excited as Hunter is to see him, he wishes he would have called, because he is NOT going to be facing Taker this year. He thought he made that pretty clear last week. HBK says he doesn't mean to interrupt. He understands. He's gotta do the thing with the suit. But let's forget the suit. HHH says it's not the suit, it's him talking. You saw what he did with Taker. Taker won the battle, HHH won the war. He knows what he has to do to beat him this year, he would have to end him and he's not willing to do that. He's not that guy anymore.
HBK questions this statement. He says, that's exactly who HHH is. He finishes people. You're a closer. You end careers, step on throats, you have no mercy, no compassion, that's what makes you The Game!! Are you telling me that you married that chick and now you became one of them? Is that what you are now? A Sellout?
It's not being a sellout, Shawn, it's called investing in the future for all of these people. He's not going to have this argument out here. He isn't in HHH's shoes, HBK doesn't understand. HBK says, yes it's true, he's a simple guy. It's so hard to understand how deep this business life is. But he does know this...he knows that when a MAN challenges you, and you back down...that makes you a coward. He doesn't care how nice HHH dresses or how much money is wrapped around it, at the end of the day, a coward is still a coward. HHH looks deeply into the eyes of Shawn then walks away. Michaels says walk away. HHH is about to then turns around and says that HBK doesn't understand what's going on. Michaels does'nt give a damn, HHH has real life responsibilities. He says that all of this! ALL OF THIS (he points to the people) is going to be his!! That responsibility weighs on his shoulders. HBK looks at Taker as an opponent, but he doesn't look at it that way anymore, he looks at him as a brand! A brand that is good for business and he cannot let that brand end because it is bad for business. He, HHH and Taker are an end of an era. They all know it. Them three are the end of an old breed. Triple H is not going to be the one to end that era. HBK is retired, HHH is busy and The Undertaker is all that's left. He'll be damned if he will be the guy to end that era. He's not doing it for the people, for Taker or for his ego. He's not going to do it for Michaels either to do the things that Michaels couldn't get done. He is about to walk away. HBK grabs him by the arm, fixes his jacket and grins.
HBK says that's an awesome speech and he's quite sure that works on a lot of people. He likes the always consistent little jab at him, but HBK has made peace where he is at with his life. Hunter, has no peace. He wants Triple H to look him in the eye and tell him that TRIPS doesn't want to end the streak. Look him in the eye and tell him he doesn't need it or want it. To look him in the eye and tell him...no! Triple H looks, fixes his tie, then walks away. HBK grabs him again. HHH looks at the Mania sign. He takes his jacket off. HBK unzips his vest. They are face to face. The brim of Michael's hat, skimming the brow of Triple H. The mic is in between them, HHH says one word, "NO." Then drops the mic.
HBK takes a step back, looks at Triple H, troubled. HBK walks out, making sure to bump into HHH before he leaves the ring. The crowd chants for HBK as Triple H is left in the ring with only his doubt and cowardice.
Triple H is about to leave the ring, when the DONG hits and the lights go out!!! Another video package of Taker watching the Wrestlemania match in his lair of darkness. A Triple H voiceover of last week's promo is played. Taker claims this is not over. In the video, Taker grabs a razor...and cuts his hair...He says he will get what he wants.
Match 3: Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth
Ziggler asks for a test of strength but kicks Truth instead, hits a firemans carry and drops Truth. Truth sends Ziggler to the corner, cartwheels away and hits Ziggler. I sit on my remote, turning of the television and come back with Ziggler holding a cravat from behind. He brings Truth down and does a headstand while holding in the cravat. haha. Truth is asking for help from Jimmy. He turns into the hold and gets in a few kidney shots. Ziggler goes for a right but Truth telegraphs it and hits one of his own. Ziggler is quick, though, and hits a neckbreaker then does a few sit-ups. On the third one, though, Truth grabs Ziggler and rolls him up with an inside cradle! A Pin for 1...2....3!!!
Winner: R-Truth (*1/2)
I expected more, that's my fault. It's unfortunate that the only reason why Truth won this is because history deems us that before the Chamber, members are to trade wins until the actual event. Essentially, this win will mean nothing after the pay per view.
Ryder is in the back, texting, and Santino walks in. Santino says he hears about him being in love with Eve and he has some love tips. Let's start with the breath. Ryder blows in Santino's face. Santino says he needs deodorant. He gives him a breath strip, a prototype. Ryder takes one and says it's disgusting. Santino takes one himself and proclaims that it is garlic, and that is Love Potion Number 9. Can this be the defeat of Kane? Will Garlic do it!!!
We are informed that at the Elimination Chamber PPV, Beth Phoenix will be facing Tamina for the title.
Match 4: Tamina vs. Brie Bella
Brie goes for a side headlock and locks it in. Tamina sends her to the ropes then hits a hard chop to the chest. Tamina grabs Brie on the outside, so Brie hangs her up. Brie with a kick to the head of Tamina. She grabs Tamina by the head and slams her down. Brie grabs the head so Tamina hits a jawbreaker. Nikkis in on the apron with a distraction so Tamina hits a headbutt on her. Nikki is looking for a backslide but Tamina turns it into a Samoan Drop! She goes up top and hits a nice looking Superfly Splash!
Winner: Tamina (*)
Essentially a match to inform us that Tamina will be fighting Beth this... (Continues on next page)