Preview: Fighting Irish
February 18, 2008
One night after No Way Out, Raw will be heading to sunny Anaheim, Calif. Unfortunately for Hornswoggle, he wonâ€™t have much of a chance to work on his tan. Mr. McMahon arranged a Steel Cage Match with the little leprechaun after his bastard son â€” with help from a defiant Finlay â€” defeated him last week in a No Disqualification Match.
This week, though, not even Finlay will be able to interrupt Mr. McMahonâ€™s lesson in tough love, leaving Hornswoggle to his own devices. Just how will the little guy fare one-on-one against his spiteful dad in the unforgiving confines of a steel cage? Will Mr. McMahon really unleash fury on Hornswoggle, or is he simply trying to scare his bastard son?
Time to Play the Game at ‘Mania
The night after No Way Out also sees Randy Orton return as WWE Champion. The â€œLegend Killerâ€ actually lost his title match to John Cena by disqualification after purposefully slapping the referee across the face. The tactic, however cowardly, allows Orton to retain the gold since a title change can only occur as a result of a pinfall or submission. Will â€œThe Champâ€ retaliate against Orton for robbing him of an opportunity at the main event at WrestleMania XXIV? And whatâ€™s next for Cena, now that he is out of the WrestleMania main event?
However, one Superstar who is WrestleMania-bound and has Orton in his crosshairs is Triple H. The King of Kings outlasted five fierce competitors to prevail inside the Elimination Chamber at No Way Out and earn a spot in the main event at WrestleMania XXIV. He left in his wake five battered and bloodied Superstars: JBL, Umaga, Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels and Jeff Hardy. Will The Game have anything to say about his return to WrestleMania and his Chamber victory?
Money in the Bank, Hall of Fame, Playboy and ‘Pretty Boy’
Raw will also feature a pair of firsts. The first Money in the Bank Qualifying Match for WrestleMania XXIV will be held at the Honda Center, as well as the announcement of the first member of the 2008 WWE Hall of Fame class, to be inducted March 29 in Orlando, Fla.
There’s also the matter of Santino Marella’s ultimatum. Last week, he gave his “girlfriend” Maria until this Monday night to choose between him or posing for Playboy. What exactly will the beautiful Diva decide?
And finally, after his controversial appearance at No Way Out, WBC welterweight champion “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather will be at Raw tonight in Anaheim.
The only way to find out the answers to these questions and more is to tune in to Raw, live on USA Network at 9/8 CT.