Re: WWE 2005: Raising the Bar.
Post Vengeance News and Notes:
WWE officials are said to be pleased with the outcome and reaction to Vengeance, believing it to be a lot more successful and significant for the Raw brand than their previous Pay Per View, Backlash. The recent pushes of Christian, Mark Jindrak and Muhammad Hassan along with current rivals Edge and Chris Jericho are all set to continue as we head to Summerslam with officials being pleased with their work, both at Vengeance and in the weeks gone by on Raw as they all look to continue moving up the ranks on Monday nights.
We can also officially confirm that the Batista-Triple H rivalry is over. The match up at Vengeance had been billed as a war and with Batista now 2-0 against The Game, the Animal has indeed won the war. We canít confirm at this time who Batistaís next challenger will be heading into Summerslam but there are several strong options right now. As far as Triple H goes, he will now be out of the World title hunt for the foreseeable future as he turns his attention elsewhere. Where that is exactly, we canít confirm but itís thought that Triple H being away from the World title will be a breath of fresh air, both for him, for the fans and for the brand itself.
One of the big angles on Raw right now is the Shawn Michaels and Eric Bischoff saga. Last night, Kane returned after being absent since Backlash and defeated the Showstopper, meaning Michaels now becomes the property of the Raw General Manager. The angle has many, many possibilities but all we can confirm right now is that this WILL be a long term storyline with a huge pay off at the end of it all.
With regards to Ric Flair, a lot of people believed that last night would be his final match, however the ending to that match certainly suggested otherwise. Even Flair himself believed that last night was going to be his last night inside the squared circle. We can confirm that Flair will appear on the next Raw, however where Flair goes from there now is anybodyís guess.
On the injury front, Trish Stratus will likely be out of action for two to three months, perhaps even longer after Ďinjuringí her ankle last night. The injury is kayfabe but Trish has requested some time away which was granted to her. There is concern about who now challenges Victoria for the Womenís Championship but itís thought the creative team do have something up their sleeves.
And finally, at Vengeance we saw a vignette for soon to be Raw Superstar, Mr.Kennedy. Kennedy has impressed in FCW, particularly with his work on the microphone and is expected to receive a push from the get go, despite the current strong set of heels on Monday nights. Kennedy is expected to make his debut either before or shortly after Summerslam.
First off, thank you very much to imac for the review of Vengeance. I took quite a lot from your thoughts and am now really looking to build on them. Really appreciate it and glad you enjoyed it somewhat. In terms of the next show, Raw IS written so expect a preview fairly soon, just wanted to get some notes out there beforehand. The show itself may not be posted until the new year however, but we shall see. Until then, Merry Christmas!