WWE Monday Night Raw 1/14/13…20th Anniversary Of Raw

I was going to write this piece on the history of Raw, and my own thoughts, but I really didn’t have the opportunity to do that this weekend.  So I thought I’d share my thoughts here.  20 years ago, Monday nights changed forever.  What was once Primetime Wrestling became Monday Night Raw.  I didn’t think it would last long, yet fast forward 20 years, it has become a staple in Americana.  Tonight, we celebrate 20 years of the longest running episodic show on television, tonight….we celebrate Raw.

Here we go.

We start the show off with all of the theme songs we have heard over the years.

We are in Houston, Texas.  Here comes The Chairman of the WWE….Mr. McMahon.

Vince still has it, welcome to Monday Night Raaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwww.  We have seen so much all of the years, but we have seen the most is entertainment.  Over 4 billion viewers have enjoyed Monday Night Raw, because of one reason, he is a certified iconic genius.  But also because of us, and he thanks us.  Tonight, Dolph Ziggler will face John Cena, inside a steel cage.

We will also have our very own “Rock” concert with the Most Electrifying Man in all Entertainment.

Here comes The Big Show, the former World Heavyweight Champion.

Big Show says the celebration will have to wait, because they need to discuss the travesty of what took place last Friday night.  Vince doesn’t like being interrupted, and he doesn’t like being called Vince.

Big Show calls him sir, and Vince said he looks to have trimmed down, and looks great.  Show has lost weight, and Vince is talking about the gold he has lost.

Show wants to discuss the travesty of what took place Friday night, Vince wants to see the footage, and Show believes the truck doesn’t have anything, but Vince insists on seeing it.

So we do.

Big Show was not prepared out of his match, why Booker T would do that to him, who knows, perhaps he wants Del Rio to look like a hero, because he is Latino?  Perhaps Booker T is just jealous of Show, because he has an iron clad contract, and that means he is better than anyone.

What does Show want?  Show suggests since he is the biggest commodity of Vince, he strips Alberto Del Rio of the World Heavyweight Championship.

Here comes the World Heavyweight Champion, Alberto Del Rio, with Ricardo Rodriguez introducing him, without a car.

For someone who talks about being a big giant, he talks small.  He remembered Show bullying his good friend Ricardo Rodriguez, but now he is crying like a big baby.  So how about instead of crying, you do something about it.  How about Big Show Vs Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Title, tonight?

No….

Show is not prepared to face him tonight, he is wearing a custom-made suit.  But Show is bigger, and stronger than him, for once in your life, show some cojones, Perro.

He’s not going to fight Del Rio when Del Rio wants to fight him, he will fight him when he wants to.  He thinks to fight for that prestigious title, don’t do it in Houston.  But rather do the match at Royal Rumble.  Nobody is going to talk about The Rock Vs CM Punk, or who survives the 30 man Rumble match, people will talk about Big Show knocking out Del Rio.

Del Rio calls Show a fat jackass in Spanish.

Alberto and Ricardo has a present for Big Show, a bucket with something in it.  Confetti.

Big Show tries to go after Ricardo, but Alberto fights him off, and nails him with an enzuguri.

Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and JBL welcome us to the show. 

Dolph Ziggler Vs John Cena, inside a steel cage, and we will have a Rock Concert, featuring The Rock.

A Monday Night Raw moment….The Price is Right with Bob Barker, and Chris Jericho.

Wade Barrett is in the ring, and is facing Randy Orton.  Former enemies ignite.

Wade Barrett wins with a Bull Hammer.

Wow, what a statement.

We will have a Rock Concert tonight, and also we will hear who the first inductee is into the WWE Hall of Fame.

We come back to Booker T, Teddy Long, and Eve Torres backstage. 

Booker told Eve that there is a special stipulation to Eve’s match tonight against Kaitltyn, if Eve thinks about getting counted out, or DQ’d, she will be stripped of the Divas Title.

Eve thinks there is something she can do, to work it out.  Booker laughed it off.  Tell me you didn’t just do that.  Eve slaps Teddy.

Cole, King, and JBL inform us that Team Hell No has to talk to Dr. Shelby for their 4 month checkup, and we see it earlier.

Daniel suggests they lie and tell Dr. Shelby anything he wants to hear.

Dr. Shelby wants a group hug, and has one question for each of them to discuss the formality.

Daniel, what is one thing he likes about Kane?

He’s tall, he can set anything on fire, with his hands, and he is quite a good dancer.

Now Kane, what do you like about Daniel?

In the ring, he is agile, he has a great beard, and sometimes, he is not afraid to admit he wears women’s clothing.

Dr. Shelby invited Team Rhodes Scholars to purposely antagonize them, and see how they react.

When they do that, find your happy place.

Team Rhodes Scholars critique Dr. Shelby, does he know what to do to help them?  Cody wonders what is worse, the way they team together, or advice from Dr. Shelby?  Damien suggests they can get better advice from Dr. Phil, and this is what irate Dr. Shelby, boys get them.

They deck both men, and Kane responds this is what he calls a happy place.

Yes!!

Yes!!

Yes!!

Kane Vs Damien Sandow, next.

Chokeslam on Sandow, for Kane to win.  At Royal Rumble, Team Hell No will face Team Rhodes Scholars, for the Tag Team Titles.

Coming up next, we will find out who the first inductee of the WWE Hall of Fame is.

We are live in Houston, Texas, and see what took place in hour one, with Alberto Del Rio taking out Big Show.

Justin Roberts introduces the first Hall of Fame inductee, Mick Foley.

Foley comes out to address the crowd, and they give him a “Foley” chant.

Thank you for giving him that response, right here….in Houston, Texas.

Here come The Shield.

Feed Me More….

Ryback comes out, and takes out The Shield, but the numbers game is too much.

Randy Orton come out to help, here comes Sheamus.

Ambrose is about to get Shellshocked.

Moments ago, we see what we just saw.

Josh Matthews is with Ryback.

Everytime Ryback has stepped in the ring with CM Punk, The Shield has allowed Punk to escape with the WWE Title.  He will not rest, until he gives back The Shield what they have taken from him.

Feed him Shield.

Cole, King, and JBL welcome us to the show, again.  We now see the most outrageous gimmicks in the history of Raw.

Eve Torres Vs Kaitlyn, for the Divas Title, next.

Divas Title is up, now.

Kaitlyn wins the Divas Title with a spear.  Eve tried to throw her out of the ring, and over the barricade, but Kaitlyn came back, and won the title.

Good for her.

Josh Matthews is with Brodus Clay.  Last week, CM Punk brings up Clay, how he Jukes and jives, because he has to.  Brodus responds that he Jukes and jives, because he wants to.  Keep his name out of his mouth, punk.

More Raw classic moments, including Donal Trump confronting Vince McMahon.

Brodus Clay is juking and jiving for us, he is going to face the WWE Champion, CM Punk.

Punk wins, by making Brodus tap to Anaconda Vice, and to celebrate the win, Punk gives us a jive.

Now he came out here to do what he does every Monday night.  A little bit later, The Rock will come out and do what he does.  Some may think either way is more entertaining, and that’s your opinion.  But where it matters are facts.  There is no opinion he just made a 400 pound man tap out, fact.  The WWE Title is fact, for 427 days.

The Rock may entertain you later tonight, if that is what you like, but he has the WWE Title, and The Rock will not, and at Royal Rumble, that will be a fact, because he is the best in the world.

Tonight, we will have a Rock Concert.

And John Cena Vs Dolph Ziggler, inside a steel cage.

The official Royal Rumble theme song is “What Makes A Good Man” By The Heavy.

Now we will see the most Vehicular moments of Raw in 20 years.

Mick Foley is talking to his son Dewey on the phone, and runs into The Rock.

Mick wants to shake Rock’s hand, but no handshake….Rock has a hug.

Finally, Mick has his contributions, finally….

Finally, The Rock….And Sock Connection have come back to Houston.

Finally, The Rock and Sock Connection are the trail blazing, pie eating, a bona fide Hall of Famer.

Excuse me….

Vickie Guerrero can’t even hear herself think.  She has a show to run, so don’t waste her time.  Does she make herself clear?  Does Rock have anything to say to her?

No, he has nothing to say her.

Foley can’t believe he didn’t say anything, and Rock says there is a time and place for that.  Trust him, enjoy The Rock concert.

Our next match is an Over the Top Challenge match, featuring Sheamus, next.

Sheamus and 3MB are squaring off in the Over the Top Challenge match.

Heath Slater win the match, after Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre were eliminated, they helped eliminate Sheamus.

After the match, 3MB celebrate, but Sheamus ruins the party, and Brogue Kicks both Heath and Drew.

Josh Matthews is with John Cena.  Cena gives us a joke, about how we should celebrate the former characters, and brings up Braden Walker.  Now, Braden wasn’t on Raw, but he did sure had a great highlight.  Now Three’s Company might be Jack Tripper’s house, his house is inside the steel cage.

The Miz comes out for Miz TV, his guest is a Hall of Famer, and it will be awesome.

Want a hint?

Wooooooo!!!!

When we come back, we see hour 2 highlight that showed Sheamus, Mick Foley, and Ryback helping out Mick Foley, and fighting The Shield.

Miz TV time.

It’s an honor to have his guest on the show, the only 2-time Hall of Famer, get out of your seats, for “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

Woooooooooooooooo

Ric has done everything on this show, he had a classic match with Mr. Perfect, he started Evolution, he even played Musical Chairs.  What is his favorite moment on Monday Night Raw?

The Monday Night Raw after his match with Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 24, where he retired.  But let’s not talk about the past, but the future.

He said the day Ryback takes care of The Shield will be a highlight on Raw.

Really?

Really?

Really?

Wooooooo….whoa whoa whoa….WOOOOOOOOO

We have a Woo-off now, between The Miz and Ric Flair.

The most unforgettable superstars video is playing now.

Flair gives us his trademark catchphrase….

And here comes Antonio Cesaro, complete with the American flag.

He doesn’t need catchphrase, because guys that need them uses them as a clutch.  When he sees these two, they personify America.  A failed reality star, who wants the fame, and not to be great, and another man who is a 16-time World Champion, that made $10 Million, and spent $30 Million just to keep up the image.  Now Ric can’t even keep up the bar tab, and the symbol of 4 represent the number of ex-wives he has. 

Miz will pay Ric’s bar tab tonight, so how about he pay his receipt, now?

Antonio will walk away, and be the better man.

But Ric stops him, and shoves him into the Skull Crushing Finale.  Flair is about to do the Figure Four, but he has Miz do it.

Now Flair is doing the leg drops on their jackets.

Very fun segment.

Still to come tonight, John Cena Vs Dolph Ziggler, inside a steel cage.

We see another Raw moment, this time with Austin and Tyson.

Daniel Bryan is headed to the ring, he is going to face Cody Rhodes.

Daniel wins with the Yes Lock.

From WWE Active, Eve Torres quits WWE.

Tonight, a concert with The Rock.

This Friday night on Smackdown, we will see Alberto Del Rio’s Championship Fiesta.

AJ Lee and Big E. Langston look back at the past weddings.

We see Daniel Bryan and AJ’s wedding where Vince McMahon named AJ as the new General Manager.

AJ cries, and says that was the best moment of her life, until John Cena ruined it by getting her fired.

Dolph Ziggler hugged her, and said to Cena, he has been preparing this match his entire life.  Tonight, he proves to Cena, and the world, that he is the Show…..Off.

Good Ol’ JR….Jim Ross comes out to call the next match, Ziggler Vs Cena, inside a steel cage.

Cena wins the match with an Attitude Adjustment, after Big E. tried many times to interfere, but the final time backfired, when Ziggler tried to kick Cena, but John ducked and Dolph nails Big E. instead.  AJ climbed up the cage, and lost it too.

AJ is beside herself.

Next, The Rock Concert.

Okay, the first song he sang was a bit of a miss for me, basically calling Paul Heyman fat, but the 2nd song….”Biacth, You Look Horrible Tonight” was an instant classic, directly at Vickie Guerrero.  It was to the tune of Eric Clapton “Wonderful Tonight”.  She was a great sport too.

Then he called CM Punk out, and here comes the WWE Champion.  He mentions about his facts, Fact….He is not God.  Fact….421 days as WWE Champion means he has been unstoppable.  Fact….in 13 days, his days as WWE Champ is over, because he can do it.

This somehow upsets Punk, he leaves Heyman and goes right after Rock.  The two are trading punches, until officials come out to separate them, and the show ends with the two men locking eyes on each other, being separated.

Kevin’s Thoughts:

This show was less about celebration, and more about advancing storylines.  I don’t think I liked that, because at the end of the day, we all know what Royal Rumble is going to be about….30 men in the ring, vowing to win the Royal Rumble.  But this should have been about 20 years of celebrating.  The biggest crime is we didn’t have the biggest star WWE has had since Raw began 20 years ago, Stone Cold Steve Austin.  I am not sure whose call it was, either Vince himself, Steve not wanting to take part in something that storyline wise, it didn’t make sense.

Either way, it was the wrong call.

But here is something I did like, Punk’s promo, and Rock’s concert.  I am a fan of both wrestlers, and both personalities.  Rock’s rendition of “Wonderful Tonight” was a classic.  Not sure how Vickie could keep a straight face, but a great job by her.

I also liked the main event of the steel cage match, although the wrong man won.  I have always said John Cena doesn’t need wins, he’s so much of a star that any loss never hurts him, but it does with Dolph, especially if WWE is telling us he is our next World Heavyweight Champion.  I am not a fan of these ‘fluke” wins they have given us.  You know what I am talking about, the challenger is a mid card talent, who hasn’t strung together wins, yet he somehow, miraculously prevails.  If a champion is being groomed, he needs wins, and who better to say you beat John Cena, right before you win the big one?

Everything else was there, I will miss Eve Torres though, but am happy for Kaitlyn, and am looking to see this build to AJ Lee Vs Kaitlyn, since the two are good friends, and no doubt, AJ will take that title from her soon, rather than later.

What did you think of the show?  Send me your thoughts here.

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I have had this blog up for a few years, writing every Monday night and anytime in between. Always check the site out, send me a comment on what your thoughts are for the current state of wrestling.

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