Sometimes the unexpected happens. Like your limo blowing up. Or like the VCR eating your tape. Filling in for Dale Plummer, The LAW comes to the rescue. This week’s Raw saw the continuation of the Mr. McMahon investigation, plus several title matches announced for this Sunday’s Vengeance. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler called the action from Richmond, Virginia.
The show kicked off with a re-cap of last week’s explosion, and comments from a WWE rep that stated that the show would go on.
We then headed to the ring where Mick Foley was already standing. Foley said that in retrospect, some of his comments about Vince McMahon last week were inappropriate. Randy Orton came out to the ring to interrupt him, and accused Foley of being responsible. King Booker then entered the ring, and said that there has been a federal investigator interviewing Bobby Lashley, and that no on had more of a motive than Lashley, plus with his army background knows about explosives. Lashley came down and shoved Booker. Finally John Cena came down to the ring. He mocked Orton and Booker for trying to serve as investigators, and echoed the sentiments of the McMahon family that the show must go on. Jonathan Coachman then came out to the ramp and said that he has been put in charge of Raw in the interim. As a result, since these five men will battle this Sunday at vengeance, he is making a main event tonight of Orton and Booker versus Cena and Lashley. He also stated that Mr. McMahon didn’t appreciate any of the things Mick Foley wrote about him in his latest book, so tonight Mick would take on a man that Vince admired, Umaga.
Match One: Brian Kendrick and Paul London vs The World’s Greatest Tag Team
London and Kendrick were making their debut after being selected in the supplemental draft yesterday. Their presence ensures we should never have to endure a Highlanders title run. Lawler pointed out that London was the only one smiling as Mr. McMahon walked past all of the superstars last week. This match went about five minutes, and was a bit of a disappointment considering who was involved. The end came when Benjamin attempted to powerbomb London, who instead brought Benjamin over the top with a hurricanrana. Thant left Haas and Kendrick in the ring. Haas attempted a German suplex, but Kendrick landed on his feet, and finished off Haas with Sliced Bread #2.
Winners: Brian Kendrick and Paul London
A federal investigator was shown talking to Jonathan Coachman, but we couldn’t hear what they were saying.
Carlito was in the middle of the ring as we came back from a commercial and he offered his condolences to the McMahon family, saying Mr. McMahon was the coolest guy in the industry. He then said that there were two big winners in the draft last week, Torrie Wilson and Ric Flair, since they were drafted off his show. The Sandman then made his entrance from the rafters, and chased away Carlito with his Singapore cane.
Cryme Tyme cut a promo about Vince that started off somber, but then turned into a skit where they were selling off items like Vince’s last meal, last cup of coffee, etc. The federal investigator then took them away to speak with them.
Match Two: Daivari vs Jeff Hardy
This was Daivari’s first match on Raw in several years, and it may be several months before we see him again (I sense plenty of Heat or dark match duty). Lance Cade and Trevor Murdock were at ringside, and it was announced they would defend against The Hardys this Sunday. Daivari got in a surprising amount of offense, and the match went at least five minutes, longer than the opening tag match. Jeff finished off Daivari with a Twist of Fate, and a Swanton Bomb.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
After the match, Cade and Murdock claimed they were backed into a corner by The Hardys poor sportsmanship several weeks back. As they were talking, Hardy flew over the top onto them with a slingshot body press.
In the best news ever, The Iron Sheik was requesting his own talk show on Raw, and Jonathan Coachman said he would consider it. Ron Simmons stopped by to add a "damn!"
William Regal was flirting with Maria when Santino Marella interjected. Regal didn’t give him the time of day. Maria and Marella then had a terrible conversation.
Todd Grisham interviewed Mr. McMahon’s limo driver. He said he received a call from his wife, and that they have been having problems, so he took the call. Wow, this story has so many layers! He said he went around the building to get better cell phone reception, and when he came back, the explosion happened. He was nearly in tears.
Match Three: Mick Foley vs Umaga
It was announced that Umaga would be the one to challenge Santino Marella at Vengeance. This was Foley’s first one on one Raw match in 7 years, according to Jim Ross. Well, we have to wait a little bit longer, as this one never got under way. Both men quickly ended up outside the ring, where Foley hit Umaga in the head with a chair. When he went for a second one, Umaga kicked the chair in his face. Umaga then placed Foley against the steps, and squashed him with the running butt bump. Several officials came to check on Mick.
John Cena was shown speaking to the federal investigator.
A long white limo was shown backing into the arena.
The investigator wanted to speak to Mick Foley, but a doctor said he had to check up on him first.
Mr. Kennedy came out to a positive response, but he was quickly able to turn the crowd against him. He said that while he didn’t always get along with the Smackdown audience, he really doesn’t like the Raw fans. He said they have no respect for him, and they had no respect for Mr. McMahon, who he said he was very close to. Kennedy then announced that he was dedicating his career to Vince.
The white limo was shown once again as J.R. speculated who could be inside.
Match Four: Melina and Jillian Hall vs Mickie James and Candice Michelle
It was announced before this match that Candice would receive a title shot this Sunday at Vengeance. It’s great to see Jillian on the flagship, as I have long felt she was the most talented diva (aside from Trish). She has a lot of personality, among other assets, and is a solid in ring performer. Candice spent almost the entire match in for her team taking a beating from Jillian and Melina. The crowd was behind Mickie in this one, as she was in her hometown of Richmond. Unfortunately her fans got to see her lose, as Melina finished her off with a new move that looked like it was going to be a reverse DDT, but then Melina came down on Mickie with a splits, driving her to the mat.
Winners: Melina and Jillian Hall
The explosion footage was shown for those who didn’t see Raw, ECWor Smackdown last week. And I guess for those without an Internet connection. Basically for people who were living in a shack last week. They then showed the white limo again.
Match Five: Randy Orton and King Booker (with Queen Sharmell) vs John Cena and Bobby Lashley
There was a smattering of boos for Cena, but for the most part, the crowd was really into the team of Cena and Lashley. As Booker and Bobby were battling it out, Lawler stated, "if I’m not mistaken, this is the first time these two superstars have ever been in the ring together", to which J.R. responded "I don’t believe you are mistaken about that". That’s some good product knowledge. Cena was isolated for a few minutes by Orton and King. Once he was able to make a tag, Lashley came in and dominated. He went for a powerslam on Booker, but Booker slipped out and made a blind tag to Orton. Lashley hit Booker with a spinning spinebuster. This allowed Orton to slide in, hit the RKO, and pin Lashley.
Winners: Randy Orton and King Booker
The white limo was opened, and out came Stephanie McMahon. That’s it, we need to bring Vince back from the dead immediately!
Stephanie was shown talking to Jonathan Coachman, who offered to escort her to the ring. She said this was something she had to do by herself.
Stephanie then came out to the ring. She thanked the fans that sent their sympathies to the McMahon family (a.ka. the mentally challenged fans). She declared that next week all the stars from Raw, ECW and Smackdown would be on hand for a three-hour celebration of the life on Vince -- three hours! All brands! Didn’t we just do this? Stephanie then fought back the tears as she said that while this Sunday’s Pay Per View was called Vengeance, it would be the McMahon family that gets Vengeance when they find out who was responsible. She then said, "I love you dad", dropped the microphone and headed to the back as the show came to a close.
Thanks again to Allen Gaynor and the crew at Live Audio Wrestling for filling in!