I attended Raw Monday night at the Verizon Center in Washington and will post my thoughts on the show later today. But before I do that, I want to talk about what happened at the arena after the show went off the air.
The post-Raw portion of the evening began with the dark match "main event" that pitted John Cena and Triple H against Randy Orton and The Big Show.
Orton walked out on Big Show before anyone even locked up, so it became a handicap match. Cena and Triple H immediately hit a double suplex on Big Show. Cena then lifted Big Show with ease and hit the Attitude Adjustment. Triple H finished him off with a Pedigree. I think the whole thing lasted about a minute.
Then the real fun started.
Triple H grabbed the microphone and mentioned that it was his birthday (he turned 40) and he knew the boys were planning something. Right on cue, a bunch of wrestlers and producers started making their way to the ring, each of them with a small cake in their hands. I'm not sure I remember all of them, but I know that Santino Marella, MVP, Mark Henry, Kofi Kingston, Cryme Tyme, Primo, Finlay, Arn Anderson and Ricky Steamboat were among those who came out.
You've probably figured out that those cakes weren't for eating. Triple H did, too, and he made a run for it, with the cake-carrying wrestlers in hot pursuit.
After Triple H made it backstage, Vince McMahon came out and he and Cena called for Triple H to return to the ring so that they could sing "Happy Birthday" to him. Triple H, with some cake and icing on his face, made his way down the entrance ramp. As he approached the ring, Anderson ambushed him and threw cake at him. Triple H wiped some of it off his face and threw it in the face of a cameraman at ringside.
As Triple H entered the ring, most of the locker room, both babyfaces and heels came out. I didn't see Orton or Chris Jericho, although I can't say for certain that they weren't there. A big sheet cake was brought into the ring, and McMahon led everyone in singing "Happy Birthday."
Afterward, Triple H looked at Mark Henry and said, "I know I'm about to get a lot of cake on me, and I'm afraid you're going to eat me. Try to control yourself."
From there, the cake flew and Triple H was quickly covered in it. He then grabbed McMahon and smeared some cake on his father-in-law as they tumbled to the mat and play-wrestled.
Suddenly, Batista's music hit and he joined in on the fun. Batista, who was at the show since he lives in nearby Virginia, was greeted by some cake in the face, courtesy of Triple H. Big Show then held Triple H for Batista to exact some revenge, but Batista nailed Show with a cake instead. Batista also was shoving cake down Big Show's singlet.
Finally, McMahon, who had left the ring, came back with a cake in hand. He made like he was going to hit Triple H, but it was another swerve and Big Show got it.
It was cool to see the talent break character and have some lighthearted fun, although I was a little disappointed that Stephanie McMahon did not get involved in the festivities. I was hoping that she would jump out of a giant birthday cake dressed in this outfit that she wore during the Invasion story line. Oh yeah, it's good to be the King of Kings.