Way Out Warrior
This week's Raw offered a sneak peek at the possible carnage yet to come at No Way Out in less than two weeks. When Raw Superstars involved in one of the Elimination Chamber Matches at No Way Out began to try to make their points -- physically -- on why they deserve to be in the main event at WrestleMania and challenge the WWE Champion, General Manager William Regal interrupted the skirmish to inform them that they would be competing that night in a Six-Man Tag Team Match.
Regal arranged for Jeff Hardy, Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels to battle Umaga, JBL and the yuck-mouthed ogre Snitsky, a Superstar not included in the Elimination Chamber Match but determined to prove that he deserves a spot.
With the winner of the Elimination Chamber Match earning an opportunity to compete in the main event at WrestleMania XXIV, each man was eager to prove he had what it takes to compete for the WWE Championship. When the dust had settled, though, it was the Rainbow-haired Warrior who dropped a Swanton Bomb onto Snitsky for the three-count and the momentum leading up to No Way Out. Photos | Watch
Mickie James let off some pent-up steam this week. In a Divas Tag Team Match pitting her & ECW's Kelly Kelly against current Women's Champion Beth Phoenix & SmackDown's Victoria, Mickie unleashed her mounting frustrations by handling Victoria and pinning her for the three-count. Photos
Surrender Not An Option
A keyed up Mr. Kennedy toppled his foe, Super Crazy, with an Inverted Figure Four Leglock before mocking his No Way Out opponent, Ric Flair, for suffering a knee injury during a match with United States Champion, MVP. The loudmouth from Green Bay, Wis., then called out the 16-time World Champion and told him it would be OK were he to forfeit. Photos
The international pairing of Carlito & Santino Marella continue to surprise onlookers: This week the two topped former WWE Tag Team Champions Paul London & Brian Kendrick. Things began to look up even more when the Caribbean Bad Apple and the Italian Stallion confronted Hardcore Holly & Cody Rhodes later in the night.
Contending With Trouble
In a non-title bout, World Tag Team Champions Hardcore Holly & Cody Rhodes prevailed over Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch. Then the duo of Carlito & Santino informed the reigning champions that they had been named the new No. 1 contenders for the title.
Kiss Me, I'm Irish
Tough love never looked so hated. As punishment for skirting the Royal Rumble Match, Mr. McMahon wanted his bastard son Hornswoggle to join the Kiss My Ass Club. When it came time for the little guy to pucker up, though, Finlay interrupted. After much yelling from Mr. McMahon, Hornswoggle finally leaned in … and bit his freshly buffed buttocks. As retaliation, the Chairman not only arranged a No Disqualification Match against him and Hornswoggle, he also informed Finlay that if he interfered he would be fired.
After suffering a dastardly RKO at the hands of Randy Orton earlier in the night, John Cena gathered his wits enough to compete against Mark Henry in an Arm Wrestling Match. Cena and Henry were practically evenly-matched, but we will never know who would have won. Orton interjected himself again, only to be chased away by Cena. "The Champ" then sent the WWE Champion a message by tossing the World's Strongest Man with a 400-pound FU. Story | Photos | Watch