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Edge and Christian have totally parted ways
By JON WALDMAN -- For SLAM! Wrestling
Christian looks down on Edge after attacking his 'brother.' -- Greg Henkenhaf, Toronto Sun

Photo gallery from RAW is WAR
 TORONTO -- Christian took out his brother tonight on WWF RAW is WAR following an Intercontinental title defence by Edge against Lance Storm. Christian attacked Edge from behind with a chair, then smashed the King of the Ring Trophy into his stomach. Then, in a moment that drew a "holy sh*t" chant, Christian laid his brother's head on a chair, and smashed another over his head, performing a solo con-chair-to.

 The split had been teased for weeks, but the impact moment did not disappoint the sold out crowd at the Air Canada Centre, who thoroughly booed Christian. Edge had to be carried off by officials after the match.

 RECAP:

 Dark match #1 - Mike Awesome vs. Albert

 Albert received a strong chorus of boos when he came out, while Awesome did not get much of a reception. The match was slow, with plenty of restholds. Albert pulled out a surprise Baldobomb to mercifully end the match.

 1 out of 10

 Dark match #2 - Hugh Morrus vs. Slade?

 It was hard to tell the name of the second wrestler because of the acoustics in the ACC. In any case, Slade put on a good show, but Morrus tried too hard to keep the match slow. At one point Morrus almost screwed up a suplex. The bump looked bad, but Slade seemed to be okay. Morrus finished the match with a top-rope elbow drop to Slade's back.

 4 out of 10, all four belonging to Slade

 Out comes Jonathan Coachman and what sounded like Chris Leary (again, bad acoustics are to blame), and we're set for Jakked/Metal tapings.

 Match #1 - Justin Credible vs. Billy Gunn People, don't you understand you are encouraging the WWF by popping for Gunn? For the love of God please stop. A pretty formulaic match here, nothing to speak of. At one point the crowd began chanting "Aldo". Canadians never forget. Gunn finishes with the Fame-Asser.

 3.5 out of 10

 Match #2 - Chavo Guererro Jr. vs. X-Pac - Light-Heavyweight Title

 Something's wrong with this picture. Chavo should be the one with the gold, especially if he can carry a match like he did here. X-Pac got less heat than Albert coming out. Let's hope we don't see much more of Waltman. Continuing with tonight's theme, Pac get's a "1-2-3" chant. Nice touch. Chavo busts out a head scissors to the floor, and follows up with a nice pescado. X-Pac, however, gets the advantage late and finishes with the X-Factor.

 7 out of 10.

 Match #3 - Kaientai vs. Tommy Dreamer and Raven (with Terri)

 Instant 5 points for putting Dreamer and Raven back together. Best match of the night by far. Taka and Funaki pull out a nice drop-kick assisted cross body on the ECW'ers early on, and later Micinoku pulls out Air Taka on both men. Terri interferes, doing a cross-body off the top rope??? Someone must've slipped Terri some tequila, because she went all out Lucha. Raven finishes the match with the Evenflow. Great match, and I hope they develop this more.

 9 out of 10

 Match #4 - Scotty 2 Hottie vs. Chuck Palumbo

 Nice pop for Scotty. Dear lord why couldn't it have been Scotty vs. Chavo tonight? At one point, Scotty fricks up a springboard DDT, then goes back and REPEATS THE SPOT! Dear God, Taylor how long have you been in the business to know better than to not do that?

 2 out of 10

 Here comes Lillian for the national anthem, followed by Paul Heyman and Jim Ross (who gets a pretty good pop). Lights, camera, action, we're ready for RAW.

 Segment #1

 Undertaker vs. Test

 Test gets some major heel heat here. Man I'd hate to be booed in my own city.

 Undertaker does his usual no-sell stuff, until Steven Richards comes down and superkicks Taker for the DQ finish. Test comes in post-match and gives Taker the high kick... and Taker sells it! Wow.

 4 out of 10 for Undertaker FINALLY selling.

 Christian does a promo backstage, and gets a pretty big pop for it.

 Segment #2

 Richards is interviewed backstage, and challenges the Undertaker for Smackdown! Dollars to doughnuts Val Venis returns tomorrow.

 Tajiri sets up a tag match The Big Show against the Dudley Boyz. The match will be for the number one contenders for the tag belts.

 We get our first Austin vignette. A surprise? This could be interesting...

 Segment #3

 Dudleyz vs. Tajiri/Show

 Torrie comes down mid-match, and predictably get bumped off the apron by the Big Show. Show carries her to the back, leaving Tajiri alone to lose the match and get put through a table. Eventually, Show comes back and chases off the Dudleyz. Not bad, not good.

 4 out of 10

 Backstage, Booker T and Shane McMahon approach Christian to help him during the match. Some heel heat for Christian at the end of the segment.

 Segment #4

 Kanyon appears form WWF New York to wish Austin well. Austin is shown in the back with another vignette.

 Segment #5

 Segment with Saturn seeking help from Hurricane Helms. A good way to develop Hurricane's character, the crowd enjoyed the sketch.

 Rock vs. Christian - WCW title

 Booker T gets a good pop; Shane is booed.

 Pretty divided crowd here, even a "Rocky sucks" chant. God bless Toronto!

 Rock pulls out a sharpshooter, to MAJOR boos. Good psychology by the Rock to play up being the heel. Eventually, Christian gets a CLOSE two-count after a fallout reverse DDT, and Rock quickly responds with a Rock Bottom for the duke. Good match, good psychology by the Rock to go heel.

 5 out of 10

 Booker T and Shane attack after, but APA chases them off.

 Segment #6

 The gift has arrived, and it's a pickup truck. Austin goes to the back to see it, and ends up getting knocked out by Kurt Angle to a huge pop. Angle drives away with Austin in the flatbed. Very hot segment

 Segment #7

 Matt Hardy/Lita vs. Hurricane/Ivory

 Matt has no heat here, Hurricane gets a chant, as does Lita. The match itself is passable and predictable. Hurricane and Ivory go over here, with Saturn causing some interference. Saturn attacks Hurricane after the match. Oh great, now it's Saturn vs. Helms.

 4 out of 10

 Edge comforts Christian backstage, but Lance Storm walks in and challenges Edge to a title match. We know where this goes.

 Segment #8

 Angle has Austin chained and blindfolded on a bridge. This is another strong segment, but Angle decides to go to a higher bridge.

 Segment #9

 Storm vs. Edge

 Edge wins a solid match with a split-legged roll-up quickly, but Lance attacks after the match and takes out Edge's knee. Christian comes in, chases Storm off, and then turns on Edge. Hottest segment of the night, hands down

 7 out of 10 for the match, another 3 points for the turn.

 Segment #10

 Chris Jericho/Jeff Hardy vs. Rob Van Dam/Rhyno.

 Before the match is announced, Hebner gets the chant of the night, "you screwed Bret". Chant goes into the match, which was a stellar match. All involved get pops, with Jericho getting the loudest of the night. Jericho and Hardy combine for a poetry-in-motion to the outside on Rhyno in a nice spot. Jericho end up pinning RVD with another split-legged roll-up, thus officially defining the move as the "Canadian roll-up". Solid match with a few good spots.

 8 out of 10

 Segment #11

 Several have left the building already when Debra comes down to plead with Angle to let her husband go. The skit had to be done twice due to problems with the microphone. Cut to the bridge, where Angle decides to let Austin off with a soaking in a pool. Angle gets a title shot at Unforgiven.

 After the show ends, Booker T and Shane come out and call out the Rock. Rock comes out and gets beat down. APA chases off Booker T, and beat up Shane. Booker T comes back out after the APA take Shane away, but is quickly given a spinebuster and People's Elbow to send the crowd home happy.

 Top five signs:
 1 - I pity the fool Sucka! (with a picture of Mr. T)
 2 - Bring back the afro
 3 - Flair is God
 4 - Canada Misses Benoit
 5 - I Steal Cable

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Raw - September 3, 2001

Nick Tylwalk's Monday Night Raw Report

  • Have you heard? Something big is coming to Canada. The country that already has Steve Yzerman, lots of snow, a nifty flag, Vince Carter, two major languages, socialized medicine and really high taxes is about to get the only thing it needs to be complete: WrestleMania X-8. And there's no truth to the rumour that the WWF did it just to prove that I would travel to another country to stand in line for Essa Rios' autograph. Let the celebration begin, live from Toronto.
  • Match 1 - Undertaker vs. Test Somebody's been practicing his wrestling holds! Undertaker whips out arm drags, a drop toehold and an STF, but Test rallies with a sidewalk slam and a pair of Russian leg sweeps. Test is trying for a third when 'Taker reverses it into a leg submission, then follows with a jumping clothesline and a running lariat. The signal is given for the Last Ride, but Steven Richards runs in and drops the Dead Man with a superkick. The disqualification doesn't stop Test from hitting his patented big boot to the face after the bell.
  • Through the miracle of modern technology, we go back to earlier today, when Christian was telling a random ACC employee that being a celebrity in Toronto is tough, especially when you're preparing to beat The Rock. Two fans don't really recognize Christian, so he demands for the couple to be removed from their ringside seats. Zooming back to the present, Richards is asked why he attacked the 'Taker. His answer doesn't reveal much, but we do learn that they will wrestle each other tomorrow on Smackdown!
  • Video is shown that confirms what most of us have long suspected: next year's WrestleMania will be held at SkyDome. In the commissioner's office, William Regal tells Tajiri to pick a partner to take on the Dudley Boyz for tag team number one contender status. Tajiri chooses the Big Show, and Regal fails miserably trying to make a funny.
  • Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley leads the rest of the Alliance in surprising Steve Austin and Debra. The boys are suitably decked out - even Tazz is wearing an Austin shirt. Steph tells Stone Cold that everyone loved what he did to Kurt Angle and his precious medals last week, and she promises Austin an even bigger surprise later tonight.
  • Match 2 - Dudley Boyz vs. Tajiri and Big Show The new woman in Tajiri's life, WCW's Torrie Wilson, makes an early appearance in an outfit that can only be described as form fitting. Ahem. Tajiri accidentally sprays the green mist in the eyes of the Show, who then stumbles and knocks Wilson off the apron. The Dudleys dodge the handspring back elbow and plant Tajiri with the 3-D to get the win. Then it's table time, as Tajiri takes a ride through the wood while Show carries Wilson up the ramp.
  • Booker T and Shane McMahon pay a visit to Christian, who is busy polishing his brother's King of the Ring trophy. Shane-O-Mac promises that both of them will be in Christian's corner, but only if Booker gets the first title shot after the WCW title is taken from The Rock. And we have ourselves a deal.
  • Kanyon kisses Austin's butt via satellite from WWF New York. Stone Cold loves the segment, but gets a big scare when SMH bursts in without knocking. Steph tries to reassure the WWF champ that Angle won't show up tonight. It doesn't seem to work.
  • Match 3 - Shawn Stasiak vs. Spike Dudley My mom always told me if I don't have anything nice to say... so I'll just say this one is short, and Spike wins with a Dudley Dog. Stacy Keibler and Molly Holly get into it afterwards.
  • Edge wishes his brother good luck, and he seems surprised when Christian tells him he needs to go it alone. Strangely confident, Christian even gives the trophy back to Edge. After a commercial, Saturn turns to The Hurricane for help locating Moppy. Using some dubious logic, Helms points the finger at Matt Hardy.
  • Match 4 - Christian vs. The Rock - WCW Title Match On paper, this doesn't look like much of a contest. But that's before we're introduced to guest ring announcer Booker "I wish I was The Rock" T and guest timekeeper Shane "I help heels find their way" McMahon. Booker's help on the outside allows Christian to score a near fall, but The Rock battles back with a Samoan drop that leaves both men down. Christian takes a swing with the belt while the ref is distracted; Rocky ducks and hits a belly-to-belly throw and a DDT. A spinebuster sets up the Sharpshooter, but Shane drags the ref out of the ring. The WCW champ chases Shane and runs into Christian's inverted DDT, though he manages to kick out at two. Christian is thrown into Booker, then falls victim to a Rock Bottom that finishes the match. The Rock beckons Booker to bring it, and a short double team by Booker and Shane is thwarted when the APA runs down and chases them into the crowd.
  • Steph is on the phone, and she and Debra are both excited. It seems the surprise is here.
  • The melodic sounds of Drowning Pool bring Stephanie to the ring. Looking for some cheap heat, Steph mocks the Canadian fans for saying eh, celebrating Thanksgiving on the wrong day and generally being lazy. She then introduces a man she says is not lazy, Stone Cold. His surprise is unveiled by Debra on the Titam Tron and it's... well, it's a new truck. I have to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming of an old episode of Let's Make A Deal. Debra runs down the features (including - get this - an antenna!) and says that she wants a ride, so Austin and Stephanie join her in the garage. The Rattlesnake is taken with his new truck, so much so that he climbs in the bed and does the "I'm the king of the world" bit from Titanic. Naturally, Angle chooses that moment to strike with a pipe. As Debra and Steph shriek, Angle loads a chain and a cinder block in the bed with Austin and speeds off.
  • Match 5 - Lita and Matt Hardy vs. Ivory and The Hurricane The Toronto fans actually cheer The Hurricane even though he doesn't fare well against Hardy. Matt is about to drop a leg from the second turnbuckle when he's distracted by Saturn, which gives Helms time to recover and execute the Eye of the Hurricane for the win. Seeing through Hurricane's earlier deception, Saturn gives him a clothesline and a suplex after the bell.
  • Edge tries to console his distraught brother, but his efforts go for naught when Lance Storm arrives to ridicule Christian and the entire city of Toronto. A few snappy comebacks later and Edge has made the verbal save, and it looks like he'll put his Intercontinental belt on the line against Storm later.
  • Debra is frantic, so Stephanie gives the cops the details of Austin's abduction over the phone as the rest of the Alliance worries. Magically, a camera has followed the truck to a nearby bridge. Angle has Austin tied up with the chain and is preparing to throw him off the bridge into a river. Stone Cold does the unthinkable and apologizes for throwing Angle's medals away, but Kurt pretends not to hear him by giving him a taste of his own "what?" medicine. A frightened Bionic Redneck tells the Olympic hero that he really doesn't want to do it, and Angle agrees... but only so he can stuff him back in the truck and find a higher bridge. Back at the arena, Steph sends the members of the Alliance out to try to save Stone Cold.
  • Match 6 - Lance Storm vs. Edge - WWF I-C Title Match An enzuigiri knocks Storm over the top rope to the floor, but he rallies with a springboard clothesline, a jawbreaker and a dropkick. Both men go for a cross body coming off the ropes and both go down. Storm drives a shoulder into the back of Edge's left knee and locks in the half crab. Edge gets to the ropes on his second try, but Storm continues to work on the knee. Out of nowhere, Edge reverses one of Storm's moves into a roll-up and gets the three count. Storm tries to do more damage but Christian is on hand with a steel chair to prevent more harm. Helping his brother up, Christian even fetches his trophy. Then it happens. Christian turns and drops his brother with a chair shot to the head. Some of the fans are actually cheering as Christian hits Edge with the trophy, then sandwiches his head in a one-man Con-chair-to. A phalanx of refs has to come out to put an end to the carnage. All I have to say is... finally.
  • Main Event - Rob Van Dam and Rhyno vs. Jeff Hardy and Chris Jericho Hardy nails an early Swanton Bomb but can't make the cover due to his injured ribs. Jeff dodges a Rhyno Gore and tags in Jericho, who runs wild on both of his foes. Y2J has RVD in the Walls of Jericho, but drops the hold to give Hardy a launching pad to dive to the floor on Rhyno. Van Dam hits a handspring splash and scores a two count, then gets rolled up and pinned by Jericho.
  • Scenes from a bridge - Part 2. Angle has Austin on a taller bridge, so Stone Cold says he'll go back and get Angle's medals. That's not enough for Kurt, who gives Austin a few minutes to think about begging and crying for his life. After a commercial break, we come back to... a test pattern and a technical difficulty screen.
  • Finally, we're back. Debra pleads for Angle to let her husband go as she watches the episode on the Titan Tron. Angle slaps a whimpering Austin around and calls him pathetic. Only one thing can save the Rattlesnake, and that's if he agrees to a return match for the WWF title. Oh, and it has to be in Angle's hometown of Pittsburgh at Unforgiven. Austin agrees, but Angle says he's still going in the water - and he proceeds to push him into a kiddie pool that he had set up on the bridge. A dripping wet Stone Cold can only watch helplessly as Angle mocks his "Wind Beneath My Ring" song and drives off in his new truck, ending this week's show. Don't forget that Smackdown! is live tomorrow night.



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