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Old 11-12-2012, 05:05 PM   #1641 (permalink)
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WWE Championship

30-Man Royal Rumble Match (WWE Championship)

Featuring - Raw Superstars: Triple H (c), The Big Show, The Undertaker, Chris Jericho, Sheamus, Homicide, Rey Mysterio, Mystico, Ted DiBiase, Christopher Daniels, Kaval, Carlito, Eddie Colon, Randy Orton (No. 30) & Kofi Kingston or Jay Lethal.

Smackdown Superstars: Shawn Michaels, Christian, Edge, Bryan Danielson, Paul Burchill, TJ Wilson, J-Red, Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas.

Winner: Randy Orton (New WWE Champion)
Runner-Up: Triple H
3rd Place: Chris Jericho
4th Place: The Undertaker


(Vacant) World Heavyweight Championship

No Holds Barred – One Fall To A Finish

John Cena vs. CM Punk

Winner: CM Punk (New World Heavyweight Champion)
Method of Victory: Screwjob via Tazz and Stephanie McMahon
Will Stephanie McMahon have a direct influence on the outcome?: Yes as I think her, Punk and Tazz will be in on the whole screwjob together


United States Championship
Matt Sydal (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

Winner: Dolph Ziggler (New WWE United States Champion)
Method of Victory: Pinfall


WWE Tag Team Championship

Paul London & Brian Kendrick (c) vs. The Empire

Winner: Paul London and Brian Kendrick
Which two superstars will be involved in the finish?: Brian Kendrick and Wade Barrett
Method of Victory: Pinfall


For A Place in the Rumble Match (Brother vs Brother)

Kofi Kingston vs. Jay Lethal

Winner: Jay Lethal
Method of Victory: Controversial pinfall using the tights and ropes as extra leverage to cheat to defeat his older brother


John Morrison & Justin Gabriel vs. The Miz & Zack Ryder

Winners: John Morrison & Justin Gabriel
Which two superstars will be involved in the finish?: John Morrison and The Miz
Method of Victory: Pinfall


>Other Questions<

1. How many title changes will there be? 3
2. Predict the match order

Match#1: WWE Tag Team Championship
Match#2: John Morrison & Justin Gabriel vs. The Miz & Zack Ryder
Match#3: Jay Lethal vs Kofi Kingston Brother vs. Brother
Match#4: WWE United States Championship
Match#5: World Heavyweight Championship
Main Event: Royal Rumble Match (WWE Championship)
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:37 PM   #1642 (permalink)
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WWE Championship
The Royal Rumble Match


Winner: Chris Jericho
Runner-Up: Undertaker

I see Triple H being eliminated midway through the Rumble as a big moment in the middle and returns to toss Orton out in the final four

(Vacant) World Heavyweight Championship
No Holds Barred – One Fall To A Finish
John Cena vs. CM Punk


Winner: CM Punk
Method of Victory: Controevrsial Pin after a screwed up interference attempt
Will Stephanie McMahon have a direct influence on the outcome?: Yes

Great story here going but its not done yet and right now I think Punk needs the controversial win to make the story progress properly

United States Championship
Matt Sydal (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler


Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Method of Victory: Pin

Sydal has had a great run of it but its time to pass on the momentum to the next big star in Dolph Ziggler

WWE Tag Team Championship
Paul London & Brian Kendrick (c) vs. The Empire


Winner: Empire
Which two superstars will be involved in the finish?: Brian Kendrick and Wade Barrett
Method of Victory: Pinfall

I don't see London and Kendrick staying together so I see a quick title change back to the Empire and allow for a Kendrick/London break up

For A Place in the Rumble Match
Kofi Kingston vs. Jay Lethal


Winner: Jay Lethal
Method of Victory: Count Out

Though Lethal wins, I suspect Kingston will still find his way into the Rumble and both men eliminating each other.

John Morrison & Justin Gabriel vs. The Miz & Zack Ryder


Winners: John Morrison and Justin Gabriel
Which two superstars will be involved in the finish?: Zack Ryder and Justin Gabriel
Method of Victory: Pin

The Faces need a win somewhere.

>Other Questions<


1. How many title changes will there be? 3
2. Predict the match order

Match#1: Kofi Kingston vs. Jay Lethal
Match#2: Tag Team Title Match
Match#3: US Title Match
Match#4: John Morrison & Justin Gabriel vs. The Miz & Zack Ryder
Match#5: WHC Match
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Well Nige, it's been a long while since I've posted in here, but I just thought I'd post some thoughts since I do have a gander at what you're up to whenever you post a show. So...here goes.




WWE Championship
The Royal Rumble Match

Featuring - Raw Superstars: Triple H (c), The Big Show, The Undertaker, Chris Jericho, Sheamus, Homicide, Rey Mysterio, Mystico, Ted DiBiase, Christopher Daniels, Kaval, Carlito, Eddie Colon, Randy Orton (No. 30) & Kofi Kingston or Jay Lethal.
Smackdown Superstars: Shawn Michaels, Christian, Edge, Bryan Danielson, Paul Burchill, TJ Wilson, J-Red, Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas.


I have to commend you, Nige, on doing a good job of building this match up as one of the hardest Royal Rumble matches to call in BTB-land. As far as Rumble matches go, I usually have a good idea as to who a booker has in mind to win the match, but with this one, there are several options. You've pushed Triple H hard in the build up to the match (obviously), Chris Jericho has been given a lot of attention, and besides that there are still five surprise entries for the match. However, you are and have always been a massive fan of one man in particular, the man you recently turned face and are trying to push as the next big babyface on Raw, Randy Orton. Despite the odds of him winning are arguably less because of his number 30 entry, I don't think that'll make a difference, and I think you have it in mind for Orton to win. I have toyed with the possibility of either John Cena or CM Punk losing the World Heavyweight Championship match and then winning the Rumble, but if its No Holds Barred, you could risk everyone else in the Rumble looking weak. Besides that, I just feel that this Rumble in particular should be won by a face, not a heel. So Orton's my (safe) pick.

Winner: RANDY ORTON.
Runner-Up: The Undertaker.


(Vacant) World Heavyweight Championship
No Holds Barred – One Fall To A Finish

John Cena vs. CM Punk


You've spent the better part of 2008 (in BTB) building and building and building CM Punk, this storyline has revolved around him, and I feel like if Punk was to hold (and most likely lose) the championship you'd have never had him lose it in the first place, and he'd drop it after a long run at WrestleMania. So with that said, Cena seems like the right pick. Yet, as I type that, something stops me from putting his name in bold - I just have that feeling that Punk will indeed go on to win the championship, and that his storyline with Stephanie is far from over.

Winner: CM PUNK.
Method of Victory: Pinfall.
Will Stephanie McMahon have a direct influence on the outcome? No.


United States Championship
Matt Sydal (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler


Ziggler's on the rise, Sydal's had the title since the late summer. It's time for a change heading into WrestleMania.

Winner: DOLPH ZIGGLER.
Method of Victory: Pinfall.


WWE Tag Team Championship
Paul London & Brian Kendrick (c) vs. The Empire


The Empire should obviously have the titles heading into WrestleMania, and I have a feeling that London and Kendrick's "reunion" may be a hoax. Even if it isn't, I feel like the title switch was just for a surprise, not because they are going to hold the titles for very long.

Winner: THE EMPIRE.
Which two superstars will be involved in the finish? Barrett and London.
Method of Victory: Pinfall.


For A Place in the Rumble Match
Kofi Kingston vs. Jay Lethal


Winner: KOFI KINGSTON.
Method of Victory: Pinfall.



Plus

John Morrison & Justin Gabriel vs. The Miz & Zack Ryder

Winner: MORRISON & GABRIEL.
Which two superstars will be involved in the finish? Gabriel and Ryder.
Method of Victory: Pinfall.


>Other Questions<

1. How many title changes will there be? (The World Championship match does not count) Three.
2. Predict the match order

Match#1: United States Championship match, Ziggler/Sydal
Match#2: Morrison & Gabriel vs. Miz & Ryder
Match#3: Lethal vs. Kingston.
Match#4: WWE Tag Team Championship match, Empire/London & Kendrick.
Match#5: World Heavyweight Championship match, Punk/Cena
The Main Event: The Royal Rumble.
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WWE Championship
The Royal Rumble Match

Featuring - Raw Superstars: Triple H (c), The Big Show, The Undertaker, Chris Jericho, Sheamus, Homicide, Rey Mysterio, Mystico, Ted DiBiase, Christopher Daniels, Kaval, Carlito, Eddie Colon, Randy Orton (No. 30) & Kofi Kingston or Jay Lethal.
Smackdown Superstars: Shawn Michaels, Christian, Edge, Bryan Danielson, Paul Burchill, TJ Wilson, J-Red, Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas.

First and foremost, I have to say that putting the WWE Title on the line in the Rumble is not only brave, but it's admirable, because you're trying something that has never been done before in BTB, or at least, certainly not since I've been hanging around. I think it's a big call but I think it works, especially with your mega-heel Triple H at the top of the pile to huff and puff about the decision. Personally, seeing as I'd like to see the Game's title run continue - I think, and it's just me, that if he's going to lose it, a big name like himself should probably do so some other way than being thrown over the top rope. I think there's potential with Hunter to carry the belt into Mania and drop it there, but that being said, I'm not certain that's what you have in mind. In the interest of being a little different, as well as hoping you'll give your heel champ a huge, huge rub, I'm going for Triple H to steal it from under Orton's nose.

Winner: Triple H
Runner-Up: Randy Orton

(Vacant) World Heavyweight Championship
No Holds Barred – One Fall To A Finish

John Cena vs. CM Punk

As much as I hate to agree with the jobber above me, I find it odd that you would have the title vacated if you were going to hand it back to your red-hot anti-authority Punk. A Cena title reign could prompt Punk to chase heading in one last pay-off at Mania, but I'll say Punk overcomes the odds here, and then you throw a big heel at him on the RTWM rather than the morally-ambiguous Cena.

Winner: CM Punk
Method of Victory: Pin
Will Stephanie McMahon have a direct influence on the outcome? No, but she'll appear afterwards in some capacity.

United States Championship
Matt Sydal (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

I'm a huge fan of Bourne, so I'm biased, but I think he's been the underdog up until this point, and Ziggler can be the next notch in his belt. Again, you've built this well - I think Ziggler could take it, but maybe you have plans for him to take on someone bigger heading in Mania season. I genuinely have no idea, but I'll go for Bourne in an attempt to give the crowd something to cheer about.

Winner: Evan Bourne
Method of Victory: Pin

WWE Tag Team Championship
Paul London & Brian Kendrick (c) vs. The Empire

They just won them. I'm surprised you had the titles change hands at all, but between this and the Punk thing I think you might need to solidify a reign here or there.

Winner: Hooliganz
Which two superstars will be involved in the finish? London to pin McIntyre.
Method of Victory: Pin

For A Place in the Rumble Match
Kofi Kingston vs. Jay Lethal

Some good storytelling in this feud, but at the heart of it, I think Kofi's worth more to you in the context of the Rumble.

Winner: Kofi Kingston
Method of Victory: Pin

Plus

John Morrison & Justin Gabriel vs. The Miz & Zack Ryder

Winner: Miz and Ryder
Which two superstars will be involved in the finish? Miz pins Gabriel.
Method of Victory: Pin

>Other Questions<

1. How many title changes will there be? (The World Championship match does not count) You can tell I like long title reigns. Zero.
2. Predict the match order

Match#1: Lethal/Kingston
Match#2: Morrison & Gabriel vs Miz & Ryder
Match#3: US Title
Match#4: Tag Titles
Match#5: WHC Match
The Main Event: Royal Rumble

Best of luck with this. It looks great, plus I can't wait to see some stories beginning to shape up for Wrestlemania season. Just thought I'd let you know that I do keep an eye, and keep it the hell up please.
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WWE Presents: The 20th Annual (Pay-Per-View) WWE Royal Rumble



Sunday January 18th 2009
Live from the Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, North Carolina



***Pyro***
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***Pyro***


T.I. ft. Rihanna
"Live Your Life"


Jim Ross:
Welcome ev'ryone to the 20th annual WWE Royal Rumble live on pay-per-view where for the first time in its hist'ry, the WWE Championship will be defended in the Royal Rumble match. It truly promises t' be an amazing night here in Greensboro Carolina. We're joined t'night of course by our colleagues from Friday Night Smackdown, Michael Cole an' Matt Striker. . . Michael.

Michael Cole: Thanks JR. It sure does promise t' be a historic night with the WWE title on the line in the Rumble match, but let's not f'get that we will definitely crown a new World Heavyweight Champion when John Cena takes on CM Punk in a rematch from Night of Champions. That match ended in highly controversial circumstances but t'night we're guaranteed a new World Champion with no holds barred in one fall to a finish. With that and the Royal Rumble match we're in f' what may well go down as the greatest Royal Rumble pay-per-view of all time.

Jim Ross: Absolutely, I agree Michael. The Road to WrestleMania starts here folks.

"S.O.S. I hear 'em callin'"

A huge pop breaks out as Kofi Kingston walks out into the arena, not his usual high energy self. He looks into the crowd appearing to be very tentative, now makes his way down the aisle into the ring, heading to the corner, strangely not hitting the ropes for a change. He just stands there looking into the stands, clearly not at all comfortable with the challenge ahead against his brother.

"Lethal"

A ton of boos greets Jay Lethal as he strolls out into the Greensboro Coliseum with his game face on. He stops & stares disapprovingly into the crowd as his brother looks down at him, and Jay turns back to stare fiercely down at Kofi, taking in a deep breath before setting off down the aisle to the ring, eyes locked on his brother.


___________________________________________________________________________________

*Video Recap*
From Raw Monday Night

"S.O.S."

A big pop comes from the stands and a low-key Kofi Kingston walks out to the stage. He stops & looks into the crowd for a brief second and carries on down to the ring to join JR as The King takes his leave, returning to the announce table. Kofi's music stops as he shakes hands with JR who passes him The King's microphone.

Jim Ross:
I'd like t' thank you Kofi f' coming out here to speak with us. I think we're all aware of how difficult this situation between yourself an' your brother Jay is ahead of your match this Sunday at the Royal Rumble. How exactly are you feeling going into that match that will see the winner also pr'gress to the Royal Rumble match an' a shot at the WWE Championship, an' does that complicate things?

Kofi takes a couple of seconds to compose himself.

Kofi Kingston:
Does it complicate things? Yeah, just a bit. The whole reason I came here an' wan'ed t' be a WWE superstar was t' be the WWE Champion. It's what I've dreamt about almost all my life. It's why I left home an' my family t' try an' make that dream come true with my mother's blessing. It was the toughest thing I've ever done but I don't regret it, until now. I never thought I'd find myself in this position, having t' fight my brother Jay, let alone with a shot at the WWE title if I beat 'im.

Jim Ross: I can't pretend t' understand what you're feeling Kofi but given how personal this is an' how uneasy it's making you, does the fact that you can get a shot at the WWE title, what you've always dreamed of make you channel things diff'rently?

Kofi Kingston: If only it was that easy JR. Yeah I can try an' think of it bein' just a match against just anyone but I've tried that an' it's not worked yet. I mean first I was happy about gettin' the chance t' get my hands on Jay after he blindsided me, then the shot at the WWE title came up, an' the thought of it all kind o'felt like I could kill two birds with one stone. The more time's gone by though, the more time I've had t' think about it on the road, the tougher it's all got, an' I've thought of nothing else. I feel kind o'sick about puttin' my hands on my brother. It's not like when we were play fighting as kids. This is real JR. I know what Jay wants t' do. Hell he's told me enough times the last couple o'months, but right now I don't know what t' thin. . .

Jay Lethal's music hits and he steps out into the arena to a barrage of boos. Kofi & JR turn round and watch him calmly walking down the ramp to the ring. He walks up the steps and joins his brother & JR inside, staring at Kofi before brushing past him to go and get a microphone. He gets one and his music stops as he walks back towards them, getting a dirty look from JR with Kofi trying to avoid any kind of conflict.

Jay Lethal:
If I were you JR I'd get out of the ring before you get in harm's way.

Jay stares right at JR, unsettling him and Kofi nods at him, telling him it's best he left the ring, and he does.

Jay Lethal:
Smart JR, but as f' you bro you're not going anywhere. You're gonna hear what I've gotta say. JR an' these fans might wanna hear your side of things an' you try an' make me out t' be the bad guy in all this when you're the one who walked out on me an' our family. Yeah whatever, you might've got our mom's blessing but you still left her too.

*Heat*

Jay Lethal: Now you might have problems with all this but I don't. I sure as hell don't feel uneasy about beating the crap out of you. Hell I'm lookin' forward to it. I've been lookin' forward to it f' years.

*More Heat*

Jay Lethal: You know what I want most though? I want you t' turn up Sunday at your best. That way it'll feel even better an' you won't have any excuses whatsoever. If you can't get up f' this fight though, I've got a problem with that. Don't worry I can change that.

Lethal slaps the taste out of Kofi's mouth to the shock of everyone in the arena, and he just stands there staring at him. Kofi can't believe it and again tries to keep calm, but it's not easy and the fans boo the hell out of Lethal.

Jay Lethal:
Come on Kofi, hit me. You know you want to. Come on, hit me. Hit me, come on, do it.

Kofi looks like he wants to but he manages to stop himself with Lethal glaring at his brother, willing him to do something.

Kofi Kingston:
No, I'm not gonna do it.

Kofi kneels down and drops the microphone, now walks past Jay, moving towards the ropes.

Jay Lethal:
That's it Kofi, do what you do best, walk away, again.

Kofi stops and looks down, clearly angry inside and he turns round, going face-to-face with Jay to a big pop. They look right into each other's eyes, looking like they're about to beat the hell out of each other, but again Kofi turns round and walks away. The fans boo but Lethal grabs Kofi's arm and spins him round, throwing a right hand at him. Kofi ducks it though and instinctively nails him with the Trouble in Paradise to a huge pop. He stays on the mat and looks on in shock at flooring his brother.

He looks almost sorry for what he's done as he stands up, running his hands through his hair. He looks into the crowd, still in shock at his own actions. He turns round and leaves the ring, not looking back, heading right back up the ramp beating himself up for what he did as Jay comes round, glaring up in his brother's direction. Kofi gets to the stage and does turn back, seeing his brother staring right up at him, and Kofi still looks rattled by his own actions as he turns round to walk to the back.


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*The Opening Match*



For A Place in the Royal Rumble Match
Kofi Kingston vs. Jay Lethal


Closing Minutes: After a solid start but a resurgence from his brother, Kofi has fought his way back into control and looking on a mission after some disrespectful slaps & taunts from Lethal. Jay's reeling and Kofi's back in the grove as he makes his way back up, watching as Lethal follows, not looking in the best of shape at all. Kofi looks to take advantage and jumps right on his brother. He chops him across the chest, getting a "WOO" from the North Carolina crowd and fires him into the corner. Lethal's back crashes into them and Kofi storms across the mat at speed to jump up to the second rope. The crowd cheer and Kofi unloads on his brother, pummelling him with right hand after right hand to a big pop.

The fans are loving it and count the blows, all ten of them and Kofi jumps back down showing signs of some satisfaction. Jay's all over the place and he staggers out into Kofi, and the Jamaican Sensation shows no remorse, grabbing Jay's head and sending him down into the canvas without hesitation. Kingston's got the crowd on their feet as he heads to the corner and up to the top rope. Jay again claws his way back up on all fours, unaware of Kofi ready to strike, and as Jay makes it up and turns round, Kofi does just that with a HIGH ANGLE CROSS BODY!. . . . . Kofi hits it and takes his brother down, landing on top of him and reaching to the side to hook the leg for a cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

Jay gets the shoulder up and hangs on in there. Kofi looks up with some initial disappointment but goes right back to work. He returns to his feet and watches Jay trying to do the same. Kofi keeps his eyes on him and then runs forward into the ropes, jumping onto them, hitting a springboard for a REVERSE ELBOW SMASH!!. . . . . Lethal dodges it though and Kofi lands on the mat. The crowd's quiet now as Jay slowly stands back up, watching his brother intently as Kofi claws his way back up.

Jay glares at him with fury in his eyes and spins him round to nail him with a right hand. Kofi ducks it and wastes no time taking Jay down with the S.O.S, a BELLY TO SIDE ROLL THROUGH!!!. . . . . The ref rushes across on the mat and drops to his knees to make the count with the fans counting along with them as Kofi holds on for the cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

No! Jay kicks out. There's some disappointment from the crowd but the brothers rush back up to their feet, both determined to strike first, and Jay reverses a tame whip attempt to the corner from Kofi. Kingston hits the pads back first and Jay takes a deep breath before storming across the canvas at him. Cheers break out as Kofi counters with a pendulum kick, sending Jay staggering away from the corner clutching his stomach. Kofi sees the opportunity and climbs through the ropes to head up to the top rope. The fans cheer again, and as Lethal turns round to face his brother, Kofi jumps off the top and connects with a MISSILE DROPKICK!. . . . .

The fans like that and Lethal stays down with Kofi standing up, well & truly in the zone now. He looks down at his brother on his back up and looks into the crowd. He turns back into the ropes and the crowd go nuts for the BOOM DROP!!!. . . . . Lethal rolls to the side and dodges it, and both men make their way back up as quickly as they can. They're both struggling slightly and Jay turns round to duck a wild right hand. Kofi's shocked though as Lethal reacts super quickly to take him down with the LETHAL COMBINATION, AN STO BACKBREAKER INTO A REVERSE STO!!. . . . . Kofi hits the deck and Jay doesn't waste a second, jumping on top of his brother and hooking the leg for a cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

No! A big pop breaks out as Kofi gets his shoulder up. Lethal leans back on his knees angrily, staring at the referee in frustration. Kofi lifts his head up off the mat and it pisses Jay off even more. He stands up and stomps on Kofi's head, now shifts round to his brother's feet. He lifts Kofi's legs up off the mat and locks in the FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK!!!. . . . . There's serious intent on Jay's face as he does all he can to torture Kofi and make him tap, but more importantly there's severe agony of the face of Kingston as he tries to hold on. He looks in real trouble as Jay squeezes tight on the grip with the fans trying to help Kofi, chanting his name repeatedly.

Jay doesn't like it one bit, but it helps Kofi as he uses all the strength he has to pull his right leg free and kick up at his brother. It works too as he drives his boot into his brother's neck, forcing him to break the hold. The fans are cheering as Kofi breathes a sigh of relief, but he has to make his way back up, as does Jay. Kofi struggles, hobbling slightly as he tries to stand up. Jay's up though and he shows no sympathy for his brother, pulling him into his body and planting him with a SNAP SUPLEX!. . . . . Kofi's down & out on the mat and Lethal's in control.

He sits up and looks down at his brother. A light goes off and he looks into the corner. He stands back up and that's where he heads with Kofi still not moving. The fans look on nervously as Lethal intently climbs up to the summit. He reaches the top and stares down at his fallen brother for a second before leaping off, driving his head into Kofi's chest for the LETHAL DIVE!!!. . . . . He hits it and it could be over. The fans look on nervously as the determined younger sibling shakes off the cobwebs to make a cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . . 3?

NO!

Lethal can't believe it, sitting up and shaking his head in pure frustration again. He drives his fist into the canvas and sees Kofi coming round, eyes all over the shop. Jay looks like he's about to snap and calmly as he can, he stands up, eyes locked on Kofi. He mocks his brother as he takes several steps back and lifts his hands above his head, apparently getting ready to hit the Trouble in Paradise on Kofi. The fans boo as Kofi unwittingly rolls onto his side and onto one knee. Jay's sights are firmly set on his brother, and Kofi claws his way up, completely oblivious to what Jay has in mind.

The fans try to warn him, but as he turns round, Jay surges across the mat and jumps up for the TROUBLE IN PARADISE!!!. . . . . No, Kofi ducks it and Lethal recovers quickly, putting the brakes on to land on his feet. They both turn to face each other in a flash and Kofi strikes out of nowhere, jumping up off the mat to nail Lethal with an ENZUIGIRI!!!. . . . . He gets it, all of it, and Jay's flat on his back. The lights are out, or so it would seem with the fans going nuts. They think it's over and so does Kofi as he scurries across on his knees to turn Jay over and make the cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . . 3?

NO!

Lethal, just, and only just manages to somehow get his shoulder up. Kofi's stunned as he leans back on his knees, staring hopelessly at the referee who can only point out once again it was only a two count. It springs Kofi back into action, and he takes a quick look at his brother who's still on the mat, barely moving a muscle. Kingston makes his way back up and heads over to the apron and steps through the ropes to climb up to the dizzy heights of the top rope once again. Jay's still barely moving as Kofi steps off for a BOOM DROP FROM THE TOP!!!. . . . . But wait, Lethal rolls away and Kofi's legs slam into the mat.

The fans are left disappointed again, and both men are struggling as they try to make it up to a vertical base. Kofi's up first and he kicks Jay in the gut. Lethal grabs his boot though and spins his brother round, and in the blink of an eye he lifts Kofi off his feet for the LETHAL INJECTION, A BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX LIFT INTO A NECKBREAKER!!!. . . . . Kofi hits the mat with force and rolls over onto his stomach towards the apron. Lethal turns his head and looks over coldly at Kofi lying there. He coolly shifts across the mat to make the cover, hooking the near leg confidently as the ref makes the count. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . . 3?

NO!

Kofi manages to get his foot on the bottom rope to the relief & delight of the crowd and Jay can't believe it. He sits up and glares at the referee with fury in his eyes. The ref signals the two count and Jay snaps, rushing back up to his feet and dragging Kofi up with him. Kofi barely offers any resistance as his furious brother pulls him into a place for a DDT. Lethal stares into the crowd, hell bent on putting Kofi away. Holding onto Kofi, Jay runs into the corner, jumping onto the second rope for a SPRINGBOARD TORNADO DDT!!!. . . . . No, Kofi counters and throws Jay forward & down into the canvas. A big pop breaks out as Lethal lands awkwardly on the mat, sitting up and holding his lower back.

Kofi though lets go of the ropes, focusing on his brother and he gets ready for the Trouble in Paradise. The fans continue cheering as Kofi steps away from the ropes clapping his hands above his head, but as Jay unwittingly picks himself up off the mat, Kofi's mood changes dramatically. He looks very uneasy and stops clapping, and as Jay turns round, Kofi freezes completely. Jay's stunned but takes full advantage of his brother's hesitancy and leaps up off the mat to hit the TROUBLE IN PARADISE HIMSELF!!!. . . . . Jay just nailed his brother with his own finisher, going for the right cover with the fans looking on nervously as the ref counts Kofi's shoulders. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . . 3?

YES, IT'S OVER! Jay beats Kofi and advances to the Royal Rumble match. "Lethal" hits and Jay stands up with a smug look on his face as he gets his arm raised. The fans are shocked and Lethal revels in it, walking over to the apron and smirking at them. He then turns round and sees Kofi coming round, taking great pleasure in that too. Jay walks across the mat to leave the ring, taking one last look at his brother before leaving the ring and walking back up the aisle. Kofi sits up and begins to realise what's happened, looking in his brother's direction as Jay turns back and smirks again having scored the big win over Kofi. He then turns his back on him and carries on backstage, leaving the incredibly disappointed Kofi to dwell on the loss.

Winner: Jay Lethal by pinfall.

Jim Ross: What a win that is f' Jay Lethal King, but Kofi froze when it looked like he had a place in the Royal Rumble in the bag. He had the same problem on Raw Monday night, an' when it mattered here t'night he just couldn't find it in himself t' put his brother away, an' it's not just cost him the match, it's cost him a shot at the WWE Championship later on.

Jerry Lawler: It sure has, but what a chance Lethal's got now JR. I'll tell you what though, he won't get anyone taking it easy on 'im later on like Kofi just did.


*Video Promo*
From Earlier Today

The WWE Champion, Triple H is shown walking into the arena looking like a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders, heading through the hallway dragging his travel bag with one hand and the WWE Championship over his other shoulder. He carries on down the hall and we see Todd Grisham talking with Josh Matthews and The Game walks closer towards them, not paying them any interest, and they don't hear him coming.

Josh Matthews: Do you think he'll do it then Todd?

Todd Grisham: Against 29 other men? No chance.

The Game stops at hearing that and turns his head, and they both realise he's standing there staring a hole through them. The WWE Champion glares right at Grisham, making him very uncomfortable, Josh too. Trips is breathing somewhat heavily, but then Josh looks past him, causing Triple H to turn around. He gets a shock to see Randy Orton standing over his shoulder staring at him. The Game stares right back with Josh & Todd looking worried, and they take their leave with one serious looking Orton turning his head slightly to look at the WWE title on Trips' shoulder. He then smirks at the angry WWE Champion and turns to walk away, leaving Triple H to watch him leave with even more to think about ahead of his massive title defence later on in the evening.


Ted DiBiase and his girlfriend, Maryse are walking through the back, and as they turn the corner they see the United States Champion, Matt Sydal in his ring gear and standing with his girlfriend, Mickie James. DiBiase smiles, looking really pleased to see them and he walks up to the 2008 King of the Ring who turns his head, not looking at all impressed or bothered by Ted's presence.

Ted DiBiase: Well look who we have here babe. If it isn't the breakout star of the year.

Sydal doesn't pay any attention to his bitter remarks, and Mickie turns her head looking disgusted by Ted, not going down well with him at all.

Ted DiBiase: Hey, are you letting that ridiculous award you didn't deserve go t' your head?

Sydal & Mickie smirk, not rising to the bait.

Mickie James: We heard you alright. In fact we've heard you say the same thing several times. Maybe you should just get over it.

Ted DiBiase: Get over it? You're kidding me right? There's no way he was the breakout star of the year. . . I was.

Matt Sydal: The slammy at home says diff'rently dude. . . You ready t' go sweety?

DiBiase looks pissed as Sydal & Mickie turn to walk away, and Ted snaps. He clubs Sydal from behind and knocks him to the floor. He continues to pummel him, this time with boots to the lower back, and he pulls him up off his knees to send him crashing into the wall.

Mickie James: GET OFF HIM.

Mickie tries to pull Ted off her boyfriend but he keeps on stomping the ribs of the United States Champion. A group of officials surge into the scene and pull him away with Mickie immediately dropping to her knees to check on Matt. He's on his side clutching his ribs as a smug DiBiase walks off with Maryse.

Official: Matt, are you okay?

There's no response from Sydal as he just grimaces. The official checking on him stands up and looks back up the hall.

Official: WE NEED SOME HELP DOWN HERE, NOW

Mickie continues to attend to Sydal as he looks in agony on the floor awaiting medical attention.


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*Video Recap*
From Raw Monday Night

"AWE-SOME!"

The Miz & Zack Ryder
stroll out to the stage to heat from the crowd, still looking very pleased with themselves. They take their time walking down to the ring, not in a rush at all as The Miz picks a microphone up off the apron before entering the ring with The Long Island Loudmouth. They walk into the middle of the ring and the music cuts, bringing out the sound of the boos, not that they bother either man.

The Miz:
I hate t' be the bearer of bad news but unfortunately it pains me t' say that as much as Zack an' myself were hoping to embarrass John Morrison an' that kid who's latched himself onto him t'night, it appears that kid hasn't recovered from the little slap t' the head we gave him last week. He wasn't able to compete last week when we were supposed t' face them in this ring and I'm afraid that match won't take place t'night either.

*Heat*

?: . . . Hey Miz, up here.

A shot of Eric Bischoff in his office is shown on the tron.

Eric Bischoff:
Miz, I couldn't help but hear what you just said an' there a few things I'd like to address. First, you were unfortunately correct when you said that Justin Gabriel hasn't been cleared to compete yet after what you two did last week.

*Heat*

Eric Bischoff: That doesn't mean that the match between you two, Gabriel an' Morrison won't take place very soon. In fact it will happen very soon, this Sunday night at the Royal Rumble.

*Pop*

The shot goes back to the ring and Miz & Ryder don't look too happy right now.

Eric Bischoff:
That's not all however. Seeing as it looks like you're ready t' go Miz, you're going to have a match right now.

"Ain't No Make Believe"

A big pop breaks out and John Morrison walks out to the stage with Justin Gabriel coming out with him. Miz & Ryder look on angrily from the ring as The Monday Night Delight heads straight down to the ring, no slow motion shot tonight as he & Gabriel stare right at them all the way down to the ring.


John Morrison w/Justin Gabriel
vs. The Miz w/Zack Ryder

It wasn't enough to get the three but Miz stands up getting ready to hit the Skull Crushing Finale. The fans boo and Gabriel looks concerned as Morrison claws his way back up, unaware of what's waiting for him. As Miz grabs him though, Morrison quickly slips behind him and takes him down with a russian legsweep. Both men pick themselves back up and Morrison runs into the ropes, jumping onto the second rope for a springboard enzuigiri, but Ryder grabs his boot and JoMo lands hard on the mat. The fans boo and the ref gives him a strong warning, and Gabriel walks round, gesturing furiously at him as The Miz looks on, then turns the attention back to Morrison, dragging him up from his knees and driving him into the canvas courtesy of the Skull Crushing Finale. The fans continue to boo as he confidently turns his former partner onto his back and hooks the leg, getting the three count and a big win heading into Sunday night. "Awesome" hits to more heat as he gets his arm raised with a smug smile on his face, and he takes his leave, joining the all-smiling Ryder on the outside. They turn back as Gabriel enters the ring to check on Morrison who sits up angrily, staring in Miz & Ryder's direction, who just laugh back at them.

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*Match #2*



John Morrison & Justin Gabriel
vs. The Miz & Zack Ryder


Closing Minutes: It's been a fairly even contest and Morrison has turned the tables back in his & Gabriel's favour, coming close after a springboard moonsault. The fans have been right behind him & Gabriel all the way, and Morrison knows he has Miz in trouble as he takes his time standing up. Struggling, Miz rolls on to his side and tries to get back up. His former tag team partner gives him a helping hand, casually pulling him up from his knees. Miz though takes advantage of the casualness and snaps up with a hard forearm, almost putting Morrison down onto one knee.

Now he pulls Morrison up and fires him into the ropes. JoMo bounces off them and comes running back into a KITCHEN SINK!!. . . . . Morrison sits up holding his stomach looking very winded as Miz looks on fiercely. He drags Morrison back up, grabbing his head with both hands and turning him round slowly, then takes him down with a FALLING NECKBREAKER!!. . . . . Morrison's hurting now and Miz doesn't care one bit, going right for the cover and hooking the leg. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

NO!

The Monday Night Delight gets his shoulder up, getting a pop from the crowd. Miz though isn't happy, neither is Ryder on the apron as he looks on. Gabriel shouts some encouragement to his partner, watching nervously as an angry Miz stands up, staring furiously at Morrison as he slowly makes his way back up to his feet. He's hurting with Miz getting itchy feet, shifting behind Morrison getting ready to strike. There's worry coming from the crowd as Miz pounces on him, grabbing both his arms for the SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!!!. . . . .

Morrison slips to safety though and plants Miz with a RELEASE GERMAN SUPLEX!!. . . . . Miz lands hard on his back and Morrison's still hurting from the neckbreaker. They both turn themselves over and crawl to their respective corners, and Morrison gets there first, tagging the South African, Gabriel into the match to a big pop. He races through the ropes as Miz makes the tag to Ryder, and The Long Island Loudmouth bursts into the ring, running to meet the oncoming Gabriel.

Ryder tries for a clothesline but Gabriel ducks and connects with a spin kick to the gut. Ryder falls onto one knee and Gabriel turns to run the ropes. Ryder stands back up but the South African livewire shocks him with a corkscrew flip over him before nailing a stunned Ryder with a JUMPING HEEL KICK!!. . . . . More cheers come from the crowd as Gabriel drops to his knees in a hurry to make a cover, hooking both legs as the fans count along with the ref. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

Ryder kicks out, disappointing Gabriel slightly as leans back. He shrugs it off quickly and goes back to work, returning to his feet. He brings Zack with him and fires him into the turnbuckle pads with force. Ryder winces as his back hits them, but Gabriel's not done and storms across the ring at speed, hitting a CROSS BODY THAT TAKES HIM ONTO THE APRON!!. . . . . The momentum takes him over the ropes as Ryder falls forward.

He crawls away from the corner on all fours as Gabriel steadies himself on the apron and watches his opponent trying to make it back up. Miz doesn't look happy on the apron as his unsuspecting partner makes it back up and turns round, and he sees Gabriel come to life, SPRINGBOARDING OFF THE TOP ROPE FOR A CROSS BODY!!. . . . . Gabriel forces Ryder back & down to the mat, reaches to the side and hooks the leg. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

Another kick out from Ryder, disappointing some of the fans. Again Gabriel doesn't look all that surprised and tries to bring Ryder up from his knees, but Ryder catches him off guard with a strong elbow shot to the side of the head. Gabriel falls onto one knee too alongside Ryder. They both make their way back up with Gabriel turning back to run the ropes. Ryder makes it back up and throws a wild right, but Gabriel ducks underneath and snaps as they turn round for a SUPER KICK!!. . . . .

Ryder ducks it this time and stomps him in the gut. He quickly grabs Gabriel by the head and pulls him into his body before drilling him with a LIFTING INVERTED DDT!!. . . . . Gabriel's flat out and Ryder smells victory, going right for the cover, turning the South African over and hooking both legs. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

NO!

The fans cheer and Morrison claps on the apron as Gabriel manages to get his shoulder up. Ryder can't believe it as he sits up and stares right at the referee, trying to tell him it was three. The ref has none of it though and lets Ryder know, and he doesn't like it. Grudgingly he turns his attention back to Gabriel, sitting him up and applying a side headlock. Morrison gets the crowd going on the apron, clapping his hands. The fans respond, clapping too, not going down well with The Long Island Loudmouth. Gabriel responds, raising his right arm and he tries to stand back up.

Ryder panics and he has every right to as Gabriel tries to escape, driving his elbow into his opponent's ribs. It works and he shoves Ryder forward into the ropes. Ryder grabs them and holds on. Gabriel doesn't want to hang around and runs right at him, right into a raised boot from Ryder. It sends Gabriel staggering away from the ropes and Ryder follows him out, running behind him to take him down with a SWINGING NECKBREAKER!!. . . . . Morrison looks worried on the apron as Ryder again rushes into a cover, hooking the leg as the ref counts Gabriel's shoulders. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

NO!

Gabriel gets his shoulder up and the fans cheer with Morrison breathing a sigh of relief. He again shows his partner some encouragement as the South African lifts his head off the mat looking worse for wear. Ryder stands up full of frustration and sees The Miz calling for the tag, and he obliges by walking across to tag him into the action. Full of focus, The Miz steps through the ropes and intently walks towards Gabriel as he tries to make it up to his knees.

Miz drags him right up to his feet and wastes no time in firing him into the corner. Gabriel's back collides with the pads and Miz races in at him, nailing him with a hard clothesline across the upper torso. Miz holds onto him and pulls him out without resistance from Gabriel, AND BOOM, MIZ DRIVES HIS HEAD INTO THE CANVAS WITH A REVERSE STO!!!. . . . . This could be it right here folks. Gabriel's not moving and the stone faced Clevelander quickly turns him over onto his back and hooks the leg for a cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

NO!

A big pop breaks out as Gabriel shellshocks Miz & Ryder by getting his shoulder up just as it looked like the ref was going to count to three. Morrison's relieved & impressed on the apron, and The Monday Night Delight shouts out some more encouraging words to his partner. Gabriel's on another planet right now though and Miz knows it, reluctantly standing back up. He stares angrily & disapprovingly into the crowd with most of them booing him as he stalks his prey, raising his arms into the air. Gabriel could be about to fall victim to the Skull Crushing Finale.

Morrison knows it too and looks on worried with Ryder supporting his partner too, urging him to put Gabriel away. The South African looks unsteady on his feet as he tries to stand up, and Miz loses patience, pacing right up behind him to grab him for the SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!!!. . . . . No, Gabriel slips behind before Miz can set him up, and Miz is stunned. He turns round in a flash, right into an STO FROM GABRIEL!!. . . . . Both men are down and they turn round on the mat looking desperately towards their respective corners.

The crowd will Gabriel towards Morrison who's desperate to get in, practically jumping over the ropes already and urging him to make the tag. Ryder's almost as keen as he sees Miz getting closer to him. They both get closer and reach up to make the tags to a big pop. Morrison & Ryder race through the ropes into the ring and Morrison connects with a clothesline to put Ryder down. He's not down for long though but he walks right into a SATELLITE SPIN INTO A RUSSIAN LEGSWEEP!!. . . . . He gets all of it and goes right for the tag with the excited & hopeful crowd counting the fall too. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

NO!

Miz dives across but Morrison sees him coming and gives up the cover. Miz lands on Ryder to a big pop, but he slowly picks himself back up. Morrison's watching him all the way up, eyes locked on his former partner, and as Miz makes it back up, Morrison leans back and takes Miz's head off with a SUPER KICK!!!. . . . . Miz falls flat on his back and rolls out of the ring to a huge pop with Morrison walking over to the apron and watching him hit the floor. Ryder sits up behind him and makes it back up.

Morrison turns round and sees Ryder running at him but ducks underneath as Ryder hits the ropes. Morrison turns and runs into the ropes, jumping onto the second rope as Ryder turns into a SPRINGBOARD ENZUIGIRI!!!. . . . . No, Ryder ducks and grabs Morrison by the tights, turns and now SENDS HIM SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE RINGPOST!!!. . . . . Ryder backs up with a big smile on his face, looking very pleased with himself while Gabriel stands back up looking very worried.

Morrison falls back and holds his shoulder, but bravely tries to pick himself back up, using the ropes to help him as Ryder sets his sights on him, gearing up surely for the Rough Ryder. The fans try to make Morrison aware, but he doesn't have a clue, and as he makes it up, Ryder storms across the mat, jumping up for the ROUGH RYDER!!!. . . . . No, Morrison ducks it and turns to run the ropes, this time exploding & hitting the SPRINGBOARD ENZUIGIRI!!!. . . . . Ryder falls to the mat, not moving a muscle with the fans going crazy.

They're all cheering as Morrison drags his motionless body closer to the corner and then heads up to the top rope, making the crowd even louder. They lose their shit as Morrison takes a quick look down at Ryder, still not moving before leaping up into the air for STARSHIP PAIN!!!. . . . . BOOM, IT LANDS!!!. . . . . Morrison has it in the bag and reaches to the side to hook the leg for the cover with the ecstatic crowd again counting along with the ref as he runs across, drops to his knees and counts the fall. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . . 3!!!

"Ain't No Make Believe" hits to a big pop as Morrison stands up to get his arm raised by the referee, joined by Gabriel. Announced as the winners they take great satisfaction in the win, and as the ref lets their arms go, they enjoy a brief guy hug. They then head to the corners and hit the second rope to celebrate, showing their appreciation for the fans as Miz sits up on the floor looking pissed to see them looking down at him and laughing. He shakes his head and they step down and head to the other side of the ring, again posing for the fans before leaving the squared circle victorious, smiling all the way back up the ramp with Miz still angrily watching on the floor.

Winners: John Morrison & Justin Gabriel by pinfall.

Jim Ross:
Finally, Miz an' Ryder, those sore losers have got what they've deserved, an' Morrison an' Gabriel who looked great t'gether t'night it's gotta be said have got the retribution they've so badly wan'ed.

Jerry Lawler: They looked like they've been a tag team f' years. The rest of the tag team division have just been put on notice. That was a very very impressive right there JR.


The United States Champion, Matt Sydal is being attended to in the medic's office, having his ribs taped up with his girlfriend, Mickie James watching and looking very worried.

Mickie James: Please don't do this baby. You don't have to compete t'night. You heard what he said.

Matt Sydal: I get you're worried but I've got to. I can't just pull out at the last minute.

Mickie James: Can't you change his mind doc?

Doctor: He knows the risks but he's made his mind up, strongly going against my advice let it be said, and he knows it.

Mickie James: Please Matt, just wait 'til Friday if you have to. Tazz will understand.

The doctor finishes up taping the ribs and Sydal spins round to sit up on the table.

Matt Sydal: I can't. The match is next. Besides, now I'm all taped up I'll be fine.

Sydal stands up off the table, wincing & clutching his ribs.

Matt Sydal: Thanks doc.

Mickie James: One last time, I'm beggin' you baby. You're clearly hurt. You can't compete like this. You know that too, I know you do.

Matt Sydal: I've made up my mind. Now are you coming? We've gotta go.

Mickie James: Doc?

Doctor: I've tried, sorry.

Sydal heads out of the room and Mickie eventually follows grudgingly.


Leticia Cline is standing by in the locker room.

Leticia Cline: Later on this evening 30 WWE superstars will compete for the WWE Championship in the Royal Rumble match. I'm here in one of the many locker rooms to speak with some of those superstars hoping to leave here t'night as the new WWE Champion.

She turns to the side and walks across to where The Big Show is lacing up his boots, his humungous foot up on the bench.

Leticia Cline: Show, can I get a quick word from you about tonight's Rumble match?

Show finishes up lacing the boots and turns round all smiles.

The Big Show: Hey, what you wanna know 'ticia?

Leticia Cline: Well Monday night on Raw you along with several other superstars had the chance to be number 30 t'night. That went to Randy Orton but are you still confident you can be the last man standing, ultimately becoming the new WWE Champion?

The Big Show: I sure do. Would I be happier being the last man to enter? Sure, but it doesn't matter. It'll take almost 30 men to throw me out of the ring anyway. It'll make me a target but I've got a target of my own, walking out as the WWE Champion.

'Captain Charisma' Christian walks up behind Show and pats him on the shoulder.

Christian: Well that's one thing we've got in common big man. We've both got the same target. It's what I came back for, t' be a world champion. These chances don't come along often an' t'night I'm gonna take it. I'm gonna make it count, so sorry Show it's not gonna be your night.

Show smiles at Christian when 'The Heartbreak Kid' Shawn Michaels walks into the shot in a very relaxed mood indeed.

Shawn Michaels: Christian my man, you've got plen'y of chances ahead of ya. Me on the other hand, I don't. F' all I know this could be my last chance t' be a world champion an' headline WrestleMania. I want all that one more time an' t'night I'm gonna give it ev'rything I've got t' make that happen.

Michaels taps Christian on the shoulder and walks away with Christian & Show looking at each other.


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*Video Recap*
From Smackdown Friday Night

"I Am Perfection"

A ton of boos are thrown at Dolph Ziggler as he struts out to the stage looking very relaxed indeed. He shrugs off the heat without a care in the world as he heads down the ramp and into the ring, borrowing a microphone from Justin Roberts. His music hits and the boos ring out, still not bothering Ziggler in the least.

Dolph Ziggler:
Y'know I've heard how Ted DiBiase's bein' complaining about how my opponent at the Royal Rumble shouldn't have been the Breakout Star of the Year an' he's right, but the fact is he shouldn't either. Had I been around f' the King of the Ring it would've been me. I'd be the one stood here going into the Rumble as the King of the Ring, the Breakout Star of the Year an' the United States Champion.

*Heat*

Dolph Ziggler: It doesn't matter, 'cause in just two nights I might not become the King of the Ring but I will be the new United States Champion.

M.V.P. vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler came close with a leg drop bulldog too and when he missed with the Zig Zag, M.V.P. was gearing up for the Drive By Kick. Dolph though dodged that and this time connected with the Zig Zag to get the win. The fans booed as he stood up with a smirk on his face to hear himself announced as the winner, but after getting his arm raised, he left the ring and approached Justin Roberts, picking up another microphone with Roberts standing there baffled.

Dolph Ziggler: That's just not gonna cut it. I want you to announce me as not just the winner t'night but the next United States Champion.

Boos echo around the arena as Roberts tries to tell Ziggler he doesn't want to.

Dolph Ziggler:
What I'm asking's not hard. All you have t' do is say your next United States Champion DOLPH ZIGG-LER.

*Major Heat*

Dolph Ziggler: What are you waiting for? I'm not asking you, I'm telling you.

Roberts again shakes his head and Ziggler loses it, dropping the microphone and grabbing his jacket with both hands. He screams at him and a big pop breaks out. Matt Sydal runs down the ramp and round the ring to pull Ziggler off Roberts. Dolph's shocked & furious, and he shoves Sydal. The United States Champion shoves him back, pissing Ziggler off even more and he throws a right hand at him. Sydal blocks it though and hammers with a right hand, then tries for another, but Ziggler blocks it this time and fires him crashing into the steel steps. Sydal hits them with force and the top step falls to the side with Ziggler watching on with a sadistic smile on his face. Sydal's girlfriend, Mickie James runs down the ramp to check on her boyfriend as "Perfection" plays with Ziggler backing away laughing at the fans in the front row. Mickie stares angrily at him as Sydal, hurting, tries to sit up, staring furiously in Dolph's direction, not that he's bothered by all the hate in the arena for him.

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*Match #3*



United States Championship
Matt Sydal (c) w/Mickie James
vs. Dolph Ziggler


Closing Minutes: Sydal walked out, wincing slightly with his ribs taped up, and Mickie's been concerned for him the whole time. Ziggler on the other hand hasn't in the slightest and has used it to his advantage, working over Sydal's ribs throughout. The challenger's been getting more & more frustrated though as the resilient Sydal keeps on going, kicking out of several falls when Dolph's thought he's had the match wrapped up. He's getting even angrier now as he again has to stand back up and he looks down furiously at his opponent.

He reaches down and drags Sydal up, pulling him into place for an ABDOMINAL STRETCH!!. . . . . Sydal's suffering big time and Mickie knows it as she watches, trying not to let her emotion get the better of her. She tries to encourage her boyfriend, and so do the fans as Ziggler wrenches away at the United States Champion & reigning King of the Ring. Sydal's body's being stretched to the limit and with the fans willing him on he does all he can to hold on. He tries to find some fight with Ziggler holding firm, but Sydal doesn't give up and finds the strength to escape with an arm drag to put his opponent on the mat.

The fans cheer as Sydal gets some respite, but not much as Ziggler makes his way back up to his feet. Sydal has to do something and he grabs Dolph's wrist to fire him into the corner. Ziggler reverses it though and sends Sydal crashing back first into the pads. He hits them with a lot of force and he staggers out awkwardly into Dolph's path and a BACKBREAKER!!!. . . . . The crowd can hear, let alone see Sydal's pain as he falls to the mat with Ziggler on top of him, going for another cover with a serious look on his face. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

NO!

Another pop breaks out as Sydal gets his shoulder up to deny Ziggler again. The challenger sits up and shakes his head in disbelief, getting even angrier as he looks down at Sydal. He sees the United States Champion trying sit up as Mickie can barely manage to watch on the outside. Ziggler grudgingly gets back up and takes another angry look down at Sydal before exploding furiously with multiple elbow drops to the abdomen. He gives up at five and just watches coldly as Sydal rolls onto his side grabbing his stomach.

Mickie tries to get a closer look at his state as she walks round on the floor, but Dolph's compassion doesn't last long. He bends down again to drag Sydal up, lifting him up onto his shoulders for a fireman's carry. He stares into the crowd with Sydal at his mercy and drops Sydal down onto his outstretched knee with a GUTBUSTER!!!. . . . . Sydal hits the mat and rolls around in agony with Mickie dropping her head on the apron, now unable to look as Dolph drops to his knees. He turns the challenger back over towards him to make the cover, hooking both legs for the cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

NO!

Sydal shocks everyone by getting his shoulder up to a big roar from Greensboro crowd. Ziggler can't believe it and furiously pounds the mat over & over. He stops but starts cursing out loud. He stands back up and steps away from Sydal, watching him rolling onto his side. He runs one hand through his hair as he glares intently at Sydal, starting to beg him to get up again. Slowly but surely Sydal tries to get up, struggling to get his balance on just one leg, and Ziggler snaps, pacing across the mat for a LEG DROP BULLDOG!!!. . . . . Sydal pulls his head back and Ziggler hits the mat to a big pop.

It gives Sydal some time to regroup, getting some much needed encouragement from Mickie as she shows her support. The fans do the same as he & Dolph claw their way up to their feet. Dolph's up first though and fires an angry right hand at Sydal, but he ducks it and tries for an irish whip. He hasn't got the strength though and Ziggler reverses it to send Sydal into the ropes. The challenger bounces off them and comes back, connecting with a TILT-A-WHIRL HEADSCISSORS!!. . . . . The fans love it, cheering as both men again pick themselves back up.

Ziggler crawls to the corner and stands up in the corner. Sydal's already up though and fights for his title, charging across to nail Dolph with an elbow to the head. It knocks Ziggler down on his ass, sliding down the pads, and Sydal retreats to the opposite corner, getting the fans going by showing some serious emotion. He's up for the fight and he shows it as he again bursts across the mat, nailing Ziggler with a SIT-OUT DROPKICK TO THE FACE!!!. . . . . The United States champion caught him full in the face and he pulls Dolph slightly away from the ropes, struggling with his injured ribs before getting him in place for a cover. . . . .

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Ziggler kicks out to the disappointment of the crowd & Mickie. Sydal sits up showing some disappointment too but quickly shrugs it off. He stands back up with Dolph squirming, choosing to go to the top rope. It takes some time getting up there, and by the time he makes it up, Ziggler's on his knees. The challenger sees the danger and throws himself into the ropes to drop Sydal into a seated position. Mickie can feel his pain as she watches, as do the crowd, but Ziggler doesn't have any sympathy. He wastes no time in climbing up to the second rope, and then the top as he tries to set Sydal up for a SUPERPLEX!!!. . . . .

There's only one way down and Sydal looks in deep trouble, but he fights back to the shock of everyone watching & Ziggler, shoving his challenger off the ropes and down to the mat. It's deafening in the Greensboro Coliseum as the clearly hurting champion stands back up on the top rope, getting his balance with Ziggler motionless beneath him. Dolph's there for taking and Sydal knows it, then leaps up into the air and comes down for the SHOOTING STAR PRESS!!!!. . . . . No, Ziggler gets his knees up, lifting them into Sydal's already injured abdomen. The fans can't believe it, looking shocked as Sydal rolls around in agony clutching his ribs with Mickie almost shedding a tear as she looks on.

It takes both men some time to pick themselves back up with Dolph using the ropes to help him. Sydal holds his ribs as he makes his way up to his feet. They turn round to face each other, Ziggler full of determination as he walks across and stomps Sydal in the gut. Sydal slumps forward and Ziggler drags his head under his arm, then lifts him vertically up into the air for a BRAINBUSTER!!!. . . . . Sydal counters though, sliding down Dolph's back and rolling him up in the process with the fans counting along with the ref as he races across to make the count. . . . .

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Dolph kicks out but both men hurry back up. Dolph's the first man back on his feet again and he spins Matt round for a right hand. Sydal ducks it though and Ziggler spins back round in a hurry to see Sydal leap up onto his shoulders, HURRICANRANA FROM SYDAL!!! . . . . .

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Ziggler kicks out again to the disappointment of the fans. Mickie too shows her disappointment as Matt resiliently makes his way across to the corner as Dolph makes his way back up. Sydal's giving it everything he has, bravely fighting on with his injured ribs as he climbs up to the top rope. Ziggler turns round and looks shocked as Sydal steps off, coming down for a JUMPING DOUBLE KNEE TAKEDOWN!!. . . . . No, Ziggler sidesteps it and Sydal lands on his knees. Ziggler backs up and stares furiously at him for a second before running back across, this time connecting with the LEG DROP BULLDOG!!!. . . . . He got it and Sydal's out of it as the challenger hooks both legs for the cover. . . . .

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The crowd erupts with a big cheer as Sydal gets his shoulder up and Ziggler can't believe it. He leans back and holds his head in his hands, then down in shock at Sydal. He looks clueless as to what he has to do to put the resilient champion away. Mickie looks like she's been dragged through some bushes as she looks on, but Ziggler stands up, stepping back as Sydal tries to sit up, clearly hurting. Ziggler's sights are locked on his opponent as he tries valiantly to get back up with the fans watching nervously. The tension's clear as he makes it up to his feet, and Ziggler explodes into action, sneaking up behind him for the ZIG ZAG!!!. . . . .

Sydal pulls away and Dolph falls back to the mat. The fans cheer again but Dolph isn't staying down for long though. Sydal takes a quick breather, looking absolutely spent, but as Dolph gets up and turns round, Sydal steps out to nail him with an ENZUIGIRI!!!. . . . . It goes crazy again in the arena as Dolph just falls to the mat in a heap, not moving a muscle as Sydal looks up, then crawls to the corner with the fans cheering like mad. Mickie wills him on, sensing he could be close to what will be an incredible victory.

Sydal slips under the apron and drags himself up the ropes, all the way to the top with Ziggler still out of it beneath him. The cheers grow & grow as the exhausted & injury plagued United States Champion takes a look down at him before jumping up into the air for the SHOOTING STAR PRESS!!!. . . . . No, Ziggler rolls right into the corner as Sydal's ribs crash into the canvas to the shock & horror of the quickly deflated Greensboro fans. Mickie drops her head onto the apron again before doing everything she can to encourage him, shouting support to Sydal.

Both men look wrecked as they drag themselves up, fighting their battered bodies with every inch of fight they have. Sydal's in agony, holding his ribs as he just about manages to get to his knees, but Ziggler leans against the turnbuckle pads getting his breath back. He keeps his eyes on Sydal, and as Sydal just about manages to get back up, Ziggler charges at him from behind and jumps up off the mat for the ZIG ZAG AND GETS IT, EVERY LAST BIT OF IT TO SEND SYDAL'S BACK CRASHING INTO THE CANVAS!!!. . . . . Mickie turns round in a flash, sensing the worst as Ziggler rushes to make the cover, hooking both legs as the ref makes the count with the fans stunned. . . . .

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"Perfection" hits to some heat from the crowd with most fans shocked as Ziggler leans back on his knees and throws his arms into the airs, absolutely ecstatic at winning his first title in the WWE. The referee walks over to the apron and collects what is now Ziggler's title and Mickie leans on the apron looking devastated for her boyfriend. Ziggler sees the ref walking towards him and he stands up to be handed his title, also getting his arm raised with the disappointed fans looking on. Sydal tries to sit up and Mickie slips in the ring to check on him as the medic attending to him earlier with other EMT's also come out to check him over.

Ziggler doesn't pay them any attention though and heads to the corner, climbing up to the second rope and celebrating with his title, lifting it up in the air. He taunts the crowd, pointing to his title before stepping down and walking past Sydal, Mickie and the EMT's to celebrate in the opposite corner, again gloating with the title, not getting much love from the watching crowd. He steps down and this time leaves the ring, turning round to pose with his title again, a huge smile all over his face as the medics continue to check on Sydal as he sits up looking disappointed, seemingly playing down the injury.

Winner: By pinfall, and the new United States Champion, Dolph Ziggler.

Michael Cole:
Thanks t' Ted DiBiase we've got a new United States Champion in Dolph Ziggler. With no disrespect t' Ziggler, in one night that bitter spoilt brat has brought Matt Sydal's incredible run to an end. After that mugging earlier t'night Sydal never stood a chance. Clearly, despite a brave brave effort he wasn't in any shape to compete, and had he not he'd still be the United States Champion as we speak.

Matt Striker: Unfortunately Michael he made the decision himself to go ahead with the match. Hindsight's a fine thing but let's take nothing away from Dolph Ziggler. He had nothing t' do with what happened backstage. There's no denying it helped him and he did all he had to t' become the new United States Champion. Sydal pushed him ev'ry step of the way but ultimately Dolph had enough to fight through it. F' that you have to give him credit.


*Video Promo*



Looking very angry, Smackdown General Manager, Tazz is walking through the halls of the arena, and as he turns a corner he walks into Stephanie McMahon. He looks even angrier now at seeing the Executive Vice-President, and there's clear tension between them.

Tazz: Great, just what I need.

Stephanie McMahon: Well it's nice t' see you too.

Tazz: Look I ain't got time f' this t'night alright. F' once just let me do my job will ya?

Stephanie McMahon: What do you think I'm doing? I have t' be here t'night and at ev'ry show. It's my job.

Tazz: Y'know what? As long as you stay back here all night we won't have a problem.

Stephanie McMahon: We won't have a problem? If you're trying t' tell me how t' do my job, I think we already do. Let me make this really clear for you, I run this company. No one tells me what I can or can't do. Not you, not John Cena, an 'especially not CM Punk. You got that?

Tazz: Yeah I get that, to a point. You run this company, that's fine, but what you've been doin' lately, gettin' involved in matches, screwin' people outta titles an' makin' the decisions I should be makin', you sure as hell shouldn't be doin'. An' if you're thinkin' of gettin' involved in the world title match t'night like you did at Night of Champions I sure as hell hope y'think again after what happened last time.

Stephanie McMahon: Like I said, that's not up t' you. What I do or don't do t'night is up t' me. I'll do whatever I think I have to whether you like it or not.

Tazz really isn't happy and steps closer towards his boss.

Tazz: Like I said, if you try an' do somethin' stupid like y'did last month, I'll be there t' stop ya. I ain't dealin' with all the crap I've had to ever since you screwed Punk out of the title anymore.

Stephanie McMahon: Alright, I'm just going t' say this one more time. I'll do whatever I have to an' you can do the same, then we'll take it from there, but I warn you Tazz, stopping me doing my job isn't a good idea. I just hope you do the right thing f' the sake of yours.

Stephanie gives him the eyes, meaning business and she walks away leaving Tazz in no doubt how she's not going to be told what to so, and he's raging.

Tazz: I'll do the right thing alright. Make no mistake about it.

The camera zooms in on the furious General Manager as he tries to keep his rage inside.


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*Video Recap*
From Smackdown Two Weeks Ago

WWE Tag Team Championship
Paul London & Brian Kendrick
vs. The Empire (c) w/William Regal & Katie Lee

Barrett somehow gets his shoulder up to the shock of everyone in the arena, London especially. He can't believe it as he sits up, dropping his head into his hands. McIntyre breathes a sigh of relief on the apron, and Regal & Katie do the same on the outside. Kendrick though shouts some encouragement to his partner, and as London looks down at Barrett, he sees that he's not moving yet. London stands back up and drags him closer to the corner, and he heads up to the top rope to a huge roar from the Georgia crowd. He looks down at Barrett, still barely moving. He leaps up into the air for the SHOOTING STAR PRESS!!!. . . . . HE HITS IT, IT'S OVER!!!. . . . . London reaches to the side and hooks the near leg for the cover. . . . .

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Regal puts Barrett's left boot onto the bottom rope to a ton of heat, and the ref sees the boot there to stop the count. Kendrick sees it and jumps down off the apron to get into it with Regal, but Katie pushes her way past Regal to unleash a verbal tirade at Kendrick. London stands up and looks on, as does the referee with Regal stepping away from the confrontation. He reaches into his trouser pocket and slides something into the ring at Barrett. His fellow Englishman sits up in the ring and quickly grabs what appear to be brass knucks, just like at Night of Champions.

The ref turns round and notices, unlike London, and the ref tells Barrett to take them off when Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson stomp their way down the ramp. McIntyre & Regal see them, and the Scot jumps off the apron, heading round to the ramp with Regal with Katie still going at it with Kendrick. London watches on as the ref takes the knucks off Barrett, who runs at London from behind and knocks him down to the mat. Barrett then sees the former champions, and now Harry Smith & Natalya Neidhart following. Smith's still wearing his ankle boot as Burchill & Wilson get into a heated exchange with Regal & McIntyre.

Kendrick climbs back on the apron as Barrett hurls abuse at their rivals too with the ref trying to calm things down, stepping outside. London claws his way back up and crawls across the mat behind the oblivious Barrett. Kendrick sees what's going on and runs across the apron to kick Barrett in the face with everyone on the outside missing it. Barrett spins round in a daze, and London, back on his feet, nails him with another thunderous SUPER KICK!!!. . . . . Barrett hits the deck and Kendrick steps into the ring, then runs the ropes.

Burchill & Wilson see him coming and point to Regal & McIntyre, who turn round to see Kendrick FLY THROUGH THE ROPES TO TAKE THEM DOWN WITH A SUICIDE DIVE!!!. . . . . Regal & McIntyre hit the floor as London looks on with Barrett down & out. He sees the opportunity and hits the top rope again with the crowd going nuts. Kendrick stands up and looks on as London jumps into the sky again, connecting with the SHOOTING STAR PRESS TO A MASSIVE ROAR!!!. . . . . This has to be it and London makes the cover, hooking both legs with the ref making the count and the fans counting along with him. . . . .

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YES, WE HAVE NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!!!. . . . . "Hey You" blasts out to an almighty pop in the arena as Kendrick rushes into the ring to celebrate with London, and the new champions embrace in a big guy hug, both elated as the ref goes to collect their titles. Justin Matthews announces them as the new champions and the ref raises their arms and they lift their titles into the air, both very emotional. They hug again as Regal, McIntyre & Katie look on in shock on the outside.

Regal & McIntyre sit up on the floor in disbelief with The UK Pack smiling at what they're seeing, The Empire getting their just desserts after what happened at Night of Champions. Katie screams out in horror as London & Kendrick hit the corner, celebrating with their titles with the crowd still going crazy for them. Burchill, Wilson, Smith & Natalya back up the ramp, still smiling as the champs continue to celebrate with Barrett coming round, not having a clue what happened. The champions step off the ropes and look into the stands one more time with The Empire looking on shell shocked & furious!


***

From Smackdown Friday Night

Non-Title Match
Paul London & Brian Kendrick
vs. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine

London's partner came in flying, and after hitting a tornado DDT on Devine, he looked all set to pick up the win until Petey hit the ring to stop the count. Kendrick saw him coming though and ducked under his arm to nail him with a super kick. Devine unwittingly made his way back up in a spin, turning into Kendrick's path who planted him with the Sliced Bread to pick up the win for the champions. London joined his partner in the ring with "Hey You" playing, and after celebrating with the titles on the ropes, they were attacked by The Empire. Drew McIntyre nailed Kendrick with a big boot and Wade Barrett turned London in half with a thunderous lariat. With the fans booing the hell out of them, McIntyre drilled Kendrick with the Future Shock DDT before Barrett hit The Wasteland on London. The former champions stared down at their opponents with Katie Lee holding the Union Jack while also admiring her fellow Brit's work as William Regal went to get a microphone, then handed it to Barrett.

Wade Barrett: You might've got lucky last week but I assure you that your title reign will be even shorter than ours. Not only will we defeat you and reclaim our titles Sunday at the Royal Rumble, but when we do we will cover you with the Union Jack to mark our victory. Believe me, the only thing worse than losing the titles last week was losing them to Americans.

*Major Heat*

Wade Barrett: Don't despair however, it won't be long until we again become tag team champions that the entire world can be proud of.

More boos meet Barrett's words, but he and the rest of The Empire stand tall in the ring over the squirming champions looking very assure of their chances of regaining the titles in two nights.

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*Match #4*



WWE Tag Team Championship
Paul London & Brian Kendrick (c)
vs. The Empire


Closing Minutes: London & Kendrick started the match quickly, catching The Empire off guard in the early going, but as the match has gone on the challengers have taken control. Barrett & McIntyre have been dominating & isolating London, but he's managed to hold on to frustrate the British team. McIntyre's frustration to finish London off is evident as he stands up again, but Barrett too is angry and he calls out for a tag.

He gets it too from the Scot and menacingly steps through the ropes and towards the squirming London. Barrett looks down intently at London as he tries to drag himself up his opponent. Barrett lets him too, London struggling up to his knees. The Englishman's sympathy disappears and he pulls London up to his feet and fires him into the ropes. London's resilience strikes again as he grabs the ropes, holding onto them desperately.

Barrett's pissed and runs in at him, running right into raised boots from London. The fans cheer as Barrett's sent stumbling away from the ropes. It gives London the chance to regroup, and as a dazed Barrett turns round to face him, London takes the fight to him and runs at him, right into a RELEASE BACK BODY DROP!!. . . . . London falls into the mat with a serious impact, and Barrett's in no mood to wait around and goes right for the cover, shoving London over onto his back to make a cover. . . . .

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London gets the shoulder up again and Barrett sits up shaking his head, frustration showing yet again. He's one angry man right now and he stares daggers down at London as he comes round. Barrett doesn't take his eyes off him as he slowly & menacingly stands back up, bringing London up to his knees. He steps back and watches sadistically as he allows London the chance to get up from his knees.

The Englishman gets ready to charge, getting itchy feet as London makes it up, looking unsteady on his feet. Barrett doesn't need an invitation and paces across the mat, taking London's head off with a RUNNING BIG BOOT!!. . . . . He just drove his huge boot down London's throat and he's down & out again. Barrett drops to his knees in an instant and pulls London over onto his back, again for a cover. . . . .

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NO! The fans cheer again as London gets his shoulder up. Kendrick clenches his first on the apron but Barrett's starting to boil over as he leans back, shaking his head in total frustration. He can't take it and the anger gets the better of him as he stands right back up. He reaches down to drag the almost lifeless London up, dragging his head between his legs. Barrett signals the end, bringing his arm across his throat with the fans watching nervously.

The leader of The Empire lifts London up off his feet with ease and above his head for a POWER BOMB!!!. . . . . NO, LONDON JUMPS DOWN AND LANDS ON HIS FEET IN FRONT OF BARRETT, AND BOOM, JUMPING HEEL KICK ENZUIGIRI FROM LONDON!!!. . . . . The fans loved that, and so did Kendrick as he leans over the ropes, desperately trying to will his partner across the mat for a tag. McIntyre looks panicked for the first time and he reaches his arm across the ropes, anticipating a tag too.

London & Barrett both crawl across the mat trying to bring their partners into the match, and they do to a big pop as Kendrick & McIntyre race through the ropes and charge at each other. Kendrick ducks under the Scot's outstretched arm, surprising Drew as Kendrick runs through into the ropes to take McIntyre down with a FLYING FOREARM!. . . . . The fans cheer again but both men are scrambling back up with Kendrick looked really fired-up.

He jumps right on Drew and tries to whip him into the corner. Drew's too strong though and reverses it to send Kendrick into the corner, and the Scot follows in as Kendrick jumps up onto the second rope and catches Drew by surprise with a back kick to the chest. Drew falls onto one knee and Kendrick climbs up to the summit, turning back as McIntyre stands back up to see Kendrick leap up into the air, coming down on him for an ASAI MOONSAULT!!. . . . . Kendrick takes him down, landing on top him as the ref rushes across the mat to make the count. . . . .

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Kick out from McIntyre and the fans' sighs can clearly be heard as Kendrick immediately makes his way back up with the rattled Scot following. Kendrick's swung the momentum back into the champions' favour, and he's got no intention of losing it as he kicks Drew in the gut. He drags Drew's head under his arm and again heads to the ropes, using them as a springboard for a CYCLONE DDT!!. . . . .

McIntyre counters and throws him off his shoulder and down to the mat. Kendrick hits the deck and an angry McIntyre walks across and drags him right back up rapidly, not giving him a second before setting him up for and hitting THE EGO TRIP, A SWINGING SIDE SLAM INTO A SIT-OUT FACEBUSTER!!!. . . . . Kendrick's in serious, serious trouble now as Drew shifts round on the mat to make a cover with the fans watching nervously. . . . .

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NO!

London storms the ring and breaks it up with a boot to the back of McIntyre's head to a pop from the fans. He quickly darts back to his corner, getting a ticking off from the referee as Barrett steps inside, absolutely furious to give the ref a piece of his mind. He takes it well though and stays calm, ordering the livid Barrett back to his corner where he & London in the opposite corner watch their partners coming round.

Kendrick & McIntyre turn round on the mat and start to crawl to their respective corners, McIntyre with the advantage with the very focused Barrett waiting eagerly for the tag. Kendrick's not as close as McIntyre is, and the Scot makes it to his corner and tags in Barrett. The Englishman steps inside and paces across to stop Kendrick making a tag to London, and he grabs Kendrick's boot. He takes the time to smirk at London, giving Kendrick the chance to turn over and kick up at him

Barrett's stunned and in a spin, giving Kendrick the chance to turn back and jump up to tag London, who doesn't waste a second in climbing up to the top rope. The fans will him on, and as Barrett turns round, London leaps into action with a DIVING CROSS BODY!!. . . . . London hits it and takes Barrett down, reaching to the side for a cover. . . . .

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Barrett kicks out and both men race back up to their feet. Barrett's rattled and turns round into a kick to the gut and a LEG SWEEP DDT!!!. . . . . The fans are making a real racket now and London shifts round in a hurry to hook the leg for a cover with the fans counting along with the referee. . . . .

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Barrett just about manages to get his shoulder up to sighs of disappointment from the crowd. London sits up looking disappointed too, really thinking he had the match won there. He takes it well though and stands back up with Barrett's eyes barely opening. London takes a few steps back and then runs back at Barrett, jumping up off the mat, looking for a RUNNING STANDING SHOOTING STAR PRESS!!. . . . .

No, Barrett rolls to the side and London lands hard on the mat. They crawl onto their sides and pick themselves back up, both turning to run at each other, and Barrett connects with a THUNDEROUS FALLING CLOTHESLINE!!. . . . . Barrett turned London inside out and wants to end it now, turning London over for another cover attempt. . . . .

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London gets the shoulder up again and Barrett sits up furiously, stunned that London denied him again with the fans cheering. He's pissed and stands right back up, keeping his eyes on London as he slowly comes round with Kendrick looking on nervously on the apron. Barrett takes a step back and watches London intently as he tries to claw his way back up. It's not easy for him as he struggles onto his knees, but he manages to make it up.

He doesn't know where he is though as he turns into Barrett's path, and the pumped Englishman lifts him up off his feet in a flash and onto his shoulders. Barrett's got London where he wants him, up for THE WASTELAND!!!. . . . . BUT NO, LONDON COUNTERS WITH A ROLLING ARM DRAG TAKEDOWN!!!. . . . . They both hit the mat with the fans cheering.

London staggers back to the ropes and Kendrick steps across to tag himself into the match as McIntyre looks on worried on the opposite side. Barrett stands up and turns round, shocked to see Kendrick stepping through the ropes. He turns his attention on him and runs at him instead, but Kendrick ducks a wild clothesline and levels Barrett with a SUPER KICK!!!. . . . . He caught him full in the kisser and falls on him to make the cover. . . . .

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NO

This time McIntyre breaks up the count at the last second to a ton of heat from the crowd, stamping on the back of Kendrick's head. The ref gets right in Drew's face, but he has to sidestep quickly as London runs towards them, hitting Drew with a DROPSAULT!!. . . . . The Scot falls to the mat and crawls towards the ropes. He & London make their way back up and London runs right at him, taking them both over the top rope with a CROSS BODY!!!. . . . .

They fall to the floor as Barrett & Kendrick climb their way back up to their feet, both looking very groggy. Neither are steady on their feet, and as Kendrick turns into Barrett's path, the Englishman lifts him off his feet and runs into the corner to drive Kendrick's back into the turnbuckle pads. He lets go and steps out of the corner with Kendrick staggering out into Barrett's grasp again.

Barrett's got a mean look on his face now and he lifts the weary Kendrick up off the mat again and onto his shoulders. He stares furiously into the crowd with Kendrick at his mercy and slams him into the mat with THE WASTELAND!!!. . . . . Kendrick's out of it and Barrett confidently drops to his knees with a smug smirk on his face, sure he's got it won this time as he hooks Kendrick's near leg for the cover. . . . .

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NO!

Kendrick gets his foot on the rope to a massive pop. Barrett can't believe it as he leans back and stares right at the ref, getting two fingers directed at him. He's shocked & furious. He shakes his head in frustration and stands back up, bringing Kendrick with him, dragging him away from the ropes into the centre of the ring. Barrett sets him up between his legs and stares furiously into the stands with Kendrick not showing any resistance. Barrett looks to finish it and lifts Kendrick up above his head for a POWERBOMB!!!. . . . . NO, KENDRICK COUNTERS WITH A HURRICANRANA!!!. . . . .

They hit the mat with the fans cheering and they both try to make their way back up. Barrett's up first and he tries to pull Kendrick up from his knees, but he gets a shot to the gut for his troubles. Kendrick stands up and pulls Barrett's head under his arm, setting him up for SLICED BREAD!!!. . . . . The fans go nuts as the fired-up Kendrick runs into their corner and hits the springboard, but Barrett throws him forward into the canvas. The fans are deflated as Kendrick hits the mat and Barrett falls onto one knee.

He watches as Kendrick crawls forward into the corner, and as Kendrick makes it back up, he charges across the mat, driving his BIG BOOT AT KENDRICK'S FACE, BUT KENDRICK DUCKS AND SCARPERS OUT OF THE CORNER WITH BARRETT COLLIDING WITH THE PADS!!!. . . . . The fans cheer again as Barrett drops to the mat. Kendrick turns round on his knees, getting his breath back as London & McIntyre sit up on the floor. Kendrick watches Barrett struggling back up and he runs past him into the ropes, jumping onto the second rope for a SPRINGBOARD BULLDOG!!. . . . .

Kendrick drives Barrett's head into the mat to another pop from the fans, but as he stands back up, McIntyre climbs onto the apron. Kendrick runs at him, swinging a forearm at him, but Drew ducks. Barrett's back on his feet looking angry and charges at Kendrick, who turns round and steps to the side as BARRETT RUNS INTO MCINTYRE, KNOCKING HIS PARTNER DOWN TO THE FLOOR!!!. . . . . Barrett turns round in a spin, not knowing where he is as London climbs back on the apron to see Kendrick kick Barrett in the gut.

He grabs Barrett's head again and runs into the corner, this time hitting SLICED BREAD!!!. . . . . Barrett's down & out and Kendrick stands up to tag London. He looks a little surprised, still slightly shaky as he looks to the top rope. He makes his way up there with the fans going crazy, standing up as London reaches the dizzy heights of the top rope. He takes a quick look down at Barrett and leaps up into the air, coming down on Barrett for the SHOOTING STAR PRESS!!!. . . . . He hit it and the fans are going mental as he reaches to the side and hooks the leg for the cover. . . . .

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YES!!! THE CHAMPIONS RETAIN THE GOLD!!!

"Hey You" blasts out with the fans cheering the champions as Kendrick re-enters the ring to embrace London. The ref collects their titles for them and hands them over before raising their arms in the air, both looking worn out but delighted to have retained their titles in a huge effort. They hug again briefly before hitting the ropes to celebrate with their titles for their fans, still cheering as Drew sits up on the outside looking shell shocked. The champions step down and make their exit as Barrett comes round, and as he sees London & Kendrick turning back to raise their titles again, and Barrett is not happy at all, staring furiously at them as they soak up the ovation from the fans, enjoying every second of it.

Winners: By pinfall, and still the WWE Tag Team Champions, Paul London & Brian Kendrick.

Michael Cole:
What a win that is f' Paul London an' Brian Kendrick. I think The Empire turned up here t'night just expecting t' get their titles back but it didn't happen. London an' Kendrick have shown they're no pushovers an' there can be no doubt they deserve t' be tag team champions after that. What a win that is!


Josh Matthews is standing by in one of the locker rooms with 'The Rated-R Superstar' Edge & Chris Jericho in the background, both getting ready for the Royal Rumble.

Josh Matthews: I'm here in the locker room to speak with some of the superstars who very soon will be taking part in the Royal Rumble for the WWE Championship.

Josh turns round and walks towards Edge who stands up having laced up his boots, and he pulls the microphone away from him.

Edge: Hey Josh let me take it from here. You said you wanna hear from some of the superstars who'll be in the Rumble later on, well right now you're gonna hear from the superstar who's not just gonna be it but the one who's gonna win it an' walk out WWE Champion. . . On Raw Monday night not only did I say I'd beat my brother Christian on Smackdown Friday night which I did, I said I'm goin' back t' Raw t'morrow night as the new WWE Champion, which I will. No one's gonna get in my way an' stop me. . .

Jericho walks into the shot, not going down well with Edge with Jericho pulling the microphone to his mouth.

Chris Jericho: I apologise for interrupting and to disappoint you, however I completely disagree with what you just said. You may have defeated your brother but that is just one man. The Royal Rumble will feature 30 men with only one being named the victor, and seeing that I am the best in the world at what I do, I will be the winner of the Royal Rumble and therefore I will be the new WWE Champion.

The door can be heard shutting and the camera pans to the side with Edge & Jericho turning round to see Ted DiBiase and his girlfriend, Maryse walk into the room looking very smug indeed. DiBiase walks right up to Josh, and Josh takes control of the microphone until DiBiase snatches it from him.

Ted DiBiase: Let me guess, you're here t' talk to people in the Royal Rumble right? Well Josh, there's only one person you need t' talk to an' that's me. Anyone can see that I'm the future of this company an' t'night I'll prove it because I will be the last man standing in that ring as the new WWE Champion.

Edge & Chris Jericho: Yeah right.

The door is swung open again and a furious Matt Sydal is standing there with Mickie James joining him there. Sydal glares right at DiBiase, breathing heavily with DiBiase standing there starting to look worried. Sydal takes another deep breath and charges at DiBiase with Edge, Jericho & Maryse standing back as the former United States Champion takes a swing at DiBiase. He nails him and keeps swinging, but a group of officials surge into the room past Mickie and pull Sydal away. He tries to hold them off but he can't and DiBiase stands there one relieved man, breathing heavily himself as Sydal's pulled towards the door with everyone else looking on in shock.

Matt Sydal: YOU'RE GONNA PAY F' THIS, I PROMISE YOU.

Sydal's pulled out of the room and Maryse goes back to her boyfriend with Ted staring at the door, not smiling anymore.


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*Video Recap*
From Night of Champions Last Month




Punk escapes again, slipping down Cena’s back and he shoves him right into Tazz, knocking the GM down and rolling towards the apron after clashing heads with Cena. The challenger looks shaky too and Punk looks to take full advantage, spinning him round in a flash, trying to lift him up for the GTS!!!. . . . . Cena doesn’t let him and jumps down to his feet straight away to lift Punk off his feet and onto his shoulders, this time connecting with the F-U!!!. . . . .

It’s crazy loud in the arena with the ref & Tazz still down as Cena goes for the cover anyway, hooking both legs, forgetting there’s no-one there to make the count. A pop breaks out in the crowd as Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley walks down the ramp, surprising Cena as he sits up, and as she enters the ring, she tells him to make the cover. Cena does just that and Stephanie makes her way across to make the count. . . . .

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NO! Punk gets his shoulder up to a mixed reaction, not going down too well with Stephanie who doesn’t look happy as she stands up. Cena takes it on the chin though and shifts round to Punk’s legs. He tries to turn him over for the STFU but Punk kicks up at him, shoving Cena back and down to the mat. Cena’s up quickly though and goes back to Punk, but the World Champion sits up in a flash and pulls Cena down into a SMALL PACKAGE!! . . . . .

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Cena kicks out after a slow count and Punk sits up staring angrily at Stephanie who stares back, guilt free as Cena makes his way back up. Punk gets back up too, walking right into an irish whip and he manages to grab onto the top rope. He holds onto them and Cena runs at him, into a raised boot from Punk who steps out to nail him with a THUNDEROUS ROUNDHOUSE KICK!!!. . . . . Cena falls in a heap and Punk goes for the cover, dropping to his knees and hooking both legs as Stephanie takes her time making her away across to make the count. . . . .

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NO!! Cena gets the shoulder up after another slow count from Stephanie and Punk’s livid, and so are some of the crowd. There are some cheers too as Punk stands up and gets into it with Steph, having a right go at her and he gets a slap to the chops for his troubles as Cena sits up. Punk holds his cheek and nods his head with a smirk on his face. He looks into the crowd with Steph now looking a little uneasy. He turns back and she back tracks away from him as Cena makes it back up.

Steph looks relieved as she looks over Punk’s shoulder, setting off alarm bells for the World Champion who turns round to see Cena running at him and he ducks. Cena just manages to stop before he runs into Steph, but Punk spins him round in a flash to lift him up onto his shoulders and connects with the GTS!!!. . . . . Punk drops to his knees with a smile on his face to make the cover, but Stephanie stands still, refusing to count the fall to a ton of heat with some cheers mixed in. Punk leans back and looks over at her standing there without a care in the world.

The World Champion can’t believe it and stands up, taking his time and walking menacingly towards her. With the crowd going crazy he gets right in her face, having a real go at her and she gives it back, standing her ground as Cena comes round, starting to sit up. Stephanie again tries to slap Punk but he blocks it this time and shakes his head at her, and she realises she might just’ve made a mistake. Punk mouths something to her and lifts her up onto his shoulders, setting her up for the GTS!!!. . . . . You can’t hear yourself think.

It’s deafening in the arena as Punk turns round with Steph up on his shoulders, but Tazz is back on his feet and pulls her down, pissing Punk off no end who scoops Tazz up off his feet and nails him with the GTS!!!. . . . . Punk stares down coldly at the fallen General Manager with contempt, then turns his head to Stephanie who looks very worried. Punk goes to grab her again but Cena spins him round, catching him off guard to lift him up off the mat and send him crashing into the canvas with the F-U!!!. . . . . The crowd are split as Cena goes for the cover in a hurry and Steph darts across to make the count. . . . .

1. 2. 3.

Steph makes an insanely quick count, giving Cena the win and the world title, drawing a ton of heat in the arena. She goes to get the world title as Cena sits up in shock, not sure what to make of what’s just happened. Stephanie, without a shred of remorse walks over to him with the title and holds it out to him, and he reluctantly takes it in his hand and stands up with “My Time is Now” playing.

Steph grabs his arm and lifts it up in the air with Cena still unsure of how to deal with what’s gone on. Steph takes her leave and heads back up the ramp without looking back as Cena looks into the crowd with the world title in hand, clueless how to react as Punk sits up with the ref & Tazz still starting to stir. Punk’s livid as he looks up at Steph walking through the curtain, then turns to Cena who looks almost apologetic as the show comes to a close with Punk absolutely livid.


***

From Smackdown Four Weeks Ago

A seething CM Punk walks out to the stage where a Christmas tree is set up at the side to a largely negative reaction with Punk stopping & staring angrily into the crowd. Dressed in his street clothes he heads down the ramp, giving the fans dirty looks in the process, and as he enters the ring he walks right over to the apron and demands a microphone. He gets one and turns round, walking into the centre of the ring, looking furiously into the fans as his music grinds to a halt.

CM Punk:
I’m not here t’night t’ beat around the bush, I’m just gonna get right t’ the point. . . Stephanie McMahon Helmsley. . . F’ a while now she’s had a problem with how I act around here, how I say things that might not reflect the image this company tries t’ p’tray. Quite frankly I don’t give a rat’s ass what she or anyone else in her family or the board of directors think about my actions. The fact is I speak my mind and if anyone has a problem with that, that’s their deal not mine. Now you can imagine how what I’m about t’ say might just cause some concern for Stephanie an' the image she so cares about given what happened at Night of Champions.

Punk stops and scratches his chin, trying to keep his cool.

CM Punk:
I said since the moment John Cena came t’ Smackdown that I could see what Tazz an’ the powers that be had in mind. They basically handed him the shot at my world title on a plate. They didn’t anticipate the resistance they got though when I led a team t’ victory over Cena’s at Survivor Series yet he still wound up with a shot at the world title despite that. Gran'ed he earned it but the fact is the plan was there all along f’ John t’ walk into Night of Champions as the number one contender, then walk out as the new World Heavyweight Champion. Then low an’ behold we find ourselves with a new World Champion, only the way it came about. . . well it’s what I should’ve expected. When it comes t’ this business, an’ even though they like t’ think diff’rently, the McMahon family an’ Stephanie especially, don’t have a clue.

“I’m all grown up now. . .”

To a largely positive reception, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley walks out into the arena, not showing any signs of being intimidated by the furious Punk as she walks down to the ring, carrying a microphone with her while Punk watches her every step of the way.

CM Punk:
Well look who we have here. Y’know I’m surprised you had the guts t. . .

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: If I were you Punk I’d take a look in the mirror and at what you did Sunday night. Not only did you knock out one referee, you put your hands on the general manager, an’ then you put your hands on me, the executive vice-president of this company. You should consider y’self lucky you haven’t been fired, but trust me, I’ll have no problem doing just that if you force my hand. You might think you’re untouchable Punk but trust me you’re not.

CM Punk: The fact is you screwed me out of the title like you've screwed most of the guys in the back. You made that quick count regardless of what happened t’ Tazz an’ the referee. You also slapped me remember. You’re the one in the wrong Steph. You’re the reason the poster boy of the company has my title, an’ conveniently the other world champion on Raw just happens t’ be your husband. Is that a co-incidence or is it just me? All I know is you’re throwing your weight around an’ I’m not going t’ stand for it. You can stand there acting like you’ve done the right thing for the company like your dad did all those years ago, which f’ the record I agree with by the way, but this, this is diff’rent. I’m not walking out of the company t’ join the enemy with your title. You did what you did for a reason, a reason that’s totally b-s an’ you’re not gonna get away with it. Whether you like it or not I’ve got a rematch clause in my contract an’ I will get my title back, an’ if you get in the way again, I’ll make sure this time I do put you t’ sleep.

*Heat, some cheers*

“My Time is Now”

The crowd erupts as John Cena hits the stage. The new World Champion doesn’t look too happy at all despite his victory Sunday night and is barely holding onto his title as he carries it down to the ring with a microphone too, looking almost guilty as Punk stares at him every step of the way into the ring.

John Cena:
Punk, you’ve more than had your say dog. It’s my turn an’ I think you’ll wanna hear what I’ve gotta say.

All three of them look nervously at each other.

John Cena:
I’ve heard all y’have t’ say Punk, not just t’night an’ the point I keep comin’ back to is this. This whole time you’ve said you wan’ed me to earn my shot at the world title. A couple o’weeks ago I did just that, but Sunday night I didn’t earn this (holding up the world title). (Drops the title down again) I came here f’ a new challenge, that challenge being t’ win the world title f’ the first time, an’ as much as I wan’ed t’ get my hands on this, this ain’t the way I wan’ed it.

There’s some more uneasy looks between them.

John Cena:
I bust my ass winning that tournament t’ get that shot, an’ Steph, Punk’s right, you stuck y’nose where it didn’t belong. Whatever you think of Punk, he’s right about somethin’ else too, to us this ain’t about company image, it’s about bein’ the best in this ring, night after night week after week. T’ cut a long story short, (holds the title out) I don’t deserve this. As Punk’s pointed out time after time, you’ve gotta earn the right t’ be called the best an’ I didn’t earn it. Even though I stand here World Champion, I don’t wan’ it this way. It pains me t’ do this, but Steph, I don’t deserve this. As of this moment I’ve gotta forfeit the title.

*Heat*

Cena steps forward and goes to hand it over to Steph.

CM Punk:
Wow, I never thought I’d say this John but congratulations. Congratulations on the doing the right thing.

Stephanie flat out refuses to take the title.

?:
. . . Just wait a minute.

Tazz, the General Manager of Smackdown is out on the stage and stomps his way down to the ring with all eyes on him.

Tazz:
Look, you don’t need me t’ tell y’what a mess this all is. Whatever happened Sunday we’ve gotta sort this out right now, an’ the way I see it there’s only one way we can do it. . . John, you wanna forfeit the title? I get what you’re sayin’ an I respect your decision.

Tazz walks towards Cena and takes his title with Steph looking on, still not at all happy.

Tazz:
Let me deal with this. Sunday night was a mess an’ we’ve gotta move on. We need t’ make sure we get a worthy champion, an’ we will in just over three weeks at the Royal Rumble. There ain’t gonna be crap like the other night, we’re gonna make sure there’s a winner. It’s gonna be you two goin’ at it, one fall to a finish in a No Holds Barred match.

*Big Pop*

“13”
plays and all four of them look at each other with plenty of tension inside the ring.

***

Bryan Danielson vs. CM Punk

Danielson turns back into the ropes and comes back for a SIT-DOWN DROPKICK!!. . . . . But Punk ducks it and both men get up as quickly as they can and Punk dodges another stiff kick to take Danielson's head off with a ROUNDHOUSE KICK!!!. . . . . He doesn't as Danielson ducks and Punk knocks the ref out instead. Both men look down in shock, but as they look back up Punk lifts Danielson up off his feet and up for the GTS!!!. . . . . Danielson slips down straight away and grabs Punk's arm, dragging him down to lock in the LE-BELL LOCK!!!. . . . .

Again Punk screams out in pain with the fans cheering, but there's no ref anyway if Punk does tap. He doesn't as Danielson puts him through hell, but again Punk tries to fight it and drag himself to the ropes, not that it's easy. He drags himself closer & closer, and again he gets there, but Danielson doesn't have to let go and he doesn't. Eventually he does though and tries to drag Punk back up, but he gets a rake to the eyes for his troubles.

Danielson drops to one knee holding his face as Punk takes the chance to get his breath back, then steps out as Danielson stands up and lifts him up off the mat and onto his shoulders for the GTS, AND THIS TIME HE HITS IT!!!. . . . . Danielson's out and Punk goes for the cover, then Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley makes her way down the ramp to a pop with some boos mixed in. She takes her time as Punk sits up watching, shaking his head, and as she enters the ring he shouts at her to make the count as he once again covers Danielson. . . . .

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Stephanie delays the count and Danielson gets his shoulder up to the delight of the crowd. Punk though is furious and stares up at Stephanie as she stands back up, telling Punk to do the same, but as he does he walks towards her as Danielson comes round. Punk gets right in Stephanie's face like Sunday and lets her have it, but she gives as good as she gets, and Punk looks all set to snap but just about manages to hold back. He turns back and walks slowly back towards Danielson, but as he reaches down, Danielson reaches up and pulls Punk into a SMALL PACKAGE WITH STEPHANIE RUSHING TO MAKE THE COUNT. . . . .

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Danielson got him in and it was a fairly quick count from Stephanie, and Punk knows it. It wasn't on the level of Sunday and Punk's furious as he sits up, and even Danielson doesn't look best pleased as he stands up with Steph raising his arm. Danielson looks awkward and leaves the ring half apologising to Punk who just stares at the smug Stephanie. Punk shakes his head at her and stands up, walks over to the ropes and demands a microphone. He gets one and stays by the ropes looking at Steph.

CM Punk: I very rarely make threats Steph but I suggest you listen to what I’m about t’ say ‘cause I’m only going t’ say it once. . . You might well be a McMahon but quite frankly I don’t care who your dad is. You’re the only reason I’m not the World Champion anymore an’ this is the very last time you’ll screw me over. I know that because of what I’m about t’ do.

Punk walks slowly & menacingly towards Stephanie who starts to sense she might be in serious danger.

CM Punk:
You’ve screwed around with the wrong guy this time an’ I’ve gotta say I’m not even sorry f’ what’s about t’ happen.

Punk grabs Steph by his left arm and gets right in her face, but a big pop breaks out with some boos too as John Cena races down the ramp and slides in the ring. He gets right in the middle of them, pissing Punk off no end. Punk shakes his head and turns to the side, then nails Cena in the head with the microphone to another loud mixed reaction, largely negative as Cena rolls around on the mat with Steph watching nervously as she tries to escape. Punk drops the microphone and goes after her, grabbing her arm again and pulling her back into the middle of the ring.

The fans boo as she looks really scared with Punk staring at her with evil intent, but Cena crawls across on his hands & knees and grabs Punk’s left leg. Punk turns round and Cena sits up, getting a thunderous roundhouse kick to the face for his troubles as Stephanie pulls away and runs to safety, this time managing to leave the ring a very relieved woman. Punk though isn’t relieved at all as he sees her breathing heavily as she backs up the ramp, and Punk goes back to get the microphone, staring right up at her.

CM Punk:
Count y’self lucky t’night Steph because I promise you, next time you might not be so lucky. Just remember what I said. If you stay out of my way you’ll be fine, but if you so much as try t’ stop me getting the world title back, you’ll be sorry. I don’t care if it costs me my job, it’s a risk I’m prepared t’ take, ‘cause right now if it wasn’t f’ the world title I’d be out of this company like a shot.

“This Fire Burns” hits and Punk continues staring at a fuming Stephanie and then turns round looking at Cena who starts to stir as Smackdown comes to a close with Punk turning back towards Stephanie, making sure she knows he means business.

***

From Smackdown Three Weeks Ago

"This Fire Burns"

A chorus of boos with some cheers mixed in greets the former World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk as he strolls out to the stage in jeans a T-shirt, also wearing a big scowl on his face as he stops and looks into the crowd. He heads off down the ramp, still one unhappy camper and he picks a microphone up off the steps as he enters the ring. He steps inside and again looks into the crowd, not getting much love from them as his music is cut by the guys in the production truck.

CM Punk:
Y'know I was asked the other day what one thing I wan'ed in 2009 an' I couldn't answer that. There's so many things I want that it's almost impossible to narrow it down. The first thing I want is my world title back at the Royal Rumble in two weeks. . .

*Ton of Heat*

CM Punk: It's gonna happen, mark my words, but right now it' not about that. There are bigger things t' deal with before the Rumble, namely being our Executive Vice-President, Stephanie McMahon Helmsley.

*Mixed* (Mostly Cheers)

CM Punk: See the next part of the answer to that question was that I want her gone from Smackdown. I don't want her throwing her weight around anymore like the spoiled little daddy's girl that she is, costing me the World Championship in the process. After what she did last week she's now way out of her depth. She complains about me compromising the image of this company but she's the one who's going t' run this show into the ground, an' that's before the dreaded day she gets her hands on the whole company. Even Stephanie if she sits back must see what a total mess she's caused all by herself, but saying that she's not totally responsible. Not that you'd know it but we actually have a general manager t' run the show, only it seems that he's only too happy t' let Stephanie do whatever the hell she pleases.

Punk turns and looks up at the stage.

CM Punk:
Tazz I know you're back there somewhere, probably looking for the balls you supposedly used t' have but you have t' listen to what I have t' say. This isn't about CM Punk, this is about Smackdown. You were hired because you were seen as being this no nonsense boss who wouldn't let things get out of hand. Well I'm sorry t' break it t' you boss but right now you've gotta step up an' do your job. You've gotta do what you should've done a long time ago an' tell Stephanie t' stay away from where she doesn't belong before I actually put her t' sleep on your watch, an' that won't be good news for either of us.

"13"

The General Manager, Tazz walks out to the stage with a microphone, stopping & staring down at Punk with the fans cheering, most of them with some booing though as he heads off down the ramp and into the ring. Again he stares at Punk, not looking too impressed as his music stops.

Tazz:
What you want me t' say Punk? You want me t' tell Stephanie t' go home? Do you realise this is her company? She can do what she wants. I might be the General Manager but she's still my boss. I answer t' her, not the other way round. I can't tell her she can't walk out here, not unless I wanna risk losing my pay cheque, an' I'm not gonna do that f' you Punk, even if I had the power.

CM Punk: I think we know what the problem is. It's not that you don't have the power. It's that you don't have the guts t' stand up to the McMahons. She might be your boss but she's mine too. Has it stopped me telling her what I think of her an' how she's making a mockery of this show, of this company? I'm the one standing up to her. That's what you should be doing. You've got ev'ry right t' tell it like it is. That's why you were hired in the first place, but look at you know. You're a joke. You're a mockery of what you used t' stand for. Now you're just another a corporate sell out just happy t' collect your pay cheque ev'ry month. You don't even care that Stephanie's made you completely worthless. She's doing your job for you f' crying out loud. Man up. Where's the fire we saw from the ECW Tazz huh? Where's that passion, where's the guy who stood up to authority an' spoke his mind? The only question right now that really needs an answer is when was the last time you looked down an' saw a pair of balls between y'legs?

The crowd are stunned, gasping in amazement as Punk gets Tazz hot, and the GM takes off his jacket and slowly loosens his tie.

CM Punk:
Whoa, am I getting a reaction from you? Is there actually some fire inside that huge belly of yours? Am I making you angry boss. Good, because that's exactly how I feel with Stephanie walking around here sticking her nose in my business. Now before it's too late do what deep down you know you have to, tell her t' get the hell off this SHOW.

Punk & Tazz stare right at each other, Tazz absolutely seething, looking like he wants to choke Punk out.

"I'm all grown up now. . ."

A big pop with some boos as well breaks out as Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley walks out to the stage, looking down at the ring with Punk watching her as she makes her way down to join them, not at all happy as she walks past Punk & Tazz to collect a microphone. Her music stops and she walks into the centre of the ring, staring right at Punk who stares right back.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley:
Now I think it's obvious I didn't come out here to talk about my divorce. I came out here to talk about you Punk, about what you did last week, what you've been doing for a while now and what you've said t'night. The first thing I'd like to point out is that I'm perfectly happy with the job Tazz is doing as general manager. Also, when he says I can do what I want with it being my company an' all, he's right. I can do whatever I whenever I want.

*More Cheers*

Stephanie McMahon: You on the other hand can't. If you have a problem with that you can do what you threatened last week and walk away. My job is t' do what's best for this company, and having someone like you openly disrespect this company the way you have been, it doesn't fit the image we. . .

CM Punk: . . . Oh enough already. Are you gonna keep running with this whole image crap? What you mean is you don't want someone telling the truth an' speaking their mind, but the truth hurts right? You can keep talking about how I don't fit the (air quote) image you want t' p'tray but in reality I'm the perfect image. I'm the perfect role model. I don't drink, I don't do drugs, I don't smoke. I'm straight edge an' I'm always straight up unlike most people around here. Not only that I came from wrestling in front of ten people t' becoming the World Heavyweight Champion, a title I held f' seven months until you took it away from me.

*Mixed*

CM Punk: I climbed t' the top of this company by working my ass off. I didn't get a helping hand like some people have, an' I certainly didn't have a world title handed to me on a plate. That's what makes you uncomfortable Stephanie, that I'm not one of your hand picked (air quote) superstars. I got where I am by being me, bein' honest and being the best damn wrestler, not superstar in this whole company.

*Loud Mixed Reaction*

CM Punk: I don't want that an' I know how stubborn you are. You're a McMahon. You think you know best when actually you don't. Even John Cena said that last week when he did the right thing an' gave up the world title that should still be mine, an' whether you like it or not Steph, at the Rumble it will be mine aga. . .

"My Time is Now"

A thunderous pop with some boos mixed in hits the arena as John Cena hits the stage. He's not in his usual mood either as he salutes the crowd before heading down the ramp, joining everyone in the ring, looking right at Punk before walking past him to get a microphone.

John Cena:
Alright cut the music.

The music stops and everyone looks around at each other.

John Cena:
I can't believe I'm sayin' this f' the second week in a row, an' even though you did speak a whole lot o'crap just now Punk, you're right. You're right about one thing, an' Steph, he's right about you.

Cena turns to Stephanie who looks confused.

John Cena:
I love this company more than anything an' I know it's in safe hands long term, but right now Steph, Punk's right. You need t' stay out of this. This isn't about image, free speech or anything like that. It's about one thing an' one thing only, being the World Heavyweight Champion.

*Big Pop*

John Cena: When Punk said he came from nowhere t' climb t' the top of the ladder by workin' his ass off, that's what it's all about. That's why we're here, an' even though ev'ryone knows my feelings as far as he's concerned, but what you did at Night of Champions was wrong. Last week when you did it again, that was wrong too. This whole thing's gotten way out of control an' it's gotta stop, an' this might sound crazy but I'm gonna make a stand t'night. Clearly you're not gonna listen t' Punk so hear this. I wanna be World Champion but not in the way it happened at Night of Champions or how you screwed 'im again last week. I wanna win it fair an' square. I don't want any favours. This is all about one thing, competition. Right now Steph you've made it about ev'rything but, an' if you screw Punk again at the Rumble, or me f' that matter, I'll be out of the door in a heartbeat an' I won't come back.

A huge amount of cheers & boos break out as everyone in the arena looks stunned except Punk who's got a big smile on his face.

CM Punk:
John I applaud you f' that. Maybe now Steph you can see that what I've been saying isn't just sour grapes. You're the reason there's no World Champion. You're the reason your poster boy threw the title you handed him on a plate right back in your face last week. Now he's even threatening t' walk out on you because of the actions you think are best for the company. The best thing you can do right now Steph is turn round leave the ring, walk back up that ramp, go home an' look after your baby girls, 'cause lt's face it, they've not got a daddy anymore. . .

John Cena: . . . Hey, that was uncalled for dog, just like that sucker punch you got in on me last week.

CM Punk: Alright, maybe I crossed the line that time but there's no way in hell I'm gonna apologise to her after what she's done t' me lately. As f' you John, well you can f'get about getting an apology until I get my world title back at the Royal Rumble, which I will by the way.

John Cena: Yeah? Well I guess we'll find out in two weeks, or maybe just maybe we can find out right now. . .

Cena shocks everyone by tackling Punk down to the mat to a big pop. There's some boos too as he hammers Punk with right hands, but Tazz doesn't like what he sees and pulls Cena up, trying to reason with him as Punk sits back up. Cena ignores his boss with Steph watching too, and he goes after Punk with Tazz following as Punk jumps back up and goes to take Cena's head off with a roundhouse kick, but he ducks it and Tazz walks right into it. The GM falls to the deck to the shock of the crowd, Cena, Punk & Stephanie. Cena & Steph look down concerned and check on him as Punk turns his back on them and leaves the ring, not looking at all interested as he heads back up the ramp. He doesn't look back with Cena & Stephanie looking up disapprovingly at him, but he doesn't see as he walks through the curtain.

***

CM Punk is shown walking back from the ring, not all that happy as Josh Matthews approaches him.

Josh Matthews:
Punk can I get a quick word with you?

Punk stops & stares right at Josh.

CM Punk:
You wanna a word about what, what I just did t' Tazz? Quite frankly I couldn't care less. I meant t' kick Cena's head off but what does it matter? It's not like it makes any diff'rence around here. We all know who calls the shots an' it's not Tazz, an' until someone does stop Stephanie an' she sees what I'm saying an' even what Cena's saying, I'm not coming back until the Royal Rumble when I get my world title back. An' when that happens Josh, things are finally gonna change.

Josh Matthews: What do you mean by that?

Punk smirks and brushes past a confused Josh, seemingly walking out until the Rumble in two weeks.

***

From Smackdown Two Weeks Ago

"My Time Is Now"

A huge roar breaks out in the crowd as John Cena hits the stage with some boos too as he stops and looks into the crowd, salutes them and heads off down the ramp looking fairly relaxed it has to be said. He picks a microphone up off the apron as he makes his way into the ring, smiling into the stands with the deafening noise still ringing around the arena. Cena stands there smiling, soaking it up as his music comes to a halt.

John Cena:
Ev'rything's got way out of hand lately an' it's not Punk's fault. As much as I hate t' say it Punk's right about what's been goin' down the last month or so. Hell he's not even blamin' me at the minute. The person he's put all this is on is Stephanie McMahon, an' he's right, so much so I handed the world title I won Night of Champions back to the person who should be in charge round here. . . Tazz. It was Tazz that brought me here an' at Night of Champions I earned the right t' fight Punk f' the world title, but 'cause Steph decided t' get involved, an' even though I technically won the match, ev'rythin' about it was wrong. I've never wan'ed handouts contrary t' what's said by some people behind that curtain, but 'cause of what happened that night we don't know who'd 'ave walked out World Champion. Next week though at the Rumble, we will. There's just one problem. As long as Steph's here, an' I'll use Punk's words not mine, an' she's throwin' her weight around, I can't say what happened at Night of Champions won't happen again. . . We've already got a GM, an' far as I'm concerned Tazz has got things under control. It only got out o'hand when Steph turned up, an' now she's gettin' involved in Punk's matches, my match at Night. . .

"I'm All Grown Up Now"

Looking like she means business, Stephanie McMahon struts out to the stage and looks down at Cena, giving him a strange look, not all that pleased with him it would seem. She has a microphone in hand and heads down the ramp to a largely positive reaction, entering the ring looking right at Cena. Her music cuts as she walks towards Cena and she still looks like she means business.

Stephanie McMahon:
So John, I have t' say I was surprised listening backstage to what you just said. Surely you don't need me to remind you of who runs this company, an' if you've got problems with the decisions I've made, then maybe you should go join CM Punk in sitting at home, because there are plenty of superstars back there who would happily take both your places. Personally I think you an' Punk are acting like spoiled brats.

John Cena: You don't get it do y'Steph? Fighting f' the world title is one thing, but earning it's another. It's about proving t' yourself that you're the best in the business. At Night of Champions you took that away from us. I wan'ed the world title more than anything else in the world. It's why I left Raw, but I didn't leave t' have it handed t' me on a plate. I don't wanna be seen as the poster boy, management's favourite or anything like what Punk's said time an' time again. . . I'm askin' you t' step back an' let me do what I'm here t' do. I'm askin' you t' let me beat Punk by myself, no more crap like Night of Champions or a couple of weeks ago. If you get involved an' screw Punk over again, what d' y'think that'll do f' the image of the company? That's been your problem Steph. You do that again, you'll piss Punk off, you'll piss me off, you'll piss ev'ryone back there off an' more importantly you'll piss the fans off.

*Pop*

John Cena: What is good f' business Steph is lettin' two of the best in the business fight it out f' the biggest prize in the business. That's what's gonna happen, but if you get involved again you'll ruin that. No one wants that, an' this is tough f' me t' say but it needs t' be said. I didn't want any part of it last time, an' if it does happen again at the Rumble then I'll walk away like Punk, only I won't come back.

Stephanie looks shocked with Cena looking back at her, letting her know he means it.

***

Video footage from earlier in the week is shown with the former World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk is in a gym, stepping off a treadmill, sitting on a bench alongside Matt Striker. Striker too is in work-out gear and Punk takes a sip from a bottle of water, then wipes the sweat off his forehead with a towel before throwing it round his neck.

CM Punk:
I busted my ass t' get in the position I was as World Heavyweight Champion, t' get t' that level, an' she took that away from me just like that, an' f' what? Because I don't fit the (air quote) image of this company? Come on, seriously. She's what's wrong with this company, not me, but she doesn't have a clue an' I'm sure as hell not gonna let that happen again. I'll do whatever it takes t' get the world title back that ev'ryone including John Cena still knows should be mine. If Steph does decide t' ignore my advice, then I promise you, she'll be sorry, but not me Matt, not sorry at all.

Matt Striker: I think it's fair t' say that even people who aren't the biggest CM Punk fans in the world will feel you've been hardly done by. . .

CM Punk: . . . Hard done by? I've been screwed, robbed, mugged, however you wanna put she stole ev'rything I've worked for t' get t' this point, not that she'd know about that. If my father was my boss I guess I wouldn't expect t' have to work f' anything either. I've made it even harder for myself, which makes it even more incredible that I managed to become the World Heavyweight Champion. There's no doubt I deserve it 'cause I earned it. I earned it. John Cena can't say that. All I want is t' get the world title back, an' I know that there's a chance I'll get screwed over again. I've gotta make sure that doesn't happen, an' I will. Then when I get my title back, I know Steph's not gonna give up with this problem she's got with me. Someone needs t' make her see how clueless she is, an' who better than me? No one's as passionate as I am about this business and I will stop her Matt, mark my words because things need t' change.

Matt Striker: What exactly do you mean by stop her?

Punk stands up, picking his bottle of water up and taking a big gulp from it, then looks back at Striker.

CM Punk:
All in good time.

Punk smirks, leaving Striker confused as The Straight-Edge Superstar walks out of the shot.

***

From Smackdown Friday Night

With a wry smile on her face, Stephanie McMahon is walking backstage, turns a corner and the General Manager of Smackdown, Tazz walks up to her, clearly in one foul mood.

Tazz:
What the hell was that? Have you f'gotten what you said last week about making decisions I should be making? What are you playing at making t'night's main event?

Stephanie McMahon: First of all I don't appreciate you getting in my face like this but the fact of the matter is that I was dealing with Triple H's problem. Triple H is a Raw superstar, not a Smackdown superstar, meaning that doesn't fall under your due restriction.

Tazz: I don't care. He's on my show an. . .

Stephanie McMahon: Hey, don't give me that attitude. May I remind you who calls the shots around here. If you want to continue showing me disrespect. . .

Tazz: . . . I'm disrespecting you?

Stephanie McMahon: Right now, yes you are, and if you continue t' do so I won't be afraid to deal with you like I just dealt with my ex-husband. Now is that all?

Tazz just stands there trying not to say something he regrets shaking his head slightly.

Stephanie McMahon:
I'll take that as a yes.

Steph walks right past him leaving the GM standing there fuming, and he throws his cup of coffee against the wall, breathing very heavily indeed, and it appears that all really is not well now between the General Manager and the Executive Vice-President.

***

Non-Title Match
John Cena vs. Triple H

The majority of the crowd booed but some cheered as Triple H dragged himself to the ropes to break the STFU, and Cena continued on a roll, but when he tried to hit the FU, The Game fought his way to the ropes with elbows to the head. He fought his way down and then sent Cena crashing into the pads head first. Trips then left the ring and looked under the apron to pull out a sledgehammer to a huge reaction, mostly negative. He then slid back in the ring with Cena standing back up, but the ref saw him and pulled it off him to a big pop. He went to get rid of the weapon, turning his back on the action to do so as Cena went after The Game, walking right into a low blow and Pedigree. The WWE Champion made the pin and got the three to a ton of heat from the fans. He celebrated by posing defiantly with the WWE title, doing so at the top of the stage as Cena sat up looking frustrated in the ring. As The Game then walked backstage, the tron switched to a shot of CM Punk at home, live via satellite again.

CM Punk: Hey up here John. I just wanna say unlucky t'night, but unlucky is one thing you won't be Sunday. There won't be any luck involved like the last time we met. One of us will leave the Royal Rumble as the World Heavyweight Champion, an' that person John will be me.

*Mixed*

CM Punk: There's nothing you can do t' change that. You're absolutely powerless t' stop me getting the world title back. All you can do John is rest up an' I'll see y'Sunday.

Punk smirks confidently into the camera and the shot switches to Cena in the ring standing up looking at him, ready for battle in two nights when the world title is on the line.

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*Match #5*



(Vacant) World Heavyweight Championship
One Fall to a Finish No Holds Barred Match
John Cena vs. CM Punk


Closing Minutes: Cena & Punk have been going at it hell for leather from the moment the bell rung, and right now Punk's got the momentum in his favour, not that he looks too happy about it with Cena refusing to lie down. Again Cena makes his way back up with Punk standing over him. He doesn't let Cena get up of his own accord and quickly sends him into the ropes, but Cena comes running back to jump at Punk and take him down with a LOU THESZ PRESS!!. . . . . The crowd erupts, split with boos & cheers as Cena unloads with right hands. Punk tries to block them but they get through. The fight's on now as Cena relents and stands back up, eyes looking down at Punk as he too picks himself back up.

Cena turns to the side and runs the ropes, coming back to take Punk down with a FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE!. . . . . Cena's getting in the groove now and the crowd can feel it. It's crazy loud in here, almost 50/50 between the two men as they again make their way back up to their feet. The Straight-Edge Superstar looks a little rattled and Cena takes advantage, lifting him off his feet and slamming him into the mat with a SPIN-OUT POWERBOMB!!. . . . . Punk's not trying to get up this time, lying flat on his back in the middle of the ring with Cena standing over him to a deafening mix of cheers & boos.

Cena doesn't care and looks down at Punk, waving his hand in Punk's face with chants of "You can't see me" coming from the crowd. Cena turns back into the ropes and comes back to drive his fist down onto Punk for the FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE!!. . . . . Punk rolls to the side and Cena punches the mat to a pop from some of the fans. They both claw their way back up with Cena turning into a stomp to the gut from Punk, and he follows it up with a DOUBLE UNDERHOOK BACKBREAKER!!. . . . . Cena rolls onto his side feeling the pain in his back, but Punk doesn't care about his pain and pulls him over from his side onto his back to make the cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

Cena gets the shoulder up to deny Punk, but he doesn't look too surprised as he leans back on his knees. Punk still looks frustrated though as he looks into the crowd, but Cena's still not moving much, and Punk stands back up to walk into the corner. He steps through the ropes with Cena squirming on the mat. Again the crowd react, most cheering Punk as he heads up to the top rope, staring intently down at Cena. He leaps off the top into the Greensboro sky, coming down on Cena for a DIVING ELBOW DROP!!. . . . .

No, Cena rolls to the side this time and Punk crashes into the canvas. It looks like that hurt as Punk grimaces as he rolls onto his side. Both men are hurting now as they try to claw their way back up. Cena's up first and Punk's got his back to him. Cena's got a plan in mind as he turns back to run the ropes. Punk's almost back up, oblivious to Cena charging at him for the THROWBACK!!. . . . . Punk turns his head though just in time and pulls away as Cena hits the deck to a pop. Punk backs up in a flash and watches Cena sitting up, and the angry Chicago native bursts back at him, nailing him with a SHINING WIZARD!!. . . . . Punk caught him full in the face and shifts round in a hurry to make another cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

NO!

Cena gets the shoulder up to another mixed reaction from the crowd but Punk's not happy. He sits back up looking down angrily at Cena, then takes a look into the crowd, not showing them much love either as the black cloud starts to set above The Straight-Edge Superstar. He stands up looking to take exception to the fans and walks over to the apron, talking smack at some as Cena starts to stir, eyes all over the shop after the kick flush to the face. Punk though still has an issue with the crowd and steps through the ropes, pointing into the audience and telling them he should still be World Champion.

He gives up on them and shakes his head, turning round to see Cena sitting up but struggling in a big way. Punk smirks and enjoys watching him attempting to get back up. Punk grabs the top rope, smiling his head off as Cena tries to get his balance, still struggling to do so as he turns round. Punk doesn't need an invitation and hits a springboard for AIR PUNK!!. . . . . Cena ducks as Punk goes for the clothesline and ends up rolling through.

He jumps up in a flash and runs at Cena, and Cena ducks down to lift the frantic Punk off his feet and onto his shoulders for the F-U!!!. . . . . The crowd goes nuts, split again as Cena stares defiantly into the crowd, looking to put Punk away, but Punk counters with a DDT!!!. . . . . Punk drills Cena's head into the mat and most of the crowd are loving it as he shifts round in a flash to turn Cena onto his back to make the cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

NO!

Punk can't believe it as Cena gets the shoulder up. He shakes his head furiously with the crowd again cheering & booing, but Punk takes a quick look down at Cena and he reacts instantly, shimmying round on his ass to grab Cena's head and lock in the ANACONDA VICE!!!. . . . . It just got serious folks and the fans know it, most of them cheering as the intense Punk piles the pressure on Cena with his loyal support panicking. Punk dials it up, torturing Cena, and it's there for all to see on Cena's face as he just about manages to hang on in there. Punk screams at him to tap with Cena's right hand looking shaky & close to the mat with the referee right at his side watching closely.

Chants of "CENA, CENA" come from the crowd as well as ones of "TAP, TAP". Cena starts to respond, pissing Punk off who tries desperately to hold on. Cena shows his fight though, and his strength as he tries to sit up, and does with Punk still holding on. It's so noisy in the arena as Cena somehow makes it up to his feet and escapes with a SIDE SUPLEX!. . . . . It breaks the hold to another mixture of cheers & heat with both men on the deck. Punk though tries to pick himself back up, Cena closely following but still hurting.

Punk turns round and looks at Cena with contempt, then gives Cena his own little rendition of "You can't see me". The fans love it, and as Cena makes it back up, Punk lifts him up onto his shoulders for the GTS!!!. . . . . Cena fights free though and jumps down. Punk's stunned and turns round into a right hand. It knocks him onto one knee and Cena runs past him into the ropes, and as Punk makes it up, Cena comes back looking for a ONE ARM BULLDOG!!. . . . . Punk spins round though and explodes out of nowhere with a DEVASTATING ROUNDHOUSE KICK!!!. . . . . Punk's turned out the lights on Cena and he jumps down on him in record speed to hook the leg for a cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

NO!

Punk leans back and pounds the mat with his hands as Cena again denies him the win. Cena opens his eyes, and he doesn't have a clue where he is. Punk's fuming and so are some of the crowd, still booing after Cena's latest escape. Punk grudgingly stands back up, taking his time with Cena starting to stir. The Straight-Edge Superstar slowly heads back to the ropes, again stepping onto the apron. He gives some of the fans a dirty look too before climbing the ropes with Cena clawing his way back up. Punk eases his way to the top rope, again looking into the crowd, giving Cena time, and Cena turns round to see Punk there at the summit.

Cena comes to life and paces across to hammer Punk in the gut. He slips slightly and Cena follows it up with another right hand to the gut, and this time Punk falls into a seated position. Most of the fans are cheering, some booing still as Cena climbs up the ropes, onto the second but Punk responds by shoving him tamely down to the mat. Punk stands back up, but Cena races back up too and onto the second rope to again hammer Punk. Punk's stunned and so are the crowd as Cena lifts Punk onto his shoulders, and the fans go nuts.

They almost blow the roof off the joint as Cena adjusts his position slightly on the ropes with Punk still on his shoulders, and with the crowd going crazy, CENA JUMPS OFF THE ROPES WITH PUNK AND HITS THE F-U FROM THE SECOND ROPE!!!. . . . . He got it and it has to be all over. The crowd are shown looking on in shock, and Cena too takes a look over at his fallen opponent, not moving a muscle, flat on his back in the middle of the ring. Cena's got it won and he thinks so too as he crawls across on his hands & knees. Punk's there for the taking and Cena casually hooks the leg to make the cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . . 3?

. . . . .

NO!

Punk inexplicably gets his shoulder up and the crowd goes crazy yet again and Cena sits up in shock. He looks over in disbelief at the ref and questions the count politely, getting a response of "two" from him. Cena turns to the crowd, completely gobsmacked as The Straight-Edge Superstar lifts his head up off the mat. It quickly falls back as Cena shakes his head in disbelief, sure as hell he had the match & title in the bag right there.

"CM PUNK, CM PUNK!"

The fans respond again, showing their respect for Punk's guts to kick out of the F-U from the second rope. Cena just sits there in disbelief as Punk rolls towards the ropes and falls to the floor, probably a sensible move. Cena takes his time standing up, no rush as Punk drags himself across the floor towards the Spanish announce table. Cena heads over to the apron and jumps down to the floor, going after Punk, or so it seems. He drags Punk by the feet away from the announce table and then strips it, throwing the monitors down too. The fans go mad with Cena looking to do some serious damage to Punk, and with the table stripped he turns back to drag Punk back up.

Punk though grabs Cena by the waist and uses all the energy has to throw him back into the ringpost! Cena collides head on with the steel post and falls to the floor, again to a mixed reaction from the capacity crowd. Punk takes a breather, desperately taking in oxygen as he turns & looks back at Cena squirming on the floor. The Straight-Edge Superstar turns round and sees the monitors on the floor, spelling danger for Cena as Punk crawls on all fours towards one. He picks one up and picks himself up too, slowly making it up to turn round, setting his sights on his opponent, and Cena tries to drag himself back up.

Punk starts taunting him, itching to knock him out. As Cena makes it up and turns round, Punk runs at him and NAILS HIM WITH THE MONITOR!!!. . . . . A big pop comes from the stands as a very amused CM Punk drops the monitor, looking down smiling at Cena on the floor not moving a muscle. Chicago's title challenger is enjoying the moment, and as Cena starts to stir he decides to give him a helping hand. Punk reaches down to help him up but turns back towards the announce table, and a sadistic smile appears on his face. He now drags Cena by the arms towards the table instead and uses all his strength to drag Cena up off the floor, lifting & shoving him onto the table Cena ironically stripped.

Punk climbs up on, taking great pleasure in doing so. He lifts both arms up in the air, generating a deafening amount of cheers & heat, amusing him more with Cena squirming at his feet. Punk then signals for the GTS, getting another loud response from the crowd. He casually bends down to pull Cena up, but Cena shocks him with a low blow! A lot of the crowd cheer, some boo as Punk falls to his knees. Cena slowly climbs off the table as Punk falls flat onto it. Cena stands back up, not in the best of the shape. He kneels down slightly and drags Punk off the table and onto his shoulders, shifting round to a huge reaction to F-U PUNK THROUGH THE TABLE!!!. . . . .

Holy shit, Punk just got slammed through the table and the crowd are on their feet, unlike Punk. Cena drops to his knees, taking in a few deep breaths with Punk out of it amongst the wreckage. Cena stands back up, throwing both arms up in the air, getting the crowd going even more, and now he's got his sights on finishing the contest. He drags his lifeless opponent up from the wreckage to the apron, tossing him back in the ring. Cena slides back in with Punk slowly coming round. He doesn't have a clue where he is as Cena walks into the middle of the ring, eyes fixed firmly on Punk as he begins to show signs of movement. Punk drags himself across the mat towards Cena, and he uses Cena to drag himself back up, this time amusing Cena.

The Straight-Edge Superstar looks wrecked as he gets up to his feet, very unsteady as he wearily looks into Cena's eyes, and Cena smirks at him. Punk's confused but not for long as Cena grabs him by the back of the neck and throws him down into the mat on his stomach. Cena jumps right down on him, crossing his legs to lock in the STFU!!!. . . . . Punk's in deep deep trouble with the crowd going crazy, split again as Cena puts Punk through hell. He's got nowhere to go and Cena's almost bursting a blood vessel to make him tap. Punk lifts his right hand up, trying to hold on with the crowd making a ton of noise. Cena holds on tight and Punk's just managing to hold on.

To his credit he keeps going and tries to drag himself towards the ropes, and as hard as he tries to stop him, Cena looks worried as Punk gets closer to the ropes, almost to within touching distance. Punk reaches out with all he has left for the bottom rope, and he might get there with a lot of the fans willing him on. He's going to grab it, but no, CENA STANDS UP AND DRAGS PUNK BACK INTO NO MAN'S LAND!!!. . . . . It's insane in the arena as Punk screams out with Cena desperate for him to tap, and it looks like he might. His hand gradually gets closer to the mat when out of nowhere, Raw's Homicide slides into the ring and stomps on Cena's head to a ton of heat.

There's some cheers too as Homicide puts the boots to Cena, breaking the hold with the ref powerless. Homicide's relentless as he pulls Cena up and fires him into the corner, following in with a hard clothesline and continuing to stomp & punch the hell out of the blindsided Cena. Punk crawls to the apron and rolls to the floor as Homicide inexplicably hammers Cena, but Cena fights back with right hands, fighting his way out of the corner. He blocks a right from Homicide and fires him into the ropes, and as Homicide comes back Cena takes him down with a LOU THESZ PRESS!

He unloads hell for leather on the Raw superstar, and as they both make their way back up, Cena slams him into the mat with the spin-out powerbomb, and with the fans cheering like mad, he signals for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, comes back off the ropes and hits it. Cena stands back up, in the zone and turns his head to see Punk slipping back in the ring with a steel chair. Punk stands up and runs at Cena, right into a kick to the gut with Cena lifting Punk up off his feet for the F-U!!!. . . . . Punk drops the chair and Cena turns to the cameras, getting ready to finish Punk. Homicide stands up though with the chair in hand and NAILS CENA IN THE BACK WITH THE IT!!!. . .

A ton of heat is thrown at Homicide as he drops the chair, glaring down without any remorse at all at the fallen Cena. Punk slowly stands back up with a sick smirk on his face and slaps Homicide on the shoulder. Cena though stars to stir, pissing Punk off, and the wannabe World Champion reaches down to pick the chair up and back away from Cena. A big pop breaks out in the crowd as Smackdown's General Manager, Tazz stomps his way down to the ring. He looks furious and he enters the ring staring at Punk and grabbing the chair from him.

Punk's pissed and he goes at it with Tazz with Cena slowly coming to and Homicide looking on. Tazz doesn't take any shit from Punk and tells him exactly what he thinks. Punk tells him it's no holds barred but Tazz says it's not meant to go down like this. Punk doesn't care and tries to grab the chair from Tazz, but the GM just shoves him back. He pisses Punk off even more and the former World Champion keeps taunting Tazz, calling him a joke & worthless. Tazz is getting angrier and Punk can see it. He keeps taunting him, telling him he can see he wants to hit him and dares him to.

Tazz resists with some fans begging him to hit Punk, and as Punk accuses him of having no balls again and tells him to get out of his ring, Tazz snaps and SWINGS THE CHAIR AT PUNK. . . PUNK DUCKS IT THOUGH AND CENA WALKS RIGHT INTO IT!!!. . . . . Cena falls in a heap with Tazz looking stunned. He can't believe what he's done and Punk just laughs, as does Homicide with the fans torn on how to react. The GM drops the chair and looks down in shock, then turns his back on the ring and leaving looking so guilty. Punk though loves it and he tells Homicide to pick Cena up, and the Raw superstar obliges.

Tazz turns round and watches with frustration as Homicide pushes Cena into Punk's path, and The Straight-Edge Superstar lifts Cena off his feet onto his shoulders, all smiles. . . GO TO SLEEP JOHN CENA!!!. . . . . Cena hits the mat and Punk turns to look at Tazz in the aisle as Stephanie McMahon runs out from the back, trying to get to the ring. Tazz grabs her though and tells her she's not getting involved again, much to Punk's amusement as he coolly covers Cena with Tazz holding onto a screaming Stephanie with the ref making the count. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . . 3?

YES!. . . . . DING DING DING!!!

"This Fire Burns" hits to mostly a barrage of boos as the cocky Punk stands up with his arms in the air with the referee heading over to get his world title. Tazz lets go of Stephanie in the aisle and she goes mad, yelling at him, asking him what he was doing. He takes a look back at the ring to see the disgusted referee pass Punk his title and raise his hand then turns back to walk to the back, leaving Steph to look at the gloating Punk as he turns round with his title, being congratulated by Homicide.

They laugh between themselves and Punk lifts the title high up into the air, directly at Stephanie, pointing to the title and laughing with Steph absolutely furious. He turns back and walks over to the apron, taunting the fans this time by raising his title up with most of the fans booing. He doesn't care at all with Homicide looking down coldly at Cena as he opens his eyes, clueless as to what went down. Punk turns back again and throws the title over his shoulder, looking over at Stephanie and laughing again, infuriating the Executive Vice-President some more.

Winner: By pinfall, and the new World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk.

Michael Cole:
I can't believe what I've just seen. CM Punk is once again the World Heavyweight Champion thanks to our general manager Tazz. He might've hit Cena by accident but it wasn't an accident when he held Stephanie back. What the hell was he thinking?

Matt Striker: I have absolutely no idea Michael. All I can suggest is that he's finally had enough of Stephanie getting involved. All that matters right now though is that CM Punk is again World Heavyweight Champion.


*Video Promo*



>3 Weeks!<

___________________________________________________________________________________

*Video Recap*
From Raw Four Weeks Ago

Standing in the middle of the ring, Eric Bischoff takes a brief pause and smiles into the crowd, looking very proud of himself.

Eric Bischoff:
I’ve always been an innovator. I’ve always pushed the envelope an’ I’ve never been afraid t’ make bold decisions if I think it’s good f’ business. Some of the decisions I’ve made have made hist’ry an’ so will this. What I have to announce will make hist’ry, because for the first time ever, in four weeks at the Royal Rumble, the WWE Championship will be defended in the Royal Rumble match.

*Huge Pop*

Eric Bischoff: Yep, you heard me right. In just under four weeks, Triple H will be the first man to ever defend the WWE title in the rumble match, meaning 29 men from both Raw and Smackdown will have the chance to win the title in the same match. Only once has the WWE title been on the line in the Rumble, however this time there will be a champion going into the match who will have to outlast 29 men to walk out, still WWE Champi.

“Time t' play the game. . .”

A ton of heat breaks out as the WWE Champion, Triple H hits the stage with a face like thunder, also with a microphone in hand as he glares down at Bischoff, but Bischoff doesn’t look the least bit worried. It seems like he should be as The Game walks down the ramp with purpose, joining him in the ring and staring right at him before walking slowly towards him.

Triple H:
Let me get this straight. You expect me to walk into the Royal Rumble and defend it against 29 other men? 29 men, in one match? Do you have any idea what kind of impossible situation you’re putting me in?

Eric Bischoff: Wait, Hun’er, listen t’ me. I understand what this involves but this is purely a business decision, but look at this from a diff’rent perspective. I’ve heard you talk f’ years about how you want t’ go down in hist’ry as the greatest of all time. Well here’s your chance. This is the perfect chance f’ you t’ go down in hist’ry, not just as the only man t’ defend the WWE Championship in the Rumble match but the only man to successfully defend the WWE Championship in the Rumble match? How does that sound?

Triple H: As great as that sounds, do you know what the odds are of that happening? I’m one man in 30. Surviving the Rumble is almost impossible at the best of times, but this? You might as well take the title off me now. In fact, I think that’s what you want. I think you want someone else but me as WWE Champion. . .

Eric Bischoff: . . . That’s ridiculous. Like I said, it’s a business decision. I’m giving the fans something they’ve never seen before. I’m making a huge match even bigger than it already is, an’ Hun’er, I’d be doing it regardless of who the champion is. The fact you’re the champion didn’t even come into it. I was thinking about this even before you won the title. Whether you believe me or not, that’s your choice, but it’s the truth an’ it’s happening.

The WWE Champion walks menacingly towards Bischoff, trying it would seem to intimidate him.

Triple H:
If I were you Bischoff I’d think seriously about that. You might be the man in charge around here but I can make life very difficult for you.

Bischoff smirks, not intimidated at all by The Game

Eric Bischoff:
If you think you can bully me into changing my mind, you’re wrong an’ I’d advise you to think twice about who you’re talking to.

Triple H: You’re picking a fight with the wrong guy but I’m going t’ give you one last chance t’ change your mind before I do something I regret.

Eric Bischoff: Threatening me isn’t going t’ do a damn thing. You’re defending the title in the Royal Rumble an’ that’s that. Deal with it.

Triple H grudgingly nods his head and turns round to leave the ring, leaving Bischoff with a smile on his face. The Game turns round though and drops his belt, paces towards Bischoff, stomping him in the gut and planting him with a pedigree to a ton if heat from the capacity crowd. The WWE Champion glares down without a shred of remorse as Raw’s Head of Authority lies flat on his back in the middle of the ring.

A pop breaks out as The Big Show paces down the ramp and into the ring, barging his way past Triple H to check on his boss & long-time associate. He sees that Bischoff’s out of it and stands up, turning towards Triple H who picks his title up and looks back at Show before stepping through the ropes, still not looking at all sorry for what he’s done with Show watching his every step back up the ramp. The Game turns back and looks down at the ring with Show still staring at him furiously.


***

From Raw Three Weeks Ago
"Time t' play the game. . ."

A chorus of boos breaks out in the arena as the WWE Champion, Triple H strolls out to the stage, clearly in one hell of a mood. The Game stops & stares out into the crowd giving them all filthy looks before heading down the ramp on a mission, picking a microphone up off the apron as he steps inside the ring, still getting a ton of heat thrown at him as he looks into the stands again. He's seething tonight and the boos continue as his music stops, and The King of Kings walks into the middle of the ring, trying to compose himself as the fans settle down slowly.

Triple H:
Last week I stood in this ring to be told that in three weeks I have to defend my WWE title against 29 other men in the Royal Rumble match.

*Big Pop*

Triple H: Eric Bischoff stood in this ring and told the world that for the first time ever, the WWE Championship will be defended in the Rumble match, but let me say this. There's a reason why it'll be the first time. There's a reason why it's never happened before, simply because it's almost impossible. It's the most unpredictable match there is with 30 men. Let me say that again. . . 30 men. For Bischoff to expect anyone to defend the title in those circumstances is nothing short of insane and I flat out refuse. . .

"Back in Black"

The Raw Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff casually walks out into the arena to a positive reaction from the Phoenix fans, and he stops to look back. A group of up to 10 security officers follow him out, putting a bigger smile on Bischoff's face as he heads down the ramp towards the ring with security joining him in there, not making Triple H's mood any better at all as he stares at Bischoff with contempt.

Eric Bischoff:
Hun'er I'm disappointed in you. Didn't we have this conversation last week? No matter what you think or how you feel about it, you will defend the WWE Championship in the Royal Rumble match.

*Big Pop*

Eric Bischoff: Now we've got that out of the way I think we should talk about what happened last week and why I've had t' bring security down here with me. You don't need me t' tell you what you did an' I'm going t' skip past that. I'm gonna get right t' the point. I've had a week t' think about what punishment I should give you. I came up with several possibilities, because let's face it Hun'er you've always had a problem with authority, and in just a few moments you're going t' realise who calls the shots around here.

*More Cheers*

Bischoff looks intently at The Game, letting him know he means business.

Eric Bischoff:
I've got to admit that all the possibilities I came up with like suspending you, stripping you of the title, they all appealed t' me. . . but then I had another idea come into my head that I think these people are going t' love. See since this is all about making hist'ry, you being the first superstar to ever defend the WWE title in the Royal Rumble an' all, but it gets better. There's only one thing worse than having t' defend the title in the Rumble, that being having to defend the WWE title in the Royal Rumble as the number one entrant.

The crowd erupts with a massive pop as Bischoff stands there with a big smile on his face. Triple H can't believe what he's hearing and just glares at him, then walks closer as security move in. The WWE Champion shakes his head and turns round, walking away from Bischoff and pulls off his jacket. He tosses the microphone, his title and his jacket down to the mat, then rips off his tie, throwing that down too before marching right back into Bischoff's face, breathing heavily with a red face.

"Crank It Up"

A big pop meets The Big Show as he walks out to the stage, stomping his way down to the ring with The Game stepping back and Bischoff smirking at him. Show's eyes are locked on The Game as he steps over the top rope and walks right towards him, standing right in front of him and keeping him away from Bischoff with security looking worried. Show's music stops and he picks up the microphone Triple H dropped moments ago.

The Big Show:
You think you're tough picking a fight with him? How about you pick a fight with me, 'cause I'll happily knock you out?

*Pop*

Show & HHH stare right at each other.

Eric Bischoff:
Now this is what I like t' see. There's going t' be so much competition at the Rumble, I wanna see people back there step up, an' t'night I think our main event's just popped up right in front of us. So later on t'night we're gonna see the WWE Champion Triple H go one-on-one with The World's Largest Athlete, The Big Show.

Another big pop breaks out as Show starts to laugh in The Game's face, and the WWE Champion is as seething as he was when he walked down to the ring. Bischoff looks pleased with himself as he turns round to leave the ring, followed by security as Show & Triple H still staring at each other.

***

Non-Title Match
The Big Show vs. Triple H

The Game sits up frustrated and sees Show coming round as well and he stands back up, taking his time as Show makes it up to his knees. The WWE Champion glances across at Bischoff before stomping Show in the gut and setting him up for the PEDIGREE!!. . . . . He struggles to get Show in place but he does and he stares intensely into the crowd as they boo, but they turn to cheers as Show counters with a BACK BODY DROP!!. . . . . Cheers rally round the arena as The Game uses the ropes to pull himself back up as an angry giant also picks himself back up.

His eyes are fixed firmly on Triple H, and as The Game turns round, Show runs right at him and clotheslines him over the top. Trips lands on the floor in front of the announce table, a few feet away from Bischoff with the fans cheering. Show stays where he is as the ref begins to count, and The Game crawls towards the apron, reaching underneath it to pull out a sledgehammer. The fans boo and Bischoff shoots up off his seat to grab the sledgehammer out of The Game's hands. Trips looks up furiously as the referee & Show look on, shocked as Bischoff keeps hold of the sledgehammer as Triple H makes his way back up.

The Game gets in his face but Bischoff stands his ground, but as the count gets to eight, The Game slides back in the ring, staring down at Bischoff standing there with the sledgehammer. He turns round and runs at Show in a panic, right into a CHOKE-SLAM GRIP!!!. . . . . Triple H fights out though and stomps him in the gut, turns back into the ropes and runs back, right into a KNOCK-OUT PUNCH, THE WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION!!!. . . . . The fans go nuts it and Show coolly drops to his knees and makes the cover as the ref counts the fall. . . . . 1. . . . . 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3!

It's over and Show beats the WWE Champion, much to the satisfaction of Bischoff on the outside who drops the sledgehammer down on the floor. He applauds Show as he gets his arm raised with "Crank It Up" playing, and The World's Largest Athlete has a big smile on his face as he walks over to the ropes in front of Bischoff and smiles down at him before lifting his giant hand up in the air for the fans enjoying his victory. The smile disappears from Bischoff's face, looking shocked as Big Show is attacked from behind by Chris Jericho, chop blocking him down to the mat.

The music stops and boos ring out around the arena as Jericho puts the boots to Show with the ref trying to pull him away, and he just about manages. Jericho then takes a look down at Bischoff and smirks, then watches as Show struggles back up to his feet, hobbling away from the ropes, right into the CODE-BREAKER FROM JERICHO!!!. . . . . More boos are thrown at Jericho as "Break Down The Walls" hits with the Raw returnee soaking the heat up without a care in the world with Bischoff looking at him angrily and Triple H sitting up confused & angry as Raw comes to a close.


***

From Raw Two Weeks Ago

The Big Show & Shawn Michaels
vs. Triple H & Chris Jericho

Triple H storms the ring and breaks up the count with a stomp to the back of Show's head. Michaels is furious, as are the fans, and The Heartbreak Kid flies through the ropes and runs across the mat to clothesline The Game over the top rope, and the momentum takes him with the WWE Champion. Show & Jericho are both down as Michaels & Triple H try and make it back up to their feet on the outside, and Michaels gets there first and helps The Game up, but the WWE Champion reacts in a flash to send Michaels crashing into the steel steps.

Boos come from the stands, and back on the inside Show & Jericho claw their way back up as The Game drops to his knees and leans against the apron. He stops and a light goes off above his head, and he reaches under the ring, pulling out a sledgehammer to a ton of heat. He stands up and lifts his trusty ally up, looking at it with a sadistic look on his face. He slips back in the ring with Show & Jericho clueless, but the ref sees him and The Game just shoves him aside to run at Show, NAILING HIM IN THE SKULL WITH THE SLEDGEHAMMER!!!. . . . .

The ref calls for the bell, disqualifying Trips & Jericho, and the Canadian stands up looking shocked to see Show knocked out. The Game turns round and stares right at his partner, worrying Jericho. He has every right to be as the WWE Champion paces across and DRIVES THE SLEGDEHAMMER INTO JERICHO'S FACE!!!. . . . . A barrage of boos are thrown at The Game as he stands amongst the wreckage, then glares over at the referee, and the ref looks like he's about to make a mess in his pants. Triple H walks menacingly towards him with the ref really panicking.

"I hear voices in my head. . ."

The crowd erupts and rise to their feet as Randy Orton, for the first time in almost two months walks out to the stage. The Game turns round, shocked to see a seething Orton standing there glaring down at him with a face like thunder. He slowly heads down the ramp, eyes fixed solely on the stunned WWE Champion as he watches the man he put out on the shelf at Survivor Series on his way for revenge. The Game gets ready to take his head off as Orton calmly steps through the ropes and continues staring at Triple H.

They then charge at each other, TRIPLE H SWINGING THE SLEDGEHAMMER AT HIM, BUT ORTON DUCKS AND HITS THE RKO ON THE GAME!!!. . . . . It's absolutely deafening as Triple H hits the mat, sledgehammer falling alongside him. Orton stays on his knees but shimmies round, sticking his head right next to The Game's staring at him as he lies there out cold on the canvas. "Voices" hits again with the fans still cheering, and Michaels sits up on the outside, groggy and looking on shocked too with Orton still glaring intensely at the fallen WWE Champion as the show comes to a close.


***

From Raw Last Week

Eric Bischoff
stands up off the sofa in his office, just as the WWE Champion, Triple H barges into the room, and he doesn't look happy at all, walking right up to Bischoff and staring right at him.

Triple H:
I don't know what your problem with me is, if it wasn't enough making me defend the WWE title in the Rumble, you go an' make me the number one entrant. You know as well as I do you crossed the line an' I'm not going t' let you get away with it. I came here t' let you know I'm going t' the board of directors unless you change your mind. . . You've got one last chance. . .

Eric Bischoff: . . . Hun'er I think we both know you're bluffing, an' even if you're not I think we know what they'd say. In fact I've not had anyone from the board come back t' me with any objections whatsoever. All I've had is people congratulating me on getting ev'ryone talking about the Royal Rumble. I admit maybe making you the first entrant was a tad harsh given the circumstances, but at the end of the day you crossed the line an' put your hands on me. Like I've said before though, I don't have a problem you. It's just business. . . This gauntlet match t'night though, I have an idea that'll prove this isn't personal. I'm gonna give you the chance t' lose the number one spot, only you'll have t' beat the gauntlet. It's either number one or number 30. It's up t' you which.

The King of Kings continues staring at Bischoff, realising he has no choice.

Triple H:
Fine I accept, but there's another reason I came here. . . Randy Orton. . . Last week he walked down t' the ring after my match and gave me an RKO. What I wanna know is if you knew about it an' if he's here t'night.

Eric Bischoff: Look, I swear I didn't know he was there, an' if you haven't noticed, me an' Randy haven't exactly got along in the past. I think ev'ryone's aware of that. As f' t'night, I don't think he's here. It is Missouri, not quite St. Louis but I guess there's a chance he may plan on showing up.

Triple H: Well if he does an' he comes after me like he did last week, I'll deal with him. Only this time I'll make sure he doesn't come back.

***

*The Main Event*
Gauntlet Match for Number 30 in the Royal Rumble
The Undertaker vs. Triple H
Both men are on their knees and they pull themselves back up with the crowd watching closely. The Game's so intense and charges at Taker, for a clothesline, but Taker ducks it and Triple H knocks down the referee, and he stays down. Trips looks shocked, but as he turns round, Taker grabs him around the throat for a chokeslam. The fans go nuts, but the WWE Champion responds with a swift kick to the groin, bringing out a ton of heat from the livid Missouri crowd. Triple H shows no remorse though as he sadistically watches Taker writhing around in agony. He now turns his head and crawls across the mat, slipping out of the ring and looking under it, bringing out his sledgehammer to a ton of heat.

The crowd erupts with a deafening amount of boos for the WWE Champion as he slips back in the ring with his trusty ally. He stands up looking at it with a sick look on his face as Taker claws his way back, completely unaware of what's in store. The Game's ready to snap, and he does, racing across at the phenom, but Taker counters with a big boot to put the WWE Champion down, losing possession of the sledgehammer as well. The fans love it too, and Taker looks furious as he sees the weapon, and he picks it up to another almighty pop cheer. The fans are going crazy as Taker gets a feel for the sledgehammer as Trips sits up, but so does the referee and he sees Taker holding the sledgehammer and wrongly calls for the bell to disqualify The Undertaker.

Neither man knows what's happening until Triple H is announced as the winner of the fall and the match to win the number 30 spot in Sunday's Royal Rumble, and for the first time in weeks the WWE Champion has a big smile on his face as he stands up with Taker shell shocked. Taker throws the hammer down, landing on the apron as he stares at the referee as he stands back up too. Taker shakes his head and turns round in disgust, reluctantly leaving the ring to a bombardment of boos with The Game getting his arm raised. "The Game" hits with the crowd furious, as is Taker as he takes one livid look back before heading backstage, leaving Triple H throwing his title defiantly up into the air.

?: Cut the music.

The music is indeed stopped and The Game looks up at the stage, confused & angry to see Eric Bischoff walk out.

Eric Bischoff:
It appears there's some kind of confusion, but this match, well it isn't over.

The fans cheer loudly as the WWE Champion shakes his head in disgust, not looking all that surprised as he looks up at Bischoff.

Eric Bischoff:
There's still one man left to run the gauntlet, so referee please stay where you are 'cause we're not done just yet.

Bischoff steps to the side with Triple H mouthing some derogatory remarks up at him.

"I hear voices in my head. . ."

The crowd goes nuts as Randy Orton calmly walks out to the stage, turning his head slightly to look at Bischoff who's got a wry smile on his face. The Viper looks menacing as he sets off down the ramp, eyes fixed firmly on the man who put him out of action at the Survivor Series. The Game's seething inside but resigns himself to the fact he's got another match to get through as Orton climbs up the steps and enters the ring to a massive roar from the Missouri crowd. He stares intently over at Triple H, ready to go after over two months out.


Gauntlet Match ctd
Randy Orton vs. Triple H

The Game can't believe what's going on and snaps, running right at Orton, swinging the WWE title at him, but Orton ducks it and jumps up in the air as they both turn round, planting him with the RKO to a crazy pop. Missouri is going nuts for Orton as Bischoff looks on with a smile before heading to the back. Orton though isn't satisfied and just stares at The Game, still on the mat, getting his head in close to Trips'. The Viper's not done though and he shifts his position, then drives his fists into the mat forcefully, wanting more as the WWE Champion starts to come round.

His eyes are all over the place, and it takes him a day & age to get to his knees, not knowing where he is. Orton does though with the fans all on their feet cheering, and as The Game makes it up, still all over the shop, The Viper strikes with another RKO, this time going for the cover and getting the three count. The roof's almost blown off the arena as Missouri goes wild for Orton, who leans back on his knees looking down intensely at the man who put him out for two months.

Orton now slowly stands up to get his arm raised as he is announced as number 30 in the Royal Rumble. He turns his head and looks into the stands, still cheering like crazy, but he turns back and sees the WWE Championship on the mat. He coolly walks towards it and reaches down to it, slowly also before picking it up and looking right at it with intent. He looks down at The Game again, who's flat on his back with Orton standing above him with his WWE title.


***

From Smackdown Friday Night

"TIME T' PLAY THE GAME. . ."

The entire crowd rise to their feet in shock at seeing the WWE Champion, Raw's Triple H stroll out to the stage with a face like thunder. He stops & looks into the crowd, reacting with a chorus of boos for The Game. He responds by giving the same contempt, only with his eyes as he heads off down the ramp and into the ring, picking a microphone up off the apron in the process. Wearing a suit and with the WWE title draped over his shoulder, he walks into the centre of the ring and looks angrily into the stands as his music stops, bringing out the deafening amount of boos being thrown at him. They don't change his mood though as he already looks like he could throttle some of the innocent kids in the front row.

Triple H:
I don't expect any sympathy from you but the fact is this is nothing but victimisation. It's there f' all t' see. Then the other night, stood not even a foot away from me he lied right to my face. He lied about knowing whether Randy Orton was there or not, just like he's lied about this just being business. This is personal. Why else would he do what he did on Raw? He let me believe I had a chance of winning the number 30 spot knowing full well he was going t' set me up f' a fall. I won that gauntlet match then he brings out Orton after he lied about not knowing if he'd be there or not. That Bischoff was the final straw. You might think you've made this big decision t' have the WWE title up f' grabs in the Royal Rumble, but guess what? You an' all these people might think it's happening, but right now I'm telling you it's not. I'm calling it off.

"I'm all grown up now. . ."

A big pop greets the Executive Vice-President, Stephanie McMahon, The Game's ex-wife as she walks out into the arena smiling. The WWE Champion though isn't smiling one bit though as he watches her walk down into the ring without a care in the world, walking past him to collect a microphone. Her music stops and she turns back, walking towards her ex-husband, still smiling, clearly amused by his situation.

Stephanie McMahon:
Oh Hun'er, where do I start? Putting our marriage an' divorce aside I'm sorry that I'm the one t' tell you this but you certainly don't have any kind of power to call off any match, let alone one of this magnitude.

*Big Pop*

Stephanie McMahon: You don't have a case an' you know it. I'm sure you think you do but you don't. Eric Bischoff hasn't victimised you in any shape or form, an' I think it's worth saying that had you pedigreed me like you did him a few weeks ago, you wouldn't even be in the position to defend the WWE title this Sunday because I'd 'ave stripped you like that (clicks her fingers).

*More Cheers*

Stephanie McMahon: You can complain all you want, it won't get you anywhere. I heard earlier t'night in fact that you complained to the board of directors about your so called treatment, so I'm here to give you an official response on behalf of the board.

Triple H can sense that he's not going to receive good news as he stares angrily at his almost smug ex-wife.

Stephanie McMahon:
We feel that Eric Bischoff's decision to have you defend the WWE title in the Royal Rumble match is a tremendous business move. You more than anyone will know how much it takes f' me to compliment Bischoff but right now every single fan is talking about the Royal Rumble because of that decision. They have been since he announced that decision. We can't ignore that. It's got ev'ryone here t'night excited. It's got fans all around the world excited. It's got all the superstars in the back excited. Even I, despite my own personal circumstances as a recently divorced woman an' single parent, I can't wait t' see you defend the WWE title against 29 other men.

*Pop*

The Game stares right at her, and her smile is gone. She's getting angrier by the second as she stares back at him, trying not to seem intimidated, if of course she is.

"My Time is Now"

A massive pop breaks out with some boos mixed in as John Cena hits the stage. He stops & salutes the fans before heading down the ramp, eyes locked on the ring as Triple H steps back and furiously watches Cena making his way up the steps and into the ring. Cena stops and looks at The Game, then casually shakes hands with Steph before walking over to get a microphone of his own as the music comes to a stop. He turns round and walks over to stand alongside Stephanie with Triple H just staring intensely at him.

John Cena:
Hun'er Hun'er Hun'er, you're so predictable. Ev'ryone but you can see what a great idea it was by Bischoff t' make you defend the WWE title in the Royal Rumble. It's genius. Hell I'm excited an' I'm not even in the match.

*Pop*

John Cena: Like these people, I've never been so excited about a Rumble match but we all see what's goin' on here. You're scared, an' let's face it, you've got good reason t' be. Although Hun'er, threatening a woman, the mother of your kids. That's not cool dog. As bad as things might seem, this isn't Steph's fault. This is a chance f' you t' make y'self a legend. The funny thing is there's definitely gonna be a new World Heavyweight Champion when I get in the ring with Punk, an' the odds say we're gonna see a new WWE Champion too.

*More Cheers*

John Cena: But hey, it's not all bad. You're thinkin' 'bout this in completely the wrong way. There have been winners from number one before y'know, but Hun'er. . .

Cena walks towards The Game, getting real close to his face.

John Cena:
. . . I just don't think you're gonna be one of 'em.

*Big Pop*

Triple H is mad, it's there for all to see, but Cena's not intimidated by him one bit.

John Cena:
There's so many guys who don't just wanna win the Rumble, they wanna be WWE Champion. This sort of thing just doesn't happen. It's huge, an' if I didn't already have a world title match Sunday night I'd be jealous. . . It all though boils down t' one thing Hun'er. . . You're gonna be walkin' in t' the Rumble as a world champion an' I won't. The thing is I'm gonna be walkin' out a world champion an' you're not.

The Game walks right into Cena's face, looking right into his eyes.

Triple H:
I think you should watch your mouth.

John Cena: Yeah, or what?

Stephanie McMahon: Hey, if you two wanna fight, it's not going t' happen like this. Actually thinking about it, I have an idea. Not only will you defend the WWE title in the Royal Rumble Sunday Hun'er, t'night you're gonna go one-on-one with John Cena.

*Huge Pop*

The crowd goes crazy as Triple H looks past Cena and at Stephanie who just smirks back at him before turning round to leave the ring. "I'm All Grown Up Now" plays and Cena does the same with the WWE Champion not at all happy as he turns back to look at his opponent for tonight with Stephanie walking back up the ramp.

***

Non-Title Match
John Cena vs. Triple H

The majority of the crowd booed but some cheered as Triple H dragged himself to the ropes to break the STFU, and Cena continued on a roll, but when he tried to hit the FU, The Game fought his way to the ropes with elbows to the head. He fought his way down and then sent Cena crashing into the pads head first. Trips then left the ring and looked under the apron to pull out a sledgehammer to a huge reaction, mostly negative. He then slid back in the ring with Cena standing back up, but the ref saw him and pulled it off him to a big pop. He went to get rid of the weapon, turning his back on the action to do so as Cena went after The Game, walking right into a low blow and Pedigree. The WWE Champion made the pin and got the three to a ton of heat from the fans. He celebrated by posing defiantly with the WWE title, doing so at the top of the stage as Cena sat up looking frustrated in the ring.


___________________________________________________________________________________


*The Main Event*



***Superstars will enter at 90 second intervals
The winner will defend the WWE Championship in the Main Event of WrestleMania XXV***

WWE Championship
Royal Rumble Match

"Time t' play the game. . ."

Entry #1: Triple H (c)


Here comes the man who has it all to do tonight, the defending WWE Champion, Triple H. The Game steps out into the arena to a chorus of boos with the WWE title around his waist and a bottle of water in his right hand as he looks out into the crowd with a face like thunder. The enormity of the challenge is obviously weighing down on him but he pours some water over his head and makes his way down to the ring, giving the fans more dirty looks.

He walks round the ring and climbs up on to the apron, turning to face the crowd, still with the weight of the world on his shoulders. He looks into the stands again before throwing his arms up above his head and spitting the water out of his mouth to more boos. He gives the fans a mean stare again and steps inside the ring, heading to the corner and posing defiantly with the title, still getting booed by fans as he steps down and his music stops, looking down the aisle to see who the second entrant is.

"Sexy Boy"

Entry #2: Shawn Michaels

A massive pop comes from the stands as 'The Heartbreak Kid' Shawn Michaels struts out through the curtain looking very relaxed indeed as The Game, his former best friend looks on, not all that happy to see Michaels heading down the aisle. Michaels slaps hands with the fans as he calmly walks down to the ring, looking up at Triple H, not at all worried it would seem at the prospect of getting in there with the angry WWE Champion. Shawn takes the step with a smile, climbs through the ropes and does his trademark spin & pose for the fans as The King of Kings looks on, not impressed at all.

Michaels heads up to the second rope, applauding his fans as always, and as he steps down his music stops and the referee asks Trips for his title. The Game reluctantly removes it and hands it over slowly, keeping his eyes on the title instead of Shawn. The referee folds the straps underneath and raises it up in the air, now heads over to the apron and hands it over to the timekeeper who also rings the bell. Michaels & Trips slowly walk towards each other, giving the other the eyes, talking amongst themselves with Michaels pointing up to the WrestleMania sign hanging from the rafters.

The Game stands there listening and then hammers Shawn with a right hand, taking it to his former friend, sending him back against the ropes. He fires him into the other side and runs out to meet with him a clothesline, but Shawn slides through his legs and jumps up to his feet to jab away at the WWE Champion. The fans cheer as Michaels takes it to The Game and scoops him off his feet to slam him into the mat. The fans cheer again, and as The Game stands back up, Michaels chops him back into the corner and he continues to chop away at him.

The North Carolina crowd let out some "WOO"'s with Michaels whipping him into the opposite corner, but Trips reverses it to send Michaels into the pads. The intense Triple H runs in at him and Michaels steps out to drive his elbow into The Game's face. It sends Trips staggering out and Shawn climbs up to the second rope, nailing Trips as he turns round with a double axe handle. The fans are right behind Michaels as he helps The Game up and tries for an irish whip. Again though Triple H reverses it and Michaels comes bouncing back, both connecting with a clothesline.

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Entry #3: Gillberg

An unimpressed Triple H sits up as Gillberg heads down the aisle having been sprayed by fire extinguishers, stepping into the ring with the fans loving the crazy SOB's return. He does his best Goldberg impersonation, trying to look threatening to the crowd as he walks over to Triple H and helps him up for him his knees to set him up for the JACKHAMMER!!!. . . . . He's not going to do that to the WWE Champion surely, but the crowd are loving it, hoping to see it happen, cheering like crazy. The Game fights back though and shoves him back into the ropes, nailing him as he comes back with a FACEBREAKER KNEE SMASH!. . . . . Gillberg stumbles round looking a bit groggy and Trips grabs him by the head & tights, runs into the ropes and tosses him over for the first elimination of the Rumble.

Elimination #1: Gillberg by Triple H.

Boos come from the crowd as Triple H stares down without a care in the world at Gillberg writhing around on the floor. The WWE Champion turns back and sees Shawn standing up, and he walks over to help him up. Shawn shoots up though and catches him with an inverted atomic drop. The Game hobbles around on the mat and Michaels takes him down with a side russian legsweep. The Heartbreak Kid stands back up with a smile on his face, smiling into the approving crowd.

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Entry #4: Homicide

A lot of boos as well as some cheers welcome Homicide back out to the arena after helping CM Punk regain the World Championship, and he walks confidently down to the ring, not taking his time as he focuses on the ring. He slides inside and Michaels goes right for him, hammering in the skull with a right hand. Homicide fights back with a right of his own, and Michaels fires back too as they exchange blows. Homicide comes back though and whips Michaels into the ropes. He ducks his head, and as Michaels comes back he kicks the Brooklyn native square in the face. Homicide's head snaps back up and Michaels takes him down with a swinging neckbreaker.

The fans like what they see, but as Shawn stands back up, so does the WWE Champion and Triple H wastes no time in clubbing him in the back. Shawn falls to his knees and Trips stomps all over him with Michaels trying to crawl to the ropes. He uses them to help get back up, but Triple H again tries to use it against him and lifts his feet off the mat to try & force him over. Shawn holds onto the top rope as he's dangled over it, holding on tight as Homicide sits back up. He sees The Game trying to get rid of Michaels and he gets up, going to help The King of Kings try and get rid of The Showstopper to the fans' worry.

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Entry #5: Bryan Danielson

A decent pop hits as Danielson runs straight to his mentor's aid, grabbing Homicide and driving his head into the top turnbuckle. He goes back to help Shawn by clubbing Triple H across the back, allowing Michaels to roll back inside the ring. Danielson's knocked back by an elbow swing from the WWE Champion. Trips turns round and pulls Danielson up from his knees, but he gets more than he bargains for with Danielson unloading with a series of stiff body kicks.

The Game falls to his knees and Danielson turns back to run the ropes, comes back and hits a STIFF SIT-OUT DROPKICK TO THE FACE!!. . . . . They clearly have an effect on The Game as he stands up a little groggy, into another stiff kick to the gut, and another. Trips falls forward and Danielson jumps on him to apply the LEBELL LOCK!!!. . . . . The fans love it as Danielson wrenches away at Triple H, putting the WWE Champion through hell.

Homicide stands back up in the corner and sees what's going on, and as he tries to stop it, Michaels is also back up and he runs across to tackle him down to the mat. The crowd cheer as he hammers away at the man who helped CM Punk regain the world title earlier and as Danielson tortures Triple H, making the WWE Champion tap out. Michaels stands back up and Danielson lets go to do the same, shaking hands with his mentor.

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Entry #6: The Mountie

Michaels & Danielson look on laughing as The Mountie walks down the aisle with Jimmy Hart talking gibberish through the megaphone. The Mountie keeps tapping his cattle prod against his other hand, looking very calm as he gets to the ring. He takes the steps and steps through the ropes, walking coolly towards Michaels & Danielson, explaining to them who he is. They turn & look at each other, completely bemused before both nailing him with a right hand to knock him on his ass.

Michaels picks up the cattle prod as The Mountie stands back up and Danielson nails him with some stiff kicks to the body, finishing with one stiff kick to the face. Homicide gets up, and tries to nail Michaels with a right hand, but HBK gives him a taste of the cattle prod, ELECTROCUTING HOMICIDE TO A HUGE POP!!!. . . . . The Brooklyn native falls to the mat in a fit and Michaels tosses the cattle prod out of the ring towards The concerned Mouth of the South, and as The Mountie makes his way back up, Michaels grabs him by the scruff of the neck and sends him on his way over the top and out of the Rumble.

Elimination #2: The Mountie by Shawn Michaels.

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"It's a shame that they lost their heads. . ."


Entry #7: Sheamus

Here comes the Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus and he means business as he unbuckles his title in the aisle and drops it on the floor while pacing down to the ring. He jumps onto the apron and steps inside, looking right at Michaels & Danielson as The Mountie's helped to the back by Jimmy Hart. The Celtic Warrior gazes at both Shawn & Danielson before running at Michaels to hammer away at him. Danielson though helps Shawn out again and unloads on Sheamus as they both take it to the Irishman. They take control and Shawn whips him into the ropes, leapfrogging him as he comes back with Danielson waiting in the wings behind him to hit a standing dropkick.

The fans are enjoying them double team Sheamus, and they're not done yet as Shawn pulls him up to whip him into the corner. Michaels fires Danielson in at him, and Sheamus gets an elbow driven into his face. Danielson steps out and Shawn races across the mat, hitting a STINGER SPLASH!. . . . . The Intercontinental Champion stumbles out of the corner into Danielson, and he plants Sheamus with a BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPLEX!. . . . . They're controlling the match now and they go off on their own with Michaels going after The Game and Danielson going after Homicide.

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"I spit in the face of people who don't want t' be cool"


Entry #8: Eddie Colon

Eddie comes running down the aisle and slides into the ring as Sheamus stands up, and he sends him back down with a clothesline. The Irishman's rattled as the Puerto Rican younger sibling of Carlito watches him standing up and he runs past him into the ropes, jumping onto the second rope for a SPRINGBOARD BACK ELBOW SMASH!. . . . . Eddie hits it and hits the deck with Sheamus, but he's back up first as he heads to the corner, climbing up to the second rope. The fans cheer him on, and he leaps off to take Sheamus down with a DIVING BULLDOG!. . . . . Eddie's on fire and has the fans behind him, but he's not done with Sheamus yet.

He urges him to get back up, almost jumping up & down as Sheamus picks himself back up, and as he gets up, Eddie shifts behind for the BACKSTABBER!!!. . . . . Sheamus steps forward in time and Eddie falls to the mat. The Intercontinental Champion doesn't look happy at all as he stands up, helping Eddie up too to fire him into the corner. Eddie's back hits them with serious force, and Sheamus runs in at him, right into a raised boot from the Puerto Rican. Sheamus is sent spinning away from the corner and Eddie steps through the ropes to climb all the way up top, and as Sheamus turns round, Eddie leaps off the top and connects with a MISSILE DROPKICK!!

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Entry #9: Christopher Daniels

Daniels joins the party, 24 hours away from a shot at the World Tag Team Championship on Raw tomorrow night. He runs down the aisle and slides into the ring looking like he means business as he nails Eddie with a clothesline, putting the Puerto Rican down. He's not down long though and Daniels pounces as he stands up, connecting with a RELEASE SIDE SLAM!!. . . . . Eddie hits the canvas and rolls towards the corner, firing Daniels up even more, shouting "BEST MOONSAULT EVER." He doesn't hang around and hits the ropes, hitting the BME to a largely negative reception. He turns round looking quite smug and he heads across the mat to join Homicide in putting the boots to Danielson while Michaels has The Game choking him in the corner with his boot across Shawn's throat.

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"Rule Britannia"


Entry #10: Paul Burchill

Burchill's next in and he runs down to the ring looking well up for the battle in hand, pulling Daniels away to hammer him in the head with some right hands. Daniels falls to the mat and Homicide's his next target to give Danielson a breather as he rolls back in the ring under the bottom rope. Burchill sends Homicide into the corner and follows in with a hard clothesline. He backtracks out and Homicide trots out into an OVERHEAD BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPLEX!!. . . . . Homicide hits the mat as Sheamus picks himself back up.

Burchill sees him and goes after the Intercontinental Champion, hammering him with a right hand and firing him into the ropes. Sheamus comes back fighting with a clothesline, looking pissed off to say the least. Burchill gets back up and it's his turn to be whipped into the ropes, coming back into the CELTIC WAR SWORD!. . . . . Burchill's chest is looking red after that, wincing as he stands back up, helped up by Sheamus into the IRISH CURSE, A SIDE-SLAM BACKBREAKER!!. . . . .

He stands up and sees Eddie getting up by the ropes, and he sees red and runs at him, clotheslining him over the top rope. Eddie hangs on to the ropes though and lands on the apron. Sheamus turns round looking surprised to see him standing there, and Eddie nails him with a forearm to send him away from the ropes. Eddie's locked & loaded, and as Sheamus spins back round, Eddie hits A SPRINGBOARD, COMING THROUGH THE SKY INTO A BROGUE KICK FROM SHEAMUS!!!. . . . . Holy cow that was brutal for Eddie as Sheamus stands over him looking down completely unsympathetically with Eddie flat on his back.

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Entry #11: Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez

There's a Mexican injection to the Rumble as Del Rio-Ramirez coolly strolls out into the arena to heat from the crowd. He takes his time walking down to the ring as The Game pulls Michaels up and again tries to force him over the top, and as Del Rio steps inside he goes to help him. Michaels holds on tight again and fights back, elbowing Triple H in the head, knocking him down to his knees. He grabs Del Rio-Ramirez by the head and rams it into the top turnbuckle. It allows Shawn the chance to step back through the ropes, but he has Sheamus running right at him. Michaels ducks as Sheamus hits the ropes, barely stepping away from them as Shawn explodes with a SUPER KICK!!!. . . . .

Sheamus is knocked over the top rope but he lands on the apron. Michaels is jumped on though by Daniels who tries to apply a sleeper, jumping on Shawn's back. Michaels though turns round though and slams Daniels forward into the mat. Michaels is again jumped by Triple H, clubbing him across the back to his knees. The Game shifts round and pulls Michaels up, twisting him round for a FALLING NECKBREAKER!!. . . . . Del Rio-Ramirez is back on his feet and looks awkwardly at the WWE Champion, getting a dirty look from him before being nailed across the head and down to the mat.

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Entry #12: Bob Backlund

A big pop breaks out for Backlund as he excitedly walks out into the arena, looking into the crowd with amazement. The Game turns round and doesn't look at all excited to see Backlund, and as the veteran finally heads towards the ring, Danielson chop blocks Trips to the mat. The Game tries to get back up from all fours as Danielson stands up to hit the ropes, bursting into them at speed to run back and to hit Trips with a sit-out dropkick to the face.

Backlund takes his time coming up the steps as Danielson stands back up into an ENZUIGIRI FROM DEL RIO-RAMIREZ!!!. . . . . Daniels falls flat on his face as the Mexican stands over him looking pleased with himself, back to Backlund as he enters the ring. The veteran looks to the side and then sneaks up behind the Del Rio-Ramirez to lock in the CHICKEN WING!!!. . . . . The fans go nuts as Backlund pulls Del Rio-Ramirez down to the mat with the Mexican quickly tapping out, not that Backlund breaks the hold. He keeps it locked in, and the fans approve, cheering like mad.

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"Priceless"


Entry #13: Ted DiBiase

DiBiase's entrance into the arena is met by a chorus of boos, not that he cares as he coolly looks up at the ring. Maryse wishes him luck and watches him walk down to the ring, but as he climbs up on the apron, Maryse is left stunned as Matt Sydal, the former United States Champion brushes past her. With his ribs still taped up, he paces down the aisle furiously with the fans cheering. DiBiase steps inside and sees Sydal. The King of the Ring tries to jump up on the apron but the referees stops him, much to Ted's amusement as he looks down at him and laughs, enjoying what he's seeing. He leans over the ropes and taunts the angry Sydal, but unbeknown to Ted, Backlund approaches from behind and lifts him off his feet and over the top rope, and DIBIASE FALLS OFF THE APRON AND DOWN TO THE FLOOR!!!

Elimination #3: Ted DiBiase by Bob Backlund.

A huge cheer breaks out as DiBiase hits the floor in shock. He throws a fit with Backlund jumping up & down, and even Sydal enjoys it, easing his mood as he backs away laughing. Maryse runs down to her boyfriend who stands up and points at Sydal, blaming him as Sydal backs up the aisle laughing back at him. The referees then tell to Ted he has to leave ringside, which he does reluctantly, going after Sydal who walks backstage. Back in the ring Backlund is still smiling, enjoying the reaction of the crowd until he turns round into a clothesline from Sheamus that takes him up & over the top rope and out of the match.

Elimination #4: Bob Backlund by Sheamus.

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Entry #14: Mystico

Here comes one half of the World Tag Team Champions, running down to the ring and sliding into the ring. He slides through Homicide's legs and hits him with a spin kick to the stomach. He runs forward into the ropes and jumps up to the second rope for a SPRINGBOARD REVERSE CROSS BODY!!. . . . . The fans like what they see, and as Mystico stands up he gets nailed by Daniels, one of the men he & Mysterio will defend their titles against tomorrow on Raw.

Daniels fires him into the ropes but the Mexican comes racing back, countering with TILT-A-WHIRL HEADSCISSORS INTO A SINGLE ARM DDT!!!. . . . . He drills Daniels' head into the mat and the fans cheer him as he stands back up all fired-up, but he turns round right into Triple H, and the WWE Champion stomps him in the gut and sends him spiralling into the canvas with the PEDIGREE!!!. . . . . The WWE Champion calmly but intensely picks himself back up and walks towards Burchill, trying to help him up from his knees, but he gets a shock.

The Englishman catches him with a shot to the stomach and shoots up to hit the C4 OUT OF NOWHERE!!!. . . . . Boy do the fans love that, but as Sheamus gives up trying to eliminated Michaels, the Irishman runs at Burchill as he gets up for the BROGUE KICK!!!. . . . . Burchill ducks it and goes for the C4 again, but Sheamus escapes with elbow shots to the head. Burchill's in a spin and Sheamus takes full advantage, lifting him up off his feet and planting him with WHITE NOISE!!!. . . . .

Sheamus stands up, standing tall, spreading out both arms emphatically and bangs his chest, meaning business. Danielson's next in his sights as he stands up by the ropes, and Sheamus charges at him, clotheslining him over the top. Danielson holds on to the ropes though and manages to stand on the apron, and he sweeps Sheamus's feet by kicking his right heel. Danielson races up to the top rope and jumps off the top, STOMPING DOWN AS HE LANDS ON SHEAMUS'S CHEST!!

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Entry #15: Kaval

Kaval comes racing down the aisle and into the ring, running into a clothesline from Danielson. He matrixes underneath, and runs through into the ropes, jumping on to the second rope for THE TIDAL WAVE, A SPRINGBOARD ROUNDHOUSE KICK!!!. . . . . It takes care of Danielson as Eddie sits up close by, and Kaval helps him up to level him with a stiff kick to the ribs. He turns back to run the ropes at speed, but Eddie jumps up and hits a dropkick. They both make their way back up with Eddie jumping up into the air for a HURRICANRANA!!. . . . . He got it and down goes Kaval, but his partner, Daniels stands up to see Eddie doing the same.

Daniels looks pissed and runs at Eddie, but Eddie steps to the side and helps Daniels over the top rope. The fans cheer but Daniels holds on and blocks a desperate right hand from Eddie to fire one back. Eddie blocks it this time and nails Daniels who falls to the apron. Eddie tries to force him over his feet with Daniels still holding on, and Kaval sits up to see his partner in trouble. He races up to his feet and runs across to club Eddie across the back and then lifts him over the ropes by his feet to toss him out of the match and save his partner. Daniels slips back in the ring and stands up to thank his partner.

Elimination #5: Eddie Colon by Kaval.

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"Crank It Up"

Entry #16: The Big Show

A massive pop breaks out as the massive Big Show walks out into the arena with purpose. Everyone in the ring stands up and takes notice, all watching as The World's Largest Athlete walks down to join them stepping over the top rope with a mean look of determination on his face. Del Rio-Ramirez runs right at him before he gets in and is shoved down to the mat. Kaval's next to try his luck and he runs into a hard right hand. Sheamus is next and he runs into a kick to the gut and a CHOKESLAM!!!. . . . .

Sheamus hits the mat and Mystico tries his luck, clubbing Show from behind. Show turns round and nails him with a KNOCKOUT PUNCH!!!. . . . . Homicide jumps on Show, hammering him with a right hand, but Show blocks it and fires him into the corner, runs in and nails him with a clothesline. Homicide staggers out and Show grabs him to toss him over the ropes. Homicide lands on the apron but Show grabs him by the throat and CHOKESLAMS HIM DOWN TO THE FLOOR!!!

Elimination #6: Homicide by The Big Show.

Show turns round and a fierce Daniels runs right at him, but Show sends him over the top rope with a back body drop.

Elimination #7: Christopher Daniels by The Big Show.

With Daniels out, Show walks out towards Del Rio-Ramirez and tries to grab him, but the Mexican ducks underneath, then tries for an ENZUIGIRI!!!. . . . . Show ducks and Del Rio-Ramirez hits the mat. He crawls to the ropes and uses them to help get back up, and as he turns round, Show runs at him and CLOTHESLINES HIM OVER THE TOP!!!

Elimination #8: Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez by The Big Show.

Del Rio's the third elimination in a minute by Show, and as he turns round again, Burchill tries his luck and runs at him, but he too gets BACK BODY DROPPED OUT OF THE RUMBLE!!!

Elimination #9: Paul Burchill by The Big Show.

Show turns round and walks out as Danielson comes off the ropes for a CROSS BODY!. . . . . Show holds onto him and turns round to face the ropes, but Michaels comes to his former trainee's rescue and catches Show with a SUPER KICK TO THE SIDE OF THE NECK!!!. . . . . Show falls onto his side and Danielson falls to the mat with him with seven men left in the match. Triple H, Michaels, Danielson, Sheamus, Mystico, Kaval & Big Show.

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Entry #17: Scotty 2 Hotty

The crowd go nuts for Scotty as he runs down the aisle into the ring. He sees Sheamus getting back up and runs at him, ducking a right hand to unload on the Intercontinental Champion. Sheamus is rattled but counters with a strong kick to the gut and a falling clothesline. He stares down angrily at Scotty as he makes his way back up, stepping back with his eyes locked on the former Cruiserweight & Tag Team Champion. Scotty stands up and the Irishman storms at him for a BROGUE KICK!!!. . . . . Scotty ducks it and runs through off the ropes to take him down with a ONE ARM BULLDOG!. . . . . Sheamus falls to the mat and the crowd's going crazy.

Scotty stands up and sends the crowd wild, shaking on his feet and turning across the mat before coming back to hit the WORM ON SHEAMUS!!!. . . . . The crowd love it, but as Scotty stands up, Kaval runs past him into the ropes and nails him with the TIDAL WAVE!!!. . . . . Danielson picks himself back up, as does The Game, as they turn to face other with Danielson connecting with a stiff kick on the groggy WWE Champion. He puts him down onto one knee and turns to run the ropes, but The Game shoots up as Danielson comes back and sends him flying over the top rope and down to the floor.

Elimination #10: Bryan Danielson by Triple H.

Michaels turns & sees his protégé's been eliminated and looks disappointed, but he has to refocus quickly and go back to work on Mystico, but the Mexican catches him off guard with a spin kick to the gut, then follow it up with a TORNADO DDT!!. . . . . It puts Michaels down, and as Mystico gets back up, Kaval runs at him, but Mystico backtracks into the ropes and holds them down as Daniels goes flying over them, all the way down to the floor.

Elimination #11: Kaval by Mystico.

Mystico looks down having eliminated one of the men he'll face tomorrow night when he & Rey Mysterio defend their tag team titles, but Triple H sneaks up behind him and lifts him off his feet and over the top rope.

Elimination #12: Mystico by Triple H.

We're left right now with Triple H, Michaels, Sheamus, Big Show & Scotty as Homicide hobbles up the aisle after the chokeslam to the floor, struggling to keep upright as John Cena runs out to knock him down again. The fans eat it up as a pissed off Cena stomps all over him and pulls him to send him crashing into the barricade. Homicide's in serious pain, but Cena doesn't care.

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"Metalingus"

Entry #18: Edge

'The Rated-R Superstar' Edge walks out into the arena to a ton of heat looking like a man on a mission, just giving Cena a brief look before looking up at Triple H in the ring as he walks down there with purpose, eyes firmly on the ring and the ring alone. Edge is up the steps in no time at all and takes off his leather coat, drops it down to a runner and steps through the ropes with only the WWE Champion on his feet as officials usher the livid Cena back while others check on Homicide. Edge's music stops and he walks right up to The Game, and he starts talking smack at him.

He doesn't get a response and he signals the title will be around his waist and smirks at Trips, and the WWE Champion reacts by hammering Edge with a right hand. It gets a mixed response from the fans but they're all into it as The Game grabs the rattled Edge by the wrist and fires him into the ropes, watching him coming back to lift him off the mat into a SPINNING SPINEBUSTER!!. . . . . Edge's back is driven into the mat but he sits up quickly with Trips standing up too, taking the chance to kick Show in the head with the big man sitting up too.

The King of Kings grabs Edge and sends him into the corner and runs in at him, driving his knee into Edge's gut, but The Rated-R Superstar steps out as The Game's knee hits the turnbuckle pads with some serious force. The Game falls to the mat holding his knee with Edge smirking to himself. He turns his head and he sees Big Show getting back up, and he runs at him, but Show grabs him by the throat and lifts him up for a CHOKESLAM!!!. . . . . Edge jumps down, landing on both feet to quick Show in the side of the knee. He kicks him again and Show slumps forward, giving Edge the chance to drill him with a DDT!!. . . . .

Edge stands up smiling again, but as he turns round he sees that The Heartbreak Kid is back up too. They run right at each other with Edge missing a wild clothesline, and Michaels quickly lifts him up for a scoop slam. Michaels heads over to the apron and steps through the ropes, now climbs up to the top rope. The fans cheer as he climbs up there, but Sheamus is back up and sees Shawn on the ropes, and the Intercontinental Champion bursts across the mat and shoves Shawn off the ropes. Michaels falls off the ropes onto the apron with the fans worried. Sheamus is pissed and grabs hold of the top rope while trying to force Shawn out with his feet again.

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"I spit in the face of the people who don't want t' be cool"


Entry #19: Carlito

Carlito runs down the aisle into the ring looking well up for the match with the fans cheering him. He dives in the ring and runs at Sheamus, clubbing him across the back, allowing Michaels to roll back inside to safety. Sheamus fights back, knocking Carlito onto one knee with a hard elbow strike, but Carly's right back up and gets whipped into the ropes. He comes running back and back flips over the stunned Sheamus and plants him with the OVERDRIVE!!!. . . . .

Sheamus is down and Carlito looks to take advantage and get some serious momentum going as he stands up by running the ropes, hitting the second rope and hitting a SPRINGBOARD MOONSAULT!!. . . . . He lands on Sheamus's chest, and as he stands up, so does Edge. Carlito runs at him and nails him in the side of the head with a running knee lift, then runs through into the ropes, bouncing back to hit Edge with a clothesline. The Rated-R Superstar falls to the mat but he's not staying down for long with Carlito shifting behind him, connecting with the BACKSTABBER!!!. . . . .

Carlito's flying as he stands up, soaking up the cheers coming from the crowd, and he turns to see Michaels using the ropes to help get back on his feet. The Puerto Rican spots an opportunity and runs at Shawn, but HBK lifts his elbow into Carlito's face, sending him back pedalling in a spin. He quickly turns round and runs back at Michaels, and Shawn lifts him over the top rope onto the apron. Carlito hangs on and holds the top rope before swinging both feet through the ropes into Michaels' back.

Michaels falls forward onto his knees and Carlito races up to the top rope with Shawn & Sheamus both making their way back up to their feet. They both turn to face Carlito who leaps off the top and takes them both down with a DIVING CROSS BODY!!. . . . . All three hit the mat with Carlito standing up to a big pop. He sees Trips standing back up by the ropes and walks across the mat to try and force him over the top, but The Game holds on tight.

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"World's Greatest"


Entry #20: Charlie Haas

Haas runs down to the ring, slides in and goes after Scotty, taking him down with a clothesline, and then another. Michaels is next as he stands up into a dropkick from Haas, and Sheamus gets one too, just as he stands up. Scotty picks himself back up and Charlie grabs him in a flash, sending him into the canvas with an OVERHEAD BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPLEX!!. . . . . Scotty rolls into the ropes and Haas stands up to see Big Show getting up, and he takes the fight to him. He fires some hard right hands at him with Show leaning against the ropes. Haas takes a step back and tries to clothesline him over, but it doesn't have much effect.

He tries again but Show steps forward and hammers him with a KNOCKOUT PUNCH!!!. . . . . Haas is flat on his back as Show steps away from the ropes and goes after Sheamus, pulling him up from his knees and scooping him up. He walks over to the ropes and dangles him over, trying to drop him out. Sheamus holds on though with The Game doing the same across the ring, fighting off Carlito. The WWE Champion stomps on Carlito's back as Michaels stands up and wanders across to club Triple H from behind, and he now tries to eliminate him, trying to lift him over the top rope with his former best friend holding on for dear life despite the fans willing him to be eliminated.

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Buzzer!

"Lethal"


Entry #21: Jay Lethal

The man who beat his brother, Kofi Kingston earlier enters the fray, coolly walking down the aisle into the ring. He sets his sights on Scotty as he stands up by the ropes. He runs at him and knocks him down with a clothesline. Scotty makes his way back up and Jay looks eager to strike as he turns round, stomps him in the gut and hits a snap suplex. Scotty again drags himself back up, this time against the ropes looking vulnerable.

Jay stands up too and sees Scotty in dangerous territory. He looks to take advantage and runs at him, clotheslining him over the top. Scotty falls & lands on the apron to the relief of the fans, but as he stands back up looking groggy, Jay turns round and doesn't look at all happy to see him clinging on to the ropes. He runs back at him and knocks him off the apron with the ENZUFURY, THE SPINNING ENZUIGIRI THAT BEAT KOFI EARLIER ON!!!

Elimination #13: Scotty 2 Hotty by Jay Lethal.

Scotty's gone and Jay stands back up a determined young man as Carlito crawls away from the ropes and back onto his feet. Jay runs at him and nails him with an extended elbow. Carlito again picks himself back up and Jay's right on him, hitting the LETHAL COMBINATION, AN STO BACKBREAKER INTO A REVERSE STO!!!. . . . . Carlito rolls around in pain as Jay stands up to survey the scene.

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Entry #22: TJ Wilson

Out to the arena flies TJ, bursting down to the ring, running right at Lethal and nailing him with a forearm smash. Lethal gets right back up and TJ levels him with a series of stiff kicks, but as he takes a wild swing to the head, Jay ducks and shoves him into the ropes. He runs right at TJ into a raised boot, and TJ steps through the ropes onto the apron as Lethal spins away from the ropes, giving TJ the chance to hit the CODE BLUE, A SPRINGBOARD FRONT FLIP NECKBREAKER!!!. . . . . The crowd love that as Lethal's face meets the canvas.

TJ stands up and helps Edge up from his knee before turning back into the ropes, coming back at Edge who catches him with a FLAPJACK!!. . . . . It's TJ's head that meets the canvas now as a fired-up Edge stands up and watches Carlito getting up by the ropes, and he doesn't need an invitation. The Rated-R Superstar runs right at him and clotheslines him over the top, eliminating the Puerto Rican! He hasn't though as Carlito lands on the apron, and Edge doesn't look happy. He back tracks across the mat as Carlito makes his way back up on the apron, only for Edge to run at him and SPEAR/TACKLE HIM OFF THE APRON AND OUT OF THE MATCH!!!

Elimination #14: Carlito by Edge.

Edge stands back up looking down with a smile on his face at Carlito on the floor. He turns his attention back to the guys left in the ring, and runs at Haas, nailing him with a big boot. He drags him back up and tries to force him over the ropes with Sheamus & Big Show, Michaels & HHH also battling it out.

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Buzzer!


*Gong*

The lights go out and the Greensboro Coliseum turns to darkness with the fans in a frenzy, anticipating the arrival of The Undertaker.

"Rest In Peace"

Entry #23: The Undertaker

The main lights remain out as spotlights shine down on Taker slowly but menacingly making his way down the aisle with smoke drifting all around him. He climbs up the steps to a big pop and brings the lights back on to an almighty pop. He removes his hat with all eyes on him. He's a marked man already as he steps through the ropes. Edge runs right at him, into a big boot that puts him right on his ass. Lethal bites the bullet and paces across the mat towards The Dead-Man, but Taker sends him on his way, helping him flying over the top rope and out of the match.

Elimination #15: Jay Lethal by The Undertaker.

Taker turns round and the brave TJ Wilson tries his luck, coming through the air from a SPRINGBOARD, BUT TAKER GRABS HIM BY THE THROAT, TURNS ROUND TO FACE THE ROPES AND SHOVES TJ AT FORCE INTO & OVER THE ROPES, THEN DOWN TO THE FLOOR!!!

Elimination #16: TJ Wilson by The Undertaker.

Charlie Haas isn't worried though and he strikes Taker from behind, then grabs him in a waist-lock. The Dead-Man swings his elbow back and turns round to grab Haas and toss him over the top rope and out of the Rumble.

Elimination #17: Charlie Haas by The Undertaker.

Taker's clearing the ring, but as he turns round and steps away from the ropes, SHEAMUS NAILS HIM WITH THE BROGUE KICK!!!. . . . . Sheamus revels in taking out The Dead-Man, but he goes back to work, pulling Michaels away from The Game, giving the champion some respite as he nails Shawn with a short arm clothesline.

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Buzzer!


"Booyaka 619"

Entry #24: Rey Mysterio

Here comes Rey to an almighty roar. The fans go crazy for him as he slides into the ring, under an outstretched arm for Sheamus, runs through into the ropes and comes back to take Sheamus onto the second rope with TILT-A-WHIRL HEADSCISSORS!!. . . . . It's getting loud in here as Rey dials up, turns back into the ropes, runs back across and connects with the 619!!!. . . . . Sheamus is sent back pedalling from the ropes in a spin as Rey Rey steadies himself on the apron, but he has to block a right hand from Edge, then hits him with a forearm to put the Canadian down.

Sheamus turns round and Rey hits a springboard, WEST COAST POP!!!. . . . . OR NOT! SHEAMUS HOLDS ON TO REY WITH THE MEXICAN ON HIS SHOULDERS, BUT REY FIGHTS BACK WITH RIGHT HANDS, SENDING SHEAMUS BACK INTO THE ROPES, AND THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION SPINS ROUND TO TRY AND DROP HIM OUT, BUT REY REACHES BACK TO GRAB THE TOP ROPE FOR A HURRICANRANA, SENDING SHEAMUS OUT OF THE RING AND ON TO THE ARENA FLOOR TO A HUGE POP FROM THE CAPACITY CROWD!!!

Elimination #18: Sheamus by Rey Mysterio.

Mysterio's eliminated the Intercontinental Champion and the crowd love it. Rey breathes a sigh of relief as he leans back against the ropes, but Sheamus is furious as he stands up, staring up at Rey from behind. He grabs Rey by the legs and drags him out of the ring under the bottom rope, then sends him crashing into the steel steps to a ton of heat. Big Show & The Game look on from the inside but to turn round to face each other, and The World's Largest Athlete fires away at the WWE Champion.

The fans cheer as Show sends The Game bouncing into the ropes, planting him as he comes back with a SIDEWALK SLAM!!. . . . . The Game sits up holding his back. Show's not done with him yet though and brings him back up, lifting him up above his head for a GORILLA PRESS!!!. . . . . He walks over to the ropes, all set to drop The Game on his ass, but Triple H wriggles around and manages to drop down to his feet to low blow Show to a ton of heat.

Now only 5 men remain, Triple H (#1), Shawn Michaels (#2), The Big Show (#16), Edge (#18) & The Undertaker (#23).

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Buzzer!

"If you close your eyes your life. . ."


Entry #25: Christian

"GO. . . If you close your eyes. . . "

The boos turn to cheers as Christian runs out from the back to the ring, going right after his brother, Edge to tackle him down to the mat and pummel him with right hands as Sheamus is told to leave by the officials on the outside. He doesn't go anywhere and pushes them away with Rey hurt on the floor. The livid Irishman picks up the top step that was knocked over by Rey when he crashed into them, and despite the officials begging Sheamus not to use them, he BRINGS THEM CRASHING DOWN INTO REY'S STOMACH!!!. . . . .

The fans continue to boo as the remorseless Intercontinental Champion lets go of them, and this time he's ushered back by one of the referees while the other checks on Rey, and the World Tag Team Champion looks hurt. Sheamus steps away this time, still staring at Rey before turning around as the other official goes to help the other, trying to help Rey up. Rey doesn't look like he should be on his feet as Sheamus turns round and sees him on his feet, and he doesn't like seeing that.

He walks back round the ring and charges at Rey, making the refs shit themselves as THE CELTIC WARRIOR LEVELS REY SQUARE IN THE HEAD WITH THE BROGUE KICK!!!. . . . . Rey falls to the floor again to yet more boos with Sheamus standing over him sadistically, breathing heavily before raising his arms into the air to an absolute bombardment of heat from the Greensboro faithful. EMT's come running down the aisle to check on Rey as Sheamus again walks away, and Rey's tag team partner, Mystico comes out to check on him too with the fans hurling abuse at the Intercontinental Champion as he heads backs up the aisle.

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Buzzer!


"Hell Will Be Callin' Your Name"

Entry #26: Bobby Lashley

Lashley walks out into the arena to a decent pop and gives Sheamus a dirty look, not that the Irishman's bothered as he walks past him. Lashley heads down the aisle and into the action with EMT's attending to Rey, seemingly indicating he's unable to compete any further.

Elimination #19: Rey Mysterio - Unable to Continue.

Lashley enters the ring with Christian & Edge going at it, Show sitting up, Taker too while The Game tries to force Michaels over the ropes. Lashley makes a brave call and pulls Taker up, scooping him up over his shoulder and runs into the corner, driving Taker's back into the pads. He lets go and Taker falls to the mat, and as Lashley turns round, Show stands up. Lashley stares right at him, locked on the big man and he darts across the mat, taking him down with a SPEAR!!!. . . . .

The crowd cheer as Lashley stands back up with The Game in his sights after Michaels elbowed him on the head to get back into safety. Trips stands back up and turns to see Lashley charging at him, but he sidesteps him. Lashley puts the brakes on but The Game grabs him by the head & tights to send him shoulder first into the ringpost. Michaels crawls up behind the WWE Champion on his knees and sweeps his left leg with one hand, quickly standing up to lock in the SHARPSHOOTER TO A MASSIVE POP!!!

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Buzzer!

"Break the walls down. . ."


Entry #27: Chris Jericho

Jericho confidently strolls out into the arena as Trips screams out in pain in the Sharpshooter. Michaels keeps it locked in tight, and as Jericho gets in the ring he takes a look and smiles, then turns away, leaving the WWE Champion to suffer. Instead he helps out Edge to work over Christian, pummelling him against the ropes. Lashley picks himself back up, as does The Undertaker. He again takes the fight to The Phenom, walking over to him and hammering away at him, forcing him back into the ropes. He steps back and then tries for a clothesline, but Taker lifts his elbow out into Lashley's face.

Taker follows him out and nails him with an uppercut, putting Lashley on the back foot. He tries for an irish whip but Lashley reverses it, and as Taker runs back he ducks underneath and runs though, coming back to hit a FLYING CLOTHESLINE!. . . . . Cheers come from stands as both men make their way back up and Taker grabs Lashley by the throat as he turns round, but Lashley kicks him in the gut to escape his grasp. He kicks him again and lifts him off his feet and slams him into the mat with a SPINEBUSTER!!. . . . . Lashley drags him back up, grabbing the bull by the horns, setting him up for the DOMINATOR!!!. . . . .

Taker escapes, slipping down his back and shoving him into the ropes. Lashley hits them and turns round, managing to stop as Taker runs at him and nails him with a BIG BOOT!!. . . . . Lashley falls over the top rope but lands on the apron. Taker turns his back and Lashley rolls back under the bottom rope, and The Dead-Man walks up behind Edge & Jericho, nailing Jericho in the back first. He turns Edge round but the Canadian rakes his eyes and dropkicks him in the knee, then drives his boot into Taker's head.

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Buzzer!

"Red Lightning"


Entry #28: J-Red

The Cruiserweight Champion races down the aisle and into the ring to another solid pop, ducking a clothesline from Edge to nail him with a spinning wheel kick. He stands back up and catches Jericho with a leg lariat, but as he gets up this time, the WWE Champion stomps him in the gut and drills him with a SNAP DDT!!!. . . . . Triple H stands right back up and drags Red with him, grabbing him by the tights and head, walks towards the ropes and tosses him over. Red though grabs the top rope as he goes over and lands on the apron, quickly rolling back inside.

Trips reaches down to pull him back up though and pulls him into his place for the PEDIGREE!!!. . . . . Red drops to his knees though and sweeps both of The Game's legs and lifts them up, then drops his own legs into Trips' chest. The fans sure like that, but as he stands back up, Jericho's there to meet him with the CODEBREAKER!!!. . . . . RED ALMOST FALLS TO THE MAT WHEN EDGE CHARGES AT HIM AND TEARS HIM IN HALF WITH A SPEAR!!!. . . . . Edge stands back up, both he & Jericho smiling. That is until Michaels shoves Edge forward into Jericho.

Jericho falls back and HBK takes Edge down with a side suplex, and as Jericho stands back up, Michaels fires him into the corner, runs in at him and hits a STINGER SPLASH!!. . . . . Michaels takes a step back out of the corner as Jericho staggers out into towards him, and The Showstopper grabs him by the head, turning to the side to toss him over the ropes. Jericho goes over but lands on his feet, quickly hitting Michaels with a right hand before grabbing his head and ramming it into the top turnbuckle. Shawn falls backwards and hits the mat as Jericho steps back inside.

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Buzzer!


Spoiler for Surprise Entrant:



Entry #29: The Godfather

The fans give The Godfather and his female escorts a warm welcome. Jericho looks disgusted as he comes up the steps and enters the ring, and Christian sneaks up behind Jericho, nailing him with a right hand, sending him staggering into The Godfather's direction. He too hammers Jericho who turns into another right hand from Christian, then back into another from The Godfather. Jericho falls to the mat but Christian pulls him back up, then whips into the corner, then turns to The Godfather and gives him some instructions.

Godfather looks to the crowd and makes a train gesture, getting a massive pop from the fans. With no hesitation he keeps on going and runs in at Jericho, HO TRAIN!!!. . . . . Jericho staggers out of the corner and gets thrown into Christian's clutches, and Captain Charisma takes him down with THE KILLSWITCH!!!. . . . . Christian stands back up with the fans smiling, just as The Godfather's jumped by Edge, but Christian helps him out to double team Edge, fighting him to the ropes and they try to force him over.

He holds on for now as Big Show battles it out with Lashley. Taker & Triple H stand up at the same time and turn to face each other to a huge pop from the Greensboro crowd. They start slugging it out after a brief staredown, at Taker gets the foothold with some hard jabs. He puts Trips down onto one knee and turns back into the ropes, running back as The Game jumps up to his feet and into the air to drive his knee into The Dead-Man's face. He turns round in a spin and Trips spins him back into a kick to the gut and a SINGLE ARM DDT!!!. . . . .

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Back on their feet are Triple H & HBK, and The Game runs at him, nailing him with a clothesline.

Buzzer!

"I hear voices in my head. . ."


Entry #30: Randy Orton

A massive pop greets The Viper as he menacingly enters the arena, getting the full attention of the WWE Champion. Triple H doesn't take his eyes off him, and Orton's the same as he gradually gets to the ring, going up the steps and stepping inside, eyes still locked firmly on Trips. They slowly walk towards each other in the centre of the ring, staring at each other intensely. The Game throws the first blow but Orton blocks it and hammers away at him to another big pop, and he knocks him down.

Trips is back on his feet in a flash and Orton nails him with a european uppercut, putting him on the back foot. Orton strikes again with another uppercut and fires him into the ropes, then catches him with a standing dropkick. They both pick themselves back up and Orton fires him into the ropes, making the mistake of ducking his head, allowing Trips to nail him with a FACEBREAKER KNEE SMASH!!. . . . . Orton snaps up and The Game applies a sleeper, but Orton slips behind and plants him with a REVERSE DDT!!!. . . . .

He stands back up to a big pop as Edge manages to fight off The Godfather and then Christian. He drags himself up to his feet and turns to see Orton standing tall, and he looks petrified. Orton doesn't stand still and runs at him, nailing him with a clothesline. Edge rolls over to the ropes, and as Orton turns his head, Jericho is sitting up. It's Jericho's turn to look worried as he slowly drags himself to the ropes with Orton approaching menacingly, causing Jericho serious concern.

He makes his way up to his knees by the ropes and begs Orton for mercy, not getting any at all with Orton staring down at him, and Jericho's desperation gets the better of him and he low blows The Viper to a ton of heat. Jericho stands up by the ropes to a ton of heat with a wry smile on his face. Christian & Godfather stand back up and see him standing there all cocky, and Christian runs at him, right into a raised boot that puts him down. Godfather's next and he runs at him, and Jericho drops down and pulls the ropes down too to send The Godfather tumbling down to the floor.

Elimination #20: The Godfather by Chris Jericho.

Christian goes after Jericho but runs into a kick to the gut and an ENZUIGIRI!!. . . . . Lashley & Big Show are up again, going at it by the ropes with Michaels standing up, putting the boots to Edge. Taker's starting to stir too as Red & Triple H drag themselves back up, bumping into each other as they stand up. The WWE Champion is on Red and sends him into the ropes. Red grabs the top rope and clings onto it, pissing The Game off, and Trips runs in at him, into a raised boot. It sends The King of Kings staggering away in a daze. Red runs right at him with The Game going for a counter into a SPINNING SPINEBUSTER, BUT RED COUNTERS WITH A DDT!!!. . . . .

Trips crawls across the mat to the ropes as Red makes his way back up, confidence high as the WWE Champion uses the ropes to help get back up. He looks weary as he just manages to stand up, and as he turns round against the ropes, Red charges at him for a clothesline, but TRIPLE H LIFTS HIM OVER HIS SHOULDER ONTO THE APRON WHERE RED HANGS ON. TRIPS TURNS ROUND INTO A SHOULDER THRUST THAT SENDS HIM STAGGERING BACK. RED GOES FOR A SPRINGBOARD BUT TRIPS REACTS IN A FLASH, BURSTING FORWARD TO NAIL HIM OFF THE TOP ROPE AND DOWN TO THE FLOOR WITH A BANG!!!

Elimination #21: J-Red by Triple H.

There's some sympathy for the Cruiserweight Champion as he lands hard on the floor, and as Triple H turns round he sees The Big Show & Lashley going at it against the ropes. Show is hanging on as Lashley tries to force him out. Jericho also turns to see the struggle with Show desperately clinging on with Lashley using all his strength to force him out. Jericho & The Game take a quick look at each other and then head off across the ring, grabbing one foot each and lifting him over the top rope and down to the floor with the momentum taking Big Show with him.

Elimination #22 & 23: The Big Show & Bobby Lashley by Triple H & Chris Jericho.

Show sits up looking shocked as Jericho turns round smiling at The Game, and he gets knocked down with a right hand from the all-business WWE Champion. Back on his feet, The Undertaker bends down to pull Michaels back up to his feet, and The Heartbreak Kid is looking weary as Taker fires him into the corner and follows him in. Michaels catches him by surprise and grabs the top rope. He tries to leap back over The Dead-Man, but Taker grabs him and holds on. He tries to force Shawn over the ropes with the fans willing Michaels to hold on. He does and he fights back, swinging his elbow into the side of Taker's head.

Taker lets go of him and Michaels slides down his back to land on his feet. He gets his balance, and as Taker turns round, Michaels goes for the SUPER KICK!!!. . . . . TAKER DUCKS IT AND CLOTHESLINES MICHAELS' OVER THE TOP ROPE!!!. . . . . SHAWN HOLDS ON AGAIN WITH IS FEET DANGLING TOWARDS THE FLOOR. HE'S UP AGAINST IT, HOLDING ON, JUST!!!. . . . . Taker thinks he's eliminated Shawn, but he skins the cat and lands in the ring on his feet again to a big pop. Taker turns round and looks stunned as Michaels unloads with a SUPER KICK!!!. . . . .

Taker falls in a heap and Michaels breathes a sigh of relief, but as he turns round, EDGE CHARGES ACROSS AT HIM AND TAKES HIM DOWN WITH A SPEAR!!!. . . . . The Rated-R Superstar stands back up slowly, with a smug smile on his face, and as he turns his head he sees Christian trying to claw his way back up. Edge keeps smiling, and he sets his sights on his brother. Christian's not looking in the best of shape at all, oblivious to what's waiting for him.

Edge gears up to tear him in half, and as Christian makes it up, Edge surges across the ring looking for the SPEAR!!!. . . . . CHRISTIAN SIDESTEPS IT AND EDGE JUST MANAGES TO PUT THE BRAKES ON, TURNING ROUND IN A FLASH INTO A KILLSWITCH!!!. . . . . No, Edge pushes his brother forward into the ropes. Christian hits them and holds on, taunting his frustrated brother. Edge snaps and bursts out of his feet, charging across at Christian, BUT CAPTAIN CHARISMA DUCKS HIS HEAD AND LIFTS EDGE OVER THE TOP ROPE AND DOWN TO THE FLOOR BELOW!!!

Elimination #24: Edge by Christian.

Edge is eliminated and Christian turns round to make sure his brother's out, and he is. Edge sits up in shock, getting a wry smile from Christian before he turns round to see Jericho running at him, nailing him with a clothesline that takes him over the ropes. Christian lands on the apron but Jericho raises both arms up thinking he's eliminated him. He turns round to see he hasn't and looks furious as Christian stands back up. Jericho thinks fast though and runs into the corner, jumping onto the second rope to hit a SPRINGBOARD DROPKICK AND ELIMINATE CHRISTIAN!!!

Elimination #25: Christian by Chris Jericho.

Captain Charisma hits the floor next to his brother as Jericho looks down with a smile on his face, unaware of Orton circling. The Viper approaches from behind, and as Jericho turns, Orton nails him with a european uppercut. Jericho falls to the mat and Orton turns round with The Game running at him, into another uppercut from Orton, and The Viper follows it up with an inverted a SIDE HEADLOCK BACKBREAKER!!!. . . . . The WWE Champion for at least the time being falls to the mat and Orton follows him, eyes fixed firmly on his rival as he pounds his fists into the canvas with the fans cheering like mad.

They know what's coming, but Triple H doesn't as he struggles back up on his hands & knees, The Viper ready to explode. Trips makes it up and spins round, still unsteady as Orton leaps into action for the RKO!!!. . . . . The Game counters and pushes back. Orton though comes right back at him, turning next to the ropes into a kick to the gut, and the WWE Champion sets him up for the PEDIGREE!!!. . . . . Boos come from the crowd as the angry WWE Champion gets set to drill Orton, but The Legend Killer counters with a back body drop, LIFTING TRIPLE H OVER HIS SHOULDER AND OVER THE TOP ROPE ONTO THE APRON!!!. . . . .

The Game clings on for dear life, and as Orton turns round, The Game ducks his head and thrusts his shoulder towards Orton's stomach. Orton grabs his head though and pulls him inside, leaving The Game's feet resting on the second rope. The fans cheer, realising Trips' fate with an intense Orton staring into the stands before drilling Triple H with a ROPE HUNG SNAP DDT!!!. . . . . The Game is out of it and Orton calmly stands back up, staring down at the fallen champion when Jericho, back on his feet, clubs Orton from behind and connects with a RELEASE GERMAN SUPLEX!!!. . . . .

Jericho's up first with Orton not far behind him, and Jericho's got his sights set on Orton. He licks his lips in anticipation as Orton turns round into a CODEBREAKER!!!. . . . . NO, ORTON PULLS BACK AND JERICHO HITS THE DECK!!!. . . . . Jericho tries to get right back up and Orton gives him a helping hand, pulling him up from his knees. Orton tries for an irish whip but Jericho reverses it and nails Orton as he comes back with a leg lariat. On the outside Edge stands back up and walks away from ringside turning his back smirking at the sight of Christian sitting up.

Back on the inside though and Jericho hits the ropes, jumping onto the second rope, hitting a SPRINGBOARD FOR THE LIONSAULT!!!. . . . . Orton brings his knees up into Jericho's guts to a pop from the crowd, catching the Canadian by surprise. They jump back up with Jericho clutching his stomach, but Orton shows no compassion, grabbing him by the head and running to the ropes to TOSS JERICHO OVER THE TOP ROPE!!!. . . . . JERICHO HOLDS ONTO THE ROPE WITH DESPERATION, BUT ORTON WATCHES AND SENDS HIM DOWN WITH A PERFECT TRADEMARK STANDING DROPKICK!!!

Elimination #26: Chris Jericho by Randy Orton.

Within a blink of an eye we've lost Edge, Christian & Jericho. Canada's had a bad minute or so as a very focused Orton turns round with the fans cheering Jericho's elimination. We're down to four; Orton, The Undertaker and the two men who started the match, Shawn Michaels and the WWE Champion himself, Triple H. The Game's still down by the ropes as Orton turns round to see Taker & Michaels making their way back up. The Viper knows this is the time to strike and sneaks up behind Michaels, spins him round and plants him with the RKO!!!. . . . .

Michaels is flat out, but Orton's not done as he stands back up and turns his attention to The Undertaker. With the fans cheering, Orton watches him turn into his path and leaps up for the RKO!!!. . . . . Taker avoids it and throws Orton down to the mat. The Dead-Man stares down at Orton and lifts his right hand up for a CHOKESLAM!!!. . . . . The fans are enjoying this as Orton claws his way back up, turning round with Taker grabbing him by the throat. With the fans cheering, Taker lifts Orton up off his feet but ORTON COUNTERS IN MID AIR WITH AN RKO!!!. . . . .

It gets a mixed reaction from the crowd as Orton stares over at Taker, watching him rolling around on the mat. The Viper picks himself back up again, as does The Game by the ropes. Orton turns his head and sees him getting up, and he runs right at him, right into a HIGH KNEE STRIKE FROM THE WWE CHAMPION!!. . . . . It sends Orton staggering away from the ropes, and Triple H follows him out with Orton turning into a SPINNING SPINEBUSTER!!. . . . . The incredibly focused WWE Champion picks himself back up, seeing the finish line in sight against all the odds.

He pulls Orton back up, once again setting him up for the PEDIGREE!!!. . . . . The fans boo as The Game gets ready to drill Orton, but The Viper counters again with the BACK BODY DROP!!. . . . . Both men pull themselves back up, and as they turn to face each other, Orton tries for an RKO!!!. . . . . The Game counters and shoves Orton into the ropes. Orton holds on, pissing Triple H off no end. The WWE Champion stares angrily at Orton and runs in at him, AND ORTON DROPS TO HIS KNEES AND PULLS DOWN THE ROPES TO SEND TRIPLE H TOPPLING DOWN TO THE FLOOR AND OUT OF THE MATCH!!!

Elimination #27: Triple H by Randy Orton.

The now former WWE Champion sits up on the floor in shock, livid to be out of the match and losing his WWE title. Orton stands there smirking back at him, very much enjoying the satisfaction of eliminating the man he blames for costing him the same title at Unforgiven and putting him on the shelf for two months at Survivor Series. The Game mouths something to Orton, not that it bothers The Viper one bit, but Triple H stands up and tries to get back on the apron. He's blocked by the two officials with Orton still watching as the angry former WWE Champion tries to get back at him. He's held back as Orton smirks and turns round, only to see Taker back on his feet and running at him, CLOTHESLINING HIM OVER THE TOP AND OUT OF THE RING & MATCH!!!

Elimination #28: Randy Orton by The Undertaker.

We're down to two, The Undertaker & Shawn Michaels!

Orton hits the floor to a mixed reaction with The Game stepping back. He looks down at Orton without remorse, then shoves his way past the referees to drag Orton back up. The Game takes all his anger out on Orton and sends him face first into the ringpost. The Viper falls to the floor as the referees again grab Triple H and pull him away. He doesn't put up much resistance this time and retreats, still staring at Orton who remains on the arena floor, face down with the fans booing as Triple H finally relents and leaves ringside one angry S.O.B.

He leaves Taker & Michaels to it as The Heartbreak Kid picks himself back up to see The Dead-Man on his feet with his eyes locked firmly on him. Michaels turns to the crowd and they cheer with the two longest serving superstars in the company left to battle it out for the WWE Championship and the right to main event WrestleMania. They walk slowly towards each other in the centre of the ring with Michaels blocking a right hand, giving it all he has to outfight The Phenom, chopping him across the chest, sending him back towards the ropes.

Michaels tries for an irish whip but Taker reverses it easily and walks out to meet him, to DRIVE HIS MASSIVE BOOT DOWN MICHAELS' THROAT, BUT MICHAELS DUCKS AND RUNS THROUGH, COMING BACK OFF THE ROPES AND CONNECTING WITH A FLYING FOREARM!!. . . . . Taker hits the deck and Michaels kips up to a massive pop. Taker follows him back up with Michaels scooping him off his feet and slamming him back down. The fans cheer as Shawn heads to the corner and the top rope, Taker still on his back in the middle of the ring.

H.B.K. climbs all the way up to the top, fans going crazy as he LEAPS OFF TO DRIVE HIS ELBOW INTO TAKER'S CHEST, BUT TAKER DODGES IT BY ROLLING TO THE SIDE!!. . . . . They're both battle scarred as they pick their way back up, and Michaels blocks a right hand to fire jabs at Taker. Cheers come from the crowd and Shawn sends Taker into the ropes. The Dead-Man bounces off them and ducks an outstretched arm from Michaels, runs through off the ropes and hits Michaels with a RUNNING DDT!!!. . . . .

Michaels head just got drilled into the mat and Taker stands back up, pulls down one of his straps and raises his right hand to another big pop as Michaels sits up not knowing what planet he's on. Taker gets ready to strike, circling Michaels as he drags himself back up, struggling to keep his balance as he turns round with Taker grabbing him in a flash by the throat and PLANTING HIM WITH A CHOKESLAM!!!. . . . . Michaels is down & out in the middle of the ring, completely lifeless with Taker cutting his throat, signalling the end is near.

He reaches down and drags Michaels back up, no resistance from The Heartbreak Kid as Taker scoops him up and over his shoulder for the TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!!. . . . . Michaels fights back, wriggling down his way The Phenom's back to another big pop. Taker can't believe it and Michaels shoves him into the ropes. Taker turns round against the ropes and Michaels runs at him for a clothesline, but TAKER DUCKS HIS HEAD AND LIFTS MICHAELS OVER THE ROPES. . . . . HBK LANDS ON THE APRON AND TAKER TURNS TO SEE SHAWN THERE HOLDING ON, AND MICHAELS THRUSTS HIS SHOULDER INTO TAKER'S STOMACH. . . . .

MICHAELS TAKES THE FIGHT AND SUNSET FLIPS BACK INTO THE RING BUT TAKER STANDS FIRM. HE STARES DOWN AT HBK ON THE MAT AND FIRES A RIGHT HAND AT HIM, BUT MICHAELS SLIDES THROUGH THE LEGS TO DODGE IT AS TAKER DRIVES HIS FIST INTO THE MAT!!!. . . . . MICHAELS RUSHES BACK UP TO HIS FEET AS AN ANGRY TAKER TURNS ROUND INTO SWEET CHIN MUSIC, AND IT TAKES HIM OVER THE TOP AND DOWN TO THE FLOOR. . . . . TAKER'S OUT & MICHAELS HAS DONE IT. HE'S WON THE ROYAL RUMBLE & THE WWE TITLE!!!

Elimination #29: The Undertaker by Shawn Michaels.

"Sexy Boy" blasts out and Michaels drops to his knees, shocked at his own achievement with the fans going crazy. Taker sits up on the floor and looks back in with frustration as one of the referees enters the ring to raise Michaels' hand and to present him with the WWE Championship. The emotional Texan throws his title up in the air in sheer ecstasy, almost on the verge of tears as he looks into the crowd. He walks off into the corner and climbs up to the second rope to applaud the fans with the title on his shoulder, soaking up the incredible ovation as confetti falls from the heavens and Taker grudgingly turns his back on the ring and head back up the aisle.

Michaels is struggling to take it all in, looking at the WWE title almost in disbelief before raising it again. He steps down and walks back into the centre, again raising his title proudly with the fans still cheering the new WWE Chmapion, just as the former champion walks back out into the arena. An angry Triple H glares furiously at Michaels, who turns round to see The Game standing there staring at him. Michaels drops the title on his shoulder and stares back, looking somewhat confused. The Heartbreak Kid cracks a smile and turns back to walk over to the ropes to pose with his title again, only pissing The Game off even more as he watches on with steam coming out of his ears.

Winner: And the new WWE Champion, Shawn Michaels.

Jim Ross:
What an incredible effort from The Heartbreak Kid. He lasted the entire match to become the new WWE Champion an' you can see how much that's infuriated The Game.

Jerry Lawler: That was amazing JR. Ev'ryone was talking about how impossible a task Triple H had lasting the whole match from the start, but Shawn Michaels did just that, now he's got The Game's WWE Championship.

Michael Cole: I don't think we'll ever see a more popular Royal Rumble winner than Shawn Michaels after t'night. Ev'ryone's up on their feet giving him the reaction he deserves, an' let's not f'get that he's a Smackdown superstar. That means we now have two world champions, both of whom are from Smackdown.

Jim Ross: That's right Michael. I guess we'll find out t'morrow night just where things go from here but right now all we can do is congratulate the man who will once again main event WrestleMania, The Main Event, The Showstopper, Mr. WrestleMania, the new WWE Champion, 'The Heartbreak Kid' Shawn Michaels on an incredible effort here t'night in Greensboro. It was an amazing end to an amazing night. F' now it's good night but we'll see you on Raw t'morrow night. Until then, take care folks.

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Wow weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee what a Royal Rumble PPV, I definitely loved it right from the word GO!!!!

Jay Lethal beats his brother Kofi to earn entry into the 30-man Royal Rumble Match, just goes to show you that Lethal is better than his older brother Kofi, definitely love this rivalry and I think that this rivalry is far from over between these 2 brothers as this rivalry reminds me all too well of Bret and Owen's rivalry back in the 1990s with Lethal being like Owen and Kofi being like Bret, and I think their sibling rivalry has the potential to at least be like Bret/Owen or even surpass it

Morrison and Gabriel beating Miz and Ryder in what was a great contest, definitely loved it

And then Ziggler becoming the new WWE United States Champion by beating Sydal in what was a great match, definitely one of the matches of the night by far, definitely loved it

London and Kendrick beating The Empire to retain their WWE Tag Team Championships, another great match-up again

As for the World Heavyweight Championship, Punk once again becoming the World Heavyweight Champion beating Cena all be it under controversial circumstances with Tazz inadvertently costing Cena the title by cracking Cena in the skull with a chair when he meant to hit Punk and Stephanie trying to get involved but Tazz stopping her, I loved it, but what I didn't see coming was Homicide helping Punk to become World Heavyweight Champion that's for sure

The Royal Rumble Match with surprise entrants such as The Godfather, Gillberg, Scotty 2 Hotty, The Mountie and Bob Backlund, I love all these surprises especially Scotty, but I loved Sheamus attacking Rey after Rey eliminated him because it maybe sets up a rivalry between these 2, and HBK winning his 3rd ever Rumble to become the new WWE Champion from the #2 position, loved it
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>Headlines!<



>The Main Event's Heading to London With The Gold!<

After all the controversy surrounding Triple H having to defend the WWE Championship in the Royal Rumble as the number one entry, 'The Heartbreak Kid' shocked the world earlier tonight to not only win the Royal Rumble and the WWE title, and he did it all by lasting the entirety of the match.

The new WWE Champion started the match with the former champion but managed to outlast each & every other superstar to win his third Royal Rumble after finally toppling The Undertaker. The now four time WWE Champion will head to the main event of Wrestlemania 25 with the gold and defend it, and having successfully defended the World Heavyweight Championship in last year's main event against Edge, The Main Event himself will be confident he can walk out of Wembley Stadium in London with the title he left the Greensboro Coliseum with tonight.

The Smackdown superstar who now holds Raw's world title will apparently be heading to Raw tomorrow night for a title celebration according to Eric Bischoff. Does this mean The Heartbreak Kid is heading back to Monday nights? Tune in tomorrow night to find out!





>Punk Reclaims The World Championship!<

It was controversial when CM Punk defended the World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena at Night of Champions last month, and there's no doubt there was more controversy tonight in Greensboro when Punk defeated Cena with a huge helping hand from Homicide, and Smackdown's General Manager, Tazz.

With the title vacated by Cena last month on the line, it seemed that he was about to regain it until Raw's Homicide inexplicably stormed the ring to attack him and help Punk. There may have been collusion between him & Punk, but it was Tazz that struck the decisive blow, attempting to stop Punk winning cheaply by taking a steel chair from him when he was looking to hit Cena. Punk gave Tazz a piece of his mind again, infuriating his boss so much that Tazz tried to hit him with the chair, only for Punk to duck and Cena to walk into the shot. Tazz was left shell shocked by his actions he left the ring, just as Stephanie McMahon yet again tried to stop Punk leaving with the title, only Tazz held her back this time to avoid a repeat of Night of Champions. Cena was helpless to stop Punk putting him away and winning the world title for the second time.

Stephanie was left furious as she could only look on to see the man she's been desperate to keep the title from shoving it back her in her face. In what was an already explosive situation, just what can we expect to happen now? Cena already got some revenge on Homicide when he was walking back after being eliminated from the Rumble match. Just what will Stephanie do to Punk & Tazz? We're in for a treat it would seem this Friday night.





>A 'Perfect' Night for Ziggler!<

On a night of new champions, Dolph Ziggler claimed his first title in the WWE when he defeated Matt Sydal to become the new United States Champion, however as with the world title match, there was a large portion of controversy involved.

Earlier in the evening, in what we believe had nothing to do with Ziggler himself, Sydal was attacked backstage by Raw's Ted DiBiase. The bitter DiBiase took offence when the King of the Ring didn't rise to the bait when being goaded about the Slammy award for 'Breakthrough Star of the Year' ahead of Ted. DiBiase saw red and jumped him, resulting in Sydal needing medical treatment and his ribs to be taped up. He was told Mickie by and the doctor attending to him he shouldn't compete, but to his credit he did and put up a monumental effort, only just falling short to the fiercely determined Ziggler.

Like Cena, Sydal was hell bent on getting back at DiBiase, searching for him backstage, and when he found him he was pulled away by officials. Later on however when DiBiase was entering the Rumble match, he got a surprise when Sydal followed him out to ringside, distracting him long enough for surprise entrant Bob Backlund to sneak up behind Ted and eliminate him from the match. DiBiase was livid, providing Sydal with some payback as he backed away showing some sign of satisfaction.

Will they both feel they're even or can we expect to see more trouble between these two? If so then we might see it tomorrow on Raw when you'd expect to hear from an angry DiBiase.


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TigerBoy979


Matches: 10/15
Bonuses: 2/2
Total: 12/17

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R.K.O Peep


Matches: 10/15
Bonuses: 1/2
Total: 11/17

Terry Gyimah

Matches: 10/15
Bonuses: 1/2 (Typed 2 title changes but predictions in matches suggested it 2 plus the World Championship match)
Total: 11/17

KING. - Settle on one name you big tart!

Matches: 11/15
Bonuses: 0/2
Total: 11/17

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Heroes


Matches: 9/15
Bonuses: 0/2
Total: 9/17

Melvis

Matches: 8/15
Bonuses: 1/2
Total: 9/17

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dustinhart


Matches: 7/15
Bonuses: 1/2
Total: 8/17

Congrats to TigerBoy, narrowly edging out R.K.O. Peep, Terry Gyimah & KING. Thanks again for all taking part and the comments I've received via the thread itself, PM & reps. It's all very appreciated so thank you all.

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>Royal Rumble Backstage News & Fallout<

There was a lot of secrecy backstage in regard as to who was going to win the Royal Rumble. The talent were only told in a meeting in the afternoon that it would be Shawn Michaels who would be winning the match, and consequently the WWE Championship.

The reason we're hearing is that as rumoured for a while now, this could be Michaels' last Wrestlemania. Judging by his victory having started the match with Triple H, it does suggest that they may well be meeting at Wrestlemania for the first time with the WWE Championship on the line. As Michaels was celebrating, Triple H re-emerged to watch the celebrations. It does look like we could see them meet in the main event of Wrestlemania.

We do however hear that there is also the possibility of a triple threat with either Randy Orton or The Undertaker. Orton of course has only recently returned into a storyline of sorts with Triple H, and after Orton eliminated him in the Rumble tonight, The Game's distraction led to Orton being eliminated, and then he attacked Orton. A match between Triple H & Randy Orton is unlikely to happen at Wrestlemania but on Raw very soon or at No Way Out.

The other rumblings about The Undertaker being involved are growing as we hear that he too like Michaels is almost close to deciding to call time on his career. The idea of a triple threat for the WWE title between these three is seen as one of the most exciting matches in Wrestlemania history, especially with the title & Taker's streak on the line. The more likely option is Orton being part of a triple threat match for the title than The Undertaker. From what we understand, Michaels & Taker are 90% certain of retiring or working a part-time schedule that will see them work only a handful of dates through the year.

We knew that we would definitely crown a new World Heavyweight Champion, and that of course was CM Punk. The original plan called for Punk to retain the title through Night of Champions, the Royal Rumble, No Way Out in dubious circumstances, leading to John Cena finally defeating him to claim the world title at Wrestlemania. That plan was scrapped as matches between the two on four successive pay-per-views would be too much in culminating at the biggest event of the year. The plan was then changed for Cena to win the title at Night of Champions and defend it successfully at the Rumble, however that was then changed for whatever reason, and the plans for what the two of them will do at No Way Out have gone back & forth. The final decision has apparently now been made.

Creative are very high on CM Punk's current storyline with Stephanie McMahon, and we've heard this weekend that it will develop significantly this week on Smackdown and continue through to Wrestlemania. With Tazz's involvement as well in the ending of that match, we are led to believe that he will be leaving his role as General Manager. That however hasn't been confirmed but it's expected Stephanie will step into that role for the time being.

Also coming out of the Rumble match it appears as if there will be a program between Rey Mysterio & Sheamus. Mysterio eliminated the Intercontinental Champion and was immediately attacked by him, which led to the World Tag Team Champion being unable to continue in the match. Mysterio is due to defend the tag titles with Mystico tomorrow night on Raw against Christopher Daniels & Kaval in a No DQ or Count Out match. It looks as if Rey & Mystico could drop the titles soon if Rey is going to challenge Sheamus for the Intercontinental title, which may well take place at Wrestlemania.

There was another title change where Dolph Ziggler beat Matt Sydal to become the new United States Champion. That was down to in large part to a backstage assault earlier in the evening by Ted DiBiase. In recent weeks since his return he's made reference to Sydal beating him to the Slammy award of 'Breakthrough Star of the Year'. That was referred to again tonight and he attacked Sydal, leading to him needing medical attention. He decided to compete despite being told not to, and it's seen that Sydal is ready to move on from the US title and that Ziggler is a star in the making, and a run with the title will benefit him greatly.

There was some confusion as to what would happen with the WWE Tag Team titles when Paul London & Brian Kendrick defended them for the first time against The Empire. Their reunion wasn't planned but creative went with it, pushing them ahead of Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas. The Empire's brief title reign was all part of their ongoing storyline with The UK Pack which we understand will culminate in a 'big' match at Wrestlemania in their native United Kingdom. It was seen that the titles would not be needed for this match and that pushing other teams will benefit the division at the same time.

As far as the Raw tag team titles are concerned, it's believed that Daniels & Kaval are likely to take them from Rey & Mystico very soon, maybe as soon as tomorrow night. Creative are very positive about the future of John Morrison & Justin Gabriel who defeated The Miz & Zack Ryder earlier tonight. They are to be given a big push in the coming months before entering the title scene.

There was somewhat of a surprise tonight however when Jay Lethal defeated Kofi Kingston. The ending was designed to not make Kofi look weak, losing the match in the manner that he did. There are initial plans in place to turn Kofi heel moving forward. There's also alternative plans to alter his face character slightly, making him more aggressive as he's seen as one of the potential top stars of the future.

After the show finished, there was a creative meeting to discuss the original Wrestlemania plans and where to go from now with the build-up starting on Raw tomorrow. No Way Out takes place in three weeks and there currently isn't any other show planned like Saturday Night's Main Event that has taken place in recent years. That may well change to accommodate a Randy Orton/Triple match or to further build Wrestlemania. With Wrestlemania taking place in the UK, a special show may well happen in America.

One thing that we have heard is that there may be a change to the Money in the Bank ladder match. It may well be scrapped or there will be two different brand matches with different stipulations. After Eric Bischoff was given credit for making the decision to have the WWE Championship defended in the Royal Rumble match, there are plans to have another big twist, especially considering there is a lot of pressure to make the 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania as huge as it can be. It was decided to make the whole year, the big four pay-per-views & King of the Ring in particular even bigger & better. The old school pay-per-view logos have been brought back, starting with the Rumble tonight to mark the big anniversary.

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Last night's Royal Rumble promised to be one of the most memorable nights in WWE history and it certainly delivered, crowning three new champions to start off the 25th anniversary year of the Wrestlemania, and we're now on the road to the 25th annual Wrestlemania in London, England.

The man with the weight of the world on his shoulders going into the Rumble last night was Triple H, armed with the task of being the first WWE Champion to defend the WWE title against 29 other men in the Royal Rumble match. He had to do it from number one, and ironically it was the second entrant, long time friend Shawn Michaels who was the last man standing and left as the new WWE Champion. The Heartbreak Kid eliminated The Undertaker to seal the victory after The Game was eliminated by Randy Orton, but the now former WWE Champion got some revenge by attacking Orton when he was eliminated seconds later by The Dead-Man. It wasn't the last we saw of Triple H either, as he walked out to get a closer look at the new champion celebrating with the title The Game was desperate to keep. Just what kind of reaction will we get from The Game tonight in his first day at being separated from the WWE title? We've also been told that The Heartbreak Kid, currently a Smackdown superstar will be live on Raw tonight, and maybe we'll find out what the future holds for the Smackdown superstar holding Raw's most prestigious title.

Two men who will be looking to add to the three title changes we saw last night are Christopher Daniels & Kaval when they meet Rey Mysterio & Mystico in a rematch from Night of Champions for the World Tag Team titles. The Epitome of Excellence have pleaded for a second chance after they won by disqualification last month, but tonight there will be no repeat of that as there will be no count outs or disqualifications. It's difficult to say who that favours, however the challengers may well have one major advantage over their opponents after Mysterio was left needing medical attention last night. After eliminating the Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus from the Rumble match, The Celtic Warrior took out his frustration on the Mexican and pulled him out of the match before using the Brogue Kick and the steel steps on Rey. The only update we have is from Eric Bischoff, and he's said that as it stands he understands Mysterio will be able to compete tonight and defend the titles with Mystico. Has Sheamus given Daniels & Kaval a big advantage? Tune into Raw live tonight from Lincoln, Nebraska to find out if we'll see another title change hands!

Going into the Rumble, The Big Show is always a massive favourite, however yet again he failed to emerge victorious, and tonight he will go one-on-one with one of the two men who eliminated him. Chris Jericho himself was hoping to win the WWE title, and even after helping end The World's Largest Athlete hopes, he couldn't go all the way as he hoped. Big Show also fell short against Jericho last week in the gauntlet match to determine who would be the last entrant in the Rumble when he was counted out. Can he end his week of misery at the hands of Jericho by defeating the self proclaimed best in the world?

Also live tonight we can expect to see Jay Lethal, who surprised most people when he overcame his brother, Kofi Kingston last night in their battle to win a place in the Rumble. It looked like Kofi was about to seal the win when he froze, allowing Jay to pick up a huge win for him. The two brothers will be in attendance tonight, as will John Morrison & Justin Gabriel, who were victorious in their first outing as a team against The Miz & Zack Ryder. They were impressive in their first match and they certainly look like they can make an impact in the tag team division if they can perform to the same level they did last night.

It sure promises to be an eventful night tonight in Lincoln, just 24 hours after last night's historic Royal Rumble. There's sure to be a lot of disappointed superstars at failing to win that historic Rumble match, none more so than Triple H. To see how The Game and everyone else reacts, make sure you tune into Raw live tonight as we continue on the Road to Wrestlemania!


>Confirmed for Raw This Week!<

World Tag Team Championship
No DQ or Count Outs

Rey Mysterio & Mystico (c) vs. The Epitome of Excellence

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Breaking News: Cena & Punk Backstage At Raw!

We've just learnt that the new World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk and the man he beat at the Royal Rumble last night, John Cena are backstage at Raw in Lincoln, Nebraska and are expected to appear live on tonight's show in some capacity.

From what we understand, Stephanie McMahon is likely to respond to the controversial ending of last night's title match. She is always backstage at Raw and is present tonight, however she hasn't appeared on Raw since March last year. We are told though that she will definitely be on screen tonight. It's not been said yet as to what she's expected to announce, and we can confirm that Smackdown General Manager, Tazz who is at the forefront of the controversial finish is NOT backstage.

As mentioned on WWE.com earlier today, the new WWE Champion, Shawn Michaels is also set to appear on Raw tonight. The expectation is that he will be moving to Raw from Smackdown as of tonight having won the WWE Championship as a Smackdown superstar, but CM Punk will remain on Smackdown as the blue brand's World Champion.


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