SmackDown! starts off with Stephanie McMahon & Debra in the back exchanging words about HHH and Austin. (Stephanie is in the building because she has a backstage pass) Stephanie playing heel tells Debra that HHH will kick Austin's ass at the Royal Rumble. Debra shrugs her off and leaves.
Stephanie McMahon goes to the ring and cuts a real dumb promo ribbing on HHH, stating that HHH would never even have been as good as he is if it wasnít for her! She is the reason why he is so popular. She says that is she "broke her finger", Triple H would be there for her. She then talks about Ric Flair and says how he is no good for what he did to her last week (what did he do?) Security finally comes out and hauls her out of the ring.(Thank God)
Promo in the back with Lance Storm & Christian, talking about how they are going to win the WWF Tag Titles on Tazz's Home Turf. Lance with some "cheap heat" bashing the NY Knicks.
Tazz/Spike Dudley def Christian & Lance Storm with Tazmission on Christian.
After the match, The Dudley Boyz run down and chase Tazz and Spike out of the ring, setting up a match at the Royal Rumble (even though it wasnt announced.)
On the Titantron, they say that former WWF superstars will be in the Royal Rumble. They announce the first wrestler to return: Val Venis.
Edge def Big Boss Man
Next was announcement of another former WWF Superstar to Return at the Royal Rumble : Goldust!!!
Another Promo in the back with Kurt Angle pissed because Goldust is a Freak. He creates cheap heat by saying New Yorkers are Freaks. The crowd gets into a few thousand "What" Chants. This pisses off Angle, which leads Angle to Challenge Steve Austin for later in the night. (Obviously HHH will probably do a run-in during this match.)
Yep, another promo. This time we see Booker T and Rikishi in the bathroom. First, we only see Booker T, but "hear" Rikishi going to the bathroom. There is a confrontation then, where Booker T sprays some Lysol/Deoderant on Rikishi. (I dont think they washed their hands!!!) Booker T then tells Rikishi he feels sorry for Rikishi's opponent since he just sh++ and we have the Stinky Face. Rikishi then tells Booker that Rikishi's opponent tonight will be - Booker T. Kind of cheesy.
RVD & The Rock def Chris Jericho & Test when The Rock applied the Sharpshooter to Chris Jericho. Excellent match.
After commercial, Jim Ross interviews Vince McMahon. This interview went almost 10 minutes, talking about HHH's return and his humiliation on Flair from Raw. Vince talks about how he will humiliate Flair again at the Royal Rumble, and hopes that Flair's family is there to witness it.
Booker T vs Rikishi fought to a no-contest due to vomit!!! Yep, Rikishi gave the Stink Face to Booker T. Booker goes to the announce table where Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler are. Booker T, sick from the Stinky Face, decides to regurgitate all over Michael Cole!!!! In other words, he threw up. Michael Cole sick from the vomit, gets sick himself and he throws up. Very "sick" to see.
After commercial, Jim Ross replaces Michael Cole in the announcing.
They then announce that The Godfather, and "Mr Perfect" Curt Henning will be returning at The Royal Rumble.
Promo cut by The Rock totally bashing Chris Jericho and facing him at The Royal Rumble.
Jazz and Terri Runnels def Trish Stratus and Jackie.
Steve Austin def Kurt Angle with a stunner.
After the match, Kane's music and pyros goes off.
Kane comes to the ring and chokeslams both Austin and Angle. Big Show comes in to the ring. Kane & Big Show try to chokeslam each other, with Big SHow getting the upper hand. HHH's music hits and he comes down the ramp. Big Show and HHH square off, with HHH giving a series of punches to Show. Show doesn't budge, until a crotch kick to SHow by HHH. HHH hits the Pedigree. Undertaker's music then hits, but he stays up the ramp. A staredown between HHH and Undertaker, as Smackdown goes off the air.
So if these are true (and apperetnly they are as they have been up at several sites)
Val Venis, Goldust, Mr. Perfect and Godfather are all returning at the Rumble, and from the last segement it seems as though both Kane and the Big Show have entered the Rumble, bringing out total up to 10! Less than two weeks to annouce the other 20 (if the annouce ALL of them)
Ah, the shades of grey.... Attack a woman, you're a heel...unless the woman has the SINGLE MOST ANNOYING VOICE IN THE WORLD...then you're the greatest man in wrestling! Now, if only we could've had Trips attack that guy from the 1-800-COLLECT commercials...then we'd be getting somewhere...
Carrot Top: Dial down the center! 1-800... Triple H: Pedigree! (Triple H pedigrees Carrot Top, crippling him. The small crowd of women that had been trying to run away from Carrot Top clamors around Trips. Trips smiles.) BEST COMMERCIAL EVER...but we need a product to shill...how about Stacker 2?
YES! It sounds like the Love Triangle is coming back. About a year late, but hey atleast it is back.
They are working hard to get Rikishi's ass over, aren't they? I have a question though. Why?
The Book throws up on TV? Man, what an acclaimed actor!!!
The Godfather is back and you know when he comes down the aisle with his hoes at the PPV the pop will be as big as HHH's. OK, maybe not that big, but it will be HUGE.
So does this mean HHH-UT-Kane have an alliance? Maybe Paul Bearer will come back too. Hell why not bring back Lex while you are at it? No, don't do that.
January 4th 1999 - The day WCW injected itself with 10 gallons of Liquid Anthrax...AKA...The day Hogan "Defeated" Nash to win the WCW title in front of 40,000.
1) Better late than never. 2) Problem is that Rikishi's ass is the only thing on his that IS over to begin with. 3) Slight originality with the throwing up, but he's just doing that because he has to lose weight :-P j/k 4) Royal Rumble will be something fun to watch, I think.
---=---:---=--- [Look up a line] Wow, that belt looks like crap... I'll take it and carry it around for years and see if people can take it away from me... What? What was that? You mean even THIS belt doesn't matter! What? I'm insulted! Get away from me you... you... defiler!
The Beantown edition of Raw is now history and itís time to discuss between 2 Raws. This week raw was a solid effort by the WWE in term of great in-ring action. But the creative team really dropped the ball big time with the tag team division.