Re: WWE 2005: The Aftermath of WrestleMania 21
Raw for January 30th:
*Highlights from last week are shown, followed by opening video and pyro*
Jim Ross: With less than two weeks away from No Way Out, we welcome you to Monday Night Raw, live from the Target Center here in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Iím Jim Ross and Iím joined by Jerry the King Lawler. And King, what a main event, we have for the fans here tonight.
Jerry Lawler: You said it, JR. In a rematch from there classic Iron Man Match at Halloween Havoc, Kurt Angle will take on Shelton Benjamin in a non-title match.
Jim Ross: Also, the Divas tournament continues here tonight, as over the weekend some more matches took place and quite some divas were eliminated. Weíll have more information on that.
Jerry Lawler: Also, weíll have more of an update on the current conditions of Matt Hardy and Edge, as we will be speaking to both men at their respective homes in North Carolina and Miami.
Jim Ross: However, weíre going to kick things off with the tournament to decide whoís going to face Nova, for the unification of the Hardcore/European Championship belts, as Rhyno takes on Rob Conway.
*Lillian does the introductions*
Rhyno v. Rob Conway
Rhyno and Conway put on a decent match to kick off Raw, with both men trying their best to move on to the next round of the tournament. Conway comes close to victory after nailing the Conís Way Out on Rhyno, but Rhyno somehow is able to get his foot on the rope at the last second. Finish comes when Rhyno comes off of the ropes, and knocks down Conway. Rhyno sends Conway to the ropes and nails a huge GORE on Conway! Rhyno makes the cover and gets the win at the 8:15 mark!
Lillian Garcia: The winner of the match, Rhyno! MT-8:15
Jim Ross: Well Rhyno moves on to the next round, next week and will be facing either Maven or the returning Michael Shane.
Jerry Lawler: Yeah Michael, I spoke with earlier, and he said he feels good being back after being out the past couple of months with an injury.
Jim Ross: Letís send it backstage to Todd Grisham who is with Triple H.
Todd Grisham: Thanks JR. Iím here with the ten time World Heavyweight Champion, and the man who will be facing The Rock at No Way Out, Triple H. Triple H, later on tonight you will be facing Chris Benoit, the same man who made you tapped out to the crossface, back at WrestleMania 20 in March 2004. How do you plan to respond to that here tonight?
Triple H: You see Todd, that was then, this is now. Chris Benoit did made me tap out to the crossface back at Mania two years ago, and he had his reign as champion. However, thatís one time. Iíve had the title for ten times. Ten title reigns in the span of seven years. Todd, you have to understand, that when I say Iím that damn good, itís not just a phrase, even though, *chuckles* I am that damn good, itís a statement that puts fear into my opponents. Todd, I have beaten them all. Even though Michaels is the top man right now, Iíve beaten him, Angle, Austin, Rock, Taker, Kane, Orton, the list goes on and on. I even beat that 2 dollar joke JBL, over on that show. Whatís that show called again?
Todd Grisham: Smackdown.
Triple H: Whatever. The point is this. When I step in that ring, I am the king. I am the leader. I am the lion, and my opponent is the person who is going to be taken apart by me. DX are the kings, and soon, all of the Kings will be back on their throne!
*Triple H looks into the camera*
Jim Ross: Well folks that match is up later on tonight, but coming up next, it is going to be tag team action as The Naturals take on the team of Hardcore Holly who has just come over to Raw and the returning Goldust.
Jerry Lawler: Thatís one weird combination. However itís up next!
Jim Ross: Welcome back to Raw folks! Still to come here tonight, it will be Triple H taking on Chris Benoit. Also in our main-event, Kurt Angle will be taking on Shelton Benjamin.
Jerry Lawler: Letís get to our next match shall we.
*Lillian does the introductions*
The Naturals v. Holly/Goldust
Comedy match right here, with a bunch of comedic spots involving Goldust. Surprisingly both teams pull out a good effort. Finish comes when Chase and Andy nail the Natural Disaster on Goldust and gets the three count at the 7:02 mark!
Lillian Garcia: The winners of the match, The Naturals! MT-7:02
*Immediately Shelton Benjamin and AJ Styles come to the ring and attack The Naturals. Shelton and AJ get the early advantage but soon the fight becomes an all out brawl. The Naturals take down Styles and Benjamin, and Benjamin is sent out the ring. Styles makes somewhat of a comeback, but in the end receives a Natural Disaster from The Naturals. Benjamin pulls Styles out of the ring, as the Naturals pose as if saying the belts are coming back with us, at No Way Out. Naturalsí music play as Styles and Benjamin head back up to the back*
Jim Ross: Things are sure getting heated, with these two teams. However at No Way Out, there will be no sneak attacks at all. At No Way Out, these two teams will settle the score.
*We cut to RVDís dressing room, where RVD is stretching when Edge walks in*
Edge: If it isnít Mr. RVD. The Intercontinental Champion, Rob Van Dam. Well Rob, later on tonight, when I face you in the ring, and beat you for your Intercontinental Championship, Iím going to go to No Way Out and beat Chris Benoit in his own hometown. Rob, realize this. I donít care if you were the best in ECW. This isnít no barn yard. As Jerry Lawler, this isnít Extremely Crappy Wrestling. I am the Rated R Superstar. 11 time Tag Team Champion, 9 time Intercontinental Champion, and of course former World Heavyweight Champion. Rob, what have you done, besides hold a crappy Television title for almost two years, even though you wrestled what? Three, four times a month. Rob, Iím going to prove to you, that you and every one else, who believes that ECW is coming back, should shut up, and just quit. Think about that, and look at your title real closely, as tonight is the last night you will have that belt around your waist.
*Edge leaves as Rob looks at his title as we cut to Jillian Hall walking down the halls*
Jim Ross: Well over the weekend, we found out that we are down to eight females left in this divas tournament. Trish, Victoria, Candice, Alexis, Jillian, Kyrstal, Joy, and Michelle. Well coming up next Trish Stratus will be taking on Jillian Hall. This Friday on Smackdown, Victoria will be taking on Candice Michelle. The other matches, I believe will be taking place this weekend at some house shows, will the final four being shown on Raw and Smackdown, and the final two divas, will compete at No Way Out. The winner of that match, will get a Womensí Championship match with Melina at WrestleMania 22!
Jerry Lawler: So coming up next, it will be Rawís Trish Stratus taking on Smackdownís Jillian Hall. Weíll be right back!
Jerry Lawler: Welcome back folks.
*Lillian does the introductions*
Trish v. Jillian
Great match as this actually showcased two divas who can actually put on a great match. A lot of reversals and suplexes were seen in the match. Even though Trish was the favorite in this match, Jillian still put on a great match. Finish comes when Jillian counters a rollup and gets a rollup of her own and scores an upset three count victory over Trish and Jillian is moving on to the next round.
Lillian Garcia: The winner of the match, Jillian Hall! MT-7:30
Jim Ross: Jillian Hall picks up the surprise victory over Trish Stratus, in what was a great womenís match.
Jerry Lawler: Youíre exactly right JR. Man, I wished Trish wouldíve won though.
*Jillian celebrates as we cut to commercials*
*Commercials-2 Ĺ minutes*
*No Chance hits and out comes WWE Chairman, Mr. McMahon to a huge pop from the audience as we are back here live on Raw!*
Jim Ross: Mr. McMahon is here, and for what reason I really do not know, but lets see why.
Mr. McMahon: Thank You, thank you, one and all. A couple of weeks ago, back at the Supershow, I announced that starting in the next couple of weeks, the members of the 2006 Hall of Fame will be announced. One of our biggest class will be inducted this year, as ten people will be inducted into the great WWE Hall of Fame. Each week from here on out, one member will be named as the shows revealing the person will alternate each week. So next Friday on Smackdown, the second person will be revealed and in two weeks time, right here on Raw, the third person will be revealed.
Mr. McMahon: So, Iím out here to tell you about the first person. This man is a person who has done a lot in not just this company, but all over the world. This person was a person who broke barriers for different races, especially his own Hispanic-Mexican background. This man, as some put it, was a champion of life. This man though, sadly past away right in this very city, late last year. At WrestleMania 22, this man for everything that he has done will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Folks, that man is none other than the former WWE Champion, Mr. Viva La Raza himself, Latino Heat, the late, great, Eddie Guerrero!
*Huge pop from the crowd as a huge ďEddieĒ chant is started*
Mr. McMahon: Hereís a video highlighting the extraordinary career of the late great, Eddie Guerrero. Take a look.
*The video is shown with a bunch of clips of Eddie in the WWE concluding with him holding the World Heavyweight Championship in his hands on the December 12th edition of Raw*
*The crowd breaks into a ďThank You, Eddie!Ē chant as Vince begins to speak*
Mr. McMahon: So, thank you, Eddie, as everyone here tonight chants, and at the Hall of Fame, we will commemorate the life of not only a great champion, but a great father, husband, and a great friend. Thank You!
*No Chance hits and Vince leaves the ring to a huge pop*
Jim Ross: Well that was a huge announcement from the boss himself.
Jerry Lawler: Eddie, sure as hell deserved his spot, and I canít wait to WrestleMania for his induction to take place.
Jim Ross: Well coming up next folks, the Intercontinental Championship will be on the line, as Rob Van Dam defends the gold against Edge. Weíll be right back!
*Lillian does the introductions as we are welcomed back to the show*
Match 4: Intercontinental Championship:
RVD(c) v. Edge
Excellent fast paced match from both individuals. Both men hit a bunch of their trademark moves. Rob nails Rolling Thunder on Edge, and almost is able to put Edge away with a monkey flip from the top. Edge goes for the spear on RVD but misses, and hits the ref! RVD then nails Edge with a spinebuster, but there is no ref. A second ref comes down and makes the cover, with Edge nearly escaping. Finish comes when Edge comes at RVD, RVD sends him to the post, and floors him with a big kick. RVD then heads up top and nails the 5* on Edge. RVD makes the cover, and wins at the 11:01 mark!
Lillian Garcia: The winner of the match, and still the Intercontinental Champion, Rob Van Dam! MT-11:01
*Chris Benoit appears and tries to attack Rob, but the two brawl, as officials have to break it up. Benoit breaks through and takes down Rob, and Benoit locks in the crossface on Rob. Benoit finally letís go, sending a message to Rob, that he is coming for that belt in thirteen days. Benoitís music plays as Benoit receives a mixed reaction from the crowd*
Jim Ross: I donít know about Benoit, but he looks focused.
Jerry Lawler: Well youíre right. He has the chance to win the title in front of his hometown.
Jim Ross: The Coach is with the man who will be facing Shelton Benjamin later on tonight, the World Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle!
The Coach: Kurt, tonight you take on the man who beat you in the Iron Man Match back at Halloween Havoc, Shelton Benjamin.
Kurt Angle: Coach, tonight Iím going to send a message out. Iím going to use Shelton Benjamin as an example. Shawn Michaels, you embarrassed me in front of my friends, hometown, and my family. Shelton, Iím going to do the same thing to you, right here in front of your friends and family. Michaels, in thirteen days, Iím going to do, what Iím going to do to Shelton tonight. And thatís break your freaking ankle! Now thatís true! Thatís damn true!
*Kurt leaves as we see Triple H heading to the ring*
Jim Ross: Well Benoit is staying out here as he and Triple H are going to get on, when we come back.
Jim Ross: Welcome back folks as the crowd here in Minneapolis are on their feet.
*Lillian does the introduction of Triple H*
Triple H v. Chris Benoit
Both men put on a great effort as always. Trips gets the early lead on Benoit after slowing down the master of the crossface. Trips is able to escape the crossface twice in the match. Benoit misses on his diving headbutt, but Trips is unable to score the pinfall. Hunter goes for the pedigree after some time, but Benoit counters it. Benoit then locks on the sharpshooter on Hunter. Hunter almost makes it to the ropes, but is pulled back at the last second. Hunter with everything he has left in him, tries one more time. However at the end, Hunter has no choice but to tap out!
Lillian Garcia: The winner of the match, Chris Benoit! MT: 19:25
Jerry Lawler: Chris Benoit is on fire here tonight. He canít be stopped.
Jim Ross: Youíre right he canít.
Jim Ross: Well Iím getting word that when we return Ken Kennedy will be out here for some kind of announcement. Weíll be right back!
*Mr. KennedyÖKennedy hits and out comes Kennedy with a Green Bay Packer Jersey gaining instant heel heat from the Minneapolis crowd*
*Kennedy begins to speak while still on the stage*
Mr. Kennedy: For those who donít know who I am, let me introduce myself. I hail from the greatest city in the world of Greeeeen Bayyyyyyy, Wisconsin. I weight in at a marvelous 245 pounds, I am the man who is going to whip that bald headed bastard Stone Cold Steve Austin at No Way Out, I amÖ Mr. KennedyÖ*Huge heat on Kennedy*
Mr. Kennedy: Kennedy!
*More heat on Kennedy*
Mr. Kennedy: Just like this loser city of Minneapolis, Austin your time is finished. Just like the Vikings who are continually plagued with problems both on and off the field, Austin I donít know whatís up with you lately, but at No Way Out, Iím going to knock you back down to reality. Austin, after I beat you, you can come out here, and say I ate a bunch of cheeseburgers, drank a bunch of stevewisers, but still in the end, fell victim of the Green Bay Plunge, and I, Mr. KennedyÖ
*Kennedy removes the mike from his mouth as the crowd is booing like crazy*
*Glass Shatters and the roof nearly come off as Austin comes out and the two start to brawl right on the stage. Both men continue to brawl as they make their way towards the announce table, which is right by the stage for tonight. Austin goes for the stunner on the announce table, but Kennedy counters it and nails the Green Bay Plunge (modified) on Austin right through the announce table*
Ken Kennedy: And that is the price you will pay, if you mess with Mr. KennedyÖ
*Huge heat on Kennedy even more now*
Ken Kennedy: Kennedy!
*Kennedy then drops the mike on Austin, and leaves to his own music to a bunch of heat from the crowd*
Jim Ross: That no good SOB just sent Austin straight to hell.
Jerry Lawler: I donít believe this. Someone please get some help for Steve.
Shawn Michaels: Hey, Shelton donít worry about tonight. Tonight is D-Xs night. Tonight is our night to shine unlike this cold city of Minneapolis, where the only thing colder and worst than these people and Shelton I donít mean this in any bad way, is the T-Wolves, and the Vikings.
Shelton Benjamin: In fact Shawn, youíre right. These people here are stupid, uneducated, immoral human begins. Tonight though, I wonít look at it, as performing in front of my hometown. Iíll look at it as performing in front of low class welfare needing hicks.
*Huge heat from Benjamin as he throws on a Green Bay Jersey*
*Ainít No Stopping Me hits and out comes Shelton Benjamin and Lillian does the introductions for the main event*
Kurt Angle v. Shelton Benjamin
Great main event with the crowd split throughout the match for both individuals. A lot of mat based wrestling is used in this match. Finish comes when Benjamin nails the T-Bone Suplex, but Angle is able to kick out. Angle then nail the Angle Slam and makes Benjamin tap to the Angle Lock at the 12:45 mark.
Lillian Garcia: The winner of the match, Kurt Angle! MT-12:45
*Kurt refuses to let go. Finally, Shelton is let loose. Shelton rolls out of the ring, as Angle turns around. Michaels goes for Sweet Chin Music, but misses. Angle grabs Michaels by the legs, and Michaels is taken down and put in the Angle Lock! Angle sits down and Michaels is tapping like crazy. Triple H comes out and is taken out by The Rock. Rock nails Hunter with a Rock Bottom. Benjamin and Styles are once again battling with The Naturals. Michaels is tapping yet again*
Kurt Angle: I told you Shawn, I am going to make you TAP!
*Kurt then celebrates again with the title and a fallen Michaels as the show comes to a close*
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