Re: WWE: The Evolution Of Greed
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~Monday Night Raw~
February 5th, 2007
Sioux City, Iowa
~Three Hour Special~
Sioux City, Iowa is buzzing at the prospect of the first three hour special edition of Monday Night Raw in 2007. And tonight, the stakes couldn't be higher as we gear up for Raw: Night Of Champions, the night where every championship contested on Monday Night Raw will be on the line!
Having embarrassed the McMahon family in recent weeks, WWE Champion John Cena knew that when Shane McMahon kicked off last week's show by announcing they he personally would be choosing Cena's opponent tonight, 'The Champ' was in for a long night. But no one could have predicted that Shane would pick not one, but two opponents for Cena, placing the WWE Champion in the middle of the dispute between Shawn Michaels and Triple H, a friendship that has fallen apart in recent weeks and could be set to explode tonight! With 'The Game' seemingly baying for blood after he was the victim of an accidently sweet chin music last week, will Michaels' pleads for reconciliation fall on deaf ears? Will both former DX members sacrifice the other for the richest prize in wrestling? Can Cena survive in one of the most hostile environments he's ever experienced? And what role will the McMahon's play tonight? The answers to all these questions will no doubt be revealed by the time we go off the air.
Also on the line tonight, for what Mr. McMahon has announced as the last time ever, the ECW Championship will be contested under 'Extreme Rules' with a new school - old school battle. The current champion, Bobby Lashley, the new face of extreme, albeit for many ECW purists the face of the corporate, McMahon ECW. The challenger, Rob Van Dam, the very embodiment of that old school mentality that emanated from the bingo hall in Philadelphia. While Lashley contends that he's always done his best to represent ECW in the right way, Van Dam is determined to see the ECW Championship go out on a high note. Which one of these 'extreme' warriors will emerge as the last ever ECW Champion?
Last week's main event saw the cracks in the World Tag Team Champions widen as Edge and Randy Orton almost came to blows. Tonight, they face the newfound team of Ric Flair and Carlito. Having already won the Royal Rumble, guaranteeing himself a Wrestlemania main event, Edge clearly has his mind on other things. But with Orton determined to continue holding tag team gold, and the experience factor heavily favouring the champs, it's going to take a monumental effort for Flair and Carlito to leave with the gold tonight.
Having delivered not one, but two concussions to Jeff Hardy in recent weeks on his way to becoming the new Intercontinental Champion, Kenny Dykstra felt confident that he'd be having the night off tonight. However, having heard what Matt Hardy had to say regarding his brother's condition last Friday night on Smackdown, Dykstra has been less than confident over the weekend. After emphatically stating that it WILL be Dykstra vs. Hardy tonight, the question remains... what Hardy will show up tonight? Will Jeff recover in time to challenge and regain his title? Or will brother Matt step into the breech and defend the family honour, in the process winning the Intercontinental Championship? Or can Dykstra show experience beyond his years by responding to whatever opponent he winds up facing?
For months Victoria ran roughshod over the Divas division, destroying Candice Michelle, Torrie Wilson and Maria on her way to earning a title shot with champion Mickie James three weeks ago on Raw. James scored the win that night, but in a somewhat fortuitous fashion, catching the challenger in a victory roll having been the second best throughout the majority of the match. Having earned another shot last week in a fatal four way match that James refereed, tonight Victoria is determined that this is her time to win championship gold. But Mickie will no doubt bring the fight, and tonight will see this bitter rivalry finally come to an end, one way or another.
Also tonight, Umaga and CM Punk will in singles action, Chris Masters will no doubt be looking for an answer to the proposition he made Johnny Nitro last week, while perhaps the two most interested spectators of the World Tag Team Championship match will be Shelton Benjamin and Charlie, who will no doubt be looking for the first crack at whoever the new champions may be. All of this and more tonight on the three hour special Raw: Night Of Champions!!
WWE Championship Triple Threat Match: John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H
ECW Championship Extreme Rules Match: Bobby Lashley vs. Rob Van Dam
World Tag Team Championships Match: Rated-RKO vs. Ric Flair and Carlito
Intercontinental Championship Match: Kenny Dykstra vs. Jeff Hardy??
Women's Championship Match: Mickie James vs. Victoria
Umaga and CM Punk will also be in action!!
~Raw: Night Of Champions News, Notes and Spoilers~
With Raw: Night Of Champions mere hours away, speculation from the locker room suggests a major heel turn is in the works for during tonight’s main event. Several scenarios have been put forward, with surprisingly the one gaining most traction being the idea of turning WWE Champion John Cena heel in a major swerve. Feeling that since Cena receives his share of boos regardless of where he competes, Cena could turn heel by siding with the McMahons tonight, swerving on Triple H and Shawn Michaels by aligning himself with Vince and Shane and going forward as a ‘Corporate Champion’. Both Triple H and Shawn Michaels are also being considered for heel turns, with the month long DX breakdown story perfectly poised for either man to change alignment. Triple H it appears has been very receptive to turning, especially if it lands him the WWE Championship and a main event at Wrestlemania. The outcome of the ECW Championship match will also weigh heavily on the destination of the WWE Championship. One idea that has caught Vince McMahon’s ear is that of a ‘Corporate’ John Cena facing Bobby Lashley in some sort of title unification match. Tonight is being billed as the last time ever the ECW Championship will be defended, leading to the assumption that title could easily be unified at ‘Mania with the right storyline behind it.
With Edge having won the Royal Rumble and destined for a main event match at Wrestlemania, Ric Flair and Carlito are almost guaranteed to walk out of Raw: Night of Champions as the new World Tag Team Champions. One late creative pitch called for Edge and Orton to retain the titles, leading to Orton becoming involved in a triple threat match with Edge and a World Champion at Wrestlemania, but as of right now the original plan of Orton and Edge's partnership combusting and handing Flair and Carlito the titles in the process is expected to be carried through. As such, Rated-RKO would almost certainly cease to exist, with creative having no intention of portraying Orton's character as a lackey to Edge as he chases gold at Wrestlemania.
Orton is set to benefit from a renewed level of faith in him from Vince McMahon himself. After being suspended 60 days in early 2006 for unprofessional behaviour, Orton was giving one last chance by McMahon to rebuild his career and re-establish himself. Having been impressed with Orton's demeanour during the Rated-RKO tag title reign, Orton was heavily considered a favourite to win the Royal Rumble. However, with that spot going to Edge, Orton is now being considered as an early favourite to win Money in the Bank at Wrestlemania, with a return to championship gold at some point after the summer. However, this all of course depends on how Orton's behaviour holds up over the upcoming months.
As for the third member of Rated-RKO, Kenny Dykstra has no worries of losing his Intercontinental Championship at any point soon. Since being heavily pushed as part of the Spirit Squad, Dykstra is now making a name for himself in the singles ranks. Allowed to be competitive against John Cena, Shawn Michaels and Triple H on Raw last week, Dykstra sets to remain a strong presence on the show through Wrestlemania and beyond.
The feud between Mickie James and Victoria is set to come to a conclusion tonight, with James likely to retain her title. One interesting note is that OVW diva Beth Phoenix has been appearing on Raw house shows over the last few weeks. Last seen on Raw back in June 2006 as a fan favourite, Phoenix could be set to debut in the next few weeks. If she returns as she left as a face, it would suggest that Victoria would secure victory tonight, leading a feud with Phoenix or even a triple threat for the Women's Championship at Wrestlemania.
One man still out of the loop with regards to Wrestlemania is Umaga. Plans for 'The Samoan Bulldozer' have still to be finalised, with the Samoan's impressive 'undefeated' streak still considered a useful tool to build towards a match. Many plans have been thrown forward, including Umaga facing Cena for the WWE Championship to having Umaga enter Money in the Bank. As of right now, the Wrestlemania fate of Umaga still remains unclear, but creative will be pressed to come up with something quickly.
Promo videos continue to air hyping the debut of the Hart Legacy. Harry Smith, TJ Wilson and Nattie Niedhart will all debut before Wrestlemania and instantly be involved in a feud with another tag team. An experienced team such as The World's Greatest Tag Team or Cade 'N' Murdoch may be asked to step in a carry the youngsters through their first few weeks of being on the main roster, however Benjamin and Haas may be asked to continue their feud with Flair and Carlito. The burgeoning team of Johnny Nitro and Chris Masters also looks set to continue, as creative presently has nothing for either man as singles acts. A partnership could reinvigorate both men, especially after the disappointing ends they respectively had to 2006.
And finally, Nick Dinsmore is set to return to Raw in the next few weeks. After the 'Eugene' character was removed from television during a brutal assault from Umaga, Dinsmore is scheduled to make his re-debut as a much more serious character. Creative feel they have the perfect storyline reason in place for Dinsmore's return, with Dinsmore himself excited at the possibility of finally being able to demonstrate his considerable talent as a more credible member of the Raw roster.