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Cyber Sunday - RAW Only Pay-Per-View

Location:  U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio

by "Rockin" Robin Drodge

Event Date:  November 5, 2006

This was an interactive Pay-Per-View where the fans got to vote on what type of matches they wanted, along with various stipulations for the matches.

Match number one - Inter-promotional match.  Umaga vs ?  The three choices the fans had to vote on were: The United States Champion, Chris Benoit (SmackDown), The Sandman (ECW), and Kane (SmackDown).  The voting results were: Kane 49 percent, Chris Benoit 23 percent, The Sandman 28 percent.   Therefore, it was Kane that wrestled Umaga.  This match was all right.  The ending saw Kane attempt to hit a Clothesline from off the top rope, however Umaga caught him and applied the Samoan Spike to pick up the pin-fall victory.

Match number two - Four Team Tag Team match.  Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch vs. Viscera and Charlie Haas, vs. The HighLanders, and Cryme Tyme.  The three choices the fans got to vote on were the following:  Fatal-four way, Texas Tornado, and Tag Team Turmoil.  The voting results revealed 50 percent voted for the Texas Tornado Match.  The only rule, all four teams would be in the ring at the same time and the first team to pick up a pin-fall victory or a submission would win the match.  This match was all right.  The ending came when the Team of Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch hit their finisher, but before they could pick up the pin-fall, Cryme Tyme threw them out and then picked up the pin-fall victory. The winner is Cryme Tyme.

Match number three - Intercontinental Championship.  Intercontinental Champion, Jeff Hardy vs. ? The fans got to choose which opponent Jeff Hardy would wrestle.  The three choices were: Carlito, Shelton Benjamin, and Johnny Nitro.  The voting results revealed by a vote of 62 percent it would be Carlito.  This match was all right.  Jeff Hardy went for the swan twan bomb from off the top rope, however the first time Carlito put his feet up.  Carlito attempted to hit a Huricanrana from off the top rope, however Jeff Hardy knocked him off.  Jeff Hardy then hit the second swan twan bomb to pick up the pin-fall victory to retain his Championship.

Match number four - Shawn Michaels and Triple H (D-Generation X) vs. Edge and Randy Orton.  The fans got to choose who the Special Guest Referee would be.  The three choices were:  Eric Bischoff, Jonathan Coachman, and Vince McMahon.  The voting results revealed by a vote of 60 percent it would be Eric Bischoff.  This match was all right.  During the match, Edge attempted to spear Shawn Michaels, however he moved and Eric Bischoff ended up receiving the spear.  The ending ended up with Randy Orton hitting a RKO on Triple H, however not resulting in a three count.  Another referee came in, however he was then taken out by Bischoff, who got back and continued the match.  Randy Orton attempted a second RKO, however Triple H reversed it and attempted to hit the Pedigree. Triple H ended up getting hit by a steel chair Edge got from outside the ring.  Then Orton hit the RKO on the steel chair that was now in the ring, which resulted in the pin-fall victory for his team.

Match number five - Finals of the WWE Women’s Championship Tournament.  This was a result of Trish Stratus winning the Women’s Championship at Unforgiven and then her retirement, which resulted in the Championship Belt being declared vacant.  Mickie James vs. Lita.  The fans got to vote on the type of match.  The three choices were:  No Disqualification, Diva Lumberjack, and Submission match.  There was really no surprise on what the voting results would be because they brought out all of the Divas from RAW, SmackDown and ECW, therefore it kind of gave it away it would be the Diva Lumberjack match.  The voting resulted in 46 percent for the Diva Lumberjack match.  The ending saw Lita hit a DDT on Mickey James to pick up the pin-fall victory to become the new WWE Women’s Champion.

Match number six - World Tag Team Championship.  World Tag Team Champions, The Spirit Squad vs. Ric Flair and ? The fans got to vote who would be Flair’s tag team partner for the match.  The three choices were:  Sgt. Slaughter, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and The “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.  The voting results revealed 45 percent had voted for Piper.  Ric Flair's partner was "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. The ending came when Ric Flair applied the figure-four leg lock for a second time, which led to Mikey, a member of the Spirit Squad, tapping out to the move.  The winners of the match and new World Tag Team Champions are Ric Flair and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

Match number seven - The Main Event.  Champion of Champions Triple Threat Inter-promotional Match.  WWE Champion, John Cena (RAW) vs. World Heavyweight Champion, King Booker (with Queen Sharmell in his corner) (SmackDown) vs. ECW World Champion, The Big Show (ECW).  The fans got to vote which of the three Championships would be on the line.  The voting results revealed by a vote of 67 percent the World Heavyweight Championship would be on the line.  The ending saw John Cena hit a FU on Sharmell to make sure there was no interference from her, and then applied the STF on King Booker.  Booker almost tapped out, however it did not happen because Kevin Federline ran in and hit John Cena with the World Heavyweight Championship in the back to break up the STF.  Kevin Federline then tossed in the World Heavyweight Championship Belt to Booker, in which he hit John Cena in the head with it, then followed-up with the pin-fall victory to win the match and to retain his Championship.

Some additional comments about Cyber Sunday™.

There was no announcement of how many fans were in attendance for this Pay-Per-View so I can only assume this was not a sell out. 

The WWE replaced “Taboo Tuesday” Pay-Per-View with "Cyber Sunday".  The concept is the same, however a new name.  As a visually impaired person, it was extremely frustrating when it came to the voting results.  I had to depend on someone to tell me when the results were displayed because I could not see them.  This also applies to the Voting System on their website.  In order to select your choice for the various matches and stipulations you had to enter a security code once you made your choice.  In my situation, I use JAWS as my screen reader, it does not tell me what the security code is so I can’t really vote on my own.  I had to have someone do the voting for me.  Hopefully, this can be corrected in the near future as well.

I was not at all surprised Carlito was the better choice for the Intercontinental Championship match.  In fact, I voted for him.  The two other choices - Shelton Benjamin and Johnny Nitro, already wrestled Jeff Hardy, so really it would not have been a new match.  Since Carlito and Jeff Hardy had not really wrestled, this was the best choice. 

I am not surprised the World Tag Team Championship changed hands.  Since the WWE has used the interactive concept, the World Tag Team Championship has always changed hands.

I don’t know what the purpose of having all the Divas from the three brands, RAW, SmackDown and ECW come to the ring first before Mickie James and Lita.  At that time it was still undetermined what type of match it would be.  The WWE didn't have to announce the voting results because it was obvious it would be a Diva Lumberjack match.  In my opinion this was a mistake.  It would have been good to have a Submission match between both Divas, because it would have given the fans a chance to find out what Mickie and Lita can do, when the only way the match could end is by a Submission.  However, this did not happen. I am also a little surprised Lita won the match and the Women’s Championship because she already held the title before she lost it to Trish Stratus in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at Unforgiven on September 17, 2006.  That was a little interesting.  I am also surprised that she won the Championship, because it had been reported on the Internet that Lita will be leaving the WWE at the end of November.  I wonder why they didn’t let Mickie win the Championship Belt because then you wouldn't have to go through another tournament, if that is what the WWE is doing.  In my opinion that match was very surprising. 

I did not think the Superstar that would have to defend his Championship in the triple threat match would lose the match.  It would have been interesting if a title switch had happened, but I didn't really think it would. 

This has been the WWE Cyber Sunday Report written by your author, “Rockin” Robin Drodge here at The Canadian Connection.

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