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RAW : 16th August 2004; Detroit:
J.R: We are only six days away from SummerSlam!! And tonight we are gonna be getting ready for the hottest event of the Summer with a huge main event.
King: It’s gonna be Evolution’s Batista and World Heavyweight Champion, Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho and Maven, with Raw General Manager, Mick Foley as the guest referee.
J.R: That’s right King, there is a lot of combustible elements in that match, and with this being Raw, you never know what will happen!
Evolution’s music hits
King: Well J.R look. It’s Evolution!
J.R: And they look like have something to get off their chest!
Orton takes the microphone first. He talks about how sick he is of being picked on by Mick Foley. He recalls everything they have been through ever since June 2003 to today. He then accuses Foley of being jealous of Orton’s success. He says that Foley wishes he could have been more like Orton when he was younger. He says Foley wished he had Orton’s looks, body, charisma, talent, and above all else, he is jealous that Orton didn’t have to mutilate his body just to make a name for himself in the business.
Batista then talks. He says that Foley better call tonight’s match right down the middle or there will be a lot of trouble coming his way.
Batista gives the microphone to Flair, who gets a huge WOOO from the Detroit crowd. He says that and the rest of Evolution are ready to take matters into their own hands if Foley gets on their wrong side one more time.
Then Jericho’s music hits. He enters to a huge pop. He starts off by telling Evolution to “Pleaseee, would you shut the hell up!!” This gets a huge cheer, followed by Y2J chants.
Orton takes the mic from Flair and tells Jericho to just walk away, because right now he is talking the talk, but at SummerSlam when the Heavyweight Title is up for grabs, he wont walk the walk.
Jericho, disagrees. He says that nothing will stop him taking Orton all the way, down town to China town in Toronto, and if either Flair or Batista want to try and stop him, he will make sure that they will never, EVVVVERR, be the same - Orton cut in. He says Jericho has all the one liners, all the jokes, all the catchphrases, but there is one thing he will never have, the World Heavyweight Title.
We see the arrival of GM Mick Foley to the Joe Louis arena.
J.R and King talk about the next match, Matt Hardy vs. Sting for the Intercontinental Title. They show a number of clips from recent weeks on Heat involving altercations between the two. These included, Matt retaining in a triple threat against Sting and Test, then the two fighting among themselves in a tag match against Mack and Jordan, then last week, Sting defeated Matt in a non title match.
1st Match: Intercontinental Championship Match:
Matt Hardy vs. Sting
Finish: Both men go at it from the outset. Matt gets the early momentum with a side effect, and then goes to work on Stings neck. Sting gets back into the match with a DDT. He then works on the leg of Matt Hardy. He applies the Deathlock, but Hardy makes the ropes. Sting then goes for a dropkick, but Matt moves and hit’s the referee instead. Matt then hit’s the Twist of Fate, but there is no referee to make the count. Matt revives the referee, but as he turns back to Sting, he is cradled and the referee makes the three count for the victory, and new IC Champion.
We are shown a clip from earlier today between Gail Kim and Women’s champion, Trish Stratus.
Interview with Shawn Michaels. He is asked about his first blood match against Kane at SummerSlam. He says that really there is little he can say know as it is really time for talking to end and time for blood - Kane’s blood, to be shed.
Evolution talk in their locker room about tonight’s match. They say that tonight, Jericho’s recent run of luck will come to an ugly end.
2nd Match: 6 Person Inter Gender Tag Match:
Booker T, Goldust & Gail Kim vs. Edge, Christian and Trish Stratus
(During the entrances, we are reminded that Trish will defend her Women’s Title at SummerSlam, and Edge and Christian will defend the tag belts against Booker T and Goldust at the PPV.)
Finish: Book, Goldust and Gail control most of the early going, until Booker tags Gail. She goes at it with Trish, coming out on top, but when she comes off the ropes, Edge pulls her down by the hair. From there, the Canadian trio dominate Gail. Eventually, they make a mistake, allowing Gail to tag Goldust. He and Booker clean house as the match turns into utter chaos. Goldust hits Shattered dreams on Christian while the referee is distracted, but Trish breaks the cover. Goldust grabs her and looks to the crowd. They cheer for him to kiss her again, but Edge breaks it with a Spear. Booker runs in, but Edge hit’s a low blow which goes undetected by the referee. He chucks him to the outside, leaving Gail on her own. She tries to get out of the ring, but Edge stops he and throws her to Christian who plants her with an Unprettier. Trish makes the cover, and gets the win. They continue the assault afterwards, but Booker and Goldust save her from a beating, and Edge, Christian & Trish high tail through the crowd, as Book and Goldy help Gail to her feet.
Backstage, Mick Foley gets his referee shirt prepared for later.
We return with an interview with Rob Van Dam. He says that Rhyno may be a sadistic animal and may be making a tear through RAW recently but because of the pain that RVD has suffered, he is going to make sure that this Sunday at SummerSlam, to get a new name ready for the Hardcore Title, and that name is, Rob Van Dam. Rhyno enters. He asks RVD how his ribs feel. He says that he hopes RVD can heal in time for SummerSlam, because tonight, he will be beaten like the dog he is. Rhyno walks off as RVD stands with a stern look on his face.
Edge, Christian and Trish celebrate the beating they just laid on the three SUCKAAAASSSS! In the ring moments ago, and this Sunday, it will be same again for the weirdo’s and Gail, because, Booker and Goldust just don’t compare, and Gail just isn’t in Trish’s league.
Rob Van Dam & Steven Richards vs. Rhyno & Matt Morgan
(During the entrances, we are reminded that Rhyno will defend the Hardcore Title against RVD at SummerSlam, and we are also shown clips of Rhyno’s recent attacks on both RVD and Richards.)
Finish: RVD and Steven both go right after Rhyno from the start, completely ignoring Morgan. Morgan attacks both from behind, and immediately he and Rhyno have the advantage. They soon go to work on RVD’s ribs, but he fights back and soon makes the tag to Richards. Steven goes at both Morgan and Rhyno, but soon he is overpowered, and they isolate him from RVD. Eventually, RVD makes the hot tag, and attacks Rhyno and throws Morgan out of the ring. He goes at it one on one with the man beast, and RVD comes out on top. He hit’s a spinning heel kick, but Matt breaks the pin. Richards then comes after Morgan taking him to the outside, leaving Rhyno and RVD again.
Rhyno goes for the Gore, but RVD leapfrog’s him and hit’s a side kick. He goes up top and nails a 5 Star. He gets the win over Rhyno and heads into SummerSlam with a lot of momentum. Rhyno scampers out of the ring and leaves the ringside area as RVD salutes the crowd with the RVD thumb salute.
Randy Orton goes to Mick Foley’s office. He goes face to face with the GM and tells him it’s OK to be jealous of him, but asks Foley not to pick on him just because he is twice the athlete Foley ever was, twice the champion he ever was, twice as popular as Foley was, in fact, twice the man Foley EVER was! Foley goes nuts. He asks Orton if he has any respect or any dignity for this business. He says Orton may be a better athlete than him but he will never be a better champion, unless champions get viewed on how many cheap victories they have obtained, then Orton could write the book on being a great champion. And if Orton is ever more popular than him, then it will be a sad day for this sport. He then grabs Orton and tells him that if he seriously thinks that he is twice the man he is then he has got some serious issues. Orton backs off. Foley then tells him that if he came here to talk some crap about being screwed out of his match tonight, then to save it. He says that he will referee the match right down the middle, but if Evolution steps out of line, he will have no hesitation in taking matters into his own hands.
Summer Slam Classic: HBK defeats HHH in a Non- Sanctioned match, his first in four years.
Kane comes to the ring. He calls out Michaels to come face to face in the ring. HBK enters. They go face to face in the ring. Kane laughs in the face of HBK. He says that last week, HBK may have bust him open, but this Sunday, Kane will make Shawn bleed and once he makes him the bleed, he will not stop there. He will make sure that HBK will not be able to break any hearts anymore, he will make sure that- Michaels interrupts. He tells Kane that he has heard all this crap before from bigger and badder guys, and don’t think for a second that he is buying this crap from Kane. Kane shakes his head. He says that that is the only opportunity he needs, the only weakness he needs. He says that HBK doesn’t buy his promises, well he isn’t selling them, they are the truth, they are exactly what he will do to HBK, and what really excites him is that HBK doesn’t think it will happen. He laughs and then walks away from the ring. HBK stays in the ring and looks on at Kane who is still smiling.
Nowinski interview. He talks about not being given much recognition since his return, but that doesn’t matter, because he will make an example of Raven tonight. He then makes fun of Raven.
Raven vs. Christopher Nowinski
Finish: Raven beats on Nowinski from the start. He attacks him around the ringside area, and eventually the match officially begins. He continues the assault, working on the leg of Nowinski. He looks set to finish off Nowinski early, but out of nowhere, Molly Holly runs to the ring. She distracts Raven. He grabs her by the hair, but Nowinski saves her with a forearm to the back of Raven, then a School boy. He grabs the tights and picks up the win. He and Molly, quickly run up the ramp and to the back as Raven looks shocked in the ring.
Jericho talks with Maven. They say they will win tonight and Jericho will defeat Orton at SummerSlam.
RVD is making his way backstage, getting ready to leave the arena, but out of nowhere, Rhyno Gores him through a door. Rhyno stands over him and says that he told him he would make sure he would be beaten like the dog he is, and this Sunday, he will make sure that this dog gets put down for good.
We return with a SummerSlam preview for the RAW side from King and J.R.
Randy Orton & Batista w/Ric Flair vs. Chris Jericho & Maven
with special guest referee; GM Mick Foley
Finish: The match is a very even contest throughout, with Foley calling the contest right down the middle. Orton and Batista eventually isolate Maven from Jericho, and they work on his back. Eventually, he hits an inziguri on Orton and crawls to Jericho to make a tag, but Flair pulls Jericho off the apron, and therefore is unable to make the tag. Foley immediately sends Flair away from ringside. Both Flair and Evolution are irate at this decision. Orton and Batista both get in the face of Foley. However, Maven takes advantage and hit’s a double dropkick on the two Evolution members. He makes the tag to Jericho and he cleans house. He is soon in the ring alone with Orton. Orton tries to get out of the ring, but Jericho grabs him and brings him back in. Jericho locks on the Walls of Jericho, but just as Orton is ready to tap, Batista makes the save. He goes for a Powerbomb on Jericho, but Y2J counters into a DDT. Orton then hits Y2J with the RKO. He gets his feet on the ropes, but Foley refuses to count. Orton argues with him and Foley explains why he didn’t count. Orton accepts and Foley turns away. Orton then pulls Foley back around and nails the RKO on the GM. He then grabs the title belt and levels Y2J with it.
The match ends in a no contest as Orton and Batista walk out, leaving both Foley and Jericho laying in the ring.
The show ends with the two members of Evolution standing at the top of the ramp holding up the World Heavyweight Title as Jericho and Foley are out in the ring.
END OF SHOW
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