It's the fallout from last night's Elimination Chamber PPV and we're officially on the Road to WrestleMania! Keep refreshing your page for updates of tonight's live blog!
Ah, now this is how you start Monday Night Raw, Chris Jericho... excuse me, NEW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION Chris Jericho! Been too long since Jericho showed up on Raw, but we're on the Road to WrestleMania, so the champions can pretty much do whatever they want. Jericho's in rare form here tonight, almost a weird mixture of current Jericho and old-school Y2J, and he's going to WrestleMania! And so is Edge, who speared Jericho and made his decision! No dragging out the story, it's official, it's Chris Jericho vs. Edge at WrestleMania 26 in Phoenix! Hell yeah.
But it looks like we're not done yet, John Cena is in the ring just as soon as it's cleared, and he's understandably angry about the St. Louis Screwjob. Cena wants his rematch, but Vince McMahon is out instead of the WWE Champ. Speaking of rare form, Vince is in it tonight as well, letting Cena know that he doesn't get his rematch tonight because Batista isn't defending the title until WrestleMania. If Cena can beat Batista tonight, he gets the shot, but if he can't, Sheamus gets his rematch instead. Obviously some shenanigans will be involved here, no way they're giving away what I expect to be the WrestleMania main event tonight on Raw.
Oh look, it's the match that was advertised for the $45 PPV, but now we get for free on Raw, Gail Kim vs. Maryse in the finals of the Divas Tournament. Fairly decent contest, Gail Kim was easily at her most impressive since her return to WWE, but as expected, Maryse picked up the win and became the Divas Champion for the second time. Yes, we had to drag out this Divas Tournament that long to get to the most obvious conclusion ever. They could've had Maryse win a Battle Royal the night Melina vacated the belt and it would've saved us all a lot of time.
Someone please stop this Charles Barkley Taco Bell commercial. It might be the worst thing I've ever seen on television since that a-hole who sings about free credit reports.
Yeah, no way we were going to make it through tonight without Jillian trying to sing Jewel songs. These hands are small I know, too small to cover my ears.
Randy Orton wants to make nice with Legacy. Well, so much for not dragging things out. Oh but wait, Cody & Ted have a plan... and it's next!
Six-man tag action up next with Legacy vs. Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne and... Yoshi Tatsu! I'm demanding it right now, Yoshi Tatsu and Evan Bourne, Unified Tag Team Champions! Looks like Yoshi has come to Raw as part of the ECW free agent program, and while I would've preferred him on Smackdown due to the Intercontinental Title scene, but if they team him with Bourne, I fully support this move. Enjoyable match, that got especially interesting when Orton hit Rhodes with the rope DDT and the RKO'd DiBiase on the floor! I'd say this is finally the end of Legacy, but you never know with this storyline. However, the bigger story here is the fact that Evan Bourne, Yoshi Tatsu and Kofi Kingston won the match! Not only that, Evan Bourne scored the pin! Been awhile since that happened on Raw.
Alright, the HBK/Undertaker montage with the Placebo song was one of the best hype videos WWE's ever produced. It might sound crazy, but between that and last night, I'm totally sold on this rematch now.
Speak of the "devil," Shawn Michaels out next to explain his actions, he wanted The Undertaker's attention, and he got it! The Undertaker made his way to the ring, decked out in his Lord of Darkness coat (and sporting some facial burns from the pyro accident last night) and he was not happy. After months of asking, Shawn Michaels demanded a WrestleMania rematch one more time and Taker finally accepted... on one condition: Shawn Michaels career is on the line! Well, this is officially going to be the biggest nailbiter in WrestleMania history, perhaps wrestling history, The Streak vs. HBK's career! I don't know if these guys can top what they did last year, but if this is the end of the streak or the end of Shawn Michaels, you can bet your ass they're going to try.
And despite Money in the Bank getting its own PPV this year, it looks like it will be taking place at WrestleMania as well. Strange. Our first Money in the Bank qualifying match this year is Christian vs. Carlito, and it looks like Christian on Raw, which is really, really, really bad. At least Christian won the match and is the first man to qualify for MITB, but I'd much rather see him on Smackdown. Maybe the Draft will fix that, and hopefully he'll have the briefcase around that time as well. 2010 has to be Christian's year, like I've been saying, if he's not WWE/World Champion by the end of it, WWE's doing something wrong.
Diva Bullriding... nuff said.
Oh good, ShowMiz is here to save the day! Jewel had line of the night here with "my yodeling would crush you!" Unfortunately, this thing gets even more ridiculous when Big Show rides the mechanical bull, good thing it's a mechanical bull, or else PETA would be all over this. This should've been terrible, but with Miz on the mic and Big Show's slapstick, it actually turned out to be kinda funny, definitely better than the Springer segment last week. Jewel & Ty Murray aren't done with ShowMiz yet, Unified Tag Team Titles are on the line next against MVP & Mark Henry.
ShowMiz vs. MVP & Mark Henry with the Unified Tag Team Titles on the line, I assume this shoots down my prediction of them going at it at WrestleMania? Oh yeah, one Big Show punch later, I think MVP & Mark Henry's chances are all used up. That didn't take long. Oh well, I'd much rather see ShowMiz vs. Yoshi Tatsu & Evan Bourne now.
Wendi Richter is the next name announced for this year's Hall of Fame class, which is incredibly cool. Roddy Piper will induct her, but surely Cyndi Lauper should go into the celebrity wing, right?
Vince McMahon has invited Bret Hart back to Raw next week... that won't end well.
Cheech & Chong host Raw next week! You know RVD hasn't signed with TNA yet because he wants to make a guest appearance on this show. Fonzi and Sabu will buy tickets if they have to.
Main Event time! Batista vs. John Cena with Cena's last chance to headline WrestleMania. And yeah, as I expected, total shenanigans... Batista gets himself disqualified by kicking John Cena in the crotch. Looks like Davetista wants Cena at WrestleMania, and at least they didn't give away the Mania main event for free. After the "match" Batista went nuts on Cena, blasting him with some NASTY! chairshots to the back.
Okay, a few low points, but overall, a great Raw that sets up WrestleMania beautifully. Batista came across looking like a complete ass, and now the biggest heel in the company; Chris Jericho vs. Edge is official; Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels Streak vs. Career; Legacy's explosion is in the works, and Christian is in Money in the Bank - THAT is a WrestleMania. Not only that, we still got four Raws and five Smackdowns to build all this up, so there's plenty of time to add more matches and iron out all the details. Once again, tonight proves that even after some horrendous shows, WWE finds their muse as soon as WrestleMania hype begins. Not a perfect show, but it did exactly what it needed to do.