On Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 12:06 AM EST WWE RAW
October 6, 2008
Commentators: Michael Cole & Jerry “The King” Lawler
Report by: Hunter Golden of WrestleView.com
Ugh, for the first time in eons, I kinda don't wanna be writing this recap. Freaking Sox are in the playoffs... high anxiety night for me. Pyro goes off and I'm a little twitchy... Seattle's so rainy and not a baseball town... Here comes our Champion Chris Jericho. His face looks like a catcher's mit.
Jericho is staring out at the crowd before letting us know that Raw GM Mike Adamle wouldn't be at Raw tonight. He said as the reigning world champion, he was asked to take his place, given full responsibility and full decision making power for the evening. Jericho decided to discuss his match against HBK last night. He talked about how the man who revolutionized the ladder match lost to him. He put over how he was disfigured by Michaels showing us his chipped tooth.
He then went on about beating Shawn Michaels in his best match. He said ironically, it made him smile. He said he was through with Michaels and done with him. He said someone /* wasn't though and that's why he was booking Lance Cade in an anything goes, no dq street fight against Michaels later on. Jericho crowed on and on about people being forced to accept his dominance before Batista's music hit the arena.
Batista came out to the ramp and waltzed down to the ring. He congratulated Jericho on his victory last night and asked him to pick a number. He wanted him to pick the number of days until they had their world title match. Jericho was pretty un-intimidated, and said Batista should be careful what he wishes for. He said Batista may call himself and animal, but Jericho really was an animal. He asked if Batista understood what he was saying. He said once he was done with him, he would insure that Batista's name was synonymous with failure. He told him to get out of his face and out of his ring right now.
Batista said whether he liked it or not, he'd be defending that belt against him. Second.... Batista jumped Jericho and hammered him to the mat with a spine buster. Batista walked up the ramp smiling as the champion writhed in pain on the mat.
Over the break a groggy Chris Jericho, who has total control tonight, said he couldn't strip Batista of his #1 contenders spot, but he could make him put it on the line again. He said it'd be JBL v. Batista for the #1 contender ship.
William Regal is on the outside of the ring with Layla.
Mixed Tag Match
Santino Marella & Beth Phoenix v. Jamie Noble & Mickie James
Santino got on the mic before the match started. He said he was criticized for being too ethnic, too Italian. So recently, he made an effort to become more American. Oh good lord, he's got a new favorite NBA team and took off his shirt to reveal the Oklahoma City Thunder shirt.. the former Seattle Super Sonics. Good lord.
The match started off with Beth & Mickie going at it. Mickie wiggled out of a back suplex attempt and hit a thesz press before Santino tagged in. Santino still has his thunder shirt on. Noble tagged in and went to work on Marella, hitting an Irish ship and a nasty northern light suplex into an arm bar.
Mickie intercepted Beth Phoenix, sending her to the outside. Noble and Marella tussled in the corner before Noble caught a sunset flip for a two count. Marella kicked out and whipped Noble to the corner but ate an elbow on the follow up. Beth distracted Noble in the corner long enough to allow Marella to roll him up for the win.
Winners: Beth Phoenix & Santino Marella via pin fall
After the match Noble chased Santino over the barricade before William Regal interjected himself. Noble back dropped him into the crowd only for Regal to flip out and the two brawled all over the ringside area.
HBK is in the back with Todd Grisham and put over how he wouldn't cow tow to Chris Jericho. He's mad, insane and upset and gawsh darn it, he's taking it out on Lance Cade later tonight.
Ted Dibiase v. Cody Rhodes
Jesus, the Red Sox went down 1, 2, 3 in literally four minutes.
CM Punk makes his way down to the ring to even off the odds. Kingston took it to Dibiase early on and batted him around the ring with some wheel kicks before missing on a big splash in the corner. Dibiase yanked Kingston to the mat from the corner and hit a nasty looking double stomp to the gut for a one count.
Dibiase slapped on some body scissors while Kofi used to crowd to rally him. Dibiase went for a back suplex but Kofi flipped out and connected with some forearms and chops. He capped the comeback off with a huge drop kick before hitting a nifty counter in the corner and then a BIG air frog splash. Kofi dumped Manu to the outside and hit a side Russian leg sweep. He went for his boom boom leg drop, but Cody Rhodes popped up on the apron. Kingston dispatched him to the outside while Punk covered his flank. Dibiase in the meantime, snuck up from behind on Kingston and slapped on the million dollar dream-leg sweep combo for the three count.
Winner: Ted Dibiase via pin fall
A #1 Contender's match with Chris Jericho as special referee is on later tonight!
Jericho is running ideas through Randy Orton's head. Jericho said all Orton had been doing was showing people how good he once was. Tonight, he was going to put him to work. Homo erotic moment of the night..
A video package giving us an update on John Cena aired.
Dolph Ziggler is introducing himself again. Kane doesn't look excited to see him
First and third, Jason Bay at the plate.
Rey Mysterio & Matt Hardy v. Kane & Mark Henry
Rey went right at Kane but it didn't work out so hot. He ended up ducking under Kane before tagging in Matt Hardy who went right at the big man himself. Eventually, Kane hit a big right hand that flat backed Hardy. He shoved Matt into the corner and tagged in Mark Henry who tried to get to work, but had to deal with both Myserio and Hardy.
After knocking both big men from the ring, they're walking tall.
We came back to Kane working a headlock on Hardy. Henry tags into the match and he lays the boots to the chest of Hardy before gathering him in the corner and bringing him out with a power slam attempt. Hardy wiggled out of the hold though and attacked the left leg of Henry before eating a lariat. Hardy was eventually able to get out of harm's way and tag Rey before Henry picked him up and threw him like a lawn dart.
Mysterio was in a heap of trouble and things got a bit worse with the tagging of Kane. The Big man came in and bullied Rey to the corner and laid into him with boots and stomps. After some clubbing blows across the back, Henry came in and uncorked a not-so-friendly head butt to Mysterio's skull before standing on him. Henry went for the cover but Mysterio kicked out.
Kane tagged in and hit a slam before going for a two count. He went for a back body drop but Mysterio caught him with a stinging kick, only to eat a big uppercut to the jaw. Kane whiffed a top rope lariat and a splash in the corner, allowing Hardy to get the hot tag.
Hardy came in a house of fire and hit a big boot to the mouth of Kane before knocking Henry off the apron. Henry charged him again and Hardy side stepped him, sending the big man crashing to the outside. Mysterio hit a 619 on Kane and went for a senton on Henry on the outside while Hardy scaled the ropes. Henry caught him in mid air and the THREW HIM AT HARDY ON THE TOP ROPE and knocked Hardy off, allowing Kane to choke slam him for the win.
Winners: Kane & Mark Henry via pin fall
Shawn Michaels v. Lance Cade
So this didn't start too well for Michaels who quickly found himself on the outside getting pounded to crap by Cade. Cade's so pissed, that he's just grabbing all sorts of stuff and can't figure out what he wants to kill Michaels with the most. He's screaming about how much he hates Michaels and then tossed Michaels through a folding table.
Cade slammed Michaels' face off the announce table before climbing into the ring. Michaels trips him up though and quickly begins clocking him with the chair. Michaels is nuts and is beating Lance Cade to death with a steel chair. This is awesome. Michaels covers him and that's it.
Winner: Shawn Michaels via pin fall
Michaels is still livid after the match and laid in some more chair shots for the fun of it.
Jerry Lawler is plugging Cyber Sunday. We can choose Santino's opponent. Either Rowdy Roddy Piper, Goldust or THE HONKY TONK MAN.
The Great Khali's music hit and he's on his way to the ring. Khali is talking now and he says he recently had an interview with Johnny Knoxville on their website. F-ing Khali is in street clothes and drinking some fluids! YES! He's pissed at Knoxville. He's invited Knoxville to Raw next week. He said he was going to prove right now that he has a sense of fun. He's hosting the kiss cam. He smooches Lillian and i've officially seen everything i've ever wanted to see.
Kelly Kelly v. Jillian Hall
I'm totally distracted by the fact that Cryme Tyme, Miz and Morrison are bantering on the outside. Kelly lands some elbows to Jillian's face before getting shoulder blocked to the floor. Jillian's in control and Morrison' abs are bling blinged. Jillian's standing on Kelly right now before she picks her up and tosses her across the ring by the hair.
Jillian lays out Kelly with a back breaker before stretching her out. Kelly fought out of the corner with some strikes but Jillian cut her off. Jillian was laying in left hands before she elected to yank some more hair. Kelly flipped out of a back suplex attempt and grabbed a roll up for the win.
Winner: Kelly Kelly via pin fall
Batista's getting ready for his match.
#1 Contender's Match (Special Guest Referee: Chris Jericho)
Batista v. JBL
Lillian let us know that William Regal is the special guest time keeper.
Randy Orton is a guest commentator.
The two brawled around the ring exchanging hard strikes. Batista went to work on JBL's leg hitting it with multiple chop blocks. He loaded JBL up and hit a big old shin breaker before wrapping up a figure four on his opponent. Jericho aided JBL in reaching the ropes who got to the advantage with a kick to the gut and a neck breaker. Jericho's fast counting now.
JBL hammered away on Batista in the corner before slamming him to the mat. Batista blocked a vertical suplex attempt and hit one of his own. Batista went for a cover but Jericho's not counting. Batista chased Jericho to the outside and he got clocked by William Regal on the outside.
The whole match is rigged now. After another control segment and a TON more heel interference, Mike Chioda is sent down with Mike Adamle back on the scene. Batista hit a spine buster One batista bomb later and that's all she wrote.
Winner: Batista via pin fallRAW THOUGHTSShow Thoughts-- Tonight overall, while not hugely important in terms of story lines, was a super fun show. Just to run down this week's laundry list:
--Khali kiss cam
--Khali kisses Jillian
--Khali gets in a fight over the size of his tally whacker
--Cryme Tyme, Miz and Morrison contributed to the flakiest, yet funnies commentary segment of the year
--Jericho's missing teeth
--Batista thinks he's a cow
--Santino wearing a T-Shirt under his singlet
--Just the CHANCE of Santino Marella v. The Honky Tonk Man at Cyber Sunday
--Mark Henry tosses Rey Mysterio like a lawn dart, not once, but twice.
--Jericho puts Randy Orton 'to work' in unquestionably the most homo erotic moment of this year thus far.
--William Regal held a hammer
I hate lists, but honestly, there's just no other way one could possibly summarize all the PILES of awesome we got from Raw tonight which was just the most awesomely bizarre journey of the year. I was almost waiting for Toshiaki Kawada to show up dressed in drag and singing. Alas, this isn't HUSTLE, but still. Just a ton of fun this week. I'd love to be more worldly for you all, but sometimes, things just are what they are.
Overall Grade: B
Beth Phoenix & Santino Marella def. Mickie James & Jamie Noble
Ted Dibiase def. Kofi Kingston
Mark Henry & Kane def. Matt Hardy & Rey Mysterio
Shawn Michaels def. Lance Cade
Kelly Kelly def. Jillian Hall
Batista def. JBL
Who’s Hot, Who’s Not?
3. CM Punk
4. Cryme Tyme
1. Chris Jericho
2. Randy Orton
3. Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase
Match of the Night: Henry/Kane v. Hardy/Mysterio **1/4
Power RankingsPoints= Title Win
4 Points= World Title defense/win
3 Points= Singles PPV Win
2 Points= Tag PPV Win
2 Points= TV Singles Win
1 Point= TV Tag Win
0 Points= Loss
World Heavyweight Champion: Chris Jericho 19-16-1, 45 pts. (Last Week: World Heavyweight Champion)-- Jericho's finally REALLY off and running after a big win over a top contender to keep his belt. His promos are getting to a point where they're so solid that you almost take them for granted every week. Another solid night for the champion.
Intercontinental Champion: Santino Marella 12-11, 19 points (Last Week: Intercontinental Champion) -- Honestly, i'm a little disappointed they're blowing their wad on Santino Marella-Honkey Tonk Man, which everyone knew would be coming eventually. I'd have loved to have seen Honkey squash him at Summerslam next year or something, but alas, we'll still get it in all it's comedic glory.
1. Batista 9-6-2, 21 Points (Last Week: 2) -- Headed to a title shot at Survivor Series and seems like a good opponent for Jericho. These two have had some good chemistry together through the years, so let's hope it translates into a good pay per view main event match.
2. Shawn Michaels 19-6-1, 26pts. (Last Week: 1) -- I'm not really sure where they go with HBK from here. Hopefully they'll find something for him, but for now, he sort of seems headed to the doldrums.
3. Kane 6-8, 10 Points (Last Week: 4) -- Is anyone hotter then Kane of all people these days? Totally rejuvenated and another super strong in ring effort from him tonight.
4. CM Punk 8-6-2, 23 Points (Last Week: 3) -- Punk slides down again this week, but it's not really so much any fault of his as it is Kane's recent surge. The Punk team v. Team Priceless is already looking to be taking shape for Survivor Series.
5. Ted Dibiase, Jr. 9-4, 19 Points (Last Week: 6) -- This kid is really something special. He sells well, bumps well, works the mic well. A lot of guys on the roster rave about him, and with good reason. Ted's the real deal.
6. JBL 16-24, 28 points (Last Week: 4)- - Another guy who seems to be lacking direction. I'd love to see something with Michaels as it's a program we haven't seen yet.
7. Cody Rhodes 13-10, 21 points (Last Week: 7) -- See Dibiase.
8. Rey Mysterio 3-4, 7 Points (Last Week: 8) -- Mysterio's been hurting a bit in the win department of late, so he stays towards the back end of the top 10, but man he seems to be associated with the highlight of the show every week.
9. William Regal, 5-6, 13 points (Last Week: 9) -- Regal held a hammer tonight. If that's not enough to keep him in the top 10, he assaulted Jamie Noble 'just because'.
10. Kofi Kingston 7-7, 17 points (Last Week: 10) -- Kofi's been on a major slide since losing the IC title. He's lucky Jamie Noble and or Lance Cade both lost this week, as he'd have likely fallen out of the top flight.
John Cena 19-13, 34 points. (Last Week: NR)
Randy Orton 10-9-2, 20pts. (Last Week: NR)
Paul Burchill 5-5, 7 points (Last Week: NR)
JTG 5-6, 7 points (Last Week: NR)
Big Shaad 5-5, 5 points (Last Week: NR)
Paul London 3-6, 3 points(Last Week: NR)
Lance Cade 3-7, 5 points (Last Week: NR)
Jamie Noble 2-5, 4 Points (Last Week: NR)
Primo Colon 1-0, 2 Points (Last Week: NR)
D-Lo Brown 2-2, 4 points (Last Week: NR)
Snitsky 2-6, 3 points (Last Week: NR)
Manu 2-0, 2 Points (Last Week: NR)
Charlie Haas 2-3, 4 points (Last Week: NR)
Deuce 0-2, 0 Points (Last Week: NR)
Chuck Palumbo 0-0, 0 Points (Last Week: NR)
Matt Striker 0-1, 0 Points (Last Week: NR)
Jerry Lawler 0-2, 0 points (Last Week: NR)
Jim Duggan 0-2, 0 points (Last Week: NR)
Rory 0-2, 0 points (Last Week: NR)
Robbie 0-3, 0 points (Last Week: NR)
Mick Foley 1-0, 1 point (Last Week: NR)
Sgt. Slaughter 0-0. 0 pts. (Last Week: NR)
Val Venis 0-1 0pts. (Last Week: NR