The SmackDown theme plays followed by the explosive pyros. Triple H’s music quickly overcomes the PA System and the new number one contender makes his way to the ring in a business suit. He steals the microphone from Tony Chimel and begins his speech.
HHH: “…This has become somewhat of a tradition here on SmackDown…me coming out…giving a speech…then walking out as a winner. Well…last week…I faced off against the phenom! Against The Undertaker! And I became the number one contender! Despite John Cena trying to screw me out of the title by being the referee…despite interference during the match…and despite the use of weapons! I am the Game! And I am the number one contender! Meaning only one thing…I get to finally go one on one with John Cena. So Cena…if you’re in the back listening…I DARE YOU…to come out and face me!”
John Cena’s music begins to play and the champ makes his way out to the ramp. Cena pulls a microphone out of his pocket and begins speaking.
Cena: “Triple H…Triple H…Triple H. That’s typical of you…picking on a cripple. You know damn well that I’m in no shape to fight! You saw what happened last week to me…and it’s all your fault! But…that’s exactly why I want to challenge you tonight! I want to prove that you can’t even beat a cripple! I want to prove that you can’t beat me on my worst day! And I want revenge!”
HHH: “What you want? It’s not about what you want! It’s about what I want! I want the WWE Championship! I want to beat you! And I want to end your pathetic excuse of a career!”
Cena: “Then I guess the time…is now!”
Cena begins ripping off his jersey until Theodore Long makes his way out.
Long: “Hold it! Hold it! Hold it! Now listen up crackas! John Cena…I have doctor’s papers saying you are in no physical condition to compete tonight so I’m sticking to it! I do not want to lose the top draw on SmackDown! But…to make it up to you…next week…I’ll make it Triple H versus…John Cena…for the WWE Championship!”
The crowd gets all riled up as Theodore Long leaves. John Cena seems a little worried as Triple H is displaying his confidence.
HHH: “Thank you! John Cena…next week…it’s time to play The Game! And MY time is now! Haha!”
Triple H laughs as his music begins to play. Cena continues to show his worry as cameras cut to commercials.
Backstage, we see Orlando Jordan standing with the Basham Brothers in the parking lot.
Orlando: “Now remember what I said. When he arrives, I’ll open the door for him, you guys shake his hand and say hello. Treat him very nicely! This is our new leader, he’s our boss! He’s our…wait…here he comes. Okay, positions!”
The Cabinet members hold their position as a fancy new black car pulls up. Orlando Jordan opens the door for the person sitting in the back. Out comes Carlito Caribbean Cool! Carlito looks around at the shocked faces of the Cabinet members.
Carlito: “Who were you expecting…someone else?”
Orlando: “Y,y,y…you’re our now leader?”
Carlito: “Leader? What are you talking about? I’m too cool to be your leader!”
Orlando: “Stop wasting our time! We’re here waiting for a very important person! We’re waiting for our new boss! Now personally…I hope he gives me the orders to beat you down and take you out after what has just happened…and what happened last week!”
Carlito: “Oh yeah…when I almost took your United States Championship! If it wasn’t for…these two bald-headed losers and….The Undertaker!”
Orlando: “Oh yeah…speaking of that…how’s your head? Haha! You’re lucky enough not to be in the hospital. But from what I’ve heard…you’re not gonna like the mood that The Undertaker’s in. You’re gonna wish he put you in a hospital!”
Carlito: “Let me tell you something…O.J.! Insulting me…that’s not cool! Mentioning what The Undertaker did to me…that’s not cool either! Hell…anything to do with you three isn’t cool! But let me tell you what is cool…Carlito! And the fact that The Undertaker is going to wish…he never cost me my title match last week!”
Orlando: “So you’re blaming it on him? I would’ve beaten you anyway. You’re nothing but a piece of garbage! You’re trash compared to people like me! And tonight…Undertaker’s gonna be the trash compactor!”
Carlito: “Oh…Is that so?”
Carlito takes a bite of his apple and looks at the ground. He looks up quickly and spits the chunks of apple into Orlando Jordan’s face. The Bashams help Orlando Jordan wipe the chunks from his eyes.
Orlando: “Get him!”
Carlito starts running off with the entire Cabinet chasing after him.
Cruiserweight Title Match: Paul London Vs. Akio
Even though the match has barely just begun, Akio irish whips Paul London hard into the turnbuckle. Akio runs and delivers an impressive dropsault. The champion stumbles forward in pain and is hit with a devastating martial arts kick to the head. Akio goes for the cover…
Winner: NEW Cruiserweight Champion…Akio!!!!
Akio celebrates his easy victory and achievement as cameras cut backstage to Heidenreich. The crazed lunatic holds up a piece of paper and begins reading.
Heidenreich: “To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrow of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them. To die – to sleep, No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to: ‘tis a consummation Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep: To sleep, perchance to dream- ay, dream of one day being champion. There’s the rub: For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause – there’s the respect That makes calamity of so long life. For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor’s wrong, the pround man’s contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay, The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, The undiscovered country, from whose bourn No travellur returns, puzzles the will, And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of? Thus conscience does make cowards of us all, And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pitch and moment With this regard their currents turn awry And lose the name of action. Soft you now, For my name is Heidenreich! And I am entering this Battle of Royals at the Day of Judgment!”
Heidenreich lets out a roar.
Tazz: “What did he say Cole?”
Cole: “I think he just quoted Shakespeare with a few twists to it. Form what I understand…he’s entering the Battle Royal at Judgment Day with dreams of becoming champion!”
Eugene/Booker T Vs. Maven/Luther Reigns
Maven gets irish whipped into the corner by Booker T. Eugene goes up to Booker T and irish whips him. Booker T reverses it and sends his partner flying into the corner. Maven stumbles forwards and gets sidekicked over the top rope by Booker T. The ring is cleared now since Luther Reigns was taken down earlier with the Book End which leaves Booker T and Eugene alone in the ring. Booker T gets set up for the spinarooni but Eugene stops him. Booker T seems a little confused until Eugene drops to one knee, staring at his hand. Eugene shakes his head violently then does the spinarooni!
Tazz: "What would you call that? A Eugenerooni?"
Cole: "Call it whatever you like, Booker T and Eugene are one hell of a team!"
Luther Reigns gets back in the ring and takes down Eugene with a huge closeline! He turns around and receives a kick to the mid-section from the 5 time WCW Champion. Booker T comes off the ropes and hits the scissors kick then sees Maven climbing back up to the apron. Booker T knocks him off as Eugene covers Luther Reigns...
Winners: Booker T and Eugene!!!
Before they can celebrate, their victory is interrupted by Kurt Angle! Kurt hammers away at both competitors until Booker T starts firing back. Luther Reigns and Maven get back into the fight and double team Eugene. Maven, Luther Reigns and Kurt Angle all high five each other.
Tazz: "Is this the new Team Angle?"
Cole: "Makes perfect sense. Luther Reigns has impressed Kurt Angle by the looks of things and they're back on the same page!"
Maven hits a beautiful textbook fishmerman suplex to the Book Man. Luther Reigns then picks up Booker T and delivers his neckbreaking finisher! Kurt Angle tells Maven and Luther Reigns to go after Eugene. They begin following orders until Angle comes up from behind and delivers the Angle Slam to Luther Reigns! Maven wonders what's going on then gets into a slugfest. Kurt Angle gains the advantage and takes Maven down followed by the Ankle Lock! Maven screams in pain and begins tapping out as the fans are cheering for Kurt Angle! Kurt lets Maven free and he limp to the back. Luther Reigns and Booker T are down and Eugene is just getting to his feet. Eugene shows a peace sign and Kurt Angle asks for a hug. Eugene seems reluctant at first then gladly accepts the friendly gesture from Kurt Angle. Kurt raises Eugene's arm in victory then delivers a shocking Angle Slam to him too! Kurt Angle stands tall above the rest as he grabs a microphone.
Angle: "Everyone in the back...this is a message! Pay attention! Especially...John Cena and Triple H! I am officially entering the Battle Royale at Judgment Day! And once I throw everyone else over the top...I'll be coming after you! Then when I get my shot...you're looking at the next WWE Champion! It's true! It's damn true!"
Kurt Angle's music plays again as there are some mixed reactions from the fans.
Tazz: "Well...Kurt Angle fooled us all, especially Luther Reigns and Maven!"
Cole: "The big story though is Kurt Angle is participating in the battle Royale along with the other four men he just took out!"
Tazz: "Wait a minute...what's this?"
Cameras go backstage where we see Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman in a backstage brawl with the Guerreros! They continue to slug each other and bash their heads into random objects all around. Officials are trying to pry them apart and finally gain some distance when Theodore Long appears.
Long: "This is enough! I will not have a bunch of playas running around beatin' each other senseless! I'm worried about the safety of my superstars! Now crackas listen up! There's only one way to solve this! Rey Mysterio...Eddie Guerrero...you are hereby stripped of the Tag Team Championships! And that decision is final! Ya feel me?"
The big fight escalades now just after Long's announcement.
Tazz: "Did you hear that?"
Cole: "I sure did. Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero just lost the titles! But what's to become of the tag team titles now?"
Tazz: "I'm not sure. But I'm just being told that next...the Cabinet will come out and give a special presentation to the new leader of the Cabinet."
Cole: "Alright...the new Cabinet Leader revealed...next!"
The Cabinet walks out to the ring to "Longhorn" all wearing business suits. Orlando Jordan leads the pack to the ring with a microphone. The cameras look to the ring where we see flowers and a large object with a long black cloth draped over it. The ring is covered with red material and now Orlando Jordan enters the ring followed by the Basham Brothers.
Orlando: "Ladies and gentlemen....for weeks...I have been speaking with the man who will be the next World Heavyweight Champion after he defeats Batista this Sunday at Backlash! That's right...I've been talking with JBL and he has assigned us a new leader. A new role model for the Cabinet to look up to. Now...the only one other than JBL and the new leader of who this mystery man is...is me...your United States Champion...Orlando Jordan! The Chief Of Staff in the Cabinet! So without further ado...he's been waiting in the limousine for quite some time now...ladies and gentlemen...The Million Dollar Man...Ted Dibiase!"
Cameras cut to the parking lot where the limo continues to drive. Cameras follow it all the way to the square circle as Dibiase's song plays over the PA system.
Cole: "Can you believe this?"
Tazz: "Honestly...no, I can't!"
Cole: "The Million Dollar Man...Ted Dibiase...the new member of the Cabinet! I never expected anyone like this!"
The limo pulls up to ringside and the driver opens the door for the man in the backseat. Out comes Ted Dibiase who seems to have not aged a day from the last time he was on television. He holds his suit in classic fashion as he mounts the steps and into the ring. He looks on at his Cabinet members and laughs like he's known for. The Cabinet members are sucking up to Ted Dibiase by bowing to him as Orlando hands him the microphone. The music dies down as everyone is cheering in shock for the new Cabinet Leader.
Dibiase: "That's right! I am here! And I am the leader of the Cabinet! You know...when Mr. Layfield gave me a call...I was shocked. I never expected a phone call from a man of his stature. But of course...he's following in my footsteps. A self-made millionaire with dreams of becoming a legendary figure around here. And one day...I hope you three follow in his foot steps! I have been hired...to lead you! To guide you! To help you! To improve you! To teach you! And to train you! We're here together...working as a team! You know, I was watching SmackDown and I noticed that JBL basically made this Cabinet to save him from losing his title. Well...that's not what we're about now that I'm in charge! No! I'm here to have you guys work together as a team! We're here to teach everybody has a price...and everyone's gonna pay!"
Dibiase breaks into his classic laughter and the Cabinet mimicks him in a courteous gesture. Dibiase quickly stops.
Dibiase: "Don't mock me! You can suck up all you want! I'm not looking for you to copy my every move! I'm looking for you to show me you...at your best! I want to see your talented wrestling skills...not your ass-kissing skills! Now...I see you've got this ring all dressed up fancy for me...and I appreciate that! It shows respect. And the only way to get people to listen to you...is by gaining their respect. It's nice to know we don't have to work on that. Unlike that low class, untalented, low-life...Virgil! That piece of crap was a traitor! He turned his back on me! And look where he is now...huh? NOWHERE!!! Now listen up...if any...and I mean any ONE of you try to double cross me...you will regret it! You will pay! Now...I can't help but notice this large thing with the curtain over it. Is this a gift?"
The Cabinet delightfully shakes their heads yes. Dibiase makes his way over to the object and grabs the curtain. He rips it off and looks at it.
Dibiase: "...What the...???!!! Is this a joke??!!! What kind of stunt are you guys trying to pull here?"
The Cabinet wonders what's going on as they look at the object. They look to be angry after seeing it. Orlando Jordan asks for the microphone and receives it.
Orlando: "Boss...it wasn't like this before! I swear! We got one of the finest artists in Italy to do this...a beautiful painting as a tribute to you! But...someone messed with it!"
Cameras look at the painting and see a hand-painted portrait of the Million Dollar Man. It has been tampered with however. Some of the teeth are missing and there's a big eye patch over the right eye, similar to a pirate.
Orlando: "Carlito! I know you did this! Come out and pay for what you've done!"
Carlito's music begins to play and he makes his way out to the ramp.
Carlito: "You want me to pay? All I've got is a twenty. Now...don't get me wrong...that painting...that's cool! But it it wasn't me! But whoever did this...must be pretty cool!"
Stand Back...There's a Hurricane coming through!!!!!!
The Hurricane makes his way out to the ramp now with a microphone in hand.
Hurricane: "Carlito...injured? Watzupwitdat?!!!? That's alright...I understand...but I want that match with you when you're 100%! But as for you evil doers...I have to admit...Carlito's right! That's definetely cool! But it was not I! However...I do know who it was! Heeeeeeeeere's Charlie!"
Charlie Haas's music plays and he now joins Carlito and Hurricane.
Charlie: "That's right! I told the world that I was going to make an impact! So...is it a pretty big impact or what?"
The fans are cheering as The Cabinet is very upset.
Orlando: "You know what? I'm tired of all of this act! Why don't all three of you come down here right now and..."
Dibiase steals the microphone from Orlando's hand.
Dibiase: "NO! Save it for next week! In a six man tag match...we're issuing a challenge to the three of you!"
Carlito: "Hey...grandpa...turn up your hearing aid...adjust your bifocals...I'm injured! I can't compete!"
Dibiase: "Then find a replacement! Next week, you're all gonna see that everybody has a price! And everybody...is gonna pay!"
Dibiase's music plays as Haas, Hurricane, and Carlito begin talking with each other.
Cole: "Ladies and gentlemen...up next...Charlie Haas will take on Rene Dupree!"
Tazz: "That should be a good match...but what I'm looking forward to is the six man tag match next week!"
Cole: "Yes. Who will be the third man to team with The Hurricane and Charlie Haas?"
Charlie Haas Vs. Rene Dupree
Charlie Haas is taken down with a beautiful snap suplex. Rene Dupree does the French Tickle to the fans as Charlie races to his feet. The French Phenom turns around and receives a textbook T-Bone Suplex courtesy of Charlie Haas! Charlie goes for the cover...
Rene gets a foot on the bottom rope! Charlie drags his opponent to the center of the ring and locks in the Haas of Pain. Rene Dupree is on the verge of tapping out until the Basham Brothers break up the hold with vicious stomps. The official calls for the bell.
Winner: Charlie Haas by DQ
Charlie Haas is getting beaten down by the secretaries of defence until The Hurricane races back down to the ring and evens the odds. Rene Dupree gets out of dodge to avoid getting involved in the confrontation as Orlando Jordan comes down and nails The Hurricane and Charlie Haas with the United States Championship. Ted Dibiase is acting like a coach on the outside of the ring until...
One of A Kind echoes over the PA System and Rob Van Dam races down to the ring.
Cole: "Oh my god! It's Rob Van Dam! We haven't seen him in a while!"
RVD races to the ring and takes apart the Cabinet members with his educated feet. RVD sends the Basham Brothers flying over the top. Orlando Jordan tries to nail RVD with the U.S. Title however, Van Dam dodges it then nails Jordan with a spinkick to the skull. RVD climbs up top and is about to nail the 5 star frog splash but the Bashams and Dibiase pull him out of harm's way. RVD celebrates as Charlie Haas and Hurricane get back up to their feet. Everyone is chanting RVD's name as "One of A Kind" plays again.
Cole: "What a return for Rob Van Dam!"
Tazz: "It looks like he'll be taking Carlito's place in that six man tag match next week! That'll be off the charts!"
Cole: "Speaking of Carlito...I think Josh Matthews is waiting backstage with him for an interview."
Cameras cut backstage and indeed, Josh is with Carlito. He's wearing a sling on his arm and a neck brace.
Josh: "Thanks Tazz and Cole. Here I am...with Carlito Caribbean Cool! Now Carlito...last week you were on the verge of becoming United States Champion until..."
Carlito quickly cuts him off.
Carlito: "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Everyone knows the story already Josh...that was last week! Bringing up the past...that's not cool! In fact...your shirt...your pants...your two dollar haircut...that's not cool either! As a matter of fact...you're uncool! But yes...Undertaker beat me up! So what! My match with Hurricane postponed? So what! I'll live to fight another day. But The Undertaker...Carlito is not through with you! Just because you lost last week...you've been going on a little bit of a rampage? That's not cool! And let me tell you something you overgrown pile of..."
The lights go out.
Carlito: "Hey! That's not cool! Turn the lights back on!"
The lights turn back on and we see Carlito staring at the camera.
Carlito: "Much better. Now...any more questions Josh?"
Carlito looks towards the microphone and notices that it's a much larger hand holding it. It's also covered with a black biker glove. Carlito seems a little afraid as he follows the hand, the arm, and finally sees that it's...The Undertaker!
Carlito: "Well isn't it the guy who's too stupid to see that he's dead!"
The Undertaker stares down Carlito with his eyes rolled into the back of his head.
Carlito: "What? You mad or something? You going all crazy eyes on me? Is that supposed to mean something? What...are you mad because I cost you the WWE Championship Title shot?"
The Undertaker nails Carlito with the microphone and starts hammering away at him on the floor. The deadman picks up Carlito by the throat and stares deep into his foe's eyes. The deadman gets ready to chokeslam an already injured Carlito Cool until...
Long: "Deadman! Undertaker! Cut it out! Drop him!"
The Undertaker throws Carlito away.
Long: "As the General Manager of SmackDown...I can not...repeat CAN NOT allow you to injure superstars like you have been doing! So I'll tell you what I'm going to do...you name it...and I'll give it to you!"
The Undertaker, still with his eyes rolled into the back of his head stares at Theodore Long.
Undertaker: "...Give me...John...Cena!!!"
Long: "Then it's settled playa! Next week...you versus..."
The Undertaker grabs Theodore Long by the collar and picks him up.
Undertaker: "NO!!!!! Tonight!"
Long: "But he's injured..."
Long: "Okay...okay! Don't have to holla! Tonight...John Cena versus The Undertaker...but it'll be a non-title match due to Cena's injury."
Undertaker: "And Cena will...rest...in...PEACE!!!!"
The Undertaker drops Theodore Long like a bad habit and leaves.
Tazz: "Oh my god, Cole! Taker's on a killing spree!"
Cole: "Yes! And after last week...this looks to be John Cena's final appearance on SmackDown!"
Tazz: "It looks to be an early Judgment Day for John Cena!"
Cole: "Folks...it's Undertaker and John Cena...and it's next!"
Non-Title Match: The Undertaker Vs. John Cena
The Undertaker has dominted this entire match except for the opening sneak attack from Cena. The Undertaker picks up John Cena following a devastating chokeslam and delivers a tombstone!
Cole: "This is the end! John Cena's already got a bad neck!"
The Undertaker doesn't seem to be done yet as he picks up John Cena and delivers a second tombstone!
Cole: "Not again! Cena could be breathing his last breaths!"
The Undertaker picks up the WWE Champion for a third time and drives him head-first with another tombstone piledriver!
Tazz: "This is how SmackDown ended last week...five tombstones! Considering Cena walked in with a bad neck...it's got to be broken in half by now!"
The deadman does his finishing maneuver for a fourth time!
Cole: "It looks as if Carlito, John Cena, and Triple H have all basically worked together without knowing it. They've created a monster! This new Undertaker seems to be on a path of destruction until he's happy! And it looks he'll never be happy!"
For a fifth and final time, John Cena's head is driven into the mat with a tombstone. The Undertaker looks around and listens to the fans booing. Cameras zoom in on a few children scattered across the arena who are brought to tears over what has just happened to John Cena.
Tazz: "You know what Cole? About this whole Undertaker thing...have you realized that since this change his eyes have remained rolled into the back of his head? I haven't seen his pupils at all! The deadman seems to have crossed a fine line between good and evil! This is scary Cole!"
The Undertaker gets ready to pin the WWE Champion until he hears a spitting noise. It's Carlito's theme song! The fans are cheering as Carlito Caribbean Cool races to the ring with a chair in hand! Carlito slides into the ring, past The Undertaker! Carlito gets up to his feet quickly and smashes the chair across the head of the deadman! The official calls for the bell.
Winner: Undertaker by DQ
The Undertaker, instead of falling flat out, just stares down Carlito. The Caribbean superstar is now scared as he bolts out of the ring with The Undertaker stalking him. The fans tell Carlito to run as we see John Cena lying flat in the ring. They start up a "Cena! Cena! Cena!" chant but gets drowned out quickly by the sound of Triple H's music! The Game makes his way to the ring and laughs at the unconscious John Cena. He finds the new WWE Championship belt and throws it into the ring before climbing the ring steps. The music cuts out and everyone boos as The Game continues to mock the downed John Cena. Hunter picks up what's left of the WWE Champion and shows to the crowd that there's nothing left of him. Triple H gets tired of playing around fast as he sticks Cena' head between his legs and holds up his arms. The Game looks around to the crying and booing fans as he drives Cena's head into his own WWE Championship belt with a Pedigree!
Cole: "Well...if Cena's neck wasn't broken before...it is now!"
Tazz: "Triple H just picked up what was left and finished Cena off!"
Cole: "Will Cena ever be able to return from an injury like this?"
Tazz: "This could be the last time we see John Cena!"
Triple H steals the WWE Championship and celebrates up the ramp as paramedics make their way to the ring and check up on the condition of John Cena.
Cole: "We're saddened to see this at the end of our show. For Tazz, I am Micheal Cole saying goodnight!"
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Nice stuff I loved the show, featured plenty of Carlito which is cool, it looks like OJ can be a huge star too as well as Charlie Haas and Hurricane.
HHH/Cena – Good promo although I was a bit confused as I thought they would be facing at JD. 8.5/10
Cabinet/Carlito – Funny thing here it reminds me of when Flair opened the limo for the Masterpiece. Carlito/OJ have a small rivalry and that’s cool but I think Carlito will have his hands tied up with Taker, 9/10
London/Akio – Shocked to see Akio win and win easy, it’ll be interesting to see if anything develops here, 8/10
Weird promo from Heidenreich but that’s like him.
Eugene/Booker vs. Reigns/Maven – Seems fine to me not surprised to see Eugene/Booker go over, 8/10
Cabinet Promo – Good to see DiBiase as leader as he fits the bill and it makes OJ the centrepiece, which could make him a real, star 9/10
RVD return – I see RVD vs. OJ at JD for the US Title, good way to bring him back 9/10
Carlito costing Taker the match was what I expected and I think it’ll be Carlito vs. Taker at JD, and HHH/Cena developing too 10/10
The Raw theme plays throughout the arena and the pyro goes off and several signs are shown throughout the arena.
Jim Ross: Welcome to Monday Night Raw!!! What a night we have in store for you including tonight’s main event match between Chris Benoit and Randy Orton
Jerry Lawler: A rematch from Backlash and what I think will be another win for young Orton over the Rabid Wolverine
Jim Ross: Also tonight in one on one action Chris Jericho will take on John Bradshaw Layfield who as always will have the Matt Morgan factor at ringside
Jerry Lawler: I think Morgan may be a huge factor in the way that one turns out JR
“Unleashed Rage” plays throughout the arena to a huge pop from the crowd as Batista makes his way to the ring wearing a black suit and holding the World Title Belt over his shoulder.
Lillian Garcia: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the Worlds Heavyweight Champion…Batista!!!!!!!
Batista gets in the ring and takes the microphone from Lillian Garcia. He then stands in the middle of the ring and is about to talk but stops and listens to the “Batista” chant first.
Batista: At Backlash when I defended the World Heavyweight Title against JBL…Randy Orton interfered but failed to cost me the title…
Batista nods his head
Batista: Last week on Raw, when I faced JBL in a rematch, Orton came out again and for the second night running tried to screw me out of the title, but again failed…
Batista: This is the guy that’s supposed to be picking up were Triple H left off…yet he can’t screw someone out of a match…
Batista continues laughing them stops as the crowd restart their “Batista” chant.
Batista: Well now it’s time to stop getting involved in my matches with other people Randy…now it’s time to try and take this championship from me, right here, tonight in Australlia!!
The crowd erupts but that stops and then “Burn in My Light” plays throughout the arena to huge heat from the crowd as Randy Orton makes his way to the ramp.
Randy Orton: That’d be real good Batista but I’m wrestling Chris Benoit tonight in the main event and well quite frankly these Australians don’t deserve to see a live World Title match
The crowd gives that major heat
Randy Orton: But how about we save this match for another time, what about we have this match in two weeks time right here on Raw huh Batista what about that?
Batista: I’m here any time; if anybody wants me they know where to find me, so Orton, two weeks from now it will be me against you for this World Heavyweight Championship!!!
Randy Orton: That’s good I knew you’d agree to that, but make no mistake about it, if anyone actually thinks we are in the Batista era then they are sadly wrong, this is not the Batista era it is the Randy Orton era!!!!
The crowd give that major heat
Batista: You know why the crowd are booing you huh Randy? You’re going on there about the Randy Orton era; these people are booing you because it passed so quickly that they forgot about it, the people just thought of that as a transitional period between the Chris Benoit title reign and the Triple H title reign, Randy…you’re era flopped…
Batista laughs as the crowd cheer and Randy Orton looks annoyed.
Randy Orton: It was you that screwed me out of the World Title Dave it was you that interfered in my match at Unforgiven with Triple H, if it wasn’t for you I would’ve retained the title and my era would’ve continued, now I’m going to return the favour in two weeks when I beat you Dave…and let me remind you I’ve beaten you twice already this year and in two weeks I will do again
Batista: Is that so? Well why don’t you come down to the ring and try and beat me right now?
Orton waits for a moment then drops down the microphone and takes off his jacket and starts to walk towards the ring, he gets down the ramp then climbs up on the apron with Batista encouraging him to come in, Orton then changes his mind and jumps back down. Batista then lifts the World Heavyweight Championship Belt into the air was we cut to a commercial.
Special Challenge Match
Muhammad Hassan vs. Marty Jannetty
Hassan waits in the ring for Jannetty to come out. Marty Jannetty’s music then hits throughout the arena to a good pop from the crowd, the camera cuts to the top of the ramp and there is no sign of Marty Jannetty. His music stops then plays again after another 30 seconds of waiting, Lillian Garcia announces his name once again but he still doesn’t show. The referee runs over and talks to the ring announcer then the music cuts off. The referee then walks back into the middle of the ring and raises his hand for a forfeit win. Winner: Muhammad Hassan via forfeit
Jerry Lawler: Where is Marty Jannetty JR?
Jim Ross: I have no idea; he was scheduled to be here, I hope he isn’t involved in some type of accident
Jerry Lawler: Maybe he just didn’t want to show up and face Hassan
Jim Ross: That’s not the Marty Jannetty I know, he would face Hassan he is not a coward…now it’s time to go backstage where Todd Grisham is standing by with Edge!!!
We cut backstage to see Todd Grisham standing next to a smiling Edge who has a black briefcase in his hands.
Todd Grisham: Edge, at Backlash you defeated Chris Jericho to win that Money in the Bank contract, when do you intend on using that contract to face Batista?
Edge: You really are dumb aren’t you Todd, why would I tell anyone when I’m facing Batista, especially you? I can face him at any time I see fit, when the time is right I will use this contract and win the World Heavyweight Championship a belt that is rightfully mine!!!
Edge shoves Todd Grisham out of the way and looks straight into the camera
Edge: Jericho, I told the World that I would beat you and at Backlash I did, I told the world that I would win this briefcase and I did, now Batista…listen up and take notice, don’t be concerned about JBL or Randy Orton, the only one you should be worried about is me!!!
Edge: You see Batista I am hunting you, I am on you’re case, when the time is right I will spear you and cover you for the 1-2-3 and take MY World Heavyweight Championship…just like that...
Edge snaps his fingers
Edge: I can no longer be screwed by Eric Bischoff, by Vince McMahon, by anyone hear on Raw and most importantly by the fans because I have a guaranteed opportunity and trust me Batista, that is all that I will need to become the World…Heavyweight…Champion!!!!
“Ain’t No Stoppin Me!!” hits throughout the arena to a pop from the crowd as Shelton Benjamin makes his way to the ring for the following match.
Jim Ross: Now it is time for the first instalment of the Intercontinental Title Invitational and you have to wonder who the man is that will face Shelton Benjamin
Jerry Lawler: I’ve been waiting for this for ages I really want to see who Eric Bischoff comes up with for this
The crowd waits in anticipation as the unfamiliar sound of “Hail Sabin!!” is heard throughout the arena and Chris Sabin comes out to a mixed reaction from the crowd.
A very fast paced match with neither gaining a real advantage, both men do high risk moves throughout the match much to the delight of the crowd.
Match Ending: Chris Sabin climbs quickly to the top rope and comes off with a hurricanrana with the cover 1-2-kickout at the last second by Benjamin. Sabin picks up Benjamin and delivers a few right hands before Irish Whipping him against the ropes. Sabin then delivers a spinning wheel kick on Benjamin, then taunts to the crowd. Sabin climbs the turnbuckle to the delight of the crowd but Benjamin gets up and in one jump he jumps onto the top rope and delivers a Super T-Bone Suplex to a huge pop from the crowd. Benjamin covers for the 1-2-3. Winner: and still the Intercontinental Champion…Shelton Benjamin!!!
Jim Ross: What a match, Shelton Benjamin fortunate to retain his Intercontinental Title here
Jerry Lawler: Eric Bischoff is a genius JR, I loved this match and there’s more to come I’m sure
We cut backstage to see Eric Bischoff standing in his office, there is a knock at the door and in comes the Coach.
Eric Bischoff: Coach, what can I do for you?
Coach: I just wanted to say boss, the Coach watched the Intercontinental Invitational Match and man what an idea, the crowd loved it and so did the Coach!!
Eric Bischoff: Thank you Coach, that invitational is going to continue next week on Raw, but speaking of next week, I am away on a little break next week so I won’t be here
Coach looks confused
Coach: Who’s going to be running the show?
Eric Bischoff: I’ve been thinking about this and next week on Raw while I’m away, the interim General Manager will be…yourself Coach!!
Coach: I love it, I promise you boss I will not let you down, and I guarantee it!!!
Coach leaves the office, which leaves a smiling Eric Bischoff but that smile quickly disappears as Muhammad Hassan enters the office, followed by Daivari.
Muhammad Hassan: Tonight Eric Bischoff I was scheduled to have a match with Marty Jannetty, but he didn’t show up, where the hell is he?
Eric Bischoff: I have had no idea I tried to contact him but he won’t return by calls
Muhammad Hassan: Are you telling me that he had the audacity to show up at Backlash and cost me my match with Shawn Michaels but he doesn’t have the guts to come and face me?
Eric Bischoff: Look Muhammad, I’ll try and get him for you next week on Raw, I’ll book the match but I can’t promise anything ok?
Hassan nods his head and walks out. Daivari then runs up to Bischoff and shouts Arab in his face leaving Bischoff looking pissed off.
Jim Ross: Eric Bischoff the General Manager appointing Coach as the Interim General Manager for next week King
Jerry Lawler: All hell is gonna break loose with that idiot in charge
Jim Ross: Now it’s time for The Big Show against Tyson Tomko who had a parting of the ways with Christian last week
A video recap plays of Christian/Tomko breaking up last week.
The Big Show vs. Tyson Tomko
Tomko makes a bright start to the match by delivering three hard big boots but he only manages to get Big Show to stagger with them, Show takes control then dominates.
Match Ending: Big Show delivers a hard side walk slam then covers 1-2-Show pulls Tomko’s shoulder up. Show then stands up and signals for the Chokeslam. He grabs Tomko by the throat then pulls him to his feet before lifting him up in the air and dropping him down with a hard thud, Show then covers for the 1-2-3. Winner: The Big Show
Jim Ross: The Big Show continues his rampage here on Raw destroying Tyson Tomko
Jerry Lawler: I can’t think of anyone that can beat The Big Show at the moment he’s on such a huge role
Jim Ross: I’d agree with that
We cut backstage to see JBL walking down a corridor in his wrestling gear, he stops and looks down into someone’s eyes, the camera shoots around to see Christian standing in front of him.
Christian: JBL…how’s it going
Christian pats JBL on the back but doesn’t get an answer.
Christian: You know last week you said if I needed advice then to come to you, well I was watching Smackdown and they have that guy John Cena that does his little raps, well I came up with one of my own as my own special tribute to you, I thought you might want to hear it?
JBL: Sure son I’ll listen to you’re rap
Christian: Ok…it goes like this, there once was a man named JBL, he likes hitting moves like the clothesline from hell, he said I could come to him for advice, which I thought was really nice…
Christian: But the thing that everyone really wanted to know, was how does it feel to lose to Batista…two nights in a row
Christian smiles and JBL’s look quickly turns sour, he then pushes past a smiling Christian and storms off as we cut back to JR and King.
Jim Ross laughs
Jerry Lawler: What a rap by Captain Charisma, what do you think JR?
Jim Ross: Well…JBL didn’t take to it
“Break the Walls Down” plays throughout the arena to a huge pop as Chris Jericho makes his way to the ring.
Jim Ross: Up now Chris Jericho is in action as he takes on JBL!!!
Chris Jericho vs. John Bradshaw Layfield (w/Matt Morgan)
JBL tries to control the match but he can’t keep an extremely determined Chris Jericho under control.
Match Ending: JBL signals for the Clothesline from Hell but Jericho ducks and that sends JBL into the referee. JBL quickly turns back around but Jericho sweeps his legs away from under him then locks in the Walls of Jericho forcing JBL to tap out but there is no referee to acknowledge it. Matt Morgan enters the ring and runs at Jericho delivering a stiff big boot. He then picks up Jericho and hits his Stalling Suplex Slam finishing move then rolls out of the ring. JBL gets an arm over Jericho and the referee slowly comes around to count the 1-2-3. Winner: JBL
Jim Ross: JBL steals the win thanks to that damn Matt Morgan
Jerry Lawler: That is Matt Morgan showing the world why he is JBL’s Secretary of Defence JR
Jim Ross: Well I’m sure we haven’t seen the end of this matter, we’ll be right back after this commercial break!!
We cut backstage to see a smiling Trish Stratus walking down the corridor, she approaches Eric Bischoff’s office and opens the door and sees Bischoff standing, Bischoff looks up and smiles at her.
Trish Stratus: You wanted to see me?
Eric Bischoff: That’s right Trish you see I’ve been looking over my Raw Roster at each particular division, trying to spice things up a little, so far I’ve came up with an idea for the Intercontinental and the Tag Team but I must say I have nothing for the Women’s Division…
Trish Stratus: Why not?
Eric Bischoff: Well with Lita injured, Christy injured and most recently Victoria picking up an injury, there is only yourself in that division…
Eric Bischoff: So I am hereby stripping you of the Women’s Championship!!
Trish’s smile quickly dispels as she hears the announcement
Trish Stratus: You can’t do that!!
Eric Bischoff: I can and I am, you have two choice Trish, you can give me that belt right now OR you can get the hell out of my arena and never come back!!
Trish looks at the title then hands it to Bischoff
Trish Stratus: What are you going to do with it?
Eric Bischoff: This title is now suspended, and it will not be brought back till I see fit, but meanwhile I’m going to do something that I have done previously…
Bischoff picks up a bin as Trish looks on and dumps the Women’s Championship Belt in it, right in front of her, she turns around and storms out of the office as we cut back to JR and King.
Jim Ross: Eric Bischoff has binned the Women’s Championship after stripping the champion Trish Stratus…
Jerry Lawler: I can’t believe it…no more puppies!!
Jim Ross: Well coming up next is another rematch from Backlash as La Resistance defend the Tag Team Titles against the Dudley Boyz in a Table Match!!!
This was an all out brawl here with each member of each team narrowly avoiding going through a table.
Match Ending: La Resistance knock D’Von out of the ring then place a table perfectly and get ready to put Bubba through it but Bubba stops them and delivers a right hand on Conway then one on Grenier, He opens up on both of them until the numbers game catches up on him, D’Von re-enters the ring and goes after Grenier and knocks him through the ropes and out of the ring. D’Von then attacks Conway allowing Bubba to regain composure and walk around to the other side of the table. Conway and D’Von exchange right hands but D’Von eventually ducks one and picks up Conway allowing the Dudleyz to hit a 3-D on Conway through the table to win the titles. Winners: and NEW World Tag Team Champions…The Dudley Boyz
Jim Ross: The Dudley Boyz have done it, they are at the top of the tag team mountain once again!!
Jerry Lawler: Yeah but who will they face next week?
Jim Ross: That’s a good question as next week on Raw under Eric Bischoff’s order it will be the Dudley Boyz defending against a team of Coach’s choice
Jerry Lawler: Eric Bischoff sent Coach on a mission to find new tag teams and let’s see if he comes up with anything next week
Jim Ross: Also confirmed for two weeks time it is official Randy Orton will take on the World Heavyweight Champion Batista!!!
Jerry Lawler: And I understand that will be a special event JR?
Jim Ross: Eric Bischoff has confirmed that in two weeks time Raw will air for three hours for one night only!!
Jerry Lawler: A three-hour supershow, I can’t wait for that!!
Jim Ross: We’ll be right back after this commercial break!
Chris Masters’s music hits throughout the arena to huge heat from the crowd as Masters makes his way to the ring, posing at the beginning of the ramp before walking down with a cocky look on his face. He climbs into the ring and grabs a microphone and moves a steel chair, which was previously sitting in the corner into the middle of the ring.
Masters: Welcome everyone to the debut of the Master Lock challenge, in a few moments I am going to select a member of this audience who thinks they are up to the challenge of breaking out of my Master Lock, but by the looks of you Australians…
Masters: This could be my hardest challenge yet…
Jim Ross: What’s he talking about it’s only starting this week!
Masters: The rules to this are very simple, you will come up here, sit in this chair, I will lock in my Master Lock and if you can break it, you get two tickets to the upcoming Smackdown Pay Per View, Judgement Day…
Masters: Nah…those tickets are for the loser, the winner gets two tickets to the next Raw Pay Per View, Vengeance!!
Masters hands the tickets to the referee.
Masters: Now let’s see who I can get up from the crowd…
Masters looks around and the camera shows a fat guy in the third row with his hands up.
Masters: Where is the hot dog guy?
The camera shows a guy serving hot dogs in the crowd before cutting back to the fat man in the third row.
Masters: That guy in the third row over there has his hands up for a hot dog, by the looks of him he’ll buy all your stock get over there quickly
Masters laughs and continues to look around
Masters: You over there…spotty guy with the Chris Jericho t-shirt on…
A skinny guy sitting in the fifth row is shown on the camera.
Masters: You look like you can break the Master Lock, come on in.
The fan runs down and gets some help from the security to climb the barricade then walks up the steps looking nervous and he gets in to the ring.
Masters: All right, what’s your name?
Fan: My Name is Scott…
Masters: Where are you from?
Scott: Right here in Australia!!
The fan looks around for a reaction from the crowd but gets nothing.
Masters: Alright Scott, sit down on the chair, you know the rules?
Scott nods his head then sits down on the chair, Masters hands the microphone to the referee who gives it back to the ring announcer. Masters walks over gets ready to lock in the Master Lock, the referee rings the bell and Masters immediately picks Scott up and throws him around like a rag doll. The referee rings the bell signalling that it’s over but Masters keeps the hold locked on before eventually letting go. He takes back the Vengeance tickets and leaves the Judgement Day tickets on top of Scott who is unconscious. Masters poses for the crowd.
Jerry Lawler: Well Masters was right he was the toughest challenge yet; I really thought he could do it
Jim Ross: Give me a break; we’ll be right back folks after this commercial break!
Jim Ross: Up next now is our main event, Chris Benoit taking on Randy Orton!!!
Jerry Lawler: I’ve been waiting for this one all night JR, Can Chris Benoit break his duck over Orton? I don’t think he can I think Orton will get yet another win over Benoit…
Jim Ross: Well that’s why we’re having the match!
Chris Benoit (w/Batista) vs. Randy Orton (w/Ric Flair)
Match of the night with these two men showing great chemistry in the ring, Benoit managing to avoid two attempts of the RKO by Orton.
Match Ending: Ric Flair tries to assist Randy Orton but Batista runs around and begins to brawl with Flair, they brawl up the ramp and in the ring Benoit nails an overhead German Suplex on Orton. Benoit then watches up at the ramp as Batista continues to beat up Flair, the rest of Evolution come down to try and assist the Nature Boy but Batista manages to keep them at bay for a while until the four on one advantage favours Evolution. Benoit tries to go and help Batista but the referee tries to prevent him from doing so, Orton manages to regain composure and is waiting for Chris Benoit to turn around signalling RKO. Benoit turns around and Orton goes for the RKO but Benoit counters and locks in the Crippler Crossface. The Evolution group look to the ring to see what’s happening which gives Batista a moment to manage to fight back, he clotheslines Jindrak then grabs Masters and sends him into the steel steps then throws Hardy into the barricade, Batista then spinebuster’s Flair on the concrete floor. Batista then turns around and watches Orton in the crossface smiling. Orton almost gets to the ropes but Benoit rolls back into the middle of the ring and does his best to increase the pressure forcing Orton to tap out to the delight of the crowd. Winner: Chris Benoit
Batista then rolls into the ring and congratulates Benoit, Evolution is all back to there feet on the outside and they try to run in but they eventually back off and help a tired Randy Orton up the ramp. The show goes off the air with the camera on a shocked Randy Orton with a smiling Batista on the titontron in the background.
End of Show
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A good opening segment between Batista and Randy Orton, and certainly great build up in my opinion for their World Championship match in two weeks.
Nice to see that Muahmmad Hassan has kept his Raw winning streak going, but why the hell wasn't Marty Jannety there? I hope you have a good explanation for it.
Good build up for Edge, very realistic. Hopefully you won't put the World Title on Edge just yet, and have another opportunity to say he got screwed. Maybe a title match between Edge and Batista, with Orton interfering and having Bischoff make a triple threat.
Nice to see that you are using Chris Sabin, but definetly the right decision to have Shelton Benjamin retain his Intercontinental Title. Nothing really surprising, but another win to chalk up on the board.
Jonathan Coachman as General Manager will be intereting to see. As long as you keep Eric Bischoff as the General Manager then that's okay.
Big Show versus Tyson Tomko was nothing special, but both did what they're best at doing. Another victory for the Big Show.
Good build up for a feud between John Bradshaw Layfield and Christian, but I'm not too sure about Christian rapping.
Not to sure about having John Bradshaw Layfield versus Chris Jericho on Raw, but it's a win for JBL over an established superstar.
Not to sure about having Eric Bischoff putting the Women's Title in the bin. You could have just brought in some women from either Ohio Valley Wrestling or other companies. Bad choice in my opinion, not to mention it was Alundra Blayze/Madusa that put the Women's Title in the bin last time.
I suppose it makes sense to have the Dudley Boyz go over in their speciality match, but I would have preferred La Resistance to come out the winners.
I would have thought that you'd not have kept Chris Masters. Another pointless Master Lock challenge, hopefully you will have the Master Lock challenge that will help build up to a storyline.
Not to sure about whether having Randy Orton lose was the best option. It's good because it gives Batista something to say against Orton, but it's bad because it looks as it he doesn't deserve the title shot.
Overall a good show but there were some decisions, mainly the trashing of the Women's Title, which I did not like.
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Opening segment was a shocker. Didnt expect Batista vs Orton for the title to end up on Raw in two weeks, but the sooner the better I say. Normally, I dont like it when a title match is made for no reason, but this time, it helped get Batista over as a fighting champion, which is good. Should be a great start to a feud I'd expect to run through the summer.
Aw, Marty Jannetty no showed. Thats a dissapointment. Hopefully it leads somewhere tho, which I'm sure it will.
Edge interview. Not much going on, just Edge gloating. Decent interview which was required to get his goals across.
First part of the Intercontinetal Invitational. CHRIS SABIN!!!! OMFG!!! Would love to see Sabin and Shelton get it on in the ring. Bright start for what should be an excellent weekly feature on Raw. Only thing is though, with this invitational every week, it'll be hard to build a storyline for Benjamin for PPV's.
Coach as GM for a week?? I can dig that. Should be more fun that Bischoff in charge.
LMMFAO - Kev wins best promo for the third month straight already. Christians rap was so corny, yet brilliant, because its exactly how he would be. I wouldnt mind seeing a JBL - Christian feud developing at this rate.
Jericho vs JBL - I see this as a short feud for both men, after Y2J beat Morgan last week, then lost to JBL. Hopefully Jericho can get some momentum going soon, with some wins over big names.
Bye Bye Womens Championship. Liked Bischoff dumping it in the bin, just like WCW. Iono, but I can see this turning into an angle of some sort, as Trish needs to be doing something.
Didnt expect to see new Tag Champions. Hopefully you can get The Dudley Boyz into a meaningful feud with a decent heel team, whoever it is. Could be the Heart Throbs, or T&A, possibly led by Trish again, who wont be doing anything for a while, and maybe even MNM?? Should be interesting to see who it is.
Masterlock challenge was excellent. Very entertaining, with Masters giving some great put downs. LOVED the line about tickets to JD and Vengeance, Scott from Aussieland eh? Rings a bell...
<3 to you Kev with the Benoit win. Gotta love it when Benoit gets a big win. **Hopes for HUGE push** You know you want to do it. Totally unexpected win, as I thought Orton would win going into his title match in two weeks. Great finish to a wonderful show.
Yuh, I didnt rate each segment, because as soon as Benoit won, I give it 100/100. Perfect show. Comedy - Check, Big Feuds - Check, Shock Value - Check. Benoit victory - Priceless.
For everything else, theres Masterlock...whoops, I mean Masterlock...I mean...Mastercard.
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Great opening promo, surprised the title match is so soon, hopefully the fued will carry on longer though. 10/10
Jannetty doesn't show, this builds up the rivalry further, but I'm not sure where its going now. 9.5/10
Typcial Edge interview, good and in character. 10/10
Sabin in the IC Invitational!! Awesome!! Wish I ncould've seen that one, but for now ill give it a big fat 10/10. look forward to next weeks!
Coach as GM! That will be cool. And should be great to see the power go straight to his head, he'll prlly fire JR and make himself commentator. 10/10
Christian's rap was awesome, and incharacter/realistic as well. This should eb agreat fued with both having Charisma in the buckets full, and both being the great characters they are. I see a Christian/Jericho vs JBL/Morgan in two weeks though, cos of all the interfering and rivaling. 10/10
Jericho should be getting pushed more, but like I mentioned before this could be leading to one good tag match in build up to Christian/JBL at Vengeance. 10/10
No more women! Aww, good promo though, just like WCW, and this must be leading somewhere, maybe to new women from Japan or Molly/Gail/Jazz/Ivory/Nidia/Lita/Victoria returning to boost it again. 9.5/10
Dudleys as new champs! Cool! Didn't expect a title change, but its good, hopefully we will see both Heart Throbs and MNM over the next few weeks, hopefully with MNM winning the titles and rivalling with Dudleys til Vengeance. 10/10
LMAO, Scott in Masterlock challenge. JD and Vengeance ticket line was good, and a typical MAsters line as well. 10/10 Can't wait for Grendrill's reply.
Orton lost?! Not that bad, but doesn't look good for him going into title match. Especially with all of Evolution with him as well. 10/10
98/100. Perfect show, but Jannetty confused me and the Womens Title gone was strange. I think this will be show of the month for July, already. You got mine and aparently WB's vote ATM.
Pfft, this was one of your worst shows ever Kev. Im really dissapointed. Oh wait.. this is BTB.. I was thinking it was the Tell A Lie thread. Oh man Im "friggin" hilarious. One of the best Raws I have ever read.. probably the best actually.
Opening promo was great. Didn't think Batista and Orton would be fighting so soon. It not being on PPV is kinda dissapointing tho.
To bad Marty not showing up, but Im sure you have plans.
Edge interview same as always, nothing special.
Chris Sabin on Raw?? Man that would own. Sabin/Benjamin would steal the show. Great choice.
Christian/JBL segment was nicely booked. Christian was really in character and I see this fued going somewhere.
Jericho losing was dissapointing but understandable. Jericho needs to get back on the game.
I think dumping the Womens title for a bit is a great move. Gives more room for middlecard people to get on the show.
Dudleys get the belts! Yay! Sick of La Resistance with the titles. Good booking move to get the dudleys with the belts.
I got to see this Masterlock Challenge early and man did I enjoy it. Cant wait to see what Grendrill thinks. Awesome brainpower Kevin.
Yay, Benoit wins . Could hurt Orton though.. unless, you are going to have Benoit weasle his way into the title match, making it a triple threat and then have Orton go one on one with Batista at Vengeance. Or am I reading to much into it?
Either way, fantastic show. 97/100. Coulda used one more little segment.