We open up the broadcast with a recap video of the events last night at WrestleMania 25…
After the video comes to a conclusion, the usual Monday Night RAW opening montage plays, showcasing several of the ‘red-brand’ talent, before we pan into the Reliant Astrodome in beautiful Houston, Texas. A marvelous amount of pyrotechnics set off onto the stage, whilst RAW’s theme song blasts through the PA system, the WWE Universe hyped as ever; going absolutely insane! We pan throughout the arena, spotting thousands of fans for mere milliseconds, showing off their unique and creative signs, when all of a sudden we here an eerily familiar voice chime in…
Michael Cole: Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Monday Night RAW! I’m Michael Cole, welcoming you from the Reliant Astrodome here in Houston, alongside WWE Hall of Famer Jerry ‘the King’ Lawler and we are one day removed from the greatest spectacle of the year, WrestleMania!
We cut to the announce table, where the ‘Vintage One’ and ‘the King’ sit.
Jerry Lawler: Michael, you are spot-on. WrestleMania lived up to the standards, and then some, and it was sure fire, no doubt, the greatest spectacle of the year!
Michael Cole: That it was, King! We saw John Cena defeat Edge and the Big Show to win the World Heavyweight Championship, we saw CM Punk win the Money in the Bank—
Jerry Lawler: Undertaker went one-on-one with the ‘Heartbreak Kid’ and brought his record to seventeen-and-oh, Rey Mysterio defeated JBL for the Intercontinental Championship and then JBL quit, and my personal favorite match, behind Undertaker and HBK of course, was Triple H and Randy Orton! And boy, did ‘The Game’ come up victorious!
Michael Cole: Speaking of which, King, if you checked WWE.com anytime today folks, you would have seen that things have been shaken up within the WWE, as the WWE Champion Triple H has been drafted to right here on RAW, while the World Heavyweight Champion John Cena has been drafted to SmackDown.
Jerry Lawler: I hate to see Cena leave RAW, but we got Triple H, baby! ‘The Game’!
Michael Cole: Nonetheless folks, tonight is going to be exciting, I cannot wait to get started!
And with that…
The Houston crowd let out an overwhelming set of boos as ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton, alongside with Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes, steps out onto the stage from the curtain. Orton, wearing a Legacy t-shirt and his usual trunks, walks ahead of his counterparts, though ever so slowly, feeling the effects of last night’s brutal match, staring out into space, ignoring the fans heat.
Michael Cole: And we’re starting the night off with ‘The Viper’, ‘The Apex Predator’, the leader of Legacy, ladies and gentlemen, Randy Orton.
Jerry Lawler: I saw Randy backstage earlier today, Michael, and boy was he not happy.
Michael Cole: I wouldn’t blame him, King. He lost last night to Triple H, on the grandest stage of ‘em all, and it was for the WWE Championship/
Orton finally reaches ringside, and ascents the steel steps, before climbing into the ring, followed by his associate DiBiase and Rhodes. Orton’s music comes to a halt, the crowds scoffs and jeers beaming full force towards ‘The Viper’, Orton with a mic in hand as we focus in on him.
Randy Orton: Last night—Triple H beat me—
Huge pop from the crowd, the fans loving the words that came from Orton’s mouth.
Randy Orton: Last night, I unfortunately lost the match, as I was not focused.
Orton pauses and rubs his chin, gleaming into the audience, before he begins again…
Randy Orton: Last night, my fears came back before my match, and I wasn’t focused. My mind wasn’t in the right place.
Randy Orton: You see—when Triple H came out and assaulted me last week with his father-in-law Vince McMahon, and brother-in-law Shane, I—I developed a fear. It brought me to wake up that entire week, sweating, uncontrollable screaming—it brought nightmares.
Randy Orton: I went to my psychiatrist, and he told me to get it out of my head. So—that’s what I did. I finally got it out of my head—but y’see, it came back into my head last night. It hit me full force and I was worried. Worried that it’d happen again—worried that my life would be endangered—worried that I wouldn’t make it.
Further booing from the crowd but Orton ignores it.
Randy Orton: And with my fear taking control of my mind—I wasn’t in the right place. And therefore, I lost—so, Triple H—congratulations on winning, but tonight, I don’t have that fear anymore. I want a rematch.
Randy Orton: Y’see, I’m fully capable of winning tonight. Though I’m banged up and hurting, I’m still willing and fully able to perform. So Hunter, what do you say?
The crowd goes NUTS~!
Michael Cole: McMahon! It’s Mr. McMahon! That’s not who Randy Orton wanted!
Orton stares upon the entranceway as does his associates, as the WWE Chairman steps out onto the stage. Mr. McMahon, in a turquoise suit with a mic in hand, grins as his music fades away. He stares down towards the ring.
Mr. McMahon: Orton—you’re at the end of the line.
Cheers from the crowd, we cut to Orton as he gawks at McMahon intently, before we cut back to the Chairman.
Mr. McMahon: Quite frankly, I would fire ya’ right now on the spot, but I’m in a good mood so I’m not going to. Orton, you put me and my family through hell. What kind of person do you think I am if we came out here and gave you a rematch for a championship that you don’t deserve?
The crowd cheers, we cut to Orton who looks somewhat aggravated.
Randy Orton: I deserve it, Vince!
We cut back to the Chairman whilst he laughs.
Mr. McMahon: You deserve it? You deserve it?
Orton mouths ‘yeah’.
Mr. McMahon: You don’t deserve anything Orton, you earn it! And I’m going to get to the matter at hand—Randy, you’re not getting a title match!
Huge pop from the crowd; Orton marches around the ring, even further aggravated.
Randy Orton: Vince, I deserve another match, you give it to m—
*Time to Play The Game*
Orton stops in his tracks so to say, as the WWE Champion steps out onto the stage beside the Chairman to a standing ovation.
Michael Cole: It’s Triple H! Look at Orton, King, he’s stopped right in his tracks!
‘The Game’, decked in a pair of jeans and a WWE t-shirt, with the coveted WWE Championship lying across his shoulder, grins. He takes the mic from McMahon, and pulls it to his lips to speak…
Triple H: Aw, what’s wrong, Orton? Cat got your tongue when I show up?
Laughter from the crowd, Orton doesn’t look too pleased.
Triple H: First off Orton, just like Vince said—you don’t deserve anything.
Triple H: As a matter of fact—if you deserve anything, it’s me kicking your ass—and the only thing stoppin’ me is I don’t want to get your bloodstains all over the ring at the start of the show.
Triple H: But, I’ll be fair. Pop, [pointing at Vince] tell me if you agree. I’ll give you a shot Orton, if you win your match tonight. And just in case you get lucky and actually do win, then hell, I’ll live up to my word, and kick your ass one more time.
Pop from the crowd again, Orton is livid.
Randy Orton: It’s not if, Hunter, it’s when, and you won’t do anything! I’m going to get what’s rightfully mine tonight, and lemme just tell ya’—when I face you and beat you, I’m gonna do what I should’ve done last night—and that’s punt you—in the—skull.
Heat, Orton and his Legacy associates grin, whilst ‘The Game’ looks unfazed.
Triple H: Whoa, hold up, sheriff. Did it take you all day to come up with that?
‘The Game’ grins, the crowd cheer, and Orton gets even more irate.
Randy Orton: Hunter, enough with the games. Tonight, when I beat whoever you make me face—you’re over.
Triple H: Tonight—oh no, it’s not tonight. It’s right now.
The crowd cheer, Orton gazes at ‘The King of Kings’.
Triple H: Oh, and before we get this movin’—Cody, Ted—you’re banned from ringside!
Bigger ovation from the crowd; Cody and Ted yell towards the WWE Champ and exit the ring as ‘The Viper’ stares straight forward menacingly.
Michael Cole: What an announcement from Triple H, King! Randy Orton has one more shot—IF, he can beat his opponent right now! And Cody and Ted are banned from ringside!
Jerry Lawler: What a start to the show, but Michael, who is it!?
And King’s question is answered, as…
Huge pop from the crowd, as KOFI KINGSTON makes his way out onto the stage. Kofi grins and shakes hands with ‘The Game’ and Mr. McMahon, before transcending down the ramp towards the ring.
Michael Cole: Well your question was answered, King! It’s going to be Kofi Kingston one-on-one with ‘The Apex Predator’, and it’ll be LIVE—next!
As we return from the commercials, Kingston and Orton are both in the ring.
Michael Cole: Welcome back to RAW ladies and gentlemen, and we’re about to be underway with our first match of the evening, Randy Orton one-on-one against Kofi Kingston. And if you’re just now tuning in folks, this match will determine if Randy Orton faces Triple H in a rematch for the WWE Championship.
Kingston’s music comes to an end as both men circle the ring awaiting the bell.
Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston
If Orton wins, he gets a rematch for the WWE Championship
The match is underway and we’re off! It’s ‘The Viper’ against the fast and agile Kofi Kingston! Fairly even throughout the early-stages of the match with both men getting in early offense on the other. At around the one-and-half minute mark, Kingston took Orton down with a springboard clothesline, and tried to follow it up with a Boom Drop, but the more-experienced ‘Apex Predator’ slid out of the way just in time, and took the advantage by working on Kingston’s left knee. For the next two minutes or so, Orton continued to work on Kingston’s knee, stomping away at it several times and completing several knee drops; blowing time and taunting his opponent. Kingston came back to life however with a dropkick to Orton, followed by several clotheslines. Thereafter, Kingston went for a diving crossbody, but ‘nobody was home’ as Orton quickly moved out his path. ‘The Apex Predator’ stomped away at Kingston once again, taking the advantage and getting into his crazy zone preparing for the RKO. All went as planned with Kingston rising to his feet, and Orton went for the RKO … … … BUT Kingston hit ‘The Viper’ with a forearm smash, turned him around, and nailed him with a vicious Trouble in Paradise to get the pin and the victory!
Winner: Kofi Kingston (at 8:35)
Lillian Garcia: Here is your winner, Kofi Kingston!
“SOS” blasts from the PA system as the referee holds Kofi Kingston’s hand in the air in victory, whilst ‘The Viper’ recovers in the corner.
Michael Cole: He couldn’t do it, he lost! Ladies and gentlemen, Kofi Kingston defeated ‘The Viper’, and Randy Orton isn’t getting a match against Triple H!
Jerry Lawler: What a win by Kofi Kingston! This young man put on a good match, and came out victorious!
Michael Cole: But we all have to wonder folks, what does this mean?
Kofi exits the ring and celebrates whilst heading up the ramp. A few seconds later, his music comes to an end and we cut back to the ring, where Randy Orton sits in the corner of the squared circle. Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes enter the ring, and stand in front of ‘The Apex Predator’ as he continues to sit in the corner; staring into space, the crowd booing and taunting him but he seems unfazed.
Michael Cole: One has to wonder what’s going through the mind of ‘The Viper’ right now, what do you think King?
Jerry Lawler: I have no clue Michael, but you have to know that he’s not the happiest camper right now.
‘The Viper’ finally stands up, and puts his hands onto his face, and follows up with a kick to the mat and a screeching yell. Orton marches around the ring in circles, his protégées trying to talk to him, before exiting the ring. Orton looks livid, and slams his hand onto the outside-the-ropes portion of the ring mat before walking up the ramp, followed by Rhodes and DiBiase. The trio walk alongside one another, mumbling amongst themselves, as we fade…
As we return from the commercial break the camera pans to Mr. McMahon’s office. The Chairman is inside, leaning against a desk. He’s on the phone, but is interrupted as someone in the distance is yelling “Vince! Vince!”. Whoever the culprit is has apparently walked into the office, as McMahon utters…
Mr. McMahon: Listen, I’ll call you back.
The camera backs away to reveal RANDY ORTON standing in front of Mr. McMahon, alongside Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase. McMahon stares at the trio suspiciously.
Randy Orton: Vince, that was a travesty! I want one more match!
Mr. McMahon: Randy, you lost. You get no more matches.
Orton is even more livid, as his eyes gaze intently at the Chairman, his eyeballs literally bulging from their sockets.
Mr. McMahon: Now get out of my office.
The in-arena crowd cheers as ‘The Viper’ sighs, obviously agitated, before leaving Mr. McMahon’s office; Cody and Ted both shake their heads in disgust before also leaving. McMahon stares on, before pulling his phone back out as we cut back to the arena. We focus in on the center of the ring, where our ring announcer, Lillian Garcia, as well as a WWE ref, stands by.
Lillian Garcia: The following contest is scheduled for one fall!
The Houston crowd lets out a roaring cheer as the ‘Paparazzi Diva’ Melina makes her way out onto the stage, along with Mickie James.
Michael Cole: Welcome back to RAW ladies and gentlemen, Michael Cole here, with Jerry ‘the King’ Lawler, bringing you the world’s longest running weekly episodic television series in history, and what a confrontation that could’ve turned into! Randy Orton went to Mr. McMahon’s office after his loss to Kofi Kingston, and demanded for another opportunity, and McMahon said no, he’s not getting it!
Jerry Lawler: Cole we’ll talk about that later, look at the divas! Two of my favorites, Melina and Mickie James!
Lillian Garcia: Introducing first, making their way to the ring, the team of Mickie James and Melina!
Melina and Mickie James make their way to the ring, taunting for the crowd, before James jumps into the ring, and Melina follows up with her unique split-entrance.
Jerry Lawler: My, oh my! I love that entrance every time she does it!
Michael Cole: Be that as it may, King, this is going to be a tag team match between Melina and Mickie James, going one on one with Rosa Mendes, and the Women’s Champion, ‘The Glamazon’ Beth Phoenix.
The Women’s Champion, along with Rosa Mendes and Santino Marella, make their way out onto the stage and down the ramp towards the ring.
Lillian Garcia: And their opponents, making their way to the ring, accompanied by Santino Marella, Rosa Mendes and the WWE Women’s Champion, ‘The Glamazon’ Beth Phoenix!
Michael Cole: And here comes the Women’s Champion, as well as her associate Rosa Mendes, and Santino Marella!
Jerry Lawler: Cole, be quiet! I love watchin’ the divas!
Michael Cole: I’m doing my job, King—
Jerry Lawler: Okay, fine. Ladies and gentlemen, RAW is brought to you by Burger King. Burger King – have it your way. And Cole lemme tell ya’, I really wish I could have it my way right about now.
Michael Cole: Do you ever listen to yourself, King? Do you?
Phoenix and Rosa Mendes enter the ring, and Santino stays on the outside in their corner, as the Women’s Champion’s music halts as the match is about to go underway.
Mickie James & Melina vs. Rosa Mendes & Beth Phoenix
The ref calls for the bell, and we’re underway! It’s Mickie James and Melina, going against Rosa Mendes, and the Women’s Champ, Beth Phoenix! Phoenix and Melina start the match off, the match staying even for the first minute or so, until odds turn in Phoenix’s favor as she takes the ‘Paparazzi Diva’ down with a superplex! The Women’s Champion continues to hold the advantage, isolating Melina from her tag team partner, with a seated double chiickenwing. Thereafter, Phoenix continued to stay in control, trying for several pin attempts to no success with three two-counts. An angry ‘Glamazon’ messed up however, and Melina began to fight back and got the hot tag to James! James connected with a Thesz press to Phoenix, and began punching away but ‘The Glamazon’ powered her way out from under James. Phoenix ran towards James, going for a clothesline, but James ducked, and Phoenix accidentally nailed her partner Rosa Mendes~! Mendes fell to the arena floor which distracted Phoenix long enough to turn around into a nasty Mick Kick, and bring James and Melina the win!
Winners: Mickie James & Melina (at 5:11)
Lillian Garcia: Here are your winners, Mickie James and Melina!
Michael Cole: They did it, they did it! Mickie James and Melina have beat Rosa Mendes and ‘The Glamazon’! And it was all thanks to Phoenix accidentally hitting her partner with a clothesline, which distracted the Women’s Champion long enough to get hit with a Mick Kick and a loss!
Jerry Lawler: What a great win by Mickie and Melina, Cole, but now it’s depressing because I have to watch them leave!
“Paparazzi” plays in the background as Melina and Mickie James celebrate whilst leaving the ring. The camera focuses on Phoenix as she recovers from the devastating Mick Kick, looking outside of the ring to see Santino Marella lifting Rosa Mendes off of the arena floor. Phoenix stands up and looks on as Marella begins to walk around the ring towards the ramp still carrying Mendes.
Michael Cole: Look at ‘The Glamazon’, King, she looks mad.
Jerry Lawler: No doubt, Cole, first she lost the match, and now her boyfriend is carrying another woman! Santino is dumb, I’ve done that before and it didn’t work out too well.
Michael Cole: You think, King?
Phoenix exits the ring and walks behind Marella, looking rather confused and angry, as he carries Mendes backstage; and we fade to…
As we return from the commercial break, the camera focuses on a backstage hallway. SANTINO MARELLA walks into sight, and Phoenix follows behind him.
Beth Phoenix: Santino, just explain it to me!
Santino Marella: I don’t know how to explain aht to you’s, Beth. I was just’a helpin’ her! You are’a my girl ‘fran!
Beth Phoenix: Santino, don’t play stupid, you wouldn’t go that far just to help her!
Santino Marella: Beth, I’ma tellin’ you ‘tha truth!
Beth pushes Santino against the corridor wall and ‘The Italian Stallion’ looks rather scared.
Beth Phoenix: I’m done Santino, I’m done!
‘The Glamazon’ slaps Santino and walks away out of the cameras view, as Santino rubs his face in agony. All of a sudden, Marella looks at something out of the view of the camera. A moment later, the camera backs away to reveal the new WWE Hall of Famer, STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN~!!
The crowd goes NUTS, as Steve Austin, wearing the Stone Cold t-shirt and a pair of jeans, with a beer in hand, stands toe-to-toe with Marella.
Steve Austin: Good God, boy—you’re her bitch.
Huge pop from the in-arena crowd, Santino continues to stare at Austin, still rubbing his face.
Steve Austin: Here—you need this more than I do.
Austin holds the beer out towards Marella; Marella is about to grab it when Austin pulls it back.
Steve Austin: Boy, you really thought I was gonna give you my beer? You really are stupid!
‘Stone Cold’ laughs, before acting like he’s about to leave, when he…
Steve Austin: Bam!
Marella flinches as Austin acts like he’s about to hit him. For s moment, Austin just stares blankly at the ‘Italian Stallion’ before walking away, muttering to himself. Marella stands still and watches Austin leave when all of a sudden RON SIMMONS walks into the scene. The crowd goes wild again, as Simmons just stares intently at Marella.
Ron Simmons: …DAMN!
The in-arena crowd cheer as Simmons walks away. Thereafter, we cut away and focus in on the announce table.
Michael Cole: Moving on folks—what a spectacle WrestleMania 25 was last night—and I can say is, well—damn!
Jerry Lawler: Did you see the look on Santino’s face, Cole? Stone Cold—Ron Simmons—it was priceless!
Michael Cole: Be that as it may, we’d like to take the time to thank the WWE Universe for watching and attending WrestleMania last night, and if you haven’t seen it yet, a feature presentation will air this Wednesday night on pay-per-view.
Jerry Lawler: What an event it was, it’s down in the history books and Cole I’ll tell ya’, in my honest opinion it was one of the best WrestleMania’s I’ve ever seen.
Michael Cole: And not only that King, but the Hall of Fame as well. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s take you back Saturday night, as WWE inducted several worthy individuals into the Hall of Fame, Class of 2010.
We fade away and view a Hall of Fame recap video, which showcases various moments throughout the Hall of Fame ceremony, including statements by the Class of 2010 inductors, as well as the inductees. The video then shows Austin’s shenanigans last night at WrestleMania, before it ends. Afterwards, we cut back to the arena, as…
*Break the Walls Down*
The crowd is thundering down with roaring heat as CHRIS JERICHO makes his way out to the ring. Jericho, wearing a grey suit with a purple tie, makes his way down the ramp, soaking in all of the animosity towards him from the audience to no effect.
Michael Cole: Here comes Chris Jericho, and last night at WrestleMania ladies and gentlemen, he defeated Ricky Steamboat, ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper, and Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka in a three-on-one match like he promised he would, but after the match he was punched and knocked out by actor Mickey Rourke.
Jerry Lawler: Cole, you should’ve seen him earlier today. He was in such a foul mood due to last night.
Michael Cole: Isn’t he always, King?
Jericho makes his way into the ring, and receives a mic from a ringside crewmember, before making his way to the center of the ring staring out into the crowd, as his music fades away.
Chris Jericho: All of you tapeworms and parasites, listen up and listen clearly.
Jericho stares menacingly out into the crowd, which receives further booing.
Chris Jericho: Last night at WrestleMania 25 I did what I said I’d do—I walked down that very ramp, walked into this very ring, faced off against Ricky ‘the Dragon’ Steamboat, ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper, and ‘Superfly’ Jimmy Snuka, beat them each one-by-one, and showed them and all of you that truly I am the best in the world at what I do.
Further heat, Jericho steps out of the ring and walks around the barricade, eyeing all of the ringside fans. Jericho stops directly in front of a small boy and stares at him.
Chris Jericho: You—junior—what’s your name?
Small Boy: Nathan.
Chris Jericho: What was your favorite part of WrestleMania last night?
Small Boy: Umm…
Jericho walks away from the small boy and continues to circle ringside before stopping in front of a man and a woman.
Chris Jericho: You two—what’s your names?
Male Fan: Michael.
Female Fan: Melissa.
Chris Jericho: Melissa, what was your favorite part of WrestleMania?
Female Fan: John Cena beating Edge and Big Show!
Cheap pop for the female fan’s response, Jericho looks disgusted.
Chris Jericho: So typical, you parasite. Michael, what was your favorite part?
Male Fan: Mickey Rourke knockin’ you out!
Applause from the crowd for the male fan’s response, Jericho looks angry and stares intently at the man for a few moments, before going back into the ring.
Chris Jericho: Thank you Michael for your ‘great’ response, because that brings me to my next point. Rourke—I know you’re backstage, and I know you’re watching. You want to punch me, huh?
Pop from the crowd.
Chris Jericho: Of course you hypocrites would cheer for that. Rourke—let these parasites motivate you to come out here and try to hit me again. Try it—I dare you—I beg you—this isn’t Hollywood, Rourke, this is my ring—and this is where I do what I do, and that’s be the best in the wo—
*Also sprach Zarathursta*
The crowd goes INSANE, as ‘The Nature Boy’ steps out onto the stage~! Jericho looks on in shock as Flair, wearing a black suit, makes his transcend down the ramp; yelling “WOO!” into the camera.
Michael Cole: Ladies and gentlemen, Chris Jericho has called out Mickey Rourke but Rourke is not who he got! Instead, he got ‘The Nature Boy’!
Jerry Lawler: The 16 time world champ! The stylin’ and profilin’ Ric Flair! This night is gettin’ better and better, Cole!
‘The Nature Boy’ enters the ring and receives a mic from a ringside crewmember and stands across from Jericho, who looks on at the 16 time world champion in disgust.
Ric Flair: Houston, Texas—WOOOOO!!
The crowd echoes Flair with a “WOO” of their own.
Ric Flair: Jericho—sorry to burst your bubble, but Mickey Rourke has already left the building.
Jericho looks on in disgust, as Flair continues.
Ric Flair: But that doesn’t stop ‘The Nature Boy’, the stylin’, the profilin’, the limousine ridin’, the jet flyin’, wheelin’ and dealin’, kiss stealin’, 16 time World Champion, son of a gun from comin’ out the night after WrestleMania!
The crowd cheers heavily for ‘The Nature Boy’.
Chris Jericho: Flair—why are you out here?
Jericho stares at Flair, a smug expression on his face.
Ric Flair: I’m out here ‘cause I have to tell ya’ somethin’, Chris. You, my friend—you need to let go.
Jericho mouths “let go?”.
Ric Flair: Yeah, you need to let go. You need to realize that you won last night—you disproved me, and a whole heck of a lot of people, and need to let go of this obsession you have with Mickey Rourke. I mean, look at it this way Chri—
Chris Jericho: Let go? Really, let go? Flair—you should be the last one to tell me to let go. And another thing Flair, I’m not your friend, so don’t call me as such.
Heat from the crowd.
Chris Jericho: You’re the one who needs to let go Flair. Last year at WrestleMania 24, Shawn Michaels beat you and put you into retirement. It was fifteen years late, but yes, someone finally did it. So there’s a big throw off for you, but guess what? Next thing we know, you’re back. And then you’re back again. And then you’re back again after the second time. And then you’re back again, and the cycle continues to wrap around in a circle.
Chris Jericho: These people, and the people in the back might be parasites and hypocrites, but Flair, you’re the worst of them all. After you’re forced to retire, you keep comin’ back, disgracing this company—hell, disgracing yourself for that matter—ruining your legacy trying to get back in this ring one way or the other, and Flair, you’ve made yourself a money-hungry failure. You keep coming back trying to make a quick buck and trying to pander to all of these hypocrites and leach worms, trying to take the spotlight from me!
Chris Jericho: You’re nothing, Flair. You’re a has been who doesn’t know how to stay away—how to let the real talent shine—how to let me be the best in the world. How do your kids feel about it, Flair? How about your fifth wife? Huh?
Heat ensues even further as Flair looks away from Jericho.
Chris Jericho: You’re a hypocrite, Flair—you’re the one who needs to move on and let go.
Jericho throws his mic down and slaps ‘The Nature Boy’~!! Major heat ensues, as Flair turns his full attention back to Jericho—before nailing him with a signature chop! The crowd lets out a “WOO”. Another chop! Two more! BUT JERICHO TAKES FLAIR DOWN WITH A NASTY CODEBREAKER~!!
Michael Cole: No, no! Jericho just nailed Ric Flair with a Codebreaker!
Jericho stands over the fallen ‘Nature Boy’, before stomping away at him to further heat. All of a sudden…
The crowd cheers as ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan runs down to the ring and quickly slides in surprisingly, and Jericho starts stomping away at him!!
Michael Cole: It’s ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan! He came to the aid of Ric Flair!
‘Hacksaw’ fights back against Jericho’s repeated stomps and gets to his feet, punching away at Jericho! Back and forth punches ensue between the two, and now Flair is back on his feet! ‘The Nature Boy’ turns Jericho around and hits him with a chop to the chest! And another one!
Michael Cole: Ladies and gentlemen, Ric Flair and ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan are fighting back!
Flair goes for another chop, Jericho’s on the mat! Flair lets out a thunderous “WOO!” and grabs hold of Jericho’s left leg, but Jericho quickly slides out of the ring and escapes to the bottom of the ramp. Flair and ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan look on at Jericho to the crowd’s delight, as “Also sprach Zarathursta” hits.
Jerry Lawler: ‘Hacksaw’ and ‘The Nature Boy’ fought off Chris Jericho, but I don’t think this is the end of this, Cole!
Michael Cole: What a night this has been! And we’re not even halfway done! ‘The Nature Boy’ and ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan reign supreme!
Flair and ‘Hacksaw’ taunt for the crowd, as the camera cuts to the top of the stage, where Jericho stands looking on at the happenings in the ring, his face blood-red and his eyes ‘colder than ice’, as we fade…
As we return from the commercial break, the screen is black, and we watch as…