WWE Week In Review XXII
September 28, 2008- October 4, 2008
Welcome to the twenty-second edition of the WWE Week In Review. As you can see, the Week In Review has undergone a "facelift" of sorts. Thanks to Chriscare & Boyo for the suggestions. Feel free to contact me on TWO or Wrestling 101 anytime with comments, questions, and anything in between. Also, check out my blog on Wrestling101.com.
With only six nights to go before WWE No Mercy in Portland, the 801’st RAW rolled into the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. The main event would feature World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho teaming with protégé, Lance Cade to take on Shawn Michaels and a partner of his choosing. Also, in 8-Man Tag Action, Rey Mysterio, CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, & ECW’s Evan Bourne would team up to take on Kane, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, & Manu. In Divas Action, Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix would team with Jillian to take on #1 Contender Candice Michelle & Kelly Kelly.
Monday Night RAW
Good Week For: Kane (Won the 8-Man Tag for His Team & Got Mike Adamle To Approve His Stipulation for His Match Against Rey Mysterio at No Mercy)
Bad Week For: Lance Cade (Got Assaulted by DX)
It Will Be Interesting Next Week For: Chris Jericho (To See If He Was Able To Keep the World Title)
Best Mic Work: Santino Marella
Marks Will Love: The One-Night Reunion of D-Generation X
Smarks Will Love: Cody Rhodes Referencing Kane’s Father- Paul Bearer
And In Other News…
-Batista squashed Intercontinental Champion Santino Marella in non-title action.
-ECW’s Miz defeated RAW’s JTG.
-In an Intergender bout, Jamie Noble teamed with Mickie James to defeat Paul Burchill & Katie Lea.
-Kane, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, & Manu defeated Rey Mysterio, CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, & ECW’s Evan Bourne
-Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix & Jillian defeated #1 Contender Candice Michelle & Kelly Kelly.
-Charlie Haas as The Great Charli defeated Deuce before being laid out by the real Great Khali.
-Shawn Michaels choosed a mystery partner that "liked him"- SmackDown’s WWE Champion Triple H; the newly reunited DX defeated World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho & Lance Cade by DQ and Lance Cade was destroyed by the tandem post-match.
-Also, RAW General Manager Mike Adamle announced that he accepted Kane’s request (per Kane’s winning of his match) that if Rey Mysterio loses in their encounter at No Mercy, Rey must unmask in the ring.
The 121’st episode of ECW on Sci-Fi came from the Resch Center in Green Bay, WI. This was the first episode of ECW on Sci-Fi to air at it’s new permanent air time of 9/8c. Confirmed for the evening was Mike Knox going one-on-one with ECW Original Tommy Dreamer.
Good Week For: Mark Henry (Got The Win For His Team In 6-Man Tag)
Bad Week For: Evan Bourne (Lost Two Tag Matches in Two Straight Nights)
It Will Be Interesting Next Week For: Matt Hardy (To See If He’s Still Champion)
Best Mic Work: Matt Striker
Marks Will Love: Ricky Ortiz
Smarks Will Love: Matt Striker
And In Other News…
-Jack Swagger defeats Lenny Lane.
-Mike Knox defeats Tommy Dreamer.
-Mark Henry, The Miz, & John Morrison defeated ECW Champion Matt Hardy, Evan Bourne, & Ricky Ortiz in 6-Man Tag Action.
SmackDown’s All Star Kick-Off on MyNetworkTV
Good Week For: Triple H (Won Tag Match on RAW & Won Champion of Champions Match on SmackDown)
Bad Week For: Shelton Benjamin (Lost To RAW’s Intercontinental Champion Santino Marella with help from R-Truth)
It’ll Be Interesting Next Week For: Triple H (To See If He’s Still WWE Champion)
Best Mic Work: R-Truth
Marks Will Love: Jeff Hardy Laying Out Triple H with the Twist of Fate
Smarks Will Love: Triple H & Chris Jericho Competing Against Each Other
And In Other News…
-In an All Star 8-Man Tag Match, SmackDown’s Jeff Hardy, RAW’s Batista, RAW’s Rey Mysterio, & ECW’s Finlay defeated RAW’s JBL, RAW’s Kane, SmackDown’s MVP, & SmackDown’s The Brian Kendrick.
-In the first Champion Vs. Champion Match of the night, RAW’s Intercontinental Champion Santino Marella used a distraction from R-Truth to roll-up SmackDown’s United States Champion Shelton Benjamin to get the upset.
-In a 2-on-1 Handicap Match orchestrated by Big Show (filling in for injured GM Vickie Guerrero), ECW’s Mark Henry & SmackDown’s Great Khali teamed up to defeat ECW’s Chavo Guerrero.
-In a 6-Man Tag, RAW’s CM Punk teamed with SmackDown’s new WWE Tag Team Champion Carlito & Primo to defeat RAW’s Manu & RAW’s World Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase.
-In the first ever Champion Vs. Champion Lumberjack Match, RAW’s Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix defeated SmackDown’s Divas Champion Michelle McCool.
-In the main event, it was a Champion of Champions Triple Threat Match that saw SmackDown’s WWE Champion Triple H defeat RAW’s World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho & ECW’s ECW Champion Matt Hardy.
-After the main event, Jericho laid out Triple H with a ladder and started to assault Matt Hardy with the ladder until Jeff Hardy made the save for his brother. After ridding the ring of Jericho, Jeff laid out the WWE Champion Triple H with a Twist of Fate. Vladimir Kozlov emerged and laid out #1 Contender Jeff Hardy and WWE Champion Triple H.
Rundown for No Mercy
The 11’th annual WWE No Mercy will be live, this Sunday, from the Rose Garden in Portland, OR.
-World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho will defend his title against his very intense rival- Shawn Michaels in a Ladder Match.
-WWE Champion Triple H will attempt to fend off a gold-hungry Jeff Hardy as the two clash over the WWE Title.
-Since never being pinned to lose his champion, the World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry has been on a tear. At No Mercy, Henry will get an opportunity to get his gold back when he faces champion Matt Hardy for the ECW Title.
-Ever since his return at SummerSlam, The Undertaker has reeked havoc on SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero. Vickie found herself a large ally at Unforgiven in Big Show. With Vickie out of the picture and Show & Chavo not seeing eye-to-eye, will The Undertaker rid himself of the World’s Largest Athlete when the two face off this Sunday?
-In a grudge match that has become exponentially more personal and intense, the Master of the 619- Rey Mysterio will battle The Big Red Machine Kane. The twist is that if Rey loses, he must unmask live on pay-per-view.
-In a battle to determine the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title, JBL will face The Animal Batista.
-In a rivalry that stretches all the way back to No Mercy from last year, Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix defends her title against Candice Michelle.
Superstar of the Week: Triple H