January 11, 2008 – Recap by Sassy
Recap of Beat the Clock Challenge last week. Rey Mysterio won
with the quickest win time and he will face Edge for the WWE World Championship
at Royal Rumble.
This evening begins with General Manager Vickie Guerrero and
Assistant General Manager Theodore Long in the ring (Vickie in wheelchair and
neck brace). She introduces the number one contender for the Championship –
Rey Mysterio who enters the arena to the enthusiastic applause of the fans.
Mysterio enters the ring with mic in hand and stops to shake hands with Vickie
and Teddy. Mysterio says he knows which side she is on; obviously she is on
Edge’s side. Mysterio says he has wanted to talk to her. Mysterio is concerned
about Vickie’s relationship with Edge. She says she doesn’t want to discuss
her private life and Mysterio says there has been nothing “private” in their
relationship. And the discussion turns to Eddie Guerrero and here is where WWE
is again pushing the limits of what should and shouldn’t be used as fodder for
storylines in professional wrestling.
Enter Edge with championship belt on his shoulder. The fans
are not impressed. The “private” relationship is again being aired in
public. Edge tells Mysterio after the Royal Rumble, Edge will still be champion.
Mysterio tells Edge he will no longer be champion after Royal Rumble.
Enter Chavo Guerrero – who is not dressed for ring action.
Chavo is there to tell Mysterio to mind his own business and Mysterio says that
it is his business. Chavo says that no matter how hard Mysterio tries he is
never going to be a Guerrero. Chavo says he is a Guerrero and he doesn’t know
how Vickie can call herself a Guerrero when the rest of the Guerrero family is
disgusted with what she is doing. Edge steps in to tell them that it is none of
Vickie then schedules a match pitting Rey Mysterio against
Chavo Guerrero tonight.
Back from commercial break.
is being broadcast from Wilkes-Barre, PA on the CW network
Ringside announcers: Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman
Ring announcer: Justin Roberts
Cole tells the audience that Batista and The Undertaker have
been entered into the Royal Rumble match.
Chuck Palumbo from San Diego, CA, weighing 280 lbs.
accompanied to the ring by his motorcycle and Michelle McCool
Cole shows the audience a recap of the match last week
between Palumbo and McCool against Kenny Dykstra and Victoria. Victoria pinned
McCool to win the match. After the match, Palumbo blamed McCool and rode off
leaving her in the ring. Cole said Palumbo has since apologized to McCool.
Jamie Noble from Hanover, WV, weighing 202 lbs.
Audience favorite: I’m not sure
My favorite: I like them both and Chuck’s motorcycle
We have another soap opera -- Noble’s infatuation with
McCool. Noble has beat Palumbo three times already, the last win resulting in
Noble getting a date with McCool.
Palumbo manhandles Noble throughout the match. Palumbo seems
to be having a problem getting over as a heel.
Noble should be giving him lessons. He can make the audience absolutely
despise him in a very short amount of time. Noble fights back but he’s having
a tough time of it. Noble takes Palumbo down in what appears to be a crucifix
and gets the three count which results in Palumbo kicking Noble out of the ring.
Defeating Chuck Palumbo for the fifth time.
Noble blows McCool a kiss on his way up the entrance ramp.
Palumbo and McCool are still standing in the ring and Palumbo is not happy.
Palumbo backs McCool up into the corner and has her trapped. The audience is
chanting “Chuck’s a loser” and Noble appears at the top of the entrance
ramp, distracting Palumbo and allowing McCool a chance to get out of the ring.
Backstage Vickie and Edge are in the office and Edge tells
Teddy Long to leave them alone. The live audience is booing. I agree with the
Batista is heading toward the ring. His match is next.
Promo for WWE HD, available in two weeks on Smackdown.
Back from commercial break, Cole tells the audience The
Undertaker will be in a Handicap Match against Mark Henry and Matt Striker.
Striker cost Undertaker the win in his Beat the Clock Match last week. Coach
reminds the audience about the match coming up later tonight between Rey
Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero.
M.V.P. from Miami, FL, weighing 248 lbs.
I’m not sure what happened, but MVP started down the
entrance ramp, then backed up the entrance ramp in order to do his usual ring
entrance with the pyros.
Cole tells the audience that next week it will be Ric Flair
versus MVP in a Career Threatening Match.
MVP takes the mic and says that before he shows Batista how
much better MVP is than Batista, he wants to talk about Batista’s mentor, Ric
Flair. MVP says he will be known as the man who retired Ric Flair. Batista’s
entrance music cuts off MVP’s tirade against Flair.
Batista from Washington, DC, weighing 290 lbs.
Audience favorite: Batista
My favorite: I like them both
We know MVP is giving up size in this match but he doesn’t
appear too worried about it. I get the impression that Batista wanted this match
in order to pound on MVP for threatening to retire Flair. MVP starts out trying
to put on a boxing match versus a wrestling match. Batista leapfrogged over MVP
in the ring. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him do that before in a match. Cole
and Coach argue more than Cole and JBL argued during matches. MVP manages to get
Batista down on the canvas and it looks like he’s going for the head kick. Not
only does MVP make the kick, he sends Batista out on the floor. And we go to
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF A MATCH!
Back from commercial break, both wrestlers are back in the
ring but MVP seems to be in charge. There is a replay of what happened during
the commercial break, which included MVP going out on the floor after Batista.
Batista comes back but MVP doesn’t let Batista stay ahead. MVP goes for the
pin but doesn’t get the three count. Batista tries again for a comeback but
MVP is keeping Batista down. MVP does have greater speed in the ring than
Batista but Batista has more power. Batista goes for the Batista bomb, but MVP
manages to bail out of the ring. MVP brings Batista out to the floor with the
referee telling them to get back inside the ring. It doesn’t go well for MVP
when Batista drops him on the floor, but MVP manages to send Batista shoulder
first into the outside corner post. Both men are back to the apron, Batista
knocks MVP down to the floor. Batista gets back in the ring and MVP gets counted
out. MVP grabs a chair outside the ring, but Batista delivers a spear and then
rolls MVP back into the ring. MVP manages to roll back out of the ring and away
Cole tells the audience that tonight it will be a Royal
Rumble qualifying match between Hornswoggle (accompanied by Finlay) and Ranjin
Singh (accompanied by The Great Khali) - arm wrestling. Coach reminds the
audience about the Handicap Match The Undertaker has with Mark Henry and Matt
Striker. That match will be next.
Back from commercial break.
The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry, at a combined
weight of 600 lbs.
The Undertaker from Death Valley, weighing 299 lbs.
Recap of the match last week in which Matt Striker screwed
The Undertaker out of his Beat the Clock Match by refusing to count to three
when Undertaker had Mark Henry pinned.
Audience favorite: The Undertaker
My favorite: I like The Undertaker and Mark Henry but
I’m not sure about Matt Striker
Matt Striker is hiding behind Mark Henry. Something tells me
he will do his best to avoid Undertaker. As soon as the bell rings, Striker
rolls out of the ring and onto the floor away from the action. Undertaker takes
out his anger at Striker on Henry. Striker does get up on the apron ring long
enough to distract Undertaker and give Henry the edge. Striker back in the ring,
notices Undertaker is on his feet looking at him and bails out of the ring
again. Undertaker has Henry by the throat, Striker enters the ring and gets a
big boot courtesy of Undertaker. Undertaker now works on both of his opponents
in the ring. Undertaker sends Henry
out of the ring and goes after Striker delivering his tombstone pile driver to
get the three count.
The match may have been shorter than The Undertaker’s
entrance to the ring. Almost a squash by Undertaker.
As soon as the match is over, Big Daddy V enters the arena.
Henry is back in the ring and now both men are after The Undertaker. The live
audience isn’t liking this. Undertaker tries to fight back but he is not only
outnumbered, he is outsized which isn't something Undertaker faces every day.
Undertaker does take down Henry with a DDT and V with a running clothesline
before sending him over the top rope to the floor. As Henry gets to his feet, he
finds himself being choke slammed by Undertaker.
The after match was actually better than the match.
Hornswoggle is backstage with Vince McMahon. McMahon tells
Hornswoggle how proud he is of him when he won his match last week with Mick
Foley as his tag team partner. Hornswoggle heads to the ring for his arm
wrestling match and Finlay enters.
Finlay says McMahon isn’t holding up his end of the bargain. McMahon says
Finlay is to never make reference to their deal. Finlay tells McMahon not to
talk to him like that. Finlay wants to know how McMahon expects Hornswoggle to
survive in the Royal Rumble Match. McMahon says that Finlay is now in the Royal
Rumble Match and he can look after Hornswoggle. McMahon tells Finlay to calm
down and to go out and look after Hornswoggle tonight and they will talk about
the situation later.
Back from commercial break, Raw Rebound: Recap of the steel
cage match between Jeff Hardy and Umaga with Randy Orton outside the ring trying
to interfere. Jeff Hardy defeated Umaga with a whisper in the wind off the top
of the steel cage, much to Orton’s dismay. If you missed the match, both Jeff
and Umaga did a great job.
accompanied to the ring by The Great Khali
Singh has the mic and is bragging about Khali’s workout
regime and that Singh has been doing the same workout and that he will beat
Hornswoggle just like Singh could beat everyone in the audience.
accompanied to the ring by Finlay
Audience favorite: Hornswoggle
My favorite: Hornswoggle and Finlay
Recap of the match last week with Hornswoggle and Mick Foley
facing The Highlanders. Hornswoggle and Foley defeated The Highlanders and thus
giving Hornswoggle and Foley entry into the Royal Rumble Match.
Finlay looks good in that suit. I’m not sure I’ve seen
him in anything but his ring attire before.
The only purpose I can see for this match is giving Khali a
chance to beat up on Finlay who is doing his best to protect Hornswoggle.
Hornswoggle is having a problem reaching the table. They need to get a chair for
Hornswoggle to stand on so that he can reach properly. Finlay has some sort of
device in his hand – it looks like a remote control – but I don’t know
what it is for. As soon as the ref tells them to get ready, Singh jumps away
from the table and starts screaming. Undoubtedly the Finlay’s device causes
some sort of electric shock. The ref says there is nothing wrong with the table
and Hornswoggle is putting on rubber glove before grabbing Singh’s hand. Again
Singh starts screaming but he can’t get away from the table because
Hornswoggle is holding onto him. Hornswoggle slams Singh’s arm down on the
table, the ref rings the bell and Hornswoggle is declared the winner.
a little help from Finlay
In response to Hornswoggle’s victory, Khali delivers a boot
to Finlay’s head and Finlay hits the mat. Hornswoggle is alone in the ring
with Khali and Khali has Hornswoggle by the throat. Finlay is back on his feet
and he uses the steel chair on Khali’s back to make him release his grip on
Hornswoggle. Finlay hits him again and Khali falls to the mat and rolls out of
the ring. Finlay’s head is bleeding.
Back from commercial break, Cole reminds the audience that
Rey Mysterio will be facing Chavo Guerrero in a match later tonight.
Kane, weighing 323 lbs.
Domino from The Other Side of the Tracks, weighing 235
accompanied to the ring by Deuce, a nice ride and
Audience favorite: I’m not sure
My favorite: Kane
Barring outside interference, this should be an easy match
for Kane to win. It begins as beat down of Domino. Kane is ready to put a choke
slam on Domino, but Deuce makes a grab at Kane and Kane turns his attention to
Deuce, delivering a fist and sending Deuce to the floor. Domino goes up on the
top turnbuckle but Kane catches him as he comes off and delivers the choke slam
before going for the cover and getting the three count.
Deuce started in the ring after the bell rang ending the
match but when he saw that Kane was ready for him, Deuce made a hasty retreat.
Short match, nice win for Kane.
Promo for Eve who is coming to Smackdown.
Back from commercial break, promo for WWE HD.
Cole reminds the audience that in two weeks it will be the
Royal Rumble pay per view. Coach reminds everyone they can go to www.wwe.com
for further information.
30 Man Royal Rumble Match
The winner gets a title shot at Wrestlemania.
Also on the Royal Rumble Card:
Jeff Hardy goes after Randy Orton’s WWE Championship
Ric Flair faces M.V.P. in a Career Threatening Match
JBL versus Chris Jericho
Rey Mysterio goes after Edge’s WWE World Heavyweight
Recap of the matches between Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero
October 20, 2006 – I Quit Match
Chavo won the match and injured Mysterio’s knee.
September 7, 2007
Mysterio takes out Chavo and injures Chavo’s knee.
Mysterio and Chavo are heading toward the ring for their
match. That match is next.
Back from commercial break, promo for Royal Rumble, January
27, 2008 on pay per view.
Rey Mysterio from San Diego, CA, weighing 165 lbs.
Chavo Guerrero from El Paso, TX, weighing 215 lbs.
Audience favorite: Rey Mysterio
My favorite: I like them both
Edge’s entrance theme begins and Edge makes his way to
ringside. It appears Edge will be joining Cole and Coach at the announcer’s
The bell rings and the two men lock up in the ring. Chavo is
slightly larger but Mysterio is so quick in the ring I’m not sure the size
difference means anything. Outside the ring, Cole is giving Edge a hard time
about his relationship with Vickie Guerrero. Mysterio goes for a cover early but
he can’t get the three count. Chavo goes for a cover but he can’t get the
three count. Mysterio delivers a kick that sends Chavo out to the floor but it
backfires as Chavo throws Mysterio face first into the steel steps. Chavo is
back in the ring, Mysterio is holding his knee, and we go to
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
tied with this week's TNA iMPACT.
Back from commercial break, Chavo has Mysterio down in the
middle of the ring. Replay of Mysterio meeting the steel steps outside the ring
before the commercial break. Cole says that Chavo has been in control of the
match since that collision. Chavo goes for a cover and gets a two count before
Mysterio kicks out. Chavo is working on Mysterio’s left arm and shoulder.
Mysterio is fighting back but Chavo slams Mysterio to the mat. Again Chavo gets
a two count. Chavo continues to work on Mysterio’s arm and shoulder. Edge’s
jaw muscles appear to be in great shape. He hasn’t shut up since he sat down
at the announcer’s table. Mysterio is back to his feet and he manages to send
Chavo to the mat, but Mysterio is down as well. Chavo is back to his feet first
but Mysterio hits Chavo with a hurricanrana. Chavo charges at Mysterio, Mysterio
ducks, Chavo goes through the ropes and out to the floor. Mysterio climbs up to
the top turnbuckle and takes Chavo down on the floor next to the announcer’s
table. Mysterio is busy watching Edge as he makes his way to his feet. Mysterio
rolls Chavo back in the ring as the ref has counted to 6. Mysterio rolls over
with a splash on Chavo but he only gets a two count before Chavo gets a shoulder
up. Chavo goes for a cover but Mysterio kicks out at the count of two. Mysterio
sets Chavo up for the 619, hits it, goes up to the top turnbuckle, hits Chavo
with a frog splash and gets the three count.
Edge dives into the ring after the match is over but Mysterio is ready for him. Mysterio is beating on Edge in the middle of the ring. He delivers a kick to the head, and goes for the 619 but the Edgeheads have appeared and trip Mysterio up. Now it’s three on one and the audience is not impressed as Edge beats on a helpless Mysterio. Mysterio tries to fight back but doesn’t’ get very far. Edge gets down on the mat and gets in Mysterio’s face.
thought perhaps Chavo Guerrero and Rey Mysterio would pair up to try to take out
Edge and his goons, but Chavo was gone as soon as the match was over.
And that’s the end of the show.