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Monday Night Raw Preview – May 10th, 2004
Last week, fans described Monday Night Raw as stacked. Not to rest on its laurels, Raw is set to be even bigger this week, as all its superstars roll into San Jose, California.
The bitter rivalry between the Raw General Manager, Eric Bischoff and ‘Sheriff’ Stone Cold Steve Austin reached new heights last week. The two have been at each other’s throats for awhile, with both men being the complete opposite to each other. Bischoff’s business like persona doesn’t seem to go to well with Austin’s ‘as free as the wind’ attitude. At Backlash, Kane chokeslammed Austin, and then the next night on Raw, Austin delivered a Stone Cold Stunner to Kane. The two haven’t been in a physical altercation since then, although Bischoff, realising Kane is a threat to Austin, befriended ‘The Big Red Machine’, promising to help him with his plan that nobody knows of. Easy E didn’t stop there, also trying to recruit Scott Steiner by his side. Sensing that Bischoff is trying to build something of an army, similar to what Paul Heyman has on Smackdown, Austin convinced Steiner to stay on his lonesome. As Bischoff and Stone Cold continued to trade insults, last week things went too far when Kane came out to fight for Bischoff, and Steiner backed up Austin. The two brawled up the entrance ramp, and eventually took a tumble off of the stage, causing both men to be unable to attend Raw this week. The owner of the WWE, Vince McMahon was displeased with seeing his stars being put at risk due to arguments between Raw’s two authority figures, and McMahon has promised to attend Raw tonight with a solution.
It’s always entertaining when Vince McMahon is in attendance, but it may be even better this week, as The Rock will be delivering The Rock Concert III. Having taken a few weeks off, Rocky plans to make it up to his millions and millions of fans with an entertaining concert tonight. There’s also a slight hope that we’ll finally get an explanation as to why The Rock told Shawn Michaels to retire.
The World Heavyweight Championship scene has been covered in turmoil in the past few weeks. Chris Benoit remains as champion, but from Triple H, to Goldberg, to even Randy Orton, there’s no idea who will be named as the number one contender for Vengeance. Keep in mind, Triple H does have a rematch clause in his contract after losing the title at WrestleMania, however he’s made it clear he wants to save that for some unknown reason. With Triple H and Evolution there’s usually some sort of plan, so Hunter will be saving that title shot for a reason. We’re hoping for some issues to be cleared tonight on Raw, with the World Heavyweight Champion going one on one with Randy Orton. Just as it looked like Goldberg was in the box seat to take the World Title from Benoit last week, Triple H interfered; therefore Triple H and Goldberg will also be going at it tonight. Hopefully after tonight, we’ll have some clear results as to who should be the number one contender for Benoit’s title at Vengeance.
After putting Christian out of action in their match at Backlash, Chris Jericho has been on somewhat of a roll. Whilst Jericho initially believed his issues with Christian were solved, ‘Captain Charisma’ has made it clear that’s not the case. Nobody, not even Jericho, had any idea when something would go down to indicate Christian is still angry, and it all came to tuition last week, when Jericho was attacked by Tomko after his match. Having already wrestled and lost to Tomko before Backlash, this one is very personal, as Tomko and Jericho have been booked to go at it in a Hardcore match.
The WWE Intercontinental Champion has been on a roll pretty much since WrestleMania. Even though he defeated Matt Hardy at Backlash, Hardy still seems pretty confident that he’ll take the IC Title from Maven sometime. Tonight though, Maven has a different challenger to take on, as he will go one on one with the hungry ‘Evolution Enforcer’, Batista.
And with the World Tag Team Champions Booker T and Rob Van Dam still proving to be a class above the rest, the two tandems of Rodney Mack and Mark Henry and Al Snow and Tommy Dreamer will compete, trying to shorten the gap between themselves and the champions.
All this, and much, MUCH more on another STACKED edition of Monday Night Raw!
Chris Benoit vs. Randy Orton
Bill Goldberg vs. Triple H
Chris Jericho vs. Tyson Tomko
Dave Batista w/Ric Flair vs. Maven
Al Snow and Tommy Dreamer vs. Mark Henry and Rodney Mack