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Re: WWE: The Evolution Of Greed

~Monday Night Raw~
January 22nd, 2007
Lafayette, Louisiana

"Ask Shawn Michaels why I didn't shake his hand."

We start the show with a video recapping the events of last week's show. The video is split into two parts as it were, with the opening section focusing on the 'punishments' laid down upon John Cena, Rob Van Dam and Bobby Lashley last week, with Cena being forced to run the gauntlet, with Cena seeing off Johnny Nitro, Trevor Murdoch, Lance Cade and Hardcore Holly before finally going down to a brutal chair assault from Chris Masters, who then locks on The Masterlock, leaving Cena down and out, which allows Jonathan Coachman to humiliate Cena by scoring the pin on a defenceless Cena. Later in the night, Bobby Lashley takes on The World's Greatest Tag Team in a handicap match, getting the win thanks to a huge assist from Ric Flair and Carlito, while Rob Van Dam takes on the monster Umaga, ad despite Van Dam running Umaga closer to defeat than he's ever been before, ultimately The Samoan Bulldozer gets the win, keeping his 'undefeated' streak alive. The tone of the video changes to a more sombre mood as we see highlights of last week's main event, with DX taking on Rated-RKO for the World Tag Team Championships, with the stipulation that if DX lose, their group will be disbanded forever. After a strong back and forth match, Triple H and Michaels are on the verge of victory, only for Kenny Dykstra to storm the ring, distracting the referee. This prompts Jeff Hardy to race down to the ring, getting involved in a brawl with Kenny. While this happens though, Shawn Michaels has a steel chair in hand, and he swings... and accidently connects with Triple H! This is all Edge and Orton need, as they pin The Game, saving their titles and ending DX. After the match, Michaels offers Trips a handshake... only for The Game to reject, storming up the ramp, leaving a furious HBK in the ring as we fade to black.

After the usual opening video, we head into the arena for the pyro display before scanning the crowd to the sounds of J.R. and King...

Jim Ross: Monday Night Raw makes it's last stop on the Road to the Rumble live tonight here in Lafayette, Louisiana. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the show, I am Good Ol' J.R., Jim Ross, alongside me as always is my colleague Jerry 'The King' Lawler, and King, after the way we went off the air last week, tonight is a night for answers.

Jerry Lawler: Boy you ain't kiddin' J.R.! I mean, we now know that D-Generation X has ceased to exist, but the manner in which it happened has left all of us askin' questions. Did Shawn Michaels mean to strike Triple H with that chair? What about Triple H refusing to shake hands with Michaels after the match? What's gonna happen to the friendship between these two? A lot of questions J.R., I hope we get the answers tonight.

Jim Ross: You really think Shawn Michaels intentionally struck Triple H with that steel chair last week?

Jerry Lawler: I certainly think it's a possibility, don't you?

Jim Ross: I don't know about that, but we'll have to wait to find out.




It's a mostly positive response as the WWE Champion John Cena bursts out onto the stage, stopping at the top of the ramp to soak in the cheers. Cena offers a salute to the fans, before he charges down the ramp and slides into the ring...

Jim Ross: But there's the man who last week was the subject of a brutal gauntlet match, and after surviving a beating from four Raw superstars, it took a vicious assault with a steel chair and then ultimately The Masterlock from Chris Masters to finally keep Cena down.

Jerry Lawler: Right and we're kickin' things off tonight with John Cena one on one with The Masterpiece. And you gotta think John Cena can't wait to get his hands on Chris Masters.

Jim Ross: It's gonna be a slobberknocker, I know that much. Also tonight, the man John Cena defends the WWE Championship against this Sunday, Rob Van Dam is in action as he takes on Johnny Nitro, and the final Raw spot in the Rumble is up for grabs as two former ECW Superstars collide when CM Punk and Hardcore Holly meet, plus, the Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy will also be in action.

Jerry Lawler: Yeah but don't forget J.R., that all important Number 30 spot in the Royal Rumble Match is on the line. 10 Raw superstars go at it in a 10 Man Over The Top Rope Battle Royal, with the winner entering the Royal Rumble at Number 30! What a huge advantage that'll be for whoever wins.

In the ring, Cena hands his title belt over to the referee and tosses his cap into the crowd, before he starts pacing the ring, patiently awaiting the arrival of...


It's a good deal of heat that greets the arrival of Chris Masters, who steps out onto the ramp with his robe over his shoulders, before he explodes out of the robe to a burst of pyro, before flexing and posing and then finally making his way down to the ring...

Jim Ross: He's got a phenomenal physique, and as we've seen in recent weeks, he can do a lot of damage in the ring. It was Chris Masters who did that hard work last week that allowed Jonathan Coachman to humiliate John Cena.

Jerry Lawler: And for what we read on wwe.com earlier today, it seems that 'The Coach' managed to pull a few strings and reward Chris Masters for his efforts last week with a spot in the Royal Rumble. But will Chris Masters even make it to the Royal Rumble once John Cena gets his hands on him?

Match 1: Non Title Match
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Chris Masters

Straight from the bell, Cena goes on the attack, looking to get his hands on Masters quickly, only for Masters to back into the corner and duck his head through the ropes, arrogantly motioning for Cena to back off. With a bit of persuasion from the ref, Cena backs off, allowing Masters to return to the centre of the ring. This time the two go for the more traditional tie up, with initially neither of the two powerhouses giving an inch, so Cena switches into a side headlock, only for Masters to back Cena into the ropes, sending them off them, which leads to Cena running Masters down with a shoulderblock. Cena quickly runs the ropes again, with Masters dropping to a vertical base to avoid the contact, and as Cena springs back off the ropes towards him, Masters is quickly back up to drop Cena with a shoulderblock of his own. Instead of capitalizing on this, Masters instead arrogantly poses in Cena’s face, flexing his chest and arms. Cena smiles and gets back to his feet, with the pair tying up again. This time it’s Masters who works the headlock, only for Cena to quickly counter with the killswitch. Cena is quickly back up, and as Masters staggers towards the ropes, Cena charges, sending Masters over the top rope to the floor.

Not wasting anytime, Cena follows Masters outside, aggressively pounding Masters with stiff forearms to the face and back, before whipping Masters shoulder first into the steel steps. The aggressive nature of Cena’s attack continues as he again aims shots to the back, before rolling Masters into the ring for a quick 2 count. After a few more shots, Cena looks to send Masters off the ropes, but when Masters ducks a clothesline, The Masterpiece quickly drops Cena with an inverted DDT. Masters takes his time to recover from the initial Cena offence, but he soon goes on the attack, snapping Cena over with a suplex and following with a powerslam. More damage to the lower back follows, as Masters strikes with knees to the base of the spine before a hard Irish whip sends Cena crashing into the turnbuckle and down to the mat, gaining Masters another near fall.

Masters is in control now, but as he pulls Cena back to his feet, Cena strikes with a sudden pair of right hands, charging off the ropes... but running into Masters’ arms as he scoops Cena up... for a painful backbreaker! But Masters doesn’t release his grip, instead forcing pressure on Cena’s chin, transitioning into a pendulum backbreaker submission. Forcing Cena down across his knee, Masters ups the pressure on Cena’s spine, with the WWE Champion clawing at the hand pressing down on his chin, trying to break free from Masters’ grasp. Masters continues to ramp up the pressure, and it appears Cena is beginning to fade. However, in one last desperate effort to break free, Cena swings a boot at Masters’ head, and another one, before a third finally forces Masters to let go. Both men stagger to their feet, where Cena connects with a trio of rights, before forcing Masters to the ropes for an Irish whip... but Masters reverses... flying shoulderblock from Cena!

Again Cena charges off the ropes, nailing a second flying shoulderblock, before quickly getting back on his feet to drop masters with the sitout hiptoss. With Masters down, Cena comes off the ropes, dusting off a shoulder and shouting “You can’t see me!” before connecting with the five knuckle shuffle! Cena returns to a vertical base, waiting for Masters to rise. Eventually The Masterpiece pulls himself up using the ropes, staggering to the middle of the ring, where Cena makes his move... as he hoists Masters onto his shoulders... FU... no! Masters drops to his feet behind Cena... and goes for the masterlock!! Masters wraps his arms under Cena’s... but Cena shows amazing strength to block Masters’ arms, forcing Masters’ grip to widen... so he can again hoists Masters up... FU!!! Cena plants Masters but instead of going for the cover, a vindictive look flashes across Cena’s face... he’s not done with Masters yet. Instead, Cena twists Masters over, steps behind him... and locks on the STFU!!! Masters, still suffering from the effects of the FU, tries to struggle to the ropes, but with him trapped in the centre of the ring, he offers little resistance in tapping out!

Winner: John Cena @ 08.36

Cena holds onto the STFU for a good few seconds after the bell rings, before finally relenting and letting go, which sees Masters simply collapse on the mat. Cena is quickly back on his feet, selling the effects on Masters' attack, but still managing to raise his championship high in the air as the ref raises his arm in victory. Cena takes one last look down at the fallen Masters before he drops to the mat and rolls under the bottom rope, slapping hands with a few fans as we fade backstage...

To the sight of the World Tag Team Champions Edge and Randy Orton already deep in conversation, the two discussing tonight's Battle Royal...

Randy Orton: Listen, we need to be on the same page tonight. It's obvious we are the best two athletes in that Battle Royal, and that both of us deserve to be headlining Wrestlemania.

Edge: Yeah, but only one of us can be Number 30... and only one of us can win the Royal Rumble.

Randy Orton: I know. But you and me, we need to divide and conquer out there tonight. Look at who we're in the ring with. We need to be smart and let everyone else tear each other apart, and then we make our move.

Edge nods in agreement...

Randy Orton: We let Haas and Benjamin go at it with Flair and Carlito. Triple H and Shawn Michaels? There not on the same page anymore. Hell, it wouldn't surprise me to see the two of them wanna go at each other after what happened last week. Lashley and Umaga, they're the two guys we need to look out for.

Edge: Let those two go at it. We don't need any part of them.

Randy Orton: Right. And then we pick off everybody else until you and me are the last two in the ring. Then...

Edge: May the best man win.

Randy Orton: Exactly.

A brief standoff between the two ensues, neither man wanting to give an inch, but before it can go anywhere, Kenny Dykstra enters the room to join his Rated-RKO colleagues...

Kenny Dykstra: Hey guys. What's goin' on?

It's a slight feeling of awkwardness between Edge and Orton, neither man wanting to break their stare on the other...

Randy Orton: (Still looking at Edge) Nothin' Kenny. Nothin'.

Sensing their is obviously tension in the room, Dykstra quickly moves to change the subject...

Kenny Dykstra: Anyway, what about last week guys? I mean, I did what you guys wanted. I helped you keep the tag titles.

Finally breaking their stare at each other, Edge and Orton both turn to face Dykstra...

Edge: What? Oh yeah, great way to help us out Kenny. All you did was drag Jeff Hardy into our match last week.

Randy Orton: But despite that, Jeff Hardy stuck his nose where it didn't belong. He got involved in out business, and as far as I'm concerned, that means we owe him one.

Edge shakes his head, while Dykstra is naturally pleased...

Kenny Dykstra: So after I scratched your backs last week... you're gonna scratch mine now. Right?

Randy Orton: Don't worry. We'll take care of it.

The Rated-RKO trio smile at each other, none more so than Kenny, who of course faces Jeff Hardy this Sunday at the Royal Rumble for the Intercontinental Championship. Edge is first to turn and leave the scene, followed by Orton, with the camera remaining focused on Dykstra, but as we fade to commercial, J.R. can say nothing but ask...

"What did they mean by that?"


*Video Package*


APRIL 2ND, 1995

Much like Wrestlemanias of the past, the NFL once again makes it's presence felt on the Superbowl of Wrestling as Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor steps into the ring to take on the Beast From The East, Bam Bam Bigelow. Taylor brings with him a host of current NFL players, while Bigelow is flanked by Ted DiBiase's Million Dollar Corporation, with the two squads serving as lumberjacks for the match. On several occasions the football players and wrestlers clash, while in the ring, an unbelievable gutsy effort from Taylor sees him withstand an onslaught from Bam Bam, only for Taylor to somehow grab the victory with a flying forearm from the second rope, much to the disgust of DiBiase.


*End Video Package*

We then cut to the office of the Chairman of the Board to see Mr. McMahon stood in the middle of the room, talking to someone on his cell phone...

Mr. McMahon: No... no, don't worry... listen, I can handle it, alright?... Hey, after last week, neither of those two are gonna be puttin' their hands on me again... alright... listen, there's no need for you to be there... alright, fine. You wanna be there this Sunday? Be my guest...

Vince's attention is soon taken by a knock at the door, with Jonathan Coachman bursting into the room, a huge smile on his face and an thick A4 size brown envelope in his hand...

Mr. McMahon: Alright... alright, I'll see you this Sunday... bye.

McMahon snaps shut his phone, before turning to Coach with a devilish smile on his face...

Mr. McMahon: Is that what I think it is?

Barely able to contain himself, Coach quickly tears open the top of the envelope...

Jonathan Coachman: This is it Sir! This is what we've been waitin' for!

Coach pulls out a stack of paper, but before he gets a chance to read the first page, McMahon snatches it out of his hands...

Mr. McMahon: Do you mind?

Sheepishly, Coach backs away, allowing Vince to read. After flicking through a few pages, that evil grin flashes across his face once again...

Mr. McMahon: Perfect! (To himself) They got all my changes, all my stipulations...

Beaming, McMahon looks up from the contract and stares at Coachman...

Mr. McMahon: Y'know somethin' Coach? I have a feelin' this is going to be a very good nigh for me. A VERY good night.

The camera stays focused on McMahon as he again looks at the contract, a smug smirk on his face before we cut back into the arena for...


It's a good pop for Raw's newest acquisition as CM Punk steps out onto the ramp. Punk bends down on one knee, tapping his wrist and holding it to his ear before bouncing up and shouting "It's clobberin' time!" before he confidently walks down to the ring...

Jim Ross: What on earth could Mr. McMahon have in store for John Cena and RVD tonight?

Jerry Lawler: Well whatever it is, I think Mr. McMahon is gonna enjoy it. D'you see that smile on his face when he read that contract?

Jim Ross: Anytime Mr. McMahon smiles I get a bad feelin' about it. But that's still to come, and right now, I for one am very excited for the Raw debut of that young man, the Straight Edge Superstar, CM Punk. I liked what I saw of that kid on ECW, and I think he'll be a great addition to the Raw roster.

Jerry Lawler: Yeah but J.R., they say he doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, he doesn't do drugs... don't ya' think that's kinda boring?

Jim Ross: Well we can't all be as wild as the King of Memphis.

By now Punk is in the ring, removing his t-shirt as...


The always stern faced Hardcore Holly steps out, not wasting any time in heading down the ramp with his no nonsense approach...

Jim Ross: He's tougher than a two dollar steak, and last week, Hardcore Holly played his part in the assault of John Cena.

Jerry Lawler: Well this is gonna be quite the test for CM Punk. Hardcore Holly can do a lot of damage when he gets goin'...

Match 2: Royal Rumble Qualifier
Hardcore Holly
vs. CM Punk

From the first tie up it’s clear that Holly has little regard for Punk, despite Punk building up quite the reputation during his brief spell as part of ECW. So much so that instead of a more traditional collar and elbow tie up to start the match, Holly opens with a stiff slap to the face. Rubbing his jaw, Punk fires back with a series of stiff kicks to the thigh and right hands, before sending Holly off the ropes into a snap powerslam. Holly is quickly back up, but so is Punk to catch him with an armdrag, before Punk makes a quick move... for the anaconda vice! Punk looks for the quick submission, but the veteran Holly quickly scrambles to grab the ropes, forcing the break. Punk stays on the attack though, snapmaring Holly over for a dropkick to the back, gaining Punk a two count. More kicks and fists follow, but when Punk sends Holly to the corner and follows in, Holly elevates Punk over the top rope. Punk manages to land on the apron, but Holly rocks him with a big clothesline, which sees Punk drop to the apron and then to the floor.

Seeing Punk is down and hurt and knowing a count out win would be enough, Holly leaves Punk on the outside while the ref counts, all the while recovering from Punk’s earlier attack. The referee makes it to six with his count before Punk makes a move... seven... eight, and Punk is by the apron... rolling in as the ref makes it to nine. Holly is quickly on the attack, dropping a flurry of boots, elbows and knees before a hard Irish whip sends Punk to the corner, where Holly applies the boots to the midsection. Holly then drags Punk out of the corner to drop him with a scoop slam, before climbing to the second rope to connect with a diving legdrop, gaining Holly a long two count. The hardcore one looks to continue to pile on the offence, but when he goes for an Irish whip to the corner, Punk uses the ropes to elevate himself over the on rushing Holly, dropping on his feet behind Holly to nail a stiff kick to the head.

Punk then grabs Holly for a bulldog out of the corner, before Punk waits for Holly to get back up, knocking the veteran down repeatedly with a series of clotheslines. After the fourth knockdown, Holly is reeling, crawling to the ropes to distance himself. Punk stays on the attack, whipping Holly across, but Holly reverses... Punk ducks a clothesline and jumps to the second rope... springboard crossbody... but Holly rolls through... 1... 2... no! Punk kicks out, much to Holly’s annoyance. Both men return to their feet, where a stiff kick to the gut regains Holly the advantage. Going for an Irish whip, Holly sends Punk off the ropes, and he jumps looking for a dropkick... but Punk grabs the ropes, seeing Holly crash to the mat. Punk wastes no time in attacking, as when Holly staggers to his feet, Punk makes his move... he scoops Holly up onto his shoulders... throws him in the air... to let Holly crash into his knee! The Go To Sleep makes its debut, and Punk hooks the leg for the elementary 3 count!

Winner: And qualifying for the Royal Rumble, CM Punk @ 05.13

Punk books his place in the Royal Rumble this Sunday, after overcoming the stern test put infront of him from Holly. Punk uses the ropes to pull himself back to his feet, clutching at his ribs, all the while looking up at the Royal Rumble banner hanging from the rafters...

Jim Ross: An impressive debut here on Monday Night Raw for CM Punk. And could Punk be the one to realise the dream of headlining Wrestlemania?

Jerry Lawler: I think he's got as good a shot at it as anyone. I think CM Punk is a very impressive addition to the Raw roster. He could go a long way in the Rumble this Sunday, just wait and see.

Jim Ross: I gotta agree with ya' King. I think that young man could have a huge future here on Monday nights. But right now, let's head backstage, where our broadcast colleague, Todd Grisham is standing by.

We snap from the image of Punk trading high fives with the ringside fans to the sight of Todd Grisham stood square infront of the camera, dressed in a sharp suit with the mic in his hand...

Todd Grisham: Thanks J.R. and King. I'm standing by with former D-Generation X member... 'The Game'... Triple H.

Grisham turns to his right as [B}Triple H[/B] enters from off screen, to an initial solid pop, but there's that underlying element of boos in there too. Gone is the DX t-shirt, instead The Game now sports one of his custom design black tees. With a stern look on his face, The Game cups his chin with a taped hand, while the other arm is crossed across his chest, with Grisham feeling just a tad intimidated...

Todd Grisham: Triple H, last week, we all watched with shock as you and Shawn Michaels lost the World Tag Team Championship match to Rated-RKO, in the process ending DX forever. Triple H, I'd like to take you back to watch the highlights of the closing moments of that match last week. If you could just watch the monitor behind us...

Grisham motions towards the TV set stood behind the pair, and The Game turns to watch, his taped hand still across his chin...

...Edge stands behind Triple H... steel chair in hand! Edge readies himself, poised to strike, chair in the air... only for Michaels to yank it out of Edge’s hand!! Michaels saves his partner from a certain chair shot, and he swings at Edge... only for Edge to ducks... MICHAELS ACCIDENTLY NAILS TRIPLE H!! The Game crashes to the mat, with Michaels having a look of sheer disbelief on his face. Stunned and still with the weapon in his hand, Michaels is blindsided by Edge, who bodychecks Michaels through the ropes to the floor, while Orton quickly pounces to cover Triple H, with the ref oh so conveniently turning around in time to make the cover...


“No! Not like this!”


“Don’t let it end this way!”

Michaels desperately slides back into the ring and dives to break up the cover...


But he’s just... too... late.

Winners: And still World Tag Team Champions, Rated-RKO @ 12.47

Jim Ross: Bah Gawd I can't believe it! Somehow, someway, Edge and Randy Orton have managed to win this match and keep their titles.

Jerry Lawler: Yeah and in the process, they've just killed off DX forever!

Exhausted but somehow still standing, Edge drags his partner out of the ring, throwing Orton's arm over his shoulder to keep Orton standing. The ref hands Edge and Orton their belts, as the two slowly, painfully back their way up the ramp...

Jerry Lawler: They did it. All those months ago, Edge and Orton joined forces to try and extinguish the flame that was DX. Well, they've finally done it.

Jim Ross: They didn’t do nothin’ King! DX had this match won, if it wasn’t for the actions of Kenny Dykstra. And then poor Shawn Michaels, he was swinging for Edge.

Jerry Lawler: I dunno J.R., I mean are you sure he was swinging for Edge?

Jim Ross: Aw for Gawd’s sake, of course he was!

In the ring, Triple H finally starts to come too, while Michaels is down on his knees in the centre of the ring, his head buried in his hands, the dejection there for all to see...

Jim Ross: Look at Shawn Michaels. He looks absolutely devastated by what just happened.

Despite his look of devastation, Michaels manages to pull himself to his feet and then help Triple H up also. The Game is initially shaky on his feet, but he soon steadies himself, standing next to Michaels in the middle of the ring...

Jim Ross: These two, best of friends for as long as I can remember. And now, their dreams of being tag team champions together are over.

The crowd gives a warm response as the two sheepishly stare at each other, pride forbidding either man from wanting to show any emotion. It's Michaels who goes first, slowly offering Triple H a handshake. The crowd cheers, certain The Game will respond...

But he doesn't.

Instead, Trips stares at Michaels hand, before slowly making his way to the ropes, rolling under them and walking up the ramp, his back to Michaels the whole time.

Jerry Lawler: What was... what was that all about?

Jim Ross: I... I... I honestly don't know. Emotions are runnin' high but... I never expected to see somethin' like that.

Michaels walks towards the ropes, placing both hands on them, watching his former partner walk up the ramp. Slight boos follow The Game’s movements, with the camera switching between the dejection on the face of HBK and the cold blooded stare of The Game. Soon though, both men's facial expressions change...

As The Game flashes a quick smirk...

While Michaels' face changes to pure rage...

We cut back to the present day as Grisham and Trips turn back towards the camera, The Game's expression not changing an inch...

Todd Grisham:Obviously that had to be hard for you to watch Triple H, but my question for you is... why did you refuse to shake Shawn Michaels' hand at the end of your match last week?

The Game removes his hand from his chin, dropping it to his side as he stares at Grisham in silence for a few seconds before finally speaking...

Triple H: Todd, lemme' ask ya' somethin'. How many years you worked here now? Two, maybe three?

Todd Grisham: Three... three years.

Triple H: Three years. And in all that time Todd... how many partners have I turned my back on?

Flustered, Grisham fumbles for an answer...

Todd Grisham: Uh... um...

A brief smile crosses The Game's face as he places a hand on Todd's shoulder...

Triple H: Relax. I'll tell ya'. Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Batista... I turned my back on all of 'em. I sold each and every one of them down the river... for my own selfish needs. It was nothin' but greed. Each... and every... time.

Boos from the crowd, as The Game shows a more sombre mood on his face...

Triple H: Y'see Todd, I know what it's like to turn my back on someone. I know how it feels when you do it. But last week... last week I felt what it was like to be on the other side. Last week, I felt what it was like to be the one on the receiving end.

Shocked at what he's hearing, Grisham steps in...

Todd Grisham: Wait, wait a second Triple H. Are you saying you believe that last week Shawn Michaels swung that steel chair at you... on purpose?

The Game takes his time with his response, again stroking his chin...

Triple H: Let me put it to ya' this way Todd. You wanna know why I didn't shake Shawn Michaels' hand last week? After all we've been through, after all the history between us, after the end of the greatest tag team this business has ever seen, after all that... why didn't I shake his hand?

Grisham nods...

Triple H: Well Todd... I think you better ask Shawn Michaels why I didn't shake his hand.

Immediately The Game turns and walks off the set, leaving the camera to focus on a stunned and confused Grisham as we fade into commercial.


When we return, we go straight to the announcers desk to hear from J.R. and King...

Jim Ross: Well folks, welcome back to Monday Night Raw. Just before we went to commercial, we heard, quite frankly, a stunning interview from The Game, Triple H, who claimed that last week, Shawn Michaels turned his back on him. That Shawn Michaels, by striking Triple H with a steel chair, albeit accidently in my opinion, stabbed Triple H in the back somehow.

Jerry Lawler: Well, like Triple H said, he's stabbed enough partners in the back over the years to know when it happens to you. I said last week I wasn't sure if Shawn Michaels really was swingin' for Edge...

Jim Ross: (Interrupting) Aw c'mon King, you don't believe that do ya'?

Jerry Lawler: Well, it's a possibility isn't it?

Jim Ross: Well... I guess it's a possibility, but I'd be shocked if that was the case. But both Michaels and Triple H will be in the ring together tonight in that ten man battle royal, as somebody on the Raw roster is gonna earn himself that all important number 30 spot in the Royal Rumble match.

Jerry Lawler: And what a huge advantage that's gonna be for whoever wins that battle royal. If you enter the Royal Rumble, you gotta be considered the favourite.

Jim Ross: And whoever may we win the Royal Rumble match, be it a Raw Superstar or a Smackdown Superstar, they can challenge either the WWE Champion or the World Heavyweight Champion. But by the time the dust settles on the Rumble, just who will the WWE Champion be?

Jerry Lawler: Boy I can't wait for this one J.R.! The WWE Champion John Cena, puts the WWE Championship on the line against the man who's had a huge impact since he returned to Raw, 'Mr. Monday Night' Rob Van Dam. And remember, we've still got the contract signing between the two to come later on tonight!

Jim Ross: You won't wanna miss that one folks. Cena and Van Dam, a long awaited rematch as far as John Cena is concerned. And you won't wanna miss the Intercontinental Championship match either. Jeff Hardy puts his gold up for grabs against Kenny Dykstra. Could Kenny Dykstra, at just 20 years old, become the youngest Intercontinental Champion in WWE history?

Jerry Lawler: Well, it's been quite the rise over the last couple of months for Kenny Dykstra. I just wonder what is this agreement Dykstra has with Edge and Randy Orton? He did them a favour last week, so now it's time for Rated-RKO to return it? That just doesn't sit right with me.

Jim Ross: I'd agree with ya' King, except for the fight that Jeff Hardy has overcame some pretty big the odds in the past. I dunno what Rated-RKO could have in store, but if anybody can overcome whatever obstacles Edge, Orton and Dykstra put in his way, it's Jeff Hardy.

Speaking of...


It's a great pop as the Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy bounces out onto the stage and then down the ramp...

Jim Ross: 'The Charismatic Enigma' will always have his doubters, but time and time again Jeff Hardy has took his game up a notch when he's had to.

Jerry Lawler: Well he may have to go again this Sunday when he faces Kenny Dykstra. Who knows what Randy Orton and Edge could have in mind.

In the ring, Jeff bounds up to the second rope to salute the crowd, and as he bounces back down...


Boos greet the arrival of Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch as the Redneck Wrecking Crew confidently make their way down to the ring...

Jim Ross: And there ya' see two guys who are very happy at being gifted Royal Rumble spots, allegedly I might add, by Jonathan Coachman.

Jerry Lawler: Well we don't know for sure if The Coach managed to swing those Royal Rumble spots as some kind of reward for their efforts last week, but we know for sure Cade and Murdoch will be involved this Sunday.

Jim Ross: It wouldn't surprise me if they enter at number 28 and 29 this Sunday. I know Coach has the connections to make that happen.

Match 3: Non Title Match
Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy vs. Lance Cade w/ Trevor Murdoch

A mismatch in terms of appearance, Cade initially looks to use his size and power advantage by driving Hardy to the corner from the tie up. The ref calls for a break, with Cade gives, until he drives elbows into the side of the head, before sending Hardy across to the opposite corner. Cade charges, only for Hardy to avoid the offense, letting Cade crash into the corner. Cade staggers out, and now it’s Hardy’s turn to attack, rocking Cade with a string of armdrags. After the third armdrag, Cade springs back up and swings a wild right hand, which Hardy ducks... and then connects with the sitout jawbreaker. The impact of the jawbreaker forces Cade to land sitting down in the corner, his head touching the middle turnbuckle. Hardy sees this and quickly makes his move, charging the corner for the rope aided dropkick... but Murdoch quickly drags his partner out of harm’s way, pulling Cade under the bottom rope to the outside. Murdoch helps his partner back to his feet, but as the redneck duo try to regroup, Hardy charges off the ropes and flies through the air... suicide dive! Hardy takes down both members of the crew, and he gets a few shots in on Murdoch before grabbing Cade and tossing him back into the ring. Hardy goes to follow Cade, only for Murdoch to grab his ankle, dragging Hardy back outside. With the ref busy admonishing Cade for something in the ring, his back is turned as Murdoch pulls out Hardy... and then drops him with a big time clothesline! The ref turns just in time to see Murdoch stood nearby to the fallen Intercontinental Champion, but Trevor quickly protests his innocence, backing away to allow Cade to roll under the bottom rope, drop a few stiff boots to Jeff and then toss him back into the ring.

Cade now goes to work, stomping an d dropping elbows on Hardy near the ropes, which leads to the ref calling for Cade to step off. This allows Murdoch to nail Jeff with a cheap shot, which hands Cade a near fall. Cade then enjoys a brief period of dominance, as he sends Jeff off the ropes into a dropkick and then connects with a vertical suplex. Cade then locks on a side headlock, looking to wear Hardy down, but Jeff is able to fight back to his feet, hitting a pair of elbows to the gut to break the hold, but Cade hangs on long enough to club Hardy on the back and send him to the corner... Jeff runs to the top rope... whisper in the wind!

Hardy connects, but both men stay down. Eventually, Jeff pulls himself to his feet while Cade has to use the ropes, and this gives Hardy the advantage as he strikes with right hands, only for Cade to grab Jeff’s boot as he goes for a kick... but Jeff fires back with the mule kick! Cade is reeling as he staggers towards the ropes, and Jeff quickly makes his move, going for an Irish whip... Cade reverses... Jeff ducks a clothesline... and strikes with the twist of fate! Jeff plants Cade, but Murdoch quickly jumps up onto the apron... right hand sends Murdoch flying! Now Jeff climbs to the top rope, steadies himself and flies... swanton bomb!! Jeff nails and hooks the leg... 1... 2... 3!

Winner: Jeff Hardy @ 04.38

The crowd responds as Jeff puts on a solid display with his title defence less than a week away. Cade is quickly dragged out of the ring by Murdoch, and as Jeff is handed back his title, he cautiously looks around the ring, no doubt expecting a Rated-RKO attack... but it never comes. Instead, Jeff drops under the ropes to the outside, slapping a few fans' hands as he makes his way back up the ramp, all the while glancing around him as we cut backstage...

To Jerry Lawler's favourite place. That's right, we're in the Divas Locker Room, where the ever chirpy Maria is stood talking to the beautiful Kelly Kelly, with the two divas in mid conversation...

Maria: Oh no, you'll totally love it here! Don't worry about it.

Kelly Kelly: Gee thanks! I was so worried about comin' here.

Maria: You'll be fine, I know it. So uh, is your boyfriend... Mike is it? Is he gonna be on Raw too?

Kelly Kelly: Um... well, y'know... it's complicated. I dunno if he will or not. I... I don't really wanna talk about it.

Maria: Oh. Oh OK, that's fine. Hey! Hey Mickie!

A few cheers from the crowd as the Women's Champion Mickie James enters the shot, dressed in street clothes, obviously not competing tonight...

Maria: Mickie, I want you to meet the newest Raw Diva, Kelly Kelly!

Mickie James: Hey Kelly. Nice to meet ya'.

Kelly Kelly: Aw thanks! Gosh Mickie, I saw your match last week with Victoria. That was a great win for you.

Mickie glances at the Women's Title slung over her shoulder...

Mickie James: Yeah, it was a tough match but...

The chat quickly end as Victoria strides into the room, walking straight past the Champion but making sure to nudge her shoulder as she does...

Mickie James: Uh... do you mind?

Victoria: No, not really. So Mickie, about our match last week. You seemed like you had somethin' to say.

Mickie James: I was just gonna talk Kelly through how I beat you last week.

Kelly and Maria, both still standing nearby, share a little giggle between each other. Mickie stares defiantly at Victoria, the two going nose to nose almost...

Victoria: Hey, you got lucky last week! I... had... you... BEAT!! I should be the Women's Champion right now!

Mickie James: Oh really? Well if you want this (Holding up Women's Championship)... I'm ready to take you on and beat you again, anytime, anywhere.

Victoria sighs, smirking at Mickie, who remains steely in determination. After a brief staredown, Victoria turns and walks away from Mickie, who returns to her conversation with Maria and Kelly Kelly...

Maria: Wow. She was mad. Like, really mad.

Mickie James: It's nothin' I can't...

Kelly lets out a scream as Victoria flies at Mickie, clubbing the champion from behind! Quickly the two are brawling on the floor, knocking over chairs and tables as they roll on the ground, as a good ol' fashioned catfight breaks out. The pair claw and scratch, pull at hair and brawl all over the locker room. Maria and Kelly do their best to separate the pair, but it's no good as Mickie and Victoria continue to beat on each other.

Eventually both women make it back to their feet, and they brawl their way towards the showers, where Candice Michelle steps out wearing nothing but a towel. Candice screams as Mickie and Victoria brawl right past her, until Victoria catches a break as she manages to push Mickie off her into a locker, and as Mickie turns... Victoria damn near takes her head off with a stiff clothesline! Mickie crashes to the floor hard, instantly clutching the back of her head and her neck, before Victoria mounts her...

Victoria: This... isn't... OVER!!

Victoria grabs a handful of hair before again slamming Mickie's head off the floor. Standing over the champ, Victoria snarls as she breaths hard, staring down menacingly at Mickie before finally walking off. Maria and Kelly Kelly quickly rush to the aid of the Women's Champion, who is laid out in a heap, clutching at her head and crying in pain as we cut to another backstage area.

Where Todd Grisham is once again standing by...

Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time... 'The Heartbreak Kid' Shawn Michaels!

Much like Triple H earlier, the DX gear has gone as Shawn Michaels enters the frame. The crowd responds with a good pop for Michaels, but there is a small amount of boos underneath. Michaels has an irritated look on his face, clearly not wanting to be interviewed at this time...

Todd Grisham: Shawn, earlier tonight we saw the footage of the controversial ending to the World Tag Team Championship match last week, where you struck Triple H with a chair, costing the two of you the match, ending D-Generation X forever. Shawn, earlier tonight, I asked Triple H why he refused a handshake from you at the end of the match, and the response I got from The Game was... that I should ask you why he didn't shake your hand.

Michaels gives a "Really?" look at Grisham, before staring at the ground and shaking his head...

Shawn Michaels: That's what he said?

Grisham nods, to which Michaels can only again shake his head...

Shawn Michaels: I...

Michaels stops, continuing to shake his head, gathering his thoughts...

Shawn Michaels: I got nothin' to say to that.

And with that, Michaels simply walks off the set, leaving Grisham again dumfounded as we fade into commercial...


As soon as we return...


It's a massive pop as Rob Van Dam steps out, stopping at the top of the ramp for his "Rob... Van... Dam!" thumb taunt before he strides confidently down to the ring...

Jim Ross: Welcome back to Monday Night Raw folks. There you see the man who is just six days away from his showdown with John Cena for the WWE Championship. Can Rob Van Dam repeat his efforts from One Night Stand last summer, and once again beat John Cena to become WWE Champion?

Jerry Lawler: I think RVD has a great chance of doing that. We know RVD has done it before, but as John Cena said, it was on RVD's terms. It was an extreme rules match in the Hammerstein Ballroom, full of old school ECW fans. I think this Sunday, it'll be a more level playin' field, but I think RVD is still in with a great shot at takin' the WWE Championship away from John Cena.


The red carpet si quickly rolled down the ramp and the cameras start flashing as Johnny Nitro steps out, as always locked arm in arm with Melina...

Jim Ross: And speakin' of John Cena, that man Johnny Nitro was part fo that gauntlet match last week. Nitro was the first man to face Cena, and he certainly a good job of wearin' Cena down in the early stages.

Jerry Lawler: Right and if RVD's not careful, Johnny Nitro could put a serious dent in Van Dam's WWE Title hopes ahead of this Sunday.

Match 4:
Rob Van Dam
vs. Johnny Nitro w/ Melina

The match kicks off at a quick pace as both men showcase their athletic style of wrestling, The opening moments sees both men running the ropes, with Van Dam finally settling things down by first avoiding Nitro with a leapfrog and then nailing him with a jumping roundhouse kick. Van Dam now attacks with a series of kicks the drive Nitro to the corner, finishing off the flurry with another jumping roundhouse that knocks Nitro down. After a few right hands Nitro is sent to the opposite corner, but as RVD charges Johnny throws up a boot in desperation, which Van Dam runs straight into. RVD staggers to the ropes, and after a brief moments recovery, Nitro charges... only for Van Dam to back body drop Nitro over the top rope to the floor! Melina is quickly over to check on Nitro, but she soon screams and runs as Van Dam climbs to the top rope... twisting crossbody on the floor! RVD takes Nitro down and then slides into the ring, going for another thumb taunt, and he head into a commercial with “Rob... Van... Dam!” ringing out from the crowd as Nitro remains grounded.


When we return, Van Dam is still in control, striking with right hands in the corner before driving his shoulder into Nitro’s gut, and one more time before coming out of the corner with a back handspring and then charging for a monkey flip... but Nitro manages to wrap both arms around the top rope, stopping his momentum and seeing RVD crash down to the mat. Van Dam immediately grabs the back of his head and neck, and Nitro is on it in a flash, clubbing RVD across the back of the head before aiming some well placed knee drops across the neck. Nitro then shows his vicious side, nailing a stiff running knee to RVD’s face and following this by dragging RVD to his feet and throwing him shoulder first into the steel ringpost. A Russian legsweep and string of uppercuts follow, but when Nitro sends RVD off the ropes, Van Dam reverses... Nitro jumps to the middle rope... springboard roundhouse! 1... 2... Van Dam kicks out.

Nitro then looks to wear RVD down with a legscissor headlock, using his legs to squeeze and apply pressure to the neck. Van Dam struggles to break free, twising and turning but to no avail, as Nitro has it locked on tight. Eventually RVD has no option but to twist and flip into a pinfall predicament, and Nitro is forced to break the hold at the 2 count. Both men are quickly back up, with Nitro looking to strike first with a kick, which RVD blocks... to strike with a step over spinning wheel kick! Now RVD looks to put together a string of moves, starting with a pair of kicks to the thigh and then a bridging northern lights suplex that gets him another 2 count. Nitro is dazed by RVD’s burst of offence, and this allows RVD to connect with rights and lefts before sending Nitro to the corner, charging in and this time hitting the monkey flip that sends Nitro flying.

Nitro is still down as Van Dam comes off the opposite rope... rolling thunder... no! Nitro gets both knees up, and RVD crashes into them. Still feeling the effects of RVD’s offense, it takes Nitro a while to return to his feet, but when he does, he waits for Van Dam to rise... Nitro blast... no! RVD ducks, spins Nitro around... jumping roundhouse kick! Nitro goes down, in the perfect spot as RVD climbs to the top rope... five star frog splash!! RVD connects, and he quickly hooks both legs... 1... 2... 3!!

Winner: Rob Van Dam @ 11.57

Exhausted, Van Dam quickly rolls to one side, clutching at his neck and his ribs, selling the effect of the match and the frog splash. Soon though, RVD is back on his feet to have his arm raised to another pop from the crowd before we fade into a video package...

*Video Package*

Narrator: Every year, 30 men chase a dream...

Shots of historical Royal Rumble moments, starting with Shawn Michaels dumping The British Bulldog over the top rope and then collapsing to his knees in victory...

Narrator: 30 men who seek fight for greatness...

Triple H returning in 2002 and last eliminating Kurt Angle before celebrating in the ring...

Narrator: 30 men who strive for their spot...

Quick-fire shots of 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin's three Rumble wins, 1997, 1998 and 2001...

Narrator: In the annals of time.

We now see stadium-wide shots of past Wrestlemania's, with the flashing lights and pyro displays of yesteryear...

Narrator: They crave immortality...

We now see shots from last year's Royal Rumble, starting with Shane McMahon eliminating Shawn Michaels...

Narrator: They strive for prominence...

The iconic image of Rey Mysterio headscissoring Randy Orton over the top rope to claim victory...

Narrator: But only one...

Rapid-fire images of eliminations, with bodies crashing to the floor as the pace of the video quickens...

Narrator: Will fulfil their destiny.


*End Video Package*

We now cut backstage to the sight of Torrie Wilson stood infront of a catering table, making herself what appears to be a cup of coffee. Wilson grips the white styrofoam cup, stirring with a plastic stirrer before having a sip. Happy, Torrie turns to her right to leave... only to stop dead in her tracks as she walks into the waiting Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas. Surprised to see them there, Wilson chokes and coughs...

Torrie Wilson: God you scared me! What are you guys doin'?

Haas has a look of sheer hate on his face, while Benjamin offers Torrie a fake smile...

Shelton Benjamin: Oh. Did... did we scare you? Damn, you hear that Charlie? We scared her!

Charlie Haas: What a shame.

Benjamin turns to Haas and nods...

Shelton Benjamin: That is a shame.

Torrie Wilson: Uh... OK. Well, I'll just be on my way...

Torrie goes to walk past Haas and Benjamin, but neither man budges...

Torrie Wilson: Uh... excuse me.

Again Haas and Benjamin stand their ground, with Haas shaking his head at Wilson...

Shelton Benjamin: Not so fast. We need you to do us a lil' favour Torrie. Y'see, your boy Carlito, we warned him not to get involved in our business with Ric Flair last week. And when he nailed poor Charlie here with a steel chair... he made a huge mistake.

Feeling intimidated, Torrie stares at the ground...

Shelton Benjamin: And that means we got a problem with him.

Charlie Haas: So we want you to give Carlito and old man Flair a little message from us.

Torrie Wilson: A message? What kind of message?

Benjamin turns to Haas and smirks before turning back to Torrie...

Shelton Benjamin: You tell Carlito... that we're comin' after him. As far as we're concerned, we owe him a beatin'.

Benjamin now steps forward, narrowing the gap between him and Torrie...

Shelton Benjamin: A beatin' just as bad as the one we gave Ric Flair two weeks ago. So you go take yo' cup of coffee... and you go find yo' boy Carlito. And you tell him that last week he made the biggest mistake of his life. And he's gonna pay for it...

Now it's Haas who steps forward to get in Torrie's face...

Charlie Haas: And he's gonna start payin' for it tonight!

???: HEY!

The camera zooms out as Jeff Hardy surprisingly enters the shot, the crowd giving the Intercontinental Champion a good pop as he walks towards the catering table...

Jeff Hardy: Why don't you two back off and leave the lady alone?

Haas flashes a real pissed off look on his face while Benjamin has a surprised expression...

Charlie Haas: Stay out of this Hardy. This ain't none of your business.

Jeff Hardy: Oh yeah? Well I'm makin' it my business.

Haas angrily steps towards Hardy, only for Shelton to place an arm across his partner's chest...

Shelton Benjamin: Hey, hey... easy Charlie. Alright Jeff. We ain't got no problem wit' you man. I think we made our point anyway... right Torrie?

Sheepishly, Torrie turns away...

Shelton Benjamin: Yeah I thought so. (To Haas) C'mon man, let's get outta here.

And with that, Haas and Benjamin turn and walk away, leaving Jeff and Torrie behind...

Torrie Wilson: Oh my God, thank you Jeff. I dunno what would've happened if you didn't show up.

Jeff smiles and grabs himself a bottle of water off the table...

Jeff Hardy: Hey, don't worry about it. I'm sure if Carlito wasn't gettin' ready for his match he'd have...

Out of nowhere Hardy is blindsided by Edge, Randy Orton and Kenny Dykstra!! Hardy is hammered from behind by the Rated-RKO trio, causing Jeff to go crashing into the table, knocking it over, sending food and bottles scattering all over the floor. Torrie screams and then runs for the hills, but Edge, Orton and Dykstra take no notice of her, instead they continue to pound Hardy on the floor. Jeff tries to struggle to his knees to put up a fight, but the numbers get to him as Dykstra mounts him, laying in with stiff shots to the skull as Edge and Orton lay in with kicks.

Eventually Kenny stops, returning to his feet to stand with his colleagues...

Edge: Alright! There ya' go! That's how you become a CHAMPION junior!!

Randy Orton: Alright, c'mon let's go.

Edge and Orton turn to leave, but Dykstra, a sick look in his eyes as he stands over Hardy doesn't move...

Kenny Dykstra: No. No I'm not done yet!

Dykstra walks towards another table nearby, chasing away a few backstage workers... and then grabbing hold of two steel chairs!

Dykstra quickly grabs Jeff by the hair, pulling his head off the concrete to place one of the chairs on the ground before releasing his grip, letting Jeff's head drop onto the steel. Loving what they are seeing for their protťgť, Edge and Orton give Kenny plenty of encouragement...

Randy Orton: C'mon Kenny DO IT!!

Edge: Yeah! YEAH DO IT!! HIT 'IM!!

A group of referees and road agents quickly hit the scene, shouting "Back off Kenny!" and "Drop it! Drop the damn chair!", but Orton and Edge keep the agents away, as Kenny raises the second chair high in the air...

"No! Don't do it Kenny!"

Steadying himself...

"Hit 'im!! You wanna be a champion? HIT 'IM!!"

Before bringing the chair down...

for a sickening ONE MAN CON-CHAIR-TO!!!


A sick smile flashes across Dykstra's mouth as he callously drops the chair in his hand, slowly backing away from Hardy, not taking his eyes on the fallen Intercontinental Champion...

Backstage Worker: Get the hell outta here!

Edge and Orton are all smiles as they stand next to Kenny, delighted with Kenny's actions...

Edge: Alright. Alright that's enough, let's go.

Edge and Orton turn to leave, with Kenny slowly following behind, his eyes still locked on Hardy as he leaves the scene...

Backstage Worker: God we... we need some help here! Somebody get an ambulance!

The camera zooms in on Hardy's head, with the Intercontinental Champion not moving an inch since the chair crashed down on his skull. Agents try to check on Hardy, asking "Jeff can you hear me?" but there's no response as we fade into commercial.


After the break we focus on the announce desk and a very sombre looking Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler...

Jim Ross: Uh, ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Monday Night Raw. Just before we went to commercial, Jeff Hardy, the Intercontinental Champion, was the subject of a heinous attack from Rated-RKO, that ended with Jeff Hardy suffering a one man con-chair-to from the man he's scheduled to face this Sunday at the Royal Rumble, Kenny Dykstra.

Jerry Lawler: Yeah but J.R., will Jeff Hardy even be able to compete this Sunday? I mean, during the commercial...

J.R. and King now begin to talk over footage of Jeff, strapped to a stretcher, brace around his neck, being loaded into an ambulance and then driven away...

Jerry Lawler: There you see it, Jeff Hardy bein' loaded into that ambulance. I mean, I didn't hear one word from Jeff as he was bein' checked over by the paramedics.

Jim Ross: From what we understand, there was no response when the medical workers tried to speak to Jeff. Uh... God, I dunno what's gonna happen this Sunday. Will we even have an Intercontinental Championship match? Will Jeff Hardy be able to go next week?

The footage ends with the ambulance driving out of the arena and off into the distance, lights and siren blaring...

Jerry Lawler: And what does it mean if he can't compete? I mean, does Jeff forfeit the title? Does Kenny become the Intercontinental Champion by default? I mean, what's gonna happen?

Jim Ross: I don't know. I honestly don't know. I hope Jeff Hardy is alright, I hope he's out of the hospital soon. Uh... if we get an update on Jeff's condition before we go off the air, we'll relay that information to you folks, but right now... I just don't know.

Jerry Lawler: I guess uh... I guess we'll just have to wait until Sunday.

Jim Ross: Well folks, the Royal Rumble is live on pay-per-view this Sunday, but in two weeks time, February 5th, we've got a special three hour edition of Monday Night Raw.

Jerry Lawler: Right, February 5th is going to Raw: Night Of Champions! And every title here on Raw will be defended that evenin'. I dunno 'bout you J.R., but for my money, the odds of Jeff Hardy still bein' the Intercontinental Champion come February 5th aren't that great.

Jim Ross: It doesn't look good no.


It's a good response from the crowd as for the first time in six months we hear 'Sexy Boy' accompany the entrance of Shawn Michaels, who steps out before dropping to his knees in prayer as pyro fires off behind him...

Jim Ross: But we'll try put that to one side for now, as it's time to find out just who will be the 30th entrant in the Royal Rumble match this Sunday. And what could be goin' through the mind of Shawn Michaels right now after what we heard Triple H say earlier?

Jerry Lawler: Well Todd Grisham tried to find out what was goin' through the mind of Shawn Michaels, and all he got was pretty much a 'No Comment' from HBK.

Jim Ross: I can't wait to see what happens when Shawn Michaels and Triple H get in the ring together. I can't wait to see how those two respond to each other.

Jerry Lawler: Can Shawn Michaels put Triple H out of his mind long enough to grab himself the number 30 spot? That's what I wanna find out.


As has been the norm in recent weeks, it's a good pop with that underlying of boos with it as the ECW Champion Bobby Lashley confidently makes his way down the ramp...

Jerry Lawler: And what about this guy J.R.? Bobby Lashley's gotta be in with a big chance of winnin' the Royal Rumble, and he'll have an even better chance if he enters at number 30.

Jim Ross: On his day, Bobby Lashley can be as dominant as anyone in the square circle. Although Lashley, much like the WWE Champion John Cena, has had his share of problems with Mr. McMahon in recent weeks.


Instants boos for the appearance of Umaga, who as always is lead down the ramp by Armando Alejandro Estrada...

Jerry Lawler: That's my favourite right there. I mean, can you imagine if somebody as dominant as Umaga entered the Rumble at number 30?

Jim Ross: He still has never been pinned, never been forced to submit, and last week, he looked damn impressive in knockin' off Rob Van Dam in singles competition.

Jerry Lawler: Well I think if these other nine guys were smart, they'd gang up and try eliminate Umaga. I don't think anybody's gonna be able to do it one on one.




It's filthy heat for the World Tag Team Champions Edge and Randy Orton, no doubt due to everyone in the arena having seen their attack on Jeff Hardy moments ago...

Jim Ross: Well I hope those two sons of bitches are happy with the monster they've created in Kenny Dykstra. I hope they're happy they just helped send Jeff Hardy to the hospital.

Jerry Lawler: You better calm down J.R. or you'll wind up in the hospital too if Edge and Randy Orton hear you.

Jim Ross: Hell it makes me sick. We gotta go to commercial, I'll try cool off a little bit. Join us after the break as we find out just who is goin' to be the 30th entrant in the 2007 Royal Rumble.


We return from the break with Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas already in the ring having made their entrance while we were away. Carlito is at the bottom of the ramp with a furious look on his face, Torrie Wilson by his side. Carlito angrily yanks off his t-shirt, throwing down at the foot of the ring, but he doesn't enter the ring yet as he waits for...



It's a great pop that welcomes Ric Flair into the arena as he styles and profiles his way down the ramp, nodding as he arrives next to Carlito, with the pair carefully entering the ring...

Jim Ross: Well what d'ya think King? Can the 16 time World Champion roll back the years and earn himself a shot at number 17 at Wrestlemania?

Jerry Lawler: He's the dirtiest player in the game, and he knows what it takes to win a Royal Rumble. If Ric Flair enters at number 30, he'd have a great chance of winning the Rumble.

In the ring, Flair and Carlito square off next infront of Haas and Benjamin, the four men instantly talking smack at each other, but they're interrupted by...



It's a massive pop for Triple H, who confidently strides down the ramp, all the while the camera switches between shots of The Game and Shawn Michaels, who has a stern look on his face as his former partner makes his entrance. As Triple H takes a swig from his water bottle, in the ring, Flair and Carlito have had enough as they start trading shots with Haas and Benjamin, and the battle royal is on!!

Match 5: Ten Man Battle Royal
ECW Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Carlito w/ Torrie Wilson vs. Charlie Haas vs. World Tag Team Champion Edge vs. World Tag Team Champion Randy Orton vs. Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Triple H vs. Umaga w/ Armando Alejandro Estrada
Winner will enter the Royal Rumble Match as entrant Number 30

And it kicks off at a frenzied pace as Carlito, Flair, Haas and Benjamin trade a flurry of rights and lefts in the middle of the ring. Edge and Orton immediately turn to double team Shawn Michaels, while the two monsters in the ring, Lashley and Umaga start trading bombs in the corner. Triple H however takes his time to enter the ring, but when he does, he grabs Orton, teeing off on him to cheers from the crowd. Michaels now grabs Edge, tosses him to the turnbuckle to unload with chops, while Flair does the same to Benjamin in the opposite corner. Michaels and Flair see each other doing so, and we briefly have a spell of duelling chops, to ever bigger cries of “Woooo” from the crowd. Eventually Haas and Orton make the save for their partners, and we now see the first interaction between Umaga and Triple H, while Lashley and Carlito square off near the ropes, with the ECW Champion trying to force Carlito over the top rope, with ‘Lito valiantly hanging one.

The opening minutes see most of the personal rivalries in the match take the fore, until Edge and Orton adapt the strategy they discussed earlier, with the tag champs going to work on Bobby Lashley, with Edge and Orton sending Lashley off the ropes... but Lashley explodes with a double clothesline! Triple H now tees off on Charlie Haas, with Shelton Benjamin trying to muscle Shawn Michaels over the top rope, while Umaga has now turned his attention to Carlito. Ric Flair is down in a corner catching his breath, but he soon makes his move, pulling himself to his feet to grab Benjamin and drag him away from Michaels. Flair again unloads with stiff chops to Shelton’s chest, and it’s from this confrontation we have our first elimination, as Haas breaks away from The Game to club Flair from behind. Haas grbas Flair and turns him around, only for Naitch to block Haas’ right hand, before again smacking the chops to the chest, which forces Haas out of the corner... into a backstabber from Carlito! Carlito catches Haas from the blindside, but instead of crashing to the mat, Haas springs back to his feet... and Flair tosses him over the top rope!

Elimination #1 – Charlie Haas by Ric Flair

But quick as a flash, Shelton flies out of the corner, rocking Carlito as he tries to get back up and then turning to grab Flair by surprise... and launch Flair over the top rope!

Elimination #2 – Ric Flair by Shelton Benjamin

Flair lands right next to Haas, with Haas already back on his feet. As soon as Flair hits the mat, Haas turns to lay a beating on Flair, with Shelton watching on as his partner lays into Naitch with a series of boots. Over in the corner, Michaels and Triple H still haven’t interacted with each other, as The Game is down recovering from an assault from Umaga, who has now turned his attention to Michaels. Lashley meanwhile is busy dealing with both Edge and Orton, while Benjamin has turned his attentions to Carlito. On the outside, Haas has Flair on his feet and moves to whip Flair into the ringpost... but Flair reverses... and it’s Haas who crashes into the steel post! In the ring, Shelton sees his teammate suffer at Flair’s hands, stands near the ropes, peering down over them to shout “The hell you doin’?!” at the Nature Boy, with Carlito seeing this as his chance... and he sneaks up from behind and dumps Benjamin over the top rope!

Elimination #3 – Shelton Benjamin by Carlito

Carlito dumps Shelton... WHAM! He turns right into a savate kick from Umaga! Carlito is down and out, but before Umaga can eliminate him, Triple H clubs Umaga from behind, forcing Umaga to the ropes where the two trade right hands. Edge and HBK also go at it, while Orton is on the end of a string of rights from Lashley. On the outside however, the action continues as Flair and Benjamin are now involved in a all out brawl, with the two referees assigned the match trying to split the pair up. Chops knock Benjamin away from the side of the ring to the near the base of the ramp, but Benjamin thumbs Flair in the eye to stop the chain... and then hits paydirt on the floor! Shelton plants Flair on the outside, and by now Haas is also back on his feet, laying into Flair with a few cheap kicks. Benjamin shouts “Pick ‘im up!” and Haas obliges, dragging Flair to his feet. Shelton nails three well placed fists to the top of Flair’s head, while in the ring, Carlito has finally begun to stir. Dragging himself up, Carlito shakes off the cobwebs, while on the outside Torrie Wilson has made her way over to where the Flair beatdown is happening, pleading with Benjamin and Haas to stop. Benjamin relents from nailing Flair, turning to Torrie to shout “Get the hell outta here!”. Carlito spots this, and has a sudden burst of energy to charge at the ropes...suicide dive over the top rope onto Benjamin, Haas and Flair!!

Elimination #4 – Carlito by Himself

Carlito flies through the air to nail all three men on the floor, snapping into Haas and Benjamin with furious rights, lefts and elbows. Soon, all four men are on their feet brawling at the base of the ramp, which causes the pair of refs to wave up the ramp for backup. A posse of refs, agents and backstage workers race down the ramp, trying to break up the bitter fuelled brawl in progress, and we fade into commercial at the sight of all hell breaking loose on the outside.


We return from commercial with the commotion at ringside gone, with J.R. telling us all four men battled their way up the ramp to the backstage area. We also see a replay of some action from during the break, where Edge was poised to strike Shawn Michaels with a spear, only for Michaels to nail Edge with some sweet chin music... only for Michaels to be rocked with a Samoan spike from Umaga! No eliminations happen though, and now we have Edge and Michaels down, although Edge is slowly getting back up, while by the ropes Umaga is trying to muscle The Game over the top rope while in the corner Orton is rocking Lashley with stiff right hands. Edge staggers back to his feet to assist his partner, only for Lashley to rock both men with big elbows to the side of the head, before he grabs Edge and Orton... and smashes their heads together! Orton crashes to the mat, while Edge falls backwards to a sitting position in the corner. This is all the invitation Umaga needs as he charges... Samoan wrecking ball! Edge’s head snaps back against the bottom turnbuckle, and with some encouragement from Estrada, Umaga makes his move to eliminate Edge, dragging Edge to his feet, but Michaels is now back up... sweet chin music! Michaels nails the superkick, but it only staggers Umaga... RKO! Orton nails the RKO, but Umaga somehow staggers back to his feet... spear! This time it’s Edge who connects, but somehow Umaga crawls to the ropes, pulling himself up. This leads to a momentary alliance between the three men, as they try to force Umaga over the top. Orton grabs a leg, Michaels pushes against ‘Mag’s chest while Edge grabs the other leg. Somehow Umaga manages to hang on, but Lashley leaves his effort against Triple H to join the Umaga attack... and a huge burst of power from the ECW Champion finally forces Umaga over the top rope!

Elimination #5 – Umaga by Bobby Lashley, Edge, Randy Orton and Shawn Michaels

It may have taken four men to do it, but the Samoan Bulldozer is gone! All four men recover near the ropes, with Edge and Orton both dropping to their knees. Michaels hangs with his back against the ropes, while Lashley leans his head against them. In the far corner, Triple H has pulled himself back up, and he sees a chance to attack... double clothesline to Lashley and Michaels... both men go over the top rope! Michaels... manages to grab hold of the top rope and save himself, but Lashley... he crashes to the floor below!

Elimination #6 – Bobby Lashley by Triple H

While Lashley crashes to the floor, Michaels skins the cat, pulling himself back into the ring... and face to face with Triple H! Furious, Michaels shouts “What the hell was that?!” at The Game, but before tensions can rise, Orton nails Triple H while Edge clubs Michaels from behind. The boots quickly rain down from Edge and Orton, as they look to follow through on their plan of removing the rest of the field. Michaels is pounded down into the corner by Edge, who then goes to join Orton in the assault of Triple H. The double team moves from the corner to the ropes, and a few more right hands from both men, Triple H is whipped off the ropes into a double flapjack. Now the champs turn their attentions back to Michaels, with Orton dragging HBK to the centre of the ring, hitting a perfect standing dropkick. With both Michaels and Trips down, Edge and Orton now methodically plan their attacks, starting with the duo pulling Triple H to his feet, but as they try to go for an Irish whip, The Game desperately throws elbows, trying to fight his way free, but Orton hangs on long enough to hit a knee to the gut and a double axe handle to the back, knocking The Game down to the mat.

The pace of the match has slowed right down now, and after a few boots to The Game, Edge points for Orton to lift Michaels to his feet in the corner. Orton walks over, pulling Michaels up, while Edge crouches in the opposite corner, poised, ready to strike. Orton pulls Michaels up and goes to send Michaels in Edge’s direction... Edge charges... but Michaels reverses the Irish whip... spear... to Orton!! Edge can’t believe it as he nails his partner! Stunned at what happened, Edge is quickly back on his feet, trying to help Orton back up. Edge succeeds in assisting Orton, asking “You alright?” of his partner. Orton clutches his ribs and nods, but all of a sudden Edge’s expression changes... and he grabs Orton by the head... and launches him over the top rope!

Elimination #7 – Randy Orton by Edge

Edge tosses out Orton! Randy can’t believe it, as his fellow World Tag Team Champion has just sent him flying to the outside. In the ring, Edge again crouches in the corner, waiting for Michaels to turn from the opposite corner in which he was trying to recover. Slowly Michaels stands and turns... and here comes Edge... right into a spinebuster from Triple H!! The arena erupts as The Game flies across the ring to plant Edge! Quickly back on his feet, Triple H roars to the crowd, who give him a huge pop in return... BANG! Michaels nails The Game... with sweet chin music... and Triple H is eliminated!!

Elimination #8 – Triple H by Shawn Michaels

“He did it on purpose! I saw it!”

King damn near has a heart attack as there’s no doubts this week. Michaels sent The Game out of the ring on purpose. Staring down at The Game who lands next to Orton, Michaels has mixed emotions on his face. A look of remorse is crossed with anger, but as Michaels stares down at Triple H, Edge makes his move, grabbing Michaels from behind... and dumping him over the rope! Edge wins!!

Winner: And entrant Number 30 in the Royal Rumble Match, Edge @ 16:14

Jim Ross: Bah gawd I don't believe it! Edge has somehow, someway, just became the last man to enter the Royal Rumble!

Jerry Lawler: What a huge advantage Edge has going into the Rumble this Sunday! But J.R., did you see the confrontation between Edge and his partner Randy Orton. I mean, it was Edge who dumped Orton over the top rope!

Jim Ross: And what about Shawn Michaels and Triple H? HBK send The Game flying over the top rope with a lil' sweet chin music! What on earth is goin' on between those two right now?

In the ring, Edge lays exhausted on the mat, while on the outside, Randy Orton can only stare in disbelief at his partner, while Shawn Michaels can only shake his head in disgust at The Game, who slowly picks himself up off the mat. Michaels doesn't wait for The Game to rise though, as he quickly storms up the ramp, running his hands through his hair before angrily snapping his head back as we cut to a backstage hallway...

To see the WWE Champion John Cena walking through the corridors, the WWE Title across his shoulder...

Jim Ross: Well, I guess we'll have to wait for answers with regards to what's going on with the former DX members, but we won't have to wait long for the contract signing for the WWE Championship match this Sunday. John Cena and Rob Van Dam will both sign on the bottom line, with Mr. McMahon overseeing it all. Join us when we return to Monday Night Raw!


As we return, we snap to the hard camera to see the ring is already decked out, ready for tonight's contract signing between John Cena and Rob Van Dam. A black carpet adorns the ring, while a table is flanked by two wooden stools at either side while a big leather recliner sits at one of the table's sides, facing the camera. Already in the ring stands Jonathan Coachman...

Jim Ross: Welcome back everybody. It's now time for the contract signing for the WWE Championship match that will take place this Sunday at the Royal Rumble. The WWE Champion John Cena puts his title on the line against the challenger, Mr. Monday Night, Rob Van Dam.

Jerry Lawler: Yeah but that's not all we've got tonight. On the line tonight, is that all important Number 30 spot in the Royal Rumble Match. 10 Raw superstars go at it in a 10 Man Over The Top Rope Battle Royal, with the winner entering the Royal Rumble at Number 30! What a huge advantage that'll be for whoever wins.

Jim Ross: Also, the final Raw spot in the Rumble is on the line as two former ECW Superstars collide when CM Punk and Hardcore Holly meet, and the Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy will also be in action. But right now, let's hand it over to The Coach for the contract signing.

The camera focuses on the smug looking Coach, no doubt delighted with the way he taught Cena a lesson last week. Coach is wearing a smart suit, and he arrogantly adjusts his tie before speaking...

Jonathan Coachman: Ladies and gentlemen, this Sunday at the Royal Rumble pay per view, there will be a WWE Championship match, where John Cena puts the WWE Title up for grabs against Rob Van Dam.

Coach pauses as the crowd pop, to which Coach shakes his head...

Jonathan Coachman: Now, I know you all remember what happened the last time Mr. Cena and Mr. Van Dam met in the ring with the WWE Championship on the line. It was seven months ago at the One Night Stand pay per view where RVD... well, quite frankly, he STOLE the WWE Championship.


Jonathan Coachman: You can boo all ya' want, but y'know I'm right. Extreme Rules, Hammerstein Ballroom, hell, it was Paul Heyman who counted the 1-2-3! Everything was in RVD's favour that night.

More boos, but Coach motions for quiet...

Jonathan Coachman: Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not tryin' to make excuses for John Cena. Hell, I loved seein' Cena get his ass speared through a table by Edge that night. But as far as Mr. McMahon is concerned, the WWE Championship is sacred and never again will there be a case of some washed up ECW guy taking our title and tarnishing it the way RVD last summer.

More boos, to which Coach merely smiles...

Jonathan Coachman: Now, let's get this show on the road. Up first, the WWE Champion!


Jonathan Coachman: The leader of the chain gang!

Another pop...

Jonathan Coachman: And the man I singlehandedly pinned last week...


Jonathan Coachman: John... Cena!


It's a mostly positive response as the WWE Champion John Cena bursts out onto the stage, stopping at the top of the ramp to soak in the cheers. Cena offers a salute to the fans, before he charges down the ramp and slides into the ring, immediately getting in Coach's face. Coach quickly moves so that the table is in-between himself and Cena, but Cena ignores him and climbs to the second rope in one of the corners, raising his title belt high in the air before jumping down to the mat, placing the title over his shoulder while Coach, feeling a little flustered, again adjusts his tie...

Jonathan Coachman: Whoa, easy there Cena. Just take it easy. Have a seat on that stool there and relax.

Cena takes a step towards Coach, which causes Coach to flinch, but Cena lets it go, instead agreeing to take a seat. Cena perches himself on the stool, a mic already placed on the table infront of him, as is the contract. Coach slowly inches back towards the table, wary of a Cena attack...

Jonathan Coachman: Alright. That's... that's good. And out next, he is the challenger.

Pop for RVD, bigger than Cena's tbh...

Jonathan Coachman: A guy who made his name in a bingo hall back in Philly!

Boos for Coach...

Jonathan Coachman: A guy who represents everythin' that Extremely Crappy Wrestling was all about.

More boos...

Jonathan Coachman: And the man who had his ass handed to him last by Umaga!

Boos again...

Jonathan Coachman: Rob... Van... Dam!


It's a massive cheer as Rob Van Dam makes his way out onto the stage, the crowd cheering "Rob... Van... Dam!" as he does his thumb taunt. Van Dam confidently walks down the ramp, and when he gets into the ring, RVD throws a few words in Coach's direction before climbing to the second rope for another round of cheers from the crowd. RVD steps down and then turns towards the table, where Cena has a confident look on his face, while the easy going Van Dam smiles, propping himself on the stool opposite Cena...

Jonathan Coachman: Alright, we have our champion, we have our challenger... but there's still one man missing. The most important man in this whole situation. Without this man, none of us would be stood in this ring right now.


Jonathan Coachman: A man with no equal. A legend of the sports entertainment world. A pioneer in this industry!

The boos continue...

Jonathan Coachman: That's right folks, my hero and you're number one... Vincent... Kennedy.... MCMAHON!!!


It's a ton of heat that greets Mr. McMahon as he emerges from the back. McMahon stops at the top of the ramp, playing up to the crowd, drawing more heat before arrogantly swaggering down to the ring...

Jonathan Coachman: Hey! You people show some respect! That's the Father of our industry right there!

The crowd takes no notice as the boos only intensify, but after what happened to Cena and RVD last week, McMahon doesn't care, as he smugly smiles through the boos to enter the ring, shaking hands with Coach before settling into his big leather recliner...

Jonathan Coachman: Mr. McMahon, over to you.

Mr. McMahon: Thank you Coach. Gentlemen, before you sits the contract for the WWE Championship match this Sunday. Now, I personally drew up the terms of this contract, not for the protection of either of you two. Hell, I don't care about either one of ya', and I think after last week, you've both learned your lesson on what happens when you cross the boss.

McMahon smugly flashes a smile at both Van Dam and Cena before continuing...

Mr. McMahon: This contract is not for either of your protection, it's for the protection of MY company. Now, you'll both have a chance to read the contract, but let me give you the main points. This match will be a standard one on one wrestling match. No Extreme Rules or anything like that. In the event that you should somehow win RVD... there will be no rechristening my WWE Championship as the ECW Championship, you understand me?

A brief "E-C-DUB! E-C-DUB! E-C-DUB!" chant breaks out, at which Van Dam smiles...

Mr. McMahon: Yeah, yeah. There will also be no outside interference in this match. If anybody tries to get involved in the WWE Championship match at the Royal Rumble, I will personally fire them and have them escorted out of the building. Another little stipulation I made sure to put in that contract, is that only officially recognised WWE officials are allowed to count the pinfall. There will be no Paul Heyman runnin' his fat ass down to the ring and acting like a referee.

More boos...

Mr. McMahon: And one final stipulation I added, purely because I really don't like either of you two. As far as concerned, this match happens once and it happens one time only. Regardless of who wins this match, there will be no rematch.

A brief pop from the crowd, with both Cena and RVD nodding, seemingly approving the no rematch clause...

Mr. McMahon: Alright, let's get to it. John Cena, you are the WWE Champion, you may sign first.

Cena picks the contract up from the table, flicking through the pages, taking his time to read things over. Cena returns the contract to the table, but instead of picking up the pen nearby, he grabs the microphone infront of him...

John Cena: Hold on a second. I wanna say somethin' before I sign this.

Cena pauses, removing the cap from his head to run his fingers across his hair before replacing the cap and speaking...

John Cena: First of all, I got somethin' to say you Coach. You think you impressed anybody with what you did last week? You think havin' five of your boys soften me up, beat me down with a steel chair just so you could roll in and take all the glory. You think that impressed anybody?

Coach smiles, shouting "Yeah!" back at Cena...

John Cena: Well let me tell ya' somthin' Coach. One day, I promise you... it's gonna be you and me, one on one in this ring. May not be a match, may not even be legal, but I promise you Coach... one day I will stand opposite you, alone in this ring. And when I do... I'm gonna knock each and every one of your teeth straight down your throat.

The crowd cheers for the chilling message from the champ, while Coachman steals a page from Mr. McMahon, gulping hard before tugging nervously on the collar of his shirt...

John Cena: As for this Sunday at the Royal Rumble... Rob...

Cena now stares directly at Van Dam, who strokes his chin as Cena talks...

John Cena: You and me, we got some unfinished business to take care off. You challenged me two weeks ago, and when you did, you said I never back down from a challenge. You're right. I've never said no to a challenge in my life. I've never backed down from a fight, never have, never will. If it's a fight you want this Sunday Rob... you're gonna get one.

Pop from the crowd, while Van Dam merely nods back at Cena...

John Cena: I look at you RVD, and I think... you're the one who got away. That night in the Hammerstein Ballroom, I went toe to toe with you, I took all the abuse from your fans, I gave it everythin' I had, but I still came up short that night. I fought and I battled to get back the WWE Championship, and now I have it, I ain't givin' it up for NOBODY!

Pop as Cena gets serious...

John Cena: So this Sunday Rob, you bring everythin' you've got, but I promise you... next Monday night, I'm gonna walk down to this ring, and you and everybody else are gonna know one thing...

Cena hoists his title above his head...

John Cena: That the Champ... IS... HEEERRRREEEE!!!

And with that, Cena emphatically signs the contract before slamming the pen down on the desk and sliding it and the papers over to Van Dam...

Mr. McMahon: Alright, John Cena has signed on the dotted line. RVD, over to you.

Van Dam picks up the contract, flicking through the pages, nodding his head as he reads before placing the contract back on the table and picking up the mic...

Rob Van Dam: Y'know somethin' Cena? You're right. The last time you and me were in the ring together, I did have a lot of things in my favour. One Night Stand, the Hammerstein Ballroom, extreme rules, Paul Heyman makin' the three count. A lot of things went my way that night.

RVD pauses...

Rob Van Dam: But when everyone talks about your heart, your fire, your passion, your desire... that's somethin' you'll never hold over me.

Pop from the crowd, while Cena listens in intently...

Rob Van Dam: Y'see, to be where I am today, I had fight for everythin' I've got. I started off in a bingo hall in Philadelphia, and now I'm just six days away from facin' you at the Royal Rumble for the WWE Championship. You want to talk about passion and desire Cena? If you spent one second in an ECW locker room...

Van Dam quickly turns towards Vince...

Rob Van Dam: A REAL ECW locker room...

"E-C-DUB! E-C-DUB! E-C-DUB!"...

Rob Van Dam: You'd learn more about fire and passion and desire than you'll ever know Cena. I had to scratch and claw my way to the top, and last summer at One Night Stand when I beat you, I finally made it.

Another pop...

Rob Van Dam: Y'see Cena, I never had a guy like Vince McMahon behind me. I never had the corporate machine workin' in my favour, pushin' me to the top. I never got everythin' handed to me on a plate... like you did Cena.

Cena now angrily stares at RVD, clearly offended by that last comment...

Rob Van Dam: And this Sunday John...

Van Dam picks up the pen...

Rob Van Dam: When I beat you...

And signs the contract...

Rob Van Dam: You might learn what bein' passionate about this business really means.

Van Dam places the pen back on the desk, which prompts McMahon to lift the contract up off the table to take a glance at it...

Mr. McMahon: Well, that all seems in order. But y'know somethin' Van Dam... you made, a very interesting point there. Y'see, when you talk about John Cena having everything handed to him... there's a very good reason for that Van Dam. When you arrived here in the WWE, quite frankly RVD... I never saw anything special in you.


Mr. McMahon: I mean look at ya'! You're nothin' special RVD, I mean... quite frankly Rob, I find you to be... boring.

Boos from the crowd while McMahon chuckles...

Mr. McMahon: I mean don't get me wrong, that whole human crash test dummy, extreme high flyin' style of yours, that was great... about ten years ago. Back in the old ECW, people loved to see that kinda stuff! But this is not ECW, and it never will be. This is my show, and these idiots in the crowd will like whatever I tell them to like.

More boos, while RVD can only shake his head. Cena has his cap pulled down low on his brow, but the camera is able to see the intense look in his eyes...

Mr. McMahon: Now John Cena... here's a guy I could make some money off of. I may not like you Cena, but I knew from the moment I hired you that you'd be good for business. I mean look at ya'! Well built, big, strappin' shoulders, handsome sunnova gun too! Remind you of anybody Coach?

Stood nearby, Coach nods his agreement...

Mr. McMahon: I gave you an opportunity Cena, and you took full advantage of it. You've won a lot of championships, you've made a lot of money along the way, heck, you've made me a lot of money along the way too! You were given those opportunities Cena, because like it or not... and I certainly don't like it... but like it or not, you and me have a lot in common. Hell, you might even go as far to say that John Cena... is... Mr. Mc-

John Cena: (Interrupting) NO!

Pop from the crowd for Cena's interruption...

John Cena: No! No no, no! Don't you dare go there Vinny Mac. Don't you dare ever compare me and you. I will never be anythin' like you. I am not some corporate champion, I will never take orders from you Vince. Yes, you did give me an opportunity Vince. You gave me a job, you let me in the door, but since that day, I have fought for everythin' I ever got, and I will fight for everythin' I'm ever gonna get in the future!


John Cena: So you listen to me when I say this Vinny-

Jonathan Coachman: (Interrupting) No you listen to me Cena!

The crowd boos as Cena is left stunned as Coachman snatches the microphone clean out of his hand...

Jonathan Coachman: I'm gettin' pretty sick and tired of you runnin' your mouth, and I'm sure Mr. McMahon is sick and tired of it too!

More boos...

Jonathan Coachman: Y'know, you should be honoured to even be mentioned in the same breath as someone like Mr. McMahon! You know, you have no idea how lucky you are to be sat there right now Cena. If it wasn't for Mr. McMahon givin' you your big break all those years ago, and if it wasn't for Mr. McMahon havin' the patience of a saint to put up with your crap for all that time... you'd be nothin' more than a bum on a street corner back up in Boston.


Jonathan Coachman: What's it gonna take Cena? What's it gonna take to get you to finally show some respect around here? Don't make me take off my jacket and give you a beating for the second week in a row!

"You sunnova bitch!"

Cena bounces up off his stool, flying across the desk to get his hands on Coachman! McMahon is sent flying backwards in his recliner, while Cena manages to get a piece of Coach, with both men dropping to the mat. Cena manages to get a few shots in on Coachman, but Coach somehow scrambles under the bottom rope to safety, before he bolts up the ramp. In the ring, McMahon flops around on the mat, barely able to free himself from the chair on top of him. Eventually McMahon makes it back to his knees, just as Cena stalks Coach by walking to the ropes nearest to the ramp. Cena shouts "C'mere!" up at Coachman as a flustered McMahon, still on his knees, grabs mic...

Mr. McMahon: You... you... you SUNNOVA BITCH CENA!!

McMahon grabs the ropes, pulling himself to his feet...

Mr. McMahon: You... you just made a BIG mistake Cena.

Although Vince stands behind him berating him, Cena continues to stare up the ramp at Coachman...

Mr. McMahon: Hey! Hey you look at me when I'm talkin' to you Goddammit!! I'm Vince McMahon dammit! Hey!

McMahon grabs Cena by the arm, spinning him around...

Mr. McMahon: I'm Vince McMahon dammit! You...



Mr. McMahon: You show me the respect I deserve Goddammit!!

Slowly, Cena strokes his cheek, feeling the full effects of Vince's slap. Cena continues to slowly rub his chin...


"Screw it!"

Cena hoists McMahon up onto his shoulders... FU THROUGH THE TABLE!!!!

The crowd explodes as Cena plants McMahon!!

Jerry Lawler: Oh my God! Mr. McMahon! Mr. McMahon... are you alright?!

Jim Ross: John Cena! John Cena just put Mr. McMahon through a table!

Jerry Lawler: Oh my... we need some help out here!

Jim Ross: Hey, wait a second. What is Van Dam doing?

Never one to be outdone, RVD quick as cat springs up the top rope. The crowd rises in anticipation, as Van Dam settles himself, perched on the top rope until...

He launches himself...


Jerry Lawler: No! I... I don't believe it! Are these two crazy?!

Jim Ross: What a huge five star frog splash! Mr. McMahon is down and out in the centre of the ring!!

Jerry Lawler: Yeah but, Cena and Van Dam... they've just committed career suicide!

Van Dam is back on his feet, clutching his ribs, turning to face Cena... who has the WWE Championship in his grasp. Cena and Van Dam go toe to toe, neither man giving an inch... before Cena raises the title high in the air...

Jim Ross: Oh what a night it's gonna be this Sunday! Cena, Van Dam, the WWE Championship! The Royal Rumble, it's gonna be one hell of a show folks! We'll see you this Sunday, live on pay per view! Goodnight!

Jerry Lawler: Poor Mr. McMahon...

In the ring, both Cena and RVD stare up at the biggest prize in the business, and that's the final iconic image we fade out on. The defiant champion and the determined challenger, both men standing tall as we fade... to... black.

*End Show*

Current Card for WWE Royal Rumble:
Date: January 28th 2007

Location: AT&T Centre, San Antonio, Texas

WWE Championship Match:
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Rob Van Dam

World Heavyweight Championship Match:
World Heavyweight Champion Batista vs. Finlay

Intercontinental Championship Match:
Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy vs. Kenny Dykstra

United States Championship Match:
United States Champion Chris Benoit vs. Test

30 Man Royal Rumble Match:
Winner has automatic title shot at EITHER brand’s Champion at Wrestlemania XXIII:
Entrants in Alphabetical order:

Bobby Lashley, Brian Kendrick, Carlito, Charlie Haas, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, CM Punk, Edge, Gregory Helms, Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro, Kane, King Booker, Lance Cade, Matt Hardy, Mr. Kennedy, Paul London, Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Sabu, Shawn Michaels, Shelton Benjamin, The Miz, The Sandman, The Undertaker, Tommy Dreamer, Trevor Murdoch, Triple H, Umaga

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Itís been far too long since I dropped by here with a review. About damn time I start keeping up properly instead of skimming and jobbing.

Very nice way ro kick off RAW for those of us who have been jobbing. I have to say, I love the way RAW closed last week, as it really sets up an interesting little saga for Michaels and Triple H. The rest of the show looked pretty damn good too, as highlighted here. The way the commentators hyped up the actions that closed last weekís show was a really nice way to show just how big it was.

Nice to see you really following up last weekís assault of Cena at the hands of Masters in the gauntlet match with a straight up match between the two, which should allow Masters to look good. Just a small thing, but I like the way you had Coach pull a little strings and get Masters involved in the Rumble as a result of what happened last week, as mentioned by Lawler. Just a good little way to show what Coach is all about. Just a small thing, but a bit of sloppy writing in the opening paragraph, as when Masters drops down, technically he would be horizontal, not vertical, while Iím not sure what Cena was doing using the killswitch to counter a headlock, so Iím assuming you meant something else there. From there the match was fine, with Cenaís aggression being good to see, while Masters also got to look fine by hanging with him. The aggression from Cena in locking in the STFU, rather than just getting the pin after the FU, then keeping the move locked in a bit after the bell was a nice way to show his anger at Masters, kicking the show off in an exciting way.

Nice little strategy talk between Edge and Orton, showing how clever the two are with their heel bit of planning a cheap way to win. The staredown between Edge and Orton was a nice little touch, showing some issues between them, while Orton taking to Kenny perhaps a little faster than Edge is an interesting little point. Iím not sure if that will mean anything in the long run, but in the short term Iím looking forward to seeing how Rated-RKO gets involved with Jeff tonight.

Only 72 days, eh? Sounds good.

Interesting little conversation on the phone from Vince, making us wonder just who it is that heíll be seeing at the Royal Rumble, giving the card another little thing to look forward to. Again, more intrigue for later tonight with the promo, of course making us wonder just what McMahon means. Iím excited to see what it is myself.

Nice way to start Punk off on RAW, giving him a good win, especially over a guy like Hardcore Holly, who despite being a jobber, always had a little bit of credibility due to his tough guy persona. Punk in the Rumble should be interesting, because as a young star, Iím wondering how long heíll last.

I loved this Triple H promo, as while it didnít really reveal a whole lot, at the same time it gave us a huge insight into Triple Hís mind. I love the way heís pinning the blame on Michaels, bringing up his past and saying he knows how it feels now. The way he kind of dodged Grishamís question was good too, before closing with a great little statement of his own. Very, very nice promo.

Nice little run down of the RAW side of the Rumble card, which is looking damn solid.

While I understand Jeff Hardy is one of your most over guys, Iím really disappointed to seeing Cade jobbing out as quickly as he did. The Redneck Wrecking Crew were probably one of the better things going in the tag division at this time, and to see them used pretty much as jobbers is a shame. Iíd rather see you use actual jobbers than guys who could have a positive role in the tag division in a role like this, and The Crew certainly have the ability to have a positive influence in the division. A bit surprised to see no Rated-RKO appearance, but I guess thatíll come.

Iíd be a little disappointed if Knox wasnít utilized, though I donít mind you dropping his thing with Kelly. Nice way to introduce Kelly to the roster, and the way Mickie stood up to Victoria was pretty good, only for Victoria to really pick this feud up, despite it seemingly being over with a very nice sneak attack.

Very nice response from Shawn that seemed very real and very emotional, showing what Shawn is thinking, despite it just being a one line response. Good little promo.

Having Nitro facing Van Dam tonight after doing some of Coachís heavy work on Cena last week is a good way for him to follow up, much like Masters earlier. I was glad to see a real good effort from Nitro here, putting on a very good match with Van Dam, making good use of both menís fast paced styles. A very nice midcard match.

Looking forward to the Rumble.

Nice way to show a real aggressive streak in Haas and Benjamin, getting them some real heel heat for being so aggressive to a woman. The way they went about it mockingly was very well done. Jeff Hardy playing the hero was, well, a little random, but I guess heís just that type of guy, eh? A good way to transition into the Rated-RKO attack on Hardy, and the ferocity of Dykstra, wanting to really make the point with the one man con-chair-to and tell Rated-RKO that he wanted more was a nice way to show him really turning into guys like them, developing from the goofy cheerleader that he was not so long ago. Good angle, which will make things interesting with the Royal Rumble and Hardyís title defence being so close.

Nice way to really drum home the angle after the break with the footage of Hardy being loaded up into the ambulance and the interaction between the commentators. A special three hour Night of Champions edition of RAW? Sounds good to me.

The action early in this battle royal between the feuding teams was a really good way to start it off, getting four eliminations out of the way, yet doing it in a way that aided the way the feud has been going, even with Carlito eliminating himself, which I actually liked. The team elimination of Umaga was a clever way to get him out, only making him look like more of a beast by taking all of the finishers, while the way Triple H tried to eliminate Lashley and Michaels, only to fail in eliminating his old buddy was another great way to show the tensions between them. Rated-RKO ruining the big confrontation was well done, while Edgeís elimination of Orton was a nice way to show the sliminess of his character. Michaels eliminating Triple H, meanwhile, was brilliant. The way Michaels remorse allowed Edge to pick up the win was really well done too, and a great way to finish the match. Very good battle royal here, which not only had a lot on the line, but also furthered a lot of your feuds and characters. Good stuff.

A contract signing for Van Dam and Cena to close the show? I donít mind that, but Iím not entirely sure the matches earlier were necessary, although it does work in with how Coach and McMahon are punishing them, I guess. Iím guessing the commentary hyping the show that weíve already seen was an accident? The way RVD was completely disrespect by Coach before he introduced the competitors was very interesting, keeping the whole anti-ECW thing that he and Mr. McMahon have going along nicely. The way he also heeled it up by insulting Cena and Van Dam in the introductions was pretty nice too, before introducing Mr. McMahon as a God. McMahon running through his stipulations was good, with all of the ECW crap being kept away, showing his hate for the company, while the no rematch clause due to McMahon hating both men is another really clever stipulation to show that while this match is going ahead, Mr. McMahon doesnít like it at all. Cenaís little address to Coach was fine, as was the way he addressed Van Dam, making his big statement. The way Van Dam fired back was great, bringing up the real ECW, and using the passion it brought to associate himself strongly with it, which I liked. The way McMahon tried to dissociate himself with Van Dam, again dissing ECW was good, while the line about telling people what theyíll like was absolutely great. The way McMahon talked about Cena was very interesting too, keeping open the possibility that Cena may turn into the corporate champion with the way McMahon talked up Cena as being oh so similar to him in a very nice way. The way Cena stood up to McMahon was good, although the way Coach stood up to Cena seemed a little too ballsy for Coach, imo. The way Coach talked up Mr. McMahon was good too, and bringing up his win the previous week to set Cena off was a good way to go. McMahon snapping on Cena, showing his real feisty side was well done, before a great closing to the show, with both champion and challenger assaulting McMahon. Very interesting way to close the show, maybe not concentrating on Van Dam/Cena as much as possible, but still setting up future stuff for both men, keeping them involved with Mr. McMahon.

Overall, I found this to be yet another very enjoyable show, iMac. Your feuds have once again continued to develop well, and the way in which you write and portray your characters is getting better by the week, making for some very good reading. The closing angle was a top way to finish the show too, really topping off the feeling that this was a very big show. I was certainly impressed with this, and while Iíve been very inconsistent with feedback of late, you should know that this is one of my favourite things going right now. Good stuff, my man.

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I've been very slow with things (even with my own BTB), so forgive me for the lateness.

Big recap video package to start. Seemed very appropriate. Those storylines should be the main focus for the show, so I'm anxious to see how it goes down.

Cena/Masters is a good call especially because of last week's events. I don't know about opening the show with it, but it's alright. I don't like the reason for Masters being in the Rumble, but it really does show Coach's pull. Some real intensity from Cena who seems determined to get back at Masters for last week. Using the STFU as an exclamation mark is a nice touch. Don't know about the clean win, as it kinda brings Masters back down to earth in terms of a push, but with him in the Rumble, and Cena needing to move on to more important matters, it makes sense. Not a bad way to start the show bud.

Decent promo between Edge and Orton. The tension is definitely there. Stare down is a nice touch, and having Kenny come in with his own problems is cool. Hardy should get his tonight, but Edge/Orton should start to get a little more heated tonight as well. Interesting little mix you have here for sure. I think HHH/HBK and Edge/Orton are your money feuds for WM. We'll just wait and see. 72 days be the booker time to be exact.

Intriguing McMahon promo here. Kinda felt like he was talking to a higher up or someone with more power than him, which felt a little weird, but the envelope of changes and the mysteriousness to whoever this is for the Rumble should be good. You got me hooked, that's for sure.

Punk only made his Raw debut now? Well, he was a shoe in as winner. Couldn't see him losing in his Raw debut. I don't think he'll be the RR winner, but he should be a factor. Final four tops though.

Along with Grisham, I'm a little confused about Triple H's final words. The answer should be his so for him to revert it over to Shawn Michaels is definitely interesting. Nice history rewind with the Evolution stuff too btw. He's still "tweening" a bit so I can't call him the heel in this, but with how he's blaming HBK could make him the heel. Still, this is getting good so good job with the promo here.

Good job on putting over the Rumble with the commentary. Hardy should get the win here, but with Rated RKO's talk earlier, you never know. I know Cade and Murdoch are basically your jobbers, but I'm glad you let Lance Cade take this one on his own. With him passing recently, I feel he should be used to his absolute potential or to somewhat his best, so I'm glad once again, that he got his own match. Hardy wins surprisingly quick (you messed up on the coding near the end of the match). He checked for the attack, but no attack? Makes the Rated RKO thing more suspicious.

I'm imagining divas altogether in a lockerroom, and it's a pretty sight =P. This promo, however, shows the vicious side of divas. Nice intro for Kelly (hopefully Knox doesn't stick around cause that whole angle was terrible), the whole Mickie/Victoria feud is heating up (which is good cause they're probably the best on the show), and Candice in only a towel if f'n awesome. Overall, good segment despite me not liking divas stuff.

Wow @ the controversial 'nothing' from HBK. I don't know what to think after this, but I know it's gonna blow up soon, and I can't wait. The buildup for this is awesome.

With a big week for the WWE title last week, I expected a layoff in this show, but it seems like a big layoff. Yes, Cena got a good match with Masters, but I expected something for RVD too. RVD just gets a match with Nitro though? Meh. Good win for RVD I guess.

Rumble's up after SD. Should be good.

'poor Charlie' sounded a little weird here especially since they're talking to a female. Good concept for the promo btw. Hardy with the save is overly random. The Rated RKO attack finally comes. Not what I expected, but I'm glad Kenny kind of came out of his shell to cause some damage to Hardy. It should definitely factor at the Rumble, and give Kenny the win. That'd be awesome just to let you know. Orton and Edge being the background voices are quite awesome. Overall, I didn't see the transition coming, but you killed two birds with one stone in this promo. Good stuff. Nice little touch showing the stretcher scene. If Jeff doesn't even make it to the Rumble, I wouldn't care, as long as Kenny gets his title.

Why is it that only Raw gets to compete for the 30th entry spot? Not cool man. Should have had a inter-brand battle royal. The idea is good though. A little surprised at the first sequence of eliminations, but not so surprised at the same time. The whole tag situation is eliminated, and shows no real dominance in their tag team work, but nonetheless, good start. The combined alliance to take out Umaga makes sense. Lashley gone right after is something I didn't expect, as it leaves the four who don't really need the 30th entry spot, and the four who already have a lot of commotion around them. HBK saving himself, and Edge ultimately eliminating Orton are nice touches to add to the match. And of course, another betrayal with HBK eliminating HHH. Edge winning is pretty awesome. I don't see him being a huge factor or winner for the Rumble though. A lot of angles moves along in this battle royal, which is great. The tag scene, as well as HBK/HHH & Orton/Edge are getting interesting.

Contract signing. Not enough people do it in BTB to my knowledge, so kudos for the attempt. Coach bringing up RVD's WWE Championship win earlier is a nice history rewind. Good job. Coach being the host and 'narrating' everything is kind of annoying tbh. The stipulations are pretty good with the ECW stip and rematch stip being the most interesting. Cena's transition from trashing Coach to talking up the match against RVD felt weird. Not as smooth as I was hoping. Not liking the 'handed on a plate' play against Cena. It's not really what's happening, but it makes sense for RVD to go that route. I'm glad McMahon touched on it after though. Nice Cena speech afterwards with him trying not to be compared to McMahon. Loved that. Both Cena and RVD attacking McMahon is definitely a nice way to end the show. Sucks that Coach bolted. Could have had him take the fall. I actually liked the way this segment went, but I feel the build for the WWE Championship Match between Cena and RVD hasn't gotten as much hype and build as it should have over the past few weeks. Their hate was mainly towards Coach and McMahon which although is awesome, takes away from their feud for sure. Nonetheless, a great segment.

Like always, I can't praise you enough. You always put out a great effort. Some of the flows of the promos felt off, especially when it came to transitions, but content and booking were great. The progression of your angles seem more focused towards WM and after the Rumble, which although good, didn't really help the case for the Rumble. Don't get me wrong, there was a lot of hype for the Rumble, but not as much as I was hoping for. You did touch base on everything you needed to touch base with though so good job with that. Looking forward to SD, and the Rumble for sure! Good luck!

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~Friday Night Smackdown~
January 26th, 2007
Mobile, Alabama

The final stop on The Road to the Rumble runs through Mobile, Alabama with many Smackdown Superstars looking to make one final point two days away from the first pay per view of 2007, The Royal Rumble.

One man certainly looking to prove a point is the World Heavyweight Champion Batista. After many people questioning the health of The Animal due to the vicious shillelagh assault he suffered at the hands of Finlay two weeks ago, Batista will want to put on a strong showing as he and Finlay meet in the ring tonight just 48 hours away from their World Heavyweight Championship clash. However, the two will meet tonight in tag team action, as Batista teams with The Undertaker to take on Finlay and King Booker in tonight's main event. In recent weeks a rivalry has been slowly building between Booker and The Deadman, with The King demanding on numerous occasions he meet The Deadman in the ring. Tonight, Booker gets his wish, but which man will push themselves forward as an early Royal Rumble favourite? And will it be Champion or Challenger who gives themselves a huge momentum boost ahead of the title match this Sunday?

Revenge is also a topic on the mind of Matt Hardy and Joey Mercury as the bitter rivals meet one last time. Since Armageddon where Mercury suffered the horrific injuries that put him on the shelf, to his return to Smackdown at the beginning of the year, to last week when the pair met in tag team action, much blood has been spilled between these two. Therefore, Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long has decided that there can only be one way to settle things between Hardy and Mercury once and for all... first blood! When Hardy and Mercury meet tonight, the only way to win will be to make your opponent bleed. With the both men having tasted their own blood in the past, their final battle will see blood spilled one last time, with the winner no doubt pushing themselves into contention for victory in the Royal Rumble.

Another man determined to show why he should be a favourite for victory this Sunday is Mr. Kennedy. Ever since Kennedy declared his entry in the Royal Rumble match, Kennedy has preached that winning the Rumble is his destiny, and that it's time for the older stars on Smackdown to step aside as new blood like Kennedy makes his move to the top. Tonight, Kennedy faces Royal Rumble veteran Kane, with both men determined to show they have what it takes to headline Wrestlemania 23.

Also, United States Champion Chris Benoit takes on the brash, arrogant Miz in non title action, which no doubt will have the challenger to the US Title, Test, looking on. The Hooligans and The Extremists meet, and despite the WWE Tag Team Titles not being up for grabs, both teams will be gunning for the victory, with French-Canadian bombshell Maryse likely to have her say once again regarding London and Kendrick. After stern words from his Aunt Vickie last week, Chavo Guerrero marks his return to the Cruiserweight division as he takes on Shannon Moore, Jamie Noble and Jimmy Wang Yang in a fatal four way match, with Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms sure to be an interested viewer.

All this and the final entrant into the Royal Rumble match is revealed in an explosive Friday Night Smackdown, just 48 hours away from the Royal Rumble!!

Confirmed Matches:

Batista and The Undertaker vs. Finlay and King Booker
First Blood Match: Joey Mercury vs. Matt Hardy
Kane vs. Mr Kennedy

Non Title Match: United States Champion Chris Benoit vs. The Miz
Non Title Match: WWE Tag Team Champions The Hooligans vs. The Extremists
Cruiserweight Fatal Four Way: Chavo Guerrero vs. Jamie Noble vs. Jimmy Wang Yang vs. Shannon Moore

Plus: The 30th Entrant In The Royal Rumble Match Is Revealed!
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~Friday Night Smackdown~
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"I think you'll find that's 'The Wounded Animal' Cole."

We start with a brief highlights package from last week, which pays emphasis firstly to the actions of Finlay in his confident victory over Kane, and his post match actions of threatening to strike Kane with the shillelagh... only for Finlay to show restrain, before turning to the camera to say "I won't say no when it's you Batista". We then cut to the main event, where Batista and Mr. Kennedy battle, until Batista hoists Kennedy up for the Batista Bomb... until Finlay storms the ring! The two on one beatdown ensues as Finlay and Kennedy do a number on the World Heavyweight Champion, only for Kane to make the save, causing Finlay to bolt, leaving Kennedy to feel the wrath of The Animal, with the package mirroring the ending to last week's show, as Champion and Challenger engage in a tense staredown.

After the usual opening video there is no pyro display as we go straight to the silent arena for...



The boos ring out from the audience as the brash Mr. Kennedy emerges, arrogantly sauntering down to the ring as Cole and JBL speak over the top of it all...

Michael Cole: The Royal Rumble is less than 48 hours away, a night where careers can be altered in an instance! I'm Michael Cole, alongside John Bradshaw Layfield, and what could the Royal Rumble hold for that man, the ever confident Mr. Kennedy.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Well ever since the calendar turned the page into 2007, Mr. Kennedy has been on the rise here on Smackdown. He was the first Smackdown entrant announced for the Rumble match, and for my money, he's gonna be the last man standing when it's all said an done.

Michael Cole: Well we'll find out if you're prediction comes true this Sunday, but tonight, Smackdown takes his final step in the Road to the Rumble and we've got a big night ahead of us.

John Bradshaw Layfield: You're not kiddin' Michael! Tonight, the World Heavyweight Champion Batista teams up with the legendary Phenom of the WWE, The Undertaker as they take on Batista's opponent this Sunday, 'The Fighting Irishman' Finlay and King Booker.

John Bradshaw Layfield: So many questions need to be answered after last week, the biggest one being what is the health status of Batista? How healthy is that shoulder? We already know Finlay has the psychological edge, will he gain the physical edge tonight too?

Michael Cole: And tonight is the night for King Booker. After weeks of demanding a one on one match with The Undertaker, The Deadman and King Booker will go at it. But if you ask me, King Booker better be careful with what he wishes for.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Yeah, well nobody asked you. It was three weeks ago that The Undertaker chokeslammed King Booker through our announce desk. You don't treat a King that way Michael! Tonight, King Booker gets his hands on The Deadman and he gets his revenge.

Michael Cole: Also tonight, the bitter rivalry between Matt Hardy and Joey Mercury finally comes to a head tonight. And there's only one way these two are gonna settle things... first blood.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And I think it's fitting that Joey Mercury, after all the surgery he went through, after all the personal anguish he's suffered due to the reckless actions of Matt Hardy, I think Joey Mercury making Hardy bleed like the pig that he is will be a very fitting way to settle the score between these two.

Michael Cole: Well wait a minute there JBL. Since his return from injury, Joey Mercury has busted Matt Hardy open on two occasions, including last week when the two met in tag team action.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And tonight Joey Mercury goes for the hat trick! I can't wait to see it.

Michael Cole: All of that still to come, but we're kicking things off with the always arrogant Mr. Kennedy.

By now Kennedy is in the ring, his trademark mic in his hand, waiting to address the crowd...

Mr. Kennedy: You people... you people have no idea how important a night this Sunday night is going to be.

Slight cheers at the prospect of the Rumble this Sunday...

Mr. Kennedy: You people have no clue how lucky you are to be able to witness a moment like the one you're gonna see this Sunday night. Hell, lucky isn't even the word. You are people should consider yourself blessed over what you're about to witness at the Royal Rumble.


Mr. Kennedy: Y'see, this Sunday, you people bear witness... to the dawning of a new age. The beginning of my rise to the top, the start of a freakin' revolution!

More boos, at which Kennedy smirks...

Mr. Kennedy: This Sunday... it's time for the leader of a new generation to take his game to a whole new level. It's my time to shine, it's my time in the spotlight.

More boos...

Mr. Kennedy: I have sat back as time and time again, countless opportunities, opportunities I deserve by the way, have been given to another old, stale, boring, washed up has-been who shouldn't even be mentioned in the same breath as me. The days of Teddy Long passin' me by... are over.

Kennedy now begins to roam the ring, addressing each section of the arena...

Mr. Kennedy: Batista, Finlay, Kane, The Undertaker, I've beat 'em all! Each and every one of 'em stepped in the ring with the biggest can't miss prospect in this company's history, and each and every one of 'em has found just how damn good I am.

Again the crowd boos, at which Kennedy can only shake his head...

Mr. Kennedy: Yet despite all this, I still wait for my shot at glory. Despite beatin' SIX - count 'em, SIX - former World Heavyweight Champions in the past year, Teddy Long still hasn't given me the World Heavyweight Championship shot I deserve.

Kennedy now stares into the hard camera...

Mr. Kennedy: So this Sunday, since Teddy Long refuses to give me the title shot that is rightfully mine... I'm just gonna have to go out a grab it for myself. I don't care if I start at Number 1, I don't care if I have to go the distance, I don't care if I personally have to throw 29 wannabes over the top rope... I... WILL... WIN.

Kennedy now climbs to the second rope in one of the corner...

Mr. Kennedy: So you people better mark the day. January 28, 2007. The day the future of the WWE took the next big step in his evolution. The day I rise to the top of the list! The day each and every WWE Superstar finally sits up and pays me the attention I deserve. The day you all realise that just who is gonna be the man to carry this company forward. When all the fossils finally break down, when all the old timers step aside, when everyone who's overstayed their welcome finally gets the memo that they're not wanted around here anymore, you'll all realise that this Sunday was the day the greatest Superstar in WWE history made his move. And when it's all said and done...

Kennedy raises a single finger to the crowd...

Mr. Kennedy: There'll only be one name on everybody's lips... MMMIIISSSTTTEEERRR KEN – NAH – DAY!

Kennedy quickly jumps down from the second rope, returning to the centre of the ring...

Mr. Kennedy: KEN - NAH -


Furious at being interrupted, Kennedy stares down the aisle as Kane makes his entrance...

Michael Cole: Thank God that's over. I think everyone had just about enough of Mr. Kennedy and his -

John Bradshaw Layfield: (Interrupting) Whoa, wait a second. You don't speak for everybody around here Cole. You don't speak for anybody! As far as I'm concerned, Mr. Kennedy was speakin' nothin' but facts right there. Teddy Long has time and time again denied that man of what is rightfully his. Kennedy will be denied no more.

Michael Cole: But what about Kane? A veteran of Royal Rumble matches, the man who holds the record for most eliminations in a single Royal Rumble match. He could go all the way this Sunday.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Or you could shut up and listen to me when I say Mr. Kennedy will win the Royal Rumble this Sunday. I promise you all it's gonna happen!

Match 1:
vs. Mr. Kennedy

Incensed at the interruption, Kennedy is quick to get in Kane’s face and let him know about it. Kane responds with that almost maniacal laugh of his, which only serves to increase Kennedy’s anger. A stiff slap to the face soon stops Kane’s joy, but this only infuriates The Big Red Machine, who rocks Kennedy with a stiff uppercut. Kennedy hits the deck and quickly rolls towards the ropes, but Kane stays on the attack, grabbing Kennedy for an Irish whip... right into a sidewalk slam for a very early 2 count. The early moments of the match are dominated by Kane, as he punishes Kennedy in the corner, landing stiff rights, elbows and knees. A hard Irish whip sends Kennedy across, and Kane follows with a clothesline in the corner, which sees Kennedy stagger out of corner as Kane comes off the ropes... to nail Kennedy with a big boot to the face! Kennedy’s head snaps off the mat, and as he gingerly sits back up, Kane rocks him with a low angle dropkick for another near fall.

Kennedy is stunned by the early onslaught, and he crawls to the corner to try and recover. Kane is unrelenting though, pulling Kennedy to his feet for a pair of rights, but when Kane sends Kennedy to the opposite corner and charges in, Kennedy ducks the attempted clothesline, catching Kane from behind with a neckbreaker. Trying to shake off the cobwebs, Kennedy takes his time before going on the attack, starting with a few forearms and kicks to Kane’s neck, and then locking on a headlock. Kane quickly makes it back to a vertical base, scoring a pair of elbows to the midsection which allows him to force Kennedy off the ropes... but Kane lowers his head, and Kennedy quickly snaps off a DDT, getting a 2 count.

Kennedy now works to slow the pace of the match down, all the while continuing to target the neck, hitting a Russian legsweep and coming off the ropes for a swinging neckbreaker. Knees quickly rain down on the neck, and then Kennedy goes old school by locking on a camel clutch, viscously wrenching on the neck. Kennedy keeps the hold on for a few minutes, slowly wearing Kane down, with The Big Red Machine showing signs of fading. The referee steps in to check on Kane, raising his arm up... but Kane refuses to allow it to drop, drawing a pop from the crowd. Kane struggles to break free, slowly forcing himself to one knee... then onto both knees... before Kane stands up, with Kennedy still on his back! Kane struggles to break Kennedy’s grip, so he reaches up and grabs Kennedy’s head, pulling him forward... into position for the tombstone! Kane is all set to plant Kennedy... but Kennedy franticly throws desperate elbows, forcing himself back over Kane’s shoulders to drop to the mat. Kennedy quickly turns to run off the ropes... straight into a tilt-a-whirl slam!

Kane now looks to regain control, and he starts by climbing to the top rope... to nail the flying clothesline! 1... 2... Kennedy rolls a shoulder. Kane now has eyes on putting Kennedy away, as he gets to his feet and cocks his right hand in the air. Kennedy takes an age to get back up, but when he does, he turns straight into Kane... and gets a right hand wrapped around his throat! Kennedy struggles to fight it, and out of desperation he falls backwards, grabbing Kane’s tights as he does, sending Kane crashing into the corner... and the referee! Kane flattens the ref against the turnbuckle, which sees the referee crumple to the mat. Kennedy shows no remorse on concern though as he grabs Kane and spins him around, to hoist Kane up on his shoulders... Green Bay plunge... no! Kane pushes himself off Kennedy’s shoulders to drop to the mat, and he again clutches Kennedy by the throat... takes him up into the air... and down for the chokeslam! Kane plants Kennedy and goes for the cover... but the ref is down! Kane turns to try and revive the ref, but as he does, the crowd is rising... as a figure races through the arena, leaping over the barricade, pushing Tony Chimel to the floor and grabbing the steel chair on which he was sitting on... it’s Montel Vontavious Porter!! MVP is back, and he’s stood in the ring behind Kane, steel chair in hand... BANG! MVP damn near takes Kane’s head off WITH THE CHAIR!! Immediately Kane crashes to the mat, with Kennedy immediately taking advantage, crawling over to make the cover, with MVP jumping out of the ring, just in time for the ref to stir and see Kennedy with the leg hooked... 1... 2... 3.

Winner: Mr. Kennedy @ 09.21

Revelling in his victory, Kennedy quickly rolls under the bottom rope to the floor, his hand being raised by the official. Kennedy quickly backs his way up the aisle, while MVP has now slipped back into the ring...

Michael Cole: MVP is back! MVP, he came through the crowd and just smacked a steel chair across Kane's skull!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Haha! I love it! I interview MVP three weeks ago, and he promised he'd get even with Kane, and he just took a big step towards settlin' the score. That big red monster, who you said was a favourite for the Rumble hasn't moved a damn inch, and it's all because of MVP!

In the ring, MVP stands over the fallen Kane, still clutching the steel chair in his hand. The referee has by now returned to the ring, but MVP quickly chases him back out of the ring. MVP turns back towards Kane, smiling over what he has achieved, until suddenly... Kane sits up! The crowd pops as Kane rises... only for MVP to hit him with a second sick shot to the skull!

The crowd quickly dies as Kane slumps back down towards the mat, with MVP slamming the chair down nearby. Once again MVP stands over Kane, staring down at the fallen Big Red Machine, and it's with that image that we fade into commercial.


When we return, the camera and Josh Matthews are scrambling down a hallway...

Josh Matthews: Uh, folks, welcome back to Smackdown. Moments ago we saw MVP return to the ring for the first time since Armageddon and he... MVP! MVP!

The camera focuses down the corridor to see MVP quickly walking away, with Matthews trying desperately to catch up with him...

Josh Matthews: MVP, MVP can we grab a few words with you please?

Stopping, MVP turns to face Matthews, taking his expensive looking sunglasses off...

Montel Vontavious Porter: Man, what you want?

Josh Matthews: MVP, we haven't seen in you in a WWE ring for over a month, we haven't heard from you for the last three weeks. Why are you here tonight? Why have you chosen tonight to make your return?

Montel Vontavious Porter Why am I back? You wanna know why I'm back?

Matthews nods...

Montel Vontavious Porter I'll ya' why I'm back. I'm back for two reasons Josh. The first reason... is lying flat on his ass in the middle of the ring right now. At Armageddon, I suffered second degree burns at the hands of that sick freak. I owe Kane. I owe him a lot of pain and sufferin', and if you thought tonight was somethin', you betta believe me when I say I'm just gettin' started!

Josh Matthews: And the second reason?

MVP smiles, returning his sunglasses to his face as he nods his head...

Montel Vontavious Porter The second reason... is 'cos y'all lookin' at the 30th entrant into the Royal Rumble match this Sunday.

Murmurs from the crowd as Matthews is taken aback by the response...

Josh Matthews: So wait, MVP, you're the final entrant in the Royal Rumble match?

Montel Vontavious Porter Man you heard me! I'm the 30th man, but not only that... I'm the guy who's gonna win the whole damn thing. Now excuse, but I got places to be. I'm outta here.

And with that, MVP walks off, leaving behind a shocked Matthews as we fade into a video...

*Video Package*

Narrator: Every year, 30 men chase a dream...

Shots of historical Royal Rumble moments, starting with Shawn Michaels dumping The British Bulldog over the top rope and then collapsing to his knees in victory...

Narrator: 30 men who fight for greatness...

Triple H returning in 2002 and last eliminating Kurt Angle before celebrating in the ring...

Narrator: 30 men who strive for their spot...

Quick-fire shots of 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin's three Rumble wins, 1997, 1998 and 2001...

Narrator: In the annals of time.

We now see stadium-wide shots of past Wrestlemania's, with the flashing lights and pyro displays of yesteryear...

Narrator: They crave immortality...

We now see shots from last year's Royal Rumble, starting with Shane McMahon eliminating Shawn Michaels...

Narrator: They seek prominence...

The iconic image of Rey Mysterio headscissoring Randy Orton over the top rope to claim victory...

Narrator: But only one...

Rapid-fire images of eliminations, with bodies crashing to the floor as the pace of the video quickens...

Narrator: Will fulfil their destiny.


*End Video Package*

Michael Cole: Folks, the Royal Rumble is this Sunday live on pay per view. The journey towards Wrestlemania starts at the Royal Rumble, and for one man it'll mean the chance to challenge for a Heavyweight Championship of his choice at Wrestlemania 23.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And if you ask me, the winner of the Royal Rumble match is going to be a Smackdown Superstar. We are the A-show, we've got all the talent, and the prestigous World Heavyweight Championship is the prixe everyone has their eyes on.

Michael Cole: And let's talk about some of the contenders to win the Royal Rumble from here on Smackdown. Who ya' got to win it all partner?

John Bradshaw Layfield: Lemme tell ya', in the Royal Rumble, usually you look to the guys who have the experience of being a champion. You look to a guy like King Booker, a former World Heavyweight Champion, a guy who's been there and done it all. He's gotta be a favourite. But this year, I'm lookin' towards the future. I'm lookin' at guys like MVP, who just returned tonight in a big way, or the guy who is the favourite for my money, Mr. Kennedy!

Michael Cole: You're pickin' Mr. Kennedy to win?

John Bradshaw Layfield: Kennedy is my guy! It's time for the new blood to make their move, it's time for Mr. Kennedy to step up and show he belongs, and he's gonna do it this Sunday at the Royal Rumble!

Michael Cole: Certainly an interesting pick, but when you talk about veterans who have been there and done it in the past, how can you ignore somebody like The Undertaker? A legend of the business, a man who in his storied career has never won the Royal Rumble. Could this year be his year? Or what about Kane? The man who holds the record for most eliminations in a single Rumble match?

John Bradshaw Layfield: Kane'll be lucky to make it to the Rumble after the beatin' he just took for MVP.

Michael Cole: Or if you're lookin' for a guy on the rise, how about Matt Hardy? A huge match with Joey Mercury ahead of him tonight, if Hardy could win tonight, he's gonna make a few people sit up and take notice of him, and it could lead to a win in the Royal Rumble match.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I've always said Matt Hardy is a main eventer waiting to happen, but this is not his time. This is Kennedy's time to shine, and it all starts this Sunday.

Michael Cole: And remember folks, last Monday night on Raw, Edge won a ten man battle royal to earn the valuable Number 30 spot. Edge will be the last man in the Rumble, will he be the last man standing too?

John Bradshaw Layfield: Well let me just say, I think the winner will be a Smackdown Sueprstar, and the winner will of course challenge for the most prestigious prize in the game, the World Heavyweight Championship.

Michael Cole: Speaking of the World Heavyweight Championship, it's up for grabs this Sunday when the champion, 'The Animal' Batista takes on the challenger, 'The Fighting Irishman' Finlay.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I think you'll find that's 'The Wounded Animal' Cole. Batista is banged up, Finlay and that shillelagh of his have done a whole lotta damage over the last few weeks. Batista is hurt, and you gotta be at 100% to have any chance of beatin' a guy like Finlay.

Michael Cole: Well, I agree that Batista isn't at 100%, there's no denying that. But Batista has battled through injuries in the past, he's fought through the pain barrier before and been able to stand tall at the end of it.

John Bradshaw Layfield: But Batista wasn't takin' on someone who can inflict as much pain as Finlay can. This is gonna be one of toughest tests of The Animal's career, and I don't think Batista has it in 'im to make it past Finlay.

Michael Cole: Well, we'll find out this Sunday. But the Royal Rumble isn't just about the Royal Rumble match and the World Heavyweight Championship, as the United States Championship is also on the line. The champion Chris Benoit defends his gold against the man who has made quite the impact since his arrival here on Smackdown, Test.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Michael, I've been in this business for a long time, I've known Chris Benoit for a long time. Chris Benoit is one of the toughest men to have ever stepped foot in that ring. But the way Test has dominated him since he showed up on Smackdown, I've never seen anything like it. I've never seen Chris Benoit dominated in this fashion before. I can't see how Chris Benoit can retain his title. I just can't see it.

Michael Cole: Well Chris Benoit is a fighter. He's battled to the very top of this industry in the past, and I think he can do it again. Test has arrived with a lot of momentum, he's looked very impressive, including last week when he pinned Chris Benoit during tag team action, but I gotta believe Chris Benoit can withstand Test's offense and remain United States Champion.

Before the debate can continue...


It's a good pop for the WWE Tag Team Champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick race down to the ring, Ashley Massaro not far behind...

Michael Cole: Speaking of the Royal Rumble, both Paul London and Brian Kendrick will be in the Royal Rumble match, but JBL, I gotta ask ya', in recent weeks we've seen this newcomer Maryse paying London and Kendrick a lot of attention. What do ya' think Maryse's agenda is with The Hooligans?

John Bradshaw Layfield: I don't know what her agenda is, but I don't understand what a woman like that is doin' hangin' around with this pair of idiots.

Michael Cole: Well last week, the words between Maryse and Ashley escalated into violence as the two had a good ol' fashioned catfight backstage.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And for some reason those two clowns decided to break it up. Sounds like somethin' you would do Cole.

Before Cole can respond...


It's a solid reaction for The Extremists as Tommy Dreamer, Sabu and The Sandman step out, all three men ready for action...

Michael Cole: Last week saw The Extremists make a victorious debut here on Smackdown, as they scored a win over William Regal and-

John Bradshaw Layfield: (Interrupting) Hold on a minute! Why don't you tell it like it is? Regal and Taylor had that match won until that drunken idiot The Sandman spat beer in Regal's face!

Michael Cole: Well that may have had somethin' to do with it.

John Bradshaw Layfield: It had everythin' to do with it! I couldn't believe it when Teddy Long signed these three maniacs, and I was disgusted at what I saw last week. The sooner those three are on the end of a serious ass kickin' the better.

Match 2: Non Title Match
WWE Tag Team Champions The Hooligans w/ Ashley Massaro vs. The Extremists (Tommy Dreamer and Sabu) w/ The Sandman

Sabu and London start the match, and the action is faced paced in the early moments as both men throw caution to the wind, with London connecting on a springboard crossbody out of the corner while Sabu nails a springboard back elbow after being sent into the ropes. Dreamer and Kendrick both tag in, and while Kendrick continues with the fast nature of the match by hitting a hurricanrana. Dreamer slows the match down with a falling neckbreaker. Back on their feet, Dreamer rocks Kendrick with a string of right hands, going for an Irish whip, only for Kendrick to duck the attempted clothesline. Kendrick continues to run the ropes, but when he goes for a running crossbody, Dreamer drops to the mat, which sees Kendrick crash and burn, his momentum carrying him under the bottom rope. Dreamer is back on his feet near the ropes, which prompts London to charge the ring, hitting Dreamer with a flying crossbody that takes both men over the top rope to the outside! We now have Dreamer, Kendrick and London on the floor, near the announce desk and the corner in which Sabu stands. The chance to fly is too much for Sabu to resist, and he waits for all three men to return to their feet before he makes his move, bouncing to the second rope... for a springboard moonsault! Sabu takes out all three guys on the outside, and that’s the image we see as we fade to commercial, with all four competitors down on the outside as an “E-C-DUB!” chant rings out.


When we return, Dreamer and London are now both the legal men, with Dreamer in control as he scoops London up and then drops him with an inverted DDT. With this match consisting of two face teams, there is no long period of dominance from either side, instead the match continues to swing back and forth. Sabu rocks London with a springboard tornado DDT for a long 2 count, leading to Dreamer getting the tag. Dreamer and Sabu combine to whip London to the corner, with Dreamer dropping to all fours infront of the corner. Sabu then charges, going for an assisted air Sabu (poetry in motion) but as he flies, London dives for safety, leaving Sabu to crash into the turnbuckle. London dives to tag Kendrick, who jumps to the top rope... missile dropkick to Dreamer! With Sabu still down, Kendrick continues to attack Dreamer, hitting a series of forearms before London arrives for a double Irish whip into a double hiptoss, with London finishing off the flurry by hiptossing Kendrick onto Dreamer for a near fall.

With Sabu still down in the corner The Hooligans enjoy a brief period of advantage, allowing them to hit a double flapjack on Dreamer. Sabu finally returns to his feet, rocking London and Kendrick with right hands before charging off the ropes... Sabu ducks a double clothesline and bounces to the second rope... springboard twisting crossbody! Both Hooligans go down, and now Dreamer is back on his feet. Sabu climbs through the ropes and stands on the apron, while Dreamer grabs London... fallaway slam... slingshot legdrop! The Extremists hit a double team combo of their own, with the ref finally getting some order as London rolls to the outside and Dreamer steps through the ropes. In The Extremists’ corner, Sabu hoists Kendrick up, perching him on the top turnbuckle. Sabu climbs up with him, but before anything can happen, London reaches up to pull Dreamer off the apron, with Dreamer crashing face first into the apron. This distraction allows Kendrick to hit a few fists to the gut, before he grabs Sabu, who is still stood on the second rope. Kendrick clutches Sabu around the neck and launches himself... twisting top rope DDT! Kendrick plants Sabu, and he quickly makes a tag to London, who climbs to the top rope, steadies himself... then goes for it... 450 SPLASH!! London connects to a huge pop and quickly hooks the leg... 1... 2... 3!!

Winners: The Hooligans @ 07.14

The bell brings an appreciative pop from the crowd, recognising the competitive yet fair nature of the match. Kendrick is back on his feet to help London back to a vertical base, and Dreamer and Sandman do likewise for Sabu. Ashley also enters the ring to offer London a brief hug, and soon all six are stood across the ring from each other. Clutching his neck to sell the offense he was subjected too, Dreamer gingerly walks to the centre of the ring, offering Kendrick a handshake... which is readily accepted. Soon London and Sabu are slapping hands, and the crowd responds with yet another cheer. In a great show of respect, Dreamer raises London's hand to another pop, before the extreme trio depart the ring, leaving the champions to themselves...

Michael Cole: Another great showing from London and Kendrick. The Hooligans once again prove they are the dominant tag team here on Smackdown.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I may not like 'em, but I gotta hand it to 'em, London and Kendrick are one heck of a-

???: (Interrupting) Excusez-moi!

Quickly all eyes and the camera turn to the top of the aisle to see that Maryse has stepped out from the back. Looking stunning as always, Dreamer, Sabu and Sandman are all taken aback as they walk past her, with the ever arrogant Maryse flicking a facepalm in their direction...

Maryse: Bravo Hooligans, bravo. So... yet another team try and fail to beat you. But all zese teams you face Hooligans, they all lack a certain... je ne sais quoi, non?

A few boos from the crowd, while in the ring, Ashley has a furious look on her face...

Maryse: Ze are no good for you. Ze are not a challenge for you. And but of course, zis means you as a team Hooligans... you are borin' to me. You see, I told you I could be for you Hooligans. I could add some joie de vivre to zis team. And of course, I look better than ze trashy slut in ze ring with you.

More boos...

Maryse: But sadly for you, you turned me down. I want ze gold Hooligans... and I'm going to get it. One way... or another.

Suddenly there's a commotion from the crowd, as two men sprint through the audience, leaping the barricade and sliding into the ring... to hammer London and Kendrick from behind! The tag champs are beatdown to the mat, and it's only when the camera settles on the duo that we see who they are... Rene Dupree and Sylvain Grenier!! The Canadiens lay in with a brutal assault, hitting a flurry of boots to the grounded champions. Ashley can only scream in horror as she sees her team take a beating, with Dupree and Grenier now looking to hit a few double team moves. Kendrick is first, with Dupree hoisting him up in the air... Au Revoir! Kendrick is planted with the aided snap swinging neckbreaker, but now it's London's turn, as Dupree grabs him and sends him off the ropes... Bonsoir! London tastes the double spinebuster, and now both champions are down. By this point Maryse has made it to the ring, and she corners Ashley... and gives her a stiff slap to the face! Ashley immediately crumples in the corner, clutching her face, London and Kendrick both down on the mat. Maryse is all smiles as she turns back towards her team, and with the crowd still in shock, she raises Grenier's and Dupree's arms in the air to a chorus of boos as we head backstage.

Where Josh Matthews is standing by...

Josh Matthews: Ladies and gentlemen, my guest at this time... he is the man who will defend the World Heavyweight Championship this Sunday at the Royal Rumble against Finlay... The Animal... Batista!

Nice pop as the champ enters the shot, dressed to compete, nodding a hello in Josh's direction. Once again the left shoulder of Batista is heavily taped up...

Josh Matthews: Batista, it was two weeks ago that you were the subject of a brutal assault from the man you face this Sunday, Finlay. And as we all can see, your left shoulder has been heavily taped these last two weeks. Batista, what is the status with that arm right now, and how will it effect you this Sunday in your World Heavyweight Championship defense?

A wry smile crosses Batista's face as he ponders his response...

Batista: Well, what can I say? Two weeks ago, Finlay and that shillelagh of his... he roughed me up pretty good. He cracked it off my skull, he smashed it off my shoulder time and time again. I can't lie, he got me two weeks. He got me good. But tell me Josh...

The Animal smiles again as he places a hand on Josh's shoulder...

Batista: How did last week's show open?

Josh Matthews: Uh... well, it opened with you walking down to the ring and calling Finlay out.

Batista: Exactly. I took everythin' Finlay had to throw at me two weeks ago, but the very next week, I was back, stood in that very ring, callin' him out!


Batista: Y'see Finlay, you can take your shots, you can try play your little games, but at the end of the day... you're messin' with one tough son of a bitch! You're dealin' with The Animal! I may be hurtin' Finlay, but don't you for one second think that gives you some kinda advantage over me. We start the fight tonight Finlay, and then this Sunday... I'm gonna finish it!

Another pop, with Batista staring intently down the camera...

Batista: So you better take your shot again tonight Finlay, 'cause I promise you... this Sunday... The Animal will be unleashed... and it's gonna be too late for you to do anythin' about it!

Batista continues to stare into the camera, and it's on the lingering stare of The Animal that we fade into commercial.


We return to the arena for...

"OH YEAH..."


It's a great response the greets the arrival of Matt Hardy, who instead of his usual jovial self has a determined look on his face, playing off of the very serious nature of the upcoming match...

Michael Cole: Welcome back to Smackdown everybody. It's now time for Matt Hardy and Joey Mercury to settle the score once and for all. A bitter rivalry that started in quite freak circumstances back at the Armageddon pay per view back on December 17th, and over a month later it all comes down to first blood.

John Bradshaw Layfield: What it comes down to is Matt Hardy gettin' what's comin' to him. Joey Mercury, who somehow managed to battle back from not only the physcial damage he suffered, not only from the countless hours of plastic surgery he had to endure, but also from the psychological trauma he suffered. Joey Mercury had model good looks before Matt Armageddon, and Matt Hardy, out of sheer jealousy in my opinion, put paid to that.

Michael Cole: Oh you gotta be kiddin' me! It was a freak accident that happened at Armageddon. Matt Hardy never went out there looking to deliberately hurt Joey Mercury.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Like I said, Matt Hardy doesn't like Joey Mercury, he was jealous of Joey Mercury's good looks so he went out there lookin' to disfigure Joey Mercury.

Michael Cole: I don't believe that for a second.


Nothing but heat as Joey Mercury makes his way down the aisle...

John Bradshaw Layfield: Here comes, for my money, the bravest guy I've ever seen. Matt Hardy made this young man's life a misery, yet he somehow comes out here week after week and performs. It's unbelievable. I take my hat off to Joey Mercury.

Michael Cole: God this is ridiculous! Why don't you tell the people at home about how on the first Smackdown of 2007, Joey Mercury returned to Smackdown and crushed a steel chair over Matt Hardy's skull, giving Hardy a concussion and busting him open? Why won't you mention the fact that last week, Joey Mercury used a drop toe hold to send Hardy face first into the steel steps, again bustin' Hardy open.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I was just gettin' to that. Matt Hardy deserved a taste of his own medicine, and he's gonna deserve to have his head busted open again tonight!

Match 3: First Blood Match
Joey Mercury
vs. Matt Hardy

There’s no traditional tie up to start this match, as the second the bell rings both men fly out of their respective corners, dying to get a piece of each other. Hardy makes the first move by using a double leg takedown, mounting Mercury to lay in with a flurry of rights and lefts. Quickly though, Mercury rolls over, and now it’s his turn to swing wildly with the fists. The rolling on the mat continues as both men trade supremacy, until the pair roll their way to the side of the ring and under the bottom rope to the outside. Here it’s Matt who gains the upper hand, striking with right hands and then smashing Mercury face first off the steel steps. Mercury staggers away from Hardy, walking to the other side of the ring, trying to shake off the cobwebs. Hardy stays on the attack though, following and catching up with Mercury, this time smashing his face off the announce desk. Mercury falls to one knee, and this allows Hardy a chance to head over and grab a chair from near the timekeeper’s desk. Hardy pauses briefly to appreciate the pop from the crowd, but he soon rears back and swings... smashing the chair off of Mercury’s head! A massive cheer greets Matt’s actions, as Mercury slumps to the floor. The ref is quick to check for any signs of blood, but he motions that the match has to continue at this time.

Mercury is little more than a dead weight as Hardy tries to drag him to his feet, but eventually Matt is able to roll him back into the ring. Again Matt mounts Joey, laying in with stiff rights, try bust open the forehead the old fashioned way, but Matt soon realises it’s going to take something extra to get the win here. Hardy decides to drag Mercury to a vertical base, but as he does, Mercury swings a low blow, causing Matt to crumple to the mat in pain. Mercury takes his time to recover, firing in a few kicks to keep Matt grounded. Mercury then walk to the opposite corner of the ring, moving quickly to rip off the turnbuckle cover, exposing the steel below. Returning to Hardy, Mercury drags him by the hair to his feet, before taking a good run... and driving Hardy’s skull into the exposed steel! Matt clutches his face as he falls to the mat, with Mercury demanding the ref check for blood. The ref signals no blood has been spilled, which leads to Mercury dropping elbows and knees to the forehead. Hardy clutches at the ropes to pull himself up, but seeing that Hardy is still dazed, Mercury jumps outside, scooping up the same steel chair that struck his skull earlier. Back in the ring, Mercury motions for Matt to rise, and when he does, Mercury makes his move... and swings with the chair... but Hardy ducks! Mercury swings straight through, dropping the chair in the process, before he turns back to Hardy... side effect!

Hardy plants Mercury, and now Hardy climbs to the second rope... legdrop finds the mark! Quickly back on his feet, Matt grabs the chair Mercury previously dropped, placing it on the mat in the centre of the ring, before pulling Joey up to his feet. Hardy hits a kick to the gut, and pulls Mercury in... twist of fate on the chair... NO! As Hardy twists Mercury pushes him into the ropes, with Matt hanging on... only for Mercury to clothesline him over the top rope to the floor at the foot of the aisle. The exposed concrete of the aisle is in Mercury’s sights as he clubs Matt from behind, Hardy staggering up the aisle a bit. The barricade meets Hardy’s skull at the hands of Mercury, before Mercury ramps up his offence, pulling Hardy in... for a sick DDT ON THE EXPOSED CONCRETE!! The crowd gasps as Mercury plants Matt, with the ref quick to check the damn near unconscious Hardy for blood... not yet, leaving an exasperated Joey to continue his assault. Mercury starts by pulling the deadweight Hardy to his feet, dragging Hardy up the aisle towards the entrance way.

Once they reach the top of the aisle, Mercury drives Hardy into the stanchion of the entrance way, not once, twice, but three times in an effort to finally bust Matt open... but again the ref signals no, saying no blood has been spilled yet. Mercury now searches for another way to bust Matt open, and he appears to have found it as he drags Hardy towards a lighting rig. Looking to drive Matt’s skull into the rig, Mercury grabs a handful of hair, rearing back to force Hardy face first into the rig... but out of desperation, Matt strikes with elbows to the midsection... and it’s Mercury who crashes into the lighting rig! Hardy then reaches down to grab a nearby set of wires... and he wraps them around Joey’s throat! Although not causing any blood, Mercury is quickly choked out, his legs buckling as he drops to the floor. Hardy now spends the next few moments dragging the lifeless Mercury back towards the ring, grabbing his ankles and pulling Joey across the concrete floor. As the pair make it to the ring, Hardy firstly rolls Mercury under the bottom rope, and then goes fishing under the ring. Soon a trash can is tossed over the top rope, followed by another steel chair, and then Hardy pulls out... a kendo stick! Cole quickly quips that perhaps Sandman left it behind earlier, much to JBL’s disgust.

In the ring, Hardy waits for Mercury to make it back to both knees, and when he does, the trash can is placed over Joey’s head. Hardy then scoops up the kendo stick... and starts hammering the trash can!! JBL damn near has a fit at ringside as Matt swings the kendo time and time and time again, caving in the can. Hardy makes it to seven kendo shots, before the eighth shot sees Mercury slump back down to the mat. The ref quickly pulls the trash can away, checking for blood... no! Still neither man bleeds, but now Hardy feels one big move will finally end this battle. Mercury is almost out of it, barely moving as Matt grabs the chair he tossed into the ring, unfolding it and placing it upright in the middle of the ring. The lifeless Mercury is pulled to his feet, with Hardy lining him up... for the twist of fate... but no, Hardy changes his mind, turning his head towards the corner, his eyes gazed at the top turnbuckle. The crowd soon pops as Hardy points to the corner... he’s taking Mercury to the top rope! Hardy hoists Mercury up onto his shoulders in fireman’s carry fashion, perching him in a seated position on the top turnbuckle. A few stiff rights rock Mercury, with Matt going to the centre of the ring to bring the chair closer to the corner. Matt now makes his climb to the top, pulling Mercury up with him. Both men stand on the top turnbuckle, Hardy cinching Mercury in, giving one last cry to the crowd... before he turns, launching himself and Mercury through the air... TOP ROPE TWIST OF FATE... ONTO THE STEEL CHAIR!!! Both men crash to the mat, Mercury face first into the steel, and the ref quickly checks as Mercury rolls over... MERCURY IS BUSTED OPEN!! HARDY WINS!!!

Winner: Matt Hardy @ 13.47

Exhausted, Hardy stays down on the mat, not even aware yet that he's picked up the win. Soon though he hears his music playing, and Matt rolls towards the ropes, using them to drag himself to his feet. The ref raises Hardy's hand in the air in victory, put Hardy collapses again into the corner, and we fade to commercial changing between the sight on Hardy sat in the corner, feeling the effects of the match, and the image of the blood stained Mercury still laying on the mat.


We return to the sight of a smiling Kristal Marshall, who is standing by for an interview...

Kristal Marshall: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Smackdown. And please welcome my guest at this time... the man who teams with Finlay to take on The Undertaker and Batista later tonight... King Booker!

Loud boos greet the arrival of King Booker, who as always has Queen Sharmell hanging off his arm. The King has his nose aimed high in the air as Kristal asks her questions...

Kristal Marshall: And Booker-

Queen Sharmell: (Interrupting) 'Dat's KING Bookah to you.

Kristal Marshall: King... Booker, after demanding that The Undertaker meet you in the middle of the ring, last week you got your wish when The Deadman confronted you after your victory over The Boogeyman. Now tonight, you and The Undertaker will meet in tag team action. King Booker, what are your thoughts on this?

Booker finally drops his gaze to stare at Kristal...

King Booker: My thoughts? You wish to hear the thoughts of your King? Last week, your King... was disgusted by the actions of The Undertaker.

Booker expresses his disgust in the look on his face while Sharmell shakes her head...

King Booker: Your King, a man of honour. A man of class. Two weeks ago, your King walked down to the square circle... and addressed The Undertaker's actions from the week before. Your King laid forth a challenge to The Undertaker. Your King acted with the dignity befitting of such a situation. You King acted with honour and with class. But The Undertaker...

Now it's Booker's turn to shake his head...

King Booker: The Undertaker... he acted like nothing more than a coward! I walk down to that ring, I issue a challenge, man to man, and that sucka jumps me from behind! 'Dat ain't right!

Booker pauses, taking a moment to compose himself as Sharmell runs a hand across his shoulder...

King Booker: So tonight... I shall stand toe to toe with The Deadman... and I shall slay thee Deadman! And this Sunday, at the Royal Rumble...

Booker chuckles to himself...

King Booker: The... Royal... Rumble. An event fit only for a King such as myself. I shall emerge victorious over 29 mere peasants... and then I would be honoured to face my associate tonight, David Finlay at Wrestlemania for the World Heavyweight Championship. Tonight, I shall conquer The Undertaker... and at the Royal Rumble... I shall conquer the WWE.

And with that, Booker offers his arm to his Queen before the pair depart the screen and we fade into a video package...

*Video Package*


MARCH 24TH, 1991

The Undertaker makes his first ever Wrestlemania appearance, stepping into the ring with the legendary 'Superfly' Jimmy Snuka. After dominating all competition placed in his path since his debut six months earlier, The Undertaker faces his toughest test to date in Snuka. However, The Deadman man would not be denied on his Wrestlemania debut, making quick work of The Superfly, in the process starting the most famous streak in wrestling history, the historic Wrestlemania undefeated streak that still stands to this day at 14-0.


*End Video Package*

We now cut to a locker room where sat on chairs are Tommy Dreamer, The Sandman and Sabu. Dreamer has an ice pack pressed against his neck, will Sabu wraps tape around his elbow. Sandman is sitting back downing a beer, but as The Extremists tend to their wounds from earlier, off camera we hear the door of the locker room swing open... as William Regal and Dave Taylor enter the frame...

William Regal: Gentlemen... a rather interesting performance you gave this evening. Very interesting indeed.

Dreamer tries to rise from his seat to go face to face with The Bluebloods, but Taylor pushes down on Dreamer's neck, forcing him back to his seat with a wince...

Tommy Dreamer: What the hell do you guys want?

William Regal: Gentlemen, the three of you have some unfinished business to attend to with Mr. Taylor and myself.

Tommy Dreamer: I think we settled things with you two last week. Y'know, last week... when we beat you two in the ring.

A snarl crosses Regal's face as he speaks through gritted teeth...

William Regal: Last week... last week was a bloody farce! What the bloody 'ell d'you think you were playin' at!? You three are nothin' more than a group of common street thugs. Nobody spits beer in my face and gets away with, d'you understand me?

This time all three Extremists rise to their feet, with Sandman grabbing his nearby trusty kendo stick...

The Sandman: How 'bout you two get the hell outta here... before I stick this (Waving the kendo stick) straight up your ass!

A slight pop from inside the arena as Regal smirks at Sandman...

William Regal: Ah yes, that's it. You wave that stick, you spit your beer in my face. You three absolutely disgust me.

Tommy Dreamer: Look Regal, I dunno what you think you're doin' comin' in here and bad mouthin' us. But if you wanna settle things, we'll give you a rematch with us. Anytime... anywhere. But from where I'm standin'... there's three of us and two of you... and you two don't wanna be on the end of a three man ass kickin'.

Regal turns to Taylor, with both men smiling at each other...

William Regal: We knew you'd say something like that. Don't worry about us gentlemen... we'll be ready. We'll be in touch with regards to a time and a place for our rematch. Come along David.

Both Regal and Taylor turn to leave the room, the duo smugly smiling as they do, leaving behind a bemused looking trio of Extremists as we head back into the arena for...


Week on week the amount of heat continues to grow for The Miz and his associate Michelle McCool...

Michael Cole: Here comes the man who's been trying to make a name for himself in recent weeks. The new and improved Miz.

John Bradshaw Layfield: If you ask me he's still same annoying jackass that he always was.

Michael Cole: Well we know you and The Miz don't get along, but you have to admit, there's been a big change in attitude from this guy as of late. He's much more aggressive in the ring, he's much more arrogant when he talks, and now he's got Michelle McCool helpin' to guide his career.

John Bradshaw Layfield: She's the only reason that punk still has a job right now. I don't get why she's associated with him. He's a nobody who's tryin' to make a name for himself at my expense.


A great pop welcomes the United States Champion Chris Benoit, who confidently makes his way down to the ring, a ruthless stare etched on his face...

Michael Cole: And this is gonna be a huge test for The Miz tonight. The United States Champion Chris Benoit is lookin' to build some momentum ahead of his clash with Test this Sunday.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And he's lookin' for momentum because Test has dominated every exchange between the two. I honestly don't know if Chris Benoit has what it takes to beat 'The Impact Player' this Sunday. If he does, I haven't seen it so far.

Match 4: Non Title Match
United States Champion Chris Benoit vs. The Miz w/ Michelle McCool

Determined to show off his new attitude and demeanour, Miz arrogantly steps forward when the bell rings, talking trash in Benoit’s face. Benoit however is having none of it, but when Miz shoves Benoit in the chest, the veteran responds with a stiff chop to the chest that sends Miz down. Clutching his chest as he returns to his feet, Miz staggers to the corner, allowing Benoit to follow in for more chops, before a hard Irish whip sends Miz across, crashing into the turnbuckle. Benoit continues his aggressive start to the match when he snaps off a backbreaker, scoring an early near fall. More chops and right hands land, with Benoit then connecting on the first release German suplex of the match. Rattled, Miz rolls to the outside, but Benoit stays on the attack, following him out, again striking with chops up against the barricade. Benoit tosses Miz back into the ring, but as he steps up onto the apron to follow Miz back in, Michelle McCool makes her presence felt, grabbing hold of Benoit’s foot. The US Champ glares down at McCool, while in the ring Miz quickly charges off the ropes... and a knee to the spine sends Benoit flying into the barricade!

Now it’s Miz who is the aggressor on the outside, clubbing Benoit’s back and driving him spine first into the side of the ring. Miz now enjoys a period of dominance, mainly focusing on Benoit’s back, driving well aimed knees and forearms to the small of the back, before a snap suplex sends Benoit down. Miz spends the next few minutes focusing on the back, going for a rear chinlock, being sure to drive his knee into Benoit’s spine as he wrenches back on the chin. Benoit is subjected to the pressure for a good while, with repeated attempts to break Miz’s grip failing. Finally though, Benoit is able to force Miz’s fingers free of his chin, breaking the grip and forcing himself back to his feet, although Miz fights to keep the hold locked in.

An elbow to the gut buys Benoit a break, and he quickly follows with a bridging northern lights suplex for a 2 count. It’s Miz however who’s back on his feet first, and he again attacks the spine with an elbow, before a hard Irish whip sends Benoit to the corner. Miz then charges, but as he goes for a swinging corner clothesline, Benoit dives for safety, seeing Miz crotch himself on the second rope. This prompts Benoit to clamp his grip on Miz, snapping off the hat-trick of German suplexes. Miz is reeling now, and a dragon screw from Benoit plants him, allowing the US Champ to climb to the top rope. Benoit steadies himself, preparing for the diving headbutt... but again McCool gets involved, climbing up onto the apron, distracting Benoit and the ref. This is enough for Miz to throw himself into the ropes, causing Benoit to awkwardly land on the top rope and then fall to the mat. Taking his time to recover, Miz lays by the ropes, before finally pulling himself back to his feet. Benoit is stirring too, so Miz decides to wait for him to rise before charging in... reality check... no! Benoit avoids the running knee, and catches Miz around the throat... crippler crossface! Benoit locks it in tight, driving Miz to the mat... and The Miz taps out!!

Winner: @ 06.12 Chris Benoit

A confident win for Benoit, who quickly release his grip and rolls off of Miz and crouches on one knee before being handed his belt by the referee. Benoit pulls himself back onto his feet, slinging his title over his shoulder, before his arm is raised. Quickly thought, Benoit snatches his arm away to stare up the aisle... at the sight of Test stood under the Smackdown fist. Dressed in jeans and a white vest, Test isn't ready to compete tonight, instead he stares down at Benoit from behind a pair of sunglasses. Benoit looks apprehensive in the ring, but at the top of the ramp, Test offers him a slow, almost sarcastic round of applause, before the camera picks up Test saying "This Sunday... that's mine." as a confident smirk crosses Test's face. In the ring, Benoit raises the title high in the air to a pop from crowd, at which Test laughs before turning to head backstage as we cut to commercial.


We return to a pre-filmed segment...

We return to the same dimly-lit room from last week. The same Italian-esque violin tune continuing to be heard in the background. The camera slowly pans the room, allowing us to see an old oak desk. We continue to pan the room, seeing a mahogany bookcase filled with many leather-bound books. The camera then focuses on the middle of the ring, where Big Vito sits on a wooden stool, hands still tied behind his back. The lone light in the room causes Vito to squint and turn his head, not allowing him to see. There is just enough light in the room for us to notice Vito no longer wears his favourite little black dress, instead he now wears a more traditional pair of black wrestling tights...

Big Vito: Why am I here? What do you want with me?

The camera now turns to the old oak desk. Sat on a leather chair behind it, the mysterious 'Godfather' figure, with Trinity stood next to him. The lack of light continues to hide our Don's face...

???: Vito, Vito, Vito. You are such 'ah' de disappointment to me. When my Grandpapi stepped off 'ah' de boat from 'ah' de old country, he never thought 'ah' he'd see our people wrestling in dresses!

Big Vito: What you got against guys in dresses?

???: It brings 'ah' de SHAME on us!

In a show of anger, the 'Godfather' slams his fist against his desk, with the camera showing us the reactions of the nearby Nunzio and Tony Mamaluke, both of whom show fear at their boss' actions...

???: Our people have 'ah' suffered enough. You have 'ah' embarrassed us for 'ah' de last times!

Big Vito: What... what are you gonna do to me?

???: Vito... we need to 'ah' retrain you. You need 'ah' to remember where 'ah' you come from. You need... to 'ah' watch this.

Suddenly Nunzio and Tony wheel a TV set infront of Vito. The bright light of the screen pierces the darkness of the room, forcing Vito to again squint. The camera focuses on Vito from behind the TV set, not allowing us to see any of the images Vito is seeing, but we do hear the opening like... "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster."

We now see a video package...

*Video Package*

We fade into a dimly lit gym, which has clearly seen better days. Smashed windows, a dusty ring, wooden bleachers, it appears to be a high school gym...

Narrator: For years he has carved a reputation as one of the very best...

We now see a slender built man aiming a series of stiff kicks at an unknown opponent, and in-between brief flashes of light we see this man is wearing maroon coloured tights...

Narrator: He has travelled the world, winning countless championships...

We now see this man engaging in a submission move with his unknown opponent, namely the cattle mutilation...

Narrator: But now...

We see our man now dressed in street clothes, leaving the shoddy gym, a blinding white light flooding the screen as he swings open the double doors...

Narrator: He brings his skill, talent and recognition...

The white light fades, and now we see the man back in his ring gear, stood in a WWE ring in an empty arena...

Narrator: To the WWE!

The camera revolves around the man, who stares into the rafters of the arena...

???: My name, is Bryan Danielson...

The camera now comes to a stop, with the man staring straight at it, a determined look in his eyes...

???: And Smackdown better be ready... for me!

The camera lingers for a few seconds before we fade to black and then the following graphic appears...


*End Video Package*

Michael Cole: And there you see the latest Superstar to sign with Friday Night Smackdown. A decorated veteran of the world wrestling scene, Bryan Danielson is soon gonna be makin' a name for himself here on Friday nights!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Now wait a minute Michael, how can you be so sure about that? I mean, what do we know about this guy?

Michael Cole: Well we know he's wrestled all over America, he's been to Europe, Japan, Australia-

John Bradshaw Layfield: (Interrupting) Yeah, yeah, that's all great, but lemme ask you this. What has he done in a WWE ring?

Michael Cole: Well nothing. He's never wrestled in the WWE before.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Exactly! Until this world renowned guy, who I've never heard of before, steps into a WWE ring and impresses me, he's not even worth talkin' about.


A nice pop as Shannon Moore makes his entrance, slapping hands with the fans as he makes his way down the aisle...

Michael Cole: Well maybe Bryan Danielson will surprise you, much like that man Shannon Moore surprised Gregory Helms a few weeks ago. The Cruiserweight four way is comin' up when we return to Friday night Smackdown!


When we return, Jamie Noble is already stood in the ring while the music of Jimmy Wang Yang is playing as Wang Yang slides under the bottom rope to salute the crowd...

Michael Cole: Welcome back folks. There you see Shannon Moore, Jamie Noble and Jimmy Wang Yang, three members of the Cruiserweight division that has been dominated by the Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms, who this Sunday at the Royal Rumble celebrates the one year anniversary of his winning of the Cruiserweight Championship.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And in that year he has taken on all comers and he has seen off every challenger. All three of those men in the ring have one way or another fallen at the hands of Gregory Helms.


It's a decent amount of heat that welcome Chavo Guerrero back to the Cruiserweight division, Vickie Guerrero by his side...

Michael Cole: Well what about this man right here? It was strong words from his Aunt Vickie last week that prompted Chavo to return to Cruiserweight wrestling, and you have to think Chavo's out to prove his credentials tonight.

John Bradshaw Layfield: The Guerrero name and legacy rests on Chavo's shoulders. He's got a big family name to live up to, and it took a kick up the ass from Vickie last week to make Chavo realise that.

Michael Cole: This match is ready to get underway now and-


*IT'S TIME...*

A surprised hush engulfs the arena as the Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms makes his way down to the ring. Not dressed to compete, Helms confidently makes his way down the aisle towards the announce desk...

Michael Cole: Well... it seems we're being joined by the Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms. I uh, I didn't know Helms was gonna be joining us.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Finally somebody on the same intellectual level as me is at the announce desk. Stand up Cole, show some respect for the Cruiserweight Champion of the World!

Cole does indeed rise to his feet as Helms places his title belt on the desk, placing a headset over his ears...

Michael Cole: Well, thanks for joinin' us Greg.

Gregory Helms: That's Gregory He... no, wait, to you it's Mr. Helms.

John Bradshaw Layfield: God what an embarrassment you are Cole. Greg, can I call you Greg?

Gregory Helms: You can but the gopher here calls me Mr. Helms.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Well Greg, allow me to apologize for Michael Cole's actions. I can't believe it's a jackass like him who has to commentate when the greatest cruiserweight in the world shows us how it's done. I sincerely apologize.

Gregory Helms: That's alright JBL, I understand it's not yo' choice, it's that joke of a GM we've got. I feel sorry that a Wrestling God like yo’self has to put up with this clown sat next to you.

Michael Cole: God this is gonna be a long match listening to you two...

Match 5: Fatal Four Way
Chavo Guerrero
w/ Vickie Guerrero vs. Jamie Noble vs. Jimmy Wang Yang vs. Shannon Moore

With four top cruiserweights in the ring, this match was destined to be competed at a fast pace, and that’s exactly what we see straight from the bell, as after an initial moment or two of feeling each other out, the match kicks into gear as Yang and Moore go on the offensive, taking the fight to Chavo and Noble respectively. Moore hammers Noble in the corner, while Yang sends Chavo off the ropes into a bigtime back body drop, following with a string of armdrags. Moore whips Noble to the opposite corner, but when he charges in, Noble elevates Moore over the top rope. Moore lands on the apron, driving a shoulder into Noble’s gut and flying over the top rope into a sunset flip. Noble rolls straight through, and when both men get back on their feet, Moore is waiting to drop Noble with a spinning heel kick. With both heels down, Moore and Yang turn to each other, with Jimmy teeing off with right hands, sending Moore off the ropes, catching Moore in an overhead belly to belly.

The force of the move sends Moore rolling under the bottom rope to the outside, and this allows Chavo and Noble to make their move, clubbing Yang from behind with forearms and boots. Noble and Chavo show some teamwork as they take Yang up for a double suplex. Noble and Chavo are both quickly back on their feet, but before they can take advantage of the situation, Moore climbs to the top rope... and takes both men down with a crossbody off the top! The crowd pops for the fast paced action, and it continues throughout the match, with Moore’s attempted headscissor takedown on Chavo being countered into a sitout facebuster, while Jimmy drops Noble with an enziguiri. This leads to Yang and Guerrero squaring off for the next few moments, with Yang gaining the advantage by sending Chavo off the ropes into a monkey flip and quickly hitting a spinning heel kick, the momentum sending Chavo under the bottom ropes.

This leaves Noble, Yang and Moore in the ring, with Noble dropping Yang from behind with a reverse DDT and then forcing Moore to the corner with shots to the face. Noble then muscles Moore up, perching him on the top turnbuckle. Noble climbs to the second rope, grabbing Moore and looking for a superplex... but Moore grabs the top rope to save himself, before desperately striking with right hands to the gut. This stops Noble long enough to allow Yang to step in, as he positions himself under Noble... and he rattles both guys above him with a tower of doom! Moore crashes and burns, and Noble doesn’t fair much better, and it’s Yang who’s back on his feet first. Chavo however slips back into the ring, and he moves quickly to grab Yang and send him off the ropes... straight into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Yang goes down, and Chavo speedily heads to the top rope... to nail the frog splash! 1... 2... 3!

Winner: Chavo Guerrero @ 07.43

A confident win for Chavo, who is quickly joined by Vickie, who applauds her nephew’s efforts. Chavo is soon back on his feet to have Vickie raise his arm, before he turns his attentions to Helms at the announce desk. Chavo walks towards the ropes, pointing at Helms, motioning with his hands that he wants the Cruiserweight Title around his waist. This prompts Helms to stand up, his headphone still on his head...

Michael Cole: Well champ, what d'ya make of that? I think Chavo Guerrero just made his intentions very clear. He wants to be in the hunt for the Cruiserweight Title.

Gregory Helms: Hey listen Cole. I've taken on each and every guy who's stepped up to challenge me. If Chavo Guerrero wants a shot at my title, he's gonna have to earn it, just like everybody else. Once he's earned it, then he start challenging me.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And until then he doesn't deserve it. Until Chavo Guerrero proves he belongs back in this division, there's no reason for you step in the ring with him Greg.

Gregory Helms: You absolutely right.

Michael Cole: Sounds to me like you're maybe a little scared of Chavo after that display tonight.

John Bradshaw Layfield: You better watch your damn mouth Cole! I'm sick and tired of you insulting our guests!

Gregory Helms: I'm the Cruiserweight Champion Cole. I ain't afraid of nobody! I'm the best cruiserweight in the world, and I'll prove that to you and Chavo Guerrero, anytime, anywhere.

And with the camera switching between Helms stood at the desk and Chavo stood in the ring, we soon fade backstage...

To see Finlay making his way down to the ring, with The Little Bastard walking by his side. Finlay turns a corner, heading towards the entrance to the arena, where he is stopped by Smackdown GM Teddy Long...

Finlay: What the hell d'ya want Teddy?

Long smiles, while The Little Bastard snarls in Long's direction...

Teddy Long: Listen playa. These last few weeks, you won a lot of matches, and you done a whole of damage to Batista.

Finlay flashes that toothy grin of his as the memories of recent weeks come flooding back...

Teddy Long: But you been doin' it with a weapon in yo' hand playa. And I ain't gonna stand for that no more. So you gonna have to hand over that...

Long points towards the shillelagh...

Teddy Long: To me.

Finlay: What?! Ye can't do that me!

Teddy Long: Oh yes I can playa. Now you hand over that shillelagh, or I'm gonna cancel your title match this Sunday. I ain't gonna stand for you usin' that no mo' playa. Now... hand it over.

Again The Little Bastard snarls in Teddy's direction, but Long stands firm, his hand outstretched, waiting to receive the shillelagh. Finlay clutches his trusty weapon tightly, raising in the air, looking as if he's about to strike Teddy Long with it... but Finlay relents, slowly handing it over, much to his disgust...

Teddy Long: Alright. I appreciate you handi-

Finlay: (Interrupting) Shut yer mouth Long! I don't need a shillelagh to beat Batista. So why don't you hold on to that for me? And after the Royal Rumble, I'll be knockin' on yer door to get it back... as the World Heavyweight Champion.

A brief stand off ensues before Finlay turns to leave, muttering a "C'mon." to The Little Bastard, who takes one last snarl at Teddy before he follows Finlay out of the shot. Teddy lets out a deep sigh, and the lasting image we see as we fade to commercial is that off a very relieved General Manager.


We go to straight to the arena as we return for...



A ton of heat as the shillelagh-less Finlay angrily makes his way down the aisle, a seriously pissed off look on his face, The Little Bastard by his side...

Michael Cole: Welcome back folks. Moments before went to commercial, Teddy Long, in a great move if you ask me, told Finlay that he was taking away the shillelagh, that it was banned from being used tonight and this Sunday at the Royal Rumble.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And you agree with that? You think that's fair?

Michael Cole: Of course. It makes it a level playing field. We've seen the damage Finlay can do with that shillelagh in his hand.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Tell me Michael, what's the Second Amendment to the Constitution?

Michael Cole: The right to bear arms.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Exactly. The shillelagh, a historic symbol of Irish weaponry. Teddy Long has just denied Finlay his right to bear arms. Teddy Long is a bigot, he is a racist and he is prejudiced towards the Irish! Try and deny that Cole!

Michael Cole: You gotta be kiddin' me! You can't be serious about that.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I'm damn serious! I'm sick and tired of Teddy Long. He's been gettin' away with this kinda crap for far too long! It's about time somebody did somethin' about it. I hope Finlay wins the World Heavyweight Championship, and then I wanna see him stick that shillelagh down Teddy Long's throat!

Michael Cole: I can't believe I'm hearin' this...


For Cole it's a welcome distraction when King Booker and Queen Sharmell make their way out. As always the pair stop at the top of the aisle, with Booker raising his pinky high in the air to a chorus of boos...

Michael Cole: Let's try change the subject here and talk about this developing rivalry between King Booker and The Undertaker. It was three weeks ago, during the Number One Contenders match that Finlay would go on to win, that me and you JBL got a very up close and personal look at how this rivalry started.

John Bradshaw Layfield: You mean when The Undertaker, for no apparent reason, chokeslammed King Booker through our announce desk?

Michael Cole: That's what got this rivalry started. And since then, we've seen King Booker call out The Undertaker, which lead to last week when The Deadman answered the call, appearing out of nowhere to drop Booker with another chokeslam, this time in the centre of the ring.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Why won't you tell it like it happened Cole? The Undertaker had to use a sneak attack, he had to use all his mind games to gain an advantage. Well there's gonna be no mind games tonight, there's no chance for The Undertaker to take the easy way out. King Booker will get his hands on The Deadman, and he will teach him a lesson tonight.




Smoke quickly fills the arena as the crowd lets loose with an incredible response as The Undertaker makes his entrance, the arena bathed in darkness as he slowly makes his way down the aisle, with Booker and Finlay both diving through the ropes to the outside...

Michael Cole: You said there would be no running. So far the only person running is King Booker. He got out of the ring in a hurry.

John Bradshaw Layfield: He's not runnin' anywhere. King Booker wants this match, he wants this fight. He's just givin' The Undertaker plenty of space, so there's no excuses before the match starts.

In the ring, The Phenom removes his hat, rolling his eyes into the back of his head before handing the hat down to a nearby ringhand. Undertaker walks towards the centre, of the ring, stopping, keeping his eyes fixed on Booker until...


The roof nearly comes off the arena as the World Heavyweight Champion Batista storms out, charging from one side of the aisle to the other before squatting under the Smackdown fist to set off a huge burst of pyro...

Michael Cole: Here comes The Animal! Here comes the man who this Sunday puts the gold on the line against Finlay! Can Batista, injured shoulder and all, defeat The Belfast Brawler?

John Bradshaw Layfield: Like I said before, I don't think he can do it, but if he's gonna have any chance at it, he's gonna have to make it through this match unscathed. This is gonna be very interesting to see just how Finlay and Booker attack The Animal...

Main Event: Tag Team Match
World Heavyweight Champion Batista and The Undertaker vs. Finlay w/ The Little Bastard and King Booker w/ Queen Sharmell

Initially we start with Booker and Batista in the ring, and despite still having a heavily taped shoulder, The Animal dominates early on, beating Booker in early tests of strength by knocking Booker down with shoulder blocks and then sending Booker crashing to the corner with a hard Irish whip. Batista follows in for a clothesline in the corner, then he drives the shoulder into the midsection several times. A nice pop greets the arrival of The Undertaker, with The Deadman focusing his attack on Booker’s left arm, twisting and wrenching on it before walking the top rope... for old school! Big boots and stiff right hands continue to knock down Booker, before Batista returns to the ring to send Booker off the ropes... but Booker reverses, and as Batista comes off the ropes, Finlay drives a knee into the back... allowing Booker to nail the Harlem sidekick, knocking Batista over the top rope to the floor! Booker then turns to pick a fight with Taker, which draws the attention of the ref. This allows Finlay on the outside to grab Batista’s injured arm... and smash it into the ringpost! Batista drops to the floor, clutching his shoulder, crying in pain as we fade into commercial.


And we return to see Finlay repeatedly driving his knee into Batista’s arm as the champ lays grounded on the canvas. Finlay relents, but it’s only so he can come off the ropes to hit a running seated senton. The next few minutes see some good teamwork from Finlay and King Booker, with both men making plenty of tags and working well together to target the arm of Batista. During one spell in the ring, Booker twists the arm to hit a hook kick, he tosses Batista shoulder first into the corner and then hits a single arm DDT. Finlay also does some damage, connecting with the point of his elbow into Batista’s shoulder joint and then locking on a hammerlock. Wrenching on the arm, Finlay continues to apply pressure, occasionally driving his knee into the arm of The Animal. After being locked in the hold for a few minutes, the crowd rallies behind Batista, and The Animal slowly starts to rise, first of all making it back to his knees, then back to his feet. Finlay continues to hold on while stood behind Batista, put the Irishman is powerless to stop the champ as he ducks under Finlay, countering the hammerlock into a big side suplex.

The crowd pops, and now both men are down, crawling for their corners. Finlay makes it to tag in King Booker... but here comes The Undertaker! The crowd erupts as The Deadman gets the hot tag, unloading with rapid fire punches to the midsection before a big right to the face knocks Booker down. Finlay is back up, but as he charges Taker knocks him down with a big boot to the face. Taker again turns his attention to Booker, rocking him clubbing fists and then sending Booker off the ropes... Booker reverses, but he ducks his head... running DDT! Taker plants Booker, but he then gets nailed from behind by Finlay, who rains down with forearms to the back... SPEAR! Finlay turns just as The Animal charges! Finlay is down and he quickly rolls to the floor, but Batista doesn’t wait, instead he steps through the ropes to take the fight to Finlay on the outside. Batista rocks Finlay with right hands, with Finlay staggering his way around the ring, trying to distance himself from the champion. The number one contender makes it to the bottom of the aisle, where he turns to hit a knee to the gut.

While all this is happening on the outside, in the ring Booker drops Undertaker with the Harlem sidekick, and he now motions for Undertaker to rise. Slowly The Deadman makes it back to a knee, then to his feet, but on the way up Booker makes his move... axe kick... NO! Undertaker avoids it... and he clutches Booker by the throat... CHOKESLAM!!! Undertaker plants King Booker, while on the outside we see Batista and Finlay have descended into an all out brawl halfway up the aisle, Finlay driving Batista into the barricade but The Animal hangs on to smash Finlay with forearms. In the ring, Undertaker stares ominously into the camera... and draws a thumb across his throat! On the outside, Sharmell can do nothing but scream as she watches her husband somehow return to his feet... only for Taker to hoist him up onto his shoulder... TOMBSTONE!!! Undertaker nails the tombstone, crossing Booker’s arms across his chest for the inevitable... 1... 2... 3!!

Winners: Batista and The Undertaker @ 13.07

It’s a great pop as The Undertaker puts Booker down for the count. Meanwhile on the aisle, Batista and Finlay continue their battle, neither man aware that the match is over...

Michael Cole: The match may be over, but all hell has broken loose! We need security or somebody to get out here and stop these two.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Haha! I love it! You ain't gonna stop those two in a hurry! Batista and Finlay are gonna fight all night! Hell, they might still be fightin' by the time we make it to the Royal Rumble!

The battle rages on up the aisle, with security, road agents and referees trying their best to separate champion and challenger, but their efforts are futile as Batista and Finlay continue to trade a flurry of rights and lefts on the concrete. In the ring, The Undertaker has returned to his feet, and he stares ominously at the Royal Rumble banner hanging from the rafters...

Michael Cole: That's what it's all about this Sunday folks! For Batista and Finlay, it's the World Heavyweight Championship, but for The Undertaker, it's all about the chance to headline Wrestlemania 23! Join us live this Sunday on pay per view for the Royal Rumble! Goodnight!

The lights go out again in celebration of The Undertaker's victory, but through the shadows the camera manages to pick out Batista and Finlay, still brawling on the aisle, neither man giving an inch as we fade... to... black.

*End Show*

Current Card for WWE Royal Rumble:
Date: January 28th 2007

Location: AT&T Centre, San Antonio, Texas

WWE Championship Match:
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Rob Van Dam

World Heavyweight Championship Match:
World Heavyweight Champion Batista vs. Finlay

Intercontinental Championship Match:
Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy vs. Kenny Dykstra

United States Championship Match:
United States Champion Chris Benoit vs. Test

30 Man Royal Rumble Match:
Winner has automatic title shot at EITHER brand’s Champion at Wrestlemania XXIII:
Entrants in Alphabetical order:

Bobby Lashley, Brian Kendrick, Carlito, Charlie Haas, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, CM Punk, Edge, Gregory Helms, Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro, Kane, King Booker, Lance Cade, Matt Hardy, Mr. Kennedy, Montel Vontavious Porter, Paul London, Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Sabu, Shawn Michaels, Shelton Benjamin, The Miz, The Sandman, The Undertaker, Tommy Dreamer, Trevor Murdoch, Triple H, Umaga


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Nice little reminder of the events of last week, especially for those of us who have been lazy to start the show with. I like the suddenness of Kennedy kicking off the show immediately, before your rundown of the card with the commentators, which looks quite impressive, I must say.

Giving Kennedy time to talk before the match is a good way to start things off, and the he talked himself up, saying the fans will be blessed, not just lucky, but blessed was brilliant. The way he talked up all of the people heís beaten as well, bringing up all of those big names, as well as talking himself up as a future world champion and someone Teddy Long can no longer ignore was good too. The way he again talked up the day of the Rumble, speaking about how itíll be the big day that people will want to mark down was great, leading into his own little personal introduction, before the Kane interruption. Nice little Kennedy promo to start the show off, with the character being spot on.

Kennedy showing brashness to begin the match, getting in Kaneís face, only for Kane to own him is a good way to start a match with these two, playing off their two biggest traits well (Kennedyís arrogance and Kaneís power). The match from there was fine, taking on the regular shape up until the finish. I donít mind seeing MVP go for revenge on Kane here, as you had him say in a promo it would happen, and this is a good way to start it. The dirty win works for Kennedy too, because while it mightnít mean a lot to some, he can gloat about it in a way that will make it seem like a big deal. Good start to the show. The post-match hit with the chair to Kaneís face is the icing on the cake.

Nice little promo from MVP, portraying his anger well. The way you went about him wanting revenge on Kane was good, and I really like him as the last inclusion in the Royal Rumble, as itíll be a good chance for him to prove himself. Nice little promo.

The Rumble is near. Nice little hyping of the SmackDown! side of the card too.

Nice way to get The Hooligans on the card here with a win over a team who looked good last week, and has some credibility about them in The Extremists. The match writing was good again here, allowing both teams to look good, even if Dreamer and Sabu were on the losing side. The handshake afterwards is a nice little showing of respect between two face teams too.

Iím a bit surprised I didnít see it coming, but La Resistance attacking The Hooligans and being the team Maryse will be attempting to take to the gold is a nice move, adding another team to the SmackDown! roster, and with Maryse being similar to Ashley, giving them a real feeling of equality with The Hooligans. A very good move to strengthen your tag division.

Nice little promo from Batista, making the big statement to Finlay ahead of their match at Royal Rumble and addressing the big issue of Finlayís assault a few weeks back well. While it wasnít exactly full of character, thatís something that really typifies Batista, and I thought you wrote him well.

I have to say, I really like the choice of the First Blood Match here. Itís not something you see often, but it is absolutely perfect in these circumstances. I like the way the match started out as an absolute brawl, because it really called for it. Not so sure about a steel chair becoming involved so early, as you usually like to build a little more to those things, but I still liked Hardy smashing Mercuryís head into anything he could to try to get him to bleed. The brutal nature of the match was done really well, as while the spots were great, I also loved the simple things like Mercury kneeing Hardy in the forehead, trying to get him to bleed. Pulling a trash can and a kendo stick out after using a steel chair previously in the match is a little odd, as it seems like a step back in terms of how hardcore the weapons are, although the spot with them was very nice. I was actually surprised at how emphatic Mattís win was at the end of the match, but I guess it signals how you rate him over Mercury, and it doesnít matter too much, as this program has done Mercury the world of good anyway. Hopefully you continue to utilize him in your midcard.

Nice little touch at the start of this promo with the ďKING BookerĒ line at the start of the promo. The contrast Booker created between himself and Undertaker was done pretty well, keeping in character while also having that fit of rage that he does well. I also liked the way Booker addressed the Rumble match, with the little pun of the Royal Rumble being fit for a king used really well. The closing line was clever too, making for a nice little promo from Booker.

WrestleMania should be pretty great when you get there.

Good little promo to promote a future rematch between Regal and Taylor and The Extremists. I have to say that Iím happy that Regal and Taylor donít look like being merely jobbers, and that theyíre actually in something of a feud. The way in which Regal spoke was really nice too, practically perfect in terms of character, which is impressive because you see a lot of people overdo it.

Iím honestly surprised you had Miz against Benoit here, as Miz is only just removed from squashing the lower carders, and this is a huge step up for him. The match did a pretty good job of allowing Miz to look okay here though, while Benoit gets to roll into the Rumble. A bit surprised we only saw Test and that he didnít attack Benoit, but I guess heís made his impact.

Ehm Ö riiiight. Honestly, Vito getting involved with The FBI is probably the best thing for him, although these segments are very corny. Just a small thing, but I think you overdid the Ďahí of the Italian accent, but it seems almost like you were trying to make it that cheesy anyway.

Looking forward to seeing what you do with AmDrag.

@ Helms and JBL on commentary. A bit surprised by how this match went, as Chavo picking up the win and seemingly setting up a heel vs. heel rivalry with Helms seems a little odd. I also thought you could have dragged the issue between More and Helms out some more, but the match itself was still written well.

Nice little segment, showing Long standing up for himself as the face GM, while I also liked the emphatic statement from Finlay that he didnít need it at the Rumble and that heíd be coming to get it back after as World Heavyweight Champion. Nice little segment.

@ JBL during Finlayís entrance. Awesome.

I really like the way you built this match, having the momentum swing to the favour of the heels by having Finlay take a cheap shot at Batista, then continue to work the shoulder before the match at the Rumble. Batista and Finlay brawling off is fine, although Iím surprised you gave Undertaker a clean win over Booker so early in their rivalry. It was still a good end to the show all the same, and with Batista and Finlay continuing to brawl, a very good way to end the final show before the Rumble.

Once again, I thought this was an impressive show. Youíve done a very good job of giving it that real go home show feel, hyping everything at the Rumble that required it, while also moving along your other stuff too. Like always, the writing was good too, and combined with the booking made for an enjoyable show. Iím really looking forward to the Rumble now, because thereís a lot you can do, and after the show WrestleMania should no doubt be taking shape. Good stuff, mate.

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Re: WWE: The Evolution Of Greed

January 28th, 2007
AT&T Centre; San Antonio, Texas

30 Man Royal Rumble Match:
Winner has automatic title shot at EITHER brand’s Champion at Wrestlemania XXIII:
Entrants in Alphabetical order:

Bobby Lashley, Brian Kendrick, Carlito, Charlie Haas, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, CM Punk, Edge, Gregory Helms, Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro, Kane, King Booker, Lance Cade, Matt Hardy, Mr. Kennedy, Montel Vontavious Porter, Paul London, Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Sabu, Shawn Michaels, Shelton Benjamin, The Miz, The Sandman, The Undertaker, Tommy Dreamer, Trevor Murdoch, Triple H, Umaga

For the Twentieth straight year, 30 men will enter... 29 will leave disappointed... but for 1 man, their destiny will be fulfilled as they earn their chance to headline Wrestlemania XXIII! Two men shall enter, and every two minutes thereafter another man will enter the frey until all 30 men have entered the match. As it has been tradition for 20 years now, eliminations can only take place when a superstar is thrown over the top rope, with both feet touching the floor.
In all previous Royal Rumbles there has never been such an open competition, with several candidates looking good for victory. On Raw, the favourites include veterans Shawn Michaels and Triple H, both men former World Champions, both men former Royal Rumble winners, but both men with issues to settle with the other man. Further favourites from Raw include another pair of former World Champions, the Rated-RKO pair of Randy Orton and Edge. The current World Tag Team Champions both enter the match confident of victory, none more so than Edge who will enter the match at Number 30. But perhaps the true favourite is the undefeated Umaga. The Samoan Bulldozer has never been pinned or forced to submit, and has dominated Monday nights for the past nine months or so. With Armando Alejandro Estrada guiding his career, Umaga has to be considered a strong contender for victory here.
Over on Smackdown, former World Champions such as Kane and King Booker will no doubt last a long time in the match, but perhaps the veteran who has made the biggest statement regarding the Rumble is The Undertaker. Having never won the Royal Rumble match before, The Deadman will no doubt be out to claim one of the few achievements he can't claim to own despite such an illustrious career. Could it be that come Wrestlemania XXIII we see not only a World Championship up for grabs but also The Undertaker's famed Wrestlemania streak on the line?
Across both brands, the sounds of rebellious youngsters has been heard, with plenty of relative newcomers looking to make their marks. On Raw, current ECW Champion Bobby Lashley craves a shot at a World Championship, while CM Punk, Johnny Nitro, Carlito and Chris Masters all looked poised to take the next big step in their careers. On Smackdown, Matt Hardy looks primed to do well in the Rumble, as does MVP, who will no doubt look to make a big impact on his return to the WWE. However, the one youngster who has preached about his winning the Rumble the most is the Green Bay Loudmouth Mr. Kennedy. Since the turn of the year, Kennedy has loudly stated 2007 will be the year of Kennedy. Will the first pay per view of the year see Kennedy fulfil his early prophecy?
30 Men... One Destiny. The Royal Rumble is up for grabs, and with such a wide open field, the Wrestlemania main event is there for the taking.

World Heavyweight Championship Match:
World Heavyweight Champion Batista vs. Finlay

Since winning back the World Heavyweight Championship at the 2006 Survivor Series, Batista has quietly saw off all challengers with ease. That all changed on the first Smackdown of 2007 when Finlay saw off three former World Champions to earn himself a shot at The Animal. With his trusty shillelagh in hand, Finlay has inflicted damage on Batista like few others can claim to have done so, going as far as to injure Batista's left shoulder. With show opening and ending brawls between the two in recent weeks, neither man has backed down, but The Animal has no doubt been weakened by Finlay's assault. Although General Manager Teddy Long finally intervened last Friday night, banning the shillelagh from ringside, the damage already done may be too great for Batista to overcome. Could this match be just too much for Batista? Can Finlay finally win his first World Heavyweight Championship? Or will The Wounded Animal bite back, showing just how dominant a World Heavyweight Champion Batista can be?

WWE Championship Match:
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Rob Van Dam

Since he marked his return to Raw on the New Year's Night episode of the show, Rob Van Dam has clashed frequently with Mr. McMahon. Indeed, when RVD challenged John Cena man to man for a shot at the WWE Championship, The Chairman of the Board was initially furious at the thought. Cena however has never backed down from a challenge, accepting and agreeing to the match with Van Dam. This has now led to McMahon having problems with Cena too. It all came to a head last Monday night, as during a contract signing both Cena and Van Dam took their frustrations out on The Boss, with Vince being FU'ed through a table and then nailed with a five star frog splash. All thoughts of McMahon will be put aside tonight though as Cena and RVD compete for the biggest prize in the game. Although a level of respect exists between both men, neither will hold back in pursuit of glory. Will RVD complete his comeback by knocking off Cena? Or will Cena show he has the heart and passion to rival Van Dam and retain his championship?

Intercontinental Championship Match:
Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy vs. Kenny Dykstra

Dykstra earned this opportunity with a rather dubious victory over Hardy in tag team action. Since then, both men have been involved in the Rated-RKO/DX feud, with the pair meeting in six man action. It would be Hardy's team who emerged victorious that night, and the Intercontinental Champion would further infuriate his challenger by removing Kenny as a distraction during a World Tag Team Championship match. The issue between the two escalated last Monday night however, as Kenny and his Rated-RKO brethren, Edge and Orton attacked Jeff backstage, laying a brutal beatdown on Hardy. Although the beating was sufficient for Edge and Orton, it wasn't enough for their young protťgť, as Dykstra wanted more. So much more infact that Dykstra struck with a devastating one man con-chair-to, which saw Hardy taken out of the arena on a stretcher. As of this point, WWE officials still don't know if Hardy will receive medical clearance to compete. Will the match even take place this Sunday? Will Dykstra simply be handed the Intercontinental Championship? Or will Jeff show unbelievable courage to step up and beat Dykstra to remain Intercontinental Champion?

United States Championship Match:
United States Champion Chris Benoit vs. Test

Since his arrival on Smackdown, Test has singled out Benoit, targeting the United States Champion and dominating him in a way few have during Benoit's long career. Arriving determined to make an impact, Test has done just that with a series of attacks on Benoit, usually just after Benoit has competed in tough matches. The two met in tag team action, with Test winning that night. But at the Royal Rumble, will Test step up and make the biggest impact possible? Or will the wily veteran Benoit show he can still overcome even the greatest odds on any night?

Predication Template

Royal Rumble Match
Bobby Lashley, Brian Kendrick, Carlito, Charlie Haas, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, CM Punk, Edge, Gregory Helms, Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro, Kane, King Booker, Lance Cade, Matt Hardy, Mr. Kennedy, Montel Vontavious Porter, Paul London, Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Sabu, Shawn Michaels, Shelton Benjamin, The Miz, The Sandman, The Undertaker, Tommy Dreamer, Trevor Murdoch, Triple H, Umaga

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Batista vs. Finlay

WWE Championship Match
John Cena vs. Rob Van Dam

Intercontinental Championship Match
Jeff Hardy vs. Kenny Dykstra

United States Championship Match
Chris Benoit vs. Test

Bonus Points
Predict the match order.
How many championships will change hands?
Which superstar will remain in the Royal Rumble Match the longest?
Which superstar will spend the shortest amount of time in the Royal Rumble Match?
Name the final four superstars in the Royal Rumble Match.
Which superstars will enter the Royal Rumble match as entrants 1 and 2?
Which superstar will make the most eliminations in the Royal Rumble Match?
Which superstar will be the first eliminated from the Royal Rumble Match?
Which superstar will be the last eliminated from the Royal Rumble Match?
How long will the Royal Rumble Match last?
Will there be any surprise appearances tonight?

So yeah, my first pay per view. I'd love a few predictions for it. I'm fairly certain that every comment/review in this thread has been returned in some shape or form, so of course any predictions will be returned as well. There is one more pre show news/notes/spoilers post to be made before the show is posted. No idea when the show will be posted, but it'll be posted in FULL at some point.

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5) Royal Rumble Match
Bobby Lashley, Brian Kendrick, Carlito, Charlie Haas, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, CM Punk, Edge, Gregory Helms, Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro, Kane, King Booker, Lance Cade, Matt Hardy, Mr. Kennedy, Montel Vontavious Porter, Paul London, Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Sabu, Shawn Michaels, Shelton Benjamin, The Miz, The Sandman, The Undertaker, Tommy Dreamer, Trevor Murdoch, Triple H, Umaga
To me, it's either this man or Mr. Kennedy with the way the build has gone. I'm going to go Lashley, as I see him facing a corporate Cena in the main event of WrestleMania.

3) World Heavyweight Championship Match
Batista vs. Finlay
I would be insanely excited if Finlay won, however, I just can't see it happening.

4) WWE Championship Match
John Cena vs. Rob Van Dam
For my Cena vs. Lashley prediction.

2) Intercontinental Championship Match
Jeff Hardy vs. Kenny Dykstra
Do it.

1) United States Championship Match
Chris Benoit vs. Test
Benoit will drop the gold soon, but not yet. Test just isn't the right guy.

Bonus Points
Predict the match order. Yessir.
How many championships will change hands? Just the one.
Which superstar will remain in the Royal Rumble Match the longest? CM Punk.
Which superstar will spend the shortest amount of time in the Royal Rumble Match? The Miz.
Name the final four superstars in the Royal Rumble Match. Bobby Lashley, Mr. Kennedy, Edge and Randy Orton.
Which superstars will enter the Royal Rumble match as entrants 1 and 2? CM Punk and King Booker.
Which superstar will make the most eliminations in the Royal Rumble Match? Umaga.
Which superstar will be the first eliminated from the Royal Rumble Match? The Sandman.
Which superstar will be the last eliminated from the Royal Rumble Match? Mr. Kennedy.
How long will the Royal Rumble Match last? 63:13
Will there be any surprise appearances tonight? Probably. You're close to WrestleMania, so I expect you'll do something surprising. I'm not sure that you have to, but yeah. The McMahons will do something if that counts.

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I was only able to review your first raw but every now and then I popped in to see how you were going. You seem to have your eyes set on Wrestlemania which would be huge, and I am sure it will be nothing but.

I'll try my best to get around here more often though, possibly starting with the Rumble. In the meantime here is how I think it will go down.

6 ) Royal Rumble Match
Bobby Lashley, Brian Kendrick, Carlito, Charlie Haas, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, CM Punk, Edge, Gregory Helms, Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro, Kane, King Booker, Lance Cade, Matt Hardy, Mr. Kennedy, Montel Vontavious Porter, Paul London, Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Sabu, Shawn Michaels, Shelton Benjamin, The Miz, The Sandman, The Undertaker, Tommy Dreamer, Trevor Murdoch, Triple H, Umaga Agree with BKB on this one, Lashly and Cena were two unstoppable face forces at thsi time, and it would be massive if they were to collide. The crowd wouldn't know what to do. And if you turn Cena heel and have him side with Vince, well that would be epic.

4 ) World Heavyweight Championship Match
Batista vs. Finlay Just cannot see him (finlay) head into Wrestlemania wearing the gold, though I am sure he will put on a great fight and come close, not making him look bad.

5 ) WWE Championship Match
John Cena vs. Rob Van Dam same for Finlay, I don't see RVD heading into a PPV such as WM as the champion while Cena/Lashly is too big to not have close the show.

2 ) Intercontinental Championship Match
Jeff Hardy vs. Kenny Dykstra

1 ) United States Championship Match
Chris Benoit vs. Test

Bonus Points
Predict the match order. Done
How many championships will change hands? Just the IC Title
Which superstar will remain in the Royal Rumble Match the longest? Lashly
Which superstar will spend the shortest amount of time in the Royal Rumble Match? Sandman
Name the final four superstars in the Royal Rumble Match. Lashly, Kennedy, Michaels & Orton
Which superstars will enter the Royal Rumble match as entrants 1 and 2? Michaels & Punk
Which superstar will make the most eliminations in the Royal Rumble Match? Michaels, coming so close to another win but Lashly last takes him out
Which superstar will be the first eliminated from the Royal Rumble Match? Miz
Which superstar will be the last eliminated from the Royal Rumble Match? Michaels
How long will the Royal Rumble Match last? 62: 10
Will there be any surprise appearances tonight? Vince and Shane trying to screw Lashly

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Re: WWE: The Evolution Of Greed

5.Royal Rumble Match
Bobby Lashley, Brian Kendrick, Carlito, Charlie Haas, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, CM Punk, Edge, Gregory Helms, Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro, Kane, King Booker, Lance Cade, Matt Hardy, Mr. Kennedy, Montel Vontavious Porter, Paul London, Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Sabu, Shawn Michaels, Shelton Benjamin, The Miz, The Sandman, The Undertaker, Tommy Dreamer, Trevor Murdoch, Triple H, Umaga

3.World Heavyweight Championship Match
Batista vs. Finlay

4. WWE Championship Match
John Cena vs. Rob Van Dam

1.Intercontinental Championship Match
Jeff Hardy vs. Kenny Dykstra

2.United States Championship Match
Chris Benoit vs. Test

Bonus Points
Predict the match order.
How many championships will change hands?1
Which superstar will remain in the Royal Rumble Match the longest?Shawn Micheals
Which superstar will spend the shortest amount of time in the Royal Rumble Match?The Sandman
Name the final four superstars in the Royal Rumble Match.Bobby lashley, Triple H, Shawn Micheales, and the undertaker
Which superstars will enter the Royal Rumble match as entrants 1 and 2?Cm punk and Shawn Micheales
Which superstar will make the most eliminations in the Royal Rumble Match?Bobby lashley
Which superstar will be the first eliminated from the Royal Rumble Match?The sandman
Which superstar will be the last eliminated from the Royal Rumble Match?The undertaker
How long will the Royal Rumble Match last?1 hour and 5 mins
Will there be any surprise appearances tonight?yes

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