Re: Being the booker
Smackdown: El Paso; December 22nd:
Triple H opens the show, and wastes no time in talking about the Royal Rumble, mentioning it will be his first Rumble Match since 2002, when he won it. He goes on to talk about the situation where the winner has a choice of which champion he faces at Wrestle Mania, with The Game saying he WILL take advantage of that choice, and when he wins the Rumble, he’ll head off to Raw, for a first ever meeting with John Cena, or end The Undertakers Wrestle Mania streak.
The Basham Brothers retain the Tag Team Titles against fellow heel team, The System Success, when AMW get involved, costing Dean and Masters the match, as revenge for the screwy finish to their match at Fully Loaded.
Kurt Angle arrives in the arena, following his loss at Fully Loaded …not in a bad mood … but actually smiling.
Jamie Noble retains the Cruiserweight Championship in a Fatal Four Way, ousting Billy Kidman, Akio and Tajiri, scoring a submission victory over Kidman for the victory.
Kurt Angle comes to the ring, carrying the contract again, still smiling for some reason. Angle tells the fans he knows they are wondering why he is so happy, despite losing at Fully Loaded. He explains that he now knows that Bret Hart subconsciously left the steel chair behind in the ring, so JBL could use it to retain the belt, and allow a match between himself and Kurt. Angle then announces that the contract expires on January 22nd, so Bret has until Royal Rumble to make up his mind if he wants a match or not.
Backstage, Bret reacts to the announcement, calling it bullshit, and saying Kurt Angle better get used to looking at a blank contract.
Matt Hardy defeats Maven in a competitive match, finishing him off with a Twist of Fate for a clean 1...2...3 victory.
In an interview with JBL, The United States Champion goes through all his achievements in 2005, going through all the guys he has beaten, before discussing being in the 2006 Royal Rumble. JBL tells Josh Matthews that he will win the thing, and go on to Wrestle Mania, and become a double champion.
Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit meet backstage, and chat together about The Royal Rumble, Benoit wishes Jericho luck against Lesnar for the WWE Championship, and says it’d be great if they could meet in the main event of Wrestle Mania, as Benoit claims he WILL win the Royal Rumble. Jericho wishes Benoit luck, and says he hopes he does win the Rumble, because Chris Jericho WILL beat Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble.
Classic Royal Rumble Moment - Hacksaw Jim Duggan wins the First Ever Royal Rumble, eliminating One Man Gang to win.
Brock Lesnar teams up with Matt Morgan to face Chris Jericho and Paul London in a tag team match up. Bit of a let down, given three involved are incredible performers. In the end, the smaller man team of Jericho and London score the upset win, with Jericho pinning Matt Morgan, hitting the Lionsault to score the three count. Lesnar is irate with a loss, even though he wasn’t pinned. He parades the title up the ramp, teasing Jericho, but Y2J tells him it’ll only be a matter of time before he has it.
In a pre-taped interview with Steve Austin, The Rattlesnake talks about his recent feud with Goldberg, and matter of factly states that at some point, sooner rather than later, they will collide, and one of them … if not both, will never be coming back.
In the main event, in the hometown of Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit faces Chavo Guerrero in an unadvertised match, with no build up, or any pre match hype, not milking it for anything. The two men put on a terrific, match, with both men using the Three Amigos, and Chavo uses the Frog Splash, to get a very long two count. Benoit is eventually the winner, with an inside cradle, for a clean three count, to end the Smackdown year, in a 20 minute pure wrestling contest.
Current Card for WWE Royal Rumble:
Date: 22nd January 2006
Location: Madison Square Garden; New York City, New York
Event Music: Adema, Sevenfold
30 Man Royal Rumble:
Winner has automatic shot at EITHER brand’s Champion at Wrestle Mania XXII:
Entrants in Alphabetical order;
Batista, Carlito, Christian, John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield, Luther Reigns, Matt Hardy, Mr. Kennedy, The Rock, Triple H
World Heavyweight Championship Match:
John Cena vs. The Undertaker
WWE Championship Match:
Brock Lesnar vs. Chris Jericho
Hurricane defeated Rene Dupree
Jazz defeated Lita
The Heart Throbs defeated Two Local Jobbers
Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas defeated Roadkill & Danny Doring to retain the tag titles.
Spike Dudley defeated Funaki
Americas Most Wanted defeated Test & Scott Steiner
The Dicks defeated Two Local Jobbers
Triple H defeated Hardcore Holly