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Raw: Baby, Flair's still a main eventer
By DALE PLUMMER - SLAM! Wrestling


Monday Night Raw may be coming to us from Cleveland, but the McMahons are back in Connecticut as Stephanie McMahon has finally given birth to a baby girl. With the Coach in charge hopefully this show won't turn into a mistake by the lake.

Only half of DX kicks of the show, as HBK heads to the ring. He says this week is no joke, and Steph really is in labor. Michaels says his partner is somewhere in the hospital. Apparently, Trips has the insider scoop on who the father is. HBK assures the crowd that he will deliver twice the fun.

Jonathan Coachman cuts HBK off, coming to the ring on the phone. It seems that Vince McMahon is running the show via cell phone. HBK grabs the phone and has a "civil" conversation with the boss. Coach grabs the phone back, and tells HBK that Vince has made a match for tonight. HBK guesses he'll take on the Spirit Squad. Coach corrects him. HBK will face the Coach one-on-one. Michaels can't believe it, and laughs himself to the mat.

Match # 1 -- The Spirit Squad (Mikey and Kenny) vs. The Highlanders -- World Tag Team Title Match

Kenny knocks Rory to the mat with a shoulder block. And then quickly tags in Mikey, after being smashed into the turnbuckle. Rory slams Mikey, and tags in his cousin. Robby is slammed onto Mikey. The Highlanders work over the champs in opposite corners, but the squad fights back. Robby is whipped into a clothesline from Mikey. Kenny nails a dropkick, and nearly makes the pin. Robby floats over, and hits a neckbreaker on Mikey. Rory gets the hot tag, and nails Kenny with a backbreaker. Kenny is set up for the Scot Drop, but the ref is distracted, and the other two make the save. Kenny hits an inverted spinning DDT, and covers Rory for the win.

Winner via pinfall: The Spirit Squad

Mick Foley is back to address the comments of Ric Flair from the comfort of WWE studios in Stamford, CT. Foley says Flair as the intellect and wit of a fourth grader. Mick says Flair wrestling hardcore style won't get him a match. Foley wants to know what part of "No" doesn't he understand. Mick is upset that the Nature Boy attacked Melina last week, and he'll have to pay. Foley says he'll be showing up in Jersey next week to air things out in a very public venue.

After the break, Ric Flair makes his way to the ring. Flair wants to know if Foley saw what he did to Terry Funk. Flair doesn't get a long rebuttal, as Edge and Lita interrupt. Edge says he is the man now, and calls himself the MVP of the show. Nitro tries to sneak in from behind, but Flair catches him. Edge makes his move, and puts the boots to Flair. John Cena makes the save, as Melina comes to ringside to be with her man.

Backstage, Carlito and Trish are hanging out. Carlito whispers something in Spanish, and the two agree to hang out after his match.

Coach is back on the phone with Vince, saying it's not a good idea. Edge and Lita interrupt, but Coach ignores them, and keeps talking to the boss. Vince has made another match; Edge and Nitro versus Cena and Flair.

Match #2 -- Shelton Benjamin vs. Carlito -- Number One Contender's Match -- Intercontinental Title

Shelton tells the ref to keep his eyes on the ropes. Carlito hits a running knee lift, and follows with a clothesline. Shelton fights back, and sends Carlito shoulder first into the ring post. Carlito fights out of a hold, but Benji rakes the eyes. Carlito hits a hurricarana out of desperation. Benji and 'Lito exchange blows. A facebuster nearly gets Carlito a win. A dropkick sends Shelton to the mat again, and Carlito climbs the turnbuckle. Benjamin leaps to the top, but Carlito knocks him off. Carlito leaps, but Shelton counters into an armbreaker. 'Lito gets to the ropes. Carlito ducks a clothesline. A thumb to the eye sets up Shelton for a backcracker. Carlito hits it, but cannot get the pin as Benji gets foot on the ropes. Shelton pulls himself up in the corner, loosening a turnbuckle in the process. Carlito hits a back body drop, and pulls off the turnbuckle. The ref admonishes him for it. Shelton counters a DDT, and nearly launches Carlito into the ref. Benjamin mule kicks Carlito, as the ref replaces the turnbuckle. Benjamin covers for the three count.

Winner by pinfall: Shelton Benjamin

(Yea, Hulk Hogan is back in a program. Will people please stop cheering him, and then ask for one more match? Think about it. You're a Montreal Canadiens fan. You can still cheer when Ken Dryden makes an appearance, but no one is asking for him to start one more game between the pipes. He's too old to play in the NHL anymore, and Hogan is too old to wrestle in WWE. It's called retirement for a reason.)

Hogan says Randy Orton has no respect for him or the business. Hogan says this isn't the first time he had a run in with an Orton. He took on Orton's father, but the two had a mutual respect. Randy changed the rules when he called Hulk out in front of his daughter. Orton hits the stage and tells Hulk that Brooke has a thing for him. Hogan wants Orton know, and Randy heads to the ring. Orton circles the apron, but Lawler throws him into the ring. Hogan gets a few punches in, before Orton slides out of the ring. Orton heads back up the ramp, as Hogan's music plays.

Match #3 -- Candice Michelle vs. Mickie James

Mickie rolls through a flying body press, and grabs Candice's tights to get the win. Next.

Winner via pinfall: Mickie James

Match #4 -- Shawn Michaels vs. Jonathon Coachman

Coach's entrance cuts off HBK. Michaels leaves the ring, and grabs a swim cap from underneath the timekeeper's table. HBK works Coach over in the corner with punches. A thumb to the eye slows down Shawn. Michaels hits an inverted atomic drop, and then slams coach to the mat. HBK drops an elbow from the top rope, and starts to warm up the band. The Spirit Squad comes to the ring, and HBK cleans house. The band is warmed up, and Coach tastes Sweet Chin Music. Then Umaga hits the ring, and nails HBK with a Samoan Drop. Umaga picks up HBK and nails him with the Samoan Spike.

No Contest

Maria tries to ask John Cena about his upcoming match. Cena talks about everything that has gone on tonight, and riffs on just about everyone. Cena says he is focused tonight on kicking Edge's butt.

Diva Search Update! Maryse has been eliminated.

Match #5 -- Ric Flair and John Cena vs. Johnny Nitro w/ Melina and Edge w/ Lita

Flair chops away at Nitro, who uses a thumb to the eye to slow down Naitch. Edge tags in, as does Cena. After the break, Cena is isolated in the heel corner. Edge punches Cena into the corner, and Nitro chokes him with the tag rope. Nitro tags in, working over Cena with stomps. Flair gets the hot tag, chopping and punching away at Nitro. A chop block sends Nitro to the mat, and Flair locks in the figure four. Edge breaks up the hold and then tags in. Edge hits Flair with the spear, but Cena breaks the count. Melina and Lita work Flair over on the outside. Back in the ring, Flair hits Nitro with a shot to the throat. Edge back in, and Flair chops away. Edge responds with right hands. Flair reverses an Irish whip, but Edge catches him with a boot. Edge leaps from the top, but Flair cuts him down out of mid air. Nitro and Cena tag in, and Cena knocks Edge of apron. He nails a shoulder block, and then slams Nitro to the mat. Lita and Melina distract the ref, and Edge hits Cena with a chair. Cena counters a neck breaker into the STFU, as Flair keeps Edge out of the ring. Nitro taps.

Winner via pinfall: Ric Flair and John Cena


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    Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale is grateful that he only has to report on the Diva Search results. He offers his condolences to fellow SLAM! writer Andy McNamara who has to cover the events.