-> Teddy Long has announced one hell of a main event has been decided to take place on Raw, a 12-Man Tag Team Gauntlet Match featuring Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, Mark Henry, MVP, Chris Jericho, and Big Show vs John Cena, Ted DiBiase, Evan Bourne, Kofi Kingston, Shawn Michaels, and Triple H. The way the match works is that 2 men will start in the ring and go at it for 5 minutes, then another participant will enter the match from one team, and every 2 minutes another person enters. After all 12 men have entered, a tag team battle royal styled match will be started.
-> Plus, Vance Archer will be making his Raw debut.
-> And, United States Champion The Miz will be the first guest on Santino Marella's new show, 'Santino's Square'.
After the intro video, the pyros go off but we quickly go to a camera backstage after showing Cody Rhodes, Mark Henry, and MVP attacking John Cena. Randy Orton is heard yelling in the background giving them orders to them. He tells them to take him to the ring. At first they don't do it, and Orton grabs Cody by the shirt telling him to do it now. They proceed to take him to the ramp. Cena sends a few punches back, but Henry clotheslines him. They pick him back up and bring him to the ring, preceding by hitting his head into the steel steps. Once in the ring, Orton walks around a bit. He backs to the corner and motions to Cody. He picks up the WWE Champion, and delivers the Cross Rhodes. Orton leans down in satisfaction as Cole begs he doesn't do this. Cena begins to rise, and Orton runs at him for the punt, but Cena avoids it. He gets up and begins to strike Henry, then MVP, and lastly a clothesline to Rhodes. He lifts Orton up for the Attitude Adjustment, but Henry strikes him from behind. Orton gets up angry, and motions they all gang up on Cena. As they begin to, out comes Ted DiBiase, Evan Bourne, and Kofi Kingston. They scare the rest of them off up the ramp. After they stare down and Cena rises, we are given a plug for the huge main event tonight.
Sheamus vs Local
We return from the break with Sheamus coming down to the ring. Justin Roberts announces his opponent, Jackson Andrews. The bell rings and Andrews makes his way over only to be hit with a hard clothesline. Sheamus hits multiple stomps and pulls him up. A few punches to the head and a clothesline over the top rope. He gets out of the ring and begins to assault him even more. The referee is counting, and Sheamus throws Andrews into the steel steps. The ref reaches a 10 count eventually, but Sheamus doesn't care.
Winner: Double Count-Out (2:09) [No Rating]
The local begins to get up with the assistance of the referee, but Sheamus throws the referee out of the way and hits his bicycle kick move on the local. He stares him down, and from behind comes Jamie Noble! He begins to strike on Sheamus rapidly across the back and ducks a clothesline. He throws the Celtic Warrior into the steel steps head first, and furiously delivers punches. Sheamus pushes him away and makes his way up the ramp in shock as Noble talks at him.
We cut backstage after, and see Teddy Long backstage. In comes Triple H. "Teddy... last week when me and Shawn faced Jerishow... it wasn't my best performance. I took my eye off the ball and paid attention to Shawn and got hit with a Knockout Punch by The Big Show. And Shawn... couldn't keep his mouth shut for just-" In comes Shawn Michaels from behind. He looks at Hunter, "Something wrong? You look a little angry." They stare at each other for a second, "Oh I get what's going on here." He glances to Teddy, "He doesn't like you cause you're black!" Teddy looks at him offended, "Now wait a minute-" Hunter speaks up to cut him off, "Shawn... last week on Raw you cost us the Unified Tag Team Championship... and now you're in the Royal Rumble Match, and I'm not. Leaving us with no chance at the tag titles again." Shawn looks at him, "You think it's my fault?" He continues to speak over HHH quickly, "No, no, no you just clearly blamed me for losing the match last week. You just can't take responsibility can you Hunter? All you are is about fun and games, fun and games, until it comes down to gold. That puts splits between us... just look at the past. When I came back to the WWE you turned on me and once you were done with that you got the World Heavyweight Championship. And then when we reunited D-Generation X in 2006, you wanted the Tag Team Championship so bad you ended up getting injured doing it. Bottom line is Hunter, we may not be going for the Tag Team Gold anymore, and I am going to win the Royal Rumble, but we are not going to be broken apart because of this. You understand me?" Hunter looks at him like he didn't know who he was, "Yeah. I understand you." He walks out.
We return where backstage we have Josh Mathews. He introduces his guest at this time, Vance Archer. "Vance, you've been wrecking through ECW Superstars in your career here so far... what are your plans now that you are on Raw?" Archer stares at him. "Pain. Punishment. Destruction... all things that will make me the best. That have already made me the best." He snickers, and walks away.
Kaval vs JTG w/Shad
Out comes Cryme Tyme first, to a small pop. Then comes Kaval. The bell rings and Kaval locks up with JTG. Some back and forth action early on, but Kaval delivers a huge kick to the side. Some more fast kicks, but slow movement. He hits off the ropes but is caught with a flapjack. JTG takes control with some half-paced moves for a minute or so, and picks Kaval up. Some shots to the face, and he hits off the ropes for a clothesline, but Kaval catches the arm and throws him over fast. He works in a sitting headlock, and the crowd begins to will JTG on. When he begins to rise however, Kaval drops him back down. He begins to bridge him over the knee, and pulls back up with him. He drops for a neckbreaker after yelling something out, but JTG slips out. Kaval rises and as JTG goes for a clothesline, Kaval jumps and hits an enziguri. He rolls out to the apron and climbs to the top rope. He jumps off and delivers the Double Stomp and gets the pin.
Winner of the match: Kaval (5:35) **
Post-match, Kaval has a blank expression on his face as he looks at Shad. He slips out of the ring and backs up the ramp.
We return with Triple H sitting in a hallway on an equipment box talking to some staff. They walk away and up comes HBK. Hunter rises, "Shawn... we already got everything straight. I understand you." They stare at each other a bit and Shawn speaks silently, "You don't understand a damn thing. All you are about is being the best, but guess what... being a 13 time World Champion doesn't only mean you won the title 13 times, but you lost it 13 times. Including to me. And at Royal Rumble, when I do win, I don't want you complaining or trying to get in my way of being in the main event at WrestleMania and taking your spot on top." They glare at each other and HHH looks down. "You know Shawn... you're right." He looks eye to eye with him, "I do want to be the best. Including being your best friend. Obviously, that's not what is going on right now. Maybe we should keep DX split for a while, Shawn. You got your chance to become a 3 time Royal Rumble Match winner... so go ahead and do it." Hunter leans down and picks up a duffle bag. He slings it over his shoulder, nods to Shawn, and walks down the hall.
We go down to the ring where we see carpets making an Italian Flag, and 2 wooden chairs. Santino Marella's music hits and he comes down to the ring and gets on the mic. "Ladies and a gentlemen, let me a welcomeh you all to Santino's Square!" He claps for himself, "And let me welcomeh you, the first guest on the Square, a square of his own, the United-a-States-a champion, The Fiz!" Out comes The Miz, and he takes his time getting to the ring. Once he's in he stares at Santino, "Why don't you introduce me the right way, Santino?" He looks confused, "I did!" Miz gets up to him, "No. You're supposed to announce me as who I truly am... the greatest, no, most awesome! United States champion to ever step into a wrestling ring." Santino nods, "Alright, alright... I'll trya this again, hm?" Miz tells him he better, "Ladies and a gentlemen, let me introduceh to you, the most annoying United Statesa champion to ever stumble into a wrestling ring!" Miz puts the US Title on his chair, "Santino... you just made a mistake. A big one." He swings for a shot to the head, which Santino ducks. He begins to punch Miz, who takes his US Title and clocks him with it. Miz looks in anger, then raises the championship in taunt, and gets down in Santino's face to tell him he's awesome.
We return with a promo video for Edge's Royal Rumble return.
Vance Archer vs Jimmy Wang Yang
We follow with Wang Yang in the ring, and he is announced as Raw's newest acquisition. Down to the ring comes Vance Archer. The bell rings and Archer immediatly delivers a big boot. He mounts ontop of Yang and delivers tons of punches straight down. He pulled JWY into the corner after picking him up and worked him some more before delivering a powerhouse clothesline. For the next couple minutes he just showed off with powerful moves and eventually ended the match with his Bulls' Eye finisher and got the pin.
Winner of the match: Vance Archer (2:10) *
Post-match, Archer slips out of the ring and walks to the ring announcer. He pushes him away and takes the chair. He gets in the ring as JWY rises, and Archer thinks for a minute. He offers a handshake, but as Yang reaches out he pushes the chair into the gut. Then Archer smacks it across the shoulder and leaves the chair in the ring. He laughs with satisfaction and exits the ring.
We cut backstage and see Maryse and Jillian walking down a hall together, as Maryse seems annoyed.
The Bella Twins vs Diva's Champion Maryse and Jillian
We return with The Bella Twins making their way down to the ring. They are followed up by Jillian and the Diva's Champion. The bell rings as Jillian is starting off with one of The Bella's, nobody can really tell who. Jillian has control early on, but the Bella fights back quickly with rapid smacks to the face. Jillian backs down and the Bella dropkicks her. She tags in her sister, and she runs at Jillian, but she rolls away and tags in Maryse. The Diva's Champ gets in and begins to hit tons of aggressive moves. She delivers tons of rough moves over and over again for about 2 minutes. She begins to go for a French Kiss DDT, but the other Bella Twin takes her down. Maryse is angry, and the Bella's both get out and under the ring. Disgusted, Maryse tags in Jillian who comes in confused. Out from under the ring comes one Bella, and she gets in the ring looking hurt. Jillian walks over and kneels for the cover but she is rolled up. The 3 count on Jillian.
Winners of the match: The Bella Twins (5:54) *1/2
Post-match, The Bella Twins are celebrating their victory together. In from behind comes Maryse and she begins to attack them both. Jillian comes over and assists in it. Down to the ring comes Melina and #1 Contender Gail Kim. Melina begins to go at it with Jillian well Gail goes after the Diva's Champ. They each trade shots over and over again until they both clothesline Jillian and Maryse over the top rope at the same time. They help The Bella's up and raise their arms together.
We go to backstage in a lockeroom where we have Randy Orton giving orders to Rhodes, MVP, and Henry. In comes the Unified Tag Team Champions Jerishow, and Jericho speaks, "Randy, if anybody is calling the shots of what is going on it will be me and not you. Understand?" They stare for a little while and Orton talks silently slowly raising his voice, "You are not, NOT in control of this team! I am the #1 contender and this is Team Orton and you should be honored to be a part of it, Chris... and you're going out their first." Orton seems angry, and storms out of the room.
We return for the Main Event. Justin Roberts goes over the way the match works.
WWE Champion John Cena, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Evan Bourne, Kofi Kingston, and Ted DiBiase vs Randy Orton, Unified Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho and The Big Show, MVP, Mark Henry, and Cody Rhodes
Order of Entry
1) Chris Jericho - Team Orton (0:00) 2) Triple H - Team Cena (0:00) 3) Big Show - Team Orton (5:00) 4) Shawn Michaels - Team Cena (7:00) 5) MVP - Team Orton (9:00) 6) Evan Bourne - Team Cena (11:00) 7) Mark Henry - Team Orton (13:00)
8) Kofi Kingston - Team Cena (15:00; During Commercial) 9) Cody Rhodes - Team Orton (17:00; During Commercial) 10) Ted DiBiase - Team Cena (19:00) 11) Randy Orton - Team Orton (21:00) 12) John Cena - Team Cena (23:00)
Order of Elimination [Battle Royal Portion]
1) MVP (23:10); Eliminated by Kofi Kingston via clothesline over the top rope. 2) Kofi Kingston (23:16); Eliminated by Mark Henry via clothesline over the top rope. 3) Evan Bourne (24:31); Eliminated by Cody Rhodes via pushing him over the top well trying to eliminate Orton. 4) Chris Jericho (26:01); Eliminated by John Cena via punches and a clothesline over the top rope. 5) Triple H (26:35); Eliminated by Shawn Michaels via Cody Rhodes ducking a Superkick, thus Michaels hitting HHH over the top rope. 6) Shawn Michaels (26:43); Eliminated by Big Show via Big Boot over the top rope. 7) Mark Henry (27:03); Eliminated by John Cena via throwing him over the top rope. 8) Big Show (27:16); Eliminated by John Cena via ducking a Knockout Punch and tipping him over the top rope. 9) Ted DiBiase (28:10); Eliminated by Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes via double teaming him by throwing him over the top rope together. 10) Cody Rhodes (30:02); Eliminated by John Cena via Attitude Adjustment out to the floor. 11) Randy Orton (30:25); Eliminated himself by pulling himself over the top rope.
Winners of the match: Team Cena (30:25) ***1/2
Post-match, Orton smirked as he walked around the ring. He taunted at Cena who wanted to fight him still, and from behind Ted pushed him back in. Cena began to rapidly strike Orton over and over again and when Orton went for the RKO and Cena pushed him off, he delivered the Attitude Adjustment on the turn. Cena took his WWE Championship and raised it high to end Raw.
-> Last week on ECW we saw ECW Champion William Regal, Ezekiel Jackson, and Vladimir Kozlov 'rumbling' around on The Abraham Washington Show. Now this week we have a 6-Man Tag Team Match in the main event. William Regal, Vladimir Kozlov, and Drew Dalton vs Ezekiel Jackson, Christian, and Tyler Reks.
-> Also last week on ECW, we saw Primo get involved in the love triangle with Rosa Mendes, Zack Ryder, and Curt Hawkins. What will Primo have to say this week explaining his actions last week?
WWE RAW: Monday 11th January 2010...I am not really a fan of the pyrotechnics going off, but then going backstage, it just doesn't go with the flow in my opinion. Don't quite understand why Mark Henry and Montel Vontavious Porter are joining Cody Rhodes in attacking John Cena. Hopefully Mark Henry does something else, whereas MVP can try and feud Cena, whilst Cody could easily become like the WWE United States Champion at some point in 2010. I'd like to see him on his own, actually. Like that it burst out to the ring, too. Was nice. Looking good for an eight man tag team main event, but Randy Orton feuding John Cena again is a massive no-no for me, especially after the intense feud they had previously. It's not good anymore. After the hype for the Ironman match at Bragging Rights, I thought we'd never see it again for a long time. The fact it could take place on pay-per-view at the Royal Rumble makes my skin sizzle. Sheamus beating Jackson Andrews, the local competitor is useless. Sheamus is going backwards, and I am not looking too forward to where he could be next. Jamie Noble attacking Sheamus, really? I hate that you're making all of these smaller guys look dominant, especially when they don't need to be; Jamie Noble's done enough to retire now and become a road agent, and Chavo Guerrero is no longer relevent, in fact if I'm honest, looking at the fact that he headlined SmackDown to face Batista last Friday, it really turned me off. Don't let Sheamus become an average embarrassment of Noble like Chavo has to Batista. Sort of similar angles going on. Triple H and Shawn Michaels' segment was nice, but should have been in the ring in my mind. I feel that this layout is getting annoying though, personally. Also, a lot has changed, and that isn't a good thing to me. Why is Cryme Tyme suddenly on RAW? Kaval back? Since when? Et cetera. I just feel like you've resigned way too many people in a short time period, and it's putting me off slightly. It's still an enjoyable read, but I fully live by realism, and while it's good you're doing all of this, and you are an exceptional writer and story creator, but half of the stories aren't realistic, or just wouldn't work in my mind. Oh, and I wish that all the show was in normal size=2 and not all in red, as it bugs my eyes a little. The continuous DX angles remind me of the Attitude Era, though, which is a positive thing. Santino Marella getting a talk show is good, though 'Santino's Square' sounds suckish. Wish it was 'Santino's Casa' just like the WWE.com segment he hosted. Another random addition to RAW; Vance Archer and Jimmy Wang Yang are both not needed on RAW. Archer winning is pathetic, and really, Sheamus' squash was more relevent than this. Nowadays, there will never be more than one squash match on RAW, in fact there is rarely more than one in an entire week. Okay win for the Bella Twins, but please don't make them credible rivals for the WWE Divas Championship. Maryse has a lot of enemies, good. Team Cena beating Team Orton was okay, no problem. But thirty minutes for this match is a bit ridiculous. Overall, it was a good show, and the direction of this diary is good, but I cannot keep up with it. You've added and switched positions of so much talent on the roster, I cannot dig it under realistic terms. It's hard to keep up with it, because even if I miss ECW on SyFy, like a lot will have changed. Not to mention, you've got way too much talent doing nothingness, then Jamie Noble and Chavo Guerrero in main programs; not good. On the upside, you are talented.
Note: I am cutting down on the match details all together excluding Pay-Per-Views, making it easier for me with the other things I am doing lately.
ECW - January 12 James Brown Arena - Augusta, GA
The show kicks off with the regular pyro effects and such, and is followed up by the new music of Primo. He makes his way down to the ring with Rosa next to him. He gets on the mic and talks about what went down last week and shows the clip of him taking the contract of Rosa. He speaks on for a couple minutes before he is cut off by Curt Hawkins. He speaks at him speaking mainly about how he stuck his nose in business that doesn't belong and such. This brings out Zack Ryder, and he claims no one deserves somebody as lovely as Rosa except him. They all talk at each other until Tiffany comes out and gets them to quiet down. She says she knew something like this would happen and next week it will be Primo vs Curt Hawkins vs Zack Ryder with Rosa on the line.
Mike Knox and Eric Escobar w/Vickie Guerrero vs The Hurricane and Goldust
We return with Hurricane and Goldust coming out. They are followed by Mike Knox, then Eric Escobar. An okay match here as Goldust had the upper hand early on over Knox, but when Escobar made the blind tag he would take ultimate control. Hurricane would get the tag in and make tons of offensive work to Escobar's lower body, until he was hit with a big boot. Escobar and Knox kept control for most of the match then. Goldust made a blind tag however, and after Knox hit the Knox Out on Hurricane, he was rolled up for the 3.
Winners of the match: The Hurricane and Goldust (5:35) **
We cut backstage to Abraham Washington in Tiffany's office. He seems to be hitting on her and she takes it, not really caring. Washington offers her to be his guest next week, not on the Abraham Washington Show, but on a date. She says no at first, but comes around after and agrees.
Up next is the debut of Bryan Danielson.
We return with a hype video for Edge returning at the Royal Rumble.
Bryan Danielson vs Yoshi Tatsu
Tatsu is already in the ring after the hype video. Out comes Bryan Danielson to a mixed reaction, the crowd unsure of his alignment. The bell rings and Danielson offers to shake Tatsu's hand, but pulls it away. He gets lots of offense in showing an aggressive side to him early on, but pulls out eventually. Multiple suplex variations off from Danielson, but Tatsu begins to fight back with hard kicks to the side. He takes control for a minute before Danielson ducks a roundhouse kick and pulls off the Cattle Mutilation, leading to Tatsu giving up.
Winner of the match: Bryan Danielson (3:58) *1/2
Post-match, Danielson taunts to the crowd and walks over to Tatsu. He offers to help him up, and does so. He shakes his hand, but they are ambushed from behind by Shelton Benjamin. Haas makes his way in behind Benjamin and tells him to stop, but he pushes Charlie away and delivers the Paydirt on Danielson. Haas looks on in anger at Benjamin, who doesn't take lightly to it and slaps his partner before walking out.
We return where backstage we have Savannah with Tommy Dreamer. She asks him about what went on last week losing to Eric Escobar. He told her it was his own fault and he didn't prepare properly. He mentions how tonight Tiffany asked him to pick a team to face Escobar and Knox, and when he chose Goldust and Hurricane he had faith in them. He believed they were better then 'the scum like Eric Escobar and Mike Knox'. Before he can say anymore, over comes Vickie Guerrero, yelling at him. He tells her to shut her disgusting mouth before he is clotheslined by Escobar. He has Knox with him and they stomp him down till referees can pull them away.
We go to a locker room and see Kozlov and Regal talking over things. In comes Drew Dalton, and he nods to them. They begin to spam to the hall as their match is next.
Ezekiel Jackson, Christian, and Tyler Reks vs ECW Champion William Regal, Vladimir Kozlov, and Drew Dalton
We return with Dalton and the Roundtable coming to the ring. They are followed by the individual entries of Reks, Christian, and Jackson. Kozlov and Christian start things off and it is pretty slow paced for the most part. They both trade momentum for the first couple minutes of the match before Christian dropkicks Kozlov and tags in Reks, who begins to strike him viciously before being dropped hard with a spinebuster. This allows Dalton to be tagged in and aggressively work on Reks. He stays in for a few minutes until Reks clotheslines him over the top rope and we go to commercial. Upon return we have Reks and Kozlov in the ring again, and Reks works his way back and tags in Jackson. Lots of heavy action coming from Jackson as he maintains control for the most part. Kozlov scrambles to his corner and tags in Dalton. They work hard at each other and Jackson manages to tag in Christian, who brawls at his recent rival. They stay in together with Dalton taking control half way through the 4 minutes there. They each make tags, Jackson and Regal both coming in. The ECW Champ seems afraid, and begins to go to his corner but Jackson knocks him down and then his partners. He brings the champ up into a corner and is prepared to beat the hell out of him before Kozlov hits him with a chair from behind for the DQ.
Winners of the match via disqualification: Ezekiel Jackson, Christian, and Tyler Reks (14:39) ***
Post-match, an all out brawl between all 6 man endures with Reks being tossed out of the ring first and then Christian taking Dalton over the top rope with himself. Jackson is left brawling with his opponents at Royal Rumble, but the numbers game gets to him and Kozlov and Regal get the upper hand before Kozlov chokeslams him. Regal takes his ECW Championship from the referee, but Kozlov refuses to raise his arm as he glares at the ECW Championship again to end ECW.
-> According to sources, the WWE's signing from a while back with Goldberg is still in tact. It is a short-term contract, and he is apparently only back for one big feud to enter. He should be making his return soon, and it seems as if he will not have much ring work done in the time he is around.
-> Expect the last of the Royal Rumble Qualifiers to be done next week, as not many spots are left in the match, and only a couple weeks away from the Pay-Per-View.
-> The rivalry with Chavo Guerrero/Rey Mysterio and Batista is expected to be put away soon, as WWE feels that Rey and Batista need to be in different scenes on the roster. As for Chavo at this point, it is unknown.
Smackdown - January 15 James Brown Arena - Augusta, GA
After the intro video and pyros and a shot of the crowd, we have CM Punk make his way out to the ring. He's holding the briefcase and brings the mic up and takes a few shots at the crowd calling them "beer guzzlers" and "lung cloggers". He talks about beating R-Truth last week and then moves onto The Undertaker and the bounty is still up for grabs. This brings out Paul Heyman and he tells Punk he is wise, but still a coward for putting a bounty up to take out his opponent at the Royal Rumble. He says that since he is going to be letting somebody else take care of his dirty work, he can not lay his hand on The Undertaker until their match at Royal Rumble unless it is in a match, or else he is fired. Punk is furious as we go to commercial.
Paul Burchill w/Drew McIntyre vs Finlay
We return with Finlay coming down to the ring. Out comes Burchill with McIntyre. The match goes back and forth throughout, and both men get some powerful moves in on each other. They end up getting outside the ring at one point and McIntyre beats down Finlay well Burchill distracts the referee in the ring. Finlay is rolled back in and is hit with the re-debuting move, the Flip Bottom, as soon as he gets up and is pinned.
Winner of the match: Paul Burchill (5:23) **
Post-match we have McIntyre get into the ring and both men begin to beat down on Finlay. Out comes R-Truth with a chair in his hand and he hits McIntyre with it. Burchill slips out of the ring and runs back to pull McIntyre to safety from Truth, who helps Finlay up and taunts.
We see Big Show and Chris Jericho making their way down to the ring.
We return and out comes Jeri-Show. Jericho, as usual, speaks for the both of them doing his usual "hypocrites" "parasites" plug and then says that no matter who becomes their next number 1 contenders, they will fall to the 'greatest tag team in the world'. They take a seat ringside.
#1 Contenders Match to the Unified Tag Team Championship Carlito and Chris Masters vs World's Greatest Tag Team
Carlito and Benjamin start it off and it's pretty high paced between these two. Each men get a lot of offense in but Carlito ultimately takes the control from Shelton and him and Masters trade tags back and forth. Haas gets tagged in and gets lots of work in. He checks on Shelton after about a minute of control, and Masters comes up from behind and applies the Masterlock. He whips him back and forth and eventually gets the win.
Winners of the match: Carlito and Chris Masters (6:08) **1/2
Post-match, Masters and Carlito celebrate their victory, and Jerishow is satisfied with who they are facing. Shelton makes his way over to Haas and helps him up and checks on him in the corner. Haas knees him in the groin and hits tons of strikes knocking him back to the opposite ropes and clotheslines him over against the announce table. He taunts at Benjamin.
Non-Title Match Beth Phoenix vs Diva's Champion Michelle McCool
We return with Phoenix getting her way down to the ring and McCool comes out after. The bell rings and Phoenix gets lots of aggressive moves on the Champ, and keeps it on for over 2 minutes before Layla comes down to the ring and she lightly pushes McCool for the DQ.
Winner of the match via Disqualification: Michelle McCool (2:59) *
Phoenix is angry, and she begins to attack both women. She does this for about a minute, taking her time, and clears them out of the ring and taunts.
We cut backstage after and Josh Mathews introduces his guests at this time, Rob Van Dam and Booker T. He asks him about their likelihood of facing Dolph Ziggler at the Royal Rumble. They take turns with each other saying each that they have considered it, but both say they will win the Royal Rumble. They argue a bit as Dolph walks in and tells them they shouldn't even try.
Batista is shown making his way down to the ring.
Batista comes down to the ring after we return and lets the crowd boo him. He speaks up and mentions how back at Survivor Series, he destroyed Rey Mysterio. He then speaks of Eddie's music being played after it, and he said he had no idea how stupid Chavo was. He blames him for Rey's injuries, and his own. He shows what he has done in a compilation video since Bragging Rights, and it lasts about a minute and a half. He then calls Chavo out. He waits, and calls him out again knowing he isn't here tonight. He begins guarentee he will win the Royal Rumble match, and Rey Mysterio makes his way out to the ramp limping. He speaks about what Batista did last week was worse then everything else combined, and now Rey won't be able to compete for weeks. He tells Batista he guarantees that 'The Animal' won't win the Royal Rumble match, which gets him mad, and Rey begins to walk away but stops himself to tell Batista he better be ready for his match. Out comes John Morrison and walks out to the center of the ramp and does his taunt. It'll be him vs Batista next.
Batista vs John Morrison
The bell rings and some action goes fast on Batista from JoMo. Lots of offense, but Batista catches him with a clothesline on one point and takes hard control. He keeps it in for almost 5 minutes and beats the living hell out of the former Intercontinental Champion. He grabs the steel steps on the outside out of rage and tosses them into the ring. He gets in and is prepared to use them on JoMo, but he takes The Animal's legs out. This gives him control. He goes for the Moonlight Drive, but Batista pushes him off and hits a knee on the rebound and lifts him for the Batista Bomb. JoMo performs a hurricanrana into a pin and gets the 3!
Winner of the match: John Morrison (10:39) ***
Morrison celebrates his huge victory after, leaving Batista in rage.
The Edge promo video is shown, with a good crowd pop.
The Hart Dynasty vs Booker T and Rob Van Dam
A pretty short match here as the former World Champions take it to the young multi-generation superstars. They hold control the whole time and Booker hits a Scissors Kick on Kidd. RVD is tagged and he goes for the 5 star frog splash, but Kidd rolls away and Smith clotheslines Booker over the top rope before hitting a running powerslam on RVD and gets the surprise pinfall.
Winners of the match: The Hart Dynasty (4:51) *1/2
Post-match, The Hart Dynasty celebrate their upset. Booker and RVD look on in dissapointment, and in from behind comes Dolph Ziggler and he clocks them with the Intercontinental Title each. He raises the title, and mocks RVD with the thumb taunt.
Up next is our Main Event.
Brothers of Destruction vs The Hardy Boyz
The match starts off with Matt and Kane. Kane keeps control and Matt slips out of the ring over and over again. Matt takes some cheap shots from behind when Jeff distracts the Big Red Machine and he holds control. The Hardyz work together, multiple tags in to each other, but Kane grabs them both by the throat and shoves them down. He goes and tags in Undertaker, who takes both Hardyz out before we hit commercial.
When we return they have lots and lots of back and forth action, but Taker delivers a huge big boot and keeps control in and Kane gets in eventually. They work on a seperate Hardy on the outside, transitioning, and they get back in the ring together and they both chokeslam them. Kane gets the pin on Jeff and wins.
Winners of the match: Brothers of Destruction (14:29) ***
Post-match, the Brothers of Destruction are celebrating their victory together in taunt. However, Kane big boots his own brother in the face. CM Punk comes out with his briefcase smiling. Kane picks Taker up and smiles back at Punk, before he is grabbed by the throat and slightly picked up, but enough for a chokeslam. Taker stares at Punk, and taunts again to end Smackdown.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Jan 19, 2010 23:53:57 GMT -5
-The opening segment sounded pretty good, like the idea of Punk putting a bounty on 'Taker's head -Burchill over Finlay is sweet and I like the Burchill/McIntyre pairing -Didn't even know that the World's Greatest Tag Team reunited in this. Surprised Carlito & Masters won -I like Beth taking out both McCool & Layla -RVD & Booker are going after the IC Title? Didn't expect that -Morrison over Batista is excellent, really helps get Morrison even more over -Not a fan of Booker & RVD/Dynasty being so short, but glad the Dynasty got the win -The Brothers of Destruction winning was the right move, liked that Kane was ready to take the bounty, but 'Taker spoiled it
Very solid Smackdown, a few things I didn't agree with, but for the most part, it was very good.
-> Raw comes just 13 days away from the Royal Rumble, and Randy Orton has demanded not to compete tonight. Teddy Long agreed, but has decided to create pick your poison, leaving Orton with a match next week. Who will Cena face this week, and who will Orton face next week?
-> Also, after The Miz ruined 'Santino's Square' last week, Santino will be facing the United States Champion in a non-title match.
-> D-Generation X will be facing Mark Henry and MVP as well.
-> And Sheamus will be facing Jamie Noble, who returned last week.
Raw - January 18 Thompson-Boling Arena - Knoxville, TN
After the intro and pyros we have Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler welcome us to Raw. The crowd is shown and cheering, other then that, the arena is silent. John Cena's music hits and he comes down to the ring. He talks about how himself and Randy Orton were to be put away months ago after that Ironman match, but now since the guest hosts decided to be stupid he has to face him again. He thanks Teddy Long for coming in as the perminent GM. He talks about the Royal Rumble and how he will remain champion up until Randy Orton makes his way out. He stays on the ramp with Cody Rhodes, MVP, and Mark Henry. He speaks about the Pick Your Poison for this week and next week, and this week is Cena's turn. He says he could pick Mark Henry, MVP, or even Cody Rhodes, but he didn't. He says he picked somebody who could destroy John Cena, nearly as much as he will at Royal Rumble. He announces Jack Swagger as Cena's opponent. Cena accepts it, and tells Randy he better be ready for next week because he will be facing Ted DiBiase... in a Lumberjack match. Orton is furious and storms off.
Non-Title Match United States Champion The Miz vs Santino Marella
Marella out, followed by the US Champion. We are shown Miz's assault on Santino last week. Well Miz is laughing at the titantron, Marella attacks him. He beats down on the champion for a minute before Miz can fight back and work on Santino. He contiously yells at Marella with every shot. He goes for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Marella bit his arm, ducked a clothesline, and rolled him up for the shocking 3 count!
Winner of the match: Santino Marella (4:48) **
Post-match, Marella taunts and rolls out of the ring. Miz is angry and begins to pound his fists into the mat well the Italian taunts ontop of the ramp. And does a 'boo hoo' taunt at Miz.
We cut backstage to see Cryme Tyme talking to Teddy Long in his office. They are talking with him about hooking them up with their own locker room. Teddy tells them to go steal one if they really want one. They shrug and say alright. In after them comes Shawn Michaels. He tells Teddy Hunter is angry for not being in the Royal Rumble match and recommends he put him in. Teddy says he'll figure it out, and Shawn tells him not to worry because he's going to win anyway.
Diva's Champion Maryse and Jillian vs Melina and Gail Kim
A basic diva's tag team match here. Some sloppy work from both sides a bit but also some good action in between. Melina knocks Jillian off the top rope from punching Gail with a powerbomb before Maryse kicks her in the face. Gail manages to hit a superkick into Maryse before pinning her opponent at the Royal Rumble.
Winners of the match: Gail Kim and Melina (5:11) **
After the match was over with, Kim and Melina celebrated with each other before once again Maryse and Jillian attacked their winning opponents. However, things turned out the same way they did last week - only with different people - as the Bella's made their way to the ring to help out. Maryse abandoned Jillian, and she got quadruple teamed. Kim motioned for the title from Maryse.
We cut backstage and Josh Mathews interviewed MVP and Mark Henry. They talked to Josh about beating the living hell out of the slowly self-destructive team of DX.
D-Generation X vs Mark Henry and MVP
DX comes out first and does their usual bit, before MVP and Henry come from behind and cut them off before the 'Lets get ready to suck it' point by hitting them with clotheslines. The match goes pretty fast paced for a bit as MVP and HBK start off. Main control by MVP at the start due to the from behind attack but HBK takes control off him. The match turns into back and forth before Hunter is tagged in and clears down MVP and Henry.
We return with Hunter and Henry going at a slow pace, but Henry in control. HHH begins to fight back quickly before hitting tons of signature moves on Henry including a spinebuster. He goes for a hard punch, but Henry ducks and HHH hits Michaels. He is surprised and turns to Henry who plows him into the corner. In comes MVP and he attacks with Henry. MVP hits a Drive By and Henry delivers the World's Strongest Slam. HBK is looking on in the ring as Henry pins Hunter.
Winners of the match: Mark Henry and MVP (16:26) ***
Post-match MVP offers HBK to come in as Henry pulls HHH back up. HBK backs off as MVP and Henry continue to beat down Hunter. Cole calls HBK a coward as he walks backstage well his partner is dominated in the ring.
A new Edge video plays, ending with a "13".
We then go to ringside with Cole and Lawler. They talk about the Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View.
Sheamus vs Jamie Noble
Noble is out first, and we review his return last week. Out comes Sheamus, who is in rage. The bell rings and Noble looks around ready and runs over only to be booted in the face. Sheamus pins Noble.
Winner of the match: Sheamus (0:12) [No Rating]
Post-match, Sheamus pulls Noble up and throws him out of the ring before getting on the mic. He tells Noble he should of stayed gone from the WWE, because it's Sheamus' time.
We return with Josh Mathews interviewing Vance Archer. He tries to ask Vance a question, but he cuts Josh off and tells him that it's time for Vance Archer to reign as the best.
Kaval vs Kofi Kingston
Kaval makes his way to the ring, followed by Kofi. It's pretty fast pace between the two, but Kaval can't keep up and gets out of the ring. Kofi follows after him before being thrown face first into the steel steps. Kaval tries to get Kofi pinned multiple times after sharp moves, but it doesn't work. They trade minutes of momentum between each other throughout, and Kofi decides to go with Trouble in Paradise, but Kaval ducks and takes his legs out before beating him down. He finishes it off with the double foot stomp and the pin.
Winner of the match: Kaval (7:40) **1/2
Kaval slowly gets himself out of the ring before getting back in and hitting a huge kick to Kofi's temple.
Our main event is next.
Pick Your Poison WWE Champion John Cena vs Jack Swagger
Swagger is out, followed by the champ. The bell rings and Swagger takes it to the mat right off. He gets lots of old school moves in but then begins to get more aggressive. Cena tries to fight back, and pries Swagger's arms off him from a german suplex and begins to strike him fast. Cena keeps control for a couple minutes. He hits the 5 knuckle shuffle, and once Swagger rises he goes for the Attitude Adjustment. However, Swagger slips off and pushes Cena into the ropes and big boots him over the top.
When we return, Swagger has a mat hold in and Cena is moving his hands around trying to find a way out. We are shown during the commercial Swagger throwing Cena head first into the steel steps. Cena begins to pry himself lose, but Swagger keeps control on the mat. Once both men are up, Cena begins to fight back quickly and he delivers a huge suplex. Swagger kicks Cena into the corner after he tries to go for the STF, and Swagger rises to get up and walk over to him. Cena hops onto the 2nd turnbuckle and delivers the leg drop. He gets up and taunts, preparing for the Attitude Adjustment. He lifts Swagger up on the rise and drops him. He applies the STF. Swagger looks like he's going to tap but in comes Orton from behind and pounds on the back of Cena for the DQ.
Winner of the match via Disqualification: John Cena (17:04) ***1/2
After that, Orton continues to work down on Cena. Surprisingly, nobody comes out to help him. Orton delivers the RKO on the champ. He gets out of the ring and grabs the WWE Championship. He gets into the ring and raises it high. He looks at Cena, who's trying to get up, and he punts him. He looks at the title with a blank expression on his face. He lays the title out down on the mat next to Cena to end Raw.
After the intro and pyros and the welcoming from Josh Mathews and Todd Grisham. Out comes William Regal along with Vladimir Kozlov. He talks about being not only the greatest ECW Champion ever, but the greatest champion ever. He then moves onto talking about how he will easily retain his ECW Championship at the Royal Rumble, which Kozlov gets angry at. Regal calms him down and talks some more about the match, mainly talking about Ezekiel Jackson mainly getting destroyed. This brings out Jackson and Christian. They each talk back at Regal and Kozlov, and Jackson tells them they will win. Christian agrees that Jackson will spam with the ECW Title. Then Christian will get his shot once again.
Bryan Danielson and Yoshi Tatsu vs Charlie Haas
Upon return we have Haas make his way down to the ring. He is followed by Tatsu and Danielson. As the bell rings Haas attacks Tatsu for the start. He does tons of hard offensive moves on him before delivering a huge DDT. He gets lots of mat work in and Tatsu tries to fight back. He manages to tag in Danielson, and he goes right to Haas with tons of strikes. Some beautiful moves hit from him and he finishes it off eventually with the Cattle Mutilation.
Winners of the match: Bryan Danielson and Yoshi Tatsu (4:19) *1/2
After the match, the team celebrates. Out comes Shelton. He steps into the ring with Danielson and Tatsu believing he will attack. He doesn't, and he walks over to Haas. He pulls him up and returns the favor by striking him hard and knocking him over the top rope. Benjamin taunts.
We cut backstage and see Tommy Dreamer talking to Hurricane and Goldust. In comes Mike Knox and he tells Dreamer that attack last week was all Escobar's idea. He says that he respects what Dreamer did for ECW. He says he doesn't now as Escobar storms in and takes down Dreamer. They double team assault him again like last week.
We return with Josh Mathews and Todd Grisham telling us we are going to be following Abraham Washington and Tiffany's date this week.
We cut to a video of them walking down the street together. Washington lets her in to a resteraunt and he follows chatting saying it's all about her and she can get whatever she wants on him. They go to the waiter and are walked to their table. Tiffany tells Washington she likes his suit. He says it was expensive. She says she bets so, and as Washington talks to the waiter she rolls her eyes at him. Once done talking, Washington talks a bit and another waiter, with food this time, walks by. Tiffany trips him and he spills the food all over Washington, who is furious. Tiffany laughs well Washington seems angry, but calms down remembering she is there.
We go back to the arena with Mathews and Grisham laughing about it, telling us we will follow it more later. We have Primo begin to make his way down to the ring as the triple threat is next.
Triple Threat Match for the Managerial Services of Rosa Mendes Primo vs Zack Ryder vs Curt Hawkins
We return and out comes Hawkins, followed by Ryder. Lots of trading who gets pounded on early. Hawkins first from Ryder and Primo, then Ryder by Primo and Hawkins, and before Primo gets his share, Ryder boots Hawkins in the face. Ryder attacks Primo and gets lots of moves in before Primo can strike back. In comes Hawkins and he clotheslines them both down. Some hard punches on Ryder and he delivers a huge suplex. He gets up and is hit hard by Primo. They all transition their control and they eventually all get out of the ring. Lots of rough action between the 3. After a while they all get in and Hawkins and Ryder are working mainly on each other each hitting some smooth moves. Primo runs over and dropkicks Ryder into Hawkins before hitting an inverted suplex into a pin for the 3.
Winner of the match: Primo (10:34) ***
Post-match, Primo slips out of the ring and grabs onto Rosa's arm. He pulls her back in taunt forcefully. Hawkins and Ryder look at each other cluelessly.
We cut back to the resteraunt and Tiffany keeps telling Washington it'll be fine about his suit. He says it was very expensive, and he removes the coat of it. He talks about her not ordering anything, and she says she isn't hungry. He asks what she wants to talk about and Tiffany tells him to talk about the Abraham Washington Show and why he enjoys it so much. He says he loves the wrestling business, and he wants to get to eventually become a General Manager. She is intrigued a bit, and he offers her to have the week off after the Royal Rumble, saying she will be tired after the whole action going on. She first says no and Washington works his way into getting her to allow it.
Our Main Event is next.
Ezekiel Jackson and Christian vs ECW Champion William Regal and Vladimir Kozlov
Once all men are at the ring, Christian and Kozlov start. Some back and forth action between the two before Kozlov gets the upper hand with some dominant moves. Christian begins to fight back fast after a couple minutes and tags in Jackson. They double team Kozlov a bit and Jackson finishes it off with a huge spine buster. Regal considers to come into the ring but doesn't as Jackson glares at him. Kozlov takes the legs out and begins to beat down on Jackson. They both rise and fight back and Kozlov hits a huge big boot to take complete advantage. Kozlov delivers tons of dominant moves but Jackson pushes him back to the middle. He leans in the corner, and Kozlov runs at him but Jackson moves out of the way fast and tags in Christian. He runs in and takes control. He keeps it for a minute and tags in Jackson again. He steps out and Kozlov is angry. He walks to Regal, who says no. He grabs hold of Regal's hand and forces the tag and yanks the ECW Champion in. He steps out. Regal yells at Kozlov before turning to Jackson who dominates him with powerful moves and finishes it with a chokeslam for the pin.
Winners of the match: Ezekiel Jackson and Christian (12:49) ***
After the match, Regal rolls around in pain as Kozlov walks over to the ECW Championship and holds it up. Jackson glares off at Kozlov holding the title to end ECW.
Raw, MVP and Mark Henry aligned with Orton? Unique to say the least... Shocked to see Santino go over the US Champion, Miz, but it was non-title, so it's all good. I hope Santino doesn't become the Champion, though. I'm not sure where you are going with DX, I can't put my finer on it. Meh, could care less for Divas action. Good to see MVP and Henry pushed, but not sure about them being heels. HBK leaving HHH? Interesting. Wow, huge squash for Sheamus. Vance Archer on Raw? Unsure about that decision. Good to see Kaval getting a win here, but I hope Kingston doesn't job out. A Disqualification victory for Cena is good because it doesn't really hurt Swagger. A Punt to Cena on Raw? The Punt is usually a career ending move, but I suppose Superman can get away with that, so I'll let you off.
Overall, I think it was a good Raw, just a few decisions I am unsure about, though. I'll be reading on either way.
ECW on SyFy: Tuesday 19th January 2010...Need to get back into this somehow. Alright, sort of a weird way to kick things off if I'm honest, with Bryan Danielson and Yoshi Tatsu teaming up against the lone Charlie Haas. Why is Haas alone? Handicap matches should never occur unless it is hyped, and this didn't seem to be hyped. Danielson winning is okay, but there really wasn't need for Yoshi to be there. Also personally think it could have started the show stronger with a promo. I sure hope Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas don't rebond as the World's Greatest Tag Team to be honest. They went seperate ways; Shelton doesn't need it, nor does Haas [even though Haas can't get over alone]. Not fond of this, even if it is a positive mood for the tag tea division. Abraham Washington and Tiffany's date seemed amusing. I felt that the triple threat match could have been without, considering we've had a triple threat match and a handicap match on the same show. Not fond of Rosa Mendes going to Primo unless Zack Ryder get's a push. Actually seems like an interesting storyline though, could develop Primo's persona, and advances Ryder and Curt Hawkins feud [which I personally think should be nearing the end now]. Lastly, good main event with Christian and Ezekiel Jackson beating William Regal and Vladimir Kozlov. Good show with a nice step in the right direction. I'll try to get back into this.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Jan 22, 2010 12:31:12 GMT -5
-Interesting that Jackson is a face in this diary, good opening segment -Weird handicap match, but as long as Bryan Danielson keeps winning keep it up -Knox and Escobar together could be interesting -Tiffany sabotaging Abe's date is going good so far, but I feel she will eventually enjoy it -Not a fan of Primo getting the girl, don't like him at all -Washington at GM will be good -Jackson and Christian winning is great, figured that would happen
Solid ECW, some stuff I didn't like, but for the most part, good stuff
Smackdown - January 22 Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, SC
We get the whole pyro display and such and following that we immediately have the lights go out. The crowd goes nuts right off, but the lights come back on and CM Punk comes out mocking them. He gets on the mic once in the ring and asks them if they expected somebody else. He says they shouldn't of, because he is the World Heavyweight Champion. Punk goes on about how that the bounty is still up for grabs. He says that if nobody gets it by the Royal Rumble, he will simply refuse to compete following him beating Taker. This causes Kane to come out. He tells Punk he doesn't have to worry, because he will make sure his brother doesn't even make it standing to the Last Man Standing match. He laughs and Punk says he'll be watching.
Paul Burchill and Drew McIntyre vs Finlay and R-Truth
We return with this tag match going to happen after all the entrances. Burchill and Finlay start. They have lots of action go between the two, and Truth gets in eventually. He keeps control until McIntyre gets the blind tag. We get lots of trades of momentum as well as trades of who's in the match during it, and it is kind of sloppy. Truth is hit with a huge DDT by McIntyre on the outside well Burchill hits the Flip Bottom on Finlay for the 3.
Winners of the match: Paul Burchill and Drew McIntyre (6:15) **
Post-match we have McIntyre get into the ring to celebrate with Burchill.
We cut backstage to see Paul Heyman and Jerishow. Paul tells them they better be ready to defend those titles tonight, and they better not try and get out easy. Show says he beat that team a few years ago with Kane, and he has a better partner in Jericho now and it'll be even easier. Jericho does his whole best in the world at what he does bit and claims that this is just descending the ladder for competition.
Unified Tag Team Championship Jerishow(c) vs Chris Masters and Carlito
We return with Masters and Carlito coming down to the ring. They are followed by Jerishow. Jericho and Masters start and it is pretty fast paced to kick it off. Masters and Carlito get advantage after making frequent tags to each other. Jericho manages to rake the eyes of Masters and tag in Show. He gets in and cleans house of the two. He eventually catches them both by the throat and delivers a double chokeslam for the pin.
Winners and still Unified Tag Team Champions: Jerishow (9:51) **1/2
Post-match, Jerishow celebrates their retaining and Jericho gets on the mic. He demands for some real competition. Out come The Rotundos. Jericho and Show burst out laughing. Bo speaks up for both of them, he asks Jerishow if they really think they are the best tag team ever. They say they know they are, and The Rotundos end up challenging them to a match for the gold next week. Jericho laughs at them even more and agrees.
We return with the video for Edge's return.
Batista and The Hart Dynasty vs Rey Mysterio, Chavo Guerrero, and John Morrison
After the video we have all the men enter. Morrison and DHS start things off. The match seems pretty one sided to start thinks off and DHS has the early offense with some power moves. Morrison fights back fast and hits lots of moves of his own. He eventually tags in Rey who gets leg work on the big man. DHS eventually hits a big boot and tags in Kidd. He works on Mysterio and keeps the control. The match breaks out after Rey hits a hurricanrana and tosses Kidd out of the ring and everybody gets involved.
Upon return we have everything clear now with Batista and Morrison in the ring. He has a headlock applied and we are reminded about Morrison's upset victory last week. Some good action goes between these two after Morrison escapes. They are both in the ring together for a solid 4 minutes or so. Morrison trips Batista up in between the ropes and takes out The Hart Dynasty well Rey gets in and goes for the 619. Batista catches him, however, and Morrison rolls him up from behind fast for the pin!
Winners of the match: John Morrison, Rey Mysterio, and Chavo Guerrero (15:51) ***
After the match, Batista is raging with anger. Morrison, Mysterio, and Guerrero celebrate. Batista gets up and begins to take them all out. Once The Hart Dynasty gets in to help, Batista takes them out to. He destroys all 5 men and stands tall over all.
We are told Beth Phoenix vs Michelle McCool is next.
Non-Title Match; Layla is banned from Ringside Women's Champion Michelle McCool vs Beth Phoenix
We return and McCool makes her way to the ring, seemingly scared. Phoenix follows. The bell rings and Beth gets early domination over McCool. She delivers tons of powerful moves but McCool gets some cheap shots in after the referee pulls Beth away. McCool goes for a top rope crossbody but is caught with a huge powerslam. Beth basically dominates from here and finishes it off with the Glam Slam for the win.
Winner of the match: Beth Phoenix (5:59) *1/2
Post-match, Phoenix steps out of the ring and grabs the Women's Title. She stares at it. From behind, however, Layla jumps onto her back. Phoenix seems irritated, and throws Layla over onto the floor. McCool comes from behind and clotheslines her. She begins to attack the victor along with Layla. She takes the Women's Title and tells Beth it's hers.
We cut backstage to Josh Mathews with Dolph Ziggler. Josh says he understands Paul Heyman granted Ziggler the opportunity to pit 2 former Intercontinental Champions against each other tonight. Ziggler says it is true, and he has selected former tag team champions together, Booker T and Rob Van Dam. He tells them they shouldn't dare step into the open invitational though, because it would be meaningless cause he would remain the champ.
Booker T vs Rob Van Dam
We return and Booker makes his way to the ring, followed by RVD. As the bell rings they seem like they don't wanna face each other. Out comes Ziggler and he says if they don't have their match, Ziggler will personally make sure they don't make it to the Royal Rumble at all. RVD and Booker look to each other, shrug, and step out of the ring. They begin to go after Ziggler together. The IC Champ backs off quickly. This allows the referee to count to 10.
Winner of the match: No Contest
The crowd is disappointed by this as RVD and Booker go backstage. The camera follows them and Ziggler attacks them both with the IC title. He taunts at them telling them never to cross his path again.
We then go to a different area where we see CM Punk in his locker room. The lights begin to flicker, and Punk doesn't seem phased by it. In comes Heyman, and Punk flinches when the door opens. Paul mocks him and says 'expecting somebody else?'. He tells Punk that since next week is the last show before the Royal Rumble, and Punk has been off a lot as of late, he will be in action against the man who has upset Batista two weeks in a row, John Morrison. As for The Undertaker, he doesn't need to come around unless he chooses to, so Punk might want to watch his back.
Our main event is next.
Undertaker vs Kane
We return and Kane makes his way down to the ring, followed by his brother, the #1 contender. The bell rings and these two brothers go back and forth. Kane takes full control first and dominates. He delivers tons of powerful moves such as hard uppercuts, big boots, and clotheslines. He goes for a top rope clothesline but Taker avoids it and hits a big boot of his own on Kane's rise. It doesn't knock him down and Taker just delivers a series of blows until he goes down. Taker then has control for the next couple minutes. Kane fights back though and hits a huge clothesline over the top rope to keep us wondering if Taker can come back against his brother.
We return with Taker in control in the corner. He delivers lots of hard strikes to the ribcage and Kane is in pain from it. Taker holds control until Kane misses a big boot and accidentally clocks the referee. Taker then begins to strike him viciously. Out come running The Hardy Boyz with Punk following behind holding his bounty briefcase. They begin to attack Taker along with Kane. A triple team forms but Taker fights back quickly knocking both Hardys over the top rope and chokeslamming his brother upon rise. Punk then hops onto the apron and hits The Deadman with the briefcase, laying him out. Kane gets up eventually as does the referee and waits for his brother to get up. He does and Kane delivers a chokeslam for the pin.
Winner of the match: Kane (14:36) ***
After the match, Kane laughs evilly and Punk gets into the ring slowly. He has the briefcase in hand but Taker sits up. Kane doesn't notice, and then follows Punk's eyes. He turns to his brother and picks him back up and begins to strike even more. Taker fights back and Kane gets out of the ring. Punk scrambles but Taker grabs him by the shirt and yanks him back, having Punk drop the briefcase. He lifts Punk up and delivers the Last Ride before taunting over him to end Smackdown.
-> With 6 days from the Royal Rumble, the Pick Your Poison comes in for Randy Orton as he faces off against Ted DiBiase in a Lumberjack Match, giving John Cena the night off. However, the WWE Champion has promised he will be speaking.
-> Also, after Santino Marella's upset over the United States Champion last week, The Miz now has to defend that title against the Italian Stallion.