Results:Gold digging

By Lennie DiFino
May 7, 2007

The Great Khali stands tall after becoming No. 1 contender.



UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Over the past two weeks, The Great Khali has made it clear that the WWE Championship around John Cena’s waist is in his sights. On Raw, Khali sent an emphatic message to The Champ when he knocked Cena down with the title, then walked out of the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State with Cena’s championship in his hands.

Earlier in the night, WWE Chairman and ECW World Champion Mr. McMahon put Khali in a No. 1 Contenders Match against Shawn Michaels, and he defeated HBK to gain his opportunity at Cena’s gold at Judgment Day on May 20.

Later, Randy Orton took on Cena in non-title action. A focused Orton told Maria earlier in the night, “My career, my title hopes and my life get back on track tonight.” Orton took the fight to Cena, hoping to live up to his intense words, but the match was interrupted by Khali; it was then that Khali viciously attacked The Champ, took the WWE Championship and walked away.

The Rated-R Superstar struck gold when he defeated the loudmouth from SmackDown, Mr. Kennedy, for the Money in the Bank briefcase and its guaranteed World Championship opportunity. Edge first goaded Kennedy into putting the briefcase up for grabs, then attacked him before their impromptu match began, wearing down the former Mr. Money in the Bank outside the ring. When the bell began the match, he delivered a thunderous spear for the quick win. Kennedy valiantly competed with a heavily taped arm as a result of an injury sustained at a live event this past weekend, but it was to no avail.

Also, Mr. McMahon announced that Bobby Lashley would get a rematch for the ECW World Championship at Judgment Day – in a Backlash rematch against the Chairman, Shane McMahon & Umaga. The former champion Lashley, knowing he couldn't touch any of his three opponents, took his physical frustrations out on Executive Assistant Jonathan Coachman, the right-hand man to the Chairman.

Soon after this huge announcement, Mr. McMahon’s Judgment Day partner Umaga dominated The Highlanders in a Handicap Match. Umaga was put in this match to send a clear message to Lashley from Mr. McMahon – the Samoan Bulldozer is as dangerous as ever, and Lashley is in for another brutal fight at the May 20 pay-per-view.

Santino Marella defended his Intercontinental Championship for the very first time on Raw since his unlikely win in his home country of Italy. Marella was somehow able to pull off yet another amazing upset, getting a win over Chris Masters to retain the gold. Santino Marella’s underdog reign as Intercontinental Champion continues, and the young man from Italy continues to make a name for himself on Raw.

World Tag Team Champions The Hardys defeated The World’s Greatest Tag Team Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas, while Cade & Murdoch sat in on commentary. Murdoch claimed that he and Cade were “glad to see The Hardys do magic,” adding, “Actions speak louder than words.” Following the match, the duo entered the ring to extend their hands to Matt & Jeff, and they shared a handshake. What do their actions say about the team of Cade & Murdoch?

Carlito arrived at Penn State intent on calling out Ric Flair. However, as reported by WWE.com earlier in the day, Ric Flair was not at Raw. Instead, Carlito told our fans, “I am tired of carrying around dead weight.” He then turned his attention to Torrie, dumping the beautiful Diva.

In a Divas Tag Team Rematch, Candice Michelle & Mickie James defeated Women’s Champion Melina & Victoria when Candice was able to get the cover on Melina. Candice remains impressive as she continues a successful run inside the ring.

Finally, Cryme Tyme shared their shopping tips for a Happy Mother’s Day, much to the dismay of Viscera, Eugene and Ron Simmons.

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