Re: WWE: A Strong Response
RAW Preview – Monday 21st April 2008
Live From The Acer Arena
FOR THE FIRST TIME LIVE FROM AUSTRALIA!
IS ORTON ASKING FOR TROUBLE?
There is no doubting the determination of Randy Orton in his quest to regain the WWE Championship from Kane, but last Monday may just have escalated things to a whole new level and put The Legend Killer in grave danger. Not satisfied with showing Paul Bearer what an RKO feels like, the former WWE Champion made it look as if he had left the arena straight after, but that was not to be the case. Just as Kane was set to take on Santino Marella, Orton stunned everyone in The Tokyo Dome by racing through the crowd and smashing a steel chair in to the spine of The Big Red Machine before punting the monster in the head. However, that wasn’t enough as Orton pushed his luck, taking possession of Kane’s WWE Championship belt that the two will compete for in less than a week’s time at Backlash.
Has Orton crossed the line and put himself in the line of fire?
McMAHON’S SHOCK EVOLUTION
Evolution were desperate to get their hands on The McMahon Men last Monday night, specifically JBL, and Triple H made that wish come true. Along with Batista & Ric Flair, The Game all but forced William Regal to make the match, and they got their way with the Executive Assistant also making it a no disqualification match. To the shock of most of the Japanese capital, JBL was able to pull out a victory over his bitter rival thanks to his father and half brother, some brass knucks and an accidental collision between Triple H & Batista.
With the six men due to collide once again this weekend in a non sanctioned match, just what can we expect from them as we head towards a war at Backlash?
DYKSTRA GETS CHANCE TO PROVE HIMSELF. . . AGAINST CENA
Kenny Dykstra has had no problem running his mouth since coming to Raw from Smackdown, but last Monday saw him get his hands dirty for the first time. John Cena interrupted Ted DiBiase Jr to call Dykstra out for costing him the chance to become the WWE Champion a week earlier. The youngster who claims he will be a future Hall of Famer wasn’t keen, but his hands were tied as William Regal announced that they would not only meet one on one at Backlash but in a tag team match right there and then.
Their dislike for each other spilled over as they fought their way through the crowd, and one has to wonder if they will be able to keep their hands off each other just six days before their highly anticipated match.
TENSION CONTINUES TO GROW BETWEEN FRIENDS
Kofi Kingston & Cody Rhodes seem to be drifting further and further apart, and it looks as if Kelly Kelly is being drawn in to it more and more. Cody’s girlfriend had her first match last week on Raw where she overcame Melina, but that wasn’t enough to stop the bickering between Cody and the Intercontinental Champion. It seems that Cody is convinced Kofi has his sights set on Kelly despite reassurances from both Kofi & Kelly that nothing is going on between them. After Kelly won her match, it led to another argument between the two ‘friends’, causing Kelly to turn her back on both of them and walk away.
The plot thickens, and you have to assume that things won’t become any easier as all three travel to Raw’s first ever live television broadcast from the land down under!
CHAMPIONS MAKE A POINT
John Morrison & The Miz perfect in the art of getting under the skin of most people they come across, but there’s no doubting that they have rattled the World Tag Team Champions. Paul London & Brian Kendrick have been targeted by the straight talking duo as of late, but last week they struck back. With the two teams knowing they would be meeting for the gold at Backlash, Kendrick went up against The Miz to make a statement that he and London are going to fight them all the way, and he did just that, winning the match.
With just six days to go before their vital clash, how will the challengers respond to the stand made by the champs last week?
ANGERING THE IRISH GIVES DIBIASE JR A BIG WIN
Ted DiBiase Jr has picked up some fairly comfortable victories since debuting on Raw three weeks back, but last Monday night saw that change as he managed to defeat the tough Irishman, Finlay in tag team action. There was an element of good fortune to it with Santino Marella lending a helping hand as he repaid the favour for Hornswoggle distracting Melina earlier on.
With The Million Dollar Champion continuing to make an impact on Raw and Santino making a valiant stand, will their luck carry though in to Sydney this week?
NATALYA HAS HER EYES ON SOME GOLD
The WWE Women’s Champion, Victoria was sent a stern warning last week by the ever menacing Natalya Neidhart. She sent a strong message to the champ, telling her that life wouldn’t be as easy as she thought with Beth Phoenix being drafted to Smackdown. Has Victoria met just as tough an obstacle in the dangerous Canadian?
COLON’S STEAL ONE FROM CRYME TIME
Tension got the better of Cryme Time & The Colon Brothers a couple of weeks back, and they tried to settle their differences in the proper manner last week in Japan as they met head on in tag team action. It may however have caused more trouble between the two teams as Eric Perez helped his fellow Puerta Rican’s pick up the victory, surely leaving Shad Gaspard & JTG out for retribution. Is that the case?
**Don’t miss the last stop before Backlash as it’s going to be a wild ride Down Under!**