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The Era of Aggression (January 2004)

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It is 2004. The Attitude Era has long since been laid to rest and the WWE stands alone atop the mountain of sports entertainment. Divided into two brands, the superstars of Raw and Smackdown set to distinguish themselves in this new era. The Era of Ruthless Aggression.




Al Snow · Batista · Booker T · Bubba Ray Dudley · Chris Jericho · Christian · Christopher Nowinski [injured] · D-Von Dudley · Eric Bischoff [Raw GM] · Gail Kim [injured] · Garrison Cade · Goldberg · Jacqueline · Jazz · Jerry Lawler · Jim Ross · Jon Heidenreich · Kane · Lance Storm · Lita · Mark Henry · Mark Jindrak · Matt Hardy · Maven · Mick Foley · Miss Jackie · Molly Holly · Randy Orton · Rene Dupree · Ric Flair · Rico · Rob Van Dam · Robert Conway · Rodney Mack [injured] · Rosey · Scott Steiner · Shawn Michaels · Spike Dudley · Stacy Keibler · Stevie Richards · Sylvain Grenier [injured] · Test · The Hurricane · The Rock [Hiatus] · Theodore Long · Tony Schiavone ∙ Triple H · Trish Stratus · Val Venis · Victoria · William Regal [injured]


World Heavyweight Champion: Triple H

WWE Intercontinental Champion: Randy Orton

World Tag Team Champions: Ric Flair & Batista

WWE Women's Champion: Molly Holly




Akio · A-Train · Bill DeMott · Billy Gunn · Billy Kidman · Bradshaw · Brock Lesnar · Charlie Haas · Chavo Guerrero · Chris Benoit · Chuck Palumbo · Danny Basham · Dawn Marie · Doug Basham · Eddie Guerrero · Edge [injured] · Ernest Miller · Faarooq · Funaki · Hardcore Holly · Jamie Noble · John Cena · Johnny Stamboli · Josh Matthews · Kurt Angle · Lamont · Matt Morgan · Michael Cole · Nidia · Nunzio · Orlando Jordan · Paul Heyman [smackdown GM] · Paul London · Rey Mysterio · Rhyno · Rikishi · Sable · Sakoda · Scotty 2 Hotty · Shaniqua · Shannon Moore · Shelton Benjamin · Spanky · Tajiri · Tazz · The Big Show · The Undertaker [Hiatus] · Torrie Wilson · Ultimo Dragon · Zach Gowen [injured]


WWE Champion: Brock Lesnar

WWE United States Champion: The Big Show

WWE Tag Team Champions: Doug & Danny Basham

WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Rey Mysterio




Aaron Stevens · Alexis Laree ∙ Amazing Kong · Bobbi Billard · Brent Albright · Bryan Danielson ∙ Carly Colon ∙ Chris Cage · Chris Masters · CM Punk ∙ Dave Finlay [Trainer] ∙ Ivory [Trainer] · John Hennigan · Johnny Jeter · Johnny Kashmere ∙ Ken Doane ∙ Kenzo Suzuki · Kevin Northcutt ∙ Luther Reigns · Mark Magnus · Matt Cappotelli · Nick Dinsmore · Nikita Fink · Nova · Sean O'Haire · Seven · Solo Snuka ∙ Tank Toland · Travis Bane ∙ Trent Acid


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<em>Welcome to wwe.com and the news and rumors roundup. Not only are we going to bring you up to date on information concerning your favorite WWE superstars, as well as our developmental territory in Ohio Valley Wrestling, but we intend to give you previews of both Monday Night Raw and Thursday Night Smackdown, without giving away all the matches...</em></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Future Endeavors</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

<em>WWE has come to terms with Terri Runnels on a release, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors. There's been some talk of other talent's being discontented or unwilling to resign in the future. We'll keep you abreast as the situation comes up.</em></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Two New(ish) Events!</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

<em>The WWE PPV calendar intends to get a little bigger this year, but both of them have a familiar flavor. Fans of the old WCW will be happy to know that in June, the old classic The Great American Bash will return as a Smackdown exclusive PPV, while in October Raw will receive the revived Halloween Havoc.</em></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Former Talent Returns at the Rumble?</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

<em>There's been rumor of former talents making their return at the annual Royal Rumble this year. There's no real indication yet who might be in line for an appearance, but rumors center around at least two former WWE Intercontinental Champions returning.</em></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Hall of Fame to be revived</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

<em>The WWE Hall of Fame has laid dormant since 1996, but with the return of WWE to the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden for this year's Wrestlemania, it seems a return for the HOF is on the horizon as well.</em></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>OVW News</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

<em>The latest from Ohio Valley Wrestling is that there doesn't appear to be any call ups imminent. However talent scouts have been scouring the indies, particularly CZW and ROH for new talent.</em></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Monday Night Raw Preview</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

<em>It's a New Year for Monday Night Raw, but it's still got the same old flavor. With Evolution controlling all the gold on the show, everything seems to be going right for Triple H and his band of brothers. However, Raw GM Eric Bischoff has promised that he had a special surprise for Monday Night Raw, a "New Year's Resolution" as he terms it. What exactly could that mean for Monday Night Raw and for Evolution? Tune in this Monday night on Spike TV to find out!</em></p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Thursday Night Smackdown Preview</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

<em>As we gear up for Smackdown's debut appearance of 2004, GM Paul Heyman has promised us a "Night of Champions," as all the WWE Champions on Smackdown will be in action. WWE Champion Brock Lesnar will be in a non-title match against the man he broke the neck of several months ago, Hardcore Holly. The Basham Brothers have agreed to put their titles on the line against any challengers in the back. And in a Champion vs. Champion, non-title David vs. Goliath match, US Champ The Big Show will face Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio.</em></p>

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><span>http://www.celebdirtylaundry.com/wp-content/uploads/Monday-Night_Raw.jpg</span></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43566" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><em>Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler welcome us to the first Monday Night Raw of 2004, saying that the flagship show of the WWE is certainly going to new heights in the new year. Running down tonight where we will see the Women's Championship on the line as Molly Holly will defend against Trish Stratus, and we see the Big Red Machine Kane take on the incomparable Goldberg in one on one action.</em></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43566" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><strong>Segment #1: Evolution is a mystery...</strong><p> </p><p> <em>No sooner have Good Ole 'JR and King announced the highlights for tonight, but Evolution enters the arena in all their glory. All four members arrive with smiles across their faces and gold around their respective waists, walking to the ring with a plethora of confidence. Triple H gets on the microphone and proceeds to run down their accomplishments for 2003, with him dominating Monday Night Raw as the World Heavyweight Champion for almost the whole year, all the people he's beaten. He talks about Randy Orton becoming IC Champion, and chasing Mick Foley out of the WWE with his tail tucked between his legs. He says that Flair & Batista have completed the domination, winning the tag team titles as well. He says that Evolution has completely dominated Raw, and by proxy the entire WWE, and that 2004 will be just more of the same.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em> This brings out Shawn Michaels, who says that while it's all well and good to reflect on your past decisions, it's also the New Year; a time for resolving to do things differently in the year to come. In that spirit, HBK has made a resolution to kick the teeth of Triple H down his throat, and take that world title from around his waist. Trips says he's done with HBK, but the Raw GM Eric Bischoff comes out next, saying that maybe HBK has a point. He's been spending the last few months so worried about Stone Cold and everything, that he's let Raw suffer. So Bischoff has resolved to do more things in the interest of fairness. And so tonight, if Shawn Michaels can defeat all of Evolution in an 8-Man Tag, then maybe he deserves a title shot in the interest of fairness. Of course, Shawn has to find three tag partners first...</em></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43566" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><strong>Match #1: Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak vs. The Hurricane & Rosey</strong><p> </p><p> <em>Our first match of the new year is a tag team affair, pitting the newly minted team of Cade and Jindrak against The Hurricane and his Super-Hero-in-Training partner, Rosey. The super duo control much of the early going of the match, but the young duo of Cade and Jindrak eventually isolate Hurricane and work him over good. Rosey eventually gets the hot tag, but as the super heroes regain the offensive, a mistimed shot from Rosey to Hurricane allows Jindrak to catch him with a discus lariat and score the pinfall. After the match, Hurricane and Rosey appear to have an argument with each other.</em></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winners by Pinfall: Cade & Jindrak</strong></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43566" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><strong>Segment #2: You Owe Me...</strong><p> </p><p> <em>Backstage Eric Bischoff is reading through some documents, when he is confronted by Y2J Chris Jericho. Jericho says he hopes that Bischoff's newfound interest in "fairness" doesn't mean that he's forgotten that he owes Chris a favor from Survivor Series. Eric says he hasn't forgotten, and he assumes Jericho wants a title shot. Chris says no, his favor is a little more opportune than that. He knows that Raw superstars will get the even number slots in the Royal Rumble this year, which means that a Raw superstar will get #30. Jericho's calling in his favor to be the #30th entrant into the Rumble match. Bischoff smirks and says that its a done deal.</em></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43566" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><strong>Match #2: Booker T vs. Mark Henry w/Theodore Long</strong><p> </p><p> <em>We cut back to ringside to find Teddy Long and his protege, Mark Henry, standing tall in the middle of the ring. Long cuts a promo saying that 2004 will be the year that Thuggin and Buggin Enterprises gets back on track and wins some gold jack! He plans to start that quest tonight, by having the World's Strongest Man challenge anyone in the back. Booker T comes out to answer the challenge. It's a fairly back and forth match, with both men getting in a fair amount of offense. The end comes when Long, thinking he is tripping Booker's foot, inadvertently trips the foot of Henry. The distraction allows Booker to hit a side kick and follow up with a scissor kick to the back of Henry's head to score the pinfall.</em></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner by pinfall: Booker T</strong></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43566" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><strong>Segment #3: Teammate #1...</strong><p> </p><p> <em>Backstage, Shawn Michaels is preparing for tonight's match when he is approached by Rob Van Dam. RVD says that he would be happy to be in HBK's corner tonight, if for no other reason than to get revenge on Orton for taking the IC Title the previous month. Shawn agrees, and the two begin planning for the match.</em></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43566" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><strong>Segment #4: Big Red Monster...</strong><p> </p><p> <em>Jonathan Coachman catches up with the Big Red Machine Kane, as he is walking to the ring for his upcoming match with Goldberg. Coach asks Kane if he has any New Year's Resolutions. Kane simply smirks and says what more does he need? He's already proven he's the biggest destructive force in WWE history, by ending the Undertaker once and for all. Kane intimidates Coach some more before heading to the ring.</em></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43566" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><strong>Match #3: Goldberg vs. Kane</strong><p> </p><p> <em>This match seemed to be a drag out fight before it even began, as the two continued their wars from the previous month. Before long referee Earl Hebner had lost total control of the match, throwing it out as both men continued to brawl at ringside with no decisive winner between them.</em></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner: Draw</strong></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43566" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><strong>Segment #5: Where in the world is Mick Foley...</strong><p> </p><p> <em>Randy Orton is backstage with Batista, talking about tonight's match, as they each begin discussing recent events. Batista laughs at Orton spitting in the face of the so-called hardcore legend, while Orton merely says that like Ric said before, Foley is nothing more than a glorified stunt man. Foley is nowhere close to being a legend by any stretch, and if the old man ever steps foot in the WWE again, than Orton will be more than happy to remind him why he should stay retired.</em></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43566" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><strong>Match #4: WWE Women's Championship: Molly Holly © vs. Trish Stratus</strong><p> </p><p> <em>The WWE Women's Champion and a former champion were given a good amount of time to show their talents in the ring, and both of them seemed to have good chemistry together. However their run for the title was cut short, as out of nowhere another former women's champion, Jazz, decided to interject herself into the situation and attack both women, resulting in a no contest for the match.</em></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner: None</strong></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43566" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><strong>Match #5: Matt Hardy vs. Lance Storm</strong><p> </p><p> <em>In a matchup involving two midcarders jockeying for position heading into the Royal Rumble, Matt Hardy appeared to show a newfound "Mattitude" as it were, as he defeats Lance Storm with relative ease with a Twist of Fate.</em></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winner by pinfall: Matt Hardy</strong></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43566" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><strong>Segment #6: And the other team members are...</strong><p> </p><p> <em>As we get ready for the main event, Evolution come out as one single unit. Team HBK enters the arena one at a time though, as Shawn Michaels enters first, and is then joined by Rob Van Dam. As one though they point to the entryway as the bombs drop and the Dudley Boyz enter to fill out the rest of Team HBK.</em></p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="43566" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><strong>Match #6: Evolution vs. Shawn Michaels/Rob Van Dam/The Dudley Boyz</strong><p> </p><p> <em>After the initial chaos of the match, the faces take the early control by isolating Ric Flair and hitting quick tags on their side. Before long though the dirtiest player in the game lives up to his name, using a low blow behind the ref's back on RVD and tagging in Batista. Batista and Orton then trade off tags, occasionally bringing in Triple H, as they work over RVD. Van Dam hits a spinwheel kick on one followed by Rolling Thunder on Orton to stop the onslaught, and then makes the tag to Bubba who faces Flair. After a little Dusty Rhodes Flip Flop 'n Fly, Bubba tags in D-Von who sets up for the 3-D. Batista interrupts though, which causes Flair to stumble to the corner and tag in Triple H. RVD gets back in the match and takes out Batista, which draws everyone into a donnybrook, but not before Michaels gets a hidden tag from D-Von. As the finish comes, D-Von and Bubba hit Flair with the 3D while Batista and Van Dam fight on the outside. Orton sneaks in and hits Bubba with an RKO while Triple H drills D-Von in the gut and hits a Pedigree. But D-Von isn't the legal man, and Trips gets up to take a Sweet Chin Music from Michaels right in the jaw, who quickly picks up the pinfall over his former best friend. The show ends on HBK smiling at Evolution as they look bewildered by what happened to their leader.</em></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Winners by Pinfall: Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam, The Dudley Boyz</strong></p></div></blockquote>
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We are welcomed into the first Smackdown of 2004 by Michael Cole and Tazz! Tonight is being billed as a night of champions, so to speak, as every champion will be in action, but not every title will be on the line. And we kick the night off with a champion vs. champion match!


Match #1: The Big Show vs. Rey Mysterio

It's the ultimate David vs. Goliath as the World's Largest Professional Athlete faces against the cruiserweight champion. True to what you might expect to happen, Big Show dominates the smaller man for the early going of the match. However, Big Show makes a fatal error at underestimating his opponent, and gets tripped up to where Rey can work over his knees. Rey controls the match with a more mat based style than we are used to seeing from the high flyer, but that ends as soon as Show gets a vertical base. However, before Big Show can finish off Rey with a chokeslam, Rey manages to stun him again into the ropes, before delivering the 619 and then following up with a springboard splash to score the upset pin!


Winner by pinfall: Rey Mysterio


Segment #1: Backstage Politics...

Backstage Chris Benoit is seen prepping for a match tonight, when Paul Heyman strolls into the locker room. Heyman repeats the mantra that he told Benoit a few weeks earlier, that he would never get a title shot as long as Heyman was general manager of Smackdown. He says that he is a fair man though, and that Benoit might be able to get a title shot if he won the Royal Rumble. In order to qualify for the Rumble though, tonight Benoit was going to have to face The World's Greatest Tag Team in a handicap match.


Segment #2: Somebody Call His Momma!

We come back from commercial to find Lamont in the ring, as he introduces his charge, Ernest Miller, who dances his way down to ringside. Miller says of course that he is so pretty and so fly, there's no way anybody can beat him, no matter how hard they try! In anticipation of this open challenge though...


Match #2: Ernest Miller vs. Rikishi

The former Intercontinental Champion Rikishi makes his way down to ringside, apparently in a bit of a disgruntled mood this evening. Miller's dancing stops, but he doesn't seem to lose any swagger as he moves up to face the Samoan. When the bell rings The Cat is trying to hit all kinds of martial arts kicks, which barely phase Rikishi. When Miller goes bouncing off the ropes, Rikishi catches him in midair and squashes him with a Samoan Drop. He follows up with a hard kick to the jaw which drops Miller down to the ground. Not wasting time with a trademark Stinkface, Rikishi drags Miller over to the corner and hits a Banzai Drop on the martial artist for a quick win.


Winner by pinfall: Rikishi


Segment #2: The Manbeast Cometh

Rikishi looks to have brightened his mood somewhat after squashing The Cat, and might even do some dancing of his own, but that mood is destroyed when the Manbeast Rhyno rushes into the ring and destroys Rikishi with a Gore. Rhyno merely yells at the crowd and signals that he is ready to destroy anything in his path.


Segment #3: It's True...

Backstage we are with the Olympic Hero, Kurt Angle. Angle says it's been a good year in 2003, but that 2004 will truly be the year of your Olympic Hero. Angle talks about how he will go on to win the Royal Rumble and then return to Wrestlemania to once again be WWE champion.


Match #3: Tajiri vs. Billy Kidman

In a matchup billed as being jockeying for position in the Cruiserweight ranks, two former champions made the most of their opportunity. However Tajiri's henchmen, Sakoda and Akio, were apparently enough to get the job done on the veteran Kidman, as Tajiri used them as a distraction to get Kidman in position and then hit a Buzzsaw Kick to the head of Kidman to get the pinfall.


Winner by pinfall: Tajiri


Segment #4: Word Life...

Paul Heyman is backstage working on paperwork, when he is suddenly approached by John Cena. Heyman says he doesn't have time to indulge Cena's games, but Cena says that Heyman is going to make the time. Cena reminds Heyman that the Royal Rumble is coming up, and that he will be involved, just like Benoit will be after tonight's matchup. Cena also reminds Heyman that at the Royal Rumble, it will be John Cena going to Wrestlemania, whether Heyman likes it or not.


Match #4: World Tag Team Titles: The Basham Brothers vs. A Mystery Team

Doug and Danny Basham are in the ring, putting their belts on the line against a mystery team. We don't have to wait long to find out who the mystery team is, however, as Faarooq and Bradshaw come out to the ring itching for a fight. The match does officially get started, but it's little more than a donnybrook brawl from the opening bell. Once the referee gets the match situated, it appears as if the APA is going to win the belts quickly, as Bradshaw hits Danny with a Clothesline from Hell. Just as quickly though, Shaniqua pulls the referee out of the ring, resulting in a DQ win for the APA and the Bashams keeping their titles.


Winners by disqualification: The APA


Segment #5: Hardcore Times

We are backstage with Hardcore Holly, who talks about the fact that several months earlier Brock Lesnar broke his neck and nearly ended his career. Holly says that Dusty Rhodes used to like to talk about Hard Times, will he's been through some Hardcore Times lately, not knowing if he'd ever be able to work again. Holly says the only thing that got him through those times is the fact that if and when he came back, he'd be able to get revenge on Brock Lesnar. And tonight, that revenge will come calling. It might not be for the title, but he will embarrass Brock Lesnar tonight.


Match #5: Eddie Guerrero vs. Matt Morgan

It was a pretty easy night for Latino Heat tonight, as he took on the impressive looking but young Matt Morgan. Morgan managed to get some offense in early, but Guerrero in the end was victorious in a great tune up for the Royal Rumble, hitting the Frogsplash for the win.


Winner by pinfall: Eddie Guerrero


Match #6: Chris Benoit vs. The World's Greatest Tag Team

Early on it was pretty clear that Haas and Benjamin were on a mission from Smackdown general manager Paul Heyman to take out the Rabid Wolverine once and for all. However the crafty veteran work of Benoit counters the athleticism of the tag team, and in a hard fought match Benoit eventually makes Haas submit to the Crippler Crossface.


Winner by submission: Chris Benoit


Segment #6: Derailment

Despite the victory by Benoit, however, it appeared as if marching orders had been given to another associate of Heyman in the form of the A-Train. A-Train came from the back and laid out Benoit, standing tall over the fallen Wolverine as we head to commercial.


Match #7: Brock Lesnar vs. Hardcore Holly

Like Big Show at the start of the night, it appeared as if Lesnar was taking Holly lightly. Much to his chagrin however, the veteran caught him by surprise and nearly scored an early win with a crossbody. That woke Lesnar up, as he proceeded to dominate much of the match afterwards. The end came, however, when Lesnar was playing to the crowd once again, calling for an end to Hardcore's comeback, when all of a sudden Chris Benoit came back out, distracting him further. Holly used the opportunity to shock Lesnar and the world, roll him up and score the surprise pin. The show closes with Hardcore rushing up the aisle way, his hands raised in victory as Lesnar looks on at him and Benoit, furious.


Winner by Pinfall: Hardcore Holly

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Royal Rumble News

Following the events of this past week in WWE, the Royal Rumble card is beginning to get set up. Courtesy of his victory on Raw, Shawn Michaels is set to challenge Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship. We also know that Brock Lesnar has granted a return match to Hardcore Holly for the WWE Championship. The Rumble match itself will consist of fifteen Smackdown superstars and fifteen from Raw. Courtesy of calling in his "favor" with Eric Bischoff, we also know that Chris Jericho will be #30 in the Royal Rumble.


RVD Fined

Following his match on Monday Night Raw, Rob Van Dam was fined for appearing to be under the influence of marijuana. RVD seemed to take ownership of the slight, and said it wouldn't happen again.


Expanding the Roster in OVW

The roster in Ohio Valley Wrestling is about to get a whole lot bigger. WWE has signed several new talents to developmental deals, including indy sensations Bryan Danielson and CM Punk. It's also worth noting that developmental trainer Tommy Dreamer has been recalled to the main roster as a road agent, to be replaced by Dave Finlay. The current list of new recruits can always be found on our main page under the heading of OVW roster.


The Greatest Night in the History of Announcing

Also signed to a contract is the former voice of WCW, Tony Schiavone! Schiavone previously worked for WWE in 1989-1990, but is best known for being the voice of Monday Nitro throughout the Monday Night Wars. Schiavone is expected to start calling matches for Sunday Night Heat next week, as Jonathan Coachman moves to the color position, replacing Al Snow.


Two former IC Champs Signed

The rumors have been circulating that two former Intercontinental Champions have been signed to new deals and will make their return at the Royal Rumble. No word yet on who they are, but it is expected that one will be on Raw and another on Smackdown.


Monday Night Raw Preview

Following the loss by Evolution this past week, they look to get revenge against the newly minted #1 contender The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels. In addition, we expect more of a war to break out yet again, as the indestructible Goldberg and the Big Red Machine Kane may cross paths once more en route to the Royal Rumble match.


Thursday Night Smackdown Preview

The fallout from Hardcore Holly's monumental upset of Brock Lesnar will begin to be felt, as Paul Heyman says he has something planned for both Holly and Chris Benoit this Thursday night on Smackdown. Plus, fresh off his win over The Big Show, Rey Mysterio will defend his cruiserweight title against Chavo Guerrero this Thursday night!




Val Venis d. Rico

Maven d. Claudio Castagnoli

Mark Jindrak d. Spike Dudley

Test & Scott Steiner d. The Hurricane & Rosey





A-Train d. Jamie Dundee

Paul London & Spanky d. Akio & Sakoda

Rhyno d. Orlando Jordan

Ultimo Dragon d. Jamie Noble

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