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Monday Night Raw Preview
06/27/05 – Anaheim, CA
Only twenty-fours removed from Vengeance, Monday Night Raw rolls right into the blistering hot city of Anaheim. But what toll will the effects of Vengeance have on the superstars of Raw, and what effect will it have on the fast-approaching SummerSlam?
In an epic match inside Hell in a Cell, Batista once again reigned victorious over Triple H to retain his World Heavyweight Championship. Although the status of both men is unknown at this time, one can only imagine what kind of physical toll the match has taken on their bodies, and with that in mind, the kind of condition they'll be in tonight. Another certainty is what's to come in the future for both men. After losing to Batista for the third time since WrestleMania, what's next in the career of Triple H? And after potentially ending his rivalry with The Game, who will be next in line to face The Animal and try and capture his coveted World Championship?
Since arriving on Raw a few weeks ago as part of the Draft Lottery, John Cena has been targeted by a number of superstars. Surprisingly, however, he's also been targeted by Raw's General Manager, Eric Bischoff, who has taken a disliking for Cena and seems determined to end Cena's reign as WWE Champion. Thus, Cena was forced to defend his title in a Triple Threat Match at Vengeance against two of Raw's finest, Christian and Chris Jericho. Despite the odds being stacked against him, though, Cena prevailed and will head into Anaheim as still the WWE Champion, something that surely isn't setting well with Eric Bischoff. Will the General Manager of Raw have another plan concocted, and if so, will Cena's title reign be in similar jeopardy to what it was last night?
Last night, in an epic showdown, Shawn Michaels emerged victorious over Kurt Angle, evening their series at 1-1 in a rivalry that began all the way back at the Royal Rumble when Michaels eliminated Angle from the Rumble, prompting Angle to retaliate by re-entering the ring to eliminate Michaels. Since then, the two have feuded intensely, which also included Angle defeating Michaels at WrestleMania 21 by forcing him to tap out to his patented Ankle Lock. No word has been given on what's in store for these two men tonight on Raw, but word has it that Kurt Angle suffering a loss on Pay-Per-View hasn't been dealt with in a calm manner by the Olympic Gold Medalist, and what he may do out of anger and rage over losing remains to be seen.
The love triangle, if you can call it that, between Edge, Kane, and Lita has been nothing short of unique to say the least. It all boiled over last night when Edge and Kane met in the ring. Despite a solid effort from Edge to topple the Big Red Machine, Kane came away with the win while looking more powerful and monstrous than ever before. Tonight, Kane will go one-on-one with Ric Flair, who, like the former member of Evolution, Batista and Randy Orton, seems to be growing tired of his allegiances with Triple H, and may use this as an opportunity to step out of The Game's shadow and work his way back into the title hunt. In a match pitting the Big Red Machine versus the Nature Boy, who will prevail: size or experience?
Victoria continued to live up to her title as 'The Vicious Vixen' at Vengeance as she defeated Christy Hemme in a rather timely fashion, though one can speculate that Christy was still recovering from when Victoria smashed a glass bottle over her head only six days prior to their meeting in the ring. Tonight, these two diva's will clash in a rematch, and while Victoria looks to get rid of Christy, Christy looks for vengeance after what transpired at Vengeance; ironic. Which diva will be victorious and prove their dominance over the other?
As well, Shelton Benjamin will be in action after going through possibly the worst week of his life. First, he lost his Intercontinental Championship to Carlito in what was the Caribbean superstar's first night on Raw. Then, he came up short in their rematch at Vengeance. Tonight, Shelton will have an opportunity to get back on track as he goes one-on-one with Maven. Will Shelton get back on his feet, or will Maven only add to the youngster's problems?
Also, appearances will be made by the Intercontinental Champion Carlito, the World Tag Team Champions Rosey and The Hurricane, and Chris Masters, who will be hosting his Masterlock Challenge to anyone who wishes to try and be the first to break his devastating hold.
Lastly, although the Draft Lottery concludes this week, it's not finished yet, which means Raw could still acquire some new superstars tonight.
Tune in to Spike TV tonight at 9/8 CT to answer all of these questions and more!