January 14, 2008 - Recap by Sassy
Recap of last week’s match between Jeff Hardy and Umaga in
a Steel Cage Match. Jeff Hardy won the match after the whisper in the wind off
of the top of the steel cage. Randy Orton who spent his time outside the ring
doing his best to interfere was not happy with the outcome. Jeff faces Orton at
Royal Rumble for the WWE Championship. With the exception of Orton outside the
ring, it was one great match.
Monday Night Raw is being broadcast from Mobile, AL
the USA Network.
Ringside announcers: JR and Jerry Lawler
Ring announcer: Lillian Garcia
Jeff Hardy, WWE Intercontinental Champion, enters the ring.
Jeff gets a big ovation from the live audience and chants of “Hardy” abound.
Jeff tells the fans that in less than two weeks at the Royal Rumble, he has the
chance to become WWE Champion. Jeff says he is angry because Orton beat up Matt
Hardy backstage two weeks ago on Raw. Jeff says that tonight it will happen. He
tells Orton to either come out now or he will come to the back and find Orton.
Orton does show up at the top of the entrance ramp, mic in
hand, but he makes no effort to come to the ring. Orton tells Jeff he will face
him but (and this to the chants of “you suck” from the same fans who cheered
Jeff Hardy) with one condition. Orton wants the WWE Intercontinental title.
Orton says that they fight at the Royal Rumble for the WWE title but tonight
they fight for the WWE Intercontinental title. Jeff says it’s a done deal.
Jeff says that at the Royal Rumble, he is taking Orton’s title and tonight he
is taking Orton out.
Recap of Ric Flair’s career threatening matches thanks to
Vince McMahon. Tonight Flair will face William Regal, Raw’s General Manager.
Six Diva Tag Team Match
Ashley from New York, NY
Maria from Chicago, IL
Mickie James from Richmond, VA
Commercial break before the opponents are introduced.
Back from commercial break.
Melina from Los Angeles, CA
Jillian Hall from Louisville, KY
The Glamazon Beth Phoenix from Buffalo, NY
WWE Women’s Champion
Audience favorite: I’m not sure
My favorite: Mickie James and Beth Phoenix
Ashley doesn’t seem to be comfortable in the ring. I’m
waiting for Beth and Mickie to get into the ring. Beth is finally in the match
but she’s up against Maria which is no challenge for her. Maria tags in Mickie
and she’s ready for Beth and the other two opponents. We have four divas out
of the ring while Mickie and Beth are facing each other in the ring. Beth does
what she does best which is take out Mickie and get the three count.
Winners. The Glamazon Beth Phoenix, Melina & Jillian
You don’t want my opinion of the Diva matches WWE continues
to hold. We have so many non-wrestlers in the ring when there is a Diva match it
McMahon is backstage with Regal. Regal says he is going to
end Flair’s career in the most undignified way possible. McMahon gives Regal
an enema bag and then insults Mobile, AL. Snitsky appears and says he doesn’t
care about HD. All he cares about is hurting people. Snitsky says that he is
tired of waiting for his match. McMahon says that tonight Snitsky will face
Promo for WWE HD next Monday night on Raw.
Back from commercial break, promo for ECW tomorrow night.
Edge will appear on ECW to do The Cutting Edge with CM Punk as his guest.
Recap of last year’s Royal Rumble Match when the last two
men in the ring were HBK Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. The Undertaker wins
the match and goes to Wrestlemania.
Royal Rumble Qualifying Match
HBK Shawn Michaels from San Antonio, TX
HBK has a mic in the ring before his opponent is introduced.
HBK is unhappy about having to have a Royal Rumble Qualifying Match. The
audience agrees with him. HBK says he was the runner up last year and he has won
the Royal Rumble on two separate occasions but still he has to qualify. HBK says
he came out tonight to challenge Mr. Kennedy Kennedy so the match between HBK
and Mr. Kennedy should be a Royal Rumble Qualifying Match so that he can beat
Trevor Murdoch from TX, weighing 250 lbs.
Audience favorite: HBK Shawn Michaels
My favorite: I like them both
The last I heard, Mr. Kennedy was off getting married. Sorry
Mr. Kennedy female fans.
Trevor is really taking it to HBK during the opening of the
match. He goes for an early cover but can’t get the three count. The live
audience is behind HBK all the way and he’s fighting back. HBK is on a roll
and he is going up to the top turnbuckle to deliver a flying elbow into Trevor.
HBK is warming up for the super kick but as he tries to nail Trevor, Trevor
drops to the mat avoiding the kick. HBK delivers an inverted figure four-leg
lock and Trevor taps out.
Winner: HBK Shawn Michaels
Mr. Kennedy is on the monitor to rub it in that he beat HBK
twice in two weeks. Kennedy says he is better than HBK. Kennedy says he
doesn’t need to face HBK next week because he has nothing left to prove, but
out of the kindness of his heart, he will face HBK next week, calling it a warm
up match for the Royal Rumble match.
Trevor, who is still in the ring, charges at HBK while his
back is turned, but HBK catches Trevor with a super kick and lays him out on the
JR reminds the audience about Flair’s match tonight against
Regal and then recaps Flair’s matches with Orton who Flair beat.
Lawler tells everyone that JBL will be here on Raw to
celebrate his own second coming.
Back from commercial break, Wrestlemania VI, April 1, 1990,
Hulk Hogan versus The Ultimate Warrior, WWE Championship and WWE
Intercontinental titles on the line. The Ultimate Warrior won the match.
JR reminds the audience that Orton is challenging Jeff Hardy
tonight for the WWE Intercontinental title and that the Royal Rumble is two
Royal Rumble Card
30 Entrant Royal Rumble Match
Winner meets the WWE Heavyweight Champion at
Edge defends the WWE Heavyweight Championship against
JBL vs. Chris Jericho
Randy Orton defends his WWE Championship against Jeff
McMahon is backstage with Hornswoggle. McMahon tells
Hornswoggle he is proud of him because he will be in the Royal Rumble match.
McMahon says that Hornswoggle has no experience in the Royal Rumble Match so
tonight they will have a mini Royal Rumble match. Hornswoggle vs. Mr. Kennedy
vs. Mankind vs. Batista vs. a surprise or two, but if Hornswoggle is successful
tonight, he has a shot at winning at the Royal Rumble. McMahon says that it
isn’t too likely that Hornswoggle will win the match and go to Wrestlemania
and Hornswoggle agrees, but McMahon gets mad and says that Hornswoggle is a
McMahon and anything is possible.
Triple H is heading to the ring to face Snitsky coming up
Back from commercial break, WWE Rewind: Ric Flair versus
Triple H in a career threatening match. Flair won the match when William Regal
interfered and hit Flair with brass knuckles. Triple H lost his chance to be in
the Royal Rumble Match due to this loss.
Lawler reminds the audience that there will be a five-man
mini royal rumble match tonight: Hornswoggle vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Mankind vs.
The Game Triple H from Greenwich, CT, weighing 255 lbs.
Snitsky from PA, weighing 307 lbs.
Audience favorite: Triple H
My favorite: Triple H
JR has said this will be a street fight versus a wrestling
match. Has anyone out there actually seen Snitsky wrestle? The live audience is
behind Triple H and I think most of the fans are on their feet for The Game. JR
tells the audience that Snitsky has already qualified for the Royal Rumble match
and that the fans can keep track of the Royal Rumble entrants at www.wwe.com
and we go to
COMMERCIAL BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
Back from commercial break, promo for ECW – Chavo Guerrero
and CM Punk face off tomorrow night.
Triple H and Snitsky are both I the ring. Snitsky was out on
the floor before we went to commercial break. JR tells the audience that Triple
H worked on Snitsky’s shoulder during the commercial break. Snitsky has Triple
H in a bear hug and the referee keeps asking Triple H if he wants to give it up.
He doesn’t. Triple H gets loose and hits Snitsky with a DDT but now both men
are down on the mat. Triple H nails Snitsky with a face buster and then a spine
buster but as he tries for the pedigree, Snitsky sends Triple H over the top
rope and to the floor. Snitsky comes out after him and sends Triple H into the
steel steps, dislodging the steps in the process. Snitsky sets Triple H up half
of the steel steps, rolls back in the ring to break the 10 count, then goes back
out to pick up the other half of the steps. He has them up in the air and drops
them, but Triple H rolls out of the way and goes after a steel chair. Triple H
sends the chair into Snitsky’s abdomen and then slams him over the back and
the ref rings the bell. Triple H rolls Snitsky back into the ring. JR says The
Game has been disqualified due to a count out. Triple H goes under the ring to
get the sledgehammer and gets back in the ring to nail Snitsky with the
sledgehammer and then he delivers the pedigree.
McMahon is on the monitor as Triple H heads up the entrance
ramp. McMahon says that Triple H is just mad because he is not in the Royal
Rumble match. McMahon tells Triple H to calm down but instead of calming down,
Triple H delivers a smack to the monitor with the sledgehammer (it’s really a
screen) to get rid of McMahon.
Back from commercial break, JR and Lawler are talking about
and then we see a replay of what Triple H did to the screen before the
Triple H is backstage with McMahon who is now mad at Triple H
because he destroyed the screen. McMahon asks Triple H what he’s going to do
next. McMahon tells Triple H he is back in the Royal Rumble Match as long Triple
H wins his match next week.
WWE Slam of the Week: JBL’s coming to Raw two weeks ago but
Y2J Chris Jericho interrupts and they have a brawl outside the ring with refs
and security personnel breaking it up.
John Bradshaw Layfield enters the arena in his white limo and
then enters the ring in his suit with balloons falling all around him. I’m
sure this means JBL is going to talk to everyone again. I like JBL better as a
Texan with a beer in his hand and in an APA shirt. This JBL is boring. He’s
here to complain about Chris Jericho and we see a recap of last Monday when JBL
beat Jericho with everything JBL could get his hands on. He isn’t as
believable in the business suit and the big white hat. JBL says that Jericho is
at home where he should have stayed. Don’t get me wrong, the audience makes it
clear that they can’t stand JBL. JBL wants Jericho to tell his kids that
Jericho has given up and that JBL is better than Jericho.
That was a waste of time and balloons.
JR tells the audience that Jericho suffered a bruised larynx
last week during the attack by JBL and that is why Jericho is not in the
Jeff Hardy is backstage getting ready for his match against
Orton for the WWE Intercontinental match.
Lawler reminds the audience about the mini Royal Rumble match
for Hornswoggle tonight.
Promo for ECW with Edge and CM Punk at The Cutting Edge.
Back from commercial break, No Mercy in 2002 – Triple H
versus Kane. Triple H, WWE Champion, Kane WWE Intercontinental Champion. Triple
H defeated Kane to become the holder of both titles.
Five Man Mini Royal Rumble Match
Two men start and every thirty seconds another entrant will enter.
Last man standing in the ring will be declared the winner.
You’d think McMahon would wipe the cobwebs off of his
wallet and buy Hornswoggle some wrestling attire.
Mr. Kennedy from Green Bay, WI
This is a miniature version of Mr. Kennedy. Lawler says
McMahon did say it would be a “mini” Royal Rumble. The mini Kennedy can’t
reach the microphone that drops from above.
A mini version of Mankind
Mini Kennedy has removed his shirt and seems to be in
control. Hornswoggle is down and mini Mankind has Mr. Socko. Hornswoggle
eliminates Mankind and then tosses Kennedy out on Mankind.
A mini Batista
Mini Batista spears Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle almost sends
himself out of the ring but he catches the ropes and saves himself.
Batista nails Kane with the Batista bomb. Hornswoggle
eliminates Batista before going after Kane. Kane is ready to deliver the choke
slam but he can’t get Hornswoggle off the mat. Hornswoggle delivers the Celtic
cross to Kane before kicking him out of the ring and onto the floor.
The Great Khali
Not the mini kind
accompanied to the ring by his interpreter
As Khali comes down the entrance ramp, mini Batista comes
back into the ring to take Hornswoggle down to the mat. Khali takes Hornswoggle
by the vest but Hornswoggle gets out of the vest and bails out of the ring as
Finlay with his trust shellliligh enters the ring and takes Khali out of the
ring. The interpreter has the shellilgh as Finlay goes back into the ring and he
takes it away from the interpreter and takes him out. The audience is all about
Finlay now. The interpreter is sent out of the ring and onto the floor.
Finlay is backstage with McMahon. Finlay has McMahon by his
lapels and Finlay is mad that Hornswoggle was again in danger. Again Finlay
mentions their “deal” and McMahon threatens him. He tells Finlay never to
put his hands on him again and Finlay tells McMahon if he ever backs out on
their “deal”…McMahon tells Finlay to go take care of Khali because Khali
did what he did on his own. Finlay calls McMahon a liar.
Career Threatening Match
Nature Boy Ric Flair from Charlotte, NC
William Regal from Blackpool, England
Raw General Manager
Audience favorite: Ric Flair
My favorite: I like them both
The audience is on its feet for Flair when he enters the
We go to commercial break before the match begins.
Back from commercial break and the match is in progress.
Flair gets the figure four, Regal makes it to the ropes. Regal goes for a roll
up but he has the tights and the ref calls him on it. While Regal is arguing
with the ref, Flair – the ultimate dirtiest player in the game – gets a roll
up, holds the tights and gets the three count.
Winner: Nature Boy Ric Flair
Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton are headed to the ring.
Back from commercial break.
Intercontinental Championship Match
Randy Orton from St. Louis, MO, weighing 245 lbs.
Before Jeff is introduced, recap of beat down of Jeff’s
brother, Matt Hardy, by Orton two weeks ago on Raw.
Jeff Hardy from Cameron, NC, weighing 225 lbs.
WWE Intercontinental Champion
Audience favorite: Jeff Hardy
My favorite: Jeff Hardy
Orton starts and ends the match by delivering a low blow to
Jeff as soon as the bell sounds.
Winner: Jeff Hardy via DQ
The audience is not happy but Orton takes the mic and says
that the match is not over. Orton then goes out of his way to attempt to take
Jeff out but his efforts backfire and Jeff not only kicks Orton’s butt, he
sends him off the top of the entrance ramp and then climbs up one of the metal
towers to land on a downed Orton with a swanton bomb.
The stretchers come in and both men are taken out of the
arena. Jeff Hardy gets a hand up in the air to wave to the fans on his way out.
If Jeff Hardy doesn’t end up with that WWE Championship
belt, WWE doesn’t have any sense at all.
Jeff Hardy literally STOLE this Raw show! I said it before
and I’ll say it again, Orton couldn’t outdo Jeff Hardy in the ring if Jeff
was having one of his absolute worst days…