Re: WWE 2003: Damage Control
RAW August 25th, 2003
Forget the guns, the drugs, from my generation I'll take the fall, the saints, across the nation AND IT'S THE SEX, THE GODS, THE FREAKS, THE FRAUDS THEY'RE MESSIN' WITH ME, COME ON, COME ON, COME ON... LET's GET IT ON... MOVE TO THE MUSIC, PLAY THAT F*CKIN MUSIC, MOVE IT TO THE MUSIC YEAH
Pyro shoots across the stage while the camera sweeps through the raucous crowd in Tucson
Jim Ross: We're only one night removed from what was an explosive night at SummerSlam, and we've got much more in store for you tonight! In our main event tonight, we've got The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels taking on one of the young studs of Evolution, Randy Orton.
A matchup screen shows for the HBK/Orton match
Jerry Lawler: Not to mention, SHANE MCMAHON is going to be in action once again tonight, this time against Jonathan Coachman. I hope Shane puts an elbow through Coach like he did to Bischoff!
Another matchup screen shows, with Bischoff in Coach's corner and Austin in Shane's
Jim Ross: Also, Triple H has been granted the night off by Eric Bischoff, but he is in the building tonight.
Jerry Lawler: AND HE'S STILL GOT THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE WITH HIM! What an amazing champion!
Jim Ross: Some may question the method he used to win, but that's beside the point.
Jerry Lawler: You mean to tell me that somebody like Goldberg wouldn't use any means necessary to retain his...
CAN YOU DIG IT, SUCKAAAAAAA????
Lawler's rant is cut off by "Rap Sheet", sending Booker T through the curtain and towards the ring. Booker, in his black gear, sets his pyro off at the top of the ramp before entering the ring and pumping up the crowd and waiting for his opponent.
"My Peeps" begins to play, and the Intercontinental Champion steps onto the stage with the title around his waste. He's wearing white tights with his logo on both sides, pounding his chest and searching for peeps, occasionally pointing into the crowd when he spots one. He takes his time progressing down the ramp before stepping into the confines of the squared circle and squaring up his challenger.
Intercontinental Championship Match
Christian (c) vs Booker T
It's an average TV match, with good back-and-forth action early on. Christian stalls a lot, looking to take any and every shortcut possible to leave Tucson with the title around his waist. Captain Charisma repeatedly rolls out of the ring any time Booker gets an advantage in the contest, which runs the 5-Time WCW Champion's patience thin. Booker gets frustrated, following Christian out of the ring, as the IC Champ tries to get intentionally counted out by retreating up the ramp. Booker pulls Christian back towards the ring and goes to roll him in, but it's countered by Captain Charisma, who throws Book into the steel steps. From this point onward, the advantage belongs to the champion, who keeps his challenger grounded, goading the crowd the whole way. Around the ten minute mark of the contest, Christian puts Booker in a headlock and takes him to the ground. The fans begin to clap, willing the challenger to get off the mat, which he does, connecting with an elbow to the stomach of Captain Charisma, forcing him to release his grip of the hold. Booker pushes Christian towards the corner, but the IC Champ bounces off the middle rope and leaps back towards Booker with a cross body attempt, but he's CAUGHT IN MIDAIR WITH THE HARLEM SIDEKICK! Booker rolls into the cover and hooks the leg!
Rather than dwelling on the champion's resiliency, Booker gets up and measures him, waiting until he can regain his vertical base. Christian gets up and turns around, and he's grabbed right into position for THE BOOK END! But it's countered! Christian connects with an elbow to the temple of Booker T, then drives him into the canvas with a REVERSE DDT!
1... 2... NEARFALL
Christian complains to the ref, and gets rolled up for a quick 2 count. Booker gets Christian with a kick to the gut, causing him to double over, and bounces off the ropes, looking for the SCISSORS KICK! Christian bails out and dives out of the ring, sending the fans into a frenzy of jeers. Christian eggs the fans on, taking his eye off the ball, as Booker attacks him from behind. They exchange strikes until official Tim White reaches a count of 5, when Captain Charisma hooks Booker's arms to go for the UNPRETTIER! Booker pushes Christian towards the ringpost as a counter, but Christian is able to grab on to the post and swing himself around to the other side of the ring. He slides into the squared circle from that side, as Booker does the same on the other. Booker goes for another HARLEM SIDE KICK, but Christian ducks and rolls Booker up, GRABBING A HANDFUL OF TRUNKS IN THE PROCESS!
Winner: Christian (14:36)
Christian rolls to the outside and grabs his title, pressing it tightly against his chest and looking up towards the ceiling with his eyes closed, talking to himself. Booker is absolutely beside himself in the ring, yelling at referee Tim White for not noticing Christian's grab of the trunks.
Jerry Lawler: What a match! I can't believe Christian won!
Jim Ross: How can Christian be proud of winning like that? How does he sleep at night?
Jerry Lawler: Snuggled right up with his Intercontinental Title belt!
Jim Ross: Somehow, I don't doubt that.
Christian steps back through the curtain with his belt, as the crowd awards Booker with a pretty good ovation for the fantastic match that he just provided them with.
Jonathan Coachman and Eric Bischoff are shown backstage in Bischoff's office. Coach is taping up his fists as Bischoff demonstrates a martial-arts style kick, before grabbing his side, showing the effects from Shane's elbow drop the night before.
RAW roars back from the break with "Macmillitant" hitting over the speaker system. Mark Henry comes to the ring, flanked by Rodney Mack to his right and Theodore Long to his left. They all get in the ring, then Long steps to the forefront with a microphone.
Theodore Long: Afta' the las' match, we thought it was time for a STRONG black man to come out here and make his people PROUD.
The crowd boos T-Lo's bashing of Booker T, as Mark Henry flexes and Rodney Mack threatens the crowd for booing his manager
Theodore Long: So whichever white boy thinks they can get in the ring and last 5 MINUTES with the World's Strongest Man might as well get his ass out here and get DOWN, WITH THE BROWN.
"Turn the Tables" hits, as well as the Dudley Boyz titantron video. The crowd is to their feet, anticipating the arrival of Bubba Ray and D-Von. Mark Henry is gesturing for somebody to come down to the ring and fight him, when out of the curtain steps... Spike Dudley. Down with the Brown laughs collectively, as the little man walks down to the bottom of the ramp. Spike stops, and out come his brothers! Bubba Ray and D-Von hurry to the ring, holding a table. They set the table down outside the ring, then all three Dudleys slide into the ring! Theodore Long bails out, as Mark Henry and Rodney Mack brawl with the brothers Dudley. Spike goes for the Dudley Dog on Mack, but he's launched across the ring instead. Bubba Ray and D-Von double clothesline Mack over the top, and since they're out of the ring, the bell is rung to begin the match.
White Boy Challenge
Mark Henry w/ Theodore Long and Rodney Mack vs Spike Dudley w/ Dudley Boyz
Spike is getting back to his feet in the corner, and Mark Henry immediately charges the runt of the litter and attempts a splash in the corner. Spike moves, and looks for the DUDLEY DOG! Spike covers, but he's LAUNCHED off the cover at 2 by the power of The World's Strongest Man. Theodore Long visibly lets out a sigh of relief, as Spike hits a low dropkick to the knees of the recovering Mark Henry. Henry uses the ropes to pull himself back up as the 5 minute timer hits 4:00. Spike bounces off the ropes and runs back towards Henry with a full head of steam, but he's squashed by a gigantic shoulder block. Spike bounces back up, but he's holding his chest, and he's pounded with clubbing blows over the back. Henry simply lifts him up and drills him down with the WORLD'S STRONGEST SLAM! Henry covers.
1... 2... 3! NO! Mark Henry lifts Spike up!
Henry plants him into the mat again with another WORLD'S STRONGEST SLAM! With Theodore Long calling the shots as the clock hits 3:00, Mark decides not to cover. Instead, Mark squashes Spike with a splash! Henry covers again...
1... 2... 3!
Winner: Mark Henry (2:07)
Mack gets back into the ring immediately following the conclusion of the match, while Spike slowly rolls under the bottom rope to the floor. Bubba Ray and D-Von slide their table into the ring, but before they can enter and set the table up, Down with the Brown starts pounding away on the multi-time tag team champions. They throw D-Von into the corner, then whip Bubba Ray onto him. They both stay in the corner, then Henry gets a full head of steam and splashes them both in the corner! Henry and Mack set up the table, then kick Bubba Ray out of the ring. Mack stands on the second rope in the corner with the table set up in front of him, then sits back onto the top turnbuckle.
Henry puts D-Von on Mack's shoulders, but before they can finish the move... Spike clocks Mack with a steel chair! D-Von drops to the mat, landing on his feet, then catches Henry with a couple right hands. Bubba Ray pulls The World's Strongest Man to the outside, then tosses him shoulder-first into the steel steps! D-Von grabs Mack around the legs, and lifts him up as Bubba Ray runs into position to deliver... THE 3D TO RODNEY MACK, RIGHT THROUGH THE TABLE!
"Turn the Tables" strikes again, as the Dudleys taunt to the crowd, getting a pretty solid reaction. Mack and Henry leave with Theodore Long, Mack holding his ribs.
Jim Ross: I get the feeling that we haven't seen the last of these teams hooking it up.
Jerry Lawler: Mark Henry may have won the match, but it looks like the Dudleys get the last laugh!
The camera shot moves backstage, where Terri Runnels is holding a microphone. She adjusts the cord on her mic, then turns to her left to speak to her guest.
Terri Runnels: Tonight, you're going to go head-to-head with a legend of our business.
The camera zooms out to reveal Randy Orton standing next to Terri. Orton is rubbing his chin with his right hand, wearing his best shit-eating grin. He's sporting his Evolution t-shirt and trunks, with his hair spiked up like the cocky prick he is.
Terri Runnels: This will be the first time that you're in one-on-one competition with somebody the caliber of Shawn Michaels, and many question whether or not you're ready for this leap in competition. What do you say about those claims?
Orton loses his grin and removes his hand from his chin. He looks down at Terri, and nods his head back and forth before leaning in closer to the microphone.
Randy Orton: Did you really just question me? I'm a second-generation superstar! I've been hanging out with wrestlers that Shawn Michaels wishes he could have half the talent of since I was born! I'm young....
Orton points to his physique
Randy Orton: I'm athletic...
Randy now points to his face
Randy Orton: And I'm handsome.
Randy Orton: And as far as Shawn Michaels being some kind of "legend" is concerned, if he's a legend, then his so-called "legend" ends tonight.
"Across The Nation" plays in the arena as the camera goes back to King and JR.
Jim Ross: There's no denying the athletic prowess of Randy Orton, but his attitude needs some adjustment.
Jerry Lawler: Listen JR, if you got it, flaunt it. That's exactly what Orton does. He knows he's the best, why should he act like he isn't?
Jim Ross: It's called being humble, not something you know very much about. But I don't think he realizes just how hard it's going to be for him to "kill the legend" of Shawn Michaels.
Jerry Lawler: If anybody can do it though, Orton's your guy.
RAW returns to the airwaves with Gail Kim already in the ring, "International Woman" is blasting throughout the arena. Next to come out is Womens Champion Molly Holly, who has her belt around her waist. She yells, at the crowd the whole way to the ring.
Gail Kim vs Molly Holly
The action is quick, as is commonplace for Gail Kim matches. She throws together a plethora of athletic maneuvers straight from the word go, including a beautiful handspring elbow and some unique submission holds. The match goes by quickly at a very furious pace, but Molly takes over when she hits a fisherman's suplex. She brutalizes Gail, throwing her around the ring, against the turnbuckles, and briefly brawling around the outside of the ring before heading up top and going for the MOLLY GO ROUND! Gail counters it with a powerbomb, and pins the champion's arms to the mat!
1... 2... 3!
Winner: Gail Kim (5:51)
Gail celebrates as Molly retreats with her title belt, screaming back towards the ring.
Backstage, Shane McMahon is shadowboxing in his locker room. The camera cuts away from Shane O'Mac, and onto Steve Austin, who is walking towards the ring. As the camera reenters the arena, "What You Gonna Do" brings The Coach out towards the ring. Eric Bischoff is hollering in Coach's ear, presumably pumping him up. Coach gets in the ring and stretches out, ready for his showdown with the Chairman's son.
HERE COMES THE MONAAAAAYYYYY!!!!
Shane strolls to the ring, not as high-energy as usual due to the injuries of the night before. Just as Shane steps through the ropes...
THE GLASS BREAKS!
RAW co-GM Stone Cold Steve Austin comes to the ring, but simply stands in the corner of Shane O'Mac.
Jonathan Coachman w/ Eric Bischoff vs Shane McMahon w/ Stone Cold Steve Austin
It's as sloppy as most would expect at the start, with Coach, who is in better condition, peppering Shane with right and left hands that don't look very impactful. After a minute or two of this action, Shane is firmly in control. He hits a decent looking snap suplex, and goes up top for an elbow drop. However, before he can leap off, "Line in the Sand" starts playing. Batista and Ric Flair come to the ring as Bischoff claps and laughs at Shane. The Animal and Naitch walk past Austin and shoot him a passing glance, because Stone Cold isn't allowed to lay his hands on anybody unless he's physically provoked to do so. Batista and Flair walk towards the corner that Shane is perched on, and Shane O'Mac leaps off with a cross body, taking them both down! Shane gets a burst of adrenaline, as he charges towards Batista and leaps at him! However, Shane is caught and slammed down in one swift motion with a thunderous SPINEBUSTER by Evolution's Animal.
Winner: Shane McMahon via DQ (4:03)
Flair stomps on Shane O'Mac, as Bischoff and Coach point at Austin and laugh. The Rattlesnake continually considers attacking them, knowing he'll immediately lose his job as co-GM if he does so. Austin decides he has no choice but to watch, as they finish up their ruthless attack with a Batista Bomb and the Figure-Four Leg Lock. Evolution, Bischoff and Coach all walk past Austin, who has his hands on top of his bald head and his head down, knowing that the match he created led to the decimation of Shane McMahon.
Jim Ross: Those cowards! He was helpless!
Jerry Lawler: And it's all Stone Cold's fault! This night just can't get any better!
The first thing we see after the conclusion of the commercials is Bischoff, Coach, Batista and Flair all toasting champagne.
Eric Bischoff: You guys wanted a World Tag Team Title match? You got it. Next week.
Batista: Pleasure doing business with you.
Flair lets out a "WOOOO!" as they clink their glasses together. As the show returns to the hard camera, it is seen that the ring is set up for the Highlight Reel. "Break Down the Walls" hits, and out comes the Ayatollah of Rock-and-Rolla, Chris Jericho. He steps onto his set in front of the Jeritron 5000 and grabs a microphone. He's sporting a large bandage on his head, and his ribs are heavily taped.
Chris Jericho: Welcome to the HIGHLIGHT REEEEEL! Tonight, my guests are two of my opponents from last night at the Elimination Chamber. In fact, they were the last two people remaining in the match. And I know they don't like each other, so let's bring 'em out here right NOOOOOOOWWWWW!
TIME TO PLAY THE GAAAAAAAAME
Triple H comes to the ring with the World Heavyweight Championship slung over his right shoulder. He's wearing a suit and sunglasses, and has a water bottle in his right hand. He's got a giant smirk on his face as he enters the ring and takes his glasses off, staring at Chris Jericho.
GOOOOOOLDBERG... GOOOOOOOLDBERG... GOOOOOOLDBERG
The piped in chants usher Goldberg into the arena. He stands in his pyro, dressed in his leather riding jacket and black pants. He also has a large bandage on his forehead. He steps in the ring, and there's a few seconds of silent tension until Jericho breaks it.
Chris Jericho: I can tell that there's a little bit of a tense situation going on right now, but let me just-
Goldberg shoves Jericho and takes the microphone from him
Goldberg: I'm not in much of a mood to sit here and listen to you talk. I've finally got this son of a bitch in the ring, without a sledgehammer for him to hit me with.
The Game laughs at Goldberg, who keeps his piercing glare on the World Heavyweight Champion.
Goldberg: TRIPLE H, YOU'RE NEXT!
Goldberg spikes the microphone into the mat, and turns his attention towards the World Heavyweight Champion. Before he can get The Game, though, he's jumped on by Jericho. Goldberg whips Jericho hard into the corner, as HHH gets out of the ring. Goldberg lines Jericho up for the Spear, but KANE'S PYRO GOES OFF, AND THE BIG RED MACHINE MARCHES TO THE RING!
Wanting absolutely nothing to do with this monster, Jericho and Triple H decide to hightail it. Kane steps over the top rope and into the ring, but Goldberg doesn't back down an inch. Goldberg fires the first few shots, a couple of right hands that stagger Kane slightly. The Big Red Machine catches Goldberg with an uppercut, and promptly plants him with a CHOKESLAM! Kane looks down on his beaten prey, and laughs with his gap-toothed smile. He sets off his corner pyro as "Slow Chemical" sends him out of the ring, the crowd shocked at his new target.
Jim Ross: What the hell was that all about!? Why has Kane targeted Goldberg?!
Jerry Lawler: I don't know, but if the last time you talked to him is any indication, I wouldn't go ask him yourself.
Rosey and The Hurricane are standing backstage.
The Hurricane: Rosey, if you really want to learn how to fight crime, you've just gotta follow me to the ring tonight.
Hurricane strikes a superhero pose, and a "whoosh" sound effect is made as his cape blows behind him as he leaps out of the shot. Rosey follows behind him, waddling as he does.
"Delirious" hits in the arena, followed by Mark Jindrak and Garrison Cade making their way out to the ring to almost no reaction. They try as hard as they can to garner heat, but get nothing. "Eye of the Hurricane", on the other hand, draws a surprisingly big pop from the crowd, as Hurricane comes out with Rosey in tow. They both pose for a little while, before the match gets underway.
Jindrak & Cade vs The Superheroes
Jindrak and Cade display sound tag team strategy early on, isolating and decimating the smaller man. With plenty of quick tags and working over The Hurricane, Jindrak and Cade actually play very good heels in this contest, cutting Hurricane off from his partner. The tables turned on the young tag team when Hurricane was able to connect with, ironically, a (sloppy) hurricanrana on Garrison Cade! Hurricane Helms crawls over towards his partner and reaches out, but before he can make a tag, he's pulled back into the center of the ring by Jindrak! Hurricane somersaults through as Jindrak has a hold of his leg, launching Jindrak towards Rosey. Rosey pops Jindrak with a big headbutt, which sends the brash youngster out of the ring. Cade goes back on the advantage, lifting Hurricane up and going for an electric chair drop! Hurricane is able to counter it into a victory roll, but Cade kicks out at a quick 2. Cade gets back to one knee, and is blasted with the SHINING WIZARD! Rather than going for the cover, Hurricane tags into his massive partner. Hurricane takes Jindrak out of the match with a plancha, as Rosey goes to the second rope! He bounces a few times, then comes off with a VADER BOMB! Rosey puts very little effort into the cover, but it's probably going to be enough.
1... 2... 3!
Winners: The Superheroes (7:44)
Hurricane and Rosey pose a little for the crowd, and are surprisingly over.
Jerry Lawler: Look at these idiots. They actually think that they're superheroes!
Jim Ross: It seems to work for them. Anyway, we've got our main event up next, it'll be HBK Shawn Michaels against Randy Orton.
Jerry Lawler: Ohhh man I can't wait!
RAW comes back with Al Snow standing backstage with a microphone, as he's apparently taken over Jonathan Coachman's backstage interviewing duties for the night.Standing to his right is HBK, decked out in full entrance attire.
Al Snow: We heard Randy Orton's comments earlier tonight about killing the legend of Shawn Michaels tonight, now what do you think about what Orton had to say earlier tonight?
Shawn Michaels: You know something, Randy Orton can talk all he wants about who his father was and what's in his blood, but it sure seems like, at least from the way he spouts his mouth off, that he takes after Triple H more than he takes after his dad.
Shawn Michaels: I'm not going to sit back here and get in a war of words with some young punk, I'm just going to go out there and kick his teeth down his throat.
HBK raises his eyebrows at Snow before adjusting his pants and heading off towards the ring.
EEEEVOLUTION IS A MYSTERY, FULL OF CHANGE THAT NO ONE SEES
Randy Orton strides through the curtain, twirling at the top of the ramp to show off his physique to the crowd. He strikes his signature pose at the top of the stage, without the golden rain pyro that he would add later in his career.
YESTERDAY'S TOO LONG AGO, DON'T AGREE WITH WHAT I KNOW
Orton takes his time with his entrance, slowly making his way down the ramp and happily taking in the crowd's disapproval of his pompous attitude.
I SEE THE LINE, IN THE SAND... TIME TO FIND OUT, WHO I AM... LOOKIN BACK TO SEE, WHERE I STAND... EVOLUTION
Orton steps through the ropes and walks over to the far corner, perching himself on the middle rope and once again striking his pose. He slowly descends from the middle rope, testing the ropes resistance as he waits for HBK.
I THINK I'M CUTE... I KNOW I'M SEXY
The crowd is on their feet, as The Showstopper comes out like a house of fire. He stops at the bottom of the ramp to set his pyro off, and takes off his entrance gear before entering the ring to face the cocky young superstar.
Shawn Michaels vs Randy Orton
The match, much like the crowd, is hot right out of the gate, as Michaels carries Orton through some wonderful chain wrestling. With Michaels gaining the advantage on the mat, Orton quickly grows frustrated and slaps The Heartbreak Kid directly across the face. Shawn offers nothing more than a smile to the Legend Killer, and goes right back on the offensive with a flurry of chops and right hands. Orton is simply outclassed, and he's thoroughly dominated by HBK for the first half of this one. Randy does manage to get back into the thick of it, however, with a thumb to the eye, proving that he's learned from all his time hanging around Ric Flair. Orton takes The Showstopper down from behind with a neckbreaker, then keeps him glued to the canvas by synching in a headlock. HBK fights out of the hold and bounces Randy off the ropes, but Orton stays on the offensive by connecting with a stiff clothesline across the throat of Michaels. Orton uses this advantage to slow the match down, keeping Shawn away from performing any high-impact offense whatsoever.
Nearing the 8 minute mark of the bout, Orton decides that he's going to try to put Michaels away. Stalking and measuring Mr. Wrestlemania, Randy goes for the RKO! It's countered by HBK, who shoves Orton chest-first into the top turnbuckle! Randy hits the corner hard and turns around into the SWEET CHIN MUSIC! Michaels covers Orton, who is basically out cold, lying on his back in front of the corner! HBK lies on his back across Orton's torso and hooks his opponent's right leg...
1... 2... 3! NO! ORTON GETS HIS FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE!
The crowd's cheers turn to groans, as Orton rolls over and hooks his right arm across the bottom rope, hugging it like it's his girlfriend. HBK has a brief dispute with the ref, but simply goes over to the opposite corner and tunes up the band for another superkick. After three stomps, with the crowd counting, Orton rolls out of the ring, aware of the situation. This draws even more boos from the capacity crowd, while Orton staggers over to the barricade and rests on it. Michaels walks over to the ropes, and plays up to the crowd, essentially asking them if he should do a dive to the outside. Naturally, they go crazy, and HBK rears back, ready to launch himself onto the brash Legend Killer. Just as HBK takes off, Orton moves! Michaels goes belly-first onto the thin mats on the outside, curling up into a ball to reduce the pain. Orton nods his head quickly in order to regain his senses, then rolls his opponent back into the ring and picking up a quick 2 count.
Dragging Shawn up by his hair, Orton connects with a hellacious European uppercut to the former World Heavyweight Champion. The pace slows again, with Orton systematically and monotonously wearing away at Michaels. Following a superplex from the Legend Killer, he measures up for the RKO once again. He gets his arm around HBK's head, but Michaels turns around to escape and catches Orton with a backslide!
1... 2... KICKOUT!
More groans from the crowd, as Orton springs to his feet and latches on to the ropes nearest to the entrance ramp. Michaels is quick to get up as well, waiting for Orton to turn around so he can make good on his promise to kick the Legend Killer's teeth down his throat. Before Orton can do so, Michaels is distracted by the presence of Ric Flair, who has jumped up onto the apron! Michaels and the referee both go to engage The Nature Boy, but Michaels decides the referee has control of the situation and turns his attention back to Randy Orton. Michaels takes one step away from Flair, and is DRIVEN DOWN WITH AUTHORITY BY THE RKO! Orton covers as Flair points to the pin, yelling for the referee to count. Flair drops off the apron and turns around with his arms raised, waiting for his young protege to earn the biggest victory of his short career. Orton frantically hooks the leg, trying to gain as much leverage as possible.
1... 2... MICHAELS SPRINGS HIS SHOULDER OFF THE MAT!
Orton is downright livid, slapping the mat and screaming at referee Mike Chioda. Chioda continually tells Orton that it was only a 2 count, as Randy grabs on to the ref's shirt and pulls him closer, furious at the lack of a victory. With all this going on, Michaels is able to roll to the ropes and use them to get to his feet, and he takes two big hop steps and shoots another SWEET CHIN MUSIC at Orton! The Legend Killer is just able to duck it, but Ric Flair, who is on the apron yelling at Chioda, is LEVELED! Orton goes for yet another RKO, but HBK keeps a firm grip on the ropes with his right hand, refusing to budge! Orton irish whips Shawn into the ropes, but is caught coming back with a flying forearm from the Heartbreak Kid! With both men down and the crowd buzzing at the fantastic back-and-forth nature of the contest, Michaels kips up. He pumps up the crowd, as Orton finally begins to stir. Michaels tunes up the band, going for one last Sweet Chin Music, but he's stopped by Batista, who gets on the apron and eats the right fist of The Showstopper, Michaels turns around and tries to clothesline Orton, but Randy ducks and knocks Michaels down with a picture-perfect dropkick.
With Chioda admonishing The Animal, Michaels gets back to his feet using the ropes, with his head sticking out of the ring between the middle and top rope. Flair does a drive-by of sorts, catching Michaels with a quick thumb to the eye that sends him staggering backwards, right into the second RKO of the match! Orton really hooks in the cover this time, as Chioda begins his count.
1... 2... 3!!!
Winner: Randy Orton (17:22)
EEEEEVOLUTION IS A MYSTERY, FULL OF CHANGE THAT NO ONE SEES
Orton raises his hand in victory, as the crowd sends a monsoon of boos his way. Batista grabs his Evolution partner and helps him exit the ring, as Flair slaps Orton on the chest and yells to him about how proud he is. As Michaels lifts his head up, he sees the smirk of Randy Orton, who is midway up the ramp, being held up by Batista to avoid from completely collapsing. When Evolution gets to the top of the ramp, they're met by the World Heavyweight Champion, who is chomping down on his gum and smiling. He shakes Orton's hand, and eventually embraces him with a hug, as RAW comes to a close.
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