Above average as far as Raw episodes are concerned.
HBK Is out to an enormous pop. Shawn says everyone thinks he's crazy for putting his career on the line against The Undertaker. He says his peers can't look him in the eye, when he walks into the corner, because no one believes in him. He recognizes The Undertaker's streak is 17-0, but knows nobody has come close like HBK Has. He says it's an undeniable fact that he's Mr. Wrestlemania, and he can defeat The Undertaker's streak. For all his peers that don't believe him, he's gonna give them the opportunity to come out and confront him. Triple H is out. Triple h thinks Shawn can beat The Undertaker, he knows he can. He tells Shawn he's been with everyone in the business, and that Shawn is the best he's ever been with. He goes on about how DX won't be in the ring for a while, because they are going down different path's, but he can tell him with certainty, DX will never die, but he doesn't want people to have the lasting image of them losing the tag team titles, so he's invoked a rematch. Shawn says he appreciates it, but they are going down different paths. Trips reminds Shawn they don't have to defend for 30 days, and after they win, they will throw a party like only DX can throw. Trips asks Shawn what he believes, Shawn responds they have some tag team titles to win. Excellent segment, and I smell a Triple H heel turn.
4 1/2 /5
Cheech and Chong are in the back with The Bella's|what a surprise| They suck up to Cheech and Chong, while Hornswoggle comes in with Lucky Charms, causing Chong to get high. Amusing I suppose.
2 1/2 /5
Randy Orton vs Ted Dibiase. Big pop for Orton. Nice little match here between the two. I think this was to solidify Orton's face turn, or perhaps to throw a swerve with Orton and Cody turning on Ted?. Nevertheless, decent stuff.
2 1/2 /5
Bret Hart is showing arriving to the arena, with Chong running his hands through seemingly Eve's hair. Chong snaps out of it, wanting to know if he can hang with Kelly Kelly, but he realizes it's Chris Masters instead. Really dumb segment.
Money In The Bank Qualifier. Jack Swagger Vs Santino Marella. Total squash here, Santino is in danger of being on the future endeavor's list. Swagger is going to Wrestlemania.
Batista is heading to the ring with security of course. John Cena is out, and starts yapping away. Cena says this has become personal though, claiming Wrestlemania is 4 weeks away, but he wants Batista right now. Batista comes out with security, with Cena wanting to know if he's seeing things. Dave says they are there to protect Cena, not him, and says he has no problem taking out Cena, but security is making sure it does not happen. Dave says Cena and him started out at the same time, and there rise to the top is nearly identical. Batista says they couldn't be any different, and are the two biggest stars of the attitude era|Really now?!!!!|. He references Wrestlemania 21, how they both won world titles, and never looked back. Batista says the WWE for some insane reason labeled John Cena as the face of the WWE. He calls Cena the face of the WWE and mocks him for being in commercials and movies. Batista also claims Stone Cold passed the torch to Cena, and it should have been him. Cena is disgusted and says he is the 1st to arrive, and the last to leave, and he works his butt off for the company, and that Dave is too cool to do that, and calls Dave selfish. Dave agrees with Cena. He's not here to please people, he's here to make money and win championships. I can't stand Batista, but he did excellent work here, and Cena was great. Great, great segment.
4 1/2 /5
More Cheech and Chong stuff are ensured, with Yoshi Tatsu with a mustache. Move along, nothing to read.
Money In The Bank Qualifier. MVP Vs Zack Ryder. Another squash, Ryder is effectively buried now. MVP is going to Mania.
Cheech and Chong are out to introduce the Pillow fight contestants.
Kelly Kelly vs. Eve Torres vs. Gail Kim vs. Maryse vs. Jillian Hall vs. Alicia Fox. Kelly,Eve and Gail look really cute, but Maryse looks smoking! wow. More standard diva crap, I lost interest pretty quickly. Eve wins with a somersault leg drop. Afterwards Hornswoggle is out, and the 3 have fun with lucky charms. Lawler seemed to be having fun.
Justin Roberts goes to introduce Bret, but Vince walks out and says he wants the honor. Vince lies, basically praising Bret, and out comes Bret on a crutch. Vince wants Bret to clear his name, claiming he had nothing to do with the accident. Bret says he does not know if that's true or not, but wants to say his farewell. Vince won't let him, and wants Bret for a match at Wrestlemania. Bret says he can't do that, due to his condition. After Vince egging him on, and taking a cheap shot on Bret, Bret accepts. It's also announced Vince will be facing John Cena next week. Pretty lackluster, let's hope Bret's injury is fake to make the fans go nuts.
Unified Tag Team titles. Miz&Big Show|C| Vs DX. OK match, but mainly used for a storyline. Miz&Show retain win Taker distracts Shawn. Shawn looks disgusted at Trips and walks off. Afterwards Sheamus attacks Triple H, to set up their feud.
Bottom line. Not a train wreck like most of the episodes now a days, and there is a lot of decent stuff here. Worth a look for Wrestling fans.
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