Re: WWE: A Strong Response
Monday Night Raw – Preview!
Monday 26th January 2009
Live from the Wachovia Spectrum
Raw was an action packed a week ago, just 24 hours after 'The Heartbreak Kid' Shawn Michaels won the 2009 Royal Rumble to become the new WWE Champion, and it promises to be just as eventful tomorrow night when Raw comes to you live from Philadelphia.
Not only did we hear from The Heartbreak Kid, announcing his return to Raw but that this week we will see three matches to determine who will go on to No Way Out in two weeks to battle it out for the right to face Mr. WrestleMania for the WWE title at Wembley Stadium in London, England at the 25th anniversary of the showpiece event in sports entertainment. We'll see a huge monster of a match between Randy Orton & Triple H, and after his return at the start of the month, The Viper's chased retribution for the injury suffered at the hands of The Game back at Survivor Series. It was Orton who eliminated his former Evolution leader from the Royal Rumble match just over a week ago, but will he knock off The Game again and cost him the chance to get the WWE title back tomorrow night on Philly? This is a match that is sure to be a slobberknocker as JR would say.
In the other two matches, the Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus will have the chance to be both Intercontinental & WWE Champion as he's wanted when he takes on The Undertaker. Sheamus last week took his frustration out on Rey Mysterio again, just 24 hours after being eliminated by Mysterio, costing Rey & Mystico the world tag team titles in the process against The Epitome of Excellence. Eric Bischoff was furious and told Sheamus that he'd deal with him, and as the show was coming to a close he announced that The Celtic Warrior will have to fight his way past The Undertaker to have any chance of being a double champion. The Dead-Man himself had a bad week, being on the wrong end of a chair shot in the main event at the hands of John Cena. He did not look at all happy after that match and you'd have to think that Sheamus has an uphill struggle on his hands tomorrow night.
The last two men to battle it out in Philly are two men who have had their fair share of difficulties in recent weeks in The Big Show & Chris Jericho. They met two weeks back in the gauntlet match to determine who would be number 30 in the Royal Rumble and Jericho scraped a count out victory to eliminate Show, and along with Triple H in the Rumble, he eliminated The World's Largest Athlete again. Then last week they went one-on-one with Jericho deliberately getting himself counted out, not leaving Big Show amused in the least. Bischoff was quick to let us know that when they meet this week there will be no count outs. Does that give Big Show the edge or can Jericho get one over on him to go to No Way Out in Las Vegas?
As mentioned before, we saw new World Tag Team Champions crowned last week when Christopher Daniels & Kaval, The Epitome of Excellence defeated Rey Mysterio & Mystico, finally getting the hands on the titles they claimed they deserved. Some have said they had a case, but after saying they've been on the wrong end of some controversial decisions, they were very fortunate last Monday night when Sheamus attacked Mysterio during their no counts or disqualification match. It left Mystico with a mountain to climb by himself, and it took a legal low blow thanks to the stipulation of the match that allowed Daniels to get the all important win for him & Kaval. The new champions will be in action this week when they team up with Kofi Kingston's brother, Jay Lethal to take on Kofi and the Puerto Rican brothers, Carlito & Eddie Colon. After losing to Jay at the Royal Rumble, there's bound to be some tension between them still too.
Melina surprised a lot of people at Night of Champions when she fought bravely to try and retain her Women's Championship against the undefeated monster Queen Kong. She fell just short but last week she declared that she will be using her rematch clause this week, and she was quickly joined in the ring by the unstoppable behemoth. To her credit, Melina didn't back down and put the giant diva down, leaving Kong furious as Melina left the ring with Gail Kim & Kelly Kelly coming out to support her. Can she overcome the odds and defeat Kong tomorrow night? For all this and a whole lot more, tune in to find out!
>Confirmed for Raw This Week!<
No Way Out Number One Contender Qualifying Matches
Randy Orton vs. Triple H
The Undertaker vs. Sheamus
No Count Outs
The Big Show vs. Chris Jericho
Melina vs. Queen Kong (c)
Kofi Kingston & The Colon Brothers vs. The Epitome of Excellence & Jay Lethal