Re: Being The Booker
Last show then before the Royal Rumble...
Smackdown; January 12th: Miami:
The show kicks off with the Highlight Reel, presented, as always, by Chris Jericho. Of course, the topic of discussion tonight is the Royal Rumble match that he will be competing in, which is just two days away. He explains that tonight, he actually doesn’t have a guest on the Highlight Reel, but instead, he’s using it as a preview for Sundays rumble. Suddenly… Edge enters the arena. The Rated ‘R’ Superstar talks as he walks down the ramp, telling Jericho that he NOW he has a guest. The two look set to continue from where they left off last week with a brawl, but instead, The Animal, Batista stops the two men before they can get started.
The Animal riles both men, advising them that instead of fighting each other, they’d be better off teaming up if they wanted any chance of getting rid of him to win the Rumble, because on Sunday … The Animal will be unleashed.
This however, leads to Bobby Lashley. Lashley makes his presence felt, going nose to nose with Batista, before getting on the mic, and asks Batista if he forgot that Bobby Lashley is in the Royal Rumble?? Quickly, Jericho replies for the Animal, telling Lashley that EVERYONE forgot Lashley was in the Rumble. This gets a few laughs, but Lashley snipes back that if that’s true, then the other twenty nine guys have made the biggest mistake of their lives, because there isn’t a single man in the Rumble capable of stopping him from winning.
Now, Arn Anderson enters the fray, telling the four guys that he’s not someone who likes people talking about what they’ll do … he’s someone who likes to see people put their words into actions. So instead of the four of them talking about it, they’ll be in action, Edge versus Jericho versus Batista versus Lashley, but that’s not all, because he knows of two other Rumble competitors that want action tonight, and they are the United States Champion, Brent Albright and Paul London, making tonights match a 6 Way contest!!!
In the first match of the evening, Matt Hardy gets a chance to gain redemption on AMW after last weeks developments, taking on Chris Harris one on one. Duuring his entrance, Cole and Tazz discuss the shocking attack on Shannon Moore last week, with AMW being find a full months wages for their actions, and also state that Moore will be out of action INDEFINATELY. However, the revenge mission doesn’t go to plan for Hardy, as interference from Harris’ partner, James Storm, turns the match for The Wildcat, and Harris picks up the win, finishing off Hardy with a blistering Catatonic for the three count!!! AMW then beat down Hardy, delivering the Death Sentence, as they put an exclamation on their recent dominance over Hardy, and gain more momentum ahead of the Royal Rumble in two days time.
Josh Matthews then conducts an interview with Brent Albright, all smiles, as he clutches his U.S Title gold. He oversells his victory last week, and begins to state that at this rate, he’ll end up running out of challengers at the rate he’s ‘ploughing’ through them. Asked if whether he’d be willing to defend the belt again against Batista given the unfortunate circumstances leading to the finish last week, Albright shakes his head, echoing a Clubber Lang statement right outta Rocky III “I reject the challenge, because Batista is no challenge. But- I‘d be willing to beat up on him some more. I said he was nothing, and I proved it last week, when I beat him clean as a whistle.”
Royal Rumble Flashback - 2002 - Triple H returns from his seven month lay off to win the Rumble Match and advance to the main event of WM.
Backstage, Cody Rhodes runs into the cocky MVP. The two recent additions to the Smackdown roster clash, with MVP claiming that while he has earned his spot on the roster, Cody is only here because of his last name. Rhodes nods, and tells MVP to think about that again after they face each other later.
Next up, Kid Kash & Brian Kendrick take on Juvi & Psichosis just two days from the six man tag for the Cruiserweight title. Chavo joins the faces at ringside, but towards the end, Super Crazy also makes his way to back up the Mexicools. And ultimately, it is the presence of the champion that is the deciding factor, as he helps Juvi to nail the Juvi driver on Kendrick to deliver the three count. Crazy leaves as soon as the match is over, not looking at all comfortable helping his former running buddies, as Juvi and Psichosis celebrate.
Elsewhere, Batista and Lashley cross paths again, with Batista bringing up Lashleys showdown with Albright last week after Batista’s unfortunate accident cost him his title match. The Animal makes it clear to Lashley that he’d better wait his turn for a shot at the U.S Title, because he is far from finished with Brent. Lashley however, doesn’t take a blind bit of notice, answering The Animal with a simple “We’ll see”.
The WWE Champion then hits the ring, looking irate after what happened at the end of the show last week. RVD tells the fans he is pissed off after what happened last week, with Taker chokeslamming him for no reason. This leads to an interruption from Kurt Angle, who tells RVD he’ll be really pissed off on Sunday when he taps to lose the WWE Championship. RVD and Angle then go back and forth in a war of words, with Angle at one point trying to get RVD to agree to teaming up to take out Taker on Sunday, but Van Dam point blank refuses, insisting he’s going it alone, or not at all. Then, the lights go out, and yes, it’s Undertaker time. The Deadmans voice booms over the PA, telling both his opponents that they will meet their maker on Sunday, and a new WWE Champion will be crowned, because there is just no stopping what you cant kill. The lights come back, with both RVD & Angle staring at the other, taking in every word uttered by the Phenom.
After that, we get the six man contest, with Jericho, Edge, Batista, Lashley, London & Brent Albright getting it on in an action packed war. It’s a non stop contest, with near falls throughout, as the six men try to show off their credentials for this Sundays showpiece match. Everyone gets a near fall as the end comes, but in the end, after Lashley nails Albright with the Dominator, he gets caught by Batista with a spine buster … followed by a THUNDEROUS Batista Bomb!!!!! Batista makes the cover, 1...2...3!!! The Animal picks up a HUGE win over Lashley, putting himself firmly in the frame for this Sundays 30 Man Rumble (as well as ahead of Lashley in the pecking order for a U.S Title shot), as he looks to be hitting his peak at just the right time.
Backstage, Kid Kash, Brian Kendrick & Chavo Guerrero meet, and talk about Sundays match. The three make a pact to stay as one unit to make sure they take the title from the clutches of the Mexicools, and once they do that, they promise that whoever wins the belt gives the first two title shots to the other two.
Backstage, Josh Matthews interviews Matt Hardy. Fresh off his loss to AMW, Hardy seems upbeat, promising to gain revenge on Harris and Storm on Sunday … before moving on … and WINNING the Royal Rumble … which means he’s going to WrestleMania.
MVP continues his winning start to life in the WWE, beating the young third generation star, Cody Rhodes. It’s much tougher than MVP expected, perhaps taking the youngster too lightly, with Cody causing Porter plenty of problems, and in the end, MVP only scores the win through cheating, having to hold the tights to score the three count and beat Rhodes!!! MVP quickly exits the ring, looking irate with himself that he was pushed so close, whilst in the ring, Rhodes looks angered at losing, having come within a whisker of winning another match on Smackdown.
Then, just before the main event, Arn Anderson is asked about the mystery entrant set to take part in Sunday’s Rumble for the injured Shannon Moore. Double A refuses to discuss the names speculated, but does reveal that the superstar taking Moores place at the Rumble isn’t just competing for one night … he’s been signed to return to the Smackdown roster on a full time basis!!!
A video now plays, with a young man, and young woman in a car, kissing. The woman pulls away for a second.
Woman: Wait, wait.
The man looks upset, as the woman pulls away from him.
Man: What’s wrong??
Woman: It’s just … it’s my first time.
The man smiles, before reassuring the woman, whilst stroking her arm.
Man: It’s okay … it’s my first time too.
The woman now smiles, then looks inquisitive.
Woman: Really?? Well, have you got them??
Man: Yeah, they’re right here.
The man pulls his wallet out, seemingly to pull out a condom, and off camera the woman catches a glimpse of it.
Woman: Okay … I’m ready.
The camera now shows what the man pulled from his wallet … two WrestleMania 23 tickets.
Man: Alright. WrestleMania, here we come!!
They share a quick kiss, and exit the vehicle, as they walk away, holding hands … towards the New Orleans Superdome …
The video then ends with a big WrestleMania 23 logo … FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN NEW ORLEANS … AND YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST TIME.
It’s main event time, as Undertaker & Kane take on the unlikely tandem of RVD & Kurt Angle. We get a fantastic match up, even with the ever declining Kane involved, and with both RVD and Angle wanting a piece of Taker, we get little of Kane in the match. RVD & Angle surprisingly team up well, putting differences aside to get through this test, and in the end, THEY WIN, as RVD fights with The Undertaker to the outside, whilst in the ring, Angle avoids a choke slam, and delivers the Angle Slam to Kane!!! Angle hooks the leg, 1...2...3!!! It’s even more momentum for Angle, heading into the triple threat match at the Royal Rumble!!!
The show then goes off the air, with RVD and Taker still going at it, whilst Angle celebrates in the ring, posing with the WWE Championship, as he watches his two opponents tear the life out of one another!!!
FINAL 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, Bobby Lashley, Brent Albright, Brock Lesnar, Carlito, Chris Harris, Chris Jericho, Christian, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Edge, Finlay, Gregory Helms, Hardcore Holly, James Storm, Kane, Mark Henry, Matt Hardy, Mercury, Mr. Kennedy, M.V.P, Nick Dinsmore, Nitro, Paul London, Randy Orton, Shawn Michaels, Tyson Tomko, Umaga, William Regal + 1 Surprise Entrant!!!
WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match:
Rob Van Dam vs. The Undertaker vs. Kurt Angle
World Heavyweight Championship Match:
Triple H vs. John Cena
Cruiserweight Championship; 6 Man Tag Match:
The Mexicools vs. Kid Kash, Chavo Guerrero & Brian Kendrick
Intercontinental Championship Match:
Shelton Benjamin vs. Rey Mysterio
Royal Rumble - This Sunday, January 18th
... Added questions for anyone that fancies a guess ...
1) Who will enter the Royal Rumble #1 & #2
2) Which superstar will draw #30
3) Who will be the mystery superstar??
4) Who will score the most eliminations in the Royal Rumble Match??
5) Name the 'Final Four' in the Royal Rumble Match
Last edited by Wolf Beast; 01-12-2009 at 04:56 PM.