Re: Being the booker
RAW; 4th October 2004; Sacramento;
This weeks RAW began with a bang, as J.R and King announced at the opening of the show that tonight’s main event would be a six man tag, featuring Evolution vs. Rob Van Dam, Shawn Michaels & the World Champion, Chris Jericho.
The action then got under way, as the Brotherhood faced The Dudley Boyz & Gail Kim in a Tables match, signed by Jesse Ventura last week, after Theodore Long asked for his group to be given some recognition.
They certainly took their chance, as they tried to win the match by any means necessary, and they did. Just as Bubba and D’ Von were setting up Orlando Jordan for a 3D, Theodore made his presence felt, and distracted Bubba, whilst Rodney sneaked into the ring and low blowed D’ Von before he and O.J hit’s a double front slam through the wood for the win.
The Brotherhood quickly bailed, as the Dudleyz and Gail looked on in anger in the ring.
After a commercial break, Evolution made their way to the ring. They addressed the comments made by Mick Foley last week, and Orton responded by showing footage of Triple H destroying a bloody Mick Foley at WrestleMania XX. Orton then showed footage of himself taking out numerous legends, such as Sgt. Slaughter, Moolah, Mark Ruben, and of course, Mick Foley. He then went on to say that Mick Foley five years ago, was a fat, broken down, crazy, son of a bitch, and now he’s fatter, more broken down, and even more crazy for wanting to face him at Nemesis, but more importantly he is too old. He said that Triple H proved it Four years ago, and Triple H proved it at WM, but this time, Randy Orton will not just prove that Mick Foley is over the hill, but he will make sure that it never has to be proved again.
Orton then laughed off some rumours that Foley would be here tonight, saying that Mick Foley has taken a lot of chair shots over the years, but he still isn’t that stupid to come here tonight. Evolution then gave a message to their opponents tonight before leaving the ring.
Booker T made it clear that Edge and Christian’s Tag Title reign may be on it’s last legs this week. He disposed of Christopher Nowinski within minutes, before E&C tried to blind side him. But the fired up Booker T had them scouted and took down both men, before they bailed out and exited through the crowd, before Booker could give out some more punishment.
Then, later in the night, Booker cost Christian the Intercontinental Championship, by eliminating Edge’s interference, and scoring with the BookEnd on the challenger to help Sting retain. With less than two weeks to go until Nemesis, does Booker now hold the advantage going to the Steel cage match at the event?
Also this week, a new diva debuted from Smackdown, making an immediate impact on the RAW diva’s. Shaniqua, who deserted the Basham’s two weeks ago, made her targets known, as she destroyed Lita, Molly and Victoria, as Women’s Champion Trish Stratus looked on from colour commentary. Will Shaniqua make a move for the Women’s Championship, or will she continue to strike fear into the Women’s roster on RAW?
Even after his speech earlier regarding Mick Foley, Randy Orton still seemed on edge, continually looking over his shoulder all night. At one point, he walked around the backstage area with a lead pipe, and even thought he had spotted the Hardcore legend at one stage, and attacked the figure which turned out to be only a lookalike. Orton was visibly shaken by this and quickly walked back towards the Evolution locker room - then, a shadow appeared from the corner, in the shape of Mick Foley!!! He watched as Orton scampered off, Randy never saw Foley though, and still believed that Foley wasn’t here.
Kane was on the rampage this week. Firstly, he told Jesse Ventura that he wanted a better opponent than Maven, and would make his point by slaughtering the Tough Enough winner. He did just that, leaving Maven to require medical attention. Then later, he freaked out backstage, and attacked Tommy Dreamer, Val Venis, Garrison Cade, and Mark Jindrak.
Jesse Ventura also named a blockbuster match for next weeks RAW, announcing Rhyno vs. RVD for the Hardcore Title, after acknowledging that Van Dam never received a rematch for the belt after SummerSlam.
Matt Morgan continued his pursuit of finding a manager, this week asking Theodore Long for advice, but he was turned down by Long. Will the Man Mountain ever find the manager he has been looking for?
Also, preparations for the World Heavyweight Championship Match at Nemesis took full flight this week as both Jericho & Michaels had interviews, with both being determined to beat the other, and prove who is better, once and for all. After the HBK interview, Jericho interrupted and began a staredown with HBK, with neither backing down, would this fragile relationship break down in the main event? We would have to wait and see.
The historic McMahon - Hart match at Survivor Series build up has now reopened. This week on RAW, a sit down interview was conducted with the referee from that fateful night in Montreal, Earl Hebner. He talked about how he went against everything he believed in that night, and to this day regrets it. He talked about the abuse he has suffered from Canadian fans over the years, and said he deserved it, he betrayed his friend, and that is unforgivable. He then said that there is not one night he doesn’t think about Montreal, and there is not one day that he can look at Vince McMahon without punch him for what he conspired to do, but for the sake of his family, he wont punch McMahon, and for that same reason, he done what he done. He finished the interview by looking to the camera and apologised to Bret. Afterward, it was announced that on Smackdown there would also be another interview from a Smackdown star, and next week on RAW, Shawn Michaels would have an interview to talk about Montreal.
Before the main event, Ric Flair & Batista had to literally calm down Randy Orton who seemed to be shaken still from the mind games being played by Mick Foley. It looks like maybe Mick Foley has Orton’s head scrambled, giving him the psychological edge over him going into Nemesis.
The Main Event was another great high flying, technical encounter, which had the crowd on it’s feet for the most part, with neither team getting a big advantage on the other. Tension seemed to be rising between Jericho & HBK as Y2J hit a hard tag on HBK which wasn’t received too well by Michaels, and soon, HBK repaid the favour. The two then pushed one another, before Batista took charge on Y2J, isolating him from his team mates. Evolution then began to control the match, and Orton got into a stride, working on Jericho, until he accidental clocked the referee. Once this happened, the match went into a free for all with all six men brawling. Orton went to the outside and grabbed a steel chair, and took out all of the opposing team, then- Mick Foley’s music hit, just like last week, only this time, the Hardcore Legend did appear, and proceeded to take out both Batista & Flair, leaving him with Orton.
He challenged Orton to take him on, and even with the advantage of a steel chair, Orton ran through the crowd, followed by a smiling Foley.
This left Evolution at a disadvantage, as RVD, Y2J and HBK fought back. RVD nailed Flair with the 5 Star, but Batista then hit a Spinebuster on Van Dam, then he was clocked with Sweet Chin Music from HBK, and Jericho then hit the Lionsault on Batista for the three count.
Afterwards, Michaels grabbed the Heavyweight Title, and presented it to Jericho, almost to say that he will have it soon enough, as the show went off the air with both men going face to face.
Brotherhood defeated Dudley Boyz & Gail Kim in a Table Match
Booker T defeated Christopher Nowinski
Lita, Molly Holly & Victoria wrestled to a no contest after interference.
Sting defeated Christian to retain the Intercontinental Championship.
Kane defeated Maven
Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels & Rob Van Dam defeated Evolution
Smackdown; 7th October 2004; San Francisco;
An irate Triple H opened this weeks Smackdown with a message for Goldberg, plain and simple, that he would be sorry for making him look bad last week as he guaranteed that Goldberg, wouldn’t leave the arena tonight with power of his legs.
Three titles were on the line this week on Smackdown. Hurricane & Storm retained their belts against La Resistance, Torrie & Kidman retained their Inter Gender titles against Ivory & Bull, & Dawn Marie & A-train in a triple threat match, while Chavo Guerrero used the help from his father to keep hold of the Cruiserweight Championship against Ultimo Dragon.
However, the biggest news of the night came from The Rock, who returned last week to help former enemy, John Cena, as he made an announcement to the people that if they liked what they saw last week, then they are going to love Smackdown every week from now on, because FINALLY, THE ROCK HAS COME BACK……FOR GOOD!!! The arena erupted into a frenzy as Rocky made the announcement that he will be back full time from now on. This announcement was then cut short, as Test & Steiner ambushed The Rock, and double teamed the great one, until John Cena made the save for Rock as Test & Steiner left up the ramp.
Also, it seems like the feud between Chris Benoit & William Regal will come to a head at Nemesis as Bret Hart officially signed a match between the two to settle the score once and for all.
Kurt Angle also returned this week, and in an interview stated that at Nemesis it will be the end of the road for Angle and Lesnar, with the winner being the better man - end of story. He also talked about his injuries and stated that he is good to go, although the expression on his face said differently.
Triple H made his point clear to Rey Mysterio, not only by costing him a match against Rob Conway, but also hitting a Pedigree through the announce table. As EMT’s checked on Mysterio, Triple H said that he hopes Goldberg is watching because this is just a portion of what he will do tonight, and especially at Nemesis.
In the second interview leading up to the McMahon - Hart match at Survivor Series, Pat Patterson defended Vince McMahon, stating that his decision was purely a business decision, and Bret made it personal. He reminded everyone that Bret forced the decision by not being a team player, refusing to do the job, even though he was leaving the company. He then reminded everyone just how bad WWE was doing back then, and Bret showed just how much class he had by asking for a release on his contract to go to the main rival just for more money. He said Vince made Bret Hart a star, WCW made him a joke. He then added that if that is going to be the attitude of your supposed main star, then he deserves it to happen to him. He then said that in the end, Bret turned out to be the loser, and Vince turned out to be a winner, and in his opinion, Vince will win again at Survivor Series.
It was also announced this week, that next week’s main event will see John Cena & The Rock team up for the first time to take on La Resistance.
Goldberg was seen checking on the condition of Mysterio as he was stretchered into an ambulance, before he was interviewed. He made his feelings for Triple H’s actions perfectly clear, telling him that he has no right to attack Mysterio, and then challenged HHH to try and put him out tonight.
This weeks Main event was an 8 Man Tag featuring Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, John Cena & Goldberg against Brock Lesnar, William Regal, Test & Scott Steiner. In a very fast paced encounter, Lesnar & Angle went at it early on, with Angle on top form, blasting Brock with a succession of Belly to Belly suplexes. Regal and Benoit then soon went blow for blow, before chain wrestling, but just as regal looked set to tap, Steiner interfered, and Cena then went after Steiner, but Test helped his tag partner, and began a two on one assault, as the match turned into a mass brawl. Benoit and Regal fought to the back, while Lesnar & Angle fought in the ring. Kurt kicked out of an F5, before Heyman helped Brock make the ropes from the Ankle Lock. Then Lesnar accidentally knocked Heyman off the apron, and walked into an Angle Slam, for Kurt to get the three count.
Meanwhile, Cena was being beat down by Test & Steiner, until The Rock made the save for Cena, with the two chasing Test & Steiner out of the arena.
But, this biggest news from this match was the interference from Triple H, who lured Goldberg to the back before setting the trap of the Big Show who distracted Goldberg for Triple H to attack from behind with the Sledgehammer to the back of the head.
Triple H then stood over a bloody Goldberg, and told him that tonight, he will leave with the power of his legs, but only because Triple H has allowed it, but at Nemesis, he wont have a leg to stand on.
Triple H then shook hands with Show as Smackdown went off the air, with the sight of Goldberg motionless.
Hurricane & Citizen Storm defeated La Resistance to retain the WWE Tag Titles.
Eddie Guerrero defeated Hardcore Holly
Torrie & Kidman retained the Inter Gender Tag Titles by defeating Ivory & Bull, Dawn Marie & A-Train in a Triple Threat Match.
Rob Conway defeated Rey Mysterio
Chavo Guerrero defeated Ultimo Dragon to retain the Cruiserweight Championship.
Kurt Angle, Goldberg, John Cena & Chris Benoit defeated Test, Scott Steiner, William Regal & Brock Lesnar.
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Current Card for WWE Nemesis
Date: 17th October 2004
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Event Music: Soil, Redefined
WWE Championship; Last Man Standing:
Goldberg vs. Triple H
World Heavyweight Championship Match:
Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels
World Tag Team Championships; Steel Cage Match:
Edge & Christian vs. Booker T & Goldust
Mick Foley vs. Randy Orton
Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle
Test & Scott Steiner vs. The Rock & John Cena
Chris Benoit vs. William Regal
Let me know your thoughts on this report, and the current card for Nemesis. Next report is up next Friday.