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Monday Night Raw Preview
Monday 13th October 2008
Live from the University of Dayton Arena
The Survivor Series is drawing closer and is beginning to take shape with no fewer than three further matches being announced last week and the possibility of more this coming week.
In addition to the WWE Championship between Batista, Randy Orton & Triple H and the elimination match composing teams led by John Cena and the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk, we learned that The Big Show will meet John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield in a Hell in a Cell match that will see the loser leave the WWE. Also Ted DiBiase discovered that he will be taking on The Undertaker from Eric Bischoff while Shawn Michaels accepted The Miz’s challenge to an elimination match Friday night on Smackdown.
Fresh off challenging JBL to the career ending match last Monday night, The Big Show will be in action this week when he teams up with his rookie, Justin Gabriel to take on another mentor/rookie combination in the shape of Randy Orton & Darren Young. The World’s Largest Athlete showed no remorse for injuring Shane McMahon, provoking an understandably furious response from the remaining Corporation members, and tomorrow night he & Gabriel will face a tough challenge against Orton & Young. The Viper surprised many last week by finding a way to co-exist with Batista on their way to a victory, and he’ll be looking to go back-to-back with another win in Dayton as he prepares for his WWE Championship match next month. Only one mentor/rookie combination will be able to emerge victorious. Make sure you tune in to Raw tomorrow night to find out which duo that will be!
We were all surprised by Orton last week, however no one was more surprised than Batista. The Animal made it clear to The Viper he doesn’t trust him, but will he feel differently now after their victory last week? If so and they do manage to co-exist, what does that mean for their former Evolution team-mate, Triple H? It looks like the odds may be shifting against The Game and you have to know he won’t like that one bit.
It was a tough week for Triple H as he went toe to toe with The Undertaker on his Raw return and he threw the towel in by getting himself disqualified thanks to a low blow. He then went after his trusty sledgehammer to give the phenom his own personal welcome to Raw only The Undertaker had other ideas. That was until Ted DiBiase & Ezekiel Jackson stormed the ring to take down The Dead-Man, and DiBiase ended the mugging with a shot to the skull of his Survivor Series opponent with The Game’s sledgehammer. It was a strong message of intent from the confident third generation superstar, but surely he has to realise that The Undertaker will be coming back for retribution, and soon! Just how long will he wait before going after him?
The Miz was out to prove he didn’t turn his back on a fight with Shawn Michaels at No Mercy last week, so much so that he’s found himself in the position of leading a team against one put together by The Heartbreak Kid at the Survivor Series. He went about his mission in the typical Miz way by jumping Michaels during his No Mercy rematch with Jack Swagger Friday night on Smackdown before challenging him without giving Michaels the chance to respond. Later on however, he did and it was emphatic. Mr. Hollywood returns to home turf on Raw tomorrow night to take on Kofi Kingston who’s going through a slump right now. Will he be able to turn it round when he meets The Miz in Dayton tomorrow? Tune in to find out!
Christopher Daniels & Kaval booked their place in the final of the World Tag Team Championship tournament last week after defeating JTG and his rookie, Homicide. They’ll find out who their opponents will be at the Survivor Series when the two teams battling to face them collide live tomorrow night. Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms will take on Rey Mysterio and his rookie, Mystico, and last week Mystico gained a confidence boosting win over Shannon Moore. They all shook hands after the bell last Monday but this week the gloves will well & truly be off when the friends go all out to join Daniels & Kaval in the final. Only one of them however will make it. Make sure you don’t miss it to see just which of them will be heading to the Survivor Series to fight it out for the gold.
It seems that the Colon brothers have been able to do what no one else has in consistently frustrate the undefeated Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus. He was hell bent on getting his hands on the brothers cool last week and yet again they managed to dodge The Celtic Warrior’s clutches after he attacked Carlito’s opponent, Orlando Jordan as he made his way to the ring for action. This week we will see Sheamus in action against Goldust, and if his mood in recent weeks is anything to go by Goldust could be in for a tough night to say the least.
For all this and more, make sure you don’t miss Raw tomorrow night live from Dayton, Ohio!
>Confirmed for Raw This Week<
World Tag Team Championship Tournament – Second Semi Final
Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms vs. Rey Mysterio & Mystico
The Big Show & Justin Gabriel vs. Randy Orton & Darren Young
Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz