henry with the Shoulder Block as Henry falls into the ropes. Cena then walks over to Henry as Henry tries to fight him off but as he tries to clothesline Henry over, Henry pushes him away. Henry pushes Cena into the ropes. This time Henry charges at Cena but Cena pulls the ropes down as Henry goes flying onto the outside as the World’s Strongest Man is now eliminated.


Elimination #5 – Mark Henry by John Cena

Now we head back over to Haas and Burke now as Haas is on the offense of Burke as Burke tries to fend off Haas but Haas quickly pushes Burke into the corner. Burke tries to corner his way out but Haas throws Burke onto the middle turnbuckle. Haas charges into the corner at Burke but Burke puts his boot up. Haas however pulls Burke down by the boot and then back onto the mat. Burke quickly grabs Haas possibly attempting the Elijah Experience but Haas throws Burke back into the ropes. Burke turns around and runs at Haas but Haas grabs Burke and hits a German Suplex sending Burke out of the ring and to the mat!

Elimination #6 – Elijah Burke by Charlie Haas

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Also Sprach Zarathrustra hits across the arena as out steps the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair! Flair lets out a huge WOOOOOO! Despite having lost his tag titles earlier in the night. Haas shows a smile as Flair makes his way down the ramp. The Nature Boy drops his robe as he makes his way up the steps and right into the ring for the match.

Royal Rumble Entrant #13 – Ric Flair (Raw)


Jim Ross:
If anybody has more experience in a Royal Rumble match than anyone else in this match it has to be the Nature Boy.

Tazz:
I’d love to see Ric Flair earn a title shot but what would be better is if he decided to use it and come to Smackdown!

The Nature Boy makes his way down the ramp as he slides into the ring and looks at Charlie Haas. Haas and Flair both give each other a quick hand slap before they both walk off and go after Brian Kendrick and Matt Hardy respectfully. Now also in the ring right now still is HBK, Cena, and Helms. Flair is taking it to Hardy in the corner going wild with hard chops left and right and just constantly hitting the champion hard. Flair then backs up as Hardy runs right at him and drops the United States Champion flat on his back with a Back Body Drop.

We then quickly head over to Haas and Kendrick in the corner as Haas has Kendrick on the ropes but Kendrick hits a head scissors sending Haas to the outside! Haas however pulls himself back up on the ropes as Kendrick quickly pulls himself back into the ring. Kendrick takes a step back before he runs at Haas on the outside trying to dropkick Haas to the outside but Haas moves as Kendrick falls onto the mat back first. Kendrick gets back onto his feet but Haas hits Kendrick in the stomach and then leaps over Kendrick hitting a Sunset Flip in the ring.

We head into the corner where Helms and Michaels are at it right now. Michaels tries to throw Helms over but Helms catches himself on the ropes and then pushes Michaels off. Helms quickly wraps his legs around Michaels’s head as Michaels charged back at Helms as Helms tried to flip Michaels over the ropes but Helms instead gets almost pushed out. Michaels goes to knock Helms off of the turnbuckle to the outside but Helms ducks underneath the swinging arm and then leaps off the top rope hitting an Hurricanrana sending Michaels flying to the outside! Helms thought he made a big elimination but Michaels skins the cat and gets back into the ring before knocking Helms down with a hard clothesline.

Cena is waiting in the corner right now for the clock to tick down and Michaels seems to notice this as Michaels makes his way into the corner as both men go at it punch for punch. Cena won’t back down from a fight as both men exchange blows right there in the middle of the ring as the clock counts down for our next entrant.

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Loaded hits across the arena as out comes the Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy to a thunderous pop from the fans. Hardy makes his way down the ramp after he sets his pyro off and Hardy hands his title over. Hardy looks in the ring as his brother looks at him as well as we now have eight men in the ring.

Royal Rumble Entrant #14 – Jeff Hardy (Raw)


Jim Ross:
It’s Hardy’s first Royal Rumble match in four years and certainly he could very well surprise a few people here tonight.

Tazz:
Hardy is a daredevil but he’s not going to be able to pull all those moves tonight since he can’t rely on the turnbuckles to help him.

Hardy slides into the ring as he walks over to his brother Matt and they both stare down the tag team champions Ric Flair and Charlie Haas. Two premier tag teams are going at it now as Matt pairs off with Haas and Jeff goes after Ric. Jeff hits Flair hard in the stomach first with a right before he throws Flair into the ropes. Flair comes running back at Hardy but Hardy quickly hits Flair with a spinning heel kick sending Flair down onto the mat. Flair gets back onto his feet as Hardy hits Flair with a European Uppercut before backing the legend into the corner. Hardy then proceeds to quickly try to throw Flair out as we cut over to Matt and Haas now.

Matt has the offense on Haas now as he quickly pulls Haas up and hits the Ricochet as Hardy throws the V1 sign up to the fans. Matt calls Jeff over quickly as Matt drops a leg drop on the throat of Haas and Jeff hits a double leg drop to the mid section. Haas grabs at his stomach as Jeff goes back over to Ric and Matt pulls Haas back up before trying to throw Haas out but he won’t go. Haas holds onto the ropes before he elbows Hardy in the sternum and hits Hardy with some hard rights to the head. Haas quickly jumps on Hardy throwing some more hard rights.

We now head over to Cena and Michaels getting after it as Cena wants to make one more big elimination but Michaels won’t have any of that. Michaels gets Irish whipped into the ropes as Cena comes charging at him but Michaels moves as Cena collides with the turnbuckle. As Cena comes out of the corner Michaels catches him with an Atomic Drop before Michaels quickly runs off the ropes and knocks Cena down with a Flying Shoulder Block. Michaels gets back onto his feet and gets ready to tune up the band as Michaels stomps the mat. The fans get in support of HBK but don’t want to see Cena gone from the match either as Michaels charges at Cena with the Sweet Chin Music but Cena ducks underneath it and scoops Michaels up! Cena goes to throw Michaels out of the ring but Michaels spins through and hits a DDT dropping Cena head first into the mat.

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This Fire Burns by Killswitch Engage plays across the arena as out steps CM Punk! Punk makes his way down the ramp to a decent ovation from the fans before he takes his shirt off and throws it into the crowd. Punk quickly climbs into the ring and meets Helms first thing in the ring now as nine men remain in the ring.

Royal Rumble Entrant #15 – CM Punk (Smackdown)


Jim Ross:
Another newcomer to the WWE Tazz and I do believe that CM Punk has a bright future ahead of him as well.

Tazz:
He’s shown us great things in the four weeks he’s been on Smackdown so far so I’m hoping for a good showing tonight.

Punk quickly slides into the ring as he meets Helms in the middle of the ring. Punk quickly greets Helms with some knees to the head before Punk grabs Helms and runs off hitting a Running Bulldog and dropping Helms in the middle of the ring. Punk then pulls Helms back up onto his feet before he throws Helms into the corner. Punk then quickly grabs Helms and drops him on his neck on the ropes. Helms turns back around right into a hard kick straight to the back of the head from Punk before Punk goes ahead and clotheslines Helms right out of the ring as Punk has just received his first ever Royal Rumble elimination.

Elimination #7 – Gregory Helms by CM Punk

After this elimination it leaves us down to Cena and HBK fighting it out, Matt Hardy and Haas, Jeff Hardy and Flair, and now Punk and Kendrick. We head back over to the Hardy’s as they are getting their offensive moves turned on by Flair and Haas. Flair quickly attacks Jeff from behind before he whips Jeff into the ropes. Flair charges into the corner but Jeff moves as Flair collides with the turnbuckle. Matt then gets down in the corner and Jeff proceeds to run over and hit the Poetry in Motion as Flair comes out of the corner. Haas quickly charges at Matt but Haas accidentally hits Flair. Flair gets knocked down as Jeff quickly throws Haas out of the ring for the elimination.

Elimination #8 – Charlie Haas by Jeff Hardy

This now brings the match down to Cena, The Hardy’s, Shawn Michaels, Brian Kendrick, Ric Flair and CM Punk. Punk and Kendrick are fighting in the corner as Michaels and Cena continue their brawling around. Michaels tried to get a big advantage over Cena whenever Cena missed a DDT but Michaels wasn’t able to do so. Michaels quickly threw Cena into the ropes as Cena bounced off before Michaels hit Cena with a snap mare. Michaels then kicks Cena in the back before he pulls Cena back onto his feet. Michaels then grabs Cena and picks him up trying to throw him right out of the ring but Cena holds onto the ropes before breaking free and getting back onto his feet. Cena then was able to roll back onto his feet and knock Michaels off of his before Cena picked HBK up and went to throw him out of the ring as the clock counts down.


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Snapshot hits across the arena as out comes the other half of MNM, Johnny Nitro! Nitro makes his way down the ramp as he throws his fur coat down and slides into the ring with the other seven men that are already in the ring.

Royal Rumble Entrant #16 – Johnny Nitro (Raw)


Jim Ross:
Anything is possible Tazz but something tells me that young Johnny Nitro won’t be winning the Rumble tonight.

Tazz:
I’m not so sure JR because he is a former tag team champion with Joey Mercury and despite Mercury’s “bad” showing tonight, Nitro could fare well!

Nitro slides into the ring as he meets Flair in the ring. Nitro was able to catch one half of the former champs off guard, as he was able to hit Flair in the stomach. Nitro then quickly followed through by throwing a few elbows at the head of the Nature Boy. Nitro then hoists Flair right back onto his shoulders before holding Flair in the air and connecting with a Falling Neck breaker Slam! Flair holds his neck as Nitro gets back onto his feet to simply taunt the Nature Boy as Nitro kicks and toys around with Flair. Nitro dares Flair to get back onto his feet as we see Nitro get down on the mat and apply a headlock to the Nature Boy.

We see Cena and Michaels continuing their little battle, as both men are confident that one or the other is going to have to leave the match soon. However this battle takes the backseat once Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy both walk over and attack both men in the back from behind. Matt fights against Cena as Jeff takes on Michaels. Jeff gets sent into the ropes in which he leaps onto the ropes using his first reaction. Hardy tries for the Whisper in the Wind but before he can leap off the ropes, Michaels pushes the ropes causing Hardy to fall back and hit the mat with a thud. We head over to see Matt and Cena doing battle as the new champion has Cena grounded as Hardy throws Cena into the ropes. Cena charges back at Matt as he ducks but Matt gets an assist as Michaels trips Cena up face first into the mat.

Punk and Kendrick are consistently trying to eliminate one another as Kendrick almost has Punk over the ropes but Punk was able to get out and get back onto level ground. Punk watched as Kendrick tried for a dropkick but Punk was able to pick Kendrick back up and then drop him in the ring with a knee to the stomach. Punk then quickly picked Kendrick up and threw him onto the middle turnbuckle. Punk got kicked back however by Kendrick as Kendrick leaped off that middle turnbuckle and hit a dropkick knocking Punk down. Kendrick gets back up before dragging Punk back over to the ropes but Punk wants nothing to do with getting eliminated now.

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Slow Chemical hits across the arena as the doors are open for the Big Red Machine as he walks in and the pyro goes off. Kane then makes his way down to the ring as he looks over at his opponents and slides into the ring.

Royal Rumble Entrant #17 – Kane (Smackdown)


Jim Ross:
If anybody is a big favorite in this match you can’t pass up the Big Red Machine!

Tazz:
To this day he still holds the record for most eliminations in a single Royal Rumble and he didn’t even win the match!

Kane gets into the ring and heads right after Nitro in the corner as apparently Nitro thinks he is ready to step it up with the big boys. Nitro throws some rights at Kane and he gets Kane down for a bit before the former tag champion starts beating away at the back of Kane. Nitro knows that he has a chance at getting Kane grounded but he has to stay on the attack. Nitro goes to kick Kane in the head but Kane grabs Nitro’s leg and trips him up before grabbing Nitro by the throat. Nitro fights off Kane however after hitting Kane in the stomach with a kick before Nitro gets back down onto the mat.

We head back over to see Michaels and Cena getting back after it as they both want one another out of the match as they know they are both threats to win this match. Cena and Michaels battle it out in the corner as they both share chops with one another as HBK lights up the chest of Cena. Michaels goes to Irish whip Cena into the ropes but Cena was able to reverse. HBK gets sent flying into the ropes back first as in his normal trademark move but as he does he flips right over the ropes but catches himself on the outside apron. Michaels ducks underneath Cena’s wild attempt to throw him out before HBK gets back into the ring quickly before he could get eliminated.

We head to the other corner to see the Hardy’s continuing to team up and work on Flair in the corner. The camera doesn’t catch it but we see Charlie Haas get up onto the apron. Haas distracts Flair and this gives Matt time to dump Flair right out of the ring as The Hardy’s have managed to eliminate both members of the former World Tag Team Champions.


Elimination #9 – Ric Flair by Matt Hardy

The camera heads to the outside for a bit as Haas goes to apologize to Ric saying he didn’t mean to get him eliminated as he helps him up but then drops Ric with a low blow! The fans boo Haas as he then proceeds to hit a huge German Suplex onto the mat outside as Flair’s back hits the floor hard. Security runs down to get Haas off Flair as Haas is laying a beat down on his former friend and tag partner.

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Air Sabu hits across the arena and out steps the ECW legend Sabu! Sabu makes his way down the ramp as he brings a chair with him and slides into the ring. Sabu quickly takes off his headpiece and looks ready for action in his first Royal Rumble match.

Royal Rumble Entrant #18 – Sabu (Raw)


Jim Ross:
The ECW Original is here tonight and with the rebirth of ECW you damn know well he wants to be main eventing WrestleMania.

Tazz:
That’s right JR and with ECW back I’d love to be able to see Sabu main event for us come WrestleMania.

Sabu grabs his chair after he slides it in and goes wild throwing it at random people. Sabu knocked down Matt Hardy with the chair before he proceeds to take down Jeff Hardy with the chair as well. Sabu then walks over to Brian Kendrick and Paul London and lays both of them out with the steel chair before Michaels and Cena take notice. Michaels tries to get into it with Sabu as Sabu throws the chair at Michaels but Michaels was able to duck it at the last time. Sabu bounced off the ropes quickly but as he did, Michaels caught him in the last second but Sabu was able to hit the Spinning DDT dropping HBK head first into the mat.

Sabu walks over and pulls the steel chair up once more as Cena this time wants a piece of him as Sabu goes to place the chair in the corner. Sabu drops Cena with a dropkick before he runs off the ropes trying for the Triple Moonsault but he crashes and burns ending up in a result of crashing down into the mat. Sabu gets back onto his feet however but when he does he gets greeted via a steel chair to the head from Cena. Cena isn’t going to play those games tonight as he is on a mission to main event WrestleMania 23! Cena picks Sabu up and throws him right onto the steel chair back first before walking back over and throwing the chair to the outside of the ring.

We see now that the Hardy’s are brawling it out with one another and this further proves that anything can get in between the title shot at WrestleMania. Even brotherly love! Both Hardy’s trade blows before Matt takes advantage after hitting a Suplex and dropping Jeff in the middle of the ring. Matt goes to drop an elbow on the sternum of Jeff but Jeff rolls over and jumps straight back onto his feet. Jeff and Matt both circle one another in the ring as Jeff takes advantage first with the clubbing right across the back of Matt and follows it up with a enzuigiri of his own. Jeff rolls back over and walks right back to his brother before picking Matt up and trying to hurl Matt right over the ropes and down onto the outside of the ring trying to eliminate him.

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Longhorn hits across the arena and out steps the Smackdown GM JBL? JBL comes down the ramp for the first time as a superstar since August in SummerSlam as he heads down the ramp slowly watching the match. JBL then proceeds to go over and sit down by the commentators at ringside to apparently “wait out” the match.

Royal Rumble Entrant #19 – JBL (Smackdown)


Jim Ross:
Well it seems that your own general manager has put himself into the Royal Rumble and well here he is right now!

Tazz:
JBL it’s great to see you out here tonight but please tell us why you are in the Rumble match?

JBL:
Tazz I’m out here for the fact that I DESERVE to be the next champion and I will become the first person in history to be Champion and General Manager at the same time. I’ve done enough for Smackdown that I felt warranted to give myself a spot in the Royal Rumble match tonight!

JBL promptly takes a place with the commentators at ringside as that leaves the 9 people in the ring with JBL on the outside. The ring is beginning to fill up now and it’s showing right now in the fact that the pairings look like this. Both Hardy’s are fighting still, Sabu and Cena, HBK and Punk, Kendrick and Nitro, as Kane just wanders around waiting for someone to beat up. We see that Cena and Sabu are continuing their battle as Sabu has gotten right back into the midst of things as he was able to attempt a flying dropkick off the turnbuckle but he missed at the last second and collided with the mat. Cena goes to the corner but at the last second Hornswoggle grabs Cena’s foot and Hornswoggle gets dragged into the ring. Cena picks up the midget and looks ready to hurl him right back out of the ring to a nice pop but from behind it’s Finlay! Finlay hits Cena in the back with the shillelagh and then chunks Cena over the ropes before going on the attack on the outside with the shillelagh as Hornswoggle scurries underneath the ring.

Elimination #10 – John Cena by Finlay

Security runs down once more and pulls Finlay off Cena as Finlay promises Cena that this won’t be the last time they meet. Cena gets back onto his feet albeit slowly but jumps security as a big brawl breaks out between one another! Security finally gets Cena and Finlay apart from one another as we head back into the ring for the action. We notice that both of the Hardy’s are this time agreeing to work together once more as they team up against Shawn Michaels and CM Punk who were battling but realized the Hardy’s are trying to eliminate them. Matt pairs off with Punk as Jeff gets Shawn once again. Jeff was able to avoid an Irish whip into the ropes but as HBK came charging back Jeff was able to drop Michaels into the mat face first. Hardy gets back onto his feet and then proceeds to dropkick HBK right in the head. Jeff grabs HBK and throws him into the corner as Jeff tries to hurl Michaels out of the ring but Michaels lands on the ropes and instead ends up almost throwing Jeff out! Jeff holds on however and gets back into the ring as the clock counts down.

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London Calling hits across the arena as out runs the other half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Paul London! London throws his vest off and hands his title over as he quickly slides into the ring and runs over to help his tag partner out.

Royal Rumble Entrant #20 – Paul London (Smackdown)


Jim Ross:
Perhaps one of the best high flyers right now in the WWE has to be Paul London and he continues to show that every week on Smackdown.

Tazz:
There is no doubt in my mind that London has the potential to be something one day here in the WWE!

London quickly slides in and runs into the corner hitting Punk in the back with a spinning right to the back. London then helps Kendrick back up as both men end up leaning against Punk and sending him into the ropes. Kendrick and London both hit Punk in the ring with a Double Suplex as Punk’s back hits the mat hard! London then proceeds to pick Punk up and hold Punk for Kendrick as Kendrick grabs Punk and hits a Hangman’s Facebreaker in the ring. London and Kendrick then both go and grab Punk trying to throw him out of the ring but Punk fights off London and then proceeds to knee Kendrick right in the face. Punk then grabs Kendrick quickly and throws him over the ropes with a fireman’s carry as London tries to get retaliation for his teammate.

Elimination #11 – Brian Kendrick by CM Punk

We then head into the other corner to see Kane grab Nitro by the throat quickly after Nitro had attempted a kick to the back of the head off the middle turnbuckle. Kane grabbed Nitro up and held him high above the ring quickly before dropping Nitro down to the outside on the mat with a Chokeslam as that has just narrowed the match down to 8 people all together in the match but only seven of them are in the ring.

Elimination #12 – Johnny Nitro by Kane

We notice now that the Hardy’s are double-teaming on Paul London the other half of the tag champs that is left after Kendrick got dumped out earlier in the match. Now the focus of the match turns to Michaels and Sabu doing battle. Sabu had to slide out underneath the ring to grab his chair again (in which of course technically he did not get eliminated) as Sabu hit HBK with the chair right across the face. Sabu then ended up bringing the chair over into the corner. Sabu climbs onto the middle turnbuckle and as HBK gets back up Sabu tosses the chair to Michaels and Sabu leaps off the ropes dropkicking the chair into HBK’s face hard! Michaels falls onto the mat as Sabu stands up and points to the sky! Sabu walks over and grabs the chair once more and hurls it at Punk as Punk falls down onto the mat. Sabu places the chair in the middle of the ring as we notice the buzzer beginning to get ready to ring once again.

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Cool hits across the arena and out steps Carlito flipping an apple up in the air. Carlito walks down the ramp confident that he will be able to pull out a big win tonight as he takes his shirt off and throws it into the crowd before sliding into the ring. Carlito looks ready to go on the attack early in the match too.

Royal Rumble Entrant #21 – Carlito (Raw)


Jim Ross:
We haven’t seen much of Carlito on Raw recently but when we have we know that this apple-spitting superstar can make an impact at any time.

Tazz:
He’s had a bit of a downfall recently but I’d love to see him win the Royal Rumble and then come back to his home roots on Smackdown!

Carlito slides into the ring and meets Sabu in the middle of the ring. Carlito looks to make a big impact early by taking Sabu out of the equation if possible. Carlito immediately dropped Sabu with a Lifting Reverse STO before he rolls back over onto his side and then proceeds to stomp away on the body of the ECW original. Carlito picks Sabu up and throws him onto his shoulders trying to chunk Sabu out of the ring but Sabu instead lands on his feet in the ring. Sabu pushes Carlito into the ropes but as Carlito comes back he stops himself from running into a dropkick from Sabu and then picks Sabu up before hitting a DDT on the ECW Original.

Kane is fighting off CM Punk in the corner as Punk might have picked the wrong superstar to mess with. Kane easily fends off Punk pushing him halfway across the ring. Kane watches as Punk charges right back at the Big Red Monster but Kane knocks him right back onto the mat with a Big Boot. The fans watch as Kane looks ready to guzzle Kane once again but as Punk gets caught up in the Chokeslam he was able to kick Kane in the sternum and go on a series of kicks to the head before getting Kane down to one knee. Punk then runs back at Kane but Kane catches Punk and drops him in the ring with a Chokeslam!

Matt Hardy and Shawn Michaels, the two men that have been in the match the longest so far, are appropriately battling it out in the corner. Hardy has Michaels in the corner trying to force him out and Matt’s brother Jeff is over in the opposite corner with London. Both Hardy’s look at one another and then turn around to Irish Whip Michaels right into London. London and Michaels fall down at the same time as both Matt and Jeff then look at one another and then hit simultaneous leg drops at the same time on their respective opponents in the ring. Matt and Jeff both roll back onto their feet and give one another a big high five as they both look up at the clock and decide to take it easy now that the clock is about to tick down. Matt and Jeff both make their way into the corner to rest now.

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Turn up the Treble hits across the arena and out steps the former United States Champion Mr. Kennedy! Kennedy stares down the ring as he wastes no time making his way down the ramp quickly before sliding in.

Royal Rumble Entrant #22 – Mr. Kennedy (Smackdown)


Jim Ross:
Mr. Kennedy has some unsettled business from earlier tonight to take care off and it all has to do with Matt Hardy!

Tazz:
Well of course because Mr. Kennedy KNOWS that the title should still be his but yet once again he was robbed!

Kennedy walks over towards the announcer’s at ringside and grabs a mic.

Mr. Kennedy:
It is my honor to introduce to you the twenty-second entrant into the Royal Rumble and the winner of the twentieth annual Royal Rumble Match… Misterrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Kennedyyyyyyyyyyyyy!


Kennedy stands there as the crowd is waiting for him to shut up.

Mr. Kennedy:
KENNEDY!!!


Kennedy quickly slides in and meets Matt Hardy in the ring. It’s a big slugfest now and how appropriate Kennedy came out considering that Matt has been in the match for about thirty-six minutes so far. Kennedy takes advantage of Matt kneeing him in the stomach before clubbing the champion across the back hard! Kennedy quickly tries to hurl Matt out of the ring but Jeff attacks Kennedy from behind. Kennedy quickly shoves off Jeff as Jeff bumps into Kane! Big mistake there from Jeff as now he has to defend himself against the Big Red Machine! Back to Mr. Kennedy and Matt Hardy in the corner as Kennedy looks ruthless out there throwing the biggest haymakers ever! Kennedy proceeds to drop Matt into the bottom turnbuckle as Kennedy charges and hits the Facewash kicking Matt as hard as possible in the face! Kennedy teases Matt as he throws him right back into the middle of the ring before hitting Hardy once again this time with a Forward Russian Leg sweep!

We now notice that Kane and Jeff Hardy are fighting as well as Michaels and Carlito, London and Punk, and Sabu is still down in the middle of the ring. Kane drags Jeff over to the ropes trying his best to throw Jeff out of the ring but Jeff holds onto the ropes and gets back in. Jeff gets a bit of help from Sabu as Sabu throws the chair at Kane once again before trying to take the Big Red Machine down. Kane simply acts as if he didn’t feel the steel chair shot as he turns around and guzzles both Jeff Hardy and Sabu! However both men are able to hit a Double kick to the sternum and then drop Kane head first onto the chair with a thunderous DDT! The fans go wild as Sabu points to the sky and Jeff and Sabu share a quick hand slap with one another for their teamwork.

We then head over to see Carlito and HBK battle it out briefly as now most of the match’s attention is turning to the bigger guys and the high flyers making an impact in the ring now. Carlito tried for a spinning neck breaker on Michaels but Michaels shoved Carlito off into the corner as Carlito collided with the turnbuckle rather hard. Michaels looks towards the clock waiting for the next entrant.

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Unleashed hits across the arena and out steps the “Animal” Batista to a loud ovation of boos from the fans! Batista sets his pyro off as he walks out confident knowing that he might win his second ever Royal Rumble! Batista slides into the ring and looks around wandering who is going to be his first victim?

Royal Rumble Entrant #23 – Batista (Smackdown)


Jim Ross:
If anybody has been overlooked in this match it has to be the Animal and I’m not sure I should have overlooked him.

Tazz:
I don’t think so either because in the last Rumble he competed in; he went the distance and won the match! I wouldn’t put it past him as a favorite now either!

Batista slides into the ring and notices that the Big Red Machine is getting back onto his feet. Batista stares down Kane and then quickly charges across the ring hitting Kane right in the stomach with a thunderous Spear! The fans boo Batista, as he looks down at Kane and then pulls him right back onto his feet. Kane has taking one hell of a beating tonight and Batista quickly hits Kane with a hard Spinebuster into the mat! Batista then picks Kane back up once more and throws him between his legs looking for the Batista Bomb but as he does lift Kane up Kane gets onto his feet. Kane tries to clothesline Batista out of the ring but instead it’s Kane that is sent flying to the outside from a clothesline from the Animal!

Elimination #13 – Kane by Batista

JBL looks to slowly get back into the ring for the first time as he notices that HBK is in the corner. JBL thinks that he is going to make a major impact in the match and eliminate HBK but JBL isn’t aware that HBK saw him coming. JBL was able to step right over the ropes but just as he did, HBK was able to quickly knock down with the Sweet Chin Music sending the Smackdown GM and the former WWE Champion flying to the outside of the ring! JBL falls down onto the mat outside and slaps it in anger thinking that he had a chance to make a big elimination!

Elimination #14 – JBL by Shawn Michaels

HBK simply gets back to business with Carlito as now we head over to see Mr. Kennedy and Matt Hardy still doing battle with one another. It seems that if not careful that these two men might end up injuring one another. It’s that bad right now out there! Kennedy gets thrown into the turnbuckle hardy by Matt as Matt goes to Irish whip Kennedy into the ropes. Kennedy was quick to reverse though and as Matt came off the ropes Mr. Kennedy was able to catch him with a knee to the stomach and then a running knee to the head! Kennedy then proceeds to grab Hardy and drop him in the ring with a Twist of Fate! Kennedy stole Hardy’s move as he grabs Hardy and goes to throw Hardy out but Hardy grabs onto the ropes and pounces on Kennedy throwing rights at Kennedy as hard as possible.

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Break the Walls Down hits across the arena and out steps Chris Jericho! Jericho makes his way out as the doors are open for him and he turns his back as the pyro goes off. Jericho pumps his fist to boos from the crowd as he makes his way down the ramp and then up the steps. Jericho takes his vest off as he looks around the ring.

Royal Rumble Entrant #24 – Chris Jericho (Raw)


Jim Ross:
It has been one year since Jericho returned to the WWE as he returned here last year at the Royal Rumble so can he do what he couldn’t do last year and win this match?

Tazz:
I’d love to see a win from Jericho as much as you JR but I’ve got to stick with a Smackdown superstar on this one!

Jericho comes right into the ring and meets Michaels in the corner. Jericho and Michaels both look at one another as they both have major history with one another and both men are throwing wild punches at one another. Jericho drops Michaels with a few rights as Jericho is going wild throwing all the rights he can at HBK. HBK is quick to reverse though as Michaels gets Jericho into the corner and throws a series of chops at Jericho! Jericho grabs at his red chest as Michaels looks relentless in there trying his best to wear down another possible winner in the match.

We notice now that Sabu is battling against Jeff Hardy despite their excellent teaming earlier. Batista however drags Sabu out of the corner, as Batista was able to hit Sabu with a thunderous clothesline. Batista looks down at the pitiful Sabu who looks as if he doesn’t have much more in him after taking one hell of a beating. Batista then looks at the chair in the middle of the ring and then proceeds to drop Sabu onto the steel chair with a Spinebuster (the chair was open!) as the chair bends. Batista then looks at Sabu and hurls him (and the chair!) out of the ring at the same time as Sabu is now gone!


Elimination #15 – Sabu by Batista

Punk and London continue to battle it out as they haven’t been on the main front in the match for a bit despite having made some eliminations of their own. London made a big mistake after missing a flying clothesline, as he was able to allow Punk to hit a Running Bulldog and then lock in the Anaconda Vice! London is tapping but Punk isn’t able to win the match considering you can’t win on an submission! Punk gets back onto his feet and just does what he does best kick! Punk kicks the holy hell out of London’s back as London lets out yelps in pain! Punk then drags London into the corner as Punk places London on the top turnbuckle. Punk looks ready to make an elimination of London but at this time London pushes Punk off and then Punk stumbles back. London looks around to make sure nobody is near and London leaps off hitting the Mushroom Stomp! Both London and Punk are down as London rolls back onto his feet and starts to pull him up.

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Samoan Wrecking Machine hits across the arena and out steps the Wild Samoan Umaga! Umaga’s handler Armando Estrada comes down to the ring with him but he is told by the referees that he MUST leave ringside. Estrada argues with the refs before making his way to the back, as Umaga looks confused. Estrada simply breaks the cigar displaying what he wants Umaga to do to his opponents tonight.

Royal Rumble Entrant #25 – Umaga (Raw)


Jim Ross:
I must say that the Samoan Bulldozer has just about any chance of anybody else winning this match

Tazz:
This is one bad man and I don’t even know if I want to mess with him despite my record in the ring JR!

Umaga gets into the ring and immediately eyes the cruiserweights in the ring in Paul London and CM Punk. Umaga grabs Punk and London and then throws them right into each other. Punk and London fall head first onto the mat as Umaga throws them into the corner. Umaga charges into the corner and then hits Punk and London at the same time with the Samoan Wrecking Ball before he grabs Punk and London and simply disposes of them throwing them right out of the ring at the same time! Umaga has just proved that he is in this match to win it all and he is just as serious as anybody else in here.

Elimination #’s 16 and # 17 – CM Punk and Paul London by Umaga

This brings the match total to eight men in the ring now with five more to come. This means that there will be twelve more eliminations and of course the one winner standing! We notice that now Carlito is in the corner trying to start something with Jeff Hardy. Hardy responds by dropkicking Carlito down low and then proceeding to dropkick Carlito in the head. Hardy looks around the arena and does his signature hand taunt before he grabs Carlito and bounces his head off the turnbuckle trying to throw him out of the ring. Carlito holds onto the ropes though as he doesn’t want to be thrown out of the match now but Carlito elbows Hardy in the back of the head! Hardy proceeds to spin Carlito around and drop Carlito with the Twist of Fate before chunking the Caribbean superstar right to the outside of the ring!

Elimination #18 – Carlito by Jeff Hardy

The eliminations are occurring often and quick and now we notice that there are seven men in the ring. Jeff walks over to his brother Matt and tries to get Kennedy off Matt but Kennedy quickly elbows Jeff sending him across the ring. Kennedy doesn’t look as eager to win the match but he simply wants to beat the holy hell out of Matt! Kennedy is showing no remorse as he grabs Matt and throws him onto the top turnbuckle. Kennedy grabs Matt looking to bring him down with the Green Bay Plunge but at this moment Jeff grabs Kennedy’s leg. Kennedy loses his balance as Matt is able to spin around and hit a DDT driving Kennedy head first into the mat off the turnbuckle! Jeff helps his brother Matt up back onto his feet.

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GONG! Hits across the arena as the lights go out! The fans go wild as the Undertaker is making his return right now! Undertaker hasn’t been seen in five months as the fans wonder just where he is! The lights suddenly come back on and Undertaker is standing right behind Umaga!

Royal Rumble Entrant #26 – The Undertaker (Smackdown)


Jim Ross:
BY GAWD TAZZ! I…It’s the Undertaker!

Tazz:
I didn’t think we were going to ever see the Deadman again as we haven’t seen him since SummerSlam but I’ll be damned he’s here!

Umaga has no clue that the Undertaker is standing right behind him. Umaga suddenly gets a hint as the crowd is going wild as Umaga turns around and he bumps into the Deadman! Umaga steps back and yells out UMAGA as he charges at Undertaker trying to knock the Deadman down. However Undertaker does not budge as Umaga charges at him once again. Undertaker watches as Umaga runs at him once more but Undertaker goes crazy throwing the hard lefts and rights that he is notorious for! Undertaker grabs Umaga and throws him into the corner literally before he continues the lefts and rights! Undertaker grabs Umaga and whiplashes him into the other corner before charging out of the corner and hitting a major clothesline. Undertaker grabs Umaga and charges off the ropes hitting the Running DDT dropping Umaga head first into the mat! Undertaker looks down at Umaga and then proceeds to grab him to choke slam him and he does! Umaga is down on the mat as Undertaker grabs Umaga and throws him right out of the ring!

Elimination #19 – Umaga by the Undertaker


Undertaker turns around but it’s too late as Batista charges at Undertaker and spears him right out of his boots sending the Deadman flying out of the ring!

Elimination #20 – The Undertaker by Batista

Undertaker looks content though with getting eliminated which is weird but he simply goes on the attack of Umaga outside. Undertaker wraps the television cord around Umaga’s neck choking him out as Umaga starts to cough up blood. Undertaker then proceeds to drag Umaga up the ramp before bringing him backstage as we head back into the ring. This now leaves just six men with three of them having been in the match for 20 minutes plus as Matt Hardy and HBK have been in for about 40 minutes or so. Mr. Kennedy continues battling with Matt Hardy as HBK and Jericho pair off and Jeff Hardy meets a determined Animal.

We notice that HBK and Jericho are making it seem even more personal now as Jericho slapped the taste right out of HBK’s mouth. HBK of course takes offense to this as he pounces on Jericho with the Lou Thesz Press and proceeds to throw hard punches at Jericho. Jericho seems to have made a big mistake there, as he seems to come to realize that too as a relentless HBK doesn’t look like he is going to give up now.

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*BUZZER GOES OFF*

I’m Comin’ by Silkk the Shocker hits as out steps MVP without his inflatable dome entrance tonight. The doors are open for MVP as he comes down and slaps the ground setting off his pyro. MVP is wearing a flashy black and silver suit (appropriate for the San Antonio Spurs) as he makes his way down the ring and takes off his necklace before placing it down by the mat.

Royal Rumble Entrant #27 – MVP (Smackdown)


Jim Ross:
I still can’t get over the fact that the Undertaker didn’t come to win the Rumble tonight but to simply instead beat the hell out of Umaga.

Tazz:
That’s in the past now JR but THIS! This is the future! MVP is big things poppin’ and little things stoppin’ as he likes to say!

MVP gets into the ring and looks around before he heads over and tries to start stuff with Jeff Hardy. MVP tells Batista to “back off” as Batista looks at MVP like he is crazy. Batista says that he has this taken care off. MVP proceeds anyways to punch Hardy but Batista greets MVP with a clothesline knocking MVP down onto the mat! MVP rolls around as Batista grabs Jeff and places him on the middle turnbuckle. Batista hits Jeff with many rights trying possibly to stir Jeff and throw him out of the ring but Jeff holds onto the turnbuckles anyways. Jeff is able to kick Batista off before he leaps off the ropes and hits a modified Whisper in the Wind (instead he dives facing his opponent instead of his back turned) Hardy rolls back over onto his feet as he looks down at MVP who is getting back onto his feet.

We see now that Matt Hardy and Mr. Kennedy have been brawling for about say ten minutes and it still has yet to stop. Mr. Kennedy grabs Hardy looking possibly to hit him with the Mic Check but Hardy was able to push Kennedy off into the ropes. Kennedy backed up into the arms of Matt as Matt dropped Kennedy with a neck breaker across the back! Matt then quickly grabs Kennedy before throwing him between his arms as Matt attempts the Twist of Fate but Kennedy shoves Matt off into the ropes. Kennedy quickly drops Matt with a Mic Check before Kennedy proceeds to throw Matt right out of the ring and ending the superstar’s longest run in the Royal Rumble match so far.


Elimination #21 – Matt Hardy by Mr. Kennedy

Kennedy pumps his fist having got rid of his biggest problem so far but he turns around right into Matt’s brother Jeff. Jeff and Kennedy share a bit of brawling as Jeff meets Kennedy with a kick to the sternum and then a spinning mule feed kick! Jeff rolls back onto his feet and hits a dropkick to the neck of Kennedy before he picks Kennedy back up and locks in a headlock before Kennedy shoves him off into the ropes. Kennedy comes right back to Hardy but Hardy quickly ducks underneath it and hits a neck breaker! Jeff rolls over and starts to head towards the ropes to pull him up as the next entrant readies himself to come out.

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*BUZZER GOES OFF*

Time to Play the Game hits across the arena as out steps Triple H! Hunter makes his way down the ramp looking more intent than ever before as he makes his way down and rips his t-shirt in half before throwing it down. Hunter quickly gets into the ring and dares anybody to mess with him right now.

Royal Rumble Entrant #28 – Triple H (Raw)


Jim Ross:
Hunter has to definitely be a favorite to win this match as he is just about every year so I could only imagine that this year he is once again the favorite.

Tazz:
I must agree with you on this one JR because he has indeed dominated this match in the past but hasn’t won it in 5 years!

Triple H immediately comes into the match looking ready for that impact as he meets up with MVP in the middle of the ring. MVP made a big mistake messing with Hunter as it looks like he’s got his “Game on” (no pun intended) tonight. Triple H watches MVP charge at him as Triple H drops MVP with a knee to the face as MVP bounces off the ropes. MVP comes running right back at Hunter who knocks the Smackdown superstar back down onto the mat with a clothesline. MVP gets back onto his feet and retaliates against Hunter throwing some fists of his own but it’s Triple H that is able to take advantage as Triple H kicks MVP in the stomach and then proceeds to drop MVP right square in the ring with a Spinebuster! Triple H gets up and plays to the fans that boo the Game as he gets back onto his feet and continues to taunt the fans.

We notice that Jeff Hardy is fighting it out now with Batista in the corner still as Batista was able to mount Jeff with a few punches in the corner. Jeff was able to surprise Batista with a Twist of Fate as Jeff tried to throw Batista over the ropes but Batista got a little bit of help from Jericho as both men proceeded to dump Hardy right out of the ring and now this means that the match is getting that much closer to crowning a winner!


Elimination #22 – Jeff Hardy by Chris Jericho and Batista

We see the fans going wild as they know the match is nearing it’s end soon as we see Triple H head off into the corner to battle Jericho as Batista battles Michaels and Kennedy meets MVP. We see Batista and Michaels try to eliminate one another but it’s Batista that manhandles HBK in the corner as Batista manages to drive HBK back first into the turnbuckles hard. Batista quickly pulls HBK out of the corner and turns him upside down before driving his boot right into the face of the Heart Break Kid! Batista then kicks the head of HBK hard as Michaels falls down onto the mat back first. Batista picks HBK up and chunks him across the ring but as he does HBK collides with the turnbuckles rather hard once again before being squashed in the corner with a monstrous clothesline that sends HBK reeling back!

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*BUZZER GOES OFF*

Ain’t No Stoppin’ Me Now! Hits across the arena as out steps the other half of the new World Tag Team Champions, Shelton Benjamin! Benjamin places his tag title down as now he knows that something FAR MORE important lies ahead of him. A chance to main event WrestleMania!

Royal Rumble Entrant #29 – Shelton Benjamin (Raw)


Jim Ross:
I’ve always said that Shelton Benjamin is the most gifted superstar on the Raw roster and I have a feeling he might just shine tonight.

Tazz:
He’s going to have to do so in rather big company because he’s got some big names waiting to throw him out

Benjamin quickly rolls right into the ring to meet up with Mr. Kennedy. Kennedy and Benjamin exchange blows now as both are former US and Intercontinental champion. Rather odd pairing to be honest as Kennedy and Benjamin takes advantage early on with a kick to the back of the head. Benjamin tries to use this to his advantage to keep Kennedy grounded but Benjamin takes a step back and charges at Kennedy. Benjamin runs right at Kennedy but uses his great athleticism to land on his feet on the top ropes. Kennedy tries to push Benjamin off but Benjamin was quick to leap off the ropes and hit a Moonsault onto Kennedy! The fans can’t really get behind Benjamin since he is a heel but they love the fact that someone is taking down Mr. Kennedy right now!

We head back over to see Triple H looking to battle against his former protégé’ Batista but MVP attacks the Game from behind. MVP kneed Hunter in the back before trying to throw him over the ropes. Triple H holds onto the ropes and spins MVP around before kicking him right in between the gut and dropping MVP in the ring with the Pedigree. Triple H wastes no time grabbing MVP and quickly disposing of him as he has just gotten rid of another superstar standing in his way of main eventing WrestleMania.


Elimination #23 – MVP by Triple H

We then notice that the match has Michaels, Kennedy, Batista, Jericho, Hunter, and Benjamin only in it plus one more superstar to enter. Convincingly this is two Smackdown superstars and then the four Raw superstars. Kennedy meets Michaels in the corner, as Kennedy wants to eliminate HBK who has been in the match for the longest amount of time. Kennedy then proceeds to pull Michaels out of the corner and drop him head first into the mat with a Snap DDT. Kennedy rolls over and points to his wrist saying “tick tock” teasing that it is just getting that closer until he wins the Royal Rumble! Kennedy rolls back over onto his side before dragging Michaels up and throwing him right back into the ropes. HBK charges back at Kennedy but Kennedy was quick to bring Michaels right back onto the mat with a dropping neck breaker. Kennedy keeps the headlock locked in on HBK knowing that the longer he keeps on the quicker HBK will be worn down.

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BooYaka 619 hits across the arena and out steps the thirtieth and final entrant into the match, Rey Mysterio! Mysterio makes his way down the ramp pumping his fist as he takes off a plastic mask he hand on over his real mask and hands it to a kid. Rey then balls his shirt up and throws it into the crowd as he quickly slides into the ring.

Royal Rumble Entrant #30 – Rey Mysterio (Smackdown)


Jim Ross:
You can’t underestimate the WWE’s Biggest Little Man as they like to call him as he has the heart of a champion.

Tazz:
Oh that’s right JR and Rey will not give up no matter how big the odds are! I’d love to see Rey main event WrestleMania!

Rey slides into the ring as now all thirty men have entered the match but only seven remain. Rey immediately goes after Shelton Benjamin after Benjamin tries to talk smack to Rey. Benjamin pushes Rey off teasing him as Rey backs off. Rey holds his mask adjusting it as Benjamin turns around into some rights from Rey. Rey is on the offense now going wild and doing everything he can to try and wear down Benjamin. Rey leans against Benjamin before whipping him into the ropes. Mysterio comes off the ropes and hits Benjamin with a low dropkick sending Benjamin down onto one knee.

Mysterio rolls over as Benjamin walks over kneeing Mysterio in the stomach. Benjamin grabs Mysterio trying to T-Bone Suplex Mysterio right out of the ring but Mysterio catches his balance on the ropes! Mysterio wraps his legs around Benjamin’s head trying to pull one half of the tag champs out of the ring but Benjamin won’t let it happen. Mysterio is trying his hardest to do so and is able to do so as Mysterio was finally able to muster up enough strength with his legs using a head scissors to send Benjamin flying to the mat outside.

Elimination #24 – Shelton Benjamin by Rey Mysterio

Benjamin slaps the ring from outside as we see Rey turn around. We notice now that Batista and Mr. Kennedy are on one side of the ring as Rey joins them over there. We then happen to as well notice that HBK, Triple H, and Jericho are on the other side of the ring. There are three superstars from Raw and three from Smackdown left. Suddenly it seems as if it is going to be a brand thing as it breaks off into HBK battling Mysterio, Batista battles his former teacher Triple H, and Mr. Kennedy takes on Jericho.

The camera focuses on Jericho and Kennedy now as Kennedy was able to catch an off-guard Jericho with a knee lift knocking down Jericho onto the mat. Kennedy then proceeds to run and once more kick Jericho right in the head. Kennedy taunts Jericho daring him to get back up as Kennedy grabs Jericho and brings him into the corner. Kennedy throws Jericho’s head off of the turnbuckle and then Kennedy proceeds to grab Jericho and place him onto the turnbuckles. Kennedy makes his way onto the second turnbuckle possibly looking for a chance to cash in on a big elimination. Kennedy climbed the turnbuckles looking to throw Jericho off of them but at the last second Jericho was able to grab Kennedy and throw Kennedy off the turnbuckle stomach first. Jericho looks down at Kennedy lying on the mat as Jericho watches Kennedy get back up. Jericho then quickly grabs Kennedy and hits a Running Bulldog.

We now see Batista and Triple H doing battle in the ring now, as Hunter looks intent on eliminating his former friend and protégé in the match. Batista and Hunter both share a lock up in the middle of the ring to which Batista takes an advantage. Batista clubs away at the back of Hunter as he backs his former friend into the corner. Batista rams into Triple H’s stomach three times into the turnbuckles sending Triple H into the turnbuckles hard. Batista then quickly proceeded to pull Hunter out of the corner and throw him onto his shoulders as if he is looking for a Running Power slam but at this moment Hunter ends up shoving Batista off into the ropes. Batista turns around only to see Triple H run at him and hit him with a huge Harley Race like high knee sending Batista flying right over the ropes thanks to the help from a clothesline from Hunter after the high knee as well.

Elimination #25 – Batista by Triple H

This now cuts the match down to five people with two from Smackdown and three from Raw. Triple H simply decides he is going to wait it out in the corner as we now head over to HBK and Mysterio doing their battle. HBK and Mysterio make for an interesting little match up here as using his speed advantage over HBK’s size. Mysterio was able to slide underneath the legs of HBK and then run Michaels into the ropes before rolling right back into a roll up. Mysterio quickly got back up onto his feet before dropkicking Michaels into the ropes. Mysterio charged off the ropes attempting the 619 but at the last second HBK was able to ditch the ropes as Mysterio spins right back into the ring. Mysterio turns around and gets sent down to the mat with a thunderous clothesline from Triple H out of nowhere.

HBK looks at Triple H wondering where he came from as we have a brief staredown between these two. Everybody knows their history as Hunter eliminated Michaels last year in the Rumble but of course because of D-X and everything else that has happened everybody pops for this moment. Michaels and Hunter get after it in the ring, as Hunter was able to cheat thanks to a poke to the eyes from the Game himself. It shows you that Hunter has learnt from the best in the game in Flair. Triple H backs Michaels into the corner before throwing some rights across the forehead of HBK trying to bust the Heart Break Kid wide open apparently.

Triple H takes down Michaels with a chop block before picking HBK back up and throwing him between his legs looking for maybe a Pedigree. But from out of nowhere comes Rey Mysterio as he leaps off the top rope and connects with a Seated Senton to Triple H. Mysterio goes wild throwing rights at Triple H trying to get him grounded. Michaels gets back onto his feet as Mysterio and Michaels sent Hunter into the ropes. Both men charge and dropkick Hunter down to the mat. Mysterio then gets HBK to trip Hunter into the ropes. Mysterio charges off the ropes and connects with the 619 before Mysterio gets back into the ring. HBK quickly grabs Hunter and throws him over returning the favor from last year for Hunter eliminating Shawn. Mysterio is using his speed advantage over HBK’s size. Mysterio was able to slide underneath the legs of HBK and then run Michaels into the ropes before rolling right back into a roll up. Mysterio quickly got back up onto his feet before dropkicking Michaels into the ropes. Mysterio charged off the ropes attempting the 619 but at the last second HBK was able to ditch the ropes as Mysterio spins right back into the ring. Mysterio turns around and gets sent down to the mat with a thunderous clothesline from Triple H out of nowhere.

HBK looks at Triple H wondering where he came from as we have a brief staredown between these two. Everybody knows their history as Hunter eliminated Michaels last year in the Rumble but of course because of D-X and everything else that has happened everybody pops for this moment. Michaels and Hunter get after it in the ring, as Hunter was able to cheat thanks to a poke to the eyes from the Game himself. It shows you that Hunter has learnt from the best in the game in Flair. Triple H backs Michaels into the corner before throwing some rights across the forehead of HBK trying to bust the Heart Break Kid wide open apparently.

Triple H takes down Michaels with a chop block before picking HBK back up and throwing him between his legs looking for maybe a Pedigree. But from out of nowhere comes Rey Mysterio as he leaps off the top rope and connects with a Seated Senton to Triple H. Mysterio goes wild throwing rights at Triple H trying to get him grounded. Michaels gets back onto his feet as Mysterio and Michaels sent Hunter into the ropes. Both men charge and dropkick Hunter down to the mat. Mysterio then gets HBK to trip Hunter into the ropes. Mysterio charges off the ropes and connects with the 619 before Mysterio gets back into the ring. HBK quickly grabs Hunter and throws him over returning the favor from last year for Hunter eliminating Shawn.

Elimination #26 – Triple H by Shawn Michaels

The match has now come down to four men in the ring and it is two from Raw and two from Smackdown. We see each man take a corner as now the match has Mr. Kennedy, Rey Mysterio, Shawn Michaels, and Chris Jericho remaining. We see Mysterio and Jericho lock up as Kennedy and HBK end up locking up. We focus mainly now on Mysterio and Jericho as Jericho hit Mysterio in the back hard. Jericho is trying to focus on the legs of Mysterio and wear him down to possibly lock in the Walls of Jericho so that it would be even easier to eliminate Mysterio. Jericho catches Mysterio and hits a Double Underhook Backbreaker as Mysterio had attempted a Tilt a Whirl but Jericho was able to catch him and spin him around in position for the backbreaker.

Jericho watches Mysterio as if he is preying on his competition. Jericho teases Mysterio as the Biggest Little Man starts to get back onto his feet as Jericho wraps his arms around Mysterio but Mysterio slips through sending Jericho flying onto the ropes. Mysterio quickly runs off the ropes looking for another attempt at the 619 but Jericho was able to slip away. Mysterio is back in the ring on his feet but as he runs at Jericho, Jericho trips him up face first sending him into the ropes as well. Jericho runs and charges hitting a Leapfrog Guillotine hitting Mysterio right in the back as Jericho gets up and does his little shuffle dance taunting Mysterio.

We now head over to check on the action from Shawn Michaels and Mr. Kennedy as we notice that both men are tied up in the corner. Kennedy grabbed Michaels pulling him out of the corner as Kennedy hit a shoulder block sending Michaels down onto the mat. Kennedy held onto the arm of HBK dragging him back up as Kennedy responds with a suplex shaking the ring as Kennedy looks around and walks right back over to HBK. Kennedy taunts HBK asking if he can continue to which Michaels responds with nipping up! Michaels fights off Kennedy’s attempts as Michaels backs Kennedy into the ropes before sending him off the ropes. Kennedy comes charging back at HBK but it’s HBK that takes advantage with the Lou Thesz Press knocking Kennedy down and throwing wild lefts and rights.

Michaels grabs Kennedy as Kennedy backs up right into the arms of HBK as Michaels was able to hit a big Inverted Atomic Drop. HBK looks down at Kennedy and lets out a WOOO as a thanks to his friend Ric Flair as HBK locks in the figure four leg lock. Kennedy is going rampant in the ring knowing that he has to find a way to break the hold or he will be done in for. Kennedy tries everything he can to break the move as he is crawling towards the ropes and trying his best to get towards them. Kennedy finally inches closer and closer towards the ropes but at this time HBK pulls Kennedy right back into the middle of the ring!

Kennedy slaps the mat in frustration knowing that he has to be able to break the hold or he might be in trouble later in the match. Kennedy however uses the mat to his advantage as he makes his way over to the ropes and gets help from the ropes as he flips HBK over and has the Indian Death lock locked in on Shawn Michaels! HBK’s plan has gone reverse from what it originally started out as HBK is now the one in trouble. Kennedy taunts HBK saying “Do you like that” as HBK was able to break the hold quick but it seems that he got a bit of damage there as Kennedy rolls over on his side taking a small break as HBK is down as well.

We now head over to check back up on Jericho and Mysterio and we see Mysterio teetering on the ropes right now. Mysterio was able to get down off the ropes at the last second but as he turns around he runs right into the Code breaker from Jericho! Jericho scoops Mysterio up looking to throw him out of the ring as if he has a lawn dart but Mysterio grabs the ropes and wraps his legs around the head of Jericho. Mysterio pulls in Jericho as if he had a submission hold on Mysterio to which Mysterio is able to use his leg strength and pull Jericho right out of the ring! Jericho slaps the mat in anger as Mysterio gets back into the ring.

Elimination #27 – Chris Jericho by Rey Mysterio

We have received word that this Royal Rumble match has made history and now has beaten the record for the longest Rumble match that was held by 2002. We notice Kennedy get back to his feet as he looks at Mysterio and wonders just how in the hell Mysterio was able to make it this far. These former arch rivals lock up but it’s Mysterio that was able to take a big advantage early on as Mysterio was able to counter a clothesline from Kennedy and then dropkick Mr. Kennedy right into the knee. Mysterio watches as Kennedy gets back up but Mysterio hits Kennedy with a nice enzuigiri across the head as Kennedy falls down in the corner.

Kennedy gets back up as he charges at Mysterio once again but Mysterio leaps onto the shoulders of Kennedy and drops him in the ring with a DDT! Mysterio points to the sky as he heads to the top rope as Shawn Michaels is still down in the ring as Mysterio leaps off the ropes looking for a Frog Splash but he misses and connects with the mat as Kennedy rolled over. Mr. Kennedy gets back up and throws Mysterio between his legs. Kennedy tries to power bomb Mysterio out of the ring but Mysterio was able to hit a Hurricanrana sending Kennedy to the outside of the ring! WAIT! Kennedy holds onto the ropes pulling him back in as Mysterio tries to knock him over but Kennedy gets back into the ring.

Mysterio turns around in frustration and charges at Kennedy as Kennedy was able to catapult Mysterio as Mysterio was looking for a Seated Senton to eliminate Kennedy with his weight forcing Kennedy to the outside but Kennedy catches Mysterio and propels him into the air as Mysterio lands hard on the mat on the outside as we are now down to our final two!

Elimination #28 – Rey Mysterio by Mr. Kennedy

Kennedy watches as he circles around Michaels and picks up HBK. Kennedy goes to grab HBK and he connects with the Mic Check once again. Kennedy doesn’t stop there as he drags Michaels into the corner before throwing him onto the ropes. Kennedy places Michaels on the top rope, as HBK is helpless now. Kennedy grabs HBK looking to come down with the Green Bay Plunge but Michaels is able to counter. Both men are standing on the ropes now as it’s getting very dangerous up there as if one man falls out the match is over. Kennedy tries to throw Michaels off the ropes but HBK was too quick as he hits a big Superplex to take down Kennedy and himself in the process.

The crowd is silent for a moment as Kennedy and HBK are both down in the ring. Suddenly out of nowhere HBK nips right back up onto his feet from a great ovation from his home crowd. HBK watches as he pulls Kennedy back up and charges off the ropes hitting the Flying Forearm. HBK gets right back up and hits an Atomic Drop once more before knocking down Kennedy with some more rights. Michaels now heads into the corner looking ready to end the match as he begins to tune up the band here tonight!

HBK taps his foot on the mat as Kennedy slowly but surely gets back up. Michaels charges across the ring and MISSES the Sweet Chin Music to which he turns around and gets hit with the Green Bay Meatpacker! The fans boo as Kennedy falls down onto the mat grabbing at his neck and knowing he can fulfill his dream here tonight. Kennedy gets back up and drags Michaels to throw him out of the ring but HBK holds onto the ropes. HBK skins the cat as Kennedy goes to celebrate his win as the mic comes down after he called for it! Kennedy has the mic in hand as HBK turns around and charges at Kennedy. Kennedy tries to hit HBK with the mic but Michaels ducks the mic shot and then proceeds to promptly hit Kennedy right square in the throat with Sweet Chin Music as Kennedy was near the ropes and goes flying out giving us our Royal Rumble winner!

Elimination #29 – Mr. Kennedy by Shawn Michaels


Howard Finkel:
Here Is Your Winner And Moving Onto WrestleMania 23!!! San Antonio’s Own…..SHAWN MICHAELS!!!

Royal Rumble Match Time: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes, and 20 Seconds (Royal Rumble Record)

Shawn Michaels falls over in the ring as he grabs the ropes looking up towards the big WrestleMania 23 sign hanging in the arena. HBK pulls himself back up as he climbs the turnbuckles playing to the fans as his pyro shoots off ending the night with a big shock win from the Heart Break Kid in his hometown.

Jim Ross:
By gawd Tazz did Shawn Michaels have to put up a big fight tonight as he survived tonight and made history as well!

Tazz:
He did indeed to that as now he is the superstar with the longest time in the ring breaking the past record as he was in the ring tonight for a grand total of 1 hour, 5 minutes and twenty seconds!

Jim Ross:
There is nobody that deserves this more than Shawn Michaels as now he has also tied the record with Stone Cold for most Rumble wins which is three

Tazz:
Each year Michaels has had to go the distance and tonight it just made it that even sweeter. We can officially say that now the Road to WrestleMania has begun!

Jim Ross:
Indeed it has Tazz and well we’re signing off now. We’ll see you tomorrow night on Raw! I’m Jim Ross and he’s Tazz. Good night everybody!


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What I liked...
I mark for a Matt Hardy win always.

The narrations is something I'll have to try because I love the idea & the effect it has on the show.

Undertaker beating the hell out of Umaga. It was well worth him being okay with being eliminated. Match at Mania?

Coach & JBL was decent enough. Both were in pretty good character & shot down Teddy Long pretty good.

Haas & Flair should be pretty good. Hopefully it wont be another HHH/Flair or Carlito/Flair or Any Protege of Flair/Flair type rivalry.

Altogether I really like how you got alot of feuds going in the Rumble match.

Benjamin & Burke won. And Flair got the Experience which if done on TV would be entertaining as hell to watch.

The Orton/RVD was good & would've been amazing had it not been for Sandman. I hate the guy but besides him this was a close runner for the MOTN. Second to Edge/Angle of course.

The commentary was pretty good throughout the show. Thats always a plus.

The segment with Vince & Cryme Tyme was the best thing I've seen with Cryme Tyme to date. Vince was good in the segment also.

I was in awe with the whole Edge/Angle match. From the start to Burchill coming in all the way to the best finish of an I Quit match that I've seen in a long time.

What I Didnt Like
The Rumble match was okay. The part I didnt like was HBK winning for one & two MVP getting completely bitched by Trips. Mr Kennedy shouldn't have been the last elimination & Mysterio shouldn't have been that close to the finish. No reason why I just dont favor them too much.
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Looks to be quite the offering KOP. I never got the chance to comment on the preview, but I've been meaning to tell you that the card on paper is really, really nice. Still not too keen on Flair-Haas, so I hope they lose. Hoping for some shockers in the Rumble, but I'm still expecting Rey to win. And the two World Title bouts look fantastic. Picking Angle and Orton to win. If you'll notice, I don't fancy reading results and spoiling things. Anyway, I will be pounding through reviews tommorow - Tuesday. I've gotta post that loser Szumi's Starrcade review first, I owe some time to Alcy, Para, Mac, and PatMan, and I've got Wolfy to deal with too. So, I will TRY to have you some feedback by Tues night, but if not, by next weekend for sure. Also, look for War Games results tommorrow. There's some news, and the card, waiting for you in the Diary.
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Review will take fucking ages tbh, prolly up within 2 weeks.

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Post Royal Rumble News and Notes

The 2007 edition of the Royal Rumble has just ended a few hours earlier and we now know that Shawn Michaels is going on to main event WrestleMania 23. As for what title he will pick that is unknown. However we can expect an announcement on that in the upcoming weeks before No Way Out.

There was four names that were being tossed about to be considered to win the Royal Rumble and those were the last four men in the ring. Shawn Michaels, Mr. Kennedy, Chris Jericho, and Rey Mysterio all had legitimate chances at winning but Creative decided instead to go with HBK for the feel good win in his hometown.

A few surprises went down in the Royal Rumble match. First off Charlie Haas attacked his partner and friend Ric Flair. This was the plan all along but there never really was a set stage for when it was going to happen. However WWE decided to do it on the big stage at the Royal Rumble and it did work out well.

Another surprise was the return of the Undertaker followed by his quick elimination. Apparently Undertaker asked for the quick elimination as he never really was considered to be a top candidate to win the match anyways since apparently will be starting his feud off with Umaga very soon.

The finish in the I Quit Match had been practiced for a bit that weekend by both Angle and Edge. Apparently Angle is going to be playing off that he is injured but he won't be out for too long. It will be at the maximum of six weeks. More on that this week on Smackdown.

ECW makes it's debut this Tuesday on Sci-Fi. The two draft picks are going to be announced on Raw this week. One is said to be a no-brainer while the other is considered to be a shocker. There is a possibility though that both draft picks could only find themselves on ECW until after WrestleMania whenever the draft takes place where they would then be drafted to Raw or Smackdown.

There is talks of bringing a few superstars that were released last year back into the WWE. One notable name is Eugene who is down in OVW but could very well be undergoing a gimmick change. There has been some noticable superstars come back such as Juventud and others. More on this situation whenever we get more info.

The WrestleMania 23 card is pretty much set in stone for now and hinders on the fact of who Creative wants in a certain match. Other than that we can confirm that there will be 10 matches at WrestleMania and no less than that but most likely will end up just as 10.

The No Way Out main event is set to be announced this Monday on Raw. Apparently there will only be one title match at No Way Out and it's not going to be most likely the two main titles.


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Okay, lets go. Excellent opening video. Possibly the best I’ve read from you. Very nice, and sets the tone, also working in that Roman Gladiator theme.

Heck of a match to start proceedings. Given the history behind this one, it’s certainly a big match to kick the show off.


Match #1
United States Championship
Mr. Kennedy (c) vs. Matt Hardy

Fairly slow opening, with Kennedy taking charge early, fending off his challengers offence, but Hardy early on, shows he will not die. His fighting spirit makes this a really back and forth exchange, and using the moonsault was cool. LOL at the old school eye poke. Kennedy steals Ortons punt kick, but only gets a two. Hardy definitely pulling out all the high flying stunts, with a cross body plancha too. Really liking the fire you’ve got in Hardy here. Makes for a more emotional type of match, rather than just another opener. Sudden DDT from Kennedy came unexpectedly, and turns the match on it’s head again. But Hardy coming back quickly, with a missile dropkick puts it back in his favour. Leg Drop doesn’t do it, and that appears to go against Hardy, as Kennedy gets back in charge with the Twist of Fate not paying off for Hardy here. Excellent use of the face wash, a simple move I love to see J. Kennedy stays in control, but the superplex has both men in trouble. Would’ve been funny had Kennedy finished the match with Matt’s brothers finisher, lol. As it turns out, he misses, and it allows Hardy a chance to fight back, but why didn’t he go for a cover on the Side Effect?? Kennedy plays the old rope a dope, and ends up rolling Hardy up for two. To be honest, I think there have been a few instances were both men have recovered from an impact move a little quickly. (Hardy after the snap DDT earlier, and Kennedy after the side effect. Both moves should’ve led to a prolonged beating for at least a slightly longer period). Nice finish, countering the Mic Check, then catching Kennedy with the Twist of Fate, crowning a new champion. Personally, I’d have liked to have seen Kennedy enjoy a period of time in the match in firm control, to set up a big Hardy comeback, but none of his periods in charge lasted long enough to really justify a big comeback from Hardy. I would’ve thought after that early Snap DDT, Kennedy would’ve picked Hardy apart for a while, before a stirring comeback. Strong opener though.

The Cryme Tyme thing was okay for what it was. Decent little idea for a skit, and a change on the usual Royal Rumble backstage things in recent years when Rumble participants collide when picking balls.

Match #2
World Tag Team Championships
Ric Flair and Charlie Haas (c’s) vs. Shelton Benjamin and Elijah Burke

You know who needs to win this match, don’t you?? Glad to see you playing on the old Benjamin / Haas partnership early on, cancelling each other out, from knowing all about the other. Burke impresses, before brining Benjamin back in quickly, and yes indeedy, the corner power bomb works for me J. The quick tags from the heel challengers is sweet, showing they’ve got a strong gameplan, and seem to be gelling rather quickly. Maybe I remember it wrong, but shouldn’t Haas have been holding Benjamins leg for Shelton to hit the Dragon Whip? Haas finally makes it to Flair, and the Naitch rolls into action. But that doesn’t last long, and the challengers are back in full swing quickly, REALLY dominating this match, although Flair does manage to get a tag back out to Haas. Couple of neat reversals between Haas and Burke, but it’s the challengers dominating again. Hat Trick of Germans for Haas, before Flair accidentally becomes legal - I’m afraid to say I have no idea what a leaping spike reverse STO is, but it certainly sounds good. Flair gets attacked on the outside by Burke, and takes a further DDT in the ring, with Burke coming back in, the punishment continues. Haas even has to take more punishment screwing up a German on the apron. Whoa, almost thought Flair would steal that one, but Burke made it to the ropes. Haas and Benjamin brawling distracts the Naitch, and the Elijah Experience ends the match, and CROWNS NEW CHAMPIONS!!! Yee-haw!!! Not really a conventional tag match, with no big hot tag, but I actually like that, because it’s good to have a change of pace. Really pleased to see new champions crowned my man, although I expected Haas to take the fall and not the legendary Naitch. I’ll not complain, because I’ve treated Flair pretty much the same, but most people would like to see Flair used a little better than a tag teamer at this point.

Filler interview with Orton, just heading into the title match.

Match #3
WWE Championship
Randy Orton (c) vs. Rob Van Dam

A little irked that Orton didn’t seem to show fear of the Originals at ringside, or acknowledge them in the early going, especially if you’re wanting to get them over as an equal force. Orton gets the upper hand early, which is a surprise, as I’d have expected Van Dam to have the momentum, with the ECW guys behind him, and the added fact he would be hungry for revenge after the RKO on a chair from Raw. Smell the ratings - CHINLOCK~! That’s what I hate about Orton. Shitty borelocks, when they aren’t needed. Thankfully it was short, with Van Dam fighting back into it, but the control quickly swings back in the champions favour with the perfect dropkick for a two count. And rightfully, with the action on the outside, Van Dam is back in charge. I’ve counted three thumb taunts already. Overkill. RVD takes it to the outside, but this time, Orton dodges a high spot, and the match swings back to him again. Sandman gets bitched out by Orton, and doesn’t do anything in response in case he gets in trouble. Little lame for an extremist imo. Really love the back/neck breaker Orton does. Should probably finish more matches against lesser opponents, it’s that good. Just as I thought Orton might go through a period of dominance, RVD comes back right and quick, blocking a superplex, and responding with a moonsault for a near fall. Monkey Flip could lead to something … but it doesn’t. ‘Van Dam tried throwing Orton out of the ring but instead it was Orton who took advantage by picking Van Dam up and placing him on the ropes.’. That sounded really awkward, like something out of a wrestling game, rather than real life. Not sure I’d agree with the comment that RVD has taken a hell of a beating. It’s been even steven to me thus far. Elevated DDT nearly gets it done, but RVD smartly gets a foot on the rope saving the match. Second cover doesn’t get it done, and neither does the sick punt kick. Another foot on the rope saves Van Dam. RVD starts to get desperate, and it’s good to see him selling the kick for a while, before Rolling Thunder firmly puts the challenger in the driving seat, but that would never be enough to deliver the title for him. Another near fall for Van Dam … before MISSING the 5 Star!!! Close but no cigar for the challenger, but the match aint done yet, with Van Dam kicking out just in time. Orton though, makes trouble for himself, forcing a distraction for the referee, allowing Sandman to interfere, but screws it up big time, taking Van Dam out instead. Orton with an RKO on Sandman, and one for luck on Van Dam, ending this one, and Orton retains the title. Got a few problems with this. Mainly, ECW not looking on an equal par to the main roster. Firstly Orton no sells their presence at ringside, then bitch slaps Sandman, with no comeback, then Sandman gets an opportunity to get revenge, but screws it up, hitting his own man. Just made to look really weak imo. This is the type of thing I’d expect the WWE to do with ECW, but I know you want to make your ECW work - this certainly isn’t the way to establish credibility. After the match even, you could’ve had Orton get on the mic, and run down ECW, which could’ve led to the Originals storming the ring and beat the crap out of him.

Excellent little WM VP.

Another so-so backstage segment between Orton and Edge. Just cant see Edge living up to his end of the bargain to keep Angle from not quitting.


Match #4
World-Heavyweight Championship
I Quit Match
Edge (c) vs. Kurt Angle

Rightfully, this title match goes on second. Slow opening, but nice to see continuity with Edge going to the shoulder. Into the crowd early on too, nasty fall down the cold hard stairs for Edge. Very nasty tumble. Backstage now, and a German suplex through a table. Ouch. Angle is definitely the aggressor in this one. To me, applying the body scissors backstage seems a little silly. Maybe it’s just me. All the way to the outside of the arena momentarily, and Edge slams Angle onto the windscreen. Seemed to get back into the main arena awfully quickly, after all the time they took to get to the outside. Finally, it’s back inside the ring, after some brutal moments on the way back. Old School Angle with the Chicken wing. Little surprised he just ‘let it go’, but I can understand. Time for weapons then, and OUCH - 2x4 cracks off Edges skull. Hardcore Angle with the German into the trash can. Still no signs of quitting from Edge, as Angle really decides to turn it up a notch, with a table and a chair coming into play. Desperation drop toe hold from Edge into the chair, fuck me, ONE MAN CON-CHAIR-TO!!! Angle should be spark out at this point. Awesome counter from Angle, sending Edge from one table through another!!! Both men are down, and need time to recuperate at this point. Holy Shit. Angle IS hardcore, blasting the living shit out of Edge with the pipe. Just as it looks like Angle could be on the verge of victory, in come Burchill to wreck the party. Would be really shitty if Angle quit because of a move from Burchill. Also, The Ripper > British Nightmare. Drop that and call him the ripper please J. We’ve seen a table and chair and now A LADDER!!! Edge makes this ‘HIS’ match with that, and we get some sick ladder shots on Kurt. Comedy ladder spot though, with Angle kicking Burchill into the ladder, and Edge goes flying. © Laurel & Hardy. Burchill is out of the equation for now. Credit to Edge for showing bottle, not quitting to the Ankle Lock, despite the added pressure of the ladder involved. Ankle Lock is released, and not sold for too long with Edge delivering a sickening DDT onto the ladder. Nice tease for the table spot, with Angle dodging the spear, but Edge stopping before impact, then getting nailed through it. Lovely stuff. Looks as though Angle has this won, after ridding the ring of Burchill again, but this time, Edge takes him, and then applies a sick shoulder submission on the ladder. Then, it’s a re-hash of the Royal Rumble ‘99 I Quit match, with the recording playing, although credit where it’s due, this one seemed more plausible. Having said that, I was expecting something completely innovative for the finish, which you had highly touted going into the event. Slightly disappointing finish for me, and surely this gives Angle a perfect opportunity to ask for a rematch. He certainly has genuine grounds for it.

Segment with Coach and JBL was decent, but rather peculiar. Talking about something for No Way Out, then JBL makes his excuses to leave. Does this mean anything, or was it just filler??

Royal Rumble time BAY-BAY!!! J.R & Tazz calling it is the right thing, so you’re off to a winner already. Finlay and Cena to kick off proceedings is interesting, as you’d expect Cena to be amongst the favourites. Looking for a big, big run from him tonight - surely final four at the very least?? Didn’t expect an elimination in that early going, but Dykstra has quick elimination written all over him. But it looks like I was wrong, as he hangs on in there, with Matt Hardy pulling DOUBLE DUTY!!! I mark out for double duty. It’ll be interesting to see how the new U.S Champ fares in this one, given his big win earlier. Just as I thought Kenny was going to hang on for another little while, Hardy chucks him out, just before - SHAWN MICHAELS. Some big names hitting the early numbers here. HBK, in his home town, should be good for a big run, possibly final four with Cena. Michaels and Hardy tear it up, whilst Cena and Finlay remain paired up. Mercury in next. Like Dykstra, I don’t see him lasting long, especially given his tag team credentials as opposed to his singles skills. No fear shown though by Mercury, going right after the hometown boy. Hardy was made to look a little jobberish though, just doing what Shawn told him to do by going away like a punk. I guess Mercury will regret that … on his way back up the aisle, lol. Cena and Finlay still going at it, but no sign of an elimination yet for either of them, going strong. Noble enters, and I’d expect a solid, if unspectacular run from the Cruiserweight champion, to at least put the CW champion over a little. At least he has lasted two minutes, and now Haas comes in for DOUBLE DUTY. I wonder how he’ll respond to the loss earlier tonight in this one. Finlay and Cena are still stuck to each other like glue. Geez, get a room you two. HBK busts out a head scissors, which would’ve been even better had it led to an elimination. Now, business is about to pick up - Mark Henry is about to take over this Rumble, before giving a hot face a big elimination to his bow. HORNSWOGGLE~!!! Saves Finlay from elimination in a nice spot. Hope that isn’t the last wee see of the Little Bastard. Happy to see Noble holding his own against the likes of Henry. It’s a boost for the CW division to see him on level terms with big men. Don’t see much happening for Helms to be honest. I think he could be wasted on Raw as a singles star, when he could be a massive asset to the CW division on Smackdown. There goes Noble. Ideally, would’ve liked a slightly longer run, but ultimately, there’s no shame in getting eliminated by the Worlds Strongest Man. WHOA!!! First big elimination, and that came as a sudden shock, because I wasn’t expecting Finlay to go anywhere any time soon. No surprise that it’s Cena to eliminate him, and I would envisage this turning into a short term feud on Raw up to No Way Out, after the two were basically married to each other in this contest. This could get interesting, with Burke in there now, with Haas still fuming from his loss earlier tonight. As expected, Haas and Burke get into it, whilst Cena attempts an FU on Henry … but it doesn’t pay off!!! Don’t see much happening for Kendrick either I’m afraid, but he could add quite a bit of excitement before getting his ass thrown out. And Henry is gone!!! Cena adds another elimination to his tally, and looks to be picking up quite the steam. And just before the countdown, Burke is outta here, courtesy of Haas!!! Wasn’t expecting that. And now, it’s the NAITCH-A BOY!!! It’d be sweet to see a good run for Flair here. Bit of time to just settle things down in the ring it seems after a few quick eliminations … and with Jeff Hardy added to the fray, we might see the excitement turned up another notch, with Kendrick already in there too, and of course, his brother too. Possible reunion for the brothers Hardy?? It’d be a nice moment for the match. Cena and HBK going at it btw would be a great highlight, and something for the fans to keep an eye on. Halfway there, and Cena is still going strong. This’ll be interesting now to see how Punk fares. He’s still new to the scene, but has been getting a quick push up the ladder. Quick elimination too, with Helms biting the dust. Helms needs to go to SD, because I don’t envisage him breaking the mid card ranks on Raw. YES!!! Hardy Boys gang up, and Haas screws up, GETTING HIMSELF ELIMINATED by Hardy!!!!!! Surprised to see Kendrick hanging in there. Nitro is up next, and I’d imagine he’ll do slightly better than his tag team partner. It’s a two minute spell with plenty of action, but no eliminations, until Kane enters the fray. With his history in the match, Kane could definitely be the man to make a few quick eliminations, and open the ring up a bit. Definitely not a winner imo. Brief scare for HBK and his rabid fans, as Cena nearly gets him out of there. What the heck is Haas playing at there?? Flair is eliminated by Matt Hardy, and Haas turns on his partner. Piece of shit imo.
Sabu makes up the ECW portion of this Rumble, and after the way ECW got squashed earlier, he NEEDS a strong run for sure. Sabu makes an early impression, not caring who he has to go through either. Hardys end any tandem work, and that’s how it should be imo - every man for himself. Well, at least we get an explanation as to why JBL had to shoot off earlier. Putting himself in the Rumble is INSPIRED. Lovely piece of booking, and a genuine surprise. YAY!!! Hornswoggle reappears … and Finlay does too, getting rid of Cena!!! Boo for that. No ratings for eliminating Cena early. Given that he was illegally eliminated, surely he has an argument for a title match?? … or at least a second chance in some form. Paul London is in now, and joins his tag partner - who has really shocked me with a big run thus far. Or at least he did. Ironic that once his partner arrives, he gets dumped. Nitro aint too far behind him either, and Kane makes a mark. Hardys joining up again, fcusing on London, with his partner outta there makes sense. WOOO Sabu takes this rumble … to the extreme. Excellent stuff. Couple of great spots from Sabu. Carlito gets a good number, but I don’t see him making much impact on the match. It’s hotting up in the ring, but no eliminations in the two minute time period. And Mister Kennedy gets a great number, and he’ll be looking to bounce back from his earlier loss. Is JBL still on commentary?? Should maybe note that somewhere, or have him comment when another entrant is introduced. Kennedy and Matt Hardy going heads up - along with HBK, Matt has been there a LONGGGG time. Sabu and Jeff teaming up seems a little off - surely Sabu should be going in as a lone wolf, standing for ECW?? Oh man, Batista could be a really dark horse … and stamps his authority by eliminating KANE!!! JBL gets dumped real quick by HBK, and surely that wont sit well with the GM of Smackdown. Good number for Jericho, but he’ll not be winning this. He has too much other stuff going on right now, with his fans winning quest. Sabu is gone, but got an okay run. No shame for him going at this point. Still surprised to see Punk there. Given a decent run here, he is definitely going places quickly on SD. Umaga is here as #25, and boy oh boy, it’ll take something special to get him out of here in my opinion. Umaga makes an immediate impact with a DOUBLE elimination, finishing off London and Punk. And Carlito is outta here too, courtesy of Jeff Hardy, for a disappointing showing for CCC. Definitely seems to be in a slump. Have to be honest … The Hardys are dumb as fuck. They had KK in a great position to dump him out, after blocking the Green Bay Plunge, but keep him in the ring with a DDT instead?? Silly move imo. Really great way to get the Undertaker in there quickly, cutting out the long ass intro, by having him appear in the ring. Definitely a great way to beat that five minute intro. And business picks up with Taker and Umaga going at it. Bulldozer is gone!!! BUT SO IS TAKER!!! Two huge eliminations for Batista, taking out BOTH Brothers of Destruction. Definitely setting the stage for Umaga - Taker at WM. Glad you mentioned the aftermath of the Umaga and Taker exchange rather than forget about it. Vicious brawl. HBK and Jericho look to be going for one another now too, playing on their long history. MVP draws a late number, but he certainly wont be winning. It’s a good spot for him though. Doesn’t make a good start though, making an enemy quickly, in Batista. The Hardy - Kennedy issue comes to a head with Matt getting ousted by Ken, as revenge for the opener this evening. Hardy may have the US Title, but Kennedy may yet go to the big dance. Oh. Triple H - #28. This could be his night. Hardy is taken out by Jericho and Batista. Surprised it took two men to eliminate Hardy, but regardless - he’s gone, and that’s for sure. Late number for Shelton, but he wont be winning either, it’s looking like a straight up tussle between HBK, Batista, Triple H and Rey (who must be #30). MVP didn’t get much of a run, as The Game begins to put a notch on his tally of eliminations. Now, could Rey be the first ever to win this thing from #30. He has the great number, and he was my pick all along. Lets see how it unfolds from here.
Poor showing for Shelton, but I guess since he had his match earlier, it’s not a big shame. Batista and Triple H bring up their old school history, but Batista is the man to be toppled, with The Game eliminating The Animal. I guess HHH finally gets one over on Batista two years on. I’d love to see this come down to HBK and HHH - that would be long time ratings given the epic history between them. Rey busts out the 619!!! Awesome. It said there that HBK threw Hunter over, returning the favour from last year - but you didn’t confirm it by saying Triple H is eliminated, nor did you say he landed on the apron. Bit lost now. Second 619 is too many for Rey, and he fails to repeat himself. So I take it The Game survived?? Rey helps out HBK, as it seems like groundhog day, having read Triple H pounding HBK trying to bust him open for the second time, then HBK dumps HHH returning the favour for last year, which you wrote earlier too. The Game is gone, and I’m shocked he didn’t make the final four. I just couldn’t imagine Hunter accepting anything less than a final four finish in a Rumble. Another attempt at a 619 fails for Rey, but I’m marking for the Jericho shuffle . Yee-haw, Michaels nips up, but no ratings for a second Lou Thesz press from him in this match, as I don’t recall him using it at all, certainly not on a regular enough basis to use it twice in one match. Long period for the final four, before the least likely winner is out, with Rey eliminating Jericho, although the description of it was too awkward for me to understand I’m afraid. Rey then eliminates Kennedy … NO!!! NOOOOOOO!!! Rey is eliminated from the Rumble match?? No way. Down to two, and I just don’t see Kennedy pulling off the shock win in Michaels hometown. But man, that would be the ultimate push for Kennedy, shocking the world with a Rumble victory, last eliminating home town hero to go to WM. It doesn’t happen though, and HBK makes history with a Sweet Chin Music to end proceedings. The final few minutes between Kennedy and Michaels didn’t have that excitement that say Taker - Michaels did a few years back, but it’s a great victory for Michaels and he’s on his way to WM. With the event in San Antonio, I guess I should’ve thought about that one sooner. HBK gets to live his boyhood dream once more at WM, and I’d hope he takes on Edge rather than Orton in the WM main event. Great to see Kennedy get such an awesome run, as a shocking runner up, but I was pulling for a Mysterio win. Michaels will do though.

Solid Rumble match, and overall, an excellent effort. As previously stated, I had a few minor quibbles with some of the under card matches, but overall, it’s a solid platform to build the Road to WrestleMania.
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Monday January 29, 2007
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HBK WrestleMania Bound!


Last night at the Royal Rumble Shawn Michaels won his third Royal Rumble tying a record with Stone Cold for most Rumble wins. HBK also set a record for longest time in the ring as well. But tonight the road to WrestleMania officially gets started as we get ready to roll into Miami in just two months. Shawn Michaels will kick off Raw but the question is will we find out who he's facing at WrestleMania tonight?

ECW Draft - Tonight

Three weeks ago on Raw it was announced that ECW would be revived on January 30. Well here we are as it's January 29 and ECW goes on the air tomorrow night. But before they do so they will be holding a draft here to pick two superstars to represent their brand. Which two stars will Paul Heyman pick as he can pick one from Raw and one from Smackdown. Tune into Raw to see who Heyman selects!

"Flair" in Haas?

Last night at the Royal Rumble Shelton Benjamin and Elijah Burke were victorious and became the new World Tag Team Champions. Haas played it off that he wasn't angry but what happened in the Royal Rumble match really showed what he thought about losing the titles. Shortly after Haas was eliminated, he snapped and beat the hell out of Flair after Flair was thrown out. Now that this tag team is over with, will we get an explanation from Haas on why he turned on the Nature Boy?

Irish Screwjob

Finlay and John Cena both kicked off the Royal Rumble last night in grand fashion. Cena was able to dump Finlay out fairly early into the match but after the eighteenth entrant entered Finlay came back out and with help from Hornswoggle was able to eliminate Cena. Cena has been rampantly looking for Finlay since then and has said that he will talk about what went down last night tonight on Raw!

For all of this and more don't miss a big episode of Raw here live tonight at 9/8 CT on the USA Network!

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Raw might go up tonight BUT most likely will go up tomorrow. Depends on if I feel like putting it up tonight or not.

Ok you can all keep those Royal Rumble reviews rolling in. I'm eager to go ahead and move on now towards WrestleMania as only No Way Out stands in my way. If you're reviewing the PPV feel free to just look over Raw whenever it goes up and just get a feeling of what happened. Also a small reminder, ECW is going to be recapped for a while and be posted with Smackdown. I'll write at least one promo out a week most likely but everything else will most likely be recapped until after WrestleMania. For ECW that is...
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Mate, just to let you know. I've got two days off this weekend, so I'm going to try my best to get some feedback up for the Rumble for you then.
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Monday Night Raw
Monday January 29, 2007
Dallas, Texas


Across the Nation hits as the Raw video package plays before it shows Randy Orton holding his WWE title in the air as it comes to a close. We now head into the arena as the camera pans around before we cut down to ringside.

Jim Ross: Welcome one and all to Monday Night Raw as we are coming off certainly one of the biggest Royal Rumbles ever!

Jerry Lawler: A lot went down last night JR as we crowned new tag team champions plus not to mention “HBK” Shawn Michaels won the Royal Rumble in his hometown!

Jim Ross: Now the main question is whom is Shawn Michaels going to challenge for the title? We are not sure when we are going to get this answer though.

Jerry Lawler: Hopefully we’ll get it soon JR because I don’t think I can wait too long around here to find out our WrestleMania main event!

Sexy Boy hits across the arena as HBK comes out on stage. He stops soaking in the monstrous ovation from the fans here in his home state as he heads down the ramp slowly. He slaps hands with the fans along the way to a nice ovation from the fans, as he gets ready to roll into the ring. HBK walks over grabbing a mic before rolling into the ring. He stands back up getting a big ovation from the fans.

Shawn Michaels: Let me go ahead and start off by saying it’s great to know that I’m going back to WrestleMania to main event once again!

The crowd gives a thunderous pop as HBK shows a smile.

Shawn Michaels: Thanks a lot everybody. Last night I went into my hometown of San Antonio, Texas and just like my hometown Spurs I brought it home. I brought everything I had and I knew that I was going to come out on top. And now I am standing here one night later the winner of the Royal Rumble match!

The crowd starts a big HBK chant as he throws his hands in the air leading them.

Shawn Michaels: Only sixty-two days are left until April 1 in Miami. I’ve only got sixty-two days to get ready before I head to Florida for my title match. Ever since last night people have been asking me just who I am going to pick to use my title match against but I have no clue. I really don’t know whom I want to face at WrestleMania. It doesn’t really matter though if it’s Edge or Randy Orton because it’s already guaranteed that I’ll steal the show!

The crowd gives a nice pop as HBK laughs.

Shawn Michaels: Everybody knows that I am Mr. WrestleMania. That I am the Showstopper, the Headliner, the One and Only Shawn Michaels!

Another big HBK chant breaks out as he stops to soak in the chants.

Shawn Michaels: Randy I sat and watched you and your friend Edge do your little “proposal” stuff earlier this month and I must say I’m not impressed. You both have an agreement to walk into WrestleMania 23 with both of the titles to represent Rated RKO but the thing is that one of you won’t be walking out with a title. Now as to whom? That’s all up to the good ole’ Heart Break Kid to decide now isn’t it?

HBK paces in place now.

Shawn Michaels: I’ve been thinking long and hard about really whom I want to face at WrestleMania but I’m not really sure yet. On one hand you’ve got the man that had to cheat to retain his title last night by using a tape recorder!

The crowd boos, as they know Michaels is talking about Edge.

Shawn Michaels: And then on the other hand you’ve got the man that had to get his butt…I mean best buddy to ban the ECW Originals from being at ringside during his match.

The crowd laughs at the comment but boos Orton as well.

Shawn Michaels: So ya’ know I’m having a hard time tryin’ to decide on which one of you will be the lucky ones to receive a nice boot right in the throat come WrestleMania!

The crowd gives a nice pop as HBK shows a confident smile.

Shawn Michaels: So lemme’ be the fi…

Burn in my Light hits across the arena as out steps the WWE Champion Randy Orton. Orton doesn’t even bother using his pyro tonight, as he looks clearly offended at the comments that were just made about him. Orton makes his way down the ramp before he rolls into the ring and holds his title in the face of Michaels. Orton grabs a mic in the process and gets right in the face of the winner of the Royal Rumble.

Randy Orton: Listen. I don’t give a damn who you are. Just because you won the Royal Rumble doesn’t mean a damn thing to me. You’re going to be just one less statistic and just one less legend in my path if you even THINK about facing me at WrestleMania. You might as well not even bother because before you can even try to kick me in the throat, I’ll gladly kick you right square in the head and knock you unconscious.

The crowd gives a nice big series of boos to Orton as Orton soaks it in loving every minute of it apparently.

Randy Orton: SHUT UP! I didn’t come out here to listen to you morons either. I came out here to shut up this “so called” legend right here.

Orton points to HBK as the fans are showing their support for the Heart Break Kid right now.

Shawn Michaels: So called legend? Son I was stealing the show when you were in diapers. Don’t even get me started on whom I’ve beaten and the list goes on and on and on…

Randy Orton: But you’ve never beaten me! You never have beaten me one on one in that ring and it’s going to stay that way. I can promise you that right now because there isn’t a damn thing that you or anybody here on Raw, Smackdown, or ECW can or will do about it.

The crowd watches as Orton laughs at HBK.

Randy Orton: I’ve watched your career start to dwindle down Shawn. You’re not the same Heart Break Kid that you were fifteen years ago. You’re no longer the “show stealer” as you like to call yourself. There is only one real “show stealer” and you are looking at him right now. Look at me Shawn! I’m the WWE Champion! I’ve got everything going for me and yet you won’t even show me respect!

Shawn Michaels: You don’t deserve my respect!

HBK looks Orton straight in the eyes as Orton looks really ticked off now.

Randy Orton: Oh I see how it is Shawn. You are nothing but a fraud Shawn Michaels. A person that is living off of his past accomplishments whenever we are thirteen years ahead now. You need to realize that this isn’t WrestleMania 10 that we are going to. This is WrestleMania 23. This is not the era of the Heart Break Kid. This is the era of the Legend Killer.

The crowd boos, as Orton looks still pissed that the fans won’t show any respect towards him.

Shawn Michaels: Randy you know that’s funny. Are all of these legends really legends? Or are they just “so called” legends? One thing is guaranteed though whether or not I pick to face you at Wrestle Mania or not…

Randy Orton: Hell Shawn! You’ll be lucky if you even make it to WrestleMania!

Orton shoves HBK as Michaels turns around right into a big spear from Edge! Edge came out of nowhere as Orton and Edge are in the ring beating the hell out of Michaels. Edge gets Orton to grab a steel chair and throw it into the ring. Orton gets one as they both walk over to HBK. Orton and Edge both look at one another and connect with a big Con-chair-to. Orton and Edge drop the chairs as they both give one another a big high five. HBK is left lying in the ring right now, as he is pretty much out of it for now.

Jim Ross: Rated RKO has ambushed Shawn Michaels in the ring and damn it this is wrong. This is very wrong as to what went down!

Jerry Lawler: Shawn Michaels is just twenty four hours off of his Royal Rumble win and now all of sudden he gets ambushed in the ring by the champions? This is pathetic JR.

---Commercial---

Match #1
Jeff Hardy vs. Carlito


Match Overview: We get a rematch from last week as Carlito meets Jeff Hardy in another non-title match. Carlito gets a bit of offense in after his loss last week but it’s Hardy who really gets the match going tonight. Hardy was able to hit Carlito with a big mule kick before going to pick Carlito up but Carlito got a cradle on Hardy. Carlito came oh so close to getting the win before Hardy kicked out with authority. Carlito quickly jumped back onto his feet clothes lining Hardy back down onto the mat as Carlito waits for the Intercontinental Champion to get back up. Carlito picks Hardy back up as Carlito throws Hardy into the ropes. Hardy leaps onto the ropes trying for the Whisper in the Wind but Carlito shakes the ropes and Hardy falls onto the ropes groin first before doing a flip and landing on the mat. Carlito picks Hardy up before dropping him with the Back Cracker in the middle of the ring getting the win!

Winner: Carlito

Carlito pumps his fist as the crowd cheers for Carlito in this fan favorite match. Hardy gets back to his feet as Carlito walks around holding his hand in the air after his big win.

Jim Ross: What a win for Carlito tonight and you know that this has to set him up for a future Intercontinental title shot.

Jerry Lawler: It sure should JR because Carlito pinned Hardy fair and square and I really do believe we could be looking at the next Intercontinental Champion right now!

We head backstage after the match to see the WWE Champion Randy Orton and the World-Heavyweight Champion Edge backstage joking around.

Jonathan Coachman: Guys…guys!

Coach comes running over to Edge and Orton.

Randy Orton: Oh hey. What’s up Coach?

Orton looks at Coach as he slaps Edge as they both laugh. Coach looks a little bit hesistant about saying this but knows he has to.

Jonathan Coachman: Listen! Mr. McMahon just told me that since you both felt the need to attack Shawn Michaels…that well…

Orton tries to get Coach to talk.

Randy Orton: Well what?

Jonathan Coachman: Well you’ve both got to face him in a tag team match at No Way Out! Mr. McMahon has ordered it to be the Second Annual Champions versus Contender’s Match.

Edge and Orton both look at one another and smile.

Randy Orton: That’s perfectly fine Coach because I’d feel great knowing that both Edge and myself get another chance to kick (teasing HBK) good’ ole HBK’s ass once again!

Edge: Shawn Micahels is a joke anyways. So um who’s his partner going to be?

Coach stops Edge and Orton there.

Jonathan Coachman: That’s the thing. We don’t know yet. However we do know that he will be making his decision as to whom he will face at WrestleMania next week here on Raw. And both of you are scheduled to be here.

Edge: Personally Randy I hope he picks me so I can give him another very friendly con-chair-to straight to the head and scramble his brains once again! Then he will be known as the “Has been kid”

Edge laughs as both Orton and Edge look on at Coach.

Jonathan Coachman: Well I’ve got to go but I thought that you two would like to know that before No Way Out. So good luck at No Way Out and Randy…make Raw proud.

Coach walks off as Orton and Edge both get back to talking about something as we head to a commercial break.

---Commercial---

WrestleMania 23 Countdown - 62 Days to WrestleMania!
After the break we head backstage to see Todd Grisham standing by with Charlie Haas.

Todd Grisham: Charlie last night things didn’t go so well for you. Not only did you lose your tag team championships but you also turned on your friend Ric Flair. Can you tell us why you turned on the Nature Boy?

Charlie Haas: Todd are you really this dumb? If anybody thought this whole time that I was really friends with Ric Flair…well then they are dumb. I never was really “friends” with Ric. I used him so I could get to where I am now. I used Ric so I could get me some gold and that I just did. I never really had a desire to wrestle in tag teams anymore. I did that years ago and the last thing I want to to is being stuck holding tag team gold when I know I AM better than that!

Todd Grisham: After you were eliminated you preceded to snap and then eliminate Ric Flair. Why would you do such a thing to a legend like Flair?

Charlie Haas: Ric Flair is a joke. He’s a washed up piece of crap that needs to retire. But you know Todd I’ll gladly be the one that does this. I’ll gladly be the one that is able to retire Flair after I injure him and put him on the shelve…for good!

Todd Grisham: Charlie later tonight Ric Flair will be in action against the Samoan Bulldozer Umaga and I must ask you will you be watching this match tonight?

Charlie Haas: Of course. I’ll gladly be sitting at ringside watching it. You see let me spell something else out for each and every one of you. I hated being the one that would come here and lose every week. I hated every bit of it. Every time I would walk in that locker room and in the back people would laugh at me. People would want to wrestle me so they could embarrass me. No longer am I the laughingstock of Raw though. I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to go straight to the top. And it doesn’t matter who you are. If you’re holding me back…I will step right through you! Even you Ric Flair!

Haas walks off as he heads into the arena before we head down to the commentating team.

Jim Ross: Charlie Haas certainly is a changed man but sometimes change brings about good and it has resuscitated the career of Haas in the process.

Jerry Lawler: Haas certainly does deserve better than what he had been getting on Raw in the past and I’m glad he took a stand.

Jim Ross: I’m not really proud of the way that Haas came about with these changes but hey I don’t like everybody either and not everybody likes me so.

Jerry Lawler: Exactly JR. I can’t stand you either but I work with you.

Jim Ross: Oh shut up!

Match #2
Ric Flair vs. Umaga


Match Overview: Flair and Umaga both get a decent bit of time to put on a match as it’s mainly for two reasons; to hype the Flair/Haas feud and then to further push Umaga and his feud with the Undertaker. Umaga acts as if nothing went down last night at the Royal Rumble with the Undertaker returning. Instead Umaga keeps his mind on Flair in the ring. Umaga does a bit of quick work on Flair before he throws Flair into the corner. Umaga tries for the Samoan Wrecking Ball but Flair was able to get out of the way. Haas quickly runs over pulling the leg of Flair as Haas is up on the apron. Flair responds with a nice punch to the face of Haas. Flair turns around as it’s too late as Umaga scoops him up and hits Flair with a big Samoan Spike!

Winner: Umaga

Armando Estrada rolls into the ring as Flair is rolled to the outside. Haas is making his way up the ramp as now Armando Estrada has a mic in hand.

Armando Estrada: Estude me…estude me! Everyone leesten…tu me! Haha!

The crowd boos Estrada as the attention now turns to him and not Flair and Haas.

Armando Estrada: See what ju just say in de’ ring was carnage. Pure carnage courtesy of the one and ‘de only OOOMAGA!

Umaga slaps his chest yelling out his name as the fans boo.

Armando Estrada: But last night what happened at de’ Royal Rumble was uncalled for! If ju didn’t see it well then ju don’t need to! Estude me! ‘Je Undertaker put his hands on Umaga and attacked the Samoan Bulldozer. Undertaker had no business showing up last night and once Umaga gets in ‘de same ring as him…ju can promise that ‘je Undertaker will never be seen again!

The crowd boos as a big Undertaker chant breaks out. Umaga starts acting weird as if he is about to freak out.

Armando Estrada: ‘Je Undertaker is a fraud and always has been. If Undertaker really wants what happened ‘tu him at SummerSlam to happen ‘tu him again; then he can feel free to mess with my Samoan Bulldozer…OOOMAGA!

Estrada pulls out his cigar.

Armando Estrada: But be prepared Undertaker because if you do mess with Umaga, then this will be ‘jur consequences!

Estrada snaps the cigar in half as he rolls out of the ring as both Estrada and Umaga make their way up the ramp. Umaga yells a lot of words in Samoan as we head to another commercial break.

---Commercial---

WrestleMania Rewind - WrestleMania I

Hulk Hogan and Mr. T team together to take on Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff in the main event.


This is Extreme hits across the arena as out steps the General Manager of ECW…Paul Heyman! Heyman makes his way down the ramp as a fairly good ECW chant breaks out. Heyman gets into the ring as he waits for the fans to stop the chant.

Paul Heyman: Thank you. Each and every one of you!

Paul E. chants break out now, as Paul looks ready to start.

Paul Heyman: Now a few weeks ago it was announced that ECW would be making it’s return to WWE television.

The crowd starts another ECW chant.

Paul Heyman: Well that time has come and it all gets kicked off tomorrow night on ECW on Sci-Fi! But Mr. McMahon has granted me the choice of picking two superstars who I feel that embodies the persona of an ECW Original. Now first off before I get started I’d like to go ahead and say this…

The crowd waits to hear what Heyman is going to say.

Paul Heyman: I want to thank each and every one of you fans for making this possible. You wouldn’t sit down, you wouldn’t shut up when told and you wouldn’t let ECW die! So thank you.

Heyman watches fans stand up across the arena and start some ECW chants.

Paul Heyman: But now. ECW has been granted two draft picks courtesy of Mr. McMahon and I’ve been thinking long and hard about these two picks. I’ve been wondering just who I felt deserved to be an ECW Extremist and well this first one didn’t take much thinking. I realized that ECW couldn’t be what it is today if it didn’t have one superstar.

A big RVD chant breaks out as the fans know immediately who Heyman is talking about.

Paul Heyman: I knew that if I didn’t bring this man to ECW that I would be depriving the fans of seeing him and that ECW wouldn’t be the same. So ladies and gentlemen please welcome my first draft pick to ECW…

The crowd chants his name along with Heyman.

Paul Heyman: Rob…Van…Dam!

One of a Kind plays throughout the arena as RVD makes his way down the ramp. RVD is already clad wearing an ECW shirt as he rolls into the ring and shakes hands with Heyman. Heyman and RVD both look around the arena as a big RVD chant continues on.

Rob Van Dam: Paul I want to not only thank you for giving me this chance to come back to my home but for giving me the chance to represent ECW. I promise that I won’t let these fans down and that I will be the Whole Dam Show once again!

Heyman points to RVD as RVD does his thumb taunt.

Paul Heyman: Thanks Rob. You’re a man of few words. Now this next man…well I can’t say that he is a man of few words. I looked over his impressive resume and saw how big he has gotten in the year and a half that he has been in the WWE. I knew that immediately once I saw him that he could be something big here in ECW…

The crowd has no clue just who the hell Heyman is talking about.

Paul Heyman: I knew immediately that if given the chance this man would make ECW stand out among the three brands. This man is the future of not only ECW…but also the WWE itself. Please welcome…

Turn Up the Treble hits across the arena as Mr. Kennedy makes his way down the ramp. Kennedy doesn’t look visibly happy that he has been drafted to ECW. Kennedy rolls into the ring raising his hand in the air, as he doesn’t look happy still at all.

Mr. Kennedy: Paul, it’s Mister Kennedy to you!

Heyman looks at Kennedy as if he is a smartass as Kennedy looks around the arena.

Mr. Kennedy: It is a damn shame after what I went through last night that I have been drafted to perhaps the worst show not in the WWE but sports-entertainment itself. I have basically been sent down to the minor leagues in comparison. But let it be known that despite all of this that you are looking at the man that will headline WrestleMania 23. The man that will be the ECW Champion…that man is…

Mr. Kennedy: Misterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Kennedyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

Kennedy walks over before he climbs the turnbuckle.

Mr. Kennedy: KENNEDY!

Kennedy gets off the turnbuckles as he turns around right into the face of RVD.

Rob Van Dam: You come here and talk trash about ECW but you think that you are going to be the next ECW champion?

Mr. Kennedy: Yes I did say that.

Rob Van Dam: Well I beg to differ. You see don’t even represent what an ECW original is. You’re an outcast as far as I am concerned and if you even think about stepping into that ring with me over the ECW Championship…then you’re making a big mistake. Any one of those ECW originals will be glad to show you what it means to represent ECW and you know I’d be glad to be the first one to do it!

RVD and Mr. Kennedy both go face to face as Heyman holds them back.

Paul Heyman: Gentlemen calm down. Listen I’ve got an announcement concerning the ECW Championship tomorrow night. As for n…

Mr. Kennedy looks ready to punch RVD but RVD swings a kick at Kennedy’s head. RVD misses as Kennedy rolls out of the ring. One of a Kind plays across the arena as Heyman and RVD are left standing in the ring. Kennedy is making his way up the ramp to boos from the fans as Heyman tries to calm RVD down in the ring.

Jim Ross: ECW hasn’t even gone on air yet King and they are already causing trouble for one another!

Jerry Lawler: That further proves to you that they are all trash. Each one of them needs to be locked up in an insane asylum and left there!

Jim Ross: Well we all have our own opinions King but I’ve been just told that later tonight by Raw GM Jonathan Coachman that RVD will have his last match here on Raw before heading off to ECW tomorrow night!

Jerry Lawler: Well who’s his opponent?

Jim Ross: His opponent is none other than a man that is visibly frustrated after his loss last night in the Royal Rumble match…”The Game” Triple H!

---Commercial---

Match #3
World Tag Team Championships
Shelton Benjamin and Elijah Burke (c’s) vs. The Highlanders


Match Overview: This match is simply for the champions to get them a quick title defense in after their title win last night. Both men put on a good match against the Highlanders as the Highlanders really aren’t jobbed out. They take their first title shot in a few months very serious and came oh so close to winning the titles after Robbie rolled Burke up but only got a two count. The fans thought we were close to naming new champions again but after that Benjamin and Burke made the match go downhill from there. Burke was able to dropkick Rory off the ropes to which Benjamin proceeded to hit a big T-Bone Suplex on Robbie in the ring to get the win and retain their titles

Winner and STILL World Tag Team Champions: Shelton Benjamin and Elijah Burke

Benjamin and Burke are both handed their titles as they hold their hands in the air as the fans boo them big time. Benjamin and Burke both look around the arena with their titles in the air before we head over to the commentating team.

Jim Ross: Fresh off their win last night they roll into Raw tonight and gain another big win here to retain their titles!

Jerry Lawler: I knew that Benjamin and Burke were going to be something big and I was right as always wasn’t I JR?

Jim Ross: I guess you were King. They have proven to me already that they are going to be a force to be reckoned with in that tag team division.

---Commercial---

We head backstage after the break to see John Cena standing in front of the interviewing area.

John Cena: Finlay you dumb Irish bastard!

Cena stares in the camera as if he was looking straight into the eyes of Finlay.

John Cena: Last night not only did you cost me my chance to win the Royal Rumble but in the process you pissed me off. You pissed me off to no degree that now I promise you that you will deeply regret what you did to me last night. I promise you the moment that I get my hands on you I will destroy you and you will never wrestle again. As far as I am concerned even if your damn little midget friend tries to touch me I’ll beat the holy hell out of him too.

The crowd pops for the intense Cena.

John Cena: I never back down from a fight and since you claim that you love to fight so much how about we meet one another at No Way Out? How does that sound to you? Or are you going to back out of something else again and be a coward?

The crowd pops as Cena is letting it all out tonight.

John Cena: I’m going to be at Smackdown this week and I want a damn answer! I want to know if you are going to fight me at No Way Out or if I am going to have to come and find you. I’m not going to play these stupid little games that you tried playing last night. I’m not in this for that. I’m in this for one reason and that reason is to kick your Irish ass all over the arena and get my redemption for what you did at the Royal Rumble.

Cena walks closer towards the camera.

John Cena: I know you’re watching this somehow. Look at me! LOOK AT ME IN THE EYES!

Cena’s veins look as if they are popping out as he gets done yelling.

John Cena: You woke up the beast inside of me. You made me realize that I am better than what I have been doing here on Raw for the past few months. I should be in the main event at WrestleMania but damn it no! It’s your entire fault and I’m going to make sure that whenever I completely tear the crap out of you that I’ll enjoy every second of it.

The crowd seems confused but gives Cena a decent pop anyways.

John Cena: I want an answer this Friday. You’ve got four days.

Cena walks off as we head into the arena to the commentating team.

Jim Ross: John Cena is apparently on a mission and really I can’t blame him after what Finlay did last night at No Way Out.

Jerry Lawler: Finlay better be concerned because something tells me that the moment Cena gets his hands on Finlay everything will go downhill.

Match #4
Victoria vs. Candice Michelle


Match Overview: Quick squash match to see the women’s champion in action is all we really get out of this. Victoria pretty much dominates Candice throughout the match as Candice gets very little action into the match. Victoria was able to cleanly finish off Candice after knocking her down face first into the mat with a clothesline. The champion then proceeded to drag Candice back up and drop her with the Widow’s Peak before covering and getting the win.

Winner: Victoria

---Commercial---

We head backstage after the break to see Todd Grisham standing by with Triple H.

Todd Grisham: Triple H last night you came close to winning the Royal Rumble but you didn’t make it to the final four? How are y…

Triple H: It’s a damn joke Todd. It’s a joke that I am not the one standing here tonight talking about winning the Royal Rumble. I think it’s funny though that Shawn Michaels actually did win the match. Just how in the hell he won it is what I want to know? How could Shawn Michaels actually win something that should have been mine?

Todd Grisham: Well that is over now Hunter and tonight you find yourself facing a former rival in Rob Van Dam in his last match on Raw. Your thoughts?

Triple H: Rob Van Dam better seriously be glad that he’s not going to be here on Raw anymore because right now I just want to run right through somebody. I’m not going to be main eventing WrestleMania now and it’s all a big joke. It’s got to be! Each and every one of those fans think that it is so funny but I don’t see a damn thing funny. I’m the one that stands here in front of everybody the 10-time champion. Not Shawn Michaels or anybody else in that locker room.

Todd Grisham: Is there any…

Triple H: I think it’s just so funny how everybody is going to be so focused with Shawn Michaels having won the Royal Rumble. If you flash back last year you’ll remember that I was beating the holy hell out of Shawn Michaels up until WrestleMania. This year I don’t have a damn clue what I’m going to be doing at WrestleMania! You all need to earn some respect and take notice because for now on…it’ll be Game Over.

Triple H walks off heading into the arena as we cut down to the commentating team at ringside.

Jim Ross: It’s now time as Triple H is about to meet Rob Van Dam in RVD’s last match here on Raw which will certainly be a big one!

Jerry Lawler: RVD came back last year at the Royal Rumble and won the match but this year he finds himself heading off to ECW.

Jim Ross: The difference a year can make King.

Match #5
Triple H vs. Rob Van Dam


Match Overview: We get a pretty good match tonight that is pretty much to use RVD’s last appearance here on Raw. RVD and Hunter both put on a good match though in the main event as both men show what they are capable of. It shows some flashbacks of their match at last year’s One Night Stand. Well not the hardcore parts but you know what I’m talking about. Towards the end of the match Hunter starts to break it down as he works over the leg of Rob trying to keep RVD off of the turnbuckles and on the mat. Hunter quickly hits a chop block before trying to lock in a modified Figure Four Leg Lock but RVD pushes Hunter off into the ropes. Triple H rebounds off into the ropes to a big Spinning Heel Kick! RVD runs off the ropes hitting the Rolling Thunder to a nice pop. He heads off to the top ropes leaping off as he hits the Five Star Frog Splash. RVD quickly scurries over covering and he gets the win!

Winner: Rob Van Dam

RVD rolls out of the ring as Paul Heyman helps him back up. RVD has his hand raised by the referee as the referee slid to the outside of the ring. In the ring Triple H is very clearly visibly distraught as he reaches underneath the ring and grabs his sledgehammer. Triple H hits the steel steps with his sledgehammer before hitting the turnbuckles and pretty much everything in sight. It seems that Hunter is pissed that he lost after already losing at the Royal Rumble. RVD and Heyman both end the show with their hands raised in the air.



WWE No Way Out
Sunday February 18, 2007
Sacramento, California
Official Theme Song: Power Trip by Monster Magnet

2nd Annual Champions versus Contenders Match
Randy Orton (c) and Edge (c) vs. Shawn Michaels and ???
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KOP’s Royal Rumble Feedback/Comments.

Mate, I don’t have time for a real in depth review but I’ll drop a few comments on each match, as well as a rating. This is only the second time I’ve written any feedback for a Royal Rumble purely because I have very little desire to read, review or even write a Royal Rumble match, so I’ll go through the normal matches as per normal but I’ll just drop a few comments on the Rumble match itself.

Matt Hardy v Mr Kennedy
United States Championship
You most definitely made the most logical choice of an opener. The match started out quite methodically and you wrote it very well so it was easy to visualise. I was surprised to see that Kennedy didn’t get more offence at the start but the manor of which you turned the momentum was nice. I love the Moonsault, but I think you used it a bit early to be honest however I do think that this certainly establishes that Matt is willing to do whatever it takes to win the match. I liked that you had Hardy build some momentum a couple of times only to have things turned on its head each time with some big moves ie. Snap DDT. I actually really liked the finish and the way you built up to it. When Matt hit the Side Effect and then charged at Kennedy in the corner only to be rolled up from behind, I actually thought it was over but pleasantly Hardy kicked out and we moved right into the final exchange of the match. Having Kennedy about to hit the Mic Check only to be countered into the Twist of Fate was a good way to keep Kennedy looking strong but have Hardy go over clean. Good way to start the show. ***1/2

Lol @ Cryme Tyme

Ric Flair & Charlie Haas v Shelton Benjamin & Elijah Burke
Tag Titles
I can’t say I’m looking forward to this match particularly much. I think you’d be nuts to have Benjamin & Burke do the job, though. So hopefully they pick up the win. I had mixed feelings about the opening to be honest. I absolutely loved the fact that you touched on the history between Shelton and Haas and you even reminded us of their link to Kurt Angle, too. The way you described the movements of the wrestlers was particularly good, but I didn’t like the fact that you kept using short, choppy sentences all the time, which isn’t generally a trait of yours. The choppiness of some of the sentences meant that the flow wasn’t quite as good as it could’ve been. Comma’s are your friend. No marks for messing up the Dragon Whip. I liked the way you showcased the team work between Shelton and Elijah. Good stuff. As expected in a tag match we see some regular pin attempts as well which definitely adds to the realism aspect. The finish was well booked, Benji and Haas brawling to distract Flair to allow Elijah to get the pinfall was great. Top decision having Elijah get the winning pinfall. Solid match. ***

Fair enough interview with Orton. Hypes the title match a little more.

Rob Van Dam v Randy Orton
WWE Championship
I’d love it if you pulled a swerve and had RVD go over and win the belt back. It won’t happen though. The ECW Originals coming out to ringside was a nice touch but I would’ve thought that Orton would’ve at least shown a little intimidation by them. After the build to this one, I would’ve thought that RVD would’ve been a little more fired up and intent on getting a bit of revenge on Orton for that chair shot. The fact that the Originals were at ringside for mine, should’ve meant that RVD got to build some strong momentum at the start of the match. Again, at some stages the sentences were really quite choppy but the descriptions were quite good so the flow was a little bit hampered but it was still easy to visualise. Orton slaps Sandman but he doesn’t jump the barricade for fears that he may get in trouble? Don’t like that. Orton’s just successfully bitched out Sandman and ECW, more so after the fact that Randy didn’t seem to give a shit that they were at ringside earlier on as well. You really put over RVD’s desperation in this one as he had to use the ropes a few times to break various covers. His selling of the punt kick was good, it was nice to see that the kick didn’t just get forgotten and that you had Van Dam sell it for some time. I liked the fact that you pointed out the Rob wouldn’t normally cover after Rolling Thunder as well. Van Dam misses the Frog Splash and there’s your turning point! SANDMAN’S HERE! HE MISSES ORTON WITH THE CANE! BOO! Sandman gets fucked up again, he’s been bitched out 3 times now. Van Dam gets dropped by an RKO and it’s over. Great match. I really enjoyed it for the most part, I didn’t like the ending much though. I’m all for having Van Dam being kept strong, so props for that but I just wish you had of done it a better way. I don’t like Sandman costing Van Dam the win, you’re trying to establish RVD as equals to SD and Raw yet this happens? Not a fan. Still, none the less, great match. Well written, easy to visualise and the flow was generally good for the most part. ****

More hype for the Kurt/Edge match. I think Edge will pull it off some how, but we’ll see.

Kurt Angle v Edge
I Quit Match; World Heavyweight Championship
This one is without doubt the match I’ve been lookintg forward to that most on this PPV, because I know you’ve said that the culmination of this match will be something special. I actually got caught up in this one right from the start, it drew me in immediately you wrote it very nicely. I liked the fact that you kept each paragraph around 5 – 6 lines long for the most part, it definitely made it an easier read because I’ve found a lot of matches of this nature that don’t involve pinfalls can be a real bitch to read because everything is all clustered. The announce table spot was good, both guys looked really strong at that point. Kurt really looks strong especially, being able to muster up the energy to hit a back body drop and send Edge through another announce table. Nice to see you have Kurt sell the con-chair-to after the BBBD. One thing I’ve noticed through the chain of this show is the fact that you don’t use capital letters or bolding to elaborate on the big spots like most people do, I think it’d help tbh. I’m fairly sure you used to dfo that in your matches? Could be wrong though. Burchill’s here, well that means Edge is winning. Fine by me. You really employed some innovative spots here utilising both the ladder and the table. Angle comes out looking very strong as he managed to fend off Edge and Burchill for some time before the eventual finish. Good stuff, I’m pretty sure it was done was before but even still it was good and totally out of left field. I certainly didn’t expect it and it maintains Kurt’s credibility and keeps him looking strong. While Burchill’s involvement does wonders for his status and it keeps Kurt looking strong but it probably takes away from the overall quality of the match because it turned into a glorified handicap match. Even though this was supposed to the last, I think we’ll see another match between these two. ****1/4

Haha. Bradshaw is definitely up to something. I’d love it if he entered the Rumble as a Surprise Entry and then won it & went after the Raw World Title. That’d be brilliant.

Royal Rumble Match Comments
Finlay and Cena starting off is an interesting combo. I dunno what to expect from Cena, you’ve never really been one to give him a huge push so I dunno whether he’ll have a big run tonight. Hardy pulling double duty wasn’t unexpected but coming out so early was, I thought he’d get a bit longer. The new champ gets the first elimination of the match as his big night continues. Haas’ elimination and then turn on Flair was quite surprising. A feud between those two would be good because it’d be original and it’d elevate Haas. I don’t like what went down between Finlay and Cena much. Mainly because I hate them both but Cena should be way above Finlay, but it’s somethingh different. Michaels is looking the goods thus far. Nice to see CM Punk get an elimination almost as soon as he got in the match. Hahahaha JBL IS HERE! And on commentary first. I love it. Make him win. Finlay eliminates Cena. Yuck. Batista is out. He’s a darkhorse. Kane is on a roll but he’s quickly eliminated by Batista! WOAH! BRADSHAW GONE! Damn you. Lol. Good way to put Michaels over, he’s a favourite atm too. He’s standing out, as is Punk, but he won’t be winning. No points for Umaga eliminating Punk and London at once. Taker is back! What was he doing at Summerslam? Wasn’t he wrestling Batista? WOAH! UMAGA GONE! TAKER GONE TOO! Batista gets rid of both brothers! Big rub! I’m calling it now, Batista or Michaels to win. I was about to say Taker will win, but obviously not now! Taker and Umaga are obviously now engulfed in a feud following this. Matt Hardy is eliminated by Kennedy, he had a good run and there’s obviously still life in their feud. Batista goes! Courtesy of Triple H! This ones wide open still. Hunter and Rey must be chances, especially after Rey’s quick elimination of Shelton Benjamin. HBK eliminates Hunter, he’s defo winning! Rey, Jericho and Kennedy along with HBK are the last four. Kennedy’s had a decent run, I’d be happy with any of those as a winner. Rey does away with Jericho in nice fashion. And we have three. REY IS OUT! Kennedy gets rid of him, big rub there. Micheals does it though with Sweet Chin Music and sends KK flying over the top. Despite the loss, Kennedy looks strong making it to the final two of the rumble. He got a big elimination of Rey and he managed to get redemption over the bloke that took his title. Michaels picks up the big win in his home town, fair enough too. He was written pretty well for the whole match. A very well booked rumble. Awesome mate. Yours and Legend's Rumbles have been the only two that I've ever reviewed/read in depth, and they were both top notch. One of my favourite matches I've seen from you. No rating though.

Overall mate, a great show. A really top PPV, sure thing for PPV of the month imo. All of the matches were of a very high quality, there wasn’t really anything to speak of in terms of promos as they were all pretty much fillers. Having said that, a good read. You’re well on the way to Wrestlemania mate, sorry for the lateness & the shortness of this and I’ll TRY and get some comments up on Raw soon.
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