Unconventional 2010 Royal Rumble Predictions

My fellow writer Masked Marvel did an excellent job in breaking down the entire card, so I’m going to focus on the actual Royal Rumble match itself. As of 2:00, there were still 25 participants announced. So, here are some predictions:

#1 and #2 entrants: I just have this feeling that Jack Swagger will draw #1. #2 will go to Evan Bourne. CM Punk will also have a Top 5 number.
#30: this one’s tough. I’m going to pick 2 people: if he’s healthy enough to do it, Edge gets this spot. He screws Chris Jericho in some form. If he’s not ready to go, then I think Kane draws #30. In his 12th consecutive Rumble match, he may make some serious noise tonight.

Longest time in the Rumble: Chris Jericho or CM Punk. I agree with Masked Marvel in that he won’t win it, but I can see Jericho lasting past the 45-minute mark. I can see Punk doing the same, esp. if he doesn’t draw an early number. I don’t see anyone going over an hour.

Shortest time in the Rumble: Zach Ryder. This may anger manof1004gimmicks but Mr. Ryder’s stay in the Royal Rumble will be less than 3 minutes.

“Holy Crap!!” Elimination: go to YouTube and look up how Paul London and Taka were eliminated from past Rumbles (Taka never was in the Rumble that he had his “Holy Crap!!” moment). For some reason, I think Yoshi Tatsu or Evan Bourne might be this year’s recipients.

“Final Five”: I think both members of DX- Shawn Michaels and HHH– will be there. I think CM Punk will be there. So will Kane. Unfortunately, I also see John Cena there.

2010 Royal Rumble Winner: The scenario that played out on Raw will happen again: DX eliminates Cena. However, I think this time, Michaels eliminates HHH, and wins his record-tying 3rd Royal Rumble.

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Ezekiel 25:17 – ECW 1/26/10

The night starts off with William Regal in the ring revelling over the destruction he and ECW #1 Contender Ezekiel Jackson caused champion Christian last week. Clips are shown and Big Zeke comes out to the ring. He asserts his upcoming domination of Christian at the Royal Rumble quoting a few verses from the Book of Ezekiel. Jackson has a surprisingly nice speaking voice by the way. Very enjoyable.

ECW Champion Christian stands out on the entrance way and comments on Jacksons scripture stating his own verse from the Book of Ezekiel (he is “Christian”), Ezekiel 25:17. For those not familiar with the good book it’s the verse Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) gives before killing someone in Pulp Fiction.

With that being said the two had some brief back and forth when Christian said that unlike the two on one that happened last week he’d found some help this week. Cue massive flame pyros! The Big Red Monster Kane makes his way down to the ring. And this is our opening match!

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A Bad Night For The Champ – ECW 1/19/10

The night starts off with The Abraham Washington Show with your host Santino Marella! Wait a minute. Abraham Washington was apparently unable to host his show that night and Marella stepped in. He taught Tony Atlas some Italian then brought out his first guest Vladimir Kozlov.

After some quick jokes at Kozlov’s expense about why Marella chose him to be his first guest we discovered the true reason Kozlov is so disliked. The truth is that he really loves America (especially chili cheese fries and Hannah Montana) but everyone thinks he’s Ivan Drago from Rocky IV and thus hate him (he did kill Apollo Creed afterall). This gave a the fans of Marella from his pre-WWE days a chance to remember how good of a Russian accent he can do. Kozlov seemed unamused throughout but did give a Rocky IV quote nonetheless.

Marella then decide the two of them should team up and become a tag team to which both the fans and Kozlov said “no!” After that, with no help from Tony Atlas, Marella decide to end the show.

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Homecoming Finale – ECW 1/12/10

Ever since 2 nights after TLC the fates have been in motion leading up to this night to determine ECW Champion Christian’s #1 Contender at the Royal Rumble. The Homecoming Finale is an 8-Man Over-The-Top-Rope Elimination Match. The superstars are as follows: Kane, Ezekiel Jackson, Vance Archer, Yoshi Tatsu, Evan Bourne, Matt Hardy, CM Punk and Shelton Benjamin.

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World’s Strongest Straight Edge Qualifying Conclusion- ECW 01/05/10

The night opened with ECW Champion Christian coming out to the ring to say a little something about the closing of the Homecoming Qualifying matches.  He said something about it feeling right to be in Louisville that night but being from the area I didn’t really get what he was going for except to get a hometown city naming response.  Louisville, Kentucky!  (cheers abound from crowds across the city)  He’s interrupted though by former ECW Champion and returning superstar CM Punk with Bam Neely, I mean Festus, Luke Gallows.  Whatever happened to Bam Neely anyway?  Anyway the two shared a brief back and forth with Christian stating that Punk may be a lot of things but he will never be ECW Champion again. 

And with that, on to the show-

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A Decade of Wrestling: 2008

The New Superstar Initiative
2008

When Theodore Long fled Smackdown (and Vickie Guerrero) for ECW, he brought with him a great new idea.  He introduced the New Superstar Initiative, making ECW the place for new WWE talent to break in before going onto the bigger shows.

Why is this important?  Before ECW became the place for new talent, many promising superstars were tossed onto the other shows with no gimmicks and no storylines, as nothing more than ‘blue chippers’.  The fans would not get behind them, they would fade away and be quietly released.  It’s a process that I refer to as being ‘Gunner Scotted’.  Gunner Scott had gotten over in OVW as Brent Albright, but had gotten sent to Smackdown with a fluke win and no subsequent follow-up.  He didn’t last long.  The same nearly happened to Santino Marella, but he had his character quickly tweaked which saved him from this fate.

With the New Superstar Initiative, several talents have come, developed themselves against the veterans of the show (Christian, Goldust, Shelton Benjamin, Tommy Dreamer) then moved on.  Jack Swagger is a shining example of this, as are Evan Bourne, Tyson Kidd and Sheamus (boo all you like).  Current talents include Yoshi Tatsu and Vance Archer, who seem to be doing quite well.

That’s not to say that everyone who has come in have worked out.  Tyler Reks is floundering in the lower mid-card, while Ricky Ortiz, Scotty Goldman and DJ Gabriel fizzled out completely.

Still, it was a move shifting ECW more into a development show (of sorts) and it gave the young guns a spotlight to shine in without being overshadowed by the big guns of the WWE.  True, not everyone needs the starting point bump (Drew McIntyre went straight to Smackdown, for example), but it is an excellent point to bring in young talent.

The Last of The Originals – ECW 12/29/09

The night started of immediately as the ECW Champion made his way ringside for one of the two (sadly very predictable) ECW Homecoming qualifiers. The Moscow Mauler confronts the Juggernaut of Destruction and Tommy Dreamer puts his WWE career on the line.  So without further ado let’s get into it.

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