Raw Recap 09.03.07
Raw Recap from Columbus, Ohio:Raw opened with highlights of last week's attack on John Cena during his match against King Booker. With Cena down, Orton ran at Cena to deliver a boot kick, but then rolled out of the ring. Orton proceeded to pull Cena's dad from the crowd over the audience barrier and kicked him in the head leaving him knocked out.
Lawler and Ross discussed how Randy Orton would address John Cena tonight, Triple H will face Carlito in the ring and the rest of the McMahon family will confront Vince.
Jeff Hardy vs. Umaga (IC Title Match)Replays shown of last week where Umaga came to the ring during the Hardy vs. Mr. Kennedy match. Kennedy exited the ring leaving Umaga in the ring to decimate Jeff Hardy.
Jeff tried to start the attack early on Umaga with kicks to the midsection and more, but Umaga grounded Hardy off the ropes then started to dominate. Umaga started to choke Hardy against the ropes. Umaga again knocked Hardy down when he tried to mount an attack off the ropes. Umaga continued to attack and dominate Jeff Hardy whipping him hard into the corner. Hardy was able to move away when Umaga charged at him in the corner. Jeff went at Umaga near the ropes where Umaga flipped him over them. Even though Hardy landed feet first on the apron, he was met with a solid kick from Umaga. Raw hit a commercial break with Hardy laying outside the ring.
When the match returned, Umaga was kicking and hammering away at Jeff Hardy down on the mat. Umaga began applying pressure to Jeff's shoulder but Hardy got to his feet to fight. Umaga used a Samoan drop as Jeff Hardy tried to come off the ropes, leaving Hardy laying in the ring. Umaga tried to do a headbutt off the ropes onto Hardy, who moved away. Both men finally stood up with Jeff mounting an offensive attack. Hardy managed to flip over Umaga and tried to grab his legs for a pin. Umaga tried to sit down on Hardy who moved away. Jeff used several moves off the ropes including Whisper in the Wind. Umaga caught Jeff when he jumped off the ropes a second time and sideslammed him down for a pin.
Jeff nearly escaped a pinfall by Umaga, so Umaga tried to climb the top ropes for another move. Jeff got to his feet and jumped to grab the side rope, causing Umaga to fall from the top turnbuckle and down to the mat. Jeff took advantage by pinning Umaga for a 3 count. Umaga furiously pushed Jeff off him, causing Jeff to land out of the ring. Jeff backed up the ramp and celebrated with the IC title!
Winner: Jeff Hardy wins via pinfall over Umaga to capture the Intercontinental Title!
Jim Ross showed highlights from during commercial break, where Umaga had become destructive tearing up the announcers' table and tossing chairs and the steel steps around.
Vince McMahon shown in the back office talking to Coach, with his lawyers present. Vince told Coach he had the best lawyers around, as Carlito came into the office. Vince told Carlito that it was humilating what happened last week on Carlito's Cabana. Vince said Umaga just lost something so they'd have a 2 on 1 Handicap match with HHH facing Umaga and Carlito tonight.
Santino Marella shown as he knocked on the Divas' lockerroom door and called for Maria to come out. Maria told Santino he should have asked her before going to GM William Regal to ask for Maria to have a rematch with Beth Phoenix. Santino told her not to worry she'd be fine because he would be there with her for the match.
Wiliam Regal was then shown with a WWE staff member backstage asking where John Cena was. Regal sent the staff to go find Cena so he could talk to him. Melina came walking up to Regal and began discussing a meeting they had in the past. Melina whispered some things into Regal's ear which he told Melina she should be ashamed of. As Regal left, Melina turned and Stephanie McMahon was there. Steph raised her hand to slap Melina, causing her to cower. Melina turned the other way and Linda McMahon was there. Melina started to apologize and Linda slapped Melina in the face. Ron Simmons then came up and paused for a moment before exclaiming "DAMN!"
Highlights shown of Beth Phoenix last week as she ran down and attacked Maria before their match on Raw even started. Beth continued to attack Maria and the match never took place.
Maria came down to the ring with Santino Marella and his theme music. Marella took the mic in the ring and began to berate Ron Simmons. Marella began to talk trash about Columbus as well. Just then, Sandman's music came on and the Sandman came walking down to the ring from the audience. Marella continued talking on the mic.
Sandman got into the ring with his Singapore Cane as Marella started to insult him on the mic. Marella said Sandman is jealous because he makes love to Maria and Sandman makes love to a stick. Sandman cracked his cane over Marella causing Santino to roll out of the ring. Sandman chased him out and followed him up the ramp, continuing to whack the cane over Marella's head. JR said they would try to have a match once Raw returned from break.
Maria vs. Beth PhoenixMaria immediately ran up to jump on and attack Beth, but Beth just tossed her off across the ring. Maria jumped on Beth again, but this time Beth dropped Maria onto the top rope. Beth used a few moves followed by a standing suplex to easily pin Maria for the victory.
Beth Phoenix took the mic after the win and said she would cash in her title opportunity at Unforgiven and take on Candice Michelle. Beth told Candice she would show her again how a Glamazon gets the job done. Beth picked up Maria for another standing suplex and slammed her down. Just then, Candice Michelle came running down to the ring. Candice got into the ring and stared at Beth. Beth had an evil grin on her face as she backed away and exited the ring. Candice went to check on Maria with the ref as Beth Phoenix left.
Winner: Beth Phoenix wins via pinfall over Maria.
JR and the King went over a few photos of John Cena's father, showing his injuries from Orton. Cena's father had a visibly darkened bruise around his left eye. Up next, JR and King said Orton would address John Cena.
GM of Raw, William Regal stood in the ring and discussed Randy Orton's request last week for a rematch with John Cena which he denied. Regal said Vince McMahon asked Orton to prove himself in order to earn the rematch. Regal said that unfortunately inspired Orton to do the damage he did last week to Cena's dad. Footage was shown on the Titantron of last week's incident. Regal said due to the nature of what Orton did last week, he was given the night off. Regal had Orton appear live via satellite on the Titantron.
Orton said Cena's dad's blood is now on his hands. Orton said all Cena needed to do was accept a rematch last week. Orton asked if Cena wants that rematch now. Regal announced that at Unforgiven, Randy Orton will face John Cena for the WWE Championship. Regal said it was time to continue the show. Just then, John Cena came out onto the ramp looking upset, carrying his WWE title. Cena came down to the ring as Regal pleaded with him saying he was just doing his job as GM.
Cena got into the ring with Regal still begging him to back off. Cena took a look at his WWE title belt and kissed his dog tag pendant. Cena then turned and attacked William Regal. The two spilled out of the ring and onto the announce table, with Cena going crazy . Cena locked in the STFU on Regal on the outside floor. Several refs came over to finally pull the enraged Cena off Regal. Cena stood near the crowd barrier as the refs attended to Regal. Still angry, Cena walked up the ramp and backstage scowling.
JR and King reviewed what Cena just did to Regal and said Cena probably put his career in danger. Cade and Murdoch, the tag team champs joined JR and King near the ring to watch the next match.
Kendrick & London vs. World's Greatest Tag TeamLillian Gracia announced the match would determine the #1 contenders for the tag title at Unforgiven. Early on Haas took control grabbing Kendrick's arm and twisting it. Kendrick finally managed to pull Haas over to London and tagged him in. London and Kenrick began to tag in and out using aerial moves on Haas. London started to use his quickness against Haas, but Haas managed to catch him off the ropes and then slammed him back. Haas tagged in Shelton to beat up London. Shelton pressed London high above his head, then let him fall onto his knee. Shelton suplexed London back and then Haas did a flip over the ropes onto him.
London tried to use his speed to run over and tag Kendrick, but Benjamin tripped him down. Haas tagged in to continue the dominance over London. London finally was able to kick away from Haas when he grabbed him and tag in Kendrick. Kendrick began to fly around the ring knocking down Haas and knocking Benjamin to the outside. Kendrick jumped over the ropes onto Benjamin outside the ring, then got back in to try to pin Haas.
Benjamin got back into the mix, but London took him to the outside. With Kendrick and Haas in the ring, Haas charged at Kendrick in the corner. Kendrick moved away, then did a suplex style move off the ropes to capture the pinfall win.
After the win, Cade and Murdoch got into the ring clapping for Kendrick and London. They offered their hands to Kendrick nad London and the two teams shook hands. Cade and Murdoch left the ring and began to slap hands with fans in the crowd as they went up the ramp.
Winner: Kendrick and London win via pinfall over Cade and Murdoch to become the #1 contenders for the WWE tag titles.
William Regal shown being attended to in the back on an ambulance. Just then Shane McMahon came walking up. Shane took a look at Regal then said "it's gonna be an interesting night".
Promo shown for CM Punk followed by JR saying Punk will challenge Morrison for his title on ECW Tuesday night.
Backstage, Umaga shown in the lockerroom with Carlito. Carlito tried to calm Umaga down and said Umaga needs to focus his anger on HHH. Carlito told Umaga that HHH was laughing at him when he lost to Jeff Hardy.
Vince show backstage talking to 3 attorneys about his money and whether it was protected or not. Vince asked if his trust funds can be broken into. Vince asked Coach how Regal was, and Coach said pretty bad. Vince told Coach he would need to step up again. Vince then berated one of his lawyers who brought up a "defensive strategy". Vince McMahon fired the lawyer then talked to the remaining two about their strategy for the woman who filed the paternity suit.
Daivari & Jillian Hall vs. Cody Rhodes & Mickie JamesJillian grabbed the mic from Lillian before she could announce the opponents. Jillian mocked Lillian for being in WWE magazine and promoting her new album. Jillian said her album will blow Lillians out of the water. Jillian said she'd sing for the crowd even though she just had her wisdom teeth taken out. Jillian started to sing and Daivari also chimed in as they performed the "Summer Love" tune from Grease. Cody Rhodes and Mickie James came out to interrupt and start the match.
Early on, Jillian took control as she grabbed Mickie's hair and tossed her around the ring. Mickie responded by running at Jillian and knocking her down, then kicking her in the stomach. Cody and Daivari tagged in, with Cody using armbar takedowns. Daivari regained control when he clotheslined Rhodes down from out of the corner. Daivari used a slam then an elbow drop on Rhodes. Daivari continued to dominate as he dropped Rhodes and then started elbowing him in the head. Daivari tried to keep Rhodes down on the mat, but Rhodes got up and was able to drop Daivari down. Rhodes pinned Daivari but Jillian came in to break it up. Mickie also ran in to jump on Jillian and the two divas fought, rolling outside the ring.
Daivari and Rhodes continued to fight in the ring, with Daivari trying to attack Rhodes. Rhodes used a DDT to take Daivari down and score the pinfall.
Winners: Cody Rhodes & Mickie James win via pinfall over Daivari and Jillian Hall.
Highlights shown from last week when HHH invaded Carlito's Cabana and had Carlito's sister come out to the ramp. HHH said everyone's been with Carlito's sister. Carlito proceeded to spit apple into Triple H's face, causing HHH to respond with a beatdown on Carlito and a pedigree.
Triple H vs. Carlito & UmagaCarlito attacked HHH from behind as the bell started, driving him into the corner. Carlito whipped HHH to the opposite corner then went at him, but HHH clotheslined him down. Carlito came running at HHH but HHH grabbed Carlito and tossed him over the ropes. HHH taunted Umaga telling him geto get in the ring. Umaga came into the ring as Carlito snuck back in behind HHH. HHH headed off the attack by Carlito but then was knocked down by Umaga. The ref called for the bell as both men continued attacking HHH.
Carlito pulled HHH to the center of the ring and Umaga jumped off the ropes onto him. Umaga then sat HHH in the corner of the ring as Carlito left the ring and grabbed 2 chairs. Carlito put a chair in front of HHH's face and Umaga ran at him. HHH moved away causing Umaga to hit his back into the chair. HHH regained himself and grabbed a nearby chair. As HHH stood up he rammed the chair into Carlito's gut then bashed it over his back. Umaga came at HHH, but the Game swung the chair into Umaga's stomach. HHH continued to crack the chair down over Umaga's head, but Umaga stayed on his feet. Finally, HHH gave a look to the crowd, dropped the chair and left the ring. HHH grabbed his sledgehammer from under the ring.
HHH got back into the ring and proceeded to hit Umaga in the head with his sledgehammer several times, finally drawing blood. A bloody Umaga was down to 1 knee, when the Game ran at him and hit him in the back with his sledgehammer, delivering the knockout blow. HHH knelt over Umaga and grabbed his head as if he yelled. Carlito stagged back up the ramp, looking on in horror.
Winner: HHH wins due to disqualification of Umaga and Carlito when they wouldn't heed ref's instruction to stop the doubleteam.
McMahon Family Confronts VinceVince came strutting down to the ring with 2 lawyers and Coach. Vince told the crowd his family is here to confront him over 1 thing tonight and thats "the money". Vince said that's all it's ever about. Just then, Linda McMahon came down to the ring. Linda, Stephanie and Shane each came down to the ring respectively and confronted Vince about his issues and said they think he can change. Vince tried to show a video highlighting his quality time with Steph, but HHH had switched videos so it showed Vince beating up Steph in a Street Fight match.
Vince told his family that none of his conquests ever happened and he had all these women talked about and shown just to build up his ego and image. Vince said he's cheated only once on Linda and it was with the woman who's given birth to his bastard son. Vince said he feels he can change, and then knelt down before his family members, vowing to be a better father and husband. Just then Mr. Kennedy's music came on and Kennedy came down to the ring.
Kennedy said he was there because everything happens for a reason. Kennedy said he and Vince have crossed paths many times, he has Vince's middle name for his last name, and the identity of Vince's son was going to be said in Kennedy's hometown next week. Kennedy proclaimed himself as Vince's son, "Mr. Kennedy McMahon" and then hugged his "dad". Just then a man in a business suit walked out onto the ramp with a mic.
The man said he was there on behalf of his client, the women suing Vince. He said the DNA results are in and it proves that the son is not Mr. Kennedy. The man said his client will reveal the name of Vince's son next week on Raw. He also said his client had one clue in a note about the superstar's identity: "Things are looking up". Raw went off the air with a bewildered Vince standing in the ring with his family and Mr. Kennedy.