Re: Being The Booker
Sorry for the delay. Main PC has been playing up again. Once I get the Rumble out of the way I'll not need to use it anymore thankfully. Until then, it'll be a frustrating time...
Smackdown; December 15th; Sioux Falls:
Arn Anderson kicks off proceedings in the ring, getting straight to business, signing a #1 Contenders Match for the Royal Rumble, pitting the runner up and 2nd runner up from the Elimination Chamber, KURT ANGLE AND THE UNDERTAKER!!! The fans go buck daft for the announcement, getting to see Taker and Angle go at it, but just as the GM is set to leave the ring … EDGE ARRIVES!!!
The Rated ‘R’ Superstar seems to have issues with Double A, and makes them public, demanding to know why he is being frozen out of title opportunities. Anderson, AGAIN, points out the briefcase, and his title shot in waiting. Edge argues, AGAIN, that it is his title shot for when he wants it, and not an excuse for him to be screwed over when it comes to other opportunities. Anderson sort of accepts the argument, and gives Edge a consolation prize … a place in the thirty man Royal Rumble. Edge still doesn’t seem happy about being frozen out of THIS title shot, but accepts the decision, telling Double A he shouldn’t be surprised if he goes to WrestleMania with TWO title shots in one night.
Opening match of the show sees Brent Albright in non title action against Batista. The U.S champion puts up a fight, and cuts as many corners as possible, but it’s The Animal that is victorious, finishing off Albright with the BATISTA BOMB!!! The Animal has his arm raised in the air, having gained a momentous win against the United States Champion. Surely he should be in line for a title shot after tonights performance??
Backstage, M.V.P is interviewed by Josh Matthews. Porter talks about his scintillating debut at Armageddon, but because he is such a great guy, and a friend of the people, he has agreed to a rematch with Regal tonight to let the people see his talent and let the people find out what everyone is raving about.
No surprises, MVP beats William Regal in an Armageddon Rematch. It’s a slightly more dominant win for MVP this time, but by no means a squash. The ‘Play of the Day’ ends proceedings again, and MVP charges on.
Edge talks backstage with AMW, going over their gameplan for taking on their opponents tonight - Matt Hardy, Bobby Lashley & Shannon Moore.
Meanwhile, Kurt Angle complains to Double A about having to earn his title shot, arguing that since he beat the Undertaker at Survivor Series AND Armageddon, then surely he should have a free run to face RVD at the Royal Rumble. Anderson laughs off the argument, telling Angle the match is still on.
In a six man tag match, Matt Hardy, along with his MF’er, who he hasn’t tagged with in years- Shannon Moore, and of course Edge’s recent rival, Bobby Lashley, DEFEAT Mr. Money in the Bank and the new tag team champions, with Matt Hardy pinning James Storm with the Twist of Fate!!! Afterwards, Hardy, Moore and Lashley stand tall in the ring, whilst Edge backs up the ramp, looking ready to blow a gasket.
Royal Rumble Flashback - 2005 - John Cena becomes only the fourth person to win back to back Royal Rumbles, joining Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold, last eliminating Goldberg - for the second year in a row also.
Backstage, the WWE Champion, RVD is interviewed about his two possible Royal Rumble opponents. Van Dam shrugs it off, laid back as ever, saying he’ll accept the challenge from either Kurt Angle or The Undertaker, because after everything he’s been through as WWE Champion, he fears no challenge … it’s just another task.
Then, in tag team action, Rob Van Dam teams with Kane to take on Chris Jericho & Charlie Haas. In a surprise win, it’s Jericho with the roll up on Kane, hooking the tights, and scoring a quick three count!!! Jericho celebrates like he’s won the lottery, whilst Kane is furious in the ring, with RVD not too pleased either with the cheap loss suffered tonight.
Backstage, The GM congratulates Batista on his triumph tonight, before giving him a double cause for celebration, letting The Animal know he is next in line for Brent Albrights U.S Championship, and ALSO will be part of the 30 Man Royal Rumble next month. Batista looks delighted, and declares that winning the U.S Championship is just the tip of the iceberg … WrestleMania is next on his radar.
Finally, it’s main event time. Kurt Angle and The Undertaker battle it out, with RVD sitting in on commentary, watching his two possible opponents. Both men seem to leave a little, after the phenomenal effort both put in at the PPV taking it’s toll. Angle spends at lot of the match working on the ankle of Taker, keeping the contest at a slow pace, until Angle goes for the dreaded Ankle Lock. Taker fights it off, then on a second attempt makes the ropes. Taker makes a comeback, despite hobbling, and scores a near two count with a Chokeslam. Angle then fires back, ducking a big boot, and NAILS THE ANGLE SLAM!!! The gets a two though, despite finishing Taker at Armageddon. After a belly to belly, from Angle .. TAKER SITS UP!!! Now, no selling his ankle injury, Taker roars back, and after a barrage of offence, DELIVERS THE TOMBSTONE!!! Taker has the arms crossed over, the match surely won … 1...2.…3!!! Taker wins!!! The Undertaker wins the match, but replays show THAT ANGLES FEET WERE UNDER THE ROPES FOR THE ENTIRE COUNT!!! It’s controversy to end Smackdown, as Taker is announced as the #1 Contender to face Rob Van Dam at the Royal Rumble!!!
Current Card for WWE Royal Rumble:
Date: 14th January 2007
Location: Conseco Field House, Indianapolis, Indiana
Event Music: Saliva, Ladies and Gentlemen
30 Man Royal Rumble:
Winner has automatic shot at EITHER brand’s Champion at WrestleMania XXIII:
Entrants in Alphabetical order;
Batista, Brock Lesnar, Chris Jericho, Edge, Umaga
WWE Championship Match:
Rob Van Dam vs. The Undertaker
Mark Henry defeated a local jobber.
Alexis Laree defeated Victoria
The Cult Society defeated two local jobbers
Ken Doane defeated Elijah Burke
The Mad Murdochs defeated The Basham Brothers
Jamie Noble defeated Juvi
Hardcore Holly defeated a local jobber
Paul London defeated Chris Masters
The Joe Louis Arena in Detroit will host the final Raw of 2006, ahead of next weeks Christmas in Baghdad show, and it the superstars of Raw will be looking to sign off the year of 2006 in style.
Shawn Michaels and Randy Orton will finally do battle, one on one, in what promises to be a hellacious contest between two fierce rivals. Shawn Michaels will be hoping to exact some revenge for his idol, Ric Flair, whom Randy Orton forced into retirement six weeks ago after the Survivor Series. Orton meanwhile, will be attempting to do to Michaels what he did to Flair, and put another old timer ‘out to pasture’. Which of these two men will get their Christmas wish early in Detroit?? Find out this Monday night.
Two Championship matches have also been signed for this weeks monumental episode of Raw, with Melina defending her womens championship against Raws roving reporter, Maria, whilst Shelton Benjamin will look to fend off the challenge of both Rey Mysterio and the 2006 King of the Ring, Mister Kennedy, defending his Intercontinental Championship against the two former champions. It may be the time of year to be sharing, but neither champion will want to share their championship with their opponents. But will any of the challengers find themselves with a shiny championship belt in their Christmas stocking??
In addition to that, the World Heavyweight Champion, Triple H, is back home after being given a holiday just last week. The Game is not scheduled for action, but will need to be wary of colliding with John Cena, two weeks after retaining the title in questionable fashion against Cena. And will The ten times world champion have the audacity to show up with John Cenas spinner championship belt??
Another man that Triple H might want to avoid is Christian. ‘Captain Charisma’ has found himself on a downward spiral in recent weeks, all stemming from his loss to Triple H in October, losing the World Championship. After exploding last week, will Christian keep his temper in check?? Or will his rage boil over once again??
And, with the 20th Annual Royal Rumble just around the corner, will we find out any further entrants for this years 30 Man Royal Rumble match?? The Race to WrestleMania from the home of the Indy 500 is fast approaching, and the competition for places is sure to hot up.
Raw will be posted on Thursday.