Outrage in a Cage

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February 18, 2008

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For anyone with a sense of family — or decency — having to watch a distraught Finlay carry Hornswoggle's tiny, unmoving body from the ring Monday night must have left them with icy chills and a sad, sick feeling in the pit of their stomach.  

A week prior, a humiliated Mr. McMahon arranged a Steel Cage Match with his bastard son after losing to Hornswoggle in a No Disqualification Match. In that bout, Finlay had intervened on behalf of his lucky charm despite threats by the Chairman that he would be fired if he did.

This week, Mr. McMahon ensured solitude for him and his bastard son and dished out the most brutal form of "tough love," thanks to the confines of the steel cage and of all people, JBL. With despair haunting in his eyes, Finlay could only plead in vain to end the cruelty.

But JBL stomped his boot down on the Irishman's plan, attacking him and handcuffing him to the ring ropes. The Lonestar Loudmouth then lumbered into the cage, where he rammed Hornswoggle against the unforgiving steel. The brutality proved so great that even Mr. McMahon was take aback. 

Only after the Chairman and JBL had moved from the ring, did Finlay, in a moving display of compassion, free himself and carry his fallen friend to the locker room, where Hornswoggle was evaluated with head trauma and internal injuries (WWE.com will have more updates on his condition as they become available).  PHOTOS | WATCH

Bank Shot

The night after nearly winning in the Elimination Chamber at No Way Out, Jeff Hardy flew into Raw to prove that he is far from grounded. The "Rainbow-haired Warrior" conquered the yuck-mouthed ogre, Snitsky, to qualify for this year's Money in the Bank Ladder Match at WrestleMania.  PHOTOS | WATCH

Hall Monitor

Shawn Michaels did the honors as he announced that Ric Flair will become the first member of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2008. The Nature Boy also becomes the first active competitor to be inducted.  WATCH

Sibling Revelry

Paul Burchill sure knows how to please his sister, Katie Lea. For the second week in a row, the British brawler defeated his opponent. This week, Super Crazy was sacrificed for Katie Lea's delight.  PHOTOS

Big Showdown

After having his nose crushed at No Way Out, the returning Big Show was fuming and ready to confront the man who bloodied him, WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather. As the two exchanged unpleasantries, Big Show challenged the "Pretty Boy" to a match, which Mayweather accepted. Stay tuned.  STORY | PHOTOS | WATCH

Banking On It

Mr. Kennedy may not have retired Ric Flair in their Career Threatening Match at No Way Out, but he did make a statement the following night on Raw. The loudmouth from Green Bay, Wis., defeated Val Venis in the night's second Money in the Bank Qualifying Match.  PHOTOS | WATCH

Playboy 1, Santino 0

WWE fans rejoice! Maria will be posing for Playboy sometime this spring. In a cynical play, her boyfriend Santino Marella agreed to let her pose if she could defeat Women's Champion Beth Phoenix. The tall order looked impossible until Candice Michelle made her long-awaited return to Raw, and, in an attempt to avenge herself against the Diva who put her on the shelf for four months, she distracted The Glamazon long enough for Maria to take advantage and secure the pinfall.  PHOTOS | WATCH

Three's Company

After Randy Orton robbed John Cena of a chance at the main event at WrestleMania XXIV by slapping the referee and getting disqualified in their match at No Way Out, Raw General Manager William Regal arranged a non-title bout between the two Monday with Triple H serving as guest referee. As "The Champ" pinned Orton, The Game intensely stared him down and reluctantly gave him the three-count. Cena's win sets up a Triple Threat Title Match for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.  STORY | PHOTOS | WATCH

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