Quick Raw taping report for you from London... The order might be a bit off as this is from memory.
Looked pretty much like a full house. Opened up with Lillian Garcia singing the National Anthem, then into Heat matches.
Big Show came out to huge pop, mainly as he was the first wrestler to appear. He beat 2 jobbers (Charlie Rage & UK Kid) pretty quickly, managing to nearly drop one guy during the choke slam finish.
Next up Lance Cade def. Eugene in a comedy match. Eugene was over with the crowd.
Goldust & Snitsky def. 2 more jobbers (one of whom was German, so he got lots of heat, & Andy Simmonz) in another comedy match, revolving around Snitsky's foot fetish.
Finally, Kane beat Trevor Murdoch with the choke slam in a nothing match. Fans chanted May 19th throughout.
The announcers came out next. Joey Styles needs some music and an entrance video 'cos he's the only one who hasn't got one and it makes him look like a chump.
Re-cap of HBK beating up Shane at WM22 on the screen leads us into Raw.
Edge is out first and harps on about having beaten Cena and HHH already. HHH comes interupts to a HUGE pop. He's SO over. HHH spends a while talking about how Edge's title reign didn't last very long, and makes several jokes about his performance in the bedroom. Calls him the "Premature Superstar" (to rhyme with "R"). Very funny, but I'm confused as to whether HHH is supposed to be a heel or not. Cena came out to thunderous boo's and went for HHH, bit of a brawl before Edge and HHH bail and out come the Spirit Squad. I wish they'd talk in time with eachother. No idea what they said but we have a 5 on 3 handicap match for later apparently.
During the Ad break Matt Striker talks to Maria backstage and does the usual heel interview.
6 man tag now. Masters, Striker and Shelton Benjamin versus Carlito, Charlie Hass and RVD. Good match live with a couple of cool spots, although I have a feeling it might come across as a mess on TV. RVD pinned Shelton clean with the 5 star frog splash. Don't quite understand why they did that but hey!
Maria came out to do Kiss Cam in the break, which was quite good fun. One guy proposed to his girlfriend. Biggest pop went to the 2 girls that really went for it.
Kane and Big Show had a row backstage and Kane gouged out one of Big Show's eyes. No, really. They used blood and everything!
Vince and Shane cut a promo backstage about acts of God and Shawn Michaels.
Diva Bikini contest between Candice, Torrie, Maria and Victoria and hosted by Coach was next. Candice won apparently, although the crowd wanted Maria. Afterwards Coach said the prize was a chance to make out with him. Candice didn't look too pleased and out came Viscera. He beat up Coach and did his usual rape act, then left with Candice. Crowd didn't seem to care. During the break Coach said he'd had enough and left, which will probably make the rest of the show much easier to watch on TV.
Shane vs HBK next. Decent match, Shane missed a moonsault and Shawn did his comeback thing before Vince stopped the superkick. Shawn set Vince up on the announce table and teased the elbow off the top rope before Shane stopped him. They hit him with the ring bell (I assume the ref called a dq there) and Shane did his own elbow off the top rope onto Shawn and through the announce table. Crowd loved it. Vince then got on the mic and said Shawn had "no chance in hell" at backlash.
Lots of Backlash promos on the screen and some backstage stuff of no importance was followed by Umaga def. Steve Lewington . Quick match followed by a run-in by Ric Flair, who got a great reception. The screen then announced a match between the two at Backlash.
Spirit Squad did a backstage promo about David Beckham and the Spice Girls, before HHH ran into Lita. He asked her for advice on how to take on 5 guys at once. More cheers and laughs from the crowd for Uber-heel HHH!
Mickie James came out and said she didn't want to be like Trish any more and she was just gonna be herself. Trish came out as Mickie, wound her up and then attacked her. Mickie looked confused and annoyed. Segment died live.
Main event time. Spirit Squad are really annoying. Good match, HHH and Edge kept tagging each other with hard slaps to the chest. Cena took a beating to cheers from the fans and made the hot tag to that heel HHH again. Crowd went nuts. It got a bit confusing to watch from there on in. Edge did a lot of standing around. In the end HHH and Cena did their finishers at the same time on 2 members of the Spirit Squad for the double pin, before getting into a brawl of their own ("Boo", "Yay" like WM). Edge speared HHH and Cena FU'd Edge to close the show as the last man standing.
Afterwards Cena took the mike, called London a tough crowd and orchestrated a cheering contest between the "Triple H D-X fans" and the "Chain Gang". The Chain Gang lost. He then did the hard sell for Backlash. Obviously no-one told him it wasn't a pay-per-view in the UK.
All in all, quite a good show. Not a great deal of wrestling and could well suck on TV. Quite a lot of filler, but crowd was hot for the most of it.
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#5 Posted on 23.4.06 0500.42 Reposted on: 23.4.13 0508.06
I think that may be an exaggeration of what actually happened. Big Show's eye gushing blood after Kane attacks it probably equals "eye gouged out" to most of the crowd watching without commentary, but it'll probably be played as slightly less extreme on Monday night.
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#8 Posted on 23.4.06 1527.41 Reposted on: 23.4.13 1527.41
It will take a lot of effort for the eye gouge to even approach the Dusty Rhodes/Road Warriors dinner time spike to the eye standard. It will also be very interesting to see if they 'play around' with the crowd reaction for the members of the Backlash main event in the 48 hours between taping RAW and airing the program.
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