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WWE Monday Night Raw Preview- 5/9/05- Nashville, Tennessee
We are just thirteen nights away from Unforgiven and last week saw the road to Oklahoma really begin to take shape as two HUGE matches were signed and as we head to Nashville this Monday night, the tension is only sure to increase.
The World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line in less than two weeks as Batista defends against the monster Kane. These two bitter rivals took their feud to a new extreme last week as following our main event, the Animal came to the aid of a helpless Shelton Benjamin to fend off the duo of Mark Jindrak and William Regal along with the Big Red Machine. Batista cleaned house before coming toe to toe with his challenger at Unforgiven and the end game was almost a repeat of what took place before Summerslam as Kane set Batista up for a Chokeslam off the stage only for the tables to be turned and Batista, sacrificing himself, speared Kane off the stage taking himself down in the process. It was a shocking conclusion to Raw and this week, both men having been cleared to compete, will be in action as the World Champion teams with the Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin to take on Kane and his partner, ‘The Protégé’ Mark Jindrak. Having fought all the way around the arena, having fought off the stage, will tonight be the night where these two men are contained the ring?
The other match set for Unforgiven last week was courtesy of Raw’s GM, Eric Bischoff as he declared that Shawn Michaels punishment was to undergo step two in Oklahoma where Michaels will take on ALL FOUR members of the Arabian Entity in a Handicap match with Michaels having to eliminate every member of the Entity in order to be victorious. Prior to that announcement Muhammad Hassan cut a scathing promo on the Heartbreak Kid, citing his reasons for attacking Michaels. This Monday night, the Showstopper will return and will no doubt have a response to Hassan and the Entity’s assault on him as well as his upcoming match with the quartet. Just what will Michaels await when he returns this Monday night in Nashville? Only the boss knows his fate.
Since Summerslam three men have become fixated on being the next in line for a shot at the World Title and they are three of Canada’s finest. Edge, Chris Jericho and Christian have all had their eyes on the prize but with Kane now being named number one contender, just what’s next in store for these three men? Christian, having defeated and ended the career of Ric Flair at Summerslam has stated that he’s at the front of the line however both Edge and Jericho have had their say on the matter with these two bitter rivals also having strong claims. Unsurprisingly this has seen things spiral out of hand between the trio and come Monday night they will cross paths again as Christian goes one on one with Y2J, however, there is no doubting that Edge will keep a close eye on proceedings. Just who will leave Nashville having stolen a march in the race to the World Title? One thing’s for sure you will not wanna miss it.
We already confirmed that Shelton Benjamin will be in action in our main event, however we will also seek answers from his tag team partner, Charlie Haas. Haas walked out of the duo’s locker room last week, clearly angered after a disagreement with Benjamin and as Shelton took a beating at the hands of Mark Jindrak and William Regal, Haas was nowhere to be seen. Will the World’s Greatest Tag Team settle their differences this week or will Haas continue to feel aggrieved?
Also scheduled for this week, the Platform to Perfection will be in action as they take on the Basham Brothers, hoping to cement their status as number one contenders. Will the Dudleyz has any say in the outcome as the PTP continue to look past the champions? Plus, Lita will make her in ring return following injury having made a big statement to the Women’s Champion last week. And finally Mr.Kennedy sent shockwaves around the locker room last week after a brutal assault on Eugene was followed up with a showering!! Kennedy poured beer all over Eric Bischoff, stating he was ‘finished’ with the boss. Will Kennedy’s frustrations continue to grow or will Mr.Bischoff aim to please the so called ‘Game Changer’?
Confirmed for Raw:
Christian vs Chris Jericho
The Platform to Perfection vs The Basham Brothers
Lita will be in action
Batista and Shelton Benjamin vs Kane and Mark Jindrak
Shawn Michaels returns to Raw