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April 18, 2004 - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Rexall Place

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Sunday Night Heat Match
Val Venis def. Matt Hardy via Pinfall (7:57)
Notes: Decent Heat match. Matt needs an upgrade, though. I do not think he's won anything since he jumped ship to Raw.

Match #1
Shelton Benjamin def. "Nature Boy" Ric Flair via Pinfall (9:32)
Notes: Flair put on some brass knucks, but Shelton bashed him into the turnbuckle and they flew off. Benjamin then followed up with a clothesline from the top rope and secured the victory. I think the crowd must have let out a collective 862 "Woooooooo!"s. Edmonton must be Flair Country.

Match #2
Jonathan Coachman def. Tajiri via Pinfall (6:25)
Notes: The Coach improves to 2-0 on pay-per-view, baby! He pulled out some good maneuvers for this match, and got the pinfall over Tajiri. Garrison Cade ran down and smashed Tajiri in the chops just before Coach won, but I'm sure it had no impact on the outcome. Halle, will you call the man already?

Match #3 - Handicap Match
Chris Jericho def. Christian &
Trish Stratus
via Pinfall (11:13)
Notes: The rude Canadians chanted "slut" at the lovely Trish, who is one of their own! Things didn't go according to plan for the Canada's first couple, because Y2J picked up the victory. Trish tried to help out, but it just wasn't her night. Jericho catapulted Christian right into her, and Y2J followed up with a running inseguri and then the pin on Christian.

Match #4 - WWE Women's Championship
Victoria
Champion
def. Lita
Challenger
via Pinfall (7:23)
Notes: During her entrance, Victoria went up to some kid at ringside and he was fortunate enough to give her a peck on the cheek. If that's not motivation enough to shell out the dough for a ringside seat, I don't know what is. Nice match, and when it was over Gail Kim and Molly ran in and laid out both Lita and Victoria.

Match #5 - WWE Intercontinental Championship - No Holds Barred, Falls Count Anywhere Match
Randy Orton
Champion
def. Cactus Jack
Challenger
via Pinfall (23:04)
Notes: Billed as a "no holds barred, falls count anywhere match." I may be wrong, but isn't that simply a hardcore match? Eh, whatever. Either way, this was definitely hardcore. Aside from the barbed wire-wrapped bats, Foley dug out what was basically a barbed wire mattress. Orton tossed out the thumbtacks and went for an RKO onto them, but Foley tossed him onto them instead. Soon after that, Foley threw Orton off the stage onto a large wooden structure. To top that off, Foley jumped and connected with an elbow. Blood was flowing by the gallon, but the deciding factor was one RKO onto the barbed wire bat. Truly brutal stuff here.

Match #6
The Hurricane
& Rosey
def. "La Resistance"
(Sylvain Grenier & Rob Conway)
via Pinfall (5:02)
Notes: Shades of Dino Bravo as La Resistance made their entrance sporting Quebec flags. And in the WTF? moment of the evening, Eugene wandered down to ringside and at one point even went into the ring and ran around. William Regal tried to collect the boy, but in the confusion, Hurricane got the pinfall on Conway. Poor Regal, being saddled with this jackass.

Match #7
Edge def. Kane via Pinfall (6:25)
Notes: Edge topples Kane in the battle of the four-letter named wrestlers. What the hell happened to Kane? They'd better do something with him, because he hasn't done much this year. Late last year when he was led to the ring in shackles was great. Now he jobs to a guy who hasn't wrestled in 14 months.

Match #8 - World Heavyweight Championship - Triple Threat Match
Chris Benoit
Champion
def. Shawn Michaels
Triple H

Challengers
via Submission (30:08)
Notes: Awesome pop for Benoit. Crowd was really into the match, even more so when Shawn Michaels slapped the Sharpshooter on Benoit and Earl Hebner ran down. The fans were already pissed at HBK from the moment he made his entrance, and this development brought out the "You screwed Bret!" chants. Of course, JR had to complain about having to hear these chants for 7 years, and Lawler told the people to get over it. And later in the match, when it began again, he said the fans had better shut up. In response to that, I say this: Fuck you, King. And fuck you, WWE. YOU are the ones that did the evil deed and you have the audacity to complain about the consequences? You violated a national hero, and the fans have a right to chant if they want. This is like a murderer going up to his victim's family and saying, "That was 7 years ago. Get over it." Sheesh. Anyway, the match was very enjoyable. Triple H was catapulted into the ringpost and he was taken out of the equation. Benoit utilized the Sharpshooter to make Michaels submit, much to the delight of the Canadian crowd. I hope Bret sees a tape of that.

Commentary:Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler
w/Todd Grisham
Spanish: Carlos Cabrera, Hugo Savinovich
Ring Announcer:Lilian Garcia
Referees/Officials:Jack Doan, Chad Patton, Mike Chioda, Earl Hebner, Raw GM Eric Bischoff, etc.

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