June 30, 2008 – Recap by Sassy
Last week on Raw
In a non-Title Match, The Game Triple H, WWE Champion
defeated The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry in 6 minutes.
Rey Mysterio is drafted to Raw.
Finlay & Hornswoggle defeated Santino Marella &
Carlito in 2 minutes.
Jeff Hardy is drafted to Smackdown.
In a non-title match, Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly,
WWE World Tag Team Champions defeated Bam Neely & Chavo Guerrero in 2
CM Punk, Mr. MITB, is drafted to Raw.
In a non-title match, John Morrison & The Miz, WWE Tag
Team Champions, defeated Matt & Jeff Hardy in 8 minutes.
Matt Hardy is drafted to ECW.
In an Announcer’s Only Draft Pick Match, the Melina &
Mickie James Vs. Victoria & Natalya was declared a double disqualification
after 4 minutes.
Jim Ross is drafted to Smackdown.
Michael Cole is drafted to Raw.
In a non-title match, John Cena defeated The Rated R
Superstar Edge via count out in 8 minutes.
M.V.P defeated Tommy Dreamer with Colin Delaney in 3
The Samoan Bulldozer Umaga is drafted to Smackdown.
John Bradshaw Layfield defeated Kofi Kingston in 4
The Big Red Machine Kane is drafted to Raw.
In a 15 Man Over the Top Rope Battle Royal with
participants Cena, Kane, The Animal Batista, Punk, HHH, Chavo, The Gold Standard
Shelton Benjamin, Morrison, Miz, Matt Hardy, The Big Show, Edge, Jeff Hardy, The
Great Khali and MVP, The Rated R Superstar was the last man in the ring after 15
Mr. Kennedy is drafted to Smackdown.
The Game Triple H is drafted to Smackdown.
from Night of Champions, which aired on Pay Per View 29 June 2008:
Hardy defeated M.V.P.
Tag Team Title Match
Morrison & The Miz retained their titles by defeating Finlay &
United States Championship Match
Hardy retained his title by defeating Chavo Guerrero with Bam Neely.
ECW Title Match
World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry defeated The Big Red Machine Kane to become
the new ECW Champion.
World Tag Team Title Match
Rhodes & Ted Dibiase became the new WWE World Tag Team Champions when Rhodes
jumped ship and defeated Hardcore Holly.
Intercontinental Title Match
Kingston defeated Y2J Chris Jericho to become the new WWE Intercontinental
Women’s Championship Match
James retained her title by defeating Katie Lea Burchill.
World Heavyweight Title Championship Match
Rated R Superstar Edge retained his title by defeating – and I use the term
loosely – Batista.
Game Triple H retained his title by defeating John Cena.
Results courtesy of www.gerweck.net.
Monday Night Raw is broadcast on the USA network
Ringside announcers: Michael Cole & Jerry “The
King” Lawler – Jim Ross should be in the house tonight – the show
is being broadcast from Oklahoma City, OK.
Ring announcer: Lillian Garcia
Backstage interviews: Todd Grisham
The audience sees a replay of the “accident” Mr. McMahon
had last week. Shane McMahon appears on camera to tell everyone that they will
not be providing any information on McMahon’s condition. Not even a good joke, McMahon family.
JR appears at the top of the entrance ramp and heads to the
ring. JR gets a standing ovation from the live audience and it looks like it
might be a sold out arena JR basically gives a farewell speech to the Raw
audience and before he leaves the ring, The Rated R Superstar, accompanied by
Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder, appear. As Lawler said, this is Monday Night Raw
and Edge is a Smackdown roster member. I really did like Hawkins & Ryder
better when they were The Major Brothers. Edge proceeds, after the fans are
finished telling Edge “you suck”, to tell JR that JR’s arrogance never
ceases to amaze Edge. Edge picks on JR, JR’s blog and JR’s barbeque sauce.
Hawkins & Ryder escort JR out of the ring and up the entrance ramp. Edge
tells the fans that Raw doesn’t have a General Manager – and we are back to
disgusting. Raw doesn’t have The
Undertaker because of Edge. Raw doesn’t have a World Champion and no one on
the Raw roster will ever have a shot at Edge’s championship. As Edge backs up
the ramp, Batista appears and Edge has no backup. Oops. Edge runs back around
the ring but he slips and falls down and Batista decides to get even for his
loss at Night of Champions. Edge makes it into the audience but Batista catches
up with him and sends him back over to ringside. Batista uses Edge’s head as a
battering ram on the announcer’s table and then picks Edge up and drops Edge
on the table before sending Edge into the steel steps hard enough to knock over
the steps. Batista rolls Edge back into the ring and delivers a Batista bomb.
What we just saw sounds better than the actual championship at Night of
Champions. As Batista gets to the top of the entrance ramp, CM Punk, with his
Money in the Bank Briefcase and a referee in tow, charges toward the ring and
the already beaten up Edge. Punk rips off his shirt in the ring, hands the
briefcase to the ref and it looks like we have
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
CM Punk, Mr. MITB, Challenger
The Rated R Superstar Edge, Champion
Garcia announces the match, the ref calls for the bell to
ring, Punk picks up Edge, delivers the GTS, goes for the cover and gets the
three count. Time: Less than 1 minute.
Winner and New WWE World Heavyweight
Champion: CM Punk
That was a smart move by CM Punk. Edge is not only already down from his beating courtesy of
Batista, Edge has no one around the ring to interfere in the match. I’m not
disappointed that Punk has the title and I’m sure he’ll work harder at
defending it – without any outside help – than Edge has done to date. We go
to commercial break.
The audience sees a replay of the beat down of Edge by
Batista and the loss of the WWE World Heavyweight title to CM Punk who turned in
his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the title.
Mickie James from Richmond, VA
WWE Woman’s Champion
Jillian from Lousville, KY
who comes to the ring in terrible pain – oh, I guess
she’s singing. James shoves her and puts a stop to the racket. High kick to
the jaw by James, she goes for the cover and gets the three count. Time: 2
Winner: Mickie James with a kick to
A really short match but James did a decent job in the ring.
I am not impressed with Jillian’s singing or her ring work. We go to
Rey Mysterio, newly drafted to Monday Night Raw, appears in
the ring. Mysterio congratulates CM Punk on beating Edge and bringing the World
Heavyweight Championship back to Raw. Before Mysterio can get much said, Santino
Marella appears and heads to the ring. Marella says he has come to officially
welcome Mysterio to Raw but Marella doesn’t see what the big deal is. Mysterio
is on the cover of the new WWE Magazine. Mysterio nails Marella with the mic and
delivers the 619. We go to commercial break.
The audience sees what happened at the opening of tonight’s
Raw, including Punk winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Punk is
backstage with the title belt. Todd Grisham congratulates Punk but Punk is so
busy smiling, he has a hard time talking. JBL appears and Punk’s smile goes
away. JBL wants to face Punk for the title tonight. Punk agrees. We go to
John Cena enters the arena to a standing ovation from the
live audience. Cena says that Punk used his brains to get the championship and
he is using his guts to keep it by facing JBL tonight. Cena also wants a shot at
the title and he says that Punk should be the one to choose who should face him
in his first title defense. The fans want to see Punk versus Cena. JBL appears,
still dressed in his suit, at the top of the entrance ramp. JBL says that Cena
will not be wrestling CM Punk tonight for the WWE World Heavyweight
Championship. JBL says he is declaring marshal law in the WWE and he cannot have
Cena in the building. JBL calls out security to remove Cena from the arena. JBL
says it is not WWE security, it is JBL’s security. Security heads to the ring
but Cena rips off his shirt and invites them in. JBL climbs into the ring and
proceeds to pound on Cena and then JBL security hauls Cena out. Who are the
Keystone Cops, anyway? We go to commercial break.
Non-title Tag Team Match
Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase
WWE World Tag Team Champions
At a combined weight of 454 lbs.
At a combined weight of 405 lbs. (who were already in the
Rhodes is starting to look like a carbon copy of Randy Orton
and Rhodes doesn’t look good wearing that skin. Time: 1 minute.
Winners: Cody Rhodes & Ted
This was an extremely short match, which appears to have
taken place only so that the new champions can talk. I can’t tell you how well
Dibiase works in the ring because I really didn’t a chance to see very much.
Rhodes complains about carrying Holly and Dibiase complains about the people
under the age of 30. We go to commercial break.
Paul and Katie Burchill are backstage and Katie is
complaining about losing the Women’s championship last night. Jamie Noble
appears to introduce himself. Kane appears and Noble has once again put his foot
in his mouth. Noble has to make tracks and Kane is right behind Noble. Noble
appears and runs down the ramp to the ring and hides behind the ring. Noble
can’t seem to find a way out so he runs through the ring and dives on Kane.
Kane is back on his feet and they are in the ring. Noble does try to fight back
but Kane choke slams Noble on the announcer’s table. It’s all over in 2
WWE Intercontinental Championship Rematch
Y2J Chris Jericho weighing 226 lbs.
Challenger with Lance Cade
Kofi Kingston from Jamaica weighing
We go to commercial break before the match begins. Back to
the ring, the match is already in progress and Jericho has Kingston down on the
mat. Kingston goes for a roll up but Jericho kicks out. Kingston delivers a leg
drop, Jericho goes for a roll up and gets a two count. Jericho nails Kingston in
the back of the head with a high kick and again goes for a cover getting a two
count. Jericho delivers a face plant and delivers a lionsault, goes for the
cover but Kingston kicks out at the count of two. Kingston delivers a roll up,
Jericho flips Kingston over, holds the tights and the ref calls for the bell.
Jericho is disqualified. Time: 2 minutes.
Winner and still WWE
Intercontinental Champion: Kofi Kingston
Jericho goes after Kingston’s eyes when the ref hands
Kingston the belt. The audience chants for HBK but Shawn Michaels does not
appear. We go to commercial break.
Edge is in the parking lot beating up Hawkins & Ryder.
Edge says he wants to leave now and they drive off as JBL’s limo pulls into
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
John Bradshaw Layfield from New York City
CM Punk from Chicago, IL weighing 222 lbs.
This is a nasty way to begin defending a title. In case you
wrestling fans weren’t aware, I’ll be cheering for Punk in this match. And
right on cue, JBL’s security team appears.
What is this, a security lumberjack match? With the sudden distraction,
JBL goes after Punk. JBL goes for an early cover but Punk kicks out. Punk uses a
few kicks to send JBL out to the floor. Punk tries a baseball slide but JBL gets
out of the way and nails Punk with a clothesline before tossing Punk on top of
the announcer’s table. JBL rolls Punk back into the ring and goes for the
cover but Punk kicks out at the count of two. The fans are cheering for Punk,
too. Punk comes off the ropes and gets caught in a sleeper hold courtesy of JBL.
Punk goes for a high kick and drops JBL but both men are now on the mat. Punk
goes for a high knee in the corner and follows up with a bulldog. Punk goes for
the cover but only gets a two count. JBL delivers a fall away slam and goes for
the cover but he gets a two count. Punk springboards off the ropes with a
clothesline and goes for a cover, getting a two count. John Cena with Cryme Tyme
appears at the top of the ramp and they go after the security team on the floor.
JBL gets distracted, Punk delivers a GTS, goes for the cover and gets the three
count and the win. Time: 7 minutes.
Winner and still WWE World
Heavyweight Champion: CM Punk
Punk did a heck of a job in this match keeping ahead of JBL.
After the match, Punk goes over the top ropes to take down everyone on the floor
and that’s the end of the show.