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Raw: Mordeski???
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


The big question going into tonight's Raw was whether or not Vince McMahon would actually go through with his vow to fire Eric Bischoff, or as he eloquently put it, "take out the trash."

There's only one way to find out -- read on!

We start the show with McMahon driving a garbage truck out to the ring, which has been decorated with two podiums and a very nice office chair. We learn quickly that McMahon, in the interest of fairness, is giving Bischoff a trial. Representing the Raw GM is Coach, which means we'll actually have a decent commentary running through the show. On the plaintiff's side is Mick Foley, which means this inevitably drawn out "hearing" may actually be funny.

Match 1 -- The Great Big Fire Show vs. Heartthrobs vs. Foot Dude and Goat Boy vs. Chocolate Venus

Okay, so I guess Big Show is a face again.

Honestly, I was hoping for Batista and Rey Rey to come down to lend some interference, but that didn't happen, and predictability ruled here. A slightly impressive Triple Chokeslam ends this one quickly.

Winners: The Great Big Fire Show

To Raw Court we go, and Stephanie McMahon is called in as a witness. I wonder if all courts give witnesses entrance music…Anyways, Ms. McMahon testifies that Bishoff should be fired as a result of his sexual advances…in 2002. Well, I don't know if it would stand up in real court since she seemed to enjoy it after a second or two.

Match 2 -- Mickie James vs. Victoria

You know, if WWE really wanted to cash in, they'd make a quick move and print up a bunch of "I'm Mick James, B****" tee-shirts.

The match is pretty decent, and really it has to be by now since these two women fight virtually every week. This time, it's Victoria who gets the cheap victory, though.

Winner: Victoria

Back in Raw Court, Tajiri testifies that Bischoff held him down, despite him being a big star in ECW and Japan. Bischoff, wielding what power he has left, makes a match between Triple H and Tajiri.

Next up in the Raw Court is Mae Young. I won't even touch this one with a 10-foot clown pole.

Thankfully, this segment is short and we get Chris Masters, the bailiff, at the stand. Vince, for some extremely odd reason, breaks kayfabe on Masters, using his real last name, Chris Mordeski. Well, that character might be dead now. Was it worth it for a stupid fake trial?

In the locker room, Shawn Michaels gives Shelton Benjamin a pep talk about his attitude.

Match 3 -- Chavo Guerrero vs. Lance Cade

The nonsensical split between Cade and Trevor Murdoch finishes here. Chavito puts on an impressive show, and gets the W after the Frog Splash. Instantly, Joey Styles shows he's much better than Jim Ross, explaining the lineage of the Frog Splash from Art Barr to Eddie Guerrero to Chavo. The crowd was solidly behind Guerrero, even giving him chants, not just "Eddie Eddie" belts.

Winner: Chavo Guerrero

Back to court and it's recess time, so Foley pulls out a moon pie. This was funny a bit.

Now it's time for the Cutting Edge, and Mr. Copeland has the unfortunate duty to report that Ric Flair, the intended guest, won't be here due to advice from his probation officer. In any case, Edge and Lita go on until Sgt. Slaughter and Michael Hayes come to ringside to break up the show. This eventually leads to Hayes getting in the ring and a very, very hot segment develops. Eventually Hayes and Edge come to blows, with Copeland getting the advantage. A kick to Slaughter's groin courtesy of Lita ends the show. Very hot debut here for Edge's segment, and indeed they let him push the boundaries.

Match 4 -- Triple H vs.Tajiri

Like I even need to say what happened.

Winner: Trippy

Back to court, Coach tries to call Simon Dean as a witness, but the Boogeyman appears instead. Again, this character actually might get over here.

To the hallway we go, and we get another confrontation between Show and Triple H. Yep, he's face again.

Match 5 -- Carlito/Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels/Shelton Benjamin

Benjamin gets the hometown pop, and the match goes on, paint-by-numbers, until HBK readies himself for the Superkick. As he's just about to hit Carlito, Benjamin tags himself in. The crowd literally goes dead here in confusion. Benjamin misses his top-rop clothesline and Carlito rolls him up for the W.

Winners: Carlito/Kurt Angle

After the match, Benjamin looks dejected and even pushes Michaels away when he tries to help the amateur champion.

Finally, the court case moves back to the arena. Triple H stops Vince and lends him advice. The scene ends with Trippy and Stephanie alone, looking at each other. Ooh ... intrigue.

Then get to the end of the court case, as John Cena comes out to offer one last testimonial. In the end, Bischoff gets fired, but an Elimination Chamber match is announced for the next pay-per-view.

Well, we knew Bischoff was a goner. The only remaining is whether or not he will be back on WWE TV. My guess is yes.


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