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RAW ResultsMonday 28th April 2008
Live From The Von Braun Civic Center
Huntsville , Alabama

***Video Recap***
From Backlash

  • The finish to the Intercontinental Championship match with Cody Rhodes being whipped in to the ropes and knocking Kelly off the apron, leading to Kofi Kingston retaining
  • Cody & Kelly arguing in the back and Kelly walking out on an ultimatum from Cody
  • Kelly winning the number one contendership match with Natalya angry at Melina at the end
  • John Cena defeating Kenny Dykstra with an FU after a strong effort from the youngster
  • Mr. Kennedy storming the ring and hitting Randy Orton with The Mic Check, allowing Kane to retain the WWE Championship
  • The Big Show returning and destroying Evolution to allow The McMahon’s to win their non sanctioned match

“Wanna Be Loved”


“Voices” blasts its way through the speakers inside the Von Braun Civic Center as a very serious looking Randy Orton makes his way down to the ring. The crowd boo him as he climbs up the steps and walks across to collect a microphone, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt. It looks like he’s ready to kill someone as he stands in the middle of the ring staring angrily in to the crowd before saying that he’s out here for one very simple reason, to address a miscarriage of justice that occurred at Backlash night, an act that is solely responsible for him standing out there without the WWE Championship. A big pop meets that statement, but Orton seems to ignore the crowd and says that the miscarriage of justice needs to be dealt with before he deals with the man responsible for depriving him the right of calling himself the WWE Champion once again. He then tells the thousands in attendance that it can however be put right if Eric Bischoff does the right for once and looks past his own ego to give him the fair rematch that he deserves, and that if Bischoff doesn’t act as he should, The Legend Killer won’t be responsible for his actions. He steps back and says that Bischoff needs to resolve this right here, right now. The crowd boo him, but after about five seconds, there’s no response and Orton snaps ever so slightly, saying that he means every word, he’ll walk back there and take action himself if need be, but just then, “Turn Up The Treble” hits to a big pop as Mr. Kennedy, the man who screwed Orton over at Backlash walks down to the ring with quite a grin on his face, infuriating Orton even more.

Kennedy has a microphone in his possession as he walks towards the centre of the ring, seeming to be enjoying the sight of Orton glaring at him. Kennedy tells him straight off that if he wanted clarification on his rematch with Kane, he had it last night and he doesn’t feel the need to tell him just what happened because they both know, and laughs as he says only one of them seems to be quite satisfied with the outcome. Orton just glares right at Kennedy, who asks him what’s wrong and if he’s right in thinking that he’s not a believer in the saying, ‘what goes around comes around’. Orton remains staring intently at Kennedy, who becomes a bit more serious and asks Orton if he really thought he was going to get away with what he did the night after Wrestlemania, and if he is really that naïve not to expect something along the lines of what happened last night. Kennedy then asks him if there’s anybody home as Orton just stares at him with evil intentions. Kennedy then says that it looks like he has to give him a reminder of just what he’s talking about, as the tron shows Orton storming down to the ring and kicking Kennedy in the head for no reason the night after Wrestlemania. Kennedy turns back and says unlike what Orton said of that incident, what happened last night was personal, it was personal since the moment Orton made the mistake of kicking him in the head and putting him on the shelf with a concussion in the process.

Orton starts showing more anger as Kennedy continues, saying that the concussion wasn’t as severe as Orton would like to think, but being the resourceful guy that he (Kennedy) is, he sat back and waited for the right time to get even and show Orton just why no one screws around with Mr. Kennedy. The crowd liked that one and cheer the Green Bay native, but he’s not done as he tells Orton that attacking Paul Bearer like he did on no less than two occasions was all well and good, but with him, it’s a different story, no one screws over Mr. Kennedy, even a selfish son of a bitch like Randy Orton. With Orton looking ready to explode, Kennedy tells him that he’s even now though, because seeing him miss out on the WWE title last night was more than enough satisfaction to make him a sleep like a baby, and that right now, it seems that he’s higher up the list for a shot at Kane since Orton blew his rematch. That sets Orton off and he yells at Kennedy, asking him how he figures that out, and that he is owed a fair rematch, a rematch that doesn’t involve a jealous waste of space like Kennedy who will never amount to anything ruining his chance of getting back what he never lost in the first place.

Kennedy becomes a bit more serious all of a sudden as Orton goes on to say that once he’s got his title match, the first thing he’s going to do is come looking for Kennedy, and that he’s gonna kick him in the head, only this time he’s going to make sure he ends the worthless career of Mr. Kennedy once and for all. He seems to be getting under Kennedy’s skin a bit and asks him whether he thinks anyone will actually remember, let alone miss him because at the end of the day, anyone can bleach their hair as badly as he has, stroll down to the ring and say their name twice. Orton shows signs of a smirk before saying that Kennedy’s career has amounted to nothing, and despite being older than The Legend Killer, he has nothing to show for it, so he can forget all about getting anywhere near the WWE Championship, because that spot is reserved for him (Orton). All of a sudden, “I’m Back” hits with Eric Bischoff walking out to the stage with a microphone in hand and he says that as much as he hates to say it, he tells Orton he told him so, saying that he knew this would happen, but it doesn’t mean that he’s happy with what happened at Backlash night.

He explains that a WWE Championship match under his due restriction was compromised beyond his control, leaving him with a difficult decision to make. He follows up to say that he is paid to make these decisions, and he has come to a solution that he sees as being more than reasonable for all concerned, including the devoted followers of Monday Night Raw. With some cheers breaking out, Bischoff says that over the next month or so, there is going to be a number one contendership tournament with the winner facing Kane for the WWE Championship at the King of the Ring, calling it a ‘Quest to Be Champion’. Orton doesn’t like the idea and asks how that can be considered a reasonable solution since he is owed a fair rematch, but Bischoff tells Orton he had his rematch and that he was partly responsible for how it turned it out. Orton shakes his head as Kennedy nods his, with Bischoff then saying that they’re both going to have their chance at retribution, because later on tonight, in a first round match in the Quest to Be Champion tournament, it is going to Randy Orton going one on one with Mr. Kennedy. A huge pop breaks out as Bischoff soaks it up while Orton & Kennedy stare at each other with “I’m Back” playing once again as Bischoff then turns round and walks to the back.

{Commercial Break}

***Video Recap***
Before The Break!

The viewers are reminded of what just went down with Eric Bischoff announcing there will be a tournament called the “Quest to Be King” with the winner facing Kane at the King of the Ring for the WWE Championship, and that later on tonight, Mr. Kennedy will face Randy Orton in a first round match.

{Cut To Ringside}

“La Vittoria é Mia”
hits as Santino Marella & Melina make their way down to the ring, with Santino looking fairly relaxed despite suffering defeat last night. Melina however doesn’t look in the best of moods as Santino borrows a microphone from Lilian Garcia and says that as they all just heard, there is now a Quest to Be King championship. He says that after he wins his match tonight, Eric Bischoff will be knocking his wall down to give him a qualifying match next week, and that with no little green dwarf to get in his way, he will be the next WWE Champion. He calmly passes the microphone back to Lilian and takes off his Italian shirt, awaiting his opponent with “Gonna Punch Someone Tonight” playing as a happy Jimmy Wang Yang walks down to the ring. JR reminds the fans at home that Yang made his Raw debut at Backlash last night, answering Ted DiBiase’s Jr open challenge, where he came close on several occasions to becoming the Million Dollar Champion.

***Match #1***

Jimmy Wang Yang vs Santino Marella w/Melina

Yang took Santino by surprise in the early going, but a distraction from Melina allowed Santino to get back in to it.

After a couple of submission holds, he stands back up and drags Yang up with him, then whips his opponent in to the ropes. But as Yang comes back off the ropes, Marella is left stunned by a jumping spinning leg lariat that sends him down to the mat. The crowd get behind Yang as both men struggle to their feet, and Yang is able to block a right hand from Santino, then whips him in to the corner. He follows him in straight away and connects with a spinning wheel kick, taking him on to the apron with Santino dropping face first to the mat. Just as Yang tries to climb the ropes, Melina walks round and tries to pull him down, but Natalya Neidhart walks down the ramp and drags her away. Melina is stunned as Natalya yells at her, leaving Yang to climb up to the top rope, but the distraction gave Santino the chance to recover. He stands up and climbs up to the second rope, but Yang simply pushes him down and turns to face the crowd. The Italian Stallion picks himself back up behind Yang, who then strikes, leaping off the top and hitting a MOONSAULT. . . . . he lands on Santino with the referee making the count 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Jimmy Wang Yang by pinfall @ 5.17.

AFTERMATH: “Gonna Punch Someone Tonight” plays with Yang standing up to get his arm raised by the referee as Natalya backs away with Melina looking angry, staring right her as Yang poses for the crowd on the second rope in the corner.

{Cut Backstage}

Leticia Cline is standing by and she introduces her guest, Kelly Kelly. The camera zooms out to reveal the wide smiling Kelly, and Leticia congratulates her on becoming the number one contender for the Women’s Championship after winning the fatal fourway match at Backlash last night, with Kelly then thanking her. Leticia then asks her if she has made a decision or has been told just when she would be challenging Victoria for the title. Kelly says that she was told earlier on that it’s going to be next week when a hand appears on her shoulder, with Cody Rhodes then walking in to the shot to stand by Kelly, who doesn’t look all that pleased to see him. Leticia looks confused and says that she was under the impression that they broke up last night, but Cody tells Leticia that Kelly had a rush of blood and walked out of an argument, that was all. He then moves on to say that Kelly did a great job last night, but even Kelly knows it’s going to be hard for her to even match Victoria next week. Leticia doesn’t seem to be impressed by Cody’s last comment, and the same goes for Kelly as Cody then says that the most important things they have to deal with right now are Kofi Kingston and the Intercontinental Championship.

He moves on to say that Kofi got lucky last night and that for weeks, he’s been trying to steal Kelly away from him, but he showed last night that he didn’t care about Kelly after he was responsible for her falling off the apron. Kelly cuts in, saying that’s not true and that he checked she was okay, but Cody tells her to shut up before saying that he’s not done with Kofi, not by a long shot, and that he has a great idea for him tonight. He then tells Kelly he’ll see her later and to make sure she stays away from Kofi, or they’ll have to have another serious talk. He looks at his upset girlfriend and says he’s got to go talk with someone and walks out of the shot. Kelly looks glum, and Leticia says that it might not be her place, but asks Kelly why she didn’t walk out on Cody last night if he treats her like that. She’s about to answer when the WWE Women’s Champion, Victoria walks up to them. With the title draped over her shoulder, she tells Kelly she watched her match last night and says that she was impressed. Kelly says thanks, but Victoria says as much as she likes Kelly, she’s not going to take her title off her. The champ then walks out of the shot as Kelly & Leticia watch her leave.

{Commercial Break}

***Video Promo***

{Cut Backstage}

Eric Bischoff & his Executive Assistant, William Regal are sat down on a leather sofa in their office with Regal telling Bischoff the Quest to be Champion idea was a stroke of genius. Bischoff says that it’s going to give people even more reason to make sure they don’t miss Raw, making it a must see for the next six weeks or so, starting tonight with Mr. Kennedy & Randy Orton going at it. He then tells Regal to imagine the possibilities, saying that next week he could make a match between Triple H & Batista or JBL & Vince McMahon, getting himself excited as a knock on the door interrupts him. He tells them to come in, and in comes Cody Rhodes. Eric stands up and asks Cody to let him guess, he stopped by to ask for a rematch with Kofi Kingston tonight for the Intercontinental Champion. Cody sn-iggers and says that’s not the case, but mentions that it does involve Kofi. Bischoff tells Cody to enlighten him as Regal pays attention to Cody saying that he heard about the Quest to be Champion tournament, but that it looks like they have forgot about the champion in all this.

Bischoff looks confused, but Cody asks him just what Kane is going to do while he waits for his challenger to be determined, then says that he has a proposal for tonight, a champion vs champion match with Kane, the WWE Champion taking on the Intercontinental Champion, Kofi Kingston. Regal stands up and asks Bischoff he can smell something, telling him that he’s sure he can smell an alternative motive. Bischoff grins and tells Cody he knows exactly what he’s up to, but he likes the idea of two champions going at it, and he’s going to make the match, not because he suggested it, but because it’s good business. Cody smiles as Bischoff then asks Regal if he minds going to inform Kofi of the decision, but Cody puts his hand on Regal’s shoulder and tells him he’d like the chance to do it himself. Bischoff says that’s okay, allowing the extremely satisfied Cody to leave the room. The Head of Authority says that’s another great reason to watch Raw tonight, champion vs champion, saying this is going to be a great night as the camera zooms in on him smiling widely before cutting away.

{Cut To Ringside}

hits to heat inside the arena as Ted DiBiase Jr & “The Million Dollar Woman” Maryse stroll down to the ring, looking quite content. The Million Dollar Champion collects a microphone once inside the ring and says that over the last week, it seems he’s gained a substantial amount of critics who believe that he is becoming over confident, complacent, arrogant and disrespectful to his opponents. He stops and smirks for a second before saying that the one thing that matters and speaks volumes is that despite all the allegations being thrown his way is that he still remains undefeated, and the Million Dollar Champion. That doesn’t go down well with the fans, but he doesn’t care and says that he doesn’t take any notice of criticism, and that the only critic he has is himself. He then says that just like he’s done every time he’s set foot in this ring, he’s going to beat whoever it is who decides to accept an open challenge for the most prestigious title in WWE history. He turns to the tron and says that he knows it’s a lost cause, but he needs someone to walk all over to prove that he is the definition of unlimited potential. He hands the microphone back and waits for someone to make their way down, and after a couple of seconds, “Lambeg” plays to a pop from the crowd as the serious looking Finlay, accompanied by Hornswoggle, walks down the ramp, taking DiBiase & Maryse off guard as they look surprised in the ring.

***Match #2***

Million Dollar Championship
Finlay w/Hornswoggle vs Ted DiBiase Jr (c) w/“The Million Dollar Woman” Maryse

DiBiase has been on the back foot with Finlay being very aggressive.

The Irishman pounds DiBiase in the corner with hard kicks to the chest, and he then drags him out to level him with a European uppercut that sends him falling to the mat. The dazed champion slowly makes his way back up with Maryse looking concerned on the outside. Finlay reaches down to drag him back up, but DiBiase shows some fight and throws a right in to Finlay’s chest, then another before pulling himself back up and kicking him in the stomach. He then grabs Finlay by the head and drags it under his arm, then lifts him up and connects with a vertical suplex before going for a cover 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . DiBiase sits back up, looking a little disappointed, but not all that surprised that Finlay kicked out. The champ then makes his way back up to his feet with Finlay also making an attempt to stand back up, and DiBiase Jr shifts behind his opponent, stalking him for the Million Dollar Dream.

The fans boo as unwittingly, Finlay stands back up, but as DiBiase grabs him across the neck, Finlay spins round straight away and rolls him in to an INSIDE CRADLE. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . DiBiase kicks out to the relief of Maryse on the outside, and as both men get back up, Finlay ducks a right hand and takes DiBiase down as he turns round in to a snap mare with Finlay following up with a low dropkick to the face. The challenger rushes as he scurries across and goes for a cover 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . DiBiase just gets his shoulder up, and Maryse panics on the outside as she goes to collect the Million Dollar title belt as Finlay stands up. She then slides it in to DiBiase as he turns on to his side, grabbing hold of the belt. Both Finlay and the referee are unaware of it, and as Finlay then bends down to pick him up, DIBIASE SITS UP AND NAILS HIM ACROSS THE HEAD WITH THE BELT. . . . . The ref has no choice but to DQ him and calls for the bell.

WINNER: Finlay by DQ @ 6.53.

AFTERMATH: “Lambeg” plays with DiBiase slipping out of the ring with his belt in hand, and Maryse walks round to meet him as Hornswoggle slides in the ring and kneels down over Finlay with DiBiase showing no remorse whatsoever as he backs up the ramp.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

***Video Promo***

{Cut Backstage}

A smug looking Cody Rhodes walks down the hall and stops to face a door, then smiles even more as he grabs hold of the handle and walks right in. We see the Intercontinental Champion, Kofi Kingston sit up, looking agitated at Cody’s presence. He asks Cody what the hell he’s doing there, but Cody is calmness personified as he tells Kofi to chill out because he’s not there to cause trouble, he’s there to inform him about the opportunity of a lifetime. Kofi is curious and asks him what he’s talking about. Cody says he’s going to like it because he scored him a chance to make a real name for himself as something other than a stalker and an untrustworthy friend. Kofi stares at Cody, who grins right at the IC Champ and tells him that later on he’s going to be taking part in the biggest match of his life, a chance to take on the WWE Champion, Kane. Kofi smiles, taking Cody by surprise, and he tells Kofi that it’s nothing to be happy about, because once Kane’s done with him, he’ll be there to pick up the pieces and take the Intercontinental Championship away from him like he should have last night. Kofi’s smile goes and he stares at Cody, who then tells Kofi that he’ll be taking the title from him, and that there’s not going to be a consolation prize either he’s not going to let Kofi take Kelly away from him. Kofi’s not so chilled anymore as Cody sn-iggers right in front of him before turning around and leaving an angered Kofi.

{Cut Backstage}

Ted DiBiase Jr & Maryse
are shown with towels wrapped around them as they walk out towards the shower room when they heat a door shut behind them. They turn round, and Ted looks stunned. The camera then zooms out to reveal the sight of his father, Ted DiBiase Sr standing there. He says “hey son” and tells him to take a seat, which he does, looking confused by his father’s presence, as does Maryse. Ted Jr sits down on the bench with his dad sitting down next to him, and he tells his son that he has something important he needs to discuss with him. Still confused, Ted Jr says “okay” as his father tells him that he heard what he said earlier on about people referring to him in regard to being complacent and arrogant, and then says that as a father, he has to tell them that those critics are right. He goes on to tell his son that it’s evident he’s let things get to his head very early in his Raw career, and that if he wants to be the star that they both think he can, he has to match the confidence he has with the effort and determination to succeed, otherwise there’s only way his career is going to do, and that’s downhill, and fast.

Ted Jr looks to have taken it on board as his dad tells him he had to tell him for his own good because he knows that he has the talent to be a big star, but he needs to be hear the truth if he wants to become one of the best the business has ever seen. The Million Dollar Champion then tells his dad that he’s right, he has got carried away with himself, and promises that he’ll take things more seriously from now on. Ted Sr looks pleased and says that’s all he wanted to hear and stands up, as does his son, leading to them hugging for a couple of seconds as a pleased Maryse looks on. Ted Sr then wishes his son luck and says his goodbyes to Maryse before leaving the room. Ted Jr shakes his head and tells Maryse that he can’t believe his dad is jealous of him too like all the critics, calling him pathetic. Maryse smiles and tells him to take no notice, saying he’s doing fine without everyone sticking their nose in. He grins and tells her she really is perfect, and that they should go have that shower she promised him. Maryse then says that her dad did have one point, and DiBiase asks what that was. She tells him that he better put the effort and determination in with her, or he’s getting nothing back. He smiles and tells her she always gets the best out of him as they turn and walk towards the shower room.

{Cut To Ringside}

***Match #3***

Non Title Match
Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs The Colon Brothers w/Eric Perez

London makes his way back up to his feet with Carlito ready to pounce, and he does just that, running back in to the ropes and connecting with a SPRINGBOARD BACK ELBOW DROP. . . . . Carlito adjusts his position on the mat and scurries across the mat to go for a cover 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . London kicks out, and doesn’t go down too well with Carlito as he stands back up and urges one half of the champions to do the same, and as London gets up, Carlito shifts behind him and goes for THE BACK STABBER. . . . . But no! London steps forward as soon as Carlito grabs him, and as he turns round, he throws a right hand at him, sending Carlito back a couple of paces. He then grabs him by the wrist and whips Carlito in to the ropes, and as he comes back, THEY BOTH COLLIDE WITH A DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE. . . . . Both men come round quite quickly and start to crawl across to their respective corners with London making the tag to Kendrick and Carlito tagging Eddie.

Both Kendrick & Eddie race in to the ring, and Kendrick reacts first as he nails him with a DROPSAULT. . . . . Eddie falls to the mat, but to his credit, he hurries back up, but in to another dropsault as Kendrick goes for the cover this time 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . NO! Carlito breaks it up by pulling Kendrick off of Eddie by his feet. Kendrick gets back up and shoves Carlito, who pushes him back in to the direction of Eddie, who sits up and rolls Kendrick up 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . KICK OUT! Kendrick is right back up, followed by the slower to react Eddie. The referee tries to get Carlito out of the ring, and with his back turned, London steps back in and goes towards Eddie, looking to hit a SUPER KICK. . . . . But Eddie ducks and London nails his own partner. Carlito runs at London and clotheslines him down to the mat as Eddie frantically covers Kendrick 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNERS: The Colon Brothers by pinfall @ 8.40.

AFTERMATH: “Cool” hits to heat from the crowd with London getting back up and looking shell shocked as The Colon’s make a sharp exit with Perez, raising their arms at the bottom of the ramp before walking to the back as Kendrick sits up, looking confused. “Cool” is cut off as “Ain’t No Make Believe” hits instead with John Morrison & The Miz walking out to the stage with microphones in hand. Kendrick stands up, not looking happy as London turns to face them as Morrison says that he would like to offer his congratulations on their performance tonight, and says that it seems to be going against the habit that they’ve been getting lucky as much as they have been doing lately. He tells them to take last night for example, and that the only reason they survived was because they pulled a rabbit out of the hat yet again, but says that won’t keep happening for much longer as proved moments ago.

He then asks The Miz if he wants to inform them of their red hot news, and he does just that, saying that it’s hot off the press. He tells them that next week, there’s going to be a rematch for the World Tag Team titles with the incredibly lucky champions, or unlucky as it was tonight, defending against the soon to be champions, the tag team of the century, John Morrison & The Miz. Boos ring out for the cocky duo with The Miz then saying that after what they saw, next week’s going to be a piece of cake because unlike them, there is no weak link and tells Kendrick he might want to fight alone to make sure he doesn’t have to clean up the mess his partner left him. He and Morrison laugh as Kendrick & London stare right back at them as “Ain’t No Make Believe” hits again with Morrison & Miz laughing while Kendrick turns back momentarily, looking at a guilty London before turning back round again to face the arrogant challengers.

{Commercial Break}

The Colon Brothers are walking through the back with Eric Perez, and as they stop at their locker room door, Carlito walks in, and we hear a yell of “what the?”. Before the door can slam, Carlito walks back out with Eddie & Perez asking him what’s wrong. He tells them that their clothes are gone, and Eddie looks shocked, asking Carlito if he’s kidding. He tells Eddie he knows he wouldn’t joke about that as a production worker walks towards them with Carlito stepping out in front of him. He asks him if he knows anything about their clothes going missing, and the worker tells him there’ something going on outside that might have something to do with it. Carlito, Eddie & Perez all look confused and walk towards the door to the exit, leaving the worker to go on his merry way. They open the door and see Cryme Time on the street, and they seem to be selling a shirt with palm trees on it.

All three look furious and march on out to Shad & JTG. Eddie pushes some fans out of the way who hand over their cash in exchange for some trendy looking jeans and shoes with Carlito then realising they’re his, and he tries to grab them, but Shad holds him back, allowing the fans to get away. He tells Carlito to cool it, but he asks Shad why he should when he’s sold his clothes. Shad sarcastically says that it was quite cold, just like it is right now, and JTG tells them him he might wanna wrap up. He and Shad laugh as they count the money and head back inside, saying it’s all about the money, money with a “yeah, yeah” added in, to the anger of The Colon’s & Perez. Carlito turns to Perez and tells him he’s going to have to give up some clothes, but he just stares down at Carlito while Eddie says he can’t stay out there any longer and walks back towards the arena, followed by Carlito & Perez.

***Video Promo***

{Cut To Ringside}

“No Chance in Hell”
plays as Vince McMahon and his two sons, Shane McMahon & JBL stroll down the ramp dressed in suits. They’re all smiling to their heart’s content as they calmly climb through the ropes and in to the ring with Vince walking over to collect a microphone. He walks back in to the centre, standing in between both his sons and saying “good evening”, drawing a ton of heat straight away, but he loves it. He said last night marked the dawn of a new era for Evolution, Raw and sports entertainment as we know it, and that as much as he and his family would like to all the credit, it’s not possible. With the boos ringing out around the arena, Vince goes on to say that they proved they meant business last night by reaching out to the biggest, most feared superstar walking the planet to strike down Evolution, and he would like everyone to stand up and give this man the respect he deserves, introducing The Big Show. “Crank It Up” blasts out as the seven foot giant walks out to the stage in an expensive looking custom fitted suit with an equally large smile across his face before walking down to the ring, with The McMahon’s applauding his arrival. The fans aren’t as pleased to see him as Vince shakes his hand, followed by Shane & JBL also greeting him as Vince then says that they are looking at the four men that last night, together destroyed Evolution so severely that they are unable to be here tonight.

A wry smile shows Vince’s satisfaction as he then jokes that Evolution are probably arguing as they lie side to side in their hospital beds watching this right now on their small television, completely powerless. JBL asks for the microphone and he says that he’s only been part of this family for a matter of months, but defeating and hospitalising Evolution was as satisfying as the moment he became the WWE Champion, if not greater for the retribution they received after Triple H deliberately set out to toy with the emotions of his father. He then sends a message to Triple H and says that last night was a statement, a clear message for them to acknowledge the obvious. That is that you should never cross Vincent Kennedy McMahon and his devoted children, not like Stephanie who is too selfish to want it all, but together, he, Shane and their father will stop at nothing to ensure they are seen across the world as the most dominant force in wrestling, and that along with The Big Show, they are completely unstoppable. Shane is then passed the microphone and he says that last night can be called lots of different things, a statement of intent, an example, but whatever word they choose, it goes to show one simple point, if you’re going to get in their way, you’re going to get hurt at the very least. Vince smiles as The Big Show claps and pats Shane on the back with Shane O then giving the microphone back to Vince, who says that tonight is only the start of this new dawn, this new era of The Corporation. They all then grabs hands and raise them in to the air as “No Chance in Hell” hits to a ton of heat with all four men laughing away as they then leave the ring.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

The Corporation
are happily walking through the hallway, laughing and joking as William Regal runs up to them, looking out of breath. They all look shocked to see him, and Vince asks him what he wants, saying they’re on their way to the most expensive restaurant in town to celebrate. Regal says that he’s sorry to interrupt but he has an urgent message for them from Mr. Bischoff. That gets JBL, Show & Shane’s attention, and they listen as Vince tells Regal to spit out, which he does. He tells them that they’ve probably heard about the Quest to be Champion tournament, and they all say they have, with Regal then saying that Mr. Bischoff has made a first round match for next week with The Big Show facing Triple H. Vince asks if that’s all, and tells Regal that’s great, but Regal says there’s more, letting them know that Bischoff has barred them all from ringside. Shane, light heartedly says that he can’t do that, but Regal tells him to take it up with Bischoff if they have a problem. They all look at each other as Regal walks away, and Show says that taking Triple H apart will be a pleasure, and that there is nothing to worry about. Vince says that’s right as part A of their plan is complete, but it looks like they might have to bring forward part B. JBL chuckles, as does Shane with Show asking Vince what exactly part B is. Vince grins and tells him they’ll fill him in at the restaurant. All four of them then laugh as they carry on walking up the hall.

{Cut To Ringside}

***Match #4***

Champion vs Champion
Non Title Match
Kofi Kingston vs Kane w/Paul Bearer

Kofi has put up one hell of a fight, kicking out and taking some real punishment from Kane.

Kane reaches down and grabs the Intercontinental Champion back up to his feet and whips him hard in to the corner. The WWE Champion takes his time before running at him, but Kofi steps out of the corner and to the side as Kane runs chest first in to the pads. Kofi then walks away from the corner and closer to the centre as Kane turns round and runs at him, but Kofi takes him down to the mat with a drop toe hold. Kane turns on to his back as Kofi turns back in to the ropes, comes back and connects with a DOUBLE LEG DROP TO THE CHEST. . . . . The resilient Intercontinental Champion acts quickly and hooks the leg for a cover 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Kane powers out with authority, pushing Kofi off of him. Both men make their way back up, and Kane goes for an uppercut thrust, only for Kofi to duck it and kick away at Kane’s legs. He turns back and runs in to the ropes, but as he comes back, Kane grabs him around the throat, looking for a CHOKESLAM. . . . . Kofi is lifted in to the air, but before Kane can slam him, Kofi jumps back down to the mat and dropkicks him in the gut, bringing Kane to his knees. The Jamaican Sensation then hits a SHINING WIZARD. . . . .

Kane looks in trouble as he falls to the side, and once again, Kofi looks to wrap it by hooking both legs 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . NO! . . . . . Kane is fighting all the way too and sits up as Kofi pulls himself back up to his knees. Again both men hurry to their feet, and Kofi kicks him in the chest, but as he tries again, Kane grabs his foot, spins him round and nails him with a FALLING CLOTHESLINE. . . . . It looks like the wind has been well and truly blown out of Kofi’s sails. Kane stands back up and drags Kofi up with him, whipping him in to the ropes, but as Kofi comes back, he slides through Kane’s legs, runs through, racing in to the ropes. Kane turns round and sees Kofi rushing right at him, but he drives his huge boot down Kofi’s throat. He reaches down straight away to drag him back up and CHOKESLAMS HIM RIGHT BACK DOWN TO THE MAT. . . . . Kofi looks out of it now as Kane brings his arm across neck, signalling the end as he bends down and pulls Kofi up, scooping him on to his shoulder and driving him head first down to the mat with a TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER. . . . . Kane crosses Kofi’s arms as the referee makes the count 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Kane by pinfall @ 10.47.

AFTERMATH: “Burned” blasts out with Kane rising to his feet once again to set his pyro off. Bearer climbs in to the ring with the WWE Championship, and smiles at the work done by his son before passing him the title belt as JR gives Kofi credit for putting up one hell of a fight against the WWE Champion and that the no good Cody Rhodes will have a smile on his face wherever he’s watching this.

{Cut Backstage}

Todd Grisham is standing by and introduces his guest, Kenny Dykstra. The arrogant youngster walks in to the shot, not looking too happy after his defeat to John Cena last night. Grisham mentions that we all saw him give Cena a run for his money at Backlash, but says it wasn’t enough and asks Kenny if he feels he’s learnt anything from being in the ring with such a big name as Cena. Dykstra shakes his head and says that he learnt one thing, and that is that Cena’s a coward. Todd looks shocked and asks him what he means by that, and Dykstra tells him that it was pretty clear to everyone last night that he pushed Cena all the way and that deep down, Cena knew he was lucky, and that’s why Cena’s decided to take some time off to go shoot another movie, because he knew that the next time they met in the ring, he wasn’t going to beat Kenny Dykstra. He carries on his rant too, saying that Cena knew he’d be coming back for more, and that’s why he’s doing this film, to hide from someone who has firmly got his number. Grisham says he doubts that’s the case, and that sets Dykstra off again as he cuts him off and says that there’s no doubt about it.

He then says that the facts are there, Cena was in trouble last night, he knew it and he decided to run before the inevitable happened and he was embarrassed by someone who made him fight more than anyone before him. He then calms down before saying that there is actually one good thing to come out of all this, another selfish and undeserving individual in Rey Mysterio is coming back next week, and sarcastically says that they can all look forward to that. Todd looks surprised at Kenny’s comments and asks him why he doesn’t like Rey Mysterio, and the youngster says that he could tell him, but he could also tell Rey to his face just what he thinks of him, and when he’s done with that, he can put him back on the shelf quicker that Cena took his ball and ran all the way home. He looks Todd right in the eyes and says that one thing Rey is going to have to realise is that Raw is a different place now that he’s here, and he’s going to make sure Rey is more than aware of that when he shows up next week. He stares intensely at Todd for several seconds before turning round and walking out of the shot, leaving Grisham a little taken back.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

***Video Promo***

Clips of classic King of the Ring moments are shown, such as Bret Hart winning the first tournament in 1993, followed by Owen Hart in ’94 and being crowned. It then shows Stonecold Steve Austin’s famous 3:16 quote from 1996, Triple H winning a year later and Kurt Angle’s victory in 2000, and ending with Edge’s in 2001.

Voiceover: For years, there have been only memories. . . For years, we have seen superstars grow in front of our eyes. . . Many of these moments stem from one glorious night. . . The King of the Ring. . . However, once again, this special night will create memories, champions and hall of famers. . . The King of the Ring returns to the WWE calendar very soon.

{Cut To Ringside}

***The Main Event***

Quest To Be Champion First Round Match
Mr. Kennedy vs Randy Orton

A very even match with Orton letting frustration get the better of him at times, allowing Kennedy to get in to it.

Kennedy looks to take charge, stomping across the back of Orton. He then takes a couple of steps back before running back at him and driving his boot in to the ribcage of the former WWE Champion, who winces in pain. Kennedy drops to his knees and turns him over, going for the cover 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . NO! . . . . . Orton turns on to his side straight away, holding his ribcage, but Kennedy isn’t giving him a breather as he stands back up and stamps his foot down on to the sore side of Orton before dragging him back up and whipping him hard in to the corner. Orton’s back hit the pads, and he stays there as Kennedy then runs in at him, looking for a little FACEWASH. . . . . But Orton steps to the side with Kennedy running in to the pads, and The Legend Killer reacts quickly to level his opponent with a SIDE INVERTED BACK BREAKER. . . . . Both drop to the mat, but after a couple of seconds, the sore looking Orton hooks the leg for a cover attempt 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Kennedy gets his shoulder up, but Orton sits him up and applies a wrenching chin lock, squeezing tightly as the fans try and get Kennedy in to it, clapping their hands.

It seems to work as Kennedy makes his way up to his knees and is able to lift Orton on to his side and send him down with a side suplex. A pop meets that, and both men slowly make their way back up to their feet. It’s Orton who throws the first punch, and the second, putting Kennedy on the back foot before levelling him with a European uppercut. It knocks Kennedy off balance, and Orton grabs him by the arm, then whips him in to the ropes, nailing him as he comes back with a standing dropkick. Kennedy falls in a heap as Orton then hooks both legs for the cover 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . NO! . . . . . Kennedy kicks out, and Orton doesn’t look best pleased as he stands back up, but as Kennedy slowly sits up, Orton drops to his knees and flat to the mat, stalking Kennedy for the RKO. . . . . With the crowd trying to warn him as he gets up, Kennedy stands back up and turns round to face Orton leaping up in to the air, but Kennedy pushes him back in to the ropes. As Orton bounces back, Kennedy kicks him in the stomach and pulls him in to position for THE MIC CHECK. . . . . Orton quickly spins round the back of Kennedy and plants him with an OVERDRIVE. . . . . That could be it, and Orton tries for another cover 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . KICK OUT! . . . . .

Orton sits up in disbelief as Kennedy gets his shoulder up, but as Kennedy starts to squirm, Orton gets a disturbing look in his eye and he backs up to the corner, ready to strike as Kennedy slowly starts to sit up. With Kennedy lifting himself off the mat ever so slightly, Orton races at him, looking to PUNT HIM IN THE HEAD. . . . . BUT NO. . . . . Kennedy pulls his head back with Orton running forward in to the corner pads, and as he turns round, Kennedy pulls himself up and nails him with a SPIKE DDT. . . . . Orton’s head bounces off the mat as he hits the deck, right by the ropes, and he rolls to the outside as Kennedy also remains on the mat, feeling the effects of the match. As both men start to come round, Orton crawls across from in front of the announce table to grab a steel chair from by Lilian Garcia. The crowd boo as he enters the ring with the chair in hand, but Kennedy sits back up and shoves him away, towards the centre of the ring with the referee failing to get the chair off of Orton. As Kennedy then stands back up, Orton races at him with the chair still in hand, and DRIVES IT AT KENNEDY’S HEAD. . . . . BUT KENNEDY DUCKS, AND THE CHAIR REBOUNDS OFF THE ROPES AND IN TO ORTON’S HEAD. . . . . Orton loses his grip on the chair as he staggers round in to Kennedy and a MIC CHECK. . . . . A massive pop breaks out as Kennedy turns himself over and goes for the cover 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Mr. Kennedy by pinfall @ 13.37.

AFTERMATH: “Turn up the Treble” blasts out to a massive pop with Mr. Kennedy standing back up and getting his arm raised by the referee as Randy Orton lies motionless on the mat to the delight of Kennedy. He looks down and laughs before leaving the ring to walk up the ramp, turning back to see The Legend Killer starting to stir, causing Kennedy to smile even more as he backs up the ramp with the show coming to a close.

{End of Show}


Jimmy Wang Yang df. Santino Marella
Finlay df. Ted DiBiase Jr
The Colon Brothers df. Paul London & Brian Kendrick
Kane df. Kofi Kingston
Mr. Kennedy df. Randy Orton


Quest To Be Champion – First Round Match
Triple H vs The Big Show

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Paul London & Brian Kendrick (c) vs John Morrison & The Miz

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Haven't popped in here for a good while. I understand that thsi is the show following Backlash, yes...? I figure the shows right before or right after PPVs are a great time to start tuning in, since alot of storylining should be going on, so I'll see if I can get back into this thread with this.

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Nice video package here, really got me caught up on plenty things. I see possibly Kenny D getting a solid look, and most obviously Show and Kennedy pushes. We'll just have to keep our eyes peeled for the duration of the broadcast...

I see Orton is here to open the show. Is he still in the title hunt? I haven't checked in a while; I guess we'll have to see. Mr. K gets his chance to shine here, I hope. Wow, this caught me up on a lot. I can see why these two are locking horns - its a simple case of pride, apparently. I like that Kennedy and Orton are going at it, but what's kinda confusing is what Bischoff said when he came out. It might not have clicked with me, but its kinda weird to have a #1 Contender's tourny, concluding at KOTR. Would that be two tournys at once...? I guess I'll have to see how you hadle that one...

Jimmy Wang Yang push? I love this guy. He's underappreciated, but he's as versatile a cruiserweight as they come. It does my heart good to see him go over Santino (no offense to the Italian Stallion). Does my heart even better to see Nattie get her hands dirty in this one. Wanna see what this leads to.

Interesting here. Your Cody Rhodes character is one cocky piece of work. I like. The interviewer I believe I'm unfamiliar with, but she seems to have a bit of a character as well. As for Kelly and Victoria, I see that you've kept Vicky a face, and their match next week actually is look-forward-to-able, if that makes sense.

Hehehe I snickered durring this promo here. Excellent heel tactics by everyone in the room, most notably Rhodes. Champion v. Champion later should be a blast, even if it seems a little lopsided. I guess it's not the match itself that matters here, just the storylining, and it is great despite how little it might seem. Props.

Your young guns are really cocky assholes. That's a good thing. I see Dibiase has his father's namesake stuff, great for him to be with Maryse as well, and his technical undefeated streak is ended tonight it would seem. I can only imagine this sparks something between the two of them.
The match itself was solid as they come, with the not too suprising DQ heel finish.

Cody again? Third segment in the show for this kid. I like the psychology going on here, with Cody suddenly appearing to have a change of heart after actually looking to pump Kofi up. A little odd for Kof to say 'hell'. The second half was more jealous heel kind of characterizing, surprised that Kofi was already gonna cherish this match. Nice job here.

Ugh. The lovesick basterds. Anyway, I liked this segment, as it brings the sire into the picture, or back in, if he was before. Excellent words of wisdom from Teddy Sr., but great way to make Jr. look as cocky as he appears to be by shrugging it off. Not a wasted segment in this show.

This whole tag team chunk was very enjoyable, might I say. From what I got, London and Kendrick must've had a good showing at Backlash and won them some gold, though a little shaky to have them lose their first mach with that gold. Good way to make the Colons look strong, however. Miz and Morrison against London and Kendrick should spell awesomeness. I'm expecting nothing less . The Cryme Time/Colon segment afterward was pretty sweet as well, lightening things up a bit. You don't steal from beaners. Ever.

Mysterio = ratings.

I'm looking at this stable of the McMahons and it doesn't click right for me. I understand their personas do click, but it doesn't feel quite right for me. JBL on the same side as Big Show is a little weird, but from what I've seen/read what you've done with all these guys, I really do like it. Big Show ftw, very interested in where this leads. The first round match for next week sounds very interesting as well, looking to prove Show can do it on his own...?

Didn't really expect a different outcome, but excellend showing by Kofi here that's he's still a fighting champion through and through. A mere apetizer match for Kane, I assume, just getting him some ring action. Interseting with the Chokeslam/Tombstone combo. Givin' Kofi props solely because he's awesome.

Wow. This pretty much cements my 'your youngsters are assholes' theory. An arrogant Kenny is a good Kenny and a good Kenny is a happy me. Make magic work with this kid. I know you can.

Great back and forth match, especially with the mentnion that the two were very evenly matched. Obvious a Kennedy push is in the works, but I want to see this prorag with Orton continue. This match really drew me in and wanted me to see more of these two. The finish was a little shaky, though. The rebounded chair sounds more like a boneheaded move than a fate that would befall a man like Orton. Either way, whatever works works.

FINAL THOUGHTS: ABOVE AVERAGE FOR A FALLOUT SHOW. I enjoyed this show very much, seeing as how the only things I felt took me a little out of it was the amount of promos, but seeing as how it is a fallout show, I expected that. I made the note of how brash and arrogant your young stars are, which I think is a very good foundation to have them to build upon their characters. It looks like you're going into a trnasitional phase, concentrating more on the mid and upper cards here with this Quest To Be Champion thing goin' on and potentially the KOTR. Still, great job here Nige, didn't expect anything less.
OVERALL: 8.5/10. Storylining is the main reason. Thanks for the great read and keep things up, man


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1st time reviewing here for me. This was a very good RAW for being the fallout from Backlash.

Wolf Tiger's RAW Review

The Orton/Kennedy segement was really a great way for the show to start off. Have the two hot heads go at it. The Quest to be Champ Torny for a title match against Kane should be good and with Orton/Kennedy being the 1st match it should be even better.

Jimmy Wang Yang/Santino was a good 1st contest. I could see this two going at it in a Intercontenital # 1 Contender's match later on. Hope that maybe a intergender match could follow next week with Yang and Natalya vs. Santino and Melina, that could be a good match.

Millon Dollar Title Match was very good. The ending left things open for more between the two. Another match or a long term fued. This could go somewhere.

Tag Match was very good. Two teams who really are the tag divison on RAW. With the Colon Bros winning I dont see Kendrick and London getting a title shot. Hope some team comes out of nowhere and shakes that divison up.

Kane vs Kofi was a great match. Good way to plug the champ and get him some good comeptition. Really helped Kofi prove himself by hanging in there with Kane. Kane is a powerhouse and I really dont see him losing the title at KOTR.

Orton and Kennedy was my favorite match of the night. Two people deserving of a title run but only 1 can win. I like that you let Kennedy move on. I can see Orton screw him later and the two have some sort of Hardcore match at KOTR. That is what I'm predicting.

Overall I liked the show. It had its good points. Those were Orton/Kennedy and Kane/Kofi. For the 1st show back from a PPV, it set up many more things for next week.

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Opening: Brilliant start to the show after a good event. Orton complaining was the first right move you made and then Kennedy coming down was the next. But it’s the way you used Kennedy that impressed me the most, he was winding Orton up and doing a good job at it. Here i thought well Kennedy is getting the upper hand but then you pull out the good move of having Orton come back at Kennedy and do a good job at getting under his skin. Some of the wording was so good and the bit about the hair was my fav lol. Bischoff announcement is a good idea as it gives you something to work off and a good main event.

Santino v Yang: Ah no Santino! lol! i cant say im a fan of him losing to Yang like this. You were able to get some tension in between Melina and Natalya, i get that but im shocked at the result. There wasn't much in the match to comment on, hopefully Santino will bounce back next week ha.

Kelly: Damn you, i wanted to hear what she had to say about why she didn’t walk out lol, id say you did that on purpose so if you did, good job. This heats up more now with Cody starting to get even more aggressive towards here, i wonder what he has for Kingston, good booking leaving us thinking what and who he ahs to talk to.

Bischoff: Good match making by Rhodes and you managed to make Bischoff and Regal make the quest sound even better by having them get excited etc.

Finally v DiBiase: Seemed like a good match but you kept it short. the ending was good and showed the evil ways of the partnership. maryse plays a big part and i like the way these two are coming along. Also it was very realistic at the end when you said Hornswoggle came in and kneels down over Finlay, i know its simple but effective. Funny to think about Hornsowggle on his knees cos he cant get much smaller lol.

Cody: It is my favourite storyline but he has been involved too much already. I liked the way he referred to Kelly as the consolation though ha.

Ted and Maryse: Interesting. It is random though. I don’t know what to make of it yet. It was a nice appearance but unless something follows up it’s a bit odd but we will see what happens. Also i didn’t get the bit at the end when she says he has to be determined with her unless you meant what i think you might meant lol.

London and Kendrick v C brothers: Good action in this one, better then the other matches so far. After the match, we get an announcement that sets up a match fro next week and a talking point which is always a good thing. I think you wanted Morrison and Miz to win at backlash but thought you would surprise everyone and then have them win on Raw so we will see what happens.

Corporation: Ok solid promo, straight forward. I hope this turns out something like the Corporation from the old days, it would be so good. i think Show joining is a good move and things are looking good here. The match made for next week is important as it is such a hard decision of who to put over.

Kane v Kingston: Good match, at least Kofi put up some sort of fight. I have noticed that over the last few shows you have used Kane to give some others a chance to shine which is good. How will Kofi respond to Cody putting him in this.

Dykstra: You worked this interview well and i like how the Kenny push is going. Him slaggin Rey was a good way to get something going but im not sure what will happen now with cena.

Orton v Kennedy: This was worthy of a main event to say the least. The history between the two was well used in this match as it was aggressive all the way through. Putting Kennedy over is a strange one. Orton will not be happy about this but lets see how Kennedy does now and if Orton will find a way back into this.

Overall: I liked the show, no faults here, where was Cena though? you have left alot to be played with for next week, good job.[/B]
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Raw Review:

Randy Orton/Mr. Kennedy/Eric Bischoff Promo:
It was overall an OK promo, building up the feud between Randy and Mr. Kennedy, and building up for King of the Ring.

Santino Marella vs. Jimmy Wang Yang:
A short match, so there isn't much to say. But as short as it was you did great with showcasing Jimmy Wang Yang's athletic abilities and I'm happy that he won and I'm guessing that you're going to use him better than the WWE, who actually don't use him at all.

Kelly Kelly Interview:
This was more of a Kelly Kelly/Cody Rhodes talking instead of an interview, but I haven't got nothing against that. So I guess Cody is now a tweener, but he is heavily leaning towards the heel side. Not much to say, so I'm moving on to the next segment.

Eric Bischoff/William Regal/Cody Rhodes segment:
So Cody really doesn't like Kofi, asking him to be put in a match against Kane. But it really is a great idea as Bischoff said and I'm looking forward to the match.

Ted DiBiase vs. Finlay:
So, Ted's gonna have an open challenge every week now? I've got nothing against that, but I don't think that he's ever going to lose the belt, because the Million Dollar Belt really doesn't suit anyone except him. Onto the match, it was good that you didn't give Ted the clean win, since I don't think he's ready to pin Finlay.

Kofi/Rhodes segment:
I think that you overused Cody on this show, but he did have a part in creating the main event, so I guess this is justified. So, Cody informs Kofi about his match against Kane, but I'm surprised that Kofi wasn't intimidated by Kane, I mean, yeah he's a face and the faces are supposed to be fearless, but c'mon, you've got to be afraid of Kane!
So somehow, Cody's got in his mind that Kofi is trying to steal Kelly away from him. Fair enough, and I think that Cody is going to get the Intercontinental Title at the next title match these two have.

Ted DiBiase Jr/Ted Dibiase Sr segment:
Man, I thought Ted was turning face there for a minute, but as soon his father walked out of the room, he started talking about him, typical heel. But I'm guessing in the next match Ted's gonna have, he's gonna pick up the clean win, showing that he really is very talented.

Paul London and Brian Kendrick vs The Colon Brothers:
So the Colons get the not-so-clean-win against Londrick. About the match itself, it was great, and a nice touch with London hitting his own partner with the Superkick to give the win to the Colon Brothers

John Morrison and The Miz/Londrick segment:
So John Morrison and The Miz are applying a divide & conquer strategy, trying to turn London and Kendrick against eachother, but I'm not sure if it's gonna work.

The Colon Brothers/Cryme Tyme segment:
This was more of a comedy segment, than anything else, but I like comedy. You did a great job with the "thug" gimmick Cryme Tyme have, stealing the Colon Brothers' clothes and then selling them, as Michael Cole would say, "Vintage Cryme Tyme".

The McMahon Men segment:
So, the McMahons and the Big Show are going to create a new Corporation, but the Corporation was pretty much still there, but under the name of the McMahon Men. Since the Evolution are in the hospital, I don't think we'll be seeing them in this show.

The Corporation/William Regal segment:
Wow, a big match for next week, The Big Show vs. Triple H, but with all of the McMahons barred from ringside. So I guess that Triple H is gonna win this one, but maybe plan B will help the Big Show win. Anyway, I'm really looking forward to finding out what plan B is, and I can't wait for the next Raw.

Kofi vs. Kane:
Kofi was never gonna win this one since he's a midcarder and Kane's the champ, but I'm glad he put up a fight and he got a few signature moves in, but as I said he was never gonna win.
But I'm surprised the Cody didn't interfere in the match, or at least appear after the match was over.

Kenny Interview:
So Cena is off to film an another movie, eh? And what has Kenny got against Rey Mysterio, I guess that we're gonna find out next week.

Randy Orton vs. Mr. Kennedy:
I had a feeling that Mr. Kennedy was gonna pass the first round of the Quest to be Champion, and he may even get to the finals, only to get screwed by Orton.

Overall: It was a great show, but there was too little Kane, and I think that he should be involved in the show more, since he is the top guy on Raw.
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Interesting choice for opening promo, thought that The McMahon's would open the show tonight but I guess not. Nice little rant from Orton but we were just waiting for Kennedy to come out, and here he is. Although I can't stand a face Mr Kennedy he was great here winding Orton up. Orton stood up for himself well untill Bischoff came out and I liked how you mentioned how Kennedy has nothing to show for his career despite his massive potential early on. This was a good promo between them to get this feud going. This 'Quest to Be Champion' sounds pretty good, surprised at the timing though with the KOTR but I guess it fits into the PPV theme. Wow, didn't expect them to face each other tonight, its a huge match but you are probably giving away a future PPV match. I think the match will lead to the loser costing the other in the future.

Good win for Jimmy Wang Yang, is he getting a push now after his impressive performance against DiBiase? Doesn't do much good for Santino, but with his gimmick losses don't hurt him that much. The Natalya thing was okay I guess, not really that keen on a feud between the two as well as the title situation though.

This is a very interesting situation, once again this whole thing was fantastic. Cody was his controlling self again and basically turned Kelly's interview into his own, and I loved how you didn't allow Kelly Kelly to honestly talk about the situation. Leticia was good in this too, the interviewer's should have some character. I'm not a fan of Kelly from a wrestling point of view, but I actually think her winning the title would be a great twist, but like Victoria I can't see it. Cody to cost Kelly Kelly somehow next week me thinks.

BTW I know its not a written promo but the Kofi thing is good from a realism point of view, wrestling shows do tend to fill shows with those sorts of things.

Champion vs Champion sounds good, can only see Kofi losing though but I liked what you were doing with Cody, this would gain him a lot of heat. I want to know what you have planned for Regal and Bischoff though, I don't think they'll stay like this forever.

Well DiBiase losing was a surprise, even if it was by DQ. It looks like the squashes are over now. This is no doubt going somewhere, hopefully his first proper fued so I guess this was a good decision. Not much else to say about it tbh, apart from I am looking forward to seeing where this goes.

Good promo again from Cody, he is playing his heel role really well with this storyline and i can really imagine his smug grin in this promo. Loved the line about Kofi making a name for himself too.

LOL at Ted DiBiase Snr hanging out around the shower room. Its a good job it was his son walking in there. This was a little odd because of the location, what they were wearing and the random appearance from his Dad, but it worked in the end to show DiBiase Jr's arrogance. I can't help but think this angle about his arrogance and complacency has come too early though, I don't know why, but it just seems a bit of an odd angle for a new heel star who is supposed to be like that. I guess it's different though, and his father getting involved adds a lot to it.

Good match this, I expected London and Kendrick to put on an impressive showing after their win last night though, but I guess not. Nice ending to show their troubles, don't know if the focus was about them being unlucky or the possibility of a split though. The aftermath was good though with M+M cocky as ever. The title match should be good, but surely the Colons deserve a title match now as well? Maybe they'll get involved next week.

Haha funny little segment this, Cryme Tyme are funny with this sort of thing. It looks like their problems are continuing with them. You would think they would fight them and take their clothes back instead of just standing there though.

I've started watching Raw regularly IRL again and I'm starting to like Rey Mysterio again, so it should be good to see him back.

Good promo from the McMahon's and I love the Big Show in this role. The promo was good to put over Show and The McMahon's and by having no interruption it allowed them to look really strong tonight. There is a lot left in this and I'm looking forward to what happens in the coming weeks.

Big Show vs HHH next week? Huge match, looking forward to it.

Well at least Kofi put up a good fight, ten minutes with the world champ makes him look good. It doesn't hurt Kofi too much with Kane being the champ and it will leave Kofi angry with Cody, so it was a decent result really.

The Dykstra interview was very good, typical heel really complaining and accusing Cena of being a coward. I get the feeling you don't like Cena though or have nothing for him despite the result, sending him away to shoot a movie shows that and it makes me think that maybe Dykstra could've won instead. I like the idea of a Dykstra-Rey feud, again I think he'll come out of that looking good.

The main event was great, both looked impressive in this match and the win was huge for Kennedy. The ending was done really well as I love that spot with the chair and the ropes, and it allowed Kennedy to get the win with Orton not losing too much credibility. I'm sure Orton will be complaining next week but Kennedy will have somthing to gloat about, this feud should be very good.

Good show again mate, keep it up.

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Mr. Kennedy’s return at Backlash took a lot of people by surprise, but it was seen as a great way to turn him face and put him in a headline feud with Randy Orton. It went down fairly well on Raw with Orton’s frustration becoming greater after the loss to Kennedy. It should set up for an exciting Raw next week with Orton having even more reason to get even with Kennedy.

The Big Show’s return also went down well as he joined the newly formed Corporation. It seems that the Evolution/McMahon’s battle is not over just yet, but with Big Show now involved, it opens up more possibilities in the ring with Vince & Shane being able to take a step back. The rumours of the tension between Triple H & Batista could well be heading somewhere, but we’re advised that there will be focus on that in the near future.

John Cena has indeed left Raw for the time being to film in the latest WWE film which will be shot in Europe. He will be gone for around two months, so he will back in time for SummerSlam.

Ted DiBiase Sr made an interesting and surprising appearance this past Monday night on Raw, confronting his son on his seeming attitude problem. It looks as if Ted Jr will be seen as a spoiled brat who believes in his own hype. We are being told that he and his father will be involved in a big storyline heading in to SummerSlam.

It appears that there is some confusion in the decision to have Paul London & Brian Kendrick retain the World Tag Team titles at Backlash. The original decision was to have them retain cleanly, but it was changed at the last minute to a disqualification. With the announcement that they will meet again on Raw next week, that seems to be the reason why. There have been rumours that the duo could be splitting up, and it was teased on Raw, but it should also be said that there may be plans to break up the team of John Morrison & The Miz. I guess we’ll find out on Raw what the deal is.

There is a lot left in the tank regarding the Kofi Kingston/Cody Rhodes rivalry. Kelly Kelly becoming the number one contender was designed solely to incorporate this feud and take it further. With her title match taking place next week, we can expect some kind of involvement from Cody, Kofi or both.

Rob Van Dam’s appearance at Backlash was just a decoy to disguise The Big Show’s return. There are no plans at this time for RVD to be brought back despite the improvement in his wife’s condition. There is the possibility of something being done down the line, but for now, don’t expect to see RVD on WWE television any time soon.

The WWE were quick to bring in Petey Williams & Johnny Devine after they were released by TNA, and it looks as if Sonjay Dutt may also be brought in to the company. With Low-Ki also having signed on the dotted line, and Michael Shane being the reigning Cruiserweight Champion, the Cruiserweight division could well have a look of the old X division in TNA. Some great matches were produced back in the early days of TNA, and it can only be good news if that is repeated in the WWE.

It should also be noted that there is no news on whether Christian Cage has signed a WWE contract as of yet. His TNA contract has expired, but any deal is being kept quiet, or he has no intention of returning to the ring with some film and television work possibly in the pipeline.

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Good news and notes, Nige. I'm working on a review for you, but I haven't finished reading the show yet, so a few things were spoiled for me, but most of this I've already been through, and also helped me out with some of the TNA guys you brought in. Very good to be informed with the happenings, so I'll be on the look out for what happens on SD!.

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Opening Promo: For a recapped promo, it was very good. One thing that I see a lot when it comes to recaps is lack of detail, which is alright, being recapped, but I've also seen this method put to good use with extensive detail, such as here. This definitely puts over the upcoming Kennedy/Orton feud, as both men took plenty of great shots at each other (I particularly liked the one about bleaching your hair as badly as Kennedy's), and overall, made me look forward to their future encounters, match- and promo-wise. Bischoff's involvement was also solid here, and I'm loving the "Quest to be Champion" idea. While he sounded a little too face-ish for my taste, I'm simply being biased, as I know he's just being impartial. One thing that I want to note is that by using this as the opening, and not the Evolution/McMahon feud, it gives it a great sense of signifigance in the world of RAW, so great job in that department, and overall, great job with this opening.

Santino/Jimmy: Short, delusional promo by Santino, although he mentioned it as the "Quest to be King," when it's "Quest to be Champion". Aside fom that, the match didn't make Santino look like a total jobber, so I guess that's not what you're doing with him. With Natalya getting involved with Melina, that should be a pretty good Divas feud, and adding the comic relief of Santino, should be great. This match was a step in the right direction for Jimmy, who you might have plans for, but it's hard to be certain. Good match.

Kelly Interview: Leticia Cline and Kelly Kelly? The hotness scale just went off the charts, man. Anyway, this interview quickly went on to be about Cody, which I'm alright with, as it was good. Looks like there's some trouble in paradise for Cody and Kelly, pun intended. Cody just came off as a big-headed, egotistical, typical meathead (which is somewhat ironic as he's not that big), who acts like he cares about his girl, but is really just in it for himself. Very interesting angle you've got going on here, and Victoria appearing at the end to put Kelly over was a nice touch as well, so great job here.

Bischoff/Regal/Cody: Ah, Cody, you sorry SOB. Very heelish move on his part, especially the way you described him as being extremely satisfied with the match being made. I really like it, should be a great way to put both guys over, and overall, this segment was just great. I really have no complaints about it, great job.

Million Dollar Title: Good promo by Ted. You alluded that his becoming complacent would be a central point in Ted's character, so I'm guessing that despite everything he's got (and he's got plenty; the Million Dollar Title, money, and Maryse), he's secretly insecure, which should make for an interesting angle with him. And once again, that comes into play during the match. The DQ ending, which came about after Ted and Maryse seemingly lost confidence in a win, makes me think that they'll be seeing more of Finlay in coming weeks. Also glad that Hornswoggle was a non-factor, as well, and overall, you've got me interested in what will become of Ted.

Cody/Kofi Segment: Third time we've seen Cody tonight, and I'd imagine that this is probably still the first hour of the show, so I'm glad you're really investing in this angle. Kofi, I felt he could've used a few more lines here, as Cody basically carried the segment, but his smiling told a lot, that he understands the opportunity he's got at the moment. I did feel he came across a little more aggressive than we see on TV, but then again, I wouldn't know about the character development you've given him. Good segment here.

Million Dollar People Segment: Good segment, I liked the comedy at the end, as it reminds me of what I do sometimes. But for the seriousness of it, Ted Sr. showing up to bring his son back down to earth was a good move, and Ted smiling and agreeing, only to call him jealous is a great showing of his egotistical character, considering his dad's the one that gave him the Million Dollar Title. You said in your news that Ted Sr. will have a big role to play in his son's career, so I'm interested to see what's going to happen with the two. And again, I liked the ending to this as well, very funny. Good job here.

Tag Match: The match wasn't that special, but Miz and Morrison's afterpromo informed of the story, which made the way the match went make more sense. You said there might be a split in one or both teams, so that'll be interesting to watch develop. With The Colons winning here, it'd put them in contention for the Tag Titles, although they could very well be facing Miz and Morrison, because I can see them winning the titles next week. The match they had at Backlash was very good, so I'm looking forward to the rematch.

Colons/Cryme Tyme Segment: Funny, but I didn't really see much of a point in it. Are these two teams feuding? Or was this the start of a possible one? And what's Perez's relationship with the Colons? Could he be getting tired of them? Sort of seems like it, with the way he reacted to Carlito telling him to give him some clothes.

Corporation Promo: Very good promo here, tells the story and intentions of the McMahons and Show very well. However, my biggest complaint was that Show didn't get to say anything. Being his first RAW back, I was expecting for some kind of return speech about why he sided with the McMahons and what he hopes to accomplish with them, but what we did get was very solid. I especially liked JBL's line about what they did to Evolution being as satisfying as when he won the WWE Title, puts this feud incredibly over. Aside from Show not getting any lines, great job here.

Corporation/Regal Segment: Show vs. Triple H for the Quest should be a great and important match, given what's going on with them at the moment. Another good segment, I could just picture was what happening here, something a little hard to do for your readers when you write in recap. I'm also intruiged about this Plan B, now I've got another reason to come back for RAW next week.

Kofi/Kane: Solid match here, made Kofi look very strong and credible against the WWE Champ, while also keeping Kane dominant. The Tombstone following the chokeslam might've been like overkill for some, but not in this case. It kept Kofi strong by taking both finishers (even though the chokeslam could've put him away), and also sent a message to the guys that're gunning for his title in the Quest. Good job here.

Kenny Interview: Well, no absence of arrogance from Mr. Dykstra, and even though that's usually good, in this situation, it made Kenny look incredibly delusional. He put himself over Cena in a big way, but never once acknowledged that he actually lost at Backlash. Still, with Cena out of the picture for awhile, a feud with Rey'll do wonders for Kenny, so I'll be looking forward to that one.

Main Event: Fun main event, although I wasn't really feeling the hate these two have for each other. You didn't really emphasize that part of the story, but aside from that, the wrestling was just fine. A huge win for Kennedy, but the ending keeps Orton strong, as well. I'm also glad you didn't have Orton be DQ'ed once he swung the chair, like the real WWE would've done nowadays. I'm sure this is just the start of this Orton/Kennedy program, and you put a good match on with the two, so I'll be looking forward to what happens next between them.

Overall:Great show overall, Nige, very good read. This is only the second show I've read of yours, but I can already see that you heavily invest in your pet projects in Kennedy and Kenny, with the roles they've got at the moment. You're also giving the Kofi/Cody feud a lot of time too, which is giving the IC Title a lot of prestige, so good job there too. With that said, your main event feuds are also given a lot of focus as well, especially in the Corporation/Evolution feud. I like the idea of the Quest to be Champion Tournament, so I'll be looking out for whoever else is in it, and next week's huge main event as well. Only my second time here, but I'm already a fan. 8.5/10.
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Gossip was running through the back last week after Shawn Michaels left the arena, with several unnamed sources accusing him of being afraid of The Undertaker. This is despite a very firm message from the World Heavyweight Champion earlier in the evening where he stood in front of the live audience to tell them that he respected his Judgment Day opponent but he did not fear him, and that he was confident of retaining his title when they meet for the gold in just over four weeks. The foundation in the rumour mill comes from the fact that Michaels didn’t stick around for long as he left with his cousin, Michael Shane to see the sights of Australia. With Shawn out of the building, The Undertaker picked up an impressive victory over Johnny Jeter as he looks to build momentum for his title showdown at Judgment Day.

Is there any truth to these rumours?

Last week saw Elijah Burke’s chance to finally get his hands on MVP after the former friends fell out at WrestleMania. Burke put up a good showing, but MVP wasn’t about to let Burke have his moment in the sun, getting him disqualified by smashing his opponent in the head with the Money in the Bank briefcase. It’s proving to be quite a useful tool for Mr. Money in the Bank, but enough was enough for Tazz. He quickly informed MVP that he’s sick of him using it as a weapon, and that Burke will have one more shot at him in just over four weeks at Judgment Day in a No Disqualification match.

Has MVP shot himself in the foot?

We were led to believe by CM Punk himself that he would be away from Smackdown until this week after suffering an injury in his match with The Undertaker nearly three weeks ago. However, it was just a ploy from the conniving Punk, who took Matt Hardy by surprise, coming out of nowhere to cost Matt his match against Kid Kash. It didn’t come as quite a shock to Smackdown GM, Tazz though, as he was ready and waiting for Punk’s escape bid. He took Punk by surprise and didn’t hold back in saying that he knows Punk’s type, and how to deal with them. Has Punk met his match in Tazz?

Earlier in the night, Matt was told he would get his chance to meet Punk at Judgment Day. Just how much more have Punk’s actions given Matt a reason to get even?

Shelton Benjamin’s United Championship success wasn’t treated with the grandeur that he felt it deserved, so he felt that he had to make up for that by announcing that on Smackdown’s return to the States this week, he will be holding a Signing In Ceremony in recognition of his victory. Having defeated Shannon Moore last week in Australia, The Gold Standard will be heading in to his celebration in high spirits.

With their shot at the WWE Tag Team Championship set in stone for Judgment Day, The Masters of the Mat were able to test the water last week as Charlie Haas took on one half of the champions, in the shape of Harry Smith. It was a very close match until Chris Masters got involved to help his partner out and earn Haas the victory that gives them some serious momentum in their challenge to steal the titles away from The UK Pack.

Can they carry that through in Arkansas this week?

Matt Sydal said it best himself last Friday night as he told the fans he wasn’t one to come out and throw his personal business out in the open. He was looking to find out why his friend, Johnny Jeter cost him the chance to become the Cruiserweight Champion the week before. He sure found out with a bitter Jeter laying it all out on the line, but Jeter talked his way in to trouble, and a match with The Undertaker. He put up a gallant fight in all fairness, but the dead man was a bridge too far for the youngster.

Will Jeter be able to keep his trap shut this coming Friday? Maybe he should for his own sake.

If it looked like Ron Killings pushed Chavo Guerrero too far two weeks ago with some innocent advice, he really touched a nerve when he tried to apologise last week in mentioning he sympathised for Chavo being on a losing streak. In typical Guerrero fashion though, he struck at the right time, making Killings think everything was okay until his back was turned. It gave Chavo the green light to smash him across the back with the chair he was sitting on.

It doesn’t look like either man will be apologising this week, but Chavo should ensure he watches his back.

The Glamazon had a chance to redeem herself last week following the disappointment of losing the Women’s Championship to Victoria at WrestleMania and the draft switch to Smackdown. She saw off Maria in a dominating performance last Friday night, but she wasn’t satisfied with just that. She looked to carry on after the bell, but luckily for Maria, Mickie James & Michelle McCool came to her rescue at the right time. Beth lost her debut match on Smackdown to Mickie a few weeks back, but she will have the chance to even the score this Friday night.

Will she take it and continue the resurgence of The Glamazon?


Mickie James vs Beth Phoenix


Shelton Benjamin’s Signing In Ceremony

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The fact you have a Taker, HBK feud going on at the moment is a stroke of genius with the feud IRL clearly dominating proceedings. I know for sure that's the only match I care about come Mania. I know you're a HBK fan, but I'm Taker all the way, so HBK better not come out on top at Judgment day. LOL. Anyway, I'm off for 3 days, so expect a review asap. I've been crazy busy, but I'll try and get a Raw review up also.

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