Monday Night Raw

Monday Night Raw

July 21 2008 – Recap by Sassy

 

Great American Bash Results – I didn’t watch it, but I did read the results:

 

The Game Triple H retained his WWE Championship by defeating The Rated R Superstar Edge.

John Bradshaw Layfield defeated John Cena in a NYC Parking Lot Brawl Match. Michelle McCool defeated Natalya to win the Diva’s Championship (I’m still gagging over that match).

WWE ECW Champion The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry retained his ECW title by defeating Tommy Dreamer.

Y2J Chris Jericho defeated Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels.

In a United States Championship Match challenger The Gold Standard Shelton Benjamin defeated Matt Hardy to become the new United States Champion

In a Fatal Four Way Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship, Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder defeated champions John Morrison & The Miz, Jesse & Festus, and Finlay & Hornswoggle to become the new WWE Tag Team Champions.

In a WWE Heavyweight Championship Match, CM Punk retained his title when he and Batista ended the match with a double disqualification after Kane interfered in the match. Kane still wants to know: Is he alive or is he dead and he took out a cameraman for good measure.

 

Last week on Raw

Mickie James, WWE Women’s Champion, defeated Katie Lea Burchill with Paul Burchill in 3 minutes.

In a title match, Kofi Kingston, WWE Intercontinental Champion, with Mickie James retained his title by defeating Paul Burchill with Katie Lea Burchill in 5 minutes.

The Glamazon Beth Phoenix defeated Santino Marella in 1 minute.

CM Punk, WWE World Heavyweight Champion, defeated The Big Red Machine Kane via count out in 7 minutes.

Y2J Chris Jericho with Lance Cade defeated Paul London in 4 minutes.

In a not really a match, Snitsky squashed Jamie Noble with Layla in 2 minutes.

In the main event six-man tag team match, John Cena, Shad & JTG of Cryme Tyme defeated John Bradshaw Layfield and WWE World Heavyweight Champions Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase in 13 minutes.

 

Monday Night Raw is broadcast on the USA network from Mohegan Sun Casino.

 

Ringside announcers: Michael Cole & Jerry “The King” Lawler

Ring announcer: Lillian Garcia

Backstage interviews: Todd Grisham

 

The Animal Batista enters the ring dressed in his street clothes no doubt to complain about his loss at last night’s pay-per-view. Batista says that since the McMahons are not in the building, Batista is putting himself in charge and the match he is going to make is CM Punk defending his title against Batista in the ring. Batista threatens Kane and tells him that he is not to interfere in the match tonight. John Bradshaw Layfield shows up on the monitor to tell Batista that Batista is not in charge and that he, JBL, is in charge because he defeated John Cena in his match last night and the next title match is JBL’s. Batista tells JBL to come to the ring and they will discuss their difference of opinion. JBL says he will get his title match at Summerslam because he doesn’t feel like being in a championship match tonight. JBL says he is finishing off Kane, then corrects himself and says Cena tonight in a six-man tag team match. JBL tells Batista to go find Kane. CM Punk appears at the top of the entrance ramp and heads to the ring. Punk tells JBL that it is the law of the jungle and they have The Animal and since Punk is the titleholder, Punk is the King and he doesn’t have to listen to anyone. Punk tells Batista that he will face Batista tonight for the World Heavyweight title. JBL, still on the monitor starts yelling but Batista tells someone to cut off JBL and then agrees to face Punk for the title tonight. We go to commercial break.

 

Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels’ entrance music begins but is cut off by Lance Cade who enters the arena. Cade takes Lillian Garcia’s mic to tell Shawn Michaels that he used to be Cade’s mentor and that last night Michael’s took the beating of his life but he knows Michaels is in the building. Cade invites Michaels to the ring. Cade says they are going to have words like they should have had a long time ago.

 

Lance Cade

Vs.

Paul London from Austin weighing 190 lbs.

 

Cade doesn’t get an introduction – that’s what he gets for taking the mic. While Cade is beating on London, he keeps yelling for Michaels to come out to the ring. London delivers a cross body block and gets a two count. In what could be a good powerhouse versus a good wrestler match, the feud between Jericho and Michaels seems to be the center of the match. Cade delivers a power bomb and goes for the cover. He gets the three count. Time: 3 minutes.

 

Winner: Lance Cade with a power bomb

 

This was not an impressive match - not even one minute of the whole three-minute match. London can do so much more in the ring. Cade introduces the man who might have ended Shawn Michaels career, Chris Jericho. Jericho enters the ring also dressed in his street clothes. We go to commercial break.

 

Jericho is in the ring with mic in hand. Jericho says that Michaels isn’t coming to the ring and then introduces footage of the match between Jericho and Michaels last night. It looks like Michaels did a lot of bleeding during his match last night. The referee eventually stopped the match, deeming Michaels unable to continue and awarded Jericho the win. Jericho blames the fans for what happened to Michaels. Jericho sounds more like a preacher than a wrestler carrying on a feud. Jericho tells the fans that Michaels has cracked ribs, internal bleeding and a detached retina and will never be able to see well out of that eye again. Jericho says he is proud of what he did last night. The audience doesn’t seem to be overly concerned about what happened to Michaels in the ring last night. We go to commercial break.

 

Raw Rewind – The Glamazon Beth Phoenix defeating Santino Marella in the ring last week on Raw.

 

Kelly Kelly from Jacksonville, FL

Vs.

The Glamazon Beth Phoenix from Buffalo, NY

Kelly must be practicing her wrestling moves. She’s been practicing screaming, too. Phoenix face plants Kelly on the mat and goes for the pin, getting the win. Time: 3 minutes.

 

Winner: The Glamazon Beth Phoenix

 

It wasn’t a bad match but it certainly wasn’t a great match. I’d like to see Phoenix in a match against Victoria, Natalya or Mickie James instead of Kelly Kelly. We go to commercial break.

 

Hacksaw Jim Duggan is in the ring with a mic. Last week Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase ran him down. Duggan says he wanted to come out and tell fans that he was thinking about hanging up his boots and retiring. Duggan says he won the first Royal Rumble and he has been wrestling for 30 years and that he has survived kidney cancer. Duggan says that Rhodes & Dibiase may be right and he’s too old to be in the ring. Duggan came out to say thank you to the fans but Jerry “The King” Lawler gets into the ring and tells Duggan that it is none of Lawler’s business but there is no age limit in the WWE. Lawler talks Duggan into not retiring and Rhode & Dibiase, WWE World Tag Team Champions, enter the ring. Dibiase says that just because Lawler likes to date women younger than Dibiase & Rhodes, does not mean that Lawler can relate to people their age. Lawler slaps Rhodes ala Lawler slapping Andy Kaufman and Dibiase has to hold Rhodes back. Dibiase tells them that they will continue their battle later. JBL appears and limps his way down to the ring.

 

Rematch from last week

 

Six-man Tag Team Match

 

John Bradshaw Layfield

&

Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase, WWE World Tag Team Champions

We go to commercial break before their opponents are introduced.

Vs.

Shad & JTG of Cryme Tyme

At a combined weight of 521 lbs.

&

John Cena weighing 240 lbs.

 

Cena appears with his left elbow taped. Michael Cole tells the fans that Cena has glass in his left elbow from being thrown into an auto windshield last night. JBL and Cena face each other in the ring, but JBL keeps backing up and tags in Rhodes. Cena’s doing a good job with just one arm. Cena goes for the cover but Rhodes kicks out at the count of two. Cena delivers a back body drop and then tags in Shad. Shad goes for the cover and gets a two count. Rhodes tags in Dibiase. Shad takes down Dibiase and goes for the cover getting a two count. Shad tags in JTG. JTG goes for a pin getting a two count. Dibiase hangs up JTG on the ropes and tags in JBL. The referee has to back JBL off of JTG in the corner. Are there a lot of initials in this match or is it just me? JBL tags in Rhodes. Rhodes tags in Dibiase who goes for the cover but only gets a one count. Dibiase comes off the ropes with a stomp to JTG’s chest and goes for the pin but JTG kicks out at the count of two. Dibiase tags in JBL. JBL tags in Rhodes. JTG always seems to get the most time in the ring and not necessarily in a good way. JTG goes for a roll up but Rhodes kicks out. JTG ends up in the wrong corner again and Dibiase gets the tag. JBL is yelling at the ref but I have no idea why. Both men are down on the mat and the ref is counting. Dibiase tags in Rhodes. Rhodes goes for the cover but JTG kicks out. Rhodes charges at JTG and JTG steps out of the way. Rhodes meets the ring post. JTG tags in Cena as Rhodes tags in Dibiase. Cena takes down Dibiase but JBL enters the ring and Cena takes him down, too. Rhodes enters the ring and Cena takes them both on, delivering a double FU. JBL leaves the ring and the arena, Cena goes for the cover and gets the three count. Time: 11 minutes.

 

Winners: John Cena with an FU, JTG & Shad from Cryme Tyme

 

I was not overly thrilled with this match but I am not a JBL fan. He didn’t do anything that impressed me in this match either. Shad & JTG may be good in the ring but they never have matches that showcase any talent. Cade & Jericho are backstage and as they head out the door, they nearly run into The Big Red Machine Kane. Kane walks past them, carrying that bag in his hand and heads down the hallway. We go to commercial break.

 

Intergender Tag Team Match

 

Mickie James from Richmond, VA

WWE Women’s Champion

&

Kofi Kingston from Jamaica weighing 218 lbs.

WWE Intercontinental Champion

Vs.

Katie Lea Burchill

&

Paul Burchill

Both from Chelsea, England

 

I’m thinking the Burchill siblings could have done a great job in a parking lot brawl but I’m not sure if Kingston and James would do well. James is always impressive in the ring when she is allowed in the ring. Burchill delivers a neck breaker to Kingston and gets the three count and the win. Time: 4 minutes.

 

Winners: Paul Burchill with a neck breaker & Katie Lea Burchill

 

Jamie Noble is backstage with Layla again. Batista appears and asks if they have seen Kane. Noble shows off in front of Layla and Batista grabs Noble by the throat. Noble has got to learn to keep his mouth shut.  We go to commercial break.

 

Punk is backstage with Todd Grisham who asks him why he is willing to face Batista tonight. Punk says that if he goes down tonight, he will go down swinging. JBL appears and points at the title belt. JBL tells Punk that at Summerslam he will win the title no matter who the champion is then. Punk says that his first successful title defense was against JBL. We go to commercial break.

 

Lawler again introduces the footage of Jericho taking out Michaels at GAB.

 

Santino Marella from Italy weighing 227 lbs.

Marella says that last week when he issued an open challenge it was to a man, not to a woman.  Beth Phoenix defeated Marella last week. Again he issues a challenge.

Vs.

D’Lo Brown from Chicago, IL weighing 268 lbs.

 

The Glamazon Beth Phoenix enters the arena to watch the match. D’Lo delivers a lowdown and gets the three count. Time: 1 minute.

 

Winner: D’Lo Brown with a lowdown

 

Marella seems to be the king of the one-minute match. After the match, Phoenix enters the ring to face Marella. All that rasslin’ seems to have created a little romance.  May I just say – WE HAVE ENOUGH OF THAT CRAP NOW ON SMACKDOWN! We go to commercial break.

 

WWE World Heavyweight Championship match

 

The Animal Batista from Washington, DC, weighing 290 lbs.

Challenger

Before Punk can be introduced, The Big Red Machine Kane enters the arena.

I think the Championship match will be on hold for now. Kane enters the ring and it’s Batista and Kane. Kane delivers a choke slam to Batista and Punk enters the ring with the belt around his waist. Punk sends Kane over the top rope, rips off the title belt and welcomes Kane back into the ring. Several refs appear in order to get Kane away from ringside.

Vs.

CM Punk from Chicago, IL weighing 222 lbs.

WWE World Heavyweight Champion

 

The ref is asking Batista if he is able to continue. Punk asks him if he wants the match and Batista shoves Punk back. The ref waves to someone at the announcer’s table and we go to commercial break.

 

Back to the ring, Garcia makes the introductions and the match begins. Come ON, Punk take him out! Sorry, got carried away. Punk applies a headlock but gets sent into the ropes and gets sent to the mat with a shoulder block by Batista. Punk goes right back at Batista with forearms but gets caught by a big boot. Batista goes for the cover and gets a two count before Punk kicks out. Batista has Punk in the corner but the ref backs Batista up. Punk delivers a neck breaker and Batista is down. Punk goes back at Batista with forearms and has Batista down in the corner. Punk delivers a kick to the back of Batista’s leg and goes for the cover but only gets a one count. Batista fights back but Punk delivers a drop toehold and Batista is back down on the mat. Punk applies a front face lock. Batista picks up Punk and drops him face first to the canvas. Both men are slow getting back to their feet. Punk delivers a leg drop and gets a two count before Batista gets a shoulder off the mat. Punk delivers more leg drops and goes for a cross face move. Batista gets back to his feet but Punk hangs on. Batista sends Punk over his head and to the mat. Punk delivers another neck breaker and again goes for the cover getting the two count. Punk delivers a knee to the face and tries for a pin but Batista throws Punk off after the count of one. Batista sends Punk into the ring post. Batista attempts to go for a squash in the corner but Punk delivers a drop toehold and Batista goes face first into the turnbuckle. Punk delivers a high knee and a bulldog, goes for the cover and gets a two count. Punk springboards off the top rope and Batista nails Punk with a spine buster but Batista can’t go for the cover. Batista nails Punk with shoulder blocks in the corner but when he goes at Punk again, Punk catches him with a boot. Punk comes off the top turnbuckle but Batista gets out of the way and Punk meets the canvas. Batista delivers a spear but JBL shows up and the ref rings the bell. Time: 10 minutes.

 

Punk still has it and I don’t care who you put in the ring with him, he shines like a star. I could have done without the interference but perhaps this means that Cena and Batista are about to embark on a feud while Punk faces off against JBL. JBL nails Batista and then Punk. Cena appears to help out but JBL gets out of the way and Cena nails Batista. The two of them go at it until the referees show up to break it up and we go off the air.

 

 

 

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