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RAW 4/23

WWE hit what I thought was a grand slam with their Monday Night RAW in London, England with the 45+ minute match with Shawn Michaels defeating John Cena in a match that may have been even better than their very good match at WrestleMania 23. The match, built on the fact that Michaels was skied out by Cena, really took on a stronger and stronger feel as they just kept going at it. I really felt at about the 40 minute mark they were going to go to a draw, but then Michaels took the match with the superkick for the clean pin.

All this sets up now is a great story line for what they are going to do Sunday at the PPV in the fatal-four way. As of this moment, decisions are being made on what to do with Randy Orton, as there is a blurb on WWE.com that states that action has been taken against Orton for “unprofessional conduct.” Basically that could mean as something as a simple fine, or he could outright be suspended or released. I doubt a release will come of this, but I can see a suspension after Sunday, meaning you can bet he’d be the fall guy for the 4-way.

As for the rest of RAW, the other semi-important development was Carlito taking a turn towards heel, as he yelled at Ric Flair after he was slammed around and beaten by Khali. Flair came out to check on Carlito, and got screamed at for his troubles. You can almost for sure book these two for the May PPV – Judgement Day in St.Louis.

The other matches on the show included Vince and Shane McMahon, and Umaga beating some no-name independent guy names Robbie Brookside. It was a just a warmup for Sunday’s PPV match with Bobby Lashley. Melina beat Maria in a women’s match, and to further set up the tag title match, Trevor Murdoch beat Matt Hardy.

All in all, this show was about the main event, which was really over with the fans, and was a lot of fun. Plus it was something different, and really showed that they should consider Michaels vs Cena III for a PPV main event down the road.

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