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post #81 of 133 (permalink) Old 12-24-2011, 06:36 PM
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Jamjam's Review

Another show already? Man, you're just firing out shows like nothing and I LOVE it!

Anyway, HBK starts off the New Year by announcing he has banned Nexus from ringside because of the main event he has decided on. I don't particularly agree with it because I want to see Barrett vs. HHH alone, but I guess having Kurt in there and having Barrett retain will just establish Barrett even more.

So everything is in recap huh? I don't mind it. It's how I wrote my shows in the past.

The Miz/Hardy segment was pretty good for what it was. Miz constantly reminds us that he'll win the Royal Rumble because it'll be in his hometown. I personally don't think he'll win it though. I think Kofi Kingston will win it or Sheamus. I like that you've chosen Hardy to put over Miz here. Hmm, I really wonder who Miz will cash in on, maybe on Smackdown? I really want Miz to be on Smackdown instead and be a top guy there, but Smackdown seems pretty loaded as is.

You've got another segment where the wrestlers are opponents tonight and I think you should keep that to a minimum but I see that you needed to do that to reveal that Dibiase was going to be the ref. Or you could've let Dibiase come out last after Bryan and Gabriel and shock the both of them. Having Dibiase cost Bryan the match is interesting here. Do they still want the US Title or do they feud on their own and Gabriel moves on to another opponent?

Morrison/Sheamus: Obvious that Sheamus would win here but I think Morrison will still be in the Rumble. Hope you have something planned for Morrison because he's a pretty good wrestler and if you just give him a chance like Christian and Hardy, I think he can do some awesome things.

Hmm, something stirring for the Divas heading to Wrestlemania?

Edge will for sure be in the Rumble I believe. That was a pretty good match with him and RVD. Edge has always been a favorite of mind but I just think that he is misplaced on Raw. I always see Edge as a Smackdown guy. And I don't think you can blame me because that's where he has been most of the time and has really carried that brand on his shoulders so yeah, wish he was on Smackdown but you've got both Raw and Smackdown equal in star power I believe.

WHOA, big announcement by Butty not allowing Orton to compete at RR. Wonder what you do with this as Cena and Orton HAVE to be at RR in some way. Oh Butty, drawing some heat by seemingly praising Cole

Nexus disobeys HBK's orders too, do we see some sort of punishment coming next week? And I like that Angle didn't win because Barrett vs. HHH is big enough and I really wanted to see this in real life. You've booked the Nexus angle perfectly and I don't know if it could have been done any better.

Overall, awesome show GCB. You're working like a horse firing out all these shows in a span of what, 2 weeks? Haha. Also, maybe check out your shows before posting, I know it's really exciting once you produce something but some grammatical errors in the show and you have Alex Riley vs. Randy Orton where it should have been Bryan vs. Gabriel as the heading. Other than that, another stellar episode of Raw. But I'm still looking forward to Smackdown more. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my friend!

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- Kurt Angle had the match won and Nexus interferes yet again disobeying GM HBK's orders which were specifically to not interfere in Kurt Angle vs HHH as the main event, and HHH winning just proves that Barrett vs HHH will be big enough, and Nexus I know at Royal Rumble they won't be able to help Barrett because if they do, they will be suspended and probably DQ'ed from the Royal Rumble match itself

- Miz beating Matt Hardy, just proves Miz will be a favorite to win the Rumble match since it is in his hometown, so Miz even if he doesn't win, he will last the longest in the Rumble match

- Orton/Butty segment I loved a whole lot, but you know my man Orton he could have put his hands on Butty by either RKOing him or punting his head right off his shoulders, and Butty if he were smart, he would reinstate my man Orton or else Butty will get one of each and even if Butty were to fire Orton, the backlash alone would cause others to walk out on Butty too leaving the WWE, if Orton goes, they all go, and Orton could sue the WWE and Butty if he is fired, but I still see Orton somehow getting into the Rumble and if he does, my man is winning it, you heard it here first, and he will make it his mission to eliminate John Cena from the Rumble

- Edge beating RVD, just makes Edge a favorite and if he wins the Rumble, I want to see Edge jump to go over to Smackdown and challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship, Edge is just a Smackdown guy, he just doesn't fit on RAW anymore

- Sheamus beating Morrison, I can see Sheamus winning the Rumble too

- Gabriel beating Bryan was great too

-Kurt Angle I can honestly see him as a huge favorite, as the favorite to win considering this will be Kurt's first Rumble Match appearance since 2005, his first Rumble match in over 6 years and RVD his first Rumble match in over 2 years, if RVD is in the Rumble match

-The Undertaker hopefully he is in the Rumble match too along with Kane because we know Miz will be in it and so will Sheamus and Morrison and Matt Hardy and Big Show hopefully and Kofi and then there's the Nexus members of Ezekiel Jackson, Skip Sheffield, Heath Slater, and David Otunga, Edge, Bryan, Gabriel, DiBiase, etc. meaning anyone can win

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Royal Rumble Predictions

So far as for the WWE Championship match between Wade Barrett (c) vs. Triple H, I see Barrett somehow retaining against Triple H here at the Rumble and Barrett will then go to the Elimination Chamber where he will have to defend the WWE Championship inside the RAW Elimination Chamber where he won't have Nexus around inside the Chamber to help him out, Barrett will be on his own and then & only then can I see him dropping the title to whoever is in the Chamber with him

As for the World Heavyweight Championship, CM Punk (c) vs. Christian, I see Punk retaining here at the Rumble since he has only been champion for a short time already

And as for the Rumble, my pick to win it all will be my man Randy Orton who will somehow strong-arm his way into the match, by maybe attacking someone backstage and taking their place in the Rumble match going all the way to victory

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NEWS FROM THE WWE!

There have been a number of announcements on the WWE website today regarding eight superstars leaving the company. The list of superstars includes four WWE Divas and four men:

Jillian Hall
Rosa Mendes
Tiffany
Tamina
Primo Colon
Goldust
Percy Watson
Chris Masters

As ever, the WWE wished them all well with their future endeavours.

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Surprisingly, the name of Tyler Reks did not appear on the list of superstars released today. It appears that WWE see potential in the youngster and are monitoring his progress in FCW right now for a possible move back to SMACKDOWN in the near future, post-WrestleMania. With other young superstars proving their worth in FCW right now - the likes of Sin Cara, Seth Rollins, Mason Ryan, Michael McGillicutty, Husky Harris and Michael Tarver (who was on RAW this week) - it appears that these younger names could be replacing those released today. With five superstars from NXT also leaving the WWE legitimately, there are openings in WWE that are opening up.

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There are also rumours that the WWE are planning a revamp of the Tag Team division after the prestige of the Tag Team Championship fell over the past months. WWE are said to be favouring the idea of having 'specialist' Tag Teams competing for the titles with these superstars appearing as Tag Teams at all times. A list of ten teams has been produced and it is believed that the likes of Yoshi Tatsu, William Regal and the Cryme Time partners, JTG and Shad, have avoided the release list today due to their willingness to form Tag Teams for the new division. Expect an announcement on WWE TV in the coming week with NXT a likely starting point.
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Tuesday January 4th, 2011 | Mobile Civic Center, Mobile, Alabama

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

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




Striker and Mathews welcome us to NXT Season 3 and the second show of the competition before hyping up the first ever ‘Rankings’ matches – tonight, MVP and Chavo Guerrero will clash to try and take third place in the inaugural rankings whilst Drew McIntyre and R-Truth will compete to take fifth place. They also hype up an appearance from the owner of the WWE, Chip Butty, who will be on NXT to speak about the Tag Team division and announce plans for the Tag Team Championship at the upcoming Royal Rumble PPV ...

*** NEW FOUNDATION ***

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
NATALYA


Natalya heads out looking unhappy over her loss to Maryse last week as Striker and Matthews remind us of that defeat which means it is Maryse who has earned the future Divas Championship match with Layla ... Speaking of the Divas Champion ...

*** NASTY GIRL ***

London, England | Divas Champion
LAYLA


Smiling, the Divas Champion heads for the ring where she greets Natalya with a hug and the pair of them chat in the ring. Striker reminds us that Layla beat Michelle McCool, her former Laycool partner, to win the Divas Championship and that she is still his ‘little, English muffin’ as she prepares for their match coming up next with the Number 1 contender.

*** SHAKE YO’ TAIL ***

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
ALICIA FOX


Out comes “Foxy” shaking her ass in her little short grass skirt as she makes her way down the ramp and towards the ring. She stands at the foot of the ramp and locks eyes with the Divas Champion and Natalya before turning to face the titantron to await the arrival of her partner tonight ...

*** POURQUOI? ***

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
MARYSE


As the beautiful Maryse heads out arrogantly holding up her hand to the WWE Universe at rampside, Mathews reminds us that Maryse has earned the right to challenge Layla for the Divas Championship after her win over Natalya on NXT last Tuesday. A replay of Maryse dragging Natalya with the hair behind the referee’s back to escape the Sharpshooter is shown before we see Maryse surprise Natalya with a roll up pin. On return to the ring, Maryse is laughing at the replay whilst Natalya angrily gestures to Maryse over it. Natalya demands that Maryse starts the contest with her but Maryse refuses – after looking as if she would accept at first – and sends Alicia Fox in to start the match instead ...

However, just as the match is about to begin, we hear a loud ‘Ahem!’ and eyes turn to the titantron where Michelle McCool can be seen ...




McCool, flanked by her bodyguard, Kharma, waves to the ladies in the ring who are all focused on her. McCool informs the Divas in the ring that over the coming weeks and months, she will make all their lives hell as she intends to dominate the Divas division and win back her Divas Championship. McCool says that she should be the Divas Champion and that she will stop at nothing to get the Divas belt back around her waist. She finishes off by saying that she felt it was only fair to let them all know and to enjoy their match tonight ...

MATCH 1 | DIVAS TAG MATCH
ALICIA FOX & MARYSE vs. LAYLA & NATALYA


Natalya takes her anger out on Fox in the early stages as she looks to send a message to Maryse who beat her last week; of course, Maryse is not interested in Natalya’s claims and she feigns ignorance. Fox is being dominated at first but then manages to counter Natalya’s attempted Sharpshooter with a kick to the gut and a dropkick before going for a tag to the Number 1 contender. Maryse is about to accept but Natalya jumps up quickly and stares at her threateningly ... and Maryse withdraws her offer of a tag. Alicia turns back round and is levelled with a huge clothesline from Natalya but then – behind the back of the official again – Maryse pulls Natalya with her hair. Dragging her through the ropes, Maryse flings Natalya down onto the floor from the apron as Layla protests. Maryse now pleads innocence as Fox heads out of the ring and rolls Natalya back into the ring. With Natalya down on the mat and struggling, Maryse now accepts the tag and she stomps away at Natalya controlling the match. She locks in a Camel Clutch whilst facing towards Layla and Natalya screams in pain. Maryse demands that she taps out but Natalya is made of stronger stuff and manages to tie her feet into the ropes. The referee breaks the hold and Natalya looks to tag in Layla before Maryse cuts it off by knocking Layla off the apron. With nobody to tag, Natalya struggles up and Maryse pops her off into the ropes before hitting a spinning backbreaker ...

1 ... 2 ... Natalya kicks out!

A little frustrated, Maryse continues to assault Natalya and goes for the French TKO, a heel kick, but Natalya ducks it and hits another big clothesline. With Maryse down, Natalya finally has her chance to go for Maryse after their war of words. She drags Maryse up and hits a powerslam that leaves Maryse holding her lower back in pain and then follows this with a German Suplex holding on for the pin.

1 ... 2 ... Alicia Fox runs in and kicks Natalya to break the pin!

Natalya makes a quick tag to Layla now but drags Maryse back into their corner to prevent her from escaping and tagging in Fox. The Divas Champion quickly snapmares her future challenger before a low drop kick to the face and another pinfall attempt ...

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

Layla waits for Maryse to stagger up and then turns her back to her and grabs her head looking to drop down and hit the Layout neckbreaker. However, Maryse manages to escape and tags in Alicia Fox instead. Layla doesn’t notice this and she goes after Maryse again but the legal Diva is Alicia. Fox grabs Layla from behind and whips her into the ropes before hitting a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to the Divas Champion. She somersaults over and hits a leg drop to Layla that makes the crowd groan before going for the cover ...

1 ... 2 ... Layla kicks out!

The crowd cheer for Layla’s escape whilst Maryse complains loudly about Alicia failing to put her away. Fox looks a little annoyed and she turns to confront Maryse over it. Layla creeps up behind Fox and rolls her up quickly for a surprise ...

1 ... 2 ... Maryse breaks the pinfall!

The referee signals that Alicia Fox made a tag to Maryse as she was being rolled up and Maryse runs across the ring and clatters into Natalya to knock her down to the floor again. Layla is a little disorientated and Fox manages to hit a roundhouse kick to her whilst the referee tries to restrain Maryse from Natalya. Maryse turns to Layla and grabs her head ... here we go, FRENCH KISS DDT! Maryse makes the cover ...


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


WINNER
ALICIA FOX & MARYSE (4:39)


Jeers from the WWE Universe as the Number 1 contender manages to get the upper hand tonight and actually pins the current Divas Champion. The ‘Sexiest of the Sexy’ notices an angry looking Natalya getting back into the ring so she makes her way out and heads into the rampway with Alicia – it appears their mini-fallout was a trick! They hug and Maryse signals that she will win the Divas Championship. She beckons to the referee who fetches her a microphone and she speaks in a sultry French accent ... She informs Layla that next week on NXT, she will challenge her for the Divas Championship and will become the three-time Divas Champion. With that, Maryse blows a kiss to Layla and Natalya in the ring and stalks out with Alicia Fox leaving Striker and Matthews excitedly discussing the prospect of a title match on NXT next week!

The camera switches backstage where we see Todd Grisham who is stood with MVP – Team JBL’s MVP of course. Grisham asks MVP for his thoughts on his match tonight with Chavo Guerrero when he could secure an early position in the top three places in the NXT Rankings. MVP says that only three superstars will survive from NXT this year and that he intends to be in the top three by the end of tonight’s show. Grisham asks him for his reaction to the treatment of Kaval so far by JBL. MVP grimaces and looks uncomfortable answering the question. He thinks for a moment and then tells Grisham that he has to do what he has to do to survive here in the WWE. He says that he looks at Kaval and knows that if he doesn’t do what JBL tells him to, he will make life difficult for himself in the future. MVP’s tone suggests he doesn’t agree with the treatment of Kaval but feels he has no choice in the matter.

The camera switches to show WWE owner Chip Butty walking backstage in a suit and Josh Matthews hypes up his important announcement about the Tag Team division that will follow the commercial break ...


*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

CATCH SMACKDOWN LIVE THIS FRIDAY!

At the Rumble, Christian will challenge CM Punk for the World Championship. See what he has to say this Friday!
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

NXT returns in the ‘Team Rock’ locker room and we see that R-Truth is stood with the Great One himself who receives an awesome pop from the crowd in the arena. A loud ‘Rocky!’ chant goes up and Rock waits for it to end before starting to speak with Truth. Rock tells Truth that he has so much potential but he has been in and around the WWE since 2000 now and has never won a singles championship in all that time. Truth listens to the advice of his mentor – Rock continues by telling Truth that he has watched some of his matches and that he wastes too much time in the ring. Rock demands that Truth cuts out the dancing around and the spins and flicks when he is wrestling. Truth smiles but looks unimpressed at the advice. Truth accuses Rock of being a hypocrite. Rock isn’t impressed and raises his eyebrows over this – Truth points out that his finisher, the People’s Elbow features a good ten seconds of theatrics before he actually hits it. Rock smiles at this comment and asks Truth if he wants to know what the difference is. Truth nods – Rock tells him that he is a multiple time WWE Champion, he is the People’s Champion, he is a hero to many of the WWE Universe – as an aside, Rock launches into his ‘Finally ...’ catchphrase – and he is successful at what he does ... IF YA SMELL ... WHAT THE ROCK ... IS ... COOKIN!

The cameras return to the ring as we see that the current Tag Team Champions, the Major Broskis, are currently in the ring with the theme tune of Zack Ryder playing ...


Both men have microphones as the music fades out and Zack begins to speak. He excitedly tells the WWE Universe that Curt and himself are out there to hear what the WWE Owner Chip Butty is going to announce for the Tag Team Championship at the Royal Rumble. Ryder tells Curt that this means that they are going to be defending their titles on a WWE PPV and he offers his fist to his partner. Curt punches with him and then goes on to tell Zack that Chip Butty might come out tonight and announce that they have to defend the Tag Team Championships against anybody. He says that they could end up facing Undertaker and Kane for all he knows! A look of concern on their faces before Curt reminds everybody that they are the Major Broskis and that they are the Tag Team Champions because they are the best Tag Team that there is. Ryder loves this and pumps his fist before shouting ‘Woo Woo Woo! You Know It!’ to the crowd. There is a mixed reaction from the crowd, some tiring of their ‘goofy’ antics already but others getting a kick out of them.

*** POPPIHOLLA ***

WWE Owner
CHIP BUTTY


Another mixed reaction for the owner too as he heads out wearing a suit and smiling and waving to the fans. Butty climbs into the ring and shakes hands with the Tag Team Champions before asking if he can borrow one of their belts. As his music fades, Butty holds up Ryder’s Tag Team Championship belt and begins to speak. He says that the Tag Team Championships are a title to be proud of – they have been held by some of the greatest performers ever seen in the WWE. Butty lists the great Tag Team Champions of the past – from the original champions, Luke Graham and tarzan Tyler to Mr. Fuji and Professor Tanaka, The Blackjacks, The Wild Samoans, The British Bulldogs, The Hart Foundation, Legion of Doom, Money Incorporated, Headshrinkers, New Age Outlaws, APA, Hardy Boys, Edge and Christian, Dudley Boys and Degeneration X ... He says that all of them have been proud to hold these titles and that it is time that the current titles were given a shake up and the Tag Team division reinvigorated ahead of WrestleMania 27. Butty suggests that he wants the very best Tag Teams to compete at WrestleMania and that the Royal Rumble will be the start of it. Butty says that he has identified a number of WWE superstars that will – from now on – purely focus on the Tag Team division and will be aiming to win the titles. At the Royal Rumble, six of these teams will battle for the titles, including the Major Broskis.

Ryder and Hawkins don’t like the sound of five teams challenging them although the WWE Universe seem happy enough with the decision. Ryder interrupts Butty and questions the decision to have five challengers before adding ‘Are you serious, bro?’ for good measure. Butty assures him he is serious and that at the Rumble, we will start to find out who the best Tag Teams are in a Tag Team Turmoil match. Butty reminds us that this means that two teams start and the winners continue on until the end – coming into the match later is an advantage. Butty says that there will be three Tag Team matches over the next three weeks on NXT – the winner of each match will guarantee that they will be given fourth, fifth or sixth entry in the match whilst the losers will end up starting or coming in as the third team and having to win more matches to take the titles. Ryder and Hawkins look extremely worried now but Curt asks who the other five teams will be. Butty announces that tonight we will see the Usos face Cryme Time – big pop for Cryme Time – for a later entry into Tag Team Turmoil. Next week, Ryder and Hawkins will face ... Evan Bourne and Mark Henry! And in the week before the Rumble, the Hart Dynasty will face a newly formed team. Butty says he will introduce them now ... they are called ... THE BRITISH EMPIRE!


*** LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY ***

Great Britain
BRITISH EMPIRE
Finlay, William Regal & Mason Ryan


With Finlay discarding his green Irish colours in favour of red, white and blue British colours and carrying the Union Jack flag, out head the three members of the British Empire – Finlay, fellow veteran William Regal and the unknown face of Mason Ryan. They immediately are getting heat, there is something about their sneering looks that tells you that this team are not a team who are going to be sucking up to the fans. As they enter the ring, Butty shakes their hands and welcomes them to the WWE whilst the Tag Team Champions look on nervously. Regal takes a microphone and immediately thanks his fellow Brit, Chip Butty, for allowing them to take part in the Royal Rumble Tag Team Turmoil match. He then turns his attention towards Ryder and Hawkins and stares at them – Regal advises them to get out of the ring now. Slowly, Ryder and Hawkins decide to heed the advice and they exit the ring to leave the Empire all alone in the ring. Regal informs the WWE Universe that long ago, Britain ruled the oceans and the world. They owned the majority of it, they discovered half of it and they led the way so that countries like the USA could follow in their footsteps. A ‘USA!’ chant goes up and Regal demands respect and quiet – huge heat already for the British Empire. Regal accuses them of being typical Americans, loud and crass. He says that they should try and be more like their British cousins across the ‘Pond’ ... sophisticated and respectful. Regal introduces the Empire to us – representing Northern Ireland will be Finlay, representing England will be himself and then he introduces Mason Ryan, who looks to be a real powerhouse, a representative of Wales. Regal informs the WWE Universe that only two of them will be taking part in Tag Team Turmoil but they aren’t going to spoil that surprise ... yet. Regal goes on to promise one thing – by the end of the Royal Rumble, the British Empire will begin to take over the WWE with the Tag Team Championship firmly in their grasp. Regal sarcastically thanks the WWE Universe in Alabama for their time and their welcome before asking for quiet whilst the British National Anthem is played in honour of the WWE’s newest tag team. Huge boos erupt around the arena to the disgust of Regal and his team but the British National Anthem of ‘God Save The Queen’ plays ... Another ‘USA!’ chant goes up to interrupt and Regal does not look impressed as it ends. Striker and Matthews hype up the arrival of this new team and speculate that the Tag Team Turmoil match doesn’t sound good for the current champions, the Major Broskis.

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

NXT returns with a member of ‘Team JBL’ making his way towards the ring ...

*** EXPLODING HELMETS ***

Brooklyn, New York
KAVAL


Kaval grabs a microphone and he apologises to the WWE Universe for interrupting tonight’s show when he doesn’t have a match but he has a serious issue to address. Kaval reminds the WWE Universe of his treatment at the hands of JBL in recent weeks and then replays some footage from last week’s ‘Team JBL’ Elimination Match where McIntyre, Kozlov and a reluctant MVP beat him down and eliminated him before he had chance to compete. Kaval says that he will not allow JBL to destroy his WWE dream and demands that his mentor heads out to the ring so they can get their issues sorted right now ... Boos from the WWE Universe as JBL appears on the titantron instead. Kaval shakes his head as JBL prepares to speak – the ‘Wrestling God’ informs Kaval that he is the runt of the NXT litter, he is 174 pounds of nothing that will never compete in the WWE and will not stand a chance of competing in this competition. JBL tells Kaval that if he had the choice, he’d fire him right now and cut his losses – but that isn’t possible. Instead, his team are going to ensure that Kaval is eliminated in the first NXT elimination and then he will be nothing but a footnote, a nobody, a stain on the WWE. Kaval is angry and challenges JBL to come down to the ring and say these things one to one, to his face, without backup. JBL laughs at Kaval and tells him to calm himself down. He says that he has a proposition for him. Kaval listens as JBL claims to have something of interest for him ... as everybody focuses on JBL on the titantron though, suddenly Vladimir Kozlov slides into the ring and he charges towards Kaval and hits a huge Big Boot to Kaval as he turns to him. Kozlov rams Kaval hard into the corner turnbuckles and then hits a Battering Ram headbutt in the corner. More headbutts follow before Kozlov heads to the top rope ... DIVING HEADBUTT! Striker and Matthews are in awe of this huge move as Kaval writhes on the mat with the Russian stood over him. JBL is laughing on the tron and then he orders Kozlov to get a chair and finish him off once and for all. The crowd are jeering but Kozlov gets a chair and heads back towards Kaval when all of a sudden, cheers erupt around the arena ...



Here comes Santino Marella!

Santino slides under the bottom rope and chases towards Kozlov who swings a chair at him. However, Santino manages to duck and avoid the contact and he comes off the ropes with his hand in the Cobra position. Kozlov decides to exit the ring instead of facing up to a fired up Santino as Josh Mathews reminds us of Kozlov’s beatdown of his former Tag Team partner last week on NXT. Kozlov backs away up the ramp muttering furiously to himself as he stares down to the ring at Santino who is checking on Kaval now instead ... Mathews and Striker discuss how upset Santino must have been after Kozlov beat him up last week and they suggest that this is not over between the pair of them yet!

Backstage, JBL is shown storming around with a look of anger on his face. He shouts at some people about Santino interfering in his business before Kozlov appears as he heads back in from the arena. JBL angrily shouts about Santino to the Russian and suggests to him that he will need to show the WWE that he is not going to be held back by that clown no more. Kozlov nods his understanding and then JBL says he will come up with a plan and beckons to the Russian to follow him ...


*** GET UP ***

San Francisco, California | 479 pounds
THE USOS


The cameras head back into the arena where we see Jimmy and Jey Uso, the twin sons of former WWE superstar Rikishi as they prepare for their match tonight. Mathews and Striker remind us of Chip Butty’s announcement earlier about the Tag Team Turmoil match for the Royal Rumble and that both these teams will be participating in this match. The importance of this match is recognised as Striker informs us that the winner will get a later entry into the Tag Team Turmoil match and will ensure that they will have a greater chance of winning the Tag Team Championships at the PPV ...

*** BRINGIN’ DA HOOD T U ***

Brooklyn, New York | 525 pounds
CRYME TYME
JTG & Shad Gaspart


Huge cheers from the WWE Universe as the popular Cryme Tyme begin to make their way out into the arena. After splitting up a few months ago unsuccessfully, Striker informs us that the pair have patched things up and have informed Chip Butty that they are willing to go after the Tag Team Championships again – Mathews points out that Cryme Tyme never won the Tag Team Championships in their first run in the WWE. Dancing on the stage, JTG and Shad slap hands with each other before greeting several members of the WWE Universe as they make their way down the rampway. Once they enter the ring, Shad salutes the fans by climbing the ropes in the corner and holding his arms up whilst JTG steps through the ropes and then salutes the crowd from there instead. JTG removes his sunglasses and jacket and then has a short team-talk with his partner as they prepare for their first match back ...

MATCH 2 | TAG TEAM MATCH
CRYME TYME vs. THE USOS

(Winning team will enter Royal Rumble ‘Tag Team Turmoil’ match later)

Jimmy Uso and JTG start the match off and they trade grapple holds early in the match with neither man getting the advantage. In the end, a blind tag from Jimmy to Jey gives the Usos control as they manage to get the top side of their opponents. JTG is unable to make the tag to his partner Shad as the returning Cryme Tyme struggle to get back into the match. With Jimmy and Jey in control, they make regular tags in and out as they look to wear down JTG and keep Shad out of the match. Things look bleak when both members of the Usos enter the ring (Jimmy is illegal) and entice Shad to come in. With the referee holding the big man back, The Usos go for their finisher Alley-Us as JTG is lifted up in the air and Jey looks to hit a quick Samoan Drop; however, JTG manages to reverse it into a DDT and the referee ushers Jey out of the ring. Both men are down, Jey from the DDT and JTG from the beating he has taken. The crowd get behind JTG as he looks for a tag. Jey tags Jimmy in, JTG MAKES THE TAG TO SHAD GASPART! Clothesline from the big man as he takes out Jimmy Uso, another one to Jey Uso follows quickly. Up gets Jimmy Uso and Shad lifts him high into a Gorilla Press before slamming him down to the mat on his back. He follows this with a second clothesline to Jey that lifts him up and over the top rope to the outside before a running big boot to Jimmy. This knocks the Uso twin down through the ropes to the outside and Cryme Tyme are on fire here as the crowd cheer them on. With JTG recovered, Jey Uso stumbles to his feet and is met by a flying leg lariat off the apron by the smaller member of the Cryme Tyme team. JTG grabs Jimmy Uso from the outside and rolls him back into the ring and with a grin on his face. Shad lifts Jimmy up for a Samoan Drop, holds him in position as JTG comes off the ropes – CRYME TYME HIT THE G9! As Shad hits the Samoan Drop, JTG hits a somersaulting neckbreaker and Jimmy crashes down to the mat hard. Shad makes the cover ...

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WINNERS
CRYME TYME (6:21)


Mathews and Striker identify that the win means that Cryme Tyme are now guaranteed to enter the Tag Team Turmoil match at the Royal Rumble as either the fourth, fifth or sixth team and that they will definitely enter after the Usos following the win. Cryme Tyme celebrate in the ring and the fans are delighted to see them back together in the WWE ring as a tag team after their recent hiatus. Striker says that Cryme Tyme have never been Tag Team Champions but that might be about to change in the coming weeks!

The cameras switch backstage where Great Khali is stood in the locker room with his brother, Runjin Singh. Khali and Runjin are speaking in Urdu and appear to be having a good time when in walks Khali’s mentor on NXT: THE ROCK! The crowd cheer for Rock and he stands looking up at the lovable monster in front of him before slowly removing his shades. Rock surveys Khali for a moment as a ‘Rocky!’ chant goes off in the arena. Rock suddenly breaks out into a smile and he shakes hands with Khali and then Runjin before he stops and holds up his hand for quiet. He turns to the camera and does his customary ‘Finally, The Rock has come back to Mobile’ catchphrase before turning his attention back to Khali. Rock tells Khali is has the potential to destroy the rest of the NXT field, he could layeth the Smackdown on all the other seven ‘candy asses’ right now if he wanted. But Rock has a more important question for Khali – Does he like ... pie? The crowd are loving it as an embarrassed Runjin Singh attempts to translate this to Khali who responds by clapping his hands and a big smile on his face. Runjin and Khali begin to dance and Rock half joins in before realising that this looks a little stupid. Rock tells Khali to be serious for a moment, that next week he will face Vladimir Kozlov from Team JBL for the Number 1 ranking in this series of NXT. Rock says that Khali needs to go out there next week and beat the living hell out of Kozlov, send out a message that he is not going to be stopped. Khali is clearly in agreement as Runjin interprets it again and Rock now tells Khali that he is expecting big things from him, that he expects Khali to whip Kozlov’s ass and be the most electrifying man ... to ever come out on Punjab, India! “IF YA SMELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL .....” Suddenly R-Truth walks into shot and he does not look happy. Rock fixes him with a questioning look and Truth looks like he wants to say something but he holds it back and shakes his head. Rock stops him as he tries to leave and asks Truth if he thinks he can beat Drew McIntyre tonight and take the Number 5 ranking? Truth looks set to answer when Rock cuts him off, ‘It doesn’t matter what you think!’ and Truth looks at him with bulging eyes now. Rock tells Truth that it is all about what he thinks and he thinks Truth needs to get out there tonight and prove that he can bring it.

The camera returns to the ring and we see that the Sinister Scotsman is already making his way down towards the squared circle as Tony Chimel announces that the next match is to determine who will be ranked Number 5 in the first NXT rankings next week ...


*** BROKEN DREAMS ***

Ayr, Scotland | 254 pounds
DREW McINTYRE


Slowly ambling towards the ring, McIntyre looks calm and collected as he gets into the ring with a look of evil on his face. He stares around at the WWE Universe at ringside until the music of his opponent begins ...

*** WHAT’S UP? ***

Charlotte, North Carolina | 220 pounds
R-TRUTH


Here comes the man who Rock just challenged to prove he could ‘bring it’ here on NXT as R-Truth makes his way towards the ring looking a little subdued as he sings his rap song. The crowd join in enthusiastically and Truth climbs into the ring looking a little happier from this – he does need to get himself a win though tonight, it’s been a while since Truth has been on the winning side of a match here in the WWE. Striker suggests that Truth needs to find a win tonight if he can! However, Mathews reminds us that he is facing the ‘Chosen One’ and he will not be an easy opponent tonight on NXT!

MATCH 3 | SINGLES MATCH
DREW McINTYRE vs. R-TRUTH


A fast start as a pumped up R-Truth comes flying out of his corner and begins to hits some heavy hitting offence towards the Scot as he looks to impress his mentor, Rock. A sudden Bicycle Kick from Truth sends McIntyre down to the mat in the early stages but it is only enough for him to get a 2-count as the Scot kicks out. Slowly, McIntyre manages to get some space and he hits a double knee armbreaker to Truth to stop his momentum and give himself some respite. However, Truth is up quicker and he hits a DDT to McIntyre before going for another cover ...

1 ... 2 ... McIntyre kicks out!

Drew takes time out and he rolls out of the ring to the annoyance of Truth who was getting on a roll and to the annoyance of the crowd at ringside who jeer Drew. McIntyre refuses to be intimidated though and he casually takes his time to get back into the ring at the count of 8 whilst demanding that Truth allows him back into the ring by giving him space. McIntyre offers up a test of strength and Truth, warily, agrees to it. Truth’s wariness is proved to be sensible as Drew hits a kick to the gut and then a suplex to Truth to give him some control as the referee argues with him over the lack of sportsmanship. Drew isn’t interested though and he now looks to hit Truth hard again with several clubbing blows across the shoulders and upper back. Drew is looking to show his mean side here as he beats Truth down into the mat and the referee is forced to break it up as McIntyre shows little sign of stopping. Angered, Drew stalks after the referee a little before heading back to Truth and stomping his back hard. Truth is unable to fight his way up at this point and Drew retains control as he hits a second suplex before a fireman carry gutbuster that leaves Truth gasping for air. First cover of the night from Drew ...

1 ... 2 ... Kick out from Truth!

The match continues with McIntyre in charge but he cannot get the pinfall that he wants and it looks as if he is going to have to hit his big moves in order to secure ranking place 5 in the first NXT rankings next week. Drew looks to set up for the Future Shock DDT but Truth counters with a back body drop that catches McIntyre out. Truth now builds momentum as he hits a corkscrew calf kick followed by the Lie Detector forearm smash that sends the Scot down to the mat. Has Truth done enough?

1 ... 2 ... Drew McIntyre powers out!

Truth looks a bit worried over the powerful kick out from Drew but he realises he has more to come as he leans back against the ropes waiting for his chance. As Drew gets to his feet, Truth clobbers him one more time with the Lie Detector but this time he allows him time to get back up groggily before going for the CORKSCREW SCISSORS KICK. However, McIntyre slides out of the way and Truth lands heavily on the mat instead, Big Boot to the face from Drew to an unsuspecting Truth! Drew McIntyre grabs Truth now and sets up ... FUTURE SHOCK DDT! Drew makes the cover ...


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WINNER
DREW McINTYRE (4:43)


Big win for Drew McIntyre as he begins to build momentum and secures 5th spot in the inaugural NXT rankings that will be finalised next week. The defeat for Truth, who is now slinking out of the ring muttering angrily to himself, means he will be ranked sixth and a little too close to the bottom even at this early stage. McIntyre laughs cockily in the ring and then talks trash to the WWE Universe as he insists that he is the man who will win NXT whatever they think about it. Striker suggests that McIntyre is a massive danger to the other seven superstars here on NXT and Mathews says he finds it hard to disagree with that idea!

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

THE ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA 27 BEGINS ...

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

NXT returns with Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero in the ring – Mathews says that it is supposed to be time for tonight’s main event between Chavo Guerrero and MVP for the third ranking place in the NXT rankings. Dolph and Vickie begin complaining about the treatment of Ziggler by Rock in the opening weeks of NXT. Last week – a replay is shown – Rock hit a Rock Bottom to a member of his own team in Ziggler and that cost him in the Elimination Match as he was the first man eliminated. It means that next week, Ziggler will have to face Kaval to try and avoid ending up in the bottom spot in the first rankings. Vickie takes over from Dolph and she demands better support from Rock in the future but also ... an apology. She is sick and tired of Rock treating Dolph this way and she is not willing to stand by and let him destroy Ziggler’s career in this way. Suddenly though, Ziggler is interrupted but not by his mentor ...

*** CHAVITO ARDIENTE ***

El Paso, Texas | 215 pounds
CHAVO GUERRERO


Fellow ‘Team Rock’ member of Dolph’s, Chavo Guerrero, heads out ready fr the main event match he has with MVP. He is carrying a microphone and he asks Ziggler to please shut his mouth with all the complaining, he sounds like a broken record. Ziggler is not happy and Vickie even less so – her nephew is bad-mouthing her man here! Chavo tells Ziggler that Rock is one of the all time greats here in the WWE, a sure-fire Hall of Famer but that doesn’t make him the sole reason why his team make or break their careers here on NXT. Chavo points out that he will listen to Rock, he will act on the advice he gets from him but 99% of the reason whether he wins NXT, keeps his job or loses it will be himself. He has to come out here every week and give it everything he has, he has to do everything he can to defeat whoever he has to face and if he does that, then he can look himself in the eye in the mirror and know that he gave it his best shot. What he won’t do is bitch and complain about the lack of support he is given – that’s a sure fire sign of weakness. Ziggler looks incensed but Vickie calms him down and sends him out of the ring and back to the locker rooms. Vickie waves to Dolph before turning back to her nephew who looks intrigued over what she has to say to him. Vickie laughs at Chavo and points out that he is a complete failure, a man who is a disgrace to the Guerrero family name. She tells him that she is embarrassed to say she is related to him in any way and suggests that her husband Eddie was by far the better man in every way imaginable. Chavo looks amused at Vickie and she gets angry over this. She insults Chavo some more as she tells him that she cannot wait to see him in the gutter, broken down and bitter, a failure, a stain on the Guerrero family name and a disappointment to his Uncle Eddie. This cracks Chavo and he gets in Vickie’s face. He tells her that she has some need to talk, that she is the biggest embarrassment there has ever been on the Guerrero family name. He tells her that his Uncle Eddie was a better man than he is, that Eddie won the WWE Championship and that he is proud that he saw that – one day, he hopes he can still emulate him. An ‘Eddie!’ chant goes up as Chavo continues – as Vickie tries to interrupt, Chavo knocks her microphone out of her hands. He berates her for riding on Eddie coat-tails and says that she profited more than anybody from her husband’s death before embarrassing his legacy with her actions since. She married Edge and helped him win the title when he didn’t deserve it and now she is on the arm of Dolph Ziggler, the king of the excuses. Chavo tells Vickie it is time that Chavo Guerrero restored the honour and pride of the Guerrero name that has been so damaged by her in recent years. He vows that tonight he will defeat MVP and he will go on to win NXT in his Uncle Eddie’s name – because he is a Guerrero and he is proud of it. Vickie rears her hand back and slaps Chavo in the face before making a quick getaway as Chavo looks on angrily ... Vickie runs up the ramp and out and Chavo nods his head and refuses to lose focus ...

*** I’M COMIN’ ***

Miami, Florida | 252 pounds
M. V. P.


Out to the ring heads MVP who seems to be suffering from some internal conflict here on NXT according to Matt Striker – follow JBL’s orders or not? Replays of the beating that Kaval received last week and the look on MVP’s face are shown as he steps into the ring. Mathews announces that the winner of this match with be ranked third in the first set of rankings – a position that at the end of the NXT season will guarantee a place in the WWE after the show. They hype up how important momentum will be here on NXT as MVP and Chavo prepare to go at it ...

MATCH 4 | SINGLES MATCH
CHAVO GUERRERO vs. MVP


Fast paced action from two of the crowd favourites here on NXT with the WWE Universe split over who to cheer in the contest. MVP gets the upper hand in the early stages and he hits several big time suplexes as he looks to get on top in the competition. However, he cannot put Chavo Guerrero away as he kicks out at 2 on several occasions. MVP looks to his a Drive By Kick as he steps up off Chavo’s knee but the Mexican ducks underneath the boot and he manages to counter into Hurricanrana that sends MVP stumbling across the mat. Chavo hits the T-Bone suplex next up and he makes his first cover of the match as well ...

1 ... 2 ... MVP kicks out!

A brainbuster follows as Chavo looks to put MVP away but he cannot manage to get the 3-count he needs to secure third spot in the first set of NXT rankings. He decides to hook the leg and hit a Northern Lights Suplex instead and he holds on for the pinfall ...

1 ... 2 ... MVP kicks out again!

The crowd are beginning to get right into the match as MVP now begins a comeback as he hits a German suplex that crashes Chavo down hard on the back of his head. MVP keeps hold of the Mexican and hits another German suplex before scrambling up one more time ... A third German suplex is about to follow but Chavo manages to roll out and a kick to the gut of MVP slows him back down and it is Chavo’s turn to hit suplexes. He hooks MVP’s head and hits a suplex before swivelling his hips and hanging on ... Another suplex, another hold on and here we go, Chavo goes for the third suplex in the Three Amigos made famous by his Uncle Eddie. No way, MVP couldn’t hit three German suplexes and he manages to escape a third suplex from Chavo as well. As Chavo rushes at him, MVP locks him into a belly to belly suplex and throws Chavo up and over and skidding across the mat. A Playa’s Boot in the corner leaves Chavo dazed and struggling in the corner, MVP drags him into the middle of the ring for a cover ...

1 ... 2 ... Chavo kicks out!

MVP hits another kick to the side of Chavo’s face and sends him crashing down to the mat in position for MVP to hit his Ballin’ move as he imitates a basketball player before crashing a heavy hand down onto the Mexican. Another cover from MVP ...

1 ... 2 ... Chavo kicks out!

This see-saw match continues with both men getting the upper hand at different points and it appears that either man could win this one as it builds towards the end of the match. MVP goes for the ‘Play of the Day’ but Chavo counters with a suplex and this time he manages to hit it three times to complete Uncle Eddie’s Three Amigos. It seems that Chavo is now feeling ‘froggy’ as he heads for the top rope and prepares ... FROG SPLASH! CHAVO HITS THE FROG SPLASH! This one is over and Chavo makes the cover ...


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No!

Wait a minute!

Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler are back at ringside and MVP’s foot is on the rope ... thanks to Chavo’s Aunt! The referee confirms that it was a 2-count as Vickie distracts the official and Chavo spins round ... ZIG ZAG! Revenge for Dolph Ziggler after Chavo belittled him before! Ziggler and Vickie head back up the ramp laughing as they look at the ring where Chavo and MVP are both laid on the mat with the referee counting them out. Dolph has made his point and he and Vickie exit as the referee gets to 7 ... 8 ... Up gets MVP! MVP grabs Chavo, he wants to beat him properly, not via a countout! MVP once again sets up for the Play of the Day but again, Chavo manages to escape and he hits a quick roll up pin ...


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WINNER
CHAVO GUERRERO (7:37)


Chavo Guerrero surprises MVP with the quick roll up and catches him out to secure the win and the third ranking spot in next week’s first official NXT rankings. MVP looks disappointed to be going fourth but – as Striker points out – there is plenty of time yet! Mathews suggests that MVP maybe made a wrong decision in not taking the count-out win when Chavo was down from Ziggler’s Zig Zag move before? NXT closes out with Chavo’s hand being raised in the air and then a sporting handshake between Guerrero and MVP ...

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

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SMACKDOWN, January 7



Friday January 7th, 2011 | Mobile Civic Center, Mobile, Alabama



As in last week’s episode of Friday Night SMACKDOWN, the new General Manager of SMACKDOWN, Michael Cole, has a pre-recorded message for the start of the show. Cole is stood in front of a blue SMACKDOWN sign holding a microphone and he smiles a cheesy grin as the camera rolls and he begins the show ...

MICHAEL COLE
Can I have your attention, please?

Despite the fact that his address is pre-recorded so won’t feature any reaction from the crowd, Cole pauses ...

MICHAEL COLE
Thank you. I am Michael Cole, the new General Manager of SMACKDOWN, the soon-to-be Number 1 show in the WWE. For all the new viewers tuning in tonight now that Teddy Long has been fired, I welcome you. Tonight’s SMACKDOWN will be, as always, a vintage show. In last week’s SMACKDOWN main event, Christian – with assistance from RAW’s Randy Orton – defeated John Cena in a Number 1 contender match to earn himself the chance to face CM Punk for the World Championship in just over two weeks time at the Royal Rumble. Despite the fact that Christian was illegally assisted by Mr. Orton, I have spoken to John Cena and he has accepted that he was defeated and that Christian should challenge CM Punk at the Rumble. Due to Mr. Cena’s excellent attitude towards this issue, I have decided that he will be given a spot in the Royal Rumble for SMACKDOWN. Furthermore, Mr. Cena and myself both agree with the decision of the WWE owner, Chip Butty, that Randy Orton should be banned from appearing at the Royal Rumble event. With Orton out of the way, I fully expect John Cena to win the Royal Rumble for the WWE’s apex show.

Now, onto tonight’s show, we are live in Mobile, Alabama, where tonight’s main event will be a rematch from last week as John Cena will go one on one with Christian. After his punishment last week on RAW, I do not believe that Randy Orton would be stupid enough to try and appear on SMACKDOWN tonight again. However, to ensure that Randy Orton has no impact on tonight’s result, I have decided to appoint a special guest referee for the match – the World Heavyweight Champion, CM PUNK! I am sure that you are now desperate for the show to begin so I will finish here – enjoy the show!

The camera fades as SMACKDOWN’s opening credits roll to begin the show ...

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

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




Todd Grisham and Mick Foley introduce the show as the camera zooms in on the WWE Universe who are excited for tonight’s SMACKDOWN event here in Mobile. Grisham and Foley hype up the announcement from General Manager Michael Cole that tonight’s main event will feature Number 1 contender Christian up against John Cena with CM Punk, the World Champion, as the special guest referee for the match. Foley also speculates that it is a massive night for Cena as he begins his preparations for the Royal Rumble match; Foley is confident that Cena could provide SMACKDOWN with another Royal Rumble victory after Edge won it whilst on SMACKDOWN last year. Grisham says that Cena must be a strong contender to win ...

*** MY TIME IS NOW ***

JOHN CENA

... Grisham’s comments are interrupted as the man himself, John Cena, heads out into the arena. Looking thoroughly annoyed over the events of last week, Cena storms towards the ring and ignores the boos that echo around the arena as he snatches a microphone and calls for his music to be cut. As his music fades out, Cena stands facing the cameras looking annoyed and ready to get something off his chest right now ...

JOHN CENA
Yeah, you’re all right, you’ve guessed correctly. I am incredibly p****d off tonight. Trust me, you don’t wanna’ get on the wrong side of me tonight. So all you idiots here in Mobile ...

Huge boos for Cena after his insult ...

JOHN CENA
... you better shut up and listen real good because I’ve got something important to say tonight. When I arrived here on SMACKDOWN a month ago, I thought I had left behind the moaning and the bitterness of Randy Orton for good. The so-called ‘Viper’ on RAW was jealous of my position on RAW as the top dog and the man that was always there to be shot at – but was hardly ever beaten. Bitterness is a terrible thing, as you lot here in Mobile know only too well ...

Cena cracks a smile for the first time as the hate rains down on him once more, he holds up the microphone to further upset the crowd as he shows his contempt for them ...

JOHN CENA
... As I was saying ... Bitterness is a terrible thing, Randy, it eats away inside you. Despite all your successes on RAW, all your reigns as the WWE Champion, you could never beat me, you could never overcome me to become the Number 1 guy on RAW. By leaving RAW, I have done you a massive favour ... you now have a chance to be the man. So what did you do instead? You blamed me because you lost your WWE Championship to Wade Barrett, you keep invading SMACKDOWN to attack me? And now, now, you’ve been suspended from the Royal Rumble because you interfered in my Number 1 contender match last week on SMACKDOWN. A nobody, a washed up, broken down, never-was excuse of a SMACKDOWN superstar, Christian, has a shot at the World Championship.

Cheers for the mention of Christian as Number 1 contender ...

JOHN CENA
At the Royal Rumble, Christian faces CM Punk for the title and I have decided to accept that. I could moan and complain like you, Orton, I could let bitterness take me down but I am not going to do that. I am going to make sure I create history instead. You see, Orton, unlike you, I have some pride and dignity left. At Vengeance, I defeated you once and for all, I am finished with you and I have other goals to accomplish now – and they’re all here on SMACKDOWN. I have no reason to feud and fight with the top man on RAW – I’ve already proven time after time that he, you, has no business in the ring with me. So, I am setting my sights on Cleveland, Ohio, 16 days time, the Royal Rumble. An event that you have been barred from Orton, an event where I will win the Royal Rumble match and secure my spot in the main event of WrestleMania where I will defeat the World Champion and become the top man here on the top brand in the WWE ...

A loud ‘Cena sucks!’ chant begins which again forces a smile from the man himself ...

JOHN CENA
Oh, trust me, Mobile, Cena does not suck. Mobile might suck, Alabama might suck, Randy Orton might suck but I don’t. Tonight, I begin to prove to you all that John Cena is for real. I am starting an undefeated streak that will last from tonight when I face Christian in a rematch from last week until WrestleMania and beyond. Nobody will defeat me, I will win the World Heavyweight Championship and I will rule SMACKDOWN. If you don’t believe me, Mobile, just watch me.

More boos from the crowd as Cena’s music restarts and he taunts the crowd in the ring by waving his hand over his face and confirming to the crowd that they can’t see him. Cena exits the ring and heads for the ramp as Grisham and Foley remind us of the announcement on RAW: Randy Orton, as punishment for appearing on SMACKDOWN last week, is barred from the Royal Rumble PPV and will not feature in any matches, he will not even be allowed to set foot in the building. Grisham speaks of hundreds of Twitter and Facebook petitions and protests over the barring of Orton from the Rumble and Foley suggests that he thinks something should be done to allow Orton to compete if that is what the fans want to see. The camera switches backstage where Josh Mathews is stood smiling and holding a microphone in the SMACKDOWN interview area ...

JOSH MATHEWS
Ladies and Gentlemen, we just heard from one half of the SMACKDOWN main event tonight in John Cena, now please welcome my guest at this time, the man he will face tonight and the World Championship Number 1 contender ... CHRISTIAN!

Cheers from the crowd here in Mobile for the popular superstar who appears beside Josh Mathews with a huge grin on his face ...

JOSH MATHEWS
Christian, in two weeks time, you will challenge CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Rumble but tonight you have to face John Cena again with the World Champion, CM Punk as the special guest referee ... Your thoughts?

CHRISTIAN
You know what, Josh? I just heard the rubbish that John Cena spoke in the ring just then, he sounded as if he was completely deluded in some way. But Cena is right in one thing he says – SMACKDOWN is the top show here in the WWE. You see, Cena thinks he can just head on over to SMACKDOWN and win the World Championship, he thinks because he was the ‘Face of Monday Night RAW’ that it will be simple here on SMACKDOWN. Well, Cena, you’re wrong. Here on SMACKDOWN, we have some of the best WWE superstars there has ever been. Tough veteran guys like Big Show, Rey Mysterio, Kane, the Phenom of the WWE, The Undertaker. Up and coming young guys like Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, Alberto Del Rio and Cody Rhodes. Guys like Matt Hardy and Mark Henry who have never held the big title and are desperate to do just that. And, though I’m not a fan of him, the World Champion CM Punk, one of the toughest guys in the WWE.

Christian laughs to himself as he thinks about Cena’s comments ...

CHRISTIAN
Cena, you seem to think that you can walk into SMACKDOWN and just win the World Championship? It doesn’t work like that! You need to learn to respect those guys that are established here on SMACKDOWN and realise that to be the World Champion you are going to have to fight and scratch and claw for your life in order to get the opportunity. Just like I have done. For years here on SMACKDOWN, I have fought, scratched, bitten and clawed my way up, recovered from injuries and defeats, kept on battling for my chance. After I beat you last week, I finally earned what people like Matt Hardy and Mark Henry would do anything to get – a shot at the World Championship. At the Royal Rumble, I face CM Punk with the title up for grabs and I am determined to take my chance.

Christian considers his next words carefully before continuing ...

CHRISTIAN
CM Punk is a hell of a wrestler, I will have to be at my very best to beat him. But, Josh, I have worked too hard and for too long to let this one pass. The difference between Cena and me is that I will respect CM Punk, I will go out there knowing that I can be beaten at any second if I don’t stay focused. I’m not going to guarantee victory but I am going to guarantee that CM Punk will never have to work harder to retain that title, I will guarantee that I will do everything I can to win the title and I believe that I can. Cena believes that he can just show up here on SMACKDOWN and win the World Championship, it appears he has Michael Cole on his side as well. You can earn it too, Cena. Go to the Rumble, win it and get your shot and I’ll see you at WrestleMania. But tonight, do not underestimate me. You blamed your defeat last week on Randy Orton? Well, tonight, with CM Punk as the referee to ensure no outside interference, you’ll have no excuses. Your ‘undefeated streak’ will end before it even begins, Cena. I am going to prove to you that ...

Christian pauses and looks to his left as somebody else catches his eye. The camera turns to show CM Punk, World Championship belt over his shoulder, standing looking at Christian with a cocky smirk on his face. Punk silently applauds Christian’s comments before slowly walking away as Grisham informs us that he is set to go one on with Evan Bourne next before his special guest referee role later tonight. Christian watches Punk walk away with a determined look in his eyes ...

A match card appears on screen showing the World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk and his opponent for the next match, Evan Bourne. Grisham and Foley hype up the appearance of the World Champion tonight and he is coming next after this commercial break. Will Punk continue on with his winning streak with a victory over the high flying Evan Bourne? Or will he manage to cause an upset here tonight on SMACKDOWN?


*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

SMACKDOWN returns with the arena ready for the first contest of the night – already heading down to the ring is the Tag Team of Evan Bourne and Mark Henry with the music of Bourne ringing out around the arena as he receives cheers and slaps hands with the WWE Universe ...

*** BOURNE TO WIN ***

St. Louis, Missouri | 183 pounds
EVAN BOURNE
(with Mark Henry)


Bourne gets into the ring and jumps up in the corner where he salutes the fans here in Mobile as the referee checks on Mark Henry who appears to just be here to support his partner. Foley and Grisham remind us of the Tag Team Turmoil match that Chip Butty announced on NXT last week and reminds us that Bourne and Henry will be facing the Tag Team Champions, the Major Broskis, on NXT next week to try and secure a late entry into the match. With Henry on the outside and Bourne preparing in the ring, attention turns towards the titantron as the music of the World Champion starts up ...

*** CULT OF PERSONALITY ***

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


A mixed reaction for the World Heavyweight Champion as CM Punk heads out sauntering onto the stage with a look of smugness on his face. With the World Championship belt fastened around his waist, Punk kneels down on stage and shouts that it is ‘clobbering time’ before heading down towards the ring. The WWE Universe is jeering Punk although he retains his hardcore support and there is a faint ‘CM Punk’ chant as he steps into the ring. Punk points to Henry and demands that the referee tells him to stay out of his business tonight before climbing into the corner and raising the World Championship for the WWE Universe to see.

MATCH 1 | SINGLES MATCH
CM PUNK vs. EVAN BOURNE (w/Mark Henry)


Both men use their feet to their advantage in the early stages of the contest as they look to gain the upper hand – CM Punk is the man who manages to get in control of the contest though and the World Champion looks to get the match over as quickly as he can. However, he cannot focus on the match and keeps glancing over at the hulking figure of Mark Henry at ringside even though he is innocently cheering on his tag partner rather than looking to get involved in the contest. A backbreaker from Punk leaves Bourne down on the mat in trouble and Punk heads to the top rope looking for a top rope elbow. Again, he gets distracted by Mark Henry though whilst on the top rope, for no reason. With his eyes diverted towards Henry, this allows Bourne the chance to jump up and hit a hurricanrana to Punk that crashes him down off the ropes. Bourne makes a quick pin as the crowd get excited that they’re about to see a shock win for Bourne ...

1 ... 2 ... Punk kicks out!

Shocked by the attack, Punk jumps up quickly and swings at Bourne but he ducks and hits the ropes before jumping up at Punk and hitting a double knee attack that takes the champion down once again. Punk is down on the mat and Bourne hits a standing moonsault to the Straight Edge superstar before hooking the leg for another cover ...

1 ... 2 ... Punk kicks out!

Bourne is exciting the crowd now and he hits a spinning kick to the head of Punk that takes him down before he heads for the top rope with the cheers of the crowd ringing through the arena. Evan Bourne climbs the ropes with the WWE Universe and Mark Henry cheering him on. Bourne leaps off the top ropes looking to hit AIR BOURNE ... Punk rolls out of the way at the last second! Bourne eats the mat instead and Punk survives again. He takes a second to recover as Bourne struggles to his feet and then he hits a running knee in the corner before following it up with a bulldog that takes Bourne down to the mat face first. Punk makes a cover on Bourne ...

1 ... 2 ... Kick out from Evan Bourne!

Punk hits a series of kicks and forearms to the ribs and head of Evan Bourne before whipping him into the ropes and hitting a snap powerslam that crashes Bourne down again. Punk has taken control now and he steps through the ropes to the outside before slingshotting himself back into the ring over the top rope to hit a clothesline to Bourne. A Shining Wizard kick crashes Bourne out, he looks beaten here as the World Champion is impressively taking him apart – Punk makes the cover ...

1 ... 2 ... Bourne kicks out just in time!

Punk looks around at the crowd who are jeering him in the main – he smiles a wicked smile and signals that it is time for Evan Bourne to go to sleep. Punk lifts a groggy Evan Bourne up onto his shoulders and looks out at the WWE Universe with a grin; his attention is again taken by Bourne’s partner, why can’t Punk ignore him tonight? The hesitation is just what Bourne needs and he wriggles down the back of Punk and rolls him up for a surprise schoolboy pinfall ...

1 ... 2 ... 3! Nooooooo! Punk escapes just in time!

The crowd groan desperately as Bourne fails to hold the champion down for the complete three count. Bourne slaps the mat in frustration but he jumps to his feet and prepares to go on the attack again. A standing knee to the jaw of CM Punk staggers him before he jumps up onto the middle rope, springboards off and delivers a drop kick to Punk. Cover from CM Punk ...

1 ... 2 ... Kick out from Punk!

Bourne seems determined to secure the victory here and he prepares to hit another big move as Punk gets to his feet; Bourne goes to hit an Inzuguri to Punk but the World Champion manages to duck as Bourne’s foot looks to connect. Off balance after the miss, Bourne turns to face Punk. Punk is ready now and he forces Bourne’s head down before lifting him up and hitting a powerbomb that crashes Bourne down on his back. Punk, quick as lightning, now leaps on Bourne and starts folding him up ... ANACONDA VICE LOCKED IN BY CM PUNK! WILL EVAN BOURNE TAP OUT?


** TAP **
** TAP **
** EVAN BOURNE TAPS OUT! **


WINNER
CM PUNK (6:26)


Grisham and Foley praise the effort from Evan Bourne but then suggest that CM Punk is one of the best wrestlers in the world due to his ability to stay in the fight until he gets an opportunity. Mark Henry helps his partner out of the ring as the referee holds Punk’s arm in the air and hands him the World Championship belt which he raises aloft. With Punk victorious, he smiles another confident smile and waves mockingly to Bourne as he disappears up the ramp. Punk is handed a microphone which he prepares to speak into as he waits for his breath to slow down after the action of the match ...

CM PUNK
That, that was what the WWE is all about. Two talented guys, one on one in the ring, fighting for supremacy and honour. And – in the end – the best man, the best wrestler in the world ... the World Heavyweight Champion ... won the match again. Tonight, I fought off the efforts of Evan Bourne and in two weeks time, I will fight a man who has been trying to break into the main event for over a decade ... Christian.

Loud cheers for Christian who is a popular choice to be challenging for Punk’s World Championship ...

CM PUNK
Now, I got to tell you, Christian is a great competitor and he deserves his chance. I overheard him earlier tonight telling you all that he was living his dream by challenging for the World Championship and that he would do everything in his power to become champion. That is a noble sentiment but the fact remains that I am the best wrestler in the world, Christian, I am the guy that beat Big Show to win the World Championship and I am the guy that defeated Kane, Show and Kofi Kingston at Vengeance to keep hold of it.

Some mild jeers for Punk but he continues on regardless ...

CM PUNK
I don’t care who I have to face, the fact of the matter is that I am the World Champion here on SMACKDOWN. As you just saw, I am capable of overcoming all barriers to ensure victory and at the Royal Rumble, I will do just that once again. Christian, your dream is to go to the Royal Rumble and win the World Heavyweight Championship? Unfortunately, I am the Straight Edge superstar here on SMACKDOWN, it makes me better than you and come the Royal Rumble, I will defeat you and be your nightmare.

Punk drops the microphone as ‘This Fire Burns’ starts up once more and he heads out of the ring back up the ramp with the title belt high above his head. Punk stands on stage and looks out over the SMACKDOWN audience and shrugs his shoulders as if to say that he is sorry but that is the way it is going to be. There are jeers for him but Grisham and Foley speak of how tough Christian is going to find it against CM Punk and how his dream might not be as close as he thinks. Foley suggests that Punk is on a huge roll right now and that he could well be the best on SMACKDOWN – how can Christian defeat him?

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

CATCH NXT SEASON 3 NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT!

Who will be ranked Number 1 in the first NXT rankings – Vladimir Kozlov or the Great Khali?
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*** CRANK IT UP ***

BIG SHOW

A mixed reception for the World’s Largest Athlete as he heads out towards the ring with a look of sorrow on his face and holding his hands up in an apologetic way. He heads up the steel steps and steps over the top rope without stopping for his trademark choke slam salute to the fans and takes a microphone. He holds his hand up for his music to be faded and for the fans to settle a little before he starts ...

BIG SHOW
Errr ... Look ... Last week, I ... Well ... I got carried away. I got caught up in a match and I ... well ... see for yourself ... Roll the footage ...

Big Show, looking embarrassed by his actions from last week, signals for the technicians to show the footage from SMACKDOWN last week when he went one on one with Kofi Kingston in a battle between two friends after Kofi had challenged him over hitting him from behind in the World Championship match at Vengeance. With the smaller Kingston proving to be a more difficult challenge than perhaps Big Show expected him to be, Show suddenly resorted to picking up a TV monitor from the SMACKDOWN announce table and crashing it into the head of the African ... The camera returns to the ring where Big Show is stood looking apologetic still and he appears to be annoyed with his actions last week ...

BIG SHOW
Most of you know that over the years, I have had a few issues with controlling my anger. Recently, I have controlled it well but last week, well, last week, something just snapped for a moment. I don’t know what caused me to do what I did. Kofi Kingston is an amazing young star here on SMACKDOWN, he is the future of the WWE and I am proud to count him as a friend of mine ...

Show wipes away the beads of sweat collecting on his forehead and shakes his head a little as he recalls his actions last week ...

BIG SHOW
So, I’m out here right now to ask my friend, Kofi Kingston, to come out to the ring so I can apologise to him in person, so I can shake his hand and so we can move on from this situation once and for all. Kofi, will you please come out here?

Show turns his attention towards the stage and the titantron which remains quiet for a few moments. With the whole of the arena focused on the entrance to the arena, it suddenly comes to life with yellow and green as Kofi begins to make his way towards the ring ...

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

KOFI KINGSTON

It is a less than excited Kofi Kingston that heads out into the arena, he is not his usual self after what happened last week. Kofi walks towards the ring in a custom made tracksuit and there are no pyrotechnics here. Kofi heads into the ring where he picks up a microphone coming in and stands opposite Show as his music fades ...

BIG SHOW
Thanks for coming out, Kofi, it means a lot to me.

Kofi remains quiet and simply looks up into the eyes of the taller Big Show ...

BIG SHOW
Kofi, I asked you out here, man, to apologise for my actions last week. I don’t know what caused me to do that, I just snapped for a moment inside. You know how it can be sometimes, I was frustrated that I couldn’t put you away ... I just lost control. All week, I’ve replayed that moment in my head trying to justify it or come up with a reason for why I did it ... But I can’t ... All I can do, Kofi, is say that I am sorry. I am truly, truly sorry. Kofi, I am proud to count you as a friend of mine here on SMACKDOWN, I hope you can forgive me.

Big Show extends his hand towards Kofi and offers to shake and forget last week for good. Show continues to tell Kofi that he is sorry for his actions as Kofi considers whether or not to accept the apology. Looking round the ring, Kofi is encouraged by the WWE Universe to shake hands with Big Show and, after a long pause, Kofi takes Show’s hand and he shakes it.

BIG SHOW
Thanks, Kofi. That means a lot.

KOFI KINGSTON
Man, I have to say that I’ve been angry with you all week. But I can see it in your eyes that I can trust you, that you didn’t mean to do what you did. To drive you to do what you did, I must have frustrated you and showed that I am a major player here on SMACKDOWN. I hope I made a believer out of you, Show?

BIG SHOW
I’ve always been a believer in you, Kofi. You are the future of this business and I see you entertaining the WWE Universe for a long time ...

KOFI KINGSTON
And winning World and WWE Championships?

Show pauses at first but then nods his head to Kofi ...

BIG SHOW
Sure, Kofi. I think you have all the tools to become the World Champion or the WWE Champion. With a little luck as well, there is no reason why you can’t ...

KOFI KINGSTON
Show, Show, Show, last week I took you to the limit and forced you to a place where you had to resort to an extreme moment of fury due to frustration. Yet, you still don’t believe in me. Do you?

Kofi looks to Big Show who looks uncomfortable as he looks into his friend’s eyes considering what to say ...

BIG SHOW
Kofi, that isn’t what I said, I said that ...

KOFI KINGSTON
Look, Show, I’ve accepted your apology. We’re cool. But we’re friends and I need you to be honest with me. If you don’t think I can win the big one, tell me.

BIG SHOW
Kofi, you have all the tools. I just don’t see that you have that last little piece that you need. I don’t know why, I can’t explain it. I hope you can prove me wrong but you’re right, I’m not convinced, I don’t think you can win the WWE Championship or the World Championship. I’m just being honest with you, man.

Kofi nods his head in appreciation and thinks carefully for a moment before responding ...

KOFI KINGSTON
That’s fine, Show, that’s cool. I am going to prove you wrong some time but I appreciate your honesty. I guess we’ll find out at the Royal Rumble ...

BIG SHOW
The Royal Rumble that I am going to win, Kofi!

There are some slight boos for Big Show’s interruption but Kofi looks at him with a smile ...

KOFI KINGSTON
We’ll see, Show. We’ll ...

????
Hold it there!

Another interruption for Kingston but this time it is the SMACKDOWN General Manager who is walking out onto the stage to huge jeers and heat ...

MICHAEL COLE
May I have your attention please? I am Michael Cole and I am the new General Manager here on SMACKDOWN. Now, Kofi, Big Show, I’ve been listening to you from my office and whilst this apologising and handshaking is all fine for ‘these’ people here in Mobile ...

More jeers for Cole as he infers that ‘these’ people are simple ...

MICHAEL COLE
... It is not fine for the SMACKDOWN General Manager who has a show that needs exciting action to help it overtake Monday Night RAW in the ratings. So here is what I think needs to happen. Kofi, last week, your friend Big Show hit you in the head with a television monitor and got himself disqualified. Here you are vowing that you are going to prove him wrong and win the Rumble, go to WrestleMania and win the World Championship. Now, I happen to agree with Show here, you’re never going to do that ...

Intense hate for Cole now as he insults Kofi; the Ghanaian looks not impressed as he looks up at Cole on the stage with a look of anger on his face ...

MICHAEL COLE
Oh, be quiet, Mobile!

A ‘You Suck!’ chant erupts in the arena and Cole is subjected to an embarrassing few seconds where he shakes his head and denies the claim ...

MICHAEL COLE
Now, if I can continue without interruptions, Kofi, I want to see you prove your credentials here on SMACKDOWN. So tonight, we are going to have a rematch. It will be Kofi Kingston – one on one ... with the Big Show!

BIG SHOW
Hold it, Cole, there is no need for that! Kofi and I have put our little squabble behind us, there is no reason for us to face off against each other tonight.

Kofi looks surprised at Show’s comments as he seemed up for facing his friend – he looks to Show and listens carefully to Cole’s response ...

MICHAEL COLE
You appear to be forgetting who the SMACKDOWN General Manager is, Show. I am – and I say tonight will see Kofi Kingston face the Big Show. And before you argue, let me tell you something. If you refuse to take part, both of you will not even be entering the Royal Rumble!

Show looks worried but Kofi speaks to him off microphone and looks to be reassuring him that they can have a great match and retain their friendship. Show accepts and the pair of them shake hands once again ... Cole smirks to himself on stage and turns on his heels and walks away to leave Show and Kofi in the ring as Foley and Grisham hype up tonight’s big match between the pair of them. The camera switches backstage where Cole is walking along a corridor with a grin on his face after throwing his weight around. He turns into the door marked SMACKDOWN GENERAL MANAGER and heads into his office where we see an annoyed looking Matt Hardy waiting for him ...

MICHAEL COLE
What the hell are you doing in my office, Hardy? Get the hell ...

MATT HARDY
Relax, Michael, relax, I’m here to see you. I wanted to talk to you about my match tonight ...

MICHAEL COLE
What is there to understand? Tonight, Matt Hardy up against Cody Rhodes in a Number 1 contender match for the Intercontinental Championship. The winner will get to face Alberto Del Rio in the near future for the Intercontinental Title. I don’t get why you’re confused ...

Hardy looks at Cole and it seems he isn’t happy about being in this match ...

MATT HARDY
Michael, I don’t wish to dis-respect the Intercontinental Championship, Cody Rhodes, Alberto Del Rio or SMACKDOWN but ... I’m not interested in being the Intercontinental Champion anymore. I want to be getting set for the Royal Rumble, I want to be making my way up the ranks here on SMACKDOWN in order to receive a shot at the World Championship in the future.

There is the sound of cheers from the crowd for the popular Hardy who looks to Cole expectantly ... Cole muses for a moment as he considers a response ...

MICHAEL COLE
Hmmmm ... TOUGH!

More loud jeers for Cole as he smirks at Hardy who looks even more annoyed now ...

MICHAEL COLE
I don’t understand why everybody thinks they can question my authority tonight, first Big Show, now you. I am the SMACKDOWN General Manager, I am in charge of this show. And I am telling you, Hardy, to go out there, face off with Cody Rhodes and do your best to win the match and earn yourself an Intercontinental Championship match. And if you don’t win the match, Hardy, do you know what I’ll do?

Hardy stares at Cole waiting for the answer ...

MICHAEL COLE
I won’t enter you into the Rumble match. So, if you want to enter the Royal Rumble, you better become the Number 1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship. Am I understood?

Hardy scowls at Cole but realises there is no use arguing and he storms out of the General Manager’s office ... Cole looks content as he sits down on his desk with a smile on his face ...

MICHAEL COLE
SMACKDOWN General Manager taking charge ... Vintage Michael Cole!

The cameras return to the ring and Tony Chimel announces that the next match is the Number 1 contender match for the Intercontinental Championship as mentioned by Cole just moments ago ...

*** SMOKE AND MIRRORS ***

Marietta, Georgia | 223 pounds
CODY RHODES


Rhodes makes his way towards the ring after checking his appearance in the mirror on the stage and apparently making the decision that he looks good. Rhodes is dismissive of the WWE fans in the walkway and he runs up the ring steps before entering the ring and taunting the crowd over his looks as well as signalling that he is going to become the future Intercontinental Champion after he defeats Matt Hardy here tonight ...

*** LIVE FOR THE MOMENT ***

Cameron, North Carolina | 235 pounds
MATT HARDY


A good reception for Hardy although he looks far from happy as Grisham and Foley recall the previous altercation with the SMACKDOWN General Manager, Michael Cole, where Hardy was forced to compete in this Number 1 contender match for the Intercontinental Championship. Foley reminds us that, even though Hardy would prefer to chase the World Championship, he has to compete tonight and win a shot at the Intercontinental Title or else he loses his place in the Royal Rumble in just over two weeks time. Hardy steps into the ring and looks set to take out his frustrations on the ‘Dashing’ one in this match that he dare not lose ...

MATCH 2 | NUMBER 1 CONTENDER MATCH (INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP)
CODY RHODES vs. MATT HARDY


An even match between one of SMACKDOWN’s veterans and a younger up and coming superstar that sees both men have spells in control of the contest. Rhodes’ nasty side certainly shows as he halts Hardy’s early momentum by pulling down the top rope and causing Hardy to topple head first over the rope and outside the ring where he crashes into the barriers. Rhodes utilises the referee’s count – and his lenient side – as he rams Hardy into the barricades and the ring posts on the outside to try and take the momentum away. Once he rolls Hardy back into the ring, Rhodes proceeds to physically dissect Hardy and looks to be inching closer to victory and a date with Alberto Del Rio in the near future. However, an attempted Cross Rhodes fails and Hardy reverses into a Side Effect to regain the upper hand. A leg drop from the top by Hardy misses and Rhodes just fails with a surprise roll up before looking to bash the lights out of Matt in the corner as he connects with big right hands. Things look bleak for Matt when Rhodes springboards from the rope and connects with a devastating kick – BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICK! Rhodes makes the cover but it is not enough as Matt manages to grab the bottom rope and break the count much to the dismay of Rhodes who is livid with the referee. As Rhodes argues with the ref, Hardy sneaks up and rolls him up for a 2-count before taking advantage of Rhodes’ being off-guard and whipping Rhodes to the corner, hitting a clothesline and following up with a Bulldog. Hardy heads up the ropes in the corner and he hits the Hardy pose – which prompts a reminder from Foley that Matt’s brother Jeff Hardy will be returning soon – before a Hardy Leg Drop from the top rope. Hardy gets a 2-count again but he appears to be ready now and he waits for Cody to stagger up ... TWIST OF FATE! HARDY HITS THE TWIST OF FATE!

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WINNER
MATT HARDY (6:56)


Hardy rolls out of the ring with a look of annoyance still in his eyes as he heads up the ramp. He slaps hands with some fans and raises his hand in victory as Grisham hypes up a future Intercontinental Championship match with Alberto Del Rio as well as Matt’s now confirmed place in the Royal Rumble. Matt backs away up the ramp but is suddenly attacked from behind with a clothesline to the back of his head and shoulders. The camera swivels round and Alberto Del Rio is staring at the floored Hardy with an evil smile on his face. Hardy hit the ramp hard and he struggles back up just in time for Del Rio to stand back and watch as Cody Rhodes – upset at his loss – sets him up and hits the Cross Rhodes on the steel. Jeers and boos are echoing around the arena but Del Rio smirks and laughs before grabbing Hardy’s arm and locking in the deadly Cross Arm Breaker as well. Hardy is squirming and looks to be in tremendous pain as Del Rio synchs it in harder and Matt is forced to tap out to the Mexican. However, he refuses to release and Hardy looks to be in danger of injury here as he taps out further. Eventually, Del Rio heeds the advice of the officials who pour out from backstage and releases the submission hold before standing over Hardy. His announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, hands him a microphone and Del Rio looks set to speak as he stands over the writhing Hardy ...

ALBERTO DEL RIO
My name ... My name is Alberto Del Rio ... But you already knew that! You also know that I am the Intercontinental Champion ... And it is my destiny to be the greatest Intercontinental Champion ... of all time. It is also my destiny to win the Royal Rumble ... and go to WrestleMania to challenge for the World Championship as well. Matt Hardy ... he is a nobody, a él no es nadie, he will never beat me for this Intercontinental Championship ...

Del Rio holds the title belt high over his head ...

ALBERTO DEL RIO
... And he will not beat me in the Royal Rumble either. Next week, on SMACKDOWN, Michael Cole has told me we will have our match for this title ... and you, Matt Hardy, you will lose ...

Del Rio stomps hard in the stomach of Hardy before holding the title up high again and stepping away, backing up the ramp as the medics check on Matt’s condition ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

SMACKDOWN vs. RAW 2011!

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

SMACKDOWN returns with a replay from this week’s NXT where Chip Butty appeared on the show to announce a ‘revamp’ of the Tag Team division ...

Quote:
Originally Posted by NXT, LAST TUESDAY
*** POPPIHOLLA ***

WWE Owner
CHIP BUTTY


Another mixed reaction for the owner too as he heads out wearing a suit and smiling and waving to the fans. Butty climbs into the ring and shakes hands with the Tag Team Champions before asking if he can borrow one of their belts. As his music fades, Butty holds up Ryder’s Tag Team Championship belt and begins to speak. He says that the Tag Team Championships are a title to be proud of – they have been held by some of the greatest performers ever seen in the WWE. Butty lists the great Tag Team Champions of the past – from the original champions, Luke Graham and tarzan Tyler to Mr. Fuji and Professor Tanaka, The Blackjacks, The Wild Samoans, The British Bulldogs, The Hart Foundation, Legion of Doom, Money Incorporated, Headshrinkers, New Age Outlaws, APA, Hardy Boys, Edge and Christian, Dudley Boys and Degeneration X ... He says that all of them have been proud to hold these titles and that it is time that the current titles were given a shake up and the Tag Team division reinvigorated ahead of WrestleMania 27. Butty suggests that he wants the very best Tag Teams to compete at WrestleMania and that the Royal Rumble will be the start of it. Butty says that he has identified a number of WWE superstars that will – from now on – purely focus on the Tag Team division and will be aiming to win the titles. At the Royal Rumble, six of these teams will battle for the titles, including the Major Broskis.

Ryder and Hawkins don’t like the sound of five teams challenging them although the WWE Universe seem happy enough with the decision. Ryder interrupts Butty and questions the decision to have five challengers before adding ‘Are you serious, bro?’ for good measure. Butty assures him he is serious and that at the Rumble, we will start to find out who the best Tag Teams are in a Tag Team Turmoil match. Butty reminds us that this means that two teams start and the winners continue on until the end – coming into the match later is an advantage. Butty says that there will be three Tag Team matches over the next three weeks on NXT – the winner of each match will guarantee that they will be given fourth, fifth or sixth entry in the match whilst the losers will end up starting or coming in as the third team and having to win more matches to take the titles. Ryder and Hawkins look extremely worried now but Curt asks who the other five teams will be. Butty announces that tonight we will see the Usos face Cryme Time – big pop for Cryme Time – for a later entry into Tag Team Turmoil. Next week, Ryder and Hawkins will face ... Evan Bourne and Mark Henry! And in the week before the Rumble, the Hart Dynasty will face a newly formed team. Butty says he will introduce them now ... they are called ... THE BRITISH EMPIRE!


*** LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY ***

Great Britain
BRITISH EMPIRE
Finlay, William Regal & Mason Ryan


With Finlay discarding his green Irish colours in favour of red, white and blue British colours and carrying the Union Jack flag, out head the three members of the British Empire – Finlay, fellow veteran William Regal and the unknown face of Mason Ryan. They immediately are getting heat, there is something about their sneering looks that tells you that this team are not a team who are going to be sucking up to the fans. As they enter the ring, Butty shakes their hands and welcomes them to the WWE whilst the Tag Team Champions look on nervously. Regal takes a microphone and immediately thanks his fellow Brit, Chip Butty, for allowing them to take part in the Royal Rumble Tag Team Turmoil match. He then turns his attention towards Ryder and Hawkins and stares at them – Regal advises them to get out of the ring now. Slowly, Ryder and Hawkins decide to heed the advice and they exit the ring to leave the Empire all alone in the ring. Regal informs the WWE Universe that long ago, Britain ruled the oceans and the world. They owned the majority of it, they discovered half of it and they led the way so that countries like the USA could follow in their footsteps. A ‘USA!’ chant goes up and Regal demands respect and quiet – huge heat already for the British Empire. Regal accuses them of being typical Americans, loud and crass. He says that they should try and be more like their British cousins across the ‘Pond’ ... sophisticated and respectful. Regal introduces the Empire to us – representing Northern Ireland will be Finlay, representing England will be himself and then he introduces Mason Ryan, who looks to be a real powerhouse, a representative of Wales. Regal informs the WWE Universe that only two of them will be taking part in Tag Team Turmoil but they aren’t going to spoil that surprise ... yet. Regal goes on to promise one thing – by the end of the Royal Rumble, the British Empire will begin to take over the WWE with the Tag Team Championship firmly in their grasp. Regal sarcastically thanks the WWE Universe in Alabama for their time and their welcome before asking for quiet whilst the British National Anthem is played in honour of the WWE’s newest tag team. Huge boos erupt around the arena to the disgust of Regal and his team but the British National Anthem of ‘God Save The Queen’ plays ... Another ‘USA!’ chant goes up to interrupt and Regal does not look impressed as it ends. Striker and Matthews hype up the arrival of this new team and speculate that the Tag Team Turmoil match doesn’t sound good for the current champions, the Major Broskis.
*** BRINGIN’ DA HOOD TO U ***

Brooklyn, New York | 525 pounds
CRYME TYME


As the replays finish, we head back into the arena where JTG and Shad Gaspart are in the ring working up the crowd as they prepare for their upcoming match against the Tag Team Champions ... Grisham and Foley remind us of their victory over the Usos on NXT last week that guarantees them fourth, fifth or sixth entry into the Tag Team Turmoil match at the Rumble with Foley suggesting that this could be a fabulous chance for Cryme Tyme to get their hands on the Tag Team Championships for the first time ever!

*** RADIO ***

Long Island, New York | 450 pounds | Tag Team Champions
MAJOR BROSKIS


The usually goofy and upbeat Long Island Broskis head out onto the stage with their Tag Team Championships looking a little wary after the announcement on NXT from the WWE owner, Chip Butty. As they near the ring, a confident looking Cryme Tyme mock them from the ring and Grisham reminds us that the champions will have their own date with destiny next week on NXT as they face Mark Henry and Evan Bourne looking to earn a late entry, just like Cryme Tyme, in the Royal Rumble match-up for their titles. Ryder and Hawkins head into the ring and hand over their title belts to the referee and prepare for their match. As the referee is about to ring the bell though, another of the six teams involved in the Royal Rumble title match make an appearance ...

*** LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY ***

William Regal, Finlay and Mason Ryan
THE BRITISH EMPIRE


The three members of the Empire head out and make their way slowly down the ramp, stopping half way. Ryan is carrying a Union Jack flag and – after their big comments on NXT – they are getting quite a helping of heat as they stand in the rampway watching the ring. With it clear that they are here to watch, the referee is satisfied and rings the bell so that the match can begin ...

MATCH 3 | TAG TEAM MATCH
CRYME TYME vs. MAJOR BROSKIS


Throughout the match, the British Empire remain on the ramp watching the action but they do not interfere at any stage of the contest. Their appearance seems to have affected the Tag Team Champions more than Cryme Tyme who appear much more relaxed during the match. Cryme Tyme dominate the early stages but Curt Hawkins manages to rake the eyes of JTG to halt his momentum before quick tags between him and Ryder lead to JTG becoming isolated. As the match heads towards its conclusion, JTG makes several failed attempts to tag in Shad as well as one occasion when Shad gets the tag and begins a dominating spree but the referee misses the tag due to quick thinking from Ryder. Ryder hits the Rough Ryder on JTG and fails to make the cover as he chooses instead to make a tag to Hawkins who climbs to the top rope ready to finish the match off. Hawkins soars off the ropes looking for the Heat Seeking Elbow but JTG misses and manages to make the tag instead. Shad is a ball of fire as he crashes in and takes out Hawkins and Ryder over and over with big elbows and clotheslines. In the end, Shad hits the BIG BOOT to Curt Hawkins and makes the cover ...

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WINNERS
CRYME TYME (5:28)


The Tag Team Champions roll out of the ring and look shell-shocked as Cryme Tyme pick up even more momentum heading into the Rumble with another big win. Ryder and Hawkins turn to leave and realise that the British Empire are stood in their way. Eyes are locked as Regal raises his brows to the champions before a little sarcastic applause. With that, the Empire turn to leave as Ryder and Hawkins continue to look uncomfortable over their recent problems in the ring ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

THE ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA 27 BEGINS ...

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

SMACKDOWN returns with the Number 1 contender for the Divas Championship, Maryse, in the ring with her music ‘Puorquoi’ playing. The music fades and the French – Canadian Diva lifts the microphone to speak to the audience ...

MARYSE
On Tuesday night on NXT, I proved once again that I am the sexiest of the sexy and the next Divas Champion ...

Maryse points to the big screen and a replay of her pin over Layla, the Divas Champion, is shown before footage of Maryse celebrating with her tag partner, Alicia Fox. On return to the ring, there is some mild heat for Maryse who holds her hand up to block out the looks from the WWE Universe before smiling a sultry but wicked smile and continuing ...

MARYSE
Next week on NXT, I am going to finally challenge Layla for the Divas Championship ... and I will be the Divas Champion again. There are many inferior Divas here in the WWE, I will prove next week that I am the most sexy, the most beautiful, the most amazing Divas Champion of all time.

*** HOLLA ***

Jacksonville, Florida
KELLY KELLY


The popular K2 heads for the ring looking determined to defeat the Number 1 contender and gain some momentum in her quest for the Divas Championship. She waves to the crowd as she skips down to the ring in gold before climbing into the ring. Shockingly, Maryse decides to attack Kelly immediately and she drags her into the corner by the hair and berates her for thinking that she is even in her league. Eventually, the referee convinces Maryse to leave Kelly alone and the Number 1 contender steps back and puts her own hair straight as a determined Kelly gets back to her feet and assures the referee that she is good to go in this match ...

MATCH 4 | DIVAS SINGLES MATCH
KELLY KELLY vs. MARYSE


Kelly starts as a ball of fire as she races across the ring the moment that the bell is rung, firing slaps off with her right and left hands as Maryse tries to cover up. Kelly is clearly enraged by Maryse’s unprovoked attack before the bell and she starts to stomp away at the Number 1 contender until the referee manages to drag her away. This is the chance that Maryse needs and she kicks Kelly stiff in the gut before popping Kelly off into the ropes and hitting a spinning backbreaker to her opponent before ‘wiping’ off her hands to insult Kelly further. Maryse drops to her knees and clasps Kelly’s face hard as she talks derogatively to her whilst squeezing at her cheeks. Kelly squirms free but Maryse hits a spin kick to her as she attempts to get back up to a fighting position. With Kelly back down, Maryse mounts her and starts driving the back of her head into the mat over and over as she looks to wear her down further. Grabbing the hair, Maryse drags Kelly to her feet before hitting a Russian legsweep that drives Kelly face first into the mat. Maryse rolls Kelly over onto her back and arrogantly places her foot on Kelly’s stomach as the referee makes the count ...

1 ... 2 ... Kelly kicks out!

Maryse smirks and goes to pull Kelly up once more but she is suddenly surprised as Kelly rolls her up into a pinning combination of her own ...

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

Maryse looks shocked as she gets quickly back to her feet and swings at Kelly again; K2 ducks and hits the ropes before hitting a clothesline to the Number 1 contender and the crowd rally behind Kelly as she looks for a big win. As Maryse looks to get up, Kelly uses stiff kicks to force Maryse back into the corner before hiking up her hot pants and performing the stinkface move to Maryse. Kelly milks the crowd before making her way onto the middle rope and then taking Maryse down with a bulldog. Kelly makes the cover, has she done enough?

1 ... 2 ... NO! Maryse kicks out again!

Kelly immediately looks to hit K-squared as she sets up but Maryse is too quick and she spins Kelly’s leg away. As Kelly spins round, Maryse hits a spinning kick to the side of Kelly’s head. Kelly crashes down to the mat and Maryse poses with her hands outstretched as if to say that it is all too easy. Boos are heard from the WWE Universe as she drags Kelly up once again and sets up for a DDT. Maryse flicks her hair around and hits the DDT ... FRENCH KISS FROM MARYSE! With Kelly out on the mat, Maryse flops back and just lounges against Kelly for the pin ...


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WINNER
MARYSE (2:53)


’Pourquoi’ blasts out around the arena as Maryse arrogantly poses on the middle ropes and signals that she will become the Divas Champion for the third time – Foley and Grisham remind us that she will challenge for the title next week on NXT. On stage, Layla, the current Divas Champion heads out and stands staring at Maryse in the ring. As Maryse smirks towards the Divas Champion, Layla simply holds the Divas Championship high in the air as SMACKDOWN heads into a replay of last week’s action on NXT ...

*** NXT RECAP ***

*** NXT WEEK 2 ***


A round-up of this week’s episode of NXT is aired including highlights of the following:

MVP saying he is uncomfortable with the way Kaval is being treated by Team JBL but he has no choice

The Rock telling R-Truth that he should cut out the dancing and the rapping

Kaval demanding respect from JBL but getting a beating from Kozlov before Santino rescues him

The Rock asking Great Khali if he likes pie

Drew McIntyre taking Ranking #5 by defeating R-Truth after the Future Shock DDT

Chavo Guerrero owning Vickie Guerrero before defeating MVP to take Ranking #3 before a handshake to close the show


***

*** CRANK IT UP ***

Standing 7 feet tall | The World’s Largest Athlete
BIG SHOW


SMACKDOWN returns from the NXT recap with a troubled looking Big Show heading for the ring for his rematch from last Friday with Kofi Kingston. Show doesn’t wave to the crowd as he seems to be worried over the match and he climbs into the ring clearly not his usual self. Grisham and Foley remind us of last week when Show’s match with Kofi ended in him being disqualified for use of a TV monitor and then some replays of Show’s comments earlier are shown where Show questioned whether Kofi had the ability to win the World or WWE Championship ...

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

Ghana, West Africa | 212 pounds
KOFI KINGSTON


Looking much happier than he did earlier after Big Show’s apology, Kofi Kingston heads out and his pyro is used this time as green and yellow fireworks are fired into the air. Kofi heads for the ring looking pumped up and ready to make a believer out of Big Show this time. As he climbs the ropes in the corner to salute the fans, the WWE Universe cheer Kingston and it is clear that they believe in him even if Big Show isn’t so sure!

MATCH 5 | SINGLES MATCH
BIG SHOW vs. KOFI KINGSTON


As last week, an even contest as the two friends – after a quick handshake in the centre of the ring before the bell – go at it as Kofi’s speed and agility matches up against the power and destruction of Big Show. The crowd are fully into the match, most of them behind Kofi but a good chunk of them rooting for Show as well, and it is full of highlights as Show narrowly misses with his Knockout Punch on several occasions as well as Kofi springboarding off the top ropes for a huge crossbody at one point to almost get the 3-count. However, the match is even, back and forth, until Big Show begins to show more signs of frustration at his inability to put Kofi down and keep him down. The match spills outside of the ring and the referee is eager to get both men back inside rather than count them out as the WWE Universe seem really into the match and are desperate to see a winner. Big Show tries to go for a Knockout Punch on the outside but Kofi manages to duck below his fist and avoid the contact, Kingston jumps onto the steel steps and looks for Trouble in Paradise but this time Show moves and Kofi fails. As Kofi spins back round, Big Show grabs him by the throat and looks set to smash Kofi into the announce table with a choke slam. Show lifts Kofi by the throat and is about to hit the choke slam when he regains his sense and control and lowers Kofi back down and releases him. Kofi looks up at the Giant warily and as the referee’s count reaches 7, he slides under the rope and into the ring. Show climbs into the ring as well and faces Kofi with a look of a man who came close to cracking there.

The match continues some more and it returns to the back and forth action of before until the referee unfortunately gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong moment. As Big Show looks to hit a huge shoulder block to Kofi, the Ghanaian ducks away and Show smashes into the referee and sends him down to the mat and under the bottom rope. Show looks concerned but then turns back towards Kofi who is recovering in the corner unaware of the referee’s plight. As Show heads towards Kofi with his hands up to explain about the referee, Kofi spins ... TROUBLE IN PARADISE! KOFI KINGSTON HITS TROUBLE IN PARADISE! Kofi hooks the leg of Big Show for the pinfall and the crowd count it out ...

1 ... 2 ... 3!

However, the referee doesn’t count it and Kofi jumps up in disbelief. He looks around for the referee and spots him outside the ring and realises what had happened. Kofi looks down at Show guiltily and realises that he was trying to tell him about the referee when he hit Trouble in Paradise. Kofi heads out and tries to revive the referee as Show groggily rolls out of the ring and under the bottom rope. Kofi is helping the referee up and helps him back into the ring before trying to get him back ready to call the rest of the match. However, Big Show is suddenly advancing on Kofi behind his back ... WITH A STEEL CHAIR! Big Show looks incensed over Kofi’s actions with the Trouble in Paradise kick and he is seething, spit flying away from his frothing mouth as he stands behind Kofi. The WWE Universe simultaneously try to persuade Show to leave it and tell Kofi that he is in danger. However, Kofi is unawares ...

BIG SHOW SMASHES THE CHAIR INTO THE BACK OF KOFI KINGSTON!

Loud boos emanate from the WWE Universe as Show angrily throws the chair under the rope and out of the ring. Still groggy from before, the referee missed the chair shot and the match is still ongoing. Big Show seems to consider his actions for a moment and then he begins to smirk and drags Kofi up from the ropes where he was recovering. Show grabs Kofi by the throat and roars which gets a negative response from the crowd for the first time in a long time. Show doesn’t care, he lifts Kingston high ... BIG SHOW WITH THE CHOKE SLAM! Show makes the cover ...


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WINNER
BIG SHOW (10:32)


Big Show stands over Kofi Kingston as the groggy referee raises his arm in victory completely unaware of what actually happened in the latter stages of the match. Show takes the abuse that is raining down on him from the WWE Universe with a enraged smirk ... It appears that Show has made his choice here and has snapped after failing to put Kofi away legitimately before. Show looks down at Kofi who is grimacing in pain on the mat, holding his lower back where he landed from the Choke Slam and was hit hard with the steel chair. Show watches Kofi as he begins to slowly get to his feet and the referee watches as he becomes aware that something appears wrong with this. Show holds out his hand to Kofi and helps him back to his feet before Kofi suddenly snatches his hand away. Kofi lifts his head and looks incensed with Big Show now – he knows what happened there. Show laughs in Kingston’s face though, he isn’t bothered by the looks of things ... KNOCKOUT PUNCH! Suddenly, Big Show levels Kingston to the dismay of the WWE Universe and the referee! Big Show steps over Kofi and exits the ring as the referee checks on Kofi and the Giant begins to walk backwards up the ramp towards the stage as he argues with the abusers of his actions in the aisle. Foley and Grisham suggest that something has snapped in the Big Show to cause this and they both appear to be amazed by what has happened. The camera zooms in on Big Show on the stage and he shouts out that he will win the Royal Rumble before heading out with the camera returning to an unconscious Kofi as SMACKDOWN heads into another commercial ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

CATCH MONDAY NIGHT RAW LIVE!

Catch Randy Orton’s reaction to his Royal Rumble suspension this Monday!
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

SMACKDOWN returns with Big Show walking with a purpose backstage as he smiles at his actions before the break. A replay of the shocking conclusion to Show’s match with Kofi is shown and Foley and Grisham speculate that the angry Giant has been woken up and that the SMACKDOWN locker room better be prepared for it ... The cameras return to the ring where the lights go out and the arena is bathed in eerie red lights ...

*** SLOW CHEMICAL ***

KANE

The red lights make the former World Heavyweight Champion look increasingly menacing as he heads for the ring ready to address the WWE Universe. The Big Red Monster heads into the ring as Foley and Grisham speculate over what he has to say tonight and how he must be feeling after last week’s SMACKDOWN. Replays are shown that show that Undertaker’s usual mind-games cost Kane victory over the World Champion CM Punk as well as preventing him from confronting Taker after his return match with Jack Swagger later in the evening. Kane is in the ring, still bathed in red light, with the microphone in his hand as the replays finish ...

KANE
You should ... have stayed ... away!

Kane’s eyes flicker with anger as he looks out into the WWE Universe ...

KANE
YOU SHOULD HAVE STAYED ... AWAY ... DEADMAN!

An ‘Un-der-ta-ker!’ chant begins in the arena and this seems to rattle Kane even more as he screams at people to be quiet, that his brother is finished ...

KANE
Deadman, I finished you once and for all. On Memorial Day weekend, I put you into a vegetative state, I proved once and for all that I am the Devil’s Favourite Demon ...

Boos and jeers for Kane as he smiles as he remembers his actions ...

KANE
When you tried to come back, I destroyed you again and at Night of Champions, I beat you so bad that you were forced to stay away at No Mercy. Instead of facing me for the World Heavyweight Title, you stayed away, scared, terrified, broken down ...

More heat for Kane who appears to be enjoying himself again ...

KANE
At Cyber Sunday, I defeated you in your own speciality match, Deadman. I locked you in a casket and I proved once and for all that I am the better brother ... that I am the real ‘Brother of Destruction’ ...

Kane laughs maniacally as he recalls the Casket Match from Cyber Sunday in his mind ...

KANE
But you couldn’t just die, could you, Taker? You had to keep coming back, you had to keep trying to please the ‘Creatures of the Night’ here in the WWE. These people don’t believe in you no more, Deadman. They see you for what you are. Broken, beaten, a dying old man.

Another ‘Un-der-ta-ker!’ chant goes up in defiance of Kane’s words ...

KANE
They may chant your name, Deadman, they may cheer you and support you ... but they are deluding themselves. They know what I know. They can see it. They saw your match last week with Jack Swagger, they saw how close Swagger came to defeating you. You no longer inspire hope in these people, you no longer inspire fear into the WWE locker room. You are just another washed up superstar who won’t give up, you’re not the ‘Phenom’ anymore ...

Kane is smiling as the heat continues to come his way ...

KANE
And I intend to finish you once and for all, Undertaker. The time has come. No more mind games, no more deceptions and lies, just you and me in a battle to the death. I know you can hear me, Deadman! The time has come for the Devil’s Favourite Demon to end your career once and for all, the time has come for me to be merciful and put you out of your pitiful, miserable existence. Undertaker ... I ... WILL ... DESTROY YOU ... ONCE ... AND ... FOR ....

*** GRAVEYARD SYMPHONY ***

THE UNDERTAKER

As the crowd go wild and the red lights drop to leave the arena in complete darkness, there is a thud as Kane drops the microphone after the interruption. The titantron lights up and the smoke fills the stage and the ramp as everybody prepares themselves for the entrance of the Deadman, the Phenom ... However, suddenly, the titantron goes black and white and we see a graveyard. In the distance is a shadow, digging a grave, throwing muck away from himself and working hard in the moonlight. As the shadow comes into clear view, it is the Undertaker who is toiling away digging the grave out and the crowd go wild for this. With his music still playing, Undertaker lifts his head and the camera focuses in on his face which has eyes rolled back into his head and the Phenom’s tongue out in typical pose. Undertaker turns his gaze towards the grave and he points to a headstone at the end ... as the camera zooms in, the words shine clear in the moonlight ... KANE ... REST IN PEACE ... The crowd go wild as the camera returns to Undertaker once again. Looking directly into the camera, Taker prepares to speak ...

UNDERTAKER
Little brother, you are correct. The time has come. Next week will be the beginning of the end for you. Kane ... Rest ... In ... Peace!

Once again, the crowd go mad as Undertaker signals that it is time for Kane to be finished as he cuts across his throat before staring menacingly into the arena where we now see what appears to be a terrified Kane looking up at the titantron. Suddenly, Taker raises his arms on the tron and there are lightning strikes in the arena before Undertaker disappears and the lights come back on in the arena where Kane is stood in fear, looking nervously around him. The crowd give Kane more abuse with a ‘Rest In Peace!’ chant and he makes his way out of the ring and up the ramp as SMACKDOWN heads into another commercial ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

ATLANTA, GA

86 DAYS TO GO!
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

*** MY TIME IS NOW ***

West Newbury, Massachusetts | 240 pounds
JOHN CENA


It is time for the main event as SMACKDOWN returns with John Cena heading for the ring looking confident as he goes up against the Number 1 contender for the World Championship at the Royal Rumble later, Christian. Replays of the earlier comments from Cena are played where he promised to begin an undefeated streak tonight that will take him to a Royal Rumble victory and beyond WrestleMania with the World Heavyweight Championship. The camera returns to Cena in the ring nodding his head at his earlier comments ...

*** CLOSE YOUR EYES ***

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | 227 pounds
CHRISTIAN


A great pop for Christian as he heads out surveying the arena for Peeps and then heading to the ring holding up one finger to signal that he is the Number 1 contender for the World Championship. Foley and Grisham discuss Christian’s comments about Cena being over-confident and believing that he can just show up on SMACKDOWN and defeat anybody to win the World Championship. Foley suggests that Christian is correct about the long list of guys that Cena needs to compete with but he also believes that Cena is capable of defeating all of these guys and proving that he is exactly what he claims to be. Grisham then reminds us that this main event has a special guest referee ...

*** CULT OF PERSONALITY ***

World Heavyweight Champion
CM PUNK


With his title gold over his shoulder, CM Punk heads out to the ring wearing a black and white striped shirt that shows he is the official for this match. He heads to the ring smirking and he enters the ring as Foley and Grisham speculate about his intentions tonight. Once in the ring, Punk stares into the eyes of Christian who eyes the title on his shoulder; however, Cena demands Punk’s attention and points to the World Championship and clearly tells Punk that he will see him at WrestleMania. Punk looks unfazed and he lifts the title off his shoulders and hands it to the timekeepers at ringside before the match can begin ...

MATCH 6 | SINGLES MATCH
CHRISTIAN vs. JOHN CENA

World Champion CM Punk as Special Guest Referee

CM Punk calls the match fair and square in the early stages and both Christian and Cena are slugging it out as they look to earn a momentum building victory heading into their respective Royal Rumble matches in two weeks time. Punk steps back at all times and watches the action, counts the pinfall attempts and does not get involved in any controversy at all. The first spell of dominance arrives when John Cena manages to choke Christian over the top rope with a move that could have led to a disqualification from some referees but not from CM Punk, the World Champion. Cena begins to pull out many of his big moves from his arsenal, a top rope leg drop to the back of Christian’s head seems to have Christian down and defeated and Cena hooks the leg ...

1 ... 2 ... Christian kicks out!

Christian rallies after that and he manages to catch Cena unaware with an uppercut punch from the outside as Cena leans out of the ring. This allows Christian to take Cena to the limits as he pounds away on him desperate to prove that his win last week was deserved and that he would be Number 1 contender without Randy Orton. Christian almost manages to hit the Killswitch on Cena at one stage but Cena wriggles clear and exits the ring for a break – something the 2010 John Cena would never have done! After taking some abuse from the WWE Universe at ringside, Cena taunts them by telling them they can’t see him before dragging Christian out of the ring by the foot in a cheap move while Christian was complaining to Punk. Christian is thrown hard into the barricades at ringside and Cena looks to win with a countout as he returns to the ring and allows Punk to make the count. As Punk reaches the count of 8, Christian wobbles towards the ring and rolls under the ropes to continue the match. Cena attacks and he has Christian down and in trouble as he hits some of his once revered moves despite the boos and jeers that now accompany them. Shoulder block, shoulder block and then a ‘You can’t see me!’ fist drop before he stands back ready to hit an Attitude Adjustment. The crowd are screaming at Christian to get out of the way but he gets groggily to his feet and Cena lifts him to his shoulders ... Christian wriggles clear and pops Cena off into the ropes but he is hit with another shoulder block as Cena regains control. Cena pounces on Christian and locks in the STF instead and Christian is in trouble. Punk drops to his knees and offers Christian the chance to tap out and give up but it appears the sight of the World Champion inspires Christian as he begins to fight and drag his way towards the ropes. With the crowd cheering him, Christian reaches the ropes and Punk forces Cena to break the hold to Cena’s dismay.

Cena isn’t happy and he confronts Punk over it; the World Champion points out that Christian reached the ropes and that he was the referee so he had to break the hold. Cena is unhappy and as he turns Christian almost locks in the Killswitch for a second time – but Cena reverses into a roll up ...

1 ... 2 ... Christian kicks out!

Christian is now back in the match and he hits Cena hard in the face before springboarding off the ropes and flipping Cena over, sunset flip into a pin ...

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

As Cena gets up, Christian twists him into place and hits a reverse DDT that crashes him down into the mat onto his back ...

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

Christian is building momentum here and he looks determined to get the win, to force Punk to count Cena’s shoulders down 1, 2, 3! Cena slithers out of the ring again but this time Christian climbs the ropes and delivers a plancha from the top rope that crashes Cena down on the floor outside the ring. Christian rolls Cena back into the ring and shoves him towards the centre before climbing up the ropes again ... Diving Headbutt from Christian! Has he done it?

1 ... 2 ... Cena kicks out at the last second!

Christian looks a little frustrated this time but regains his composure and stands back from Cena waiting for him to get to his feet. As Cena gets up, Christian jumps onto the middle rope, springboards off the rope and looks to hit a missile dropkick. However, Cena sees him coming and avoids the contact and Christian crashes down on the mat. Cena takes a second to recover and then grabs Christian ready for a suplex ... He hooks the leg and hits a Fisherman’s Suplex that leaves Christian down in a pin ...


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WINNER
JOHN CENA (7:43)


MICK FOLEY
Wait a minute! Christian had the bottom rope!

As Cena rolls to the outside in celebration, Christian jumps to his feet and argues with Punk about his hand being on the ropes. CM Punk claims to have missed it and when the replays are shown, it appears that Punk is right, he never saw the hand on the rope. Christian, however, refuses to accept this and he continues to accuse Punk of deliberately costing him the match against Cena here tonight. Christian can clearly be heard to be accusing Punk of mind games ahead of their Royal Rumble match but Punk turns his back and heads over the ring to take his World Championship. As the belt is handed to him, Christian spins Punk back around and the belt falls to the mat. Christian shoves Punk hard in the chest and the tension rises between the World Champion and the Number 1 contender when suddenly John Cena slides back into the ring behind Christian. He spins Christian around and lifts him up onto his shoulder and is clearly setting up the Attitude Adjustment when Punk shoves Cena over instead. Punk grabs Christian who is disorientated and lifts him up ... GO TO SLEEP! Punk smirks a knowing smirk as the crowd jeer his actions and he then stands over Christian and signals that he is the World Champion. However, Punk is not finished yet as Cena is not impressed with being shoved over on his backside. Cena and Punk stare at each other and Cena points to the World Championship on the mat and then to himself while clearly informing CM Punk that he will see him at WrestleMania. Cena drops down and rolls out of the ring and backs away up the ramp as Punk picks up the title and stares out at Cena over the top rope as he leaves. Christian is slowly getting back to his feet though now and he grabs Punk unawares – KILLSWITCH! CHRISTIAN HITS THE KILLSWITCH TO CM PUNK! Christian stands over Punk and puts his foot on his chest and counts out ... 1 ... 2 ... 3! The WWE Universe cheer Christian as John Cena stands watching on the stage and SMACKDOWN ends with three of its top stars in confrontation over the biggest prize on the show ...

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


CONFIRMED MATCHES

WWE Championship
Wade Barrett (c) vs. Triple H

World Championship
CM Punk (c) vs. Christian

Tag Team Championship - Turmoil Match
Major Broskis (c) vs. Usos vs. British Empire vs. Cryme Tyme vs. Hart Dynasty vs. Evan Bourne & Mark Henry

30-man Royal Rumble match
Winner will get to challenge for WWE/World Championship at WrestleMania 27

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I loved Smackdown and I just love that Big Show is heel now and that he turned heel yet again on Kofi Kingston pretty much beating Kofi and then annihilating him afterwards, really great, I love it, and now this angry giant I hope he gets a push, a Mark Henry-type push in real life in that he just becomes dominant on Smackdown and just tears his way through everyone and everything and even injures people, Big Show needs to be a monster and not a lovable giant

CM Punk beating Evan Bourne, I love the match-up

Matt Hardy beating Cody Rhodes, another great match-up

Owner Chip Butty it doesn't matter what you do, my man Orton will find his way back into the Rumble match one way or another even if it means giving you an RKO or even punting you in the skull and it doesn't matter if you fire him because he is like the Stone Cold of the WWE, he just doesn't care if he puts his hands on you and there are petitions, protests even, I suggest you let him back into the Rumble match for your sake

Undertaker vs Kane, I can only hope that one way or another this rivalry ends, Last Man Standing or a Hell In A Cell or an Inferno Match
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Monday January 10th, 2011 | Fedex Forum, Memphis, Tennessee

A recap video of last week’s RAW is played that reminds us of Randy Orton being banned from the 2011 Royal Rumble event for his interference in John Cena’s match on SMACKDOWNas well as the main event where Kurt Angle and the Number 1 contender, Triple H, met. With Angle needing to win to earn a place in a WWE Championship Triple Threat match at the Rumble, he appeared to have the match won with the Ankle Lock when former Nexus member Michael Tarver appeared in the arena. With the referee distracted, Wade Barrett was able to sneak in unnoticed – despite Nexus being banned from the match – and smash the WWE Championship over Angle to allow Triple H to pick up the win. The video ends with a confused looking Triple H stood with his arm raised and a furious Kurt Angle down and out on the mat seething with rage ...

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

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Jim Ross and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler welcome everybody to RAW and hype up the fact that we are less than two weeks away from the 24th Royal Rumble where WWE Champion Wade Barrett will be facing Triple H. King also reminds everybody watching that, last week, the WWE owner, Chip Butty, punished Randy Orton for interfering in SMACKDOWN by banning him from competing in the Royal Rumble event – a decision which has attracted major levels of anger from the WWE Universe. JR announces that Chip Butty is scheduled to address the situation tonight here on RAW later ...

*** WE ARE ONE ***

NEXUS

Major heat for the Nexus group who saunter out led by their leader, the WWE Champion Wade Barrett who has a huge grin on his face. He signals to the other four men, Ezekiel Jackson, Skip Sheffield, Heath Slater and David Otunga, to follow him to the ring and they willingly comply with his instruction. JR identifies to King that there is no sign of the man who ‘assisted’ Wade Barrett last week – Michael Tarver – and speculates as to whether or not he is to return to Nexus. As Nexus enter the ring, Barrett takes a microphone and stands facing the cameras whilst his four disciples stand behind him respectfully waiting to hear his words ...

WADE BARRETT
Now I don’t expect that any of you Memphis failures will understand how I’m feeling right now ...

Huge heat for the WWE Champion who insults Memphis within five minutes of the show starting ...

WADE BARRETT
... but let me guarantee you of something. I am feeling as good as you can possibly feel. I am the WWE Champion, I am just twelve weeks away from headlining WrestleMania 27 and securing my place in the annals of time.

Behind Barrett, David Otunga nods his head in agreement whilst Barrett looks round at the fans and smirks ...

WADE BARRETT
Last week, Kurt Angle failed in his attempt to earn a place in the WWE Championship match in two weeks at the Royal Rumble. He was unable to defeat Triple H ...

More boos again as Barrett appears to have forgotten how Kurt Angle was defeated last week ...

WADE BARRETT
On the other hand, whilst my Royal Rumble opponent, Triple H, was busy in a hard-fought match last Monday night, I was resting after RAW General Manager, Shawn Michaels, gave Nexus and myself the night off. With two weeks left until the Royal Rumble, I could put my feet up and watch RAW from the comfort of my own living room ...

Huge jeers for Barrett’s lies ...

WADE BARRETT
What I saw was Kurt Angle fail yet again, another shot at a WWE Championship opportunity and another failure. Like I told you all in the weeks before Vengeance, Kurt Angle is a washed up has-been. He has no right to challenge for my WWE Championship. Since he returned, General Manager Michaels has given him favourable opportunity after favourable opportunity and he still fails to get the job done.

A loud ‘USA!’ chant begins in support of Kurt ...

WADE BARRETT
It’s funny you should mention that ... The United States of America, the ‘Land of the Free’ and the ‘Land of Opportunity’ ... How many opportunities does Kurt Angle need? Just because he runs around in red, white and blue, you American morons think that he deserves another shot?

Barrett looks out questionably to the WWE Universe ...

WADE BARRETT
Behind me are three guys from the USA who have never had an opportunity, why does Kurt Angle deserve it more than them?

Another chant begins to build as the Memphis crowd chant ‘You Suck!’ at Barrett and his team-mates ...

WADE BARRETT
Why does Kurt Angle deserve an opportunity more than the Guyanan powerhouse, Ezekiel Jackson?

The ‘You Suck!’ chant continues to gain pace ... Barrett shakes his head in apparent embarrassment at the WWE Universe ...

WADE BARRETT
Kurt Angle has wasted every opportunity that Shawn Michaels has handed him and it is time to say that enough is enough. Michaels, it is time to fire the so-called ‘American Hero’ and focus on the real ‘WWE heroes’ that you have here in the Nexus.

The Nexus applaud the comments of their leader as Barrett continues on ...

WADE BARRETT
The Nexus told you months ago that the ‘winds of change’ were blowing and we meant it. In two weeks time, at the Royal Rumble, I will show the world that another one of your legends has no right to be in the ring with me – Triple H. Because, at the end of the day, you’re either Nexus ...

Barrett looks around at his Nexus team-mates who nod their heads ...

WADE BARRETT
... Or you’re against us.

Barrett turns to his Nexus team and they slap hands as Barrett has finished. However ...

*** TIME TO PLAY THE GAME ***

TRIPLE H

The crowd go wild as the Number 1 contender for the WWE Championship heads out into the arena with the green lights bathing the stage. Hunter is dressed in a smart shirt and trousers and he decides, wisely, to remain on the stage rather than head down to the ring where there are five members of Nexus waiting for him. Triple H has a microphone and he signals for his music to be quietened ...

TRIPLE H
Have you finished, Wade?

Cheers for Triple H as Barrett looks up towards him disgusted ...

TRIPLE H
I’ll make this short for you. Kurt Angle is a guy who I respect. You like to talk about the impact that the Nexus and Wade Barrett have made in the WWE, what about the impact that Kurt Angle has had on wrestling? Not just the WWE, on wrestling. In 1996, Kurt Angle won the Olympic Gold Medal. In his first year in the WWE, he won every major championship. I’ve had my problems with Kurt over the years but he deserves respect.

Applause from the WWE Universe as Barrett continues to look on disgusted by the comments ...

TRIPLE H
Last week, I defeated Kurt Angle and as a result he will not compete in the WWE Championship match at the Royal Rumble. That was my intention, I want a one on one contest at Royal Rumble so that I can take that WWE Championship away from you.

Barrett shakes his head at this idea ...

TRIPLE H
Oh, I will win it, Wadey boy. However, the fact remains that Kurt Angle was screwed. I didn’t know it at the time but I was helped to victory wasn’t I, Wade?

Triple H signals to the titantron and a replay of the ending of the main event last week is played showing Michael Tarver and Wade Barrett’s interference ...

TRIPLE H
Oh, wait, wait ... You were at home with your feet up, weren’t you?

Laughs from the WWE Universe as Triple H mocks Barrett for his lies ...

TRIPLE H
So, I got here tonight, Wade, and the first person I visited was Shawn Michaels. I told him that he needed to do the right thing and make tonight’s main event a rematch ... Kurt Angle vs. Triple H, if Kurt wins, he will be in the WWE Championship match at the Royal Rumble. I do not want him in the match but I want to beat him fair and square without no help from morons like you.

Barrett and Nexus look annoyed with Triple H’s comments and Barrett has to hold back Jackson and Sheffield who make to go after Triple H ...

WADE BARRETT
And let me guess? Shawn Michaels agreed with you?

Triple H nods his head and the main event for tonight is clear ... Triple H vs. Kurt Angle!

WADE BARRETT
What a surprise! The ‘old pals’ act strikes again. You’re all the same, Triple H, Kurt Angle, Shawn Michaels. You’ve all seen your careers dwindle away but you all want one last shot at fame and fortune. You use your influence around here to make sure that you get it whilst holding down the new generation. Quite frankly, Hunter, it’s pathetic.

More agreement from the Nexus who nods their heads and applaud Barrett’s comments ...

TRIPLE H
Wade, I will show you at the Royal Rumble that my career is not dwindling away. I am a legitimate contender for your WWE Championship, I intend to win the title and go to WrestleMania in twelve weeks time as the WWE Champion.

Loud cheers for this idea from the WWE Universe ...

TRIPLE H
But tonight, Kurt Angle deserves a fair chance to earn himself the same opportunity. He deserves chance to prove his claims to the WWE Championship are legitimate as well. So tonight, it will be Triple H vs. Kurt Angle and if, and it is a big if, if Kurt wins, he will join us at the Rumble.

Triple H smirks ...

TRIPLE H
And though the match was my idea, Shawn had an idea of his own. In order to stop any interference from Nexus or anybody else, tonight’s match will be ... a Lumberjack match!

Nexus look unhappy with this announcement and Barrett stares out towards Hunter who smiles towards him. ‘Time to play the Game’ blasts out around the arena and Triple H points to Barrett and signals that he will soon be WWE Champion once again as Barrett seethes over the announcement he just heard ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

ATLANTA, GA

83 DAYS TO GO!
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

RAW returns with Alex Riley in the ring and ready for action as JR and King recap over what just happened before the break and confirm the main event – Triple H vs. Kurt Angle in a Lumberjack Match, if Angle wins, he will be in the WWE Championship match at Royal Rumble ... King turns attention towards the following match and suggests that Alex Riley could be in trouble here as he goes up against three of the biggest stars of RAW as the road to the Royal Rumble winds through Memphis ...

*** SAY IT TO MY FACE ***

Washington DC | 236 pounds
ALEX RILEY


Riley’s music fades out and he awaits his opponents ...

*** WRITTEN IN MY FACE ***

Dublin, Ireland | 272 pounds | With Hornswoggle
SHEAMUS


With Hornswoggle following behind him, the Celtic Warrior heads for the ring with a look of determination on his face. As he heads for the ring, King and JR proclaim Sheamus as one of the favourites to win the Royal Rumble and JR identifies that Sheamus has no mercy for his opponents. He highlights his recent trio of hellacious PPV matches with Triple H where Sheamus pulled out all the stops and defeated the Number 1 contender twice before losing at Vengeance. King suggests that Sheamus, even though he doesn’t like him, just needs a good draw and he would be the odds on favourite for the Royal Rumble ...

*** RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES ***

Aberdeen, Washington | 192 pounds
DANIEL BRYAN


The former United States Champion heads for the ring and looks determined to get back on track tonight as he heads towards the Royal Rumble event. JR and King are in agreement that Daniel Bryan has a lot of potential and that he could be a real darkhorse in the Rumble. As he slides under the ropes and into the ring, Bryan is confronted by Sheamus and there is a tense staredown between the two as Sheamus looks to intimidate Bryan who refuses to allow this. Their attention turns towards the titantron as the fourth man in the contest is announced ...

*** AIN’T NO MAKE BELIEVE ***

Los Angeles, California | 224 pounds
JOHN MORRISON


The slo-mo entrance of John Morrison begins and he heads for the ring looking hius usual million dollars as JR and King big him up for the recent run he has been on. Despite his defeat to Miz, they point out that Morrison has made the step up into the upper levels of Monday Night RAW and now just needs one big win to elevate him into the WWE Championship picture – King believes that there is a chance that Morrison could do just that in two weeks time at the Royal Rumble. Morrison hands over his shades to a fan at ringside and then heads into the ring where Riley, Sheamus and Bryan await him as the first match of the night is set to begin.

MATCH 1 | FATAL 4-WAY MATCH
ALEX RILEY vs. DANIEL BRYAN vs. JOHN MORRISON vs. SHEAMUS


A fast paced and action packed opening match of the night as four of Monday Night RAW’s brightest prospects go at it looking to gain a major momentum boost ahead of the Royal Rumble event that will follow in 13 days time. Unfortunately for Riley, he appears to be the guy with a target on his back when he is hit with all three of the other competitors’ finish moves in quick succession in a crazy minute – first, with Sheamus and Bryan fighting on the outside, Morrison manages to take Riley down in the corner and hits STARSHIP PAIN to the former running buddy of Miz. As Morrison makes the cover though, Sheamus manages to shove Bryan into the steel ring steps outside and he charges over and pulls Morrison out of the ring to break the count. Morrison is sent back first into the barricades by the Celtic Warrior and then he slides into the ring and waits for Riley to get to his feet ... BROGUE KICK! SHEAMUS HITS THE BROGUE KICK! Sheamus hooks the leg of Riley and the referee makes the count as Daniel Bryan climbs to the top rope in the corner. Bryan sails off the top rope and just as the referee is set to count three, he connects to Sheamus’ back with a diving headbutt that breaks that count as well. Sheamus rolls away and Bryan grabs the prone Alex Riley ... LE BELL LOCK! BRYAN HAS THE LE BELL LOCK ON RILEY! Alex Riley squirms in pain for a moment and it appears he is about to tap out when Hornswoggle appears in the ring. Sheamus’ sidekick rushes towards Riley and Bryan and the referee jumps to his feet to stop Hornswoggle interfering. With the referee’s back turned, he misses Riley tapping out to the Le Bell Lock and this allows Sheamus time to connect with Daniel Bryan’s head with another stiff kick. Hornswoggle now decides to obey the instruction of the official and he returns to the outside of the ring as Sheamus stands over Riley ready to finish the match. However, the return to the ring of John Morrison prevents this and the match continues with the pair of them brawling.

As the match continues, Daniel Bryan and Alex Riley manage to get back into the contest and almost gets the win when he breaks up Bryan’s Le Bell Lock on Morrison. He clotheslines Bryan over the top rope and then pounces on Morrison who is pretty jaded after being held in Bryan’s submission hold. Riley hooks the leg of the Monday Night Delight and the referee makes the count ...

1 ... 2 ... Morrison kicks out!

Riley holds his head in shock and this allows Sheamus to re-enter the ring and start hitting him with clubbing forearm thumps across the chest through the ropes. Riley staggers around in the ring and Sheamus then takes him down with the Irish Curse Backbreaker. In pain, Riley writhes around and out of the ring under the bottom rope. Sheamus’ attention returns to Morrison but Bryan re-enters the ring and comes charging at the Irishman with a forearm of his own. Bryan beats down on Sheamus in the corner but the monstrous Celtic Warrior manages to shove Bryan away and then hits a huge BROGUE KICK that flattens the former United States Champion. With Bryan down and seemingly out, Sheamus picks him up and signals that it is over for him as he sets him up ... CELTIC CROSS! SHEAMUS HITS THE CELTIC CROSS – IT’S OVER! Sheamus makes the cover on Daniel Bryan ...

1 ... 2 ... Morrison rescues Bryan with a dropkick to Sheamus!

Sheamus is dazed as he turns around shocked as he lays on the mat ... RUNNING KNEE STRIKE FROM MORRISON TO SHEAMUS! The crowd go wild as Morrison takes Sheamus down. Morrison hits another low drop kick to Bryan as he tries to pull himself up at the ropes and sends him crashing through the ropes to the outside before turning back to Sheamus who is laid out in the corner of the ring. The crowd go mad as they realise what is coming next ... STARSHIP PAIN! MORRISON HITS STARSHIP PAIN TO SHEAMUS! Cover from John Morrison ...


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WINNER
JOHN MORRISON (8:03)


Morrison rolls out of the ring quickly as Sheamus gets to his feet enraged and looking ready to explode over the surprise win. The referee raises Morrison’s hand as he backs away up the ramp with a huge smile on his face as he shouts down at Sheamus that he is the man who will win the Royal Rumble, not the Celtic Warrior. Sheamus kicks out at the ropes as he shows his annoyance and Morrison exits the arena. Alex Riley tries to roll under the bottom rope and out but the angry Irish man notices thanks to Hornswoggle. Sheamus grabs Riley and drags him to the centre of the ring before hitting another Irish Curse backbreaker that leaves Riley squirming in pain. The WWE Universe jeer Sheamus’ actions – although they have little love for Riley either – but he continues by dragging him up and setting him up for the Celtic Cross ... SHEAMUS SMASHES RILEY DOWN HARD INTO THE MAT. Sheamus thumps his chest in defiance despite the defeat and he signals that he will win the Rumble in Cleveland in two weeks time, JR suggests that an angry Sheamus might be bad news for the other men in the Royal Rumble!

The camera switches backstage where we see the Rated R Superstar Edge walking down a corridor looking for somebody. He spots the door marked RAW GENERAL MANAGER and he heads that way. Without knocking, Edge walks into the office where Shawn Michaels is sat with a concerned Chip Butty deep in discussion. Both the RAW General Manager and the WWE owner look up annoyed at the interruption before raising from their chairs and moving towards the door ...


SHAWN MICHAELS
Whatever decision you make, Chip, I’ll support it. I understand your dilemma. Let me know as soon as you’ve made your mind up.

CHIP BUTTY
I think I’ve made my mind up, Shawn. Will let you know later.

Chip Butty shakes hands with the RAW General Manager and he turns to Edge, quick glance and a nod of the head before heading out of the door. HBK closes the door behind the owner and then turns around to face Edge with a look of annoyance still in his eyes.

SHAWN MICHAELS
Don’t you know how to knock, Edge? You just interrupted an important conversation, this better be worth it.

Edge smiles and sits down on the couch with a look of satisfaction on his face ...

EDGE
Oh, Shawn, it is important. You see, I have a huge proposition for you.

HBK looks intrigued and he heads over to sit opposite Edge ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
OK, let’s hear it. What is this huge proposition?

Edge leans forward as he looks to pitch his idea to the RAW General Manager ...

EDGE
Shawn, for the past few months, it is no secret that you and I have not been getting along too well. When you were sitting behind a laptop, firing out orders via email, you put me in some unfair situations. I took revenge on you by costing RAW a victory at the Survivor Series – and costing you John Cena in the process. You and me are like chalk and cheese, we’re just different, a clash of personalities.

HBK nods his head in apparent agreement ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Go on ...

EDGE
Shawn, we have had major problems over the past few weeks and months. Things are not getting any better. Last week, you gave Sheamus a match to earn himself a place in the Royal Rumble and you completely ignored my claims to have my own Royal Rumble qualifier. It is clear to me that you will never ever treat me in a fair and impartial way, Shawn. It’s time for this to end.

HBK looks quizzically towards Edge and shifts in his seat ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
How do you intend we do that?

Edge takes a deep breath before continuing ...

EDGE
I propose that at the Royal Rumble, Shawn, you come out of retirement for one night only. Come out of retirement for one night and face me, the Rated R Superstar, one on one. Let’s finish this, Shawn. What do you say?

HBK smiles at the thought of facing Edge and laughs to himself as he considers it for a moment. However, as the WWE Universe outside in the arena chant ‘One more match!’ and try to persuade Shawn to accept Edge’s challenge, HBK shakes his head at Edge.

SHAWN MICHAELS
Edge, when I lost to Undertaker at WrestleMania 26, I retired. Right now, I am the General Manager of RAW and I have no intention of facing you at the Royal Rumble. I am going to concentrate all my energies on running RAW to the best of my ability, I’m not interested in facing you at the Rumble.

Edge looks disappointed and he shakes his head in annoyance ...

EDGE
Surely the great Shawn Michaels, the Heart Break Kid himself, the Showstopper, Mr. WrestleMania ... surely HBK is not turning down the chance to prove himself to be the better man one more time?

HBK laughs again ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Stop there, Edge, I know what you’re trying to do. There is no way that I am going to face you at the Rumble. End of story, man. But I am going to be fair tonight. Last week, I didn’t give you chance to earn your spot in the Rumble match – but I will do tonight. Tonight, it will be the Rated R Superstar Edge ... against Rob Van Dam!

Edge looks taken aback but accepts the challenge with good grace ...

EDGE
Thanks for that, Shawn. Tonight, I will defeat RVD and earn my Royal Rumble spot.

An uneasy handshake follows and Edge gets up to leave when HBK stops him. Edge turns to HBK and looks confused ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
By the way, Edge. Don’t blow it.

Edge looks annoyed by this comment and he turns and leaves the General Manager office to head out to the locker room to prepare for the match later tonight. JR and King remind the world that Edge won the 2010 Royal Rumble and that, if he can win tonight, he would be a huge threat to the other 29 men in the match and a real favourite to win. The cameras switch to Sheamus who is storming around the backstage area kicking things over and shouting at Hornswoggle in temper ...

JOSH MATHEWS
Sheamus, Sheamus, can I have a word?

Sheamus turns to face the interviewer with a look of fury in his eyes ... Mathews seems to regret asking but continues on to ask the question he wants answered ...

JOSH MATHEWS
Sheamus, we just saw you defeated by John Morrison out there. Do you think that Morrison could be a danger to you in the 2011 Royal Rumble in two weeks time?

Sheamus’ eyes bulge out of their sockets as his temper boils again. He gets close to the face of Mathews and intimidates the interviewer before answering in a chilling, dark voice ...

SHEAMUS
John Morrison will not be a danger to moy’ Royal Rumble match, fella. Truth be that he just made the biggest mistake of his loyf. You shouldn’t worry yourself about whether he can win the Royal Rumble, fella, you should worry about whether or not he will make the Royal Rumble. John Morrison will pay for his actions tonight ...

Sheamus beckons to Hornswoggle to follow him and he storms away from Josh Mathews still looking furious as RAW heads into a commercial break ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

CATCH NXT SEASON 3 THIS TUESDAY NIGHT!

Vladimir Kozlov and Great Khali will battle it out to earn the Number 1 ranking on NXT! Who will win?
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

RAW returns from the break and it is time for a non-title match ...

*** I COME FROM MONEY ***

West Palm Beach, Florida | 235 pounds
TED DIBIASE


The cocky son of the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase heads out for the ring with a look of confidence in his eyes. JR and King remind us that his opponent tonight, Justin Gabriel, defeated DiBiase and Bryan at Vengeance to win the United States Championship but DiBiase – as special referee last week in the rematch – ensured that Gabriel retained the title. They speculate as to the reasons behind this and JR suggests that a win for DiBiase tonight would propel him into contention for the US Championship as we head towards the Royal Rumble ...

*** AFRICA RISING ***

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


The US Champion heads out also looking confident that he can win tonight and continue the momentum that he has built up over recent weeks and months ... He leaps over the top rope and he climbs the ropes to hold the United States Championship belt up high for the WWE Universe in Memphis to see ...

MATCH 2 | NON-TITLE MATCH
JUSTIN GABRIEL vs. TED DIBIASE


Gabriel and DiBiase, as they have been for the past few weeks, are evenly matched as they look to build their momentum. Gabriel wants to get the win that sees of DiBiase once and for all, DiBiase wants a win to invigorate his own US Championship aspirations. The pair of them go at it in a back and forth contest but it begins to settle down once DiBiase gets control with a thumb to the eye that throws Gabriel off and allows the Fortunate Son to toss him through the ropes to the outside. DiBiase waits for Gabriel to get back into the ring and then stomps on the back of the US Champion and takes charge of the contest. DiBiase dominates for a while and looks to be getting close to hitting DreamStreet and securing the victory when Gabriel suddenly ducks a clothesline and hits a standing drop kick to buy him some time. The South African is first up and he hits a series of kicks to the side of DiBiase and then follows up with an inverted DDT where he drops the elbow across his opponent’s chest as well – the Gabriel Special. Gabriel steps back and allows DiBiase back to his feet after getting a 2-count ... Springboarding off the ropes, Gabriel uses a sunset flip to take DiBiase down again ... 2! Gabriel is getting the cheers now and he is quick to his feet where he looks for a discus elbow smash but DiBiase ducks underneath ... kick to the gut from DiBiase, DDT to Gabriel!

1 ... 2 ... Kick out from the US Champion!

DiBiase looks annoyed with Gabriel now and he drags him up and whips him into the turnbuckles in the corner. As Gabriel staggers back out of the corner, standing drop kick from DiBiase that sends Gabriel crashing back down again for another cover ...

1 ... 2 ... Kick out from Gabriel!

DiBiase whips Gabriel into the ropes now and as he comes back, he lifts him up looking for a sit out spinebuster ... However, Gabriel manages to reverse this and turns it into a Hurricanrana! The crowd go wild as Gabriel hooks the legs for the win ...

1 ... 2 ... DiBiase kicks out!

Gabriel is frustrated but he continues on and hits an Enzuguri to DiBiase to take him down again and this time he is positioned close enough to the corner for Gabriel’s liking! The crowd realise what is on the US Champion’s mind as he looks to the buckles and smiles and they cheer him loudly. Gabriel climbs up the ropes on the outside and positions himself on the top rope ready to somersault and hit his big finishing move. GABRIEL GOES FOR THE 450 SPLASH ... BUT MISSES! DiBiase moved out of the way at the last second! Gabriel crashes down hard into the mat and writhes around in pain for a second before getting to his feet ... DREAM STREET! DIBIASE HITS DREAM STREET! Hooks the leg ...


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WINNER
TED DIBIASE (8:25)


JR and King discuss the impressive victory that Ted DiBiase just pulled out and they suggest that this should now lead to a United States Championship match in the near future ... As they discuss this, DiBiase grabs the US Championship from the referee as he looks to return it to Gabriel. He stands in front of Gabriel and he places the title belt on his shoulder to jeers from the WWE Universe. Gabriel slowly gets to his feet and he steps forward and demands that DiBiase hands back his title. DiBiase does just that and hands it to the South African ... and then catches him by surprise with a punch to the face of Gabriel. Stunned, Gabriel drops the belt and spins round ... DREAM STREET! DIBIASE HITS DREAM STREET TO GABRIEL AGAIN! The crowd rain down abuse on DiBiase as he picks up the title belt again and places it back on his shoulder. He taunts the crowd a little by posing with the title before removing it and setting himself to rush at Gabriel and hit him with the belt. The referee pleads with DiBiase to leave it but he is shoved through the ropes by DiBiase instead. DiBiase is ready and waiting for Gabriel to get to his feet when suddenly a rescuer is making himself known ...

*** RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES ***

DANIEL BRYAN

Bryan slides into the ring and gets there just in time to crash into DiBiase and prevent him from smashing the title belt into Gabriel. He then grabs DiBiase and he sets him up for a suplex crashing him down onto his back hard. Bryan then locks in the Le Bell Lock and he wrenches back on the lower back of DiBiase who taps out. Holding the move for a few seconds, Bryan eventually releases the hold and then encourages the champion to go up top and hit the 450 Splash as well. Positioning DiBiase near the corner, Bryan points to Gabriel to go up top ... but Gabriel refuses, picks up his title and heads out of the ring. As he walks out of the arena, Gabriel looks down at both men in the ring and then lifts his title belt high for all to see ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

*** POPPIHOLLA ***

Owner of the WWE
CHIP BUTTY


As RAW returns, the owner of the WWE begins to make his way down to the ring with a serious look on his face. King speculates that he is out here to address the issue that he was speaking with HBK about earlier tonight and says that it must be important if Butty is willing to interrupt a RAW broadcast to announce it. Butty steps between the ropes and asks for a microphone before standing centre of the ring ready to speak ...

CHIP BUTTY
Two weeks ago on Friday Night SMACKDOWN, John Cena and Christian met in a Number 1 contender match to determine the challenger to World Champion CM Punk at Royal Rumble. Despite several warnings to the contrary, Randy Orton decided to appear on SMACKDOWN and he attacked Cena and cost him the match. Although the decision was taken by Michael Cole that Christian would remain the Number 1 contender, John Cena demanded that punishment for Randy Orton was enforced and last week I came to RAW and announced that Mr. Orton would not be allowed to appear at the Rumble in any way, shape or form.

Boos from the WWE Universe who are upset that Orton will not be on the PPV ...

CHIP BUTTY
However, since making that announcement, the WWE Board of Directors have been inundated with complaints and demands for Orton to be allowed to compete. Many people have gotten together petitions stating that they will not be ordering the Royal Rumble pay-per-view unless Mr. Orton be allowed to compete. A major sponsor also contacted us and informed us that unless Mr. Orton was reinstated to the pay-per-view, they would withdraw their sponsorship of the event and would consider whether they wished to be involved with the WWE in the future.

Butty pauses for a moment and takes a deep breath. He looks reluctant but carries on ...

CHIP BUTTY
Nothing is more important to me than the balance sheets ...

Loud boos for this statement ...

CHIP BUTTY
... so I have been reluctantly forced to consider whether or not my suspension of Orton from the Royal Rumble event was the right decision. In order to maximise the profits of the show, I have made the decision that Randy Orton will be allowed to compete ...

The crowd cheer the decision even though the motives are somewhat questionable ...

CHIP BUTTY
However, there is further news for Orton. He will only be allowed to compete in the Royal Rumble match, he will not be going one on one with John Cena. He is banned from making any contact with Mr. Cena unless it is during the Royal Rumble match at a time when both men are active participants. If Randy Orton interferes with John Cena at any other point during the pay-per-view, I will personally terminate his contract with the WWE.

Boos for this announcement ...

CHIP BUTTY
I hope that this is a satisfactory conclusion to the whole business and that the people who complained and threatened to boycott the pay-per-view have been appeased as a result. Thank you for your time, enjoy the rest of the show.

’Poppiholla’ plays again as Butty hands his microphone back to the timekeeper before exiting the ring and heading out of the arena back to the backstage area. JR and King discuss the announcement and King says that he is delighted that Randy Orton will be in the Royal Rumble as that increases RAW’s chances of victory. JR turns his attention towards the upcoming match where another RAW wrestler will guarantee their spot in the Rumble but will it be Edge or will it be RVD?

*** METALINGUS ***

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | 241 pounds
EDGE


The Rated R Superstar looks happy for a change as he heads out towards the ring determined to secure his 2011 Royal Rumble place. Replays of Edge’s 2010 Royal Rumble winning moment are shown to hype up the potential victory of Edge if he were to enter the Rumble for RAW and King excitedly suggests that RAW should just hand the Ultimate Opportunist a place in the Rumble anyway ...

*** ONE OF A KIND ***

Battle Creek, Michigan | 237 pounds
ROB VAN DAM


However, the popular RVD heads out and he is also determined to be in the Royal Rumble as well for RAW. RVD conducts the crowd as he heads for the ring and JR reminds us that last week, Edge and RVD met on RAW with Edge able to secure the win. King says he thinks that Edge will be able to win again tonight and secure his spot in the Rumble ...

MATCH 3 | SINGLES MATCH
EDGE vs. RVD


An entertaining match as RVD and Edge throw everything at each other to try and secure their Royal Rumble places and therefore the WWE Universe are entertained fully. Edge spends most of the early stages in control after he hangs RVD up on the top rope with a flapjack that grounds the unorthodox high flier. However, Edge gets over-confident and he ends up missing an attempt at a Spear and runs shoulder first into the turnbuckles and through to the steel post. A bone-crunching crack is heard as Edge hits the post and this gives RVD time to recover. Edge manages to peel himself away from the turnbuckles and he looks to get back in control of RVD but Van Dam manages to hit a low spin kick that trips Edge over and grounds him on his back. RVD leaps onto the top turnbuckle and then hits a diving kick to the chest of Edge and makes the cover as he looks to secure his Rumble place ...

1 ... 2 ... Kick out from Edge!

RVD quickly runs to the ropes and then rolls back across the ring and somersaulting onto the chest of the Rated R Superstar with Rolling Thunder ... RVD makes another cover ...

1 ... 2 ... Edge kicks out again!

RVD is throwing all his best offence at Edge now and he comes off the ropes to hitting a spinning wheel kick that sends Edge down once more. A scoop slam follows and RVD has Edge laid on the mat in position for a springboard moonsault ... unfortunately for RVD, Edge manages to get his knees tucked up and RVD lands hard on these to the dismay of the fans. Edge tries to take advantage and he hooks the leg of RVD as he squirms on the mat for a cover ...

1 ... 2 ... Kick out from RVD!

As both men get to their feet, it is Edge who appears the fresher and he manages to kick Rob in the stomach before going for the Edgecution DDT ... RVD counters though and twists out of the move before attempting a Northern Lights Suplex ... Edge counters this as well and shakes off RVD before finally connecting with the DDT from before and making a cover. Unfortunately for Edge, RVD grabs hold of the bottom rope and the referee never makes a pinfall count as a result. Edge looks annoyed and drags RVD into the centre of the ring instead to make the cover ...

1 ... 2 ... RVD kicks out easily!

Edge climbs out of the ring and up the buckles in the corner and sets himself as RVD struggles to his feet in the ring. Edge balances and then sets himself before sailing off the top ropes towards RVD and hitting a perfect diving drop kick that connects hard with RVD’s chest and sends him spinning through the ropes to the outside. Edge stalks after RVD and slams him hard into the barricades before rolling his opponent back into the ring. It appears that Edge has control and is on his way to victory as he slides into the ring on the opposite side and begins to bounce on his toes in the corner whilst daring RVD to get to his feet. As RVD slowly does get up, the crowd chant ‘Spear! Spear!’ ready for Edge’s finishing move ... However, the crowd possibly give the move away to RVD as he appears to be ready for it. As Edge rushes over at RVD as he turns round, RVD uses a drop toe hold to take him down and then he rolls him up for a quick surprise pinfall ...

1 ... 2 ... A shocked Edge kicks out just in time!

RVD and Edge both jump to their feet quickly and it is Edge who swings a clothesline at RVD. Van Dam ducks below his arm and uses another Spin Kick to take Edge down. RVD cartwheels off the ropes into a Handstand Splash that squashes Edge down on the mat once again. Sensing victory, RVD looks over to the top ropes and the crowd cheer as he leaps up onto the top rope ready. The crowd rise to their feet, here goes RVD ... FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH! NOOOOO, EDGE MOVES OUT OF THE WAY! A staggering Edge gets to his feet as RVD does, clutching his stomach, and the pair of them both swing clotheslines – this time, they both connect and both men are down and out as the referee begins a count. As he reaches 7, Edge and RVD both start to get to their knees and use each other to help themselves up. The referee ends his count with both men getting up and Edge takes advantage of the referee being slightly out of position ... LOW BLOW FROM EDGE! RVD falls down to the mat in intense pain that only men know as Edge makes a cover ...

1 ... 2 ... Weak kick out from RVD!

Edge retreats back to the corner and starts calling out to RVD to get back to his feet ... Up gets RVD, slowly and wincing in pain from the low blow, spins round ... SPEAR! EDGE HITS THE SPEAR! Edge hooks the leg of RVD ...


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WINNER
EDGE (7:36)


Edge celebrates wildly and leaps up onto the middle rope to demand that the WWE Universe at ringside believe in him and his ability to win the Royal Rumble. However, Edge receives a bucket full of jeers after resorting to the low blow to defeat RVD although he seems to care in no way. However, there could be a problem for Edge ...

*** SEXY BOY ***

RAW General Manager
SHAWN MICHAELS


Out comes the RAW General Manager, Shawn Michaels, and he quickly runs down to the ring and grabs a microphone. He signals for his music to be stopped and turns to Edge who has jumped down from the ropes in the corner. HBK quickly checks on RVD who is just getting to his feet before beginning his announcement ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Can I see a replay of the end of that match please?

Edge looks a little worried as HBK demands a replay to be shown on the titantron. The replay begins and it shows Edge clearly using the low blow to throw RVD off course and then he hits him with the spear for the 1, 2, 3. Edge looks guilty as HBK looks towards him disappointed ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Edge, Edge, Edge, you disappoint me. Despite the problems we have had over recent months, I gave you an opportunity tonight to earn your spot in the Royal Rumble match. All you had to do was to come out here and beat RVD and your spot in the Rumble was guaranteed.

HBK shakes his head as if pained by Edge’s actions ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
You are a nine time champion here in the WWE, last year you won the Royal Rumble, you have numerous Tag Team and Intercontinental Championships to your name, there is no doubt, Edge, that you are one of the greatest that the WWE has ever seen. But tonight, you won with a low blow, Edge, I will not stand by and allow that to happen. Therefore, I am reversing the referee’s decision ...

Edge’s eyes bulge out of his head and he grabs his hair as he realises what is coming ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
The winner of the match, via a disqualification, and now guaranteed a spot in the 2011 Royal Rumble ... ROB VAN DAM!

HBK raises RVD’s hand and the crowd cheer this decision but Edge looks furious ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
If you think that just because of your reputation in this company that you are going to be allowed to do what you want, if you think you are going to be given whatever you demand, I’m sorry, Edge, not on this sheriff’s watch! If you want something here on RAW, you damn well better earn it because I am the RAW General Manager, I am Shawn Michaels and I damn sure ain’t Michael Cole. Next week, I will give you one last chance, Edge. If you win your match, you will be in the Rumble. But you’d better earn it, Edge, you won’t cheat your way in.

HBK tosses the microphone away and raises RVD’s hand again and ‘One of a Kind’ plays as RVD is left to celebrate his win and his place in the 2011 Royal Rumble. However, the man who won the 2010 Rumble looks none too impressed as he furiously tries to protest to HBK over his reversal of the decision. The RAW General Manager ignores the protestations of the Rated R Superstar and heads off up the ramp towards the stage to leave Edge frothing at the mouth with rage. JR and King speculate that whoever Edge faces next week could be in serious trouble ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

THE ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA 27 BEGINS ...

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

RAW returns with the grinning face of Josh Mathews on camera as he prepares to introduce his guest for the next interview on RAW ...

JOSH MATHEWS
Ladies and Gentlemen, earlier this evening we heard from the WWE owner, Chip Butty, as he declared that Randy Orton would be allowed to compete in the Royal Rumble match in two weeks time after a number of financial threats and protests from the WWE Universe. With that being said, please welcome my guest at this time ... THE VIPER ... RANDY ORTON!

Big cheers for Orton as he comes into view on the camera ...

JOSH MATHEWS
Randy, you have been given a fresh chance to compete in the Royal Rumble in two weeks time. However, Chip Butty has made it clear that you should only come in contact with John Cena if it is during the Rumble match itself. With the threat of being fired from the WWE if you break this rule, what will be your focus in two weeks time in Cleveland, Ohio?

Orton considers his response for a moment before answering ...

RANDY ORTON
Josh, it is well known fact that I have had a few, let’s say, anger management problems down the years here in the WWE. And in the past few weeks, the anger I have built up inside me towards John Cena has reached previously unheard of levels. If I had my way, I would grab hold of Cena the next time I saw him, hit him over and over and over again with RKO’s ... and then punt him so hard in the head that he would forget every title reign he has ever had here in the WWE.

Loud cheers from the WWE Universe as they show their support for Orton getting his own back on Cena ...

RANDY ORTON
However, I have to face facts. Two weeks ago, on SMACKDOWN, I interfered in Cena’s Number 1 contender match and I cost him the World Championship opportunity he believes he deserved. It felt good, Josh ... but I had been warned to stay away from SMACKDOWN. I put my career in jeopardy because I could not control my anger. I was lucky to retain my job and I’ve been lucky to be given a place in the Royal Rumble. I have to get control over this anger and focus on what I can achieve over the coming weeks. I could continue to stalk John Cena and get fired from the WWE ... or I could focus on winning the 2011 Royal Rumble, going to WrestleMania and regaining my WWE Championship on the grandest stage of them all.

More cheers for Orton’s comments and an RKO chant goes up in the arena ...

RANDY ORTON
So, you ask, Josh, what will be my focus? Winning the Royal Rumble.

More cheers and Orton nods his head at the thought ...

RANDY ORTON
But I know what you’re going to ask next, Josh. How will I feel? How will I feel if I pass Cena in the backstage in Cleveland? How will I feel if I enter the Rumble just as Cena has been eliminated? The fact is that I could meet Cena in Cleveland and have to ignore the urge to beat him to a bloody pulp. I have to control my anger ...

Mathews continues to listen intently as Orton tries to justify his thoughts heading towards the Rumble ...

RANDY ORTON
But there is another possibility for the Royal Rumble. I could end up in the same ring, the same match, at the same time as John Cena.

Huge cheers at the prospect of this ...

RANDY ORTON
If that happens, Josh, Cena will be in big trouble. Simply throwing Cena over the top rope will not be enough for me, I want to destroy him and end his career whilst winning the Royal Rumble. After I have punted Cena in the head, I will throw him out over the top rope and go on to win the Rumble. So if I see Cena before then, that is what I will envisage in my mind. That is a vision that intrigues me, that is a vision that would satisfy the anger inside of me right now. John Cena better hope and pray that he is eliminated from the Rumble before me – because I will win the Rumble ... and if I come up against Cena, he will be in grave danger.

Huge cheers for Orton but his look of focused rage disappears as something catches his eye. Orton turns around and faces up to the man who holds the WWE Money in the Bank briefcase, The Miz. Miz looks confused at Orton’s comments ...

THE MIZ
Really? Really? Really? Orton, I don’t know what delusional thoughts there are in that psychotic mind of yours but let me tell you something! I will be the one who wins the 2011 Royal Rumble in my home town of Cleveland, Ohio. I am the man who will head onwards to WrestleMania 27 to win the WWE Championship. And if – and it is a big if – if I fail, I will simply use my insurance policy here ...

Miz holds his briefcase up for Orton to see ...

THE MIZ
You see, Orton, you seem to think the world cares about your stupid, little feud with John Cena. Cena, the man who ran away to the ‘B’ show, and you, a man who cannot control his temper. Look at you, you can’t control it. You want to swing for me right now, don’t you? You want to RKO me right now, don’t you?

Miz goads Orton who looks conflicted between the desire to not get into more trouble and the desire to ram Miz’ teeth down his throat ...

THE MIZ
That’s it Randy, be a good boy. A wise move. The fact is, Orton, you are not going to be the WWE Champion again for an awful long time. Heading out of WrestleMania 27, I guarantee that the only man that people will be speaking about is the most must-see WWE superstar of all time ... The man who tonight will defeat you and prove to the world that you are simply not in my league as we head towards the Rumble. And that man, Randy, is me ... Because I’m the Miz ... and I’m ...

Orton suddenly takes a threatening step towards Miz who retreats quickly and drops the microphone to the floor ... However, Orton doesn’t follow up, he just wanted to give Miz a warning. He smiles and chuckles to himself before addressing Miz ...

RANDY ORTON
Miz, I can do what I want out there in the ring. And you’ve just made a very big mistake ... I’ll see you in the ring ... for an ... R ... K ... O!

A big cheer for Orton as he steps away smirking at Miz who looks furious at being shown up by Orton here ... The camera switches to HBK who is back in the General Manager office when Michelle McCool walks in with Kharma behind her. McCool looks excited as she taps HBK on the shoulder ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Good evening, Miss McCool, what can I do for you?

Michelle, looking a little fake, smiles at HBK and it is clear that she is about to butter him up again like she did last week on RAW ...

MICHELLE McCOOL
Hi Shawn ... I just wondered if there was any news for me? Anything you might want to let me know?

SHAWN MICHAELS
Any news for you? About what?

Michelle appears to be angered by this for a second until it dawns on HBK what she is talking about ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Oh right, yeah I remember. Your proposition for WrestleMania! I remember now.

McCool looks at Shawn a little impatiently ...

MICHELLE McCOOL
So? Any news?

SHAWN MICHAELS
Slow it down, Michelle. I told you last week to focus on your work in the ring and that I would let you know when I heard anything, didn’t I? As it happens, I did make a phone call or two for you but I’ve not heard a response yet. But don’t worry, I’m on the case, I will keep trying over the coming days. You have my word.

Michelle looks disappointed but she nods her head to Shawn and then beckons Kharma to leave as JR and King speculate over what McCool is wanting from HBK regarding WrestleMania as the camera returns to the ring for the next match ...

*** AWESOME – I CAME TO PLAY ***

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


Jim Ross introduces Miz as one of the favourites for the Royal Rumble match and King, reluctantly, agrees with this assessment mainly due to the Rumble being in Miz’ home town of Cleveland. Miz heads out and raises the MITB briefcase high for all to see before strutting confidently towards the ring with the words of Randy Orton surely ringing in his ears still. King suggests that Miz needs to cut out the arrogant comments before each match as he is giving his opponents more desire than normal to beat him. However, JR points out that Miz has not lost in quite a while now and is on a winning run that could take him all the way to Rumble success and a WrestleMania main event in two months time.

*** VOICES ***

St. Louis, Missouri | 245 pounds
RANDY ORTON


The crowd explode as the man recently reinstated to the Rumble, Randy Orton, heads out towards the ring looking cranked up and ready to take on the arrogant Miz. Orton heads towards the ring quickly rather than his usual slow, methodical entrance and it is clear that Miz got inside his head before when he criticised Orton’s recent actions and mindset. Orton has to be held back from going straight after Miz by the referee and he wisely realises that he is best off staying out of controversy for now and backs away to allow the referee to prepare for the match ...

MATCH 4 | SINGLES MATCH
THE MIZ vs. RANDY ORTON


However, as soon as the match begins, Orton quickly goes after Miz and gets the upper hand of the early exchanges as he takes Miz down and forces Miz onto the run outside the ring. As Orton follows, Miz moves around the ring a few steps ahead of Orton until he slides back in and goes to hit a cheap kick to the back of Orton; his foot is caught though and Orton takes advantage as he begins to pound Miz over and over in the corner, Orton is fired up and ready to destroy somebody here tonight. The match moves on and, for the best part of it, Randy Orton has control as he seeks to demolish Miz and make him pay for his earlier comments. However, the wily Miz finds a sneaky way to counter and he begins to methodically work over Orton. As the match heads for a conclusion, Orton manages to get control of the match on the outside when he rams the head of Miz into the announce table. As he waits in the ring, Miz climbs up onto the edge of the apron and then Orton drags Miz through the ropes with his feet perched on the middle rope ... HANGMAN DDT FROM ORTON! Cover from the Viper, has he done enough?

1 ... 2 ... Miz just kicks out!

Orton drops down onto his stomach behind Miz as he gets slowly to his feet. The Viper pounds the mat with his fists as he prepares for Miz to get up and turn around, the crowd are electric as they wait for Orton to hit the RKO and finish Miz off once and for all tonight ...


*** MY TIME IS NOW ***

JOHN CENA

JIM ROSS
What the hell is he doing here?

JERRY LAWLER
John Cena shouldn’t be here on RAW!

JR and King look on in disbelief as the titantron lights up with Cena’s music and video and Orton has been distracted as well as he looks up to the stage waiting to see what Cena is doing out here. However, seconds pass by and there is no sign of John Cena and then his music suddenly stops. It becomes clear that Cena intended to distract Orton as he was about to put Miz away and secure the win and Orton angrily yells out in frustration. Orton turns around to go after Miz again but the Money in the Bank contract holder has recovered now and he is ready ... Miz catches Orton with an unexpected clothesline that sends the Viper crashing down to the mat. Orton gets up and spins to the corner where Miz runs over and hits a jumping clothesline in the corner this time. With Orton groggy now, Miz locks Orton into a facelock and then pulls him down into a backbreaker on the point of his knee. There is no respite for Orton though as Miz holds on and follows it up with a neckbreaker to leave Orton in deep trouble on the mat. As Orton rolls over and tries to get to his feet, Miz stalks after him from behind ... The distraction of Cena’s music has worked to perfection but Miz has taken full advantage as he seeks a big win over the former WWE Champion ... SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! MIZ DRIVES ORTON’S FACE INTO THE MAT! Can Randy Orton survive this? Miz makes the cover ...

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WINNER
THE MIZ (8:37)


Miz quickly exits the ring and allows the referee to raise his arm in the rampway rather than in the ring as Orton seethes with rage whilst scanning around the arena for signs of Cena. There is no sign of him though and Orton cannot believe that he was distracted by Cena in this way tonight. Suddenly, Cena does appear – on the titantron. He looks down at Orton as the fans boo his appearance and begins to laugh at the Viper. It appears that Cena is happy to allow Orton’s rage to fester even more and he looks furious as Cena laughs at him from some comfy recording room somewhere as RAW heads into another commercial break ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

CATCH SMACKDOWN LIVE THIS FRIDAY!

9 days from the Rumble, catch all the action from the new Michael Cole era on SMACKDOWN!
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

Michael Tarver, the man who distracted the referee last week in the RAW main event to allow Wade Barrett to assault Kurt Angle, heads down a corridor and pauses outside the door marked NEXUS. He knocks on the door and waits for a response until the WWE Champion himself heads out of the door to speak to him.

WADE BARRETT
Michael Tarver, a blast from the past. I’ve been waiting for you to arrive here tonight.

Tarver extends his hand and Barrett – reluctantly at first, it seems – shakes it. Barrett continues to speak ...

WADE BARRETT
Look, Tarver, I just wanted to thank you for that little favour you did for me last week on RAW. It’s good to know that even though you are no longer a member of the Nexus, you’re still Nexus when it matters.

Tarver looks unimpressed though and decides to respond ...

MICHAEL TARVER
That’s an interesting way of looking at things, Wade. Because let me assure you that I am not Nexus anymore. Last week, you used me by getting your guys here to text me and encourage me to cause the distraction. I thought that you wanted to bring me back to Nexus but it now is clear that you just wanted to find some sucker to do your dirty work.

Barrett looks Tarver up and down with a hardening smile on his face ...

WADE BARRETT
Well, well, well, Tarver, it appears you have found some brains from somewhere. You’ve finally realised that ...

MICHAEL TARVER
SHUT UP! I wasn’t finished, Wade, I don’t follow your orders no more!

The other members of Nexus appear on Barrett’s shoulders but the WWE Champion assures them that he can handle the situation by waving them to stand down ...

MICHAEL TARVER
Your real reason for calling me to see you here tonight is that you know that I am one of the Lumberjacks in the upcoming match between Triple H and Kurt Angle. What you wanted to do was convince me to ensure that Angle failed to win the match tonight so that you would only have Triple H at the Rumble. Am I right?

Barrett looks found out as he smirks at Tarver ...

MICHAEL TARVER
I thought so. Well, I have news for you, Barrett. The time for Michael Tarver doing Nexus’ dirty work is over. My new focus is on my own career and how I can get moving here in the WWE. So I made a few calls and spoke with Chip Butty and it appears that there is a place for me in the new Tag Team division. So I found myself a new partner ...

Into shot walks an unknown guy with a disgusted look on his face who looks to weigh over 300 pounds ...

MICHAEL TARVER
This, Wade, is Husky Harris. He is the son of former WWE great, Irwin R. Schyster, he is my new Tag Team partner and together we will dominate the Tag Team division in 2011. So, next time you need a favour, do me a favour, Wade. Don’t call me!

Tarver and his new partner, Husky Harris, head away from the Nexus dressing room and leave Barrett staring out with a look of annoyance on his face ... The cameras return to ringside and JR and King hype up the main event, Kurt Angle vs. Triple H. If Angle wins, he will be placed into the WWE Championship match between Barrett and Hunter to make it a Triple Threat. King suggests that Triple H doesn’t want this to be a Triple Threat match but he asked for Angle to be given this chance after Nexus – with help from Michael Tarver – managed to screw Angle out of his chance. JR identifies the reasoning behind this match becoming a Lumberjack Match as the RAW roster begin to make their way out towards the ring for the main event ...

*** BURN IT TO THE GROUND ***

MONDAY NIGHT RAW LOCKER ROOM

The stars of Monday Night RAW make their way out to ringside and begin to surround the ring ready for the main event match – the likes of Randy Orton, Sheamus, Miz, RVD, Edge, Daniel Bryan, the afore seen Michael Tarver and Husky Harris, Justin Gabriel and more are all there. However, there is no sign of Nexus who are banned from ringside tonight ... RAW’s locker room surround the ring as RAW heads into its final commercial of the night ahead of the big main event ...

*** 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 the RAW superstars surrounding the ring ahead of the main event Lumberjack match between Number 1 contender for the WWE Championship, Triple H, and the American Hero, Kurt Angle, who is looking to find a way to get into the WWE Championship match at the Rumble.

*** WE ARE ONE ***

WWE Champion
WADE BARRETT


Barrett, with WWE Championship over his shoulder, heads out into the arena and immediately the lumberjacks begin to prepare to throw the champion back out of the arena. However, Barrett has a microphone and he signals for his music to be faded out ...

WADE BARRETT
Relax, guys, relax. I have permission to be out here from the RAW General Manager, Shawn Michaels. He says that as long as I do not interfere in the match in any way, I can come out and sit at the announce table. However, he also says I must come along with none of my Nexus team and he also says that if I interfere, you guys may throw me out of the arena head first.

The RAW superstars eye Barrett suspiciously for a moment but then part to allow him to make his way through to the ring. There is a high moment of tension as Barrett stops in front of former WWE Champion Randy Orton where he smirks and raises the WWE Championship up high. Orton almost snaps at Barrett but a quick thinking Justin Gabriel holds Orton back and reminds him to stay out of trouble for now. Orton backs down and Barrett, smirking wildly, moves on to join King and JR at ringside to call the match. JR welcomes Barrett to the announce desk but King is a little rude to the WWE Champion as he refuses to acknowledge him due to the way in which he won the WWE Championship in the first place – this amuses Barrett tremendously and he outright laughs at King for being so proper ...

*** TIME TO PLAY THE GAME ***

Greenwich, Connecticut | 260 pounds
TRIPLE H


The Number 1 contender heads out to a huge ovation as the WWE Universe cheer him to the ring as the spotlights shine down on him. Spitting his water into the air, Triple H steps into the ring and he locks eyes with the WWE Champion on the announce table and he signals to him that he is going to take away his precious WWE Championship in less than two weeks time and that Barrett better be prepared to play the game. Hunter salutes the fans and then turns towards the stage to wait for his opponent in this main event ...

*** MEDAL ***

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | 240 pounds
KURT ANGLE


Red, white and blue fireworks greet the arrival of Angle as he heads down to the ring looking determined to get the win and force his way into the Royal Rumble title match. He also salutes the fans and they cheer him as loud as they did for Hunter before he removes his medals and hands them over to the referee. Angle faces Hunter and the pair of them shake hands before the match can begin – much to the disgust of WWE Champion Wade Barrett who criticises them on commentary for this act of weakness – King corrects him and calls it sportsmanship but Barrett scoffs at the idea ...

MAIN EVENT | LUMBERJACK MATCH
KURT ANGLE vs. TRIPLE H

If Angle wins, he will be entered into the WWE Championship match at the Royal Rumble

With the Lumberjacks positioned around the ring ready to throw Hunter or Angle back into the ring – or to keep Wade Barrett and the Nexus out – the two men involved lock up in the centre of the ring and the match is on as Kurt tries to earn his place in the WWE Championship match at the Rumble. The first part of the match passes by with both men having their spells on top as Angle takes control when the match is wrestled on the mat and then Triple H getting on top once the two men get to their feet and brawl a little. The first guy to head out of the ring is Triple H when Kurt Angle clotheslines him up and over the top rope to the outside. Hunter is down on the outside and the likes of DiBiase, Edge and Sheamus take turns to club him over the back and then they help him back into the ring underneath the bottom rope. Angle looks at the Lumberjacks with a look of confusion but then looks to take advantage as he stomps on the back of Hunter. However, the Lumberjacks decide that they want to take Angle down a little as well and Sheamus and Edge drag him out of the ring and Angle is given some special treatment as well. Both Angle and Triple H are face down on the mat after a beatdown from the Lumberjacks as the referee begins a countout in the ring. The face Lumberjacks on the other side of the ring begin to pound the mat to hype up the crowd even more and both Angle and Hunter stagger to their feet to continue the battle.

As the match winds its way towards its conclusion, it is Angle who is doing everything he can to ensure that he earns his place in the Rumble title match. Angle locks his hands around the waist of Hunter and lifts him up into a German Suplex that has the crowd roaring. Angle keeps his hands locked though and rolls himself and Hunter over to repeat the move. A second German Suplex and then a third follows as Angle looks to take Triple H down. After the third, Angle holds on and tries to pin Triple H ...

1 ... 2 ... Kick out from Hunter!

Angle steps back as Triple H gets back to his feet and he waits for his opportunity. As Triple H turns round, Angle jumps towards him and looks to lift him up and hit the Angle Slam. Triple H manages to counter though as he wriggles clear of it and then he kicks Angle in the gut. Could it be time for the Pedigree? Triple H begins to set up for the Pedigree but Angle back body drops his opponent down onto the mat instead and pounces with a pinfall.

1 ... 2 ... Kick out!

Angle lifts Triple H up and slams him hard down on the mat to buy him some time as he considers how he can win this match. Angle then does something unexpected as he steps back and then clotheslines Triple H over the top rope to the outside again where the Lumberjacks are waiting. However, this time, Hunter lands on the babyface side of the ring and the likes of Kofi Kingston, Daniel Bryan and Justin Gabriel look to help him back into the ring. As this happens, Bryan and Gabriel have a little disagreement and they begin to argue on the outside of the ring. DiBiase takes a keen interest in this argument as it spills over into the rampway and Bryan and Gabriel are now pushing each other a little as the tension between them shows a little. DiBiase sneaks in behind them ... and hits a double clothesline to the pair of them before heading out of the arena with Gabriel and Bryan staggering after him. Attention turns back to the ring where Hunter has returned and Angle is stomping a mudhole (copyright Stone Cold Steve Austin) in the corner of the ring. Angle spins away and is clearly working himself into a frenzy as he pulls down his strap and prepares to go for broke now. Angle stamps up and down on the mat, jumping a little as he waits, until Triple H turns around ... ANGLE SLAM! ANGLE SLAM TO TRIPLE H! JR suggests that the match is over, that Kurt Angle will be in the Royal Rumble WWE Title match ... Angle makes the cover ...

1 ... 2 ... 3! No, wait! Triple H kicks out at the last millisecond!

Angle looks ready to cry as he realises what has happened. He steels himself and then realises that he has to go further. A belly to belly suplex follows and Triple H looks defeated here as he wearily rolls over onto his front trying to protect himself as he looks to preserve his one on one title shot. Angle though is determined now and he grabs Triple H’s right leg and locks in the submission hold ... ANKLE LOCK! KURT ANGLE HAS THE ANKLE LOCK IN PLACE! Triple H is anguished in pain as he desperately tries to reach the ropes but Angle grapevines the hold and makes it doubly difficult for Triple H to drag himself towards the ropes. Triple H is refusing to tap out but King suggests that he would be better tapping out now and being 100% healthy for the Royal Rumble rather than trying to be a hero right now! Triple H is slowly dragging himself to the ropes, can he make it? Hunter’s head lowers down onto the mat, he is fading now and Angle is desperately trying to wrench the hold in even more. Triple H makes one last attempt ... AND MAKES THE ROPES! The referee tells Angle to release the hold to the despair of the Olympian. He doesn’t release immediately and a few RAW superstars make a move towards the ring to force the release. However, Angle reluctantly does as asked and he lets go of Hunter’s ankle. As the referee checks on his opponent, Angle reflects on what just happened and he steels himself for another attempt at finishing off Triple H and earning his WWE Championship shot.

As Hunter slowly gets up, Angle wastes no time and he hits a chop block to the back of Triple H’s calf that sends him crashing back down. Angle grabs Triple H again and looks to lock in the Ankle Lock once again. However, Triple H grabs the ropes early and refuses to let Angle drag him away from them. Angle is getting desperate it seems and he starts kicking away at the shoulders and arms of Triple H until he releases the ropes despite the warnings from the referee. Angle manages to force Hunter to let go and drags him to the centre of the ring where he prepares for another Angle Slam. Triple H staggers to his feet and Angle goes for the Angle Slam but Triple H wriggles clear ... Counter from Triple H ... ANGLE SLAM! TRIPLE H HITS THE ANGLE SLAM TO KURT ANGLE!

Amazing! Triple H used a desperation move as he used Angle’s own move to take out his opponent and keep himself in the contest. Triple H crawls over to Angle who is dazed now and he makes the cover as he looks to get the important win ...

1 ... 2 ... Kick out from Kurt Angle!

Triple H gets to his feet and he looks down on Kurt who is slowly getting up as well. As Angle gets up, Triple H manages to grab his head and shoves it between his legs as the crowd go wild at what is coming. Hooking the arms, Triple H has Angle where he wants him ... PEDIGREE! TRIPLE H HITS THE PEDIGREE! Triple H hooks the leg ...


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WINNER
TRIPLE H (9:34)


As the rest of the RAW roster begin to gradually leave the ring and head towards the backstage again, Triple H and Kurt Angle are laid on the mat after a hard fought contest that has ended with Hunter ensuring a one on one match between himself and Wade Barrett at the Royal Rumble for the WWE Championship. Triple H is first to his feet as he has his hand raised by the referee and he looks relieved to have pulled out the win as he turns to face Barrett who is still mouthing off on commentary. With Barrett happy to be one on one with Hunter at the Rumble, he begins to mock Angle on commentary and declares himself correct over the ‘past it’ comments he made about the Olympic gold medal winner; he also claims that he will prove that Triple H’s time in the WWE is over when he defeats him for the WWE Championship in two weeks at the Rumble. Hunter smirks at Barrett and points to the WWE Championship belt and signals that he will win the title before heading back towards Angle who is recovering from the Pedigree and getting to his feet. Kurt looks disappointed and he appears to be unhappy with himself as he props himself up on the ropes. Triple H advances towards him and offers his hand out to Angle and the WWE Universe cheer this show of respect from Hunter. However, Angle, the disappointment in his eyes still clear, looks at the outstretched hand of Triple H and then opts to ignore it as he chooses to exit the ring instead. Angle begins to walk up the ramp and doesn’t look back as he shakes his head in disappointment, despite JR reminding us that he is now a guaranteed entrant in the Royal Rumble match. Hunter looks out at Angle walking away and shrugs his shoulders as if to say he tried. There is a commotion in the arena as the WWE Universe realise that Wade Barrett is sneaking up behind Triple H as well now. However, Hunter spins around and sees Barrett coming. He locks eyes with the WWE Champions and dares him to try it on right here, right now. Barrett, caught out by Hunter turning around, decides to back off and he slides between the ropes and out of the ring where he begins to walk out of the arena staring at his challenger at the Royal Rumble. JR and King suggest that Barrett may have to fight this one face to face with Triple H and King says that he believes we will have a new WWE Champion as RAW fades out with Barrett holding the championship belt up on the stage for all to see and Triple H nodding his head with belief that he will win that title in Cleveland, Ohio ...

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


*** MATCHES CONFIRMED FOR ROYAL RUMBLE ***

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP
Wade Barrett (c) vs. Triple H

WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
CM Punk (c) vs. Christian

TAG TEAM TURMOIL FOR THE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Major Broskis (c) vs. British Empire vs. Cryme Tyme vs. Evan Bourne & Mark Henry vs. Hart Dynasty vs. Usos

30-man Royal Rumble match
Winner will get to challenge for WWE/World Championship at WrestleMania 27
Confirmed Entrants: Big Show, John Cena, Kofi Kingston, Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy, The Miz, Randy Orton, Rob Van Dam, Sheamus
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RAW Review

Opening the show with Nexus in the ring talking about Kurt Angle failing yet again in trying to get another match for the WWE Title and that clearly it was because of Nexus interfering ensuring that Angle would not be added into the match at the Rumble, but then bragging about themselves until HHH the #1 Contender interrupts and that he went to Michaels the GM to make another match between himself and Angle and that if Angle wins, it becomes a Triple-Threat Match but if not, then it will be one on one which is what HHH wants but that he respects Angle

John Morrison wins the Fatal 4-Way, now Morrison has momentum coming into the Rumble and then Sheamus making a statement after, attacking Riley and then leaving him laying, Sheamus is angry and I can't blame him, and now you have an angry Sheamus in the match, that can only bad things for the other participants

Chip Butty and HBK having a conversation about something, interested for sure

Edge and HBK backstage seemed intense and now he has to face RVD to gain entry into the Rumble match

Chip Butty, wise choice allowing my man Orton back into the Rumble match because if you hadn't, no only would you face boycotts everywhere but Orton would have put his hands on you and you wouldn't want that
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*** PREVIEW ***

WHO WILL BE THE FIRST EVER NUMBER 1 RANK ON NXT?

After winning the Elimination Matches for their respective teams on NXT’s first show two weeks ago, Vladimir Kozlov – representing Team JBL – will go one on one with the Great Khali of Team Rock with both men looking to get the victory to put them on top of their first NXT ranking list. Although there are no prizes for being top of the rankings at this early stage, it would send out a big message to the rest of the NXT competitors that the victor was serious about emerging from the competition on top come WrestleMania 27. The question is, however, how much focus will the Moscow Mauler have on this match after his recent skirmishes with his former Tag Team partner, Santino Marella. Since arriving in NXT, Kozlov has completely bought into JBL’s philosophies – which, needless to say, are not good. After his destruction of Santino on the first show, Santino returned to NXT last week to deny Kozlov the chance to inflict more damage on Kaval. Despite not being a part of the competition, Santino has claimed that he is not finished with Kozlov – will the Italian appear on NXT this week? Khali, on the other hand, is seemingly his usual self and appears to be getting on well with his mentor, The Rock. When business turned serious in the first show though, the Punjabi Playboy proved that the smiles are put to one side for the NXT matches. Can he defeat Kozlov and earn top spot on the rankings?

... AND WHO WILL BE IN BOTTOM POSITION?

With Great Khali and Vladimir Kozlov desperate for victory to earn top spot in the rankings, Kaval and Dolph Ziggler clash this week desperate to avoid defeat and bottom spot in the inaugural rankings. Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero have not made the most auspicious starts on NXT – Dolph fell out with mentor, The Rock, before NXT Season 3 even started and their relationship has not improved after he was eliminated first in the Team Rock Elimination match in Week 1. Vickie is also making enemies and last week was involved in a war of words with her nephew, Chavo. He accused her of being a disgrace to the Guerrero legacy and promised that HE would make Uncle Eddie proud. Ziggler and Vickie’s problems pale into comparison at the side of Kaval though. With JBL as his mentor, he appears to be on a team where the leader, JBL, is completely against him and is ordering his other three team members to beat down Kaval at every opportunity. Even a reluctant MVP has been forced to take Kaval down. With both Ziggler and Kaval in danger of being bottom of the rankings, both men will be desperate for their first NXT wins tonight to secure the not-so-coveted seventh spot – but at least they won’t be bottom.

DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE LINE!

After winning the Number 1 contender match with Natalya on NXT Week 1, Maryse’s sights are now set on winning the Divas Championship from Layla tonight on NXT. On last week’s NXT, Maryse pinned the Divas Champion and has vowed that tonight will see her reclaim the Divas Championship for the good of the Divas division. However, underestimating Layla is something that the sultry French-Canadian should do at her peril – Michelle McCool made that mistake back at Cyber Sunday and Survivor Series when Layla twice defeated her to end Laycool and become the undisputed Divas Champion. Tonight, Layla will look to defend her title – especially since the return of the aforementioned Miss McCool and her new muscle, Kharma. Can Maryse become the new Divas Champion tonight?

TAG TEAM TURMOIL SET FOR ROYAL RUMBLE

Last week, WWE owner Chip Butty announced a revamp of the Tag Team division and announced that the Tag Champions, Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins would face five other teams at the Rumble in a Tag Team Turmoil match – Cryme Tyme, Usos, Evan Bourne and Mark Henry, Hart Dynasty and the new team, the British Empire, who will be made up of two from William Regal, Mason Ryan and Finlay. Butty also announced that NXT would host matches between the six teams with the winners earning a later entry into the Turmoil match. Last week, Cryme Tyme ensured the later entry with a victory over the Usos and tonight, Evan Bourne and Mark Henry face the champions, Ryder and Hawkins, for the right to start the match later as well. With the British Empire set to debut in the ring next week against the Hart Dynasty to complete the qualifying, it seems important for both teams tonight to ensure a late entry to keep alive their dreams of walking out of the Rumble PPV as the Tag Team Champions in just over a week’s time.

***CONFIRMED ***

For NXT Ranking Place 1
GREAT KHALI vs. VLADIMIR KOZLOV

For NXT Ranking Place 7
DOLPH ZIGGLER vs. KAVAL

DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP
Layla (c) vs. Maryse

Evan Bourne and Mark Henry vs. Major Broskis

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