HBK dumps Cena
Monday night, the sold-out Raw crowd in Dayton, Ohio witnessed the fallout from WrestleMania 23, as well as the disintegration of the now former World Tag Team Champions, John Cena and Shawn Michaels.
Early in the night, WWE Champion John Cena was confronted by his partner and WrestleMania opponent, Shawn Michaels. HBK spoke from the heart about their emotional WrestleMania matchup: "You won and I lost, and I don't like it. John Cena, you might have won last night, but you are not the better man!"
The two Superstars looked as if they were about to come to blows when Mr. McMahon's Executive Assistant, Jonathan Coachman, stepped out to announce that Cena & Michaels would put their World Tag Team Titles on the line in a 10-Team Battle Royal (with Superstars representing all three brands)! If one member of any tag team was tossed over the top rope, both men would be eliminated. After Cena and HBK valiantly fought through all of their opponents, Coachman returned with another surprising announcement: the grueling battle that the World Tag Team Champions had just endured was only Part One, and that they had to compete in another 10-Team Battle Royal.
In one of the most surprising twists in sports-entertainment history, Michaels would toss his own partne over the top rope, eliminating them both and effectively handing over their World Tag Team gold! HBK was seen gesturing toward his waist, as if to tell Cena, "I will be the next WWE Champion."
When only four Superstars remained in the ring, Jeff & Matt Hardy were able to overpower Cade & Murdoch to become the new World Tag Team Champions! For the second time in as many years, the World Tag Team Championship changed hands on the first Raw after WrestleMania.
Just one night after winning the Battle of the Billionaires Match for Donald Trump, ECW World Champion Bobby Lashley once again humiliated the newly-bald Mr. McMahon by ripping off his hat and exposing his "chrome-dome" to the entire arena and WWE fans watching at home. Lashley later continued his dominance in Raw's main event, defeating Intercontinental Champion Umaga and Armando Estrada in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match. What a week for the ECW World Champion!
In other Raw action, Carlito and his mentor, the legendary Ric Flair, defeated The World's Greatest Tag Team when Flair forced Charlie Haas to tap out to the Figure-Four Leglock. At WrestleMania one night earlier, Carlito & Flair trounced Cruiserweight Champion Chavo Guerrero & Gregory Helms in a bonus pre-WrestleMania Tag Team Lumberjack Match.
Later in the night, world-famous record producer and WWE fan Timbaland announced that he wants to feature WWE Divas in his next music video. In an apparent effort to impress Timbaland, Women's Champion Melina entered the ring to strut her stuff in a sexy photo op; however, Melina's moment in the spotlight was quickly interrupted by a Tornado DDT from former Women's Champion Mickie James.
The Great Khali's win against Kane at WrestleMania proved that the enormous Punjabi Warrior can handle almost any opponent. On Raw, Khali destroyed Super Crazy and pinned him with just one of his enormous feet. Can anything stop this leviathan?
Before a wild night of Raw was over, the Rated-R Superstar, Edge, would appear and stake his claim for the WWE Championship: "I call myself the best, and all of you will be forced to call me the next WWE Champion!" Only time will tell if Edge can live up to his claim.
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