SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling
   Mon, February 6, 2012



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

Raw in Detroit


WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs ... and Stairs


NXT Takeover: [R] Evolution


WWE Survivor Series


House of Hardcore VII


Signmania VIII


Beulah McGillicutty







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT





Raw: Triple H says no, Jericho calls everyone a copycat
By NICK TYLWALK - SLAM! Wrestling


This week's show opens with a voice-over hyping last week's confrontation between The Undertaker and Triple H. What is going through the mind of the Cerebral Assassin, the voice asks rhetorically? We just may find out tonight from Oklahoma City as Raw goes live on USA.

Not many Chief Operating Officers have their own entrance music, but Triple H is no ordinary exec. The Game walks down the aisle with microphone in hand, and the Oklahomans show him some love. He makes it clear that he intended to “future endeavor” John Laurinaitis last week but never got a chance to do it. Johnny Ace apparently pleaded his case to the Board of Directors in Stamford, putting off his fate until at least tomorrow morning. Moving on to the Deadman, Triple H explains that no one in the business still gives him a chill when he comes out except for The Undertaker. Hunter thinks it was pretty obvious that 'Taker was challenging him to a rematch, but there was no feeling of excitement and respect like before. Instead, he felt sorry for The Undertaker, because he'd rather remember him differently. A highlight package takes us quickly through darn near all of The Phenom's great WrestleMania moments, and The Game says that is much better than remembering him getting carried to the back last year in Atlanta. With that in mind, Trips feels he has to decline the rematch, because if they meet up again, he'll have to finish Undertaker for good. Everyone has limits, according to the COO, and he has no desire to push 'Taker past them. This is over. Or maybe not, as we cut to the Deadman watching highlights from last year and vowing not to allow that image of him to be the last one we all see. He asks for one more chance for vengeance in exchange for granting HHH one more shot at immortality. I don't know, Trips. Living forever sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

Match 1 – The Big Show vs. Daniel Bryan

Show looks glum because Bryan's injured girlfriend A.J. comes to ringside to watch. Maybe she'd like to see some commercials too. Naturally, after the break, A.J. almost gets caught in the crossfire again. Show wins by count out while Bryan escorts her up the ramp. The World Heavyweight Champion can't let it go, though, telling Show that since he pulled up just short of running A.J. over today, it proves that he could have done the same thing before. Bryan boasts that it changes nothing, because he'll still be champion after Elimination Chamber. Oh, and he'll still be a vegan too. Not sure if you've heard him mention anything about that before.

Last Monday, Carl Edwards drove into the arena to invite John Cena to be the starter for the Daytona 500. Nice job letting a stock car drive into the building security! A video package explains the Elimination Chamber match in case you've never seen one before #goingtothewellagain

Quiet everyone: David Otunga has something to say! He can only pray that the Board does the right thing and allows Laurinaitis to keep his job. Otunga invites everyone to pray with him and starts “Tebowing” in the ring. Triple H orders a match for him, starting right now. Uh-oh.

Match 2 – David Otunga vs. Sheamus

Just about the time that Otunga gets in his first bit of offense, he turns around right into a Brogue Kick. Objection, your honor. Denied.

Chris Jericho comes out to address the crowd, really for the first time since his return. He explains that he is making good on his promise to end the world as we know it, because every man and woman in the company is simply a copy of him. Not just that, but the fans are all wanna-bes too, and Jericho brags that he was able to get all of them to do whatever he wanted without saying a word. He goes into individual examples of other superstars biting off him, but he saves extra venom for CM Punk. Jericho doesn't think the WWE Champion is original or unique, and certainly not the best in the world. Any further ranting is prevented by the appearance of Punk, who strides to the ring with his own microphone. Perhaps fighting fire with fire, Punk walks up to Jericho, drops the mic and holds the belt up in his face. A frustrated Jericho wants to talk, but Punk simply smirks as he walks to the back. #turnaboutisfairplay

Match 3 – Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes vs. The Great Khali and Randy Orton

Orton forcefully tags in Khali early on, making it look like they aren't going to work together well. Oh, right, forgot that Khali is in the Chamber match too. Anyway, Khali gives it right back to Orton, and he Viper ends up getting worked over by both heels. Orton rallies to hit his patented DDT, but Khali tags himself back in. The big man nails Rhodes with a big chop coming off the rope to get the pinfall, then has a staredown with his partner. Orton connects with an RKO to get the last laugh – figuratively, of course, since he never really laughs.

The Cena video that we saw during the Royal Rumble airs once again. If any of you are still holding on to an ember of hope that he may turn heel, this will snuff it.

Match 4 – Eve, Kelly Kelly, Alicia Fox and Tamina vs. Beth Phoenix, Natalya and the Bella Twins

I enjoy when they cut to the crowd during these crowded Diva matches and everyone is sitting on their hands. Anyway, Tamina gets the win and stares down Phoenix after the bell.

The Rock is going to be on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. Unless you are reading this on Tuesday, in which case you missed it. Wait, what the heck is a DVR?

Triple H's phone call is interrupted by Laurinaitis, who tells the COO about his visit with the Board. Johnny teases an appearance by Shawn Michaels next week and says he suggested an Ambulance Match between Cena and Kane for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. Trips admits that is a good idea, but he doesn't think Laurinaitis came up with it himself, and he tells the still-for-now-anyway interim GM to beat it.

Laurinaitis tells Josh Mathews that he doesn't think the Board wants someone who is perceived as cowardly to run Raw. And in case you're wondering, yes, he's referring to Triple H refusing the rematch with Undertaker.

Main Event – R-Truth vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Miz vs. CM Punk – Six-Pack Challenge

Everyone but Kingston and Ziggler soon ends up on the floor, but Kingston hurls himself out there anyway, and Ziggler teases the same before showing off his strut instead. We need to take one more ad break here. R-Truth is getting helped to the back upon our return, declared medically unable to continue. Bodies continue to get hurled over the top rope, leaving Punk and Jericho mano e mano in the ring. Miz and Ziggler jump back in to keep them occupied. A cool spot sees everyone down after a superplex, and the ref makes a pair of two counts at the same time. Kofi's big Trouble in Paradise misses Jericho and knocks Miz out of the ring. Jericho tries to take advantage with a near fall on Kingston. They battle for a bit until Jericho counters a Trouble in Paradise with the Walls of Jericho, forcing Punk and Ziggler to break up the hold. Punk eventually nails Ziggler with a GTS, but Jericho drags the champ out of the ring and throws him over the announce table. Ever the opportunist, Jericho uses the ropes for leverage and pins Ziggler, meaning he'll enter the Elimination Chamber Match last. Jericho grins while holding up Punk's belt.

We're not quite done yet. Kane menaces Eve in the locker room, saying that Cena has only begun embracing the hate. If he doesn't get all the way there soon, Kane is afraid for Eve, Cena and anyone else who crosses his path. More than anything, Kane says for the first time, he is afraid of himself. An extreme close-up of the Big Red Machine is the last image we see this week. See you in seven!

Nick Tylwalk is challenging all other Raw recappers out there to an Elimination Chamber Match in Miami. However, because of budget constraints, the cage is probably going to be made of cardboard boxes and the chambers from plastic wrap. Respond to the challenge on Twitter, on Google+ or by email.