November 5, 2007
Recap by Sassy
Comments by Sassy in italics.
Memory of “The Fabulous Moolah” Lillian Ellison
Monday Night Raw is being broadcast from Los Angeles, CA
on the USA Channel.
Ringside announcers: Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler
Ring announcer: Lillian Garcia
DX is back! Triple H and HBK Shawn Michaels enter the arena
to D Generation X music.
Lawler tells us this is for one night only. We appear to
have a standing ovation from the audience as Triple X takes the mic.
Correction – they both have mics. Triple H tells us that it is for one
night only. Before Triple H can finish his DX speech, we hear Leprechaun music
and we see Hornswoggle come out from under the ring. He chases Shawn Michaels
around the ring several times. Triple H tells him to go back under the ring but
Hornswoggle shakes his head NO. Triple H has HBK hand him a run sheet for the
show. He explains to Hornswoggle that DX’s promo is on the sheet, but
Hornswoggle isn’t supposed to be on the show until the “short segment”.
Hornswoggle takes down HBK in an arm scissors. Triple H says he will make a
judgment call and that Hornswoggle is in. Hornswoggle tells Triple H he can’t
go back under the ring because there are monsters. HBK checks under the ring and
says there are no monsters. Suddenly something has Shawn by the legs and he is
dragged under the ring. Triple H and Hornswoggle look from the ring – neither
goes down to the floor. HBK is back
out from under and back into the ring with what appears to be worms in his
We hear the Boogey Man’s music and he enters from under the
ring. Hornswoggle is hiding behind DX. Triple H asks the Boogey Man, who is from
ECW, if he can help him and the Boogey Man says “I’m the Boogey Man! And
I’m coming to see if I can join DX”. HBK is still wiping off his tongue.
Triple H says he will make another executive decision and Boogey Man is in too.
Triple H says you can never have enough nerds, freaks and weirdoes.
We then hear the music of The Great Khali, from Smackdown,
who enters the arena with his interpreter.
The Great Khali must also want to be a member of DX.
We then hear the music of Jonathan Coachman. He is yelling
“Enough!” as he comes toward the ring. Coach gets a lot of booing from the
crowd. Triple H calls Coach George Jefferson. Triple H says that he will tell
Khali’s interpreter what Coach was saying about Khali earlier. And he does,
and the interpreter tells Khali and Coach is suddenly on Khali’s bad side. As
Khali stalks Coach up the ramp and out of the arena, we are down to Triple H and
HBK in the ring.
Although this wasn’t wrestling, it was funny. I
would have thought WWE would have had a tribute to The Fabulous Moolah and not
worried so much about the rest of the Raw show tonight.
We see that DX will face Umaga and Randy Orton tonight.
We also see that Steve Austin will be on tonight’s Monday Night Raw.
Back from commercial break, we see Tom Green from The Tom
Green Show is in the audience and Luke Perry is in the audience.
We then see last Monday Night’s Raw Diva’s Battle Royal
and how Kelly Kelly from ECW won and was then taken out by Beth Phoenix.
Kelly Kelly from Jacksonville, FL – and ECW
The Glamazon Beth Phoenix from Buffalo, NY
WWE Women’s Champion
Audience favorite: I’m not sure
My favorite: Beth Phoenix
Winner: Beth Phoenix – as if you had to ask.
As much as I like to see Beth Phoenix in the ring, could
we please find someone who can wrestle to put in the ring with her?
Beth immediately takes Kelly down, slams her, covers, gets the pin and
the win. Beth hardly messed up her hair in this very short lived match.
Santino Marella is backstage and he tells us that Austin will
not be here tonight.
Back from commercial break, we see there is going to be Jeff
Hardy and Rey Mysterio against Mr. Kennedy and Finlay.
at least he gave us a first name – otherwise unknown --
**We have learned the identity of Joey! He is none other than
of Wrestling Society X**
Carlito, or, as the case may be,
who Carlito has called in as a replacement.
While Joey looks a little bit like he could work in the
ring, definitely not against Snitsky. Of course Snitsky beats the daylights
out of Joey and gets the win but when Carlito wants to spit an apple in Joey’s
face, Snitsky takes out Carlito. I
do realize that Snitsky makes a great villain, but I believe he could do a
little more in the ring than he has been allowed.
The same goes for Carlito. A
waste of at least three talents in this not so much a match. We even get a
replay of the joke of a match.
We see a promo of Jeff Hardy, which is actually very good.
I’ve been a Hardy fan ever since I first saw Jeff and Matt Hardy in the
ring. Jeff may not be one of the big boys but he is spectacular in the ring.
We see Jeff and Mysterio in the back, a prelude to the
interpromotional tag team match.
Back from commercial break.
Mr. Kennedy, who is already in the ring
Finlay, from Belfast, Ireland and Smackdown
Rey Mysterio, from San Diego, CA and Smackdown
Jeff Hardy from Cameron, NC
The Intercontinental Champion
Audience favorites: Rey Mysterio and Jeff Hardy
My favorites: Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy and Finlay
Winners: Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio after Jeff pins
Finlay and Kennedy seem to have a problem communicating and
look as though they are about to get into their own battle halfway through the
match and we go to
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
Back from commercial break, Mysterio delivers the 619 to
Kennedy by misses Finlay as he manages to get out of the way. Mysterio then
takes down Finlay outside the ring on the floor allowing Jeff to deliver a
swanton and get the win.
Not a bad match. Mysterio
and Jeff did their usual bang up job of entertaining the fans. Finlay had me a
little concerned there for a second. I thought he might be able to pull of the win.
Marella is backstage on his cell phone and Maria shows up to
tell Marella that she has just heard that Austin is here. Marella tells her that
it is just a rumor. And the two of them head off to the ring.
Back from commercial break.
Santino Marella and Marie enter the arena and head to the
ring. Maria spends most of her time trying to keep her dress pulled down –
I thought it was the writers who were on strike, not the costume department.
Marella tells the crowd again that Austin is not going to be there. Marella says
there is an actual celebrity in the audience, the director of The Condemned.
Marella then decides to pick on the director. Marella then picks on people in
We hear Austin’s entrance theme and Austin enters the
arena. My guess is that they haven’t sold enough copies of The Condemned on
DVD to make up for the box office losses because we know Austin is there to
actually wrestle. Austin sets Marella straight before he decides to deliver a
stunner. Austin then manages to some where, some way, some how, find a
truck full of Budweiser beer – it is Los Angeles, you know – and not
only does he douse Marella with beer, he manages to get Maria when she tries to
I thought they spent a little too much time on Austin and
We are again reminded about tonight’s match: DX versus
Umaga and Orton.
Back from commercial break, we see the Save Us 222 video and
The Code Is The Answer. Then we see a replay of Austin and beer.
We are backstage with Vince McMahon and Hornswoggle. McMahon
says that he needs to show Hornswoggle some tough love. At Survivor Series,
Hornswoggle will be against The Great Khali. I don’t know if even Mick Foley
could save Hornswoggle from Khali.
JR and Lawler tell us about the matches we will see at
Triple X is backstage and tells us that he has been asked by
WWE management to come out and waste time.
We see the ring mat is being changed due to beer damage by Austin. HBK
shows up and says he has everything taken care of. The Fat Guy shows up as
“The DX Dancers”. Triple H tells HBK he was supposed to get “dancers”
and Triple H says he will do it himself. Triple H is back shoving the Fat Guy
out of the way and tells us that he has The Girls Next Door straight from The
We see a promo of Rey Mysterio’s new DVD: The Biggest
Back from commercial break, we see a promo for Wrestlemania
Cody Rhodes, weighing 232 lbs., from Charlotte, NC
accompanied to the ring by Hardcore Holly
Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch are making their way to the
ring. Mickie James stops Trevor to wish him good luck in his match, and Lance
runs her off.
Trevor Murdoch, weighing 282 lbs., from Nashville, TN
One half of the WWE World Tag Team Champions
accompanied to the ring by Lance Cade, one half of the WWE
World Tag Team Champions.
Audience favorite: I’m not sure
My favorite: I like them both
Winner: Cody Rhodes
Trevor may have more time experience in the ring than
Cody, but Cody is a little more agile than Trevor. Trevor shows us he actually
does know wrestling moves. Trevor does have a weight advantage over Cody.
Lance goes up on the ring apron and Holly comes around to get him down, both men
distract the referee in the ring. As the ref is trying to get Holly back in his
corner, Cody is up on the top turnbuckle and Lance goes up again to try to take
Cody down. Cody kicks Lance in the chest, sending him to the floor and as Trevor
charges Cody, Cody leaps over him into the ring, sending Trevor into the ring
post. Cody goes for the roll up, gets the pin and the three count.
As good as this match was, it could have been better
without the outside interference. I’m
not sure what the storyline is supposed to be regarding Trevor and Mickie but I
have a suspicion that it will be a reason for the tag team to break up and take
a dive, losing their title belts in the process.
JR reminds us about the death of The Fabulous Moolah, real
name Lillian Ellison, who is the first woman to be inducted into the WWE Hall of
Fame. JR says that the first women’s match he refereed in 1974 involved Moolah,
the Women’s Champion. Moolah started wrestling in the 1940’s. We see a video
tribute to The Fabulous Moolah. She entered wrestling when women were
wrestlers, not “divas”. She fought hard and won the Women’s
Championship in 1956. She held the Women’s title for 28 years. She was the
first female ever to wrestle at Madison Square Gardens. She was one tough
female wrestler and could be considered the best. A standing ovation for the
Back from commercial break, we see an ECW promo. Dusty Hill
of ZZ Top is in the audience as well as Jamie Kennedy. JR reminds us about
Survivor Series, November 18, 2007, in Miami, FL.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Super Crazy
Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas
Audience favorites: Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Super Crazy
My favorites: Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Super Crazy
Winners: Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Super Crazy
Super Crazy yells “Si” and Duggan yells “Ho” to get
the audience involved and then Duggan starts his USA chant before the bell
rings. Most of the match is Super Crazy who does a good job of keeping the
Haas-Benjamin team busy. Super Crazy manages to roll up Benjamin and get the
win. Benjamin is not happy and proceeds to stomp on Super Crazy prompting
Hacksaw to get in the ring. Hacksaw takes down Benjamin with a right hand and
then he stands up to Haas. Haas and Benjamin vacate the ring.
I have to say that I don’t understand why Super Crazy
isn’t in more matches. He’s
very good in the ring as are Haas and Benjamin. Hacksaw is Hacksaw and audiences
continue to adore him no matter where he goes.
We are reminded again about the match between DX against
Umaga and Orton tonight.
Back from commercial break, we see the WWE Rewind, which is
the Triple H versus Umaga & Orton handicap match. HBK makes the save, which is why we are seeing DX tonight.
Umaga, weighing 350 lbs., from the Isle of Samoa
Randy Orton, weighing 245 lbs., from St. Louis, MO
The WWE Champion
D Generation X – for one night only
Triple H & the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels.
Audience favorites: DX
My favorites: DX and Umaga
Winners: DX – Triple H and the Heartbreak Kid Shawn
All four men start in as son as DX is in the ring. Orton ends
up outside of the ring and DX teams up on Umaga. TDX manages to sneak to get
Umaga over the ropes, then HBK dives over the top rope to take Umaga down again.
Triple H goes out of the ring after Orton. HBK is back in the ring and Triple H
beats a little more on Orton before taking him back into the ring. Triple H tags
in HBK who continues to work on Orton’s left arm. Orton breaks the hold with a
knee to the abdomen. Orton drags HBK to his corner and tags in Umaga. Umaga
misses a big sit down on HBK and Triple H gets tagged into the match. Triple H
manages a DDT to Umaga but he’s back on his feet right away. Triple H gets a
sidewalk slam delivered to him by Umaga and we go to
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH AGAIN!
Back from commercial break, JR is telling us there are 17
thousand fans on hand in LA. Triple H is down in the corner and charges, but
Triple H manages to get out of the way. Orton gets the tag and Orton tries the
same maneuver, but he gets a Triple H boot to the face. Both Triple H and Orton
are down in the ring. HBK is pacing on the ring apron. Triple H gets the tag but
Orton doesn’t make it to his corner. HBK takes a side trip and hits Umaga hard
enough to send him off the ring apron onto the floor. HBK slams Orton to the mat
and goes outside to climb to the top turnbuckle. HBK flies off the top with the
elbow and lands perfectly but Umaga is in the ring and takes down HBK with a
clothesline. Orton makes it to his feet and gets the tag. Umaga proceeds to work
on HBK who hasn’t made it back to his feet yet. HBK tries to fight his way out
of the corner but doesn’t make it. HBK is now in the wrong corner and Orton
tags himself in. Orton takes HBK down with a standing drop kick but he doesn’t
manage to get the cover. Orton spends a few seconds stomping on HBK versus
actually wrestling. HBK is back on his feet and the two exchange punches before
Orton takes down HBK and tags in Umaga. Umaga drops on top of HBK and HBK is
still down. HBK gets back to his feet and Umaga takes him down with a head butt.
Umaga is now on the top turnbuckle and goes for a drop but HBK manages to roll
out of the way and is trying to get to Triple H in the corner. Umaga has HBK by
the leg but HBK swings a kick to Umaga’s head making him break the hold. The
kick sends Umaga back to his own corner and he tags in Orton. HBK manages to get
to Triple H and tags Triple H into the match. Umaga is still in the ring and
Triple H takes down Orton before going after Umaga. He then goes back to Orton
and takes him down with a knee. Umaga sends Triple H into the ropes and Triple H
stops him with a face buster as he comes off the ropes. Triple H sends Umaga
into opposite ring posts before going back after Orton. Triple H hits Orton with
a spine buster and tries to set him up for the pedigree, but Umaga sneaks in a
Samoan spike behind the ref’s back. Triple H and Orton are down in the ring
and HBK is down on the ring apron. Umaga smacks Orton to try to get him to move
and cover Triple H. Orton is moving but hasn’t made it to Triple H and the ref
is counting. Orton gets to Triple H and covers but doesn’t get the three
count. Orton tags back in Umaga who drags Triple H over to the corner and
practices his left and rights on Triple H’s head. Umaga goes across the ring
and this time manages to smash Triple H before Umaga sends a fist to HBK sending
him down outside the ring. Umaga tries to jump on Triple H but Triple H gets his
knees up and I believe we have a low blow, however, the ref did not see the
move. Umaga tags in Orton and Triple H has not made it back to his feet. Orton
is showing off because Triple H has not made it back to his feet.
As soon as Triple H is up, Orton goes for the RKO, but Triple H shoves
Orton and sends him into Umaga on the ring apron. Umaga is now on the floor and
Triple H and Orton are down in the ring. Triple H is trying to get to HBK for
the pin and Orton is back on his feet. Triple H tags in HBK
who manages to take down Orton with sweet chin music, gets the pin and
Good job DX. As much as these two are not my favorite
wrestlers in the ring, I have to say they put on one heck of a match tonight.
HBK still has it, Triple H never lost it and I think Umaga has a lot more than
we are seeing in the ring. I am certain that he has much more wrestling talent
than he is using due to the nature of his killer character. A nice match to
close out Monday Night Raw.