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Monday Night Raw
Monday 8th December 2008
Cumberland County Crown Coliseum
Fayetteville, North Carolina




A recap from last week was shown where Triple H took on Finlay in a Last Man Standing match, wrapping up the hard fought victory thanks to a sledgehammer shot to the head of the Irishman. The WWE Champion wasn’t satisfied though and hit him again as he eventually made it back up. With the fans booing like crazy, he went after a microphone. He issued a warning to Batista, stating that what just happened to Finlay was his future, but he also claimed it would be the end for Batista as he vowed to end his career. The crowd were then left stunned as “Sprach Zarathustra” hit to a deafening roar in the Jobing.com Arena. Triple H couldn’t believe it as he saw the retired ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair walking down the aisle with a microphone in hand, both staring at each other.

Flair got in the ring, joining Triple H to tell him to forget all about ending Batista’s career like he ended his at SummerSlam. Triple H didn’t like that one but, but Flair was only just getting started and said that he was enjoying his retirement, then told The Game that Batista won’t be as he’s not ready to retire yet, he’s not done and he’s praying that Dave kicks his ass at Night of Champions and takes back the WWE Championship. The fans were going nuts as Flair defiantly stared at The Game, and the WWE Champion came firing back, telling the world that no amount of praying is going to help either of them, calling it inevitable that Batista’s career will come to an end just like Ric’s did.

Flair then called The Game an opportunist, claiming he picked the right to time end his career but how he’s not had the guts to do the same right now with Dave as he knows he’s definitely not going to win at Night of Champions. The Game was seething and Flair continued to say that there’s no doubt that it’s going to be three stages of hell but that only one man can walk out victorious as WWE Champion and how he believed that man will be Batista, letting out a big “WOO” to get the crowd going too. It was met with a ferocious stomp to the gut from The King of Kings, who set The Nature Boy up for the Pedigree.

The fans were booing like mad until “In the End” blasted out to a huge pop and Batista stormed down the ramp and into the ring. Triple H shoved Flair to the side as Batista ran at him, ducking a clothesline and coming back off the ropes to take the champion down with a spear. The roof was nearly blown off by the Arizona fans, but Batista wasn’t done with his rival, pulling him back up for a Batista Bomb, sending the WWE Champion crashing into the mat, left lying their helplessly with the fans cheering like crazy again and Flair raising Batista’s hand and then hugging him to end the show on a big high.


J.R. & The King went over what the fans could expect to see throughout the show, mentioning that Ted DiBiase would be in action against The Big Show, and if he did another no show, he’d be fired. JR & King also plugged a potential barnstormer between Rey Mysterio & Christopher Daniels as well as plugging the No Holds Barred main event between Batista & The Miz.

We got a recap from the end of last week’s battle royal to determine the number one contender for the Women’s Championship at Night of Champions, coming down to Gail Kim & Queen Kong. Gail tried to take her over with head-scissors like she did Rain, but Kong held on, just. Gail didn’t stop trying and went up top looking for a diving cross-body. Kong though caught her and threw her up above her head before walking over to the ropes and sending her down to the floor right in front of the watching Women’s Champion as the bell rang and she was announced the winner.

Kong glared down at her for several seconds before menacingly stepping through the ropes and walking over to Melina, who grabbed her belt. Melina stood up, trying to show no fear and lifted her title up bravely, getting a pop from the crowd. Kong wasn’t impressed in the least bit and gave her a tame shove, but Melina came back at her and shoved her back, hard. Kong stood firm and boy was she livid. She glared at Melina and then tried to grab her, but Melina nailed her in the skull with the title, putting Kong down on the floor to a massive pop. “Paparazzi” played and Melina stared down at the squirming Kong, wondering if she’d done a wise thing or not while clutching onto the women’s title.


*The Opening Match*
Melina & Gail Kim
vs. Queen Kong & Rain

Melina & Gail looked tentative at the start of the match with Kong glaring intently at the pair of them, but as they found their way into the match their confidence grew. Like last week, Kim fought bravely against Kong, showing some real spirit & determination. She was on the brink of defeat when she managed to escape Kong’s clutches before nailing her with an enzuigiri. The crowd were urging her to tag Melina, and she did with both her & Kong crawling to their respective corners.

It brought Melina & Rain into the action, and Melina was fired up, taking it right to her former foe, and with the fans right behind her, she looked to have the match won when she caught Rain with a ferocious roundhouse kick. Kong though stormed the ring to break up the count, going for a leg drop on Melina, but the champion saw it coming and got out of the way with Kong’s huge leg falling down on her partner instead. The fans were loving it, and as Kong & Melina made their way up to their feet, Gail joined them in the ring, helping her partner to send Kong out of it with a double drop kick.

Melina turned her attention back to the squirming Rain, finishing her off with the California Dream to secure the victory, much to the satisfaction of the North Carolina crowd. She & Gail sure enjoyed their win and soaked up the ovation from the fans as the angry beast on the outside picked herself back up, once again staring furiously at them, not one happy bunny to say the least at seeing Melina defiantly raising her title into the air in her direction.

Winners: Melina & Gail Kim by pinfall.


Todd Grisham briefly interviewed the number one contenders for the world tag team titles, The Epitome of Excellence, Christopher Daniels & Kaval. Todd mentioned their match with Rey Mysterio & Mystico at Night of Champions in two weeks before moving on to ask Daniels about his upcoming match with Mysterio. Daniels gave him a very respectful answer, speaking of his great respect for Rey as a performer and stating how he’s always wanted the chance to get in the ring with him. He even called Mysterio an inspiration, saying that Rey gave people like him & Kaval the belief that it doesn’t matter what size you are, you can still be successful, citing Rey as one of their role models getting into the business. Daniels went on to say that as much as he respects Rey, he would be going all out to beat him later on and then at Night of Champions when he & Kaval become the World Tag Team Champions. He strongly stated that he & Kaval have set the standard for tag teams across the world since they came to the WWE, reminding us all that they’re undefeated, and that once they’re champions which they should be right now, they’ll set the standard for years to come.

{Commercial Break}

*Match 2*
Rey Mysterio w/Mystico
vs. Christopher Daniels w/Kaval

Rey & Daniels put on a show for the fans, both coming close on a couple of occasions to snatching the big win, but as the match entered its closing stages, Mysterio seized the upper hand. The Mexican lifted his knees up into Daniels’ stomach as he came off the top rope looking to hit the Best Moonsault Ever. The crowd were well behind Rey as he went all guns blazing at Daniels, eventually sending him onto the middle rope. With the fans cheering like mad, Rey dialled up for the 619 and nailed it to another huge roar from the capacity crowd.

They rose to their feet as Rey steadied himself on the apron, but Kaval tried to come to his partner’s aid by running round on the outside and grabbing Rey’s foot. The fans weren’t happy, and neither was Rey or Mystico. Rey’s partner ran round to try & see off Kaval with Rey doing the same, trying to pull his foot back. Daniels was clawing his way back up, and Mystico saw off Kaval on the outside, leaving Rey to focus on his opponent.

He hit the springboard for the West Coast Pop, but Daniels ducked it and caught Rey in a flash with the Angel’s Wings, wasting no time to go for the cover and pick up the win. Kaval swiftly joined him in the ring as he got his arm raised, staring down at Rey as he started to come round with a look of respect before leaving the ring with his partner, turning back and looking down at the ring with Rey sitting up and Mystico also in the ring looking right back at their challengers, knowing full well they have a battle on their hands in two weeks.

Winner: Christopher Daniels by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}

The mystery man who’s been showing up in recent weeks was roaming around the back when he was stopped by Todd Grisham.

Spoiler for Mystery Man:



Todd got straight to the point and asked him who he was and why he was seemingly stalking Kofi Kingston. The mystery man didn’t look too happy with Todd’s question and gave him short shrift, telling him to go ask Kofi. Todd though told him that he already had and that Kofi wouldn’t tell him anything. The mystery man didn’t look too surprised and said it sounded about right before walking off, leaving Grisham frustrated not to have gotten an answer out of him, but as the mystery man walked out of the shot, JTG walked in.

He & Todd greeted each other and Grisham jumped into asking him about his match later on with his former rookie, Homicide and how things have gotten heated between them since Homicide was given a permanent contract. JTG told Todd he had no problem with Homicide doing his own thing but he wasn’t going to let him get away with what happened last week (the sneak attack before their scheduled match that didn’t go ahead). JTG then added that there was one thing they had in common, both being from Brooklyn, then spoke about how he was going to go all Brooklyn on Homicide’s ass later on.

We were then taken to the office of Raw’s Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff, and he was pacing up & down the office when a casually dressed Ted DiBiase walked in with his girlfriend, Maryse. Bischoff was clearly pissed with him, but Ted was extremely laid back and casually said he heard Bischoff wanted to see him. Bischoff shook his head, trying to calm himself and failing before laying into him, asking him why the hell he’s not bothered to turn up the last two weeks without even a word to explain why.

DiBiase threw him what wasn’t even a half-hearted apology, then said that he was doing something useful, making some serious money in Vegas amongst other places. Bischoff couldn’t believe it and sat down at his desk, this time giving himself enough time to compose himself. He then told Ted that he had a feeling another fine wouldn’t bother him, so he decided that he was going to throw him back into action in a match later on against The Big Show. Strangely, DiBiase was fine with it and told Bischoff just that before heading back out, leaving the boss increasingly frustrated with the arrogant young superstar.

Elsewhere in the back, Zack Ryder was shown coming out of his locker room, all set for action. The Bella Twins, Brie & Nikki walked up to him and asked him if Justin Gabriel was in there, and that didn’t go down at all well with The Long Island Loudmouth. He asked them what all the fuss was about with him, why all the divas are talking about someone like Gabriel and how hot he is.

Ryder then told them that he, not Gabriel was the hottest thing on Raw period and that all they had to do was look at him to see it and how he left him flat on his back in the middle of the ring last week. The Bellas didn’t look too impressed though, but Zack wasn’t done and told them that if they or anyone else didn’t believe him, he was going to go show the entire world what The Big Z is all about. He then walked off with Brie & Nikki still not impressed and tutting at each other.


{Commercial Break}

Footage from during the break was shown where Batista & Ric Flair stepped out of the limo in the parking garage, getting a huge reaction from the fans inside the arena as The Animal & The Nature Boy made their way into the arena with Batista up against The Miz in the main event.

A recap from last week’s match between Justin Gabriel & Zack Ryder was shown where Ryder managed to gain the upper hand going into the closing stages, but after sizing the South African up for the Rough Ryder, Gabriel ducked it and caught him with an enzuigiri to a big pop from the fans. The job wasn’t done and he hit the top rope, sealing the deal with the 450 splash to another massive roar from the Glendale crowd. The action wasn’t done there though, and after Gabriel came down off the ropes celebrating, Ryder was back on his feet and took him down with the Rough Ryder to a ton of heat. The Long Island native just stared down angrily at him for several seconds with the boos ringing out before leaving the ring to the continuing heat without an ounce of regret.


*Match 3*
Goldust w/Eugene
vs. Zack Ryder

Ryder quickly gained control of the match, not to the amusement of the fans, but he got too cocky for his own good and Goldust came back fighting. After the Shattered Dreams, Goldust looked to have the match in the palm of his hand. He was gearing up for a running bulldog, but Ryder shocked everyone by shoving him chest first into the pads with force. It was strong enough to put Goldust down onto one knee, and as he struggled to make his way back up, Ryder stepped back and set his sights firmly on his opponent.

As Goldust clawed his way up and turned round, Ryder ran at him and took him down with the Rough Ryder, earning the victory in front of an unhappy crowd. He gloated with a smug grin as he got his arm raised, and as the ref let his arm go, he turned round to see Eugene in the ring checking on his friend. Ryder had evil intentions in mind and swiftly kicked Eugene in the head to a ton of heat. He then back tracked across the ring, stalking Eugene for the Rough Ryder too, but just as he was about to charge across at him, Justin Gabriel stormed down the ramp to a big pop and dived under the bottom rope.

Ryder was pissed and ran at him, but Gabriel ducked an outstretched arm and then nailed him with a jumping heel kick before clotheslining him over the top rope to another big pop. The South African stared down at him and offered him back into the ring with his music playing, but Ryder was not amused as he sat up on the floor staring back up at him shaking his head furiously with Gabriel going to check on Eugene & Goldie.

Winner: Zack Ryder by pinfall.


Ted DiBiase was walking backstage with Maryse, catching up with his former rookie, Ezekiel Jackson. DiBiase greeted him and asked him if he wanted the chance to make some easy money and get a big opportunity. Jackson was clearly intrigued and simply said “sure”, then asked Ted what he wanted him to do. DiBiase smiled and it cut straight to commercial.

{Commercial Break}

The WWE Champion, Triple H was raging backstage, walking up the hall and straight into Eric Bischoff’s office. Bischoff sat up from his desk as The Game went ballistic, asking him why Ric Flair was allowed in the building last week, reminding him he retired The Nature Boy at SummerSlam. Bischoff tried to calm the situation by telling him that Flair’s only retired from the ring but said that he’s a Hall of Famer and the fans love & respect him for everything he’s done, telling Triple H that he’d always be welcome on Raw as he’s earned that right as the greatest of all time in many fans’ eyes.

It didn’t set well with the WWE Champion and he told Bischoff he couldn’t care less what Flair’s accomplished, and that all he cares about right now is holding on to the WWE title, claiming that as long as Flair’s hanging around in Batista’s corner, he’s going to do everything he can to help Batista take the title from him. Bischoff said he could understand where he was coming from but it was up to The Game to keep hold of his title no matter what, but reassured him that if anyone tries to screw anyone out of any title, he’ll make sure that doesn’t happen as the Head of Authority.

With Triple H more relaxed, Bischoff did though go onto say that as long as Flair wants to show up, and since they’re in Flair country, he’s not going to stop him showing up and suggested he better deal with it. The WWE Champion didn’t like it but knew he was fighting a losing battle, and after a couple of seconds he turned round and left the room, leaving the door to slam shut, getting a smirk from Bischoff in the process.


*Match 4*
Kofi Kingston & JTG
vs. Sheamus & Homicide

Both teams and all four men were bang up for this match. It was very competitive until the end, and it looked as if Sheamus was on the verge of tasting defeat at the hands of Kofi again ahead of their Intercontinental Championship clash in two weeks at Night of Champions. Homicide saw the danger and hit the ring with Kofi gearing up for the Trouble in Paradise, nailing him with a clothesline to send him down to the mat. The fans weren’t happy and neither was JTG, and Kofi’s partner raced through the ropes, running at Homicide and taking him over the top rope with a clothesline.

The momentum took them both over and down to the floor, and as Kofi & Sheamus picked themselves back up in the ring, JTG & Homicide did the same on the outside. They went at it with Kofi on the inside coming back off the ropes to hit a springboard back elbow after an irish whip from Sheamus. On the floor, JTG tried to send his former rookie into the steps, but Homicide reversed it and sent his fellow Brooklyn native into the steel. Back on the inside, Kofi was getting set for the Trouble in Paradise again, but Homicide turned round to see the danger again. He grabbed the Jamaican’s foot, getting a furious reaction from Kofi and the referee.

The ref went over to the apron and told Homicide to let go, and he did with Kofi yelling at him. At the same time though, Sheamus was getting back on his feet, and as Kofi turned round, The Celtic Warrior ran at him and took his head off with the Brogue Kick. The Intercontinental Champion picked up the three count and a momentum boosting win going into his match with Kingston in 13 days, enjoying his victory as he got his arm raised along with Homicide who glanced across at JTG coming round on the floor while Sheamus defiantly posed with his Intercontinental title.

Winners: Sheamus & Homicide by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}



>13 Days!<

“Priceless”
hit to heat from the crowd as Ted DiBiase, Maryse & Ezekiel Jackson walked out to the stage. Jackson was in his ring gear and Ted wasn’t as they headed down to the ring with DiBiase smiling, still very relaxed as he was earlier on. Once in the ring, DiBiase announced that he was supposed to take on The Big Show but that there was a change of plan, that he’d arranged for his former rookie to take his place in the match, stating that Jackson was eager to make a statement at the expense of The World’s Largest Athlete. That brought out Eric Bischoff and he was furious as he stomped his way down to the ring, barging his way past DiBiase & Co to get a microphone before responding to Ted’s announcement.

Raw’s Head of Authority told him that it didn’t matter what arrangements he’d made with Jackson, he’ll be the one facing The Big Show. Ted though got right in Bischoff’s face and told him to forget as that wasn’t going to happen. Bischoff took a step back and another few seconds to compose himself before issuing Ted with an ultimatum, that he had a decision to make. He told DiBiase that either he faces The Big Show as planned or he’s suspended without pay until the end of the year. The crowd liked the sound of that, but Ted still wasn’t bothered and laughed at the crowd & Bischoff, then simply said “whatever” before turning round and walking out with Maryse shell shocked.

Even Bischoff couldn’t believe it, looking on in shock as Maryse went after her carefree boyfriend with Jackson unsure of what was going on. After DiBiase & Maryse went through the curtain, Bischoff said that it looked as if Jackson was going to have to face The Big Show, then called Show down for the match. “Crank It Up” played & The Big Show was greeted with a big pop as he walked out into the arena, walking down the ramp with a big smile on his face, shaking hands with Bischoff halfway with a focused Jackson looking on.


*Match 5*
The Big Show vs. Ezekiel Jackson

Jackson gave The World’s Largest Athlete a real battle, but Big Show wasn’t about to let himself fall victim to an upset, despite a valiant effort from Jackson. It all became ominous for Jackson when he had an irish whip reversed and found himself on the wrong end of a sidewalk slam. Despite kicking out of that, he couldn’t fight his way out of a chokeslam or the subsequent cover that saw the seven foot monster get a win under his belt in front of the delighted North Carolina crowd who continued to show their approval after the bell with Show celebrating in front of him with a big smile on his face.

Winner: The Big Show by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}



>Next Week – A 3 Hour Special!<

*The Main Event*
No Holds Barred
Batista w/Ric Flair
vs. The Miz

The crowd went nuts before the match when Batista brought out ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair to the ring to a massive pop. The Miz was the only one not happy to see him, and Flair soaked up the reaction, clearly happy to be there in front of his adoring North Carolina fans. He watched on from Batista’s corner as The Animal tore into The Miz going into his huge 3 Stages of Hell match with Triple H at Night of Champions. The Miz didn’t let him have it all his own way though, and he used the rules, or lack of them to his advantage, especially when Batista had him set up for the Batista Bomb.

Mr. Hollywood gave him a low blow to escape the finisher, but the resistance didn’t last long enough to get him the upset. He was sizing the former WWE Champion up for the Skull Crushing Finale, but The Animal held firm and blocked it, escaping with a series of elbow shots to the head. The Miz was quickly fired into the ropes and found himself on the wrong end of a spear. The fans went crazy as Batista went to the ropes and shook them in a frenzy, going onto plant Miz with a spinebuster and then the Batista Bomb, getting the three count to secure the win.

The Animal couldn’t enjoy it for long though, and his music cut in an instant when Triple H charged down to ringside and attacked Flair, clubbing him across the back and sending him to the floor. Batista turned round and saw The Game slide in the ring, running right at each other with Batista taking him down with a tackle to a big pop. He pummelled Triple H with right hands before standing back up and dragging him into place for the Batista Bomb, but like The Miz, the WWE Champion low blowed him to a ton of heat. It gave Triple H the chance to go get his trusty ally, his sledgehammer from under the ring to a chorus of boos.

The fans were booing like mad and Flair was dragging himself up the apron and into the ring as The Animal too tried to make his way back up. The fans were clearly nervous as the menacing Triple H coolly slipped back inside the ring with the sledgehammer, eyes locked firmly on Batista. He calmly watched his challenger make it back up to his feet before running at him with the sledgehammer, but as he swung it at Batista, Flair stood up behind him and The Animal ducked, resulting in Flair being struck in the face with the sledgehammer.

Both Triple H & Batista stopped & looked on in shock, then Batista went at him with rage, but Triple H slid out to safety with his sledgehammer. The fans were all over The Game, booing the WWE Champion big time as Batista then went to check on Flair, but The Nature Boy was out for the count. EMT’s then flew down the ramp and into the ring with The Game looking on without a shred of remorse, and Batista stood up to glare right at the man he’ll meet in 13 days, letting him know he’s going to make him sorry for what he just did as the show came to a close with their eyes fixed firmly on each other, knowing hell is only a matter of weeks away.

Winner: Batista by pinfall.


{End of Show}

Quick Results

Melina & Kelly Kelly df. Queen Kong & Mia Rain
Christopher Daniels
df. Rey Mysterio
Zack Ryder
df. Goldust
Sheamus & Homicide
df. Kofi Kingston & JTG
The Big Show
df. Ezekiel Jackson
Batista
df. The Miz

Superstars Tapings
Justin Gabriel df. Joe Hennig
John Morrison
df. Hardcore Holly


___________________

>Confirmed for Night of Champions<

Night of Champions Homepage

Date:
Sunday December 21st 2008 (16 Days)
Location: Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)

WWE Championship
3 Stages of Hell
Batista vs. Triple H (c)

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus (c)

WWE Tag Team Championship
Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson (c) vs. The Empire

World Tag Team Championship
Rey Mysterio & Mystico (c) vs. The Epitome of Excellence

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Falls Count Anywhere
J-Red (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero

WWE Women’s Championship
Melina (c) vs. Queen Kong

WWE Divas Championship
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Michelle McCool



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