February 20th, 2006 | Preview
This week Monday Night RAW heads into the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey, and with so little known about the show, so much promise is there to be had.
The major talking point coming off the back of last week’s RAW was the conclusion, where, after spending the best part of the past six months struggling to control a portion of the RAW roster, RAW General Manager Eric Bischoff snapped following the WWE Champion, Edge inadvertently struck Bischoff as Bischoff tried top diffuse the explosive situation between Edge, John Cena and Kurt Angle. Eric Bischoff reacted to the situation by stating that the inmates would run the asylum this week, and wwe.com has learnt that the meaning behind that is that Eric Bischoff will not be in the arena for RAW! What could this possibly mean? How will RAW run with no one in charge? Who will establish themselves as the dominant force on RAW with no authority to govern the show?
Three men who may try to take up the chance are the three men involved in the brawl that led to Bischoff snapping. The trio of Edge, Cena and Angle have been at war for the past few months, and are the main three offenders when it comes to rebelling against Bischoff. With no Bischoff to restrain them, what lengths will the three go to to inflict pain on one another this week?
Another two men who should revel in a RAW with no authority are the newly reformed D-Generation X. After months of battling Mr. McMahon and his stooges alone, in the past month Shawn Michaels finally found himself an ally in his long-time enemy and even longer time friend, Triple H. Though the two didn’t get along at first, last week we saw what looked to be the reunion of DX as Shawn Michaels hit Mr. McMahon with Sweet Chin Music and Michaels and Triple H embraced. With anarchy set to rule this week, word is Mr. McMahon isn’t going to be in the arena tonight either for fear of his own safety. With that in mind, what can we expect to see from DX this week?
Last night we saw the SmackDown! exclusive Pay-Per-View No Way Out … only it didn’t turn out to be so exclusive when Monday Night RAW superstar Rob Van Dam showed up in the arena and cost The Undertaker his match with John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield. The question has been asked for the past twenty-four hours, and perhaps tonight an answer will come. Why did RVD attack The Undertaker? What motivation could he possibly have had? And will he confront The Undertaker face to face at some point down the line?
Despite anarchy ruling this week on RAW, we can confirm of two matches that will take place, as previously signed by Eric Bischoff … and both matches will feature gold on the line! The World Tag Team Champions, Kane & Big Show are set to try to continue their dominant reign of the tag division as they defend the gold against Intercontinental Champion, Ric Flair & Chavo Guerrero. Flair & Guerrero picked up a win over the tag champs a few weeks ago. Can they do the same tonight?
The Women’s Championship will also be on the line, as Trish Stratus will defend her title against her long-time rival, Victoria. While Victoria fell short against Stratus a month ago at the Royal Rumble, Victoria earned a rematch a few weeks ago when she pinned Stratus in tag action. Which diva will pick up the decisive fall tonight and walk out with the gold?
Also set to be in the arena on RAW are a host of other superstars, including Gregory Helms, Charlie Haas, Shelton Benjamin, The Redneck Wrecking Crew, Carlito, and Chris Masters. To see all of this, and oh so much more, tune into the USA Network, 9/8C.