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I've got about two more pages before being fully caught up on this, so I apologize this isn't a review, but just wanted to show some love. Reney, you are still the man. And Para, loving Smackdown. Stoked to catch up, and stoked for the Rumble. Cheers, guys, this is one of the best WWE threads, I can remember.
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Good to hype the cracking main event at the start of the show; Rock & Trips vs. Lesnar & Christian … what happened to that??

Big kick off match for Raw this week. And a pretty brutal No Holds Barred affair - which I thought Monty would win handily. So, a surprise result; and the write up of the Taker parlour tricks was superb. TBH, I didn’t expect this stuff until the Rumble - at least - after Monty ran through a few bodies in the Rumble match. Big shocker of a start to Raw.

I cant help but feel this promo between Trips and JBL was more than standard Rumble hype between two guys in the Rumble. There’s a lot of material to work with between the two of them, and I wouldn’t be in the slightest bit surprised if this ended up being the first blow in a WM worthy feud. Especially when there still feels like some unfinished business with the McMahon Family - JBL fit’s the bill as a perfect McMahon stooge - that CAN back it up in the ring.

Double duty then for Trips tonight?? One on one with JBL, and the tag match as advertised at the top of the show …

MVP getting the call up to Raw? I don’t see him making much of an immediate impact, there’s just too many people jostling for a spot on Raw in the mid card - but it’s heartening that he won against Goldust. Maybe you do have a plan in store to use him effectively…

… but hopefully not tucked away in a meaningless ten man tag. I’m probably wrong, but it feels like we see an 8 man or 10 man tag on Raw with the mid card every other week. Could certainly do with trimming some of the fat in the middle of the pack. Also, seems a bit of a shame that Carlito was tucked into this match - as a background player to the AJ/Shelton issue - after being featured last week in a strong effort against JBL. Shelton wins here … AJ wins at the Rumble?? Pleased that you gave Shelton some promo time afterwards too.

“It‘s all coming up Christian.” Don’t ask me why, but I loved that line. Keep it as a regular thing, please. Given how heavily featured he’s been - and consistently rubbing shoulders with the legit main eventers - Christian will either get a long run in the Rumble, or be in that final 4.

I liked the simple build to get heat on Lesnar. Obviously the sneak attack through the crowd isn’t anything amazing in this day and age - but I always think it’s effective. And with more focus on the Rumble itself, you can get away with just going with a booking 101 scenario. Since Lesnar wont be winning at the Rumble (struggling to think up who he could face tbh at WM), it’s right to have him look as strong as possible before.

Beth as Womens Champ?? Looks like an injury write off for Trish, and a potential return in a month or so … just in time for the WM build up?? Seems like the money match in the Womens division to me.

Made a nice change to see a full promo - and it was well worth it. About as in-character as an Austin promo {WHAT} gets. The one problem I have - not with this promo; this promo was great - but it’s a shame that only three or four guys are getting any build up for the Rumble from Raw. Obviously, they’re the main contenders, but it would’ve been a nice change of pace to hear from say … Gregory Helms about the opportunity of a lifetime at the Rumble. I get that it’s more of a personal choice - I think I remember in WIWA you didn’t want any Rumble participants announced at all before the PPV - so maybe that’s why. Still, hearing from two or three mid carders about wanting to be in the match even would’ve been nice.

The quicker you find some new blood to join MNM in the tag division the better. Even reading a Dudley Boys feud nowadays is tiresome. It’s not even me knocking you for pushing old Attitude Era guys - personal preference and all - it’s just that the Dudley Boys act is as stale as month old bread.

That’s a huge main event - a first time ever match - and a great showing for JBL after last weeks win over Carlito. Indeed, it looks like he’s being primed to be a big player into WM season by looking so strong against The Game. Was pleasing that Carlito wasn’t just forgotten in the end too - a JBL/Carlito showdown is a guarantee to crop up in the Rumble match IMO - and him costing JBL stokes that fire a little bit for another go around.

The typical big massive brawl works for me - standard but solid stuff. No complaints from this reader. It works.

I think once you clean up the Raw mid card, this thing will be flying. Good final hype here for the Rumble, just lacking some comments from some others outside of the main event scene.
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Thursday Night SmackDown | January 18, 2007 | Little Rock, AR


“… BURN IN MY LIGHT”

After we are welcomed to the show by Joey Styles and Tazz, and the duo put over what a spectacular show we have on the cards tonight, just days out from the Royal Rumble Pay Per View, we are greeted by the arrival of Randy Orton. Orton makes his way out to deafening heat from the fans and as he does so we are reminded of Randy’s actions last week where he made his presence felt in the Main Event involved the Number 1 Contender, Bill Goldberg, as well as his opponent for the Royal Rumble, Chris Jericho. Styles then informs us that in preparation for his match with Orton at the Rumble, Jericho has been given the night off by Paul Heyman, particularly following the battle he endured with Goldberg last week. Ignoring the taunts of the fans, Orton makes his way down to the aisle, looking focused and intent on picking up another victory. Once at ringside, The Legend Killer heads up the steps and enters the ring, before heading towards the turnbuckle and heading to the top, throwing up his trademark destiny pose to a shitload of heat.

“… NO MORE WORDS”

A decent pop welcomes the arrival of Jeff Hardy, as The Charismatic Enigma bounces out on to the stage and sets off his pyro before making his way energetically down the aisle, slapping hands with the fans along the way. Whilst Jeff continues towards the ring, Joey Styles, on commentary, takes the opportunity to remind us that Jeff’s brother, Matt, will also be in action tonight when he defends his United States Championship against Mr Kennedy, in what could be the last time we see the duo face off for as long as Hardy is the Champion if he is successful tonight. Now in the ring, Jeff plays up to the fans, heading to the top of the turnbuckle as well, trying to get some more life out of the crowd before the match commences.

Match 1 | Singles Match
Randy Orton v Jeff Hardy
Orton and Hardy put on an entertaining encounter to start the show, with a few near falls and both men getting in plenty of offence. It’s Orton who seems to be in most control though, as he hammers away at a cornered Jeff Hardy, looking a little complacent, The Legend Killer backs up a few steps before charging back towards his opponent… but Jeff gets a foot up in his face! Randy rocks backwards towards the middle of the ring while Hardy looks to act quickly, grabbing hold of his opponents arm, Irish Whipping him into the opposite corner, but Orton reverses it instead and sends Jeff towards the corner… but he catches everyone by surprise by leaping up and flying off the top of the turnbuckle, looking for the Whisper in the Wind… but Orton avoids it! Hardy lands on his feet and is immediately met by a clothesline from Randy but he ducks under it and drills his opponent with a kick to the gut before following up with a Sit out Inverted Suplex Slam!

The fans pop huge as Orton crashes into the mat, face first, but Hardy can’t capitalise immediately. The exhausted Hardy slowly climbs to his feet and wastes no time in ascending the turnbuckle, albeit it a very slow fashion. Once at the top, Jeff plays up to the fans as only he can, bringing about another huge roar from the crowd, but ultimately it brings about his downfall when suddenly… ORTON SPRINGS TO HIS FEET, LEAPS TO THE TOP OF THE TURNBUCKLE AND DRILLS JEFF HARDY WITH A HUGE SUPERPLEX! The fans pour massive heat on Orton as he and Hardy hit the mat hard before he crawls on top of him, looking for the cover to pick up the win! 1… 2… NO!

Hardy kicks out to a huge pop! A frustrated Orton pulls Jeff straight up to his feet and immediately drills him with a kick to the gut, before attempting a Snap Suplex… but he’s thwarted by Hardy, who blocks the move and pushes Orton away and immediately comes back at him with a kick to the gut of his own…. TWIST OF FATE! NO! ORTON PUSHES HARDY AWAY! The fans lift in anticipation as Hardy stumbles across the ring momentarily before turning back to face his opponent… and turning right into an RKO FROM RANDY ORTON!!! The fans can’t believe it as Orton falls on top of Hardy to make the cover! 1… 2… 3!!! It’s over!

Match Result | Randy Orton def. Jeff Hardy via Pinfall @ 8:43

“… BURN IN MY LIGHT” hits immediately as Randy Orton gets back to his feet and has his arm held up by the referee. Joey Styles and Tazz put over the performance of Randy Orton, as well as the resilience of Jeff Hardy, who got so close to a victory over such a big scalp. Despite registering a clean victory, still the fans pour heat upon Orton as he stands tall over Hardy, who remains motionless following the RKO. The Legend Killer ascends the turnbuckle and throws up his destiny pose, generating more heat from the fans while Joey Styles points out that Randy now has good momentum heading into his clash at the Royal Rumble this Sunday with the absent Chris Jericho before we head to commercial.

COMMERCIAL

Back on SmackDown we head backstage, with the camera focused on the feet on someone wearing black closed in shoes and black slacks, walking down what appears to be a vacant corridor.

“Just the person I was looking for!” A big mixed reaction emits from the arena as it becomes apparent that the person we’re following is none other than the General Manager of Thursday Night SmackDown, Paul Heyman. The camera then focuses of the face of the GM as he continues. “You and I need to have a bit of a chat I think. I know since you’ve been here on SmackDown…” Heyman is then cut off, when the person he is talking to is revealed to be none other than EDGE, generating a ton of heat from the fans as soon as his face is revealed on camera. “Yeah, let me finish that sentence for ya Paulie… since I’ve been here on SmackDown, I’ve been… IGNORED! I lost the WWE Championship less than a damn month ago, and what have you done for me since I’ve been on this freakin’ show?! I’m your biggest damn name!” The fans boo again as Heyman cuts in himself, very calmly “Allow me to stop you right there Edge. Y’see, you haven’t been ignored. I’m thrilled to have you on my show but unfortunately, there have just been a few bigger issues for me to worry about, like keeping two psychotic morons in Bill Goldberg and Kurt Angle away from each other till Sunday and preventing Randy Orton from punting anyone else’s head off” Heyman stares at Edge momentarily, hoping that he will understand but Edge doesn’t want anything of it. “That’s all well and good, Paulie, but I don’t care. As soon as I turned up on SmackDown, I should’ve been added to that Title match at the Rumble… but no…” Heyman cuts Edge off. “Let me stop you again, y’see, I don’t care who you are, or what you think you’re entitled too, Edge, because now you’re here on SmackDown, your previous accomplishments mean nothing, you need to EARN your next shot like everyone else… and let me tell you, beating up backstage workers and destroying 6 Cruiserweight Wrestlers after their match is definitely not going to get you anywhere on this show!” Edge goes to speak again but Heyman isn’t done. “I understand that you’re frustrated and keen to prove a point, and since you think you’ve been ignored since you’ve arrived on SmackDown… I’m going to give you an opportunity to prove yourself, an opportunity to prove that you should be next in line for a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, an opportunity to face someone tonight who also has been a little frustrated lately, possibly because of me…” Heyman smirks, knowing full well that he is the cause of the frustration, before continuing. “Edge, tonight, I’m going to give you the opportunity to go ONE ON ONE… WITH KURT ANGLE!” The arena erupts as Edge looks stunned before Heyman leaves it at that and turns on his heel.

“… CULT OF PERSONALITY”

Back inside the arena, we are immediately met with the arrival of the newest young star on SmackDown, CM Punk! The fans welcome Punk with a decent reaction, a clear sign his popularity is growing following his impressive performances since his debut. Punk performs his usual entrance, getting down to one knee and yelling “it’s clobberin’ time!” loudly before setting off on his way down the aisle, slapping hands with a few fans along the way. Once climbing the steps, Punk immediately ascends the nearest turnbuckle and plays up to the fans some more, generating a good reaction before entering the ring and locking eyes with his opponent who was already in the ring, the veteran, Hardcore Holly.

Match 2 | Singles Match
CM Punk v Hardcore Holly
Nothing earth shattering to see here… as you’d probably expect. Punk, in control, whips a weary looking Hardcore Holly into the corner before charging across the ring after him and stepping up on the second rope before delivering a shattering high knee, directly under his jaw. Holly’s head rocks back until Punk wastes no time in drilling him with a Bulldog! Holly hits the mat hard as the fans pop for Punk as he makes the cover, albeit to only get a two count.

Looking to continue his momentum, Punk pulls Hardcore Holly straight back to his feet and whips him straight into the ropes. Hardcore bounces off and back towards Punk, before managing to catch a glimpse of the oncoming clothesline and duck under it. Holly turns back towards Punk but as soon as he does, he is met with a roundhouse kick from his opponent, sending him stumbling backwards into the ropes, which ultimately causes him to bounce straight back into the path of CM Punk and as he does… Punk swiftly hoists the veteran up on his shoulders out of nowhere and promptly delivers the GTS! The fans pop big as The Straight Edge Superstar falls down on the body of the fallen Hardcore Holly. 1… 2… 3!

Match Result | CM Punk def. Hardcore Holly @ 6:04

“… CULT OF PERSONALITY” The fans all leap to their feet in celebration, as Punk does the same, having his arm held up by the referee, being declared the winner. Joey Styles and Tazz put over yet another impressive performance by CM Punk as the man himself climbs to the top of a turnbuckle to celebrate and show his appreciation towards the fans before we head backstage.

We immediately catch a glimpse of Paul London, with his Cruiserweight Championship draped over his shoulder talking to a couple of skanks, until he is interrupted by Jamie Noble. “Beat it, ya bitches.” That said, the girls don’t need any further convincing, and they promptly make themselves scarce as Noble then directs his attention to Paul London. “Hope you were payin’ attention last week, Paul… ‘cause ya see, as soon as I get my chance… I’m puttin’ you down, just like I did ol’ Scotty las’ week, and then, I’m takin’ that title home as its rightful owner.” Noble doesn’t allow London as chance to respond, immediately turning on his heel and heading out of shot.

Back out at ringside, Joey and Tazz put over Noble’s lofty ambitions but also tells us that Paul London can’t let it worry him too much because he’s involved in our massive 8 man Tag Match later tonight where he will team with Rob Van Dam, Shawn Michaels and Big Show to take on 4 men, all with a point to prove, that they should be in the Royal Rumble come Sunday… Kid Kash, Finlay, Mark Henry and A – Train. What a fucking match that will be…………………………….

COMMERCIAL

Back on SmackDown, we are taken backstage again to find Matt and Jeff Hardy together in a room. Jeff looks very sore and sorry for himself following his match with Randy Orton earlier tonight. Concerned for his brother, the United States Champion, Matt, asks Jeff if he is okay? Jeff tells him he is fine and that he should not worry about him because he has a title match against Mr Kennedy later on to worry about.

“… BORN NAUGHTY”

A solid reception of heat welcomes the arrival of William Regal, Harry Smith and Paul Burchill, collectively known as The British Empire. The trio their way out on the stage, with Regal, the leader of the group, at the forefront, dressed in his trademark robe, ready to compete. They eventually make their way down the aisle, still amidst a decent amount of heat from the fans, as they snarl at and abuse as many of the fans as they can on their way down to the ring. Once at ringside, The British Empire remain in close proximity of each other as they ascend the steps and enter the ring. Smith and Burchill head straight towards Regal’s opponent, Charlie Haas and corner him, just giving him a timely reminder that they’re going to be around for the entire match until the referee orders them out of the ring so we can get this one under way.

Match 3 | Singles Match
Charlie Haas v William Regal w/ Paul Burchill & Harry Smith
As anyone with half a brain would expect, Haas and Regal put on quite a technical showing, with both men garnering a decent amount of offence, with suplexes aplenty from both parties, which naturally keeps the fans pretty happy.

After ducking under a wayward attempt at a clothesline from William Regal, Charlie Haas shows great skill in immediately wrenching his arms around his opponents waist and drilling him with a GERMAN SUPLEX! Looking to capitalise, Haas wastes no time in slapping on the HAAS OF PAIN OUT OF NO WHERE! The fans pop a little, probably out of shock more than anything, perhaps, as a Haas wrenches the submission hold as much as he can… but the attention soon turns to Harry Smith as he leaps up on the apron directly in front of the announce table, causing the referee to attempt get rid of him. The two, Smith and the referee end up face to face with the ring rope in between them, whilst Paul Burchill slides into the ring on the opposite side, behind the referee, and promptly drills Haas with a big boot to the head, causing him to relinquish his hold on Regal, before Burchill wastes no time in picking Haas up and promptly drilling him with the devastating C4!!!

Burchill immediately slides out of the ring as the referee turns in his direction, leaving William Regal and Charlie Haas both sprawled out on the mat amidst a shitload of heat from the fans in attendance. After a few moments, William Regal is not surprisingly, the first to stir, as he slowly crawls over to the broken body of Charlie Haas… and after a bit of a struggle… HE SLAPS ON THE REGAL STRETCH! The fans pour huge heat on Regal as he pulls back as hard as he can, causing the already broken, Charlie Haas, to tap out almost instantly.

Match Result | William Regal def. Charlie Haas @ 5:35

“… BORN NAUGHTY” The bell rings and Regal immediately releases his submission hold before getting back to his feet, albeit a little gingerly, as Harry Smith and Paul Burchill slide into the ring and stand proudly beside Regal as the trio all lift their arms victoriously, whilst standing over the broken body of Charlie Haas. On commentary, Joey Styles puts over the performance of Haas, and that he had Regal beaten until Burchill made his presence felt. Whilst the trio continue to celebrate, Tazz mentions that this group are beginning to become quite imposing and could make life difficult for any superstar they encounter. The British Empire all then climb through the ropes and make their exit up the aisle, looking very pleased with themselves as we head to a commercial.

COMMERCIAL

We return to Thursday Night SmackDown and immediately head backstage to Josh Matthews, standing by with the World Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle. Josh asks Kurt for his thoughts on facing Edge tonight, Angle responds swiftly, telling him that he has beaten Edge many times before and he will beat him again tonight. He says the fact that Edge has been a World Champion a couple of times now, changes nothing. He says he’s still the same “gutless little germ” that he’s kicked the crap out of in the past, and he’ll do it again tonight. Before ending the interview, Josh asks Kurt what he thought of his opponent at the Royal Rumble, Goldberg’s, performance last week against Chris Jericho? Angle simply tells him he knows he’s better than Goldberg and last week proved it, because he watched Chris Jericho kick the crap out of him all over the ring and if it hadn’t been for Randy Orton stickin’ his nose in, Jericho would’ve won it. He closes by telling Goldberg to be prepared for the ass kickin’ of a life time and says he will walk in and out of the Royal Rumble as the World Heavyweight Champion. “It’s true Bill… it’s damn true”. Angle closes the interview in trademark fashion, before walking off screen.

“… TURN UP THE TREBLE”

Back in the arena, the music of Mr Kennedy hits as the brash loudmouth makes his way out to the stage for his United States Championship match. Surprisingly, Kennedy neglects his usual entrance, instead, immediately marching down the aisle, ignoring the fans and sliding into the ring, looking completely focused on the job at hand. Our announcers put over the intent and focus in Kennedy’s eyes as he paces the ring impatiently before we head to another commercial.

COMMERCIAL

“… LIVE FOR THE MOMENT”

We return to Thursday Night SmackDown and a huge pop welcomes the arrival of the United States Champion, Matt Hardy, who makes his way out with his Championship belt fastened safely and proudly around his waist. Hardy performs his usual antics on the stage, setting off his pyro before making his way down the aisle, slapping hands with the fans along the way. Once at ringside, Hardy heads straight up the steps, entering the ring, totally ignoring Kennedy in the process as he ascends a turnbuckle, unclips his belt and holds the gold up high for the fans to see.

Match 4 | Singles Match | United States Championship
Matt Hardy © v Mr Kennedy
If Kennedy loses, he never gets another shot as long as Hardy is Champion.
Champion and Challenger slut it out, all over the ring, with the latter, Kennedy, employing all of his dirty, underhanded tactics, as usual. Currently cornered, Hardy has no choice but to endure right hand blow after right hand blow from Mr Kennedy, who only relents when told to do so by the referee. It’s not for long though as he backs off momentarily before grabbing a hold of Hardy’s arm and sending him towards the ropes, but it’s reversed and Kennedy flies into the ropes. He doesn’t bounce back though, as he grabs a hold of the top rope to halt his momentum, refusing to let Kennedy garner his momentum again though, Hardy bolts straight towards him only to be caught off guard and sending flying over the top rope courtesy of a big back body drop from Mr Kennedy!

Hardy lands hard on the floor on the outside whilst his opponent, and challenger, follows him out as well, climbing through the ropes and jumping off the apron and down to the floor as well. Still grounded, Hardy clutches at his back in obvious pain, which is only made worse as a methodical Kennedy stomps away at him a couple of times before pulling him up to his feet again. Ignoring the referees requests to bring the match back into the ring, Kennedy then maliciously Irish Whips the United States Champion, shoulder first, into the unforgiving steel steps! The fans boo Kennedy as he just laughs at Matt Hardy and tells him “it’s over” as he slumps to the floor, whilst still sat up against the steps until Double K charges towards him and drills him with a boot to the side of the head, crushing his skull up against the steel.

Mr Kennedy has another chuckle to himself, before rolling back into the ring to break the referees count, only to roll straight back out again and direct his attention straight back towards his opponent, the broken and battered looking Matt Hardy. Not done though, Kennedy picks Hardy up by the hair and throws him shoulder first into the guardrail this time. A massive thud can be heard around ringside as Kennedy still just laughs, apparently very proud of his efforts. The referees count reaches 7 and this time Mr Kennedy pulls Matt back to his feet and rolls him straight back into the ring.

Once rolling into the ring himself, Kennedy immediately ascends the nearest turnbuckle to Matt Hardy, and hurls some abuse at the fans at ringside from the top, before flying off, amidst huge heat, looking for the KENTON BOMB! – IT MISSES! HARDY ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY AND KENNEDY EATS THE CANVAS TO A MASSIVE POP FROM THE CROWD!

Looking to capitalise immediately, Matt Hardy gets back to his feet and makes his way straight to the top of the turnbuckle as well before wasting no time in FLYING OFF AND NAILING THE MOONSAULT TO A HUGE POP! The fans erupt for Hardy but doesn’t come out of the move in a very healthy state, particularly given the assault he endured moments ago, but still he rolls on top of Kennedy for the cover. 1… NO! Kennedy kicks out easily as the two competitors lie sprawled out across the canvas momentarily until the United States Champion finally begins to clamber back to his feet, dragging Mr Kennedy up with him and Irish Whipping him straight into the ropes. Kennedy bounces back towards Hardy and an incoming clothesline from the US Champion, but Kennedy ducks underneath it and avoids it… HARDY INADVERTENTLY HITS THE REFEREE INSTEAD! Fortunately the blow only shaves the head of the referee, but it’s still enough to stun him and leave him staggering backwards with his head in his hands. Matt Hardy shows immediate concern for the official, checking on his well-being… UNTIL HE’S DRILLED FROM BEHIND WITH A LOW BLOW BY MR KENNEDY!!!!

The fans go fucking ballistic as Hardy grabs his nuts in obvious pain while Kennedy tells the fans to shut up, generating even more heat as Matt, still clutching his balls, when Mr Kennedy suddenly swoops out of nowhere… MIC CHECK! NO! HARDY MANAGES TO COUNTER INTO THE SIDE EFFECT! KENNEDY EATS THE SIDE EFFECT! The fans pop huge as Hardy falls on top of Kennedy, allowing the referee, now back to his senses, to make the count! 1… 2… NO! SHOULDER UP! KENNEDY GETS HIS SHOULDER UP AND KEEPS THE MATCH GOING!

Those in attendance can’t believe it as an exhausted United States Champion, Matt Hardy, pulls his opponent back to his feet and wastes no time in whipping him across the ring and into the corner. Kennedy hits the turnbuckle back first with a thud before his opponent charges across the ring, looking for a squash clothesline in the corner, the loudmouth manages to get out of the way the last second, causing Matt Hardy to crash into the turnbuckle, face first! The fans all gasp, as momentum seems to turn again, Hardy still kind of limp in the corner, with Kennedy still leant up on the ropes, clearly trying to fully come back to his senses… but as a groggy Hardy stumbles out of the corner, he stumbles right into a MIC CHECK! THIS TIME KENNEDY HITS THE MIC CHECK! HARDY HITS THE MAT HARD! The fans can’t believe it as Kennedy rolls over on to the fallen body of Matt Hardy, with a big shit eating grin on his face, looking to grab the win! 1… 2… 3!! WAIT! NO! HARDY GETS A FOOT ON THE ROPE! THE FANS GO FUCKING SPASTIC AGAIN! Kennedy is absolutely infuriated as he glares up at the referee before dragging Hardy away from the ropes and going for a second cover! 1… 2… NO! HARDY KICKS OUT THIS TIME! The fans erupt again as Kennedy leaps to his feet and tells the referee he’s counting it to slow before he then heads to a turnbuckle and begins to remove the turnbuckle pad, only to be thwarted by the referee, who goes about rectifying the problem.

An extremely irate Kennedy storms across the ring now, to the opposite corner, as he wastes no time in climbing to the top once again. This time however, he chooses not to play up to the fans, but as he stands up tall, ready to fly off for the Kenton Bomb… HE SLIPS! KENNEDY LOSES HIS FOOTING AND FALLS FROM THE TOP OF THE TURNBUCKLE, LEAVING HIM IN A SEATED POSITION AND PROBABLY CRUSHING HIS NUTS!

Naturally the fans go mental as Kennedy remains sat up top, in obvious pain, the fans enthusiasm grows even louder as Matt Hardy gets back to his feet and makes his way half way up the turnbuckle, coming face to face with Kennedy… but after one hard right hand, Matt shows incredible athleticism and flies backwards… DRILLING MR KENNEDY WITH A TWIST OF FATE FROM THE ELEVATED POSITION!!!

THE ARENA ERUPTS AGAIN AS HARDY HOOKS THE LEG ONCE MORE! 1… 2… 3!!!! IT’S OVER! HARDY RETAINS!

Match Result | Matt Hardy def. Mr Kennedy via Pinfall @ 16:24


“… LIVE FOR THE MOMENT” Hardy’s theme hits again, to an absolutely deafening ovation, following an entertaining encounter between these two Superstars. Matt gets straight to his feet and has his arm held up by the referee momentarily before he is handed his title whilst Joey Styles puts over the Mr Kennedy threw everything at him, whether it was legal or not, Hardy managed to overcome it and continue his run as the United States Champion. An exhausted looking Hardy immediately makes his way up the nearest turnbuckle and raises his belt for the fans to see before throwing up the patented V1 taunt as well. After a few moments, Hardy jumps down from the turnbuckle and immediately makes his exit from the ring, leaving Mr Kennedy, still on his back in the centre of the ring, following the Twist of Fate from the top rope before we catch a glimpse of Matt Hardy holding his belt up for everyone to see from the top of the stage as we head to commercial.

COMMERCIAL

Back on SmackDown, and we are immediately taken to a room backstage which occupies all three members of The British Empire – Paul Burchill, Harry Smith and of course, William Regal. We cut into the conversation mid-way through, with William Regal apparently responding to Burchill. "Y’know Paul, you’re right. I think it is high time that I started to direct my attention towards Matt Hardy and that United States Championship.” Regal strokes his chin while the other two knobs nod, agreeing with Regal. “Then, once I capture the prestigious United States Championship (sarcastically)… we can rename it the Championship of the British Isle, make it something to be proud of and ensure between the three of us that I never loose possession of that belt.”

We head back out to the arena where the ring already contains A-Train, Mark Henry, Finlay and Kid Kash, with the latter’s music still playing as we await the commencement of the 8 Man Tag Match.

“… LONDON CALLING”

A decent ovation welcomes the arrival of the Cruiserweight Champion, Paul London as he makes his way out energetically to the stage, with his Championship belt fastened around his waist. Instead of sprinting down the aisle like he usually would, London makes his way half way down the aisle, slapping hands with a few of the fans on the way before waiting for his partners.

“… WELLLLLLLLL IT’S THE BIG SHOW!”

Another solid pop greets the arrival of The World’s Largest Athlete, The Big Show. Pyro explodes everywhere as the big man makes his way out, waving to the fans as usual. The Number 30 entrant in the Rumble makes his way down the aisle, coming side to side with Paul London, before walking confident down towards ringside, but doesn’t enter the ring just yet.

“… ONE OF A KIND”

The arena explodes for the arrival of Mr Money in the Bank, Rob Van Dam. Van Dam’s pyro explodes everywhere as he makes his way out on to the stage, briefcase in hand. After placing the case on the stage, RVD performs his trademark thumb taunt a couple of times, which the fans chant along to as usual. RVD picks up the briefcase, and sets off down to ringside to join his partners, London & Big Show.

“… SEXY BOY”

The roof blows off the arena as the familiar music of the legendary, Shawn Michaels hits. Michaels bounces out on to the stage in his usual fashion before dropping to his knees and saying a quick prayer before setting off his pyro. That done, Michaels skips back to his feet and continues on his way down the aisle, towards the ring. Once joining his partners at ringside, Michaels gestures to the other three that it’s time to enter the ring as he climbs up on the apron, London slides into the ring whilst Rob Van Dam and Big Show ascend the steps. The two teams stand off against each other across the ring, staring the other down from opposite corners before the referee, who looks almost daunted by the task at hand, starts the match.

Match 5 | 8 Man Tag Team Match
Cruiserweight Champion; Paul London, Mr Money in the Bank; Rob Van Dam, The Big Show & Shawn Michaels v Mark Henry, A-Train, Finlay & Kid Kash
As anyone with half a brain would expect, the match is a complete clusterfuck with Superstars, and shitcunts, flying everywhere but there’s nothing much to see or talk about here because this match is pretty much just a filler, to promote a few folk that are in the Rumble match, until Shawn Michaels ducks under a wayward attempt at a clothesline from A-Train before catching him in an inside cradle! 1… 2… NO! Finlay rushes into the ring to break the count, but as soon as he does, he’s clotheslined by Big Show, who continues across the ring and knocks Mark Henry and Kid Kash out of the ring as well, just as they attempted to climb through the ropes.

Michaels and A-Train both get to their feet at the exact same time but as soon as they do… SWEET CHIN MUSIC! THE ARENA EXPLODES AS MICHAELS HITS THE SUPERKICK OUT OF NO WHERE! A-Train’s head rocks back, but the kick doesn’t knock him over immediately, instead sending him staggering backwards… and straight into the grasps of The Big Show… WHO, DESPITE BEING THE ILLEGAL MAN, IMMEDIATELY DRILLS HIM WITH A CHOKESLAM!!! The fans erupt again as Train hits the canvas hard, while as he does… Shawn Michaels tags in Rob Van Dam, who wastes no time in climbing straight to the top of the turnbuckle and after tagging in Paul London… he flies off and drills A-TRAIN WITH THE 5 STAR FROGSPLASH! The fans continue to buzz as Van Dam springs straight back to his feet and performs yet another thumb taunt for the fans while Paul London climbs to the top of the turnbuckle himself… SHOOTING STAR PRESS! THE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION NAILS A – TRAIN WITH THE SHOOTING STAR PRESS!!!! The fans absolutely soak it up as London hooks the leg of the much bigger, A – Train… 1!... FINLAY JUMPS UP ON THE APRON ONLY TO HAVE THE FUCK SCARED OUT OF HIM BY BIG SHOW CAUSING HIM TO JUMP DOWN AGAIN!... 2!....... 3!!! IT’S OVER!

Match Result | Paul London, Rob Van Dam, The Big Show & Shawn Michaels def. Mark Henry, A-Train, Finlay & Kid Kash via Pinfall @ 7:23

“… LONDON CALLING” A win for the heroes here tonight as the face team of the Cruiserweight Champion, Paul London, Mr Money in the Bank, Rob Van Dam, Shawn Michaels and Big Show pick up the win over a team of, well, shitcunts… and Kid Kash, he’s still alright. Anyway, the four faces stand tall triumphantly, all with their arms raised in the air together as the four heel Superstars head towards the back, while the fans continue to go off in appreciation of the four men in the ring as Joey Styles puts over the big win for the fan favourites but especially the Cruiserweight Champion, Paul London, who picked up the pinfall to secure the win.

We get a final shot of the four men all standing victorious together in the ring, with their arms raised as we head to commercial to conclude this feel good moment…

… feel good moment? WTF did I just write? Wouldn’t have seen any of them in EPW…!?

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Upon return from commercial, we immediately head backstage, to find Josh Matthews standing by, staring into the camera. “Ladies and Gentlemen, we are just moments away from a Main Event that many would consider to be Wrestlemania quality, please welcome my guest at this time, The Rated R Superstar, Edge!” Edge walks into shot as Matthews continues. “Edge, we are only 3 days away from the Royal Rumble match that you have set your sights on winning, yet here you are, minutes away from stepping into the ring with the World Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle. How are you feeling, heading into such a big match?” Edge scoffs at Matthews before replying. “Josh, I’m feeling like I’m gonna go out their t’night, beat Kurt Angle within an inch of his life, prove that his World Heavyweight Championship should be around MY waist, not his, then I’m gonna win the Royal Rumble on Sunday and go on to Main Event Wrestlemania and take the title that I deserve.” Edge, clearly fired up heading into the match, stares straight into a nervous looking Josh Matthews’ eyes. “So, you’re not worried about heading into the match tonight? I mean, Kurt Angle’s issues with Goldberg recently have been well documented. You don’t think Kurt might try and take some of his frustration out on you tonight, and potentially send a message to his challenger this Sunday, Bill Goldberg?” Edge looks less than pleased with the question before answering it. “Worried? Me? About what?! Are you for a minute suggesting that a hack like BILL GOLDBERG – or even Kurt Angle, for that matter, is on the same level as me?! If Kurt goes into our match t’night even thinkin’ about anyone other than me… he’s gonna regret it! Angle should be the one worried going into this match, ‘cause if he slips up… he might not even make it to the Royal Rumble to defend his Championship on Sunday… and then Bill Goldberg will be the least of his concerns.” Edge is obviously very pleased with his response, thinking that’s the end of the interview when Josh pipes up with another question… “Edge, finally, I’m wondering if you could please explain your motives last week in trying to humiliate and decimate the entire Cruiserweight Division?” Edge has a nice little giggle at the question before going about answering it. “Well, Josh, y’see, I wanted to prove a point, I wanted to put everyone in the back on notice that I’m winnin’ the Royal Rumble on Sunday and that’s exactly what I…” Edge suddenly stops speaking and looks at something off camera before the shot swings around to find a tired looking Paul London, with his Cruiserweight Championship draped over his shoulder, and his friend Brian Kendrick, staring right back at Edge. “We were just wondering…” London pauses, with a small wry smirk. “Do you know what Karma is? It's a high stakes time o’ year Edge, and what comes around, goes around. See ya soon.” London and Kendrick both smile sarcastically at the former WWE Champion before turning on their heel, making their exit, to which Edge looks back at Matthews and asks “What the hell is that supposed to mean?!” Josh simply shrugs his shoulders and we head back to the arena.

“… MEDAL”

The roof nearly blows off the joint as the World Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle, makes his way out to the top of the stage with his Championship fastened safely around his waist. The fans continue their enthusiastic welcome for the Champion as he sets off his massive pyrotechnic display before heading down the aisle towards the ring, clearly completely focused on the job at hand. Once at ringside, Angle immediately heads up the steps and enters the ring, holding his title up in the middle of the ring, with the same intense expression on his face.

The announcers both put over the intense appearance of Angle as he paces the ring, awaiting Edge’s arrival, letting out a loud “C’MON!” as he clearly begins to grow impatient by being made to wait by the Rated R Superstar.

“… METALINGUS”

In a total contrast to what we just heard, massive HEAT welcomes the arrival of the Rated R Superstar, Edge. Smoke fills the arena as the man himself bounds out on to the stage like only he can before setting off his elaborate pyrotechnic display. Sparks fly everywhere before Edge continues on his way down to the aisle, his eyes locked on his opponent, who stares back him in such a fashion where if he stares could have words, Angle would be saying “I’m gonna fuckin’ kill you, cunt”. Edge doesn’t appear to let that both him though as he continues down the aisle and slides into the ring under the bottom rope, but as soon as he slides in, his eyes immediately become looked on his opponent once again. The roar of the crowd in anticipation for what’s ahead of us continues to grow louder and louder as a massive “LET’S GO ANGLE!” chant breaks out before the bell even rings.

Match 6 | Main Event | Singles Match | Non – Title
World Heavyweight Champion; Kurt Angle v Edge
The two stars put on a classic Main Event, despite the fact that Edge shows on numerous occasions that despite all his tough talk prior to the match, he is still as cowardly as ever, bolting from the ring at any given opportunity, whenever Angle seems to develop any sort of momentum.

After nearly knocking Edge’s head off its shoulders following a devastating European Uppercut, Kurt Angle pulls him straight back up to his feet and attempts to follow up with a Snap Suplex, but as he lifts up, Edge uses his left to thwart the move before pushing him away, promptly drilling him with a kick to the gut, which curls Angle over and allows Edge the opportunity to plan him with the EDGECUTION! The fans pour some heat on the Rated R Superstar as he hooks the leg of his opponent. 1… 2… NO! Not a chance, Angle kicks out convincingly.

Looking frustrated, Edge is straight back to his feet amidst more jeers from the fans whilst he talks Kurt, as he slowly gets back to his feet but as soon as he’s up, Edge bounces off the ropes and charges back towards angle looking for a… SPEAR?! IT MISSES! ANGLE SWATS HIM AWAY INTO THE ROPES! Edge falls towards the middle rope and bounces off before staggering back straight into the path of Kurt Angle – BELLY TO BELLY OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Out of nowhere, The Olympic Champion nails Edge with a Belly to Belly Suplex! The Rated R Superstar hits the mat hard and bounces straight up to his feet but it’s short lived as Angle brings him straight back down to the mat with a double leg take down, before wasting no time in SLAPPING ON THE ANKLE LOCK! The fans go nuts as Angle wrenches the hold, but their jubilation is short lived as Edge manages to reach out to the ropes, causing the referee to instruct Angle to break the hold.

A relieved Edge uses the ropes to pull himself back up to his vertical base, until The World Heavyweight Champion charges across the ring and begins to hammer away at him with several savage right hands before going to whip him across the ring, Edge bounces off the adjacent ropes before flying back towards his opponent and looking to catch him off guard with a Clothesline, but Angle sees it coming, ducks under it and sends Edge flying again, this time courtesy of a GERMAN SUPLEX! The Rated R Superstar hits the mat hard again, but once again, Angle refuses to allow him any time to recover as he goes to slap on THE ANKLE LOCK AGAIN! The fans lift again in support of the Champion but this time, Edge manages to muster up the energy to kick him away before immediately rolling out of the ring, generating enormous heat from the fans at ringside.

Favouring his ankle, Edge looks up at Angle in the ring, who wastes no time in charging straight back out after him under the bottom rope, but as soon as the Champion makes his move, Edge hobbles around ringside and slides back into the ring, under the bottom rope as well. Looking pissed, Angle follows Edge back in as well, and immediately charges towards him but The Rated R Superstar manages to jump out of the way and dodge the impact before managing to drop The Wrestling Machine with an EDGE-O-MATIC! The Champion hits the mat hard but Edge doesn’t capitalise, instead, remaining down on the mat as well, obviously using a bit of time to recuperate before slowing getting back to his feet and pulling his opponent back up to his vertical base at the same time. Mustering up some strength, Edge then whips Kurt across the ring, bouncing him off the ropes again before getting sent flying in the air courtesy of a Back Body Drop! Kurt flies high in the air but unbeknownst to Edge, who is clearly exhausted with his back to Angle leaning on the ropes, he manages to land on his feet! The fans lift again as Kurt lets out a huge roar, catching Edge’s attention, before he charges across the ring and tries to knock his head off with a clothesline, but Angle ducks under it… ANGLE SLAM! THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION NAILS THE ANGLE SLAM! The arena explodes as The Rated R Superstar hits the mat hard again as The Olympic Gold Medalist lets out another trademark roar, before lowering his straps and throwing out his arms, playing up to the crowd, but as he turns to face the crowd he turns straight into a… SPEAR!?... IT’S GOLDBERG! GOLDBERG CUTS KURT ANGLE IN HALF WITH A CRIPPLING SPEAR! The fans erupt into huge heat as the Referee is left with no choice but to throw out the match!

Match Result | Kurt Angle def. Edge via Disqualification @ 15:42

The bell rings and Edge rolls out of the ring, down to the floor, but The Berg does not relent his attack as he pulls the World Heavyweight Championship up to his feet once again before promptly hoisting him up and drilling him with THE JACKHAMMER! The fans pour an ungodly amount of heat upon Goldberg who marches around the ring, roaring and yelling some incoherent dribble before snatching the World Heavyweight Championship belt out of the hands of the referee and putting a foot on the fallen body of Kurt Angle and lifting his belt high up in the air for everyone to see. Joey Styles speculates if this is the sight we are going to see on Sunday at the Royal Rumble before The Berg throws the belt down on top of his opponent come the Pay Per View, who remains totally motionless inside the squared circle.

Damage done, the announcers don’t need to say anymore, no music hits, just silence everywhere, letting the brutality of Goldberg sell itself as the man himself makes his exit up the aisle, leaving Kurt Angle down and out in the ring as we fade to black with Goldberg standing atop the aisle, staring down at the ring, with a sick, maniacal snarl on his face as we fade to black.

END SHOW.






Royal Rumble Pay Per View
American Airlines Center
Dallas; Texas
January 21st.



30 Man Royal Rumble Match
Featuring 15 SmackDown and 15
Raw Superstars!



World Heavyweight Championship
Kurt Angle (c) v Goldberg



WWE Championship
The Rock (c) v Brock Lesnar



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Intercontinental Championship
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Fun way to start the show, though slightly unexpected considering the Royal Rumble is only a couple of days away. And considering those circumstances, there was never any doubt as to who was gonna pick up the win here. Jeff got in enough offense to not look like a clown, but Orton needed the clean win here to hype the match with Jericho.

Speaking of Y2J, I don't think it was the right decision, however to give him the night off... at least without him saying anything. With only three matches for SmackDown on the RR card, Orton and Jericho shouldn't have gotten lost in the shuffle but it did, because at the end of the night I had forgotten all about it. Either he or Orton should've had something to say.

Edge and Angle is a fun match - a big match, but its been done before so I like the fact that its being given away on free television. While Heyman has been a lack of focus and been a little too up and down for me (his movements are a bit too jumpy from face to heel), Edge has been one of the best things going in this thread. Angle should be the clearly better competitor in the match since he's got the title match at the RR, but hopefully Edge keeps his mojo.

Considering Punk seems to have moved on from the Haas mini-feud, in hindsight, I would've liked to have seen him go over Haas HARD and fast, just like he did to Holly. Speaking of the devil, with interference, Regal goes over Haas harder than Punk did?? No bueno, my friend.

Nice promo from Angle, getting over his matches with Edge tonight and Goldberg at the Rumble. You truly make him look like he's the baddest man on the planet. Even Jericho was a little squeamish about THE BERG, but Angle's not.

You really went balls to the wall for this Kennedy and Hardy match, and that was definitely a good call. This feud - while it has been on the simple side, it's been one of the most effective of your feuds. A clear heel and a clear face. Both Kennedy and Hardy looked good throughout the match up. Though the kicking out of the Mic Check might've been a bit much, it added to the match up. KK looked strong with the loss, and now they can both move on to other things.

lol. There was no doubt about who was gonna win this one either. This match up was beneath Shawn Michaels, but it was nice to see Paul London get the win, after being obliterated by Edge last week. Speaking of Edge, fantastic promo from The Rated R Superstar from top to bottom, including his interaction with London. I liked the arrogance from London and Kendrick as well. Even more so than the match, it helped the CW Champion get his heat back from last week.

Main event time. Great characterization from Edge in the early going, running away from Angle. The match wasn't as good as the Hardy/Kennedy match up but it was good nevertheless, continuing your two best booked characters momentum. The Goldberg appearance was to be expected. Nothing over the top as far as beatdowns go - just a spear and a jackhammer - and it's all that's necessary. Effective build my good man.

Outside of the lack of build for Jericho and Orton, everything else was done effectively, especially when it comes to the WWE Title match and Edge. The Royal Rumble Match itself was perhaps a bit lacking, but that's to be expected with all of the singular feuds you have going on. Keep it up, bro.
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I haven’t actually left ANY feedback for you since you’ve returned, but I have been reading. I figured now would be a better time than ever to jump in right before the Rumble.

The opening contest was ALL about Randy Orton. You’re definitely not afraid at playing favourites when it comes to booking, so it would surprise me if Jeff Hardy ever gets a win in this thread. Whilst the match did the job in making Orton look strong, which it should have, and I guess on that note I should commend you on the booking of Orton throughout. You’ve turned him into a sadistic animal quite nicely. My issue with this angle though is with the booking of Chris Jericho. Obviously he got taken out by Orton which is fine, then he made his triumphant return after that awesome cage match the other week. Then he gets fed to THE BERG... and now he’s taking a night off to “recover”? I just feel like there was all this heat here, and Jericho probably needed to get his hands on Orton tonight or last week, and definitely shouldn’t have been fed to The Berg. I know he put in a great effort in that match, but still. He should be hot and on a roll, not jobbing and then taking the week off, and in my opinion, this has taken some of the sting out of this feud.

Definitely think it was smart to have some sort of interaction between Heyman and Edge here. He was just to psycho and disruptive last week for nothing to be made of it. You’re playing the typical “what about me” form with Edge, and that’s fine, because that’s when he’s at his best. Heyman’s response was pretty good as well, and the main event with Angle tonight will be HUGE for free television. Again, If I can be a little picky, not sure how good this situation looks for the cruiserweight division, as they look like the complete shits now. Especially the champ. Would be good to see some sort of follow up there as well, even if it’s post Rumble.

As soon as I see CM Punk’s name in ANY thread you write, I know nine times out of ten who the winners going to be. No problem though, because Punk’s awesome. I’m interested to see if Haas signs up for another crack eventually, or if you’ll feed Punk somebody else for his first proper feud.

“Beat it ya’, bitches”. GOLD. All types of awesome from Noble there. Basic cruiserweight hype, but it did the job. Even if I am struggling to take these two as legitimate after what went down last week.

The Hardyz segment is just there to hype the US Title match later... All good....

Poor Haas. He cops it again. Although realistically, despite Legend’s thread, he’s doing EXACTLY what he should be doing. He’s being used to put on a decent match, and make more worthy people look better. The British group you’ve put together is something that is pretty common in BTB these days, but that’s no problem. They are all solid, and it makes sense to put them together. A nice win here for Regal as well, with help from Burchill and Smith to make them look like a unit. My only real concern is on what they do post Rumble. You need to find a way to make them different to ever other British group that gets booked in BTB, otherwise they’ll just get lost in the shuffle.

Kurt Angle interview did its job. Solid hype for tonight’s main event, and also for his match with The Berg.

AWESOME, awesome match between Hardy and Kennedy. Last week was solid, but you REALLY put in a lot of effort with this one. I love to see mid card feuds like this having the blow out match on a weekly show as well. Just makes the weekly show seem so much bigger. Not every feud needs to be ended on a PPV. Even though KK took the loss, I feel like he, as long as Hardy both come out of this feud looking better than when they came in. Great booking all around with this one, Para.

Well, I guess you just told me what the Brit’s will be doing. If they got the gold and renamed it that would be EPIC. Would be just what they need to stand out, book it.

8 Man tag match was just filer Rumble hype as you said. But with the Rumble just a few nights away, that’s perfectly fine. Not much else to say really, except the ending felt a little like the heel team got buried. I was pleased to see London actually pick up the win though. After last week’s mugging from Edge, your Cruiserweight champ needs all he can get to look credible again, and this, was definitely a step in the right direction. Plus he got to rub shoulders with RVD and HBK, which will do nothing but good for him as well.

Edge’s interview was cocky, and confident, yet loved the continued questioning from Matthews regarding Angle. Almost as if he’s was trying to stress out Edge. Perfect stuff. That little bit of interaction with London and Kendrick was PERFECT as well. Exactly what we needed, and it does look like you’ll be making something of the cruiserweights in this situation, which is really the main thing I was worried about. Awesome.

Much like Mac mentioned, the main event did its job perfectly. Not only did it put on a decent match, but Edge and Angle both looked really good here. The ending with The Berg getting the final say was a must as well. Again, much like Mac mentioned, apart from Kennedy/Hardy which I’ve really enjoyed, these three guys are probably your best booked characters, so it was good seeing them all involved in the same segment together. Strong finish to the show.

The show was definitely a fun one, although I’m not completely sure it did its job as a go home show. Jericho/Orton build wasn’t was it needed to be, and I felt like there was barely ANY mention of the Rumble as well, which realistically should be the main thing on the agenda. Angle/Berg has been built awesomely though. Still, those little doubts aside, things are definitely primed to pick up from the Rumble and beyond. This is building nicely, keep it up, Para.
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Royal Rumble Pay Per View
American Airlines Center
Dallas; Texas
January 21st





30 Man Royal Rumble Match
Featuring 15 RAW & 15 SmackDown! Superstars


WWE Championship
The Rock (c) vs Brock Lesnar



World Heavyweight Championship
Kurt Angle (c) vs Goldberg



Grudge Match
Chris Jericho vs Randy Orton



Intercontinental Championship Match
AJ Styles vs Shelton Benjamin (c)


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honestly not sure when the PPV will go up, but that'll give peeps time for predictions and such
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30 Man Royal Rumble Match
Featuring 15 RAW & 15 SmackDown! Superstars
Stone Cold Steve Austin pulls this one out. Austin and The Rock seems to be where we're headed for the WrestleMania main event, and Austin winning the Rumble match for a record fourth time might just be the way to do it. If it's not Austin, it'll be Hunter, but I'm sticking with SCSA.

WWE Championship
The Rock (c) vs Brock Lesnar
Rock and Austin, as I expressed previously. Hopefully, you make Brock look impressive in defeat... because he's not winning here.

World Heavyweight Championship
Kurt Angle (c) vs Goldberg
THE BERG has been awesome, but so has Angle, and considering how bad ass he's been when coming face to face with Goldberg, I can only imagine it's to make his eventual victory over the former undefeated WCW Champion seem all the more impressive.

Grudge Match
Chris Jericho vs Randy Orton
Honestly, I see a lot of faces winning on this show, so this pick is only to change the pace up a bit. Considering Orton was the only one featured on last week's SD, I see him as the more valued member of the roster at the moment - perhaps the next challenger to the World Heavyweight Championship after the Rumble.

Intercontinental Championship Match
AJ Styles vs Shelton Benjamin (c)
While I could see Shelton stealing a win here with some shenanigans to continue this feud, I like Styles in this one.
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Featuring 15 RAW & 15 SmackDown! Superstars
Only a few guys have been mentioned for it, so it's hard to call. Therefore, I'm going with a real outside bet - the currently suspended John Cena. Cena returns, wins the Rumble, challenges Rock at WM.

WWE Championship
The Rock (c) vs Brock Lesnar
Lesnar isnt main eventing WrestleMania. In fact, I dont quite know where Brock will feature once the WM card shakes out with no obvious opponent coming together for him.

World Heavyweight Championship
Kurt Angle (c) vs Goldberg
If Goldberg wasnt headed toward an Austin showdown at WrestleMania, I think he'd be winning here - just off how well you've booked him recently. Angle pulls it out though ... somehow.

Grudge Match
Chris Jericho vs Randy Orton
This is the toughest one to call IMO. Everything else looks pretty cut and dry - not this. Going for the face win - though I could easily go with Macs reasoning, as it's going to be a face heavy show by the looks of things in terms of winners.

Intercontinental Championship Match
AJ Styles vs Shelton Benjamin (c)
Think the time is right for the title change. Styles might look a bit of a jobber to the stars if he cant pull it out here.
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Sunday Night HEAT Results

The Mexicools def. The FBI @ 5:21

MVP def. Goldust @ 6:07


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WWE Royal Rumble
Live from the American Airlines Center
Dallas; Texas
January 21st, 2007


*Video Package*

A video opens with a solitary man, standing in front of a large staircase. We cannot see the identity of the man, with the lighting craftily only showing the outlines of him and the staircase in the otherwise pitch black area. The man takes a step up as the music of Stone Sour's "Come Whatever May"

Jim Duggan eliminates One Man Gang to win the first ever Royal Rumble in 1988

The man takes another step up

Big John Studd dumps out Ted DiBiase to win the 1989 Rumble

Another step up

Hulk Hogan throwing "Mr. Perfect" out in 1990

Another step

Hogan does it again in 1991, eliminating Earthquake to go back to back

"Come Whatever May" begins to get louder as the man steps up again

Ric Flair wins not only the Royal Rumble but the WWE Championship at the same time in the 1992 event, the only Rumble to this day to have the WWE Championship defended in it

Another step up

Yokozuna eliminating "Macho Man" Randy Savage to win in 1993

Another step up

Bret Hart and Lex Luger's controversial co-winning of the 1994 Rumble match

The man continues upwards

Shawn Michaels wins the 1995 match after starting off as the #1 entrant, hanging on after The British Bulldog thought he'd eliminated him and coming back over to get rid of Davey Boy Smith

Another step up

HBK becomes the second man to go back to back, winning in 1996 also

Another step as we see a shot of the top of the stairs in the distance

"Stone Cold" wins the 1997 event, despite being eliminated, officials don't see it and Austin re-enters to last eliminate long time enemy Bret Hart

Up another step

Austin goes back to back in 1998, tossing out The Rock to win

Another step as Corey Taylor's voice is turned up more, with the guitars and drums following

Vince McMahon shockingly eliminates Steve Austin after a distraction by The Rock to win the 1999 Rumble match

Another step up

The Rock holds on and takes The Big Show over in 2000 to win in Madison Square Garden

Another step

Austin wins in 2001, last eliminating the dominant Kane and becomes to this day the only 3 time Royal Rumble winner

You guessed it, another step up

Triple H clotheslines out Kurt Angle to win on his comeback from surgery in 2002

Another step up

Brock Lesnar dumps out The Undertaker to win the 2003 match

Another step, nearly to the top now

Chris Benoit survives over an hour in 2004 starting as #1 and last eliminating The Big Show

Another step up

Batista manages to overcome John Cena in 2005 after a false finish with both men going over

The second last step

Rey Mysterio wins last years Rumble, last eliminating Randy Orton

One final step up, and as the man reaches the top, the camera zooms in and the lighting adjusts, the man raises his head up and we see it's none other than Vince McMahon who says

Vince McMahon: The climb to immortality, begins tonight!

And with that "Come Whatever May" is cranked way up and the video explodes into a highlight package of all the superstars in tonight's Rumble match with the likes of Stone Cold, Triple H, Christian, Kane, Booker T, Monty Brown, John Bradshaw Layfield, Rob Van Dam, Edge, Shawn Michaels, The Big Show, Mr. Kennedy, Matt Hardy amongst others all hitting opponents with big time finishing moves and raising hell as the highlights speed up and mesh into an explosion with the video fading out, Jim Ross' words echoing

Jim Ross: Who's goin' to WrestleMania?

*End Video*



Narrator: And now RAW and SmackDown present, the WWE Royal Rumble!

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We're live to ringside and the fans are going wild here in Dallas as Jim Ross & The King welcome us

Jim Ross: Hello and welcome folks to the 2007 Royal Rumble! We are live from the sold out American Airlines Center in Dallas; Texas. I'm Jim Ross and alongside me as always is Jerry "The King" Lawler...

Jerry Lawler: Thanks JR, it's great to be here, I can't wait. This crowd can't either by the sounds of things!

Jim Ross: We've got a massive night ahead of us King, the Royal Rumble match itself is gonna be an absolute slobberknocker and we've got two titles on the RAW side of things to be defended as AJ Styles challenges Shelton Benjamin for the Intercontinental Title and then The Rock defends the WWE Championship against Brock Lesnar.

Jerry Lawler: Two huge title matches JR, I'm personally looking forward to both the same, although it would be great to see Shelton shut that smart mouth AJ Styles up once and for all.

Jim Ross: And that's not all tonight as SmackDown are certainly delivering on their end with two huge matches, and for more on them let's hand it over to our broadcast colleagues, Joey Styles and Tazz!

Joey Styles: Thank you JR and King. I'm Joey Styles and yes we sure do have two huge matches on the blue side of the brand tonight, Tazz is with me and tonight we might not only see a new World Heavyweight Champion, but career's could be in the balance with the hatred between not only Goldberg and Kurt Angle, but the very personal feud between Chris Jericho and Randy Orton?

Tazz: Oh no doubt about it Joe, Goldberg has been on fire lately and has left his mark on Kurt Angle a few times lately, I can't wait to see them finally lock it up tonight but as you said, Jericho and Orton is gonna be somethin' else.

Joey Styles: No titles on the line in that one but it's all personal, it's all about revenge for Chris Jericho after Randy Orton's actions not only towards him but his friends aswell.

Tazz: That's right and I gotta admit I've been impressed with Orton's new found ruthlesness, but I do feel like he's gone a bit over the top at times to send a message.

Joey Styles: And of course we can't forget our Spanish colleagues, it's a very good evening to Carlos Cabrera and Hugo Savinovich!

Carlos & Hugo babble on in words not many on here would understand for a few moments until

“… VOICES”

MASSIVE heat welcomes the arrival of Randy Orton as he steps out on to the stage and immediately throws up his destiny pose, irritating the fans even further. The Legend Killer then swaggers down to the aisle, like only he can, ignoring the taunts of the fans along the way before making his way into the ring, clearly not bothered by the distain those in attendance have demonstrated towards him

Joey Styles: This man is a real piece of work, I don’t think there’s a level that he won’t stoop to.

Tazz: Be that as it may, but he’s been on a roll lately, he’s had plenty to say about Chris Jericho and all of his fans recently and he will be keen to prove to everyone one that he’s the real deal here t’night, Joe!

“… BREAK THE WALLS DOWN”

A massive ovation greets Chris Jericho as he makes his way out on to the stage amidst his massive pyrotechnic display, but his entrance is minus its usual theatrics, as he makes his way straight down the aisle, towards the ring with his eyes totally locked on Randy Orton, who stares back, his facial expression unchanged

Joey Styles: The first ever Undisputed Champion in WWE history, Chris Jericho has a point to prove tonight and he’s got every one of these people here tonight behind him.

Match 1 | Singles Match
Chris Jericho v Randy Orton


The bell rings to get us underway and it’s Chris Jericho who is the more aggressive of the two, making his way towards Randy Orton in a very swift fashion, but Orton doesn’t want anything to do with it, leaning his upper torso between the middle and top ropes, causing the referee to step in between and him Jericho to prevent Y2J mounting any sort of offence. Naturally, this is met by enormous heat from the fans in attendance.

Eventually Orton rears his head into the squared circle and Jericho wastes no time in going after him, where the two immediately lock up, but neither can mount anything further than that until Jericho relents before following up with two hard right hands to the head of The Legend Killer before Irish Whipping him towards the ropes, but Orton doesn’t bounce back, instead holding on to the top rope, thwarting his momentum and dropping straight to the canvas before rolling out of the ring, down to the outside, which generates huge heat once again. Orton glances up in the ring at his opponent with a smug smirk on his face until Jericho races across the ring and slides under the bottom rope, down to the outside, but as soon as his feet his the floor, Orton does the opposite and slides back into the ring, amidst monumental heat yet again, as he does his best to avoid coming to blows with Jericho on anything other than his terms.

The fans still booing Orton, Y2J leaps back up on to the apron but as he gets up there, he is met by a charging Randy Orton. Jericho is one step ahead though, catching Orton off guard with a shoulder to the gut through the middle rope! The fans pop big as Orton stumbles backwards and Jericho wastes no time in leaping to the top rope and springboarding straight towards his opponent, The King of the World flies towards Orton… but he is caught out of nowhere with A DROPKICK IN MIDAIR! The fans collectively gasp as Orton and Jericho both hit the canvas hard, the latter naturally much harder. Somewhat optimistically, Orton immediately looks to follow up with a cover.


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Too early for that as Chris Jericho gets his shoulder up, but Orton looks to capitalise on his new found advantage, as he hammers away at his rival with four hard right hand blows to the side of his head, rocking it back against the mat before Randy looks for a second cover.


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Jericho gets a shoulder up again drawing a big pop from the fans until Randy Orton drags Lionheart back to his feet with a handful of hair before Irish Whipping him across the ring. Y2J bounces off the ropes, flies straight back towards Orton and runs straight into a SNAP SCOOP POWERSLAM! Looking for the win again, Orton attempts another cover.


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Y2J kicks out again, amidst a huge pop. Looking a lot more frustrated now, Orton gets straight to his feet before wasting no time in delivering a brutal looking LEAPING KNEE DROP! Randy’s knee crashes into Jericho’s forehead. Refusing to relent, Orton drags his opponent back to his feet again and Irish Whips him once more, this time into the corner, hard. Jericho collides with the turnbuckle with a thud, before he’s met by a charging Randy Orton, who drills him with a Corner Clothesline! The fans pour massive heat on Orton as he acts quickly once more, hurling him across the ring again, this time towards the ropes… Wait! Jericho reverses it, sending Orton flying into the ropes instead! He bounces back and straight into a TILT-A-WHIRL BACKBREAKER!!! THE FANS EXPLODE AS JERICHO CATCHES ORTON WITH A TILT-A-WHIRL BACKBREAKER! Wasting no time, Jericho hooks Orton’s leg for the cover!


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Orton gets a shoulder up! Refusing to let it bother him, Jericho pulls him to his feet and drills Randy with three hard elbows, sending him backward towards the corner with each blow. After the third blow, The Legend Killer backs himself into the corner, allowing Jericho to charge straight towards him but Orton sees it coming and dodges out of the way, causing Y2J to crash shoulder first into the turnbuckle! The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla falls down to his knees before he is clubbed across the spine towards by his adversary, dropping him to the canvas. Once grounded, Jericho rolls under the bottom rope and out to the apron before using his ropes to slowly drag himself to his feet but as soon as he gets three quarters of the way up, he’s clubbed again by Randy Orton who was simply watching it all unfold. Naturally this generates a tone of heat from the fans and it only grows louder as Orton pulls Jericho through the middle rope, into an elevated position.

“YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!”

The fans pour heat on Orton as he remains stood with Jericho in the elevated position with a side headlock applied, before letting out an evil laugh nailing him with a ROPE-HUNG DDT!!! The pours pour ungodly heat upon Orton as he sits up on his knees with a big grin on his face before rolling Jericho over for the cover!


ONE! THE HEAT INTENSIFIES!

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NO!

JERICHO GETS A FOOT ON THE ROPE! The fans erupt for Jericho as a very frustrated Orton sits up again and runs his hands through his hair before looking at the broken Jericho with that sick grin appearing across his face. Slowly and methodically, Orton gets back to his feet whilst Jericho slowly begins to stir. The Legend Killer backs further away from him as his smirk grows larger and the heat from the fans grows louder while Jericho rolls over and on to all fours as he starts to sit up, but as soon as does… RANDY ORTON CHARGES STRAIGHT ACROSS THE RING, LOOKING FOR THE PUNT!! THE FANS POUR HEAT UPON ORTON AS NAILS JERICHO WITH THE PUNT KICK! WAIT! NO!?!......

JERICHO CATCHES ORTON WITH A DOUBLE LEG TAKE DOWN!!! THE FANS EXPLODE AS ORTON HITS THE MAT HARD!!! THEIR EXCITEMENT GROWS LOUDER AS JERICHO ROLLS ORTON OVER AND HE SLAPS ON THE WALLS OF JERICHO!!!!

“YEEEEEAAHHHHH! Y2J! Y2J! Y2J!”

The fans will Jericho on as he wrenches his patented submission hard, but it’s short lived as Orton manages to reach the ropes! An intense Jericho though, full exhausts the referees five count before relinquishing the hold and walking across the ring for a moment.

“C’MON BABY!!!”

The fans lift again for Jericho as he throws his arms out wide before he turns his attention back towards Randy Orton as he slowly uses the ropes to pull himself up, but Chris helps him the rest of the way before going to whip him towards the corner, only to have it reversed by Orton, who sends Y2J into the corner instead before following up and charging, albeit it gingerly, across the ring towards Jericho… but he gets an elbow up into Orton’s face, sending The Legend Killer stumbling backwards with his head in his hands, wasting no time though, Jericho promptly follows up by planting him promptly with a ONE-HANDED BULLDOG!! The fans pop big again as Jericho leaps straight back to his feet and flies over his floored opponent and then bounces off the middle rope – LIONSAULT!!! NO! IT MISSES! ORTON ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY AND JERICHO HITS THE CANVAS HARD!!!!

The fans eat it up completely, as the two competitors slowly get back to their feet, with Orton making his way up fully first before stalking Jericho whilst he makes his way up as well, but as soon as he does… ORTON POUNCES! RKO! NO! JERICHO PUSHES HIM OFF AND INTO THE ROPES! ORTON BOUNCES OFF THE ROPES AND CHARGES BACK TOWARDS Y2J, LEADING IN WITH A MASSIVE CLOTHESLINE BUT JERICHO DUCKS UNDER IT AND CATCHES HIM WITH AN INSIDE CRADLE WITH THE FANS GOING MENTAL, COUNTING ALONG!

ONE!

TWO!

THRE… ORTON ROLLS THROUGH!!!!!



ONE! JERICHO STRUGGLES BUT ORTON GRABS HIS TIGHTS!!!!

TWO! THE LEGEND KILLER GETS HIS FEET ON THE ROPES!!!

THREE!!!!!!

IT’S OVER! ORTON DOES IT!


Match Result | Randy Orton def. Chris Jericho via Pinfall @ 13:51

The bell rings and Orton immediately releases Jericho and rolls out of the ring, under the bottom rope and makes a swift exit straight up the aisle, refusing to turn his back on Jericho who remains in the ring, looking totally pissed

Joey Styles: Just like that! It’s over! Randy Orton steals it!

Tazz: Orton might’ve got the win here, Joe, but I don’t think this is gonna be the last time we see these two go toe to toe!

“… VOICES”

Orton’s theme hits with Randy half way up the aisle now, looking a little more pleased with himself as he gets further away from Jericho, who remains in the ring, now standing up again, but still staring up at Orton, and still looking totally fucking pissed. By time The Legend Killer reaches the stage, he has a massive grin on his face as he throws up the destiny pose again, leaving Jericho completely incensed while he swaggers to the back

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Steve Romero is backstage now, mic in hand

Steve Romero: Ladies and Gentlemen, joining me at this time is the Number 1 Contender to the World Heavyweight Championship – Goldberg.

The camera zooms out to find The Berg standing next to Romero

Steve Romero: Goldberg, tonight you head into one of the biggest matches of your career against the World Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle, a man who has done it all in the business, tell us, how have you gone about preparing for this match tonight?

The Berg snarls at Romero momentarily

Goldberg: How have I prepared?! You’re askin’ the wrong the wrong person the wrong question!

Romero looks confused

Goldberg: Kurt Angle has almost done it all. He’s Main Evented Wrestlemania, he’s a Multi-Time World Champion –

Pop from the fans

Goldberg: He has not only represented our country at the Olympic Games, but he also won a freakin’ Gold Medal!

Another pop

Goldberg: He’s stepped into the ring with an’ beaten some of the biggest names that this industry has to offer, but he’s never stepped into the ring with me! He’s never beaten me! Until he can do that, he’ll never have done it all in Professional Wrestling!

The Berg pauses

Goldberg: Kurt, I know you think you’ve done it all, but t’night you’re about to experience somethin’ to completely different to what you’ve experienced before, as soon as you step into the ring with me t’night, you’ll realise that this match is gonna be like no match you’ve ever competed in before, and Kurt… NOTHING, can prepare you for that.

That said, The Berg shoves Romero out of the way and sets off on his way

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We switch to another area backstage, to find a bunch of superstars from both RAW and SmackDown lining up in front of a spin barrell, where Mick Foley and Paul Heyman stand at, obviously about to draw numbers for tonight's Rumble entrants. Rhyno is about to go up as James Storm and Chris Harris walk away with their numbers, when CHRISTIAN cuts in line, annoying Rhyno, which is spotted by Mick Foley

Mick Foley: Um, I don't believe you were next.

Christian rolls his eyes

Christian: I don't believe your opinion matters to me, Mick.

Christian advances up to the barrel

Christian: I'm the most valuable asset you have on RAW at the moment, and therefore, I should be the first to receive my number for the Royal Rumble. Of course I wasn't informed the numbers were being drawn already, but I'm sure you knew that.

Foley is the one to roll his eyes now

Christian: I'm the best thing going, I'm drawing the numbers, I'm putting the butts in seats and you're continually trying to drag me down Foley, but not anymore! I'm getting my number now, and then Captain Charisma is going to win the Royal Rumble, go on to headline WrestleMania and become the next WWE Champion... COZ THAT'S HOW I ROLL!

Mick Foley looks to Paul Heyman, as if to say do you have a problem with this? Heyman shrugs his shoulders as Mick nods and sighs

Mick Foley: Fine...

Christian smirks and reaches into the tumbler, rummaging around for a few moments before pulling out a ball. Christian continues to smirk at Foley as he then looks at his number – AND HIS GRIN VANISHES! Suddenly the previously smug Christian looks worried as he mouths "shit" and attempts to place his number back in, but Mick Foley moves in front of the barrel, blocking him

Mick Foley: Whoa, whoa, whoa! What are you doing? You got your wish, you got your number.

Christian hesitates, clearly not liking the number he drew

Christian: You know what, maybe I was wrong, ya know? Maybe I should just put this back and go join the line with the others.

Mick Foley: I don't think so Christian, you wanted to go first for RAW, there you go, you've got your number AND THAT'S FINAL!

Christian is livid now as Mick Foley can't help but grin now, which Captain Charisma notices

Christian: You know what? You rigged this! Like always, you're trying to hold me down, and here's another example of it. I demand a re-draw!

Paul Heyman scoffs at this now

Christian: Did I say something funny you fat, balding walrus?

Few pops for that insult as Heyman glares at Christian now, stepping alongside Foley in front of the barrel

Paul Heyman: You heard the man {smirks} no re-draws.

Christian is fuming and glares at both Foley and Heyman, before Tyson Tomko calms him down and eventually Christian thinks better of continuing as he turns to walk off he notices Rhyno now laughing at him, with a few others in the line like Maven and Paul London doing likewise. Captain Charisma eyes them off before heading out, slapping the door in frustration

Jim Ross: I don't think the number he received was what Christian had in mind King!

Jerry Lawler: I think he's right JR! Mick Foley is always out to get Christian and seems like he's done it again.

Jim Ross: Oh come on now, that's just ridiculous. There is no such conspiracy, Christian just can't accept he doesn't get everything his own way.

Jerry Lawler: He should get it all his way, he's the future of the WWE.

Jim Ross: Yeah... of course...

"AIN'T NO STOPPIN' ME"

The crowd boos as Shelton Benjamin heads out on stage, Intercontinental Title draped over his shoulder. Shelton ignores the jeers of the fans as he walks to the ring looking dare I say a little nervous? Benjamin mounts the turnbuckle and raises his IC belt high, trying to get himself in "the zone" it seems

"I AM"

AJ Styles steps out to a big pop from the fans, extending his arms out to his side as the pyro falls behind him, and then flips his hood up and looks out into the sea of humanity, most of whom are on their feet for 'The Phenomenal One'. AJ slides into the ring and again plays to the fans as we see a shot of Shelton Benjamin in the corner, glaring at his arch nemesis

Match 2 | WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
AJ Styles vs Shelton Benjamin ©


Shelton wastes no time, clubbing AJ from behind as he extends his hands out to play to the fans again, taking him down to a knee to some heat. Shelton then begins teeing off on AJ, taking him down to the mat with a series of right hands, and then mounts The Phenomenal One and continues to unload with right hands as he verbally abuses his challenger "come on AJ, come on boy".
Benjamin covers AJ and rubs his forearm in the face of Styles as he makes it 1...2.kickout.
Shelton is relentless here, not allowing AJ a moment to breathe as he backs him into the corner and continues to just pummel Styles with right hands, nothing fancy, just punch after punch. Finally after exceeding the count of referee Jack Doan, Benji is reprimanded by said official for it, being told to watch his fists and the distraction gives AJ Styles a chance to score some offense in the match as he meets Shelton with a right of his own. AJ follows that up with another right, then a knife edge chop across the chest, before shooting Shelton to the ropes and looking to follow up with a clothesline, but Benjamin ducks under it and AJ turns into a Roundhouse Kick to the face! The smack echoes around the arena as the shin of Shelton catches AJ on the jaw and the Intercontinental Champion dives on Styles to make the cover 1...2..kickout again.

Benjamin gets back to his feet grinning and even let's out a Ric Flair like "Woo" looking mighty impressed with himself here in the early going. AJ Styles struggles back to his feet and Shelton rocks him with another right hand, then shoots AJ into the turnbuckle. With Styles propped up, Shelton backs off into the opposite corner and then charges in looking for the Stinger Splash – BUT AJ MOVES AND SHELTON EATS THE TOP BUCKLE! The crowd pops as Shelton staggers out of the corner INTO A BARRAGE OF RIGHTS AND LEFTS FROM AJ STYLES! The Phenominal One goes wild on Benjamin with a wild flurry of strikes, backing the Intercontinental Champion back to the ropes and then beating him down to a knee. AJ then brings Shelton back up and attempts an Irish whip to the ropes, but Benji reverses it and swings for a clothesline, however AJ ducks under it and Shelton turns into the Pele Kick! AJ hooks the leg of Shelton 1...2..kickout.
Shelton is scrambled after that and crawls back into the corner, holding his hands up for mercy but AJ shows none to him, stomping away at him. Styles then brings Shelton up and shoots him across the ring into the opposing turnbuckle and looks to follow in, but Shelton gets his foot up in the face of AJ! Styles stumbles away holding his jaw and Benjamin charges in at him, but is planted with a Flapjack by AJ. Another cover by Styles 1...2..kickout.

Shelton rolls out of the ring quickly now and is no longer in such a good mood after AJ coming back into the match. However Benjamin has taken his eyes off AJ who springs off the ropes and then clears the top rope with a VAULTING BODY PRESS DOWN ONTO SHELTON! The crowd pops for that and an "AJ" chant breaks out. Styles gets Shelton up and rolls him back into the ring, then slides in after and makes another lateral press on Shelton 1...2..shoulder up.
AJ Styles gets Shelton to his feet and rocks him with a right hand, then shoots him to the ropes and meets him with a Back Body Drop, elevating Benji up and over the shoulder into the lights before he comes crashing down back first. Shelton rolls away into the corner and hugs the ropes, wanting distance between himself and AJ who is on a roll now and Jack Doan abides by the rules, telling AJ to back off. Shelton gets back to his feet and socks AJ with a cheap right hand, catching him off guard. AJ staggers back and Shelton hits another right, then hooks AJ up and plants him with a textbook Suplex! Benjamin springs back to his feet, again grinning and pleased with himself and taps his temple with his index finger, as if to suggest he's smarter than AJ Styles to the fans who in return just boo the Intercontinental Champion.
Shelton drags AJ up and whips him into the corner, and then begins to tattoo him with right hands. Eventually the referee gets Shelton to break it off, which he does, backing up and then charging in for a Stinger Splash – BUT AJ AGAIN MOVES – HOWEVER SHELTON LANDS ON THE MIDDLE BUCKLE PERFECTLY! Shelton then leaps off with a Springboard Crossbody – BUT EATS A DROPKICK RIGHT TO THE FACE FROM STYLES! The crowd applauds both the athleticism of Shelton and then the counter from AJ who drapes an arm over Benjamin 1...2...NO! Shelton kicks out.

Both men are down for a couple of moments before AJ Styles starts to stir first. AJ then takes a deep breath, thinking he had Shelton there. Styles gets up and with Shelton down, heads to the corner and climbs up to the top turnbuckle. Styles readies himself BUT SUDDENLY SHELTON KIPS UP, RUNS TO THE TURNBUCKLE, JUMPS UP AND TAKES AJ STYLES OFF WITH A BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX FROM THE TOP! The crowd, despite Benji's heel status, mark out for that. Shelton isn't able to immediately capitalise on this however, taking a few seconds to come around, but he crawls towards AJ Styles and makes a cover

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AJ KICKS OUT

Shelton yells out "What?" at Jack Doan, thinking he had the win there, but the referee holds up a two count to Shelton. Benjamin slowly gets back to his feet and winces a little, then helps a groggy AJ into the corner and lights him up with a knife edge chop. Shelton winds up again and hits another chop across the chest of Styles, the impact echoing around the arena.
Shelton then hits a Jump Kick to the side of AJ's head, and backs off for a third time, charging in with the Stinger Splash – AND FINALLY HITS IT! Shelton then stalks AJ who stumbles out of the corner INTO THE T-BONE EXPLODER – NO! AJ counters, elbowing away at Shelton's head. Shelton staggers away clutching his head, then comes back swinging a wild right hand at AJ who ducks it and then rebounds off the ropes, going for a clothesline – BUT SHELTON DUCKS AND PLANTS AJ WITH AN INVERTED BACKBREAKER DROP! Shelton hooks the legs back

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AJ KICKS OUT AGAIN

Another audible yell in frustration emenates from Shelton Benjamin as AJ kicks out. Benjamin slaps the canvas and then gets back up, looking down at Styles with a frown, but then takes a deep breath and composes himself again, trying to keep cool.
Shelton waits for AJ to regain his footing and then rocks him with a right hand. He then looks to shoot AJ to the ropes, but Styles reverses it with enough momentum to send Shelton over the top rope, however Shelton hangs onto the ropes and lands on the apron unbeknownst to Styles! Benjamin quickly springboards onto the top rope and leaps off SCORING WITH A SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE! Shelton hits another impressive move and hooks back both the legs of AJ Styles

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AJ SHOOTS A SHOULDER UP!

The crowd erupts as once again Styles refuses to stay down for the count and Benjamin can't even vocalise his frustation, he just sits there, wide eyed, panting heavily and shakes his head. The American Airlines Center starts a "Let's Go AJ!" chant, backing The Phenomenal One as he continues to fight for the Intercontinental Title.
Shelton stands up and scoffs at the crowd for chanting for Styles, and some react with a few jeers for Benjamin who just smirks, brushing them off. Shelton then heads towards the corner and leaps up, then turns back to face the ring and wills AJ to his feet, mouthing "come on you son of a bitch, I got somethin' for ya" motioning for Styles to get up.
Benjamin is poised and ready as AJ begins to stir, slowly struggling back to his feet and he turns around into BENJI FLYING OFF WITH A HURRICANRANA – BUT AJ COUNTERS IT INTO A SIT OUT POWERBOMB! The crowd explodes and AJ keeps sat down with Benjamin's shoulders on the mat for the cover

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SHELTON JUST KICKS OUT

So close! Almost pulling one out of the bag, AJ rolls away holding his head, knowing how close that was. The crowd too as some groans and "aww's" emenate.
Both men are down here as the match finally halts after such a break neck pace to this stage.
AJ is the first man to stir from Jack Doan's ten count, with Shelton not far behind him, and being slightly fresher despite the Powerbomb counter, Benjamin beats AJ to a vertical base and throws a right hand, but AJ blocks it and then nails Shelton with one! Benjamin comes back with another right, but again it's blocked by AJ and he again scores with a right to Shelton. AJ then continues to barrage Benji with rights, backing him to the ropes. Styles attempts an Irish whip, but Shelton reverses and sends AJ to the ropes. Styles rebounds into a kick from Shelton – no it's caught by AJ who goes to spin Shelton BUT BENJAMIN USES THIS AND SCORES WITH THE DRAGON WHIP RIGHT ON THE JAW OF AJ STYLES! The smack is heard all around the arena and some fans applaud the counter as Shelton scrambles to cover AJ

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3-NO!

AJ GETS A SHOULDER UP! JUST!

The crowd erupts as once again AJ refuses to lose and Shelton looks like he's going to cry. He literally begs Jack Doan to say it was a three count, pleading with the ref but Doan holds the two fingers up, to Benjamin's disdain.
Shelton grabs AJ and pulls him up to his feet, smacking him with a hard right hand which drops Styles down to a knee. Shelton then looks to finish off AJ and add insult in doing so, going for the STYLES CLASH ON AJ – BUT AJ COUNTERS INTO A JACKKNIFE PIN 1...2...kickout by Shelton.
Both men get to their feet and AJ hits a right to Shelton, who responds with one to AJ. Styles returns again with another right, and Shelton replies with another of his own. The two continue to trade rights AJ, Shelton, AJ, Shelton, AJ, Shelton, AJ, Shelton, AJ, AJ, AJ who gets the better of the exchange and has Benji reeling, but the Intercontinental Champion rakes the eyes of AJ Styles to cause some separation! AJ staggers away and Shelton checks his jaw, then goes to rock AJ with another right but Styles ducks it and then plants Shelton to the canvas with the Starmaker!
The crowd cheers as AJ gets up and points to the top turnbuckle, quickly climbing up with Shelton downed. Styles gathers his balance for a moment and then leaps off with the SPIRAL TAP – AND HITS IT! SPIRAL TAP CONNECTS! The crowd goes wild. AJ writhes in pain for a couple of seconds, but then makes the cover on Shelton

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SHELTON GETS HIS FOOT ON THE ROPE!

Some of the crowd thought it was over and started prematurely cheering, but Jack Doan points out that Benjamin's foot is indeed on the bottom rope to break the count.
AJ Styles is the one with an upset look on his face. He then winces in pain and gets to his feet somewhat gingerly, clutching at his left leg for a bit.
Shelton begins to stir, as AJ is now the one signalling for his opponent to get back up. Shelton is back to his knees but is stalling, which Styles doesnt appreciate as he goes to grab Benjamin and bring him up, but Shelton is playing possum a bit and pulls AJ down into the middle turnbuckle! Shelton then slides away and gets up, waiting for AJ who stumbles around INTO THE T-BONE EXPLODER SUPLEX – NO! AJ blocks it again and elbows away at Shelton, breaking the IC Champ's grip on him.
Shelton comes back and cops a boot to the gut from AJ who grabs Shelton into a Front Facelock, perhaps going for a DDT, but Shelton spins out of it and goes for a Roundhouse Kick on Styles WHO EVADES IT WITH A MATRIX MOVE AND SHELTON SPINS BACK INTO ANOTHER KICK TO THE GUT – AND AJ STYLES THEN PLANTS SHELTON BENJAMIN WITH THE STYLES CLASH! AJ HITS THE STYLES CLASH! Styles hooks back the far leg of Shelton as referee Jack Doan makes the count

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AJ STYLES HAS FINALLY DONE IT!


Winner @ 11:57 – AJ Styles
NEW Intercontinental Champion


The crowd goes nuts as AJ Styles has finally become the Intercontinental Champion and beaten Shelton Benjamin. Styles is handed the belt and grabs it tightly, extremely proud with his victory as he raises his brand new pride and joy up high

Jim Ross: AJ STYLES HAS DONE IT! BY GAWD HE'S DONE IT!

Jerry Lawler: What a match JR!

Jim Ross: What a match is right King! After so long being frustrated by Shelton Benjamin, AJ Styles has finally beaten the man in a one on one contest, and has become the new Intercontinental Champion to boot.

Jerry Lawler: Shelton gave it all he had though, I can't believe he couldn't put AJ away. Styles just kept coming for more!

Jim Ross: He never gave in King, what a performance from both men, but tonight AJ has proven that he is the better man for now, regardless of how good Shelton is, and he's a damn good wrestler and an amazing pure athlete.

Styles continues to celebrate with the fans as he hops out into the crowd, whilst a dejected Shelton Benjamin heads up the ramp, hands on his hand, having finally lost his prized title

...

Steve Romero: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, the World Heavyweight Champion – KURT ANGLE!

Angle walks into shot with the belt draped across his shoulder

Steve Romero: Tonight you defend your World Heavyweight Championship against a man who has done all he can to bring you down in recent weeks and a man who many are saying is unlike anyone you’ve ever had to face in your career. Kurt, do you have a final message for Bill Goldberg leading into your match?

Kurt clearly thinks about the question for a few moments, looking away from Romero, beyond the camera for a couple of seconds before staring straight into the camera

Kurt Angle: Bill… I’M GONNA BREAK YOUR FREAKIN’ ANKLE! OH IT’S TRUE! IT’S DAMN TRUE!

...

Switching to the RAW side of things, and it's Lilian Garcia who's standing by now with none other than THE ROCK! The crowd explodes for Rocky

Lilian Garcia: Rock, later tonight you defend the WWE Championship against Brock Lesnar, wh-

The Rock raises his hand up to Lilian, silencing her as he soaks up the crowd's adulation and a booming "Rocky" chant breaks out

The Rock: FINALLY... THE ROCK HAS COME BACK TO DALLLLLLLASSSSSSSS!

MEGA cheap pop

The Rock: And yes, The Rock is defending the WWE Championship tonight against Brock Lesnar, and The Rock is going to successfully defend the WWE Championship against Brock Lesnar!

Pop

The Rock: You see Lilian, The Ro- TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE PEOPLE'S STRUDLE MAMI!

Garcia blushes as The Rock has a laugh as do most of the crowd

The Rock: Just for once it would be nice if you could control your urges for The Rock and be professional.

The Rock grins but then his grin fades away and he focuses on the camera

The Rock: Brock Lesnar, you wanna try and play mind games with The Rock? You wanna attack The Rock from behind? Send The Rock a message? Well congratulations Brock, you sent your message, you got The Rock's full and undivided attention. The Rock is taking you very... very seriously. But now Brock, now The Rock's gonna send you a message you vanilla gorilla, and The Rock's not gonna send it to you via email, not in a text message, not in a letter, hell The Rock isn't even gonna send that message via carrier pidgeon, you see The Rock's gonna send you a message in the People's Ring tonight, WHEN HE LAYS THE SMACKETH DOWN ALL OVER YOUR MONKEY ASS!

Crowd erupts

The Rock: You talk about The Rock losing to you five years ago. You say The Rock's not the same, and you're at your peak. Well let The Rock tell you, that The Rock isn't the same as back then...

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The Rock: THE ROCK IS 100% BETTER THAN HE WAS BACK THEN!

Another eruption from the fans after they were left a little worried by Rocky's earlier statement

The Rock: And tonight The Rock is gonna show you that, and will leave Dallas still not only the People's Champion, but the WWE Champion, and leave you left without a shadow of a doubt, that The Rock is better than your candy ass... IF YA SMELLLLLLL... WHAT THE ROCK... IS COOKIN'

The crowd goes wild again as The Rock walks off

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“… INVASION”

Monumental heat fills the arena as the music of the challenger, Bill Goldberg hits. Goldberg makes his way out in his usual fashion, kicking and punching his way through his pyro before setting off on his way down the aisle, amidst an enormous amount of jeers

Joey Styles: This is a man on a mission, and I certainly wouldn’t wanna be getting in his way.

Tazz: You’re right Joe, Goldberg’s got his sights set on two things – winnin’ the World Heavyweight Championship, an’ inflictin’ as much pain as possible on Kurt Angle.

Once at ringside, Angle heads straight up the stairs and enters the ring, before marching across the ring and grabbing hold of the top rope, shaking basically the entire fucking ring, showcasing the immense rage he is bringing into the match

“… MEDAL”

In massive contrast to the arrival of Goldberg, Kurt Angle’s arrival is met with a deafening ovation. The arena explodes for the World Heavyweight Champion as he makes his way out confidently with his belt fastened around his waist. In trademark fashion, Angle sets off his elaborate pyro display, before making his way down towards the ring, focused on the job at hand

Joey Styles: Few men would step into the ring with Goldberg and not look intimidated, Tazz, but this man, Kurt Angle, is one of those men who does not appear to be. He looks focused and intent on walkin’ out t’night as the World Heavyweight Champion.

Tazz: Don’t forget, Joe, he’s been banned from usin’ his Ankle Lock over the past few weeks, so I wonder how long it’s gonna take for him to try to slap that baby on, and just how much damage he’s gonna do to Goldberg with it?

Arriving at ringside, Kurt heads straight up the steps and climbs through the ropes before holding his championship belt high up in the air whilst staring straight into the eyes of his challenger. Angle hands his belt to the referee, who holds in up in the air as Kurt Angle bounces up and down on the spot and gesturing to Goldberg to “bring it on!” as the referee calls for the bell to start the match

Match 3 | Singles Match | World Heavyweight Championship
Kurt Angle © v Goldberg


The bell barely finishes ringing as the challenger, Bill Goldberg, charges across the ring like a savage beast towards the World Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle, but, obviously, Angle is much smarter than The Berg and moves out of the way, before any impact is made. Still looking immensely pissed, Goldberg looks to repeat the process again, charging towards Kurt once more and yet again, the champion moves out of the way, untouched. Hoping that a third time is a charm, the challenger charges towards The Olympic Medalist, but one again Angle dodges the oncoming assault.

“ANGLE! ANGLE!... YEEEAAAHHHHHHHH!”

The fans chant of the champion’s name is suddenly cut off as Goldberg turns back towards Angle and turns right into an aggressive double-leg takedown from The Olympic Gold Medallist, before he suddenly tees off with a flurry of left and right hand blows to the head of his opponent. The referee attempts to pull Kurt away, but it’s fruitless as Goldberg is left with absolutely no choice but to try and cover up to prevent the influx of blows amidst a huge roar from the excited crowd, but their excitement turns to disappointment as the referee finally pulls Angle off The Berg.

Adhering to the instruction of the referee, Kurt gets back to his feet and backs away from Goldberg while The Beast gets back to his feet before Angle leaps towards him again and the duo engage in a collar and elbow tie up, but it’s only a momentarily as The World Heavyweight Champion wastes no time in drilling his opponent with a devastating European Uppercut! Goldberg’s head rocks back, but it gets a whole lot worse when Angle delivers a second European Uppercut, this time knocking The Berg clean off his feet!

“ANGLE! ANGLE! ANGLE!”

The fans break into full voice early as their favourite pulls Goldberg up to his feet before Irish Whipping him into the ropes… as he bounces back though, Bill catches the champion off guard with a BIG BOOT! Goldberg knocks Angle to the canvas for the first time in the match, and immediately looks to capitalise as he stomps away relentlessly at the grounded Wrestling Machine. Stomp after stomp, Goldberg adds even more force behind them before he eventually ceases the assault for a second, until he decides to drop a knee into the forehead of his opponent before going for a VERY optimistic early cover.


ONE!


NO!

Nope. No chance. The fans pop as Angle kicks out easily. Refusing to become frustrated, Goldberg gets straight back to his feet and pulls the World Heavyweight Champion up as well before letting loose with a decapitating Clothesline, but Angle sees it coming, ducks underneath it and goes behind Goldberg, wrenching his arms around his waist and attempts a GERMAN SUPLEX! NO! GOLDBERG HOLDS ON TO THE TOP ROPE PREVENTING ANGLE FROM EXECUTING THE MOVE! The fans dump some heat on Goldberg, who looks quite pleased with his efforts before releasing the ropes and delivering two swift elbows to the side of the head of The Wrestling Machine, causing him to relinquish his grip around the waist of his opponent and stagger backwards. Looking to capitalise immediately, The Berg follows up with a kick to the chest of the champion… NO! ANGLE CATCHES HIS FOOT! The fans erupt as Kurt throws his foot away before taking Goldberg down to the floor again, this time with a single-leg take down… ANKLE LOCK!! THE FANS EXPLODE AS KURT ANGLE ATTEMPTS THE ANKLE LOCK OUT OF NOWHERE! It’s short lived though as Goldberg reaches out to grab the ropes and pulls himself free of Kurt’s grasps before he can wrench the hold. The fans jubilation turns to distain as Goldberg rolls out of the ring and down to the outside, looking up at the enraged Angle who remains stood in the ring, glaring down at his opponent.

Goldberg’s freedom doesn’t last long though, with Kurt seemingly not prepared to wait any longer, as he heads towards the ropes and goes to climb to the outside, but as he steps through the rope, Goldberg jumps up on the apron as well and collects him with a knee to the side of the head! Kurt remains on his feet, albeit tangled in the ropes as Goldberg drills him with a hard right hand blow, which he follows up with another two more in the same fashion before pulling Angle free from his tangle, clutching his head, marching him towards the corner and slamming the head of the World Heavyweight Champion against the top of the turnbuckle, not once, not twice… but three times! The fans pour huge heat on the challenger as he lets out an evil cackle while Kurt Angle stumbles backwards, with his head in his hands.

After climbing through the ropes, The Berg goes straight for his opponent again with two big right hands, adding further insult to injury before Irish Whipping him off the ropes again. Kurt bounces back towards his rival and is immediately hoisted up in the air into a Military Press Position in a great show of strength from Bill Goldberg. Goldberg marches around the ring with Angle up in the air amidst a shitload of heat, and after letting out a huge roar… HE NAILS THE MILITARY PRESS FRONT POWERSLAM!!! The World Heavyweight Champion slams into the mat hard, his back taking the full force of the blow. Goldberg hooks the leg for the cover whilst the fans continue to dump big heat upon him.


ONE!

TWO!
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NO!

ANGLE KICKS OUT! The fans pop big but Goldberg is not impressed and it shows as he drills Kurt with a flurry of savage left and right hands before following up with another cover attempt.


ONE!

TWO!

NO!

Kurt gets a shoulder up again! This time, Goldberg leaps straight back to his feet and abuses the fuck out of the referee for a moment before he turns his attention back to Kurt Angle… drilling him with a brutal stomp to the skull, flooring him again, just as he looked to get back to his feet! The fans pour more heat upon the challenger as he drops down to the mat again and mounts the champion again, unleashing with several MMA style elbows to the temple of Kurt Angle! The heat from the fans is as relentless as the elbows, growing louder, strike by strike, as The Berg really starts to dominate the champion.

“GOLDBERG SUCKS! GOLDBERG SUCKS! GOLDBERG SUCKS!”

A massive chant fills the arena, as the referee pulls the animalistic Goldberg away from Kurt, allowing him an opportunity to come back to his senses, but The Berg doesn’t want a bar of it, as he pulls The Olympic Champion back to his feet before immediately flooring him again with a BRUTAL short arm clothesline! Angle hits the mat hard again as Goldberg lets out another cackle and taunts the fans with a throat slit before attempting to slap on an… ANKLE LOCK!!!! GOLDBERG LETS OUT ANOTHER ROAR AS THE FANS ABSOLUTELY ERUPT INTO JEERS WHILST THE BERG TRIES TO LOCK IN THE FINISHING MOVE OF THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION UPON HIMSELF!!

Kurt doesn’t make it easy for him and refuses to allow his challenger to get a good enough grip to wrench the hold before managing to roll over on to his back and kick Goldberg away from him, but it’s only momentary solace for The Wrestling Machine as his opponent basically no sells the kick (typical Berg -.-) and charges straight back towards him… but Angle catches him off guard with a drop toe hold, causing Goldberg to hit the mat face first! The fans pop big as Angle wastes no time in turning the tide and slaps on an ANKLE LOCK OF HIS OWN! THE FANS ROAR AS ANGLE IS ACTUALLY ABLE TO LOCK THE HOLD ON CORRECTLY THIS TIME! THE OLYMPIC CHAMPION THROWS HIS HEAD BACK IN THE AIR AND YELLS “TAAAAPPPPPP!” AS HE WRENCHES THE HOLD AS HARD AS HE CAN!

“ANGLE! ANGLE! ANGLE!”

The fans will Kurt on as he continues to tighten the hold as much as he can but Goldberg continues to fight it, reaching, stretching as far as he can, to try and grasp the ropes… and eventually he does so! Goldberg gets the ropes with a big sigh of relief!

“BOOOOOOO! YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!”

Angle reluctantly relinquishes the hold as The Berg immediately favours his injured ankle, clutching at in in obvious pain until the World Heavyweight Champion drags Goldberg back towards the middle of the ring and delivers a hard stomp to the damaged ankle! Followed by a second, and then a third before bending down to pick up the ankle, presumably, to apply the Ankle Lock yet again… but as he does… GOLDBERG SOMEHOW CATCHES HIM WITH AN INSIDE CRADLE!

ONE!

TWO! THE BERG HAS THE TIGHTS!

THR… NO! WAIT! ANGLE ROLLS THROUGH JUST AT THE LAST SECOND!



ONE!

NO! GOLDBERG MANAGES TO KICK OUT!

The fans aren’t sure how to react, obviously disappointed that Kurt didn’t get the win, but eager for the match to continue as Angle pulls his adversary back to his feet and after a hard right hand blow, he wraps his arms around the waist of The Berg and wrenches them tight before delivering a vintage BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPLEX! The fans explode when Goldberg hits the canvas hard, but The Olympic Gold Medalist doesn’t release his grasp, instead maintaining it, pulling The Beast back to his feet and attempting a second Belly to Belly! NO! Goldberg shifts his weight and thwarts it before slapping on a waist lock himself and sending KURT ANGLE FLYING WITH A BELLY TO BELLY OVERHEAD SUPLEX OF HIS OWN! Showcasing his immense strength, Goldberg sends Kurt flying across the ring before he crashes hard into the canvas.

The move took its toll on Goldberg as well though, falling straight to the mat himself, showing that exhaustion is starting to take its toll in this physical encounter thus far. Both competitors sprawled out on the mat, the anticipation of the fans starts to grow, but it’s Goldberg who is the first to stir, slowly dragging himself back to his feet, his eyes locked on Kurt Angle the whole time, who slowly begins to start doing the same.

“ANGLE! ANGLE! ANGLE!”

Those in attendance try to do their utmost to bring their hero back to his feet and he slowly but surely makes his way back to his vertical base, with Goldberg apparently quite happy to let him do so, buying as much time as possible to recuperate as well. Using the ropes for assistance, Kurt finally makes his way fully back to his feet before the referee then checks on him to make sure he’s okay to continue, but as soon as the conversation concludes, Goldberg charges across the ring… SPEAR!!! SPEAR!!!.........

TO THE REFEREE?!?! ANGLE SAW IT COMING AT THE LAST POSSIBLE SECOND AND MANAGED TO DODGE IT, CAUSING BILL GOLDBERG TO CUT THE REFEREE IN HALF INSTEAD!!!! The fans actually pop huge as the referee eats shit, rolling around on the canvas, in excruciating pain before eventually rolling out of the ring and to the floor. A stunned Goldberg remains on his knees, watching it unfold before he makes his way back to his feet again with his back to his opponent – ANGLE SLAM! OUT OF NOWHERE – KURT ANGLE DRILLS GOLDBERG WITH THE ANGLE SLAM!

“YEEEEEEEEEAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!! ANGLE! ANGLE!”

In trademark fashion Kurt lowers his straps and throws his arms out wide, playing up to the fans in a big way before slapping on THE ANKLE LOCK AGAIN!!! The arena goes absolutely mental as Angle locks in the devastating submission in the middle of the ring, leaving Goldberg with nowhere to go! The World Heavyweight Champion wrenches the hold as tightly as he can causing The Berg to bellow in immense pain. Despite the fact referee is dead on the outside, Kurt refuses to relinquish the hold! The fans continue with their support of Angle as he continues to wrench the hold even more and Goldberg’s arms fly everywhere, trying to grab on to absolutely anything, but his efforts are fruitless, and eventually… HE STARTS TAPPING! GOLDBERG IS TAPPING LIKE A BITCH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING!!!... BUT THERE’S STILL NO REFEREE!!!

The fans suddenly break out into heat knowing that the match should be over, but Angle doesn’t let it bother him, continuing to keep the hold applied despite the obvious agony being experienced by his opponent, whose situation suddenly becomes even worse… GRAPEVINE!!!! ANGLE GRAPEVINES THE LEG OF BILL GOLDBERG AND KEEPS THE SUBMISSION LOCKED ON TIGHTLY!!!!!!

“I’M GONNA BREAK YOUR FUCKIN’ ANKLE, YA SON OF A BITCH!”

Angle can clearly be heard yelling obscenities at Goldberg as he begins to TAP OUT ONCE AGAIN… BUT THERE’S STILL NO FUCKING REFEREE?! The fans are irate as a very frustrated Kurt Angle FINALLY releases the submission!

The look of relief on the face of Bill Goldberg is evident as he rolls around in the ring in pain, clutching at his ankle, still in agony, whilst the champion, in significantly less physical pain, remains seated in the ring, looking very frustrated before he gets to his feet and adds further insult to injury and stomps away again at the injured ankle of his opponent before pulling him up to feet again and looking to whip him into the ropes once more… but somehow, favouring his injured ankle, Goldberg reverses it and sends Kurt flying into the ropes instead… but he doesn’t bounce back, as Angle’s momentum is halted when he inadvertently collides with the referee who was just starting to climb back onto the apron! The referee falls to the floor again while Kurt can’t believe it, looking shocked down at his motionless body on the outside until he’s clubbed over the back by his opponent! Angle drops to one knee as The Berg continues to hammer away at him, eventually forcing him down to the canvas and causing him to roll under the bottom rope and down to the outside, right next to the referee.

Still favouring his injured ankle quite obviously, Goldberg hobbles down to the floor and meets Kurt Angle with a big right hand just as he was getting back to his feet. The Berg follows up with three more big right hands, sending the champion staggering backwards, albeit still on his feet. After yet another blow to the skull of The Wrestling Machine, sending him backward again, around near the announce table this time, Goldberg viciously Irish Whips his opponent past the announce table and into the guard rail at ringside, near the time keeper, doctor and ring announcer. Wasting no time, and despite his ankle still obviously causing him immense pain, Goldberg hobbles towards Kurt Angle, who remains sat up on the guardrail, but on route towards Angle…Goldberg collects a STEEL CHAIR! The fans pour fucking MASSIVE heat on Goldberg as he does not procrastinate at all… DRILLING KURT ANGLE STRAIGHT ACROSS THE SKULL WITH THE CHAIR!

Ungodly heat follows as Goldberg immediately turns his back on Angle and walks away from him, holding his chair up in the air triumphantly before we finally catch a glimpse of the World Heavyweight Champion, post chair shot – HE’S BUSTED OPEN! KURT’S FACE IS A CRIMSON MASK! THE FANS BREAK OUT INTO MASSIVE JEERS AGAIN AS IT APPEARS ON THE TITANTRON! Goldberg continues to taunt the fans, holding his chair up in the air and laughing maniacally before charging back towards Kurt (well as much as he can charge, given his ankle problem) and looking to put the nail in the coffin with another chair shot… BUT ANGLE GETS A FOOT OUT! UNBELIEVABLE! ANGLE SOME HOW GETS A FOOT OUT AND TAKES GOLDBERG’S FEET OUT FROM UNDERNEATH HIM, CAUSING HIM TO LAND FACE FIRST ON THE CHAIR!!!!

The fans completely erupt again, but Kurt can’t capitalise, remaining motionless, his bloodied head up against the guardrail. Both men remain floored as the fans try to involve themselves again.

“LET’S GO ANGLE! LET’S GO ANGLE! LET’S GO ANGLE!”

Amidst the willing of the faithful fans, Kurt finally begins to stir and uses the guardrail, which partly contributed to his downfall, to pull himself back up to his feet. The fans grow in enthusiasm once more as a bloodied Kurt Angle makes his way up to his vertical base and pulls Goldberg up as well, mustering up a whole lot of energy to roll his limp body into the ring. Extremely slowly and gingerly, Angle climbs up on the apron and makes his way through the ropes, immediately heading towards his opponent… WHO CATCHES HIM WITH ANOTHER INSIDE CRADLE?! SHOWING HIS LACK OF INTELLIGENCE, GOLDBERG ROLLS UP THE BLOODIED KURT ANGLE DESPITE THE OBVIOUS ISSUE OF THERE BEING NO REFEREE?!?! Ultimately Goldberg releases the cradle pretty much as soon as it started, but he is straight back to his feet and takes a deep breath before drilling ANGLE WITH THE SPEAR AS SOON AS HE STOOD UP! SPEAR TO ANGLE!!!

Massive heat engulfs the arena as the referee finally climbs up on the apron! Goldberg notices this and immediately heads (limps) towards him and pulls him back into the ring before pointing to the floored World Heavyweight Champion and diving on top of him for the cover! The referee makes his way across the ring as quickly as he can, but in reality, he’s slow as fuck, before falling to the canvas and making the sloooooow count.


ONE!

TWO!

THR… NO! NO! NO! ANGLE KICKS OUT!

“YOU’VE GOTTA BE FUCKING KIDDING ME”

Goldberg yells at the very groggy looking referee before he grabs a hold of Angle by the arm and pulls him straight up to his feet and immediately applies a front face lock, looking for The Jackhammer.

“YOU’RE DONE, ANGLE! IT’S OVER!”

The fans dump monumental heat upon The Berg as he attempts to hoist Kurt Angle up in the air for the devastating finisher… wait! NO! ANGLE MANAGES TO COUNTER! HE SHIFTS HIS WEIGHT AS GOLDBERG LIFTED HIM UP AND ENDS UP BEHIND STANDING BEHIND HIM! ANGLE SLAM! THE ARENA EXPLODES AS THE BLOODIED AND BROKEN KURT ANGLE HITS GOLDBERG WITH A SECOND ANGLE MOTHERFUCKING SLAM IN THE DEAD CENTRE OF THE SQUARED CIRCLE!

Since the straps are already down, Angle just throws the arms out wide and lets out a massive roar before slapping on THE ANKLE LOCK! THE FANS GROW LOUDER AS GOLDBERG SHREAKS IN PAIN! GRAPEVINE! KURT DOESN’T FUCK AROUND THIS TIME! HE ADDS THE GRAPEVINE STRAIGHT AWAY!! GOLDBERG FIGHTS HARD AS ANGLE AND THE FANS SCREAM FOR HIM TO TAP! BUT THE BEAST REFUSES TO GIVE UP JUST YET, DESPITE HIS OBVIOUS AGONY! THE MAN REACHES FOR THE ROPES WILDLY, BUT IT'S TO NO AVAIL, HE'S DEAD CENTRE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING! THE BERG DOES HIS BEST TO CONTINUE TO PUT UP A FIGHT BUT EVENTUALLY THE PAIN BECOMES TOO MUCH AND HE IS LEFT WITH NO CHOICE BUT TO TAP!!! GOLDBERG TAPS!!!!!

IT’S OVER! KURT ANGLE RETAINS THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP!!!


Match Result | Kurt Angle def. Goldberg via Submission to RETAIN The World Heavyweight Championship @ 29:43

“… MEDAL” Kurt Angle immediately releases the hold and sprawls out on the mat, covered in blood and clearly exhausted, whilst his music hits and the referee collects the Championship belt from ringside

Joey Styles: Unbelievable. I’m not sure I can explain what we just saw and do it justice.

Tazz: We knew it was gonna be brutal, Joe, but I don’t think anyone in their wildest dreams expected it to be anything like that, man!

The referee hands Kurt his championship gold whilst he slowly gets back to his feet, allowing him to stand over his fallen opponent, Bill Goldberg, who remains down inside the ring, clutching his ankle in obvious pain, holding the World Heavyweight Championship in the air

Tazz: Goldberg’s gonna be feelin’ this one for a while, Joe.

Joey Styles: He is, but what an effort from both superstars.

That said, Kurt then makes his exit from the ring, heading up the aisle with his Championship belt victoriously draped over his shoulder and dry blood smeared all over his face.

Joey Styles: If anyone ever could possibly doubt the credentials of Kurt Angle, they are surely banished after this performance Tazz. He was manhandled by Goldberg in many ways, left a bloody mess, and still managed to hold on to the gold! Congratulations, Kurt Angle!

Tazz: It was an awesome performance, Joe, but somethin’ tells me that big bad Bill isn’t done quite yet. Look at the levels Angle had to go to, just to put him away, man!

We catch another glimpse of Goldberg in the ring as he starts to get back to his feet, pushing a couple of referees away from him, refusing their attention, preferring to get to his feet on his own merits. On the stage, Kurt Angle holds the belt high in the air, to a massive roar from the fans before he makes his exit behind the curtain

...

We're taken backstage where Triple H is taping up in his locker room ahead of tonight's Rumble match. The Game looks beyond focused as he continues to tape up

Jim Ross: Well there's a man who's gotta be considered one of the favourites for tonight's Rumble match, and he looks more than ready for it.

Jerry Lawler: Of course he is JR, he's The Game! He's won it before, he knows what he has to do.

Jim Ross: Folks I'm being told Todd Grisham is standing by backstage, so let's take you there now

...

We do just that, going back to Todd and his goofy grin in full view

Todd Grisham: ...Stone Cold Steve Austin

HUGE pop as Austin steps into view

Todd Grisham: We aren't far away from the Royal Rumble match tonight, any final thoughts?

Austin: WHAT?

WHAT

Todd Grisham: Any fi-

Austin: WHAT?

WHAT

Austin: You want my thoughts? WHAT?

WHAT

Austin: My thoughts is this. Stone Cold's got a number in the Rumble (WHAT). Stone Cold's gonna enter said Rumble (WHAT). He's already had a six pack of beers (WHAT). He's had some buffalo wings (WHAT) some french fries (WHAT) and a big Texas glazed steak burger!

WHAT followed by a loud cheer for the state name drop

Austin: And Stone Cold is gonna roll into that Rumble match one pissed off son of a bitch, and he's gonna drop each and every other sorry bastard that gets in his way with a Stunner (WHAT). I said a Stunner (WHAT). The Stone Cold Stunner! (WHAT).

Austin pulls the mic closer to him

Austin: It doesn't matter who you are. You could be Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Edge, Shawn Michaels, JBL, Monty Brown, The Big Show, Kane, Christian or even... {looks into camera} Triple H!

Big pop for the mention of Trips

Austin: Coz I brought a big ol' can of whoop ass tonight to Houston, and I'm crackin' that sum'bitch open as soon as that glass shatters!

Crowd is hot

Austin: Then once I'm done throwing all those sorry sum'bitches over the top rope (WHAT) then Stone Cold is goin' to WrestleMania to challenge the champion... AND THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE, COZ STONE COLD SA-

Austin stops as BILL GOLDBERG limps across the screen and brushes shoulders with The Rattlesnake, who takes offence to it and his cold, evil eyes widen as he quickly steps in front of Goldberg. The Berg looks at Stone Cold with pure disdain

Goldberg: {through gritted teeth} Get out of my way!

Austin: WHAT?

WHAT

Goldberg: I'm not in the mood for your crap Austin, NOW MOVE!

The Berg snarls and barks at Stone Cold

Austin: Oh you're not in the mood for my crap? Big bad Bill Goldberg is upset? WHAT?

WHAT

Austin: Well hell, do ya think Stone Cold's in a good mood either now? Ya come by, bump into me when I'm doin' an interview over there, and just go to walk – WHAT – limp away like it was nothin'

Goldberg goes to hobble past but Austin again moves in his way, which enrages Goldberg who's clearly regretting this confrontation

Goldberg: If you want to make it to the Rumble, I SUGGEST YOU GET OUT OF MY FACE!

Stone Cold Steve Austin doesn't budge an inch, showing no fear of The Berg, but after a moment he lets out a slight smirk

Austin: You're lucky I got the Royal Rumble coming up, otherwise that fat can of whoop ass I brought tonight? I'd open it up right here. But Stone Cold's gotta do something you didn't early, and that's win a match... WHAT?

The crowd explodes for that as Stone Cold has a shit eating grin across his face and he walks off, leaving Goldberg seething

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"HERE COMES THE PAIN"

Brock Lesnar makes his way out to huge heat from the fans, bobbing back and forth on the stage before snapping out of it and marching towards the ring. Lesnar leaps onto the apron, setting off his pyro from the turnbuckles and then gets into the ring, continuing to warm up

"IF YA SMELLLL"

"IS COOKIN'"


ELECTRIC OVATION

The Rock is greeted by an awesome reaction as he heads to the ring, WWE Title in hand. The Rock walks along the ring apron, climbs the turnbuckle and raises the WWE Championship high, soaking up the massive reaction from the fans. The Rock then stares down at Lesnar, who returns the glare back up at The Rock. Rocky hops into the ring and hands his title to Mike Chioda, as we get ready for battle

Match 4 | WWE Championship Match
The Rock © vs Brock Lesnar


The bell is rung and the crowd applauds, amped up for this massive clash. Rocky and Lesnar circle the ring for a moment, before locking up in the middle of the ring, both men looking for leverage in the tie up when Lesnar shoves Rock down to the mat! Brock Lesnar grins and flexes, showing his strength advantage over The Rock here. Rock gets back to his feet and the two men circle around once more, and then meet with another collar and elbow tie up in the middle of the ring. The Rock puts all he has into it this time, and actually manages to wrestle Brock backwards but Lesnar again proves too powerful, sending Rock flying across the ring and down to the mat again! This time Brock breaks out into laughter, knowing he's got Rock's number as jeers flow in from the fans. The Rock takes a moment this time, acknowledging that he's not going to win this way, nodding at Lesnar.

Rock gets back to his feet and Brock cockily dares him to come for more, to which The Rock stops and extends his hand and tells Lesnar "Just Bring It" to a huge pop, which wipes the grin from Lesnar's face as he comes at The Rock looking to lock up again, but The Rock takes Brock down with a Deep Arm Drag! The crowd pops as both men get to their feet quickly and once again The Rock takes Brock down with another Arm Drag and this time applies an Arm Bar, driving his knee into the back of Lesnar. Brock gets back to his feet and swings a shot at The Rock who ducks under it, then spins Brock around and unloads with a series of right hands, rocking Lesnar to the ropes and then spits on his hand before hitting a big time right, sending Lesnar tumbling over the top rope to the floor! The crowd erupts as The Rock uses his speed advantage over Brock who is noticeably annoyed on the outside, glaring at The Rock as a booming "Rocky" chant breaks out.
Brock hops onto the apron, still glaring at The Rock, and steps back into the ring. Lesnar charges at Rock again and places a boot to the gut of Rocky, then whips him to the ropes, but Rock ducks under the clothesline attempt, rebounds off the opposite side and comes back with a Flying Clothesline, taking Lesnar down!

The crowd pops as Brock gets back to his feet and again charges towards The Rock who meets him with a Belly to Belly Overhead Throw! Lesnar attempts to get to his feet again but The Rock stomps at his midsection, stopping Brock on all fours, as The Rock then grabs the left arm of Brock and steps over, spins around and takes Brock into the Mahistrol Cradle! 1...2..kickout! The crowd applaud The Rock's start to the match as Brock Lesnar exits the ring and kicks the ring steps in anger, furious that Rocky is out wrestling him here. Another "Rocky" chant breaks out as The Rock continues to look focused, watching Brock closely.
Lesnar continues to stall on the outside and The Rock has had enough, sliding out to go after The Next Big Thing, but it's all a ploy by Brock as he meets Rock with a knee and then hoists him up in a Bearhug position and RAMS THE ROCK BACK FIRST INTO THE STEEL RING POST!
The pain shoots into The Rock's eyes as they pop wide open, but Lesnar like a shark smells blood and repeats the action, ANOTHER RAM OF ROCKY'S BACK INTO THE POST!
By this time Mike Chioda is berating Brock on the outside, telling him to get back into the ring which Lesnar grins at and rolls The Rock back in and follows up with a lax cover on The Brahma Bull 1...2..kickout.

Brock brings The Rock back to a vertical base but The People's Champ comes with a right hand, rocking Lesnar back to a pop from the crowd, and then another, but Lesnar quickly haults the momentum with a knee to the gut, and then Brock drives Rocky back into the turnbuckle with a shoulder, and then begins to plow away with shoulder thrusts into The Rock's midsection, also damaging the back which continually gets battered against the buckle. Once again Chioda starts his count, as Lesnar glares at the referee. Brock pulls The Rock out of the corner and shoots him to the ropes but The Rock explodes back with a Flying Clothesline! The crowd cheers as Lesnar gets back to his feet and The Rock meets him with a right hand, then another, and another, and another as the crowd goes wild, The Rock has Brock reeling here and then rebounds off the ropes – RIGHT INTO LESNAR'S GRASP – OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX! Just like that, Brock Lesnar stops Rock in his tracks with an impressive Belly to Belly. Brock hooks the leg for a cover

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With Rocky down close to the ropes, Lesnar grabs onto them and then begins stomping away at the back of the WWE Champion repeatedly to heat from the fans as once more Mike Chioda attempts to break Brock's borderline tactics up, but this time Lesnar gets right up in Chioda's face, backing the ref off. Brock doesnt get much further as Chioda stands his ground, reminding Brock to get back to the match and perform within the rules.
Lesnar walks back over to the struggling Brahma Bull and helps him to his feet, then kicks Rocky in the gut and loads him up for the F5...BUT ROCK HAS A HOLD ON THE ROPES! Brock tries to drag Rock away but his grip is tight, so eventually Lesnar SENDS ROCK OVER THE TOP ROPE WITH AN FU LIKE MOVE! The crowd groans as The Rock is dropped back first onto the mats on the floor below and he writhes in pain. Brock flashes a glare down at his opponent for not being able to hit the F5, and then hops out of the ring to continue his assault on The Rock. A few fans at ringside provide a temporary distraction, chanting "Lesnar Sucks" which gets a smirk from The Next Big Thing, laughing it off as he nails The Rock with a right hand as he tries to get back to his feet. Lesnar then backs off momentarily and then tackles Rock back first into the ring apron! The Rock lets out a loud yell in pain, as Lesnar briefly backs off, before ramming Rocky once again into the ring apron.

Brock Lesnar then steps away, being admonished by Mike Chioda and booed by fans at ringside, knowing he's in control here. Brock grabs The Rock and then taunts the fans at ringside, telling them "watch this" as he goes to whip The Rock into the ring post – BUT THE ROCK COUNTERS AND LESNAR SMACKS FACE FIRST INTO THE STEEL POST! The crowd erupts for that as the loud smack echoes around the arena and Brock drops to a knee, clutching at his forehead. The Rock is trying to get back up, struggling though after absorbing some punishment to his back and ribs, but he does with a clear wince visible as Brock Lesnar also does, with his forehead split wide open and blood treakling out, he's furious as he wipes it away and turns to The Rock and charges in BUT ROCK CATCHES HIM WITH A SAMOAN DROP AND IT'S LESNAR WHO LANDS ON THE FLOOR THIS TIME! Brock clutches his lower back now after that as The Rock gets back to his feet gingerly and starts stomping away at Lesnar. Mike Chioda is now telling The Rock to get the match back into the ring but Rock comically threatens to back hand Chioda who backs off, as the WWE Champion brings Brock Lesnar up and slams him face first into the ring apron, and then rolls Lesnar into the ring. The Rock follows in and makes a cover 1...2.kickout by Brock.

The Rock helps Brock Lesnar back to his feet and socks him with a right hand, then grabs Brock and goes to shoot him to the ropes, but it's reversed by Lesnar who sends The Rock into them and he rebounds into a massive clothesline from The Next Big Thing, nearly taking The Rock's head off! Lesnar makes a cover 1...2...kickout.
Brock shakes the cobwebs loose for a moment and then regains his footing, looking down at a dazed Rock who tries to get back up, however Brock drops a knee into the lower back of Rocky, with the pain clear to hear and see as Rock yells out and clutches at his back. Lesnar then gets The Rock up and scoops him up, and then drops The Rock's ribs and back across his knee with a Rib Breaker! Brock doesnt let go and powers Rocky back up, and repeats the doseage with a second Rib Breaker, this time with The Brahma Bull dropping to the mat. Brock then wraps his hands around the midsection and back of The Rock, applying a Waistlock on the grounded WWE Champion.
The move constricts Rocky but despite the sharp pain he's feeling, he refuses to quit, a loud "NO" answering Mike Chioda's question if he wants to give it up. The crowd start to get behind The Rock and make some noise, which spurs him on as he starts to battle back to a vertical base. Rocky catches Brock in the face with an elbow, causing Brock to lose his grip on The People's Champion. The Rock shoots off the ropes and comes back at Lesnar RIGHT INTO ANOTHER OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX! A few smarks pop that as Lesnar again haults Rock in his tracks with a suplex. Brock is quick to cover

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Shoulder up!

Brock sends an annoyed stare at Chioda for what he perceives to be a sluggish count, but the official holds up two fingers to the challenger. The crowd breaks out into a "Lesnar Sucks" chant which amuses Brock as he flips them off to massive heat and then turns his attentions back to The Rock, who is pulling himself back up with the ropes. Brock clubs The Rock across the back, then plants a kick to the gut of The Rock. Brock grabs Rocky and sends him hard into the turnbuckle back first! Brock then bobs back and forth for a moment, before charging in with a Shoulder Block – BUT THE ROCK MOVES AND LESNAR'S SHOULDER SMACKS THE RING POST! The American Airlines Center pops as the loud smack is heard all around the arena and Brock staggers out holding his shoulder AND THE ROCK ROLLS HIM UP WITH A SCHOOL BOY

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Both men get to their feet a little gingerly and Brock goes for a right hand but it's blocked by The Rock who rocks Lesnar with a right of his own, then another, another, another as the crowd goes wild with Rocky laying the smacketh down! The Rock then goes to whip Brock to the ropes but once again it's countered and Rock is met by Brock Lesnar with a Bearhug!
Groans emerge from the fans as Brock locks on the submission hold, once more stopping Rock's brief momentum. The hold is wearing The Rock down as he tries to battle, but he appears to be losing the will to continue. Brock keeps it locked on tight as The Rock looks to pass out and Chioda checks the hand, and it falls once. Chioda raises Rock's hand and it falls for a second time. Finally, Chioda raises Rock's hand for the third time and just as it looks to fall THE ROCK KEEPS IT UP! The crowd erupts as The Brahma Bull shows some signs of life, and with the crowd well behind him including a booming "Rocky" chant, he starts to hammer away at Brock Lesnar. Multiple strikes to the head of Lesnar finally gets The Next Big Thing to let go of the hold. The Rock now free backs into the ropes and springs off INTO A BOOT FROM BROCK WHO HOISTS ROCKY UP ONTO HIS SHOULDERS – F5 – NO! ROCK LANDS ON HIS FEET AND PLANTS LESNAR WITH THE PEOPLE'S DDT! The fans show their appreciation for that as both men are down now. Mike Chioda checks on both men and begins his ten count. Brock Lesnar shows first signs of life at the count of 4, and Rock stirs soon after at 5. Lesnar beats Rocky to a vertical base and lands a right hand, dropping The Rock to a knee. Lesnar hits The Rock with another right, but this time Rock comes back with a right of his own! Brock replies with another, as does The Rock, and then Rock beats Brock to the punch next, and then scores with another but Lesnar raises his knee to the midsection of the WWE Champion and cuts off the offense.

Brock then pulls Rock into a Powerbomb position, but The Rock blocks it AND THEN TRIPS BROCK DOWN AND SLAPS ON THE SHARPSHOOTER! The crowd explodes as The Rock applies his favoured submission hold on Brock Lesnar smack in the center of the ring! Lesnar's eyes shoot wide open in pain with the hold on, and he shakes his head as Chioda asks if he wants to give it up. Brock tries to reach for the ropes but he's nowhere near them, and he starts to push himself off the mat with his hands, and then crawl for the ropes. The Rock leans back, trying to apply further pressure as The Next Big Thing painfully tries to grab the ropes BUT THE ROCK PULLS HIM BACK AWAY FROM THEM! The American Airlines Center is buzzing as The Rock still has the Sharpshooter applied, but Brock with one last muster of strength pushes towards the ropes once more and even with The Rock's pressure on him, he drags himself close enough AND GRABS THE ROPES! The crowd is disappointed in that as Rocky keeps the hold on for another moment before being broken off by Mike Chioda. The Rock falls off, shaking his head in frustration, breathing heavily from the punishment he's copped in this match. Rock gets back to his feet and takes a moment to catch his breath and get some feeling into his lower back, before turning to Lesnar and he begins stalking the challenger, readying him for Rock Bottom! Brock Lesnar starts to stir and needs the help of the ring ropes to pull himself up, gingerly favouring his legs after the Sharpshooter and he turns around INTO THE ROCK BOTTOM – NO – Rock's back tweaks for a moment and that's all Lesnar needs to save himself, elbowing The Rock in the face to cause separation. The Rock stumbles away and then comes back at Lesnar BUTHE'S HOISTED UP BY BROCK AND DRILLED TO THE MAT WITH THE F5! Brock Lesnar hits the F5 on The Rock! But he's unable to capitalize after the Sharpshooter earlier, has taken it out of him. Brock manages to bring himself around and he makes a lateral press on The Rock

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The crowd goes wild as The People's Champion survives by the skin of his teeth there, just managing to get his shoulder off the mat before the 3 count. Brock winces in pain and is upset he didnt put The Rock away as he rolls off of the WWE Champ. Lesnar struggles up to his feet and glares down at The Rock with disgust. Brock then drops down to his knees and rolls out of the ring, walking over to the time keeper's table. Brock yells at Lilian Garcia to move and then grabs The Rock's WWE Championship belt much to the chargin of JR on commentary who bemoans Lesnar resorting to these kind of tactics as Brock shoots an evil look at Ross and warns him to mind his own business. Brock Lesnar slides back into the ring, WWE Title in hand and looks to measure up Rocky here, but Mike Chioda grabs the belt, stopping Lesnar from using it! The crowd cheers as an irate Lesnar tries to yank it back off of the ref but he's reminded if he does, he'll be DQ'd. Brock lets that sink in and thinks better of it, allowing Chioda to take the belt off him AS THE ROCK KIPS UP BEHIND OUR VIEW! The crowd explodes as Brock turns around INTO THE ROCK BOTTOM! The arena erupts as The Rock hits his finisher but much like Brock earlier, he can't make it to a cover straight away, having used alot of energy with the kip and said Rock Bottom. A few seconds pass and The Rock is able to drape his arm across Lesnar as Mike Chioda counts the fall

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A loud groan of disappointment engulfs the arena as Brock keeps himself alive, just and this time it's The Rock who can't believe he didnt get the decisive fall. Another "Rocky" chant breaks out as The Rock gets to his feet, again having a feel of his lower back which is still giving him some grief. The Rock waits for a groggy Lesnar to regain his footing and he drills him with a right hand, causing Brock to wobble, and The Rock then grabs Brock Lesnar by the arm and looks to shoot him to the ropes, BUT LESNAR REVERSES AND PULLS ROCK IN, LOADING HIM UP FOR ANOTHER F5 – BUT THE ROCK SLIPS OUT THE BACK – AND BROCK TURNS AROUND INTO THE SPINEBUSTER! The crowd comes alive for the spine on the pine as The Rock stands over a downed Lesnar and removes his elbow pad, tossing it into the crowd and then he rebounds off the ropes, hopping over Brock on the return and then springing off the opposite side to drop the PEOPLE'S ELBOW – BUT ROCK STOPS! The crowd aren't sure why neither are Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler on commentary but The Rock's eyes are wide open in rage looking at the stage as none other than

JOHN CENA IS STANDING OUT THERE!

A mega split reaction erupts turning into massive heat for Cena, who we haven't seen since he was suspended by Mick Foley over two months ago! John Cena just stands there, grinning at The Rock, who's eyes look ready to pop out of his head. The Rock dares Cena to come and get some, but Cena laughs at The Rock and gives him the YOU CAN'T SEE ME taunt in return! The Rock has taken his eyes off the prize so to speak however, as Brock Lesnar is poised and he spins Rocky around as The Rock is distracted by Cena and LOADS HIM UP – AND DRILLS THE ROCK TO THE MAT WITH AN F5! Dallas is deflated by that as Lesnar hooks both legs back and the count is made

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BROCK LESNAR HAS BEATEN THE ROCK!


Winner @ 16:34 – Brock Lesnar
NEW WWE Champion


The crowd is depressed by that as Lesnar's music hits and The Next Big Thing has his arm raised in the air by Mike Chioda. Lesnar yanks the WWE Championship off of the referee and walks away a happy man as John Cena exits to the back

Jim Ross: JOHN CENA JUST COST THE ROCK THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP! What in God's name for?

Jerry Lawler: I can't believe it JR, Brock Lesnar did it!

Jim Ross: Yeah with a huge assist from a man we haven't seen for over two months! What the hell was that all about? We know Rock and Cena have had their problems but I can't believe what we've just seen folks.

Jerry Lawler: Get over it Ross, celebrate the new reign of Brock Lesnar!

Jim Ross: Get over it? The man's supposed to be suspended, he shouldn't be here, he has no business being out here dammit!

The Rock comes to, still shocked at what happened, but The Great One begins to fume when he realises he's lost the WWE Championship because of it. The Rock storms to the back looking pissed off

...

Backstage now and we see an open door to a superstars locker room and then moments later RANDY ORTON exits from the room, grinning evily, looking into the palm of his hand and we catch a glimpse of a Royal Rumble entry ball! Orton walks off and the cameraman heads into the room and we see JEFF HARDY layed out on the floor, a bloodied mess with his room trashed from what we can presume was a scuffle with none other than Randy Orton

...

We return live to ringside, with Howard Finkel standing in the ring

Howard Finkel: Ladies and gentlemen, it is now time for the Royal Rumble Match!

The crowd erupts

Howard Finkel: Here are the rules. The two superstars who drew numbers one and two will start out, and every two minutes there after, another superstar will enter based on the number they drew. Elimination occurs when someone is thrown over the top rope and both feet touch the ground. The last man left standing after all thirty participants have entered will be crowned the winner and go on to face the Champion of his choosing at WrestleMania!

Jim Ross: It's time folks!

Tazz: Here we go baby, I can't wait!







"JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES"

HUGE MIXED REACTION

Christian comes out, Tyson Tomko by his side, still pissed off, and now we know why as he drew the dreaded number one. Tomko is giving Christian words of encouragement on the way down as usual


JR: Well no wonder Christian wasn't happy with the number he got.

Tazz: I gotta admit I'm a member of the "Peepulation" JR, but this is an awful draw for Christian.

JR: Well maybe next time he'll just wait his turn instead of pushing to the front of the line, he's brought it all on himself here.

Christian takes off his jacket, scowl still on his face as his music dies off, no recognition of his peeps in the audience tonight

*GLASS SHATTERS*

"I WON'T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME"


THUNDEROUS OVATION – LOUDEST OF THE NIGHT

JR: OH MY GOD!

Tazz: Of all the people who could've drawn number two!

Stone Cold Steve Austin gets the other half of the short straw and begins his BMF walk towards the ring. Christian looks ready to break down and cry inside the squared circle

JR: Well I don't like the Creepy Little Bastard's chances at all now, coz Stone Cold is here to raise hell and whoop some ass.

Tazz: Oh I can believe that Ross.

Stone Cold gets into the ring and Christian puts his hands up, attempting a peace offer, but Austin throws his jacket towards Christian and then unloads on him and we're underway!

Match 5 | 30 Man Royal Rumble Match
Entrant Number 1: Christian, Entrant Number 2: Stone Cold Steve Austin


The crowd explodes as Austin rocks Christian with right hands, backing him to the ropes. Stone Cold grabs Christian and shoots him to the ropes, and attempts to catch Christian on the rebound with a clothesline, but Christian ducks under it and springs off the opposite ropes, coming back into the Lou Thesz Press from Stone Cold! Austin hammers away with more right hands on a downed Christian, then gets up and rebounds off the ropes, dropping the Fuck You Elbow to Captain Charisma.
Stone Cold gets up as Tyson Tomko slides into the ring and goes for the BIG BOOT...Austin ducks it just in time...AND TOMKO COPS A STUNNER! The crowd erupts for that as Stone Cold avoids a sneak attack by Christian's "Problem Solver" and he then proceeds to throw Tomko out of the ring before going back to Christian, who is crawling towards the corner, trying to catch his breath, but Stone Cold is relentless and begins to stomp a mudhole in Christian and walk it dry as the crowd chants along with every stomp "WHAT?"

Austin checks his wrist watch as the crowd starts an "Austin" chant. Stone Cold brings Christian to his feet and looks to eliminate him from the match, but Christian desparately rakes the eyes to get some separation. Stone Cold staggers away and Christian comes at Austin, finally registering some offense with right hands of his own. Christian goes for the UNPRETTIER...but Austin shoves Christian away to the ropes, and Christian returns into the Outlaw Spinebuster! Stone Cold drags Christian to the ropes and begins to try and eliminate Captain Charisma, who grabs tightly onto the ropes to survive and battle Austin wrestling him over as the timer counts down

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*BUZZER*

ENTRANT #3 – WILLIAM REGAL

"BORN NAUGHTY"


Solid heat greets William Regal, as the South pole from Blackpool, England jogs to the ring

JR: Well here comes SmackDown's first entrant of the night Tazz.

Tazz: I like Regal JR, he's always up for a fight and he's definitely gonna get that here.


Regal slides into the ring and comes up on Austin, who is trying to get Christian out over the top rope, and grabs Stone Cold in a waistlock, but AUSTIN RAISES A KICK TO THE GROIN OF REGAL! The crowd pops as Stone Cold turns and begins to unload with right hands on William Regal now, rocking the Englishman back into the corner. Austin then starts stomping away at Regal, much to the crowd's delight, but this time the extra man is around in Christian who breaks it up, clubbing Austin over the back. Christian continues to club Steve Austin over the back, then he motions to William Regal to come give him a hand, and the two men shoot Austin to the ropes and connect with a double Reverse Elbow to The Texas Rattlesnake. Christian and Regal look to team up now and dump Austin out, but Stone Cold grabs onto the ropes, proving to be as difficult as possible as he kicks free from Regal, booting him in the face, Austin then hits a right hand to Christian, then another, and he's free from the duo.

Austin comes back with what brought him to the dance, right hand to Regal, then Christian, then Regal, then Christian. William Regal swings a left hand, but Austin ducks it, and Regal socks Christian, taking Captain Charisma off his feet with the shot! Regal doesn't show too much regard but he's lit up with a knife edge chop from Stone Cold, then another. Stone Cold then loads Regal up and plants him with a Scoop Slam. Austin mounts the turnbuckle and leaps off the middle rope, dropping a Fuck You Elbow from the second rope! Stone Cold gets up and cops a Dropkick right on the jaw from Christian. Captain Charisma takes a moment and mocks Stone Cold Steve Austin to a bunch of jeers, dropping to his knees and talking trash. Christian mounts Austin now and pummels on Austin with right hands

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*BUZZER*


ENTRANT #4 – JOEY MERCURY

"PAPARAZZI"


Joey Mercury, one half of the World Tag Team Champions, makes his way out escorted by Melina. Melina gives him a good luck kiss on the cheek as Mercury hands her his coat and then sprints down to join the action

JR: Here comes one half of the World Tag Team Champions, Joey Mercury, and who knows, maybe it'll be break out night for MNM?

Tazz: They're two very good young guys with a great future JR, really impressed with both of MNM.


Mercury slides into the ring and sees William Regal down in the corner and begins stomping away at him, then Mercury drops to his knees and applies a choke hold to Regal.
Meanwhile Christian brings Austin up and places him in the corner, exposes his chest and nails a harsh slap across the chest of Stone Cold! Christian quickly re-positions Austin and hits another open handed slap to the chest of Austin. Christian steps back and starts paint brushing Austin, saying "come on Austin" which isn't a good idea as Stone Cold explodes out of the corner, tackling Christian to the ground to the joy of the crowd as the two men begin swinging wild blows at each other. Joey Mercury sees this going on and walks over, and stomps on Austin! Heat as Joey Mercury looks to make a statement and he begins to beating on Steve Austin. Christian rolls away, looking to get a rest after the punishment he copped in the opening few minutes, leaving Mercury to do the damage. Mercury brings Austin up and hits a Neckbreaker to The Rattlesnake.

William Regal comes over having recovered and grabs Mercury from behind, planting him with a Dragon Suplex! Regal looks mighty pissed with Mercury and drags the half World Tag Champ up and holds him bent over as he lifts a raised knee to the face of Joey. Regal then hits a raised knee with his right knee, then another with his left. Regal drops Mercury with a left hand, but is then grabbed from behind by Christian and sent over the top rope, but Regal holds on and survives!
Christian doesn't see this as he goes over to Joey Mercury and puts the boots to him, Regal gets back in the ring, looking filthy with Captain Charisma, and spins him around, rocking him with a European Uppercut, and then another. Christian fights back with a right hand, but Regal returns with a third European Uppercut, and then hooks Christian up and plants him with a Double Underhook Butterfly Suplex! Regal then goes over to working on Joey Mercury in the corner

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*BUZZER*


ENTRANT #5 – MR. KENNEDY

"KENNEDYYYYYYYYYY"

"TURN UP THE TREBLE"


After a brief initial pop, Mr. Kennedy heads to the ring to decent heat from the fans

Tazz: Kennedy! Alright JR, now this is a guy you wish you had over on RAW right?

JR: This young man certainately has the talent, but I'm not quite sold on his attitude over on the blue brand.


Mr. Kennedy slides into the ring and sees Stone Cold Steve Austin getting back to his feet, so he goes over to Austin and puts a kick to the midsection. Kennedy then moves along to William Regal and hits a right hand on Regal, knocking him down, and then one to Joey Mercury. Kennedy then reaches Christian and gives him a stomp for good measure, before going back to Stone Cold who is propped up against the ropes. Kennedy smirks, smelling blood, BUT AUSTIN WAS PLAYING POSSUM AND ROCKS HIM WITH A RIGHT HAND! The crowd erupts as Austin backs Kennedy up to the center of the ring, and then boots Kennedy in the gut, going for the STUNNER...but Kennedy shoves Austin away and escapes the finisher! Austin rebounds off the ropes and Kennedy catches him with a clothesline in return! Mr. Kennedy gets Stone Cold up and attempts to eliminate him, loading him up and over the rope halfway but Austin hangs on. Kennedy yells at William Regal to help him, and Regal comes over, but remebering Kennedy hitting him earlier, he nails a left hook to Kennedy to a cheer from some fans!

Regal and Kennedy break out into a brawl, trading blows, and just when Regal looks to get the advantage as he raises a knee to the gut of Kennedy, he then goes for the Regal Cutter, but Kennedy spins out of it...MIC CHECK TO REGAL! Mr. Kennedy springs to his feet and yells out "KENNEDY!" to a mixed reaction. Christian meanwhile is paired off with Joey Mercuy in the corner, trying to get Mercury out, but Mercury has a good grip on the ropes and hits an elbow to the face of Christian, freeing himself from the grasp of Captain Charisma. Mercury then climbs up top, looking for a high risk move, but Christian quickly hits the ropes, causing Joey to lose his balance and he drops groin first over the turnbuckle! Christian goes back to trying to eliminate Mercury, as Kennedy comes over and tries to take advantage, sneaking up on Christian and DUMPING HIM OUT...NO! CHRISTIAN LANDS ON THE APRON TO SURVIVE! Kennedy thinks he's eliminated Christian and turns his back to celebrate, as Christian gets back into the ring and drops him with a Falling Reverse DDT! Stone Cold is back in the mix now, hitting Christian with a right hand and taking him to the corner

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*BUZZER*


ENTRANT #6 – CHRIS HARRIS

"GUILTY"


Chris Harris jogs to the ring, looking ready and raring to go in his first ever Royal Rumble match

JR: One half of America's Most Wanted, one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Chris Harris is here and I gotta say Tazz, this man and his partner James Storm are two guys I wish we had on RAW.

Tazz: Well too bad JR, they're ours. SmackDown representin' hard now baby!


Harris goes right for Joey Mercury, former rivals on the blue brand and drills him with a right hand, and then loads Mercury up and hits a Back Suplex. Harris then goes over to the corner where Austin and Christian are struggling and looks to help Austin out, as the two faces try and eliminate Christian who goes over the ropes, but holds on tight, and manages to get back under the bottom rope. Harris turns on Austin now and socks him with a right hand, which Austin returns in kind. Harris, then Austin, Harris, Austin as the two trade blows, then Austin seems to get the better, he shoots Chris Harris to the ropes but the Wildcat returns with a Flying Forearm Smash, taking Austin down.
Mr. Kennedy gets back to his feet and boots Harris in the gut, and looks to hit another MIC CHECK...but Harris blocks it and looks to eliminate Kennedy, but Kennedy puts the breaks on and barely goes over the rope at all, and falls back into the ring.

William Regal meanwhile regains his footing and rocks Harris with a European Uppercut, and then hits a left hand. Regal goes for a Suplex, but Harris blocks it and hits a Suplex on William Regal!
Stone Cold gets back to his feet and rocks Chris Harris with a right hand, backing The Wildcat into the corner and unleashing some shoulder thrusts into the ribs of Harris.
Christian is teeing off on Kennedy meanwhile in the corner, as Joey Mercury joins in and the two double team the brash Mr. Kennedy.
William Regal gets back to his feet and takes the fight to Austin in the corner, unloading with some forearm strikes, and then moving on to Chris Harris, grappling with the AMW member

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ENTRANT #7 – JAMIE NOBLE

"A COUNTRY BOY CAN SURVIVE"


To some light heat, Jamie Noble heads out, mouthing off at a few fans who jeer him, as he walks to the ring, not rushing, sizing up the competition

JR: Jamie Noble won't be in many office pools for winning this one, but stranger things have happened.

Tazz: That's right JR, even Vince McMahon won it one year, Jamie Noble's got the talent that's for sure.


Jamie Noble stands at the foot of the ring as Regal and Harris are paired off, as are Christian and Kennedy. Joey Mercury is sizing up Stone Cold, as The Rattlesnake gets to his feet, Mercury goes for a Superkick...but Austin ducks it and Mercury turns back around INTO A STUNNER! The crowd erupts as Austin brings Mercury up and throws him out for our first elimination!

ELIMINATED @ 12:20 – JOEY MERCURY BY STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN

Austin leans over the ropes and gives the double bird to Mercury as a farewell gift, and Jamie Noble chooses this as the opportune time, sliding into the ring and attacking Stone Cold from behind with a flurry of shots to the back! The crowd boo's Noble as he wails on Stone Cold. A "Noble Sucks" chant breaks out which infuriates Jamie as he turns to them and yells at them to "shut up" but then turns back to Austin and gets the bird AND A STUNNER! Austin then sees Christian charging in and ducks the clothesline attempt, catches him with a boot to the gut AND DROPS CHRISTIAN WITH A STUNNER TOO! The crowd is going wild as Stone Cold then blocks a kick from Chris Harris, spins him around and WHAM! STUNNER TO HARRIS! Austin is on fire as he gets Jamie Noble up and easily throws him over the top rope, eliminating him! Noble lasts all of a minute!

ELIMINATED @ 13:10 – JAMIE NOBLE BY STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN

Stone Cold checks his fake wrist watch and asks the crowd "WHAT?" but they suddenly get to their feet making alot of noise and Austin turns around – INTO A SPEAR –

FROM GOLDBERG!

Ungodly heat follows a thunderous mixed reaction as GOLDBERG has just delivered the Spear to Austin.

JR: WHAT THE HELL IS THAT ALL ABOUT? GOLDBERG JUST SPEARED STONE COLD OUT OF HIS BOOTS!

Tazz: He warned Austin earlier not to piss him off JR, I think this is the conseqeunces of Stone Cold's words!

JR: That no good son of a bitch!


Goldberg hops out of the ring, cackling and laughing like a maniac, pleased with what he's done as Mr. Kennedy looks in shock, which doesn't last long as he's smacked on the jaw by William Regal with a left hand and the two men begin brawling with each other.
Goldberg is backing up the ramp and as Stone Cold comes to, clutching his ribs in the ring, notices it was Goldberg who attacked him, the rage in his eyes is unmistakeable. Steve Austin pulls himself up AND HE'S DUMPED OUT OVER THE TOP ROPE FROM BEHIND BY CHRISTIAN!

ELIMINATED @ 13:53 – STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN BY CHRISTIAN

HUGE heat as Austin, one of the favourites is eliminated by Christian who looks happy with that, smirking and pounding his chest as Tomko applauds from outside

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ENTRANT #8 – MONTY BROWN

"FEAR THE POUNCE"


Strong heat fills the arena as Monty Brown marches to the ring, accompanied by Jonathan Coachman

JR: Folks I'm still in shock at what we've just seen by Goldberg, but here comes one of the favourites for tonight's match, Monty Brown.

Tazz: This guy impresses me JR, he's been on fire since he buried The Undertaker alive, although what's going on over on RAW lately with all these paranormal events?

JR: I think we both know who's likely behind that Tazz...


Monty Brown gets into the ring and almost dares the rest of the superstars to come and get some, the first is William Regal who gets flattened by a clothesline. Mr. Kennedy tries next, hitting a right hand which doesn't seem to have much affect on Monty, he tries again but Brown catches it and then plants Kennedy with the Circle of Life! Monty gets up and is met by the brave Chris Harris who scores with a right hand as a light "TNA" chant breaks out, due to both being former employees of the company. Harris hits another right, and then another, then shoots Monty Brown to the ropes then looks for a clothesline but it's ducked by Brown who springs off the opposite side and come back HITTING THE POUNCE TO CHRIS HARRIS WHO GOES FLYING ACROSS THE RING! The crowd pops for the impressive move as Monty acts like a mad man after hitting the deadly shoulder block, and Christian sneaks up on him and tries to wrestle him over the top rope! Monty grabs onto the ropes, proving to be too strong for Christian as he clubs Christian over the back hard, and Captain Charisma thinks better of it, backing off from Monty Brown to some laughs from the fans, holding his hands up as if to apologise.

Monty glares at Christian, not seeming to buy it, and then turns to William Regal and begins to wear him out in the corner with shoulder thrusts. Christian meanwhile is smartly lying down in the corner, holding on to the bottom rope like The Road Dogg in 2000 did, as Mr. Kennedy shakes the cobwebs loose and grabs Monty Brown from behind, holding him for a free shot which William Regal gladly takes, socking Brown with a left hook. Regal then hits a European Uppercut to Monty, and then he and Kennedy both have a go at trying to eliminate Monty Brown as the timer counts down to our next entrant

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ENTRANT #9 – CARLITO

"I SPIT IN THE FACE"


It's a nice pop for the man from the Caribbean as Carlito jogs to the ring, apple in hand. Carlito takes a big bite from it just before sliding in

JR: Carlito's got the chance tonight to put himself on the map and get a WrestleMania title shot.

Tazz: And that JR, that would be cool!


Carlito gets in and sees Christian in the corner trying to be inconspicuous and goes over to him, dropping to his knees and begins to pummel away at Christian with left hands.
Meanwhile on the other side of the ring Monty Brown fights off the duo of Mr. Kennedy and William Regal who are trying to eliminate him, rocking Kennedy with a right hand who staggers away, but Regal isn't so lucky as the Englishman cops the Alphalution from Monty!
Chris Harris is still reeling from earlier and gets to his feet in a daze, as Monty Brown charges in with a clothesline, sending Harris tumbling out to the floor!

ELIMINATED @ 14:43 – CHRIS HARRIS BY MONTY BROWN

Kennedy dusts his hands together as if to say 'job well done' and then walks over to Carlito, grabbing him by the afro and pulling him off of Christian. Kennedy turns Carlito around BUT GETS SPRAYED IN THE FACE BY THE APPLE CHUNKS FROM CARLITO! The crowd erupts for that as Carlito tattoo's Kennedy with left hands, then goes for the Apple Core, but Kennedy spins out of it and plants 'Lito with a DDT! Mr. Kennedy wipes the chunks from his face and looks furious at that disrespect from Carlito as he begins to stomp away at the midsection of Carlito.
Monty Brown is doing a number on William Regal on the opposite side of the ring, hammering on him in the corner, and then he gets under Regal, trying to power him up and over, but the veteran Regal grabs onto the ropes for dear life, holding on tight. Brown tries to take William Regal's hands off the ropes as he's using them to grip, but this leaves an opening for Regal to raise a knee to the face of Monty, causing The Alpha Male to stumble away and Regal drops to the apron and rolls inside

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ENTRANT #10 – PAUL LONDON

"LONDON CALLING"


Paul London sprints to the ring to a good face pop from the fans, not wasting any time hoping this Rumble will be better than his last appearance when he was rushed out on a stretcher courtesy of Snitsky

JR: It's the Cruiserweight Champion Paul London sprinting to the ring!

Tazz: This kid may not be the biggest dog in the fight but he's got heart, look out!


As Tazz says that, London soars off the top rope, taking Monty Brown down with a Flying Crossbody! London quickly gets to his feet and takes it to Mr. Kennedy next, hitting a series of forearm strikes. Paul London attempts to whip Kennedy to the ropes, but it's reversed only for London to quicken the pace, meeting Kennedy on the return and taking him down with a Headscissors Takedown! London gets up and sees William Regal propped up against the bottom turnbuckle and rushes in, scoring with a Gun Packet to the face of Regal! Paul gets back up but is met by Christian who boots him in the gut and quickly goes for the UNPRETTIER...but London is able to spin through it and he takes Christian down with a Deep Arm Drag. Christian gets to his feet fairly quickly but London meets him with a Spinning Wheel Kick! The Cruiserweight Champion is on fire here as the crowd pop for his high energy display. Carlito hits a left hand to the back of London's head, backing him to the corner however.

Carlito follows in, hitting another left, then lights London up with a chop. 'Lito gets London up onto the top turnbuckle and then climbs up after him, hooking him up looking for a Superplex, but London fires a shot to the gut of Carlito, then another, and grabs Carlito and rams him face first into the top turnbuckle. Carlito falls off back first to the mat, as Paul London gathers himself and then balances on the top rope as the crowd get on their feet, London leaps off with the 450 SPLASH...BUT CARLITO ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY AND PAUL LONDON CRASHES AND BURNS TO THE MAT! The crowd "oh's" at the impact as London splats face first into the canvas, and Carlito gets up and turns INTO A POUNCE FROM MONTY BROWN! Brown explodes out of the corner with a huge Pounce to the Caribbean superstar. Monty then sees Mr. Kennedy get to his feet and he powers through him with a clothesline

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*BUZZER*


ENTRANT #11 - KANE

*BOOM*

"SLOW CHEMICAL"


BIG pop as Kane makes his way out, tightening his glove. Monty Brown stands tall and alone in the ring, eyes wide, ready for this fight. Kane has his left arm bandaged after the lacerations from the glass he went through on Monday as he heads to the ring

JR: Here comes The Big Red Machine, and who can forget 2001 when Kane eliminated eleven men all by himself, he's gotta be a big chance this year.

Tazz: Oh I feel you on that JR, if he was a SmackDown guy, he'd be my pick instantly. The Big Show at number thirty though, can't be beat for me.


Kane steps up onto the apron and over the top rope and Monty Brown runs at him with a right hand, but Kane blocks it and catches Monty with a huge right of his own! Kane rocks Monty Brown back with another right, and then whips Brown to the ropes and connects with a Big Boot, taking Monty down! Kane now measures Monty, readying for a Chokeslam and he grabs Brown with a goozle, but Monty kicks Kane below the belt to free himself from the grip! Brown then rebounds off the ropes and goes for THE POUNCE – BUT KANE SIDE STEPS IT! Monty stumbles into the ropes, self guillotine on himself and then staggers back into another goozle, followed by the CHOKESLAM FROM HELL! Kane drills Monty with the emphatic Chokeslam and then sees William Regal getting to his feet and The Big Red Machine hits a Big Boot to Regal, sending him over the top rope and out to the floor!

ELIMINATED @ 18:50 – WILLIAM REGAL BY KANE

Kane is on a roll here as Paul London struggles to the top rope again looking for some high risk and he leaps off BUT KANE SWATS HIM DOWN WITH A RIGHT HAND LIKE A FLY! London rolls to the corner, absolutely owned as Mr. Kennedy attacks Kane from behind with a shot across the back, which hardly fazes The Big Red Machine! Kennedy hits a shot the masked face of Kane, which again, hardly does anything. Kennedy tries again and once more Kane no sells it, then grabs ahold of Kennedy with both hands, wrapping them around his throat, and he tosses Kennedy into the corner! Kane delivers a reverse elbow, then another, then another, before finishing the combo off with a big throat thrust, taking Mr. Kennedy off his feet.
Kane turns around and Carlito is struggling to his feet, not for long as Kane picks him up and plants him with a Sidewalk Slam! Christian tries to cheap shot Kane from behind, but like Kennedy earlier, it gets no sold as Kane raises a knee to the gut of Christian and delivers a thunderous Powerbomb! Kane is standing tall here now after dominating the competition and he goes back to Monty Brown, applying a choke in the corner using his boot on The Alpha Male.
Meanwhile we see Mr. Kennedy go over and start working on Paul London in the opposite corner

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*BUZZER*


ENTRANT #12 – RANDY ORTON

"BURN IN MY LIGHT"


MASSIVE heat for The Legend Killer as Randy Orton, still looking a bit sore from his earlier match with Chris Jericho, comes out and extends his arms to his side, striking his signature pose

JR: Well he beat Chris Jericho earlier tonight, attacked Jeff Hardy backstage to get an entry into this match and although he's not at 100%, Randy Orton is a big chance to win here.

Tazz: Oh what a match it was between Orton and Jericho earlier JR, this guy has been a little out of control lately but he's got the chance tonight to move back into the World title picture.


Orton gets into the ring and sneaks up on Kane, spinning The Big Red Machine around and DROPS HIM WITH AN RKO! Right off the bat, Randy Orton makes an impact planting Kane. Orton then backs off and looks to work on Monty Brown when KANE SITS UP! Orton looks petrified as Kane gets up and comes for The Legend Killer but CARLITO HITS THE BACKSTABBER ON KANE! Carlito drops Kane from behind. Paul London then climbs to the top rope and soars off SCORING WITH A SHOOTING STAR PRESS ON KANE! Randy Orton almost acts like a traffic director now as he tells the others to team up and eliminate Kane! With that said, Orton, Carlito, Mr. Kennedy, Christian and Paul London all get Kane up and take him to the ropes, with the five superstars trying to get Kane out of the match! Despite the four guys working together, Kane refuses to go even after copping that barrage of finishing moves, as he uses his size to not only hold on, but with a free hand fight the others off one by one, hitting Orton first, then London, then Kennedy, then Carlito and finally Christian.
Kane is back to a vertical base now and Randy Orton is the only one who comes at him for more, hitting Kane with a series of right hands. Orton attempts to shoot Kane to the ropes but it's countered and Randy rebounds into a Tilt-A-Whirl Slam from Kane! Christian goes back to his corner camping strategy he employed earlier as this takes place.

Kane gets back up but is met by Monty Brown, who clubs the left arm of Kane, which causes The Big Red Machine some pain. Monty continues to attack the left arm, hitting a headbutt to it, then performs an arm wrench before yanking down on it, as Kane drops to a knee from the sharp pain.
Meanwhile we see Mr. Kennedy grab Paul London and throw the Cruiserweight Champion over the top rope, but London holds on, saving himself. Kennedy charges at London who lowers himself and hits a shoulder thrust through the ropes to Mr. Kennedy, who backs up, and then Paul leaps onto the top rope and hits a Flying Clothesline from the apron back into the ring, taking Kennedy down! London continues to hammer away at Kennedy with right hands until Carlito kicks him in the face, breaking that up. Carlito then takes Paul London to the ropes and tries to get rid of him

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*BUZZER*


ENTRANT #13 – X-PAC

"MAKE SOME NOISE"


X-Pac comes out, telling the crowd to 'Suck It' with some crotch chops and getting some decent heat despite a few marks cheering for him

JR: It's X-Pac's first Royal Rumble since the year 2000 when he was number thirty. He didn't win it then and while he's got talent, I don't fancy his chances this year either to be honest.

Tazz: I like X-Pac JR, he's showed some hunger lately on RAW, don't count him out just yet!


X-Pac slides into the ring and sees Mr. Kennedy down in the corner, and points to the loudmouth from SmackDown as the crowd pops briefly before boo'ing Pac. Waltman does a little jig and then charges in, hitting the Bronco Buster to Mr. Kennedy to a few mark cheers from the crowd. X-Pac then stops it and backs out, giving Kennedy a crotch chop for good measure then turns around and goes over to Carlito, clubbing him on the back, and trying to eliminate 'Lito from the match, which in turn rescues Paul London from his troubles.
X-Pac doesn't get anywhere with his attempt to get rid of Carlito, so he hits a couple of shin kicks to the ribs of Carlito who is propped up against the ropes, then finishes the combo with a Spinning Kick which catches Carlito on the jaw, taking him over the ropes, but he manages to grab them and hold on, saving himself, which X-Pac doesn't notice as he taunts, thinking he's eliminated Carlito.
Pac then goes over to Paul London and begins to work on the Cruiserweight Champ.

On the other side of the ring, Monty Brown has Kane halfway over the ropes in the corner as The Coach even tries to grab the arm of Kane and help pull him out, but it's quickly spotted by referee Charles Robinson who reminds Coach to behave or he'll be ejected as Coachman holds his hands up, protesting his false innocence. Kane battles back on Monty, freeing himself from the ropes and then the two big men take each other down with a stereo clothesline!
Randy Orton is shown putting the boots to Carlito in a corner now, and then he looks over to see Christian still down, hugging the bottom rope. Orton shrugs his shoulders and goes back to Carlito as X-Pac shoots Paul London to the ropes and goes to meet him with a Spinning Crescent Kick on the return, but London ducks under it and then plants X-Pac with a Chicken Wing Facebuster!
Mr. Kennedy quickly grabs Paul London from behind and tosses him out of the ring, but the Cruiserweight Champ again holds on and survives as Kennedy, ticked off about the Bronco Buster goes to town on X-Pac

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*BUZZER*


ENTRANT #14 – MATT HARDY

"LIVE FOR THE MOMENT"


The crowd erupts with a huge ovation as Matt Hardy steps out on stage, throwing up the V1, before darting down to the ring

JR: Matt Hardy has been in great form on SmackDown lately Tazz, could this be his year to crack the so called glass ceiling Tazz?

Tazz: It could well be, he's a fighting US Champion and he could win this bad boy, let's see.


Matt Hardy makes a beeline right for Mr. Kennedy and the crowd erupts as the two rivals go at it toe to toe, but Hardy is fresher and wins the battle of the right hands, and then plants Kennedy with a Side Effect! Matt gets back to his feet, all pumped up and rips off his shirt to the joyful screams of some girls in the audience. Matt then sees Christian hiding in the corner and points to him with the crowd wanting him to get Christian. Captain Charisma tries to beg Matt Hardy off but V1 is having none of it as he drags Christian away from the ropes! Hardy socks Christian with some right hands and has him staggering against the ropes. Matt charges in and connects with a clothesline, sending Christian tumbling out but ONLY ONE FOOT TOUCHES THE FLOOR, AND CHRISTIAN HOLDS ON, DANGLING JUST ABOVE THE FLOOR! Tyson Tomko runs around, and gets on all fours so Christian can use him as a spring step back onto the apron, which gets major heat, but it's spotted by Nick Patrick who then EJECTS TOMKO FROM RINGSIDE! The crowd loves it and Tomko is irate as Dean Malenko leads security to ringside and escort Tomko away, which leaves Christian stunned, not wanting to lose his Problem Solver. Christian tries to plead with the officials but Charles Robinson, Mike Chioda and Nick Patrick are having none of it. Matt Hardy stalks Christian and Captain Charisma turns around INTO THE TWIST OF FATE!

Matt Hardy gets to his feet but is mauled by Monty Brown who hits the Alpha Bomb to Hardy!
Monty then levels Carlito with a huge clothesline turning 'Lito inside out! He then drags Paul London up, scoops Paul onto his shoulders and plants him with an emphatic Front Slam! Monty's next victim is X-Pac who gets a Mountain Bomb (High Angle Samoan Drop). Randy Orton bravely rocks Monty with right hands and goes for an RKO...but Monty sends him to the ropes and meets him with a Powerslam on return! Monty turns into a goozle from Kane, but breaks free, delivering an axe handle to Kane's left arm, and Monty then hits a High Angle Belly to Belly Suplex on Kane.
Monty Brown is on fire here when

THE LIGHTS GO OUT

THE CROWD EXPLODES


*GONG*


The lights come back on

THE UNDERTAKER IS STANDING IN THE RING GLARING AT MONTY BROWN!

PANDAMONIUM IN THE STANDS


Monty Brown jumps back, nearly shitting himself

THE LIGHTS GO OUT AGAIN

THEY REMAIN OUT


Then they come back on and

THE UNDERTAKER IS GONE!

Monty Brown looks like he's shat himself, as he looks around in total panic, not believing what he's just seen. Brown can't compose himself as he paces around the ring, shaking his head, yelling out "NO! NO WAY!" when Kane clotheslines him AND SENDS HIM OUT TO THE FLOOR!

ELIMINATED @ 26:03 – MONTY BROWN BY KANE

The crowd is goes wild as Monty Brown is eliminated thanks to The Undertaker's epic mind fuck

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ENTRANT #15 – HARRY SMITH

"BORN NAUGHTY"


Harry Smith heads to the ring, like anyone actually gives a fuck judging by the reaction of the crowd who are chanting "UN-DER-TAKER" after the brief appearance of The Deadman. Smith however is looking to make his mark here in his first Rumble

JR: Another Rumble debutant in Harry Smith, but my God Tazz, The Undertaker was here! Monty Brown is out of the Rumble after an impressive showing, thanks to The Phenom!

Tazz: I'm excited for Harry Smith here, he's got a big future ahead of him, but holy crap JR! The Undertaker scared the hell out of me!


Harry Smith slips by Monty Brown who is still looking like he's seen a ghost (literally) and gets into the ring, going after Carlito. Smith hits a series of right hands to Carlito, then moves on Mr. Kennedy and goes for a Saito Suplex, but Kennedy counters it with a Headlock Takedown on Smith, then then begins to unload right hands to the young Brit.
Carlito meanwhile is still shaken from the barrage of rights from Harry Smith when Randy Orton grabs him from behind and tosses him out, and Carlito this time can't hold on!

ELIMINATED @ 26:36 – CARLITO BY RANDY ORTON

Randy smirks and gets some solid heat for eliminating a fan favourite. Orton then walks over to the corner which has Kane doing a number on Matt Hardy in and clubs Kane across the back. The Big Red Machine turns around and cops a right hand from Orton, but Kane fires back with one of his own and Randy spins around into a Spinning Crescent Kick from X-Pac! X-Pac then walks over to Kane and suggests the two team up! Kane tilts his head, as if to say 'not sure if srs' as X-Pac tries to convince the big man they should team up like they did years ago. Kane eventually seems to nod in agreement to shock from the fans and X-Pac holds out a hand for a handshake which Kane accepts!
X-Pac suddenly BOOTS KANE IN THE GUT AND HITS THE X-FACTOR! Mega heat for that as X-Pac out smarts Kane but KANE SITS RIGHT BACK UP! The crowd erupts and Pac looks worried now when he's grabbed from behind and planted with the UNPRETTIER BY CHRISTIAN! Christian picks X-Pac up and tosses him over the top rope, eliminating the former D-Generation X member!

ELIMINATED @ 27:31 – X-PAC BY CHRISTIAN

The crowd erupts for that as Christian dumps out one of the most disliked superstars on the roster. Captain Charisma slaps his chest then points out to the 'Peeps' in the audience, but he's caught from behind by a Dropkick from Paul London, and Christian stumbles out over the ropes BUT HOLDS ON FOR DEAR LIFE! Christian just hangs on once more and hugs the bottom rope on the apron as Paul London tries to use his feet to push Christian out, but Captain Charisma refuses to budge.
Kane meanwhile is being double teamed by Randy Orton & Mr. Kennedy as Harry Smith takes it to Matt Hardy in another corner

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ENTRANT #16 – BOOKER T

"CAN YOU DIG IT, SUCKAAAAAA?"

"RAP SHEET"


Booker T comes out to a standing ovation from the crowd, being another Texan to enter the Rumble, he definitely has a majority backing. Booker points to the fans acknowledging their support as he walks to the ring

JR: Booker T has been on a roll since he came to RAW, and dare I say he might be flying under the radar as far as being a favourite for this match goes?

Tazz: I'd agree with you there JR, The Book Man was struggling on SmackDown but over on RAW he's almost got a second wind if you'd like, and I can dig that!


Booker T gets into the ring and goes right for Harry Smith, not forgetting the tough time Smith and his master William Regal had put him through before he was drafted to RAW. Booker schools the young Hart family member with right hands and chops, backing him to the ropes. Booker then Irish whips Smith to the ropes and meets him on the rebound with THE BOOK END! The crowd pops as Booker then ducks a clothesline from Christian and hits a Spinning Crescent Kick to Captain Charisma. Paul London charges at Booker next but get's flattened by a Big Boot!
Booker then is rocked by a right hand from Mr. Kennedy, and then another. Kennedy sends Booker to the ropes but Booker comes back with a Flying Forearm Smash!
Randy Orton comes at Booker next but cops a Superkick right on the jaw!
Matt Hardy grabs Booker and goes for a TWIST OF FATE...but Booker grabs the arm and spins out of it, before hitting a Hook Kick to the face of Hardy!
Kane then goozles Booker T, with the 5 Time WCW Champion looking like he's going for the ride, but Booker boots Kane in the gut, then rebounds off the ropes and scores with the SCISSORS KICK! The crowd erupts into a "Booker Tee" chant as Booker cleans house and then starts to feel it, dropping to a knee, as the crowd go wild and Booker gives them what they want, a SPINAROONI~

Booker T gets back up after that but is grabbed from behind by Mr. Kennedy and taken towards the ropes, but Booker counters it, using Kennedy's momentum and dumps Kennedy over the ropes – BUT KENNEDY HANGS ON! Mr. Kennedy survives a mighty scare which Booker T doesn't notice until it's too late as the loudmouth rolls back into the ring and Booker starts putting the boots to him.
Everyone begins to pair off now as Harry Smith brawls with Paul London, Randy Orton goes after Matt Hardy and Christian attacks Kane, going after the damaged left arm of The Big Red Machine. Christian places the left arm over the top rope, wrapping it around the rope, and then begins to kick away at the bandaged area as the yells of pain from Kane are there for all to hear.
Randy Orton is struggling with Matt Hardy, trying to get the Hardy boy over the ropes, whilst Harry Smith is doing likewise with Paul London

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*BUZZER*


ENTRANT #17 – CHARLIE HAAS

"PAY THE PRICE"


It's not much of a reaction as Charlie Haas heads to the ring

JR: Charlie Haas is a great wrestler Tazz, and tonight could be his break out night.

Tazz: No doubt this guy's got all the attributes, let's see if he can do it.


Haas goes for Booker T, rocking Booker with right hands, and then ducks a shot from Booker and takes him down with a German Suplex! Charlie then hits Mr. Kennedy with a right hand, and then makes his way over to Matt Hardy who is tattooing Randy Orton with right's, grabs him and has a go at eliminating the Hardy boy! Matt holds on to the ropes, fighting it as Haas struggles, trying to get him over and out.
Harry Smith meanwhile shoots Paul London to the ropes but lowers his head too early, and London puts the breaks on the return, kicking Smith up into the chest and face! Smith staggers back and London comes at him with a Leg Lariat, but impressively Harry Smith catches it! Smith shows some power and hoists London up onto his shoulder in position for the Running Powerslam, but then points to the ropes and charges towards them, looking to dump London out but it's countered by Paul London with a Headscissors, sending Smith tumbling out over the top rope to the floor!

ELIMINATED @ 30:53 – HARRY SMITH BY PAUL LONDON

The crowd applauds London's counter as he gets rid of the rookie, and London brushes the hair out of his face and turns back INTO AN RKO FROM RANDY ORTON! Orton drops London out of nowhere, and it's elementary now as he lifts London back up and dumps him out of the match, London not moving at all after the RKO!

ELIMINATED @ 31:10 – PAUL LONDON BY RANDY ORTON

Boo's ring around the American Airlines Center as Paul London is gone after a good showing from the Cruiserweight Champion tonight. Randy Orton looks smug with his work but it doesn't last long as he's rushed from behind by Booker T, who gets Orton OVER THE ROPES, but Randy desparately holds on, not wanting to go, and hits Booker with a right hand, easing the pressure somewhat.
Christian comes over, looking to help Booker with Orton, but as The Legend Killer refuses to go, Christian loses patience and turns on Booker, socking him with a right hand. Booker T returns with one in kind, and Christian fights back with a right, then Booker, this time taking Christian off his feet.
Booker T follows Christian towards the corner and starts putting the boots to him, as we see Matt Hardy still struggling with Charlie Haas, and Mr. Kennedy goes after Kane who's trying to work feeling back into his left arm

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ENTRANT #18 - EDGE

"YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME"

"METALINGUS"


HUGE heat as The Rated R Superstar, Edge comes out on stage. Edge sizes up the competition in the ring before sprinting down to join the action

JR: Edge has continually said that he's been screwed out of Championship opportunities but if he wins this match, it'll hopefully shut him up for a change!

Tazz: Well to be fair to the guy JR, he's not exactly been wrong. I like Edge man, big favourite for this one.


Edge slides into the ring and uncoils WITH A SPEAR TO MATT HARDY! Edge then rebounds off the ropes and HITS A SPEAR TO CHARLIE HAAS! Edge then grabs Booker T from behind, but Da Book fights back with right hands, rocking The Rated R Superstar. Booker then grabs Edge and goes for the BOOK END...but Edge elbows out of it, kicks Booker in the gut and plants him with the EDGEACUTION!
Edge then sees Kane and Kennedy struggling against the ropes and gets under Kane, elevating him up and over, taking The Big Red Machine by surprise as he was trying to eliminate Mr. Kennedy, and he tries to hold on, but Edge and Kennedy together gets him out TO THE FLOOR!

ELIMINATED @ 32:36 – KANE BY EDGE & MR. KENNEDY

The crowd boo's as Kane has been eliminated by Edge (with an assist from Kennedy) who wastes no time, trying to get Mr. Kennedy out now who's hanging onto the ropes after holding on as Kane tumbled out.
Randy Orton sneaks up on Edge now and tries to catch him off guard, but being fresh, Edge is able to counter it and elbow Randy in the face, and Orton staggers out into a Falling Reverse DDT from Christian!
Edge turns around and comes face to face with his former tag team partner!
The two brothers stand there in the middle of the ring as the crowd marks out for this confrontation, both men now big singles competitors with title aspirations. Neither Edge nor Christian go to land a blow on the other though, as almost out of a sign of mutual respect, they go their separate ways, Edge going back to Mr. Kennedy, as Christian goes after Matt Hardy.
Captain Charisma toys with a dazed Hardy in the corner, talking some smack as he hits some right hands.
Mr. Kennedy turns the tide on Edge and starts unloading on The Rated R Superstar, beating him down, and then yells "KENNEDY!" right in Edge's face to a decent pop.
Booker T comes to in the ring and grabs Charlie Haas, trying to get the master of the Haas of Pain over the ropes, but despite copping a Spear, Haas isn't damaged enough to give in, holding on as Booker struggles with him. Randy Orton meanwhile smartly recovers away from the action in a corner, leaving the other six men occupied as we count down to our next entrant

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ENTRANT #19 - RHYNO

"DEBONAIRE"


Rhyno makes his way out to a good pop from the fans, pounding on his chest and then raising his hands up before charging down to the ring

JR: It's the Hardcore Champion, Rhyno at number nineteen!

Tazz: Man Beast! This guy can do some damage!


Rhyno plays no favourites, getting in and sledging an axe handle over the back of Edge, then puts a boot to Mr. Kennedy, before moving on and hitting a right hand to Christian, and then one to Matt Hardy. Christian comes back at Rhyno and gets dropped by another right hand, and then the Man Beast is met by Randy Orton with a boot to the gut. Orton hits an uppercut to Rhyno, but Rhyno fights back rasing a knee to Orton's midsection and then plants him with a Belly to Belly Suplex! Orton rolls away, backing off his attack and tries to conserve his energy as Rhyno snorts and grunts, then crouches down in the corner as the fans start chanting "GORE" with Rhyno sizing up Charlie Haas. Haas turns around and Rhyno charges in with the GORE...BUT HAAS MOVES AND RHYNO CRASHES SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE RING POST!
The derails the momentum Rhyno had as he is dragged out of the corner by Charlie Haas and sent flying with a German Suplex!
Haas gets to his feet and cops a right hand from Booker T, with the Five Time WCW Champion then unleashing a knife edge chop to Haas. Booker shoots Charlie to the ropes and meets him on the return with the 110th Street Slam! Booker is then grabbed behind by Christian, who looks to eliminate him, but BOOKER COUNTERS IT AND SENDS CHRISTIAN OVER THE TOP ROPE – BUT CHRISTIAN HANGS ON AGAIN! Booker looks to follow up on Christian's state of peril but he's blindsided by a clothesline from Edge. The Rated R Superstar, perhaps on purpose, perhaps inadvertently has saved his brother Christian from elimination.

Edge mounts Booker T and begins to pummel him with right hands. Matt Hardy looks to go after Edge but he's grabbed by Mr. Kennedy from behind and taken to the corner, having his face driven into the turnbuckle. Kennedy looks to repeat it, but it's blocked by Hardy, who slams Kennedy's face into the buckle this time! Hardy does it again, and again, and again as the crowd count along all the way up to ten times! Kennedy falls onto the mat back first, and Matt Hardy goes upstairs, doing the 'Team Xtreme' taunt and then leaps off, connecting with the Leg Drop from the second rope! Matt Hardy gets back to his feet and Randy Orton grabs him, looking to eliminate the Hardy boy, but Matt puts up a fight, grabbing the ropes and holding on as Orton attempts to get under him, but still no budge from Matt Hardy

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ENTRANT #20 – TRIPLE H

"START GAME"


MASSIVE OVATION for Triple H. The Game walks out, taking a sip of water, before spraying it into the air and tossing his bottle out into the crowd, as he heads to the ring looking focused

JR: Well here's come the man who guaranteed victory Tazz, and he's got a pretty good draw to fulfill that guarantee.

Tazz: No doubt no doubt, Triple H looks extremely focused. I might change my pick and go with The Game, even if he is a RAW guy.

JR: A winner five years ago from a similar position aswell.


Triple H gets into the ring and begins dropping all comers with right hands, Randy Orton first, then Mr. Kennedy, then Edge, then Booker T, then Christian, then Rhyno, then Charlie Haas, and finally Matt Hardy. Trips then singles out Christian to the joy of the majority of the crowd as a "Triple H" chant breaks out, with The Game putting the boots to Christian in the corner. Christian responds with a rake of the eyes to cause some separation, as Triple H staggers back and Christian charges in at The Game but is caught and planted with the HH Spinebuster! Triple H gets up and does his 'Game' pose then clotheslines Matt Hardy OVER THE TOP ROPE, SENDING HIM TO THE FLOOR!

ELIMINATED @ 36:32 – MATT HARDY BY TRIPLE H

Triple H shows no remorse for the US Champion, which some fans are saddened to see eliminated. Trips turns back to the action and gets rocked with a right hand by Rhyno, and then the Man Beast shoots HHH to the ropes but lowers his head too early on the return, as Triple H catches him with the Facebuster! Rhyno staggers back as Edge charges in looking for the SPEAR...but Trips catches Edge with a boot, stopping him in his tracks and then PLANTS EDGE WITH A PEDIGREE!
The crowd erupts for that as Triple H gets back to his feet but he's jumped by Charlie Haas. Haas hits a series of right hands, working Triple H into the corner, and then motions for Mr. Kennedy to come and help him with the two SmackDown superstars joining forces to try and get rid of Triple H.
Randy Orton meanwhile stalks Rhyno and goes for the RKO...but Rhyno shoves Orton away to the ropes. Rhyno goes for the GORE on the rebound, but Orton side steps it and Rhyno hits the ropes chest first, rebounding back into Orton's grip, who takes the Man Beast down with the Inverted Headlock Backbreaker!
Orton gets up a little slowly, already having been through a war with Chris Jericho before this match, and is lit up with a knife edge chop from Booker T. Booker then hits a right hand to Orton, taking The Legend Killer off his feet. Booker follows Orton to the corner and tries to get Randy over the ropes, but Christian attacks Booker T from behind and the impact of the shot sends Booker tumbling out, but he's able to grab the ropes and hang on! Christian puts the boots to Booker, trying to get him to fall off, but he holds on tight as we count down

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ENTRANT #21 – ROB VAN DAM

"ONE OF A KIND"


Rob Van Dam gets a HUGE pop as he steps out, pointing to himself and bigging himself up to the fans

JR: Well here comes Mr. Pay Per View, Mr. Thursday Night and if he wins this match, perhaps he'll be Mr. WrestleMania too!

Tazz: RVD can get it done JR, this could well be his year.


Van Dam climbs the turnbuckle and Edge is still down from the Pedigree earlier, as RVD soars off and connects with the FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH! RVD gets up holding his ribs for a moment, and then catches a kick from Randy Orton and hits the Step Over Heel Kick in return, catching Orton right on the jaw! Christian charges at Van Dam next and gets a Thrust Kick to the face, taking him off his feet. The crowd starts an "R-V-D" chant as Van Dam rocks Charlie Haas with right hands, then delivers a Scoop Slam to Haas. RVD then rebounds off the ropes and hits the Rolling Thunder to Haas!
Van Dam gets up and Rhyno comes charging in, but RVD has it scouted and elevates Rhyno up and over the top rope RIGHT OUT TO THE FLOOR!

ELIMINATED @ 38:37 – RHYNO BY ROB VAN DAM

A small "E-C-W" chant is heard after that as Van Dam eliminates his former ECW colleague in Rhyno. RVD turns back to the action and meets Edge, with the two heated rivals going wild with right hands on each other as the crowd erupts. Edge tackles RVD to the ground and the two roll around back and forth trading blows.
Meanwhile Triple H is teeing off on Mr. Kennedy in the corner, as Booker T goes over to The Game and grabs him from behind, spinning him around, Booker shoots him to the ropes and meets him on the return with a kick to the gut. Triple H doubles over and Booker springs back off the ropes with the SCISSORS KICK – nobody home as HHH moves! Trips then rocks Booker T back with right hands, getting Booker close to the ropes, and Triple H then delivers a clothesline taking Booker over the ropes, but Da Book holds on to survive! Booker T gets a foothold on the apron AND COPS A HIGH KNEE FROM TRIPLE H, KNOCKING HIM OFF AND OUT OF THE RUMBLE!

ELIMINATED @ 39:29 – BOOKER T BY TRIPLE H

There's some boo's for that as another one of Texas' own is eliminated. Triple H now goes over to Charlie Haas and struggles with him, trying to eliminate Haas, as Christian is down in the corner, recovering as are Mr. Kennedy and Randy Orton, whilst RVD and Edge continue to beat on each other in another corner

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ENTRANT #22 – CM PUNK

"CULT OF PERSONALITY"


It's a solid pop for CM Punk who's been impressing since his debut on SmackDown. Punk looks out into the crowd and then down at the competition in the ring, taking his time heading to the ring

JR: Well this young man has impressed everyone and I think he's got a massive future ahead of him, CM Punk's first Rumble match also.

Tazz: This guy can go JR, he can brawl, he can wrestle on the mat, and he's SmackDown's baby!


Punk gets into the ring and is met by Charlie Haas, with the two having devloped a competitive rivalry on the blue brand as of late. Haas hammers at Punk as CM gets back to his feet. Haas goes to whip Punk to the turnbuckle but it's reversed as Punk sends Charlie in and follows up with a Step Up Raised Knee, and then turns back and takes Haas down with a Bulldog! Charlie Haas struggles back to his feet and CM Punk grabs him by the straps and tosses him out of the ring, to the floor, eliminating Haas!

ELIMINATED @ 40:27 – CHARLIE HAAS BY CM PUNK

CM Punk once again gets the better of Charlie Haas, but is blindsided by Mr. Kennedy with the loudmouth unloading with right hands to Punk. Kennedy goes for the MIC CHECK...but Punk blocks it and takes Kennedy down INTO THE ANACONDA VICE! Kennedy obviously starts to tap out to the lethal submission hold but that won't do him any good in this match. Punk keeps the hold locked on until he's stomped on by Christian!
Meanwhile Edge is battering RVD in the corner, but Van Dam fights back with right hands, rocking Edge back, but Edge charges in with a tackle, taking both he and Van Dam out through the middle rope to the floor, thus neither man is eliminated! The two men continue to fight on the outside.
Back in the ring Christian is working over CM Punk in the corner with right hands. Randy Orton comes over and joins in, with the two doing a number on Punk, until Triple H makes the save and levels Orton with a right hand. Trips goes after Orton who backs up to a turnbuckle, but as The Game gets close, Randy Orton boots Triple H in the face, then hits an uppercut to Trips, before loading him up with a Gutwrench, and turning it into a Falling Neckbreaker! Randy rolls away after hitting HHH with the impressive move, trying to catch his breath.
On the outside Edge has RVD against the barricade, he then goes to whip Van Dam to the steel steps, but RVD counters and EDGE CRASHES INTO THE STEPS SHOULDER FIRST!
The impact is loud as Edge gets karma for taking the fight to the outside.
The officials tell RVD to get back into the ring and Van Dam obliges, sliding back in and going after Randy Orton, as Christian is still occupied with CM Punk and both Triple H and Mr. Kennedy are down inside the squared circle

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ENTRANT #23 – GREGORY HELMS

"FIRESTORM"


Decent heat greets Gregory Helms as he runs to the ring

JR: Gregory Helms has got all the tools, but his attitude leaves alot to be desired at times.

Tazz: Yeah but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to make it JR, and sure he may not be making many friends these days, but he's only concerned with himself, and that's what you gotta look out for in this business, number one, yourself.


Gregory Helms gets into the ring and seems hesitant as to who he should go for, but he notices Triple H getting back to his feet and thinks he's easy meat, which is stupid as Helms gets a punch in before Triple H comes roaring back with rights of his own much to the crowd's delight.
Trips then hits the ropes, coming back at Helms with speed, but cops an elbow to the face, and Helms then pulls Triple H in and hits the Eye of the Hurricane to HHH.
Gregory Helms looks pleased with himself after hitting Trips with that move, and he then goes over and offers to help Christian with CM Punk. Christian nods and lets Helms take over as Captain Charisma slips away to get a rest, still alive in this match after forty minutes.
We see Randy Orton battling with RVD on the opposite side of the ring, before cutting back to Helms who holds CM Punk up, allowing Christian to come back and slap the young Straight Edge believer. Christian then says "straight edge blows" and punches Punk in the gut. Christian and Gregory Helms then load Punk into the air and slam him down with a Double Suplex!

The teaming up doesn't last long however as Helms offers a double high five to Christian, which Captain Charisma feins to accept before booting Helms in the gut to a pop from the fans. Christian then grabs Helms and tosses him over the ropes, but Gregory holds on, saving himself from embarassment there. Mr. Kennedy comes for revenge on Punk for the Anaconda Vice, putting the boots to the Straight Edge Superstar before bringing him up and attempting to dump him out.
Meanwhile RVD is delivering shoulder thrusts to Randy Orton in a corner, Van Dam then does a back flip and runs back at Orton, sending The Legend Killer across the ring with a Monkey Flip.
RVD then is caught by Triple H with a right hand as he gets back to a vertical base, tumbling back into the corner as HHH follows in, working on Mr. Pay Per View with knife edge chops, lighting up the chest of RVD. Van Dam then turns the tide on Triple H, rocking him with some forearm strikes, and then hits a Spin Kick to the face of Trips as the timer counts down once more

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ENTRANT #24 – JOHNNY NITRO

"PAPARAZZI"


The other half of the World Tag Team Champions, Johnny Nitro makes his entrance now, accompanied by girlfriend Melina. Nitro takes his time heading to the ring, and like Mercury earlier, hands Melina his jacket and receives a good luck kiss (which would get any guy motivated tbh) before dashing to the ring

JR: A very talented guy here in Johnny Nitro, will he have better luck than his partner Mercury earlier?

Tazz: Oh my word JR, Melina is something else!


Nitro gets into the ring and takes RVD down with a clothesline, and then moves on to Triple H and starts wailing away on The Game with right hands.
Nitro brings Trips out and attempts to whip him to the ropes, but HHH reverses it, sending Johnny Nitro towards them instead, however Nitro rebounds off them and connects with a Leg Lariat to the face of Triple H!
Nitro then spots Randy Orton alone and goes after The Legend Killer, but Orton is playing possum, meeting Nitro with a kick to the gut, and then rocks the World Tag Team Champion with a big European Uppercut. Nitro fights back with a right hand, which with Randy Orton's fatigue, takes him off his feet. Nitro goes after Orton trying to eliminate Orton.
Christian meanwhile is working on CM Punk with right hands, but Punk blocks a shot and starts kicking at the shins of Christian, then starts mixing it up with chops and right hands, with Captain Charisma unable to keep up with the offense of Punk. CM Punk then grabs Christian and hooks the arms before hitting the Welcome To Chicago (Double Underhook Backbreaker) to Christian, who writhes around clutching at his back after the move. A small minotiry begin a "CM Punk" chant as the Straight Edge Superstar acknowledges this, but he's clobbered from behind by Mr. Kennedy!
Kennedy slaps a blatant choke hold on Punk, but Punk uses his mat technique and counters with a headscissors, then locks a Fujiwara Arm Bar on Kennedy!

Gregory Helms attempts to hit the VERTEBREAKER on Rob Van Dam, but RVD spins out of the clutch from Helms and nails a Roundhouse Kick to the side of Helms' head! Van Dam then stands in the ring and points to himself as the crowd chant along "Rob-Van-Dam" and then RVD turns around GETTING CREAMED BY A VILE STEEL CHAIR SHOT FROM EDGE! Mega heat for that as Edge wipes RVD out with the chair and then tosses it out of the ring. Edge picks Van Dam up and with RVD totally out cold The Rated R Superstar easily throws RVD out over the top rope, eliminating Van Dam from the Rumble!

ELIMINATED @ 45:46 – ROB VAN DAM BY EDGE

Huge heat follows the elimination of Rob Van Dam who was a big favourite to win this match. Edge looks pleased with himself having gotten rid of RVD, but the crowd starts raining down a "Bullshit" chant. Edge is then rocked by Triple H with a right hand to the crowd's delight, as Triple H backs him to the ropes and hits a clothesline, TAKING EDGE OVER...BUT EDGE HOLDS ON! Trips keeps the pressure on Edge as he gets struggles back into the ring

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ENTRANT #25 – MAVEN

"TATTOO"


The crowd gives a decent pop as the first ever Tough Enough winner, Maven comes out on stage, pumping up the fans and then darting down to join the action, slipping past Rob Van Dam who is still down on the outside after the wicked chair shot from Edge

JR: Well Maven is looking in great shape, and what a massive boost it would be in his career to win this Royal Rumble match!

Tazz: Ah I don't think Maven's gonna win this one JR.

JR: Anything can happen Tazz, Maven eliminated The Undertaker one year.


Maven gets into the ring and goes right after Edge, tattooing him in the corner with right hands. Maven then locks Edge up and takes him down with an impressive Brainbuster! The youngster pops back up and blocks a right from Johnny Nitro, responding with one in kind. Maven then unloads on Nitro with right hands, backing him to the ropes and then connects with a perfect Dropkick, taking Nitro over the ropes, but Johnny holds on and quickly re enters the ring. Maven walks over to Mr. Kennedy and rocks him with a right hand, then does likewise to CM Punk, then another to Mr. Kennedy which takes him off his feet. Maven turns back to CM Punk and throws another right, but Punk blocks it and APPLIES THE ANACONDA VICE TO MAVEN! Maven doesn't take long to tap out but of course this doesn't do him any favours in this kind of match, but he's inadvertently saved by Gregory Helms who stomps on the face of Punk, who in turn loosens his grip on Maven. Helms continues to stomp away at Punk and then stops to taunt the fans, getting some heat WHEN HE'S CLOTHESLINED FROM BEHIND BY TRIPLE H AND TUMBLES OUT TO THE FLOOR!

ELIMINATED @ 47:16 – GREGORY HELMS BY TRIPLE H

Triple H gives Helms a crotch chop as he sends the former superhero out of the Rumble match. Triple H then moves over to Mr. Kennedy and begins to work on him, as we see Christian grab CM Punk and plant him with a Back Suplex! Christian gets back to his feet, looking exhausted, and is met by Johnny Nitro with a right hand. Christian fires back and the two men begin trading blows, Christian gets the upper hand with a poke to the eyes, and then looks to hit a Piledriver on Johnny Nitro, but the World Tag Team Champion blocks it and then elevates Christian up and over with a Back Body Drop. Nitro then sees Maven getting to his feet and goes after him, as Randy Orton is seen struggling with Edge against the ropes, with The Rated R Superstar hanging onto them dearly, not wanting to go, and Orton seems to give up and resorts to beating on Edge with clubs across the back instead. Maven is shown teetering over the top rope but battling to stay alive.

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ENTRANT #26 – JAMES STORM

"GUILTY"


It's a good pop that greets the other half of America's Most Wanted, as James Storm walks out for his first Royal Rumble match

JR: Well he's got a much better draw than his partner Chris Harris had earlier.

Tazz: He sure does, and let me tell you JR, this guy can go.


James Storm gets in and blocks a fatigued Christian's attempted right hand, before dropping him with a right of his own. Storm then levels CM Punk with a clothesline, and then ducks a clothesline from Johnny Nitro and nails Nitro with the Last Call taking him down. Storm walks over to Triple H who is still working over Mr. Kennedy in the corner and tries to hit a right hand, but Trips blocks it and rocks James Storm with one of his own. Triple H hits another, then another and then shoots Storm to the ropes, but Storm returns with momentum and runs through Triple H with a clothesline! James is then grabbed by Randy Orton from behind and taken to the ropes, holding on as Orton tries to eliminate one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions.
Orton can't get Storm out however and instead takes The Cowboy down with a Falling Neckbreaker.
Maven meanwhile is lathering Edge with right hands in one of the corners.
Mr. Kennedy clubs Maven from behind and then whips him to the ropes, and meets Maven on the return with a Kitchen Sink Knee Lift, doubling Maven over. Kennedy then grabs Maven and takes him down with a Russian Leg Sweep. The loudmouth gets to his feet and yells out "KENNEDY!" again to a mixed reaction, but is then socked by Christian with a right hand! Kennedy staggers back and Christian pursues him to the ropes, trying to get Mr. Kennedy out.

James Storm begins working over Johnny Nitro as the MNM member brings himself up in the corner, working him over with right hands, but Nitro turns things around cheaply kicking Storm in the shin, and then slamming The Cowboy's face into the turnbuckle. Nitro hits a Step Up Kick to the face of Storm as he's propped up in the corner, causing him to fall to the mat. Johnny Nitro then climbs the turnbuckle and hits the Split Legged Moonsault to James Storm!
Edge is resting in the corner when he's blindsided by a Mongolian Chop from CM Punk! Punk begins rocking Edge with mixed strikes, then loads him up looking for the GO TO SLEEP...but Edge slips out the back and grabs Punk by the back of the head, planting him with the Edge-O-Matic! The Rated R Superstar sneers down at Punk and then IS JUMPED BY ROB VAN DAM! The crowd explodes with an "R-V-D" chant as Van Dam goes seeking revenge for the chair shot from Edge, absolutely unloading on Edge! Security joins the match officials in restraining RVD and taking him out of the match much to the crowd's displeasure as a "Bullshit" chant rings out, Van Dam still kicking wildly wanting to get back at Edge, as The Rated R Superstar holds his nose which has been bloodied by one of RVD's strikes, We see Randy Orton trying to get Triple H over the top rope as we see Mr. Kennedy boot Christian away, knocking Captain Charisma down

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ENTRANT #27 – SHAWN MICHAELS

"SEXY BOY"


The crowd ERUPTS with a standing ovation as Shawn Michaels dances out on stage, drawing a great number, and then runs down to join the Rumble

JR: Well here comes a man that just might do it!

Tazz: Yep, I agree there JR! He's won it twice, and he can win it again here!


Shawn Michaels slides into the ring and takes on all comers, dropping Johnny Nitro with a right hand, then Edge, then Randy Orton, then Maven, then James Storm! Mr. Kennedy tries a sneak attack on HBK, spinning him around but Michaels unloads with a right hand combo on Kennedy, backing him to the ropes and then backs off momentarily and BAM – SWEET CHIN MUSIC – AND KENNEDY TUMBLES OUT TO THE FLOOR! He's finally eliminated!

ELIMINATED @ 50:20 – MR. KENNEDY BY SHAWN MICHAELS

The crowd erupts despite some being disappointed to see Mr. Kennedy go after such a long run and the loudmouth lies motionless from Sweet Chin Music on the outside, obviously exhausted, as Michaels dances around for a moment AS HE COMES FACE TO FACE WITH TRIPLE H! The two former best friends stand alone in the ring with everyone else down or occupied as the crowd goes absolutely wild with clashing "H-B-K" and "Triple H" chants ringing around the arena, pretty much in an even spread. Triple H begins to shake with intensity like he's having an annuerism as Michaels remains almost motionless, still, soaking it up. The two men begin to edge closer to each other with the crowd still buzzing, both men cautious to throw the first punch. Trips clenches his fist which causes Michaels to do likewise and just when it looks like they're gonna go at it, Edge and Christian jump the two men, Christian taking down Triple H, and Edge taking down Michaels to huge heat from the fans, spoiling the confrontation.

Shawn Michaels turns the tide on Edge and begins to unload on The Rated R Superstar with right hands, but he's then kicked in the face by Johnny Nitro who starts to go to work on HBK. Triple H meanwhile is being stomped at by Christian against the ropes, when CM Punk grabs Christian from behind and looks to dump him out, but Captain Charisma holds on to the ropes tight, defying Punk's attempt.
Maven is back up and is all over Randy Orton with right hands, as James Storm gets to his feet he grabs Maven from behind and loads him up before planting him with a textbook Pendulum Backbreaker! Maven grabs at his back and writhes around as Storm then looks to take over on Orton, but Randy meets him with a stiff European Uppercut. James Storm staggers back and Orton flattens The Cowboy with a clothesline. Triple H then goes after Randy Orton as the timer counts down once more

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ENTRANT #28 – CHRIS MASTERS

"MASTERPIECE"


Chris Masters heads out on stage, not rushing to join the action, instead kneeling down as his pyro falls down behind him, and then he stands up and slowly begins to walk to the ring, looking confident with a late draw

JR: Well this young man has got a late draw, and he's a perfect physical specimen to boot.

Tazz: This guy is a freak JR! What a body, he's got muscles on top of muscles I didn't know exist!


Chris Masters gets into the ring and sees Maven getting back to his feet, and he grabs Maven from behind and locks his hands together applying the MASTERLOCK to Maven! Masters thrashes Maven from side to side like a rag doll, showcasing his superior strength as Maven winces in pain from the hold. Masters then tosses Maven down to the mat and walks over to Johnny Nitro who was working on Shawn Michaels and clubs him over the back. Masters then scoops Nitro up and plants him with a Front Powerslam! CM Punk scores with a right hand to Masters, then a chop, then another right, rocking The Masterpiece for a moment. Punk attempts to whip Chris Masters to the ropes but it's reversed and Punk rebounds INTO THE POLISH SLEDGE! The double handed strike scores and Punk is also down now as Masters takes a moment to flex his physique to the crowd, getting some boo's. Masters is then spun around by Shawn Michaels and rocked by a series of right hands to the crowd's delight. HBK then rebounds off the ropes looking for the Flying Forearm but Masters catches him! The Masterpiece then powers Michaels up onto his shoulders and applies the Torture Rack! After a few moments, Chris Masters impressively turns the submission into a Rack Pancake, splatting HBK to the canvas! Masters then moves on to James Storm as the two begin slugging it out.

Meanwhile Randy Orton has got his knee pressed up in the face of Triple H in the corner. Edge and Christian are also tussling with each other, with Christian getting Edge close to going over, but The Rated R Superstar teeters for a moment before grabbing the ropes tightly to save himself.
Orton brings Triple H up and nails a right hand, but Triple H comes back with one of his own. Orton throws a right back, but Trips blocks it and then boots Orton in the gut, hooking the arms for the PEDIGREE...but Orton counters and trips The Game down, and then Catapults him face first into the turnbuckle! Triple H slouches face and stomach first against the buckles as Randy Orton notices Maven getting back to his feet and charges in with a clothesline taking Maven over and out to eliminate him!

ELIMINATED @ 53:46 – MAVEN BY RANDY ORTON

The Legend Killer extends his arms with his trademark pose after eliminating Maven, but is sledged from behind by Chris Masters, sending Orton tumbling into the corner. Masters follows in and puts the boots to Randy as we see Edge charge across the ring after freeing himself from Christian's grasp and flatten Johnny Nitro with a Spinning Wheel Kick

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*BUZZER*


ENTRANT #29 – JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD

"LONGHORN"


The crowd erupts into heat as JBL steps out on stage with a huge grin, having drawn such a late number. Bradshaw takes off his cowboy hat and jacket before jogging down the ramp to join the action

JR: Well he's one lucky son of a gun to draw number twenty nine, and of all the apparent dark horses, I think JBL has got a huge chance of winning this one.

Tazz: Can't disagree there JR, a former WWE Champion who had one of the longest title runs, he's got the experience, he's got the power to do some damage.


Bradshaw slides into the ring and goes right for Triple H in the corner, socking him with some big time right hands, and then begins delivering some rough knee lifts to the midsection of The Game. Christian comes over and grabs Bradshaw on the shoulders, but JBL turns around and drops Christian with a right hand and then Edge uncoils from the opposite corner looking for the SPEAR...BUT JBL TAKES HIS HEAD OFF WITH A BIG BOOT! The crowd "oh's" at that as JBL then pulls Chris Masters away from Randy Orton and flattens him with a Standing Clothesline! James Storm gets in Layfield's face and hits a right hand, then whips JBL to the ropes but lowers his head too early as JBL returns and puts on the breaks, then delivers a Burning Hammer Sledge across the back of The Cowboy! Bradshaw then charges through Shawn Michaels with a big shoulder block. CM Punk manfully hits a series of right hands and Mongolian chops on JBL, before attempting to Irish whip Layfield to the ropes but JBL easily counters. CM Punk rebounds with a Crossbody attempt but JBL catches him! JBL backs up a little and then hits a FALLAWAY SLAM – TAKING PUNK OVER THE TOP ROPE AND OUT TO THE FLOOR!

ELIMINATED @ 54:51 – CM PUNK BY JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD

Some marks boo as Punk is gone after a decent showing from the new comer, as JBL gets up and is met by a boot to the gut from Christian. Christian then calls over to Johnny Nitro and the World Tag Team Champion joins Christian as the two men strike JBL down with right hands. They then shoot him to the ropes and meet him with a Double Flapjack on the rebound. The two men get to their feet and both have the same idea to double cross the other as they meet with stereo kicks, catching each other in the ribs. Triple H grabs Johnny Nitro and plants him with a DDT whilst James Storm has Christian by the trunks and tosses him to the ropes, but Captain Charisma stops himself from going over and catches Storm with an elbow to the jaw as the AMW member looks to follow up.
Meanwhile Randy Orton starts putting the boots to Chris Masters as Shawn Michaels lights JBL up with a knife edge chop to a loud "WOO" from the fans. HBK hits another, but JBL returns with a right hand, sending Michaels staggering away holding his chin

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*BUZZER*


ENTRANT #30 – THE BIG SHOW

"WELLLLL... WELL IT'S A BIG SHOW"

"BIG"


Everyone in the ring's attention snaps up towards the stage as The Big Show walks out and raises his hand into the air to a good pop from the fans

JR: Well, here comes the odds on favourite! Seven feet tall, five hundred pounds...

Tazz: And most importantly he's number thirty!

JR: And everyone in the ring has taken notice!


Indeed they have, all the superstars have stopped beating on each other and are looking a little worried as The Big Show steps onto the apron. Faces and heels stand side by side, almost collectively realising what they have to do to survive. The Big Show steps over the top rope, into the ring and is immediately jumped by the remaining superstars! Everyone throws blows at Big Show who is swarmed, but his mass proves too much as he powers free from the crowd and begins dropping everyone in sight! Show grabs James Storm and hits a massive headbutt, taking The Cowboy off his meet. Show then hits a headbutt on Christian, then on Randy Orton, then on Johnny Nitro, then Chris Masters, then Edge! JBL gets a Sidekick right to the jaw, then Show drops Shawn Michaels with a right hand, and then Triple H with one too!
The Big Show then sizes up Johnny Nitro and clotheslines him out of the ring, eliminating him!

ELIMINATED @ 56:43 – JOHNNY NITRO BY THE BIG SHOW

Big Show then grabs James Storm and hits a SHOWSTOPPER, drilling Storm down with the massive Chokeslam! Next up is Edge who gets the same treatment, SHOWSTOPPER! Chris Masters follows with Show man handling The Masterpiece with another devastating SHOWSTOPPER! Christian is the next man to cop the SHOWSTOPPER, as Big Show powers him up and down with one arm! Show then grabs Randy Orton, a man who he's had problems with lately and drills him with a SHOWSTOPPER too! JBL shows no fear of The Big Show and nails a big right hand, and then a chop to the chest, then another right, briefly rocking The Big Show. JBL attempts to shoot Show to the ropes but it's reversed and The Big Show pulls JBL back into a goozle and then hits the SHOWSTOPPER!
Show now awaits a groggy Triple H who turns around into the goozle and gets loaded up for the SHOWSTOPPER – BUT SHOW RECEIVES SWEET CHIN MUSIC FROM SHAWN MICHAELS! The smack on the jaw echoes around the arena as Triple H lands on his feet and Big Show staggers back, but remains vertical! Triple H then boots Show in the balls and manages to hook him up and PLANT HIM WITH A PEDIGREE!

The sell out crowd applauds the (inadvertent?) teamwork by Triple H and Shawn Michaels, who share an awkward nod after managing to put the rampant Big Show down. As the other superstars recover from being thrown around like toys, Hunter and Shawn's instincts kick in and they motion to everyone to band together to eliminate The Big Show. Nobody seems entirely easy with it but as The Big Show begins to recover, they decide it's a good idea and everyone rushes The Big Show as he gets up gingerly near the ropes! Big Show is a massive load however and the strain on the faces of the superstars is there for all to see on TV, as they struggle with Show.
Big Show grabs the ropes, as Triple H, Chris Masters and Bradshaw all get under him with Edge and Christian looking to loosen his grip on the ropes, and HBK lifting a rear leg. Storm joins Michaels lifting the other leg and suddenly BIG SHOW BEGINS TEETERING! The crowd are on their feet as Show looks in trouble now. Finally after standing back Randy Orton decides to join the group, also getting underneath Show and SHOW IS GOING OVER! The Big Show desparately tries to hold on, as he begins to try and kick free from the grip HBK and Storm have on his legs. It's to no avail though as he's muscled over the ropes and CAN'T SAVE HIMSELF AS HE TUMBLES OUT TO THE FLOOR!

ELIMINATED @ 60:39 – THE BIG SHOW BY TRIPLE H, CHRISTIAN, JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD, CHRIS MASTERS, SHAWN MICHAELS, RANDY ORTON, EDGE & JAMES STORM

There's a mixed reaction to that with some fans somewhat relieved Show isn't winning this one, but being a popular face there's boo's too to greet his elimination.
The entire ring drop off, exhausted from the huge effort and it's Christian who tries to take advantage, grabbing Shawn Michaels from behind and going for the UNPRETTIER...but HBK spins through it and hits a Neckbreaker on Captain Charisma!
Michaels then is charged at by James Storm, but HBK has it scouted and catches Storm with the Manhattan Drop! Storm hobbles back clutching at his groin area and Michaels runs towards him hitting a clothesline, taking Storm over the top rope, and out!

ELIMINATED @ 61:20 – JAMES STORM BY SHAWN MICHAELS

Shawn is quick to go after Edge next who is trying to catch a breath. Meanwhile JBL is wailing on Triple H and Randy Orton is struggling with Chris Masters, we see Christian down on the mat, wrapped around the bottom rope again, much like he was doing earlier in the match! JR points out The Road Dogg would be impressed by this routine from Christian.
Chris Masters pounds on Orton, getting The Legend Killer away from him, and thus him away from the ropes. Orton staggers away but comes back at Masters with a European Uppercut, and The Masterpiece responds in kind with a right hand. Orton returns by charging at Masters, but he gets powered into the air with a Military Press! There's a few fans appreciative of Chris Masters' show of power, as he then drops Randy Orton sternum first to the mat! Orton gets up, holding his chest and Masters applies THE MASTERLOCK on Randy Orton! Orton quickly is realises the lethality of this hold and with all his might backs Masters into the turnbuckle, causing him to lose his grip on the hold just long enough and ORTON NAILS THE RKO TO MASTERS JUST LIKE THAT! The Masterpiece is put down, but Orton is in no state to capitalise as he's down from fatigue

Michaels and Edge are trading weary rights as Triple H shoots JBL towards the turnbuckle. The Game follows in but Bradshaw moves out of the way with Trips' smacking the top buckle! Triple H then stumbles around as JBL comes storming in with the CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL – BUT HHH DUCKS – AND BRADSHAW WIPES OUT SHAWN MICHAELS! JBL doesn't really care who he's flattened as he gets back to his feet, frowning and is met by a boot to the gut by Triple H and then PEDIGREE! Triple H plants Layfield with the Pedigree and then COPS A SPEAR FROM EDGE! Edge explodes out of the corner and takes HHH down! Edge now gets up and turns around INTO AN RKO – NO – Edge shoves Orton away to the ropes and looks to meet Randy Orton with the SPEAR...BUT ORTON LEAP FROGS IT! Edge ends up guillotining himself across the middle ring rope and staggers back from the impact, short of breath, AS ORTON GRABS HIM AND TOSSES HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE, BUT EDGE LANDS ON THE APRON! Somehow Edge is able to survive that and he quickly rolls under the bottom rope back into the ring. Edge gets to his feet as Randy Orton is stalking Chris Masters now and Edge spins Orton around, kick to the midsection and PLANTS HIM WITH THE EDGEACUTION! Everyone is down now, as Chris Masters does eventually reach his feet he walks over to a recuparating Shawn Michaels WHEN CHRISTIAN POPS UP FROM THE CORNER AND DUMPS MASTERS OUT OF THE RING!

ELIMINATED @ 63:45 – CHRIS MASTERS BY CHRISTIAN

The crowd erupt and a decent "Christian" chant breaks out from some of the smarks in the audience, loving Christian still being in this match. Captain Charisma then grabs Shawn Michaels by the hair and pulls him up to his feet, but HBK hits a right hand, and then another on Christian. Christian rushes Michaels to hault the fight back and whips Shawn to the ropes, but HBK comes flying back with the Flying Forearm! Michaels then KIPS UP to a massive pop and IS TRIPPED UP BY MR. KENNEDY!?!
Everyone is surprised by this as Shawn Michaels gets back up and notices Kennedy on the outside. Shawn isn't quite sure what Kennedy's doing as he gestures as much, as Mr. Kennedy glares up and with Shawn distracted, Christian recovers and despite the crowd urging Shawn Michaels to turn to the bigger picture, he does so too slowly as Christian CLOTHESLINES HIM OUT TO THE FLOOR!

ELIMINATED @ 64:38 – SHAWN MICHAELS BY CHRISTIAN

Huge heat as Texas' own last hope (excluding turncoat JBL) is eliminated in the form of Shawn Michaels, and it's Christian again! Kennedy smirks and walks off back up ramp, and we have five men left, as Christian flops down to the mat, still alive somehow, but clearly on his last legs.
John Bradshaw Layfield has Edge over the ropes but The Rated R Superstar is holding on for dear life, with Bradshaw struggling with him, but Edge won't budge. JBL lifts a knee to try and get Edge's grip loose, but he still won't let go. Bradshaw gets frustrated and delivers a nasty hammer shot over the back of Edge, then pulls him in for a Powerbomb and gets Edge up, but The Rated R Superstar begins firing with right hands to Layfield as he's up high. JBL struggles with Edge doing this and charges towards the ropes with Edge still up on his shoulders, looking to dump Edge out BUT EDGE GRABS THE ROPES ON THE WAY OUT AND USES BRADSHAW'S MOMENTUM TO TAKE HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE AND CRASH DOWN TO THE FLOOR!

ELIMINATED @ 65:21 – JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD BY EDGE

JBL is furious he's been eliminated as he snarls and kicks the steel steps in anger, as the referee's at ringside tell him it's time to head to the back. Back inside the ring we are down to the final four. Triple H and Christian from RAW, Randy Orton and Edge from SmackDown!
Each of the four men are positioned in a corner each, recovering, especially Christian who's been in for over an hour and Randy Orton who had a match earlier and has been in for over 40 minutes.
They all stand, eyeing each other off, nobody too keen to make the first move. All four men slowly begin inching towards each other ever so slightly, their eyes continually scanning between their opponents, as a "Triple H" chant breaks out, and finally we get some action as Randy Orton leaps at Christian, and Triple H blocks a right hand from Edge and begins rocking The Rated R Superstar with rights of his own! Triple H backs Edge to the ropes and looks to finish him off, charging in with a clothesline BUT EDGE ELEVATES TRIPS OVER THE SHOULDER AND THE TOP ROPE – BUT TRIPLE H MANAGES TO LAND ON THE APRON! The crowd erupts as Edge turns and tries to knock Triple H off with a right hand, but The Game blocks it and then pulls Edge into a front face lock and tries to Suplex Edge out! Edge puts the breaks on, blocking the hold, but Triple H quickly clubs him over the back and this time gets Edge up with the Suplex, over the ropes, BUT EDGE LANDS ON THE APRON BESIDE TRIPLE H! The crowd are on their feet as the two go back and forth, trading blows, trying to knock the other off, however with fatigue setting in, neither has the zip in their punches to take the other off.
Meanwhile Randy Orton is whipped towards the ropes, as Triple H and Edge are going at it on the apron, HHH MOVES OUT OF THE WAY BUT ORTON HITS EDGE, KNOCKING HIM OFF THE APRON TO THE FLOOR!

ELIMINATED @ 67:02 – EDGE BY RANDY ORTON

The crowd erupts as Edge is gone and Randy Orton staggers back to Christian after colliding with The Rated R Superstar, as Christian grabs Orton and rushes him to the ropes! Christian takes Randy Orton over and The Legend Killer is hanging on forr dear life as Triple H re enters the ring and comes up behind on Christian AND DUMPS CAPTAIN CHARISMA OVER – CHRISTIAN TRIES DESPARATELY TO HOLD ON – BUT HE CAN'T AS HE TUMBLES OUT!

ELIMINATED @ 67:34 – CHRISTIAN BY TRIPLE H

It's a mixed reaction for that after a hugely impressive showing from Christian, lasting over an hour. Randy Orton manages to scramble back into the ring before Triple H can get him out too, and we're down to the final two. Former friends and team mates in Evolution, Triple H from RAW and Randy Orton from SmackDown!
Both men are sore, exhausted as they stare down, and then they explode at each other! Trips lands the first blow with a right hand, returned by Orton, Trips, Orton, Trips, Orton, Trips as the two rock each other. Orton returns with a European Uppercut which sends HHH staggering away spaghetti legged, and then he charges in as The Game but is met with a boot to the gut! Triple H hooks the arms with Randy Orton kicking wildly trying to block it – PEDIGREE – NO! Orton does block it and then elevates Triple H up and over with a Back Body Drop! Trips gets up slowly, clutching at his back AS ORTON LEAPS UP WITH THE RKO – TRIPLE H PUSHES HIM AWAY! Hunter shoves Orton to the ropes and looks to meet him with a clothesline, but Randy ducks under and Triple H spins around INTO THE RKO! Orton hits it, Triple H eats canvas! However Randy Orton is down aswell, exhausted and fatigued, in no state to capitalise immediately.
The crowd start up another "Triple H" chant, not wanting to see Randy Orton win as The Legend Killer begins to stir. Orton pulls himself up with some assitance from the ropes and shakes the cobwebs loose, then smirks as he sees Trips down and does his pose again to huge heat. Randy walks over to Triple H who has just started to show signs of life himself, and grabs The Game by the shoulders, pulling him up to a vertical base.
Orton then, holding Triple H by the back of the head, runs him to the ropes BUT TRIPLE H COUNTERS AT THE LAST MINUTE AND USES ORTON'S MOMENTUM TO SEND HIM FLYING OVER THE TOP ROPE – AND OUT TO THE FLOOR BELOW! Triple H is going to WrestleMania to challenge for the title!

ELIMINATED @ 69:17 – RANDY ORTON BY TRIPLE H

The crowd goes wild as Triple H drops to his knees, having gotten the better of Randy Orton in the end. The Game raises his arms in victory

Winner @ 69:17 – Triple H

Triple H has his hand raised by Mike Chioda as Randy Orton lies on the outside, having come so close

JR: Triple H! Triple H! My God he's done it!

Tazz: Unbelievable JR! Randy Orton looked like he had it, but big ups to The Game, he's showed us all there just why he's called that!

JR: After a hellacious 2006, Triple H has started off 2007 with a bang, and he's going to WrestleMania! What a match, what a Royal Rumble, what a night!


We close out the show with Triple H climbing the turnbuckle and doing his signature pose to a standing ovation from the crowd. Triple H then looks towards the WrestleMania 23 poster hanging from the roof and points to it, signifying he's on the road to it as we

Fade To Black

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Going to try and do something a little different here, and rein myself in a little, as opposed to telling you both what you wrote - which I tend to end up doing with PPV reviews for some reason…

Really, really enjoyed the opening video. Whoever of you was behind that - pat on the back, sir. Excellent start to the show. “Climb to Immortality” is a great tag line too, btw.

Slightly surprised AJ/Benjamin didn’t kick the show off. That looked like a perfect opener to me, but Jericho/Orton works too, I guess. Orton being reluctant to engage initially played into things until his dropkick. Surprised that Jericho got in so little offence, and some of his trademark spots like the springboard dropkick and his other high flying moves weren’t used at all.

Really, outside of the titl-a-whirl, Walls and the Bulldog/Lionsault combo, plus the usual strikes … it was all Orton in terms of offence. A decent match for what it was, but felt more like a quick TV match rather than a PPV grudge match, so ultimately, something of a disappointment if I’m honest, and felt like half of a 13 minute match too.

No messing from The Berg tonight, as usual.

The Christian/Foley segment was fun. Obviously Captain Charisma has drawn a pretty shitty number, but him trying to change numbers was great. Glad there’s a few of these number drawing skits. That said, there was an undercurrent here to me, that there’s more to the Christian/Foley stuff - and an actual match between the two at WrestleMania is something I wouldn’t be surprised to see.

The early going between Benjamin and Styles was somewhat surprising. Given the athleticism between the two, I expected a lot more high flying early on, rather than the barrage of blows both men used mainly. There was a spot where Benjamin looked for a break to keep AJ off him, which was just too similar to Orton ducking Jericho in the opening match. Yeah, it’s heel tactics 101, but not two matches in a row. One of the pitfalls of two guys booking together I guess, but some more communication about what you’re both planning to do in matches on the same show would be a good idea, or some kind of editing process to work out the kinks in future.

Good to see you eventually working toward showing off the athletic ability of both men, with Benjamin learning from his earlier missed Stinger splash to land on the buckles, but then leapt into a dropkick. Thankfully Benjamin DID finally hit the Stinger Splash. You included a bunch of great near falls late on in the match, and some superb counters like that Hurricanrana into the power bomb, and AJ countering Benjamins attempt at the Styles Clash. Styles had to win this time, and thankfully he did. Still a little surprised this match didn’t open the show, it seemed primed to be perfect for that role, and after reading the match, I still feel it was perfect to kick the show off. If it was simply for symmetry of SD match, Raw match, SD match, Raw match, I don’t think having Raw, SD, SD, Raw would’ve been much of a big deal.

Couple of nice promos from Angle and Rock, though another backstage segment with people picking numbers out of the tumbler would’ve been nice too.

Intense. Angle and Goldberg didn’t disappoint in that respect. Expected Goldberg to get the better of Angle initially, rather than Angles speed helping him out in getting the upper hand, but the match took a 50/50 route of sorts to my eye, as opposed to what I expected to see with Goldberg in control for the most part. Couple of things from Goldberg didn’t really work for me, that being his ankle lock attempt, and him also taking the low road of cradling Angle and hooking the tights. Not really something I’d expect from Goldberg - even as a heel, especially when he’s a monster heel.

Again, I didn’t think the ref bump was necessary, saving Goldberg from defeat, even though he’d go on to lose anyway - and in the process tapped out in the match twice - him tapping out the first time made the eventual tap at the end mean less. It should’ve been a huge moment for Angle to make the indestructible Goldberg tap - and should’ve happened at the crescendo of the match, not mid way through. An Angle Slam for a clear three count at this stage would’ve worked better - or even still, Goldberg having a clear pin on Angle with the ref down would’ve protected The Berg and gave him an out for later in the match when he actually lost.

The steel chair did add to proceedings, and made the most of the ref bump, with The Berg bloodying Angle. If Goldberg was aware of the referee being out, then the inside cradle makes him look like a dumb ass. Not a good look for a top monster heel imo, but it fed nicely into the Spear from Bill. The finish - like I alluded to earlier - would’ve meant more had Goldberg not tapped out twice earlier in the match, and ultimately he loses a lot of steam in this match imo, even if his ankle is shattered to pieces; he still tapped out three times - but Angle looks superhuman - and the Anklelock is put over as the ultimate submission hold too.

I would say the two of you need to get on the same page though when it comes to putting the PPV events together, as this didn’t feel like a 30 minute match, especially with the match times of the two Raw matches, with the Rock/Brock match being half as long time wise, yet just a little shorter than this in reality. It’s a small thing, but it makes a big difference to be on the same wavelength in match times.

Ahhh, the Austin/Goldberg feud is ready to explode. No doubt Bill will cost Austin in the Rumble later.

The slower tempo early on with Rock and Brock was a nice change of pace. Brock obviously would overpower Rock, so it was good to see you have Rock think about it and change tact. This one seemed to take a different route, with a more physical story, and a lot of action happening out of the ring in the first half of the match, with the Samoan Drop from Rock to Brock on the outside a big spot. It felt like a dominating performance from Brock at times, with Rock really staying in the match with counters and reversals.

It really put Lesnar over as a force - without actually dominating the match, as Rock was always in the contest with his counters to everything - especially the F5 countered into Rocks fancy DDT. Always pleases me to see something that happens earlier in the match come back and play a role later on with Rock selling the earlier work on his back by Lesnar preventing him from hitting the Rock Bottom. Brock came across as a dumb ass here too, forgetting he would be DQ’ed for using the title belt. Cena proving to be the difference maker with the distraction was a shocking conclusion to the match - and sets Rock/Cena in motion for Mania. Going into WrestleMania with Lesnar as champion could be interesting, as I had this pegged to be Cena/Rock for the title at WM - and I can only imagine Lesnar will be the man to meet the Rumble winner…

Disappointing that there wasn’t any more backstage skits with people picking numbers after the Christian segment earlier in the night. Orton taking out Jeff to steal a spot in the Rumble adds another contender to the mix - and I wonder if Jericho will find a way into the match too??

Christian as the first entrant had to be expected after his earlier shenanigans. Wow. Austin being #2?? That’s big. It made the opening salvo much more interesting with the two rivals kicking off with each other, and including Tomko was smart too to add that early Stunner for a quick pop. Regal and Mercury looked like two quick fall guys, so it was a surprise that they lasted before Kennedy beefed the match up a little.

Disappointing that Noble didn’t survive too long, but Mercury was always going to be one of those guys that was there to make up the numbers. Goldberg screwing Austin that early is BIG. I expected it - but much later. Christian dumping Austin should give CC plenty to brag about on Raw. Monty in early too, though I thought he’d be one of those guys that would run through a bunch of people and eliminate them upon arrival. I’m convinced Kane has it written in his contract that he has to eliminate at least one person in the Rumble every year.

No mention from J.R or Tazz that Orton essentially stole Jeff Hardys spot in the Rumble?? Odd. Helps when you’ve got friends in high places, eh, X-Pac?? The Taker spot was pretty cool, though I’m disappointed that Monty Brown didn’t look all that impressive in the Rumble. He really could’ve with a dominant performance before the appearance from Taker. He’s just not getting the type of hype he needs for a program against The Deadman at WM.

No surprises that Carlito and X-Pac ended up being fall guys in short order. Now, Booker T is an interesting one. He’d been pushed hard on Raw coming into the Rumble, so he’s one I’m interested to see how he fares. Spinarooni early for the Booker man. Orton looking impressive too, with another elimination to his bow in London, sneakily taking him out after he got rid of Smith. You’re definitely keeping Kane strong for a reason, with a couple of eliminations here and it taking two big names to get him out too, with Edge making a big impact upon arrival.

Triple H @ #20 - sounds promising for The Game. The action really seemed to pick up upon Trips arrival, with Hardy taking his leave and the avoidance of the Spear to hit the Pedigree. Plenty of action in that two minute period. Looks like a lot of the big names got held back for these final ten spots; RVD, CM Punk, HBK, JBL and Big Show (obviously as he was already #30) and helped fill the ring in those closing stages.

The eliminations of Rhyno and Booker so soon upon their arrival shocked me, given how much you like both men. Especially Booker, after he was being pushed hard in the run up to the Rumble. I think that elimination would‘ve been better served for Christian to make rather than Triple H too, given the response his elimination would elicit from the fans. Punk dumping Haas was good too - feeding off their recent matches where Punk beat Haas twice. I liked that.

Helms, Nitro, Maven and Storm really did just make up the numbers late on and add some fodder for the big names to dump. Typical Rumble stuff. Though, in amongst it all, the elimination of RVD was particularly brutal, and continues the RVD/Edge issue with the way Edge finished Van Dam off - and the return of RVD later put the exclamation point on that issue. Kennedy gone in an instant upon Michaels arrival was a shocker - but he had a big run in the match, that hopefully doesn’t go unnoticed in the coming weeks.

Michaels and Hunter come face to face was a big deal - and was rightfully put over as such - until Edge and Christian combined to put an end to that fight before it even started. DX vs. E&C was a nice little sequence to include too. With JBL entering and eliminating Punk almost instantly, it started to get a little old. Almost every big name that entered did the same thing; enter and eliminate someone straight away. Big Show did it too, and it just felt a little shoddy for that to happen with the fresh man eliminating someone as soon as they enter.

Whoa; eight men to eliminate Show. It would’ve been a big spot for a Triple H or HBK to do it on their own, but the multiple person spot works just as good to put over the enormity of Big Show. Storm and Masters naturally would be next to go, and obviously Kennedy didn’t take too well to being eliminated by HBK earlier in the night. That’s another WrestleMania match in the making by the looks of things.

JBL was never a real contender in my eyes, so he made sense to go next, and with RVD in his future, Edge wasn’t likely to be victorious either - leaving the three contenders. Christian had an incredible performance, a star maker if ever there was one. A sixty seven minute run in the Rumble is a record - and you’d better have him run with that for all it’s worth, boasting about the length of time he lasted. Orton and Triple H as the final two is interesting, though Trips always felt like the favourite between them.

Trips vs. Angle or Trips vs. Brock should be good, provided Angle and Lesnar both hang on to their titles in the mean time. Bit disappointing not to have any genuine surprising entrants outside of the Raw and Smackdown rosters, and that’s probably all that was really missing from a very entertaining Rumble match. Some issues overall, but I’ve already written about them, so hopefully the two of you can work out the kinks before WrestleMania and get on the same page.

Trips vs. Brock or Angle
Austin vs. Goldberg
Rock vs. Cena
Christian vs. Foley (?)
Michaels vs. Kennedy
RVD vs. Edge

Has the makings for a loaded WrestleMania.
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