Raw Recap 10.27.08
Raw Recap from Tucson, AZ:Raw opened with a "In Memory of Conrad Efraim "Special Deliver Jones" 1945-2008 slide, before launching into the show. Highlights were shown from Cyber Sunday with the World Heavyweight title match between Chris Jericho and Batista. Stone Cold Steve Austin won the fan vote to be special guest referee. During the encounter, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton and JBL all got involved in the match. Eventually, Randy Orton knocked down Austin and tried to count the pinfall for Y2J. Batista escaped at 2, and Austin was back up to give Orton a Stunner. Austin went to Stun Jericho, but Jericho shoved him away. Y2J turned and Batista speared him down, then delivered a Batista Bomb to capture the victory and the title!
Raw went on the air announcing a Batista/Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho/JBL tag team match. Jericho made his way down to the ring angrily grabbing a mic to address the fans and Batista. Jericho called last night's title loss the biggest screwjob in WWE history, saying GM Mike Adamle helped Batista win the title. Jericho said Austin acted as a totally biased referee and the end result is Batista is the new champ. Jericho said Batista didn't beat him, but had the help of an entire army helping him in a conspiracy. Jericho said he will exercise his rematch clause for next week and take back the title from Batista.
GM Mike Adamle headed down the ramp with a mic in hand. Adamle told Jericho he decided to make sure there would be no interference in Jericho's rematch against Batista, so it will be a stell cage match next week. Angrily Jericho paced the ring saying "you want to lock me in a cage?" Y2J stormed out of the ring, bumping Adamle on his way. Just then, Randy Orton came down to the ring and took a mic to talk to Adamle. Orton chastised Adamle for sending him out to referee last night, as it set his recovery back. Orton said he'll make sure Adamle doesn't get away with this. Orton looked into the camera and called for Stephanie and Shane McMahon to come to Raw next week and fire Adamle, or else Orton will leave WWE. Orton began to call out Adamle as a failure at all the jobs he's done in life. Orton mentioned Adamle's wife and kids, prompting Adamle to slap him in the face. Orton got enraged and got into Adamle's face, then stormed out of the ring.
Highlight footage shown from backstage at Unforgiven PPV when Orton got into CM Punk's interview space, and then Punk was attacked by Manu, Rhodes and Dibiase. With Punk down, Orton delivered his running kick to Punk's head, taking him out of the title match at the PPV.
CM Punk and Kofi Kingston shown walking backstage on their way out for a tag team match.
Kofi Kingston & CM Punk vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase With the titles on the line, Cody Rhodes worked to wear down Kofi Kingston for quite some time. Eventually, Kingston made an impressive counter to escape Rhodes. Both Rhodes and Kofi tagged out, and Punk got on the top rope to springboard off and clothesline Ted Dibiase down. A swinging neckbreaker followed and Punk then ran over to knock Rhodes off the apron.
World Tag Team title match
Punk continued with a furious offensive frenzy, eventually kneeing Dibiase in the corner. Manu got on the apron, but Punk quickly turned and kicked him off. All 4 competitors were in the ring, and Rhodes went to grab Punk. Kofi leapfrogged onto Rhodes and stayed on Rhode's shoulders, then propelled both of them over the top rope. Dibiase tried for a neckbreaker on Punk near the ropes. Punk held onto the ropes and Dibiase fell back. As Dibiase stood back up, Punk grabbed him and did the Go To Sleep, then captured the pinfall victory. Kofi and Punk are your new World Tag Team champions!
While Kofi and Punk celebrated in the ring, Rhodes, Dibiase and Manu aruged with one another on the ramp.
Winners: Kofi Kingston & CM Punk win via pinfall over Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase to become new World Tag Team Champions.
A commercial was shown for Survivor Series on November 23, 2008 with the advertisement saying John Cena will make his return then.
A countdown timer was shown to announce Wrestlemania 25 tickets will be available in about 11 days.
Lillian Garcia introduced 3 special guest commentators. Roddy Piper made his way down the ramp, followed by Goldust and finally Honky Tonk Man. Santino Marella made his way out for the match next with Beth Phoenix.
The GlamaHaas vs. Santino Marella Santino addressed Honky Tonk Man before the match and showed the Honk-a-Meter, saying in about a year he'll be greatest Intercontinental champion ever. Santino Marella told the cameraman to focus on his girlfriend The Glamazon. Just then, Beth Phoenix' theme music started to play and down the ramp came Charlie Haas in a blond wig and Phoenix' ring attire, carrying a Women's belt. Michael Cole dubbed him the "GlamaHaas".
Intercontinental Title Match
Santino attacked Haas from behind to start things off, then threw him out of the ring at the commentator's table. Santino made the mistake of slapping Honky Tonk Man and then retreating back to the ring. All three guest commentators jumped out of their seats. Piper and Goldust went to the other side of the ring to prevent Santino from escaping. Honky Tonk man snuck into the ring behind Marella. As Piper and Goldust got in the ring, Santino turned and was clocked by Honky Tonk Man's guitar. Honky Tonk man's theme music played and the three legends celebrated in the ring, as an angry Beth Phoenix looked on.
Winner: No winner/disqualification when Honky Tonk Man, Roddy Piper and Goldust got involved.
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler announced a six diva tag match coming up as well as Evan Bourne vs. Rey Mysterio. Up next, Cole said the new champion will speak.
A promotional video was shown for Mike Knox which indicated he'd be coming to Raw soon.
In the ring, commentator Michael Cole introduced the new World Heavyweight champion, Batista. The new champ came down to an ovation from the fans, and posed with his title in all the corners of the ring. Batista thanked the fans for their support in helping him regain the title he lost. Cole asked Batista about next week's rematch with Jericho in a steel cage. Batista said he's not concerned over a steel cage match since that's his playground, and Jericho has nowhere to run or hide. Batista vowed to still be champion after Raw next week.
Backstage, Candice Michelle, Kelly Kelly, and Mickie James were shown walking backstage on their way to the ring.
WWE 24/7 On Demand showed highlights of August 9, 1980's "Showdown at Shea" at Shea Stadium in New York. The card included Tony Atlas, the Wild Samoans, and Bruno Sammartino in classic matches. Also included was Andre the Giant versus an undefeated Hulk Hogan, a precursor to their famous Wrestlemania III battle.
Candice Michelle, Kelly Kelly, & Mickie James vs. Jillian Hall, Katie Lea & LaylaFootage was shown of the brawl that broke out during last night's Diva Costume contest. Victoria was dressed up as a giant banana and tossed a banana at Mickie James when she was announced winner. Eventually, the face divas cleared the ring to help Mickie James celebrate her win in the contest.
Kelly Kelly went on a rampage in this match, as Mickie James eluded Katie Lea to tag her in. Kelly was able to ram into Katie's stomach from the apron then flipped over the rope into the ring. Katie was able to use several other impressive moves, and revved the crowd up as she ran and jumped on the corner where Katie Lea was. Katie shoved Kelly down and went for a pin, however Candice was able to grab Katie's leg from ringside. Jillian and Layla ran over to go after Mickie and Candice outside the ring, but they were both knocked down. Meanwhile in the ring, Kelly was able to set up Katie for the K2 to win the match.
Winners: Mickie James, Kelly Kelly & Candice Michelle win by pinfall over Jillian Hall, Katie Lea and Layla.
JBL delivered a message on the Titantron from backstage. JBL called out Shawn Michaels for interfering in a business deal he had with Chris Jericho at Cyber Sunday. JBL said HBK cost him a lot of money by getting into the middle of things. JBL said tonight Shawn Michaels will pay and learn nobody crosses JBL.
A commercial was shown for next week's Raw. It will have a special 8PM EST start time and be 3 hours long to commemorate Raw's record-breaking 800th episode.
Evan Bourne vs. Rey MysterioHighlights were shown from last night's Mysterio vs. Kane No Holds Barred match. Kane seemed to have the match in control, but Mysterio made a major comeback and eventually splashed onto Kane to win it. An interview was shown prior to the match with Evan Bourne and Rey Mysterio. Bourne told Rey he's been waiting all his life for this opportunity and plans to defeat him tonight.
Bourne thought he had Rey down and went to the top rope for the Shooting Starpress. Mysterio got up and tried to battle Bourne, but Bourne shoved him down. Bourne jumped onto Mysterio to try to grab his legs for a rollup pin. Mysterio countered it to slingshot Bourne into the ropes, then delivered a 619. Rey tried to springboard off the ropes, but Bourne avoided him. Bourne jumped onto Rey's shoulders from behind, then tried another roll-up pin. This time Rey reversed it and rolled up Bourne for the winning pin.
After the match, Rey extended a handshake to Bourne who was angry at losing. Bourne shook his hand, but just then flames erupted from the top of the ramp, and Kane headed their way. Rey told Bourne he'd handle Kane on his own, so Bourne got out of the ring. Kane got into the ring and began to decimate Mysterio, prompting Bourne to re-enter the ring and help Rey fight Kane. The two men were able to use high kick moves to Kane to knock him down. Just then, Mark Henry rushed to the ring. Evan Bourne used the ropes to swing and dropkick Henry, then tried to jump over the ropes. Henry caught him in the air. Rey saw it and went towards the ropes to help, but Kane was back up and grabbed Rey for a huge Chokeslam. Henry rolled Bourne back into the ring and did the World's Strongest Slam. Kane and Henry stared down at the two fallen wrestlers then gave each other a look.
Winner: Rey Mysterio wins via pinfall over Evan Bourne.
The official theme song for Survivor Series will be "Spoilin' For a Fight" by AC/DC, in stores now.
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler introduced footage to chronicle Cena's rise to wrestling fame, which all started in Boston, MA. Cena's family spoke about growing up with Cena and the way they all used to wrestle one another. John's former trainers and sports coaches spoke as well about how gifted an athlete Cena was. The footage ended with "John Cena returns Survivor Series".
ECW's The Miz & John Morrison came out to the ramp in street clothes carrying mis. Morrison told the crowd to quiet down. Miz & Morrison talked about their remarks towards DX on their video show "The Dirt Sheet", referring to DX as geriatrics. Morrison said next week they will take on D-Generation X as part of the Raw 3 hour show. Miz said a special edition of The Dirt Sheet will go down on tomorrow night's ECW, where they'll examine the rise and fall of DX.
Batista was shown backstage getting revved up for his tag match.
Highlights were shown from earlier in the show when Orton got into Adamle's face and called him a failure at life. Adamle slapped Orton, prompting Randy to get angry then leave the ring enraged.
Shawn Michaels & Batista vs. JBL & Chris JerichoJust as Jericho arrived to the ring, footage was shown backstage of JBL giving Shawn Michaels a beatdown in a hallway. JBL repeatedly punched HBK then tossed him against walls and light fixtures. Lawler yelled for someone to get some help as JBL shoved Michaels through a door in the hall, then slammed it shut. Jericho was looking on from the ring and smiled at what went down. JBL arrived to the ring after taking care of business with HBK. Y2J stood in the ring and applauded JBL's work.
Batista came to the ring by himself since Shawn Michaels had been decimated backstage prior to the match. Jericho and JBL did as expected with a serious doubleteam beating of Batista. The two heels effectively worked to wear down the champ, distracting the ref at times so the other man could cheapshot The Animal. Eventually Batista cleared the ring of both men, clotheslining Jericho off the apron into the commentary table. Raw went to commercial with Batista yelling out at JBL and Jericho.
Raw returned with Batista in control, delivering a hard clothesline to Jericho. Jericho was able to counter an Irish Whip to the ropes, and Batista went after JBL who hit him from behind. Jericho took advantage with a kick to the back of Batista's head. The heels again started to work on Batista and wear him down 2 on 1. Batista regained momentum again on a tag out by JBL to Y2J. Batista began to clothesline down Jericho, and eventually knocked JBL off the apron. Batista went for a Batista Bomb, but Jericho jumped out of it, then hit the Code Breaker. Jericho crawled over for the cover and Batista escaped at 2.
JBL went for a Clothesline from Hell once he tagged in, but Batista ducked it and Speared him. Jericho pulled himself back to the apron and yelled for JBL to tag, but just then, Shawn Michaels emerged from backstage and limped down the ramp. HBK took his place on the side apron, fired up. Batista managed a tag but the ref had his attention on Jericho and missed the tag. Michaels pleaded with the ref. Jericho had left the ring and re-entered, trying to use the championship belt to hit Batista. Batista and JBL both ducked Jericho's attempt and HBK tried to hit Jericho with a Superkick. Jericho dropped to the mat and escaped the ring. As the ref was distracted, Batista grabbed JBL and delivered a Spinebuster, then a Batista Bomb to win it.
Shawn Michaels helped Batista to his feet, and the Animal hoisted his title up for Jericho to see from the ramp.
Winners: Batista & Shawn Michaels win via pinfall over JBL & Chris Jericho.
As Raw left the air, Michael Cole reminded fans of next week's 3 hour Raw with Miz/Morrison vs DX and Jericho vs. Batista in a steel cage for the World Heavyweight title.