Raw: April 10th; San Antonio:
Quick highlights package from last week, with Eric Bischoff named as the new GM, and the trades from Smackdown to Raw and vice versa, with Bischoff not getting his way at all.
We are in the heart of Texas, for a new look Raw, as tonight, we welcome our six new arrivals from Smackdown, here in San Antonio for Eric Bischoffs first official night in charge of the flagship show in the WWE today.---
The Coach: And immediately Iím impressed J.R. The Boss has signed three major matches on his first night back, and boy, it feels like he never went away!!!
Jim Ross: Top marks for sucking up Coach. Well done. Thatís right though, three matches already in the pipeline tonight, with Randy Orton in action for the first time since Wrestle Mania, as he is scheduled go face The Brotherhoods man mountain, Mark Henry, the worlds strongest man, one on one tonight!!!
The Coach: And, Shelton Benjamin is in action, one week after having to vacate the tag titles with Charlie Haas - now on Smack down, but heís in tag action, teaming with Mister Money in the Bank, Rey Mysterio to take on the future holder of that briefcase, Edge, and the current Intercontinental Champion, Carlito!!!
Jim Ross: And how about this, the home town boy is in action too, as HBK Shawn Michaels faces Nick Dinsmore, in Dinsmores first major test on Raw in singles action, since he made it known to the world about who he really is.
The Coach: And of course, it was revealed this weekend on wwe.com, that at Backlash, itíll be the remaining two members of DX, Cade and Michaels, facing the remaining two Horsemen, Dinsmore and Flair, in tag team action, just three weeks away.
Jim Ross: Two huge factions, both depleted from the draft lottery, but tonight, Michaels and Dinsmore will look to give each side a huge boost.
**HERE COMES THE PAIN** Brock Lesnar walks out onto the stage, dressed in his sweats, looking like heís just finished a session in a gym.
Jim Ross: And folks, you are looking at the biggest name to switch rosters, at least in my opinion, last week, and Lesnar has made it known he wants one title shot - a shot he believes he deserves having not got a rematch from his loss at Wrestle Mania.
The Coach: Man oh man, think about that. Lesnar and Cena for the World Title. I know Iíd love to see that.
Lesnar wastes no time, and quickly gets to the ring, demanding a mic right away, and motions for the music to die.
Brock Lesnar: Iím not gonna beat this round the bush. Eric, youíve dodged me all night. Iíve looked up and down the hallways all night, and I havent caught a glimpse of you yet. You know what I want. Remember our conversation last week?? Eric, give me the title shot that I rightfully deserve.
Lesnar cuts himself off, as an Ďassholeí chants breaks his focus.
Brock Lesnar: I wouldnít expect you to agree with me. But Eric, you better start seeing my way of thinking, and you better start seeing my way VERY quickly. I donít have a lot of patience, and itís wearing thin already.
Lesnar stands in the ring for a few moments, in silence, before speaking again.
Brock Lesnar: ERIC!! Iím waiting. DONíT keep me waiting.
Brock leans on the ropes, looking up the ramp, waiting for someone.
Brock Lesnar: Okay, okay. Have it your way Bischoff. Iím waiting right here in this ring, until you give me an answer.
Brock spreads his arms out, as if to say, Iím still waiting. Lesnar walks to the corner, and takes a seat on the top rope, still waiting for Eric, as the fans grow restless, and start a Ďboringí chant.
Brock Lesnar: Címon Bischoff. This sure as hell isnít what you wanted your first Raw back to be like. Can you hear what the people are saying?? Theyíre calling your show boring!!! What are ya gonna do about it??
Lesnar laughs a little, and continues to wait, as the fans continue to be annoyed, untilÖ
**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES** Christian steps out into the arena, accompanied by the ever present Tyson Tomko, getting an extremely pro reaction from the fans, now warming to Captain Charisma. The two men make their way down the ramp, much to the chagrin of Brock Lesnar.
Jim Ross: Well, we know that Captain Charisma is harbouring the same desire as Brock Lesnar. He too wants a World Title shot, and I donít think heís content with waiting his turn.
The Coach: I donít like the looks of this J.R. This could turn messy.
Christian steps into the ring, with Lesnar not taking his focus off him, as he asks for a mic, which is given to him by the time keeper. The music dies down, as Christian puts the mic to his lips.
Christian: Iím not gonna spare your feelings here Brock. Straight up, let me warn you, that although the surroundings may seem fairly similar, this isnít Smackdown. This is the flagship show youíre on now. Welcome Ö to Raw.
Slight, weird pop from the fans for the mention of Raw.
Christian: So right away, you can forget about calling the shots. You can forget about demanding title shots, because here on Raw, you need to earn it.
Lesnar prepares to speak, but Christian butts in, and takes the mic from him.
Christian: This is gonna take a while isnít it?? Brock, lesson one. Here on Raw, you wait until Iíve finished speaking before you do.
Christian looks at Lesnar, and drops Brocks mic.
Christian: Okay?? Now, lesson TWOOO. That follows lesson one. Following this okay??
Brock looks less than impressed.
Christian: Lesson two. We here at Raw donít care about what you did on Smackdown, and just because you held that joke of a title and LOST, it doesnít mean you immediately get a shot on Raw. Understood??
Lesnar tries to keep his composure.
Christian: Lesson three. Unless you havent been watching the hottest show on television for the past year, youíll notice that Iíve been earning my way to the top of the mountain, racking up the victories, quicker than youíll be racking CDís in your future career. And what that means is that any title shot you get Ö itíll be after I get my rightful shot at John Cena.
Fans pop a little, wanting to see Christian get a title shot. Lesnar now rips the mic from Christian, and Tomko gets set to step in, but Christian holds him back, wanting to hear with Lesnar says.
Brock Lesnar: Interesting. But hereís a few lessons for you. Number one, Iím Brock FREAKIN Lesnar. Number two, I donít need to wait for a damn thing, because I get what I want, and if I donít get it, Iíll take it anyway. And number three, if you dare test my patience, youíll not be sticking around for a title shot anytime soon Ö understood??
Christian nods, before taking the mic back again.
Christian: I understand Ö I understand that if you keep going the way you are, your stay on Raw is gonna be an extremely short one. Because youíll quickly find out that although I do a lot of talking, I do a hell of a lot more backing it up.
Fans pop, getting behind Captain Charisma, Lesnar now rips the mic from Christian again.
Brock Lesnar: Well, why donít you back it up right here, right now.
Fans pop, wanting to see the two men get it on, as Christian takes the mic back.
Christian: Do the peeps in San Antonio Texas want to see Captain Charisma take down King Kong??
Christian: Well, in that case Ö Tomko, call the morons at the WWF, because Iím about to get sued for killing this new endangered breed of half man, half ape.
Christian drops the mic, and rolls up his sleeves, as Lesnar rips off his tank top, with the fans cheering, wanting to see the two men get it on, when Ö
**IíM BACK** Eric Bischoff quickly gets out onto the stage, yelling over his mic.
Eric Bischoff: HOLD IT!!! HOLD IT RIGHT NOW!!!
The music dies down, as the two men look up the ramp.
Eric Bischoff: I donít want my first show back in charge of Raw ending in chaos. You two better just calm right down.
Bischoff takes a moment to compose himself.
Eric Bischoff: Now, Iíve heard that both of you want a title shot at Backlash, and rightfully so. Brock Lesnar, you never got a rematch for the title you lost two weeks ago at WrestleMania. And Christian, youíre arguably the hottest property on Raw right now. John Cena versus either of you would be huge.
Both men seem to be indicating to themselves.
Eric Bischoff: So since either outcome is a winner for me, Iíve had an idea. Right here, tonight on Raw, itíll be Brock Lesnar Ö versus Christian!!!
Eric Bischoff: And the winner Ö goes on to face John Cena at Backlash for the World Heavyweight Championship!!!
Fans pop for the #1 Contender Match, as Bischoffs music hits again, and he leaves the stage, as Lesnar exitís the ring, pointing back at Christian, telling Captain Charisma heíll see him later.
Edge & Carlito w/ Stacy Kiebler vs. Rey Mysterio & Shelton Benjamin
High energy tag match, with Edge and Rey showing lots of fire starting off, battling, as they prepare for an I Quit Match in three weeks time at Backlash. Benjamin shows glimpses of promise, as he prepares for a new singles future, after breaking free from TWGTT due to the draft last week, and the IC Champion Carlito looks good too, as he tries to bounce back from two straight losses in recent weeks to Christian. Eventually, as the match wears on, Mysterio is singled out by Carlito and Edge as they try to pick apart the smaller opponent, and do so effectively, making sure he cant tag out to Shelton Benjamin.
As Mysterio tries to fight back each time, he is beaten back down again by the opponents, and even when it looks like heíll make a tag out, Edge or Carlito will interfere, and stop a tag taking place, pulling Benjamin off the apron, dragging Mysterio back into the centre, or distracting the referee. However, Edge begins to get a little too cocky with his beaten down enemy, and starts toying with him, taking too long to carry out simple tasks, which Mysterio uses to his advantage, as Edge shapes up to hit the Spear, and crouches down, then runs at Mister Money in the Bank, but Rey manages to nail a drop toe hold, sending Edge into the ropes!!! Rey quickly follows up, and delivers a 619, knocking Edge across the ring, but instead of following up, Mysterio finally tags out, bringing Benjamin into the action, as a fresh man, whilst Edge tags out to Carlito.
Benjamin shows off his ability, with high flying antics, out classing Carlito, who seems taken aback by Sheltons athletic prowess. Shelton nails the T-Bone on CCC, and hooks the leg, 1...2...EDGE BREAKS THE COUNT!!! Immediately, Mysterio bursts back into action, and dives at Edge, and the two men fall out of the ring, under the bottom rope, leaving the two legal men in the ring. Carlito sets up Shelton for the Apple Core Ö but Benjamin counters into a cradle Ö 1...2...3!!!!!
Winners: Shelton Benjamin & Rey Mysterio @ 13:06
BENJAMIN PINS CARLITO!!!! Shelton Benjamin starts off his new singles career with a big win (albeit ironically in a tag team match), by defeating the Intercontinental Champion!!! Benjamin has his hand raised, whilst Carlito storms up the ramp, shocked over his loss - a third in three weeks - with Kiebler following behind him.
Meanwhile, the camera shifts to the crowd, where Mysterio and Edge are fighting tooth and nail, clubbing one another, with Rey surprisingly holding his own, despite the major size difference. Security tries to break the pair up, but they continue to fight through the sea of people in the crowd, before we fade into a commercial.
We return with highlights from during the commercial, with Mysterio and Edge finally getting separated after a huge brawl.
Now, we join Randy Orton backstage, who walks to Eric Bischoffs office, knocks the door, and decides to go ahead and enter.
Eric Bischoff: Ahh, Randy Orton. The youngest World Heavyweight Champion in history. How are you??
Randy Orton: Iíve been better, but Iím not here for pleasantries. Iíve got one question Eric. When??
Bischoff looks puzzled.
Eric Bischoff: When Ö what??
Randy Orton: When will I get my rematch against John Cena. I just saw what happened earlier with Brock Lesnar and Christian. Where the hell does that leave me??
Eric gets up from his seat, and walks around his desk to Orton.
Eric Bischoff: Randy, right now, all I want you to concentrate on Ö is your match later tonight against Mark Henry. Once you finish that, then weíll talk about your rematch.
Orton doesnít look happy.
Randy Orton: Okay. But it better be good.
Orton leaves the room, with Bischoffs smile fading from his face as Randy leaves.
Another video airs, hyping the upcoming debut of FINLAY - SOON.
Jazz w/ The Brotherhood vs. Lita
As soon as Jazz makes her way to the ring, the referee is quick to intervene, and sends the entire Brotherhood away from ringside, which infuriates Jazz right from the outset, and Lita sneaks up, looking for a roll up by surprise, 1...2...Jazz just squeaks free.
From here, we get a borderline average contest, with Lita being her usual messy self, whilst Jazz tries to keep the match together as best as she can. During the match, J.R and Coach comment that right now, itís expected that Jazz will be the next contender to Trish Stratus title, after her victory two weeks ago, in a six person tag match, but strangely, itís Lita that comes out on top in this match, throwing a spanner into the works, as she plants Jazz with a DDT, before following up with the Moonsault, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Lita @ 03:58
Lita now firmly plants herself into the womens title picture, beating the rumoured #1 Contender.
Backstage, we see Rob Conway walking down the hallway, rubbing oil on himself, preening, and generally making the women surrounding him feel sick.
**Just Look At Me** ĎThe Con Maní Rob Conway struts out onto the stage, but looks a little angry to be getting a less than positive response. He walks down the ramp, expecting respect from the fans, but gets nothing. Conway steps into the ring, and takes a mic, before speaking.
Rob Conway: Please Ö hold your applause.
Heat for the smug Conway.
Rob Conway: Listen. It goes like this Ö Thesz Ö Graham Ö Sammartino Ö Backlund Ö Hogan Ö Hart Ö Austin Ö The Rock Ö Conway.
Little reaction, not knowing what Conway is getting at.
Rob Conway: That is the long line of legendary champions, and Iím adding my name to that list, because that is exactly where Iím heading.
Rob Conway: With my superstar looks Ö my Greek Godly body Ö and my athletic skills, not only am I destined for the top of this industry Ö but I could easily be a huge star in Hollywood.
More heat for Conway.
Rob Conway: But unlike those who have come before me, and unlike those who surround me today, Iím not planning on doing things the hard way Ö but Iím not planning on doing things the easy way either. No, no. Ladies and Gentlemen Ö Iím doing things ... The Con Way!!!
**MISTER KENNEDY** Ken Kennedy bursts out into the arena, much to the delight of the fans, bored with Conway. Kennedy briskly makes his way down to the ring, and steps inside, immediately taking a mic from Lillian Garcia. And wastes no time, getting to his point.
Ken Kennedy: The Con Way?? What the hell is that?? (Taps his head) Oh, I get it. Itís a catchy slogan, because your name is Rob Con-way. How clever.
Conway smugly smiles, thinking Kennedy is being genuine.
Ken Kennedy: No, seriously, itís the most ridiculous thing Iíve EVER heard.
Conway rips his glasses off, and glares at Kennedy.
Ken Kennedy: And you are the most ridiculous creature Iíve seen. For the love of God Ö leopard skin pants?? Oiled up body?? Youíd look more in place at the Blue Oyster.
Laughs from the fans.
Ken Kennedy: This isnít an audition for Homosexual pornography, but Iíd dare say youíd have a better chance of making it there, than on Monday Night Raw. And just in case you are confused Ö this is the sports entertainment industry Ö not the adult entertainment industry.
Conway starts to lose his cool.
Ken Kennedy: Not only do you look like a moron, but you sound like one too. Címon, it doesnít take a scientist to work out that you arent gonna follow Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin. Buddy, youíre gonna follow Koko B Ware and Doink The Clown.
Conway shakes his head in dispute.
Ken Kennedy: There is though, one man on Raw Ö one man that is single handedly revolutionalizing this industry. One man, that may just follow Bret Hart, that may just follow The Rock Ö And his name is MISTERRRRRRR KENNEDYYYYYY Ö Ö Ö
Kennedy walks right into Conways face.
Ken Kennedy: KENNEDY!!!
Conway snaps, and takes a shot at Kennedy, but Ken blocks it, and knocks down Conway with one of his own, before taking The Con Man by the scruff of the neck, and chucks him over the top rope, to the floor below. Kennedy stands tall in the ring, as Conway regains his bearings, and thinks about getting back in, but decides against it, telling Kennedy that this isnít over. Kennedy stands in the ring, and motions for Conway to bring it on, as we fade outÖ
Jim Ross: Ladies and Gentlemen, I feel itís only fair to comment on the end of an era, coming this Thursday night on Smackdown. ĎStone Coldí Steve Austin will lace his boots for the final time in Dallas, to face his ultimate opponent, The Rock, in what I can only imagine will be an emotional night in Texas, as arguably the biggest name EVER in this industry, bows out in front of his home state, where it all began. I for one will be there in person, and despite being Ďthe competitioní, I urge you all to watch Smackdown this Thursday night, and give The Rattlesnake the send off he so richly deserves.
Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry w/ The Brotherhood
Assured performance from Orton, but gets roundly booed by the fans, despite facing a heel here, for his recent actions. The Legend Killer doesnít seem fazed by the huge size advantage Henry holds, and manages to take The Worlds Strongest Man apart, but plays it relatively clean, despite his apparent heel turn. The Brotherhood do very little to get involved, and play little part in the proceedings, as Orton overcomes Henry, who makes life hard for Randy, taking control for a period, but a sudden RKO ends the match swiftly, giving Orton the 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Randy Orton @ 04:23
Orton has his hand raised, but does very little in the way of celebrating the win, as he looks focused on revenge, as Mark Henry staggers up the ramp, with The Brotherhood following him.
Jim Ross: Randy Orton looked extremely impressive here tonight, with a terrific victory over Mark Henry, bouncing back in style following his heart breaking defeat at WrestleMania. Orton has made it his goal to take that World Title from Cena, and by the evidence of that performance, we may have unearthed a side of Randy Orton that perhaps even Orton didnít realise he had.
The Coach: And J.R Ö I like it.
Jim Ross: But the question remains, how does Orton fit into the title picture right now, with Lesnar and Christian set to go one on one later tonight, to crown the Number One Contender.
The Coach: If you ask me J.R, Randy Orton has just etched his name into any title match coming up at Backlash.
Jim Ross: Well, weíre sure to find out later all about it, but right now, Todd Grisham is standing byÖ
Todd Grisham: Thank you J.R. And at this time, my guests are none other than the remaining two members of D-Generation X.
Michaels and Cade step into the picture, to a HUGE pop for Michaels from the home town fans.
Todd Grisham: Gentlemen, last week, the draft lottery ripped your group apart, sending Luther Reigns and Mark Jindrak over to Smackdown. Now, there are only two remaining members of DX, but I wanted to get your thoughts on a match, announced for Backlash this past weekend, which sees both of you take on Ric Flair and Nick Dinsmore, in a tag team contest - not to mention your match tonight Shawn, in your hometown against Nick Dinsmore.
Shawn Michaels: First off Todd, itís great to be home. But Iíll get to that in a second, because as for DX losing half of itís group, Todd, it doesnít matter. None of that matters. Luther Reigns and Mark Jindrak can fly solo now on Smackdown. I took them as far as I could, and itís time for them Ö to sink or swim.
Cade butts in now.
Garrison Cade: And now, we donít need to hold back. DX, the main heart of DX gets to fly high. We donít need to carry Reigns and Jindrak. We donít need to save their ass every week. Now, itís the real star thatís gonna shine Ö the real stars, I mean. Shawn and I, weíre gonna be the biggest thing to hit Raw. So Flair, Dinsmore Ö weíve got two words for ya Ö SUCK IT!!!
Michaels looks taken aback by Cades actions, seemingly taking over.
Garrison Cade: Címon Shawny. Your match is up next.
Cade walks off, as Michaels takes a moment to think, with Cade just jumping in on his promo, cutting it short too, with Michaels seemingly not finished. HBK slowly walks off, following Cade, as we cut back to ringsideÖ
**Wild Horses** Ric Flair, dressed smartly, leads out Nick Dinsmore, to an updated version of the old Horsemen theme.
Jim Ross: When we come back, itíll be Shawn Michaels, one on one with Nick Dinsmore, right here on Monday Night Raw.
Nick Dinsmore w/ Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels w/ Garrison Cade
We return, just at the top of the second hour, with the two men circling the ring, the match having just begun. They go through the motions early on, with the headlocks, and takedowns, and chain wrestling, with Dinsmore holding his own in a big match environment, his first since his heel turn. Michaels looks to be getting the best of the action though after the opening minutes, until a simple trip on the outside from Flair allows Dinsmore to jump all over it, and take advantage of HBK, and control of the match.
This sparks a reaction from Cade, and he tries to get in the ring, but the referee stops him, but this allows Flair to get involved, and he passes Dinsmore a chair, with Nick wearing The Showstopper out, smashing the chair against the knee of Michaels, which sets the events for the remainder of the contest. Dinsmore begins to rip Michaels knee apart from the chair shot, with his own attack, with Michaels selling top notch as always. Dinsmore plays the heel role perfectly, throwing Michaels to the outside, and distracting the referee, allowing Flair to do more damage to the knee, ramming Michaels into the steel steps. However, Garrison Cade gets involved, and attacks Flair, stopping that attack. Michaels hobbles back into the ring, but is chopped right back down by Dinsmore, who then goes for the Texas Cloverleaf Ö and applies it!!!
Michaels, spurred on by his hometown fans, refuses to give in, whilst Dinsmore clenches further back. On the outside, Cade tries to get the fans to start a HBK chant - with the only problem being that theyíve already started - but he plays it off as if he started it, as Michaels inches closer to the ropes Ö AND MAKES IT!!! This shocks Dinsmore, and he begins to think about what he can do, and grabs Michaels, looking to deliver a neck breaker Ö but Michaels counters, pushing Nick into the ropes, and delivers an arm drag as The Prodigy bounces back.
Michaels now begins his superman comeback, as he limps to his feet, and bursts back into the thick of it, with a flying forearm, but as he nips up, his knee buckles, and he loses time, trying to shake his knee loose, allowing Dinsmore to get back up. Nick looks to kick the knee, but Michaels dodges it, and fires off chops, goes for a whip, but Dinsmore reverses, sending Michaels into the corner, but Michaels jumps up, and moonsaults back taking Nick down, coming close with a near fall.
Both men get back up, with Michaels now the aggressor, and he delivers a front slam, before signalling for the elbow, with the fans now getting to their feet. He climbs, but we see Flair running around the ring to stop it, only for Cade to stop him, knocking Flair down, allowing Michaels to fly through the air, and delivers the Savage Elbow, to a huge pop. HBK gets back to his feet, still selling the knee injury, but now sets up for the Sweet Chin Music, when suddenly, we see Garrison Cade sliding a chair into the ring for Michaels. HBK looks around, and kicks the chair back out of the ring, asking Cade what heís doing, with Garrison telling Michaels to use it, which confuses HBK, as he explains to Cade he has the match won. Cade apologises, as HBK turns back around, with Dinsmore reaching his feet, and goes for Sweet Chin Music Ö but Dinsmore ducks Ö and rolls up Michaels, grabbing the tights in the process, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Nick Dinsmore @ 14:37
Dinsmore steals it!!! Nick Dinsmore scores a cheap win over Shawn Michaels in The Showstoppers home town!!! Immediately, Michaels is up, and chews out Cade, who proved to be the distraction that cost him the victory. Cade apologises, as Michaels asks him again, why he decided to throw the chair in. Cade tries to explain, but HBK just seems too frustrated to listen, as Dinsmore and Flair celebrate up the ramp, with The Prodigy picking up his biggest win to date.
We return, with Randy Orton approaching Eric Bischoff again, backstageÖ
Randy Orton: Eric. I need to know now. Where the hell do I stand here??
Bischoff looks a little perplexed.
Eric Bischoff: Stand on what??
Orton snaps back
Randy Orton: My rematch for the World Title?? Remember??
Eric Bischoff: Itís simple Randy. You donít have one.
Ortons mouth gapes open in shock.
Randy Orton: Whoa. You said weíd talk about this.
Eric Bischoff: Yes, that is what weíre doing now Randy. Iím telling you that you donít get a rematch. You lost at WrestleMania Randy. You have no right to a rematch as the challenger. The way I see it, that loss put you right to the back of the line.
Orton begins to fume.
Randy Orton: This is a crock, and you know it. I deserve a rematch more than Lesnar or Christian do at any shot. I need to get even with Cena. I need it.
Eric looks annoyed by Ortons persistence.
Eric Bischoff: Well itíll have to wait. You get no shot until youíve worked your way back to the top. Understood??
Randy Orton: This is your last chance Eric. I promise you, youíll regret this. Iíll walk out of this arena tonight, and Iíll not come back again.
Bischoff raises his eyebrow.
Eric Bischoff: Is that so?? Well Randy, I donít like being hassled by my talent. I donít like being given ultimatums. So instead, how about I call your bluff. Iím putting you on an official leave of absence. Take a holiday, cool off. And donít bother coming back until youíre ready to play by my rules, and be part of the Raw team.
Orton barely shows an emotion.
Randy Orton: If thatís how you want it Ö fine by me.
Orton turns and storms off, leaving Bischoff looking angry.
Back to ringside Ö
Jim Ross: Well folks, coming up momentarily, weíll have four of the six draftees from Smackdown in action, as Gene Snitsky and Simon Dean will team up, making an odd pairing to say the least, to take on the popular duo of Ron Simmons and Rico, better known as the Acolyte Fashion Agency.
The Coach: Four freaks to say the least J.R, but hopefully Simon Dean can point you into the right direction with the Simon System, if you know what Iím saying.
Jim Ross: Shut up Coach. Ladies and Gentlemen, last week, the tag team titles over here on Raw were vacated due to the draft lottery splitting the champions, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin, with Haas going to Smackdown. Now, as we understand it, an announcement will be made next week on Raw concerning the future of those very titles.
The Coach: Well, there are a number of great teams on Raw right now, with The Heart Throbs, Road kill & Danny Doring, the drafted A.F.A, Booker T & Goldust, The Brotherhood, Kenzo Suzuki & Rene Dupree, all capable of becoming the champions.
Gene Snitsky & Simon Dean vs. A.F.A
Pretty bad match, mainly focused on comedic value. Dean spends more time trying to sell his products to fans, leaving Snitsky to do the work in the ring, with Rico playing up to his usual antics in the ring too. Ron Simmons does his thing, bringing the power game, but there is little to the match, with no heel beat down on the faces, and the finish comes with Simon Dean tagging in, and tries to sell his products to Simmons, but Ron just blasts Dean with his thunderous spine buster, hooking the leg for an elementary, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: A.F.A @ 03:04
The official literally has to scrape Dean off the canvas, as the AFA celebrate their victory. Gene Snitsky though, appears to lose his cool, and gets into the ring, taking Ricos head off with a boot to the head, before taking on Simmons Ö when Ö
**PYRO SHOOTS FROM THE RINGPOSTS**
Kane makes his entrance, to a huge pop from the fans, and saunters to the ring, with Gene ready to take him on, and as Kane steps over the ropes, Snitsky brings it to him. Gene dominates Kane for a short period, and drops him with the Pumphandle slam Ö BUT KANE SITS UP!!!
Kane gets to his feet, and turns the tables on Snitsky, running through all his offence, but before he can hit the Chokeslam, Snitsky bails, rolling out of the ring, and escapes through the crowd. Kane then turns his attention to Rico and Simmons, and shows his lack of care for anyone, gripping Rico by the throat, and dragging him to his feet, before delivering the devastating CHOKESLAM.
Kane then sets up, as he sees Simmons make his feet, grips his by the throat, and delivers the Chokeslam to him too!!! The Big Red Machine sets off his pyro again, as he continues his return to Raw in devastating fashion.
We return from the commercial with clips of Randy Orton leaving the arena on wwe.com Unlimited.
Jim Ross: Well Coach, weíve just saw the last of Randy Orton Ö for God knows how long.
The Coach: Iíve got to questions Eric Bischoffs thinking here baby boy. Iím our General Managers biggest fan-
Jim Ross: Founder, leader, and sole member of his fan club.
Coach ignores the cut down.
The Coach: But giving Orton an unlimited LOA seems a little extreme.
Jim Ross: It was all over a rematch Orton feels he deserves, but Bischoff has insisted that heís going to the back of the line, as the two men at the front of that line are set to collide for the title shot at Backlash, as Brock Lesnar faces Christian for a chance to meet John Cena at Backlash for the World Championship.
The Coach: Weíve just come off the back of an awesome WrestleMania J.R Ö but Backlash is shaping up terrifically too!!!
Jim Ross: Indeed it is Coach, either Lesnar or Christian faces Cena for the World Title, Shawn Michaels & Garrison Cade, the remaining two members of DX, take on The Two Horsemen, Ric Flair and Nick Dinsmore, whilst Eric Bischoff has forced Rey Mysterio to defend the Money in the Bank contract he dutifully won at WrestleMania, in an I Quit Match to boot, against the Rated ĎRí Superstar, Edge. A match we havent seen since January of 1999, because it is so violent.
The Coach: April 30th, Seattle, Washington, I cant wait!!!
**MY TIME IS NOW** John Cena enters the arena to a tremendous reaction from the fans in attendance, as the World Champion makes his first appearance of the evening. Cena doesnít appear to be as energetic as he normally is, as he walks down the ramp, but still slaps hands with fans, before getting into the ring. He picks up a mic, and gets ready to speak.
John Cena: Sorry about being late tonight Ö especially since I just heard that Randy Orton has already left the building.
Heat for Orton.
John Cena: Let me just get this straight, because I only caught bits of this story as I arrived, so I might have my facts a little muddled up. Randy Orton isnít getting a title shot any time soon, correct??
Cena looks for a response, which is just generally nods of heads.
John Cena: And heís complained to Bischoff Ö and long story short, heís gonna be gone for a while, right??
More general nods.
John Cena: Okay, so I guess heís in a car now, heading for wherever heís going. In other words, he wont hear this. But Iíll bet youíll either eventually see this Randy, or someone will tell you about it. So listen up.
Cena looks into the camera.
John Cena: Randy Orton Ö you keep healthy. Drive safely, donít party hard, work out twice a day, wrap yourself in cotton wool, and come back as soon as you can. Because we Ö have unfinished business. And with God as my witness, Iím coming straight ahead, full steam Ö the first time I so much as catch a GLIMPSE OF YOUR PRETTY BOY FACE Ö and I will not stop Ö I SAID, I WILL NOT STOP BEATING THE LIVING HELL RIGHT OUT OF YOU, UNTIL YOU CAN BE RECOGNIZED BY DENTAL RECORDS ONLY.
Cena takes a second to cool off, just staring into the camera.
John Cena: You said last week youíd go from Legend Killer to Career Killer, using me as an example?? I say BRING IT!!! I say, Iím standing right here, and Iíll not be hard to find. You want some?? Come GET SOME!!! And this Ö this goes out to Christian, and this goes out to Brock Lesnar too. The CHAMP IS HERE!!! And Iím goin nowhere.
Cena holds the title aloft, with his music playing again, as we cut backstage, and see a split screen of Brock Lesnar on one side, and Christian with Tomko on the other walking backstage, as JR hypes the main event Ö up next.
**HERE COMES THE PAIN** Brock Lesnar makes his entrance, for this main event, with plenty of time left on the show for them to have a worthwhile match.
Lesnar warms up in the ring, as we await Christian.
**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES** Christian enters with Tyson Tomko, to a great reaction from Texas, as we prepare for the first ever encounter between Lesnar and Christian. Christian steps into the ring, and immediately is jumped by Lesnar!!!
Main Event: #1 Contenders Match:
Brock Lesnar vs. Christian w/ Tyson Tomko
Lesnar takes it straight to Captain Charisma, beating him down in the ring. Lesnar hitís a quick back breaker, and makes a cover, 1...2...Kick Out. Brock continues to pound down Christian quickly, looking to wear out Captain Charisma early on, with a vicious assault. Brock scores another few near falls, with a simple, but effective attack, but never enough to keep The Superstar of Today on his back for the three count. Lesnar then goes for one of his high knees into the corner, but Christian is able to move out of the way, and Lesnar crashes into the corner, which allows Christian to score some offence finally, nailing a reverse DDT for a near fall. Christian now looks set to make a fight of it, as we head into the final commercial of the evening.
Back from the break, Christian is in charge, and highlight from the commercial show an even brawl, going to the outside, where Christian took the upper hand, reversing a whip into the steel steps to take control. Captain Charisma goes up top, and looks for a missile dropkick now Ö but Lesnar moves out of the way, and Christian crashes and burns on the mat. Now, Brock Lesnar is able to take control again, and this time is more relentless than before, clubbing blows to the back of the head, which is where he focuses his attention to wear Christian down.
Brock attempts a sleeper, and has it locked in, after work on the head of Christian, but Captain Charisma musters the energy to keep his arm raised, and fights the sleeper, managing the break the sleeper hold, much to the delight of the fans. Christian begins his comeback, and speeds up the match, with his offence, which has Lesnar in all kinds of trouble. A spinning heel kick gets a near fall, and a DDT gets a long two count too. Christian then goes up top, and looks for a cross body, but Brock catches him Ö and scores with a Belly to Belly, turning the tide again!!! Lesnar brings the power game again, and scores with his delayed Fisherman buster for a close call, and the same with a German suplex. Brock looks to go in for the kill, and scoops Captain Charisma up into the air for the F5 Ö but Christian lands on his feet, and begins to slug it out with The Iron Man!!!
The two men battle back and forth, punch for punch, with Lesnar eventually driving a knee to the gut to take control, and goes for a suplex, but Christian counters, and nails a reverse neck breaker!!! Now, Christian quickly gets to his feet, climbs the ropes, steadies himself Ö AND SCORES WITH THE FROG SPLASH!!! Christian hooks the leg now, with victory assured Ö 1...2...FOOT ON THE ROPE!!!! Brock survives, and the match continues, as the over run now begins. Christian is back up, and forgets about the near call with the Frog Splash, and now wills Brock to get up for the Unprettier. He hooks Lesnar up for it, but Brock shoves him away, into the ropes, and scoops him up as he comes back Ö F5!!!! Lesnar scurries to hook the leg, 1...2...CHRISTIAN GRABS THE ROPE!!!! In a matter of moments, both men have had to use the ropes to stay in the match!!! Lesnar sees his opportunity though, and tries to drag a lifeless Christian back to his feet, for a second F5, but as he gets Christian on his feet Ö Christian cradles Lesnar Ö but does Lesnar shift?? The referee counts, as all four shoulders appear to be on the mat, 1...2...3!!!???
Winner: ??? @ 15:51
Both men hold their arms up, thinking they got the win. Lesnar points at himself, making sure Christian sees, whilst Christian does the same, as both men believe they have won.
The referee meanwhile talks in detail to Lillian Garcia, as she makes the callÖ
Lillian Garcia: The referee has informed me that the shoulders of BOTH MEN, were down for the count of three, therefore, this match is a DRAW.
HUGE heat for the bull shit finish, as both Lesnar and Christian argue with the referee that they won, when Ö
**IíM BACK** Eric Bischoff quickly scurries onto the stage.
Eric Bischoff: CUT THE MUSIC!!!
Both mens attention turns to Bischoff at the top of the ramp.
Eric Bischoff: It appears we cant have a main event here on Raw without controversy, can we?? Well, it just so happens that Iím used to controversy, but I have a solution to this problem.
Bischoff readies himself.
Eric Bischoff: Now, I said earlier that either of you would make an ideal opponent for John Cena. I said that a match against either of you would generate major Pay Per View buys. I also said that the winner would face Cena Ö and the way I see it, neither of you lost Ö because you both won.
Lesnar holds his arms up, as if to suggest he won.
Eric Bischoff: So, rather than Cena versus Christian, or Cena versus Lesnar, instead, you both deserve to be rewarded for your victory Ö so at Backlash Ö itís gonna be John Cena defending the World Heavyweight Championship Ö against Brock Lesnar Ö and against Christian Ö in a triple threat match!!!
Crowd pop for the announcement.
Jim Ross: Oh my!!! What a main event weíve got for Backlash!!! Cena, Christian, Lesnar. My Gawd can you believe it!!!
The Coach: Thatís a bad result for Cena though J.R, he now wont need to be pinned to lose the title Ö and I love it!!!
Christian and Lesnar share a war of words in the middle of the ring, as we close the show with Bischoff standing at the top of the ramp, smiling proudly at his announcement.
END OF SHOW
Current Card for WWE Backlash
Date: 30th April 2006
Location: Key Arena; Seattle, Washington
Event Music: Adreyu; Shameful
World Heavyweight Championship; Triple Threat Match:
John Cena vs. Christian vs. Brock Lesnar
I Quit Match for the Money in the Bank Contract:
Rey Mysterio vs. Edge
Shawn Michaels & Garrison Cade vs. Ric Flair & Nick Dinsmore