February 25, 2008 – Recap by Sassy
Last Monday Night Raw: Replay of the John Cena versus Randy
Orton match. If Cena wins, the title match at Wrestlemania XXIV becomes a Triple
Threat Match between Cena and Triple H and Orton for the WWE Championship. John
Cena won the match.
Monday Night Raw is broadcast
Ringside announcers: Jim Ross and Jerry “The King”
Ring announcer: Lillian Garcia
Backstage interviews: Todd Grisham
The Game Triple H, John Cena and Randy Orton are in the ring
with Raw General Manager William Regal. Regal introduces the three men in the
ring with John Cena getting the biggest pop. Regal tells the audience that the
main event at Wrestlemania XXIV will be a history making match for the WWE
Championship pitting The Game Triple H, Challenger versus John Cena, Challenger
versus Randy Orton, defending Champion. Regal says he is responding to requests
for photo opportunity, therefore, Regal is taking this time to grant said photo
opportunity. The chants for Cena are quite audible. Regal asks for comments from
each of the three opponents.
John Cena takes the mic and thanks Orton and Triple H for
coming out because Cena has a problem with one of the other two men in the ring.
Cena thanks Triple H for the way he called the match last week on Raw but Cena
did not appreciate the pedigree Triple H gave him after the match and he wants
Triple H to know he has a problem with that.
Triple H takes the mic and tells Cena there is no need to
thank him. He didn’t do Cena any favors, he did what was right, and he wants
Cena in that ring at Wrestlemania. Triple H says Cena may not have appreciated
that pedigree but it doesn’t matter whether Cena appreciated it or not but he
better get used to it because at Wrestlemania he is going to get the same thing.
Cena reminds Triple H that the last encounter they had found
Triple H tapping out.
Triple H removes his jacket and Orton tells them they can
talk all the trash that they want but one thing is going to remain the same.
Orton is still the WWE Champion. Orton says they both have given Orton their
best shot but he still has the title. Cena and Triple H are still in a staring
stand off and ignoring Orton. Orton tells Cena “The champ is here!” Orton
holds the title belt high in the air. Orton says there isn’t a damned thing
that either of them can do about it.
Triple H and Cena cut loose on Orton and toss him over the
top rope and down to the floor. Cena and Triple H are now nose to nose in the
ring and they begin an exchange of blows in the ring. Triple H takes down Cena
but Orton enters the ring and delivers the RKO to Triple H and then to Cena when
he gets back to his feet.
The “You Suck!” chants for Orton are louder than Cena and
Triple H got put together.
Orton leaves the ring and walks up the entrance ramp leaving
John Cena and The Game Triple H laid out in the ring.
Back from commercial break, promo for Wrestlemania XXIV, 34
Orton is backstage walking down the hall when Mr. Kennedy
stops him. Kennedy says he wants to talk to Orton and he tells Orton that he
will be winning The Money in the Bank match at Wrestlemania and that he will be
cashing in his title shot that night. He tells Orton that if he loses his title
shot, he loses. If he wins, he will
lose when Kennedy takes his title away. Orton says he will still walk out of
Wrestlemania the WWE Champion. Kennedy tells him they will see about that and
Orton walks off.
At a combined weight of 447 lbs.
Accompanied to the ring by Maria
At a combined weight of 462 lbs.
WWE World Tag Team Champions
Audience favorites: Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly
My favorites: Cody Rhodes, Hardcore Holly & Carlito
I know Carlito is on the wrong side but I think he is good
in the ring. I haven’t seen enough of Santino Marella actually in the ring to
know if he is any good or not. He has been relegated to pimping Maria for her
Playboy shoot and has not been seeing action. We’ll see if he can keep up with
the other three in this match.
The bell rings and Marella faces off with Cody in the ring.
They have a shoving contest until Cody delivers a fist and slams Marella down to
the mat. Lawler is busy trying to get Maria over to the announcer’s table
instead of doing his job and calling the match. Cody send Marella into the
corner post and then goes to work with fists and boots before sending Marella
over on the mat on his back. Carlito has gone over to the corner trying to
distract Cody and he is halfway between the corners when Marella sends Cody
directly into Carlito, knocking Carlito off the ring apron and down to the
floor. As Cody turns around, Marella delivers a boot and then slams Cody down to
the mat. Marella tags in Carlito and Carlito and Marella take turns pounding on
Cody until the referee makes Marella get out of the ring. Carlito unleashes
punches on Cody and when Cody is down on the mat, Carlito delivers a boot and
goes for the cover. He can’t get the three count. He tries again and Cody
kicks out. Carlito has Cody in a chin lock but Cody is back to his feet. Carlito
and Cody are both down on the mat. Carlito goes for the cover and can’t even
get a two count. Cody ends up in the wrong corner and Carlito tags in Marella,
but Cody manages to counter Marella’s move. Both men are down, Marella makes a
tag to Carlito but Cody has made a tag to Holly who comes into the ring to take
down both Marella and Carlito. Holly sends Carlito into the ropes and then drops
him on the mat. Holly delivers a boot to Carlito’s midsection; Carlito comes
back with a forearm to Holly’s back. AND THE CAMERA IS FOLLOWING AROUND
JERRY LAWLER WHO CAN’T KEEP IT IN HIS PANTS AND IS AFTER MARIA! THERE IS WRESTLTING IN THE RING, YOU IDIOTS!
Carlito tags in Marella and he goes up on the top turnbuckle but
WE CAN’T SEE ANYTHING ELSE BECAUSE THE CAMERA IS STILL AT THE
ANNOUNCER’S TABLE! Holly manages to take Marella down to the mat and
deliver the Alabama slam, goes for the cover and gets the three count.
World Tag Team Champions
After the match, Maria runs back into the ring to check on
Marella. Marella responds by yelling at Maria and then yelling at Lawler for
distracting him by bothering Maria.
Lawler says that the audience wills see highlights of the WWE
Wrestlemania press conference.
I realize that it is imperative Vince McMahon be
forever linked to Playboy magazine, however, I feel that wrestling should be
wrestling and not a constant plug for Hugh Hefner. We have a match with Cody
Rhodes, Hardcore Holly and Carlito who are all good in the ring and we miss most
of the match due to the Lawler-Maria whatever the hell you want to call it. The
first part of the show is a whole lot of talk and the first match turns out to
be a joke. It is a waste of time
for the wrestlers involved in the match, the live audience and the viewing
Back from commercial break, JR reminds the audience that
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Big Show have agreed to face each other at
Wrestlemania XXIV. Video recap of
the feud brewing between the two men.
Recap of the WWE Press Conference in Los Angeles, CA at noon
today. (That figures! I was in LA
the week before on business – no chance I’d be in the same place at the same
time as a WWE press conference!) To
be perfectly honest, I’d like to see Floyd Mayweather in person. Cena, Triple
H, Shane McMahon, Mayweather and Big Show all attended the conference. We appear
to have a battle brewing at the press conference even if Mayweather had to stand
on a table to look Show in the eye.
Todd Grisham is backstage with Regal. Todd says Regal has a
major announcement regarding the main event on Raw tonight. Regal says that
tonight’s main event on Raw will be a tag team match. On one team, Mr. Kennedy and Randy Orton and the other team
will be John Cena and Triple H. Y2J Chris Jericho arrives and tells Regal he
wants to be in The Money in the Bank match at Wrestlemania but Regal says that
he has to qualify just like everyone else. Jericho’s opponent will be someone
who has already qualified – Jeff Hardy. And that match is next.
Back from commercial break, last Monday Night Raw, video
replay of the match between Jeff Hardy, WWE Intercontinental Champion against
Snitsky in The Money in the Bank qualifying match. Hardy defeated Snitsky and
will be going to Wrestlemania.
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
Jeff Hardy from Cameron, NC, weighing 225 lbs.
WWE Intercontinental Champion
Jeff Hardy has already qualified for The Money in the Bank
Y2J Chris Jericho, weighing 226 lbs.
I like both of the wrestlers in this match up. Jeff is so
fast but Jericho shouldn’t have too much trouble keeping up.
The bell rings and the two walk around the ring sizing each
other up. They lock up and Jeff pushes Jericho into the ropes. Clean break by
Jeff and Jericho twists Jeff’s arm and has him in a wriest lock. Jeff flips
over and applies the wristlock to Jericho. Jericho puts Hardy in a side
headlock. Jeff sends Jericho into the ropes. Jericho comes off and takes Jeff
down with a shoulder block, Jericho off the opposite ropes, Jeff downed with
another shoulder block, Jericho off the opposite ropes and Jeff takes him down
with a high arm drag. Jericho back to his feet and Jeff drops him with another
arm drag. Jericho rolls Jeff up and goes for the pin but cant’ get the three
count. Jericho sends Jeff over the top rope but he lands on the ring apron. The
two exchange punches until Jericho springboards off of the second rope to
deliver a kick to Jeff but Jeff ducks and Jericho misses, landing face first on
the mat. Jeff goes up to the top turnbuckle and comes off with a cross body
block; Jericho rolls and has Jeff’s shoulders down. Jericho gets a two count
before Jeff gets his shoulders off of the mat. Jericho delivers a dropkick to
the back of Jeff’s head, picks Jeff up, with the fans chanting for Hardy in
the background, points up to the sky and takes Jeff up and over with a suplex,
comes off the ropes and drops an elbow then goes for the pin. Jericho gets a two
count before Jeff powers out. Jericho picks Jeff up and delivers fists and chops
before sending Jeff into the ropes. Jeff comes off of the ropes, ducks under
Jericho’s clothesline attempt, turns and when Jericho tries to deliver a
dropkick, grabs Jericho’s legs, drops him to the mat, then catapults him up
and over the top rope and down to the floor. Jeff backs up and comes off the
ropes to go for a baseball slide but Jericho gets out of the way and Jeff lands
feet fist on the floor. Both men roll back into the ring and face off in the
center of the ring and we go to
THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
Back from commercial break, Jericho has Jeff down in the
middle of the ring. During the break, Jeff missed his double kick when Jericho
rolled out of the way. Jeff turns over and delivers boots to Jericho’s
midsection and kicks to his head. Jeff comes off of the opposite ropes but
Jericho catches him with a knee sending him down to the mat. Jericho goes for
the cover and gets a two count before Jeff kicks out. Jericho kicks Jeff in the
head and then picks him up and delivers a chop to the chest. Jericho delivers
another chop to the chest, and then sends him into the ropes. Jeff comes off the
ropes and ducks under the clothesline Jericho has waiting for him, comes off the
opposite ropes and both men go up in the air and collide. The ref checks on both
men down on the mat. The ref starts the count as Jericho is trying to get back
to his feet. Jeff unleashes with fists to Jericho’s head and comes off the
ropes twice nailing Jericho in the head both times. Jeff sends Jericho into the
ropes but Jericho stops him, Jeff swings under and delivers a short arm
clothesline that sends Jericho back down to the mat. Jeff sends Jericho into the
corner post but as Jeff comes at Jericho, Jericho brings up a boot and nails
Jeff in the face. Jericho comes up behind Jeff and heads toward the opposite
corner post but he misses and lands on the center turnbuckle. Jericho is hung up
on the ropes and this time Jeff nails him with both feet. Jeff goes for the
cover and gets a two count. Jeff tries to send Jericho into the ropes, Jericho
makes the switch, Jeff comes off of the ropes with a knee to Jericho’s chest.
Jeff comes off of the ropes again but Jericho comes off the ropes behind him and
delivers a clothesline, goes for the cover and gets a two count. Jericho picks
Jeff up off of the mat and delivers a knee to the head and an elbow to the back.
The chants seem to have changed to Y2J as Jeff goes up on the top ropes but
Jericho catches him and he loses his balance. Jericho is holding the side of his
head as if he ran into the top turnbuckle but I couldn’t tell for certain
because of the angle of the camera. Jericho climbs up and delivers blows to
Jeff’s back but Jeff delivers elbows and sends Jericho back to the canvas.
Jeff comes off of the top turnbuckle and catches Jericho, goes for the cover and
only gets a two count. Jeff picks up Jericho and sends him chest first into the
corner post. As Jericho turns around, Jeff tries to deliver a hurricanrana, but
Jericho catches Jeff’s legs and applies the walls of Jericho. Jeff manages to
grab the bottom rope and Jericho is forced to break the hold. Jericho stomps on
Jeff’s back until the ref makes him break, Jericho sends a kick to the ribs
and then comes off the ropes but Jeff catches him with a boot to the midsection.
Jeff face plants Jericho with a suplex and then climbs up to the top turnbuckle.
Jeff comes off with a Swanton bomb, but Jericho moves out of the way. Jericho
comes off the ropes with a lion sault and goes for the cover. Jericho gets a two
count and Jeff kicks out. Jericho delivers a roll up and gets a two count.
Jericho is back to his feet and tries to deliver a kick to the back of Jeff’s
head but Jeff ducks and Jericho hits the mat. Jeff delivers a boot to the
abdomen and tries for the twist of fate but Jericho ducks underneath and again
goes for the walls of Jericho. Jeff kicks Jericho back into the ropes. Jericho
comes off the ropes, Jeff rolls him up, Jericho counters and does his own roll
up and gets the three count.
Who qualifies for The Money in the Bank Match
After the match, replay of the highlights of the previous
Qualified for The Money in the Bank Match: Mr. Kennedy,
The Gold Standard Shelton Benjamin, Jeff Hardy current WWE Intercontinental
Champion and Y2J Chris Jericho.
That was one fast paced incredible match for Monday
Night Raw. Jeff Hardy is awesome no matter who his opponent might be but Chris
Jericho certainly gave him a run for the money in this match up. It was a great
build up for what is going to happen in the actual Money in the Bank Match at
JR informs the audience that Hornswoggle is still under a
doctor’s care after the attack last week by Vince McMahon and John Bradshaw
Layfield. Lawler tells the audience that tonight McMahon has scheduled an
McMahon backstage leaving the makeup artist’s table.
McMahon’s apology is next.
Back from commercial break, promo for WWE ECW, specifically
Kofi Kingston. ECW is on tomorrow night on the Sci-Fi channel.
Promo for Wrestlemania XXIV at The Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL,
March 30, 2008.
McMahon enters the arena and the ring. We know he has a mic
– why else would he be in the ring? McMahon tells the audience that they are
about to hear something from him that they have never heard before. McMahon says
that he made a mistake last week and it is difficult for him to say that but for
the first time in his life, he made a mistake. He made a mistake when he allowed
his son to be put in danger. McMahon says that his son deserved the whipping he
got from McMahon but he did not deserve what he got from John Bradshaw Layfield
in the steel cage. McMahon tells Hornswoggle that he apologizes for what
happened to him last week. The audience doesn’t buy it but McMahon says he
isn’t the only one who is going to apologize tonight but the person who caused
Hornswoggle’s injuries is going to apologize as well and he tells that person
to come out right now. John Bradshaw Layfield comes down the entrance ramp and
enters the ring. JBL may not be able to be heard over the boos of the audience.
McMahon tells JBL he should beat the hell out of him right now. McMahon says
that JBL was only there to control Finlay, not to harm Hornswoggle. McMahon says
he wants an apology and he wants it now. He repeats himself when JBL does not
respond. JBL says that he is sorry – twice. Then says that he is sorry that
Hornswoggle is not McMahon’s son. JBL says that this ruse made McMahon look
like a fool and that McMahon’s family started it. JBL says that Hornswoggle is
Finlay’s son. McMahon says he doesn’t know whether to believe it or not but
it does seem to make some sense because the members of McMahon’s family are
rotten to the core. McMahon says asks JBL if Hornswoggle is after his money. JBL
says that Hornswoggle has no idea that McMahon is not his father and that Finlay
is his father. JBL says that Finlay knew the entire time. JBL says that he has
documentation that proves Hornswoggle is not his son. JBL says that the next
time Finlay is in a WWE ring, JBL will make Finlay admit the truth. JBL then
leaves the ring. McMahon throws down his mic and leaves the ring as well.
Triple H and John Cena are backstage. Triple H says he
doesn’t like Cena and Cena doesn’t like him but what Cena wants to do
tonight is what Triple H does best – win. Cena says he feels the same way
Triple H does.
Back from commercial break, promo for Wrestlemania XXIV.
Umaga from the Isle of Samoa, weighing 350 lbs.
D.H. Smith from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, weighing 250
The rumor had it that Smith received “special”
treatment. He was brought up to WWE from developmental in order to be suspended
for failing a drug test. If this turns out to be fact and not a rumor, WWE’s
drug testing program may be more useless than we originally believed.
Umaga goes after Smith and Smith fights right back. Umaga
sends Smith over the top rope with a clothesline then goes out to the floor
after him. Umaga delivers a chop to the chest, then rolls Smith back into the
ring. Umaga goes up to the top turnbuckle and delivers a frog splash halfway
across the ring. Umaga picks Smith up, has him against the ring post and
delivers a few fists to the forehead for good measure. Umaga then delivers a
smash to Smith’s head before picking Smith up and delivering the Samoan spike.
Umaga goes for the cover and gets the three count.
Replay of the end of the match – which was most of the
A typical squash match with Umaga taking out his aggression
on D.H. Smith. Umaga has the ability to be a talented ring worker, however, WWE
never allows Umaga to use those talents. D.H. Smith also has the capability to
be a great wrestler. WWE is now using Smith as a jobber. Waste of time, waste of
Paul, Katie Lea Burchill and William Regal are backstage.
Regal says he got a letter from Vickie Guerrero wanting a representative from
Raw to face a representative from Smackdown at Wrestlemania. Regal says that he
will send Umaga, but Katie Lea tells Regal that he should send her brother,
Paul. Regal says that he has always liked Paul and he has a great future but he
has to show him some more. Paul says he will be glad to show him some more and
then tells Regal that he thinks his sister likes Regal.
Promo for WWE ECW tomorrow night with Santino Marella and
Layla taking on Kofi Kingston and Kelly Kelly.
Back from commercial break, replay of last Monday night when
HBK Shawn Michaels introduced the first inductee into the 2008 WWE Hall of Fame,
Nature Boy Ric Flair.
Lance Cade who is already in the ring
Accompanied to the ring by Trevor Murdoch
HBK Shawn Michaels from San Antonio, TX
The match begins with HBK and Cade locking up in the middle
of the ring. HBK has Cade in a headlock but Cade takes charge sending HBK into
the ropes and sending him to the mat with a shoulder block. Cade takes HBK down
with a suplex and goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Cade sends HBK
back into the ropes and HBK delivers a back slide and gets a two count. Cade
goes for a cover but doesn’t get the three count. Cade goes to work on HBK’s
neck and back. HBK gets back to his feet and delivers a few fists to back Cade
up. Cade delivers a boot to the midsection. HBK sends Cade into the ropes but
Cade comes off the ropes with a boot to HBK’s chest. HBK is down on the mat,
Cade picks him up, sends him into the corner post but HBK picks up a boot and
stops Cade. Cade slams HBK to the mat before going up to the top turnbuckle to
drop an elbow, but HBK rolls out of the way and Cade meets the mat. HBK goes out
to the top turnbuckle and delivers a flying elbow. HBK begins to stomp on the
mat, Murdoch is up on the ring apron but HBK ducks him and delivers a fist that
sends Murdoch down to the floor. HBK locks in the figure four and goes for the
submission but Murdoch comes in and drops an elbow on HBK. The referee rings the
bell and disqualifies Cade for interference in the match by Murdoch.
HBK Shawn Michaels
After the match, Murdoch and Cade both go after HBK. The ref
is trying to stop them, but they refuse. As they come at HBK, he delivers a kick
to Murdoch, dropping him to the mat. He delivers an inverted atomic drop to Cade
and then hits him with the kick to the jaw.
The match was short and not one of Cade’s better
matches but not a bad fill in for Raw. I’m not sure why we haven’t seen more
of Cade or Murdoch or both on WWE lately. Both men are talented and I’m a big
fan of Trevor Murdoch.
Nature Boy Ric Flair enters the ring and tells HBK that he
wants to face him at Wrestlemania. HBK says that he does not want to be the one
to beat Flair but Flair says that just because they face each other, it does not
mean that HBK will win. Flair says that all of the compliments HBK has given him
will mean nothing if he doesn’t face him in the ring. HBK agrees and says that
he will face Flair in a match at Wrestlemania.
NOTE: It has been rumored that Nature Boy Ric Flair would
face HBK Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania, lose the match and retire from
wrestling. We will have to wait and
see if the rumor is true.
Shaquille O’Neal of the NBA gives his opinion of the Floyd
Mayweather versus Big Show at Wrestlemania.
Back from commercial break, Mike Adamle has the mic. He
reminds the audience that Ric Flair is the first inductee in the 2008 WWE Hall
of Fame. Two of the other inductees are introduced at this time.
Peter Maivia and Rocky Johnson, The Rock’s father and Grandfather, will
be inducted into the 2008 Hall of Fame. The Rock will be on hand to induct his
father and his grandfather in the Hall of Fame. Nice video of both wrestlers and
their time in the WWE. Tickets for the Hall of Fame Ceremony are available this
Lawler informs the audience that another match has been
scheduled for Wrestlemania and that match will be Bunny Mania:
Maria and Candice Michelle versus Melina and The Glamazon Beth Phoenix.
JR informs the audience that they will now see Maria’s
Playboy shoot. NOTE: I skipped over this part. I tuned in to watch wrestling.
Back from commercial break, promo for next Monday Night Raw,
Floyd “Money” Mayweather versus Big Show.
Mr. Kennedy from Green Bay, WI, weighing 243 lbs.
Randy Orton from St. Louis, MO, weighing 245 lbs.
The Game Triple H from Greenwich, CT, weighing 255 lbs.
John Cena from MA, weighing 240 lbs.
A match where everyone, including Orton’s partner, is
gunning for Orton. Works for me.
Orton and Kennedy has words as so Cena and Triple H before
the match begins. The bell rings and Orton goes after Cena. Cena throws him over
the top rope and to the floor. Triple H sends Kennedy out to the floor. Cena and
Triple H are standing face to face in the ring and we go to
JUST AFTER THE MATCH STARTS!
Back from commercial break, Cena has Kennedy pinned. He gets
a two count before Kennedy gets a shoulder up. Cena tags in Triple H and he goes
to work on Kenney, backing him up against the corner post, delivering a few
punches and then sending him across the ring into the opposite ring post.
Kennedy is ready for him and backs him up with a shoulder block. Triple H sends
Kennedy into the ropes and takes him down to the mat before tagging in Cena.
Cena slams Kennedy face first into the top turnbuckle and then uses his abdomen
as a punching bag. Cena tags in Triple H. Triple H receives a low blow from
Kennedy as the ref’s back is turned. Kennedy tags in Orton and Orton goes to
work on Triple H with stomps all over Triple H’s body. Orton gives Cena the
look and Cena glares back. Orton goes for the cover but Triple H kicks out.
Orton tags Kennedy back in the match and Kennedy keeps Triple H in the wrong
corner. Kennedy delivers kicks to Triple H as Orton hold Triple H in the corner.
Triple H manages to nail Kennedy with a few kicks before Kennedy backs up and
delivers a running kick to Triple H’s head. Kennedy goes for the cover and
gets a two count before Triple H gets a shoulder off of the mat. Kennedy tags in
Orton. Orton has Triple H in a headlock, down on the mat. Triple H makes it back
to his feet, sending fists to Orton’s abdomen. Orton sends Triple H to the
floor by his hair and as the ref’s back is turned, Kennedy goes to work on
Triple H who is down on the mat. Orton drops Triple H face first on the mat,
goes for the pin but doesn’t get the three count. Orton tags in Kennedy and we
have a double team until the ref gets Orton back in his corner. Triple H gets
back to his feet, sending Triple H into the corner post, but Triple H gets the
boot up and nails Kennedy. Triple H can’t get the tag to Cena as Kennedy tags
in Orton. Orton delivers an
inverted back breaker. Orton goes for the RKO as Triple H gets to his feet, but
Triple H shoves Orton out of the way. Triple H tags in Cena as Orton tags in
Kennedy. Cena goes after Kennedy, delivering hits, kicks, inverted atomic drops
and then goes for the five-knuckle shuffle. Cena hits it and goes for the FU,
but Orton gets involved. Triple H comes in and sends Orton out onto the floor
and follows him out. Cena delivers a drop toehold to Kennedy and delivers a
submission hold. Kennedy taps out.
Game Triple H
Not a bad match but not one of the best I have seen.
These four men in the ring should have been spectacular but it was lacking
something. I can’t describe it but I think the match between Jeff Hardy and
Chris Jericho was much more entertaining and fast paced than this match was.
After the match, Triple H and Cena face off in the ring.
Kennedy appears and takes Cena down to the mat. Triple H stands by and watches.