RAW - Nice decision with the Bryan/Mcguillicuty (Bryan is more popular) - Melina over Eve is good for a rivalry between Melina & Natalya - Good thing not having Miz getting pinned. - DiBiase winning is good - I hope Slater/Gabriel will do good in the Royal Rumble - Cant wait to find out who the GM is. Superstars - Truth winning is expected - Glad to see Lay-Cool win -Would have been better for Jackson Andrews to win Smackdown - I did not expect for the dudebusters to win - Swagger/Pheonix match either could have won - Rey winning was the best to do - Big Show better get a rematch - Alberto Del Rio was the better man to get over - A steel cage match to end the year. Amazing finish to the cage match.
WWE Superstars: Thursday 30th December 2010...R-Truth back in action seems nice, he's been out of action for a few weeks with pneumonia. R-Truth beating Zack Ryder was very expecting, would be a great decline if he had lost to Ryder here. Just a basic match to re-energise R-Truth's face on the product. Michelle McCool and Layla in divas tag team action was good, though was hoping to see this on SmackDown preferably. Has Rosa Mendes taken a face turn? Nice try by Rosa and Kelly Kelly. David Hart Smith qualifying to the Royal Rumble match is good, but would have been a dire main event. I feel you should have had another match, none of these matches sounded too appealing in the slightest.
WWE SmackDown: Friday 31st December 2010...Final show of 2010, alright should be fun. Alberto Del Rio's promo was nice, I like his ego about targeting the World Heavyweight Championship now, but it seems likely that he won't be winning the title soon. He just doesn't seem ready yet to me. The Dudebusters...pretty sure they were feuding on Superstars this time four weeks ago. Don't quite follow it, and that's a deep loss for Kofi Kingston, let alone being paired with the inferior JTG. Didn't do a whole lot for me, just really advanced the new Dudebusters. Beth Phoenix and Jack Swagger...I love the entertainment purpose on it, but this is bizarre seeming. Liked Beth actually giving him fight, but it did little help for the former World Heavyweight Champion. Laycool hitting the ring afterwards was fine. Kelly Kelly and Rosa Mendes appearance...alright. Swagger just got overshadowed by the diva situation. Cool story bro. Rey Mysterio and Drew McIntyre had a good match, Mysterio with the win was good, nice first-hour main event it seems. But Big Show and Dolph Ziggler also could have covered that. Count out finish was satisfactory as it got Ziggler over as the cowardly WWE Intercontinental Champion. Alberto Del Rio beating Kaval is fine. A good match, maybe would have put the match earlier on in the show though. Edge beating Kane is a fine main event, especially it being in a steel cage match for the World Heavyweight Championship. Overall, it was an acceptable show, a decent close to 2010, but some booking was for more entertainment purpose, which while some is good for SmackDown, I'm not quite sure about. There was some element of superstars missing from this show like Cody Rhodes and Chris Masters. I'm not quite used to the booking on this show.
MONDAY NIGHT RAW @ Phoenix, AZ. on January 3, 2011
Following the opening RAW intro, we are welcomed to the broadcast by the makeshift announce trio of CM Punk, Josh Matthews and Matt Striker due to the pre-announced wrestling match between Michael Cole and Jerry "The King" Lawler scheduled for later tonight!
We are joined by what’s left of the Nexus to open tonight’s Raw as Wade Barrett, Michael McGillicutty and Husky Harris come down to the ring. Barrett gets on the microphone and begins to speak about tonight’s arrival of the Raw General Manager. Last week he declared that not only would he reveal himself to the world, but he also has an announcement to make regarding himself and John Cena. Before he can get to this point and continue, he is cut off by Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel. Gabriel has a microphone and he says that he is tired of listening to Wade Barrett ramble on and on. It’s one of the reasons that he and Slater left the Nexus. He claims that beating Barrett and Harris to qualify for the Royal Rumble was an awesome feeling. McGillicutty intervenes now and tells Gabriel to come down and try to beat him right now. Gabriel accepts and we have an impromptu match to open the wrestling portion of Raw.
Michael McGillicutty def. Justin Gabriel[/color] Based on in-ring performances, these were two of the top guys to ever be featured on nXt and they worked pretty well together tonight. McGillicutty attempted to pick up a win in any possible way, as he tried several roll ups and school boys. Gabriel seemed to really be able to get the crowd behind him as he clearly works better as a face. The finish came as he went for the 450 splash, only to be knocked off by Barrett as Harris distracted the referee. Harris then nailed Slater on the outside. Gabriel got up, only to be hit with the McGillicutter which finished him off.
A.J. is in the back warming up when Primo appears and the pair kiss. He wishes her luck out there before walking off just as Gail Kim and the Diva's Champion, Natalya appear. They all hug before walking down the hall..
A.J., Gail Kim and Diva's Champion, Natalya def. Melina, Alicia Fox and Maryse[/color] In her in-ring debut since debuting for the RAW brand a few weeks back on Superstars, A.J. tagged with Gail Kim and Natalya to face off against Maryse, Alicia Fox and Melina in one of the better Diva tag matches in recent memory. A.J. really held her own, taking the fight to Fox, Maryse and Melina, but it wasn't long before the heels picked poor A.J. apart. We repeatedly cut backstage to see Primo watching A.J. on a monitor. In the end, Natalya made Fox submit to the Sharpshooter!
Todd Grisham is backstage with Michael Cole, who is stretching. Cole tells Grisham that he ain't a wrestler but he's going to beat Jerry Lawler's old ass around the ring and banish him from Raw!
Michael Cole def. Jerry "The King" Lawler[/color] It was pretty obvious from the moment this match was announced that it would not be a wrestling match. When the bell rang, Lawler charged at Cole who was quick to leave the ring. Cole, decked out in a Miz t-shirt, shorts and boxing boots, was cocky enough to taunt Lawler from outside the ring which done nothing but rile Lawler up! After running away for about 5 minutes, an e-mail was sent and Matt Striker stepped up to read it. Striker announced that the Anonymous General Manager is en-route to the arena to unveil himself later on tonight. However, while watching Raw in the back of his limousine he reliases that Michael Cole is not the fighting kind of guy and so he will be implementing No Disqualification rules for Cole and not Lawler! Cole is pleased, but Lawler is not. Even weapons couldn't help Cole get the upper hand over Lawler until 2 masked men hit the ring and took Lawler out with a Double Spinebuster as Cole covered and won!!
Michael Cole celebrates like he just won the WWE Championship as the 2 masked men hoist him upon their shoulders!! Cole takes a microphone and gives a thank you speech, thanking his parents and the Anonymous Raw General Manager for their generosity. Cole then says this is one of the proudest moments of his life due to him being the one to get rid of Lawler from Raw!!
The Bella Twins are with William Regal backstage talking. Daniel Bryan appears with his United States Championship around his waist as Regal greets him. Brie and Nikki begin to bicker over who should accompany Daniel to ringside. Bryan tells the pair of them to just come, but Nikki doesn't look happy. Bryan and Regal walk off, leaving Brie and Nikki arguing.
Tyson Kidd and Jackson Andrews def. United States Champion, Daniel Bryan and William Regal[/color] Tyson Kidd done alot of trash talking whenever he was on the apron, allowing the 7'1" giant that is Jackson Andrews to brutalize both Bryan and Regal. Andrews repeatedly dropped Regal with several impactful move until the ring veteran fought back, stunning the big man with a poke to the eyes much to the crowd's delight! Regal made the tag to the U.S Champion, who dived off the top rope and hit a Missile Dropkick to Andrews, who stumbled around. Bryan climbed up once more, attempting a Crossbody but Andrews caught him and hit a Falling Powerslam. Andrews sent Regal crashing off the apron onto the guardrail with a Big Boot before tagging in Kidd, who hit a Springboard Elbow Drop and pinned the U.S Champion!!
Maryse is complaining to Ted DiBiase about losing the tag team match earlier on in the night. She rambles on before Ted hands her a giftbox and tells her that he feels like the new car, luxury apartment and everything else wasn't enough for Christmas so he got her a little something. Maryse pulls out a fur coat and she seems to forget all about what she was complaining about. She tries it on before the WWE Tag Team Champions, Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov approach the cocky duo. Santino tells DiBiase his win over him was a fluke last week. Maryse stands up for her man, shoving her finger in Santino's face, prompting Tamina to make an appearance and attempt to bite Maryse's finger! Maryse backs down and the Million Dollar Couple storm off.
In a pre-recorded video segment, we see David Otunga at the party he left Raw early for last week. He talks into the camera, claiming that the place is full of A-Listers, who are the people he likes to hang out with - not nobodies like Wade Barrett and the rest of the Nexus. No celebrities are shown, however, Otunga talks into the camera and says that he wants to be referred to as "A-List" David Otunga from this moment onwards.
John Morrison’s theme plays as the number one contender for the WWE Championship makes his way down the ramp. He gets in the ring and seems to be pissed off. He says that every single time he tries to get his hands on The Miz, he scurries off and leaves Alex Riley in his place to take the beating. He doesn’t want to wait until the Royal Rumble because he’s challenging The Miz for the WWE Title right here and right now. The Miz comes out, flanked by Alex Riley, and tells Morrison that he is delusional if he thinks he’s getting a title shot tonight. Miz says that it’s not up to Morrison to decide when he defends his belt and he will not do that tonight. Just as Morrison goes to retort, the sounds goes off signaling that we have a message from the General Manager. It says that we will not see a WWE Title match tonight, but instead we’ll get a tag team match. On one side will be The Miz and Alex Riley and on the other will be John Morrison and a partner of the GM’s choosing. A familiar theme hits as the partner is revealed to be Marty Jannetty! The Miz is in a fit of laughter as Jannetty runs down the ramp, Miz telling Morrison that him and Jannetty have alot in common.
WWE Champion, The Miz and Alex Riley def. John Morrison and Marty Jannetty[/color] Obviously, Morrison handled the majority of the in-ring work for his team and he managed to really help this match work. The Miz played the perfect heel throughout as he used underhanded tactics and did most of his work while Morrison was already down. Eventually, Jannetty had to get involved and that turned out to be the downfall of his team. He did manage to get the crowd rallied with a few dropkicks and fist drops, but one Skull Crushing Finale later and he was down for the count.
Todd Grisham is backstage with Sheamus, who is still wearing his King gear. Sheamus brags to Grisham about how 2009 was the Year of Sheamus, 2010 was the Year of Sheamus and he's going to prove to the WWE Universe starting next week that 2011 will be the Year of Sheamus!
We see a limosine pull into the parking lot with everyone speculating that is it the arrival of the Anonymous Raw General Manager! A security guard opens the door of the limo, and we see the smart pointed shoes of the General Manager as he enters the arena!!
Before our main event begins, Wade Barrett makes his way down the ramp to join the commentator’s table.
Randy Orton def. John Cenato qualify for the 2011 Royal Rumble It’s been a little while since these two have met, which is a good thing. Although due to their large amount of experience against each other they have good chemistry and that made for a very good main event. It was given a lot of time and they went back and forth with the crowd on the edge of their seats. Each man attempted their finishers twice, but they were blocked each time. Finally, Orton managed to connect with an RKO and picked up the huge victory over Cena.
Wade Barrett steps up from the announce table with a microphone as Orton and Cena shake hands in the ring. Barrett interrupts the pair by talking, laughing at Cena losing to Orton cleanly. Barrett tells Cena that if he cannot beat Orton, then he stands no chance at beating him! Cena is handed a microphone and he tells Barrett that he is sick and tired of him and his trash talking so he either gets in the ring right now, or he comes over to the behind the announce table and slams him right through the announce table! Barrett drops his microphone and begins to remove his suit jacket, which he throws onto the lap of Josh Matthews. As Barrett loosens the buttons on his shirt in preparation of getting into the ring, the arena lights go down....
The crowd are in absolute shock as John Bradshaw Layfield comes swaggering out from the back, leaving everyone wondering if he is the Raw General Manager! Layfield confirms that he is the Anonymous Raw General Manager and his first act since his big reveal is that he is incorporating a rule for Cena and Barrett were they cannot lay so much as a finger on each other between now and the Royal Rumble. Speaking of the Royal Rumble, his second act since the big reveal is that he is booking John Cena vs. Wade Barrett in a match at the Royal Rumble!![/blockquote][/size]
Post by Bob Bob Bobelow on Dec 31, 2010 19:04:05 GMT -5
A nice opener between two Nexus members. I hope at some point you have Michael go by his given name and give him his fathers gimmick. That could maybe work in todays WWE. Wasn’t at all expecting Cole to pin Lawler, but I am curious as to who the two masked men were to help him. Glad to see Kidd pinning Bryan as their feud is something I am greatly interested in for this diary. Jannetty eating the pin in the tag match makes a lot of sense, keeps interest in the Miz/Morrison match later on. Orton/Cena is a very good main event and pretty surprising for Orton to go over, cleanly. JBL as the RAW GM is alright, I guess. He is a great heel character so he fills that role nicely. Cena/Barrett at RR should be decent, and I like the stipulation that they can’t hit each other before then. Good show, guys.
-A Nexus conflict could be for the better to end this rivalry. -I agree with Bob, I hope you give McGillicutty the Mr. Perfect gimmick. -AJ, Gail, and Natalya winning is fine. -Wonder who those masked man where, Cole pinning Lawler, I hate, but it's great at the same time. -Tyson and Andrews should get a good push since they are a new team. -The Miz and Alex Riley was expected as Riley and Miz are a current team. -John Cena is pitiful in this diary. Orton winning is fine. JBL as RAW GM is good.
Last Edit: Dec 31, 2010 21:01:19 GMT -5 by legendkiller8
I am liking the path of the Nexus angle, very creative with Slater and Gabriel walking away from the group. Solid opening contest and gives Michael McGillicutty some build up.
David Otunga turning into the “A-List” is an interesting concept and it seems (to me) that you could be building him up as a fraud who really doesn't have any “A-List” friends which would be pretty interesting to see.
Marty Jannetty showing up was just pure brilliance, I like how you have established the RAW General Manager as a (pretty much) heel which leaves the door open for a ton of possibility to who it'll be.
J.B.L as the GM? Great, I love the possibilities this opens up for RAW and a new JBL. I am looking forward to see how this will affect (if any) the career of John Cena, could even open up a cool move of John Cena back to “Friday Night Smackdown” to get him out of J.B.L's hair with their history.
- I love the WWE.com graphics by the way, props for the creativity.
Sorry this reply isn't the best as I'm not the best replier, but I'll defiantly be keeping up with this and replying more often.
WWE RAW: Monday 3rd January 2011...Decent promo with the Nexus in the opening promo, well, the remains. Interested where Nexus goes from here, I figure they're nearly dead now. Michael McGillicutty breaking off Nexus even more was nice, and that was actually an appropriate opening contest. Just might need to aim for a little more star power, I think. McGillicutty actually on a roll now is nice. Just do not go all out and rename McGillicutty. But yeah, not quite the strongest way to start 2011 in the ring. AJ, Gail Kim and Natalya beating Melina, Alicia Fox and Maryse is a fine match, not too bad. Like seeing Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole in action, Cole with the win was a shock, loved the temporarily announce team. The no disqualification for Cole rule was lovely, but not a fan of the two Masked Men showing up. Hmm. Adds complication I think. Lawler off RAW, I figure Matt Striker or Scott Stanford will take his place. So Lawler's retired perhaps? Tyson Kidd and Jackson Andrews beating Daniel Bryan and William Regal...suppose it's all well as you build Kidd and Andrews. But I feel even though the WWE United States Champion has been pinned, Kidd needs a better finisher. I also feel Bryan has the title retained when the two finally meet. Still wondering on the backstage story on Regal teaming with Bryan. Maryse and Ted Dibiase & Santino Marella and Tamina's segment was quite alright for entertainment purposes I suppose. David Otunga going single, perhaps. Got to wonder if RAW is the place for him, with so many of his Nexus comrades also havign to fit in. John Morrison's promo was good, love how Marty Jannetty is his partner, defining the 'Marty Jannetty of The Miz and John Morrison' team. Did seem like the right ticket for Miz to beat Jannetty though. Sort've feel like Randy Orton and John Cena shouldn't have happened. Wish both men had been able to get into the Royal Rumble. Wade Barrett and Cena's feud perhaps concluding at Royal Rumble is best, and I'm interested with John Bradshaw Layfield as General Manager. A good start to 2011 in my mind, some errors I'd have done differently/better, but it was very, very good.
Thought RAW could have had a better opening segment and contest, but it works with the Nexus break-up storyline.
Bit confused as to why Jannetty was needed, especially in a losing capacity. To me, that just confirms to the fans that Miz is right in saying Morrison is the 'Jannetty' of their team, which does him no favours.
Very, very strong main event. I'm torn on whether I like JBL as GM. It's certainly an interesting scenario and I will be reading your next show to see what JBL gets up to.
Decent, short opening promo for the start of the show. I still enjoy the further continuation of Nexus falling apart. Solid win for McGillicutty in a decent starting contest; glad to see he has some credibility. Solid six-diva tag team action. Good decision to have the worst diva of the six in Alicia Fox be the defeated one; pretty decent for AJ as well with her Raw show itself debut. Pretty enjoyable not-so-very-match-up between Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole. I am quite shocked to see Cole get the win, however, as I - probably like most others - anticipated Lawler to win and good ol' J.R. to make his return. The masked men add some curiosity, but not sure who it would be in this situation at all, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Pretty big victory for Kidd and Andrews over Bryan and Regal. Big pinfall for Kidd, although I'm not too satisfied with Kidd getting that victory over the champion right now. A pin over Regal, I feel, could of been better. Right team won though. Solid promo from John Morrison, reasonable why he would want to get his hands on The Miz right now. Haha, Marty Jannetty... some irony and a nice little show up. But, with Jannetty, we know who's going to win. Decent for Miz and Riley. A good main event to bring in the new year, appropriate for the biggest stars in the company to go at it on the new year. Orton beating Cena fair and square, however, I am not so sure about. Could of possibly thrown in Barrett costing Cena the match well Orton still keeps his face status by not knowing of the happenings. Quite the interesting choice to have JBL become the new General Manager of Raw. Very satisfying that Cena and Barrett will meet at Royal Rumble, but hopefully this concludes the feud between them.
Post by manipulation on Jan 2, 2011 20:23:34 GMT -5
- In my opinion that announcing change could've given Scott Stanford the main show opportunity/tryout rather two established guys another showing. Just my two cence. - Good opening promo. I'm liking this Nexus storyline. - Eh, I'd rather of seen Gabriel go over but good match nonetheless. - Good segment with Cole and Lawler. Masked Men sounds good, I wonder who they are. - Good tag team match. A Kidd US title reign sounds pretty awesome, especially if Bryan will get a main event push afterwards. - I like the return of the 'A-List' David Otunga. He was always the entertaining one on NXT. - I absolutely love The Miz telling Morrison that him and Janetty must have a lot in common; that's really realistic and I can imagine The Miz pitching that line in that situation. - Definitely the right decision for the heels to go over. I know Miz is being built up as weak but losing to someone who hasn't wrestled in a while would really harm him. - Orton going over is a good decision as it only enhances the Cena-Barrett picture. Good job. - I mark big time for JBL and love the decision to make him GM. Fantastic show.
Prior to his Royal Rumble qualifying match against Tyler Reks, Finlay and Hornswoggle are in the ring when Reks attacks Finlay on the rampway as Finlay makes his entrance. Reks beats Finlay up around the ringside error as Hornswoggle watches on as Finlay gets thrown into the barriers and steel steps repeatedly. Reks stops his assault on Finlay and turns his attention to Hornswoggle. As Reks advances to him, Hornswoggle backs up before attempting to run away but he trips, allowing Reks to drag him back down the ramp and launch him through the middle rope into the ring..
Tyler Reks def. Hornswoggleto qualify for the 2011 Royal Rumble It was clear from the start how this one was going to end. A defenseless Hornswoggle tried to run away from Reks when the bell rang. After crawling through the legs of Reks numerous times, "the X-factor of the WWE" took Hornswoggle down with a Big (or Small?) Boot 1:03 into this one and it was enough to give Reks the win.
Reks rolls out of the ring and picks up Finlay's shillelagh before snapping it over his knee!
The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso with Tamina) def. Primo and Mark Henry (with A.J.)[/color] In the first and only Raw brand match of the evening, The Uso Brothers went up against the make-shift duo of Primo and Mark Henry, who had the lovely A.J. in their corner, in what proved to be a fun tag match as the team of Primo and Henry really knew how to work the crowd. Primo was worked over in the early going by Jimmy and Jey until A.J. and Henry rallied Primo on, who fought back and tagged in Henry who just cleared house, taking both Jey and Jimmy down with a series of powerful throws and slams. Henry slammed Jey with the World's Strongest Slam before tagging in Primo, who went up high until Tamina shoved him off the turnbuckle! As A.J. chased Tamina around ringside, Jey and Jimmy hit the Alley-Us onto Primo and got the win as Henry was distracted by A.J. in hot pursuit of Tamina!
A.J. stops chasing Tamina and rolls into the ring when she sees what just happened. Henry and A.J. help Primo to his feet as Tamina and The Uso Brothers celebrate their win on the ramp, the trio pleased with themselves!
David Hart Smith def. Chavo Guerrero[/color] In his SmackDown brand debut, David Hart Smith went up against Chavo Guerrero in the main event here on Superstars. Smith was out to try and start his SmackDown win/loss record with a win against the "Mexican Warrior", unfortunately for him Chavo really took him to the limit here tonight. Smith wouldn't stay down for Chavo, rolling out of the way of Chavo's Frog Splash and picking up the dazed Chavo and nailing a Running Powerslam for the 3.
Smith celebrates his win in the ring as Jack Korpela and Matt Striker predict big things for Smith on the SmackDown brand![/blockquote][/size]
Post by The Kevstaaa on Jan 2, 2011 20:52:08 GMT -5
WWE SMACKDOWN @ Tucson, AZ. on January 7, 2011
The former World Heavyweight Champion, Kane, makes his way down to the ring to open the program. Once he enters the ring and gets a microphone, the arena becomes enveloped in an eerie red lighting. He speaks about what he calls his World Heavyweight Title, saying that it belongs around his waist and he knows how to get it back. It all starts with the 2011 Royal Rumble. As he’s speaking, images flash across the screen, focusing on his history in the Royal Rumble. He mentions that he was just as good a decade ago, when he set a record by eliminating eleven superstars in a single Royal Rumble. He promises to qualify for this year’s Royal Rumble and to break his eliminations record on his way to winning and regaining what is rightfully his.
Kofi Kingston def. "Dashing" Cody Rhodes[/color] Kofi’s brief tag team with JTG thankfully seems like a onetime thing as he was back in singles action tonight. As usual, these two fine athletes put on a very solid contest. “Dashing” Cody Rhodes continues to impress but he made a grave mistake when he missed his beautiful moonsault. Kingston took over after that, hitting the Boom Drop, S.O.S. and Trouble in Paradise to pick up the victory.
When we return from commercial, we see a “During the Break” segment. Cody Rhodes got up from getting hit with Trouble in Paradise and freaked out. He kept holding his face and shouting that “Kofi ruined it”. Nobody’s sure what it is but he ran up the ramp, still holding his face.
Todd Grisham is in the back with Curt Hawkins and Trent Barreta and the pair appear to be cockier than ever. They talk about how they not only fooled Finlay a few weeks back on Superstars, but they fooled the entire WWE Universe when they joined forces. The pair fist-bump before walking off.
The Dude Busters (Curt Hawkins and Trent Barreta) def. Kaval and Yoshi Tatsu[/color] In his SmackDown brand debut since being drafted from Raw on January 1, Yoshi Tatsu teamed up with Kaval to take on Curt Hawkins and Trent Barreta, better known as The Dude Busters. Yoshi and Kaval worked extremely well as a team considering this was their first time working as a unit, but the team of Hawkins and Barreta were the victors when they hit Yoshi with a Double Lifting DDT!
Kaitlyn is shown backstage when Chris Masters appears and begins to flirt with her. The flirting continues until Dolph Ziggler comes storming up and tells Masters to back off. Masters asks Dolph what he's gonna do about it, to which Dolph floors him with a wicked shot! Masters scurries away, telling Dolph he's gonna regret that. Dolph hugs Kaitlyn as Vickie Guerrero stands in the distance, looking absolutely furious!
Michelle McCool and Layla hit the ring, the pair of them clutching a Slammy Award each. Once in the ring, the pair begin to talk about how last week they showed Beth Phoenix who runs the show around here. The pair continue to poke fun at Beth Phoenix until Beth's theme hits and she comes down the ramp and climbs into the ring. Layla and Michelle continue to poke fun at Beth, telling her that unlike them she didn't win a Slammy Award because there wasn't a "Biggest Man" award. Beth has heard enough and she takes both Michelle and Layla down with a Clothesline!
Beth Phoenix def. Layla (with Michelle McCool)[/color] ends in a No Contest The match saw Beth throw Layla around the ring due to Layla never getting the chance to fight back after being attacked by Beth prior to the match. Beth set Layla up for the Glam Slam, but Michelle had recovered from Beth's attack earlier on and rolled into the ring and pulled Layla from Beth's grip and the pair re-treated up the ramp!
As Layla and Michelle continued up the ramp, Beth took a microphone from ringside and yells into it that she is sick and tired of them interfering in each other's matches so next week it will be Beth Phoenix vs. Lay-Cool in a 2-on-1 No Disqualification match! Despite having the numbers advantage, Michelle and Layla look terrified.
The World Heavyweight Champion, Edge makes his way to the ring as the second hour of the show begins. Edge talks about how last week, he beat Kane in a Steel Cage match and let everyone know that he didn't beat Kane at "WWE: Tables, Ladders and Chairs" just because it was a TLC match - his specialty - but because no matter who is put across the ring from him, he WILL win. Edge says that Kane picked the stipulation last week and he prevailed. Edge moves onto talking about how tonight, Alberto Del Rio will square off against Rey Mysterio and Big Show to determine who is next in line for a World Heavyweight Championship match against him! Edge says that Del Rio has been on a roll since making his WWE debut and both Rey and Show are former World Champions. He says it doesn't matter who he has to face, but he will continue to prevail STILL the World Heavyweight Champion.
We cut backstage where we see Teddy Long backstage in his office talking to 1/3 of SmackDown's newest acquisitions, David Hart Smith. Teddy welcomes Smith to SmackDown when the office door swings open and Drew McIntyre storms in. Drew yells at Teddy complaining about how he just found out he isn't in the main event tonight, let alone on the card. Teddy tells Drew that SmackDown is the land of oppurtunity and not everyone can make it onto the show week in, week out. Drew tells Teddy that he is the Chosen One and is SmackDown's franchise player and he begins to attempt to bully Long into adding him to the main event. Smith interferes, standing up for Long and telling McIntyre to back off. McIntyre and Smith go face to face before McIntyre slowly backs off.
Intercontinental Champion, Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) def. Chris Masters[/color] in a non-title match Ziggler seemed to be extremely focused tonight as he was coming at Masters with some serious aggression. This was most likely due to Masters and Katilyn flirting earlier tonight. All in all, this was a competitive bout and Masters used Ziggler’s over aggressiveness to his advantage on a few occasions. He attempted to lock on the Masterlock, but Ziggler slipped out before it was fully on. He quickly got behind Masters and nailed the Zig Zag for the win.
Todd Grisham is backstage with Rey Mysterio, who talks about facing Alberto Del Rio and Big Show later tonight. Rey says he has beat both of them before and it will be no problem beating them again and beating Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Ezekiel Jackson def. The Soaring Eagleto qualify for the 2011 Royal Rumble In Ezekiel’s SmackDown debut he was basically given a squash match. The Soaring Eagle is not known for being a real in-ring competitor and this ended rather quickly. The Eagle attempted to “soar” around the ring but we caught with a huge clothesline from Jackson. A few moves later and he got the pinfall after nailing the Book of Ezekiel.
Jackson attempts to take the costume off the Eagle as Jack Swagger rolls into the ring and attacks Jackson from behind with a steel chain wrapped around his fist. With Jackson down, Swagger helps roll the Eagle out the ring and to the back as Jackson gets to his feet, letting Swagger know it's going to take more than a steel chain to keep him down! Swagger looks stunned on the rampway as Jackson challenges him to come back to the ring.
Kelly Kelly is backstage when Big Show approaches her. The "BBF's" are quick to hug before Kelly wishes Show luck in his match later tonight. Show tells Kelly that he wants nothing more than to become the World Heavyweight Champion and nothing is going to stop him achieving that.
When we return from the commercial, the World Heavyweight Champion, Edge has joined Matt Striker and Josh Matthews at ringside.
Alberto Del Rio def. Big Show and Rey Mysterio[/color] to become the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship We close the show tonight with a triple threat match to determine who is next in line for a shot at Edge's World Heavyweight Championship. Show and Rey worked as a unit in the early going to keep Del Rio down, but Show soon took Rey out with a wicked Big Boot that sent Rey crashing to the floor outside. Show looked concerned for Rey, who was in pain on the floor following the Big Boot which allowed Del Rio to attack Show from behind. As the match went on, it literally was every man for himself as nobody could trust anyone. Show went for the Showstopper, but Del Rio countered it in mid-air and locked in the Del Rio Grande, making the big man tap!! [/blockquote][/size]
WWE Superstars: Thursday 6th January 2011...Interested in how Tyler Reks assaulting Finlay, and then Finlay was replaced by Hornswoggle. Sort of made Finlay look weak. Liked how Reks dominated Hornswoggle though, it got him some heat and it prepared him to being in the Royal Rumble match. Quite a few qualifying matches this year for the Rumble. Oh dear, I really do hope that Primo has not gone face. Him and Mark Henry losing to the Usos was probably better, but I'm wondering where the Usos can go. Tamina still managing Jimmy and Jey...pretty sure she's onto Santino Marella now. David Hart Smith beating Chavo Guerrero was likely, but weak main event. I feel like still you should be putting in another match. The RAW match was definitely main event worthy this week.
WWE SmackDown: Friday 7th January 2011...Alright, first SmackDown into 2011, good promo to kick off the show with Kane in the ring, just preparing his appearance in the Royal Rumble match, but this promo really did little. Should have had an interruption or something. Or a match at least to follow it involving Kane. This would just not have been suitable for an opening contest, plus anybody would expect someone to stand up to Kane and his bragging about the Rumble being his. It could have set up a match later on in the show. Kofi Kingston beating Cody Rhodes is a fine opening contest, but nothing too fresh from what we've seen. Loved Cody saying how Kofi had ruined it, perhaps he ruined Cody's face. The Dudebusters as a tag team that still needs to impress me properly. This Kaval and Yoshi Tatsu combination is downgrade for Kaval really, even though I know you're just trying to make more teams. Liked Dolph Ziggler stopping Chris Masters from flirting with Kaitlyn, was a nice touch. Interested even more with the situation with Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero. Beth Phoenix not beating Layla, instead a no-contest finish implemented; that was intriguing. Edge's promo basically set up the situation with Alberto Del Rio, Big Show and Rey Mysterio. It wouldn't surprise me if Rey Mysterio won, but it's definitely probable that Del Rio will be going to the Rumble to face Edge. Again, another promo that should have featured interruption in some way. I just feel like it should have been interrupted, was expecting more. David Hart Smith as another new addition to SmackDown is the better decision, as Smith won't be going anywhere on SmackDown. I am interested in this situation with Drew McIntyre and Smith. Dolph Ziggler needed a filler storyline, good win against Chris Masters, no mention of Vickie Guerrero and Ziggler tension here though. Hmm. Ezekiel Jackson debuting on SmackDown pleases me, he can get far here. A feud with Kane would benefit him, and also be a good feud. Keep using the Soaring Eagle. He is a lovely addition to the roster. Alberto Del Rio winning was expected. Del Rio Grande? Not a good idea for a finisher name, but I guess it needed one. Overall, a decent show with some booking flaws. I definitely don't think Del Rio is ready for the World Heavyweight Championship though.
Post by Bob Bob Bobelow on Jan 4, 2011 14:40:05 GMT -5
Nice match to kick off the show. I see Kofi having a big 2011 so I’m interested to see if you guys go the same route and push Kofi a long way. Kaval/Tatsu is a interesting tag team pair. Though, I wish to see Kaval a heel and feud with Rey Jr. at some point. But, Smackdown is weak on the baby face side of things. Ziggler/Masters is a fine contest, and I liked the backstage segment before the contest. I’d love to see EJ get a big push as well. He reminds me a lot of Ahmed Johnson. Awesome to see Del Rio win the main event, but I hope he doesn’t win the belt on his first try. A long Edge/Del Rio feud would be great to see. Overall, a good show.