January 16, 2009 – Omaha, Nebraska
Announcers: Jim Ross & Tazz
IN THE RING
General Manager Vickie Guerrero + Triple H: Vickie Guerrero showed clips of the “Triple Jeopardy” matches last week to demonstrate what happens when someone disrespects her like Triple H did. Vickie said Triple H ruined her wedding, almost ruined her marriage, and is trying to ruin her reputation. Vickie said Triple H has no respect for anybody, and thinks everything is a big joke – but look who’s laughing now! Triple H came out with a yellow envelope and told Vickie that he was sorry. Triple H said the Great Khali had the nude photos of Vickie, but he showed them to most of the crew backstage. Triple H said Khali sold them to Joey Styles, and he put them on the Internet. Triple H said it took a lot of money but he got the pictures from Joey Styles. Vickie accepted Triple H‘s apology (even though it was sarcastic) but it wasn’t enough. Vickie said Triple H‘s Rumble spot will be on the line against the Big Show tonight in a Last Man Standing match.. Vickie left the ring, but Triple H got her attention and showed Vickie’s nude (censored) photos on the big screen! Triple H‘s music played but Vickie cut it off with her trademark “Excuse me!” Vickie said that Montel Vontavious Porter (who is on a losing streak) will be fighting for Triple H tonight against the Big Show!
ECW TAG TEAM MATCH
Matt Hardy & Fit Finlay w/Hornswoggle defeated Jack Swagger & Mark Henry w/Tony Atlas: Of course there was some outside activity between Tony Atlas and Hornswoggle during the later stages of the match..
Edge & Vickie Guerrero + Chavo Guerrero & The Big Show: Edge said he wanted to make sure Jeff Hardy‘s first title defense would be his last! Chavo Guerrero brought the Big Show to Vickie. The Big Show praised Vickie for a great concept and promised to take care of business tonight. The Big Show said after he wins the Royal Rumble he will go to WrestleMania and face Edge – and maybe he’ll get to knock Edge out! Edge snapped at Chavo and told him to make sure everything is set up for the Cutting Edge later..
Todd Grisham & Michelle McCool: Todd Grisham showed clips of Michelle showing her vicious side the last three weeks. Michelle said it was all about jealousy, and it was Maria & Eve who were jealous of her. Michelle said she would probably be jealous of herself. Michelle praised her own looks and promised to get her Divas championship back. Victoria came in and said Michelle might be able to intimidate little girls but she doesn’t scare her one bit – and she’s about to find out why..
Montel Vontavious Porter & Triple H: MVP assured Triple H that he had nothing to worry about. Triple H said MVP better start a winning streak tonight!
R-Truth defeated THE Brian Kendrick w/Ezekiel Jackson: Jim Ross & Tazz are still trying to figure out why Ezekiel is hanging around THE Kendrick. After the match, Ezekiel Jackson attacked R-Truth and left him laying in the middle of the ring..
Montel Vontavious Porter & Triple H: Triple H gave MVP a last minute pep talk. MVP said he got it, and told HHH to relax. Triple H held up his sledgehammer and said “for your sake, you better hope that you do.”
LAST MAN STANDING MATCH
Montel Vontavious Porter defeated The Big Show: Montel Vontavious Porter was fighting on behalf of Triple H, and Triple H‘s spot in the Royal Rumble was on the line. Triple H was banned from ringside. The Big Show dominated most of the match. The fight ended up on the stage where MVP was knocked out! Triple H came out and smashed the Big Show with the sledgehammer! MVP got to his feet and the referee counted the Big Show for the 10-count! Montel Vontavious Porter wins!! Montel Vontavious Porter wins!!!!! Montel Vontavious Porter wins!!!!!!!!!!!
Edge & Vickie Guerrero + Chavo Guerrero: Vickie Guerrero asked Chavo to bring Triple H to her office immediately. Edge was all grins and said he wanted to give Big Show a lesson on how to take care of business..
PROMO: The Undertaker talked about all of the participants in the Royal Rumble and promised to bury them all..
Michelle McCool defeated Victoria: Victoria announced that this would be her retirement match. What a way to go out. Good luck, Victoria!
Triple H & Vickie Guerrero: Vickie Guerrero thought she caught Triple H and now he was out of the Royal Rumble. Triple H said she banned him from ringside, and he was only on the stage and nowhere near the ring. Triple H said that means he is still in the Royal Rumble. Vickie changed her mood and said next week Triple H will face the undefeated Vladimir Kozlov..
HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCEMENT: Stone Cold Steve Austin will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before WrestleMania 25 in Houston, Texas!
PROMO: Vladimir Kozlov talked about facing Triple H next week and he will still be undefeated..
IN THE RING (THE CUTTING EDGE)
Edge + WWE champion Jeff Hardy: Edge talked about blocking out distractions and focusing on taking back his WWE championship from Jeff Hardy. Edge said there has been one distraction after another trying to shift his focus. Edge talked about the private photos of his wife, and worrying about the black cloud hanging over Jeff Hardy‘s head. Edge said he had to worry if Hardy would even make it to Royal Rumble. Edge said he usually enjoys some Jeff Hardy pain and suffering, but not in this instance. Edge said he won’t have his moment at Royal Rumble taken away from him. Edge showed one of his Rated-R movie “trailers” showing some Jeff Hardy highlights. Edge introduced the soon-to-be former WWE champion Jeff Hardy. Jeff came out to the stage and his pyro started to explode up in his face. Jimmy Yang and Hurricane Helms ran out along with some EMT’s to check on him. R-Truth also ran out and assisted with the stretchering job. They showed some very concerned faces in the crowd which were absolutely priceless. After all these years there are still so many marks who believe this stuff is real. Vickie Guerrero came out to the stage to watch and even Edge played it off like it was real. I suspect whoever rigged this (in storyline) is the same person who ran Hardy and his fiancee off the road last week..