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Re: WWE 2007 & Beyond by DDMac

Yeah same, I think that will be match of the night. I haven't reallt been following Raw in this thread because when I have had time to review it has always been Smackdown. So things will change when i read this. Expect a review Mac!
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Raw looks great as always, Mac, especiallythe showdown between Edge and Shawn Michaels; I've been waiting for that one for a long time. The 8 Man tag match looks good as well, as does Carlito's Cabana.

Should be am epic final Raw heading into a no doubt epic Wrestlemania
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It's been a few days and I've gotten about ... 0 reviews done. Been busy with real life crap, modding, while writing this show, SmackDown, and more importantly, WrestleMania. I'll start with KOM's Raw Recap before going down the line.

As for WrestleMania, I've gotten 10 of the 12 matches done and it's well ahead of schedule.

Onto the actual show that I'm posting. The FINAL Raw before WrestleMania. Don't know if this is my best Raw (that's up for you all to decide) but it is my favorite.



RAW; March 26th 2007; Edison, New Jersey:

Inside, the ring is already set up for Carlito’s Cabana, with palm trees, hammocks, cocoanuts, a couple of lawn chairs and a couple of microphones on the chairs.

***Cool*** The crowd delivers a great pop as the Intercontinental Champion Carlito makes his way onto the stage, dressed in all white Caribbean wear, title slung over his shoulder, apple in hand.

Jim Ross: There he is! One of the best young athletes that this business has to offer and that Intercontinental Title belt on his shoulder proves it.

Jerry Lawler: This should be one hell of a Carlito’s Cabana. JBL is gonna be his guest and that can only mean one thing, J.R.; Explosion.

Carlito walks down the ramp, before climbing the steel steps and stepping into the ring, and grabbing one of the mics.

Carlito: Welcome everybody … to Carlito’s Cabana.

Crowd cheers.

Six days … just six days remain until the biggest show of the year - the biggest show of all-time, WrestleMania 23.

More cheers.

Carlito: I know all of you people are looking forward to it, but Carlito’s is also looking forward to it. Y’see, Carlito hasn’t had a lot of success at WrestleMania.

Carly shakes his head.

At WrestleMania 21 two years ago, Carlito found himself in a confrontation with the legendary Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Pop for Roddy.

At WrestleMania 22 last year, that big idiot, Chris Masters, cost Carlito the World Tag Team Championship.


Carlito: But this year’s gonna be different. This year, there won’t be anything unexpected. This year, Carlito won’t have to carry 275 pounds of crap against two monsters. No. This year at WrestleMania, Carlito has one goal, and one goal only, and that’s to successfully defend my Intercontinental Championship and leave WrestleMania 23 turning my bad luck around.

Crowd pops.

Carlito: But to do that, Carlito needs to beat his guest here tonight. Some may call him a loud mouth, some may call him arrogant, some may call him … an asshole.

Great pop.

But Carlito would say … you’re right (a few laughs). Ladies and gentlemen, my guest tonight, and my opponent for WrestleMania 23, John Bradshaw Layfield, J - B - L.

***Longhorn*** Thunderous heat fills the arena as the bull horned white limousine of JBL pulls through the side entrance. Layfield soon steps out, dressed in a suit and white hat, before he Texas Two-Steps his way to the ring. He climbs the steps and enters the ring, grabbing a mic.

JBL, welcome to Carlito’s Cabana.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Believe me, the pleasure is all yours.

Crowd boos as Carlito looks none too impressed and JBL lets out his toothy grin.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
Come on, Carlito, liven up! In just six days, this ride is all over for you!

Carlito looks perplexed.

John Bradshaw Layfield: You should be more than happy. In just six days, you won’t have to worry about wrestlers chasing after you and demanding title shots. You won’t have to worry about doing a whole bunch of promotional appearances, or flying on overseas tours, or adoring fans, or Vince McMahon demanding more of you than he does of everyone else, because that (points to the belt) the Intercontinental Championship is the root of it all.

Bradshaw adjusts his hat.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
That title, one of the most prestigious belts in all of the WWE, held by greats like Pat Patterson (mild pop), Ricky Steamboat (pop), Bret Hart (pop), the “Macho Man” Randy Savage (pop), Shawn Michaels (mixed reaction), and The Rock (tremendous pop); but make no mistake about it, I’ve done it all. I’m the longest reigning WWE Champion in the last ten years, a multiple time tag team champion, a United States Champion, a European Champion, a Hardcore Champion, but I WANT THAT Intercontinental Title!

Crowd boos as both Carlito and JBL stare at the belt.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
That Intercontinental Championship represents something; it represents excellence. But more importantly than that, it represents superiority to the rest of your peers … and the mere fact that somebody like you could possibly be considered superior to somebody like me is a complete JOKE!

Crowd boos as JBL stares intensely into Carly’s eyes.

John Bradshaw Layfield: That championship belongs around the waist of greats, around the best on the planet not some young, frilly-haired, punk kid, who spits apples, dresses like a Baywatch extra and talks about what’s cool and what’s not cool and doesn’t deserve to carry my jockstrap let alone hold a championship that makes him superior to me!!

Carlito: SHUT UP!

The crowd erupts into a plethora of cheers as JBL’s eyes bug out.

Carlito: I’ve had enough of you talking crap, like Carlito doesn’t deserve to be in the same ring with somebody like you.

John Bradshaw Layfield: You don’t!

Carlito: Well, I do. You say you’ve won it all, well Carlito has been doing things that it’s taken you forever to do. On my first night, I won the United States Championship, something it took you years and years to do.

OH! JBL shakes his head in disgust.

Carlito: My first night on Monday Night Raw, I won the Intercontinental Championship, something you still haven’t done … and you still won’t win it this Sunday at WrestleMania 23.

Cheers as the frown on Bradshaw’s face turns into a smile.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
I got news for ya, kid, that makes you lucky. I don’t get by on luck. I get by on being better than everybody else and you’re going to find that out this Sunday night on pay-per-view, when I beat you within an inch of your life, beat you from pillar to post, expose you to the world for the completely fabricated fraud that you are. I show the world that eventually, everybody’s luck runs out and that’s when it’s better to be good - better to be GREAT than be lucky.

Layfield reaches out and touches the belt before Carlito snatches it away, causing another toothy grin from JBL to appear.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I guarantee you -- if you need me to say it louder, slower or get a translator, let me know, because this part is important -- I GUA - RAN - TEE you that I will be leaving Ford Field as the NEW Intercontinental Champion, and you will be flat on your BACK, with my FOOT on your chest, letting the entire world know that the one and only WRESTLING GAWD once again reigns supreme here in the WWE. See you Sunday … champ.

Layfield turns around to leave the ring but Carlito grabs him by his arms and JBL slowly turns around.

John Bradshaw Layfield: What is it? You need that translator? You need me to say it en Espanol?

Carlito grabs JBL’s mic and tosses it out of the ring to a HUGE pop; Layfield looks ready to snap.

Carlito: You’ve done enough talking for one night. I’ll tell you this much, Bradshaw. You can look at my hair and my clothes and listen to my accent, and you can call me a joke, but the fact is, I take what I do in this ring very seriously.

Carlito and JBL stare into the eyes of one another for a quick second, before Carly brings the mic back up.

Carlito knows what you’ve done in this ring before. Carlito knows you’ve been a WWE and United States Champion. Carlito knows you’ve beaten the top stars in this business. And Carlito knows you’re right when you say luck doesn’t matter this Sunday … but neither does what you’ve done in the past.

Layfield stares at Carlito and mouths “Oh really” as the Intercontinental Champion continues to look right into his eyes.

Carlito: You’re not gonna be in that ring with anybody else except me … and Carlito doesn’t plan to roll over and give you this championship because you want it. I’m gonna fight with each and every bone in my body to make sure that WrestleMania night turns out differently for me. I’m gonna fight to keep you a ZERO time Intercontinental Champion. Carlito will make sure you’re flat on your back … but I won’t be putting my foot on your chest, I’ll be spitting this apple in your face.

Thunderous pop as Bradshaw seethes with anger.

And that won’t be luck. Dat … das cool.

The crowd erupts into another great pop as Carlito’s music hits once more and the two superstars stare at one another, intensity and determination running through their faces.


Jim Ross:
What a show we have for you tonight, ladies and gentlemen. A WrestleMania level main event with WrestleMania implications. The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels takes on The Rated R Superstar Edge here tonight.

Jerry Lawler: That’s gonna be huge and we’ll be hearing from Shawn Michaels here tonight about that match, his super kick to Edge last week, and the WrestleMania Three Way Dance.

Jim Ross: That will be interesting. Also tonight, Kurt Angle will be coming out here to address the New Jersey crowd and he’ll have Rattlesnake on the brain.

Jerry Lawler:
I can’t wait for that, and in addition to that, we have a huge eight man tag team match and the number one contender for the Women’s Championship, Victoria, in action tonight.

Jim Ross: Stay tuned, ladies and gentlemen, monstrous show for you here tonight. But up next, SMACKDOWN!’S Tag Team Champions will be here in action on Monday Night Raw, in a cross promotional showcase match!

Match #1: Inter-Promotional Tag Team Match:
The Hooligans - London & Kendrick vs. Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch
The match acts as a bit of a showcase for the SmackDown! Tag Team Champions, exposing these young stars to a wider audience, though this match is far from a squash. The Hooligans dominate the early portion of the match until The Redneck Wrecking Crew makes their comeback through heel tactics and take over for a decent portion. Eventually, L&K manage to finish the match off, each man hitting a high-flying maneuver from the top, Kendrick with a 450 and London with a Shooting Star Press, before London picks up the pinfall on Cade.
Winners: The Hooligans via pinfall at 7:01.
The Hooligans get back up to their feet and are soon handed their belts, each man taking a turnbuckle, receiving a nice ovation as Ross puts over the youth, speed, and devil may care style of this tandem as only he can.

Cut backstage with the stunningly beautiful and stunningly ditsy interview Maria standing by.

Maria: Ladies and gentlemen, my guest at this time … “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels!

HBK comes into screenshot receiving a thunderous mixed reaction, smirk on his face, dawned to compete, T-shirt and cowboy hat on as well.

Maria: Shawn, last week, you and Edge were helping each other … But then you super kicked him! Um, why would you do that?

Shawn Michaels:
That’s a very good question, Maria, and let me commend you on the fact that you managed to string a whole sentence together without giggling.

Maria: (Giggling) Thanks.

Michaels shakes his head in disbelief a bit before turning back towards the camera.

Shawn Michaels: Hmmmmmm, why did I hit Edge with Sweet Chin Music?

Michaels taps his finger on his chin.

Shawn Michaels:
Well, let’s take a second to run down the possibilities, shall we?


Shawn Michaels:
It’s possible that I decided to lay Edge out because I wanted to send a message since we’re OH SO close to WrestleMania 23. (Turning to Maria) Could that be it?

Maria: That could be it! Is it?!

Shawn Michaels: It’s a possibility. Let’s look at prospect number two. Maybe I dimmed Edge’s lights because I wanted to give myself a an edge - no pun intended - and get inside his head before WrestleMania.

Maria: Is it that one?!

Shawn Michaels:
It very well could be. The third and final option, maybe I’m just a pompous jerk who did it because I can.


The crowd laughs as Michaels stares at Maria, shaking his head, before turning back.

Shawn Michaels: It doesn’t matter which reason you think it is, I could Superkick Edge, I wanted to Superkick Edge, it made sense to Superkick “The Rated R Superstar”, so that’s exactly what I did. When it comes to the most prestigious prize in this industry, the WWE Championship, there isn’t a line that the “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels won’t cross to get it.
And if I’ve gotta step on a few toes, snap a few necks, lose my fans, lose some respect … if I’ve got to do all of that to leave WrestleMania 23 with the WWE Championship, then so be it!! Come Sunday, thousands of fans watching in the sold out Ford Field, millions watching worldwide, HBK, The Showstopper, The Headliner, The Main Event, The Icon, MISTER WRESTLEMANIA will put on the show of a lifetime and leave that arena a six-time World Champion!
And there is absolutely nobody who can tell me different.

Michaels smirks before walking off camera, leaving Maria to look on.


Backstage, several of the Raw divas including Trish Stratus sit around the locker room chatting, before the Women’s Champion Mickie James comes in, with her bubbly demeanor, rather large gift-wrapped package in her hands.

Mickie James: Hey, guys, what’s going on!

The divas give half-hearted hellos to the dominant Women’s Champion.

Mickie James:
Trish, I just wanted to give you and the rest of you ladies this (extends package, which Trish hesitantly accepts). It’s a fruit basket!

Trish Stratus:
… … … Thanks, I guess.

Mickie James:
Yeah, it’s got all kinds of stuff - apples, oranges, kiwis, plums, bananas, the whole works.

Trish Stratus: … Yeah, thanks.

Trish walks over to her locker and places the basket there before attempting to go back to her conversation. Mickie seems rather flustered that her gift didn’t get the desired results. She soon recomposes herself, walking back over to Trish.

Mickie James:
Y’know, Trish, WrestleMania 23 is coming up … and that means it’s been about a full year since I beat you for the Women’s Championship.

Trish Stratus:
Yeah, I know.

Mickie James: I just wanted to … apologize for any misunderstandings or disagreements that we may have had leading up to that match.

Trish Stratus: (Scoffs) Disagreements?? Misunderstandings??

Mickie James: Yeah, y’know, title matches can get intense and -

Trish Stratus:
Mickie, you kissed me against my wishes, abducted a friend of mine, kicked me in the head, attacked me numerous times, took the Women’s Championship, stole my look, stole my music, and you wanna call that a “misunderstanding”? A “disagreement”?

Mickie James: Does this mean we can’t be friends?

Trish Stratus:
Mickie, you and I both know you’re here for one reason and one reason only. Well, let me let you in on a little secret. I’m not gonna help you in your match against Victoria at WrestleMania, NOBODY here is gonna help you in your match against Victoria at WrestleMania, so I suggest you take your sad act on the road elsewhere or get ready to face Victoria on your own.

Mickie shakes her head in disbelief.

Mickie James:
Trish, how can you even suggest that I would attempt to manipulate you for my own benefit? That’s nothing like me.

Trish Stratus:
Mickie … we’re not buying it.

Mickie’s “genuine” look soon turns into an angry scowl.

Mickie James:
Fine, you bitches can have it your way.

Mickie turns to leave as Trish reaches down and grabs the basket.

Trish Stratus:
Mickie. (The Mick turns around) You can take this too.

Stratus holds the basket out for Mickie and James angrily snatches it, before heading out of the room, mission failed, and once more, looking at facing the incredible Victoria one on one at WrestleMania. Back to ringside.

Match #2: Tag Team Match:
The Big Show & Umaga (w/AAE & Heyman) vs. Jobbers
Simple squash match for the two dominant monsters heading into the WrestleMania Monsters Collide Match. Show and Umaga completely destroy the jobbers (creative name, rit?). They soon hit their respective finishers, Chokeslam and Samoan Spike, before picking up the victory.
Winners: Big Show and Umaga via pinfall at 3:34.
The bell rings and Estrada grabs himself a microphone, before both he and Heyman climb the ring steps and step into the ring.

Armando Estrada: Todos, eschuchame, everybody listen - haha - to me. In case ju haven’t heard MY NAME ES Armandoooooo Alejandroooooo Estrrrrrrada!!!


Armando Estrada: And by my calculations, we are only six days away from WrestleMania 23(pop). I need ju all to take a look at the two men behind me, two of the most dominant forces in the history of this business, the five-hundred pound Big Show, and the Saaaaaaamoan Bulldozer, UUUUUUMAGA!!

Heat as Umaga and Show look on as scary as always.

Armando Estrada:
Last week on Monday Night Raw, Stephanie McMahon and those two big SmackDown! DUMMIES had the nerve to come after these two monsters and try to send a message! Let me -- como se dice -- inform you SmackDown! chumps of something. Ju come to Monday Night Raw, ju messing with the big boys on their own turf! Dats something dats not only disrespectful, but plain ole stupid, because ju two putos need to remember … payback is a bitch! Haha!

Estrada glares at the hard camera through his glasses while Heyman, Show and Umaga do the same as we fade.


Backstage, Mickie James walks down the backstage hallway, carrying a peeled orange, eating it rather forcefully and angrily. She soon stops as she sees a couple of scrawny looking wrestlers (apparently here for a tryout or something). Both men hover around 5’10”, 180 pounds. Mickie tosses the orange and puts on her beaming smile, walking towards the skinny gentlemen.

A video package begins to play…

It opens with a weird whirring sound as Randy Orton stands in the ring, performing his Destiny pose … before Burn In My Light hits.

Jim Ross:
When you’re talking about Randy Orton, you think cocky, conceited and arrogant…

Several shots of Orton’s trademark smirk.

Jim Ross: But you’re also talking about one of the finest athletes that this business has to offer.

Shot of Orton delivering his picture perfect dropkick to many a man.

Randy Orton:
I pride myself … on being a Legend Killer.

Orton dropping Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Mick Foley, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Triple H and The Undertaker with the RKO!

Randy Orton: Third generation superstar.

Shot of his father and grandfather before him.

Randy Orton:
The longest reigning Intercontinental Champion in the past seven years.

Quick footage of Orton’s VERY impressive Intercontinental Championship run during most of 2004.

Randy Orton:
The youngest World Heavyweight Champion of ALL-TIME!

Orton defeating Chris Benoit clean in the middle of the ring at SummerSlam 2004.

Jim Ross:
Tonight isn’t about past accomplishments, tonight isn’t about looks, tonight isn’t about being The Legend Killer, or The Rattlesnake, or The Rated R Superstar, or HBK, or The Phenom, or The Wrestling God. Tonight is about proving you’re the very best wrestler in the world today - the WWE Champion.

Footage of the Six-Man WWE Title Elimination Match at New Year’s Revolution with Edge defending against Orton, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, John Bradshaw Layfield, and The Undertaker.

Jim Ross:

The match comes down to Orton and Edge and Edge’s Rated R Army turns on Edge, joining up with Orton, allowing him to become the WWE Champion.

Jim Ross: Vicious.

Orton and company beating and bloodying Edge and putting him out of action at the same pay-per-view.

Jim Ross:

Orton dropping Lita with the RKO!

Jim Ross:

Shot of Orton watching, just waiting to drop someone with an RKO through his cold blue eyes.

Jim Ross:
He is the WWE Champion, symbolizing that he is the absolute best wrestler in the free world today - by hook or crook.

Orton defeating Michaels at the Royal Rumble, with a hook of the ropes, and grabbing Michaels’ tights.

Jim Ross:
No good, lousy, son of a bitch!

Orton distracting Edge, allowing The Rated R Superstar to be eliminated from the Royal Rumble Match.

Randy Orton:
All I have to do … is go out there and show Shawn Michaels and show Edge, and show each and every single fan in that arena …

Shot of Orton, hitting several of his signature maneuvers, including the cross body block, his modified backbreaker and the Texas Cloverleaf he has begun to use for months now.

Randy Orton: … show them why I will be walking into WrestleMania as the champion …

One more shot of Orton dropping both Edge and Michaels on different occasions with the RKO.

Randy Orton: … and why you can bet your ass that I’ll be leaving with this championship.

Orton raises the WWE Championship into the air.

Randy Orton:

Video ends with Orton under his pyro shower, WWE Championship around his waist before a WrestleMania 23 graphic appears on the screen, hyping the Three Way Dance between Orton, Edge and Michaels.

Back to ringside.

Match #3:
Victoria vs. Melina
Decent women’s match, with Melina getting a sufficient amount of offense by using a couple of underhanded maneuvers. Ultimately though, the skill and strength of Victoria is too much for the evil diva, as Vickie runs through her with clotheslines, a well placed moonsault, and then finishes Melina off with the Widow’s Peak for the pin.
Winner: Victoria via pinfall at 5:25.

***Obsession*** The attention of Victoria turns towards the entrance ramp as the Women’s Champion Mickie James steps out onto the stage, accompanied by those two gentlemen she met in the backstage area.

Mickie and the two male wrestlers circle the ring, but Victoria holds her ground. Mickie leaps up onto the apron and Vickie moves forward, taking a swing, but Mickie quickly leaps off as the wrestlers slide in the ring. The two men grab a hold of Victoria, keeping her still as Mickie reenters the ring.

Mickie swings the title belt but Vickie gets her feet up into Mickie’s face, knocking the champion out of the ring! Victoria then muscles free of the two wrestlers kicking one in the gut and then following up with a scintillating kick to the side of the head, which makes a sick thud, as it knocks him down!

Victoria then grabs the other and kicks him in the gut before sticking him between her legs. Mickie gets back up to her feet and watches in disbelief, as does Ross, Lawler and the viewing public as Victoria muscles him up and HITS THE WIDOW’S PEAK, showing her incredible power!!!

The crowd pops as Victoria gets back up to a vertical base, looking as crazed as ever, while Mickie clutches her Women’s Championship, pure, unadulterated fear running through her face.


SmackDown! Rebound:
- King Booker and his new stable of Elijah Burke and Monty Brown lay waste to William Regal, Finlay and Bobby Lashley 9 days before the four way U.S. Title Match.
- John Cena says he will call The Undertaker out next week.
- Batista and Flair manage to defeat Kennedy and Sabin when Flair makes Sabin tap.

***Medal*** The crowd erupts into heat as The Wrestling Machine Kurt Angle steps out onto the stage, dressed in a blue dress shirt and slacks. Angle takes a look around the arena before continuing on down to the ring.

Jim Ross: In just six days, that man, the Olympic Gold Medal winning Kurt Angle, will be in the ring going one-on-one with “The Texas Rattlesnake” Stone Cold Steve Austin in a match up of epic proportions.

Jerry Lawler: Last week, Austin and Kurt gave us a little taste in that tag team match and, man, was it explosive! It’s going to be doubly such come WrestleMania 23 in Ford Field.

Angle steps in and calls for a microphone, soon getting one from Lillian Garcia. A “You Suck” chant starts up but Angle waits for them to die down.

Kurt Angle:
As most of you may know, at WrestleMania 23 in just six days-

***Glass Shatters*** The crowd first responds with shock, but soon turns into a tremendous pop as Stone Cold Steve Austin storms to the ring, in his usual shirt and cutoff jeans, cutting off Angle. Kurt looks rather shocked as well as SCSA steps in and gets his own microphone before stopping and looking at Angle.

Steve Austin: I figured since I saw you coming out here, that you would be out here to talk about Stone Cold Steve Austin and WrestleMania 23. So I thought to myself, why not come out here and let you say everything you want to say, to my face.

The crowd cheers as Angle looks unimpressed.

Steve Austin: So go ahead, Kurt. Get whatever you need to get off of your chest.

Angle smirks.

Kurt Angle: You really think this is cute, you really think this is funny, don’t you?


Kurt Angle: I got news for you, Austin. What I do each and every time I step in to this ring, what I do to the very best in the world, is definitely no joke, it’s surely not cute, and it’s certainly not funny.

The best wrestlers on this planet have stepped into this ring with me - The Rock, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Ric Flair, The Undertaker, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Hulk Hogan, The Big Show, Kane, John Cena, Batista - the upper echelon of the sport, and they’ve left with broken bones, they’ve left with injured ribs, but more importantly than that, they’ve left with bruised egos, and less than impressive credibility after stepping into the ring with me.

Austin and Angle continue to look into the other’s eyes.

Kurt Angle:
Think about that, Austin. THE BEST have taken on Kurt Angle, and they’ve left with a big, fat “L” in the record books because of it. There was a time that you would fit that description … there was a time when me beating you in the middle of that ring would’ve been a big deal because you were the BEST. There was a time that making you tap out again - something that NO ONE has been able to besides ME - would’ve been something to brag about.

Kurt scoffs before shaking his head.

Kurt Angle:
Now, it’s almost something be ashamed of. It’s something to look down upon; beating up a broken down, washed up, fat, out of shape, drunk, old man.


Kurt Angle:
Let’s be honest, that’s all it really is. Right, Austin?? Beating you is no feat, beating you is certainly no accolade … but that doesn’t mean I won’t revel in doing it six days from tonight at WrestleMania 23.

An “Austin” chant cuts Angle off, stopping him for a bit but the two superstars don’t take their eyes off one another - not even a little bit. Angle waits for the chants to die down before continuing.

Kurt Angle: Oh believe me, I’m going to enjoy each and every last second of it. Watching you gasp for air, watching you scream for agony as I pick you apart piece by piece, listening to you BEG and PLEAD for me not to end your career on the grandest stage of them all … right before I snap your ankle into two separate pieces. I’m gonna do more than enjoy that. I’m gonna bask in that feeling. I welcome it with more than open arms; knowing that this whole thing wasn’t just because I wanted to, but because it was absolutely necessary.

I’m gonna love WrestleMania 23 as much as you should embrace it. The end of an era - the Austin Era - but the beginning of a new one, a better one. The end is near, Austin … the end is HERE, Austin. Get ready.

The crowd boos as Angle looks at The Rattlesnake almost in a trance. The two finally break eyes as Austin takes himself a walk around the ring, before meeting Angle right back in the middle.

Steve Austin: You almost had me, Kurt. I almost believed that you believed all that crap that was coming out of your mouth.

Kurt Angle:
Still in denial, Austin. GIVE IT UP! You’re done! You’re finished! You’re washed up! I-

Austin takes his hand and puts it on Angle’s mic, receiving a great pop. Stone Cold then talks in a low, raspy tone.

Steve Austin:
The next time you interrupt me, I’m gonna take this microphone and stick it up your ass.

Huge ovation as Angle glares angrily at Austin.

Steve Austin: If you believed half the crap you said, that would mean that you would have forgotten the Royal Rumble, where I dropped you on your ass. If you believed what you said, that would mean you forgot No Way Out, where you ran like your ass was on fire away from Stone Cold Steve Austin. If you believed any of the complete BULLSHIT --

Thunderous pop.

Steve Austin: -- If you believed any of it, that would mean that you forgot last week right here on Monday Night Raw, where Stone Cold Steve Austin had your ass beat right in the center of this ring before you decided to get yourself disqualified. So don’t tell me you believe that crap, because you ain’t got amnesia, you ain’t drawing a blank, so that tells me you’re talking out of your ass!

Another tremendous pop for Austin as The Rattlesnake stares at Angle, who seems to be getting more frustrated - called on his bullshit.

Steve Austin: Stone Cold Steve Austin knows you’re not nearly as dumb as you look, son, so you know that come WrestleMania 23, you’re in for the fight of your life because you’re getting the very best that Steve Austin has to offer.

Crowd cheers.

Steve Austin: Yeah, I’m older. Yeah, I’m slower. And oh hell yeah, my body’s more worn down than it’s ever been but the fact still remains the same; come hell or high water, bad neck or bad back, Stone Cold Steve Austin is rolling into Ford Field as the same damn son of a bitch that put on a war with Bret “The Hitman” Hart ten years ago at WrestleMania 13!

Huge pop as Angle wipes his mouth, looking around.

Steve Austin: Stone Cold Steve Austin is the same son of a bitch that gave The Rock three of the most vicious battles that this business has ever seen at a WrestleMania. The same Stone Cold that beat Scott Hall and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania. The same Stone Cold that put several whoopins on your ass a couple of years ago. The same Stone Cold that took this business, flipped it upside down on it’s head, and in this ring, rose more hell than ever seen before!!

Great pop as Angle shakes his head - trying to convince Austin he’s not impressed - or maybe trying to convince himself .

Steve Austin:
So don’t tell me you think I’m washed up, because you ain’t that stupid, you ain’t that naïve and if you are, you’re in for the biggest shock, and biggest ass whooping of a lifetime at WrestleMania 23 … AND THAT’S THE BOTTOM LIIIINE -- CAUSE STONE COLD SAID SO!!!

The crowd roars and continue to grow louder, as Austin has worked them up into a frenzy. Angle and Austin have another stare down before Stone Cold backs up, puts his mic down and calls for a couple of beers. They’re soon tossed to him and he slowly opens both of them up, before handing one over to Angle.

Kurt looks rather unimpressed … but soon takes it as Austin bends down and grabs his mic off of the canvas.

Steve Austin:
You and I don’t see eye to eye, not by a long shot - mainly because you’re a jackass (pop)… but here’s to WrestleMania 23.

Angle looks pissed, but his face soon softens and he nods a bit.

Kurt Angle:
To WrestleMania.

Austin and Angle both begin to drink their beers to a nice pop …

… BUT ANGLE SOON TAKES A SWING WITH THE CAN - HOWEVER AUSTIN IS READY FOR IT - DUCK, KICK, STONE COLD STUNNER!!! New Jersey cheers wildly as Austin’s music hits once more and Austin gets right into Angle’s face, trash-talking the unconscious Olympic Gold Medalist.

Austin then calls for a couple of more beers, soon getting them and climbing the turnbuckle. Stone Cold slams them together and downs them, receiving another humongous ovation from the sold out crowd before raising one can up to the WrestleMania 23 sign.


A video package begins to play …

Metalingus plays as we get a shot of Edge in the rain, standing, motionless, boiling with anger.

Jim Ross:
One of the best superstars to come around in a long time, Edge has changed from a man with complete confidence to an abyss of hatred and anger, looking for revenge.

Clips of Edge in 2001 and 2002, truly making a name for himself, defeating the likes of Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and others, increasing in notoriety, and winning several titles, including the Intercontinental, United States, and even a Tag Team Title with Hulk Hogan.

Michael Cole:
Look at all these Edge Heads in this arena tonight here, Tazz, you’ve gotta love him.

Edge suffers a huge neck injury in early 2003 and subsequently, is forced to sit out for over a year, missing WrestleMania 19 AND WrestleMania 20.

A quick clip of the Edge Returns promo which aired at WMXX plays.

Jim Ross:

Edge comes back in 2004 and manages to string together a strong year, picking up a couple of big wins before defeating Randy Orton for the Intercontinental Championship at Vengeance.

Jim Ross:
From the top to the bottom and back again! We’ve got ourselves a new Intercontinental Champion!

Edge turns heel in late 2004 and rolls right into 2005, defeating Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit and winning the Money In The Bank Ladder Match at WrestleMania 21!!

Jim Ross:
Edge is Mr. Money In The Bank and now has a WWE Title opportunity any time in the upcoming year.

Clips of the Edge-Matt Hardy feud throughout 2005, where The Rated R Superstar joins up with Lita. Edge and Hardy have several brutal wars through the year from a No Holds Barred Match to a Cage Match but it finally ends in a Loser Leaves Raw Ladder Match, which sees Edge win. Afterward…

Vince McMahon:
This night is not over … this man is cashing in his Money in the Bank Ladder Match … ladies and gentlemen, EDGE!

Edge defeats a bloody and worn out John Cena at New Years Revolution 2006, and captures his first WWE Title.

Jim Ross:
The Rated R Era is upon us.

Shot of Edge raising his championship with Lita by his side.

The following superstar has been Rated R for sex and violence.

Edge and Lita have a Live Sex Celebration; Edge and “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair have a brutal Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Match on Raw, with The Rated R Superstar retaining.

The highest rated WWE Champion of the last five years.

Though Edge loses the championship, The Rated R Superstar beats Mick Foley at WrestleMania 22, before regaining the WWE Championship, defeating John Cena and Rob Van Dam on Raw.

You guys should be sick of being held back, being held down, while guys like Triple H and Shawn Michaels take the pay-per-view paydays, main events and hog the spotlight!

Edge puts his Rated R Army together, first recruiting Chris Masters, then Johnny Nitro (and the soon defunct Shelton Benjamin) and then down the line adds Ken Doane and Joey Mercury.

I put this group together to make things easier for everybody here, not to be a damn babysitter.

Edge and Lita manage to keep the VERY young and immature group through all of their crap and drama.

The most dominant group in the history of this industry.

The Rated R Army begins to flounder as Edge finds unparalleled success, eventually winning his brutal feud with Shawn Michaels, picking a couple of huge wins over The Undertaker, and winning a third championship, while his popularity begins to shift, getting on the good side of the fans.

Randy Orton:
(Talking to Rated R Army) You’ve got to ask yourselves who’s Edge looking out for, him…

Edge hits the Spear on Undertaker.

Randy Orton:
… or you?

The Rated R Army loses to Michaels’ team at Survivor Series.

Randy Orton:
Think about it.

At New Years Revolution, The Rated R Army turns on Edge, allowing Randy Orton to capture the WWE Championship. Edge’s former group then lay waste to him, beating him, bloodying him as Lita watches sadly.

Randy, Edge is gonna make your Royal Rumble night a living hell!

Though he returns at the Royal Rumble, Edge still fails to gain any measure of revenge against Orton; being eliminated from the RR, watching his girlfriend RKO’d and on top of it, soon suffers a bit of Sweet Chin Music at the hands of Shawn Michaels last week.

… … … MY Championship, MY Rated R Army, MY blood, MY #1 contender’s match, (through gritted teeth) TRIED TO BREAK MY GIRLFRIEND’S DAMN NECK WITH AN RKO!!! … Orton … is MINE!!

Back to the clip of Edge in the rain, looking incredibly pissed.

Jim Ross:
Edge is gonna have to decide whether he wants the WWE Title back or revenge…

Edge holds boils with anger, before turning away from the camera and heading off into the darkness.

Back to ringside.

Match #4: Eight Man Tag Team Match:
RVD, Sabu & AMW (w/Alfonso and Gail) vs. Doane, Masters & MNM (w/Melina)
Melina is in clear pain as the four men put on a great match up with every superstar giving it their all, looking to impress before WrestleMania 23. All eight men get a sufficient amount of time in the ring, with Doane and Van Dam carrying the majority of the time for their teams, being portrayed as the Raw frontrunners for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match in just six days.
At the eight minute mark, the hot tag is made to both Sabu and The Masterpiece respectively. Sabu comes in on fire, taking down Masters with a couple of clotheslines, and then rocking each MNM member with hard shots on the apron. He ducks a clothesline from Masters and then leaps off the ropes, hits the Air Sabu and goes for the cover but Doane, Mercury and Nitro all break it up.
All hell breaks loose and Storm and Harris enter the ring, evening things up. Despite the numbers advantage, the faces clear the ring, leaving Sabu and Masters in the ring with Van Dam on the apron. Sabu hit’s a body slam on Masters and tags to RVD, who ascends the turnbuckle. Sabu runs over to the far corner and climbs the turnbuckle as well. The two ECW alumnus get set on top as Fonzie blows his whistle like mad man. Van Dam and Sabu then leap off, HITTING A COMBO LEG DROP - FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH ON MASTERS!!! The crowd roars as Van Dam covers The Masterpiece for the three count!!
Winners: Rob Van Dam, Sabu and America’s Most Wanted.

AMW and MNM continue to brawl around the ringside area, until they reach the ramp way and then the two teams brawl up the entrance ramp and into the backstage area out of sight, Melina and Gail Kim following.

At ringside, Doane grabs a steel chair and slides into the ring. He takes a swing at Van Dam, but RVD ducks it, leaps up and HITS THE VAN DAMINATOR!!! Doane hit’s the canvas and rolls to the outside in pain, as Sabu lifts Masters up and tosses him over the top rope, near the announce table.

Van Dam also leaves the ring and the ECW alumnus clear the announce table of all the crap as Ross and Lawler scurry out of the way. Sabu and Fonzie lifts Masters up and place him on the table, as RVD reaches under the ring and pulls out … A LADDER!!!!

The crowd cheers as Van Dam sets up the ladder, across from the announce table. Sabu points to the sky and begins to ascend the ladder as Van Dam grabs the chair from in the ring. Sabu gets set up on the last rung from the top and is soon handed the chair from Van Dam!!


Thunderous “Holy Shit” chants ring out as Van Dam and Fonzie check up on Sabu while Ross puts over the death defying nature of that move before putting over RVD and Sabu especially in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.


Back from the break, we get a replay of the attack on Masters before the commercial break. Back in real time, Masters is carted off on a stretcher (merely for precaution) in the backstage area as Jonathan Coachman, several superstars, including the rest of the RKO Army look on.

Orton shakes his head.

Randy Orton: Can you believe this?

The rest of the RKO Army apparently feel much of the same sad sentiment.

Randy Orton:
Now who’s gonna back me up at WrestleMania??

Orton then angrily takes off down the hallway and while Melina and Joey Mercury look disappointed in Orton’s behavior; Ken Doane and Johnny Nitro on the other hand look disgusted with the WWE Champion.

Back to ringside.

Jim Ross:
What an attack we saw on Chris Masters before the break. Rob Van Dam and Sabu making one hell of a statement six days away from WrestleMania 23.

Jerry Lawler:
Randy Orton doesn’t have time to worry about things like that. He’s got to defend his WWE Championship in less than a week!

Music begins to play.

Jim Ross: Ladies and gentlemen, you hear the music in the background … Ladies and Gentlemen by Saliva, and that is the official WrestleMania 23 theme song. And what a night it’ll be in Ford Field this Sunday on pay per view.

Jerry Lawler: It’s the biggest night in sports-entertainment. FIVE main events, three inter-promotional matches, four matches from Monday Night Raw, five matches from Friday Night SmackDown. I can’t wait!

Jim Ross: But a one night before that will be the WWE 2007 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig, Nick Bockwinkel, Mr. Fuji, The Wild Samoans, The Sheik, and the legendary Terry Funk will be indicted and what a night that will be. And all of those men will be in attendance at WrestleMania. Inside the squared circle, the WWE Women’s Championship will be on the line, when Mickie James defend against Victoria.

Jerry Lawler: Mickie has reigned on top of the women’s division for almost a full YEAR now, but Victoria has been the most impressive challenger we’ve seen in the past 365 days. Mickie’s run out of aces up her sleeve, she can very well be in trouble come this Sunday.

Jim Ross:
Definitely the most anticipated Women’s Title match we’ve had in a long time. Also on the line this Sunday, the Intercontinental Championship. The young champion, Carlito, defends against the Wall Street Warrior, former WWE Champion John Bradshaw Layfield.

Jerry Lawler:
We’ve heard these two men go back and forth for weeks now on the microphone including tonight. At WrestleMania 23, it’ll be put up or shut up for Caribbean Cool and JBL.

Jim Ross: No doubt that’ll be physically intense. But when you talk about intensity, when you talk about anticipated, it doesn’t get much better than Icon versus Icon. The “Texas Rattlesnake” Stone Cold Steve Austin takes on the Olympic Gold Medalist, the “Wrestling Machine” Kurt Angle.

Jerry Lawler:
The biggest star of the 90s takes on quite possibly the biggest star since. After the words we heard exchanged here tonight, we know we’ll be getting the best of Steve Austin at WrestleMania, will Kurt Angle be ready for the onslaught The Rattlesnake will being this Sunday??

Jim Ross:
That match is HUGE … but it gets no bigger than the Monday Night Raw Main Event - the WWE Championship Match. Three Way Dance, “The Legend Killer” Randy Orton defends the WWE Title against “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels and “The Rated R Superstar” Edge with two falls to a finish!

Jerry Lawler: The last man standing after two eliminations leave with the gold, and things have gotten mighty personal with these three superstars. What will be the focus come WrestleMania night, the WWE Championship, hogging the spotlight, or revenge? Only time will tell.

Jim Ross: What a match up that will be, fireworks galore. But for a look at the SmackDown matches, let’s take it to Joey Styles and Tazz in WWE studios, in Stanford, Connecticut.

Cut to studio with Styles and Tazz standing by.

Joey Styles: Thanks, J.R.. No doubt that Raw has one of the biggest cards in their history, but SmackDown is even better,

No shock there. SmackDown is flat out loaded for WrestleMania.

Joey Styles:
Personal, vicious, out and out ugly, and historic, No Holds Barred Match, “The Game” Triple H takes on “The People’s Champion” The Rock in the most epic clash of their storied feud.

Tazz: Despite being at each other’s throats for the better part of a full DECADE, The Brahma Bull and The King of Kings have never met one on one on the grandest stage of them all. That is going to change in a most brutal way this Sunday.

Joey Styles: Another personal match up, the Fatal Four Way Match for the United States Championship. William Regal defends against former champions, King Booker, Finlay and Bobby Lashley.

Tazz: After that attack this past Friday night from Elijah Burke and Monty Brown, the ball is firmly in King Booker’s court - no pun intended. Regal may have to kiss that title could by on the first.

Joey Styles: For the Cruiserweight Championship, the most anticipated Cruiserweight Title match in WWE history, “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels defends against the cruiser icon, Rey Mysterio.

Daniels has definitely been a dominant champion, beating Chris Sabin, beating a cruiserweight legend in Dean Malenko and retiring Rey’s best friend, Chavo Guerrero. Can he take out Mysterio as well?

Joey Styles: The WrestleMania winning streak of The Undertaker could very well be in trouble when The Phenom steps into the ring against The Doctor of Thuganomics John Cena this Sunday.

Tazz: Cena has been steps of The Undertaker for months on end now and just a couple of weeks ago, Cena laid The Undertaker out clean in the middle of the ring with that deadly FU! Cena could pick up one of the biggest wins of all time in just a few short days.

Joey Styles: A couple of huge inter-promotional matches also taking place at WrestleMania. The most vital being the Money in the Bank Ladder Match! Six superstars, one briefcase, with a shot at a World Title on the line.

Tazz: Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Rob Van Dam, Ken Doane and the death-defying Sabu battle it out for the Money in the Bank World Title contract good for a full 365 days.

Joey Styles: That match will be about self but the Monsters Collide Tag Team Match is about nothing but brand pride. “The Big Red Machine” Kane and “The Silverback” Mark Henry from SmackDown take on The Big Show and Umaga,

Tazz: Last week, Stephanie McMahon and our guys showed up on Raw and embarrassed Coach on his show. Expect the same at WrestleMania.

Joey Styles:
And just made last week, inter-promotional eight man tag team match up. The WWE Tag Team Champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick team up with Shelton Benjamin and Gregory Helms, to take on Raw’s World Tag Team Champions America’s Most Wanted and MNM.

Tazz: The two best tag teams PERIOD take on Raw’s two best tag teams. This match up could possibly steal the show at WrestleMania.

Joey Styles:
And the biggest one of them all - the biggest on the card, the most dominant World Heavyweight Champion of all-time, “The Animal” Dave Batista takes on the arrogant challenger, the 2007 Royal Rumble Winner, Mr. Kennedy.

Tazz: … Kennedy. All the marbles on the line. The most prestigious prize in this business on the line on the grandest stage of them all. Will the pompous Kennedy be able to dethrone The Animal, or will Big Dave continue his reign of terror on SmackDown?

Joey Styles: Only time will tell but I’ve got Goosebumps waiting for WrestleMania. It’s going to be the biggest extravaganza of all time. I’m Joey Styles, he’s Tazz, back to J.R. and The King.

Shot of Shawn Michaels and Edge (w/Lita), split screen.

Jim Ross:
Thanks, Joey and Tazz, but coming up next, a WrestleMania level main event. The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels takes on The Rated R Superstar Edge. NEXT!


A video package begins to play …

Slow music plays as a young HBK walks down the entrance ramp with Marty Jannetty by his side.

Ring announcer:
… Shawn Michaels!

Michaels growing up in the business until we see the wily though still arrogant and pompous veteran of today.

Shawn Michaels:
I will put on a show that you have never seen before. Why? Because I can.

Sexy Boy hits and we see Shawn Michaels walking down the entrance ramp in one of his trademark gaudy outfits.

Jim Ross:
The Showstopper!

Michaels hitting a moonsault.

Shawn Michaels:
The Headlinah!

HBK leaping off of the inside of the HIAC, hitting a splash on Undertaker.

Jim Ross:
The Icon.

Michaels face to face with Hulk Hogan.

Shawn Michaels:
The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels!

Michaels dropping Bret Hart with SCM.

Vince McMahon:
Oh, that’s Shawn Michaels! Look at that!

HBK rappelling down the line at WrestleMania 12.

Vince McMahon:
The boyhood dream has come true for Shawn Michaels!

Michaels celebrating with the title after defeating Bret.

Jim Ross:
A magnet for controversy.

Several clips of the Montreal Screwjob and Michaels in his DX days, as controversial and sophomoric as it gets.

Jim Ross:
Nobody will ever out perform Shawn Michaels on the big stage.

Some of Michaels’ most impressive performances - his comeback against Triple H at SummerSlam 2002, his Survivor Series EC win, his Dream Match with Kurt Angle at WM 21 and finally, his WWE Title win at SummerSlam 2006.

Jim Ross:
Shawn Michaels is like a bulldog. He doesn’t know how big or how small he really is - he really doesn’t give a damn.

Clips of Michaels proving himself as a Giant Killer, taking out Diesel, The Undertaker, Vader, Psycho Sid and Mankind.

Shawn Michaels:
I will do whatever it takes to make sure that The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels comes out on top.

HBK turns on several tag team partners - Michaels throws Marty Jannetty through the Barbershop set, Superkicks Hulk Hogan during 2005 after a tag match and then last week, Superkicks Edge.

Jim Ross:
Throughout all the years, Shawn Michaels has not lost a single step inside the squared circle.

Michaels has a spectacular comeback since 2002, winning a couple of world titles, and 2006 is possibly his best year yet - defeating Vince McMahon at WrestleMania 22, defeating Edge and HHH for his fifth World Title at SummerSlam, defending it a couple of times, and racking up wins over The Undertaker, The Big Show, and Randy Orton.

Shawn Michaels:
You’re completely right. I always look out for numero uno. And if saaaayyyy … you didn’t make it to WrestleMania … that would definitely be something in my favor.

Michaels and Edge fend off the RKO Army for months on end but have several verbal altercations, leading up to last week, where Michaels completely takes Edge’s head off with Sweet Chin Music.

Shawn Michaels:
At WrestleMania 23...

Michaels dropping Hogan, Flair, Nash, Hall, Bret, Goldberg, Austin, Rock, Hunter, Taker, Kane, Benoit, Angle, Jericho, Big Show, JBL and down the line with Sweet Chin Music.

Shawn Michaels:
You can bet the farm that the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels will be walking out with World Championship number six … Why? Because I can.

Final shot of HBK posing with the WWE Championship on his shoulder, doing his signature flexing pose before the video ends with the WM23 graphic once again pops up for the Three Way Dance.

Back to ringside.

Main Event:
Edge vs. Shawn Michaels
Edge and Michaels go for eight or so minutes, not too long, as the show has seemed to run quite a bit over with this match starting at 11:01. HBK and Edge work a solid pace but they don’t go balls to wall, saving that and the anticipation for WrestleMania. Michaels works far more heelish than usual, continuing his heel/tweener role started last week.
During the final minutes of the contest, The Rated R Superstar makes his comeback, avoiding HBK’s flying elbow drop and then clotheslining Michaels down a couple of times. Edge then hits his Edgecution DDT for a near fall!! Edge walks over to the corner, and gets ready for the Spear, waiting on Michaels. HBK staggers back up to his feet and Edge charges - but Michaels leaps up and over him, causing Edge to slam into the turnbuckle!! Heat fills the arena as … RANDY ORTON steps out onto the stage and sprints down the entrance ramp.
Orton slides into the ring and throws a right at Michaels but HBK ducks it and then lights Orton up with right hands, before clotheslining him over the top rope!! Michaels turns around AND GETS SPEARED BY EDGE!!! Edge then covers him and picks up the three count!!
Winner: Edge via pinfall at 8:33.

Edge doesn’t even celebrate as he prepares to move after Orton on the outside, but Joey Mercury quickly runs down the ramp and attacks Edge from behind!! Edge turns around and begins to brawl with Mercury, the two former teammates exchanging right hands.

Mercury then knees Edge in the gut, and shoots him off of the ropes. The Rated R Superstar comes back, avoids a clothesline, hits the ropes, avoids another clotheslines, hits the ropes once more and then EDGE HITS THE SPEAR, taking Mercury down to a nice pop!!

Edge glares down at Mercury and unbeknownst to him, Orton slides back into the ring. Edge turns around and Orton leaps up, DROPPING EDGE WITH AN RKO!!

Orton smirks, turning around - SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!! A thunderous mixed reaction once again fills the arena as Michaels does himself a little strut, gaining the upper hand on his two foes once again this week!!

Ross and Lawler give us the final hard sell for WrestleMania as Shawn Michaels poses in the middle of the ring, smirk on his face, with Edge and Orton laid out around him.



Current Card for WWE WrestleMania XXIII:

Date: April 1st, 2007
Location: Ford Field; Detroit, Michigan
Event Music: Saliva; Ladies and Gentlemen

World Heavyweight Championship Match:
World Heavyweight Champion Batista w/Ric Flair
vs. 2007 Royal Rumble Winner Mr. Kennedy

WWE Championship Match; Three Way Dance:
‘The Legend Killer’ Randy Orton
vs. ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels
vs. ‘The Rated R Superstar’ Edge

No Holds Barred Match:
‘The Great One’ The Rock vs. ‘The Game’ Triple H

Icon vs. Icon:
‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin vs. ‘The Wrestling Machine’ Kurt Angle

One On One:
‘The Phenom’ The Undertaker vs. ‘The Boss’ John Cena


Intercontinental Championship Match:
Carlito vs. John Bradshaw Layfield

Cruiserweight Championship Match:
Christopher Daniels
w/Allison Danger vs. Rey Mysterio

Women's Championship Match:
Mickie James vs. Victoria

United States Championship; Fatal Four Way Match:
William Regal vs. King Booker vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Finlay

Money In The Bank Ladder Match:
RVD vs. Matt Hardy vs. Ken Doane vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Sabu vs. Ric Flair

Monsters Collide:
Raw GM Jonathan Coachman’s Big Show & Umaga
(w/AAE & Heyman)
vs. SmackDown! GM Stephanie McMahon’s Kane & Mark Henry

Eight Man Inter-Promotional Tag Team Match:
America's Most Wanted & MNM vs. Hooligans & Helms/Benjamin

Gif Credit - will94
Match Banner Credit - Crazian

for the week of September 28th


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Surprised that you once again open Raw for the second week in a row, especially with the Raw before Mania, with a non main event feud. The Cabana was well written, but felt like it could went a couple minutes longer. Great booking on not having the segment come to a brawl, as it leaves the question of who will win at Mania. However it looks like JBL will be leaving Mania as the new IC Champion, and thus becoming a Grand Slam Champion.

Good opening match that as you pointed out in the match summary was to get over Londrick as a tag team on a wider audience which was done. Cade and Murdoch put on a great match as well, but this was Londrick's match to win. I have a feeling the other two teams will face each other on Smackdown. As far as the Michaels/Maria segment went, I must say that I like how Maria is being used in this thread. As far as Michaels' comments, it felt like the old Shawn Michaels speaking which was good, and I'm interested in the match at Mania.

Being the mark that you are for Mickie, I was expecting this promo to be great. And it was. I like how with the interaction between Mickie and Trish, you mentioned the whole buildup between Mickie and Trish leading into their Mania match last April at Mania 22. As far as tag team match, great way of putting over the power and strength of Umaga and Show. Somehow you have made this interpromotional feud really interesting, and I wonder what team is going to win at Mania.

Really great Orton video, as it was well written and felt very realistic. Victoria winning was expected as her losing before her match at Mania would not make much sense. As far as her attacking the two jobbers, that was original especially the Widow's Peak to one of the jobber, but I understand why it was done, and I must say this is the most anticpated Women's Championship match that will be taking place in BTB in quite some time.

The Austin/Angle segment was excellent. I like how Austin came out to the ring immediately and Angle was not afraid to tell Austin to his face what he was going to say before Austin came out to the ring. The only thing about the promo, that I didn't like was the stunner and beer bash, as that makes it seem like Austin will be losing at Mania. Edge's video promo was better than Orton in that it showed Edge from the beginning in a sense to his rise as champion, and then the beginning of the feud with Orton.

The eight man tag match did its purpose in getting over the wrestlers involved in the match. Van Dam pinning Masters for the win was good. As far as the post match segment, that just put over the matches at Mania even more.

Great rundown from both commentary teams for Mania. The Michaels' video was the best of the three. I see that you stated that the main event started at 11:01 PM ET and Raw went into overtime. Great finish with Edge getting the clean win. Edge spears Mercury, but is hit with the RKO from the champ, who is then floored with SCM by Michaels as Michaels does his taunt, which was a great way to end the show. I have a feeling based on the end segment for this show that Edge is leaving Mania as the champion!

Overall Comments: Excellent show leading into Mania. I'm looking forward to Smackdown and the review from you for Raw. I know quite a bit are saying that you and I have huge PPVs for the next month, your Mania and my StarrCade. I just want to say that I know that your Mania will live up to the hype as the shows leading towards Mania have been top notch.

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Cabana was very good, well written and played out. Both men in character and sounding as good as can be, and this feud has never really been all too highly built until this final show, I am still thinking JBL takes the cake at Mania, but this was quite the promo to kick off the show, a good opener, despite it not being as KOM stated, a main event level feud

Showcase for the SD! champs is good, going over Cade/Murdoch to get them in the momentum heading into WM, where they'll need it to co-exist with Benji/Helms. Cade & Murdoch could do with more than jobbing tbh

HBK seemed like a new man in this interview, the old HBK. Maria wasn't too funny tonight, but got her ditzyness across as always and Michaels' promo was short but sweet, I see him stunning both Edge & Orton to win the title, I'd mark hard

Haha Mickie sucking up to the divas, Trish pwning her as always, and Mickie walking off in a fit. LOL, Trish needs the title plz. I like how Mickie quickly turned from ass kisser to bitch

WHOA! Umaga & Show over JOBBERS!!!111! As if that wasn't gonna happen. They're getting the harder build for WM, which is why I can see SD! winning it somehow. AAE is gold, keep him around plz. Not a fan of two short matches so far, but I guess, with the amount of promo's there will be tonight, it's fair

Wow, Victoria gives a Widows Peak to a guy? She handles to jobbers? You really want MJ to go over the most hard pushed womens match ever don't you? Her beating Melina was enough momentum, I gotta say, I've never seen a thread with Victoria looking SO dominant

Promo of the month here. Austin was total gold. Angle was gold. Both men in character, both men made the promo everything it could and should be. I have a slight sense that Austin may just sneak a WM win and stop becoming the "old man jobber" considering Angle is only a few years younger than him. Sadly, with the ending of Austin giving Angle a Stunner, I don't see that happening

Loved this match, I knew the 8 Man Tag would be a show stealer. RKO Army is really in tatters, and they get wasted afterwards by RVD & Sabu, poor Masters is done for. Typical Orton greediness afterwards, no compassion for Masters, and this time it's interesting to note that they all seemed upset with Ortons behaviour, not just Nitro & Doane. End of the Army soon? Yah

- Onto these videos that have aired during. HBK & Edge's were quality, Orton's was solid. I think it gives a special build for each man in the final show before the Grandaddy of them All. Liked them alot

Main event was noticeably short but you explained that well, good match and Orton had to be involved didn't he? Edge going over Michaels takes some steam off the HBK run which had been building quite well, so it's gonna be one intriguing match at WM, with nothing between the three of them now really

Great job as always Mac. 8.25/10

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DD Mac's Final Raw before Wrestlemania Review

Woah Wrestlemania is coming along nicely then by the sound of things and i am certainly hyped about it.

Anyway lets get this review rolling.

Opening Promo - The cabana is always a good choice to start and this was one hell of a good start. Carlito and JBL were very well written and you captured their personality well. I liked the fact that JBL thought he was better than everyone else. I think it would have been a little bit better booking-wise if ou actually had a little fight break out as sort of a Wrestlemania preview, instaed of the promo ending with them both walking out. Anyway it added a little bit of hype for Wrestlemania which was good.

Match One - It's always good to see an interpromotional match on a TV show before Wrestlemania and you pulled this off well. it was a good match to read and had its fair share of action. I think you should have had Raw's superstars win seeing as the match took place at Raw. But I'm glad you had all four of them get a standing ovation after the match instead of making one team look better than the other.

Michales interview - WOW I really love your take on Shawn Michaels. Whenever I read a btb i always hope that Michaels is portrayed as a tweener like the one in yours. he seems so much better and enjoyable to read and I assume its the same when writing him. I was marking out because I thought he was going to superkick maria lol but then he didn't. na only joking i loved him going down all the possible reasons and now this feud is picking up, I can see a Michaels/Edge match coming for Backlash.

Mickie and co - I like the way you know all the facts about last years Wrestlemania and i like the way Mickis tried to get back to being friends with Trish. I don't think i liked the segment on a whole but it was a pretty interesting angle you have going there. Im now just assuming Trish will come and help her anyway.

Match Two - like you said, a simple squash match, it was nice to see a squash match though because it keeps the shoe flowing and keeps things nice and realistic.

Estrada - He was very in character and this was a great promo. Short and sweet and it got straight to the point. I think i can see these going to Smackdown this week, which wouldnt be a bad thing. And again i admire your booking skills here as i said earlier, interpromotional feuds and matches are always good heading into a big ppv like Mania.

Mickie again - Okay this just confused me, hopefully we get answers later on. Oh and when you said she was eating an orange, the way you described it made me laugh, i could picture it perfectly! Nice one!

Video package - Now this was unusual in btb and it was also very clever. it added alot of hype to the wrestlemania match in only a few minutes of footage. I liked this and it was clever booking again Mac. Very nice little promo here.

Match Three - I knew Victoria would win but it was the aftermath I was really looking forward to. And what an aftermath it was. Now that little segment earlier isnt so confusing. It was funny how even the men couldnt get past Victoria. God knows how Mickie will at Wrestlemania. But this is once again good booking because it makes us wonder whether she actually will be able to retain at mania.

Angle/Austin - It was a nice shock to see Austin come out so quickly when Angle had only said one line. Angle was in character as was Austin and i love these kind of promos the last one before a big match they are always intense and fun to read. I am glad that you had a little fight so to speak after this promo. It was great to see Austin stunner Angle too because now he has more hype going into Wrestlemania. Another nice promo Mac and im really enjoying this raw so far.

Edge - Another nice little feature and i can see what your doing. Each man in the main event will have one I'm guessing. Nice words and he was in character which made it more enjoyable to read.

8 man tag - Nice winners for this match and an enjoyable read for the most part. I did get a little bit bored but that's probably because it's 1 in the morning here lol. The aftermath again was extremely good aswell and that i enjoyed more than the match itself.

Wrestlemania hype - The announcers doing the usual run down of the card was good and extremely detailed, well done! Everything became so clear after reading this.

Michaels video - another cool segment, which again was a great amount of hype in under 5 minutes. This match is looking fantastic on paper thanks to all these promos and things. Shawn was in character again and i liked the three promos by each men tonight.

main Event - a great match and the best so far tonight. The ending of the match was cleverly thought out and it made things a hell of a lot more interesting to say the least. The aftermath to this match was also the best, the sweet chin music was unpredictable at the same time not unpredictable. It was good to see Michales get the upper hand heading into mania but i still don't see him winning the gold.

Overall - another brilliant shoe DD Mac and i am so glad i have started reading and reviewing your thread as it is the best in the btb section along with some other great threads Nice show and i cant wait until Smckdown or Wrestlemania!
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Raw Review

The cabana is a good way to start the show and it was a very well written intense promo between the two. Both men were well in chracter and as Renegade said it was good to see the promo not end with a brawl as that most of the time usually gives away who will win the match.

Good to see the Hooligans on Raw but i would of thought that they would of faced either AMW or MNM or even had a post match brawl but that can still happen on Smackdown i suppose. Good victory for the Hooligans to get them over but i would like to see Cade and Murdoch get pushed into the tag title scene post Mania.

Nice little HBK promo here, came off a little heelish in the promo which was nice to see and am personally hoping that he walks away with the title but i have got a feeling that Edge will walk away with the belt.

Lol at Mickie sucking up to Trish for help. Great interaction between the two bringing up their feud from 2006 and looks like Mickie is going to have to do the job by herself but i expect her to win because of your bias for her

SQUASH! Can't really comment on this match because i don't know who the Jobbers are but i am guessing it is Brian and Brett Major. Lol AAE is gold also got to say well done for keeping this interpromotional feud more enjoyable than it should be.

Orton video hype looked very good and is quite possibly the first time i have seen this done in a thread by my memory strangely enough

Good victory for Victoria giving her some momentum into WM. Didn't see the need of her squashing two men aswell tbh, got to say my pick for this match is with Mickie now looking at how strong Victoria looks at the moment.

Awesome promo here, both men were spot on character. Was a bit of a shock to see Austin come out so early before Angle can do his speech. Was a great confrontation between the two of them and enjoyed both mens speeches. Angle getting the stunner at the end makes me think that he will get the victory at Mania but hopefully i am wrong.

Hype video for Edge was good just like Ortons and you are giving the Raw main event for Mania alot of buildup which is the right thing to do as it is the biggest match on the biggest stage.

8 man tag was Match of the Night and i am guessing that this match was put on just to put everyone on the card before they compete at Wrestlemania. Seemed like a very enjoyable match through the match summary. Poor Chris Masters gets his ass kicked after the match. Interesting to see Orton's response and then Rated RKO's responce to Orton and looks like we are going to see the end of the army very soon.

Main event was suprisingly short but you had reason for that, was not expecting Edge to get the victory as i thought this had no contest written all over it and makes Edge look very strong going into Wrestlemania despite Orton's interference. Saw something like that coming for the aftermath however and HBK stands tall and Orton looks like the real underdog for this match at present time.

Overall was a very good hype show for Wrestlemania. The Austin/Angle promo was the standout segment of the show but it is the main event for Raw which i really am looking forward to. 8.5/10
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Man, I don't know. I was bored and had nothing to do so I decided to check out the BTB section. This seems to be the standout thread right about now and if I'm gonna read I could as well give my two cents so here goes.

The Cabana was a great way to start the show. You captured JBL's character perfectly and the material was tops. I kinda felt that JBL dominated the promo slightly but that's not a big deal. Good segment.

Not much going on with the opening match but it served its purpose. Really enjoyed Maria/Michaels backstage. Short and sweet.

The next segment didn't do much for me but it got over the fact that Victoria is the favorite (momentum/kayfabe wise) going into Mania which I liked.

Basic squash followed by a promo from Estrada. Leading up to Show and Maga making an appearance on SD I would think. Smart booking.

The video packages for HBK, Edge and Orton were all very good and they added that little extra to the Mania build. Well done.

Victoria over Melina to keep her looking strong going into Mania. Out comes the women's champion with those two scrawny dudes and Victoria fucks 'em up. This was a bit over the top imo but it accomplished what it was meant to. Mickie is the underdog heading into the PPV title match.

Awesome promo from Austin and Angle. Just great stuff from both men with Stone Cold getting the last laugh before WM. Quality.

The 8 man tag was the MOTN for sure. Great action and a hell of a finish. I think Doane has a pretty good chance in MITB.

Solid main event which added more excitement to the upcoming Three Way Dance. WrestleMania 23 is going to be a hell of a show. Good stuff, Mac.

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RAW Review (WWE 2007 & Beyond)

S1 (Carlito's Cabana - Guest = JBL): I've always had great difficulty buying Carlito has a face, but, when you book him against someone like JBL, who, once did a promo on illegal immigration, the mix and match is right there. It was a great opening segment with great intensity.

S2 (Kendrick & London v. Cade & Murdoch): Good little matchup between two good teams. Good way to also put over the SD! Tag Team Champions by having them defeat a RAW team.

S3 (Interview, Maria & HBK): Boy, this interview took me back to a time where Michaels was standing in the middle of a RAW ring, wearing denim jeans, a white shirt, and a little cutoff at the shoulder vest, being interviewed by JR and just letting the fans have it, I loved it.

S4. (Backstage, Mickie & Trish): Woah, Mickie let the "B" word out, ouch. Didn't understand the whole idea behind this promo, but, it was well written nonetheless. (What I mean is, as this been recurring on Mickie's part, trying to get Divas to do stuff for her...)

S5. (Show & Umaga v. Jobbers + Estrada Promo): It's somethind I do miss, the days of Squash matches that actually meant something. I really digged the AAE promo, to me, a dead on impersonation, personally liked the "come se dice" line. But wait, a promo without Heyman even uttering one word!?!?!?!? The sky's about to fall on us!!!

S6. (Backstage, Mickie James): Interesting...

S7. (Video, Orton): Awesome video, it brought me back to the days where JR actually spoke as the narrator on promotional videos in '97 or so.

S8. (Melina v. Victoria): I loved Victoria as a face back when she was Champion in '04. Major way to put Victoria over against two skinny jobbers, I can only say one thing, Mickie's either going down in the books as the best of her generation, or Victoria will end a long reign and rightfully get her title back.

*Nice to incorporate a recap of your last show, gives me a way to acquaint myself with your other show*

S9. (In the ring, Angle & Austin): Maybe one of the toughest opponents in Austin's career, and they're going to face off at Mania! Great, great promo, ending it with a classic "Let's-Drink-And-then-I-Stunner-Your-Ass" with a added little twist as a testament to one of Kurt's 3 I's, Intelligence, until he got dropped!

S10. (Video, Edge): Awesome job with these videos mate. Nuff said.

S11. (Doane, Masters, Nitro & Mercury v. RVD, Sabu, Harris & Storm): Great match from top to bottom. I give you props for having Fonzie back up Van Dam & Sabu. To me, he's in the top 5 best managers of all-time. Loved the whistle too. AMW v. MNM all gold written all over it. Doane finally getting his real name back (big props for that also) and getting a real deserving push is great. And do you finish up all of this, ARABIAN FACEBUSTER!! Too bad Styles wasn't there to call this one particular spot!

S12. (Wrestlemania 23 rundown): Boy, amazing card. Even a matchup I couldn't care for less between the 4 big guys is somewhat picking my curiosity with the Coach & BDP factor attached to it.

S13. (Video, HBK): Again, what can you say, amazing job with these videos all through the night. Boy, it gives me goosebumps thinking of Michaels speaking like that and dropping those promos.

S14. (HBK v. Edge): Good match and great way to build Wrestlemania up, hope HBK walks out the champion!

Realism = 9.5/10
Length = 10/10
Quality/Entertainment = 9.5/10
Spelling/Grammar = 9.5/10
Matches/Booking = 9.5/10

Overall = 92/100 (A)

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The FINAL stop on the long road to WrestleMania will be upon us when Friday Night SmackDown rolls into Battle Creek, Michigan.

"The Boss" John Cena has promised to call out The Undertaker on SmackDown just two short days before WrestleMania 23. Will the Doctor of Thuganomics come through on his guarantee and call out The Phenom? And will The Deadman even be in the arena to accept the challenge of the brash but dominant challenger to his WrestleMania winning streak?

Last week on SmackDown, "The Game" Triple H took it upon himself to Pedigree his WrestleMania opponent, hated rival, and then tag team partner, The Rock, effectively costing himself and The Rock a match against Kane and Mark Henry. This week on SmackDown, the self-proclaimed King of Kings pays for his actions when he takes on Kane and Mark Henry in a Handicap Match! Will The Game be able to survive the onslaught of two monsters before facing The Rock in two days? Or will Triple H find himself limping into the grandest stage of them all?

Moreover, the 2007 Royal Rumble Winner Mr. Kennedy will take on the manager of the World Heavyweight Champion Batista, "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair. Will the Dirtiest Player in the Game be able to weaken up the number one contender before Batista gets him at WrestleMania? Or will Mr. Kennedy continue his roll right into Ford Field?

Plus, King Booker, and the New King's Court, "The Express" Elijah Burke and "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown, take on "The Real Deal" Bobby Lashley, "The Fighting Irishman" Finlay and the United States Champion William Regal.

Also, we can expect some interaction between Cruiserweight Champion Christopher Daniels and Rey Mysterio. As well as the two SmackDown tag teams involved in the Inter-promotional eight man tag at WrestleMania JUST TWO DAYS AWAY.

All this and more Friday night at 8/7CT on FX.

for the week of September 28th


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