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Monday Night RawMEN Arena, Manchester, England | 18th April 2011
The WWE touches down in England for the first night of the Wrestlemania Revenge week-long tour, which will span across the entire of the United Kingdom, including SmackDown in the famous O2 Arena this Friday night; tonight, however, Raw emanates from the Manchester Evening News Arena, and things are sure to heat up ahead of Extreme Rules in just under two weeks’ time.
Last week, WWE Champion The Miz stooped to a new low to keep himself ahead of John Cena in the lead-up to their Extreme Rules title bout; after Jerry Lawler announced Pick Your Poison as the night’s theme, the Awesome One stole a win over Randy Orton when CM Punk provided a distraction, and then forced Cena to run the Gauntlet against Ted DiBiase, The Great Khali, and then himself, surprising the ex-“Champ” with the Skull-Crushing Finale from behind to claim a tainted win. However, the WWE Champion’s celebrations were spoiled by the arrival of TRIPLE H, who hit Alex Riley with a Pedigree and raised the famous belt to signal his intentions. Tonight in Manchester, Triple H will open the show to discuss his return and why he targeted The Miz; will the Awesome One have anything to say about the Game’s shock tactics? And where does John Cena come into the equation?
Another man planning to have his say on Raw tonight is Randy Orton. The wronged Viper, after being pinned by the WWE Champion last week, must be feeling more hatred for CM Punk that ever before – the week previously, Punk had made the vow that business wasn’t finished between the two, and if that wasn’t true when he said it, it certainly is now. The Second City Saint wants Orton to agree to a rematch, after the Viper was victorious at Wrestlemania, but it seemed the third-generation superstar was more interested with getting himself in contention for the WWE Title. Now, however, Orton must surely be out for revenge, and we’ll hear his true feelings when he gets on the mic tonight.
New Raw General Manager Jerry “The King” Lawler had a big first night last week, re-introducing the Pick Your Poison concept and signing another match for Extreme Rules in the form of Daniel Bryan versus Dolph Ziggler in a Ladder match. The prize they’ll be competing for is a WWE Title shot, and considering how much both Ziggler and Bryan want to be top of the pile on Raw, one would imagine they’d be over the moon. However, Ziggler and his girlfriend, Vickie Guerrero, don’t want to see Bryan in contention for a title shot, and it seems these two have some issues to deal with as a result, issues which might only be concluded in a brutal match like that we’ll be seeing in thirteen days. Tonight, Daniel Bryan takes on his old mentor from years gone by, William Regal, in the Blackpool Brawler’s home nation. Will Bryan keep his momentum rolling after he made Ziggler tap out last week, or can Regal take the pressure off Ziggler a little by picking up the win?
Meanwhile, John Morrison’s pursuit of the United States Title continues, though not particularly successful. Not only will current champ Sheamus barely give him the time of day, let alone another match, but old flame Melina has taken to picking apart Morrison’s ‘lack of an edge’, claiming that the Prince of Parkour has no killer instinct that would allow him to get in the title hunt properly, as the Red Carpet Diva has efficiently managed to do in terms of the Diva’s Championship. While Melina faces Tamina tonight, Morrison is without a match, though he’ll be seeing the United States Champion compete when Sheamus faces Yoshi Tatsu; what lengths will Morrison go to in order to prove his merit? And who will win in those aforementioned match-ups?
Also tonight, Tyler Black continues his investigations, and you can expect to see Mark Henry, R-Truth, Johnny Curtis and more!
~ Announced For Raw ~
Triple H opens the show
Randy Orton to speak
Daniel Bryan vs The Blackpool Brawler William Regal
The Red Carpet Diva Melina vs Tamina
Singles Contest – Non-Title Match
United States Champion Sheamus vs Yoshi Tatsu