John Morrison def. Kane and Drew McIntyre in a Triple Threat Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match R-Truth def. Mike Knox in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match CM Punk def. Batista by Count-out in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match Chris Jericho def. Matt Hardy in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match Women's Champion Mickie James & Beth Phoenix def. Layla & Michelle McCool Rey Mysterio def. Dolph Ziggler in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – In his first SmackDown appearance since winning Royal Rumble, Edge traded words with fellow Superstars who all wished they could be in his shoes with an opportunity to headline WrestleMania. However, five Superstars took matters into their own hands by qualifying for something closer on the horizon – WWE Elimination Chamber. (Preview)
"The Cutting Edge" turned chaotic At the start of the night, Chris Jericho lamented at the fact that Edge was back in WWE. (PHOTOS | WATCH)
By the end of the night, on the set of "The Cutting Edge," the former Unified Tag Team Champions came face-to-face again, engaging in an emotional war of words about the past, as well as the future.
Not wanting to be left out of the discussion, CM Punk (with Serena and Luke Gallows in tow) came to the ring to claim he would win at WWE Elimination Chamber to become the only four-time Straight Edge World Heavyweight Champion.
Next, after an ominous gong and moment of darkness, World Heavyweight Champion Undertaker appeared in the ring. Chaos then ensued with Edge spearing Jericho and The Phenom brutally chokeslamming Punk.
After the mayhem, it was just The Deadman and The Ultimate Opportunist left standing to size each other up. (PHOTOS | WATCH)
John Morrison def. Kane and Drew McIntyre in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) Whereas five Raw Superstars qualified for WWE Elimination Chamber in singles competitions, the first qualifier match on SmackDown was a Triple Threat Match. Undaunted by the odds against him, John Morrison emerged victorious after delivering Starship Pain to Kane, who was already reeling from a Double Underhook DDT from Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre.
R-Truth def. Mike Knox in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) R-Truth earned perhaps the biggest opportunity of his career when he defeated big Mike Knox with a well-targeted corkscrew elbow.
Exclusive Raw footage shown on SmackDown (PHOTOS | WATCH) SmackDown fans were treated to exclusive Raw action between Batista and John Cena that was not seen on Raw! The Animal absolutely unloaded on Cena, smashing him directly onto the steel ring steeps with a Batista Bomb!
CM Punk def. Batista by Count-out in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) In one of the most perplexing moves in WWE in 2010, Batista chose not to tangle with CM Punk. Instead, The Animal just stood in the corner after the bell rang. Then after remaining there for a minute or so, he simply walked out of the ring. After failing to heed the ref’s 10-count, Batista was disqualified. The Animal offered no clue as to why he passed up a chance to compete at WWE Elimination Chamber.
Chris Jericho def. Matt Hardy in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) Despite his frustration with how things went at Royal Rumble, Chris Jericho turned things around by defeating Matt Hardy with a Codebreaker to qualify to face World Heavyweight Champion Undertaker in the Elimination Chamber.
Women's Champion Mickie James & Beth Phoenix def. Layla & Michelle McCool (PHOTOS | WATCH) Just days after winning the Women's Championship at Royal Rumble, Mickie James found herself facing former champion Michelle McCool yet again – this time in a tag match orchestrated by Official SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero. In a stunning betrayal, Beth Phoenix turned on Mickie and knocked her to the canvas after tagging her in. Then, The Glamazon knocked Michelle to the mat, as well. Undaunted, Mickie recovered from the traitorous act and rolled up Layla for the win.
Rey Mysterio def. Dolph Ziggler in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) Familiar foes Rey Mysterio and Dolph Ziggler battled it out for a title opportunity at WWE Elimination Chamber. Like many of their past encounters, Ziggler fell short. Frustrated at his loss, Ziggler tried to attack Mysterio after the match, but only ended up getting 619'd for his underhanded attempt.
How much money Helms lost missing the Rumble Posted by Chris Kaufman on 02/04/2010 at 12:38 PM
As noted before, Gregory Helms was found with a single soma pill in his bag when arrested with Chris Jericho. If Helms didn't have a prescription for the drug like he claimed and even though the police aren't charging him for it, WWE would be forced to suspend him for 60 days on his second Wellness violation. WWE's current policy says that every prescription a wrestler has is supposed to be filed ahead of time with Dr. David Black. All prescriptions are supposed to be written by the company doctors who travel with the WWE crew. Helms has a previous violation against him for his name coming up in the Signature Pharmacy scandal in 2007 and has never failed a WWE drug test.
There has been a lot of talk backstage regarding Helms' future with WWE after the incident. Based on the success of the Royal Rumble PPV which he was pulled from, Helms missed out on a payoff from the show that would have been around $5,000.
It's said that Helms was apologetic to WWE officials for the incident.
Jimmy Hart making a return to TNA Wrestling? Posted by Mark Virginia on 02/06/2010 at 12:18 PM
Jimmy Hart was saying that he might return to TNA as a manager for The Nasty Boys. Hart recently told Crave Online that he might be returning soon to “manage some of the guys again” and when asked if it would be WWE or TNA he returned to, he said most likely TNA.
A detailed recap of Hulk Hogan on RVD's radio show Posted by Mark Virginia on 02/04/2010 at 12:32 PM
Thanks to PWTorch.com for some of the quotes.
Hulk Hogan was a guest on Rob Van Dam’s "RVD Radio" show on Wednesday night, which you can listen to at BlogTalkRadio.com/RVDradio. Hogan claimed he was trying to reach RVD directly but agreed to be patched in as a live caller on the show.
Hogan didn't waste any time before telling RVD he needs to join TNA. He said TNA has some serious momentum right now and could really take off if they had RVD “ruling the roost."
Van Dam asked Hogan about TNA Impact moving to Monday nights, which Hogan said is "definitely going to happen sooner than later." Hogan said TNA needs RVD’s help.
RVD said he is very interested in hearing what Hogan has to say about him coming in. Van Dam told Hogan that now is a better time than ever as his wife is healthy, he is healthy and he’s not burnt out. RVD said he was curious about coming into TNA and said that he and Hogan should probably do some more talking after the show is over. He mentioned bringing Sabu along with him to TNA.
Hogan said he was on the phone with Jeff Hardy earlier in the day, talking about RVD coming to TNA, among other topics. Hogan said he and Hardy have some crazy idea that he "guarantees" will work. Hogan kept saying how much fun everyone is having in TNA. RVD asked Hogan if it was his decision to go back to the four-sided ring and Hogan confirmed it was. Hogan put down the six-sided ring and RVD agreed with the decision.
Hogan then took some shots at WWE.
"We don't have a girl writing the show telling us what to say," Hogan said in a somewhat-sexist remark aimed at Stephanie McMahon. "I see some of the stuff that's written (in TNA) and I just say, 'Don't even look at that crap. Let's you and I rock.' That's how it was with almost anyone I worked with. If I feel it and believe it, you don't have to read some stupid-ass script."
Hogan summed up his sales pitch by saying it's the first time "one of the boys" is running a wrestling promotion on a national level and he claims to not have an agenda for anything he's doing with the TV product.
"It ain't no pitch. It's a shoot, bro. We're not playing games. You (RVD) come to the table and it makes the tide rise. This company is going to even the score, then we're going to start spanking people consistently," Hogan said. "We don't have agendas, brother. We don't have families writing the show or brothers-in-law holding the titles. It's the first time you've got one of the boys running the business and there's no agenda."
A caller asked Hogan directly about the TNA comparions to WCW. Hogan made it clear that he doesn't want to be on television all the time despite what some people might think. Hogan made sure to mention, however, that his appearances "spiked the needle."
"We're throwing a bunch of stuff against the wall, seeing what spikes the needle minute by minute, and learning as we go along that some guys have no life at all and some guys have a lot of life. We're already maneuvering all the players around. You're going to see who we're going with more than others. You're going to see who we're really giving the super rocket up their rear end."
Hogan and RVD talked about how the "smart marks" have good points, TNA needs to be doing things that appeal to a mass audience.
"All these people you call the smart marks and I've been in the business 30 years and I'm still a mark. I'm not smartened up yet, brother. All of a sudden, people are saying, 'Why are you doing this and why are you doing that?' Do the marks know about the network - what Kevin Kay and Brian Diamond at Spike are asking and demanding? There's a whole 'nother world out there that all these people have an opinion on who's on TV too much, but they don't know what's happening with the network.
Hogan said TNA is in a transition period and they are working on getting over new stars like AJ Styles and Abyss.
"What we need to do with these young guys is breathe life into the characters. I came at AJ with this crazy idea of putting him with Flair and not just turning heel, but - I can't even tell you the name of the character - he's going through this transition right now."
"Abyss as he is right now only got him so far like the six-sided ring. They (TNA) were banging a less than 1.0 number for the last three or four years. Styles the way he is, Abyss the way he is, six-sided ring the way it was, it banged a certain number and that was it."
A WWE source reports that the company may not know yet exactly what they're going to do with the ECW Title when NXT debuts and most likely current ECW Champion Christian will end up on the SmackDown brand.
- Former WWE and TNA star Daivari debuted for Ring of Honor at last night's TV tapings in Philadelphia. He cut a promo forsaking his previous gimmicks and ripped on the people of Philadelphia. Rapper KRS-ONE was also at last night's ROH show.
As noted this past Monday, I made mention of an interesting story making the rounds regarding an X Division star. As noted earlier today by TNAWrestlingNews.com, the interesting story pertains to TNA performer Frankie Kazarian (a/k/a Suicide).
Over the weekend, "a person in the know" sent me nude photographs Kazarian had taken of himself in the bathroom. The person claims that Kazarian has been having an ongoing affair with a California based adult star for the past three years which his wife, fellow TNA performer Tracy Brookshaw (a/k/a Traci Brooks), only recently became aware of. The longtime couple got married just a few weeks ago with many of their fellow peers in the wrestling industry in attendance. Traci is still trying to figure out the details of what went on. I can confirm that she has called the person in question to confront her about the situation.
Also note, a sex tape of Kazarian and the adult star in question apparently exists.
Late last week, Brooks peculiarly posted photos from her wedding on her Facebook account and made her profile picture a wedding shot of the two. She has since removed the wedding images and declared her account private. Furthermore, Kazarian deleted his MySpace and Facebook pages earlier this week, though the Facebook account has since been reactivated.
As noted earlier, Awesome Kong requested her release from TNA following her one-sided physical encounter with shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge backstage at a recent television taping. She has been telling friends that officials refused to grant her release from the organization. She countered by telling management that she would not be appearing on the UK tour despite being advertised. However, she did give into working a match the night following her altercation with Bubba. Furthermore, the issue between Kong and Bubba has apparently been resolved following a meeting between her, Hulk Hogan, and Eric Bischoff, though some internally feel it wouldn't be too surprising to see it turned into a storyline if and when she returns.
It should be noted that much of the lingering heat between Kong and TNA is said to be over a financial dispute. She is especially touchy when she notices the company spending frivolously on newcomers while also claiming that they can't afford to give raises to her and her fellow Knockouts. The assumption within the company is that Tara and perhaps Christy Hemme are paid well due to their past history with World Wrestling Entertainment, but there is much frustration over the pay that the other females receive.
We start off tonight’s show with a look back at the Mick Foley/Eric Bischoff/Hulk Hogan issues from last week. We also see the issues that Hulk Hogan had with Kurt Angle, but Kurt was the bigger man and he apologized. Then we see Jeff Jarrett try to fix his problems with Hulk Hogan and Bischoff.
We are live on tape from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and your announcers are Mike ‘Mardi Gras’ Tenay and Taz.
Before our first match, we get Ken Anderson’s introduction to let us know what his current weight and home town are. Ken says that he is the future of the four sided ring. Anderson says that since Hogan said he is the future, it is true.
We also see footage from Anderson’s match with Jarrett from last week.
Match Number One: Brutus Magnus versus Ken Anderson in an 8 Card Stud Tournament Qualifying Match
Anderson with a knee and forearm followed by a punch. Magnus with punches of his own. Anderson with a kick to Magnus and then he stomps on Magnus’ hand. Anderson with a hard Irish whip. Anderson kicks Magnus and continues to do so while he talks to the referee. Anderson punches Magnus but Magnus punches back. Magnus with a kick to Anderson followed by a boot to the chest. Magnus with a back elbow and a Japanese clothesline for a near fall. Magnus gets Anderson on his shoulders but Anderson with a rake of the eyes and the mic check for the three count. Winner: Ken Anderson
We see Mick Foley arrive at the Impact Zone compound in his compact rental. He gets out of his car and he walks towards the Impact Zone. We go to commercial.
We are back to talk to Kurt Angle. Christy asks him about his match with Tomko. Angle says that he will take care of Tomko quick. He wants to talk about Hulk Hogan who looks him in the eyes and then has his jackals attack him. Christy wants to know if Angle thinks that Hall and Waltman were doing it for Hogan. Angle tells Hogan, screw me once, shame on me, screw me twice, shame on you.
We run through the card for tonight’s show featuring the Knockouts, Tag Team, and World Champions in the ring, with two of them defending titles.
It is time for Eric Bischoff to make his first of many appearances tonight as he comes to the ring. Eric says that it is good to be here one more time. He says that last week he was clear with Foley that they needed to be on the same page, but Foley did not want to be on the same page. Eric says that it is a decision that will cost Foley dearly.
Mick Foley’s music plays and he comes to the ring. Foley circles Bischoff before addressing him. Foley tells Eric that his reputation in the business is that there is something wrong in his head. It wasn’t because of what he did to his body that nobody would do. It is because he likes about everybody. Foley says that people would get him to say negative things about people like Marcus Bagwell, Paul Heyman, and Jim Hellwig. However, he does not dislike anyone . . . other than Eric Bischoff because he hates his guts. He calls Bischoff a slick little hustler and the opposite of everything that he believes in. Foley says that Bischoff came in from the outside as a salesman and announcer. Foley calls Bischoff the worst announcer ever. Foley says that Eric became an executive because he did not embody old school wrestling. Foley says that he wasn’t old school, but he might have gone to the school that burned down before old school.
Bischoff says that it is not about the two of them, it is about other people. Foley says that he loves being part of TNA but he has prepared for the worst case scenario. Foley says that he has been saving every time. He talks about how he didn’t deal with the luxuries even when he was WWE champion. Foley wants to know who Bischoff is to play with Borash and Abyss’ careers . He says that the Impact Zone would shut down without JB and he says that Bischoff doesn’t know or care about it and shows that he doesn’t know what makes TNA tick.
Eric says that the control and power makes him tick. Eric says that if Foley doesn’t want to be on the same page as him, he can respect that. If he isn’t going to get on the same page, he will have to turn the page. Eric says that he is going to write the next chapter in the Mick Foley story. Foley and Bischoff both mention that they are New York Times Bestsellers. Foley reminds Bischoff what he wrote about him. Foley tells Eric that he knows that it might not last forever and he can understand if the relationship is over, but he won’t let Bischoff mess with the ‘woman’ that he loves.
Bischoff tells Eric to look at his hand because he still has Borash and Abyss’ futures in his hand. Eric tells Foley that he will be wrestling tonight and he will be facing Kevin Nash in a No Disqualification Match. Eric talks about Foley’s past with Nash and how he jumped him so it is tit for tat. Eric tells Foley that Nash gets his revenge tonight.
Abyss is watching in the back with Jeremy Borash and Abyss is freaking out. He wants to know if he is going to be okay. Borash asks Abyss if he is okay. He suggests that he should get his final paycheck. Borash says that he worked for Bischoff ten years ago and it is never okay. Abyss babbles and pulls at his hair as we go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to go to Tara who is with Christy Hemme. She asks Tara about her title defense against Angelina Love. Tara says that Angelina made her life miserable when she started in TNA, but she has seen a change in Angelina since her return. Tara says that Angelina earned her respect last week but she says that she is ready for Angelina.
Match Number Two: Hernandez and Matt Morgan versus Team 3D for the TNA Tag Titles
Ray and Hernandez start things off and they lock up. Ray backs Hernandez into the corner and he breaks clean. They lock up again and Ray with a side head lock but Ray blocks a punch and Hernandez does the same to Ray. They lock up and Ray with another side head lock but Hernandez with a shoulder tackle and he misses a splash into the corner. Ray with an Irish whip and Ray with a splash into the corner. Hernandez kicks Ray away and he goes up to the turnbuckles. Ray with a chop to Hernandez and Ray throws Hernandez off the turnbuckles. Ray with an elbow drop for a near fall. Devon tags in and he connects with elbows. Hernandez with a forearm and Morgan tags in. Devon with punches to Morgan and hits a flying clothesline followed by a leg drop for a near fall. Morgan with a clothesline to Devon for a near fall. Hernandez tags back in and he works on Devon’s neck. Devon with an elbow but Hernandez with a body block for a near fall. Hernandez puts Devon on the top turnbuckle and he tries for a superplex but Devon bites Hernandez and then he hits a diving head butt to the ribs. Ray and Morgan tag in and Ray punches Morgan and then he tries for a German suplex but Morgan blocks it. Morgan with elbows but Ray hits the German suplex followed by a Samoan drop on Hernandez. Team 3D hit a belly-to-back and neck breaker combination for a near fall. Team 3D with a double shoulder block on Hernandez followed by a slam by Ray. Devon goes up and The Nasty Boys push Devon off. Hernandez pushes Ray into the Carbon Footprint for the three count. Winners: Matt Morgan and Hernandez
After the match, the Nasty Boys comes out and they Knobs has a chair but Hernandez and Morgan come out and the Nasty Boys leave. Morgan and Hernandez check on Team 3D and then Team 3D leaves the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back for a bit and D’Angelo Dinero is getting ready for his match and then we go back to commercial.
Match Number Three: Jesse Neal versus Samoa Joe
Jesse attacks Joe before the bell rings but Joe with a suplex and punches and chops in the corner. Joe with an Irish whip and running elbow followed by an enzuigiri. Jesse with punches to Joe but Joe with a head butt. Neal with a rake of the eyes followed by a forearm to the back and head. Jesse goes to the turnbuckles but Joe moves out of the way when Jesse tries for a cross body. Joe with slaps to Jesse followed by an Irish whip and running knee into the corner. Joe with the muscle buster and he gets the three count. Winner: Samoa Joe
We go to the back where Christy is with Hulk Hogan and she wants to know if Hogan has anything to say about Kurt’s comments. Hogan says that he did not hear Angle’s comments. Hogan says that he didn’t have anything to do with that attack and he tells Angle that he will be around. Christy tells Hogan that Angle said that he was looking for him. Hogan says that he will be around. We go to commercial.
Match Number Four: D’Angelo Dinero versus A.J. Styles with Ric Flair in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Dinero works on the arm and wrist but Styles backs Dinero into the corner. Styles with a break but he chops Dinero but he looks at Flair and Dinero with a slap and then he hits a drop toe hold and works on the arm. Styles with a kick and he tries for a slam but Dinero with a series of elbows and then he punches Styles. Dinero with a back body drop and Styles goes to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Styles with a kick and elbow to Dinero’s head. We go back to commercial.
We are back and Styles with a shoulder tackle and then he connects with an elbow to the back of the head and chops him. Styles with the phenomenal drop kick and we see Flair strut on the floor. Styles with kicks to Dinero and then he catapults him into bottom rope. Styles with a chop and punch but Dinero with a chop of his own. Styles with a rear chin lock and then he chokes Dinero. Styles chokes Dinero in the ropes and then he hits a suplex and then he punches Dinero. Dinero punches Styles and then he gets a near fall with a sunset flip. Styles with a back elbow to Dinero and then he returns to the chin lock. Styles pulls Dinero to the mat by the hair. Styles with a kick to the head and Dinero with a chop but Styles with more kicks. Dinero blocks a punch and he connects with punches of his own. Dinero with a series of punches and then he hits a reverse atomic drop and a flying shoulder for a near fall. Styles with a rake of the eyes followed by a Pele kick. Flair taunts Dinero while he tries to get to his feet. Styles misses a splash into the corner. Dinero with a chop but Styles moves out of the way when Dinero tries for the splash in the ropes. Styles tries for a suplex but Dinero with an inside cradle to counter and he gets the three count. Winner: D’Angelo Dinero
After the match, Ric Flair and Styles attack Dinero. Samoa Joe comes to the ring and he punches Styles. Joe chokes Styles with his shirt but Flair chops Joe and Joe doesn’t feel it. Styles clips Joe and then he punches Joe. Flair with a knee to the hamstring. Dinero kicks Styles while Joe clotheslines Flair over the top rope onto the ramp.
Security finally makes their way to the ring and we go to commercial.
We are back and Ric Flair asks Joe if he wants to die tonight while Joe is being held back by security. Flair tells Joe that it is the new TNA and he will get his ass beat. Joe tells Flair to shut his mouth. He then tells A.J. that he is a scum bag. He doesn’t care if they were friends or enemies, but A.J. was a warrior. He tells A.J. that he has given up on that for a few suits and hookers. Joe says that he needs to remind A.J. that he is a man so he is going to cash in his title shot at Against All Odds. Joe tells A.J. that he will have to deal with the inevitable. Joe suggests to Dinero that they give A.J. and Flair a preview . . .
but we go to Angelina Love in the interview area with Christy and Christy asks them if Velvet, Lacey, and Madison will get involved in her match. Angelina taught them everything they know but she did not teach them everything she knows. She says that they never should have replaced her and wonders how that is working. Angelina suggests that she might become a three time champion tonight. She says that she is awesome at revenge.
Kevin Nash and Eric Young are in the dressing room and Eric Bischoff enters and he doesn’t know who Eric Young is. Eric introduces himself and then Eric remembers and asks him to leave. Eric says that it is another name he probably won’t remember in the morning. Eric says that he needs a favor from Kevin. He wants Kevin to mop up Foley in a No Disqualification Match. Kevin wants some reciprocity from Bischoff and mentions Hall and Waltman. Eric calls them screw ups and he tells Nash that if he likes that tune, he can play it too . . . or he can destroy Mick Foley for him. We go to commercial.
We are back with an Earlier Tonight Moment of Eric Bischoff announcing the match between Mick Foley and Kevin Nash. We see the footage from two months ago when Foley attacked Kevin Nash in the empty arena.
We go to Mick Foley with Christy Hemme. Christy asks Mick about his match with Kevin Nash. She asks if he is going to fall in line. Foley says that while he is not in traditional wrestling attire, he will be lacing it up instead of falling in line. Christy asks about the bad blood. Foley says that they have unresolved differences, but then he thinks about what Nash put him through the last few weeks. He talks about being sent to meet with Lou ‘Hulk’ Ferrigno. Abyss interrupts and he wants to know if Foley is going to fall in line. Foley says that he will take care of business in the ring. Foley wants Abyss to promise that he doesn’t get involved in the match.
Match Number Five: Tomko versus Kurt Angle in an 8 Card Stud Qualifying Match
Angle with a German suplex but Tomko with a big boot and Angle pops up and then he connects with a head butt and clotheslines Tomko over the top rope to the floor. Angle slams Tomko’s head into the ring steps. Tomko with a power slam to a charging Angle followed by an Irish whip and a running clothesline. Tomko with an Irish whip and Angle’s shoulder goes into the ring post. Tomko with a standing power slam for a near fall. Tomko with a head lock but Angle with punches. Tomko with a vertical choke slam and then he goes to the apron. Eventually he goes up top but Angle recovers and hits a belly-to-belly suplex and both men are down. Angle tries for the Three Rivers German suplex combination but Tomko stops him after two. Angle with an Olympic slam but he can only get a two count. Tomko with a clothesline and then he misses the big boot. Angle with five rolling German suplexes and the straps are down and then he puts Tomko in the ankle lock and he grapevines the leg. Tomko taps out. Winner: Kurt Angle
Angelina Love and Tara are walking in split screen as we go to commercial.
We are back with footage from the TNA tour of Europe and the ring looks different from the one in Orlando.
In case you forgot all of the problems between Mick Foley and Kevin Nash, here is a recap.
Hulk Hogan is in his office and Nash enters. Kevin talks about the Foley thing and he says that he is on the team. Nash says that he doesn’t like Foley. He asks Hogan if he can give Pac and Hall another chance. Hogan says that he wanted them here, but he has given them too many chances. He tells Nash to distance himself from those guys. Hogan says that he doesn’t get their thing right now. Nash tells Hogan to keep an open mind. Hogan tells Nash not to let them suck him in.
We have a video package showing the issues between Angelina Love and her former tag team partners as well as the arrival of Lacey Von Erich on the scene.
Match Number Six: Angelina Love versus Tara for the TNA Women’s Title
They lock up and Tara with a side head lock and take down. Angelina gets a near fall by rolling Tara over. Angelina with a head scissors and Tara escapes and gets a near fall but Angelina with a bridge into a back slide for a near fall. After all of that action, we go to commercial.
We are back and Tara is working on the wrist but we go back to commercial.
We are back and we have a test of strength and Angelina with a take down into a hammer lock. Angelina works on the arm some more but Tara with a cartwheel but Angelina with a take down for a near fall. Tara with an Irish whip and Angelina with a sunset flip for a near fall. Tara with the uranage side slam for a near fall. Angelina with a forearm but she misses a bicycle kick. Tara sets for the Widow’s Peak but Angelina counters. Tara with a rollup for the three count. Winner: Tara
After the match, Tara and Angelina shake hands but Velvet Sky, Madison Rayne, and Lacey Von Erich attack Angelina. Tara punches Lacey, Velvet, and Madison. Angelina joins in the attack. Madison and Lacey are unable to take care of Angelina and Tara but Velvet is able to escape.
We go to the outer parts of the Impact Zone compound and we see Scott Hall and Sean Waltman trying to prepare their entry into the Impact Zone. We go to commercial.
We are back and Kurt Angle storms into Hogan’s office and he wants Hogan to explain what happened last week. Hogan says that he didn’t give Hall and Waltman contracts because they are thugs and then he talks about Angle’s conspiracy theories brother. Hogan brings up Angle’s blown opportunities brother. Angle says that he wants to know what Hogan’s agenda is. Angle talks about the people that Hogan has done business with in the past. Angle says that Hogan will not screw with him. He tells Hogan this is his last warning. Hogan tells Angle, brother, to get out of his office and he says please.
Match Number Seven: Mick Foley versus Kevin Nash in a No Disqualification Match
Nash comes to the ring with Raven’s shopping cart of weapons. Foley has a barbed wire baseball bat. Foley hits the trash can with the barbed wire bat. Nash gets a chair and he blocks the bat some more. Nash hits Foley in the legs with the hockey stick and then Nash has the bat and he uses it on Foley. Foley with a back kick to the groin and then Foley with a running forearm to the head. Foley sends Nash’s head into the guardrail and the apron. Foley with punches to the top of the head. Foley is about to hit Nash with something but Nash with a big boot and he gets the three count. Winner: Kevin Nash
After the match, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman make their way through the crowd and into the ring. Hall punches Nash and Waltman with a spin kick. Waltman and Hall continue the attack on Nash.
Alicia Fox & Katie Lea def. Kelly Kelly & Eve Evan Bourne def. Carlito John Morrison, Matt Hardy & The Great Khali def. Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre & The Hart Dynasty
WWE Superstars” is always exciting, but the most recent episode ended with more jubilation than usual as John Morrison and Matt Hardy joined The Great Khali in celebrating their win in a way that only The Punjabi Playboy can.
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John Morrison, Matt Hardy & The Great Khali def. Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre & The Hart Dynasty (PHOTOS | WATCH) One week earlier on “WWE Superstars,” The Great Khali watched as Matt Hardy was pinned by one-half of The Hart Dynasty, David Hart Smith. But this week saw The Punjabi Playboy join the fray along with John Morrison as they took on the aggressive team of Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre, Tyson Kidd & Smith. Despite the second-generation Superstar’s impressive size and strength it wasn’t enough to overcome Khali, who hit Smith with the Punjabi Plunge and pinned him for the win. Following the match, Morrison and Hardy joined The Punjabi Playboy in his customary Bhangra-infused celebration.
Evan Bourne def. Carlito (PHOTOS | WATCH) Two of Raw’s most impressive ring warriors squared off on “WWE Superstars” as Evan Bourne competed against Carlito. The Southpaw from San Juan pulled out all the stops in their back-and-forth match-up, but ultimately it was the high-risk, high-reward tactics of “Air” Bourne that carried the day, earning the high-flyer a win over his opponent.
Alicia Fox & Katie Lea def. Kelly Kelly & Eve (PHOTOS | WATCH) The previous “WWE Superstars” saw Katie Lea join forces with Jillian in a losing tag team effort against The Bella Twins. This week, however, The Scarlet Witch saw more luck while teaming up with Alicia Fox. With Katie Lea’s assistance, The Foxy Floridian fended off the attacks of Kelly Kelly & Eve, pinning the blonde bombshell for the win.
There continues to be a lot of talk within WWE that the new NXT show will be reality based with an interactive aspect to it. It's possible that the show will only feature new talents and no veterans, as it was believed at first that some familiar stars would be on the show.
Ted sent word that Scott Steiner has been removed from the TNA roster page, which could mean he's been released from the company. It was reported a few weeks back that Steiner's future with TNA was up in the air. Ric Flair and Mr. Anderson have been added to the roster page.
TNA's Lockdown 2010 pay-per-view will be held in St. Charles, Missouri, outside of St. Louis, at the Family Arena on April 18th. There will be a fan interaction event on the 17th. The deal was apparently a last minute thing as the original location they had booked had to be canceled because WWE booked the arena and insisted on a non-compete clause within a time frame that TNA had booked.
Rey Mysterio avoids a serious injury Posted by Chris Kaufman on 02/02/2010 at 03:10 PM
Rey Mysterio avoided a major injury at a Smackdown/ECW live event last week where he was teaming with Kane to face CM Punk & Luke Gallows.
Rey was standing on Kane’s shoulders when Kane started walking before Rey was in place. Rey fell backwards towards the turnbuckle and landed with all of his weight on the left leg. The match was immediately stopped. Referee Jack Doan spoke with Rey, who confirmed he was hurt. Rey rolled out to the floor for a while before the match was re-started. Kane worked the next few minutes by himself and Rey did come back in but only for a few quick spots. Rey limped to the back but did work the TV tapings two nights later and has worked several shows since then.
Taz talks more in detail about ECW ending Posted by Mark Virginia on 02/03/2010 at 03:51 PM
ECW original and TNA announcer Taz has posted a message on his Facebook.com page regarding Vince McMahon's announcement that ECW is shutting down once and for all in 3 weeks.
Last night on Twitter, Taz wrote "thank god" WWE's version of ECW is done and sarcastically called McMahon not thanking Paul Heyman or the ECW originals a "classy" move. On Facebook, Taz explains exactly what bothered him about McMahon's announcement:
"Point is, why not acknowledge the Paul Heymens contributions to the industry? Or, saying thanks to all the ECW original wrestlers? A lot of blood, sweat and tears were dropped during the original ECW's life! If you are going to thank cameramen & directors (etc) than acknowledge the past history because its well deserved.
Even if Vince McMahon did not feel Paul Heyman and the ECW originals deserved to be acknowledged, Taz feels Vince once again left money on the table by not getting the most out of an asset he bought:
"If you utilized the letters ECW to make a lot of $$$ over the past several years I would assume that your respect the history of ECW? If you would produce and sell a successful DVD documenting the companies history...I would assume you feel that the original ECW history has value....than why not give it a proper send off?"
He concluded the message by saying he's happy the ECW letters are being retired, as they deserve to rest in peace.
Carter says WWE is trying to shut TNA down Posted by Mark Virginia on 02/01/2010 at 07:04 PM
TNA President Dixie Carter spoke to Fred Tropel of CanMag.com and explained that TNA Wrestling is going up against a corporate juggernaut that will stop at nothing to put them out of business.
“Our competition may not have the same opinion that competition is good for an industry and take every opportunity to try to shut us down," she said. "I mean, it is the truest of David-and-Goliath situations, but we are scrappy. We will not take no for an answer, and we are going to have great success."
With everything that WWE has going for them, Carter believes her company has a better in ring product and knows what the fans want.
"I think that these days you don’t have to be a bigger-than-life cartoon character. I mean, it’s much more about reality and what these guys can do in the ring. They are amazing athletes," Carter said. "I can have an all-pro football player, an NBA star on, and they say, 'We could never do something like this.' You have no off season. It's 52 weeks a year, and then we tour in between that. These guys are incredible athletes, and we do focus on the athleticism on our show much, much more."
Vance Archer def. Shelton Benjamin Yoshi Tatsu def. Trent Barreta ECW Champion Christian vs. Zack Ryder (No Contest)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon made a special appearance on ECW on Syfy Tuesday night to address the WWE Universe and announce plans for a brand new program coming to WWE!
Mr. McMahon addresses the future of ECW (PHOTOS | WATCH) In an historic moment, WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon told the WWE Universe about his future plans for ECW on Syfy. In three weeks, ECW will end, but a brand new, innovative, never-before-seen program will premiere in the same Tuesday night timeslot, 10/9 CT, on Syfy. McMahon said it’ll be “the next evolution of WWE; the next evolution of television history.”
“The Abraham Washington Show” with ECW Champion Christian (PHOTOS | WATCH) Abraham Washington returned to ECW on Syfy this week with a special guest – ECW Champion Christian. Captain Charisma – who now holds his title longer than any other Superstar or Diva in WWE – joined the critically-acclaimed talk show to discuss his giant win over Ezekiel Jackson Sunday at Royal Rumble. But Christian’s celebration was cut short by none other than ECW’s self-proclaimed “Heart and Soul Superhero of ECW,” Zack Ryder, and his girlfriend, Rosa Mendes. The Long Island Loudmouth told Christian he isn’t the biggest newsmaker of the week, Gregory Helms is.
Gregory Helms attacked (PHOTOS | WATCH) While questioning Ezekiel Jackson about his loss to ECW Champion Christian at Royal Rumble, Gregory Helms was tormented by Big Zeke and his associate, William Regal. Instead of answering Helms’ questions, the ruthless duo attacked the interviewer, taunting him about his “rough week.” Luckily for Helms, Christian emerged in his defense.
ECW Champion Christian vs. Zack Ryder (No Contest) (PHOTOS | WATCH) After their explosive confrontation during “The Abraham Washington Show” earlier in the evening, ECW Champion Christian met Zack Ryder in the main event. While many in the WWE Universe hoped to see this rivalry settled in a singles non-title contest, the match ended without a clear winner. Christian came close to a victory after hitting Ryder with the Killswitch. But William Regal and Ezekiel Jackson – the latter whom Captain Charisma defeated at Royal Rumble – interrupted the match, attacking Christian. Outnumbered, the ECW Champion was savagely assaulted when Regal nailed him with a Running Knee Trembler and Jackson tossed him into the steel stairs. How will Christian retaliate against Big Zeke and Regal’s attack?
Vance Archer def. Shelton Benjamin (PHOTOS | WATCH) Rivals Vance Archer and Shelton Benjamin finally met again in singles action this week on ECW on Syfy. Fresh off his appearance Sunday at Royal Rumble, Benjamin looked poised to finally gain retribution against his nemesis, Archer, who brutally attacked him last week on ECW. But it was Archer who stole a win, as the WWE official didn’t see his legs leveraged on the ropes while he pinned The Gold Standard. With the tension between Archer and Benjamin at an all-time high, the WWE Universe is left to wonder who’ll win this battle. How will Benjamin fight back against his rival? Will Archer continue his “masterpiece of agony” on ECW?
Yoshi Tatsu def. Trent Barreta (PHOTOS | WATCH) For the second week in a row, Yoshi Tatsu sealed Trent Barreta’s fate with just one electric kick. With his mentor and friend, Goldust, in his corner, the Japanese Superstar earned another victory over newcomer Barreta, whose tag team partner, Caylen Croft, could only stand at ringside and witness Barreta argue the WWE official’s call before being shocked by Tatsu’s final kick. What’s next for Tatsu & Goldust, and Barreta & Croft? Will the Cardiac Kid’s winning streak against Barreta continue?
JBL wrote the following message on his Twitter yesterday after the RAW rating came in: "raw did 3.7 and they are happy? Shawn Michaels and i did 4.1s, ron and i did an 8.6. JBL #1 free agent in wrestling? I think so. I draw #s !"
TNA star Samoa Joe was interviewed by TNA's official website and talked about "dead weight "on the TNA roster. Joe also defended the infamous shoot promo he cut at Turning Point 2007, when he verbally blasted Scott Hall in the middle of the ring for no-showing the event. Joe told TNA interviewer Hermie Sadler:
"It was a statement that needed to be made. This is a company that can't have a lot of dead weight attached to it. You either come here to work or fight or get down or you don't come here at all. For the people that I was speaking about, I made it known I wasn't here to play games and just be a TV star. I'm here for this company to be the very best and for me to be the very best."
Joe's admits that his comments were harsh, but he stands by everything he said and said them because he cares about the company's survival.
"If anything that I said out there you didn't find to be true, then maybe you don't need to be here because everything I said out there I still stand by. I apologized for the tone to some people because they may have taken offense, but at the same time, in their heart of hearts, they knew everything I said out there was absolutely true."
John Cena def. Cody Rhodes in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match Triple H def. Jack Swagger in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match Randy Orton def. Shawn Michaels in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match Ted DiBiase def. Mark Henry in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match Kofi Kingston def. Big Show in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
NASHVILLE - In his role as Capt. James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise, William Shatner presided over a crew that sometimes found themselves at each others’ throats. In his role as special guest host of Raw, the iconic actor also presided over a roster full of Superstars – and at least one Chairman – with enough personal vendettas to fill an entire galaxy.
Bret Hart confronted Mr. McMahon (PHOTOS | WATCH) It’s been nearly a month since Mr. McMahon’s most recent betrayal of Bret Hart, when he lauded the WWE Hall of Famer just before kicking him in the gut. Tonight was payback time, or, at least it was supposed to be. While The “Hit Man” fired off a few choice words regarding The Chairman’s character and scruples, Mr. McMahon shot back with a few scathing words of his own.
Bret snapped, though, when The Chairman revoked the WWE Hall of Fame induction of Hart’s father and legendary trainer, Stu. That’s when The “Hit Man” retaliated against his longtime rival. Before he could truly pummel Mr. McMahon, though, Batista charged the ring and attacked Bret. As The Animal held Hart, Mr. McMahon berated him and, in shades of 12 years ago, actually spat on the Hall of Famer.
Kofi Kingston def. Big Show in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) In a head-scratching turn of events, Big Show fumbled an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match to Kofi Kingston due to a disqualification. While the match appeared even on balance, the scales tipped when Kofi attacked The World’s Largest Athlete. Show then lashed out blindly and hit the referee with a knock-out punch and was summarily disqualified. As a result, Kofi will join WWE Champion Sheamus, John Cena, Triple H, Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase in the Elimination Chamber Match in three weeks.
Guest host William Shatner arranged Unified Tag Team Triple Threat Match for next week (WATCH) William Shatner: Renaissance Man. The iconic thespian wears many hats in his life, and, in WWE, he slipped easily into his role as “Raw Match Negotiator.” When United States Champion The Miz & The Big Show whined about wanting to face DX for the Unified Tag Team Titles, they were not alone. CM Punk & Luke Gallows also craved an opportunity. Therefore, the brilliance that is Shatner arranged for the three teams to battle for the titles next Monday night in a Unified Tag Team Triple Threat Match.
Ted DiBiase def. Mark Henry in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) Hoping to follow The Legacy’s ringleader, Randy Orton, into the Elimination Chamber, Ted DiBiase scored a huge victory when he defeated Mark Henry in a qualifying match. After being subjected to The Viper’s tirade the night before, DiBiase wasn’t about to slip up. This time, the multi-generation Superstar overcame The World’s Strongest Man to become the fourth entrant to qualify for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match.
Randy Orton def. Shawn Michaels in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) With one clear path to The Undertaker denied, Shawn Michaels hoped to take the road less traveled by first prevailing in the evening’s third Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match. Unfortunately for him, Randy Orton was acting as toll collector. Combating an obsessive yearning for a WrestleMania rematch with the World Heavyweight Champion, HBK came up short against The Viper, who was undoubtedly still steaming over his loss to WWE Champion Sheamus the night before.
Triple H def. Jack Swagger in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) A word to the engineers of this year’s Elimination Chamber: You may want to tighten the bolts. After facing off against Jack Swagger and winning the night’s second qualifying match, Triple H will join his equally colossal Raw Superstars, WWE Champion Sheamus and John Cena, in the structure later this month.
John Cena def. Cody Rhodes in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) John Cena was “thisclose” to winning the Royal Rumble and earning a spot in the main event at WrestleMania. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. As everyone knows, though, Cena never gives up. Despite a disappointing finish the night before, Cena faced off against Cody Rhodes in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match. The winner would join four others as well as WWE Champion Sheamus in the most unforgiving structure in WWE history. Granting Cena some consolation, he managed to defeat the Legacy henchman and qualify for Raw’s main event bout at WWE Elimination Chamber.
Edge opened Raw; WWE Champion Sheamus confronts him (PHOTOS | WATCH) Out of commission for six months due to a torn Achilles tendon, Edge’s ego simply couldn’t wait for the soothing glow of the spotlight. Having outlasted 29 of his fellow Superstars to win the Royal Rumble Match the night before, the SmackDown Superstar commandeered Raw to brag about his return, to boast about being in the main event at WrestleMania and, seemingly, to rail against current WWE Champion Sheamus.
The Irishman would have none of it, though. The fiery champion informed Edge that, while he was busy nursing wounds, the landscape of WWE had changed, that The Celtic Warrior was now in command. As if to prove the point, the Irishman attacked, but The R-Rated Superstar quickly returned fire, nailing Sheamus with a spear before beating a retreat.
WWE had trademarked "NXT" to use for the new Tuesday night show on the SyFy network. Sources have confirmed that ECW will now be called WWE NXT, with the NXT standing for Next Generation.
Apparently the show will be built around an entirely new cast of characters with the idea that WWE fans can see these characters develop and debut only on SyFy. Expect a lot of talents from WWE developmental to be called up. More details on the new WWE show should be made clear tonight.
On February 14, the countdown to Lockdown begins! The greatest athletes in professional wrestling today join forces with the most recognizable legends and icons of all-time! Who will overcome the odds to earn a shot at the TNA Heavyweight Championship at Lockdown?
TNA Wrestling presents "Against All Odds" live on Sunday, February 14, on Pay-Per-View!
The spectacular will take place at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, and will be available on InDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, Viewer's Choice, TVN and many more! Check your programming guide for availability!
Keep watching TNA "iMPACT!" every Thursday night at 9/8c for news and matches on TNA's "Against All Odds" Pay-Per-View!
Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) vs. The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags)
- Tonight's WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view opens with a Road to WrestleMania video package with the usual highlights.
ECW Title Match: Ezekiel Jackson vs. Christian
The ECW Champion Christian makes his way out to the ring first to a nice pop. Out next is the challenger, Ezekiel Jackson with William Regal. Both men lock up and Christian is quickly shoved away by Jackson. Christian ducks another lock up attempt, but Jackson is quick to regain the advantage with a belly to back slam. Christian is up and he slaps Jackson across the face. Jackson chases Christian to the outside, but back in the ring, Jackson is caught by surprise with a couple of quick fists, a dropkick, and a springboard plancha from Christian. Christian rolls Jakcson back into the ring, ducks a couple of clotheslines and hits another slap, but Jackson responds with a slam.
Jackson hits Christian with a couple of big blows to the back, and he sends Christian into the corner twice, but Christian comes out and even attempts the killswitch. Jackson fights it off and tries for a gorilla press but Christian fights out, knocks Jackson into the ropes, and stands on his back, choking him. Christian slaps Jackson a third time, but when he goes to the second rope, Jackson pulls his feet out from under him and sends him to the outside. Regal tries to get involved, but the ref sees it and ejects him from the ringside area.
Jackson slams Christian into the steel ring steps and rolls him back into the ring. Jackson goes for the pin but Christian kicks out at two. Jackson wrenches away at Christian's neck. Jackson picks him up, from a seated position and choke slams him. Jackson hits a delayed vertical suplex, but again it's only good for two. Jackson bends Christian around the ropes and clubs away at his chest before bringing him back into the ring and working over Christian's back. Christian comes up with a springboard sunset flip out of nowhere, but Jackson plucks up Christian and plants him with a double hand choke slam. Jackson locks in a camel clutch but Christian fights out.
Christian slaps Jackson three times, but Jackson comes back with a clothesline to the back of the head, that's good for a two count. Jackson locks in a weird modified full nelson, but Christian is able to get to his feet. Jackson sits Christian on the top rope and he goes for a superplex, but Christian fights out of it, and kicks Jackson in the face, following up with a flying shoulder block.
Christian side steps a charging Jackson, who connects with the turnbuckle. Christian connects with a missile dropkick and he tries for the killswitch, but Jackson fights out again. Christian hits a reverse DDT, and he goes to the top, trying for a splash, but Jackson moves. Jackson connects with a huge lariat, but Christian won't stay down. Christian tries for the killswitch again, but Jackson counters into a backbreaker, but it's still only good enough for two. Christian dodges a charging Jackson again, and hits a kick to the face. Christian hits a tornado DDT, but Jackson is still able to kick out.
Christian goes for the killswitch yet again, but Jackson counters out. Christian locks in a sleeper, but Jackson muscles him into powerslam position and slams him into the corner twice, but going for the third, Christian connects with the killswitch out of nowhere. Christian rolls over Jackson, and this one is over.
- We go backstage with Teddy Long and Tiffany. He congratulates her on the ECW Title match when Cryme Tyme walk in. They say only one of them is allowed in the Rumble match this year and ask for Long's help. They want him to give them someone's spot in the Rumble match. Teddy says he can't. They say they talked someone into giving them their other spot and in comes The Great Khali. Khali doesn't seem sure about this. Ranjin Singh comes in and says Khali says no dice, home slice. Teddy says Cryme Tyme look like fools with their "pants on the ground." This leads to everyone singing the pants on the ground song. The Miz walks in and says 5 years now, nobody will remember what they're doing but they will remember him winning his first Royal Rumble. Teddy announces that also tonight, The Miz will defend his US Title against MVP. Next.
- We go backstage with Randy Orton. Cody Rhodes walks up and says what Orton said last week, didn't just go over his head. Cody tells Orton he's there for him. Cody says he wishes he could say the same thing for Ted DiBiase. Cody says Ted hasn't been the same since The Marine 2 came out. Cody says all Ted is talking about is winning the Rumble match and then going to WrestleMania to beat Orton for the WWE Title. This pisses Orton off. Cody walks off, leaving Orton in deep thought.
WWE United States Title Match: MVP vs. The Miz
Out next for this late addition is WWE's United States Champion The Miz. His opponent, MVP, is out next to a nice pop. They enter the ring and we get ready to go.
Miz tries to hide behind the ref at the beginning of the match, but he quickly comes out with a couple of kicks. MVP is quick to come back though with a flying lariat that's good for a near fall. MVP hits a suplex and floats over into a cover for a one. MVP sends MIz into the corner, but when he follows in he eats a boot. MVP retaliates with a back body drop. Miz tries to leave the ring, but MVP hits a belly to back suplex instead. Miz bails to the floor, but MVP follows him out, hits him, and body slams him into the barricade. MVP rolls Miz back into the ring, but he ends up being kicked out to the apron, and Miz knocks him off into the announce table.
Miz sends MVP back into the ring and he works over MVP with a couple of stomps and a leg drop. Miz backs MVP up into the corner and drives his shoulder into MVP's midsection before just pounding him down. Miz hits his corner clothesline, and he goes to the top rope, where he hits a double ax handle that's good for a near fall. Miz locks in a rear chin lock and he takes MVP down to the mat.
MVP eventually fights back up to his feet and out of the submission, and hits Miz with a couple of right hands before launching him in the air and down to the mat. MVP drives Miz's face into his knee and he hits the ballin' elbow. MVP tries for the playmaker, but Miz fights it off, only to walk into a Yakuza kick that's good for a two count. Miz rolls out to the apron and when MVP follows, he gets hung up on the top rope. Miz tries to catch MVP off guard, but MVP retaliates with a pounce.
MVP goes for the Playmaker's boot but Miz ducks, Miz goes for the SCF, but MVP fights out. MVP catches Miz with a series of roll ups, but Miz continually kicks out. Miz locks in a small package out of nowhere, and he gets the three count. Winner: The Miz
- After the match, The Miz taunts MVP who is down. MVP comes out of nowhere with the Playmaker and drops Miz. MVP gets boo'd as he goes to the back.
- We go backstage with Big Show and Chris Jericho. Show says Jericho must be jealous over the chemistry he has with The Miz. Jericho puts down Miz and says Miz is using Show for his own personal agenda. Show says yea, kind of like Jericho did. Jericho says they were the greatest tag team ever. Show says if it comes down to them three tonight, he's throwing both of them out of the Rumble. Show walks off. R-Truth walks up and says he will throw Jericho out if Show doesn't. Jericho says Truth will have to go through Big Show first. Truth says Jericho is on his own tonight because it's every man for himself. Jericho says he will main event WrestleMania and walks off.
- We see Randy Orton walking backstage when Ted DiBiase walks up. Ted says Cody has been talking lately about winning the Rumble match tonight and facing Sheamus at WrestleMania. Ted tells Orton he has his back tonight. Orton says he's about to beat Sheamus for the WWE Title and doesn't need anyone's help.
WWE Title Match: Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
The WWE Champion Sheamus comes out first for tonight's WWE Title match. Out next is the challenger, Randy Orton, who stares down Sheamus as he approaches the ring. The WWE Title is held up as we get ready to begin.
Both men stare each other down at the outset of the match. Sheamus pumps himself up, to the crowds disproval, this crowd is solidly behind Orton. Orton locks in a headlock, but Sheamus is quick to fight out, but Orton connects with a beautiful dropkick. Orton and Sheamus stare each other down again. Another lock up and Sheamus backs Orton into the ropes, but Orton turns it around. Sheamus shoves Orton, but Orton comes back with a European uppercut, it's not enough though as Sheamus comes back and works on Orton's arm.
Orton goes to the outside and Sheamus follows, slamming Orton into the barricade and slamming Orton's arm into the ring steps. Sheamus sends Orton back into the ring, and continues to work over Orton's arm, wrenching away. Sheamus picks Orton up into powerslam position, but Orton works out of it and goes for a chop block. Orton immediately goes to work on Sheamus' knee, stomping away at the leg.
Orton wrenches away at Sheamus' leg and ankle, making Sheamus squirm. Sheamus tries to kick him off, but Randy just wrenches harder. Sheamus kicks again and this time it's enough to stop Orton. Sheamus sends Orton shoulder first into the ring post, and then does it again.
Sheamus buries his shoulder in Orton's midsection twice, but when he goes for a third, Orton gets his knee up. Orton kicks Sheamus in the knee, and goes right back to work, stomping at Sheamus' wrist. Orton drags Sheamus' legs to the apron, and slams them down, and then into the ring post. Orton clubs at Sheamus' chest and Sheamus falls to the floor.
Orton brings Sheamus back into the ring, and he kicks at Sheamus' midsection. Sheamus fights back though, and hits a single arm DDT out of nowhere that's good for a near fall. Sheamus locks in an arm bar and digs his knee into Orton's ear.
Orton fights out of the submission, getting to his feet and punching Sheamus' kidney, but Sheamus switches it up, locking Orton's wrist behind his head. Orton fights out, and he and Sheamus trade punches, with Orton getting yays, and Sheamus getting boos. Sheamus hits a uranage backbreaker on Orton, but it's not enough for a three count.
Sheamus picks Orton up and he goes for his finisher, but Orton fights out, kicks Sheamus in the knee and sends him to the outside. Sheamus makes it to the apron at 7, but Orton quickly goes for, and hits his rope assisted DDT. Orton goes for the pin but Sheamus is able to grab the rope and force the ref to stop the count. Orton gets in position for the punt, but Sheamus rolls to the outside to prevent it. Orton gives chase, and he clubs Sheamus with a big European uppercut, but Sheamus sends him into the ring post twice. Sheamus rolls Orton back into the ring, but Cody Rhodes jumps the security rail out of nowhere and he hits Sheamus. Orton connects with the RKO and he goes for the pin, but the ref calls for the bell on account of DQ.
Winner by DQ: Sheamus
- After the match, Cody is apologizing to Orton as he steps into the ring. The crowd starts chanting RKO. Cody is so sorry, he says. Orton drops Cody with a big right hand. Orton starts slamming Cody's head into the mat. Ted DiBiase rushes the ring and pulls Orton off Cody and tries calming him down. Ted tends to Cody but Orton turns him around and lays him out with a right hand too. Orton yells at them both in the corner and stomps on Cody. Sheamus gets up behind Orton and Legacy sees this. Orton turns around to a huge kick to the face from Sheamus and goes down. The WWE Champion exits the ring and heads to the back. Ted and Cody finally leave the ring also with Orton still laid out from Sheamus' kick. We go to replays.
- We go to a video showing the events leading up to tonight's match between Mickie James and Michelle McCool.
WWE Women's Title Match: Mickie James vs. Michelle McCool
Out first for tonight's next match is the WWE Women's Champion Michelle McCool. The crowd boo's Michelle as she takes the mic. She says the people came to see her tonight. Michelle says unfortunately Mickie is no where to be seen tonight because if she was anywhere close to the arena, you couldn't miss her. McCool says she must be at the hot dog stand again. Michelle says Mickie must have forfeited the match. Music hits and out comes Layla dressed as a large Mickie James. As Layla gets to the ring, the real Mickie's music hits and out she comes. She rushes Layla and lays her out at ringside. The bell rings and here we go.
Mickie comes in and hits her DDT finisher quickly for McCool to take the match and the belt in a squash.
Winner and New WWE Women's Champion: Mickie James
- After the match, Mickie drops Layla on top of McCool. The other Divas, Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim, Maria, Melina, Eve and others come out with a big sheet cake. They hold McCool and Layla down while Mickie slams the cake in their faces. Mickie celebrates some more as Layla and McCool scream.
- We go to a video package showing events leading up to tonight's World Heavyweight Title match between The Undertaker and Rey Mysterio.
World Heavyweight Title Match: Rey Mysterio vs. The Undertaker
The pyro explodes and out comes Rey Mysterio to a nice pop. Next the bells toll and out comes The Undertaker to defend his World Heavyweight Title. Taker makes his grand entrance and we get ready to begin.
Mysterio tries to use his quickness early on, kicking at Taker's leg, and getting in some quick strikes, but Taker grabs Mysterio by the throat, and simply throws him over the top rope and to the floor.
On his way back into the ring, Mysterio catches Taker with a quick shoulder and some more quick striker, but when he goes for a springboard move, Taker simply punches him in the face and Mysterio crashes to the floor. Taker follows him out and sets him up on the apron, clubbing away at his chest. Taker goes for the leg drop, Mysterio moves but Taker lands on his feet and clubs Mysterio. Taker sets Mysterio up on the bottom rope and hits the leg drop instead.
Taker goes for a chokeslam, but Mysterio turns it into a hurricarana and he tries for a 619 but Taker catches him. Taker tries for the tombstone, but Rey fights out of it. Mysterio goes for a springboard cross body, but he ends up eating Taker's boot. Mysterio rolls to the floor and Taker follows.
Taker catches Mysterio with a big blow, another, and a third. Taker breaks the count, and he tries for a big boot, but Mysterio ducks and Taker ends up hung up on the ring post. Mysterio heads back into the ring and connects with a baseball slide to Taker's leg while it's still hung up. Taker falls to the floor, and when he gets to his feet, Rey tries for a hurricarana. Taker catches him and tries for the Last Ride, but Mysterio climbs up on the apron and hits an asai moonsault to take down Taker.
Taker gets to his feet and catches Mysterio by the throat before slamming him back into the barricade. Back in the ring Taker goes for the cover but Mysterio is able to kick out. Taker goes to work on Mysterio's arm, hoisting him up in the air, and slamming him down across the top rope. Taker chokes Mysterio, breaking at a 3 count, and Mysterio crawls to the corner. Taker starts to work over Mysterio with measured blows in the corner.
Taker connects with a side slam, but Mysterio is still able to kick out at two. Mysterio goes to work with a couple of quick kicks, but another right hand puts him right back down on the canvas. Mysterio catches Taker with a jawbreaker, and a low dropkick to the face. Mysterio hits a springboard leg drop, and goes for the cover, but Taker kicks out at two. Taker makes his way to his feet and catches Mysterio with a huge lariat. Taker is bleeding from the nose and mouth pretty bad. Taker goes for the Last Ride, but Mysterio fights out and Taker ends up in the ropes. Mysterio connects with a 619 and a springboard dropkick to the back. Mysterio hits another 619, but when he goes for the springboard senton, Taker catches him and hits a huge stalling Last Ride. He pins Mysterio, and this one is in the books.
Winner: The Undertaker
- We go backstage where Shawn Michaels is. Kane walks up and tells HBK his obsession with his brother is ridiculous. Kane points out he's eliminated more stars in one match than anyone. Kane walks off and in comes Triple H. He wishes Shawn good luck tonight. HBK apologizes and says he hopes the best man wins out there. DX shake hands and Triple H goes to walk off. Shawn grips his hand and says Undertaker and him are meant to be. Triple H says he knows this, which is why he knows Shawn will find another way for the match besides winning tonight.
Royal Rumble Match
We go to the ring after a video package where Justin Roberts is going over the rules for tonight's main event. Superstars will come in every 90 seconds with the winner earning a title shot at WrestleMania. The first Superstar out is Dolph Ziggler. His opponent to start the match out with is going to be Evan Bourne. Bourne and Ziggler face off and both look up to the WrestleMania sign hanging in the arena before going at it.
Bourne catches Ziggle with a coulpe of kicks and a hurricarana before connecting with a heel kick to Ziggler's jaw. Ziggler almost knocks Bourne out with a dropkick, but Bourne fights him off and stays in the ring. Bourne launches himself up off of Ziggler and connects with the double knees to Ziggler's chest. Bourne knocks Ziggler to the apron, but he makes it back into the ring. Ziggler connects with the Zig Zag out of nowhere, and he throws Bourne to the apron, but Bourne kicks Ziggler and comes back in the ring with a Shooting Star Press, the buzzer rings and number three is CM Punk with Sarita.
Punk goes after both Bourne and Ziggler and he immediately eliminates both.
Punk grabs the mic and thanks the crowd for joining him for the most historic moment the Straight Edge Society has seen. 29 other men will either be eliminated or saved. The clock counts down and number four is JTG.
JTG goes right to work on CM Punk, but when he charges Punk in the corner, he finds himself eliminated.
Punk gets right back on the mic and says not everyone can win the Rumble, just like not everyone can be saved. Not everyone has his dedication. And tonight he'll be the first straight edge Rumble winner. The clock counts down again and this time it's the Great Khali.
Punk tries to save Khali, telling him he can make him greater. Punk says he can see the pain in Khali's eyes and he needs to be saved. He asks Khali to raise his right hand and accept straight edge into his life, but Khali hits a chop and locks in the vice. The clock counts down again and the next entrant is Beth Phoenix.
Khali immediately picks up Beth and puts her over the rope and directs her to the back. Beth kisses Khali and drags him over the top rope, while remaining on the apron. She turns around and goes right to work on Punk, trying to eliminate him. Punk connects with the G2S on Phoenix.
The clock counts down again and the next man in is Zack Ryder. Punk eliminates Phoenix.
Punk says that Ryder has potential, but he double crosses Ryder and hits him with the mic. Punk sends Ryder over the top rope and eliminates another person. Punk asks who's next, and says that whoever it is he's better than them, because he's better than everyone there today. The next entrant in is Triple H.
Hunter makes his way to the ring slowly, and Punk hypes himself up. Punk and Hunter stare each other down, and Punk tries for a right, but Hunter fights him off. Hunter connects with a knee and puts Punk back into the corner, pounding on him. Punk connects with a high knee, but Hunter fights off the bull dog and hits a spinebuster. The next entrant is Drew McIntyre.
Hunter fights off McIntyre as soon as he gets in the ring with a high knee. Hunter tries for the pedigree on Punk, but Punk fights out. Punk tries for the G2s, but Hunter fights out and sends him out of the ring. The next entrant is Ted DiBiase.
DiBiase is immediately taken down by Hunter, but he retaliates with a scoop slam. McIntyre and Dibiase take turns stomping on Hunter. McIntyre and Dibiase double team Hunter for a bit as the clock counts down. The next entrant is John Morrison.
Morrison immediately goes to work on Dibiase and sets his sights on McIntyre. Morrison connects with a crazy DDT on McIntyre, but he's attacked from behind by Dibiase. Dibiase tries for the Dream Steet, but Morrison fights it off and hits a big kick. Morrison connects with Starship pain on McIntyre. The next entrant is Kane.
Kane comes into the ring with a top rope clothesline to Hunter. Kane fights off everyone in the match, and turns his attention to DiBiase, hitting a big side slam. Kane hits a double chokeslam on McIntyre and Morrison and a big boot to Hunter. Kane tries to eliminate Dibiase, but Hunter comes in from the side to work on Kane, he gets a chokeslam for his efforts. The next entrant is Cody Rhodes.
Rhodes immediately saves Dibiase from elimination by Kane and Legacy go to work as a team on Kane. Rhodes attacks Hunter and McIntyre, before he sends Morrison to the apron. Morrison comes back in with a springboard, but he eats a dropkick from Rhodes. Rhodes and Dibiase try to eliminate Kane, but Hunter goes to work on Rhodes. Hunter tries to eliminate Rhodes, but Cody hangs on. The next entrant is MVP. MVP is immediately taken out from behind by the Miz who hits him with the US Title.
Morrison connects with a springboard kick to McIntyre's face. Legacy try to eliminate Triple H, but Kane goes after Legacy, saving Hunter. The next entrant is Carlito.
Carlito comes in as a house of fire, even fighting off a double team attempt from Legacy. Carlito and Kane trade blows, with Carlito going after Kane's knee. Carlito even gets in a backstabber on Hunter, following up with another to McIntyre, and Dibiase. The next entrant is The Miz.
Miz hits the SCF on Carlito right off the bat, but MVP is right out and he goes after Miz, both men tumble over the top rope. Both Hunter and McIntyre look to be in trouble, but Kane saves Hunter and McIntyre is able to save himself. Hunter stomps away at Carlito. The next entrant #17 is Matt Hardy.
Hardy comes in and goes to work, but when he goes up top, he's eliminated by Kane, who just pushes him off. Kane is then eliminated by Hunter. Hunter hits a couple of spinebusters and he goes for the pedigree on Rhodes, but McIntyre connects with a chop block to stop him. #18 is Shawn Michaels.
Carlito is eliminated and so are Rhodes and Dibiase, all at the hands of HBK. Michaels chops away at McIntyre and connects with a flying forearm. Michaels ducks a kick from Morrison and tosses him out, adding another man to his elimination tally. Morrison goes to work on HBK, but he's left alone in the ring with DX, who team up and take him over the top rope with adouble clothesline and Hunter looks like he hurt his knee. The next entrant is John Cena.
Cena hits a double shoulderblock right off the bat. Cena hits a double five knuckle shuffle. Cena goes for the AA on HBK to send him to the outside, but Hunter makes his way up and connects with a pedigree on Cena. Hunter is up, but he eats Sweet Chin Music and goes over the top. The next entrant is Shelton Benjamin.
Benjamin goes right to work on both HBK and John Cena, connecting with Pay Dirt on HBK. Shelton goes for the move on Cena, but he finds himself dumped over the top. The next entrant is Yoshi Tatsu. Tatsu comes in with a couple of big kicks on both Cena and HBK, but he ends up being dumped over the top, just like Benjamin. HBK chops away at Cena in the corner, but Cena is quick to retaliate with a sloppy facebuster. Cena pounds on HBK in the corner. The next entrant is Big Show.
Show hustles his way down to the ring where he quickly takes down Cena and takes HBK all the way to the ring apron, but HBK is back in the ring, where he almost ends up eating an AA. Michaels ends up almost falling to the floor, but he holds on, catches Show in hurricarana position, and ends up being thrown to the canvas. The next entrant is Mark Henry.
Henry and Show face off in a stare down. Show shoves Henry and Henry throws a couple of punches. Henry tries to slam Show, but Show fights it off. Cena hits a big shoulder block on show, and another, followed by a slam from Mark Henry. Cena tries for an AA on Henry, but Cena can't follow through. #24 is Chris Masters.
Masters goes to work right away, and he tries for the Masterlock on Show, but he finds himself launched over the top rope. Henry gets Show off the ground and almost eliminates him, but HBK comes up from behind to prevent it. #25 is R-Truth. Truth comes in and immediately eliminately Big Show and Mark Henry.
It's just Truth, Cena and Michaels in the ring. Truth works over Michaels in the corner with a couple of kicks and right hands, and he tries to send HBK over the top, but Michaels isn't having it. The next entrant is Jack Swagger.
Swagger comes in with a quick Vader bomb on Cena and then HBK. Swagger powerslams Truth into the corner, and then the canvas. Michaels is up and comes in with punches and chops, but he ends up eating a kick, and almost being eliminated by a lariat from Swagger. HBK is able to make it back in under the bottom rope. The next entrant is Kofi Kingston.
Kingston comes in and goes right to Jack Swagger, taking him down and hitting the boom drop. Kofi tries to take Swagger out, but Swagger catches him. Kofi ends up taking Swagger out with a body scissors over the top rope. Kingston is almost eliminated by Truth, but in turn Truth is eliminated by Kingston for real. The next entrant is Chris Jericho.
Jericho goes right after Cena, stomping away at him. Jericho ends up eating an AA from Cena anyway though. Michaels hits a DDT on Cena and HBK goes to the top, where he flies off with an elbow drop to Jericho. HBK tunes up the band, but instead he falls victim to Trouble in Paradise from Kingston. Cena eliminates Kingston with AA and Jericho connects with a Codebreaker on Cena. Next entrant is... Edge!
Edge comes out to a HUMUNGOUS pop from the crowd. Edge spears Jericho, Michaels and Cena, before shoving Jericho out over the top rope. Edge plants HBK, and the takes Cena down with an Impaler DDT. The final entrant is Batista.
Batista comes in as a house of fire, taking everyone out and planting Cena with a spinebuster, but he walks right into a spear from Edge. Edge eats an AA from Cena. It all comes down to HBK, Batista, Cena and Edge.
Michaels is able to fight off everyone for a bit, taking out both Cena and Batista. HBK goes to the top again, this time connecting with an elbow to Cena. HBK hits an enzugiri to Batista and goes up top for an elbow drop to Batista.
HBK connects with SCM on Cena and Batista, but he ends up clotheslined out to the apron by Edge eats a SCM on the apron, knocking him back in the ring, but Batista attacks HBK from behind and Michaels falls to the floor, being eliminated in the process.
Michaels attacks a referee and makes his way back into the ring, where he pleads his case with another ref. In anger, Michaels hits the ref with SCM and falls to the canvas, clutching his head. Michaels finally begins to make his way to the back, looking distraught. It's down to Cena, Batista, and Edge.
Batista kicked Cena and went for a Batista Bomb, but Cena backdropped him. Batista went for a clothesline, but Cena ducked and pulled down the top rope. Batista went over the top rope and to the floor.
Batista is eliminated.
Edge was measuring Cena for a spear. Cena got up slowly, seemingly knowing it was coming. Cena dodged the spear, and kicked Edge in the chest. Cena then charged Edge, but Edge sidestepped him and tossed Cena out of the ring.
John Cena is eliminated.
- After the match, the pyro goes off as Edge points up at the WrestleMania 26 banner hanging in the arena. The Royal Rumble goes off the air with Edge celebrating his return and win.
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