Ready to rumble
CHICAGO - The fever of the Royal Rumble took over the Land of the Extreme as tag team champions put their own interests to the forefront, former champions set their sights on reclaiming the gold, and others just went worm crazy.
World Tag Team Champion John Morrison def. World Tag Team Champion The Miz, Finlay and Mark Henry (Fatal Four Way Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS)
The dirt was flying in a dynamic Fatal Four Way Match between four of ECW's Royal Rumble Match participants. With Hall of Famer Tony Atlas trying to get Mark Henry on his feet outside the ring before the World's Strongest Man decided to leave the match entirely, Hornswoggle emerged to tadpole splash Morrison. Finlay then hit The Miz with the Celtic Cross, but was denied the win when Morrison kneed him out of the way and picked up the victory over his "Dirt Sheet" co-star himself. Will it continue to be every man for himself at the Royal Rumble? (Royal Rumble Match preview)
Matt Hardy and ECW Champion Jack Swagger exchange strong words (WATCH | PHOTOS)
After Matt Hardy informed Todd Grisham that, in his opinion, his brother Jeff's pyrotechnics accident on last Friday Night's SmackDown "was no accident," the former ECW Champion's successor Jack Swagger showed up and made a comment about Matt at the expense of his brother's injury. Hardy responded by knocking "The All-American American" out of the ring with one punch and then attacking him outside the ring. As officials struggled to restrain Hardy, Swagger delivered a quick shot in return before retreating with the title.
Don't miss all the action of this heated rivalry when Matt Hardy gets the opportunity to regain the gold from Swagger in a rematch for the ECW Championship at the Royal Rumble. (ECW Championship Match preview)
Boogeyman def. Paul Burchill (DQ) (PHOTOS)
When Paul Burchill barged into ECW General Manager Theodore Long's office to demand a rematch with DJ Gabriel, Long decided to set the Superstar straight on who calls the shots in the Land of the Extreme. Before he knew it, Burchill found himself in a match against Boogeyman, who earned a victory by disqualification after Burchill's sister Katie Lea decided to kick her way into the match. After the bell, Paul Burchill just barely pulled Katie Lea to safety before she was forced to suffer a worming from Boogeyman.
Ricky Ortiz def. local athlete (PHOTOS)
Ricky Ortiz continued to build his momentum, defeating a local athlete after he drilled him with the Big O, to the extreme pleasure of the WWE Universe. Following the match, Ortiz asked the WWE Universe to rally up!
Don't miss the Royal Rumble, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, only on pay-per-view. (Order Royal Rumble now!)