If there was a white heat for the December PPV, Royal Rumble eclipsed it by a LONG shot. A segment during the beginning of the show saw CM Punk going into Vince's office, telling him he has an idea that will ensure victory and solidify The Corporation as the last faction standing when the dust settles.
"Make this a tag match with the President and the VP of The Aces and Eights vs. CM Punk and a mystery partner.....just trust me on this. I have someone in mind that will make this thing ERUPT." says Punk.
"Okay, I'll tell you what....you give me the name and I'll think about it...."
Punk whispers the name in Vince's ear and Vince smiles wickedly.
The music cues and Vince announces the challengers to The Aces......
CM Punk comes out to a big applause. He enters the ring and Vince introduces his stand in for tonight's match......
DONG! The lights go out and The Undertaker's Theme begins playing as the Deadman saunters down the ramp to the ring.
Once Taker has entered the ring, his music begins to fade.
The lights go out and a video package rolls for the VP and in that moment, Sting emerges from the curtain to a THUNDEROUS applause. He walks down the ramp, around the side of the ring towards the broadcast table to grab a microphone.
"Mr. Taker, it's been a LONG time. We haven't met before in THIS persona and I know you've been dying to have the pleasure, but you see, I happen to know that you know my partner VERY well. Just so you know, you've been scouted, so be careful.....for your own sake....."
Just then the lights go out.
"You wanted to know who was behind this?" asks Sting. "Well, Vince, we tried warning you...."
A man in a black leather trenchcoat walks down to the ring with a towel over his head. He's staying out of the direct flashes of the cameras and as he enters the ring, Sting walks over and puts a hand on his shoulder. He enters the ring and stands in the middle and points to the Titantron and a promo shows a WWE coin op game going dead......GAME OVER.....
GAME OVER GAME OVER GAME OVER GAME OVER.........
Sting grabs the towel and pulls to reveal Triple H.
Mixed reactions color the arena as the lights come back up and the match gets underway. The match goes for nearly 30 minutes with each man giving everything they've got to the outing. At the finish, The Corporation wins the day, but are IMMEDIATELY surrounded by Aces and Eights members....including some from the crowds.
"Vince," begins Kurt Angle. "You've won the day and since we are a group of our word, we won't be back.....unless you continue to cheat the people......"
Just then, the lights go out and when they come back on again, the faction is gone and Triple H is left in the ring alone.
"Oh, and Vince....you can take it from here." says Sting from the P.A.