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April 1, 2007 - Detroit, Michigan
Ford Field

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Non-Televised Lumberjack Match (INTER)
Carlito &
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair
def. Gregory Helms &
Chavo Guerrero
via Pinfall (6:37)
Notes: Carlito pinned Guerrero after the Backcracker. OK match, nothing special. They did empty out the lockerroom for lumberjacks. The lumberjacks were William Regal & Dave Taylor, Mike "Miz" Mizanin, Gene Snitsky, Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch, Jamie Noble, Hardcore Holly, Daivari, Sylvan Grenier, "The Masterpiece" Chris Masters, Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas (The World's Greatest Tag Team), Viscera, Johnny Nitro, Kenny Dykstra, Deuce & Domino (w/Cherry), "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Eugene, Little Guido, Val Venis, Sho Funaki, Rory & Robbie McAllister (The Highlanders), Balls Mahoney, Paul London & Brian Kendrick, Shannon Moore, Jimmy Wang Yang, Super Crazy, Vito, Shad & JTG (Cryme Tyme), and Steven Richards.

Match #1 - Eight-Man "Money in the Bank" Ladder Match (INTER)
Ken Kennedy def. Edge
Randy Orton
Jeff Hardy
Matt Hardy
CM Punk
King Booker

w/Queen Sharmell
Notes: Booker T did the first Spineroonie in a while, but then got sandwiched between two ladders for his trouble. He was also miffed when he went under the ring to get a ladder and pulled out a two-step ladder. Kennedy put Matt on a ladder but missed a Kenton Bomb from the top rope, hitting the back of his head on the ladder. CM Punk had the ladder on his shoulders, twirling it around, when Edge speared him. CM Punk fell back and the ladder took out Orton and Finlay as well. There was a ladder set up going from the apron to the security wall. Matt put Edge on this, and Jeff jumped off a 15-foot ladder onto him. Edge and Jeff broke through the ladder and were carried off on stretchers. They did not return. Booker T was at the top of the ladder about to win, but Matt grabbed the Queen and held her hostage. Finlay gave Matt the Celtic Cross, but was too injured to climb the ladder. He had Hornswoggle come in and climb the ladder. Mr. Kennedy climbed up next to him, and ended up plunging off the ladder with Hornswoggle on his shoulders, landing on the midget. I give the little guy credit for that. Kennedy then got a ladder tossed in his face by Finlay. CM Punk took Finlay out and nearly won, but Kennedy knocked him off the ladder with a different ladder. Mr. Kennedy then climbed the ladder and became Mr. Money in the Bank...Bank.

Match #2 (INTER)
The Great Khali def. Kane via Pinfall (5:32)
Notes: Hey, Khali pulled an Andre the Giant! Meaning that he fell back into the ropes and got tied up in them. I swear, in nearly every match of Andre's later career, he did this move. But the ref freed Khali before Kane could use his metal meat hook. Kane bodyslammed Khali to a nice ovation, but it wasn't enough. Khali laid in with the double-handed chokeslam and Kane was out. Khali put a boot in his chest and the match was over.

BACKSTAGE: I usually don't bother with backstage segments, but this one is worth noting. Cryme Tyme was cheering up Eugene by having Extreme Expose (Kelly Kelly, Brooke Adams, Layla El) dance. Eugene wasn't too thrilled, but when Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young showed up, he was all smiles. Then Slick showed up and talked, about dancin', which brought out Dusty Rhodes. The Dream did his dancing, and then it was a total cameo free-for-all. Sgt. Slaughter, Jimmy Hart, Irwin R. Schyster, Howard Finkel, Gene Okerlund, Pat Patterson, Gerald Brisco, Ricky Steamboat, and Ron Simmons, who showed up, said "Damn!" and left. It was nice to see those people, but the segment was weird because it looked like they were having this party in a hallway about six feet wide or something.

Match #3 - WWE United States Championship (SMDN)
Chris Benoit
def. Montel Vontavious Porter
via Pinfall (9:19)
Notes: MVP had a better entrance than normal. He had cheerleaders. MVP accounted for himself pretty well in this match. He was wrestling move-for-move with Benoit. There was an awesome superplex that Benoit took but somehow he managed to turn it into a pin on MVP. And of course, there were the German suplexes. Five to be exact. And one flying headbutt later, Benoit made the pin.

ON STAGE: Howard Finkel introduced the 2007 Hall of Fame class: Jim Ross, "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig (represented by father Larry "The Ax" and wife Leonice), Jerry "The King" Lawler, Nick Bockwinkel, Mr. Fuji (accompanied by Don Muraco), Afa and Sika the Wild Samoans, the Sheik (represented by wife Joyce Farhat), and finally "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes.

Match #4 - World Heavyweight Championship (SMDN)
The Undertaker
def. Dave Batista
via Pinfall (15:47)
Notes: -TITLE CHANGE- For whatever reason Teddy Long decided he would be the ring announcer for this match. Crowd was really behind 'Taker right from the get-go, cheering for him and booing Batista. Undertaker still has it, too. He flew over the top rope to the outside, and was even powerslammed through an announce table. Batista was a fighter, though. He battled valiantly, but Undertaker was not to be denied. Undertaker countered another powerslam attempt, threw Batista into the ropes, and when he came out stumbled right into the Tombstone.

Match #5 - Eight-Man Tag Team Match (ECW)
"The ECW Originals"
Tommy Dreamer
The Sandman
Rob Van Dam
def. "The New Breed"
Elijah Burke
Marcus Cor Von
Matt Striker
Kevin Thorn
via Pinfall (6:27)
Notes: RVD pinned Striker after the 5-Star. I didn't really care for this at all. ECW sucks, and it hurts to listen to Joey Styles. But, with the fast forward button, problem solved.

Match #6 - "Battle of the Billionaires" Hair vs. Hair Match (INTER)
Bobby Lashley
w/Donald Trump, Tara Conner
def. Umaga
w/Vince McMahon, Armando Alejandro Estrada
via Pinfall (13:03)
Notes: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin was the special guest referee, and he asserted his authority on a few occasions to both men. Armando put Umaga's foot on the bottom rope when Lashley went for a cover, which pissed off Lashley. He brought Estrada into the ring and powerslammed him. Lashley then tossed out Armando. Umaga came running up from behind, but Lashley stepped aside and the Samoan Bulldozer flew over the ropes and crashed to the arena floor. Shane McMahon came down to ringside to help after Vince was knocked off the apron. When Umaga refused to let go of Lashley in the corner, Austin dragged him off with a finger in the eyes. He ended up getting the Samoan Spike for his trouble. Shane jumped into the fray at this point, and we saw some vintage Shane-O-Mac, including the Coast to Coast. Shen then took off his suit jacket and shirt to reveal a referee shirt! Umaga splashed Lashley, but Austin broke up the count. He got another Spike. Trump was getting frustrated, so he took down Vince. Austin ended up giving Umaga the Stunner and Lashley delivered a spear and made the pin. Shane tried to make the save, but he got Stunned as well. During this commotion, Vince tried crawling away, but Lashley brought him back. Stone Cold gave him a Stunner, and strapped him into the barber chair. Mr. McMahon then proceeded to have his head shaved. Oh, and after it was over Austin even delivered a Stunner to Trump (although he took it rather poorly).

Match #7 - WWE Women's Championship - Lumberjill Match (RAW)
def. Ashley Massaro
via Pinfall (3:13)
Notes: They kept it short, which was good. Ashley wrestled better than I thought she could, but that's still not saying a whole lot. And of course, things with the lumberjills turned into a giant catfight. The lumberjills were Victoria, Layla El, Jillian Hall, Candice Michelle, Kelly Kelly, Trinity, Torrie Wilson, Brooke Adams, Kristal Marshall, Michelle McCool, Maria Kanellis, and Mickie James.

Match #8 - WWE World Heavyweight Championship (RAW)
John Cena
def. Shawn Michaels
via Submission (28:20)
Notes: Cena came driving into the arena in a Fort Mustang. They showed it driving through the streets of Detroit to Ford Field, and then it crashed through a wall into the arena. Shawn Michaels was unimpressed. The prematch rituals were being performed when some idiot jumped the wall and ran into the ring, taking his shirt off. Michaels can still get it done too. He did a sweet springboard moonsault onto Cena onto the table. The crowd was behind HBK all the way, much like they were for the Undertaker previously. Match was slow at first, but built up. Referee Chioda took a superkick to the face, and HBK used the opportunity to deliver a spike piledriver to Cena on top of the steel steps. It wasn't enough. A new referee came down, but Cena kicked out. What followed was a series of reversals and near-falls, which ended in Michaels tapping out to the STFU. And the place was silent. And now it is a different year, but the same result as last year. Cena retains the gold, and 60-70% of fans are pissed.

Commentary:Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler (RAW), Michael Cole and John "Bradshaw" Layfield (SMDN), Joey Styles and Tazz (ECW)
w/Todd Grisham
Spanish: Carlos Cabrera, Hugo Savinovich
Ring Announcer:Lilian Garcia, Tony Chimel, Justin Roberts, Howard Finkel
National Anthem:Aretha Franklin (America the Beautiful)
Celebrities:Aretha Franklin (singer), Thomas "Hitman" Hearns (boxer), Donald Trump (rich guy), Tara Conner ('06 Miss USA), Rachel Smith ('07 Miss USA), Katie Blair ('06 Miss Teen USA), Zuleyka Rivera ('06 Miss Universe), the Detroit Tigers (baseball players), and Dominik Hasek (Redwings hockey player)
Referees/Officials:Mike Chioda, Jack Doan, Marty Elias, Mickie Henson, Jimmy Korderas, Charles Robinson, Chad Patton, Scott Armstrong, SmackDown GM Theodore Long, etc.

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