Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Six inches from a computer screen
Re: Being The Booker
Thanks for the reviews once again, and I'm glad the show has got another positive reaction. Just to clear up though, Kane01 - The CW title match will be Noble and London one on one, not a 4 Way.---
Luther Reigns defeats The Hurricane
Shelton Benjamin defeats Rene Dupree
Orlando Jordan & Rodney Mack defeat Roadkill & Danny Doring
Ken Kennedy defeats Val Venis
A.F.A defeated The Dicks
Jamie Noble defeated Shannon Moore to retain the Cruiserweight Title
Maven defeated a Local Jobber
Triple H defeated Kanyon
News and Notes:
The WWE is gearing up for a big week ahead. Both brands are currently on tour in Asia, with both Raw and Smackdown coming from Tokyo this week. Raw will be airing for three hours this Monday, with the USA Network rewarding the company for growing Raw ratings since their return in October, and big ratings will be expected from this show on Monday night coming.
The Gold Rush Tournament will of course have the main focus of the show, with seven matches to come from it. Christian and Shawn Michaels are almost certainly ruled out of a victory, or even a place in the final, with both men already pretty much locked on the Wrestle Mania card with Cross Promotional Matches. Booker T is also a rank outsider for victory, and The Undertaker is unlikely to feature in a title match at Wrestle Mania leaving Edge, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam as the four main contenders to come out victorious. Edge and Orton have been widely tipped to reach the finals, with both possibly ending up in the Raw WM main event as part of a triple threat for the title with Cena. And, with the loser of the final getting a title shot this weekend - which could be Edge or Orton given the lay out of the brackets - a screwy finish at SNME could well lead to the rumoured triple threat.
However, Van Dam and Mysterio could well sneak through the back door and take an unlikely main event at Wrestle Mania, which would then allow Edge and Orton to settle their score at the biggest event of the year. It certainly wouldnt be the first time that the WWE pulled a big swerve from the widely tipped match ups, and delivered a totally different scenario.
Other matches for Raw include; Carlito & a partner of his choice (rumoured to be Tyson Tomko, as a one night only Problem Solver) vs Haas and Benjamin for the tag titles, Ken Kennedy vs a Japanese Star (not likely to be a HUGE name, but certainly a recognized one), and a fatal four way between Victoria, Jazz, Gail Kim and Lita for a shot at Trish Stratus on Saturday Nights Main Event this weekend. With ten matches definate for a three hour Raw, dont expect any others to be made from now, and the three matches not part of the Gold Rush tournament will likely be short filler matches.
Meanwhile, over on Smackdown, a lot of rumours are beginning to suggest a possible triple threat or fatal four way match for the WWE Championship. Benoit and Lesnar have already been confirmed for the match, but with Triple H twice strongly hinting - on air - that he is forcing himself into the title picture, many expect he will play some part in the match. And with Chris Jericho now seemingly directionless, a fatal four way hasnt been ruled out.
However, the main point against that rumour would be that anything other than a one on one main event, wouldnt make Wrestle Mania feel like Wrestle Mania, and especially with a strongly hinted at triple threat on the horizon for the Raw world title, there is little to no chance that both matches will be contested in multi man match ups.
JBL is NOT expected to drop the United States Title this week when he faces The Rock, with Shawn Michaels expected to cause some sort of distraction to allow his feud with Rock to pick up more steam.
Scott Steiner has been released by the company. Big Poppa Pump had been used mainly on Velocity in recent months as part of a tag team with Test, but after months of frustration, Steiner and the company came to an agreement over his release.
ROAD TO WRESTLE MANIA GOLD RUSH TOURNAMENT;
CHRISTIAN vs REY MYSTERIO
EDGE vs THE UNDERTAKER
RANDY ORTON vs SHAWN MICHAELS
BOOKER T vs ROB VAN DAM
CHRISTIAN / REY MYSTERIO vs EDGE / UNDERTAKER
RANDY ORTON / SHAWN MICHAELS vs BOOKER T / ROB VAN DAM
CHRISTIAN / MYSTERIO / EDGE / UNDERTAKER
ORTON / MICHAELS / BOOKER T / VAN DAM
Raw will not be in full, but will be a big recap show. Smackdown meanwhile, will be mostly in full, but some of it is laid out in recap form.
Please, feel free to leave predictions for the Gold Rush Tournament, as I'm interested to see what the thoughts are on who will win it.
I will post Raw on Friday, Smackdown on Sunday, and then SNME at some point during next week. Likely to be Tuesday or Wednesday.