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02/21/11 Raw preview- Undertaker returns

Last week Raw saw the suprise return of The Rock, this week Raw will see the much hyped return of The Undertaker

For the last month WWE has promoted the return or debut of a mysterious wrestler with the 02.21.11 promos. Many have speculated on who the promos were for but it seems that it will be the return of The Undertaker(sorry Sting fans).

Tonights Raw will also feature the start of the WWE Title feud. Last night John Cena became the number one contender for Miz’s freshly defended title. Wrestlemania will also take shape tonight with other Mania match feuds being featured. It is rumored that Triple H will be taking on The Undertaker in another career vs. streak match and CM Punk is expected to take on Randy Orton.

01/24/11 Raw preview- Champions collide days before Royal Rumble

The final Raw before Royal Rumble features a match between Raw and Smackdown Champions- The Miz and Edge

Tonights Raw is an important one as its the last Raw before the road to Wrestlemania officialy begins. There are strong rumors regarding Triple H participating in the Rumble, some expect him to return tonight to promote the show Sunday.

Also for tonights show WWE has signed a match between the World Heavyweight Champion- Edge and WWE Champion- The Miz. Rumors of an RKO reunion broke over the weekend so the match between champs may become a tag team match.

Another storyline heading into tonights show is the addition of a new member to CM Punk’s Nexus. I would expect the new superstar to be featured on tonights show as the heat between Punk and John Cena builds.

12/20/10 WWE Raw preview- John Morrison has his eye on the WWE Title

Tonight on Raw the build starts for John Morrison’s WWE title match as Royal Rumble takes shape

WWE likes to say that ‘the road to Wrestlemania’ starts at the Royal Rumble, but tonights Raw plays a role in the event. The build for Royal Rumble starts on tonights Raw as last nights TLC PPV brought a close to WWE’s Summer feuds. John Cena finally ended his three month feud with the Nexus after he destroyed all the members of the group. Also, The Miz retained his title in a rematch with the former champion Randy Orton. There are several rumors surrounding Wrestlemania and we should start to see confirmation of those rumors tonight. Randy Orton is rumored to be facing John Cena, so we should start to see hints of that soon. Triple H is expected to take on Sheamus at ‘Mania so he should be returning to WWE TV soon. No matches have been scheduled for tonights live episode of Raw.

Batista loses starring role in WWE movie

As reported earlier, Triple H has replaced Batista in WWE Studios’ latest film, Killing Karma.

Though Batista had been publicly announced for the lead role a few months back, a decision was made to pull him from the movie because he is nearing the end of his current contract and has yet to commit to a new deal. He is said to be furious over the company’s decision.

Batista has been telling those close to him that he’s pondering retirement from the wrestling industry in order to focus on acting. However, he’s made similar statements in the past and would ultimately re-sign with the company. Though, there may be more to it this time as WWE was unable to re-sign him quickly enough to feel comfortable basing a movie project around him.

credit: Rajah

WWE Raw results- Roster stuck in Europe, Smackdown takes over Raw

With most of the Raw crew stranded on the other side of the Atlantic, Raw featured mostly Smackdown wrestlers with a few Raw guys mixed in.

HHH came out to start the show. He acknowledged the situation and cut a promo about beating up Sheamus on Sunday. The Straight Edge Society then came out. Punk noted that if he’s drafted he will bring the Straight Edge Society with him to Raw.

HHH asked Punk why his followers had to shave their heads but he didn’t. Punk said it’s because he’s the leader and his hair represents purity. HHH joked about Rey Mysterio shaving Punk’s head on Sunday. Punk tried to recruit HHH to the Straight Edge Society. HHH responded by ranting about freedom. Punk said that he wasn’t asking HHH to join bur rather telling him. The heels jumped HHH but Rey made the save as they tried to shave HHH’s head. Rey shaved off a little bit of Punk’s hair before Punk escaped.

This opening segment went awfully long, but Punk and HHH did a good job in making it entertaining as possible. I also liked the angle with Rey taking a little of Punk’s hair prior to the show.

Drew McIntyre beat Matt Hardy. They started in the ring. Seriously, they cut out the entrance of the guy who has nothing but an entrance. McIntyre hit punches and kicks. Matt used a side effect. They ran into each other head to head. Then Matt went to the second rope and was pulled off by McIntyre. McIntyre covered and that was in fact the finish. This was a bad match with a bad finish.

They aired a few brief promos from Belfast throughout the show. John Cena said that everyone’s fine and they’re sorry they can’t be at Raw. He said he would be ready for his match Sunday and vowed to be at the PPV for sure. Randy Orton said that the world title will follow him at the draft next week. Sheamus attacked a crew guy to make a point to HHH.

Vladimir Kozlov made his entrance. He said that he has been treated unfairly by the guest hosts and had Jerry Lawler read a statement for him. The statement said that he wants elite competition and suggested the New Jersey Nets’ new Russian owner is going to move the team.

MacGruber came out with an American flag, acting unbelievably obnoxious. He had that Dr. Ken air that said he was just making fun of the whole show, although admittedly the material seemed designed to fit that purpose as well. He got in Kozlov’s face and called him a giant pile of suck. Kozlov said that if MacGruber said anything more about him he would end MacGruber. So MacGruber made fun of Kozlov’s mom.

What was Kozlov’s response to this? Did he destroy this obnoxious little dipshit? Why no. He said that he would destroy MacGruber later in the show. Huh? Okay, now I don’t care about the fact this made Kozlov look like a joke as a monster heel. The truth is the ship sailed on people taking Kozlov seriously years ago. But just from a basic logic standpoint, why would this furious Russian giant just stand there and let this annoying little turd mock him and his family? Why did his revenge have to come later in the show? This made absolutely no sense, and was irritating because MacGruber was just begging to be killed.

As if this segment wasn’t fake enough already, they proceeded to go much further. MacGruber announced that Kozlov would instead have to wrestle R. Truth. R. Truth came out as MacGruber obnoxiously danced and shouted “what’s up.” Fireworks then went off to the sides of the stage as Truth stood in the middle. The flames went down and you saw Truth crouch down and run into the backstage area. Then they placed two boots on the side of the stage as if Truth had been blown up. This was elementary school play level execution. It appeared that the joke was that WWE is ridiculous, fake nonsense.

With Truth dead, Kozlov said that he would kill MacGruber. And in the final touch, now MacGruber was all scared. Apparently he knew earlier that for some reason no matter how much he antagonized Kozlov right to Kozlov’s face, Kozlov was somehow obliged not to do anything until later. But now he no longer had that protection. This was the sort of segment that enhances the perception that only mentally handicapped people are fans of 21st century WWE.

Backstage, HHH spoke with MacGruber. MacGruber pissed himself but claimed implausibly that someone else had peed in his pants and he had agreed to wear them. Kane came in at that moment and MacGruber claimed it was Kane. Kane was taken aback and MacGruber ran away.

Undertaker beat Jack Swagger. Swagger issued an open challenge, which led to the return of Undertaker. They traded head locks. Undertaker used old school. Swagger retaliated with a powerslam and sent Undertaker into the steps. Undertaker came back with a leg drop on the apron, DDT and snake eyes. Undertaker went for a choke slam but Swagger escaped. Swagger hit a DDT and went for the Vader bomb but was caught with a choke slam. Undertaker then hit the tombstone and pinned Swagger clean.

It was cool of WWE to bring back Undertaker as a surprise for the live fans who weren’t getting the show they expected. With that said, the way they keep jobbing out Swagger is so stupid. Putting aside the fact that the guy needs all the help he can get, it totally buries the title. Why would anyone pay to see a title match when the “champion” lost 80 percent of his matches prior to winning the title and is losing basically all of his matches after winning it? This is such basic stuff.

Chris Jericho backstage told CM Punk to stick with him to win the main event. He then advised MacGruber to offer a handshake to Kozlov and then slap him in the face. This evidently struck MacGruber as a good idea.

Kozlov was scheduled to wrestle MacGruber. MacGruber offered a handshake and then slapped Kozlov in the face. Kozlov grabbed MacGruber and head butted him a few times. MacGruber’s selling was among the worst I’ve ever seen in any pro wrestling match. He appeared to be unfamiliar with the concepts of physical violence and pain. Ryan Phillippe then came out to save MacGruber. He announced that this was a handicap match with MacGruber and Khaluber (Great Khali) versus Kozlov.

Kozlov for some reason let MacGruber go again. Kozlov and Khali tried to wrestle briefly and, well, at least it was better than MacGruber and Kozlov. Khali gave Kozlov the big chop and Kozlov left. Khali pursued and this was labeled a count out win for Khali and MacGruber. MacGruber then cut one final obnoxious promo. Sadly, he left the show without dying a horrible death. Maybe he will be drawn and quartered on a future PPV.

HHH, Edge and Rey Mysterio beat Chris Jericho, CM Punk and Luke Gallows. After all the nonsense on this show, it was nice to see a straight forward wrestling match to close. Rey hit a somersault plancha on the heels early. The heels took over on Rey. Rey got the tag to Edge, but Jericho tripped Edge as he went for a spear and the heels took over on Edge. Edge got the tag to HHH. HHH hit punches, a clothesline and a spine buster on Punk. He went for the pedigree but Gallows broke it up with a clothesline. Rey took out Gallows with a springboard senton. Rey hit the 619 on Punk and HHH hit the pedigree for the pin.

credit: Wrestling Observer

WWE Wrestlemania results- Michaels retires, Cena wins WWE Championship

Welcome to our coverage of WrestleMania from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona

Announcers are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Matt Stryker

The Miz & Big Show vs. R-Truth & John Morrison opens the show

3:00 match, with Show punching Morrison as Morrison tried a springboard move.  Show had tagged Miz behind Morrison’s back and Show pinned Morrison.  Total nothing match.

Randy Orton vs. Ted DiBiase vs. Cody Rhodes

First half of the match was DiBiase & Rhodes working together on Orton.  They split up and broke up each other’s chances to win.  Orton made the big comeback, and ended up destroying both with a draping DDT at the same time.  He then used the punt on Rhodes and the RKO on DiBiase, getting the pin on DiBiase.  Mostly a by-the-numbers type of match for a feud that has been a disappointment most of the way.  Orton came out of it as a babyface.  He got a face reaction but he was not treated reacted to like a Cena or Michaels level super babyface like the crowd.

The heel women were out doing an interview.  They gave Jillian Hall a cameo doing her horrible singing.  Santino Marella came out for a promo.  He did a Slim Jim, bit a Slim Jim and Hall turned into mae Young, bit again and it turned into Gene Okerlund weareing a women’s evening gown.  Bit at Melina showed up.  They left together.  That was a cute segment.

Money in the Bank is next, Kofi Kingston, Shelton Benjamin, Drew McIntyre, Matt Hardy, Dolph Ziggler, Kane, Jack Swagger, Christian, Evan Bourne and MVP.  Kane has a black left eye.

A surprise winner in Jack Swagger.  He and Christian were both on the top struggling over the briefcase.  He grabbed the briefcase and slammed it into Christian’s head and Christian took a big bump.  Swagger took forever to unhook the thing.  Kind of one of those time stood still moments.  Really good match.  Lots of big bumps.  Evan Bourne used a shooting star press on a ladder bridge, Christian did a reverse DDT on Matt off the ladder.  Crowd really was mad when they thought McIntyre was going to win.  He was up about the unlock the briefcase when the ladder was shoved over and he crotched himself.  A lot of the usual ladder spots, but this was also the safest when it came to avoiding the head like the elimination of the teeter totter spot that bashed in Joey mercury’s face a few years back in a ladder match.  There was also a cool spot where Kingston used two halves of a broken ladder and tried to use it to climb.  Much better than anything else up to this point.

They are showing Hall of Fame stuff with Howard Finkel making his annual Mania appearance to announce it.  Everyone got a nice reaction.  Ted DiBiase’s reaction was the biggest with Bob Uecker’s as the second biggest.  They had tons of members of the Hart Family for Stu.  Betty Nance was there for Gorgeous George.

HHH vs. Sheamus

HHH won with the pedigree.  The story is that HHH was playing possum, pretending to be knocked out after Sheamus’ bicycle kick.  Sheamus took too long in going for the kill, then went to pick HHH instead of going for the pin and he used a kick to the stomach and pedigree.  HHH had earlier become the “first person’ to kick out of the bicycle kick and Sheamus kicked out of a spinebuster.  They have a really cool video deal that comes from the ceiling into the ring with graphics of the winners shown after wins by the stars like Orton and HHH after the win.  This seemed to be set up to have HHH as the top contender for the title.  Good match.

Rey Mysterio vs. C.M. Punk

Punk did an interview saying the place was filled with 70,000 people hopped up on drugs to the point they believe Mysterio is a superhero.  He got real good heat for his promo.  He was wearing a ponytail on his mask with Mysterio with an Avatar costume.

They only got 6:00 so this wasn’t even close to the level of their Smackdown TV match.  Good finishishing series of spots.  Mysterio went for a 619 but Serena protected Punk.  Luke Gallows distracted Mysterio, and Punk picked him up for the GTS.  Mysterio reversed the GTS into a huracanrana.  The move flipped Punk into Gallows and he kind of like speared him off the apron.  Mysterio then hit the 619 and a springboard splash for the pin.  The match was good given the amount of time they were given, but this was hardly the WrestleMania match you would expect from these two.

Vince vs. Bret is next

The Hart Family are heel lumberjacks having turned on Bret.  Smith, Bruce, Diana and Ellie turning on Bret is art imitating life.  Bruce Hart is the referee.  Bruce was the guy who Pat Patterson chose to feud with Bret years ago and Bret turned it down, saying the feud would never fly and Bret chose Owen instead, which ended up being one of Bret’s best programs.  Smith looks a lot like Stu.  But Bret said he knew about it ahead of time and the Hart family was paid up front and Bruce hugged Bret.

Match was strange, to say the least.  It was the most anti-psychology match in history, as Vince just took a beating with like two dozen chair shots before the sharpshooter finish.  Crowd did pop for the sharpshooter but the crowd had no idea how to react to this.  Hart Family posing at the end got a polite applause because fans knew they were supposed to.  Vince took some very legitimate punishment, the most notable bump being when David Hart Smith picked Vince up and Tyson Kidd came off the top rope to the floor with a Hart attack style clothesline.  Vince took the Road Warrior double impact and landed badly on the back of his head on the floor.  Bret even did a few low blows.  There was a point when this was like overkill, but I think the idea was they had to go 10:00 and Vince would take a beating.  Vince got no offense in at all.  He did get a tire iron and made the family all back off, but when he went to use it on Bret, Bret ducked, and beat on him some more, including with a tire iron shot to the throat done in Ernie Ladd/Luke Graham thumb thrust to the throat style.

Announced attendance was 72,219.  The numbers in Detroit and Houston were made up.  The Orlando number two years ago was legit, although heavily papered.  It’ll probably be months before whether or not this is a legitimate number and how much was papered comes out.  Still, there are a ton of people there.

Chris Jericho vs. Edge for the world title

Jericho retained the title with a belt shot after ref Jack Doan had been knocked down by an elbow by Edge, and a codebreaker.  Excellent match, best thing so far on the show.  Lots of near falls.  Edge kicked out of a codebreaker and also survived the Walls of Jericho and a half crab after Jericho had worked on the injured Achilles tendon injury.  The one spear spot during the match saw Jericho side step.   Jericho also went for a spear and went for a high kick.  Post-match saw them clear off the announcers table and Edge did a running spear off two tables and they went off the table through the barricade.  That was one nasty shot.

They are showing clips of the Battle Royal.

The women’s ten-person match with Maryse & Vickie Guerrero & Layla & Alicia Fox & Michelle McCool vs. Beth Phoenix & Mickie James & Kelly Kelly & Gail Kim & Eve Torres

Everyone did their move.  The finish was McCool and Layla balanced Vickie as she did the frog splash onto Kelly.  It was an ugly looking move and then Vickie in cradling Kelly actually pulled her shoulder up.  The ref did his job and held up the count since Kelly’s shoulder was up but it only made it looked more screwed up.  Then Vickie pinned Kelly.

John Cena vs. Batista for the WWE title

They are doing a big military entrance for Cena.  This is even more elaborate than the one Kurt angle got.  Cena got the biggest reaction so far on the show.

Very good match.  Both kicked out of each others’ big moves, spinebuster and Batista bomb as well as the Attitude Adjustment.  Several other near falls as well.  The finish saw Cena come off the top but was caught in a Batista bomb as he came off (mistimed) for a near fall  Batista went for a second Batista bomb but Cena escape and turned it into an STF for the submission via tap out and title change.  Cena smiled and posed with fans in the front row wearing “I Hate Cena” T-shirts.  That was pretty funny.  Very rare to have a WrestleMania with only one title change the entire show.

Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels ends the show

These two are winning match of the year two straight years.  Fantatsic match, every bit as good as last year’s match with the two of them kicking out of every one of each others’ usual finishes.  The highlight was Michaels first superkicking Undertaker onto the table on the floor, and then doing a moonsault off the top rope to the floor onto Undertaker on the announcers table.  Undertaker used a tombstone piledriver that Michaels kicked out of.  They paused for a long time and Michaels did the throat slice, then slapped Undertaker in the face.  Undertaker then did a jumping tombstone piledriver for the pin.  Undertaker did a great job selling his knee for most of the match.

Big fireworks display at the end of the show.

Undertaker helped Michaels to his feet and they shook hands and hugged.   Michaels looked to the sky and people were cheerign for him and started chanting his name and he started crying.  He got a huge reaction leaving the ring shaking peope’s hands on the way out.

credit: Wrestling Observer

WWE Raw results- Triple H and Sheamus to settle things at Wrestle Mania

Complete WWE RAW Results Report For March 8, 2010

Master illusionist Criss Angel may have acted as special guest host of Monday Night Raw, but it Mr. McMahon who employed trickery and a host of hired hands to punish John Cena on The Road to WrestleMania.

Mr. McMahon def. John Cena in a No Disqualification Handicap Gauntlet Match
It took deception, dishonesty and, oh, about five or so Superstars, but Mr. McMahon finally managed to beat John Cena. The Chairman, hoping to prove a point to his WrestleMania rival Bret Hart, had arranged a match between himself and Cena. Perhaps realizing the odds stacked against him, Mr. McMahon changed the rules of engagement, setting up a Gauntlet-Style bout.

Cena’s first hurdle was Vladimir Kozlov followed by Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger and a conflicted Mark Henry. After none of these Superstars managed to wear down Cena enough, The Chairman stipulated that the bout was now a No Disqualification Match. After failing to enlist The World’s Strongest Man to nail Cena with the ring bell, WWE Champion Batista entered the fray and laid out Henry. Before The Chairman could clock Cena with the bell, though, Kofi Kingston ran out for the save. Batista seemed prepared as he attacked Kingston and even battled Cena at that point. With Cena incapacitated, his WrestleMania foe took advantage and Batista Bombed the exhausted Superstar in the ring. Mr. McMahon then quickly pinned him for the win.

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin to act as Raw’s special guest host next week
Quick, somebody hide the beer! “Stone Cold” Steve Austin returns to Raw next week as special guest host. Not only will The Texas Rattlesnake preside over the contract signing between Mr. McMahon and Bret Hart, he’s even announced that next Monday will be WrestleMania Rewind night, featuring rematches from years past including John Cena vs. Big Show (WrestleMania XX), Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho (WrestleMania XIX) and Triple H vs. Randy Orton (25th Anniversary of WrestleMania).

Evan Bourne def. William Regal in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
The line-up for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match is all set. With the inclusion of Evan Bourne, the eight-man field in the WrestleMania showdown has been established. “Air” Bourne managed to secure the final eighth position by bombarding William Regal – as the Englishman’s NXT Rookie Skip Sheffield looked on – with his patented aerial assault and now joins Kane, MVP, Christian, Dolph Ziggler, Shelton Benjamin, Jack Swagger and Matt Hardy to vie for the coveted Money in the Bank briefcase.

Sheamus challenged Triple H to a WrestleMania Match
The tension between Triple H and Sheamus all started when The Game effectively ended The Celtic Warrior’s reign as WWE Champion inside of Satan’s Structure. Fitting since a clash between the two should be hell on earth for each man. After suffering a devastating attack by Sheamus last week, Triple H declared that his nemesis would lose his first match ever at WrestleMania – to him! Before the tension became overwhelming, the two collided both inside and outside of the ring.

Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase def. Randy Orton
Randy Orton couldn’t wait. As his opponents in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match, Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase, made their way to the ring, their ringleader-turned-rival attacked, leaving the duo dazed before the bout even started. The ambush proved reminiscent of the punishment The Viper dished out to his protégés the week prior.

The Viper, however, would need more than a surprise strike to defeat the two. DiBiase managed to pin the former mentor for an especially satisfying victory. Afterward, Rhodes joined in the fun, also pummeling the impaired Orton with glee.

Unified Tag Team Champions Big Show & The Miz vs. John Morrison & R-Truth ended in a No Contest
Having earned their status as No. 1 contenders to the Unified Tag Team Championships, John Morrison & R-Truth dropped by Raw to battle current champions Big Show & The Miz. The match got underway after one of The Miz’s typically bombastic rants. In response, his former tag team partner Morrison and R-Truth double-teamed The “Cleveland Screamer” and sent him over the top rope. The SmackDown duo then punished The World’s Largest Athlete before heading up the entrance ramp after having put “Show-Miz” squarely in their place.

Eve, Kelly Kelly & Gail Kim def. Divas Champion Maryse, Alicia Fox & Katie Lea
A week after the Diva Pajama Pillow Fight Match, the winner of that feather-filled fracas, Eve, managed to make it two in a row when she forced Divas Champion Maryse to tap out. This week, the gorgeous grappler teamed with Kelly Kelly & Gail Kim to tackle the challenge of the conceited Canadian, who hooked up with Alicia Fox and Raw’s newest Diva, Katie Lea.

Shawn Michaels confronted The Undertaker
In a rare Raw appearance, The Undertaker took the mic to address the WWE Universe about his upcoming WrestleMania rematch with Shawn Michaels. The Deadman vowed that, despite HBK’s protestations, he will prevail and bury his opponent’s storied career once and for all.

For his part, HBK begged to differ. “Mr. WrestleMania” confronted his tormentor, insisting that The Undertaker’s 17-0 streak will end and that his rival knows deep inside his being that he will be defeated. HBK even proposed a new match stipulation, to which The Deadman readily agreed: The only way either Superstar can win will be by pinfall or submission.

credit: Headline Planet