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Couldn’t write it up better than Andy Stevens for wrestling-edge.com. Here’s what he had to say about Monday’s RAW
– Tonight’s WWE RAW kicks off with a nice video package of highlights of last night’s WrestleMania 25 pay-per-view.
– The opening RAW video plays and the pyro explodes inside the sold out Toyota Center in Houston, Texas as Michael Cole welcomes us to RAW. Tonight’s main event will be John Cena, Rey Mysterio, CM Punk, Jeff Hardy and Ricky Steamboat vs. Edge, Big Show, Matt Hardy, Chris Jericho and Kane.
– Voices plays as Randy Orton makes his way to the ring, ready to fight. Orton stops and holds his face from the sledgehammer shot last night. Lilian introduces Orton as he stalks his way to the ring by himself.
Orton’s music stops and the crowd is boo’ing him like crazy. Orton says he doesn’t know what sickens him more – the fact Triple H illegally used the hammer to beat him last night, or the fact that the fans enjoyed every second of it. The crowd pops. Orton says it’s good they have a moment of happiness but the fact is last night proved nothing. He says Triple H knows he can’t beat him on his own and he will get his rematch. Orton says the McMahons owe it to him, WWE owes it to him and all the fans owe it to him.
Orton says when he gets his rematch, he will beat Triple H and become WWE Champion and may God help the WWE family if they get in his way again. A huge RKO chant breaks out as Orton talks about beating up the McMahons and says maybe he will pay Linda McMahon a visit. Vince McMahon’s music hits and he comes stomping out to the ring pissed. Orton leaves the ring as Vince gets in.
Vince is pissed as he asks Orton if he is threatening him and his grandchildren. Vince says if he wants a McMahon family member so bad, come in the ring and get it. Orton backs up the ramp and just stares at Vince. Vince says he is not going to give Orton another WWE Title match and this pisses Orton off. Vince says he doesn’t deserve it, for the hell he put his family through. Vince says Orton is going to get some Backlash because at the pay-per-view, it will be Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase vs. Triple H, Shane McMahon and Vince McMahon. Orton says Vince makes a match where Vince can hide behind Shane and Triple H. Orton says Vince is scared of him. Vince says Orton is scared because Legacy isn’t there with him right now and says without Rhodes and DiBiase, Orton is a failure.
Orton challenges Vince to a match tonight and says he doesn’t need Cody or Ted to beat Vince tonight and didn’t need them when he punt kicked him. Orton guarantees Vince won’t make it to Backlash if he faces him tonight. Orton says he will have his WrestleMania moment a day late when he puts Vince down for good. Vince thinks about it and says Orton may put him down for good for all he knows, but maybe he won’t. Vince accepts the challenge as No Chance plays as Orton and McMahon stare each other down as RAW goes to commercial.
WWE Unified Tag Team Title Match: John Morrison and The Miz vs. Carlito and Primo Colon
Back from commercial and the Lumberjacks are surrounding the ring. Out first is the former Tag Team Champions, John Morrison and The Miz. Out next is the new Champions, Carlito and Primo to a pretty nice pop.
The bell rings and Morrison and Carlito start things off. Morrison backs Carlito in the corner and works him over. Carlito springboards off the ropes with an elbow and gets a 2 count on Morrison. Carlito tags in Primo and they hit a nice double team move over the ropes for a 2 count. Primo does a headstand in the corner and takes Morrison down for another 2 count. Primo gets knocked on the apron but fights Morrison back in the ring. Primo dropkicks Morrison out into the Lumberjacks and they start beating on him.
The Lumberjacks throw Morrison back in the ring and Primo goes to work as we take another commercial break.
Back from commercial and during the break, Miz pushed Primo off the ropes and into the Lumberjacks. In the ring now, Miz and Morrison double team Primo and slam him on his face for a 2 count as Carlito makes the save. Primo fights to his feet and drops Miz to tag in Carlito. Carlito unloads on Miz and takes him down with a clothesline and a big back drop. Carlito counters Miz and drops him with a neckbreaker for a 2 count. They end up on the top and Miz tries to superplex Carlito. Miz ends up falling off the top into the Lumberjacks and Carlito falls. Primo leaps off the apron into the Lumberjacks. Morrison goes to the other corner and does a shooting star press off the top rope into the Lumberjacks. Miz has Carlito in the ring and gets a 2 count now.
Primo dumps Morrison over the ropes and into the Lumberjacks after another near fall. Carlito misses the Backstabber and Miz rolls him for a 2 count. Carlito ends up on Miz’s shoulders and they struggle. Carlito turns it into the Backstabber to get the pinfall and the win.
Winners: Carlito and Primo Colon
– We see Vince McMahon backstage. Shane McMahon comes walking in and says Backlash is supposed to be a six-man and Vince says he gets it but he has never backed down from a challenge. Vince asks Shane to give him a few minutes and before he walks off, Vince says he knows if Cody and Ted interfere tonight then Shane has his back. Vince says he wants Orton and is going to do this on his own. Shane understands and Vince thanks him as Shane leaves.
– We get a promo for the 10 Divas match up next before getting another 12 Rounds promo video and commercial break.
Mickie James, Jillian Hall, Kelly Kelly, Layla and Melina vs. Maryse, Natalya, Maria, Gail Kim and Eve Torres
The RAW Divas with Women’s Champion Melina are out first followed by the SmackDown Divas with Divas Champion Maryse.
Gail Kim and Melina start the match out and go back and forth. We get a few early near falls. Gail ends up dropkicking Melina. Melina hits a back elbow on Gail and drops her. Gail comes off the top with a crossbody. They tangle and Melina gets thrown to the floor. Maryse attacks Melina as the ref’s back is turned. Natalya is tagged in now and goes to work on Melina in the ring. Natalya stretches Melina and keeps her from tagging.
Mickie gets tagged in and comes in to unload on Natalya. Big dropkick by Mickie and a 2 count. Natalya catches Mickie off the top rope and slams her on her head for a 2 count as Layla comes in and makes the save for RAW. Layla gets knocked to the floor and all the Divas start brawling on the floor. Mickie catches Natalya in the ring with a DDT off the second rope to get the pinfall and the win.
Winners: Mickie James, Jillian Hall, Kelly Kelly, Layla and Melina
– Backstage we see Shane McMahon walking up to Triple H and they embrace. Shane says he was trying to talk some sense into dad and asks Triple H to try and talk him out of it. Triple H says he doesn’t think it will work but he will give it a shot. Triple H walks off and we get ready for another commercial break.
Jeff Hardy, CM Punk, Ricky Steamboat, John Cena and Rey Mysterio vs. Edge, Big Show, Matt Hardy, Kane and Chris Jericho
Jeff Haryd makes his way out, looking a little sore to start the match. The 2009 Money in the Bank winner CM Punk is out next followed by the new WWE Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio. WWE Hall of Famer Ricky Steamboat is out next followed by the new World Champion John Cena. The heels make their way next with Chris Jericho coming out first, then Kane, Matt Hardy, the Big Show and finally the former World Champion Edge.
Back from commercial and Matt Hardy is going at it with Rey. Rey gets some offense and goes to the top but Hardy catches him on his shoulders. Rey tags in Jeff and Matt scrambles to the corner and tags in Edge. Jeff is limping around. Edge takes Hardy down with a knee to the gut and works him over in the corner now. Hardy takes Edge down with a scissors move and rolls him for a 2 count. Cena comes in and goes to work on Edge but gets knocked back with a right. Edge works Cena over in the corner now. Cena nails the bulldog out of nowhere, ties Edge up and tags in Steamboat.
Steamboat comes in off the top and takes Edge out. A huge “you still got it” chant breaks out for Steamboat. He comes off the ropes again and takes Edge down for a 2 count again. Edge tags in Kane. Ricky goes for the knee and hits some big chops on Kane. Steamboat takes down Jericho and Edge then goes back for Kane’s knee. Steamboat goes to the top and comes down on Kane with classic Steamboat. Kane scoops him with a big sideslam and drops him before tagging in Jericho. Jericho goes to work on Steamboat before tagging in Big Show who hits a big chop on Ricky. Show backs Ricky in the corner and puts his boot in the face. Show hits a big head butt on Ricky as the crowd gets behind Dragon. Ricky fights back with big chops but Show drops him. Jericho comes back in and goes to work on Steamboat, getting a 2 count. Headlock by Jericho now.
Steamboat fights to his feet and breaks the hold. Big rights by Steamboat but Jericho ducks and locks on the Walls of Jericho. Ricky rolls out of it and gets a close 2 count on Jericho. Jericho tries a back drop but Ricky slides out and tags in Punk. Punk comes in and unloads on Jericho with kicks and a big knee. Running knee in the corner by Punk and then the bulldog. Punk knocks Edge and Matt off the apron but Show catches his fist. Punk turns around and gets decked and dropped by Kane. 2 count by Jericho. Kane kicks Punk in the face and we go back to commercial.
Back from commercial and Punk is fighting off Kane but Kane drops him with a big boot and tags in Matt. Matt gets a 2 count on Punk. Edge comes in and works on Punk then Show is tagged in. Show backs Punk in the corner and nails him with big chops to the chest. Edge comes and then Kane is tagged back in as Punk is still on the losing end. Kane puts Punk on the top but Punk fights him off. Punk knocks Kane down to the mat and comes off the top. Kane grabs him for a chokeslam but Punk counters it and both are down. Edge and Jeff are tagged in at the same time. Jeff gets the best of Edge with his signature moves and gets a 2 count.
Show ends up coming in the ring when Cena is tagged in. Cena gets on his back and they end up on the floor. Rey Mysterio is the legal man and drops Edge for the 619. Rey goes for it and Jericho comes in. Rey drops Jericho for the 619 and hits it at the same time on Edge and Jericho. Rey comes off the top and lands on Jericho at the same time Steamboat comes off the top and lands on Edge. Rey pins Jericho for the pinfall and the win.
Winners: CM Punk, Ricky Steamboat, Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy and John Cena
The winning team celebrate in the ring after the match. The rest leave while Steamboat climbs the top turnbuckles and gets a huge pop from the crowd. Cena, Rey, Punk and Jeff applaud Steamboat from the ramp and he runs them for a big group hug.
– Backstage we see Vince McMahon getting ready. Triple H comes in and Vince stops him, saying he doesn’t want to hear it. Triple H tells him he’s the most arrogant, hard headed SOB and something else he’s ever met but is proud of him. Triple H tells Vince to finish it and walks off as we go back to commercial.
– Lilian Garcia is in the ring and she introduced the interim General Manager of RAW, Vickie Guerrero. Chavo wheels her out to the ramp and she gets some insane heat here as usual. She says when the WWE Board first asked her to be the interim GM of RAW, it came with a provision – after WrestleMania, she had the option to become GM oe one show or the other, but not both. She says with the Draft next week, she had to decide and she is now the permanent General Manager of RAW. Vickie says RAW has become stale and stagnant and she can be a breath of fresh air with her unique thinking and professionalism. Vickie announces Edge will get a World Title shot at Backlash and laughs as she says it will be his last chance at regaining the belt. As far as the WWE Title goes, she says the six-man at Backlash will now be a Championship match. If Triple H or his team wins, he will retain the belt. If anyone on Randy Orton’s team wins, Orton becomes WWE Champion. Vickie thanks everyone for welcoming her as the new GM of RAW as they boo her.
Cole and Lawler are talking as Vickie Guerrero comes back out. She messed up. She announces the Edge vs. John Cena match at Backlash will be a Last Man Standing match.
– Backstage we see Legacy standing around as Orton gets ready for his match. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we get a nice promo for the WWE Superstars TV show debuting this month before going to a recap of the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.
– Lilian Garcia is in the ring and she introduces Miss WrestleMania – Santina Marella. Santina comes out fully dressed up, complete with her own Titantron and theme music. She says when her sexy twin brother couldn’t compete at WrestleMania, his heart was broken but it’s ok now because his own flesh and blood is the winner. Comedy stuff here by Santina. Beth Phoenix finally comes out with Rosa behind her and she’s pissed. Santina tries to introduce herself to Beth. Santina says this is her brother’s girlfriend. Beth says cut the crap and asks Santino what he’s out here doing. She says he’s embarrassing himself infront of all these people. Beth says she better not catch him in the Divas locker room again. Beth says he threw her over the top rope last night and challenges Santina to a match tonight. Santina says Beth is jealous because she’s more of a woman than Beth will ever be. Santina accepts and asks for a referee.
Santina Marella vs. Beth Phoenix
A referee comes running down from the back as we go to commercial break. Back from commercial and Santina asks for some music a girl can dance to. Santina starts dancing and it disgusts Beth. The bell rings and Santina starts bouncing around. Beth chops Santina and works him over in the corner with forearms. Beth tries to spank Santina but he rolls to the floor. Rosa tries to calm Beth down but Santina runs back in the ring and tries to drop an elbow but misses. Beth scoops Santina but he holds on to the ropes. Santina falls back on Beth and pins her for the win.
Winner: Santina Marella
– After the match, Santina runs up the ramp and taunts Beth from the ring. Beth is pissed.
– We see Vince McMahon heading to the ring as we go to commercial break.
Randy Orton vs. Vince McMahon
Back from the break and Voices is playing as Randy Orton makes his way to the ring without Legacy. No Chance hits next as Vince McMahon makes his way to the ring dressed in his usual all black. Vince stares Orton down as he enters the ring.
The bell rings and Vince approaches Orton slowly. Vince slaps Orton and he goes down and comes back up. Vince hits Orton harder this time and sends him into the corner. Rights and lefts from Vince now and another shot to the face. Orton drops again and Vince starts kicking in the corner. Vince gets emotional and rocks Orton in the face again. Vince looks a little rusty. Vince kicks Orton in the side and sends him to the floor. Vince slams Orton into the announcers table and taunts him, slamming his head down again. Vince thrusts Orton’s back into the apron and continues to work him over.
They go back in the ring and Orton drops Vince with that sick back breaker of his. Orton rocks Vince in the face and kicks him. Orton starts dropping knees on Vince. Orton taunts the crowd. Orton picks Vince up and drops him with an RKO without much resistance from Vince. Orton stands over Vince and gets ready for the punt kick. Shane McMahon hits the ring and stops the punt kick. Shane mounts Orton and unloads with punches. Legacy rush the ring and beat Shane down.
Legacy stomps away on Shane when Triple H runs out. Cody and Ted meet him on the floor and get dropped. Orton and Triple H fight in the ring. Triple H drops him with a clothesline and unloads with rights and lefts. Cody and Ted come in and beat Triple H down. Cody holds Triple H. Shane comes in but Ted lays him out. Legacy triple team Triple H now. Batista’s music hits and he rushes to the ring ready to fight.
Batista nails the spear running in and unloads on Legacy. Batista shakes the ropes and gets pumped up. Cody is left in the ring but rolls out. Triple H throws him back in and Shane shoves Cody to Batista. He lays Cody out with a huge power bomb. Batista taunts Ted and Randy on the floor, asking them if they remember him. Vince takes the mic and says Orton is right, he won’t be going to Backlash. Taking his place will be Batista! Randy Orton flips out on the ramp and is pissed off. Batista’s music hits as he, Triple H and Shane celebrate in the ring as we go to replays. RAW goes off the air with them still in the ring together.
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Don’t forget to watch ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin get inducted into the Hall of Fame tonight at 10pm/9pm central time on the USA network. WWE.com will have live streaming of the event at 7pm.
The list of inductees are:
Stone Cold Steve Austin by Vince McMahon
– Steve will be winging his acceptance speech from the heart.
Ricky “The Dragon Steamboat by Ric Flair
“Cowboy” Bill Watts by Jim Ross
Koko B. Ware by The Honky Tonk Man
howard Finket by Gene Okerlund
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Jim Ross is saying in his latest blog that he, Michael Cole, & Jerry Lawler will be announcing WrestleMania. A senior WWE manager has reportedly predicted a million PPV buys for WWE. If JR had said so we’d treat that prediction like gold. As is, we’ll see if WWE can pull that number off in this economy.
Triple H defeats Randy Orton to retain.
– we’re wondering how Randy gets to keep his job after this match is over and he can’t hide behind his lawyers any more.
World Heavyweight Championship: Triple Threat:
Edge defeats John Cena and Big Show to win the World Heavyweight Title
– Edge is rumoured to need a slower pace to deal with some nagging injuries. Big show just isn’t going to be champion. Thing is, Edge could win and Christian could win, leading into an Edge versus Christion matchup for the championship. Is it more wishful thinking than likely? Well, we’ll take denial over reality on this one.
The Streak versus The Showstopper:
The Undertaker defeats Shawn Michaels
– If anyone could defeat the Demon of Death Valley, it’s Mr. WrestleMania. Thing is, there will never be another steak in WrestleMania’s history like this one. Undertaker’s streak will never end.
Jeff Hardy defeats Matt Hardy
– While the feud is a little hard to buy into, the match itself is going to be pretty entertaining.
Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match:
Christian defeats CM Punk, Kane, Finlay, Mark Henry, Kofi Kingston, MVP, & Shelton Benjamin
– Christian will either win this and go into a program against Edge, or he will be put through the ringers like MVP until Edge is ready to face him for a title matchup. Edge and Christian’s momentum are firmly in step with each other.
Unified WWE Tag Team Championship: Lumberjack Match:
The Miz & John Morrison def. Primo & Carlito to become Unified WWE Tag Team Champions
– The Miz and Morrision are simply the bigger tag team.
3-on-1 Handicap Match:
The Legends def. Chris Jericho
The stipulation added to this match on RAW makes this one a little bit more interesting. Ric Flair will be backing The Legends and handlers or no handlers, Mickey Rourke is almost guaranteed to get involved, Piper, Snuka and Steamboat will win, no question. It’ll come down to Ricky with a little help from Rourke to make it happen.
Rey Mysterio defeats John “Bradshaw” Layfield (c) to win the Intercontinental Title
-John Layfield is the Giant going against wiley ‘David’ Mysterio.
25-Diva Battle Royal:
Winner: Trish Stratus
– There’s been a tonne of speculation about who’s going to be at this match. If Trish turns up, the match is going to her. The other biggest choice would be having Gail Kim win and recieve a big push. Thing is, the last time Gail walked into the WWE and took a title, the fans turned on her. That history shouldn’t repeat itself.
– Santino will try to sneak in dressed as Candice Michelle. Candice and Mae Young will intercept the party crasher and kick his man-booty. This gives Mae Young something to do and we don’t have to cringe at the site of Mae being thrown over the top rope to certain hip replacement.
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Here’s a great article on WWE’s press conference today at the Hard Rock Cafe by ‘The Steel Cage,’ with Alfonso Castillo and Seth Mates reporting.
I got back not long ago from attending WWE’s WrestleMania 25 press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square (formerly the WWF New York restaurant.)
Nothing terribly newsworthy took place, but there were plenty of good promos, some laughs, and the usual antics from the unruly New York fans.
I got a number of one-on-one interviews with some of the talent after the press conference, including Ric Flair, Edge and Triple H, and I hope to bring you video highlights and transcripts from the interviews in the coming days. Highlights include Triple H talking about the Ultimate Warrior and Chris Benoit, Flair talking about the problems in ROH, and Edge talking about his hesitation in Vickie Guerrero becoming an on-air character so soon after her husband’s death.
Here’s a quick run through of the day’s events:
Todd Grisham opened the press conference and introduced the first speaker, Chris Jericho.
Jericho began by somewhat sincerely talking about the importance of WrestleMania and his memories of watching WrestleMania I and dreaming of one day becoming a big WWE star. After a few seconds of out-of-control heckling from fans, Jericho slipped into character and made reference to the “typical New York animals.”
Jericho blamed Mickey Rourke for setting off the chain of events that is leading to his match against the three legends this Sunday. He said Rourke challenged him and then “backed down.” A Mickey Rourke chant broke out. He said Rourke will be in Houston in the front row seat that he bought for him. He talked about the hypocrites, and vowed to get rid of Flair, Piper, Snuka and Steamboat “once and for all.”
“I will walk out of the Houston with my head held high knowing once again that I was the better man,” he said.
Jericho remained in character for the rest of the 45-minute press conference, sneering at the various promos cut by the babyfaces.
Next up “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who got a nice pop and “Roddy!” chant. He wore his leather jacket and kilt. Working without a script, Piper was his usual long-winded, rambling self, although he did have a few good lines. He started by mimicking Jericho’s monotone delivery, and then broke into his usual shouting and told the crowd, “Old School’s Cool.”
Piper recalled being part of WrestleMania I, and mingling with the various celebrities including Billy Martin, Muhammad Ali, “Dick Clark” (I don’t remember him being there), and Liberace, who Piper recalled rehearsing his kick with the Rockettes backstage. Piper made a rather crude joke about his answer to Liberace’s question, “What are you wearing under your kilt?”
He said WrestleMania I was “just like it’s going to be in Houston.” He told “Greg Jericho” that he took offense to his treatment of the legends. He said Jericho’s mother didn’t give him enough attention as a kid. He asked Jericho why he would call out the legends rather than call out someone from his own generation (an “Austin” chant broke out.)
“You have the audacity to talk about how washed up we are,” Piper said. “Let me tell you something kid. I may be out of step every once in a while, but I ain’t forgotten how to dance, man.”
“Christopher, you pompous pimple, I’m coming to the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania to give you 150 percent of my heart,” Piper add.
Piper borrowed from his famous line in They Live and said he was coming to Houston to “kick ass and chew bubble gum. And I’m all out of bubble gum.”
Kelly Kelly and Eve came out. They hyped the 25 Diva battle royal, and mentioned that the returning Divas would include Sunny, Molly Holly, Victoria and Jackie Gayda. They couldn’t handle the rowdy crowd and quickly ran out of things to say. Their music awkwardly came on mid-sentence, and the girls, mercifully, got the hook.
Ric Flair came out next to some “Thank you, Flair chants.” He said he loved the fans and thanked them. Flair said that in 1984 he was NWA champion and that in his eyes the title was the most coveted in all of professional wrestling. But he said he was in “Spartanburg, South Carolina wrestling in front of 2,000 people for an hour while my friend Roddy Piper, and the Hulk and Mr. T, Liberace and the man that made it all happen, Vince McMahon, were right here in Madison Square Garden in front of 20,000 people just like you really enjoying a better quality of life than I was.”
Flair said it took him eight years for him to get to WrestleMania, where he took on Randy Savage in Indianapolis, and it was “the greatest moment of my life.”
Turning to the legends match at WrestleMania, Flair brought up that Jericho had left him with 11 staples in his head. He said he respected Chris Jericho, and didn’t hate him, but does “resent” him and people who think like him.
“You’ve got to be a real special person in a real special place in life to be in the Hall of Fame in WWE,” Flair said.
He said at WrestleMania in front of millions of fans “who live and die to watch the pay per view,” he was going to watch as his three “Hall of Fame brothers wear you out.”
“If you walk away from that match with your hand in the air, I will kiss your ass the day you’re inducted into the Hall of Fame,” Flair said. “That’s how sure I am that you’re going to get your ass handed to you.”
Flair gave some “whoos,” and left the podium.
Mark Henry came out next. This wasn’t pretty. The crowd disrespectfully chanted “boring” the moment Mark came out on stage. He immediately got flustered and kept losing his train of thought. He attempted to talk about how he grew up 90 minutes outside of Houston and how WrestleMania would be a homecoming for him. He said that even thought you don’t usually see men his size in ladder matches, he would do whatever it takes to win, including “stacking bodies” and climbing up them to grab the briefcase. The crowd wouldn’t stop heckling, and Henry tried to fight back, telling them, “I can go all day long. Get it out of your system.” The fans chanted, “You suck,” and Henry replied, “And you came to see me.” They finally Henry’s music and put him out of his misery.
Edge came out next and kept it short. He started by saying how he was just like the fans in attendance in that he too loved the wrestling industry, WWE and WrestleMania, and recalled how he attended WrestleMania VI as a child. He got some cheers.
“However, there are some differences between you and I,” Edge said as he removed his sunglasses. “The big one: I’m better than all of you.”
He said he’d prove it at WrestleMania. He said he was better than John Cena and the Big Show, and is “the best in the world at what I do.”
The Big Show came out, and stood face-to-face with Edge for the obligatory photo-op. Show said it was good to be in New York, where he loved the pizza and hot dogs “as you can tell.” He said he planned to win the world title at WrestleMania. The fans chanted “Cena!” He told Edge, “I have taken your spotlight. I have taken your wife. And at WrestleMania 25 I will take your world heavyweight championship.”
“I am the only one here that deserves to be called world heavyweight champion,” Show said. “No one can beat me.”
Last out was Triple-H, who got a gigantic pop. Seconds after Grisham described Triple-H’s rivalry with Randy Orton as the most personal in WrestleMania history, Hunter was his usually jokester self, and kicked off the event by doing his “Are you ready?” shtick. He asked the fans, “Are you ready for WrestleMania.”
Triple H said he shared his colleagues’ passion for WrestleMania, but said, “It’s just a little bit different for me.” He said his first WrestleMania experience came at WrestleMania XI, just after he joined the company. Although he didn’t wrestle on the show, he said he “sat back and I watched the greatest spectacle that I had ever seen in my life take place before me.”
“And it was all run by this crazy, maniacal guy named Vince McMahon,” he said. “It’s hard for me to believe that 14 years later that crazy old man is my father-in-law.”
He added that Vince’s “crazy wife” is his mother-in-law, and “crazy” daughter his wife and mother of his children. He said WrestleMania was about more to him than just his career, but it was about his whole life. He said he considered all of WWE, including the fans, his family.
He joked about how Vince must have nine lives or be immortal because even after being blown up and having a gigantic rig fall on him just in the last couple years, “he is still just fine.”
He segued into a funny story about his trip to New York from the previous night’s Raw, where he went out with Vince and Shane and beat up legacy. He said a number of wrestlers, including Jericho, Edge, Show joined Shane, Vince and him on a flight to New York. He said Show was very “angry and agitated” because Edge was on the same flight. When the plane landed, Show said, “To hell with you guys, proceeded to get off the plane, slipped on the top step and fell all the way down to the ground below.”
“This is a true story,” Triple-H. It must have been, because Edge doubled over in laughter in his seat, and even Jericho, who was trying his best to stay in character, started giggling. Show said that Triple H betrayed him by telling the story.
Triple H said even Edge felt bad for Show. Hunter said that around the same time Show hit the floor, everyone noticed that Vince had disappeared. “Then very slowly a hand reached out from Big Show’s behind.”
He said a number of wrestlers pulled and pulled on the hand, “and Vince popped out. And he’s just fine.”
Triple H joked that it turned out Jericho was under Show too, “which explains his hair.” He was clearly trying to crack Jericho up again, but Jericho wasn’t biting. He just shook his head and snarled.
Hunter got serious and said he owed Vince for “everything I have in my life, from my career, to my job, to my wife, to my children, to all of you.”
Finally turning to his storyline, Hunter said his match with Orton had gone “way beyond” his world title and is “about my life.”
He said he will fight Orton for his father-in-law, for his brother-in-law, for his wife, for his kids, and for the fans.
“I will fight Randy Orton with every bit of who I am,” Triple-H said. “I will fight Randy Orton as if my life depends on it. Because it does.”
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Slam Wrestling interviewed “Rowdy” Roddy Piper on “The Wrestler.” He said he told Mickey Rourke after watching the movie that his Randy the Ram character hit home: “What stood out to me as a wrestler was that at no time did that character ever get physical outside the ring. And that’s very typical; most of us are pretty soft outside of the ring. But even more so than that, the thing that probably grabbed me the hardest was the way it ended. All my brothers are dead, man. So, at the end, it caught me because it just went to black, and that’s how it happens in our world. Look at Curt Hennig — he was the picture of health. And boom! Black. Not fade to black, just black. I’ve been to so many funerals.” He said he wondered why nobody on the outside has caught on and tried to do something more to prevent wrestler deaths. He said the life of a wrestler is brutal, especially the travel. He talked about a trip in 1991 where he did an afternoon and evening show in England, then flew to Connecticut to do five hours of voice overs for TV, then flew to Alaska, wrestled there, flew back to Seattle, rented a car and drove 160 miles home. “It’s tough to make that route without a shot of whiskey,” he said. He also brought up that there should be a union in wrestling, like everyone does after they retire. “The WWE have done some wonderful things for wrestlers. But we can’t keep on dying. The wrestlers give their hearts — they give the best part of their lives. So as the success goes on, why aren’t they being taken care of?”