TONIGHT: Night of Champions fallout. JR gives his RAW farewell address (and I’m SURE there won’t be any monkey business during that...). Night of Champions re-match between Kofi Kingston and Chris Jericho, and it’s for the I.C. Title. The McMahon family issues a statement about what happened with Vince last week. And some other stuff. Let’s get it on!
-Highlights aired of the final money giveaway from last week, as well as the set falling on poor Vince.
-Shane McMahon, at WWE studios, had some words to say. He said the family wouldn’t be forthcoming about Vince’s condition, as he is a private person. Shane told all the WWE personnel to pull together in this time of uncertainty.
-The new voice of Raw, Michael Cole, welcomed us to Oklahoma City for Raw. He and Jerry Lawler plugged Jericho vs. Kingston in an I.C. Title re-match.
-Oklahoma’s favorite son, Jim Ross, came out. Quite an ovation too. I hope he turns heel....again! Or not. JR got the mic and the fans continued to show their appreciation, even chating “JR, JR.” JR said it was damn sure good to be home. JR said he was excited to start a new journey on Friday Night Smackdown, and invited the fans to join him. JR then thanked Lawler for over ten wonderful years together. JR mentioned that Cole would do a good job on Raw (crowd: “Booo!”). He then brought up some great wrestling memories he had that took place in Oklahoma. JR said he’d never forget this night, and once again implored the fans to join him on Smackdown. He put in a plug for barbecue, then Edge and his Edgeheads came out. Did we really think JR would leave Oklahoma unscathed?
Edge said when he heard JR was making a farewell address, he just had to make an appearance. He then called JR arrogant. He got some cheap heat by trashing Oklahoma and saying no one cares about JR and said, “why don’t you put that in your blog, barbecue boy!” I bet Gewirtz had some fun writing this promo for Edge. Edge made fun of JR’s “Stone Cold! Stone Cold!” calls and told JR to get used to saying “Edge wins! Edge wins!” He demanded JR practice it, but JR dropped the mic. He told Hawkins & Ryder to escort JR out of the building, so they did. Well, at least up the ramp anyway. That left Smackdown Superstar Edge in the ring with the mic. Didn’t we JUST have a draft lottery last week? And wasn’t he one of the few who didn’t get moved?
Edge noted Raw is missing some things now, including a general manager. Unlike his show, headed by the love of his life (who is resting comfortably after last night, thank you very much). He said Raw is missing Undertaker....but then said so is Smackdown, since he banished Taker from the entire WWE. Also, Raw is missing a World Champion. Edge ran down the top babyfaces on Raw, and said they’d never have a shot at his championship. He said unless it’s a draft show, we’d never see him on Monday nights again. As he walked to the back, Batista’s music played. He came out, looking like he was spitting nails. He chased Edge back to the ringside area, then demolished him outside the ring. Batista went after Edge in a brawl that went through the crowd, as well as The Animal bashing Edge’s brains in at the announce desk. In the ring, Batista hit a Batista Bomb on the champ.
As Batista headed to the back, CM Punk came out with a referee! He handed the briefcase to Mike Chioda, who told Lillian Garcia Punk was cashing in the Money in the Bank!
(1) CM Punk vs. Edge, World Heavyweight Championship Match GTS (and a sweet one at that), pin! New champ!
Winner: Punk, at :10. Uh....wow. Good pop from the crowd. He was very emotional as he celebrated. Clocking in at 24 minutes, this has to be one of the longest opening segments in Raw history.
-Duh, we saw what happened moments ago, with Batista beating on Edge, then Punk winning the title.
(2) Mickie James vs. Jillian Hall Baseball slide through the middle and bottom rope by Mickie, followed by a hurricanrana on the outside. This is non-title, BTW. Mickie went for a DDT, but Jillian got out of it and went to work on the shoulder Mickie hurt last night. Mickie put her feet up on Jillian’s handspring elbow, then the Mick Kick (which looked like it barely connected) finished things.
Winner: Mickie, at 2:17.
-Rey Mysterio was walking backstage, coming out to make his first official appearance on Raw. I’m pretty sure that’s not true.
-Tonight, Jericho’s “mandatory” re-match, as he faces Kofi Kingston for the Intercontinental Title.
-Cole and Lawler talked about the draft lottery last week, and the random selection of Rey Mysterio.
-Rey came out to cheers from the Raw crowd. Rey got the mic and congratulated Punk on bringing the World Heavyweight Title back to Raw. Rey said he was shocked when he got drafted to Raw, but it was a good thing. Santino Marella’s music interrupted and he came out, thanking the fans for their non-existent cheers. He called himself the most charismatic superstar on Raw, then said he was coming to welcome Rey to Raw. He wondered if Rey wearing a mask meant he was incredibly stupid, incredibly ugly, or The Batman. Rey tried to talk, but Marella told him to shut up his face. Santino showed the cover of Rey on the new WWE Magazine on the Titan-Tron. He said he submitted a photo for the cover of WWE Magazine, but they didn’t use it. It was a cheescake photo that reminded me of George Costanza’s. Santino said if it was a poster, every man and woman would buy it and put it on the ceiling of their bedroom. Rey got told by Marella that he hasn’t been on Raw because he’s not a superstar the caliber of Santino. Santino graciously allowed Rey to respond, but only in a language everyone can understand. Rey hit Santino with the mic, the hit the 619 on him.
-Lawler plugged Punk’s World Title win. We’re going to hear from him next.
-Cole said we’d hear from Punk in just a moment. They once again went over what happened in the first segment.
-Todd Grisham was standing by with CM Punk, who was all smiles. Punk said he needed to get the nameplate changed, then thanked a bunch of people (including the fans, his sister and Batista). JBL walked into the picture. He was disgusted with Punk winning the title the way he did, against a defenseless man. JBL then challenged Punk to a title match later tonight. Punk accepted. With last night’s promo and tonight’s, JBL is coming off as a desperate man, which I think is cool for the character. A loss tonight might send him over the edge.
-John Cena’s music hit, and the former champ made his first appearance of the show. Crowd sounded like they were behind him for the most part. Cole then noted that JBL vs. Punk is official for later tonight. Cena said he was a fan of surprises and classic moments. He said he promised everyone that last night’s match with him and Triple H would provide a classic moment. He said last night’s match proved that he and HHH were the best of the best and that the match would go down in history (I don’t know about that). He said we’d all remember tonight, for Punk cashing in the MITB briefcase and winning the title. He said he didn’t know much about Punk, but thought that he’s the kind of guy that would take a challenge from anyone, then listed off a bunch of former wrestlers like Kwang and Harvey Wippleman, then ended with himself. Cena said Punk should choose who he defends against, then polled the crowd on whether Punk should face JBL or himself. Crowd definitely wanted JBL vs. Cena. As Cena was giving a message to JBL, Bradshaw’s music hit and he came out to the stage.
JBL told Cena he would not be wrestling Punk for the title tonight. He declared Martial Law in WWE, and said for his title match, he cannot have Cena in the building. He brought out security, his own personal security, to throw Cena out. JBL said with Vince out, he’s running things around here. Security was ordered to toss Cena out, but Cena was ready for a fight. Security swarmed Cena, restraining him while JBL got in the ring and took some shots of his own. They took Cena down the aisle, carrying him off the stage, but he broke away. He was re-gathered by the men in black and taken backstage. The camera followed things backstage, with JBL bad-mouthing Cena as he was led away and out of the building. An hour and 11 minutes into the show, under three minutes of wrestling.
(3) Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase vs. Darren Wade & Steve Anthony Cole called this the first title defense for the new champs, but I’m pretty sure it’s non-title. I would’ve preferred an interview to explain things, but at this point in the show, a match probably makes more sense. Ah, Lawler corrected him saying it was not a title match. Quick tags from the champs, as Rhodes landed a phantom knee-drop. DDT by Cody on who I believe was Anthony, for the win.
Winners: Rhodes & Dibiase, at 1:13.
Rhodes got on the mic and said the fans want to know why he did what he did to Holly. He said he grew up hearing about “paying dues,” “being patient,” and doing things “the right way.” He said that got him carrying a baby-boomer like Holly, who was trying to keep his fledgling career alive. He sought out a partner more like him, and he found it in Dibiase. He said, “when you’re this talented....you don’t pay dues.” Good heelish look at the camera by Rhodes. Dibiase said people his age don’t understand. He said those under the age of 30 are spoiled, obedient sheep. He said they took things into their own hands, making them simply priceless. Pretty good interview. I’m assuming we’ll get something from Holly next week.
-Tonight, Punk defends his newly-won title against JBL.
-Cole and Lawler thanked Shinedown for providing the theme to Night of Champions.
-Katie Lea was complaining that she should be champ to Paul Burchill. He stepped away for a second and told Katie not to get into trouble. Jamie Noble walked up and introduced himself to Katie, and said he was kind of a big deal on Smackdown. He said he was going up to the biggest guy on Raw and draw a line in the sand. Katie told Jamie now was his chance....as Kane was standing a few feet away. Jamie nervously went up to him as Katie goaded him on. Jamie said there’s no boss so there’s no rules, so he and Kane are equals. He said he doesn’t want to see Kane going through his bags in the locker room, listening to his Larry the Cable Guy tapes without asking. He then made a knock-knock joke about Kane, telling him to get out of his way. Kane grabbed him, but Jamie got away and high-tailed it.
-Cole and King talked about what just happened, as Noble ran into the arena. He tried to go under the announce table to hide, but Cole wouldn’t let him. Instead, he hid on the other side of the ring. Kane then came out and Noble surprised him and took him down. Kane sat up though, and uppercut Kane. In the ring, Kane gave him a boot to the shoulder, then to the outside, where Noble got chokeslammed on the announce table (which didn’t break).
-Chris Jericho was walking backstage...his re-match is next.
-Chris Jericho came out for his match and got the mic, complaining about WWE.com calling him “jaded.” He said he was swindled (love that word) out of the title last night. He said he was told Shawn Michaels wasn’t in the building tonight, but he heard that last night. Another lie from HBK. Jericho said HBK has a serious problem with that eye, and he’s paying the price every time he comes out. Y2J then challenged Michaels to a one-on-one match at the Great American Bash. Jericho said he has a surprise in store for Michaels.....as for Kingston: The worst is yet to come. Kofi started coming down the aisle when the show went to break.
(4) Chris Jericho vs. Kofi Kingston- Intercontinental Title Match Match was joined in progress (not a fan, considering it’s a title match and it’s been plugged throughout the show), with Jericho holding Kingston in a neck vice. Cade was once again at ringside. Double-thrust to the throat by Kingston. Kingston hit his legdrop to the gut, but Jericho rolled Kingston up for two. Boot to the face by Jericho, who got the bulldog and the Lionsault. That only got two. Jericho tried to suplex Kofi, but Kingston came down the other side with a roll-up, grabbing the tights, getting a two. The roll-up was reversed by Jericho, who grabbed the tights himself, but right in front of referee Chad Patton, who saw the blatant cheating and called for the DQ.
Winner: Kingston by DQ, 2:32 shown.
Jericho complained to Patton, then went after Kofi and did some damage to him before leaving the ring.
-Coming up next, Punk vs. JBL for the World Title.
-Clips aired of what happened in the first segment of the show.
-Hey, Edge didn’t disappear! He was in crazy mode, blaming the Edgeheads for his loss. He physically attacked one of them, and shouted at them to get in the car (which was parked right next to them) and just drive. They finally did.
-JBL came out for the title match. It’s next.
(5) JBL vs. CM Punk, World Heavyweight Title Match Punk’s pop wasn’t what I was expecting coming out. As soon as the bell rang, JBL looked up the ramp and his private security members started walking to the ring. They surrounded the squared circle as the two men locked up inside it. JBL landed some hard elbowdrops. Punk got an arm-drag and sent JBL to the outside. Punk missed a baseball slide, and was nailed with a hard clothesline by JBL. A lot of the crowd was standing during this match. Crowd chanted for Punk, but he ran into a sleeper. Punk fought out, but got shoulderblocked down. CM came back with a knee to the face in the corner, and a bulldog. That got a near-fall. Punk dodged a clothesline but fell victim to the fall-away slam. This match really misses JR. Kick to the back of the head by Punk, followed by a springboard clothesline for two. John Cena walked onto the stage with Cryme Tyme. They attacked JBL’s private security. That distracted JBL (how could you get distracted like that in a match like this?) and Punk was able to hit the GTS for the pin.
Winner: Punk, at 5:33.
-The show ended with Punk joining the fight against the security team.
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My GOD, what a show. I'm not a huge CM Punk fan (I just don't see in him what most seem to), but the fact they pulled the trigger on a young, fresh star, and in such an unexpected fashion, was mark-out worthy.
Oh, and CRYME TYME got a main-event angle! I hope for more of that.
I honestly can't remember the last time I was so into an episode of Raw. The opening segment was surreal. The storyline throughout the night, of JBL stacking the deck against CM Punk sucked me in. And the ending, with Cena & Cryme Tyme coming out to cost JBL the match was just perfect.
A 5-star Raw if there ever was one. I only hope CM Punk makes the most of this title reign. Because THIS is his shot, and Vince only has so much patience for young guys without a proven track-record.
The way they had booked Punk up to this point, I just didn't think management had any faith in him whatsoever. So it didn't occur to me that they would pull the trigger on MitB until his music hit. And then when JBL challenged, I figured they were just using this to burn the MitB and JBL would be champ by night's end. But of course seeing the CM Punk nameplate changed my mind.
Just couldn't see somebody who was jobbing to The Miz just weeks ago being given the big gold belt now. But it seems like for right now WWE is serious about shaking things up.
The Bored are already here. Idle hands are the devil's workshop. And no... we won't kill dolphins. But koalas are fair game.
Definitely a fresh, exciting vibe to the show, which really felt shook up and different. As a Punk fan, I'm thrilled that they actually pulled the trigger... Until the Cena-as-Stone Cold angle mid-show, I was worried for a few minutes that Vince was going to use Punk as a transitional champ to put it on his boy JBL, but everything played out nicely. Raw does need a few more heels...perhaps big Dave Batista actually does turn heel, maybe feeling used by Punk as a stepping stone to get the belt? Or Kane just turns for the 1000th time...
Well that was awesome. Even getting to win the belt and lose it in the same show would've been great for that guy. Actually getting to keep it for a week is gravy. Punk and Cena are two great Americans, they should meet at the Great American Bash.
Punk and Mickie James are the champions of their genders. They have conquered the business. Your move, Julio Dinero.
Given my recent history of CM Punk bashing, I'm not crazy about pulling the Money in the Bank trigger now. I still say he should have been built up over the next few months. The job boy from the C brand is now World Heavyweight Champion of Monday Night RAW. Fresh, exciting, unexpected? Sure. Also, not credible to me. But whatever, it's done.
Now, the male champions of RAW are all young kids. CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes. They all in various ways needed help to win their belts (Batista softed Edge for Punk, HBK's interference helped Kingston, the Second Generation kids pulled a fast one on Holly). None of them are booked to be credible. All of them together couldn't sell a PPV. But it is different, I'll give WWE that.
Watching CM Punk win a real World Championship, I had to remark, "Goddamn you, Jeff Hardy, that should have been you."
Still, an entertaining RAW with some interesting upheaval. I liked the Marshal Law aspect that JBL introduced. The inmates running the asylum for a whole is a cool idea to me.
I'm thrilled that this episode of Monday Night Raw was fresh and exciting. But, somebody has to say it. Is this really going to make the ratings impact that the WWE is trying to get? Their title holders are CM Punk, Kofi, Teddy Jr and Cody. I think that's great, I like all of them. But to the general public they are nobodies. You heard Punk's reaction in the main event. It was clear his reaction at the beginning of the show wasn't for Punk. The pop was for J.R., Batista and Edge losing his title, not CM Punk winning it.
TNA might have dropped the ball on the Samoa Joe push but at least they did push him before suddenly making him a champion. I'm not sure how many people care about any of Raw's champions or believe they are credible champions. Maybe pulling the title win on Punk was a good idea, but not while all your other title holders are nobodies too.
And if ratings don't improve, they'll be blamed. Maybe Rhodes and Dibiase won't because of their last names. But if ratings don't improve then Kofi and Punk's WWE careers are over.
(edited by Quezzy on 30.6.08 2034)
(edited by Quezzy on 30.6.08 2035) Lance's Response:
They finally did something I've wanting, to stop the build-up crap that never works and just put the title on someone fresh, and they did just that. On several fronts.
* - Is this considered the quickest pin in the history of the WWE? Certainly was quicker than Bundy's pin of SD in 22 seconds (it wasn't 8 seconds) in the original Wrestlemnia.
* - The build up to JBL winning the title and then it not happening. Brilliant again!!!!
* - They don't need a GM right now.. unless it's Shane McMahon.
* - Shane McMahon segment to start the show was so not over, I've never seen a crowd so dead for Shane O'Mac... this Vince injured BS isn't going to fly
* - Please no more Kane-Noble angles.... Please stop this one right now.
* - Kofi Kingston/Jericho/Michaels/Cade angle is great.. expect a tag team match in a PPV with those four soon
* - Did Katie Burchill look larger than Jamie Noble or what??
* - What did Beth Phoenix do to get buried? Please God, let her show up on TNA to challenge Awesome Kong.
* - Playing the OU fight song went over big with JR coming out until they played it like four times over.
* - DiBiase Jr looked good & sounds good on the microphone, Cody Rhodes just has no pop in him. Let DiBiase do the talking.
* - JBL's own security squad.... I like it for a short run angle
* - And Cryme Time getting a push... I think though Cryme Time is best being on shows every couple of weeks, on a weekly basis, the act will go stale again.
* - No Ric Flair!! Hooray!! Just like Cryme Time, he should only be used very seldom to get the maximum pop
* - No Shawn Michaels, good for them, it didn't take away the spotlight from Kofi Kingston.
Let's hope the ratings go up with the fresh faces getting plenty of time & titles.... If they don't, we viewers are only to blame when they go back to the same main-eventers that we've been subjected to for years now....
Originally posted by shawnpatrickDiBiase Jr looked good & sounds good on the microphone, Cody Rhodes just has no pop in him. Let DiBiase do the talking.
I would say it's the other way around.
Originally posted by SpSpWell, I don't want lame-ass Santino dragging down Noble, so hopefully the 2 can stay away from each other.
Yes, God forbid Santino gets in the way of Jamie going "BUT VICKIE." Although Katie Lea as a Sean O'Haire who causes Noble to get into trouble -- leading to the return of Michelle and the McNoble reunion in a mixed feud with the Burchills, while Palumbo watches from the sidelines and plots his next move -- is promising.
Originally posted by shawnpatrick They finally did something I've wanting, to stop the build-up crap that never works and just put the title on someone fresh, and they did just that.
Oh, for God's sake. Yeah, building up wrestlers into credible champions over time NEVER works. It didn't work for Shawn Michaels. It didn't work for Bret Hart. It didn't work for Randy Savage. It didn't work for Edge. It didn't work for Eddie Guerrero. It didn't work for Chris Benoit. It didn't work for The Rock. It didn't work for Stone Cold Steve Austin. The list goes on of legends it never worked for.
People who have been handed World Titles without that build up over time: Hulk Hogan, Sid, Diesel, Batista, John Cena.
What do they have in common? They're all huge muscle dudes who, in Vince McMahon land, are instantly credible because they're huge and can overpower opponents. Vince McMahon has always known how to sell that, and it still doesn't always work.
Which category does CM Punk fall into?
Punk's trajectory SHOULD have been the Intercontinental Title, beating Jericho, JBL, maybe even HBK, and then challenging Cena or Batista at WrestleMania. That would have worked because... it always does.
But again, whatever. CM Punk will sink or swim. Don't get me wrong, I hope he succeeds. I hope this experiment works. And I do like the unpredictability. I just think he's not ready and curiosity factor aside, I don't think the general fandom see him as ready. Time will tell.
But CM Punk isn't being built up to have a real run as a headliner and probably never will be. He's just part of a storyline to bring the belt to Raw. This isn't the start of the CM Punk era, it was a really fun surprise twist. I'm happy that they included him in it when they could've just had Cena or Batista take the briefcase from him.
Dudes have been pinned in three seconds before. I think Holly & Rhodes beat Cryme Tyme in three seconds a couple weeks ago.
Great episode of Raw. I didn't realize until the end of the show that there had been probably less than 20 minutes of in-ring action, but still, the promos were all good, all had a purpose, and in the case of Santino's promo with Rey, hilarious.
I think we're being set up for a new GM next week, what with all of the 'martial law' wildness on this show. Has it been 60 days yet so William Regal could come back?
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I admit this is the picking of nits, but I'd rather see the Savage tribute-draped wrestler win the match. Or at least hit the elbow. We got an extended tribute video and a Savage outfit in the main event, and I won't poo-poo that 1-2 punch.