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Monday Night Raw Preview
Monday 20th October 2008
Live from the TEE Center
Last week’s show ended on a highly controversial note when Mr. McMahon & John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield went about their mission on getting revenge on The Big Show and ending his WWE career. However they weren’t satisfied with just blind siding the former Corporation member and Mr. McMahon spat in the giant’s face. We knew this was personal beforehand and with so much at stake at the Survivor Series you have to wonder how The Big Show will react this week when he arrives in Augusta, Georgia with just under three weeks to go until his Loser Leaves Town Hell in a Cell match with J.B.L. Make sure you tune in to find out just how he does react.
Batista & Triple H’s personal problems also escalated last week with The Game finally confronting the WWE Champion on the rumours he’s dating his wife, Stephanie. Not that the furious Triple H believed him. However they were both given a stern reminder of what’s really at stake at the Survivor Series by Randy Orton when all three former Evolution team-mates collide for the WWE Championship. The Legend Killer’s not held back in letting everyone know how much he wants to get his hands back on the WWE Championship, letting Triple H know exactly how much he blames him for costing him the chance to win it back at Unforgiven last month. With Orton the only one seemingly focused on the WWE title will he be the one to leave Survivor Series with the title he craves so badly, and will The King of Kings accept Batista’s word that there’s nothing going on between him & Stephanie? Is that indeed the case? Who knows? We might find out the answers to some of those questions this week live from the TEE Center.
The opportunity that Ted DiBiase has wanted and claims he deserves is just around the corner with most believing he has no chance of overcoming the obstacle in his way in the shape of The Undertaker at the Survivor Series. However for the second straight week he was able to get the better of The Dead-Man, along with the help of his rookie, Ezekiel Jackson to leave him flat on his back in the middle of the ring. Maybe he’s not out of his depth after all and he is capable of defeating the phenom, but if history tells us anything, hell hath no fury like The Dead-Man scorned.
We found out last week from Eric Bischoff that at the Survivor Series, Raw & Smackdown will collide in a traditional elimination match and that leading Team Raw will be the Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus. The Celtic Warrior has yet to taste defeat since joining the WWE this summer and seems to be the perfect choice by Raw’s Head of Authority, but Bischoff has also decided to put Sheamus’s rival, Carlito on the team too. They were about to go at it in an impromptu title match until Bischoff put a roadblock in front of them and let them know of his plans. Can Sheamus & Carlito co-exist for the sake of Team Raw? They will however be joined by another Raw superstar when two more lock horns this week for a place on the team in John Morrison & Zack Ryder. Will it be The Shaman of Sexy or The Long Island Loudmouth who’ll be joining them at the Survivor Series?
We understand that ‘Mr. Hollywood’ The Miz has an announcement to make this week. Once again we saw him travel to Smackdown on Friday night where he watched Dolph Ziggler in action and escort him backstage afterwards. What was that all about? Does it have anything to do with the elimination match facing him at Survivor Series against Shawn Michaels’ team? Maybe we’ll see The Heartbreak Kid travel to Raw again like last week when he came to Kofi Kingston’s rescue, even offering Kofi a place on his team for the Survivor Series? Will Kofi have an answer for him? Tune in to find out.
The final spot for a shot at the World Tag Team titles was up for grabs last week when Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms met Rey Mysterio & Mystico in the second semi final in the tournament to crown new champions. With their place already booked in the final at the Survivor Series, Christopher Daniels & Kaval got a closer look of the action and watched on as their competitors fought to a double count out. They were then left stunned as Eric Bischoff announced that both Hardy & Helms and Mysterio & Mystico will join them in the final in a triple threat match for the right to be the new World Tag Team Champions. How do they all feel about? Maybe we’ll find out tomorrow night.
There’ll be a few other teams battling it out this week. After a couple of confrontations last week Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig will take on JTG & Homicide while Gail Kim along with her rookie, Shantelle Taylor will meet The Bella Twins.
With Survivor Series rapidly approaching, make sure you catch Raw this week for what is likely to be an eventful show in Augusta!
>Confirmed for Raw This Week<
Winner Receives a Place on Team Raw for the Survivor Series
John Morrison vs. Zack Ryder
JTG & Homicide vs. Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig
Gail Kim & Shantelle Taylor vs. The Bella Twins
The Miz’s Special Announcement!