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Raw: Backlash felt even in England
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Monday Night RAW comes to us from across the pond, tonight, so it wonít be live. Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler call all the action from London, England, as General Manager William Regal will take on WWE champion Randy Orton later tonight.

William Regal is enjoying a cup of tea (pre-intro) when JBL interrupts him. Bradshaw calls Regal a spineless puppet for booking a fatal-four way at Backlash. Regal says he did it to save the show. JBL says he wants out of England, and he is Regalís most valuable commodity. Regal then says tonight he will show some authority, and he then books JBL in a match vs. Triple H.

Shawn Michaels kicks off the show (post-intro) and is greeted with a warm reception from the London crowd. HBK says the last thing he wants to do is address the issue between him and Batista, but that is all anyone wants to talk about. HBK recaps the situation. HBK then refutes Batistaís claims that he held people down. HBK says he proved everyone wrong when he came back from back surgery. Michaels says he loves his job, and he is sick of apologizing for his past. Michaels is interrupted by Ric Flairís music, only Chris Jericho walks out. Y2J calls HBK a phony, or at least that's what Batista thinks. Jericho thinks Michaels enjoyed retiring Ric Flair, like he thrived on screwing Bret Hart, and thrived on turning on Marty Jannetty. Jericho says Batista is being irrational. Jericho then accuses HBK of suggesting the retirement stipulation to Vince. HBK answers with a super kick to the jaw and dances off.

The King of the Ring tournament is officially back. And this time it is only going to take one night, and itís free to watch (well, providing you have cable, but you know what I mean).

Match #1 - Santino and Carlito vs. London and Kendrick - Number One Contender match

London blocks a kick from Santino and slaps on a side head lock. A back heel trip sends Santino to the mat. Carlito tags himself in, as does Kendrick. Carlito catches Kendrick in the corner, and slams him to the mat. Kendrick is double teamed. Santino smashes Kendrick into the turnbuckle. Kendrick responds with a kick, and is able to tag in his partner. London hits and inverted atomic drop on Carlito and follows with a standing hurricarana. Carlito shoves London to the mat and climbs the turnbuckle. London catches him in mid air with a spinning heel kick. Santino breaks up the pin, and Kendrick comes to help. Kendrick is dumped to the outside, and London drop kicks Santino out of the ring. Carlito hits the back-stabber on a distracted London to get the win.

Winner via pinfall: Santino and Carlito

Carlito and Santino talk trash on Holly and Rhodes after the match.

Match #2 - Mickie James vs. Beth Phoenix - Womenís Title Match

Phoenix picks Mickie up by her neck and deposits her in the corner. Phoenix blocks a roll up, and then counters a DDT; tossing James into the turnbuckle. Phoenix locks in a reverse headlock, and then uses the ropes on a back suplex. Phoenix locks in a submission, but Mickie fights her way out. Phoenix counters a wheelbarrow maneuver into a chicken wing. James fights out, and slams Phoenix into the turnbuckle. James presses her advantage and hits a hurricarana. Phoenix blocks a DDT and drives James into the corner. Mickie fights Beth off the top turnbuckle and then hits a bulldog. Phoenix kicks out at two. Phoenix locks in the chicken wing, but James counters into a victory roll and gets the three count to win the Womenís Title.

Winner via pinfall: Mickie James

Not that you Canadians care, but WWE has asked Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to settle their differences in the ring next week. (I donít think itís going to happen since next Tuesday is the Pennsylvania primary -- my home state -- and it is a huge state to win for the nomination.)

Ashley and Maria celebrate with Mickie James. Todd Grisham asks Mickie how it feels to win, and she just plants him with a kiss.

Mike Adamle asks Regal why he is taking on the very best in world. Regal wants to prove he can beat the best. Jericho walks in a wants to be put in the middle of the HBK-Batista match. Regal makes Jericho the guest referee. Y2J says he wants to wrestle. Regal tells him to wrestle Umaga, tonight. Jericho protests, so Regal makes it an Intercontinental Title match.

Mick Foley is in a movie with Willem Dafoe, called Animorph.

Match #3 - JTG w/ Big Shad vs. Trevor Murdoch w/ Lance Cade

Before the match, Cade gives Murdoch a pep talk.

JTG runs into a big boot, and then gets elbowed in the head. Murdoch combos a snap mare into a reverse chin lock. Murdoch climbs the turnbuckle and hits a flying cross body. JTG rolls though it, covers, and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: JTG

After the bell, Cade just looks at his partner, and doesnít say a thing. He pats him on the shoulder and heads off.

Match #4 - Randy Orton vs. William Regal

Orton and Regal lock up. Regal backs the champ into the corner, and hits a left hand. Regal then slaps on a headlock. Orton counters into an overhand wristlock. Regal counters a monkey flip into a body scissors. Orton breaks the hold, and gets Regal in a headlock. The champ follows with an inverted back breaker. Regal counters a head lock with a suplex, and Orton rolls outside. Regal brings Orton back in the hard way with a back suplex. Regal hits two more suplexes and then a running knee lift. Regal stomps away at Orton, and is backed off by the ref. Orton jumps up and hits the RKO to get the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton

Match #5 - Umaga vs. Chris Jericho - Intercontinental Title Match

Umaga and Jericho brawl with each other, with Y2J eating the mat. Umaga targets the jaw, where HBK hit Sweet Chin Music earlier. Jericho goes for a sunset flip, but canít get over. Umaga misses the slam, though. One strike sends Jericho to the mat. Umaga then nails a back elbow, followed by a clothesline. Jericho charges Umaga, and Umaga picks him up and tosses him to the floor.

After the commercials, Jericho is working over Umaga in the corner. Umaga tosses Jericho off of him, and then drops a knee. Umaga then locks in a nerve pinch. Jericho then ducks a charge, and spills Umaga to the floor. Y2J connects with a baseball slide, but then is cut down on the outside with a clothesline. Back in the ring, Umaga drops on Jericho from the middle rope. Umaga goes back for seconds, but Jericho gets his knees up. Y2J goes for a slam, but loses his base, and Umaga drops on him. A head butt gives Umaga the advantage. Jericho is whipped into the corner hard. Jericho is body slammed and Umaga drags him to the corner. Umaga charges, but Jericho rolls out of the ring. Y2J climbs the turnbuckle and hits a forearm to the back of Umagaís head. Both men are down. Jericho hits a forearm, but has bulldog blocked. Umaga misses a head butt, and Jericho nails a low dropkick. Jericho goes for the Walls, but Umaga fights him off. Umaga nails a Samoan drop, and then catches Jericho by the throat. Jericho ducks the Spike, and then dodges Umaga on a corner splash. Umaga hits the ring post, and Jericho rolls him up to retain the IC belt.

Winner via pinfall: Chris Jericho

Match #6 - Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Paul Burchill w/ Katie Lea

Burchill blindsides Duggan to start the match. Burchill works over Duggan in the corner, and then hits a clothesline. Burchill tosses Duggan to the mat, and then kicks drives Dugganís face into the mat. Burchill covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Paul Burchill

The Grish asks Triple H what his strategy is against JBL. Hunter says telling him his game plan wouldnít be very smart. Hunter at Backlash there will be no fluke or luck; the best will rise to the top. Hunter tells JBL he should have kept that announcing job.

Match #7 - Triple H vs. JBL

We join mid match, after a commercial break. Hunter hits a shoulder block. JBL and HHH stare each other down, and then lock up. Hunter explodes out of the corner with a clothesline, and then smashes JBLís head into the turnbuckle. Triple H hits a neck breaker. JBL responds with right hands, but telegraphs his next move. Hunter goes for the Pedigree, but JBL counters with a back body drop. JBL beats on the Game in the corner, and then hits a swinging neck breaker. Bradshaw locks in a full nelson. Hunter breaks free, but is clubbed over the back. Bradshaw runs into a high knee, and Triple H follows with a face buster. A clothesline sends JBL to the floor. Bradshaw cuts Hunter off on the floor, and the two fight up the ramp. Randy Orton runs in, attacking Triple H and the ref calls for the bell.

Winner via DQ: Triple H

Orton and HHH fight to the ring. Hunter hits a spinebuster, and sets up the Pedigree. JBL nails Hunter in the face with a big boot. Triple H is double teamed, and Orton nails the RKO. JBL picks up Hunter, and Orton lines up the kick. Orton charges, but JBL nails him with the Clothesline from Hell. HHH starts to pick himself up, and JBL lays him out with a Clothesline from Hell. JBL poses with the belt to end the show.

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale doesnít care if Obama and Clinton show up next week. Dale isnít a registered Democrat. Dale is registered with that other party.