December 17, 2007
Recap by Sassy
Per View Results
United States Championship Match
Daddy V & The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry
Punk ECW Champion, & Kane
Winners: Big Daddy V & Mark Henry
vs. The Great Khali
a little help from Hornswoggle
Shawn Michaels vs. Mr. Kennedy
Winner: HBK Shawn Michaels
One Contender’s Match
H vs. Jeff Hardy, WWE Intercontinental Champion
Winner: Jeff Hardy
Champion Vs. Rey Mysterio
Winner: Rey Mysterio by DQ
retains the title
Women’s Championship Match
Phoenix, Champion Vs. Mickie James
Winner: Beth Phoenix
Beth Phoenix retains the title
Orton, Champion vs. Y2J Chris Jericho
Y2J Chris Jericho by DQ after JBL interfered in the match. Orton retains the
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Champion vs. The Undertaker vs. Edge
Edge after two Edge clones show up to assist with the win.
The Edge clones were actually The Major Brothers
is the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion
I did not purchase the Armageddon pay per view and I have no
desire to see it. I am not certain what WWE was thinking when they planned out
this event, but hearing that not one but two champions retain their titles
because they were disqualified, I believe they weren’t thinking at all. The
only impressive result I read was Triple H putting over Jeff Hardy.
The outcome of that match was totally unexpected by this wrestling fan. I
am glad Jeff Hardy will get a chance at the title, but due to the rumors
circulating that Triple H is going to end up with the title at a pay per view
soon, it takes a little away from Jeff’s win.
Tonight’s Raw should contain the fallout from Armageddon.
That would include Jericho gunning for JBL since JBL cost Jericho the WWE
Championship. Mysterio will be after MVP because of loss of the title due to
deliberate disqualification. Look for a match between these two that is a no DQ.
As for the way Edge won the title – give me a break. I am aware that Edge was
injured and lost his title due to an injury but isn’t sleeping with the GM
enough for Edge to have to do to win the title back?
Finlay and Hornswoggle must have put on the best match with The Great
Khali falling to their sneaky Irish ways.
On with the show…
Which opens with a replay of part of last week’s XV Raw
Anniversary show. It is interesting to note that part of the clip showed Bret
Hart and The Rock, and then Vincent Kennedy McMahon declares himself the
greatest Raw superstar of all time. McMahon being attacked by Mick Foley and Mr.
Socko, The Undertaker, and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Night Raw is being broadcast from Buffalo, NY on the USA Network.
Ringside announcers: JR and Jerry Lawler
Ring announcer: Lillian Garcia
Backstage interviews: Todd Grisham
JR informs us that tonight it will be HBK Shawn Michaels
teaming with Jeff Hardy, the WWE Intercontinental Champion, to face Randy Orton,
WWE Champion, and Mr. Kennedy. Lawler informs us that we will also see a Career
Threatening Match with The Nature Boy Flair against Umaga. If Flair does not
beat Umaga, he must retire.
We have a WWE Diva something or other coming up, oh wait,
Lillian tells us it is
Little Helper Tag Team Match
Jillian Hall, Layla, Melina & Victoria
Before their opponents are introduced, Jillian, who
conveniently has a headset attached, tells everyone that she wants to sing one
of the new songs on her album, available exclusively on iTunes. It’s so bad,
I’m not sure what she is singing.
Mickie James, Maria, Kelly Kelly & Michelle McCool
Audience favorite: I’m not sure
My favorite: Mickie James and Victoria (I know they
aren’t on the same team but it would be a much better match if they were
facing each other without the anti wrestlers being involved.)
Mickie James, Maria, Kelly Kelly & Michelle McCool
While the women are celebrating, Mr. McMahon wanders slowly
down the entrance ramp to the ring. He motions the women out of the ring before
he enters the ring with mic in hand. McMahon wants to talk about last week’s
Raw and what happened to him – something to do with getting beat up and
drowned with beer. He is upset
because everyone enjoyed his anguish. He
says he is not an animal – I agree with that because I like animals – and he
is not a monster and the audience disagrees. He says everyone has broken his
heart and he is a human being and the audience once again disagrees.
The fans break into loud cheers and we see a lot of Jeff
Hardy signs go up when Jeff Hardy’s entrance theme begins. Jeff enters the
arena and the ring. The fans break into “Hardy” chants that is quite
deafening. McMahon begins to speak and Jeff grabs the mic. Jeff says that next
week McMahon is going to Iraq and when the bad guy over there got overthrown,
the people all celebrated. Jeff says McMahon doesn’t give a damn about anyone
and that is why no one gives a damn about him. And the fans are in agreement.
McMahon sits down in the corner of the ring and there goes the show…
Mercifully we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial break, McMahon is still sitting in a
corner of the ring – same corner by the way – and there is a referee and the
General Manager, William Regal, trying to get him to get up.
We then hear Triple H’s entrance theme and the audience
gives him a nice round of applause but not quite as loud as Jeff Hardy received.
Triple H enters the arena and the ring. The ref has disappeared but Regal is
still on the ring apron. Triple H tells Regal he will handle it. Triple H sits
down next to Vince and says he will be the bigger man. Triple H tells Vince he
is sorry. He apologizes for everything that happened last week. Triple H tells
Vince to get out of the ring before they cancel the show. Regal now has a mic
and he says he has a better idea. He tells Triple H to leave the ring
immediately and if he doesn’t Regal will…Triple H stands up and stands nose
to nose with Regal. Regal says he will get security to throw Triple H out of the
building. Regal helps McMahon to his feet. McMahon takes Triple H’s mic and
says he has a better idea (I think that’s what he said). McMahon tells Regal
to get Coach. McMahon doesn’t want Regal to get security. He wants Coach and
Regal against Triple H and McMahon hopes something bad happens tonight and he
hopes something bad happens to each and every one of the audience. Did he forget
what state he is in?
Promo for the Tribute to the Troops show that airs Christmas
Back from commercial break.
Audience favorite: Triple H
My favorite: William Regal and Triple H
Coach and Regal are in trouble. Regal is spending a lot of
time telling Coach something that appears to be quite important. Coach doesn’t
look any happier than Regal about this. We do have a ref in the ring. I hope no
one forgot how vicious Regal can be in and out of the ring. It appears that
Regal is like a boy scout and always prepared. He came with brass knuckles in
his jacket pocket. Regal gets a spine buster and Coach has the brass knuckles
but Triple H catches him with them and he hands them over to Triple H. Coach
gets bopped on top of the head with the knuckles and then is pedigreed by Triple
H and Triple H gets the win.
JR tells us about the match at Armageddon between Jericho and
Orton with the interference by JBL after Orton throws Jericho over the
announcer’s table and into JBL’s lap. Jericho did have Orton locked in the
walls of Jericho until JBL entered the ring and kicks Jericho in the head.
Tonight Jericho has invited JBL into the ring for a confrontation.
Back from commercial break, we see the win by Cody Rhodes and
Hardcore Holly, the new WWE World Tag Team Champions with Dusty Rhodes sitting
by at ringside.
World Tag Team Championship Match
Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly at a combined weight of
WWW World Tag Team Champions
Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch at a combined weight of
Former WWE World Tag Team Champions
Audience favorite: I’m not sure
My favorites: I like all of them
Winners: Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly
who retain the WWE World Tag Team Championships
Where on earth did Lance Cade get that outfit? It certainly
is not flattering.
Back from commercial break, we see the episode in which
McMahon declares that when Flair loses a match, his career is over.
Ric Flair enters the arena with a mic, declaring he will
never retire even though McMahon says he has to win or retire. Flair says he
does not get hurt. He has been in this business for 35 years and that he loves
each and every member of the audience and he loves this business. He says if he
loses tonight, thank you to the audience.
Commercial break – didn’t we just have one of those?
Back from commercial break
The Nature Boy Ric Flair from Charlotte, NC
Umaga from The Isle of Samoa
Audience favorite: Ric Flair
My favorite: I like them both
The Nature Boy Ric Flair
I hope Flair has some reinforcements from the back. No
offense, but I’d like to see Umaga against Samoa Joe…they are related, you
know. Flair needs to work in a sneaky low blow in the worst way. Umaga, going
after Flair, crashed through the guardrail into the audience area. Flair makes
it back into the ring before the count out. Umaga gets counted out. And Flair
did it all by himself.
Flair takes the mic again in order to WOOOOOO! the audience.
That was one work out for Flair.
We see Jericho backstage coming toward the ring.
Promo for the matches at Armageddon.
Back from commercial break, Y2J Chris Jericho enters the
arena and heads to the ring. Jericho says he beat Orton last night but JBL
enters the ring. We see the video replay of the interference and the loss
suffered by Orton. Jericho says he invited JBL to come to the ring to answer the
questions Jericho has but he says since JBL won’t come to Raw, he will come to
Smackdown to face JBL. JBL is on the monitor via satellite. JBL says Jericho is
very low on JBL’s list of priorities. JBL says he has talked to McMahon and
Jericho won’t be getting another title shot if he comes to Smackdown, he will
not appear at the Royal Rumble. Jericho tells JBL he is soft and that he sold
his balls on Wall Street. Jericho tells JBL he is no longer a wrestling god, JBL
is a wrestling afterthought. JBL
says he is coming to Raw.
Back from commercial break.
Santino Marella residing in Patterson, NJ, weighing 227
accompanied to the ring by Maria
Carlito from the Caribbean weighing 220 lbs.
Audience favorites: Brian Kendrick & Paul London
My favorites: I like them all
Santino Marella & Carlito
This should be an interesting match. London and Kendrick
always keep a match moving and Carlito appears to be getting another good chance
to work the ring. This match isn’t quite the same as the ladder match Carlito
was in last week. He’s not wrestling in this one, he’s bullying.
I was hoping we would see more of his wrestling ability.
After the match, Marella grabs a mic and calls Carlito a
Columbian – he’s a Puerto Rican. Marella has declared Carlito his tag team
partner but Carlito doesn’t appear to understand the whole thing, however,
Carlito does seem to enjoy being around Maria.
Back from commercial break, Todd is backstage with Randy
Orton who is still holding the title thanks to JBL. Todd tells Orton that Jeff
Hardy will face Orton at the Royal Rumble for a title shot.
Ric Flair is backstage with a stagehand and Triple H comes
along to talk to Flair. McMahon shows up and announces that Flair will be in a
match on New Year’s Eve, two weeks from tonight, Flair’s career will be in a
match against Triple H.
Back from commercial break.
Jeff Hardy from Cameron, NC, weighing 225 lbs.
WWE Intercontinental Champion
HBK Shawn Michaels from San Antonio, TX
Mr. Kennedy from Green Bay, WI, weighing 245 lbs.
Randy Orton from St. Louis, MO, weighing 245 lbs.
Audience favorites: Jeff Hardy & Shawn Michaels
My favorites: Jeff Hardy & Shawn Michaels
Jeff Hardy & HBK Shawn Michaels
Jeff doesn’t look too happy to be in the ring and he
wasn’t fired up when he entered the arena. Kennedy has come into the match
with his left hand taped up due to damage caused by HBK during their match at Armageddon. Orton doesn’t stay in the ring long
with Jeff and tags in Kennedy. Kennedy uses a left hand to hit Jeff and he pays
for it. Neither of Jeff’s opponents seems to understand they need to keep Jeff
away from the ropes. Kennedy and Orton aren’t faring too well in his match up.
HBK and Jeff go up and out of the ring to take down Kennedy and Orton and we go
Back from commercial break, Kennedy
and HBK are in the ring but HBK tags in Hardy.
Kennedy finally manages to tag Orton in with Jeff but we know Orton
isn’t going to wrestle. We’d have a better chance of seeing Kennedy execute
a wrestling move in the ring. Hardy makes it back to his corner and tags in HBK.
HBK takes down Kennedy and then drags Orton over the top rope and into the ring.
Kennedy’s is bleeding on the top of his nose. Kennedy tags in Orton and all
Orton can do is punch, kick and stomp. Oh, wait! Orton manages to get HBK in a
headlock. Orton can’t pin HBK so he tags Kennedy back into the ring. Orton
goes for a pin and Jeff charges out into the ring but HBK manages to get a
shoulder up before the three count. Both men are down in the ring and Jeff s
asking for tag from HBK. He’s close to the corner but not quite close enough.
Kennedy is heading for Orton. Kennedy tags in Orton and HBK tags in Jeff. Jeff
delivers a nice face plant and he might have hand the three count but Kennedy is
in to break up the count. HBK and Kennedy end up outside the ring and we have a
variety of moves between Jeff and Orton but they mange to counter the other.
Jeff manages to hit the twist of fate. He goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits
the swanton bomb, goes for the cover and gets the three count. The audience
loves this win and so do I. Not a bad job, Jeff. He beat Triple H at Armageddon
and Orton tonight.
We can only cross our fingers
and hope that Jeff manages to take that tile away from Orton when he faces him
at Royal Rumble.