Raw Recap 11.10.08
Raw recap from United Kingdom:Raw opened with highlight of last week's Steel Cage match between Chris Jericho and Batista for the World Heavyweight title. Earlier in the night, Shane McMahon announced the champ will defend against John Cena at Survivor Series. In the main event match, Batista and Jericho went all out, with Y2J eventually using part of the steel cable apparatus up near top of the cage to beat on Batista's head. Jericho was able to repeatedly hit Batista, drawing blood and causing the Animal to fall into the cage as Jericho climbed out to victory.
A riled up crowd welcomed Batista as he arrived down the ramp to the ring. Batista immediately asked to invoke his rematch clause and win back his championship. Just then, Stephanie McMahon appeared on the Titantron live from WWE Headquarters in CT. Steph said unfortunately Batista can't have a rematch for the title until after Survivor Series, out of respect for Shane's orders. Stephanie then said with the resignation of Mike Adamle it is time for a new era on Raw, one of forgetting the past and moving forward. Steph announced that Rey Mysterio will face Kane in a No DQ match, and Shawn Michaels will face Jericho in a Last Man Standing match, to end these feuds on Raw.
After Stephanie ended her comments, Randy Orton came out from backstage and headed to the ring with Batista still there. Orton told Batista he'll have to wait in line for a title shot, because first its Cena's shot, then Orton's shot. Orton told Batista he's just better than him, since the days of Evolution and now. Batista told Orton based on history he's better than him in every, way, shape and form. Batista said since tonight is about settling old scores and moving on, so he challenged Orton to a match for tonight. Orton accepted but said once he wins the title back he'll be champ longer than just 8 days.
WWE Slam of the Week highlighted last week's Over-the-top-rope Battle Royal for the #1 contender spot for IC title. It came down to Dibiase vs. Shad, with Dibiase dropkicking him off the apron. Dibiase thought he was winner, but William Regal who was still legal snuck in and shoved Dibiase out to win the match.
William Regal vs. Santino Marella Prior to the match, Santino said he'd done away with the Honk-A-Meter, and is now using the Honk-A-Perfect-Mountie-Meter, which is 123 weeks worth of IC title reigns (Honky Tonky Man, Mr. Perfect & Mountie). Santino currently has 13 weeks for his reign. As he continued talking and dissing Regal and England, William Regal came to the ring to interrupt and start the match.
Intercontinental Title Match
Regal started the match with a vengeance, whipping Santino corner to corner and elbowing him down. Regal quickly tossed Santino down, then came off the ropes to knee Santino in the head. With Santino knocked out, Regal scored the winning pinfall in extremely fast fashion.
Michael Cole interviewed Regal in the ring after his win. The crowd chanted Regal! Regal! as Regal savored the moment. Regal said he'll wear the championship with the pride and dignity of an Englishmen, and will take the spirit with him all around the world. Regal discussed his pride to serve the Queen and to be England' s IC Champion.
Winner: William Regal defeats Santino Marella by pinfall to become the new Intercontinental Champion.
Backstage in a reddened area, Kane addressed Shane and Stephanie McMahon. Kane said Shane reminds him of terrorizing and torturing the innocent such as small insects and birds when he was a kid. Kane said tonight he gets a No DQ match against Rey Mysterio, and he guarantees after tonight's match he'll be even less liked by the fans which means he'll like himself even more.
D-Lo Brown vs. Mike KnoxKnox made his Raw debut against Chicago superstar D-Lo. Knox made an impressive debut. As he whipped D-Lo to the corner, D-Lo elbowed his way out. Knox responded with a knee to D-Lo's jaw and then used his Corkscrew twist slam to defeat D-Lo easily in another quick match on Raw.
Winner: Mike Knox wins via pinfall over D-Lo Brown.
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Backstage, Beth Phoenix found Santino who was visibly upset over his loss. Santino said tonight's loss was a tragedy, so he called Shane McMahon and expressed his upset. Santino said Shane wasn't too happy with Santino's call and seems to now be taking it out on Beth Phoenix. Santino informed Beth that Shane set up a match for her to defend the Women's title against Mickie James tonight. An angry Glamazon took Santino's cell phone and threw it against the wall, then glared at Santino before storming off.
Raw Rewind showed highlights of last week's cage match for the World Heavyweight title. Jericho climbed the wall and used part of the steel cable apparatus to beat on Batista's forehead until he was bloody. Jericho then escaped the cage to become new champion and will go on to defend against John Cena at Survivor Series.
Michael Cole and Lawler discussed how John Cena will try for the World Heavyweight title at Survivor Series in Boston, MA. Footage was shown of John Cena being drafted to Raw back in 2005. Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Batista, JBL, & Maria as well as Cena's family members gave comments about Cena's impact/desire & work ethic in the WWE.
Chris Jericho was on the top of the ramp and remarked how heartwarming the story of Cena is. Jericho then spoke of the Batista story, the man who put Cena on the shelf for months. Jericho said he defeated Batista for the title, becoming champ for the 5th time now and still is best in WWE. Jericho spoke of Shawn Michaels and how his fans are liars, cheaters and hypocrites. Jericho discussed hitting HBK with a TV monitor, punching his wife in the face, and destroyed him time after time finally beating him in a ladder match. Jericho said tonight's Last Man Standing match will be the final chapter in Shawn Michaels' story. Jericho said Cena's odds aren't good to win after coming back from injury, and Y2J will show how not every story has a happy ending.
Rey Mysterio shown walking backstage on his way out to his No DQ match against Kane.
Rey Mysterio vs. Kane At one point, Mysterio eluded Kane and went underneath the ring. Kane went after Rey, who ducked Kane, then tripped him. Kane hit face first into the steel steps. Rey continued his attack outside the ring using the crowd barricade to flip onto Kane. Raw took a break and when it returned, Kane had managed to gain control briefly. Rey used a headscissors to flip Kane into the ropes, but Kane avoided a 619. Rey went for a sliding dropkick, but Kane grabbed Rey's legs and swung him against the crowd barricade. Rey writhed in pain on the outside floor.
No DQ Match
Kane continued to punish Rey, yanking his arm against the ringpost, then slamming his hurt arm on the steel steps. Kane tossed Rey back into the ring for more punishment. Rey managed to counter Kane near the ropes and hit a bulldog to drive Kane to the mat. At another pivotal point in the match, Kane was on the apron and tried to chokeslam Rey, Rey managed to yank Kane down against the top rope causing Kane to fly to the outside. Rey jumped out at Kane with Kane chopping him down from the air. Kane then ripped the padding off the concrete floor and went for a slam move. Rey slid off Kane and was able to run at Kane and hit against the ropes for a DDT. Kane's head met the concrete, and Rey got up to push Kane back into the ring. Rey went for a pin with Kane kicking out.
Rey managed to finally hit a 619 and then a huge splash off the ropes. Rey went for a pin but Kane grabbed his throat and stood up for a Chokeslam. Rey slid out of Kane's grasp and tripped Kane face first into the corner. Rey then jumped off the corner with the West Coast Pop to land on Kane and pin him in their final match.
Winner: Rey Mysterio wins via pinfall over Kane.
Backstage in the locker room, Manu and Cody Rhodes confronted Randy Orton about what he did to Ted Dibiase. They informed Orton that Dibiase now has a concussion. Orton told them Dibiase was the weak link in their group and so he did what they didn't have the guts to do. Orton told them that neither of them are in his league. Rhodes quickly slapped Orton in the face. An enraged Orton tried to go at Rhodes but Manu held him back until Orton finally left the scene.
Batista vs. Cody RhodesBefore the match even started, Team Priceless (Manu & Rhodes) came down to the ring. Rhodes took a mic and told Orton he can't beat him or Batista. Rhodes told Orton he's going to beat Batista and asked the ref to ring the bell. Batista smirked as Rhodes got into the match, and Orton left the ring to watch.
During the match, both men had outbursts of offense. At one point, Rhodes tripped Batista into the lower turnbuckle. Manu delivered a cheap shot as the ref warned Rhodes. Batista came back to deliver a big boot off the ropes and then a clothesline. Rhodes tried to gain offense again off the ropes, but Batista caught him for a Spinebuster. Batista then knocked Manu off the side apron and used the Batista Bomb to slam Rhodes to the mat.
After the win, Manu got into the ring and Batista charged at him Spearing him down fast. Batista left the ring and headed up the ramp where Orton was. Orton backed away backstage as Raw went to commercial.
Winner: Batista wins via pinfall over Cody Rhodes.
Mickie James vs. Beth Phoenix Santino accompanied an unhappy looking Glamazon to her match. Michael Cole said tonight could be deja vu as Mickie defeated Beth for the title once before in England.
Women's Title Match
Early on in the match, Mickie was able to roll up Beth for a pinfall with Beth kicking out of it. Beth grabbed Mickie's arms behind her back and attempted to do her finisher, but Mickie used the ropes to kick herself back at Beth and counter for a pin. Again Beth kicked out. Mickie continued with her attack, dropkicking Beth on the mat and ramming her in the ring corner.
Mickie went to climb outside to the corner, but Santino pushed her causing her to lose balance. With the ref checking on Beth still, Mickie hopped to the apron and kicked Santino hard causing him to fall. All the chaos allowed Beth to get up and run over at Mickie, elbowing her head into the turnbuckle. Beth pulled Mickie into the ring and scored the winning pinfall to retain her title.
Santino rushed into the ring to ecstatically congratulate the Glamazon, eventually putting her up on his shoulders.
Winner: Beth Phoenix wins via pinfall over Mickie James to retain the WWE Women's title.
Raw highlighted the Michaels vs. Jericho feud showing all of their various run-ins and incidents over the past months. Michaels attempted to retire from WWE heeding his doctor's advice, but Jericho arrived to the ring to bait him. It ended with an accidental punch hitting HBK's wife Rebecca. The two continued to battle at several WWE PPV's. Jericho successfully defeated HBK in a Ladder Match to retain the World Heavyweight title.
An advertisement for next week's Raw announced that CM Punk will face Randy Orton one on one.
Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho HBK went for Sweet Chin Music right after the bell with Jericho falling to the mat. HBK punched away at him. Jericho whipped HBK to the corner, with HBK flipping down and clotheslining Jericho down. Michaels continued his attack. As HBK went for the elbow off the corner, Jericho stuck his knees up and was able to take the advantage. The ref counted as HBK eventually got to his feet. The two eventually went to the outside and Michaels jumped onto Jericho with the two landing in a pile. The ref counted as Michaels went back in the ring and Jericho got to his feet outside.
Last Man Standing Match
Jericho tried to walk away up the ramp with HBK running up and jumping on his back. Michaels went for Sweet Chin Music on the ramp, but Y2J ducked it and was able to do a running bulldog, slamming HBK face first onto the ramp. Michaels finally got up at the 5 count as Jericho went to attack and Raw took a commercial break. Raw returned with Jericho knocked Michaels down near a United Kingdom cab car at the top of the ramp. Michaels was able to counter a Jericho attack and catapulted him into a fake mailbox set up at top of the ramp. Michaels slammed Jericho onto the hood of the cab car, then climbed onto its roof. Michaels went for a Piledriver, but Jericho countered it and put Michaels into Walls of Jericho on the roof of the car! Michaels writhed in pain but was unable to tap due to the rules.
Jericho shoved Michaels off the roof of the car to the outside floor. The ref counted all the way to 9, but Michaels barely got up before 10. Jericho jumped off the car roof and HBK delivered a chop to his gut. HBK threw Jericho off the ramp then fought him near the crowd. Michaels used a camera on a beam to smash into Jericho's head, knocking him down. The ref made his count up to 8 with Jericho finally to his feet again. Michaels grabbed him and shoved him over the crowd barrier, then back to ringside.
Michaels grabbed a Ladder from under the ring to bring into play. Jericho got up and ran over to kick the ladder into HBK. Jericho took the ladder and bashed it into HBK's head knocking him down for a count. HBK got up again and Jericho charged at him with the ladder. HBK dropped out of the way and Jericho rammed into the ringpost. Michaels threw the ladder into Jericho knocking him down near the commentators. Michaels tore the top of the commentators' table and tore the TV's out. HBK set Jericho onto the commentator table and then set the ladder up. HBK jumped off the top of the ladder and crashed on top of Jericho with an elbow.
Both men were down and the ref started counting. Both men were up at 8. All of a sudden JBL rushed out but HBK managed to avoid him and toss him over the crowd barricade. Jericho seized the moment by using his title belt to smash into HBK's head. Michaels was up at 9 and caught Jericho with Sweet Chin Music. JBL came into paly and smashed a steel chair onto Michaels. The ref counted with both men down. It got to 8 and Jericho pulled himself up using the side apron cover. Michaels couldn't answer the count near the crowd barricade as he was layed out by JBL's steel chair shot.
Winner: Chris Jericho wins the Last Man Standing Match over Shawn Michaels.
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