April 28, 2008 Ė Recap by Sassy
Date: August 27, 2008
United States Championship Match
Hardy defeated M.V.P. and became the new US Champion.
defeated Chavo Guerrero to retain the WWE ECW Championship
Show defeated The Great Khali
Kid Shawn Michaels defeated The Animal Batista
Diva Tag Team Match
Phoenix, Melina, Victoria, Jillian Hall, Natalya Neidhart & Layla defeated
Mickie James, WWE Womenís Champion, Michelle McCool, Ashley, Cherry, Maria
& Kelly Kelly
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Undertaker defeated Rated R Superstar Edge to retain the WWE World Heavyweight
Game Triple H defeated Randy Orton, John Cena & John Bradshaw Layfield to
become the new WWE Champion.
Last week on Raw
King of the Ring Matches
First Round Tournament Matches
Y2J Chris Jericho defeated M.V.P., WWE United States
Champion in 6 minutes.
CM Punk, Mr. MITB, defeated Matt Hardy in 4 minutes.
Finlay defeated The Great Khali in 2 minutes by
Raw General Manager William Regal defeated Hornswoggle
in less than 1 minute.
Semi Final Tournament Matches
CM Punk defeated Y2J Chris Jericho in 7 minutes.
William Regal defeated Finlay in 4 minutes.
Final Tournament Match
Raw General Manager William Regal defeated CM Punk in 4
minutes to become the 2008 WWE King of the Ring.
In other action
Carlito with Santino Marella defeated Hardcore Holly,
one half of the WWE World Tag Champions with Cody Rhodes, his WWE Tag Team
Partner, in 5 minutes.
In the Democratic Primary Match, Umaga defeated Hillary
Clinton, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
In the Eight Man Tag Team Main Event, Rated R Superstar
Edge & John Bradshaw Layfield, Chavo Guerrero & Randy Orton, WWE
Champion, defeated the team of The Game Triple H, John Cena, The Big Red Machine
Kane, WWE ECW Champion, & The Undertaker, WWE World Heavyweight Champion in
Night Raw is broadcast from Izod Center
the USA Network.
Ringside announcers: Jim Ross & Jerry ďThe KingĒ
Ring announcer: Lillian Garcia
Interviews: Todd Grishman
Monday Night Raw opens with the entrance music for the new
WWE Champion and Triple H enters the arena. He stops at the top of the ramp,
opens his jacket and shows off the belt around his waist bearing his name. He
heads to the ring as Lillian Garcia announces him as the new WWE Champion. I
notice that Triple H has no bandages on his foreheadÖhe always has one after a
big pay per view match. The new Champion gets a loud pop from the fans at
ringside. Triple H says he has an announcement to make and that the Age of Orton
is officially dead Ė I, for one, thought it went on a little too long. And
speaking of Orton, he appears to interrupt Triple H talking about Triple H.
Orton seems to have grown a spine Ė he actually gets in the ring with Triple
H. Orton tells Triple H that he does not get a victory speech and asks if he is
really proud of what he did last night. Orton is whining that the odds were
stacked against him last night. Triple H says that Orton likes the triple threat
matches so that he can sit back and do nothing but get the win and take all the
credit. Orton tells Triple H that in three weeks it will be Judgment Day and
Orton will use his rematch clause to get his title back. Triple H says that he
is pretty sure everyone is sick of hearing him run his mouth and tells Orton to
do him a favor and get the hell out of Triple Hís ring. Orton says that it is
Ortonís ring and Ortonís title but Triple H nails Orton on the head with the
mic and Orton rolls out of the ring. Orton managed to hang onto his mic and he
tells Triple H that he canít wait until Judgment Day and the Age of Orton
isnít over, it has just begun. Orton says he is using his rematch clause and
getting his title back tonight.
What, no John Cena or John Bradshaw Layfield looking for
another chance at the gold?
Back to the announcerís table, Jim Ross tells the audience
that it has been confirmed. There
will a rematch for the title tonight.
Mickie James, Cherry, Maria, Ashley, Michelle McCool &
Beth Phoenix, Melina, Victoria, Natalya Neidhart, Layla
Audience favorites: I donít know
My favorites: I donít know
The match begins before the bell rings and I understand this
is about how it went last night. In
other words, it wasnít worth watching. Now that everyone has cleared out of
the ring, Kelly finds herself all alone with Phoenix. Phoenix tags in Victoria.
Kelly manages a head scissors but still canít make it to her own corner for a
tag. Victoria tags in Melina who goes for a cover and gets a two count before
Cherry charges into the ring to break it up. McCool delivers a knee to
Melinaís back, but Melina manages a DDT to Kelly and then tags in Jillian,
otherwise known as the weakest link. Kelly tags in James and she takes down
Jillian and then knocks Phoenix off the ring apron. Layla, on the ring apron,
nails Mickie in the back, Mickie shakes it off, goes for the roll up and gets a
James with a roll up
Ashley, Maria, Michelle McCool & Kelly Kelly
Amazing, a whole 4 minutes and not everyone managed to get
ring time. Now I understand what the lack of excitement regarding last nightís
Diva Tag Team Match was all about.
Raw General Manager William Regal will be officially crowned
tonight as King of the Ring, which he won last week by defeating Hornswoggle, an
injured Finlay, and finally CM Punk in the final match.
The audience sees a recap of the match between Batista and
Michaels. It appeared that Michael
may have legitimately injured his left knee and then a recap of the match
between Undertaker and Edge and another recap of the Fatal Four Way for the WWE
Championship. There will be encore presentations of Backlash all week long on
pay per view.
John Bradshaw Layfield from New York City
Roby McCallister of the Highlanders, who is already in the
With his tag team partner Rory
Audience favorite: Iím not sure
My favorite: Roby McCallister, of course
I see how this works. Go
to a TNA event and get squashed by JBL who would find it difficult to beat
Hornswoggle since he returned to the ring.
I consider this a joke of a match and a joke for professional
wrestling. Everyone knows what this
is all about when it comes to Roby. If Robyís was Bob Ortonís kid or that if
he had married the bossís daughter, he wouldnít be in trouble.
JBL goes to the announcerís table and he is ranting and
raving about getting that WWE Championship title and he will challenge, blah,
blah, blahóyou get the idea.
Back to the show, two weeks ago, a member of Cryme Tyme
defeated Trevor Murdoch.
Paul London & Brian Kendrick
At a combined weight of 351 lbs.
Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch
At a combined weight of 532 lbs.
Audience favorites: Iím not sure
My favorites: Cade & Murdoch
The bell rings and Cade and London face off but Cade isnít
going to wrestle London, heí begins a beat down, goes for the cover and gets a
two count. Cade tags in Murdoch and Murdoch goes to work on London, goes for the
pin and gets the two count. Kendrick is calling for a tag but Murdoch tags in
Cade. London fights back, goes over Cadeís back and tags in Kendrick who comes
into the ring fired up. Cade sends Kendrick into
Murdoch but Kendrick hits Murdoch and knocks him off the ring apron. Cade
finally makes the tag, Murdoch enters the ring, gets caught in a roll up and
Kendrick gets the three count.
Kendrick & Paul London
I realize this is most likely a feud build up between Cade
and Murdoch but to have Murdoch get beat every time he gets in the ring is a
little on the ridiculous side. Not
too long ago, for those of you who might have forgotten, Murdoch appeared to be
sweet on Mickie James and that was grating on Cadeís nerves.
That particular storyline went poof and we now have the once tag team
champions being defeated by a smaller sized tag team.
After the match, Cade is mad and he enters the ring to yell
at Murdoch. Murdoch rolls out of the ring and heads over to grab Lillianís mic,
gets up on the announcerís table and begins to sing? I think this is Iíve Got Friends in Low PlacesÖnot a bad
voice Murdoch. I canít tell if
the audience liked it or not, but I thought he was a decent singer.
JR shows the audience a video of the damage to Michaels knee
during his Backlash last night. Lawler informs the audience that tonight
Michaels will be Y2J Chris Jerichoís guest on The Highlight Reel tonight.
And back to the arenaÖ.
Paul Burchill from Chelsea, England, weighing 247 lbs.
With Katie Lea
Already in the ring, Super Crazy, from Somewhere in
Mexico, weighing 200 lbs.
Audience favorite: I have no idea
My favorite: Super Crazy
Katie Lea has a mic and informs the audience that thanks to
William Regal, this will be a 2 on 1 handicap match, which means she will be
teaming with Burchill. Super Crazy doesnít think twice about picking up Katie
and slamming her to the mat but Katie doesnít mess around either. Super Crazy
comes back but he misses a moonsault, gets caught by a Katie missile dropkick,
Burchill slams Super Crazyís head into the mat, Katie goes for the cover and
gets the win.
Burchill & Katie Lea
What happened to the longer matches WWE has been providing
for fans lately? It appears that
Katie may actually know a little wrestling so why isnít she with the womenís
locker room actually making an impact (no pun intended) for female wrestling?
Super Crazy has always been one of my favorites in the ring and I have no idea
why WWE has relegated him to the role of jobber.
Todd Grisham is backstage with Orton. Orton says he is not
having any second thoughts about invoking his rematch clause and then Lawler
informs the audience that they will see the coronation of William Regal and that
will be next.
We havenít had any commercial breaks during the matches
but, then again, we havenít had any matches to speak of.
Lillian introduces the King of the Ring, William Regal. Regal
is seated on his throne in the center of the ring, mic in hand. Regal tells the
audience that he is not going to relinquish is position as General Manager of
Raw. Regal says he has now become the most powerful entity in WWE. Regal says
that everyone has no choice but to respect him and fear him. Regal says he is
our ruler, our better and Mr. Kennedy, who has just returned from filming a
movie, abruptly interrupts him. Kennedy enters the ring and faces Regal. Kennedy
congratulates Regal on becoming the king of the ring but says he just canít do
that. Kennedy says that he is the biggest superstar in the company and wasnít
even invited to be in the king of the ring tournament and if he had been
invited, he would have won it. Kennedy wants to challenge Regal one on one to
find out who the King really is. Regal tells Kennedy he is not a common wrestler
and no one talks to him unless they have been granted an appointment so he
suggests that Kennedy apologize. Kennedy says that he is Mr. Kennedy. Regal
slams Kennedy with a fist to the jaw and sends him out of the ring but Kennedy
rolls back in and they get into it. Referees appear from everywhere to break it up. Kennedy has a
cut on his forehead but the refs manage to break the two of them apart and Regal
bails out of the ring and out of harmsí way.
William Regal has returned as the biggest baddest English
wrestler in the USA. We can only
hope that will continue.
The audience sees Santino Marella & Carlito and Cody
Rhodes & Hardcore Holly and the battle they had last night.
Santino Marella from somewhere in Italy (what happened to
residing in Patterson, NJ?) weighing 227 lbs.
Cody Rhodes from Charlotte, NC, weighing 219 lbs.,
One half of the WWE World Tag Team Champions
With Hardcore Holly, his WWE world Tag team partner
Audience favorite: Iím not sure
My favorite: Cody Rhodes
Rhodes is one of my favorites and has been since he appeared
in the WWE ring. The match starts off not exactly as a wrestling match and
Marella appears to be all business. Rhodes misses a moonsault and Marella goes
for the cover but he gets a two count. Rhodes goes for a roll up but Marella
kicks out. I donít think Iíve ever seen Marella this efficient in the ring
before. Rhodes drops Marella to the mat with what JR describes as an electric
chair. Both men back to their feet and itís an exchange of blows until Rhodes
uses a standing dropkick. Rhodes goes for the bulldog but Marella makes a
switch, goes for the roll up but gets caught using the ropes. Rhodes hits the
DDT and goes for the pin to get the three count.
Time: 4 minutes
Rhodes with a DDT
This wasnít a very long match but it was a fast moving
match and Marella did show WWE fans that he has a little bit of talent that he
hasnítí shown us before. Carlito is outside the ring pacing and does not
appear to be happy with the loss. Rhodes comes back into the ring and grabs a
mic to make fun of Marella, but Carlito attacks Rhodes from behind, delivering a
quick backstabber to Rhodes. Holly runs back to the ring to rescue Rhodes and
Carlito bails out of the ring taking Marella with him.
Y2J Chris Jericho, dressed in his tux, is on his way to the
Y2J Chris Jericho enters the ring for The Highlight Reel.
Jerichoís guest tonight is Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels. Jericho says it is
the very special awards edition of the highlight reel. Jericho says he is going
to present the award for best actor in sports entertainment.
The nominees are The Magnificent Muraco and Mr. Fuji for Fuji General. We
see a film clip with Fuji and Muraco. The next nominee is Michael Cole for
Deliverance Part II (with Heidenreich) from September 2004. The final nominee is
Shawn Michaels for pretending to have a knee injury in order to beat Batista at
Backlash, which was last night. The audience sees a film clip of Michaelís
knee giving out and then the super kick that dropped Batista and gave Michaels
the win. Jericho says the winner is Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels who is
Jerichoís guest tonight. Michaels limps to the ring.
Jericho congratulates Michaels for winning the award and tells Michaels
to give the people a speech. Jericho tells Michaels that the charade is over and
he said he would do whatever it took to win the match and that is exactly what
he did. A few HBK chants from the live audience that continue to get a little
louder and then fade away. Jericho tells them to hit Michaelís music and then
leaves Michaels in the ring.
Triple H is backstage getting ready for his match.
Marella is backstage and he hits on a ďdivaĒ - which
happens to be Rowdy Roddy Piper. Marella is even more excited to see Piper than
a diva. Piper ends up slapping
Marella and then asks ďdoes that boy have a death wish or is he just
The audience sees a film clip of the Fatal Four Way Match
from Backlash last night. As we already know, Triple H now holds the WWE
Championship and will be facing former
champion, Randy Orton, tonight in a rematch for that title.
Randy Orton from St. Louis, MO, weighing 245 lbs.
Commercial break before anyone is introduced.
The Game Triple H from Greenwich, CT, weighing 255 lbs.
Audience favorite: The Game Triple H
My favorite: The Game Triple H
I have a pretty good idea that Triple H will not be losing
the title so soon after winning it, but I have been wrong before. The referee
actually checks both wrestlers over before signaling for the bell. A roll around
the ropes with the ref trying to break it up. The ref gets in the middle and
pulls them apart but they are back face to face again. They lock up again and
Orton applies a side headlock. Triple H sends him off the ropes and Orton drops
Triple H with a shoulder block. Triple H is back to his feet and Orton goes back
to the side headlock. Triple H tries to send Orton off the ropes, but Orton
hangs on. Triple H powers his way out and applies a side headlock to Orton.
Triple H off the ropes and he takes down Orton with a shoulder block and then a
standing clothesline before going for the cover. He gets a two count. Orton
resorts to fists to back Triple H up into the corner.
There for a second I thought Orton might actually try wrestling. Orton
goes shoulder first into the ring post when Triple H steps out of the way.
Triple H follows up by sending Orton back into the ring post shoulder first
again. Triple H goes out on the floor to work on Ortonís shoulder and he uses
the ring post in order to smash Ortonís shoulder. Back in the ring, Triple H
applies a wrist lock and continues to work on Ortonís left shoulder. Orton
rolls out of the ring and Triple H goes after him, slamming his arm and shoulder
into the guardrail before rolling him back into the ring. Triple H tries to get
back in the ring but Orton delivers a kick that drops Triple H. Orton delivers a
DDT but canít get to Triple H to get the cover and we go to COMMERCIAL BREAK
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MAIN EVENT! Back to the ring, Orton appears to be in
control and heís back to delivering a flurry of fists in order to keep Triple
H at bay. Triple H comes back and the two exchange punches. Triple H off the
ropes but Orton catches him with a standing dropkick that sends Triple H down to
the mat. Orton goes for the cover and gets a two count. Orton applies a side
headlock with Triple H down on the mat. Triple H works his way back to his knees
but Orton hangs on. Triple H back to his feet and then back down to one knee.
Orton still has the headlock applied. Triple H back to his feet, Orton into the
ropes and Triple H applies a sleeper hold, but Orton picks him up and delivers a
suplex. Orton goes to work on Triple Hís ankle and then his hand. Orton
delivers a knee to the chest and then another knee to the chest, goes for the
pin and gets a two count. Orton uses the ropes to choke Triple H and gets a four
count before he releases his hold. Triple H is on the ring apron and Orton
outside the ring. Orton goes to work on Triple H with fists and then slams him
headfirst into the guardrail and then the steel steps. Orton rolls Triple H back
into the ring and goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Orton again
applies a headlock but resorts to blows to Triple Hís chest before applying
the headlock again. Triple H works his way up to one knee and then his feet.
Triple H picks up Orton and slams him onto the mat. Triple H charges at Orton
but Orton catches him with a boot to the face and sends him back down to the
mat. Orton picks up Triple H and body slams him to the mat and then gets ready
to set up for the RKO. Triple H struggles to get back to his feet and counters
the RKO by sending Orton into the ring post. Both men back to their feet and
Triple H is delivering right hands to Ortonís jaw. Triple H off the ropes to
deliver a face buster and then off the ropes to take Orton down with a
clothesline. Triple H off the ropes again, but Orton catches him and slams him
to the mat, then goes for the pin. Orton gets a two count. Orton off the ropes
and he catches a high knee from Triple H. Triple H goes for the cover and gets a
two count. The ref backs Triple H off of Orton in the corner but Orton comes out
of the corner and takes Triple H down with an inverted back breaker and goes for
the cover. Orton gets a two count. Orton goes up to the top turnbuckle but
Triple H cuts him off and Orton gets crotched. Triple H climbs up on the second
rope but Orton fights back. Triple H delivers a superplex off the top rope and
both men are down on the mat. Triple H gets an arm over to cover and Triple H
gets a two count. Orton delivers a thumb to Triple Hís eye and goes for the
RKO but Triple H goes for the pedigree, Orton counters and catapults Triple H
into the corner post. Triple H has Orton in the cross face and we see Regal
backstage in the camera room interrupting the match. Regal tells the guy in the
truck to take the show off the air and when he doesnít listen, Regal has the
guy down on the floor but the screen is black and no one can see anything. The
television audience can hear JR and Lawler and from what we can hear, the cross
face is still being applied by Triple H and then the show is overÖ
7 minutes before commercial break, 13 minutes after commercial, 20 minutes total
I canít tell you who the winner of this match was first hand, but I can tell
you that I have it on good authority Triple H won the match and retained his WWE
you didn't notice, Orton spent quite a bit of time during this match trying to
look evil and making sure the camera caught it. I don't know if Orton is
working on trying to get the next movie role that comes along or not, but if he
plans on working in wrestling, he should spend more time on the match and less
time on the cameras...