April 2, 2007
A record-setting 80,103 packed inside Detroit’s Ford Field Sunday night, though millions of WWE fans around the world will forever remember WrestleMania 23 as one of sports-entertainment’s greatest moments. Now detouring from the Road to WrestleMania, Raw rolls ahead to Dayton, Ohio Monday night. But where will this path lead its Superstars?
WrestleMania’s Battle of the Billionaires ended baldlyÃ¢â‚¬â€sorry, badlyÃ¢â‚¬â€for WWE’s Chairman last night. Mr. McMahon threw just about everything he had to ensure a clear-cut victory over Donald Trump’s representative, Bobby Lashley. But it wasn’t enough; the ECW World Champion cut Intercontinental Champion Umaga down to size (with help from a Stunner by special guest referee “Stone ColdÃ¢â‚¬Â Steve Austin), then forced a visibly “wigged-outÃ¢â‚¬Â Mr. McMahon to make his appointment in the ol’ barber’s chair with The Donald. Now that WWE has a bald billionaire for a boss, Raw’s Superstars won’t want to be in his crosshairs when he crops up in Ohio Monday night. Will Mr. McMahon make others suffer for his “shearÃ¢â‚¬Â embarrassment? Worse, will people confuse him with Raw Executive Assistant Jonathan Coachman?!
Shawn Michaels put forth a WrestleMania performance only a Showstopper like him could deliver, nearly reaching WWE’s highest mountaintop once more. But the Heartbreak Kid would know exactly that come the final result, as John Cena successfully defended the WWE Championship Sunday night by forcing HBK to tap out in the STFU. Both Superstars will be on hand at Dayton’s Nutter Center tonight, and both are still the World Tag Team Champions. But can they still co-exist with the titles? Hell, after what transpired at WrestleMania, can they co-exist in the same state?
Playboy cover girl Ashley nearly stripped the Women’s Championship from Melina during WrestleMania’s Lumberjill Match last night. However, the A-list Diva barely scored the cover to retain the title, then exited the ring amid Lumberjill pandemonium. Raw rolls out the red carpet once again for the primal screamer this Monday night, but will paparazzi snap any photos of her next challenger in the Buckeye State?
Raw embarks on a new Road to WrestleMania this Monday night, starting at 9/8 CT on USA Network!
Also on WWE.com, read about Vince and Trump appearing this morning at 9am ET on The Today Show, take a look at the final entry of the Matt Hardy Diary and see an exclusive video of Kennedy talking with Josh Mathews following his Money in the Bank win.
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