TV REPORTS 4/23 WWE Raw: Parks's ongoing Alt. Perspective of the show
Apr 23, 2007 - 10:04:00 PM
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By Greg Parks, PWTorch Contributor
WWE Raw review
April 23, 2007
Taped 4/23/07 in London, England
Aired on USA
Report by Greg Parks, Torch Team Contributor
Hello all. I’m filling in for Jamie Penick for RAW tonight. Those of you not familiar with me, check out my Smackdown reports (done in real time Friday nights) elsewhere on this site. Now then....
TONIGHT: Raw hails from London, England, and we will be treated to a WrestleMania re-match between John Cena and Shawn Michaels. WWE.com is also reporting that Shane McMahon has been spotted backstage. What could he want? Perhaps a shot at the new IC Champ? Let’s find out!
-Cold open to Earls Court, London England (J.R, says live, but I’m thinking it was taped earlier today) and Shane McMahon’s music hits immediately. He makes his way to the ring to say some words. Shane says Lashley won’t be there (you mean like he wasn’t there last week?). For some reason, Shane shows clips of Umaga getting beat for the IC Title. In honor of St. George’s day in England, he gives a fan the opportunity to take HIM on. He sweetens the deal, making it a no-DQ match. He points out a manager of the Chelsea Football Club, and he gets booed pretty good. If I kept up on English soccer, maybe I’d know why. But I don’t. Apparently, Shane has already found his opponent. Last night, this man defeated six men in a pub. Shane then insults the football club. He brings out Robbie Brookside. I recognize that name.
1- SHANE MCMAHON VS. ROBBIE BROOKSIDE, NO DQ MATCH
Brookside, I believe, can be found on episodes of Heat. Shane grabs a side-headlock, and wrenches it. He goes down for a pin, but Brookside gets out of it with a leg-scissors. Lawler makes fun of Brookside’s pale body. Shane uses some amateur moves then lays some elbows into Brookside. The fans booed Brookside coming out, so they’re not really into this one. McMahon beats on Brookside in the corner. He goes under the ring for a trash can, and the fans finally pop for that. Shane goes to the other side of the ring after setting the trash can up and hits the Van Terminator. Brookside is out so Shane grabs the mic, and says the match is actually 2-on-1, and Umaga comes out to join Shane. Shane tags Umaga in and just wails away on him with right hands. Shane comes in and puts the boots to him. Umaga then hits the butt splash. Estrada wants Umaga to fly, so Umaga goes to the top. J.R. says this is a clear message to Lashley. I thought it was a message to Marella, so I guess it wasn’t that clear. Umaga hits the splash. After that, Shane says it’s a 3-on-1 handicap match and introduces his father. I think the chairman has been raiding his father’s old jackets. Vince simply pins Brookside to end this suffering (for me and Brookside).
WINNERS: Shane & Vince & Umaga at 8:50.
Do they really think beating a jobber is going to send any kind of a message to the ECW Champ?
-Tomorrow on ECW, Lashley takes on Umaga.
-We get highlights of the Cena/Michaels match at WrestleMania. Very dramatic. The re-match is coming up tonight.
2- MATT HARDY VS. TREVOR MURDOCH
Murdoch catches Hardy with a boot to the mid-section then pounds away. He grabs a side-headlock, Hardy sends him off the ropes and catches him with a hip-toss followed by a bodsylam and an elbowdrop for a two-count. Hardy goes to the second rope, but Murdoch pulls him off by his foot and Hardy lands on his back. Murdoch goes into a neck-breaker, but instead puts an elbow right into the throat of Hardy. Off the ropes and Trevor catches Matt in a sleeper. Hardy fights out but Murdoch catches him with a back elbow to put him down. Murdoch goes for a high-risk maneuver and misses a second-rope elbow. Hardy gets the advantage, with a forearm to the face then a running clothesline into the corner and a bulldog. Hooks the leg on the pin, but only gets two does Hardy. Side-Effect for a very close near fall. Matt goes to the second rope and lands a legdrop. He sizes up Trevor for the Twist of Fate but Cade distracts him so Murdoch throws Hardy shoulder-first into the post. Murdoch uses a unique finisher to end Matt.
WINNER: Murdoch at 3:45.
-Maria is walking backstage, coming out to the ring to face Melina. That match is next!
-We get fans opinions of “The Condemned.”
-After a short technical difficulty, Edge takes on Randy Orton tonight.
3- MELINA VS. MARIA
Maria gets some hair pulls to take Melina down but that just angers the women’s champ and she goes after her less experience opponent. Maria comes back with a head-scissors take over then hits a clothesline. That’s all she can get, as Melina drives her face-first off the mat, good enough for the win.
WINNER: Melina at 1:06
-Ric Flair greets Carlito backstage, and Carlito takes on The Great Khali next!
4- GREAT KHALI VS. CARLITO
Khali is “currently in the ring.” Carlito comes out, sans Flair. He looks focused tonight. Carlito hammers away to no avail and Khali shoulderblocks him down after Carlito ran the ropes. Carlito uses kicks now but Khali headbutts him. It’s like swatting a fly. Khali looks to use a move he just learned, but Carlito rakes him in the eyes. Carlito to the top and Khali just stepped out of the way (apparently, Khali was supposed to swat him). Chop to the head by Khali, followed by the two-handed chokeslam. He puts a boot on Carlito to pin him.
WINNER: Khali at 2:04
-Flair comes down to check on Carlito and Carlito yells at him in Spanish. Flair backs away then leaves.
-Mick Foley is backstage talking about the Backlash main event when he’s greeted by Edge. They trash Al Snow for a second, and Edge compliments Foley before saying he’s going to enjoy watching Cena/Michaels tonight.
-This Friday, “The Condemned” opens, and we see some fight scenes.
-Shawn Michaels walks into John Cena backstage. Cena says Michaels has his respect, but not his title. HBK’s music plays as he walks away, silent.
5- SHAWN MICHAELS VS. JOHN CENA
And why isn’t this match in the main-event? Good enough to main event the biggest show of the year, but not Raw. I guess it lends credence to those who say this match won’t happen (at least, in a one-on-one affair). The bell rings and we’re underway. Feeling out process goes nowhere. Michaels grabs the left arm and throws his shoulder into the arm. Fireman’s carry takeover, countered by Cena with a head-scissors and we’ve got a stalemate. Crowd is hot, I’ll say that. Michaels arm-bars the left arm, then flips him over, all while holding the arm. Cena reverses for a drop-toe hold and Michaels goes right to the ropes. Another drop-toe hold, he wants to go to the STFU early, but H.B.K. squirms out of it. Lot of stalling in the early going here. J.R. suggests Cena got in Michaels’ head backstage. Waist-lock by Michaels and Cena tries to power out. He reverses it, takes H.B.K. down and Michaels once again gets to the ropes before the STFU can be applied. The two jaw-jack in the center of the ring. Michaels slaps Cena, Cena punches Michaels, who goes down, then they separate again. Cue the break.
We return at the perfect time, crowd on their feet, hands in the air screaming, even though the two were in opposite corners. Cena gets Michaels in a headlock on the mat. Michaels can’t quite head-scissor Cena to counter. Michaels is back to a vertical base, but can’t break Cena’s hands locked around his head. He finally punches out, but gets shoulderblocked down. Cena goes right back to the headlock. Another long sequence here. Michaels tries a hip-toss, but Cena hits a clothesline. Back to the headlock. Cena has an answer for every move Michaels is trying to pull. Finally Michaels catches Cena coming off the ropes with an elbow. He then gives Cena a boot to the face. Into the corner, hard chop to the chest of Cena. Into the opposite corner for the same treatment. Into another corner for some punches and a chop. Irish whip, Cena catches Michaels with a boot then clotheslines the former champ. Cover by Cena only gets two. Cena grabs another headlock. Off the ropes, Cena shoulderblocks Michaels down twice, then holds onto the ropes as H.B.K. wanted a superkick. Michaels charges him, but Cena dumps him over the top rope. Looks like Michaels tried to stay on the apron but his momentum took him off. Another break.
Cena breaks a headlock in the corner and Michaels punches him in the breadbasket. A chop by Michaels. No urgency in the match yet. Another back elbow by Michaels and Cena is down. Snap-mare takeover and Michaels drives the boot to the throat of Cena. He’s getting quite a few boos now. Into the corner for another chop goes Cena, but Cena fights back. Right hands by Cena and off the ropes, Cena catches Michaels in the air and slams him for a two-count. Irish whip and Cena kicks Michaels in the gut. Suplex then a pin attempt by Cena, for only two. Cena measures Michaels. Kick to the gut, then a face-buster for the third near-fall in a row. Back-body drop catches Michaels and Cena sends him over. He wastes a bit of time before the cover though and only registers a two count again. Michaels counters a suplex attempt then hits a neck-breaker. Both men are down. Cena and Michaels trade punches and chops respectively. Michaels gets the better of it thought and then goes off the ropes and hits a flying forearm. Nip-up by H.B.K. Inverted atomic drop by Michaels, then two right hands and a bodyslam. Michaels sells the back as he goes to the top rope. He hits the elbowdrop and shows renewed energy. Michaels fakes the superkick and goes for the back-slide, which gets two. Cena misses a dive off the ropes and rolls out of the ring. Michaels dives on Cena, but Cena catches him. Michaels looks pretty stupid just lying still in Cena’s arms. Michaels hops off Cena’s shoulder and pushes Cena into the stairs. Break number three in this match.
-Michaels has the advantage when we return, but Cena tackles Michaels and Michaels hammers on that left arm. He hammer-locks the arm, then throws Cena shoulder first into the ring post. Michaels brings Cena back in and continues to exploit the left arm. Cena breaks free of an arm-bar with a slam, but he misses an elbowdrop. Why would you even try that with an already injured arm? Michaels goes off the ropes by Cena catches him with a clothesline, then a series of shoulderblocks. Cena slams Michaels down again. You Can’t See Me fist-drop hits and Cena gets Michaels on his shoulders. Michaels squirms off, misses a superkick and Cena puts him back up then down with an FU. Only a two-count though, and we head to another break.
Back from break, Cena is in control. He throws him under the bottom rope and out of the ring. Cena drives H.B.K.’s back into the ring-post. Back in, Cena goes for a cover and gets two. He continues to work on the back. Cena struggles to lift Michaels up for a suplex and finally gets him up and over. Cena works in a bear-hug. He wears down Michaels to one knee. Michaels tries to elbow out and does then corners Cena and hits some chops. Cena whips Michaels into the opposite corner and he does the over-sell where he jumps, and flips over to the outside. Cena rolls Michaels back in then goes to the top. He hits a fame-asser off the top but Michaels kicks out. That move often does not look good, but it was pretty decent here. Front face-lock applied by Cena and Michaels looks out on his feet. Cena puts Michaels on the top turnbuckle. H.B.K. tries to fight out but can’t. Cena puts Michaels on his back but Michaels sneaks out and pulls Cena down with a powerbomb. Again, both men are down. Cena goes for the STFU but Michaels avoids it again, kicking Cena off of him. Cena, on the apron, gets shoved off by Michaels and his head hits the announce table. Michaels breaks the count, as he wants a pinfall victory here. Michaels tosses off the first set of steps and he tries to piledrive Cena on the base, but Cena back-drops him off. We take what is likely the final break.
Another great return from break as Cena is on top of Michaels on the announce table. Cena puts Michaels back in the ring and Cena finally applies the STFU. Michaels, after about a minute, finally reaches the ropes. Michaels misses the superkick, Cena puts him up for the FU, but Michaels finally hits Sweet Chin Music. H.B.K. finally makes his way over for the cover, and Cena grabs the bottom rope at two. Neither man is quick to get up, as if that needs to be said. Michaels sets Cena up in the corner and chops him, not much behind it though. Irish whip into the corner and Michaels does his flip in the corner, avoids an FU, hits a sweet superkick and falls on top of Cena for the pin.
WINNER: Michaels at 55:36
Michaels holds the title over a fallen Cena and has some words for him before putting the belt on top of him and crotch-chopping him.
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