Bob Barker Hosted The Price Is Raw; MVP def. Chris Jericho
This segment is remembered as one of the best ever featuring a Raw celebrity guest host and rightfully so; Barker and Jericho were hilarious together! To their credit, Santino Marella, Jillian Hall and IRS also played their respective roles well, but it was the brief back-and-forth Jericho had with Barker that stole the segment and the Chicago crowd ate up. Everything about it was perfect. The match that followed between Jericho and MVP was also quite good and helped hype the Unified Tag Team Championship match at Breaking Point that Sunday. It was pretty obvious Jericho wasn't winning when it was said he would win a trip to Hawaii if he beat MVP, but it was a big victory for MVP, nevertheless.
Evan Bourne def. Chavo Guerrero
Similar to Jericho, if Guerrero beat Bourne, he would have won a Corvette. Obviously, he didn't emerge victorious, but this was a nice little match while it lasted. Bourne was spinning his wheels at this point and wasn't involved in a program of any kind, though Guerrero was... with Hornswoggle. Yes, Hornswoggle interfered and distracted Guerrero with a water gun to allow Bourne to defeat him. It was a dumb finish, but at least Bourne won.
Randy Orton Interrupted The Nexus
I was a big fan of The Nexus back in 2010, but it struck me like an RKO out of nowhere in this segment how deplorable most of them were on the microphone, specifically everyone except for Wade Barrett and maybe Michael Tarver. Thankfully, Randy Orton cut them short with their interruption, but the damage had already been done. Good grief. Anyway, several matches were set up for the rest of the night by the Anonymous Raw General Manager here as well.
John Morrision def. Chris Jericho
Jericho had previously said that if he failed to win the WWE Championship at Night of Champions, he would leave the company. However, his spot in that bout was put in jeopardy here because if he lost, he would be removed from the pay-per-view main event. Sure enough, he came up short, which gave Morrison a big victory after an enjoyable and well-wrestled matchup. Jericho really sold the loss afterward by sitting in disbelief for a few minutes, but I believe he regained his spot in the Six-Pack Challenge the very next week.
Tommy Dreamer Attacked ECW Champion Mark Henry
After turning heel the week prior, Tony Atlas explained why he decided to align with Henry in this segment. He had been out of the public eye for many years, but he was a good manager for Henry as he added to his act and could serve as his mouthpiece (though we would later learn that Henry could talk for himself). The "test of strength" stuff with Henry bending a bunch of frying pans honestly bored me, but Dreamer coming out and smacking him over the head with one helped build to their ECW Championship match that Sunday at The Great American Bash.
Mike Knox def. Shannon Moore
By this point in time, Knox had been around in ECW for close to two years and management wasn't really doing much with him. He was squashing opponents left and right, like he did here with Moore, but didn't have a solid direction. He was known for his fast-paced and aggressive hard-hitting style, but nothing else about him stood out as special to me, personally. That said, this served its purpose in giving him a quick and easy win.
Camacho def. Tyson Kidd
On paper, this match didn't interest me a ton, but it actually exceeded my expectations the longer it went. Camacho has never done anything for me, personally, but the guy could hold his own in the ring and Kidd is obviously excellent. Plus, the distraction from Michael McGillicutty at ringside not only cost Kidd the victory but furthered that feud as well. This was a solid way to kick off the evening.
Bray Wyatt def. Aiden English
After weeks and weeks of vignettes and anticipation, we finally received the debut of Bray Wyatt on this show, and he definitely did not disappoint. It's almost amazing to think he was once Husky Harris because you would never know they are the same person. He captivated me with his promo and his presence from the moment he walked out on the stage and the way he came across in this match was magical. If you want to see what Wyatt felt like before he was damaged by bad booking, look no further than this bout.
ECW General Manager Teddy Long Presented Mark Henry with the New ECW Championship Title; Colin delaney Explained His Actions
In Philadelphia of all places, the birthplace of ECW, the old ECW title belt was done away with in favor of the new one. That silver ECW Championship actually looked pretty sweet in my opinion, but it was another nail in the coffin of the original ECW. I liked that Henry wanted nothing to do with Delaney (whose promo was rather basic) as soon as Tommy Dreamer came down to exact revenge from The Great American Bash and there wasn't an alliance between them seeing as how Henry already had Tony Atlas as part of his act.
Tommy Dreamer def. Colin Delaney
The story here was that Dreamer served as a mentor to Delaney throughout 2008, helping him score an ECW contract that May. Then, at Great American Bash, Delaney cost him his ECW title match against Henry. Delaney was the ultimate enhancement talent and looked the part to perfection, but he had nothing to offer beyond being an underdog. As a heel, he was worthless, so I was very glad Dreamer decisively defeated him here and the two didn't feud. Instead, Delaney was released from the company mere weeks later without making another on-air appearance.
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