Monday, April 11, 2011

WWE Confirms Edge's Retirement

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Less than a week after his successful title defense against Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania XXVII, World Heavyweight Champion Edge has been forced to retire from in-ring competition due to injury. The unexpected news brings to an end a storied WWE career spanning 13 years and consisting of 11 World Title reigns. (CAREER PHOTOS)

The Rated-R Superstar had been suffering numbness and uncontrollable trembling in his arms and hands. This is not the first time Edge has experienced these symptoms of nueropraxia. An MRI administered at Atlanta Midtown Diagnostic Imaging last Monday was sent to Dr. Joseph Maroon, a renowned neurosurgeon and professor of neurosurgery at The Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After careful examination of the MRI, it was determined that Edge would never be cleared to compete again, and thus, he is forced to retire.

In 2003, Edge underwent a two level spinal fusion of the discs between his C5, C6 and C7 vertebrae. After being cleared to compete, The Rated-R Superstar returned to the ring, resulting in stenosis of the spine, or a narrowing of the spinal column, above and below the fused discs. This narrowing resulted in less and less of the vital fluid needed to protect the spinal cord. Medical professionals cannot clear Edge to compete ever again in WWE since doing so could result in paralysis or even death.
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Results For WWE Raw 4/11/11

Cole makes his way to the ring and he enters his protective area so Jerry Lawler doesn’t disembowel him.

John Cena comes out to the ring.

Cena says that it is a great time to be in the WWE Universe. He says that it is chaos and excitement. It is energy because an announcement was made that turned the WWE upside down. An announcement that needed a full year for the WWE Universe to digest.

He mentions that a match was made for Wrestlemania 28 that puts icon against icon and generation against generation. It will be the biggest spectacle in sports entertainment. He says that everyone has their calendar’s circled for April 1, 2012 when John Cena faces the Rock.

In a match of this magnitude, it can’t be two competitors fighting for bragging rights. The main event of Wrestlemania 28 will be for the WWE Championship. Cena says that if it is the biggest match, it has to be for the biggest prize in Sports Entertainment.

In order to be for the title, the guy who fights every week has to capture the WWE Title. Cena makes a challenge to the Miz. It is time for another Wrestlemania moment.

Instead of the WWE Champion, Randall Keith Orton makes his way to the ring in near record time.

Orton tells John that with all due respect, he thinks that any business that Cena had at Wrestlemania has been settled. Cena can blame the Rock and make as many matches for next year’s Wrestlemania, but it doesn’t change that Cena lost.

Orton tells Cena that he should step aside and give someone who actually won at Wrestlemania a shot at the title.

Cena is interrupted by John Morrison who makes his way to the ring. John apologizes for interrupting and he says that we would see the two of them arguing about who the number one contender is. Morrison says that is a good show, but not as good now that John Morrison is involved. Morrison says that if there is a discussion of Miz’s next opponent, it must include John Morrison.

Vickie Guerrero interrupts with an Excuse Me and she comes to the ring with Dolph Ziggler and she says that someone new should get a Championship opportunity. Vickie points out that she pinned Morrison a few weeks ago. The next person who should be in line for a WWE Title match is here. Vickie says that she was joking and she says that it should be Dolph Ziggler.

Ziggler says that he didn’t come to Raw to waste his time with Snooki. Dolph says that he is the most talented person in the ring. Dolph says that he has never faced the Miz for the WWE Title so the line starts behind him. Dolph says that they will all get their chances.

R Truth’s music plays and he comes to the ring and he wants to know ‘What’s Up’. He says that the truth is that he never got a one-on-one WWE Title match. He says that is the truth and that is what’s up.

They all argue and then we see the lights go out and we hear the dingy dingy before the dingbat reads the e-mail from the General Manager. He says that they have made compelling arguments. He will give them all an opportunity. It is a five man gauntlet match. Two men will start and then the winner advances to the next superstar. The man who goes the distance will be the number one contender at Extreme Rules.

We go to commercial.

We are back with someone playing with a doll where we only see the side of their head. Then the head is flicked off. We hear laughing. [Hello whatever Amazing Kong is going to be called].

Match Number One: Brie Bella with Nikki Bella versus Eve Torres

Eve wants the referee to put a mark on Nikki’s hand so they can’t do the switcheroo.

Brie with forearms to the head followed by an Irish whip and a clothesline to the back of the head. Brie with kicks to Eve followed by a snap mare and then she sends Eve’s head into the mat. Brie with a side head lock. Eve with a running bulldog and then she hits a drop kick followed by a knee and kick. Eve with a clothesline followed by a standing moonsault for a near fall.

Brie backs into the corner and avoids a splash into the corner. Eve puts Brie in the Tree of Woe and then hits a drop kick. Eve kicks Brie and then Nikki pushes Brie out of the ring. Nikki has trouble getting up and Eve with a drop kick and the referee sees the mark on the hand. The referee sends Nikki out of the ring and Brie hits Eve with an X Factor for the three count.

Winner: Brie Bella

Sin Cara is putting his mask on in the back because he will be wrestling next.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Did You Know that WWE can spin their ratings.

Eve is in the locker room and Gail says that she got the short end of the stick. Eve says that she knows how the Divas Locker Room works because everyone wants their shot at the title. Natalya tries to comfort her and Eve says that she doesn’t want to hear it. Natalya asks Gail if they are like that and then Tamina walks in and out.

Match Numero Dos: Sin Cara contra Primo

Primo dives for Sin Cara’s feet and then they lock up. Primo works on the arm and puts him in a hammer lock. Sin with an elbow followed by a snap mare and Primo rolls to the apron and back into the ring. Primo pie faces Sin Cara and then Sin Cara kicks Primo. Primo with a kick and forearms.

Sin Cara with a flip off Primo’s chest followed by a monkey flip and drop kick that sends Primo to the floor. Sin Cara with a slingshot rana to the floor. He returns Primo into the ring but Primo with a baseball slide when Sin Cara takes too long to return to the ring. Primo rolls him back in and he kicks and chops Sin Cara. Primo with a drop kick and then he gets a near fall.

Primo with a chin lock and he sends Sin Cara to the mat. Primo with a chop and Irish whip but he misses a splash into the corner. Sin Cara with chops followed by a springboard head scissors take down followed by another head scissors take down. Primo stops Sin Cara and then he tries for a power bomb but Sin Cara counters with a sunset flip and he gets a near fall.

Sin Cara with an Irish whip but Primo gets his boots up. Sin Cara with an enzuigiri when Primo tries to go up top. Primo sends Sin Cara to the floor. Sin Cara with another kick and then he goes back up top and Sin Cara hits a C4 from the turnbuckles for the three count.

Winner: Sin Cara

We go to commercial.

We are back with the Slam of the Week: Last week’s face off and attempted attack by The Corre.

The Corre are in the ring and Wade has something to say. Last week, John Cena and the Rock made WWE history when they agreed to a match at Wrestlemania 28. Barrett says that they were going to attack Cena and the Rock, but it was to no avail. Barrett says that was through no fault of his own. Barrett looks at Slater and Gabriel. He says that he saw them as equals, but if they aren’t going to hold up their part of the bargain, there is no need to move on as a group.

Gabriel says that his 450 is what puts everyone out. He is a three time tag team champion. Slater points out that they are three time tag champions. No one is going to take their success. Jackson says that he made them credible by slamming a 500 pound giant.

They are interrupted by Santino Marella who is with Mark Henry, Evan Bourne, and Daniel Bryan. Santino says hello and he presents ‘The Apple’. Allied People Power Loathing Everything (that they stand for). Their implosion will continue because Team Apple, in the name of Vladimir Kozlov challenges them to a fight. This fight will not keep the doctor away.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Three: Santino Marella, Evan Bourne, Mark Henry, and Daniel Bryan versus Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, and Ezekiel Jackson in a Our team’s name is worse than your team’s name Match

The match is joined in progress and Gabriel and Jackson choke Bryan in the corner. Gabriel tags in and he hits a jumping spin kick followed by a snap mare and drop kick to the back of the head and he gets a near fall. Gabriel with a forearm and Jackson tags in and he connects with a forearm and then he slams Bryan. Jackson with an elbow drop for a near fall.

Barrett tags in and he kicks Bryan and punches him. Slater tags back in and then he kicks and slams Bryan. Gabriel tags in and he hits a slingshot senton onto Bryan. Slater tags back in and he puts Bryan in a reverse chin lock. Slater with an elbow to Bryan followed by an Irish whip but he gets his foot up and then he hits a Yakuza kick and both men are down.

Bryan kicks Slater off and Santino tags in and he punches Slater followed by a forearm and reverse atomic drop. Santino knocks Gabriel off the apron. Santino with a split and a hip toss followed by a diving head butt and he gets a near fall. Henry knocks Jackson down and then Bourne with a flying double knee strike on Barrett. Bryan with a suicide dive onto Barrett. Gabriel hits Santino from behind while he tries for the Cobra and Slater with a DDT for the three count.

Winner: Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Ezekiel Jackson, and Wade Barrett

While Cole and Lawler talk about the next match, Jim Ross makes his way to the ring and Michael Cole gets to do his stand up routine. Jim Ross hits Cole with his hat and then it is time to shake the Cole Slaw container. Jack Swagger tries to attack Jim Ross but he misses and Lawler goes after Swagger. Referees make their way to ringside to bring some order.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Four: Jerry Lawler versus Jack Swagger in a What Happens to Michael Cole’s Career Match

They lock up and Swagger with a back body drop and then Swagger does laps for no reason. Cole reminds Lawler to protect the ankle. Lawler with a punch to Swagger and then Lawler runs like Swagger. Swagger with punches and kicks to Lawler. Swagger with a side head lock. Lawler with a belly-to-back suplex to get out of the hold.

Swagger goes for the leg and he tries for the ankle lock and Lawler gets to the ropes. Swagger finally releases the hold before the referee has to disqualify him. Swagger sends Lawler’s knee into the mat. Swagger with a key lock but Lawler gets to his feet. Swagger back Cole into the corner and then he connects with an elbow.

Swagger sends Lawler into the turnbuckles but Lawler gets that Memphis fury going and he takes down the strap and it is time for some Lawler punches. Swagger with a boot to the midsection and then Swagger gets Lawler up for a power slam but Lawler gets free and he hits a drop kick to the back.

Cole gets on the apron and Lawler sees him up there. Cole doesn’t want it to be like this. Swagger recovers and takes Lawler down with a clothesline. Lawler pulls Cole off the apron and Swagger grabs Lawler. Lawler with a rollup for the three count.

Winner: Jerry Lawler

Cole and Swagger argue in the ring. Cole reminds Swagger what the result is. He wants to know if Swagger is an idiot and then he yells at Swagger. He says that he paid him good money and then he slaps Swagger.

Cole gets out of the ring before Swagger can hit him back.

Now it is time to find out what the stipulation for Lawler/Cole II . . . Isn’t that One Too Many at Extreme Rules. Jerry says that he has a good idea for the match. It should be a tag match. Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross against Michael Cole and Jack Swagger. Lawler reminds Swagger that Cole slapped him earlier in the night.

It is time to get comments from the WWE Superstars about the Undertaker/Triple H match from Wrestlemania.