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March 31, 2008 – Recap by Sassy

WWE Hall of Fame

Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2008, Saturday, March 29, 2008

Rocky Johnson inducted by his son, The Rock

Soul Man Rocky Johnson accepted his award in person to a standing ovation.

Peter Maivia inducted by his daughter, Ata Johnson.

High Chief Peter Maivia is deceased.

John Cena gave a rousing speech about the Hall of Fame members.

Jack and Gerry Brisco, Gordon Solie, Mae Young and Eddie Graham were inducted before the televised show began.  Jack and Gerry Brisco and Mae Young accepted their awards in person. Gordon Solie is deceased, his award was accepted by The Gordon Solie family, Eddie Graham is deceased, and his award was accepted by his son, Mike Graham.

Nature Boy Ric Flair, the only active wrestler to be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame,

was inducted by Triple H

Nature Boy Ric Flair accepted his award in person,


To a thunderous, standing ovation.

I have watched Ric Flair for years, drooled over him, wanted to smack him for his arrogance and screamed for him to get beat, especially when he was beating on one of my favorite wrestlers. Ric Flair got through it all and is retiring from the ring after thirty-five years with the respect of fans the world over and his fellow wrestlers.  He is The Man. And The Man shed some tears at the podium…and he wasn’t the only male in the building that had tears in his eyes.

Stone Cold Steven Austin and Mick Foley were in the audience. Harley Race, and Superfly Jimmy Snuka were in the audience.

Vince McMahon was not in the audience. Reports from other sources indicate McMahon was working backstage during the ceremony.


Wrestlemania XXIV Results

24 Man Battle Royal


The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry, The Great Khali, The Big Red Machine Kane, Elijah Burke, Lance Cade, Deuce, Domino, Tommy Dreamer, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Festus, Hardcore Holly, Jesse, Brian Kendrick, Kofi Kingston, The Miz, Shannon Moore, Trevor Murdoch, Jamie Noble, Chuck Palumbo Cody Rhodes, Snitsky, Matt Stryker, Val Venis, Jimmy Wang Yang

Winner: The Big Red Machine Kane

WWE ECW Championship Match

Chavo Guerrero, Champion vs. The Big Red Machine Kane, Challenger

Winner and new ECW Champion: The Big Red Machine Kane

Money in the Bank Ladder Match

CM Punk vs. M.V.P. vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Carlito vs. John Morrison vs. Y2J Chris Jericho vs. The Gold Standard Shelton Benjamin

Winner: CM Punk

No DQ Must Be A Winner Match

Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Big Show

Winner: Floyd “Money” Mayweather

Bunny Mania Match

The Glamazon Beth Phoenix & Melina vs. Ashley & Maria

Winners: The Glamazon Beth Phoenix & Melina

WWE Championship Match

Triple Threat: Randy Orton, Champion vs. John Cena, Challenger vs. The Game Triple H, Challenger

Winner and still Champion: Randy Orton

Smackdown versus Raw

The Animal Batista vs. Umaga

Winner: The Animal Batista

Belfast Brawl

Finlay vs. John Bradshaw Layfield

Winner: John Bradshaw Layfield

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match

The Rated R Superstar Edge, Champion vs. The Undertaker, Challenger

Winner and new WWE World Heavyweight Champion: The Undertaker

Career Threatening Match

Nature Boy Ric Flair vs. Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels

Winner : HBK Shawn Michaels

A few words about Wrestlemania XXIV – I did not see the pay per view but did read up on the show before, during and after the program.

I was surprised, pleasantly I might add, that Kane not only won the Battle Royal but also took home the WWE ECW Championship belt.

I was pleased to see that CM Punk won the Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Beth Phoenix and Melina deserved the win.

I should just skip over the WWE Championship match altogether – something about if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all – but I was not the only wrestling fan disappointed that Orton kept the title. Had I purchased the event, I would have asked for my money back after this match.

In the Smackdown versus Raw match, either winner would not have upset me but I was hoping Umaga might come out with a victory.

Finlay did not win the Belfast Brawl, which did surprise me.

Floyd “Money” Mayweather taking out Big Show was not a shock and neither was the fact that he had to use a chair to do it. No wrestling fan should have been prepared for Mayweather to actually wrestle Big Show. Not only is Mayweather not a wrestler, the size difference alone would have put the skids to any wrestling match.

NOTE:  Floyd "Money" Mayweather's Wrestlemania outfit was made from chinchilla fur.  As an animal lover and rescuer (I have two chinchillas that were rescues), I find this disgusting and unnecessary. When I first saw Mayweather on WWE, I was planning on seeing his next boxing match. I can tell you without absolute certainty, I would NOT pay to see Mayweather in any match at any time.

Another pleasant, although not surprising, title change when Undertaker defeated Edge. I understand from reviews that this was a great match.

And last but certainly not least, Nature Boy Ric Flair losing to HBK was not a surprise. I knew it was coming. Not even the greatest can stay in the ring forever. I applaud Flair for bowing out at this time and whether he lost the match or not, he left Wrestlemania XXIV – and the wrestling ring - a winner.


Last week on Raw

CM Punk defeated Carlito on a one of the best Raw matches I have seen.

Snoop Dogg made an appearance regarding his role in Wrestlemania XXIV.

The Samoan Bulldozer Umaga defeated Paul London & Brian Kendrick in a 2 on 1 Handicap match. Kendrick bailed on London, leaving him alone in the ring with Umaga.

John Bradshaw Layfield defeated Colin Delaney in a joke – not a match.

The Nature Boy Ric Flair defeated Vince McMahon in a Career Threatening Street Fight with a little bit of help from Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels and by being the dirtiest player in the game.

Candice Michelle & Maria defeated Jillian Hall & Victoria in a tag team match. Santino Marella attacked Jerry “The King” Lawler and stole his Subway sandwich.

Y2J Chris Jericho retained his WWE Intercontinental title by getting himself disqualified in a match against The Big Show

John Cena & Randy Orton faced the entire Raw roster in a 17 on 2 Handicap match. After eliminating most of their opponents, the rest of the opponents got themselves disqualified. Triple H showed up after the match was over and delivered a pedigree to Cena & Orton.


NOTE:  I had previously stated on a message board that if Orton kept the title at Wrestlemania, I would stop watching the show, however, that would be unfair to the webmaster who expects a report from me now and then and it would not be fair to the wrestlers that deserve recognition.  So message board pals, I am going back on my word but certainly not because I think Orton deserves any praise.


Monday Night Raw is being broadcast from Orlando, FL

On the USA Network.

Ringside announcers: Jim Ross & Jerry “The King” Lawler

Ring announcer: Lillian Garcia

Expect numerous repercussions from yesterday’s Wrestlemania XXIV.

Jim Ross tells the audience that tonight will be Ric Flair’s Farewell Address.

John Cena’s music begins but he doesn’t enter the arena. Triple H’s music begins but he doesn’t enter the arena. I’m fast-forwarding through this because you and I both know what’s going to show up to start this edition of Raw.  John Bradshaw Layfield shows up during the fast forward to tell Orton that Orton can’t beat JBL and he will be the number one contender for the WWE Championship. Through some more fast forward, JBL has left and Matt Hardy has entered the ring and please, for all of us, kick Orton’s ass. No such luck. Security is on it for the first time ever…they are there immediately.

Commercial break.

Matt Hardy is backstage and Raw General Manager William Regal is in his face for attacking Regal’s champion. Matt says he wants Orton in the ring and Regal says he will have to think about it.

Tag Team Match

Lance Cade


Trevor Murdoch

At a combined weight of 532 lbs.


Cryme Tyme from Brooklyn, NY

At a combined weight of 525 lbs.

Audience favorites: I think its Cryme Tyme

My favorites: Trevor Murdoch is my favorite but I like them all in the ring.

It appears that Cryme Tyme has been forgiven for their previous WWE indiscretion – it had something to do with a match and a referee – and they are back to take out their aggression on team of Cade and Murdoch.

These four are fairly close in size but Cade and Murdoch aren’t having very much luck against the returning tag team. And as soon as I say that, Cade manages to get the upper hand and tag in Murdoch. Murdoch goes for the cover but can’t get the three count. Murdoch gets himself caught in a roll up and Cryme Tyme win the match.


Cryme Tyme

I’m going to try to be unbiased here since I think Trevor Murdoch has all the makings of an A-1 heel and I like him when he’s a bully. Any day now I think he and Lance Cade will suddenly turn on each other and brawl all over the arena. Cryme Tyme was an audience favorite before their hiatus and it appears they haven’t lost their appeal. This was a little bit more of punching match than a wrestling match but not a bad first match and a nice surprise to have Cryme Tyme appear.

After the match, Cade appears to be very angry and Murdoch appears to be trying to explain what just happened in the ring. Cryme Tyme and the audience celebrate but Cryme Tyme didn’t sell anything off to members of the audience.

The audience sees part of a match where Ric Flair took the NWA title away from then seven-time Champion Harley Race in a steel cage match. Okay, Ric, I love you but you took the belt away from my hero Harley Race! How COULD you, Ric?

NOTE: Harley Race was in the audience at the WWE Class of 2008 Induction Ceremony.

Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels is heading toward the ring, dressed in his street clothes.

Commercial break.

Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels, now known as the wrestler who ended the career of Nature Boy Ric Flair, is in the ring. The audience doesn’t seem to be angry with Michaels until he reminds the audience that he is the one that beat Flair at Wrestlemania XXIV. He doesn’t stay in the ring long, but puts down the mic and leaves the arena.

JR informs the audience that tonight Y2J Chris Jericho, WWE Intercontinental Champion, will face CM Punk. Punk and Jericho were the last two men on the ladder in the Money in the Bank match at Wrestlemania XXIV. CM Punk won the match.

Lawler tells the audience that tonight Matt Hardy will face Randy Orton in the ring. I guess Regal made up his mind.

Commercial break.

HBK is backstage and is approached by Regal. Regal tells HBK that he did what he had to do and Regal says that he thinks it is something that should have been done a long time ago. Batista appears in camera range, staring at HBK. Batista does not look happy.

Non-title Tag Team Match

Brian Kendrick


Paul London

At a combined weight of 382 lbs.


Cody Rhodes


Hardcore Holly

WWE World Tag Team Champions

At a combined weight of 452 lbs.

Audience favorites: I’m not sure

My favorites: I like all four wrestlers

Kendrick walked out on London the last time they were in a match together. JR tells the audience that they have worked out their issues since their match against Umaga.

Kendrick seems to have a problem being a bit of a show off and Cody is no slouch. Kendrick gets himself caught by not paying attention. Cody tags in Holly and Kendrick tags in London. Holly makes a clean break when the referee calls for one, but London takes advantage with a cheap shot and that could be a mistake. London pays with several hard chops to the chest. London goes out on the floor and Holly goes out on the floor to bring London back in. Holly goes for the cover and gets a two count before tagging in Cody. Cody goes for the cover and gets a two count. Cody goes up high with a cross body block with Kendrick yelling at London to tell him that it’s coming. London takes the hit and then manages to get to Kendrick for a tag. Kendrick comes out fighting but Cody delivers a bulldog. London comes out of the corner and pulls Cody off of Kendrick, Holly comes into the ring and London takes him out over the top rope, Cody sends London over the top rope after Holly and in the fray Kendrick manages a bridge roll up and gets the three count.


Brian Kendrick


Paul London

These are wrestlers with very different wrestling styles. Kendrick and London always work well together as a tag team and Cody Rhodes has all the makings of an up and coming world champion. And I have to say that Cody and Holly have been working well together as a tag team.

London’s chest is awfully red as he and Kendrick celebrate their win the in ring.

The audience sees a film clip, May 7, 1989:  Ricky The Dragon Steamboat versus Ric Flair. Flair wins the match and for the sixth time takes home the World Heavyweight title belt.

Commercial break.

Rev Theory is in the front row of the Raw audience tonight.

The audience sees highlights from Wrestlemania XXIV. They could show the entire match between Chavo Guerrero and Kane. It may have been the shortest title match in history. Matt Hardy did make an appearance during the Money in the Bank Ladder Match just long enough to spoil M.V.P.’s chance of getting the briefcase and the title shot. The parts of the match they showed between Flair and HBK looked like a hard fought battle. Flair may be going out but I’d say he went out with a bang. Mayweather beat Big Show with the use of a set of brass knuckles. It was a No DQ match, after all. And the final match was The Undertaker taking the WWE World Championship from The Rated R Superstar Edge.

Commercial break.

Money in the Bank Ladder Rematch

Y2J Chris Jericho weighing 221 lbs.

WWE Intercontinental Champion


CM Punk from Chicago, IL, weighing 222 lbs.

Representing ECW 


Winner of the Wrestlemania XXIV Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Audience favorite: I’m not sure

My favorite: I like them both

Punk comes to the ring carrying his MITB briefcase.

The match begins with a kicking contest but Jericho gets the upper hand early on. Jericho goes for a roll up and Punk reverses it, neither one gets the two count. The audience initially seemed to be split fifty-fifty between the two wrestlers but then the fans begin chanting for Y2J. I have a lot of respect for these two knowing they already been in a ladder match yesterday and the hard bumps they had to have taken and here they are back in the ring tonight like they didn’t go through that match. Has anyone noticed how much Jericho seems to enjoy himself in the ring? Punk goes out on the floor and Jericho goes for the baseball slide but Punk sidesteps and delivers a kick to the back of Jericho’s head. Jericho appears to have injured his knee and Punk takes advantage. Jericho nails Punk with a bone breaker, goes for the cover and gets the win.


Y2J Chris Jericho

CM Punk and Chris Jericho never disappoint me even if the match is a short one. This match showed the athleticism and talent of both men in and out of the ring.

The audience sees Ric Flair in a match from the Royal Rumble, January 19, 1992 for the WWE title. Ric Flair wins the match and the title.

Commercial break.

Big Show makes his way to the ring with a standing ovation from the live audience. Lawler reminds the audience that Mayweather beat Big Show with a set of brass knuckles. Big Show comes out to talk to everyone about the Hall of Fame. Big Show says he is going to go back to doing what he does best. No one can stop him one on one, no one can stand up to him one on one but he is interrupted by the music of The Great Khali. Khali appears at the top of the entrance ramp and makes his way to the ring. Big Show tells Khali to get out of his face but Khali refuses and then takes a step back. Big Show drops the mic and puts up his fists. There seems to be a lot of trash talking going on at least on Big Show’s part and Khali steps out of the ring and walks back up the entrance ramp. The audience definitely favors Big Show as Khali is trying to decide whether or not to go back down to the ring. Khali finally turns and leaves the arena.

Matt Hardy is backstage getting ready for his match tonight against Orton.

Commercial break.

Santino Marella is backstage working out? And Maria approaches. Santino is upset because Maria made out with Snoop Dogg at Wrestlemania after the match. Maria is supposed to be in a match against Maria tonight but Maria wants him to stop it. Marella refuses and says that he needs to release some frustration unless she can find some other way for him to find that release. Maria slaps him and it looks like the match is on.

Randy Orton from St. Louis, MO

WWE Champion


Matt Hardy from Cameron, NC, weighing 243 lbs.

Audience favorite: Matt Hardy

My favorite: You really have to ask – Matt Hardy, of course!

Matt comes out swinging and the audience is chanting “Hardy”. Orton rolls out of the ring and Matt goes after him, slamming him into the guardrail around the audience twice, slamming his head into the ring apron and pounding on him outside the ring. Orton makes it back into the ring and tries to take a shot at Matt as he climbs back in but Matt hangs him up on the top rope. Matt goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Orton again rolls out of the ring but again Matt goes out after him, sending him back into the ring. Matt goes again for the cover but can’t get the three count. Matt nails Orton with a neck breaker, goes for the cover and again gets a two count. The audience is chanting even louder for “Hardy” and we go to



It appears that Orton is now in control of the match. Matt comes back with the live audience cheering him on. Matt comes off the top turnbuckle with a moonsault, goes for the pin and gets a two count. Matt delivers a bulldog, goes for the cover and nearly gets a three count. Once again Matt goes for the cover and gets a two count. Matt has Orton in a backslide and again gets a two count. Matt goes up to the top turnbuckle but Orton rolls out of the ring, but Matt dives off the apron and takes down Orton to the floor and then comes up to deliver the twist of fate. The referee is in the ring counting as Hardy tries to pick up Orton to get him back in the ring. He makes it but Orton catches him with an RKO and goes for the cover and guess who gets the win.

Is it my imagination or does Orton spend as much time out on the floor as he does in the ring?

Dusty Rhodes is on camera to talk about Ric Flair. Dusty Rhodes calls Ric Flair a national treasure.

Intergender Anything Goes Match

Maria from Chicago, IL


Santino Marella residing in Patterson, NJ

Audience favorite: Maria

My favorite: I don’t care, does that count?

Marella seems to have made sure that Lawler can’t get involved in this match. Lawler said that Regal told him he could in no way get involved in the match. Marella hits Maria and he is attacked by all of the WWE divas. Maria goes for the pin and gets the three count.


Maria with the help of the entire female locker room.

Ric Flair’s Farewell Address is next.

Commercial break.

Ric Flair enters the arena to a standing ovation. Ric says last night he wrestled his very last match at Wrestlemania and he will never set foot in a WWE ring again. Ric says that no one should be sad they should be glad that he has had the greatest career in the history of wrestling. The audience chants “Thank you, Ric” and Ric thanks the audience for the memories, the support and for making him who he is today. WOOOOO!

The Game Triple H’s music begins and Triple H enters the arena. Triple H says that if Flair thinks only the fans in Orlando and the millions of people watching TV are the only ones who want to say thank you, then he has another thing coming. Triple H hugs Ric and Ric is getting teary eyed. Triple H thanks Ric Flair and then gets down on his knees and bows before him. Rick makes him get up. Triple H says there are a few other people that wanted to say thank you too. Triple H shows four fingers and

The following enter the ring to say goodbye to the one and only Nature Boy Ric Flair:

The Four Horsemen: J.J. Dillon, Arn Anderson, Barry Wyndham, Tully Blanchard.

The Animal Batista 

Ricky The Dragon Steamboat

Harley Race

Greg The Hammer Valentine

Dean Malenko

Y2J Chris Jericho

John Cena

Ric Flair’s wife and children.

Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels

And my DVR cut off before the end of the show.


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