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Raw: Lashley & Cena can't overcome odds
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Shane McMahon looks up at The Great Khali at WWE Raw. PHOTO GALLERY: 18 pictures by Mike Mastrandrea



Hereís the real question as Monday Night Raw comes to us from Toronto, Canada: will Canadians actually cheer for The Great Khali just to spite Cena? If so, I officially refer to Canada as Bizarro Land from now on.

It never bodes well when Candice Michelle kicks off the show.

Match #1 -- Diva Bikini Battle Royal

Can you say ratings grab? Almost all the divas in bikinis spraying each other down in the ring, and this is a match? The biggest crowd reaction came from a wardrobe malfunction, which was quickly cut away from.

Winner: All male fans in the arena and Michelle McCool

He's Shane McMahon and he has something to say. Shane says today is the start of something exciting. In two weeks time all the superstars will gather and there will be a tri-branded draft. Shane says Vince will walk out of One Night Stand with the ECW Title. And tonight Shane will make an example of Lashley.

Match #2 -- The Hardys and Cade and Murdoch vs. The Worlds Greatest Tag Team and Johnny Nitro and Kenny Dykstra

(The real question here is will Cade and Murdoch finally punk out The Hardys?)

Nitro and Cade start things off, and Murdoch helps with the double team in the corner. Matt tags in and faces off with Benjamin, hitting a double reverse elbow with his brother. Matt tags back in, hitting a double axe handle off the middle turnbuckle. Matt follows with an elbow off the top rope. Haas gets a tag, working Matt over in the corner. Jeff hits a whisper in the wind, and sends Haas and Benjamin to the outside. Murdoch climbs to the top of the turnbuckle, and hits a flying body press on TWGGT.

After the break, Jeff runs into a kick from Benji, but Haas cannot get the pin. Kenny Dykstra gets a tag, and holds Jeff, so Nitro can hit a modified leg drop. Shelton gets a tag and hits a spinning heel kick. Benji then slaps on a chin lock, and Haas gets the tag. A belly to belly overhead suplex gets to Jeff gets Haas a near fall. Dykstra tags back in, stomping on Jeffís face. Jeff fights out of a chin lock, and takes Kenny down with a modified bulldog. Matt gets the hot tag and hits a bulldog head lock. Matt hits a double DDT on Kenny and Nitro. Cade and Murdoch clear the ring, and Matt hits the Twist of Fate. Jeff tags in and hits the swanton bomb and gets the pin. Cade and Murdoch join the Hardys in the ring to celebrate.

Winner via pinfall: The Hardys and Cade and Murdoch

Todd Grisham asks Cena if he is now afraid of Khali. Cena says he never goes back on his word, and he still is not scared. Cena then makes fun of Khali, and reiterated he is not afraid. Cena says there is doubt. There is doubt if Cena can beat Khali.

Maria interviews Santino Marella. She asks his thoughts on the upcoming draft. Santino says heís just happy to be here. Maria asks if his accent is Italian. Santio leaves and Randy Orton arrives. Orton responds to RVDís comments on WWE.com. Orton says taking out Shawn Michaels was one of the greatest moments of his career. Orton says he had respect for HBK, but he has none for RVD.

Match #3 -- RVD vs. Randy Orton

RVD breaks out the amateur wrestling move to start, which Orton counters. RVD breaks out of a headlock, and reverses it into a hammerlock. RVD blocks a hip toss, and counters with an arm drag. Orton kicks RVD in the gut, and clubs him across the back. RVD rolls up Orton with a leg scissors. RVD hits a monkey flip out of the corner, but Orton responds with a knee lift to the gut. Orton hits a European uppercut. Orton punches away at RVD in the corner. RVD catches Orton with kick, and starts rolling thunder, but Orton rolls out of the ring. RVD leaps to the top rope, but Orton kicks him off the top into the security barrier on the outside.

After the break, Orton has RVD in a head lock. (On a side note: I think there is a wedding in the second row, that chick is definitely in a wedding dress.) Orton stomps away at RVD, and then drops a knee into RVDís sternum. RVD breaks out of another head lock, and fends off Orton with a boot. RVD springboards off the second rope and connects with a kick to the face. Both men trade punches; then RVD dodges a drop kick, and RVD connects with rolling thunder. RVD slams Orton to the mat, and hits a split-legged moonsault. Orton with a thumb to the eye, but RVD hits a step over heel kick. RVD goes to the top, but almost slips off the top rope. Orton rolls to the apron, and RVD hits a thrust kick, knocking Orton to the floor. Orton recovers, hitting RVD with a DDT, as RVD was hung on the ropes. Orton covers, but RVD kicks out. Van Dam pulls himself up by the ropes. Orton lays out RVD, again, and RVD struggles to get up. Orton kicks RVD in the head, and the ref calls the mat, as RVD is laid out.

Winner via knockout: Randy Orton

After the bell, Orton picks up RVD and this him with the RKO. Orton slips from the ring, and backs up the ramp. RVD is carried away, a glassy look in his eyes.

Match #4 -- Ric Flair and Torrie Wilson vs. Carlito and Victoria -- Inter-gender Tag Team Match

Flair shoulders Carlito into the corner, and hits him with knife edge chops. Victoria makes a blind tag, but Flair wonít leave the ring. Victoria slaps him and offers up her chin. Flair takes down Victoria and locks in the figure four. Carlito drops an elbow on Flair, allowing Victoria to reverse the hold. Carlito tags back in, and stomps away at Flair, then locking in a single leg Boston crab. Carlito holds Flair, but the Nature Boy ducks, and Victoria takes out Carlito. Torrie finally hits the ring. Carlito enters, planting a kiss on Torrie. Miss Wilson slaps Carlito, and Carlito hits her with the back cracker, and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Carlito and Victoria

Khali and Umaga have words (I think) in the locker room. Shane steps in and gives the marching orders. Khali takes out Cena, Umaga takes out Lashley, but Shane makes the pin.

Chris Masters interrupts the kiss cam. He grabs the mike from Maria, and comments that she was charmed by Santino. He challenges Marella to break the Masterlock. Masters gets a chair, but Santino doesnít come out, and Masters says somebody will be put in the Masterlock. Santino runs to the ring, and attacks Masters. Marella goes for a flying body press, but Masters catches him, and nails a shoulder breaker. Masters locks in the Masterlock. Santino rallies, but cannot break the hold.

Match #5 -- Lashley and John Cena vs. Umaga, Khali, and Shane McMahon -- Handicap Match

Umaga pounds on Cena in the corner. Umaga bounces off the turnbuckle and hits a bulldog. Cena then hits the throwback, before being taken down by the Samoan bulldozer. Khali tags in and puts the boots to Cena before tagging Shane in. Umaga tags back in, and Shane with a cheap shot to Cena, who walks right into a Samoan drop. Khali tags in, and drops a leg. Shane tags in, locking on a body scissors. Shane punches away at Cena. The champ gets to his feet, and drives Shane into the turnbuckle. Cena follows with a back suplex. Lashley gets the tag, and sends Umaga for a ride, then hits him with a DDT. Umaga counters a spear with a boot to the face, and Khali tags in. Cena hits ring, and Khali gets tied up in the ropes. Cena fights Umaga on the outside, and Lashley pulls Shane into the ring. Khali gets free and choke slams Lashley. Shane climbs the turnbuckle and hits the flying elbow. Shane covers and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: Umaga, Khali, and Shane McMahon

Vince McMahon joins the team on stage and raises the victors' hands.

RELATED LINKS

  • Photo gallery: 18 pictures by Mike Mastrandrea
  • Live report: Toronto shows no love for Cena
  • Toronto Sun: Leafs fans have to settle for WWE

    Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale was proud of the Toronto crowd for not cheering Khali.