Re: WWE: A Strong Response
Monday Night Raw PreviewMonday 15th September 2008
Live from the Idaho Center
>The Last Stop Before Unforgiven!<
There was plenty of drama last week on Raw, and we can expect a lot more this week on the last stop now we’re less than a week away from Unforgiven.
It was an eventful night for one Triple H, and it ended in a bad way just like it might for the WWE Champion, Batista if last Monday night was anything to go by. The Animal was on his way to the ring for his scheduled match with Ted DiBiase Jr when he was attacked by The King of Kings, just moments after he was warned by Triple H to stay away from his wife, Stephanie. The Game’s growing problems got the better of him and he took it out on his bitter rival, on the same night he blamed the WWE Champion for his failure to book himself a spot in the title clash at Unforgiven.
However, the drama didn’t end there. The actual number one contender, Randy Orton made his way to the ring with his rookie, Darren Young to confront Triple H, ending in the King of Kings being punted in the head. Orton then declared that he would be the only one challenging Batista and that he would leave Unforgiven as the WWE Champion. We’ve learnt that on Raw this week, Darren Young will make his in-ring debut against Batista. You can be sure Orton will be nearby, and how will that affect The Animal? Tune in to Raw this week to find out and if there is any update on the condition of The Game.
Ted DiBiase escaped yet another match last week after the attack on Batista, and that is sure to infuriate Eric Bischoff. After enlisting the help of The Corporation the week before for his match with The Big Show, the Intercontinental Champion was up to his old tricks again last Monday. His self assigned rookie, Ezekiel Jackson was given a match against Kofi Kingston by Bischoff, but when Kofi was found attacked backstage with DiBiase & Jackson conveniently at the scene. DiBiase will be in action against Kofi at Unforgiven with the Intercontinental title at stake and Jackson & Maryse barred from ringside. This week we’ll get a sneak preview of that contest when Kofi teams up with Matt Hardy, Gregory Helms & Shannon Moore to take on DiBiase, Jackson and the team of Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig.
Hardy & Helms will be out for revenge this week when they meet Rhodes & Hennig after they were defeated by Raw’s newest team on the block last Monday night, Christopher Daniels & Kaval. A distraction from Rhodes and his rookie gave Daniels the chance to defeat Helms. The two teams will collide at Unforgiven after Bischoff changed the scheduled Hardy/Rhodes to a tag team match which will also be a first round match in the tag team title tournament. They have an early chance at revenge when Raw comes to Nampa, Idaho this week. Can they take it?
Daniels & Kaval lived up to the reputation that’s been spreading around the company before their impressive debut, and this week they will get their chance at booking themselves a spot in the semi finals of the tag title tournament when they face Goldust & Eugene. The winners will go on to face JTG and his rookie, Homicide. Will that be the impressive newcomers? Make sure you watch this week’s Raw to find out who’ll advance to within two matches of being the next World Tag Team Champions.
One match you would expect all Raw fans to be looking forward to this week is The Big Show’s clash with Mr. McMahon. A week ago we were led to believe by the Chairman of the Board that along with his sons, Shane McMahon & John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield, he would be taking on Show in a 3-on-1 handicap match at Unforgiven. However Raw’s Head of Authority & Show had different ideas. Despite Bischoff’s reluctance to make a handicap match, Show was adamant he wanted to face them in a handicap match, only his version of a handicap match involved teaming up with his rookie, Justin Gabriel.
Bischoff was happy to book that contest, and that wasn’t the only match he made. He made The Big Show versus JBL for the main event, only Gabriel wanted to take his mentor’s place in order to gain some experience heading in to Unforgiven. No one objected and Gabriel caused an upset by defeating the former WWE Champion, although he had some help from The Big Show. An added stipulation by Bischoff would see Mr. McMahon face Show one on one this week if Gabriel could win, but if Gabriel lost, his mentor would have to face the gauntlet against each member of The Corporation. With Gabriel being successful, it promises to be a difficult night for Mr. McMahon.
You’ll also see a No Holds Barred match this week when The Miz takes on John Morrison’s best friend, Matt Cappotelli. If we were in any doubt as to how low The Miz will go, we found out last week when he once again mocked Cappotelli’s faith and battle with cancer, but he wasn’t done there. All that was after he and his rookie, Heath Slater tried to intimidate Melina. He had the nerve to challenge Matt, who had to retire due to a brain tumour to a No Holds Barred match. It was easy to see how shocked he was however when Cappotelli said enough was enough and accepted. Mr. Hollywood wasn’t the only one shocked. Morrison, who faces The Miz at Unforgiven was clearly stunned, but Cappotelli said all he’s ever wanted is one match in the WWE, and this is it. Will it be a decision he will regret, or not?
Finlay & Sheamus will collide in the first ever Celtic Brawl at Unforgiven, and it’s clear to see that Finlay is getting to The Celtic Warrior. Last week Finlay joined forces with JTG & Homicide in a six man tag team match against Sheamus & The Colon Brothers, and when Finlay’s team ended up victorious, Sheamus took it out on his partners with Finlay there to see the damage. Will Sheamus be able to contain his frustration this week, or will Finlay get the better of him yet again?
Raw’s cocky host, Zack Ryder made his debut in the ring last week against another debutant in Mystico, the rookie of Ryder’s Unforgiven opponent, Rey Mysterio. In what was a fairly even contest, Ryder was the one who looked all set for victory when the lights went out and a gong was heard inside the arena. It spooked Ryder, and when the lights came back on, Mystico took full advantage and earned himself the victory. Unsurprisingly, Ryder wasn’t happy, but Mysterio was. Ryder will be asking himself why the lights went out, and so will a lot of people. Will he get an answer, and will he be able to react in time for his clash with Mysterio at Unforgiven?
With so much at stake at Unforgiven, expect the unexpected when Raw comes to you live from the Idaho Center this week. We’re also led to believe that John Cena may be in the house. Has he come to a decision as to whether he will take up Tazz’s offer and jump ship to Smackdown? Whatever you’re doing, you can’t afford to miss Raw this week for what promises to be an explosive night heading in to Unforgiven!
>Confirmed for Raw This Week<
Batista vs. Darren Young
No Holds Barred
Matt Cappotelli vs. The Miz
World Tag Team Championship Tournament
First Round Match
Goldust & Eugene vs. Christopher Daniels & Kaval
The Big Show vs. Mr. McMahon
Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy, Gregory Helms & Shannon Moore
vs. Ted DiBiase Jr, Ezekiel Jackson, Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig