January 4, 2010
RAW: Bret Hart returns
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling

RAW is answering the first salvo in what could be a new Monday Night War by bringing back Bret Hart. They say, “Never say never in wrestling,” but Hart coming back to WWE was the closest to a sure thing you could get. Hart is the special guest host from Dayton, Ohio.

The show kicks off with a Bret Hart montage, and, of course, a recap of the Montreal screw job. Bret Hart is announced and makes his way to the ring after pausing on the stage to take in the crowd. (Usually, I don’t mark out during the show, but, “WOW!” is all I can say.) Hart addresses why he is here and why now. He says it was Vince McMahon blocking his path for the past few years. Bret talks about his accomplishments, like winning the first King of the Ring in this very building. Hart gets to the point, and calls out Shawn Michaels.

HBK makes his way to the ring, and Hart wants to bury the hatchet; call a truce. Shawn first tells Bret, he deserved what happened 12 years ago. He disrespected Shawn and wrestling. Shawn goes on to say that part of him doesn’t regret it, but he also knows a lot of things have changed. Shawn goes on saying he respects Hart, but feels he never got any respect back. Shawn talks about their Iron Man match, and says Hart isn’t the only one who is ready to move on. Shawn asks him if he is sure and ready. Hart extends his hand and the two shake. HBK starts to walk away, and then turns to Hart and embraces him.

Hart says there is one more thing, and he calls out Vince, who is a no show.

After the break, Josh Matthews corners Vince backstage. Vince says he didn’t hear Bret call him out, because he was in a meeting. Vince says no one calls him out, and he will meet with Hart later tonight.

Diva’s Champion Melina was hurt on a recent tour, and has vacated the title. Tonight we start and Diva’s Champion Tournament.

Match #1 – Maryse vs. Brie Bella w/ Nikki Bella

Even though the Bellas pulled the switch, Maryse hits Nikki with the French Kiss (DDT) and picks up the win.

Winner via pinfall: Maryse

After the match, The Miz tries to woo Maryse. He also says 2010 belongs to him.

Match #2 – MVP vs. Jack Swagger vs. Carlito vs. mark Henry – Fatal Four-way Number One Contender Match for US Title

The match starts while WWE is paying the bills, so returns to find Henry laid out at ringside. Henry finally gets in the ring, and cleans house. He dumps MVP out of the ring, and then head butts Carlito. He then uses him as a battering ram to take down Swagger. Carlito gets caught in a bear hug, but it is broken up by Swagger, who is then picked up in a torture rack by Henry. MVP saves the match, but kicking Henry, and then knocking him out of the ring. MVP tosses Carlito through the ropes, and then hits Swagger with the Playmaker. MVP covers and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: MVP

Chris Jericho and Big Show talk backstage. Jericho says he has a plan to make a deal with Bret Hart.

Jericho drops in on the guest host. Jericho tries to stir up some ill will toward HBK, and asks Hart to be the guest referee, and get some payback for Montreal. Hart says he just wants closure, and he doesn’t want to be like Jericho. Hart says Jericho has to do this by himself.

You may not have heard, but Mattel is now making WWE toys, so DX is pimping them. Hunter tells Hornswoggle he can’t play with them, unless they beat Jericho and Show tonight. Hunter calls for Jericho, but it is actually Santino Marella is a bad wig. Hunter has trained Hornswoggle to attack Jericho, and he demonstrates on Santino. Hunter calls off the little guy and gives him a cookie.

Match #3 – DX w/ Hornswoggle vs. Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels – Unified Tag Team Title Match

Hornswoggle climbs under the ring, as Show goes for HBK. Michaels chops away at Show, but a head butt puts a stop to that. Hunter tags in, and DX looks for a dual suplex, but Show reverses it and nails a double suplex.

After the break, Hunter connects with a face buster, but then runs into a sidewalk slam from Show. After a head butt to HHH, Show tags in Jericho, who taunts the crowd. Hunter powers out of sleeper. Jericho runs into a spinebuster, and both men are down. Show gets the tag, but Hunter can’t get out of the ring. Show slams Hunter in the corner, and climbs to the middle rope. Hunter rolls away from the splash, and HBK begs for a tag. Michaels gets the tag, and chops away at Show. HBK hits a flying forearm, twice, and then connects with a drop kick to the knee. HBK knocks Jericho off the apron, and climbs the turnbuckle. Jericho knocks HBK off balance, and HBK falls to the floor. Hornswoggle runs in, jumping on Show. HBK crawls over for the cover, but Show kicks out at two. HBK warms up the band, but Show blocks it and counters into a choke slam. Show covers, but Shawn kicks out at two. Jericho tags in, and goes for the lionsault. HBK gets the knees up, but Jericho immediately goes for the Walls. HBK blocks it, and tags in Hunter. Jericho takes a Pedigree, but Show breaks up the pin. Show sets up HBK for a chokeslam, but Hunter makes the save and with some help from HBK hits Show with a Pedigree. Show rolls out of the ring, leaving DX alone. Jericho slides in and pushes Hunter into HBK, and Jericho rolls up HHH. Hunter kicks out at two. Both men are down, Hunter gets to his feet, but Jericho hits the Codebreaker. Both men are down again, and the ref starts the ten count. Jericho covers, but HBK makes the save. Hornswoggle returns to the ring, only to get kicks in the face by Jericho. Hunter uses the distraction to set up a Pedigree, but Jericho counters into the Walls. HBK breaks the hold with some Sweet Chin Music. Hunter covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: DX

After the match, Hunter wishes Jericho a big goodbye. Jericho makes the walk of shame back up the ramp.

Randy Orton comes knocking for Vince, who isn’t pleased with that. Orton wants to make Vince an offer, but Vince says what Hart did is nothing compared to what Orton has done. Orton wants to take Hart out; he tells Vince that Hart is looking for fight with Vince. Orton wants to have Vince’s back in exchange for the #30 spot in the Royal Rumble. Vince tells Orton to never confront him again.

Orton walks off and runs into Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes. They tell Orton that they were inspired last week, so this week, they will sit ringside for Orton’s match, and if Randy loses, he is out of Legacy.

Sheamus heads to the ring, and says he will not be facing John Cena and the Royal Rumble. He wants a new challenge, daring anyone to step in the ring. Evan Bourne steps up, and that will not end well. Bourne wisely slides out of the ring. He says he wants the opportunity to beat Sheamus, and he wants it now. Sheamus grants him a match. If Bourne wins tonight, he gets a title shot at the Rumble.

Match #4 – Sheamus vs. Evan Bourne

Bourne strikes quickly series of kicks, knocking Sheamus to the mat. Bourne hits the Shooting Star press (Air Bourne), but Sheamus kicks out. Bourne goes up top again, but Sheamus catches him, and slams him to the mat. Bourne doesn’t have a chance, getting kicked in the face. Sheamus hits the Celtic Cross and covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Sheamus

Match #5 – Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston

Kofi starts with a clubbing blow to Orton, and follows with a forearm from off the top rope. Kofi leaps a charging Orton, and connects with a back elbow. Orton is then run in the corner, and clothesline over the top rope. Kofi kicks Orton through the ropes, and rolls him back in the ring. Orton gets to his feet, and looks for a DDT through the ropes. Kofi counters and back drops Orton over the ropes to the floor.

After the break, Orton has Kofi in a chin lock. Kofi struggles free, but Orton plants him with a short arm clothesline. Orton stomps away at Kofi, and then smashes him into the turnbuckle. Kofi ducks a punch, and then both men collide on cross body blocks. Kofi blocks a punch, and starts to hammer away at Orton. Kofi connects with an uppercut, and then a leg sweep. Kofi hits the Boom Drop, and looks for Trouble in Paradise. Orton slips out of the ring, and Kofi suicide dives through the ropes to take him out. Orton is tossed into the ring, and Kofi hits a cross body and covers with a lateral press. Orton kicks out at two. Kofi blocks an RKO, and responds with the SOS. Orton kicks out again. Orton blocks Trouble in Paradise and hits an RKO. Orton covers for the win. Rhodes and DiBiase don’t look impressed at ringside.

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton

Mike Tyson is hosting next week. AWESOME!

WHAT YOU THINK
Which was the better show last night?
Raw - 47%
Impact 53%
Vince McMahon makes his way to the ring. He wishes everyone a happy new year, and says he doesn’t need to call out Bret Hart. Vince feels the same as Shawn, and Montreal is behind them. He thanks Bret Hart for being here tonight, and then announces Mike Tyson will host next week. Bret Hart walks to the ring. Vince knows the fans want to see the sharpshooter, so Vince asks Bret to be the better man, and asks him what he wants to say. Vince first wants to get a few things off his chest. He says the same thing HBK did, Bret screwed himself. Vince recalls Bret spitting in his face, sucker punching him, and disrespecting him at the WWE Hall of Fame. Vince wants an apology. Hart has to words for Vince, and it isn’t “I’m sorry.” Vince thought he wanted to beat on Hart, but instead he is willing to bury this. Vince talks about Bret in Wrestlemania 2. Vince nominates Stu Hart for this year’s WWE Hall of Fame. Bret thanks Vince for that. Vince thanks Bret for all his contributions to the WWE, and for being the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. Vince and Bret shake hands, and stand in the middle of the ring with arms raised. Vince then kicks Bret in the stomach, and walks to the back.

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003.


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