May 6, 2008
Raw: Power-mad Regal gives big play to ECW
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
There have been many calls for WWE to end the brand split. (Okay, maybe not, but I’ve been calling for it!) Tonight in Toronto the ECW guys are at RAW, so we will see some inter-promotional matches, and more reasons to finally combine the brands. (Shouldn’t this show be in Mexico, since tonight is Cinco de Mayo?)
Vince McMahon kicks off the show, and he addresses William Regal pulling the plug on last week’s show. Vince has answered the fans' demand for a response, but he is completely on board with Regal’s actions. Vince gives his General Manager a huge endorsement. Vince wants the fans to show Regal the same respect they show him.
King Regal makes his way to the ring, and he has something to say. Regal wants to know if he has the crowd’s respect and he doesn’t. Regal turns out the lights, showing the crowd he isn’t messing around. The lights come back on, and Mr. Kennedy interrupts Regal’s lecture. Kennedy wants Regal to take him up on his challenge to face him in the ring, tonight. Regal tells Kenedy he is his superior, and books Kennedy in the main event versus the ECW roster. Regal informs the crowd that he is celebrating ECW 100th show by having them on tonight.
WWE Champion Triple H interrupts. He tells Regal he means no disrespect. Hunter tells the GM that he feels disrespected when Regal ended the show last week, and then came out and stopped the match after the show was taken off the air. HHH tells Regal that was a mistake and if he wants to stay in power he shouldn’t mess with the Game. Regal informs Hunter that he has to worry about his steel cage match with Orton at Judgment Day, and tonight he has to join Kennedy in his match versus ECW.
Match #1 - Mickie James vs. Beth Phoenix - Women’s Title Lumberjack Match
Phoenix forces James into the corner, and the ref calls for a clean break. Phoenix hits a shoulder block, and then tosses James from the ring, where the heel Divas beat on the champ. Back in the ring, Mickie hits a neck breaker, but is tripped up by Jillian on the apron. Mickie leaps from the ring, and starts a brawl on the outside.
After the break, James is locked in a submission. Mickie kicks out of the hold, and then dodges an elbow drop. James tries a sunset flip, but Phoenix blocks the attempt. Mickie connects with a series of kicks, and then hits a Thesz press from the top turnbuckle. Mickie connects with an enziguri and Phoenix spills to the floor. Phoenix is mugged by the other Divas, but she breaks free dragging Maria into the ring with her. Maria slips out, but Melina comes in with a boot. Mickie ducks the boot shot, and Melina connects with Phoenix. Mickie pins her with an inside cradle.
Winner via pinfall: Mickie James
Chris Jericho meets with William Regal. Jericho says Shawn Michaels is fine and is not injured. Regal tells Jericho that he will be teaming with HBK later tonight, taking on the tag team champs from ECW.
Trevor Murdoch is singing again. Trish Stratus approaches him, and he keeps belting out a tune. She doesn’t know quite what to say, but Ron Simmons does. (Speaking of which, congratulations are in order for Ron Simmons being inducted into the college football Hall of Fame.)
The Grish is with Randy Orton and wants his feelings on last week’s match being cut short. Orton says he respects the decision, and tonight he will show CM Punk a piece of cold, hard reality.
Match #2 - Paul Burchill and Katie Lea vs. Toronto Jobber Jon Cutler - Mixed Gender Handicapped Match
Before the match, William Regal orders JR off the announce team, and inserts Mike Adamle into the position. (For once, I agree with a booing Canadian crowd!)
Lawler isn’t very warm toward Adamle, who is doing an admirable job. Butler goes after Katie, but Paul attacks from behind. Katie stomps on Cutler's chest coming off the top rope, and Paul finishes Butler off with the Curb Stomp. Katie covers for the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Paul and Katie Lea Burchill
After the match, Adamle heads to back and Jim Ross doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to return.
Jericho tells HBK to drop the act with the injury. Shawn tells Jericho he will do his best.
Match #3 - The Miz and John Morrison vs. Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels
Jericho and Miz start things off, with Jericho hitting a back elbow followed by a vertical suplex. Morrison tags in, and dodges a Jericho charge. Y2J rolls through a sunset flip, but has to duck a cheap shot from the Miz. Morrison takes advantage with a springboard kick. Miz tags back in, hitting a clothesline in the corner. Morrison with a tag, and keeps Jericho separated from his partner. Jericho hits a bulldog, and places the Miz in the Walls. Morrison kicks Jericho out of the hold and then takes a cheap shot at HBK. Michaels retaliates with Sweet Chin Music, and goes down in pain after the kick. Jericho hits the Lionsault and gets the pin, as HBK limps to the back.
Winner via pinfall: Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels
Jericho looks confused as Shawn walks away.
Match #4 - Randy Orton vs. CM Punk
Orton hits a shoulder block, and Punk pops right back up. The two lock up, and Orton gains the upper hand. Another shoulder block sends Punk to the mat. Punk responds with a kick to the gut and then clotheslines Orton to the floor. Punk is pulled off the apron by Orton. Back in the ring, Orton stomps away on Punk. Orton slaps on a headlock. Punk breaks free and gets knee in the gut. Punk connects with a bulldog, and then a heel kick. William Regal walks out, and flexes his power by killing the lights and ending the match.
Orton is steaming in the back since Regal stopped the match. Orton is going right to Regal to find out what is going on.
Carlito is hosting the Cabana. He says what happened last week between Roddy Piper and Santino Marella was not cool. Carlito brings out Piper as his guest. Carlito tells Piper that he took it too far last week. Piper tells Buckwheat that he always takes it too far. Piper says he beat Mr. T, Hogan, and even beat cancer. Piper says he did it his way. Carlito says he would have slapped him back. Santino walks to the ring. Marella wants Piper all to himself. Marella runs down "Rodney Piper" on the mic. Piper responds with bring up Marella’s recent DUI arrest, saying he needs a designated driver. Cody Rhodes walks out on stage, saying this isn’t how you treat a legend. Carlito tells Cody to back off, since Hardcore Holly isn’t in the building. Cody says that may be true, but there are two guys who want to meet the Hot Rod. Cryme Tyme runs to the ring, and Santino and Carlito ducks out of the ring. Cryme Tyme, Piper, and Rhodes celebrate in the ring to end the segment.
JBL cuts a promo on how he is better then us. He then lets us ride in his limo as he is driven to the ring. JBL then cuts a promo on his Judgment Day opponent John Cena.
Match #5 - JBL vs. DH Smith
JBL continues the diarrhea of the mouth, cutting down Smith. JBL assaults Smith at the bell. Bradshaw hits a short-arm clothesline, and finally ends the match with a Clothesline from Hell or Wall Street or whatever.
Winner via pinfall: JBL
After the bell, JBL continues the beating on a defenseless Smith. It takes several refs to stop the carnage.
Regal is in the locker room with the ECW roster. He tells them to put aside their differences, as they have a chance to beat the WWE champion. Regal says he expects a victory. Everyone leaves but Kane, who just looks Regal in the eyes and walks away.
Kennedy starts off against Elijah Burke. (There are so many guys on the apron, half the ring is blocked from view. I’m just going to fast forward to the end of the match.)
Triple H starts to clean house, and sets up the Pedigree on Chavo. Shelton Benjamin superkicks Triple H; then Kane enters the ring to chokeslam Kennedy. Chavo climbs the turnbuckle, but is grabbed by Kane. Guerrero’s bodyguard chases of Kane, and Chavo hits the frogsplash and covers Kennedy for the win.
Winner via pinfall: ECW
After the match, Triple H starts to beat on everyone and anyone. Mike Knox tries to stop the madness with a chair, but Hunter gets a hold of it, and starts swinging away. The lights go out, and when they come back on, Randy
Orton is in the ring, and hits Triple H with an RKO. The show ends with Orton standing over Triple H.
Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003.