No WWE video tonight as the Superstars video simply plays and we?re brought into the arena with fireworks. Michael Cole and Jerry ?The King? Lawler welcome us to the show. A spot in the Royal Rumble is on the line tonight.
The Bella Twins vs. Jillian & Katie Lea Burchill
Brie Bella is apparently starting this out against Katie Lea. Burchill quickly gets a waist lock but Brie takes her down with an arm drag. Brie tags in Nikki and they sweep her feet before executing a double team slam for a one count. Burchill backs Nikki into the corner and Jillian is tagged in. Jillian hits some kicks and throws her by the hair. Jillian locks on the worst looking arm bar I?ve seen before throwing Nikki’s face into the mat. Jillian whips her into the corner and runs into a back elbow, then a boot. Nikki hits a cross-body block for a two count.
Brie is tagged in. Nikki hits a hip toss then a hip toss to her sister, landing her on Jillian. This gets Brie a two count. Brie hits a snapmare and goes for a monkey flip but Katie Lea distracts. Jillian throws Brie off and chokes her on the bottom rope. Katie Lea kicks her in the face when the ref’s back is turned. Burchill is tagged in and she locks on a Camel Clutch (Sheiky Baby!). Brie immediately fights up but Burchill catches her cross-body block and hits a backbreaker for a two count. Burchill slams her face into the mat and taunts Nikki. Burchill sends her to the corner and charges into nothing. Brie avoids a clothesline and makes the tag to Nikki.
Nikki comes in with a forearm smash and a pair of dropkicks. She then knocks Jillian down on the apron. Nikki hits a monkey flip before hitting a rolling neck snapper for a near fall. Burchill hits a knee to the midsection and punches. She sends Nikki into the ropes but lowers her head and eats a kick. Nikki then hits a victory roll for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Bella Twins
Match Rating: * ?
Coming up next will be a match with a spot in the Royal Rumble on the line. Then our Main Event will be Matt Hardy taking on David Hart Smith.
Did you know that since the Royal Rumble’s inception in 1988, more than half of the Royal Rumble winners have gone on to win the title at WrestleMania?
The Winner is in the Royal Rumble
Chavo Guerrero vs. Primo vs. Chris Masters
They start off with a stare down until Guerrero blindsides Masters with a kick. Primo quickly punches Guerrero before sending him to the ropes and hitting a back elbow. Masters then takes Primo out with a clothesline. Masters hits another and then back body drops Guerrero. Masters hits a body slam on Primo before gorilla pressing Guerrero. Primo chop blocks Masters and Guerrero lands on top, nearly getting a pin before Primo breaks it up. Primo then covers for a two count. Primo and Guerrero argue before Guerrero punches him down. Guerrero sends him to the ropes so Primo attempts a sunset flip but Guerrero rolls through and dropkicks him in the face for a two count. Michael Cole now regurgitates his ‘star studded Royal Rumble? buzz phrase.
Masters takes them out with a double clothesline and covers Guerrero for a near fall. Masters then covers Primo for a near fall. Guerrero punches Masters in the corner before taunting the crowd. Masters then turns the momentum on Guerrero and punches. Masters sends him to the opposite corner before running into a boot. Guerrero charges into a powerslam for a near fall broken up by Primo. Primo punches Masters before going into the rope, ducking a clothesline, and hitting a head-scissors takeover. Primo has a whip reversed by Masters but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Primo goes for a second rope springboard cross-body but Masters counters into a Masterlock attempt. He throws Primo away and catches Guerrero coming off the top rope with a Masterlock attempt. Primo knocks Masters out of the ring and charges Guerrero but he ducks and Primo flies through the ropes, taking out Masters with a suicide dive. Guerrero goes to the top rope and hits a big cross-body to the outside on both men! We?ll take a break here!
We come back from the break to see Primo locked in a wristlock by Guerrero. Masters is down on the outside. Guerrero holds it on for a while. Primo eventually fights up and punches out. Primo goes into the ropes, ducks a clothesline, but can?t avoid a drop toe hold. Guerrero hits a rolling senton for a two count. Guerrero punches Primo and knocks Masters off the apron. Guerrero then turns into a dropkick from Primo.
Primo and Guerrero punch it out with Primo coming out on top. Primo has a whip reversed on him but he’s able to hit a flying back elbow and a clothesline. Primo hits a dropkick before ducking a clothesline from Masters and hitting a Russian Leg Sweep on him for a near fall. Primo has a whip to the corner reversed on him by Masters. Masters runs into a boot and Primo snaps the neck off the top rope. Primo then goes for a springboard chop on Guerrero but Guerrero counters into the Three Amigos. Guerrero can?t connect with the third as Primo hits an inside cradle for a near fall. Guerrero counters a waist lock until Masters comes from behind with a Masterlock attempt. Guerrero backs him to the ropes. Primo charges and Masters back body drops him over the top rope! Guerrero goes for a roll but Masters picks him up and locks on the Masterlock for the win! That was a nice ending!
Winner by Submission: Chris Masters
Match Rating: **
Chris Masters is now in the Royal Rumble match. Masters celebrates his win with Eve.
A replay is shown from last Friday where Natalya distracted Khali but Hardy still got the win. That match was terrible. The Main Event will be Matt Hardy taking on David Hart Smith.
Matt Striker thanks Skillet for the use of the song ?Hero,? one of the Royal Rumble’s official theme songs.
Todd Grisham and Matt Striker welcome us back and bring us into the Royal Rumble numbers video.
Chris Jericho’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring in a suit. Jericho says it’s insulting and nauseating to listen to the likes of John Cena, Triple H, Kane, and every WWE Superstar spill their propaganda filled with regurgitated mishmash on how they?re going to win the Royal Rumble. They insist on stuffing their grandiose agendas down our hypocritical throats. The men are liars, just like us. Jericho says he’s an honest man and always tells the truth. The truth is this Sunday he will add another accomplishment to his already impressive list of accolades as he guarantees he?ll win the Royal Rumble and go on to main event WrestleMania. It’s axiomatic that he?ll win because he’s the most critically acclaimed performer in the company and the true baddest man on the planet. He’s also the best in the world at what he does.
R-Truth’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. R-Truth asks what’s up and Chris Jericho looks flabbergasted. His face is hilarious. R-Truth says Jericho is right ? he’s the best at what he does? which is the best at being the most arrogant loud mouth. He runs his mouth all the time, and is annoying and aggravating. He’s like that pimple that always appears at the wrong time. Lame. He’s the guy people hate to see coming but love to see going. Jericho says he’s an honest man but that’s a lie as well? which makes Jericho a liar. Wow. R-Truth hates to burst his bubble but this Sunday he’s winning the Royal Rumble and he?ll main event WrestleMania. R-Truth says it’s sad but true. If he gets the chance he?ll be the one to eliminate Jericho. That’s the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the ? Jericho attacks and R-Truth punches back. He hits a jumping heel kick to the face and Jericho gets out of the ring holding his face.
Coming up next it will be Matt Hardy taking on David Hart Smith.
David Hart Smith vs. Matt Hardy
Tyson Kidd and Natalya are ringside as is Great Khali and Ranjin Singh.
They circle the ring and lock up. Smith pushes Hardy and they circle. They lock up and Hardy gets a waist lock. Smith double under hooks the arms and takes him down. Hardy gets to his feet but Smith wrenches the arm. Hardy counters into a headlock and Smith backs him to the corner. Hardy blocks a punch and hits some. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Smith bolts from the ring. Hardy hits a baseball slide and goes to the top rope but Smith puts Natalya in the way. Hardy stays there as Khali lumbers over.
We come back from the break to see Smith stomping Hardy’s left arm before applying an overhead wrist lock. During the break Smith snapped the arm off the top rope. Hardy fights up and punches. Hardy hits a pair of clotheslines and goes for a Side Effect but Smith counters into an arm breaker for a two count. Smith wrenches the arm and hits a hammerlock powerslam for a near fall! Smith locks on a key lock. Hardy fights up and punches out. Hardy clotheslines with his bad arm and it doesn?t have the same power. Smith hits a big boot on the shoulder and chokes him on the second rope. Natalya then slaps him as the referee’s back is turned.
Smith hits a straight right hand and puts him in the corner. Smith bends the arm around the rope and steps on it. Smith punches him in the corner and twists the arm around the rope again. Smith backs up and runs into a back elbow, then a boot. Hardy hits a second rope elbow to the back of the neck and hits a neckbreaker for a two count. Hardy sends Smith to the ropes and hits a clothesline. Hardy connects with a bulldog for a near fall. Smith blocks a kick but Hardy counters into a Side Effect for a near fall. Hardy puts him in position and goes to the top rope. Natalya gets on the apron, distracting him. Tyson Kidd snaps Hardy’s arm off the top rope and Smith big boots him for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: David Hart Smith
Match Rating: * ?
The Great Khali comes in and throws the Hart Dynasty out of the ring. Khali does a little dance before helping Hardy up and raising his arm. Khali then throws Hardy over the top rope, signifying that it?ll be every man for himself at the Royal Rumble. Khali dances and the show ends.
Quick Match Results
The Bella Twins def. Jillian & Katie Lea Burchill*
Chris Masters def. Chavo Guerrero* & Primo via Submission
David Hart Smith def. Matt Hardy
Bump of the Night: Primo back body dropped over the top rope!
Match of the Night: Chris Masters vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Primo **
This was a pretty average show but at least we had a match that had some bearing on something. It’s not much but Chris Masters earned a spot in the Royal Rumble. We also saw a good promo from Chris Jericho and R-Truth got a good moment in there as well. Other than that there’s not much else to comment on.
Final Rating: * ?
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