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Kharma bites Maryse in the butt; Rock gets visited by ‘Ghosts of Movie Roles Past’
Next Miami mainstay, musician Pitbull then comes out and does a couple songs for the Rock’s big day.
Between segments the Rock gets a surprising number of high-profile birthday wishes, from people as varied as Miami Heat stars Dwayne Wade and Lebron James to Regis and Kelly, Craig Ferguson, George Lopez, Steve Carell, Ellen DeGeneres and even the baddest man in showbiz, Samuel L. Jackson. Tyler Perry even tapes well wishes for Dwayne, along with a special “cameo” from his Madea character. Rumblings from the wrestling grapevine have it that former WWE star and ex “Rock and Sock Connection” teammate, Mick “Mankind” Foley wanted to attend the Rock’s birthday celebration but was apparently denied by WWE higher ups.
Up next was, at least for me, the most anticipated match of the week, the continuation of the feud between R-Truth and John Morrison. Their meeting this Monday quickly turned into a non-match as R-Truth offered Morrison a replay of last week, only in reverse, as he sneaks Morrison before he can even make it to the ring and proceeds to toss him about before executing his finisher (known as the “What’s up?”, natch.) on him directly on the concrete floor. Then, insult to injury– well, more like injury to injury actually– he catches Morrison as referees are helping him stumble out of the arena and does the move on him again at the top of the ramp. R-Truth proceeds to give the most bat$#!+ crazy-eyed stare ever seen in the WWE as he’s leaving. This was an interesting interlude but honestly I would’ve much preferred Truth be allowed to flex his mic skills a bit more this week. Maybe next time.
Maryse and Kelly Kelly got into the beginnings of a match before the menacing Kharma (previously TNA’s Awesome Kong) made her WWE Raw debut. If you think the women’s division is too low impact Kharma is the wrestler for you. She, along with fellow TNA ex-pat, Gail Kim and ODB (you don’t wanna know) proved over at TNA that the girls could play just as rough as the boys. She demonstrates that here, picking up Maryse in an underhanded scoop slam similar to Triple-H’s Pedigree, only in this case she holds her upside down momentarily then drops her back flat to the mat. (Previously known as the “Implant Buster” over at TNA, it’s doubtful the name will fly at the new PG era WWE.) Meanwhile Kelly Kelly could only look on from the corner turnbuckle, cowering in fear. This looks like the beginning of a very long, uninterrupted streak of domination in the WWE.
An amusing backstage scene: the Rock meets up with a few of his onscreen personas, in the form of Santino dressed like Luke from Fast Five, Hornswoggle dressed as the Scorpion King and the Great Khali as the Tooth Fairy.
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