TONIGHT: Live from Toronto, Trish Stratus is guest host and Batista makes his return with a big announcement. Also, they’re in Canada, so expect WWE to crap on the country a little more. Breaking Point was last night and John Cena is the new champion, but when does Randy Orton invoke his re-match clause? And, a night after Legacy made Shawn Michaels tap, Michaels goes for revenge in a singles contest against Ted DiBiase.
-They showed dramatic, slo-mo clips of Cena vs. Orton from last night.
-Lilian Garcia introduced Batista, making his return. During his entrance, they showed how Orton put him on the shelf three months ago. Big Dave started off by thanking the fans all over the world. He had to clear his throat a couple of times, which must mean he’s supposed to be choked up. He said he came back to say goodbye. The fans booed. He thanked the fans again, for letting him have the time of his life in the ring. The fans chanted his name. He said there’s been rumors for a long time about his retirement, but.....then Randy Orton’s music interrupted and the former champion came out.
Jerry Lawler called Orton “upset” and “disgruntled” about losing his title last night. Orton got in the ring as Batista took off his sunglasses- he means business now. Randy said he wasn’t very happy about losing the WWE Title last night. That’s a shocker. He did say that Batista retiring cheers him up. Orton said that whatever goodbye speech Batista has planned, save it; because nobody cares. He accused Batista of retiring because of him. He told Batista to hang his head and cry like he was about to before Orton came out. Batista had to stifle some laughter, which upset Orton. He said the two things that are funny are that Orton is predictable and....he took off the cast and said he knows something Orton doesn’t. He then went on the attack, clotheslining Orton, slamming him and clotheslining him over the top rope. Batista revealed that he wasn’t out to announce his return, but to announce that he was going to Smackdown. Mixed reaction from the crowd. Batista said tonight’s guest host guaranteed him one more match on Raw, No Holds Barred, against Orton. Batista’s abs look even more jacked.
-Shawn Michaels faces Ted DiBiase later tonight.
-They showed what happened moments ago, with Batista attacking Orton.
-Lilian introduced Raw’s Diva of the Decade and tonight’s guest host, Trish Stratus. Trish stayed on the stage, but I didn’t hear the monster reaction I expected for her. Trish said Bob Barker did a good job last week, but most fans booed. She said her favorite part was almost making Chris Jericho cry. Stratus said she was a part of the Raw world for seven years and knows what the fans want. She said Orton is owed a re-match and at the next PPV (boos), Orton vs. Cena in a Hell in a Cell. She assured the fans we’d see plenty of her tonight, then said to get the next match going.
(1) Kofi Kingston & Primo vs. Jack Swagger & The Miz This is a re-match from Superstars. Primo was a flurry of offense until Miz countered and immediately took him to the heel corner for further beat-down. Swagger came in and grounded the high-flyer. Swagger tried a Vader bomb, but Primo got his knees up and made the tag to Kofi. Kofi flew off the top with a chop to the head of Jack. Flying clothesline by Kofi, but Miz distracted him. Swagger missed a clothesline and Kofi dropkicked Swagger into Miz. Kofi was pounding away on Swagger in the corner when he saw Miz stealing his belt. That hesitation by Kofi allowed Swagger to hit the Swagger Bomb for three.
Winners: Swagger and Miz, at 2:51. Too short for anything substantial, but fine for what it was, and sets up another part of the Kofi-Miz feud.
-Another plug for Michaels vs. DiBiase later tonight.
-Michael Cole plugged WWE.com and Lawler thanked Skynyrd for providing the Breaking Point theme song.
-Mickie James came out to do guest commentary for the next match.
(2) Gail Kim vs. Alicia Fox- Number One Contender for the Divas Title Match Apparently, this is one-on-one despite what Lilian Garcia thinks. Fox got Kim on her shoulders, but Kim arm-dragged her out. Hurricanrana by Kim and Fox bailed to ringside. Kim dropkicked her through the ropes and put her back in the ring. Fox took control in the squared circle as the announcing was a bit clumsy. Kim fought out of a rest-hold, and got a Northern Lights suplex for two. Body scissors by Fox as Mickie is showing some nice cleavage at ringside tonight. Kim got her head slammed off the mat, then bodyslammed her down. Fox missed an axe-kick and Kim took over on offense. Couple of clotheslines by Gail, then a flying one in the corner. Cross-body off the second rope for two. Gail went off the top but no one was home. Big axe-kick from Alicia, and she got the pin.
Winner: Fox, at 3:43. Pretty entertaining match. Too bad Gail’s program ended so quickly.
Fox stared at James after the match, trying to intimidate her I guess.
-Why yes, Shawn Michaels vs. Ted DiBiase is still yet to come tonight.
-Cole and Lawler talked on camera about the Batista-Orton happenings, and they had the on-screen graphic for Orton vs. Batista tonight in a No Holds Barred Match.
-They showed clips of last year, where Orton kicked Batista in the head to put him on the shelf.
-Trish Stratus was lighting some candles in her office backstage when Beth Phoenix barged in, upset that she wasn’t in the number one contender’s match. Chris Jericho interrupted and told Beth never to give Trish a chance to talk about herself; it’s just a two hour show, after all. Jericho said Trish is still upset about him telling her to hit the bricks after they broke up. Stratus talked about the tension Jericho shows on his face and Trish said he found a new soulmate anyway, in Big Show. Beth told Trish that at least Jericho is in the ring backing up what he says every night. Beth said he didn’t run off and retire when new competition came in, opening a yoga studio in a second-rate country. Trish said she would face Beth and Jericho tonight, saying she’d get a partner to face them tonight. Jericho assured Trish that he would take on Bob Barker anytime, anyplace, anywhere.
-They showed stills of DX vs. Legacy from last night.
-Teddy and Cody were walking backstage, as Ted faces Shawn next.
-Legacy came out for DiBiase’s match. Cody did DX’s “Are you ready?” to start off, then bragged about making DX tap out. DiBiase said what they accomplished last night did not surprise them. What’s wrong with Ted’s ear? It looks mangled. He said they wouldn’t stop until they ran DX off Raw forever. DX was watching on the monitor backstage. Shawn and Hunter started walking; they’re coming to the ring for the match, which is next.
(3) Ted DiBiase vs. Shawn Michaels No dancing or prancing from DX on their way out. Michaels, as one would expect, took a “take no prisoners” approach to start things off. DiBiase came back with a big powerslam. “You screwed Bret” chants, but it took them more than a minute after the match to start it up. Back-body drop on Michaels. Shawn rolled to ringside, right in front of Cody. Triple H backed Cody away from the area. DiBiase tried to suplex him back in, but HBK fought it. Ted was able to lift him anyway and suplex him in. Rear chin-lock by DiBiase. Shawn was able to elbow out of the move, but DiBiase nailed him with a beautiful standing dropkick to the chin. Cover got two.
Michaels dodged another dropkick attempt. He tried to hook DiBiase in either a figure-four or a Sharpshooter, but DiBiase got out. Figure-four was locked in, but Cody distracted the ref, allowing DiBiase to rake the eyes of Shawn. DiBiase punched away at Shawn and Ted was aiming for the left eye. “HBK, HBK” chants from the fans. Michaels came back with a knockout blow of his own and both men were floored. DiBiase got to his feet and locked in the Million Dollar Dream, but Shawn ran into the buckle to get Ted off of him. Michaels back-dropped DiBiase out of the ring. Triple H chased DiBiase into the ring and yelled at him from ringside, allowing Shawn to start his set-up moves. He went to the top and connected with the elbow, but he was still dazed from the eye injuries. He started to tune up the band, but Cody grabbed his feet and tripped him, causing a DQ.
Winner: Michaels, via DQ, at 9:12. Good match and probably the right finish.
Hunter attacked Cody and the brawl was on among all four men, with Shawn and Teddy even going into the crowd. Hunter and Cody soon followed. Cody got thrown over the barricade and took out the cameraman. It went black with Cole still talking, then they went to commercial.
-It’s a No Holds Barred Match between Randy Orton and Batista tonight, as well as Trish and a mystery partner against Jericho and Beth Phoenix. This feels.....familiar.
-They showed what happened to end the last match and highlights of the brawl that ensued. Lawler and Cole talked about the situation on camera.
(4) Hornswoggle & Evan Bourne vs. Chavo Guerrero & Carlito Why can’t Drew McIntyre come out and end the party that is Hornswoggle? Rosa walked down the aisle with Carlito. Hornswoggle was in first, but got away from Carlito long enough to tag Bourne. Hornswoggle still gave the business to Chavo on the outside. Guerrero worked over Evan inside the ring. Chavo tried to wear down Bourne, but it was unsuccessful for the most part. Fans got behind Bourne and he hit a flying headscissors. Heel kick by Bourne, who also fought off Carlito. Bourne set Chavo up for the Tadpole Splash. Bourne dove onto Carlito on the outside and Chavo stopped Hornswoggle. Horny had the apple and spit it in Chavo’s face, then hit the splash for the win.
Winners: Bourne and Hornswoggle, at 4:01. I have run out of adjectives to describe my feelings toward Horny and Chavo.
Chavo got the mic and said he gives up. Bourne and Horny celebrated.
-They showed three months ago, at Extreme Rules, Batista vs. Randy Orton. The two face off tonight in a No Holds Barred Match.
-Josh Mathews was standing by with John Cena. Cena had a stoic look on his face despite winning the title last night. Cena talked about Orton giving it away last night at the first sign of jeopardy. He talked about the promise he made to the WWE Universe about not quitting. He said he delivered on his promise and they now have a re-match, thanks to the guest host: Hell in a Cell. He talked about the promises Orton would make, about winning the title back and whatnot. Cena said his promise is that when the door is closed at HIAC, we will see a different side of him: More intense, savage and brutal. He said Orton will be lucky to leave the cage in one piece.
-Cole and Lawler talked about another match at HIAC, and it’s another re-match: DX vs. Legacy.
-Trish came out, as did her surprise partner: MVP. The match is next.
(5) Trish Stratus & MVP vs. Chris Jericho & Beth Phoenix Beth picked Trish up and slammed her into the turnbuckle. She then slammed her in the middle of the ring. Trish came back with a series of chops. She did the Matrix to avoid a clothesline. Jericho got involved, and then MVP did as well. The men brawled at ringside as Big Show came out to attack, causing a DQ.
Winners: MVP and Stratus, at 1:33. Disappointingly short.
Henry came out to run Show off. Trish then got on the mic and said that’s not the way it’s going to end. She made it a six-person match. Jericho, Show and Beth were already on the ramp. They weren’t happy.
(6) Trish Stratus & MVP & Mark Henry vs. Chris Jericho & Beth Phoenix & Big Show Match was already started when they came back from break. The heels had MVP right where they wanted him. MVP rolled up Jericho for two after a knee-lift attempt. Jericho was still able to keep MVP from tagging, though. Jericho tagged Beth but Phoenix wanted MVP. She jabbed her finger into MVP’s chest, but MVP caught a kick attempt. He tagged Trish, who landed a Thesz Press on Beth. She tagged MVP back in, which brought out some boos, but they combined for a “Ballin!” elbowdrop. MVP jumped onto Jericho on the outside, after he was causing a ruckus. Beth was out there and Trish wanted to go over the top and onto her, but Show tripped her. Henry nailed Show and Beth tried to pin Trish, but only got two. Trish took Beth off the top with a headscissor as Lawler implored Cole to say “Vintage Trish.” Stratusfaction for the win.
Winners: MVP, Henry, and Stratus, 5:02 shown. Gave the fans a feel-good moment with Trish and continued to build the tag team feud.
-Three months ago on Raw, Orton put Batista on the shelf again. They showed highlights of the attack. The two men square off tonight. They showed Batista walking backstage, as the match is next.
-Next week’s Raw guest host: Cedric The Entertainer! Or as Cole put it, Cedric The “Sports” Entertainer!
(7) Randy Orton vs. Batista- No Holds Barred Match Orton immediately tried to get a chair at ringside, but Batista stopped him. Orton tried to get him in his rope-assisted DDT, but Batista fended that off. Couple European uppercuts from Orton, then Batista took him down and Orton rolled to ringside. He went under the ring to find something, but it looked like a wrench. That wouldn’t do, so he dropped it and Batista dropped him. Back in the ring, Orton with his back-breaker. Orton with the Garvin Stomp, then a flying knee-drop. Orton got the chair again, but Batista speared him. Orton again to ringside, in pain this time, but Batista went after him and slammed him off the announce table. He threw him over the table and into the announcer’s chairs, but they had luckily moved. Orton was thrown into the steel steps. RKO was blocked into a side slam, but Orton wouldn’t let Batista capitalize. As Orton made his way up the ramp, John Cena’s music played and Cena chased Orton back to ringside. Clothesline by Cena, who then threw Orton into the ring for a spinebuster courtesy of the Animal. Batista Bomb–> pin.
Winner: Batista, at 5:01. Good psychology from Orton and it made sense to give Batista some extra breathers in his first match back. I don’t know about Orton losing in two pretty high-profile matches two nights in a row, unless it’s worked into the storyline.
They showed a replay of the finish, including Cena’s interference. Batista celebrated as the show went off the air.
I loved the Trish Stratus Show within the show. Remove Trish's segments and I was pretty bored by the rest of RAW. The announcement of Batista going to Smackdown really put a black cloud over things. I really thought for a moment that he was going to retire.
Line of the night: "I'll take on Bob Barker any time, anywhere." - Chris Jericho. Trish taunting him over his perpetual pout was pretty great too.
Interesting how instead of "Shawn Michaels tapping", they only referred to last night as Legacy making "DX" tap.
A lot of purposeful forgetting of history too. Trish claimed she didn't know Beth but she brought Beth in to fuck with heel Mickie in 2006, then Beth broke her jaw and was out for a year. Lawler seemed to forget that too. Then Cole, no surprise, claimed HBK has never tapped out when he has to Cena.
Poor Gail couldn't buy a win in Toronto even with fellow Toronto native and fellow "golden era" Diva Trish running the show. Oh, and what was up with Mickie glossing over when she was Trish's biggest fan. You know, back when Mickie James actually had a character and was interesting.
Man. Shawn Michaels is almost completely bald. I think when they had their blowup after SummerSlam '05, Hogan put a curse on him and damned him to the Hulkster hairline. Which is what he's got now except for an island of bangs. That is so depressing to me. He used to be just a sexy boy.
John Orquiola] The announcement of Batista going to Smackdown really put a black cloud over things.
I was pissed too, but I figured that idealized version of Smackdown, the one from the dream, doesn't really exist anymore without Jeff Hardy and Edge anyway.
Then Cole, no surprise, claimed HBK has never tapped out when he has to Cena.
And Angle! And Benoit! And Jericho!
But since DX has never tapped out in a tag match, it's a great achievement in semantics at the very least. Good job Legacy.
Oh, and what was up with Mickie glossing over when she was Trish's biggest fan.
I thought it was a winking acknowledgment to devotees. Better than not mentioning it at all. All I wanted out of this show was for Trish and Jericho to discuss their failed love and for Trish and Mickie to discuss theirs. On the whole, satisfactory.
Originally posted by CajunManPlease WWE make Trish permanent GM!!! Oh man what a relief it was to see her again on TV. She has the best T&A I have ever seen!
Three Hells in a Cell, gimme a breaksville. I guess I'm just going to have to get used to it in this new era of spin the wheel, make the deal PPVs.
The thing with Batista on Smackdown is that there's not even really enough for him do there. He's worked with Punk, he's worked with Undertaker, he's worked with Kane, he's worked with Khali, he's squashed Dolph, and on and on and on. He could turn heel and work with Morrison and Rey when gets back, but then the only reason he's been moved is the total lack of any babyfaces that aren't old and dead. Honestly, I'd rather he just went away. Or to ECW, so Christian could jump to SmackDown.
I know it'd never happen, but Cena jumping ship is so much more logical it's just silly. Never worked with Punk or Ziggler, never had an extended feud with Kane, and hasn't worked with UT for years.
Originally posted by Amos CochranHe (Batista) could turn heel and work with Morrison and Rey when gets back, but then the only reason he's been moved is the total lack of any babyfaces that aren't old and dead.
My first thought on this week's Big Announcement on Smackdown was "Teddy's turning heel!".
Then they did that on Sunday so I figured it had to be Batista joining Smackdown.
Then they did that last night, so now I guess it's got to be "Batista turns heel and joins Teddy's evil army on Smackdown".
Originally posted by Amos CochranThe thing with Batista on Smackdown is that there's not even really enough for him do there. He's worked with Punk,
Batista/Punk would be a new dynamic with this version of CM Punk. Tailor made for months of "heh heh, I'm gonna BREAK you -- in HALF" / "oops I lost. rematch!" And their matches were surprisingly good.
Batista and Rey could also work with Jericho and Show.
Even if he's on Smackdown, I still hope Batista wrestles Cena at Wrestlemania. They need to pay that off at some point. Batista/HHH wouldn't be bad either, although I wanted to see Batista turn heel for either of those matches and I don't think that's going to happen now that he's back to anchoring Smackdown.
He had a hematoma drained. The "cauliflower ear" -- often seen as a badge of honor in wrestling -- occurs when a hematoma deforms the ear and calcifies. To keep this from happening, a doctor drains the hematom before it solidifies, and sews gauze onto both sides of the ear. It's probably apparent I've dealt with this before... Bad times
re: ges7184 I think your analogy of the new peaks and valleys of the ratings being higher than the previous one. I never thought of it like that and I like it. Its a good point to describe how the business could actually be thriving here.