01-09-2012, 04:34 PM
Learning to break kayfabe
Join Date: Sep 2007
Re: It Begins: WWE 2012
I am going to go with Hunico vs Seth Rollins.
As for Raw, the show was too short, I didnt feel that it was a 2 hour show. The matches were great and you had some nice storyline developments. Laurinatis in the Royal Rumble should be interesting and by putting him in the match Shane immediately reassures himself as the babyface.
I didnt like two segments. I didnt like how you continued Miz vs R-Truth tonight, as it took a way too cartoonish turn. Secondly, the exchange between Del Rio and HHH had potential however it was too rushed and lack detail. You should try to extend your promos, so that your lines sink in better and be more realistic.
Brodus Clay was nice. Not sure about his first line though. Way overused by Orton and Del Rio for another superstar to start using it.
Bobby Lashley debuts. I liked it, however, and this can be said for the entire show, you need to pace it a little bit better, so that things like Lashley debuting have a bigger and better effect.
01-09-2012, 10:26 PM
Asking SCOTT STEINER for Wrestling Advice
Join Date: Nov 2006
Re: It Begins: WWE 2012
“Satellite” plays throughout the arena as Shakedown gets ready to start.
Josh Matthews: Welcome to WWE Shakedown, my name is Josh Matthews and alongside me is Matt Striker and we have an epic show for you here tonight.
Matt Striker: Thank you Josh, tonight we are going to have four amazing match ups that will well and truly set up some of these youngsters in their careers here in the WWE.
Josh Matthews: We will see in action later tonight Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks taking on the impressive tag team of former NXT Rookies Titus O’Neil and Percy Watson.
Matt Striker: Mason Ryan and Johnny Curtis also will be competing one on one with each other after both suffered losses last week on RAW these two will be looking to get back into the winners circle.
Josh Matthews: Last week on Superstars we saw Derrick Bateman and Trent Baretta come together to form a new tag team this week we will see them in action against the Darren Young and JTG in what will surely be a high flying thrilling match.
Matt Striker: And for our viewer’s choice main event this week we will see one of these three matches.
The camera goes back stage to see the eight Superstars standing there waiting to hear the results later in the night.
Josh Matthews: Voting is still open so you can see in action either; Brodus Clay and David Otunga, new FCW Rookies team of Dean Ambrose and Antonio Cesaro facing the Uso’s or finally Hunico and Seth Rollins competing one on one against one another. We will find out the results of this poll to see who gets the chance to impress later on tonight.
Matt Striker: But right now we have the chance for our first match.
“In the Middle of it Now” starts to play around the arena as the team of Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins make their way to the ring.
“Headin’ Right Back” also plays over the arena and Titus O’Neil and Percy Watson go down into the ring.
Match Number One: Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks versus Titus O’Neil and Percy Watson
Tyler and Percy start things off and Tyler backs Watson into the corner. Reks with a forearm and punches in the corner followed by a side head lock take down. Reks with a shoulder tackle but Watson with a drop kick and then he hits a double under hook take down. Watson with a punch but Reks with a kick and he runs Percy into the corner to tag in Hawkins. Curt kicks Percy and then he slaps him. Hawkins with more kick to the head and then he hits a suplex and gets a near fall. Hawkins sends Percy into the turnbuckles and Reks is tagged back in and Reks hits a clothesline on Watson. Watson tries to make the tag but Reks stops him. Watson with punches but Reks with a forearm across the chest as he takes Percy back to the mat. Hawkins tags in and Watson tries to fight out of the corner. Hawkins with a snap mare and Curt with knees to the back before applying a reverse chin lock. Watson with a belly-to-back suplex and both men are down. Titus and Reks make the tag and Titus with a running shoulder tackle followed by a punch and a reverse atomic drop and a flying clothesline and Titus barks. Titus goes for Clash of the Titus but Hawkins breaks it up and all four men get in the ring and while the referee deals with Watson, Reks and Hawkins hit a power slam and neck breaker combination on Titus for the three count.
Winners: Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins
Josh Matthews: An impressive first up victory for Hawkins and Reks here tonight. These two have been doing some dirty work for the Miz lately backstage but it’s good to see them get it done in the ring also.
Matt Striker: This young team could really take a positive step in the right direction if they can continue to knock off their opponents and by helping out the Miz on RAW it can only benefit them in the long run.
Josh Matthews: Let’s head backstage quickly were Scott Stanford is standing by with two men who are looking to break out in the tag division themselves, Tyson Kidd and Heath Slater.
The camera goes backstage as we see the team of Heath Slater and Tyson Kidd standing around Scott Stanford with the microphone in hand.
Scott Stanford: Thanks Josh, next to me I have another impressive young tag team of Heath Slater and Tyson Kidd, who this week will not be competing in tag team action but instead be competing in the Hardcore title tournament on Smackdown. Heath you will be facing your nemesis in Justin Gabriel and Tyson you face off with Ezekiel Jackson. So you both have the chance to really step it up and go for some singles gold over on Smackdown.
Heath Slater: I’ll stop you right there Scott, this is exactly what people shouldn’t be thinking about the two of us. Stepping up is something that we always do and nobody takes any notice. What is the difference if we do it again; we know that nobody will notice.
Tyson Kidd: We have been here in this business for a while now and know what it takes to be competitive week in week out but we also know that because we are smaller than a lot of other competitors people just see us a speed hump on their road. This really pisses us off, we work harder than anyone here in the WWE to perfect our move set and ever since we decided to form this tag team we have been able to help one another in developing our game further than what it was at. I have taught Heath how to deliver and lock in a perfect Sharp Shooter. Heath has taught me many different ways to land a DDT.
Heath Slater: In the end we will be the most faultless team here in the WWE and nobody will know what to do in order to beat us. We will be more technically sound than everyone, we will be quicker than everyone and not to mention we will be impeccable that we do in and out of the ring. We will become the face of the WWE and by doing this together there is no way that someone will stop us.
Together: Because we are the most untainted, perfect, excellent team in the WWE and that is why we are Faultless.
As we come back to the ring “Here and Now or Never” plays over the speakers and Mason Ryan makes his way down the ramp into the ring.
This is followed by “I Told You So” and Johnny Curtis gets out on the stage and down to the ring.
Match Number Two: Mason Ryan vs. Johnny Curtis
They lock up and Ryan backs Curtis into the corner but Ryan goes to the floor and the referee starts his count. Curtis tries for a knee to the arm but he misses. Ryan with a punch and he returns to the ring. Curtis with an arm bar and Ryan punches Curtis but Curtis holds on to the arm. Ryan punches Curtis in the ribs and then he hits an arm breaker and then he clotheslines Ryan over the top rope to the floor. Curtis hits Ryan from behind on the floor and slams the arm into the apron. Ryan pulls Curtis to the floor and has him in the ring skirt and he connects with a series of knees. Ryan rolls Curtis back into the ring and he gets a near fall. Curtis goes for the arm again but Ryan gets to the ropes. Ryan with a kick to the ribs followed by a snap mare and Ryan with a body scissors and reverse chin lock. We go to commercial as Curtis tries to get free.
We are back and Ryan is in control of the match and he connects with a knee to the midsection and gets a near fall. Ryan returns to the body scissors and Curtis is able to get a near fall when he leans back. Curtis with punches to Ryan but Ryan punches back. Ryan with shoulders in the corner followed by an Irish whip and running clothesline into the corner. Curtis with a power slam and he gets a near fall. Ryan charges into the corner but Curtis moves and Ryan hits the turnbuckles with his shoulder. Curtis with punches and then he clips the leg. Curtis with knee to the head followed by an STO for a near fall. Ryan with an Irish whip but he hesitates going into the corner and that allows Curtis to hit a spinning heel kick and gets a near fall. Curtis with a side Russian leg sweep for another near fall. Ryan with a power slam for a near fall. Ryan sends Curtis into the corner and he puts Johnny on the turnbuckles. Curtis with forearms and then he hits a tornado single arm DDT but Ryan kicks out. Curtis with a Fujiwara arm bar on Ryan and Mason is about to tap but he realizes how close he is to the ropes and Ryan gets his foot on the ropes. Curtis releases the hold and then goes up top but Ryan punches Curtis. Ryan looks to hit a top rope power slam but he loses his footing as he gets to the top rope. Both men are sitting on the top rope facing each other. Johnny Curtis delivers a tornado DDT off the turnbuckle. Ryan is laying prone in the centre of the ring as Curtis climbs the turnbuckle to the top rope and delivers a massive Maine Jam. Curtis goes for the cover and gets the win.
Winner: Johnny Curtis
Josh Matthews: A huge upset win for Johnny Curtis right there over Mason Ryan.
Matt Striker: I didn’t expect to see Johnny Curtis to pick up the win here tonight over the powerhouse that is Mason Ryan. But the NXT winner looks to be very impressed with that victory.
Josh Matthews: Johnny Curtis was very impressive that for sure but the real test will be to see if he can do this week in week out here in the WWE.
Matt Striker: I think Johnny has what it takes to make it in the WWE we saw that NXT and we saw it here tonight so I think he will be a big time player in the future.
Josh Matthews: I guess we’ll just to wait and see to find out.
A preview clip for the Royal Rumble is shown going through past rumbles and setting up this year’s rumble itself.
“Gasoline Upcharge” comes on throughout the arena as the team of Derrick Bateman and Trent Baretta make their way to the ring.
“Bringin' Da Hood 2 U” follows this as JTG and Darren Young come down to the ring and look to start the match.
Match Number Three: Trent Baretta and Derrick Bateman vs. Darren Young and JTG
Baretta and Young start things off and they lock up. Trent with a wrist lock but Young with a fireman’s carry and arm bar. Baretta with a forearm but Young counters with an Irish whip. Baretta floats over and then he hits a butterfly suplex and gets a near fall. Bateman tags in and they hit a double drop kick. Bateman works on the arm and shoulder. Young with forearms but Bateman picks up Young and drops him to the mat. Bateman with a front face lock and Baretta tags in and he connects with punches. Young with a forearm and European uppercut. Baretta with a back elbow for a near fall. Baretta with a key lock on Young. Bateman tags back in and he kicks Young and hits a European uppercut but Young runs Bateman into the corner and JTG tags in. Bateman with elbows to Young and JTG and he gets out of trouble. Bateman connects with a forearm followed by a shoulder breaker. Young tags in and he tries to pull Bateman to the floor. Bateman pulls Young to the apron and he brings Young back into the ring. Bateman with a punch to Young. Bateman goes for an Irish whip that sends Young over the turnbuckles and to the floor as we go to commercial.
We are back and Bateman with a slam and leg drop. Baretta tags in and he snap mares JTG and hits a sliding clothesline followed by a kick and he gets a near fall. JTG punches Trent but Trent with a flying clothesline followed by a drop kick for a near fall. JTG slides to the floor on an Irish whip but he does not see Baretta come at him for a baseball slide that knocks JTG down. Baretta sends JTG back into the ring and in doing so JTG distracts the referee to allow Young to kick Baretta which allows JTG to connect with a baseball slide. JTG rolls Baretta back into the ring and he gets a near fall. JTG with elbows to the back of the neck and he gets another near fall. JTG tags in Darren and he sends Trent into Darren’s boot. Young gets a near fall this time. Young has his knee on Trent’s back and he slaps Baretta in the head and then he puts Trent in a rear chin lock which he follows with a rake to the face. Young with a knee drop to the head followed by an elbow drop. JTG tags in and he connects with a forearm to the back. JTG sends Baretta into the turnbuckle and then he punches Baretta and follows it with an Irish whip into the corner where Baretta is met with a big clothesline. JTG knocks Bateman off the apron to prevent Trent from making the tag. JTG gets a near fall again but the referee was dealing with Bateman which delayed the count. Young tags back in and he connects with a head butt to the midsection and he does it a second time. Baretta with a punch but Young punches back and gets a near fall with a jack knife cover. Young with a near fall. JTG tags back in and he punches Trent. Trent with knees but he misses a clothesline. JTG with a waist lock take down and elbow drop for a near fall. Young with a rear chin lock on Baretta and Trent with elbows and a belly-to-back suplex. Bateman tags in and he connects with a shoulder tackle and then he knocks JTG off the apron. Bateman with a reverse atomic drop followed by a clothesline. Bateman with a scoop slam for a near fall but JTG breaks up the cover. JTG forces Baretta to the floor but Bateman with a boot to JTG. Young looks to hit the fireman’s carry but Bateman counters into the Man-Tastic and scores the pin for win.
Winners: Derrick Bateman and Trent Baretta
Josh Matthews: Another impressive performance by these two youngsters. They look to be forming a very competitive tag team as they look to step up the rankings.
Matt Striker: I like these two kids the really should stick at it and you never know what could happen.
Josh Matthews: Can you imagine these two facing off with Air Boom, that would be one exciting match right there.
Matt Striker: Not wrong I would love to see that match sometime in the future. But right now it’s that time of the night again where we see what will be our main event. Let’s head backstage to Scott Stanford who is standing by.
We go backstage and Scott Stanford is ready to deliver the results.
Scott Stanford: Ok the voting was very close this week with only 20 votes separating first and second. So without further ado in third place with 7% of the votes it was Brodus Clay and David Otunga. With 46% of the vote finishing in second place was Hunico vs. Seth Rollins. Meaning with 47% of the vote our main event will be Antonio Cesaro and Dean Ambrose vs. The Uso Brothers.
The four men look at each other as the other four walk off.
Scott Stanford: Boys your match begins right now.
“Terminal Woman plays around the arena as the team of Dean Ambrose and Antonio Cesaro make it to the ring.
“Alga” follows this as the Uso’s make their way to the ring after performing the Siva Tau on the stage.
Main Event: The Usos vs. Antonio Cesaro and Dean Ambrose
Jey and Cesaro start things off and Jey with punches and Cesaro punches back. Jey mounts Cesaro and punches him. Cesaro goes to the floor and Jey follows after him and brings him into the ring. Cesaro with forearms and he pushes Jey into his corner. Jey tries to fight out of the corner and he succeeds. Jey with a forearm and Jimmy tags himself in. Ambrose tags in and he talks some strategy with Cesaro. Ambrose charges into the corner and misses. Jimmy with punches to the arm as he works on the wrist. Jimmy with an arm bar and he slaps Cesaro in the head. Jimmy with an arm drag and slap to the face. Cesaro comes in and he gets a back handed slap to the face as well. Jimmy with a drop toe hold and Jey is tagged in. Jey with a boot to Ambrose followed by a snap mare and kick to the back. Jey punches Ambrose in the ribs while in the corner. Jey works on the arm and Jimmy tags back in. Jimmy with a double sledge to the arm and then he takes Ambrose down with a hammer lock. Cesaro tags in and Jimmy with a hip toss for a near fall. Jey tags in and he kicks and punches Cesaro. Jey kicks Cesaro in the corner and then he chokes Cesaro in the corner. Ambrose tries to interfere but he does not get to Jey. Cesaro sends Jey into the turnbuckles and Ambrose tags back in and he punches Jey and chokes him in the ropes. Ambrose with forearms to the kidneys while Cesaro stays out of the way until the referee is out of position and Cesaro kicks Jey. Ambrose with a boot to the midsection and then he works on the legs and gets a near fall on Jey. Jey falls to the floor and Ambrose distracts Jimmy and the referee while Cesaro goes to the floor and he kicks Jey before returning to the apron. Ambrose punches Jey and brings him back into the ring and he connects with knees and then he sends Jey into the corner. Jey with an enzuigiri but Cesaro holds on to Jey to prevent him from hitting the move properly. Cesaro tags back in and he is unable to stop Jey from making the tag. Jimmy with clotheslines to Cesaro followed by a flapjack and he gets a near fall that is broken up by Ambrose. Cesaro gets Jimmy by the leg and he tags in Ambrose who drops a knee across the throat before Ambrose punches Jimmy while the referee warns him.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Cesaro with a chin lock on Jimmy with the arm trapped against Jimmy’s head. Jimmy tries for a sunset flip but Cesaro tries to stay on his feet but Jimmy is able to get a near fall. Cesaro with an arm bar into a hammer lock to keep Jimmy in his corner and Ambrose tags in. Ambrose kicks Jimmy and punches him. Ambrose with a punch across the face and head. Ambrose stretches Jimmy in a modified bow and arrow. Jey kicks Cesaro off the apron and then he kicks Ambrose. Ambrose with a punch and Cesaro tags in. Cesaro with a knee to the head followed by a punch. Jimmy fights out of the corner with a knee but Cesaro keeps Jimmy from making the tag. Cesaro with shoulders in the corner and Ambrose tags back in. Ambrose with a kick to the head and then he hits a snap elbow drop for a near fall. Ambrose with a front face lock and forearms to the back. Jimmy with punches but Ambrose punches back. Ambrose runs into a boot from Jimmy and then he misses a charge into the corner and he hits the ring post with his shoulder. Cesaro stops Jimmy from making the tag by going after Jey. Jey back body drops Cesaro to the floor and then Jey with a suicide dive onto Cesaro. Ambrose misses a charge into the corner and Jimmy with back slaps and a shoulder tackle. Jimmy with an Irish whip and back body drop. Jimmy with a slap into the corner and then he chokes Ambrose. Jimmy with another Irish whip and splash into the corner. Cesaro makes the tag and Cesaro hits the Ricola Bomb instantly and gets the pin for the win.
Winners: Antonio Cesaro and Dean Ambrose
Josh Matthews: That is two weeks in a row we have seen Dean Ambrose put on a very good match and he has only been here for two weeks.
Matt Striker: This kid has talent and how about this Cesaro he seems to know what he is doing out there in the ring. It looks like these two could very well be future main eventers here in the WWE.
Josh Matthews: I seriously think they will be, given time they will be at the top of the WWE. It looks like the tag division is really going to get a big step up in the next few weeks with all these new teams performing so well. And they’re all gunning for the champs in Air Boom so that should be very interesting.
Matt Striker: Air Boom will be hearing all these doors being knocked on they wouldn’t want to make a mistake anytime soon or they may no longer get to be champs.
Josh Matthews: Well that’s all we have time for here on Shakedown tune in next week for some more exciting action here in the WWE.
1. Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks defeated Titus O’Neil and Percy Watson
2. Johnny Curtis defeated Mason Ryan
3. Trent Baretta and Derrick Bateman defeated Darren Young and JTG
4. Antonio Cesaro and Dean Ambrose defeated The Uso Brothers
01-10-2012, 07:00 PM
Asking SCOTT STEINER for Wrestling Advice
Join Date: Nov 2006
Re: It Begins: WWE 2012
Hardocre Title Tournament First Round Matches
Last week on Smackdown, New General Manager Stephanie McMahon announced that the prestigious Hardcore Championship will be making it's return to the Smackdown locker room in a brand exclusive title. Last week we saw Hunico defeat Jinder Mahal to advance into the next round. On this weeks edition of Smackdown we will see the final three qualifying matches. Will Justin Gabriel manage to get past his former friend and former tag team partner or will Heath Slater be able to stop the Cape Town flyer. The winner of this match will face Hunico. Ezekiel Jackson defeated Wade Barrett last week on Smackdown due to some mysterious lighting to say the least this week he faces off with Tyson Kidd who definitely has the speed advantage so will it be size or speed to prevail. Our final Hardcore Title Tournament Qualifying match features "The Chosen One" Drew McIntyre and "The Rising Sun" Yoshi Tatsu in what will surely be an interesting and intense match up. In an interesting side note the eight competitors that were placed in the tournament to begin with all hail from different countries and the pride of their nations rest on their shoulders.
Xavier Woods to debut
Last week we saw Booker T announce his retirement from in ring and commentary duties in the WWE. By doing this it allows him to focus on bringing up young talent Xavier Woods. Booker seems to have thrown Xavier into the deep end to start with setting up a match against Booker's final opponent the Intercontinental Champion, Cody Rhodes. A very tough debut indeed for this new talent.
Barrett facing his fears
Last week we saw Wade Barrett lose to Ezekiel Jackson in what appeared to be some serious mistakes from the lighting department. Wade Barrett this week gets to face off against the World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan, in what will be a chance for the two former NXT Rookies to get one over on each other in what will be the champ's first match of the year.
Divas Tag Action
Last week on Raw we saw Tamina win a 10 diva battle royal to become the number one contender for Beth Phoenix's WWE Diva's Championship. This week Tamina will team with Alicia Fox to take on the Diva's of Doom in Natalya and Beth Phoenix in what will surely be a great tag match.
Number One Contender to be Sorted Out
Last week our number one contender match between the Big Show and Mark Henry was interrupted by Batista and Sheamus the match was ruled a no contest. This prompted our new General Manager, Stephanie McMahon to come out and announce that this week it will be a no DQ, no Count Out Match featuring all four of Batista, Sheamus, Big Show and Mark Henry, to once and for all determine who is the number one contender for Daniel Bryan's World Heavyweight Championship
Drew McIntyre vs Yoshi Tatsu
Tyson Kidd vs Ezekiel Jackson
Justin Gabriel vs Heath Slater
Tamina and Alicia Fox vs Natalya and Beth Phoenix
Cody Rhodes vs Xavier Woods w/ Booker T
Daniel Bryan vs Wade Barrett
Number One Contender Match: Sheamus vs Batista vs Big Show vs Mark Henry
01-12-2012, 01:30 AM
Asking SCOTT STEINER for Wrestling Advice
Join Date: Nov 2006
Re: It Begins: WWE 2012
“Know Your Enemy” starts to play around the pyro as Smackdown comes onto the air.
Michael Cole: Welcome to Friday Night Smackdown coming to you from Laredo, Texas. My name is Michael Cole and alongside me tonight is Josh Matthews and what a huge show we have for you tonight.
Josh Matthews: Thanks Cole, we have four matches tonight with huge title implications for the Royal Rumble.
Michael Cole: Tonight we will see three qualifying matches in the Hardcore title tournament as well as sorting out the number contender for Daniel Bryan’s World Heavyweight Title. Finally we will know who will take the title of that nerd.
Josh Matthews: Come on Cole he’s been champ for a little while now he deserves the gold and whoever he faces him at the Rumble will be in for a real fight.
Michael Cole: I don’t care what you say Josh whoever wins the match here tonight will be the new champion come the Royal Rumble.
Josh Matthews: Alright but we also have these massive first round matchups in the Hardcore Title Tournament with Justin Gabriel facing Heath Slater, Tyson Kidd going up against Ezekiel Jackson and finally our last match will be Drew McIntyre and Yoshi Tatsu. In what will be an interesting night that’s for sure.
Michael Cole: It’s going to be a great night that’s for sure so I think it’s time to get this show rolling with our first Hardcore Eliminator match between Ezekiel Jackson and Tyson Kidd.
“Domination” starts to play around the arena as Ezekiel Jackson makes his way down the ramp and into the ring to a series of cheers from the crowd.
Following this “One Man Band” starts to play as Tyson Kidd is accompanied to the ring by Heath Slater who both receive bad heat from the crowd.
Match Number One – Hardcore Title Qualifying Match: Tyson Kidd with Heath Slater versus Ezekiel Jackson
Kidd goes for the arm and he gets Jackson in a key lock but Jackson sends Kidd to the mat and he retreats into the corner. Kidd with a side head lock but Jackson with a back elbow. Kidd with a punch and kick that sends Kidd to the apron. Kidd goes for a springboard move but Jackson catches Kidd and presses him but Kidd gets to the mat and kicks Jackson in the back of the leg. Jackson with a back body drop to Kidd as Slater starts to cheer Kidd on and give him encouragement. Kidd with a drop kick to the knees and then to the head for a near fall but Jackson sends Kidd to the floor on the kick out. Slater helps Kidd back up and the referee tells Slater to get away. Kidd kicks Jackson in the leg from the apron and drops him on the top rope. Kidd with a front face lock and a slingshot leg drop to the apron. Kidd goes for the springboard elbow drop and he hits it but Jackson kicks out. Kidd with a reverse chin lock but Jackson gets to his feet and he sends Kidd into the corner. Jackson runs into a boot from Kidd. Kidd with a tornado DDT and he gets another near fall. Kidd with an elbow to the head and he returns to the reverse chin lock. Jackson gets to his feet and then he gets Kidd on his back and Jackson runs Kidd into the turnbuckles and follows that with a snap mare. Jackson with clotheslines into the corner and he follows that with punches to Kidd and the referee warns Jackson. Jackson gets Kidd up for a belly-to-back suplex and then he gets Kidd up for the torture rack and Kidd taps out.
Winner: Ezekiel Jackson
Michael Cole: A very impressive victory here for Ezekiel Jackson which will see him advance into the next round of the Hardcore Title Tournament and we will find out who faces a little bit later in the show.
Josh Matthews: That’s two impressive victories in two week for Big Zeke here on Smackdown.
The camera goes backstage to Stephanie McMahon’s office. Stephanie is sitting behind her desk as Teddy Long walks in with JTG and Darren Young following close behind.
Stephanie McMahon: Now how can I help you boys.
Teddy Long: Now Stephanie, last week you told me I could return to my managerial duties if I found someone. So here they are the team of JTG and Darren Young. Well it seems you’re going to be seeing me around more than you think.
Stephanie McMahon: Is that so Teddy, I’m going to have to see you more than I think.
Teddy Long: I know so and as these guys manager I want you to start by booking these two into a match.
Stephanie McMahon: That’s an interesting proposition you have made there Teddy and I will accept but I won’t be telling you three who the opponents will be because I have two very special people that will be making their return to Smackdown.
Teddy Long: So it seems as though you have it in for me Stephanie.
Stephanie McMahon: No Teddy I don’t have it in for you however I do know what brings in the ratings and that is what these two superstars who you’re two boys are facing are going to bring the fans in that’s for sure.
Teddy Long: Well we’ll see what your boys can do because I know my boys will bring their A game no matter who you throw at us we will win.
Stephanie McMahon: We will have to see about that Teddy.
We see Teddy Long leave with JTG and Darren Young following close behind as Stephanie gets on the phone.
Stephanie McMahon: Hey, tell your buddy that next week the two of you have a match against JTG and Darren Young. So make your way to Vegas next week and we’ll go from there. …. Alright thanks.
We go back to the arena to see Cole and Matthews at the booth again.
Michael Cole: I wonder who she was talking to just then.
Josh Matthews: Well whoever she was talking to it seems as though she is using her final two alumni picks in order to get into the head of Teddy Long.
Michael Cole: And we’ll find out next week who these two are in what will be an awesome match that’s for sure.
“One Man Band” start’s to play around the arena as Heath Slater makes his way down to the ring with a slight boo coming from the crowd.
“The Rising” comes on following this and Justin Gabriel makes his way down to the ring and the crowd gives a good pop.
Match Number Two – Hardcore Qualifying Match: Heath Slater versus Justin Gabriel
They exchange some words and Slater pushes Gabriel but then he retreats into the ropes. Gabriel with a wrist lock and Slater with a reversal. Gabriel with another reversal but Slater with a punch and he works on the wrist. Gabriel with an arm drag and drop toe hold into an arm bar. Gabriel with a side head lock and an arm drag after a cartwheel. Gabriel with an arm bar on Slater. Gabriel with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Slater with a hip toss but Gabriel lands on his feet and he gets a near fall after a leg sweep. Gabriel with an arm bar. Gabriel with a knee drop to the arm and then he returns to the arm bar. Slater with a slam but Gabriel holds on to the arm bar. Gabriel with an arm bar take down and then he applies a wrist lock into a top wrist lock and key lock. Gabriel with and elbow to the head. Slater sends Gabriel to the apron but Gabriel returns to the ring and then he clotheslines Slater over the top rope to the floor. Gabriel with a running neck breaker onto Slater and we go to commercial.
We are back and Slater punches Gabriel but Gabriel with an STO and he goes to the apron and turnbuckles but Slater gets up and he crotches Gabriel on the turnbuckle. Slater punches Gabriel and he falls to the apron. Slater with a baseball slide that sends Gabriel to the floor. Slater goes to the floor and he hot shots Gabriel on the apron. They return to the ring and Slater gets a near fall. Slater with a boot to the head and a punch. Slater with a knee to the back and a reverse chin lock. Gabriel with an elbow and kick but Slater with a back body drop. Slater gets a near fall followed by a kick to the back and chest. Slater seeks the appreciation of the crowd but they are not complying. Gabriel with an inside cradle to counter for a near fall. Slater with a boot and punches to Gabriel until the referee warns him. Gabriel with chops to Slater but Slater with a kick and punch. Slater with a knee to the back followed by a reverse chin lock. Gabriel with an elbow but Slater with a forearm and a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Slater with kicks and punches in the corner and the referee stops him. Slater misses a splash into the corner and Gabriel with a kick to the leg followed by one to the chest and a jumping back kick. Gabriel with a back round kick and a cross body into the corner. Gabriel with a springboard cross body for a near fall. Gabriel with a side Russian leg sweep and then he goes up top for the 450 splash and this time Slater gets up and he hits a power slam from the turnbuckles but Slater can only get a two count. Slater punches Gabriel but Gabriel punches back. They exchange punches until Slater with a back heel kick. Gabriel with an inverted DDT into an elbow drop and then he hits a top rope cross body for a near fall. Slater with a spine buster for a near fall. Slater puts Gabriel on the top turnbuckle and sets for a superplex but they exchange punches. Gabriel drops Slater on the top rope and then Gabriel recovers and hits a springboard 450 splash for the three count.
Winner: Justin Gabriel
Michael Cole: An impressive win for Justin Gabriel as he moves forward into the semi-finals of the Hardcore Title Tournament. In the next round he faces Hunico in what will definitely be a high flying match.
Josh Matthews: Justin Gabriel was very competitive here tonight and beat his former friend and tag partner Heath Slater with that devastating 450 splash.
Michael Cole: Well these two know each other’s games so well that it was surprising that Slater couldn’t see that coming.
Josh Matthews: Maybe he could but he couldn’t react in time.
Michael Cole: Well whatever the case Justin Gabriel will be going through to the semis of the Hardcore Title Tournament. Let’s head backstage to Scott Stanford who’s standing by with the Barrett Barrage, Wade Barrett.
We go backstage to see Scott Stanford standing along with Wade Barrett.
Scott Stanford: Standing alongside me is Wade Barrett who tonight gets to face the World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan. Now Wade you have Bryan a few times and got the victory more times than not why is tonight going to go your way.
Wade Barrett: Scott, Daniel Bryan may be the World Heavyweight Champion I’m not going to deny that but you see Daniel Bryan will not be able to avoid the Barrett Barrage tonight. Once I hit Wasteland it will all be over and people will realise that come the Royal Rumble I will be the one guaranteed a spot in the main event at Wrestlemania because I will be the last man left standing in the ring.
Scott Stanford: Well that’s all well and good Wade, but what I and everyone else wants to know is last week. The lights and pyro went off last week and you appeared to be quite scared of the dark.
Wade Barrett: Scott, I wasn’t scared of the dark around the arena it was more of the need to get out of the ring. I have beaten Ezekiel Jackson many of times I didn’t need to beat him again.
Scott Stanford: If that was the case why did you run back into the ring after the pyro techniques went off.
Wade Barrett: You see Scott when you see the pyro’s go off like that it can be really dangerous, it could be a fire hazard. So I made it back to the ring to avoid getting burnt.
Scott Stanford: Well if that’s what you say Wade.
Wade Barrett: You know what Scott, I don’t care what you think and in order to avoid it happening again this week I have asked my friend Jinder Mahal to stay in the production truck all night to ensure there is no more accidents like last week.
Scott Stanford: So in order to prevent yourself from getting scared you have got Jinder Mahal sitting in the truck all night.
Wade Barrett: He will do what I tell him to do and this match is a lot bigger than last week’s match. I will be winning this match no matter what the cost and what happens.
Wade Barrett leaves Scott Stanford standing there in front of the camera.
Scott Stanford: Looks like Barrett might have gone a bit nuts after what happened last week.
We go back to the ring as “Broken Dreams” starts to play around the ring and Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring to a bit of heat from the crowd.
“J Pop Drop” comes around the ring as Yoshi Tatsu runs down to the ring to cheers from the crowd.
Match Number Three – Hardcore Tournament Qualifying Match: Drew McIntyre versus Yoshi Tatsu
Drew takes his time getting ready for the match while Yoshi is ready for action. They lock up and Drew backs Yoshi into the corner and Drew with a clean break. They lock up again and Drew with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Drew seems impressed with his performance so far. They lock up again and Yoshi sends Drew into the corner and he chops and kicks Drew. Drew with a forearm to the back and he adds punches to the attack. The referee warns Drew but Drew returns to the attack. Yoshi with forearms in the corner and he follows with kicks and the referee warns him. Yoshi with a series of kicks to the head and he gets a near fall. Yoshi escapes a belly-to-back suplex and Yoshi tries for a round kick but Drew escapes it and goes to the floor. They fight to the floor and Drew tries to send Yoshi into the barrier but Yoshi blocks it and he sends Drew into it. Drew with a shoulder breaker into the ring apron and we go to commercial.
We are back and Drew with a key lock on Yoshi and then he stomps on the arm. Drew wraps Yoshi’s arm in the ropes and then he kicks the ropes to add more pressure to the arm. Drew gets a near fall and Yoshi gets his foot on the ropes to stop the count. Drew punches Yoshi and then he returns to the key lock. Yoshi with kicks to Drew and then he hits a crucifix for a near fall. Drew with a savage kick for a near fall. Drew stomps on the hand and then kicks Yoshi in the head. Drew with an arm bar. Yoshi punches Drew in the ribs and then he kicks and chops him. Drew with a divorce court and he gets a near fall. Drew with an arm bar but Yoshi with a drop kick that sends Drew to the floor. Drew returns to the ring but Yoshi side steps him and Drew goes into the ring post and to the floor. Drew returns to the ring and Yoshi with chops to Drew. Yoshi with kicks to Drew and then he hits the double knees into the corner. Drew avoids the rolling mare but Yoshi hits a spinning heel kick but Drew gets his hand on the rope and the referee stops his count. Drew sends Yoshi to the apron but Yoshi with a round kick. Yoshi goes up top but misses the spinning heel kick and Drew gets up first and he hits the Future Shock DDT for the three count.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Michael Cole: So Drew McIntyre gets the final spot in the Hardcore Title Tournament’s Semi Final.
Josh Matthews: So the two semi-finals will be Hunico vs. Justin Gabriel and the other semi will be Drew McIntyre vs. Ezekiel Jackson. The winner of these two matches will face one another at the Royal Rumble in a Hardcore match for the Hardcore Title.
Michael Cole: And once the title has been one it will be defended under 24/7 rules meaning that anyone from the Smackdown locker room can win the title at any time.
Josh Matthews: This is going to invite some real action to the Smackdown Locker room.
Michael Cole: It sure is going to be an amazing time coming up for Smackdown. Let’s head backstage once more to Scott Stanford who has one of the several new Smackdown stars brought up from FCW.
We go backstage to see Scott Stanford standing once more in front of the camera.
Scott Stanford: Thanks’ Cole, I’m here with Seth Rollins. Now Seth you made a very impressive debut last week defeating the very talented Dean Ambrose. Now as you look to further develop you’re career in the WWE, what does the future hold for Seth Rollins.
Seth Rollins: Well you know Scott, the future that’s an interesting proposition for me here in the WWE the future is bright and let me tell you why. See a lot of people believe in fate, they believe in destiny, they believe in great determination, they believe a path has been laid out before them and that they must follow that path. You know maybe true in part but for me in life I believe that we create our own fate, I believe we define our own destiny and with the WWE Universe at my back we will charge because we are the one’s we’ve been waiting for and the time to move is now.
We head back to the ring as “Anarchy” starts to play throughout the arena as the team of Alicia Fox and Tamina make their way to the ring as the crowd give them a cheap pop.
This is followed by “Glamazon” which starts to play as Beth Phoenix and Natalya make their way to the ring to a chorus of boo’s stemming from the crowd.
Match Number Four: Tamina and Alicia Fox versus Beth Phoenix and Natalya
Beth and Alicia start things off and Beth works on the wrist and lifts Alicia by the wrist. Natalya tags back in and they hit a double shoulder tackle and Natalya gets a near fall. Alicia gets to the ropes to stop Natalya’s offense. Alicia tries for the Scissors kick but Natalya ducks out of the way. Alicia sends Natalya to the ropes and Alicia with a kick to the head. We go to commercial.
We are back and Tamina has Natalya in a body scissors. Natalya with a forearm to the chest and then gets Tamina up for a bear hug but Tamina turns it into a lateral press for a near fall. Tamina with a drop kick to Natalya and then misses a charge into the corner. Beth tags in and hits a double sledge on Tamina. Beth tries to go off the ropes but Alicia pulls the ropes and Beth goes to the floor. Alicia tags in and she sends Beth into the apron and then kicks her. Alicia with knees to the back and then Tamina kicks Beth while the referee was not looking. Alicia with kicks in the corner and chokes Beth. They double team Beth briefly while the referee deals with Natalya on the apron. Tamina tags in and kicks Beth and slams her head into the mat. Beth with a rear chin lock but Beth escapes with a snap mare. Beth tries to make the tag but Tamina stops her for a moment before Beth kicks her away. Natalya tags in and hits a few clotheslines and then slams Tamina and hits a drop kick to the back and gets a near fall. Tamina with a punch and she tries for a kick but Natalya blocks it. Natalya tries for the Sharpshooter but Tamina blocks it and sends Natalya into the ropes. Tamina tags Alicia back in and Alicia manages to land a DDT. Alicia looks to hit her rolling leg drop but Natalya rolls out of the way. Natalya with a back body drop and then she tags Beth in. Alicia tries for a rollup using the ropes but Beth sends Alicia into the ropes and then Beth hits the Glam Slam for the three count.
Winners: Natalya and Beth Phoenix
Michael Cole: Beth Phoenix and Natalya really laid into Alicia and Tamina there tonight.
Josh Matthews: The Divas Champion picked up the win here tonight in a dominant display.
Michael Cole: Tamina could be a little disappointed in that but at least she didn’t get pinned.
Josh Matthews: Well in just over two weeks she gets her chance to fight at the Rumble for the title so she better lift her game or it’s all over for her.
Michael Cole: Well speaking of the Royal Rumble let’s have a look at what excitement we have installed for you.
A preview of the Royal Rumble is shown and focuses on the 2011 40 man Royal Rumble match.
As we return from the video clip “Smoke and Mirrors” starts to play around the arena and the WWE Intercontinental Champion, Cody Rhodes makes his way to the ring.
This is followed by “Living in America” which starts to play around the arena as Xavier Woods makes his way to the ring as he is accompanied to the ring by Booker T to get ready for his first match in the WWE.
Match Number Five: Xavier Woods with Booker T versus Cody Rhodes
They circle each other before locking up and Cody with a side head lock. Woods with a reversal and Cody tries to get out of the hold but Woods holds on to the side head lock. Rhodes with a forearm to get out of the hold but Woods with a shoulder tackle. Cody drops down and Woods returns to the side head lock. Rhodes with a knee and a waist lock but Woods with an elbow to Rhodes. Rhodes punches and kicks Woods in the corner but the referee pulls Rhodes out of the corner. Rhodes with an Irish whip and Woods floats over but Rhodes with a kick and punch. Rhodes with a modified gourd buster and punches Woods in the head. Booker starts to slap the apron to get Woods into the contest. This distraction allows Woods to get an inside cradle for a near fall. Woods with a back slide for another near fall and then Rhodes throws Woods out of the ring. Woods is helped to his feet by Booker as Woods returns and he takes Rhodes to the mat and punches him. Woods punches Rhodes but Rhodes with a drop kick and he gets a near fall. Rhodes goes to the turnbuckles and hits an elbow drop to the head. Rhodes with a front face lock followed by an elbow to the back of the head before taking Woods to the mat with another front face lock. Woods with punches but Rhodes takes Woods back to the mat and applies a head lock and gets a near fall. Woods with a punch to Rhodes followed by an Irish whip. Woods sends Rhodes to the apron and then Woods with a drop kick that sends Rhodes into the ringside barrier.
We are back and Woods with an arm bar but Rhodes with a knee. Woods blocks a kick and hits a short arm clothesline and then hits a leap frog neck breaker. Woods continues to work on the head with an elbow. Woods sends Rhodes to the apron again and Woods with a shoulder but Rhodes with a knee when Woods tries for another one. Rhodes drops the arm on the top rope and then Rhodes focuses on the arm. Rhodes with a kick and then he applies a key lock on the injured arm. Rhodes gets a near fall and then works on Woods in the ropes. Rhodes with a series of jabs to Woods and then he hits the leaping knee drop to the forehead and gets a near fall. Woods punches Rhodes but Rhodes continues to work on the arm to stop Woods’s offense. Rhodes with a hammer lock but Woods runs Rhodes into the turnbuckles. Woods with punches but Rhodes with a kick. Woods with a back elbow and the flying flip shoulder tackle and a drop kick that sends Rhodes into the corner. Woods into the corner for the X Factor and he gets a near fall. Woods with an Irish whip and Rhodes avoids Woods but Woods pulls Rhodes down. Woods with a leg lariat from the turnbuckles but he can only get a near fall. Rhodes with a rollup for a two count. Rhodes with a kick but Woods responds with a kick of his own. Woods with a neck breaker for a near fall. Woods with a punch but Rhodes sends Woods into the ring post and Rhodes with a kick from the turnbuckles and hits Cross Rhodes for the three count.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
Michael Cole: Booker T couldn’t get Xavier Woods over the line this time but it was a fair showing for the kid.
Josh Matthews: Xavier Woods can take a lot away from his debut and I’m sure Booker T will help Xavier look back on it and help him develop.
Michael Cole: He looks to be another exciting prospect that has made the transition to the WWE from the FCW in recent weeks.
Josh Matthews: And their all on Smackdown so that can only be good for the kids to be working together as well as with the likes of Big Show, Sheamus and Batista.
Michael Cole: With the likes of Seth Rollins, Xavier Woods, Dean Ambrose and Antonio Cesaro fighting week in week out here on Smackdown it could help the other youngsters down in Florida improve to one day make it to the big time.
Josh Matthews: Not wrong Cole. Let’s head backstage once more were Wade Barrett is with Jinder Mahal.
We go into the garage with Wade Barrett holding a chair and a camera in hand as he walks with Jinder Mahal towards the production truck.
Wade Barrett: Now in order to avoid what happened last week I want you Jinder to sit on this chair right at the booth were they control all the lights and pyro and record everything that happens.
Jinder Mahal: Nothing will happen Wade, you can guarantee that I will be a hawk to ensure that no one messes with the controls again.
Wade Barrett: Thanks Jinder, now it’s time for me to beat Daniel Bryan once more and show the world I’m ready to win the Rumble.
Wade Barrett starts to walk to the ring as Jinder Mahal sets his chair up and gets the camera ready.
“End of Days” starts to play as Wade Barrett makes his way through the curtain onto the stage to some serious heat from the crowd.
“Flight of the Valkyries” follows this as the World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring with the crowd getting behind him.
Match Number Six: Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett
The match starts off with Barrett in control. Bryan comes back and works on Barrett’s arm. Barrett drops him with a right hand and gets a 1 count. Bryan comes back and dropkicks Barrett and goes back to the arm. Bryan takes Barrett back down to the mat. 2 count for Bryan. Bryan with another dropkick and a 2 count. Barrett fights back with a body shot and takes Bryan to the corner. Barrett beats Bryan down with right hands. Bryan comes back and hits a big dropkick to the face in the corner. 2 count by Bryan. Bryan locks in a surfboard submission now. Bryan with more kicks now and another 2 count. Bryan lands on his feet from the top rope and runs the ropes. Barrett catches Bryan with a big side slam for a 2 count. Barrett mounts Bryan with right hands now. Barrett slingshots Bryan off the top rope and drops him for another 2 count. Barrett with a chin lock now. Bryan eventually comes back with a bulldog and uppercuts. Barrett stops him with a flying forearm and a 2 count. Barrett uses the ropes on Bryan now and hits him with several knees to the head. Barrett sends Bryan over the top and down to the floor with a big boot. Barrett brings Bryan back in the ring for a 2 count. Barrett with a headlock now. Back and forth action. Bryan sends Barrett flying off the apron and into the fan barrier. Bryan runs the apron and hits Barrett on the floor with a knee to the head. Bryan brings it back in the ring and goes up to the top. Bryan with a dropkick to the face for a 2 count. Barrett comes back and goes for a big slam but Bryan rolls out and comes back with kicks, sending Barrett to the mat. Bryan hits Barrett with several hard kicks as he’s on his knees. The final kick to the head lays Barrett out but he kicks out at 2. We go back to the car park with Jinder Mahal sitting there with camera in hand no one is touching the dials. Bryan charges in the corner but Barrett moves. Barrett drops him with a big boot. Barrett goes for Wasteland but Bryan fights out with elbows. Bryan applies a submission and brings Barrett to the mat. Bryan turns it into the La Bell Lock. Barrett makes it to the ropes and breaks the hold. Bryan with more stiff kicks now. Bryan takes Barrett to the top. Barrett shoves him off and Bryan lands with the ropes between his legs. Barrett flies off and clotheslines Bryan. Barrett goes for Wasteland and just before he lands it the lights go out this is followed by a loud gong and the lights flick blue once more. This time the titantron has static covering it. The lights turn back on and in doing so we see Daniel Bryan has the La Bell lock cinched in on Barrett who has no option but to tap out.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Jinder Mahal backstage looks shocked as he runs out of the truck and heads down to the ring.
Michael Cole: How did Bryan manage that he was about to be finished.
Josh Matthews: He took advantage of the situation. We don’t know what happened when the lights went out but whatever it was Bryan ended up being victorious.
Michael Cole: Jinder Mahal witnessed nothing so how did the lights go out.
Josh Matthews: I don’t know Cole, but whatever it was it can’t be a coincidence that it’s happened to Wade Barrett two weeks in a row.
Michael Cole: Not wrong Josh, Barrett has lost two matches in two weeks due to the lighting issues what is going on.
As we return to the show it is time for the main event and starting it off “Crank it Up” starts to play as Big Show walks out to a good cheer from the crowd.
Once Big Show is at ringside “I Walk Alone” starts to play as Batista appears on the stage and goes through his entrance pyro which is met by a mixed reaction from the crowd.
“Somebodies Gonna Get It” is next to start playing as the World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry begins to play and comes out to a loud boo from the audience.
Finally “Written on My Face” plays as Sheamus comes down the ramp to a loud cheer from the crowd.
Match Number Seven – Main Event - Fatal 4 Way for the Number One Contender for World Heavyweight Title: Batista vs. Big Show vs. Sheamus vs. Mark Henry
The bell rings and they all go at it. Show and Sheamus get dumped to the floor. It’s Batista and Henry in the ring. They face off and the crowd gets behind it. Batista swings but Henry ducks. Henry goes for the World’s Strongest Slam but Batista counters. Batista goes for Batista Bomb but Show pulls him to the floor and they fight on the floor. Sheamus decks Henry and they go at it in the ring. Sheamus beats down Henry in the corner and in comes Show. They double team Henry now. The beat down on Henry continues. The crowd is great with duelling chants for Sheamus, Batista and the Big Show all at once. Sheamus drops Henry with a big clothesline and poses. Show rolls Sheamus up from behind for a 2 count. Sheamus and Show go at it. We see Daniel Bryan watching the match on a screen backstage. Show puts a boot in Sheamus’ face and hits a clothesline off the second rope. 2 count for Show. Henry comes back but Show throws him over the top rope and to the floor using Henry’s momentum. Show goes into the corner and Batista comes in and knocks him down to the mat. Batista stomps on Sheamus and goes back to Show, punching him on the floor. Batista goes to the opposite corner and looks to run into Big Show but Sheamus hits him from the side. Sheamus tries to land the Celtic Cross on Batista but Batista fights him off. Show goes for a spear on Batista but misses and hits Sheamus which he is where he gets a 2 count. Show ducks a Batista clothesline and kicks Sheamus to the floor. Batista sends Show out and he’s left alone in the ring. Henry comes up to the apron and Batista suplexes him in. Batista starts stomping on Henry and working the various body parts. Sheamus comes in and decks Batista. Sheamus and Henry trade blows but Henry counters and knocks Sheamus back into the corner. Henry with a suplex. Henry goes for the World’s Strongest Slam but Sheamus counters. Sheamus hits the Irish Curse backbreaker for a 2 count. Sheamus misses a spear from Show which sends Show into the middle of the post. Henry with a cover for a one. Batista comes in and clotheslines Sheamus. Batista takes Sheamus and Henry down in the ring with the double DDT. Batista with a 2 count on Sheamus. Show comes in and kicks Batista in the head. It’s Show and Henry in the ring now. Show goes for a spear but Henry moves. Henry with the body block and a shoulder block now. Henry with the big backdrop and the World’s Strongest Splash on Show. Batista comes in and lays out Henry, dropping him on his neck. Batista with a clothesline and a power slam on Show. Batista gets hype now. Sheamus comes in with a Brogue kick but Batista ducks it. Sheamus throws Batista to the floor and starts stomping on Show. Henry comes back in the mix now but Sheamus works him over. Henry dumps Sheamus over the rope and to the floor. Henry drops Show with a right. Henry brings Sheamus to the apron but Batista pulls Sheamus down and he hits the apron. Henry goes down as well. Show knocks Batista off the apron. Show turns around and Henry nails him with a steel chair to the head. Henry picks up Big Show and locks in a Bear Hug. Henry squeezes Show with no one else in the ring. Sheamus comes in the ring and breaks the hold. Sheamus covers Show for 2. Sheamus works over Henry on the apron now with elbows to the neck. Sheamus dominates the match now with everyone laid out. Sheamus goes to slam Show but Show counters. Henry goes for the AA on Show but he blocks it. Batista hits the Batista Bomb on Henry and gets a 2 count as Sheamus runs in and pushes the referee. Cole says this is No DQ. Batista kicks Sheamus out of the ring. Batista turns around to a spear from Show. Sheamus comes in and hits the Brogue Kick to Show’s face. Sheamus with a 2 count on Batista. Mark Henry drags Big Sow out of the ring by his feet and nails him with some rights and left. Big Show retaliates with punches of his own. They fight all the way up the ramp until they cannot be seen anymore. Batista and Sheamus are left in the ring. Batista avoids another Brogue Kick which Sheamus gets caught in the top rope. Batista rolls out of the ring and picks up the chair that was on the floor. Batista comes in and nails Sheamus across the back with the chair about four times. Batista goes for the cover but Sheamus kicks out at 2 just. Batista looks to psych himself up on the ropes as Sheamus staggers up. As Batista turns around he is met by a thunderous Brogue Kick and both men are down in the centre of the ring.
“Just Close Your Eyes” starts to play around the arena and Christian runs down to the ring. Christian slides in under the ropes and nails a spear instantly on Batista that sends him out of the ring. Christian starts to stalk Sheamus as he slowly gets himself up and is met by a Killswitch which also sends Sheamus out of the ring. Christian rolls out of the ring and grabs a microphone.
Result: No Contest
Christian: Stephanie, o Stephanie. You seem to have forgotten someone in this little number one Contendership competition for the World Heavyweight Title. I was the World Heavyweight Champion less than a year ago. If it wasn’t for my injury I would be the champ not Daniel Bryan. So I demand you put me into this match right now and then everything will be all sorted.
“All Grown Up” plays as Stephanie McMahon comes out onto the stage.
Stephanie McMahon: Christian, I hear you loud and clear but you aren’t medically cleared to compete yet until next week. So technically I can’t put you in this match right now. So what’s going to happen is this. I’m sick of all these interferences and no contests in my number one contender matches. So next week there will five matches one featuring Sheamus, another Batista, another Mark Henry, one more with the Big Show and finally one for you Christian. These five matches will be beat the clock matches where the person who can win in the fastest time will face Daniel Bryan at the Royal Rumble and if anyone gets involved in these matches they will be suspended indefinitely. Now do I make myself clear?
Christian starts clapping in the middle of the ring as Smackdown goes off the air.
01-13-2012, 05:12 AM
Asking SCOTT STEINER for Wrestling Advice
Join Date: Jan 2011
Re: It Begins: WWE 2012
Returning the review you gace me, thanks for that.
Hardcore title coming back could be a good thing if you build it properly and it does appear you are going to as you’ve given a lot of time to it tonight with these qualifiers. Tyson Kidd and Heath Slater, I don’t know the relationship, are they a team? I expected Kidd to get the win with a helping hand but Zeke progressing isn’t a bad move, hardcore matches would certainly suit a man of his size, could be lethal. One thing I will say is that there was nothing hardcore about the match? If it’s a Hardcore title qualifier, surely it’s a Hardcore match?
Teddy joining forces with Young and JTG isn’t a bad call. The interaction with Steph wasn’t great though. Steph announcing they’d get a match next week and Teddy then instantly saying she has it in for him, when she’s given him what he wanted lol. Didn’t make much sense. I am intrigued who they’ll be facing though.
Again, same thing here. Hardcore title qualifier and there was nothing hardcore involved. Slater vs. Gabriel has a decent backstory to it and it was a better match than Kidd/Jackson so well done with that but would’ve liked a bit more. Also, I know Kidd competed earlier but thought maybe he could’ve accompanied Slater like Slater did for him.
The Barrett intervie wasn’t bad, much better than the Steph/Teddy interaction. Should be a good match later.
Good win for Drew as anticipated and hopefully he does well in this tournament. Again, nothing hardcore, I’m guessing there won’t be til the final itself.
Not bad from Rollins here, good to see he and Ambrose called up. Would’ve liked to hear a bit more but you were on the right track with him.
Decent women’s contest. Divas of Destruction should get the win all day, every day over those two.
Another fairly good contest here. Xavier Woods, another FCW call up. I like that you’ve brought a few of these guys straight in. Wouldn’t expect him to beat Cody but a good showing from him. Woods and Booker partnership is a nice touch.
Barrett and Mahal was a bit short but I suppose it did its job. The match wasn’t bad and I expected Mahal’s hawkeye not to work and low and behold, it didn’t. Good storyline progression here and a nice win for Bryan.
Pretty good main event with the big guns of Smackdown all on display. Christian returning was nice to see although there were a couple of returns last week, maybe space them out a bit. Beat the Clock challenge should be good next week.
Overall, there’s a lot to work on. First off, need more promos and longer ones. We didn’t hear at all from any of the guys in the main event during the show and why they felt they were gonna win. Barrett’s little storyline was the highlight for me but needs a little bit more to it. The Hardcore title tournament is a good idea and it’s nice to see you showcasing some of the lesser stars but would like to see the hardcore element to it. Also, the colour for promos isn’t the best, maybe change it up, although it might just be my eye sight. You’ve got some good ideas but keep reading other threads and keep looking to improve and I’m sure you will, I’ll keep reading.
01-15-2012, 12:02 AM
Asking SCOTT STEINER for Wrestling Advice
Join Date: Nov 2006
Re: It Begins: WWE 2012
thanks for the comments glad you're enjoying the show. i will take what you have written into advisement for my future shows.
Lashley returns to in ring Action
Following last week's attack on John Cena following his victory over Alex Riley last week, General Manager Shane McMahon has booked the match between these two fierce competitors in what will surely by a stellar main event. Lashley isn't the only thing on Cena's mind with still the presence of Kane haunting him week in week out.
US Title Match
The US Title will be defended for the first time in 2012 with current Champion, Zack Ryder facing the massive challenge of not one but three opponents. He lines up and looks to defend his title against the diminutive Big Red Machine, Kane, the Leader of the Di Biase Posse, Ted Di Biase as well as the Mastodon of Mayhem, Brodus Clay. In what will be a huge match for all involved.
Straight Edge vs All American American
Following last week's main event where CM Punk pinned Jack Swagger this week the two competitors will face off one on one in what will surely be a big match up for both leading into the Royal Rumble. Swagger would love to build momentum towards the Royal Rumble match whilst CM Punk will defend his WWE Title against Swagger's ally Dolph Ziggler. Momentum can be a big thing for both involved in this match.
Boom Boom or the Showoff
The two other men involved in last week's main event will open RAW up with what will be a very interesting match up. The contrasting styles of Cabana and Ziggler will surely be amazing to watch. Like Swagger and Punk these two men have big matches at the Rumble and a loss here on RAW could really harm there chances of winning come the Rumble.
One on One Competition for Tag Team Rivals
Last week we saw Kofi Kingston and Primo represent their respective teams but this week we will see their partners face off against one another with Evan Bourne and Epico going one on one with what should be a high flying entertaining match that everyone will enjoy. Air Boom need to start winning or the titles could be heading to Epico and Primo after they have held the titles for a long time.
Diva Tag Action
Since Vince McMahon made the announcement that their will be more exposure of the Divas the likes of Tamina and Natalya have really stepped up. On RAW this week we will see the team of Kelly Kelly and Eve Torres will face off with the Bella Twins who will be looking at making best use of their twin magic to get the victory.
Truth and Miz finally get in the ring
Over the last few weeks the Miz has found some allies in the form of Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks, now that the Miz has been medically cleared to compete following a brutal attack from R Truth three weeks back we will finally see the pair in action. But it won't be one one one no, instead it will be a six man tag match. The team of the Miz, Hawkins and Reks will face off with R Truth and two partners of his choice.
Bobby Lashley vs John Cena
US Title - Fatal Four Way Elimination Match
Brodus Clay vs Kane vs Ted DiBiase vs Zack Ryder (c)
CM Punk vs Jack Swagger
Dolph Ziggler vs Colt Cabana
Evan Bourne w/ Kofi Kingston vs Epico w/Primo and Rosa Mendes
Kelly Kelly and Eve Torres vs The Bella Twins
Six Man Tag Match
The Miz, Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks vs R Truth, ??? and ???
01-15-2012, 02:18 PM
Learning to break kayfabe
Join Date: Sep 2007
Re: It Begins: WWE 2012
I enjoyed all matches more this week. I noticed since last show that your matches have been improving. I do think some of them could use being longer, as for example Wade vs Bryan, but since it is a weekly show you can pull it off that way. I did notice that the hardcore qualifiers haven't been hardcore but like the previous reviewer said, I assume it is being saved for the actual finale of the tournament.
There was something really odd about the exchange between Teddy and Stephanie, can't really say what, but something was really off in this one.
I liked Wade Barret's promo. This should be a blueprint on how to do your other ones. This one could use more detail but it was your best in the show. His second interaction with Jinder Mahal was satisfying as it got the point across altough Ithink Jinder was a little out of character.
Likewise for your Rollins promo. This one was short but it was really effective. I might be wrong but I see a deep, dark character for him, akin to his AOTF persona, WWEiefied lol.
I didnt expect a clean ending in the main event, but didnt see the beat the clock challenge coming back. In any way, you have already since now built your Elimination Chamber match for the next PPV.
One thing I wanted to point out is how you acknowledge FCW. Not sure about that, I mean, not that it isnt wrong, but I am not sure about WWE talking openly about a development center for their stars. A simple "new talent initiative" would/could suffice.
Last edited by CMS : 01-15-2012 at 02:20 PM.
01-20-2012, 03:44 AM
Asking SCOTT STEINER for Wrestling Advice
Join Date: Nov 2006
Re: It Begins: WWE 2012
“Burn It To the Ground” begins to play as the pyro for RAW goes off around the arena as RAW comes to air.
“No Chance in Hell” starts to play around the arena to start the show off with Vince McMahon making his way to the ring to a loud reception from the crowd.
Vince McMahon: Welcome to Monday Night Raw, two weeks ago I made some big decisions regarding the WWE and one of those was the interbranded PPV matches that will be featuring. Of course At the Royal Rumble in two weeks’ time we will have the Royal Rumble match itself as an interbranded match.
The crowd cheer at the Royal Rumble.
Vince McMahon: We will also be having the WWE Divas Championship match featuring RAW’s Champion, Beth Phoenix going up against Smackdown’s Tamina.
The crowd cheer at the mention of the Diva’s Match.
Vince McMahon: That is not all though. In a special match the WWE United States Champion will represent RAW and will be facing the WWE Intercontinental Champion that represents Smackdown.
The crowd cheer after this announcement.
Vince McMahon: So tonight the United States Title Match will also be for the chance to represent RAW at the Royal Rumble.
“Radio” starts to play on the sound system as United States Champion, Zack Ryder comes out on the stage to a loud reception from the crowd.
Vince McMahon: Now what the hell do you want?
Zack Ryder: So let me get this straight boss, you want me to go out and represent RAW at the Royal Rumble.
Vince McMahon: Listen here Zack, whoever is the WWE United States Champion come the time of the Royal Rumble will get to represent RAW in the interbranded match against Smackdown’s Intercontinental Champion, whoever that turns out to be, come the Royal Rumble.
Zack Ryder: Alright now that’s cool because the man from the Long Island will be the champ.
“Rip it Up” starts to play over the speaker and Brodus Clay makes his way to the ring.
Brodus Clay: Zack, you won’t be able to get to the Royal Rumble because I will have put you in a body bag after tonight when I take the WWE United States Title.
Zack Ryder: O, really Brodus, you’re gonna put me in a body bag. Well guess what they’re wouldn’t be a body bag that would be big enough to put you in they would just leave you here in this arena once all is said and done.
“I Come From Money” starts to play around the arena which brings Ted Di Biase out to the ring.
Ted Di Biase: You know Brodus and Zack, you two can argue all you want all it takes is for one of you to turn your back and it will be history because I will hit Dream Street and I will be the new United States Champion and go onto the Royal Rumble to represent RAW.
As the three start getting into each other’s face a big pyro goes off on the stage which is followed by “Veil of Fire” playing through the speakers. Kane appears on stage and makes his way to the arena to a chorus of boos from the crowd.
Kane: None of you three deserve to be the United States champion. I should be the one with the belt and I should be the one that represents RAW. Brodus you may be big but you’re fat plain and simple. Ted you haven’t won since coming back to RAW so how the hell are you even in this match. And finally, little Zack Ryder…
Vince McMahon: Alright that’s enough you four I’m sick of hearing you argue and bitch and moan about one another. This match is happening right now instead of later like it was going to be.
The crowd cheer in anticipation.
Vince McMahon: And to make it even better it will be a No – DQ elimination match so we get no funny business, understand. Let’s get a ref down here and get thing’s going.
Referee Rod Zapata runs down to the ring and slides in. He takes the title off Zack Ryder, gives it Justin Roberts and orders for the bell to ring.
Match Number One: Ted Di Biase versus Brodus Clay versus Zack Ryder versus Kane in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match for the United States Title match and represent RAW at the Royal Rumble against Smackdown’s Intercontinental Champion.
The match starts with everyone going after Kane but Kane fights them off. Kane throws Ryder to the floor and then he hits an uppercut on Brodus followed by a clothesline. Kane with an uppercut to Brodus followed by a big boot. Kane with a clothesline to Ted in the corner. Kane with a kick to Brodus’s head and then he picks up Ted for a side slam and Ted kicks out at two. Kane with a punch to Brodus and then Kane sends Brodus into the turnbuckles. Kane with an Irish whip and a running clothesline. Kane throws Brodus outside the ring to join Zack Ryder. Kane presses Ted and throws him onto Ryder and Brodus. We go to commercial.
We are back and Kane comes off the top turnbuckle but Ryder counters with a drop kick. Ted hits a springboard leg drop on Kane but Kane kicks out. Ted with a forearm to Brodus but Brodus with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall. Ryder with a clothesline to Brodus that knocks him down and Ryder gets a two count. Ryder tries for a swinging neck breaker but Brodus shrugs Ryder off and picks him up above his head. Kane grabs Brodus and tries for a choke slam. Brodus counters and he tries to put Kane on his shoulders but Kane powers out of the attempt. Kane grabs Brodus for a choke slam but he pushes him aside when he sees Ted come off the ropes for a springboard move and Kane grabs Ted and tries for the choke slam but Ted with a counter that sends Kane out of the ring. As he hits the floor John Cena is seen running down the ramp and looks to take the Big Red Machine out. Cena pushes Kane into the ring post. Cena the sends Kane into the steps at ringside. Cena rolls Kane back into the ring and DiBiase waits for Kane to get back to his feet as he delivers Dream Street for the three.
Kane is Eliminated
Kane is still in the ring with Ted and Kane connects with an uppercut before he leaves the ring. Kane sends Ryder into the ringside barrier and then he rearranges the ring steps and grabs a few chairs and brings them into the ring. Brodus picks up one of the chairs and wedges it into the corner. Ted hits a drop kick to Brodus’s back which sends him into the chair that is wedged into the corner. Ted looks to hit Dream Street and but Brodus counters out with his power. He throws a chair at Ted and hits him Zack Ryder comes in from behind with the other chair that remains in the ring and takes out the legs of Brodus. Zack looks to line up Brodus with the Rough Ryder to get the pin.
Brodus Clay is Eliminated
We are down to two as Ted and Ryder get ready to lock up. Ted with a drop kick for a near fall. Ted tries for another drop kick but Ryder holds on to the ropes and then Zack hits a leg drop for a near fall. Zack misses a charge into the corner but Ted charges into a boot. Ryder goes to the turnbuckles and hits a sunset flip but Ted rolls through and kicked Ryder to get a near fall. Ted hits a snap mare and follows it up with an elbow drop for a near fall. Ted and Ryder both try for running knees and both men go down hard when they collide. Ryder kicks Ted but Ted returns the favour. Ted tries for a Dream Street but Ryder switches him and tries for the Rough Ryder but Ted counters and tries for a cover but Ryder counters with a rollup for a two count. Ryder hits a mule kick that sends Ted into the corner but Ted moves when Ryder tries for the drop kick clothesline in the corner. Ted and Ryder each with near falls on rollups. Ted with an Irish Whip that sends Ryder into the chair that is still in the corner. DiBiase looks to hit Dream Street once more but Ryder manages to elbow his way out of the move and hits Zack Attack. Ryder crawls to make the cover and he gets the win.
Winner: Zack Ryder.
Zack Ryder jumps up and down celebrating in the ring with his US Title.
Michael Cole: That was a very impressive win their for Zack Ryder, he certainly overcame the odds that were in front of him and looks to be heading to the Royal Rumble with a match against the Intercontinental Champion from Smackdown.
Jerry Lawler: Ryder proved to everyone here tonight that he can battle with the big guns of the WWE and this win will provide him a great step up in the WWE universe.
Michael Cole: Not wrong their King, Zack Ryder will be the man that represents RAW in what will be a huge match for the brand, come next Sunday.
Jerry Lawler: Well next Sunday at the Rumble in just thirteen days we will see WWE Champion CM Punk defend his title against Dolph Ziggler. Scott Stanford is backstage right now with the challenger.
We go backstage and see Stanford with no sight of Ziggler.
Scott Stanford: Ladies and gentlemen please welcome my guest at this time, Dolph Ziggler.
Ziggler is shown doing push ups on the floor before finally standing up approaches Stanford.
Scott Stanford: Now Dolph, you earned you’re shot a few weeks back at the WWE Title in what turned out to be a no disqualification match. You lost that match in quite controversial circumstances what makes you think that at the Royal Rumble the result will be anything different.
Dolph Ziggler: Now Scott, it doesn’t matter what happened two weeks ago I get my shot in thirteen days and it will be as simple as what I just did with those push ups. The saying goes if you’ve got it flaunt it, and nobody has it more than I do and I am the best at flaunting it and the Rumble will be no different. I am a shining beacon for this country. We are in debt, the kids are all fat and nobody has an education. But you see Scott, I am the complete opposite of these stereotypes. I am a walking surplus. A surplus of talent, charisma, entertainment and everything I’ve ever wanted I have except for one thing Scott, and do you know what that one thing is Scott, it’s the WWE Championship. So whatever you do you will want to remember in two weeks’ time where you are because everyone will be asking where were you when Dolph Ziggler became the WWE Champion.
Dolph Ziggler walks off and looks to head to the ring as his music “Here to Show the World” begins to play around the arena. The crowd boo as he appears on stage accompanied by Vickie Guerrero.
“Cult of Personality” begins to play after this and Colt Cabana comes out onto the stage to a cheer from the audience.
Match Number Two: Dolph Ziggler vs. Colt Cabana
The bell rings, and Cabana and Ziggler jockey for position before Ziggler is able to take Cabana down to the mat. Ziggler locks in a side headlock, but Cabana is able to flip it over and catch Ziggler with a leg grapevine. Ziggler fights to the ropes and rolls to the outside. Back in the ring, Ziggler and Cabana are tentative again before Ziggler sweeps Cabana’s leg and is able to score a near fall. We get some more mat wrestling out of the two, and another submission attempt from Cabana leads to Dolph bailing from the ring again. Cabana follows out this time but Vickie blocks him, so Cabana climbs up to the apron and flies off with a huge knee. Back in the ring, Cabana scores with a big dropkick, but Ziggler rolls back to the outside, catches Cabana with a cheap shot, and comes back in the ring to take advantage. Ziggler kicks away at Cabana before laying in some punches and choking him against the middle rope. Ziggler goes for the pin but he only gets a two count. Ziggler locks in a head lock hold, but Cabana is able to fight up to his feet, and Ziggler modifies it to a rear chin lock. Ziggler tries to go for a neck breaker, but Cabana counters into a series of near falls that are good for a couple of two counts. Ziggler catches Cabana unaware with an inverted body slam for a two count. Ziggler locks in a rear chin lock, and grinds his forehead against Cabana’s. Cabana is able to fight to his feet, and starts to fight out of the hold, but Ziggler pulls him back down to the mat by his hair, before hitting a running, flipping neck breaker that’s good for another near fall. Ziggler pulls Cabana to his feet and taunts him, and Cabana responds with a big right to Ziggler’s side. Ziggler knocks him right back down before hitting a snap mare. Ziggler lays in a huge elbow drop but it’s still not enough for a three count. Ziggler locks in another submission, with a body scissors, but Cabana still won’t quit and escapes the hold. Cabana catches Ziggler with a big boot, but a flying kick attempt in the corner and Cabana eats nothing but turnbuckle, allowing for another near fall for Ziggler. Ziggler kicks at Cabana’s head before picking him up to his feet. Ziggler hits a beautiful fireman’s carry throw, but it’s still not enough to keep Cabana down. Ziggler locks in a body scissors and tries to lock in another submission. Cabana battles out of it with a big jawbreaker that stuns Ziggler. Ziggler misses a splash in the corner and Cabana comes back with a series of stiff kicks to Ziggler’s chest and leg. He even scores a kick to the face. Cabana avoids Ziggler in the corner with a big backflip before hitting a flying clothesline and a running knee that’s good for a two count. Cabana puts his head down and catches a kick to the chest, but he responds with one of his own that takes Ziggler off his feet. Cabana hits a springboard single leg dropkick but it’s only good for a two count. Ziggler tries to score a quick roll up but he can’t, so he scores a kick to Cabana’s head, but it’s still not enough. Ziggler tries for the Zig Zag, but Cabana holds on to the ropes. Cabana hits a buzzsaw kick to the side of Ziggler’s head, but Ziggler is still able to kick out at two. Cabana goes up top, but Ziggler is able to stop him. Ziggler tries for a superplex, but Cabana escapes through Ziggler’s leg and crotches him on the top instead. Cabana goes for a super back body suplex, but Ziggler reverses it into a splash and a pin for a two count. Cabana kicks out into a pin and he gets a two count. Ziggler locks in the sleeper but Cabana is right out of it. Both men hit cross body blocks, and both men are down. Both men get to their knees and fight it out, with Ziggler punching and Cabana hitting a big head butt. Back on their feet, Cabana hits a big kick to Ziggler’s chest, and Ziggler responds with a quick roll up. Both men trade near falls for a bit in an exciting exchange before Ziggler comes up with a rocker dropper out of nowhere. Ziggler goes for the pin but Cabana gets his foot on the ropes. Ziggler argues with the ref, but the ref won’t relent. Dolph goes for another sleeper, and is eventually able to lock it in, even though Cabana tries to fight it. Ziggler gets him down to the mat, but Cabana is able to make it to the ropes. Ziggler looks to be getting frustrated, and when he picks up Cabana, Cabana takes him right into the Reverse Boston Crab. Ziggler manages to flick himself out of the hold which sends Cabana into the post of thee turnbuckle. Cabana staggers out of the corner and is met by a Zig Zag as he is planted on the mat. Ziggler gets the pin for the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Michael Cole: A very exciting performance from Dolph Ziggler here tonight. He took a big step towards his WWE Title match at the Royal Rumble.
Jerry Lawler: By defeating Punk’s best friend Ziggler will be full of confidence come the Royal Rumble and Punk will definitely have to be on his game come the title match.
Michael Cole: After the break we will see the diva’s in action with Kelly Kelly and Eve tagging up with one another to take on the Bella’s.
Jerry Lawler: Woo hoo the divas, I love these girls.
We see a split screen shot of both teams as we go to commercial.
“Holla” is playing as we return from commercial which see’s Kelly Kelly and Eve make their way to the ring.
“You Can Look” follows this as the two Bella twin’s make their way to the ring to start the match.
Match Number Three: Kelly Kelly and Eve Torres versus The Bella’s
Eve and Nikki start things off and Nikki retreats to the corner before doing anything. Eve slides between the legs of Nikki and gets a rollup for a near fall. Eve with a clothesline and then she does the booty shaking moonsault for a near fall. Nikki sends Eve to the apron and Nikki chokes Eve in the ropes and then she clips Eve while Brie distracts her. Nikki uses the ropes to work on the arm. Nikki continues to work on the arm and Brie tags in. Eve pushes Brie into the turnbuckles but Brie keeps Eve from making the tag and then she brings Eve back into her corner. Nikki tags back in and they send Eve into the mat and she gets a near fall. Nikki with a slam and then she applies an arm bar. Eve with kicks and she tries for a sunset flip but Nikki stays up and drops a knee. Brie tags back in and hits a double sledge from the ropes. Brie with an arm wringer and she applies a key lock. Eve gets to her feet and she hits a Samoan drop to get out of the hold. Kelly tags in and hits a Thesz Press from the turnbuckles and then she spanks Brie followed by the screaming head scissors. Kelly with a forearm and bulldog. Kelly puts Brie in the corner and then she gives the Stink face. Nikki drops Kelly on the top rope and Eve with a drop kick to Nikki. Kelly with a kick and a K2 for the three count.
Winners: Kelly Kelly and Eve Torres
Jerry Lawler: God I love the divas, how good was that to see these beautiful divas pick up the victory.
Michael Cole: That was very impressive indeed. But let’s go backstage where Shane McMahon has a special announcement regarding the Royal Rumble.
We go backstage where Shane McMahon is sitting behind his desk.
Shane McMahon: As we all know Vince McMahon allowed Stephanie and I to bring back three former WWE Superstars each. So following my first pick of Bobby Lashley, who we will see in the main event tonight, the other two superstars will be returning in the Royal Rumble Match. I have gotten confirmation from the WWE directors and learned that one will be entering at number 10 whilst the other will be coming down the ramp at 29. So once you witness the Royal Rumble you will see who I have chosen.
We come back to the ring and “Barcode” is playing throughout the arena. Epico is making his way to the ring with Primo and Rosa Mendes following near behind.
This is followed by “Boom” which see’s Evan Bourne make his way to the ring with fellow WWE Tag Team Champion, Kofi Kingston.
Match Number Four: Evan Bourne with Kofi Kingston versus Epico with Rosa Mendes and Primo
They lock up and Bourne with a side head lock but Epico rolls out of the hold. Bourne with a waist lock but Epico tries to roll through but Bourne with a side head lock. Epico tries to escape the hold but Bourne with a side head lock take down. Bourne with another side head lock take down. Bourne with a flying boot to the chest followed by kicks. Bourne with a drop kick to Epico for a near fall. Bourne with forearms but Epico with elbows and a slam. Epico with a camel clutch but Bourne escapes and he applies a camel clutch of his own. Bourne gets a near fall with a rollup. Bourne with a kick to Epico and then he sends him into the turnbuckles. Epico sends Bourne into the turnbuckle. Bourne with a kick and a bulldog for a near fall. Bourne with a front face lock but Epico with a hammer lock. Bourne with a flying mare and arm drag into an arm bar. Bourne sends Epico to the apron and Epico misses a punch but Bourne with a kick to the knees and Epico hits the apron and goes to the floor. Epico and Primo spread out when they see Bourne try for a move to the floor. Bourne with a cross body onto Epico on the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Bourne with a leaping knee to the head and he gets a near fall. Bourne charges at Epico in the corner but Epico crotches Bourne on the top rope and Epico with a near fall. Epico with forearms to the kidneys and then he hits two rolling belly-to-back suplexes and then holds on and hits a German suplex for a near fall. Epico kicks Bourne and then he hits a back breaker and stretches Bourne across his knee. Bourne with a knee to escape the hold. Bourne with a kick to the leg but Epico with an Irish whip and a butterfly suplex for a near fall. Epico signals that it is over and he applies the Gory Special but Bourne struggles through the pain and Bourne is able to escape and he arm drags Epico. Epico misses a splash into the corner and Bourne with kicks to the leg. Bourne with a head scissors take down and then he connects with a knee to the upper chest followed by a kick and round kick for a near fall. Bourne misses a boot to the head but he does not miss with the knee to the head. Bourne can only get a near fall. Bourne runs into an elbow from Epico but Bourne recovers first and hits a rana from the turnbuckles but he can only get a two count. Bourne goes up top for the shooting star press but Primo distracts Bourne. Kingston notices this and pulls Primo off the apron and delivers an SOS. Epico runs up the turnbuckle and looks to hit a throw but Bourne holds onto the ropes and knocks Epico to the mat. Bourne takes the advantage and nails the Air Bourne for the win.
Winner: Evan Bourne
Michael Cole: Finally the tag champs get one up over Epico and Primo, even if it was just a singles match.
Jerry Lawler: It’s been some time coming that’s for sure. Come the Rumble they will have an intense battle going on over that gold.
Michael Cole: Speaking of the Royal Rumble let’s have a look at the matches confirmed for the big event in just thirteen days.
A promo is shown for the Royal Rumble which is followed by going backstage to where Bobby Lashley is standing with a microphone in hand.
Bobby Lashley: Following the first RAW of the year when it was announced that Shane would be taking back charge of RAW I received a phone call. That phone call was from Shane and he said that he wanted me next week on RAW. Once all the legal paperwork was sorted out and we had come to terms to our agreement, Shane said to me that he wanted me to make an impact with the first thing that I do upon my return to the WWE. So what bigger way to make an impact than by taking out the fan’s most favourite person. I decided that this was the sort of thing that would put me straight back into the headlines. Well it must of worked because in the main event tonight I will have my first match back in WWE against that man John Cena. Now I know the fans may not like me for what I did but I couldn’t care less about you. This is all about me making it to the top and what better way to do that by taking out the so called top dog in the WWE. It doesn’t matter what happens in the ring later on tonight because the fact of the matter is that “The Real Deal” is back and gunning for the gold.
Lashley walks off as we return to the ring with “Get On Your Knees” is playing around the arena as Jack Swagger makes his way to the ring.
“Cult of Personality” cuts off the tail end of Swagger’s theme as the WWE Champion, CM Punk comes to the ring to a massive cheer from the crowd
Match Number Five: CM Punk vs. Jack Swagger
The bell rings and Punk locks up with Swagger. Swagger takes Punk down and works on the arm. They trade holds and go back to the ropes. Swagger keeps in control of Punk in the corner. Punk breaks out and slams Swagger before going to the top. Punk calls for the big elbow drop but Swagger rolls out of the ring to re-group. Swagger comes back in and beats Punk down with forearms and right hands. Punk ducks a clothesline, and another, then hit a cross body for two. Punk with a high elbow and more right hands to the face. Swagger counters and applies the ankle lock. Punk kicks out of it but Swagger goes back to work on his knee. Swagger runs Punk over with a shoulder block and he goes down. Swagger with knees in the corner now. Swagger takes Punk back to the mat. Punk tries to counter but Swagger rolls him up for two. Swagger tosses Punk to the floor. Punk comes back in and clotheslines Swagger out to the floor. Punk runs and dives through the ropes, taking Swagger out. Punk grabs Swagger and picks him up as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Swagger is in control. Swagger with a big slam and a two count. Punk finally fights back with kicks and a shot to the jaw. Punk with more offense and a big neck breaker. Punk hits the high knee in the corner and goes for the bulldog but Swagger pushes him off and hits the Swagger Bomb for a two count. Swagger takes back control of the match and gets another two count. Punk slides out of the gut wrench power bomb but Swagger blocks GTS. Swagger ducks a kick and hits a belly to belly on Punk for two. Swagger takes Punk to the top but Punk fights him off and head butts him to the mat. Punk comes back and hits the big elbow from the top. Punk starts to taunt Swagger as he gets up and Punk lifts him up onto his shoulders and delivers a powerful GTS. Punk gets the cover and the win.
Winner: CM Punk
Michael Cole: The WWE Champion continues his role towards the Royal Rumble. He will be very hard to beat once that bell rings.
Jerry Lawler: Punk is a very intense competitor and Ziggler will have to bring his a game in order to take the title away from him.
Michael Cole: I hope Ziggler does win he is the future of this company and it’s about time we get rid of CM Punk as champ.
Jerry Lawler: You just don’t like Punk because he bagged you out a couple months back.
Michael Cole: No I think is a leader of a cult he is brainwashing everyone in order to live like he does. That is not what a role model like Dolph Ziggler would do.
Jerry Lawler: It doesn’t matter Cole he is the champ and come the Rumble I think he will leave still as the champ.
Michael Cole: I hope not. But back to RAW action and as we have seen over the last few weeks R Truth has been at the mercy of the Miz, Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks. He is backstage with Scott Stanford before he gets his chance at revenge.
We go backstage to see Stanford with R Truth in the backstage area.
Scott Stanford: Thanks Cole, R Truth you haven’t had the best few weeks at the hands of the Miz and his little crew that he has assembled and tonight you get your chance for revenge who have you chosen to partner up with you?
R Truth: Scott, The Miz and his little minions will have to be on their a game tonight because I have brought in two guys who want to get revenge for what some of these guys have done to them in the past.
Scott Stanford: And who might that be Truth.
R Truth: Well if you be patient I can tell you that these two gentlemen have been teaming together for a while now and are looking to break through here in the WWE. I would tell you right now but I have to go our match is about to start.
R Truth walks off leaving a lot to be answered but as we head back to the ring we hear “I Came To Play” start around the arena as the team of The Miz, Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks come to the ring together.
“The Truth Has Set Me Free” as R Truth walks down the ramp by himself. He still has a mic in hand.
R Truth: Let me introduce my tag team partners for this match. The team of ….
“Headin’ Right Back” begins to play and Titus O’Neil and Percy Watson come down the ramp and join R Truth before sliding into the ring.
Match Number Six: The Miz, Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins vs. Percy Watson, R Truth and Titus O’Neil
Percy and Miz start things off here. They lock up and Miz goes to a headlock. Percy fights out and applies one of his own. Percy drops Miz with a shoulder and blocks a hip toss. Percy with a dropkick and a tag to O’Neil. They double team Miz and drop him on his face, then hit him with elbows. O’Neil with a two count. Miz kicks O’Neil and tags in Hawkins. O’Neil tackles Hawkins and goes to work with right hands. O’Neil with a big kick on Hawkins for another two count this time to his face. Hawkins fights back and drops O’Neil with a running knee. Hawkins stomps away now but gets kicked back by O’Neil. Miz pushes O’Neil off the top and down to the floor. Hawkins goes to the floor and works O’Neil over before bringing him back in the ring. Hawkins takes O’Neil to the mat with a headlock now. Miz comes in, gets a two count and goes back to the headlock. O’Neil fights out and kicks Miz in the head, taking him down. Percy make sit in and takes everyone out. Percy with chops and a dropkick on Miz. Percy misses a big right hand but counters Miz with a kick in the corner. Percy with a huge clothesline for another two count. Percy takes out Hawkins and leaps on Miz. Percy hits the Float Over DDT on Miz now. Miz ducks a running big boot and goes for the Skull Crushing Finale but it’s blocked. Percy nails Percycution for a two count. Reks breaks the pin and then super kicks R Truth. Percy sends Reks to the floor. Miz comes up and lays Percy out with a cutter for a two count. Hawkins comes in now and stomps away on Percy. Hawkins continues the assault for another two count. Reks comes in, runs the ropes and kicks Percy in the back. Reks with a big backdrop on Percy for another two count. Miz comes back in to keep the offense up on Percy. Another two count. Miz mocks R Truth and O’Neil in their corner. Percy rolls him up for two. Miz comes right back with a pin attempt of his own which is also unsuccessful and only gets two. Miz with a chin lock now but Percy fights out. They both go down and their partners await tags. Hawkins and R Truth are tagged in. R Truth off the top with a big cross body. R Truth with a neck breaker and a two count. R Truth continues with kicks. Hawkins ducks a clothesline and rolls R Truth up. R Truth comes out of the roll up with a kick to the face and another two count. R Truth drops Hawkins on the ropes but Miz comes in. He drops Miz on the ropes as well. R Truth runs for the Little Jimmy but Reks stops him. O’Neil stops Reks. R Truth goes for the Little Jimmy and hits it on Hawkins. Percy leaps out of the ring and attacks the Miz while R Truth hits Hawkins with a Cork Screw Scissors Kick for the pin and the win.
Winners: Titus O’Neil, R Truth and Percy Watson
Michael Cole: R Truth gets a little revenge for the last few weeks attacks by the Miz and his lackeys.
Jerry Lawler: Good for him we can’t just have someone like the Miz running around attacking everyone at will.
Michael Cole: You may not like it King, but you can’t deny that it definitely got into R Truth’s head and would of affected him going into tonight’s match.
Jerry Lawler: Well it seems like it was all in vain with Truth picking up the win with the help of Titus and Percy.
Michael Cole: After this final commercial break it will be time for our main event with John Cena facing off with Bobby Lashley in what will be an awesome match.
As we come back from the break we see Bobby Lashley walking to the ring with “Unstoppable” playing in the background.
This is followed by “My Time is Now” coming on and John Cena running out onto the stage.
Main Event: Bobby Lashley vs. John Cena
They locked up and jockeyed for position. Lashley backed Cena into the corner, and they broke clean. They went for a test of strength, with Lashley sending Cena down to his knees. Cena battled up to his feet, to boos, and Lashley shoved Cena off into the corner. Lashley took Cena down with some waist lock takedowns, to some boos, and then tripped Cena down for a one count. They ended up in a corner, and Cena grabbed a headlock as they broke in the corner. Cena got shoved off and taken down with a shoulder block. Cena hit a drop toe hold and Lashley rolled out of the ring before Cena could apply the STF. Lashley got back in the ring and leapfrogged a charging Cena, then hit a shoulder block. Lashley missed a charge in the corner and Cena hit a bulldog. Cena slammed Lashley, and then dropped an elbow. Seems every move is getting cheers and boos, and then the crowd gets quiet between spots. Cena whipped Lashley across the ring, but Lashley reversed it and sent Cena into the corner. Cena came back with a fisherman's suplex for a two count. Lashley reversed a whip, but ran into a boot to the face. Cena walked into a Lashley exploder suplex for a two count. Lashley hit some knees to the gut, then rammed Cena into a corner and hit some shoulder blocks to the midsection. Lashley hit a forearm and a side slam for a two count. Lashley picked up Cena and threw him hard into the corner. There was a slight cut on the top of Lashley's head. Lashley gave Cena a delayed vertical suplex for a two count. Lashley missed a forearm and Cena hit a Throwback. Cena went to the top rope and nailed Lashley with a Rocker Dropper. Cena covered Lashley and got a two count. Lashley picked up Cena and dropped down, pulling Cena's ribs down across his shoulder. Lashley applied a body scissors and a rear chin lock. Cena battled up, and Lashley missed a charge after Cena broke out of the hold. Cena hit a back suplex, then a back suplex into a power bomb. Cena did the "You Can't See Me" and delivered the five knuckle shuffle fist drop. Cena measured for the Attitude Adjustment, but Lashley avoided it and hit a power slam for a two count. Lashley hit a shoulder block in the corner, then a clothesline in the opposite corner. Lashley put Cena in a Torture Rack, and then dropped to his knees with it. Lashley got a mixed reaction. Lashley went for the running power slam, but Cena floated over and hit Lashley with the Attitude Adjustment, but then collapsed to the mat. Cena crawled onto Lashley for a two count. Cena ran into a Lashley elbow, and then Lashley hit a clothesline. Lashley measured Cena for a spear, but ran right into a drop toe hold. Cena applied the STF, to a pop, and Lashley started clawing his way towards the ropes. He almost made it, and the crowd was alive. Lashley made one more lunge, and grabbed the rope to get the break. Cena got to his feet, and Lashley lunged into Cena with a spear for a two count. Lashley put Cena on the top rope and set up for a superplex. Cena blocked it and Cena hit the Attitude Adjustment from the second rope. Cena climbed down and looked to get the pin. But before he could get there a huge pyro goes off and “Veil of Fire” starts to play. John Cena looks around the ring and has his sights on the stage. As the music stops playing with no sight of Kane, Cena returns his attention to the ring. As Cena spins around, Bobby Lashley meets him with a devastating spear. Lashley gets the pin for the win.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Bobby Lashley starts to celebrate in the ring when he decides to continue the assault on John Cena. Lashley lays in the boots and elbows on the floor. “I Come From Money” starts to play around the arena as Ted Di Biase looks to make the save. But before he can get to the ring the pyro for “Veil of Fire” starts to play which distracts Di Biase enough to allow Kane to come down the ramp into the ring and attack Di Biase. Meanwhile, Lashley has Cena lifted up and delivers the Dominator as Kane comes into the ring after laying out Ted. Kane picks Cena up by the throat and delivers a chokeslam this time. Lashley and Kane look to stare each other off but instead of attacking one another, Lashley offers a hand shake which Kane accepts as RAW goes off the air.
Last edited by Bazzinator : 01-20-2012 at 03:54 AM.
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