Re: WWE: A Strong Response
Monday Night Raw Preview
Monday 29th September 2008
Live from Boardwalk Hall
Atlantic City, New Jersey
>The Animal Strikes Back!<
We all thought it would be Randy Orton who would be baying for blood last week after Triple H cost him the chance to reclaim the WWE Championship back from Batista at Unforgiven the night before, but it was The Animal who slayed the King. The livid Orton persuaded Eric Bischoff in to giving him a handicap match against Triple H with his rookie, Darren Young as his partner. However before the match could start, The King of Kings introduced them once again to the same sledgehammer they were battered with 24 hours earlier. Only the WWE Champion wanted revenge too and finally got his hands on Triple H, laying him out with a Batista Bomb. After what went down last week, what on earth can we expect to happen this Monday night in Atlantic City?
There was plenty of excitement last week, and we even crowned a new Intercontinental Champion in ‘The Celtic Warrior’ Sheamus. The Irishman has been almost unstoppable since coming to Raw in the last few months, and just hours after defeating Finlay in a hellacious Celtic Brawl, he followed that up by winning a fatal four-way set up by Bischoff, who will surely would have been delighted to have seen Ted DiBiase lose the title. You have to wonder how DiBiase is gong to react this week, and how Sheamus will react to Carlito spitting in his face moments after the victory. It appears that Carlito isn’t too happy with Sheamus after his brother, Eddie was injured at the Dubliner’s hands several weeks ago. Trouble may well lie ahead this week in New Jersey!
Everyone was in for a shock last Monday night when Smackdown’s Shawn Michaels came to Raw to have a word with the egomaniac that is The Miz. He told Mr. Hollywood some home truths that he’s had coming for a long time now, and unsurprisingly, The Miz didn’t accept them graciously. He tore in to Michaels, which led to his rookie, Heath Slater getting some sweet chin music that was meant for his mentor. However The Miz didn’t escape later on when The Heartbreak Kid caught him with one by surprise during The Miz’s attempt to win the Intercontinental Championship.
The Miz did gain some revenge last Friday night on Smackdown when he ambushed Michaels with Slater after joining forces it would seem with Jack Swagger, the man who will face Michaels at No Mercy a week from now. The All-American American also announced that The Miz will be in his corner that night, and we also learned that in the attack on Michaels and his cousin, Michael Shane, Shane has broken his ankle. The Heartbreak Kid is said to be seething. For once in his life, maybe The Miz should keep a low profile this week! That may be difficult though as he & Slater will be one of four teams competing for the final spot in the semi finals of the World Tag Team Championship tournament.
The Corporation were in a gloating mood last week, and just like The Miz & Slater, they will be competing for a match against Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms with a shot at the tag team titles not so far away. However, The Big Show was quick to warn Mr. McMahon and his boys that they weren’t going to get away with their cheap victory over him and his rookie, Justin Gabriel at Unforgiven. Fortunately Show & Gabriel have the chance to settle the score this week as they too will be competing for a place in the last four of the tournament along with Rey Mysterio & Mystico. It promises to be an exciting match to say the least! Just who will emerge victorious and find themselves just one win away from a shot at the gold?
One team already there is JTG and Homicide. The mentor & rookie already know their semi final opponents, and they will get a chance to send the impressive & unbeaten duo of Christopher Daniels & Kaval a statement tomorrow night when they take on Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig. Even though Rhodes & Hennig were eliminated from the tournament at Unforgiven, Rhodes picked up a big win over Kofi Kingston last week. It won’t be an easy contest for JTG & Homicide, but can they send themselves in to their semi final clash on a high? Will Cody’s win over Kofi lift him and his rookie to another victory, and how much more frustrated can Kofi get? Tune in to Raw tomorrow night to find out.
John Morrison may well have had a bad night at Unforgiven in his controversial defeat to The Miz, but he will return to Raw tomorrow night to take on Zack Ryder, the now former host of Raw. Last week Ryder was given the ultimatum of being Raw’s host or a full time wrestler, and he made the decision to give up the microphone. It looked like the right decision as he fought his way to a hard fought victory over Hardcore Holly. Can he follow that up with a victory over what will surely be a very determined John Morrison?
With all this & more, including the mystery surrounding which huge Smackdown star will be joining Raw, you can’t afford to miss Raw tomorrow night live from Atlantic City. Make sure you don’t!
>Confirmed for Raw This Week<
World Tag Team Championship Tournament – Final First Round Match
The Big Show & Justin Gabriel vs. Rey Mysterio & Mystico
vs. The Miz & Heath Slater vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield & Shane McMahon
JTG & Homicide vs. Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig
John Morrison vs. Zack Ryder