Monday Night Raw; February 26th, 2007; Houston, Texas
We don’t get the obligatory opening commentary because once the pyrotechnics display ends…
***Burn In My Light*** Boos fill the arena as the WWE Champion, the “Legend Killer” Randy Orton steps out onto the stage, dressed in a suit, with his title belt on his shoulder. Orton raises his hands up and sets off his pyro before continuing on down to the ring.
Jim Ross: Last week, this no good SOB, not only did he interfere in the Road to WrestleMania Finals but he assaulted Edge, Shawn Michaels AND gave the RKO to Lita. The man has no class.
Jerry Lawler: Who needs class when you’re the WWE Champion, J.R.?
Jim Ross: Well, we regret to inform you that Lita will not be here tonight, recovering from her injury and Edge will also not be here tonight, in order to insure Orton’s safety. Which is a ridiculous decision by Jonathan Coachman. Orton should get what’s coming to him!
Orton steps in and calls for the microphone.
Randy Orton: Take a look … at greatness.
Heat as Orton smirks.
Randy Orton: Yeah, I know you’ve heard me say it before, but that’s only because it’s … the truth … and I continue to prove it as such week in and week out. I took this title from the “Overrated Superstar” Edge at New Years Revolution and then I beat the sixty year old Shawn Michaels at the Royal Rumble. FACTS are FACTS and the FACT is, those two can’t compete with the Legend Killer.
Randy Orton: You don’t have to like it but you better learn to accept it, because there isn’t a damn thing that Michaels or Edge or any of you people can do about it. Randy Orton … is here to stay.
Randy Orton: You don’t believe me? Huh? You think I’m talking out of my ass? Well, (points to the titantron) take a look.
The clip ends and the crowd boos as Orton stares at the screen with a huge smile before bringing the mic back up.
Footage of the ending to last week’s show plays, showing Orton interfering in the Edge-HBK #1 contender’s match, taking both superstars out before dropping Lita with a sickening RKO.
Randy Orton: Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, that in one foul swoop, Randy Orton was more effective than the rest of the RKO Army has been all year.
A bit of an “OH” from the crowd, as Randy smirks.
Randy Orton: Secondly, you’re thinking “whose the number one contender?”
Randy Orton: It doesn’t matter who the number one contender is. I’ve beaten Edge, I’ve beaten Michaels and I could beat them both at the same time. It simply … doesn’t … matter. Bec-
***Sexy Boy*** The crowd explodes, giving a tremendous ovation for the “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels, whom walks out onto the stage, microphone in hand. HBK then continues down to the ring, before stepping in.
Shawn Michaels: Listen up, boy, usually I’d come out here, I’d make a couple of smart-aleck remarks before I got down to business, but last week, you cost me a shot at the WWE Championship and on top of that, you cost me a shot at the WrestleMania main event.
Orton smirks and rubs his title belt.
Shawn Michaels: And if there’s one thing that everybody should know, its that you don’t mess with HBK’s spotlight. Big no-no. So, as of right now, I don’t have much to say, lets cut the semantics, and get right down to business. You, me, WrestleMania 23 for the WWE Championship!!
Great pop as Orton looks around at the crowd.
Randy Orton: Shawn, what have you done to earn a shot at me at Mania? Nothing! You’ve done squat except get your ass beat by myself on several occasions and PINNED at the Royal Rumble.
Boos as Michaels smirks.
Randy Orton: Lets face it, Shawn. For all your talk, for all your hype, all your legendary status, all your accolades, you always mange to come up short.
Michaels looks deadly serious.
Shawn Michaels: HBK always comes up big, Randy. Just last year, SummerSlam 2006, I beat Edge and Triple H to win my FIFTH World Championship!
Shawn Michaels: The next month, I reta-
Randy Orton: Sure, you had a short little title reign and a couple of decent months as champion last year but when was the last time you were champion before that? Four - five years? Its about time to accept the fact that the HBK of old is gone and he aint coming back.
HBK rubs his chin, trying to keep his cool.
Randy Orton: I mean, this isn’t 1997. Its 2007. You’re ten years older, ten years weaker, ten years slower and FIFTEEN years older than myself, today’s athlete, today’s superstar, a man who isn’t even in the prime of his career, at only 25 years old.
Orton and Michaels meet eyes.
Randy Orton: Two time World Champion. Seven month reign as Intercontinental Champion. The youngest World Heavyweight Champion of all time. The youngest WWE Champion of all time. And quite simply, better than all the rest. What makes you even THINK that you, at age 40, deserve to lace up my boots, let alone challenge for my championship?
SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!! Michaels lays out Orton with the devastating Superkick as the crowd goes wild and HBK stares down at the fallen WWE Champion. Michaels lets out a small smile as Ross and Lawler put over the lightning quick speed of HBK’s devastating Superkick.
The Highlanders wait in the ring, looking quite a bit nervous before…
Back from the break, we get a clip of The Big Show’s and Umaga’s invasion of SmackDown!, taking out the Mark Henry with a Chokeslam through the announce table, and Kane being taken out with the steel steps.
***Showstopper*** The Big Show, Umaga, Paul Heyman, and Armando Alejandro Estrada make their way down to the ring, as terrifying and as mouthy a stable if there has ever been one.
Jim Ross: The deadly duo of The Big Show and Umaga showed the most horrifying display of strength and dominance that I have ever seen. On SmackDown!, they completely destroyed Mark Henry and Kane, two of the biggest superstars on the entire roster.
Lets be fair, J.R., they were SmackDown!
superstars. No competition for the best Raw has to offer.
The Big Show & Umaga vs. The Highlanders
Show and Umaga continue to rip apart every opponent they face here, and this is no different as Rory and Robby are systematically destroyed. After a couple minutes of total domination, The Big Show takes it up a level, grabbing Robby around the throat and chokeslamming him over the top rope and to the outside!!!! Umaga grabs Rory and hit’s the Samoan Spike and covers him for the three count.
Winners: Umaga and The Big Show @ 3:12.
Paul Heyman grabs a microphone from ringside, before climbing the steel steps and entering the ring.
What you’ve just witnessed, was complete and utter destruction by the two most dominant forces in professional wrestling today, the Samoan Bulldozer Umaga and the most overpowering wrestler in the history of the WWE, the seven foot tall, 500 pound monster, known as The Big Show.
Boos for the two superstars.
Not only has this destructive duo crushed teams here on Monday Night Raw, but just last Friday, The Big Show and Umaga showed Stephanie McMahon, and showed SmackDown!, that their two biggest, toughest stars, Mark Henry and Kane, couldn’t hold a candle to these two towers of terror.
Armando laughs as Show nods.
Y’see, Mr. Coachman, our esteemed General Manager, has convinced myself and Mr. Estrada that Monday Night Raw is the place to be and once we dispose of Stephanie McMahon’s second rate behemoths … the price will be right.
Estrada slaps Umaga on the shoulder, smiling wildly.
But Stephanie, maybe you think that was a fluke, so let me assure you that Umaga, Show, Mister Estrada and myself are more than willing to prove it to you and your (scoffs)
“monsters” again. WrestleMania 23--
Quite simply put, literally, the BIGGEST match in WrestleMania history, Jonathan Coachman’s Raw puts forward the Big Show and Umaga while Stephanie McMahon and SmackDown! put up Kane and Mark Henry and then on April 1st, we‘ll see just which brand has the most dominant athletes in the world. We’ll be waiting.
Heyman drops the mic and leads the group out of the ring as Ross and Lawler hype up the possibility of that match.
Inside the office of the GM, Jonathan Coachman, the Coach smiles as he watches his television monitor before he is interrupted by a furious WWE Champion Randy Orton, whom continues to hold his jaw, in pain from Michaels’ Superkick.
Coach, you saw what happened out there with Michaels!! You give me his ass tonight!!
Pop for a WM main event caliber match tonight.
That’s right, Shawn Michaels versus … the entire RKO Army.
Boos as Orton smirks.
First off, I can’t make that incredibly one sided handicap match. I’ve got Mister McMahon watching my every move, besides Chris Masters and Ken Doane are both in the five man match to crown a new #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship, with the winner facing Carlito at Saturday Night’s Main Event.
Orton sighs and shakes his head.
But I’ll tell you what I can do, okay. Later tonight, in the main event, you’ll get Shawn Michaels but it’ll be in a six man tag team match. The WWE Champion Randy Orton teaming up with MNM to take on the new World Tag Team Champions America’s Most Wanted and the “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels.
Randy lets out a bit of a smile, not getting nearly as much as he wants but he does get a chance at payback against HBK. He goes to turn and leave the office but Coachman grabs him by the shoulder.
With that out of the way, Randy, I think we need to discuss WrestleMania and the WWE Championship.
Orton begins laughing.
I was wondering when you’d get around to that. So what is it, Coach, am I going to have to wrestle against Edge and Shawn Michaels in a triple threat? I’m shocked.
Well, not exactly. At WrestleMania 23, you will be defending your WWE Title against Shawn Michaels AND Edge --
Crowd pops in the background as Orton rolls his eyes, before doing the Scott Hall wagging of the fingers.
But it wont be a in a triple threat match, it will be … in a three way dance.
The crowd pops again as Orton looks quite confused.
Much like a triple threat, the match will start out with the three of you in the ring, but once the first fall occurs, the remaining two competitors will continue the match. So, Randy, what I’m saying is, if you want to retain that WWE Championship at WrestleMania, you’ll have to outlast Shawn Michaels AND Edge!!
Cheers from the crowd and Orton’s jaw clinches up in anger. Coachman smiles and pats Orton on the shoulder before taking a seat on the couch as we fade out.
WrestleMania Recall: Stone Cold Steve Austin defeats Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 14, further establishing the dawn of a new era in wrestling.
- Flair runs down Mr. Kennedy’s credentials, much to the chagrin of the arrogant youngster.
- Booker and Regal turn on Finlay but Lashley makes the save.
- Daniels vs. Chavo is made for SNME: Title vs. Career
- Triple H explains his attack on The Rock.
- The Undertaker jumps to SD and Taker/Cena is made for WM23.
***Out Of My Way*** Ken Doane, the former IC Champion, makes his way down to the ring, looking focused, ready to earn another title match.
***Masterpiece*** Doane’s fellow RKO Army member, Chris Masters skips his regular entrance and just storms towards the ring, all set for business.
***Arabian Prayer*** Sabu walks towards the ring to a good pop before sprinting, sliding in and looking at a couple of his challengers.
***One Of A Kind*** The crowd erupts into a great ovation as Rob Van Dam walks out onto the stage, ready, prepared for this match, without seemingly taking away from his usually calm demeanor.
***Longhorn*** Boos fill the sold out arena as John Bradshaw Layfield enters the arena, toothy grin intacked, about to punch himself a ticket to SNME, and if successful there, possibly WrestleMania.
Jim Ross: Here we go and what a match up this should be. Two young studs in Doane and The Masterpiece, the death defying Sabu, and two former WWE Champions, JBL and Rob Van Dam.
Jerry Lawler: The winner gets an Intercontinental Title match an-
***Cool*** The crowd pops as the Intercontinental Champion Carlito make his way down to the rest, dressed in ‘Caribbean’ gear, title on his shoulder, and apple in his hand, as he takes a seat next to Jim Ross and The King. He eyes up JBL, whom simply smirks before turning back to his opponents.
Jim Ross: Last week on Raw, Carlito successfully defended his title against Ken Doane but after the match, (footage plays) JBL took the opportunity to make an impact and laid Carlito out with that devastating Clothesline from Hell.
Carlito: J.R., Carlito is not gonna forgive JBL for what he did. That was very uncool. But you know what is cool? Payback.
Jerry Lawler: Well, tonight, the winner of this match gets a shot at your title at Saturday Night’s Main Event on March 10th. Should be one hell of a match, no matter which one of these guys wins.
Match #2: Five Man Match: Winner Receives IC Title Match at SNME
JBL vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Sabu vs. Ken Doane vs. Chris Masters
A bit of a clusterfuck for the opening several minutes but it eventually settles down at a steady pace. RKO Army members, Masters and Doane team up to take on RVD as JBL and Sabu go at it. Masters and Doane hit a double suplex on Van Dam before lifting him back up to his feet and tossing him over the top rope! On the other side, Sabu goes for the Air Sabu on JBL in the corner but JBL avoids it, shoots off of the ropes and then takes him out with the CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!!
JBL smiles wildly but Masters grabs him from behind, applying THE MASTERLOCK!!! Masters locks it in and begins to fling Bradshaw around from side to side!! Seeing this match up in jeopardy, Doane grabs Masters from behind, rolling him up in a school boy! 1... 2... NO! Masters kicks out and both men get back up. They don’t waste time arguing and Doane throws a clothesline but Masters ducks it, and puts Kenny in the MASTERLOCK!!
RVD climbs back onto the ring apron and begins to climb the turnbuckle, before flying off and hitting a front dropkick to the back of Masters, sending both him and Doane flying through the middle rope and outside of the ring!! JBL gets back up to his feet and throws a right at Van Dam, whom ducks it and fires off several rights of his own. RVD attempts to shoot JBL off but Bradshaw counters. Van Dam comes back and leaps up, going for a hurricanrana but JBL counters, into a powerbomb!!
Bradshaw smirks, but doesn’t see Carlito get up from his seat and walk towards the ring. JBL stalks Van Dam, waiting for him to get up and once he does Bradshaw shoots off the ropes, but Carly pulls the ropes down and JBL tumbles out of the ring!! Carlito smiles as he reaches over and grabs his apple from the table before spitting it in JBL’s face!! Carly then grabs his IC Title and heads back up the entrance ramp to a nice pop as JBL gets back up to his feet, wiping the apple out of his face before heading back onto the ring apron and back into the ring.
Sabu, Masters and Doane all get back up to their feet on the outside. Sabu hits both with right hands, desperately fighting before sliding back in the ring. He then shoots off of the ropes before leaping over with a rope flip, taking both out!!!! The crowd pops huge as the RVD and JBL brawl in the ring. Sabu gets back up to his feet on the outside, runs around ringside and grabs a steel chair, bringing it in the ring. Sabu sets it up as RVD begins to back JBL up into the corner with right hands.
Sabu runs forward, leaping up for the AIR SABU but Van Dam moves out of the way and Sabu crashes into Bradshaw!! Van Dam grabs the steel chair and tosses it at Sabu, whom catches it and Van Dam leaps up, hitting the VAN DAMINATOR!!! Van Dam with the cover! 1... 2... 3!!!
Winner: And new #1 contender for the IC Title, Rob Van Dam @ 16:13.
RVD raises his hands into the air, receiving a huge ovation from the crowd, becoming the #1 contender for the IC title at SNME. JBL steams in anger as he rolls out of the ring and begins to yell at Ross and Lawler.
Back from the break, we have the General Manager Jonathan Coachman sitting in his office, talking to some random woman, possibly his assistant. Coach then gets a phone call.
Jonathan Coachman: I was waiting for you to call.
Coachman puts it on speaker.
Stephanie McMahon: So, is that how we’re gonna play this, Coach? You send your guys to SmackDown! to assault my superstars and now you call us out? Well, it’s a bush league tactic but I’ve got no problem playing your game. SmackDown! gladly accepts your tag team challenge for WrestleMania and myself, Kane and Mark Henry will even more gladly expose The Big Show and Umaga for the “big fish in small ponds” that they are.
Jonathan Coachman: Sure you are. Sure you are. Talk to you later, Steph
Stephanie McMahon: Coach, before you go, how about we get the table set BEFORE WrestleMania. After this past SmackDown!, as you would imagine, Kane is not too happy. So at Saturday Night’s Main Event, how about the “Big Red Machine” Kane versus Umaga.
Slight pop in the background.
Jonathan Coachman: You’re on. We embarrassed you on SmackDown!, we will embarrass you on NBC and then we cap it off with the granddaddy of them all, Wre-
JBL storms into the office. Coachman hangs up the phone, getting up to his feet.
Jonathan Coachman: Hey! You saw what Randy Orton got when he stormed into my office demanding things left and right! I put him in his place! (Deep breath) I’m under a lot of pressure right now, from Orton and Angle and Austin and Edge and Vince and … Stephanie calling every week to taunt me about something or to throw Undertaker’s departure in my face. I’m under a lot of pressure right now.
Realizing he needs to take a different route, Bradshaw calms himself before speaking.
John Bradshaw Layfield: Coach - er, Mister Coachman, what happened tonight was a complete miscarriage of justice. Carlito, in a fit of rage and jealousy cost me my opportunity for the Intercontinental Championship. That makes two times I was screwed out of my rightful title shot. First the Road to WrestleMania tournament and now this. At Saturday Night’s Main Event, it should be JBL versus Carlito for the Intercontinental Title - not RVD. You wanna showcase the best, you wanna show the best Raw has to offer, than you get rid of R…V… D and put J…B…L on N…B…C.
Coachman thinks for a second.
Jonathan Coachman: I’m sorry, I can’t do that. JBL, Rob Van Dam won that title shot at Saturday Nights Main Event and I don’t have the right to take that from him.
JBL looks disgusted.
Jonathan Coachman: Then again, Carlito did interfere in your match, so here’s what I do. We ARE gonna have the Rob Van Dam-Carlito title match on NBC but the winner of that match will face John Bradshaw Layfield at WrestleMania 23 for the Intercontinental Championship!
Bradshaw smirks and then shakes the hand of the GM before heading out of the office.
Back to ringside, where Charlie Has already waits in the ring, warming up for his match. ***Medal*** The crowd erupts but that soon degenerates into heat as Kurt Angle steps out onto the stage.
Jim Ross: The Road to WrestleMania is upon us and one of the biggest matches of the year takes place - Kurt Angle versus Stone Cold Steve Austin, Icon versus Icon at WrestleMania 23. Though that match up is huge, I would hope that Angle is not looking past a very capable Charlie Haas here tonight.
Jerry Lawler: He’s one of the best technicians in the history of the sport, an Olympic Gold Medalist and the Wrestling Machine. Austin is in for the fight of his life come WrestleMania.
Kurt Angle vs. Charlie Haas
In Kurt Angle’s first match on Raw in about a year, he puts on one hell of a performance against former protégé Charlie Haas, whom puts forth a tremendous effort. The two mat wrestle throughout the early going before picking up the pace. Many suplexes are exchanged throughout until eventually Haas hit’s a succession of Germans, much like Angle!! The two lay out for a bit until Haas climbs to the top but Angle sprints back up to his feet, leaping up the turnbuckle and planting him with a belly to belly!!! Angle cranks up the intensity up and soon follows up on Haas with the Angle Slam and the Ankle Lock for the submission victory!
Winner: Kurt Angle @ 8:19 via submission.
Jim Ross: Charlie Haas put up one hell of a fight but at this point in time, you may be looking at the best wrestler in the free world today, Kurt Angle. Angle just stepped it into a different gear out here.
Jerry Lawler: Angle has got to be at his best because in just a few short weeks, he steps into the ring with Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania 23. Should be … well … a slobberknocker, J.R.!
We return from the break with Kurt Angle still in the ring, microphone in hand.
Kurt Angle: Did you see that!? Did you see that?! That’s what I’m talking about, baby! Charlie Haas, world class athlete, amateur wrestler, all American, former tag team champion -- taken out just like that (snaps fingers)
! And you know why -- because Kurt Angle is the absolute greatest wrestler in the HISTORY of the WWE! Oh, its true, its DAMN true! WOOO!
Heat for the Olympian.
And that cold, hard fact will become all the more true when WrestleMania 23 rolls around and the Texas Rattlesnake, Stone Cold Steve Austin (thunderous ovation)
… taps out.
The marquee may read ‘Icon versus Icon’ but it should
read “Icon versus Washed up superstar, who should’ve hung up the boots in 2003, instead of coming back and ruining his legacy, by stepping into the ring with an athlete who is far superior than he EVER was”. It’s a little long but that doesn’t make it any less true.
“Asshole” chant starts up.
Don’t get mad at me. I know you don’t want to hear it, and I know Austin doesn’t want to hear it, and the sponsors want to hear it even less, but the fact is that the Stone Cold Steve Austin of today, IS NOT the Stone Cold Steve Austin of 1998. Its not the same Stone Cold that drove the beer truck into the arena, its not the same Stone Cold that drove the Zamboni, its not the same Stone Cold that beat Shawn Michaels in front of thousands and its not the same Stone Cold that put on the heroic effort at WrestleMania 13. Its not, I’m sorry.
Slight “Austin” chant starts up.
This Stone Cold … this Stone Cold doesn’t have the fire that the first one had. This Austin is a multi-millionaire, who’s fine with coming out here each and every week, giving out a couple of stunners, drinking a few beers and going back to Texas with a big fat paycheck. As much as that may hurt to hear, it’s the truth and each and everyone of you know it, Austin especially!
The fact is -
***GLASS SHATTERS*** Stone Cold Steve Austin enters the arena, receiving an immense ovation from the crowd. Austin steps into the ring and poses on all four turnbuckles to huge pops before grabbing a mic and getting face to face with Angle. The crowd begins to pop as Austin and Angle stand face to face before Stone Cold speaks.
Stone Cold Steve Austin:
Did I hear you right when you said that the Stone Cold Steve Austin standing before you right now, isn’t the one of past?
Stone Cold Steve Austin:
You calling me washed up?
Stone Cold Steve Austin:
I don’t have it anymore?
Stone Cold Steve Austin:
I’m a joke?
Stone Cold Steve Austin:
Stone Cold Steve Austin:
Stone Cold Steve Austin:
Well, son, you can think whatever you want, but the truth is, Stone Cold Steve Austin has always been serious about one thing and that’s whoopin’ a lot of ass, takin’ a few names and being the best in the damn business!!
Stone Cold Steve Austin:
I didn’t come back for no damn paycheck, I didn’t come back to be some damn mid-carder and I sure as hell didn’t come back to be mocked by a jackass!!
Stone Cold Steve Austin: I came back because I was tired of sittin’ on my ass at the house, wondering why I didn’t get off it, and step foot back in the ring, so that’s exactly what I did!!
Stone Cold Steve Austin: I got my ass in shape (WHAT), came back (WHAT), whipped JBL’s ass at Bad Blood (WHAT), continued on (WHAT), got into the Royal Rumble (WHAT), gave out Stunners to everyone in the match (WHAT), (points to Angle) including your ass (WHAT), I said including his ass (WHAT), and then -
Kurt Angle: And then I tossed your ass right over the top rope!!
Heat from the crowd as Austin smirks a bit.
Kurt Angle: You can try to convince everybody here that you came back for the right reasons, but I’m not an idiot, I-
Stone Cold Steve Austin: You’re a jackass!!
Stone Cold Steve Austin: And come WrestleMania 23, I’m gonna show how much I got left in the tank, son, I’m gonna show that there ain’t a damn thing washed up about Stone Cold Steve Austin, when I grab you around your scrawny neck, look right in your beady, little eyes, stomp a mudhole in your ass and then walk that sumbitch dry!!
Another tremendous ovation.
Kurt Angle: You keep telling yourself that, Austin, but everyone with half a freakin’ brain knows that on April 1st, I’m gonna expose you for the incredibly AVERAGE wrestler that you’ve become. You may have got everybody else fooled but I know the truth and the TRUTH is that when the lights are on bright and you step into the ring with a wrestler that is completely UNTOUCHABLE, a wrestler that BREATHES intensity, a wrestler that BLEEDS greatness, you’ll realize that you … can’t … hang with me.
Angle seethes with intensity as Austin looks in his eyes.
Kurt Angle: WrestleMania 23 will be … just another night for me, but for you … it will be the most embarrassing night in your entire career, when you’re exposed for what you’ve become … a joke.
Stone Cold Steve Austin: Kurt, all you’re doin’ is digging your own grave, because if you believe ANY of the crap that’s coming out of your mouth right now, you’ll be in for the shock of your life … because I’m heading into Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan and I’m gonna open up the biggest can of whoop ass that you’ve ever seen!!
Stone Cold Steve Austin: And that’s not a promise, that’s not a threat, that’s not even a guarantee…
Austin gets right in Angle’s face, neither man giving an inch.
Stone Cold Steve Austin: THAT … is the bottom liiiiiine, cause Stone Cold said so!!
The glass shatters once more and Austin tosses down the mic, before flipping Angle off and heading back up the entrance ramp to an incredible ovation. Kurt seems to be unflustered by Austin’s confidence, letting out a smirk before shaking his head, muttering “no way”.
Jim Ross: You wanna talk about tension and intensity -- we felt the very definition of that between Stone Cold and Kurt Angle out here earlier tonight.
I’d pay to see WrestleMania on that match alone. Two of the greatest icons in our industry go at it on the grandest stage of them all, WrestleMania 23.
Cut backstage with Maria standing by with the WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James. Mickie has her right shoulder wrapped up in a sling, apparently from the “injury” she re-aggravated last week.
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m here with the Women’s Champion Mickie James and Mickie, last week, you got counted out in your title match against Victoria. So, um, Mickie does your shoulder hurt bad?
Yeah … the doctors have said that my shoulder was re-injured by that kick from Victoria, and that’s why I was counted out on last week’s Raw. So once again, I’ll be out of action here on Raw for a couple of weeks until my shoulder is all ready to go.
Mickie goes to walk away but Maria speaks again.
What about Victoria?
Mickie turns around, looking annoyed.
What about her?
Well, she was supposed to get a title shot but then your shoulder got hurt, so once your shoulder gets better, (in a bubbly manner)
shouldn’t she get another title shot?
Maria smiles cutely, causing Mickie to let out a mocking smile of her own.
You ask a lot of questions, don’t you?
Yeah, well, Victoria’s gonna have her hands full at Saturday Night’s Main Event, so I shouldn’t be the first thing on her mind, anyway.
What’s Victoria gonna be doing at Saturday Night’s Main Event?
It’s a surprise.
Mickie smirks as Maria looks confused.
Mickie turns around and Victoria gets right in her face. Mickie gulps before rubbing her shoulder.
Mickie James: (Stuttering)
Well … I … uh, may have told Jonathan Coachman that you needed a bit more work in my absence, so … he … uh, put you in a match at Saturday Night’s Main Event.
Victoria inches even closer to the face of the nervous Mickie.
Victoria: (Talking in low tone) Against whom?
Mickie backs away a little bit, causing a bit of separation.
Mickie James: Trish Stratus.
The crowd pops in the background as Vickie looks unflustered. She once again gets in Mickie’s face, pounding her fist against her hand as Mickie looks incredibly nervous. Victoria then storms past Mickie, leaving the Womens Champion and Maria to look on.
Back to ringside.
Jim Ross: Saturday Night’s Main Event on March 10th is really coming together now, King.
Jerry Lawler: Absolutely. We just found out that Victoria will be taking on Trish Stratus. The Intercontinental Title will be on the line. And Raw’s Umaga will be taking on SmackDown!’s Kane.
Jim Ross: Not to mention, this past Friday, we found out that the Cruiserweight Championship will be on the line when the “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels takes on Chavo Guerrero, with Chavo’s career on the line!!
Jerry Lawler: (Giddily) And what about the news we got moments ago, J.R.? Mr. McMahon made a huge match for when we head to NBC.
Jim Ross: Ladies and gentlemen, after our main event tonight, we have a huge announcement to make regarding Saturday Night’s Main Event’s … Main Event. So stay tuned after our six man tag.
Trevor Murdoch & Lance Cade vs. Eugene & Hacksaw Jim Duggan
This match is the very definition of filler, with the card being rounded out before the main event tonight. Eugene does his usual comedy routine as Duggan does his usual spiel as well. The finish comes when Murdoch and Cade finish Eugene off with the High-Low clothesline-chop block combination, allowing Cade to pick up the pin.
Winner: Cade and Murdoch @ 5:29.
Jim Ross: Up next, out huge main event…
Split screen of Shawn Michaels leading the tag champs America’s Most Wanted down a hallway as on the other side, the WWE Champion Randy Orton and MNM do much of the same.
Jim Ross: AMW and HBK versus Randy Orton and MNM. NEXT!
***Sexy Boy*** The crowd gets up to its feet as the former multi-time World Champion, the “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels makes his way out onto the stage, with the World Tag Team Champion, America’s Most Wanted and Gail Kim.
***Burn In My Light*** The “Legend Killer” Randy Orton makes his way out onto the stage with the WWE Championship around his waist, with MNM closely behind. Orton tells Mercury and Nitro to take a step back and brings Melina by his side as his golden pyro falls from the ceiling. Orton and Melina continue to the ring side by side as MNM look unimpressed.
Jim Ross: Earlier tonight, our WWE Champion Randy Orton decided to talk a little bit of trash, insinuated that HBK was past his prime and Shawn Michaels showed him just how on top of his game.
Footage plays of Michaels lightning quick SCM.
Come WrestleMania 23, when Orton is in the ring with Edge and Michaels, the Legend Killer will be ready for that Superkick. No way the has been kid will connect like that come April 1st.
Main Event: Six Man Tag Team Match:
Randy Orton and MNM(w/Melina) vs. Shawn Michaels and AMW(w/Gail Kim)
The six men put on a very solid match up, which is to be expected considering the caliber of athlete and superstar involved. Orton and Michaels spend the most time on the inside of the ring, playing off of the promo they had earlier, with Orton taking every chance he gets to make Michaels feel inadequate, or less quick than the younger Michaels. Somewhat surprisingly, HBK doesn’t lose his focus, instead, slapping Orton across the face, forcing the youngster to lose his cool.
Eventually, the contest breaks down into a three on three slug fest, with the two teams pairing off as Michaels and Orton, the legal men, slug it out. The finish comes when the referee gets distracted by Melina, and Orton drills HBK with a low blow!! He then leaps up and polishes Michaels off with an RKO!!! Orton covers Michaels for the three count and the victory!!
Winners: Randy Orton, Johnny Nitro & Joey Mercury @ 11:01 via pinfall.
Randy Orton has stolen one here tonight!! That damn RKO is enough to put anyone down, especially after a low blow.
J.R., in a few short weeks, Orton will have to put his WWE Championship on the line against two of the best in the world, Shawn Michaels and Edge in a THREE WAY DANCE! He’s got to do whatever it takes to gain the upper hand before then.
Last week it was interfering in a #1 contender’s match and the RKO to a defenseless Lita. This week, it’s a damn low blow and screwing Shawn Michaels out of a victory.
Melina hops into the ring, and embraces Orton. The two share a “warm” hug as Nitro and Mercury look on, Mercury rather confused as Nitro looks incredibly pissed.
The crowd pops huge and Orton and company look around but they don’t see that EDGE is in the ring!!! The Rated R Superstar charges forward AND SPEARS MELINA IN HALF!!!!! The crowd actually pops for the viciousness of the Rated R Superstar, showing a bit of that heel attitude we haven’t seen in a long while.
Edge gets up and smiles down at his handy work before looking at Orton with a smirk. Randy is still in shock as he stares down at Melina, but soon turn angrily towards Edge.
Edge then quickly rolls out of the ring and leaps back through the crowd, after gaining revenge on Randy Orton for RKO’ing Lita last week. Orton checks on Melina frantically as does MNM as Ross and Lawler put over the state of mind of Orton and Edge.
Cut to video.
“At Saturday Night’s Main Event, an eight man tag match will take place … and …”
Shot of the SNME logo.
“The most successful and destructive group of this millennium…”
Flashing clips of all of the WWE superstars.
Shot of Triple H spraying water into the air as “Line in the Sand” plays.
“The Game Triple H”
Shot of Helmsley delivering the Pedigree to some poor bastard.
“The Nature Boy Ric Flair”
Shot of Flair strutting in one of his expensive robes.
“The Legend Killer Randy Orton”
Shot of Orton hitting the RKO.
“And The Animal Batista”
Shot of Batista hitting the Demon Bomb.
“On March 10th, Evolution…”
Shot of Orton under his falling pyro.
Recent shot of Flair on SmackDown!.
Shot of Triple H holding the World Heavyweight Championship.
Shot of Batista giving the double thumbs down.
The closing shot of Armageddon 2003, with each member of Evolution, holding gold.
“At Saturday Night’s Main Event.”
Video closes with Triple H spewing water into the camera.
END OF SHOW
Current Card for Saturday Night’s Main Event:
Date: March 10th, 2007
Location: Madison Square Garden, NYC
Evolution Reunites For One Night Only: Eight Man Tag Team Match:
World ChampBatista, WWE Champ Randy Orton, Triple H, & Ric Flair
vs. ???, ???, ??? & ???
Intercontinental Championship Match:
Carlito vs. Rob Van Dam
Cruiserweight Championship Match: Title vs. Career:
Christopher Daniels vs. Chavo Guerrero
Victoria vs. Trish Stratus
Umaga vs. Kane
Current Card for WWE WrestleMania XXIII:
Date: April 1st, 2007
Location: Ford Field; Detroit, Michigan
Event Music: Saliva; Ladies and Gentlemen
World Heavyweight Championship Match:
Batista vs. Ken Kennedy
WWE Championship Match; Three Way Dance:
Randy Orton vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Edge
Intercontinental Championship Match:
Carlito OR Rob Van Dam vs. John Bradshaw Layfield
One On One:
The Undertaker vs.John Cena
Stephanie’s Kane & Mark Henry vs. Coachman’s Big Show & Umaga
Icon vs. Icon:
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kurt Angle