Glad to see you back and hope you had a great vacation. It's always fun not only reading but writing the Road to WrestleMania. So many things can happen and I see tons happening here. I'm just waiting to see what goes down and you know I'll be reading as usual. Good luck with writing WrestleMania.
Over the next week, I'll be posting the following -
Royal Rumble Results
Current and Possible Upcoming Feuds
News and Notes
Raw and Smackdown Previews
WWE Royal Rumble Results:
22nd January 2006 Location: Madison Square Garden; New York City, New York Event Music: Adema, Sevenfold
WWE Championship Match: Brock Lesnar defeated Chris Jericho @ 18:15 to retain the Championship, but held the tights to defeat the challenger.
Backstage, Raws DX got involved in a confrontation with Smackdown superstar, The Rock. This was another showdown between DX leader Shawn Michaels and The Rock, as they continued to cross paths at Joint Brand Events.
Legends Battle Royal: (For Spot in Royal Rumble Match): Dusty Rhodes outlasted - Kamala, Jake Roberts, Jim Neidhart, I.R.S, Jim Duggan, Tatanka, Marty Jannetty, Road Warrior Animal and Jerry Lawler @ 08:17 for a place in the 30 Man Royal Rumble.
World Tag Team Championships Match: The World’s Greatest Tag Team defeated The Brotherhood to retain the titles @ 10:31 via Submission, with Charlie Haas forcing Orlando Jordan to tap out to the Haas of Pain.
Retirement Match: Streetfight: FIRST TIME - LAST TIME - ONLY TIME ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin defeated Goldberg @ 18:23 to keep his job, and force Goldberg out of the WWE. Both men bled, and both men fought to the death, but in the end, Steve Austin was victorious.
Kurt Angle finally forced Bret Hart to sign the contract, to make a match between the two men at Wrestle Mania 22. Angle had been chasing Hart for six months to face him in the ring, and despite Hart showing no sign of ever accepting, Angle pursued. Finally, at Madison Square Garden, once the Smackdown GM again refused to sign the contract, Angle snapped, and attacked Hart, eventually forcing the signature. The date for their meeting is now set - March 26th at the MGM Grand.
World Heavyweight Championship Match: John Cena defeated The Undertaker to retain the Championship @ 16:04, needing two FU's to finally keep The Phenom down for a three count, in a highly competitve showdown.
Backstage, Christian appraoched Steve Austin, and half heartedly applauded The Rattlesnake on his victory, before promising Austin that he was about to win the Royal Rumble and headline Wrestle Mania. He then told Austin he should retire now, continuing to insult Stone Cold, in another cross brand rivalry which has been brewing for months.
30 Man Royal Rumble: Winner has automatic shot at EITHER brand’s Champion at Wrestle Mania XXII:
Order of Entry / Time Entered / (Number of Elimination)
Rey Mysterio @ 00:00 --- (18)
Rob Van Dam @ 00:00 --- (10)
Ken Kennedy @ 02:10 --- (11)
Chavo Guerrero @ 04:14 --- (1)
Booker T @ 06:11 --- (5)
Gene Snitsky @ 08:06 --- (8)
James Storm @ 10:05 --- (2)
Garrison Cade @ 12:12 --- (7)
Matt Morgan @ 14:03
Dusty Rhodes @ 16:03 --- (4)
Shawn Michaels @ 18:01 --- (13)
Chris Masters @ 20:02 --- (9)
Mark Jindrak @ 22:03 --- (6)
Chris Benoit @ 24:01 --- (--)
Matt Hardy @ 26:03 --- (20)
Edge @ 27:58 --- (17)
The Rock @ 29:50 --- (14)
Simon Dean @ 32:01 --- (12)
Triple H @ 34:12 --- (29)
Paul London @ 36:43 --- (22)
Goldust @ 38:45 --- (15)
Batista @ 40:39 --- (26)
Maven @ 42:30 --- (16)
Randy Orton @ 44:31 --- (28)
Chris Harris @ 46:34 --- (19)
Carlito @ 48:16 --- (24)
Christian @ 50:15 --- (27)
Luther Reigns @ 52:30 --- (21)
J.B.L @ 54:12 --- (25)
Eugene @ 55:57 --- (23)
Chris Benoit wins the Royal Rumble @ 71:02 outlasting Triple H to earn his main event spot at Wrestle Mania 22. In the process, The Rabid Wolverine made Royal Rumble history, eliminating an oustounding FOURTEEN superstars - including the final five eliminations of the match. (Matt Morgan, Dusty Rhodes, Booker T, Mark Jindrak, Garrison Cade, Gene Snitsky, Chris Masters, Rob Van Dam, Ken Kennedy, JBL, Batista, Christian, Randy Orton and Triple H).
Other notable moments in the match included a sign that Kane may return, with his pyro and music interrupting the match at the 13 minute mark. Along with that, The Rock and Shawn Michaels finally crossed paths in the ring, and the tensions exploded as both men went straight at the other. The Rock eliminated Michaels, before HBK gained revenge, distracting The Rock, which allowed Edge to topple The Great One out of the match.
Rey Mysterio, Matt Hardy and Paul London all had tremendous runs in the match, with Mysterio entering Number One, and lasting an excellent 52 minutes, before finally being eliminated by Christian, whom Mysterio has been feuding with on Raw for a short while. Rey also eliminated Simon Dean during the match.
Paul London eliminated Maven during his impressive twenty minute stay in the match, whilst Matt Hardy showed his talent, lasting nearly thirty minutes, mixing it with some of the biggest names on Raw and Smackdown.
This week, Raw and Smackdown will both emanate from the Worlds Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, before both brands travel to Japan for televised events in two weeks time, ahead of the return to NBC, with a special Saturday Nights Main Event. In this time, it is expected that Chris Benoit will have decided which champion he will challenge at Wrestle Mania.
Current Card for WWE Saturday Nights Main Event:
Date: 11th February 2006 Location: Arrowhead Pond; Anaheim Event Music: P.O.D; Lights Out
Matches To Be Announced
Official Card for WWE Wrestle Mania XXII:
Date: 26th March 2006 Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena; Las Vegas, Nevada Event Music: Shinedown; Shed Some Light & Atmosphere
2006 Royal Rumble Winner Chris Benoit will challenge either the World Heavyweight Champion or the WWE Champion.