[Dark Match]: The Eliminators (John Kronus and Perry Saturn) defeated MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro) when Saturn pinned Mercury with the Death Valley Driver in 0:08:00. Rating: *** 1/4
[Dark Match]: Kofi Kingston pinned Gregory Helms with the Cool Runnings in 0:06:34. Rating: *** 3/4
2010 WWF Royal Rumble
A video package opens the show detailing the Heavyweight title matches and the Royal Rumble airs.
WWF Raw commentators Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler are introduced. They briefly preview the Raw matches tonight.
WWF Smackdown commentators Michael Cole & Tazz are introduced. They briefly preview the Smackdown matches tonight. They are interrupted by a guitar riff followed by Jesse James saying "Oh, you didn't know?"
The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Jesse James) defeated Honky Tonk Man and Jeff Jarrett when B. Gunn pinned Honky Tonk Man with the Fame-Ass-Er in 0:09:53. Rating: *** 1/4
Raw GM Bobby Heenan and Smackdown GM's Paul Heyman and Stephanie McMahon are backstage. Heenan attempts to find out who the Smackdown mystery entrant in the Rumble is, but has no success.
Jushin Liger pinned Mistico with the Running Lyger Bomb in 0:10:33. Rating: **** 1/4
Video airs of wrestlers drawing their numbers. Ted Dibiase is the last to draw and is not pleased with the result. Bobby Heenan overhears Dibiase talking with JBL about finding out who drew #30 and making him an offer. Heenan informs Dibiase, he must keep the number he drew, or not compete tonight.
In the locker room, Chris Jericho and Owen Hart discuss Jericho's match with Bret tonight. Mean Gene Okerlund enters to interview Chris on the match. Jericho guarantees he'll win the title and Owen will win the rumble, announcing the Wrestlemania main event to be Jericho vs. Owen.
Eddie Guerrero pinned Tatanka with the Frog Splash in 0:09:04. Rating: *** 3/4
Michael Cole and Tazz speculate over who the Smackdown mystery entrant will be.
A promo for Wrestlemania 2 airs.
Backstage, Jonathan Coachman interviews the challenger for the WWF Championship, Rob Van Dam, about the upcoming title match.
The Hardy Boys (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy) defeated Strike Force (Rick Martel and Tito Santana) when M. Hardy pinned T. Santana with the Twist of Fate in 0:14:31. Rating: *** 3/4 (The Hardy Boys retained the WWF Tag Team Championship.)
Backstage, Jonathan Coachman congratulates Rick Rude on being the WWF Champion for a full year now. Rude proceeds to give his thoughts on his year as Champion and looks ahead to continuing his reign.
Rick Rude pinned Rob Van Dam with the Rude Awakening in 0:20:54. Rating: ***** (Rick Rude retained the WWF Championship.)
Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Bret Hart about tonight's match.
Bret Hart defeated Chris Jericho by disqualification in 0:27:11. Rating: **** 1/4 (Bret Hart retained the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.) [Owen Hart interfered against Bret Hart.]
Bret Hart executes a German suplex on Chris Jericho. Jack Doan counts: One, two, thr... kickout. Bret Hart executes the Sharpshooter on Chris Jericho. Chris Jericho is writhing in pain. Owen Hart enters the ring and breaks the hold. Jack Doan calls for the DQ.
Owen puts Bret in the Sharpshooter, as Jericho begins kicking Bret and fighting off officials and referees who try to get into the ring. Eventually, Owen breaks the hold and storms off with Jericho.
The officials help Bret to his feet and have to hold him up as they walk back to the locker room.
Video airs with brief remarks from some of the participants of the Royal Rumble match.
30-Man Battle Royal: Owen Hart won a 30-man Royal Rumble: x Steamboat and DiBiase started out. x Ax entered at 0:02:00 x Rey Misterio entered at 0:04:00 x Misterio threw out Ax after a front facelock in 0:04:59 x Smash entered at 0:06:00 x Steamboat threw out Smash in 0:07:34 x Christian Cage entered at 0:08:00 x Cage threw out Steamboat after a bodyslam in 0:08:55 x Batista entered at 0:10:00 x Batista threw out Cage after a back suplex in 0:10:48 x Edge entered at 0:12:00 x Finlay entered at 0:14:00 x Scott Hall entered at 0:16:00 x Edge threw out Batista after a hiptoss in 0:16:58 x Roddy Piper entered at 0:18:00 x Piper threw out Finlay after a gutwrench suplex in 0:18:31 x Mr. Perfect entered at 0:20:00 x Perfect threw out Edge in 0:21:21 x Dibiase threw out Perfect in 0:21:37 x Owen Hart entered at 0:22:00 x Shawn Michaels entered at 0:24:00 x O.Hart threw out Misterio in 0:24:35 x IRS entered at 0:26:00 x Dibiase threw out Piper in 0:26:32 x King Dibiase entered at 0:28:00 x Hall threw out IRS after a piledriver in 0:29:21 x King threw out Hall in 0:29:47 x Bryan Danielson entered at 0:30:00 x Lex Luger entered at 0:32:00 x John "Bradshaw" Layfield entered at 0:34:00 x JBL threw out Luger in 0:34:17 x O. Hart threw out Michaels in 0:35:10 x Davey Boy Smith entered at 0:36:00 x Danielson threw out King in 0:36:23 x Dibiase threw out Danielson in 0:37:40 x Booker T entered at 0:38:00 x D.B. Smith threw out JBL after a stomp in 0:39:09 x Dynamite Kid entered at 0:40:00 x D.B. Smith threw out Booker T in 0:40:22 x Hulk Hogan entered at 0:42:00 x Dibiase threw out Dynamite Kid in 0:42:50 x Kevin Nash entered at 0:44:00 x Kenta Kobashi entered at 0:46:00 x O. Hart threw out D.B. Smith in 0:46:45 x Kobashi threw out Hogan in 0:46:47 x William Regal entered at 0:48:00 x Brian Pillman entered at 0:50:00 x Kobashi threw out Regal after a forearm to the back in 0:51:16 x Sting entered at 0:52:00 x Cactus Jack entered at 0:54:00 x Sting threw out Pillman in 0:55:18 x Cactus Jack threw out Nash in 0:55:52
All four commentators point out that 29 superstars have entered, meaning Smackdown's mystery man would be entering last. The clock comes up. The crowd counts down from 10. The buzzer sounds. A familiar tune begins to play. The crowd explodes. The commentators are stunned. All activity stops in the ring. Triple H begins walking to the ring!
x Triple H entered at 0:56:00 x Triple H threw out Dibiase in 0:56:47 x Triple H threw out Cactus Jack after a backslide in 0:58:10 x Triple H threw out KObashi in 1:04:11 x O. Hart threw out Sting after a flying dropkick in 1:05:07 x O. Hart threw out Triple H in 1:11:28 Rating: *** 1/2
Owen Hart celebrates his Rumble victory and looks up at a Wrestlemania banner as the show goes off the air.
Rey Misterio pinned Matt Hardy with the West Coast Pop in 0:07:02. Rating: ****
Roddy Piper made Finlay submit to the Sleeper in 0:06:42. Rating: ** 1/4
Jushin Liger pinned Jeff Hardy with the Running Lyger Bomb in 0:08:16. Rating: **** 1/4
Rick Steamboat pinned Christian Cage with the Flying Cross Body Press in 0:10:53. Rating: ****
Money Inc. (IRS and Ted DiBiase) defeated Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard and JTG) when DiBiase made S. Gaspard submit to the Million Dollar Dream in 0:11:12. Rating: ** 1/4
Owen Hart made Shawn Michaels submit to the Sharpshooter in 0:23:04. Rating: *****
Notable events Vince McMahon announces he's allowed a couple of Smackdown competitors(Rick Steamboat & Shawn Michaels) to come to Raw to get even for being eliminated by a Raw superstar in last night's Royal Rumble.
Owen Hart discusses winning the Royal Rumble and his lifelong dream of winning the World Heavyweight Championship. He talks about how much sweeter it will be winning it by pinning his older brother, Bret. Bret comes down to the ring to congratulate Owen on his Wrestlemania opportunity. Bret mentions not being keen on fighting his own brother. Shawn Michaels interrupts. Shawn challenges Owen to a Royal Rumble revenge match tonight, which Owen accepts.
Initially, the main event ended in a time limit draw. Shawn gets on the mic to say he came here tonight to get even and challenges Owen to get back in the ring. Owen would obviously accept and go on to score the victory.
Card rating: *** 3/4
2-8-10 WWF Raw
John "Bradshaw" Layfield pinned Lex Luger after a fallaway slam in 0:06:20. Rating: 3/4*
Booker T pinned Al Snow with the Scissor Kick in 0:06:19. Rating: *** 3/4
Sting pinned William Regal with the Scorpion Death Drop in 0:09:47. Rating: ***
Hulk Hogan pinned Kenta Kobashi with the Big Leg Drop in 0:11:18. Rating: **** 1/4
The Eliminators (John Kronus and Perry Saturn) defeated MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro) when Saturn pinned Nitro with the Death Valley Driver in 0:13:45. Rating: **** 1/4
Bret Hart made Chris Jericho submit to the Sharpshooter in 0:18:36. Rating: **** 1/4 (Bret Hart retained the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.) [Rey Misterio interfered against Chris Jericho.]
Notable events Chris Jericho confronts Bret Hart. Chris talks about Bret's predicament of having to face his brother at Wrestlemania. Chris points out, Owen will be facing the World Heavyweight Champion, that doesn't necessarily mean it will be Bret. Chris asks for a rematch for the title tonight, pointing out a Jericho victory solves ALL of Bret's problems. Bret accepts.
Rey Misterio is interviewed about his shot at the WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship next week. He is interrupted by Ted Dibiase, bragging about his son. Misterio insults the Dibiase family, prompting Ted to storm off. Chris Jericho overhears this and puts Rey in his place. Rey is about to respond when Jericho knocks him out with the Intercontinental belt.
During the main event, Misterio attempts to come down to ringside, but a group of officials are trying to hold him back. This distracts Jericho allowing Bret to blindside Chris and get him into the Sharpshooter to win the match.
Card rating: ****
2-15-10 WWF Raw
Chris Jericho made Al Snow submit to the Walls Of Jericho in 0:07:08. Rating: ***
Mistico made Stevie Richards submit to the La Mistica in 0:06:55. Rating: **** 1/4
Owen Hart made Brutus Beefcake submit to the Sharpshooter in 0:04:25. Rating: * 1/2
King Dibiase made Rey Misterio submit to the Million Dollar Dream in 0:12:10. Rating: **** 1/4 (King Dibiase retained the WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship.) [Chris Jericho interfered against Rey Misterio.]
The Hardy Boys (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy) defeated The Eliminators (John Kronus and Perry Saturn) when M. Hardy pinned Kronus with the Twist of Fate in 0:13:53. Rating: **** 1/4
Ted DiBiase pinned Roddy Piper after a swinging neckbreaker in 0:16:20. Rating: *** 1/2 [Hulk Hogan interfered against Roddy Piper.]
Notable events Owen Hart explains last week he was absent due to being back home in Calgary. He talks about the excitement people are having for his Wrestlemania match with Bret. Owen talks about being a better representative of the Canadian people than Bret and proclaims himself the Greatest Canadian Hero.
Rey Misterio is shown arriving during Chris Jericho's match. Later, Chris Jericho would attack Rey as he made his way to the ring for his match. Misterio was at a clear disadvantage due to his knee being injured by Jericho.
During the main event, with Piper in control and about to get the win, IRS distracted the referee, allowing Hulk Hogan to attack Piper and assist Ted Dibiase in his win.
Card rating: *** 3/4
2-22-10 WWF Raw
John Kronus pinned Joey Mercury with the 450 Splash in 0:06:37. Rating: *** 3/4
Batista pinned IRS after a powerslam in 0:04:39. Rating: 3/4*
Perry Saturn pinned Johnny Nitro with the Death Valley Driver in 0:08:21. Rating: *** 3/4
[Money in the Bank Qualifier]: Christian Cage defeated Roddy Piper by disqualification in 0:10:17. Rating: *** 1/2 [Hulk Hogan interfered against Christian Cage.]
Finlay and William Regal defeated The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) when W. Regal made Dynamite Kid submit to the Regal Stretch in 0:12:49. Rating: **** (Finlay and William Regal won the WWF Tag Team Championship.)
Bret Hart made John "Bradshaw" Layfield submit to the Sharpshooter in 0:17:01. Rating: *** 1/2
Notable events Roddy Piper called out Hulk Hogan, but Hogan was nowhere to be found. Piper trashed Hogan, taking numerous personal shots at him and the issues his family has dealt with. Later, during Piper's match with Cage, Hogan would come into the ring and attack Cage, causing the referee to disqualify Piper. After this, Hogan and Piper would being brawling in the ring and would eventually end up backstage.
Bret Hart responds to Owen's remarks that he is a poor representative of Canada. Owen shows up and claims Bret is too arrogant to realize what Canadians really think of him. He asks Bret, when was the last time he was even in the Country? Or the last time he visited their parents? Owen talks about Bret's obsession with winning the Championship last year and how it kept him from the important stuff in life. He claims in spite of Bret's professional accomplishments, he's disappointed the whole family with his personal life. Bret stands there fuming, he gets ready to hit Owen, but restrains himself. Owen goes on to sing his own praises until Bret interrupts and reminds Owen of selling out to Ted Dibiase last summer. Owen reminds Bret of the reasons he did what he did, the bigger picture being providing for his family.
After the main event, the Bulldogs complained that Finlay & Regal used dirty tactics to get the win. Finlay and Regal would return to the ring and attack the Bulldogs. After knocking out Davey Boy, Finlay and Regal would double team Dynamite Kid in a brutal attack. Eventually Bret Hart and Sting would run in to make the save. Davey Boy would come to and check on Dynamite Kid, who lay motionless in the ring.
The WWF Informer Dynamite Kid created quite a stir backstage this afternoon when he quit effective immediately. It is unclear what his reasons are for his actions. Vince McMahon convinced Dynamite to work one more match and he agreed. At this point, the creative team made the decision to change the outcome of the Tag Team Titles match this evening with the Bulldogs dropping the belts. Long term plans for the belts are up in the air for now, as the Bulldogs were expected to hold the belts until June.
Card rating: *** 1/2
3-1-10 WWF Raw
Lex Luger made Mistico submit to the Torture Rack in 0:06:56. Rating: ****
King Dibiase made Stevie Richards submit to the Million Dollar Dream in 0:08:14. Rating: **** 1/4
Al Snow pinned Hulk Hogan after a headlock takedown in 0:06:19. Rating: *** [Roddy Piper interfered against Hulk Hogan.]
[Money in the Bank Qualifier]: Sting pinned Booker T with the Scorpion Death Drop in 0:11:58. Rating: ****
The Hardy Boys (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) defeated Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard and JTG) when M. Hardy pinned S. Gaspard with the Twist of Fate in 0:10:23. Rating: ** 1/2
Ted DiBiase made Rey Misterio submit to the Million Dollar Dream in 0:19:09. Rating: ***** [Chris Jericho interfered against Rey Misterio.]
Notable events Jim Ross reveals he flew to Calgary this week to sit down with Stu & Helen Hart. The video of the interview airs with Stu talking about the rift in the family right now, with the children taking sides and either being part of Team Bret or Team Owen. Helen talks about loving all her children equally and being proud of all of them. They both agree they want their children to stop the feuding and hope after Wrestlemania, the family can start to heal and reunite.
Jim Ross gives an update on Dynamite Kid, informing the audience that Doctors think Dynamite Kid's career could be over due to last week's heinous attack.
During Hulk Hogan's match, Roddy Piper starts walking out towards the ring shouting at Hogan. The distraction allows Al Snow to score the upset. After the match, Piper gets on the mic and tells Hogan the WWF isn't big enough for the two of them anymore. Piper challenges Hogan to a retirement match at Wreslemania, Hogan accepts.
Rey Misterio is shown arriving and searching for Chris Jericho. Raw GM Bobby Heenan informs him that Jericho has the night off. Ted Dibiase, still upset over Rey's insults against him and his son, would show up preaching that he is going to teach Rey some respect tonight.
During the main event, Rey Misterio bumps into the referee and knocks him out. With the referee out, Rey delivers the West Coast Pop to Dibiase and covers him. Rey attempts to revive the referee and doesn't notice Jericho run in from the crowd. Jericho delivers a codebreaker on Rey. Dibiase puts Rey in the Million Dollar Dream as the referee regains his senses and finds Rey passed out and calls for the bell.
Scott Hall pinned Jeff Jarrett with the Outsider Edge in 0:07:04. Rating: *** 1/2
Edge pinned Batista with the Spear in 0:08:22. Rating: *** 1/4
Rob Van Dam pinned Eddie Guerrero with the Five Star Frog Splash in 0:09:43. Rating: *** 3/4
King Dibiase made Bryan Danielson submit to the Million Dollar Dream in 0:12:14. Rating: **** 1/4 (King Dibiase retained the WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship.)
The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated Strike Force (Rick Martel and Tito Santana) when D.B. Smith pinned Martel with the Running Powerslam in 0:11:47. Rating: *** 1/2
Triple H pinned Kenta Kobashi with the Pedigree in 0:18:50. Rating: *****
Notable events Triple H opens the show talking about his shocking return to action last night in the Royal Rumble. He announces doctors cleared him to wrestle and he spoke with Paul Heyman and Stephanie McMahon about competing again. He talks about how hard it was to keep the secret. As he is talking he is interrupted by Ted Dibiase. Dibiase talks about lasting 56 minutes in the Rumble and having his chance at victory stolen by this guy who did nothing to deserve a spot in the Rumble. As Dibiase is complaining, Kenta Kobashi comes out. Kobashi welcomes Triple H back and challenges him to a match, to get his Royal Rumble revenge. Dibiase also challenges him to a match, pointing out he was there first. Triple H weighs his options and chooses Kobashi as his opponent.
Batista arrives to face Edge in a Rumble revenge match.
Paul Heyman and Stephanie McMahon discuss potential opponents for Rick Rude at Wrestlemania.
Card rating: **** 1/4
2-12-10 WWF Smackdown
King Dibiase made Billy Gunn submit to the Million Dollar Dream in 0:06:33. Rating: ***
Kevin Nash pinned Honky Tonk Man with the Jackknife Power Bomb in 0:06:10. Rating: * 3/4
Rick Rude pinned Jesse James with the Rude Awakening in 0:06:18. Rating: *** 3/4
The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated The Hardy Boys (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy) when D.B. Smith pinned J. Hardy with the Running Powerslam in 0:13:45. Rating: *** 1/4 (The British Bulldogs won the WWF Tag Team Championship.)
Mr. Perfect made Edge submit to an abdominal stretch in 0:13:10. Rating: **** 1/4 (Mr. Perfect retained the WWF Television Championship.)
Triple H pinned Cactus Jack with the Pedigree in 0:16:55. Rating: **** 1/4
Notable events Mr. Perfect runs into Edge backstage. Perfect talks about how much he enjoyed eliminating Edge in the Royal Rumble. Edge points out Mr. Perfect was only in there for about 90 seconds. Edge asks for another shot at the Television title, and Perfect grants him the match tonight.
Triple H talks with Paul Heyman and Stephanie McMahon about Rick Rude's opponent at Wrestlemania. Stephanie believes Triple H should be the opponent. Rude interrupts and talks about how he thought he ended Triple H's career, and would love the chance to finish him off, but Triple H should have to earn it. Heyman agrees with Rude on this one, surprisingly, so does Triple H. Triple H talks about how grateful he is to have another chance to not only prove himself, but go after Rude's title. He asks to face the toughest opponents on the Smackdown roster and Heyman announces he'll face Cactus Jack tonight.
In the locker room, Bryan Danielson and Mr. Perfect talk about Triple H's surprise return to action and what it will mean for them. Triple H walks in and tells them, he won't manage either of them anymore, but tells them neither needs a manager, they will do just fine on their own. He also proclaims he will always be an ally. Danielson and Perfect understand and thank him and agree they will always be allies.
Card rating: *** 3/4
2-19-10 WWF Smackdown
Strike Force (Rick Martel and Tito Santana) defeated Demolition (Ax and Smash) when T. Santana pinned Smash with the Flying Forearm in 0:07:56. Rating: ** 3/4
Eddie Guerrero pinned Tatanka with the Frog Splash in 0:07:08. Rating: *** 1/4
Rob Van Dam pinned Perro Aguayo Jr. with the Five Star Frog Splash in 0:08:52. Rating: ****
Rick Steamboat pinned Montel Vontavious Porter with the Flying Cross Body Press in 0:11:04. Rating: ** 3/4
Triple H and King Dibiase battled to a double countout in 0:14:51. Rating: **** 1/4
Rick Rude pinned Davey Boy Smith with the Rude Awakening in 0:15:42. Rating: **** 3/4
Notable events Marty Jannetty is shown backstage talking with Paul Heyman. He asks Heyman if he can have some time to address the crowd. Heyman tells him he could have time next week, which Jannetty accepts.
Heyman and Stephanie McMahon announce they'll make a decision regarding who the #1 Contender will be for the WWF Championship next week.
After battling to a double countout, Triple H and King Dibiase's fight spills out into the crowd and they battle all the way to the parking lot.
Card rating: ****
2-26-10 WWF Smackdown
The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Jesse James) defeated Demolition (Ax and Smash) when J. James defeated Ax via pinfall in 0:06:55. Rating: **
Rick Steamboat pinned Jeff Jarrett with the Flying Cross Body Press in 0:07:28. Rating: ***
Bryan Danielson made Eddie Guerrero submit to the Cattle Mutilation in 0:09:55. Rating: **** 1/4
Scott Hall and Kevin Nash defeated The Dudley Boys (Buh Buh Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) when Nash pinned D-Von with the Jackknife Power Bomb in 0:10:42. Rating: ****
[Money in the Bank Qualifier]: Shawn Michaels pinned Brian Pillman with the Sweet Chin Music in 0:12:11. Rating: ****
Four Corners Match: Triple H defeated King Dibiase, Mr. Perfect and Rob Van Dam: x Dibiase beat Perfect via the Million Dollar Dream in 0:09:15 x Triple H beat RVD via the Pedigree in 0:11:42 x Triple H beat Dibiase via the Pedigree in 0:17:27 Rating: *** 1/2
Notable events Paul Heyman and Stephanie McMahon announce a Fatal Four Way for tonight. The winner will face Rick Rude for the WWF Championship at Wrestlemania.
Marty Jannetty comes down to the ring and immediately asks for the Rockers theme to stop playing. He talks about the lifestyle of Marty Jannetty. The parties and the booze. He talks about how ashamed he is of that person and reveals it is all in the past. He has been born again as Martin Jannetty and has a new purpose in life. He asks the audience if they are familiar with his friend, Jesus Christ? Martin preaches his views of salvation and gets a mixed response from the crowd.
Backstage, Martin Jannetty runs into DX. He talks to Shawn asking why he would hang out with heathens like Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. Shawn informs Marty, his beliefs are his own and he doesn't have to answer to anyone. Martin says he doesn't have to answer to him, but he does have to answer to our lord. Martin encourages DX to change, but they blow him off.
Rick Rude joins the commentators for the Fatal Four Way. After the match, Triple H stands in the ring staring at Rude sitting ringside as the show goes off the air.
Card rating: *** 3/4
3-5-10 WWF Smackdown
Kofi Kingston and Gregory Helms battled to a double countout in 0:08:42. Rating: ***
Bryan Danielson made Montel Vontavious Porter submit to the Cattle Mutilation in 0:09:28. Rating: **** 1/4
Rick Rude pinned Tatanka with the Rude Awakening in 0:08:04. Rating: *** 1/2
Brian Pillman pinned Scott Hall after a flying cross body press in 0:09:07. Rating: *** 1/4 [Martin Jannetty interfered against Scott Hall.]
Finlay and William Regal defeated Strike Force (Rick Martel and Tito Santana) when Finlay pinned T. Santana with the Celtic Cross in 0:11:22. Rating: ** 1/2 (Finlay and William Regal retained the WWF Tag Team Championship.)
[Money in the Bank Qualifier]: Cactus Jack pinned Mr. Perfect with the Double Arm DDT in 0:16:21. Rating: **** 1/2
Notable events Kofi Kingston and Gregory Helms battled to a double countout in the first match of a best of three series to determine who will face King Dibiase for the Junior Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania.
Martin Jannetty talks with Scott Hall backstage, encouraging him to find God. Hall slams Jannetty's beliefs and throws a toothpick in his face before walking away.
Later, Jannetty would come down to ringside during Scott Hall's match. Jannetty would trip Hall when he was in the ring and distract him, allowing Pillman to get the win.
After Finlay and Regal retained the Tag Team titles, Davey Boy Smith got in the ring. Smith trashes them for their cowardly attack on he and Dynamite Kid. He challenges them to put the titles up against him and a partner at Wrestlemania. Finlay tells him, they never turn down a fight and agree.
Triple H talks about his past with Rick Rude. He talks about his second chance in the wrestling business.
Jushin Liger pinned Stevie Richards with the Running Lyger Bomb in 0:07:19. Rating: ****
Money Inc. (IRS and John "Bradshaw" Layfield) defeated Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard and JTG) when JBL pinned S. Gaspard with the Clothesline From Hell in 0:07:56. Rating: * 3/4
Roddy Piper made Finlay submit to the Sleeper in 0:09:36. Rating: *** 1/4 [Hulk Hogan interfered against Roddy Piper.]
Rey Misterio defeated Christian Cage by disqualification in 0:11:20. Rating: *** [Chris Jericho interfered against Rey Misterio.]
Bret Hart made William Regal submit to the Sharpshooter in 0:13:52. Rating: **** 1/4
[Money in the Bank Qualifying Match]: Ted DiBiase defeated Kenta Kobashi when Kenta Kobashi passed out in the Million Dollar Dream in 0:17:14. Rating: *****
Notable events Owen Hart opens the show coming to the ring with Chris Jericho and Christian Cage. They all wear shirts that read Team Owen. Owen discusses the interview his parents gave last week and continues to hype himself as a Canadian hero.
Bobby Heenan announces the Junior Heavyweight title match at Wrestlemania will now be a triple threat. Jushin Liger and Stevie Richards will face each other in a best of three match, with the winner facing King Dibiase and the winner of the Kofi Kingston/Gregory Helms series.
After the Roddy Piper/Finlay match, Hulk Hogan runs into the ring and attacks Roddy Piper. Hogan removes his belt and chokes Piper. Once he has passed out, Hogan delivers a leg drop. He gets up and stands over Piper and spits in his face before leaving the ring.
During the Misterio/Cage match, Jericho attacks Misterio outside the ring. The referee disqualifies Cage. Misterio gets back in the ring, followed by Jericho. Jericho and Cage double team Misterio, until he manages to fight back and take down the both of them. A group of officials run in to break it up. Bobby Heenan announces Jericho will defend the Intercontinental title against Misterio at Wrestlemania.
Owen Hart joins Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler to provide commentary during Bret Hart's match with William Regal. After the match, Bret goes to ringside and exchanges words with Owen.
Card rating: ****
3-15-10 WWF Raw
Jushin Liger pinned Stevie Richards with the Running Lyger Bomb in 0:06:29. Rating: *** 3/4
Chris Jericho made Mistico submit to the Walls Of Jericho in 0:07:00. Rating: **** 1/4
Finlay and William Regal defeated The Eliminators (John Kronus and Perry Saturn) when W. Regal made Saturn submit to the Regal Stretch in 0:09:36. Rating: **** 1/4 (Finlay and William Regal retained the WWF Tag Team Championship.)
Owen Hart made Al Snow submit to the Sharpshooter in 0:10:08. Rating: **** 1/4
Hulk Hogan pinned Lex Luger with the Big Leg Drop in 0:12:45. Rating: * 3/4 [Roddy Piper interfered against Hulk Hogan.]
[Money in the Bank Qualifying Match]: Jeff Hardy pinned Batista with the Swanton Bomb in 0:16:22. Rating: *** 1/2
Notable events Bret Hart joined Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler to provide commentary during Owen's match. After it was over, Bret got in the ring. Bret talks about what their issues have done to the family. Owen has a solution to this problem-they will only have one match. Regardless of the outcome at Wrestlemania, it will be the first and only time they face each other one on one. Bret accepts.
Jushin Liger's victory puts him in the Junior Heavyweight match at Wrestlemania. Due to the Gregory Helms/Kofi Kingston tie on Smackdown, the triple threat has been turned into a Fatal Four Way between the three challengers and King Dibiase.
It is announced that a 10 team Battle Royal has been added to Wrestlemania, the winner will be the #1 contenders for the Tag Titles.
Matt Hardy talks with Jeff about entering the Battle Royal. Jeff informs him he has a qualifying match tonight for the Money in the Bank. Later, Matt goes to Ted Dibiase to ask which Money, Inc. member he will team with in the Battle Royal. Dibiase informs him he has entered IRS & JBL to compete. Matt is pretty pissed to learn he won't have a match at Wrestlemania.
After Hulk Hogan's match, Roddy Piper runs in and attacks Hogan with a chair. With Hogan knocked out cold on the mat, Piper spits on Hogan.
Jeff Hardy is the final Raw participant to qualify for the Money in the Bank.
Card rating: *** 1/4
3-22-10 WWF Raw
Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard and JTG) defeated MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro) when S. Gaspard pinned Mercury with the Spinebuster Slam in 0:07:26. Rating: ** 1/4
Matt Hardy pinned Al Snow with the Twist of Fate in 0:04:30. Rating: *** 1/4
Money Inc. (IRS and John "Bradshaw" Layfield) defeated Batista and Lex Luger when IRS pinned Luger with the Clothesline in 0:08:39. Rating: * 1/2
King Dibiase pinned Jushin Liger after an inside cradle in 0:10:55. Rating: **** 1/4
Fatal Four Way: Ted DiBiase defeated Jeff Hardy, Christian Cage and Sting when DiBiase made J. Hardy submit to the Million Dollar Dream in 0:15:18. Rating: *****
Owen Hart and Chris Jericho defeated Bret Hart and Rey Misterio when O. Hart made Misterio submit to the Sharpshooter in 0:18:24. Rating: **** 1/4
Notable events Owen Hart discusses his upcoming title shot. He calls it his date with destiny and claims his win will cement his status Greatest Canadian Hero.
Ted Dibiase, wearing a Team Owen shirt, enters the locker room. He wishes Owen luck on his match against Bret. Owen extends the same well wishes to Dibiase competing in the Money in the Bank match. Dibiase says it will be him vs Owen next year in the main event of Wrestlemania 3.
Matt Hardy wishes Jeff well in the Money in the Bnk match. But, still talks about his disappointment with not being on the Wrestlemania card.
Wrestlemania is previewed. A video package detailing the history between Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan airs. After it's over, both Hogan and Piper give their thoughts on their upcoming match.
A video package detailing the history between Bret Hart and Owen Hart airs. After it's over, Bret Hart talks about facing Owen at Wrestlemania.
Davey Boy Smith and David Hart Smith defeated The Dudley Boys (Buh Buh Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) when D.B. Smith pinned Buh Buh with the Running Powerslam in 0:08:21. Rating: **** 1/4
Gregory Helms pinned Kofi Kingston with the Shining Wizard in 0:07:58. Rating: ****
Bryan Danielson defeated King Dibiase when King Dibiase passed out in the Cattle Mutilation in 0:10:28. Rating: **** 1/4
Triple H pinned Perro Aguayo Jr. with the Pedigree in 0:09:20. Rating: **** 1/4
Finlay and William Regal defeated Strike Force (Rick Martel and Tito Santana) when Finlay pinned Martel with the Celtic Cross in 0:12:51. Rating: **** 1/4 (Finlay and William Regal retained the WWF Tag Team Championship.)
[Money in the Bank Qualifying Match]: Rob Van Dam pinned Eddie Guerrero with the Five Star Frog Splash in 0:17:27. Rating: **** 1/4
Notable events Davey Boy Smith has picked his son David to be his partner at Wrestlemania.
Paul Heyman announces Bryan Danielson is the #1 Contender for the Television title and will face Mr. Perfect at Wrestlemania.
Rick Rude joins Michael Cole and Tazz for commentary during Triple H's match. After the match, Rude attacks Triple H and they fight until Triple H hits Rude with the Pedigree.
A video airs with Martin Jannetty preaching about all the sinners in the world. He reveals another member who believes in his cause will be joining him soon. Jannetty warns all the heathens to be prepared for the rapture.
Due to the Helms/Kingston series ending in a tie, Stephanie McMahon announces the Junior Heavyweight triple threat will now be a Fatal Four Way as both members will be in the match. The Raw participant in the match has yet to be determined. That series between Jushin Liger and Stevie Richards will continue Monday.
Card rating: **** 1/4
3-19-10 WWF Smackdown
Davey Boy Smith and David Hart Smith defeated Demolition (Ax and Smash) when D.B. Smith pinned Smash with the Running Powerslam in 0:07:13. Rating: ** 3/4
Rick Steamboat defeated Brian Pillman by countout in 0:08:27. Rating: ****
Shawn Michaels pinned Eddie Guerrero with the Sweet Chin Music in 0:09:04. Rating: *** 3/4
Rob Van Dam pinned Cactus Jack with the Five Star Frog Splash in 0:10:35. Rating: *** 3/4
Rhythm And Blues (Honky Tonk Man and Jeff Jarrett) defeated Bryan Danielson and Mr. Perfect when Honky Tonk Man pinned Perfect after a rollover in 0:11:51. Rating: **** 1/4
[Money in the Bank Qualifying Match]: Edge pinned Scott Hall with the Spear in 0:17:21. Rating: **** 1/2 [Martin Jannetty interfered against Scott Hall.]
Notable events Mr. Perfect and Bryan Danielson discuss facing each other at Wrestlemania. They both agree they won't let it effect their friendship. Later, they seem to have issues co-existing in their match with Rhythm & Blues. When Perfect and Danielson begin arguing, Honky TOnk Man takes advantage to get the win. After, Perfect and Danielson begin to brawl in the ring.
Backstage, Martin Jannetty runs into Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. Jannetty informs Hall he is forgiven for his behavior when they first met. Jannetty begins to preach to them about joining him and his partner and putting their lives in the hands of Jesus. Hall and Nash look at each other, than Hall slaps Jannetty and pushes him to the ground. Hall and Nash walk away, as Jannetty looks at them in anger.
Kevin Nash is ringside during the Scott Hall/Edge match. Jannetty runs down with a chair and attacks Nash. This distracts Hall who ends up getting him by the Spear.
After the match, Hall & Nash storm into Paul Heyman and Stephanie McMahon's office. They demand a match be added to Wrestlemania between them and Jannetty and whomever his mystery partner is. Heyman and McMahon give them their match.
Rick Rude and Triple H have their contract signing. They both talk about the match at Wrestlemania. After the contract is signed, they begin to fight. It ends with Rude giving Triple H a Rude Awakening.
Edge is the final Smackdown participant to qualify for the Money in the Bank.
Card rating: **** 1/4
3-26-10 WWF Smackdown
Strike Force (Rick Martel and Tito Santana) defeated The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Jesse James) when T. Santana pinned J. James with the Flying Forearm in 0:08:29. Rating: ****
Eddie Guerrero pinned Tatanka with the Frog Splash in 0:05:44. Rating: ***
Montel Vontavious Porter pinned Perro Aguayo Jr. with the Playmaker in 0:06:39. Rating: *** 3/4
Triple H defeated King Dibiase by disqualification in 0:11:01. Rating: *** 1/4 [Rick Rude interfered against Triple H.]
Fatal Four Way: Rob Van Dam defeated Cactus Jack, Edge and Shawn Michaels when RVD pinned Edge after a springboard moonsault in 0:14:57. Rating: *****
Rick Rude defeated Kevin Nash by disqualification in 0:17:22. Rating: *** 1/4 [Triple H interfered against Rick Rude.] [Martin Jannetty interfered against Kevin Nash.]
Notable events Mr. Perfect and Bryan Danielson shake hands and put last week's incident behind them.
Rick Rude would run in and attack Triple H during his match with King Dibiase, leading to the DQ finish.
Wrestlemania is previewed. A video package detailing the history between Triple H and Rick Rude airs. After it's over, both Triple H and Rude give their thoughts on their upcoming match.
During the main event, Triple H ran in and attacked Rick Rude. As the two of them fight in the ring, Martin Jannetty runs out and begins fighting with Kevin Nash. Jannetty again knocks out Nash after hitting him with a chair. Scott Hall runs down to ringside and chases Jannetty into the crowd. Back in the ring, a large group of officials and referees have separated Triple H and Rude. Triple H then pushes his way through the crowd to begin fighting with Rude again.
Handicap-Match: Eddie Guerrero, Montel Vontavious Porter and Tatanka defeated Al Snow and Stevie Richards when MVP pinned S. Richards with the Playmaker in 0:09:04. Rating: ****[/color][/B]
America the Beautiful[/B] Performed by Fantasia Barrino
Wrestlemania 2 Video Package The following matches are highlighted: Bret Hart/Owen Hart Triple H/Rick Rude Hulk Hogan/Roddy Piper Money in the Bank
Commentator Introductions Smackdown commentators Michael Cole and Tazz discuss the Smackdown matches tonight. Raw commentators Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler discuss the Smackdown matches tonight.
WWF Intercontiental Championship
A fast paced, back and forth match got Wrestlemania off to a great start.
Rey Misterio pinned Chris Jericho with the West Coast Pop in 0:16:45. Rating: ***** (Rey Misterio won the WWF Intercontinental Championship.)
Scott Hall & Kevin Nash vs. Martin Jannetty & a Mystery Partner A video package airs showing the early run in's with Jannetty & DX.
Jonathan Coachman interviews Hall & Nash. They then leave to make their way to the ring. Hall & Nash wait in the ring.
A church organ playing Onward, Christian Soldiers blares over the speakers. Jannetty makes his way to ringside with a microphone. He talks about the lost soul who was saved by Jesus Christ and joins him tonight in his crusade. Jannetty introduces his partner Jacob Roberts.
Martin Jannetty and Jacob Roberts defeated Kevin Nash and Scott Hall when Jannetty pinned Nash after a superkick in 0:11:00. Rating: * 1/4
Interview Mean Gene Okerlund talks to the new Intercontinental Champion Rey Misterio
Kenta Kobashi vs Booker T Kenta Kobashi pinned Booker T with the Burning Lariat in 0:08:09. Rating: **** 1/4
Interview[/Color] Jonathan Coachman talks to Rick Rude about defending the WWF Championship against Triple H tonight.
Rick Steamboat vs Brian Pillman[/Color] Rick Steamboat pinned Brian Pillman with the Flying Cross Body Press in 0:09:04. Rating: ****
WWF Tag Team Championship[/Color] Video airs showing: Finlay & Regal's vicious attack that knocked out Dynamite Kid. Davey Boy Smith is then shown challenging the two to defend the titles at Wrestlemania. Davey Boy introducing his son Harry as his partner for Wrestlemania.
Jonathan Coachman interviews Davey Boy & Harry Smith.
Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Finlay & William Regal.
Finlay and William Regal defeated Davey Boy Smith and Harry Smith when W. Regal made D.B. Smith submit to the Regal Stretch in 0:13:19. Rating: **** 1/4 (Finlay and William Regal retained the WWF Tag Team Championship.)
WWF Announcement[/Color] A promo airs announcing Wrestlemania III from Atlanta.
WWF Television Championship[/Color]
Jonathan Coachman interviews Bryan Danielson about tonight's match. Once Danielson leaves, Mr. Perfect is brought in to give his thoughts.
Mr. Perfect pinned Bryan Danielson with the Hennig Plex in 0:14:31. Rating: **** 1/4 (Mr. Perfect retained the WWF Television Championship.)
Interviews[/Color] A video airs of each MITB participant cutting a promo on the match.
All 8 men put on an impressive match. At some point, each one had a shot at grabbing the case, but came up short. In the end: Ted DiBiase laughs out loud. Ted DiBiase tries to climb the ladder. Shawn Michaels sets up another ladder. Shawn Michaels tries to climb the ladder. Ted DiBiase is almost on top of the ladder. Ted DiBiase is in grabbing distance. Shawn Michaels knocks Ted Dibiase off the ladder with a Superkick. Shawn Michaels has retrieved the Briefcase. The crowd is giving Shawn Michaels a standing ovation.
[Money in the Bank Ladder Match]: Shawn Michaels defeated Christian Cage, Cactus Jack, Sting, Jeff Hardy, Ted DiBiase, Edge and Rob Van Dam in 0:21:33. Rating: *** 3/4
Retirement Match[/Color] Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Hulk Hogan.
Video airs showing the history between Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan.
Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Roddy Piper.
Retirement Match: Roddy Piper made Hulk Hogan submit to the Sleeper in 0:15:10. Rating: *** 3/4
After the match, Piper gets on the mic and leads the crowd in a rendition of Na na na na, Hey Hey, Goodbye.
Interview Mean Gene Okerlund talks to Owen Hart about his match tonight.
Interview Jonathan Coachman talks to Shawn Michaels about winning the MITB. Michaels is interrupted by Jannetty & Roberts. Hall & Nash enter and run Jannetty & Roberts out.
WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship[/Color]
Kofi Kingston is introduced first. Jushin Liger follows. As Gregory Helms makes his way to the ring, Matt Hardy runs down and attacks him with a chair. Hardy knocks him out cold and makes his way to the ring. The referee is confused as King Dibiase makes his way to the ring.
Hardy jumps Dibiase as the referee calls for the bell. Cole and Tazz don't understand why Hardy is being allowed to compete in the match.
Four Corners Match: King Dibiase defeated Jushin Liger, Matt Hardy and Kofi Kingston when Dibiase made Kofi submit to the Million Dollar Dream in 0:13:17. Rating: **** 1/4 (King Dibiase retained the WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship.)
After the match, Jonathan Coachman is at ringside to talk to Hardy. Matt Hardy explains that it's unacceptable that a top star like him wouldn't compete at Wrestlemania.
WWF World Heavyweight Championship[/Color]
Members of the Hart Family are shown sitting in the crowd. Mean Gene Okerlund gets a word with Stu and Helen on the match tonight.
A video package airs detailing the Hart family history and the recent history between Bret and Owen.
Mean Gene Okerlund talks with Bret Hart about the match.
Owen Hart is introduced and led to the ring by Chris Jericho and Christian Cage, wearing their Team Owen T- Shirts.
A camera then follows Bret as he makes his way through the backstage area and out to the ring.
Before the match, referee Charles Robinson orders Jericho and Cage to the back.
The match gets underway and is a back and forth battle the whole time.
In the end: Owen Hart executes the Sharpshooter on Bret Hart. Bret Hart is struggling to reach the ropes. Bret Hart is valiantly trying to break the hold. Bret Hart tries to fight the pain. Bret Hart is inching his way towards the ropes. Bret Hart tries to fight the pain. Charles Robinson asks Bret Hart if he's had enough. Bret Hart shakes his head. Bret Hart is close to passing out from the pain. Charles Robinson asks Bret Hart if he's had enough. Bret Hart shakes his head. Bret Hart breaks the hold after 54 seconds. Bret Hart whips Owen Hart into the ropes. Bret Hart misses with a kick. Bret Hart hits Owen Hart with a backdrop. Bret Hart goes for a hiptoss, but Owen Hart reverses it. Bret Hart begs off. Owen Hart executes the Sharpshooter on Bret Hart. Bret Hart is struggling to reach the ropes. Bret Hart tries to fight the pain. Bret Hart submits after 26 seconds.
Owen Hart made Bret Hart submit to the Sharpshooter in 0:39:18. Rating: ***** (Owen Hart won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.)
After the match, Bret takes the title belt and enters the ring. He stands staring at Owen, then looks down at the belt. Bret approaches owen. He takes the belt and wraps it around OWen's waist. They shake hands and hug. The Hart Family is shown celebrating, with tears of joy streaming down Helen's face. Camera also picks up shots of other girls in the crowd crying at the display of brotherly love.
WWF Announcement[/Color] A promo airs announcing Wrestlemania III from Atlanta.
Locker Room[/Color] Owen Hart is shown celebrating with Chris Jericho & Christian Cage. Mean Gene Okerlund enters to talk to Owen about winning the title.
10 Team Battle Royal[/Color]
20-Man Tag Team Battle Royal: Rick Martel and Tito Santana won a 10-team Battle Royal: x Kronus threw out JBL (partner: IRS) after the 450 Splash in 0:01:17 x Batista threw out Jarrett (partner: Honky Tonk Man) after a kneelift in 0:02:37 x Martel threw out Ax (partner: Smash) in 0:03:05 x Martel threw out B. Gunn (partner: Jesse James) after a vertical suplex in 0:04:23 x Buh Buh threw out Kronus (partner: Perry Saturn) in 0:05:16 x D-Von threw out JTG (partner: Shad Gaspard) in 0:06:01 x D-Von threw out Luger (partner: Batista) in 0:07:20 x T. Santana threw out Nitro (partner: Joey Mercury) after a hiptoss in 0:08:47 x Martel threw out D-Von (partner: Buh Buh Ray Dudley) after an abdominal stretch in 0:10:29 Rating: ** 3/4
A video package airs detailing the history between Rick Rude and Triple H.
Jonathan Coachman interviews Triple H about the match tonight.
Howard Finkle introduces Motorhead. Motorhead performs The Game. Triple H makes his way to the ring.
Rick Rude makes his way to the ring.
The match was an all out brawl between these two bitter rivals. In the end: Triple H goes for a high knee but Rick Rude pulls Earl Hebner in the way! Triple H takes the sledgehammer and uses it on Rick Rude. The crowd is on its feet cheering for Triple H. He goes for the pin. Hebner is still out. Triple H goes to Hebner. Hebner gets up. Rick Rude executes the Rude Awakening on Triple H. The decibel level in the building is unbelievable. Rick Rude goes for the pin. Earl Hebner counts: One, two, thr... kickout. Rick Rude goes for a backbreaker, but Triple H blocks it. Triple H takes Rick Rude down with a spinebuster slam. Triple H executes the Pedigree on Rick Rude. Triple H goes for the pin. Earl Hebner counts: One, two, three. The crowd is going into a frenzy.
Triple H pinned Rick Rude with the Pedigree in 0:34:24. Rating: ***** (Triple H won the WWF Championship.)
Rude's 14 month reign as WWF Champion comes to an end. Triple H celebrates in the ring, as the show goes off the air.
New WWF World Heavyweight Champion Still photos are shown from the Bret Hart/Owen Hart match the other night. The last image is that of Owen wearing the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.
Owen Hart, Chris Jericho and Christian Cage make their way to the ring.
Owen talks about his accomplishment last night. He continues to be the self proclaimed Greatest Canadian Hero.
However, he proclaims that country is more important than one man. He politely asks if everyone in the crowd would rise. He asks Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler to rise, and they do. He says it's time to pay tribute to a great country.
Owen, Jericho and Cage place their hands over their hearts. They look to the Titan Tron and it shows a video of a Canadian flag flapping in the breeze. O Canada begins to play. The crowd begins to boo throughout the entire anthem.
When it's finished, Owen looks around at the crowd in disgust, then exits the ring.
Heenan resigns In the ring, Bobby Heenan announces he has taken a new position within the MTWA and will no longer be the GM of Raw. His replacement will be introduced before the show goes off the air tonight.
For his last night as GM, Heenan has made two blockbuster matches. In a Wrestlemania re-match, new Intercontinental Champion Rey Misterio defends against Chris Jericho. In the main event, Owen Hart will defend the WWF World Heavyweight Championship against Sting.
A video message from Vince McMahon McMahon announces there have some changes made to the both WWF Rosters. With the relaunch of WCW this Thursday, new wrestlers have been hired, some old ones have parted ways with the company. Tonight, you will see each new member of the Raw roster in action.
Beginning with our first match.
Finlay/Regal vs. The Road Warriors The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) defeated Finlay and William Regal when Animal defeated W. Regal by countout in 0:08:47. Rating: *
Oh, whattttttttttttttttt a rush! Hawk and Animal have moved from the WCW circuit to compete on WWF Raw. In their first match, they face the current WWF Tag Team Champions in a non-title bout.
Hawk and Animal out performed Finlay & Regal in this one. In the end, Finlay and Regal leave the ring. The crowd boos them as the referee has no choice but to count them out.
After the match, Mean Gene Okerlund gets in the ring to interview Hawk and Animal. They announce they're here for one reason only - to win the Tag Team Titles.
Wrestlemania 2 highlights Highlights air of the Money in the Bank ladder match air Also shown, Matt Hardy attacking Gregory Helms and taking his place in the Fatal Four Way for the Jr.
In the ring, Matt Hardy again explains his actions from last night. He is interrupted by Gregory Helms, who runs in from the crowd and attacks him.
Jeff Hardy and a group of officials and referees run down to break up the fight.
Stevie Richards vs. Hakushi Hakushi pinned Stevie Richards with the Praying Power Bomb in 0:05:26. Rating: ***
Hakushi makes his MTWA debut tonight, in an impressive victory over Stevie Richards.
Rick Steamboat vs. IRS Rick Steamboat pinned IRS with the Flying Cross Body Press in 0:06:12. Rating: *** 1/2
Rick Steamboat moves over from WWF Smackdown. Mean Gene Okerlund discusses the move with Steamboat, who talks about his time on Smackdown, and the excitement of new challenges here on Raw.
Backstage segment Bret Hart is shown backstage and runs into Kurt Angle, who moved over from WCW. Angle talks with Bret about how honored he is to meet him.
Al Snow vs. Kurt Angle Kurt Angle made Al Snow submit to the Ankle Lock in 0:07:05. Rating: **** 1/4
Al Snow was able to hold his own, but Angle came out on top.
Wrestlemania 2 highlights Highlights from the Roddy Piper/Hulk Hogan match air.
Backstage, Mean Gene Okerlund talks to Roddy Piper about how it feels to win the retirement match last night. Piper takes some shots at Hogan.
Jim Ross announces Hulk Hogan will be on Raw next week to give a farewell speech.
The Killer Bees vs. The Head Shrinkers The Head Shrinkers (Samu and Fatu) defeated The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair and Jim Brunzell) when Samu pinned Brunzell with the Flying Bodypress in 0:05:53. Rating: ** 1/4
Both teams are new to the MTWA. The Head Shrinkers getting off to a better start with the win tonight.
Backstage, a limo is shown arriving. Bobby Heenan greets Stephanie McMahon. Bobby congratulates her on getting the opportunity to be the GM of Raw.
Backstage segment Mean Gene Okerlund talks with Dean Malenko, who has moved over from WCW. He is interrupted by Eddie Guerrero, moving from Smackdown. Eddie has no trouble hyping himself as a top star.
Dean Malenko vs. Eddie Guerrero Dean Malenko pinned Eddie Guerrero after a kneedrop in 0:11:21. Rating: ****
Guerrero guaranteed a victory, but Malenko had a different idea. Both wrestlers made solid debuts tonight.
Wrestlemania 2 highlights Highlights of the Rey Misterio/Chris Jericho match are shown.
Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Rey Misterio.
Chris Jericho is shown making his way to the ring.
Rey Misterio vs. Chris Jericho Chris Jericho and Rey Misterio battled to a draw in 0:20:00. Rating: **** 1/4 (Rey Misterio retained the WWF Intercontinental Championship.)
A number of near pinfalls in this match had the crowd going nuts. The two men would battle to a draw, and it would appear this feud is far from being over.
Owen Hart vs. Sting Sting makes his way to the ring.
Owen Hart's music begins to play, Owen walks out and stops on the stage. He asks if the audience is excited for the main event. They cheer. He asks if the audience is excited to see him defend the title. They cheer. He asks if the audience is excited to see him fight Sting. They cheer. Owen pauses.
Owen tells them, if they want to see him wrestle Sting, go home and put on a DVD of one of their matches from last year. Owen calls the fans rude, ignorant slobs for booing his anthem. He tells them they aren't good enough to see him wrestle tonight in person. And he warns fans across America, if they don't show the proper respect, they can stick their tickets up their ass. Owen throws the microphone on the stage and storms off.
The crowd boo, Sting and the referee just look at each other. Sting leaves the ring and goes after Owen.
Backstage, Owen Hart is shown with Chris Jericho and Christian Cage heading to their rental car. Mean Gene Okerlund tries to get a word with Owen, who ignores him. Sting arrives just in time to see them drive off. Sting takes the microphone from Okerlund and demands Owen face him next week.
Backstage, Stephanie is talking to Heenan about what to do. Bret Hart shows up and talks about how disappointed he is with Owen's behavior. He volunteers to wrestle tonight. Stephanie asks him to head to the ring.
After the commercial break, Bret is shown in the ring. Stephanie is backstage talking with Matt Hardy. She tells him, if he believes he is a big star, he'll get the push he deserves. She tells him to go prove himself. He agrees.
Bret Hart vs. Matt Hardy Matt Hardy defeated Bret Hart by disqualification in 0:10:37. Rating: *** 1/4 [Gregory Helms interfered against Matt Hardy.]
Neither wrestler expecting to have a match, Bret and Matt wrestle in their street clothes. It is a back and forth match, until Gregory Helms runs back in and attacks Matt, leading to the DQ.
Before the show goes off the air, Stephanie McMahon is shown backstage. She announces next week, Owen Hart will defend the WWF World Heavyweight Championship against Sting. If Owen does not get in the ring, she will strip him of the title.
New WWF Champion Still photos are shown from the Rick Rude/Triple H match the other night. The last image is that of Triple H holding the WWF Championship.
Triple H comes to the ring and cuts a promo on winning the WWF title last night.
A video message from Vince McMahon McMahon announces there have some changes made to the both WWF Rosters. With the relaunch of WCW this Thursday, new wrestlers have been hired, some old ones have parted ways with the company. Tonight, you will see each new member of the Raw roster in action.
The Can-Am Express vs. Power'n'Glory The Can-Am Express (Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon) defeated Power'n'Glory (Paul Roma and Hercules) when Furnas pinned Hercules with the Frankensteiner in 0:07:01. Rating: ****
Furnas and LaFon move over from the WCW Circuit, and Power'n'Glory make their MTWA debut. The tag teams got tonight's show off to a good start in a solid match.
Wrestlemania 2 highlights The incident between Matt Hardy and Gregory Helms airs. Also shown is footage of the two from Raw.
Gregory Helms vs. Matt Hardy Matt Hardy pinned Gregory Helms with the Twist of Fate in 0:07:20. Rating: *** 1/4
Helms attacks Hardy before the match. Eventually though, Hardy would take control and carry the momentum to a win.
Wrestlemania 2 highlights Highlights air of Mr. Perfect vs. Bryan Danielson. Also, highlights of the Money in the Bank are shown.
Jonathan Coachman talks with Shawn Michaels on winning MITB. Shawn is interrupted by Martin Jannetty. Jannetty offers Shawn a chance to join the Christian Soldiers. Shawn turns it down, but Jannetty tells him to take more time to think about it.
Tatanka vs. Booker T Booker T pinned Tatanka with the Scissor Kick in 0:06:09. Rating: ***
Booker T moves over from Raw.
Wrestlemania 2 highlights Jacob Roberts is shown being revealed as Martin Jannetty's mystery partner in his match against Hall & Nash.
DX is shown in the locker room. Hall & Nash talk about the Christian Soldiers. They tell Shawn, they know where he stands with his values, but what about DX? Shawn tells them they have nothing to worry about, the Soldiers aren't true Christians.
Scott Hall vs. Jacob Roberts Jacob Roberts pinned Scott Hall with the DDT in 0:08:03. Rating: * 1/2
During the match, Michael Cole announces that Jacob Roberts will sit down for an interview next week to discuss his return to wrestling and joining with Jannetty.
Roberts shows a little ring rust, but still manages to pull off a win over Hall.
After the match, Coachman tries to get a word with Roberts, but Jannetty talks for him. Claiming that Roberts will continue to get back into ring shape and perform at a high level, thanks to Jesus making it possible.
Wrestlemania 2 highlights Highlights of Rick Rude/Triple H are shown.
Stephanie's farewell Paul Heyman congratulates Stephanie McMahon on her moving to Raw to be GM. Stephanie thanks Heyman and claims she learned a lot working with him. Heyman asks her what she has chosen to be the main event on her final show. She reveals Triple H will defend the WWF Championship against Cactus Jack. She then gives Heyman a hug and turns to leave. She walks away, and Heyman watches, looking sad.
Rick Rude vs. Lanny Poffo Rick Rude pinned Lanny Poffo with the Rude Awakening in 0:00:58. Rating: **
Before the match, Lanny Poffo recites a poem about Rude's 14 month reign as Champion. The poem is respectful, but finishes with an insult.
Rude comes down to the ring and attacks Poffo. Rude is relentless and doesn't allow Poffo to get in a single move.
Jonathan Coachman enters the ring to talk to Rude. Rude says the display just witnessed is a message to Triple H. Rude will not let anyone or anything stand in his way in his quest to regain the WWF Championship.
Beer Money, Inc. vs. The Dudley Boys Beer Money, Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode) defeated The Dudley Boys (Buh Buh Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) when J. Storm pinned Buh Buh with the Last Call in 0:10:59. Rating: **** 1/4
Beer Money, Inc. make their MTWA debut tonight with the WWF Circuit. They put on an impressive back and forth match with the Dudleys.
Jonathan Coachman enters the ring to welcome them to Smackdown. Storm talks about having seen the Old Warriors on Raw last Monday talking about being here for the titles. They congratulate them on stating the obvious and reveal their intentions to win the titles. Coachman claims the targets on Finlay and William Regal have gotten bigger.
Triple H vs. Cactus Jack Triple H pinned Cactus Jack with the Pedigree in 0:17:08. Rating: **** 1/2 (Triple H retained the WWF Championship.)
Cactus Jack proved to be a tough challenge for Triple H in a hard fought match. Triple H's first title defense would be a success though.
The whole time, Rick Rude was shown in the locker room watching the match.
Opening segment Owen Hart is in the ring with Chris Jericho and Christian Cage. Owen talks about the vile scum they wanted him to perform in front of last week. He promises the crowd they'll see him tonight, if they are respectful.
Owen, Jericho and Cage then face the Titan Tron. A video of a Canadian flag flapping in the breeze is shown, while O Canada plays. The crowd boos.
After the anthem, Stephanie McMahon walks out on stage. She reminds Owen, if he doesn't get in the ring tonight, he will be stripped of the title.
Backstage, The Hardy Boys discuss the opportunities that lie ahead for them as singles competitors. They agree to make one more run at the Tag Team Championship.
Cryme Tyme vs. The Hardy Boys The Hardy Boys (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy) defeated Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard and JTG) when M. Hardy pinned JTG with the Twist of Fate in 0:09:23. Rating: ***
Backstage segment Eddie Guerrero crosses paths with Owen Hart. Eddie talks about the similar backgrounds, with each member coming from wrestling dynasties. Owen talks about his mutual respect for Eddie and his family, even if it has that giant turkey Hector in it. They laugh.
Bret Hart vs. Matt Borne Bret Hart made Matt Borne submit to the Sharpshooter in 0:04:20. Rating: ***
Backstage segment A limo is shown arriving. Money Inc. exit the limo.
Kenta Kobashi vs. JBL Kenta Kobashi pinned John "Bradshaw" Layfield with the Burning Lariat in 0:08:32. Rating: *** 1/4
Backstage segment Roddy Piper bumps into Hulk Hogan. They stare each other down, before Piper walks away.
Roddy Piper vs. IRS Roddy Piper made IRS submit to the Sleeper in 0:07:46. Rating: *** 1/4
Interview segment Mean Gene Okerlund talks to Sting about his match tonight.
Strike Force vs. The Beverly Brothers Strike Force (Rick Martel and Tito Santana) defeated The Beverly Brothers (Beau Beverly and Blake Beverly) when T. Santana pinned Beau with the Flying Forearm in 0:08:16. Rating: *** 1/2
During the match, Finlay and William Regal are shown watching on a monitor backstage.
Ted Dibiase vs. Barry Horowitz Ted DiBiase made Barry Horowitz submit to the Million Dollar Dream in 0:02:44. Rating: **
Owen Hart vs. Sting Sting defeated Owen Hart by countout in 0:00:26. Rating: * (Owen Hart retained the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.)
The bell rings. Owen Hart and Sting circle each other. Owen then exits the ring and walks away. The referee begins to count.
Stephanie McMahon comes out on stage. She reminds Owen of what the rule was. Owen reminds her she said he had to get in the ring, he did that. She never said he had to wrestle.
Sting gets on the mic and tells Owen to get back in the ring. Owen ignores him and walks backstage. Sting asks if there's any wrestler backstage who isn't too big of a (censored) to face him.
Eddie Guerrero's music starts to play. Eddie gets in the ring, and the match gets underway.
Sting vs. Eddie Guerrero Sting defeated Eddie Guerrero by disqualification in 0:11:24. Rating: *** 3/4 [Owen Hart interfered against Sting.]
In the end, Sting attempts to pin Eddie Guerrero, Owen Hart runs in and breaks up the pinfall. Owen attacks Sting, before a group of officials and referees run down to break it up.
Stephanie McMahon walks out. She announces, Owen Hart will defend his title and WRESTLE Sting next week. Even if the fans hurt his precious feelings, he will still have to compete or will be stripped of the title.
Hulk Hogan farewell address In the ring, Hogan thanks the fans and fellow competitors for all the memories. As he continues to address the crowd, Ted Dibiase comes down and interrupts.
Dibiase talks about how much of an asset he thought Hogan would be to him. Dibiase says all the money he spent on Hogan, and he was worthless to him. Dibiase talks about everything he has, and everything Hogan had and lost. He calls Hogan a bust and a failure.
Dibiase bitch slaps Hogan. Hogan snaps and attacks Dibiase. He bounces Ted off the ropes, big boot to the face, followed by a leg drop.
The crowd cheers Hogan, as he throws Dibiase out of the ring. For the last time, Hogan poses for the crowd.
Opening segment Rick Rude wants his rematch with Triple H tonight. Shawn Michaels comes to the ring. Shawn tells him, maybe tonight is the night he'll cash in. As they argue, Paul Heyman walks out on stage.
Heyman tells them Triple H is off tonight. But, he has an idea. Rude can save his rematch. Michaels can save his title shot. Tonight, Michaels will face Rude, with the winner getting a title shot next Friday night on Smackdown.
Davey Boy Smith vs. Jeff Jarrett Davey Boy Smith pinned Jeff Jarrett with the Running Powerslam in 0:07:34. Rating: ***
Backstage, Martin Jannetty runs into Shawn Michaels. Jannetty took offense to Shawn saying he wasn't a real Christian. Shawn claims Jannetty doesn't understand Christianity. Jannetty claims to have a better understanding and respect for it than Shawn. As proof, Jannetty mentions a guy who desperately needs saving that he is helping. Shawn tells Jannetty to stop his crusade because he's making Christians look bad. As Shawn leaves, Jannetty glares at him.
Bryan Danielson vs. Scott Casey Bryan Danielson made Scott Casey submit to the Cattle Mutilation in 0:03:08. Bry an Danielson tore his right triceps. He will be out for approximately 7 weeks. Rating: *** 1/4
In spite of his injury, Danielson managed to finish this match. He will now be out until the end of May.
New Age Outlaws vs. Demolition Demolition (Ax and Smash) defeated The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Jesse James) when Smash pinned B. Gunn after a back elbow in 0:08:14. Rating: *** 1/4
Interview segment Jonathan Coachman talks to Rick Rude about his match tonight.
Mr. Perfect vs. Brooklyn Brawler Mr. Perfect pinned Brooklyn Brawler with the Hennig Plex in 0:03:07. Rating: **
Video segment Jonathan Coachman sits down with Jacob Roberts. Roberts talks candidly about his past. The drugs, booze, sex. He credits his new found Christian faith with saving his life. He says together with Martin Jannetty they will save the sinners. And the heathens who are against them and against God and Jesus, will face the consequences.
Kevin Nash vs. Martin Jannetty Martin Jannetty pinned Kevin Nash after a flying cross body press in 0:08:43. Rating: *
DX is now 0-3 against the Christian Soldiers, as Jannetty got the win tonight. After the match, Jannetty drops to his knees in the ring and begins to pray.
Backstage segment Paul Heyman announces the winner of the next match between Rob Van Dam and Edge will get a shot at Mr. Perfect's Television title next week.
Rob Van Dam vs. Edge Rob Van Dam pinned Edge with the Five Star Frog Splash in 0:13:01. Rating: **** 1/4
Interview segment Jonathan Coachman talks to Shawn Michaels about Martin Jannetty and his match tonight.
Shawn Michaels vs. Rick Rude Rick Rude pinned Shawn Michaels with the Rude Awakening in 0:17:08. Rating: **** 1/2 [Martin Jannetty interfered against Shawn Michaels.]
During the match, with Michaels outside the ring, Jannetty came down and attacked him. Jannetty throws him back in the ring, and turns around to see DX on their way to ringside. Jannetty runs out through the crowd. Hall & Nash give chase. Back in the ring, Rude capitalizes on a weakened Michaels to score the win.
I had some issues with TNM and lost a number of cards. Below will be the last card for this circuit for the foreseeable future.
To bring everyone up to date, WCW relaunched on April 1st. Here are the current WCW titles and holders.
WCW World Heavyweight Championship: The Undertaker WCW United States Championship: Randy Savage WCW Tag Team Championship: MNM WCW Worldwide Championship: Kofi Kingston WCW Television Championship: Lance Storm There have been no title changes in the WWF.
WWF WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: OWEN HART WWF CHAMPION: TRIPLE H WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: WILLIAM REGAL & FINLAY WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: REY MISTERIO WWF TELEVISION CHAMPION: MR. PERFECT WWF JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: KING DIBIASE
WWF & WCW present Night of Champions
The PPV opens backstage. Due to unexplained reasons, Vince McMahon, Ted Turner, WWF Raw GM Stephanie McMahon, WWF Smackdown GM Paul Heyman, WCW Thunder GM Eric Bischoff and WCW Saturday Night GM Shane McMahon were unable to make it to the PPV.
Vince McMahon has put a member of the creative team in charge and given him his full authority.
Vince Russo introduces himself to the audience and announces tonight's scheduled matches don't interest him. He's decided to make some changes. He always wanted to see a show where his favorite wrestler would have a shot at holding each title under the MTWA banner.
He introduces his favorite wrestler, Eugene.
Eugene is very excited to be here tonight and reveals he hopes this show doesn't run too long, because it's almost his bedtime.
The show gets underway.
Eugene pinned Mr. Perfect with the German Suplex in 0:06:50. Rating: *** 1/4 (Eugene won the WWF Television Championship.)
Mr. Perfect seemed a little reluctant, but Eugene surprised him by putting up a serious challenge. In the end, Eugene would walk away as the new WWF Television Champion.
Lance Storm then approaches him in the aisle. Storm calls Eugene a joke and doesn't think he should have to face him tonight.
Eugene claims Storm is too scared to face him. Storm decides he'll face Eugene and promises he'll beat him fast.
Eugene pinned Lance Storm with the German Suplex in 0:00:19. Rating: * (Eugene won the WCW Television Championship.)
It was a short match, with Eugene coming out on top. Eugene celebrates with the two titles he's won so far tonight.
William Regal and Finlay come to the ring. They tells Eugene he'll never win their titles, due to not having a partner.
Vince Russo appears on the Titan Tron to announce he's booked his second favorite wrestler tonight to be Eugene's partner.....Hornswoggle!
Hornswoggle runs down to the ring as Eugene jumps up and down.
Eugene and Hornswoggle defeated Finlay and William Regal when Eugene pinned Finlay with the German Suplex in 0:03:02. Rating: ** 1/2 (Eugene and Hornswoggle won the WWF Tag Team Championship.)
Eugene and Hornswoggle dance a jig to celebrate the Tag Team title victory.
Eugene then carries all three titles to the backstage area.
Randy Savage comes to the ring and cuts a promo trashing Vince Russo.
When Eugene comes down, he is pushing a shopping cart with Hornswoggle sitting in it and all the title belts he's won so far in it.
Eugene pinned Randy Savage with the German Suplex in 0:03:25. Rating: * 3/4 (Eugene won the WCW United States Championship.)
Eugene celebrates yet another title win.
King Dibiase comes to the ring and announces there's no way he will participate in this farce.
Vince Russo comes out onstage and tells Dibiase that in the next match, the title can change hands on countout and dq.
Russo orders the match to start, Dibiase leaves the title belt and walks away.
Match where the title can change hands via DQ or countout: Eugene defeated King Dibiase by countout in 0:00:10. Rating: * (Eugene won the WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship.)
Eugene picks up the belt and puts it in his shopping cart. He celebrates by running with the cart around ringside.
As Eugene continues his shenanigans, Misterio comes to the ring.
Eugene pinned Rey Misterio with the German Suplex in 0:01:44. Rating: ** (Eugene won the WWF Intercontinental Championship.)
Eugene and Hornswoggle celebrate another title win.
Kofi Kingston comes to the ring and informs Eugene, he too will not play along.
Vince Russo comes down and announces the title can change hands on a countout. Kingston repeats what Dibiase did and leaves the title.
Match where the title can change hands via DQ or countout: Eugene defeated Kofi Kingston by countout in 0:00:10. (Eugene won the WCW Worldwide Championship.)
Eugene gets on the mic and announces he wants to win the next belt fair and square. He wants his next opponent to face him.
Triple H's music plays as Triple H makes his way to the ring.
Eugene pinned Triple H with the German Suplex in 0:04:47. Rating: * 3/4 (Eugene won the WWF Championship.)
After the match, Triple H presents the belt to Eugene and shakes his hand.
Vince Russo then comes to the ring. He tells Eugene he has a surprise for him. His partner for the next match is his favorite wrestler ever!
Eugene starts to gobble like a turkey. Gobbledy Gooker makes his way to the ring! MNM come down and attack him before the bell.
Eugene and The Gobbledy Gooker defeated MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro) when Gooker made Nitro submit to the Chicken Wing in 0:18:26. Rating: **** (Eugene and The Gobbledy Gooker won the WCW Tag Team Championship.)
After the match, Hornswoggle enters the ring and celebrates with Eugene and the Gobbledy Gooker.
Owen Hart then comes to the ring. He tells Eugene he wants to face him one on one, without the circus being out here.
Eugene places the belt in the shopping cart. He then picks up Hornswoggle and places him in the shopping cart. He orders Gobbledy Gooker to take the cart backstage.
Eugene pinned Owen Hart with the German Suplex in 0:08:13. Rating: **** (Eugene won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.)
After the match, Vince Russo comes down to the ring. Eugene comments that he's getting tired and thinks it may be time for bed. Russo tells him he has one more match tonight. The next match will allow title changes to occur on countout or dq.
Undertaker makes his way to the ring.
Eugene seems scared. Undertaker dominates the match. Kane comes down to ringside and gets in the ring. He chokeslams Eugene. The ref calls for the dq.
Match where the title can change hands via DQ or countout: Eugene defeated The Undertaker by disqualification in 0:11:21. Rating: *** (Eugene won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.) [Kane interfered against Eugene.]
Kane leaves the ring with Undertaker in pursuit.
Eugene gets up and starts to celebrate.
CUT TO Eugene's Bedroom
Eugene is in bed and wakes up. He begins to jump up and down on the bed in his bedroom. We see a number of wrestling action figures on the floor, all members of the MTWA roster.
Eugene's Mom enters and picks up a notebook
Eugene's Mom: Eugene, calm down! What's this?
Eugene: It's my wrestling company.
Eugene's Mom: MTWA. Vince McMahon and Ted Turner own a company together?
Eugene: Uh huh.
Eugene's Mom: Wow, it looks like every wrestler ever works for this company.
Eugene: No. Not Chris Benoit. Eugene doesn't feel comfortable using Chris Benoit.
Eugene's Mom: Hmmm. You have some decent storylines, but you do a pretty lousy job of presenting it.
Eugene: Oh. Well, i just had this dream where Vince Russo put me in every match and I won every title!
Eugene's Mom: Yeah, that sounds like something Russo would do. Now, calm down and try to get some sleep.
Eugene closes his eyes. He begins to fall asleep...
Eugene standing in a wrestling ring.
He is cutting a promo on holding every title and asks who will be his first challenger for the WWF World Heavyweight title?
Music begins to play. Eugene stares in disbelief as The Yeti makes his way to the ring!