Fresh off of last night’s Armageddon pay-per-view, it’s time for Monday Night RAW! Last night, Edge became the World Heavyweight Champion by defeating Batista and The Undertaker, WWE Champion Randy Orton retained the title over Chris Jericho when JBL interfered and Shawn Michaels beat Mr. Kennedy. Tonight, we’ve got a big divas match, Ric Flair vs. Umaga, a tag title match and a big return to RAW.
The show kicks off with a delicious “Santa’s Little Helper” match featuring Victoria, Layla, Jillian Hall and Melina taking on Kelly Kelly, Mickie James, Michelle McCool and Maria. Jillian opened with her usual entertaining destruction of a Christmas classic. All the girls look absolutely amazing. Kelly Kelly has really gangly looking legs. Lillian Garcia accidentally announced Kelly with the heel team - awkward. Maria wrestled the least, while Kelly botched a move at some point. McCool is starting to get some respect and seems to be getting to work a good portion of women’s matches. Once again, Mickie seems to be the sexiest of all the divas. I don’t know what it is, man. She is just on fire. Mickie scores the pin on Victoria for the win. Couple of nice impact moves and sells from Melina in this one.
Join me after the jump to find out which retired WWE Champion is joining the RAW roster.
WWE Monday Night RAW opens with “Y2J” Chris Jericho in the ring doing his whole “me want title shot” schtick. Jericho replays the video of WWE Champion Randy Orton accepting Jericho’s challenge for Armageddon. Orton comes out and it’s pretty much more of the same. The two get in each others faces - threat, threat, threat - and it almost comes to blows. Of course, Regal comes out and stops them. Orton and Jericho will pick each other’s opponents for the night. It would make sense for them to make Jericho face Flair. Now, that would be a good match. Instead, Jericho will face Umaga. Orton will face off against Shawn Michaels. Not bad main events!
After the jump, three WWE legends and an “Attitude Era” tag team make surprise “returns”!
BREAK_DOWN_THE_WALLS … OF JERICHO! The wait came to an end tonight and the questions (or lack thereof) behind the SAVE_US.222 videos have been revealed. Chris Jericho has returned to the WWE. Was it worth the wait? You may be surprised …
Monday Night RAW kicked off like every RAW should - with “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels. Michaels lost a fantastic match last night at Survivor Series against WWE Champion Randy Orton. I knew he’d lose considering that he has such a limited schedule and doesn’t wrestle house shows - it’s highly unlikely that they’ll put the title on a guy who can’t won’t wrestle a full schedule. Shawn invited Orton to the ring and Orton answered by appearing on the Titon-tron and turning him down. According to Orton, HBK will also not get a re-match because Orton will apparently receive a figurative and literal torch-passing from some sort of marathon runner.
Continue RAW Reflections after the jump - SAVE_US.222 revealed!
Monday Night RAW kicked off tonight with a surprise appearance from Friday Night Smackdown’s World Heavyweight Champion, Batista. How long has Batista been doing this? He is still an absolute nightmare on the microphone. He delivers all of his lines with the excitement of a brick and the cadence of Christopher Walken. Thank god for an equally surprising appearance by The Undertaker. Nothing like a little hype for Survivor Series at the top of the show. I still wish they’d make ’Taker look pale and give him purple boots and gloves.
Just to point out how bad Batista is, when discussing his “Hell in the Cell” match against The Undertaker this Sunday, he said, “Weapons are not only welcome … they’re allowed.” Stunning words. Absolutely stunning words.
The code has officially been cracked - when will the man behind SAVE_US.222 be revealed? Find out after the jump.
This weeks edition of WWE Monday Night RAW featured the much-hyped “one night only” (yeah, right) return of DX, as well as an appearance by “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. The WWE has kind of kicked the RAW storylines that have been running since Cyber Sunday to the curb in favor of this “novelty” episode. Never the less, I suppose it has been one of the more anticipated shows in recent memory. The most disappointing thing to me? It is pretty obvious that Chris Jericho will not be making his return for another couple weeks - it would make no sense to have him debut before Survivor Series.
Join me after the jump for more RAW thoughts, including the Santino/”Stone Cold” showdown.
Another one bites the dust on WWE Monday Night RAW. And once again it is a member of the main event RAW roster who goes down with an injury. Poor Candice Michelle. After raving about her abilities last week in my RAW reflections, the sexy women’s division main eventer went down mid-match with an injury. Even so, she still had one of the best matches on this week’s RAW. In my opinion, the Candice Michelle vs. Beth Phoenix best two out of three falls match for the WWE Women’s Championship was the best match of the night. The crowd seemed to be way into it, it was faced pace and the wrestling was solid - it was one of the best women’s match-ups I’ve seen in a long time. And then it happened. Candice climbed to the top turnbuckle and Phoenix hit the ropes, obviously trying to “crotch” Candice in the corner. Instead, it seemed Candice blew the spot, slipping on the ropes, twisting slightly and landing face and shoulder first into the canvas.
Read more about Candice’s injury, the next SAVE_US.222 teaser and Shawn Michaels after the jump.
Monday Night RAW came to us live (to tape) tonight from jolly ol’ England. And coming into this week we have a lot of questions surrounding returning talent and departing talent. Everyone knows that all three of the WWE brands have been thin on main eventers with the recent injuries to Triple H, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Edge and Rey Mysterio. Thus far, all but one has returned but we’ve also seen non-injury related departures as well in Booker T and Ric Flair. Toss in the devastating injury to John Cena that will sideline him for up to a year and we still have a set of rosters that aren’t quite up to snuff.
At no point in recent memory has it been as evident as the past two Monday nights. Last week we had Triple H wrestling in three matches – that’s three times the Triple H. And for people who don’t care much for Triple H, that’ll make for a long night. Let’s face it, I’m not jumping out of my seat for a non-gimmick Triple H vs. Umaga match any day of the week. This week, we have Randy Orton in three matches. Three times the Randy Orton. I get it, he’s the champ, but it defies logic to put your heel champ in a situation where he is fighting the odds. Shouldn’t the good guy be getting screwed?
Read more of my RAW thoughts after the jump and check out the latest on the SAVE_US.222 videos.
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