February 13, 2007
Raw: Eight-man mayhem!
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
Welcome to the special Canadian-only edition of the Raw Report. While our American counterparts have to wait until Thursday to see the show, we've got all the details right here for you. Let's get right to the action.
We kick off Raw with Vince McMahon strutting his way down to the ring to introduce Donald Trump, and lo and behold the man himself is actually here, flanked by Torrie Wilson and Ashley Massaro, just to further emphasize they are nothing more than eye candy.
Vinnie Mac and Trump have a dialogue about how the pink-tied tycoon gave money away during the appreciation night. Supposedly more money will drop tonight, so sayeth The Donald. McMahon, however, blocked it with security. Finally, we get to the reason why Trump is here, last week's teased business proposal, which turns out to be a challenge to a match between the two. McMahon begs off because of his injuries from the Hell in a Crack match. Instead, Vinnie suggests each man to pick a representative. Donald agrees, with the added stipulation of hair vs. hair on the line, but McMahon kiboshes that suggestion. After a couple shots at Rosie O'Donnell, Trump pulls the offer from the table and finally the match is made. So sue me, but this was one of the better heat segments on WWE TV.
Match 1 - Johnny Nitro/Melina vs. Super Crazy/Mickie James
The women start quickly and grab each other's hair while hoisted by their respective partners in a nice visual.
While the auction goes on in the ring between the men, Melina uses the SD vs. Raw tactic of attacking the partner on the outside. Then Nitro throws Crazy into the ropes and against Mickie for a No Mercy spot. Melina eventually tags in and James comes in. The men quickly get involved and eventually the heels end up on the outside, setting up for the Lucha Train Wreck, with stereo baseball slides. Eventually, Melina gets back in and gets a sneaky pin by holding the tights.
Match 2 - Eugene vs. The Great Khali
Can you say squash boys and girls? I knew you could.
Winner: The Great Khali
Back from break, Shawn Michaels chats with Triple H on the phone and shills the new D-Generation X DVD. Then he talks about his WrestleMania main events to Maria, barely mentioning his loss to Chris Benoit.
Elsewhere, Ric Flair is interviewed by Todd Grisham about his promo on Carlito. Carlito comes in and the two have an exchange, with Flair cutting another wicked promo and Carlito more than holding his own. The result is a match between the two later in the show.
Match 3 - Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Masters
Well, this one was what you'd call a style clash. Masters gets the Masterlock on, but Hardy gets to (and over) the ropes. The two botch a roll-up spot, but Hardy gets the victory nonetheless.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
Jerry Lawler is then in the ring and makes himself look more like a womanizing jackass by insulting Roddy Piper for being married for 24 years. Piper then comes out and makes a great speech, thanking the fans for their support during his battle with cancer as well as the wrestlers.
Then, he announces the first WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2007 member, Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes then comes out to give an impromptu speech, before Umaga and Armando Alejandro Estrada come out. Umaga stares down Piper before Rhodes tries to Flip, Flop and Fly on Umaga. The result is a nightmare of a beatdown on the Dream. Piper, who left the ring momentarily, then comes back in and attacks Umaga with a chair to no avail, and eventually, both men get the Samoan Spike. This was a decent segment but was not as effective without Estrda on the mic explaining why they came out.
Match 4 - Carlito vs. Ric Flair
You know, it's good to see Torrie Wilson had time for a wardrobe change.
Carlito appears to play the heel in the match, with Flair looking more and more ancient. I mean the guy looks like he could be seriously injured in a moment because he can't take spots like he used to.
After a terrible match, Carlito attempts the Backcracker, which is blocked by Flair, and Ric gets the roll-up for the W.
Winner: Ric Flair
Post-match, Flair tries to leave but Carlito stops him and shakes his hand. I can't tell who's going to be the heel as this feud develops, but it's one of the most intriguing I've seen in the last few months.
Backstage, Melina and Nitro wait for an interviewer while Melina announces that she'll be
Elsewhere, Grisham interviews Ashley about her Playboy shoot, including a backstage video. Eventually Ron Simmons comes in or his one-word of the week.
Elsewhere, Rated RKO come in to talk with Mr. Kennedy and MVP. The four heels plot to eliminate the face squad from 'Mania before the road to Ford Field ends.
Match 5 - Batista/Shawn Michaels/Undertaker/John Cena vs. Rated RKO/MVP/Ken Kennedy
The match, as you'd expect, is an interesting menagerie of differing styles and personalities. The match is, however, a bit awkward, especially with the timing as we go to a commercial break with Batista signalling for the Demon Bomb.
Back from break and Edge and Batista are fighting hard until Cena is tagged in. Cena tries the FU but Orton helps his tag partner avoid the finisher. Eventually, MVP comes in and he really, really looks out of place in this bout. Makes you see just how thing the Smackdown roster is.
Oh and another point of contention - this whole idea of main event WM opponents teaming with each other against the other brand is not a first - remember Saturday Night's Main Event? Okay, not a lot of people saw it, but still...
Back to the action and 'Taker cleans house before HBK gets a blind tag in. Eventually, all eight men are in. Soon after, HBK attempts a Superkick on Orton and almost hits Undertaker. After a schmoz, HBK does get the Sweet Chin Music on Orton.
Post-match, HBK gets chokeslammed by 'Taker and Batista eventually gets the Demon Bomb on Cena to close and assumedly establish the heel tandem for No Way Out.
Well, this was a pretty decent show, with good build towards 'Mania and No
Way Out, but the action was subpar. For storyline freaks, watching Raw on Thursday
is a must for our friends below the 49th
Jon Waldman, a SLAMmer since 2000, took a break from his search for the name of Deuce and Domino's new finisher to watch Raw. Look for Dale Plummer's report on the Westminster Dog Show to be posted on Tuesday evening. In the meantime, send Jon your thoughts for the D&D signature move.