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HBK as Referee adds more unpredictabilty to Elimination Chamber
Jan. 3, 2005

What will be the fallout from the last Raw of 2004? After such a blockbuster show with so many twist and turns affecting New Year’s Revolution, emotions will most definitely be running at an all-time high.

As Raw went off the air last week, it was announced that Shawn Michaels will be the special guest referee for the Elimination Chamber Match. Triple H and several other Superstars didn’t look too pleased with the announcement. It’s no secret that The Game and HBK have bad blood that will probably never go away. And Edge cost Michaels the World Heavyweight Championship at Taboo Tuesday. That’s something that the Showstopper surely hasn’t forgotten. Will this cause Edge to speculate further that everyone is out to get him in his quest for the World Heavyweight Championship?

Batista must be happy that he will be entering the Elimination Chamber last, but it was clear that didn’t sit well with Triple H last week. How will the two continue to co-exist, and will Ric Flair be able to keep them together as a cohesive unit heading into New Year’s Revolution?

Also, after verbally and physically assaulting Good Ol’ J.R. and The King last week on Raw, Muhammed Hassan and Khosrow Daivari will square off against the Raw announcing duo in a battle of the minds as Eric Bischoff signed a debate to take place on the first Raw of 2005.

Last week, Gene Snitsky found out he’d be facing Kane at New Year’s Revolution. Will that announcement send Snitsky on the war path this week?

Kane’s wife Lita also found out she’d be putting her Women’s Championship on the line at New Year’s Revolution in a rematch against rival Trish Stratus. Will the two Divas’ paths cross this week on Raw?

Be sure to tune in to Monday Night Raw (9/8 CT; Spike TV) for all the answers.

Matthew Michaels is editor emeritus of Pulse Wrestling, and has been since the site launched.