March 10, 2008 – Recap by Sassy
Last week on Raw –
The Big Show defeated Brandon “The Thrill” Hill in a
Mixed Martial Arts Exhibition Match.
HBK Shawn Michaels and Nature Boy Ric Flair defeated
Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch in tag team action.
Umaga defeated Super Crazy
John Cena defeated Mr. Kennedy
Carlito defeated Cody Rhodes in a Money in the Bank
Randy Orton faced The Game Triple H, Orton brought the
title belt into the ring to use it, John Cena intervened, Cena FU’d Triple H
and Orton RKO’d Cena. I don’t know who won the match.
Tonight is a special three-hour show
Rumor has it that several WWE Hall of Fame Members will be on
Night Raw is being broadcast from Milwaukee, WI
the USA network
Ringside announcers: Jim Ross and Jerry “The King”
Ring announcer: Lillian Garcia
Tonight The Undertaker will face The World’s Strongest Man
Mark Henry in a casket match.
The Big Show and Floyd “Money” Mayweather will have their
official weigh-in for Wrestlemania XXIV.
The Nature Boy Ric Flair enters the arena and heads toward
the ring. Flair was scheduled to face HBK Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania, but
HBK doesn’t want to go through with the match. Flair has to decide whether or
not he still wants to face HBK at Wrestlemania. Flair is in the ring to give the
audience his decision. Flair calls HBK to the ring. The Heartbreak Kid Shawn
Michaels enters the ring to listen to Flair. Flair compliments HBK on his
entrance music. Flair says that the word sympathy did not exist when he started
in the business and the word pit doesn’t exist in Flair’s vocabulary now.
Flair thinks that HBK feels pity for him. Flair says if he can’t face HBK in
the ring then he shouldn’t be in the ring at all. Flair wants respect because
he has earned it and he would expect nothing less than that from HBK. If Flair
wins at Wrestlemania, he is the man. If HBK wins at Wrestlemania, then he has
beat the man. Flair asks HBK to give Flair the Showstopper. HBK tells Flair that
he never meant to show pity. HBK says that HBK is Mr. Wrestlemania and that he
has been in the greatest Wrestlemania moments in history. HBK says that at
Wrestlemania, HBK is the man. HBK says they will have their match at
Wrestlemania. HBK says that he found out on Friday Night Smackdown, Flair will
be involved in a 3 on 1 steel cage match against Edge and his two Edge guys. HBK
tells Flair that Fridays are usually reserved for other things, but HBK will go
with Flair to Friday Night Smackdown to make sure that it is 3 on both of them.
And Randy Orton appears to interrupt the Flair/HBK
conversation. If I was going to call for the most heat on someone tonight, Orton
would win the contest. Orton is in charge of Monday Night Raw tonight. Orton
says that Triple H will face, in a Wrestlemania rematch, Kane. HBK didn’t win
at last year’s Wrestlemania. HBK will face John Cena in a Wrestlemania Rewind
My screen went dark for a second and then a film clip of
April 2, 2006, Wrestlemania XXII, with The Undertaker and The World’s
Strongest Man Mark Henry in a casket match.
Of course The Undertaker won the match. That Wrestlemania XXII rewind
match is next.
Back from commercial break.
The Undertaker from Death Valley, weighing 299 lbs.
The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry from TX, weighing
Audience favorite: The Undertaker
My favorite: I like them both
We know this can’t possibly be a wrestling match simply
because of the size of the two men in the ring and the fact that it is a casket
match. JR informs the audience that Edge will be watching this match very
closely since he will be facing The Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXIV. Taker has
beaten Henry in one of these matches before. Henry doesn’t look too thrilled
with the casket sitting outside the ring. Taker sends Henry down to the mat and
signals for the casket lid to be opened before going back at Henry. Henry comes
back but Taker is back on him and then goes old school but Henry catches him in
midair and has him in a bear hug. The audience is loudly chanting for Undertaker
and he does break free of the hold. Henry sends Taker to the floor, but Taker
lands on his feet and Taker brings Henry out to the floor. Taker meets the
guardrail back first and Henry rolls back in and out of the ring to break the
referee’s count. Taker sends Henry into the ring post and Taker rolls back in
and out of the ring to break the ref’s count. Henry’s head meets the top of
the casket and gets rolled back into the ring. Taker is back in the ring and
walks into a body slam delivered by Henry. Taker is down and Henry signals for
the casket lid to be opened. As Henry reaches down for Henry, Taker locks in his
new submission move, Henry taps out but tap outs and bleeds, but count outs and
blood loss don’t count. Taker kicks Henry into the casket and slams the lid
Promo for Wrestlemania XXIV, live Sunday March 30, on pay per
view. This promo has Carlito facing a killer seagull and Maria. I love the
Back from commercial break, one of the official Wrestlemania
theme songs is by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snow (Hey Oh).
Floyd “Money” Mayweather is backstage with his entourage,
getting ready for his weigh-in. JR introduces a promo that includes Michael
Buffer, boxing ring announcer, Bert Sugar, boxing historian, and Antonio Tarver,
former lightweight boxing champion. The Big Show and Floyd “Money”
Mayweather’s official weigh-in is tonight.
JR reminds the audience that at Wrestlemania XXIV, Randy
Orton will be defending his WWE Championship against The Game Triple H and John
Cena in a Triple Threat Match. We see Triple H on camera to give his opinion of
how the match is going to go at Wrestlemania. Triple H missed last years
Wrestlemania due to an injury. The general consensus is that Triple H will leave
Wrestlemania with the title.
Back from commercial break, the WWE Slam of the Week – JBL
beating up Hornswoggle in the hospital while Finlay, Hornswoggle’s father, is
in the ring with Vince McMahon. Finlay’s going to kill JBL at Wrestlemania.
Mr. Kennedy from Green Bay, WI, weighing 243 lbs.
Finlay from Belfast, Ireland, weighing 233 lbs.
Audience favorite: I’m not sure who got the biggest pop.
My favorite: I like them both but Finlay is great
Before the match begins, JBL shows up on the monitor. JBL
says he has something to say that is more important than their match coming up.
JBL says he understands Finlay has accepted his challenge for a match at
Wrestlemania and Finlay wants a Belfast Brawl. JBL says that not only can he
beat Finlay at his own game, but he can put Finlay in the hospital right next to
Hornswoggle. I may have been wrong about Orton getting the most heat…JBL might
have just beat him in the creep department.
The bell rings and Finlay has not dropped his weapon and,
instead of dropping it, he goes after Kennedy with the shillelagh. The ref rings
the bell and disqualifies Finlay. Finlay comes out of the ring to continue the
assault on Kennedy and then he rolls Kennedy back in the ring. The ref gets out
of the way and it takes three refs to try to get Kennedy out of the ring. Finlay
pulls him back in but the refs manage to get in the ring and back Finlay up.
Finlay goes out on the floor to continue beating on Kennedy. I see ice packs,
lots of them, in Kennedy’s future.
Promo for Wrestlemania XXIV, this one with The Undertaker’s
15-0 streak at Wrestlemania.
Back from commercial break, two weeks ago in Phoenix, AZ, the
WWE was at the headquarters of The Make A Wish Foundation. At Wrestlemania XXIV,
50 wish kids from 50 states will have their wish granted. John Cena was
recognized for granting, to date, 100 wishes. Kudos to John Cena for giving a
very important gift to children who need him.
Jeff Hardy from Cameron, NC, weighing 225 lbs.
Y2J Chris Jericho weighing 226 lbs.
Last week on Jericho’s highlight reel, Jericho tells Jeff
that they are both in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match and they get into an
altercation, with Jeff sending Jericho down to the mat. This is not a
Wrestlemania Rewind match.
Audience favorite: Jeff Hardy
My favorite: I like them both
With any luck, we will see the wrestling talent of these two
competitors. The ref seems to be having a problem keeping the two from clashing
when he wants them to break up the action. Lawler mentions that if it wasn’t
for the altercation last week, the two would
most likely be in a classic wrestling match tonight. Jeff goes for the
first pinfall but he doesn’t get the three count, Jericho tosses Jeff out to
the floor and we go to
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
Back from commercial break, both men are back in the ring and
Jericho appears to have the upper hand. Jericho charges at Jeff, Jeff gets out
of the way, Jericho goes up and over the top turnbuckle, misses the ring apron
and lands on the floor. Jeff goes out after him, goes off the guardrail in an
attempt to take Jericho out and Jericho moves, sending Jeff face first into the
announcer’s table. Jericho picks Jeff up and rolls him back into the ring,
goes for the cover and Jeff gets a shoulder up off the mat. Jericho works on
Jeff’s back and Jeff rakes the eyes to make Jericho break the hold. Jericho
goes for an old fashioned using the ropes to choke Jeff until the ref makes him
break. He goes for it again and the fans that had been chanting for Jericho are
now chanting for Jeff Hardy. Jeff uses the whisper in the wind and still can’t
get the three count. Jericho goes for a pin, Jeff kicks out, Jeff delivers a
roll up, Jericho kicks out, Jeff comes off the top rope and Jericho rolls out of
the way. Jericho goes to the top turnbuckle and comes off with a cross body
block, Jeff makes it a roll through and goes for the cover but can’t get the
three count. Jericho comes off the ropes with a lionsault, goes for the cover
but Jeff powers out. The crowd is now chanting for Y2J. Jericho goes for the
walls of Jericho, Jeff rolls him up and gets a two count. Jeff hits the twist of
fate, goes to the top turnbuckle and goes for the Swanton bomb, Jericho rolls
out of the way and Jeff meets the mat. Jericho goes for the bone breaker, goes
for the cover and gets the three count.
WWE Intercontinental Champion
With the exception of the commercial break, in the middle of
the match, not a bad match for two men who spend time in the technical ring. I
was a little surprised with the ending but Jericho worked hard for his win. Both
men took some hard knocks in this match.
JR reminds the audience that Triple H will face Kane in a
Wrestlemania Rewind match.
The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff, from Wrestlemania I, are
on their way to the ring
Promo for Friday Night Smackdown.
Back from commercial break, WWE Rewind – March 31, 1985,
Tag team championship match – the winners were Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron
Sheik with Bobby Heenan.
Nikolai Volkoff sings the Russian National Anthem to as many
jeers as he got when he first began singing it. The Iron Sheik knocks the USA.
And coming down the ramp are
Jillian Hall appears to do who knows what…she mentions the
song Born in the USA that the US Express used. She then calls the US Express has
beens and then tells everyone she is going to sing the song for them. Rotundo
delivers an airplane spin shutting Hall up, at least for a little while.
These four men still look good even if they didn’t get
to fight each other in the ring.
Mike Adamle gives the audience a recap of the WWE 2008
Class for the WWE Hall of Fame
Nature Boy Ric Flair
The next two inductees
Back from commercial break, promo for Wrestlemania XXIV, 20
JR reminds the audience that the official weigh-in for The
Big Show and Floyd “Money” Mayweather will be tonight. Video clip of The Big
From Wrestlemania XXV, The Game Triple H versus Kane, March
20, 1999, in Philadelphia, PA. The Game won the match.
Kane is backstage watching the clip on a monitor. Orton
appears and tells Kane that he knows how much Kane hates Triple H. Kane grabs
Orton by the throat and tells Orton that he doesn’t need a history lesson when
it comes to Triple H, Kane remembers everything Triple H has done to him.
My screen went black again. When it came back on, JR was
reminding the audience that Triple H versus Kane, another Wrestlemania Rewind
match will be next.
Back from commercial break. promo for Wrestlemania XXIV, John
Legend will be performing America The Beautiful.
XXV Rewind Match
The Game Triple H from Greenwich, CT, weighing 255 lbs.
The Big Red Machine Kane, weighing 320 lbs.
Audience favorite: Triple H
My favorite: I like them both
The match starts out as a slugfest with Triple H pounding on
Kane but Kane doesn’t appear to be affected. He turns it around and beats on
Triple H. Triple H slows Kane down with an elbow to the jaw, but Kane comes
right back and sends Triple H over the top turnbuckle and down to the floor.
Kane goes out after him and slams his head into the announcer’s table. Kane
tries to send Triple H into the ring post, but Triple H gets the switch and Kane
meets the post. Both men are back in the ring and Kane is down. Triple H goes
out of the ring to beat on Kane’s head and neck. The ref makes Triple H get
back in the ring and he continues his assault on Kane. Kane sends Triple H into
the ropes and greets him with a boot to the face as he comes off the ropes. Kane
has Triple H down and Kane goes for the cover, but Triple H gets his shoulder
off the mat. Triple H hits the spine buster and both men are down on the mat.
The ref counts to five before they are back on their feet. Triple H delivers a
face buster, and goes for the pedigree but Kane picks him up and sends him over
his back to the floor. Orton appears at the top of the entrance ramp and Kane is
going for the choke slam. Triple H counters the choke slam and tries to set him
up for the pedigree but is distracted when he sees Orton in the arena. Kane
delivers a side slam, goes up to the top turnbuckle and comes off to meet a boot
to the abdomen, Triple H hits the pedigree and gets the win.
Game Triple H
Much to the dismay of Orton, I might add. We have a stare
down after the match is over.
Promo for ECW tomorrow night – Colin Delany and Tommy
Dreamer will face John Morrison and The Miz for the WWE tag team titles in an
extreme rules match.
Back from commercial break, promo for Wrestlemania XXIV.
JR reminds the audience that the WWE Championship is on the
line in a Triple Threat Match at Wrestlemania XXIV.. John Cena gives his
thoughts on the Triple Threat Match. John Cena is ready to win the title.
Melina from Los Angeles, CA
Accompanied to the ring by the Glamazon Beth Pheonix
Maria from Chicago, IL
Accompanied to the ring by Candice Michelle
In Wrestelmania XXIII, Melina and Ashley faced each other one
on one. Melina won the match. Melina says she was really looking forward to
beating Ashley again tonight, but Ashley is injured and can’t be at the arena.
Instead of a Wrestlemania Rematch, it will be a Wrestlemania Pre Match.
Santino Marella shows up during the match with a Playboy
magazine in his hands – yes, wrestling fans, this isn’t a match, it’s a
commercial for Hugh Hefner.
After the match, Marella enters the ring and The Glamazon
sends Candice down to the mat before exiting the ring.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather promo for the match with The Big
Show at Wrestlemania XXIV, with Shane McMahon and Mayweather. The weigh-in will
Back from commercial break.
Shane McMahon enters the ring to preside over the weigh-in.
Shane introduces the weigh-in for the match between Big Show and Floyd
“Money” Mayweather. The largest athlete in the world, The Big Show enters
the ring first.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Big Show’s opponent, enters
the ring next, along with his entourage (I can’t count how many members there
are in the entourage). Most of his entourage are larger than Mayweather is.
Shane says that this is only a weigh-in.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather weighs in at 159.0 lbs.
The Big Show weighs in at 441.4 lbs.
Only a minor weight difference and Shane says they need to
have a photo opportunity, but The Big Show wants to bring out his posse which
consists of Big Daddy V, Carlito, Hardcore Holly and it appears to be the entire
Raw locker room, but JR says it is the locker rooms of Raw, ECW and Smackdown.
Big Show said he told Mayweather last week that no one in the locker room likes
Mayweather and they all wanted to come out and see the 20 million dollar man.
Big Show tells Mayweather if he threw some of that money out into the crowd
maybe they wouldn’t hate him so much. Show wants to know if the risk really
worth it. Show calls Mayweather a runt and slams the mic at him. Mayweather, to
the chants of “you suck” from the crowd, gets up and plays the crowd with a
handful of cash. Mayweather tells Show that he is the 20 million dollar man and
that it’s “Money” Mayweather. Mayweather says he respects what Show has
done in the WWE but he doesn’t respect Show as a human being that it’s
possible Show can hurt him, but he’d have to be able to catch him first.
Mayweather throws money at Show. Show hands it off to the wrestlers surrounding
the ring. Mayweather says he will break Show’s jaw at Wrestlemania XXIV. As
Mayweather heads out of the ring, Show picks him up and throws him onto some of
the wrestlers surrounding the ring. We have a fight outside on the floor between
Mayweather’s posse and some of the wrestlers with Shane in the middle.
Mayweather is holding is right arm. Shane gets taken down but I didn’t see who
Back from commercial break, promo for WWE’s March edition
magazine. It’s about Wrestlemania XXIV.
Replay of what happened before the commercial break. Floyd
“Money” Mayweather versus The Big Show at Wrestlemania XXIV. The Undertaker
faces Edge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Triple H goes against
John Cena and Randy Orton in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship.
Orton is on camera to give his thoughts on the Triple Threat Match. Orton says
he’s going to win the match – no, he’s not.
The Rated R Superstar, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion,
and his Edgeheads enter the arena.
The Rated R Superstar Edge from Toronto, Canada, weighing
WWE World Heavyweight Champion
Representing Friday Night Smackdown
Accompanied to the ring by Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder
Before his opponent is introduced, we go to
Back from commercial break.
CM Punk from Chicago, IL, weighing 222 lbs.
Representing WWE ECW
Audience favorite: CM Punk
My favorite: I like them both
The match begins as a wrestling match, but Edge changes that
in short order. Punk is down after a dropkick by Edge who goes for the cover and
gets the two count. Edge continues to kick a downed Punk. Punk is back to his
feet but Edge sends him into the ropes and drops him with a knee to the
midsection as he comes off the ropes. Punk is back to his feet and Edge sends
him into the corner post. Edge tries for a suplex and gets a knee to the head
twice by Punk. Punk sends Edge into the rope and drops him with a flying kick.
Punk goes for the cover but can’t get the three count. Punk is out on the ring
apron and Edge goes after him, but Punk meets him with boots to the head and
then springboards off the top ropes and goes for the cover. Punk gets a two
count before Edge kicks out. Punk delivers a high knee and goes for the bulldog
but Edge drops Punk with a DDT. Edge goes for the cover but Punk kicks out. Edge
goes for the spear but Punk leapfrogs over Edge and has Edge up for the GTS but
one of the Edgeheads is up on the ring apron and distracts Punk. Punk goes after
him and knocks him down to the floor, then heads across the ring after the
Edgehead on the opposite ring apron. Edge nails Punk with a spear, goes for the
cover and gets the three count.
Rated R Superstar
a lot of help from Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder
Promo for Wrestlemania XXIV – the same one we saw earlier
with Carlito and the killer seagull.
Back from commercial break, Rev Theory, Light It Up, is the
official theme song of Wrestlemania XXIV.
Monday Night Raw General Manager William Regal is in the
ring. Regal talks about the Smackdown versus Raw match at Wrestlemania XXIV. It
will be The Samoan Bulldozer Umaga versus The Animal Batista. Video of Umaga in
action before Umaga himself enters the ring. Regal says that no one can stop
Umaga. The Animal Batista appears at the top of the entrance ramp. Batista is
not dressed for action but he enters the ring. We have a face off in the middle
of the ring. Batista takes off his sunglasses and punches Umaga. Umaga punches
back and Batista hits the floor. Umaga misses with the Samoan spike and Batista
delivers a spine buster before Regal gets Umaga out of the ring. Umaga destroys
a lot of things outside the ring, including the steel stops when he isn’t
allowed back in the ring with Batista.
On April 1, 2007, at Wrestlemania XXIII, HBK Shawn Michaels
versus John Cena. John Cena won the match. HBK will face Cena tonight and that
match is next.
Back from commercial break, Mr. McMahon will be honored this
Friday at 11:30 AM in Hollywood. He will get his own star on the Hollywood Walk
Replay of the altercation between The Big Show and Floyd
“Money” Mayweather. JR informs the audience that Mayweather’s elbow was
injured when the Big Show tossed Mayweather from the ring.
XXIII Rewind Match
The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels from San Antonio, TX
John Cena from West Newbury, MA, weighing 240 lbs.
Audience favorite: I think it was both of them
My favorite: I like them both
JR reminds the audience that this Thursday night, several of
the members of the WWE roster will be on Larry King Live.
The match begins with exchanges of wristlocks. Cena takes HBK
down, but HBK takes Cena down. Cena comes off the ropes and drops HBK with a
shoulder block but when he comes off the ropes again, HBK drops Cena with a drop
toehold. The two are locked up in the middle of the ring but Cena picks up HBK
and drops him to the mat. HBK has Cena in a front face lock. Cena fights to get
back to his feet and he does but HBK has him in a side headlock. Cena tries to
send HBK off the ropes. HBK hangs on. Cena has HBK set up but HBK rolls out of
the ring and out of the way and we go to
THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
IT'S THE MAIN EVENT!
Back from commercial break, Cena has HBK in an arm bar. HBK
gets back to his feet, then goes back down again. HBK is back to his feet, Cena
sends him into the ropes and HBK takes Cena down with a swinging neck breaker.
HBK stomps on Cena to keep him down on the mat and delivers a chop to the chest
when Cena gets back to his feet. HBK delivers chops and Cena delivers fists.
Cena comes off the ropes and takes HBK down with shoulder blocks twice but the
third time he tries, HBK sends Cena over the top rope and down to the floor.
Cena is back in the ring and HBK delivers a chop block to Cena’s leg then goes
to work on Cena’s left leg. Cena gets back to his feet but HBK takes him down
again. Cena has HBK up but HBK takes him down with another hit to the leg. Cena
delivers a clothesline and then he sends HBK down to the mat before going for
the five-knuckle shuffle. Cena goes for a pin, HBK turns it around, neither get
the three count. Cena gets suplexed by HBK and both men are down on the mat and
the ref starts to count. He gets to the count of five before the man are back
up. HBK delivers a clothesline and both men are down again. The ref again gets
to the count of five. HBK delivers a flying forearm as he comes off the ropes.
HBK hits the inverted atomic drop, then another before body slamming Cena down
to the mat. HBK goes up to the top turnbuckle and comes off with a flying elbow.
HBK warms up for the super kick but Cena ducks out of the way. HBK goes for the
inverted figure four-leg drop and locks it in. Cena makes it to the ropes. HBK
sends Cena out to the floor and springboards off the ropes to take Cena back
down to the floor. HBK sends Cena into the ring post but Orton appears and grabs
a chair. Orton sets the chair up, picks up Cena then goes to deliver the RKO on
the chair, but Cena drops Orton on the chair before hitting the FU. Orton, who
was not in the match is the one down in the ring.
know it wasn’t
Triple H is backstage watching the monitor. Triple H will be
in charge next week on Monday Night Raw. He says that next week it will be John
Cena and Randy Orton as tag team partners. Their opponents will be the entire