Monday Night Raw – Preview!
Monday 5th January 2009
Live from the Miami Arena
2008 may be gone but the events of the last few weeks certainly aren't forgotten as we head into a new year. It was only two weeks ago that we learned that in two weeks at the Royal Rumble, for the first time ever in history, the WWE Championship will be defended in the Rumble match. Since then the contenders have been lining up, and last week Triple H was defeated by one of the men looking to take his title at the Royal Rumble in The Big Show, and that was after finding out from Eric Bischoff he will be the number one entrant when he defends the title against 29 determined title challengers. However another superstar who desperately wants to headline Wrestlemania as the new WWE Champion is Chris Jericho, and he made his return to Raw, catching Big Show off guard with the Code-Breaker.
Come Friday night on Smackdown, Big Show returned the favour and caught Jericho by surprise after the Raw returnee headed back to Smackdown for one last match against 'The Heartbreak Kid' Shawn Michaels. Jericho got himself disqualified and The World's Largest Athlete made sure Jericho didn't take his actions any further, coming to Michaels' aid, and he dropped a bomb on Jericho. He told Jericho and the watching world that on Raw this week they'll get their hands on each other when he teams up with The Heartbreak Kid to face Jericho and the WWE Champion, Triple H. With everyone gunning to win the Royal Rumble in two weeks, it's going to be an incredible match when these four collide with so much at stake in the next few weeks.
Two more men who'll be looking to gain a place in the Rumble will meet head on this week when Finlay & Homicide with the winner going onto the Rumble in just under two weeks. Homicide's been clocking up the victories as of late but he'll be in for a real tough fight against the tough Irishman, who like Homicide, enjoys a good fight. Only one can advance to the Rumble, but who will that be?
Kofi Kingston faces a situation he surely never expected to at the Royal Rumble when he meets his brother, Jay Lethal with the winner going onto the Rumble match later on in the evening, and after watching his brother make his debut last week, it'll be Kofi in action this week when he goes up against Ezekiel Jackson. It'll be a tough challenge for Kofi but is he up to it?
Raw comes to you live this week for Miami as we go into 2009, just a matter of weeks away from the Royal Rumble. If the last few weeks have been unpredictable, it's going to get even more so as we draw closer to the history making Royal Rumble match. The Undertaker, the World Tag Team Champions, Rey Mysterio & Mystico, the Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus will all be in attendance with more Royal Rumble places set to be decided. If the last two weeks are anything to go by it's going to be another unmissable edition of Raw this week. Make sure you don't miss it!
>Confirmed for the first Raw of 2009!<
Royal Rumble Qualifying Match
Finlay vs. Homicide
The Big Show & Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H & Chris Jericho
Will check that out once I get my Redemption PPV posted, Nige.
Speaking of which, there's a press release hype-preview posted in the thread. This is still early stuff, back when WWA was operating on a bi-weekly super-show basis. Things change over the course of time, and you'll see how soon. Hope you guys will give it a shot. I'm pretty happy with the way WWA is going, even if I don't get to spend as much time on it as I might like.
Six Men, One WWE Championship. Each of these men have something to prove in this match; Alberto Del Rio needs to prove that he is not a fluke champion. John Cena needs to prove that he is “The Greatest WWE Champion of All Time”. The Miz needs to prove that he is not a one-hit wonder. CM Punk needs to prove that he is the rightful and undisputed WWE Champion. Kofi Kingston needs to prove that he deserves his place in this match and competing for the biggest title in the industry. R-Truth needs to prove that he deserves another shot at the gold. Each man has his own ambition to succeed and walk out of Buffalo as the WWE Champion, but only one of them will be able to achieve their goal.
Each man has also had a different road coming into Buffalo after Triple H announced this match would take place. John Cena and Alberto Del Rio have been having a war of words and as well as trying to take the other out at every available opportunity, but when they did lock up two weeks ago, it was the WWE Champion that reigned supreme after a pipe shot to Cena’s arm, which has been plaguing him ever since, not helped by the sneak attack from Del Rio this past Monday night. CM Punk has been at odds with the new Raw General Manager, John Laurinaitis, who he suspects is behind the two attacks from Kevin Nash that have cost Punk the WWE Title twice. Punk though has found himself an ally in Kofi Kingston, to combat the “Laurinaitis Administration” consisting of The Awesome Truth; these four men have been heavily involved with each other the past few weeks heading into this match and it seems it is The Miz that has all of the momentum after he has managed to pin Punk three weeks in a row, but at the end of the broadcast on Monday, it was Cena standing tall.
With all these issues between these six men creating a cobweb of different rivalries heading into this match, these Superstars will fight it out until only one remains. The biggest question lasts though; Just who is going to walk out of Buffalo with the most coveted prize in all of wrestling?
That’s right, we have TWO Six Pack Challenges on this show, but this one comes from Smackdown, where Randy Orton will defend the World Heavyweight Championship he won at Summerslam. Under pressure from Triple H, Smackdown General Manager Theodore Long announced qualifying matches for this match, and Mark Henry was the first man to qualify when he defeated Sin Cara, followed on the same night by Wade Barrett, who bested Daniel Bryan. The following Friday, Sheamus beat Jinder Mahal and John Morrison made his Smackdown return and beat Christian in an impromptu qualifying match. Former World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali won a Battle Royal to claim the last spot in the match and book his ticket to Night of Champions.
But be under no illusion, there are just as many rivalries weaved into this match as its Raw counterpart. Sheamus and Mark Henry have been at each other’s throats for two months and each time they have been in the same match all hell has broken loose as not only the announce table but the ring barricade have been broken by Henry using Sheamus as a battering ram. Barrett and Orton have been trading verbal barbs also, with both men getting just as good as they get, but Barrett hasn’t hesitated to take advantage and cause further damage to Orton’s shoulder which he injured in his rematch with Christian, but this past Friday Orton pinned Barrett after an RKO in a 6 Man Tag featuring these six combatants. Khali, guided by the always shouting Jinder Mahal, has managed to give Morrison his first loss since returning to the blue brand. Each one of these men have the capability to win the gold this Sunday and we’re sure that they’ll do anything to do so.
At Night of Champions 2009, Rey Mysterio walked in as the Intercontinental Champion and successfully defended the gold against Dolph Ziggler. Fast forward two years, and proving that he has advanced leaps and bounds since then, Ziggler walks into Buffalo as the United States Champion and this time the Master of the 619 is the challenger.
Back in 2009 however, Dolph Ziggler did not have the managerial expertise of Vickie Guerrero, a woman that has been detrimental to the careers of both Ziggler and Mysterio but in different capacities. Whilst she is one of the reasons for Dolph's success in the WWE, she is also responsible for the worst part in Mysterio's, and it appears that Guerrero has installed her personal feelings into Ziggler as he shares Vickie's desire to rid the company of Mysterio. But as per order of John Laurinaitis, Guerrero will be a non-factor this Sunday as in the interest of fairness she is banned from ringside! Despite this, Guerrero and Ziggler were seen to be quite confident on Raw, and one only has to wonder what they have up their sleeve. Will Ziggler be able to retain his title using just his pure ability against the veteran Mysterio? Or will Rey repeat the feat of two years ago and win the coveted United States Championship?
There have been honest concerns for the mental state of Christian since he lost the World Heavyweight Championship at Summerslam as the self-professed "Saviour of Smackdown" has shown some obsessive behaviour with Randy Orton, the World Heavyweight Championship, removing Theodore Long from power, and now Daniel Bryan's Money in the Bank contract.
Captain Charisma realised that Bryan was the only way to the World Heavyweight Championship after Triple H denied him from being allowed to challenge for the World Title after he failed to regain it. Since that point, Christian has been trying to make a change on Smackdown by getting Long fired, citing that he is not being treated fairly, and has threatened to take action against Long many a time. At the same time, Christian goaded Daniel Bryan into a match at Night of Champions after he cost him a chance in the Six-Pack Challenge in the Battle Royal. Bryan agreed to put his precious briefcase on the line if the match were to be his speciality, a Submission Match. Bryan must have been worried though after Christian displayed his submission ability, showing off a Cloverleaf to defeat Yoshi Tatsu this past Friday night. Even Christian's best friend, Edge, has displayed concern for his friend when he returned to Smackdown to host The Cutting Edge talk show. Christian will be driven by the fact that all he has to do is beat the WWE's resident Submission Specialist at his own game in order to get the chance to reach the top of the Smackdown tree once again.
Since becoming Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes, along with his associate Ted DiBiase Jr, have been focused on proving that Cody is truly the best in the world, and the way they set to do that was challenging non-American Superstars to a match with Cody, and the guarantee that they would earn a shot at the prestigious gold around Rhodes' waist should they beat him. Japan's Yoshi Tatsu and England's William Regal both tried and failed.
But up stepped Mexico's Sin Cara, fresh off beating Christian and almost toppling Mark Henry, the Mexican Idol tried his luck at Cody's challenge... and won. Albeit by disqualification after DiBiase's involvement, Theodore Long still deemed Sin Cara worthy to face Rhodes if he was able to defeat DiBiase in a No Disqualifications Match, in which despite Ted's best efforts, Sin Cara was able to get the victory and advance to face Cody at Night of Champions, clearly angering the unpredictable champion. The last Smackdown before the big showdown Cody & Ted teamed up against Sin Cara and William Regal, who vowed for revenge after he failed to gain his shot. Cara and Regal scored the big win after Cody deserted his friend, citing that it was payback for potentially costing him his title. Sin Cara seems to have driven a wedge between Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, and it might be enough to coax Rhodes into a mistake this Sunday so Sin Cara can pick up his first piece of championship gold in the WWE.
In one of the more personal matches on the card, Kelly Kelly once again finds herself defending the Divas Championship against Buffalo's own Beth Phoenix. Despite the argument that Beth shouldn't get another shot after failing at Summerslam, "The Glamazon"'s accomplishments since then do all of the talking; going undefeated and brushing aside almost all of the Divas, including a pin fall over the champion herself in tag team action on Raw.
The dominance shown by Phoenix and her Divas of Doom partner Natalya has began to put them in the favour of the WWE Universe, and especially since both Raw and Smackdown were in Natalya's home country of Canada this past week, the reactions received by the Divas Champion have not been very polite from the fans, leading to Kelly breaking down this past Friday night on Smackdown; but she admitted that she knew she is going to be facing an extremely hostile crowd inside the Niagara Center, but she promised that the reaction from the fans will do nothing but spur her on to overcome the odds once again. Will Phoenix continue her dominance or will Kelly Kelly pull off the ultimate upset and beat Phoenix for the second time in a row on Pay-Per-View?
The first match that was announced for Night of Champions was that the WWE Tag Team Champions David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty would defend the gold against Santino Marella and the returning Vladimir Kozlov.
Santino and Kozlov earned their shot by defeating The Usos and Jinder Mahal & The Great Khali in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match on Smackdown, and they also picked up a Count Out victory against the champions. The two teams have traded wins in singles competition, with Otunga beating Santino on Raw and Kozlov dominating McGillicutty; the Russian being on a roll since returning to the WWE the night after Summerslam. Otunga has been impressive though, beating Raw announcer and Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler on Raw this past week after Lawler repeatedly called the champions boring, a claim that has not been disproved since the former New Nexus comrades won the gold. It seems that Otunga and McGillicutty will have to let loose a little bit if they want to stay at the top of the Tag Team Division.
1. Predict the match order.
2. Predict the winners of each match.
3. Which will be the longest match?
4. Which will be the shortest match?
5. Who will be the first man eliminated in the WWE Championship Match?
6. Who will be the last man eliminated in the WWE Championship Match?
7. Who will take the fall in the World Heavyweight Championship Match?
8. Will there be any surprise/unexpected appearances? If so, who?
9. How many titles will change hands? (Including MITB Contract)
Predictions in the thread; 500 credits to the winner! Link is in the signature
It was Summerslam, the year 2012, the month August. As The King Of Kings, Triple H lay in the middle of the squared circle, Brock Lesnar glared through the audience, with a ruthless grin etched across his face, ear to ear. Hunter writhed in agony amongst the blood, sweat and tears that covered a once plain canvas. The boo's eminated from the arena. It was done. Brock Lesnar had not only broken The Game's arm for the second time, but he had defeated him. Made him tap. Lillian Garcia announced Lesnar as the victor while Michael Cole and Jerry The King Lawler trawled through the countless possibilities that could happen during Monday's broadcast of RAW.
Paul Heyman joyously stepped into the ring and raised the animal's blood soaked paw high into the air, lapping up the negative atmosphere that surrounded the place. Just what in the world was Brock Lesnar's next project, who was he going to set his sights on next, who was tomorrow's meal going to be? And what would The Game's situation be as of Monday night?
Tune into WWE Monday Night RAW - The Calm After The Storm...
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As the dust settled, CM Punk emmerged from the scene clinging onto his WWE Championship. He had done it again, he had retained the Championship against both John Cena andThe Big Show. As Punk backed up the entrance ramp, with his gold raised high in the air, the arena's attenion was averted towards the announce table where Cena and The Big Show were brawling. Both were chucking fists, but it was The Big Show's strength and size that prevailed. Big Show winded Cena with a right hand to the gut, and polished it off with a WMD straight to Cena's jaw. Cena crumbled to the padded floor like a sack of 'shit'.
Meanwhile, CM Punk stood on the stage and watched with intent. It was the hatred between John Cena and The Big Show that allowed him to leave WWE Summerslam as the WWE Champion, but he didn't care. He smiled as Big Show lifted a dazed Cena to his feet, and dropped him right through the announce table with a deafening thud. Show burnt a hole through Cena's broken body and didn't avert his gaze, even when Punk's music echoed around the place.
It was clear to see that Big Show and Cena had just rekindled a vicious rivalry, and that at this moment in time, CM Punk, and the WWE Championhip were on the backburners for both.
Where does this leave the WWE Championship situation. Who will be the next number one contender? What will Monday bring for Cena and The Big Show.
Tune into WWE Monday Night RAW - The Calm After The Storm.
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