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Tuesday January 11, 2011 | Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

LAST WEEK ON NXT:
Recap video is played detailing the recent problems between Vladimir Kozlov and Santino Marella and the attack from Kozlov, on JBL’s orders, on his former Tag Team partner in Week 1. Footage of Kozlov and Khali winning their first matches on NXT to earn the right to participate in the Ranking Number 1 place match tonight are shown before the voiceover asks whether the Moscow Mauler or the Punjabi Playboy will be the first NXT Number 1 of the series – we find out tonight!


***** WILD AND YOUNG *****

*** PYRO ***
*** PYRO ***
*** PYRO ***
*** PYRO ***
*** PYRO ***
*** PYRO ***




Striker and Mathews welcome everybody to Week 3 of NXT Season 3 and they hype up tonight’s main event match between Team Rock’s Great Khali and Team JBL’s Vladimir Kozlov as the ‘Battle of the WWE Heavyweights’ for the Number 1 ranking spot here on NXT. Striker poses the question of who will be the man to secure the first ever top spot and how it could help to build momentum as that man looks to win NXT and earn a future WWE or World Heavyweight Title match after NXT finishes at WrestleMania.

*** I AM PERFECTION ***

Hollywood, Florida | 223 pounds
DOLPH ZIGGLER
(with Vickie Guerrero)


*** EXPLODING HELMETS ***

Brooklyn, New York | 174 pounds
KAVAL


Striker and Mathews remind us of the treatment that Kaval has received so far from his so-called mentor, JBL, and his team-mates. Striker declares that he hopes that Kaval can find a way to overcome the odds with Team JBL but it doesn’t look good as he appears to be a certainty for being the first man eliminated from NXT the ways things are going. Mathews says that he needs a win over Ziggler tonight to avoid falling to the bottom of the first NXT rankings and that Vickie Guerrero is desperate for her man to avoid the same feat.

MATCH 1 | SINGLES MATCH (for Ranking Place 7 and 8)
DOLPH ZIGGLER vs. KAVAL


A thoroughly entertaining first match of the evening and it is an even contest as both men look to obtain a huge win here in NXT. Ziggler fails with two attempted Zig Zags before Kaval manages to take him down and climbs to the top rope – unfortunately, he cannot land the two footed stomp and twists his ankle a little on landing. Ziggler is like a shark smelling blood and he works over Kaval’s ankle until he is hobbling on one leg. Every time Kaval looks set to make a comeback, Ziggler cuts him back down with a shot to the ankle. When he fails with this, Vickie distracts the referee or Kaval and this allows Ziggler to take control back. Eventually, Vickie’s distraction allows Dolph Ziggler to hit the ZIG ZAG but Kaval manages to grab hold of the rope to break the pinfall to the delight of the crowd. Kaval uses the time that Ziggler spends arguing with the referee to launch another comeback and he manages to take Dolph down and goes for the stomp again – KAVAL HITS THE WARRIORS WAY from the top rope! Kaval makes the cover ...

** 1 **
** 2 **
** 3 **

WAIT A MINUTE!

As he was about to count three, the referee was pulled out of the ring and he landed heavily at ringside – it was DREW McINTYRE! Kaval’s team-mate is less than impressed and he launches kicks to Drew as he gets into the ring but Drew, with help from Dolph, overpowers Kaval and hits a stunning FUTURE SHOCK DDT before Ziggler follows it up with the ZIG ZAG. McIntyre shoves the referee back into the ring and hides out of sight as Ziggler makes the cover and the referee groggily makes the count ...

** 1 **
** 2 **
** 3 **


WINNER
DOLPH ZIGGLER (5:39)


Ziggler and Vickie celebrate up the rampway as they realise that Ziggler will not be bottom of the first ever NXT rankings, instead it is Kaval who will be Number 8 – thanks to his team-mate, Drew McIntyre! Kaval gets to his feet with a look of anger in his eyes and looks desperate as if he has no idea of how he can overcome these problems. Suddenly, he is spun around and kicked in the gut by McIntyre who has sneaked up from behind. Another FUTURE SHOCK DDT follows before McIntyre, looking impressed with himself, heads out of the ring with a smirk on his face as Kaval lays flat out in the ring ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

CATCH SMACKDOWN LIVE THIS FRIDAY!

How will John Cena react to the news of Randy Orton being reinstated in the Royal Rumble?
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

NXT returns with replays of Drew McIntyre’s interference in the last match and Striker and Mathews condemn his actions after he left Kaval down and out and furthermore in the bottom ranking place in the NXT competition. The camera heads backstage where a jubilant Dolph Ziggler, sweating after his hard fought match, is heading down a corridor with a beaming Vickie Guerrero. They enter the locker room and the crowd go wild as we see Ziggler’s mentor, The Great One himself, The Rock! Ziggler asks Rock if he was impressed but Rock cuts him off and hits his ‘Finally ... The Rock has come back ... to Nashville!’ catchphrase before addressing Ziggler. Rock asks Vickie what she thought of Ziggler’s performance tonight and then uses his ‘It doesn’t matter what you think!’ phrase as well before berating Ziggler for even being in the match over 7th and 8th place in the first place. Rock tells Dolph that he is wasting his potential and confirms his belief that Dolph needs to get rid of his manager, Vickie Guerrero. Ziggler refuses and he starts to pick fault with Rock’s leadership skills as he accuses him of not supporting Ziggler so far. In walks R-Truth and he joins Ziggler in accusing the Rock of leaving them too much. Rock isn’t impressed and rants about how he never had anybody helping him, he rose to the top of the WWE because he listened to the crowd and he bust a gut every single night. He tells Ziggler and Truth that he has given them advice – ‘ditch Vickie, ditch the rap music and dancing’ but both have ignored him so far. And have lost both their matches. Rock tells both men that they need to impress him with their work ethic and their ability not to waste their potential – then he will support them ... ‘If ya smell ... what the Rock ... is ... cookin’’

The cameras return to the ring and Mathews and Striker hype up the announcement made by Chip Butty last week about the Tag Team Championship and the Royal Rumble Turmoil match in just 12 days time ...


*** RADIO ***

Long Island, New York | 450 pounds | Tag Team Champions
CURT HAWKINS & ZACK RYDER – THE MAJOR BROSKIS


*** BOURNE TO WIN ***

577 pounds
EVAN BOURNE & MARK HENRY


Striker reminds us that the winner of tonight’s match will head to the Royal Rumble with a guaranteed late entry – either fourth, fifth or sixth – rather than being one of the first three teams to enter. Mathews identifies that being a later entrant into the match could work in a team’s favour and suggests that these NXT matches could be as important as the actual Rumble match for the title ...

MATCH 2 | TAG TEAM MATCH
EVAN BOURNE & MARK HENRY vs. MAJOR BROSKIS


Great early action as the Tag Team Champions and Evan Bourne mix up together with a lot of fast paced, flowing action as the Champions get the upper hand over the 165 pound Evan Bourne. They manage to isolate him and keep him away from the bigger Mark Henry and they look to cut off the ring and get the match won without facing the World’s Strongest Man. However, this is not to happen and Evan Bourne suddenly uses some reverse mule kicks to break free of the champions and tag in his partner, Henry. Now the match slows but Henry dominates as he executes a number of power moves to get the advantage over Curt Hawkins who is the legal man. Henry hits the WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM to Hawkins but as he makes the cover, Zack Ryder returns just in time to break the count. Another slam takes Ryder down as well but Hawkins manages to get up and kick Henry in the head and take him down to the mat. Ryder ducks as Henry groggily goes for a clothesline and hits the ropes before taking the big man down with a ROUGH RYDER! Zack is not legal and is ushered out but Hawkins heads for the top rope ... HEAT SEEKING ELBOW! Hawkins makes the cover ...

But the referee doesn’t count! As Henry went for the clothesline, Evan Bourne managed to stretch out and make the tag meaning he is the legal man! Hawkins is irate and he tries to beat the hell out of Bourne but he steps up a level as the fans get behind him. He takes out Hawkins and has him flat on his back near the corner of the ring and he looks round with a knowing look on his eyes. Ryder attempts to stop Bourne heading for the top rope but Henry clotheslines him over the rope and Bourne climbs to the top ... AIR BOURNE! EVAN BOURNE TAKES OUT CURT HAWKINS WITH AIR BOURNE! Bourne makes the tag ...


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** 3 **


WINNER
EVAN BOURNE & MARK HENRY (7:27)


Bourne and Henry celebrate in the ring as the Tag Team Champions slink away after their first defeat in ages, a real boost for the challengers who will now enter the Tag Team Championship match later. Ryder and Hawkins look concerned as they are reunited with their Tag Team belts outside the ring and an early entry into the Tag Team Turmoil will mean they will have their work cut out to retain their titles in twelve days time. As they turn to leave though, on the stage appear William Regal, Finlay and Mason Ryan decked out in red, white and blue and carrying the Union Jack flag.


Finlay, Mason Ryan & William Regal
BRITISH EMPIRE


Regal has a microphone and Bourne’s music is faded out so he can speak. Regal declares that the British Empire are unimpressed with both teams and that they are now even more confident that their tag team, which will debut next week, will destroy both of them at the Rumble. Regal declares that they are guaranteeing that the Tag Team Championships will be returning to the land of hope and glory, to the home country of the WWE owner Chip Butty ... Great Britain! Regal receives some heat for this comment before he suggests that they won’t play the British National Anthem this week as these Tennessee idiots will be unable to listen and may besmirch it with their mindless chatter ... Instead, Regal says that they will defeat Hart Dynasty next week on NXT before heading for the Rumble and becoming the new Tag Team Champions.

Backstage, JBL is in the ‘Team JBL’ locker room with Drew McIntyre and Vladimir Kozlov. JBL is beaming and he shakes the hand of Drew McIntyre and congratulates him over something. He declares that McIntyre is showing the right level of commitment to ‘Team JBL’ and that he is very impressed so far. JBL tells Kozlov that tonight he will lead the team to the top of the first NXT rankings and after that they will eliminate every single one of Rock’s team as well as Kaval to completely dominate the competition. And when it is down to the final three, JBL will sit back and let them fight it out between themselves for the right to win NXT. In walks MVP who looks hesitant as he spots the leader and the other two guys stood talking. JBL guides MVP into the conversation and asks him if he saw Drew’s actions earlier tonight? MVP reluctantly nods his head and JBL tells MVP that he needs to aspire to be more like Drew McIntyre. He asks him if he saw Vladimir Kozlov beating down on Santino Marella on the first NXT show? Again, MVP nods his head as JBL declares that Kozlov forgot the past, he forgot about the people who held him back. JBL tells MVP that he needs to do that too and challenges him to stop feeling sorry for Kaval and start looking out for the best interests of himself and Team JBL. MVP almost argues back with JBL but thinks better of it and shrugs his shoulders. JBL tells MVP that he will be watching him as he looks to step it up over the coming weeks ...

The cameras switch to the interview area where Todd Grisham awaits and he introduces his guest: Chavo Guerrero. Grisham congratulates Chavo on his win over MVP last week and securing third place in the NXT rankings. He asks him how he intends to move on and reach the Number 1 spot. Chavo responds by pointing out the mammoth size of the two men ahead of him in the rankings – Khali and Kozlov. Chavo tells the world that first and foremost it is important he finishes in the top three to ensure he keeps his job in the WWE. However, Chavo tells us that he has never been one to sit back and accept his situation. He promises that he is going to go after Kozlov or Khali and search for a way to defeat them and take the Number 1 spot. He recalls No Way Out in 2004 and signals for video to be played ...



Chavo Guerrero is watching thoughtfully as the video ends and we return to the interview area. He smiles and reminds us that nobody gave Eddie a chance heading into the No Way Out WWE Championship match with Brock Lesnar but he managed to overcome all the obstacles, he managed to find a way to shock the world and win the title. Chavo says that nobody believes in him anymore. He says that nobody expects him to beat Great Khali, Vladimir Kozlov, Drew McIntyre or Dolph Ziggler ... but he will. He will do it for the Guerrero family, for his Uncle Eddie watching down from above and for the WWE Universe who need to see one more miracle from Los Guerreros. Huge cheers for Chavo’s announcement and there is a ‘Chavo!’ chant echoing around the arena which makes him smile ... Into the picture walks Vickie Guerrero and she doesn’t look happy. She says that she has received a number of calls from members of the Guerrero family in the past week and that they are not happy with her actions last week – she doesn’t care though. She is not interested in the ‘Guerrero family name’ now that Chavo is hell bent on wrecking it anyway. Vickie tells Chavo that his win over MVP last week was a fluke, that he is destined to fall when he meets her man, Dolph Ziggler. Vickie tells Chavo that Dolph is part of a new breed of wrestling and she is as far away from being part of the antiquated ideas of the Guerrero family. She tells Chavo that she has moved on with her life and that when Dolph wins NXT and he is out of a job, that will be proof that the Guerrero family is finished in wrestling. She laughs a high pitched laugh and then walks away leaving Chavo looking disappointed ...


*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

THE ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA 27 BEGINS ...

Who will win the Royal Rumble and advance to WrestleMania 27?
Find out in 12 days time!
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

NXT returns from the commercial with the Divas Champion heading for the ring ...

*** NASTY GIRL ***

London, England | Divas Champion
LAYLA


*** POURQUOI? ***

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
MARYSE


MATCH 3 | DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
LAYLA (c) vs. MARYSE


Both WWE Divas go all out for the win as Maryse looks to take away the Divas Championship that Layla has held – in some way or another – for nearly eight months now. Layla is being cheered on though and she looks to be rising above the sneaky tactics of Maryse and a snapmare takes her down to the mat as Layla looks for the quick win. Maryse battles back though and avoids the neckbreaker – the ‘Layout’ – before shoving Layla hard through the ropes to the outside. Maryse drags Layla up and forces her back first into the ring post where she grabs her hair and roughly mocks her for thinking that she could hold the title when she was around. With the referee threatening a DQ, Maryse releases Layla but then hits a running knee to the back to shove Layla head first into the barricades. The referee orders Maryse into the ring and Maryse obliges as the referee begins the countout. Layla returns to the ring on 7 and Maryse begins to use her feet to stomp away on the lower back of her opponent as she weakens her further. The crowd try to get behind Layla again but Maryse has control and locks in the Camel Clutch ... Layla struggles like mad and manages to make the ropes to release the hold but Maryse almost refuses and gets disqualified again. The ref isn’t happy with Maryse but she ignores him and pops Layla off into the ropes ... Spinning Backbreaker! Layla writhes in pain on the mat ...

1 ... 2 ... Kick out just in time from Layla!

Maryse stops and straightens her hair before a kick to Layla’s gut as she gets to her feet gives her chance to set up for the French Kiss. Maryse looks round with a satisfied look on her face as she is about to plant Layla into the mat head first ... However, Layla manages to reverse the hold and snapmares Maryse to the mat once more. A low dropkick to a seated Maryse follows and Layla looks to be building the momentum just in time. Layla once more looks to go for the Layout but once more Maryse manages to grab the ropes to escape the move. As Layla is out of position, Maryse suddenly extends her long leg and hits a spinning kick to the back of the Divas Champion just below her shoulders. FRENCH TKO! Maryse wastes time as she tries to get her head in order and then she rolls Layla up looking for the pinfall ...

Maryse grabs the rope for leverage, the referee is counting Layla’s shoulders ...


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** 2 **
** 3 **


WINNER & NEW DIVAS CHAMPION
MARYSE (4:13)


As ‘Pourquoi?’ blasts out around the arena, the referee hands the Divas Championship belt to Maryse who looks delighted. On the other hand, Layla is livid with the decision and she complains bitterly to the referee about Maryse having the ropes. The WWE Universe are also unhappy but Maryse mocks Layla by posing in the corner of the ring with the title belt. A furious Layla rushes over at her and tries to attack her but Maryse is quick as a cat and clambers through the ropes just in time. Straightening her hair, Maryse once more poses in the ramp way with the title held over her head ... MARYSE IS THE NEW DIVAS CHAMPION!

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

ATLANTA, GA

82 DAYS TO GO!
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

A replay of the controversial ending of the Divas Championship match is shown as NXT returns and Striker and Mathews inform us that the WWE board have already announced that next Tuesday on NXT, Layla will invoke her Divas Championship rematch clause and challenge Maryse for the title. Striker says that his ‘English muffin’ Layla will definitely show Maryse who is boss and will win her title back four nights before the Royal Rumble. A split screen is shown that shows Great Khali with The Rock and Runjin Singh on one side, Vladimir Kozlov with JBL on the other. Mathews hypes up the main event tonight as both Khali and Kozlov look to be named as the first NXT ranking number 1 in the series, a place that will, after WrestleMania, lead to a guaranteed WWE or World Championship match for one guy. Will that man be Khali or Kozlov?

*** PAIN ***

Moscow, Russia | 302 pounds
VLADIMIR KOZLOV


*** LAND OF FIVE RIVERS ***

Punjab, India | 347 pounds | w/Runjin Singh
GREAT KHALI


Both men stand face to face in the ring as the ranking place up for grabs is announced. Runjin Singh leaves the ring and the referee signals for the bell ...

MAIN EVENT | SINGLES MATCH (for Ranking Place 1)
GREAT KHALI w/Runjin Singh vs. VLADIMIR KOZLOV


A slow paced match as the two big men of the NXT competition go at it and lumber around looking for the big powerful move needed to secure them the top spot on NXT. Khali takes control in the early stages with some ferocious slaps to the chest of the Russian but these do not appear to weaken his resolve as he responds with some agile kicks to the legs of Khali that take him down. As Kozlov begins to keep Khali on the mat, he starts to throw punches to the giant and starts to rock him now he has him down to his size. However, such is the way with Khali, one move can be so powerful and he manages to shove Kozlov down on his backside as he looks to prevent the momentum of the Russian. The crowd are behind the fan favourite Khali and he gets a huge cheer when he manages to hit a big boot to the face of the onrushing Kozlov that sends him up and over the top rope. At this moment, Kozlov’s mentor JBL heads out into the arena with a microphone. He informs Khali that he traded him for Kozlov before NXT began because he knew he wasn’t up to it no more. Khali doesn’t understand his words until Runjin Singh informs him of them and then Khali decides to go out of the ring after JBL. Wisely, JBL backs away but this gives time for Kozlov to recover and when Khali re-enters over the top rope, Kozlov is waiting to deliver a big boot of his own which staggers Khali. Quick cover from Kozlov ...

1 ... Kick out from Khali!

Khali gets to his feet and Kozlov looks a little worried by this. Kozlov does use his head though and hits a battering ram type move to Khali in the corner before launching a series of headbutts to the chest of the Punjabi Playboy that the crowd jeer and boo. JBL is back at ringside now without a microphone and he urges Kozlov on. Kozlov does get on with it and he looks to hit the Iron Curtain but he cannot lift Khali up to slam him spine first on the mat and instead he resorts to a scoop powerslam. Again, no can do, Kozlov cannot get Khali off his feet. More Sambo kicks follow and Kozlov does manage to keep Khali struggling but he cannot find a way to take the giant down. Khali does drop to his knees in the end and this allows Kozlov to hit a DDT to the delight of JBL and he makes the cover ...

1 ... 2 ... Khali kicks out!

What is it going to take for Kozlov to get a win here? How can any of the NXT hopefuls defeat Khali? Khali rolls over and starts to get to his feet when JBL jumps up onto the apron and distracts the Indian. As Khali looks to get to JBL, the referee tries to stop him and Kozlov heads the opposite way and picks up a chair. He heads back into the ring and looks ready to wait for a chance to smash the chair into Khali as JBL distracts the referee. However, there is a commotion in the crowd and somebody jumps over the barricades and slides into the ring behind Kozlov! IT’S SANTINO MARELLA! Santino drags Kozlov round and hits a kick to the gut of the Russian who was his former partner ... As Kozlov drops the chair, Santino reaches into his tights and pulls out a Cobra sock puppet that he places on his hand ... COBRA! THE COBRA STRIKES AND KOZLOV IS DOWN! The referee is still dealing with Khali and JBL and hasn’t noticed. Santino looks to leave but then he sees the chair on the mat. He stops and decides to pick it up ... CRASH! As Kozlov gets to his knees a little, Santino smashes the chair into the back of Kozlov! The Russian is down! However, the noise from the chair shot is noticed by the others and the referee, Khali and JBL stop what they are doing and turn to see Santino with the ‘smoking gun’ in his hand ... The referee holds his hands out by his side and shrugs his shoulders before signalling for the bell ...


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** 3 **


WINNER
VLADIMIR KOZLOV (5:46)


As Santino stands over Kozlov, he looks annoyed that he was caught; Khali looks even more annoyed and he confronts Santino over it. Santino clearly apologises to Khali and tries to explain but Khali looks annoyed over this and he looks as if he might attack the Italian. In the end, he changes his mind but – as Striker and Mathews now tell us – he has just lost the match which means that Kozlov is the first NXT Number 1 in the rankings. As Kozlov gets to his knees again, Khali looks down over him and seems to be getting an idea. He holds out his hand for the chair and Santino hands it over to him with a grin. However, as Khali turns to use it on Kozlov, JBL drags his man out of the ring and they stagger away up the ramp to safety – a wise move from JBL. A graphic is flashed up on the titantron that shows the complete first NXT rankings ...



Mathews reminds us that next week the NXT superstars will be able to start challenging each other to move up the rankings as NXT moves on with all eight men looking to earn their spot in the WrestleMania NXT Final. They speculate that there could be some fallout from tonight’s main event next week and urge us to watch next week as JBL and a weary Kozlov look down to the ring at Khali and Santino ...

***** END OF SHOW *****

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*** PREVIEW ***

WHAT WILL JOHN CENA HAVE TO SAY ABOUT RANDY ORTON’S REINSTATEMENT IN THE RUMBLE?

On RAW this Monday, WWE owner Chip Butty announced that due to threatened boycotts of the Royal Rumble PPV from the WWE Universe and WWE sponsors, Randy Orton was to be reinstated into the Royal Rumble in nine days time. Under strict orders, Orton will be allowed to compete in Cleveland, Ohio, but only in the Royal Rumble match and under no circumstances must he have contact with John Cena unless it is in the Rumble itself. The word is that John Cena is unhappy over the decision to allow Randy Orton to compete and he plans to voice his concerns over the unstable Orton’s inclusion this week on SMACKDOWN. What will John Cena have to say about the return of the Viper in the Royal Rumble match?

HOW WILL CM PUNK REACT TO THE KILLSWITCH FROM LAST WEEK?

After a quick count from World Champion, CM Punk, last week on SMACKDOWN, Christian was defeated by John Cena in the main event. However, the after-match shenanigans overshadowed the defeat as first Punk hit the GTS on Christian before the Number 1 contender recovered to give Punk a taste of his own medicine with a Killswitch. As the tensions rise between Punk and Christian, what will tonight’s episode of SMACKDOWN bring us? With both men confident of victory at the Royal Rumble, they will be looking to gain some kind of advantage over their opponent tonight – whether that be mental or physical!

WILL BIG SHOW EXPLAIN HIS ACTIONS TOWARDS KOFI KINGSTON?

After two weeks of shocking developments between the former friends, Big Show and Kofi Kingston, will we hear further explanation tonight from Big Show over why he has turned on his friend? After both men competed in the Vengeance World Championship match, Show has since smashed Kingston with a TV monitor and followed that up last week with chair shots to Kofi who he felt had disrespected him. With Show desperate to regain the World Championship he held for four minutes last month and Kofi desperate for his first taste of World Championship gold, this feud appears to be reaching boiling point as the two men battle it out to prove their title credentials. Will Big Show have words for Kofi Kingston tonight?

INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE LINE!

Despite his sights being set on the World Championship of late, Matt Hardy was forced by SMACKDOWN General Manager Michael Cole to compete in a Number 1 contender match last week – with a shot for the Intercontinental Championship up for grabs. With his Rumble place in jeopardy from Cole, Hardy stepped up to the plate and defeated Cody Rhodes and this week, with his Rumble spot safe, he goes one on one with the Mexican Aristocrat Alberto Del Rio for the Intercontinental Title. Hardy has been overheard this week declaring that he intends to go all out tonight and win the title so that it strengthens his claims to be in the World Championship picture. Will Michael Cole see it that way? And can Matt Hardy defeat Alberto Del Rio with the Mexican in a hot streak since his arrival in the WWE?

***CONFIRMED ***

INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Matt Hardy

CM Punk vs. Mark Henry

Kofi Kingston vs. Kane

***** JOIN US FOR FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN LIVE THIS FRIDAY! *****
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January 14, 2011: SMACKDOWN



Friday January 14th, 2011 | Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

As is beginning to become the norm these days, SMACKDOWN begins with a pre-recorded message from the General Manager, Michael Cole. He is stood in front of a blue SMACKDOWN logo and is ready to begin as the cameras roll ...



MICHAEL COLE
Can I have your attention, please?

No reaction again this week – the video is still pre-recorded but Cole appears to still be insisting on waiting for quiet before he continues ...

MICHAEL COLE
Last week was a momentous day in the history of SMACKDOWN and was definitely a show worthy of going out into your homes live on a Friday evening. A truly five star SMACKDOWN, a SMACKDOWN show that proves what I have been saying since I arrived here on the blue brand – that SMACKDOWN is the Number 1 show in the WWE. Look at all the amazing things that happened last week – a brand new feud between two former friends! A new Number 1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship! Two demons in the ring looking to gain an advantage over the other! And finally, an amazing main event between John Cena, the face of the WWE, and Christian with CM Punk as the guest referee! And you people all have one man to thank for last week’s show! One great visionary, a man who delivered a SMACKDOWN show so good that it will become one of the most influential nights in the WWE. The night that SMACKDOWN took over in the WWE. That one man, ladies and gentlemen, is me, Michael Cole, the voice of the WWE and the General Manager of Friday Night SMACKDOWN!

Cole beams into the camera as if he expects the people watching at home to applaud him for his actions ...

MICHAEL COLE
You see, the WWE Universe were tired of SMACKDOWN under that second rate excuse for a General Manager, Teddy Long. The man that made a living from making the most boring SMACKDOWN main events of all time. Last week on SMACKDOWN, I forced Big Show and Kofi to compete against each other rather than shake hands – result, a simmering, new feud here on SMACKDOWN! I gave Kane the opportunity to head out to the ring to address the problems between himself and the Undertaker – result, Undertaker appears on SMACKDOWN to confront his brother! I made the main event of John Cena against the Number 1 contender, Christian, I then added CM Punk as the referee – and the match ended in controversy, a ‘Go To Sleep’ here, a ‘Killswitch’ there and added interest heading into the Royal Rumble. I also forced Matt Hardy to face Cody Rhodes in a Number 1 contender match for the Intercontinental Championship of Alberto Del Rio – Hardy won and we now have an amazing match to start tonight’s episode of SMACKDOWN – Intercontinental Championship, Alberto Del Rio vs. Matt Hardy right now ... and it’s live!

***** KNOW YOUR ENEMY *****

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Foley and Grisham welcome us all to SMACKDOWN as the camera pans around the arena where all the excited fans are ready for the action tonight here in Nashville. As promised by General Manager, Michael Cole, Justin Roberts announces that the first match tonight will be an Intercontinental Championship match ...

*** LIVE FOR THE MOMENT ***

Cameron, North Carolina | 235 pounds
MATT HARDY


The challenger Matt Hardy heads out looking pumped up and happier this week as he heads for the ring to a fantastic ovation from the crowd here tonight. Hardy heads for the ring as Grisham introduces some comments made by Hardy earlier tonight before the show. A pop up video appears in the corner as Matt Hardy speaks out on the upcoming match ...

MATT HARDY
Last week, I was unhappy when Michael Cole forced me to compete for the Intercontinental Championship – my sights are firmly set on becoming the World Champion at WrestleMania 27. However, with Cole putting my Rumble place in jeopardy, I had to defeat Cody Rhodes last week and become Number 1 contender tonight. And whilst I’m still aiming for the World Championship, I have had a week to consider the advantages of being Intercontinental Champion. Winning the title tonight and ending Alberto Del Rio’s hot start to life here in the WWE will prove to the world – and Michael Cole – that I deserve to be taken seriously for the World Championship. A win tonight, win the Royal Rumble and head to WrestleMania to become the dual champion. Bring it on!

Focus returns to Hardy in the ring as Foley expresses his delight that Hardy has seen how useful this opportunity could be to him as he looks to build his way up the ranks here in the WWE. Foley doesn’t think Matt will win the Royal Rumble but being Intercontinental Champion could get him further noticed as he tries to earn a World Championship opportunity ...

*** REALEZA ***

San Luis, Mexico | 239 pounds | Intercontinental Champion
ALBERTO DEL RIO
(with Ricardo Rodriguez)


Ricardo Rodriguez is introduced and he in turn introduces the Intercontinental Champion who heads out in a white Bentley Azure with the top down. Grisham informs us that the car is worth $300000 as Del Rio jumps out of the car with his white trunks on tonight and the Intercontinental Championship around his waist as he is showered with gold rain from the roof before heading for the ring. He climbs through the ropes and immediately talks down to Matt Hardy as the pair of them prepare for the match. The Intercontinental Title is held up by the referee and then the bell is rung and the title match is underway ...

INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
ALBERTO DEL RIO (c) vs. MATT HARDY


After an early flurry of dominance from the challenger, the majority of the match sees the champion in control as he slows it down into a slow, methodical pace that suits him far more than Hardy. Del Rio appears to be very confident of retaining his title though and wastes a lot of time and this allows Hardy to mount a comeback as he looks to win the title. Del Rio looks to hit his Destiny Powerbomb finisher that he has recently began to use but Hardy manages to wriggle clear and over his shoulders into a pinning reversal ...

1 ... 2 ... Del Rio recovers just in time!

A neckbreaker from Hardy follows and this leaves Del Rio down on the mat and struggling; as he gets to his feet, Hardy waits ready to pounce and then hooks Del Rio up and hits a backdrop suplex that crashes the Mexican down hard on his back and shoulders. The crowd are right behind Hardy as he climbs to the middle rope and strikes a Hardy pose before hitting a heavy hitting leg drop across the upper chest of the Intercontinental Champion and hooking the leg for the pin ...

1 ... 2 ... Del Rio kicks out!

As the pair of them get to their feet, Hardy looks to whip Del Rio into the corner but he is reversed and takes the buckle himself. Sensing a chance, Del Rio rushes towards Hardy and looks to hit a corner Enzuguri kick but Hardy ducks it instead. As Del Rio crashes down onto his shoulder, he looks hurt for a moment and Hardy aims some kicks to the shoulder that don’t help. This time, Hardy is able to whip Del Rio to the corner and he hits it hard. Hardy rushes over and clotheslines Alberto in the corner and then follows this with a Bulldog that drives him down hard into the mat once more. The crowd are cheering Hardy on and he steps back ... The crowd are cheering more now as they see Hardy preparing to hit the Side Effect ... Del Rio, wobbling slightly, gets to his feet and Hardy looks to hit the Side Effect. However, Del Rio counters by shoving Hardy away and then hits a German suplex that crashes Hardy down, hanging on for the count ...

1 ... 2 ... Hardy kicks out!

Both men get to their feet at the same time and Del Rio kicks out at Hardy’s knee, a stiff shot that reduces his challenger to his knees again. With Hardy down on his knees, Del Rio smells blood and hits an Enzuguri this time that crashes Hardy over, keeling over and falling down on the mat. Del Rio looks to have the match won and he saunters over to Hardy to make the cover, hooks the leg ...

1 ... 2 ... Hardy kicks out once more!

Laughing, Del Rio shakes his head as he gets up and waits for Hardy. He says something in Spanish to Ricardo who is looking a little concerned at ringside before hitting a double knee arm-breaker to Hardy as he gets up. With Hardy’s arms now weakened, Del Rio goes after the target. He rams Hardy into the steel post through the turnbuckles and his shoulder connects with a thud. As Hardy rebounds from the ring post, Del Rio looks to lock in the Cross Arm Breaker but Hardy is able to fight out of it and he suddenly out of nowhere manages to hit the Side Effect which sends the crowd wild with delight. Both men are down and out but it is Hardy that recovers first and he is able to watch Del Rio get to his feet. Arms outstretched, it is clear what Hardy is planning to do next as he waits and waits ... TWIST OF FATE! HARDY HITS THE TWIST OF FATE! We’re going to have a new champion!


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Alberto Del Rio, showing no signs of life, has managed to put his foot on the bottom rope! Suspiciously, Ricardo Rodriguez is hovering close by and the replays show that Del Rio’s announcer placed his foot on the rope just in time for the referee to notice and cancel the 3-count. Hardy complains bitterly but the referee is not for moving – spotting Rodriguez, Hardy jumps through the ropes and begins the chase. Rodriguez runs for his life round the outside of the ring with Hardy in pursuit ... Ricardo slides into the ring and crosses over the ring to the other side with Hardy chasing him ... Hold on a minute! Del Rio hits a roundhouse kick out of nowhere! Hardy’s head snaps back and he crashes down on his back on the mat ... Del Rio pounces ... CROSS ARM BREAKER! DEL RIO HAS HARDY IN THE CROSS ARM BREAKER! Will Matt Hardy tap out? The referee is down and asking Hardy if he wants to give up but Hardy will not die ... he will not give up ... Del Rio cinches it in further and tightens his grip ... Hardy has no choice ...

** TAP **
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** TAP **


WINNER & STILL INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION
ALBERTO DEL RIO (submission, 8:38)


Del Rio at first refuses to let go of Hardy as he keeps the Cross Arm Breaker held in – he finally releases when the referee threatens to reverse the decision. Del Rio kicks Hardy away under the bottom ropes and he then celebrates with his Intercontinental Championship as Rodriguez proclaims him the winner. Foley suggests that Del Rio will be a real darkhorse at the Royal Rumble in 9 days time and maybe he will be the dual champion here on SMACKDOWN instead of Matt Hardy?

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

THE ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA 27 BEGINS IN 9 DAYS TIME...

Who will win the Royal Rumble and advance to WrestleMania 27?
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

SMACKDOWN returns with the huge frame of Mark Henry in the ring already for the next match, he is accompanied by his friend Evan Bourne ...

*** SOMEBODIES GONNA’ GET THEIR ASS KICKED ***

Silsbee, Texas | 412 pounds
MARK HENRY
(with Evan Bourne)


Foley and Grisham remind us that last week, Evan Bourne was defeated by the World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk – now it is the turn of the partner of Evan Bourne, Mark Henry, to attempt to gain a big win over the champion. A replay of Punk hitting the GTS to Bourne last week is shown before we return to the arena for the entrance of the World Champion himself ...

*** CULT OF PERSONALITY ***

Chicago, Illinois | 222 pounds | World Heavyweight Champion
CM PUNK


A mixed reception for CM Punk who is not a fan favourite but does retain a hardcore following that will forgive his actions and cheer for him regardless of his actions. Grisham reminds us that in 9 days time, CM Punk will face Christian at the Rumble with the World Championship on the line and Foley suggests that if Punk is taking Christian lightly in any way, shape or form, he could well lose the title next weekend in Cleveland. Punk hands the title belt to the timekeeper and this non-title match is set to begin as Bourne heads outside to support Mark Henry from there ...

NON-TITLE MATCH
CM PUNK vs. MARK HENRY


Despite Henry’s size, this match is clearly a match to further Punk’s credentials as the World Champion and make him seem even more impressive than he already does. The only real question is whether or not CM Punk will use the GTS to get the win or whether he will settle for the Anaconda Vice. After one failed attempt at the GTS which allows Henry to get a Big Splash in which almost gets the World’s Strongest Man an upset victory, Punk manages to catch Henry out as he looks for the Corner Splash and uses his strength to slide underneath Henry and hold him up for the GTS to be hit. Impressive from CM Punk and he makes the cover ...

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WINNER
CM PUNK (6:37)


CM Punk celebrates his win as a frustrated looking Mark Henry slides out of the ring and up the ramp with Foley saying he could have won the match on another day. As Bourne helps Henry away from the ring, Punk places his World Championship over his shoulder and takes a microphone before sitting down cross legged in the centre of the ring. He is ready to speak out and Grisham says that when SMACKDOWN returns after the commercial, we will hear from the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk!

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

CATCH NXT SEASON 3 THIS TUESDAY NIGHT!

After the first Number 1 ranking spot went to Vladimir Kozlov in controversial circumstances, how will the other seven participants in the NXT competition react?
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***


SMACKDOWN returns with the World Champion still sat in the centre of the ring waiting to address the WWE Universe. With the World Championship laid on the mat beside him, Punk lifts the microphone to speak ... An audible ‘CM Punk!’ chant breaks out and Punk smirks as he pauses for a second ...

CM PUNK
You know what, for the past month here on SMACKDOWN, I have been the World Heavyweight Champion. Six weeks ago, I walked out here and beat Big Show and became your World Heavyweight Champion ... and at Vengeance, I defeated Big Show, Kane and Kofi Kingston in my first defence. I am the only ‘Straight Edge’ champion here in the WWE – I am a man with a clear life goal, I don’t smoke cigarettes, I don’t take prescription medicines and I don’t pollute my body with alcohol ... unlike all of you here in Nashville.

Loud boos for CM Punk now as he begins to trash on the home town WWE Universe ...

CM PUNK
Now I know that it is difficult for you to comprehend this, Nashville, but I am not worried about the Royal Rumble. I am not worried about what happened last week on SMACKDOWN. You see, I know that I am better than all of you – and I am better than everybody back there in the locker room. Everywhere I go right now, people keep asking me if I am concerned about Christian, concerned about John Cena? The truth is, in nine nights at Royal Rumble, I will easily defeat Christian, I will retain my World Championship and then I will sit back and watch the Rumble match waiting for the winner. Because at WrestleMania 27, my name will finally be up in the lights ... on the ‘Grandest Stage of ‘em all’

Punk looks round with a smirk on his face as he sarcastically describes WrestleMania ...

CM PUNK
Christian. A man who has been here in the WWE now for over ten years, desperately chasing his dream. Last week, Christian managed to hit me with the Killswitch while I was distracted by Michael Cole’s new poster boy, John Cena. With my attention elsewhere, Christian took the cheap option and attacked me from behind. A man who has never won the WWE Championship like I have, a man who has never won the World Championship like I have, a man who can’t even claim to have won the Money in the Bank ladder match like I have.

Boos are heard for Punk’s comments now ...

CM PUNK
Christian, there is a reason why you have never won those championships that you crave so much – you’re just not good enough to. For years here in the WWE, you have been held back, hidden in the shadows out of sight. Behind the shadow of The Undertaker when you first arrived in the Brood ... outclassed by the Hardy Boys and the Dudley Boys ... never accepted when you split from Edge whilst he went on to multiple title reigns ... You have sweat blood for this business, Christian, you have clawed and scratched and fought as hard as you can to reach the top ...

Punk shakes his head and readjusts the title on his shoulder ...

CM PUNK
... and you always fall short. You always fall at the final hurdle, never quite good enough. In nine days, Nashville, Christian walks into the Royal Rumble as close to glory as he has ever been. But truth be told, he has never been further away from glory. Whilst I am the World Champion, nobody here on SMACKDOWN is close to glory – not Cena, not Christian, not anybody. I will retain MY World Championship at the Rumble, I will defend it through to WrestleMania ... and then I will retain it there as well. And just like all the SMACKDOWN ‘superstars’ in the back, I will do it because I am better ... than ... you.

Punk tosses the microphone away and turns to leave ... However ...

*** CLOSE YOUR EYES ***

CHRISTIAN

Christian heads out onto the stage and the crowd pop as the Number 1 contender, the popular Canadian, surveys the arena for his ‘Peeps’ before moving down the ramp with a grin on his face. He climbs into the ring where Punk is stood opposite and he looks at the World Championship on his shoulder before taking a microphone of his own ...

CHRISTIAN
You know what, Punk? You may be right. In nine days time, I may fall short. I may fail again. I might not be good enough to win the big one. But like it or not CM Punk, I am here right now and I will be challenging you for that World Heavyweight Championship. And regardless of who you think will win, regardless of whether my Peeps believe I can win or not, I believe in myself. I know that I can beat you. Whether you think it or not, Punk, that title is in danger!

Cheers from the crowd as Christian points to the title belt on Punk’s shoulders ... Punk laughs him off and he makes to leave but Christian grabs him by the arm. The tension builds as Punk spins back round with a look of annoyance on his face. Christian continues ...

CHRISTIAN
Tonight, I will once again, as per orders of Michael Cole, face John Cena one on one in the main event. And this time, there will be no Randy Orton to distract Cena, there will be no biased referee ... I will prove to you, and all those that doubt me, that I deserve a shot at your title. And what is more, I will prove that I am a legitimate ...

Punk snatches the microphone from Christian and walks across the ring shaking his head and it appears as if Christian is going to get a reaction from the World Champion ...

CM PUNK
You are not in my league, Christian! You drink alcohol with the boys, you take prescription pills to heal the aches in your tiring, worn out muscles ... I don’t do either of those things, Christian, that is why you are not in my league and that is why you won’t be getting your hands on this title!

Boos for Punk but Christian shrugs them off with a smile around at the crowd ...

CM PUNK
The nearest that you will ever get to being the World Champion is right now. You have your shot, you have the World Championship so close you can almost taste it. How does it feel, Christian? How does it feel to know you can never beat me? How does it feel to be so near yet so far from your dreams? Do you really believe that you can defeat me and become the World Champion? Do you really think you are worthy of holding this?

Punk holds the World Championship right in front of Christian’s face and the challengers eyes gaze at the shining gold belt ... Punk lowers it back down and places it down on the mat between them ...

CM PUNK
Go ahead, Christian. Pick it up. Feel the title belt in your fingertips one time ... Because you know that you will never ever be worthy of holding it for real. Don’t you?

Christian drops his head and looks down at the World Championship as Punk sblacks to himself. Christian appears to be second guessing himself as he looks to the prize on offer in nine days time ...

CM PUNK
Face it, Christian ... It’s never ... going ... to happen!

Suddenly, Punk drops the microphone and he hits a stiff kick to Christian’s midriff, catching him by surprise, and then he lifts him onto his shoulders. The crowd rise to their feet as CM Punk looks to hit the GTS on Christian ... but Christian wriggles clear and he manages to slide down the back of Punk. As Punk spins round, Christian levels him with a clothesline to the delight of the crowd in Nashville. However, Punk decides to flee the scene and he slides underneath the bottom rope and backs away up the rampway ... Christian stares after him and dares him to return before realising that Punk’s World Championship belt is still laid on the mat waiting to be picked up. Christian slowly bends down, wipes his hands on his tights and then picks up the title belt to hold it in his hands. He looks down at the title and then up at Punk who is demanding his belt back but not coming to get it. Christian smirks and then lifts the title up in the air and the Nashville crowd go wild as they witness a picture that they may have to get used to after the Royal Rumble ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

CATCH MONDAY NIGHT RAW LIVE!

It’s the final RAW before Royal Rumble – what will Triple H and Wade Barrett have to say ahead of their WWE Championship battle?
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

Replays of the confrontation between CM Punk and Christian are shown as well as Christian posing with the World Championship as Punk backed out of the arena before ... A shot of Christian backstage is cut to and we see that he still has the World Championship in his hand. A shout is heard in the background and Michael Cole, the SMACKDOWN General Manager, is seen running towards Christian – the Nashville crowd immediately begin to boo at the sight of Cole ...

MICHAEL COLE
Christian, give that back to me! That is not your property!

Christian smirks once more and he passes the title belt to Cole who can now return it to its correct owner – however, he cannot resist one more comment ...

MICHAEL COLE
You know what? If it had been up to me, there is no way you would be challenging for the World Championship. CM Punk was speaking a lot of sense out there – you are a ‘nearly’ man here in the WWE, Christian. Let me tell you something too – you’d better win your title match at the Royal Rumble ... because there won’t be another chance for you while I am in charge of SMACKDOWN, that is a fact!

Cole storms away from Christian who looks a little put off by those comments from the SMACKDOWN GM ... The cameras switch to the interview area where Matt Striker is waiting with the new Divas Champion, Maryse! The beautiful, blonde Diva moves into focus and she holds her hand up to Striker before readjusting her title belt around her waist ...

MATT STRIKER
Maryse, on Tuesday night on NXT, you defeated Layla to win the Divas Championship – let’s take a look ...

A replay of Maryse’s controversial pinfall is shown before we return to the interview area where the Divas Champion is smiling at the sight of the footage ...

MATT STRIKER
A controversial victory, Maryse, and next week on NXT, Layla will be handed her automatic rematch as she attempts to win back her Divas Championship. Your thoughts?

Maryse looks shocked at Striker even asking her for her thoughts after his comment about her controversial win ...

MARYSE
Controversé? Vous dites des sottises, Matt Striker! J'ai battu Layla dans l'anneau assez, un, deux, trois! Et le mardi, je vais battre et conserver mon titre.

Striker clearly does not understand French and he looks perplexed as Maryse responds to his question. Maryse smiles seductively as she finishes telling Striker that she will beat Layla again next Tuesday and then she flicks her hair and turns to leave ... but immediately stops at the sight of two other Divas blocking her path – Michelle McCool and the gargantuan Kharma!

MICHELLE McCOOL
Well, hello there, Maryse! Long time, no see. Look at this here ...

McCool places her fingers on the Divas Championship belt that is fastened around Maryse’s waist ...

MICHELLE McCOOL
... a shiny, glittering, brand new Divas Championship belt!

Maryse takes a step back from the pair as McCool smiles a fake smile and Kharma stares at her menacingly ...

MICHELLE McCOOL
Maryse, you don’t need to fear us tonight. We’re glad you beat that ungrateful skank, Layla, on NXT last Tuesday! Honestly, we are. I think that for the next few weeks, you will make a great Divas Champion!

Maryse looks at McCool with a quizzical look in her eyes ...

MICHELLE McCOOL
Oh yeah, for the next few weeks! You see, when you beat Layla next week in your Divas Championship rematch, I want you to know that you will then become my next target. I am going to become the Divas Champion, Maryse. It is time for me to dominate the Divas division and when Shawn Michaels gives me good news next week on Monday Night RAW, I will be able to fulfil that domination. But for now, I am watching you – just thought it was only fair to warn you!

Michelle McCool turns to leave and beckons Kharma to follow her as Maryse stands watching them with her hand over her title belt and a look of concern on her face ...

*** SLOW CHEMICAL ***

323 pounds
KANE


The former World Champion heads out towards the ring with the arena bathed in red lights as Grisham and Foley recall last week’s SMACKDOWN and the vow from Kane’s brother, the Undertaker, to be here on SMACKDOWN tonight after his chilling message that it will be the ‘beginning of the end’ – Kane is in the ring and looks to be a little nervous as he looks around the arena before setting off the exploding pyro in the ring posts and awaiting his opponent tonight ...

*** S. O. S. ***

Ghana, West Africa | 212 pounds
KOFI KINGSTON


The hugely popular Ghanaian Kofi Kingston bounds out of the backstage area with the green and yellow sparks flying all around the stage as he heads for the ring to face the Devil’s Favourite Demon. Kofi looks happy as usual as he poses for the fans and Grisham updates us on the issues between Kofi and his ‘former’ friend, Big Show, over the past couple of weeks. Foley suggests that Kofi may have been in the wrong last week but there was no need for the reaction of Big Show as he attacked Kofi afterwards with a chair. Grisham declares that he believes that Big Show is worried that his smaller friend might just have overtaken him in the race for a shot at the World Championship and that Show cannot cope with this fact ...

SINGLES MATCH
KANE vs. KOFI KINGSTON


Another example of the impact that Kofi has recently made in the WWE as he gets 50/50 offense in on the former World Champion and bonafida main eventer, Kane. After a fast start from Kofi, Kane gains control of the match and slows it down but Kofi still manages to counter and mount flurries of a comeback before Kane regains the advantage. As the match appears to be heading towards a Kane win though, Kofi manages to reverse a Chokeslam attempt and hits a standing dropkick that staggers the Big Red Monster back into the corner and Kingston follows up with mounted punches. With the crowd firmly behind him, Kofi climbs to the top rope and – as Kane staggers from the corner – a huge dive into the air allows the Ghanaian to hit a Diving Crossbody from almost ten feet in the air as he collides with Kane and hits a huge impact move that takes him down. Kofi hooks the leg and the crowd chant along in excitement ...

1 ... 2 ... Kane kicks out at the last moment!

For a second, Kofi seems dejected as Foley and Grisham declare that he needs that one more big move to pick up a huge victory here over the former World Champion. However, in typical fashion, Kofi jumps back to his feet and climbs to the top rope once more ... this time, he goes for a huge missile dropkick from the top but he misses as Kane swats him aside and Kofi crashes hard on the mat. Kane doesn’t need a second invitation and he grasps Kofi around the throat once more ... CHOKE SLAM! KANE HITS THE CHOKE SLAM! Kane appears to have the match won and he makes the cover ...

1 ... 2 ... Kofi kicks out!

Amazed, the crowd rally behind Kofi once more and he gets to his knees pumped up despite the pain. Kane looks tormented as he is in disbelief and he looks set to unleash pain on Kofi. He locks his hand around Kingston’s throat once again and looks for a second Choke Slam but Kofi is able to counter into an arm drag that takes Kane down. Another dropkick follows and Kane is down in the centre of the ring ... Boom Drop from Kofi! Kofi backs away and he starts clapping his hands together in the corner as he waits for his opportunity ... However, there are further complications as the appearance of the Big Show distracts Kofi now. Show climbs onto the apron and he points to Kofi with a look of anger in his eyes. Kofi moves towards Show and appears to be trying to reason with Show and question him over last week’s incident. Show suddenly swings for Kofi but he ducks and avoids the contact. TROUBLE IN PARADISE! KOFI KNOCKS SHOW OFF THE APRON WITH THE TROUBLE IN PARADISE! Kofi looks around with a smile on his face as the crowd cheer his actions. However, trouble is in store as Kane locks in another hand around his throat. CHOKE SLAM! Kofi is down and out again but Kane decides to inflict more pain after Kingston kicked out of the Choke Slam earlier tonight. He scoops Kofi up and sets up for the Tombstone Piledriver – the move made famous by his brother, the Undertaker. Kane laughs as he stands with Kofi in position for the Tombstone when all of a sudden ...

*** GONG! ***

Kane stops and looks around in disbelief. Still holding Kofi in place, he looks around and sees nothing and is about to get on with delivering the Tombstone when ...

*** GONG! ***

This time, the lights go out and the crowd scream in delight at the appearance of Taker here on SMACKDOWN tonight! The lights are out for several seconds but nothing appears on the titantron and there are no signs of Undertaker making his way out onto the stage. The lights suddenly come back on and Kane is stood facing the stage area watching for his brother. Eyes instinctively head behind Kane but the WWE Universe do not see Undertaker there either ... instead, Kofi Kingston is in place and waiting ... He waits and waits ... TROUBLE IN PARADISE! KOFI HITS TROUBLE IN PARADISE TO KANE! The crowd cheer wildly as Kofi hooks the leg ...


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WINNER
KOFI KINGSTON (8:42)


As his music echoes around the arena, Kingston rolls out of the ring and the referee holds up his hand in victory. Kofi grins as he backs away up the ramp with his eyes locked on Big Show who is down on his knees outside the ring looking furious that Kingston was able to out-smart him tonight and still defeat Kane in a huge win that should elevate Kingston further up the SMACKDOWN ranks. The cameras focus on a disbelieving Kane in the ring and he is another looking furious. He stares after Kofi as he disappears backstage saluting the fans and then watches Big Show exit as well. The crowd jeer Kane as he stands in the centre of the ring looking around and they begin to chant the name of his brother ... ‘Un-der-ta-ker!’ over and over again and it is clearly getting to Kane as he looks as if he is going to crack. He suddenly exits the ring and heads over towards the timekeeper where he snatches a microphone and shoves a few people over before grabbing a steel chair and heading back into the ring. With the chair beside him, Kane stands with the microphone and speaks in his usual demented voice ...

KANE
I warned you, Deadman, I warned you to stay away from me!

The crowd’s cheers for ‘Taker intensify as Kane is clearly rattled ...

KANE
You said you would be here tonight, you said it would be the beginning of the end ... Where are you?

Kane looks in different directions, the nerves getting the better of him as he does, he is looking really worried now ...

KANE
WHERE ARE YOU?

The crowd love the screech from Kane and they cheer; another ‘Un-der-ta-ker!’ chant goes up and Kane looks to be bothered by this again ... Suddenly, the lights go out and the crowd go wild as they feel the presence of the Undertaker in the arena! With darkness all around, they wait for a sign of the Undertaker’s arrival ...

*** GRAVEYARD SYMPHONY ***

THE UNDERTAKER

Suddenly, the lights re-appear and Kane is stood watching the titantron in fear. However, stood right behind him, to the delight of Nashville ... is the Undertaker! Wild cheers erupt in the arena as Kane slowly realises and turns around. Undertaker cuts his throat to Kane and then ducks under Kane’s attempted clothesline and scoops his little brother up ... TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER! The crowd are going nuts as Undertaker picks up the microphone that Kane dropped and he looks down on Kane who is flat on his back. Undertaker is ready to address his brother ...

THE UNDERTAKER
Next week, it will be the beginning of the end for you, little brother. SMACKDOWN, next week, you, me ... Buried Alive Match!

Huge roars around the arena as Undertaker’s match idea for next week’s SMACKDOWN appears to be a popular one. Taker rolls his eyes as he stands over his fallen brother and he then speaks one more time ...

THE UNDERTAKER
Kane ... Rest ... In ... Peace!

Undertaker drops the microphone and then raises his arms to imitate Kane. He slams his arms down but instead of a red explosion around the arena, there is an explosion of blue instead and then the lights go out. With darkness filling the arena, the crowd cheer for Undertaker’s announcement before a fork of lightning strikes on the stage to bring the lights back on and leave the camera focused on Kane who is sat up in the ring looking fearful ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

SMACKDOWN vs. RAW 2011!

In stores now!
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

SMACKDOWN returns with Matt Striker in the interview area again and this time he is joined by a dejected looking Matt Hardy ...

MATT STRIKER
Matt, it has been a disappointing evening for you with your loss to Alberto Del Rio earlier tonight. With the Royal Rumble just nine days away, what are your thoughts now?

Hardy doesn’t answer immediately and appears to be thinking carefully about how he is going to answer. He ponders for a moment and then looks to Striker ready to speak ...

MATT HARDY
Matt, a few months ago, I left the WWE for a few weeks to get my head together. I have been here for nearly fifteen years altogether now, I have been through everything here in the WWE. I was part of one of the most exciting tag teams of all time. I have won singles titles on so many occasions I have lost count. I’ve lost loved ones, I’ve watched family leave, I’ve left, I’ve returned. And throughout it all, I have always vowed that ‘Matt Hardy will not die!’ When I came back, I said I was back for another shot, another attempt to become the World Champion, to finally win the big prize. Just like Christian, I was here to finally get my hands on the one thing I desperately wanted more than anything else.

Hardy is obviously finding this difficult and he pauses here for a moment of reflection ...

MATT HARDY
Since I came back, I have managed to challenge for the World Championship at a pay-per-view and I came this close, Matt, this close to winning the title that night. I almost beat Christian at Vengeance, I could have gone to the Royal Rumble to face CM Punk for the World Championship as well. Instead, Michael Cole has reduced me to challenging for the Intercontinental Championship instead, a title that I do not want. All this just so I can get one more shot, a chance to enter the Royal Rumble. In nine days time, I head for Cleveland, Ohio, and it is make or break time for Matt Hardy. If I am ever going to win the ‘big one’ then I need to start right now by winning the Royal Rumble, going to WrestleMania and achieving my dream on the biggest stage of them all, WrestleMania 27!

Hardy looks as if he is trying to convince himself as well as he speaks his mind ...

MATT STRIKER
But Matt, what happens if you don’t win the Royal Rumble?

Hardy considers his response for a moment ...

MATT HARDY
You know what, Matt Striker? That thought hasn’t crossed my mind. All I am concentrating on is winning the Rumble and going to WrestleMania to face ...

????
Oh, please, shut him up, Striker!

Into shot walks the SMACKDOWN General Manager Michael Cole to intense heat from the Nashville branch of the WWE Universe here tonight ...

MICHAEL COLE
Hardy, I am the General Manager here on SMACKDOWN and I make the decisions around here now. I am being fair and entering you for SMACKDOWN into the Royal Rumble, you have your chance to earn a shot at the World Championship ... but let’s face it, Matt, you aren’t going to win it, are you?

Boos for Cole’s words as Hardy looks not too impressed with the General Manager ... Hardy looks to respond but Cole shuts him up and tells him to listen to him instead!

MICHAEL COLE
Be quiet, Hardy, I am speaking now. For weeks, I have had to watch and listen to you as you tell everybody that you’re back in the WWE to win the World Championship and guess what? You haven’t got it done ... AGAIN! Hardy, you are in the Royal Rumble but I can guarantee you one thing. If you lose and you fail to get the shot at the champion at WrestleMania, then you might as well retire. Because you will not be getting another shot at the titles here on SMACKDOWN ...

Cole looks at Hardy as if daring him to respond but Hardy just looks down and shakes his head before turning round and leaving as Cole smirks at Matt Striker and shrugs his shoulders as if to suggest he did nothing wrong ... The cameras return to the ring where Kelly Kelly is already in the ring ahead of the next match of the evening ...

*** HOLLA HOLLA ***

Jacksonville, Florida
KELLY KELLY


Kelly holds her hands up to greet the fans at ringside and she receives a nice cheer before the arrival of her opponent, the new Divas Champion herself ...

*** POURQUOI? ***

Montreal, Quebec, Canada | Divas Champion
MARYSE


Maryse heads out with the Divas Championship around her waist and she holds her hand up to the men in the audience as they try to get her attention. The champion steps through the ropes sexily before handing over her Divas belt to the referee and then proceeding to talk Kelly down in French. Annoyed at Maryse’s arrogance, Kelly rushes over and starts firing right hands at Maryse and this forces the referee to signal for the bell to start the match ...

NON-TITLE MATCH
KELLY KELLY vs. MARYSE


Maryse won the Divas Championship on Tuesday on NXT and she looks to continue with her hot streak as she faces off against Kelly. The popular Kelly starts out fast and she delights the crowd as she takes Maryse down a peg or two with a stink face in the corner but Maryse battles back after a near fall and takes control. Maryse slowly and methodically takes Kelly apart and mocks her as she does. However, Maryse is thrown off guard as Michelle McCool and her henchwoman, Kharma, appear on stage ...



McCool and Kharma stay on the stage and they simply seem to be here to watch the Divas Champion in action. However, the distraction has caused Maryse to be caught by Kelly and she is now stomping a mudhole in the stomach of the Divas Champion. With a real chance to thrust herself into title contention, Kelly appears to be up for this and she hits a superkick that sends Maryse down to the mat with a crash. Kelly makes the cover ...

1 ... 2 ... Maryse kicks out!

A ‘Ooooh!’ echoes out around Nashville as Kelly comes close to a popular victory. Kelly appears to know she was close as she holds her head in disappointment. This momentary lapse causes Maryse to get a stiff kick in to Kelly’s knee from the apron and a slap follows that leaves Kelly clutching her face. Maryse whips Kelly to the ropes and, as she returns, Maryse uses a high knee to knock Kelly down once more. A quick glance to the stage at Michelle McCool and Kharma reassures Maryse that she is in no imminent danger and she grabs Kelly and drags her up ... FRENCH KISS DDT! MARYSE HITS THE DDT TO KELLY!


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** 2 **
** 3 **


WINNER
MARYSE (3:19)


The referee hands the Divas Championship belt over to Maryse who warily raises it up in the air to signal that she is the Divas Champion whilst she keeps an eye on Michelle McCool and Kharma on the stage. McCool is sarcastically applauding Maryse for her victory and she is looking down to the Divas Champion in the ring. The crowd appear to be split over who to boo here and they decide to sit back and watch instead as McCool beckons to Kharma and they begin to head for the ring. With Kharma walking with a purpose, McCool leads her into the ring. Maryse, with her title, slips out of the ring instead and edges around the barricades and onto the ramp clearly wanting nothing to do with Kharma. Instead, Kharma grabs the recovering Kelly and she places her in a double handed choke hold before lifting her up high in the air by the throat. An official is demanding Kharma put Kelly down but she ignore this warning and instead hits a double choke hold powerbomb that leaves Kelly broken on her back in the middle of the ring – an extraordinary show of strength from the sidekick of McCool. Michelle pats Kharma on the back before they turn to watch Maryse as she heads out of the arena looking shaken at what she has just seen ...[/SIZE]

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

JEFF HARDY RETURNS!

Coming soon to Friday Night SMACKDOWN!
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

SMACKDOWN returns with an angry looking Kofi Kingston walking around the corridors backstage, he is clearly looking for somebody. He suddenly breaks out into a run as he enters the parking lot and the cameras follow as he heads towards a rental car. At the open boot of the car is Kofi’s former friend, Big Show, loading his bags into the car and he looks up as Kofi shouts to him to wait. Show looks unimpressed to see Kofi as he heads over ...

BIG SHOW
Kofi, just leave it OK? You don’t wanna’ get hurt, not again!

KOFI KINGSTON
You know what, you need a reality check, Show. For the past few weeks, you’ve had a problem with me and I wanna’ know why, man. You’ve smashed me in the head with a TV monitor, you’ve assaulted me with a steel chair and tonight you tried – and failed – to interfere in my match with Kane. You couldn’t deny me victory, Show, but I need to know something ... Just what is your problem?

Show rubs his face and looks angered slightly by Kofi’s words. He slams the boot shut and advances from behind the car and takes a step towards Kofi who, to his credit, doesn’t back down. Show looks tormented as he speaks ...

BIG SHOW
Kofi, you need to start using your ears. I told you to leave it ... OK?

Show shoves past Kofi and goes to open the car door but Kofi is intent on finding some answers and he kicks the side of the door to slam it shut again. Show looks close to cracking but he retains control and takes a deep breath. He turns to face Kofi once more ...

BIG SHOW
Have you got a death wish or something, Kofi? I told you to leave it and I will not tell you again. Now, get out of my way.

KOFI KINGSTON
You know what, man? You’re not worth it. I know full well why you’ve been attacking me the way you have lately. Jealousy. You know that you career is on the slippery slope ...

The crowd ‘Ooh!’ as Kofi lets rip and Show’s face reddens with anger ...

KOFI KINGSTON
... whilst my career is just taking off. I am the new star here on SMACKDOWN, I am the rising talent. You’re scared that I’m about to jump ahead of you in the queue for the World Championship and it’s eating away inside of you, it is killing you isn’t it, Show?

Show’s rage is bubbling under the surface but again he stays in control and reaches for the handle to the car. He opens the door and Kofi allows it but he steps up on the opposite side of door to face Show right in the face ...

KOFI KINGSTON
Face it, Show ... You’re finished! Your time is up! You’re about to ...

Finally, Big Show cracks and Kofi gets his reaction ... A right hand right in the side of the face that he fails to avoid and Kofi is knocked out cold as the crowd jeer Big Show’s actions once more. Calmly, Show closes the door again and steps over Kofi, kneeling down to look into his unconscious face.

BIG SHOW
You got one thing wrong, Kofi. I don’t fear you, I don’t think you are going to jump ahead of me in the queue. The WWE Universe, these morons here in Nashville, they might think that you’re on a roll and that you’re heading for the stars. But I don’t see it that way – I see it that you’ve got a hell of a lot of potential and that it is now time for me to end that potential right now. This is my year, Kofi, not yours. I’m winning the Royal Rumble and I’m going to WrestleMania whether the WWE Universe like it or not. I’m fed up of seeing guys like you getting a few wins and the WWE Universe going wild for you when I’ve been winning for years and they never ever got fully behind me, did they?

Show stands up and opens the door again. He stoops to climb into the car but then has one more comment to make ...

BIG SHOW
Well, screw them. Screw the WWE Universe ... and screw you, Kofi.

Show climbs into the car and slams the door closed, the dint in the door still showing from where Kofi kicked it earlier. The car speeds off and Kofi is left lying on the hard, concrete floor out cold from the WMD punch delivered by Big Show. Grisham and Foley worry about Kofi and suggest that Big Show might be about to make the youngster’s life a living hell after those comments ... The cameras return to the arena where the crowd look a little shocked at what they just saw and heard from Big Show but they are jolted back into excitement as the music of John Cena hits and it is time for the main event ...

*** MY TIME IS NOW ***

West Newbury, Massachusetts | 240 pounds
JOHN CENA


Cena, dressed in his new black t-shirt that no longer has includes his ‘Hustle, Loyalty, Respect’ slogan, heads for the ring looking unhappy. As normal, he now fails to salute the fans and he runs down to the ring where he stands at the ropes and simply stares out to the crowd with a look of disdain now. He points to himself and clearly is mouthing the words ‘Royal Rumble winner’ to the crowd at ringside who are booing him relentlessly. Cena is handed a microphone and he prepares to address the crowd here in Nashville ...

JOHN CENA
You know, I never ever believed there would be a time when I would come out here and enjoyed hearing those boos.

The boos intensify for Cena but he simply looks around and smirks before beckoning for the Nashville crowd to lay the boos and jeers down on him more. He shakes his head at their attempts to boo him out of the building and then continues ...

JOHN CENA
Pathetic attempt, Nashville, pathetic! For years, I heard those boos build and build, you people never truly appreciated me. All I had to show for my efforts were hundreds, thousands, millions of kids cheering for me, buying my t-shirts, looking up to me. I was the ‘Face of the WWE’ to a bunch of nine and ten year olds – and I hated it.

More jeers as Cena lays it down on the younger members of the WWE Universe ...

JOHN CENA
Kissing babies here, handing out t-shirts to spoilt little brats, being the most requested guy for the ‘Make A Wish’ foundation. I did it with a smile on my face because Vince McMahon told me to and he paid me handsomely to do it.

A shocking revelation from Cena as he reveals his true feelings ...

JOHN CENA
And you know the reasons why Vince McMahon paid me well to do it? He paid me to do it, he paid me to act the way that I did, he paid me to encourage the little people to look up to me and respect me, to buy my merchandise, he paid me to do that ... because there was nobody else that could.

A loud ‘Cena sucks!’ chant sets off and Cena again appears to be loving the reaction of the crowd nowadays ...

JOHN CENA
For years, I really thought I could make a difference to the little children and their lives. Yet, you people, the parents of these children, you expected me to set a good example to your children. You expected me to set the example because you were incapable of doing so and how did you thank me? You booed me.

Cena shakes his head at the thought ...

JOHN CENA
For the past year, I’ve been hearing those boos louder and louder, every night, disrespecting me for trying to set a good example to your children. But there comes a time when all the money in the world can’t compensate for the way you feel. I began to resent you all, the kids, the adults, the whole stinking lot of you.

Huge jeers in the arena ...

JOHN CENA
I told Vince that I wanted out, that I wanted to let rip at you all – yet he convinced me to ignore the critics, ignore the boos, ignore the ‘Five moves of Doom!’ comments ... And do you know why he did that? He did that because he knew there wasn’t another man in the company who could do what I did. He knew that I was the ‘Face of the WWE’ and the so-called ‘Number 2 Face of the WWE’ was never ever going to be up to the job ...

The crowd realise where Cena is heading and an ‘RKO!’ chant begins ...

JOHN CENA
Yeah, that’s him, alright. Randy Orton. The Number 2 face. Unable to get the job done. Unable to connect with the WWE Universe in the way Vince demanded ... But then, Vince sold the WWE to Chip Butty. He reduced the money being paid to me to kiss babies, he reduced the money being paid to me to push my t-shirts ... And when you all decided that Randy Orton should face Wade Barrett alone at Cyber Sunday, I decided right there, right then – I’d had enough.

Cena nods his head and it is clear that he is happier now that he is free from the ‘Face of the WWE’ tag ...

JOHN CENA
When Shawn Michaels handed me the chance, I screwed over Randy Orton just like I should have screwed over all of your hideous children a long, long time ago ...

Intense hatred for Cena from the SMACKDOWN audience now ...

JOHN CENA
You see, Randy Orton, yet again, couldn’t get the job done. He suspected me before Survivor Series, he didn’t trust me – but he couldn’t stop me from losing his WWE Championship. He couldn’t stop me leaving and heading here for SMACKDOWN. And at Vengeance, he couldn’t get the job done again when I pinned his shoulders to the mat ... 1 ... 2 ... 3!

Another ‘RKO!’ chant begins, this time much louder ... Will Orton show up here tonight?

JOHN CENA
I’m not interested in facing Randy Orton no more, I am done with him. I have proven that I am the better man and I am moving on to win the Royal Rumble and then headline WrestleMania once again where I will win the World Championship. I am going to go undefeated for a long, long time, starting tonight against Christian, and there is nothing that Randy Orton can do about it. Chip Butty may have shown weakness and allowed Orton to compete in the Rumble but I will be glad to prove to Orton once and for all that I am the best here on SMACKDOWN, the best in the WWE and the true better man, a man that Orton could never ever live up to.

Boos for Cena and he is smirking proudly now ...

JOHN CENA
I’ve also just been informed by Michael Cole that Chip Butty has called him and he says that next week on Friday Night SMACKDOWN, Randy Orton will be here!

Loud cheers for Orton and Cena milks the cheers ...

JOHN CENA
I’m not afraid, Orton. You don’t scare me, you don’t worry me, you don’t concern me in the slightest. I’m heading into the Royal Rumble in 9 days time and I have one thing on my mind – victory. And I assure you and every other member of the WWE Universe out there that jeered me for the past three years ...

Cena looks round arrogantly ...

JOHN CENA
I will get the job ... done!

‘My Time Is Now’ restarts and Cena tosses away the microphone as Foley and Grisham discuss the comments of Cena. Foley declares that Cena’s comments towards the younger members of the WWE Universe, the ones that spent millions of pounds on Cena merchandise, were disgusting and that he should be ashamed of himself. However, Grisham does defend Cena slightly when he says Cena wasn’t lying about the jeers from the WWE Universe getting louder and louder. Grisham then hypes up tonight’s main event – Cena vs. Christian is up next!

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

ATLANTA, GA

79 DAYS TO GO!
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

SMACKDOWN returns with Cena still in the ring taking abuse from the crowd at ringside but arrogantly rising above it as he awaits his opponent for tonight’s main event match ...

*** CLOSE YOUR EYES ***

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | 227 pounds
CHRISTIAN


Huge pop for the Number 1 contender as he looks for a morale boosting win as he heads into the Royal Rumble and the World Championship match with CM Punk. Grisham and Foley remind us that Christian declared he would beat Cena tonight and that he would prove he was worthy of being the Number 1 contender. Foley also reminds us that Christian invited Punk to head to the ring to witness it firsthand. Christian slaps hands with the WWE Universe as he makes his way to the ring and then he stands on the middle ropes looking out into the crowd for his Peeps who make a lot of noise in response. Both men are prepared for the match and the bell is set to be rung when ...

*** CULT OF PERSONALITY ***

World Heavyweight Champion
CM PUNK


Here comes the World Champion as invited by Christian. Punk saunters towards the ring with the World Championship around his waist and he stops at the foot of the ramp to look up at his opponent, Christian, in 9 days time. However, it isn’t just Christian who has his sights set on Punk and John Cena is also looking towards Punk and speculating that he will win the World Championship in the near future too. Punk smirks and heads round to join Mick Foley and Todd Grisham on commentary as the match begins ...

MAIN EVENT | SINGLES MATCH
CHRISTIAN vs. JOHN CENA


An even contest at first and both men appear to be in great shape heading into the Royal Rumble next Sunday as they look to achieve their major goals – Cena wants a Rumble win, Christian wants to win the World Championship. Foley speculates, to the annoyance of Punk, that if both men get their way next Sunday, we could see this match as the main event at WrestleMania and the pair of them show signs of a WrestleMania worthy main event match. Cena does appear to always be one step ahead of CM Punk’s challenger although the number of glances from Christian towards his Rumble opponent, Punk, might explain that. Cena manages to hit a big Sidewalk Slam to Christian as the match begins to wind a way towards the finish but the Peep’s favourite manages to kick out and sends Cena to the outside of the ring such is his determination to not be beaten tonight. With Cena on the outside, Christian prevents him from returning to the ring as he hits a dropkick to Cena as he is on the apron that sends Cena heading towards the announce table with which he collides heavily. Christian then uses the top rope to leap over into a Plancha that connects with Cena on the outside. There is no time for Christian to celebrate though as he stands up and ends up face to face with the World Champion, CM Punk. Tension fills the arena as Christian and CM Punk try to intimidate each other but this allows Cena time to recover and he whips Christian hard into the barricades instead. Despite the referee’s protests, Cena continues to inflict ‘illegal’ pain on Christian as he shoulder drives him back first into the edge of the ring and Christian is in trouble as Cena rolls him back into the ring and makes the cover ...

1 ... 2 ... Kick out from Christian!

Cena whips Christian into the ropes but Christian ducks the attempted clothesline before hitting a forearm smash of his own. Cena jumps back up quickly but Christian springboards off the ropes and hits a shoulder block that takes Cena down again. Hook of the leg from Christian ...

1 ... 2 ... Cena kicks out easily!

The little flurry from Christian has allowed him time to recover a little and he drags Cena to the corner and launches fists that show Christian’s mean side as he sets his sights on World Championship gold in the near future. Christian thunders Cena hard over and over and the referee seems to be lenient as he threatens Christian twice – finally, Christian relents as CM Punk declares him a coward on commentary for using illegal fists. Foley defends Christian after Cena’s earlier outside activities and an argument begins between the pair as the action in the ring continues with Christian hitting a Flapjack to Cena that crashes him down on his face ... Christian hooks the leg again ...

1 ... 2 ... Cena kicks out once more!

Closer call this time though and Cena is rattled big time as he staggers to his feet and heads for the corner and sanctuary via the referee. Christian is frustrated by this and argues with the ref allowing Cena chance for a cheap shot kick to the gut. Cena uses the ropes for leverage and hits a running snapmare to take Christian down before a low dropkick to the face of Christian again. Cena beckons Christian up but as the Number 1 contender swings a punch, Cena ducks and hits a shoulder block off the rope. Another shoulder block, a third shoulder block and the crowd explode with boos and jeers as Cena launches into his so called ‘5 moves of Doom’ that were once extremely popular but now get the opposite response from the WWE Universe. Christian swings for another clothesline and Cena ducks before hitting the Protoplex to crash Christian down onto the mat on his back ... Five Knuckle Shuffle from Cena! As usual these days, the ‘You can’t see me!’ gesture is aimed at the WWE Universe and his opponent and then he heads for the top rope ... Leg Drop! Christian is laid out with the leg to the back of his neck. Cena pounces with Christian down and he locks it in ... STFU! CENA HAS THE STFU LOCKED IN ON THE NUMBER 1 CONTENDER! CM Punk scoffs on commentary as Christian writhes in pain, the STFU ripping his face back and causing him to cry out in pain ... It appears all is lost and CM Punk is pronouncing that he will have no difficulty defeating Christian at the Rumble when Christian suddenly manages to push over onto his back and rolls both himself and Cena over ... They collide with the ropes and the crowd cheer as the referee breaks the hold – Cena is furious and he confronts the referee about why he has not signalled for the bell.

Foley and Grisham hype up the situation as Cena argues with the ref and Christian recovers in the corner – who will win the match? Will Cena’s undefeated promise end after just one week? Or will the Number 1 contender get a huge momentum boost heading into the Rumble? Cena angrily goes after Christian and fires right hands into the face of a recovering Christian in the corner before dragging him out to the centre of the ring. Christian wobbles and Cena looks around at the WWE Universe with a look of pleasure in his eyes ... He sets up for the FU and lifts Christian to his shoulders ready to hit the move but Christian wriggles clear. A standing dropkick from Christian knocks Cena over once more and the crowd rally with Christian as he waits for Cena to get back up ... As Cena gets to his knees, Christian is in place and ready for locking in the Killswitch when CM Punk suddenly leaves the announce table. Climbing onto the apron, Punk diverts Christian’s attention to himself and he holds the title in the air for Christian to see. Christian reacts by angrily punching Punk hard in the face and knocking the World Champion down to the floor ... However, the diversion costs Christian and Cena takes his chance ... FU! CENA HITS THE FU! Cena hooks the leg ...


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** 3 **


WINNER
JOHN CENA (13:43)


As Cena’s music blasts out, Cena taunts the crowd over another victory and they respond with hatred for him. As he drops down to the mat again, he locks eyes with CM Punk who has climbed into the ring. The pair of them stare each other out and Punk slowly unbuckles the World Championship and raises it high. Cena looks at the title and then back to Punk and nods his head and there appears to be some tension between the two of them here. Christian gets to his knees and this distracts Cena though as he drags Christian up ... He looks to CM Punk and Punk drops the title belt in preparation. Cena forces Christian towards Punk who lifts him onto his shoulders ... GO TO SLEEP! CHRISTIAN IS OUT COLD FROM THE GTS! Punk and Cena look at each other once more and Cena gestures to the World Championship on the mat and then to Punk – it appears he is telling Punk to win his Royal Rumble match and he will see him at WrestleMania. Cena leaves the ring as Punk stands over Christian and he raises the World Championship belt again before looking down at Christian once more ... A bad night for Christian and a potential bad omen for his chances at the Rumble as SMACKDOWN fades out and the show ends another week here in the WWE!

***** END OF SHOW *****


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*** CONFIRMED ***

TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP – TAG TEAM TURMOIL MATCH

Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder (c) vs. British Empire vs. Cyme Tyme vs. Evan Bourne & Mark Henry vs. Hart Dynasty vs. Usos

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
CM Punk (c) vs. Christian

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP
Wade Barrett (c) vs. Triple H

ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH
Winner to get shot at the WWE or World Championship at WrestleMania 27!

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Now I have never ever liked Matt Hardy, but in this thread, I am kinda starting to root for him. I can see where he is coming from, but I think having him slag off the Intercontinental Championship in a way undermines the championship itself as well as the champion, Alberto Del Rio; who in the best part, has been a good IC Champion. The issue with Hardy and Cole could well heat up after the Rumble, and I see either Hardy winning it or Cole in a way costing him it. So the fact that I am getting behind the guy despite my own personal feelings towards him, not only means that Hardy is being played well as a face, but only makes Michael Cole a better heel. Great angle, and I hope to see things come to a head in an epic 'Mania conclusion.

A great win for Punk here, and once again good exposure for the Bourne/Henry team. Punk winning was obviously a good move, and not only does build his momentum up going into the Rumble, but puts him over in a big way by beating a guy with the size and experience of Henry. The promo afterwards was very good; it captured Punk well, and Christian coming out afterwards was the right move to say his piece and combat all of Punk's points. But the best part of this promo I feel is how Christian is totally buzzkilled by the always have-a-comeback Punk. The imagery of the title just laying in the centre of the ring with Christian staring at him only makes you want him to win it more at the Royal Rumble. Was good to see Christian make up for it physically though and then run off with the Championship.

Good to have some exposure to the Divas on Smackdown, as there was a title change, but on NXT, so it is only right to have the fallout from that here on Smackdown. I'm guessing Maryse is just the transitional champion for McCool, and we could see McCool vs Kharma at Wrestlemania, or you could keep the belt on Maryse until then, who knows?

Very much expected Taker and Big Show to get involved in Kane vs Kofi, and the way it played out was brilliant! Kofi getting the HUGE win against a competitor like Kane only bolsters his chances of winning the Rumble, and he got one up on Show in the process.

The Casket Match next week will be epic for sure, and I am expecting a Taker victory, as obviously we are starting the Road to Wrestlemania, so Kane needs to get out of the way so Taker can move onto someone new to challenge the streak, unless you are going for the brothers at war again. We've obviously seen it before but I know how good a booker you are so I can only imagine any possible slant you can put on it.

Having Maryse lose here would be stupid, which you are not. Obviously the loss would have completely undermined her Divas Championship victory. I'm intrigued with this Michelle and Kharma situation though.

GREAT interaction between Kofi and Big Show, and now we see the big man finally turning heel, and also the fact that Kingston was the man to turn him puts over Kofi quite well, and I don't know when this match will happen but when it does it will be a blockbuster, and possibly Kofi's Wrestlemania moment with the underdog win over The Big Show. I know that Kofi is always good for MITB matches so I wouldn't blame you if you decided to let this feud end before Mania. But you have Bourne for all the spots so maybe Big Show vs Kingston at Wrestlemania; I'd like to see that. Also, heel Big Show FTW.

I think the Cena promo was my favourite part of the show, as it really made clear that he is now a different person, and this heel turn has to last... for a long time. Heel Cena is definitely a lot more entertaining than generic, face Cena, and he brings a lot to your Smackdown, not just star power.

The main event itself was great, and Christian doesn't really lose momentum as it was Punk that cost him, only intensifies the feud heading into the Rumble. Punk getting the last laugh was a good touch and this feud is red hot!

Sorry I may not have explored things that much/well, just I thought I hadn't left you any comments in a while so I'd just leave my thoughts on this. Great show as usual, and I will be reading on as per usual for sure!
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Now I have never ever liked Matt Hardy, but in this thread, I am kinda starting to root for him. I can see where he is coming from, but I think having him slag off the Intercontinental Championship in a way undermines the championship itself as well as the champion, Alberto Del Rio; who in the best part, has been a good IC Champion. The issue with Hardy and Cole could well heat up after the Rumble, and I see either Hardy winning it or Cole in a way costing him it. So the fact that I am getting behind the guy despite my own personal feelings towards him, not only means that Hardy is being played well as a face, but only makes Michael Cole a better heel. Great angle, and I hope to see things come to a head in an epic 'Mania conclusion.

A great win for Punk here, and once again good exposure for the Bourne/Henry team. Punk winning was obviously a good move, and not only does build his momentum up going into the Rumble, but puts him over in a big way by beating a guy with the size and experience of Henry. The promo afterwards was very good; it captured Punk well, and Christian coming out afterwards was the right move to say his piece and combat all of Punk's points. But the best part of this promo I feel is how Christian is totally buzzkilled by the always have-a-comeback Punk. The imagery of the title just laying in the centre of the ring with Christian staring at him only makes you want him to win it more at the Royal Rumble. Was good to see Christian make up for it physically though and then run off with the Championship.

Good to have some exposure to the Divas on Smackdown, as there was a title change, but on NXT, so it is only right to have the fallout from that here on Smackdown. I'm guessing Maryse is just the transitional champion for McCool, and we could see McCool vs Kharma at Wrestlemania, or you could keep the belt on Maryse until then, who knows?

Very much expected Taker and Big Show to get involved in Kane vs Kofi, and the way it played out was brilliant! Kofi getting the HUGE win against a competitor like Kane only bolsters his chances of winning the Rumble, and he got one up on Show in the process.

The Casket Match next week will be epic for sure, and I am expecting a Taker victory, as obviously we are starting the Road to Wrestlemania, so Kane needs to get out of the way so Taker can move onto someone new to challenge the streak, unless you are going for the brothers at war again. We've obviously seen it before but I know how good a booker you are so I can only imagine any possible slant you can put on it.

Having Maryse lose here would be stupid, which you are not. Obviously the loss would have completely undermined her Divas Championship victory. I'm intrigued with this Michelle and Kharma situation though.

GREAT interaction between Kofi and Big Show, and now we see the big man finally turning heel, and also the fact that Kingston was the man to turn him puts over Kofi quite well, and I don't know when this match will happen but when it does it will be a blockbuster, and possibly Kofi's Wrestlemania moment with the underdog win over The Big Show. I know that Kofi is always good for MITB matches so I wouldn't blame you if you decided to let this feud end before Mania. But you have Bourne for all the spots so maybe Big Show vs Kingston at Wrestlemania; I'd like to see that. Also, heel Big Show FTW.

I think the Cena promo was my favourite part of the show, as it really made clear that he is now a different person, and this heel turn has to last... for a long time. Heel Cena is definitely a lot more entertaining than generic, face Cena, and he brings a lot to your Smackdown, not just star power.

The main event itself was great, and Christian doesn't really lose momentum as it was Punk that cost him, only intensifies the feud heading into the Rumble. Punk getting the last laugh was a good touch and this feud is red hot!

Sorry I may not have explored things that much/well, just I thought I hadn't left you any comments in a while so I'd just leave my thoughts on this. Great show as usual, and I will be reading on as per usual for sure!
Thanks for the review, matey. Just to clear one thing up - just noticed this before I read your feedback. I initially wrote that Undertaker challenged Kane to a Casket Match next week on SMACKDOWN. I don't know why I wrote that (they had a Casket Match at Cyber Sunday) when I meant to put a Buried Alive match. It has now been edited. You make some excellent points in there and a couple of bits and pieces made me think about some future plans. I like to listen to any feedback I get and use it to mould my BT where I need to. However, one thing that will not happen at WM27 is Kane vs. Undertaker. I can quash that one now. No way. If it happens, it happens on SMACKDOWN - both are in the Rumble, both are likely to be in the Elimination Chamber, they won't be meeting on PPV in a one on one match.

What strikes me about what you say and what others have told me elsewhere is that nobody seems to know who will win the Rumble. I appear to have made a big case for Hardy with yourself, Kofi with others, Cena, Orton, Taker, Kane, Sheamus are all involved, Miz is in his hometown plus Edge is trying to force his way in. I'm enjoying the guessing games that are taking place! Maybe I'll include a WrestleMania main event prediction on the Rumble prediction contest when I finish the final week's build towards the Rumble ...

I cannot wait to write the Royal Rumble match either. It should be epic.

Thanks for the comments, keep on reading. Will check your show out soon. GCB
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*** PREVIEW ***

HBK ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH AT THE ROYAL RUMBLE!

With the Royal Rumble PPV in Cleveland, Ohio, now just six days away, RAW General Manager Shawn Michaels says he has an announcement to make about the WWE Championship match between WWE Champion Wade Barrett and Triple H. Speculation over what the announcement will be is running rife but nobody seems to have a clear idea over what HBK is likely to announce – it’s all just pure speculation for now. What will HBK have to say? Find out on Monday Night RAW!

WHY DID KURT ANGLE REFUSE TO SHAKE TRIPLE H’s HAND?

After he was defeated by Triple H last week, Kurt Angle’s dream of being added to the WWE Championship match were ended once and for all. However, after the match, Angle refused to shake hands with the Number 1 contender Triple H leaving many people wondering over just why the Olympic Hero was upset with the Game. With a long and storied rivalry between them, it was thought that a degree of mutual respect had broken out between the pair of them but Angle last week quashed that idea. Will Angle have an explanation for his actions this week?

TIME FOR THE ‘RAW’ RUMBLE!

Several SMACKDOWN superstars will be heading over to Monday Night RAW to join their RAW counterparts in a 10-man ‘RAW’ Rumble match to take place tonight. There is no prize on offer but all ten men will be looking to show that they are ready for the big match next Sunday as they look to earn a place in the main event of WrestleMania 27. Shawn Michaels has confirmed that the RAW competitors in the match will be the Celtic Warrior Sheamus, Ted DiBiase, former US Champion Daniel Bryan, the current US Champion Justin Gabriel and Alex Riley. Michael Cole on the other hand is keeping the identities of the SMACKDOWN participants secret as he seeks to prove that SMACKDOWN is the Number 1 show in the WWE. Which superstar will be heading to Cleveland with the momentum?

With the Rumble approaching, it is expected that last year’s Royal Rumble winner Edge will once again be confronting the General Manager, HBK. Edge has yet to be deemed worthy of a place in the Rumble after his recent criticisms of the General Manager and his actions at Survivor Series. Will HBK finally relent tonight and include Edge in the Royal Rumble?

RANDY ORTON TO RETURN TO ACTION!

After his reinstatement to the Royal Rumble match last week, Randy Orton returns to action as he faces up to the man who claims that he is the soon to be most ‘must-see WWE Champion of all time’ in The Miz. With his Money in the Bank contract still waiting to be cashed, Miz has set his sights on winning the Rumble in his hometown of Cleveland and vows to use the contract simply as an insurance policy instead. Tonight, Miz looks to prove that he can hang with the very best on RAW as he faces the Viper – both men have a lot to prove heading towards the Rumble. Which man will get the important win?

***CONFIRMED ***

Cryme Tyme vs. Michael Tarver & Husky Harris

The Miz vs. Randy Orton

“RAW” Rumble Match

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In that case I am really looking forward to RAW because you are getting near to the Rumble, and we can get an explanation from Angle as well as the RAW Rumble and Orton vs. The Miz with Miz promising to use his briefcase as an insurance policy, I can't wait
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Monday January 17th, 2011 | Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky



RAW begins with a live shot of the RAW General Manager stood in front of a red RAW background with a smile. He is ready to record a message for the WWE Universe to open the show – sound familiar? – but it seems that HBK is doing his live with the sound of the WWE Universe cheering in the background. However, HBK doesn’t realise that the live feed has begun ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Are we on yet? Are we ready? We’re due to go live any sec ... What? We’re ... ?

HBK straightens up and looks directly at the camera with a cheesy grin that makes the RAW crowd in Lexington laugh ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Monday Night RAW live from Lexington, Kentucky!

Huge, live cheers for HBK as he addresses the WWE Universe in the same way as a certain SMACKDOWN General Manager has been doing in recent weeks ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Now, I realise that I can’t possibly live up to the thrills and spills of the opening video that Michael Cole shoots ahead of SMACKDOWN each Friday but I thought I’d give it a go and see what all the fuss was about. Now, let me introduce myself, I am the Heart Break Kid, Mr. WrestleMania, the ‘Showstopper’ ... the RAW General Manager, Shawn Michaels.

Pop from the crowd and a ‘HBK!’ chant begins ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Now, I’m not a vintage broadcaster like Mr. Cole over on SMACKDOWN but I am in charge around here, the Sheriff of the show so to speak. Although we here on Monday Night RAW cannot claim to be the Number 1 show here in the WWE, I hope I can muster a vaguely passable show for you all tonight as we are six nights away from the start of the ‘Road to WrestleMania’ and the Royal Rumble event!

Michaels grins as the ‘HBK!’ chant gets louder and he pauses to allow it to end ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Now I expect you all cannot wait for SMACKDOWN on Friday but, for now at least, you’ll have to put up with my RAW show. Now I’m not going to tell you about all the great things I did last week ... Probably because there weren’t any, to be honest. But I am going to make an ... Sorry? Who wants to ... We’re live here, aren’t we? Now I know why Michael Cole records these things!

More laughs from the WWE Universe as HBK turns to speak to some technician behind the cameras. Into shot walks Michelle McCool and the camera pulls back to show that she is accompanied by Kharma again. Michaels looks slightly perturbed that his live address is being spoilt ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Michelle ... What do you want?

MICHELLE McCOOL
I’m sorry to interrupt Shawn but this is important. I need to know now ... Have you heard anything back yet?

HBK looks puzzled for a moment and then realises what she is talking about ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Oh right, yeah, that. No, sorry Michelle, I haven’t. Maybe next week, hey?

Michelle looks annoyed and she fixes HBK with a glare ...

MICHELLE McCOOL
You have remembered to get in touch haven’t you? You are trying to get me an answer?

HBK looks at her with an innocent look on his face ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Yes, yes, yes I have! I just haven’t had a response yet! Now, go away and let me finish my live broadcast to the WWE Universe ...

McCool looks annoyed still but she turns and walks out of shot and the camera settles back into place on HBK as he sits up straight once more ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Right – where was I? Oh yes, announcement. WWE Championship. Royal Rumble. The WWE Champion, Wade Barrett, this Sunday, will face Triple H and he will be defending the WWE Championship. Now, I know what many people are saying – how can Triple H win if the fight isn’t fair? And I agree. For the past few months, Wade has been picking up some questionable wins thanks to his Nexus friends ... So here is what I propose to do about it. Tonight’s main event will feature any three members of Nexus that Wade Barrett chooses – and he can choose himself if he wishes – to compete in a 3 vs. 2 Handicap Match. Their opponents will be Triple H and a partner of his choosing. Should Hunter and his partner win the match, Nexus will be banned from ringside at the Royal Rumble, in fact, they will all be banned from the arena altogether other than Barrett himself. No arena, no pay-per-view, no interfering in the title match and no Royal Rumble match even!

Cheers for the announcement that HBK has been hyping up for the past few days ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Also tonight, we will see the “RAW Rumble” – a ten man Battle Royale featuring five men from RAW and five men from SMACKDOWN. Unfortunately, that does mean that we are expecting Michael Cole to show up any moment now – maybe he could give me some advice on my opening video? Anyway, Cole will be here tonight, prepare yourselves ...

Boos for the impending arrival of Cole ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
... but hey, at least you get to see the Number 1 show and its competitors instead of the usual rubbish I serve up here on RAW, don’t you?

Sarcastic comments from HBK who has clearly being listening to Cole’s comments before the recent SMACKDOWN events ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
With that being said, it is now time for me to stop wasting your time and to get the show started! Welcome to Monday Night RAW ... Enjoy the show!

HBK salutes the crowd and there are cheers from the crowd here in Lexington before the RAW credits roll and RAW officially begins ...

***** BURN IT TO THE GROUND *****

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As the cameras spin around the arena, JR and King hype up tonight’s events – the main event appears to excite them both as it provides Triple H with the chance to earn a one on one shot at the WWE Championship this Sunday rather than the usual Nexus interference that has clouded so many of Wade Barrett’s victories recently. King suggests that Barrett might have to fight for himself this Sunday if things go wrong tonight – JR says he would like to see that!

*** TIME TO PLAY THE GAME ***

TRIPLE H

Huge pop for the Number 1 contender and the ever-popular Triple H as he makes his way towards the ring in his street attire. He is looking pleased with the announcement of HBK that just went down and he looks confident ahead of his first WWE Championship match for almost two years this Sunday night at the Royal Rumble. Hunter swallows some water and stands on the apron before spraying it into the sky before saluting the fans who are eager to hear what he has to say tonight. Hunter takes a microphone and stands central in the ring ready to speak as his music fades away ...

TRIPLE H
You know, it’s been a long time since I held the WWE Championship ...

A mix of cheers for the fact that Hunter challenges this Sunday and boos that he hasn’t been champion for a while. HHH smirks before continuing ...

TRIPLE H
For whatever reason, be it injuries or a lack of opportunities, I haven’t felt WWE gold in my hands for far too long. This Sunday night, at the Royal Rumble, I have the opportunity to change all that and become the fourteen time World Champion when I face Wade Barrett for the WWE Championship.

Cheers this time for Hunter’s comments ...

TRIPLE H
And you all know that I will be going out there, whatever the circumstances, to give Wade Barrett the beating of his life and to force him to honour that WWE Championship. If Wade Barrett wants to leave Cleveland with the WWE Championship, he’d better make sure he is ready to play the Game ...

Cheers from the WWE Universe ...

TRIPLE H
But that isn’t why I’m out here, right now. I’m out here to address what happened after the main event last week on RAW. Now it’s common knowledge that Kurt Angle and myself have had problems in the past but, since his return to the WWE last month, I have tried to respect Kurt and let bygones be bygones. However, last week, after I defeated him, Kurt refused to shake my hand. Despite the fact that I was the man who said we should face each other last week, despite the fact that I offered Kurt one final and fair chance to get himself into the title match at the Rumble, Kurt refused to shake my hand and he ...

*** MEDAL ***

KURT ANGLE

Triple H is interrupted and the Olympic Hero, Kurt Angle, the man who Hunter is speaking off, heads out towards the ring looking determined. He salutes the crowd and climbs into the ring where he holds a hand out to Triple H to get him to hold off for a moment whilst he gets a microphone ...

KURT ANGLE
Turn my music off, turn it off ... Hunter! Look, before you say anymore, let me apologise. I was disappointed, last week. Since I returned to the WWE, I have been desperate to end the title reign of Wade Barrett. In my opinion, he is a disgrace to the locker room, he is a disgrace to this company and his title reign taints the WWE Championship. The way he won it and the way he defends it – could you ever imagine the likes of Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mick Foley defending it in that way?

Pop for the mention of WWE legends from Angle ...

KURT ANGLE
I’ve been watching Wade Barrett with that title for the past months and it eats away at me inside. I am ashamed that Barrett is the champion and all I want to do is stop him from being the champion. Last week on RAW, I had the chance to earn my place in the title match – but I lost. I wanted to be the man to defeat Wade Barrett and end his time as the WWE Champion but I failed to earn my place in the match.

Angle looks disappointed in himself but he carries on ...

KURT ANGLE
Hunter, you’re right. After what we’ve been through, we’re never likely to be bosom buddies but I do respect you. I respect everything you’ve achieved in this business, Hunter, and I respect that you beat me last week and earned your match with Barrett. I was just disappointed ...

Angle looks down and shakes his head ...

KURT ANGLE
... As disappointed as I have ever been. I wanted to end the reign of Wade Barrett ... and now I won’t.

Triple H nods his head and seems to be in understanding with the man he faced last week, he reaches over to show this understanding and the pair of them shake hands now instead. The crowd cheer this moment as Angle and Hunter show that they understand each other ...

TRIPLE H
Hey Kurt, I understand completely. There is nothing in the world that I want to do more right now that end the WWE Championship reign of Wade Barrett. And this Sunday, I plan on doing just that ... but maybe ... maybe, you could help me ...

Cheers from the WWE Universe as they realise what is coming here ...

TRIPLE H
Kurt, the only way that Wade Barrett could possibly beat me this Sunday ... and even that is questionable, the only way he could beat me would be if Nexus were allowed down to the ring. In tonight’s main event, I need a partner ... What do you say?

Cheers for this announcement as Kurt Angle looks around to the WWE Universe pointing to himself and questioning whether or not he should team with Triple H this evening ...

KURT ANGLE
Man, that sounds like a plan to me! Tonight, we team up and eliminate Nexus from the WWE Championship match – then all you’ve got to do is beat Wade Barrett. Count me in!

‘Medal’ echoes around the arena as Hunter and Angle shake hands once more and they show that they are ready to embark on the beginning of the end for Wade Barrett tonight in the main event. JR and King hype up the idea that even if three members of Nexus are facing them, how could any three of them be able to defeat the Game and the Olympian?

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

RAW returns with RAW’s newest tag team, Husky Harris and Michael Tarver, in the ring preparing for their first match tagging together. The pair of them, not favourites with the Kentucky crowd, are looking around menacingly as they await their opponents as JR and King remind us of the reaction from Nexus leader Wade Barrett last week when he mocked Tarver for forming this team ...

*** BRINGIN’ DA HOOD TO U ***

Brooklyn, New York | 525 pounds
CRYME TYME


The exciting tag team combination of Shad Gaspart and JTG bound out onto the stage and dance their way towards the ring as the crowd greet them warmly. Cryme Tyme, JR reminds us, will challenge for the Tag Team Championships at the Royal Rumble when they face Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins as well as four other teams in a Tag Team Turmoil match – King points out that their recent win over the Usos means that they will also enter the match later and stand a better chance of winning the titles. As Cryme Tyme prepare to get started, JR reminds us that we will see the debut of the British Empire team this Tuesday on NXT as they look to defeat the Hart Dynasty and earn themselves a later entry into the match as well.

MATCH 1 | TAG TEAM MATCH
CRYME TYME vs. HUSKY HARRIS & MICHAEL TARVER


A fast paced first contest of the evening as the debutants look to prove that they are capable of competing with one of the fancied tag teams for the Tag Team Championship this Sunday. The brute force of Husky proves to be an important tool in the early stages as he works over JTG and squashes him in the corner of the ring before making the tag to Tarver. Tarver is more technical but he also has a mean right hand when he needs it as he continues to keep JTG away from his big partner, Shad. However, as always happens, JTG does manage to escape and cause confusion in the end and he tags in Shad who runs roughshod over Tarver and then Harris in turn. A big boot to the jaw of Tarver takes him down before the tag to JTG allows the Brooklyn native to enter and go after the weakened Tarver. He locks in a sleeper hold, Shad hits a big boot to Husky Harris as he looks to prevent JTG and this allows JTG to hit ‘Da Shout Out’ as he slams Tarver’s head and back down hard into the mat. He makes an unorthodox cover ...

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WINNER
CRYME TYME (3:38)


Cryme Tyme celebrate their victory and then head out of the ring looking confident as they head towards the Royal Rumble. However, Harris and Tarver both look around disappointedly as they come to terms with the fact that their first match in the Tag Team division has ended in a defeat ... The cameras switch to the backstage area where a limo pulls up in the parking lot with the SMACKDOWN logo plastered on the side of it. The limo comes to a halt and JR and King speculate over who Michael Cole may well have brought with him tonight to face the five RAW superstars in the ‘RAW Rumble’ later tonight. The door is opened and out steps the smug, grinning Michael Cole who straightens his tie before beckoning to somebody else to join him.

JERRY LAWLER
Who is it?

More time passes to build up the appearance of ... JOHN CENA!



JERRY LAWLER
What the hell?!

JIM ROSS
Oh, man, this is going to be a very interesting night here on RAW!

Cole and Cena stand together with proud grins on their face as they survey the backstage area amidst large boos and jeers from the crowd here in Kentucky. Cole clicks his fingers and six burly security guards immediately appear around Cole and Cena and it is clear that they are taking no chances here tonight as they appear on the same show as Randy Orton. JR hypes up the fact that after the next break, Randy Orton will be in action as he goes one on one with the Awesome Miz!

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

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Week 4 – What will be the fallout from the first NXT rankings of Week 3?
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RAW returns with replays of the arrival of SMACKDOWN General Manager Michael Cole and John Cena who is appearing here on RAW despite the presence of Randy Orton who Cena has had issues with for weeks and months now. JR suggests that the situation is volatile and that this could be a deliberate ploy from Cole and Cena to try and rile Orton into doing something stupid tonight that will cost him his place in the Royal Rumble ...

*** AWESOME – I CAME TO PLAY ***

Cleveland, Ohio | 220 pounds | Money in the Bank contract holder
THE MIZ


With the ‘Money in the Bank’ contract in his briefcase as usual, Miz heads out with a swagger as he prepares to face Orton next here on RAW. King isn’t a fan of Miz and says that Miz’ recent comments about winning the Royal Rumble in his home town of Cleveland, Ohio, this Sunday might come back to bite Miz on the backside if he fails to back up his words. However, the voice of reason, JR, points out that Miz has been on a superb roll as of late and that he should not be counted out as a potential Royal Rumble winner. Miz climbs into the ring and looks around smugly as King suggests that he might begin to believe in Miz a little more should be defeat Randy Orton here tonight!

*** VOICES ***

St. Louis, Missouri | 245 pounds
RANDY ORTON


The crowd explode at the arrival of the Viper as he heads out looking furious – he is clearly aware of Cena’s presence in the arena tonight. Orton’s usual methodical pace towards the ring has gone as he spins this way and that looking out for his nemesis, Cena, and King speculates that the Viper needs to focus on Miz not Cena here tonight. Orton steps into the ring whilst looking back and around him and this gives Miz the perfect opening as he makes the jump and starts the match early ...

MATCH 2 | SINGLES MATCH
THE MIZ vs. RANDY ORTON


Orton appears to be distracted in the early stages of the contest and, from one of these hesitant moments, Miz manages to catch Orton off guard with a well placed swinging neckbreaker that gives him the upper hand. Miz holds control of the contest as he looks to continue the impressive momentum he has built over the past few months heading into Cleveland this Sunday. However, Miz makes an error when he goes flying into the corner for a clothesline to Orton but misses and eats the turnbuckles instead. Spinning around, he walks into Orton who hits a belly to belly suplex and buys himself a little time to recover from the early punishment he has taken. Miz looks to take a walk outside the ring but Orton goes after him and reverses an attempted whip from Miz to send the Money in the Bank contract holder flying shoulder first into the steel ringsteps to the delight of the crowd. As Miz slowly climbs back up onto the apron, Orton slides under the ropes into the ring and catches Miz coming in through the ropes with a kick to the chest. With Miz hung up on the middle rope, Orton plants him down face first into the mat with a devastating DDT that leaves the crowd rallying behind Orton. He falls to the mat and begins pounding his fists on the apron as he readies himself for the RKO when ...

*** MY TIME IS NOW ***

West Newbury, Massachusetts | 240 pounds
JOHN CENA


Tension floods through the arena as John Cena – accompanied by SMACKDOWN General Manager Michael Cole and six security personnel – heads out onto the stage. Orton is staring out from the middle of the ring now at the stage and he is fuming with rage as he stares towards Cena who is grinning in a mocking fashion to the Viper. JR and King are reminding us of Orton’s issues with Cena – losing his WWE Title, interfering in his rematch and then taking the coward’s way out of their Vengeance match – as Orton makes to exit the ring. He drops through the rope and begins to walk up the ramp when the security guards stand in the way. Cole is demanding that Orton return to the ring and reminds him of the promise made to him if he attacks Cena. Orton stops in his tracks and considers his actions before slowly turning back towards the ring. The referee is at 8 and Orton has to sprint back into the ring to avoid the countout defeat. He ducks under a clothesline from Miz and hits a running power slam to his opponent that leaves him laid out on the mat again. Orton begins to set for the RKO once again but still the distraction of Cena and his team – now halfway down the ramp – is playing havoc with Orton. Up staggers Miz and Orton looks to pounce but Miz, who cleverly took his time to return to his feet, shoves him away towards the ropes to escape. Orton stops at the ropes and stares over towards Cena again who is daring Orton to attack him. Orton ignores Cena and turns round once more but he has wasted too much time here – clothesline from Miz. As Orton looks to quickly get back up, Miz hits a running knee lift and follows up with a reverse neckbreaker, the Mike Check, that leaves Orton writhing in pain on the mat. Miz begins to stalk Orton like the Viper was doing to him prior to Cena’s arrival ... Up gets Orton ... SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! MIZ HITS THE SKULL CRUSHING FINALE TO ORTON! Miz makes the cover ...

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WINNER
THE MIZ (7:32)


Intense jeers for Miz as he celebrates his victory – a huge win for Miz heading to the Rumble – but a tragic defeat for Orton as he suffers more misery at the hands of Cena here tonight. Cena and his entourage back away up the ramp and Cena is laughing as he walks alongside the SMACKDOWN General Manager Cole as Orton looks on in disbelief from the centre of the ring. Orton watches Cena for a moment and then decides that he has had enough and storms through the ropes and up the ropes after Cena. As Orton disappears from view, Miz is shown with his hand raised as JR and King speculate on what might happen to Orton as he heads after Cena.

The camera suddenly switches backstage and we see Cena and Cole and the security men heading down a passage when a shout from behind them tells us that Orton is there. The camera shows Orton trying to push past several WWE officials, HBK and Chip Butty included, to get towards Cena. As he approaches the SMACKDOWN superstar though, Orton is held up by Cena’s security and Cena manages to get away to the frustration of Orton. HBK and Butty both stand beside the Viper and they are telling him to calm down and get himself under control although he looks like he wants to kill Cena right now.


CHIP BUTTY
Randy, Randy. Look, I’ve told you before, you cannot go after Cena, you need to calm down! Listen to me, Randy, listen to me now!

Orton’s icy glare turns towards Butty who trembles a little for a moment but the Viper does calm down a little and he smirks. He shakes his head before replying to Butty ...

RANDY ORTON
Calm down, listen to you, you want me to be a good little Randy Orton do you? Let me tell you something, Butty, I don’t care what you say or do, I am going to get my hands on John Cena and I am going to make him pay for every low down trick he has pulled on me. When I get hold of Cena, he is going to wish he’d never heard the name Randy Orton ...

Butty composes himself and straightens up into an official pose as he prepares to say something in response ...

CHIP BUTTY
That may be what you think will happen, Randy, I know differently though. John Cena and yourself are on different brands and tonight, Cena, from SMACKDOWN, is a guest here on RAW. You will not touch him, Randy, you won’t ...

Orton raises an eyebrow towards Butty as if daring him to try and stop him ...

CHIP BUTTY
You won’t, Randy, I sign your pay cheques, damnit, I say you will not touch Cena tonight. Tonight, when Cena heads out for the ‘RAW Rumble’ then you will not appear, Randy, or else, this Sunday, I will make you Number 1 entrant in the Rumble ...

Orton looks dismayed at this idea and is furious with Butty but knows he has to regain control here ...

CHIP BUTTY
... and I will make John Cena the Number 30 entrant. Furthermore, Randy, furthermore, if you continue the way you are doing tonight, I will be forced to reverse my decisions from last week. This is MY company, Orton, my word goes. I advise you to go home and prepare yourself for this Friday night when you will be appearing on SMACKDOWN ...

Orton fumes as Butty walks away and RAW heads into another commercial ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

ATLANTA, GA

76 DAYS TO GO!
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

RAW returns with Matt Striker stood backstage in the interview pit where he waiting to introduce his next guests ... The British Empire! Into shot come William Regal, Finlay and Mason Ryan who are dressed in red, white and blue with the Union Jack flag being carried by Regal ...

MATT STRIKER
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome my guests at this time ... The British Empire!



Regal waves the Union Jack flag whilst looking down his nose into the camera in disgust. He looks to Striker expectantly waiting for a question although he is clearly mocking the interviewer ...

MATT STRIKER
Mr. Regal, you and your team will debut tomorrow night on NXT when you face off against the Hart Dynasty to earn a late entry into Sunday’s Tag Team Turmoil match. But the WWE Universe wanna’ know – which two of you will be teaming up?

Regal laughs at Striker’s question and nudges Finlay in the ribs before pointing to Striker and laughing some more. Finlay also fakes a laugh whilst Mason Ryan retains a stoic focused look stood behind the two veterans ... However, Striker doesn’t laugh back and Regal mocks surprise that Striker appears to be serious about the question ...

WILLIAM REGAL
You actually expect me to answer that question, young man?

Striker nods his head in response and Regal straightens up his face still appearing surprised at the question ...

WILLIAM REGAL
Well, my word, honestly, Matthew, do you really think that I’m going to tell you that? After all, tomorrow night on NXT, the Hart Dynasty will be facing two of us in a match! Why would we give them an advantage by telling them who they will be facing?

Striker laughs uncomfortably and realises that he was never likely to get a truthful response from the WWE’s newest stable. Regal continues ...

WILLIAM REGAL
You see, Matthew, the Hart Dynasty could be facing any two of our team tomorrow night and we aren’t quite ready to spoil that little surprise for them just yet. They could be facing my friend, Finlay, a man who comes from the mean streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland. For years, the WWE has had Finlay running around with a leprechaun, dressed in green and pretending to be Irish. This man has been besmirched for a long time but now he is part of the Empire and he will get chance to avenge that frustration.

Finlay nods his head and looks incensed at the idea of being thought of as Irish when he is actually Northern Irish ...

WILLIAM REGAL
Maybe we will use Mason Ryan, the Welsh Dragon?

An intense looking Ryan stares into the camera as Regal continues to speak about the Empire’s possible plans ...

WILLIAM REGAL
This young man is from Cardiff in Wales and for the past few years I have been watching him carefully. He is a monster, a powerhouse, he has masses of potential and he is proud of being from Wales and proud to be from Great Britain. I believe that this man will be a future champion here in the WWE, Matthew, however, his first steps on the road to immortality will be with the British Empire ...

Regal slaps his new protégé on the back and Ryan snarls into the camera as Finlay guides the microphone towards him instead ...

FINLAY
As for William Regal, the other five tag teams better be worried about him. Mr. Regal has done it all in the world of wrestling, he has my full respect after we had many battles in the past. Any British Empire team with William Regal would be more than capable of destroying the tag team division here in the WWE ...

Regal holds up his hands in modesty before shaking hands with the Northern Irish brawler, Finlay. The microphone is returned to Regal as he looks back to the camera ...

WILLIAM REGAL
Tomorrow night, Hart Dynasty, it doesn’t matter whether it is Finlay and Mason, Mason and myself or Finlay and myself, the result will be the same. The British Empire, for Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth the Second, will defeat you and we will head to the Royal Rumble this Sunday. And when we get there, sunshines, we will be successful, we will become the Tag Team Champions.

Finlay waves the Union Jack flag once again as Ryan continues to stare into the camera, Regal smirks and smiles before finishing ...

WILLIAM REGAL
This one is for you, Your Majesty. Rule Britannia!

Loud boos around the Kentucky arena as the WWE Universe show their feelings about the British Empire. However, there is a note of concern in the voice of Jerry Lawler as he tells us how tough Regal and Finlay are, JR adds some information about the power of Mason Ryan and both speculate on whether the Tag Team Championships could be in danger this Sunday.

The cameras switch to the General Manager office and we see Shawn Michaels pacing around the office with Michael Cole sat down on the couch behind him. HBK looks to the SMACKDOWN General Manager who has caused all the headaches for him tonight by bringing John Cena ...


SHAWN MICHAELS
I just don’t understand, Cole, why you had to bring him. You could have brought anybody here tonight from SMACKDOWN, you didn’t need Cena. Look at the trouble you’ve caused ...

Cole is about to retort when the door of the office suddenly crashes open and in storms the Rated R Superstar Edge. He walks to HBK and stands inches from him looking annoyed ...

EDGE
So, Shawn, what do you want? I hope it is what I think it is.

HBK looks to Edge and smirks ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
You know what, Edge? No it isn’t what you think it is. I’m sick of people here tonight who think they can say and do whatever they please. Fact is, you still haven’t convinced me that you deserve to be in the Royal Rumble and I won’t hand you a place in the Rumble just because you demand one. If you want to be in the ...

Cole interrupts all of a sudden ...

MICHAEL COLE
Edge isn’t in the Royal Rumble? The Rated R Superstar? Well, that is interesting, Shawn ...

HBK turns his attention towards Cole ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Listen, Cole, just stay out of this, this is RAW business!

MICHAEL COLE
Far be it from me to criticise, Shawn, I just can’t understand why you’ve got the 2010 Royal Rumble winner here on RAW and you’re not entering him into the 2011 Rumble. If he was on SMACKDOWN ...

HBK cuts in on Cole ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
But he isn’t on SMACKDOWN, Cole, shut your mouth!

EDGE
Mr. General Manager, I think he has a point. I’ve been telling you that for weeks! Maybe I should be looking to leave RAW and head to SMACKDOWN instead?

Cole smirks to HBK and it is clear that he was looking for this reaction from Edge ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Edge, you’re going nowhere. But I tell you what you will do, tonight, you will face John Morrison one on one. And if you win, fairly, then you will advance to the Royal Rumble this Sunday. But Edge, I am warning you, if you cheat in any way, if you beat Morrison in any way other than fair and square, then I will reverse the decision again. Do you understand?

Edge slides his hand back through his hair, looking moderately pleased and confident ...

EDGE
Michaels, I will go out and defeat John Morrison and earn my place in the Rumble. As the winner of the 2010 Royal Rumble, I should never have to qualify for the Rumble match ever again but if that is what you want, Michaels, that’s what I will do.

Edge stares at HBK before turning and leaving the office. SMACKDOWN General Manager Michael Cole smirks at HBK before returning to the couch and sitting down with a grin on his face ... The cameras return to the ring where JR and King discuss the chance that Edge will get to earn his spot in the Royal Rumble ...

*** AIN’T NO MAKE BELIEVE ***

Los Angeles, California | 224 pounds
JOHN MORRISON


As Morrison ‘slo-mo’ makes his way towards the ring, the commentary team discuss the improvements made by Morrison in the past year and suggest that he could be a danger in the Rumble this Sunday. King says that Morrison’s agility could be an advantage as it will make him difficult to eliminate from the Rumble before comparing him to the likes of Shawn Michaels and Rey Mysterio who have won the Rumble previously. JR disagrees with King though and suggests that there are so many big, powerful guys in the Rumble this year, Morrison’s agility might not be enough to save him from the sharks when the match nears the end ...

*** METALINGUS ***

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | 241 pounds
EDGE


A determined looking Edge heads out to the ring and it appears that he knows that this is the last chance saloon as far as his chances of defending his Royal Rumble crown go. JR asks King, as Edge points to the rafters and the pyro explodes behind him, whether or not he believes that Edge can win the Rumble for a second straight year? King suggests that Edge has proven he can win it and that, if he gets a favourable draw, he has the experience to pull it off again this year and earn the right to head for WrestleMania and challenge for the title – he just needs to make it first.

MATCH 3 | SINGLES MATCH
EDGE vs. JOHN MORRISON

(if Edge wins, he will qualify for the Royal Rumble)

An even contest that sees Edge being careful not to get involved with any actions that may lead to a disqualification as he knows that he has to win this match tonight to make it to the Rumble. However, Morrison has been on a roll lately and it appears that he wants to ensure that Edge isn’t in the Rumble match. As the match heads towards the conclusion, Edge has control and he hits an Electric Chair drop to Morrison that forces his opponent to reach out and grab the bottom rope to beat the 3-count. Edge sets himself and looks like he is going to hit the Spear – however, Morrison avoids it and as Edge collides with the corner, Morrison rolls him up into a schoolboy pinfall but Edge just about escapes at 2! Morrison hits a running knee strike to the side of the head of the Rated R Superstar and this lays Edge out in the corner. As the crowd get excited, Morrison realises that he has a chance to end Edge’s Rumble chances. He leaps up onto the top rope, spins over ... STARSHIP PAIN! MORRISON HITS EDGE WITH STARSHIP PAIN – EDGE’s RUMBLE CHANCES ARE OVER! Morrison hooks the leg of Edge and the referee counts ...

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Wait a minute!

Edge’s hand had reached out and grabbed the bottom rope! The Rated R Superstar saves himself from being eliminated from the Royal Rumble six days before it begins! Morrison holds his head after coming so close to eliminating one of the main competition for the main event spot at WrestleMania but he steps back and allows Edge up ready to hit another kick. However, Edge ducks the roundhouse kick and connects with a drop kick of his own ... Edge prepares again ... SPEAR! EDGE HITS THE SPEAR!

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WINNER
EDGE (8:11)


Edge celebrates wildly in the corner after he finally managed to get the fair victory that confirms his spot in the Rumble and the chance to win it for the second successive year. He demands to be handed a microphone as ‘Metalingus’ is faded out so he can speak ...

EDGE
There you go, Michaels! Reverse that decision!

Boos ring out around the arena and Edge throws his head back and laughs out loud to himself before continuing ...

EDGE
Whether you people like it or not, whether Shawn Michaels likes it or not, I am going to Cleveland this Sunday, I will be in the Royal Rumble and I will win it for the second year in a row! And at WrestleMania 27, I will be the new WWE Champion ... If you don’t believe me, watch this!

Edge tosses the microphone away once more and rushes over the ring again to hit another Spear to Morrison who has only just got back to his feet. Edge kneels over the prone body of Morrison now with a wicked look on his face, the evil, mean streak of the Rated R Superstar is showing once again and JR and King suggest that it could take him all the way to WrestleMania yet again!

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

CATCH SMACKDOWN LIVE THIS FRIDAY!

The Undertaker challenges his brother, the Devil’s Favourite Demon, to a Casket Match!
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

RAW returns with the WWE Champion Wade Barrett walking alone down a corridor backstage and JR tells us that he is heading out to address the WWE Universe as he prepares for the WWE Championship match with Triple H this Sunday night. As he walks round a corner, he walks into the pair of Michael Tarver and Husky Harris, RAW’s newest tag team, who lost their debut match on RAW earlier tonight ...

WADE BARRETT
Ah, Mr. Tarver! How nice to see you again with your new friend, Mr. Harris! I saw your match earlier boys ...

Tarver and Harris exchange glances to each other as Barrett laughs to himself ...

WADE BARRETT
I guess you’ve got a long way to go still, haven’t you boys?

Laughing, Barrett readjusts the title on his shoulder and walks past the pair who look at each other with a look of annoyance in their eyes ... The camera switches to Josh Mathews who is standing by ready for an interview ...

JOSH MATHEWS
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time ... The Miz!

Into shot moves Miz – he is now dressed in a smart suit after defeating Orton earlier – and he smirks at the camera, a confident but arrogant look in his eyes ...

JOSH MATHEWS
Miz, earlier tonight, you picked up yet another huge win over Randy Orton. Next up for you, the Royal Rumble match in your hometown ... Your thoughts?

Miz looks incredulously at Mathews before speaking ...

THE MIZ
Josh Mathews, you’ve had at least half an hour since my match ended and that is the best question you can think of? Years and years of experience in the WWE as a commentator and an interviewer and the best you can do is ... “Your thoughts?”

Mathews looks uncomfortable as Miz mocks his interview skills but he holds the microphone steadfast waiting for an answer ...

THE MIZ
Josh, you saw tonight how much of a roll the Miz is on. Randy Orton. Daniel Bryan. John Morrison. They have all fell victim to me over the past few weeks, they have all had their faces smashed into the mat, they have all felt my ‘Skull Crushing Finale’ and they have all been beaten ... 1 ... 2 ... 3. The Royal Rumble is now just six days away and I am ready, Josh, I am ready to prove everybody wrong once again, I am ready to earn a WrestleMania main event spot in my home town, Cleveland, Ohio, I am ready to become a WWE legend ...

Mathews half mumbles another question to Miz as he spirals off ...

THE MIZ
I beg your pardon, Josh?

Mathews looks hesitant to repeat the question but he summons up the guts to do it ...

JOSH MATHEWS
Some people would say that you were going to get beaten tonight had it not been for John Cena?

A look of fury passes over Miz’ face as he takes in the question ...

THE MIZ
Really? Really? Really, Josh?

The crowd are joining in with Miz as he says ‘Really?’ which irritates him further ...

THE MIZ
Kentucky, you will speak when you are spoken to, know your place!

Loud boos around the arena as Miz stares out into the arena through the camera before turning his attention back to Mathews ...

THE MIZ
Josh, you need to be aware of something. I don’t need help from anybody here in the WWE. Why did I get rid of Alex Riley? Why did I get rid of Big Show? Why did I get rid of John Morrison? I don’t need their help to be a star, I burn brighter than all of them, I am the most must-see WWE superstar in the whole of the WWE. Whatever is happening between Randy Orton and John Cena, I don’t need any help from Cena, I don’t need anybody to help me to defeat Randy Orton ... This Sunday, I head into the Royal Rumble, Cleveland welcomes home its favourite son, twenty nine other so-called WWE superstars take a ride over the top rope and I’m on my way to WrestleMania 27 ...

Miz seems pumped up and determined that Sunday will be his night ...

THE MIZ
Because I’m the Miz ... and I’m ...

Miz’ voice drops down to almost a whisper as he utters his catchphrase ...

THE MIZ
... awesome!

Miz flashes a smile to the camera, he certainly appears to be ultra confident heading into his hometown. As the camera returns to ringside, JR and King discuss how home-field advantage could benefit the Miz this Sunday – King doesn’t believe it will help him at all and predicts that Miz will be eliminated with twenty-eight others come Sunday’s Rumble match. As the crowd go quiet, the stage sparks back into life ...

*** WE ARE ONE ***

Manchester, England | 246 pounds | WWE Champion
WADE BARRETT


Alone for a change, the WWE Champion Wade Barrett saunters to the ring dressed for action and with the WWE Championship strapped around his waist. The tall, lanky Barrett steps up the stairs and into the ring where he looks around the arena with a look of disgust on his face at the WWE Universe who are jeering and booing him ... Barrett is handed a microphone and he is ready to address the Universe ...

WADE BARRETT
Luckily for all of you people here in Kentucky, I am a man of class and dignity ...

The people of Kentucky laugh at Barrett’s comments and then jeer him some more ...

WADE BARRETT
Whilst you barrack me for reasons you do not even know, I stand here before you, your WWE Champion ...

Further jeers for mentioning that he is WWE Champion ...

WADE BARRETT
... the man who will grace you with his presence in the ring later tonight, the man who will defend his title – for your entertainment – this Sunday at the Rumble, the man who will retain this title for the good of all of you ...

A barrage of hate rains down on the ring and Barrett who looks around with a face showing amusement ...

WADE BARRETT
You see, Kentucky, you need me. You people, like millions of others around the United States, need a proper role model who you can look up to. After just six months with the WWE, I have proven that dreams can come true. I have shown that hard work, dedication and honesty all lead to rewards, I have shown that dignity and class means more than just saying the right things, it means leading by example and doing them.

Barrett is truly hated here in Kentucky!

WADE BARRETT
The WWE Universe, Kentucky in particular, knows that they need a man like me as their WWE Champion. You know that in Wade Barrett, you have a champion that you can be proud of. A man who is true to his word, a man who leads by example, a man you can look up to and respect ...

Barrett unbuckles his title belt and lifts it up in the air for all to see ...

WADE BARRETT
... a man who deserves to be ... the WWE ... Champion!

A ‘Triple H!’ chant begins and Barrett looks a little ruffled by this ...

WADE BARRETT
This Sunday night, I face the embodiment of all that is wrong about the WWE. I face a man who believes that he will just turn up in Cleveland this Sunday and win the title ... because he hasn’t held it for nearly two years. What about hard work? What about dedication? What about earning the title, Hunter?

More boos for the words of Barrett ...

WADE BARRETT
Let’s face it, Triple H has been handed this title match for one reason only ... because his best friend is the General Manager of RAW!

A ‘You Suck!’ chant begins in the arena but Barrett ignores it ...

WADE BARRETT
I earned the right to challenge for the title, Hunter, I earned it and then I won it fair and square ... fair and square. Everybody here in this arena knows that there is no reason for you to be challenging for this title, they know that the right man already has the WWE Championship. And this Sunday, you will see ... that ...

Barrett is cut off suddenly ...

*** TIME TO PLAY THE GAME ***

TRIPLE H

Barrett looks angrily at the Number 1 contender as he makes his way down the ramp once more. Hunter steps through the ropes and he stands face to face from Barrett who stands his ground. Nose to nose, the pair of them lock eyes and tension fills the air as they look as if they are going to start the Royal Rumble early ... However, Barrett backs off instead and he decides to speak to the Number 1 contender ...

WADE BARRETT
Hunter, you don’t scare me and you sure as hell don’t intimidate me. I stand here as the WWE Champion, I know I deserve to be in this ring right now. Question is ...

Barrett smirks at Triple H ...

WADE BARRETT
Do you?

Triple H’s turn to smirk now as he shakes his head at the audacity of this young WWE Champion. Hunter swipes the microphone away from Barrett and prepares to respond to him ...

TRIPLE H
Do I deserve to be in this ring? I must have misheard that, Wade, you sounded like you were questioning what I have done to deserve to be here, right here, right now. Let me tell you, I have done a hell of a lot more in my career than I need to have done to be standing ... right ... here. You come out here and you claim that I don’t deserve my title shot? You claim to be some virtuous, respectful champion? Let’s face it, Barrett, that’s a crock of s**t. The only reason you have that title around your waist is due to the fact that you have some rather deluded followers who are willing to back you and protect you and do your bidding for you. You have never won a match here in the WWE without their help ...

A cheer from the WWE Universe ...

TRIPLE H
... and tonight, when Kurt and I defeat your three men, I will have you one on one at the Rumble, the way it should be if you want to defend a title properly. Hell, Wade, you don’t stand a chance this Sunday ... and you know it.

Barrett looks a little shocked at Triple H’s comments but he continues to stare into the eyes of his challenger ...

TRIPLE H
This isn’t NXT, Wade. This is the big leagues now, this is RAW, this is the beginning of the ‘Road to WrestleMania’ and this is where it gets serious. If you want to be WWE Champion, you’d better grow some balls, you’d better stop hiding behind the Nexus and you’d better bring your very best to Cleveland and the Royal Rumble.

Triple H looks down at the WWE Championship belt on Barrett’s shoulder and he smiles back at Barrett ...

TRIPLE H
Because you can guarantee that I will.

’The Game’ begins again as Triple H turns away and steps through the ropes and back up the ramp as Barrett watches him go. On the stage, Triple H turns to face Barrett and he points to his wrist as if telling Barrett that his time is up. Barrett smirks and lifts the title belt high again though as Triple H stares down to him. Suddenly, Nexus appear behind Triple H though and they barrel into him and send him crashing down to the metal stage flooring. Ezekiel Jackson, Skip Sheffield, David Otunga and Heath Slater, all pounding away at Triple H and forcing him back towards the ring. Hunter manages to get a shot in on Heath Slater but he is then clotheslined out of his boots by Sheffield before he is forced under the bottom rope into the ring. Jackson hits several powerslams to Triple H who is now defenceless whilst Barrett steps out of the ring to the outside to watch with a smile on his face. The other members of Nexus now step back into the ring with steel chairs in hand and they gather around the beaten Triple H ready to increase the beatdown. Barrett gives the go-ahead to his men but then he is suddenly caught off guard as Kurt Angle rushes down the ramp and shoves him hard into the ring post. Angle slides into the ring, ducks under the chair swung by Otunga and then Olympic Slams him down hard on the mat. Slater, Jackson and Sheffield all decide to make their exit at this point and they slide out of the ring to join Barrett on the ramp as he struggles to his feet. With Nexus staring into the ring at Angle and a recovering Triple H, JR and King remind us that the main event tonight sees Kurt Angle and Triple H in a 2 vs. 3 Handicap Match against any three members of the Nexus and if Angle and Hunter win, Nexus will be barred from ringside during the title match this Sunday at the Rumble ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

“WRITTEN IN THE STARS”

(Tinie Tempah featuring Eric Turner)
Official theme song of WrestleMania 27 in Atlanta, GA!
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

RAW returns with several guys from RAW and SMACKDOWN already in the ring as JR and King introduce the ‘RAW Rumble’ which is coming next and will feature five men from each brand. King specifically informs the WWE Universe watching that the match has no prize up for grabs, it is just a chance to build momentum ahead of the real Rumble match this Sunday evening. Already in the ring are Matt Hardy, Cody Rhodes and Big Show from SMACKDOWN as well as Ted DiBiase, Alex Riley and Daniel Bryan from RAW. These six men are stood in the ring awaiting the arrivals of four more men ...

*** WRITTEN IN MY FACE ***

Dublin, Ireland | 272 pounds | With Hornswoggle
SHEAMUS


Out comes the Celtic Warrior, a man who King believes will be a huge danger in this Sunday’s Rumble and he evidences this with Sheamus’ recent destructive path through RAW when he defeated the legendary Triple H not once but twice in succession as well as holding the WWE Championship just three months ago up until Night of Champions. JR says that Sheamus’ attitude could easily serve him well in the Rumble and that he is one of the favourites to win ...

*** S. O. S. ***

Ghana, West Africa | 212 pounds
KOFI KINGSTON


Excitement all around the arena as the ever-pleasant Kofi Kingston bounces out onto the stage in a mixture of green and yellow pyro. The cameras focus in on the reaction of the Big Show to seeing his former friend head out and JR outlines the issues between Kofi and Show of late. They discuss the roll that Kofi has been on recently and JR says that Kingston could be one to watch in the Rumble match as he is unpredictable and is capable of anything to stay in the ring ...

*** AFRICA RISING ***

Cape Town, South Africa | 223 pounds | US Champion
JUSTIN GABRIEL


Another crowd favourite as the United States Champion heads out and holds the title high for all to see. We are reminded that Gabriel won the US Championship at Vengeance when he defeated the former champion Daniel Bryan and Ted DiBiase just days after quitting the Nexus. King points out that Gabriel was actually the man who pinned John Cena at Survivor Series and ‘won’ the WWE Championship for Nexus leader, Wade Barrett, and as such is the man to blame for all the problems with Barrett recently ...

*** MY TIME IS NOW ***

West Newbury, Massachusetts | 240 pounds
JOHN CENA


Into a cauldron of hate comes John Cena still flanked by security as he makes his way into the arena. Cena appears to be enjoying himself though and he taunts and mocks the crowd as he makes his way down the ramp and into the ring as the security spread out around the ring ready to repel any attempted attacks from Randy Orton tonight. The referees on the outside signal for the bell and the ‘RAW Rumble’ can begin ...

MATCH 4 | ‘RAW RUMBLE’ MATCH
Alex Riley, Big Show, Cody Rhodes, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Justin Gabriel, Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy, Sheamus & Ted DiBiase


The match gets underway and all ten men pair off as the match gets going: Bryan and DiBiase are fighting immediately with both men looking to prove who deserves the shot at the US Championship more; Kingston and Big Show are trading blows after their recent problems; Alex Riley and Matt Hardy are fighting; Sheamus and Cody Rhodes battle it out; and finally, US Champion Justin Gabriel is looking to eliminate John Cena and make a huge name for himself ahead of the Rumble. The hulking frame of Sheamus is the first man to strike a decisive blow though as he hits a Brogue Kick to Cody Rhodes near the ropes that sends the ‘Dashing’ one up and over the top rope to the outside.

*** CODY RHODES HAS BEEN ELIMINATED! ***

Sheamus now gets involved in the Matt Hardy and Alex Riley battle and he begins to dominate over Riley who is showing some fight against Hardy. As Hardy joins the fight with Cena and Gabriel, Riley manages to counter the clubbing blows of Sheamus in the corner by poking the Irishman in the eye and then sneaking out of harm’s way and attempting to toss him over the top rope. Sheamus holds on though and eventually he manages to regain control, trapping Riley in the ropes and hitting the clubbing forearms across the chest of the Varsity Villain. Riley’s chest is reddened and he staggers from the ropes but he walks straight into Big Show who slaps him hard on the chest. Sheamus takes the chance and clotheslines Riley up and over the top rope to eliminate his second man from the contest ...

*** ALEX RILEY HAS BEEN ELIMINATED! ***

Kofi and Big Show continue to fight in the corner but it is the World’s Largest Athlete who is getting the better of it and only Kofi’s agility prevents him from being eliminated as he hangs onto the ropes desperately. Cena and Gabriel are having a decent little contest but the most interesting point right now appears to be the fight between Daniel Bryan and Ted DiBiase. When Gabriel is hit with the shoulder blocks from Cena, the US Champion falls at the feet of the warring DiBiase and Bryan and they proceed to argue over who is going to beat up on the South African. Both men clearly want to eliminate Gabriel and further their US Title claims and this leads to more vicious fighting between the pair. However, Gabriel is recovering well and he bides his time ... As DiBiase gets Bryan teetering over the top rope, Gabriel sneaks up behind DiBiase and lifts his legs up over the ropes instead, DiBiase is out!

*** TED DIBIASE HAS BEEN ELIMINATED! ***

Bryan looks around to see who rescued him but he doesn’t have much chance to take it in as Gabriel hits a stunning Superkick to the jaw of the former US Champion – up and over the rope he goes as well to the outside and Gabriel has eliminated two!

*** DANIEL BRYAN HAS BEEN ELIMINATED! ***

The arguments between DiBiase and Bryan continue and they begin to fight in the rampway as well and the cameras follow them up to the stage where they continue to fight their way out of the arena, still arguing as they go. Gabriel watches on in amusement and this backfires when he fails to notice Cena sneaking behind him. Cena catches Gabriel unaware and lifts him high onto his shoulders, sets himself and then hits the Attitude Adjustment over the top rope, Gabriel flying through the air and landing with a crunch on the floor with a valuable lesson learned about being aware of everybody in the Rumble!

*** JUSTIN GABRIEL HAS BEEN ELIMINATED! ***

We’re down to five now and it is Big Show, John Cena, Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy and Sheamus who remain – just one from RAW in Sheamus and four guys from SMACKDOWN. Sheamus lays out Cena with a Brogue Kick and then he goes after Matt Hardy as Show and Kofi resume their fight. Next to be eliminated is Hardy as he loses out to Sheamus ... another Brogue Kick elimination this time and Hardy follows his head over the top rope and down. He hangs on desperately and stands on the apron but Sheamus knocks him down with one more heavy right hand to take us down to four ...

*** MATT HARDY HAS BEEN ELIMINATED! ***

Sheamus is the most dominant guy in the match so far and he looks to prove this further as he goes after the Big Show next. Show and Sheamus head for one corner, Kofi and Cena are down recovering in the others as the two big men go at it. Show wins the battle as he earns the right to hit devastating slaps to the pale, white chest of Sheamus before a chokeslam takes Sheamus down to the mat. With the Celtic Warrior down, Big Show now needs to get him back to his feet if he wishes to eliminate him. However, Kofi is fighting back up and catches Show with the Trouble in Paradise kick that staggers Show into the corner. Kofi mounts Show in the corner and rains down the punches but Show shoves him aside and Kofi falls over the top rope and down. He hangs on to the ropes and like a spider he manages to hang on as he carefully readjusts to keep his balance on the apron. Show swings a punch towards Kofi and misses; this allows Kingston to hit a kick to the side of Show’s head before starting to drag the dazed near 500 pound giant over the top rope. Despite the size difference, Kofi is doing a decent job but it seems Kofi needs more leverage – something he hasn’t got unless he eliminates himself too. Sheamus goes for a Brogue Kick to Kingston but Kofi spots him coming and ducks and Sheamus is hung up over the top rope. Cena comes up behind him and helps him up and over and Sheamus hits the ground with both feet – we are guaranteed a SMACKDOWN winner of the ‘RAW Rumble’ now!

*** SHEAMUS HAS BEEN ELIMINATED! ***

As Sheamus angrily makes his way back up the ramp, Kofi decides to play safe and he climbs back through the ropes to work on Show. Cena is now on his feet of course and he joins forces with Kofi as they look to work on the bigger man and take him out first. However, Cena cannot be trusted and he tries to eliminate Kofi when the Ghanaian isn’t watching as he tries to force him head first over the top rope. Show joins the struggle again and breaks away into a fight with Cena ... KNOCKOUT PUNCH! BIG SHOW LAYS OUT JOHN CENA! Show turns around and Kofi is on the top rope, he launches off ... Missile Drop Kick! Down goes Big Show and Kofi is the only man standing in the ring now! He goes back up top and prepares as Show gets back to his feet ... Kofi flies high, goes for a Diving Crossbody but Show catches him and dumps him over the top rope. Kofi uses the leg scissors to drag Show with him, over goes Big Show, Kofi hangs on ...

*** BIG SHOW HAS BEEN ELIMINATED! ***

The crowd goes wild as Kofi celebrates eliminating Big Show from the match and we are down to two men now. But wait a minute! Kofi spends too much time celebrating eliminating Show, ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT! CENA HITS THE AA! The crowd boo as Show nods his head in approval to Cena ... Cena drags Kofi to his feet and runs him towards the ropes, Kofi goes sailing up and over ... and down to the floor!

*** KOFI KINGSTON HAS BEEN ELIMINATED! ***


WINNER
JOHN CENA (12:32)


Kofi holds his head in his hands as Cena wheels away in celebration in the ring and leaps up onto the middle rope to taunt the crowd who are jeering him once again. Cena then taunts Kingston by waving his hand in front of his face – “You can’t see me!” – and this infuriates Kofi who goes to get back into the ring. However, he doesn’t make it as Big Show grabs him and drags him down off the apron and goes to hit the WMD punch. Kofi ducks though and responds with kicks and the pair of them fight their way out of the arena up the ramp as the tension between them builds further. The security on the ramp part to allow Show and Kofi through before returning to their guard and blocking off the stage area from the ring. Cena, who was watching Kofi and Show with a smile on his face, climbs onto the middle rope and decides to taunt his nemesis, Randy Orton, as he strikes the Viper’s pose in the corner to the annoyance of the crowd. However, there are cheers all of a sudden ...

RANDY ORTON IS STOOD RIGHT BEHIND JOHN CENA IN THE RING!

As the anticipation builds, the security personnel notice but they know they are too late as the noise builds. Orton is waiting to pounce, ready to strike ... Cena turns ...

ORTON GOES FOR THE RKO BUT CENA SHOVES HIM AWAY AND ESCAPES!

A loud groan of disappointment echoes around the arena as Cena hightails out of the ring and is surrounded by the security again and they shepherd him out of the danger area as he stares at the ring at Orton in shock. The Viper is foaming at the mouth as he is angered that he didn’t manage to lay Cena out with the RKO but, as King points out, it is probably in his best interests that he didn’t manage to hit it – what would the punishments have been? Orton stares out at Cena as he retreats from the stage and out of the arena as the winner of the ‘RAW Rumble’ but with a scare from Randy Orton who has shown that he intends to eliminate Cena this Sunday and win the Rumble himself ...

The camera switches to a commotion backstage as Shawn Michaels and WWE officials try to separate Daniel Bryan and Ted DiBiase who are still trading blows after their elimination from the ‘RAW Rumble’ match. Eventually, they are separated and held back and the US Champion, Justin Gabriel, appears alongside HBK.


SHAWN MICHAELS
You know what, guys? It is time for all this to end. You two want a shot at the US Championship, then you can fight in a sanctioned match this Sunday and the winner will get the shot at Justin Gabriel’s US Championship down the road.

Gabriel nods his head in approval as Bryan and DiBiase calm down a little as they wait to hear more from HBK ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
This Sunday, whilst Justin Gabriel enters the Royal Rumble match, it will be Daniel Bryan ... one on one with Ted DiBiase ... and it will be a Ladder Match!

Loud cheers from the crowd in the arena as they show enthusiasm for HBK’s decision ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
The winner will face Justin Gabriel for the US Championship sometime in the future. The loser will be out of the title picture for the foreseeable future. Now get your asses out of here, both of you!

HBK looks annoyed tonight – the disorder caused by Cole bringing Cena to the arena tonight appears to have spread to the RAW roster as well! The camera focuses on him as he watches DiBiase and Bryan as they are led away and RAW heads into another commercial ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

THE ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA 27 BEGINS ... THIS SUNDAY!

Who will win the Royal Rumble and advance to WrestleMania 27?
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

RAW returns with the face of Kurt Angle on screen as he waits alongside Josh Mathews. He is dressed ready for action in tonight’s main event ...

JOSH MATHEWS
Kurt, here we are, time for tonight’s main event. Tonight, you team up with the man you have been facing for the past two weeks, Triple H, to try and help him eliminate Nexus from his WWE Championship match this Sunday. Your thoughts?

Angle looks pumped up and he answers with enthusiasm ...

KURT ANGLE
For the past two weeks, Josh, as you rightly point out, I have faced Triple H to try and earn myself a place in the WWE Championship match this Sunday at the Rumble. However, last week, I came up short and I lost the match to Hunter – there is no shame in that! I’m disappointed that I won’t get chance to finally take the WWE Championship away from that unworthy Wade Barrett but I know that I can play my part tonight by helping Hunter to have Nexus barred from ringside this Sunday. For weeks now, Barrett has held onto that title due to assistance from those Nexus goons, it is time for that to stop!

Cheers for the words of Angle as he bounces up and down in preparation for the match, keeping himself warm ...

JOSH MATHEWS
Instead of challenging for the WWE Championship, Kurt, you will, in six days time, enter the Royal Rumble instead. Do you think you can win that match and go to WrestleMania?

Kurt smiles at the thought of winning the Rumble ...

KURT ANGLE
When I came back to the WWE, I wanted to do two things, Josh. I wanted to be WWE Champion once again by beating Wade Barrett, a man who I do not respect in any way. I also wanted to main event WrestleMania once again. Can you remember WrestleMania 19, Josh? I can, it was one of the greatest nights of my life. Even though I lost to Brock Lesnar, it was one of the greatest main events in WrestleMania history and I am proud to have competed in it. Now, I want to headline WrestleMania 27 and this time, this time, I want to win it. I’m not challenging for the WWE Championship this Sunday so I need to find another way to reach the main event – I’ve never won the Royal Rumble, Josh. I’ve accomplished a lot in this business but I’ve never been the man to win the Rumble. I’ve come close, as Hunter knows, I’ve been eliminated last. But I’ve never won it and my new dream, my new goal here in the WWE? Banish Nexus from ringside this Sunday, win the Rumble and go to WrestleMania where I will face Triple H one more time, one on one, to prove that I can beat him, to once again become the WWE Champion. It will happen, Josh, you can believe that! It’s true ...

Kurt looks into the camera ...

KURT ANGLE
It’s DAMN true!

Cheers from the crowd as Mathews thanks Angle and the camera returns to the ringside area where it is time for tonight’s main event ...

*** WE ARE ONE ***

NEXUS

All five members of Nexus head out into the arena dressed in their black and yellow t-shirts despite the fact that only three of them are scheduled to take part in this match. Ezekiel Jackson, Skip Sheffield, David Otunga and Heath Slater lead the way down the ramp before splitting into two, lining either side of the ramp where Wade Barrett, the WWE Champion, walks with the title belt around his waist. He punches the air and then leads Nexus to the ring where they all enter the ring and swarm around awaiting the arrival of their opponents ...

Suddenly, there is an interruption from the titantron. The RAW General Manager is there and he still looks annoyed ...


SHAWN MICHAELS
It appears that tonight is a night for testing my patience, Wade. First we had Cole bringing Cena into the arena, then we had Orton ignoring direct orders once more ... now we have you bringing four other members of Nexus to the ring.

Barrett holds his hands out as if to ask what he has done wrong ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
This is a 2 on 3 Handicap match, Wade. THREE! I don’t care which three of you take part in this match but two of your guys need to disappear – fast! I’m not in the mood for games, Wade, get two of them out of here immediately or there will be no need for the main event – I will bar Nexus from ringside for good, I will fire their asses and leave you on your own for good.

Loud cheers from the Kentucky crowd, they like that idea. However, looking mutinous, Barrett realises that he had better do what he is told here and he motions to Slater and Otunga to leave the ring. The pair of them don’t look happy over this situation and they try to argue with Wade that they should be competing in the match. Barrett points to the WWE Championship, then to himself and he is clearly reminding them who is in charge of the Nexus. He reiterates his order for the pair of them to leave and they reluctantly exit the ring muttering to each other – they are clearly unimpressed with Barrett’s decision. A little dissension in the ranks of Nexus maybe? Slater and Otunga disappear backstage once again and this leaves Sheffield, Jackson and Barrett in the ring – still a pretty formidable line up regardless of who they are facing!

*** MEDAL ***

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | 240 pounds
KURT ANGLE


A pumped up Kurt Angle heads out and his red, white and blue pyro explodes as he makes his way towards the ring where the menacing Nexus team stand in the ring waiting for him. He stands at the foot of the ramp and bounces from foot to foot waiting to enter the ring ...

*** TIME TO PLAY THE GAME ***

Greenwich, Connecticut | 260 pounds
TRIPLE H


Angle is waiting for his partner and who can blame him? Out comes the Number 1 contender for the WWE Championship and he shakes hands with Angle at the bottom of the ramp before they rush the ring and scatter Nexus out of the way. Hunter stands at the ropes and sprays water into the air before his music fades and he regroups in the corner with Angle and they discuss strategy for the start of the match ...

MAIN EVENT | 2 vs. 3 HANDICAP MATCH
KURT ANGLE & TRIPLE H vs. NEXUS (EZEKIEL JACKSON, SKIP SHEFFIELD & WADE BARRETT)


Skip Sheffield decides to start for Nexus and he attacks Kurt Angle in the corner while his back is turned and the bell is rung to start the match. As the referee gets Triple H, Ezekiel Jackson and Wade Barrett out onto the apron in the corners, Sheffield drags Angle around the ring and rams him head first into the turnbuckles until he is berated by the official and forced to stop. However, Skip has complete control of Angle early and he now uses legal moves to retain control: an overhead belly to belly suplex that Angle would be proud of crashes the Olympian down onto the mat. Skip tags in Jackson and the pair of them stomp at Angle for as long as they can get away with before Skip is forced out of the ring. Jackson whips Angle into the corner of the ring and then rushes over to the corner and hits a shoulder block in the corner that reduces Angle to his knees. However, Jackson isn’t done and he lifts Angle to his feet before driving his shoulder repeatedly into the gut of Angle over and over before he taunts Triple H who can only stand and watch right now.

Angles staggers to his feet and he is met again by another Jackson shoulder block that leaves him crashed out on the mat. Laughing, Jackson drops a big elbow onto Angle and makes the first cover of the match ...

** 1 **
** 2 **
** ANGLE KICKS OUT **

Jackson drags Angle up and lifts him up for a hard, heavy scoop slam that shakes the ring. He follows this up with two more before receiving orders from the Nexus leader, Barrett, to tag him in. Jeers echo around the arena as Wade Barrett steps into the ring and stands over Angle whilst looking at his opponent this Sunday, Triple H, in the corner. Cockily, Barrett reaches down to grab Angle’s head to lift him but Angle has recovered a little and rolls Barrett up ...

** 1 **
** 2 **
** BARRETT KICKS OUT **

Rattled, Barrett jumps to his feet quickly and aims a heavy right boot into the chest of Angle as he sits up and this sends his head and back crashing back down onto the mat. Barrett is a little embarrassed by Angle there and he focuses now on the Olympic Hero and he starts hitting heavy right hands to the face of Angle as he lays back on the mat trying to cover up. The referee tries to pull Barrett away but he continues to pound at the head of Angle ... BAM! Triple H enters and aims a kick to Barrett that breaks the barrage of punches. As the ref ushers Triple H out though, it allows Ezekiel Jackson and Skip Sheffield to come in and double team Angle illegally as they choke him on the mat whilst the other kicks him repeatedly in the gut. Hunter tries to get at them to stop it but the referee holds him back and he eventually realises that he needs to step out of the ring. Jackson and Sheffield make themselves scarce but Angle is writhing on the mat as Barrett gets back to his feet smiling. He taunts Triple H a little before dragging Angle off the mat and popping him off into the ropes ... Spinning Backbreaker over the knee, Angle’s lower back lands hard on the point of Barrett’s knee. Barrett makes the cover ...

** 1 **
** 2 **
** WEAK KICK OUT FROM ANGLE **

With Nexus in complete control here, Barrett tags Skip Sheffield back in and they double team Angle in the corner with heavy punches. As the referee objects, Skip pulls back a little and then rushes into Angle with a hard hitting clothesline that rocks Angle’s jaw in the corner. Skip quickly tags in Jackson now and he heads towards Angle to hit another scoop slam before aiming some arrogant kicks to the head of Angle who is in real trouble here. Nexus continue to isolate Kurt and their tactics of using quick tags allows them to continue to beat down on Angle whilst Triple H helplessly looks on. Jackson is in the ring and he appears to be the one who is going to be allowed to finish this off and he lifts up Angle ... TORTURE RACK! EZEKIEL JACKSON LOCKS KURT ANGLE IN THE TORTURE RACK! The referee orders Triple H to stay where he is, he cannot make a save here, it is up to Angle to battle through the pain. Jackson cinches it in further and he pulls down harder on Angle’s neck, a neck that has been broken in the past remember, causing the Olympian to scream in pain. However, he refuses to tap out and manages to wriggle his legs clear and slips down behind Jackson quickly. Jackson looks shocked for a second but he spots that Angle has fallen into the Nexus corner so he rushes over looking for a heavy clothesline ... Angle ducks and Jackson connects with Barrett instead! Barrett falls to the floor as Skip checks on the leader of Nexus and Jackson looks on in despair. This allows Angle to crawl over the ring towards Triple H, inching his way slowly, closer ... Barrett spots this and points it out to his team-mates. Jackson flies over and, just as Kurt is set to tag in Triple H, he rams into Hunter and sends him flying into the barricades instead. The groans of the crowd are clear and Jackson drags Kurt up and forces him back first into the corner where he lays his boots to Angle once more. Behind him though, Triple H slides into the ring, he has had enough of Jackson! He spins the Guyanan round and he pounds him with right hands before hitting a Spinebuster! The referee objects but he ignores him and catches Skip Sheffield coming towards him instead – Spinebuster! Hunter kicks Skip in the gut as he staggers to his feet ... PEDIGREE! TRIPLE H HITS THE PEDIGREE TO SKIP SHEFFIELD! Hunter raises his arms in salute to the fans, he is pumped up and ready for Sunday ... BAM! Big Boot! Wade Barrett, the WWE Champion, lays out Triple H with an unexpected, hard right boot instead! Triple H rolls out of the ring and Barrett motions for the title belt around his waist as the crowd boo him.

Wade gathers Jackson and Skip back towards him, Jackson is still the legal man. Barrett is clearly trying to get him team back focused here and he ushers Skip to the Nexus corner after the Pedigree. However, as he does this, Angle is up on his feet and he clotheslines Barrett up and over the top rope – out of the ring he goes, JR points out that Kurt will need to do that often on Sunday if he is to win the Rumble! Angle sets himself and waits for Jackson to get up ... OLYMPIC SLAM! ANGLE HITS THE OLYMPIC SLAM TO EZEKIEL JACKSON! Kurt makes the cover ...

** 1 **
** 2 **
** BARRETT IS BACK IN TO BREAK IT UP JUST IN TIME **

Loud boos and jeers from the Kentucky crowd as Barrett denies Angle the win. Angle looks unimpressed and he spins round to go for Barrett but the WWE Champion ducks his clothesline and comes off the ropes ... BIG BOOT TO THE REFEREE! Angle ducked, Barrett nearly took the head off the referee! All hell now breaks loose as Triple H rejoins the action and goes after Wade Barrett. Hunter gets the upper hand and he goes for the Pedigree to his opponent this Sunday but Barrett wriggles clear with a well timed Back Body Drop to Hunter. The referee is still down and Barrett points to Skip Sheffield near the time keeper area. Skip grabs the WWE Championship belt and returns to the ring as Angle looks to go after the WWE Champion but Jackson stops him with a huge clothesline that takes Angle out of his boots nearly. Angle is down, Triple H is down, the referee is down and Nexus are on their feet with the WWE Championship belt – this doesn’t look good. Barrett holds the title and he signals for Skip and Jackson to lift the Number 1 contender to his feet for him. Triple H is dragged up by Skip and Jackson, Barrett pulls his arms back ready to smash Hunter in the face with the title belt ...

TRIPLE H DUCKS! BARRETT SMASHES JACKSON IN THE FACE INSTEAD!

The two legal men, Jackson and Angle, are down as Barrett looks in despair at what just happened. Triple H throws Skip Sheffield over the top rope and then turns towards Barrett – the crowd cheer as Barrett again misses with the title belt which falls loose on the mat. Hunter hits a DDT to Barrett and then stands over him and picks up the title. He raises it high and the crowd roar their approval before he throws the belt down and starts to drag Barrett up once more. Triple H positions Wade Barrett for the Pedigree, this would be huge! TRIPLE H HITS THE PEDIGREE TO THE WWE CHAMPION! BARRETT IS HIT WITH THE PEDIGREE! The WWE Universe go wild and Triple H celebrates wildly before he tries to revive Angle. The referee is slowly getting up and Triple H drags Angle to the corner where the referee can see ... Stepping through the ropes, Hunter reaches back in ... Tag from Angle! Triple H steps back into the ring and he sets up Ezekiel Jackson now ... Positioning him for the Pedigree, Hunter has Nexus beaten here ... BAM! WAIT A MINUTE!

KURT ANGLE JUST SMASHED TRIPLE H WITH THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP BELT!

The crowd realise what is happening as Angle rolls out of the ring and watches on. Ezekiel Jackson makes the cover to Triple H, the referee is coming round still ...


** 1 **
** 2 **
** 3 **


WINNER
EZEKIEL JACKSON & NEXUS (9:27)


The crowd are stunned but Angle smirks as ‘We Are One’ reverberates around the arena – Angle has screwed Triple H! Nexus will be allowed at ringside this Sunday at the Royal Rumble WWE Championship match. Angle backs away up the ramp with a smirk on his face, he had this planned all along! Heath Slater and David Otunga come rushing past him but Angle isn’t bothered about leaving Triple H in a five on one situation. He points to himself and shouts about winning the Rumble, about looking out for himself before he leaves the stage to intense boos and jeers.

Back in the ring, Barrett is now back to his feet, wobbling slightly, but he is looking happy – Nexus will accompany him this Sunday night! He beckons to Slater and Otunga to lift Triple H up and they obey his orders ... WASTELANDS! BARRETT PLANTS TRIPLE H WITH WASTELANDS! Nexus hand the WWE Championship back to Barrett and he places a foot on the chest of Triple H and then raises the title belt in the air ... As RAW ends, we are left with Wade Barrett standing tall over Triple H with all the other members of Nexus around him ... Could this be the scene in six nights time at the Rumble?


***** END OF SHOW *****


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*** CONFIRMED ***

TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP – TAG TEAM TURMOIL MATCH

Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder (c) vs. British Empire vs. Cyme Tyme vs. Evan Bourne & Mark Henry vs. Hart Dynasty vs. Usos

LADDER MATCH TO DETERMINE NUMBER 1 CONTENDER FOR US CHAMPIONSHIP
Daniel Bryan vs. Ted DiBiase

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
CM Punk (c) vs. Christian

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP
Wade Barrett (c) vs. Triple H

ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH
Winner to get shot at the WWE or World Championship at WrestleMania 27! [/B]
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RAW Review

I love how you opened RAW with GM Shawn Michaels opening the show basically ripping off Michael Cole's video package making fun of it and then Michelle coming into the shot with Kharma was awesome as she is asking about whatever and HBK telling her that he hasn't heard back but then after that making matches for later on and that it will be HHH and a partner of his choice vs. 3 of Barrett's Nexus members in a Handicap Tag and if HHH & his partner win, the match at the Rumble is one on one and if Barrett's team wins, then Nexus are allowed to be at ringside at the Rumble

And then HHH choosing Angle as his partner, something tells me that Kurt is still angry from last week and if he is, then I can somehow see him turning on HHH in their match costing HHH the match

Cryme Time beating Tarver & Harris, since when are Cryme Time back together as a team? The last I heard Shad turned on JTG attacking him and now they are back together, caught me off guard but nonetheless hopefully with Cryme Time's win, hopefully they get the chance to go for the Tag Titles at the Rumble

Cole on RAW, why is he here, the stain on the underwear of life and guess who he brings with him, he brings Cena the most hated guy in WWE right now bringing him back on RAW, I hope my man Orton gets his hands on Cena

The Miz vs Randy Orton my main man, I loved the match because Orton was dominating until Cena had to come in and interfere because Cena knows Orton can't touch him because if Orton does, Orton will find his way out of the Rumble match and could be fired, but Miz picking up another win, Miz is one of my favorites to win, I mean the Rumble is in his hometown after all and he is the MITB Ladder Match winner meaning he has his briefcase, and Miz if he wins the Rumble, then he has a championship match at Mania but if he gets eliminated in the Rumble, he could still cash in his briefcase on the WWE Champion whether it be Barrett or Triple H

My main man Orton having to be restrained from Cena backstage, he wants Cena badly, in terms of he wants to RKO Cena and perhaps punt Cena directly in the skull taking him out but no Chip Butty comes in and restrains him and then tells my man Orton that if he touches Cena, he will become the #1 entrant and Cena then automatically will be the #30th entrant in the Rumble, what a way to stack the odds against Orton

British Empire as a stable I really do love them as a stable, but they need a 4th man in their stable to really make them a power stable, I would have Drew McIntyre join The British Empire, the 4 of them as a group, they can really make RAW their show

Now Edge has to qualify just to get into the Rumble, to me that's a travesty, I mean he won the Royal Rumble last year in 2010 and he should be in this year's, I mean it's only fair and if Edge does win the Rumble for the 2nd year in a row, Edge then says he is going to go over to Smackdown because of the way he's been treated by GM Michaels over the past few months and now he has to beat Morrison, if he does, he's in but if he doesn't, he's out, even if Edge loses, I see him somehow strong-arming his way into the match attacking someone from behind backstage and taking their spot to be in the Rumble

Edge beat Morrison in what I thought was a great match and finally Edge is in the Rumble, that means big business will definitely pick up and he could be one of my favorites to win especially now that he's in, and then what a statement he makes by attacking Morrison after the match, everyone should watch out for Edge now

Barrett backstage with Tarver and Harris I thought was good, if anything I hope Nexus does break up because Barrett if anything he doesn't even need Nexus anymore as they have ran their course on RAW as a stable because they don't attack random superstars anymore

The Miz backstage interview with Josh Matthews I thought was the funniest because Josh is asking such stupid questions but still at the same time Miz's promo I thought was intense, even if he wins the Rumble, he still has his briefcase but he won't even need it but if he loses in the Rumble, I could see him cashing in his briefcase the next night on RAW becoming the new WWE Champion depending on if the champion is still Wade Barrett or if it happens to be Triple H, Miz's rise to stardom is happening and it's happening now

RAW Rumble with Cena winning, like it wasn't even close, as since we all know that if Cena was in it, he was going to win but then Orton coming in sneaking into the ring somehow getting to Cena and trying to RKO Cena but Cena pushes Orton off and hightails it out of the ring with his security, yes what if Cena was RKO'ed, what would have been the reprecussions, either way Orton if he's #1, #30, whatever number he comes in at, doesn't matter, he's my pick to win and I am sticking with him

Gabriel the US Champion comes into the shot with HBK as they are looking on as Bryan and DiBiase are coming to blows having to be restrained by refs as it gets broken up, and HBK clearly pissed off about tonight's RAW because of Cole and Cena then tells the 3 of them that it will be Bryan vs DiBiase in a Ladder Match at the Rumble and whoever wins that, will get an opportunity to face Gabriel in the future for the US Title, if anything I see it being Bryan setting up a heel turn for Bryan with him becoming his YES! character

Main event I knew Angle would turn heel on HHH and he did costing HHH the match-up and then leaving HHH to be attacked by Nexus, but what does this all mean? Will Kurt Angle be in the Royal Rumble match for the first time in over 6 years, his last Rumble appearance being in 2005

Other than that great RAW and I can't wait until your Royal Rumble pay per view
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Please feel free to make predictions in the thread now. The card is now fixed.



Tuesday 18th January, 2011 | KFC Yum! Arena, Louisville, Kentucky

***** WILD AND YOUNG *****

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NXT begins with a reminder from Matt Striker and Josh Mathews that last week the first ever NXT rankings were established:



After Dolph Ziggler’s win over Kaval – with assistance from Kaval’s so called team-mates – and Santino Marella’s interference in the #1 Ranking match that gave Vladimir Kozlov a DQ win over Khali, the eight NXT competitors could see where they ranked after three weeks in the competition and how they needed to improve – or in Kozlov’s case, maintain – their performance if they wished to win the competition. Striker announces that there will be a huge announcement later tonight regarding the first elimination on NXT and when and how it will happen. He also informs us that tonight’s main event will see #2 ranked Great Khali challenge the top rank, Vladimir Kozlov, in a rematch for the #1 ranking. This time, there will hopefully be no interference from Santino Marella and we will be able to see who the true NXT number 1 is currently ...


MATCH 1: DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP
Maryse (c) vs. Layla

A rematch between the Divas Champion, Maryse, and the Diva she defeated last week to win the title, Layla. Just as the match is about to begin though, the music of Layla’s former partner, Michelle McCool hits and she heads to the ring with her bodyguard, Kharma. McCool sits at the announce table and is interested in watching the new champion, Maryse, and her former partner, Layla. Both Divas are distracted at first but they soon get into their match and have another even contest like last week. Layla looks to be getting on top and she goes for her patented neckbreaker, the Layout, but Maryse manages to grab the ropes and counters it to save her Divas Championship. Layla is stunned and almost falls into the French Kiss DDT but manages to wriggle clear and rolls Maryse up for a 2-count. Both ladies rush at each other and go for clotheslines at the same time – both are down on the mat. At this point, four weeks later than expected, McCool and Kharma finally strike. They enter the ring and grab a Diva apiece – McCool drags Layla to her feet, Kharma has Maryse. McCool sets up the ‘Wings of Love’ and drops Layla to the mat before Kharma powerbombs Maryse down to the mat as well. The referee signals for the bell ...
WINNER: NO CONTEST (Maryse retains Divas Championship)

With both Divas down and out, Michelle grabs the Divas Title belt from the referee and lays it symbolically over the body of Maryse. She laughs out loud as the crowd boo her and then takes her leave with Kharma – a clear message sent from Michelle to the Divas!

After the commercial break, JBL calls MVP to him in the locker room area. Reluctantly, MVP listens as JBL informs him that he needs to toughen up and stop feeling sorry for Kaval here on NXT. JBL says that Kaval is the runt of the pack and it is up to Team JBL to eliminate him and prove their worth to the team before they go on to dominate Team Rock. JBL tells MVP that he has organised a match tonight between fellow Team JBL members – it will be #5 rank Drew McIntyre vs. #8 rank Kaval. JBL tells MVP that he is the only member of Team JBL not in action tonight and that he knows what he needs to do.


MATCH 2
Drew McIntyre (5) vs. Kaval (8)

After McIntyre’s interference last week, Kaval slipped up against Ziggler and has ended the first rankings in last place with little chance of escaping whilst Team JBL continue to conspire against him. With JBL at ringside, McIntyre and Kaval go at it and they start out evenly matched until a distraction from JBL allows McIntyre to get on top. The Scot dominates Kaval and it appears to be a matter of time before Drew picks up the win when he sets for the Future Shock DDT. However, Kaval counters out of the finisher and he drop kicks Drew through the ropes to the outside where McIntyre collides with their mentor, JBL. JBL hits his head on the barricades and the crowd sense a chance for Kaval to get a big win and swap places with McIntyre in the rankings. He rolls Drew back into the ring as JBL signals to the backstage area – here comes MVP! Will he do as he is told? JBL orders MVP to stop Kaval as he climbs to the top rope ready for the two foot stomp. MVP is hesitant as he climbs onto the apron and Kaval looks down at him, imploring him to do the right thing. MVP thinks about it and looks around the WWE Universe. MVP finally shakes his head and jumps down to the floor to the anger of JBL and the delight of the WWE Universe! Kaval sets himself again and jumps off the top rope ... Drew McIntyre moves and Kaval twists an ankle as he lands. FUTURE SHOCK DDT! Drew makes the cover and it is over!
WINNER: DREW McINTYRE (5: McIntyre; 8: Kaval)

JBL congratulates MVP on a job well done – he appears to now be thinking that MVP delayed Kaval on the top rope on purpose to give McIntyre time to recover and avoid the stomp. MVP looks conflicted as he accepts the congratulations and he looks to Drew who is pleased with him as well. The three of them make their way back up the ramp with the boos ringing out for Drew and JBL – but what was MVP’s intention?

After the second commercial break of the night, we return with The Rock making his way out to the ring to the delight of the fans. He plays up to the crowd as usual and performs his well known catchphrases whilst calling out Team Rock members, R-Truth and Dolph Ziggler. Rock reiterates to Ziggler and Truth that they need to listen to him, he knows what he is talking about. He orders Truth to cut out the rap music, he tells him that he is wasting time and energy on his way to the ring and that if he is going to make it in the WWE, he needs a new act, a new way to entertain the fans. Truth looks displeased with Rock’s comments but attention then turns to Ziggler. Rock says that if Ziggler continues to hang around with Vickie Guerrero, his career in the WWE is going to end in the coming weeks on NXT. Rock praises Ziggler and says he has all the talent in the world but Vickie is a rather large millstone around his neck. Vickie interrupts but Rock talks her back down in her place before telling them both to take heed of his advice ... IF YA SMELL ... WHAT THE ROCK ... IS ... COOKIN’ ...

Todd Grisham interviews William Regal, Mason Ryan and Finlay once more before their debut here as a team in the WWE on NXT. Regal again refuses to identify who will be competing for the British Empire but does invite the NXT crowd to join with a rousing rendition of ‘God Save The Queen’ with them. The crowd, obviously, refuse and they jeer the British anthem instead to the annoyance of Regal and his team. Their match with the Hart Dynasty is up next ...


MATCH 3: TAG TEAM MATCH
Hart Dynasty w/Natalya vs. William Regal & Mason Ryan w/Finlay

Once in the ring, the British Empire reveal that Regal and Ryan will be competing for them with Finlay on the outside. As well as being the debut for their team, Striker also reminds us that this match is important as it determines which of these teams starts earlier and which starts later in this Sunday’s Tag Team Turmoil match at the Royal Rumble PPV. Regal and David Hart Smith start out and after an early flurry of offence from Smith, Regal takes control and uses his full range of suplexes and submission holds to grind Smith down, then Tyson Kidd. However, the Harts fight back and they appear to be on the road to victory when they lock Regal in the Sharpshooter – a distraction from Finlay allows Regal to escape and make the tag to Ryan though. In comes the young Welshman and he cleans house, dominating Kidd and Smith until he lifts Kidd high and smashes him down with a huge powerbomb. Mason Ryan makes the cover ... it’s over!
WINNER: WILLIAM REGAL & MASON RYAN

We now know that the Hart Dynasty, the Usos and the Tag Team Champions Ryder and Hawkins will be involved in Tag Team Turmoil early whereas the British Empire, Bourne and Henry and Cryme Tyme will join the match towards the latter stages which should increase their chances of victory. After an impressive debut win tonight, it’d be a brave man who bet against Regal and Ryan winning the titles for the British Empire and Queen Elizabeth II this Sunday ...

After the final commercial, Matt Striker is in the ring ready to announce something ‘huge’ he claims ... This Sunday at the Royal Rumble PPV, all eight participants in the NXT competition will compete in an 8-man Battle Royale with the winner immune from elimination for not just the first elimination – which will be in Week 6 – but the second elimination as well. Striker informs us that this match will be held at the Rumble PPV this Sunday night and that the prize is a huge incentive for all eight men to guarantee their place in NXT beyond the Elimination Chamber PPV and heading towards WrestleMania 27 and the grand NXT finale.


MATCH 4
Great Khali (2) vs. Vladimir Kozlov (1)

The two big men clash in the main event of NXT and Striker hopes that this time we will see a clean end to the contest after Kozlov won via DQ last week when Santino attacked him. Mathews reminds us of Santino’s reasons for the attack after Kozlov beat him to prove he was a monster again for Team JBL – can you blame Santino? The match between Kozlov and Khali is predictably awkward and both men struggle to get any pace into the match. However, the crowd are into the match as they back Khali to defeat the Russian and earn the Number 1 rank. Headbutts from Kozlov to Khali though seem to be taking this match away from the Punjabi Playboy and Kozlov prepares for a Diving Headbutt from the top rope to end it. Suddenly, here comes Santino again! He shoves Kozlov from the top rope down to the mat – out of sight of the referee this time - and this gives Khali time to recover and hit the Khali Chop. With Kozlov stunned, Khali wraps his giant hands around the throat of Kozlov ... PUNJABI PLUNGE! Khali makes the cover ... 1 ... 2 ... 3!
WINNER: GREAT KHALI (1: Khali; 2: Kozlov)

Khali’s win – thanks in no small part to Santino – moves him into Rank #1 in the Week 4 NXT rankings as he swaps places with Kozlov to move top. The Russian is furious as he stares up the ramp and see Santino smiling at him with a look of happiness across his face after he took revenge on his former partner. NXT ends with the latest NXT rankings on the titantron ...



... before Striker reminds us to tune into the Royal Rumble to see which of the NXT competitors will be able to win the double immunity from elimination!


***** END OF SHOW *****


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*** CONFIRMED ***

TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP – TAG TEAM TURMOIL MATCH

Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder (c) vs. British Empire vs. Cyme Tyme vs. Evan Bourne & Mark Henry vs. Hart Dynasty vs. Usos

LADDER MATCH TO DETERMINE NUMBER 1 CONTENDER FOR US CHAMPIONSHIP
Daniel Bryan vs. Ted DiBiase

NXT BATTLE ROYALE – WINNER TO BE IMMUNE FROM FIRST TWO ELIMINATIONS
Chavo Guerrero vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Great Khali vs. Kaval vs. MVP vs. R-Truth vs. Vladimir Kozlov

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
CM Punk (c) vs. Christian

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP
Wade Barrett (c) vs. Triple H

ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH
Winner to get shot at the WWE or World Championship at WrestleMania 27!

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