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*NOTE; Some of you seem to have missed the fact that for the longest match question, the Ultimate Submission match DOES NOT COUNT.*
Vengeance T-3Hours; Backstage News and Notes:
Anticipation is high backstage for tonights show, with many agents and writers excited at the prospect of seeing Umaga and Mr. Kennedy being thrust into the main event spotlight for the first time, with many believing there is a 'breath of fresh air' in the Raw main event scene, and there is plenty of hope that both men can succeed in a high pressure situation on PPV.
There has though, been some concern about the difference in build up between the 'Triple Main Event', and the undercard, with little heat coming into Vengeance for the matches further down the card - barring of course, the Womens Championship Feud. The main area of concern has been the tag team division as of late, with many officials backstage in the belief that the division SHOULD be prospering with the likes of Straight Edge & MNM, but since Backlash, it has been floundering. It is expected that the division will be given a 'shot in the arm' in the coming weeks.
It is thought that the feud between Shelton Benjamin and Matt Hardy will play out over the course of the summer, which explains the fairly basic nature of build up to their first encounter this evening. It's unknown if the title will switch hands tonight, but it is said to be a possibility in order to kick-start the feud, although a case has also been made for a long term run for Shelton Benjamin with the championship, considering the Intercontinental Title has switched hands six times in the last twelve months. With Benjamin and Hardy also set to meet next weeked in the King of the Ring tournament at Saturday Nights Main Event, expect the duo to trade victories, with the winner of tonight's match more likely to lose next weekend in order to 'even the scores'.
Mickie James IS backstage - BUT - the Womens Champion was also backstage last Monday on Raw, and didnt make an appearance. Rumours have indicated that Mickie will appear, but only to relinquish her title, and further hold off on the 'blow off' to the Melina angle. However, there are concerns that to draw the angle out for any longer may result in overkill, and it may end up being a better idea for Mickie to return and finish the feud with Melina before, likely, moving onto the inevitable angle with Beth Phoenix.
After reports had surfaced around WrestleMania that Rhyno would find himself amongst the 'releasees', the general thoughts backstage are that the Man Beast is in the last chance saloon to save his job. Having looked impressive since his return, Rhyno is said to be determined to remain in the company, despite the feeling of many being that his time to make a run for the top has long since passed. A strong showing against Mysterio will certainly help his cause, and it's expected that he'll at least be given the rest of the summer to show his worth to the company.
It's highly unlikely that Shawn Michaels will end Umagas undefeated streak. With Michaels set to take time off over the summer, an injury angle tonight, or possibly tomorrow night on Raw - at the hands of a different heel to have a ready made feud for his return - is expected, in order to cover as his reason of absence during the summer tour. A win over Michaels could also solidify Umaga, who looks to be the sure-fire favourite for next weeks King of the Ring tournament, as the company gears up to make the Samoan Bulldozer it's new dominant force.
Whilst a victory for Mister Kennedy isnt expected, the booking staff have been pushing hard to at least keep him looking strong in defeat, with many believing he could be a mainstay - not a one shot only - in the main event scene, and a good showing against Christian could help the 2006 King of the Ring winner solidify his status as a top tier player. Many eyes will also be on Christian, as this will mark the first occasion in which he goes into a PPV main event match where he will be the more experienced in the main event environment, and fully expected to carry the load. The duration of Christians title run could well depend on how he performs in this situation.
With Christian likely to retain the World Heavyweight Title, thoughts are immediately shifting toward Summerslam, and it is felt that either John Cena or Kurt Angle will meet the champion at Wembley on August 19. Arguments can be made for both men, as a Cena vs Christian match at Summerslam would be the headline grabber, coming off their WrestleMania main event, although Angle vs Christian would be a fresher possibility, and would offer a genuine heel/face dynamic. Expect the winner of the Ultimate Submission match to be the answer to that question. A draw in that match could be a possibility, with the Raw creative team seemingly booking themselves into a corner, placing John Cena in a perilous situation where a submission loss (or multiple submissions during the thirty minute match) could hurt his credibility, although there is also a line of thinking that it could well be a well placed plan, with rumours still swirling that a heel turn for Cena could be still in the works, and a submission could plant another seed on that potential path. Should the match result in a draw, expect either a blow off match between Angle and Cena on Raw in the coming weeks, or indeed, a triple threat match at Summerslam could be in the works.
Vengeance will be posted on Sunday. Whilst I hadnt planned on writing the show in full, it looks like that's pretty much what has ended up happening, I'm afraid. I've still got to write the main event, but that will be completed by Sunday. Last chances now to make predictions.