October 29, 2007
Recap by Sassy
Comments by Sassy in italics.
from Cyber Sunday
Matt Hardy did not wrestle due to the head injury he received
in last week’s Smackdown match.
Mickie James won the Halloween costume contest.
Dark match before the Pay Per View:
Jesse & Festus
defeated Deuce and Domino
Stretcher Match: Rey Mysterio vs. Finlay
ECW Championship Match
CM Punk vs. The Miz
Winner: CM Punk with a GTS
Mr. Kennedy vs. Jeff Hardy
Winner: Mr. Kennedy wins via pinfall
United States Championship Match
MVP vs. Kane
Winner: Kane after MVP is counted out of the ring
– MVP retains the title
WWE Championship Match
Randy Orton vs. Shawn Michaels
Winner: Shawn Michaels via DQ. Orton retains the title
Triple H vs. Umaga
Winner: Triple H with a pedigree
WWE Championship Match
Batista vs. The Undertaker
Winner: Batista by pinfall
I have been reading some of the fan feedback for Cyber
Sunday. The most disappointing
match by far is the CM Punk vs. The Miz. No
one believes that Miz was really voted in as Punk’s opponent.
I am sorry that Matt Hardy did not get to work the ring but believe with
a cut the size he received just two days prior to Cyber Sunday legitimately kept
him out of the ring. Word at Cyber Sunday is that the fans were not happy with
the street fight decision for the Triple H vs. Umaga match. I was afraid Kane
was going to do in MVP. I see MVP
found his way out of the ring and stayed there. Can you blame him?
When there’s Kane there may be fire. You can be sure MVP hasn’t
forgotten the last time Kane got him.
now it’s time for Monday Night Raw.
Monday Night Raw is being broadcast from Philadelphia, PA
on the USA Network.
Ringside announcers: Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler
Ring announcer: Lillian
Backstage interviews: Todd Grisham
WWE Diva Halloween Battle Royal
To be eliminated, you must go over the top rope and both feet
must touch the floor.
Maria from Chicago, IL – I’m not sure what
Maria’s costume is supposed to be
Mickie James from Richmond, VA – as a Native American
Torrie Wilson from Boise, ID – as a football player –
Philadelphia Eagles, of course
Victoria from Los Angeles, CA – as a Sumo wrestler
Extreme Expose: Kelly
Kelly, Layla and Brooke – I’m not sure what Brooke is supposed to be,
Kelly Kelly is dressed as a Gangsta and Layla is dressed as a cop
Melina from Los Angeles, CA – as a Las Vegas showgirl
Jillian Hall – I think she’s supposed to be
Michelle McCool from Florida – I’m not sure
what her costume is supposed to be either
Layla eliminated by Jillian Hall
Brooke eliminated by Victoria
Jillian Hall eliminated by Michelle
Michelle McCool eliminated by Melina
Melina and Mickie James eliminated when Melina pulled
Mickie off to the floor and went with her.
Victoria eliminated by Torrie and Kelly
Torrie Wilson eliminated by Kelly Kelly
Winner: Kelly Kelly
Beth Phoenix makes her way to the ring with her championship
belt. Jillian Hall and Melina roll Kelly back into the ring with Beth. Beth
takes the opportunity to take out Kelly.
We see a video of the match between Orton and Michaels at
Cyber Sunday. If you read the above
match results, you will note that Michaels won after Orton was disqualified,
however, Orton retained the title after he delivered a low blow to Michaels.
Michaels did manage to nail Orton with sweet chin music after Orton tried to
follow up with a kick to the head attack. Is Orton going to come to Smackdown
dressed like a chicken? For Halloween, I mean...
We see Shawn Michaels in the back hallways walking toward the
Back from commercial break, HBK Shawn Michaels enters the
arena to a standing ovation from the Philadelphia audience. Michaels may have
not been ready to come back to work, but he is looking good. He should have the
gold – lousy ending to the Cyber Sunday match. Michaels has the mic and thanks
the people who voted him into the championship match last night. Michaels says
he has good news and bad news. The good news is that he knocked Orton out cold
with sweet chin music. The bad news is that Michaels does not have the WWE
championship. Michaels notes that Orton intentionally got himself disqualified.
Michaels says since he won the match, he gets a rematch which he wants
that rematch now. Of course, Mr. McMahon has to make his way to the ring – in
a really ugly jacket by the way. We’ll see if McMahon has more guts than
Orton. Anyone taking bets? McMahon asks how many people want to see Michaels
get a rematch and how many want to see Michaels once again be WWE Champion. The
applause is remarkably loud. McMahon wants to know what Michaels thinks he is
doing. McMahon says there is something else that Michaels wants even more than
that championship and that is revenge against the man (?) who also put him out
of action permanently. McMahon then proceeds to make fun of Michaels’ religion
and Michaels admits that he wants revenge.
I was hoping Michaels would take a swing at McMahon. Michaels says
the next time he leaves this industry it will be in his own time and on his own
terms. Michaels asks if he has his rematch. McMahon tells Michaels to be careful
what he wishes for and then says that Survivor Series is an aptly named pay per
view. I assume that is when Michael will be getting his championship match. And
Michaels DOES take a kick at McMahon but deliberately misses. Darn it.
We get a replay of the kick.
Back from commercial break, we see the last two Divas on the
Diva Search. One will be voted off.
Tag Team Match
Hardcore Holly, weighing 243 lbs., from Mobile, AL
Cody Rhodes, weighing 232 lbs., from Charlotte, NC
The Self Proclaimed World’s Greatest Tag Team
Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin, at a combined weight
of 497 lbs.
Audience favorites: I’m not sure
My favorites: Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes
Winners: Cody Rhodes and Hardcore Holly after Cody
pins Charlie Haas
We start off with Holly facing Benjamin. Benjamin, blonde
hair and all, is a good wrestler. Benjamin and Haas have been working
together for some time now. Holly immediately gets himself caught in the wrong
corner giving Haas and Benjamin plenty of time to tag themselves in and out of
action. Holly does get the tag and Cody enters the match via the top rope to
take down Haas. Cody may be a new wrestler in WWE but he has a lot of
potential. Holly takes Benjamin outside of the ring in order to keep him
from interfering in the match. Cody Rhodes delivers a DDT to Haas and gets the
We are backstage with Umaga and Randy Orton who will be in a
handicap match tonight against Triple H. They should do a great job as long as
Umaga doesn’t mind staying the ring. Something
tells me Orton will do his best to avoid contact with Triple H.
Back from commercial break, we see a video of Candice
Michelle’s accident last week where Candice broke her clavicle. After JR and
Lawler tell us how disturbing this video is, they show it to us anyway.
SEVERAL times from different angles, in fact. Then JR has the nerve to
tell us how “callously” Beth Phoenix acted in pinning Candice not knowing
how badly Candice was injured. Could
you repeat that JR?
Beth Phoenix is backstage with Todd Grisham and talks to her
about Candice Michelle’s injury. Beth
says she has no problems with what she did to Candice.
Beth says that the divas all dress up and try to be something that they
We see Trevor Murdoch backstage with Mickie James. Mickie has
come to tell Trevor thank you for saving her from a clothesline by Lance Cade
last week. Trevor tells her that
what he did was just out of instinct. He didn’t want to see an innocent girl
get her. Mickie tells Trevor that she really isn’t that innocent but Lance
Cade interrupts them. Cade wants to know what is going on and Trevor says that
nothing was going on. Lance tells Trevor that Mickie is way out of his league.
Lance tells Trevor that he cost them the match last week because he wasn’t
We are now backstage with McMahon and William Regal.
Regal is admonishing McMahon for putting himself in harm’s way by being
in the ring with Shawn Michaels. Regal says they don’t need any more injuries.
Regal wants to talk about the handicap match McMahon has scheduled for Triple H
tonight after the beating Triple H took last night and last month. McMahon says
he doesn’t really want to see any superstar injured, but with Triple H it is
personal. McMahon wants to know where the little toad, the little frog,
Hornswoggle, is. Hornswoggle is,
believe it or not, in the closet. McMahon asks Regal to give him a minute with
Hornswoggle. McMahon says that he hasn’t been around much for Hornswoggle and
he wants Hornswoggle to know that Hornswoggle must learn to stand on his own two
feet. He says the match between Hornswoggle and Jonathan Coachman is because he
will learn once he is knocked down, he will learn to get back up. McMahon says
Hornswoggle needs to learn how to deal with victory and success. McMahon also
tells Hornswoggle that he has to learn, more than anything else in the world,
that if he is a McMahon he has to learn to hate. Hornswoggle isn’t happy about
that. McMahon tells Hornswoggle
that if he can’t hate, he can’t be successful. Hornswoggle appears to get
Back from commercial break.
Jonathan Coachman, weighing 235 lbs., from Wichita, KS
Special Guest Referee: Mick Foley
Audience favorite: Hornswoggle, although it could be
My favorite: Hornswoggle
Winner: Hornswoggle with a little help from Mick Foley
I was wondering if there was going to be a ref in this
match. Hornswoggle runs over and hugs Foley’s leg. Foley gets down on one
knee to get a high five from Hornswoggle. Coach is not happy to see Foley. Foley
stops Coach from charging Hornswoggle. Coach throws Hornswoggle back into the
corner turnbuckle, Hornswoggle gets away and returns to stomp on Coach’s foot
before going after Coach’s leg and then giving him a dropkick.
Nice dropkick Hornswoggle! Coach is down and Hornswoggle dives on
him. Coach grabs Hornswoggle’s beard. Coach gets Hornswoggle up on his
shoulder and stops to point at Foley but Hornswoggle bites Coach on the face
making Coach release his hold. Hornswoggle goes under Coach, behind Foley, Foley
swings Hornswoggle around and into Coach, sending Coach to his knees. Again
Hornswoggle delivers a dropkick and goes for a cover. When Hornswoggle misses an
elbow off the second rope, Foley steps in and Coach tells Foley to get out of
his way. Foley moves to one side, but when Coach goes after Hornswoggle and
Foley tries to intervene, Coach swings back and hits Foley. That could be a
mistake. Coach then turns around and nails Foley in the back, sending Foley to
the mat. Coach goes out of the ring after a steel chair to use on Hornswoggle,
but Foley takes the chair away and nails Coach with a right and goes for Mr.
Socko. He throws that one away and
pulls out another sock and tosses it to Hornswoggle. While Coach is worried
about Foley, Hornswoggle uses Socko to deliver a sort of low blow, Hornswoggle
goes up on the top rope, delivers a frog splash, gets the pin and the three
count. We even get a replay of Hornswoggle’s use of Mr. Socko.
Todd Grisham is backstage with Triple H. Todd is reminding
Triple H how badly he has been beaten up lately and wants to know how Triple H
feels about his handicap match tonight. Triple H thanks Todd for the “pep
talk” and wants to know what he would do without Todd to remind him about the
tragedies he has been through every week. Triple H tells everyone he has an ace
up his sleeve and that if he goes down tonight he is taking Orton and Umaga down
We see a promo for Wrestlemania 24.
Back from commercial break, the WWE Slam of the Week: the
match last week where Trevor Murdoch saves Mickie James from a clothesline from
Paul London, weighing190 lbs., from Austin, Tx
accompanied to the ring by Brian Kendrick
Lance Cade, weighing 282 lbs., from Nashville, TN
One half of the WWE Tag Team Champions
accompanied to the ring by Trevor Murdoch
One half o the WWE Tag Team Champions
Audience favorite: I’m not sure
My favorite: I like them both.
Winner: Lance Cade with a pinfall
Lance Cade is a good wrestler but Paul London is much
faster and does a lot more flying in the ring. London is considerably outweighed
in this match, but that doesn’t seem to slow him down. I’m not sure why
these four men are constantly in the ring together.
Isn’t there any other competition for the tag team titles?
London stays ahead in the match until Cade uses power moves to slow London down
and keep him on the mat. Cade sends London out to the floor and Kendrick comes
through the ring, flies over the top rope and takes out Trevor in order to keep
him from harming Kendrick. Lance Cade gets the pin and the win.
After the match is over, Cade goes over and picks Trevor up
off the floor just as The Highlanders enter the arena.
Speaking of other competition for the tag tea titles, The Highlanders
seem to have set their sights on those title belts. The Highlanders enter the
ring and go after Kendrick and London while Cade and Trevor stay on the floor
and watch. In fact, they head up the entrance ramp just in case.
We see a recap of the Cyber Sunday votes.
Back from commercial break, we see the Monster’s Mash Match
scheduled for ECW with Mark Henry, Kane, The Great Khali and Big Daddy V
Tag Team Match
Jeff Hardy, weighing 225 lbs., from Cameron, NC
The Intercontinental Champion
D.H. Smith, weighing 250 lbs., from Canada
Carlito, weighing 220 lbs., from the Carribean
Mr. Kennedy, weighing 243 lbs., from Green Bay, WI
Audience favorites: Jeff Hardy and D.H. Smith
My favorites: Jeff Hardy, D.H. Smith and Carlito
Winners: Jeff Hardy and D.H. Smith after Jeff pins
Carlito for the three count.
Jeff Hardy is always great in the ring.
D.H. Smith seems to have the makings of a great wrestler. Carlito is no
slouch in the ring and even though I can’t say I like Kennedy, I do think he
is good in the ring. Jeff and Kennedy start the face off in the ring.
If Jeff stays on his feet, Kennedy is in trouble. Jeff is at a slight
disadvantage because Smith has not been working the ring as long as the other
wrestlers even though he comes from a wrestling background. Smith beat Carlito
last week in his debut match on Monday Night Raw. Carlito also comes from a
wrestling family and has the ability to do great things in the ring. Smith
sends Carlito out onto the floor and Jeff comes in to send Kennedy out onto the
floor when Kennedy attempts to attack Smith from behind.
Commercial break in the middle of the match!
Back from commercial break, it is Smith and Carlito in the
middle of the ring. During the commercial break, we seen Kennedy deliver a hard
blow to Smith’s knee cap. Smith has been isolated from his tag team partner
and Carlito and Kennedy continue to work on Smith’s leg. JR tells us that
D.H.’s initials are “D” for his father, Davy Boy Smith, and the “H” is
for the Hart family. Carlito enters the ring behind the ref’s back without
tagging and the ref does make Carlito get out of the ring until Kennedy tags him
in. We are reminded that Carlito is still angry that Smith beat him last week in
his debut match. Smith has been in the ring since the commercial break and has
been unable to make a tag to Jeff. Finally Smith manages to get a high kick to
Kennedy’s head and Smith manages to get the tag as Kennedy tags in Carlito.
Jeff manages a magnificent whisper in the wind and pins Carlito but Kennedy is
out to break it up. As Smith tries
to come in to help his partner, Kennedy goes after Smith’s knee again.
As Kennedy backs up to deliver a big foot, Smith manages to get out of
the way and Kennedy hits the ropes instead. Kennedy goes out onto the floor and
Jeff manages a twist of fate on Carlito, hits with the swanton bomb and pins
Carlito. I have to say that Smith works the ring like he has been pro for a
long time. Good job Jeff and D.H.
Back from commercial break, Santino Marella is entering the
arena and then the ring. Doesn’t
he do this same thing every week? He is in street clothes, not wrestling
attire. Marella says he is making a formal complaint to the WWE travel
department. He says they screwed up so bad that he didn’t make it to Cyber
Sunday and that he didn’t get a chance to give Stone Cold Steve Austin a piece
of his mind. He says it was also a
good thing that the in flight movie was not The Condemned. We then hear
Austin’s entrance music and Marella looks shocked. There is some guy on the
monitor in an Austin shirt but it is definitely not Austin. The guy has an
Italian accent. The phony Austin says that Marella should have been the star of
The Condemned and that Marella is right about everything. Marella is smiling in
the ring and he thanks “Stone Cold Steve Austin” for his honesty. Maria
makes her way to the ring. Maria says that “he’s gonna be here next week”
– Stone Cold Steve Austin. Marella says that Maria has been in one of those
chat rooms again and she believes everything she reads.
Back from commercial break, we see the last two Diva Search
contestants. The winner is Eve. And
I am SO glad that is over. Now can
we get back to wrestling?
We see the Save Us 222 promo, 2nd Coming and all
Randy Orton, weighing 225 lbs., from St. Louis, MO
Back from commercial break.
Umaga, weighing 350 lbs., from the Isle of Samoa
The Game Triple H, weighing 255 lbs., from Greenwich, CT
Audience favorite: Triple H
My favorite: Triple H
Winner: I'm not sure who got disqualified here. I assume
it was Triple H since Michaels came in to assist him but I never heard a winner
We know that Triple H can take out Orton with no problem
but Umaga could pose a considerable problem. Umaga faces off against Triple
H at the beginning of the match. Orton makes his way into the ring but Triple H
manages to pull Orton out to work him over. As Umaga comes out after Triple H,
Triple H rolls back in the ring, takes out Umaga and goes after Orton. As Umaga
comes back in after Triple H, Triple H sidesteps and Umaga hits Orton instead
– not once, but twice. Triple H gets himself backed into the corner by his two
opponents but Triple H doesn’t give up. Triple H is down on the mat and Umaga
and Orton take turns working him over. The ref tries to break it up, but it
doesn’t do any good. Shawn
Michaels comes into the ring, takes out Orton and goes after Umaga. Triple H is
back up and he and Michaels send Umaga out onto the floor next to Orton.
The ref has rung the bell – Triple H will be disqualified due to
interference by Michaels.
McMahon and Regal are backstage and McMahon says that the
match turned out just the way he wanted it to.
Next week on Raw, it will be, for one night only, the return of DX.