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Raw: Montreal crowd hot for super show
By YVES LEROUX - SLAM! Wrestling


MONTREAL -- It's a well-known fact that Montreal has always loved wrestling and last night's super show was no different with a sell-out crowd of 14,558 on hand to witness over four hours of TV taping, as the WWE presented both the Smackdown and RAW to very loud and spiteful fans. Here's the rundown on the Raw side of things.

After the taping of Smackdown at the Bell Centre, Raw got underway with John Cena walking down with the belt and a very long and mixed noisy welcome. After finally telling the fans that he has been taking 3,000 smacks and 2,000 head shots since he began his career, it really didn't matter as the champ was here. Of course, Edge had to interrupt, to the thunderous cheer of the crowd, along with Lita to justify his loss at Unforgiven. But cheering isn't what Edge was looking for so he rectified the situation by dissing the French Canadian crowd by telling Cena he wasn't in Canada and that the fans were a bunch of frogs -- a well known insult to French Canadians.

Cena replied that it took him 30 seconds to get the cheers, and one sentence to have everyone to want to beat the crap out of him. The new champion then offered him a title rematch right there; Edge refused because the Montreal crowd wasn't worthy. Edge then turned to his back-up plan and Trevor Murdoch and Lance Cage came out to attack Cena, until DX came to his defense. That's when Jonathan Coachman, Mr. McMahon's executive assistant, came out and told them all they would be the participants for a six-man tag team match later on.

Following a commercial break, Coachman then welcomed Shelton Benjamin who started describing Vince McMahon's head entering Big Show's posterior last night at Unforgiven. Realizing that he's making fun of his boss, Benji goes on to question Vince on why he didn't pick him as a partner for Unforgiven. Benjamin concludes that his skin color must be the reason. Coachman rapidly takes the mic away from him with a disgusted look on his face, realizing it was a mistake to let him talk.

Match 1- Umaga (with Armando Alejandro Estrada) vs Kane

After Kane rapidly smashes both Umaga and the ref in a corner, another ref runs to continue the match only to disqualify Kane as he gave three chair shots to Umaga's head.

Winner: Umaga by DQ

After a commercial break, Kane is shown beating up on Estrada against a roll up garage door in the back, for the interruption in his match against Umaga only to see a vicious attack on Kane as Umaga shows up.

The "making fun of Vince having his head in Big Show's butt" continues for a few seconds and then switches to the Spirit Squad who sing a "get well chant" for Vince.

Match 2- Johnny (from the Spirit Squad) vs Ric Flair

Following a tremendous ovation from the crowd, Flair makes his entrance to the adulation of the fans. A short match in which Johnny got away from a figure four leg lock by grabbing the ropes, and then trying the same on Flair only to see him do a reverse small package for the win.

Winner: Ric Flair

Lita then shows up on screen, trying to be sympathetic to Vince (for his head up Big Show's butt thingy) but rapidly changes the conversation to why she doesn't get a title match, but Trish did even though she retired at Unforgiven.

Randy Orton comes out to one of the loudest cheers of the night, and goes on to gloat that his victory at Unforgiven has to be the most courageous victory in WWE history and that he is indeed the future of the wrestling industry. Orton gets interrupted by Johnny Nitro, with Melina, who proceeds to tell Orton that he has been gloating that for years, but without the gold. Since Nitro has the Intercontinental belt, he is the future of wrestling. Orton replies that not only can he get the belt from him, he can get his woman too. Interruptions seem to be a popular feature as Chris Masters walks in claiming he should have a title match, followed by Carlito, then Jeff Hardy. That's when Coachman saves the day (yet again) by having a six-pack match and whoever wins will be the Intercontinental champion.

Match 3- Six-pack Intercontinental title match: Randy Orton vs Carlito vs Chris Masters vs Johnny Nitro vs Jeff Hardy vs Super Crazy

This match was jam-packed with action and many breathtaking high-flying moves, in and out of the ring but Johnny Nitro managed to retain the belt. In particular, Carlito and Super Crazy impressed the crowd with their agility.

Winner: Johnny Nitro

Match 4- Lita vs Candice

Although Lita lead the match outrageously, she got distracted by Ashley enough to lose. Not much else to say about this one.

Winner: Candice

Match 5- Lance Cage, Trevor Murdoch & Edge vs John Cena, Shawn Michaels & HHH

John Cena gets the match underway against Cage and they exchange leads until the tag with Michaels who gets in under the obligatory "You screwed Bret" chants -- Montreal just doesn't forget or forgive. Michaels gets manhandled by all three opponents until he tags HHH who goes on to take all three, avoiding three chair shots only to see Michaels get in a chair shot on Edge, to the delight of the crowd, but get DQ'd in the process. But since Edge is laying in the middle of the ring, just inviting more abuse, he gets sweet chin music from Michaels, followed by a pedigree from HHH.

Winner by DQ: Lance Cage, Trevor Murdoch & Edge

Even though the crowd had been sitting since around 6:45, HHH and Shawn Michaels treated the crowd with some very funny shtick, starting with reference to Big Show's butt being huge, and looking as he was giving birth to Vince, again the "Vince in Big Show's behind" thingy.

Although it has been nine years since the infamous screwjob, many signs referring to it were seen and heard throughout the evening even though the overall feeling is becoming more forgiving as less and less fans get in on the action. And since Montreal is scheduled for a PPV ten years after the "Bret affair", it will be interesting then to see the reaction from the ever spiteful fans.


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    Yves Leroux has been with SLAM Wrestling since 2000. He can be emailed at yves_l@videotron.ca.