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Old 01-15-2009, 04:08 PM   #2441 (permalink)
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This is my first time posting in this thread. Just want to say that it's awesome and I can see why everybody around here calls you one of the best! I'm heading towards the Rumble myself and if my build is anything half as good as this I'll be happy. Can't wait to read the actual Rumble itself, here's my predictions.

30 Man Royal Rumble:
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
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1) Who will enter the Royal Rumble #1 & #2: Christian and Umaga

2) Which superstar will draw #30 Jeff Hardy

3) Who will be the mystery superstar?? Jeff Hardy

4) Who will score the most eliminations in the Royal Rumble Match?? Umaga

5) Name the 'Final Four' in the Royal Rumble Match Brock Lesnar, Christian, Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy
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Wolf, congrats on the thread reaching five years status. Just finished reading the final Raw and Smackdowns before the Rumble, along with the Rumble preview, and as usual both shows were top notch.

OFFICIAL PREVIEW 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!!!
30 Men will enter ... 29 will fail ... and 1 will realise their goal, and find themselves with a Golden Opportunity in the main event of WrestleMnia 23. Two men will start the match, and every two minutes thereafter another will enter until all thirty superstars have entered the match. As always, elimination will occur when a superstar is thrown over the top rope, with both feet touching the floor.
This year, 10 men will make their Royal Rumble Match debut - 9 of which are still in their rookie year in the WWE, in a match featuring 6 former world champions, and 2 previous Royal Rumble winners. It makes for perhaps the most wide open Royal Rumble of all time, where almost anyone could fnd themselves victorious.
Despite this, there are numerous front runners and big candidates for victory, the former Royal Rumble winners - Brock Lesnar and Shawn Michaels, with HBK being the only man to win from entering #1, and the only two time winner in this year's field.
The other former world champions - Kane, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton & Christian, and up until last years event, Kane held the record for most eliminations in a single Rumble match with 11 in 2001.
Elsewhere, Mister Money in the Bank Edge, The Animal Batista, the Undefeated Samoan Bulldozer Umaga and the 2006 King of the Ring Mister Kennedy will be big contenders for victory too. Despite the shortlist of contenders, this Royal Rumble is wide open ... and it's anybodies for the taking.
30 Men Will Enter ... 29 Will Fall ... 1 Will Win The Race To WrestleMania

While Christian looks to be a big time favorite, I see Brock winning this match setting up Brock vs. Triple H at Mania. TBH, I see a Raw superstar winning and would be shocked to see if someone wins from SD.

WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match:
Rob Van Dam vs. The Undertaker vs. Kurt Angle
Ever since SummerSlam, Rob Van Dam has taken Smackdown by storm as WWE Champion, turning back challenge after challenge to keep the Championship that many doubted he'd ever win. The Champion has proved to the doubters wrong - winning the Survivor Series Elimination Match at a 3 on 1 disadvantage, retaining the Championship in the demonic Elimination Chamber last month, and keeping his reign in tact through thick and thin - and still stands today as WWE Champion. However, there perhaps hasnt been a greater challenge for RVD than the one he faces this Sunday. This time, his challenge is two bonafide legends of the squared circle, in a match where Van Dam doesnt need to be involved in the decision to lose the title. Could this be one step too far for The Whole Damn Show?? Or will the ongoing war brewing between The Phenom and the Wrestling Machine erupt in Indianapolis, and allow RVD to keep the championship ... and once again, prove the doubters wrong??

I think Van Dam will retain the title, however I'll be surprised to see him make it to Mania as the WWE Champion, as I have a feeling that Edge will be cashing in MITB sooner than later in this thread.

World Heavyweight Championship Match:
Triple H vs. John Cena
Last month, The McMahon Family Empire, with help from Finlay and Brock Lesnar, helped Triple H to retain the title against Cena. This time, The Game will need to rely on himself and the Family to keep the championship around his waist, and hold off the challenge of the determined Cena, with Finlay, Lesnar and any other pawn at the McMahon Family Empires disposal all tied up with Royal Rumble duties. Cena posed a vital question this past Monday - Has The Game still got it?? And the question is certainly valid - Triple H has not retained the title fairly since becoming champion last October. Is Triple H beginning to decline?? Has John Cena got The Games number?? Is The Game ... over?? Triple H will have a lot to prove this Sunday, and one thing is for certain ... if he is to beat th challenger ... he'll have to earn it.

In a screwjob finish, I see Cena losing this match, as the buildup then begins for Hunter and Brock at Mania. Cena, though I see still being in a bigtime match for Mania.

Cruiserweight Championship; 6 Man Tag Match:
The Mexicools vs. Kid Kash, Chavo Guerrero & Brian Kendrick
At Judgment Day in May, five of these six men competed in the exact same match, with the exact same teams. At that time, Kash & Kendrick were united in attempting to rid Smackdown of the invading Mexicools, and now, eight months down the line, they are united again with Chavo Guerrero, but this time it's to take the Cruiserweight Championship from the grips of the three man group ... but The Mexicool they face today are not the united trio of blood brothers they encountered in the late spring. Now, The Mexicools have been ripped apart by aspirations and greed, all for the Cruiserweight Championship. Can SuperCrazy trust Juvi & Psichosis this Sunday and keep the title?? Or will the united trio of Kash, Kendrick & Chavo put a final nail in the Mexicools coffin??

To me this is going to be one of the most fast paced matches, outside of the IC title match and possibly the Rumble match. With that said, this is Chavo's match to win.

Intercontinental Championship Match:
Shelton Benjamin vs. Rey Mysterio
Two of the most exciting superstars on Raw will duke it out in Indianapolis for the much coveted Intercontinental Championship. Shelton Benjamin will be backed up by the ever present Brotherhood, but Mysterio will be fearless as ever, and hell bent on becoming a two time Intercontinental Champion. Expect high flying, expect crazy athleticism ... expect the unexpected, when Shelton Benjamin and Rey Mysterio collide and raise the bar ... and possibly the roof this Sunday.

I see this as the opening match. Despite Mysterio putting on a great match, Shelton I see retaining with help from the Brotherhood.
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Anymore predictions are welcomed...

Royal Rumble - This Sunday, January 18th

... Added questions for anyone that fancies a guess ...

1) Who will enter the Royal Rumble #1 & #2-Edge and Christian

2) Which superstar will draw #30-I don't think you will pull a swerve, so Brock gets the 30th entrant, and if not, probably Edge.

3) Who will be the mystery superstar?-Probably Mick Foley or some other WWE legend.

4) Who will score the most eliminations in the Royal Rumble Match??- Umaga

5) Name the 'Final Four' in the Royal Rumble Match-Brock, Christian, Jericho, Edge

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I'm sorry this has taken so long, but hopefully you can understand my position.

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I'm not going to draw the obvious comparisons with the 1999 Royal Rumble with from this opening promo, as you acknowledged it all too well later on and throughout the show. It's not just a boring, unimaginative, rehashing of an old WWE idea then, it's an homage, which is what you were going for. Christian's interview later on in the show basically confirms this. But it certainly does have it's own 'Wolfy-style' twist on it, as, unlike in '99 with Vince & Stone Cold Steve Austin, this time it's not about money. I can't remember off the top of my head how much Mr. McMahon was putting up for the elimination of Austin, but I'll guess it was somewhere in the region of $100,000. That's all well and good; I love the merging of the wrestling world with the cinematic, and the whole Austin/McMahon thing oozed of that, with the tyrannical boss placing a hit on the head of the hero. However, what you've done is turn it around so that the prize on offer for the person who gets rid of Christian this Sunday is in fact wrestling related, which actually offers more in the long term than a simple $100,000 - think about it, main eventing WrestleMania equals a big paycheck automatically, and you're automatically a star after that, with or without the belt - so in essence what Vince is offering the man (or woman; good ol' Victoria eh? ) is lifetime success, power and security, and that, Wolfy, is what I call a hell of an offer.

"Hell, let’s just call it an old fashioned bounty."

I just love the term 'bounty' so much. It reminds me of the good old days of Western films (not that I'm old enough to remember then; that's be Naitch ) and Gangster flicks. I had been wondering whether or not you would pull the trigger with something like this for Christian's feud, but you've the got the placement just right. The show before the Rumble? Together with the separate deal about just taking CC out tonight, it not only guarantees a hell of a Rumble Match this Sunday (I love it that you're actually posting this Sunday, Wolf), but also a hell of a (chaotic) show tonight.

Nice touch with McMahon pointing out to certain superstars what this deal could bring each of them. I can see Shelton Benjamin (bearing in mind The Brotherhood have basically been McMahon go-to guys in this thread since his return, kind of like The Spirit Squad were) making a big effort to get rid of Captain Charisma, and the Shawn Michaels look throws up an interesting question: just how badly do the faces in the Royal Rumble Match want that Main Event spot? Would someone as babyfacish as HBK, or even someone like Matt Hardy over on SmackDown, do anything to get there? Should be very, VERY interesting. Subtle yet effective glimpse of Brock Lesnar's continues disillusionment with The McMahon Family Empire, storming up the ramp. A face (or more likely tweener) turn is destined to happen by WM I think, but in what capacity? Part of me hopes he gets in on the World Heavyweight Title act with Christian and Trips, but another part of me wants to see him go at it with Cena. The possibilities are endless. Good main event for tonight too; I just hope everyone's favourite Irishman (other than you ) can look good against Raw's Number One Face.

I figured that Rey Mysterio would be involved in some kind of contest with one of Shelton Benjamin's Brotherhood buddies, but since I've always had Benji down as retaining this Sunday, I was quite surprised (and disappointed?) to see Rey-Rey do the job. Why? Because I have a feeling that this all but guarantees Mysterio a title victory at the Royal Rumble, sparking another Intercontinental Title reign for him, which I can't honestly get too excited about since his last one went on for so long. I'd much rather see a member of The New Wave get a run with the strap.

So Umaga won't be in action tonight? Fair enough. On such a stacked show it's hard to fit everyone in; I understand. Smart choice to showcase his talents with a VP before the big PPV. I'm looking forward to seeing how 'Mags does this Sunday. I'm sure he'll be keeping pace with Brock Lesnar when it comes to number of eliminations, but I don't see him making it to the Final Four just yet.

Good interview from Christian (paying homage to the 1999 Steve Austin predicament like I said), kind of taking on The Rock-kind of role, if you get what I mean. When they used to interview Austin before a show, he'd just be tough etc. but Rock did just what CC does here:

"… That I AM walking out of this arena tonight, and I AM walking into the Conseco Field House on Sunday. And I’m gonna pick my number … and I’m gonna walk right into the Royal Rumble, whether it’s Number One, Number Thirty, or any of the twenty eight in between … and I’m throwing bodies over the top rope like there‘s no tomorrow … whether you’re in my way, or just in my vicinity … I don’t care if you’re Randy Orton … or Cody Rhodes … I wont discriminate for any generation. I don’t care if you’re a legend like Shawn Michaels or a rookie monster like Bobby Lashley … hell, you could be a champion like Brent Albright, or a chump like Joey Mercury. I’m dumping anyone, and EVERYONE out of MY RING … until there is no more left, and I’m standing … alone … victorious … and most importantly … headed to WrestleMania on March 18."

I think you can see what I mean; the list that he reels off. Strangely, both Christian and John Cena have been doing that a lot in recent weeks in this thread, reeling off their 'comedy' lists as it were. You seem to be a real fan of this kind of face, kind of taking the edge away from them almost (which has been made especially clear considering the kind of guys CC was as little as one year ago). Nice tension between CC and Lesnar at the end too. You've become a master of these short, sweet and menacing comments from The Iron Man, which has made me love him even more in this thread. If he and Christian aren't the last two in in the Rumble Match this Sunday, I'll be very surprised.

Wise move keeping this Triple Threat Match short, since all three men are nothing more than mid-card heels at this point of their career and I can't really see the crowd getting all that into it. Like I said in my review of the last Raw, I doubt you'll really do anything with either of these guys, as Paul London seems to be the only newcomer you care about pushing, so Dinsmore will likely just make a swift exit in the Rumble Match at the behest of Mr. Orton.

Pretty funny segment between Christian and The Boogeyman. His debut at SummerSlam was one of the most bizarre things you've ever done. It's funny, for a minute there I almost thought that Boogeyman was going heel and trying to collect the bounty. That would've been hilarious.

Randy Orton's short promo before his match was actually quite effective. It reminds us that he's been floundering around the lower-main event scene since SummerSlam and he has a reputation to uphold (of losing at WrestleMania? Change please). I didn't think Shawn and Randy would get a third clean finish on the run so no surprises to see this bout go the way of the Dodo. I can only predict that after this vicious assault from Orton, that Michaels will gain a measure of revenge by eliminating The Career Killer this Sunday. They'll both be major players in that match though one would assume.

Okay, wasn't all that into the start of this promo from Cena. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it wasn't in character because, Wolf, it's pretty much impossible for you to write a guy out of character, let alone John Cena, who seems to be your favourite superstar ever No, it wasn't that; I just couldn't quite get into all of this:

"How much longer do we have to wait for season three of Lost to continue??"

"We need to know if Jack saved Ben, or if Kate and Sawyer escaped … or if Hurley lost any weight. C’mon."

This is the kind of Cena that sometimes irks me, but it's so apparent that you worship the ground the guy walks on, and it's apparent because you write with him so phenomenally. Regardless of me being a ridiculous smark and being irritated by happy-go-lucky Cena at the start of this segment, there's absolutely no denying that it was a fun read. But here's the thing, you made my day with what came next. I've ranted (and raved ) a few times in this thread recently about all the happy happy, smiley smiley, jokey jokerson stuff that was coming from Cena and Christian's little partnership, and you took my comments and you made me look one hell of a fool this week:

"Okay, okay. I’m really out here tonight … to give Triple H, the king of kings, the king of sting, The Game, the joystick, cerebral assassin, Conan, floats like a butterfly, asshole of the decade, the man of numbers; father of one, almost married twice - TWICE to Stephanie, a nose three times the size of a regular man, and a ten time world champion … a message."

"Screw me once Triple H, shame on you. … screw me twice, shame on me. This time, I’m ready for anything, and everything you can throw at me. Your wife to be, your brother in law, your father in law who you have a ‘special relationship’ with … any fool on the roster … heck, it wouldn’t surprise me if you threw your own four month old daughter at me … she’s probably got more balls than you do anyway."

Wow, just wow; some of the best stuff you've written since your return. This is when Cena's in his element, when he intense, when he's amped up, but he never stops ripping into his opponent(s) with every insult in the book, because that's just the kind of guy he is. When he's portrayed this well, he really is an absolute pleasure to read, and by far the most fun. As a result, Triple H's in-put didn't really add much to proceedings, as it was running along smoothly just with Cena working himself into a frenzy (kind of like he did last year before facing 'Taker), although Hunter's threats about his daughter were a nice touch. It might have been a little side-tracked, what with the huge Royal Rumble storyline and all, but this promo was the perfect, subtle way to one of the biggest (in terms of who's in it) World Heavyweight Championship matches you've ever done. For Trips, Cena is Phase One, and at WrestleMania I think he'll be running into both Phases Two & Three in the forms of Christian and Brock Lesnar.

You know I'm not a fan of Mr. Kennedy being stuck at this low mid-card level, but hey, I'll live, since I'm all but certain he'll be getting a push in the pre or post-WM run. No real surprises to see Straight Edge pick up another win over MNM, as their collision is coming sooner rather than later. It never pleases me to see KK on a losing team, but it's like I said, things will pick up soon, I'm sure of it.

Short but sweet interview from the greatness that is Teddy Long. I'm a little disappointed that you aren't allowing Shelton Benjamin or Rey Mysterio to pull double duty at The Royal Rumble, as it could've given both men a huge boost of credibility. More humorous shenanigans from Christian as he OWNS Jordan and Mack. Ignoring their first piece of gold in god knows how long, it's not been the greatest of years credibility wise for Long & Co.

Another victory for Alexis Laree to continue her push towards the Women's Championship match at WrestleMania. Melina should really start to mention her belt at least, or you run the risk of erasing it from our memories.

Awww, sweet buddy/buddy stuff from Straight Edge there, which I think was there for a number of reasons: possibly because you like them as your own, self-made team and you want to hype them with air time; you want to get in that stereotypical pre-Rumble 'Every Man For Himself' promo; or you want to hype the possibility of even faces getting to Christian. Whichever one it was, it worked out just fine.

Two weeks running and Mr. Kennedy's getting air time? I must be dreaming. Nice little segment between him and Stephanie, evoking the kind of electric chemistry Mac has created between the two in his thread. I'm glad KK turned down her offer, as it would basically bring him on board as one of The Empire's stooges, and look how that's turned out for Finlay If Kennedy got a push out of it then I'd be all for it, but if not, I'm just glad he seems to be being built up as a potential winner of the thing.

Bingo. You got him again. When it comes to Brock Lesnar you know to keep it short and to keep it sweeter than your Grandma's best cookies. The tension between he and Vince and Hunter has been incredible recently, so I hope you at least escalate it this Sunday.

Oh dear, poor old Shane McMahon; he hasn't exactly been covering himself in glory since the biggest match of his life at WrestleMania XXII, and ever since the inception of The McMahon Family Empire, he's pretty much been demoted to 'The Man-Servant' (Shane Hagadorn?) role. I actually thought he might be the mystery entrant this Sunday a la like on many occasions, but I suppose not.

Glad to see Finlay hanging with a former (and future) World Champion for almost fifteen minutes, though he still comes out of it not looking too great. Certainly no one has more momentum than Christian heading into this Sunday's Royal Rumble Match, as he outsmarts the entire roster and Vince. Quite an original way to get in the traditional mass brawl before the RR, with everyone actually coming down to attack CC and then forgetting about him. Still, something tells me Christian getting the big win is just too obvious for someone as innovative as you. I remember feeling absolutely certain that Edge was winning Mac's Rumble Match this year, and he certainly did not. It's going to be wonderful, mate

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I'm a bit disappointed that we aren't getting a huge heel vs. heel blow off match between Edge and Chris Jericho to send us into The Royal Rumble with, but this was still a very nice way to get in SmackDown's six main stars before the big PPV. I'm surprised that you had Lashley come out to do some talking rather than London or Brent 'OWNS' Albright, but I'm extremely pleased, as I still believe him to be an extremely underrated big man who gets a lot of negativity in BTB. I would expect the winner of tonight's bout to be the man from SD! you are really going showcase in the RR Match, and with all of his build over the course of the past year, all of the signs point to Batista.

It's all coming together nicely for the WWE Tag Team division isn't it? Matt Hardy just cannot cope against the overwhelming odds of AMW with another loss, Shannon Moore is now down for the count, and there's a 'Mystery Superstar' entering the match this Sunday. I wonder, oh I wonder who that could be?

Glad to see Brent 'OWNS' Albright getting some more exposure tonight with a rare interview. It's also a nice change to see him so confident, as he's been so worried these past few weeks. Nice use of the Rocky quote too; movies > everything. Big performance from BA this Sunday please, to further establish himself amongst the big boys.

Well, it looks as though Cody Rhodes' undefeated run won't be lasting very long. I'm still a little baffled as to why you chose to bring him now of all times?

Quite surprised to see Juvi & Co. get the win heading into the Cruiserweight Championship match this Sunday, but I hope that it points towards the tension with the Mexicool camp finally costing all three of them the belt. Super Crazy did seem awful edgy with his 'assistance' tonight. Honestly, out of Chavo, Kash & Kendrick, I'm spoilt for choice as to who I want to take the title more.

Oh baby, Batista and Lashley getting in each other's faces sends chills down my spine. I'd love to see them go at it at a big PPV, as, ignoring what everyone says, I think they could pull it off. If both men start to pursue the U.S Title, a Triple Threat involving them and Brent 'OWNS' Albright would be more than worthy of making the WrestleMania card.

Is RVD even capable of getting pissed off? Kind of the same as with Raw really, it was always likely that the WWE Championship match would have to take a backseat to the Royal Rumble build tonight, but this was a fine way to get the three men involved in the title match on the show. The Undertaker is one annoying fella' when he decides to no-show like this and just try to 'mess' with his opponents, but I honestly think it's going to cost him, as I can see him taking the fall this Sunday, to further the feud between him and Angle heading into WrestleMania.

Oh dear, well I guess my Lashley-shaped bubble was very much burst, and he's been Batista Bombed right back down to the bottom of the pecking order. I though Jericho and Edge might be the ones to get all of the spotlight, but it actually seems to be the U.S Title scene you're concentrating on. I expect big things from Big Dave (pun intended) this Sunday as a result of this, uh, result.

Awww, how lovely between Chavo, Kash and Kendrick. Unfortunately though, I can't see whichever one of them wins the strap honouring their deal, as one of them needs to HEEL IT UP~

I wonder why Matt Hardy is so upbeat????

Surprised to see that Porter had to cheat to beat Cody Rhodes. At this point of his career, I would've thought you'd be giving Montel clean wins left, right and centre to build his credibility up. Hopefully he puts in a good showing this Sunday, though I don't expect much from the rookie Rhodes.

Well, I wonder who that could be, Arn??

Nice main event, with Kane once again serving his main event purpose as the resident jobber of the pack, giving Angle a heck of a lot of momentum heading into the title match this Sunday. My prediction for this thing still stands though, Undertaker's the one taking the fall to continue Angle's utter dominance of late and not have him get pinned.

I'm sorry for the lateness of this feedback, but I wasn't sure whether or not I should still review people, but that's all been sorted out now, so you haven't lost my (awesome) reviews at all

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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!!!

I can see you swerving us with this one and having Vince or Shane or Hunter or Steph or all of 'em somehow getting involved and costing Christian at the last point, which ends up backfiring on them as BOTH CC & Brock end up coming after Triple H at WM.

WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match:
Rob Van Dam vs. The Undertaker vs. Kurt Angle

Angle/'Taker doesn't need the title at WM, and it's really just a matter of time until Edge cashes that baby in (could be tonight), so a grand finale for Van Dam would be a big win of two of the greatest of all time.

World Heavyweight Championship Match:
Triple H vs. John Cena

Christian/Cena or Brock/Cena would be nice, but I think this is all being built around The McMahon Family Empire, and without their 'boy' in the main event, that can't happen, so Hunter retains here.

Cruiserweight Championship; 6 Man Tag Match:
The Mexicools vs. Kid Kash, Chavo Guerrero & Brian Kendrick

A new, non-Mexicool champion for the first time in AAAAGES will make such a refreshing change.

Intercontinental Championship Match:
Shelton Benjamin vs. Rey Mysterio

Regardless of the result on Raw, I think a seventh month reign was more than enough Rey-Rey for me.

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1) Who will enter the Royal Rumble #1 & #2 - Christian & Brock Lesnar

2) Which superstar will draw #30 - Jeff Hardy

3) Who will be the mystery superstar?? - Jeff Hardy

4) Who will score the most eliminations in the Royal Rumble Match?? - Brock Lesnar

5) Name the 'Final Four' in the Royal Rumble Match - Christian, Brock Lesnar, Edge & Batista
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**Note, this post is set three hours prior to RR, the show itself still wont be posted until tomorrow**

**These news bits and notes are not to be treated as spoilers, but some bits of information will be right on the money, whilst others will be pure speculation**


WWE Royal Rumble Countdown T- 3 hours:

All eyes are on the Royal Rumble match, as always, one of the most highly anticipated matches of the calendar year, and in keeping with tradition since 1999, the 30 Man Rumble will close the show.

The order of entry has been juggled around quite often this afternoon, with early plans seeing Christian and Brock Lesnar entering at Number 1 and 2, but later lists have shown different combinations as the opening two men, but as of this point, it would remain up in the air as to who will draw the opening numbers.

It would also appear that Umaga - in line for a huge push later in the year - will get a big run, along with the Irish veteran Finlay, who is likely to enter around the mid part of the match, and keep the contest ticking over during the middle sections, with so much inexperience being part of this years Rumble.


Jeff Hardy has been heavily touted as the mystery entrant, and Hardy has been spotted at the Conseco Fieldhouse this afternoon, but as yet, it still appears that a deal has not been done for Jeff to return to the company, as he is still negotiating terms of his contract. Officials are looking to tie up the deal before tonight’s event, with a lot of desperation to secure Hardy in the Rumble and help his brother in his fight with AMW which is likely to continue tonight. A short term Hardy Boys reunion is expected once Jeff finally re-signs with the company.


Should Jeff not complete his deal in time for tonight, the committee have lined up possible replacements in the shape of any number of Raw superstars, which would help keep in line the announcement made by Arn Anderson on Smackdown that the mystery entrant would be a permanent fixture on the Blue brand, with a possible explanation being that the superstar’s contract ran out with Raw. Shane McMahon has also been touted, but given the announcement from Double A on Smackdown, an explanation would be needed as to why Shane got the spot. Road agents such as Sgt. Slaughter, Jerry Lawler and Dean Malenko are on stand by also, but all hopes are pinned on Jeff Hardy completing his deal in time.

As for a winner, it seems unthinkable that anyone other than Christian or Brock Lesnar will be victorious. Christian had been the clear favourite a few weeks ago to go on and main event WrestleMania, but support for Lesnar has gathered pace in the last fortnight, with many now pushing for The Iron Man to win the contest, with many fans now reacting in a big way to Lesnar, given his recent interactions with the McMahon Family Empire.

All of this could well hinge on the opinion of Triple H. Ever since he was cast aside as an afterthought at WrestleMania 22, The Game has thrown his weight around backstage, and made it known in no uncertain terms that he wants to be main eventing in the biggest match this year.

With that, it would appear that Triple H would be a lock to go over John Cena, but many have been throwing out the idea of going with a Cena vs. Christian main event at WrestleMania, pitting the two biggest faces on the brand, and allow the confrontations between The Game and Brock Lesnar to escalate for a one on one encounter at WrestleMania, with what would be the pairs first ever meeting. Triple H though, has been fully intent on heading to WrestleMania as champion, and unless the boss put’s his foot down and decides to go in another direction, Triple H is likely to get what he wants - and that is the main event on March 18.

Regardless of the winner in the World Heavyweight Championship match, the finish is likely to be shady enough to warrant a final showdown next month at SuperBrawl between Cena and Triple H. A gimmick match would be the likely option if they are to meet a third time in as many months, and officials are looking to put on the best possible contest to hit a high buy rate before WrestleMania.

Elsewhere on the Raw side of things, Rey Mysterio and Shelton Benjamin WILL open the show tonight. Expectations are extremely high for the pair to deliver, and are expected to be given enough time to get the show off with a bang. Despite the news just last month that Shelton Benjamin had been penned in to hold the title for the long haul, there are strong indications that Rey Mysterio will take the belt tonight in a result that would surprise many. There doesn’t appear to be any significant reason for why this could come to pass, but some feel it could simply be to facilitate plans ahead of WrestleMania.

Meanwhile on Smackdown, there hasn’t been too many rumours surrounding the cruiserweight championship match, but many believe this will be the end of Super Crazys four month run with the title. With the stipulations set that he doesn’t need to be pinned, or even involved in the decision to lose the title, it could likely give Super Crazy a solid reason for a rematch down the road. Should the title change hands though, it is likely to be one of Kid Kash, Brian Kendrick or Chavo Guerrero, due to managements poor opinion on both Juvi and Psichosis, who have picked up a lot of heat over the last month for lazy performances and bad attitude, despite the constant chances they have been given on TV since arriving last spring.

Anything other than a Rob Van Dam win tonight would come as a huge surprise, and also leave Edge out in the cold. Should The Undertaker or Kurt Angle win the belt, it would all but confirm the Smackdown main event at WrestleMania, with both men fully set on meeting the other in New Orleans - a plan that would not involve Edge in any way. Time is running out for Edge to cash in his Money in the Bank contract, but despite internet rumours that he would cash in tonight, that has been completely denied by all sources.

Edge is becoming more concerned as the weeks go by, with more rumours flying around Smackdown over who will main event the brands WWE Championship match at WrestleMania - with many of the rumours NOT involving the Rated ‘R’ Superstar - but other names, such as Randy Orton if he were to win the Rumble, Chris Jericho as a reward for his sterling work over the last twelve months, Batista to complete his long process into main event talent (although it would appear Batista is now set to chase Brent Albright for the United States Championship), and Edge himself. Some inside sources have now been claiming that privately Edge now sees the Money in the Bank briefcase as more of a hindrance than a help, as he is beginning to see his big opportunity sink without a trace after months of building towards his big moment.

RVD, as previously stated, is fully expected to retain his title tonight, with management delighted with his run as champion, lasting much longer than initially expected. He looks set to be rewarded with a Smackdown main event as Champion at WrestleMania, but as also stated, his opponent would appear to be a mystery at this point.

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That’s that then. I think I’ve covered most bases there, and just as a final reminder - I will post the Royal Rumble TOMORROW around this time.

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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

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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


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… Last chance for any predictions …

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Sorry I haven't yet gotten around to getting you some feedback for any of your shows. You know I've read them though as I sent you a PM about a week ago and I'm going to be reading the Royal Rumble for sure. It probably won't be as long feedback for PPV's as I used to give you but I'm going to definently owe you A LOT of feedback so I think the Royal Rumble will be a good start...

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!!!

I've thought about it for a bit and well I'm going to put my bets on Lesnar. Really I think either way it is going to be someone from Raw winning and I think Christian winning is maybe a bit too obvious. Now I do feel he will draw number 1 of course but other than that I'm not so sure. I did read how Legend has compared this to the '99 Rumble with McMahon and Austin which Austin won. But I think a Christian win may be a bit too obvious for me and for you so I'm going to go with the Iron Man pulling out the upset and getting his much awaited title match.

WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match:
Rob Van Dam vs. The Undertaker vs. Kurt Angle

I think RVD as well gets the title win and well I definently think Edge is waiting to cash in MITB at WrestleMania. Whether he does that or not is beyond me but you've definently got it down to where it definently could be at any time or any place. So good call on that one right there. I think 'Taker/Angle definently have another match down the road somewhere in them but I'm not sure if it's WM? It very well may be but I think RVD sneaks this one out tonight.

World Heavyweight Championship Match:
Triple H vs. John Cena

Two things going wrong for the McMahon Empire would seem about right with Cena winning the WHC once again. Lesnar winning the Rumble would make sense for this Cena/Lesnar match which really would be very appealing if it does turn out to be your WrestleMania main event. Either way this or HHH/Lesnar definently has promise to it and this match could go either way as well.

Cruiserweight Championship; 6 Man Tag Match:
The Mexicools vs. Kid Kash, Chavo Guerrero & Brian Kendrick

Pretty much a toss up as I think Super Crazy may retain but I think you might shock us and give someone like Kendrick a title run with the gold. Really it could be anybody but Guerrero and Kash have both held gold here (I know Guerrero has but not sure about Kash) in here and I think it may just be Kendrick's time.

Intercontinental Championship Match:
Shelton Benjamin vs. Rey Mysterio

I'll just play it safe and say Benjamin retains. Glad to see that this is going to be the opening match as it definently will start the night off great so hopefully something good comes out of it. I don't know where these two will head into WrestleMania but MITB is definently a possibility for both of them.

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... Added questions for anyone that fancies a guess ...

1) Who will enter the Royal Rumble #1 & #2 - Christian and Edge (further continuing his angry habits with MITB "holding him down" as you said as he'll probably lose early on if he's number two.)

2) Which superstar will draw #30 - I want to say the Mystery Entrant but that may be a bit too obvious. I'll say either Hardy if he's the mystery entrant.

3) Who will be the mystery superstar?? Jeff Hardy

4) Who will score the most eliminations in the Royal Rumble Match?? Umaga

5) Name the 'Final Four' in the Royal Rumble Match - Christian, Lesnar, Umaga, and Randy Orton
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I already left predictions i just thought i would comment on the news you have given us

I can actually really see Christian and Lesnar bieng one and two with Lesnar going on to win the whole thing seems to fit in with current story lines nicely.

Umaga push FTW and well Finlay is being used perfectly if this news is correct.

Of course it is going to be Jeff Hardy.

I have been saying Lesnar is winning since I started reading this thread and my tip is not changing tbh.

Triple H will get the win at Mania I just can’t see it being anything other than HHH/Lesnar at Mania even if you have tried to give us different ideas.

Shelton better go over Rey/Rey and this match has the potential to be match of the night besides the Rumble itself if you really are giving it a decent amount of time.

I think the Mexicool thing is a lie and Juvi or Psychosis will be cruiserweight champion at the end of the night.

RVD will win tonight and Edge will cash in at NWO because Edge will not win the Rumble.

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SUNDAY NIGHT HEAT

Todd Grisham and Josh Matthews host.

We have the usual video packages, which consist mainly for Royal Rumble moments this evening, with other segments thrown in here and there.

We also have interviews via satellite with former Royal Rumble winners, Steve Austin from Texas, and Bret Hart, from Calgary. Both talk about how much it meant to them winning the Rumble in years gone by, and how much it’ll mean to one of the thirty men competing tonight. When asked for predictions, the two stay loyal to their regions, with Austin tipping HBK, and Hart predicting victory for Chris Jericho tonight.

There is also speculation regarding the mystery entrant, with fans giving their predictions, ranging from Hulk Hogan to Steve Austin, along with the first ever Rumble winner Jim Duggan and even Goldust gets a mention.

The arrival of John Cena is shown, which leads to discussion of the World Title match, and a backstage segment with The McMahon Family Empire, rambling on nonsense about getting past Cena tonight, and then making sure the Rumble winner chooses Raw to make sure The Game main events WrestleMania.

After those segments, it’s a video package to hype the triple threat match for the WWE Championship, as RVD defends against the legendary Deadman, The Undertaker, and the rejuvenated Olympic hero, Kurt Angle.

This brings us back to our hosts, who discuss the three men involved, talking over the impressive reign of Van Dam, overcoming matches where he didn’t know his opponent, 3 on 1 situations, and an Elimination Chamber, meaning he shouldn’t fear anyone, and shouldn’t be classed as underdog.

Backstage, Todd Grisham interviews Rey Mysterio, who talks about his chance tonight to reclaim the Intercontinental title, but knows he faces an uphill task, with The Brotherhood involved. He say’s he’s the underdog, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

And, with all the build up out of the way, it’s Heat main event time, as Booker T & Elijah Burke defeat The Cult Society, with Booker finishing Knox with the Scissors Kick for the three count, as Heat draws to a close.


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…AND NOW…

WWE ROYAL RUMBLE 2007

JANUARY 14TH
CONSECO FIELDHOUSE, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

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Opening Video

We open and hear the revving of car engines. The picture slowly opens, with a dark, murky view of an indy racing track, as headlights flick on and the picture becomes more clear.

Loudspeaker Commentator: Racers start your engines!!!

Next, we see WWE diva, Kelly Kelly, on the centre of the starting line, with a WWE flag, waving it, starting the race.

The cars zoom off, screeching right into the camera view, as flashing images of Edge, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho & Christian appear on the screen, just as each car zooms past.

Narrator: The race begins…

We continue to see clips of superstars as cars zoom past, like before, with Brock Lesnar, Batista, Randy Orton & Matt Hardy appearing in flashing shots.

Narrator: For now, the dream is alive…

The flashing images continue, with lesser profile stars, Paul London, MNM, AMW & Nick Dinsmore are seen.

Narrator: The greatest of goals in sight … the grandest stage awaits …


Shots of pyro at WrestleMania past, as well as quick flashing shots of Triple H & RVD with their titles.

Narrator: A golden opportunity to forge a legacy…

Clips of Hogan and Yokozuna winning Royal Rumbles in the past.

Narrator: For one man …

Suddenly, we come back to the cars racing, as two crash into each other, and slam into a wall.

Narrator: … And one man only.

More cars crash, as the race heats up, with cars piling into one another, like a demolition derby.

Narrator: For twenty nine will fail … their dreams to be shattered in the blink of an eye …

Clips from previous Rumble losers, such as an irate Bret Hart in ‘97, Davey Boy Smith in ‘95 and Kurt Angle in ‘02.

Narrator: To live with the realisation of failure.

Back to the cars, as they zoom past, with flashing clips of Umaga, William Regal, Carlito & Lashley.

Narrator: Over the course of one gruelling evening, twenty nine warriors will fall … one true gladiator will rise …

Shots of John Cena celebrating in ‘05, Lesnar in ‘03, Ric Flair in ‘92.

Narrator: And these thirty men … with an eye on the ultimate prize …

More clips of Wrestle Manias past, with Hogan and Andre face to chest, Bret and Owen circling, Austin and Tyson standing tall in the ring.

Narrator: Will risk it all!!!

Another crash with the cars is shown, with one spinning through the air in slow motion. As this happens, flashes of chair shots, high risks, table spots, and massive falls are shown, with many of tonight’s competitors in the clips.

Narrator: No second chances …

A car spins off the track, as more flashing shots of stars in the Rumble in action play.

Narrator: No rematch …

Two cars try to edge the other out on a big straight, battling for supremacy, as classic Rumble clips are shown, with Vince winning the Rumble thanks to The Rock, and Brock Lesnar triumphing in 2003.

Narrator: One solitary opportunity …

Clips of previous Rumble winners making their way out at their WM title matches.

Narrator: To follow superstars … legends … icons … greats

Clips of Ultimate Warrior celebrating his double title success, HBK celebrating at WM 12, Austin bleeding heavily at WM 13, Hogan and The Rock face to face in 2002.

Narrator: To headline the greatest spectacle in the Sports Entertainment …

Clips of Cena at WM 21, Bret Hart being hoisted in the air at WM 10, and Triple H with the WWE & WCW Titles at WM 18.

Narrator: To register their place in folklore.

Lesnar missing the shooting star in Seattle at WM 19, The Rock and Michaels at last years event, Edge spearing Jeff Hardy at WM 17 off a ladder.

Narrator: The road, rocky …

Clips of zooming cars again, struggling to stay on the track, interspersed with clips of tonights lesser stars in the Rumble.

Narrator: The journey, unpredictable …

The car leading the race spins off, and again, this is mixed with flashing shots of Rumble entrants tonight.

Narrator: The outcome, undecided …

Shocking Rumble moments in the past are shown, with HBK skinning the cat in 1995, The Rock over turning Big Show in 2000, and Maven eliminating Undertaker in 2002.

Narrator: Tonight, thirty men will put their bodies on the line … put their reputations at stake … to live out their dreams … to earn adulation … for ultimate glory.

Clips of tonights Rumble entrants, mixed with clips of past and present World Champions, and more fireworks going off at recent WrestleMania events.

Narrator: Tonight … the Race to Wrestle Mania … begins.

Finally, a car speeds past the finish line, as the video fades to black.

AND NOW … SUBWAY PRESENTS A RAW AND SMACKDOWN PRODUCTION … THE 2007 ROYAL RUMBLE … WHERE THE RACE TO WRESTLEMANIA … BEGINS

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The camera pans around the Conseco Field house, as the fans wave their arms in excitement, with the Royal Rumble officially on the air. We get glimpses of fan banners in the arena such as ‘STEPHANIE WEARS THE TROUSERS’, ‘RVD FOR PRESIDENT’, and ‘NUMBER 30 = ME’. The irritating voice of Michael Cole opens the show, as we soon pan to the commentary team at ringside.

Michael Cole: The Conseco Fieldhouse has been sold out for weeks, in anticipation for the Royal Rumble, as we gear up for the Road to WrestleMania, which tonight is better known, aptly in the home of the Indy 500, as the RACE to WrestleMania!!! It begins tonight Tazz!!!

Tazz: You aint kiddin partner. Tonight the Race to WrestleMania kicks into gear, and in keeping with this racing vibe, one man is gonna be goin in a straight sprint to the finish line, and once he passes that chequered flag, that amigo is off to the biggest dance of ‘em all.

Michael Cole: Thirty men will vie, thirty men will scratch, and they will claw to survive in the hope, a faint hope for many, in reaching that lifetime dream, the headline slot at WrestleMania 23.

Tazz: Fifteen guys from Smack down - one as yet not announced remember, and fifteen from Raw. As you like it put it Cole, the fastest sixty minutes in the WWE calendar is comin in just a little bit.

Michael Cole: But that isn’t all Tazz. Four championships to be decided too, triple threat match for the WWE Championship, and the Cruiserweight Championship on Smackdown…

**BOOYAKA 619**

Jim Ross: And the Intercontinental Title is on the line Michael … RIGHT NOW!!! Rey Mysterio certainly doesn’t want to waste any time tonight, and who can blame him Coach??

The Coach: Huh?? If I was Mysterio, I wouldn’t have even shown up tonight. He’s about to lose his crown as Raws resident highlight reel, because The Brotherhoods Black Diamond is taking his spot!!!

Jim Ross: Good evening ladies and gentlemen from The Coach and myself, Jim Ross, ahead of what has to be the most important stop on the Road to WrestleMania, the Royal Rumble!!!

The Coach: Don’t forget J.R, we’re in Indianapolis … this stop is the RACE to WrestleMania!!!

Mysterio makes his way to the ring, slapping hands with the fans as he nears the ring.

Jim Ross: Indeed, you can call it that Coach, but whilst the Royal Rumble may be the marquee match, there is still the matter of the World Heavyweight Championship, which will be decided tonight, between The Game, the ten times world champion, Triple H and the challenger - the hungry, hungry challenger, John Cena!!! A rematch that Cena perhaps thought a month ago he’d never have.

The Coach: Well, I cant agree that Cena deserves it, but these things have a knack of evening themselves up, and I’m hella confident that Triple H is gonna pull it out tonight.

**SOMEBODIES GONNA GET IT**

The Coach: And here he comes, MY BOYYY Shelton Benjamin!!! Stand up for the champ J.R!!! DAMMIT - STAND FOR THEODORE!!!

Jim Ross: Aw, give it a break Coach. You’re supposed to be impartial!!!

The Coach: How can you help it J.R, when greatness such as this is in our midst??

Jim Ross: Can someone turn him off please??

Coach continues to stand, and applaud the entire Brotherhood, giving high fives to Mack and OJ, but is ignored by Henry. The Brotherhood surround the ring, as Mysterio tries to stay alert for an attack from one of the six.

Jim Ross: Now how the hell is this fair??

The Coach: It just is J.R. The Brotherhood are just out here to wish Shelton luck, they aren’t here to help him, he doesn’t even need it!!

Jim Ross: Oh Coach, that is the biggest load of-

Just before J.R can let out an expletive, Lillian Garcia of all people cuts in with an announcement…

Lillian Garcia: Ladies and Gentlemen. Before this match can begin, the referee has ORDERED Theodore Long, Rodney Mack, Orlando Jordan, Jazz and Mark Henry TO LEAVE the ringside area, and proceed to the back immediately.

The fans roar in approval for the ruling, whilst The Brotherhood are incensed. Two more officials race down the aisle to order The Brotherhood out. Slowly, the group back up the ramp, while Benjamin (and Coach on commentary) are also livid, but J.R welcomes the referees decision, applauding Charles Robinsons big call to ensure an even match up. As Benjamin continues to argue with Robinson … MYSTERIO DROPKICKS HIM FROM BEHIND … INTO THE ROPES!!! The bell rings from the attack, starting the match after a long delay!!!

Intercontinental Championship Match:
Shelton Benjamin vs. Rey Mysterio

And the match is on!!! And it could be over as soon as it’s begun, as Mysterio races against the ropes and looks to dial up the 619 … CONNECTS!!!!! Benjamin falls into the middle of the ring, and the challenger leaps onto the ropes, looking to deliver the West Coast Pop … and jumps as Shelton gets back up … BUT BENJAMIN COUNTERS … POWERBOMB!!!!! The champion jacknifes Mysterio to quickly end the match as suddenly as it’s begun …
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……………………SHOULDER OUT……………………
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Mysterio JUST survives the blistering counter from the champion, with the fans already on their feet from a shocking opening exchange. Benjamin wastes no time, and drags Rey up, whipping him to the corner, and steadying himself before charging in, looking for the Stinger Splash … BUT REY DODGES OUT OF THE WAY!!! Shelton hit’s the corner, and stumbles out, allowing Rey to roll him up, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Both men are up, with the champion trying to strike suddenly with a snap clothesline, but Rey LEAPS out of the Black Diamonds arm, landing back on the mat, and connects with an arm drag!!! Mysterio wastes no time, and runs into the ropes, spring boarding and flying back with a cross body, taking the woozy champion down for a cover, 1...2...Kick Out!!! Again, little time is wasted, with Rey throwing kicks to the thigh of Shelton as he gets up, softening the champion up, before going for a whip to the corner, but Benjamin reverses it, and sends Rey in at a wicked speed, turning the challenger upside down upon impact, leaving him sat on the top turnbuckle. Now, the champion sees an opportunity, and LEAPS from the mat to the top turnbuckle, into position for a side suplex off the top … BUT REY COUNTERS IN MID AIR WITH A BODY PRESS!!!!! Shoulders are down … 1...2...BENJAMIN KICKS OUT AT THE LAST POSSIBLE MOMENT!!!

The fans are still in a frenzy as the opening exchange has yet to die down in the slightest, as the challenger gets up, throwing leg kicks at Shelton again, along with kicks to the abdomen, before sending the champion into the corner with an Irish whip. Rey storms in after, and connects with a monkey flip … BUT THE CHAMPION LANDS ON HIS FEET … AND CATCHES REY WITH A FROST KICK!!!!! The fans ‘OOOOOH’ in amazement at the athletic ability of Benjamin, with the Black Diamond smiling at his own feats, before dropping down and hooking the leg, 1...2...Kick Out!!! Perhaps the champion took too long to cover after the kick.

Benjamin is back up, and makes a beeline for the apron, stepping between the ropes, and climbing to the top turnbuckle, perching himself, waiting for the challenger to get up, and he does, turning around, and straight into an incoming Shelton Benjamin with a flying shoulder block off the top rope!!! Again, the cocky champion smiles at his own feat, before making the cover, 1...2...Rey kicks out again!!! Once more, Benjamin may have only himself to blame for not winning on that occasion. The champion gets back up, giving Robinson a talking to, putting up three fingers, before pulling Rey up, throwing a quick right hand, then goes for a kick, but Mysterio catches the boot. Shelton hops on his free foot, before Mysterio spins him around … BUT BENJAMIN NAILS REY WITH THE DRAGON WHIP … AND MYSTERIO GOES BLISTERING OUT OF THE RING, THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE!!! This leads to a perfect opportunity for J.R to comment that that wouldn’t lead to an elimination in tonights Royal Rumble, as Rey didn’t leave the ring by going over the top rope, but rather through the middle. Sigh. Expect plenty of those as the night builds towards the main event.

In the ring, Shelton paces to the far ropes, watching closely, as Rey slowly pulls himself back to his feet … and the champion charges across the ring … WITH A SENTON OVER THE ROPES … BUT BENJAMIN MISSES!!!!! An ‘awww’ rushes through the arena, as the smack of the champions back slams off the mat, sickeningly echoing through the arena. No holy shit chants just yet though. Meanwhile, the challenger gets back onto the apron, measuring a grimacing Benjamin as he gets up, and runs along the apron, CATCHING BENJAMIN WITH A HEADSCISSORS!!! The fans pop for the high risk, as both Rey and Shelton begin to show the effects of their scorching match up thus far. Slowly, Mysterio rolls the champion back inside the ring from the outside, before climbing back onto the apron himself, steadying, and waits as the champion gets up, before leaping onto the apron again, and this time connects with a SEATED SENTON!!! He hooks the legs, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!! The kick out doesn’t phase the challenger, and he continues his relentless pursuit of the title, running into the ropes, and off the opposite side, picking up steam, as Benjamin slowly stumbles to his feet, eventually doing so, but gets clobbered back down, with Rey delivering a heel kick!!! He hooks the leg once more, 1...2...Kick Out again from the champion.

At this moment in time, the Black Diamond appears to be losing his grip of the Intercontinental title, with Mysterio in the ascendancy. Rey doesn’t take his foot off the gas for an instant, and keeps on Shelton, pushing him into the ropes, firing off a couple of weak chops, before sending Benjamin across the ring, off the ropes, going for a dropkick upon the return, but Shelton smartly holds the ropes, and Mysterio hit’s the mat … and nothing more. Quickly, the champion sees a chance, and looks to take advantage of his grounded opponent, but Mysterio kicks Shelton away. Benjamin though, remains tenacious, and comes at Rey again, but the challenger this time catches Shelton with a cradle taking him by surprise, 1...2... BENJAMIN ROLLS OVER TURNING THE COVER ON MYSTERIO …1...2...KICK OUT!!! Both men are up almost instantly, catching a second wind in this lightning paced encounter, but Benjamin strikes first, with a kick to the stomach region, allowing him a chance to make a dash across the ring, hitting the ropes, but Rey lures him, and goes for a dropkick … BUT BENJAMIN LEAPS OVER MYSTERIO … ONTO THE TOP TURNBUCKLE … BUT REY QUICKLY KICKS THE ROPES … AND SHELTON CROTCHES THE TOP TURNBUCKLE!!!

Another groan echoes through the Conseco Field house, with a close up now of Shelton, eyes shut tightly, mouth wide open, the crown jewels certainly not in tact. Rey pounds the back, with Shelton eventually falling into the tree of woe position, flailing his arms around wildly, trying to get out of the predicament. Rey backs himself across the ring, giving himself a run up, and speeds across the ring, looking for a baseball slide … BUT BENJAMIN INCREDIBLY SITS UP!!!! Rey slides into the ringpost, hitting his mid section across the unforgiving metal. The champion sits up on the top turnbuckle, resting his chin on his hand in a cocky manner, with the fans half appreciating his ability, and the other half giving him heat for his demeanour.

Benjamin rolls off the top, landing on his feet, getting another slightly mixed response from the fans again. He drags the challenger out of the corner, then kneels down, and mercilessly pounds the winded Mysterio on the ground, breaking at the count of four from the referee. Shelton and Robinson share a few words, as Benjamin drags Rey back up, swiftly kicking him in the mid section, before applying a front face lock, quickly hoisting the miniature challenger up with ease, in the air, holding Mysterio up high, looking like a set up for a delayed suplex, allowing the blood to run to Mysterios head, but instead of delivering the suplex, Shelton lands Rey behind him … and drops the challenger with a neck breaker instead!!!

It’s another small pop for the offence of the heel, as he floats over quickly, into a cover, 1...2...REY FIGHTS ON!!! Benjamin smacks the mat twice, venting a little bit of frustration at being unable to put the challenger away, with the fans getting behind their masked hero. Benjamin stomps the leg of Rey, looking to nullify the high flying of the challenger, putting to use the ring smarts he appears to have gained under the guidance of Theodore Long in the last six months. Benjamin grabs the leg, and turns over, quickly applying a single leg crab in the middle of the ring!!! Benjamin sits back, torqueing the leg, with the challenger covering his face / mask with his hands, and the fans show their support for Rey, urging him on to make the ropes, but he struggles to make any movement across the ring, having to carry the load of Benjamin near enough on his back, having sat back so far.

The Biggest Little Man though gives his all, and digs down as deep as he can, clawing along the canvas, gaining inches, the ropes in sight, with Benjamin now sensing it too. The Black Diamond releases the hold, realising that the momentum was with Rey, and looks to drag him back across the ring, but Mysterio turns over AND KICKS THE CHAMPION AWAY INTO THE CORNER!!! Rey pulls himself up using the ropes, trying to shake his leg loose, walking around a little, getting the blood flowing again, but in doing this, takes his eye of the game, and it pays, as Benjamin steams in, CONNECTING WITH A STINGER SPLASH IN THE CORNER SQUASHING THE CHALLENGER!!! Rey staggers out of the corner after impact, allowing Benjamin to follow up, and connects with a Russian Leg Sweep. Has Benjamin done enough this time?? He hooks the leg quickly…
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Again, Benjamin shows a little anger at the kick out, with the resilience of the challenger beginning to get to Shelton. The Black Diamond stays on top of Rey though, looking to break the challengers spirit by not giving him a chance to settle now. He pushes Mysterio into the ropes, driving a knee into the gut, before sending Rey off the ropes, but Mysterio ducks the attempted clothesline, coming off the opposite side and sliding under the legs of the champion, and runs across the ring, jumping onto the middle ropes, leaping back, looking to take the champion down, BUT SHELTON HAS OTHER IDEAS … AND COUNTERS INTO A NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX WITH A BRIDGE …
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Benjamin is up, and raises his arms, but Robinson quickly pulls them down, much to the chagrin of the champion, and the two exchange heated words once more, with Shelton jumping up and down a couple of time like a spoilt child who didn’t get what they wanted for Christmas. Shelton pushes past Robinson though, quickly getting his mind back onto business, and takes a groggy Rey by surprise, with an Oklahoma Roll, hoping the effects of the shock Northern Lights moments ago will be enough for the roll up to do the job … 1...2...REY BREAKS FREE OF THE ROLL!!! Shelton cant believe it. He slams the mat a couple more times, as his frustrations grow, as he begins to wonder just what it will take to finish the challenger off. (T-Bone maybe??. Just a suggestion.) Shelton gets up, and rests on the ropes, shaking his head as he looks to the fans, who are quick to give him abuse, but the Black Diamond shrugs off the criticism. He turns back around, and places a couple of boots to the mid section and ribcage area of his adversary, as Rey tries to get up from all fours, but cant get a moment free to do that. Benjamin grabs the legs of Rey, and looks to deliver the wheelbarrow suplex, but as he hoists the Human Highlight Reel up, MYSTERIO COUNTERS … AND DELIVERS A BULLDOG TO THE CHAMPION!!!!! Both men are down, but Rey, to the fans delight, drapes an arm over Benjamin for a cover … 1...2...SHELTON ROLLS THE SHOULDER!!!

Instantly, Benjamin rolls over, and rolls out of the ring, under the bottom rope (for another Rumble fact about no eliminations for going under the bottom rope). Benjamin staggers up, and into the announce tables, before pushing into the timekeepers position, grabbing his coveted title belt, and quickly raises the ire of the fans, who give the champion heat, as it looks like he’s had enough for one evening, and looks to be leaving the ringside area. Shelton waves the match off, as Charles Robinson leans through the ropes, yelling at Shelton not to walk out, with Benjamin turning around to tell Robinson where to stick it, when suddenly, MYSTERIO BURSTS OVER THE TOP ROPE WITH A ROLLING HILO CONNECTING TO THE CHAMPION!!!!!!! NOW, the ‘Holy Shit’ chants ring through the arena, with both men laid out on the mats, as the referee takes a few moments to let the big spot sink in, before beginning to issue the mandatory ten count on both men.

Naturally, Mysterio is first to move, with the referee already as far as three in his count. The challenger crawls towards Benjamin, throwing a couple of weak shots to the temple to keep him at bay. Rey now pulls himself up on the apron, regaining his footing, and delivers a couple of sharp kicks to his opponent, before pulling Shelton up, and gets Benjamin back inside, right on the count of seven, and gets on the apron himself. The challenger climbs the turnbuckles, reaching the top, and waits for Shelton to regain his footing, but in the blink of an eye … BENJAMIN NIPS UP … AND LEAPS TO THE TOP TURNBUCKLE … AND INSTANTLY DELIVERS A SUPERPLEX!!!!!!! The fans are on their feet again for another tremendous athletic display in this OPENING match. Both men are down from the impact of the superplex, and the referee begins to count them out again, but on this occasion, only gets as far as three, as Benjamin begins to turn over, and crawls the small distance between him and Rey, covering the challenger …
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It’s still not over!!!!! Benjamin shakes his head, slowly, and rolls over, onto his back, closing his eyes, muttering to himself, perhaps on the inability to finish off this challenger, despite everything he throws at him. Shelton slams the mat once more with both hands, before getting to his feet, and signalling that ‘It’s over’, but kicks the ropes after that, venting more frustration. Benjamin gets impatient waiting for Mysterio to get back to his feet, and pulls the challenger up instead, quickly hooking him into position for the T-Bone … BUT IN AN ACT OF DESPERATION … MYSTERIO DELIVERS A JAWBREAKER!!! Shelton stumbles into the ropes, and staggers out, into the path of Rey, with the challenger seeing an opportunity, and hit’s a drop toe hold … sending Benjamin invitingly into the middle ropes, giving Rey a perfect opportunity to hit the 619, and he doesn’t need asked twice!!! The challenger picks up the speed, and looks to hit his signature spot … BUT MISSES!!! Rey swings around the ropes, with the champion dodging the move. Rey swings around, and lands back on the apron … AND IS CAUGHT BY BENJAMIN … AND THE CHAMPION NAILS THE T-BONE EXPLODER … FROM THE APRON AND INTO THE RING!!!!!!!!!! Benjamin instantly covers, with the win surely now sealed??
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Indianapolis cant believe it!!!!! Mysterio somehow survives!!! Too close in the end to the ropes, with that surely being his sole saving grace, as the match was dead and buried. Shelton has his head in his hands, on the brink of a mental breakdown, after throwing EVERYTHING at his challenger. Benjamin pulls himself up from the mat, and sticks his boot into the head of his never say die opponent, before pulling the Human Highlight Reel back up, setting him into position, and easily gets him up, looking to deliver a surely fatal power bomb … BUT REY COUNTERS AT THE LAST MOMENT … HURRICANRANA … SENDING BENJAMIN INTO THE ROPES!!! This time, Mysterio doesn’t waste time signalling for it … instead, he goes straight to work, digging down for one last push, in this energy sapping contest. He runs against the ropes, and comes back CONNECTING WITH THE 619!!!!! The fans are on their feet, with Rey leaping onto the ropes … AND DROPS THE DIME … NO!!!! BENJAMIN ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY!!!!! Mysterio comes up dry!!! The contest swings suddenly back into the favour of the champion, as the Black Diamond gets back to his feet, and sees Rey struggling. Benjamin jumps to the ropes, and sets himself, waiting for Rey to turn around … and leaps as he does … BUT MYSTERIO SURPRISES HIM WITH A DROPKICK!!!!!!!!!! It’s another major switch of the tables again in quick succession. Rey scurries into a cover, hooking the leg…
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It’s STILL not over!!!!! Rey shakes his head, now showing his own frustrations at his inability to put this electric match up to bed. Mysterio pulls the champion up, with Shelton trying to shake the cobwebs loose. Rey looks to whip Benjamin across into the corner, but Shelton reverses, and turns the arm inside out, pulling Rey in towards him, AND INTO POSITION FOR THE T-BONE … AND GOES FOR IT … BUT REY FLIPS OVER AND LANDS ON HIS FEET!!! Shelton seems stunned for a moment, as Rey leaps to the top rope, and flies off, CATCHING BENJAMIN WITH THE WEST COSTS POP … AND INTO A PINNING COMBINATION…
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WINNER: AND NEW INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION - REY MYSTERIO @ 14:57

Jim Ross: WE’VE GOT A NEW CHAMPION!!! MYSTERIO HAS DONE IT!!!

Next to J.R, we see The Coach with his head buried on the table, disconsolate following Benjamins loss.

Jim Ross: What a perfect start to what promises to be a history making evening. A thrilling opening contest, with two athletes at the top of their game giving you their all from bell to bell, with barely a single moment to catch your breath throughout. And to cap it all off, we have a new Intercontinental champion, and The Coach is lost for words!!!

Coach still has his head buried on the table, his hands covering his face. Meanwhile, in the ring, Mysterio goes to each corner, displaying his newly won title, becoming a two time Intercontinental title holder, whilst the beaten Shelton Benjamin makes his way up the ramp, head down, bitterly dismayed at losing the prestigious title.

Jim Ross: And you’ve gotta commend the referee here, Charles Robinson made a stand right before the match even began, blocking The Brotherhood from ringside, which in my opinion, made for a terrifically finely balanced match up.

The Coach: GIMME A BREAK J.R!!! That decision alone is the reason Mysterio won that match. Having his mentor taken away from him so suddenly cost Benjamin, it messed with his concentration, and quite frankly, Charles Robinson should be held accountable for racial prejudice!!! Blatant racism J.R, that’s what this was!!!

Jim Ross: Oh come on Coach!!! You don’t seriously believe that. Charles Robinson did us all a favour, which resulted in one of the most incredible Intercontinental title matches in years!!!

The Coach: I don’t think so. That match was a travesty J.R. Robinson better be ready for repercussions.

We fade out as Mysterio backs up the ramp, holding aloft the title as he exit’s the arena.

***
A video package now plays…

We open up in the post disaster streets of New Orleans, and the opening bars of U2 and Green Days ‘The Saints Are Coming’ plays in the background, but as the music begins to speed up, the picture constantly morphs, as the regeneration of New Orleans takes place, leading to as it stands today, as the chorus kicks in, with superstars from Raw and Smackdown being spliced in, along with WrestleMania pyro…

Narrator: The WWE cordially invites you … to join us … for the biggest celebration of the year on March 18 … for the first time ever … WRESTLEMANIA … In New Orleans!!!

The video package the ends with an outside shot of the Superdome, and the WrestleMania 23 logo, along with the official countdown … 63 DAYS AWAY

***

We cut backstage now, and see Raw official Charles Robinson walking down the hallway, eventually stopping at the door that reads ‘Mr. McMahons’ office. Cautiously, the referee knocks on the door, and waits for the reply from inside, which we faintly hear ‘Come in’. Robinson enters the room, and we see the Chairman swing around in his chair.

Mr. McMahon: Ah, Charles. I see you got the message I wanted to see you.

Charles Robinson: Err, yes sir. Can I help you at all??

Mr. McMahon: Ha … I’m glad you asked, because I brought you here to deliver a message for me. Please, take a seat.

Robinson guardedly takes a seat, as McMahon leans forward.

Mr. McMahon: I assume you’re pretty pleased with yourself for the brave decision you made in the Intercontinental Championship Match?? Yes??

Robinson nods.

Mr. McMahon: (Ponders) Hmm … Well I’m not. In fact, I’m very disappointed. So listen carefully Charles. Like I said, I asked you here to deliver a message for me. I want you to tell Mike Chioda that if he pulls the same stunt you did moments ago and bans any of my family members OR MYSELF for that matter, from ringside during Triple H’s title defence against John Cena … I will personally see to it … that he is fired. Now … get the hell out of my office, and be glad I decided to spare your job too.

Robinson duly nods, and gets out of the chair, swiftly leaving the room, as we close up on McMahon, staring away from the camera as we fade out.


Elsewhere, we cut to a shot of Kelly Kelly and Maria standing by at the tumbler for tonights thirty superstars to pick their numbers for the Royal Rumble. As the camera zooms out further, we also see Eric Bischoff and Arn Anderson in the room, keeping their distance, with Eric on his cell phone, and Arn sat on his desk, reading the Ric Flair autobiography.

Now, without knocking the door, BROCK LESNAR enters the room, and makes a beeline for the tumbler. Anderson looks up from his desk, and shakes his head.

Arn Anderson: Nice of you to knock.

Lesnar looks around, and stares a hole through Anderson, but shakes his head, and turns his attention back to the tumbler, motioning for the two ladies to spin it, and get this out of the way. Meanwhile, Bischoff ends his call, and greets his Raw superstar.

Eric Bischoff: How nice to see you B-

Brock Lesnar: I’m not here to talk to you Eric. No need to kiss my ass. I’m here for my number, then I’m leaving.

Bischoff freezes for a second, taken aback by the reaction from Brock. Bischoff then takes the comment on board, and nods, backing off from the fired up Iron Man, looking to save some face.

Lesnar picks his number out, but doesn’t open his ball. He turns to leave, when he walks into CHRIS JERICHO. Both men smile, but not in a buddy type way.

Chris Jericho: Hope ya got a nice low number Brock. I know how you struggle with any double digits.

Lesnar sighs, shaking his head.

Brock Lesnar: I see you’ve decided to stick to the old material Chris?? I mean, I remember those kind of jokes about this time last year … around the same time I was beating your ass at this very event.

Jericho smirks, and touches his chin for a moment, nodding. He then points at Brock, with something to say.

Chris Jericho: Yeah Brock, I remember. I just hope you remember this year in a years time, like you remembered last year this year.

Jericho stops for a moment, then puts his hand on Lesnars shoulder.

Chris Jericho: Sorry. I guess all those words intermingling must’ve confused ya … but hang on in there. Y’see tonight Brock, the tables are turning. Tonight Brock … The Royal Rumble … ISSSSSS JERICHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

All the people in the room look slightly uncomfortable at Jerichos over the top announcement.

Chris Jericho: Now, ladies … gimme tonight’s winning ball.

Jericho is handed a ball by Kelly, but before he opens it … a hand covers Jerichos. The camera pans out, and we see the hand belongs … TO MISTER KENNEDY.

Mister Kennedy: Hate to spoil the big moment Chris … but … that, my friend, IS NOT the winning ball.

Kennedy dips his hand in, and picks out a ball for himself.

Mister Kennedy: THIS is the winning ball. And I am this years Royal Rumble winner.

Kennedy looks around the room, nodding at Bischoff, winking at the two ladies, bypasses Lesnar, then looks at Anderson.

Mister Kennedy: You mightn’t know me Arnie. Just so ya do though … let me introduce myself. The 2007 Royal Rumble winner, Mister. Kennedy.

Kennedy then moves towards Arn, and gets in close, before whispering.

Mister Kennedy: Kennedy. I expect to hear from you tomorrow with an offer for me, if ya get my drift??

The 2006 King of the Ring exit’s the room swiftly, as Jericho shakes his head in disgust.

Chris Jericho: What an egotistical ass clown.

Everyone looks at Jericho, with that look of disbelief, as we hear Anderson mutter in the corner…

Arn Anderson: Pot, Kettle, Black.

Meanwhile, Lesnar pushes past Jericho, and the two lock eyes once again, before Brock talks…

Brock Lesnar: Just in case I forget to say later Chris … hard luck.

Lesnar turns and leaves, whilst Jericho continues to shake his head, as we fade out.

Back to ringside…

Michael Cole: What a night this is shaping up to be folks. One match down, and hey, I gotta give it to the boys from Raw, what an opening match up, Tazz.

Tazz: Hey, damn straight Cole. Big ups to Rey Mysterio and Shelton Benjamin, terrific match up. I just hope we’ll see those two guys back on Smackdown in the near future.

**MEXICANA**

The Mexicools enter the arena, in their lawnmowers, ahead of the six man tag match for the Cruiserweight title.

Michael Cole: Well hey, it’s not like Smackdown is in need of quality Tazz, how about this match. The Cruiserweight division on show tonight. Cruiserweight title set to be defended in a unique tag team environment. The champion doesn’t have to be pinned to lose, and anyone on either side can win!!!

Tazz: This one could be a case of divide and conquer Cole. In my opinion, expert or not, one of these teams is gonna need to break the other down divide them as individuals, take them out, and then battle for the title themselves.

Michael Cole: And it certainly hasn’t been all fun and games for the Mexicools in recent months, has it Tazz??

Tazz: Absolutely not, but as I said, if they can stay as a unit and break down their opposition, then, they’ve got a free run to take out each other.

**OOO CHAVO**

Chavo Guerrero leads out Brian Kendrick and Kid Kash, all entering to the same music.

Michael Cole: Well talk about staying as a unit, these three guys, Chavo, Brian Kendrick and Kid Kash HAVE been on the same page over the past couple of weeks, and surely, they are coming into this one with the momentum.

Tazz: Appearances can be deceptive Cole. Sure, it might look like these three guys are on the level, but the real test is gonna be at some point in this match, say if Kash has Juvi at his mercy, do you think for a second that a guy like Chavo Guerrero, who remember, lives by the motto of Lying, cheating and stealing, is just gonna stand by and watch?? I’ll only believe it when I see it.

Cruiserweight Championship; 6 Man Tag Match:
The Mexicools vs. Kid Kash, Chavo Guerrero & Brian Kendrick

The four men not starting slowly filter out, leaving just Juvi and Kendrick in the ring. The two men circle around, and eventually lock horns, with the tricky Guerrera quickly getting a front trip on his opponent. The Juice is up, and gloats over getting the first shot, whilst Kendrick pulls himself up on the ropes, looking across at his cocky adversary. Kendrick and Juvi lock up again, but Guerrera slips under, and nails BK with a couple of quick right hands, but moving out of the way quickly each time, proving to be elusive. Juvi then grabs Kendrick and applies a headlock, but Brian pushes him into the ropes, and attempts to hip toss his opponent on the return, but Juvi counters, and looks for a hip toss of his own, but Kendrick blocks that, and scoops Juvis legs, quickly catching the Mexicool with a sidewalk slam!!! Before he can cover though, Psichosis charges in, looking for a clothesline, but Kendrick ducks, Psichosis runs on … and gets caught with a dropkick from Chavo!!!

Kendrick takes no chances, and dropkicks Super Crazy off the apron, before taking care of the other two, whipping Psichosis into Juvi!!! Psichosis falls into the corner, allowing Kid Kash his first taste of the action, charging in, and lands with a running knee, crashing into the upper body of the Mexicool. He staggers out, and gets thrown to the outside by Guerrero, whilst Kendrick takes the time to perch himself on the top rope, waiting for Juvi to get up, and once he does, the high flyer connects with a cross body!!!!! Kendrick gets a cover, but before the referee can even make a count, PSICHOSIS AND SUPER CRAZY PULLS JUVI OUT OF THE RING!!!

Psichosis tries to help Juvi up the ramp to leave, but before they walk out, the champion, Super Crazy objects, standing in front of both men, telling them they aren’t walking out. Juvi and Psichosis argue with Crazy that they want to leave, but the champion is having none of it, however - before they can come to an agreement, the face team have had enough of waiting, and come after their opponents. Chavo and Kendrick nail Psi and Juvi, whilst Kash throws the champion back inside. The Notorious K-I-D puts the boots to Crazy in the corner, before whipping him across the ring, into the opposite turnbuckle, but gets caught as he charges across, with Crazy bursting out with a heel kick out of the corner!!! Kash is staggered by the kick, and is easy prey for the still legal Juvi, who gets the fans reacting, coming off the ropes with a corkscrew onto the former champion. He makes a cover, 1...2...Kick out from Kash. Despite the kick out, Juvi looks rather pleased, having got his side back in control. He pushes KK into the corner, and tags in Psichosis, who goes to work with quick boots to the gut, followed up by a few forearms. Psichosis applies an arm lock, pulling Kash out of the corner, but KK reverses out, delivering an arm drag. He goes for a cover, but Psichosis kicks out before a count, jumping to his feet. Kash ducks under a clothesline, and runs off the ropes, leaping over his opponent, and as Psichosis turns back around, with Kash catching him with a picture perfect hurricanrana!!! Kash hooks the leg, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!! Kash quickly refocuses, and drags Psichosis to the corner, reaching out and tagging in Chavo for the first time in the match.

Chavo leaps over the ropes, crashing his elbow onto the arm of Psichosis, being held purposely by Kash to land on. Guerrero lands a kick to the gut, and applies a quick front face lock, connecting with a snap suplex, floating over into a cover, 1...2...Kick Out!!! Guerrero doesn’t lose heart by the kick out, and gets straight back up, running into the ropes, but runs through nothing as Psichosis leaps over him, and catches him as Chavo bounces back off the other side, with a PELE KICK!!! He hooks the leg, looking for a sudden victory, 1...2...KASH BREASK IT!!! Quickly, Brian Hebner is on top of the situation, barking orders at Kash to get to the corner … but as he does this, the Mexicools spot an opening, and like three dogs, put the boots to Chavo, before dragging him closer to their corner, as far away as possible from the sanctuary of his own corner. Now, Psichosis tags in the champion himself. Super Crazy leaps in, and stomps Chavo in the corner, quickly pulling him up, and delivers a Firemans carry, landing with Chavo into a seated position on the mat. Crazy picks up steam and charges into the ropes, bounding out, and NAILS Guerrero with a thunderous front dropkick, crashing through the face of Chavo!!! Crazy hooks the leg, as the fans gasp from the sick sounding dropkick…
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Crazy shakes his head as he makes his way across the ring, tagging Juvi back in, and The Juice keeps on top of Chavo, beating him into the ropes, before delivering a snap mare, and applies a headlock. Juvi looks to wear Chavo down, but the plan back fires, as he underestimates the Guerrero, who is quickly back onto his feet, switching over, and delivers an atomic drop, breaking the opponents grip of the headlock. Chavo whips Juvi into the ropes, and catches him with a perfect tilt a whirl back breaker!!! Chavo suddenly switches the match on his head, moments after being knocked silly!!! He hooks the leg, but before a count is made, Psichosis is in, and drops an elbow to the back of Chavo, breaking the count. Hebner ‘gets busy’ {~Trademark Mike Adamle}, and gets the Mexicool out of the ring, admonishing him for the interference. Chavo drags Juvi to his teams corner, and makes a tag to Brian Kendrick, who jumps onto the top rope, and leaps off, catching Guerrera with a top rope thrust kick, quickly sprawling for a cover, 1...2...Kick Out!!! Kendrick stays on top, delivering glancing blows to the jaw of Juvi as he drags the Mexicool up, keeping him under control, before sending Juvi into the ropes, ducking down for The Juice to return, but as he comes back, Juvi rolls off Kendricks back, and shows tremendous athleticism as Kendrick turns around, with Juvi leaping up, connecting with a head scissors, taking his opponent down. Juvi ends up in his teams corner, tagging back out to the champion, Super Crazy. Crazy springboards into the ring, connecting with a hilo to Kendrick, and poses on one knee, getting a fairly mixed response from the fans, who had been taking to Super Crazy in recent months.

He pins Kendrick down, looking for the cover, 1...2...Kick Out. The champion pulls Kendrick to his feet, connecting with kicks to the gut, before sending him into the corner. Crazy back tracks, and sprints across the ring, looking for a splash into the corner, but Kendrick storms out with a Clothesline … BUT SUPER CRAZY DUCKS!!! The champion leaps to the middle turnbuckle, and springs back with a splash onto one of the challengers, hooking the leg as they hit the mat, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Brian pops a shoulder up, and both men are quick to their feet, but Crazy slips under his adversary, and goes behind, connecting with a side suplex, quickly hooking the leg, 1...2...Kick Out again. Kendrick is slower to his feet this time, having had energy expanded from the quick succession of kick outs. Crazy spots the opportunity, and tries to wear out his opponent, pulling into position for an abdominal stretch!!!

Kendrick winces, as Crazy slows the pace down, taking a moment to rest up, as the fans get on Kendricks side, willing him on to escape the tight grasp of the cruiserweight champion. Chavo and Kash on the apron stamp their feet and clap their hands, trying to get the fans into the action too, willing Kendrick on to escape the submission. Crazy takes a few opportunities to land blows on the exposed ribs of Kendrick, but then makes a fatal error, as he attempts to switch the abdominal stretch into a pump handle slam, but as he gets Kendrick onto his shoulders, Kendrick slips off, landing over the ropes, on the apron, and ducks a punch from the champion, driving his shoulder into the gut of Crazy, before leaping over, looking for a sunset flip, and gets it… 1...2...CRAZY KICKS OUT!!!!! Kendrick now makes a beeline for his corner to make a hot tag to one of his partners, but Psichosis enters, trying to stop him, grabbing the leg, and tries to drag him away, but Kendrick hops on his other leg, AND CONNECTS WITH AN ENZIGURI!!!! Brian rolls over, reaches out … AND TAGS IN CHAVO GUERRERO!!!

Chavo springs straight into action, sprinting across the ring, knocking Juvi off the apron with a forearm shot, and catches a recovering Super Crazy with a dropkick, sending the champion out of the ring, before sending Psichosis off the ropes, dropping him with a big back body drop!! Chavo pumps up the fans, extending his arms in typical fashion, almost inviting the adulation from the fans in attendance as all hell breaks loose on the outside with Kash and Kendrick getting into it with Super Crazy.

Meanwhile, Juvi is back into action, and leaps onto the ropes, looking to catch Chavo quickly, but Guerrero catches him with a dropkick in mid air!!! The fans pop for the nice counter, as Chavo quickly turns his attention back to Psichosis, getting the Mexicool into position, looking to deliver the GORY BOMB … AND CONNECTS!!!!! Chavo makes the cover, and despite Psichosis NOT being the legal man, the referee appears to have lost all control, and makes the count anyway!!!
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…BY KID KASH…
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Confusion has officially set in, as Kid Kash breaks his own partners count moments from taking the Cruiserweight championship!!! Chavo looks just as confused as Cole & Tazz sound on commentary, as well as the fans in attendance, who cant seem to fathom what Kash is doing!!! Guerrero is furious, and gets in Kash’s face, as Kendrick also gets involved, looking for answers, but before they can get any, Super Crazy strikes from behind with a dropkick to the back of both Chavo and Kendrick, taking them down, as Kid Kash dodges the bullet. Brian rolls out of the ring, whilst Crazy gets on Chavo, driving his knee into the gut twice, before sending Guerrero off the ropes, with Kash making a blind tag on his partner as he comes off the ropes. Crazy scores with another dropkick on Chavo as he comes back, but doesn’t see Kash, as he sneaks from behind with a roll up, taking the champion by surprise…
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Kash strikes first as the two quickly rise, and sends Crazy into the corner, charging in after him, but Super Crazy leverages his legs up … only for Kash to grab the legs … AND THROWS SUPER CRAZY TO THE OUTSIDE!!!!! Kash watches momentarily, as Crazy folds up like an accordian on the mats, but doesn’t have long to take joy in his work, as Juvi returns, from behind, squashing the opponent in the corner!!! He drags Kash out, and DELIVERS A SUDDEN JUVI DRIVER!!!!! He hooks the leg…
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……WITH A TOP ROPE LEG DROP … FROM PSICHOSIS……
!!!!!

It’s unbelievable!!! Both teams seem to be completely in it for themselves, throwing the team play out of the window!!! Psichosis now hooks the leg of Kid Kash … but BRIAN KENDRICK breaks the cover before a count can even be made!!! Chavo is back in too, and teams with Kendrick, with both men whipping the Mexicool into the ropes, with Guerrero delivering a flapjack onto the ropes, with Kendrick following up on the staggering Psichosis, nailing him with a face buster!!! He looks to make a cover, but before he can have a count … SUPER CRAZY PULLS THE REFEREE OUT OF THE RING!!! Kendrick looks furious, and delivers a plancha over the ropes, landing on Crazy on the outside as the fans come to their feet, responding to the hellacious actions of these six competitors.

Chavo meanwhile, sees Kid Kash getting back to his feet, and decides to gain some revenge on his partner for the earlier incident where Kash broke a near fall, and hit’s a clothesline, sending the Notorious K-I-D out of the ring!!! Chavo zeros in on Juvi now, and looks for the Gory Bomb for the second time, but this time, Psichosis stops it, catching Chavo with Guerrero unable to block anything, tangled up with Juvi in position, and Psichosis drills Chavo with a standing enziguri!!! Juvi dodges that bullet … but doesn’t have long to be relieved as Psichosis makes sure Juvi knows the earlier leg drop wasn’t an accident, delivering a devastating back breaker!!! Psichosis stomps The Juice, sending him out of the ring … but soon joins his supposed partner, as Kid Kash from the outside, trips the legs under the bottom rope, and drags Psichosis out too, sending the Mexicool into the steel steps!!! However, as this happens, Super Crazy is back in the ring, AND CONNECTS WITH HIS DELIGHTFUL TRIPLE MOONSAULT ROUTINE ON CHAVO!!! Super Crazy has it won, with the three moonsaults, and makes a cover to retain his title …
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Kash quickly drags Super Crazy up, looking to send the champion out of the ring, but Crazy strikes back, knocking Kash down with a right hand. Kash gets back up, and throws a wild clothesline, which Crazy is able to duck, coming back with a toe kick to the gut, hooking Kash up, and uses the ropes to propel himself, DELIVERING A TORNADO DDT!!!! Crazy looks to have a clear coast this time, hooking the leg tightly …
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All bets are off now, as it appears this one has descended into chaos, from a six man tag match, into an every man for himself scenario. The referee appears to have lost all control, and even Cole & Tazz appear to have forgotten who the legal men are!!! Juvi hip tosses Kash into the ropes, and nails Super Crazy with a spin kick, but cant follow up, as Chavo re-appears, and takes Juvi back out of the ring, but takes himself out in the process … AND THEY LAND ON PSICHOSIS!!! The fans pop though, as BRIAN KENDRICK emerges, perched on the top rope … AND SOARS OFF … WITH A SHOOTING STAR PRESS ON TO THE CHAMPION!!!!! Kendrick rolls around for a moment, and looks to crawl back onto the champion, for a certain win … BUT KID KASH TAKES KENDRICK OUT WITH A BASEBALL SLIDE SENDING KENDRICK OUT!!! Kash quickly hooks the leg of Super Crazy, coming through the back door to win it from his own partners work!!!
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WINNER: AND NEW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION - KID KASH @ 12:39

Michael Cole: What a lowlife Kid Kash really is!!! Brian Kendrick had this thing won … Chavo Guerrero had it won earlier, but Kid Kash threw his team mates pact to the side for his own damn gain!!! This is a travesty Tazz … there’s no other way to put it, Kid Kash has stolen the Cruiserweight title!!!

Kash quickly gets out of the ring, knowing there could be a visceral reaction to his actions tonight.

Tazz: Not that I condone what Kid Kash has done here Cole, but lets face it, Cruiserweight title aint a team belt. It’s a piece of singles gold, and Kid Kash came in here wanting to walk out with it. But yeah, he sold Kendrick and Chavo up the river on this one.

We get another shot of Kash as he quickly exit’s the stage, whilst Brian Kendrick thumps the mats on the outside, with Chavo looking extremely disappointed in his alleged team mate.

Michael Cole: Kid Kash is now a two time Cruiserweight champion, but this wasn’t a championship winning performance if you ask me. Kash stole the title tonight, and that makes me sick. After promising Kendrick and Chavo, after the three men made a promise to stay as one unit, he came out here tonight with one goal on his mind, and that was to sell out for his own personal gain.

Tazz: And like I said Cole, I cant condone the actions, but I understand his reasons. Kash didn’t want to share the Cruiserweight title. It’s sneaky, it aint very nice, but it was effective. And given the circumstances he lost the title in last summer, he probably doesn’t give a crap either.

Michael Cole: Well that much is obvious Tazz. But Kash better keep an eye over his shoulder, because he isn’t going to be short of challengers.

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Backstage, we see Kelly Kelly and Maria standing by at the tumbler for once more, with Bischoff and Anderson also present. Suddenly, the fans erupt, as Captain Charisma enters the fray, showing a huge grin to his GM.

Eric Bischoff: Let’s just get on with this, okay??

Christian: Absolutely. With ya all the way boss. And may I say, ladies, you look fantastic … both of you.

Bischoff makes a motion with his hands to ‘get on with it’. Christian lets out a small laugh, before dipping his hand into the tumbler.

Christian: Whaddya think girls?? Is this the winning ball??

The girls smile, and Kelly crosses her fingers for Captain Charisma.

Voice: I don’t think so.

The smiles drop, as Edge enters the fray.

Edge: Doesn’t matter what number you got there bro. If it did?? I’d take you out right here, right now … and grab myself number thirty. But here’s the facts … I don’t need it. The best man wins the Rumble regardless of his number. And I’ll let you into a little secret while you’re standing there … I’m the best man. I’m winning the Royal Rumble tonight, and making WrestleMania history … by cashing in on this bad boy, and challenging the other champion on the same night. And that’s how I roll.

Christian scoffs at Edge’s claim, and takes a look at the two girls, pointing his thumb and tilting his head to Edge.

Christian: Okay. I’ll believe ya. Congrats on convincing me, good luck in convincing the rest of Planet Earth.

Captain Charisma pats Edge’s shoulder, and exit’s the room. Edge’s smile turns to a scowl, and quickly pulls a ball from the tumbler. He then looks around, and makes sure everyone in the room has his attention, before speaking.

Edge: Besides … I’ll get a lot more satisfaction eliminating him later on my way to glory. I’ll be coming to see you tomorrow Eric, and you can bank on that.

Edge exits, as we fade out.


Royal Rumble Flashback - 1999 - Mr. McMahon creates shockwaves around the wrestling world by winning the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Steve Austin, albeit thanks to The Rock.


Jim Ross: Well, that was a real blast from the past, huh Coach?? In 1999 Mr. McMahon placed a $100,000 bounty on the head of The Texas Rattlesnake for anyone to eliminate him from that Royal Rumble. And thanks to the then Corporate Champion, The Rock, McMahon’s goal was accomplished. Now, eight years later, he has placed perhaps a greater bounty on the head of Captain Charisma, Christian - whoever can eliminate Christian from tonights Royal Rumble will AUTOMATICALLY be granted a championship match at WrestleMania, regardless of who wins tonights Rumble. I can only hope that lightning does NOT strike twice.

The Coach: Speak for yourself old timer. I for one AM praying that lightning strikes twice tonight. The boss always comes through … and don’t forget that J.R.

Jim Ross: You’re an ass kissing S.O.B Coach. That’s for damn sure.

The Coach: Shut up J.R. Just because I’m not out here trying to force myself as the voice of the people. I’m entitled to my opinion, just as much as you baby boy.

Jim Ross: Regardless of our vastly differing opinions Coach, we’ll have to put them to one side for now. Michael, Tazz, it’s over to you guys…

Tazz: Yeah, thanks J.R. I think it’s time to bring in Dr. Phil, huh Cole??

Michael Cole: Yeah, they sound just like an old married couple. Give it a break guys, and sit back to watch the hotly anticipated triple threat match that Smackdown is set to offer. Rob Van Dam, entering five months as WWE Champion, once more, faces huge odds to keep his championship reign in tact. Tonight, RVD has to face The Undertaker and Kurt Angle. Two of the most celebrated athletes in WWE history.

Tazz: Damn straight partner. The Undertaker has been the heartbeat of this company for the last seventeen years, and Kurt Angle is widely recognised as the best in the business today. A dozen world title reigns between them doesn’t even begin to tell the story of just how awesome these two are.

Michael Cole: Couldn’t agree more Tazz. Here though, is how we found our way to tonights triple threat contest…

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP VIDEO PACKAGE:
- RVD retains the championship at Armageddon, outlasting Angle, who had eliminated The Undertaker.
- On the following Smackdown, chaos ensues as The Undertaker wins a hotly disputed #1 Contenders match against Kurt Angle, scoring a three count whilst Angles feet were under the ropes.
- Angle is then given a title match the following week as a form of apology, but again, a refereeing error costs him, giving Arn Anderson no other option but to declare the triple threat match.
- Clips of Van Dams title run, which has seen him overcome the odds in almost every single title match.
- Clips of Angle, rejuvenated from a submission win against The Undertaker @ Survivor Series, after months in a slump.
- Clips of The Undertaker, as dangerous as he ever has been since his return in the Autumn.
- Final few weeks of build up, where all three men get at each others throats, with no allies forming between anyone, which is highlighted at the end of Smackdown two weeks ago, where The Undertaker choke slammed RVD, after they had just teamed up.

Back to ringside…

**GRAVEYARD SYMPHONY**

The Undertaker makes his usual entrance, complete with eerie lighting, lots of fog, and a very slow, methodical walk to the ring.

Michael Cole: It is without doubt, the most spine tingling entrance in the WWE, this alone on occasion has been enough to psyche out the Undertakers opponents in the past, and The Deadman will be hoping that is the case again, as he bids for a fifth WWE Championship.

Tazz: I know what ya mean Cole, but for the likes of Angle or Van Dam they’re at a place in their careers now where they cant afford to be psyched out. They wont be paying any attention to this, I promise you that.

After what seems like an eternity, The Phenom finishes his long entrance, and the music dies down.

**MEDAL**

It’s a purely mixed reaction for Kurt Angle, with half the audience showing admiration for the Olympic Hero, and the other half showing disdain for the Gold Medallist, who storms towards the ring, his eyes fixed, concentrated, purely on once again winning the WWE Championship, and headlining another WrestleMania.

Michael Cole: He is a man reborn in recent months Tazz. In September it appeared that the days of Kurt Angle as a main event player in the WWE were over. Suddenly though, Angle returned as a member of JBL’s Survivor Series team, and on that night Angle eliminated three men - and not just any three men, three former WWE Champions - The Rock, Kane and of course, The Undertaker, who Angle forced to SUBMIT for the very first time in his sixteen year career. Kurt Angle, is back.

Tazz: And he is truly better than he has ever been Cole. That two months to sit back and evaluate his career has done Angle the world of good. To make The Undertaker TAP OUT is unprecedented, it is unheard of Cole. You talk about psyching opponents out Cole, you gotta be wondering if The Undertaker, in the back of his mind is thinking … if Angle gets that ankle lock applied, will I tap out again?? That will be extremely interesting Cole.

**ONE OF A KIND**

Now set to enter a sixth month as WWE Champion - in his first world title reign - RVD enters to a terrific response from the fans, nodding and smiling to the reaction received. RVD looks cool, calm and collected, despite the fact he faces two bona fide legends to keep his title in tact.

Michael Cole: Have you ever seen a world champion quite so laid back, Tazz?? RVD for the last five months has saw off countless challengers, insurmountable odds time after time, yet here he is, STILL WWE Champion.

Tazz: Well, you gotta hand it to the guy Cole. He has literally done it all in the last five months, Van Dam has grown into a terrific fighting champion. But he cant take his eye off the ball for one second, because as I’m sure he has found out, the WWE Champion doesn’t get a moments rest with guys LINING UP to take that belt from ya.

WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match:
Rob Van Dam vs. The Undertaker vs. Kurt Angle

The bell rings, and all three superstars begin to circle the ring. Taker looks to be setting up for closing in on Angle, whilst RVD paces for an attack on The Deadman. Angle meanwhile, backs off, trying to keep distance from The Undertaker. RVD moves in, and spins Taker around, throwing blows to the head of the Phenom. Undertaker shrugs off the right hands, and counters with some trademark soup bones of his own, eventually overpowering the champion, beating RVD into the ropes, with fierce shots to the body. Angle senses an opening, and clubs The Deadman from behind, but Taker just spins around, and stares a hole through his enemy, shrugging off Angles forearm shot, and catches him by the throat, chucking the Olympian into the corner, and unloads with big shots to the body and face. The Phenom backs out of the corner following the flurry of shots, and suddenly, RVD storms into the corner, crashing against Angle with a body splash!!! Angle staggers out of the corner, into the path of Taker, with the Phenom sending Angle straight over the top rope, and to the floor below - sparking another “If this was the Royal Rumble, Kurt Angle would be eliminated right now!!!” - from the commentary team.

The Undertaker watches Angle crash to the floor below, then turns around … getting caught right in the face by the WWE Champion with a spin kick. RVD hooks the leg, 1...Quick shoulder up from Taker. With Taker still on the mat, from the kick, RVD wastes no time, and pounds his legendary opponent, trying to keep his advantage. The Champion pulls the veteran to his feet, and sends him into the corner, following in with a running knee to the sternum. Van Dam backs out of the corner, weighing up his next move … WHEN SUDDENLY, ANGLE GRIPS HIM FROM BEHIND AND DELIVERS A STUNNING RELEASE GERMAN SUPLEX!!!!! The fans come alive with the sudden surprise impact move, and we see the rejuvenated Angle bounce to his feet letting out a huge yell, before catching The Undertaker who had come running at Angle, AND DELIVERS A SCINTILLATING BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX!!! The fans continue to roar, as the cast iron heel, Kurt Angle picks up a big pop from the fans for two lightning sharp impact manoeuvres. Angle drops down, and hooks the leg of The Phenom, 1...2...Shoulder up!!!

Angle is quickly up, and puts Van Dam back down with a running knee to the face, before putting his attention back on Taker, striking him as he tries to gain his vertical base, pushing him back into the corner. Angle lets fly with straight boots to the gut, and follows up with big uppercuts, rocking the Deadman. Angle then delivers a wicked chop across the chest of Taker, but this only seems to awaken the beast, and suddenly, The Deadman switches on, and turns the tide, tossing Angle over, and pounds the Olympian in the corner with a barrage of body blows, and shots to the face. The Undertaker turns, and walks away, before setting himself up to squash Angle in the corner, but RVD puts a stop to that, inadvertently saving Angle, nailing Taker with a dropkick. The Whole Damn Show gets back up, and gets a big thank you from Angle … who blasts him straight back down with a wicked clothesline. Kurt drops down for a lateral press, 1...2...Kick Out. Van Dam escapes the sudden attack, just kicking out in time. Angle keeps the pressure on though, and quickly applies a front face lock to the champion, attempting to wear RVD down. Angle though, forgets about the third man in this contest, but gets a sudden reminder, as The Undertaker roars back into action, dropping his big leg across the head of Angle, instantly forcing Angle to release his front face lock. The fans get behind The Phenom, as he pulls his recent enemy to his feet, sending Angle into the ropes, and delivers a big time Sidewalk Slam upon Angles return, crashing onto the mat. Taker keeps hold of the leg as they hit the mat, and the official makes the count, 1...2...Kurt pops a shoulder out.

Taker gets back to his feet, and raises his arm in the air, hand open, signalling for the choke slam as Angle slowly tries to regain his footing, but RVD again comes to the rescue of Angle, looking to deliver a kick on Taker, but The Phenom side steps it, AND CATCHES RVD … AND CHOKESLAMS THE CHAMPION OVER THE TOP ROPE AND ONTO THE FLOOR BELOW!!!!!!! Cue the ‘Holy Shit’ chants, as Cole and Tazz discuss how a move like that would eliminate you from the Rumble match later - because that doesn’t get old -, with a camera shot of RVD writhing in agony on the floor. Taker watches from inside the ring, but takes too long admiring his work, as Kurt Angle is back to his feet … and from behind HE DELIVERS THE ANGLE SLAM TO THE UNDERTAKER!!!!! It could be over here, as Angle hooks the leg tightly …
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…SHOULDER JUST POPS UP…
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Angle sits up and winces, putting his hands over his face, thinking he’d stole a quick one. Quickly though, the Gold Medallist refocuses, and gets back to his task of beating down The Deadman. Angle mounts the near seven footer, and proceeds to pound Taker with stiff right hands to the face. Angle gets back up, and pulls Taker back up with him, sending his adversary into the ropes, ducking down for the return … but The Undertaker kicks Angle away, and looks to follow up quickly with a big boot as Angle staggers back around … only for Angle to CATCH THE BOOT … AND TRIPS THE STANDING LEG … AND LOOKS TO APPLY THE ANKLELOCK … BUT THE UNDERTAKER KICKS ANGLE AWAY!!! Kurt though, is like a tenacious dog, and is right back, looking for the ankle before Taker can regain his footing, but once more The Undertaker kicks Angle away. The Olympian though isn’t put off, and comes back again, only this time, forgets about the ankle, and delivers hard shots to the face instead, hoping to rock The Deadman. Angle punches non-stop as Taker gets to his feet, eventually sending Taker into the ropes … but is caught as Taker BURSTS FROM THE ROPES AND DELIVERS A FLYING CLOTHESLINE TO ANGLE!!! The fans go berserk as the agile big man turns the tide on Angle once again.

The Undertaker pulls himself back to his feet, and waits for Angle to do the same, quickly kicking him in the gut, before wringing the arm, and backs into the corner, pulling Angle with him. Taker yanks the arm, and again, before stepping through the ropes, and climbing the turnbuckle, reaching the top, as the fans ring out with “Old School” chants, as we watch The Deadman walk across the top rope, dropping down, landing on Angle, taking the Olympian down, much to the delight of the Conseco Fieldhouse audience. Taker rolls over, and covers his foe, 1...2...Shoulder up!!! Angle survives again, as Taker rolls off, and gets back to his feet. He momentarily watches Angle struggle to make his feet, and Taker decides to run off the ropes … but as he does … he suddenly finds himself toppling over to the outside … RVD HAS PULLED THE TOP ROPE DOWN!!! Taker topples out, hitting the paper thin mats, as Van Dam goes on the attack with stomps to his challenger whilst Taker is on the ground. In the ring, Angle pulls himself onto the ropes, seeing what just happened, and looks relieved to have a moment to recover. Meanwhile, RVD doesn’t give Taker a chance to recover at all, and after kicking the crap out of The Phenom, Van Dam drags his dazed opponent up, and sends him crashing into the solid steel steps, toppling the top stairs over, showing the force of the Irish Whip.

Van Dam gets a slightly mixed ovation for taking the fight to the legendary figure, but takes no notice, stomping Taker a few more times for good measure, before rolling back inside. The champion makes a beeline to a struggling Angle, but it looks like Angle has been playing possum and catches RVD off guard with a big uppercut, sending Van Dam reeling into the ropes, and Angle follows up with a reverse elbow, knocking Van Dam to the canvas. He presses the champion down, 1...2...Kick Out. Van Dam refuses to give in, as Angle seamlessly moves on, stomping the face of RVD whilst he is down. Angle stalks as RVD gets back to his feet, and pounces again, delivering a sweet side suplex, grounding Van Dam once more.

Angle again hooks the leg, 1...2...Kick Out!!! Showing the first signs of frustration, Angle pounds the mat, before pulling RVD up by the hair, ignoring the referees call to let go of the hair, and drops Mr. Friday Night with a stiff uppercut. Angle soaks up the heat from the fans, stretching out his arms, and spitting on the canvas, while RVD rolls around, holding his jaw. Once more, the Olympian makes a move on RVD, callously and disrespectfully slapping the champion with a smug look on his face.

However, that look is soon wiped off the challengers face as RVD suddenly fires back, and the two men are quickly embroiled in a fist fight, trading blows back and forth. RVD, Angle, Van Dam, Angle, Van Dam, Kurt, Van Dam … Angle has a shot blocked, and RVD begins to tee off with a right, left, right, right, right, right, rocking the Olympian, who begins to look wobbly on his feet, before running into the ropes … BUT ANGLE CATCHES RVD ON THE RETURN … AND SCORES WITH A BEAUTIFUL BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX!!!!! Angle quickly hooks the leg, with RVD flat out on the canvas …
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The Championship remains up for grabs, as Rob Van Dam manages to get a shoulder up just in time to save his title reign. Meanwhile, Angle now senses the title is his for the taking, and drags the struggling champion to his feet, and sends him off the ropes, but Van Dam comes back, and rolls off Angles back, surprising the Olympian, and catches him as he turns around with a deep arm drag, sending Angle across the ring. Kurt, almost out of pure adrenaline, pops right back up … but is met with a back body drop from the champion. Suddenly, the momentum is with Van Dam, as he hoists Angle up, delivering an old school type power slam, following up with a cover, 1...2...Angle kicks out!!! Van Dam gets back up to his feet, spotting the position of Angle, and looks around the arena, smiling and nodding, before picking up speed, and hit’s the ropes, coming back, LOOKING FOR ROLLING THUNDER … BUT THE UNDERTAKER PULLS ANGLE OUT OF THE RING!!!!! Van Dam crashes and burns on the canvas, as Angle dodges yet another bullet!!! On the outside, Taker sends Angle back first into the barricade, before rolling back inside to pick apart Van Dam. Taker shapes up and holds a boxing stance, picking his shots at RVD, with the champion unable to counter any of the smart right hands placed by the crafty veteran. Taker now starts to up the assault, and drives his knee into the bread basket, before turning it up another notch, and looks to end it quickly, driving RVD’s head between his legs, and quickly looks for the Last Ride … but Van Dam counters … WITH A HURRICANRANA!!!!!!!

The fans pop for the last ditch counter, and RVD makes the cover, 1...2...Taker powers out!!!!! Both men are in a race now to gain their footing, and the upper hand, with Van Dam winning the battle, and beating the Phenom to the punch. The Champion backs Taker into the ropes, then whips him across the opposite side, but ducks as Taker looks to surprise him with a running clothesline, but as he ducks second time around, Taker has it scouted … and delivers a devastating DDT!!!!!!!!!! Van Dam could be out cold from the thud, as Taker rolls him over, and looks to reclaim a title he hasn’t held in nearly five years…
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…VAN DAM SURVIVES…
!!!!!!!!!!

Now, Angle climbs back inside, and comes at Taker, but The Deadman kicks him in the gut, and throws The Gold Medal winner back to the outside, as he looks to get a chance to finish off RVD alone. Undertaker hoists RVD up, and rares back, looking for a big right hand … but RVD drops down … and surprises Taker with a small package out of nowhere …
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The Whole Damn Show nearly stole it, but Taker just managed to shake out of the crafty pinning combination. The fans are in pandemonium as the match has barely taken a moment to settle, with non stop action right from the opening bell through the first ten minutes. The Undertaker is first to reach his feet, and backs into the ropes, waiting for the right moment as Van Dam gets back up. Taker waits, and just as RVD turns to him, The Phenom comes at him with a big boot, but RVD DUCKS UNDER … kicks Taker in the gut … AND DELIVERS A DDT, USING THE MIDDLE ROPE TO SPRING MORE POWER INTO THE DROP!!! Van Dam makes the cover…
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The Deadman refuses to lie down for Van Dam, as the momentum switches once more. Dazed, Taker wearily climbs to his feet, but into the path of a rejuvenated Van Dam, who looks like he has now caught a second wind, as he begins to show off his martial arts skills with an array of kicks to the legs and body of the legend, too quick for his older adversary to block or counter, beating The Phenom into the corner. RVD momentarily backs off, and comes back in, delivering a signature Monkey Flip to The Undertaker … but as he hit’s the canvas … THE DEADMAN SITS UP!!! Indianapolis comes alive, and erupts with an ‘UN-DER-TAKER’ chant, whilst RVD tries to act quickly, and leaps onto the ropes, looking to put Taker back down with a springboard cross body … BUT TAKER CATCHES HIM … AND DELIVERS SNAKE EYES!!! Taker picks up speed now, and third time is a charm for The Deadman, as he is successful with a big boot, knocking the champion onto the canvas!!! The Undertaker now looks for a cover, but as he makes the cover … KURT ANGLE GRABS THE ANKLE OF THE DEADMAN FROM THE OUTSIDE!!!!!

Angle drags The Deadman out of the ring, yanking on the ankle, as Taker falls to the floor below. Angle locks the submission in, despite the match HAVING to be won on the INSIDE. Despite that, Angle could be able to inflict enough damage to keep Taker out of the final stages should he damage the ankle here and now. Taker, uncharacteristically, YELLS in pain, before suddenly … HE FLIPS OVER … AND KICKS ANGLE OFF, SENDING HIM BACKWARD INTO THE STEPS!!! Angle loses grip of the submission, and The Deadman quickly pulls himself up on the ring apron. He keeps the Olympian at bay with a kick to the gut, before unleashing a big right hand, rattling Angles brain. Taker quickly hoists Angle up, and DRIVES the Gold Medallist into the ring post, then the opposite ring post, before slamming him again against the first ring post. Taker relinquishes his grip, as Angle slumps down, wincing from the certain pain that must be running through his body, and more importantly … his historically weak neck.

The Undertaker doesn’t rest though, and pulls Angle up, setting him onto the ring apron, and climbs up himself, pacing across the apron, … AND SUDDENLY BOOTS RVD!!! Van Dam had been looking to take Taker by surprise, but The Phenom seen it coming, and acted quickly. Taker backs up, and paces across the apron again, and drops his leg across the throat of The Olympian!!! Angle shudders from the impact, as it now looks like Taker has all the momentum in this match. The Deadman rolls onto the floor again, and suddenly rips the mats from the ground, leaving the cold hard concrete below. The fans pick up once again as Taker looks to turn it up a notch. He drags Angle from the apron, and sets up for the dreaded choke slam, clasping his hand around the throat of Angle … BUT KURT DELIVERS A KICK TO THE GUT, AND FOLLOWS UP WITH A SPINNING NECKBREAKER!!!!! The Undertaker thuds hard on the unprotected floor, thanks to a sudden and desperate turnaround from the wrestling machine!!!

Angle pulls himself back up, but as he does, a recovered Van Dam is up in the ring, and charges across, looking for a baseball slide on Angle, but Kurt at the last second spots it, and blocks the legs of RVD, THEN GRABS AN ANKLE … ANKLE LOCK!!!! Quickly, Angle pulls himself inside, keeping the hold locked on … putting Van Dam in DEEP, DEEP TROUBLE!!! Ankle tugs and tears on the ankle, looking to detach it from the body, as RVD struggles to survive, a long way away from the solace of the ropes!!! Angle now looks as if he knows the title is within his grasp, with Van Dams will fading, perhaps now faltering after months of battling the odds taking it’s toll. Van Dam digs deep, and uses every ounce of fight he has to drag himself across the ring … inching across … inches away now from the bottom rope … he makes a final push … and it looks like Van Dam is there … HE REACHES OUT … BUT ANGLE PULLS HIM BACK TO THE CENTRE OF THE RING!!!!!!!!!!!

Is it over??? RVD looks resigned now, as it looks like he is a world away from the ropes. Angle twists, yanks, pulls, looking to end his title drought … VAN DAM BEGINS TO LIFT HIS HAND IN THE AIR … READY TO TAP … NO!!!!!!!!! THE UNDERTAKER!!!! The Deadman is back from the dead, and grips Angle by the throat … CHOKESLAM!!!! The Phenom saves RVD, but more importantly might have just won himself the match!!! He drops down, makes the cover…
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ANGLE SURVIVES!!!! Angle kicks out, after having almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory!!! RVD looks to be out of the running for the time being, as he clutches his battered ankle, leaving it down to the two challengers to battle it out … but The Phenom has other ideas. He nails both men with big right hands, sending RVD and Angle into separate corners of the ring, as it looks like he has something lined up, and indeed he does, as The Phenom charges across the ring, crashing into Angle, then turns … and charges across the ring, crashing into RVD … and turns, charging across again, squashing the Olympian, before repeating the same blow to Van Dam. Both Angle and RVD now stagger from their respective corners, into the path of The Undertaker, who goozles both men, setting up for an adventurous double choke slam, which would certainly end this thrilling contest … but Van Dam and Angle have other ideas, and momentarily team together to save each other, and overpower the legend, nailing a double suplex, taking The Deadman down.

The unity barely lasts more than a few seconds, as instantly, Angle swings at RVD, but the champion blocks it, drives a knee into Angles sternum, and takes him down with a Russian leg sweep. Surprisingly, he doesn’t attempt the cover, but instead follows up on the move with Angle grounded, and connects with a spinning leg drop, this time making the cover, 1...2...Angle kicks out!!! Van Dam shakes his head as he picks himself up, and takes another look at Angle on the canvas, before slowly climbing the turnbuckles, reaching the top rope, but suddenly, Angle is springing up, leaping to the top, and before RVD can do anything, Angle connects with an arm drag from the top rope!!!! The fans erupt again, as the match picks up once more, with seemingly no end in sight!!! Angle turns the tables, and drapes an arm over Van Dam…
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!!!!!

The match continues!!! The Deadman - for the second time - saves RVD from losing the championship to Angle!!! Taker blocks a right from a furious Kurt Angle, and locks the Olympian in tight for another choke slam … but this time … ANGLE SLAPS THE ARM AWAY … SPINS TAKER AROUND … AND DELIVERS THE ANGLE SLAM!!!!!!!!!! Surely NOW it has to be over??? Angle thinks so, and hooks the leg…
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!!!!!

Once again, Angle has victory snatched from him at the last moment!!!!! The Olympian though, doesn’t have time to let out his anger though, as RVD comes at him, with rights and lefts, then goes for a head kick, but Angle catches the leg … BUT VAN DAM COUNTERS WITH AN ENZIGURI!!!!!!!! Angle slowly falls, hitting the mat, as Van Dam picks up the pace, buoyed by his faltering challengers, and LEAPS to the top rope … CRASHING BACK ONTO ANGLE WITH THE TRADEMARK SPLIT LEGGED MOONSAULT!!!!!!! RVD is set to go for a cover, but sees The Undertaker back up, and takes him by surprise with a drop toe hold … with Taker landing on Angle!!!!! RVD spots the opportunity, and rolls up Taker with an Oklahoma roll …
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…SHOULDER JUST POPS UP…
!!!!!

The Undertaker manages to find a way out of the pinning combination, once again thwarting Van Dam in his quest to retain the title!!! Both men struggle to their feet, drained from this fast paced, non-stop championship contest. But both men have taken their eyes off the third man … and Angle takes the opportunity with both hands, blasting RVD with a big clothesline, then ducks one from Taker, catching him, and blasts The Phenom with another scintillating Belly to Belly suplex!!!!! Angle reaches his feet, and pulls down the straps, setting himself for another Ankle Lock on Taker … but before he can, Van Dam tackles him from behind, and sends Angle, shoulder first, into the ring post!!!!! The champion turns around, and looks to pull The Undertaker up, but as he does … TAKER GRIPS RVD BY THE THROAT!!!!! The Phenom gets to his feet, choking the life from RVD, before letting go, and thrusting the champion onto his shoulders, then seamlessly into position … FOR THE TOMBSTONE … AND NAILS IT PERFECTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Undertaker looks to pin the champion … but Angle has other ideas!!! He boots Taker in the head, and follows up with forearms to the back, looking to soften the Phenom up for an Angle Slam … AND GOES FOR IT … BUT TAKER LANDS ON HIS FEET!!!!!! Angle turns around, and straight into Taker, who scoops him up … INTO POSITION … TOMBSTONE … NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In a last ditch attempt to save himself … ANGLE REACHES AND GRABS THE ANKLE, almost sweeping the leg from Taker, as he falls onto his back … AND ANGLE APPLIES THE ANKLE LOCK!!!!!!

Angle now looks to be in pole position, with The Deadman caught dead centre of the ring, in the deadly hold which forced him to tap at the Survivor Series, with Cole and Tazz reminding us now of that piece of history. The Deadman begins to claw along the mat, trying to scratch his way to the ropes, with the capacity crowd all willing the legend on. Angle desperately tries to yank the ankle around as much as he can, looking for the submission win, but the will of The Undertaker appears to be too strong!!! The Phenom inches closer, with Angle unable to stop him!!! The Conseco Fieldhouse becomes unglued for Taker, as he reaches out … wiggling his fingers to reach out … AND GRABS THE BOTTOM ROP-
NO!!!!!!!!!!

Angle drags Taker back out at the last second!!!! Kurt Angle twists the right ankle, trying to break the ankle in half in order to claim the gold!!! The will of The Deadman is being severely tested now, and Taker has his forearm covering his face, trying to hide his anguish, before trying desperately, to find any way of breaking the submission hold … he turns over, and with his free leg, kicks Angle, and kicks again, with Angle almost losing grip, but with one sudden twist of the ankle from Kurt forces Taker back around, with the excruciating pain too much to bear for the Phenom!!!

Surely now, Taker will tap out, caught in the middle of the ring, with Angle showing no sign of letting up. However, The Undertaker refuses to give in for a second time to Angle, and digs deep, to places he’s perhaps never been, and again reaches out, hoping the ring can shrink for him to grab the ropes, but Angle yanks his leg again, forcing more pain on Taker. Now, Angle looks to go for the sure win with The Undertaker severely weakened … and APPLIES THE GRAPEVINE!!!!!!!!!

The Undertaker cant even move now, with the Anklelock secured and Angle surely now just a matter of moments away from recapturing the WWE Championship for the eighth time!!!!!! The pain now appears to be just too excruciating for The Undertaker to bare … the ankle is surely ripped to shreds now … perhaps even broken … and now it looks like his will could be broken too … he yells out once more, and reaches out … but IS NOWHERE NEAR THE ROPES!!!!!!! Surely now it’s over, as Taker has his hand in the air, ready to tap … ANGLE IS SET TO BECOME CHAMPION …
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…FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH FROM NOWHERE ON ANGLE…
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ROB VAN DAM CRASHES THE PARTY COMING FROM NOWHERE WITH THE FIVE STAR!!!!! Van Dam drapes his arm over Angle …
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WINNER: AND STILL WWE CHAMPION - ROB VAN DAM @ 21:46

Michael Cole: Simply incredible. No other words can describe this triple threat war tonight … quite possibly one of the great triple threat matches in WWE history. Not a moment to rest, not a moment to step back, pure adrenaline for twenty flat out minutes. Any one of these men could be walking out of here right now as WWE Champion, but as fate would have it, it’s Van Dam walking out of Indianapolis STILL WWE Champion.

RVD celebrates with the title, holding it aloft in the ring on the middle turnbuckle, whilst The Undertaker limps from the ring, not even looking back in anger, whilst Kurt Angle, still scrambled by the Five Star is helped from the ring by the officials.

Tazz: These three men Cole gave it all. They just let it hang, and I for one loved every single solitary second of it. You just saw an early match of the year candidate my friend.

Michael Cole: The RVD reign continues in earnest tonight, and this match showed to us all just how much a WrestleMania main event means to all three of these men. All three desperately wanted to head into the Granddaddy of ‘em all as WWE Champion, but unfortunately … only one can reign, and on this night, RVD was that man.

RVD continues to celebrate in the ring, kissing the title belt, with the WrestleMania 23 logo hanging ominously in the background.


Fanatix Series Commercial - This Month - The Royal Rumbles Greatest Ruckuses


Backstage, we see Shawn Michaels, completing a few stretches in final preparation for the Royal Rumble just a little later tonight. It is noted by J.R at ringside that Michaels is the only man in the Rumble tonight that has won the match twice previously, and is only one of two in the match to have won the match altogether!!!

Next, we switch to Matt Hardy in the locker room, as he tapes up his wrists, punching his palms to test them out, whilst Michael Cole talks up Hardys chances as a dark horse in tonights Rumble, after a strong showing in last years match.

We then cut to Todd Grisham, standing by, with MNM…

Todd Grisham: I am standing by with the World Tag Team Champions a-

Melina coughs, and shows off her title too.

Todd Grisham: … And of course the WWE Womens Champion. MNM, tonight, both Nitro and Mercury will compete in tonights thirty man Royal Rumble match, with the main event of WrestleMania 23 hanging in the balance. Gentlemen, it’s always been said that the Royal Rumble is every man for himself, with no friends or allies, but will you decide, should you end up in the ring at the same time, to work as a unit, and attempt to eliminate the competition, enhancing your chances of victory??

Melina quickly butts in.

Melina: No offence Todd … but our strategy for tonights Royal Rumble is none of your business … and we certainly don’t intend on sharing it with the entire world. What I will say, is this … expect the unexpected, especially when MNM are involved.

Todd Grisham: I just thought I’d ask, considering Straight Edge la-

Melina: Don’t mention those two words. Don’t mention those two losers Todd. Y’know, a lot of people have been calling that inferior pair the ‘uncrowned tag team champions’. How insulting. How insulting to just write off the SEVEN … count them, SEVEN months in which Nitro and Mercury have DOMINATED the tag team scene on Raw. Y’know, I actually hope Straight Edge do get a title shot … so MNM can shut up all the so-called ‘experts’ that continue to write off the hottest team on the scene. All it is Todd is pure jealousy. No one looks as good as us, no one performs as well as we do … no one can touch MNM. And should Straight Edge stand in our way … tonight, or any time in the future … Nitro and Mercury are ready to prove why they’re the number one team in the business. Lets go guys.

Melina leads her troops off, as Todd watches on.


***
A video now plays, with a new Mother walking out of a building {hospital?} wheeling a pram along.

She pushes the pram down a steep hill, as the camera shows the view from inside the pram to the mother. The mother talks baby talk, looking into the pram, with all the regular ‘Coocy coocy coo’ rubbish.

As she walks along, she is stopped by what is assumed to be a friend.

Woman: Hey! Is this yours??

The mother nods, as the woman walks around, and looks into the pram, tilting her head, looking happy at seeing the as yet unseen bundle of joy.

Mother: Isn’t it beautiful??

Woman: It’s perfect. Is it your first??

The mother smiles, and nods.

Mother: Yeah. Isn’t it exciting??

The woman nods in agreement.

Woman: I’m so jealous. I could just pick it up and take it with me!!

Mother: Only over my dead body!!!

The two women smile and laugh, as the camera pans around, and shows the contents of the pram … a ticket for WrestleMania 23!!!

Mother: WrestleMania here I come!!!

The mother walks on, pushing the pram, still talking to the ticket like a child, as the other woman looks on with jealousy. The scene then also pans out to show - not a hospital - but the ticket office at the 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.

***

A graphic then appears, for the upcoming Triple H - John Cena match for the World Championship…

Jim Ross: And indeed, it is time folks, the moment of truth is here for John Cena. As we saw earlier, it would appear he has no choice but to face the numbers game tonight. Can overcome The McMahon Family Empire, to once again hold aloft the World Championship that he so dearly covets. Can he find a way to overcome the obstacles and for the third time become World Heavyweight Champion??

WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP VIDEO PACKAGE:
- Cena is screwed on Raw last month after the McMahons plan to keep the World title with Triple H comes through.
- Cena is told he gets no rematch, which sets Cena off on a one man mission for redemption.
- Bischoff refuses Cenas request for a rematch, but Cena and Christian go to a higher authority for justice, and get an opportunity for Cena to have his rematch and Christian to be in the Royal Rumble, but must overcome HHH, Lesnar, Shane and Vince for their wish to come true.
- Cena and Christian overcome the odds, setting up tonights match, whilst The McMahons and Triple H look to be falling at the seams.
- Final confrontation between Cena and Triple H last week on Raw, with Cena getting the final word.
- Clips of both men talking about ‘needing’ to main event WrestleMania, and both say they’ll stop at nothing to fulfil their goals.

Back into the arena…

**MY TIME IS NOW**

John Cena bursts onto the stage, looking vibrant and raring to go, knowing he has one final shot of beating Triple H for the World Championship tonight. Cena gets the fans going, ripping his shirt and cap off, throwing them to the fans, as he pumps himself up on the way to the ring.

Jim Ross: Listen to the ovation, John Cena gets the fans going like no one else today. And by Gawd, John Cena looks ready for whatever The Game may throw at him tonight.

The Coach: And he’ll need to be ready J.R. I don’t think Cena is gonna know what hits him tonight, but you can rest easy J.R, you’ll see the Game at his very best. I promise you that.

**TIME TO PLAY THE GAME**

Triple H … followed by Stephanie … Shane … and Vince McMahon, makes his way onto the stage, leading the way. The McMahons stand behind their man, as he poses for a moment, before spitting his water, and storms towards the ring, looking just as fired up as Cena. Meanwhile, in the ring, Cena has a few choice words for the referee, pointing to his eyes, as if to suggest Chioda will need to keep a look out for the outside interference.

Jim Ross: The cavalry are here, that’s for sure. And the boss has exerted his authority tonight. Mister McMahon is just a plain old bully. Mike Chioda knows if he ejects the McMahons here, he loses his job. How the hell can this be allowed?? McMahon is hell bent on manipulating the entire company to suit his personal goals.

The Coach: That opinion is not shared by everyone on this announce team. I just want to point that out boss.

Jim Ross: Grow a spine Coach. Get a new pair of sunglasses and see what the hell is going on here, please!!!

Triple H is allowed to go through his usual entrance routine on the apron, with Cena more focused on seeing how the McMahons line up on the outside to go straight for the jugular.

Jim Ross: Folks, John Cena simply cannot fight these odds. I can see it, Coach can see it, though he’d never admit it, and I’m sure all the fans and the people watching at home can see it too. It’s a damn travesty.

The Coach: Hmmm. Why doesn’t Cena just concentrate on Triple H?? How about that?? Just because Stephanie, Shane and Vince are here to watch up close, why does that make any difference??

Jim Ross: For the love of- I really don’t know how much longer I can put up with this Coach. I really don’t. Idiot. You’re an idiot Coach, and you fit perfectly with the McMahons.

World Heavyweight Championship Match:
Triple H vs. John Cena

Triple H relinquishes the belt to Chioda, without taking his eyes off the challenger, who tries to concentrate on The Game, but finds himself also constantly looking around the ring to keep check on the McMahon’s. The bell rings, and the match is underway. Neither man moves at first, with Triple H prepared to wait for Cena to come to him, knowing Cena needs to win, while he -as champion- has an array of possible ‘outs’. Cena keeps calm, playing it smart, and lets his head rule his heart for now, knowing he has more than one opponent in this environment. Suddenly, that fact is proven, as Shane hops onto the apron, looking to distract the referee, but gets LAID OUT by Cena with a charging right hand, sending him flying off the apron and crashing into the barricade!!! Triple H spots an opening, and looks to attack from behind … but Cena spins around, and KNOCKS THE GAME DOWN!!!!! Triple H bounces up, but is knocked right back down by the challenger. Once again, HHH is straight up, but again, Cena is ready and waiting, delivering another solid knockdown. The fans are alive for Cena, as he calls The Game to get up, hunching as he waits. Triple H gets up … and gets knocked down again!!! Cena picks up some speed and runs into the ropes, hopping over The Game, and off the opposite side whilst Triple H pushes up to his feet … only to get clotheslined right back down by a bombing forward John Cena!!!!

Cena fires the fans up, pumping his fists and rattling the ropes, whilst behind him, Stephanie pulls her ex, and future husband out of the ring, and away from danger, with Vince ushering them away from the ring to escape up the ramp, along with Shane. Cena though, spots the very slow getaway and smirks, before looking to the crowd and pointing at the four stooges, shaking his head at their pathetic attempt to leave the arena. The challenger then decides to chase them down hopping through the ropes, and makes his beeline up the ramp, knocking down Shane from behind, before pulling Vince back by his jacket, and throws a savage blow to the back of the head knocking the Chairman down, leaving just Stephanie and The Game now. Steph turns to Cena, trying to buy The Game some time, pleading with him not to hit her, but Cena just shoves her down, pushing the Billion Dollar Princess to the side. Cena now moves in on HHH at the top of the ramp, and spins him around, with The Game swinging desperately, but Cena ducks, and scores with a knee to the gut before slamming the back of Triple H’s head and his back onto the steel girders.

Now, the challenger drags the champion up, and pulls him down the ramp, keeping him under control with a few shots to the head before rolling HHH back inside the ring, just beating the count which had gone unnoticed by all. Cena plants The Game with a simple front slam, before setting himself on the top turnbuckle, waiting for Triple H to start getting to his feet, and once he does Cena flies through the air, and connects with a big leg drop across the back and neck keeping The Game on the canvas, allowing Cena to turn him over, and hook the leg, looking to catch The Game cold, with the champion not even getting out of the starting blocks tonight…
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…SHOULDER JUST POPS UP…
!!!!!

The Game remains champion for the moment, but if Cena can keep up his momentum, he wont be for long. Cena stays on top, and lands some forearms to his adversary as he pulls him up keeping The Game restrained, before sending him off the ropes, and nails him with a back elbow, knocking Triple H back to the canvas once more!!! Again, Cena sets himself, waiting for The Game to reach his feet, and once he does … he gets knocked right back down, with Cena using The Game as a shortcut, running through him with a shoulder block. Suddenly, it seems like Cena himself thinks he could end it, as he pumps the fans up again, before willing The Game to his feet, and once he gets up … Cena hoists HHH onto his shoulders, looking for the FU … NO!!!! On the apron, Shane and Stephanie are there, and grab onto the legs of the champion!!! Mike Chioda tries to rips the arms from The Games legs, but Cena gets frustrated … and hit’s a reverse FU … SENDING THE GAME CRASHING BACKWARDS INTO SHANE AND STEPHANIE - KNOCKING BOTH OF THEM OFF THE APRON!!!!!!!!!! As The Game staggers back to the centre of the ring, Cena hit’s a drop toe hold … and switches his position for the STFU!!!!!!! The Game though shows his wherewithal, and scrambles to the ropes, finally gaining some sanctuary, and a moment of restbite from the tenacious challenger, whilst Cena looks aggravated that his early momentum has been halted.

Sensing that his soon to be son in law is in grave danger, Vince tries to step in, and hops onto the apron, distracting Cena and Chioda, with the referee trying to admonish Vince AND keep Cena from striking the boss. Meanwhile as this goes on, Shane takes the opportunity to slide a sledgehammer into the ring, straight to the champion, who grabs his signature weapon pushing himself to his feet, and sets up Cena whilst Chioda is occupied. The challenger turns from Vince and Chioda, giving The Game his green light to attack … but Cena somehow dodges the bullet … and Triple H is unable to put the brakes on, steaming forward with the hammer … AND NAILS VINCE!!!!! The Game stops and freezes as he watches McMahon laid out on the floor with Stephanie and Shane sprinting to their fathers aid. In the ring though, it’s a massive opportunity for Cena, and he takes HHH by surprise, coming from behind with a roll up…
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Again, Cena is a split second from tasting the gold, with The Game just able to creep out of the predicament at the last moment. On the outside, we see paramedics tending to Vince with Stephanie on full water works mode, shocked by the state of her father, who we see is BUSTED WIDE OPEN from the earlier hammer blow. And at this point though it seems like the Family Empire is crumbling … to one man!!! Cena doesn’t rest, and keeps on the champion, rushing off the ropes, and taking his enemy back down with a running neck breaker, but before he can make a cover, Shane is back on the apron … and this time CENA LOSES HIS COOL!!!! He makes a beeline for Shane-O, and HIP TOSSES HIM FROM THE APRON AND OVER THE ROPES INTO THE RING!!! Cena bends down, and picks up the sledgehammer, taking a long hard look at the deadly weapon, before setting his sights on Shane … and chases after him, with Shane sliding out of the ring, with the challenger chasing all around the outside of the ring, and then back inside … WHERE TRIPLE H POUNCES ON HIS OPPONENT!!!!!! Cena allowed his emotions to get the better of him on that occasion, and it’s allowed Triple H to finally get in on the offence!!!

The Game doesn’t waste a second, and gets right on his challenger, making up for lost time, pounding the head as Cena lays on the canvas, unable to block the open shots. Triple H gets to his feet, and begins to put the boots to Cena, choking him with his boot in the corner, also using the ropes for leverage, breaking at four with the referee trying to exert his authority on the contest. The Game backs out of the corner, holding his hands up innocently - all the while Shane is choking Cena from the outside with a belt!!! He relinquishes the choke just as The Game starts to move back towards the corner, and starts putting the boots to his opponent again. On the outside, we now see Vince being wheeled up the aisle, with Stephanie walking with him right to the entrance point, before deciding to come back and give HHH as much of an advantage as possible, with her dad in capable hands. Back in the ring, Triple H has now pulled Cena from the corner, but knocks him to the canvas with a straight right hand, shaking the hand loose after, as if he hurt himself with the power behind it. The Game follows up, dropping his knee across the throat of Cena, but leaves it there, taking the air from the challenger, whilst the referee takes a moment to notice the blatant choke, before issuing a quick count for the champion to relinquish. HHH does so at four, and gets to his feet with a cocky grin on his face, protesting his innocence once more. Again, the champion doesn’t give Cena and moment to recover, and drags him to his feet, then throws him through the middle ropes to the outside, before pulling the referee away, diverting Chioda’s attention from Cena on the outside.

Whilst HHH keeps Chioda busy, we see Shane put more boots to the challenger, before smashing his face off the Spanish announce table, following up by driving Cena back first into the apron. As if that wasn’t enough, Shane O-Mac starts to humiliate Cena, scoring with a succession of slaps, before doing the ridiculous Shane shuffle leading to a final right hand. Cena goes down from the right hand, as Stephanie now decides to get involved, and she starts wildly slapping the challenger, yelling that no one gets away with what Cena has done to her Dad (even though he didn’t actually inflict the damage :P). Shane is soon forced to step in and drag the emotional Stephanie from Cena, as he spots HHH climbing to the outside to pick apart Cena. Shane and Stephanie move away from the action, allowing The Game plenty of room to work as he looks to pick apart Cena on the outside. He slams his opponents head off the top step, then shoves Cena directly into the ringpost, with Cena faltering from the impact, hitting the ground after the thud. Triple H refuses to let up, and stomps the back of the head, scrambling the brain of his foe once more, pulling Cena up, and rolls him inside the ring, rolling back in himself and goes for a cover hooking the leg, 1...2...Kick Out!!!

It will take a lot more to keep Cena down, and The Game is surely full aware of that, perhaps using the cover as a means to wear Cena down. And that theory is backed up as Triple H quickly turns Cena over, and begins to pound on the back of the challenger, going to work on the back of the head and temple. The Game now drops down, and hooks in a tight sleeper, attempting to wear down Cena some more, much to the chagrin of the fans in Indianapolis.

Triple H has the sleeper locked on tightly, with the blood stopping from flowing to the brain, as The Game lays down on the mat with the challenger to clamp in the hold as best as possible for best effect. We see Cena flail his arms for a moment, but soon, he starts to show considerable weakness, and the arms drop, with Cena seemingly lifeless as the sleeper takes it’s toll. This forces the referee to step in, and check John’s condition on the mat, as Triple H orders the referee to end it. He holds up one of Cena’s arms, and lets go, but the arm drops right back to the mat. Triple H cranks back some more, and the referee for a second time holds the arm up … lets go … and it falls straight to the mat. The Conseco Field House now starts to try and will the challenger on, as the referee motions for one last time, and holds the arm up … lets go … and it fa- NO!!!!!

Cena keeps his arm in the air this time, continuing the match keeping the title dreams alive!!! Triple H’s eyes nearly pop out as Cena begins to make a big surge, trying to fight up to his feet. The challenger reaches up, and elbows the cerebral assassin in the gut, and again, as Triple H begins to let go of the hold, with his grip beginning to fade, buckling from the fierce elbows. Cena continues to elbow at his opponent, and with each elbow, The Game winces, and eventually lets go, freeing the challenger!!! John Cena runs into the ropes, looking to have gotten a second wind, whilst Triple H goes for a clothesline, but Cena ducks, comes off the other side, rebounds back, and flies at The Game, taking him down with a flying cross body!!!!! Cena covers, 1...2...Kick Out!!! Cena continues to press though, gaining more energy from the adrenaline running through his body, sending The Game into the corner, and charges in after, crushing the champion!!! The King of Kings staggers out, allowing Cena to nail an awful looking face buster, planting The Game onto the canvas. Cena now stands, and pumps up his shoes, which means it’s time for one thing … the 5 Knuckle Shuffle!!! Cena drops onto the ropes, but as he comes back, he is tripped by Stephanie!!!! The challenger switches his attention, and again allows his temper to get the better of him, reaching down, and grabbing a handful of hair, pulling her onto the apron, but before he can attack Steph … THE GAME SAVES THE MOTHER OF HIS CHILD!!!!! Triple H clocks the challenger, and follows up, delivering a side suplex, hooking the leg as they land, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!! Cena survives again, but Triple H is back in the drivers seat once more, thanks to a McMahon again.

The Game hauls Cena to his feet, but gets a rude awakening as Cena battles back, throwing fists of fury, rocking the champion, but Triple H stops the comeback, driving his knee into the gut!!! Cena doubles over, and Triple H sets himself, before running the challenger down with a high knee!!! Again, he hooks the leg, 1...2...Shoulder up again!!! Still, The Game doesn’t afford his opponent any moments to recover, and drags him back up, keeping Cena at bay with a couple of shots to the head, but the fighting spirit of the challenger is evident as he come back once more, fighting back, out boxing the champion and takes the moment to bounce off the ropes to gain momentum to run at HHH, but as he comes back, the champion takes Cena by surprise, AND DELIVERS A STUNNING ARN ANDERSON STYLE SPINEBUSTER!!!! Triple H hooks the leg tightly hoping the impact might get the three…
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On the outside, Shane and Stephanie are in hysterics, each holding three fingers up, looking to each other to agree, whilst Chioda makes sure he informs them and The Game that it was only two. Triple H keeps a lid on his anger, and instead takes it out on Cena, pushing him into the corner, and unloads with methodical straight right hands to his opponent, beating him horribly in the corner. He pulls Cena out, and then fires him across the ring with everything he has behind it, sending Cena, chest first into the turnbuckles, with Cena dropping straight to the mat after impact. The Game holds Cena down, hoping to get the job done this time… 1...2...Kick Out once again!!! Triple H is right back up, and leans over the ropes, pointing to the fans, letting them know that he is proving just how much better he is than Cena, then motions that it’s over, before pulling the challenger up, and begins to get Cena into position … FOR THE PEDIGREE … Triple H hooks the arms, takes a moment to look around again … TAKES TOO LONG … CENA BACK DROPS OUT OF TROUBLE!!!!! The fans roar, as Cena keeps his hopes alive, and now goes on the offence!!! The challenger bounds into the corner ramming Triple H in there, and lets fly with a series of shoulder thrusts direct through the gut, winding the air from The Game!!! Cena now looks for the Irish Whip across the ring, but Triple H reverses, turns Cena inside out, and kicks him in the gut … AND GOES FOR THE PEDIGREE AGAIN … BUT CENA IS ABLE TO COUNTER ONCE AGAIN … INTO THE FU … … … AND CONNECTS!!!!!!!!!!! Cena leans back, hooking a leg…
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Again, Triple H is saved by a McMahon!!! The fans voice their anger, clearly fed up of the constant interference for The Game. In the ring, Cena is sat up, absolutely incensed, pretty sure what just saved HHH. He then gets to his feet, mouths something to Shane on the outside, before laying a pounding on Triple H again. Cena now picks up some steam, and hit’s the ropes, coming back out … AND INTO A FACEBUSTER!!!! Triple H surprises Cena, who staggers for a moment, before HHH pulls him around, kicks him in the gut, and for the third time SEARCHES FOR A PEDIGREE … BUT CENA COUNTERS AGAIN … AND THIS TIME TRIPS THE GAME TO THE CANVAS … AND APPLIES THE STFU!!!!! Cena has the submission applied, and has it applied firmly … in the middle of the ring!!!!! Triple H is literally in no mans land right now, a world away from the sanctuary of the ropes!!! But now Stephanie looks to interfere once more, taking off a shoe, and in desperation throwing it at Cena to divert his attention … BUT IT DOESN’T FAZE CENA AT ALL!!!!! He knows now he has it won, whilst Stephanie waves her arms frantically to divert Chioda’s attention … but even he is ignoring the outside presence now!!!!! It looks as if the McMahons are going to falter with their quest to screw Cena, with Triple H now surely seconds from submitting … HIS HAND COMES UP … READY TO TAP … BUT SHANE MAKES A LAST DITCH EFFORT TO SAVE THE GAME … AND DRAGS THE REFEREE OUT OF THE RING!!!!! ……… AND LO AND BEHOLD … AS HE DOES THAT … TRIPLE H IS TAPPING!!!!!

Cena leaps up, and celebrates momentarily, not realising that Chioda has been pulled out of the ring!!!!! Suddenly though, the realisation kicks in, and the challenger has once again been screwed out of certain victory!!!!! Cena loses it this time, and charges out of the ring, grabbing Shane by the throat, and chokes the life out of Shane squatting Stephanie away in the process, then shoves Shane inside the ring, coming straight behind him. Cena looks to be setting up for an FU, but notices Triple H recovering, and decides to dispose of Shane quickly, chucking him back outside, refocusing on HHH. He charges a weary Triple H down with a thunderous clothesline, then urges him to get back up … AS STEPHANIE JUMPS ON CENA FROM BEHIND!!!! Chioda is set to call for the bell and end the contest via disqualification, but is stopped … AS CENA FLINGS STEPHANIE ONTO HIS SHOULDERS … AND DELIVERS AN FU TO THE BILLION DOLLAR PRINCESS!!!!! The fans reaction is deafening as Stephanie finally gets what was coming to her, and Cena now zooms in on the prone champion - out on his feet - and scoops him up … AND DELIVERS THE FATAL FU TO THE CHAMPION!!!! He hooks the leg again, SURELY for the final time…
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The entire arena is in shock!!! Triple H, after relying on the McMahons for the entire contest, finally gets HIMSELF out of jail, summoning the power from somewhere to kick out, just in time to save his championship reign. Cena cannot believe it. His eyes are WIDE open, unable to fathom The Games kick out, especially as it was unaided. But the return to normality isn’t long lived, as Shane McMahon rears his ugly head again, trying to climb into the ring, chucking the title belt to try and help HHH, but is quickly thwarted by Cena, whilst Chioda picks up the belt, and passes it to the outside with Lillian at the time keepers table … but as this goes on … TRIPLE H LOW BLOWS CENA IN THE RING … AND FOLLOWS UP … WITH THE PEDIGREE!!!!! Almost as if in slow motion, The Game turns Cena over, and lays across the challenger, looking to steal the victory in the final stage, with the referee back inside, making the count…
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WINNER: AND STILL WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION - TRIPLE H @ 17:06

Jim Ross: GOD DAMN IT!!!! Triple H steals it. John Cena done everything he could tonight, everything in his power to ensure he had a shot of walking out of here World Heavyweight Champion. This is a joke. How long can this ridiculousness continue!!!??

Triple H pulls Stephanie out of the ring as John Cena slowly come around, and realises that again, he has been beaten by the numbers. The Game carries his wife to be away from the carnage. In the ring, Cena pulls himself up, and looks to his left, spotting Shane hobbling away from ringside. John Cena thinks for a moment, then shakes his head, deciding ‘to hell with it’.

He drops out of the ring, and grabs Shane from behind, ripping the shirt from his back as he does, and chucks McMahon across the mats like a rag doll. Cena follows, trying to keep a lid on his anger, but fails to do so, and drags Shane back up, slamming his head off the steel steps half a dozen times, before throwing McMahon at the Smackdown announce table. Cena then throws the cover off the table, removing the monitors, whilst Cole and Tazz move for cover. John Cena then moves to the Spanish table, and trails Shane onto the top of it, and mouths to him “THIS AINT OVER YET … BUT EVERY TIME YOU STAND IN MY WAY … THESE ARE THE CONSEQUENCES”. Cena then hoists Shane up, into position … AND FU’S HIM FROM THE SPANISH ANNOUNCE TABLE THROUGH THE SMACKDOWN ANNOUNCE TABLE!!!!!

Jim Ross: It’s a measure of revenge for Cena, but it’s bittersweet. He came here tonight intent on winning the World title, yet he leaves without the gold, thanks again to the unholy McMahon family!!!

Cena stands on the Spanish table, and salutes the fans for their support, despite his loss.

Jim Ross: The WrestleMania dream for Cena, unfortunately, and unfairly, is over for this year folks. The McMahons have foiled Cena, despite his very best efforts. Who can stop Triple H with the backing of the McMahon family???

The camera then focuses on Cena, as he climbs off the table, and realisation begins to set in, that his dream of headlining three straight Raw main events at WrestleMania has gone. Dejected, Cena slowly walks up the ramp, head down. He reaches the entrance, and turns, once again thanking his fans for their support, but the pain of the loss is evident on Cenas face.

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1ST TIME WRESTLEMANIA MOMENT - XXII - FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, A MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH IS PART OF WRESTLEMANIA, WITH THE WINNER ENTITLED TO A CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH, ANYTIME WITHIN TWELVE MONTHS. DESPITE REY MYSTERIO WINNING THE MATCH, EDGE ULTIMATELY WINS THE BRIEFCASE.

The VP then ends with the graphic for WRESTLEMANIA XXIII - MARCH 18TH 2007 - FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN NEW ORLEANS.
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We now switch back to the General Manager room, where Arn Anderson has departed, and Bischoff looks ready to go too, as the draw for the Rumble wraps up, as Americas Most Wanted leave the room having both picked out their numbers, as Randy Orton and Nick Dinsmore pass them, entering to pick their number. Dinsmore allows the New Wave leader to walk in ahead of him …could that be a crucial mistake???

Orton skips the pleasantries with his General Manager, but has a good up and down look at Kelly Kelly and Maria, before dipping his hand into the tumbler picking out his ball. He kisses the ball as he picks it out, but doesn’t open it just yet.

Randy Orton: Good luck Nick. And hey, remember our deal?? Divide and conquer.

Dinsmore nods in agreement, as Orton glances around for another quick look at the divas, before leaving the room.

Nick Dinsmore: So … am I the last guy then??

Both divas shrug at the question, unsure.

Nick Dinsmore: Well, y’know what they say, leave the best till last.

Dinsmore chuckles (he’s the only one chuckling), and dips his hand into the tumbler, moving his hand around, looking for the ball. He starts to get a little frantic, and his eyebrows furrow. The Prodigy pulls his hand out, and turns to Bischoff.

Nick Dinsmore: What the hell is going on here Eric??

Bischoff turns to Dinsmore, a little bit perplexed as to the situation.

Nick Dinsmore: Where is my ball??

Bischoff moves towards the tumbler, taking a look at Kelly Kelly and Maria, before putting his hand in himself. Eric frantically moves his hand around the tumbler, before slowly taking his hand away.

Eric Bischoff: Nick … I am … s … really …

Dinsmore butts in.

Nick Dinsmore: How the hell could this happen??? Who the hell took my ball?? Who has my spot??

Bischoff rubs his face, embarrassed by this mishap, before turning his attention to the ladies, and takes his anger out on them.

Eric Bischoff: The list. Gimme the list. NOW.

Maria quickly scuffles around, and picks up a clipboard behind her, and Bischoff snatches it from her. He quickly scrolls down the list, and spots something not right. He turns to the ladies, and points at the name.

Eric Bischoff: Why is his name on this list??

Maria and Kelly look to each other, before they turn back to Bischoff.

Maria: He came in, like, during Heat, just before you and Mister Anderson arrived. He said you’d be fine with it.

Bischoff closes his eyes and exhales, before turning to Dinsmore, looking to explain, but Dinsmore cuts him off.

Nick Dinsmore: Save it Eric. You OWE ME … big. I cant believe this man.

Dinsmore turns and storms off, slamming the door behind him.

Meanwhile, Eric turns back to the ladies, and gets set to bully them to make himself feel better.

Eric Bischoff: Okay. Do you two realise how bad you just made me look there?? I’m gonna have to fix your mess now. The mess the pair of you bimobs have made for me here?? I wont forget it. I want the pair of you to get out of here, do something useful, and find this guy … or so help me God, you two will have a LOT of making up to do for me.

Maria and Kelly quickly run out of the room, leaving an irate Bischoff who pulls out his cell phone, flipping the phone, and starts to make a call…

Eric Bischoff: Yeah … it’s Eric. Round up anyone not involved in the Rumble match. I need to track someone down, FAST.

Bischoff turns and continues his conversation, but the camera fades out…

We see flashing shots of the thirty superstars set to compete in the upcoming Royal Rumble, as the graphic finally settles, and we cut back to ringside with J.R now joined by Tazz.

Jim Ross: Well, this is starting to become a bit of a tradition for us Tazz, calling the Royal Rumble match together.

Tazz: And it’s a pleasure as always J.R.

Jim Ross: Thirty men are set to enter the for the fastest sixty minutes of the year, for the opportunity to headline the showcase of the immortals … WrestleMania.

Tazz: It is go time J.R. Who ya picking?? Who’s your pick?? C’mon?? You gotta have a tip??

Jim Ross: Well, I said this past Monday, I’m goin with my gut Tazz, the only man to have won this thing twice in tonights line up, and that’s the veteran himself, HBK Shawn Michaels!!!

Tazz: Well, I know The Coach has his money on Brock Lesnar, Cole over there likes the chances of Chris Jericho, but I’m liking the look of that Samoan Bulldozer over on your show. He’s gonna be tough to topple, I just hope he comes to Smackdown if I’m right.

Jim Ross: Okay Tazz, it’s time to find out. Thirty men set to enter … ten making their Royal Rumble debuts … one has been a runner up … only two in the entire field have won it … and one has one it twice. Before we go to the Fink, here is how this years Royal Rumble shapes up…

ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH VIDEO PACKAGE:
- Quick shots of many of tonights competitors as ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ plays throughout the V.P.
- A number of soundbites in the run up to the Rumble from certain stars, and their goals to reach WrestleMania.
- Clips of Christians struggle to reach this years Rumble, eventually earning his spot, which is followed by Vince McMahons address to the WWE roster offering an automatic title shot at WrestleMania to anyone who eliminates Christian.
- Clips of some of the ongoing mini feuds on Smackdown where guys are set to collide in tonights match including AMW vs. Matt Hardy, Batista and Lashleys regular staredowns, and the recent one-upmanship between Jericho and Edge.
- Clips of the recent feuds developing on Raw; Orton & HBK, MNM vs. Straight Edge & Brock Lesnar showing his anger at being conned out of an automatic title shot.
- Classic Rumble moments and finishes, followed by current day commentators talking about this years top contenders.
- Final flurry of clips, featuring most of the participants in the match, finally ending with the clips of the mass brawl on Raw.

Back to ringside…

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!!!

Howard Finkel: Ladies and Gentlemen. It is now time, for the Royal Rumble MATCH!!!!

Huge crowd pop, and many mark out at home with the sight of the legend that is Howard Finkel, making an appearance to run down the rules for the Royal Rumble.

Howard Finkel: Here are the rules. In just a few moments, the individual’s who drew numbers one and two, will make their way to the ring, and the match will begin. Then, every two minutes thereafter, another superstar will enter, until all thirty men have entered.
For eliminations to occur, an individual, must go over the top rope, and both feet must touch the floor.
The winner of the match, will be the last man standing, once every other superstar has been eliminated, and that superstar will earn himself a championship match, against either Triple H, or Rob Van Dam, whomever they choose, at Wrestle Mania Twenty Three!!!
Now, I will introduce the individuals who drew number’s one and two…

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**HERE COMES THE PAIN**
ENTRANT #1 - BROCK LESNAR
The arena comes to it’s feet, as Brock Lesnar - a firm front runner for this years Rumble- picks up the worst possible start!!! The Iron Man walks down the ramp with a purpose, but looks extremely pissed off at having drawn #1, but despite that he is only one of two men in this years line up to have won the match previously.

Tazz: It’s been a while since I got to say this J.R, but, well, Here comes the pain!!

Jim Ross: Oh my, Brock Lesnar has been handed the worst possible start!!! If The Iron Man is to headline his fourth WrestleMania, he’s gonna have to do it the hard way. That is for damn sure.

Tazz: But he’s got all the right attributes J.R. He’s big he’s tough to move, and best of all, he has BAGS of stamina. There’s a reason they call him the Iron Man J.R … he’s never lost a sixty minute match, and to win tonight, he’ll have to do it again.

Jim Ross: Well, the ironic thing about it Tazz, is that Mr. McMahon promised Lesnar the coveted Number Thirty spot a few weeks ago. Tonight, he’s drawn the exact opposite of what he was promised!!!

**I WALK ALONE**
ENTRANT #2 - BATISTA
And business really picks up, as Smackdowns resident behemoth draws number two, setting up a mouth watering opening two minutes between two legitimate bulls.

Jim Ross: Things could get interesting here Tazz. The Animal, with an equally as tough task, he’ll have to go wire to wire in order to grab that WrestleMania spot.

Tazz: You look at these two guys J.R, two very similar guys, big, strong, muscular as hell, and they both get the job done. Batista had a breakout year in 2006, emerging from the shadows of Evolution. 2007 could well be bigger.

**BELL RINGS**

The two bulls meet in the centre of the ring, and look each other up and down, checking each other out (in a non-gay way), then start to trade verbals, as they try to rile each other, coming nose to nose, with Lesnar brushing Batista away, which sparks The Animal to go for the first blow, but Lesnar blocks it, and shoves Batista into the ropes, seemingly catching the animal unaware … and he tumbles into the ropes, with Lesnar steaming in to try and eliminate him early … but Batista boots Brock in the gut, sending him away, then he tries to follow up, and attempts to chuck Lesnar over the top rope, but Brock stops short at the ropes, holding on, and elbowing free, sending Batista away.

Lesnar takes a second to gather himself, as does Batista, and the two men meet again, in the centre of the ring, toe to toe, as Lesnar throws a right hand, with Batista replying in kind. The Iron Man fires back, as does Batista, and the two warriors trade blows, trying to show who the dominant force between the two is … and it is Lesnar in the end, as he sends Batista down with a clothesline, with The Animal sprawling. Lesnar quickly goes to work, stomping the head of his opponent, not allowing Batista the chance to get up. Brock then pulls Batista up to his feet, and looks to dump him out, but the Smackdown star refuses to give in, and fights back, rocking Lesnar, turning the tide, as he sends Lesnar down with a big clothesline of his own!!! The fans come alive as Batista stalks his prey now, with the Raw superstar pulling himself up on Batista … then takes him by surprise, charging The Animal into the corner!!! Lesnar drives his shoulders into the gut of Batista, taking the wind from the Animal.

The Iron Man backs out, pulling Batista with him, and sends him across the ring with an Irish Whip, following in, showing his awesome vertical leap, delivering with a high knee to the face in the corner!!! Batista staggers out, and Lesnar sets himself, picking his spot, then charges at The Animal … but Batista saves his bacon, kicking Lesnar away!!! The Animal leans in against the ropes, catching his breath, whilst Lesnar tries to shake the cobwebs on the mat, as the clock ticks down for the third entrant…

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… BUZZER …

**PAPARAZZI**
ENTRANT #3 - JOHNNY NITRO @ 02:03
Melina leads out Nitro, who gives the Womens champ a peck on the cheek, before sprinting to the ring, losing his fur coat in the process.

Jim Ross: Johnny Nitro, looking to cause an upset tonight, but he’s gotta find a way of surviving against the two bulls already in the ring.

Tazz: This kid has a heck of a lot of potential J.R, this is a chance to really prove that the hype is true.

Nitro slides straight in, and puts the boots to Lesnar, before charging at Batista with a forearm, showing no fear early on, but as he comes back to put more boots to the Iron Man … LESNAR CATCHES THE BOOT!!! Nitro’s eyes widen, having been caught, and hops on one leg, as Brock gets to his feet … but Nitro shocks Brock, catching him with an Enziguri!!! Lesnar stumbles, and Nitro looks to spark a massive shock, with a dropkick … AND SENDS LESNAR OVER THE TOP ROPE … BUT LESNAR HANGS ON … LANDING ON THE APRON AS HE TUMBLED OVER!!!!!

From behind now, Batista clobbers Nitro, and looks to send him out on the other side … OVER THE TOP ROPE … BUT NITRO HANGS ON!!! Nitro dangles, hanging on for dear life, with one foot touching the floor on occasion, but not the second. Batista tries to pull the fingers away, but before he can gain any success, Lesnar is back, and tries to dump Batista out … WITH BATISTA TUMBLING OVER … BUT LANDING ON THE APRON!!!

Lesnar now gets tripped by Nitro on the apron, with one half of MNM rolling back inside. He picks up some speed, and hit’s the ropes, coming back off with a body attack on Lesnar … but Brock moves out of the way … and NITRO HITS BATISTA … WHO IS STILL ON THE APRON … AND NEARLY GOES FLYING … BUT HANGS ON WITH ONE ARM!!!! Neither Lesnar or Nitro are able to follow up, as Brock scoops Nitro up, and attempts to dump the lightweight out of the ring, but Nitro slips off the back, and throws his best punches at Brock … but gets squatted away like a bug!!!

Lesnar lies in wait, as Nitro picks himself up, and runs through him with a big knee, knocking Nitro halfway across the ring. Brock then turns back around, and comes face to face … with Batista!!! It’s the two big men head to head once more, and circle around the middle of the ring, as the fans pick up in anticipation for the two big men getting another chance to go at it. Quickly, they lock up, and momentarily struggle, but eventually, they push each other away, and the fans pick up, with a stalemate between the two big forces. They come face to face again, butting heads, as the clock counts down…

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… BUZZER …

**REAL DEAL**
ENTRANT #4 - BOBBY LASHLEY @ 04:07
The rookie monster jogs down the aisle, making the Rumble debut, looking to make the most of his opportunity to butt heads with bona fide superstars like Lesnar and Batista.

Jim Ross: This could well be a dark horse Tazz. I’ve seen Lashley a number of times on Smackdown, and I’m a big fan.

Tazz: Totally agree J.R. Lashley is the real deal, and it’ll be interesting to see if he makes a beeline for Batista in there, those two have crossed swords a couple times recently.

Instantly, both Lesnar and Batista are drawn by the presence of Lashley, as he makes his way down the ramp. Meanwhile, Johnny Nitro has leapt onto the ropes … AND DELIVERS A DROPKICK HITTING BOTH LESNAR AND BATISTA!!! The Iron Man and The Animal fall down, as Lashley gets into the ring, with the fearless Nitro charging at him … but gets squashed with a clothesline!!! Lashley shows his intimidating power, just throwing Nitro up from the mat, and onto his shoulders, delivering a powerful power slam to Nitro, before bouncing to his feet … AND SPRINTS AT BATISTA … CATCHING HIM WITH A DEVASTATING SPEAR!!! The Animal rolls out of the ring, under the bottom rope, meaning he’s not eliminated.

This then leaves Lesnar and Lashley as the two men standing, and both have the same idea, running into the other … and neither man moves an inch. Lashley steps back, then hit’s the ropes, coming at Lesnar … and Lesnar doesn’t move an inch!!! Now, Lesnar takes his turn, and bounces into the ropes, running into Lashley … and he refuses to move too!!! We have another big man stalemate in the ring, but Brock puts an end to that, driving a knee into the gut, and pounds the back, then looks to whip Lashley off the ropes, but big Bobby comes bounding off the ropes … AND SHOULDER CHARGES LESNAR OFF HIS FEET!!! The fans are in awe, as Lesnar gets tumbled over like a cruiserweight!!! Lesnar himself looks shocked from the power of Lashley, as the rookie monster comes at him, BUT LESNAR COMES BACK STRONG … CATCHING LASHLEY AS HE COMES IN … AND DELIVERS A SPINEBUSTER!!!!!

Lesnar roars at the fans, getting himself pumped up, after showing his raw power to come up from the canvas to slam Lashley!!! Nitro tries to cheap shot Lesnar again … but this time gets caught … AND LESNAR DELIVERS A BIG TIME BELLY TO BELLY!!! Again, Lesnar lets out a roar, looking really fired up at this point, before knocking Batista back off the apron, with The Animal (who had yet to return to the ring), landing onto the side of the announce table!!! Brock now moves in on Lashley in the corner, and tries to get him over the top rope, but Lashley resists, as the clock counts down once again…

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**SOMEBODIES GONNA GET IT**
ENTRANT #5 - MARK HENRY @ 06:02
It’s another big man drawing an early number, as the sole member of The Brotherhood makes his way down the ramp, followed by Theodore Long who looks to be joining the Worlds Strongest Man at ringside.

Jim Ross: They just keep getting bigger and bigger Tazz. The muscle behind The Brotherhood is here, and Mark Henry will be representing a very angry group, who of course lost the Intercontinental title earlier tonight.

Tazz: Johnny Nitro is in the land of giants here J.R. He better run for cover … I just hope this ring cant handle the tonne of weight in it right now.

Lesnar stops his attack on Lashley, and zones in on yet another monster, this time Mark Henry. He meets The Worlds Strongest Man as he enters the ring, throwing clubbing blows to the head and neck, but Henry knocks Lesnar away, then sends him to the canvas with a body charge, showing off his own prowess, as Theodore Long hollas for his boy on the outside.

Henry quickly scoops up Nitro, toying with the tag champion, before sparing him on this occasion, not chucking him out, but instead, dropping him behind him with a gorilla press!!! Henry then turns around, and is met as Lashley bursts from the corner, but Henry sticks a boot up, and sends Lashley into the ropes, his brain scrambled from the boot whilst running at speed.

Henry now looks around, and spots Batista climbing back into the ring, pounding him as he gets back inside, whipping him into the ropes … but Batista comes back off them fighting, and delivers a clothesline to Henry … WHO DOESN’T GO DOWN!!! Batista isn’t disheartened, despite Henry goading him, pounding his chest like the king of the jungle, and indeed, Batista tries his luck again, running off the ropes, and delivers a clothesline … with Henry teetering this time. Batista now looks more confident, and tries once more, running off the ropes, and coming back at Henry … BUT HE GETS CAUGHT!!! The Worlds Strongest Man catches Batista, and looks to deliver the Worlds Strongest Slam, but Batista elbows free, and gets to his feet, but kicked away by Henry. Mark Henry starts to get confident now, and whips Batista off the ropes, with The Animal coming back … AND DUCKS A CLOTHESLINE … THEN OFF THE OPPOSITE SIDE … CATCHES HENRY WITH A SPEAR!!! Henry stumbles backward … towards the ropes … AND BATISTA CHARGES WITH A CLOTHESLINE … AND HENRY TEETERS ON THE ROPES … BATISTA COMES AGAIN … AND BLASTS HENRY … OVER THE TOP ROPE … AND TO THE FLOOR!!!!!

ELIMINATION #1: MARK HENRY BY BATISTA @ 07:49

Henry and Long are furious on the outside, with Henry thumping the apron in disgust, as Batista compounds The Brotherhood to an awful night at the office, losing the Intercontinental Title, and now Henry lasts less than two minutes in the Royal Rumble!!! The fans begin to countdown as Henry is escorted away, whilst in the ring, Batista takes a breather after expanding a lot of energy to eliminate Henry. Lesnar is now picking himself up, as are Nitro and Lashley…

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**KEEP THE PEACE**
ENTRANT #6 - BRENT ALBRIGHT @ 08:11
The U.S Champion jogs down the ramp to the ring, to limited fanfare from the fans.

Jim Ross: The current United States Champion Tazz. Great technical ability, Brent Albright making his Royal Rumble debut.

Tazz: Big upside with this kid J.R. Brent Albright is one to watch.

Albright watches from the outside, as in the ring the other four men have paired off, as Lashley battles with Lesnar, and Batista struggles to topple the tricky Johnny Nitro out. The U.S Champion decides to just pace himself, and slowly gets in, not wanting to attract any attention from the others. He stands in the corner, waiting for any opening to come his way, which is spotted by Batista at the corner of his eye. Batista looks to have an idea himself, and instead of struggling to get Nitro out, he uses him as a weapon, and whips him across the ring, directly at Albright, who doesn’t get out of the way in time, and the two men collide, and fall!!!

The Animal comes at Albright, but he is met with a chop from Brent, and Dave backs up, into the corner, with Albright opening up with chops and rights to the chest of his most recent challenger. He looks to have his man in trouble, but Batista comes back with a knee to the gut. Brent staggers off, allowing Batista to hit a clothesline from behind, sending Albright down to the mat.

Meanwhile, Lesnar has taken over on Bobby Lashley, and has him over the top rope, but not on the floor, with Lashley catching both his feet on the apron, then hooks his left foot around the bottom rope, in case Brock topples him over somehow. Johnny Nitro, back to his feet again, breaks them up, clubbing the back of The Iron Man, and tries to get Lesnar over the top rope, to no avail, as Lesnar elbows him away, then clotheslines him down, looking to be getting angered by the pest that is Johnny Nitro.

Meanwhile, in the opposite corner, Batista and Albright both nearly go over, trying to get the other over the top, but both hang on in the end. Batista goes for a right hand on Albright, but he blocks it, then stuns The Animal with a head butt, rocking Batista. He then moves off, and helps out Nitro, as they team up to eliminate Nitro. Nitro is now fighting for his life, and teeters, but eventually, Lashley comes to his aid, as he comes for another piece of Lesnar as we count down.

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**SLOW CHEMICAL**
ENTRANT #7 - KANE @ 10:07
The Big Red Monster ups the big man count to five now, and brings a world of experience, taking his time to make it to the ring.

Jim Ross: This aint Kanes first rodeo. He once eliminated eleven men in a single Royal Rumble back in 2001. A veteran of Royal Rumbles, and yet another huge monster.

Tazz: Big time experience. Big time player. Kane is a contender tonight for sure.

The action continues as normal in the ring, with Lesnar and Lashley battling in one corner, whilst Albright & Nitro begin to team up on Batista, until Kane finally steps inside, and all hell breaks loose. Nitro comes first, getting flung in the air with a cracking uppercut, then Albright goes down to the same move, before Kane charges in on Batista in the corner, driving his knee into the sternum of The Animal. Lashley now has his go at Kane, but gets sent away with a big boot, sending Bobby to the canvas. Finally, it’s Brock Lesnar, but like the others, he suffers the same fate … and goes down to Kane, with a thunderous sidewalk slam!!! Kane is right back up, and looking for his next victim … holding his arm up, signalling for a choke slam … and the unlucky superstar is Brent Albright, who gets caught … AND CHOKESLAMMED!!!

Kane though doesn’t stop there, and continues on the offensive, and batters Nitro with a succession of blows in the corner, but Lashley isn’t finished with the monster yet, wanting to prove himself against a big name!!! Lashley pounds Kanes back, getting his attention, and they now pair off, whilst Batista and Brock Lesnar, entrants #1 & #2 get reacquainted on the opposite side of the ring in a battle of the big men.

Lashley gets the upper hand on the Big Red Monster, trying to bundle him over the top rope, but Kane is too strong to go at this stage, and fights back from his precarious position. Batista tries the same with Lesnar on the opposite side of the ring, but just like with Lashley and Kane, Lesnar is able to escape from the danger, and turns the tide, with Batista now battling to survive. Meanwhile, Johnny Nitro hides out in the corner, watching as the four big men exert themselves, and he gets to recuperate, playing it safe, and Albright is still out after the Chokeslam. The fans are in full voice again, as the clock appears, counting down from ten…

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**OUT TO KILL**
ENTRANT #8 - CODY RHODES @ 12:02
The Smackdown rookie takes a moment at the entrance, taking it all in, before charging to the ring for his first ever Rumble match.

Jim Ross: You gotta love the potential for this kid Tazz. He only debuted on Smackdown less than a month ago, and already, he’s got a shot of headlining WrestleMania.

Tazz: No doubt with that last name, Rhodes is gonna go far. Gotta admit though, this will be more for experience tonight. Cant see this rookie outlasting these big guns.

Rhodes slides inside the ring, and instantly, Nitro pounces, beating on the rookie, who hasn’t had a chance to get up from the mat!!! Johnny quickly pulls Cody up, and tries to eliminate him … BUT RHODES COUNTERS … AND THROWS NITRO OVER … BUT NITRO HANGS ON AGAIN!!! Rhodes tries to kick Nitro off the apron, but the tag team champion hangs on for dear life, managing to still survive. Meanwhile, Kane has knocked down Lashley, and makes his way to Batista and Lesnar, who are still tussling at the ropes, unable to gain leverage over one another. Kane sees an opportunity, and looks to dump both men out from behind … AND HAS BOTH STRUGGLING OVER THE ROPES … BUT CODY RHODES DROPKICKS KANE FROM BEHIND!!! KANE STUMBLES … INTO THE ROPES, and an over excited Rhodes tries to knock him over, but Kane beats Rhodes away with a big uppercut!!!

Albright is now back up, and sees Batista struggling in the corner with Lesnar, deciding to try and get one over on his old enemy, but pays the ultimate price, as when he spins Batista around … HE IS INSTANTLY HURLED OVER THE TOP ROPE … AND ONTO THE FLOOR BY THE ANIMAL!!! Batista again gets one over on the U.S Champion!!!!

ELIMINATION #2: BRENT ALBRIGHT BY BATISTA @ 12:39

Batista makes a move towards Lashley, who is struggling to reach his feet, but Nitro, ever the opportunist, comes from the side of Batista and whips him in towards the ropes, but Batista turns it around, and pulls Nitro into him … AND DELIVERS A SPINEBUSTER!!! Nitro is there for the taking now, but The Animal is unable to follow up, as he gets nailed by Lashley!!! Big Bobby sends his Smackdown counterpart to the mat, and then homes in on Lesnar, but the Iron Man stops him in his tracks with a kick to the gut, and attempts to send Lashley over the top while he’s hurt, but Bobby stops himself at the ropes, with Brock trying to break his grip.

Meanwhile, we get a shot of Brent Albright, exiting up the ramp now, but is heard saying ‘I’M STILL THE CHAMPION’, trying to see a positive to his elimination by Batista. In the ring, Cody Rhodes is forced to battle already for survival, having made a rookie mistake, trying to take on Kane. The Big Red Machine has Rhodes in all sorts of trouble, hanging on for his life, clinging to the ropes, with Kane dumping him over the top, but unable to get him to the floor. Suddenly though, Rhodes is thrown a lifeline, as Batista comes from behind to attack Kane, just as Rhodes looked to be giving in. Nitro also starts to get back involved, looking to help Lesnar in the corner, getting Lashleys legs over the top rope, but as Nitro helps, Lesnar becomes irritated by the tag champions interference, and shoves him away, but the split second distraction is enough to allow Lashley to fight back, and beat Lesnar away from him, with the timer winding down once again.

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**MISERIA CANTARE**
ENTRANT #9 - GREGORY HELMS @ 14:04
Helms runs straight to the ring, wasting no time, as the first half of Straight Edge to enter this years match.

Jim Ross: Rejuvenated alongside CM Punk, Helms will certainly have his focus locked on winning the tag team titles, but he’d be a fool not to want to headline the biggest of them all.

Tazz: Tricky customer J.R. Helms wont fear a single person here.

Helms makes a beeline, straight for Nitro, beating him in the corner, as Helms looks to gain more reasons for Straight Edge to get a crack at MNM by eliminating one of their members. Helms gets Nitros head over the top, and tries as best as possible to shift the rest of his body over, but some frantic battling, and squirming from Nitro makes it hard for Greg. Cody Rhodes looks to help out Batista against Kane on the ropes, as a thank you for his save moments ago, as Kane hooks his arms over the top rope, making it extremely trickier for him to be eliminated, but Rhodes and Batista persevere, trying to break the big seven footers grip.

Lashley and Brock Lesnar have traded positions it seems, with Lashley now giving The Iron Man problems, with Lesnar already over the top, but hanging onto the bottom rope, as he lays on the apron, whilst Lashley sticks his boot in his face, trying to finish off the #1 entrant. Helms still has Nitro in trouble, but Nitro turns the tables, with a poke in the eye stopping Greg in his tracks, and allowing Nitro to regain his footing. Nitro scores with a spin kick as Helms tries to recover from the eye poke, which puts Helms in grave danger, as Nitro scoops Helms up, and tries to drop him over the top, but Helms is able to grab the top rope, and begins to kick his legs to try and stop Nitro from finishing him off, with Helms eventually sliding off the back, and scores with a German suplex!!!

Batista has now turned his attention to Rhodes, with Cody again struggling to cope with the pressure of taking on a top name superstar, hanging on for dear life after being taken over the top, but managing to stay on the apron, rolling back inside. Lesnar and Lashley have now seemingly called a halt to their on going battle, as Lesnar begins to take on Kane. Lashley though, hasn’t had enough it seems, and comes after Lesnar, from behind, grabbing him by surprise, and looks to chuck him out of the ring … AND DOES … BUT ONLY THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE!!! Lesnar is NOT eliminated!!! Lesnars body thumps against the mat, as Kane comes after Lashley, whilst the fans raise their voice for the countdown from ten…

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**VIRTUAL VOODOO**
ENTRANT #10 - UMAGA @ 16:01
Raws Samoan Bulldozer enters the fray, picking up the attention of many in the ring, as the 350 pound savage paces down the ramp with Armando Estrada trying to explain the process of the match and keep his animal under control.

Jim Ross: Business has just picked up. Umaga is looking at the ring with all these bodies, and he likes what he sees. I think he thinks it’s feeding time Tazz.

Tazz: My outside pick J.R. Unbeaten, and frankly, unstoppable. How the hell can you control this savage??

The action in the ring continues, as Umaga doesn’t rush himself to the ring, meaning Rhodes still struggles to survive against Batista, whilst Kane has moved on to Nitro, and Lashley chokes Helms with his boot in the corner. Umaga finally gets inside, and doesn’t have long to wait for some action, as Kane comes at him, but is brutally overpowered, with Umaga chopping Kane to the mat!!! Batista now tries his hand, but Umaga kicks him away, before head butting Lashley, forcing him to stumble into the ropes. Helms now tries to surprise Umaga … but fails to do so, with Umaga catching him, and POWERSLAMS Helms!!!

On the outside, Lesnar sees the carnage in the ring, and the one man wrecking crew that is Umaga, and wisely decides to stay on the outside for the time being, as we see Estrada smiling broadly, watching his maiming machine destroying everything in his path. Umaga sends Batista into the ropes, and scoops him up as he returns, delivering another thunderous slam, this time one of the sidewalk variety. He now spots Lashley in the corner, still groggy from the head butt, and storms in, with a massive butt splash!!! Cody Rhodes tries to quickly strike Umaga after, but he gets a super kick for his efforts, and Kane has the same idea … but he gets caught … and hauled onto the Bulldozers shoulders with ease, getting dropped with a Samoan drop!!!

Umaga spots Helms now coming to his feet, and charges across the ring, sending him down again with a sensational rolling kick!!! Umaga is up, and looks around, surveying the damage, as Estrada yells at the savage that he also needs to throw them out of the ring!!! Umaga follows the instructions, and promptly grabs Lashley, AND THROWS HIM OUT OF THE RING … BUT IT’S THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPES!!! Umaga doesn’t realise the rules, as he grabs Batista … AND DOES THE EXACT SAME THING, WTH BATISTA CRASHING INTO LESNAR ON THE OUTSIDE!!!!!

Estrada waves his arms frantically, trying to get his beasts attention, and eventually, as he does, he instructs Umaga that they need to go OVER the top rope, signalling with his hands. Umaga sees Kane in the corner, and charges across the ring, delivering the butt splash in the corner, squashing Kane. He spins around, and we see Nitro in his face, having tried to sneak up. Umaga roars at Nitro … AND NITRO FLEES … ELIMINATING HIMSELF BY HOPPING OVER THE TOP ROPE, BEFORE UMAGA COULD GET HIS HANDS ON HIM!!!

ELIMINATION #3: JOHNNY NITRO BY UMAGAS PRESENCE @ 17:44

Umaga doesn’t stop for a moment, and sets his sights on poor Cody Rhodes, who has faced a steep learning curve tonight. Umaga grabs Cody by the head, and head butts him, holding onto Rhodes head, before FLINGING the rookie right over the top rope, to the floor below!!!

ELIMINATION #4: CODY RHODES BY UMAGA @ 17:59

Umaga turns around, and Helms throws himself at the Samoan Bulldozer … BIG MISTAKE!!! Umaga catches him … AND THROWS HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE TO THE FLOOR BELOW!!!

ELIMINATION #5: GREGORY HELMS BY UMAGA @ 18:05

Umaga turns back around, and straight into an uppercut from Kane, who looks to follow up with a choke slam, but Umaga blocks it with a kick, BEFORE HE HIP TOSSES KANE OVER THE TOP ROPE … TO THE FLOOR WITH CONSUMMATE EASE!!!!

ELIMINATION #6: KANE BY UMAGA @ 18:12

Umaga is beginning to dominate this Royal Rumble!!! Lesnar, Batista and Lashley are still in it, but all three are on the outside, as the countdown begins for the next entrant … or possibly the next victim…

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**LOVE TO FIGHT**
ENTRANT #11 - FINLAY @ 18:25
It’s another Royal Rumble debut, as the former Intercontinental Champion makes his way down the aisle, not looking in the least bit afraid of Umaga, as he wields his trusty shillelagh.

Jim Ross: You know, if there was one man backstage that would actually relish coming out here after witnessing Umaga’s dominance for the last two minutes … it would certainly be this rugged Irishman.

Tazz: Absolutely. Finlay don’t fear a thing. He loves to fight, and that’s just as well, because he’s gonna have to fight for his life here.

The Samoan Bulldozer lies in wait as Finlay shows no fear, looking excited for the fight f his life, getting right inside, and throwing his all at Umaga, with the Samoan clubbing the back of the fearless Irishman. Finlay shows his stubbornness, and fights on, even managing to back Umaga into the corner, but Umaga eventually shoves Finlay away, with the force sending Finlay onto the mat, with the man that loves to fight bouncing right back up, and coming for seconds, driving his forearm into the face and chest of Umaga, darting his head into the beasts gut, but again, Umaga squats Finlay away!!! For the third time though, Finlay comes right back at him, only this time, he is caught in a choke, with Umaga shaping up for the Samoan Spike … but BATISTA STOPS HIM WITH A SPEAR!!! Umaga goes down!!!

Brock Lesnar also re-enters the ring now, and along with Finlay, starts to put the boots to Umaga, but not for long, as Batista gets back up, and takes on Lesnar again, connecting with a forearm shot that rocks the #1 entrant. Finlay continues to try and stay on top of Umaga, as Lashley now begins to climb back inside the ring, and joins the Lesnar - Batista battle, stupidly trying to take on both men, but finds himself slightly overmatched, as momentarily, Lesnar and Batista team up, and topple Lashley with a double clothesline. Finlay in the corner desperately tries to summon the energy to get the massive lump known as Umaga over the top rope, but can barely shift the 350 pound load, with Umaga throwing elbows, which rock Finlay.

Umaga turns the tables now on Finlay, and after opening up with some chops, begins to process of toppling Finlay, getting him over the top, but the Irishman holds the ropes, and hangs on, saving himself by falling onto the apron. Brock also narrowly avoids elimination at the hands of Batista, teetering at one point, but bravely clung on to survive. The fans come to their feet again now, and look to the entrance, as the clock winds down again.

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**LIVE FOR THE MOMENT**
ENTRANT #12 - MATT HARDY @ 20:07
Matt Hardy, one of last years surprise packages salutes the fans, getting a big response, before focusing solely on the ring, and runs to the squared circle.

Jim Ross: Listen to the ovation!!! Matt Hardy, aint wasting anytime here!!!

Tazz: Hardy looks pumped J.R. A man for the big occasion. He wants the main event at WrestleMania, and he’s in a hurry to do it.

Hardy wastes no time, and clotheslines down Batista, then comes for Umaga (why??), but after a flurry of punches, Umaga shakes them off, then squats Matt away like a little bug, and looks to be going on the big time offence again, as he hit’s a front slam on Lesnar, picking him up like a regular guy, before knocking down Lashley with a big running body splash. Umaga rakes the back of Finlay next, and whips him off the ropes, going for a big chop, but Finlay ducks under, and launches himself, but Umaga catches the body, and spins Finlay in the air with a thunderous slam, showing his raw power!!!

The Iron Man though is back up, and is determined to show he’s not a doormat for anyone, blasting Umaga, and manages to rock the Samoan Bulldozer, as things calm down again. We see Batista trying to fire Matt Hardy over the top rope, but Hardy hangs on, making himself difficult to control. He starts to fight back, and The Animal breaks his grip. He comes back, going to kick Hardy, but Version One catches the leg, and spins Batista around, connecting with a big clothesline, enough to send The Animal to the canvas.

Lashley then goes at it with Finlay, and they go back and forth trying to eliminate one another at the ropes, with neither getting the job done. Elsewhere Lesnar goes to work on Umaga, ramming his shoulder into the gut of the big Samoan in the corner and attempts to dump him over the top, getting one leg on the top rope, but Umaga stops it there, blasting Lesnar with a thumping right hand, which staggers the Iron Man. Lesnar staggers back into the path of the massive Samoan, and Umaga catches him with a nerve hold … AND DELIVERS THE SAMOAN SPIKE!!! Lesnar crumbles to the canvas, as Umaga, showing his lack of intelligence, decides not to capitalise on Lesnars weakened state, and instead goes for fresh meat, making a beeline for Hardy instead!!!

Umaga chops into the ribs of Hardy from behind, as he tried to find a way of eliminating Batista, and hip tosses Hardy across the ring, before zooming in on Batista, picking up where Hardy left off, in trying to eliminate The Animal, but Batista holds on, surviving once more, as the clock counts from ten.

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**VOICES**
ENTRANT #13 - RANDY ORTON @ 22:04
The Legend Killer strolls onto the ramp, looking confident and assured, despite having drawn a less than lucky number.

Jim Ross: One of the big favourites Tazz, Randy Orton has a terrific chance of going all the way if you ask me.

Tazz: Possibly the finest talent in the WWE today. But Orton will have to be at his very best tonight. It’s a long way home from here.

Orton prowls around ringside at first, looking for a good opening, before slithering inside the ring, and The Career Killer looks to make an impact from the beginning, with a dropkick to Brock Lesnar, and a knock down to Lashley, which inadvertently saves Finlay. Orton then encounters the Samoan Bulldozer, and at first, tries to back up, then goes for a cheap shot, only for Umaga to come right back at him with his own, knocking Orton down. Umaga now stalks Orton, but from behind, Brock Lesnar, with a point to prove, charges up behind the savage … AND DELIVERS AN EARTH SHATTERING GERMAN SUPLEX!!!!!

Indianapolis is on it’s feet from the impressive feat by Lesnar, taking the unstoppable Umaga off his feet!!! Lesnar looks really fired up after that massive move, and sets his sights on Matt Hardy, trying to dump him out of the ring … BUT HARDY HANGS ON!!! Lesnar isn’t able to follow up either, as Finlay attacks him from behind!!! Batista has Lashley on the ropes now, looking to find a surge of power to get the big man over the top, but is unable to do so at this point in time.

As Lashley rolls in from the apron, he gets stomped in the head by Batista, not allowing him back up, as The Animal looks around, and we see Hardy come at him, delivering the SIDE EFFECT!!! Hardy now attempts to get Batista up, looking to find a way to get him out of the ring, but struggles due to the size advantage of The Animal. Elsewhere, Brock Lesnar looks to have Finlay teetering, getting half the job done, getting Finlay over … and tries to get him out, but as it looks like Finlay has lost his balance … WE SEE THE LITTLE BASTARD ROLL OUT UNDER THE APRON … AND GIVES FINLAY A PLATFORM TO PUT HIS FEET ON … AND SAVE HIMSELF FROM ELIMINATION!!!!

Randy Orton is now back in action, and clubs the back of Lesnar, allowing Finlay to roll back inside. Lashley is also back to his feet, and is quickly on Finlay, not giving the fighting Irishman a chance to recover, whilst we see Umaga roll UNDER THE BOTTOM ROPE, to the outside, AND KICKS OVER THE STEPS IN FRUSTRATION!!! Estrada quickly moves to calm his beast, after Umaga got man handled for the first time EVER!!! The countdown begins now though, as entrant #14 is due to arrive.

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**I‘M COMIN**
ENTRANT #14 - MONTEL VANTAVIOUS PORTER @ 24:09
Once again, it’s another Rumble debut, and the highest paid superstar in Smackdown history makes his way to the ring, looking to make an instant impact in his WWE career.

Jim Ross: Another debutant, the highest paid superstar over on Smackdown, MVP is another with big time potential.

Tazz: I like this kid J.R. Cocky as you like, he negotiated a heck of a contract, but he’s gonna need to prove why he’s being paid so much, and there is no better place to do it than right here, right now.

Porter, like Orton, takes his time to get to the ring, patiently waiting on the outside, looking for an opportunity, but quickly has second thoughts as he spots a very frustrated Umaga prowling on the outside!!! MVP rolls into the ring, and straight into the lions den, with Lashley the first man he encounters, as the Real Deal had just moved away from Finlay. Lashley kicks MVP in the gut, and looks to dump Porter out instantly, but MVP grabs the ropes, just in time, blocking Lashley from getting rid of him. Brock Lesnar has now fought off Orton, and moved on to Matt Hardy, who had been busy trying to eliminate Batista, whilst Finlay now takes over on Batista, with The Animal fighting back, knocking down Finlay with a powerful clothesline.

Umaga is back inside now, and makes a beeline for Brock Lesnar, beating Hardy out of the way, just to get a piece of the Iron Man, looking for revenge after Lesnar manhandled the Samoan earlier. Now, we see Batista and Lashley collide once more, with a fist fight between the two in a battle of attrition, with Batista gaining the upper hand, and kicks Lashley in the gut … SETTING HIM UP FOR A BATISTA BOMB … BUT LASHLEY BLOCKS IT!!! Batista pounds the back, and sends Lashley into the ropes, but Bobby holds the top rope, stopping himself from coming back, forcing Batista to come to him, and as he does, Lashley connects with a kick to the gut!!!

Batista takes a step back, slightly winded, but comes again … only this time, Lashley ducks down … AND BACK DROPS BATISTA … PROPELLING HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE … AND TO THE FLOOR!!!!!

ELIMINATION #7: BATISTA BY LASHLEY @ 25:35

AND BATISTA IS OUT!!! The Animal is eliminated by the rookie monster, much to the shock of many in the audience. The Animal looks around for a moment, stunned by his elimination himself, having felt he had a genuine shot of glory tonight. He claps the effort of Lashley, but shakes his head as he leaves the arena. Meanwhile, Finlay has Hardy in the corner, doing his utmost to eliminate the former U.S Champion. Umaga is choking Brock in the opposite corner, whilst Randy Orton struggles to try and topple MVP. Lashley involves himself with that tussle, stopping Orton with a kick to the gut, and he now attempts to finish off The Career Killer, as MVP decides to play it cool, hiding out in the corner, whilst the other six battle. Finlay though, doesn’t like the look of MVP getting a break, and looks to put a stop to that.

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**WANTED**
ENTRANT #15 - CHRIS HARRIS @ 26:11
The first half of AMW wastes no time and drops his tag title belt before throwing off his jacket as he runs to the action.

Jim Ross: Halfway home in the 2007 Rumble now, and Chris Harris, one half of AMW isn’t looking to waste any time.

Tazz: Well, AMW have really had a change of attitude in recent months, and it’s paid off so far. They are Tag champs again, and lets see if that carries over to this one tonight.

Harris makes a beeline for Matt Hardy, pounding V1 in the corner, with Matt trying to defend himself, but unable to stop the barrage of punches coming at him. Finlays decision to attack MVP doesn’t look to have paid off as Porter has the upper hand, and with a massive push, dumps Finlay over the top, but AGAIN … THE LITTLE BASTARD COMES TO FINLAYS RESCUE!!! He crouches down again, and gives Finlay a platform to push himself up on, as he struggles to hold onto the ropes at the apron. Porter spots it, and is furious, dropping down, and rolling out of the ring, looking to drag the leprechaun away, but as he does … HE GETS KICKED BY FINLAY!!!

Umaga looks to have had enough of Lesnar, having failed to eliminate the longest running entrant, and picks a fight with Lashley again. Lashley doesn’t back up, and fights fire with fire, giving as good as he gets, and looks to pick up Umaga for a slam, but the Samoan Bulldozer is too much for Lashley to lift on this occasion, and that proves to be the rookies downfall … AS UMAGA STRIKES WITH THE SAMOAN SPIKE!!! Lashley falls back, into the ropes … AND UMAGA FOLLOWS UP WITH A CLOTHESLINE … AND LASHLEY IS OUT OF THE ROYAL RUMBLE!!!!!

ELIMINATION #8: LASHLEY BY UMAGA @ 27:20

The Samoan Bulldozer continues to dominate this Rumble, with another elimination for Umaga - his fifth so far!!! He now turns, and looks for another victim, picking out Finlay, knocking him down to the canvas. Harris and Hardy tussle in the corner, with Hardy now making a fight of it, as both men attempt to eliminate the other. MVP gets back inside, and attempts to take Lesnar on from behind, but Brock is too strong for MVP and chucks him into the corner. Umaga sends Finlay into the corner, whilst Randy Orton involves himself with Lesnar and MVP, trying to help MVP, knowing two men together would have a great chance of eliminating Brock. Ten seconds now remain until the next entrant arrives…

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**MISERIA CANTARE**
ENTRANT #16 - CM PUNK @ 28:00
Indianapolis comes alive for the presence of the hugely popular Raw superstar, the second half of Straight Edge to enter the match, and another debutant in the Rumble.

Jim Ross: CM Punk, another debutant in this years Rumble, a big fan favourite on Raw, and a lot of people would be happy to see this guy go all the way.

Tazz: His tag partner didn’t fare too well, but Punk will be hoping lightning don’t strike twice for Straight Edge.

Punk goes right into the middle of the Orton, Lesnar, MVP battle, throwing shots at all three men, looking to make an immediate impact. Punk soon settles, as he stomps Orton in the corner. Umaga sends Finlay into the corner, and looks to deliver the butt splash, but as he sprints across, Finlay moves, with Umaga hitting the corner!!! The Irishman grabs his trusted shillelagh, and goes to work on a weakened Samoan Bulldozer, wrapping the weapon across the legs of and back of Umaga, trying to topple the savage beast.

Lesnar gets the upper hand on MVP again, with Porter frantically clinging to the ropes as he teeters over the top rope. Punk now attempts to eliminate Orton, but the Career Killer is too strong, and elbows Punk away, with the straight edge superstar staggering away, allowing Orton to spot an opportunity, and looks to throw Punk out quickly, chucking him over the top rope, and thinking the job is done … BUT PUNK HAS HUNG ON!!! He pulls himself back onto the apron, and pops himself onto the top rope, waiting for Orton to turn back around, and as he does … Punk flies AND CLOTHESLINES ORTON DOWN!!!

Finlay is still trying to take out Umaga with a shillelagh, but seems to be fighting a lost cause!!! Umaga wont go down, despite the dozens of shots to the legs, arms and back!!! Finlay decides to take a run up and looks to hit Umaga in the head, but this time … UMAGA BLOCKS IT!!! He rips the weapon from Finlay … AND SNAPS IT IN HALF!!! This still doesn’t put The Irishman off, and he comes at Umaga some more!!! Umaga shoves Finlay away, and shoves him into the corner, giving the veteran another beating!!!

Punk still cant get Orton out, whilst MVP now has turned the tables on Lesnar, with the Iron Man struggling to keep his balance. Harris and Hardy are still stuck like glue, tussling back and forth, with neither man able to gain a significant advantage against the other. Umaga decides to change his mind, and forgets about eliminating Finlay, and instead, casts his eye on CM Punk, who he has yet to take on!!! The clock shows again, and the fans count down, as entrant #17 is set to enter…

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**WANTED**
ENTRANT #17 - JAMES STORM @ 30:00
Storm, like his partner Chris Harris, wastes no time coming to the ring, which can only mean trouble for Matt Hardy, who now has both members of AMW to contend with.

Jim Ross: Things could get interesting here, Tazz. Chris Harris is already in there, could AMW take advantage of this situation??

Tazz: If they’re smart they will J.R. Every man for himself, but to work together for as long as possible would be a good idea. I don’t like to look of Matt Hardys chances now though.

This doesn’t not bode well for Hardy, as Storm instantly comes after him to help his tag team partner. AMW hammer Matt Hardy in the corner, beating him to a pulp, softening him up for an easy elimination. Umaga chokes CM Punk in against the ropes, whilst Randy Orton now goes for Brock Lesnar again, using all his will to try and topple the massive Iron Man to no avail. This leaves Finlay and MVP to reacquaint themselves after an earlier scuffle.

Matt Hardy looks set to be eliminated, as AMW team up wisely, and get Hardy teetering, but it’s an unlikely save for Hardy … FROM UMAGA!!! The Samoan Bulldozer drags both Harris and Storm away, throwing shots at both men, but a tenacious CM Punk looks for some more of Umaga!!! Punk leaps at the Bulldozer, and plants a forearm to the face, getting his attention. AMW now focus back on Hardy, but Matt fights back, throwing stiff right hands at both his adversaries, before sending Harris down with a short arm clothesline, then back body drops Storm … WHO GOES OVER THE TOP ROPE … BUT HANGS ON FOR DEAR LIFE!!!

Version One tries to rip the grip of the fingers, but Harris is back up, just in time attacks Hardy from behind, ramming him into the corner, before HELPING his tag partner back into the ring, as it appears AMW have a definite agenda to work together. CM Punk looks to be paying for his comeback on Umaga, with the savage stomping him down in the corner.

Randy Orton & Brock Lesnar are still tussling in the corner, with two of the main favourites from this years field coming dangerously close to eliminating each other. Porter tries to hook Finlay over the rope, but the Irishman punches himself free with shots to the body, weakening the grip of MVP. Americas Most Wanted are back in charge of Matt Hardy, stomping him down in the corner, softening him up for another attempt to eliminate him. They drag him up, and look to topple him over the top rope, with Hardy trying his best to survive, with the clock counting down…

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**MYSTERY SMACKDOWN ENTRANT**
**TEAM XTREME**
ENTRANT #18 - JEFF HARDY @ 32:00
The foundations of the Conseco Fieldhouse shake under the huge pop as JEFF HARDY makes his first appearance for the WWE in almost FOUR years!!!!! And perhaps more importantly … he can come to the aide of his big brother against the duo of Harris and Storm!!!! Jeff shows his appreciation to the fans, before sprinting to the ring to save Matt!!!!

Jim Ross: JEFF HARDY!!!! JEFF HARDY!!!! Can you believe this???

Tazz: And look whose in the ring too!!! Could be a Hardy Boys reunion here J.R, and it couldn’t come at a better time, because AMW are beating the snot out of Matt.

In the ring, Americas Most Wanted have taken no notice of the latest entrant … but are instantly notified, as Jeff Hardy makes a big arrival, to save his brother, leaping onto the top rope, and CATCHES BOTH MEN WITH A FRONT DROPKICK!!!!! Jeff saves Matt, as AMW go down!!! Jeff helps Matt back inside the ring, and the Hardy Boys hug in a quick reunion, with the fans giving a massive pop for the Hardy brothers, before Matt & Jeff get to work on AMW, with both kicking Harris and Storm, and BOTH deliver the TWIST OF FATE ON BOTH MEMBERS OF AMW!!!!! Matt & Jeff haul Harris up quickly, AND CHUCK THE WILDCAT OVER THE TOP ROPE AND ONTO THE FLOOR!!!!!

ELIMINATION #9: CHRIS HARRIS BY THE HARDY BOYS @ 32:49

Harris is dumped out of the match, and it doesn’t look like Storm will last much longer, as he staggers up, with Matt & Jeff linking arms … CLOTHESLINING THE COWBOY OUT OF THE RING TO JOIN CHRIS HARRIS!!!!

ELIMINATION #10: JAMES STORM BY THE HARDY BOYS @ 32:56

Americas Most Wanted are out of the Rumble!!! The Hardy Boys embrace with a hug again, as Jeff made a save for his brother at just the right moment!!! In the ring, Finlay is now paired up with Brock Lesnar, as MVP battles with Randy Orton. CM Punk meanwhile is taking a hammering from Umaga … but The Hardys have other ideas, as they double team the savage, with a double dropkick from behind!!! Umaga stumbles, into the ropes, as Matt & Jeff join forces once more, storming across the ring for another double clothesline attempt … BUT UMAGA COMES BLASTING OUT OF THE BLOCKS … AND CLOTHESLINES BOTH MEN TO THE MAT!!! Umaga looks to be hitting another hot streak, but before he can, the remaining superstars left standing all begin to topple the Samoan Bulldozer, momentarily working as a cohesive unit in order to eliminate the savage!!!

Orton, Lesnar, Finlay, MVP, Punk all pile towards Umaga, hoping the numbers will be enough to finally overcome this beast. Umaga is backed into the ropes, with all four men, trying to topple him over, now joined by the Hardys, making it six men together, attempting to eliminate the biggest threat to all of them, as Umaga tries to fight back, desperate to hold on, as the clock ticks down again…

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**SNAPSHOT**
ENTRANT #19 - JOEY MERCURY @ 34:04
It’s a second chance for MNM to headline WrestleMania, with Melina leading out Mercury, barking instructions, as he rips off his glasses and fur coat, before focusing on the ring hoping to fare better than his tag team partner did earlier.

Jim Ross: Mercury will look to go further than Nitro did, and he certainly got a better draw.

Tazz: Big fan of this guy J.R. This is a chance to proven himself as a singles competitor.

Mercury slides right into the ring, but doesn’t bother trying to help the other six men eliminate the 350 pound carnivore Umaga, and instead, makes a beeline for CM Punk!!! Mercury attacks Punk from behind, and clubs the back, then looks to hit a DDT, but Punk reverses out … AND HOISTS MERCURY ONTO HIS SHOULDERS … PUNK CARD!!!! Mercury stumbles into the ropes, and Punk follows up … WITH A SHINING WIZARD … AND MERCURY IS OUT OF THE ROYAL RUMBLE IN NEAR RECORD TIME!!!!!

ELIMINATION #11: JOEY MERCURY BY CM PUNK @ 34:37

It’s been a horrible night for MNM!!! Both members of the World Tag Team Champions have been humiliated, with Nitro running out of the Rumble in fear, and Mercury barely lasting ten seconds once he got into the ring!!! Meanwhile, the plan to eliminate Umaga together has now crumbled, with Orton trying to take a cheap shot at Lesnar breaking them away from the pack, and MVP then tried to dump Finlay out sneakily. It leaves the Hardys and CM Punk now trying to topple Umaga, but they cant get the big lump over the top rope!!!

Jeff then breaks off, and beats CM Punk into the corner, leaving just Matt to try and finish off the Samoan Bulldozer, but doesn’t get lucky, as Umaga fights him off, with Matt Hardy now in peril. In the middle of the ring now, Orton is setting himself up for the RKO on Lesnar, but as he leaps for it … LESNAR CATCHES HIM … AND TRIES TO DUMP HIM OUT OF THE RING … but Orton pushes his feet against the ropes, and saves his bacon … only for Lesnar to switch his grip behind Randy … AND DELIVER A TERRIFIC GERMAN SUPLEX INSTEAD!!!!! Orton squirms in the centre of the ring, as Lesnar parades around, looking for another victim, and decides Finlay and MVP are his next targets!!!

Jeff Hardy has now come to his brothers aide again, with a front dropkick on Umaga shaking the Samoan Bulldozers balance, staggering into the corner, with Matt now on all fours … and Jeff sprints across … POETRY IN MOTION!!!! Umaga slumps down in the corner, with the fans on their feet, as Matt & Jeff now try to haul the Samoans carcass to his feet to get him out, with ten seconds remaining until the next entrant…

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**SEXY BOY**
ENTRANT #20 - SHAWN MICHAELS @ 36:04
The fans erupt once more, as the second of only two men to have won the Rumble in this years line up enters the fray. HBK plays to the fans, in no rush to dive into action, ripping off his chaps, and slapping hands with the fans, as he prepares to win his third Rumble.

Jim Ross: It’s like a heroes welcome!!! The veteran, and the only man in this years field to have won this thing twice!!! Shawn Michaels has got himself a late number, and he’s gotta be confident of winning his third Rumble match!!!

Tazz: This is your pick J.R, and HBK looks ready to go the distance.

Shawn Michaels wastes no time, and hits anything that moves, blasting Lesnar, then Finlay, then MVP, before spotting his recent nemesis … Randy Orton … picking himself up from the mat, and HBK jumps right in on him!!! HBK lets fly with a barrage of shots to the Career Killer mounting on him on the mat, pounding away at the Career Killer!!! CM Punk tries to interject himself in the situation, but Michaels knocks Punk down, getting back to his mount on Orton, but now, MVP gets involved, and pulls HBK from the Career Killer, which angers Michaels further, as he hits an inverted atomic drop … AND FOLLOWS UP WITH SWEET CHIN MUSIC … SENDING PORTER TUMBLING OVER THE TOP ROPE … AND ONTO THE FLOOR!!!

ELIMINATION #12: M.V.P BY SHAWN MICHAELS @ 36:47

Michaels instantly directs his attention back to Orton, but Randy suddenly leaps up … AND DELIVERS THE RKO!!!!! Orton poses after his sudden leap to surprise Michaels, but it backfires, as CM Punk comes from behind to try to chuck Orton out of the ring whilst unaware … THROWING HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE … BUT ORTON HANGS ON!!!! The Career Killer desperately swings, holding for dear life to the top rope, bending his knees to make sure his feet don’t touch, as Punk tries to break his grip … but in doing so, Punk has taken his eye off the ball … which allows Brock Lesnar to come from behind … AND DUMP HIM OUT OF THE RING!!!!!

ELIMINATION #13: CM PUNK BY BROCK LESNAR @ 37:14

The Iron Man scores his first elimination of the night, nearly 38 minutes after becoming the first man to enter this years Royal Rumble!!! Lesnar is showing no signs of fatigue either at this point, backing up his moniker of being the Iron Man, as he goes back to work, making a beeline for Jeff Hardy, currently unoccupied after an unsuccessful attempt at eliminating Umaga. Randy Orton has escaped elimination too, and is now back inside, tussling with Matt Hardy in the corner, whilst Finlay has HBK wobbling over the top rope, looking to be in danger of an early elimination. Umaga at this point is looking to catch a moments rest after a period of having many target him, as the clock counts down for entry #21.

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**SPIT IN THE FACE**
ENTRANT #21 - CARLITO @ 38:02
Carlito saunters onto the stage, getting a decent ovation from the fans, and nods his head in support, before dropping his apple down and jogging towards the battle zone.

Jim Ross: His second Rumble match, and Carlito will be looking to go further than he did last year, that’s for sure. Big goals for an ambitious young man.

Tazz: It’s no secret that Carlito had a bad 2006, he’ll want to end that misery tonight, by getting 2007 off to a terrific start.

Carlito takes a bite of his apple, and slides into the ring, spitting the broken pieces in the face of Lesnar, blinding the #1 entrant momentarily, and looks to finish him off by tumbling him over the top rope, but Brock has the wherewithal to survive, landing on the apron, and getting a firm grip of the ropes in the process, stopping Carlito from making a sudden impact. Carlito though, doesn’t give up, and persists to try and get rid of Lesnar, smartly focusing on the man in there the longest.

Meanwhile, Shawn Michaels has fought off Finlay, and now found Randy Orton, with the two men trading blows in the corner. The Hardy Boys have now joined up again too, and again, set their sights on Umaga, whipping him into the corner, with Matt sliding down again, as Jeff sprints in … AND LOOKS FOR THE WHISPER IN THE WIND AGAIN … BUT THIS TIME HE GETS CAUGHT … AND THROWN OUT OF THE RING!!!!

ELIMINATION #14: JEFF HARDY BY UMAGA @ 38:56

The fans are on their feet, chanting ‘HOLY SHIT’, as we see replays of the sick elimination, with Umaga throwing Jeff out of the ring like a toy, and Jeff thudding off the mats, laying in a heap. Matt now valiantly throws as many shots as he can at Umaga, but the Samoan Bulldozer shrugs them off, gripping Matt … AND DELIVERS A SAMOAN SPIKE … FORCING MATT TO TUMBLE OVER THE TOP ROPE … AND WITH UMAGAS ASSISTANCE … FALLS TO THE FLOOR!!!

ELIMINATION #15: MATT HARDY BY UMAGA @ 39:11

Both Hardys are out!!! In mere seconds, Matt & Jeff Hardy are knocked out of the Royal Rumble, as Umaga continues to dominate this years contest, racking up his SEVENTH elimination!!! The two Hardys are helped to their feet by officials on the outside, as Umaga now goes to work on Shawn Michaels, giving Randy Orton a moment of restbite. Brock Lesnar has got back inside now too, and is now taking it to Carlito, whilst Finlay has taken a break, walking around the outside, conserving his energy for the time being. Orton now tries to help out Umaga, but the Samoan Bulldozer doesn’t want to share, and shoves Orton away, wanting Michaels to himself. This doesn’t please Orton, and he now takes exception, blasting Umaga from behind, hoping to be the one to put Umaga down for good.

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**METALINGUS**
ENTRANT #22 - EDGE @ 40:00
It’s a terrific draw for Mr. Money in the Bank, and the Rated ‘R’ Superstar knows it!!! He storms down to the ring, with a broad grin, licking his lips, and kisses his briefcase before ripping off his jacket.

Jim Ross: Could you imagine the controversy Tazz, if Edge was to win tonight, and effectively have two bites at the cherry with that Money in the Bank contract still in his hands??

Tazz: Time is ticking to cash that badboy in J.R. I don’t know what Edge is waiting for.

Edge makes a point of coming straight for Finlay on the outside, and gets into a brawl with the Irishman, eventually getting the better of it, and rolling Finlay back inside, following himself. The Rated ‘R’ Superstar stomps Finlay down in the corner, softening him up for an elimination.

Meanwhile, Randy Orton is struggling to get Umaga over the top rope, and doesn’t get long to try either, as HBK leaps on him, looking for another piece of the Career Killer!!! Lesnar is still being troubled by Carlito at the ropes, with CCC giving his all to try and dump the Iron Man out, but to no avail.

Mr. Money in the Bank now has Finlay halfway over, but for the THIRD TIME, the Little Bastard appears!!! This time, he bites the ankles of the Rated ‘R’ Superstar, and Edge takes his focus off Finlay, and drags the Little Bastard into the ring … AND SPEARS HIM!!!! The Little Bastard rolls out of the ring from the impact, but seeing what just happened sparks Finlay into life, and the Irishman now comes at Edge, throwing everything he’s got at Mr. Money in the Bank, pounding him into the corner!!!

Meanwhile, HBK and Orton are still battling, with both men taking their focus off the rest of the competition, and Umaga takes full advantage of that … STEAMING INTO THEIR CORNER … AND SPLASHING BOTH MEN IN THE CORNER!!! Umaga now grabs HBK, and throws him OVER THE TOP ROPE … ONLY FOR HBK TO HANG ON!!!!! Umaga doesn’t realise, and turns his attention to Orton, looking to dump Randy over the top rope, but Orton stops short at the ropes, with Umaga now trying to overpower the former World champion.

Meanwhile, we now see Shawn Michaels on the opposite side … SKINNING THE CAT!!!!! HBK is back inside, and makes a beeline for Umaga, inadvertently saving Orton from elimination. He throws chops at the chest of the Samoan Bulldozer, then follows with an inverted atomic drop … AND ORTON THEN CATCHES UMAGA WITH THE RKO!!!!! Momentarily, Michaels and Orton have teamed up!!! However, the two men don’t put their differences aside much longer, and go at it again, despite having Umaga at their mercy!!! HBK tackles Orton to the mat, whilst Finlay has Edge in trouble, and Lesnar now has Carlito struggling with ten seconds showing for the next entrant.

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**BORN NAUGHTY**
ENTRANT #23 - WILLIAM REGAL @ 42:00
The veteran, Blackpool native takes his time, conserving his energy as he makes his way to the ring and looks to cause an upset in this years Rumble.

Jim Ross: Crafty, wily veteran. Rule this man out at your peril, Tazz.

Tazz: He knows how to take advantage of any situation J.R, Willy Regal will look to find a way to WrestleMania.

As Regal takes his time to hit the ring, the action continues, with Edge still trying to hold off a resurgent Finlay, and HBK and Orton going at it tooth and nail. In the middle of the ring, Carlito has fought from the ropes, and now has Lesnar in trouble, rocking The Iron Man. Carlito kicks him in the gut, and looks to springboard off the ropes … looking for a cross body … BUT LESNAR CATCHES HIM … THROWS HIM ONTO HIS SHOULDERS … AND DELIVERS AN F5 OVER THE TOP ROPE … AND OUT OF THE RING!!!!!!!!!

ELIMINATION #16: CARLITO BY BROCK LESNAR @ 42:23

It’s a disappointing result for Carlito, who had hedged his bets on eliminating the #1 entrant to get his night off to a good start, but it’s backfired, as Lesnar dumps the Caribbean out of the ring, and out of the WrestleMania main event in nine weeks time. Lesnar now attempts to haul Umaga to his feet, who is still struggling to get up after the RKO, whilst William Regal now gets inside having surveyed the competition. The Englishman comes after Michaels, who has mounted Orton into the corner, letting fly with punches, as Regal tries to push him over the top rope … AND NEARLY SUCCEEDS … BUT MICHAELS HOLDS ON … AND DROPS TO THE APRON, SURVIVING AGAIN IN THE RUMBLE!!!

Regal now takes the fight to Orton, looking to take over where Michaels left off, trying to get Ortons body over the ropes, to no avail. Edge rakes the eyes of Finlay, and knocks the Irishman down, wanting to move on, having failed to get rid of his first target. The Rated ‘R’ Superstar now goes for HBK as Michaels steps back inside, tackling him into the corner. Lesnar is forced to use every ounce of strength he has, as he attempts to dump out Umaga, but like all before him, it just appears to be too hard to do!!!

Umaga is just too much mass to topple it seems, with Lesnar unable to get him out!!! Finlay now joins Lesnar, and the two men now together, grab a leg each, and try to dump the Samoan Bulldozer out of the ring, but still struggle, with Umaga holding on strong on the top rope, stopping himself from going over to the outside.

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**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**
ENTRANT #24 - CHRISTIAN @ 44:00
Captain Charisma enters the fray to a heroes welcome from the fans!!! Christian pounds his chest, and points to the fans, nodding his head, looking confident, but steely determined too, knowing that this is his one and ONLY shot at a World title match for some time.

Jim Ross: Two weeks ago, this man thought his career dreams had faded. Told he’d never get another shot at the World Championship, Christian has battled, and fought, and finally earned this final reprieve, but he MUST win tonight.

Tazz: But he has a HUGE target on his chest J.R. The man that dumps Captain Charisma has a title shot at Mania, no questions asked.

Everyone in the ring halts what they are doing, as they all notice the next entrant … and suddenly Lesnar, Finlay, Orton, HBK, Edge & Regal switch their attention to Christian, and their possible ticket to WrestleMania, should they eliminate him!!! Estrada also grabs Umagas attention, and points out Christian, making sure his savage knows their next target … Captain Charisma. Christian stops on the ramp, noticing that all eyes in the ring are on him, and he stops, looking to his left, then right. For a moment, it looks like Christian is backing out, as he takes a few backward steps … BEFORE TAKING A DEEP BREATH … AND SPRINTS STRAIGHT INTO THE FIRE!!!!

He slides in the ring, and instantly, gets stomped and beat down by all seven men, including Umaga. Umaga though, doesn’t want to play with the team for long, and pushes Finlay out of the way, looking to get Christian to himself, but as he tries to push Lesnar out of the way, gets pushed back, and now Lesnar and Umaga break off again!!! The Showstopper, Edge, Orton and Regal though remain in tact for the time being, but HBK is soon distracted by Finlay, who tries to take him out of the equation with an attack from behind!!! It leaves Edge, Orton and Regal now, with Edge directing traffic for a moment, as he drags Christian to his feet, and sends him into the corner. The three men get set to follow in … but as they do, Orton drops back … AND THEN FROM BEHIND GRABS REGAL … AND DUMPS HIM OUT OF THE RING!!!!!

ELIMINATION #17: WILLIAM REGAL BY RANDY ORTON @ 45:29

Orton gets rid of one more man in the equation, and now stalks Edge to get Christian to himself!!! Edge pounds Captain Charisma in the corner, but notices it is only him doing so, then turns around, AND CATCHES ORTON COMING AT HIM!!! Edge blocks it, and the two men come face to face, with both exchanging words now, as Orton tries to act innocently, then goes for a cheap shot … BUT EDGE BLOCKS … AND KNOCKS ORTON DOWN WITH A RIGHT HAND!!! Edge and Orton now get it on, and suddenly, Christian is a free man!!! Captain Charisma survives the opening two minutes, as we see Umaga now scoop Lesnar up like a child, before hitting a spectacular tilt-a-whirl power slam on the Iron Man!!! Now, upon instructions from Estrada, Umaga targets Christian!!!

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**KENNEDY**
ENTRANT #25 - MISTER KENNEDY @ 46:05
Unlike last year, Kennedy doesn’t waste any time to announce himself, this time making a beeline straight for the ring, with a real chance of scooping the big prize with a tremendous draw.

Jim Ross: A legend in his own mind, Mister Kennedy will sure be confident of winning this thing, especially after getting a deep, deep number. He’s fresh and raring to go.

Tazz: Huge ego, but a huge, huge talent. Kennedy is a contender here.

Kennedy gets straight to business, looking to take on the #1 entrant, in now for over three quarters of an hour, and laying prone on the mat, Brock Lesnar. Ken pulls the near 300 pounder up, trying to get his dead weight body over the top rope. Meanwhile, Shawn Michaels is forced to fight for his life with Finlay on brink of securing a huge elimination, and Edge and Orton are trading blows in the corner. The focus now shifts back to Christian, trying to fight off the massive savage, Umaga, to no avail, as Umaga overcomes the barrage of shots from Captain Charisma, and hip tosses him across the ring!!!

Umaga now closes in, and drags Christian up by his hair, letting rip with a thunderous chop, sending Christian into the corner. The Samoan Bulldozer backs up, and charges across the ring … BUTT SPLASH ON CHRISTIAN IN THE CORNER!!! Captain Charisma staggers out, and falls into the ropes, with his title aspirations fading early on, with Umaga backing up again, and runs across THE RING TO ELIMINATE CHRISTIAN … BUT CHRISTIAN GETS HIS FOOT UP!!! Umaga backs up, and shakes off the boot to the body, coming at Captain Charisma again … and again gets a boot for his troubles!!!

The Samoan Bulldozer backs away again, shaking off the kick, and once more, comes at Christian, but this time, Christian HOISTS UMAGA UP … AND DROPS HIM ON THE TOP ROPE!!! Umaga teeters a little, nearly going right over … AS CHRISTIAN FOLLOWS UP, RUNNING OFF THE OPPOSITE ROPES … AND SPLASHES THE BACK OF UMAGA … AND UMAGA NEARLY FALLS OVER AGAIN!!! Christian now, from the side, grabs a leg … AND GETS IT OVER … AND UMAGA LOSES HIS BALANCE … AND GOES OVER … BUT LANDS ON THE APRON!!!

Umaga hasn’t been eliminated!!! Christian has came the closest though to getting the job done, and persists still!!! He throws his best shots at Umaga, who stands on the apron, yet to get back in, holding the ropes as he teeters … with Christian giving his all to force Umaga off the apron and out of the match!!! He lines up one more big shot … but this time UMAGA BLOCKS IT, AND GRABS CHRISTIAN BY THE NECK!!! Christian is unable to break the grip, as Umaga looks to nail the Samoan Spike … BUT CHRISTIAN DUCKS … THEN DROPS UMAGAS THROAT ON THE ROPES!!!

Umaga chokes from the ropes, and takes his eye off Christian, with Captain Charisma charging into the opposite ropes, charging at Umaga … AND DROPKICKS HIM OFF THE APRON … ELIMINATING THE SAMOAN BULLDOZER FROM THE MATCH!!!!!!!!!!

ELIMINATION #18: UMAGA BY CHRISTIAN @ 47:52

After dominating the match for over thirty minutes, eliminating SEVEN men, UMAGA HAS BEEN ELIMINATED!!! Christian looks spent from the effort he has put in to getting rid of Umaga, resting on the ropes, breathing heavily, as the fans now countdown the final ten seconds before our next entrant.

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**HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW??**
ENTRANT #26 - HARDCORE HOLLY @ 48:07
Another veteran, Hardcore Holly makes his entrance, to a nothing response from the fans, who are fully aware that Holly isn’t winning this one, despite his good number.

Jim Ross: Another veteran. Hardcore Holly will give it his all, that’s for damn sure, with a terrific opportunity to headline at WrestleMania.

Tazz: He’s tough, and he’ll brawl with the best of them, but has Hardcore Holly got what it takes to win the Royal Rumble??

Hardcore Holly runs straight to the ring, and comes for Christian, seeing the condition of Captain Charisma following his heroic effort to eliminate Umaga, and also the promise of a title match at ‘Mania, should he eliminate the #24 entrant. Orton and Edge have now moved from each other, with Orton now getting involved with Kennedy and Lesnar, whilst Edge inserts himself with Finlay and HBK.

Meanwhile, on the outside, UMAGA is going nuts!!! He breaks up the Spanish announce table, and grabs a monitor, shoving Estrada out of the way, as he tries to calm his savage beast. Umaga now gets back inside the ring, AND NAILS HARDCORE HOLLY WITH THE MONITOR!!! He takes out Holly, just to get his shot at Christian, and CRACKS Captain Charisma with the monitor, with the force of the shot sending him THROUGH the middle rope, to the outside!!! Umaga still isn’t done though … and after he drops the monitor, he grabs Kennedy by the throat, AND NAILS A SAMOAN SPIKE!!! Randy Orton gets the exact same treatment, along with Finlay, as we see Edge slip to the outside to escape the carnage.

Shawn Michaels now comes to stop the Samoan Bulldozer wreaking havoc, but gets caught … AND SLAMMED WITH A SAMOAN DROP!!! Brock Lesnar then gets levelled with a ferocious clothesline, as Umaga takes out every man left standing!!! The Samoan Bulldozer now steps to the outside, and comes for some more of Christian … WHO IS BUSTED OPEN AFTER THE MONITOR SHOT TO THE HEAD!!! Umaga beats off officials as they try to restrain him, as he grabs Christian, and slams him into the ringpost!!!

Umaga lets out a tribal yell, as Christian slumps on the mats. The Samoan Bulldozer though STILL isn’t finished, and pulls Christian up again … AND THIS TIME DOES NAIL THE SAMOAN SPIKE!!!! Captain Charisma is left a bloody mess on the outside, with the WrestleMania title dreams fading rapidly, whilst Armando Estrada finally controls his savage … but by now the damage has been done, and Christian could well be out of the running.

Estrada leads Umaga up the ramp, whilst in the ring, Edge has snuck back in - the only man to avoid Umagas path of destruction -, and pulls Hardcore Holly up, simply taking advantage of the shocking monitor shot, and easily eliminates the veteran from the contest!!!

ELIMINATION #19: HARDCORE HOLLY BY EDGE @ 49:59

Edge smiles sadistically, and wipes his hands, as he looks to clean up the mess, with ten seconds remaining for entrant #27.

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**STAY IN SHADOW**
ENTRANT #27 - PAUL LONDON @ 50:15
Paul London roars onto the stage, getting a huge response from the fans, and could well be a shock contender, given his performance in last years Rumble, and his added presence in competing with the top draws on Smack down - and he has the Rumbles most successful number, 27.

Jim Ross: Four times, the man who has drawn number twenty seven has gone on to win the Royal Rumble, and Paul London will certainly look to go on and continue that tradition.

Tazz: A lot of people will write this kid off J.R … but NEVER write Paul London off. He had a great showing last year, and I honestly think this kid could go all the way tonight.

Edges plan of eliminating everyone taken out by Umaga doesn’t get put into action for long, as Paul London comes right after Mister Money in the Bank, pounding Edge into the corner!!! London throws his forearm right into the jaw of his adversary, and backs out of the corner, charging back in … BUT EDGE PROPELLS HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE … BUT LONDON HANGS ON AND LANDS ON THE APRON!!! Edge quickly sprints against the ropes, and looks to SPEAR LONDON OFF THE APRON … BUT LONDON HOPS OVER THE ROPES AVOIDING CONTACT!!! Edge gets caught in the middle rope, and allows London to run across the ring, and drops his knee across the Rated ‘R’ Superstars back!!!

London drags Edge up, and against the ropes, backing up, looking to run at him to get him out, running across the ring … BUT AS HE DOES … HE GETS CAUGHT … BY BROCK LESNAR … SPINEBUSTER!!!!! Lesnar stands over London momentarily, then turns his attention to Edge … AND EDGE NAILS LESNAR WITH A SPEAR!!!!! Edge jumps up … STRAIGHT INTO THE PATH OF FINLAY … AND HE NAILS EDGE WITH THE CELTIC CROSS!!!!!

Finlay though doesn’t have long to celebrate, as Mr. Kennedy is back in the picture, attacking Finlay from behind, THEN DELIVERS THE MIC CHECK!!!!! Kennedy now pulls up Finlay, and tries to eliminate the #11 entrant, but SHAWN MICHAELS is back to his feet, and he attacks Kennedy, beating him into the corner, whilst Orton is now back up, and he tries to get Paul London out quickly, to no avail, as London hangs on. Lesnar and Edge are still down, as is Finlay, whilst everyone else in the ring is now back up and fighting for survival, whilst on the outside, Christian is in a bad, BAD way, losing a lot of blood, and cant even get to his feet. The Showstopper has Kennedy now teetering in the corner, whilst Orton puts London onto his shoulders in an attempt to get the tricky Golden Boy out, and Edge looks to make the most of Lesnar situation, trying to bundle him out.

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**BREAK THE WALLS DOWN**
ENTRANT #28 - CHRIS JERICHO @ 52:00
It’s another legitimate contender, as Chris Jericho draws a great late number, further enhancing his chances of victory, and a WrestleMania main event.

Jim Ross: The biggest ego on Smackdown for sure. Chris Jericho is a former world champion, the first ever undisputed champion, and with a prize draw like this, Chris Jericho will surely now be a big favourite to outlast the remainder.

Tazz: Big time performer J.R. Jericho is hell bent on making the main event of WrestleMania, after coming so close last year.

Jericho makes his way around the ringside area … and makes a beeline for CHRISTIAN!!! Jericho pounds the bloody Captain Charisma to a pulp on the outside, as it seems everyone else had forgotten about Christian, who could still be someones ticket to WrestleMania, should they eliminate him from the match, which is surely what Jericho has in mind. Y2J pulls Christian up, and rolls him back inside the ring, with Christian all over the place, still rocked from the beating he received from Umaga.

The Highlight of the Night is forced to fight off interest from Finlay, who is back to his feet, before beating down Christian in the corner, getting blood all over his hands in the process. Jericho catches the attention of Brock Lesnar now as he gets to his feet, and the Iron Man sees the state Christian is in, and decides now to get a piece for himself, but Jericho fights him off connecting with chops across the chest, then whips him into the corner, before getting back to Christian, BUT CHRISTIAN NOW FIGHTS BACK!!! Captain Charisma shocks Jericho, stirring back to life, fighting out of the corner, and running off the ropes … BUT JERICHO NAILS HIM ON HIS RETURN WITH THE ENZIGURI!!! Y2J smirks at his handy work, but not for long, as Edge comes from behind, and nails the Buzz Killer!!!

Edge now looks to finish off Christian, but Orton stops him, clotheslining Mr. Money in the Bank to the canvas. Orton now has the same idea, pulling Christian up, towards the ropes … BUT CHRISTIAN LOW BLOWS ORTON IN AN ACT OF DESPERATION!!!!! Orton drops to his knees, whilst Christian lays in the corner, still trying to recover from the brutal beating at the hands of Umaga earlier.

Elsewhere, Shawn Michaels and Paul London are tussling, with both men nearly eliminating the other, as Kennedy gets himself involved again, pounding the back of both men, as he tries to dump out London first, with the Golden Boy falling onto the apron, then, as he tries his luck with Michaels, The Showstopper fights Kennedy away. Brock Lesnar now is back in action, and takes it to London as he rolls back inside, choking him with his boot in the corner. The clock begins to wind down from ten again, as Jericho and Edge fight back to their feet.

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**PROBLEM SOLVER**
ENTRANT #29 - TYSON TOMKO @ 54:00
It’s the last of the big men to enter the Rumble, but Tomko has the best number of them all!!! The Problem Solver storms straight to the ring, locking his eyes on his targets.

Jim Ross: The Problem Solver is on his way, and it could well mean some much needed back up for Christian, who has been targeted from the moment he stepped in the ring.

Tazz: Don’t hold your breath. Loyalty only goes so far, Tyson Tomko will have his eyes on the prize here, I guarantee it.

Tomko makes a statement from the moment he hit’s the ring, BLASTING JERICHO AND EDGE WITH A DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE!!! Brock Lesnar now comes at the Problem Solver, but GETS NAILED WITH A BIG BOOT TO THE FACE!!! Paul London tries to catch Tomko off guard, and jumps from the middle rope with a dropsault … BUT TOMKO SHOVES HIM OUT OF THE WAY!!! Shawn Michaels is the next target, and he gets sent into the corner, with so much velocity … THAT HE GETS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN!!! Finlay then gets a clothesline, before Tomko grabs Michaels, delivering a BACK BREAKER!!!!! Tomko completes a big set of messages to the competition, as he knocks Kennedy down, leaving only one man in his path now … and that, is CHRISTIAN!!!

Tomko moves in towards his friend, and holds his hand out, offering Christian a chance to get up to his feet, which Christian accepts. Tomko helps him up, and pats Christian on the back, pointing out the rest of the field, and signalling that they can get rid of the rest, and leave it between them at the end, with Captain Charisma nodding in agreement. Suddenly though … TOMKO GRABS CHRISTIAN … AND LOOKS TO THROW HIM OUT … BUT CHRISTIAN REVERSES … AND SENDS TOMKO OUT OF THE MATCH!!!!!

ELIMINATION #20: TYSON TOMKO BY CHRISTIAN @ 55:13

Captain Charisma eliminates his Problem Solver!!! Tomko got greedy and tried to backstab his own friend, but it backfired spectacularly!!! Christian turns from the ropes, BUT GETS LEVELLED BY LESNAR!!!!! Captain Charisma cant seem to catch a break, with the target on his chest unable to be shaken off with Brock Lesnar now getting a pop at him. Edge now picks himself up, and starts to battle with Kennedy, whilst Michaels and Orton get reacquainted. Jericho now is left to take on London, and tries to finish off the Golden Boys chances with London in a highly weakened state at the moment.

Twenty Nine men have now entered, with one to come, twenty have been eliminated, whilst Brock Lesnar has survived from the opening bell, having entered #1. Finlay has surprised all, having entered #11 too, surviving for nearly forty minutes thus far, whilst Orton came in at #13, Michaels #20, Edge #22, Christian #24, Kennedy #25, London #27, and Jericho #28. The clock ticks down FOR THE LAST TIME, as our final entrant is set to be revealed…

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**NO MUSIC**
ENTRANT #30 - ???
J.R and Tazz seem confused for a moment, before deciphering that this must’ve been the number that was drawn before Nick Dinsmore could grab his number. There is no music, and no sign of anyone entering…

Jim Ross: This folks, was the place that was allocated in this years Rumble for Nick Dinsmore, but as we found out moments before the match, Dinsmore had his spot STOLEN. But where is he??

Tazz: Or she J.R. Could be a woman.

The action in the ring continues, but the camera stays focused on the entrance, waiting for the man who drew number thirty … when suddenly a figure appears …

ENTRANT #30 - MICK FOLEY @ 56:00

IT’S MICK FOLEY!!!!!!!!!! The former WWE Champion, the former Commissioner, and the former GM of Raw is number thirty … having stole Nick Dinsmores draw!!! Foley is met with a great pop at first, but the cheers die down, and some negative response is given for Foley, as the fans think back to his last appearances in November.

Suddenly, Shawn Michaels attention has shifted, as the man who screwed him at the Survivor Series IS AN ENTRANT IN THE ROYAL RUMBLE!!! Foley gets into the ring, and beats away Finlay, then Edge, before coming FACE TO FACE WITH SHAWN MICHAELS!!!!! Foley freezes, then holds his arms up, giving himself up, talking to Michaels, who still is seething from the Survivor Series screw job two months ago. Foley apologises to HBK, and Michaels slowly nods, unsure about Foley, but gives him the benefit of the doubt … BUT SHOULDN’T … AS FOLEY APPLIES THE MANDIBLE CLAW!!!!

The Showstopper staggers into the ropes … with Foley trying to topple him over with the claw … BUT MICHAELS KICKS FOLEY IN THE GUT … AND DELIVERS SWEET CHIN MUSIC … AS FOLEY TUMBLES OVER THE TOP ROPE … AND ONTO THE FLOOR!!!!!

ELIMINATION #21: MICK FOLEY BY SHAWN MICHAELS @ 57:00

Foley only lasted a minute!!! After going to the trouble of stealing Nick Dinsmores number, Foley could only survive for a minute!!! It’s a waste of a journey!!! The action meanwhile continues, as Christian holds on for dear life to survive, with Lesnar now trying to finish off Christian, and book a WrestleMania main event. Jericho has now paired off with Edge, as Kennedy and Orton tussle against the ropes. Elsewhere, Finlay now has Paul London on his shoulders, and looks to throw him out that way … BUT LONDON HAS OTHER IDEAS … AND HANGS ONTO THE ROPES … GETTING A HEADSCISSORS … AND GETS FINLAY OVER THE TOP … AND ONTO THE FLOOR!!!!!

ELIMINATION #22: FINLAY BY PAUL LONDON @ 57:26

A valiant effort from Finlay has come to an end, with Paul London shifting his momentum at the last second to send the #11 entrant out after a terrific forty minute effort. Meanwhile, Mick Foley has got to his feet on the outside, and claps towards the ring, and Shawn Michaels, but still skulks around the ring, as the final eight men battle out in pairs, with Jericho now on Lesnar, fighting him for control of the prone Christian, whilst Edge takes advantage, and goes for Christian whilst Lesnar and Jericho fight it out. London and Michaels fight it out, whilst Kennedy stomps Orton in the corner.

Foley though, still hasn’t gone, and tries to get Michaels attention, with HBK distracted by the presence of Foley at ringside, frantically waving his arms to get his attention. Michaels stops trying to dump out London, and now confronts Foley, with Mick just asking for a handshake to bury the hatchet, and an irritated HBK accepting just to get rid of Foley … BUT FOLEY REFUSES TO LET GO OF MICHAELS HAND!!! Michaels frantically tries to break the grip, as Foley looks to be trying to pull The Showstopper out over the top. Suddenly, Orton spots an opening to eliminate his old foe … AND DUMPS SHAWN MICHAELS OVER THE TOP … ONTO THE FLOOR!!!!!

ELIMINATION #23: SHAWN MICHAELS BY RANDY ORTON @ 58:31

Quickly, just like at the Survivor Series two months ago … MICK FOLEY MAKES A SPEEDY EXIT!!! The Hardcore Legend jogs up the ramp, as Shawn Michaels is sat on the floor at ringside, in amazement that his dreams of another main event at WrestleMania IS OVER!!! He gets to his feet, and shakes his head in disgust, looking up the ramp, where Foley is long gone, with Michaels now storming up the ramp himself, looking to track down Foley and get some answers!!!!!

In the ring, the magnificent seven are left to battle for the WrestleMania main event. Brock Lesnar, still going strong, having entered at the beginning, now in there for a shade under one whole hour, whilst Randy Orton has survived for nearly forty minutes, and the remaining five, Edge, Christian, Mister Kennedy, Paul London and Chris Jericho all entered in the mid to late twenties, but Christian has lost a heck of a lot of blood, and also has a huge target on his chest, with the promise of a WrestleMania title shot for the man who eliminates him from Mr. McMahon.

Jericho is now pounding Edge in the corner, whilst Orton has Christian in trouble at the ropes, with London trying to survive the onslaught of the massive and determined Brock Lesnar, whilst Kennedy plays the safe game of watching the rest battle, while he keeps his energy. Kennedy though, is called into action as it looks like Christian is set to be eliminated by Orton, and Kennedy looks to get that honour, attacking the Career Killer to get him out of the way. Kennedy sends Orton into the corner, and now takes over on Christian, but Brock Lesnar now tries to bump off Kennedy to get Christian himself.

The Iron Man charges Kennedy into the corner, then looks to make his move on Captain Charisma, but Kennedy tackles Brock from behind, and shows what he’s made of, with a pounding on the #1 entrant. This leaves Jericho to pick up the pieces on Christian who cant catch a break!!! The Highlight of the Night looks to finish off Christian, and dropkicks London as he came in.

Jericho tries to break Christians grip trying to kick him off the apron, as Edge looks to get involved again, but Jericho fights him off with a knife edge chop. Edge comes back with forearm, rocking Jericho, and comes with another, but Jericho blocks it, and HURLS EDGE OVER THE ROPES ACROSS THE RING … BUT EDGE HANGS ON!!! The Rated ‘R’ Superstar clings on for dear life, and pulls himself onto the apron … BUT THEN JERICHO LEAPS TO THE MIDDLE TURNBUCKLE, AND DELIVERS A SPRINGBOARD DROPKICK … ELIMINATING EDGE!!!!!

ELIMINATION #24: EDGE BY CHRIS JERICHO @ 60:49

Jericho has a big smile on his face as Edge is gone, leaving six men to fight it out now for the main event of WrestleMania. Of the six, only Lesnar, Orton & Jericho have tasted the main event of WrestleMania before, whilst London & Kennedy have never even been in a PPV main event. Edge is led away from ringside in fury, being restrained from coming back, as Chris Jericho waves him off. From behind though, Orton crouches down, and looks to pounce with an RKO … but Jericho blocks it, and rams Orton into the corner!!! Now, Paul London looks to connect with a clothesline, but Jericho ducks it, THEN HIT’S THE BREAKDOWN!!!!! Jericho looks around, and sees the positioning of Paul London on the cnavas, then looks to hit the Lionsault … BUT AS HE HIT’S THE ROPES … ORTON SWOOPS IN … AND DUMPS JERICHO OUT OF THE RING!!!!!

ELIMINATION #25: CHRIS JERICHO BY RANDY ORTON @ 61:33

Orton turns around after the elimination, AND STRAIGHT AT HIM IS KENNEDY!!! Orton ducks under, and propels KENNEDY OVER THE TOP ROPE … but Kennedy lands on the apron. Suddenly though, LESNAR BOUNDS IN … ORTON DIVES OUT OF THE WAY … AND LESNAR NAILS KENNEDY … SENDING HIM FLYING OFF THE APRON … INTO THE BARRICADE, AND ONTO THE FLOOR!!!!!

ELIMINATION #26: MISTER KENNEDY BY BROCK LESNAR @ 61:42

And then there were four!!! The final four!!! Brock Lesnar, in from the beginning, is left with entrant #13, Randy Orton, the bloodied and battered #24 Christian, and the surprise package, with lucky #27 Paul London. Orton and Christian were in the final four last year, but fell short of victory, have a point to prove after last year, whilst Brock Lesnar will be determined not to fall at the final hurdle, and Paul London will look to shock the world. Each man takes up one corner each, London looking the freshest of the four, but Christian looking spent, whilst Lesnar and Orton have conserved their energy wisely it seems, still looking in top condition despite Lesnar competing for over an hour now, and Orton for forty minutes.

Lesnar takes on London, whilst Orton looks for the easy pickings of Christian, only to get a surprise, AS CHRISTIAN COMES ALIVE!!! Captain Charisma starts beating Orton to the punch, beating the Career Killer into the corner, letting fly with a barrage of punches, then backs out … BUT ORTON TACKLES HIM STRAIGHT BACK DOWN!!! The Career Killer now looks to finish off the bloodied opponent, beating him on the mat, with Christian seemingly defenceless at the moment. London meanwhile, hangs on for his life, as Lesnar tries to finish him off, finding London to be strong willed though, as he refuses to give up, determined to shock the world.

Brock gives up for the time being, and turns his attention to Orton and Christian, pacing across, and stomping the head of Orton. Lesnar now takes the moment to single out Christian, and scoops Captain Charisma up, then looks to chuck him out, OVER THE TOP ROPE … BUT CHRISTIAN FIGHTS … AND GRABS THE ROPES SAVING HIMSELF AGAIN!!! Lesnar meanwhile, has taken his focus off, thinking Christian was a goner, and zooms in on Orton, but Orton catches Lesnar with a big right, and attempts to dump Lesnar out, but the big man lands on the apron, hanging on to his WrestleMania dream. Orton turns his attention back to Christian, but as he comes towards him … PAUL LONDON BURSTS OUT OF THE CORNER AND DROPSAULTS THE CAREER KILLER!!!!!

Orton falls across the ring, into the ropes, with London spotting an opportunity, but Orton kicks him in the gut, THEN LOOKS FOR THE RKO … ONLY FOR LONDON TO SLIP OUT!!! Orton hit’s the canvas, and bounces up, WITH LONDON LOOKING TO CLOTHESLINE HIM OVER THE TOP … BUT ORTON STRIKES FIRST AND CLOTHESLINES LONDON!!!! Orton pulls himself up, and attempts to try and finish off London now, but gets cut off by CHRISTIAN!!! Captain Charisma has another surge, and pounds Orton, going behind, and getting into position for the reverse DDT, BUT BROCK LESNAR COMES FROM BEHIND … AND GERMAN SUPLEXES CHRISTIAN ACROSS THE RING!!!!!

One more time, Christian has his comeback cut off early. Lesnar scoops Orton up, and into position for a Gorilla Press, but Orton slips off, AND NAILS HIS TRADEMARK BACK/NECK BREAKER!!!!! Brock hit’s the canvas, AND WE NOW SEE PAUL LONDON LEAP TO THE TOP ROPE … 450 SPLASH … MISSED!!!!!!!!!! LESNAR ROLLED OUT OF THE WAY!!! London has crashed and burned, and his daredevil antics may well have cost him a dream ticket to WrestleMania!!! Orton is right in on the situation, and pulls London up, THROWING HIM OVER THE TOP … LONDON HANGS ON AGAIN!!! He emulates his idol, Shawn Michaels, AND SKINS THE CAT … STRAIGHT INTO THE RKO … BUT AGAIN BLOCKS IT!!! Orton crashes onto the mat once more, as London AGAIN is elusive from the RKO!!!!! London shapes up now, and looks to attack Orton, BUT ORTON DUCKS … AND LONDON RUNS INTO THE CLUTCHES OF BROCK LESNAR … WHO CATCHES LONDON … AND DELIVERS A BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX … OVER THE TOP ROPE … AND A SICKENING THUD ONTO THE MATS!!!!!

ELIMINATION #27: PAUL LONDON BY BROCK LESNAR @ 64:59

The dream is over for Paul London, as three now remain. Christian is on his feet once more, his face a crimson mask. Orton now tries to get a word with Lesnar, looking to strike a deal, where they can get rid of Christian, then go one on one to battle it out for the title shot. Lesnar takes a look at Christian, and sees the state of him, thinks it over for a second, and nods his head!!! Orton smiles, and invites Brock to go first, but Lesnar smirks, not trusting Ortons motives, and insists that Orton go first. The Career Killer stops smiling, and slowly nods, before making a move toward Captain Charisma … AND LESNAR COMES FROM BEHIND … BUT ORTON SENSED IT COMING … AND CATCHES BROCK WITH A DROPKICK!!!

Orton stomps Lesnar into the corner, and talks trash, telling him he knew he couldn’t trust Lesnar, and telling Brock he’s not a fool. Christian beats the Iron Man down, and now turns his attention back to Christian. He moves toward him, with Christian fighting back!!! The fans erupt with Christian coming back strong, but Orton DRIVES a knee into the gut!!!

Christian drops down to one knee, and Orton runs into the ropes, coming back out at Christian … BUT GETS POWERSLAMMED!!!!!! Christian gets to his feet, and sees Lesnar coming at him, catching him with a kick to the gut, then looks to dump him out … BUT LESNAR HANGS ON, DROPPING TO THE APRON!!! Christian staggers off, into the ropes on the opposite side of the ring, but doesn’t have long to recover, as Orton is back up … AND COMES AT CHRISTIAN … BUT CHRISTIAN BACK BODY DROPS HIM … OVER THE TOP ROPE … AND ONTO THE FLOOR!!!!!

ELIMINATION #28: RANDY ORTON BY CHRISTIAN @ 66:27

Now, it is down to two men!!! On one side, Brock Lesnar, who has been in from the beginning, the first entrant, and now looking to become only the second man in Royal Rumble history to go wire to wire. On the other, the bloody mess, entrant #24, Christian, who two weeks ago was set to be out of contention for this match, and came into it with a massive target on his chest. The two men look across at one another, eyes locked on, before slowly making their way across to the centre. Lesnar begins to laugh, as Christian comes to the centre, somehow still in it. Lesnar pushes Christian away, with Captain Charisma staggering into the ropes, with Brock laughing, shaking his head at the competition. Christian pushes himself off the ropes, and back into the path of Lesnar … and gets slapped. Captain Charisma drops down to a knee, then pulls himself up on his opponents trunks, as Lesnar pulls him up himself, gripping him into position, looking for a German Suplex, but Christian manages to stop it from happening, and runs backward, ramming Lesnar into the corner. Captain Charisma then tries to get away from the corner, but Lesnar locks the grip again.

Christian then rams Lesnar again, and a third time, eventually managing to break the vice like grip of the Iron Man. Christian then runs off the ropes, and manages to duck an attempted clothesline, before hooking Brock from behind, and dropping him with a REVERSE DDT!!!!!

From somewhere, Christian has found another gear!!! Captain Charisma pulls himself up on the ropes, awaiting Lesnar to pull himself up too, and sets himself, with Brock getting to his feet, charging across the ring to bundle Lesnar out … BUT LESNAR CATCHES HIM … AND NAILS A SPINEBUSTER!!!!!! Again, it’s a short lived comeback for Christian as Lesnar imposes his will again, this time, at the very last second!!! Unlike Christian, Lesnar doesn’t waste a moment, and hurls Christian to his feet, roughhousing him into the corner, scoring with a strong knee to the gut. Lesnar refuses to ease up, and sends Christian into the ropes, but he ducks down, allowing Christian to go behind the Iron Man … AND WITHOUT A SECOND TO SPARE - NAILS THE INVERTED BACKBREAKER!!!!

Christian throws himself a final lifeline, taking Lesnar down to the mat again, as he tries to pull himself up at the ropes once more. Both men are now battling to reach their feet, and it’s Christian up first. He backs into the ropes, then comes at Lesnar, BUT BROCK USES THE MOMENTUM AGAINST CHRISTIAN … AND BACK BODY DROPS CHRISTIAN OVER THE TOP … BUT HE LANDS ON THE APRON!!!!! Lesnar looks to finish it here, and charges into the ropes, coming back across, BUT CHRISTIAN DUCKS DOWN AND DRIVES HIS SHOULDER INTO THE GUT OF BROCK LESNAR AS HE IS UNABLE TO STOP!!!!!

It’s another chance for Christian, as he steps back inside, and quickly looks to throw Brock out of the ring over the top … BUT LESNAR CLINGS ON, AND LANDS ON THE APRON!!! Christian backs into the opposite ropes, looking to the skies, with Lesnar hanging on. The Iron Man rolls back in, and gets to his feet, with Christian charging at him, blasting Lesnar with punches, but Brock battles back, and sends Christian into the corner. He charges in after him, BUT CHRISTIAN MOVES!!! Lesnar hit’s the corner, and Christian tries to dump him over … but Lesnar struggles on … AND ELBOWS CHRISTIAN AWAY TO SAVE HIMSELF!!!!

The Iron Man pulls himself back in, and charges at Christian like a train, BUT CHRISTIAN KICKS HIM IN THE GUT!!! Christian turns Lesnar over, and GETS INTO POSITION … LOOKING FOR THE UNPRETTIER … BUT LESNAR PUSHES CHRISTIAN AWAY!!! Captain Charisma comes again with a clothesline, but Lesnar catches Christian with a kick to the gut … AND GETS HIM UP … ONTO HIS SHOULDERS … AND LOOKS TO F5 HIM OUT OF THE RING … BUT CHRISTIAN LANDS ON THE APRON!!!!! He now tries to suplex Lesnar out … AND GETS HIM OVER … BUT BROCK LANDS ON THE APRON TOO!!!

Lesnar and Christian trade blows on the apron, with both men so dangerously close to catastrophe, and yet, so close to glory!!! Lesnar hit’s a shot, Christian replies, back and forth, with the fans on their feet, going crazy, as the finish of this Rumble looms near. Lesnar starts to get the better of Christian now, getting a number of shots off unanswered, with Christian letting one hand go of the ropes … AND TEETERS … BUT COMES BACK STRONG!!!!! Captain Charisma refuses to give in, and blasts Lesnar back, but Brock comes back again too, too strong for the waning Christian. Lesnar now eyes the finish, AND GOES BEHIND CHRISTIAN … AND LOOKS TO DELIVER A GERMAN SUPLEX … BUT CHRISTIAN HOLDS ON FOR DEAR LIFE!!! J.R & Tazz comment though that if Lesnar connects with this German Suplex attempt, he may end up hitting the floor first!!!

Lesnar though, appears to be overcome by the adrenaline from this match, and pulls with everything he can to pull Christian off the apron … BUT NOW CHRISTIAN FREES AN ELBOW … AND STRIKES LESNAR … BUT LESNAR HANGS ON!!! Christian now with his free hand, starts to try and rip Lesnars fingers from his waist, which would force Lesnar off the apron and to the floor … but Brock feels it, and quickly steps back onto the apron!!! Lesnar steps back into the ring, with Christian following, as the two men go back to square one!!!

The Iron Man comes at Christian first, connecting with a right hand, but he gets knocked back by Christian, before driving a knee, deep into the gut of the bloody Captain Charisma. Lesnar now drags Christian into his body, and pulls him up … INTO POSITION FOR A POWERBOMB … AND LOOKS TO DUMP CHRISTIAN OUT WITH A POWERBOMB … BUT AS HE REACHES THE ROPES, CHRISTIAN HOLDS THE TOP ROPE, AND TRIES TO DRAG LESNAR OUT … AND LESNAR GRABS THE ROPES … AND BOTH MEN ARE NOW DANGLING OVER THE TOP ROPE!!!!!! Both men swing, the referees checking the two feet of both men, both dangerously close to elimination … BUT BOTH MEN GET A FOOT ON THE APRON … AND PULL THEMSELVES UP!!!

Brock catches Christian with a kick as soon as they regain their footing, AND SCOOPS HIM UP … FOR THE F5 … BUT CHRISTIAN SWINGS AROUND … INTO THE RING … AND DROPS LESNARS HEAD AGAINST THE TOP ROPE … RUNS ACROSS THE RING … AND LAUNCHES HIMSELF AT BROCK LESNAR … SENDING HIM … OFF THE APRON … AND ONTO THE FLOOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ELIMINATION #29: BROCK LESNAR BY CHRISTIAN @ 72:17

Winner: AND #1 CONTENDER @ WRESTLEMANIA 23 - CHRISTIAN @ 72:17

He has done it!!!!!!!!!! Captain Charisma, Christian, IS going to the main event of WrestleMania 23!!! Christian crumbles to the mat, soaked in blood, TRIUMPHANT!!! The fans are on their feet, after a thrilling few minutes between Christian and Lesnar, with Christian covering his face on the mat, elated.

Jim Ross: CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!! This has been an incredible performance, incredible tenacity, incredible guts and stamina, Captain Charisma is gonna need a blood transfusion tonight, because he has bled buckets, but NOTHING has stood in his way, nothing COULD stand in his way tonight, Christian wouldn’t take no for an answer this evening, Captain Charisma IS GOING TO WRESTLEMANIA!!!!!!!

Tazz: What a moment J.R. Who woulda thought, who woulda predicted, after Christian got destroyed by Umaga, that he could come back like this, and actually win this thing!!!

Jim Ross: And what an effort from Brock Lesnar this evening too Tazz, he entered number one, and went wire to wire, but fell just short, to a man that wouldn’t give in!!!

Tazz: Brock Lesnar is a hoss J.R, no doubt about it. Performance of a life time from the Iron Man tonight J.R. Lesnar will be absolutely distraught that he came so close, yet so far.

Jim Ross: But this night will forever belong to one man Tazz, and he’s standing in the ring right now, with his hand held high. Two weeks ago, Christian wasn’t even in the Royal Rumble, yet here he stands, after scratching, clawing and fighting, on his way to WrestleMania 23!!!

Tazz: And now the question J.R. Who does Christian choose?? We know about his history with Triple H, but do you think he might look for a change of scenery on Smackdown??

Jim Ross: I hope not Tazz. We want Christian to stay on Raw, that’s for sure … and by Gawd, we need someone on Raw to take the title from Triple H, and who better than the man The Game screwed out of the championship three months ago!!!

We look into the ring again, as Christian, still a bloody mess, pounds his chest, pointing to his fans, and pointing to the WrestleMania 23 logo held high in the rafters, as the celebrations continue.

Jim Ross: Ladies and Gentlemen, you have witnessed a history making night, a history making Royal Rumble, that man, Christian, is going to WrestleMania 23 … and there is nothing the McMahon Family Empire can do to stop him!!! Thank you for joining us tonight, and congratulations to the winner of the 2007 Royal Rumble winner … CHRISTIAN!!!

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Sunday Night Heat- Hype show…that’s fine.

PPV time. Love the graphic btw. Good opening video very realistic of what WWE would do. I like you play with Race to Wrestlemania instead of Road to Wrestlemania. The racing theme works Even like the tag of and now subway presents lol. Very fun. Opening pyro brings us into the arena. I like the work you put into this to make it feel like I’m watching a PPV by the way. Very nice. I have to remember that for my own BTB.

IC Title Time: LOL I love Coah here man you are doing a great job with heel coach. I kind of miss the guy now that he is with ESPN. I know, I know. Anyway Shelton vs. Rey time. Nice even playing field as the ref orders The Brotherhood to the back. Take that brotherhood! The match starts out nice, back and forth action. These are the matches to open PPV’s with. High paced action packed. I like it. It is heavy on spots but isn’t spot crazy. Psychology makes sense here. Works for me. No Brotherhood to screw things up and we have a NEW CHAMPION!! Rey as IC champion makes sense to me. I like him in that role. Again I love Coach’s reaction to this. Poor Coach. Good start to the PPV. Sets up the feeling of anything can happen.

We fade to a video package. Wrestlemania is coming to NEW ORLEANS! Great package with the Saints song. Again thank you for giving me the PPV experience. Oh McMahon is pissed backstage. But I’m seeing he has a plan for the Title Match between Triple H and Cena. Very interesting.

Oh the Tumbler is back…YES! Bischoff and Anderson are present. Nice touch with the Auto-Bio reading. Lesnar comes in. He is all business tonight! Love seeing Bischoff shot down. Jericho stops him from leaving. OH SNAP. Lesnar and Jericho have history, nice to see it touched upon. Classic Jericho here. And Mr. Kennedy makes his presence known. Very funny exchange. Love Anderson’s Pot, Kettle Black line. Lesnar and Jericho are going to clash mark my words.

Six Man Cruiserweight Tag action. Well written match man. Can’t really say much beyond, well done. Kid Kash pulling out the win for the belt is a nice move. Screwing over his teammates to win the belt makes sense to me. Kash just made some enemies for his new title reign, LOL. Two title changes so far, very interesting.

Superbrawl promo…nice…football theme. Edge/Christian pick their balls and have a nice little back and forth. Love Christians flirtation with the Divas too. Back to arena with a blast from the past. Next we have the 3 Way for the WWE Championship. My bet RVD retains. WOW intense match. Back and forth. Great wrestling action with many near falls. Were this match to be real it would surpass the Angle/taker/rock match as my favorite triple threat. WOW amazing match man, seriously.

Backstage Michaels is warming up. Getting ready for the match…then so is Matt Hardy. I like the playing up of Matt Hardy as the one to watch but I don’t think he’ll walk away with the win…nah. Maybe Michaels….Cut to MNM hyping the Rumble. I would say you’re over hyping the Rumble but it is damn important and that’s what the Fed would do. Straight Edge feud continues.

Another video. Haha. I was like that the fuck is this? Nice. Wrestlemania hype. Damn that was funny.

Triple H vs. Cena time. Will the McMahons get involved….my bet is yes. They do but Cena fights them off. Nailing Vince. LOL. Wow you are playing the McMahon’s well in this match. At one point Cena has the match but NOOOOOO!!!! You have Shane put HHH foot on the rope. Damn! I’m actually excited and on the edge of my seat man. I’m adding you’re fed to my favs in my profile now thank you. Yes Cena makes HHH tap but no ref. Cena is getting screwed over so hard. Low blow and pedigree and HHH retains. WOW Cena should have been champ like 60 times. Damn McMahons. Shane takes the nasty through the Table. Nice ending letting Cena get some revenge here.

More Wrestlemania hype and we are backstage where Randy Orton and Nick Dinsmore are getting their balls…heheh balls. Dinsmore gets screwed out of the Rumble but by who???? We have a mystery guy in the Rumble YEAH!!!!

Wow the rumble has to be a pain to write…so here we go. Lesnar’s #1. And Batista is #2. Nice. Raw guy and Smackdown guy. Back and forth to start. These two monsters are shaking the ring and the dead man…I mean #3 is…Johnny Nitro. Poor Nitro. #4 & 5 enter. Nitro has to be scared. Lashly, Batista, Lesnar and Henry. Monsters man. Batista quickly takes out Henry.

Match continues and Umaga is cleaning house. Three in a row. Including Kane. Nice! Kane being the all time rumble elimination guy gets taken out by Umaga. The match contnues and Jeff Hardy is here!!! Hardy Boy reunion taking out AMW. Nice. Good story telling here. Damn Umaga is killing people left and right. He won’t win but he can at least say he killed everyone. Wait Umaga is gone. Thanks to Christian. Mick Foley is the last guy! He stole Nick Dinsmore’s number LOL. Beautiful man.

We are down to the last guys and this match picks up steam. Foley doesn’t last that long but his storyline is established. He back. HOLY shit. Christian and Brock Lesnar are the last two. This is intense man. Lesnar looks to be the winner but….NO! Christian wins…damn.. Nice ending man. Christian has arrived to that level man. Beautiful.

All and all damn fine show man. Damn fine show. I am now a huge fan.
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Your opening video was very unique and I found it fun to read. The indy track and the race was just a really nice touch to go with the Rumble. Was a nice way to set the tone for the rest of the night

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Shelton Benjamin vs Rey Mysterio

The Brotherhood came down to the ring and straight away I thought interference galore but you changed that pretty quickly which was the smart choice because these two guys in the ring can put on one hell of a contest. Pretty Awesome choice to kick off in a match which is sure to show some awesome moves and athleticism and entice us to continue reading. Another insane sequence of moves following the frantic start ending with Rey Rey getting the two count from the mid air Body Press and fast is good but there is such thing as to fast and I am worried if the match continues at this pace it will be hard to keep track of. Great build up into the Frost Kick playing on Benjamin’s athleticism and I can picture the crowd oohing and aahhing already The Dragon Whip sends Mysterio through the middle rope ay? Usually I would not be so sure but due to Mysterio being so small I could very much picture that happening. OOOHHHH!!!! Benjamin missing the Senton to the outside of the ring literally made me cringe I could imagine the noise and the pressure that would have put on his spine. Shelton jumped over a Rey Rey Drop Kick??? And lands on the top turnbuckle. I know he has done the whole turnbuckle thing before but I really can not see him jumping over a Rey Drop Kick at the same time, I don’t think he is that athletic. He got crotched… Poor bastard LOL at Mysterio getting OWNED, Benjamin sitting up from the tree of woe and making Mysterio look like a douche was brilliant. Shelton looks like he is going to try and slow down the pace a bit now and as I said earlier it had to happen. So Rey walked into the corner just to get Stinger Splashed. LOL at the moment Rey is the douche of your thread The way Benjamin hit that Northern Lights Suplex proves that he is a freak and tonight Mysterio is his bitch. Mysterio nails a Bulldog out of nowhere and these counters are really exciting. Mysterio nailing the Hilo was shocking I was expecting for the old attitude era trick of the face running down the ramp and catching the heel who was trying to leave but you turned a basic move into a VERY nice spot. Props for that. Benjamin uses his old jump to the top turnbuckle trick and well excuse my French but he fucked Mysterio up with a Superplex. WTF??? Rey kicked out of the T Bone. I would have put my house on the fact that this one was over with the way Benjamin reversed the 619 and nailed it out of nowhere, I thought Benjamin was just going to be the better man. I think this is the beginning of the ending sequence now as Mysterio nailed the 619 and then went for his finish couldn’t get it but kept the advantage anyway. I personally don’t know about this one Wolfy, the whole match was pretty much awesome however the ending was a bit of a let down with Rey just jumping to the top rope to nail the West Coast Pop out of nowhere. Besides this ending the match was pretty great but I would be lying if I said the ending would not effect the star rating of this one a little bit. *** ¾

Vince McMahon not happy with the decision to ban family members from ringside so very smart that he nipped this problem in the bud before it got out of hand. Typical McMahon though really, bullying the referees and all that

The interaction between three of the Royal Rumble participants was awesome and I was glad to see the man who will win the Rumble, Brock Lesnar be involved with this backstage segment. You actually made it seem like he knows how to talk. Nice bluff Wolfy

WWE Cruiserweight Championship; 6 Man Tag Match
The Mexicools vs Chavo Guerrero, Kid Kash and Brian Kendrick

Juvi was pure heel brilliance at the start one upping Kendrick and just being generally cocky however I do not think Juvi would be warn down enough to allow Kendrick to hit him with a Side Walk Slam this early in the contest. Chavo OWNS Psichosis LOL nice Kendrick almost finished off Juvi with the Crossbody and Super Crazy shows his first sign of unity dragging Juvi out of the ring. Long live the Mexicools… So far anyway. The Psichosis and Kash bit where Kash ended up nailing a Hurricanrana was awesome all the counters and what not. Psichosis gains the advantage with the Pele Kick and here comes Super Crazy, how dare he drop kick my boy, Chavo Juvi underestimiated the Guerrero and well that was silly because then he got wrecked. Kendrick comes in so does Super Crazy and Crazy gets the advantage and shows us why he is the cruiserweight champion. (sorry if the review of this match is sucking but I am struggling to get into it).Crazy just had a whole sequence of moves making Kendrick look shit tbh and it ends with an Abdominal Stretch. Kendrick finally gets something going and it leads to CHAVO FUCKING GUERRERO coming back into the ring and this match is hopefully about to become hawt. Chavo just OWNED all of the Mexicools, ILY Wofly. Guerrero had it won with the Gory Bomb until that hick Kid Kash got in the way The hick almost got the win with a roll up and he is actually quite intelligent. Far out Psichosis nails Juvi with a top rope Leg Drop and this match has become a every man for himself contest and it has finally became hawt Terrific ending with Kendrick getting the win I was much impressed and ig uses he will be a fully fledged heel which will OWN. Not the greatest match in the world, got better as it went on though. ** ¾

Christian and Edge confrontation was good would have really been nice to see this happen in real life but the way things are going I highly doubt that.

WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match
Rob Van Dam vs The Undertaker vs Kurt Angle

Taker starts off dominative just as you would expect with peppering right hands to both men leading to the heel, Kurt Angle being double teamed. Typical beginning really, nothing overly special. Kurt Angle is a freak Wolfy and you portrayed that well the way he came back in and nailed two very hawt sounding Suplexes. Some more typical triple threat stuff before Taker decides to throw RVD over the top rope with a Chokeslam and then Angle sneaks up from behind and nails the Angle Slam however Taker was always going to get up from that tbh. I loved how you put in this little bit where Angle kept on trying to lock in the Ankle Lock it shows just how much of a tenacious bastard he really is. Taker then after not really being affected by Angle’s offense hits a flying clothesline to get the advantage back. RVD should be back around in a minute. I knew RVD was going to get back into things I just didn’t know how but I think you did it in a good enough way, with him causing Taker to fall from the ropes. When Van Dam walked up to Angle, Angle hit him with a European Uppercut not a normal uppercut right? It is only a little thing but I just want to make sure as I try and picture everything in my head as I go along. Angle slapping RVD was something I don’t like I understand the Angle character sometimes has a hint of cockiness but I much prefer the intense freak then some guy who slaps people Angle pops the hips (like usual) and nails a Belly To Belly Suplex and just like that RVD’s momentum is gone. Poor RVD went for Rolling Thunder but Taker pulled Angle out of the ring RVD pay back with the Hurricanrana and that my friend is the way to go. Taker’s DDT is the best DDT in the business glad you added it in here somewhere tbh. RVD nails a small package and well that is dangerous as it is going to piss the Deadman off, I would love for you to bring out and ultra evil Deadman back like the Ministry days for the ending of this match. RVD with a DDT is no good I wanted Taker to go psycho. Taker finally started to get something going, the match went up a notch but Angle grabs his Ankle. Big mistake on Angle’s part and this is the kind of domination I want to see from The Deadman. LOL newb question here: What is the difference between a Spinning Neckbreaker and a Swinging Neckbreaker or are they the same thing When Angle put the Ankle Lock on RVD how did he pull himself back up onto the apron and into the ring while holding the hold I kind of didn’t get that bit. Taker in a much expected TWIST saves RVD and nails Angle with a choke slam but it is still not over. LOL at Taker almost OWNING both men with double chokeslam kind of a shame it didn’t happen to be honest I love Angle’s arm drag from the top rope move and well this match started off a bit slowly but has really picked up, I am enjoying myself so much that I am just summarizing because I have nothing to criticize Angle continues the Olympic ownage with another Angle Slam on Taker and another near fall. RVD out of nowhere decides to take out both and this match is an absolute ripper neither man can keep the advantage for long… Excitement is a plenty. Tombstone nailed. Angle Slam almost nailed, Tombstone almost nailed, Ankle lock, locked in, awesome shit here Wofly really awesome. The ending was Wolfilicious LOL new word, the way Angle had the Ankle Lock for so long only for RVD to interrupt with 5 Star Frog Splash. FKN epic. Srzly loved the ending this match was ALMOST 5 star. ****1/2

MNM short and sweet interview, Melina doing all the talk and come Rumble time MNM will try and do the walk.

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Triple H vs John Cena

Cena starts on fire and it is smart stuff obviously continuing with the storyline that Cena is better but Triple H always manages to weasel his way into a win, I see the same thing happening here tonight. Poor McMahon’s and Triple H continuing to get OWNED and Cena is just on fire early. Cena has started off on fire which is all good but I can not see it lasting to much longer because you will run out of moves for him to do OMFG Cena just did a reverse FU and the STUF lucky for Triops the ropes were near, this is a phenomenal start HOWEVER at the beginning of the paragraph you said Cena hit a few forerarms, Cena doesn’t do forearms LOL he doesn’t know how, he throws hands. LOL @ Trips hitting Vince and still almost losing, please let Trips at least hit Cena once during the contest Triple H pounces as if he were Monty Brown and finally some offense. The interference is already annoying me hopefully Trips grows some balls some time soon. Just as I said this we get more interference form Shane AND Stephanie and I thanked the man above when Trips finally got out of the ring and decided to do some of his own dirty work. Now a sleeper and well I am not to happy with the offense you have let Trips hit I understand he could not go straight into Pedigree mode but all he has done is punch, kicks and now a sleeper, it is kind of dull tbh Cena is clearly superman at the moment and it showed but thank god Stephanie interfered again and can you believe it, Triple H actually nailed a wrestling move. Side Suplex FTW Cena begins to fight back already, AWWW SHIT DOUBLE AA Spinebuster, business just picked up WTF Cena hit the FU and thank you Shane McMahon. I am officially a interference lover even though I was hating it earlier I am becoming biased. Cena OWNS THE mCmAHONS and The Game but just can’t get the win… Poor guy tbh. TRIPLE H just a class to good in the end nailing a gangsta Pedigree to pick up the victory. After match was awesome due to them meeting next week. Match rating is a bit low due to the crappiness of Trips offense at the start however got much better as it went on. ***1/2

Bischoff and all them in the office really brings up some important questions, I want answers and I want them now !!!

Royal Rumble Match

Number one is my pick Brock Lesnar lol I hope he is fit, number two is Batista and well no thread to my boy Lesnar. YES WOFLY NON GAY… Sure Typical Rumble start with the whole two guys trying to eliminate each other early tbh. Two big guys beginning in some what of a dream match and here comes a guy I really like JOHNNY NITRO! OMG Nitro almost eliminated Lesnar and you scared the shit out of me LOL @ Nitro is dominance did not last long as by the time the next entrant came out it was back to Batista and Lesnar squaring off. BOBYY LASHLEY NUMBER FOUR!!!! DAYUMM starting off with a BANG Lashley comes in does some early damager but this little period belonged to Lesnar. MARK HENRY next and these big guys are going to be hard to eliminate I feel sorry for Nitro Henry is an embarrassment for the Brotherhood but then again Benjamin didn’t do to well earlier but Batista just eliminated Henry in the end with brute force. Here comes one of my boys… BRENT ALBRIGHT!!! I don’t know what to say Wolfy in this period at the Rumble nothing really exciting happened yet it was not boring because it is written flawlessy. Here comes KANE and this match is just being dominated by big men. Kane domination here fucking pretty awesome shame he could not eliminate anyone LOL at Albright taking to long to chose and he gets wiped out by Batista, how fun Batista is having a good night. Here comes Gregory Hlems LOL about time we get some small people in here. Helms going for Nitro was very interesting to say the least and something I was waiting for, OMG Lesnar almost got out you made me panic. I might as well add from her eon out its going to be a summary of events and probably no criticism because I have fell in love with you Npow number 10 for Wolfy’s favorite wrestler I read it on your profile UMAGA UMAGA goes on a wrecking spree and that was some awesome shiyat, who cares about Kane’s eleven person record I want Umaga to break that right here tonight IMO. Here comes Finlay he loves it fight but may not last long tonight, Hey Wolfy that shit rhymes Surprised to see Finlay remain in and I guess Umaga’s wrecking spree has been put on hold kind of disappointed but oh well. Matt Hardy apparently did really well in your last Rumble but due to current form I can not see that happening again, unless jobber Jeff Hardy makes the save. Hardy didn’t dominate long during his fresh tenure due to well Umaga. Umaga needs to eliminate a few more though as far as I am concerned, let him eliminate everybody in the ring bar Lesnar. RANDY FUCKING ORTON one of my all time favorites keep Umaga away from him to. Great work there having Little Bastard save Finlay like that very creative I don’t think it has been done before that is awesome. And number 14 by favorite wrestler ever… MVP. LOL the Rumble just got the Ballin Lashley eliminated Batista and I must say that was very unexpected to say the least, what about MVP kicking back in the corner that’s what I like to see. CHRIS HARRIS JOBBER LOL will wait for his partner and Jeff Hardy to come out and that will be the end of him tbh Harris went straight for Hardy just as everyone with a brain would expect, UMAGA eliminates Lashley and good because I am still dirty on Lashley for eliminating Batista Here comes CM Punk so I expect Mercury to be out soon enough that is usually how the Rumble works is it not Okay so just let me tell you UMAGA is a freak breaking the shilleliahg or however you spell it after all those shows was absolutely amazing. He is a freak and I am behind him 80 % percent in this thread I would say 100 but no one beats MVP or Lesnar James storm translation means Jeff Hardy within the next two I guess. Everyone just continues to brawl and I knew it was Jeff Hardy, geez I am intelligent Hardyz cleaned house and it was predictable but a fun read ever. Man this ain’t no love fest it’s the RR glad Umaga OWNED the Hardy Boyz… fucking faggots LOL!!! Piss off everyone ganging up on Umaga he has been the most entertaining thing in this match so far… Final four please Joey Mercury and its time for Mercury vs Punk. Mercury didn’t last long LOL somebody is not a big fan of MNM. Here comes HBK, Orton watch out, this match is about to become even more epic. BANG there goes MVP and the Rumble is no longer Ballin! Fucking Shawn Michaels Brock Lesnar my pick since about three weeks ago eliminates some Punk LOL pun intended and now here comes CARLITO another man who I not so silently mark for. UMAGA eliminates both Hardys and this brought a smile to my face. In comes Edge and what about the impact he made taking out The Little Bastard LOL, the little guy was always copping something some time tonight Regal and well he is just separating the stars LOL he is jobbing tonight. Lesnar eliminated Carlito I like both but I want to get the prediction right so well done Brock f’ing Lesnar AWWWW shit business has really picked up now here comes Christian Cage baby He came in and the match changed however would have been way more awesome if he got a quick elimination or two probably the only thing I think you have done wrong on this whole event, Regal out by Orton is a basic, good move to make Orton look more dangerous. Kennedy…KEN A DAY LOL WOOOO!!! HOLY SHIT Fuck Kennedy tbh he did nothing interesting but Christian eliminates Umaga and that my friend is a big time achievement for CC. And after such an epic turn of events you bring us back down to earth with the entrance of Hardcore Holly. I wish these jobbers came in earlier Edge eliminates Holly, another rjobber thrown over to get a bigger star an elimination next to there name I guess. PAUL LONDON he is another won of those guys with no hope it is getting a little bit frustrating to be honest. Some finishers are exchanging the match is becoming very exciting and what a way to keep the ball rolling… Chris Jericho Jericho went alright early before getting Low blowed and here comes Tyson Tomko… LOL @ how Tomko got eliminated by Christian, absolutely hilarious, what a greedy bastard MICK FOLEY , number 30, you shocking, shocking man Wolfy I never expected him Mick Foley really was a waste, would have preferred Nick Dinsmore tbh, London goes over Finlay and well geez Finlay ran his course very happy with the run he had. Orton gets the big scalp of Michaels and Orton looks like he will have the last laugh. WOW, see you later Edge and well good that Jericho eliminated him but I still say watch for Edge some time soon with that MITB. Mister Kennedy eliminated by Lesnar, my boy is still going strong, Lesnar FTW, wait well Jericho is as well but not as much, if that makes sense London gave it his all but he is no match for THE IRON MAN Orton eliminated after folling my boy Lesnar he deserved it, the moment of truth is here Wolfy, you don’t understand how nervous I am Wolf CHRISTIAN won!!! A bit disappointing Wolfy but I guess I will live this was an awesome finish I can not tell you I was literally on the edge of my seat. Very well done and it looks like your Rumble has scored the elusuive 5 star rating. I loved it *****

Overall Wolfy, a fucking amazing PPV I loved every bit of it practically, I swear your ass is going to be dry for two weeks that is how long I sucked it for during this review. Absolutely wonderful show, I can’t sing your praise enough, your weekly shows are great but now I know what all the hype is about Wolfy. Everything was great have fun during your little mini break and I will hopefully see this thread back up and going soon
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