Re: WWE 2005: Raising the Bar.
Monday Night Raw Preview- 30/5/05- Long Island
The road towards Vengeance took a turn for the worse last week for World Heavyweight champion Batista. The Animal teamed with Y2J Chris Jericho to take on the Intercontinental champion Muhammad Hassan and The Great Khali. After picking up a hard fought victory, Batista was ambushed by his opponent at Vengeance and long time rival Triple H. The Game laid into his former protégé, using his trusty sledgehammer to decimate the champion. Following the attack last week it has been confirmed that Batista will NOT be at the arena for Raw tonight. You have to wonder just how severe Batista’s injuries are and what is Triple H going to have to say on the matter in Long island tonight?
Speaking of Triple H, he will be in action here tonight when he takes on a man he’s had his run ins with in recent weeks and in the past as the Game goes one on one with former Intercontinental champion, Shelton Benjamin. Benjamin has had Triple H’s number in past meetings, scoring three huge wins over the Cerebral Assassin. Will Benjamin be able to add another upset to his name? Or will Triple H prove why he is ‘that damn good’?
Also confirmed for tonight, Chris Jericho will host the return of the Highlight Reel! Jericho’s guest will be none other than Captain Charisma, Christian. Y2J has engaged in a heated rivalry since Wrestlemania with Christian’s long time tag team partner and best friend Edge. There is no doubting that Jericho will have a lot to say on that matter here tonight and you can be sure that Jericho also has a lot to say on Christian’s own current rivalry with the Nature Boy, Ric Flair. With Vengeance now just around the corner, we can all expect an explosive verbal war between these two former rivals when Raw rolls around.
Last week saw Shawn Michaels finally end his quest for a rematch with Kurt Angle, realising that right now it was impossible. Michaels though announced that he now had a new goal in mind and that was the World Heavyweight title. Eric Bischoff however had other ideas as the Raw GM told HBK that he couldn’t just hand him a championship opportunity and that to be quite frank, he didn’t deserve one. Michaels responded by telling Bischoff that he owed him, following Bischoff’s failure to sign Kurt Angle over to Raw. The challenge was then laid down by the GM as Bischoff said he was sick of Michaels calling the shots and that he was the boss around here. Bischoff proposed a huge match for Vengeance which the Showstopper gladly accepted. It’ll be HBK one on one with an opponent of Eric Bischoff’s choosing. If Michaels picks up the win, he will get a World title shot. However if Eric Bischoff’s representative gets the win, Shawn Michaels will become the property of Eric Bischoff. A shocking stipulation and this week on Raw we hope to find out exactly who Michaels opponent will be for vengeance.
And finally, last week saw a newly formed duo storm Raw as William Regal and Mark Jindrak dismantled the Big Show. Show looked all set to retire from the WWE, stating that there was nothing left for him to do and that his motivation was gone, cue William Regal. Regal said that there was still a real challenge for Show to deal with and the seven foot giant found it looming behind him as Mark Jindrak appeared and crashed the Big Show’s head with a steel chair before the duo assaulted the former WWE champion with real authority. What will Jindrak and Regal have in store tonight and will Big Show have any answers to them?
Confirmed for Raw:
Triple H vs. Shelton Benjamin
The return of the Highlight Reel; Chris Jericho’s guest will be Captain Charisma, Christian