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Old 02-02-2008, 10:03 AM   #1131 (permalink)
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sXe_extremist's Backlash Review

Opening: Nice, simple touch. Sets the tone for a great night.

WWE Tag Titles: Surprised to see this match open the show, but given the action involved in the match, it's got the crowd firing from the opening bell for the PPV. King's court interfering to a pinfall was an odd choice, to continue a 3-way program I'd of preferred a double DQ or something so both champions and challengers saved face. But, I believe you've recovered the face value of the challengers by having them lose via outside interference, to prolong the feud.

Mixed Tag Team Match: One of the matches I was looking forward to, one of my favourite male wrestlers, and my favourite diva, ended up with all the gold. Mickie's reign is epic, and to lose in a tag match would not be logical, so glad that JBL got the win. The clothesline on Victoria elevated his heelishness and showed the length he'll go to for championship glory. Carlito can now run the 'I wasn't pinned' angle to get the rematch. Mickie should now move into my place...erm, onto a new challenger since this feud with Victoria is IMO finished.

Cruiserweight Championship: I felt this way too soon for Rey to lose a title he only won a month ago, especially with Chavo's interference, but it does give us some positives. Daniels can resume the legacy he was building as CW Champion before the Mania roadblock, maybe even move up towards the US title. And it also asks why exactly did Chavo attack Rey? If Rey had won, he'd of gotten his job back anyway. Something smells fishy, and I like fish, so will keep interest in this story

HBK vs. RVD: Great match, and I'm glad it was written in full. RVD needed the big win to re-establish himself, but Shawn was looking to bounce back to victory from Mania's disappointment. RVD went with Shawn, and almost got the W, but Shawn's resilience got him through in the end. Shawn's post-match attitude was surprising, and I wonder where it's leading. Rematch plz.

US Triple Threat: Something about this match didn't really interest me. Whether it was the lameness of Lashley, or general dislike of Henry, I'm not sure. I found it very strange that you had Henry take the fall, considering how Teddy has built him up to be a badass. This now leaves the door open for Regal to get another shot, since again, he wasn't pinned.

World Tag Titles: I'm not a fan of DQ's in title matches, but in this instance, it worked a treat. Foley gained a measure of revenge on Umaga, and I feel they must meet in singles action soon to prevent the feud from growing stale.

Rated R Challenge: Nitro no-showing raises all sorts of questions. I was surprised that Orton got the clean pin over Dykstra, whilst Edge falls short again. Honestly, I hope Orton selects someone new to the scene, maybe Nitro? (a pre-match deal of sorts), because I'm starting to tire of the Orton/Edge feud. Orton's proved the victor in the feud, Edge can now pursue other challenges

The Rock vs. John Cena: Great way to put over Cena's ruthlessness and new determination of taking out the big names. Loved how the ref ended the match by stoppage rather than having a pin/submission, because it opens the door for rematches down the line. After taking out both Undertaker and Rock, I'm wondering if Cena made some form of deal with Triple H (given that phonecall). I'd like to see Cena face the champion soon.

World Heavyweight Championship: Great match between the two, maybe a little better than Mania. Flair running from the Hardy's after dropping the chair in the ring, then smiling, leads me to think Flair's turned his back on Big Dave, and will now manage Kennedy (since he ended Dave's run). Who knows, maybe something to do with his MITB aspirations??

I Quit Match: For such a big-time match, I'd of liked to seen it typed in full, but wow, the recap was amazing. Both men beating the hell out of one another was great, exactly what the match type calls for. Austin targetting the neck was great psychology, and one last Hell Yeah! was very nostalgic. Angle seemed hesitant to quit, only saying so to preserve his neck. I really liked how the lockerroom emptied to have a beer bash with Stone Cold as he departs, and that one last stunner to McMahon, wow, you really captured that special moment (same with Austin handing Rock the beer at Mania).

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Overall: Amazing PPV, even in recap form, to think of what it'd be like in full...

The match results leave so many possibilities, new feuds etc, that it's going to be exciting to read the next Raw/SD to see the general direction.

Esquisite work, very well done, 93/100.
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Rey could have won the match and the same thing would have happened.
Not really.

~ Daniels wouldn't be the champion.
~ And Mysterio would've beaten The Fallen Angel twice in a row, something I don't think Daniels could afford at the moment.
~ And all of ^ that is secondary to my main reason, which is that the way it happened is crucial to Chavito's reasoning.

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I figured Regal should have been the one to get pinned because Henry should have stayed looking strong. Decent match, about as good as it could have been.
Lots of people have mentioned the finish to the Triple Threat Match. That was intentional and pertinent to future plans, not a misstep.

Much thanks for the review, PatMan, KOM, Bradley, JBLoser, kane, Ownage, Renegade and sxe. Very much appreciated.

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.Will we be seeing a Triple H/John Cena rivalry???
.Who is going to take out Randy Orton???
.How did the Whole RVD/HBK thing happen???
First off, thanks for the kind words. As for your questions:

~ Who knows? We'll see.
~ Who knows? We'll see.
~ RVD/HBK feud started in the middle of this Raw:
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Onto the srs bzns, while my first PPV schedule was ambitious, it just doesn't work for me. I get bored relatively easily, so that's been scrapped. The PPV schedule goes as follows:

5/27 Judgment Day
Atlanta, GA


6/24 Vengeance
Houston, Texas


7/22 Great American Bash
San Jose, CA


8/26 Summerslam
E. Rutherford, NJ


9/8 Saturday Night's Main Event

9/16 Unforgiven
Memphis, Tennessee


10/7 No Mercy
Chicago, IL


11/18 Survivor Series
Miami, FL


12/23 Armageddon
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


1/27 Royal Rumble
New York, NY


2/17 No Way Out
Las Vegas, NV


3/8 Saturday Night's Main Event

3/30 Wrestlemania 24
Orlando, FL


'Three hour' PPVs for most, 'three and a half' for the three major, non-WM PPVs, with WM at four.

Up until SummerSlam, the show with the PPV upcoming will be posted in a full. In the leadup to JD, SmackDown! will be in full with Raw recapped, while the buildup to Vengeance will see Raw in full with SD recapped. Buildup to SummerSlam will see both in full.

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I like the new PPV schedule Mac. The other one would have been cool with all PPVs being joint-branded but I still like having single-brand PPVs. I am glad to hear that whichever brand has a PPV coming up will be in full. Thanks for addressing my comments, much appreciated. Looking forward to Raw!!
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Looks like a good PPV schedule Mac. I'll be checking out RAW for sure when it's posted.
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A very wise choice indeed to kick off the PPV with the WWE Tag Team Championship match. Four quality athletes to pump the crowd up. I was quite surprised to see King Booker bring his team out to ringside. The way you mentioned that Booker and Sharmell were "not even bothering to wear crowns" makes me think that a possible return to Booker T is on the cards. If Booker is indeed now becoming a full time manager, I think that is an excellent decision. I love the chemistry you build between The Hooligans and The Carolina Connection (), with Benjamin and Helms effectively just technically schooling the Champs for the entire contest until Shelton gets Pounced~!!! Man, I love that move. To be honest, we should see it every time Monty Brown comes down to the ring. I was quite shocked that this was the only way that London and Kendrick could beat their opponents {possibly making them look a bit weak?}, but it's a nice way of continuing the feud and adding another team to the mix. Could we possibly see a three-way tag team match at Judgement Day? Would be sweet.

First off I'll just say that I love the 'Stone Cold Moments' that you have littered throughout this PPV. It really gives Austin a great send off. I don't know why, but the "Guerrero says that he knows that … before we cut away" line has me thinking that something ulterior is going to go down in the CW title match later. Hmmmm JBL is awesome. Trashing his own partner is gold, although I know it's hard for you to accept that anyone could trash Mickie James

Obviously not one of the better matches on the card, but the respective JBL/Carlito and Mickie/Victoria feuds have been a lot of fun leading into this match anyway. I was doubly pleased to see that JBL won the title {this is going to be good} and that Carlito came out of the match looking strong, since he wasn't pinned. Bradshaw nigh on killing Victoria was ... pretty darn cool I'm ashamed to say Mickie's monster reign continues, and JBL starts a new one. Could this mean that 'Lito will make the leap to the Main Event? I hope so.

Well, I had Nitro pegged for abandoning his team during the tag match, but I thought that he would actually show up. I can't believe we're going to get a Handicap match.

In case this is the end of the Daniels/Mysterio feud right here, I'll just let you know that it really has been all awesome. Another quality {although recapped} bout between the two, with them both seeming to get in alot of offence. The FA was actually in control when he went for the title belt and Chavo came down. HEEL TURN~!!! Wow, I never though that Rey would drop the belt so soon, and I honestly NEVER thought Chavo would screw Mysterio. I didn't think that you would want to do another Rey/Chavo feud, but that seems to be the only way you can go now. I hope you put a nice, unique twist on it.

RVD has been excellent in the tweener role you write him in, especially with Fonzie by his side. His match with Michaels should really be a showstopper, and I just hope you shock the world and give the win to the Whole Fucking Show. I can see the Batista/Kennedy match getting seriously brutal tonight after what happened on SmackDown to The Miz {}.

Shawn Michaels vs. Rob Van Dam
Quality encounter between these two showstoppers, Mac. I love the way this feud has been billed as a clash of egos, with both uber-popular superstars wanting to be the greatest entertainers. Michaels is a quality heel and the slap to the face to kick things off just oozes of classic HBK. I have to say that Van Dam was the showstopper in this contest for the large part though, as he seemed to have an answer for absolutely everything Michaels posed him. The German Suplex counter to Sweet Chin Music was an especially nice touch, although I was a little disappointed to see HBK kick out of the Five Star Frog Splash. I was pretty gutted when RVD went down, but at least he came out of this thing looking VERY strong indeed thanks to a grand total of two Superkicks being needed to beat him. The only really complaint that I would have with this match is that the outcome was always obvious thanks to the domination of RVD throughout. Just please, PLEASE don’t have this as a filler feud for Michaels and demoted Van Dam once again. This has been a subtle, quality, quality feud, and I think I speak for everyone when I say, “KEEP THIS FEUD GOING~!!!” Anyway, great choice with writing this match in full, Mac. ****

So Melina is here, but Nitro is definitely not showing up. Yeah I didn't really see this one coming. This could be a very nice move for Nitro's character as a big-time heel on Raw. I guess with the Handicap Match now being official, we can expect an "overcoming of the odds" by Edge and Doane.

Probably the worst match on the card this Triple Threat, and it contained a few surprises in it. Firstly, Mark Henry was in the action for most of the contest, whilst Regal did next to nothing other than apply the Regal Stretch to Lashley at one point. I also had Regal down as the one who would take the pin from Lashley and end their feud, but no, he actually pins the man you have been pushing the most in Henry. The way Lashley did it, Powerslamming a 400-pound man was a nice touch, and it keeps Bobby on this amazing role he's been on of late. I wonder what is next for the U.S title though.

Everyone else seemed to want Big Show and Umaga to go over in the World Tag Team Championship match, but I have always felt that if you went with such a result America's Most Wanted would look a little bit like jobbers, since they have been dominated in this {awesome} vero one sided feud. This match followed the same plan with Show and 'Mags dominating until FOLEY~!!! Great stuff. AMW looked a little weak needing the DQ to retain, but them and Foley clearing Show and Umaga out of the ring restored their credibility. I'm really looking forward to the inevitable Foley/Umaga, or Foley/Show, or even Foley&AMW/Show, 'Maga& Haas match.

Ah, I thought that what Chavo did earlier probably wasn't a proper heel turn, and this little segment confirmed. I guess it is going to be billed as him doing anything he can to get his job back. Should be interesting. Cena/Rock is going to be good. I can't wait to see how Cena reacts following the Rock Bottom he took on Friday.

Wow, the Rated R Challenge was a bit of a let down after all the chaos these past few weeks. The Handicap Match really didn't help matters, and Masters and Mercury basically dominated Doane for the majority. Edge and Orton didn't do much, and Orton easily pinned Doane. You are booking Orton as an awesome WWE Champion of late, as he is looking VERY strong. What I wonder now is, how will Edge get his title shot?

I'll say it now, this whole thing between The Rock and John Cena was great fun. I wasn't even bothered that the match never happened because the beat down was so cool. Cena is THE MAN in this thread right now {sorry Batista}, and killing The Rock {and The Phenom} just adds to that. The ref having to stop the match was good, and Rocky trying to be defiant was too, but Cena putting him through a table = ratings. I wonder what this current Cena character would be like as a Champion? Probably entertaining as hell.

The message that Triple H leaves Stephanie has me thinking that Hunter could very well be the next challenger to Kennedy’s World Heavyweight Championship. Cena/Kennedy has run its course in this thread, and Batista/KK will likely end tonight. Could be a great feud.

I like the psychology in the World Heavyweight Championship match, as it differs from WrestleMania with Batista being far more aggressive tonight. Not too sure if I like Kennedy getting booed, but I guess he is an awesome tweener champion. Things really picked up towards the end of the match when the ref got taken out and Naitch decided to get involved. The Hardys running down and Flair acting all innocent was quality. I can’t help but think that the manner in which Kennedy picked up the win is hinting at a future feud between Big Dave and Flair. Naitch brought the chair in the ring and it cost ‘Tista. Could be very interesting. One more thing though … Kennedy to start winning some matches cleanly plz

I have absolutely no problem with a non-title match closing the show. Some people might, but they are poor, misguided fools. It’s Austin’s last show after all. I thought it might be slightly more submission orientated, but I guess those days are long behind Stone Cold. Angle going after the limbs of Austin was a nice touch. It sounded suitably Angle beat the crap out of Austin for the most part, even making Stone Cold pass out. I liked that Kurt went after J.R and King, and Steve playing possum was nice. He isn’t Angle’s equal and he knows it. The way Austin finally got Angle to say “I Quit” was quite shocking, since I think Angle has had serious neck problems in the past. Makes sense, and Kurt was never winning in the first place. As Austin’s final match, he had to win. Nice aftermath too with Austin celebrating and Stunning Vince. Perfect way to send Stone Cold off.

Overall this was a quality PPV recap, Mac. A show dedicated to The Rattlesnake, with a quality match {RVD/HBK}, and some great feud enhancement {Cena/Rock}. Top notch, top notch. Has me very much stoked for the Raw aftermath, and did I read that you would be writing things in full from now on? I love
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~Didn't know that writing recapped PPV's was hard, so I'll stick with writing full. Also, I don't mind that you're writing in recap.

Good for King Booker and company to be at ringside for this match, because it makes it far more interesting to see if they'll do anything, which I highly doubt they won't. Match was written well for recap, and Hooligans retaining was a smart choice, imo, since they just won the titles. Hooligans bring in some decent ratings, which is all you can ask for. Surprsised that Booker and his group (not sure what they're called) interefered in the match. Didn't think it would happen, but could lead to a future feud.

Nice choice of segment here, with Rey and Chavo. It seemed suspicious when Chavo said: "I know that." What made it suspicious was the ... Don't know if you meant that, but it seems like Daniels will bring Chavo back anyway to help him. That's just a feeling, but don't know if it will actually happen.

I wasn't exactly looking forward to this match, tbh. Definitely an interesting match, guaranteeing a new champion, but just wasn't too sure about it. The match writing was pretty realistic, and you certainly know how to write a match (Faces gain control, heels gain quite a bit on control, faces come back, and it turns into back and forth a little near the end). Thats standard match writing, imo, and you've got it down pat. I completely forgot about Beth Phoenix until she prevented Carlito from getting in the ring. Glad Victoria got her foot on the rope here, because it would've been bad for Beth to stop Carlito from entering, not JBL. It was a solid finish, and made things really different with JBL pinning Victoria. This may also put her out of action for a little while. It would be a good way to do so, because it would also get her away from the title scene, and allow a new challenger to be brought into the mix.

Nitro hasn't showed up yet? Makes one think that he won't show up for the match, and it will be Handicap. Chances are Nitro will screw Edge out of the victory.

~Like the SCSA moments you're showing, since it is his final match.

This match I knew would be good, because Chavo's career is involved. Want Daniels to win so Chavo doesn't come back, but I can't see that happening, tbh. I'm hoping you get rid of Allison Danger, because I don't really think she needs to be there. The upside to her being there is that having a Cruiserweight with a manager makes the CW division look stronger. Lots at stake, so I was marking. I was surprised when it said 'At the twelve minute mark'. I thought that the match would go twelve minutes tops, but I guess I was wrong. Great that you showcased their talents with the high-flying moves, and it certainly would have been quite the match to see. Chavo attacks Rey? Certainly shocking, and then Daniels signing the contract for Chavo was also interesting. I sort of thought that it would happen, but wasnt too sure. Definitely disappointed that Daniels regained the title. Almost might have been better for Daniels to retain at WrestleMania. Chavo Heel Turn = Ratings. Chavo is better heel than face, so hopefully you work with that.

Liked that Van Dam got interviewed, especially since you're really hyping up HBK/RVD (well, I would call it hyping because you are writing it in full). Also good to see Flair/Batista arriving, but if Batista's in the World Title Match, he probably would have arrived earlier to prepare for his match.

I know this match is going to be big, and that's why you're writing it in full, but I feel it would have been better to write SCSA/Angle in full, since it's Austin's last match. This is just my opinion, but it's a match in full, so I'll shut-up and read. The slap was absolutely perfect, and immediately made me want to read on. Good for Michaels to get out of the ring when RVD was getting some offense, since he's being built more like the heel in this match-up. Good for Van Dam to hit the Plancha early in the contest, because it really got everyone excited for the rest of the match. It would've been much better for Michaels to control the middle portion of the match. It seemed as if Van Dam was getting most of the offense, making him look extremely strong and making Michaels look extremely weak. I'm glad Michaels got some offense in during the middle portion, but it wasn't a lot. Realistic when Michaels kept taking Van Dam down and kipped up. I knew that he wouldn't connect with Sweet Chin Music, and the go-behind followed by a German Suplex was a creative counter. Really surprised that the Five Star didn't get it. Van Dam still has a chance to win, though, possibly with a roll-up or some other pinning predicament. Sweet Chin Music two times was actually realistic, because that sort of thing always happens. Definitely gonna be MOTN, because it was done in full, and because it was awesome.

Nitro not showing up to wrestle is odd, but can't wait to see what transpires. Then Melina runs into Edge? That was good, and I liked it.

I liked how the weakest SmackDown! Match came on the card before the weakest Raw Match. Good for Regal to start on the outside watching Lashley and Henry fight, because he's the weakest of the three. I don't really like the three people booked into this match, so I wasn't that excited reading it. Turned out to be better than I thought, but the styles together weren't ratings, imo. Good that Regal got in the ring shortly into the match, because having him on the outside too long would make him look weaker than he should look. Smart move for Henry to dominate the opening part of the match, since he is the monster like character in the match with some momentum. Great for Henry's momentum finally to be stopped, and having the champion be the one to do it was the wise choice. I didn't exactly enjoy the match because of who was in it, but hell, it was still really realistic and wasn't as unenjoyable as I expected. Lashley retaining the title was no surprise to me. Lashley covering Henry after he dominated looked bad, but knowing you, I assume it's a booking decision, leading to possibly Lashley/Regal match down the road.

Yes, Todd Grisham got stared away by Kurt Angle. Kurt seems pumped. At one point in time, I actually thought that Kurt would win, but I don't think he will.

Upset that the two weakest matches on the card were back to back, as this would disappoint the fans greatly. Harris/Storm gain control over Big Show in the opening? That was pretty unrealistic, imo. I know that you probably wanted to write the match realisticly, with the face team getting an advantage, but that kind of writing doesn't work against Big Show/Umaga. Even more unrealistic for Estrada and Heyman to be the reason for Show/Umaga getting the advantage. Big Show & Umaga are so monster like that they wouldn't need a distraction to gain the advantage. Big Show its Gail Kim?! Unexpected, but it made Kim more like Lita back in the day, which I liked. Mick Foley comes out?! I was shocked, but it brought this match off the ground, and gave it some credibility. Can't wait to see what happens between Show/Umaga and Foley after what happened.

Seemed as if Chavo was uneasy, which I wasn't too sure about. He would either want to be with Daniels, or not. Also good for Cena to be interviewed, since he does have one of the biggest matches on the card. Looking forward to that bout.

This match definitely had the most interesting stakes of all the matches, which made the match that more exciting. Can't really see Orton winning and picking his own contender, but if he had to, I bet he would choose Edge so he could get another piece of Edge. Good planning to build up an Edge/Orton clash, and have Mercury/Masters beat down on Doane for a good part of the match. This was realistic. Realism = Ratings, imo. Good for Edge to get the big tag, but it would've been better if Edge and Orton both got the tags at the same time, because it would've hyped their clash better. Don't like 'TLK'. I know it stands for The Legend Killer, but some people wouldn't know that, and would get lost right then and there. Edge will probably be mad at Doane for tagging himself in and then costing them the match. Orton's win is shocking, but I have a feeling that the Orton/Edge feud will continue for a few months and end at SummerSlam.

Glad The Rock got interviewed as well, as this makes it fair game between Cena and The Rock.... until Cena attacks The Rock during his entrance. Good for The Rock to get busted open before the match. Obvious now that Cena would win, but if The Rock won, he would look like Superman more than John Cena in real life, which is incredibly hard to accomplish. A stoppage of the match was a good way to end, and this feud could also carry onto SummerSlam. The aftermath attack basically meant that The Rock will be out for a while, but hopefully he'll return and face Cena at SummerSlam.

Really looking forward to Kennedy versus Batista, because I just knew that Batista would job again, which makes me extremely happy. Not the biggest fan of Kennedy, but Batista not winning the World Heavweight Championship makes me happy. Didn't like Kennedy playing the heel role in the beginning. Just didn't seem realistic to me. Good for Batista to 'ground and pound' him on the mat, as this is realistic for the heel. Great for Kennedy to come back, but with pinning predicaments.. not really realistic, imo. I guess you're not all that big on realism from what I hear, but you still need it most of the time, whether you like it or not. The Hardys coming out was alright, but I wanted this match to be without interference. I guess interference is a good way to make Batista lose, without being a clean win. A clean win without any interference would definitely make Batista look weak. Great that Batista went over after the Chair Shot, as a rematch could come in the future, possibly No Holds Barred.

It's finally time to witness The Rattlesnake's last match. As I said earlier, it probably would've been better to do this match in full since it's Austin's last match, but fuck, you're allowed to do whichever matches in full you wish. An I Quit Match was a good choice, because it would be hard for Austin to go out on a good wrestling match, even though he had a great one with Bret Hart. Anyways, I Quit is probably the best choice of match you could pick, so great booking decision. Not going to give a lot of comments on this match, because I'd like to get it up before I have supper and watch Super Bowl. Anyways, great finish with Angle quitting, and I can only picture the ovation Austion would've received. All of the superstars coming out, and since Austin loves to give Vince Stunners, one final one was the best possible decision, imo.

Overall, you continue to impress and prove why you're Number One in the Mega Standings, and win Thread of the Month. Every match had a flaw or two, but no match will ever be perfect, imo. I can't wait for SummerSlam, because there seems to already be some great matches in the works. Another excellent PPV, Mac.




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Monday Night Raw; April 30th, 2007

A video package plays hyping Backlash last night, showing clips of the mixed tag which saw JBL become IC Champion, HBK beating RVD, Edge & Doane losing to Orton and his army, Foley making a surprise appearance and taking out Umaga and Big Show, and most importantly, Austin winning his last match in the WWE, defeating Kurt Angle in a hellacious ‘I Quit’ Match.
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcome us to the program and after telling us that Kurt Angle will not be there tonight, recovering from injury, our commentators inform us of what’s on the plate for tonight - a World Tag Team Title rematch, AMW defending against Show & Umaga; Trish Stratus taking on Gail Kim in a rematch from last week at the request of Stratus; An announcement from Raw GM Jonathan Coachman regarding Mick Foley; And WWE Champion Randy Orton naming his title opponent for next week’s Raw.

The first match of the night sees The Big Show and Umaga take on America‘s Most Wanted in a World Tag Team Title rematch from Backlash. Fresh off of a DQ win thanks to Mick Foley, Show and Umaga are on a rampage, crushing the champions for the majority of the contest. Eventually though, Harris and Storm even things up with their speed advantage and unique chemistry. The finish comes when The Wildcat goes up, ready to hit the Death Sentence on Show … but Heyman shoves Harris off of the top rope, causing the disqualification at 8:42.
After the match, it’s beat down time, with AAE and Paul E. sliding a couple of steel chairs into their two monsters. Umaga and Big Show lay waste to AMW, wearing them out with several chair shots, before following up with their respective finishers. AAE picks up a mic from ringside and says this is merely a message to Mick Foley, before Big Show leaves the ring and pulls out … a table! Show rolls the table into the ring and sets it up, before putting Harris on the table. Show then lifts Storm up and puts him on as well, while Umaga scales to the top turnbuckle. The crowd watches on in awe, as UMAGA LEAPS OFF, and FLATTENS BOTH SUPERSTARS through the table!! Estrada and Heyman evilly glare at the damage in the ring as both Umaga and Big Show tower over their broken victims.

{Commercials}

Elsewhere backstage, Edge and Lita sit in their locker room, looking quite a bit upset about last night’s loss in the six man tag, and subsequently, the further destruction of Edge’s title hopes. Soon though, Ken Doane walks into the locker room. He immediately attempts to apologize for coming up short at Backlash, but Edge somewhat forcefully cuts him off, standing up to his feet. The Rated R Superstar then … lets Doane know he has nothing to apologize for … unlike Johnny Nitro. Edge says Doane got his ass kicked last night, but kept fighting in an attempt to help Edge win the match, and for that, the two of them are even. Edge and Doane shake hands before we cut away.

After a replay of the events which kicked off tonight, we return to the backstage area, with Maria standing by with the Women’s Champion Mickie James and Beth Phoenix. After one stupid question from Maria, Beth quickly shoves her out of the way and Mickie cuts a promo by her lonesome, reflecting on her retention of the title last night in the Intergender tag match. The champion mentions that Victoria isn’t here tonight due to damn near being decapitated by JBL at Backlash. Mickie continues on, bringing up her year plus long title reign, before stating that she looks forward to seeing if Victoria can even make it to the arena next week.

{Commercials}

Backstage, The Big Show, Umaga, Heyman & Estrada walk down a hallway when they are confronted by Charlie Haas. Haas begins to tell them how disgusting their actions were tonight, but just when it looks like Umaga and Show have heard enough, Heyman intervenes and lets Haas know that it’s actions like the ones perpetrated earlier tonight which get you ahead in this business - by being mean, by being nasty, by taking crap from no one … by sending a message to any and everybody in that locker room. The group then walks off, leaving a contemplative Haas behind.

The second match of the night sees the now FORMER Intercontinental Champion Carlito take on the returning Mark Jindrak. Carlito beats MJ rather handily, running through his arsenal before finishing him off with the Backstabber for the three count at 3:35. After the match, Carlito grabs his apple from ringside and proceeds to spit it into the face of the downed Jindrak, clearly frustrated with losing his title without being pinned last night.
Carly prepares to leave the ring but soon … the NEW Intercontinental Champion JBL appears on the titantron. Coming to us from his mansion, JBL lets Carlito that he has the first invite to JBL’s first annual ‘Golden Grand Slam Celebration in Support of America’s Wrestling God and Intercontinental Champion’ next week right here on Monday Night Raw. Layfield lets Carlito know that ‘that’s cool’ before heading off to big-time heat, leaving a steaming Carlito.

{Commercials}

In a hallway, Trish Stratus and Gail Kim have a friendly chat, discussing their match last week, which saw Kim prevail, with a rollup, over the former six time Women’s Champion. Stratus thanks Gail for giving her a rematch this week, before the two share a handshake. Cut away and back to ringside.

In the third match of the night, ‘The Masterpiece’ Chris Masters of the RKO Army takes on Charlie Haas. Throughout the decent contest, Ross and Lawler talk up Orton deciding who he’ll name the number one contender tonight, as well as the recent goings-on between Haas and Estrada & Heyman. The finish of the actual match comes when Haas plants Masters with a release German Suplex and prepares to lock in the Haas of Pain … but AAE steps out onto the stage. Estrada yells down at Haas and Charlie eventually turns around, asking him what he wants. The referee also becomes distracted and doesn’t see Masters hit a low blow on Haas! Masters then gets back up to his feet and locks in The Masterlock!! Haas struggles for a bit but it’s not long before he passes out at 7:57.

{Commercials}

Inside of his office, the general manager of Raw, Jonathan Coachman, sits in his office, facing the hard camera, ready for a speech of sorts. Coach rambles on for a bit, before he gets to his topic - Mick Foley. Coach says despite his previous statements, he is lifting the ban on Foley from all Raw events and challenges Mick to show up to Monday Night Raw … because Umaga and The Big Show have something to address with him. Coach finishes with ‘Have a nice day’ before we cut back to ringside.

Our fourth match sees Trish Stratus take on Gail Kim in a rematch from last week. Just like the previous week, it’s Gail who picks up the win, this time countering a Trish flying cross body off of the top, into a rollup for the three count at 6:43. After defeating the six-time former Women’s Champ for the second week in a row, Gail helps Stratus up to her feet and once again, offers her friend a handshake. Frustrated, Trish simply leaves the ring and storms back up the entrance ramp, receiving quite a few boos from the crowd.

Backstage, Todd Grisham stands by with ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels who looks as smug as always. Fresh off of a clean victory over RVD, Michaels lets it be known that he’s done with ‘Mr. Overrated’ RVD and is throwing his name back into the WWE Title picture, and doesn’t much care who else wants a shot. Michaels takes a couple more cheap shots at RVD before HBK states that he’ll be paying special close attention to Orton’s WWE Title announcement later on tonight, before attempting to walk off. Grisham stops him, however, and asks him whether he deserves another title shot, after being eliminated first in the WWE Title Match at WM 23. HBK shakes his head in disgust, takes the glasses off of Grisham’s face, drops them to the ground and then steps on them. Michaels’ smile soon returns and he walks off with his trademark strut.

{Commercials}

Backstage, with their ribs taped up, America’s Most Wanted hobble through a backstage area. They’re soon confronted by The Redneck Wrecking Crew, Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch. Cade and Murdoch soon ‘congratulate’ AMW on managing to retain their titles by a couple of DQ finishes two nights in a row, while the RWC continues to win their matches in impressive faction each and every week. Harris takes the time to remind the good ole boys that they managed to beat the RWC a little while back and wins like THAT are why they hold the gold. AMW then walk off, leaving an angry Cade & Murdoch behind.

In a tag team match, the newest Raw superstar, MVP (along with Layla, Kelly & Brooke), teams up with his bodyguard, Luther Reigns, to take on Eugene and Hacksaw Jim Duggan. After the usual antics involved in a Eugene match, the match ends when MVP hits The Playmaker on Duggan, picking up the clean pinfall victory at 6:00. With that victory under his belt, Porter makes the ‘it’s over’ sign with his hands, effectively putting this feud behind him with his playgirls clapping.

{Commercials}

After our final commercial break, the WWE Champion, ‘The Legend Killer’ Randy Orton, makes his way down to the ring to a thunderous amount of heat, accompanied by RKO Army members, Chris Masters and Joey Mercury. Orton and company step into the ring and Orton grabs a microphone from the ringside area. The Legend Killer talks a bit about his ongoing ‘One Man Dynasty’ which did nothing but pick up steam last night at Backlash, because now, he calls the shot on who his next opponent is, for next week’s Raw. The champ mentions that he really only feels two people could even pose a challenge for him, those two being … the two men next to him, Chris Masters and Joey Mercury. The crowd showers Orton’s BS in heat, before Randy states that he feels it would be unfair to choose one over the other, so therefore, he needed to think outside of the box.
The crowd soon lets out a thunderous pop as the music of The Rated R Superstar plays, and soon enough, Edge and Lita make their way out from the back and towards the ring. Masters and Mercury get side by side with Orton, causing Edge to let out a smile, before he grabs a microphone. Edge gets straight to the point, stating that more and more he’s begun to respect the abilities of Orton, even though completely despising him as a person. He’s been impressed with Orton’s victories over himself, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels, amongst others, but says that if he really wants to be something, he needs to take Edge on one on one, so they can prove exactly who the better man is. Edge then reminds Orton that he can make that happen next week.
Orton nods a bit, and says that while he doesn’t like Edge … or even respect him, he respects the WWE Championship, he respects what it represents, and that’s why he only defends it against the most deserving. The fans and Edge seem to be quite appreciative of Orton’s comments before Randy continues. Orton says that’s why next week, he’ll be wrestling someone who’s been at the major events, someone who’s been at the WrestleManias, the SummerSlams, the Survivor Series, the Raw main events, a multi-time champion, and someone who’s been part of this rivalry since the beginning.
The crowd gets up to its feet as Orton and Edge come nose to nose, before Orton brings the mic up and says that next week, he’ll be defending the WWE Championship one on one … against Lita.
Orton lets out a shit-eating grin, while Edge looks at Lita with shock, before turning back to Orton with a look of fury. The fiery-headed diva looks ready to crap her pants as she stares at the arrogant and callous WWE Champion, in for a fight for survival next week here on Raw.

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Hey Mac, here's a few comments on RAW:

I am liking the whole Edge/Orton feud as it develops even further. Orton vs. Lita next week? Damn Orton! I guess Edge has to get involved. Although, if HBK mentioned that we was going to "be watching" Orton's announcement, I was expecting an appearance from him as well. Nevertheless, ending the show with a segment rather than a match is challenging, but you managed fine.

One feud I'm not really buying into is the Show/Umaga vs. Foley feud. Realistically, Foley needs backup against two of the biggest monsters in WWE. Interesting to see that Foley is coming back to RAW, maybe he'll bring someone with him??

Is a Trish heel turn coming? I doubt it. Mickie is the heel Women's Champion, and I think Trish will be the one to take the gold from her (maybe that's just wishful thinking, but oh well). There's still life left in Trish and I think she will start picking up some wins again very soon. I'm guessing you will continue to tease a turn, before keeping her as a face. I could be wrong

JBL continues to be the arrogant Self-proclaimed "Wrestling GAWD" and taunts Carlito with a celebration next week...me like. However, I don't see it going according to plan and I guess Carlito will attack the IC Champion, or maybe just show up and challenge him to a rematch.

Overall it was a good show Mac, and I like where most of your storylines are headed. Keep up the great work!
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Raw Thoughts

Backlash was an epic PPV and I am really looking forward to where you go with some of your feuds that you have going. Rematch for the tag titles sounds good and I am interested to see what Coach has to say to Foley. Glad to see AMW retain the belts even though it was Heyman this time that caused the DQ. The beat down after the match was huge for the feud and the double splash on the table by Umaga would have been sick to see. Glad to see Edge let Doane off the hook for losing the match at Backlash, really cements Edge as a top babyface on Raw. Glad to hear Mickie get on the mic and build herself up (as if you haven’t done that enough Mac ) and tell Victoria that she shouldn’t be at Raw. I see this feud continuing until probably Vengeance. Good interaction between Umaga, Show, Heyman, and AAE against Charlie Haas. I see Haas eventually joining with this “monster” faction and he would be good with two monsters on his side. Jindrak is still around? Carlito picking up the quick win was no surprise and JBL’s big celebration next week should be interesting, further escalating the feud between these two. Masters going over Haas was the right move and having AAE come out kind of contradictions my prediction from a few lines ago, and now Haas may seek revenge on Estrada for coming out and making him lose. Foley coming back to Raw should be epic and I’m sure he will cut a great promo next week, leading to his eventual match with Umaga. Gail over Trish two weeks in a row? I am surprised that Trish will turning heel again and I see her leaving Raw soon as you have a very good Women’s division at the moment. HBK’s promo was good even though I don’t see the whole HBK-RVD feud ending soon. Michaels breaking Grisham’s glasses was a nice touch, screw Todd Grisham, what does he ever do? Another AMW-RWC altercation means that they will probably have a match for the World Tag Titles soon, which could lead to a great feud. MVP and Reigns over Eugene and Hacksaw was a no-brainer as MVP should get into some real feuds soon, and his future in this thread looks very bright. This last segment between Edge and Orton was truly amazing. Orton’s BS was perfect for his character and Edge coming out was great. I really thought that Orton was gonna announce Edge as his challenger but then I remembered … HE’S RANDY ORTON!! Orton vs. Lita next week was a huge swerve and I can see Edge getting involved right at the beginning, leading to a huge brawl between Edge and Orton. This was a great edition of Raw as you have continued some great feuds coming off the heels of Backlash. I am looking forward to Smackdown in full, I am assuming it will be posted Friday? Great work as always Mac.
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Well, I know I didn't get to Backlash last night Mac. SuperBowl XLII + marking for the Giants + alcohol = No review.

I am gonna get your review together this evening though,and I'll likely have it up shortly after Raw. And I just might look over Raw while I'm at it too, if you're lucky. Althrough a recapped Raw written in all red makes my eyes squeal tbh. Look for it.
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