Posts Tagged 'The Undertaker'

02/21/11 Raw preview- Undertaker returns

Last week Raw saw the suprise return of The Rock, this week Raw will see the much hyped return of The Undertaker

For the last month WWE has promoted the return or debut of a mysterious wrestler with the 02.21.11 promos. Many have speculated on who the promos were for but it seems that it will be the return of The Undertaker(sorry Sting fans).

Tonights Raw will also feature the start of the WWE Title feud. Last night John Cena became the number one contender for Miz’s freshly defended title. Wrestlemania will also take shape tonight with other Mania match feuds being featured. It is rumored that Triple H will be taking on The Undertaker in another career vs. streak match and CM Punk is expected to take on Randy Orton.

WWE wants Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania

What was once just a dream for wrestling fans could soon be a reality

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reports Vince McMahon believes he can get Brock Lesnar to work this year’s Wrestlemania. Dana White says it wont happen, but never say never. Brock has one more fight left on his UFC contract and rumors have had him fighting Roy Nelson, Junior Dos Santos and Frank Mir. White still hasent announced the coaches for the next season of UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter and many think Lesnar and Mir would be a good choice.

WWE is reportedly offering Brock in the $2 million range for a Wrestlemania appearance and its hard for anyone to turn down that kind of money. Brock knows he isnt getting any younger and is looking to make as much money as he can, while he can. The prospect of making a ton of money with WWE and doing another monster buy rate with UFC would be great for Brock but ultimately it’s up to UFC President Dana White.

10/29/10 Smackdown Spoilers- #1 Contenders Match

This Friday on Smackdown Kane eulogizes The Undertaker, Swagger battles Kaval and a new #1 contender is announced for The World Title

Undertaker’s funeral

Kane and Paul Bearer come out to start the show. The World Champion informs the Smackdown audience that Undertaker is dead and so is their feud. In an act of disrespect Alberto Del Rio interrupts the funeral to demand a match for Kane’s title. A pissed off Rey Mysterio runs out to lay a beat down on his arch nemesis Del Rio. The madness brings out The Rated R Superstar and he spears Kane, solidifying himself as worthy of a title shot.

Teddy Long announces a #1 contenders match for the World Title

Backstage Del Rio demands a title match with Kane. Teddy instead puts Del Rio in a match with Rey Mysterio and Edge with the winner getting a title match with Kane at Survivor Series.

Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler

In a Bragging Rights rematch Daniel Bryan gets another win over Ziggler.

Paul Bearer cuts a promo backstage saying that the winner of the #1 contenders match will be destroyed by Kane.

Cody Rhodes is then shown being a jerk to Kelly Kelly. Big Show plays the hero and challenges Rhodes to a match. Cody insists on facing Show in a tag team match because he’s a tag team wrestler.

Jack Swagger vs. Kaval

The great debate of who would win this match is settled with Swagger getting the submission victory over Kaval.

Halloween Divas segment

A divas Halloween Costume Contest quickly deteriorates into a heel vs face, four on four tag team match.  Kelly Kelly, The Bellas and Melina beat Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes and LayCool.

Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre vs. Big Show and Kofi Kingston

Big Show and Kofi get the win setting off a fight between the former tag team champs Cody and Drew.

#1 Contenders Match: Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio

Edge is propelled into the Worl Title picture after he beats two of the top Superstars on Smackdown.

WWE Smackdown full episode/results

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We are live on tape from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and your announcers are Todd ‘ What happened to Bobby Hebert’ Grisham and Matt ‘Why are people complaining about my Colts Jersey’ Striker.

Rey Mysterio versus CM Punk with Luke Gallows and Serena

Punk has something to say to Rey and then he pie faces Rey before locking up. Punk does it a second time but Rey slaps Punk and then Rey with forearms to Punk. Punk with an Irish whip but Rey with a drop kick and victory roll for a near fall. Rey kicks Punk in the leg and then he drops the knee into the mat and then puts Punk in a leg lace, but Punk makes it to the ropes and Rey releases the hold. They lock up with a Greco Roman Knuckle Lock and Punk trips Rey and gets a near fall. Rey with a sunset flip and he gets a near fall. Rey returns to the leg and he kicks Punk some more. Rey with forearms in the corner but Punk with an enzuigiri for a near fall. Punk with a figure four head scissors. Rey punches the leg to get out of the hold. Punk with a snap mare and kick to the back for a near fall. Rey with a forearm but Punk with a knee and then he throws Rey under the bottom rope but Punk tries for a baseball slide and Rey slides under Punk as Rey returns to the ring. Luke and Serena come over to Punk and we go to commercial.

We are back and Punk with a shoulder tackle and leg lariat for a near fall while Punk continues to favor the leg. Rey with a kick but Punk sends him to the apron. Rey with a body scissors and he sends Punk over the top rope to the floor. Rey hits a seated splash from the apron. Punk with a belly-to-back suplex onto the ringside barrier. Punk rolls Rey into the ring and then Punk with a slingshot senton and then he gets a near fall. Rey is lying against the ring post and Punk with a baseball slide and Rey’s abdomen goes into the post. Rey gets up and relaxes against the ringside barrier. Punk with a clothesline to the back of the head and then he hits a short arm clothesline before rolling Rey back into the ring. Punk gets a near fall and then Punk puts Rey in a bow and arrow but Rey with a lateral press. Punk tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Rey counters with a lateral press for a near fall. Punk hits a back breaker for a near fall. Punk with a forearm to the back and gets a near fall. Punk works on Rey’s back as he stretches him and he continues to taunt Rey. Rey with kicks to the head to get out of the hold. Punk charges into the corner and Rey with a drop toe hold. Rey goes to the apron and Rey goes up top but Punk crotches him and Rey is in the tree of woe. Punk tries to take advantage of the situation and he tries for a baseball slide but Punk forgets that Rey is not really that tall and Rey pulls himself up a bit as Punk crotches himself in the ring post. Rey pulls himself up and goes up top and hits a seated splash and a springboard cross body for a near fall. Punk with a head butt to Rey’s midsection and he tries for a rollup but Rey rolls through and kicks Punk in the head and gets a near fall. Rey with a knee to Punk’s head but Punk with an Irish whip and he runs into a boot from Rey. Punk with a power slam for a near fall. Punk with the running knee into the corner and then he tries for the bulldog but Rey gets out of the hold. Rey with a drop kick to the knees and Punk falls ‘there’. Serena gets on the apron to stop Rey’s run into the 619. The referee yells at Serena and Luke gets on the apron on the other side but Rey drops Luke on the top rope. Punk charges and Rey with a drop toe hold and Punk falls you know where as Rey tries for the 619 but Punk sees it coming and he avoids the move. Punk gets Rey up for the Go To Sleep but Punk counters and hits a rana for the three count.

Winner: CM Punk

After the match, Luke Gallows attacks Rey and kicks him. Luke with a back breaker to Rey. Punk tells Luke what to do and he hits a splash into the corner that sends Rey to the mat. Luke picks up Rey and hits a short arm clothesline. Serena kicks Rey in the midsection and then Punk has something to say to Rey. Luke puts Rey on Punk’s shoulders and then Punk hits the Go To Sleep.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Rey’s victory over CM Punk and the post match beat down by the Straight Edge Society.

Drew McIntyre comes to the ring to some snazzy new entrance music and he has something to say. Drew says that when he was informed that he would be competing in a match tonight, he stopped them and said that it doesn’t matter who his opponent is because he is the undefeated Intercontinental Champion. Drew says that he is unstoppable. His opponent, Kane, comes to the ring and as Kane enters the ring, Drew says that on second thought he doesn’t have anything to prove tonight and especially not to Kane. Drew says that he dropped Kane last week. Drew tells Kane that he can have a match next week, but not tonight. Despite Drew’s comments, the referee calls for the bell and the match starts.

Drew McIntyre versus Kane

Kane with a kick to an unsuspecting McIntyre and Drew goes to the floor. Kane follows after him and he punches Drew. Drew is returned to the ring and Kane with punches to Drew but Drew with a forearm and punch. Kane with a clothesline and he goes up top but Drew rolls out of the ring to the floor. We go to commercial.

We are back and Drew with an arm bar as we see footage from the commercial break when Kane was sent to the ringside barrier from the apron to allow Drew to gain the advantage. Kane punches McIntyre but Drew with kicks to the leg and head. Drew with a clothesline and a near fall. Drew with an elbow to the top of the head. Kane with an Irish whip but Drew comes out of the corner and Kane hits a clothesline. Kane with punches to Drew followed by an Irish whip and running clothesline. He tries again but Kane runs into an elbow from McIntyre. Kane hits the side slam for a near fall. Kane goes to the turnbuckles and he goes up top and hits the clothesline. Kane sets for the choke slam but Drew with kicks to the leg and then Drew tries for the double underhook DDT. Kane gets out of that and tries for another choke slam. Kane and Drew both go over the top rope to the floor and the referee starts his count. Kane and Drew exchange punches and Kane pulls Drew off the apron and then sends Drew into the ringside barrier. The referee makes the ten count.

Double Count Out

After the match, Kane sends McIntyre into the ring and Drew hits a running boot and then he punches Kane. McIntyre takes his title belt and he returns to the ring but Kane grabs Drew by the throat and hits a choke slam. Kane picks up the title belt and then puts it across Drew’s chest. Who wants some pyro from the turnbuckles?

We go to the back where Mickie James is getting something to eat. That is a good thing because the only other two people in the area are Michelle McCool and Layla who comment on the shock that Mickie is eating. Mickie says that it is over between them. Layla and Michelle say that Mickie doesn’t belong here and then Michelle says that it isn’t over until she gets her title belt back. Michelle has some cottage cheese in her hands but Mickie knocks it away and we see that it hit Vickie Guerrero. Mickie apologizes but it doesn’t matter because Vickie yells. Michelle and Layla suck up to Vickie as we go to commercial.

Mickie James versus Layla with her dance partner Michelle McCool

They lock up and Layla with a knee but Mickie with forearms and a snap mare. Mickie with a drop kick and Layla backs into the corner.

Vickie Guerrero comes out, still wearing the cottage cheese and she throws out her usual excuse mes. Vickie says that this is going to be an Epsenhart Special with Michelle McCool on Layla’s team.

Michelle takes off her boots and enters the ring and Mickie with forearms and knees. Michelle with a kick and Layla hits her too. Mickie kicks Michelle and slams her head into the mat. Mickie with a Thesz Press on Layla and punches. Mickie with a jack knife cover but Layla breaks it up. Mickie with a forearm to Layla and then she trips Mickie. Michelle with a back breaker for a two count. Michelle with a running knee to the head in the corner and then Mickie sends Layla to the apron. Layla grabs Mickie by the hair as she tries for the head scissors but Mickie kicks Michelle away and then kicks Layla off the apron. Michelle with a kick to Mickie’s head and then she hits the McCool Clash for the three count.

Winners: Michelle McCool and Layla

Batista is walking in the back as we go to commercial.

We are back with a recap of Part II of Bret vs. Vince and Batista’s involvement. We then see Batista’s instant classic non match with CM Punk.

It is time to get Batista’s explanation for why he attacked John Cena after Raw and Josh Mathews is the man to do it since he is standing in the ring waiting for Batista to come out.

The spotlight stays on Batista during the interview and Josh asks Batista what provoked his actions against John Cena, why he walked out of the match with CM Punk last week for a shot at the Elimination Chamber, and his refusal to confront John Cena on Raw. Batista thinks about his answer and then he takes the mic and looks at Josh Mathews and that look forces Josh to leave the ring in fear.

Batista continues to ponder his thoughts while the crowd chants for Cena. Batista then gets in some cardio by walking around the ring and then he sits on the top turnbuckle before returning to the mat. Batista then leaves the ring and walks around the ring. Batista stops in front of a fan with a John Cena t-shirt and the fan does the ‘you can’t see me’ gesture to Batista. Batista sees that and then he walks into the ring again. Batista then drops the microphone before he can say anything. Batista leaves the ring and walks to the back, but he stops and due to the fans chanting ‘you suck’ Batista rhetorically asks if they want an explanation.

Batista returns to the ring and picks up the mic again. However, he drops it one more time and kicks it out of the ring. Batista puts on his sunglasses because the spotlight is too bright and he walks to the back.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Did You Still Know that there are a lot of photos seen on WWE.com?

Teddy Long comes out and he has something to say on the stage. Teddy tells everyone that Batista refused to compete in his Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match. Tonight, Batista refused to give an explanation for his recent actions. Teddy says that since Batista doesn’t like talking, he will compete against the winner of the 2010 Royal Rumble, Edge.

Matt Hardy comes to the ring with his dancing Indian friends, Great Khali and Runjin Singh and Matt has something to say. Matt wishes everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day in advance. He says that his partner is the Punjabi Playboy, but Matt says that he will have the best Valentine’s Day ever. Matt brings out his special valentine and it is Maria, who comes to the ring.

Matt Hardy and Great Khali with Dancing Runjin Singh versus David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd with Natalya

Smith and Khali start off but Smith tags Kidd in and Kidd is bieled into the ring by Khali. Hardy tags in and he punches Kidd. Hardy with a running clothesline into the corner but Smith distracts Hardy before he can hit the bulldog. Hardy with a forearm to Smith but Kidd with a drop kick to the back of Hardy’s head. Smith tags in and he kicks Hardy and then hits a delayed vertical suplex and gets a near fall. Smith sends Hardy into the turnbuckles and kicks him before tagging Kidd back in. Kidd with a drop kick to the back of the head and gets a near fall. Kidd with a reverse chin lock on Hardy as he continues to work on the neck. Hardy with punches but Kidd with a back heel kick. Hardy with a Side Effect and then he tries for the Twist of Fate but Kidd counters and sends Hardy into the ropes and Natalya trips Hardy while the referee is distracted by Smith. Maria with a Thesz Press to Maria. Kidd tries for a rollup while Hardy is watching the catfight on the floor. Hardy counters and gets the three count with a rollup of his own.

Winners: Great Khali and Matt Hardy

After the match, Smith and Kidd have to hold Natalya back so she doesn’t get into the ring to go after Maria.

We go to the Ted DiBiase Hall of Fame video package.

We go to commercial.

We are back with the Raw Rebound.

It is time to run through the Elimination Chamber card.

We have an earlier tonight moment of Rey Mysterio’s victory over CM Punk and the post match beat down.

R Truth versus John Morrison

They shake hands and then they lock up with Morrison getting a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Morrison rolls over Truth’s back and he lands awkwardly on his ankle and goes down to the mat. The referee checks on Morrison and then he keeps Truth away and then the referee calls for the bell due to Morrison’s injury. Truth helps Morrison take off his boot and the medical staff checks on Morrison.

No Contest

We go to commercial.

We are back and Tony Chimel introduces the 2010 Royal Rumble winner, Edge.

Edge says that he is out here to talk about the benefits of winning the Royal Rumble and it is something that a lot of people don’t realize. The winner of the Royal Rumble does not have to compete in one of the most brutal and career shortening matches, the Elimination Chamber. That is a match that mixes luck, skill, and the ability to endure pain. Edge says that he will choose whoever survives that match, whether it be the WWE Champion or the World Champion. Edge says that he could face his Rated RKO buddy Randy Orton. He could also face the man he wrestled at last year’s Wrestlemania John Cena. He could also face Rey Mysterio or the love child of Brutus Beefcake and Charles Manson, CM Punk. He could face one of twelve different superstars in his match at Wrestlemania. There is one guy who stands out from the pack. There are a few people who have main evented and won at Wrestlemania. There is only one guy who is undefeated at Wrestlemania and is 17-0 at Wrestlemania. That man is the Undertaker. Edge says that it is out of his hands but there is one match that will take place. Next week, he will face Batista. Edge tells Big Dave that there isn’t a man he would like to . . .

Hold that thought because Chris Jericho’s music plays and he comes to the ring. Jericho tells Edge that he finds it a little ironic and doesn’t know if it is stupidity or arrogance that Edge never mentions him as a potential opponent at Wrestlemania. Jericho points out that he is a bad luck charm for Edge. Jericho reminds Edge that he was there when Edge injured his Achilles Tendon. He was also there when Edge made his return. Jericho says that he doesn’t know what it is like to make a triumphant return from injury because he doesn’t get injured. He just wins titles and continues to be the best in the world at what he does. Jericho tells Edge that he should save himself some grief and have a fighting chance at Wrestlemania by choosing the winner of the Raw Elimination Chamber match because Jericho says that he is going to be the winner of the Elimination Chamber match. Jericho says that if Edge continues to provoke and antagonize him, bad things are going to happen to Edge. Jericho tells Edge that he should watch what Jericho does to the ‘dead man’ when he beats the man who Edge lost to two years ago at Wrestlemania.

Chris Jericho versus the Undertaker in a No Disqualification Match

Jericho goes to the floor to avoid Taker as the bell rings but Taker follows after him. Jericho tries for an elbow when Taker tries to come back into the ring. Taker with punches to Jericho and then he kicks Jericho in the head. Taker with the leg drop on the apron and Jericho falls to the floor. Taker runs Jericho into the ringside barrier and then Taker looks at Edge who is still at the announce table. They return to the ring and Taker with kicks to Jericho. Taker works on the arm as he gets ready for Old School. Taker with a leg drop to the arm and gets a near fall. Taker goes to the turnbuckles for Old School but Jericho crotches Taker. Jericho with a forearm to Taker as they fight on the turnbuckles. Jericho tries for a superplex and he hits it. Jericho gets a near fall. Jericho with a kick to the head and then he chokes Taker. Jericho with a chin lock on Taker but Taker with a series of punches to the head to get out of the hold. Jericho punches Taker but Taker punches back. We get more punches between the two men as Taker gains control of the situation. Taker with an Irish whip and splash into the corner. Taker with an Irish whip followed by Snake Eyes and a running big boot and leg drop for a near fall. Taker has the arm up for the choke slam but Jericho leaves the ring. Jericho goes to the announce table and Jericho has something to say to Edge and that allows Taker to hit Jericho from behind. Taker looks at Edge and then Taker tries to throw Jericho over the announce table into Edge, but Edge moves and Jericho hits the chair and goes into the ringside barrier.

Edge gets in Taker’s face and Taker walks past Edge as he remembers that he is wrestling a match. Taker rolls Jericho back into the ring and then Taker with a big boot to Edge.

Jericho with a DDT when Taker returns to the ring and gets a near fall. Jericho with punches and then he removes the turnbuckle pad. Jericho avoids a choke slam and gets a rollup but Taker kicks out and Jericho hits the exposed turnbuckle and Taker sets for the Last Ride and hits it. Edge comes into the ring and hits a spear on Taker. Edge leaves the ring and heads to the back.

Taker sits up and he looks at the Titantron before trying to finish off Jericho. Jericho with a Codebreaker for the three count.

Winner: Chris Jericho

credit: Impact Wrestling

WWE Royal Rumble results

Every year the WWE Royal Rumble match typically includes at least one major surprise. This year was no different.

During the 30-man battle royal, Edge made his return after a six-month absence from a torn Achilles tendon to win the match. As the winner, he will now get to face the champion of his choice at WrestleMania 26 — the company’s premiere event — which will take place on March 28.

The final four people in the match were Edge, Shawn Michaels, Batista and John Cena. Michaels was the first eliminated out of the bunch by Batista who knocked him off the apron to the floor. Batista was then the next to go after he charged Cena who ducked out of the way and pulled down the top rope with “The Animal” falling over the top rope to the floor.

The finish of the match would come about a minute later when Cena went for a clothesline but Edge countered and tossed Cena over the top and onto the floor for the win to cap off what turned out to be a very entertaining Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

Triple H, one of the perennial favorites, was eliminated before the 20th entrant in the match when fellow DX member Shawn Michaels superkicked him over the top rope and out of the ring.

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The longstanding belief had been that Edge would not be healthy enough to return to action until at least WrestleMania if not later. But over the past few weeks, there had been some talk that he had already recovered and the WWE was trying to keep it a secret so he could make a surprise return.

There were also five title matches as part of the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. The Undertaker defeated Rey Mysterio to retain the World Heavyweight Championship in a good match with plenty of back-and-forth action. While The Undertaker towered over Mysterio, he ended up taking a good share of punishment, including several kicks in the face which bloodied the big man’s nose. In the end, Mysterio landed a flurry of moves and went for his signature West Coast Pop only to be caught by The Undertaker who crushed him with the Last Ride and covered him for the pin.

WWE Champion Sheamus kept his championship after beating Randy Orton by disqualification. The two exchanged moves for close to ten minutes before Sheamus and Orton wound up outside the ring. Once there, Orton’s cohort Cody Rhodes hit the champion and slid him back in the ring. Orton then hit his RKO finisher on Sheamus but the referee had seen the interference and called for the bell.

After the match, Rhodes tried to apologize but that fell on deaf ears with Orton furious and then taking out his frustrations on his fellow Legacy member. The third member of the group, Ted DiBiase, sprinted to the ring and tried to play peacemaker but was instead punched by Orton.

Orton then yelled at both Rhodes and DiBiase for a moment but once he was done, he turned around and was dropped by a big boot to the face from Sheamus.

Earlier on the show, Mickie James defeated Michelle McCool in about 20 seconds to win the WWE Women’s Championship. McCool entered the ring first and made fun of her opponent, calling her Piggie James as she had done for weeks. James then came to the ring and immediately hit her with a DDT for the victory.

Christian held on to the ECW title by beating Ezekiel Jackson in a solid match. The end saw both men try to hit their finishers only to reverse one another. Finally, Christian was able to connect on his Killswitch maneuver for the pin.

The other title match saw The Miz successfully defend his United States Championship against MVP. The match was not advertised in advance but was added during the show.

MVP was in control for most of the match and nearly scored a pin on several occasions. Instead, it was the Miz catching him in a small package for the three-count out of nowhere for the victory.

credit: Fan House

WWE Smackdown full episode/results

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WWE Smackdown results 01/29/2010- ‘Hits and Misses’

Hits

Opening Segment: I had a few problems with the start of Smackdown, but on the whole it was good. I loved how Rey Mysterio interrupted DX. His verbal confrontation against Shawn Michaels was very well done. I loved how he called Michaels out for disrespecting him. Some of the jokes that ensued were not particularly funny, but they were ok. I also liked CM Punk’s interruption trying to get the focus back on him and his Straight Edge Society. I liked hearing Triple H say that he doesn’t drink, smoke or do drugs either. At some point, someone had to say that since that part of Punk’s character shouldn’t be what makes him a heel (as opposed to his cult leader status). I could have done without the gay joke again. This all set up what was a bait-and-switch that I can live with. Assuming that Punk and Luke Gallows do get their Tag Team Title shot down the line, I am fine with getting to see Triple H vs. Punk and Mysterio vs. Michaels instead. Some may criticize WWE for not announcing that match ahead of time, but DX was advertised for the show, and this was an organic way to get to that match.

Triple H vs. Punk: This was a good match and a tease for what these two could possibly do in a longer PPV type match. They did a nice job of booking the match to keep switching control. This wasn’t a typical formula with Punk in control for the bulk of the middle of the match until Triple H made a come back. It went back and forth better than that. The DQ finish was predictable, but was the right move. Serena looked bad trying to jump on The Game’s back the first time, but got it right the second time. Michaels’ save worked well as did the confrontation between DX and Punk afterwards with Punk using Serena as a shield. The frustration shown by Triple H afterwards will help in the build to the eventual Tag Title match.

Jericho vs. Truth: I was glad to see WWE go to this match after it was set up on the previous night’s Superstars. Chris Jericho and R-Truth work well together. I like seeing another mid-card wrestler getting at least a mini push. Jericho has been on something of a losing streak lately, which I hope doesn’t continue for too long. He can only do so many great promos to keep his heat. He needs some wins too. But, it was a good match. My only complaint is that at 8 minutes, it was too short to have a commercial break. I would have rather seen the match only go 5 minutes without a commercial. Other than that, I enjoyed the match.

Morrison vs. McIntyre: This was another good match on this show. The quality wrestling just kept coming and I wasn’t going to complain. The announcers did a good job of setting the stage for this match, commenting on Drew McIntyre’s cheating ways and how he could not get disqualified in this match to keep the Intercontinental Title. I also liked John Morrison’s promo beforehand as it upheld the importance of the IC Belt. Morrison and McIntyre should be commended for having a no DQ match that wasn’t a garbage brawl. For the most part, it was a traditional wrestling match, but they used weapons and the ringside area in smart ways to enhance the action. Morrison had been on a track to the main event, but this losing streak against the rookie McIntyre goes against that. I would love to see Morrison go after the World Title in 2010, but it is hard to do that when he can’t beat the IC Champ.

Mysterio vs. Michaels: It seems that whenever WWE puts Rey Mysterio in the main event (or at the very least a prominent position) on Smackdown, the ratings are high. If that’s the case, and if DX is still a draw, then the ratings for this show culminating in this excellent main event have to be very good. I knew going into the match that the show had to end with Undertaker doing a double choke slam on Mysterio and Michaels. I also knew that Batista had to get involved after what he did to Mysterio last week and his backstage encounter with Michaels this week. The end of the show was predictable, yet very effective in hyping the Royal Rumble. The match itself did not disappoint. It went nearly 16 minutes and on a show that featured good to very good wrestling, this was the best. The match really went back and forth very well. They had so many counters and neither could sustain momentum. I like how the two quick, agile and high flying wrestlers also brawled some and used mat wrestling and submission holds. There was a little bit of everything. They each got to hit all their signature spots. The near falls at the end were convincing. As soon as Mysterio set up for a springboard after finally hitting the 6-1-9, I knew the Shelton Benjamin ending was coming. But again, it was awesome even if I saw it coming. These two in a 20+ minute PPV match would easily deliver a match of the year candidate.

Misses

Batista’s Hat: Batista just looked silly in that outfit with the sweater vest and hat. I honestly can’t remember what he said in his interview with Josh Mathews since I was distracted by his hat. My wife event commented that her pet from Petville has the same outfit that Batista was wearing which for those of you not familiar with the Facebook “game” is not a compliment. That outfit would have been perfect for a different type of heel, but not for a badass heel like Batista.

LayCool: As much as I liked the long Divas segment last week, I did not like this week’s Piggie James scene. I give Layla credit for going all out with it, but I didn’t find it entertaining in the least. It didn’t make me more disgusted with Michelle McCool. It didn’t make me want to see Mickie James get revenge by taking the Women’s Championship at the PPV more than I already did. It went on too long. If it had been shorter it wouldn’t have been so bad. The fact that a WWE referee would go along with the charade was pretty stupid also.

credit: PW Torch

Rumored Royal Rumble winner, Wrestlemania plans

Triple H to win rumble and face Sheamus for the title at Wrestlemania

While plans can always change, at last word Triple H was considered the favorite to win the Royal Rumble and receive a title match against Sheamus at WrestleMania. As a result, Sheamus is highly expected to retain his title against Randy Orton this Sunday, leaving Orton to move on to his expected feud with Ted DiBiase.

Shawn Michaels is expected to face Batista at No Way Out to determine who will battle the Undertaker at WrestleMania. It’s pretty much a lock that HBK will overcome “The Animal” to setup the obvious, which would leave big interbrand match at WrestleMania as John Cena versus Batista.

credit: Rajah