Monday Night RAW April 28, 2008
Monday Night Raw is broadcast from Izod Center on the USA Network.
Ringside announcers: Jim Ross & Jerry ďThe KingĒ Lawler
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.
Rematch from Backlash:
Mickie James, Cherry, Maria, Ashley, Michelle McCool & Kelly Kelly
Beth Phoenix, Melina, Victoria, Natalya Neidhart, Layla & Jillian
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 three count.
Time: 4 minutes
Winners: Mickie James with a roll up & Cherry, 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
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. Time: 1 minute
Winner: John Bradshaw Layfield
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.
Tag Team Match
Paul London & Brian Kendrick
At a combined weight of 351 lbs.
Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch
At a combine weight of 532 lbs.
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. Time: 2 minutes
Winners: Brian 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. Go figure. 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.
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. Time: 2 minutes
Winners: Paul 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
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
Winner: Cody 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 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.
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 special?Ē.
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.
WWE Championship Match:
Randy Orton from St. Louis, MO, weighing 245 lbs.
The Game Triple H from Greenwich, CT, weighing 255 lbs.
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 overÖTime: 20 minutes.
Obviously 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 Championship.