February 6, 2007
Raw: Mania main events all set
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling

So much for drama. Tonight on Monday Night Raw, the Undertaker will decide who he will face at Wrestlemania. And it will start of the show! We also learn who will be in the other main event at the really big show in Detroit.

The bells toll, and the Undertaker strolls to the ring in Sioux City, Iowa. Before the Dead Man can even say a word WWE champion John Cena enters the ring. Then ECW champion Bobby Lashley hits the ring. And not to be out done, World Heavyweight Champion Batista joins the party. The just to add to the excitement, HBK crashes the festivities.

Everyone leaves Undertaker and Batista to stare each other down in the ring. Batista lifts his belt in the air in front of Taker, so the Dead Man choke slams the champion.

Match # 1 -- Carlito w/ Torrie and Cryme Tyme vs. Chris Masters and The World's Greatest Tag Team

Carlito kicks Masters as he enters the ring. The ref restores order, and JTG and Shelton Benjamin face off. Haas tags in, hitting a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. JTG is tossed into the boot of Masters. Haas knocks Shad off the apron. Carlito gets the hot tag, hitting a double springboard elbow on TWGTT. Master ducks a clothesline, but Carlito is able to avoid the Masterlock. Shad takes Masters over the top, and JTG drags Benji from the ring. Carlito rolls up Haas, but the ref is distracted by Masters. Benjamin soars over the top ropes and hits Carlito with a blockbuster, and Haas makes the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Chris Masters and The World's Greatest Tag Team

Vince says dropping cash is the cheapest thing a billionaire can do. Kenny Dykstra drops in and wants to face Lashley. Vince grants him his wish. Coach gives Vince a letter from Donald Trump. Vince reads it aloud. The Don is going to appear on RAW next week, and he has a business proposal for Vince. Coach says he will ban Trump. Vince tells him not too, because Trump may be joining a certain club.

Maria interviews Ric Flair. The Nature Boy says the passion is growing within him. Flair says if he goes beats Jeff Hardy he's going to Wrestlemania.

Melina talks to Candice Michelle about her Super Bowl commercial. Nitro walks up and the two discuss the women's title, and waste a moment of our time.

Balls Mahoney is in the ring. Coach informs us of the trouble Vince has had with some of the ECW originals, so tonight Vince has handpicked someone to take care of Balls.

Match #2 -- Umaga vs. Balls Mahoney

Umaga chokes Balls on the ropes, and then hangs him up on the top rope. Umaga flies off the middle turnbuckle for a splash. Umaga hits a Samoan drop, and follows with a whiplash. Umaga drives the Samoan Spike into Mahoney, and covers him for the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Umaga

Match #3 -- Nitro w/ Melina vs. Super Crazy w/ Mickie James

Nitro beats on Super Crazy to start things off. Crazy leaps a corner charge, and nearly gets the pin with a roll up. Nitro hits a neck breaker, and follows with a neck vice. Crazy rolls through a sunset flip, and kicks Nitro in the face with a low drop kick. Melina grabs Crazy, allowing Nitro to get a two count. Mickie returns the favor, and Super gets caught with a drop kick. Super Crazy hit a tilt-a-whirl back breaker. Crazy climbs the turnbuckle, but is caught by Nitro. Super elbows Nitro to the mat, and hits a moonsault. Super Crazy covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Super Crazy

Match #4 -- Melina w/ Nitro vs. Mickie James w/ Super Crazy -- Women's Title Match

Mickie and Melina grab each other, and roll around the mat. Mickie locks in a hammerlock. Melina breaks the hold with a kick. Melina talks with Nitro, and then hangs Mickie up on the ropes. The ladies exchange blows. Mickie sends Melina to the mat with a back elbow. Melina whips Mickie into the corner, as Super Crazy takes down Nitro. Mickie counters with a head scissors. Melina rakes the eyes, but Mickie responds with kick. Melina tosses Mickie through the ropes. Mickie goes for a sunset flip, but Melina drops down on her. The ref sees Melina grabbing the ropes, and stops the count. Mickie counters in a roll up, and Mickie gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: Mickie James

After the match, Nitro chases the cameramen from the ring.

The champ Cena drops in on HBK. Michaels tells him he knows the champ is here to wish him luck in his bout against Randy Orton and Edge to determine who will face Cena at Wrestlemania. Cena corrects him, saying he hopes Edge wins, because he knows he can whup Edge. Actually, Cena tells HBK to be safe out there, since they are the tag team champs.

Match #5 -- Jeff Hardy vs. Ric Flair

Flair and Hardy lock up, and Hardy is shot off the ropes, knocking Flair down with a shoulder block. Jeff slaps Flair, and kicks him into the corner. Flair responds with knife edge chops. Hardy is whipped into the ropes, and then leaps Flair. Hardy hurts his leg on the landing, and Flair hits him with a chop block. Flair works on the injured leg, and then goes back to the chops. Flair continues to work over the leg. Hardy hits an enzuigiri and Flair flops to the mat. Hardy follows with a jawbreaker, and then a back body drop. Hardy hits the whisper in the wind off an Irish whip. Jeff hits the Twist of Fate, and climbs the turnbuckle. Flair rolls away from the swanton bomb. Flair stomps on the leg, and struts around the ring. Flair goes for the figure four, but Hardy counters with an insider cradle and gets the three count.

Winner via pinfall: Jeff Hardy

After the match, Flair and Hardy shake hands, and Hardy bows to Flair.

Backstage, Todd Grisham catches a word with Batista. The World Heavyweight Champ says he isn't intimidated. He will retain his title, he he has no problem teaming with Undertaker at No Way Out.

Match #6 -- Kenny Dykstra vs. Bobby Lashley -- ECW World Title match

Lashley goes for a single leg take down, but Kenny is able to grab the ropes. Kenny lands a right, and Lashley responds by punching him out of the ring. Lashley follows by spearing Dykstra in the corner. Lashley sends Kenny to the floor. The champ goes after him, and Kenny nails a low drop kick. Back in the ring, Kenny stomps on Lashley. Kenny whips Lashley off the ropes, and hits a back elbow. Kenny slaps on a rear chin lock. Lashley breaks free, but Kenny locks in a sleeper. Lashley breaks free and responds with clotheslines. Dykstra gets a boot up in the corner, but Lashley responds with a t-bone suplex. Kenny drop kicks Lashley out of the ring, as we go to commercial.

Kenny works over Lashley, and slaps on a front face lock. Lashley tosses Dykstra, and then hits a back body drop. Lashley then hits a delayed vertical suplex, setting up a spear. Dykstra counters with a boot, but Lashley recovers. The champ picks Kenny up, and then power slams him. Lashley covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Bobby Lashley

Randy Orton is getting ready, when Edge tries to talk to him. Orton tells him there is no strategy. Edge says he knows they aren't a team tonight, but if they have any pride HBK won't win.

Carltio and Torrie say good-bye to Flair as they leave the arena. Flair rips into Carlito for leaving, and says there's a reason why guys like him aren't in the main event. Vince has told Flair he has to prove he belongs on RAW. Flair rants and raves about Carlito's attitude.

Match #7 -- Edge vs. Randy Orton vs. Shawn Michaels -- Number one contender match

HBK hits the ring, and is beat down by Orton and Edge. Edge smashes Michaels into the turnbuckle. HBK ducks a double team, and hits a dual clothesline. Michaels follows with inverted atomic drops, and tosses Orton over the top rope. HBK climbs the turnbuckle, but is thrown off by Orton. Edge taunts Michaels, as Orton stalks his partner. Edge turn before Orton can do anything, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Edge has HBK in a sleeper. Orton charges and HBK back drops him out of the ring. He follows with a belly-to-back suplex to break the hold. HBK is shot of the ropes, and ducks a clothesline from Edge, and hits Orton with a baseball slide, sending him into the announce table. Edge then catches HBK with a kick to the jaw. Edge hits a back breaker that gets a two count. Edge fights out of a superplex, knocking HBK to the floor. HBK crotches Edge, but Orton hits him with an inverted backbreaker. Orton hits a standing drop kick. HBK staggers after two uppercuts, but nearly gets a pin with a back slide. Orton kicks out, and hits the RKO. Orton covers, but Edge pulls him off to cover himself. Edge and Orton yell at each other, but then shake hands. Both men instantly turn on each other. Edge blocks on RKO, and Orton leaps a spear, catching the turnbuckle. Edge and Orton shoot off the ropes, and cancel each other out with cross bodies. HBK starts to stir, and climbs the turnbuckle. He drives an elbow into Edge, and starts to warm up the band. Edge ducks, and Orton catches his foot. Edge goes for the spear, but HBK redirects him into Orton. Michaels connects with the superkick on Edge, and covers Orton for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Shawn Michaels

After the match, John Cena joins his partner in the ring. The two stare each other down, when Batista's music hits. The Undertaker joins his partner at No Way Out on stage, and they stare each other down. Both teams stare at each other as the show goes off the air.


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