March 22, 2010
RAW: Rose leads a hit show
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
Itís almost here. I canít wait. The biggest wrestling event of the year is right around the corner. Wrestlemania 26 drops on Sunday, and RAW stops in San Jose for a final tune up. Hall of Famer (well WWE, at least) Pete hosts the action, and the one question I have is, where is Kane?
Shawn Michaels heads down the ramp to start the show, in what may be his final week in wrestling. HBK says he has the same feeling now, that he had in 1992 before he threw Marty Jannetty through the barbershop window and in March of 19966 when he beat Bret Hart for the WWE Title. Shawn feels like he can do anything. He says this isnít the end, itís only the beginning. HBK will forever be known as the one and only man who ended the Undertakerís Wrestlemania streak. Then the lights go out, and we get a nice Shawn Michaels retrospective video. It ends with "Shawn Michaels' Career 1985-2010."
Shawn appreciated Undertakerís attempt to intimidate him, but heíd rather have him do it to his face. Instead, tonightís guest host Pete Rose walks out on stage. He wishes HBK good luck at Wrestlemania, but tonight he has booked him in a match with Kane. Pete wants some revenge and Shawn says he can do it. (Pete Rose was on the 1980 Phillies World Championship team. I will not be taking any cheap shots at him, tonight.)
Match #1 Ė The Miz w/ The Big Show vs. John Morrison w/ R-Truth
(I hate to say it, but I really like the Miz as a character. I realized this when I started using one of his catch phrase. Really?!? Really? Sadly, yes, really.)
Big Show joins Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler at the announce table, so R-Truth also takes a seat. Miz and Morrison engage in a slap fight. Miz rolls to the outside, and Morrison kicks him from the apron and then hits moonsault to the floor and we go to commercial.
After the break, Miz is in control, slamming Morrison to the mat. Miz connects with a kick to the jaw. Miz slaps on a chin lock. Morrison powers out and beats Miz into the corner. Miz hits a back elbow, but runs into a single man flap jack. Morrison slides under Miz and out of the ring. The Miz cuts down his former partner on the turnbuckle, but Morrison fights off a superplex and drops Miz with a sunset flip power bomb. Morrison finishes him off with the split leg corkscrew moonsault. Morrison covers for the win.
Winner via pinfall: John Morrison
After the match, Morrison stops Show from getting into the ring.
Triple H doesnít want to talk to Orton, except to tell him not to try anything funny tonight. Orton reminds Hunter he still has to make it to ĎMania.
Match #2 Ė Kofi Kingston vs. Vladimir Kozlov Ė Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
(Um, if Kofi doesnít qualify, Iím done.)
No worry, Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise and gets the cover for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston
Itís official, Stu Hart will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Match #3 Ė Cody Rhodes, Ted Dibiase, and Sheamus vs. Triple H and Randy Orton
Cody tells the crowd that after 18 months of abuse, he and Ted are finally free from Randy Orton. Legacy didnít need Orton, Orton needed them. They donít care who wins on Sunday, as long as Orton loses. There is some tension between the two though when it comes down do who will win at Wrestlemania.
Sheamus wants no part of Hunter to start the match, so Cody tags in, and gets beat from corner to corner. Rhodes gets a foot up in the corner to slow a charging Triple H, and then tags in DiBiase. Ted telegraphs a move, and Hunter hits a knee to the face. Sheamus hits Hunter with a cheap shot, and then tags in. HHH is stomped on in the corner. Sheamus takes another cheap shot. Rhodes runs into a spinebuster and both men are down. Orton gets the tag, and power slams Sheamus. He takes down DiBiase and the Rhodes. Sheamus takes a backbreaker, and Orton stalks Sheamus. Instead, he grabs Rhodes trying to sneak in from the apron. Sheamus gets to his feet and kicks Orton in the head. Sheamus covers and gets the win.
Winner via pinfall: Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase and Sheamus
Legacy rolls Hunter into the ring, but HHH ducks the kicks from Sheamus and clotheslines him out of the ring.
Bret Hart stands in the ring. He never thought he would get another shot to go to Wrestlemania, after leaving 12 years ago. He left with a bad taste in his mouth, but now he can leave with his head up. He got what he wanted, a match with Vince McMahon. Bret says his family will be in Phoenix, in full force on Sunday. Bret talks about his past ĎManias. Vince walks out on stage to respond to Hartís comments.
Vince tells Hart that this Sunday he is screwed. And he leaves it at that.
Pete Rose wish Shawn Michaels good luck before his match. (Pete has a grand riding on it. Oops, let that one slip.)
Match #4 Ė Shawn Michaels vs. Kane Ė No Disqualification Match
HBK chops away at Kane, but Kane beats him into the corner. Kane follows with a low drop kick, and then a delayed vertical suplex. Kane dominates with a clothesline and then a chop to the throat. HBK ducks a punch in the corner, and responds with chops. HBK is whipped hard off the turnbuckle and stumbles into a side slam. Kane climbs the turnbuckle, but HBK counters the high flying move into an armbar submission. Kane breaks the hold by getting the ropes. HBK then counters a chokeslam by slipping into an ankle lock. HBK connects with the inverted atomic drop, and then the flying forearm. Michaels kips up, and climbs the turnbuckle. HBK drops the elbow into the heart of Kane, and the band starts to tune up. Then the lights go out, and Undertaker is standing in the middle of the ring. Undertaker chokeslams HBK and the light go out again. Kane is back in the ring, and covers. HBK kicks out. Kane looks for the chokeslam, but HBK floats over and strikes with Sweet Chin Music. Shawn covers and gets the three count.
Winner via pinfall: Shawn Michaels
Lawler and Cole talk about the celebrity wing of the WWE Half of Fame and announce that Bob Uecker will be inducted. (If you havenít seen Major League, do yourself a favor and watch it now!)
Christian and Pete Rose are hanging out backstage, and Pete says he feels his luck his changing. Unfortunately, Kane is waiting for Pete in his office to beat the hell out of him.
Match #5 Ė Beth Phoenix, Gail Kim, and Eve vs. Maryse, Layla, and Michelle McCool
(Iím pretty sure this is the main event. I donít know what that says.)
Michelle McCool plants Gail Kim with her finisher and covers to get eh pin.
Winner via pinfall: Maryse, Layla, and Michelle McCool
Batista is introduced to the ring and the WWE champion makes his way down the ramp, with security in tow. Batista does a Razor Ramon impression, say hello to the bad guy! We just have to get used to the fact that Batista is WWE champion and John Cena will lose on Sunday. John Cena never has beaten and will not beat Batista. The champ then mocks Cena, and tells the crowd they canít handle the truth Batista lays down. All Batista sees is money. He tells the crowd John Cena will disappoint them on Sunday. The champ calls out his challenger.
Cena says he has already let the fans down; it happened the second Batista became WWE champion. Cena has lost confidence in himself, as he has failed to stop Batista every time he comes out to run the fans down. Cena has always given people the chance to believe, but he doesnít believe he can win this fight. Batista says Cena is already beaten. Cena says everyone is sick of his garbage, and he isnít good at his job. Why, because he needs security. Cena doesnít see the Animal, he just sees Dave, and Dave Batista can be and will be beat. Batista steps up and Cena strikes. The security detail canít stop Cena, and he clears the ring. Batista walks to the back.
Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003.