Re: WWE: A Strong Response
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Monday Night Raw Preview
Monday 22nd September 2008
Live from the Thomas & Mack Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
Unforgiven may have come & gone, but there will be one man who won’t be forgiven when Raw comes to you live from Las Vegas tonight. That man is Triple H.
Just like The King of Kings, Randy Orton has been hell bent on taking the WWE Championship from Batista, and last night, The Legend Killer was seemingly on the verge of regaining the title he lost at WrestleMania. That was until Triple H surprised everyone, especially Orton when he made his way down to the ring with his sledgehammer, where he hammered both Orton and his rookie, Darren Young.
The Animal was also on the receiving end of a shot to the skull from the sledgehammer, bringing the main event to a grinding halt. Orton was declared the winner by disqualification, meaning Batista retained his title. It was two weeks ago when Orton punted The Game in the head after Triple H jumped Batista moments before his scheduled match with Ted DiBiase. It would seem that there’s a long way to go before we see any forgiveness as far as the former Evolution members are concerned.
The big story doing the rounds right now however is that John Cena is leaving Raw to return to Smackdown. He dropped the bombshell last night and claimed that he decided the time was right for a fresh challenge. Surprisingly, Eric Bischoff wasn’t bothered at all as he dropped a bomb of his own. He announced that he has signed one of Smackdown’s top stars, much to Tazz’s surprise. What will the reaction be to Cena’s departure, and will we find out who it is Bischoff has signed?
The Corporation warned The Big Show that they were capable of overcoming any challenge and would do anything to ensure that was the case, and The World’s Largest Athlete found that out to his cost last night. Along with his rookie, Justin Gabriel, they were defeated, although it was controversial to say the least. Just as it looked like Gabriel was about to defeat Mr. McMahon, John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield pulled out all the stops to make sure that didn’t happen.
He resorted to using some kind of chemical to sedate Show before sneaking in the ring to K.O. the South African youngster and place his father on top of him to give them the victory. The Corporation may have come out on top last night, but surely The Big Show will be livid given how that happened. To find out just how Show will react, make sure you tune in to Raw this evening.
There’s not a lot of forgiveness, if any for The Miz after his antics as of late, but he’s hardly like to care after the week he’s had. After baiting Matt Cappotelli in to a No Holds Barred match two weeks ago, Mr. Hollywood battered him last Monday night with a steel chair to secure what was a breeze of a victory, or as ambush as some have called it. Cappotelli was rushed to a local medical facility, and John Morrison was out for revenge last night. However despite coming close, Heath Slater came to his mentor’s rescue on a couple of occasions and helped him overcome his former friend & tag team partner. If The Miz was unbearable after his victory last week, how bad will he be live on Raw tonight?
Ted DiBiase managed to retain his Intercontinental Championship last night when he defeated Kofi Kingston in their SummerSlam rematch, and this time he did it without any help. With his father fired and both his girlfriend & rookie barred from ringside, DiBiase came through a hell of a battle with Kofi to remain the Intercontinental Champion. However he wasn’t celebrating for long as he found out he would be defending his title this evening.
Eric Bischoff let him know that he would have to bring his title to Vegas tonight, and we’ve now learnt that he will be defending the title against three men in an ‘Unforgiven Winners Match’. We will see DiBiase challenged by Rey Mysterio, The Miz & Sheamus, who were all victorious too last night. Mysterio overcame Raw’s host, Zack Ryder while Sheamus defeated Finlay in the first ever Celtic Brawl.
Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms booked their place in the semi finals of the World Tag Team Championship tournament last night after defeating Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig, and tonight Helms will be in action against Christopher Daniels. Daniels and his partner, Kaval also fought their way in to the semi finals of the tournament last week, and we will get a chance to see how some of the semi finalists match up. Who will come out on top? Tune in to find out.
Kofi Kingston & Cody Rhodes have had their problems this year, and they will meet again tonight live on Raw. After they both tasted defeat last night, who will bounce back with a victory this evening? It’s already been a bad week for Kofi. Can it get any worse?
We never saw Mia Rain hold back on Smackdown, and since being drafted to Raw, she’s not changed. For no reason whatsoever last week after bumping in to Shantelle Taylor (Gail Kim’s rookie), she knocked her to the floor. We found out earlier today that Bischoff has made a match between the two divas for this week. Can Taylor shock Mia in what will be her debut match and give her a much needed lesson?
>Confirmed for Raw This Week<
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Fatal Fourway Unforgiven Winners Match
Rey Mysterio vs. Ted DiBiase (c) vs. Sheamus vs. The Miz
Kofi Kingston vs. Cody Rhodes
Gregory Helms vs. Christopher Daniels
Shantelle Taylor vs. Mia Rain