February 9, 2009
Raw: Shane, Undertaker too much for Legacy
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on Monday Night Raw: The build to No Way Out continues as all six men involved in the Elimination Chamber meet in a 6-man tag match. Also, Ric Flair makes his return to WWE television while The Undertaker comes over from Friday's to face Randy Orton in the main event. Should be a good one!
And we are LIVE! from Oakland, Calif. Michael Cole and 2007 WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).
It's hot and heavy early as the lights are out and Lillian Garcia introduces the 16-time World Champion and 2008 WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair.
Flair says it feels good to be out in front of the crowd again. Flair speaks for about a minute before Chris Jericho comes out of the back saying "that's enough."
Jericho sends us back to Ric Flair's retirement ceremony on Raw, where Flair and Jericho embraced. He says he hugged him out of respect, but if he knew of what Flair would do once he left WWE, he would've slapped him.
Flair says he'll never sell out -- he'll never wrestle again. He has too much respect for Shawn Michaels, too much respect for WWE and he's losing more respect for Jericho by the minute.
Jericho says Flair has to be in spotlight to which Flair responds, yes, he has to, because he's the Nature Boy, WOOOOOO. He may have retired from the ring, but he hasn't retired from the business. And Jericho will never wake up a day in his life and tell Flair how to run his life.
Somewhere in this promo, Jericho makes a Facebook reference. Now I don't know how I feel about having Facebook now.
Jericho just goes off on Flair and eventually, Flair had enough, hitting Jericho in the face. Jericho decides to head to the back as Flair's music plays.
Match #1 - Beth Phoenix (Buffalo, N.Y) & Jillian Hall (Louisville, Ky.) vs. Melina (Los Angeles, Calif.) & Kelly Kelly (Jacksonville, Fla.)
With the referee's back turned, Phoenix pulls Melina down from behind. Beth gets the tag and goes to work, but it doesn't last long, as Melina gets the edge. Melina goes to springboard off the middle rope but Rosa Mendez knocks her off the rope, allowing Phoenix to gain control and hit the Glam Slam for the win.
Winners via pinfall: Beth Phoenix & Jillian Hall
John "Bradshaw" Layfield is backstage with Shawn Michaels. JBL says, as his employee, he still controls all his matches. So HBK is getting a tune-up match tonight. And it's against Mark Henry (mainly since Kane is already booked for later, I'm sure).
Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes are out on the stage and Orton has a microphone. He says his Royal Rumble win is lost amid his controversy with the McMahons. He says he hasn't stopped thinking about what title to challenge for at WrestleMania. Nothing can stand in his way, he says, especially the McMahons. He says Stephanie has been intimidated because she thought he was going to punt her. He says he was never going to do that. He just wanted to show Shane what could happen if he wanted it to.
He wants Stephanie to be around so he can see the look in her eyes when he takes out another member of her family. Orton says Undertaker couldn't stop him at the Rumble and he's not going to stop him tonight. So if the Undertaker can't beat him, what kind of chance does Shane have?
Orton pulls in his boys for a pep talk and they head to the ring to their new awful music.
Match #2 - Cody Rhodes (Charlotte, N.C.) & Ted DiBiase (Palm Springs, Fla.) vs. Cryme Tyme (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Things get interesting when Rhodes and JTG come in. JTG hits the Mug Shot, but DiBiase breaks up the pin. Shad throws DiBiase to the apron, but then DiBiase low-bridges Shad. The distraction allows Rhodes to hit Crossroads on JTG for the win.
Winners via pinfall: Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase
Match #3 - Kane (Hell, Fire & Brimstone), Mike Knox (Phoenix, Ariz.) & Chris Jericho (Manhasset, N.Y.) vs. Rey Mysterio (San Diego, Calif.), Kofi Kingston (Jamaica) & John Cena (West Newbury, Mass.)
And the match is in progress when we get back. Kofi hits the Boom Boom Boom on Kane for two. Both men tag out and it's Cena and Knox. Cena quickly sets up Knox for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. He lifts Knox for the There It Is (TM Dave Meltzer) but Kane breaks it up. Kane takes liberties with Cena on the outside and gets the tag from Knox.
He puts the boots to Cena and tags in Jericho. Cena is able to get Jericho up for the There It Is, but Jericho escapes and tags Kane back in. Kane hits the sidewalk slam. Kane goes for the chokeslam but Cena counters into the There It Is. Kane tags Jericho while Cena gets Mysterio.
After a string of offense by Mysterio, Knox decides to get involved, but Mysterio dispatches of him. Mysterio tags in Kingston and has Kingston whip him into the corner onto Jericho. Kane and Mysterio get into it and Kofi goes to the top rope. On his way down, Jericho nails the Codebreaker for the fall.
Winners via pinfall: Chris Jericho, Kane & Mike Knox
The mid-air Codebreaker will never get old.
Stephanie McMahon is backstage on the phone. She tells the person on the other end she knows what she's doing, that she'll be careful and she can handle herself. She ends the call without revealing who's on the other end.
Match #4 - Shawn Michaels (San Antonio, Texas) vs. Mark Henry (Silsbee, Texas)
Man, here I thought filling in for Nick would net me a night of recapping wrestling sans Mark Henry. I think they did this just to spite me.
Before the match begins, the stock market bell rings and JBL makes his way to the ring.
Henry charges at Michaels and HBK hits my favorite last-ditch move in wrestling -- the drop-toe hold -- which sends Henry into the turnbuckle. Tony Atlas throws a chair into the ring. HBK goes to hit Henry with it, but he wrestles it away. Since Henry has it, HBK just hits Sweet Chin Music into the chair, into Henry's face. The referee has seen enough.
Winner via disqualification: Mark Henry
After the match, JBL cuts a promo asking HBK to bring his wife to No Way Out so she can see what a broken, beaten down, battered old man her husband has become.
Match #5 - Intercontinental Championship - (c) CM Punk (Chicago, Ill.) vs. William Regal (Blackpool, England)
Punk goes for GTS early but Regal is able to elbow his way out this time. Punk goes for a sunset flip but Regal HEADBUTTS Punk to get out.
Regal sizes up Punk and charges at him but eats a high kick. From there, he stumbles right into GTS. Good night.
Winner via pinfall AND STILL Intercontinental Champion: CM Punk
Match #6 - Randy Orton (St. Louis, MO) vs. The Undertaker (Death Valley)
Taker quickly sends Orton to the outside, but when he follows up, Orton shoves him into the barricade.
Back on the inside and Taker gains control, but Orton ducks to the outside. Again, Taker follows up and this time hits a clothesline.
We're back and Orton hits a huge bodyslam that gets two. Orton starts with a Garvin Stomp (!!!) and gets two. Orton wins a chinlock but Undertaker backdrops his way out.
Taker sends Orton corner to corner and hits Snake Eyes (Vintage Undertaker!) for two. He calls for the chokeslam, but Orton kicks his way out and goes for the RKO but is pushed off. Taker gets Orton up for the Tombstone when DiBiase and Rhodes make the save.
Winner via disqualificaiton: The Undertaker
Orton chopblocks Taker and they commence a 3-on-1 beatdown.
Orton starts going for the RKO when he's jumped by Shane McMahon. Undertaker recovers and chokeslams both Rhodes and DiBiase. Shane then props DiBiase in the corner and grabs a trash can from under the ring and places it across DiBiase's face. Orton, who hightailed it up the ramp, is distraught over what's going to happen.
Shane goes to the other side of the ring, points to Orton and goes coast-to-coast on DiBiase. Orton looks on in despair from the ramp.
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