November 19, 2007
Recap by Sassy
Comments by Sassy in italics.
And if you didn't know... It's official: Jericho returns as Saviour Winnipeg native heads back to WWE in a big way Sat Nov 17 2007 By Mike McIntyre CHRIS JERICHO is coming back to save pro wrestling. The Winnipeg native -- who gained international fame as one of the top superstars in the squared circle -- is about to make his much-anticipated return to World Wrestling Entertainment. Jericho stunned his fans when he walked away from the ring two years ago, seemingly in the prime of his career. But he was a man with a plan, which included focusing on his rock band Fozzy, showing his acting chops on film and on stage and even penning an autobiography that recently hit the New York Times bestseller list. Now Jericho is going back to his true love, backed by a slick WWE ad campaign that has been dropping hints for several weeks about the return of a Saviour during their highly rated Monday Night Raw program. "It's been the worst-kept secret in pro wrestling," Jericho says with a chuckle about his long-rumoured return, which has become the source of intense discussion on wrestling websites and message boards. He sat down with the Free Press for dinner Thursday evening during a brief stop in Winnipeg, where he was ending a whirlwind month-long book tour. Jericho said he always planned to return to wrestling but wanted it to be on his terms. He said writing his book -- A Lion's Tale: Around The World In Spandex -- made him realize what he was missing. "After 15 years in the business I was burned out. I felt like I was spinning my wheels. (Writing) really helped me remember the past, remember how much fun I had doing it," said Jericho. "So about six months ago I had an idea come to me about coming back." It's no coincidence Jericho began thinking about returning around the time wrestling was experiencing its darkest hour. WWE star -- and Alberta native -- Chris Benoit murdered his wife and young son before killing himself this past summer, triggering a tabloid media feeding frenzy and investigation by the U.S. Congress. Jericho considered Benoit to be one of his closest friends -- both in and out of the ring -- and was as stunned as anyone by what happened. He still can't explain what drove Benoit to kill but believes a combination of steroid abuse and brain damage caused by excessive head trauma in the ring were factors. Jericho welcomes some changes Vince McMahon has introduced to WWE, including a more stringent drug-testing policy that includes suspending and publicly identifying offenders. More than a dozen wrestlers have already been caught in recent months. Jericho's career could have taken a different path -- he's a graduate of the Creative Communications program at Red River College and briefly interned as a reporter at both the Free Press and Winnipeg Sun in the early 1990s. "I had finished high school at 17 and wanted to get into a wrestling camp, but they wouldn't take me because I was too young. So I needed something to fill time, and I always remember Jesse "The Body" Ventura saying to make sure you have something to fall back on," said Jericho. "A friend of mine told me about CreCom and I got in. But it wasn't long until I realized I didn't want to be the guy writing -- I wanted to be the guy being written about." Jericho, 36, isn't sure how long his return will last but won't overstay his welcome, saying he wants to ensure both his body and mind remain healthy. He calls wrestling "show business boot camp" and hopes to continue with acting, singing and writing down the road. "I'll never be a 9-to-5 guy," he said. "But I've learned never to take anything for
Survivor Series Matches and Results
ECW Championship Match - 3 Way
CM Punk ECW Champion
John Morrison vs. The Miz
(Morrison and Miz are the current WWE Tag Team Champions.)
Winner: CM Punk who retains the ECW Championship
10 Diva Tag Team Match
The Glamazon Beth Phoenix
WWE Women's Champion
Jillian Hall & Victoria & Melina & Layla
Torrie Wilson & Kelly Kelly & Maria & Michelle McCool & Mickie James
Winners: Torrie Wilson, Kelley Kelly, Maria, Michelle McCool & Mickie James
WWE World Tag Team Championship Match
Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly
Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch
Current WWE World Tag Team Champions
Winners: Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch who retain the Tag Team Championships.
It is announced that Matt Hardy will not be a part of Team Triple H for the Survivor Series Elimination Match.
Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match
Ugama, Mr. Kennedy, Finlay, Big Daddy V & MVP
Team Triple H
Triple H, Kane, Rey Mysterio & Jeff Hardy
*Matt Hardy unable to compete due to injuries sustained on Smackdown.
Winners: Jeff Hardy & Triple H
Team Triple H
as Umaga is the last man eliminated when Jeff Hardy gets the pin and the three count.
The Great Khali
accompanied to the ring by his Interpreter
Winner: I don't know -- I read the recap and Finlay came out to save Hornswoggle but I didn't read a decision one way or the other.
Now the report is saying the match was rendered a No Contest.
WWE World Title Match
HBK Shawn Michaels
WWE World Heavyweight Champion
Winner: Randy Orton who retains the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Hell in a Cell
Current WWE World Heavyweight Champion
Winner: Batista who retains the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
This is the first RAW since the Survivor Series pay per view.
For those of you who have not heard, Edge made his return by interfering in Hell
in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight
Championship. Due to Edge’s interference, Batista retained the title.
There have been rumors that Carlito has requested a release
from WWE. Carlito is still being
shown in the RAW opening number.
There have also been rumors that Y2J will be making his
return to the WWE ring on RAW tonight.
Monday Night Raw is being broadcast from Ft. Lauderdale,
FL on the USA Network.
Ringside announcers: JR and Jerry Lawler
Ring announcer: Lillian Garcia
Backstage interviews: Todd Grisham
The show opens with HBK Shawn Michaels entering the arena. (HBK
was unsuccessful in his bid for Randy Orton’s WWE title at Survivor Series.)
HBK has mic in hand and is addressing the audience. HBK says the better man won
last night – and the audience boos that remark. HBK says he wants to invite
Orton, the WWE Champion, to the ring so that HBK can shake Orton’s hand.
The crowd is chanting for “sweet chin music” and Orton appears on the
monitor. Orton refuses to come to the ring and wants everyone to see the bruise
on his forehead and says that it is there because of another super kick. HBK
says that he was going to kick Orton if he came to the ring and the audience
cheers. HBK said he wasn’t going to kick Orton until after he challenged him
to a rematch for the WWE Championship. Orton says he won’t dignify his
response to a request for a challenge. Orton makes a reference to the guy we saw
before the opening number carrying a torch to Ft. Lauderdale. Orton said HBK had
his chance and he won’t get another one.
Mr. Kennedy enters the arena while HBK is still in the ring.
Shall we assume he wants a title shot now? Kennedy puts his hands up like he’s
waiting for a mic to drop from the ceiling and HBK drops Kennedy He sends
Kennedy over the top rope and Kennedy pulls HBK out of the ring. HBK gets send
into the ring post and then Kennedy is back in the ring and he has the mic.
Kennedy says it is his turn but HBK drags Kennedy out of the ring.
HBK is back in the ring and he tells Kennedy to come back in
and they will have a match right now. Kennedy seems to be having a problem
making his way back into the ring and then he goes to the announcer’s table to
grab a mic and to trash talks HBK. Kennedy calls HBK a loser and William Regal,
RAW’s General Manager, enters the arena and tells the two wrestlers if they
want to have a match they have to do it properly and Regal then calls for a
referee to come to the ring. Regal tells the timekeeper to ring the bell
HBK Shawn Michaels
Audience favorite: HBK Shawn Michaels
My favorite: HBK Shawn Michaels
won the match that wasn’t a match because the bell never
And, we go to…
Back from commercial break, HBK and Kennedy are in a match
but they are on the entrance ramp and outside the ring. JR says the bell has not
sounded because the two men have not been in the ring. HBK seems to have the
upper hand and Kennedy is down on the floor as the ref tries to get the men in
the ring. Kennedy gets in the ring and then gets back out. HBK goes out after
him but Kennedy is ready for him and they both go over the guardrail and into an
area near the audience seating. HBK slams Kennedy’s head into the
announcer’s table and then they are in the ring announcer’s seats. Kennedy
slams HBK back first into the ring apron and the ref is yelling at Kennedy to
get in the ring. HBK is in the ring and Kennedy goes after a steel chair to get
into the ring. As the ref tries to get Kennedy to drop the chair, HBK delivers a
super kick to the chair sending Kennedy back onto the floor. The bell still has
not rung and Kennedy is now out on the floor. Since the bell did not sound
and the match was never under way, HBK must have won the NON-match.
For not being a real match it wasn’t a bad brawl. Most
of the fighting was done outside of the ring but HBK seemed to be in top form.
JR tells the audience there will be a match tonight between
Jeff Hardy, the WWE Intercontinental Champion, and Umaga.
At Survivor Series, Team Triple H beat Team Umaga when Jeff got the pin
and the three count. I believe Umaga was the only member of his team left in the
match at the end.
Back from commercial break, we see a promo for The Hives who
did the official theme song for Survivor Series.
Santino Marella, weighing 227 lbs., residing in Patterson,
Jerry “The King” Lawler, weighing 224 lbs., from Memphis,TN
Audience favorite: I'm not sure.
My favorite: I'm not sure.
Jerry The King Lawler
Before Lawler is introduced, we see the match from last week
between Marella and Lawler where Lawler beat Marella. Marella has some nice
We have some trouble getting the match under way because
Marella is telling the ref how to ref the match. Then Marella begins to trash
talk Lawler, but Lawler delivers a drop kick and sends Marella across the ring.
The two lock up and Lawler has Marella in the corner. Lawler breaks clean but
Marella backs Lawler in the corner and Marella does not break clean. Lawler gets
a little over confident and gets himself down on the mat with Marella working on
Lawler’s arm and back. Marella goes outside the ring to the announcer’s
table and puts on Lawler’s crown and then goes back into the ring with the mic
to make fun of Lawler who is still down on the mat. Lawler gets back to his
knees and slaps Marella down before getting back to his feet to work over
Marella with a few fists. Marella goes back to Lawler’s arm. Lawler goes for
the backslide pin, gets the three count and the win.
Not a bad little match but I think Marella isn’t getting
any sort of push in WWE. I assume he has some wrestling talent or he wouldn’t
be on the payroll but I haven’t seen him do anything worth doing in the ring.
Surprise, surprise (and it really isn’t a surprise which
is why this gimmick has gotten so stale), Orton enters the ring and RKO’s
Lawler. Marella disappears out of the ring and the arena while Orton is running
around looking for a mic so that he can address a booing audience. Orton says he
has an update on the status of “his” torch runner and he is running right by
the arena where Orton beat HBK. Orton is waiting for the “official passing of
the torch” when the torch runner makes it to the arena in Ft. Lauderdale.
May I just say – whatever.
JR reminds us again about the match between Jeff Hardy and
Umaga tonight and then we will see a ceremony for Orton – something about the
passing of the torch. Again –
Back from commercial break, we see the torch runner on the
Todd is backstage with Kennedy and wants to know about what
happened tonight between Kennedy and HBK. Kennedy said he only went out to the
ring to show HBK some respect. But that didn’t happen because HBK super kicked
a chair into Kennedy’s face. The chair to the face doesn’t seem to have
done any damage to Kennedy’s jaw.
JR tells us about the match last night at Survivor Series
between Hornswoggle and The Great Khali. Vince and Shane McMahon were both in
the ring area when the match took place. We see a video of the match from
Survivor Series. Hornswoggle throws his hat at Khali, goes outside of the ring
and takes on Khali’s interpreter, goes back into the ring with a weapon but is
smacked down by Khali. Shane gets out of his seat to help Hornswoggle but Vince
sends him back to his seat at ringside. Khali is going for the vice grip when
Finlay shows up with his weapon and takes out Khali then takes Hornswoggle up
the ramp and out of the arena.
Are we certain about that DNA test? Finlay and Hornswoggle
DO sort of look alike…
McMahon is backstage with Regal and Jonathan Coachman and he
wants to know what the two of them thought about Survivor Series. Both of them
discuss the Hornswoggle speeches and nervous actions before the match and then
during the match between Hornswoggle and The Great Khali. And then they bring up
There is a knock on the door and Carlito enters, apple in
hand. Carlito said he was there to show McMahon his appreciation on how McMahon
treated Hornswoggle last night. McMahon wants to know how tough Carlito is.
McMahon wants to know what would happen if Carlito took on a four foot McMahon.
McMahon is scheduling a match tonight between Hornswoggle and Carlito. Carlito
is laughing and everyone wishes Carlito luck.
Jeff Hardy, weighing 225 lbs., from Cameron, NC
WWE Intercontinental Champion
Umaga, weighing 350 lbs., from the Isle of Samoa
Audience favorite: Jeff Hardy
My favorite: Jeff Hardy
Winner: Jeff Hardy
due to interference by Snitsky – who wasn’t in the match.
Before Umaga is introduced, we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial break, we see the end of the Traditional
Survivor Series match in which Jeff Hardy pins Umaga for the three count. I’m
not sure how Jeff did it last night but I’d like to see him take down Umaga
again. I have nothing in particular against Umaga but Jeff is one of the
greatest high-risk takers in WWE. Jeff starts out with fists flying but Umaga
doesn’t even notice. Jeff manages to send Umaga out of the ring and then makes
the mistake of going out after him. Fortunately, as Umaga gets back in the ring,
Jeff hits him with a low drop kick, goes for the pin but doesn’t get the three
count. Jeff is working off the ropes but gets caught and is now down on the mat.
Umaga picks Jeff up off the mat with the audience chanting for Jeff. Umaga has a
nerve hold on Jeff, which works on Jeff’s right arm. Jeff is working his way
back to his feet but Umaga applies more pressure and Jeff is back down again.
Jeff tries again to get to his feet and he does, but Umaga takes him down by
pulling his hair. Umaga has Jeff in the same nerve hold again. Jeff tries to get
to his feet and goes, but Umaga slams Jeff in the back then sends him head first
into the corner turnbuckle. Umaga backs up and charges, but Jeff gets out of the
way and Umaga meets the ring post. Jeff hits the DDT and then goes off on the
ring apron to climb up to the top rope. Umaga is back on his feet and he sends
Jeff flying straight into the guardrail and we go to…
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH – THAT’S ONE!
Back from commercial break, both men are back in the ring and
again Umaga has Jeff in the nerve hold. We see what happened during commercial
break and it was all about Jeff taking a beating courtesy of Umaga. Jeff is now
down on the mat but the audience is trying to get him back to his feet. Jeff is
back up and tries to body slam Umaga and does pick him up, but Umaga goes down
on top of Jeff and Umaga gets a two count. Jeff is again back in the nerve hold
and is down on the mat. Jeff is trying to get to the rope but can’t quite
reach it. Jeff is back to his feet, comes off the ropes and gets sent over
Umaga’s head in a back body drop. Umaga comes off the ropes and drops a leg on
Jeff and goes for a cover but Jeff powers out of the pin. Umaga gets a two
count. Umaga delivers kicks to Jeff’s head and back. Umaga goes for the cover
but again only gets a two count. He goes for the pin again and gets a two count.
Umaga picks Jeff up off of the mat by his hair and delivers a blow to Jeff’s
forehead. Something lands in the ring and the ref throws it out – I couldn’t
see what it was – Umaga picks Jeff up again by the hair and Jeff rolls out on
the ring apron. He manages to send grab Umaga as he drops down to the floor off
the ring apron catching Umaga on the top rope. As Umaga staggers back, Jeff goes
to the top turnbuckle, flies off and gets caught in
mid air by Umaga. Umaga slams Jeff to the mat and goes for the cover but
once again Umaga only gets a two count before Jeff manages to power his way out
of the cover. Jeff is down and Umaga is back on his feet. Umaga jumps off the
ropes and lands on Jeff. Jeff is still down and Umaga gets Jeff in the nerve
hold. Jeff is back to his feet and comes off the top rope to meet Umaga’s
foot. Umaga goes up in the corner and dives but Jeff manages to roll out of the
way and now Umaga is down as is Jeff. The ref is counting and he gets to four
before both men are back up. Umaga sends Jeff back down to the mat and proceeds
to punch him with fists before the ref breaks it up. Umaga goes back and charges
at Jeff in the corner. Jeff rolls out of the way, Umaga smashes into the ring
post, Jeff goes across the ring and comes off the top turnbuckle to deliver a
flying twist of fate sending Umaga to the mat. Jeff goes for the pin and gets a
two count. Both men are back to their feet and Jeff is using the ropes to try to
take Umaga down. Jeff tries for the twist of fate but Umaga shoves Jeff into the
corner. Jeff sends a boot to Umaga, Umaga catches the boot but Jeff comes off
the floor and sends the other boot into Umaga. Umaga is still on his feet. He
charges Jeff in the corner, Jeff sidesteps and Umaga goes shoulder first into
the corner post. Jeff goes to the top turnbuckle to deliver the swanton bomb.
Umaga rolls out of the way and Jeff hits the mat. Umaga takes Jeff down with a
Samoan drop and then he gets ready to deliver the Samoan spike but Jeff ducks
under the spike, delivers a kick to Umaga’s midsection, hits the twist of fate
and Umaga rolls out of the ring. Jeff hits Umaga with a baseball slide that
sends Umaga into the announcer’s table. Jeff springs over the top rope and
takes Umaga down to the floor. Jeff rolls back into the ring while the ref
starts the count on Umaga. As Jeff turns around in the ring, Snitsky attacks him
and the ref rings the bell ending the match.
Snitsky proceeds to pound on Jeff as the ref tries to get
Snitsky to stop. Snitsky charges Jeff and Jeff gets out of the way, sending
Snitsky into the corner post. Jeff is pounding on Snitsky. Umaga is getting back
into the ring. As Snitsky sends Jeff backward, Umaga hits Jeff with a
clothesline, sending Jeff crashing to the mat. Both men are now working on Jeff
and they throw him out of the ring and onto the floor. As Snitsky and Umaga look
down at Jeff, we hear Triple H’s music and Triple H enters the arena heading
for the ring and Snitsky and Umaga. Triple H sends Snitsky to the mat before he
and Umaga begin to exchange punches in the middle of the ring. Umaga sends
Triple H into the corner post but when he charges, Triple H has moved out of the
way and Umaga hits the ring post chest first. Triple H sends Umaga to the mat
with a spine buster before taking off his shirt and sending Umaga over the top
rope with a clothesline. Snitsky is back to his feet and Triple H works on
Snitsky, sending him over the top rope and onto the floor. The ref goes out to
check on Jeff. Jeff is back in the ring with Triple H and Lillian announces that
Jeff Hardy is the winner by disqualification. Triple H and Jeff Hardy invite
Umaga and Snitsky back into the ring but they don’t take them up on the offer.
Jeff held his own in this match and I was waiting for him
to lay down and play dead. I
wouldn’t have blamed him one bit. He
took some hard hits in this match and coming so soon after Survivor Series,
I’m sure he’s already got some sore muscles. I'm betting Umaga was a little
worse for wear as well, but he certainly didn't show it.
Everyone should note that Orton didn’t make his way
out to the ring to pick on HBK or on Triple H, Umaga, Snitsky or Jeff Hardy.
We see the replay of Snitsky entering the ring to interfere
in the match and then Triple H entering the ring and cleaning house.
Lawler reminds us there will be a match tonight between
Hornswoggle and Carlito. Lawler says that McMahon has made this match a no
disqualification match. JR reminds us about the symbolic and literal “passing
of the torch” somehow in reference to Orton.
Back from commercial break, there is a replay of the match
before commercial break between Jeff Hardy and Umaga with the interference of
Snitsky and then Triple H.
Jeff Hardy and Triple H are backstage. When they break up,
Todd steps in and asks Triple H why he would go out and help Jeff in his match.
Triple H says he is the real bad ass of the WWE, not Umaga or Snitsky. Triple H
then makes reference to a transvestite Todd may or may not have picked up last
night at a local bar.
Hardcore Holly, weighing 243 lbs., from Mobile, AL
Cody Rhodes, weighing 232 lbs., from Charlotte, NC
Audience favorite: I’m not sure
My favorite: I like them both
Winner: Cody Rhodes
Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes faced Lance Cade and Trevor
Murdoch at Survivor Series for the WWE Tag Team Titles.
Cade and Murdoch won the match and retained the title belts.
The two men lock up and end up in the corner. The ref calls
for a clean break and Code breaks clean. Holly turns Cody around and proceeds to
pound on him, then goes for a roll up but Cody powers out. The two men are face
to face with each other. Holly body slams Cody to the mat and then chokes Cody
on the ropes. Holly now has Cody in a headlock. The two exchange slugs before
Holly sends Cody to the mat. Cody comes back swinging, delivers a side leg sweep
and goes for the cover but doesn’t get the three count. Holly sets Cody up for
the Alabama slam but Cody manages to break free and he send Holly down to the
mat. Cody delivers a DDT, gets the cover and the three count.
Holly has the in ring experience but Cody has wrestling in
his blood. Holly is always entertaining and he although he has been known to
fight a little on the dirty side, he’s good in the ring. Cody needs to learn
to be a little more underhanded but I can’t complain about his in ring
And then who but Orton should show up to take Cody down with
an RKO? And NOW, Orton has the mic but he does drop it in order to take out
Holly with an RKO as Holly gets to his feet. Orton says he has an update on the
status of his torch runner. We see the torch runner who is passing the Ft.
Lauderdale sign. Orton says it is only a matter of time before he gets the
respect he deserves. Orton
must still be on drugs – and great drugs at that. I guess that's how it works
when you are not punished like everyone else on the WWE roster who got caught.
Commercial break – not soon enough.
Back from commercial break, we see a replay of what happened
right before the commercial break – with Orton.
JR says we will now see a Randy Orton tribute video. Now
would be a great time to get a drink, walk the dog, go to the bathroom, throw
something through your television, etc., etc., etc. JR tells us the
passing of the torch ceremony is live tonight.
McMahon is backstage and he turns to run into Finlay. They
rehash the “surprise” that happened with the Hornswoggle match last night.
Finlay asks where McMahon was born – Finlay was born in Ireland. Finlay makes
fun of McMahon’s age. I’m not sure what that entire exchange was about.
We see Maria and Mickie James heading to the ring.
Back from commercial break, we see a promo telling us that
Rick Flair will be on next Monday night’s RAW.
Tag Team Match
Melina & Jillian Hall
Mickie James & Mickie James
Audience favorites: I’m not sure
My favorites: Mickie James and Melina
Winners: Mickie James & Maria
Before Mickie and Maria are introduced, Melina takes
Liliian’s mic and then Jillian takes the mic away from Melina. Jillian tells
everyone that John Secada (I hope I spelled that right!) is in the audience
tonight. He is there to support Lillian Garcia’s album and that he did a duet
with Lillian. Jillian then proceeds
to trash Lillian’s singing. I’m afraid Jillian is going to sing – MUTE
BUTTON, MUTE BUTTON! Even Melina has to cover her ears. Jillian then
gets in Lillian’s face and shoves the mic back at her.
Mickie James was the winner of the 10 Diva Elimination match
at Survivor Series last night. She
kissed someone in order to get the win.
Mickie James has been showing her abilities in this match but
they are limited by her opponent’s abilities. Mickie decides to kiss Jillian (that’s
just gross – that’s the same mouth Jillian attempts to sing with!),
then delivers a kick to the head and gets the pin and the three count.
I’m a little confused. Wasn’t just a week or so ago
Mickie James was hitting on Trevor Murdoch?
THAT was quite a change of er, um, well, you know…
I have a real issue with women’s wrestling in WWE. They
say they do but they don’t. Most of the women in WWE aren’t wrestlers and
I’m not certain any of them really intend to be. There are any number of women
working the independent circuits that can and do wrestle. WWE just doesn’t seem to be keen on hiring them. Mickie
James, Victoria and Beth Phoenix are the women who appear to have made a career
out of wrestling and Victoria doesn’t get matches that aren’t jokes and Beth
doesn’t have any one of her size and caliber on the roster. Mickie is very
good in the ring but even she gets short changed with ridiculous story lines.
We see Carlito backstage walking to the arena.
Back from commercial break.
No Disqualification Match
Hornswoggle, who enters from Under The Ring
Carlito, weighing 220 lbs.
Audience favorite: Hornswoggle
My favorite: I like them both.
an assist from Finlay
Carlito comes to the ring laughing. He enters the ring and
has to “warm up” before the match begins. He pokes at Hornswoggle a few
times, the puts his hand up in the air for Hornswoggle to grab his hand but, of
course, Hornswoggle can’t reach that high. Carlito drops down to his knees and
then teases Hornswoggle by putting up first one hand and then the other as
Hornswoggle puts up his hands. Carlito shoves Hornswoggle backward and
Hornswoggle hits the mat. As
Carlito stands up, laughing, Hornswoggle decides to take a bite out of
Carlito’s backside, and then slaps Carlito in the face. Carlito goes after
Hornswoggle but he hides behind the ref, then Hornswoggle runs out of the ring
with Carlito in pursuit. Hornswoggle makes it to the announcer’s table and
steals JR’s hat which he then puts on before going across the announcer’s
table to put the hat on Lillian Garcia. Every time Carlito gets close to
Hornswoggle, Hornswoggle goes between Carlito’s legs and makes a getaway.
Carlito chases Hornswoggle under the ring but Carlito gets in the ring and
sneaks across to the other side. As Carlito waits for Hornswoggle to reappear,
Hornswoggle comes out from the opposite side with a bucket full of water. As
Carlito stands up, Hornswoggle dumps the water on Carlito’s head, Carlito
slips and falls to the mat. Hornswoggle
is out on the ring apron and he dives at Carlito, but Carlito catches
Hornswoggle, carries him up to the ring apron and dumps him unceremoniously onto
the mat. (Did anyone else notice that Carlito’s hair appears to be shedding
water?) Carlito comes back out to ringside and grabs his apple. He stands in the
ring taking bites out of the apple but before he can spit on Hornswoggle, Finlay
is in the ring turning Carlito around. Carlito decides to spit the apple in
Finlay’s face and Finlay smiles, looks around, and then sends Carlito to the
mat with a clothesline. Finlay
picks up Hornswoggle and body slams him onto Carlito.
Carlito gets the pin and the three count. Finlay hands Hornswoggle the
apple and Hornswoggle takes a bite out of the apple, chews it up and spits apple
While this was a cute match and I do like Hornswoggle, I
am certain this is not the career Carlito was looking for when he came to WWE.
I have not seen Carlito in a realistic match in a long time and although
there are rumors that he is making trouble for himself in WWE, I can’t imagine
WWE continues to not use Carlito for his wrestling abilities in and out of the
We see the marathon runner outside of the arena.
Back from commercial break, Lawler reports that next week
Triple H will team with Jeff Hardy to meet the team of Umaga and Snitsky.
As Orton enters the ring to talk about Orton and to wait for
Orton’s “torch”, Orton tells us that there is no one else left for him to
beat. (Has Orton beaten
Snitsky and Umaga? I can’t
recall.) We see the runner outside the arena on the monitor and suddenly
the runner is taken out by a clothesline…and then we see the video of Save Us
222 and 2nd Coming and all that -- guess who appears after the
countdown? (You can’t
mistake the stance and the look, even from the back.)
None other than Y2J Chris Jericho. He
looks like he’s lost a little weight, his hair is much shorter but he sounds
like the same Y2J. It seems
Y2J has come along to “save us” from Orton. Jericho got a standing ovation
and there was no physical contact – in fact Jericho never left the top of the
entrance ramp and Orton never left the ring. It will be interesting to see how
Jericho handles himself in the ring after being out of action for so long.
It is now RAW IS JERICHO! And this is the second coming of
Y2J. Y2J wants Orton’s title belt and once he has it, he proclaims: It will
Never, Never, Never, EVER be the same again.
Y2J celebrates with the fans staying at the tope of the
entrance ramp and the show is over.