Previews are over-rated. As I said earlier, I'm still coming back to this after a long arse time and I think I made a number of character mistakes but I think they get ironed out over the next few shows.
Monday Night RAW
Nutter Center, Dayton, Ohio
April 2, 2007
“Ladies and Gentlemen, please...”
Eight man stand in the squared circle. The tension was palpable. Then the action explodes quickly. Ladders are quickly involved. Finlay flying off the top rope into a pack of superstars. CM Punk copping a step ladder to the face. Continuous spears to all the superstars from Edge.
“For a feast for your eyes to see...”
Followed by one of the biggest spots of the evening. Jeff Hardy dropping his leg across Edge; breaking the ladder in half. We follow this up by seeing the two RKOs that Randy Orton did from the middle of the ladders.
“Like nothing you've ever seen before...”
Bookend from the ladder. Greenbay Plunge from the top of the ladder onto Hornswoggle. Mr. Kennedy grabbing the briefcase from the top of the ladder.
Mr. Kennedy has won the Money in the Bank briefcase!
“After this you will be begging for more...”
The Undertaker hits the Chokeslam on Batista. The match is surely going to be over. Batista kicks out! Batista kicks out! Last Ride to Batista. Batista Bomb to the Undertaker!
“You've seen that seeing is believing...”
Tombstone Piledriver to Batista! The pin! The Undertaker has become the first person to ever win both the World Heavyweight Championship and the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania. 'Taker does his signature pose, tongue out, World Heavyweight Championship in hand...
“Hold tight, cause the show is not over...”
Mr. McMahon alongside Umaga make their way out to the ring for the “Battle of the Billionaires.” Donald Trump and Lashley do the same thing. Both the wrestlers are all business. The barber's chair is to the side of the ring.
“If you will please move in close...”
Austin is take out by Umaga. Shane gets stunnered by Austin. Another stunner to Umaga from Austin followed by a Spinebuster from Lashley and the pin.
“You're about to be bowled over...”
Mr. McMahon gets shaved bald by Donald Trump and Bobby Lashley. Donald Trump also receives the Stone Cold Stunner.
“Welcome to the show...”
Shawn Michaels and John Cena both making their respective entrances. Both of them are focused on the task at hand. The sound of chops resonate in the background as we see multiple missed opportunities for Sweet Chin Music. We see the two superstars working their way up by leaning on each other. FU! Reversed! Shawn Michaels goes for one last Sweet Chin Music... STFU! Michaels taps!
John Cena is still the champ!
“Do you want it...”
“Do you need it...”
“Let me hear it...”
“Ladies and Gentlemen!”
At the end of the video package, the usual RAW introduction is played to the sounds of Papa Roach's 'To Be Loved,' before we enter the arena. The crowd is packed, as we see all the signs of the various fandoms, and the pyrotechnics show that opens the Monday Night RAW following Wrestlemania 23.
We are just twenty-four hours removed from one of the biggest Wrestlemanias in recent history! Eighty-thousand packed Detroit's Ford Field stadium to witness the granddaddy of them all. My name is J.R, Jim Ross, joined as always by Jerry “The King” Lawler and King, what a show!
We wanted a show and a show was what we got. We saw it all and more! New champions were crowned and old champions retained. Blood was spilled. Rivalries were settled and some were re-ignited. I can't wait for more J.R!
Could not have said it better myself King. Tonight is another matter as we catch the fallout from the biggest show of them all. What will John Cena have to say? What about Mr. McMahon?
I hope he bought himself a hat after last night.
There is going to be hell to pay for Bobby Lashley and maybe even Umaga later tonight, but that's not all. We're going to see Edge in action later tonight against the man that almost broke him in half in the Money in the Bank ladder match last night, Jeff Hardy.
Both man are going to be black and blue all over after what we saw last night but they've been cleared to compete and you can't keep a good competitor down.
Something tells me Edge was looking forward to a night off.
** MY TIME IS NOW **
Inspiring an impressive mixed reaction, the WWE Champion bursts out from behind the curtain, championship in hand and raised to the rafters, proud as hell to still be in his hand. Cena takes his time making his way down the ramp, clapping hands with fans, and even stopping to talk to a few of the younger 'Cenation' members.
Shawn Michaels and John Cena put on a clinic last night, King, and either one of those men could have walked out with the WWE Championship over his shoulder.
I don't know about you, J.R, but I'm amazed that Cena can still stand after the fight last night.
These are finely tuned athletes, King, you should know that better than anyone.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please let me welcome your WWE Champion and World Tag Team Champion, John Cena!
Cena has a microphone as Lillian climbs out of the ring. He smiles as he looks around at the mostly cheering crowd. He shrugs slightly speaking softly at first
The Champ is here...
“CENA! CENA! CENA!”
The CHAMP is here!
With a lot more vigour this time, Cena gets a major cheer from the crowd this time.
Last night, Shawn Michaels and I, we put on a show. We... WE stopped the show. Everything we had, we left it in Detroit. That match, it could have gone either way. There ain't no other way to put it. Unfortunately for Shawn Michaels, last night, I was the better man.
A mixture of some cheers and some boos come in for this comment.
Unfortunately for Shawn Michaels, I grabbed his leg, I tripped him up... and I made him tap out. After twenty minutes of John Cena throwing himself at Shawn Michaels. After twenty minutes of Shawn Michaels throwing himself at John Cena. The Champ survived.
This garners another Cena chant. Cena smirks at that, as he looks around.
The Heartbreak Kid...
Cheers for the Michaels' signature nickname.
Mr. Main Event...
Fell, before the champ.
Cena holds up the WWE Championship and his World Tag Team Championship as the fans begin their Cena chant once again.
** SEXY BOY **
The Cena chant quickly dies out as a very adamant and serious looking Shawn Michaels make his way down to the ring. A smirk comes to Cena's face as he looks at his Wrestlemania 23 opponent. The fans continue to go nuts as Michaels slides into the ring, grabs a microphone and comes face to face with Cena.
Thank you John.
He doesn't really mean that, you can see it on his face. Cena responds with “You're welcome” with some rather grandiose hand movements and bowing.
And you know what, you're right. Either one of us could have won last night... and that's what sickens me. I failed last night to go toe to toe. I failed to be the better man at Wrestlemania. I FAILED to be Mr. Main Event. Mr. Wrestlemania.
Michaels looks a tad upset with himself, looking down at the ground before meeting the eyes of Cena again.
So last night, you didn't beat that man. You DIDN'T beat the Heartbreak Kid. You didn't even see him in the ring. That was not the Shawn Michaels that you expected. That was not the Shawn Michaels that these fans wanted to see. And you know what, it's not the Shawn Michaels that I had in mind when I pictured the 'Mania main event.
Once again shaking his head, Michaels as a pained look on his face. Cena, ever the antagonist, simply asks: “who was it.”
That man out there was a shell of his past. A man that would do anything, a man that could do anything, all for this business... all for what is over your shoulder.
Michaels jabs his finger into the spinner belt.
So for that I say thank you John. You gave that man a wake-up call.
The crowd begins to get hype again, they can see where Michaels is going with this.
Thank you John Cena. Last night, you saw the all that the WWE Tag Team Champion could give. You saw the all that the man that you teamed with at No Way Out could give.
Michaels pauses for another moment as Cena continues to smirk.
But there's one thing that you haven't seen. No John, you haven't faced that Heartbreak Kid. You haven't seen the Showstopper face to face. And you haven't been in the ring with Mr. Wrestlemania when he is on song.
Another small cheer, Michaels beginning to smirk again.
Do you feel it John? Do you feel the electricity in the air? That's the return of Mr. Main Event. You say that our match last night could have gone either way, but that you were the better man.
Michaels smirks again, staring at Cena, who's smirk begins to drop and the microphone comes to his mouth to speak, but Michaels cuts him off.
The crowd pops off again, the hype for the two men in the ring being way too real. Cena just nods, mouthing: “bring it on” as the two strip down to their wrestling gear.
** HARD HITTIN' **
As the two in the ring begin to go at it, The Coach makes his presence known as he makes his way out to the ramp, looking sharp. Coach shakes his head as the two 'Mania Main Eventers stare him down.
John, Shawn, this isn't happening tonight.
The crowd launch into hurling insults and jeers towards the Assistant to the Chairman of the WWE.
Mr. McMahon, although he can't be here after last night's... debacle... of a match, has requested that the two of you settle another matter: the World Tag Team Championships.
The crowd give a little cheer to this one.
Now Shawn, despite the fact that you said you were done with John Cena after Wrestlemania, Mr. McMahon and myself, we don't agree. As you two are still the champions, you are required to defend the championships... together. And you said it yourself a few weeks ago, you have stabbed every partner you've ever had in the back. To prevent that from happening: Mr. McMahon has requested if you do “stab” John Cena in the back tonight, or for the next three weeks, you will not be given another shot at the WWE Championship.
Michaels looks almost physically pained at that idea.
To add to that, if the two of you are not able to defend your World Tag Team Championships over the next four weeks... until Backlash, then Shawn, there will be no guarantee of you even being invited to Backlash, let alone competing in my main event.
The crowd boo a bit harder then when Coach made his way out to the ring as the two in the ring lift the titles a bit higher on their shoulder.
Which brings me too tonight. Mr. McMahon has requested that you two defend your championships against the reigning WWE Tag Team Champions, Paul London and Brian Kendrick...
The crowd cheers for the two popular superstars.
Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch... and Johnny Nitro and Kenny Dykstra.
The crowd give a few jeers for those two teams.
IF you can make it through those three teams, you'll have something special waiting for you next week.
With that, Coach is done. He walks back behind the curtain smugly as the two men in the ring continue to stare each other down, wishing, praying, that they could settle it right here, right now.
** COMMERCIAL BREAK **
We return from the break to see Rory McAllister waiting in the ring, with his cousin Robbie at the side of the ring. Rory is rolling his shoulders, waiting to do his job (heh).
“I SPIT IN THE FACE OF PEOPLE WHO DON'T WANT TO BE COOL...”
** COOL **
Carlito makes his way out towards the ring, with Ric Flair and Torrie Wilson at his side. He looks confident, cool, his trusty apple in his hand. He gets a small cheer as he puts both hands in the air with plenty of vigour.
Ever since taking Flair on as “his” mentor Carlito has been on somewhat of a roll. The pair even defeated Chavo Guerrero and Gregory Helms before the show last night.
It might be a bit of a stretch to say roll.
| MATCH ONE |
| SINGLES MATCH |
| CARLITO vs. RORY MCALLISTER |
Carlito and Rory put on a surprisingly good match. Despite being a face at this time, Carlito does a bit of a number of Rory for the majority of the match. Rory, to his credit however, does rally in the last couple of minutes of the match, including hitting a sickening headbutt to the Caribbean superstar. Ric Flair is clapping at ringside while Torrie is cheering away as Carlito makes his way to his feet. Rory looks ready for this, bouncing off the ropes and looking for a lariat. Carlito dodges underneath however, taking no pause and hitting the Backcracker on McAllister. He quickly makes the pin and gets the 3 count.
Carlito at 5:23 via Pinfall
Carlito bounces up to his feet as Flair and Torrie climb into the ring. Flair raises Carlito's hand as we head backstage.
We go backstage with Todd Grisham standing by, all professional like.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guests at this time, Johnny Nitro, Melina and Kenny Dykstra.
The camera pans to reveal the two former tag team champions (albeit with different teams.) And Melina with the Women's championship over her should, of course.
You two were revealed by Jonathan Coachman as part of the four way tag-team dance tonight in the main event. You're the only... non-established team to be par...
Now I'm going to stop you right there Grisham. You're no longer needed here.
Melina takes the microphone from Grisham as she pushes him away. Smiling, she turns towards the camera as Nitro and Dykstra continue to smile at the camera.
These two boys haven't been partners for long, that's true. But they both bring something that you cannot PAY for. You have to be born with it. Something that John Cena doesn't have. Something that Shawn Michaels never had. PURE talent. Those two, they go on and on about hard work, and to that I laugh. My boy Johnny, and Kenny over here, they haven't had to work hard a day in their lives. For years they've got by on their talent. On our hands, we have two former tag team champions. Johnny... Johnny reigned for longer than some even last in this company. It was beautiful.
Melina smiles as she strokes Nitro's chest a little seductively.
Now... imagine these two as a team. Joey Mercury was good. He's still good but this is a new start for Johnny Nitro and Melina. This is a new start on RAW.
Pausing a second, Melina looks back at the two men who are basically just standing around.
PURE talent. That's where this comes from. Shawn Michaels and John Cena, they're not going to see what is coming for them. Nitro and Dykstra. These two, they're the future of this business. Imagine if pure talent works hard. Imagine if pure talent realises their potential. Nitro, Dykstra and Melina, THE Women's Champion. We're unstoppable.
Melina screams into the microphone... for some reason. The trio goes to walk off. As Melina walks ahead, Dykstra can be heard saying: “does she always do that?” With Nitro replying: “you get used to it.”
** COMMERCIAL BREAK **
As we come back from the break, we see Jonathan Coachman in his office for the night. He has a strained look on his face, phone up to his ear.
Yes, Mr.McMahon, we can make that happen... Of course, don't worry about it.
The Coach puts the phone down, taking his head in hands and rubbing his temples. Suddenly, the door bursts open and in walks... wait for it... The “Rated R Superstar” himself, Edge. When I say walk, he's a tad ginger from going through a ladder and having to be stretchered out of the event last night. There's a noticeable bulge underneath his shirt, implying his midsection has been taped.
What the hell are you thinking? Putting me in the main event against that psycho! Jeff Hardy... he wasn't even trying to win last night. Last night, he wanted to “steal the show”. I... I, an innocent bystander, was on the wrong end of that. Instead of putting him in the ring with me, he should be out in the unemployment line.
Edge is visibly flustered, making numerous hand movements as he speaks. As he finishes, he pushes his hair back and stares at Coach, who has looked up.
Are you finished?
Edge stares blankly at Coach, who shakes his head, before getting up from his desk.
You're telling me you didn't know what you were getting into in the Money in the Bank ladder match last night? You've won the damn thing before! Don't give me that “innocent bystander” shit.
Coach is mad.
Truth of the matter is, you were cleared to compete tonight: thus, you're in a match.
Coach goes back to sit down, he's a tad stressed.
Is that all, Edge?
With that Edge, a bit angry but not really in a position to do anything about it leaves the Coach to stress even more.
Elsewhere backstage, Mickie James is seen walking towards the ring, but is stopped by Candice Michelle. The two eye each other for a second before embracing.
We got this...
Mickie nods as we cut back to the ringside where..
** PAPARAZZI **
Melina and Victoria make their way out to the ring. While Melina poses with her title a bit more, Victoria is much more serious as she marches her way down to the ring, a truly imposing figure.
Last night, Melina easily dispatched of Ashley in a battle for the WWE Women's Championship in a Lumberjill's match. It didn't even look fair for the Smackdown diva.
As it should be J.R. Melina is the Women's Champion and everyone knows that the best divas are right here on Monday Night RAW!
** OBSESSION **
The pair of women that we saw embrace earlier make their way out to the ring, Candice Michelle and Mickie James. Both are fairly hyped up and make sure to clap hands with as many fans as possible on their way down to the ring, to face the two sinister divas.
Melina might have been talking her boys up early in the night, but believe me when I tell you that she isn't anything to be messed with. With that said, Mickie James is one of the best divas you will find on the roster and as a former Women's Champion herself, she won't be holding back tonight.
The two climb into the ring as we get underway.
| MATCH TWO |
| TAG TEAM MATCH |
| MELINA AND VICTORIA vs. MICKIE JAMES AND CANDICE MICHELLE |
Victoria and Mickie James start off the match as arguably the two better wrestlers in the match. James gets the other hand quickly, laying into Victoria with a few forearms. James and Michelle quickly exchange tags in and out of the ring, landing a few moves onto Victoria each. Eventually, Victoria lands a back body drop on Candice Michelle and brings in the Women's Champion. From here, Melina and Victoria dominate Michelle, leaving her unable to make the tag. Eventually, she is able to trip up Melina and tag in Mickie James. James goes to town on Victoria first, knocking her off of the apron and landing a few clotheslines on Melina. Eventually, she lands a suplex onto Melina. Victoria looks to enter the ring to get payback on James, before Michelle comes around and pulls her off the apron and attacking her. A Mick-kick later and a pin, and Mickie James gets the pin on the Women's Champion.
Mickie James and Candice Michelle via pinfall at 6:47
Candice on the other hand is getting the raw end of the deal on the outside of the ring, copping a lot of strong hits from Victoria. Mickie sees this and climbs out of the ring to help her friend.
Victoria, getting wind of this, turns her attention to her fellow former champion. She lands a few strong forearms to the back of James, before whipping her into the barricade at the side of the ring. Melina is up as well as she climbs to the outside as well, wailing on James. Victoria has turned her attention back to Candice though, as she lands a few more harsh punches before hitting the WIDOWS PEAK on the mats. Candice writhes in pain as Victoria smiles.
Mickie James on the other hand as escaped into the ring as Melina follows. She replies with a few shots of her own on the Women's Champion. Victoria watches on from ringside as the two trade blows. Eventually, Mickie James gets the upper hand, landing the second Mick-kick of the night onto Melina. Victoria watches on from the outside of the ring, as James stares at her. Eventually, Victoria walks around to the timekeeper, getting the championship and raising it above her head as the two continue to stare each other down with the other two divas out of it.
** COMMERCIAL BREAK **
We come back to Melina stomping around the backstage area. Eventually as she turns the corner, we catch a glimpse of Victoria with the Women's Championship sitting on the bench next to her. Melina walks up and snatches at it.
Don't touch my championship again.
Melina turns back and storms away. She does grab at her head slightly as she walks, but not much to notice.
It won't be yours for long.
Victoria smiles seductively and stares at the backside of Melina as she mutters those words.
Elsewhere, we're back with Todd Grisham who is standing once again in the interview space. Beside him is none other then Jeff Hardy.
I'm standing here with former WWE Intercontinental Champion, Jeff Hardy, Jeff, last night, you stole the show when you jumped from the top of a 17ft high ladder, onto Edge, through another ladder. Perhaps the most important question is: how are you holding up?
Jeff smiles and looks at Todd as he pushes his hair back behind his head.
I guess I did steal the show last night. And I suppose that I did take Edge out of the match. But you know what Todd... I'm holding up great. There is nothing like going out there... at Wrestlemania none the less, and doing what we do best. Ladders are my thing. Ladders are the Hardy thing. The whole world knew what they were getting in to when they put The Hardy Boys in a ladder match together and boy did we give it to them.
He pauses and looks up to the sky again.
We gave it to them like you would not believe. Jeff Hardy. Matt Hardy. Hell, even Edge deserves his props for what he did last night. The Money in the Bank match stole the show. Not off my back, but off all of those superstars.
Another pause, another deep breath.
But I suppose that what I did, it was something special. I broke a god-damn ladder man.
Hardy begins to laugh, a tad maniacally.
Tonight, McMahon saw it fit to put me into a match with Edge because of what I did last night? Alright. Tonight, I want to show all of these fans here in Dayton that I ain't just a one trick pony. I ain't all ladders and chairs and tables. I ain't just a tag team star. I ain't just a former Intercontinental Champion.
Another moment, as Jeff Hardy holds up his signature finger pose.
I'm Jeff Hardy. Future. World. Champion.
Hardy smirks again as he walks away from the interview zone.
Back into the arena, Val Venis is standing in the middle of the ring. His music begins to die down as the crowd look towards the ramp.
** VIRTUAL VOODOO **
And for the first time in a long time, Umaga makes his way to the ring without the McMahons by his side, Armando on the other hand, as always, is with him. Umaga stomps down to the ring, taking the time to do his scream as he makes his way to the ring.
Umaga can't be a happy monster after what happened last night at Wrestlemania. He let down Vince McMahon and he lost to Bobby Lashley.
With Steve Austin as the guest referee it was never going to be a fair fight last night. Give Umaga another run at Lashley in a fair fight and he wins nine times out of ten.
J.R sighs as we head into the match.
| MATCH THREE |
| SINGLES MATCH |
| UMAGA vs VAL VENIS |
The Samoan Bulldozer makes light work of the sex symbol, taking out his Wrestlemania frustrations on a man who didn't have anything to do with any of it. The commentators talk up the Intercontinental Champion as the wrecking ball that he is; as he has his way with Venis. Venis manages to land a few rights and lefts to Umaga, but eventually loses out as Umaga floors him with a big right hand. Umaga scoops him up and hits a Samoan drop. Picking the unfortunate Venis up, he hits his signature Samoan Spike before pinning Venis and taking the win.
Umaga at 3:12 via Pinfall
Rolling into the ring, Armando Alejandro Estrada has a microphone in his hand ready and raring to do go. Of course, Umaga is still riled up and ready to fight as he slaps the Intercontinental Championship over his should.
Armando Alejandro Estrada:
Ju' see, last night, last night was a fluke. Ju' see, Bobby Lashley, he had a little too much help from outside of the ring. When he and Umaga get the chance to go one on one, ju' fans will no longer be cheering for “Lashley.” The arena. She would be silent. Bobby Lashley, he would be broken. Ju' Bobby Lashley, ju' got lucky at Wrestlemania; but you won't get lucky no more.
Umaga lets out a vicious roar at the end of Estrada's sentence as the fans let out a big jeer.
Armando Alejandro Estrada:
Ju' Steve Austin, ju' are the reason that Bobby Lashley won at Wrestlemania. Ju' are the reason that the great and esteemed Vince McMahon had his dignity taken away from him. So Steve Austin, Umaga wishes to issue you a challenge.
Armando Alejandro Estrada:
Next week on RAW, you will meet Umaga in the middle of this wrong.
Armando Alejandro Estrada:
And ju' will fall to the might of THE SAMOOOOAANNNNNN BULLLLDDOOOOZZZZEERRR.
Umaga once again roars, letting us know that he is indeed still in the ring. As the Samoan Bulldozer continues to stand menacing in the ring.
Umaga just made one hell of a statement, and challenging Steve Austin? Austin never backs down from a fight, but I think he might have some reservations about facing that monster.
Monster is an understatement, J.R. Umaga isn't happy after he lost last night and I don't very well blame him. He probably copped a reaming from the boss after that one.
I've been on the other side of that, King, and let me tell you it ain't fun.
** COMMERCIAL BREAK **
Back from the break and we're straight to the backstage area. Carlito, straddling onto Torrie Wilson, walks into screen.
You see that babe. You see how awesome I was out there.
Carlito nods a little bit as Torrie Wilson plays it up a bit. Its pretty obvious that she doesn't exactly think that but hey, anything to keep her man happy.
I think we're in need of a little celebration, champagne sounds great.
Did you want me to call Ric, have him come to the locker room.
Carlito looks a little pained, before shaking his head.
Don't worry about Flair, he wouldn't be interested.
The two keep walking as we go to where Todd Grisham is standing.
Ladies and gentleman, please welcome my guest at this time, Mr. Money in the Bank, Mr. Kennedy.
The camera pans over to show the blonde haired dynamo standing in his own merchandise, his shit eating grin on his face, chewing gum as always.
Fans at home and here in the arena might be wondering Mr. Kennedy. You're a Smackdown superstar, what are you doing here on RAW tonight?
Kennedy holds up his brand new, shiny briefcase.
This. This right here is why I am here tonight.
And with that, Mr. Kennedy leave the interview area, leaving Todd a bit gobsmacked as he gets shunned for the second time tonight.
Back into the arena now, where:
** LOADED **
Bursting out from behind the curtain, Jeff Hardy makes his way down to the ring, doing his usual finger taunt and getting a decent enough reaction from the crowd.
Hardy certainly made an impact last night in the Money in the Bank ladder match last night, but he was unsuccessful in winning the match. I wonder if what Kennedy says means he will cash in his guaranteed title shot here tonight.
It could very well be the perfect opportunity, with Cena having to go through three teams and his own partner if he wants to hold on to that championship.
Two other men that competed in the Money in the Bank last night, Jeff Hardy and Edge, are about to go head to head in the ring. From what we saw last night, King, neither of these men will be at 100% tonight!
“YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME”
** METALINGUS **
In what is pretty much the polar opposite of Hardy's entrance, Edge makes his way down to the ring pretty gingerly, favoring his taped up hips in a big way.
By the looks of it, Edge definitely got the downside of the match last night, being the only superstar to be escorted away from ringside at Wrestlemania last night.
I agree with Edge, J.R, Hardy should be suspended after what he did last night.
I don't know if I would go that far with it, King, but from what we've seen, Edge would go even further.
Edge climbs into the ring, shrugging off his trademark trench coat as the 'Rated R Superstar' looks set to begin the match, albeit a bit tentative.
| MATCH FOUR |
| SINGLES MATCH |
| JEFF HARDY vs EDGE |
Being two of the better superstars on the roster, the two get a decent amount of time in the middle of the ring in what could have been the main event on any other night. The two former Tag Team Champions take turns laying into each other early on, before Hardy takes advantage of the injured Edge, getting a cheap shot to the ribs of the Rated R Superstar. This leads to Edge escaping from the ring and clutching at his ribs. Of course, Hardy isn't one to let up, as he comes flying over the top rope and putting both men down for the count. The match continues with Hardy throwing the injured superstar back into the ring and getting a quick two count. From here, we cut to commercial break.
We return with Edge having an opportunity to go after the older Hardy. Targeting Jeff's own ribs, Edge hits gutbusters and inverted atomic drops among other things, screaming out at one point “HOW DOES IT FEEL?” Eventually, the younger Hardy brother rallies back, hitting forearm after forearm before taking Edge down with a monster clothesline. It takes Hardy a few seconds, before setting up for the Twist of Fate! Letting out a scream, Hardy goes for his brother's signature move but Edge wriggles out! He pushes Hardy towards the ropes. Hardy manages to orientate himself before he bounces back off the ropes, turning right around into a spear! Edge pins! 1...2...3! Edge has pulled it out somehow.
Edge at 13:21 via pinfall
Edge is slow to get up after his victory though, throwing his hands up in the air in celebration as the crowd lets him know how they feel about the win of the 'Rated R Superstar'. Edge doesn't look real happy though as he slides out of the ring and looks under the apron...
EDGE HAS A STEEL CHAIR.
The classic Edge weapon, as he slides into the ring on the still downed Hardy. He waits, patiently, calculating his next move as Hardy stumbles to his feet. The crowd try and warn him, but it's to no avail as Edge rushes in with a massive GUT SHOT with the chair. The crowd are going off their heads as they jeer the 'Rated R Superstar'. Hardy stumbles back after the stomach that was attacked so often during the match is punished once again. Edge then moves in for the killing blow, landing a devastating head shot on Hardy who is floored instantly.
WHAT IS EDGE DOING!? He's going to end that man's career!
I think he might be getting revenge for last night J.R!
Edge looks down at his fallen foe as EMTs and Road Agents come rushing down the ramp. Hardy is tended too while Edge is, well, forced to leave the ring.
We get another clip of one of the teams in the Tag Team Championship match tonight as we see Trevor Murdoch and Lance Cade both warming up. Murdoch is rolling his shoulders over as Cade grabs his black cowboy hat.
These boys, they ain't gonna know what 'it 'em.
It's like leading cows to the slaughter, we ain't never gonna have an easier chance to become the tag team champions.
Murdoch laughs, cracks a smile and looks at his partner, who grins as well.
Let's get 'em partner.
We see Murdoch and Cade leaving their locker room.
Elsewhere backstage Kendrick and London, with their WWE Tag Team Championships around their waists are in their own locker room.
What do you think they will call us if we win tonight?
What the hell are you on about?
I mean, we wouldn't just be the WWE Tag Team Champions, we would also be World Tag Team Champions. So which one would we go by? Would they have to say that we're both. How about “Unified Tag Team Champions?”
That sounds pretty good.
They both grab a hold of their masks.
So would that make us Smackdown or RAW superstars?
I suppose we could take the belts to ECW.
The two laugh as they also look to leave their locker room for the main event.
Once again, we're in a locker room. This time we're with Dykstra and Nitro, as well as Melina, who has her championship back.
When you two win tonight, we're going to become three of the most powerful superstars on this show. Women's Champion and the Tag Team Champions, teaming up. We're going to be unstoppable.
The other two stare into space a little bit, before Dykstra smirks.
Continuing to dream, Melina leaves as the other two follow her out, these guys getting their promo time with the interview earlier.
Of course, we've done all the teams so far so we might as well do the tag team champions themselves. Cena is in his own locker room, garbed up in his “Hustle, Loyalty, Respect” gear and looks ready to fight. He has his WWE Championship belt over his shoulder and his tag team belt around his waist.
Shawn Michaels comes into the room without saying a word. Cena nods and follows him out of the room.
** COMMERCIAL BREAK **
And we're back, Cade and Murdoch already in the ring with Dykstra and Nitro just finishing their entrance into the match.
All eight of the men that will be in the ring have been Tag Team Champions in the past and I don't like his attitude, King, but I have to give props to Nitro for all he did as champion over on Smackdown.
He's focused on his number one, J.R. Surely even you can respect that.
I'll respect it when it stops coming at the expense of others.
As Melina settles into her place at ringside, the crowd looks again to the entrance ramp.
** LONDON CALLING **
Thankfully after such a long Nitro and Dykstra intro, we're treated to the fast paced duo as they sprint down to the ring. Together, they slide into the ring, tear their masks off and toss them out into the crowd.
These two have be impressive over on Smackdown as the longest reigning WWE Tag Team Champions and it doesn't look like they'll be slowing down any time soon.
But that's Smackdown, J.R. This is RAW. The calibre of competitor is much different!
As J.R shakes his head, we once again look to the ring for the entrance of the World Tag Team Champions.
** MY TIME IS NOW **
John Cena, the WWE Champion receives his customary mixed reaction from the Dayton crowd as he stops at the top of the ramp.
There's still tension between the two Tag Team Champions, but after their collision early in the night, both of them want another shot at each other.
I don't usually like to compliment Coach, but the stipulations in this match are great.
** SEXY BOY **
Joining the WWE Champion at the top of the ramp, Michaels skips his customary praying entrance as he stares over at his partner, before turning to the men in the ring.
I don't think Shawn Michaels will be doing anything to jeopardise getting another shot at the WWE Championship, but when you look at his past, he might not be able to help himself.
The two put on a clinic last night but it was a tough match, I don't know if either of them will be able to give it their all tonight.
As the pair head to the ring, trying to stay in step, the teams all enter the ring, ready to go.
| MAIN EVENT |
| FOUR WAY TAG TEAM DANCE |
| WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS |
| JOHN CENA AND SHAWN MICHAELS vs BRIAN KENDRICK AND PAUL LONDON vs THE REDNECK WRECKING CREW vs KENNY DYKSTRA AND JOHNNY NITRO w/ MELINA |
For a match with so many competitors, this match starts surprising amicably. The four men in the ring pair off, with Kendrick going after Nitro while Murdoch and Cena trade blows. The match is rather chaotic, with a couple of pins here and there, but eventually two heel teams team up to work over London and Michaels. This is a rather long period the match as London struggles to reach Kendrick and Michaels, well, Michaels just takes it.
Eventually, Michaels makes the tag to Cena who explodes into the ring taking out Nitro and Cade, driving his shoulder into the pair of. This also brings Kendrick in the ring as London gets time to breath. Nitro and Cade roll out of the ring after copping it from Cena. They don't get a chance though as Kendrick dashes off of the ropes and dives out onto the pair of competitors. Before Cena can get out of the ring, he is rushed by Murdoch and Dykstra, who knock him back. London is still down and can't help the WWE Champion. The referee, trying to break up the now illegal brawl also gets knocked out. Outside of the ring, Kendrick is up, throwing Nitro into the ring and going for the pin, not noticing the referee. With their being no count, he quickly wises up to what is going on. With London having recovered, the WWE Tag Team Champions turn their attention to the illegal men in the ring, taking one each and laying into them, before they hit a leg lariat onto their own men.
Now the only men left and no referee remaining, they point to the two turnbuckles. Both of them climb up, but are quickly stopped as Cade and Nitro knock them off and to the outside of the ring. The heels are back in control, but they now go at with the rest of the men down, as well as the referee still struggling. Cade has an inherent advantage over Nitro though, even hitting the Red Neck (sitout spinebuster), but a desperate Michaels breaks up the very slow count.
Back up to his feet, Cade turns his attention to Michaels. He lifts him to his feet and also hits him with the Red Neck! He goes to pin him, but the referee doesn't make the count! Michaels is not the legal man. Cena is up and into the ring to help his partner, knocking Cade back with some reeling right hands, before bouncing off the ropes and hitting him with another flying shoulder charge! Cade is down. Cena goes back to the ropes... FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE!
Cena looks poised to take the victory, when suddenly Melina grabs the referee's attention as she sees another man running down the ramp... RANDY ORTON. Cena is trying to get the referee to notice, before noticing and walking right into an RKO! CENA IS DOWN. Dykstra pounces as the only man now up. As Murdoch looks to rush into the ring, the referee makes the count! 1...2...3
Johnny Nitro and Kenny Dykstra at 18:54 via Pinfall on John Cena.
Randy Orton, looking smug on the outside of the ring walks back up the ramp, staring at John Cena in the middle of the ring. On the outside, Michaels looks distraught as he realises he might have just lost his chance at the WWE Championship.
Nitro and Dykstra are given their new titles by Melina as the three raise their hands and their championships in the air as they head up the ramp and to the back.
** TURN UP THE TROUBLE **
The crowd continue their disappointment as Mr. Money in the Bank comes walking out to the top of the ramp, briefcase in hand. He's dress to compete. Cena, in the ring, looks distraught as Kennedy smirks. He puts his hand up in the air as his customary microphone is lowered down. The rest of the teams, bar Shawn Michaels of course, are outside of the ring, looking on.
From Green Bay, Wisconsin, weighing in at 236 pounds, he is Mr. Money in the Bank... Mr. KENNNEDY!
The crowd boos as Kennedy looks around.
The usual drawn out thing, you get the idea. Kennedy holds the mic in his hand as it follows him as he walks towards the ring. He stops halfway though.
Cena, I fully... FULLY intended to come out here tonight and cash in. I FULLY intended on taking that championship away from you, right here... tonight! But I suppose you got lucky because I had a change of heart.
The crowd actually cheer this time around.
Because I don't want to win the WWE Championship in Dayton, Ohio. Oh god no. I don't want to win it on Monday Night RAW. I don't evenwant to win it at Backlash. I want to win it when all lights are on me. I want the spectacle. I am Mr. Money in the Bank.
Back to the boos.
I am... MR. KENNEDYYY
I'm going to get real sick of writing this schtick.
And with that, a Kennedy with his briefcase up in the air and a whole new host of things happening, RAW goes off air.