WWE Monday Night Raw 2/23/09 (Repost)

WWE open, then a replay of last week’s big closing angle, in which Randy Orton RKO’d Stephanie McMahon and incurred the wrath of her husband (that they’re finally acknowledging on TV), Triple H.

Justin Roberts (where’s Lillian?) introduces the ever annoying Smackdown GM, Vickie Guerrero.  She says that since there are no more McMahons, she’s now the GM of Raw too.  Fuck.  John Cena comes out.  I’ve never been so happy to see him.  Cena makes fun of Michael Cole, who’s at the commentary table with Jerry Lawler.  Cena says he’s going to cash in his rematch clause to get his title shot against Edge tonight.  World Heavyweight Champion Edge comes out with Big Show.  Cena tells Edge to stand up like a man and be a champion.  Edge blabs for a while, then Cena makes a funny comment.  Something like, “You’re only running your mouth because you’re standing here with that 400 pound beast, and you brought Big Show too.”  Show tells Cena to respect Vickie.  Cena speculates that Show is there to pick up Edge’s slack in the bedroom.  Vickie says Cena will either face her family or her friend tonight.  Cena says either is fine with him.  It’ll probably be some lame handicap match with Cena vs. Edge, Show, & Chavo.

Tonight, CM Punk vs. John Morrison vs. The Miz in a triple threat Money In The Bank Qualifying match.

Legacy arrives at the building.  Why aren’t they at work on time like everyone else?

Tonight, JBL vs. Shawn Michaels with the winner facing Undertaker at WrestleMania.

Non-Title, Money In The Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match: WWE Intercontinental Champion CM Punk vs. World Tag Team Champion John Morrison vs. World Tag Team Champion The Miz.  The briefcase is hanging above the ring, just for the hell of it.  Punk tries to pin Miz quickly with an inside cradle, but Morrison breaks it.  Miz and Morrison double team Punk.  Punk fights back and nails Miz with a kick that sends him off the apron.  A clothesline from Miz takes he and Punk both out of the ring.  Commercial.  Back from break, Morrison is stretching Punk in the ring.  During the break, Miz was taken out with a cross body off the steps from Punk and a friendly fire Shooting Star press off the apron from Morrison.  Punk fights back with kicks and knees.  Miz comes back in and nails Punk, then works him over.  Morrison is out from Punk’s corner knee kick.  Morrison comes back in and Punk takes them both down.  He hits a powerslam on Morrison, but Miz saves.  Miz gets Morrison up on his shoulders and Morrison hits a Doomsday Device-style Moonlight Drive.  Miz covers, but Morrison breaks it.  Morrison covers, but Punk kicks out.  Morrison and Miz fight with each other.  Punk grabs Morrison and uses his legs to knock Miz out of the ring, then hits the Go 2 Sleep for the pin on Morrison at 10:26.  Pretty good little match.  Straightedge to the bank two years in a row!

Last week on Smackdown, Jim Ross did a sit down interview with Triple H.  Next, they’ll replay it.

As promised, we get Triple H’s interview from Smackdown.  He says Orton crossed the line when he RKO’d Triple H’s wife.

Todd Grisham is outside Orton’s dressing room, hoping for an interview.  Dibiase and Rhodes come out.  Rhodes says the McMahons are responsible for what happened to them.  Dibiase says Orton will address his actions tonight, and if Triple H wants to get involved, they’ll be ready.

Santino, Beth, Rosa, and Dolph Ziggler are heading to the ring after the first good Santino segment in over a month at least.

WWE Rewind: Last week, Melina beat Beth Phoenix to retain the Women’s Championship when the face Divas came out to neutralize Santino and Rosa.

There are guys in the parking lot waiting for Triple H to show up.

Cryme Tyme & WWE Women’s Champion Melina vs. Santino Marella, Dolph Ziggler, & Beth Phoenix (w/ Rosa Mendez).  The ladies start.  Beth picks Melina up.  Melina fights back, then falls on her ass.  Tags to Ziggler and JTG.  They have a really nice exchange.  JTG does that facebuster that I always think is going to be a monkey flip.  Ziggler fights back and beats him down.  Santino wants in.  JTG gets in a shot and makes the hot tag to Shad, who kicks Ziggler’s ass.  Ziggler finally tags in Santino.  Santino pumps himself up, charges Shad, and promptly gets STO’d by Shad for the pin at 3:57.

Shawn Michaels vs. JBL is NEXT!

WrestleMania hype video.

Cena is backstage wondering who he’s facing tonight.  They play the trailer for his new movie.

JBL vs. Shawn Michaels.  They block up, then Shawn jumps on JBL and starts throwing punches.  The match goes back and forth for a while.  JBL knocks Michaels out of the ring.  He follows Shawn out and tries to throw him into the ring post, but Michaels reverses and sends JBL in head first.  They barely beat the count back into the ring.  Commercial.  Back from break, JBL goes for a superplex.  Michaels fights him off, but then takes a boot to the face and nasty bump to the floor.  Michaels makes it back in and kicks out of JBL’s clothesline.  I remember when that used to be a killer finish.  He ducks another attempt and does the elbow smash followed by the nip up, a pair of atomic drops, a body slam, and the diving elbow.  JBL avoids the superkick and misses the lariat.  Michaels does the Flair flip in the corner, then gets thrown over but skins the cat back in.  JBL gives him a boot and taunts him.  JBL goes for the lariat again, but Michaels catches him flush with the superkick for the win at 13:01.  Not bad.  Vladimir Kozlov comes down and stares down Shawn.  Apparently now he and Shawn will face each other next week, with the winner jobbing to Taker at Mania.  Michaels takes a swing at Kozlov and gets laid out with the spinebuster.  Crowd boos Kozlov big.

Legacy are suiting up in the back.  Commercial.

This week on Smackdown, the Hardy Boyz EXPLODE!

WrestleMania hype video: WrestleMania 24.

Jamie Noble is in the ring, saying he’ll last longer against his opponent tonight than he did last week.

Jamie Noble vs. Mike Knox.  Knox wins with his finish in 30 seconds according to my clock, 29 according to WWE’s.

2009 Hall of Fame Inductees: Steve Austin and Dory & Terry Funk.  New inductee: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat!  I fully approve, as he’s one half of my favorite match ever.  He’ll be inducted by the other half of that match, Ric Flair!

Cole introduces Ricky Steamboat.  He says winning the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania III was the highlight of his career, and going into the Hall of Fame is the greatest highlight of his life.  That’s gotta be hyperbole.  Chris Jericho comes out as everyone expected.  Jericho’s happy Mickey Rourke didn’t win an Oscar.  Hey says Steamboat sold out when he came to WWE, bring up his cartoonish Dragon character from the early 90s.  He says Steamboat is the biggest hypocrite of them all.  Steamboat mentions signing an autograph 20 years ago for a young Jericho, who was a big fan of him.  Steamboat cuts a long promo on him, then Jericho cheap shots him and leaves him laying.

Earlier tonight… Vickie told Cena he’d face her friend or her family tonight.  It’s NEXT!

In the middle of a commercial, they show a long dark shot of the Raw arena for no reason.

Cole and Lawler explain that it was technical difficulties.  Grisham says Triple H still hasn’t arrived.

Cena comes out for his match.  Vickie says he doesn’t get a title shot tonight.  Cena says he’s going to follow Vickie around until she grants him his title shot.  Cena’s opponent is… Chavo Guerrero!

John Cena vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr.  Cena wins in 46 seconds with the F-U and the STFU… er, the Attitude Adjustment and the STF.

Legacy is heading to the ring.  Orton has a sledgehammer.

Tomorrow night on ECW: Jack Swagger vs. Christian for the ECW Championship.

Next week, Michaels vs. Kozlov with the winner jobbing to Taker at WrestleMania.

Legacy comes out to the ring.  Orton cuts his promo, again blaming his explosive diarrhea for his actions.  WWE Champion Triple H finally arrives at the arena and comes out in full pissed off psycho mode, sledgehammer in hand.  Orton tries to reason with him, going as far as to drop his sledgehammer out of the ring.  Triple H reciprocates the gesture.  Triple H comes up with another sledgehammer, nails Rhodes, then chases Orton and Dibiase to the back, where they find lots of locked doors.  They barricade themselves in the locker room.  Triple H bashes down the door with the sledgehammer and corners them.  Dibiase ducks a swing that could have decapitated him, then gets nailed in the back with a safe shot.  Orton ducks a hammer throw and Triple H breaks the dressing room mirror.  I guess if he drops the belt at Mania, he can blame it on bad luck.  Orton and Dibiase make it to their car.  Triple H smashes a window, but they get away.  Fade to black.

Fun show overall.

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