Raw's live tonight, and with a few short weeks left until WrestleMania, WWE
is in "build to PPV" mode. Let's see what WWE cooked up for the Monday
We start off quickly with Jerry Lawler in the ring, announcing
that tonight's main event will be a World title match between Edge and John Cena.
Then, just as quickly, we go Piper's Pit, hosted by Chris Jericho? Sure, why not.
showing the famous clip from years back with Piper and Jimmy Snuka, Jericho then
invites Snuka into the Pit and shows clips from some of their matches.
gives a great promo, yet again. Snuka stands up to him, and Jericho starts pulling
out the fruit. Before he can use the coconut, Snuka intercepts it and threatens
Jericho. Jericho then scampers off, only to reappear after pushing the set down
on Snuka. Jericho then gives Snuka a major beating. Good segment but still no
'Mania opponent for Y2J.
Match 1 - Rey Mysterio vs. Kane vs. Mike Knox
(Triple Threat, Money In The Bank qualifying match)
Man, WWE's really pushing the
triple threats eh?
Average match (and that's being generous) sees Knox hit
his finisher on Mysterio, only to walk into a Kane chokeslam. Big Red's going
Post-match, Kane stays heel by chokeslamming
Next up is a look back at WrestleMania XII and the Iron Man match.
leads into an HBK interview, talking about his match with Vladimir Kozlov and
the potential match against Undertaker.
Match 2 - Kelly Kelly/Mickie
James vs. Beth Phoenix/Jillian Hall
I feel like we've seen this match
100 times already. Maryse and Melina are on commentary and bicker through the
match. Kelly, eventually, gets a top rope sommersault pin for the duke.
Post match, Rosa Mendez runs in, as does Santino Marella
and Melina... well, the latter tries to until Maryse trips her up and then gives
her a harsh DDT on the outside. Looks like we're potentially getting a unification
match at 'Mania for the ladies' titles.
After a video, Randy Orton comes
out flanked by Legacy and various lawyers and police officers and announces he
will face the winner of the Edge/John Cena bout at 'Mania. Triple H then comes
out with a sledgehammer and soon after heads to the ring. He then drops the hammer
and is invited into the ring. The two stand face-to-face and Triple H throws the
Evolution encounter between the two out to goad him into a 'Mania match. One of
the lawyers speak out and order security to remove HHH. Orton calls them off and
says he will instead face The Game, with the caveat being that neither can touch
each other until 'Mania. The deal is made, and then Orton then taunts Triple H
enough for the two to go forehead to forehead (so much for stipulations). Triple
H then goes off on Randy again. Strong, strong segment here!
- Shawn Michaels vs. Vladimir Kozlov
The match is surprisingly decent,
with Kozlov going to other wrestlers' finishers, including the Bulldog powerslam
and Lex Luger's Torture Rack. HBK, however, gets the clean pin on Kozlov following
the Superkick. Folks, we have our true 'Mania main event, HBK vs 'Taker.
Next up, we take a look at 12 Rounds, John Cena's next movie.
Then we find out that the next inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame is "Cowboy"
After this, we go to a quick interview with Edge about tonight's
Match 4 - Edge vs. John Cena (World Title Match)
was another great match between these guys, as we might expect. Eventually, the
two go to the finisher exchange/escape finish, with Edge eventually getting DQ'd
by hitting Cena with the title belt.
of going to 'Mania are further dashed when Big Show and Vickie Guerrero come out.
Vickie announces Show as Edge's opponent at 'Mania.
Overall, this was a
good show and did well to build up 'Mania. Most of the action wasn't great, but
the main event, Jericho and the HHH/Orton exchange were wicked.
Jon Waldman has been with SLAM! Wrestling since 2000.