KOCH, the WWE's Canadian DVD distributor is listing a 3 DVD Randy Savage WWE set titled "Macho Madness" for release on 6/9. WWE had previously pulled a set by that title scheduled for last year, but it would appear (for now anyway) that the title is now on again.
WWE.com has confirmed that actor Mickey Rourke will not be participating in a match at this year's Wrestlemania. The statement on WWE.com reads, "Shortly after Jericho interrupted the star's appearance on Larry King Live, a publicist for Rourke, an Oscar nominee for his role as Randy “The Ram” Robinson, wrote an e-mail to the media that stated he “will not be participating in WrestleMania. He is focusing entirely on his acting career.”
As conjecture continues to swirl, WWE.com has learned that while Rourke will not be participating in the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania in Houston on April 5, WWE has, in fact, invited the actor to the event and looks forward to his attendance – as a guest of the company."
R-Truth def. The Brian Kendrick MVP def. Chavo Guerrero Umaga def Jimmy Wang Yang Undertaker def. Mark Henry (WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match) Big Show def. Festus (WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match) Triple H def. The Great Khali & Vladimir Kozlov (Triple Threat Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match)
INDIANAPOLIS – The struggle for the WWE Championship hits Friday night at full force. As new WWE Champion Edge returned to SmackDown, three Elimination Chamber Qualifying Matches were held to determine who will join the Rated-R Superstar at No Way Out on the Road to WrestleMania XXV. But, despite the exciting quest for the gold, the dominating thought of the WWE Universe seemed to be simply, “Why Matt? Why?”
Matt Hardy washes his hands of Jeff Hardy and the WWE Universe (WATCH | PHOTOS) A very embittered Matt Hardy appeared before the WWE Universe - chair in hand - to offer no remorse about smashing his brother Jeff in the head at the Royal Rumble and costing him the WWE Championship in the process. Although he stated it could not be proven that he caused any of Jeff’s other misfortunes over the past several months, he made it clear that attacking Jeff was no accident. Matt proceeded to blame Jeff’s irresponsible nature and the WWE Universe’s inability to like him as much as his brother. He then informed the WWE Universe that he no longer considers Jeff Hardy a partner or a sibling.
Triple H def. The Great Khali & Vladimir Kozlov (Triple Threat Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS) With the odds once again stacked against The Game in a Triple Threat Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match, the 12-time World Champion reigned supreme over both Vladimir Kozlov & The Great Khali. After pulling the top rope down to send the Moscow Mauler flying from the ring, The King of Kings hit The Great Khali with the Pedigree and snatched his qualifying triumph.
WWE Champion Edge’s celebration is interrupted (PHOTOS); Big Show def. Festus (WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS) Moments after Edge rubbed the WWE Universe’s nose in the fact that he wasn’t the one who had caused all the recent misfortunes to Jeff Hardy over the past several months and about returning to SmackDown the seven-time WWE Champion, Big Show decided to interrupt. The World’s Largest Athlete delivered a loving bear hug to Edge’s wife as well as more than a passing glance at the Rated-R Superstar’s newly acquired gold.
This preceded Big Show’s impressive victory over Festus, defeating the Corn-fed Colossus with the knockout punch while putting himself in the Elimination Chamber at No Way Out. After the match, Big Show’s wrath expanded to Jesse, who suffered a chokeslam for no other reason than being there.
Undertaker def. Mark Henry (WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS) At the height of a grueling match with the World’s Strongest Man, The Phenom triumphed over Mark Henry with the dreaded Hell’s Gate, granting himself clear passage into the Elimination Chamber at No Way Out.
Umaga def. Jimmy Wang Yang (PHOTOS) Umaga made his highly anticipated return to the squared-circle with a renewed intensity, finishing off his slaughter of Jimmy Wang Yang with the Samoan Spike. The Samoan Bulldozer has officially served notice that he plans to pick up where he left off.
MVP def. Chavo Guerrero (PHOTOS) After breaking his 20-week losing streak against Big Show in a Last Man Standing Match two weeks ago, MVP extended his victorious run to two in a row, defeating Chavo Guerrero with the full impact of the Drive-by Kick. Afterward, the reinvigorated Ballin’ Superstar informed Tazz that things are poppin’ once more, and he is setting his sights on getting “his” United States Championship back.
R-Truth def. The Brian Kendrick (PHOTOS) With Ezekiel Jackson shockingly being ejected from ringside before the opening bell, R-Truth showed The Kendrick “what’s up,” hitting him with the Ax Kick for the big win.
TNA sent out the following press release this afternoon touting their latest publicity stunt:
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich offered job as Chairman of TNA Wrestling’s Main Event Mafia
TNA Wrestling is offering the newly created position of Chairman for its Main Event Mafia faction - and the opportunity to openly sell chairs, steel chairs - to ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.
TNA officials confirmed today that Blagojevich, who was impeached by the Illinois House of Representatives on January 29, is being offered the “Chairman” job within its Main Event Mafia faction, an elite unit which includes U.S. Olympic Gold Medal winner Kurt Angle, former World Heavyweight Champions Kevin Nash, Booker T., and Scott Steiner, and reigning TNA Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion Sting.
Blagojevich was arrested on criminal charges on December 9, 2008, for conspiring to sell the senate seat vacated by then-President Elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder, but Angle truly believes in the U.S. justice system.
“He’s innocent until proven guilty,” Angle said. “As the leader of the Main Event Mafia, I am a huge fan of the Illinois style of politics. As such, Governor Blagojevich is welcome to join me and the entire Main Event Mafia at any and all TNA events in the future, and certainly is welcome to sell his seat with us should he choose not to accept our generous offer.”
Blagojevich is a former amateur boxer, so Angle is convinced Blagojevich, “easily will be able to handle the transition to pro wrestling,” Angle said.
The Illinois House of Representatives voted in favor of impeachment by an astounding margin of 114-1. Only 60 votes were needed to push the impeachment forward. The single dissenting vote came from Democratic State Representative Milton Patterson, who represents the Southwest side of Chicago.
TNA Wrestling taped this week’s edition of Impact from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida tonight. Thanks to Wrestling News World Orlando correspondent Julio Hernandez for sending us live text messages updates tonight:
TNA Impact (Airing this Thursday on Spike TV):
* The show opens with Scott Steiner, Booker T, and Kevin Nash coming out and going to the announce table. Nash and Booker chase off Don West and Mike Tenay. Scott Steiner runs off ring announcer David Penzer.
* A video is shown of Kurt Angle in the TNA office taking over. Jim Cornette confronts him and Angle tells him he can do whatever the Main Event Mafia wants to do.
* Sharmell takes over Lauren’s job as the backstage interviewer. Sharmell exchanges insults with ODB.
* The Kongtourage (Raisha Saeed & Rhaka Khan) b. ODB via pinfall in a handicap match.
* A video is shown of Kurt Angle being happy with how the production of the show is going. Jim Cornette is still in his office. Jeremy Borash warns Angle of bringing Mick Foley back up.
* Sharmell is backstage with the referees. She says that Booker T will take on referees Andrew Thomas and Rudy Charles in a handicap match.
* TNA Legends champion; Booker T b. Referees Andrew Thomas & Rudy Charles in a handicap match. After the match, Shane Sewell comes out and attacks Booker. Booker ends up laying him out.
* A video is shown of Kurt Angle. Sting is upset at Angle for putting him in a handicap match against Team 3D.
* Sharmell interviews Matt Morgan backstage. She asks him about his upcoming match against Petey Williams. Petey will be forced to have one hand tied behind his back for the bout.
* Matt Morgan b. Petey Williams via pinfall. After the match, Morgan, Booker T, and Scott Steiner beat up on Williams. Eric Young, Jay Lethal, and Consequences Creed hit the ring to try and make the save.
* Sharmell interviews the Motor City Machineguns. She asks them why they didn’t help out Petey in which they responded with a sarcastic answer.
* Team 3D comes out and cuts an in-ring promo.
* Team 3D b. TNA Champion Sting via disqualification in a handicap match when the Main Event Mafia run in the ring. LAX, Abyss, and Mick Foley come out to make the save.
* Mick Foley cuts a promo in the ring, saying that the Main Event Mafia’s reign of taking over the show is over. He announces that Hernandez will get another TNA Championship match at a later date. Mick Foley makes two matches for later tonight. First a weapons match, Abyss vs. Scott Steiner, but Abyss is the only one allowed to use weapons. The second match is a handicap match, Kurt Angle vs. LAX.
* Jim Cornette announces Booker T vs. Shane Sewell for Against All Odds.
* Abyss b. Scott Steiner in a hardcore weapons match (where Steiner is not allowed to use weapons) via disqualification when Steiner used a pipe. Suicide came out after the match to make the save.
* Lauren interviews a couple of cowboys plugging a bull riding show for Spike TV. Beer Money, Inc. interrupts the segment.
* Kurt Angle b. LAX via pinfall after an Olympic Slam on Homicide.
SmackDown Superstar Matt Hardy posted the following blog telling people to watch tonight's edition of SmackDown because he'll be giving the answers people are looking for. Hardy also said Sunday night was the beginning of a new era in WWE.
You Have Questions?
Then tune into Smackdown on January 30th, 2009 at 8 o'clock sharp.. I will open up the show and give you the answers you are looking for. Last Sunday night was the beginning of a new era in the WWE.. The Era Of The Sensei Of Mattitude, The Starmaker, The Black Cloud.. The Era Of Matt Hardy.
SLAM! Wrestling conducted an interview with former WWE Women's Champion Trish Stratus at an autograph signing this past Tuesday in downtown Toronto. Stratus was signing copies of Inside Fitness magazine and wrestling memorabilia for her loyal fans.
Stratus discussed her one-off appearance on Raw last month. She said she practiced her "Matrix" move "at least 40 times" prior to the show (which she used against opponent Santino Marella) to make sure she could still do it. Stratus also said it would be hard to pass off wrestling at WrestleMania 25. Stratus said she had not been contacted about appearing, but left the impression that something could come together in the future.
"I would definitely like the chance to finish off what I started with Beth in a one-on-one scenario," Stratus said. "No tagging out, no Santino shenanigans, just one dominant female against the other."
Stratus also said she wouldn't mind wrestling another WWE Diva in Natalya.
"Nattie I think is going to be a major player soon, given the right chance to do what she does best," Stratus said. "Everyone knows how much I respect the Hart lineage, using Bret's sharpshooter in my retirement match, wearing the pink and black boots in Toronto ... it's not a coincidence. So I would be honoured to face someone who is a part of that legacy and I have no doubt in my mind that we could blow away an audience."
Stratus also wanted fans to know that she does not have a page on Facebook as there are a number of pages impersonating her on the social networking site. However, she does indeed have a page on MySpace.com.
"It would be great to clear up that I can be found on MySpace only. I am not on Facebook. That way no one is duped into thinking they are communicating with me when they are not," Stratus said to make things clear.
-- Former TNA Superstar Johnny Devine was backstage at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, and according to SLAM! Wrestling, at Monday's RAW in Cleveland as well. Devine was also backstage at the RAW in Toronto a few weeks ago. There has been talk between both sides.
It has been confirmed that Ricky Steamboat will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. He will be inducted by Ric Flair.
Steamboat and Ted DiBiase got a lot of votes for last year's internal election regarding the WWE Hall of Fame. Vince McMahon takes the candidates with the most votes under consideration but makes all the picks in the end. The two wrestling legends weren't snubbed last year, but Vince knows he can't put all the best candidates in at once, so they are spread out over years.
In the latest update on the official website of Batista, www.Demon-Wrestling.com, his people are saying he won't be cleared to return to the ring from injury for five or six months. WWE still had hopes for Batista to wrestle at WrestleMania, but that's off the cards now. Here is his website 's statement:
Dave's recovery is going very well. He's in the gym twice a day but being very cautious.
Looking forward to coming back as soon as he's able.
Doubtful he'll be cleared before 5-6 months but he'll be back stronger and better than ever.
WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair recently spoke to The Houston Chronicle about a possible Wrestlemania 25 appearance and he issued the following statement: "Let’s just say, I will be at WrestleMania, and that’s all I’m saying."
The Boogeyman vs. Ricky Ortiz (No Contest) Finlay def. Paul Burchill Mark Henry def. Tommy Dreamer
CLEVELAND - The fallout from Royal Rumble carried over into the Land of Extreme - and across the skull of its champion. (WATCH)
On ECW on Sci Fi, the WWE Universe learned the shocking news that former ECW Champion Matt Hardy will move to SmackDown, while current title holder, Jack Swagger, found the weight of the gold a heavier burden to carry than he may have anticipated.
Matt Hardy moves to SmackDown (PHOTOS) ECW General Manager Theodore Long kicked off ECW by dropping bombshell news that former ECW Champion Matt Hardy will become part of SmackDown. The move comes after Hardy's stunning betrayal of his own brother, former WWE Champion Jeff Hardy, at Royal Rumble. (Royal Rumble Photos | Full story). According to Long, Hardy asked for his release and the GM OK'd the move to Friday nights.
Finlay knocks out Swagger (WATCH | PHOTOS) The new face of the franchise, ECW Champion Jack Swagger, planned to celebrate his successful Royal Rumble title defense against Matt Hardy (Royal Rumble Photos | Full story) on ECW. But, Swagger's celebration was only missing one thing - his own title. Swagger and ECW Assistant GM Tiffany tried to uncover who may have taken the title, but had no luck until Finlay revealed it was a mischievous Hornswoggle who took it. When Hornswoggle tried to give Swagger back his title - at his father, Finlay's urging - he was viciously shoved to the canvas by the champion. An enraged Belfast Brawler retaliated, knocking Swagger out with his own title.
Finlay def. Paul Burchill (PHOTOS) Before Finlay crashed Swagger's party, he took on Paul Burchill in singles competition. After an impressive Royal Rumble Match performance - lasting almost 30 minutes and longer than any other ECW Superstar - Finlay was looking to carry that momentum to the Land of the Extreme. The Fighting Irishman did just that, taking care of business against Burchill with a powerful Celtic Cross.
Mark Henry def. Tommy Dreamer (PHOTOS) Tommy Dreamer has set a lofty goal for himself - win the ECW Championship by June 6. The ECW Original is not backing down from any challenge as he pursues his goal, including 393-pound World's Strongest Man Mark Henry. Despite Dreamer's ambition, he proved no match for the World's Strongest Slam.
The Boogeyman vs. Ricky Ortiz (No Contest) (WATCH) (PHOTOS) This one was over before it started. As Ortiz entered the ring, he was attacked and driven out of the ring by his opponent from the Bottomless Pit. Ortiz never re-entered the ring, instead choosing to back away and exit up the ramp. One has to wonder if Ortiz knew his wormy fate and opted for a much cleaner way to end the encounter?
After the cameras went off and RAW aired last night, Shane McMahon walked around looking for Orton and then went backstage. Stephanie walked up the ramp giving her brother a round of applause.
Then we had the special dark match they had been advertising since before the tickets went on sale - Cena and Y2J in a street fight. It was a good match that lasted about 10 minutes. Y2J was in control for most of the match, getting several near falls on Cena. Y2J was great - he really played to the crowd in the role of sarcastic heel (Ex: he jumped on the announce table and did the Hogan ear thing when the crowd was chanting for Cena and later, after failing to throw the ring steps into the ring the first time stood on the ropes and taunted the crowd with muscle flex poses). Great stuff. In my opinion, WWE is missing the boat not letting him do this kind of thing more often. Finally, after a few more near falls, Y2J went after Cena with chair, Cena blocked it and manged to hit the FU for the pin. Y2J left the ring as Cena posed for a while, sending the crowd home happy.
Chris Jericho def. Intercontinental Champion CM Punk in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
Beth Phoenix & Jillian def. Women’s Champion Melina & Kelly Kelly
World Heavyweight Champion John Cena def. Shawn Michaels
Kofi Kingston def. Kane in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison def. Cryme Tyme
CLEVELAND - At the 2009 Royal Rumble, Randy Orton defeated 29 other Superstars to earn the right to compete in the main event of WrestleMania XXV. Unfortunately for the Legend Killer however, just one day later, Monday Night Raw was not the site of a celebration. Rather, as other top ring warriors fought for a spot in the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber at No Way Out, Orton waited in suspense to see what, if any, actions were taken in retaliation for his vicious assault on Mr. McMahon the week prior.
But what actually ensued was something no one expected: The Chairman’s son, Shane McMahon emerging and brutally attacking the Legend Killer.
Stephanie McMahon did not fire Randy Orton, but her brother Shane emerged and attacked the Legend Killer At the close of the show, Stephanie McMahon entered the ring, expressing her desire to speak to Randy Orton face-to-face. Accompanied by his therapist, two lawyers, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, the 2009 Royal Rumble winner made his entrance, reiterating the consequences waiting for Stephanie if she was to fire him: Two costly lawsuits being filed against WWE as well as DiBiase and Rhodes walking. The Legend Killer went even further, threatening to file an injunction to stop WrestleMania, the event at which he is guaranteed a World Title Match.
After daring Stephanie McMahon to fire him, the Raw General Manager announced that they had other plans for the arrogant third-generation competitor – even beyond the Superstars that engulfed the ring. With that, Stephanie’s brother Shane McMahon made his entrance, and attacked Orton with such ferocity that it took the entire Raw roster to restrain him, with a few Superstars taking some licks for their troubles.
Chris Jericho def. Intercontinental Champion CM Punk in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match Though he just recently won the Intercontinental Title in his hometown of Chicago, that didn’t stop CM Punk from wanting more, which is why he competed against Chris Jericho in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match. The Straightedge Champion fell to Jericho, who earned himself a spot in the contest and chance to regain the World Heavyweight Title.
Rey Mysterio def. William Regal in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match In another one of Raw’s Elimination Qualifying Matches, Rey Mysterio took on William Regal. The two were competing for an opportunity to enter the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match at No Way Out, to which Kofi Kingston had already earned entry earlier in the night. In spite of the British Brawler’s size advantage and bruising fighting style, the Ultimate Underdog persevered, defeating the 2008 King of the Ring to earn the second spot in Raw’s massive steel Elimination Chamber.
Beth Phoenix & Jillian def. Women’s Champion Melina & Kelly Kelly As her beau, Santino Marella, watched from the announcer’s table, Beth Phoenix had an opportunity to win back some of her pride, if not the Women’s Title, when she and Jillian took on the team of Kelly Kelly & new Women’s Champion Melina, who won the gold from The Glamazon the night before at the Royal Rumble. As the Divas squared off in the ring, Phoenix’s No. 1 crazed fan, Rosa Mendes again made her presence known by pulling Melina off the ring apron. Mendes’ involvement gave Phoenix just the opening she needed to pin Kelly Kelly and win the match.
Later, in the locker room area, Rosa Mendes was all aflutter talking to Santino Marella about her involvement in the tag bout. The two were interrupted by Beth Phoenix herself, who told the Italian Superstar that they could “keep” the enthusiastic Mendes, who had been angling for a position assisting her favorite dominant Diva.
World Heavyweight Champion John Cena def. Shawn Michaels, preventing JBL from qualifying for the Elimination Chamber Match As detailed by JBL earlier in the night, his employee, Shawn Michaels, was set to compete against World Heavyweight Champion John Cena, whom HBK defeated just two weeks before. If Michaels pulled out a win over The Champ, he would earn his boss an opportunity to compete for the World Heavyweight Title inside the Elimination Chamber at No Way Out. Though The Showstopper had the advantage of the self-proclaimed “wrestling god” being in his corner, he ultimately fell victim to Cena’s intensity, failing to earn his employer one of the coveted No Way Out spots.
Chris Jericho called out The Wrestler’s Mickey Rourke Chris Jericho then took to the ring, and introduced a video showcasing Superstars’ reactions to The Wrestler as well as the film’s Oscar-nominated star, Mickey Rourke, making an allusion to fighting the first-ever Undisputed Champion himself at WrestleMania. The simmering Superstar then assured Rourke and WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair (who Jericho accused of putting the WrestleMania bug in the thespian’s ear) that the last thing they want to do is to offend Chris Jericho.
Kofi Kingston def. Kane in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match; Chris Jericho called out Mickey Rourke Over the next two weeks, Raw will be hosting Elimination Chamber Qualifying Matches to determine which five Superstars will have an opportunity to step into the massive steel structure and compete against the World Heavyweight Champion for the title at No Way Out. The first of these contests saw Kofi Kingston take on the massive Kane. In spite of the huge size and power imbalance, the athletic Jamaican Superstar was on the fortunate side of a huge upset, defeating the Big Red Monster and earning the first spot in Raw’s Elimination Chamber.
World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison def. Cryme Tyme Just one week prior, Cryme Tyme had earned themselves a title opportunity by defeating reigning World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison. The “Word Up” duo had their chance to grasp championship gold on Raw, but were denied by the self-proclaimed “chick magnet” and the Shaman of Sexy, who successfully defended their coveted titles.
Randy Orton revealed that he has a serious mental condition and threatened to sue WWE Randy Orton opened Raw, flanked by the members of his “Legacy,” Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, as well as two lawyers and a therapist. The winner of the 2009 Royal Rumble revealed that he suffers from IED, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, a mental condition that causes him to experience violent outbursts when provoked, losing all control of his emotions and actions. According to Orton and his therapist, WWE knew of the condition, and if fired, the Legend Killer plans on not only taking Rhodes and DiBiase with him, but also on bringing a lawsuit against the company.
The leader of Legacy then detailed his plans for a second lawsuit, suing for breach of contract if he is not granted the opportunity to compete in the main event of WrestleMania XXV, an honor he earned by defeating 29 other Superstars in the Royal Rumble Match the night before. Before leaving with Rhodes, DiBiase, his therapist and his lawyers, Orton issued a prepared, half-hearted apology to Mr. McMahon, his family and the WWE Universe.
Rob Van Dam made a surprise appearance during last night's Royal Rumble match before eventually being eliminated by Chris Jericho. Following his appearance, RVD appeared on the WWE Universe's live blog. RVD said he received a phone call from management to appear at the event just last Friday. "The idea to be in the Royal Rumble is only 2 days old. Got a phone call Friday and it worked out," Van Dam said. RVD also explained to fans that his appearance was a one-time thing, but he appreciates the company's open-door policy for him to return one day. "I'm back in WWE..for tonight," Van Dam said. "Still happy at home. I'm not here full time by my own choice. I appreciate the open door that I have here and I appreciate being Home in California with Sonya even more." On how he felt being out there last night, Van Dam said "awesome."
The word backstage was that Rob Van Dam's appearance at last night's Royal Rumble was a one-time appearance. While the door is open for him to make a full-time return at any time, he is currently tending to his wife's health issues. WWE approached Van Dam about about making the cameo two days before the PPV. From reading several live reports, his appearance got the biggest pop of the night.
Event: WWE Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View Airdate: Sunday, January 25th, 2008 (Pay-Per-View) Location: The Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI Results by WrestleView.com
- The WWE promo hits.
- A video package runs highlighting the history of the Royal Rumble. The package then focuses on the highlights from Raw this past Monday that saw Randy Orton punt Vince McMahon in the head.
- We then go live to the Royal Rumble in Detroit where Michael Cole and Jerry "The King" Lawler state the McMahon family is staying quiet about Mr. McMahon's injuries. They added Randy Orton is expected to be punished in some form, but when that happens remains to be seen.
- A graphic opening then hits welcoming us to the Royal Rumble. We then go live to Detroit where a huge display of pyro goes off in the entrance area. Michael Cole is the first to welcome us to the 22nd Royal Rumble.
- Matt Hardy is out first to kick off the show.
ECW Championship Match Jack Swagger (c) vs. Matt Hardy Matt Striker pointed out how Jack Swagger was a "true" champion by wearing the belt around his waist. Before the match, we had ring introductions for the challenger Matt Hardy and the champion Jack Swagger.
The bell rings and here we go. Lock up and Hardy pushes Swagger to the corner. Hardy pulls back for a big right hand and Swagger quickly grabs the ropes to break it up. Lock up and Swagger pushes Hardy into the opposite corner. Hardy blocks a right from Swagger landing one of his own. Hardy with more shots on Swagger who is frustrated and bails to the outside trying to recover. Hardy follows and lands another stiff right hand to Swagger. Hardy nails Swagger face first off the ring, tosses him back in and takes out Swagger with a big clothesline. Swagger again bails to the outside when he hits the ropes and dodges another big right from Hardy. The referee begins the count. At seven, Swagger walks up the steps and gets back inside. Loud "LETS GO HARDY" chant starts up. Swagger shoots in and takes Hardy down with a double leg. Hardy recovers to his feet, but Swagger again pulls Hardy down with an impressive roll to the mat. Hardy is back up, tosses Swagger to the corner and lands boots to the face. Hardy with a bulldog, cover and Swagger kicks out after two. Hardy is up top and Swagger pushes him off to the outside.
Swagger jumps out and works on the left arm of Hardy who was favoring it after the drop to the outside. Swagger throws Hardy back in and goes back to work on his left arm/shoulder. Swagger with the cover and Hardy kicks out after two. Swagger then works on Hardy's left arm with a keylock submission. Swagger with kicks and shots to Hardy in the corner. Swagger attempts an irish whip, but Hardy holds on to the ropes and Swagger falls back. Swagger responds with a big boot, cover and Hardy again kicks out after two. Swagger goes back to work on Hardy's left arm lifting his body up and down. Hardy fires back with a big clothesline breaking up the offense from Swagger. Hardy with a kick to the head and clotheslines on Swagger. Hardy with a reverse neckbreaker on Swagger, cover and Swagger kicks out after two. Hardy with a clothesline to Swagger in the corner followed by a running bulldog. Cover by Hardy and Swagger kicks out. Hardy drops an elbow to the back of Swagger's head from the corner, covers and Swagger again kicks out. Hardy attempts a Twist of Fate, Swagger counters and hits a belly-to-belly suplex. Cover by Swagger and Hardy gets a shoulder up.
Swagger drops Hardy down by his bad left arm, covers and Hardy again kicks out. Swagger throws Hardy's face off the top turnbuckle, props Hardy up top, attempts a back superplex, Hardy punches Swagger away to the mat, stands up and connects with a stiff moonsault! Hardy hooks the leg and Swagger barely kicks out after two. Swagger counters a Twist of Fate, elbow by Hardy to Swagger, Swagger dodges a Side Effect and tosses Hardy into the steel ring post in the corner. Hardy is limp as Swagger hits the gutwrench powerbomb and gets the pinfall. Great match.
Winner & STILL ECW Champion: Jack Swagger
After the match, we see highlights of the match leading to the finish. Back live, Jack Swagger has the ECW Title over his shoulder as he smiles heading up the ramp. Swagger turns around and stares down Matt Hardy who is recovering in the ring. Swagger holds up the ECW Title as he heads to the back. We then see a shot of a disappointed Hardy leaving the ring and sitting down on the steel steps.
- Earlier tonight we see footage of Randy Orton arriving to the arena. We see various WWE stars staring him down as he walks by.
WWE Women's Championship Match Beth Phoenix (c) w/ Santino Marella vs. Melina The bell rings and Beth Phoenix walks forward smiling. Lock up and Phoenix throws Melina down quickly. Lock up and Melina gets a headlock applied. Phoenix flips Melina down. Melina is back up and Phoenix has a body lock applied. The crowd in Detroit loves Santino. Melina with a armbar takedown. Phoenix brings her body back up sitting on her knee as Melina keeps the armbar applied. Melina gets up on Phoenix's shoulder to apply it more. Phoenix then drops Melina into the corner to break it up. Melina is back up on Phoenix's shoulders and Phoenix drops Melina down hard on the mat. Phoenix with a body charge to Melina's head in the corner. Phoenix hooks the leg and Melina quickly kicks out. Phoenix works on Melina's left leg wrenching on it. Phoenix gets Melina's leg up so far that she is hitting Melina on the back of her head with Melina's own foot! Phoenix with a big knee to the head followed by a side slam on Phoenix. Phoenix puts Melina up on the top turnbuckle. Phoenix shows her strength lifting Melina up. Melina counters falling off and hitting a modifed stunner. Melina might have popped out here. Phew. Melina with elbows to Phoenix, slides under Phoenix, hits a sunset flip and Phoenix barely kicks out after two. Melina sends Phoenix into the ropes and drives her knee into Phoenix's back. Melina charges and takes out Phoenix quickly, covers and Phoenix kicks out after two. Melina with boots to the face and a body splash from the corner to Phoenix. Phoenix counters Melina, hits a chop, sends Melina into the ropes, Melina jumps on Phoenix, flips around her body, rolls up Phoenix and gets the pinfall!
Winner & NEW WWE Women's Champion: Melina
After the match, the referee hands Melina the WWE Women's Title and she is emotional. Beth Phoenix is shocked as we see a shot of Santino at ringside also shocked. We then see highlights of the match leading to the finish. Back live, Melina is on the ramp holding up the WWE Women's Title. Santino is in the ring with Beth Phoenix who can't believe she just lost.
- A video package runs highlighting the events between Shawn Michaels and JBL leading to tonight's World Heavyweight Championship match between champion John Cena and challenger JBL.
- Backstage, JBL tells Shawn Michaels that when he becomes World Heavyweight Champion tonight he will not only pay him all the money he owes him, but all the money that he owes him tonight. He said Michaels will never have to work for him again and will guarantee that he has a spot in the Royal Rumble tonight. JBL said there is no reason to be conflicted with John Cena as everything he wants is out in front of him. JBL leaves as Michaels turns to think. When he turns back around The Undertaker gets in his face. JBL tells him it is time to go. - A promo for WrestleMania 25 airs.
World Heavyweight Championship Match John Cena (c) vs. JBL w/ Shawn Michaels
They did ring introductions for the challenger JBL and champion John Cena.
Shawn Michaels exits the ring and the bell rings. John Cena moves forward and JBL backs up to the corner. The two circle the ring and Cena takes down JBL with a quick headlock takedown. JBL gets back to his feet, breaks it up and gets in a headlock takedown of his own. JBL with a shoulder block on Cena. Cena fires back with a big elbow, hooks the leg and JBL quickly kicks out. JBL bails out of the ring and regroups saying something to Shawn Michaels. JBL returns to the ring, gets in a knee to Cena and hits Cena with many shots in the corner. Cena with a bulldog on JBL, covers and JBL gets a shoulder up quickly. Cena with a blockbuster off the ropes on JBL, another cover and JBL once again kicks out. JBL bails to the outside, Cena follows, Cena misses a clothesline, almost hits HBK, Cena stops in front of HBK, turns around and JBL hits a stiff forearm to Cena's back. JBL sends Cena into the steel steps and throws him back in the ring. JBL covers Cena and Cena kicks out. JBL with a big clothesline on Cena, cover and Cena kicks out. JBL drops a few elbows over Cena, covers and Cena gets a shoulder up. JBL with a snapmare on Cena into a modified crossface submission.
Cena fights to his feet, breaks it up, hits the ropes, JBL grabs Cena and hits a big side slam. Cena rolls out and stands up on the ring apron. JBL then charges at Cena who falls off the ring apron to the outside. The referee then starts the count. JBL then walks out, grabs Cena and sends him into the steel steps. The referee then starts the count again. JBL tosses Cena back inside at seven, hooks the leg and Cena kicks out quickly. JBL props Cena up in the corner and hits some stiff right hands. JBL puts Cena up on the top turnbuckle, hits some more big rights, JBL gets up top with Cena, Cena hits some right hands of his own and JBL falls back to the mat. Lots of boo's from the crowd against Cena. Cena stands up and connects with his leg drop to the back of JBL's neck. Cena hooks the leg and JBL gets a shoulder up after two. JBL with a big boot to Cena in the corner. JBL hits the ropes and Cena trips him up. Cena gets in a few shots and nails JBL face first off two corners, hits two jumping shoulder charges and then his shifting powerbomb. Cena connects with the five knuckle shuffle on JBL. Cena with an FU attempt, but JBL hits an elbow to Cena's face.
JBL attempts a Clothesline From Hell and Cena takes JBL down into a crossface. HBK puts his hands on the ropes as he sees the submission taking place. Cena sees this, breaks the hold and kicks the ropes away from HBK. JBL then tosses Cena to the outside through the ropes. Cena stares down HBK, returns to the ring and JBL connects with a Clothesline From Hell! Cover by JBL and Cena somehow kicks out after two. JBL goes to pick up Cena, Cena gets JBL up for an FU, JBL breaks it, attempts a big boot, JBL takes out the referee and then JBL and Cena meet in the middle hitting a double clothesline. Shawn Michaels then enters the ring with the referee out. HBK is staring down both men. HBK hits JBL with Sweet Chin Music. Cena can't believe it and smiles. HBK then levels Cena with Sweet Chin Music as well. HBK then grabs JBL, puts his arm over Cena's body and leaves the ring. HBK walks up the ramp and heads to the back. A referee runs down, slides in...1...2...Cena gets a shoulder up. Both men get back up. JBL attempts a clothesline, Cena ducks, hits the FU and hooks the leg to get the pinfall.
Winner & STILL World Heavyweight Champion: John Cena
After the match, John Cena is handed the World Heavyweight Title and holds it up in the air. We then see highlights of the match leading to the finish. Back live, Cena is holding up the World Heavyweight Title at the top of the entrance ramp and heads to the back. We see a shot of JBL still out in the middle of the ring.
- A promo airs for the "Legends of WrestleMania" video game in stores March 24.
- A video package airs highlighting the events between Jeff Hardy and Edge leading to tonight's WWE Championship match.
- Before the match during Jeff Hardy's entrance, Vickie Guerrero walked out and tells Hardy that she has changed the match to No Disqualification. WWE Championship - No DQ Match Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Edge w/ Chavo Guerrero
They did ring introductions for the challenger Edge and champion Jeff Hardy.
The bell rings and Hardy charges at Edge exploding on him in the corner with punches and kicks. Hardy sends Edge face first into the opposite corner with force. A loud "WE WANT CHRISTIAN" chant starts up. Hardy with a jumping takedown on Edge after Edge hit the ropes. Hardy sends Edge into the ropes again and Edge holds on bailing to the outside. Hardy follows, Edge is back in, Hardy grabs a steel chair, jumps up on the ring apron and Edge kicks him in the head causing Hardy to drop the steel chair. Edge pulls Hardy back in and hits a big right hand. Hardy with a float over and clothesline to Edge in the corner. Hardy with a dropkick to the back of Edge, hooks the leg and Edge kicks out quickly. Hardy with a scoop slam on Edge. Edge fights back with some shots of his own. Edge sends Hardy into the ropes, Hardy slides out, Edge slides out as well, Hardy gets back in and dropkicks Edge through the ropes. Edge is back up, Hardy attempts a dive, Edge moves, Hardy lands on the ring apron, Hardy then jumps off the ring apron and takes out Edge. Edge slides back in the ring, Hardy attempts a springboard back inside, Chavo holds his leg, Hardy kicks Chavo away and as he gets air Edge gets in a big boot.
Edge grabs Hardy and sends him into the ring barricade with force. Edge then throws Hardy face first off the Smackdown, Raw and ECW announce tables that Jim Ross called a "tri-branded headbutt." Edge tosses Hardy back in the ring, hooks the leg and Hardy kicks out. Hardy gets up on his knees and Edge gets in a kick to the ribs. Edge picks up Hardy and gets in a quick right. Edge with a shoulder charge on Hardy in the corner. Hardy with a sunset flip on Edge that results in a close two count. Edge fires back with a clothesline right away. Edge hooks the leg and Hardy kicks out after two. Edge jumps on Hardy taking his back and holding him down. Hardy tries to hit the ropes and Edge grabs him by his hair pulling him back down. Hardy with a dropkick to Edge's chest. Hardy starts going up top when Edge cuts him off with a few shots. Hardy throws Edge off the corner to the mat, Hardy jumps and Edge catches Hardy in mid-air with a big dropkick! Edge hooks the leg and Hardy again kicks out after two. Edge then leaves the ring and grabs two steel chairs. As Edge tries to get back in the ring on the ring apron, Hardy charges and connects with a huge Spear on Edge sending Edge to the outside with force.
Hardy then connects with a dive over the top rope taking out Edge. Hardy tosses Edge back inside the ring. Edge with a knee to Hardy's chest on the ring apron. Hardy with a kick and a Twist of Fate on Edge over the ring apron! Hardy then grabs Edge and sends him face first into the Smackdown and Raw announce tables. Hardy then begins clearing off the Raw announce table. Hardy then pulls a ladder out from under the ring and sets it up by the Raw announce table. Hardy places Edge over the Raw table and gets in a few shots for good measure. Hardy starts climbing up the ladder and Chavo starts climbing up the other side. Hardy punches Chavo off and then dives taking him out. Hardy then grabs Edge who is back up and sends him shoulder first into the steel ring post. Hardy grabs Chavo and then puts him on the Raw table. Hardy starts climbing up the ladder, reaches the top, jumps, the ladder tips over and Hardy crashes through the Raw table over Chavo! Hardy then gets to his feet in pain as he jumps and dropkicks Edge against the guard railing. Hardy sends Edge back in the ring, goes up top and connects with a cross-body. Hardy covers and Edge kicks out after two. Edge then levels Hardy with a big boot.
Edge then exposes a turnbuckle as Hardy remains down. Edge tries to send Hardy face first into the exposed corner, but Hardy blocks it and connects with a Whisper in the Wind on Edge. Hardy covers and Edge kicks out after two. Edge counters a Twist of Fate attempt by Hardy into a huge DDT. Edge hooks the leg and Hardy gets a shoulder up after two. Edge then comes off the top, Hardy blocks putting his feet up, Edge blocks that, Hardy with a rollup and Edge kicks out after two. Hardy with a facebuster suplex on Edge. Hardy is back up top. Hardy then jumps down when he sees Edge moving hitting a big dropkick sending Edge down into the corner. Hardy attempts his swinging dropkick in the corner, but Edge sits up, grabs Hardy in mid-air and drops him face first off the exposed turnbuckle. Edge covers Hardy and Hardy somehow kicks out. Edge then backs up to the corner and is ready to hit the Spear. Hardy is up, Edge charges and Hardy turns hitting a Twist of Fate! Hardy then works his way up top when Vickie Guerrero runs out. Hardy kicks her away, jumps and connects with the Swanton Bomb. Hardy crawls over, hooks the leg...1...2...Vickie pulls the referee out. Matt Hardy then runs out, throws a steel chair in the ring and tosses Vickie inside. Matt pushes Vickie to the corner. Matt leaves and grabs another steel chair. Jeff and Matt each have a steel chair. Jeff swings back and Matt levels Jeff with the steel chair. Matt stares down at Jeff as the fans boo loudly. Edge sits up and can't believe it. Edge pulls Jeff over, hooks the leg and gets the pinfall.
Winner & NEW WWE Champion: Edge
After the match, Edge is handed the WWE Championship and holds it up high as he celebrates with Vickie Guerrero. Matt Hardy leaves the ring and heads to the back. In the ring, Edge is still celebrating his win with the WWE Title. Edge leaves the ring with Vickie as she holds his arm up. We then see highlights of the match leading to the finish. Back live, Jeff Hardy is recovering as WWE officials attend to him. Hardy is helped to the back as he holds his head.
- A promo for WWE No Way Out on February 15 airs.
- Backstage, Todd Grisham is with Randy Orton. Grisham asks him about the rumors of legal action being taken tomorrow night on Raw after what happened last Monday. Orton said he doesn't know about these rumors and that he is still scheduled to compete in the Rumble tonight. Chris Jericho walks up and tells Orton he doesn't blame him one bit for doing what he did to Vince McMahon. Jericho said the Vince McMahon who showed up wasn't the man who created the WWE Universe and said the real Mr. McMahon is already dead. Orton wants to know why he is telling him this. Jericho said the McMahon's don't take anything and feels tonight will be Orton's last night as a contracted talent for WWE. He wishes Orton luck as he walks off.
30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Rey Mysterio, who won the 2006 Royal Rumble, drew #1 (he drew #2 in 2006). John Morrison drew #2. Carlito was in next at #3. MVP came in at #4. MVP was over with the crowd and they even had an "MVP" chant going. The Great Khali is in at #5.
Koslov came in at #6 and eliminated Khali. He then eliminated MVP. It looks like he's getting the Rumble push this year, where you eliminate a ton of people but don't actually win. Koslov then eliminated Carlito.
Triple H is next at #7. So much for the Rumble push as Triple H eliminated Koslov.
Randy Orton comes out at #8 to a ton of heat. If he doesn't get injured, it should be his year. JTG of Cryme Tyme was in next at #9. Ted Dibiase is #10. Jericho is #11. Mike Knox is #12. The Miz is in at #13. They're doing 90 second intervals this year so it's going by pretty fast, I've always preferred the 2 minute intervals. Randy Orton went on an RKO rampage, hitting the RKO on the Miz, Morrison and JTG before being his with a pedigree from Triple H. HHH then eliminated The Miz and Morrison. Mysterio was thrown out, but he landed on the Miz and walked on Morrison and got back into the ring.
Finlay is in at #14. Cody Rhodes was #15 so all of Legacy is together in the Rumble.
The Undertaker is in at #16. He quickly eliminated JTG. Goldust is in at #17. He and brother Cody immediately started going at it. Orton hit Goldust with the RKO and then had Cody eliminate him.
CM Punk is #18. Mark Henry is #19. Shelton Benjamin is #20. William Regal is #21. Mark Henry was eliminated by Mysterio.
Kofi Kingston is in at #22. Kane is #23. He and The Undertaker gave Cody Rhodes a double chokeslam. There's a ton of people in the ring now. CM Punk eliminated Regal. R-Truth is #24.
Rob Van Dam is in at #25 as a surprise entrant to a huge pop. Brian Kendrick came in at #26. He eliminated Kofi Kingston. Triple H then eliminated Kendrick. Dolph Ziggler is in at #27 and was thrown out by Kane. Santino Marella is #28 and is eliminated immediately by Kane.
#29 is "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, who won the first televised Royal Rumble in 1988, when it was a 20 man Royal Rumble that aired for free as a special on the USA Network.
#30 is the Big Show. Hacksaw grabbed Big Show's strap and started wailing away on him, which reminded me of Hacksaw's feud with Andre the Giant back in the day. Show then eliminated Hacksaw. He pressed and eliminated R-Truth. Show tried eliminating CM Punk a couple of times before knocking Punk out on the apron and sending him to the floor.
Mysterio and Knox were eliminated when Mysterio charged at Knox. Mysterio was in there for 49 minutes. Kane eliminated Finlay. With the exception of Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase, it's all former world champions in there right now. Jericho eliminated RVD. Undertaker then eliminated Jericho.
Rhodes, Orton and Dibiase triple teamed Kane to eliminate him. Legacy then teamed up on The Undertaker. While Big Show and Taker were fighting on the apron, Orton hit an RKO on Show to eliminate him. Show then grabbed Taker from the outside to eliminate him.
It's now down to Legacy vs. Triple H. Triple H eliminated Dibiase and Rhodes, and Orton snuck behind Triple H to eliminate him and win the Royal Rumble.
Winner: Randy Orton
After the match, Rhodes and Dibiase joined Orton in the middle of the ring and they all raised their hands.
Virgil Riley Runnels III (Minneapolis (Minnesota), 11 april 1969) is een Amerikaanse professionele worstelaar die werkt voor World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), beter bekend als Goldust. Virgil worstelt momenteel voor RAW.
Virgil is de zoon van Dusty Rhodes en is de half-broer van Cody Rhodes.
Virgil was bekend bij World Championship Wrestling (WCW) en bij Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
Kampioenschappen en verwezenlijkingen
American Combat Wrestling
ACW Heavyweight Championship (1 keer)
Coastal Championship Wrestling
CCW World Heavyweight Championship (1 keer)
NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship (1 keer)
NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (1 keer met Mike Graham)
Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling
TCW Heavyweight Championship (1 keer)
World Championship Wrestling
WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (2 keer)
WCW World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (1 keer met Big Josh en Tom Zenk)
WCW World Tag Team Championship (2 keer waarvan 1x met Ricky Steamboat en 1x met Barry Windham)
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