Night Raw XV Anniversary Spectacular
December 10, 2007
Recap by Sassy
by Sassy are noted in italics.
is being broadcast from Harbor Yard Arena on the USA Network
Ringside announcers: JR and Jerry Lawler
Ring announcer: Lillian Garcia
Backstage interviews: Todd Grisham
NOTE: The chances are I will not be doing play by plays on
the matches since this is a three-hour show.
I will try to pick up the high points of all of the matches.
The show opens with the McMahon family, Vince, Shane and
Stephanie, entering the arena. Has Stephanie had another boob job or is just
the outfit? Of course, Vince has mic in hand to talk about Vince. They are
getting ready for their family portrait and Linda, Vince says, can’t be there
because of the flu or something like it. Vince introduces Shane and he doesn’t
get any bigger pop than Vince did. Stephanie gets more noise, but it sounds like
jeers. Vince calls for the photographer to take their “family portrait” and
we hear Hornswoggle’s entrance theme as he comes running down the ramp to the
ring. Hornswoggle has his “daddy” by the leg and Vince asks Shane to remove
Hornswoggle from his leg. Shane does and the audience cheers for Hornswoggle –
biggest pop yet. Quite a few of the fans are on their feet for Hornswoggle.
Vince tells Shane and Stephanie he loves them and then tells Hornswoggle he kind
of loves him too and then Vince says that most importantly he loves each and
every one of the fans in the arena. He gets a combo of cheers and jeers.
Before the photographer can take a photo of the loving
family, Triple H enters the arena and we get another big pop, with the audience
chants “Triple H”. Triple H then asks Vince if he hears the pop Triple H is
getting. Triple H says that the portrait is supposed to be for the family and he
thinks the people know what’s going on and Triple H feels like he is a part of
the McMahon family and that he feels like he could be Vince’s son.
Triple H says a family should be about people you love or
have loved and Triple H is going to bring out some of the people that Vince has
I am going to type part of this next fiasco.
You would think someone would have done a better job with the
script for a big deal like a fifteenth anniversary show.
Representing the current crop of divas that Vince has
Vince says he never had sex with Melina
Representing the past divas that Vince as “loved”: Sunny
Hornswoggle gives Sunny a big hug.
Representing the current divas that Vince has “loved”:
Mae makes a beeline for Vince to give him a big hug and a
Vince said is happened at Moolah’s funeral and he had a lot
Shane leaves the ring after Vince’s confession. Triple H
says that anyone could do the pretty ones.
Triple H says that any WWE employee that has been mistaken
for a woman and Vince attempted to “love”, please come to the ring now:
Howard Finkle is the first one out, followed by Bastion
Bugger, the Big Dick Johnson, Jerry Briscoe, Pat Patterson, Abe Knuckleball
Swartz – regarding Abe, Triple H says the Brooklyn Brawler must have been busy
tonight but that would explain Vince’s fascination for balls.
Stephanie tells Vince he has serious problems and that he has
embarrassed their family long enough. It is time for her to embarrass Vince.
Stephanie kisses Triple H (like we didn’t already know about this one a
long time ago). Stephanie leaves the ring. Vince tells Triple H he hates him
and he tells the audience to go to hell and he leaves the arena.
Hornswoggle is left in the ring with no family. Triple H says
he wished there was someone who could make this right. And it’s the Godfather
with his Ho Train. Hornswoggle doesn’t appear to be sad anymore. JR tells
Lawler he thinks he sees Lawler’s new ex-wife. Lawler says he sees several of
them. (Wasn’t there a rumor a few weeks ago about toning down the sex on
the show? Vince didn’t read his
Godfather tells Hornswoggle it’s time he hopped on the Ho
Train and Hornswoggle is suddenly surrounded by scantily clad women,
which, I guess, beats the hell out of the alternative - being surrounded by
Vince, Shane and Stephanie.
JR tells us the WWE Intercontinental Championship will be
decided in one of the most dangerous, thrilling, high risk matches and it will
be Jeff Hardy defending his Championship against Carlito.
NOTE: For those of you who haven’t been reading the
WWE News Bytes, it might interest you to know that Carlito had asked for – and
been granted – his release from WWE, however, WWE decided they didn’t want
him to leave and now, for the first time in a long time, Carlito will not only
be in a real match, he will be in what could turn out to be a great match!
Back from commercial break.
Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Jeff Hardy, from Cameron, NC, weighing 225 lbs.
WWE Intercontinental Champion
Carlito, from the Caribbean, weighing 220 lbs.
My favorite: I like them both
Winner: Jeff Hardy
who retains the WWE Intercontinental Title
Hey, I finally spelled Caribbean right! It must be a sign
- way to go, Carlito!
This match may be one to stand up and cheer about or it
could be a dud. We have seen Carlito doing so little in the ring we don’ t
have any idea how he is going to perform. Jeff never lets the fans down and we
know he’ll make it a match no matter what.
The first thing Carlito does is roll outside the ring to grab
a ladder. Jeff goes for a baseball slide and gets nailed in the head by the
ladder courtesy of Carlito. Carlito has the ladder in the ring and is halfway up
before Jeff manages to get back into the ring and drag Carlito off the ladder.
Carlito hits Jeff with a clothesline and then gets nailed by the ladder courtesy
of Jeff when Carlito tries to use the ladder as a weapon. And, ouch! Jeff drops
Carlito on the ladder and then Carlito nails Jeff with the ladder. And it’s a
Holy **** moment when Carlito is dropkicked off the ring apron back first onto
the ladder sitting up against the guardrail. They are going to need another
ladder to get the Championship belt down, folks, this one is wasted – I’m
guessing so is Carlito’s back. Jeff has found another ladder and he is setting
it up in the middle of the ring. Jeff is almost to the top but Carlito
springboards off the top rope and lands on the ladder opposite Jeff. Well done!
Now the two are fighting it out on the top of the ladder before Carlito takes
Jeff down to the floor. Both men are down on the mat. Carlito looked like he
slipped on a rung just a second before he managed to take Jeff down.
That was a heart stopper.
COMMERCIAL BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS MATCH!
Back from commercial break, Jeff is on his feet, Carlito is
down on the mat and Jeff is climbing the ladder in the corner of the ring. Jeff
goes off for a leg drop but Carlito rolls out of the way and Jeff meets the mat.
Carlito is back to his feet working on Jeff’s left leg. Carlito has the ladder
again and places Jeff’s leg in the middle of the ladder and stops on the leg.
Carlito has another ladder in the ring and he slams it on top of that ladder
with Jeff’s leg trapped. Carlito picks Jeff up and drops him on top of both
ladders before setting one of the ladders up to climb to the belt hanging above
the ring. Jeff is back to his feet and is climbing up the ladder behind Carlito.
Carlito is back down on the mat and he again works on Jeff’s left leg. Carlito
sets the ladder up in the corner and goes after Jeff. The audience is chanting
“Hardy” and they are getting louder. Carlito sets Jeff up on the ladder and
backs into the opposite corner before charging at Jeff. Jeff is back up on his
feet and sends Carlito over with a back body drop that again drops Carlito back
first on the ladder. The ladder doesn’t seem to be as badly damaged as the one
on the floor was after Carlito dropped on it, but Carlito couldn’t have
enjoyed this collision either. Jeff is up on the top turnbuckle, comes off with
the swanton and nails Carlito. Jeff is back to his feet, but he is limping on
his left leg as he goes after a ladder to set up in the center of the ring. Jeff
starts up the ladder but Carlito is back on his feet and he knocks the ladder
over. Jeff catches himself with the ropes and lands on his feet. Jeff tries a
twist of fate, but Carlito manages to switch around and drop Jeff on the ladder
that’s down on the mat. Carlito now has the second ladder up and is climbing
to the top. The ladder looks pretty wobbly from here and as Carlito manages to
get a hand on the belt, Jeff is back up the ladder nearly to the top. Jeff
punches Carlito in the abdomen and Carlito goes backward, but he is hanging onto
the belt. Carlito loses his grip on the belt and falls landing partially on the
ropes before going out of the ring and onto the floor. Jeff continues up the
ladder and manages to get the belt before Carlito can get back in the ring and
the fans are on their feet.
One great match by two great competitors. I have heard
rumors that Carlito was difficult to get along with and that was why WWE
wasn’t using him as an actual wrestler. After
this match, no one will be able to say that Carlito isn’t tough or that he
isn’t great in the ring. Both of these men took some big hits but they did a
wonderful job working as opponents in this match up.
Jeff Hardy has a major match this Sunday at Armageddon.
With his left leg in the shape it is in now, let’s hope he manages to be one
hundred percent for the pay per view. Now who would have put Jeff in a match
like this when Armageddon is this Sunday? Were
they afraid Triple H couldn’t take out Jeff if Jeff wasn’t injured?
Back from commercial break, Todd is backstage with HBK Shawn
Michaels. HBK was part of the original broadcast of Monday Night Raw. HBK says
that on that night he went out and defended his WWE Intercontinental
Championship against but then HBK says he can’t remember fifteen years ago.
HBK says that he can remember last week when Mr. Kennedy did his little skit.
HBK says when he saw the Marty Jannetty imposter it got HBK to thinking what
Kennedy could do with the real thing. Enter Marty Jannetty who is all hyped to
be on Raw tonight. Exit Marty and HBK says tonight Kennedy will face Marty and
then at Armageddon, Kennedy will face HBK.
Raw Flashback – a flurry of matches and incidents which
include Brother Ray (of the Dudley Boys in WWE), Scott Hall (Razor Ramon in
WWE), Steve Austin and Mike Tyson, John Cena and Kevin Federline, Donald Trump,
Trish Stratus kissing The Rock and The Rock kissing Trish, Chris Jericho kissing
Trish, Christian kissing Trish, Mickie James kissing Trish much to Trish’s
dismay, Lita kissing Matt Hardy, Lita kissing Edge much to Kane’s dismay,
Eric Bischoff kissing Linda McMahon, Vince kissing – sorry folks, I
don’t know who Vince is kissing in this shot, William Regal kissing Vince’s
ass, Val Venis hopping in the shower with Ryan Shamrock (I do miss Val’s
long curly locks!), Kane removing his mask, Kane playing with fire, a ton of
chair shots, The Rock throwing Steve Austin into a river, Shane McMahon on
Monday Night Nitro, Vince’s limo blowing up.
Back from commercial break, we see a promo for the WCW DVD
that will be on sale tomorrow.
Santino Marella and Maria are in the ring. Marella has made an open challenge to anyone and RVD enters the arena. Rob may have taken some time off, but you can’t tell it by the way he looks. Marella’s a dead man and Maria didn’t ready the memo about a little more clothing…
Audience favorite: RVD
My favorite: RVD
I’d like to think as long as Marella has been around he
could put on a good show against someone like RVD. But that doesn’t happen and it ‘s a really, really short
Back from commercial break.
The members of Evolution are reunited in the ring –
Ric Flair, Triple H., and Batista enter the arena and the
ring – super loud pops for all three of these wrestlers.
The fourth member of Evolution, Randy Orton, enters the arena
but does not enter the ring. He has a mic (oh, great). By the way, there was no
audience applause for Orton. Orton is here to talk about Orton. Where’s
Jericho when you need him? And we see a replay of Orton getting whipped by
Evolution the last time was Champion. This may be the best part of the
anniversary show! The audience was impressed.
Orton does the Armageddon plug for his match. Orton then introduces Edge
as his partner in the Rated RKO or
whatever it was. Edge says that Batista won’t have his championship after
Armageddon either. Batista invites him to the ring. Flair tells Edge to shut up.
Flair tells Orton and Edge to get a partner. Umaga is their partner and Umaga
enters the arena.
Part of Evolution
Ric Flair, Batista & Triple H
Rated RKO or whatever
Edge, Randy Orton & Umaga
Audience favorites: Part of Evolution
My favorites: Part of Evolution, Edge and Umaga
Ric Flair, Batista and Triple H
BREAK BEFORE THE MATCH!
MATCH IS IN PROGRESS WHEN WE RETURN FROM COMMERCIAL BREAKS!
COUNTS AS A COMMERCIAL BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
Flair is getting whupped all over the ring, first by Umaga
and then by Orton. Orton goes for a cover but Flair manages to get a shoulder
off the mat. Flair has been getting body dropped quite a bit but he manages to
deliver a dropkick to Orton and now Flair’s is trying to get a tag. Flair tags
in Batista and Orton may be sorry he opened his mouth. He works over Orton,
knocks Umaga off the ring apron and brings Edge into the ring. Orton is back up
after Batista but Triple H is in the ring and we have double spine busters as
Batista takes down Edge and Triple H takes down Orton. Umaga comes in with a
double clothesline and takes everybody down, but Umaga makes the mistake of
shoving the referee and as Umaga goes after Flair, Batista comes to the rescue.
The ref calls for the ringing of the bell and Edge, Orton and Umaga have been
disqualified. Orton and Edge have
turned tail and run leaving Umaga alone in the ring. Flair hits Umaga with a low
blow, Batista hits him with a spear and Triple H finishes up with a pedigree.
Jeff Hardy is backstage with an ice pack on his neck. On
his neck? After that ladder match, he should have an ice pack on his entire
We see film clips of Austin spraying The Rock with beer, then
numerous car crashes, axles being taken off of limos (courtesy of DX – HBK and
Triple H), destruction of various limos, Kurt Angle spraying an entire ring with
milk. Edge doing his imitation of Flair beating up a driver that has cut him
off. Austin driving into the building and going after McMahon in the ring.
Hornswoggle is backstage playing with Mickie James and Molly
Holly. William Regal comes in and tells Hornswoggle that he has a rematch from
the Survivor Series and it will be Hornswoggle against The Great Khali. Regal
tells Hornswoggle someone has canceled Finlay’s plane ticket from Ireland so
he won’t be around to help him. And Hornswoggle’s match is next.
Back from commercial break, we see the match where
Hornswoggle hired the APA to help him out.
The Great Khali, from India, weighing 420 lbs, over 7’
accompanied to the ring by his interpreter
Audience favorite: Hornswoggle
My favorite: Hornswoggle
Winner: I’m not sure
but I would think that Hornswoggle would be disqualified
after Hogan interferes in the match.
This looks like a squash in the worst way. Hornswoggle does
look a little concerned. So does the audience. Hornswoggle is playing keep away
with Khali but then Khali grabs his coat and we see Hulk Hogan enter the arena
to come to Hornswoggle’s aid. Hornswoggle has made his way out to the ring
apron. I think Khali and Hogan are talking trash but no one seems to know if
they understand each other. Khali gives Hogan a kick to the gut and now Hogan is
in trouble. Hogan’s getting ready to fight back and he does.
Several rights and then Hogan comes off the ropes and sends a right fist
to Khali’s skull that sends Khali down to the mat and out of the ring. Hogan
invites Khali back into the ring but Khali’s interpreter is telling Khali not
to do it.
Hogan now has a mic. He says it sounds like Hulkamania is
still alive and well and he wants to congratulate the WWE for their anniversary
and he wants the audience to give WWE a round of applause.
The applause is sparse. Hogan says never say never. Now Hogan gives
himself a plug for The American Gladiators show he has coming up. Hornswoggle
and Hogan then do the Hogan muscle show and the Hogan request for applause.
Raw Flashback – D Generation X – Triple H, HBK Shawn
Michaels and Chyna and all of their shenanigans.
Back from commercial break, another Raw Flashback – Mick
Foley visits Vince in the hospital and then Austin visits him in the hospital
– to keep him there.
Howard Finkle announces a 15 man over the top Battle Royal
featuring superstars from the past and then makes the introductions for all
Al Snow from Lima, OH
Bart Gunn, from Texas
Doink the Clown
Repo Man from The Border City
Steve Blackman (oh does HE look GOOD!)
Pete Gas, Mean Street Posse
Mr. Bob Backlund
The above four were introduced during commercial break.
Gangrel, former member of The Brood
Scotty 2 Hotty
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart
Gilbert, from Georgia
Doink the Clown
The Repo Man
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart
**Scotty 2 Hotty manages to worm the IRS in the ring.
Scotty 2 Hotty
IRS wins the 15-man battle royal.
Ted DiBiase enters the arena and ring complete in his $$$
suit. DiBiase has a handful of cash and it appears he may be trying to buy off
IRS. IRS opens his briefcase and accepts the cash. The Million Dollar Man wins
the 15 Man Battle Royal and he wasn’t even in it! DiBiase has the mic and says
that even after 15 years everybody has a price.
Ted DiBiase is declared the winner of the 15-man battle royal.
Raw Flashback: we have slapping contests until the last one,
which is a John Cena fist to Vince.
Eric Bischoff is on his way to the ring.
Back from commercial break, Bischoff is in the ring with a
mic. It appears Bischoff is in the ring to insult the audience. Bischoff tries
to get applause from the audience but it doesn’t work and Y2J Chris Jericho
enters the arena and the ring. Bischoff has a little trouble remembering
Jericho’s name and then asks if Jericho if he didn’t fire him a couple of
years ago. Jericho tells Bischoff to shut the hell up. Jericho said Bischoff did
fire him a couple of years ago and that he decided he would come back and be
better than ever, then we have a plug for Jericho’s match against Orton for
the Championship. The two trade insults for a couple of rounds. Bischoff wants
Jericho to forfeit his match with Orton at Armageddon but the audience is
against it. Jericho said he could forfeit that match or he could beat Bischoff
up right now. The fans prefer the latter. Jericho delivers a right fist to the
jaw of Bischoff and guess who should show up but Orton who Jericho sees this
time and he gets Orton in the walls of Jericho and Orton is tapping out. Jericho
picks up the belt and lays it down next to Orton before he gets down to do a
little trash talking.
Back from commercial break, The American Dream Dusty Rhodes
comes to the announcer’s table to sit in for the next match.
Tag Team Championship Match
Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly at a combined weight of
Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch at a combined weight of
WWE World Tag Team Champions
Audience favorites: I’m not sure
My favorites: I like both teams
Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly
WWE World Tag Team Champions
This one is difficult.
I think the current Champs make a great heel tag team. I like Hardcore
Holly as well and Cody Rhodes does a good job in the ring. I’m not making any
Cody is getting worked over by Lance and Trevor before he
makes a tag to Holly who is now in the ring with Trevor. Holly takes Trevor down
with a dropkick and then punches Lance off the ring apron. Trevor is back on his
feet and he works on Holly and Lance enters the ring and gets a shot in. Cody
comes in to take Lance over the top rope to the floor and Cody goes to the floor
with him leaving Holly and Trevor in the ring. Holly has Trevor up in the air
and delivers the Alabama slam, gets the pin and the three count. Dusty enters
the ring to congratulate his son, Cody, after his win. He raises the hands of
both wrestlers in the middle of the ring.
Some of the celebrities that have visited Monday Night Raw on
the Raw Flashback: Donald Trump, Dick Butkus, Rob Reiner, Mike Tyson, Michael
Moore, Dennis Hopper, Pappa Roach, Tiny Tim, Ben Stiller, William Shatner,
Motorhead, Kid Rock, Kevin Federllne, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots,
Back from commercial break, Raw Flashback: divas.
Jillian Hall is in the ring to tell us she is the only diva
who has a Christmas album coming out tomorrow on iTunes. And then, cover your
ears, she sings – if you can call it that. Has anyone noticed that Jillian and
Brooke Hogan sort of look alike? Trish Stratus enters the arena. I read a report
that Trish had gotten fat. Were
they talking about her hair? She certainly doesn’t look fat to me! Jillian
doesn’t like being interrupted. Trish tells Jillian how bad her singing is.
Jillian tells Trish that she has the biggest ego in WWE history. Lita enters the
arena and now Lita and Trish are nose to nose. Jillian wants Lita to hit Trish
and Lita takes the mic. Lita tells Jillian not only does her singing suck, her
voice alone sounds really really bad. Trish and Lita shut Jillian up and send
her out of the arena before hugging in the ring.
Raw Flashback: Series of comedy sketches. They did show Owen
Hart in one of these segments.
Back from commercial break, Raw Flashbacks – weddings –
Triple H & Stephanie, Test & Stephanie, Lita & Edge until Kane broke
Lita is backstage and she runs into Kane. It appears to be an
awkward moment. He asks her if she’s seen any good movies lately and she says
not really. She talks about the weather and Kane says it is cold. Ron Simmons
appears and he says Damn!
JR and Lawler remind us that Armageddon is sold out and they
run through some of the matches coming up this Sunday on the Armageddon pay per
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
The Undertaker versus Batista, current Champion, versus Edge
Winner Receives a WWE Championship Match at the Royal
Triple H versus Jeff Hardy, current WWE Intercontinental
WWE United States Championship Match
Rey Mysterio versus MVP, current Champion
Mr. Kennedy versus HBK Shawn Michaels
Finlay versus The Great Khali
Randy Orton, current Champion, versus Y2J Chris Jericho
Mr. Kennedy from Green Bay, WI, weighing 243 lbs.
Back from commercial break, we see the skit Mr. Kennedy put
on last week.
Marty Jannetty from Columbus, GA, weighing 245 lbs.
Audience favorite: I’m not sure
My favorite: Marty Jannetty
I haven’t seen Marty work a real match in quite some
time. He is a little slower than I remember but I was used to seeing him as part
of a tag team.
Marty shows his knowledge of wrestling but he is having a
hard time keeping up with Kennedy. Kennedy works on Marty’s knee and goes for
a cover but can’t get the three count. Marty manages to take Kennedy down to
the mat and he is now ahead of the game. Marty goes for the pin but only gets a
two count. Kennedy takes Marty down with a clothesline but Marty takes Kennedy
down with the rocker dropper and then he goes out on the ring apron and to the
top turnbuckle but Kennedy hits the ropes to take Marty down, Marty gets Kennedy
in a roll up but he only gets a two count. Kennedy delivers an face plant and
gets the win.
After the match, Kennedy beats on Marty and it’s HBK to the
rescue and he sends Kennedy out of the ring but Kennedy is back in the ring
attacking HBK from behind but Triple H enters the arena with his DX sign and he
distracts Kennedy long enough for Michaels to get the upper hand and he sends
Kennedy over the top rope and out of the ring. Triple H brings along DX t-shirts
and hats and they do the DX thing, including the pyros for the fans.
Vince is backstage getting himself together to come to the
Back from commercial break, Vince is in the ring and he is
going to tell us who the Greatest Superstar in Raw History is…and he asks for
the envelope. He opens the envelope and the winner is (drum roll first,
naturally) Vincent Kennedy McMahon. No pop for McMahon but there is for Mankind
as he enters the arena and the ring. Mr.
Socko is making appearance as well. Vince tells him to leave the ring now but
Mr. Socko has Vince with the mandible claw and Vince is down on the mat.
The lights go out and The Undertaker’s entrance theme
begins and The Undertaker enters the arena and the ring. It appears he is there
to see Vince. Vince is back to his feet and The Undertaker is behind him. It
looks like a choke slam and it is. Vince is back down on the mat.
The lights go out again and The Undertaker has disappeared
from the ring but now we see Stone Cold Steve Austin enter the arena and the
ring. He’s here to see Mr.
McMahon too. Austin does a little talking and then asks for two beers to propose
a toast with Vince – who is still out on the mat – Austin says they can
drink a beer together. Austin lays down on the floor next to Vince. Austin says
he can drink lying down, standing up, or standing on his head. Austin tries to
help Vince up. Vince finally gets to his feet. Austin gives Vince a beer and
Vince is holding his neck and trying to drink a beer but Austin delivers a stone
cold stunner. Austin has a few more beers.
Austin says the greatest superstar on Raw are all around the
ring and Austin points to the fans and says they are all over the whole damned
world. All the WWE Superstars come down to the ring to drink some beer with
Vince ends up on the floor outside the ring covered in beer.
WWE’s Armageddon pay per view is this Sunday – check your
cable channels for information.