– Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer stated during yesterday’s episode of Wrestling Observer Radio that there has been absolutely no contract between Steve “Sting” Borden and World Wrestling Entertainment officials.
-- It would appear that Paul Bearer is no longer affiliated with World Wrestling Entertainment as he noted today on Twitter that he is attending tonight's TNA Wrestling live event in Pensacola, Florida to visit with friends. His profile was removed from WWE.com earlier this week and he said in December that his contract was set to expire in a "couple of months."
Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater def. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov (Non-Title Match) Drew McIntyre def. Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston (Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match) Rey Mysterio def. Jack Swagger (Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match) Kane def. Chavo Guerrero (Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match) Wade Barrett def. Big Show (Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match) World Heavyweight Champion Edge & Kelly Kelly def. Dolph Ziggler, Michelle McCool & Layla (3-on-2 Handicap World Heavyweight Championship Match)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. – In her continued quest to wrest the World Title from ex-husband Edge for boyfriend Dolph Ziggler, “acting” SmackDown GM Vickie Guerrero stacked the deck against Edge in a 3-on-2 Handicap Match. But, just like he did at Royal Rumble, The Ultimate Opportunist found a way to preserve his title; this time thanks to help from Kelly Kelly.
World Heavyweight Champion Edge & Kelly Kelly def. Dolph Ziggler, Michelle McCool & Layla in a 3-on-2 Handicap World Heavyweight Championship Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) Before the main event, Vickie declared that if Edge used the Spear, he would be stripped of the World Title. Increasing the challenge that lay ahead, if Kelly Kelly were to lose to Lay-Cool, The Rated-R Superstar would also lose his title.
In a stunning conclusion to the bout, it was Kelly Kelly who secured the victory – and Edge’s title – by dropping Layla with a spear. Then in a bitter rebuttal, Vickie fired Kelly Kelly from WWE! Next, after Edge watched his ex-wife berate Kelly Kelly and force her from the arena in tears, Vickie announced Edge would face Ziggler next week for the World Title … with Vickie as the special guest referee. As The Ultimate Opportunist pondered his newest obstacle, Ziggler viciously attacked from behind with a Zig Zag.
Wade Barrett def. Big Show in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) Big Show was up against big odds from the start when The Corre surrounded the ring. When the ref went down due to an inadvertent collision with Wade Barrett, Ezekiel Jackson capitalized and dropped The World’s Largest Athlete with a hard-hitting clothesline. Barrett took advantage of his stunned opponent by driving his skull to the canvas with a DDT to get the pinfall. An enraged Big Show tried to unleash his anger on The Corre, but was dropped by a monstrous bodyslam by Ezekiel Jackson.
Kane def. Chavo Guerrero in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) In a match arranged by his aunt Vickie, Chavo had an opportunity to be in the Elimination Chamber. But in quick order, Kane dispatched of Chavo and his pay-per-view dreams with a brutal chokeslam.
Alberto Del Rio's Royal Rumble Celebration ended in chaos (WATCH | PHOTOS) To celebrate earning a match at WrestleMania – where he will challenge the World Heavyweight Champion – Alberto Del Rio drove into the arena in a 2010 BMW M6 convertible. To kick the party off, Del Rio invited Hornswoggle to whack a piñata with a wooden stick. But when plans went awry and the Mexican aristocrat ended up on the receiving end of Hornswoggle’s swing, Del Rio assaulted him with no remorse. Next, Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston came to Hornswoggle’s aid, but the champion ended up receiving a brutal beating with the piñata stick and a session in Del Rio’s devastating cross armbreaker. The No. 1 contender showed no mercy, requiring WWE officials to free Kingston from his hold.
Rey Mysterio def. Jack Swagger in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) With a dominating offense, it looked like Jack Swagger was well on his way to securing his position in the Elimination Chamber Match. However, The Ultimate Underdog battled back, stinging his larger opponent with a spinning DDT and swift kick to get the pinfall.
Drew McIntyre def. Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) In the opening Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match of the night, Drew McIntyre was the first to score a spot by dropping Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston with a devastating Future Shock DDT. The opportunity for the Sinister Scotsman came after a momentary distraction from Alberto Del Rio’s smiling mug plastered across the arena’s TitanTron.
Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater def. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov (WATCH | PHOTOS) Representing The Corre, Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater took on WWE Tag Team Champions Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov in a non-title match. After a strategic shot to Kozlov’s knee, Slater drove the big Russian to the canvas. Gabriel capitalized, finishing off Kozlov with a 450 Splash for a quick win.
"Acting" SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero announced Elimination Chamber Qualifying Matches (WATCH | PHOTOS) After Vickie announced there would be a series of Elimination Chamber Qualifying Matches, the "acting" GM ordered Kelly Kelly to the ring to discuss her attack on Vickie during the World Heavyweight Championship Match at Royal Rumble (PHOTOS). As Vickie, Ziggler and Kelly Kelly exchanged heated words about Royal Rumble, Kelly Kelly slapped Ziggler, which led to chaos involving Lay-Cool and Edge.
Booker T joined the SmackDown announce team (WATCH) Fresh off his surprise appearance in the Royal Rumble Match (PHOTOS), Booker T shocked the WWE Universe once again by joining the SmackDown announce team as its newest member. Booker treated fans to a Spinarooni and later revealed that he will be a coach on the upcoming reality series "WWE Tough Enough” hosted by WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. (Details)
Eric also noted that it appeared Layla injured her ankle after the main event with she, Michelle McCool and Dolph Ziggler vs. Edge and Kelly Kelly. A referee and WWE crew member rushed to check on her while the referee threw up the dreaded "X" sign. After SmackDown ended, McCool carried Layla up the ramp and to the back.
- Don't count on Mistico keeping his mask when he starts working in WWE developmental. Alberto Del Rio told people back when he signed with WWE that they promised him he wouldn't have to unmask and shortly after he got called up to developmental, they took the mask off.
There's always a possibility WWE will keep Mistico under a mask, especially if they're looking to fill the Rey Mysterio void.
Yoshi Tatsu & David Hart Smith def. Zack Ryder & Primo Melina def. Tamina Tyler Reks & Curt Hawkins def. JTG & Trent Barreta
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Tyler Reks & Curt Hawkins def. JTG & Trent Barreta (WATCH | PHOTOS) Curt Hawkins should have known better. The aggressive, young SmackDown Superstar was so intent on putting JTG & Trent Barreta in their place that he enlisted the services of The Dreadlocked Demolition Man to assist him tonight. It seemed like a smart move at first as Reks decimated the competition, allowing Hawkins to score with an elbow drop from the top rope for the victory. The match didn’t end there, however. Reks, still hungry for blood, attacked his partner and smashed him in the center of the ring with a vicious Burning Hammer. The act proved that Reks is one of the most dangerous and unpredictable men in the SmackDown locker-room.
Melina def. Tamina (WATCH | PHOTOS) Two weeks after she failed to defeat Natalya for the Divas Championship on Raw, an aggressive Melina showed that she still had some fight left in her against Tamina tonight. The daughter of WWE Hall of Famer “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka and main squeeze of Santino Marella, the powerful Tamina made it clear that she knows her way around the ring. But Melina’s vicious mean streak and underhanded maneuvers were simply too much for the rookie Diva to handle. In the end, the former Divas Champion delivered a brutal Primal Scream to put her opponent down for the count.
Yoshi Tatsu & David Hart Smith def. Zack Ryder & Primo (WATCH | PHOTOS) They couldn’t stay on top forever. The cocky team of Zack Ryder & Primo had been on an impressive winning streak on “WWE Superstars” in recent weeks, but their success may have gone to their heads. Moments after calling themselves the hottest tag team in WWE, the arrogant Raw Superstars were put in their place by the duo of Yoshi Tatsu & David Hart Smith. Can’t say they didn’t need the ego check.
TNA Impact Results 2/3/11 By LOP Feb 3, 2011 - 11:34:29 PM
Report by Stuart Carapola & PWinsider.com
We open up with a look back at last week as Scott Steiner returned to TNA and saved Kurt Angle and Crimson from a beatdown by Immortal. We get comments from various members of Immortal daring Steiner to fight them like a man, and then we got comments from Jeff Hardy and Ken Anderson discussing their rematch on the big February 3rd Impact.
We then go right to the ring, no entrances or anything, as Eric Bischoff is in the ring with Immortal and invites Scott Steiner to the ring to take care of business. Steiner comes out and Bischoff says they've known each other way longer than Bischoff would have wanted, but he wants to talk business. He just found out a few hours ago that Dixie Carter was successful in getting a continuance on the legal proceedings and Hulk Hogan will not be here tonight. But the good news is that even though Steiner tried to threaten and intimidate them, there are no They and there's nobody coming. Bischoff called Kevin Nash and told him to take the money, get his action figure, dye his hair, and get out the door. Sting's not coming back and who cares what Booker is doing, but Scott Steiner is out there surrounded by some of the best talent in the world and instead of being just another follower by following his brother, Jeff Jarrett, trying to become member of the NWO or whatever, be a man and join Immortal, because his choice is either joining the most elite group in wrestling or get his ass kicked. Steiner says that maybe he should just stick his foot up Bischoff's ass, because the first time he met Bischoff, he said "damn, you're a real piece of s***", and all these years later, nothing's changed. Bischoff's making the same mistake everyone makes because if he knew Steiner, he would address him as sir. Steiner says he's more of a man than all these ***** in the ring combined. Steiner says Bischoff has a choice to make and he either calls him sir, or he's going to grab Bischoff's little pencil neck and snap it just like that because there's nothing he can do about it. Suddenly, Kurt Angle and Crimson come out in suits and Angle tells Bischoff that Steiner is right because he is a piece of s***, but Angle wants to correct Bischoff on one thing because They are here, and it's real...it's DAMN real.
Jeff Hardy is backstage complaining to Bischoff that Hogan was supposed to be here tonight and he was supposed to win the World Title back, and Bischoff tells him that there's nothing he can do about what the judge did, but Immortal will make sure that Hardy gets the title back. Angle, Steiner, and Crimson walk in and go face to face with Immortal, warning them again that They are here.
Let's head to the ring for our first match...
Ink Inc vs Gunner & Muffin
They all start brawling right from the start and Gunner & Muffin take control early, beating Ink Inc down. Gunner tosses Shannon Moore to the floor and then they lay Jesse Neal out with a double team. They work Jesse over in the corner and then Muffin tries to tear Jesse's arm out with a high angle armbar. Muffin wipes Jesse out with a big boot and then Gunner neutralizes him with a chinlock. Jesse hits a jawbreaker and makes the hot tag to Shannon, who kicks Muffin's legs out from under him and hits a moonsault but Gunner breaks up the pin. Muffin goes for a big boot but Shannon moves and he hits Gunner. Ink Inc hits the fireman's carry/Blockbuster on Muffin for the win.
Winners: Ink Inc
We go backstage to Kurt Angle, who tells Steiner and Crimson that this is the night they've been planning for weeks. His phone rings and it's They. Angle says they're on, and they can't wait to see the looks on their faces.
Still to come: Jeff Hardy challenges Ken Anderson for the WWE Divas Title, as well as a look behind the scenes at the Jarrett family.
We go to Christy Hemme, who is on location in Oklahoma where the judge has granted a continuance on the Dixie Carter-Hulk Hogan legal proceedings and will make a decision on March 4th.
We go back out to Mike Tenay and Taz, and a frantic Eric Young comes up and says that he just saw Kurt Angle backstage and saw who They are, but refuses to say who it is because he's worried about getting killed.
We then go to Jeff and Karen Jarrett's home in Hendersonville, Tennessee and take a tour of the house as Karen talks about how much being married to Kurt Angle sucked and how much better it is being married to Jeff Jarrett. Karen points out her favorite picture in the house, a framed photo of Jeff Jarrett busting a guitar over Kurt Angle's head, and then the kids say they like the picture of Jeff with Dixie Carter. Jeff gets mad at the kids and tells them that Dixie's name is never to be mentioned in that house again.
Finally, we go somewhere else backstage as Ken Anderson says something about going out to the ring to give a promo later in the show.
Back out to the Impact Zone where Bully Ray and the Pope are in the ring, and Ray says how good it feels to be in the ring with someone he trusts, and also how good it felt to bash Devon's brains in and maybe now Devon will realize that Ray was 3D and Devon was just the sidekick, the costar, and the guy who got his tables. Ray has a new partner, who's bigger, badder, rougher, and tougher, but most importantly, he's not weak like Devon was. Pope says there is a God because Samoa Joe has gone to management to request a match with Pope at Against All Odds, and they could have sat across the table, met in the parking lot, or anyplace to talk it out like men, but now that he's done that there's no escape for him because Pope is going to rain down upon him with great vengeance. Once he's done with him, he's going to expose Joe for what he truly is, and that's a Sloppy Joe. Pope has spoken.
This leads right into our next match...
Bully Ray & The Pope vs Brother Devon & Samoa Joe
This turns into a fight right from the start with Joe chasing Pope up the rampy while Ray beats up Devon in the ring. Sakoda comes out to block Pope's escape and they chase Pope to the back as Ray wraps a chain around his fist and goes to nail Devon with it, but Devon knocks him on his butt with a clothesline, tosses him to ringside, and goes out to the floor to continue the beating. Devon tackles Ray onto the rampway and just drills him over and over with punches until a cavalcade of referees come out to pry Devon off of Ray. Ray grabs a cup of something from a fan, takes a mouthful, and spits it in Devon's sons' faces (they were sitting at ringside). Okay, I guess it's...
Still to come: Sarita vs Mickie James in a Taped Fist Match and Jeff Hardy challenges Ken Anderson for the WWE Divas Title!
We're back from commercial as it's time for our next X-Division contender's match...
X-Division #1 Contender's Tournament Match: Jeremy Buck vs Douglas Williams vs Jay Lethal
Buck outmaneuvers the others to start but Williams catches him and tries for Chaos Theory, but Buck got out of the way and dumped Williams to the floor, hitting a quick moonsault off the apron, and then Lethal follows him out with a dive. Lethal tosses Buck back in the ring and hits a springboard spinkick for 2, then Buck hits a jawbreaker on Lethal only for Williams to come in and nail him with a jawbreaker of his own and covers him for 2, then tries to cover Lethal and only gets 2. Williams sets Buck up top as Max Buck, who was sitting on commentary with Mike and Taz, gets up and runs to ringside as Lethal hits both Buck and Williams with a Tower of Doom type move. Lethal covers Williams for 2, but then Williams gets a small package for 2. Lethal and Williams exchange blows in the ring and Lethal goes for the handspring elbow but Williams catches him and hits the Chaos Theory. Max Buck gets on the apron and distracts the referee while Jeremy comes in and nails Williams low, then cradles Lethal for the win.
Winner: Jeremy Buck
Eric Bischoff is backstage trying to find Ric Flair, who he hasn't spoken to in over a week. Nobody knows where he is since they saw him drinking in London a week ago. Robert Roode says there's nothing to worry about because there is no They and it's just head games. If there really is a They, then they'd better show up with an army because they're Immortal and they're the strongest group in wrestling today. Bischoff tells AJ to just do him a favor: the TNA World Title has to come home tonight, and AJ says not to worry about it because even though they haven't been seeing eye to eye he wants Bischoff to know that WE are in control and Fortune won't take a back seat to ANYBODY ever again. Bischoff tells him that he'd better just bring the title home. Anyone else see where this is going yet?
Sarita is backstage saying that she doesn't really have a strategy for tonight because she doesn't expect her match with Mickie to last that long, and after she's done with her she might find Velvet Sky and smack her around some more. And next week, she has a surprise for all the girls because her cousin Rosita is going to be making her TNA debut.
We go to comments from Jeff Hardy and Ken Anderson from the European tour as they give more comments on what's going to happen tonight on Impact.
Speaking of Anderson, here he comes for an in-ring promo, and he asks Jeff Hardy to join him in the ring. Hardy comes out, and Anderson has a couple of questions, the first being how many assholes we've got in the building tonight (good reaction), and how many Creatures of the Night are in the building (not as good of a reaction), and Anderson says those two groups represented two kids who grew up with the same dream to one day be the WWE Divas Champion...well, not that particular belt because Anderson thinks that belt sucks, but it's what it represents. They both overcame people who told them they're not big, fast, or motivated enough and neither of them deal well with authority figures. However many times they've faced each other, it's never been about them because there's been all kinds of other people running in, and Kurt Angle told him that he's got Anderson's back if he wants, but he wants to tell Angle no thanks because it'll be just Anderson vs Hardy man to man, and asks Hardy what it's going to be. Hardy says Anderson talks a good game and he is the Divas Champion, and he's right because he was a kid who wanted to grow up and become World Champion and they both did that, and if Anderson thinks Hardy needs Immortal to beat him, he's wrong and he'll prove it tonight. (crowd chants prove it) Hardy says we'll dedicate this one to his Creatures of the Night and Anderson's assholes...and may the best man win. Hardy extends his hand and Anderson shakes it as Hardy tells him that the title is rightfully his, then walks off.
Mickie James is backstage saying she's never been in a Taped Fist Match, but she's been in a lot of bar fights and none of those have ever ended pretty, and she doesn't expect it to turn out any differently tonight.
We go back to the Jarretts, as they talk about how they're the kids best friends' and they like instilling values in them. We see the family sitting around the table and Jeff asks everyone what they're thankful for, and all of them say some variation on how great Jeff Jarrett is, except for the little boy, who just holds up his Jeff Jarrett action figure with a big smile on his face.
Back to the ring for our next match...
Taped Fist Match: Sarita vs Mickie James
Mickie quickly snapmares Sarita and dropkicks her in the face but Sarita slips out of the way when Mickie goes for a punch so Mickie dropkicks her instead and then finally opens up with jabs to the ribs, then hit some armdrags and a neckbreaker. Mickie misses a move off the top rope and Sarita goes for a wild swing but Mickie ducks and slides to the floor. Mickie drags Sarita to the outside and went for a punch, but Sarita ducked and Mickie punches the ringpost so Sarita grabs Mickie's hand and slams it into the ringpost again and then into the steps. They head back in and Sarita cranks on Mickie's hand and then slams it into the mat and drops a knee on it. Sarita hammerlocks Micke and drills her in the face, then hits a hammerlock bodyslam. Sarita gets a top wristlock but Mickie rolls out of it so Sarita hits an Angle Slam and puts the boots to Mickie in the corner. Mickie finally slides under Sarita and drills her in the jaw with a straight left hand and Sarita's out, so the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Mickie James
Madison Rayne comes out of the crowd and nails Mickie from behind with the loaded glove and then stands moderately tall over Mickie's motionless form.
We go back to Eric Bischoff's office as he's telling Jeff Hardy that Angle's running around making threats and Angle's not prone to exaggerations (PFFFFFF HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!), but Hardy says he'd still be the TNA World Champion of Bischoff and everyone hadn't interfered, and he doesn't want anyone from Immortal getting involved in his match, and asks Bischoff if that's clear. Bischoff says that's totally clear...boss.
We see a video package looking at the recent European tour, and then it's back to the Jarrett house as we see the Jarrett children have a dance party to Jeff Jarrett's entrance music. They have a family hug befor the kids go to bed, and Karen says that the kids may call him Daddy, but her name for him is Big Daddy because he takes care of her in other ways. We then go to Jeff Jarrett and Karen Angle out on the balcony as Jeff Jarrett says he's going to top their wedding day by asking her to renew her vows on Impact for the whole world to see.
It's main event time!
Hardy nails Anderson from behind while he's doing his introduction at the top of the ramp, but Anderson recovers and they fight their way to ringside. Oh, and Jackson James is the referee. The referees try to get between them and stop them from fighting as Anderson gets Hardy in a crossface chickenwing. Hardy breaks free so Anderson goes after him and they get pulled apart again. They go at it AGAIN as the big guns (Al Snow and Pat Kenney) come out to break it up as we go to commercial.
Okay, we're back from commercial and the match is on...
WWE Divas Title Match: Ken Anderson vs Jeff Hardy
Anderson rocks Hardy with a clothesline and a high crossbody for 2. Anderson scores with a pair of elbowdrops for 2, then Hardy gets a suckerpunch and hits a neckbreaker over the second rope. Hardy whips Anderson to the corner and puts the boots to him then hits a hooking clothesline for 2. Hardy with another neckbreaker and then goes to a chinlock. Anderson fights his way free and gets a sloppy sunset flip for 2 and then Hardy rocks him with another clothesline. Hardy drags Anderson to the corner by the legs and crotches him on the ringpost and Anderson tumbles to the floor. Hardy with a pendulum dropkick to the floor, then rams Anderson into the stairs repeatedly as we suddenly remember that Anderson had that concussion. Hardy rolls Anderson back in and covers for 2 and then goes back to the chinlock. Anderson breaks free again and Hardy hits the Whisper In The Wind to wipe Anderson out again. They get to their feet and exchange blows in the middle of the ring with Anderson coming out on top and then running Hardy over with shoulderblocks and a backdrop. Anderson with a neckbreaker for 2 and then sets up for the Mic Check but Hardy blocks and tries a clothesline, Anderson ducks that and goes for a big spinkick, Hardy ducks but Anderson comes through with a second spinkick. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Anderson blocks so Hardy hits a gourdbuster for 2. Hardy goes for the Twist of Hate again but Anderson shoves him off and Hardy wipes the referee out. Hardy hits an Ace Crusher and goes for a cover but now Rob Terry, Matt Hardy, and Gunner & Muffin run out and attack Anderson. Fortune follows them out and they come in and high five Immortal, but instead of attacking Anderson they take out Immortal and then circle Hardy. Roode lays Hardy out with a clothesline and then AJ gives Hardy the Styles Clash, and Anderson crawls across the ring and covers Hardy. The referee makes it back into the ring and makes the three count.
Winner: Ken Anderson
Immortal stands at the top of the ramp staring in disbelief at what just happened in the ring. Hardy rolls out of the ring as AJ picks up the Divas Title belt and hands it to Anderson. We'll be right back after this commercial and we'll find out what AJ has to say about what we just saw!
Okay, we're back and AJ has the mic. He tells the fans to throw up the Fortune sign and tells the fans to look at what we have got here. AJ told Bischoff that Fortune were not taking a back seat to anyone and he brought this all on himself because this is Fortune and this is their home. He asks Bischoff who he thought he was talking about, because Them is Us. Bischoff comes out and calls AJ an ungrateful son of a bitch, an inbred, hillbilly, punk ass nothing, and those four punks amounted to nothing before Hulk Hogan got here and they weren't worth the crap it would take to fertilize their grave, and asks if this is how they repay him. AJ asks if he's pissed off that they saw through his lies and that he put a billion dollar company out of business, and he came to TNA to do the same and it's not going to happen. They started spending money, changing things, and hiring guys who didn't beling in wrestling in the first place. Bischoff tells AJ that he's digging his own grave and the only reason they're all in there is because of all the hard work that they did, and Jeff Hardy is more of a success on his worst day than AJ has been in his entire career. AJ says that these are the guys who have built this company, but Bischoff says they were nothing until Hulk Hogan got here, and tells AJ to mark March 3rd on his calendar because the decision will be handed down, Hulk Hogan will regain control of the company, and they're going to hang AJ and his buddies out to dry. AJ asks how that's going to happen when Fortune takes Immortal apart and AJ sticks his foot so far up Bischoff's ass that he'll be spitting out shoelaces. Bischoff looks angry as Fortune stands in the ring flashing the Fortune hand sign.
- As noted before, Christopher Daniels has returned to TNA as Suicide. Daniels is still under contract to Ring of Honor but both sides have a deal worked out. Daniels is allowed to work TV and live events for TNA, as long as he wears the Suicide mask. Daniels will be working for both companies for the time being.
TNA wanted Daniels back as part of their plans to focus more on the X Division, in hopes of building it back up in time for the Destination X pay-per-view this summer.
NXT Rookie Challenge: Johnny Curtis won Arm Wrestling (3 immunity points) (PHOTOS | WATCH) Chris Masters def. Byron Saxton (PHOTOS | WATCH) Brodus Clay def. Ted DiBiase (PHOTOS | WATCH) NXT Rookie Challenge: Derrick Bateman won Talk the Talk (2 immunity points) (PHOTOS | WATCH) Derrick Bateman & Daniel Bryan def. Johnny Curtis & R-Truth (PHOTOS | WATCH) NXT Rookie Records
Brodus Clay: Challenge points: 0, Win/loss record: 4-2 Byron Saxton: Challenge points: 0, Win/loss record: 3-5 Derrick Bateman: Challenge points: 2, Win/loss record: 2-4 Johnny Curtis: Challenge points: 3, Win/loss record: 2-5 WWE Universe visit NXT.WWE.COM to watch WWE NXT highlights and the complete episode each Wednesday. The complete episode is also available Wednesdays on YouTube.com/wwe and Hulu.com! Also, return at noon ET on Wednesday to vote for your favorite NXT Rookie in a new NXT Poll.
TNA has released a new teaser video for "they" and this week's iMPACT, in what appears to be a cover-up for WWE ruining their big storyline. Dixie Carter plugged the video on her Twitter and wrote "DON'T ASSUME ANYTHING!" Here's the video:
Signing Sting WWE's Top Priority, "2 21 1" Video Posted by Amish Patel on 02/01/2011 at 05:08 PM
-- According to sources within World Wrestling Entertainment, organization officials' top priority heading into 2011 was signing multi-time champion Steve Borden (a/k/a Sting) to a contract.
As reported earlier, TNA Wrestling sources indicate that Borden did not sign a new deal for 2011. The majority feeling within the Nashville based organization is that he is bound for World Wrestling Entertainment, although nobody knows that as a fact.
The New York Daily News notes in today's edition that Borden has 'reportedly' signed a one-year contract with WWE. The reported signing, however, has yet to be confirmed elsewhere.
-- WWE began running vignettes last night on Raw teasing the return or debut of a mysterious figure wearing a black trench coat on "2 21 11." Original plans called for the video to air once, but Vince McMahon called an audible during the broadcast to play it again.
Update on the Sting and Undertaker rumors Posted by Roscoe De Soto on 02/01/2011 at 03:19 PM
According to Dave Meltzer, TNA sources indicated that Sting has not signed a new deal with the company for 2011 and were under the impression that he was WWE-bound. While nobody knew this for a fact, this was the feeling.
An official WWE video posted by the Save Mart Center hyping up The Undertaker's return for the 2/21 RAW was quickly removed this morning.
Chris Jericho Hints at Imminent WWE Return Posted by Amish Patel on 02/01/2011 at 11:32 AM
- During an interview with Brian Fritz of Fanhouse.com, Chris Jericho said that he may be returning to the ring soon. "I consider it always because it's not like it was in 2005 where I was sick of wrestling." Jericho told Fanhouse. "sick of it is maybe a harsh word. Disenchanted, I guess, is a better word.
"I wasn't disenchanted when I left in September. It was just my contract was up. That was it. And there were other things just waiting to come through. Even if I was coming back, I always would have taken those four months, three months off to do the Fozzy tours. Then other things have kind of popped up to delay my return."
On his contractual status with WWE Jericho said: "I mean, there's a deal on the table, he said. "A deal on the table that's 90-percent done. There's a couple of minor things that we had to hammer out. It would just be a matter of what other stuff is going on and how that stuff is going."
While Tommy Dreamer is still working as an agent with TNA, they are not using him as a wrestler right now. Dreamer left WWE because he wanted to wrestle more while they wanted him to work backstage. The same thing is now happening with TNA.
- New TNA Knockout Divina Fly will make her iMPACT debut on the February 10th episode. Her new name is Rosita and she's playing the role of Sarita's cousin. Rosita teams with Sarita, Tara and Madison Rayne to take on Velvet Sky, Angelina Love, Winter and Mickie James.
What Happened After RAW Went Off The Air Posted by Dave Mitchell on 02/01/2011 at 12:11 AM
Reader Ryan Hanley sent in this live recap of what happened after Monday's RAW went off the air:
After Raw went off the air, Jerry Lawler thanked the crowd in Providence, saying he wanted to invite everyone down to the ring to celebrate. He couldn't do that, so he invited The Miz down to celebrate.
Miz and Riley entered the ring and mocked the crowd for supporting King. Miz said, "All I have to say is this" to King, and went for a cheap shot. King blocked and threw Miz and Riley out of the ring.
A bit more celebration from King as the arena continued to empty out to conclude the TV taping.
WWE Tag Team Champions Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov def. Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty U.S. Champion Daniel Bryan def. Tyson Kidd World Heavyweight Champion Edge def. WWE Champion The Miz in a Non-Title Match Michelle McCool & Layla def. Divas Champion Eve & Natalya Jerry "The King" Lawler won a Raw Rumble Match
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – One night after the Royal Rumble pay-per-view unleashed a slew of crowning achievements, the WWE Unvierse got “royally” rumbled – again – this time by news of the latest No. 1 contender to the WWE Championship.
Jerry “The King” Lawler won a Raw Rumble Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) Jerry “The King” Lawler has enjoyed quite a storied career, but he’s about to add yet another chapter. The WWE Hall of Famer prevailed in a seven-man Raw Rumble Match against John Cena, King Sheamus, John Morrison, R-Truth, Randy Orton and CM Punk.
The first man over the top rope was actually the leader of The New Nexus, quickly followed by The Viper. Third over the rope was the man who eliminated Orton, R-Truth. After a series of incredible athletic saves, The Prince of Parkour finally fell as well. Next to go, Cena got toppled over the top. And finally, Sheamus flipped over and out when he missed the Raw announcer with a Brogue Kick.
Lawler’s surprising success comes just three weeks before the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. As a result of the Raw announcer’s win, he will once again enter a title bout to face WWE Champion The Miz, who he nearly defeated in a TLC Match last month. As for his six fellow competitors, they too will compete at the pay-per-view. The sextet of Superstars will be forced to square off inside Satan’s Structure with the winner earning the opportunity to challenge the WWE Champion at WrestleMania.
Mark Henry & The Great Khali met The Usos in a dance-off (WATCH | PHOTOS) Contestants on So You Think You Can Dance? can rest easy. Prior to the match pitting Mark Henry & The Great Khali against The Usos, Raw’s General Manager switched the bout to a dance-off. Despite some truly “unorthodox” dance moves, The World’s Strongest Man & The Punjabi Playboy got their groove on enough to notch the victory.
Michelle McCool & Layla def. Divas Champion Eve & Natalya (WATCH | PHOTOS) Eve netted a win when it counted most, in a Fatal 4-Way Match at Royal Rumble the night before. The new Divas Champion, however, failed to take flight in a tag team match when she paired with Natalya against Michelle McCool & Layla. McCool, particularly, had an axe to grind after she’d felt she had won at the Rumble. Instead, she helped her partner punish Eve, who Layla pinned to triumph.
World Heavyweight Champion Edge def. WWE Champion The Miz in a Non-Title Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) During the Royal Rumble, WWE Champion The Miz eliminated John Cena. Well, WWE’s 2010 Superstar of the Year wasn’t about to let “The Cleveland Screamer” go free. Instead, as Miz appeared to gain the upper hand during his match with World Heavyweight Champion Edge, Cena addressed him from a skybox within the Dunkin Donuts Center. The impromptu shout-out rattled the so-called “Awesome One” enough to allow The Ultimate Opportunist to level his opponent with a Spear to capture the win.
U.S. Champion Daniel Bryan def. Tyson Kidd (WATCH | PHOTOS) Ever since The Bellas discovered that Daniel Bryan has been secretly dating Gail Kim, the twins have given the cold shoulder to the U.S. Champion. And now, it’s Kim who’s feeling frigid, too.
After Bryan overcame an impressive Tyson Kidd to retain his title, Brie and Nikki, who were watching ringside, unleashed a blizzard of punches on Kim, who attempted to plow through the two before order could finally be restored.
WWE Tag Team Champions Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov def. Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty; Randy Orton attacked The New Nexus (WATCH: PART 1 | PART 2 | PHOTOS) After finishing a disappointing second in the Royal Rumble Match last night, Santino Marella needed a boost. The Italian and his fellow WWE Tag Team Champion, Vladimir Kozlov, walked with a bit more pep after defeating The New Nexus’ members Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty in a title match.
With the bout complete, Randy Orton slithered in to add injury to insult. After The New Nexus had distracted him at Royal Rumble, costing him the WWE Title, The Viper sought retribution. He hammered McGillicutty before the Nexi could hobble from the ring. WWE’s Apex Predator then trained his fangs on Harris, dropping him with a thunderous RKO and angling to punt his skull. Moments before he could, however, New Nexus leader CM Punk warned that were Orton to follow through, he would face serious repercussions. Punk’s words only served to spur on The Viper, who kicked Harris with a sickening thud. Orton then escaped through the crowd as medics attended to his prey.
Royal Rumble winner Alberto Del Rio decided to challenge World Heavyweight Champion Edge at WrestleMania (WATCH | PHOTOS) Aye! Aye! Aye! Less than 24 hours after surviving in a field of 40 competitors to win the Royal Rumble Match, Alberto Del Rio paid an ostentatious visit to Raw, complete with dancers and mariachi band. As the winner of the Rumble, the Mexican elitist was there to announce which title he will compete for at WrestleMania. Before his pronouncement, WWE Champion The Miz emerged in an attempt to sway Del Rio’s decision toward World Heavyweight Champion Edge. For his part, The Rated-R Superstar appeared, too, and embraced the moneyed Mexican’s decision to contest for his World Heavyweight Title.
So eager to tangle was Edge, in fact, that he clobbered Del Rio. Amid the chaos, Del Rio shrewdly wielded a nearby guitar and proceeded to smash it over Edge’s shoulder. He then whipped his rival into an excruciating cross armbreaker – with a winning smile on his face.
Later in the night, Edge would get a chance to face his fellow titleholder, Miz, in a champion versus champion match.
- WWE aired a vignette on tonight's RAW which seemed to tease the arrival of a new Superstar. The video showed a mysterious figure in a dark, rainy setting. The end of the video flashed "2 21 11" in fiery text.
February 21st, 2011 is the date for WWE Monday Night RAW in Fresno, California from the Save Mart Center.
Booker T and Kevin Nash were in negotiations as late as last week to return to TNA Wrestling, but both grapplers instead opted to return to World Wrestling Entertainment obviously. Booker T personally informed company president Dixie Carter that he had declined TNA's offer. Nash, however, did not. He verbally agreed to return to TNA and was slated to sign the contract this week. Carter discovered Nash bolting for WWE when the news broke online.
- Kevin Nash appeared on ESPN Radio’s Pro Wrestling Report, available at pwrshow.com, last night to talk about his return to WWE and more.
Nash noted that WWE flew him out of Daytona Beach, Florida so it would be easier on him. He said if TNA would have flown him out of the state, he would have to have driven from his home to Orlando, 90 miles, opposed to the few miles when traveling with WWE. Nash talked about how nice his accommodations were while staying in Boston.
The former World Champion noted that he signed paperwork and had a physical upon arriving to the arena. Nash said he spent about a half-hour with Triple H before shooting photos and video with WWE staff. He then met with Vince McMahon before hanging out with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, where he went over plans for the Rumble with Triple H.
Nash also noted that he talked with people from THQ, makers of SmackDown vs. RAW and All Stars, while he was at the Rumble.
Nash said that he is signed to a Legends contract and will meet with WWE officials on Wednesday of this week to talk about what’s next. Under the Legends deal, Nash will likely be involved with things like action figures and DVD’s.
- Apparently Scott Steiner is now signed to a new deal with TNA and not working on a per-night deal.
- Matt Hardy is reportedly signed to a three-year deal with TNA. It's said that Matt is getting less money than his brother Jeff Hardy but the other details of their contracts are about the same. Matt wanted to help on the TNA creative team but officials wouldn't guarantee it in his contract. They are however open to some of his ideas.
TMZ.com reports that sources close to former WWE star Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) indicate that the one-time United States Champion signed a deal with New Japan Pro Wrestling over the weekend.
The contract is for at least one year. He makes his debut Feb. 20.
TMZ also reports that MVP’s criminal background made it difficult for him obtain a visa to travel to Japan. “Burke – who spent over nine years behind bars after being convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery when he was just 16 – had to fight tooth and nail to get the requisite visa given Japan’s anti-felon policy,” TMZ noted
More Details On Mistico Signing With WWE Posted by Andy Steven on 01/31/2011 at 12:45 AM
Super Luchas reported today as the cover story in their latest issue that Mistico flew to the United States last Tuesday and signed a contract with the WWE. Mistico returned from Japan the day before and flew straight into the United States the next day to finalize the deal that EMLL knew nothing about which has contradicted Mistico’s agreement with EMLL on telling them if he had any contact with WWE. Mistico has been very disgruntled over the last year about his situation inside EMLL as they have decided to push La Sombra up to his level and he was very vocal in saying that Sombra wasn’t ready yet. Mistico also had issues with other guys getting big pushes and had talked to AAA last year about possibly jumping before deciding against it at the last minute. Mistico hasn’t worked at Arena Mexico since January 18th where they seemingly shot a new angle with Mistico having beef with Brazo de Plata after an injury angle the match before where he was destroyed by Averno & Mephisto but made it for his match only to help his team lose the match. Mistico then went on the New Japan/EMLL tour that EMLL didn’t push him as even being on the shows which was a telling sign regarding their relationship and it was around that time they announced the talent being on the show that Mistico likely told them that he was leaving the promotion. Mistico has had a couple of chances over the last 4 years to sign with WWE but it never matriculated which Mistico now says he should’ve signed back in 2007 when he had the chance so he finally decided to pull the trigger after he impressed them working a tryout match in California which was without EMLL’s permission. EMLL most likely owns the Mistico gimmick so he won’t be using it in WWE and I wouldn’t have expected them to use it anyway as they like to create their own personas so the question now is does EMLL give it to someone else or do they shelve it completely. The next few months in both EMLL and in Mistico’s professional life should be really interesting now as Mistico presumably will go to Florida Championship Wrestling and EMLL will now put their full confidence in La Sombra and now Mascara Dorada to fill the void.
Several wrestler reactions to the Royal Rumble Posted by Roscoe De Soto on 01/31/2011 at 12:43 AM
The following comments were posted on Twitter...
Christopher Daniels: "Just got done watching the Rumble with friends. Congrats to @WWEDanielBryan and @CMPunk for their great showings... ...to @TheRealMorrison for the spot of the night,... & to the WWE, I ask, if no one saw the Miz throw Cena over the top rope, how do they know Cena went over the top at all? #IWantWresting"
Val Venis: "I am very happy for Del Rio. He is truly a great performer. Vince is hearing Cha Ching with Del Rio. Or at least he should be hearing that."
Carlito: "I guess I dont have special powers! Congrats to del rio and the wwe for changing things up!"
Shane Helms: "Del Rio is 1/3 JBL, 1/3 Ricky Ricardo, and 1/3 Ric Flair. Hope to see him go far."
Jim Ross: "Thought Booker & Nash both physically looked super 2nite. I hope they stick around WWE. TBD, I suppose."
Madison Rayne on her Success and TNA Atmosphere Posted by Amish Patel on 01/31/2011 at 12:37 PM
- TNA Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne recently spoke to The Sun while in the UK. Here are some highlights:
Finding success in TNA: "I took a bit of time to find my place here and perhaps through luck I wound up as one of The Beautiful People. They are a great team and they helped me out greatly. It was just one of those unplanned things when Angelina Love had to leave for a short while, but that moved me up the ranks of the team and I really began to get where I wanted."
TNA having a family atmosphere: "It's true what they say about TNA being like a family. You can credit Dixie Carter for creating that sort of atmosphere, she is a very family orientated person and that rubs off on us too. We all know we can go to her, no matter what, boyfriend or girlfriend problems, family issues or anything else. We can go to her for advice, let off some steam or whatever we need.
She can give us tough love, but she knows we need it if she does. We all work better from having that sort of person to go to. We probably work so much better for being able to do that, frustration and anger never makes it into the ring. This is a business and Dixie is serious about that too, but we are indeed the TNA family."
As reported earlier, Booker T has arrived to Boston, Massachusetts for tonight's Royal Rumble pay-per-view. He is expected to participate in the 40-Man Royal Rumble Match. His return to WWE after three years will not be a one night affair.
According to some wrestlers, Booker T is permanently returning to WWE to both wrestle and announce. Additional details, however, have not been disclosed.
The six-time world champion has had his sights set on a commentating position for a number of years. He indicated in an interview last year during Royal Rumble season that if he were to return to WWE, it would likely be as an announcer.
He said, "Going back to the WWE, I know I would have to work a full schedule pretty much 180 days a year. I don't think that's something I want to do at this point. A lot of people speculate, but if I was to go back to the WWE, it would probably be from a wrestling announcer standpoint, that's something I always wanted to do. So I look forward if I ever go back to WWE, it would probably be from a wrestling announcer standpoint. TNA is better for me as far as scheduling goes, but I don't think I'll working that hectic schedule anymore."
Event: WWE Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View Airdate: Monday, January 30th, 2011 (Pay-Per-View) Location: The TD Garden Arena in Boston, MA Results by ProWrestlingSCOOPS.com
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
WWE Royal Rumble Opener:
We get a video package highlighting, what else but the Rumble match itself, to open the show.
The pyro hits and Michael Cole welcomes us to the PPV, and the bell rings. Looks like we'll be kicking things off tonight with the World Heavyweight Championship match, as Edge makes his way to the ring.
World Heavyweight Championship Edge (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
We get a recap of the events of this past Friday's Smackdown, and a reminder that the spear will be banned tonight, and if Edge hits it tonight, he will be DQ'ed and lose the belt to Ziggler. Vickie Guerrero interrupts Edge's music with a nice, loud, Excuse Me! Vickie says she's here to remind the crowd, and especially Edge that the spear is illegal and dangerous, and officially banned. Vickie asks Edge to use the spear one time tonight, and to get Edge in the mood, she attempts to get a spear chant going, before just laughing it off. Vickie then announces Ziggler, and the challenger makes his way out to the ring to less than half the heat of his 'girlfriend'.
We get formal ring introductions from Tony Chimel, and it looks like we're ready to finally kick things off.
The bell rings, and Ziggler and Edge circle each other before locking up. Edge knees Dolph in the gut before laying into him with a quick forearm, then smashing his head into the corner turnbuckle. Dolph comes back with a kick to the stomach and he's able to score a couple of quick right hands on Edge in the corner before the referee pulls him away. When Ziggler goes back to Edge he's greeted with a boot to the stomach and a hard whip across the ring, before a series of quick knee drops and a near fall. Edge picks Dolph up and hits a gutbuster type drop on Ziggler which is good for another near fall. Edge catches Ziggler with a knee to the midsection, flipping Ziggler over his knee, and it's good for yet another near fall for Edge.
Ziggler rolls to the outside and Edge follows, slamming him into the ringside barricade hard. Edge picks Ziggler back up and body slams him chest first down onto the barricade before rolling back into the ring and breaking the count. Edge rolls Ziggler back into the ring, but when he goes to follow he's caught with a boot and a rope assisted neckbreaker that's good for a near fall for Ziggler. Ziggler stomps away on Edge repeatedly until the ref pulls him away again. Edge rolls toward the ring apron and Ziggler exits the ring, bringing his elbow down across Edge's throat, and the back of his head.
Ziggler catches Edge with a couple of kicks to the side of the head before choking Edge against the middle rope. Ziggler is able to lock in a rear chin lock, softening Edge up. Edge is able to get to his feet and fight out of the hold before he whips Ziggler into the corner. Edge charges Ziggler but he gets caught with a boot to the chest. Ziggler tries for a sunset flip, but Edge rolls through and catapaults Ziggler into the corner. Ziggler is quick to respond with a neckbreaker that's good for a near fall. Ziggler stalks Edge before hitting a running, flipping neckbreaker to a seated Edge that's good for another near fall. Ziggler locks in another rear chin lock, continuing to wear down the champ.
Ziggler breaks the hold and drops a big elbow for another two count. Edge rolls to the ring apron and stands up, but Ziggler charges and launches him directly into the barricade at ringside. Ziggler follows to the outside only to bring Edge back in for a cover, but he's still only able to get a two count. Ziggler lays into Edge with a couple of elbows before locking in yet another rear chin lock.
Edge is able to fight up to his feet and he fights off Dolph, sending him into the ropes. Both men go for cross body blocks, and both men connects and end up down on the mat gasping for air. Both men make it back to their feet at a six count, and Edge is able to avoid a diving Ziggler in the corner, causing Ziggler to crash and burn in the corner. Both men are back up and Ziggler charges again, only to be picked up and flopped right back down on his stomach by Edge. Both men are slow to get up again and Edge ducks a clothesline before hitting a couple of running forearms and a facebuster on Ziggler that's good for a near fall.
Edge goes for Ziggler, but he ends up eating a jawbreaker type maneuver that looks great. Ziggler goes for the rocker dropper, but Edge is able to counter it into an awesome sit-out powerbomb which he holds on to for a pin, and a two count. Edge goes to the apron and begins to climb to the top rope. Ziggler is able to stop Edge and he lays into him with a couple of head butts, but when Ziggler tries for a superplex, Edge is able to fight him off, and he scores a head butt of his own. Edge dives off the top rope with a cross body, but Ziggler rolls through and he's able to pin Edge for a super close near fall, almost shocking the champ.
Both men are up and Ziggler hits a beautiful kick to the face, but it's still not enough to keep Edge down. Ziggler goes for the Zig Zag, but Edge is able to hold on to the ropes and avoid the move. Edge locks in a submission, that almost looks like an inverted sharpshooter, but Ziggler is able to fight his way to the ropes to force Edge to break the hold. Edge props Ziggler up on the middle rope and wails on his back, but when Edge tries for a cross body, Ziggler moves and he's hung up in the ropes. Ziggler comes up with a rocker dropper and he tries for the pin but Edge kicks out at two.
Ziggler looks distraught and Vickie looks angry. Both men get up to their feet, and Edge is able to score a big boot, kicking Ziggler in the face. Edge sets himself up in the corner, and looks to be going for the spear, but he stops himself. Edge walks toward Ziggler, and Ziggler almost locks in the sleeper, but Edge is able to counter into his impaler DDT. Edge goes for the pin, but Vickie pulls the ref out. Vickie argues with the ref, and slaps Edge, but Edge is able to avoid Ziggler and score a quick roll up for two. Edge argues with Vickie more until Kelly Kelly runs down and pulls Vickie off of the apron and beats her down. Ziggler hits the Zig Zag while Edge is distracted, but when he goes for the pin, Edge kicks out at two!
Both men are slow to get to their feet. Ziggler gets up first and he tries to lock in the sleeper, being much more successful this time. Edge fades and falls to one knee. Edge shows a flash of life, and he goes up to his feet with Ziggler on his back, but they knock the referee down in the confusion. Edge is able to hit a backpack stunner, and he notices that both Vickie Guerrero and the ref are down. Edge positions himself in the corner and hits a giant spear, before laying down on his back and acting hurt. The ref gets back up to his knees and Edge gets back up as well. Edge waits for Ziggler to get up, then hits the unprettier, putting Ziggler down for the three count.
Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Edge
Vickie Guerrero is furious as Edge just shrugs it off and shakes his head at the referee before celebrating with his title.
- We get a video package highlighting the history between Orton and The Miz.
The Miz is backstage with Alex Riley and Josh Matthews. Miz says there is a reason why he's a champion, and people like Jerry Lawler and Tom Brady aren't. Riley says Miz will outclass and outwrestle Orton tonight, and go to WrestleMania as Champion. Miz repeats his catchphrase, letting us all know who he is, and what he thinks of himself.
WWE Championship The Miz (c) vs. Randy Orton
The bell rings, and Orton and the Miz begin circling before the Miz tries for a quick punch. Orton avoids it and comes up with a right hand, European uppercut, and a series of right hands in the corner before simply tossing the Miz to the outside. Orton follows and he slams Miz from one barricade into another before rolling him back into the ring for a two count. Orton stomps Miz's forehead before picking him up by the arm and laying in with a couple of nasty kicks. Orton continues to stomp at Miz's chest before picking him up by the legs and slingshotting him into the bottom rope, throat first. Orton goes for another pin but he only gets two. Orton catches Miz with a nasty uppercut in the corner, but when he charges Miz he eats an elbow, only to come back with another series of big right hands before being pulled off by the referee. Orton chokes Miz on the middle rope before continuing the beating.
Riley is able to catch Orton by surprise, bringing him down throat first across the top rope while the ref is distracted, and this allows Miz to sneak in a bit of offense. Miz goes to slam Orton's head into the turnbuckle only to have it turned around on him. Orton his a big clothesline, but when he charges Miz in the corner Miz is able to make his way out, and Orton crashes into the corner. Miz is able to hit his corner clothesline and it's good for a two count. Miz chokes Orton on the second rope, and Riley uses another distraction to sneak in a right hand. Miz goes for a pin but he's only able to get a two count. Miz is able to lock in a rear chin lock, but Orton quickly fights up to his feet and out of the hold. Orton scores a good head butt, but Miz catches Orton with a knee to the gut.
Miz catches Orton with a big right hand and a boot to the gut, but Orton gets back to his feet and comes up with a couple of rights of his own, only to fall victim to a high elbow for a one count. Miz distracts the ref again, but the ref catches Riley before he's able to do anything. Miz goes to the outside and beats on Orton for a little bit before kicking up into Orton's face, square in the nose. Back in the ring Miz locks in another rear chin lock, and even though Orton fights up to his feet he quickly falls back down. Orton fights up again and he lays a couple of elbows into Miz's gut before turnings things around with a sleeper. Miz fights out of it, but Orton blocks a suplex and takes Miz down. Both men are slow to get up, and when they do Miz hits a big boot to Orton's face that's good for another near fall. Miz goes to the apron and climbs the ropes but Orton catches, and stops him. Orton hits Miz with a big right hand before climbing up and hitting a big superplex.
Orton goes for the pin, but the Miz is able to kick out. Both men get back up to their feet and trade blows in the ring, neither giving ground until Orton kicks Miz square in the chest, hits a couple of clotheslines, and his signature backbreaker. Orton goes for the rope assisted DDT, but Miz is able to suplex Orton over the ropes to the outside instead. Miz distracts the ref while Riley attacks Orton. Miz goes to the outside where he rams Orton back first into the barricade, then the ring apron, before rolling Orton back into the ring and going for the cover, only to get a two count. Miz goes back up to the top rope, and leaps off with a double axe handle smash that's good for another near fall on Orton. Miz goes for another pin, and gets another two count, before mounting Orton, kicking him a couple of times, and going for another pin, getting another two count. Miz locks in a mounted reverse chin lock, but Orton refuses to quit.
Orton fights up to his feet, but Miz quickly tosses him to the outside. Orton tries to go for something, but Miz catches him by the feet, and slingshots him head first into the ring post. Miz rolls back into the ring and the referee begins the count. Orton makes it back into the ring at 8, and he launches himself into the Miz with a Thesz press, a series of punches, and another series of punches when both men get to their feet. Miz is able to score a couple of punches of his own, but he walks into a couple of big clotheslines, and the snap powerslam. Orton stomps on Miz's joints, wearing him down further with a big knee drop to the forehead that's good for a two count.
Orton goes for a powerbomb, it looks like, but Riley is up on the apron to distract him. This allows Miz to hit the backbreaker/neckbreaker combo, but Orton kicks out of a pin attempt. Orton goes for the RKO, but Miz fights it off and tries for the SCF, Orton fights that off and hits what looks to be an Olympic slam for another two count. Miz goes to the outside and grabs the title, attempting to leave, but he's stopped cold by an Orton clothesline. Orton sends Miz back into the ring, but when he follows, he's met with a low angle DDT that sets up another near fall.
Miz goes for a kick, but Orton is able to avoid it and roll him up for a quick two count. Miz goes to the apron and Orton scores with his rope assisted DDT. Orton begins stalking Miz, setting up for the RKO, but the New Nexus make their way out to the ring. The ref attempts to stop them, and this allows Riley to sneak in. Orton kicks Riley in the gut, and launches him out of the ring, over the ref, and into Nexus. Orton hits the RKO on Miz, but Punk is in the ring and he hits a GTS on Orton, before dragging Miz over top of Orton. The ref recovers and counts the three.
Winner and STILL WWE Champion: The Miz
Michael Cole is beside himself, jumping up and down and clapping and shouting for the Miz.
Punk and the New Nexus make their way to the back as Miz looks completely confused as to what happened. When the belt is handed to him, that's enough to elicit a smile from Miz though.
Todd Grisham is backstage reading a prepared statement from Cody Rhodes. Rhodes says that tonight should have been tonight, but he won't be appearing because he has a shattered face. He says he's offended that Mysterio has not reached out to him, and he asks everyone to respect his wishes of privacy.
WWE Divas Championship Natalya (c) vs. LayCool
LayCool are out to the ring first, to a bit of an apathetic reaction from the crowd. Natalya is out next, to a nice pop from the crowd.
The lights dim and the chime sounds as there's a message from the anonymous GM. Cole asks for the crowds attention, letting the crowd know there's an e-mail. Cole quotes, saying that Teddy Long may have allowed LayCool to co-hold the Championship, but he's in charge and things are going to change. The GM says he gets messages about how annoying Cole is, and this won't be a handicap match, but a fatal four way, featuring the three women in the ring, and the Eve.
WWE Divas Championship Fatal Four Way Match Natalya (c) vs. Layla vs. Michelle McCool vs. Eve
LayCool work together right off the bat and take it to both of the other women. Teaming up on Eve and hitting a double front Russian leg sweep. Natalya is able to fight off LayCool while Eve ends up thrown out of the ring. Natalya is able to slingshot Layla into McCool, causing her to spear McCool, but when Natalya goes for the pin, McCool pulls Layla to the outside. McCool assaults Natalya on the outside, and in the ring it comes down to McCool and Layla. They both stare eachother down for a bit until Natalya pulls Layla down from behind and Eve almost scores a surprise roll up. Eve goes to attack Natalya and Natalya is almost able to lock in the sharpshooter. Layla tries to interfere, but she ends up being locked up into it too and it ends up being a double sharpshooted. McCool tries for a pin on Eve, but it's broken up. Eve pins McCool but Layla breaks it up and tosses Eve to the outside.
Back in the ring, Natalya takes out Layla with a right hand and McCool with a modified Michinoku driver. Natalya hits Layla with a discus clothesline in the corner. Natalya picks Layla up, and McCool goes for a kick, hitting Layla hard. Natalya almost scores the roll up, before tossing McCool to the outside. Natalya is tossed out by Eve. Eve hits a moonsault on Layla, and McCool rolls up Natalya at the same time. Both women get the three count but Eve is declared the winner. Eve is given the title and McCool is furious, immediately arguing with the ref.
Winner and NEW WWE Divas Champion: Eve
Daniel Bryan is backstage with Gail Kim and Josh Matthews. Bryan says that tonight anything can happen, and even though most people would think it's unlikely, if he could go from NXT rookie to main-eventing WrestleMania, that'd be pretty cool. The Bella's interrupt with flowers, and they apologize for their actions and say that Bryan and Kim are a perfect couple because they're both in the same league. Kim begins arguing with both of the Bella's, and a catfight ensues. Bryan is slapped, and everything is breaking down into hair pulling. Eventually people come in to pull the Bella's off Bryan and Kim, and Cole makes fun of Bryan.
- Again, we get a video package highlighting random numbers of the Rumble, such as number of competitors, their combined weight, and other useless factoids.
40 Man Royal Rumble
Justin Roberts announces this as the biggest Rumble match in history, then gives a quick run down of the rules, for those fans out there that may not be in the know. The man who drew number one is the leader of the Nexus himself, CM Punk.
The second man in the Royal Rumble, and the man who, along with Punk, has the highest mountain to climb, is Ezekial Jackson, and Wade Barett? and Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater are ringside. All four men make their way onto the apron and all four men begin wailing on Punk. The rest of the New Nexus make their way down to the ring, and a brawl ensues as everyone begins brawling around the ringside area, but this match hasn't even started as Cole gets another e-mail.
The GM is ordering the officials to restore order, and stop the men in the ring. Cole says the only man with the right to be in the ring right now is CM Punk and everyone else must return to the locker room immediately, and failure to comply will result in disqualification from the Rumble match. Everyone does indeed make their way to the back, arguing all the way.
The real #2 entrant will be Daniel Bryan, and ROH fans everywhere are wetting themselves over this first period.
The bell rings and Punk locks in a headlock. Bryan fights out but Punk hits a clothesline. Bryan hits a single leg dropkick, backflips over Punk, and hits a nice running forearm. Bryan shoulders Punk and tries to take him over, but it's blocked. Punk knocks Bryan out to the apron, but Bryan comes back in with a springboard dropkick. Bryan goes for a dropkick in the corner, but Punk avoids it.
#3 is Justin Gabriel
Gabriel goes right after CM Punk and he and Punk trade blows.
Punk is able to backdrop Gabriel to the apron. Bryan attacks Punk from behind. Gabriel goes for the 450, but Punk rolls out of the way. Bryan hits a back suplex sending Gabriel to the outside.
Justing Gabriel is eliminated.
#4 is Zak Ryder
Ryder comes into the ring and takes it to both Punk and Bryan right off the bat.
Bryan is able to fight back against Ryder, but he catches a kick to the chest. Ryder ends up being launched by Bryan into a kick into Punk before Bryan sends him over the top with a hip toss.
Zak Ryder has been eliminated.
Bryan lays into Punk with a couple of kicks, but Punk comes right back and attempts to eliminate Bryan.
William Regal is #5
Regal comes out and takes it right to Bryan with a huge innovative suplex before hitting Punk with a big clothesline and another suplex. Regal kicks Punk in the side of the head before going back to Bryan. Bryan and Regal trade uppercuts in the middle of the ring and Bryan comes out on top before Regal punches him in the gut. Punk kicks Regal, and Bryan kicks Punk, before kicking Regal in the side of the head.
Ted Dibiase is #6
Dibiase goes after Bryan and Regal first, taking out both men, before taking CM Punk down with a big clothesline. Dibiase attempts to force Punk over the top, but Punk won't let go of the ropes. Bryan lays into Regal with a nasty series of kicks to the chest and one more to the head. Bryan turns to Dibiase and Punk and tries to eliminate Dibiase, but Dibiase won't go down.
#7 is John Morrison.
Morrison comes in and takes everyone out as the fresh man. Morrison hits the C4 on Bryan, but he's caught off guard by Dibiase, who tries to throw him over the top. Regal launches him out, and Morrison is able to catch himself on the barricade.
William Regal is eliminated by Ted Dibiase.
Morrison jumps from the barricade to the ring steps and reenters the match. Things break down to Dibiase and Morrison and Dibiase and Punk and Bryan.
#8 is Yoshi Tatsu.
Yoshi comes in and goes right after Dibiase, while Punk, Bryan and Morrison fight amongst themselves. Bryan goes for a German suplex, but Morrison is able to land on his feet. Morrison and Punk almost have Bryan out of the match, but he's able to sneak back into the ring as the clock begins to count down again.
#9 is Husky Harris.
Harris is in and he immediately takes it to everyone in his match, and begins protecting Punk. Everyone teams up on Harris and he ends up sitting on Punk while he's being beaten. It doesn't last for long though, and things just break down to a punching and kicking fest in the ring between everyone else. Punk hits a beautiful side suplex on Bryan.
#10 is Chavo Guerrero.
Chavo comes in and turns his attention right to Dibiase, attemption the three amigos, but it's broken up by Punk. Chavo tries for the three amigos on Punk, but it's broken up by Morrison. It's broken up again, in turn by Bryan, and he's the one who finally falls victim to all three suplexes. Chavo gets up and celebrates before being leveled by Husky Harris. Chavo is able to come back with a missile dropkick to Harris.
#11 is Mark Henry.
Henry makes his way down to the ring and begins head butting everything in sight. Henry catches a diving Chavo and tosses him out.
Chavo Guerrero has been eliminated.
Yoshi tries to attack Henry from behind and he's clotheslined over the ropes for his troubles.
Yoshi Tatsu has been eliminated.
#12 is JTG.
JTG comes into the Rumble taking it to everyone, before eventually turning to Harris. Punk and Bryan continue to fight each other, and Harris continues to try and protect his leader. JoMo is attempting to eliminate Dibiase, but he doesn't appear to be going anywhere. The clock begins to count down again.
#13 is Michael McGillicuty.
McGuillicuty comes in and immediately begins attacking everyone before dropkicking JTG out to the floor.
JTG has been eliminated.
McGuillicuty and Harris team up, but their union comes to an end as everyone tries to keep them apart. Harris and McGuillicuty come back though, and are able to backdrop Dibiase over the ropes.
Ted Dibiase Jr. is eliminated.
Chris Masters is #14.
Masters locks in the Masterlock on CM Punk, almost eliminating him, before McGuillicuty and Harris are able to save him.
#15 is David Otunga.
Otunga makes his way down and helps his comrades. Punk is able to toss Bryan over the top. As well as Chris Masters.
Daniel Bryan and Chris Masters have been eliminated.
Nexus team up and tip Morrison over the top rope to the apron, and even though Morrison attempts to hold tight, they eventually kick him to the floor.
John Morrison has been eliminated.
Nexus team up on Mark Henry and are also able to force him over the top rope to the outside.
#16 is Tyler Reks.
Masters locks in the Masterlock on CM Punk, almost eliminating him, before McGuillicuty and Harris are able to save him.
#15 is David Otunga.
Otunga makes his way down and helps his comrades. Punk is able to toss Bryan over the top. As well as Chris Masters.
Daniel Bryan and Chris Masters have been eliminated.
Nexus team up and tip Morrison over the top rope to the apron, and even though Morrison attempts to hold tight, they eventually kick him to the floor.
John Morrison has been eliminated.
Nexus team up on Mark Henry and are also able to force him over the top rope to the outside.
#16 is Tyler Reks.
Tyler Reks enters a ring where the only other people are members of Nexus, and he's quickly dispatched from the ring.
Tyler Reks has been eliminated.
Nexus hang out in the ring and await the next man out.
#17 is Vladamir Kozlov.
Kozlov comes in hot, immediately kicking Punk to the mat, but the overwhelming force of Nexus is too much for Kozlov and he ends up taking a crushing senton from Harris before he's picked up to his feet and tossed to the outside by Punk.
Vladamir Kozlov is eliminated.
Again, Punk and Nexus wait for the next entrant.
#18 is R-Truth.
Truth runs down to the ring to try his luck, and even though he does his best to fight off everyone, just like the men before him, he falls to the overwhelming Nexus. Punk hits Truth with the high knee in the corner and asks the crowd 'what's up', before hitting the bulldog. Punk picks up Truth and tosses him to the outside.
R-Truth is eliminated.
#19 is the returning Great Khali.
Khali makes his way down to the ring and Punk looks terrified. Khali takes out everyone with big punches, and a big boot to McGuillicuty. Khali tosses Harris over the top.
Husky Harris has been eliminated.
Khali turns to Punk and begins stomping on him in the corner before picking him up and laying him out with a punch.
#20 is Mason Ryan.
Ryan makes his way out to the ring and trades blows with Khali, with Khali immediately putting Ryan down. Ryan is able to duck a clothesline, and Ryan pushes Khali over the top rope to the outside.
The Greak Khali has been eliminated.
Punk and Nexus end up in the ring alone again, minus Harris of course, waiting for the next man.
#21 is Booker T.
Booker comes out to the ring and Striker calls it a Mark Out Moment. Booker ends up being beat down by Ryan right off the bat, but he comes right back, even scoring the axe kick on Otunga. McGuillicuty attacks from behind, but Booker hits the book end, and drops down to one knee before doing the spin-a-roonie. Punk tries to eliminate Booker, but Booker turns it around, almost eliminating Punk. Ryan grabs Booker from behind and takes him over the top rope, dumping him on the outside.
Booker T has been eliminated.
#22 is John Cena.
Cena's music hits and Punk's face drops. Cena takes off his shirt at the top of the ramp, counts the members of Nexus, and charges. Cena takes out all the members of Necus, using the confusion of numbers. Cena low bridges Mason Ryan, sending him over the top, before clotheslining McGuillicuty and Otunga over the top rope.
Mason Ryan, Michael McGuillicuty, and David Otunga have been eliminated.
Cena stares down Punk and smiles. Punk tries to get the jump on Cena, but Cena comes back with a couple of blows of his own. Punk tries for the GTS but Cena fights out of it, and both men hit clotheslines at the same time.
#23 is Hornswoggle.
Honrswoggle plays for the crowd, before mocking Punk, only to eat a big kick from Punk for his troubles. Punk turns his attention to Cena, laying into him with a series of kicks. Punk shoulders Cena and tries to dump him over the top rope, but Cena turns it around and hits the AA over the top rope, eliminating Punk.
CM Punk has been eliminated.
Cena goes over and shakes Hornswoggles hand, picking him back up to his feet.
Tyson Kidd is #24.
Kidd makes his way in the ring where he's immediately made a fool of by Hornswoggle, before eating an AA from Cena. Hornswoggle then shoulders Kidd and hits a mini-AA of his own. Cena picks Kidd up and tosses him over the top.
Tyson Kidd has been eliminated.
#25 is Heath Slater.
Slater makes his way out to the ring and quickly gets a couple of shoulderblocks from Cena, and a stunner from Hornswoggle before Cena connects with the side suplex. Cena and Hornswoggle both go for, and connect with the five knuckle shuffle. Hornswoggle goes to the top and connects with the tadpole splash, and Cena tosses Slater over the top.
Heath Slater has been eliminated.
#26 is Kofi Kingston.
Kingston makes his way down to a big ovation from the crowd. Kingston takes his time coming into the ring. Cena and Kingston stare each other down, and it looks like Hornswoggle will be a spectator or something. Kingston and Cena lock up, and Kofi is able to come up with a big back elbow, and a beautiful dropkick, before mounting him in the corner and hitting a series of punches.
#27 is Jack Swagger.
Swagger comes in and immediately takes it to both Cena and Kingston. Swagger connects with a Vader bomb on Cena, and Hornswoggle hits him from behind. This allows Kingston to hit a big cross body from the top, and Kingston uses Hornswoggle as a launching pad for the boom drop.
#28 is Sheamus.
Sheamus comes right to the ring and takes it to everyone but Hornswoggle, hitting the Irish Curse backbreaker on Cena. Sheamus then down indeed turn to Hornswoggle, shoving him down to the mat hard. Hornswoggle gets up and teases sweet shin music, hitting it, but Sheamus comes right back, grabs him by the throat and puts him on the top rope. Cena hits the side suplex from behind, but Sheamus is able to come back and hit the bicycle kick to Hornswoggle, sending him to the outside.
Hornswoggle has been eliminated
#29 is Rey Mysterio.
Mysterio is able to clean house until he's clotheslined by Sheamus. Mysterio is able to send Swagger to the outside, and even though he hangs on, Mysterio hits the 619, sending him to the floor.
Jack Swagger has been eliminated.
#30 is Wade Barrett.
Barrett comes out and he tries to hit the wasteland on Kofi to the outside, but he's caught with a dropkick to the knee by Mysterio. Barrett is able to connect with a suplex on Cena, but then he finds himself on the end of Kofi Kingston's boots.
#31 is Dolph Ziggler.
Ziggler makes his way down to the ring slowly, but he's able to do a lot of damage. Ziggler and Barrett almost attempt to eliminate Cena, but Mysterio breaks up the attempt.
#32 is Kevin Nash!
Everyone in the ring is stunned as Nash makes his way down to the ring. Barrett tries to attack but he's shrugged off, as is everyone else. Nash hits Ziggler with a big elbow in the corner, and even hits Cena with a short arm clothesline.
#33 is Drew McIntyre.
McIntyre goes straight for Nash, teaming up with Sheamus and pounding down on Big Daddy Cool.
The No. 34 entrant was Alex Riley, who came out to The Miz's music. Miz accompanied Riley to ringside. Meanwhile, the youth movement kicked Nash's ass, as Barrett eliminated Diesel at 52:30 to a chorus of boos. A good portion of fans continued to chant "Diesel." Miz joined the announcers on commentary.
The No. 35 entrant was Big Show. Here come some more eliminations. Show and Diesel crossed paths on the stage and had a brief visual exchange. WrestleMania 27? Show eliminated Dolph Ziggler at 54:50.
The No. 36 entrant was Ezekiel Jackson. As Jackson was coming to the ring, Show eliminated Drew McIntyre. However, Big Zeke eliminated Show at 55:35. The announcers put it over big and replayed Show's elimination.
The No. 37 entrant was Santino Marella. Santino went after Zeke, who scared the hell out of him by posing and yelling. Santino turned around and walked right into Sheamus's Brough Kick. The announcers put over Cena as the longest entrant with 25 minutes in.
The No. 38 entrant was Alberto Del Rio, who was given the full Ricardo Rodriguez treatment.
The No. 39 entrant was Randy Orton. Del Rio was still taking his sweet time getting to the ring when Orton's music played. Orton charged out and roughed up Del Rio at ringside. Orton rolled Del Rio inside the ring and hit the RKO. Orton eliminated Kingston and then Sheamus in rapid fire order around the 61:00.
The No. 40 entrant was Kane. Hunter who? Striker said Kane is approaching the record set by Shawn Michaels for most Rumble eliminations. Alex Riley was not in the ring and was nowhere to be found. Kane eliminated Zeke at 62:45.
Kane was eliminated by Mysterio around 63:20. However, Barrett eliminated Mysterio seconds later.
The last four men in the ring were Cena, Barrett, Orton, and Del Rio. The crowd was not on the edge of their seats. Orton and Cena teased their second showdown of the match. They traded shots and the live crowd was so quiet you'd think it was a WWE Superstars match.
Alex Riley ran out at 66:30. Cena went after him. Miz ran out and dumped Cena over the top rope to eliminate him. I've never been so happy to lose a Royal Rumble pool. Miz and Riley ran backstage, leaving Barrett, Del Rio, and Orton as the final three.
Del Rio and Barrett both team up on Orton, choking him in the corner with their boots. Orton begins to fight back against both men with a series of clotheslines, a snap powerslam to Orton and his signature backbreaker to Del Rio. Orton is able to eliminate Barrett, but he finds himself immediately eliminated by Del Rio.
Wade Barrett and Randy Orton have been eliminated.
Del Rio believes he has won, but Santino crawls into the ring, and strikes with the cobra. Santino immediately begins celebrating, but when he goes to throw Del Rio out, it's turned around on him, and Del Rio, does indeed win.
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