On Monday night, Vickie Guerrero's time in the WWE came to an end as she lost a match to, and was "fired" by, Stephanie McMahon.
If this is legitimately the end of Vickie's career, and right now all signs are that it is, it completes a nine-year run that nobody would have expected when she first appeared in the WWE in 2005.
On Monday, Stephanie McMahon opened the show by confronting Vickie about letting Roman Reigns into the battle royal the previous week. She was about to fire her, with Vickie begging for her job, but she said that if Vickie could win a match against Stephanie, that she could keep her job. Vickie accepted, after saying that there's one name in wrestling that garnered more respect than McMahon, which was Guerrero. By the end of the segment, Vickie, who has been one of the biggest heels on the roster for nearly eight years, was getting huge cheers from the crowd.
When she came back out for the match, she came out to Eddie's old “Lie, Cheat and Steal” music. Stephanie came out and announced that it wouldn't be a regular wrestling match, but a match where the object was to throw your opponent into a pool of slop. With assistance from Layla, Alicia Fox and Rosa Mendes, Stephanie won the match. However, Vickie got a measure of revenge when she was able to push Stephanie into the slop. She made her way to the stage, and with Eddie's music playing, shimmied and pointed to the sky, getting cheered for the first time in years.
It wasn't a perfect ending, as it would've been nice if she wasn't covered in slop, but it was fitting for a woman who has endured a lot in her time with the company while consistently being one of the biggest heels on the roster.
Many don't remember her first appearances in the company when she was involved in the Eddie/Rey Mysterio storyline. It was a small role, but also might have been the last time she was cheered in a WWE ring before Monday. After Eddie's death, she returned to the WWE managing her nephew, Chavo, in a heel role, a role she would grow into. She went on to manage the likes of Edge, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger, amongst others.
The heat that she drew was able to elevate these wrestlers when she was with them. She also took that heat into several roles as a heel authority figure, while not as good as her manager roles, still were well-done. If there was a problem with her run, it was the ridiculous positions she was put in. She constantly was belittled about her appearance and age by faces and commentators, and generally made to look foolish. Yet, she persevered.
When you consider her position, as the widow of one of the more beloved wrestlers in recent memory, it's astounding that she ended up as not just a heel, but a mega-heel for over seven years. It's a testament to just how good she was at her job. And while she likely won't go down as an all-time great manager, or figure, Monday night was certainly a fitting way to go out for a woman who thrived in her role.
The Rest of RAW
** Triple H announced all the competitors for the Money in the Bank briefcase match. They are: Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Bad News Barrett, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam, Jack Swagger and Kofi Kingston. This is going to be a really interesting match, as the man who seems most ready to win the briefcase is Cesaro, and he's in the other ladder match. I'll have more on this in my preview column later this week, though the favorites have to be the two former Shield members.
** The main event was a 3 vs. 4 handicap match featuring the heels in the ladder match against the faces. Sheamus ended up winning the match for the faces after pinning Cesaro. After the match, Kane came out, and laid waste to everyone. Triple H announced that Kane would be the eighth member of the ladder match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. After his taunt, Roman Reigns speared Kane, and stood tall at the end of the show.
** Bad News Barrett successfully defended his Intercontinental title against Dolph Ziggler in a fantastic match. These two have great chemistry, and if Barrett continues to shine, it will do wonders to help the prestige of the Intercontinental title. Before the match, he came out and delivered his bad news, which included a shot about the Redskins name debate.
** Seth Rollins beat Rob Van Dam by DQ when Dean Ambrose interfered when Rollins was about to get the win.
** To build the tag title match at Money In The Bank, Luke Harper beat Jimmy Uso. After the match, Jey challenged Erick Rowan to a match, and he won that match. Harper and Rowan ended up standing tall after the match though. Harper and Rowan didn't come out to Bray Wyatt's music, as they have in the past, instead coming out to an organ version of “He's Got the Whole World In His Hands.”
** Big E squashed Damien Sandow, dressed as Abraham Lincoln. After the match he started insulting Rusev, which brought out Lana. While she was running down Big E, Rusev attacked Big E from behind, locking in the Accolade for a good 30 seconds before releasing. It looks like these two will face each other again on Sunday.
** Naomi beat Alicia Fox to become the No. 1 contender to the Diva's championship. She will face Paige, who was on commentary, at Money In The Bank.
** Bo Dallas beat Titus O'Neal. Bo Dallas is supposed to be a heel who acts like an over-the-top face. However, if DC was any indication on Monday, he's getting bigger cheers than many of the faces. So his character, for better or worse, is getting a lot of layers to it.
** Jack Swagger beat Kofi Kingston in a match that served to hype the Money in the Bank briefcase match.
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