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Monday Night Raw – Preview!
Monday 29th December 2008
Live from the Arizona Veterans Memorial Arena
In what will be the final Raw of the year, we're all set for what should be an explosive end to 2008 after the bombshell Eric Bischoff dropped last week when he announced that for the first time in history, the WWE Championship will be defended in the Royal Rumble match!
That enormous responsibility falls on the head of Triple H, and The Game certainly let us all know how he feels about the huge challenge he faces in three weeks when he hit Raw's Head of Authority with a Pedigree at the end of last week's show. It may even have got worse had The Big Show not made his way down to the ring. From what we understand, Bischoff will be on Raw as usual this week and he has been thinking all week about an appropriate way to deal with the WWE Champion's actions last Monday night. Just what does Bischoff have in mind? It's just not Triple H who'll be wanting to find that out. Make sure you tune into Raw tonight to find out just how Bischoff plans to punish Triple H.
The news of Triple H's huge title defence spread to Smackdown last Friday night and 'The Heartbreak Kid' Shawn Michaels announced that he will be one of several Smackdown superstars looking to enter the Rumble and become the new WWE Champion. He wasn't the only one however, as Chris Jericho returned to reveal his intentions to head into WrestleMania 25 with the title. That however wasn't all Jericho had to say. He hadn't been on Smackdown for six weeks after refusing to be on the same show as John Cena. That won't be a problem now as Jericho stated that he is officially a Raw superstar. We also understand that Jericho is headed to Phoenix for tonight's show. What can we expect if that is indeed the case? Will it once again be Raw Is Jericho?!
We'll also get to see two title matches as we bring the curtain down on the eventful year that's been 2008, and we might just see if anyone is able to overcome the Women's Champion, Queen Kong. She's been absolutely unstoppable since her debut on Raw earlier this year, and she continued her dominant streak at Night of Champions just over a week ago when she defeated Melina to get her hands on the title that Gail Kim has previously held and will challenge for tonight. She'll be looking to cause an upset and inflict Kong's first defeat in the WWE as she fights to become Women's Champion again. Can she manage it or will Kong's dominance continue?
Also defending their championship gold tonight is the Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus. The Celtic Warrior's had a similar journey to the Women's Champion, only in recent weeks he's tasted defeat. After being pinned for the first time by Kofi Kingston last month before going onto retain his title at Night of Champions against Kofi eight days ago, Sheamus has had a couple of run-in's with The Undertaker. Two weeks ago he got himself disqualified in order to save himself for his title defence at the weekend, but last week he was ordered to face the phenom again which also resulted in him getting disqualified. The Intercontinental Champion was furious as he failed to put The Undertaker away, so much so he resorted to using a steel chair on The Dead-Man. Bischoff was obviously unhappy with his actions and has put him into a match with a former rival & fellow Irishman, Finlay. Will Sheamus be able to put Finlay away this week where he failed last week or will he come up short again?
The World Tag Team Champions, Rey Mysterio & Mystico may not be defending their titles tonight but it's fair to say that they have a battle on their hands with The Epitome of Excellence declaring last week that they're not going to stop until they get a rematch they feel they deserve. Christopher Daniels & Kaval were furious at not being declared champions before the Survivor Series when the Mexican duo went onto win the titles, but even more so last Monday night after their disqualification victory over them the previous night at Night of Champions. Some may feel Daniels & Kaval have every right to a rematch, and after warning Rey & Mystico they've played nice until now, will the champions give them what they want to avoid getting them even more riled up?
We learnt last week that in three weeks at the Royal Rumble, Kofi Kingston will lock horns with his brother, Jay Lethal who turned up last month and has been hell bent on getting revenge on him for walking out on him & his family. Jay had a shock though last week when Kofi told him that despite previously saying otherwise, their mother did give him her blessing to leave the family home in his attempts to become a WWE superstar. His brother didn't believe him and even went as far as to saying he changed his surname so he doesn't share the same name as his 'judas' of a brother. He also told Kofi that he too has trained to become a WWE superstar in the hope of one day beating him, and at the Rumble he'll get his chance after all hell broke loose last week when Lethal jumped Kofi as he went to leave the ring. The fight spilled to the back where Bischoff happened to be at the time, and he told them both that this had to stop. He then let them know that they would meet at the Rumble with the winner going onto the Rumble match, and subsequently a shot at the WWE title. Despite saying earlier that he didn't want to fight his brother, will this change Kofi's mind with so much at stake? He'll also get an idea of what he's up against when he & the rest of us get to see his brother in action for the first time live on Raw tonight. Kofi won't want to miss it and neither should you.
Also in action tonight is John Morrison when he takes on his former tag team partner, The Miz. The former World Tag Team Champions had a bitter rivalry earlier this year with Morrison beating Mr. Hollywood at SummerSlam. Miz settled the score at Unforgiven the next month so we should be in store for a cracking encounter tonight in Phoenix. The Monday Night Delight comes into it on the back of a solid win against a sore loser in Zack Ryder last week while Miz came up short in a brave effort against The Big Show. Can he bounce back with a win tonight or will it be back-to-back victories for Morrison?
It promises to be an exciting end to 2008 live tonight in Phoenix, Arizona. Make sure you don't miss it!
Confirmed for the final Raw of 2008!
Finlay vs. Sheamus (c)
Gail Kim vs. Queen Kong (c)
John Morrison vs. The Miz
The in ring debut of Jay Lethal