-- WWE has officially signed Jim Ross to a new two-year contract. Below is the announcement from his official website:
A new, two year contract has been signed between Jim Ross and World Wrestling Entertainment. Ross, a 34 year veteran of pro wrestling/sports entertainment, is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame and has been with the company since debuting at Wrestlemania 9 in 1993. Ross and his fellow WWE Hall of Fame partner, Jerry “the King” Lawler, comprise the broadcast team on the WWE’s longest running, flagship broadcast, “Monday Night Raw” which airs live on the USA Cable Network every Monday night at 9/8 central time and globally in over 100 countries. No other details on the terms of the contract have been released.
The Great Khali def. Finlay Shannon Moore & Jimmy Wang Yang def. Deuce & Domino Batista def. Mark Henry Michelle McCool def. Layla Rey Mysterio & ECW Champion CM Punk def. World Heavyweight Champion Edge & Chavo Guerrero (Disqualification)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- With Royal Rumble looming a week from Sunday, Undertaker kicked off SmackDown by grabbing the ring mic and issuing a grim warning: “In nine days, I will step into the ring at Royal Rumble. If you stand before me, you will fall before me. If you enter that ring, you will rest in peace!”
After Undertaker’s rare appearance on the mic, Matt Striker and Big Daddy V came down the ramp to have their say in the matter. While the quarter-ton ECW mastodon sneered at Undertaker, Striker -- still recovering from last week’s Tombstone -- asked The Phenom, “How do you plan to move this man over the tope rope and onto the floor?!” Things soon escalated, with Undertaker and V exchanging blows. The two stopped before a full blown battle ensued, but next week, these beasts will collide in the middle of the ring on SmackDown. (WATCH)
First time on network TV Although they squared off at Armageddon, this was the first time Khali and Finlay met up on SmackDown. With revenge on his mind, Khali dominated the Irishman for most of the match and finished him off with his brutal Vise Grip. (WATCH)
After the match, the Chairman had a little talk with Finlay, who was supposed to take care of Khali, “but Khali took care of you,” he said. To potentially give Finlay the advantage against the Punjabi giant, Mr. McMahon lined up a Belfast Brawl street fight between the two next week on the debut of SmackDown in HD. (WATCH)
Very, Very VIP Sixteen-time World Champion Ric Flair made an appearance on MVP’s VIP Lounge to talk about his upcoming Royal Rumble match against the United States Champion. After trading verbal barbs about who really is THE man, Flair smacked MVP in the chest, knocking him to the mat. (WATCH) Will Flair be forced into retirement at Royal Rumble? Or, will he put the younger MVP in his place?
Ready to Rumble Batista – winner of the 2005 Royal Rumble – looked to be on form for the 30-man over-the-top rope war by taking out The World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry. The Animal roared and appeared more than ready for the Rumble. But, with his massive size and strength, Henry will surely not go over the ropes without a fight next Sunday.
Caught in the middle In Diva action, Michelle McCool defeated Layla and was later surprised to find a bouquet of flowers for her in the locker room area. At first, Michelle thought Jamie Noble got them for her, but Chuck Palumbo quickly stepped in to explain he gave the flowers – an effort to get back in McCool’s good graces for his actions on last week’s SmackDown. Stuck between the two testosterone-pumped Superstars, McCool had to play mediator to get them to agree to “all get along.”
Redneck & Reject roll on In other SmackDown action, Deuce & Domino wore down Shannon Moore & Jimmy Wang Yang. But in the end, it was a moonsault press from Yang to Domino that helped give his team the win.
One big, happy family? SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero continued to express her love for World Heavyweight Champion Edge. In a shocking display of affection backstage, Chavo Guerrero decided to make amends for the things he said about his aunt, Vickie. As he put his arms around both Vickie and Edge for a group hug, he asked, “What do you say the three of us become one, big happy family?”
Later in the ring, things got even more physical as The Rated-R Superstar and Chavo took on Rey Mysterio & ECW Champion CM Punk. At the end of the bout, Edge viciously attacked Mysterio with a steel chair to the knee, which immediately earned his team the loss by DQ. After the match, the Ultimate Opportunist and his cohorts, Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder, dished out more punishment.
Last night's TNA Impact on Spike TV set a TNA viewership record with 1.623 million viewers, translating to a rating of 1.22. ECW on Sci-Fi drew a 1.1 rating, so Impact outdrew ECW by 10 percent. Impact had never outdrawn ECW before.
The Global Impact one-hour special that followed drew a solid viewership of 949,000, although a significant drop-off from the usual two hour Impact.
There are several major news items to report from Thursday’s “iMPACT!” on SpikeTV:
- The big news coming out of the broadcast is the revelation that maniacal manager James Mitchell is actually the father of Abyss! If Abyss didn’t come clean with the secret on Thursday, Mitchell promised the world he would do it himself. Following Abyss vs. Lance Hoyt, Mitchell commandeered a camera crew and let the secret out to the entire world. After Mitchell said this, Abyss apparently had a breakdown and left the arena without offering comment.
- In the three-way main event for a shot at Kurt Angle’s TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Christian Cage won the bout over Samoa Joe and AJ Styles. Samoa Joe was disqualified during the bout for using a steel chair, leaving Cage and AJ to battle it out. However, the referee was wrong to DQ Joe, as AJ actually used the chair, not Joe. Later, Cage got the win – and some revenge – over Styles, earning “The Instant Classic” another shot against Angle at the February “Against All Odds” Pay-Per-View.
- Also on Thursday, “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal and The Motor City Machineguns officially accepted the Street Fight challenge at Against All Odds from Team 3D and Johnny Devine. If Lethal and the Machineguns win, Lethal gets the X Championship back. If Team 3D and Devine win, the X Division will cease to exist in TNA!
- In Women’s Division action, ODB beat Angelina Love in a singles bout. After the win, ODB challenged Awesome Kong for a shot at the TNA Women’s Championship at Against All Odds!
- Kip James demanded that BG James reveal who his partner would be for his upcoming TNA World Tag Team Championship shot, which BG did on Thursday night. BG finally revealed that his choice was his own father, the legendary “Bullet” Bob Armstrong! After the reveal, Kip agreed with the decision and hugged Bullet Bob, the man Kip considers a second father.
- In singles action, one-half of the TNA World Tag Team Champions Tomko beat Eric Young. Following the bout, “Cowboy” James Storm tried to take back his drinking title from EY, but Tomko put a stop to that and backed up Young.
- Also on “iMPACT!”, Robert Roode (with his new CEO Ms. Peyton Banks) defeated “The Guru” Sonjay Dutt. After the match, Ms. Brooks hit the ring to get some revenge on Banks, but Roode stopped her. However, before Roode could inflict any damage on Brooks, Matt Morgan came out to even the odds and chase off Roode.
- In addition, cameras were at Shark Boy’s home to update fans on his medical condition after months of constant punishment and falling into a coma. However, in an amazing turn of events, Shark Boy emerged from his coma during the broadcast – but he was speaking in a strange Texas accent and swearing like a sailor! Check back next week for an update on Shark Boy!
-- Brian Fritz of the Orlando Sentinel noted in one of his recent columns that former WWE Hardcore Champion Mick Foley will be retiring this year. Foley had talked about his match with Jonathan Coachman on television being his last match, but also pitched an idea for after WrestleMania 24. Mick was also recently involved in a match with Hornswoggle on RAW.
Foley originally retired from World Wrestling Entertainment in 2000, with the idea that he would still appear once or twice a year. With his knee and back problems, Foley is said to be mentally ready to be finished for good.
WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison def. The Highlanders Kane def. Colin Delaney Shelton Benjamin def. Nunzio Chavo Guerrero def. ECW Champion CM Punk
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Shelton Benjamin once again proved he’s ECW’s “Gold Standard” on Tuesday night when he defeated Nunzio. “Ain’t no stopping me now!” Benjamin proclaimed after his victory. It seems Benjamin really is speaking the truth.
Since making his ECW debut last November, Benjamin has been undefeated. What’s next for the three-time Intercontinental Champion and two-time Tag Team Champion who has secured a spot in the Royal Rumble? Clearly, Benjamin’s eyes are set on gold in 2008.
The Highlanders paid a visit to the Land of the Extreme on Tuesday night, facing off against WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz & Morrison. The Tag Champs, who successfully defended their titles last week on ECW, once again reigned supreme, beating Rory & Robbie McAllister in non-title competition.
Colin Delaney returned to ECW for the fourth time when he faced another one of SmackDown’s giants, Kane, on Tuesday night. The Big Red Machine quickly demolished Delaney. Will the youngster have enough guts to revisit the Land of the Extreme for a fifth time?
Also on ECW, our fans caught another glimpse of Kofi Kingston, the Jamaican Superstar who has promised to bring trouble to paradise. Kingston will finally make landfall on ECW next week. Just what does he have in store for Tuesday nights? (WATCH)
Finally, World Champion Edge brought his “Cutting Edge” talk show to ECW, featuring special guest, ECW Champion CM Punk. Later that night, Edge nailed Punk with the World Heavyweight Championship, and Guerrero finally beat Punk to become the No. 1 contender for the ECW Title. (WATCH) Read more…
This Week's WWE Raw Rating Rises Posted by Andy Steven on 01/15/2008 at 07:10 PM
(Source - PWTorch)
This week’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw scored a 3.6 overall rating. This is in line with the recent average ratings. A year ago this week, WWE Raw scored a 4.1 rating for the second week running. The year before that in 2006 and in 2005, the show scored a 4.3 and a 3.6. The last time WWE Raw scored a lower rating on this week of the year was 10 years ago in 1998. With that said, this week's rating is an improvement from last week’s disappointing 3.2 which was Raw’s lowest rating in several years.
Beth Phoenix, Melina & Jillian def. Mickie James, Ashley & Maria Shawn Michaels def. Trevor Murdoch (Royal Rumble qualifying match) Snitsky def. Triple H (Disqualification) Hornswoggle def. mini-Mr. Kennedy, mini-Mankind, mini-Batista and mini-Kane Ric Flair def. William Regal Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton (No contest)
MOBILE, Ala. – Triple H may be down, but he’s nowhere near out. The King of Kings learned Monday night from Mr. McMahon that, despite seemingly being eliminated from Royal Rumble contention, he may still be able to qualify.
The new lease on life comes two weeks after Triple H lost by disqualification to Ric Flair – thanks to William Regal’s interference – in a match that cost him his spot at the Rumble and also set him back on his quest to recapture the WWE Championship.
Monday night, though, The Game unleashed his frustration and fury on his opponent, Snitsky. After losing by disqualification, an enraged Triple H unsheathed his faithful sledgehammer and mercilessly pummeled Snitsky.
At the end of The Game’s therapy, the Chairman’s image flashed onto a screen overlooking the arena, prompting the irate warrior to hurl his weapon at the screen, triggering sparks to rain onto the stage below.
The Chairman later caught up with his nemesis to give him an earful. He informed Triple H that his blind rage had made him too unpredictable. To calm him, Mr. McMahon told The Game that were he to win his match next week, he would put him back in the Rumble.
However, there was one catch: The Chairman offered no clue as to who The Game might face or what type of bout he would be competing in. There’s little doubt that the match will prove an enormous hurdle, but when someone tosses you a lifeline, you tend not to ask what type of rope they’re using. WATCH
Ladies Night Divas Ashley, Mickie James and Maria went up against the team of Jillian, Melina and Women's Champion Beth Phoenix. After a dazzling performance by Mickie, the Glamazon finally pinned her for the three-count after a Fisherman's Suplex.
Qualifying Statement Shawn Michaels battled Trevor Murdoch in a Royal Rumble qualifying match. Despite his desire to face Mr. Kennedy instead, the two-time Rumble winner and last year’s runner-up nonetheless defeated Murdoch to earn his spot in the match. HBK will have to wait until next week to face Kennedy, who accepted his request for a rematch. WATCH
Y2JBL JBL used the occasion of his own “second coming” – his second Raw “arrival ceremony” – to taunt his Rumble opponent, Chris Jericho. After attacking Y2J with an electrical cord last week, the Lonestar Loudmouth used his words to pour more fuel onto their already fiery rivalry. WATCH
Dwarf Star In preparation for the Royal Rumble, Mr. McMahon arranged a Mini Royal Rumble Match for his son, Hornswoggle, complete with mini-versions of Mr. Kennedy, Kane, Batista and Mankind. In a positive sign for the leprechaun, he tossed all four out of the ring. The Great Khali then came down to rain on Hornswoggle's parade until his fellow Irishman, Finlay, stepped in to stop him. WATCH
Career Advancement Add William Regal to the list. After defeating Randy Orton, Umaga and Triple H to keep his career alive, Ric Flair maintained his winning streak by defeating the Raw GM and overcoming Mr. McMahon’s win-or-retire ultimatum for yet another week. Flair can now look forward to facing MVP at Royal Rumble in a Career Threatening Match. WATCH
Carried Away In a preview to their Royal Rumble WWE title match, Randy Orton faced off against his rival Jeff Hardy. After the two traded a series of increasingly vicious blows outside of the ring, Hardy climbed the Raw set and landed a precariously high-flying maneuver onto Orton, resulting in both men being carried away on gurneys. WATCH | Story …
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