Re: WWE: The Evolution Of Greed
~Monday Night Raw~
March 12th, 2007
Last week, Raw bore witness to wrestling sacrilege as the ECW Championship literally went up in flames at the hands of Mr. McMahon and Bobby Lashley. Joey Styles was one of the few men to stand against the McMahon’s tyrannical scheme, only for Styles to need saving from Lashley after he slapped Vince across the face. The savour came in the form of John Cena, thought to be banned from the building last week, who showed up to extract a measure of revenge after the devastating assault Cena suffered at the hands of Lashley at Saturday Night’s Main Event. Cena only briefly got his hands on Vince, Shane and Lashley last week as the evil trio scarpered from the ring, but with Cena in the building tonight, you can be sure he’ll have plenty to say with regards to his Wrestlemania XXIII opponent.
Speaking of Lashley, he’ll be involved in tonight’s main event as he steps into the ring with the three participants in the WWE Championship Match at Wrestlemania XXIII, as Lashley teams with WWE Champion Shawn Michaels to take on the challengers Triple H and Rob Van Dam, a match created by the sick mind of McMahon intended to showcase his new monster to the fullest capacity. Tensions are running high between Van Dam and ‘The Game’, especially after the two gruelling matches the pair had between them within the space of 48 hours last week. The main beneficiary of this situation appears to be Michaels, the WWE Champion revealing in the way Van Dam and Triple H appear to be on the edge of tearing each other apart. It could all fall apart tonight on Raw, as with Van Dam and Triple H set to team with each other, all hell could break loose, especially with someone as dominant as Lashley stood across from them.
Last week, Ric Flair vowed to go to Smackdown and confront Mr. Kennedy, the man so long a thorn in the side of ‘The Nature Boy’. On Friday night, Flair did just that, challenging Kennedy to a match at Wrestlemania and in the process coming into a physical altercation with Kennedy. Flair was then inserted into the main event of the show for a match against the man who will challenge Flair’s longtime friend Batista at Wrestlemania, ‘The Rated-R Superstar’ Edge. Turning back the years, Flair delivered a vintage performance, and was within a whisker of making Edge tap out until Kennedy stormed the ring. After gaining the upperhand over Kennedy, Flair will no doubt be in a buoyant mood tonight during Raw.
Of the four Money in the Bank Qualifiers thus far, only Randy Orton is a representative of the red brand after his victory over Carlito last week. Tonight, the next three Raw participants will be determined in a trio of qualifying matches. After their confrontation last week, CM Punk and Nick Dinsmore will be looking to get past both Chris Masters and Johnny Nitro respectively, will no doubt Orton will have a keen eye on things as Jeff Hardy takes on Mike Knox. With Orton still harbouring a grudge against Hardy for costing him the chance to advance in the Number One Contender’s Tournament, and of course given the actions of Orton’s protégé Kenny Dykstra towards Hardy recently, it would surprise no one to see Orton and Dykstra involve themselves in Hardy’s affairs.
And finally, the World Tag Team Champions Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin will no doubt be continuing their search for a challenge ahead of Wrestlemania, Mickie James will take part in an interview regarding her past with Beth Phoenix, and newcomers The Hart Legacy will once again be in action as they take on Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch. All this and much more on another jam packed episode of Monday Night Raw!
Shawn Michaels and Bobby Lashley vs. Triple H and Rob Van Dam
Money in the Bank Qualifying Matches:
CM Punk vs. Chris Masters
Nick Dinsmore vs. Johnny Nitro
Jeff Hardy vs. Mike Knox
The Hart Legacy vs. The Redneck Wrecking Crew
John Cena will be in attendance, we’ll hear from Ric Flair, The World’s Greatest Tag Team and Mickie James!