May 4, 2008
Triple H lays the hammer down on Orton in Hamilton
By KENAI ANDREWS - SLAM! Wrestling
HAMILTON, ON -- Triple H successfully defended his WWE Championship against challenger Randy Orton in the main event at Copps Coliseum last night in Hamilton in a street fight that featured a trash can, steel chair, and a familiar sledgehammer.
The fans were given the opportunity of choosing between a best 2 out of 3 falls, last man standing, street fight stipulation for the main event via texting with their cellphones.
Orton had Triple H right where he wanted him late in the bout after reversing a sledgehammer attempt by the champion. Rather than going for the cover, he took the time to strike his eternal mercurial pose that antagonized the crowd, but gave Helmsley the time needed to turn a follow-up missed field goal kick attempt by Orton into a vintage sledgehammer strike and pinfall.
Both men had their patented finishers reversed by the other in the bout.
Cryme Tyme opened up the show with a victory over Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, with JTG pinning Murdoch. The problems with the former tag champions continued with Cade verbally tongue-lashing his partner in the ring afterwards. Murdoch responded with a karaoke version of Garth Brooks' Friends in Low Places cover which seemed to please no one.
Cody Rhodes defeated "The Natural" Nick Nemeth by pinfall.
Paul Burchill and sister Katie Lea took down the valiant but overmatched Super Crazy in a rematch handicap match from last week’s RAW.
WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James defeated former champion Beth Phoenix with a roll-around DDT from the top rope after taking some punishment from the Glamazon. A nod to Phoenix in that she landed some nice power moves, even pulling out the time-tested Tully Blanchard slingshot suplex, but was left smarting in the end by Mickie.
Carlito’s recent rash of clumsiness continued in his tag match with Santino against Paul London and Bryan Kendrick. Carlito, wearing a Philadelphia Flyers jersey to the ring, mangled a back flip off the top rope, much to the chagrin of his partner Santino Marella and the crowd’s amusement. Paul London and Bryan Kendrick were the victors by disqualification, when Carlito jumped in the fray to help Santino.
William Regal addressed the crowd, informing the crowd that he was now "the most powerful man in the WWE." After berating Mr. Kennedy for his actions on last week’s RAW, Regal called Kennedy out to apologize. Kennedy came down, and after some hesitation, informed Regal he will not apologize and proceeded to tell The King of the Ring his name, in case he forgot. Snitsky joined Regal in a good old fashioned beat down of Kennedy, with the GM spontaneously declaring an instant tag team match.
Y2J saved Kennedy though by running down into Kennedy’s corner. Jericho, with the hot tag, pinned Snitsky with a Carlito-like backstabber.
Maria worked with the crowd during the show with several fan segments with one lucky fan getting to meet her favorite wrestler, Triple H, backstage. Triple H, after his match spent an extended amount of time slapping hands with the crowd, working all of the ringside, and the ramp entrance and back again, much to the delight of the crowd.
The loudest pops of the evening were reserved for Triple H, Chris Jericho and Mr. Kennedy. An informal poll by SLAM! Wrestling concluded the Triple H-Orton contest as match of the night and Regal-Kennedy segment as the most entertaining.
It is interesting to note that it was approximately 20 years ago that the first Royal Rumble was hosted in Hamilton, also at Copps Colisieum. Hacksaw Jim Duggan won the inaugural event.
The WWE's Raw crew will be in Barrie tonight for a house show before stopping in Toronto, Monday, May 5 for RAW.
Kenai Andrews remembers the classic Billy Red Lyons bumpers promoting the WWE shows in places like the London Gardens and the Brantford Civic Centre. Email him at email@example.com.