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WWE Monday Night Raw Preview May 24th, 2004
This week the superstars of Raw roll into Rockford, Illinois as they begin to head full throttle towards Vengeance.
There’s been one thing on the mind of just about everybody when they think about Raw as of late, and that’s the bitter feud between the Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff, and the ‘Sheriff’ of Raw Stone Cold Steve Austin. Things have reached boiling point ever since a couple of weeks ago, when Vince McMahon himself appeared on Raw and announced an extremely high stakes match at Vengeance. Bischoff and Austin both pick a representative to wrestle for them at Vengeance, and whoever’s representative wins has full control of Raw, whilst the loser will be fired. The whole situation heated up even more when Bischoff announced his representative... none other than Bill Goldberg. Goldberg has had problems with Austin since WrestleMania, when after Goldberg defeated Brock Lesnar, Austin Stunned him out of his boots. Now the pressure is on Austin as he has to find a representative who can match Goldberg, and last week Austin searched San Antonio, Texas seeking ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels. Eventually he found HBK, but whether or not Michaels will accept the offer from Austin and return to Raw tonight is unknown. He hasn’t been himself since The Rock let him know that he should retire because he’s past his prime, and this lead to Michaels spiralling downhill rather quickly, culminating in a shock loss to Matt Hardy. Bischoff has booked his representative in the main event tonight though, as he wants Goldberg to show everybody just what he can do. Bill Goldberg will be going one on one with ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Scott Steiner.
Funnily enough, Scott Steiner also fits into this feud between Bischoff and Austin. Bischoff originally tried to turn Steiner corporate; however Austin was able to talk Steiner out of it. From there, Easy E enlisted the help of the demented ‘Big Red Machine’ Kane. These two men have been at each other’s throats ever since. When these two men are in the same arena, everybody knows things can explode into chaos at any time. Just last week the two brawled to the parking lot, where Kane Chokeslammed Steiner onto the hood of a car. Hoping to quell interference in the main event, Bischoff has also booked Kane in a match tonight, as he’ll go one on one with Val Venis.
It has finally been announced that at Vengeance Chris Benoit will defending his World Heavyweight Title against both Triple H and Randy Orton in a triple threat match. This obviously means that Benoit will have to deal with all four members of Evolution heading into Vengeance, and that’s exactly what he was unable to do last week. Benoit made Flair tap out in the main event last week, but from there he was taken out in a four on one assault. This week Benoit has sworn for revenge and he’s been booked in a tag team match against Triple H and Randy Orton... The only problem, Benoit doesn’t have a partner. ‘The Rabid Wolverine’ has got until right before his match to find a partner, but the question remains, who in their right mind would want to get on Evolution’s bad side?
We will also hear of Chris Jericho’s thoughts regarding Christian recruiting Lance Storm to help make Jericho’s life a living hell.
All of this and plenty more as the road to Vengeance continues heating up...