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An All Over the Place RAW Wraps Up 2008

Ah yes, the final RAW of 2008, and they made sure we knew that all night long. I mean, how many times did Michael Cole say "it's the final RAW of 2008" last night? Seemed a little too much for my taste, but I guess they wanted to make sure that if you don't have a calender you know by next week that it will be a new year.

On to the big matches, the fatal-four was was pretty predictable, and I stated last week we would see JBL take it and move on to a match with John Cena at the Royal Rumble. We've seen the Cena-JBL feud a number of times, but they did have a great match in their last big PPV brawl, a NY parking lot brawl back at the Great American Bash.

Now of course there is a new twist to the feud with Shawn Michaels involved, and it will be intersting to see if he actually goes through with attacking Cena on behalf of JBL for his new "boss." I am not a huge fan of the Michaels-JBL storyline, but I will say that it is at least somehwat new, and has an interesting twist to it as HBK is going to do whatever he can for Layfield.

The other matches on the show had to do with the new Randy Orton group - "Legacy" and the members of that group, Sim Snuka, Cody Rhodes and Manu all had to wrestle single matches and win to stay as members of the group. Cool concept, and the only one to lose was Manu, who lost to ECW champ Matt Hardy, who now wrestles on all three shows just about every week.

Snuka beat Charlie Hass, who was dressed as his dad - the "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, and Rhodes beat C.M. Punk via count-out as William Regal got involved. They had a women's battle royale with Melina winning to move on to tak on Beth Phoenix at the Royal Rumble. This was okay, and those two should have a solid women's match. The RAW women's roster is way stronger than the SmackDown roster.

In a 10-man tag, John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Cryme Tyme & Kofi Kingston defeated Kane, Mike Knox, World Tag Team Champions The Miz and John Morrison & Dolph Ziggler. This was pretty strong from start to finish, but why do you bury Mike Knox, who was being built as a big heel that was going to take guys out each week? They could have had Miz or Ziggler suffer the loss and it wouldn't have been a big deal.

We also know that the Kelly Kelly "lover" was none other than Orton, who then did what Orton would likely do in real life, which was blow her off. I assume this will lead to a match in a few weeks with Orton and Kane? Otherwise, why else have the encounter in the first place?

This was a kind of all over the place show. From the huge 10-man tag to the main event which was kind of weird how it ended, this was a decent show, with a lot packed in for two hours. Here's to a better quality of RAW in 2009.

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