Raw 1/5/09 review (Part 2)
John Cena approaches Shawn Michaels backstage and wants to know if it's going to be 3 on 1 out there or not. He asks if HBK if he's JBL's puppet and Michaels' says he's no man's puppet.
Jillian Hall faces off against Kelly Kelly. Jillian is hilarious and basically doesn't stop trash talking Kelly during this. It isn't the cleanest match but it's pretty fun for the time it gets, imo. Kelly gets the win via K2 in 4:17. Jillian attacks her after the match but Kane comes out and Jillian leaves. I don't remember the story here but Kane tells Kelly to watch closely when he faces Orton next week.
Cody Rhodes & Sim Snuka take on Cryme Tyme. Rhodes debuts the Cross Rhodes, giving his team the victory in 5:32. Backstage, Orton tells Cody that he's in but Snuka was clearly the weak link and kicks him out. Good backstage segment but the match wasn't really anything.
Chris Jericho steps into Stephanie McMahons office and tells Stephanie that he got off the phone with Vince and he'll be returning in two weeks to evaluate her. Stephanie seems alarmed.
Main event time where HBK & Cena face Jericho & Orton. This had a great dynamic to it where Cena didn't seem to want to tag HBK, not knowing what he'd get from him. After getting beaten down for a while, Cena makes the tag and HBK gets the win for them, superkicking both Jericho & Orton and pinning Jericho in 15:55. Cena and HBK hesitantly celebrate. Backstage, JBL tells Todd Grisham that Michaels will face Cena one on one next week!
This was a pretty decent show. The main event and the Miz/Morrison vs Kofi/Rey tag match were pretty good. A lot of segments that were very watchable. The JBL/HBK storyline is way more interesting than I remembered it being.
Raw 1/5/09 review (Part 1)
Chris Jericho & Randy Orton are in the ring and have filed a complaint over a fatal four way from the previous week where JBL and his new business partner, Shawn Michaels, worked together. JBL and HBK come out (HBK was in debt due to the economy crash and JBL hired him to take care of business for him in exchange for financial stability) and argue. Stephanie comes out and makes HBK/Cena vs Jericho/Orton for the main event, testing Shawn's loyalty. JBL will meet Cena at Royal Rumble for the title.
Melina & Goldust take on Santino Marella & Beth Phoenix in a short but decent match. Melina gets a roll-up victory on Beth in 3:18 but gets attacked by Rosa Mendes, the Beth Phoenix super fan, after the match. Security pulls them apart.
CM Punk gets interviewed about his IC title match against William Regal tonight. Punk puts over legacy of the title and hasn't forgotten Regal beating him in the KOTR finals.
Punk takes on Regal for the IC title. Regal uses his girlfriend, Layla, as a human shield early on. Punk gets Regal up for the GTS but Regal pulls on the ref and the ref calls a DQ at 2:57. Stephanie announces that next week if Regal gets Dqed, he'll surrender the title to Punk.
JBL is backstage with Michaels. Bradshaw says that if Michaels can help get him the World title, he'll never have to worry about money again.
Randy Orton is meeting backstage with Cody Rhodes and Sim Snuka. He tells them if they win tonight, they're in, and can align with him. Manu, who lost the previous week comes over and Orton verbally rips him apart.
Kofi Kingston & Rey Mysterio take on The Miz & John Morrison in what ended up being a very good match! Rey and Kofi make a good hybrid team and Miz/Morrison were running on all cylinders here. Mysterio goes for a West Coast Pop but gets distracted by Miz and eats a kick to the ribs in mid air from Morrison and Morrison maks the cover for the win in 11:53. After the match, Mike Knox comes out and tears apart Mysterio. This was all around high quality.
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→ Let me get this straight (..) Bayley, the (woman?) who hugs everything and everyone that doesn't run away from her, is my opponent on the next episode of 「Raw?」It's not only a waste of time but a waste of my (talent) and that is unacceptable unless someone walks by and tells me this is a 「Prank」, which isn't funny at all! I guess (..) I have to teach Miss-I-Hug-Everything a lesson and that lesson includes .. much of pain.