Monday Night Raw
June 09, 2008 Ė Recap by Sassy
Last week on Raw
Mr. Kennedy defeated Umaga via count out in 2 minutes.
In non-tile tag team action, Santino Marella & Carlito
defeated Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly when special timekeeper Rowdy Roddy
Piper interfered in the match. Match time: 2 minutes.
Y2J Chris Jericho retained his WWE Intercontinental
Championship by defeated JBL via DQ in 5 minutes.
In tag team action, Katie Lea & Beth Phoenix defeated
Melina & Mickie James in 4 minutes.
Lance Cade defeated his former partner, Trevor Murdoch, in
And in the main event, John Cena defeated Jeff Hardy in 13
Monday Night Raw is broadcast on the USA network from
Ringside announcers: Jim Ross & Jerry ďThe KingĒ
Ring announcer: Lillian Garcia
Backstage interviews: Todd Grisham
Mr. Kenney from Green Bay, WI weighing 243 lbs.
Paul Burchill from Chelsea, England weighing 227 lbs.
With Katie Lea
The referee backs up Burchill and when Burchill goes at
Kennedy, Kennedy sends him over the top rope and down to the floor. Some nice
moves by Kennedy but Burchill counters and drops Kennedy on the back of his
head. This is the most pro Kennedy crowd I think Iíve ever heard. Burchill
drops Kennedy with a short clothesline then picks him up and misses the next
clothesline. Kennedy sends Burchill down to the mat with a fist. Kennedy backs
Burchill up into the corner and pounds on him before delivering a kick to the
head and then going for a cover but he only gets a two count. Kennedy delivers
the mind check, goes for the cover and gets the three count. Time: 4 minutes.
Winner: Mr. Kennedy with a face plant
Burchill does not impress me but I do think Kennedy has been
showing some ring talent since he has been back in the WWE ring. After the
match, Katie Lea challenges Kennedy and slaps him, distracting Kennedy and
allowing Burchill to drop Kennedy to the mat. We go to commercial break.
Mickie James from Richmond, VA
WWE Womenís Champion
The Glamazon Beth Phoenix from Buffalo, NY
Raw has two female wrestlers I respect in the ring. James is
fast but Phoenix is strong. Phoenix slams James to the mat with a tilt a whirl
and goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Phoenix suplexes James to the
floor. Again Phoenix gets a two
count. James fights back but Phoenix catches her in a back breaker. James sends
Phoenix to the mat with a head scissors. James delivers a short drop kick to the
head and goes for the cover getting a two count. James goes up on the top
turnbuckle, comes off to deliver a press and gets the win. Time: 3 minutes.
Winner: Mickie James with a press
This was a short match but not disappointing.
I am still waiting for the day that WWE treats womenís wrestling as
wrestling and drops the diva fluff. After the match, Phoenix goes after James
but Melina appears to take out Phoenix. Melina is still upset that she lost the
I Quit match to Phoenix at the last pay per view.
We go to commercial break.
The Game Triple H and John Cena are backstage arguing about
their championship match at Night of Champions. Cena faces JBL tonight and HHH
faces Jeff Hardy. We go to commercial break.
HHH appears to sit at the announcerís table to watch the
JBL from New York City
John Cena from MA, weighing 240 lbs.
Not a JBL fan but then again, not exactly a Cena fan either.
This match could go either way but it wonít be an exhibition of wrestling
skills. HHH is at the announcerís table telling everyone that Cena wonít
take the title away from him. HHH stands up and distracts Cena, giving JBL a
chance to blindside Cena. The live audience is avid pro Cena. Cena delivers a
bulldog and goes for the cover but he canít get the three count. JBL comes
back with kicks to the head, goes for the cover and gets a two count. JBL
delivers a neck breaker and goes for the cover but only gets a one count. The
Cena chants continue as Cena tries to set up for the FU but JBL counters and
goes outside the ring in front of the announcerís table. HHH is on his feet
and he and JBL are staring each other down and we go to commercial break. Back
to the action, Cena is on the floor outside the ring and JBL slams Cenaís head
into the announcerís table before delivering a boot to the face. JBL drops an
elbow on Cena as the referee counts inside the ring. JBL rolls Cena back into
the ring and goes for the cover but Cena gets a shoulder off the mat. HHH is
building up Cena by telling Lawler & JR how great Cena is in the ring.
Cena breaks loose with some right hands and comes off the ropes but JBL
catches Cena in a sleeper hold. Cena goes down to the mat and JBL hangs on. Cena
is up to his feet and he breaks the hold. Cena comes off the ropes and catches a
boot in the face courtesy of JBL. JBL waits for Cena to get back to his feet but
JBL misses the clothesline, Cena drops JBL to the mat and delivers the
five-knuckle shuffle. JBL is back to his feet and Cena goes for the FU but JBL
rakes Cenaís eyes and delivers the clothesline from hell, goes for the cover
but Cena gets a foot up on the bottom rope. JBL goes out of the ring and tears
the top off of the announcerís table, throws the monitors to the floors and
HHH is on his feet watching the action. JBL goes back into the ring but Cena
catches JBL with a cradle and gets the three count.
Total match time: 6 minutes.
Winner: John Cena with a cradle roll up
There was no show of wrestling talent in this match, but it
was a decent build up of the feud between Cena and HHH and the battle for the
gold. After the match, Cena stands in the ring and stares at HHH who gets up on
the announcerís table and holds his belt in the air. Cena comes down from the
ring and gets up on the table to face HHH. HHH gets down to the floor and then
trips Cena, dropping him down to the announcerís table and we go to commercial
Y2J Chris Jericho, WWE Intercontinental Champion, enters the
ring in order to host his Highlight Reel. In case readers had not noticed,
Iíve been skipping a lot of the chitchat and going directly to what wrestling
action Raw, Smackdown and ECW provides. The guest tonight for the Highlight Reel
is Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels. Michaels gets a loud welcome from the live
audience. Michaels lost the stretcher match to Batista at One Night Stand.
Jericho is nice at first but then he cuts loose and he and Michaels go at it in
the ring. Jericho delivers a low blow to stop Michaels. Instead of helping
Michaels back to his feet, Jericho shoves Michaels down to the floor. I believe
we now have a feud between Michaels & Jericho. Jericho picks Michaels up and
slams him into the monitor hanging over the ring. Jericho seems to have just
turned heel. We go to commercial break.
Tag Team Match
Umanga & Snitsky
At a combined weight of 697 lbs.
Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly
WWE World Tag Team Champions
At a combined weight of 452 lbs.
Rhodes & Holly will be giving up weight and height in
this match. I can predict there will be no wrestling moves unless Rhodes &
Holly decide to try to work a wrestling match. Rhodes & Holly double-team
Snitsky but Umaga takes the opportunity when the ref is trying to get Rhodes out
of the ring, to sneak in and take down Holly. Umaga is now the legal man in the
ring and he delivers a clothesline to Holly and goes for the cover but Umaga
gets a two count. Umaga tags in Snitsky to body slams Holly to the mat and drops
two elbows but when he goes for a leg drop, Holly rolls out of the way. Holly
goes for a kick to the knee and makes it to his corner to tag in Rhodes. Snitsky
tags in Umaga. Rhodes goes across the ring and sends Snitsky to the floor and
then tries to drop Umaga. Umaga catches Rhodes and slams him face first into the
mat. Holly is still in the ring as Umaga goes for the Samoan spike. Umaga nails
it, goes for the cover and gets the win. Time: 3 minutes.
Winners: Umaga & Snitsky
As predicted, this was not a wrestling match but a complete
beat down of Rhodes & Holly. As Rhodes & Holly prepare to leave the
ring, Ted Dibiase Jr. appears at the top of the entrance ramp to tell Rhodes
& Holly that they canít seem to get their act together ever since he
announced that he and a partner of his choice would face them at Night of
Champions for the tag team titles and we go to commercial break.
Tag Team Match
Santino Marella & Carlito
At a combined weight of 447 lbs.
Shad & JTG
Cryme Tyme from Brooklyn, NY
At a combined weight of (I couldnít hear Garcia with the
This match could be a little tougher for Marella &
Carlito but Carlito is quick in the ring and out of the ring. Marella goes for a
roll up immediately but he doesnít even get a one count. JTG goes for a cover
but he canít get the three count. JTG tags in Shad and JTG assists Shad is
squashing Marella. JTG gets tagged back in, Shad helps slam him down on Marella
and he goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Marella tags in Carlito who
comes in with boots to the abdomen. JTG is down in the wrong corner. Carlito
tags Marella back in and they perform a little double-team before Carlito exits
the ring. Both men take a swing, both of them connect and both of them hit the
mat. JTG sends Marella toward Shad and makes his way to a tag. Shad delivers a
power slam and goes for the cover but Carlito comes in to break it up. JTG sends
Carlito over the top rope and to the floor; Shad slams Marella to the mat and
goes for the cover, getting the win. Time: 3 minutes.
Winners: Cryme Tyme
It wasnít a great match but it wasnít necessarily a bad
match. I am still waiting for Carlito to be able to show his stuff in the ring
but WWE just hasnít bothered to allow him to work the ring and showcase his
John Cena appears to join Lawler & JR at the
announcerís table in order to watch the next match.
Jeff Hardy from Cameron, NC weighing 225 lbs.
The Game Triple H from CT weighing 255 lbs.
Hardy has been very active on the roster since his return. I
realize that HHH is more of a brute than a wrestler but Hardy is quick and has
some great moves that make him a fan favorite. The live audience tonight is very
much on Hardyís side although HHH gets a few cheers from them, too. Expect a
few mind games between Cena outside the ring and HHH inside the ring just as we
saw during the Cena vs. JBL match earlier tonight. I would like to see Hardy
take this match. HHH is busy watching Cena outside the ring which may be in
Hardyís favor. HHH comes off the ropes and delivers a shoulder block that
slams Hardy down to the mat. HHH stops to stare at Cena and Hardy catches HHH
off guard. Hardy goes for the cover and gets a short one count. Hardy kicks HHH
back into the corner post and then delivers a double stomp before going for the
cover. Hardy gets a two count but the camera keeps going back to Cena and I am
not seeing all of the match. Hardy gets caught with a spine buster but HHH
doesnít go for the cover, he goes for delivering right fists to the head and
face of Hardy. As Hardy comes off the ropes, HHH delivers a high knee and then
goes for the cover getting a two count. HHH comes off the ropes and drops knees
to Hardyís forehead and again goes for a cover, again getting a two count. And
Iím seeing Cena again instead of the match in the ring. HHH uses the ropes
while he has Hardy in an abdominal stretch, but the ref catches him and makes
him break the hold. HHH slams Hardy head first into the turnbuckle and then
slams him chest first across the ring and into the corner post. HHH sends Hardy
back across the ring with an Irish whip, goes for the cover. HHH gets a two
count before Hardy kicks out. Hardy hits HHH with clotheslines and then goes
after him with fists and knees but HHH catches Hardy with a face buster. HHH
goes for a cover and gets a two count. HHH sends Hardy to the canvas with a
right fist. HHH picks up Hardy and again goes after him with right fists. HHH
picks up Cena again and then does Cenaís ďcanít see meĒ but Hardy nails
HHH. As Hardy comes off for the whisper in the wind, HHH gets out of the way and
Hardy meets the mat face first. HHH delivers a clothesline that sends Hardy over
the top rope and down to the floor outside the ring. HHH goes out of the ring
after Hardy and slams Hardy into the guardrail but as he tries to sends Hardy
into the guardrail body first; Hardy makes a switch and HHH hits the guardrail.
As Hardy goes after HHH, HHH sends Hardy into Cena. As HHH sends Hardy back into
the ring, Cena catches HHHís leg behind the refís back and slams him to the
floor. Hardy wins when HHH doesnít make it back into the ring before the count
of 10. Time: 9 minutes.
Winner: Jeff Hardy via count out
Hardy certainly took a lot of hard hits in this match. He is
one tough wrestler in the ring even though he has a slight build. His high-risk
maneuvers always amaze me. HHH gook a couple of hard hits and even though the
match was good, it served as a great feud builder between HHH, Cena and Hardy
who all want the belt. After the match, Cena and HHH face off but Hardy comes
over the top rope and takes them both down to the floor before rolling back into
the ring to have his hand raised in victory. We go to commercial break.