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I've been totally mesmerised by this BTB fantastic!
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Monday Night Raw Preview:

The Pomp and Pagentry has long since passed, but now, so too has the Backlash. Off the heels of what was billed as one of the most historically significant PPV events in WWE history, the face of the company could well be changed forever, as Mister McMahon is no more. Indeed, in poetic fashion, Mister McMahon was ousted at Backlash in the same building where the tyranny all began a decade ago; The Bell Centre in Montreal. Outsmarted by his wife, who called on the services of the fired Eric Bischoff, and the indefinately suspended Brock Lesnar, John Cena was able to defeat Kurt Angle, and leave 'The Boss' a quivering wreck - the final image of Vince McMahon to ever be seen on WWE television.

Tonight, Vancouver plays host to Raw, as a new era begins ... but little information has been brought forward, as to what we can expect. Linda McMahon is expected to announce a new general manager to run Raw, but as yet, no matches are yet signed for tonights broadcast.

Two men that WILL NOT be available on Raw will be Triple H, and the man who successfully retained the World Heavyweight Championship last night, Christian. After a hellacious half hour inside the Hell in a Cell structure, Christian finally proved to The Game that he did have the 'Killer Instinct' to finish the job, defeating Triple H with a sickening blow to the head from Triple H's own sledgehammer. After spending the night in a hospital bed, Christian has been sent home under doctors orders after excessive blood loss ... but Triple H's condition appears to be far worse. According to reports, The Game is still in a serious condition in hospital - but tonight on Raw, his wife, Stephanie McMahon, will address all the rumours surrounding her husband, via satellite. Just how serious is Triple H's condition?? And has the Hell in the Cell device taken one more career??

Meanwhile, Melina continues to threaten to 'expose' the womens champion, Alexis Laree. In recent weeks, Melina has claimed to have access to deep, dark secrets about Alexis Laree's past, and it appears to be affecting the champion in recent weeks. Last night, Laree managed to defeat Victoria and retain her title, but sooner or later, the champion must address the rumours surrounding her past. Will it be tonight??

Off the back of Backlash, Raw now has it's exclusive Money in the Bank holder ... Umaga. With the Samoan Bulldozer still undefeated, is it now simply a matter of time before the one man wrecking machine lays claim to the World Heavyweight Championship?? Whilst Umaga was able to celebrate winning the guaranteed title shot, Shelton Benjamin was able to celebrate becoming a three time Intercontinental Champion, at the expense of Rey Mysterio. However, given the circumstances of his loss, will Mysterio be looking to cash in his return match immediately?? Straight Edge also got the final word on MNM, finally proving to their long time rivals just who the dominant team on Raw is. What lies in the future of both of these teams?? Find out all these answers on Raw.



Yeah, I'm afraid it's not much of a preview. Forgiveness please. It's also not the most star studded show of all time, but stick with it please. Show up on Friday or Saturday.
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The preview is more than enough. Just get the show posted please.

Oh, and I still have hope that VINCENT K. MCMAHON~! will find some way of returning to power. There has to be.
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^Disagree. Fuck Vince and keep him out of the greatest thread in BTB history forever. Time some new guys to shine, baby

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TKOW told me he killed you. Good to see that was not the case.
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YEAH!!!! Wolfy is Back. Can't wait for Raw and to see how stuff shapes up heading towards Judgment Day
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No time like the present, I guess...

Monday Night Raw | April 23 2007 | Vancouver BC

Clips from last night at Backlash, where Mister McMahons world fell apart, as he encountered a severe Backlash, as Eric Bischoff and Brock Lesnar would return with Linda McMahon, ultimately costing Kurt Angle against John Cena, banishing the Chairman of the Board from WWE television … forever.

Opening Video


Jim Ross: WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF A NEW DAWN!!! Tonight, the WWE will begin the post-McMahon era, as the Chairman of the Board is BANISHED from television … FOREVER!!! The McMahon Family Empire has crumbled, as last night at Backlash, not only was Kurt Angle beaten by John Cena, with timely help from Linda McMahon, Eric Bischoff and yes, even Brock Lesnar. Karma, truly is a bitch for Mister McMahon!!! Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I’m Jim Ross, joined at ringside as always, by The Coach.

Commentary falls silent for a moment, as the camera pans to our announcers, with The Coach just staring at J.R, looking fed up.

The Coach: You really are loving this, aren’t ya?

Jim Ross: Damn right Coach. That no good son of a bitch humiliated me more than enough times on air. I’m delighted that our egomaniacal boss will be stuck in the boardroom from this day on.

The Coach: Be careful what you wish for J.R. Without Mister McMahon to keep order, this place could fall apart at the seams.


The theme of Linda McMahon hits inside the arena, with the fans popping for the robotic McMahon family member. Linda steps onto the stage, with a mic in hand, not walking to the ring, but remaining on the stage. Meanwhile, we hear The Coach throw papers down in disgust.

The Coach: What have we done to deserve this clown?! You cannot sit there J.R and tell me you’d rather see Linda McMahon on your television screen than Mister McMahon.

Jim Ross: I can, and I will.

The Coach: You corporate suck up!! At least one of us is out here calling it like it is.

Jim Ross: Short term memory Coach??

The Coach: Was that a question, or was that a confession, old timer??

Jim Ross: I think you know what I meant, Coach. You’ve sat out here for months, almost literally kissing Vince McMahons rear end-

The Coach: Unlike you, who actually did kiss the bosses ass.

Jim Ross: And I bet you’ve never been more jealous.

The Coach: Just stop trying to score points J.R. Try and act professionally for once, will you??

Linda McMahon motions for the music to cut, and gets to her talking bit. The joy.

Linda McMahon: Good evening Vancouver.

Cheap pop.

Linda McMahon: And ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that I stand here before you all, with my husband, Vince McMahon … BANISHED from WWE television, forever.

Huge pop. Linda smiles, and claps the audience.

Linda McMahon: Vince, what comes around, goes around. How fitting that the narcissistic side of my husband, that rose to prominence nearly ten years ago, was killed off, once and for all, in the very place it was born, Montreal.

Another, albeit smaller, pop.

Linda McMahon: And, how fitting that it was those whom Vince thought he had dispensed of unfairly over the last month of his power hungry regime, that ultimately cost him last night.

Minimal pop.

Linda McMahon: While the events that occurred last night are undeniably controversial … sometimes you have to fight fire with fire, and last night, I had to throw my own sense of fair play out of the window to tackle Vince.

Linda pauses.

Linda McMahon: I did what I felt I had to do, for the wellbeing, and the future of this company. And the WWE without Vince McMahon eating up television time to boost his ego, is, without a doubt, the best for the company.

Pop from some sections.

Linda McMahon: Now, all my husband has to worry about is the business side of things. And, honestly, not only is it the best place for Vince … it is also the best place for me.

Slightly subdued response from the fans.

Linda McMahon: For far too long, you, the WWE fans, have to had to listen and watch the constant bickering, and infighting of the McMahon family. But tonight, that stops. Vince is no longer a factor, and Shane and Stephanie … well, whatever they choose to do, so be it. But tonight, I’m making an executive decision to step out of the spotlight.

Little response.

Linda McMahon: But before I do take a backseat, there are still a number of issues I need to address. The first of which … as of right now … the indefinite suspension of Brock Lesnar is hereby LIFTED.

Huge pop. Even though he’s not appearing tonight - since he’s been drafted to Smackdown.

Linda McMahon: And of course, someone needs to keep order on Monday Night Raw.

Small pop from the fans, who can probably guess the identity of the ‘new’ GM.

Linda McMahon: However, that someone will not take over the reigns until next week on Raw … but he will be here later tonight to address you, the WWE fans.

Mixed reaction.

Linda McMahon: But that leaves us with no one to run tonight’s show. So, for one night only, I have appointed an interim General Manager. And what better way to show my gratitude for his superhuman effort last night at Backlash, than to present the interim General Manager of Raw … JOHN CENA!!!


It’s a thunderous initial reaction for the music of Cena, eventually turning into a mixed reaction, as always, for the divisive superstar.

The Coach: You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Me. Have I stumbled upon a parallel universe?? Is John Cena really gonna be runnin the show tonight?? J.R, I think I’ve just seen the first sign of the apocalypse.

Cena strides onto the stage, initially looking the part, with a proper suit, complete with tie and jacket. Cena shakes hands with Linda, then makes his way down the aisle.

Jim Ross: Anything can happen on Monday Night Raw, folks. And you are seeing that as we speak. Tonight, we have an interim General Manager, for one night only, the former World Heavyweight Champion, the man that stuck the final nail in the coffin of Mister McMahon last night, is in charge. John Cena is your boss tonight, Coach!!!

The Coach: This is absurd. Linda McMahon is making a mockery of her husbands company!! How can you justify putting talent in charge?? That scheming witch has let the power get to her head!!!

Cena enters the ring, listening to the majority cheers, smiling and nodding. He takes a mic, and waits for the music to die down, before speaking.

John Cena: Well, well, well.

Smiling, Cena allows the fans reaction to take over for a moment, with boos also there.

John Cena: Before I get started … Vancouver, make some noise for Mrs Linda McMahon!!

Big pop for Linda.

John Cena: Now-

Cena cuts himself off, looking down at his attire for the evening. He looks up, with a fairly unsure look on his face.

John Cena: Actually, before I get started … somethin aint right here …

He points to the suit, turning to the other sides of the audience, looking for a reaction. He shakes his head at the suit … then rips it off, revealing his normal attire, throwing the tattered clothes into the audience.


Mainly cheers from the fans, but of course, the boos filter through.

John Cena: No business suits, no corporate chit chat, it’s just the same John Cena you get, week in, week out!! And tonight, every single decision I make will be for the benefit of every single man, woman and child in this building!!!

Mixed reaction again.

John Cena: So, first on tonight’s agenda, just like Linda McMahon said, the next permanent General Manager of Raw is gonna make himself known.

Small pop.

John Cena: Outta my hands. BUT- I’m callin the shots tonight, I’m makin the matches … but we got ourselves a little bit of problem.

Mixed response.

John Cena: Y’see … tonight, the roster is a little bit bare.

Boos from the fans.

John Cena: For starters, Kurt Angle hasn’t shown up.

Mixed reaction, with a lot of fans unhappy that Angle isn’t here tonight.

John Cena: He’s probably too busy cryin down the phone to Vinnie Mac, praying that this nightmare he’s experiencing isn’t gonna last much longer. Well Kurt … GET USED TO IT!!! SUCK IT UP, GET ON WITH YO LIFE!!!

Pop. Cena nods, but motions that he hasn’t finished yet.

John Cena: But Kurt aint the only one that’s cried off tonight. Nitro and Mercury are AWOL, and that big Samoan freak Umaga aint here, which means his handler aint showin up either. And if anyone knows where a guy like Umaga likes to hang out … answers on a postcard.

Mixed reactions.

John Cena: Triple H aint here, he’s in a hospital bed in Montreal with a tennis ball sized lump on his head.


John Cena: And, under doctors orders … Christian aint here either.


John Cena: Now, speaking of the champ-

Small pop cuts off Cena.

John Cena: At Backlash last night, the guy was incredible. The guts, the pride and the heart he showed was simply incredible. Last night, he wouldn’t be broken- he COULDN’T be broken, he wouldn’t quit- HELL, HE DIDN’T KNOW HOW!!!

Huge pop.

John Cena: The respect I got for Christian … after his performance last night inside Hell in a Cell … double it. No- triple it. Aw, to hell with that, DOUBLE IT, THEN TRIPLE IT AND TIMES IT BY A MILLION!!!

Another big pop for Cenas show of respect for the Canadian hero. In the ring though, Cenas expression has changed.

John Cena: But Christian … now that Vince McMahon has been taken care of … that word is runnin through my mind yet again.

The camera closes in on Cena.

John Cena: REMATCH!!!

Echoes of the night after WrestleMania, when Cena said the exact same thing, with a lot of fans seemingly excited to see the rematch.

John Cena: You and I, man to man, face to face, head to head, nose to nose, eyeball to eyeball … in the sequel to THE greatest main event in WrestleMania history, BAR NONE!!

Pop, even if Cena has a slightly bloated view of the match.

John Cena: The dust has settled, the smoke has cleared, and all the obstacles have been cleared … IF YOU WANT SOME … COME GET SOME!!! You name the place, tell me the time, AND THROUGH HELL OR HIGH WATER, I … WILL … BE THERE!!!

Rousing response, with a ‘CENA’ chant faintly started in the background. Cena pauses, and allows the chant to pick up, but it dies down pretty quickly.

John Cena: But hey, don’t be thinkin I’m gettin drunk on power here. I aint namin myself as the Number One Contender. In fact, in tonight’s main event, we’re gonna crown the next contender for the World Heavyweight Championship!!

Big pop.

John Cena: Like I said, I aint gonna pull a Vince McMahon, and put myself in the match, that aint my style. Instead, it’s gonna be a triple threat, with three of the most deserving guys in the back getting the shot.

Cena takes a moment, and waits, before continuing.

John Cena: The first guy is undoubtedly on a roll right now. Just last night, this kid became the Intercontinental Champ for the third time, and tonight, I’m givin him the chance to get his first shot at the World title … SHELTON BENJAMIN!!!

Heat. Cena pulls a face, and shifts his eyes back and forth, before mouthing to the camera ‘sorry’.

John Cena: And in the interests of fairness, this second guy is also deserving of a shot at the biggest prize in the game … REY MYSTERIO!!!

Big pop.

John Cena: And the third man in tonight’s main event … well, unlike his two opponents, this guy is no stranger to World Championships, and since he came THIS close to winning that Money in the Bank briefcase last night … I think it’s only right that SHAWN MICHAELS gets another chance tonight!!!

We’re still in Canada, but the reaction isn’t too severe for HBK tonight. It’s fairly even.

John Cena: And to make sure that tonight’s main event goes off without a hitch … there’s gonna be a special guest referee …

Cena looks around, trying to build up suspense.

John Cena: And just because I’m callin the shots, it don’t mean I cant get involved in the ring … so that special guest referee is gonna be … ME!!!

Big pop.

John Cena: Vancouver, I suggest you strap yourselves in, because I promise ya … with me in the hotseat … you are in for A HELL OF A RIDE!!!

Cena chucks the mic behind him, as the music plays, with the interim GM leaving the ring.

Jim Ross: There you have it folks, John Cena, the General Manager for one night only, has signed a terrific main event, with championship implications. A triple threat match between three of the most gifted athletes on Monday Night Raw, with the winner becoming the Number One Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship!!! The new Intercontinental Champion, Shelton Benjamin, Rey Mysterio, and the Heart Break Kid himself, Shawn Michaels!!! And, as if that wasn’t enough, how about John Cena pulling on the stripes, and calling the action - tonight, Cena is the special guest referee!!!

The Coach: (Over the top, and totally insincere) All hail Saint Cena.

Jim Ross: Be that as it may, John Cena did touch on the unforgettable Hell in a Cell match we witnessed last night at Backlash, and as he said, both participants are unable to be here tonight, but we will give you all an update on the conditions of both men later this evening.

The Coach: Yeah, and no Kurt Angle, no Umaga, no MNM. What type of operation is this joker runnin??

Jim Ross: I’m sure there will be ramifications for all those men, believe me. It’s just a shame you didn’t join them.

The Coach: You aint kidding. I just hope they’re going on strike, until Mister McMahon is restored to power.

Jim Ross: Don’t hold your breath partner. And don’t forget, later tonight, we will find out the identity of the new General Manager of Raw. It’s all to come, TONIGHT ON RAW!!!

Commercial Break

Match 1:
Harry Smith & Paul Burchill w/ Katie Lea vs. The Brotherhood w/ Theodore Long & Mark Henry
Quick fire tag contest, as the burgeoning ‘British Lions’ continue to impress together, with the talent of the young Smith and the raw, untamed aggression of Burchill meshing well. The match eventually breaks down with Mark Henry on the outside throwing his weight into the equation, hammering it out with Burchill, whilst Smith is left to tackle both Monty Brown and JTG, but is unable to get the better of the pair. On the outside, Burchill eliminates Henry by shoving him through the steel steps, giving him the chance to rescue his partner. Inside, Burchill quickly dumps Monty over the top rope, and gets the better of JTG, whilst Smith picks himself up and keeps Brown on the outside, as Katie Lea distracts Long to allow Burchill to finish off JTG with the Curb Stomp, and gets the cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: The British Lions @ 04:29

Burchill and Smith pick up their first official win as a tandem, ousting The Brotherhood, off the back of Burchills one on one victory over Mark Henry last night prior to Backlash. Smith and Katie Lea join Burchill back inside, whilst The Brotherhood regroup on he outside.

Jim Ross: Are we witnessing the beginning of something special here Coach?? Smith and Burchill have gelled tremendously quickly here already. Given the raw animalistic tendencies of the undefeated Burchill, and the untapped potential of young Harry Smith, these two ‘British Lions’ could make waves in the tag team division on Raw.

The Coach: Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here J.R. They’ve won ONE match, and that was more than likely just a blip for my boys, The Brotherhood.

Jim Ross: We’re both entitled to our opinions Coach, and I like the look of this tandem. A tremendous blend of talent, that I, personally, believe could go far. Just like I said Straight Edge would.

The Coach: Oh, you had to throw that one in there, didn’t ya?? Your pet project, your boys, the paper tag team champs, CM Punk and Greg Helms.

Jim Ross: Well, you’ve had plenty of fun championing MNM for the last twelve months, and it was proven last night which team was the better of the two.

The Coach: Last night is ancient history pal.

Jim Ross: Ancient history that will live long in the memory of every single wrestling fan the world over. And folks, if you missed Backlash last night, I implore you today, to buy the replay. It will go down in history as one of the most historically significant Pay Per View events in WWE history. And two men last night put it ALL on the line - their bodies, their careers, their quality of life … all for one thing, and that is the richest prize in this industry. Christian and Triple H put everything on the line inside Hell in the Cell … and the demonic structure most certainly claimed another couple of victims. Neither man will ever be the same again, and in fact, neither man is able to be here tonight. Christian has been sent home from a local medical facility under doctors orders, and Triple H is STILL recuperating in a Montreal hospital as we speak. Later tonight, we will speak with the wife of The Game, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, who will update us on the condition of her husband, but right now, for those of you who didn’t buy Backlash last night, here is a brief look at what you missed inside that hellacious Hell in a Cell…

- {Still images, not video}
- Christian botches a suicide dive, and crashes into the cell, busting his forehead open as a result.
- Images of Triple H sending Christian into the upright steps in the ring.
- The Game consistently pounding the skull of his bloody opponent.
- Christian surprises Triple H with his seesaw kick on the ropes, into a chair, busting The Game open.
- Christian unloads with FIFTEEN chair shots to the body of the challenger.
- The Champion introduces a ladder, but comes unstuck, as Triple H pulls it away as he climbs, with Christian hanging to the roof of the cell, and becoming a human pinata, before crashing onto the mat.
- Captain Charisma climbs the ladder again, but is tipped off it, and crashes into the cell wall for another sick bump.
- Triple H then goes for the sledgehammer, but still cant finish off Christian, who fights back once again.
- Christian kicks out of the Pedigree … and Triple H kicks out of the Unprettier.
- Then, with both men on their last legs, Christian gets to the sledgehammer before Triple H … and proves he has the ‘killer instinct’ by blasting the challenger with the weapon to the skull, winning the brutal war.
- And the aftermath, with Triple H wheeled out on a stretcher, and Christian eventually having to be helped out.


Back to ringside…

Jim Ross: A truly shocking turn of events, folks. Not for those of the weak of heart. A lot of blood loss inside Hell in the Cell last night, and undoubtedly … years taken off both mens careers. Tonight, we will determine the next contender for Christians title, when the new Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin takes on the man he defeated for the title last night, Rey Mysterio, and the living legend himself, HBK Shawn Michaels. And it’ll be officiated by our special guest referee - the interim General Manager - JOHN CENA!!! That’s all still to come tonight folks, don’t go anywhere.

Commercial Break

We return backstage, with SANTINO MARELLA, flanked by the 2005 & 2006 Diva Search Winners, Leyla & Layla. The smiling Italian walks down the hall, stopping at the door marked ‘JOHN CENAS OFFICE’. Without a seconds thought, the cocky uncontracted superstar strides into the office, with Cena sat at his desk, chilling out, with his feet up on the table. The interim GM has a wry smile on his face, as Marella stands proud in the middle of the office.

Santino Marella: John Chena, you owe me. Last-a month, after I - SANTINO MARELLA - exposed you as a fraud, when I revealed to-a the world, that you are notta doctor, you Effed me in the ring!!!

Cena overacts his shock as the last few words, standing up.

John Cena: Let’s quickly correct that, Santino. I gave you an F-U. I certainly did not, and will never, ‘Eff’ you in the ring - or anywhere else for that matter.

Cena looks to Leyla & Layla, making sure they understand what he’s getting at.

Santino Marella: A-be that as it may Chena, I think I’m owed a- a-how you say … favour??

Rubbing his chin, Cena seems confused.

John Cena: Let me guess, Santino. You want a chance to win yourself a contract, right??

Santino Marella: Ha!! Correct. I jussa want one match, and if I win, you will give me a contract to wrestle here on-a Raw!!

Cena smirks, and nods.

John Cena: Alright. What the heck, why not. You go get your gear on, and tonight, if you win … I’ll write you up a contract before my shift is done.

Marella smiles.

Santino Marella: Ahhh, excellent. Now, which-a super the star will-a I be (starts shadow boxing) slugging it out with??

Santino continues to hop around, with his arms in the boxing stance.

John Cena: Oh, I’ve got just the guy. A real patsy … William Regal.

Marella halts his dancing, as the news sinks in. Cena, smiling heartily, pats Marella hard on the back, with the Italian stumbling toward the door.

John Cena: Good luck Sanny!!!

Cena salutes as the trio exit his office, with the interim GM turning, and looking proudly around his office, as we fade out…

And elsewhere, Theodore Long is stood in the middle of his Brotherhood, with all the groups attention on the mouthpiece.

Theodore Long: Alright playas, pick up ya ears and lemme holla at ya. Now ta’night, we gotta put the past behind us. Forget the Brits earlier playas, and lets focus on the big prize, ya feel may??

Long smiles, and puts his hands on the shoulders of Shelton Benjamin.

Theodore Long: Shelton, my boy, you are the chosen one. My boy, I HAVE A DREAM … and Shelton Benjamin … you are about to shine brighter than ever!!

Shelton nods, whilst JTG chips in with a ‘CH’YEAH!!’.

Theodore Long: That’s why you are the Black Diamond, ya feel?? It’s why you’ve become the Intercontinental Champ once again. Shelton Benjamin, my dream is your future … and your future is to take Tha Brotherhood to the promised land!!

Theodore moves back, and opens an arm out toward Shelton, looking at the other three members of the group.

Theodore Long: Boys, take a good look at this man. Take a good look at tha Black Diamond, Tha Intercontinental Champ, and after tonight … tha future WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP!!!

Long fixes his own jacket, preparing another statement, as JTG chips in again with another ‘CH’YEAH!!’.

Theodore Long: Tonight, OUR DREAM comes true playas … Tha Brotherhood gets a taste of the promised land …

The mouthpiece grins broadly, and proclaims…

Theodore Long: BELIEVE’ DAT!!!

The group back him up with a massive roar.

Commercial Break


Matt ‘The Talent’ Hardy races onto the stage, saluting the fans.

Jim Ross: Last night at Backlash, Matt Hardy was a split second away from obtaining the illustrious Money in the Bank contract, but ultimately, the Samoan Bulldozer, Umaga was victorious, and now the undefeated 350 pound savage has an opportunity to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship anytime in the next eleven months.

The Coach: And if Christian thought he was over the worst after Hell in a Cell last night … he’s got another thing coming!! A damn monster is what’s coming!!!

Jim Ross: Well, it would appear Umaga has taken the night off-

The Coach: With about half the Raw roster!! No one has any respect for John Cena and his authority. This is like a circus tonight, and we’ve got a clown running the show!!!

Jim Ross: I’d say it’s more a case of a lot of people being embarrassed over what went down last night at Backlash!! Kurt Angle cost Vince McMahon-

The Coach: No, no, no. Linda McMahon SCREWED her husband!!!


Tyson Tomko enters for the match, entering alone, with the McMahon Family Empire now officially dead.

The Coach: And by proxy, she has screwed this man too!! Tyson Tomko should’ve went on strike like Kurt Angle did, like MNM have-

Jim Ross: They aren’t on strike Coach, they’re too ashamed to show their faces!!! At least Tomko had the bottle to turn up for work this evening!!

Match 2:
Tyson Tomko vs. Matt Hardy
Two of the competitors from last nights Money in the Bank match get the chance to get back on track in this one, with Tomko now flying solo, with no McMahon Family back up on his side, and Triple H out of action, whilst Matt Hardy searches for his first singles win on Raw since his move from Smackdown, despite a strong of impressive performances against the likes of Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle. With both men looking to prove something, there is a sense of urgency from the outset, as the two trade blows back and forth, as Hardys stiff approach helps him to compete with his much bigger opponent, but it’s Tomko that eventually gains the upper hand due to his size and power advantage.

Hardy though, refuses to give in, and shows his tenacity and his never say die attitude, fighting back into contention, scoring near falls from his second rope leg drop, and the Side Effect. Matt then looks to finish the contest, setting up for the Twist of Fate - but the Problem Solver powers free, and then attempts a running big boot, but Matt avoids it, with Tomko catching his leg on the top rope, which allows Matt to take advantage, and delivers the Twist of Fate!!! Matt covers, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Matt Hardy @ 05:17

Matt Hardy finally gets onto winning ways, ousting Tyson Tomko in a decent showing for both men.

Jim Ross: He has grabbed the bull by the horns since being drafted to Raw, and tonight, Matt Hardy has made a significant leap toward his ultimate holy grail. A big win over a dangerous opponent will surely open doors for the elder Hardy here on Raw, and though he failed to capture the money in the bank briefcase last night, there are huge possibilities on the horizon for Matt Hardy.

The Coach: He’s looked mighty impressive since the draft, but he’s not the finished article just yet. A tonne of heart, no question about it, but the tools just arent on a par with the very best in the business just yet. Right now though, I gotta feel for Tyson Tomko. This guy is in limbo - he’s lost his closest ally in Mister McMahon, and Triple H- well, we just don’t know yet the severity of The Games injuries at Backlash.

Jim Ross: I cant say I’ve got any sympathy for him Coach. It’s a little thing I like to call karma. Tomko betrayed his best friend to jump into the bosses pocket, and that decision backfired dramatically.

Backstage, Cody Rhodes is stood in sweats, looking like he has just finished a training session, and grabs a towel, wiping his face. As he pulls the towel down, he jumps back, with the camera panning to show GOLDUST stood in front of him.

Cody Rhodes: What the hell Dustin?? You scared the hell outta me there.

Goldust purposely clears his throat. Cody sighs.

Cody Rhodes: Sorry, I meant, Goldust.

Goldust: Thank you.

Awkward silence. Cody shrugs, getting restless.

Cody Rhodes: Okay, so what do you want??

The Bizarre One stands statuesque for a moment, then wags his finger.

Goldust: Ohhhh Cody, p-p-p-p PLEASE don’t tell me you’ve already forgotten our little arrangement??

Cody shakes his head, remembering last weeks conversation.

Cody Rhodes: Oh no. Not happenin Dus- Goldust.

Goldust smirks, and closes in on Cody.

Goldust: Oh, but it is Cody. I made a promise last week Cody. I promised you guidance … AND BY GAWD G-G-GAWD, BY GAWD- AHHH, J-J J.R!!! BY GAWD, I WILL GUIDE YOU TO THE KING OF THE RING!!!

Goldust quivers, showing the nervous tick, before composing himself, and flicking his blonde wig behind his head.

Goldust: And your journey begins tonight.

The Bizarre One then grabs Cody by the shoulders.

Goldust: So first of all … HOW ABOUT A HUG!!!

Goldust clutches Cody tightly, hugging him, with Cody looking highly embarrassed, and not reciprocating the hug. Goldust then pulls away, smiling at Cody.

Goldust: Now … (wags his finger)… now the hard part.

The Bizarre One puts his arm around Cody, and leads him around the corner, where a wooden fence is set. Beside it is a tine of paint and a paintbrush. Cody rolls his eyes, knowing what is to come.

Cody Rhodes: That’s it, I’m out. This is ridiculous.

Cody tries to turn away, but Goldust grabs his arm, stopping him. Cody eyeballs Goldy, with Goldust slowly shaking his head.

Goldust: Believe in yourself Cody. YOU CAN DO THIS!! YOU CAN PAINT THIS FENCE!!!

Goldust grabs the paintbrush, and drags Cody to the fence.

Cody Rhodes: I cant believe I’m about to do this.

Goldust smiles and nods. Taking a different meaning to the last comment.

Goldust: THAT’S THE SPIRIT!!! BELIEVE!!! Now, it’s important that you remember the technique. An up and down motion, moving the hand like this.

Cody huffs, as Goldust demonstrates.

Goldust: Now, you try.

Goldust hands over the paintbrush, and then puts his hands on the shoulder of Cody, before whispering.

Goldust: And Cody, I want you to pass onto you a motto. When you need inspiration, when you need a boost … WHEN YOU JUST FEEL LIKE THE WORLD IS GETTING YA DOWN … remember … “Eye of the Tiger”

Goldust winks, and playfully slaps the face of Cody. He then steps back, and points to the fence.

Goldust: NOW GO TO WORK!!!

Cody grimaces, and ponders for a moment, before grudgingly turning and dips the brush into the paint, and begins to paint the fence.

Back to ringside…

Jim Ross: An- er… interesting approach??

The Coach: I’m sure I’ve seen that somewhere else y’know.

Jim Ross: Yeah, looks familiar. But the ‘training’ of course, is all in aide of the upcoming 2007 King of the Ring tournament, which Cody Rhodes will be part of, as the tournament will officially kick off next month. Sixteen superstars from Raw, and sixteen superstars from Smackdown will partake in the single elimination tournament, and will culminate on June 23, on NBC, as for the first time ever, Saturday Nights Main Event will host the final stages of the King of the Ring tournament.

The Coach: Oh boy, I cannot wait for that.

Jim Ross: The final eight will potentially compete three times in one night to earn the honour of King of the Ring, following of course in the footsteps of last years winner, Mister Kennedy, and a who’s who of WWE icons; Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Bret and Owen Hart, amongst many others.

The Coach: Kurt Angle for one!!

Jim Ross: Indeed, Kurt Angle was the 2000 King of the Ring, and Coach, the mention of Kurt Angle leads me nicely to our next piece. Folks, if you missed it, the end of the McMahon Family Empires regime over Raw, came to a shuddering halt last night at Backlash, when John Cena defeated Kurt Angle-

The Coach: OH COME ON!! Cant you give it a rest!!!

Jim Ross: If you missed it, you missed one of the most unforgettable nights in WWE folklore…

- Cena applies the STFU to Angle, with referee Nick Patrick grabbing Angles arm to prevent him from tapping out.
- The closing stages of the main event last night, with Tyson Tomko & Shane McMahon helping Kurt Angle, along with Mister McMahon to beat down Cena.
- Shane goes Coast to Coast, driving a trashcan through the prone body of Cena.
- The ankle lock is applied, and Vince demands the bell to be rung … but the request is refused.
- ‘HERE COMES THE PAIN’ blares into the arena, as Brock Lesnar, Eric Bischoff and Linda McMahon enter to a standing ovation.
- Lesnar obliterates everything in his path, whilst Eric gets revenge on Vince, handcuffing him, forcing him to watch Cena defeat Angle.
- A final shot of an inconsolable Mr. McMahon, on his knees, head buried into his hands.

Back into the arena, with the fans cheering. At ringside, Coach is furious, whilst JR has a wry smile on his face.

Jim Ross: Poetic justice. After a decade of running roughshod, abusing power, Mister McMahon has been brought to his knees, and will never be seen again.

J.R looks to Coach, with Coach looking away, refusing to comment.

Jim Ross: This night gets better. A mute Coach. Ladies and Gentlemen, in just a few moments, we will learn the identity of our new General Manager. Who will it be?? Well, we wont have to wait too long to find out.

Commercial Break


Into the arena. Nothing happens for a moment, with the fans getting a little restless … then …

**I‘M BACK**

It’s not an overwhelming pop, but it’s a surprisingly good reaction for ERIC BISCHOFF, as the reinstated General Manager of Raw steps into view. Bischoff milks the (average) ovation, with the fans not exactly taken aback, with the new GM hardly being a ‘shock’ appointment.

Bischoff strides down the aisle, with J.R talking about not always agreeing with his actions, but commending him on his actions in recent months, whilst Coach says literally the opposite. Eric gets into the ring, and picks up a mic left for him in the middle of the ring. He stands for a moment, with the trademark Bischoff smile etched on his face.

Eric Bischoff: I’ve got to tell you people, it feels great to be back.

Small pop.

Eric Bischoff: And like the song says, ‘better than ever’. Because now, I don’t have an ego-maniacal, power hungry boss breathing down my neck, stifling my area of expertise. And that area of expertise is to deliver the most spectacular matches, the most jaw dropping line ups, and above all else, the best of the best in television and sports entertainment.

Another small, miniscule pop.

Eric Bischoff: That’s what I do best, and from this night on, it’s what you can expect, week in, week out on Monday Nights.

Another cheer from the fans.

Eric Bischoff: Now, in the past, I’ve made some mistakes … slipped into some bad habits. I’ve allowed myself to have a vested interest in certain talent, I’ve bent the rules on occasion to suit my own goals and to punish others. Not anymore. This time, my agenda is to deliver for you, the fans.

Cheap pop. Bischoff doesn’t play on it though, and quickly continues his address.

Eric Bischoff: No more favourites, no more enemies … and above all else … no more ‘Easy E’. It’s time for a change around here, and I know that I need to make a lot myself. From this point forward, it’s my way or the high way. And if there is any Raw superstar in the back that doesn’t like it that way … you know where the door is … don’t let it hit ya on the way out.

Better reaction, with the fans liking to no nonsense attitude.

Eric Bischoff: Because I’ve got no time for any prima donnas. I don’t care if you clean my office, or you hold the World Heavyweight Championship. If you’re not on board with me, then you’re wasting my time, and I will have no hesitation in throwing you overboard.

Another good reaction for the GM.

Eric Bischoff: Now, I know emotions are running high this evening, coming off the back of last night at Backlash-

Rowdy pop from the Canadians.

Eric Bischoff: I thought that might get a cheer … but as I was saying, I know emotions are running high. And seeing as my administration doesn’t come into effect until next week, I’m giving all those no-shows a free pass this once.


Eric Bischoff: Trust me people, there WILL be repercussions for anyone that fails to report to work next Monday. Triple H?? I can understand not being here, and indeed, we’ll hear the full extent of his injuries later. Christian?? I can understand. But Umaga?? No excuse. I don’t care how big or nasty you are, I hold the cards, and I can strip you of the Money in the Bank contract if you don’t fall into line. I don’t care if you’re MNM and you cant accept the fact that you’ve been beaten by a better team … next Monday you will report to me. I don’t even care…

Bischoff stops, then turns to the camera.

Eric Bischoff: Mister Angle. I expect to see you next Monday especially. Forget last night, forget what side you picked when the battle lines were drawn. Simply remember March 26. The night you were drafted to Raw … the night I was fired.

The camera closes up on Eric, as he tries to make a personal address to Kurt.

Eric Bischoff: Remember who was lining you up as the number one contender, and remember who removed you from that position. You did what you had to do for Vince McMahon. Just remember what I was willing to do for you.

Eric moves away from the camera, and talks to the fans again.

Eric Bischoff: Now, as you people will be aware, tonight, our main event is going to crown a new Number One Contender, and that’s fine by me. And the winner WILL get his title shot in two weeks time on Monday Night Raw … but what about … next week??

Bischoff smirks.

Eric Bischoff: Y’see, I need to make my mark. I need to do something to grab the audiences attention right from the get go … I want to show the world that with Eric Bischoff calling the shots on Monday Night Raw, without the shackles, that ANYTHING can and will happen. So, what can I do??

Bischoff ponders for a moment. Then shows that smirk again.

Eric Bischoff: I’ll tell ya what I’m gonna do. I’m ripping up the rulebook.

Eric continues to smirk, then motions to the back.

Eric Bischoff: Can somebody get the picture up on the screen please.

Bischoff waits for a moment, and finally, we get a still image of Mister McMahon, from last night at Backlash, on his knees. The fans cheer.

Eric Bischoff: Currently, that’s the final image of Mister Vincent Kennedy McMahon ever to be seen on WWE television.

Eric screws up his face a little.

Eric Bischoff: To me, it just doesn’t feel right.

The fans give heat.

Eric Bischoff: I don’t sense that there’s closure yet. And honestly, I don’t think that should be the lasting image of Mister McMahon. So, to kick start the new Bischoff regime on Monday Night Raw … I’m extending the olive branch. Next week on Raw in Tampa, I’m inviting Mister Vincent Kennedy McMahon to MY SHOW.

Massive heat from the fans.

Eric Bischoff: The man deserves closure. He deserves to address the audience one final time, and I’m willing to allow him. Think about it. This could be the biggest event in Monday Night Raw history … the farewell address of the man that built Raw from the ground up. The last ever television appearance of the man that revolutionized this business … and I’m gonna make it happen.

Once again, Bischoff turns his attention to the camera.

Eric Bischoff: Vince … you said it yourself … you never back down from a challenge … so how about it?? There’s the challenge, come to Raw next week, and bid farewell to the watching public, before riding off into the sunset for good.

Bischoff smirks.

Eric Bischoff: Or would you rather this be the final image of you on WWE television…

Bischoff points to the titan tron again, with the less than flattering sight of Mr. McMahon distraught last night.

Eric Bischoff: It’s your choice … and I expect you see you next week in Tampa … Boss.

Bischoff smirks, as the camera pans away from the close up.

**I‘M BACK**

The General Managers music plays again, with Eric still staring into the camera, mouthing a message to Vince, before dropping the mic, and exiting the ring.

Jim Ross: It may be an oxymoron, but Eric Bischoff is like a new man … yet he doesn’t appear to have changed one bit. The cocky, self assured attitude remains, but it seems to me, that now, Bischoff has a goal, and that is to create a legacy as the greatest General Manager in WWE history.

The Coach: He’s rubbing salt into the wounds is what he’s doing. He’s after ratings, and he knows the man that can bring them is Vince McMahon. I hope Vince stays at home next week.

Jim Ross: I cant see it, Coach. Bischoff has played a clever hand here. He’s goading McMahon, and if there is one thing Mr. McMahon hates, it’s being humiliated. Out of pure stubbornness alone, Vince McMahon will show up next week on Raw. He would rather cut off his nose to spite his face, and he will do his damndest to get the last word on Eric Bischoff.

We see Bischoff leaving the stage, as we cut to a commercial.

Commercial Break


Backstage, Todd Grisham is standing by with Melina.

Todd Grisham:
Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m standing by with Melina. And Melina, you have requested this time to-

Melina puts her hand on the mic, smiling at Todd, before taking the mic.

Melina: I’ll take it from here Todd. There’s been a lot of speculation over the whereabouts of Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury this evening. Well, allow me to put that speculation to rest. Johnny and Joey are unable to be here this evening due to illness. In fact, both have been suffering with flu like symptoms for the last week, yet, like the warriors they are, they still competed last night at Backlash.

Voice: It seems to me they’ve been spending too much time shovelling excessive amounts of bullcrap.

CM Punk, along with Greg Helms, steps into view, as Melina looks furious.

CM Punk: There’s absolutely nothing wrong with “your boys”, Melina.

Helms chips in.

Greg Helms: Well, nothing physically, anyway.

Punk smirks.

CM Punk: Exactly. The only problem Johnny and Joey have got … is the fact that they aren’t the best tag team on Raw anymore.

Helms takes over.

Greg Helms: Seems like your boys have got themselves a problem, Melina, doesn’t it?? Because we’re going nowhere. So, they’ve got to make a decision. Accept that they’ll only ever be second best … or run for the hills of Hollywood and try to make it as a pair of underwear models.

Melina stands firm, looking furious.

CM Punk: And personally?? If I were them, I know which route I’d choose.

The tag champions then walk off, leaving Melina furious. Todd Grisham is still there, and attempts to ask a question.

Todd Grisham: Umm … Melina … w-

Melina spins around at Todd, with a face like thunder.

Melina: WHAT!!??

Todd Grisham: Well … in a few moments, you’re in action against Alexis Laree in a tag team match. Umm, in recent weeks you’ve been claiming to have the womens champions darkest secrets … I’m just wondering if you’re willing to shed any light on this, or explain who exactly ‘Beth’ is??

The scowl on the face of Melina slowly turns to a devilish grin.

Melina: Put it this way … “Alexis” doesn’t just have skeletons in her closet … she’s got skeletons in her basement, her kitchen, her garage … everywhere. And if I feel like it … I’ll dish the dirt … especially if “Alexis” steps out of line.

Melina walks off the set as we cut to ringside.

Jim Ross: Well, this just gets weirder and weirder. How did Melina gather this information?? And how dark is it?? Why does Alexis Laree want it kept hidden??

The Coach: I’m just relieved we got to the bottom of the mystery on how MNM lost last night. It all makes sense now. I knew they weren’t a hundred per cent.



Alexis Laree enters, but looks a little subdued - not her bubbly, normal self, as she is joined by the newcomer, Maryse.

Jim Ross: Well, last night, Alexis Laree successfully retained the womens championship against Victoria, and tonight, she will team with the debutant, Maryse, who made her first appearance last night, as the special guest ring announcer for the womens title match, before being attacked by Victoria.

The Coach: What a tough debut. Maryse isn’t being eased into the fold, that’s for damn sure.


Victoria enters, but waits on the stage, for Melina to enter, before walking down the aisle.


Melina enters, and the red carpet rolls out, with Melina staring down the aisle, as Alexis glares from the ring with pure hatred for the glamorous A-Lister.

Match 3:
Alexis Laree & Maryse vs. Victoria & Melina
This one is more about the storyline than the action, as Alexis kicks things off with her most recent challenger, Victoria. The two share a brief exchange, before engaging in a stand off, with no clear advantage for either diva. They lock up again, and this time, the champion beats Victoria to the punch, eventually delivering an arm drag, sending Victoria to the corner. This then allows Victoria to tag Melina in, and the story kicks up a gear.

Melina steps inside the ring, and with a smirk on her face, orders Alexis to tag out, mouthing the words ‘or else’, with Laree understanding the threat, and tagging in her partner, giving Maryse her official debut. Melina gets the better of the newcomer, with the inexperience of the French-Canadian showing. Maryse though, is able to put a stop to the beat down, catching Victoria unaware with a dropkick, just as she is tagged in by Melina. Maryse then looks to make a desperate tag to Laree … but from the opposite corner, Melina grabs the attention of the womens champion, and orders Laree to walk out … ‘or else’. Laree pulls her arm away from the desperate Maryse, and after thinking it over for a moment … WALKS OUT!!!

The champion leaves up the aisle, head down, not even looking back to the ring, with her partner looking stunned, now facing the prospect of facing the top two contenders in the entire womens division. Meanwhile, as Maryse watches her partner leave her high and dry on the instruction of Melina, Victoria has tagged in the former womens champion … and it doesn’t take long for Melina to put the finishing touches on the debutant, finally finishing her off, and getting the cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Melina & Victoria @ 04:16

Melina gets up, with a huge smile on her face, chuckling at the manner of victory, whilst looking up the aisle to see if there is any further sign of Alexis Laree. She then spots the womens championship, which Laree has left behind, and motions for it to be brought to her. As she is given it, the former champion clutches it tightly, which sparks a reaction from Victoria, who tries to rip it from Melina … but Melina pulls away, AND SMASHES THE BELT ACROSS THE SKULL OF VICTORIA!!!

The smile fades from Melina, as she leans over Victoria, yelling “THIS IS MINE”, then turns to the fans, holding the belt aloft, and letting out her trademark scream, with the fans shitting all over this post match celebration.

Jim Ross: Whatever it is that Melina has over Alexis Laree … it must be serious, and it must be something severe. To hold that kind of power over someone, to force them to walk out on a match, and basically hand the opposition a victory … Melina is pulling the strings of the womens champion, and I don’t see a happy ending for this one.

The Coach: Trust me baby boy, Melina could write a book on the info she’s gathered on our illustrious womens champion.

Jim Ross: But who the heck is this ‘Beth’?? And what has happened in the past that Alexis Laree wants to be kept hidden??

The Coach: Patience my man, patience. Melina is just playin with Alexis right now. When the time is right, she’ll tell the world, trust me.

Jim Ross: I just don’t like the look of this one bit. Something tells me Melina will continue to make Alexis Larees life a living hell for as long as she holds that title, but what will become of the womens champion, and all that dark information when that belt has gone??

Commercial Break

We return from the commercial, backstage in John Cenas office, where the interim GM has now got his referee shirt on. The office door opens, and SHAWN MICHAELS STEPS INSIDE.

The two men come face to face, with a bit of a stand off between the old rivals for a moment, before HBK speaks first.

Shawn Michaels: Listen, I know we’ve had our problems in the past … which is why I wanted to make a point of coming to tell ya … I appreciate you giving me the opportunity tonight to become the number one contender.

Cena nods.

John Cena: The past is the past. It’s ancient history as far as I’m concerned. The future is all that I’m worried about. Tonight, I’m refereeing … then, I’m focusing on winning back the World Heavyweight title. So should you win tonight Shawn … and then go on to win the title … basically, what I’m saying is … well-

Shawn Michaels: I know what you’re trying to say. And let’s just say … I’ll welcome the challenge.

Cena smirks.

John Cena: I’m sure you will. Good luck.

HBK nods, before leaving the room.

Elsewhere, we see Rey Mysterio, the former Intercontinental Champion, warming up backstage, ahead of tonights triple threat match.

Jim Ross: And there you see him folks, Rey Mysterio, looking to bounce back after a crushing loss last night at Backlash, and by Gawd, what a turnaround it would be if Mysterio could defeat Shelton Benjamin and Shawn Michaels tonight, and book himself a shot at Christian in two weeks time on Raw.

The Coach: It’d be the icing on the cake for this bizarre edition of Raw. How can a guy that lost last night at Backlash, and has been losing consistently over the past two months earn himself an opportunity to challenge for the richest prize in sports entertainment??

Jim Ross: He was the Intercontinental Champion, Coach, and he lost the title in shady circumstances last night. It’s the least he deserves this evening.

Match 4:
William Regal vs. Santino Marella w/ Leyla & Layla
Marella comes face to face with Regal, looking to make himself look as big as possible, then throws a right hand … which has little effect on Regal, and the Brit blasts back with a stiff forearm, which puts Santino on his back immediately. Marella lays flat on the canvas, as Regal takes a look at the official as if to ask ‘Is this for real??’, then drags the Italian to his feet, and has his way with him, delivering a double arm suplex, then floating over for a cover, 1...2...Regal stops the count himself!! The Englishman shakes his head, not done with Marella just yet, and drags him up once more, then delivers a vicious running knee (Knee Trembler), and makes a cover, shoving his forearm into the face of his useless opponent, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: William Regal @ 01:03

And, as a result, Marella STILL doesn’t have his contract. Regal has his arm raised, and leaves the ring, whilst the 2005 & 2006 Diva Search winners enter the ring to attend to their hunk of love.

Jim Ross: Well, unsurprisingly, William Regal defeats Santino Marella … and still the Italian nuisance doesn’t have a contract … yet he still shows up every week. What’s it gonna take for this idiot to just give up??

The Coach: The man is trying to live out his dream J.R!! And if I got the chance to hang out with those two divas every week- which I could do, if I wanted- I’d be doing exactly what Santino is doing.

Jim Ross: But he isn’t cut out for this business Coach. This guy is as much a wrestler, as I am an underwear model!!

Coach dry heaves off camera.

The Coach: Urgh. Oh boy, warn me in future before you say something like that. Breakfast, lunch and dinner nearly came back up there.

Jim Ross: In any event, forget the sideshow act folks, because we are fast approaching main event time. Shawn Michaels, Rey Mysterio and Shelton Benjamin, in a triple threat match to determine the new number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, with John Cena as the special guest referee!!! What a main event it promises to be. But ladies and gentlemen, before that, when we come back, we will speak exclusively to Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, direct from Montreal, where she will update us on the condition of her husband, Triple H.

Commercial Break

We return, at ringside, with J.R and Coach.

Jim Ross: Next week, the World Heavyweight Champion will be back on Raw. Tonight, Captain Charisma, Christian, was sent home on medical grounds, but next week in Tampa, Christian will return.

The Coach: He shouldn’t have been sent home, he should’ve been sent to prison after what he did last night.

Jim Ross: It’s the nature of the match, Coach. Trust me, as ugly as it was, if Christian hadn’t shown that ruthless streak, it would’ve been Triple H. It was a case of kill or be killed inside Hell in the Cell. And now, joining us via satellite link, from Montreal, is Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. Good evening.

A split screen emerges, with Stephanie and J.R. Stephanie appears on the screen, looking far from glamorous, but instead, tired and weary. The wife of The Game sheepishly replies.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: Hi, J.R.

Jim Ross: Stephanie, I’m sure these last twenty four hours have been a trying and testing time for you, and I’d like to thank you for taking the time to speak with us this evening. First of all, I’d like to ask the obvious question, the one on everyone’s lips, and that’s how is Triple H recovering??

There is a slight delay with the feed, with Stephanie taking in the question, then speaking, clearing her throat first.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: Honestly, it’s far from positive. Hunters condition is so far from good, it’s worrying. The blow my husband took last night was potentially lethal. Luckily, he will recover. But the extent of the damage that that blow took on my husband isn’t clear just yet.

Jim Ross: Has he been able to talk, or communicate in the last twenty four hours??

Another delay with the feed. Stephanie tries to compose herself, before answering.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: He’s been in and out of consciousness the entire time. Any period where he does come to, he’s been too groggy to speak in a cohesive manner. It’s saddening to watch my husband in this state, it really is. From being this macho, top dog that you all see week in and week out, to being in the helpless state he’s currently in … it’s heartbreaking.

Jim Ross: I can only imagine the stress and despair you’re going through right now Stephanie. Given the traumatic last twenty four hours your family has been through, of course, with Triple H in such a critical condition, and now your father being banished from television, how are you holding up right now??

Stephanie shakes her head at the line of questioning.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: I’m not. It’s a simple as that. But J.R, I want to make it clear, Hunter is the only concern I’ve got right now. As far as I’m concerned the rest of my family can take care of themselves. My father may be banished from television, but that DOES NOT apply to Shane or myself. Saying that, as far as I know, Shane is planning on stepping away … but he’s always been a coward when it comes to standing on his own two feet. Myself on the other hand?? I fully intend on settling a number of scores.

Jim Ross: But, wouldn’t you think that perhaps right now, it would be a good time to take a step back yourself, all things considered??

Another delay with the feed. Stephanie defiantly answers.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: Not at all. If you could see my husband right now J.R, you’d understand my feelings. Christian cannot just walk away from this. He’s responsible for Hunters condition. He’s responsible for this, and so help me God … there will be hell to pay.

Jim Ross: Well, we have to appreciate that emotions are running high right now, but what I’d-

Stephanie butts in.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: Excuse me?? How dare you J.R. How dare you just assume that I’m being over emotional. I have sat at Hunters bedside for the last twenty four hours. I have done nothing but think. I’m not just blurting out threats in the heat of the moment here. I’ve had twenty four hours to think about what steps to take next. For far too long, I’ve taken a backseat to my father and my brother. J.R, I’m an independent woman- the most dominant female in the WWE hierarchy. And now, with my father forced into the background, I’m taking it upon myself to become not just the most dominant female, but the most dominant individual in the WWE.

Jim Ross: But, even at that, given the precarious situation with Triple H right now, what sort of timetable could we be looking at before he is fit to return to action, with you by his side??

Listening to the question, Stephanie shakes her head again.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: J.R, it could be months before my husband is cleared to return to action - if at all. The extent of his injuries still aren’t clear. The fact of the matter is that Hunter and I are parents. We have a child that isn’t even a year old. I know that above all else, even more than being ‘The Game’, Hunter wants to be the best father he can be. He wants to be able to play with our daughter, he wants us to have a big family … putting his health, his safety, his wellbeing at risk, like he did last night at Backlash, he runs the risk of not being able to have an active role in his daughters life.

Jim Ross: What exactly are you trying to say, Stephanie?? That perhaps the time has come for your husband to … retire??

Stephanie remains still, pondering her reply.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: When my husband recovers enough, I fully intend on discussing the possibility of retirement. Hunter has accomplished more than anyone else in WWE history. He’s got nothing left to prove. Only God knows what toll has been taken on his body over the years. What happened last night is simply the tip of the iceberg. So … yeah. Perhaps … perhaps, the time is right.

Jim Ross: But where would that leave you, if you intend on gaining some form of redemption on Christian??

Sharply, Stephanie replies, not liking the line of questioning.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: What?? It doesn’t change anything. I still intend on making Christians life a living hell. And John Cenas for that matter. Those two have humiliated and embarrassed my family enough. The difference though, between myself and my family members is that I wont have to get involved physically. I don’t need to put my body on the line to get the better of them. I’m going to cause them damage, b-


Interesting. The 2006 King of the Ring marches onto the stage, interrupting the satellite link interview, with a mixed response from the audience for his actions, whilst Stephanie looks confused, then angered, with her interviewed being rudely disrupted by the loudmouth Kennedy.

Jim Ross: Uh, we, uh, apologise. Mister Kennedy was not expected to come out here, we were in the middle of a live link with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, and Stephanie, if you can still hear me, I can only apologise for this interruption. Hopefully we can work this out, and finish up … but, well, I’m not entirely sure what’s going on here.

Kennedy confidently steps through the ropes, and into the ring, quickly demanding a mic. He sharply grabs it from Lillian Garcia, and makes a quick motion to cut the music.

The music dies down, as the infuriated Stephanie, still on the titan tron, speaks up.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: How dare you interrupt me. Just who do you think you are, com-

Mister Kennedy: Save it, princess. I arrived here tonight clean shaven, but in the process of having to listen to you whine, bitch, complain and moan, I grew a damn beard.

Some cheers from the fans. Kennedy hears them, and takes offence.

Mister Kennedy: Naw, naw, naw. You don’t get to do that. You don’t get to cheer me because I said something funny. Don’t bother jumpin on my bandwagon.

Heat from the fans. Kennedy turns his attention back to Stephanie.

Mister Kennedy: Back to you, hun. You wanna know why I interrupted your little spiel?? For one, you were boring me to death, but more importantly, towards the end of your everlasting ramble, ya said Triple H may retire. (Momentary pause. Barely even a second to think) Good riddance, I say. Pity ya didn’t save us all the time and just tell us what we wanted to hear in the first place.

Another pop. Kennedy again doesn’t like the fan backing, and turns to the fans, mouthing at a few to ‘shut it’.

Mister Kennedy: The way I see it- the way Imma make it- Trippers out, and I’m fixin for his spot. It’s a case of out with the old … and in with the new!!

Mixed response. Kennedy then points to the titan tron, before making a ‘cut’ gesture to the back.

Mister Kennedy: What I’m tryin to say here, is your time’s up, toots. Nice to hear from ya, and we’ll cya around.

Suddenly, the satellite feed is cut, getting a big pop from the fans.

Mister Kennedy: NOW … it’s time for the good stuff. Tonight, I’m makin a statement, and I want the top brass to open their ears, good and proper.

Kennedy rests on the ropes for a moment, waiting for a moment, as if he’s giving the ‘top brass’ a chance to get settled to listen.

Mister Kennedy: I’ve made something of a habit in recent months of doing, uhm … somewhat of a retrospective after every pay per view performance. You remember those, right??

He looks around for some sort of acknowledgement.

Mister Kennedy: Well, it’s that time of the month again. But this time, things are a little different. Last night at Backlash … the Money in the Bank briefcase slipped through my fingers. Scratch that. Last night, the Money in the Bank briefcase WAS RIPPED FROM MY GRASP!!!

Kennedy walks around the ring, looking at his outstretched hand.

Mister Kennedy: But- but before I get carried away, and start goin loco about the fact that a fat, worthless referee failed to spot my tag on Umaga … a tag that would’ve made me the legal man … a tag that would’ve not only meant Umaga didn’t leave Backlash with the contract, but it would’ve meant that I left Montreal, with the championship opportunity of a lifetime.

He calms himself.

Mister Kennedy: Before I lose my cool over that, I’m dedicating this address to the new General Manager.

Kennedy stops, putting his hand up, and head down, shaking it.

Mister Kennedy: No. Nope, no, no, no. Not that guy. Not Cena. That moron couldn’t run a bath, let alone run Monday Night Raw-

The Coach shouts ‘AMEN’ on commentary. In the ring, Kennedy stops, taking exception to a heckle from the audience.

Mister Kennedy: Really?? The guy put together a number one contenders match tonight. Good job. Oh wait, who’s in it?? Well, let’s see … Shelton Benjamin. Okay. I can see that one. He’s just won the Intercontinental title. Uh … Rey Mysterio?? Puh-lease. Since when do you get rewarded for losing a title?? Okay, okay, I can understand the reasoning. There was a little bit of controversy in his loss … but where the heck does Shawn Michaels come into play??

Mixed response from the fans.

Mister Kennedy: How can Cena justify putting ‘ol Heartbreak in the match, ahead of yours truly. If anyone was cheated last night, and deserving of a second chance … you’re lookin at him, folks.

Kennedy composes himself.

Mister Kennedy: Naw, I’m not wastin time talkin about Marky Mark, and the joke he’s runnin tonight. This message is for the big dog himself. Eric … I’m your guy.

Kennedy points to himself, and stares deep into the camera.

Mister Kennedy: Forget Kurt Angle … I’m your juggernaught. Strap a rocket to my ass, and watch me soar. You want to make the best show you can?? Prove it. Give me the damn ball, and I will run through brick walls. I will run from Vancouver to Venice. From planet Earth … to the rings of Saturn. I will run myself into the ground … just … give. Me. The damn. BALL!!!

The camera goes for a close up.

Mister Kennedy: And if you don’t give me it?? I’ll take it anyway.

Kennedy shrugs his shoulders, as his music plays into the arena, with the 2006 King of the Ring mouthing to the camera, ‘It’s up to you’, before dropping the mic, and leaving the ring.

The Coach: THAT is what you call, a statement of intent, from Mister Kennedy, J.R.

Jim Ross: Indeed it was, but Coach, we’ve heard it all before. He said he was taking matters into his own hands before. He said it would be no more Mister nice guy in the past. At some point, it’ll be time for Kennedy to either put up, or shut up.

The Coach: That time has come, J.R. I can feel it, baby boy. Kennedy is reaching up, and he can feel that big brass ring. Trust me, I know it. This guy is ready to grab that ring, and he wont be letting go.

Jim Ross: Time will tell. One thing is for sure though, he is a brash, unabashed loudmouth, and completely rained on the parade of Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, who made the startling revelation - one which we didn’t get a chance to allow to sink in, thanks to Kennedy - that her husband, Triple H, may well be staring at retirement.

The Coach: Like the man said, J.R. It’s out with the old, and in with the new. Hopefully that passes down to the commentary desk too.

Jim Ross: Oh, you’re back on form then?? I may not be part of The Games fan club, but I sure as hell don’t wish premature retirement on any man. Triple H has been the heartbeat of the WWE this decade, and if he is to retire, it will be a sad, sad day for any fan of this sport, whether you like him or not.

The Coach: But times change, J.R. It’s a new era, and it’s starts here. Get with the program, or ship out.

Jim Ross: Oh, I’m with the ‘program’, Coach. And our main event is coming up next. Tonight’s interim General Manager will be the law, as Shawn Michaels, Rey Mysterio and Shelton Benjamin fight it out for the opportunity of a lifetime. A shot at Christian in two weeks time for the World Heavyweight Championship!!! It’s our main event, and it’s next!!!

Commercial Break


Clip of Bret Hart rolling up Bam Bam Bigelow to win the King of the Ring tournament in 1993.


Narrator: It has given the platform for champions to establish themselves.

Clip of Owen Hart being crowned King of the Ring in 1994, as we hear him yell over it.


Narrator: It has immortalized greats forever.

Clip of Stone Cold Steve Austin winning the 1996 King of the Ring tournament, with the sound bite over it.


Narrator: It ushered in the birth of a new attitude.

Clip of Triple H having his hand raised in 1997.


Narrator: Stars have been born.

Clip of Kurt Angle dropping to his knees in victory in 2000.


Narrator: Legends have been made.

Clip of Brock Lesnar having his hand raised in 2002, as we hear Paul Heymans voice over the top.


Narrator: Careers have skyrocketed.

Clips of Mister Kennedy with the crown last year, and Edge with his trophy in 2001

Narrator: The King of the Ring tournament has provided some of the most memorable moments in sports entertainment history, and on Saturday, June 23, 2007 … the King of the Ring lends itself to another staple in the illustrious history of the WWE … Saturday Nights Main Event.

Clips of current superstars, Shelton Benjamin, MVP, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Straight Edge, Brian Kendrick, Paul London, MNM, Carlito and Brent Albright.

Narrator: The year, the King of the Ring tournament climaxes on NBC, with quarter finals, semi finals and the grand final, on the most special edition of Saturday Nights Main Event in history!!!

Quick clips again of the prominent former winners.

Narrator: Which superstar will use the King of the Ring tournament to follow these legends, icons and immortals into the pantheon of greatness??




We return, straight into the arena…


John Cena bursts onto the stage, wearing the stripes, and points it out to the fans, who continue to be split on their feelings for him. He makes his way down the aisle, sliding into the ring, throwing his cap to the fans, as he awaits the three competitors.

**BOOYAKA 619**

A strong ovation greets the human highlight reel, with the former IC champion hitting the stage, saluting the fans on either side of the stage, before making his way down the aisle, slapping hands with the fans. Once inside the ring, Rey respectfully shakes hands with Cena, nodding at the interim GM.


Theodore Long leads ‘The Black Diamond’ out, looking proud and confident, whilst Shelton taps the Intercontinental title belt around his waist, whilst Rey looks angered by it in the ring. Long chatters into the ear of his cash cow as they make their way down the aisle, with the pair walking around the ringside area, taking their time, as we fade to another commercial…

Commercial Break

Benjamin is now in the ring, with Rey keeping his glare locked on his rival, as they await the final piece of the puzzle…


It’s a Cena-esque reaction for Shawn Michaels, with HBK hitting the stage, getting his standard Canadian response. He blows it off, and looks to the heavens, playing to some fans, as he jives down the aisle, throwing his gear off as he makes his way to the ring.



With Armando Estrada in tow - carrying the Money in the Bank briefcase - Umaga hammers HBK on the aisle, pounding him down, as John Cena quickly looks to put a stop to the beating, as officials try to help diffuse the situation. Estrada though distracts Cena, as Umaga shoves the officials away, before scooping Michaels up … AND DELIVERS A SPINNING POWERSLAM ON THE AISLE!!!

Cena shoves Estrada away, and, along with the officials, create distance between Umaga and Michaels … but the damage has been done. Estrada, carrying the briefcase, calls his savage off, with Umaga retreating. Cena looks incensed by the sneak attack, ordering Estrada and Umaga away, before turning, and tending to the broken body of Shawn Michaels.

Jim Ross: Folks, I am speechless. Shawn Michaels has just been manhandled by that sick, Samoan Bulldozer. Can the Heartbreak Kid even compete here?? We’re going to take another commercial break as we try to diffuse the situation, and work out if the showstopper can participate in the main event. Don’t go anywhere!!!

Commercial Break

~ With Special Guest Referee; John Cena ~
Rey Mysterio vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Shelton Benjamin w/ Theodore Long
We return, joining the match in progress … with no sign of Shawn Michaels, as J.R explains that HBK was helped out of the arena, essentially making this a one on one match. As we join the action, Benjamin is wearing Rey down, with a rather boring headlock, but Rey is quick to pick up the pace when he breaks free, and out manoeuvres Benjamin, sending him to the outside with a running head scissors. As the fans pop, Theodore Long tends to his golden child, trying to help him regroup quickly, with Cena making a standard count. Theodore offers some words of encouragement to his Black Diamond, with Shelton getting back inside the ring, but instantly hammered with stiff leg kicks from Mysterio!!! With Rey in the ascendancy, the former IC champion looks to take further risks, and springboards off the ropes … ONLY TO GET CAUGHT WITH A DROPKICK FROM SHELTON!!! With that counter, Benjamin is able to get the upper hand, and decides to slow the pace, and weaken Rey.

Shelton slows Mysterio down, and tries to bend the rules when the opportunity arises, but Cena cuts it out at every opportunity, preventing the blatant cheating. Then, as Long tries to get involved, Cena is quick to respond, berating Long on the apron, but his inexperience as a referee is shown, with Shelton taking advantage of the distraction, and chokes Rey on the ropes for an extended period. The tide turns though, as Shelton looks to deliver his trademark suplex into a reverse neck breaker manoeuvre, only for Mysterio to slip free, hit the ropes, then slide under the legs of Benjamin, before delivering a drop toe hold which sends Shelton into the ropes!!! Rey wastes no time at all to go for the 619 … BUT THEODORE LONG PULLS SHELTON OUT OF THE RING … AND REY SWINGS AT FRESH AIR!!!

In the ring, Mysterio is furious, whilst Cena berates Long and Shelton for the interference … but Rey has had enough … AND SENTONS OVER THE TOP ROPE ONTO BOTH BENJAMIN AND LONG!!! The fans get to their feet, with both men down, and Cena seemingly having no option but to count them out … UNTIL WE SEE SHAWN MICHAELS ENTER THE STAGE AGAIN!!! Looking worse for wear, HBK hobbles down the aisle, getting a good response for returning, as we officially have our triple threat match!!!

Michaels doesn’t waste anytime, and with Rey up first, Shawn launches him into the barrier, with Rey toppling over, and into the crowd, leaving HBK and Benjamin to battle it out. Shawn rolls Shelton into the ring, and gets to work, letting fly with knife edge chops, followed by a series of inverted atomic drops, before knocking Shelton down with a flying forearm, looking to put the match to bed early!! HBK nips up, and looks to fire up the fans, before climbing the ropes, setting himself for the Flying Elbow … BUT MYSTERIO SHOVES HIM OFF!!!

Michaels tumbles to the canvas, with Rey seizing the opportunity now, setting himself, and leaping to the ropes, and looks for a splash at Shelton … BUT BENJAMIN CATCHES REY WITH PAYDIRT!!! Just like last night!!! Shelton covers, 1...2...MICHAELS BREAKS THE COUNT!!! The match continues, with HBK just breaking the count in time!!! Mysterio rolls back out of the ring, as Shelton and Michaels get back at it, trading blows, but it’s Shelton that gets the better of the exchange, catching Shawn off the ropes with a power slam, followed by a near fall. He then sets up for the T-Bone, but Shawn elbows free, knowing how precarious the situation is, and turns the tide, catching the I.C Champion with a DDT!!!

Instead of going for a pin though, Shawn again looks to climb the ropes, and for the second time, sets himself for the flying elbow … but this time … SHELTON HOPS UP … AND LEAPS TO THE TOP ROPE!!! Benjamin looks to surprise Shawn with a superplex … BUT MICHAELS FIRES OFF WITH CHOPS AND RIGHT HANDS … KNOCKING SHELTON OFF!!! And HBK flies instantly … AND THE ELBOW CONNECTS!!!!! Michaels pulls himself up, hitting a second (third?) wind, as he tunes up the band, waiting for Benjamin to get back up in order to deliver Sweet Chin Music … and with Theodore Long still down, there is no back up for Shelton. The I.C Champ reaches his feet … but before he can suffer Sweet Chin Music … REY IS BACK INSIDE … BUT MICHAELS STRIKES REY WITH SWEET CHIN MUSIC INSTANTLY!!! Shawn turns, and looks to deliver again to Benjamin … BUT SHELTON DUCKS … AND STRIKES WITH THE FROST KICK!!! He makes the cover, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!!!

Despite the kick out, Benjamin senses the end coming, and as he makes it to his feet, he quickly covers Mysterio, who is down from the Sweet Chin Music … 1...2...KICK OUT!!! The fans are in shock from the kick out, but Shelton puts it behind him, and targets HBK again, dragging him to his feet, and getting him into position for the T-Bone exploder again … BUT BEFORE HE CAN HIT IT … MYSTERIO DROPKICKS MICHAELS FROM BEHIND … AND SENDS SHELTON FLYING TOO … AS BOTH TUMBLE INTO THE ROPES … AND MYSTERIO DELIVERS A DOUBLE 619!!!

Michaels and Benjamin tumble back inside, whilst the spent Mysterio tries to compose himself on the apron, feeding off adrenaline, and looks to hop onto the ropes … BUT THEODORE LONG GRABS HIS FOOT IN DESPERATION!!! Quickly, Cena looks to break the grip of Long … BUT CENA IS ATTACKED FROM BEHIND …


Angle hammers the back of his Backlash conqueror, then delivers a defiant ANGLE SLAM!!! Kurt Angle has taken out the referee, as the fans come unglued. In his rage, Angle then grips Rey … AND BLASTS HIM WITH A BELLY TO BELLY OVER THE ROPES INTO THE RING!!! The Olympian goes nuts, roaring to the skies, ripping his shirt off, with the bell ringing, seemingly to call an end to the contest with Angle ruining it.
Winner: No Contest @ 15:38

Despite the shitty no contest decision, the fans are too busy coming unglued by the devastating run in of the raging Kurt Angle to notice. Angle stalks Cena now, looking to continue the attack, but before he can, Shawn Michaels tries to reason with him … BUT GETS TURNED INSIDE OUT WITH A CLOTHESLINE FOR HIS TROUBLES!!!

Before Benjamin can join the casualties, Theodore Long advises him to get out of dodge, with Angle on rare form. Angle hauls Cena up to his feet, and dumps him out of the ring, quickly following out, and making a beeline for the announce table, throwing off the cover, and removing the monitors. J.R and Coach flee the announce position, with J.R yelling toward Angle.


Obviously, as he always does, The Coach has a quip, as he watches with glee.

The Coach: I guess Kurt Angle liked the show as much as I did!!!

Angle then drags Cena back up, and goes behind again … AND DELIVERS ANOTHER ANGLE SLAM … THIS TIME … THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!!!

Cena is flat out, in amongst the rubble, ending his big night in charge on a sour note … whilst the wild eyed Kurt Angle stands over Cena, breathing heavily, looking like a man possessed … as the show comes to a shocking close.


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Wow, Wolf, you post a show and no reviews yet? What is this world coming to? Anyways, nice reacquinting with you.

Opening promo is well done. Actually chuckled reading that Cena is in a suit. Rey vs. Shelton vs. HBK would be awesome. I haven't followed this thread in a while but I'll be looking forward to the Cena/Christian rematch which would definitely be the match to wait for in this thread IMO.

I like the young lions team you put together with Harry Smith and Burchill. I'm a Burchill fan I have to say (just got disillusioned with the way they used him IRL).

Hardy/Tomko was just standard way of putting him over.

Lol good job with Santino. Truly captured his character there. Lol also at Goldust getting Cody Rhodes to paint fences.

Wow, I'm digging this "Or else" Women's storyline thing. Don't know how long "in recent weeks" is but this is an interesting storyline you got here with Melina getting Mickie to do what she wants.

I like the fact that Christian and Triple H are not around to sell the damage of the HIAC (gotta remind myself to look around for Backlash). It'll be interesting to see what's Stephanie gonna do as the remaining McMahon left. Wonder if Kennedy's going to be on her list with Cena and Christian considering Kennedy's rude interruption which is something I can see him doing in real life.

Having KOTR as part of Saturday Night's Main Event is a good move. It's not going to have it's own PPV but at the very least it gives it somewhat of a special place.

Man I'd love to see HBK bumping around for Umaga in a PPV match. Good triple threat match, though I'm more interested in what's going to happen to the title scene as a result of Angle's interference. Elimination Chamber on the cards, perhaps?

Overall, I enjoyed that show. I'm probably not the first one to say this but I enjoyed the exchanges between JR and Coach. There's plenty of things going on both in terms of short term storylines and long term storylines. Great work.

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Got to review the return of the Daddy of Being the Booker. Actually less of a review and more or a random rambling rant.

If you genuinely are going to stop the McMahons from appearing on Tv from now on, apart from Vince's farewell next week of course, then I salute you. It is a brave move as I imagine Vince is a fun guy to write for what with him being so over the top, but taking him out of the thread will freshen things up. The loss of Linda as always will cut deep.

Not sure where I stand on Eric Bischoff being GM again. This is in effect the 3rd time he has been made GM and it would probably be a little underwhelming given that Linda didn't announce him at the start which didn't actually lead me into thinking Bischoff. That might just say more about my stupidity there though.

Cena being GM for the night is a nice way to "get over" the idea that without Vince in charge things are going to be different and having the number one babyface in charge would make the fans even happier than Cena won last night.

Not sure where you are going with Melina and Alexis which is a good thing. Beth Phoenix will be a nice addition to the roster and seeing as though in real life the WWE shelved a similar storyline with Beth it will be interesting to see how you tie it all up.

Give Santino a contract but never turn him face. Leave him to be the awesome guy he was for the best part of 2 years.

The main event with those 3 workers would have been amazing although the no contest ending does leave a sour taste. Umaga vs Shawn Michaels seems a good idea as HBK has been floundering since Wrestlemania in my view.

A final point about Angle. I think he needs a few big wins in the next few months. He went on a long losing streak last year came back failed to win the belt at the Royal Rumble, lost to the Undertaker at Wrestlemania and then of course Cena at Backlash. Obviously he would still be seen as a big star but I just think that losing big match after big match like he has could create a problem. Hopefully him attacking Cena shows he is ready to break the losing habit.

All in all a very nice show even though it was missing a lot of guys and only had cameos from Angle and Umaga. The main event situation is completely up in the air but I hope the Black Diamond becomes number one contender next week on what is shaping up to be a historic Raw.


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After the big things that went down last night, it only makes since that Linda starts the show off by talking about Vince McMahon being GONE from WWE programming. And then onto the future of Raw, and it was very cool to make Cena the one-night GM, really showing her gratitude for his victory last night. Loved when he pulled off the suit and had the normal clothes on underneath, just a nice touch. Obviously he feels like he should be facing Christian again, but I don’t see that happening very soon, because I think that’s something that will be built to over the next months and won’t happen until about SummerSlam. Some good announcements from Cena, especially the #1 contender’s match between HBK, Rey, and Shelton. Should be a very entertaining one with the winner getting a huge opportunity next week. Glad to see the Coach so upset, as his favorite boss is now gone. Should be quite the fun night without Vince on the show, but I don’t think it will go on without some controversy. Guess we shall see.

A very good win to get the British Lions going with their tag team career, beating an established faction in the Brotherhood. Based on how JR was talking, they may become the next contenders for the tag titles, but who knows. Just glad to see another tag team being made on Raw, even though I’m still not sure whether they are considered heels or faces.

Hell in a Cell will go down as one of the most brutal matches in this thread’s history, and I agree that neither Christian nor Triple H will ever 100% recover. Can’t wait to see where each man goes next.

Santino against Regal? Not really the type of star-studded match I would hope for on Raw, but I guess it will continue to get Regal over while still not allowing Santino to win his contract.

Guess Teddy really thinks that Shelton is going to walk out as the winner tonight, and I can actually see that happening. He’s been on a roll as of late and would have a really good match with Christian. Also, it would be something fresh for us to see, even though we know Christian would never lose the belt to him. I want to see these two wrestle next week, would be a nice change of pace.

Haha, Matt ‘The Talent’ Hardy. A very generic nickname for a very generic superstar. A good match between two midcard guys, and I’m glad that Hardy finally got a quality win on Raw, after wrestling at a high level with some of the best veterans on the show. Hopefully Matt is put into a real feud now, and he’s not just floating around for the next month. Maybe a feud with Benjamin for the IC Title?

Not sure AT ALL what is happening right now between Cody and Goldust, and I really don’t think that I want to find out. Having Cody paint the fence is going to make him the King of the Ring? Guess we’ll see just where this goes…

A nice video package highlighting just how important that match between Angle and Cena was last night, and now we never have to see Vince again! Loving how pissed Coach is about this whole situation.

Like you said, it’s not a shock that Bischoff was named the new Raw GM, especially with how his previous tenure ended and how he helped to eliminate Vince McMahon last night. Glad to see that he has a new attitude and I really hope that this time around he is able to run the show the right way. Please make the “no nonsense” motto stick. Inviting Vince to Raw next week was kinda surprising, especially because you made it clear that he couldn’t be on TV after last night. But I guess this really is the best way for him to go, as I can see him trying to stay before a ton of wrestlers help get rid of him, kinda like how Bischoff was “fired” in late 2005 IRL. So next week should be interesting, and I can’t wait to hear what Vince has to say.

Interview with Melina served its purpose, not only allowing her to expand more on this whole “Beth” situation, but it also got the tag champions on screen, with Straight Edge talking about beating MNM yet again. Hopefully these two teams face each other again in the future, because they are easily the two best you have on Raw. Onto Alexis and Melina, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how long the former champion keeps this secret hidden, but I don’t see it staying hidden much longer.

Good storytelling in this one, as I did not expect to see Alexis just walk out of the match and leave Maryse. She must be scared about what Melina has to say. Melina knocking Victoria out with the belt makes me think that not only is she going to get the next title shot, she’s also going to hold the belt while not really being the champion. A nice development here, getting me a little more into the storyline, and I look forward to seeing where it goes next.

Nice little segment between HBK and Cena, as I was thinking to myself earlier just how much they hated each other back in 2005. Glad to see that is all behind them, and another Cena/HBK match for the belt would be awesome. Also nice to see Rey, as he is going to try his hardest to get back to his winning ways tonight.

Not shocked to see Regal win this match rather easily, and now I wonder what Santino’s fate is going to be in the coming weeks. He’s not going to win a match anytime soon, so just what do you have planned for him? Anyway, nice to see Regal continue his winning ways, as I’d love to see him get a little push, tbh.

Really liked the direction that you took with Stephanie’s interview, as she was very clear about not only what’s going on with Hunter, but also what she intends to do after what happened last night. Not really sure what that might entail, but I think that it’s safe to say that she will be showing her face on Raw in the next few months, while Triple H continues to recuperate. The Game thinking retirement? I really cannot see that happening, as a swerve is more likely than him calling it quits, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Kennedy!? Not who I expected to interrupt the interview, and he is really just not letting Stephanie talk anymore, as he is going to be cutting his own promo. Like the dig at HBK, as I can see a future feud between these two, as KK looks set to move into the upper echelon of Raw superstars. He wants to be Bischoff’s man and now I really feel that he is going to jumpstart his career, and become one of the top heel/tweeners on the show. Great promo.

Love that SNME is hosting the final few stages of KOTR, as it should be an awesome night.

Umaga attacking HBK before the match was a nice surprise, as I really didn’t think we’d see him tonight. Now we are just gonna have Rey vs. Shelton for the #1 spot, unless HBK can miraculously come back and fight in this one. Loved that Teddy is helping Shelton out a ton, but Rey comes back strong and then Michaels comes back down the ramp! Some good action between all three men, with numerous near falls to keep the match really interesting. Mysterio hitting the double 619 would be pretty cool to see but then Kurt Angle causes the match to end in a no contest! Angle’s rampage after the match was pretty awesome, and like I though earlier, Cena is going to have his hands full before getting another shot at Christian.

A very good show despite missing some very good wrestlers. Raw gets back to normal next week with Bischoff as the GM, and I can’t wait to see how the confrontation between Bischoff and Vince goes down. Glad to see this back (yet again) and looking forward to Smackdown.


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