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<span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Ratings:</strong></span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">RAW</span></strong>----11.75 (+1.42)</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="color:#0000FF;">Smackdown</span></strong>----10.42 (+1.29)</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="color:#800080;">Armageddon</span></strong>-----1.85 Buyrate</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Around the Ring:</strong></span></p><p> </p><p>

*Edge suffered a slight neck injury at Smackdown this week due to a botched move by Chavo Guererro. He's not expected to miss any time.</p><p> </p><p>

*Bubba Ray Dudley injured his back on RAW but he isn't expected to miss the next show.</p><p> </p><p>

*Speaking of Bubba, he was vocal this week urging management to dump both Lance Storm and Rico.</p><p> </p><p>

*The Undertaker was said to be very down on Jamie Noble. Meanwhile Hulk Hogan was dismissive of Jamie Noble and Brock Lesnar showed he didn't think much of Cruiserweight champion Billy Kidman.</p><p> </p><p>

*WWE officials are reportedly unconcerned about ratings during some performer's segments on both shows. The feeling is good storytelling will turn those around in due time. </p><p> </p><p>

*WWE.com announced today that beginning next month the Ross Report will be making a return.</p><p> </p><p>

*Indie performer Steve Haworth who performs as Nigel McGuiness will be going by the name of Angus Bennett. Haworth of course debuted this week helping William Regal and Lance Storm attack the Dudley Boys.</p><p> </p><p>

*For those who thought the WWE was done adding talent after the past flurry of signings, sources say don't be surprised if they stockpile even more in coming weeks.</p><p> </p><p>

*While some felt Eric Bischoff went over the creative line in his promo about Stephanie McMahon, we're told she was supportive and felt it was appropriate given their on-air rivalry.</p>

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January 2003 Roster Update:






World Heavyweight Champion





World Tag Team Champions





Women’s Championship




In Ring Performers



Angus Bennett







Booker T




Bubba Ray Dudley




Chief Morley




Chris Jericho








Christopher Nowinski




D’Lo Brown




D-Von Dudley
























Jeff Hardy








Kevin Nash




Lance Storm












Molly Holly




Randy Orton




Ric Flair








Rob Van Dam








Shawn Michaels




Spike Dudley.




Steve Austin




Steven Richards








The Hurricane




Tommy Dreamer




Triple H




Trish Stratus








William Regal







Chad Patton




Earl Hebner




Eric Bischoff (General Manager)




Jack Doan




Jerry Lawler




Jim Ross




Jonathan Coachman




Mike Chioda




Stacy Keibler







Theodore Long




Vince McMahon (Owner)








WWE Champion





WWE Tag Team Champions





Cruiserweight Champion







In Ring Performers






Bill Demott




Billy Gunn




Billy Kidman








Brock Lesnar




Charlie Haas




Chavo Guerrero Jr.




Chris Benoit




Chuck Palumbo




Crash Holly




Eddie Guerrero
















Hardcore Holly




Hulk Hogan




Jamie Noble




John Cena




Johnny Stamboli




Kurt Angle




Mark Henry




Matt Hardy




Nathan Jones




Rey Mysterio








Ron Simmons




Scotty Too Hotty




Shannon Moore




Shelton Benjamin








The Big Show




The Rock




The Undertaker







Brian Hebner




Charles Robinson




Dawn Marie




Michael Cole




Nick Patrick








Paul Heyman




Stephanie McMahon (General Manager)








Torrie Wilson




Vince McMahon (Owner)





Air Paris

Alexis Laree

Carly Colon

Chris Candido

CM Punk



Danny Doring

Devon Storm

Doug Basham

Eric Angle

Gail Kim

Jackie Gayda


Lance Cade

Lance Hoyt

Linda Miles

Mark Jindrak

Masato Tanaka

Matt Morgan

Melina Perez

Ms Chif


Rene Dupree

Road Kill

Rob Conway

Sara Del Ray

Sean O’Haire


Travis Tomko


Dev Trainers


The Big Boss Man

Tom Pritchard

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Episode 501----January Week 1, 2003



Last week a fan, or so we thought, got involved in a big tag team match. During the last week we’ve learned he was a plant, part of a scheme by Regal and Storm. This week we’ll see RAW’s latest newcomer make his in-ring debut when the three of them take on the entire Dudley Family.


A huge match last week saw Booker T pull of what some may have called an upset on Triple H which left the Game in a meltdown. You can never count the Cerebral Assassin out or put him out of mind. Tune in this week to see how Triple H responds.


Last week Kane demanded a one on one title shot against Shawn Michaels. Eric Bischoff’s response was a non-title tag match with the World Tag Team Champions, Kane, and Michaels. Kane and Michaels won, earning the Big Red Machine a title shot but this week it’s Michaels and Jericho one on one. Where Y2j goes, Christian won’t be far behind but what about Kane?



Announced Matches:


Bubba Ray, D-Von, and Spike vs William Regal, Lance Storm, and Angus Bennett


Jazz makes her in-ring return from injury versus Ivory


Shawn Michaels vs Chris Jericho (Non-Title match)

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kimrok1982/TEW%20Diary/civilwar/rawbanner_zpsb9drenpj.jpg</span><p> <strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">The Palace of Auburn Hills-----Auburn Hills, MI</span></strong> </p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> [A cameraman runs out to Chris Jericho in the parking garage as he’s arriving. He says last week was a fluke but tonight he’ll prove to the world that not only is Shawn Michaels an over the hill has-been but tonight Jericho cements himself as the greatest of all time!]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/86_zps6rjxzfku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> [A video package highlighting last week’s Monday Night RAW which saw a stranger intervene in a big tag team match, Booker T pull off a win versus Triple H, and Kane demand a world championship match and then earn it by teaming with Shawn Michaels to defeat the World Tag Team Champions in a non-title match. We’re then treated to the pyro and taken to the announcer’s desk.</p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Jim%20Ross2_zpsqazykmad.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Jerry%20Lawler_zpsxb25xbqs.jpg</span></p><p> Where Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcome us to the show and run down the big matches of the night including a big six man tag where the mystery man, Angus Bennett will make his in-ring debut and a huge non-title match in the main event which will see Shawn Michaels take on Chris Jericho.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/88_zpsklchzjxa.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/BatistavsDlo_zpszq9vmupf.jpg</span><p> D’lo looks focused and ready. Unfortunately for him those two things in this case don’t overcome Batista’s fury and strength. He continues making short work of opponents, nailing D’lo with a devastating spinebuster before putting him down with a Batista Bomb.</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner: Batista </strong></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/56_zpspsvxcn6a.jpg</span></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p></div></blockquote><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Test_zpshiiyufgx.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Stacy%20Keibler%202_zpsk7djhjdn.jpg</span></p><p> [backstage Test is watching the end of Batista’s match with a scowl. He stomps off, while Stacy Keibler lags behind watching until he yells her name to come on and he scurries to catch up to him.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/65_zpse2lpzup0.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Eric%20Bischoff_zpssaoysjrn.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Sean%20Morley_zpskrxxacuc.jpg</span></p><p> [Eric Bischoff is in his office with Chief Morley. Bischoff says that he had expected Vince McMahon to pull rank sooner than he did but now he knows what nerve to step on if he ever wants to force an appearance again. That said, the Royal Rumble is merely four weeks away and even without the McMahon decree, Bischoff wants a winner from the RAW side of the ledger. Now it’s about putting the best in the ring and bringing it home to the A-brand.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/63_zps4gy3pmal.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> [A replay is shown of what happened last week in the Dudleys vs Regal/Storm match when Angus Bennett made his first appearance and attacked the Dudleys.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/58_zpsndqbmulg.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/dudley6man_zpsm8tnyh9i.jpg</span><p> This six man goes back and forth with Bennett never getting in the ring. More than once the action spills to the outside, but when Spike gets the tag to face Storm, he doesn’t see the blind tag from Storm to Bennett. When Storm ducks over the ropes, Spike turns around and right into a vicious short armed lariat. As the referee counts to three, Jim Ross mentions Bennett apparently call this London Bridge, because as Lawler points out they all fall down.</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner: William Regal, Lance Storm, and Angus Bennett </strong></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/75_zpsfr8wyjor.jpg</span></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p></div></blockquote><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> [A vignette for the Royal Rumble plays again.]</p><p> </p><p> <span>http://static.sportskeeda.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Royal-Rumble-2003-wallpaper.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/94_zpsqye2il2s.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Eric%20Bischoff_zpssaoysjrn.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Rob%20Van%20Dam_zpsiilffntl.jpg</span></p><p> [Eric Bischoff is in his office when Rob Van Dam enters. He apologizes for not making an appointment but it’s a new year. That means new horizons and opportunities. And RVD is ready for the challenge and that’s why he wants to be the first named entry into the Royal Rumble. Bischoff gives it a moment’s thought and agrees saying Vince McMahon wants a RAW winner and RVD may be just what’s needed.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/75_zpsfr8wyjor.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> [We go to a vignette with the sights of Paris. The Louvre, the Arc De Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. The video further tells us that soon the pride of France will be in the WWE. </p><p> Viva, La Resistance!]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/43_zpsa40hqaxw.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/bookervsstevie_zpsbtrouirk.jpg</span><p> Booker T and Steven Richards trade the momentum of the match back and forth but soon the 5-time, 5-time, 5….you get it takes control. Booker eventually hits the scissors kick for the 1-2-3.</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner: Booker T </strong></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/79_zpsmgyhblet.jpg</span></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p></div></blockquote><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Booker%20T_zpsfc5txdcy.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Triple%20H3_zpsemkna4n0.jpg</span></p><p> [booker T is in celebratory mode when Triple H jumps over the barrier and collects his favorite sledgehammer from beneath the ring before sliding under the bottom rope. Before Booker knows what’s happening, Triple H strikes, hitting him high between the shoulder blades. Booker drops in a heap but Triple H drives the hammer down again and again until officials arrive and force him away as doctors attend to Booker. As he backs off and we go to commercial, Triple H isn’t regretful, far from it… he’s smiling.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/88_zpsklchzjxa.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Jim%20Ross2_zpsqazykmad.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Jerry%20Lawler_zpsxb25xbqs.jpg</span></p><p> [When we return from break, JR and the King inform us that Booker was rushed to the local emergency room and if they learn anything about his condition they’ll let us know.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/76_zpsl0gmdlh6.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Randy%20Orton%205_zpssa7yrwzm.jpg</span></p><p> [Randy Orton’s RNN takes center stage on the Titantron. We see about a minute or two of Orton hard at work in the gym, while women who are watching want to be with him and the men want to be him. Finally he finishes, sitting up on the bench and just smirks.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/60_zpsusj3j7pt.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/jazzvsivory_zpssmffodti.jpg</span><p> Ivory is a cagey veteran but the newly healthy Jazz is just the perfect mix of strength and street fighting. Ivory doesn’t really last long as Jazz batters her around the ring before putting her away with a belly to belly suplex.</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner: Jazz </strong></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/50_zpszdrt9rdd.jpg</span></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p></div></blockquote><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Triple%20H3_zpsemkna4n0.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Ric%20Flair%203_zpsvl6uhbdm.jpg</span></p><p> [Triple H meets Flair in the parking garage and they’re overjoyed at what he did tonight. Flair gets behind the wheel and begins to drive them out when he slams on the brakes. When the camera turns we see why.</p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Goldust_zpsdiuhjh3l.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> Goldust stands in front of their car, almost trembling with anger. He slams his hands on the hood, screaming for Triple H to get out of the car. Slowly he and Flair get out. Goldust goes on a rant asking if he thinks its funny that he sent a good man to the hospital tonight? Is it funny that he may be seriously hurt, that he may lose his career? Triple H and Flair glance at each other then break out laughing. Triple H stops laughing when Goldust slaps him in the face. Triple H’s smile is gone and now he’s staring at Goldust with the same contempt. Goldust nods and says good, stay angry. You’re gonna need it next week. He walks off, as Flair tries to snap Triple H out of it and get back in the car.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/77_zpsgigiipgp.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Shawn%20Michaels%202_zpsgkbloakp.jpg</span></p><p> [backstage Shawn Michaels is on his way to the ring. Michaels-Jericho is next!]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/76_zpsl0gmdlh6.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Jim%20Ross2_zpsqazykmad.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Jerry%20Lawler_zpsxb25xbqs.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> [JR and the King tell us that Eric Bischoff has made it official. Next week Triple H against a Goldust that perhaps we haven’t seen for years. Lawler comments that If he’s anything like the old Goldust Triple H better be extremely careful!]</p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Triple%20H3_zpsemkna4n0.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Goldust_zpsdiuhjh3l.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/72_zpsiihbdzvr.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/hbkvsy2j_zpscj8zu6bl.jpg</span><p> Two superb performers help this to live up to the hype in this non-title match. Jericho’s use of underhanded tactics and with the help of Christian on the outside mean he holds the momentum in the first half of the match but the tide turns and the World Heavyweight Champion mounts his comeback, eventually slingshotting Jericho high into the post and when he rebounds, he’s caught flush with Sweet Chin Music. Michaels makes the cover 1-2…..Christian is in the ring and pounding down at him with punches as the referee calls for the bell.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner: Shawn Michaels</strong></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/93_zps9ed2th0t.jpg</span></p><p> </p></div><p></p><p></p></div></blockquote><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Chris%20Jericho_zpstumgsrr9.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Christian%20Cage%203_zpsynu2q1qt.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Shawn%20Michaels%202_zpsgkbloakp.jpg</span></p><p> [shawn Michaels is in trouble as soon as the referee declares the disqualification and soon Jericho is up and they’re joining in. Fight as he does Michaels finally succumbs to an Unprettier. Jericho heads to the outside, bringing back two chairs as they set up for a Conchairto when the stage explodes in fire! </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Kane%20Mask%201_zpspxm3vpdg.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> Kane stalks down to the ring as Jericho and Christian are frozen in fear. Kane climbs over the top rope and Christian attacks with the chair but Kane gives him a big boot through it, knocking him cold. Jericho drops his weapon and heads to the outside, pulling Christian out by the leg. </p><p> Kane stands over Michaels and as the champion wakes up and looks up, his face is a cross between surprise and concern as the show goes off the air.</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/84_zpsxgtf62ek.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Overall: </strong> </p><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/89_zps0ifawvsh.jpg</span></div><p></p><p></p>
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<strong><span style="color:#000080;">SmackDown Preview (Ep. #174) - Thursday, Week 1, January 2003 - SmackDown Goes Live</span></strong><strong> </strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

</p><ul><li>SmackDown kicks off 2003 with a special live episode.<br /> <br /></li><li>Nearly two months after being screwed out of the WWE Championship, <strong>Brock Lesnar</strong> will finally get his rematch when he takes on WWE Champion, <strong>The Big Show</strong> in the main event. <br /> <br /></li><li>There will be no more lying, cheating or stealing as WWE Tag Team Champions, <strong> Los Guerreros</strong>, will have no escape from <strong>Edge & Rey Mysterio</strong>. They must defend their titles inside the confines of a Steel Cage. <br /> <br /></li><li>SmackDown's newest star, <strong>Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner</strong>, will make his in ring debut. Who will his opponent be?<br /> <br /></li><li>After finally freeing her father from the clutches of <strong>Dawn Marie</strong>, <strong>Torrie Wilson</strong> will make an appearance LIVE on SmackDown. <br /> <br /></li><li>What is the status of WWE Cruiserweight Champion, <strong>Billy Kidman</strong>, after a heinous attack by Jamie Noble and his friend, Guido last week? We will get a status update this week on SmackDown. <br /> <br />

SmackDown kicks off the New Year LIVE. Don't miss it - this Thursday on UPN. </li></ul><p></p>

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kimrok1982/TEW%20Diary/civilwar/sdbanner_zpsyoxjscyv.jpg</span><p> </p><p> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">SmackDown! (Ep. #174) - Thursday Week 1, January 2003 – The Pit at the University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, New Mexico</span></strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> [smackdown opens to a video of a party counting down from 10 to one for the New Year. As they do we see clips of Smackdown stars such as WWE Champion, The Big Show, Brock Lesnar, Kurt Angle, Edge, Rey Mysterio, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero, Torrie Wilson, Mark Henry and Smackdown's newest star, Scott Steiner. As the clock strikes midnight, we hear the chords of Auld Lang Syne and videos of Lesnar/Angle/Show & the WWE Tag Title stories are filtered in. In the end, the crowd fades out, the video fades out to black, and fades in LIVE to The Pit at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque as SmackDown Live is on the air and the Steel Cage is coming down to the ring.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 80</strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kimrok1982/TEW%20Diary/civilwar/smackdown/sdmatchwwetagcagejan03_zpsyewsxn3m.jpg</span></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> Eddie and Chavo try to immediately get out of the cage because they know that this is what Edge and Rey have waited for but the challengers stop them and suddenly the war is on. This is a brutal match that sees Edge and Eddie busted open early on in the match and is completely back and forth. It goes for a long time but the finish comes when Rey takes a back toss by Eddie but lands onto the cage, crawls up it like Spiderman, and jumps off doing the West Coast Pop onto Eddie taking him out. With Chavo shocked at this high risk move he is distracted, he turns around, SPEAR by Edge. Cover...1...2...3 NEW CHAMPIONS</p><p> </p><p> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">Winners and </span></strong><strong><strong><span style="color:#000080;">NEW</span></strong></strong><strong><span style="color:#000080;"> WWE Tag Team Champions: Edge & Rey Mysterio</span></strong></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 78 </strong></p><p> </p><p> [As Edge & Rey Mysterio celebrate, the lights go out in the arena. We start hearing “The World’s Greatest” by R. Kelly play and when the lights go on, <strong>SHELTON BENJAMIN & CHARLIE HAAS</strong> are in the ring. They attack Edge and Rey from behind and dumping Edge to the floor. Rey tries to valiantly fight against the new attacking team but Rey is soon dropped with a double German Suplex. Edge gets back in the ring and goes for a spear onto Haas but Shelton cuts him off and soon, Haas and Benjamin do a spike piledriver onto Edge’s neck. </p><p> </p><p> This new team stands over the new WWE Tag Team Champions holding their belts as SmackDown goes to a commercial break. ]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 48</strong></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">Commercial Break</span></strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> [smackDown returns to a commercial for the WWE Royal Rumble – focusing on Cena and Benoit having announced their own entries. <strong>Playstation 2 Presents: WWE Royal Rumble, Live Sunday Week 4, January on Pay Per View.</strong> ]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 92 </strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> [smackDown returns and Cole and Tazz take us to the conclusion of the WWE Tag Title Match and show Edge & Rey Mysterio’s win. We then see Benjamin and Haas destroy the new champs. They take us to “During the Break” footage that shows Edge, with his injured neck, being loaded into an ambulance with Rey staggering in as well. The ambulance takes off into the night.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 60 </strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> [in the back, Brock Lesnar has arrived. He walks straight past Josh Matthews who tries to get an interview. His face is all business. He heads to his locker room and slams the door.</p><p> </p><p> After that happens, we take a Flashback to the Survivor Series where Brock Lesnar was screwed out of the WWE Championship by the Big Show and Paul Heyman. Brock Lesnar will finally get his WWE Championship rematch..tonight.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 81 </strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kimrok1982/TEW%20Diary/civilwar/smackdown/sdmatchlashbenoit_zpsffr6i1hq.jpg</span></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> Another competitive showing for the Ragin Cajun. He takes Benoit to a near limit for quite some time but soon, the Crippler is too much and LeRoux is tapping out to the Crippler Crossface. </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner:</strong> Chris Benoit</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 67 </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong> Grade: 49 </strong></a><a rel=""> </a></p></div></blockquote><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> ===============================================</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> [Cole and Tazz take us back to Armageddon and show us how Torrie Wilson defeated Dawn Marie. We then see Torrie walking to the arena. She will address the SmackDown audience for the first time since Armageddon….Next.]</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong>Grade: 43</strong></a><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> ===============================================</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong><span style="color:#000080;">Commercial Break</span></strong></a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> ===============================================</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> [smackDown returns and Nidia and Jamie Noble are arguing in their locker room. Nidia is furious that Jamie brought his "lunatic childhood friend" Guido into the WWE. Noble says that he had no choice, that the Smackdown locker room was not respecting him and they weren't respecting Nidia. He made her a promise that they would go to the top but Kidman stood in their way. Now, he doesnt. </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> Nidia is still furious and bad mouth's Guido saying that he can't be trusted and that he was using Jamie to get into the WWE. She referenced all the chaos he caused in ECW but she has to stop badmouthing him as Guido walks in. </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> Before he can say anything, though, Stephanie McMahon walks into the locker room. She looks Jamie Noble in the face and says that what he did last week to *HER* Cruiserweight Champion was unacceptable. "Jamie Noble? You wanted to get on my radar? Congrats, you just did. And because of that...tonight I am going to give you a chance to shine. I am going to throw the spotlight on you because tonight, you Jamie Noble, will take on Big Poppa Pump, Scott Steiner. </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> As for you Guido - I have spoken with Billy Kidman. He does have a broken hand but he wanted me to convey a message to you. In 3 weeks at the Royal Rumble, he will be back. And he has demanded to defend his Cruiserweight Championship against you. And I have said yes. (Steph gets right in his face) And perhaps I shouldn't say this as an executive in WWE, but I hope at the Royal Rumble that Billy Kidman kicks your ass....Welcome to Smackdown."</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> She walks out with Noble looking scared to death and Guido looking like he got exactly what he wanted. ]</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong>Grade: 52</strong></a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> ======================================</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> [Torrie Wilson makes her way out to the ring all smiles and cheers. She grabs a microphone and talks about how relieved she is to say that her life is finally getting back to normal. For months, she has had to endure a nightmare by Dawn Marie that she never understood. But that all ended two weeks ago at Armageddon and now she can truly be fr….</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> Torrie is cut off by a high pitch and slightly maniacal laugh that fills the arena. The video screens show Dawn Marie sitting in a darkened room laughing with a slightly crazed look in her eyes. She tells Torrie that she is hysterical because she truly thinks that this is over? Torrie doesn’t get it – her little thing with “daddy” was merely to take what Torrie loves best away from her. It was never about love, it was about vengeance. You see, a few years ago Torrie made a big mistake. She hurt someone very near and dear to Dawn Marie. Torrie broke his heart and for that, Torrie will pay. Torrie thinks this is over? (Laughs) It has only just begun. Soon….very soon….Torrie will know what this is REALLY all about. </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> Dawn blows a kiss to the screen as Torrie looks both confused, scared and haunted and leaves the ring without a word.]</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong>Grade: 66 </strong></a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> ===============================================</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> [We see Jamie Noble being dragged down the aisle toward the ring by Guido. He must face Big Poppa Pump, Scott Steiner, NEXT on SmackDown.]</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong>Grade: 43 </strong></a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> ===============================================</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong><span style="color:#000080;">Commercial Break</span></strong></a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> ===============================================</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> [smackDown returns to a video package highlighting Brock being told that he could not challenge for the WWE title because he was not medically cleared, Kurt Angle winning the #1 contendership, Big Show domination of SmackDown and Brock Lesnar screwing Kurt Angle out of the WWE title at Armageddon. The WWE Title match is still to come. ]</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong>Grade: 77 </strong></a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> ===============================================</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kimrok1982/TEW%20Diary/civilwar/smackdown/sdmatchnoblesteiner_zpsjodaeytj.jpg</span></div><p></p><p></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> This isn’t even close. Steiner spends most of his time toying with Noble, tossing him around with exploder suplexes and having a good time doing it. All the while, Guido and Nidia are screaming for Jamie to fight back. Jamie screams back “im trying” before being tossed around with a belly to belly. Steiner poses for Nidia who looks momentarily impressed before remembering shes with Jamie and soon, Noble is tapping out to the Steiner Recliner. </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong><span style="color:#000080;">Winner: Scott Steiner</span></strong></a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong>Grade: 58 </strong></a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> [Following the win, Guido and Nidia drag Noble’s body from the ring and up the ramp. Steiner poses to the crowd and gets up on the 2nd rope to pose some more, when </a><a rel=""><strong>MARK HENRY</strong></a><a rel=""> slides into the ring unknown to Steiner. Henry runs up behind Big Poppa Pump and blasts him in the back. Steiner ends up pressed chest first into the corner and Henry runs and splashes him. He drops Steiner with two World’s Strongest Slam’s and screams “That’s How You Make An Impact” before leaving Big Poppa Pump, who is down and hurt. ]</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong>Grade: 61 </strong></a></p></div></blockquote><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> =========================================</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> [Michael Cole and Tazz take us back to earlier tonight and show the assault by Haas and Benjamin and tell us that Edge has been taken to a local medical facility. He has been diagnosed with a concussion and a stinger in his neck. They then tell us that next week on Smackdown, Rey Mysterio, will confront the two new superstars:</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kimrok1982/TEW%20Diary/civilwar/smackdown/sdpreviewjanweek2mini_zpssftsq04d.jpg</span></div><p></p><p></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong>Grade: 62 </strong></a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> =========================================</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> [We then see the final Brock vs Big Show highlight – last week on SmackDown where this WWE Title match is announced. We then hear the familiar heart beat sound (as the WWE cage lowers, for instance) and see Big Show with Heyman looking scared to death leave his locker room. Brock Lesnar is seen arriving at Gorilla. The time for hype is over; the WWE Championship Match is NEXT. ]</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong>Grade: 87 </strong></a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> ===============================================</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong><span style="color:#000080;">Commercial Break</span></strong></a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> ===============================================</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> [smackdown returns and we see split screens of the locker rooms. Everyone is around televisions, including Stephanie McMahon. Noone wants to miss this match.]</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong>Grade: 86 </strong></a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> ==============================================</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kimrok1982/TEW%20Diary/civilwar/smackdown/sdmatchbigshowlesnarjan03_zpsi2jdbe9e.jpg</span></div><p></p><p></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> Early on in this match, Big Show tries to show an aura of dominance on the challenger but he is constantly surprised by just how strong Brock Lesnar is. Every time Big Show gains an advantage, Brock suplexes the champion and takes over again. It gets so bad that at one point, Paul Heyman tells Big Show to take a walk after Brock threw the champion over the ropes to the floor. Show and Heyman start to leave but Brock does a running leap over the ropes and takes down both the champion and his agent. Brock turns his attention to Heyman and that is the opening Big Show needs as he delivers a headbutt from behind to the challenger. He throws Brock into the steel steps and slams him chest first onto the guardrail and throws him back into the ring. </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> Big Show drops a leg drop ala Hulk Hogan and goes for a cover but it only gets two. He traps Lesnar in a bear hug but Brock won’t tap. As Brock is about to fade, he delivers a belly to belly to the champion. Suddenly, Lesnar leaps to his feet and the crowd comes alive because Brock is ready to hit the F5. He drops Big Show with 2 german suplexes and lifts the champion up to finish him off…</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> This brings up Heyman who is on the ring apron and distracting the referee. While this is happening, Kurt Angle runs down to the ring and gets on the apron in clear view of Brock. He drops Big Show and screams “what are you doing?” Angle smiles as Brock realizes he’s been set up by Angle. Brock turns around and is goozled. Big Show lifts him up but Brock drops out and lifts Big Show up again for the F5, this time Show gets out, punches Brock dead in the face and hits the chokeslam once..and then does it again, for the 1..2..3.</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong><span style="color:#000080;">Winner and Still WWE Champion: The Big Show</span></strong></a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong>Grade: 74 </strong></a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> [Following the match, Big Show and Paul Heyman race back up the ramp. Angle stands at ringside staring at Brock as he slowly awakens and realizes what happens. Angle mouths “payback” as he backs away from the ring and up the ramp. Brock has a murderous look in his eye and it is pointed squarely at the direction of Kurt Angle as Smackdown Live goes off the air. ]</a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong>Grade: 95 </strong></a></p></div></blockquote><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a><a rel=""><strong>Final Show Grade: 84</strong></a></p><p><a rel=""><strong> </strong></a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><p><a rel=""> </a></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><a rel=""> </a><span>http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kimrok1982/TEW%20Diary/civilwar/smackdown/sdcopy2003_zpsgeoyj1ti.jpg</span></p></div><p></p><p></p>
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<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Weekend Notes:</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Ratings Update</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="color:#8B0000;">Raw:</span></strong> 29.30 (+17.55)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="color:#000080;">SmackDown:</span></strong> 28.98 (+18.56)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">WWE Signs New Broadcast Deals</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

WWE recently finalized new broadcast deals for both Raw and Smackdown placing their television programs in every major country (that is the reason for the higher cumulative ratings compared to last week). These are multiyear deals and are expected to increase company earnings. </p><p> </p><p>

WWE also extended deals for their various pay-per-view providers:</p><p> </p><p>

iNDEMAND– extended for 2 years</p><p>

DirecTV – extended for 2 years </p><p>

Viewers Choice – extended for 3 years</p><p>

CANAL Digital – extended for 3 years</p><p>

Viasat – extended for 3 years</p><p>

Sky Box Office – extended for 3 years</p><p>

Vu! – extended for 3 years</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">WWE Roster Updates</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

-WWE has allowed the contract of Barry "B2-Bull" Buchanan to expire. He had asked for a raise but WWE had no creative plans for him and he was future endeavored by the company at the beginning of January. </p><p> </p><p>

-WWE's Talent Relations department has been very busy the last few weeks finalizing a lot of contracts with younger up and coming talent for their development program. It is possible that WWE will add an additional developmental territory beyond OVW given the new influx of talent that will come. </p><p> </p><p>

-Expect some marquee names to be back on the main rosters as WWE begins the push for Wrestlemania.</p>

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The Ross Report


Howdy folks! It’s a new year and with it comes new opportunities in the world of sports entertainment. Everyone is gearing up for the Royal Rumble at the end of the month and it’s always interesting to see where the ‘powers that be’ wish to take the company creatively. The oft-mentioned Road to WrestleMania is beginning to heat up and there is truly nothing like it.


This week’s RAW I thought laid some creative plans and was highlighted by a top notch effort by Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho. It should come to no one’s surprise of course, both of them could tear the house down with a broom but together it was a pay per view quality main event which was given away for free on TV. Some may question why but I can tell you that as much fun as it was to call it, I would love to do it again, maybe at a WrestleMania main event instead. As we presumably move towards that HBK-Kane showdown we also got to see Triple H and Booker T tangle up over the last couple weeks and both of them can bring out the best in one another. The wildcard is Goldust whose persona is not what it once was but don’t believe for a second it can’t make a return. His showdown with Triple H shows us glimpses of a serious threat and I look forward to calling their match this Monday. Finally I’m interested in where the Eric Bischoff-Vince McMahon interactions go from here. It’s never wise to cross the boss as they say but these two have had so much animosity over almost a decade that I can’t believe we won’t see some old fashioned ‘shoots’ in the near future.


Smackdown’s title picture is a little less clear cut but with both Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar chasing the Big Show we’re guaranteed some drama-filled twists and turns and with Paul Heyman in the center you never know what will happen next. For all his faults, and there are many, there may not be a better talker or strategist in the business today than Heyman. On the tag team front you may not get four better or harder workers than Edge, Rey Mysterio, and Los Guererros. All four of them have the talent and the psychology to communicate effectively with our fans and make them invest their emotions and their time in the storyline while the introduction of Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas into the situation injects pure athleticism from two bona fide amateur threats. Like the WWE title picture, having the Champions fend off two opposing types of enemy could pay dividends for the fans.


One subject that’s been a heavy topic in the wrestling websites and reports is the recent flurry of contract signings by the WWE. It’s no secret they have stocked the developmental pond and if projections bear out they may have several years worth of new big time talents. That may be great for WWE but I’d be lying if I said part of me felt it wasn’t good for pro wrestling/sports entertainment. Gone are the territories and frankly gone is the competition but there are still several ‘indies’ which men and women can cut their teeth and learn the ropes both literally and figuratively and I don’t know how much it helps the business and industry for so many up and comers to be under one roof. Maybe I’m wrong but I think the mentality that the ‘war’ never ended may hurt the business we all love in the long run.


That’s it for good ol’ JR this week. See y’all on Monday Night.

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://s1.dmcdn.net/phwg/526x297-Stq.jpg</span><p> <span style="color:#FF0000;"><strong>Episode 502----January Week 2, 2003</strong></span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> It's the tenth anniversary of Monday Night RAW and the stakes have never been higher as we move forward towards the Royal Rumble.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> Last week we saw Goldust confront Triple H after the Game ruthlessly attacked Booker T, sending him to the hospital. This week they will meet in the ring as Goldust looks to avenge his friend but will his fate be the same at the hands of the Cerebral Assassin? </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> For weeks the Animal Batista has been rampaging through RAW. This week he's said to be in an increasingly worse mood. What will he do and who will pay the price for it?</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> Last Week saw Kane save World Heavyweight Champion Shawn Michaels from a two on one attack at the hands of the World Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho and Christian. HBK has made it known he will confront Kane ahead of their World Title match at the Rumble.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">Announced Matches:</span></strong><p> </p><p> Test vs Tommy Dreamer</p><p> </p><p> Trish Stratus vs Molly Holly</p><p> </p><p> Triple H vs Goldust</p><p></p></div></blockquote></div><p></p>
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[backstage cameras catch World Heavyweight Champion backstage. He looks very focused and determined as he checks door after door in the hallway, calling Kane's name. When a staff member passes him, Michaels asks him if she's seen Kane. He says no and Michaels moves on, continuing his search.]


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[A video package highlighting last week’s Monday Night RAW which saw Triple H level Booker T in a sneak attack causing to him being taken away in an ambulance and then Goldust confronting Triple H about it. After that we see highlights from Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho leading to an attempted Conchairto which was stopped by the number one contender, Kane. We’re then treated to the pyro and taken to the announcer’s desk.




Where Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcome us to a show ten years in the making. The big ten year anniversary of Monday Night Raw. They run down the big matches of the night including Test versus Tommy Dreamer and our main event of Triple H versus Goldust but first we have our Divas in action.]


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These two are no strangers to each other and they put on a good match. Molly almost has Trish where she wants her but the buxom blonde pulls it together and nails a Chick Kick to the temple to pull out the win.


Winner: Trish Stratus


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[backstage RVD is walking down the hallway when Chief Morley stops him. Morley says that he doesn't think RVD deserves hisspot in the Rumble so tonight they're going to have a match and WHEN Morley wins, he'll take RVD's spot. He walks off and the normally laid back Van Dam looks like he's ready for a fight.]


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[JR and the King let us know that Booker T was released from the hospital early this morning and he’s currently resting at home in Houston. There’s no word on when…or if….he’ll be back.]


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[JR and the King then throw us to the Coach who’s standing by with Triple H and Ric Flair. Triple H tells him that the old adage says be careful what you ask for because you may get it. Last week Goldust decided to puff up his chest and stick his nose where it didn’t belong and tonight he will pay the price like his buddy Booker T. But don’t blame Triple H and don’t blame Ric Flair for what happens. Blame Goldust because he asked for it.]


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Test dominates the match in the early going but Dreamer won't quit and begins to put together some momentum. Unfortunately for him that ends when Test catches him with a boot to the face when Dreamercharges into the corner. A press slam, running clothesline and side slam set Dreamer up and when he stands, Test kicks his head off with a running boot.


Winner: Test


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[After the match Stacey gets in the ring, but then gets distracted by some fans, waving to them. Test, clearly annoyed, grabs her by the arm to get her attention and points to the ramp. Getting the message clearly, she quickly leaves the ring and he follows her out.]


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[When we come back from break Batista is in the ring, looking like his usual angry self. He says nobody in the back has the guts to come down to the ring and face him. He doesn't have to wait long for the answer.




The crowd goes crazy and Batista can't believe it, sure that he'd ended Hardy the month before. As he's spoiling for the fight, Hardy comes from behind, through the crowd, and climbs to the top rope. When Batista turns, Hardy leaps off with a missile dropkick which sends the big man sprawling to the outside. Hardy stands tall in the ring while Batista slaps the apron in fury before officials and security rush down to make sure nothing else happens.]


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[A vignette for the Royal Rumble is shown.]




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Before the match begins, Morley gets a mic and informs RVD that this match has a couple of different rules than usual. Firstly this is no disqualification---for Morley. RVD also has a five second countout and last but not least, Morley has a ten count to kick out of a pin. RVD just shakes his head in disgust but the match is on.


We see several opportunities where RVD barely beats the count back into the ring, and of course Morley brings a chair into the ring but when he swings, RVD ducks and he cracks the referee. When Morley turns around RVD kicks the chair into his face. RVD climbs to the top and flies off with the Five Star Frog Splash. Another referee runs down to the ring and begins the ten count which the crowd counts along with, until he calls for the bell.


Winner: Rob Van Dam


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[A vignette of one of RAW’s greatest moments is shown, this one is the infamous beer truck driven by Stone Cold Steve Austin.]


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[We see a replay of Jeff Hardy's return earlier tonight. We're then sent to the back where the Coach is standing by with him. Hardy says that Batista took his best shot to put him on the shelf but it wasn't good enough. He's back and not only is he going to settle the score with Batista, he's going to win the Royal Rumble and achieve his dream!]


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[Trish Stratus is walking backstage, when Victoria comes out of nowhere and knocks her into a wall. They begin fighting but Trish gets the better of her and when Trish ducks a wild punch which spins Victoria around, Trish connects with a Chick Kick and puts the Women’s champion on her back. Trish points down at her and says she’s invoking her rematch for the title at the Royal Rumble and it’ll be Last..Woman….Standing!]


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Notable in his absence is Rico but 3MW do not need him. To call this a squash match is almost an insult to squash matches. Jamal and Rosey dominate from the millisecond the bell rings to the moment the referee's hand slaps the mat for the third tine.


Winner: Three Minute Warning


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[A vignette of another of RAW’s greatest moments is shown, this one is the end of the Monday Night War when we learned Shane McMahon had purchased WCW]











[Eric Bischoff walks into his office and finds Shane McMahon there. When Bischoff questions why he’s there Shane just says that it’s no secret his father is displeased with Bischoff and his recent failures and you never know when RAW will need a McMahon’s touch again and of course he’s cleaned up Bischoff’s mess before. He smiles and walks out leaving Bischoff fuming.]


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[backstage, World Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho and Christian are talking. Jericho says they're clearing the greatest of all time when it comes to both being tag champions, singles competitors, and generally speaking all of human history. Christian totally agrees and says there's no competition for them. That's when a voice off screen speaks up and says, 'so its competition you want?"


They turn around and stop cold. When the camera revolves around we see legendary manager Paul Ellering.




Ellering says if its competition they want, he knows two guys who can give it to them and he gratefully accepts the open challenge for the World Tag Team Championship. He leaves but not before telling them that he'd see them next week. When he's gone, Jericho and Christian look at each other with uncertainty, both of them subconsciously putting their hands on their belts.]


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[Randy Orton’s RNN logo appears on the Titantron. He says the wait is nearly over. After weeks and months it is time for the greatest athlete in the history of the WWE to reclaim his spotlight, and what better way than to stake his claim to the main event of WrestleMania? Orton smirks conceitedly and says the next time you see him he'll be throwing 29 others over the top rope and winning the Royal Rumble!]


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Triple H and Flair come down to the ring first, and then we see the lights go out and we hear Goldust’s theme.



Gold flecks fall from the ceiling as the Bizarre One, looking as he did in years gone by comes out onto the stage. His eyes are deadly serious as he walks down to the ring in his gold robe with the long haired wig. He disrobes outside and walks up the stairs to enter the ring. Triple H looks like he did not expect this but he quickly gets his game face on (no pun intended) and the ref calls for the bell.


Goldust is all business and from the get-go he unleashes on Triple H putting him on defense early on. From one corner to the other Goldust shows himself to be a veteran of the ring and seems to have an answer for anything Triple H wants to do. He sends Triple H over the top with a clothesline which draws Flair onto the apron. Goldust brings him into the ring over the top and they go through a small nostalgic bit reminding the crowd of a younger Flair and Dusty Rhodes including a bionic elbow which sends Flair into the corner. Goldust sets him up for Shattered Dreams but before he can deliver the kick Triple H climbs back in and hits a low blow which the referee doesn’t see as he’s dealing with Flair. Triple H turns Goldust around and delivers a Pedigree for the win.


Winner: Triple H









[As the bell continues to ring, Triple H and Flair begin picking Goldust apart. For a moment it appears he makes a comeback, fighting them both off, but then the numbers catch up with him. Finally, Triple H delivers another Pedigree to a nearly limp Goldust and they stand over his body.]


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[The cameras go backstage for the last time as Shawn Michaels opens a door and stops, before we see Kane slowly lumber out, looking down at him. Michaels demands to know why Kane saved him last week. Kane goes to turn away but Michaels grabs his arm, causing Kane to turn back to him. Kane says that he didn't go out there to save him, he went out to preserve him. Because Kane is the only person who is allowed to end Shawn Michaels and at the Royal Rumble that title and his soul will belong to Kane!

Kane walks off and for the first time we see a mix of fear and doubt on the face of the World Heavyweight Champion.]


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SmackDown Preview (Ep. #175) - Thursday, Week 2, January 2003 - Championship Chaos


  • Last week's WWE Championship match on SmackDown Live saw Kurt Angle return the favor and screw Brock Lesnar out of the title. What is next for the WWE Championship? GM Stephanie McMahon will address.
  • Edge & Rey Mysterio have regained the WWE Tag Team Championship but it was an attack by the debuting Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas that is the story. Rey Mysterio promises to confront the new SmackDown stars in the ring.
  • Scott Steiner was attacked by Mark Henry following his destruction of Jamie Noble. Why? Mark Henry will be on hand. Will we get an explanation?
  • John Cena & Chris Benoit are the first two SmackDown stars named for the Royal Rumble. This week on SmackDown they will go one on one in a Royal Rumble Match preview.
    The Royal Rumble is 17 days away. Don't miss SmackDown - this Thursday on UPN.

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kimrok1982/TEW%20Diary/civilwar/sdbanner_zpsyoxjscyv.jpg</span><p> </p><p> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">SmackDown! (Ep. #175) - Thursday Week 2, January 2003 – McKale Center at the University of Arizona – Tucson, Arizona</span></strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> [smackdown opens up to a graphic that says “Last Thursday” and shows still images from the SmackDown Live episode showing Edge & Rey Mysterio’s sensation win before the assault by Haas and Benjamin but really focuses on the WWE title match and the ensuing controversy when Kurt Angle cost Brock Lesnar the WWE Championship. The promo video ends with snap shots (like a polaroid) of Angle staring at Brock, Brock looking furious, and Big Show/Heyman on the ramp having escaped again.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 87 </strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> [smackDown opens up from inside the McKale Center at the University of Arizona and SmackDown General Manager, Stephanie McMahon, is already in the ring. She says it is time that following last week on SmackDown, it is clear that she must step in and restore order to the WWE Championship picture. She calls Kurt Angle to the ring. He comes out and Stephanie says it would be too easy to punish him for interrupting the main event of SmackDown’s first show of 2003 but she understands why he did it. And that brings us to Brock Lesnar who is now called to the ring. Lesnar comes out and he and Angle almost go nose to nose, but Stephanie puts her body in the middle of both men and tells them that if they ever want the hope of holding the WWE title again, they will back down now. Both men do but do so reluctantly. </p><p> </p><p> Stephanie says that it would be easy to blame Brock Lesnar for screwing Kurt Angle last month at Armageddon and it would be easy to say that his actions are the actions that set this all off in motion. But the truth is, the person to blame here might very well be “me, Stephanie McMahon. The truth is when I delayed Brock’s rematch following the Survivor Series I did it with the best of intentions and I did it to protect my long term investment in the Next Big Thing. But in doing so, I caged an animal. So, I apologize to you both but the question remains what is next for the WWE Championship since you both have a valid claim to deserve the sho….”</p><p> </p><p> This brings out Big Show and Paul Heyman to the top of the stage. Heyman says that neither Kurt Angle nor Big Show have a valid shot at the WWE Title because they both failed. He tells the audience not to blame The Big Show because Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle can’t keep screwing with each other. It’s not their fault that the egos in that ring cannot be contained and it only validates the business decision that Paul Heyman made in November when he screwed Brock Lesnar out of the WWE Championship so that Paul Heyman’s weapon of mass destruction, The Big Show, could rightfully lay claim to the throne. As far as they are concerned, neither Brock nor Kurt have any rights to this belt.</p><p> </p><p> Stephanie says it doesn’t really matter what Heyman or Big Show say because all that matters is what Stephanie thinks. And she thinks both Brock and Angle deserve a shot. An equal shot. The same shot that 28 other men will receive and that is the shot to main event under the bright lights of Wrestlemania. Both men deserve this and so they shall have it: Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle are officially entrants into the 2003 Royal Rumble Match and if one of them wins, they will go to Wrestlemania to fight for that WWE Championship. But that’s in a few weeks. Here and now is what matters and so tonight two things will happen. Tonight, Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar will be back in this ring together but they will be on the same team when they take on Los Guerreros in our main event and if they lay hands on each other before, during or after that match – both Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle are out of the Royal Rumble match and will be suspended. Through all of this Big Show and Paul Heyman are clearly enjoying the interraction’s but their faces change when Stephanie turns to them and says that Big Show is not off the hook. He will defend the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble. And before this show goes off the air tonight, he will learn who his opponent is.</p><p> </p><p> All three men look uncertain as Stephanie has taken control and we go to a commercial break.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 84</strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">Commercial Break</span></strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> [smackDown returns with a “Smack of the Night presented by Lugz” that shows Stephanie putting Guido in the WWE Cruiserweight Championship match at the Royal Rumble and naming Noble against Steiner. We then see Mark Henry attack Steiner from behind.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 75</strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kimrok1982/TEW%20Diary/civilwar/smackdown/SdWeek2Jan2003henrypalumbo_zpsir0phsre.jpg</span></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> As this match begins we see prerecorded footage where Henry explains his attack of Scott Steiner saying that it was not personal – just business. That he is trying to make an impact and the former WCW Champion was just a victim.</p><p> It is clear that the next victim is Chuck Palumbo because Mark Henry just decimates the former WCW Tag Team Champion. Palumbo tries to get in a few shots but it never really happens and soon, Palumbo is hit with what is called The World’s Strongest Slam and he is quickly pinned for the 3 count. </p><p> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">Winner: Mark Henry</span></strong></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 48 </strong></p><p> </p><p> [As soon as the 3 count is made, sirens fill the arena and the lights go out. When they come back on, Scott Steiner is standing behind Mark Henry as Henry stares at the ramp. He has the same pipe that Midajah used to use in WCW and he whacks Henry in the back before hitting him with a belly to belly suplex. With Henry down, Steiner shouts “that’s a receipt”. And leaves the ring. ]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 67 </strong></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> [in the back, Josh Matthews is with John Cena. He says everyone is concerned with Brock Lesnar or Kurt Angle or the Big Show and their testosterone filled soap opera but what everyone should be concerned about is John Cena. John Cena is the future of this company, the future of this industry. And the Royal Rumble is just a stepping stone to greatness for the Doctor of Thuganomics. You see, in the streets you take what you want and that is exactly what John Cena will do when he throws 29 other jabronis out of the ring and….. </p><p> </p><p> Chris Benoit comes up to him and says Cena has earned nothing. What has he done? One good match with Kurt Angle and a feud with Rikishi? That isn’t anything to write home about – in this world you have to earn your moments which is a lesson John Cena will learn in just a few minutes. Benoit pats him on the chest, hard, and says see you out there and walks off. </p><p> Chris Benoit vs John Cena is next when SmackDown returns. </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 84</strong></p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">Commercial Break</span></strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> [smackdown returns to this graphic: </p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kimrok1982/TEW%20Diary/civilwar/smackdown/SdWeek2Jan2003maineventpreview_zpscctqyn6m.jpg</span></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 82</strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kimrok1982/TEW%20Diary/civilwar/smackdown/SdWeek2Jan2003cenabenoit_zpsndetiery.jpg</span></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> This is a surprisingly great match and it gets a lot of time and really goes back and forth. The story is that Benoit thinks early on that Cena is a chump and isn’t really taking anything he does seriously – for instance, a sequence occurs where Benoit drops Cena on his head from a German suplex, covers, Cena kicks out at 2 and Benoit smiles a toothy grin like he would at a child. This continues for a bit but it soon turns when Benoit, arrogantly, goes for a lame cover and Cena reverses it into a small package for a two count, follows that up by whipping Benoit into the ropes, hitting a drop kick and a German of his own for a legitimate two count. This brings Benoit to attention and both men start having a real hard hitting match that eventually spills to the floor and is a fist fight on the floor. Back in the ring, Cena drops Benoit with a leg drop and soon hits the F-U which Benoit barely kicks out of. After some more back and forth, Benoit is able to lock in the Crippler Crossface which Cena struggles to get out of. He rolls out of it but Benoit quickly has it back in. Cena stands up and lifts Benoit up for the F-U but Benoit holds onto his arm and again locks in the Crossface. Cena is writhing in pain but before he taps out, he grabs the referee the neck and wraps his arm around the referee’s throat so that he cannot tap out. Benoit lets him out of it, Cena rolls out of the ring and the referee calls for the bell disqualifying Cena.</p><p> </p><p> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">Winner by disqualification: Chris Benoit</span></strong></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 80 </strong></p><p> </p><p> [Cena leaves the ring while Benoit glares at him. Cena knew he was going to tap out and took the easy way out. Both men stare at each other as Cena backs up the ramp yelling that Benoit didn’t make him tap.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 75 </strong></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> [Guido and Jamie Noble are backstage. Noble is furious at Guido for getting him beat up by Scott Steiner last week but Guido tells him to relax. The goal is all that matters. And Jamie brought Guido to the WWE for one reason and one reason only, destroy Billy Kidman. Noble wants to own the Cruiserweight championship and that’s what will happen at the Royal Rumble. Everything else is just collateral damage. Noble doesn’t look happy but he can’t argue the point and the two head out of the locker room together as a unit. They will be in action, next. </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 42 </strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">Commercial Break</span></strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> [in the back Los Guerreros are getting ready for their main event opportunity tonight. They talk about how Brock and Kurt hate each other and how there is no way that they can work together. Lesnar and Angle don’t know what they’re in for. They hug and are jubilant. ]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 73</strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kimrok1982/TEW%20Diary/civilwar/smackdown/SdWeek2Jan2003KendrickLashGuidoNoble_zpszcnomwod.jpg</span></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> Guido and Noble show good chemistry as a tag team against Lash LeRoux and Brian Kendrick. They work an old school tag team style while both LeRoux and Kendrick try high flying moves to keep Guido and Noble off their feet. This is a back and forth match with the ending coming out of nowhere when Kendrick goes for the Sliced Bread #2 but Noble clips his knee and that allows Guido to drop Kendrick with a Scorpion Death Drop for the 3 count. </p><p> </p><p> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">Winners: Guido & Jamie Noble</span></strong></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 45 </strong></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> [in the back, Rey Mysterio is seen walking out. He will address Haas and Benjamin…NEXT. ]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 68</strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">Commercial Break</span></strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> [smackDown returns to a video package of the Torrie Wilson – Dawn Marie story that ends with Dawn’s ominous threat that this whole thing is not over and that Torrie will pay. We are told that Michael Cole will sit down with Torrie Wilson in a one-on-one interview next week on SmackDown.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 45</strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> [Rey Mysterio comes out to a loud pop and he stands in the ring. He says he is here as a man and not as the WWE Tag Team Champion. He is here tonight to stand up for not only his tag team partner, but his best friend. Last week on SmackDown should have been the proudest moment of their careers but now Edge sits home with an injured neck and Rey has to stand alone. So be it. He calls out Haas and Benjamin right now. </p><p> </p><p> Haas and Benjamin come out to the tune of “World’s Greatest by R Kelly” but it quickly changes to their WWE real life theme: </p><div class="ipsEmbeddedVideo"><div><iframe width="200" height="150" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/a8HXyj4Lbq0?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" title="World's Greatest Tag Team 1st [FULL] + [RARE]"></iframe></div></div> . <p> </p><p> They stop near the ring as Rey addresses them. He asks a simple question: why? </p><p> </p><p> Benjamin answers with one word: opportunity. Haas then says “it is all about proving who really is The World’s Greatest. For six months we have had to watch you and Edge run around here on SmackDown having great matches with the Guerreros, with Benoit and Angle, with every team on this show. And it has made us sick to our stomachs because all along we have known the truth, we’re the greatest. We’re the World’s Greatest Tag Team. And now its time to prove it. Before long the WWE Tag Team Championship will be around our waist’s but…for now…you’re all alone. Time to have some fun.”</p><p> </p><p> The newly titled World’s Greatest Tag Team begin to surround the ring as Rey realizes he is trapped. Haas and Benjamin each get on the apron and Rey charges Benjamin and delivers a hurricanrana as soon as he enters the ring. Rey jumps on the ropes and flies off hitting the West Coast Pop as soon as Haas makes it into the ring. He then quickly scrambles out of the ring and backs up with Haas and Benjamin looking on, surviving the night. </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 50 </strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> [We get a recap of earlier tonight where Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar have been added to the Royal Rumble match and their match with Los Guerreros is announced. The main event is…NEXT. </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 90 </strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">Commercial Break</span></strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kimrok1982/TEW%20Diary/civilwar/smackdown/SdWeek2Jan2003mainevent_zpsmbdyxbio.jpg</span></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> This match starts out with Los Guerreros trying to egg on Angle and Lesnar and with Lesnar and Angle trying to one up the other in an effort to show their dominance. For instance, Angle would drop Chavo with German suplexes, so then Brock would throw Eddie around with belly-to-belly suplexes. </p><p> </p><p> Eventually Eddie drop kicks Kurt from behind as he is gloating to Brock and that sends Angle into Lesnar and the former tag champs start taking over. They cut off Kurt and beat him down for a long time all the while taunting Brock and keeping him from getting into the ring. Each time Kurt makes a comeback and gets near Lesnar, he is cut off. Finally, Lesnar gets in the ring and he and Eddie start going at it. Eddie is able to get a couple near falls but soon the power of Lesnar is on display and he starts throwing Eddie and Chavo all over the ring. </p><p> </p><p> Kurt tags in by smacking Lesnar on the shoulder and as they argue, Chavo blasts Kurt from behind and hits a brainbuster for a two count. Eddie is now in and he and Kurt bounce off the rope and collide but also collide with the referee knocking him down. This brings in Brock who goes after Chavo. He drops Chavo on the floor with a Tazz-plex on the floor. Eddie has a chair and blasts Kurt in the head. As Eddie gloats, he does not realize Brock is back in and behind him. Eddie turns around, swings the chair but Lesnar already has him up and nails the F5. Lesnar places the unconscious Kurt on top of Eddie and leaves the ring as the ref wakes up and counts the 1…2…3. </p><p> </p><p> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">Winners: Brock Lesnar& Kurt Angle</span></strong></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 80 </strong></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> [Following the match, Lesnar points at the fallen Eddie and yells at Angle “you’re welcome”. He heads up the ramp and Angle looks on knowing that tonight he would’ve lost had it not been for the Next Big Thing.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 85 </strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">Commercial Break</span></strong></p><p> </p><p> ===============================================</p><p> </p><p> [smackdown returns and Paul Heyman and the Big Show are in the ring. Heyman has a microphone and he says that earlier tonight Stephanie McMahon promised to name an opponent for The Big Show at the Royal Rumble before the end of this show. He looks at his watch and says that there is about a minute left so who is i….</p><p> </p><p> Jimmi Hendrix’s Voodoo Child is heard and the crowd comes alive as <strong>HULK HOGAN</strong> makes his return to SmackDown. He comes out to the stage smirking and celebrating to the crowd. He will challenge The Big Show for the WWE Championship at The Royal Rumble. </p><p> </p><p> Big Show and Paul Heyman’s mouths both hang open in shock as SmackDown goes off the air.]</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: 92 </strong></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Final Show Grade: 84</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:center;"><p> <span>http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kimrok1982/TEW%20Diary/civilwar/smackdown/sdcopy2003_zpsgeoyj1ti.jpg</span></p></div><p></p><p></p>
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Weekend Notes:


Ratings Update


Raw: 30.14 (+0.84)


SmackDown: 28.50 (-0.48)



WWE Roster Updates


-WWE has decided to not renew the limited contract that they had signed with Australian talent, Nathan Jones. At one point last fall, Jones was to receive a push on the main roster after gaining some notoriety during the World Wrestling Allstars tours of 2001-2002. WWE will allow his deal to end which is scheduled to end around the Royal Rumble. He is not expected to be called to tv. This is the second talent in the last month to be quietly shuffled off of the roster after WWE parted ways with Raven.


-Christopher Nowinski has been assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling for more training.


-Jimmy Yang has signed a deal to return to WWE. Originally part of the "WCW 24" (talents whose contracts were picked up with the WCW purchase two years ago), Yang had been assigned to HWA and was there until January of last year when WWE released him. He is not expected to return to development, instead he is expected to debut before Wrestlemania on the SmackDown brand.

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An exciting second week of sports entertainment on both RAW and Smackdown so let’s dive right into it. During the course of watching, or in RAW’s case re-watching via VCR, I jotted down some notes of things that caught my eye and it was a lot.






I’d be lying if I said I was completely comfortable with this angle concerning Test and the beautiful Stacy Keibler. While it may be helping get Test over as the a-hole heel for how he’s treating her, there is a fine line between entertainment and cringe-worthy. The creative team would be wise to keep that line in view.



I’m not sure how long this lackey role will continue for Chief Morley. He’s doing a good job, as seen in his power grab this week versus RVD but I would not be surprised to see him either replaced or the position eliminated completely. It’s not as if Eric Bischoff cannot be the hated authority figure on his own and in some cases Morley may be sucking some of that heat out of the room.



What a surprise to see Paul Ellering back on television and instantly working his way into a World Tag Team title match this coming Monday. What a rush!



Finally I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Jeff Hardy’s return. It’s been widely reported about his personal demons and recent work issues. I hope for his sake that he learned his lesson and can move forward because in the current RAW landscape he’s easily in the top three long term future prospects and could be a future world champion if he keeps his head on straight.






I couldn’t be more impressed with the growing maturity of Mark Henry. He has all the tools to be a complete monster for the next several years if booked right though I don’t know if I’d have paired him with Steiner so quickly. It will be awful hard to have both of these guys leave the story on the short end of the stick and continue to be thought of as dominant.



Was very very impressed with the Cena/Benoit work this week. Awesome match, great pre-promo, and it left the viewer wanting more which is never a bad thing. These two could be worthy adversaries for years to come.



If I’m being honest, and that’s what I’m paid to be in writing this column, the Smackdown cruiser division is not clicking with me, in a similar way to the RAW women’s division that I’ll discuss in a moment. All of these guys are working hard to get over but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of flash behind it to help the average fan gravitate to the storyline. It may also not help matters to have perhaps your most talented cruiser in Rey Mysterio involved in the tag division. But I do have faith that Kidman, Guido and Noble among the others can connect in a way to make this division which is stocked to the gills with talent, very relevant.



Finally the ongoing saga of the Big Show, Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar. What else is there to say? Any combination of these guys can put on a great match when booked correctly though it’s looking more and more like we’re aiming at a mega match between Angle and Lesnar with Big Show as an afterthought. I hope not because I think the big-big man with someone like Heyman involved can not only carry his own water but can create a unique circumstance as someone who keeps Lesnar from being the obvious favorite in strength and size.



Royal Rumble



We have some glimpses already what this annual extravaganza is lining up to be so let’s see so far. Shawn Michaels and Kane will be an interesting bout if for no other reason as the David and Goliath when the pieces are correct always plays well and you can’t get two better participants right now to fit the bill. I hope for the sake of the match they are allowed to put it all out there and not be hamstrung.



As I mentioned the RAW women’s division is treading water but Trish Stratus and Victoria have a chance to turn that around big time with the unusual stipulation of Last Woman Standing. It promises to be brutal and violent. We know Victoria can be a few bricks short of a load but can Trish match her? It’s an interesting question and one I look forward to seeing.



In the same vein Billy Kidman and Guido will have the spotlight and the attention to their division. I think we're going to see some high flying and risk taking to reel the audience in but you don't want it to be a demolition derby with all due respect to Ax and Smash. This is their opportunity and it's all about making the most of them.



Last but certainly not least the return of the immortal Hulk Hogan as the surprise opponent for the Big Show. This certainly throws a monkey wrench in the arm chair booker’s plans because of the history of the man and that title. Could Hogan give another slam heard round the world and take the title home, ready to face an Angle, Lesnar, or whomever at WrestleMania? Time will tell but not a lot of folks made money over the years betting against the Hulkster.



Until next week.

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/f125109a-b610-4b88-9f7b-b1563fb27982_zpsb6kokx0h.jpg</span><p> <span style="color:#FF0000;"><strong>Episode 503----January Week 3, 2003</strong></span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> With only two weeks to go until he defends the World Heavyweight Championship against Kane, Shawn Michaels will sit down with Jim Ross for an exclusive interview detailing the ups and downs of the Heartbreak Kid's career and what the Rumble means for his future.</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> Last week saw the shocking return of Paul Ellering as he challenged Chris Jericho and Christian to a World Tag Team Championship match against an unknown set of opponents. Ellering has quite the history when it comes to tag team gold, but can he and his team overcome the current champs?</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> Following his surprise return last week, Jeff Hardy now has his sights set on the sixteen time world champion Ric Flair. But lurking in the shadows will not only be Flair's buddy Triple H but also the Animal Batista who still has vengeance in mind when it comes to Hardy and everyone else.</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><span style="color:#FF0000;"><strong>Announced Matches:</strong></span><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> Chris Jericho and Christian defend the World Tag Team Championships against Paul Ellering's team</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> Rob Van Dam vs Angus Bennett</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> Jeff Hardy vs Ric Flair</span></p><p></p></div></blockquote></div><p></p>
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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kimrok1982/TEW%20Diary/civilwar/rawbanner_zpsb9drenpj.jpg</span><p> <strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">Dunkin Donuts Center----Providence, RI</span></strong> </p></div><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Jim%20Ross2_zpsqazykmad.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Jerry%20Lawler_zpsxb25xbqs.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> [Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcome us to the show and discuss the big matches of the night including the big World Tag Team Championship match between Christian and Jericho versus Paul Ellering's men and the main event between Jeff Hardy and the Nature Boy Ric Flair. JR also plugs his sit down interview with World Heavyweight Champion Shawn Michaels.] </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/95_zpsw5lslkid.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i.imgur.com/gGdCokZ.jpg</span><p> </p><p> The newcomer holds his own against Van Dam in the early going and his buddies on the outside don’t hurt either. Every time Van Dam is on the outside, or even near the ropes they're interfering or getting a shot in on him. But the veteran turns it around, cleaning house buy knocking Regal and Storm off the apron, then hitting a series of moves against Bennett including a big Rolling Thunder. But when he climbs to the top for the frog splash, Storm shoves him off causing a disqualification. </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner: Rob Van Dam</strong> </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/65_zpse2lpzup0.jpg</span></p></div><p></p><p> </p></div></blockquote> <p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Rob%20Van%20Dam_zpsiilffntl.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Nigel%20McGuinness%202_zpsozrc62tn.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/William%20Regal%20AAF%203_zps7qehynbt.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Lance%20Storm_zps8kr0wa26.jpg</span></p><p> [Regal, Bennett and Storm circle RVD like sharks until the Dudleys run down and hit the ring. </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Bubba%20Ray%20Dudley_zpsliqcupch.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/D-Von%20Dudley_zpsdxerfeko.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> The three heels scatter and regroup on the outside as the Dudleys check on their friend.] </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/69_zpsukezerda.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Jim%20Ross2_zpsqazykmad.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Shawn%20Michaels%202_zpsgkbloakp.jpg</span></p><p> [Following the break we're taken to a pre-taped sit down interview between Jim Ross and the World Heavyweight Champion Shawn Michaels. They discuss Michaels' back injury that had forced a retirement, his return, his battles with Triple H and winning the World title. </p><p> </p><p> Then they turn to Kane and the match at the Royal Rumble. Michaels admits that he's never faced someone like Kane, even in years past with the Undertaker was never like this. Kane is a true monster with a hunger for causing pain. But Michaels says he's going to do what many think impossible and put Kane down for the 1-2-3. When JR asks how, Michaels answers that they say music soothes the savage beast. Well, in the case of a seven foot demon, some sweet chin music will have to do.] </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/89_zps0ifawvsh.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Eric%20Bischoff_zpssaoysjrn.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Test_zpshiiyufgx.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Stacy%20Keibler%202_zpsk7djhjdn.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> [backstage, Eric Bischoff is in his office when Test and Stacy come in. Test says he wants to be in the Royal Rumble and when he wins it, Bischoff will be looking at the new World Heavyweight Champion. Bischoff agrees and says he'll add Test to the list. When Stacy thanks him Test shuts her up by loudly saying nobody was talking to her. She lowers her head and follows him out, leaving Bischoff shaking his head.] </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/74_zpspukyarmc.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i.imgur.com/U8JSYnk.jpg</span><p> </p><p> Jackie is tough but Jazz is on another level tonight as she batters her opponent around the ring. Even when Jackie puts up some offense Jazz comes right back, eventually picking her up in a double chicken wing leading to a submission. </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner: Jazz</strong> </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/50_zpszdrt9rdd.jpg</span></p></div><p></p><p> </p></div></blockquote> <p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> [As the bell continues to ring, Jazz doesn't let up and continues to hold Jackie up in the double chickenwing. Finally she releases her, face first right into the mat.] </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/43_zpsa40hqaxw.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://i.imgur.com/XJRVv5J.jpg</span></p><p> [backstage Chief Morley enters the Referee's locker room and gets in Earl Hebner's face. He berates him for interfering in his match last week. When Hebner claims he was only doing his job and coming down to finish the match after the first ref was injured Morley screams that Hebner's job is to do what he says and if he ever steps out of line again Hebner will be gone!] </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/50_zpszdrt9rdd.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> [Following the commercial break, JR and the King review a replay of what we saw happen moments ago between Chief Morley and Earl Hebner] </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/44_zpshbiskrrz.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Chris%20Jericho_zpstumgsrr9.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Christian%20Cage%203_zpsynu2q1qt.jpg</span></p><p> [We then cut to the ring where the World Tag Team Champions are in the ring and though they boast to one another, both of them look extremely nervous.] </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/76_zpsl0gmdlh6.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i.imgur.com/LiYZIBD.jpg</span><p> </p><p> Paul Ellering comes onto the stage, rolled newspaper in hand and smiles with a smug confidance. He says Jericho and Christian have spent the last few months whining and complaining about a lack of competition and how they are the best but the truth is.....their time just ran out. </p><p> </p><p> From behind the champions, Jamal and Rosey hop the barricade and attack Jericho and Christian. Ellering saunters down to ringside and yells at the referee to ring the bell, because his team is here. Still caught completely flatfooted, Jericho and Christian are demolished by the two large men. Christian is thrown over the top rope via a military press, and a few moments later, Jamal climbs onto the second rope, with Jericho on his back, and delivers a massive Samoan Drop. As soon as they land, Rosey bounds off the ropes and comes down with a full force splash. Ellering is already walking up the stairs as the referee counts to three and we have new World </p><p> Tag Team Champions. </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winners and new World Tag Team Champions: Jamal and Rosey.</strong> </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/78_zps8tz5xvce.jpg</span></p></div><p></p><p> </p></div></blockquote> <p> </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i.imgur.com/i91V4iy.jpg</span></p><p> [As his new men clear the ring of the former champions, Ellering stands proud in the ring, before collecting a microphone. He tells the crowd that Abraham Lincoln once said you can fool all of the people some of the time and that is exactly what he did because he is the smartest man in the history of professional wrestling. To the boys in the back, your three minute warning is over, because the Reign of Terror has now begun!] </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/39_zpsugqx4ole.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Trish%20Stratus_zpslyjcdgto.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Victoria_zps4hhvzo3b.jpg</span></p><p> [Trish Stratus is backstage in the makeup chair talking to the makeup girl when Victoria suddenly runs into the picture, shoving Trish forward into the vanity mirror which shatters. Stunned, Trish is an easy victim for the Women's champion as Victoria in a manic frenzy begins dumping and smearing all the available makeup on Trish's face, screaming at her and asking her if she wants to be a pretty girl. Finally she leaves and as Trish tries to pick herself up, Victoria runs in again and kicks her in the side of the head, putting Trish down and out. Victoria smiles crazily as she is forced away by officials but the damage has been done and Trish is hurt.] </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/60_zpsusj3j7pt.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Triple%20H3_zpsemkna4n0.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Ric%20Flair%203_zpsvl6uhbdm.jpg</span></p><p> [backstage, Triple H and Ric Flair are in their dressing room while Flair gets ready for his match tonight. Their conversation turns to the Royal Rumble where they both talk about how they've won it. Flair reminds Triple H he won the world title in a Royal Rumble. Then they talk about how great it will be to go to WrestleMania and win it. The talking stops and they both look at each other, this time as would-be adversaries.] </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/91_zpsioznzs09.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i.imgur.com/jheFlDR.jpg</span><p> </p><p> Kane wastes no time laying into Dreamer and it's all Dreamer can do to survive from moment to moment. Kane looks very impressive, hitting several powerful moves before putting Dreamer down with a huge chokeslam for the 1-2-3. </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner: Kane</strong> </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/63_zps4gy3pmal.jpg</span></p></div><p></p><p> </p></div></blockquote> <p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> [Another vignette plays showing great French leaders in History, beginning with Joan of Arc, Napoleon, and Charles De Gaulle all to the backdrop of a waving French flag. The voiceover mentions that just as these leaders refect the best of the past, so too will La Resistance create the best of the future. </p><p> Viva La Resistance!] </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/42_zpsh51gdhnm.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> [A vignette for the Royal Rumble is shown.] </p><p> </p><p> <span>http://static.sportskeeda.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Royal-Rumble-2003-wallpaper.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/88_zpsklchzjxa.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Jonathan%20Coachman_zpsa8xyou7x.jpg</span><span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Jeff%20Hardy_zpsukggaexx.jpg</span></p><p> [backstage, Jeff Hardy is on his way to the ring when the Coach catches up to him. Coach asks what Hardy is thinking and he says that tonight is a dream come true. Main eventing Monday Night Raw against the greatest wrestler of all time. How does it get better than that? Easy. By beating the greatest wrestler of all time in the main event of Monday Night Raw. He walks past Coach and looks extremely focused.] </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/75_zpsfr8wyjor.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43366" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i.imgur.com/KbbwFc8.jpg</span><p> </p><p> The match begins with the two feeling each other out but Flair quickly takes control, backing Hardy up into the corner and laying into him with heavy chops. The sixteen time world champ continues his dominance for the next few moments until Hardy ducks under a chop and backs Flair up into the corner with right hands. Whipping Flair across the ring, he goes over the turnbuckles, and runs into a dropkick from Hardy which sends him to the floor. </p><p> </p><p> Coming back from break mid-match and it looks like Flair is back in control. A quick replay shows that during the break Flair hit an unseen low blow on Hardy and then went for the knee to weaken it. Wasting no time he locks in the figure four and Hardy is close to tapping but he drags himself to the bottom rope and when Flair breaks it Hardy rolls out of the ring but immediately Batista has run down to ringside and when Hardy turns around he is nearly decapitated with a clothesline. The ref calls for the bell and declares Hardy the winner. </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner: Jeff Hardy</strong> </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/77_zpsgigiipgp.jpg</span></p></div><p></p><p> </p></div></blockquote> <p> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Logos/raw%20break_zpso1uolbku.jpg</span></p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Batista%202_zpssldru8dg.jpg</span></p><p> [batista picks up Hardy and delivers a power bomb on the outside. Then as Batista goes to pick up Hardy again, Flair leaves the ring and spins him around to scream at him for costing him his match. Batista just stares wildly down at him and that brings out Triple H who plants himself between Batista and Flair. </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Smaller%20Pics/Triple%20H3_zpsemkna4n0.jpg</span></p><p> After a momentary stare down, Triple H and Flair retreat up the ramp, clearly wanting no part of the Animal tonight. As the show goes off the air it’s Batista who looks unstoppable.] </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Grade: </strong> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/77_zpsgigiipgp.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Overall: </strong> </p><p> <span>http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/Consrvtve/2003/Grades/85_zpsbwft2l5z.jpg</span></p></div><p></p><p></p>
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He's no Rico, but I guess Ellering is a decent manager for Three Minute Warning. <img alt=":p" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/tongue.png.ceb643b2956793497cef30b0e944be28.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" />
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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kimrok1982/TEW%20Diary/civilwar/smackdown/SDPreviewJan2003Week3_zpseqvjyf5j.jpg</span><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="color:#000080;">SmackDown Preview (Ep. #176) - Thursday, Week 3, January 2003 - Hollywood Returns</span></strong><strong> </strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

</p><ul><li>Last week's SmackDown General Manager, <strong>Stephanie McMahon</strong> announced that before the end of the night a new #1 contender for the WWE Championship would be named. With a minute left in the show, <strong>Hollywood Hulk Hogan</strong> made a shocking appearance. Is Hogan the new #1 contender? Hollywood makes his SmackDown return this week to kick off the show. <br /> <br /></li><li>Both Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle have been entered into the Royal Rumble match and they forged an uneasy alliance defeating Los Guerreros last week. With 10 days to go until the Royal Rumble, Angle will take on Eddie Guerrero in the main event of SmackDown. <br /> <br /></li><li>Last week, the newly titled "World's Greatest Tag Team" tried to take out Rey Mysterio but it was not to be. Haas and Benjamin make the SmackDown in ring debut this week when they take on the team of Lash LeRoux and SmackDown's newest star, Brian Kendrick. <br /> <br /></li><li>John Cena has promised a response to the conclusion of his match with Chris Benoit last week where the up and comer got himself disqualified rather than tap out. What will this response be?<br /> <br /></li><li>Michael Cole will have a one-on-one sit down interview with Torrie Wilson. <br /> <br /> <br />

The Royal Rumble is 10 days away. Don't miss SmackDown - this Thursday on UPN. </li></ul><p></p>

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