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<font size="5">World Wrestling Entertainment – A 3 Dudes With Attitudes Story</font>


Start Date: January 1st, 2004

Mod Used: Ruthless Aggression 2004

Note: Thank you iDOL for all of your hard work on this mod

Current Mod Date: Wednesday, January, Week 1, 2004


<font color="gray">Backstory</font>


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It all first started with a cousin and two brothers. They actually considered themselves three brothers. Three lifelong friends of professional wrestling. It all started when the cousin introduced the brothers to the world of professional wrestling, specifically the WWF. An interest which became an obsession. Three lifelong friends, brothers..Three Dudes With Attitudes.


October 25th, 2003


Bottom of the ninth. Two outs. Josh Beckett is on the mound with Jorge Posada at the plate. It's game six of the World Series. The Dude Donnie, Dude Tom and Dude Harry sit in the bleachers with all of the other creatures inside the old Yankee Stadium. The fans are on their feet in anticipation of a dramatic ending. A hopeful comeback as the Yankees are down two runs to zero to the Marlins. Florida controls the series three games to two. One more victory and they become World Series champions. One more out and it seals the deal. But The Dudes are from New York. The Dudes are Yankees fans. Although the Yankees are not their true passion. That true passion is professional wrestling. But in the world of baseball, the Dudes love their Yankees.


Dude Harry: I told you they would blow it in the bottom of the ninth!


Dude Donnie: Shut up Harry!


The Dude Donnie knocks into Harry which causes him to spill his beer onto the Dude Tom.


Dude Tom: Bro come on!


Donnie and Harry chuckle as Tom has a Miller Lite all down his Big Red Evil sweatshirt.


Dude Tom: Not cool man. Alcohol abuse. Screw it!


The Dudes cheers and chug down their frosty beers. They had been salvaging these beers since the seventh inning stretch when beer was stopped being served.


Dude Donnie: We've got this. Jorge bring us to the promise land.


With that being said, the bat pops from the ball striking off it. A slow dribbler down the first base line. Beckett scoops it up and tags Posada out to end the game. We can hear it now. Joe Buck in all of his stupidity.


Joe Buck: And the Florida Marlins are World Series Champions!


Yankees fans pour out of the stadium quickly at the conclusion of the game.


Dude Harry: We staying boys?


Dude Donnie: Screw that. I'm out of here.


Dude Tom: Told you Beckett was awesome.


Dude Donnie: Chills bro. Be chill.


Dude Harry: Josie's boys?


The Dudes nod in approval. Josie's is a local bar the Dudes often visit while in town. Although they are native to New York they are from upstate. A short time later the Dudes are corralled around a sticky bar with a frosty mug in hand. FOX is on showing Josh Beckett being interviewed after his World Series win.


Dude Tom: He'll play for Boston in no time. Guaranteed.


Dude Donnie: Dudeee... You're making me sick.


Dude Harry: Why the hell are we still watching this? We just paid hundreds of dollars to sit in bleachers which hurt my ass to see the Yankees lose. Put some god damn wrestling on!


Dude Donnie: Josie!


The bartender directs her attention to the Dudes.


Dude Donnie: Can we get Spike TV on?


The channel is flipped from FOX to Spike TV. No one in the bar seems to care as they are either too drunk or too pissed off from the World Series. WWE Velocity is halfway through their show. Brian Kendrick and Paul London just beat two local jobbers.


Dude Tom: I love this show!


Dude Donnie: We know Dude. You tell us this every Saturday night.


Dude Harry: Good main event tonight boys. The FBI taking on Kidman, Mysterio and Ultimo Dragon.


Dude Tom: Really? Wait.. You read the god damn spoilers again Harry, didn't you?


Harry smirks and takes a sip of his brew. Don smacks him upside the head causing him to spit his beer.


Dude Donnie: Don't ruin it for us Harry.


Dude Tom: SmackDown and Velocity were taped in Albany this week. Was going to get tickets but once we blew our load on coming down for the Series I figured none of us had that kind of money.


Dude Harry: Would've been closer to go to Albany than to drive down to the City tonight boys.


Dude Donnie: We took the train dude.


Don smacks Harry upside the head again.


Dude Harry: Come on dude.


Harry holds the back of his head as all three are laughing. His chest still hurting from the vigorous chops he received last Saturday when the three hung out. Suddenly a commercial comes across the station grabbing their attention. The commercial is a quick twenty second clip asking for anyone who thinks they are capable of becoming a WWE intern to send in information through the mail including sample writings and ideas. Velocity comes back on with FBI coming out to the ring.


Dude Donnie: Boys.. you thinking what I'm thinking?


Dude Tom: It'll never happen in a million years.


Dude Harry: We can write! We've been watching forever. We know the talent. We know their product. We've got fresh ideas.


Dude Tom: What could we possibly offer that they would actually want to hire the three of us?


Dude Donnie: Dudes... This is an opportunity of a lifetime.


Dude Tom: It's just interning.


Dude Harry: Don't be cynical Tom! That's Don's job.


Tom and Harry chuckle as Don looks pissed.


Dude Donnie: What do you say? It's either all or none. We either all submit for this or none of us.


Dude Harry: I'm in dude.


Simultaneously Harry and Don say, “Tommmm?!”. And he replies with a sigh.


Dude Tom: Fine.


Dude Donnie: Josie! Three fresh ones!


The Dudes all slam their mugs down. And the rest is history. Just under a week later the Dudes were hired by WWE as interns. The Dudes decided to stick to their roots and remain in Upstate New York. They all piled in Don's apartment in Poughkeepsie, New York. A one bedroom apartment. The Dude Tom and Harry shared a bunk bed that they had purchased at K-Mart while the Dude Don enjoyed his King size bed. Of course they wanted to move but because of being too poor to relocate to affluent Stamford, Connecticut where WWE Headquarters is located they decided to take the long drive to work everyday. Within the first week Shane McMahon, Senior VP of Creative Writing, took notice of them. This lead to nights out at the bar in Connecticut. He still had time to do this as his son Declan wasn't due until February 2004. These nights out lead to their creative side being expressed to Shane. He would often listen for hours on end before calling a cab to go home. The Dudes would end up sleeping in Don's 1989 Oldsmobile. They saw their first big break when they were invited to the live Monday Night RAW on November 10, 2003 in Boston, Massachusetts. The following day they were invited to the SmackDown tapings in East Rutherford, New Jersey. At both tapings Shane asked the three to sit in on the writing team sessions. Shane then invited them to Survivor Series pay-per-view.


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WWE Survivor Series 2003 - November 16, 2003

<font color="red">Live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas</font>

<font color="green">Sponsored by Xbox</font>

Official Theme: “Build A Bridge” by Limp Bizkit


<font color="orange">Sunday Night HeAT Pre-Show</font>


WWE Cruiserweight Title Match

Tajiri © defeated Jamie Noble



<font color="c92a23">Main Show</font>


Five on Five | Traditional Survivor Series Match

Team Angle (Bradshaw, Chris Benoit, John Cena, Hardcore Holly and Kurt Angle defeated Team Lesnar (A-Train, Big Show, Brock Lesnar, Matt Morgan and Nathan Jones)


WWE Women's Championship

Molly Holly © defeated Lita


Ambulance Match

Kane defeated Shane McMahon


WWE Tag Team Championship

The Basham Brothers © defeated Los Guerreros.


Five on Five | Traditional Survivor Series Match

Bischoff's Team (Chris Jericho, Christian, Mark Henry, Randy Orton and Scott Steiner defeated Stone Cold's Team (Booker T, Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley, Rob Van Dam and Shawn Michaels


Buried Alive Match

Mr. McMahon defeated Undertaker


World Heavyweight Championship

Goldberg © defeated Triple H


And from there we continued to be invited on the writing teams. Including RAWs and SmackDowns. Which lead to another pay-per-view.


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WWE Armageddon 2003 – December 14, 2003

<font color="red">Live from the TD Waterhouse Centre in Orlando, Florida</font>

<font color="407eeb">Sponsored by Final Fantasy X-2</font>

Tag Line: Evolution Of The Game



<font color="orange">Sunday Night HeAT Pre-Show</font>


Singles Match

Rico defeated Jon Heidenreich



<font color="c92a23">Main Show</font>


Single Match

Booker T defeated Mark Henry


WWE Intercontinental Championship

Special Guest Referee - Mick Foley

Randy Orton defeated Rob Van Dam ©


Battle Of The Sexes

Chris Jericho and Christian defeated Lita & Trish Stratus


Single Match

Batista defeated Shawn Michaels


WWE World Tag Team Championship

Tag Team Turmoil Match

Ric Flair and Batista defeated The Dudleyz © vs. Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak vs. Val Venis & Lance Storm vs. La Resistance vs. Rosey & Hurricane vs. Scott Steiner & Test


WWE Women's Championship

Molly Holly © defeated Ivory


WWE World Heavyweight Championship – Triple Threat

Triple H defeated Kane and Goldberg ©


And that's when it happened. We officially met the man. The man who created it all. The man who created WrestleMania. Who changed the landscape of professional wrestling. We met the Chairman of the Board himself, Vincent Kennedy McMahon. This wasn't just any meeting. Shane McMahon set is up. After a couple of months we went from interns, to being invited to tour on the road with the guys, to being able to sit in on the writing team. We eventually were able to give input through Shane during writing team sessions. But it evolved. Ever so quickly. It evolved into Shane O' Mac introducing us to his father. We couldn't believe it. What are the chances? It was San Antonio, Texas at the SBC Center. It was late morning and we had just left the RAW writing team meeting. Vince left pissed off. A short time later Shane was advising us we were going to meet the man himself. We were scared that his anger and being pissed off would reflect on our meeting him. But it was quite the opposite.


Shane McMahon: Dad.. These are the three guys I was telling you about.


We could see Vince sizing us up and down.


Vince McMahon: Gentlemen.. Vince McMahon.


We each extended our hands out in extreme gratitude just to meet him.


Vince McMahon: God damn his hands are sweaty!


The Dude Harry tried wiping them on his pant legs just a second prior.


Vince McMahon: Anyway, Shane speaks very highly of the three of you. He mentioned you have a great idea to capitalize on our brand split and take it to the next level.


Dude Tom: We want to capitalize on the brand split of course and the success of ECW.



Vince McMahon: ECW? I hate that god forsaken company. I dismantled it during the Invasion.


Dude Donnie: But did you actually sir? Have you not heard the endless EC Dub chants in the crowds across the WWE shows anytime a “hardcore moment” or a former ECW performs.


Dude Harry: This brand still exists. And we can capitalize by making ECW a third brand.


Vince McMahon: And why the hell would I want to do that?


Dude Tom: Money.


Dude Donnie: Expansion.


Dude Harry: DVD sales! More talent! More t-shirt sales.


Shane McMahon: They've got a point pop. I've been sold on this idea since they told me back in early November.


Mr. McMahon pauses.


Vince McMahon: Even if I wanted to do this ECW idea. Where would we even start?


Dude Tom: It's simple. We start out on next week's RAW with Paul Heyman immediately coming out. He snatches the microphone from Lilian and says he has an announcement. This is when...


Dude Donnie: ...Eric Bichoff comes out and is pissed Heyman is using up his airtime. He tells Heyman to back to Thursday nights with that crap. That's when Heyman announces he is through with being the General Manager of SmackDown...


Dude Harry: ...And he announces he is the new General Manager of WWE's third brand. The ECW brand.


Vince McMahon: ECW? As a separate brand? Continue.


Dude Harry: From there Heyman announces that he used his status as General Manager to change Saturday Night Velocity time slot on Spike TV into ECW's show. And that he has let various SmackDown contracts expire to come join the new ECW.


Vince McMahon: And we can have one night only on Monday Night open season on RAW superstar contracts. Any men that wants to join Heyman's new ECW can!


Mr. McMahon smirks and another pause. He stares at Shane.


Vince McMahon: These are the three that wrote your storyline with you and Kane?


Shane nods.


Vince McMahon: And helped write in Evolution and my storyline with Undertaker?


Shane McMahon: That they are.


Vince McMahon: I like the idea. No I LOVE THE IDEA! And by god we are going to do it. Write me up Monday Night RAW's segment and get it back to me by the end of the night. You're hired. Separate them Shane. I want them each on a show. I can see they each and their own indivdual minds have ideas. Put them each on a brand and let's move towards WrestleMania.


The three are excited and exclaim thank you's to Mr. McMahon.


Vince McMahon: Shane, get me Shawn and Steve. We've got to work on tonight's ending segment. Boys good luck. Don't disappoint me. You have a lot of work to do.


Mr. McMahon walks off.


Shane McMahon: Don.. I'm putting you on RAW working with Triple H and Steph. Tom.. you'll be working with Bruce Prichard and Michael Hayes and I on SmackDown. And Harry you'll be working with Paul Heyman and his team on ECW. Paul is already aware of what's going on. He felt he should take a step back on this so it actually went through. He and my father don't always see eye to eye.



December 31, 2003

<font color="5540eb">Stamford, Connecticut - WWE Headquarters</font>


The 3 Dudes are at the WWE Headquarters for their first official meeting with their respective writing crews for RAW, Smackdown, and ECW. Vince McMahon, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Shane McMahon are the first people that walk through the doors, 30 minutes earlier than the meeting which was set for at 9AM.  A few moments later Bruce Pritchard, and Michael Hayes come strolling through the door.  9AM comes and goes with all of the above mentioned names excluding The Dudes are located inside the Office of Vince McMahon.  The clock reads 9:15AM, when suddenly the Office door opens and Bruce Pritchard waves The 3 Dudes in.


Bruce Pritchard: Come on in boys. Per usual it seems as if Paul Heyman will be late for the meeting.


The 3 Dudes enter the Office and take a seat around a large oak table in Vince McMahons Office.


Vince McMahon: God dammit!!! I told that fat bastard 9AM... and I meant 9 AM!!  Harry is it?  What kind of name is that?  Bruce, Michael, Shane, Paul, dammit those are good names. Harry? For Christ sakes.  Bruce I need some damn protein, I had a heavy workout this morning and need my protein.


Bruce exits the office and tells one of the interns to grab a steak sandwich with ketchup for Vince McMahon now.


Bruce Prichard: All set Mr McMahon. Anything else or should we just get started?


Triple H: Screw him, he doesn’t want to be on time. Not our fault he isn’t in the conversation.  Besides it’s not his control right now anyways.


Vince McMahon:  That’s right.  I have invited you all here because...


Suddenly the door flies open and a disheveled Paul Heyman comes walking through the door.


Paul Heyman:  Sorry, Vince.  The traffic to get here from the city was brutal.  I know you said 9, but I made it.  Plus I just got off the phone with someone you may want to hear from sooner rather than later.  Let’s talk business!


Shance McMahon then takes over the meeting after Vince begins to look like he is losing interest and growing frustrated.


Shane McMahon:  Well everyone, I have invited you all here to introduce you to the three men that came up with an idea that could rejuvenate our product.  As you may know we have been starting to level off with our numbers, and we need something to jump start our revenue.  And these three guys will now be working with us.  Going around the table, that is Donnie, he will be working with you, Paul and Steph, on the RAW end.  Right there is Tom, who will be working with, Bruce and Michael, on the Smackdown end.  And Paul, you will be reviving, ECW, no thanks in part to these three guys, and you will be working with that guy over there, Harry.  Now everyone get acquainted and let’s start the Road to WrestleMania process today!


Vince McMahon:  Paul and Steph, you know my baby is RAW.  Make sure you teach that Donnie kid the ropes of the way.  Bruce and Michael make sure you show Tom how to structure that show like only you guys know how to.  And Paul.  Well good luck guys.  Make me some damn money. And keep it light with the blood please.


And with that the room starts to separate as all three separate brands start meeting and each other respectively.  Before they all take off Triple H pulls Dude Donnie to the side.


Triple H:  if your going to write this show, you are going to realize who your franchise player is.  And you’re looking at him.  Just remember that pal.  Now let’s get to work.  Oh and tomorrow morning, 6AM, you will be at the gym with Vince and I.  Let’s go.


With that The Dudes all seperate and the journey has now officially begun.  This is the story of the 3 Dudes With Attitudes... WWE 2004.


Courtesy of 3DudesWithAttitudes.com

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><img src="</p><a href="https://i.imgur.com/0zRxM2j.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/0zRxM2j.jpg"></a><p> </p><p>

<strong>Chairman of the WWE</strong></p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/hfjl86E.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/hfjl86E.jpg"></a></p><p>

Vince McMahon</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Chief Executive Officer</strong></p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/JWuXrul.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/JWuXrul.jpg"></a></p><p>

Linda McMahon</p><p>

<em>Currently off-air talent</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Senior Vice President of Creative Writing</strong></p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/jSadObd.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/jSadObd.jpg"></a></p><p>

Shane McMahon</p><p>

<em>Currently off-air talent</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Writing Team Member</strong></p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/mb3PUB0.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/mb3PUB0.jpg"></a></p><p>

Stephanie McMahon</p><p>

<em>Currently off-air talent</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Non-Brand Employees</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Ring Announcer: Howard Finkel</p><p>

Spanish Announce Team: Carlos Cabrera & Hugo Savinovich</p><p>

Confidential TV Host: Gene Okerlund</p><p> </p><p>

<font color="red"><strong>RAW Roster</strong></font></p><p>

<a href="<a href="http://3dudeswithattitudes.com/thread/79/raw-roster" rel="external nofollow">http://3dudeswithattitudes.com/thread/79/raw-roster">Click</a> here</a></p><p> </p><p>

<font color="blue"><strong>SmackDown Roster</strong></font></p><p>

<a href="<a href="http://3dudeswithattitudes.com/thread/76/smackdown-roster" rel="external nofollow">http://3dudeswithattitudes.com/thread/76/smackdown-roster">Click</a> here</a></p><p> </p><p>

<font color="purple"><strong>ECW Roster</strong></font></p><p>

<a href="<a href="http://3dudeswithattitudes.com/thread/87/ecw-roster" rel="external nofollow">http://3dudeswithattitudes.com/thread/87/ecw-roster">Click</a> here</a></p><p> </p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/Qa4cCRC.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/Qa4cCRC.jpg"></a></p><p>

<font color="yellow"><strong>OVW Roster</strong></font></p><p>

<em>Child company developmental system</em></p><p> </p><p>


Danny Davis</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Head Booker</strong></p><p>

Jim Cornette</p><p> </p><p>


<em>Only talent contracted under developmental deals listed</em></p><p>

Aaron Stevens (Tag Champion)</p><p>

Al Snow (trainer)</p><p>

Alexis Laree</p><p>

Bobbi Billard</p><p>

Brent Albright</p><p>

Chris Cage</p><p>

Chris Masters</p><p>


Ivory (trainer)</p><p>

John Hennigan (OVW Champion)</p><p>

Johnny Jeter</p><p>

Kenzo Suzuki</p><p>

Luther Reigns</p><p>

Mark Magnus</p><p>

Matt Cappotelli</p><p>

Nick Dinsmore</p><p>

Nikita Fink</p><p>

Nova (Tag Champion)</p><p>

Sean O'Haire</p><p>


Shelly Martinez</p><p>

Tank Toland</p><p>

Travis Bane</p><p>


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<p><center><img style="max-width:100%;" alt="WWE Champions" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/0zRxM2j.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/0zRxM2j.jpg"></a></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>WWE Champions</strong></p><p>

<em>History is after January 1st, 2004. All prior title history are what they are in real life prior to that date. Previous reigns will reflect our game history.</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<font color="red"><strong>RAW Brand</strong></font></p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/dZujTHF.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/dZujTHF.jpg"</a> style="max-width:100%;" alt="World Heavyweight Title"></p><p>

<strong>WWE World Heavyweight Champion</strong></p><p>

<img width="100" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/S4YgWol.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/S4YgWol.jpg"</a> alt="Triple H" height="100"></p><p>

<em>Triple H</em></p><p>

Won on Week 2, December 2003</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Previous Reigns</span></p><p>

-</p><p> </p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/WWPBMSt.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/WWPBMSt.jpg"</a> alt="Intercontinental Title" style="max-width:100%;"></p><p>

<strong>WWE Intercontinental Champion</strong></p><p>

<img width="100" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/EbMSgyZ.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/EbMSgyZ.jpg"</a> alt="Randy Orton" height="100"></p><p>

<em>Randy Orton</em></p><p>

Won on Week 2, December 2003</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Previous Reigns</span></p><p>

-</p><p> </p><p>

<img alt="World Tag Team Titles" style="max-width:100%;" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/VCNGMvb.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/VCNGMvb.jpg"></a></p><p>

<strong>WWE World Tag Team Champions</strong></p><p>

<img alt="Ric Flair" height="100" width="100" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/zhEQrzp.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/zhEQrzp.jpg"><img</a> src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/xdtez2U.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/xdtez2U.jpg"</a> width="100" alt="Batista" height="100"></p><p>

<em>Ric Flair & Batista</em></p><p>

Won on Week 2, December 2003</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Previous Reigns</span></p><p>

-</p><p> </p><p>

<img style="max-width:100%;" alt="Women's Title" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/BBvyMif.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/BBvyMif.jpg"></a></p><p>

<strong>WWE Women's Champion</strong></p><p>

<img alt="Molly Holly" height="100" width="100" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/orUvcZz.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/orUvcZz.jpg"></a></p><p>

<em>Molly Holly</em></p><p>

Won on Week 4, July 2003</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Previous Reigns</span></p><p>

-</p><p> </p><p>

<font color="blue"><strong>SmackDown Brand</strong></font></p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/6KIifaT.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/6KIifaT.jpg"</a> style="max-width:100%;" alt="Heavyweight Title"></p><p>

<strong>WWE Heavyweight Champion</strong></p><p>

<img height="100" alt="Brock Lesnar" width="100" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/xAwzbke.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/xAwzbke.jpg"></a></p><p>

<em>Brock Lesnar</em></p><p>

Won on Week 3, September 2003</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Previous Reigns</span></p><p>

-</p><p> </p><p>

<img alt="United States Title" style="max-width:100%;" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/xDxBElt.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/xDxBElt.jpg"></a></p><p>

<strong>WWE United States Champion</strong></p><p>

<img height="100" alt="Big Show" width="100" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/rAKr1bu.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/rAKr1bu.jpg"></a></p><p>

<em>The Big Show</em></p><p>

Won on Week 3, October 2003</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Previous Reigns</span></p><p>

-</p><p> </p><p>

<img style="max-width:100%;" alt="Cruiserweight Title" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/Ni7hRSc.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/Ni7hRSc.jpg"></a></p><p>

<strong>WWE Cruiserweight Champion</strong></p><p>

<img height="100" alt="Rey Mysterio" width="100" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/iP0G5PR.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/iP0G5PR.jpg"></a></p><p>

<em>Rey Mysterio</em></p><p>

Won on Week 4, December 2003</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Previous Reigns</span></p><p>

-</p><p> </p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/nlOsfCT.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/nlOsfCT.jpg"</a> alt="Tag Team Titles" style="max-width:100%;"></p><p>

<strong>WWE Tag Team Champions</strong></p><p>

<img width="100" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/yEvnYVV.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/yEvnYVV.jpg"</a> height="100" alt="Doug Basham"><img width="100" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/LzmF3Me.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/LzmF3Me.jpg"</a> height="100" alt="Danny Basham"></p><p>

<em>Basham Brothers</em></p><p>

Won on Week 4, October 2003</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Previous Reigns</span></p><p>

-</p><p> </p><p>

<font color="purple"><strong>ECW Brand</strong></font></p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/oGrgK2w.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/oGrgK2w.jpg"</a> style="max-width:100%;" alt="ECW World Title"></p><p>

<strong>ECW World Heavyweight Champion</strong></p><p>

<img width="100" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/lHB1cmF.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/lHB1cmF.jpg"</a> alt="Vacant" height="100"></p><p>

<em>Vacant</em></p><p> </p><p>

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-Title reactivated at the announcement of the new ECW Brand</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>WWE Royal Rumble</strong></p><p>

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<strong>Most Recent Winner</strong></p><p>

<img width="100" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/xAwzbke.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/xAwzbke.jpg"</a> height="100" alt="Brock Lesnar"></p><p>

<em>Brock Lesnar</em></p><p>

Was the 2003 Royal Rumble Winner</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Previous Winners</span></p><p>

2003- Brock Lesnar</p><p>

2002- Triple H</p><p>

2001- Steve Austin (3)</p><p>

2000- The Rock</p><p>

1999- Vince McMahon</p><p>

1998- Steve Austin (2)</p><p>

1997- Steve Austin</p><p>

1996- Shawn Michaels (2)</p><p>

1995- Shawn Michaels</p><p>

1994- Bret Hart & Lex Luger</p><p>

1993- Yokozuna</p><p>

1992- Ric Flair</p><p>

1991- Hulk Hogan</p><p>

1990- Hulk Hogan</p><p>

1989- Big John Studd</p><p>

1988- Jim Duggan</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<img alt="OVW Champions" style="max-width:100%;" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/k0k9aJ1.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/k0k9aJ1.jpg"></a></p><p>

(we have no control over these champions as it's our child company)</p><p> </p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/GcClirb.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/GcClirb.jpg"</a> style="max-width:100%;" alt="OVW Heavyweight Title"></p><p>

<strong>OVW Heavyweight Champion</strong></p><p>

<img alt="John Hennigan" height="100" width="100" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/PPgyuxo.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/PPgyuxo.jpg"></a></p><p>

<em>John Hennigan</em></p><p>

Won on Sunday, Week 1, January 2004</p><p> </p><p>

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The championship was vacated due to Magnus being pinned by both Nick Dinsmore and Johnny Jeter in a three-way match on December 3.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/320kqAD.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/320kqAD.jpg"</a> style="max-width:100%;" alt="OVW Southern Tag Team Titles"></p><p>

<strong>OVW Southern Team Champions</strong></p><p>

<img alt="Nova" height="100" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/KPM6PDe.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/KPM6PDe.jpg"</a> width="100"><img alt="Aaron Stevens" height="100" width="100" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/RB6MvIm.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/RB6MvIm.jpg"></a></p><p>

<em>Jersey Shore Crew</em></p><p>

Won on Week 2, October 2003</p><p> </p><p>

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<font size="3"><font color="#ff0000"><strong><font color="#0d0c0c">*</font></strong><strong><em>WWE RAW</em></strong></font><em> Opening Video Package airs including clips of Triple H, Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Batista, Chris Jericho, and Steve Austin behind the music of The Union Underground's "Across The Nation".</em>* <strong>Rating:</strong> <strong>(B+)</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<font color="#005500">*</font><em>"Mental" by Bryan New hits the PA system and Paul Heyman immediately waltz out onto the RAW set. The fans pop at the sight of him evening though Heyman is a villain at heart. Heyman marches down to the ring as the camera pans to a confused Lilian Garcia.</em><font color="#005500">*</font></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Lilian Garcia:</strong> Please welcome SmackDown! General Manager Paul Heyman.</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Heyman rips the microphone out of Garcia's hand to which the music fades.*</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman</strong>: Thanks sweetheart but no introduction needed. Let's great straight down to business. There's only one reason I am out here. That's to inform you all...</p><p> </p><p>

<em>*Heyman is cut off by "I'm Back" by Ted Nigro and Eric Bischoff rushes out onto the stage.</em>*</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eric Bischoff:</strong> Cut my music! Heyman! Just what in the hell do you think you are doing out on my show? You are cutting into my opening match. Get the hell out of my ring! You're going to ruin the ratings.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> Ratings Eric? Relax. I am here to conduct business.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eric Bischoff:</strong> Conduct business on Thursday nights because Monday nights are mine. Spike TV air time belongs to me.</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Heyman holds up a finger.</em>*</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> Oh Eric Bischoff. But on the contrary Spike TV air time belongs to the both of us.</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> The hell are you talking about?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> Before you cut me off I was out here to inform the entire World Wrestling Entertainment of the extraordinary deal that I have put together. You see Eric, no longer are Thursday nights my stomping grounds. Oh no. In fact, I am through as the General Manager of SmackDown!</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Bischoff smirks.</em>*</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> That's right Eric. I am no longer responsible for Thursday night SmackDown!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eric Bischoff:</strong> Then move along! You're wasting my time! This is my show! Monday Night...</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Heyman interrupts.</em>*</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> ...if you would let you finish my initial sentence Mister Raw General Manager. I was out here to inform the entire WWE that the reason for my departure from SmackDown was due to the fact of a new brand. The third brand. The extreme brand! The E.. C.. W Brand!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eric Bischoff:</strong> What?!</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>The crowd explodes with an 'E C Dub' chant.</em>*</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eric Bischoff:</strong> Shut these people up! ECW is dead. You don't have the financial backing, the TV time, a roster! You have nothing Paul.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> Again, on the contrary Mister Raw General Manager I do have the TV time which is Spike TV on Saturday Nights. While I was General Manager of SmackDown I had a little television show on Saturday Nights called Velocity. No more. I was able to negotiate a new deal on behalf of SmackDown to rid them of Velocity for ECW. Oh and my roster. I purposely let SmackDown contracts expire. I purposely talked SmackDown wrestlers into joining this new adventure of a brand. They are to be revealed on this week's SmackDown. And as far as financial backing. I've got Vince McMahon and the WWE.</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>“No Chance” blasts over the PA system. The fans erupt as Vince McMahon does his patented strut out onto the stage. He walks right past Eric Bischoff and on down to the ring. He calls for a microphone and goes toe to toe with Paul Heyman.</em>*</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Vince McMahon:</strong> Who in the hell do you think you are?!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> Mr. McMahon let me explain.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Vince McMahon:</strong> You've got two seconds before I fire your ass!</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> Tell him Mr. McMahon!</p><p>


Vince McMahon:</strong> Shut up! I'm in the firing mood and you're next! Now Paul, just what in the hell do you think you are up to? What in the hell are you doing in my ring right now?</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Heyman's voice crackles.</em>*</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> I've got a perfectly good explanation. WWE is such a huge financial juggernaut eversince the brand split. We've got so much talent and money that a demand for more content exists. Quality content. ECW as a third brand content.</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Another 'E C Dub' chant breaks out. Vince tries to talk but its deafening.</em>*</p><p>


Paul Heyman:</strong> Just listen to these people. ECW has not died. Nor has its fan base. I know I cannot financially run ECW on its own. That is why you own the rights and everything that goes with it. But I know I can run ECW as a brand.</p><p>


Vince McMahon:</strong> Understand one thing Paul. I own ECW now damnit!</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>'E C Dub' chant sounds out again. Vince looks all around the arena and then back at Heyman.*</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eric Bischoff:</strong> Mr. McMahon, with all do respect, I run RAW and I have an opening contest scheduled.</p><p>


Paul Heyman:</strong> Eric Bischoff. Mr. McMahon. I want you to understand the new vision for ECW. Because ECW won't just be about barbed wire, and baseball bats, and flaming tables, and piledriving women. We'll still have some of that but Mr. McMahon is a whole lot more. For example, I want ECW to come back full time as the third brand. And in doing that now, it can be open season here on RAW. I've already presumably done it on SmackDown. But to increase Raw's pathetic ratings...</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> Hey! This is the flagship show.</p><p>


Vince McMahon:</strong> Let him finish.</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> But Mr. McMahon.</p><p>


Paul Heyman:</strong> As I was saying. It's open season. There is plenty of Raw talent that need a change of scenery. Anyone from RAW that wants to jump to ECW is more than welcome to and in addition to that is more money. And better ratings on Saturday night. Mr. McMahon, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. This is an expansion.</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> Mr. McMahon, you can't fall for this crap. We've already wasted so much time on Paul Heyman's cheap scheme. He quit SmackDown which to me makes him unemployed. Therefore, he needs to get the hell out of that WWE ring.</p><p>


Vince McMahon:</strong> You mean my ring, right Eric? You know what Paul. I like it.</p><p> </p><p>

<em>*The crowd pops.</em>*</p><p>


Vince McMahon:</strong> No no no. I don't like it. I love it! In fact, I like that someone had the brass to do what you did. Turn the Velocity time slot into ECW. To purposely let SmackDown talent contract expires. To manipulate as the SmackDown General Manager and turn into the brand new ECW General Manager.</p><p>


*Heyman smiles.*</em></p><p>


Vince McMahon:</strong> That's right Paul. You are the brand new General Manager of the third brand of the WWE. E..C.. W!</p><p>


*The crowd explodes in a “E C Dub' chant.*</em></p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> This is unbelievable! He quits SmackDown. Leaves the brand hanging. Corrupts their B show and he gets rewarded. You can't do this Mr. McMahon!</p><p>


Vince McMahon:</strong> I can do whatever I damn please. Matter of fact, I am going to take Paul Heyman up another offer. Open season on Monday Night RAW. For one night only I am going to allow any superstar from RAW to jump to ECW. You've got until the end of RAW Heyman. And Paul..</p><p>


Paul Heyman:</strong> Yes Mr. McMahon?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Vince McMahon:</strong> Should you fail me. Your ass is fired!</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>“No Chance” hits the PA system. Paul Heyman has a huge grin on his face. Eric Bischoff stomps on top of the set. Vince McMahon drops his microphone and exits the ring.*</em> <strong>Rating: (A)</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong><strong><font color="#ff0000"></strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

In a terrible match, Mark Henry defeated Chase Stevens in 4:04 by pinfall with a World's Strongest Slam.</font></strong> <strong>Rating: (D)</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<em>*Paul Heyman marches down to the ring while Mark Henry is celebrating in the ring. Heyman takes the mic from Lillian Garcia and announces ECW's first signing ... Mark Henry! Heyman slowly raises Henry's hand with hesitation, then has a grin comes across Heyman's face that reads a hint of utter satisfaction.* </em>(B-)</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Commerical Break</em>* </p><p>

*<em>Back from break Eric Bischoff is shown trying to convince Vince McMahon to squash the ECW Brand.*</em> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eric Bischoff:</strong> Vince, this is absolutely ridiculous. Who is going to watch this garbage?</p><p>


Vince McMahon:</strong> I mean look how many people watched the garbage you produced at WCW?</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> That garbage beat you 83 weeks in a row.</p><p>


Vince McMahon:</strong> Enough! ECW is coming back and I'm giving Paul Heyman all he needs to succeed. And if I were you I would be worried about keeping my talent, more than about if ECW is coming back or not. World's Strongest Man, damn that's a huge loss. Huge!</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Vince McMahon then leaves Bischoff's office, as Bischoff seems a little more annoyed then he was before. Suddenly Stevie Richards enters the office.*</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Stevie Richards:</strong> Boss, I was thinking I have a great idea for the show to....</p><p> </p><p>

<em>*Bischoff cuts Richards off.*</em></p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> Shut up! Just shut up, I don't need you barging into my office trying to have you tell me how to run my show. You know what I do have a great idea. Tonight you will be in a match...against Garrison Cade! Now get the hell out of here and shut the door behind you.</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Richards then turns around appearing gloom as he exits Bischoff's office. The camera the pans to the entrance of Garrison Cade signifying the beginning of the next contest.*</em> <strong>Rating: (B)</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong><font color="#ff0000"></strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Garrison Cade defeated Stevie Richards in 5:09 by pinfall with a Sitout Spinebuster.</font>  Rating: (D)</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Commercial Break</em>*</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Back from break we are shown Paul Heyman announcing the next signing by ECW... Rodney Mack & Jazz.* </em><strong>Rating: (C+)</strong></p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Vignette of Rene Dupree - French Phenom is coming to RAW with a goal in sight. You are looking at the future of RAW, and he will be debuting soon.* </em><em><strong>Rating: </strong></em><strong>(D)</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<font color="#ff0000"></p><p>

</font><strong><font color="#ff0000">In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Jacqueline drew with Victoria in 4:47 following a double count out.</font> Rating: (D+)</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Commercial Break</em>*</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Back from break Eric Bischoff is shown with Theodore Long in his office.*</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eric Bischoff:</strong> Well Teddy, it seems like we both know why I called you into my office.</p><p>


Theodore Long:</strong>  No I don't actually. But I will tell you, don't worry I will not be jumping ship to ECW. What Mark and Rodney do is on them. I'm a RAW guy playa!</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> See Teddy, that does seem to be the issue. Both of your clients signed with ECW. And seeing as you officially have no use to me here on RAW, as of this moment your contract is now terminated. So I'm going to need you to get your stuff and leave the arena now. Oh and Teddy, good luck!</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Bischoff flashes a cheesy fake smile as he seems proud of his decision to let Theodore Long go from his contract. Long sulks out of the office as Chris Jericho and Christian now enter and brush past Long.</em>* </p><p>


Christian:</strong> Wow, what a loser.</p><p>


Chris Jericho:</strong> Seriously dead weight anyways Eric. Good decision.</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> I don't have time for this. What do you guys want?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Chris Jericho:</strong> Nothing actually. We actually just came in to tell you...</p><p>


Christian:</strong> We are your guys boss! Heyman approached us and we told him to beat it. We are your guys, Eric.</p><p>


Chris Jericho:</strong> Whatever you need.</p><p>


Christian:</strong> To be truthful we have been hanging around backstage, and we are hearing more rumblings of guys jumping to ECW.</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> Thanks guys, I appreciate that. And don't worry, if those guys want to jump to the bingo hall company then let them. It will be the worst decision they ever made...guaranteed. (B)</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Jacqueline, Victoria, Miss Jackie, Lita, Trish Stratus, and Molly Holly are shown arguing backstage. Most of it is intelligible but the highlight includes Molly Holly being challenged by Trish Stratus for the WWE Women's Title at the Royal Rumble.* </em><strong>Rating: ©</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><font color="#ff0000">In a decent match, The Dudley Boyz defeated Test and Steiner in 9:52 when Bubba Ray Dudley defeated Test by pinfall with a 3-D.</font> Rating: (C+)</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Commercial Break</em>*</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Back from break Paul Heyman is shown backstage talking with Spike Dudley.</em>* </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Spike Dudley:</strong> Paul, damn right you know I'll be signing on to back with ECW! It would be my pleasure.</p><p>


Paul Heyman:</strong> Spike, I now have the World's Strongest Man, and the World Toughest S.O.B. on my roster. It is all my pleasure.</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>The Dudley Boyz then come back through the curtain and are suddenly face to face with Paul Heyman.*</em></p><p><em>


<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> Bubba. D-Von. Boys it has been too long.</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Heyman goes to shake both men's hands but it is not reciprocated.</em>*</p><p>


Bubba Ray Dudley:</strong> Paul, it's awesome you are bringing back ECW. It really is. But ECW isn't our home anymore. RAW and the WWE IS our home now.</p><p>


D-Von Dudley:</strong> Paul, what Bubba is trying to tell you is, thanks but no thanks. Plus you still owe us money.</p><p>


Bubba Ray Dudley:</strong> Testify brother. Oh and Spike, good luck, honestly we're happy for you guys.</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>The Dudley Boyz then exit the area leaving Heyman and Spike in shock at the decision from one of the greatest ECW tag teams.* </em><strong>Rating:</strong> <strong>(C+)</strong></p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Evolution makes their entrance to the familiar sounds of Lemmy growling.*</em></p><p><em>


Triple H:</strong> B-I-N-G-O!</p><p>


Jerry Lawler:</strong> Bingo Ross! Stand up, you got it. Bingo, bingo right here Hunter!</p><p>


Ric Flair:</strong> WOOOOOOOO!!! What an embarrassment. I never in my wildest dreams would think a man like Vince McMahon, a man that knows what professional wrestling really is. I never would have thought he would ever let a garbage promotion like ECW run under his guidance. </p><p>


Jerry Lawler:</strong> He isn't wrong Ross!!!</p><p>


Jim Ross:</strong> I think it's great and gives guys more places to make money Jerry.</p><p>


Randy Orton:</strong> Guys lets get passed this. Guys like us were groomed for the big time, not some company like ECW, and the people that would watch that crap.</p><p>


Batista:</strong> From the sounds of things, it seems like this crowd likes ECW.</p><p>


Triple H:</strong> Do you people out there want to see the return of ECW?</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>The crowd erupts and an EC-Dub chant breaks out.</em>*</p><p>


Triple H:</strong> Yeah, the stomping grounds of the kings of bingo town U.S.A., Philadelphia. You can all sit down because your response means nothing.</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>The crowd begins to boo as suddenly Booker T's music hits and he walks out to the entrance ramp.</em>*</p><p>


Booker T:</strong> You four suckas really have no clue what these people mean. And if you keep talking all that trash, I won't hesitate to be the one that shoves it right back at you chumps.</p><p>


Randy Orton:</strong> Really Booker? I would like to see you try!</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Orton begins to walk towards Booker as the other members of Evolution hold him back. Suddenly flames escape from the ring posts and Kane makes his way out to the entrance ramp.</em>*</p><p>


Kane:</strong> I was listening to you guys, and well you are really starting to annoy me. You guys want to start a fight? Well lets go!</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Booker T and Kane start to make their way down to the ring when the tag team of Rosey and The Hurricane named S.H.I.T. (Super Heroes In Training), make their entrance to even up the numbers. All four men make it to the ring when Eric Bischoff's theme song hits</em>.*</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> I have enough on my plates without you guys fighting and taking up time on my damn show. You guys want to fight? Then tonight in the Main Event of RAW we will see Evolution take on the team of Booker T, Kane, Rosey, and The Hurricane!</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Bischoff exits the stage as Evolution and the other men begin to jaw back and forth.* </em><strong>Rating: (B)</strong></p><p><strong>


*<em>Commercial Break</em>*</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Back from break a recap of the opening segment featuring Paul Heyman, Eric Bischoff, and Vince McMahon is shown.</em>* <strong>Rating: (B)</strong></p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Paul Heyman is backstage with Theodore Long.</em>*</p><p>


Paul Heyman:</strong> Teddy, I'm sorry about tonight. I wish you would have jumped to us, but now officially since you were fired you can't be touched for another 90 days.</p><p>


Theodore Long:</strong> It's all good playa. Hopefully we'll be seeing each other again soon. I have to get going before Eric has me arrested for not leaving the arena though.</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Long exits the arena as Stevie Richards begins to walk past Heyman with his bags in hand.</em>*</p><p>


Paul Heyman:</strong> Stevie, where the heck do you think your going?</p><p>


Stevie Richards:</strong> That's it, I'm done Paul. I have nothing left to offer. I'm better off finding something better to do.</p><p>


Paul Heyman:</strong> This is not the Stevie Richards I know! You are a freaking wrestling machine. You are the epitome of professional wrestling, Stevie! You can leave this arena tonight and look back and wonder what if. Or you can jump to ECW and prove to everyone you still have it. You know you have something left, because I know you have something left. Stevie, come back home.</p><p>


*Stevie Richards pauses for a few moments then throws his bags to the ground.*</em></p><p>


Stevie Richards:</strong> Screw it. You know what Paul, you are freaking right. What am I thinking? I'm better then what I am now. You know what? I accept. I will see you at ECW, Paul.</p><p>


Paul Heyman:</strong> That's the Stevie Richards I know. Now go get your head right because we have big plans at ECW for you!</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Stevie then exits the arena with his bags as the entrance of a dancing Lance Storm is shown.</em>* <strong>Rating: (B-)</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<font color="#ff0000"></p><p><strong>

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Matt Hardy defeated Lance Storm in 10:23 by pinfall with a Twist of Fate.</strong></font> <strong>Rating: ©</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Commercial Break</em>*</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Back from break Paul Heyman is shown in Eric Bischoff's office.*</em></p><p><em>


Paul Heyman:</strong> Well Eric, you can take Heidenrich and Chris Nowinski off your roster. They are now proud members of ECW!</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> Wow Paul. You really sank my feelings with those ones. What do you want anyways? Jericho, Christian, and I see The Dudley Boyz all said thanks but no thanks? You think you are really going to do anything of importance on my show? Now I know you are delusional.</p><p>


Paul Heyman:</strong> What you don't see because your vision is so short sited is a group of talent that had been grossly underutilized and underappreciated. And Eric, might I remind you that the night is not quite over.</p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Heyman then exits Bischoff's office as Bischoff seems unfazed by the comments by Heyman. The entrances of Evolution are then shown marking the beginning of the Main Event of RAW.* </em><strong>Rating: (B)</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><font color="#ff0000"></strong></p><p><strong>

In a decent match, Evolution (Batista, Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Triple H) defeated Kane, Booker T and S.H.I.T. in 15:27 when Triple H defeated Rosey by pinfall with a Pedigree.</font> Rating: (B-)</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

*<em>Commercial Break</em>*</p><p> </p><p>

<em>*Back from break Paul Heyman is shown with mic in hand in the middle of WWE RAW's ring.*</em></p><p>


Paul Heyman:</strong> Ladies and gentlemen. Tonight RAW got the much needed boost from ECW like it did back in 1997. Except tonight is an even bigger night. Tonight ECW was accepted by the one and only, Vince McMahon. But more importantly ECW has once again been accepted by you, the fans of professional wrestling! Tonight marks the beginning of something special, and hell I want to, selfishly or not, let you to all be apart of that. But that is not exactly the reason I am out here. I am not here to shill the brand of ECW. I am here to show you why ECW is and will be successful once again. We have signed some incredible talent, even if Eric Bischoff, who I will remind you let men like Chris Jericho, Triple H, Big Show, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin leave WCW for WWE. ECW, will prove we are athletically superior than the other two brands, and far more exciting. And to prove this point I am officially announcing the last signing of RAW to ECW. Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you, the Whole F'n Show...ROB-VAN-DAM!!! </p><p> </p><p>

<em>*The crowd erupts with holy sh!t chants as RVD makes his entrance down to the ring. RVD makes his way into the ring and embraces Heyman with a bear hug. RVD then does his signature thumb pointing of R-V-D to the crowd, as Heyman hangs over the ring ropes with the mic pointing towards the crowd. The crowd is still going crazy chanting EC-Dub as the ECW logo flashes across the screen.* </em><strong>Rating: (A)</strong></p><p> </p><p>


Final Rating: (B-)</strong></p><p> </p><p>


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News & Notes:</span></p><p><em>

*RAW scores a TV Rating of 11.96*</em></p><p>


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<font size="5"><font color="blue">WWE SmackDown on UPN</font></font></p><p>

<strong>January - Week 1 - 2004 </strong></p><p>

<em>Live from Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas </em></p><p>

SOLD OUT 10,000 fans</p><p> </p><p>

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(WWE SmackDown Opens up with a video package airing across the telecast with clips of Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar, and Chris Benoit among others behind the music of “I Want it All” by Jim Johnston.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(Michael Cole & Tazz open us to the first SmackDown of 2004. They announce Brock Lesnar vs. Hardcore Holly for the WWE Heavyweight Title at Royal Rumble.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/U9L3YDC.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/U9L3YDC.jpg"</a> alt="SmackDown Fist" height="100" width="130"></p><p> </p><p>

(“No Chance” blasts across the PA system and Vince McMahon struts out onto the SmackDown set and heads straight for the ring.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: B</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tony Chimel:</strong> Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Mister McMahon!</p><p> </p><p>

(Vince gets into the ring as Tony Chimel diligently gives him the microphone.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Vince McMahon:</strong> Let's not delay the process. We all know that SmackDown will forever be changed. Paul Heyman has decided to manipulate SmackDown while performing his duties as the General Manager. Therefore, Velocity will no longer air on Saturday nights. Velocity will no longer be a SmackDown b-show. And it will be replaced with ECW apart of Spike Saturday nights.</p><p> </p><p>

(The fans erupt with a “E C Dub” chant.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Vince McMahon:</strong> Now Paul Heyman, get your ass out here!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rating: B</strong></p><p> </p><p>

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(“This is Extreme” hits the PA system with Paul Heyman, Rob Van Dam, Mark Henry, Stevie Richards and Spike Dudley walk out to the ring. The superstars are sporting an ECW brand t-shirt. They all pile into the ring as Vince stares down Paul Heyman. Heyman gets a microphone from a ringside staff member.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: C-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> Mr. McMahon, I just want to take the opportunity to thank you. But most of all, I think these people in attendance want to thank you for bringing back the ECW!</p><p> </p><p>

(The fans pop. Another “E C Dub” chant breaks out.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> And Mr. McMahon, you will not regret this decision. In fact, I know the ECW as a third brand is going to make you a lot of money sir. For these men that are standing in the ring are ready to give their sweat, blood and tears to make this thing work.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Vince McMahon:</strong> I sure hope so Paul. Because should it not work you know where you are going to end up.</p><p> </p><p>

(Heyman nods.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Vince McMahon:</strong> And remember this Paul. You've failed ECW when it went bankrupt. I purchased it and then you failed again with my daughter Stephanie in the Invasion. Might I add that both you and Stephanie have failed me as SmackDown General Managers. And now the third time ECW has returned. Hmmm.. Three strikes Paul and you're out. Remember that.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> Mr. McMahon, I will not fail you.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Vince McMahon:</strong> You already have Paul. I'm without a SmackDown General Manager.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> And sir, I understand that. But ECW is going to be much bigger than a SmackDown. Much bigger than a RAW. ECW is going to be the elite brand. The Land of Extreme has returned and we promise these fans the best wrestling product in the world.</p><p> </p><p>

(“E C Dub”... again)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Vince McMahon:</strong> Shut the hell up!</p><p> </p><p>

(The fans boo.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Vince McMahon:</strong> I could give a damn Paul Heyman about ECW. If it doesn't make money I'll sue your ass for changing my programming, for letting contracts expire and pulling this crap.</p><p> </p><p>

(Heyman backs up as McMahon screams in his face.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Vince McMahon:</strong> Because of you I have an upset network, uncertainty and a brand without a General Manager. This is your last straw Paul Heyman!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> With all do respect sir. A network's negativity has not stopped me before. And if in fact it is my last straw I wouldn't want to do it any other way than with E... C... W!</p><p> </p><p>

(Rob Van Dam rips the microphone out of Heyman's hands.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rob Van Dam:</strong> And...</p><p> </p><p>

(RVD points his thumbs down at his shoulders as the fans chant along.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rob Van Dam:</strong> Mr. Saturday Night... Rob... Van... Dam!</p><p> </p><p>

(Mark Henry rips the microphone out of his hand and stands toe to toe with him.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> Gentlemen, save it for Saturday nights.</p><p> </p><p>

(McMahon smirks at the pure size of Henry.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Vince McMahon:</strong> Alright Paul. Good luck. But tonight is going to be different than what happened on RAW last Monday. I was prepared for tonight unlike Monday. For I took a glance at what you did to my stock here on SmackDown. I see that you have in fact let contracts run out. Well that's all you get! You can stick around and make announcements but that's it. From now on, ECW is on its own and will fend for itself. You've done enough damage to Thursday nights. Now get the hell out of my ring!</p><p> </p><p>

(Heyman drops the microphone as “This is Extreme” blasts over the PA system. The ECW crew head up the ramp playing into the rowdy crowd.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: B+</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(The camera pans to the backstage area where Brock Lesnar is shown leaving the building.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Brock Lesnar:</strong> Paul Heyman leaving ECW? ECW coming here to SmackDown? This is bullshit.</p><p> </p><p>

(Lesnar tosses a garbage can and throws his bag.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Brock Lesnar:</strong> I'm out of here.</p><p> </p><p>

(Josh Matthews sweeps in.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Josh Matthews:</strong> Brock can I get a quick word with you?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Brock Lesnar: </strong> You want a quick word. I'm out of here! I'm the WWE Champion and being overshadowed by some has been. The ECW is dead. The fact that McMahon is entertaining this is ridiculous. You want ratings. The ratings are Brock Lesnar. Not that soon to be crap on Saturday nights.</p><p> </p><p>

(Lesnar puts his WWE Heavyweight title over his shoulder, grabs his bags and walks out of the Convention Center.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<div align="left"><strong><font color="blue">Tazz:</font></strong> Cole, our champion just left the building.</p><p>

<strong><font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font></strong> He seems to be upset over the fact that ECW is here tonight.</p><p>

<strong><font color="blue">Tazz:</font></strong> I am too, but the show must go on.</p><p>

<strong><font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font></strong> And who is going to replace Heyman as the General Manager?</p><p>

<strong><font color="blue">Tazz:</font></strong> I don't know Cole. But up next is a rematch from last week where Rey Mysterio captured the WWE Cruiserweight title from Tajiri. And we have just received word in our headset that Tajiri, Sakoda and Akio are now officially apart of the ECW brand.</p><p>

<strong><font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font></strong> I didn't hear that!</p><p>

<strong><font color="blue">Tazz:</font></strong> I did Cole.</div></p><p> </p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/iP0G5PR.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/iP0G5PR.jpg"</a> alt="Rey Mysterio" height="100" width="100"><font size="5">Vs. </font> <img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/lZeW5Eq.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/lZeW5Eq.jpg"</a> alt="Tajiri" height="100" width="100"></p><p>

<strong><font color="blue">WWE Cruiserweight Championship – Singles Match</font></strong></p><p>

Rey Mysterio © vs. Tajiri w/ Sakoda & Akio</p><p> </p><p>

In a decent match, Rey Mysterio defeated Tajiri in 9:19 by pinfall with a Droppin' the Dime. During the match we also had Akio accidentally hit Tajiri. Rey Mysterio makes defence number 1 of his WWE Cruiserweight title. </p><p>

<strong>Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(After the match, Michael Cole gets into the ring to conduct an interview with Rey Mysterio.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Michael Cole:</strong> Happy New Year Rey Mysterio! What a way to kick off the New Year and represent SmackDown!</p><p> </p><p>

(The crowd pops.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rey Mysterio:</strong> Thanks Michael. Rey Mysterio has a New Year's Resolution and that is to become the Cruiserweight champ and to take the division to new heights. I've got to be honest though, earlier in the day Heyman tried to convince me to come to ECW. But I refused because this is right where I want to be. But then Heyman signed Tajiri to ECW and had him use his rematch clause. He tried to have Tajiri win back the Cruiserweight title and bring it to SmackDown. But this belt and this division is remaining solely right here on SmackDown! And I'd like to end and say Happy New Year to the entire world and...</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rating: C</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(…Mysterio is cut off by “Wellllllll... Well it's The Bug Show” as The Big Show walks out onto the stage carrying the WWE United States Championship belt in his hand. The Big Show gets into the ring and drapes the U.S. Title over the top rope. The seven foot monster grabs the microphone out of Michael Cole's hand.)</p><p>

Rating: B-</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>The Big Show:</strong> Yeah yeah yeah, you're the Cruiserweight Champion. Whatever. Meanwhile, I have more important business to discuss right now. Business that I want to discuss is the hottest thing on the market right now. My newest t-shirt... Chicks Dig it Big!</p><p> </p><p>

(Big Show pulls out the t-shirt which was folded up in his back pocket. He displays it for all to see. Rey grabs at the shirt.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>The Big Show:</strong> Hang on a second Rey. Now if you all notice the t-shirt says Chicks Dig It Big.. That's one of those innuendos. And now on the back it says “And It Just Don't Get Any Bigger Than This”. Now that's one of those innuendos too. It's a little play on words. Now if you notice the size of the shirt, I took into consideration that not all of you are finely tuned athletes like myself nor as good as shape as myself. Most of you out there are kind of fat.</p><p> </p><p>

(The fans boo.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>The Big Show:</strong> Relax people. I did it for you. So the fat people had a shirt they could wear too. The hottest t-shirt on the WWE market and that the Big Show's Chicks Dig It Big shirt!</p><p> </p><p>

(Rey Mysterio steals the shirt out of Big Show's hand.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>The Big Show: </strong> If you want one that badly Rey, I'll get you one. That one is mine now give it back! Give me my shirt now or I'll beat your little ass!</p><p> </p><p>

(Rey fakes handing it to The Big Show and tosses it into the crowd.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(Big Show goes after Mysterio. Mysterio ducks him and starts attacking the Big Show with punches and kicks. Not for long though, The Big Show gets a hold of Rey Mysterio and demolishes him. Big Show picks Mysterio up for a Chokeslam but Hardcore Holly runs in to make the save before to much damage is done. Holly dropkicks Show which forces him onto the second rope. Mysterio hits the 619! Holly and Mysterio head out of the ring to Mysterio's music.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(Backstage, The Big Show is in a mad rage, destroying anything in his path. He tosses a wooden pallets, a beer keg and smashes a television monitor.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> Show Show Show! Stop! Please listen to me. I may not be the SmackDown General Manager anymore but tonight Mr. McMahon has left me in charge. I understand your frustration and you were victimized tonight. Even though you do not want to be apart of my ECW I will entice you with what you want Show! You're seven foot and five hundred pounds. You're hungry and you need meat. Let me give you some of that meat. Tonight Show I want to give you a match against the man that victimized you. The man who is going to try to take the WWE title away from Brock Lesnar. Tonight it'll be The Big Show one on one with Hardcore Holly. </p><p>

<strong>Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/tW3bBHr.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/tW3bBHr.jpg"</a> alt="Rhyno" height="100" width="100"> <font size="5">Vs. </font> <img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/CLOxotT.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/CLOxotT.jpg"</a> alt="Bradshaw" height="100" width="100"></p><p>

<strong>Singles Match</strong></p><p>

Rhyno vs. Bradshaw</p><p> </p><p>

In a decent match, Bradshaw defeated Rhyno in 6:29 when Rhyno was disqualified when Stevie Richards ran in and Stevie Kicked Bradshaw. After the match Stevie Richards hands Rhyno an ECW t-shirt.</p><p>

<strong>Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<div align="left"><strong><font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font></strong> I can't believe this! Rhyno is heading to ECW!</p><p>

<strong><font color="blue">Tazz:</font></strong> Are you surprised?</p><p>

<strong><font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font></strong> I guess not. But where does it stop? We are getting raided. First Tajiri, Sakoda and Akio. Now Rhyno. Who else?</div></p><p> </p><p>

(Video of Los Guerreros at a local Lo Rider Parade and hype for main event Los Guerreros vs. Worlds Greatest Tag Team)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: C-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(Backstage, Ernest Miller and Lamont are standing by with Josh Mathews.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Josh Mathews:</strong> Ernest Miller, it is my understanding you have an announcement to make.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Ernest Miller:</strong> It's real simple Josh. Myself and Lamont are headed to the Land of Extreme. We are going to ECW! So somebody call my momma and tell her Josh!</p><p>

<strong>Rating: D</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(Video review of WWE Tribute to the Troops from December SmackDown 2003.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: C</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(Heyman is walking backstage talking about the great nation of the USA which presented the opportunity of the brand new ECW Brand. Cena runs into him.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> John Cena, you need to believe in yourself, in your country and come join the ECW. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>John Cena:</strong> What are you crazy Paul? I'm not joining a coward. You didn't even show up for the Tribute to the Troops. You see I was over there in Baghdad. To perform for the troops. But where were you?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> I wanted to be there.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>John Cena: </strong> You're a big.. fat.. COWARD!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> I've been called a lot of things John but never a coward. And might you forget for one last evening I am still the General Manager of Smackdown. Which means I still hold your fate John Cena. For one more evening I hold your destiny which involves entering the Royal Rumble. You see the SmackDown brand has twelve spots in the Royal Rumble and you are not one of them yet! But you will have an opportunity. I love opportunity. John Cena tonight you will fight all three members of the FBI in a handicap match. By the way, the FBI have just been officially signed to the ECW brand. And I will allow you to attempt to persuade a partner to jeopardize their fate for the Rumble and that match is next! Because if you and your partner lose, you will not be entered into the Royal Rumble.</p><p>

<strong>Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(“Word Life” hits the PA system and John Cena is walking to the ring.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: C-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(Chris Benoit walks out and stands next to John Cena.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Chris Benoit:</strong> I have got absolutely nothing to lose. I am sick of Heyman's crap. It may be his last night here on SmackDown but I am going to prove him wrong. I'll be your partner tonight and make these bitches tap!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/IfHBTXF.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/IfHBTXF.jpg"</a> alt="John Cena" height="100" width="100"><img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/grGjhrS.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/grGjhrS.jpg"</a> alt="Chris Benoit" height="100" width="100"> <font size="5">Vs.</font> <img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/ospnxnr.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/ospnxnr.jpg"</a> alt="Nunzio" height="100" width="100"><img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/71Khogi.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/71Khogi.jpg"</a> alt="Chuck Palumbo" height="100" width="100"><img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/EMhrVYY.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/EMhrVYY.jpg"</a> alt="Johnny Stamboli" height="100" width="100"></p><p>

<strong>Handicap Match</strong></p><p>

John Cena & Chris Benoit vs. FBI (Nunzio, Chuck Palumbo, Johnny Stamboli)</p><p> </p><p>

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, John Cena and Chris Benoit defeated The FBI (Nunzio, Johnny Stamboli and Chuck Palumbo) in 7:47 when Chris Benoit defeated Johnny Stamboli by submission with a Crippler Crossface.</p><p> </p><p>

In terms of in-ring work, Chris Benoit was head and shoulders above everyone else. </p><p>

<strong>Rating: C+</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(“Medal” hits the PA system and Kurt Angle walks out to the ring. The fans pop at the return of Kurt Angle.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Kurt Angle:</strong> Your olympic hero is back baby!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Summarized Promo:</strong></p><p>

<em>-Angle States he is back after short absence with family</em></p><p><em>

-Thanks the Troops</em></p><p><em>

-He is officially entering himself into the Royal Rumble</em></p><p><em>

-Declines joining the ECW</em></p><p><em>

-Tells Paul Heyman good luck but good bye!</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rating: B</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/J69Jt9N.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/J69Jt9N.jpg"</a> alt="Hardcore Holly" height="100" width="100"> <font size="5">Vs. </font><img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/rAKr1bu.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/rAKr1bu.jpg"</a> alt="The Big Show" height="100" width="100"></p><p>

<strong>Singles Match</strong></p><p>

Hardcore Holly vs. The Big Show</p><p> </p><p>

In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, The Big Show defeated Hardcore Holly in 9:25 by disqualification when he kicks The Big Show in the groin. During the match we also had Rey Mysterio come out.</p><p>

<strong>Rating: B</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(After the match, Hardcore Holly attacks Big Show with a steel chair and lays him out. The Big Show bleeds from his head.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: B</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(A music video is shown to promote the return of Billy Gunn at the Royal Rumble.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: D+</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(Torrie Wilson is backstage holding a copy of the WWE 2004 Calendar, which she is on the cover of. She talks about how steamy the pictures are, and recommends that everyone buys it.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: C</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(Dawn Marie is shown backstage flirting with Paul Heyman. She demands to be put on a WWE magazine cover unlike a stupid calendar like Torrie Wilson.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: C+</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(The camera pan backstage where Eddie Guerrero walks into Heyman's office and tells him he's looking at the next WWE Champion.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> Eddie Guerrero. I have a sincere offer for you to become the newest member on the ECW brand.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eddie Guerrero:</strong> No disrespect but I want to win the WWE Championship hombre. So I respectfully decline.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> Too bad Eddie. Because here on SmackDownand you are a grunt worker and a thief and I, Paul Heyman, am the management. Eddie you are no different that any wrestler and you are a dime a dozen and I do not need Eddie Guerrero to make ECW successful. Matter of fact I don't need anyone to make ECW successful. The only person that is going to make ECW successful is ME! But before I leave SmackDown I will help you become number one Eddie.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eddie Guerrero:</strong> And just how are you going to do that ese?</p><p>

Paul Heyman: By making you the number one entrant into the Royal Rumble.</p><p>

<strong>Rating: B+</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(Having picked up a recent title victory, Rey Mysterio celebrates backstage with Funaki, Bradshaw, Orlando Jordan and Shannon Moore.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(Eddie Guerrero enters the locker-room walking up to Rey Mysterio.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eddie Guerrero:</strong> Congratulations to you Rey.. And your family.. I am so proud of you man!</p><p> </p><p>

(Eddie hugs Rey.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eddie Guerrero:</strong> That belt looks good on you holmes. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rey Mysterio:</strong> Para mi familia y para los tuyos, chicano.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bradshaw:</strong> Chicano?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eddie Guererro:</strong> Chicano man!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bradshaw:</strong> Well, alright!</p><p> </p><p>

(They all celebrate. Chavo walks in.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eddie Guerrero:</strong> And I just put my bid into the Royal Rumble!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rating: B</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Chavo Guererro:</strong> Eddie can I talk to you bro?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eddie Guerrero:</strong> Look! Rey's Cruiserweight Champion!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Chavo Guerrero:</strong> I need to talk to you.</p><p> </p><p>

(Eddie follows Chavo around the corner.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Chavo Guerrero:</strong> What's on with you?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eddie Guerrero:</strong> What's going on with me? Nothing I'm just...</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Chavo Guerrero:</strong> You've not only announced you're going to join the Royal Rumble but you've pissed Paul Heyman off enough that he made you the first entrant? </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eddie Guerrero:</strong> I just said I would put my bid in man.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Chavo Guerrero:</strong> How selfish can you be?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eddie Guerrero:</strong> Selfish?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Chavo Guerrero:</strong> This is not about Eddie all of the time bro. This about you and me. This is about us! </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eddie Guerrero:</strong> I was just mentioning the Royal Rumble and Heyman made me the first entrant.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Chavo Guerrero:</strong> Look you remember we are a tag team right? The Los Guerreros?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eddie Guerrero:</strong> Yeah amigo.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Chavo Guerero:</strong> The family goal is to bring home the WWE Tag Team Championship. Right? Forget about the Royal Rumble. We've got a match tonight. You focused? You with me?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eddie Guerrero:</strong> I'm focused and you're right this is about us.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Chavo Guerrero:</strong> Royal Rumble? Come on get ready for our match.</p><p> </p><p>

(The Los Guerreros exit the locker room.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rating: C+</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/v2b9p4d.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/v2b9p4d.jpg"</a> alt="Eddie Guerrero" height="100" width="100"><img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/ZgW5CBg.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/ZgW5CBg.jpg"</a> alt="Chavo Guerrero" height="100" width="100"> <font size="5">Vs.</font> <img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/22aWrhe.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/22aWrhe.jpg"</a> alt="Charlie Haas" height="100" width="100"><img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/Lq92ixY.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/Lq92ixY.jpg"</a> alt="Shelton Benjamin" height="100" width="100"></p><p>

<font color="blue"><strong>Main Event Tag Team Match</strong></font></p><p>

Los Guerreros vs. World's Greatest Tag Team</p><p> </p><p>

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, World's Greatest Tag Team defeated Los Guerreros in 12:02 when Shelton Benjamin defeated Chavo Guerrero by pinfall with after a Superkick.</p><p> </p><p>

Eddie Guerrero carried the match in terms of in-ring performance. </p><p>

<strong>Rating: C+</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(After the match, Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero are in the ring. Chavo pushes Eddie and they begin arguing. Neither looks happy with the situation.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Chavo Guerrero:</strong> This is a very public thing so I am going to say it in front of all of these people. Do you know why we lost this match tonight? It was because of YOU! Yeah I'm sick of it! I work just as hard for this tag team night in and night out but are there Chavo chants? No. Alls I ever hear is Eddie, Eddie, Eddie. You know what I'm sick of it! AND.... I'm sick of YOU!</p><p> </p><p>

(Chavo drops the microphone and slap Eddie.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<div align="left"><strong><font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font></strong> What the hell is up with Chavo?</p><p>

<strong><font color="blue">Tazz:</font></strong> That's Chavo's Uncle right there Eddie Guerrero. What is Chavo Guerrero doing here? Not a good look by idea.</p><p>

<strong><font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font></strong> The Latino temper is starting to boil.</div></p><p> </p><p>

(Kurt Angle comes out and stops Eddie from going after Chavo. After a commercial break Angle and Eddie are backstae. Angle agrees with Chavo that Eddie is selfish for entering himself in the Rumble and he should worry more about his family. Eddie is upset with what Angle is saying and tells Angle he has nothing to do with his family. Angle says he will be entering the Rumble. But Eddie needs to focus on family values. Eddie disagrees.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(Paul Heyman walks out to the ring.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: C</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> It is time for the conclusion of SmackDown. Thank you Mr. McMahon for making me the successor of SmackDown after your daughter, Stephanie McMahon, had failed. But I hope you do not consider me one. For within a few short months I have brought SmackDown to ratings it has not seen before. Speaking of SmackDown. There's one thing I won't miss. You fans!</p><p> </p><p>

(The crowd boos.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> And to all of the superstars from RAW and SmackDown that decided not to come to ECW. Well.. It's your loss. For this Saturday Night on Spike TV ECW returns! You will see the likes of Rob Van Dam, Rhyno, Tajiri, the FBI and.. one last signing. A signing that is going to particularly hurt Smackdown. Because he is the heart and soul of SmackDown and soon to be heart and soul of ECW.. again!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Michael Cole:</strong> Who the hell is he talking about Tazz?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> Are you confused Michael?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Michael Cole:</strong> Get on with it Heyman?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman:</strong> For the new voice of ECW is... TAZZ!</p><p> </p><p>

(Tazz throws off his headset, starting down Michael Cole.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Michael Cole:</strong> Tazz.. NO! Don't do this! Your family is here on SmackDown.</p><p> </p><p>

(Tazz gets into the ring and shakes Paul Heyman's hand. They raise their hands together in the air.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(With the broadcast coming to a close the camera focuses in on Vince McMahon backstage in the SmackDown General Manager's office.)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Vince McMahon:</strong> The start of 2004 has brought some interesting changes to the WWE. The landscape of the World Wrestling Entertainment after this week has forever changed. The extension of three brands has made this company grow. SmackDown has forever changed with Paul Heyman's decision making. And with that has left SmackDown without a General Manager. I promised to fill the void and I am going to do that right now. Allow me to introduce to you the new General Manager of SmackDown... ME.. Vincent Kennedy McMahon.</p><p> </p><p>

(Vince McMahon grins with the camera fading black.)</p><p>

<strong>Rating: B</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong><font color="blue">Final Rating: B-</font></strong></p><p>

<em>Television Rating: 13.08 on UPN</em></p><p> </p><p>

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<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Non-televised matches</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/dgLWtSR.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/dgLWtSR.jpg"</a> alt="A-Train" height="60" width="60"> <font size="5">Vs.</font> <img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/WpKp8Ik.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/WpKp8Ik.jpg"</a> alt="Funaki" height="60" width="60"></p><p>

<strong>Singles Match</strong></p><p>

A-Train vs. Funaki</p><p> </p><p>

In a pre-show bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, A-Train defeated Funaki in 6:09 by pinfall with a Derailer. </p><p>

<strong>Grade: C-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/yEvnYVV.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/yEvnYVV.jpg"</a> alt="Doug Basham" height="60" width="60"><img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/LzmF3Me.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/LzmF3Me.jpg"</a> alt="Danny Basham" height="60" width="60"> <font size="5">Vs.</font> <img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/ESmhgrZ.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/ESmhgrZ.jpg"</a> alt="EZ Money" height="60" width="60"><img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/ItSR2rU.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/ItSR2rU.jpg"</a> alt="Reckless Youth" height="60" width="60"></p><p>

<strong>Tag Team Match - Non title</strong></p><p>

Basham Brothers © w/ Shaniqua vs. EZ Money & Reckless Youth</p><p> </p><p>

In a pre-show bout that had terrible wrestling and non-existent crowd heat, Basham Brothers defeated EZ Money and Reckless Youth in 6:04 when Danny Basham defeated EZ Money by pinfall with a Ball and Gag. During the match we also had Shaniqua distract EZ Money.</p><p>

<strong>Grade: D-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/WzxfMEA.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/WzxfMEA.jpg"</a> alt="Spanky" height="60" width="60"> <font size="5">Vs.</font> <img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/qmxRQ8w.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/qmxRQ8w.jpg"</a> alt="Jamie Noble" height="60" width="60"></p><p>

<strong>Singles Match</strong></p><p>

Spanky vs. Jamie Noble w/ Nidia</p><p> </p><p>

In a terrible pre-show match, Jamie Noble defeated Spanky in 4:40 by submission with a Trailer Hitch after interference from Nidia. </p><p>

<strong>Grade: D</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/o6zi3Ax.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/o6zi3Ax.jpg"</a> alt="Shannon Moore" height="60" width="60"><img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/6ZpUq6Q.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/6ZpUq6Q.jpg"</a> alt="Orlando Jordan" height="60" width="60"> <font size="5">Vs.</font> <img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/DV0uV46.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/DV0uV46.jpg"</a> alt="Akio" height="60" width="60"><img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/8FDAzWl.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/8FDAzWl.jpg"</a> alt="Sakoda" height="60" width="60"></p><p>

<strong>Tag Team Match - Non title</strong></p><p>

Shannon Moore & Orlando Jordan vs. Akio & Sakoda</p><p> </p><p>

In a terrible pre-show match, Shannon Moore and Orlando Jordan defeated Akio and Sakoda in 8:24 when Shannon Moore defeated Sakoda by pinfall with a Mooregasm. <strong>Grade: D</strong></p><p>


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<font size="4" color="000000"><strong><font color="7900f8">WWE ECW</font> - ECW Arena - 1,400 Attendance</strong> *sold-out*</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<font color="7900f8"><strong>Pre-Show Match:</strong> </font></p><p> </p><p>

<strong><font color="1b0038">In a pre-show bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Spike Dudley defeated Ernest Miller and Johnny Stamboli in 7:23 when Spike Dudley defeated Johnny Stamboli by pinfall with a Battering Ram.</font> --Rating: D+</strong></p><p>


<font color="7900f8"><strong>Opening Angle:</strong></font></p><p>

<em>The scene opens to Paul Heyman in the ring who smirks at the crowd vehemently chanting "EC-DUB" "EC-DUB" "EC-DUB" repeatedly. He then raises the microphone and begins to speak.</em></p><p><em>


<strong>Paul Heyman: </strong>Much to the dismay of one Eric Bischoff, and to add competition for whoever ends up running SmackDown!... Mr. Vincent Kennedy McMahon has finally heard me out... Has finally heard us out, because ladies and gentlemen... LIVE FROM THE ECW ARENA... I BRING TO YOU... THE SECOND COMING OF EXTREME... CHAMPIONSHIP... WRESTLING..!!!!</p><p> </p><p>

<em>The crowd pops chanting "EC-DUB" "EC-DUB" "EC-DUB". Heyman then continues...</em> <strong>--Rating: B+</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<font color="7900f8"><strong>Angle 1:</strong><em>Part 2:</em></font></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman: </strong>And in the main event tonight, you'll witness two ECW Originals in "The Innovator of Violence" Tommy Dreamer and "The Whole F'n Show" Rob Van Dam... take on some newcomers to the ECW roster; Matt Morgan and Jon Heidenreich!</p><p>


The crowd goes insane chanting "EC-DUB" "EC-DUB" "EC-DUB" as the scene fades from Paul Heyman to the new opening video package, to the modified original "ECW Theme".</em><strong>--Rating: C-</strong></p><p>

_________________________________________________________</p><p> </p><p>

<font color="7900f8"><strong>Angle 2: </strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></font><em>ECW Video Package featuring many of ECW's new (and original) talent roster; including Rob Van Dam, Stevie Richards, Mark Henry, Tajiri, Jazz, Tommy Dreamer, Spike Dudley, and Rhyno. But... of course all clips are mostly from RAW and SmackDown! shows throughout the last years as this is the first episode of the "NEW" ECW.</em> <strong>--Rating: D+</strong></p><p> </p><p>

_________________________________________________________</p><p> </p><p>

<font color="7900f8"><strong>Angle 3: </strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></font><em>Joey Styles and Tazz are shown live speaking to the cameras and crowd in the ECW Arena.</em></p><p><em>


<strong>Joey Styles: </strong>Welcome everyone... back to the land of extreme, back here in our home in the NEW E...C...W...! I'm Joey Styles along with my colour broadcast partner, "The Human Suplex Machine" and former ECW Champion, Tazz!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tazz: </strong>Well I tell ya, Cole.. *erp* I mean, Styles! Sorry, pal. It's been a while. Anyway, bringing up my past as ECW Champ certainly is quite fitting! As we're here to inform all you fans here live, and all you watching live at home... that tonight here on our first show back, will be the beginning of a new era.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Joey Styles: </strong>And that era will be determined at the culmination of what's to begin tonight, a tournament to crown a NEW E..C..W.. Champion!!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tazz: </strong>Which will lead to the ECW World Title Tournament final match.. *Damn! Try and say that 5x fast, Styles*...</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Joey Styles: </strong>Why don't I just finish it for you?! The finals of the tournament will take place at this years WWE Royal Rumble!</p><p> </p><p>

<em>The fans cheer as Tazz wraps up the angle.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tazz: </strong>Let's stop wasting everyone's time, Joey! We only got an hour here..</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Joey Styles: </strong>Let's get to the ring for the first match of our first round!<strong> --Rating: C-</strong></p><p>

_________________________________________________________</p><p> </p><p>

<font color="7900f8"><strong>Match 1: <font color="1b0038"></strong></p><p><strong>

</font></strong></font><font color="1b0038"><strong>In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Tajiri defeated Nunzio in 5:54 by submission with a Tarantula.</strong></font> <strong>--Rating: C-</strong></p><p> </p><p>

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<font color="7900f8"><strong>Angle 4: </strong></font></p><p>

<em>After the match, Chuck Palumbo distracts Tajiri so Nunzio and Johnny Stamboli can attack!</em><strong> --Rating: D</strong></p><p> </p><p>

_________________________________________________________</p><p> </p><p>

<font color="7900f8"><strong>Match 2:</strong> </font><font color="1b0038"></p><p><strong>

In an abysmal match, Chuck Palumbo defeated Robert Gibson in 5:02 by pinfall by using underhanded tactics.</strong></font> <strong>--Rating: E+</strong></p><p>

_________________________________________________________</p><p> </p><p>

<font color="7900f8"><strong>Angle 5: </strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></font><em>Howard Finkle is seen looking out of place in ECW. He suddenly catches a glance at Dawn Marie telling him to follow her into the locker room. Finkle gets excited, gulps, adjusts his tie, and then scurries after her as the crowd laughs.</em></p><p><em>


Joey Styles: </strong>What the hell is "The Fink" doing here in ECW?!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tazz:</strong><em>  </em>I don't know, Joey... but he betta be careful, Fink ain't no Spring chicken!<strong>--Rating: C+</strong></p><p> </p><p>


<font color="7900f8"><strong>Match 3: <font color="1b0038"></strong></p><p><strong>

</font></strong></font><strong><font color="1b0038">In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Mark Henry defeated Sakoda in 1:50 by pinfall with a World's Strongest Splash. </font>--Rating: D</strong></p><p> </p><p>


<font color="7900f8"><strong>Angle 6: </strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></font><em>Howard Finkel is seen being stretchered out of the arena.</em></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

Tazz: </strong>I told ya, Joey!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Joey Styles: </strong>Fink's heart couldn't handle whatever he just went through...</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tazz:</strong>  Whatever it was, I bet ya it was "extreme"<strong>--Rating: B-</strong></p><p> </p><p>


<font color="7900f8"><strong>Match 4: <font color="1b0038"></strong></p><p><strong>

</font></strong></font><strong><font color="1b0038">In an extremely short match, Rhyno defeated Jazz in 5:03 by pinfall with a Gore. </font>--Rating: C-</strong></p><p> </p><p>


<font color="7900f8"><strong>Angle 7:</strong> </font></p><p>

<em>After the match; Rhyno tries putting Jazz through at table, Spike makes the save! </em></p><p>


Joey Styles:  </strong>That sicko was gonna put Jazz through a table!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tazz:  </strong>Yeah, good thing "The Giant Killer" Lil' Spike Dudley made the save. <strong>--Rating: C-</strong></p><p> </p><p>


<font color="7900f8"><strong>Angle 8:</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></font><em> Tazz & Styles hype main event as picture shown for...</em></p><p>


Joey Styles: </strong>Well folks, up next is our main event!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tazz:  </strong>Already?!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Joey Styles:</strong>  I guess time flies when you're having fun, my broadcast partner.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tazz:</strong>  Please... keep calling me "Tazz", Joey. <strong>--Rating: D</strong></p><p> </p><p>


<font color="7900f8"><strong>Main Event: <font color="1b0038"></strong></p><p><strong>

</font></strong></font><strong><font color="1b0038">In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Tommy Dreamer and Rob Van Dam defeated Matt Morgan and Jon Heidenreich in 7:24 when Rob Van Dam defeated Matt Morgan by pinfall with a quick cradle.</font> --Rating: C-</strong></p><p> </p><p>


<font color="7900f8"><strong>Angle 8:</strong></font></p><p>

<strong>Post Match - </strong><em>Matt Morgan & Jon Heidenreich attack Dreamer & RVD after RVD picks up the win. A brawl ensues between all four men, as Joey Styles and Tazz are joined by Paul Heyman on commentary.</em></p><p>


Joey Styles: </strong>OH MY GAWD!!!</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

Tazz:  </strong>Look at 'em go, Joe!  Hey... it's Paul E!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Paul Heyman: </strong>Join us next week here in the land of extreme, where we'll see these four men tear each other apart again... in the conclusion of the 1st round of our ECW World Title tournament!<strong> --Rating: C-</strong></p><p> </p><p>


<strong><font color="1b0038">Final Show Rating:</font> <font color="7900f8">C+</font></strong></p><p>

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<font color="#ff0000"><strong>Saturday, January, Week 1, 2004</strong></font></p><p> </p><p>

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Welcome folks to the return of The Ross Report. I know you have all been salivating for it.  I kid, but good Ol’ J.R. which some have been known to refer to me as, have been waiting to hear what I have to say about the return of ECW.  And I will address that and so much more in this upcoming SlobberKnocker of a report!</p><p> </p><p>

First and foremost on the return of ECW.  I think it is a great decision by the “higher ups” to bring back the ECW brand.  It was obvious that the letters E-C-W still resonated with the WWE consumers.  As every arena at some point during any given show it would break out into that familiar E-C-Dun chant.  Plus it gives the boys more spots, more chances to make a name for themselves, and gives more guys and gals jobs in the wrestling business period.  And what’s the problem with giving more rasslers a paycheck?  Plus it gives guys like Mark Henry and Matt Morgan, who IMO have “it” and will now get a chance to prove themselves.</p><p> </p><p>

This leads to how I feel about what has happened to the RAW and Smackdown brands?  You ask doesn’t a relatively thin roster now thinning out even more hurt the WWE?  And I ask those people, what have either of those brands really lost?  Triple H with Evolution, which includes young studs like Randy Orton, and Batista are given more time to shine.  And now throw in guys like Goldberg, and Shawn Michaels and things are still going seemingly stronger than ever on RAW.  While Smackdown boasts excellent talents such as Kurt Angle, Eddie Guerrero, and Rey Mysterio.  Plus they have the most legitimate wrestler in the company behind Brock Lesnar, and one of the brightest prospects in wrestling today, John Cena.  I can’t see this third brand split doing anything but helping business.  And I have learned over the years never to question the boss.</p><p> </p><p>

I hate to do it but I need to address one of my signings which I was and am very proud of.  Test (aka Andrew Martin) has been suspended for a recent drug test failure.  You all know my thoughts on these sorts of things, and this rings especially true to guys I know have so much more to give to this business of professional wrestling. But first and foremost, Andrew needs to seek that help needed to give life outside of the ring in order.  There have been too many wrestling drug related tragedies recently and I hope all those that need help can find it sooner rather than later.  This also includes the recent hiring of one Jeff Nero Hardy, who I also had the pleasure of signing.  Jeff has so much potential in this business, and I hope this return to the WWE breathes new life, and keeps his head clear.  A clean Jeff Hardy can become the next big thing for the WWE.</p><p> </p><p>

Now onto brighter news, and that is the reports coming out of the rumor mill which shows potential signings for the WWE.  Which includes Father James Mitchell, or James Vandenberg formally from his WCW days.  I think mouth pieces are a huge asset to a company, especially for the stars with the look but without the gift of the gab.  Also rumored are newer guys from the independent scene looking to finally getting their shot. I know how important it is to keep the roster fresh, so stock piling on talent for OVW, should seemingly be an important facet for the longevity of WWE.  And recent reports have shown there is quite of bit of talent coming through the system that is ready to be “called up”, so addition by subtraction will need to be addressed.  And there we go back to more spots for the boys.  So tell me again how this third brand is bad for business?</p><p> </p><p>

Reports out of this weeks schedule have shown that a couple of guys have really stepped up and out of their comfort zones.  Nothing is worse than catching yourself in the proverbially "comfort zone", and not taking chances and constantly reinventing yourself.  It looks like from all accounts that Rhyno from the ECW brand, and Paul London from Smackdown are two cases of guys getting it.  Only time will tell but this is and will always be the way to get yourself into the bigger picture.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

And for the pet coon crazy award this week, we have the one and only Charlie Haas.  Mr. Haas, unfortunately found himself on the wrong side of a little ribbing from some of the veterans on the Smackdown roster.  Charlie apparently showed up late to the latest edition of Smackdown, and it did not end well for him.  But that is for another show, which footage will coincidentally be shown on a new show airing on Spike TV right after ECW.  This show will beginning airing next Saturday night, and will be hosted by the one and only Gene Okerlund.  The show has been properly named, by gawd, Confidential.</p><p> </p><p>

Lastly catch me this Monday Night on RAW, coming live from the Richmond Coliseum in Virginia.  Which I'm being told is already sold out, but everyone else can catch it live on Spike TV! Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you back here soon.</p><p> </p><p>


J.R. </p><p> </p><p>


<strong>Courtesy of 3DudesWithAttitudes.com</strong></p><p> </p><p>


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<p><div align="center"><font size="4" face="comic sans ms"><font color="a619e6"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>ECW World Title Tournament:</strong></span></font></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rob Van Dam vs. Matt Morgan</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Stevie Richards vs. Ernest Miller</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Mark Henry vs. Sakoda</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

</strong><strong>Tajiri vs. Nunzio </strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tommy Dreamer vs. Jon Heidenreich</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Chuck Palumbo vs. </strong><strong><em>Mystery Opponent</em></strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

</strong><strong>Spike Dudley vs. Johnny Stamboli</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rhyno vs. Jazz</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Make your predictions! This tournament will conclude at the 2004 WWE Royal Rumble!</p><p>



<strong>Courtesy of 3DudesWithAttitudes.com</strong></p>

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ECW World Title Tournament


RVD vs. Matt Morgan


Stevie Richards vs. Ernest Miller


Mark Henry vs. Sanoda


Tajiri vs. Nunzio


Tommy Dreamer vs. Jon Heidenreich


Chuck Palumbo vs. Mystery Opponent


Spike Dudley vs. Johnny Stamboli


Rhyno vs. Jazz

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<p>ECW World Title Tournament:</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rob Van Dam</strong> vs. Matt Morgan</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Stevie Richards</strong> vs. Ernest Miller</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Mark Henry</strong> vs. Sakoda</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tajiri</strong> vs. Nunzio </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tommy Dreamer</strong> vs. Jon Heidenreich</p><p> </p><p>

Chuck Palumbo vs. <strong>Mystery Opponent</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Spike Dudley vs. <strong>Johnny Stamboli</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rhyno</strong> vs. Jazz</p>

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<p><strong><div align="center"><img src="</strong><a href="https://i.imgur.com/pRLoWpF.jpg" rel="external nofollow"><strong>https://i.imgur.com/pRLoWpF.jpg"</strong></a><strong> alt="Sunday Night HeAT" style="max-width:100%;"></strong></p><p><strong>

<font face="trebuchet ms" size="4" color="#ff6b00"></strong><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">WWE Sunday Night Heat</span></strong><strong></font></strong></p><p><strong>

</strong><strong><em>Wachovia Center - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</em></strong></p><p>

Taped prior to Monday Night RAW</div></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<font face="trebuchet ms" size="3">WWE Heat Opening Video Package including Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Mark Jindrak, and Scott Steiner</p><p>

Rating: <strong><font color="#ff6b00">(B+)</strong></p><p><strong>


In a bout that had terrible wrestling and non-existent crowd heat, Maven defeated Vordell Walker in 6:15 by pinfall with a Halo DDT. </p><p>

Rating: <strong><font color="#ff6b00">(D-)</font></strong></p><p>

</font><div align="center"><font face="trebuchet ms" size="3"></p><p>

</font></div><div align="left"><font size="3" face="trebuchet ms">Evolution Video Package </p><p>

Rating: </font><font color="#ff6b00" face="trebuchet ms" size="3"><strong>(B)</strong></font></div><font size="3" face="trebuchet ms"></p><p>

In a bout that had terrible wrestling and non-existent crowd heat, Matt Hardy defeated Buck Quartermain in 5:39 by pinfall with a Twist of Fate.</p><p>

Rating: <strong><font color="#ff6b00">(D)</strong></p><p><strong>


<em>**Scott Steiner is backstage with an interview w/ Terri**</em></p><p><em>


<strong>Terri:</strong>  Scott, recently you have had a bad run of luck with your tag team partner, Test.  What can you attribute to this?</p><p>


Scott Steiner:</strong> You wanna see my peaks Terri?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Terri:</strong>  No, I'm just asking...</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Scott Steiner:</strong> Well you can't see them, back of the line you has been.  And don't worry about my damn tag team partner.  That loser keeps interfering with my money with his losing ways, well then he will find himself on the wrong side of Big Poppa Pump! Holler if you you hear me... this one goes out to all my freaks!!</p><p> </p><p>

<em>**Scott Steiner then flexes in front of Terri's face as the interview concludes.**</em></p><p><em>


Rating: <strong><font color="#ff6b00">©</strong></p><p><strong>


In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Scott Steiner defeated Chase Stevens in 5:34 by submission. (Stevens and Steiner have great chemistry)</p><p>

Rating: <strong><font color="#ff6b00">(C-)</font></strong></p><p> </p><p>

Rene Dupree Video Package</p><p>

Rating: <strong><font color="#ff6b00">(D)</strong></p><p><strong>


Main Event: In a poor match, Mark Jindrak defeated Val Venis in 11:51 by pinfall with a Southpaw Hook. </p><p>

Rating: <strong><font color="#ff6b00">(C-)</font></strong></p><p> </p><p>

WWE Week in Review: Special ECW Brand Recap Video </p><p>

Rating: <strong><font color="#ff6b00">(B)</strong></p><p><strong>

</font></strong></p><p> </p><p>

</font><font face="trebuchet ms">*Notes:</p><p>

</font><font face="trebuchet ms">Overall Rating: </font><font color="#ff6b00" face="trebuchet ms"><strong>(C+)</strong></p><p><strong>

<font color="#0b0b0b">TV Rating : 0.86</font></strong></font></p><p>


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<p>ECW World Title Tournament:</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rob Van Dam</strong> vs. Matt Morgan</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Stevie Richards</strong> vs. Ernest Miller</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Mark Henry </strong>vs. Sakoda</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tajiri</strong> vs. Nunzio </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tommy Dreamer</strong> vs. Jon Heidenreich</p><p> </p><p>

Chuck Palumbo vs. <strong>Mystery Opponent</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Spike Dudley</strong> vs. Johnny Stamboli</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rhyno</strong> vs. Jazz</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tough opening match for RVD. BTW if Rhyno loses we riot</strong></p>

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<p><center><img style="max-width:100%;" alt="WWE RAW" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/EKcgXoa.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/EKcgXoa.jpg"><font</a> size="5" color="#ff0000"></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

WWE RAW</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong></font><font size="4"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font size="3">Richmond Coliseum - Richmond, Virginia</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">

</font></span><em><font size="2">Attendance: 19,519 Attendance -SELL OUT!</font></em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

<embed src="</em><a href="https://youtu.be/fYvBv_lp9Uc" rel="external nofollow"><em>https://youtu.be/fYvBv_lp9Uc"></em></a></p><p>


</font></center><font size="3"><em><strong><font color="#ff0000"></strong></em></p><p><em><strong>

WWE RAW</font></strong></em><em> Opening Video Package airs including clips of Triple H, Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Batista, Chris Jericho, and Steve Austin behind the music of The Union Underground's "Across The Nation".</em> </p><p> </p><p>

Rating:  <font color="#ff0000"><strong>(B+)</strong></p><p><strong>


<em>Fireworks start going off as there is a wide shot of the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia. Fans are going crazy as Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcome the television audience to the show.</em></p><p><em>


<strong>Jim Ross:</strong> Welcome ladies and gentlemen to Monday.. Night.. RAW! We are coming to you live from the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia. We welcome everyone around the world, and especially here on Spike TV, as we bring you the best action around from the RAW brand. Our General Manager, Eric Bischoff, has stated he has a huge announcement to start tonight's show off.</p><p>


Jerry Lawler:</strong> That's right JR, and I've been told from a reliable source in the back that it could shape the upcoming Royal Rumble.</p><p>


Jim Ross:</strong> Who have you been talking to King?</p><p>


Jerry Lawler:</strong> Reliable source.</p><p>


Jim Ross:</strong> Never mind. Alright folks, I'm told Mr. Bischoff is ready for his announcement.</p><p> </p><p>

<em>"I'm Back" starts to play as RAW's General Manager makes his way out of the back onto the ramp. He plays to crowd, blowing them kisses as he continues his descent down to the ring. The crowd is booing Bischoff unmercifully as he finally enters the ring. Bischoff takes a mic and stand in the middle of the ring and takes in the boos. He then begins to speak as the crowd continues to boo.</em></p><p><em>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> Wow, I figured you would be happy to see me tonight, but I didn't think it would be this intense.</p><p>


The crowd gets louder as a "Screw You Bischoff" chants starts up.</em></p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> A wild crowd, unintelligent obviously, but wild nonetheless. Even so, tonight I'm bringing to you something that will shape the future of the Royal Rumble. Mr. McMahon has informed all three brands. I still can't believe I'm saying that. But he is giving all three brands a select amount of wrestlers per brand to enter the Royal Rumble this year. That being said I will not allow RAW to lose the Rumble this year. I am making sure only the best talent will be entered, and to do so I am starting a series of qualifying matches for the Royal Rumble.</p><p> </p><p>

<em>Suddenly Evolution's theme starts to play as Triple H, Randy Orton, Batista, and Ric Flair make their entrance to the ring.</em></p><p><em>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> Gentlemen, and Triple H especially, who do I owe such an honor?</p><p> </p><p>

<em>Ric Flair then grabs the mic and stares at Bischoff. The fans begin to get loud with woooo's ringing throughout the building.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

Ric Flair:</em> Eric Bischoff, we'll take it from here you little twerp! Richmond...Woooooo...Virginia. This is now Evolution Country, and tonight...Woooooo... We have something to say.</p><p> </p><p>

<em>Ric then hands the mic over to Triple H.</em></p><p><em>


Triple H:</strong> It doesn't matter who you enter into this year's Royal Rumble. Because it doesn't matter who wins, because if anyone from RAW wins then they have to go on to face me at WrestleMania. Who would want that?</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> Oh I don't know. Maybe the guys standing next to you.</p><p>


The other members of Evolution begin to give each other skeptical looks, especially at Triple H. The crowd begins to buzz as they begin to sense the tension.</em></p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> Oh I like this. Triple H is it setting in yet? It seems like you actually may have competition.</p><p>


Batista:</strong> Let it go Eric. We are a team and we are all in for the cause of Evolution.</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> Yeah sure thing. Except for you guys are entered into the qualifier matches for the Royal Rumble.</p><p>


Triple H:</strong> What the hell are you doing Eric?</p><p>


Ric Flair:</strong> Yeah who the hell do you think you are?</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> I'm doing what is best for the RAW brand. And by doing that I'm officially entering you, Ric Flair, Batista, and yes you, Randy Orton, into the Royal Rumble qualifier matches!</p><p> </p><p>

<em>The crowd erupts at the announcement.</em></p><p><em>


Triple H:</strong> You can't do that Bischoff!</p><p> </p><p>

<em>Suddenly the familiar sound of glass breaking is heard. The crowd goes crazy as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin makes his entrance. Steve Austin enters the ring and starts to go to each turnbuckle and raises his arms to the crowd. He then gets into the face of each member of Evolution, and then stops next to Eric Bischoff. He grabs away the second mic from Bischoff as the crowd begins to chant, "Austin".</em></p><p><em>


"Stone Cold" Steve Austin:</strong> It seems like we have a problem around here. And seeing as I am the Sherriff around here on RAW. It seems like I have to lay down the law. That being said, Eric Bischoff, you silly little bastard, you actually came up with a good idea. Randy Orton, Batista, and the man himself, Ric Flair, you will all be in the qualifier matches for the Royal Rumble.</p><p>


The members of Evolution start to openly disagree with Austin's decision, as Bischoff begins to grin ear to ear.</em></p><p>


"Stone Cold" Steve Austin:</strong> And seeing as we are in "Evolution" country. We are going t have a couple of members from Evolution in action. And that's going to be the WWE Tag Team Champions, Batista and Ric Flair.</p><p>


Ric Flair:</strong> Oh yeah pal? And what would those matches be? No one can touch us, so who is it?</p><p>


"Stone Cold" Steve Austin:</strong> Matches? <em>*WHAT*</em> I said you guys have a match. <em>*WHAT*</em>  A match. <em>*WHAT*</em> As against each other. <em>*WHAT*</em> Tonight. <em>*WHAT*</em> Live on Monday Night RAW. <em>*WHAT*</em> In the Main Event. <em>*WHAT*</em> Batista. <em>*WHAT*</em> Ric Flair. <em>*WHAT*</em> One on one. <em>*WHAT*</em> Mano E Mano. <em>*WHAT*</em> What? <em>*WHAT*</em></p><p>


The crowd erupts in applause as Steve Austin throws the mic at Bischoff mid section and heads back up the ramp. All the members of Evolution start arguing as Bischoff is clutched over in pain.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <font color="#ff0000"><strong>(A)</strong></p><p><strong>


<strong>*COMMERCIAL BREAK*</strong></p><p>


Back from break Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler hype the Main Event of Monday Night RAW between Ric Flair and Batista</em></p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <font color="#ff0000"><strong>(B-)</strong></p><p><strong>


<img style="max-width:100%;" alt="" src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/RUnyHk0.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/RUnyHk0.jpg"></a> <strong>vs. </strong><img src="<a href="https://i.imgur.com/J0J6XKg.jpg" rel="external nofollow">https://i.imgur.com/J0J6XKg.jpg"</a> alt="" style="max-width:100%;"></p><p> </p><p>

<strong><font color="#ff0000">In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Garrison Cade defeated Val Venis in WWE Royal Rumble Qualifier in 10:23 by pinfall with a Lariat.</font></strong> </p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <font color="#ff0000"><strong>©</strong></p><p><strong>


Eric Bischoff is in his office talking on his phone as Goldberg comes rushing in.</em></p><p>


Goldberg:</strong> Hang it up now, we need to talk.</p><p>


Eric Bischoff: </strong> What do you want Bill?</p><p>


Goldberg:</strong> You know what. Where is my qualifier match?</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> It must have been an mistake. But honestly Bill all the matches have been made and I can't just replace someone for you this point. How would that be fair?</p><p>


Goldberg:</strong> Bischoff, you put me in or you will regret it. I promise you that.</p><p>


Goldberg leaves the office and slams the door behind him. Bischoff stand by with the look of concern.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Rating:<strong> <font color="#ff0000">(B-)</font></strong></p><p>


*COMMERCIAL BREAK*</strong></p><p>


Back from break Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler hype the Main Event of Monday Night RAW between Ric Flair and Batista</em></p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <strong><font color="#ff0000">(B)</strong></p><p><strong>

</font><font color="#ff0000"></strong></p><p><strong>

<img style="max-width:100%;" alt="" src="</strong><a href="https://i.imgur.com/EfY6w7i.jpg" rel="external nofollow"><strong>https://i.imgur.com/EfY6w7i.jpg"><font</strong></a><strong> color="#000000">vs. </font><img src="</strong><a href="https://i.imgur.com/EKv4x0u.jpg" rel="external nofollow"><strong>https://i.imgur.com/EKv4x0u.jpg"</strong></a><strong> style="max-width:100%;" alt=""></strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

In a bout that had bad wrestling and little heat, Maven defeated Rico in WWE Royal Rumble Qualifier in 8:15 by pinfall with a Missile Dropkick.</font></strong></p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <font color="#ff0000"><strong>(D+)</strong></font></p><p>


Backstage Eric Bischoff is sitting in is office with his head in his hands when suddenly in walks Shawn Michaels.</em></p><p>


"Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels:</strong> Eric Bischoff. It seems to me you are looking at a show that is slowly starting to fall apart. I have a proposal for you.</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> I don't need this Shawn, what is it?</p><p>


"Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels:</strong> I'm not looking for a spot in the Royal Rumble, which wow what a terrible not giving Goldberg a match. But what I'm looking to do for you is give you a Main Event for the RAW brand. Think about it, Triple H and I, for the WWE World Heavyweight Title. We will steal the show before the Rumble even happens. What do you say?</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> What do I say?</p><p>


Suddenly Triple H bursts into the room.</em></p><p>


Triple H:</strong> Wait a damn minute! What is going on here? Now you can just make demands and you just grant them? You know what I want? I want that son of a bitch, Steve Austin, fired!</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> Give me a minute...</p><p>


The door to Bischoff's office then opens again as in walks Co-General Manager, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.</em></p><p>


"Stone Cold" Steve Austin:</strong> You want me fired? *WHAT* "Stone Cold"? *WHAT* Steve Austin? *WHAT* General Manager? *WHAT* Sherriff Austin? *WHAT* The law on RAW? * WHAT* Not happening.. eh eh!!</p><p>


The crowd goes crazy as Austin gets nose to nose with Triple H.</em></p><p>


"Stone Cold" Steve Austin:</strong> I'm not going anywhere. And as far as Stone Cold is concerned, Triple H, your new opponent at Royal Rumble for the WWE Heavyweight Title will be, "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels! And that's the bottom line... because Stone Cold said so!</p><p>


Austin then leaves the officer as Shawn Michaels sneaks out, while Triple H and Eric Bischoff argue.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <strong><font color="#ff0000">(B)</strong></p><p><strong>

</font><font color="#ff0000"></strong></p><p><strong>

<img alt="" style="max-width:100%;" src="</strong><a href="https://i.imgur.com/iYeIkLf.jpg" rel="external nofollow"><strong>https://i.imgur.com/iYeIkLf.jpg"></strong></a><strong> <font color="#000000">vs. </font><img alt="" style="max-width:100%;" src="</strong><a href="https://i.imgur.com/NyHWb4m.jpg" rel="external nofollow"><strong>https://i.imgur.com/NyHWb4m.jpg"></strong></a></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Victoria defeated Jacqueline in 7:05 by pinfall with a Widow's Peak.</font></strong> </p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <font color="#ff0000"><strong>©</strong></font></p><p>


Victoria:</strong> I have been sitting back waiting for my opportunity at stepping up to the plate to become a major player of the WWE Women's division. So tonight I take my opportunity. Tonight I'm calling out Lita. Lita you think you are so great, and you are, but I want my shot. And I'm going to go through you to make my name. Now come out here and accept my challenge.</p><p> </p><p>

<em>Lita then makes her way to the ramp.</em></p><p>


Lita:</strong> I don't know what is going on in that psychotic mind of yours, but I have never, and will never back down from a challenge. So Victoria, you want a match? You got one!</p><p>


Both women star each other down as the segment comes to an end.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <font color="#ff0000"><strong>(C+)</strong></font></p><p>


*COMMERCIAL BREAK*</strong></p><p>


Back from break Trish Stratus is hanging out backstage talking with a few people when suddenly Molly Holly walks up.</em></p><p>


Molly Holly:</strong> Did you see that?</p><p>


Trish Stratus:</strong> What the crazy cat lady that is delusional?</p><p>


Molly Holly:</strong> NO! I saw what I needed to do. I am the WWE Women's champion and I still don't have the respect of the fans or my peers. So I'm taking a page out of Victoria's playbook. Trish, you are recognized as one of the greatest Women's champions in recent history. So to cement my legacy I'm challenging you to a match at the Royal Rumble. And when I beat you, I can finally lay claim to my rightful throne as the top Women's champion in the history of the WWE.</p><p>


Trish Stratus:</strong> What is going on around here? I'm never against becoming the WWE Women's champion. So I accept! And when I do win, I want you to shake my hand and realize what a big mistake you just made.</p><p>


Both women stare each other down, as they are eventually split up by backstage staff.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <font color="#ff0000"><strong>©</strong></font></p><p>


Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler hype the Main Event of Monday Night RAW between Ric Flair and Batista.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <font color="#ff0000"><strong>(B)</strong></font></p><p>

<strong><font color="#ff0000"></strong></p><p><strong>

<img src="</strong><a href="https://i.imgur.com/qvSYjp3.jpg" rel="external nofollow"><strong>https://i.imgur.com/qvSYjp3.jpg"</strong></a><strong> alt="" style="max-width:100%;"> <font color="#000000">vs. <img src="</strong><a href="https://i.imgur.com/GtP1tPE.jpg" rel="external nofollow"><strong>https://i.imgur.com/GtP1tPE.jpg"</strong></a><strong> style="max-width:100%;" alt=""></font></strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

In a bout that had decent wrestling and decent heat, Christian defeated Rosey in WWE Royal Rumble Qualifier in 9:32 by pinfall with an Unprettier.</font></strong></p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <font color="#ff0000"><strong>(C+)</strong></font></p><p>


Backstage Lance Storm is watching the monitor of Christian celebrating when Chris Jericho walks up.</em></p><p>


Chris Jericho:</strong> Another Canadian great getting the job done. Just like next week when I beat you to enter the Royal Rumble. What ever did happen to you Lance? A dancing fool? How pathetic.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Lance Storm:</strong> As that all Chris?</p><p>


Chris Jericho:</strong> Is that all you have Lance? What happened to you? You're pathetic. It's almost going to be sad when I beat you.</p><p>


Lance Storm:</strong> Just leave me alone Chris.</p><p>


Chris Jericho: </strong> No. I'm not going to. Where the hell are you Lance? Where the hell is that guy I started in the business with? I don't want to be this guy! Dammit wake up!</p><p>


Y2J suddenly slaps Storm across the face. Storm then jumps into the face of Jericho</em>.</p><p>


Lance Storm:</strong> You want Lance Storm? You're going to get him next week Chris! You wanted to wake me up, well you just did. And it won't be my fault what happens to you next week!</p><p>


Storm leaves the monitor area as Jericho stands back with a pleased look on his face.</em></p><p>


Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler hype the Main Event of Monday Night RAW between Ric Flair and Batista.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <font color="#ff0000"><strong>(B-)</strong></p><p><strong>


<strong>*COMMERCIAL BREAK*</strong></p><p><strong>


Eric Bischoff is sitting quietly in his office when the Dudley Boyz make their way in.</em></p><p>


Bubba Ray Dudley:</strong> Eric Bischoff, for the first time tonight you will be glad to see us. We just saw Steve Austin and he granted us a shot at the WWE World Tag Team Titles at the Royal Rumble!</p><p>


Eric Bischoff:</strong> You have got to be kidding me!</p><p>


D-Von Dudley:</strong> Oh no this is the true, we just wanted to give you the good news in person. Oh my brother testify!</p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <font color="#ff0000"><strong>(C+)</strong></font></p><p>


Matt Hardy is shown in-ring with a mic.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Matt Hardy:</strong> What a show, and what an announcement I have for you folks! I, Matt Hardy, am officially an entrant in the Royal Rumble Qualifiers! I know, I know, it is just too much to take in but...</p><p>


Suddenly Goldberg's music hits as Matt Hardy looks on in annoyance.</em></p><p>


Matt Hardy:</strong> What the hell is this?</p><p>


Matt Hardy is standing around looking confused as the crowd begins to roar with excitement as Goldberg finally appears from the crowd. Hardy unknown of Goldberg's entrance is just stand around when he finally turns around into a giant spear from Goldberg. The blast is so strong is sends Hardy flying out of the ring. Goldberg then picks up the mic as the crowd is losing its mind.</em></p><p>


Goldberg:</strong> Eric Bischoff! It looks like there is a spot open next week for my Royal Rumble Qualifier match! So I guess there is only one question left to ask... WHOSE NEXT???</p><p>


Goldberg leaves the ring as Matt Hardy lays on the arena floor out cold.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <strong><font color="#ff0000">(B)</font></strong></p><p>


Ric Flair is warming up backstage when Batista enters the room.</em></p><p>


Ric Flair: </strong> What's up big man? You ready?</p><p>


Batista:</strong> Listen Ric. I'm just here to let you know I'm going to just going to take it nice and easy out there but no hard feelings?</p><p>


Ric Flair:</strong> Nice and easy? No hard feelings? You are talking to the Nature Boy! Woooooo! You are talking to the greatest World's Heavweight champion in the history of this damn business. So when you walk in here you will show me some respect. Tonight will not be a walk in the park. Tonight big man I put you down. You want to beat the man? Well you have to beat me tonight! Now get the hell out of here. I have a match I need to get ready for, and apparently so do you! Woooooooo!</p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <strong><font color="#ff0000">(B-)</strong></p><p><strong>


*COMMERCIAL BREAK*</strong></p><p>


Back from break Shawn Michaels makes his entrance as the special guest announcer for the Main Event.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <strong><font color="#ff0000">(B+)</strong></p><p><strong>

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<img alt="" style="max-width:100%;" src="</strong><a href="https://i.imgur.com/1b0NuAB.jpg" rel="external nofollow"><strong>https://i.imgur.com/1b0NuAB.jpg"></strong></a><strong> <font color="#000000">vs. <img alt="" style="max-width:100%;" src="</strong><a href="https://i.imgur.com/bmbeCzN.jpg" rel="external nofollow"><strong>https://i.imgur.com/bmbeCzN.jpg"></font></strong></a></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

In a bout that had decent wrestling and pretty good heat, Batista defeated Ric Flair in WWE Royal Rumble Qualifier in 14:32 by pinfall with a Sit-Out Powerbomb.</font></strong></p><p> </p><p>

Rating:<font color="#ff0000"> <strong>(B-)</strong></p><p><strong>


Both men hug after the match as the crowd gives them a nice ovation.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <font color="#ff0000"><strong>(B)</strong></p><p><strong>


After both men leave the ring Shawn Michaels enters with a mic.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>"Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels:</strong> At the Royal Rumble the Heart...Break...Kid... Shawn Michaels once again becomes the WWE World Heavyweight champion. But I'm out here to make the challenge formal one on one with the champ himself, Triple H.</p><p>


Triple H then makes his entrance to "The Game" by Motor Head. After the entrance is completed, Triple H makes his way into the ring for a face-off with Shawn Michaels.</em></p><p>


Triple H:</strong> You always have been a pompous prick you know that?</p><p>


"Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels:</strong> That's why we have always been such "good friends".</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Triple H:</strong> Yeah. "Friends". Well like they say good friends, better enemies. And make no mistake at the Royal Rumble we are enemies.</p><p>


"Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels:</strong> I would have it no other way.</p><p>


Triple H:</strong> Well me neither because you are an easy target. You think I would just take any match? Shawn, when was the last time you actually beat me? The Royal Rumble is just a nice little warm up for my eventual Main Event Title match at WrestleMania.</p><p>


"Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels: </strong> Is that right? Well let me tell you something. I have been waiting for this match since you screwed me over a few weeks ago on RAW for that title you hold so closely. Triple H, I know you too well to know you are actually shaking in those boots at the scenario that I do actually beat you for that title. And take away that dream of headlining the show of all shows, WrestleMania! But you forget another thing. You are facing the show stoppa, the damn main event of any show I'm on. And at the Royal Rumble I'm going to kick your teeth down your throat and become the next WWE World Heavyweight champion.</p><p>


HBK then drops the mic and begins to walk away when he is turned around by HHH. HBK then goes for a Sweet Chin Music but misses by the slightest of margins. HHH lays on the mat scared as HBK puts up his fingers signifying he only missed him by that much. The segment closes as the WWE logo flashes ending the show.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Rating: <font color="#ff0000"><strong>(A+)</strong></p><p><strong>

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Overall Show Rating: <font color="#ff0000"]<strong>(B+)</strong></p><p><strong>

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*Note: TV Rating - <strong>12.51</strong></center></p>

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<font size="5"><font color="blue">WWE SmackDown on UPN</font></font>

January - Week 2 - 2004

Live from Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama

SOLD OUT 10,000 fans


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(WWE SmackDown Opens up with a video package airing across the telecast with clips of Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar, and Chris Benoit among others behind the music of “I Want it All” by Jim Johnston.)

Rating: B-


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</center><font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font> SmackDown heats up as we move quickly towards the Royal Rumble. Tonight we come to you from Huntsville, Alabama. Michael Cole along with my new broadcast colleague, Bill DeMott, at ringside. And tonight we have a new General Manager here on SmackDown.

<font color="blue">Bill DeMott:</font> Michael Cole. We not only have a new General Manager here on SmackDown in Mr. McMahon but you now always have ME.. Bill DeMott. And thanks to the ECW brand I am still gainfully employed.

<font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font> Bill, tonight we will see The Big Show take on Hardcore Holly in a Street Fight.

<font color="blue">Bill DeMott:</font> Also here tonight on SmackDown the WWE Tag Team Titles will be on the line!<center>

Rating: B-


(“Medals” hits the in-house PA system as Kurt Angle walks out as the fans playfully chant “You Suck” to the song.”


Tony Chimel: Ladies and gentlemen please welcome, Kurt Angle!


(Angle gets into the ring dressed in his Tap Out or Angle Slam t-shirt. Tony Chimel hands him a microphone.)


Rating: B-


(The fans start to chant “USA” with Angle playing into them. He stands on the second turnbuckle and gets the fans pumped.)


Kurt Angle: You guys rule! Woo.


(Pause for the fans to settle.)


Kurt Angle: You know last week was suppose to be a beginning to a new year. I made my big return. And I vowed I would win the Royal Rumble for our troops.


(Angle points to the US troops in the crowd.)


Kurt Angle: But something last week left a bitter taste in my mouth. You see I know this is none of my business. It's definitely none of my business. But I'll be damned if I stand here and let one of the greatest tag teams of all times self destruct.




Kurt Angle: So Chavo Guerrero, I want you to come out here right now so we can settle this thing we you and Eddie, right here, right now.


(Angle directs his attention to the entrance.)


Rating: C+


(“Latino World Order” by Jimmy Hart hits the PA system and Chavo Guerrero walks out onto the set. Chavo points at Angle in the ring. He continues to walk and has an angry grin on his face. His music fades as we awaits what Angle has to say.)


Kurt Angle: Now listen Chavo. I know I said last week, that it was Eddie's fault. Okay?


(Chavo nods.)


Kurt Angle: But don't you think you crossed the line a little bit when you slapped Eddie?


(Chavo disagrees.)


Kurt Angle: Think about that. Don't you want to do the right thing for your family and put this all behind you? Hold on.


(An “Eddie” chant breaks out.)


Kurt Angle: What I'm saying Chavo, don't you think you owe Eddie a public apology?


(Chavo shakes his head in disagreement.)


Kurt Angle: Huh? Yeah, a public apology. A public apology right here.


(Chavo rips the microphone out of Angle's hand.)


Chavo Guerrero: You want me to apologize to Eddie? What do you want me to apologize for? For trying to hold my family together? Do you want me to apologize for loving my Uncle Eddie? Because that's exactly what I did last week. I showed Eddie tough love. They don't call it tough love because it's easy. So you ask me if I will apologize to my Uncle Eddie. Well no sir I will NOT!


(The fans boo.)


Chavo Guerrero: In fact, if Eddie was in this ring right now, I'd slap him in the face even harder.


(Another “Eddie” chant breaks out.)


Chavo Guerrero: Just like I'm thinking of slapping you.


(Angle takes the microphone back from Chavo.)


Kurt Angle: Chavo I didn't ask you to come out here for fight. I asked you to come out here for an opportunity. An opportunity to do the right thing.


(“We Lie, We Cheat, We Steal” blasts over the PA system and Eddie Guerrero swiftly comes out on the stage marching straight for the ring, never taking his eyes off of Chavo. Mid aisle, Eddie picks up a sprint and slides into the ring after Chavo. Kurt Angle gets in the way and holds Eddie back as Chavo flees the ring towards the announce table. Angle pushes Eddie into a corner before getting him back.)


Rating: C+


Kurt Angle: Eddie Eddie.. Listen! I know Eddie listen.


(Eddie argues with Angle about Chavo.)


Kurt Angle: Just listen to me. Hey! Listen to me.


(Eddie yells at Chavo.)


Kurt Angle: You can beat the hell out of each other all you want. Just listen to me first, I have a few things to say. That's it. Then you can kick his ass, I don't care Eddie.


(Eddie settles but still visibly looks frustrated.)


Kurt Angle: Listen. That's your nephew. Yeah Eddie, that's your nephew. And Chavo. You look at him he's your Uncle. You're suppose to love him. You're tearing your family apart. Now listen to me. If you got the, what do you call the.. The wavos. If you got the wavos, you get into the ring right now and face your uncle eye to eye. Right now. Come on Chavo get in here.


(Chavo gets in and Eddie immediately charges him. Angle steps in between the two.)


Kurt Angle: Whoa whoa! Hey listen. Listen to me. You can beat the hell out of each other all that you want but just listen to what I have to say. Listen guys. Don't start this! You're tearing your family apart. The greatest family in the history of this sport. Come on guys. Eddie I know you don't want this. And Chavo come on man. I know you don't want this either. I am going to ask you just one question, just one. I want to know right here, right now. Who is going to be the better man? Who is going to be the better man right here right now and extend their hand?


(Eddie paces.)


Kurt Angle: Who's it going to be?


(Chavo extends out his right hand immediately for Eddie to shake. Eddie pauses.)


Kurt Angle: Come on Eddie. It's your nephew. We're talking about family Eddie. Do the right thing. It's your nephew.


(Eddie puts up his hand but then back down.)


Kurt Angle: Eddie, I want you to look deep inside yourself. Eddie I want you to look at Chavo. Think about this. Who was the one person when you were down and out? You know what I'm talking about.


(Chavo with his hand still extended out for his Uncle.)


Kurt Angle: Your world was turned upside down Eddie. Who was the one person that cared enough to pick you back up? I have to go there Eddie. I've got to go there. Chavo was the one person there for you. Nobody else.


(Eddie backs up and Chavo draws in closer along with Kurt.)


Kurt Angle: That's family Eddie! That's family. Eddie reach deep inside yourself and do the right thing. This is your family Eddie. Don't break that tradition.


Rating: C+


(Eddie accepts the handshake with Chavo. Kurt Angle drops the microphone, grabs both their hands and raises them in the air for a celebration. Angle parades around the ring in them, in virtue of success of the tag team, the family, settling their differences.)


Rating: B-


</center><font color="blue">Bill DeMott:</font> Well, Eddie Guerrero did do the right thing. But I think these two should've slugged it out. Men sorting it out with fists.

<font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font> Alls I know is Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero had to swallow a lot of pride in there. Thanks to Kurt Angle. Thank goodness for Kurt Angle and his level head. He kept the Guerreros from exploding tonight. From tearing their family apart.

<font color="blue">Bill DeMott:</font> We don't know if there on the same page Michael.

<font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font> Well tonight was a start. Josh Mathews is standing backstage with The Big Show as The Big Show prepares for the Street Fight tonight with Hardcore Holly.<center>


(Quick reply of last week's match from Big Show and Hardcore Holly. Hardcore gets himself disqualified when he kicked Big Show in the groin area. Hardcore Holly then grabbed steel chair and hit Big Show in the head with it. The clip ends with an image of the Big Show bleeding from his forehead. The camera transitions to The Big Show standing backstage with a bandage in his forehead and the WWE United States title draped over his left shoulder. The camera pans out to reveal Josh Mathews standing with a microphone in hand.)


Josh Mathews: Big Show, why would you ask for your match against Hardcore Holly tonight to be a street fight?


The Big Show: You don't get it, do you Josh? You hold the microphone but you still don't get it. You just don't get it do you?


(Big Show pokes Mathews in the head.)


The Big Show: Last week, Hardcore Holly split my head open with this very chair!


(Big Show holds up a dented steel chair.)


The Big Show: He made me bleed. That's why I went to Mr. McMahon. That's why I asked him. Please, please Mr. McMahon, make my match with Hardcore Holly a street fight. That way I can use this chair. I can use anything I want you. Because tonight, Hardcore Holly I am taking you out.


(The camera fades to a commercial break.)


Rating: C


<img src="https://i.imgur.com/iP0G5PR.jpg" alt="Rey Mysterio" height="100" width="100"> <font size="5">Vs. </font> <img src="https://i.imgur.com/DV0uV46.jpg" alt="Akio" height="100" width="100">

<font color="blue">Non-Title – Singles Match</font>

Rey Mysterio © vs. Akio


In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Rey Mysterio defeated Akio in 8:02 by pinfall with a West Coast Pop.

Rating: C+


</center><font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font> The Cruiserweight Division, exclusive right here on SmackDown.

<font color="blue">Bill DeMott:</font> Akio gave up a good fight, but Rey Mysterio showed us why he is the division champion.

<font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font> Bill, Akio was left behind with the transition of the ECW brand. Tajiri was not happy when Akio cost him the Cruiserweight title last week here on SmackDown.

<font color="blue">Bill DeMott:</font> Tajiri and Sakoda jumped to the ECW brand. Akio had a chance to prove them wrong in this match-up but he failed short.<center>


(The camera pans backstage to a door which reads: SmackDown General Manager. Chris Benoit storms the door where Mr. McMahon is lounging on a couch.)


Vince McMahon: The hell is this about?


(McMahon jump to his feet.)


Chris Benoit: Let's get one thing perfectly clear. You're going to try and hold me back just like Paul Heyman did. I'm not going to let that happen! Because you can throw adversity at me. You can try and make me fail. But when it is all said and done. I will win the Royal Rumble and I will go to WrestleMania and become Champion.


(McMahon smirks.)


Vince McMahon: You have a preconceived notion about me don't ya Benoit? Well your god damn right! You come into my office with demands.


Chris Benoit: Not demands. Promises.


Vince McMahon: Are you forgetting something Chris? I am not only the SmackDown General Manager but I am the Chairman of the WWE. I don't give a crap about you. Matter of fact, I think you're holding this brand back. But that's besides the point. You are not a guaranteed a spot in the Royal Rumble. No! That was Paul Heyman's doing last week. John Cena. Yes. He's in the Rumble. Chris Benoit? He still has to earn it. New SmackDown. New administration. New era. Now get the hell out of my office before I fire your ass!


(Benoit stares McMahon down before ultimately exiting.)


Rating: B-


</center><font color="blue">Bill DeMott:</font> Careful testing the Chairman of the WWE.

<font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font> Coming up next the WWE Tag Team Titles will be on the line as The Basham Brothers defend against Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty.<center>


(SmackDown returns from commercial break with Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty coming out to their entrance music. The bell ring sounds.)


Tony Chimel: The following contest is scheduled for one fall and is for the WWE Tag Team Championship. Approaching the ring the challengers, Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi.


(The tag team get in the ring.)


Rating: D+


(The Basham Brothers music hits the PA system and Shaniqua walks out onto the set with both the WWE Tag titles in her hand. Rikishi and Scotty look confused. As Tony Chimel is announcing the champions, they hit the ring and attack Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty from behind. They start stomping and destroying the challengers. The ambush continues as the referee tries to gain control but it unsuccessful. Shaniqua gets in the ring as Danny Basham holds up Scotty. Shaniqua connects with a big boot to Scotty's head. They all start stomping out Rikishi. Danny picks up Rikishi into a Russian Leg Sweep while Doug hits a clothesline on him simultaneously. Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty slowly get to their feet. Shaniqua hands the Bashams the belts as they each individually crack Rikishi and Scotty in the head with them.)


Rating: D


(Kurt Angle's music hits the PA and he walks out with a microphone in hand.)


</center><font color="blue">Bill DeMott:</font> Kurt Angle again? What is he the mayor or something.<center>


(Angle's music fades.)


Kurt Angle: Hold on a second. I guess hell has officially frozen over because I just left Mr. McMahon's office and we've just made an agreement. You see when you advertise a WWE Tag Team Championship match, you should actually have one. And since you made sure Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty were out of the picture. Mr. McMahon and I have come up with a suitable replacement. Up next will be the Basham Brothers with the WWE Tag Team Titles on the line against their opponents, the Los Guerreros.


(The fans pop with the show going to commercial.)


<img src="https://i.imgur.com/yEvnYVV.jpg" alt="Doug Basham" height="100" width="100"><img src="https://i.imgur.com/LzmF3Me.jpg" alt="Danny Basham" height="100" width="100"> <font size="5">Vs.</font> <img src="https://i.imgur.com/v2b9p4d.jpg" alt="Eddie Guerrero" height="100" width="100"><img src="https://i.imgur.com/ZgW5CBg.jpg" alt="Chavo Guerrero" height="100" width="100">

<font color="blue">WWE Tag Team Championship Match</font>

Basham Brothers © w/ Shaniqua Vs. Los Guerreros


In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Basham Brothers defeated Los Guerreros in 9:54 when Doug Basham defeated Chavo Guerrero by pinfall while using the ropes for leverage and Shaniqua holding his hands. Basham Brothers make defence number 1 of their WWE Tag Team titles.


In terms of in-ring work, Eddie Guerrero was head and shoulders above everyone else.

Rating: C+


(After the match, the Bashams toss Chavo Guerrero out of the ring. The Bashams and Shaniqua begin their post match assault on Eddie Guerrero. They stomp Eddie out. Chavo grabs a steel chair from ringside and acts as if he is going to help Eddie. Instead, he puts it down and sits in it, watching the Bashams attacking Eddie. The assault continues and concludes with the Bashams applying a double sharpshooter on Eddie. The Bashams, proud at what they've done, exit the ring with their belts and Shaniqua.)

Rating: C-


(Chavo gets up out of his chair and slowly gets into the ring where Eddie slowly is getting to his feet. Eddie falls back down to the canvas. Chavo helps Eddie up to his feet. Chavo lays Eddie out with a right forearm to the head. The fans boo. Eddie looks on in disbelief. Chavo mounts him and starts beating the hell out of him. Eddie is busted open from the assault. Chavo grabs Eddie's head and start bashing it off the ring. Chavo is about to exit the ring but he gets back in and stomps Eddie's head. Chavo gets in Eddie's Lo Rida and backs down the entrance, leaving Eddie in the ring.)

Rating: C+


<img src="https://i.imgur.com/dgLWtSR.jpg" alt="A-Train" height="100" width="100"> <font size="5">Vs.</font> <img src="https://i.imgur.com/IfHBTXF.jpg" alt="John Cena" height="100" width="100">

Singles Match

A-Train vs. John Cena


In a decent match, John Cena defeated A-Train in 7:34 by pinfall with a F-U.

Rating: C+


</center><font color=blue>Michael Cole:</font> Cena is rolling into the Royal Rumble match!

<font color=blue>Bill DeMott:</font> That was a strong win for John Cena.

<font color=blue>Michael Cole:</font> I am going to go on record to say John Cena is a favorite to win the Royal Rumble at the end of this month!<center>


(Eddie Guerrero is backstage upset, bloody and getting check out by medical staff. Kurt Angle approaches Eddie Guerrero.)


Kurt Angle: Eddie. Listen. I don't know what to say man. Somhow I feel responsible for this.


(Eddie sits up.)


Kurt Angle: Listen. I can't believe what Chavo did. I can't believe I misjudged him like that. I should've never stuck my nose in your family's business. I know you only have one thing on your mind. But I should've never stopped you from tearing Chavo apart tonight. Eddie, I'm sorry.


(Eddie begins to cry, Angle walks away.)

Rating: B-


(Chris Benoit walks out to his theme music in preparation of a match.)


Rating: B-


(“No Chance” blasts over the PA and Vince McMahon walks out with a microphone in hand.)


Vince McMahon: Cut my music, I need to address something. Chris Benoit, you struck a nerve with me tonight. It seems Paul Heyman has let this brand run rapid. It seems Paul Heyman had no control over his talent. There is no respect here. I am no longer going to allow that. This is a professional brand unlike that show on Saturday Nights. I demand respect, damnit! Chris Benoit. You disrespected me so I am going to punish you. For tonight, you will participate in a mini Royal Rumble. Should you lose. You're out of the Royal Rumble.


(Benoit stands in the ring with his hands on his hips.)


Vince McMahon: And that match is NEXT! Good luck!


Rating: C


<img src="https://i.imgur.com/grGjhrS.jpg" alt="Chris Benoit" height="100" width="100"> <font size="5">Vs. </font> <img src="https://i.imgur.com/22aWrhe.jpg" alt="Charlie Haas" height="100" width="100"> <font size="5">Vs. </font> <img src="https://i.imgur.com/Lq92ixY.jpg" alt="Shelton Benjamin" height="100" width="100"> <font size="5">Vs. </font> <img src="https://i.imgur.com/CLOxotT.jpg" alt="Bradshaw" height="100" width="100">

<font color="blue">Mini Royal Rumble</font>

Chris Benoit vs. Charlie Haas vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Bradshaw


In a decent match, Bradshaw defeated Chris Benoit, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin in 8:39 when Bradshaw defeated Chris Benoit by tossing him over the top rope.


Chris Benoit carried the match in terms of in-ring performance.

Rating: B-


</center><font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font> Chris Benoit is out of the Royal Rumble match. No!

<font color="blue">Bill DeMott:</font> When you cross the boss, this is what happens.

<font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font> Benoit and Bradshaw did a great job to combat the World's Greatest Tag Team's advantage.

<font color="blue">Bill DeMott:</font> Bradshaw has a job to do as well and he picked up the victory.<center>


(The camera transitions to Billy Gunn in a WWE Studio for the “Best of Billy Gunn” countdown. Billy thanks the fans for an overwhelming response for his videos and his support. Billy says he will make his return at the Rumble but for the next three weeks he promotes his top three moments of his career. Moment number three- Smoking Gunns win the WWF Tag Team titles from 1-2-3 Kid and “Sparkplug” Bob Holly at Monday Night Raw 1994.)

Rating: C-


(During the commercial break, Torrie Wilson comes out and fires T-Shirts into the crowd.)

Rating: C


(The camera pans to the locker-room where Josh Mathews stand by with Hardcore Holly.)


Josh Mathews: Hardcore, how do you feel about the fact tonight that you will take on The Big Show in a street fight?


Hardcore Holly: Well Josh, if it's a street fight he wants well then it's a street fight The Big Show is gonna get. You see he may be the US Champion but he's not that smart. Because Josh, you know as well as I do because I think you're a pretty smart guy. You don't play somebody elses game. And a street fight; that's right up my ally! And you don't play my game right here in my backyard right here in Huntsville. So tonight, Big Show is gonna find out what an Alabama ass whippin' is all about.

Rating: C+


(The camera finds Nidia backstage. She is sporting black glasses from when a few weeks back Tajiri misted her. She is trying to get Jamie Noble on the phone. She leaves him a voice message.)


Nidia: Jamie! Baby! I'm worried about you. This is unlike you. You're match is next and you're still not here. Please call me back! I love you!


(She hangs up. Mr. McMahon approaches.)


Vince McMahon: Nidia, Mr. McMahon here, how are you?


Nidia: Mr. McMahon how are you?


Vince McMahon: I'm not doing so well. I've allowed the SmackDown brand to become a disrespectful group and I cannot allow that anymore.


Nidia: I completely agree.


Vince McMahon: Great! Because I scheduled a match with Jamie Noble and Ultimo Dragon next. But I feel disrespected by Jamie Noble no-showing MY show.


Nidia: He'll be here I promise Mr. McMahon. We can't afford the trailer rent without him wrestling this match.


Vince McMahon: Oh, don't worry. If Jamie doesn't show you guys will still receive payment. Because you will be his replacement!


<img src="https://i.imgur.com/3JeD8aT.jpg" alt="Ultimo Dragon" height="100" width="100"> <font size="5">Vs.</font> <img src="https://i.imgur.com/07CbNKi.jpg" alt="Nidia" height="100" width="100">

Singles Match

Ultimo Dragon vs. Nidia


In an extremely short match, Ultimo Dragon defeated Nidia in 5:01 by pinfall with an Asai Moonsault.

Rating: C-


</center><font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font> I'm sure that's not the way Ultimo Dragon wanted to become the Number One Contender for the Cruiserweight Title. He was hesitant early on but Nidia started to attack him.

<font color="blue">Bill DeMott:</font> Nonetheless, he is going onto face Rey Mysterio at the Royal Rumble in a Cruiserweight Championship Match.

<font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font> Where is Jamie Noble? He left his girlfriend, Nidia, to fight this match. She tried her hardest but fell short.

<font color="blue">Bill DeMott:</font> Nidia is a tough girl but not tough enough to beat Ultimo Dragon.<center>


(Rey Mysterio comes out after the match, picks up Nidia and helps her out of the ring. Jamie Noble appears and grabs Nidia, hugging her. Noble turns around and lays Rey Mysterio out.)

Rating: C


(“Next Big Thing” plays over the PA system. Brock Lesnar walks out with the WWE Championship draped over his shoulder. He walks down the aisle and heads towards the announce table and joins them.)


</center><font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font> Brock Lesnar, the WWE Champion, joining us here at ringside. Brock, what brings you out here?

<font color="blue">Brock Lesnar:</font> What am I doing out here? I wanted a front row seat to watch Bob Holly get his ass whooped by The Big Show. That's what I'm doing out here.

<font color="blue">Bill DeMott:</font> Basically Brock you can do anything you want anytime you want.<center>


(The camera pans around ringside showing the various weapons readily available for the main event street fight.)


Rating: B-


<img src="https://i.imgur.com/rAKr1bu.jpg" alt="The Big Show" height="100" width="100"> <font size="5">Vs. </font><img src="https://i.imgur.com/J69Jt9N.jpg" alt="Hardcore Holly" height="100" width="100">

<font color=blue>Main Event: Non-title - Street Fight</font>

The Big Show © vs. Hardcore Holly


In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Hardcore Holly defeated The Big Show in a Street Fight match in 12:57 by submission with a steel chair around his throat.

Rating: B


</center><font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font> Hardcore is staring a hole through the champion.

<font color="blue">Bill DeMott:</font> We might not need the Royal Rumble, this might break here tonight.

<font color="blue">Michael Cole:</font> The champ says he's not scared of him. Go in and get yourself some champ.<center>


(Hardcore Holly, with a steel chair in hand, slides out of the ring and chases after Brock Lesnar. Lesnar jumps over the crowd barrier and runs through the crowd. Hardcore Holly stands on top of the announce table holding the steel chair up high.)

Rating: B


<font color="blue">Final Rating: B-</font>

Television Rating: 12.76 on UPN




Non-televised matches


<img src="https://i.imgur.com/6ZpUq6Q.jpg" alt="Orlando Jordan" height="60" width="60"> <font size="5">Vs.</font> <img src="https://i.imgur.com/a0VhCjf.jpg" alt="Supreme" height="60" width="60">

Singles Match

Orlando Jordan vs. Supreme


In an abysmal pre-show match, Orlando Jordan defeated Supreme in 4:24 by pinfall with an Orlando Magic.

Grade: E+


<img src="https://i.imgur.com/FCoDj1y.jpg" alt="Horshu" height="60" width="60"> <font size="5">Vs.</font> <img src="https://i.imgur.com/ERHLkO6.jpg" alt="Billy Kidman" height="60" width="60">

Singles Match

Horshu vs. Billy Kidman


In a terrible pre-show match, Billy Kidman defeated Horshu in 6:21 by pinfall with a Kid Krusher.

Grade: D


<img src="https://i.imgur.com/o6zi3Ax.jpg" alt="Shannon Moore" height="60" width="60"> <font size="5">Vs.</font> <img src="https://i.imgur.com/WpKp8Ik.jpg" alt="Funaki" height="60" width="60">

Singles Match

Shannon Moore vs. Funaki


In a terrible pre-show match, Shannon Moore defeated Funaki in 7:13 by pinfall with a Mooregasm.

Grade: D


<img src="https://i.imgur.com/uZkCI8B.jpg" alt="Paul London" height="60" width="60"><img src="https://i.imgur.com/WzxfMEA.jpg" alt="Spanky" height="60" width="60"> <font size="5">Vs.</font> <img src="https://i.imgur.com/67Q6Qgs.jpg" alt="Seven" height="60" width="60"><img src="https://i.imgur.com/Q2hUwCl.jpg" alt="Travis Bane" height="60" width="60">

Tag Team Match

Paul London & Spanky vs. Seven & Travis Bane


In a pre-show bout that had terrible wrestling and non-existent crowd heat, London and Spanky defeated Seven and Travis Bane in 9:03 when Paul London defeated Travis Bane by pinfall with a Shooting Star Press.


In terms of in-ring work, Paul London was head and shoulders above everyone else. Travis Bane was the weak link, struggling to keep up with everyone else's in-ring performance.

Grade: D


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<center><font size="4"><font color="8d19e6">WWE ECW

</font>Hammerstein Ballroom (Tri-State) - 2,600 Attendance *sold-out*


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<font color="8d19e6">Pre-Show </font></font><font size="4"><font color="8d19e6">Match 1: </font><font color="4b0084"><font color="210238">

In a pre-show bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Stevie Richards defeated Ernest Miller in 8:02 by pinfall with a Stevie-T. During the match we also had Lamont accidentally hit The Cat.</font></font>--Rating: D+


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Pre-Show Match 2: </font><font color="210238">

In a pre-show bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Jushin Thunder Liger beat Psicosis in 5:04 by pinfall with a Sheer Drop Brainbuster</font> --Rating: C


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<font color="210238">MAIN SHOW</font>



</font><font size="4" color="8d19e6">Opening Angles (Parts 1,2,3 & 4)</font>

<font size="4">Paul Heyman is seen in the ring as the scene fades in, and you can hear the "E-C-DUB" chants repeatedly throughout the sold-out Hammerstein Ballroom.</font>


<font size="4">Paul Heyman: Welcome ladies and gentlemen, to the sequal.. of the second coming.. of E...C...W...!!!</font>

<font size="4">Crowd pops with more "E-C-DUB" chants.</font>


<font size="4">Paul Heyman: Tonight you will witness the final four matches of the first round to the Extreme Championship Wrestling World Title tournament... but please allow me to introduce to you, our newest aquisition to the land of extreme... --Rating: B


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</font><font size="4">"Loaded" by Zack Tempest cranks over the PA and the fans go nuts for the arrival of Jeff Hardy to ECW. Heyman is seen clapping for Hardy as he charismatically makes his way to the ring. </font><font size="4">--Rating: B


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</font><font size="4">Hardy's handed a microphone and as he goes to speak, "Saturnal" by Jim Johnston is heard through the arena. Much to Heyman, Hardy and the crowds surprise, Perry Saturn is seen marching down the aisle. He slides in the ring and tears the microphone from Jeff Hardy's hands, and gets in Heyman's face.</font>


<font size="4">Perry Saturn: Who do you think you are, Pauly?! I worked for you destroying my body for two years, and this is the way you repay me...?! By signing this piece of trash?!</font>


<font size="4">Paul Heyman: Now, Perry...</font>


<font size="4">Perry Saturn: Don't "Now, Perry...", me! I want a damn contract, and I want it now!</font>


<font size="4">Paul Heyman: Here's what we're going to do, Perry. I'm going to book you against this man, Jeff Hardy, live tonight! And if you can get the win over Hardy, you'll also become a member of the NEW E...C... --Rating: B


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</font><font size="4">Before Heyman can finish Perry cuts him off.</font>


<font size="4">Perry Saturn: Fine by me!</font>

<font size="4">Perry turns quick and tries smashing Hardy in the head with the microphone in his hand but Hardy ducks it and runs to the ropes. Heyman dodges out of the way as Perry chases Hardy to the corner and gets nailed with a Whisper in the Wind! Perry quickly rolls out of the ring dazed holding his face and starts staggering back up the ramp. Hardy celebrates for the fans as they and Heyman applaud him. Saturn collects himself walking up the aisle and points back at Hardy and Heyman muttering something under his breath. Ring commentators Joey Styles and Tazz are heard in the background.</font>


<font size="4">Tazz: What a way to start the show, Joey!</font>


<font size="4">Joey Styles: And another great match added to tonight's card! Let's not waste any more time and get back to the first round of our title tournament. --Rating: C-


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</font><font size="4"><font color="250e36"><font color="8d19e6">Match 1:</font><font color="210238"> </font></font><font color="210238">

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Spike Dudley defeated Johnny Stamboli in 7:29 by pinfall with a Battering Ram following interference from Tajiri.</font> --Rating: D+


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</font><font size="4"><font color="8d19e6">Angle 2: </font>

Chuck Palumbo and Johnny Stamboli & Nunzio run off Tajiri and Sakoda to the backstage area... </font>


<font size="4">Joey Styles: Things seem to be heating up between these two teams, Tazz! --Rating: D


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</font><font size="4"><font color="8d19e6">Angle 3: </font>

Then James Mitchell distracts Spike Dudley to allow Rhyno to nail Spike Dudley with a monstrous GORE!!</font>

<font size="4">Tazz: Oh man!</font>


<font size="4">Joey Styles: Rhyno just Gored Spike out of his boots! And what the hell is James Mitchell doing here?! --Ratings: C-


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<font color="8d19e6"></font></font><font size="4"><font color="8d19e6">Match 2:

[/font]In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Jon Heidenreich defeated Tommy Dreamer in 5:42 by pinfall with a Cobra Clutch Slam. --Rating: D+</font>

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</font><font size="4"><font color="8d19e6">Angle 4: </font>

We see Mark Henry sneaking out of the building with Jazz... --Rating: D


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<font size="4"><font color="8d19e6">Angle 5:

</font>when suddenly the cameras pan to Dawn Maries Offering her Services to Tajiri & Sakoda but due to the language barrier, she can't tell if they accept or refuse but seems annoyed none the less. --Rating: C


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</font><font size="4"><font color="8d19e6">Match 3:

 [/font]In an extremely short match, Rob Van Dam defeated Matt Morgan in 5:04 by pinfall with a Van Daminator.

--Rating: C


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</font><font size="4"><font color="8d19e6">Angle 6:

[/font]Dawn Marie is seen yet again offering managerial services, now to the F.B.I. They all kiss their fingers and yell "Fahgeddaboutit!" in unison. She seems pleased with the end result and is now aligned with "The F.B.I's" Chuck Palumbo, Nunzio, and Johnny Stamboli. --Rating: D


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</font><font size="4"><font color="8d19e6">Angle 7: </font>

Paul Heyman joins Joey Styles and Tazz on commentary for the main event to hype it prior.</font>

<font size="4">Paul Heyman: May I join you gentlemen for our main event again this evening?</font>


<font size="4">Joey Styles: Sure thing, boss.</font>


<font size="4">Tazz: Like I got anything to say about it?!


Joey Styles: Oh brother... Let's get to the main event, shall we?!


Paul Heyman: We shall! --Rating: C


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</font><font size="4"><font color="8d19e6">Main Event:

</font><font color="210238">In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Perry Saturn defeated Jeff Hardy in 14:02 by submission with a Rings of Saturn after blatantly cheating. *Jeff Hardy and Perry Saturn had awful chemistry* </font>--Rating: C


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<font size="4"><font color="210238">Final Show Rating: </font><font color="8d19e6">C+</font></font>

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