WWE RAW opened with a video highlight package from last week where Edge challenged John Cena for the WWE title with special guest referee Mick Foley. After Cena defeated Edge, Edge and Lita attacked the Hardcore Legend for “costing” Edge his chance at becoming a 2 time WWE Champion.
The Road to Wrestlemania continues tonight in Trenton, New Jersey. Ric Flair is scheduled to defend his Intercontinental Title against Shelton Benjamin while Triple H, Rob Van Dam and the Big Show face off in the finals of the Road to WrestleMania Title Shot Tournament.
Divas Battle Royale
Before the match started, the WWE Womens Champion Trish Stratus made her way to the stage to scout her competition. Back in the ring, the action started as Victoria attacked Maria, who reversed the attack into a side slam.
Maria attacked Candice Michelle and pummelled her with fists on the canvas. The first elimination came when Victoria eliminated Torrie Wilson. Candice demanded an explanation from Victoria but didn’t’ get one. Maria hit a bronco buster on Candice Michelle in the corner. Mickie James pulled Maria off Candice and eliminated her by throwing her through the ropes to the floor. Ashley and Mickie brawled back and forth until Mickie trapped Ashley (who slipped out and King mentioned it, 3 exclusive photos at the link below) in a head scissors and attempted to drop her over the ropes.
Candice Michelle ran over and dumped both Ashley and Mickie over the ropes to win the match!
Winner – Candice Michelle
Candice said that she was the hottest thing on RAW and come WrestleMania, she’ll be the new Womens Champion.
The Rated-R Superstar’s music hit and Edge and Lita came out to the ring and got in the face of Candice Michelle. Lita ripped the mic from Candice’s hand and told her to split.
Edge then told Candice to get the hell out his ring and to “hit the bricks toots”. Last week, Edge said he had JOhn Cena beat and the only reason he is not the champion is because of one man — Mick Foley! So Mick, I hope your sitting nice and comfy on your couch because you’re about to learn what happens when you mess with the Rated-R Superstar. The past couple of weeks, people have been taunting Edge and Lita with Hacksaw Jim Duggan imitations, calling Lita a “ho”. Edge said he was going to take care of that tonight as he challenged Hacksaw Jim Duggan to a match and he accepted. Lita took the mic and ordered Duggan to get his goofy-eyed behind down to the ring and learn that no one messed with Edge.
Jim Duggan made his way to the ring with his American flag and trusty 2×4 in hand as RAW went to its first commercial break!
Referee: Mickey Henson
This match began during the commercial break on WWE.com Unlimited.
Edge slammed the face of Jim Duggan into the steel steps as Lita smiled on in approval. Edge gave Duggan a few lefts only to have him fire back with rights and lefts of his own. Duggen then threw Edge back in the ring and screamed out “Ho!”. As Duggan tried to enter the ring, Edge nailed him in the head with a dropkick. Edge covered Duggan after a belly-to-back suplex for a 2 count. Duggan then put Edge down with a clothesline and whipped him to the buckle where he mounted the Rated-R Superstar and delivered 10 shots to the head of Edge.
Duggan then went down for his 3-point stance clothesline, but Lita grabbed his ankle to distract him. As he turned back to face Edge, Duggan was nailed with a spear and was pinned for the 3-count.
Edge took Duggan’s 2×4 and nailed him between the eyes, sending a message to Mick Foley. Edge then asked Foley if he saw what happened to Duggan. Edge promised that was nothing compared to what will happen to him since he cost him the chance to walk into WrestleMania as Champion. Edge then told Foley to listen carefully since he only had one ear — Mick FOley vs Edge at WrestleMania! He gave Foley one week to reply or else he’ll track him down and beat him in front of his own family.
Backstage with the Big Show:
The Big Show said that being in the main event of WrestleMania is the pinnacle of every wrestler’s dream. He’s been there before and he knows what it takes to be the WWE Champion. He’s focused on the task at hand and says he will go onto WrestleMania to compete for the title at WrestleMania. He said he had to stop Triple H from going to WrestleMania and didn’t know what was sweeter. Going to WrestleMania — or stopping Triple H from getting there.
John Cena in India:
A video package highlighting John Cena’s recent promotional trip to India was played. Cena said it was something he would remember for the rest of his life.
The Big Red Machine Enters:
Fire and brimstone hailed down in the arena as Kane made his way out in a rematch from two weeks ago with Chris Masters.
The Start:Kane stared down Chris Masters as he strode to the ring. The two faced off in the middle of the ring with a collar and elbow tie up. Masters shoved Kane into the corner and pummelled him down with stiff forearms.
Masters continued to dominate Kane as he clubbed Kane in the face with forearm shots. Masters put Kane on the top rope and delivered a few clubbing blows to the back of Kane. Kane hit Masters with a reverse elbow and sent Masters flying to the mat. Kane then came off the ropes with a flying clothesline. Masters then made his way back to his feet and caught Kane with the Masterlock on two seperate occasions before Kane reversed it.
Kane reversed the Masterlock and whipped Masters to the ropes and delivered a crushing boot to Masters’ face and pinned him for the three count.
Winner – Kane by Pinfall
As Kane prepared to set off his post-match pyro, Masters snuck in behind and trapped him in the Masterlock. Masters sent Kane to the arena floor and gloated at his accomplishment. As Masters celebrated his sneak attack in the ring, Kane sat up and a scared Masters took off up the entrance ramp.
We’re just 42 days away from the “Big Time” — WrestleMania 22!
Rob Van Dam:
RVD says there is no greater thing to strive for than the WWE title and winning it at WrestleMania. Rob wants his name to go down in history by winning the title at WM 22.
Video highlights of Shawn Michaels’ forced “Retirement Party” aired. Vince ordered Shawn to sign the papers but HBK refused and tore them up in defiance. Vince then slapped HBK across the face and left the ring. He then told Shawn that when he tore up the papers, he opened the flood gates to his own personal hell.
The Spirit Squad entered Vince’s office and asked if he wanted to see them. Vince said that Shawn disrespected him but also them. He then told four of them that they would be facing Shawn Michaels in a match later tonight. Vince looked pleased and said “that’s the spirit!”.
As Ric Flair made his way to the ringside area, Shelton Benjamin held a last minute talk with his momma and dedicated his win to her tonight.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
The Nature Boy and Shelton Benjamin tied up in the center of the ring. Shelton ran the ropes and Flair arm-dragged him to the canvas.
The Nature Boy lit up the chest of Shelton Benjamin with numerous knife-edge chops to the chest. Flair continued to get under the skin of Benjamin by strutting around the ring. As Shelton moved in to attack Flair, he was chopped again to the mat. Momma yelled out encouragement from her ringside wheelchair as we headed to a commercial break.
Shelton Benjamin took over coming back from the commerical break by trapping Flair in the corner. Flair fought back and the two took the battle to the floor. Ric continued to chop Shelton on the floor. Shelton reversed the advantage by putting Flair on his shoulders and giving him a Samoan drop on the arena floor. Shelton rolled back inside and suplexed the champion back inside the ring for a two-count. Shelton attempted to choke out Flair but was broken up by the referee. Benjamin went for another pinfall attempt but Flair kicked out at two. Shelton nailed Flair with a roundhouse kick to the back of his head and covered him for another two-count.
Ric battled back and tried to irish whip Shelton to the opposite corner but Shelton hit Flair with the dragon-legwhip kick to the face. Shelton went to the second rope and hit Flair with a clothesline for another near fall. Shelton dragged Flair to the middle of the ring and attempted to put Flair in the figure four but Flair kicked him off. SHelton went o the ropes and tried to hit Flair from across the ring with a springboard dropkick but Flair chopped him down. Flair then locked on the figure four but Shelton made it to the ropes as Momma screamed at him.
On the outside, Momma clutched her chest and the referee called for the medics. Shelton then removed the oxygen tank from the wheelchair and nailed Ric Flair in the ribs. He then nailed Flair in the face and hit Ric Flair with the T-Bone Exploder Suplex for the 1-2-3!
Winner and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Shelton Benjamin by Pinfall
As the referee handed the belt to Shelton Benjamin, Momma miraculously recovered to celebrate with a victory dance! A dejected Ric Flair made his way back to the dressing room with assistance from the referee.
Shawn Michaels was shown walking through the backstage hallways making his way out to the arena for his “4-on-1 Handicap Match” with the Spirit Squad.
Dancing With the Stars Recap:
Highlights from Stacy Keibler’s appearance on last week’s broadcast of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars was shown, with Stacy begging for WWE fans to call in to vote.
4-on-1 Handicap Match
Upon entering the ring, the Spirit Squad did a cheer, promising to defeat Shawn Michaels. HBK made his way to the ring next and did his usual entrance routine. Shawn Michaels entered the ring and stood face to face with the Spirit Squad.
Kenny started the match with HBK and did an amazing leapfrog over HBK and nailed him with a nice standing dropkick. Johnny tagged in and shoved HBK to the ropes. Mikey then distracted HBK with a knee to the back. As he turned back to Johnny, he hit him with a devasting kick to the head. Nick tagged in and put HBK in a reverse chinlock. The Spirit Squad dominated Michaels for most of the match. HBK went to run the ropes, but was lowbridged and fell over the ropes to the floor. The Squad then brought out a trampoline and hit Michaels with a “Springboard” clothesline.
Nick then tagged in and bodyslammed HBK and tagged Mikey back in. HBK finally had enough and started fighting back by chopping Mikey across the chest. Mikey tagged Kenny back in and he went back up top only to be nailed by HBK as he flew off the turnbuckle. Michaels delivered the flying forearm to Mikey and knocked each member off the apron. Michaels then went up top and delivered an elbow to the heart of Mikey.
Michaels tuned up the band and nailed Mikey with Sweet Chin Music. The Spirit Squad rushed the ring and beat Michaels down drawing the disqualification.
Winner: Shawn Michaels by Disqualification
The Spirit Squad outnumbered Michaels and continued to beat him down until Marty Jannetty entered the ring from the crowd and helped HBK fight off the Squad as the crowd erupted! Backstage, Vince McMahon shook his head in disapproval as he watched the former Rockers unite to fight off the Spirit Squad.
Highlights of Rob Van Dam vs. Carlito from two weeks ago was shown.
Referee: Chad Patton
Carlito made short work of Nick Berg while doing commentary throughout the whole match. Carlito finished off Berg and pinned him.
Winner: Carlito by Pinfall
Carlito then finished his sentence and declared another “Money In The Bank” challenge match for WrestleMania 22 before walking out of the ring.
During the Break on WWE.com Unlimited:
Matt Striker berated the fans by telling them to buy a QG Magazine. Okay? I guess Matt Striker is in QG Magazine on sale tomorrow!
WWE Hall of Fame Inductee:
Bret Hart was announced last week and this week the second inductee of 2006 is…
Eduardo Gory Guerrero.
Video highlights of the tribute shows were shown and tributes from Eddie’s friends were shown. Eddie Guerrero loved this business and his goal every night was to steal the show. He did that and so much more. He stole our hearts and WWE is proud to induct post-humously the late great Eddie Guerrero.
The fans in the arena showed their approval by chanting Eddie’s name.
Enter Vince McMahon:
Vince came out and said that the people thought he might be angry because of Marty Jannetty helping out his old tag team partner. Next week, Vince will offer Marty a full time contract and could really use a job. So next week, Vince will present a full-time contract to Marty…but there is a catch. Vince said that just prior to presenting Marty a contract that he has to join a club…a rather elite club…and of course that would be “The Mr. McMahon Kiss My Ass Club”.
The finals of the Road to WrestleMania tournament. Triple H said WrestleMania is where legends are born and no one knows that better than he does. Tonight, Triple H promises to confirm the fact that he will be in the title match at WrestleMania and that the King of the Kings goes back on his throne.
WrestleMania Big Time Moment:
1987 — In front of 93,000+ WWE Fans, Hulk Hogan bodyslam Ande The Giant at WrestleMania 3 in Pontiac, Michigan to retain the WWE Title.
Road to WrestleMania Tournament Finals
The Big Show made his way to the ring first, followed next by Rob Van Dam. Entering last was the King of Kings — Triple H. The Game stood outside the ring staring down both RVD and Big Show.
Big Show grabbed Triple H and pulled him over the ropes after he finished his entrance. Big Show pressslammed Triple H over his head and then tossed him to the canvas while RVD watched on. RVD then stopped a pinfall attempt by Big Show and Show took him to the corner and delivered shot after shot to RVD’s midsection.
Big Show irish whipped RVD to the ropes and dropped him with a sidewalk slam. SHow then went to the floor and nailed Triple H with a few chops to the chest. Show threw Triple H over the barrier and HHH fell into the front row. Big Show followed him out and sat on him. As Big Show attempted to climb over the barrier, RVD dove off the apron at him but Big Show caught him in mid-air and squashed his spine on the ringside barrier as RAW went to its final commercial break.
Back inside the ring, Big Show choked RVD on the ropes. HHH made the save by clubbing Big Show over the back of the head with a forearm shot. Big SHow irish whipped The Game into RVD who was in the opposite corner. RVD leapfrogged over HHH and went to attack Big Show. Big Show threw his fist towards the head of RVD but RVD ducked in time to miss it. RVD and HHH then tried to chop Big Show down to size by kicking his legs out from under him. Both men tried to attack Big Show who dropped to his knees, but Show had enough strength to deliver a double-chokeslam on both men! Big Show pulled himself up by using the ropes and put both men down with thunderous clotheslines. Big Sow then whipped HHH to the ropes and planted him with a powerslam and attempted to cover HHH. RVD stopped the pinfall by kicking Show in the head. Big Show then attempted to attack RVD but was dropped throat first on the top rope. RVD went up top and focused on HHH. After A flurry of kicks, RVD hit the split-legged moonsault for a near fall. RVD then hit Rolling Thunder on Triple H and went back up top for the 5-star frog splash. As he pinned HHH, Big Show stopped the count and RVD took Big Show off his feet with a spinning heel kick. RVD went for another 5-star, this time on Big Show but was shoved off the ropes by HHH. Triple H then got a chair and nailed Big Show with it across the face while the referee checked on RVD outside the ring. HHH then hit the pedigree for a near fall only to be stopped by RVD. RVD knocked HHH out to the floor and hit Big Show with the 5-star. As RVD pinned Big Show, Triple H pulled the referee by the leg, stopping the count.
Triple H entered the ring and hit a distracted Rob Van Dam with the pedigree to take the tournament and he will face John Cena at WrestleMania 22!
Winner: Triple H by Pinfall
The Champ is Here!
John Cena’s Music hits and out comes the champ for a face to face meeting with his WrestleMania 22 challenger as RAW goes off the air!
Check out PowerWrestling.com.