**MATCHES ARE VERY BRIEFLY RECAPPED THIS WEEK**
Raw: May 1st; Tacoma:
Just twenty four hours ago, the entire face of Raw was completely changed. Last night at Backlash, every available championship to Raw changed hands, not to mention the Money in the Bank briefcase to boot. We have new tag team champions in the Acolyte Fashion Agency, a new women’s champion in the shape of Jillian Hall, Shelton Benjamin has become the Intercontinental Champion, and perhaps, most importantly, we have a new World Champion on Raw, and h-
**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**
Captain Charisma, Christian, steps out through the curtain, with his newly won WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (traditional version) slunk over his shoulder.
Jim Ross: And there he is folks. The new world heavyweight champion, for the first time in this young mans career, Christian holds the ultimate prize in wrestling, coming out victorious in a gruelling triple threat match. Last night, we perhaps ushered in a new era in wrestling.
The Coach: I sure as hell didn’t like Cena as champion. I’m not gonna be happy with this guy either.
Christian, with Tyson Tomko, strolls down the ramp, pounding his chest to the fans, before getting inside the ring, with Tomko getting a mic, whilst Christian holds up the title for all to see. The Problem Solver hands Captain Charisma the mic, as Christian waits for the music to die down before speaking.
Christian: To quote a certain superstar … Finally, Captain Charisma, IS the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!!!
Christian holds the title up in the air, as the fans cheer.
Christian: Nearly eight years ago, I debuted in this company. And in that time I’ve been praised, I’ve been hailed, I’ve put my body on the line every night, I’ve been part of some of the most talked about matches in WWE history, not to mention one half of the greatest tag team in WWE history, and now, I’m making history, as a new name to add to the list of World Champions.
Pop from the fans.
Christian: But it hasn’t all been plain sailing. I was told time and time again that I’d be nothing more than a middle of the road guy. I’d never break, or even touch, the famed glass ceiling. They told me I’d never accomplish anything greater than being a tag team wrestler. I wasn’t big enough, I didn’t have the X-Factor to succeed.
Christian shakes his head a little before continuing.
Christian: I’d been warned from the beginning that I’d be nothing more than the Marty Jannetty to Edges Shawn Michaels. I’d be just another Jim Niedhart whilst Edge would be the Bret Hart. That’s why it was Edge and Christian … not the other way around.
Christian turns his frown upside down.
Christian: But yet, through the adversity, despite being held back, I continued my pursuit for greatness. I continued my quest to prove my doubters wrong, and prove to them, that I can succeed, that I can be the top guy, that I can follow the likes of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, The Rock and Triple H.
Captain Charisma then takes a look at the title, and rests it on his shoulder.
Christian: And this, this right here, proves to them, proves to me, that I was right, and they were wrong.
Christian: I’m just coming off the biggest year of my career. One year ago, I stood before you, the WWE Intercontinental Champion. And since that time, I‘ve beaten everybody there is to beat, before last night, I capped off a dream year … by becoming the World Champion.
Pop for Christian.
Christian: And as much as I liked the John Cena version of this title … I’m a traditionalist at heart, and I don’t really suit the bling anyway.
We see Tomko nodding.
Christian: Now, this is a message to Raw. I worked my way up to this point the hard way. I wasn’t hand picked to be the face of Raw, I pushed my way into the picture. I defeated The Undertaker four times in four months last year. I ended Mick Foleys tenure as Raw General Manager, and I took the life from Steve Austin at WrestleMania. Now that I’m the champion, I’m not intending on sitting back and enjoying life. I’m focused on being a fighting champion.
Christian: I’ve faced the best, I’ve beaten the best, so there is no challenge I’ll run from, no man I’ll hide from. I’m standing right here, and I’m ready for anyone, or anything, and that’s … how I roll.
Christians attention is drawn to the stage, as the NEW holder of the Money in the Bank contract EDGE steps out onto the stage, carrying the briefcase, and makes his way to the ring, walking around, picking up a microphone, before stepping into the ring. The music does down, as Christian smiles at his former partner, Edge.
Edge: Congratulations bro. Congratulations on becoming World Champion.
Edge claps a little, before speaking again.
Edge: Commiserations though at the same time. Commiserations Christian, because as long as I hold this baby right here …
Pats the MITB case.
Edge: … Your title reign lasts for as long as I decide.
Heat for Edge.
Edge: It really is a shame though, because as you alluded to earlier, throughout your career, you’ve been in my shadow. As you said, it was always Edge and Christian … I won the Intercontinental title long before you did, I won the King of the Ring, you didn’t, I hit main events against the likes of Kurt Angle, whilst you were stuck in the opening matches, battling hard to compete with Al Snow.
Edge shows his cocky grin, whilst Christian looks on unimpressed.
Edge: And even when it first looked like you were becoming an impact player, I came back from a year long injury … and stole your spotlight.
Edge starts to laugh.
Edge: And even now, now that you’ve done the unthinkable and reached the top of the wrestling universe, YOU ARE STILL IN MY SHADOW!!!
Heat from the fans.
Edge: Because it’s not a question of who, it’s a question of when. When, will Edge cash in, and relieve Christian of the World Heavyweight Title. We all know that’s the end result of this equation. Hell, I think even deep down … you know it.
Christian puts his hand over Edges mic, stopping him from talking, allowing himself to speak.
Christian: There’s something strange going on here. Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, we have ourselves an impostor.
Edge narrows his eyebrows, confused with Christian.
Christian: You see, you’ve done a great job with the make up, and the greasy long hair, in fact, you’re a double for Edge, but you don’t do a good impression. You see, to capture Edges personality … you have to look more solemn, and annoyed, with a little more anger too.
Christian then takes a look at Tomko, who begrudgingly does the impression himself, whilst Edge starts to become a little agitated.
Christian: A bit like th- (turns from Tomko, to look at Edge) hey, you’re getting the hang of it, good job.
Edge starts to get annoyed now.
Christian: Next, try not to sound so happy. You need to start taking your anger out on people all the time. Just tell everyone that you’ve been screwed, over and over, and over, and over, and over, and o-
Edge: SHUT UP!!!
Christian: A bit like that. You need to be more moody, more snappy, always claim that the world is out to get you, and generally be miserable.
Christian drops his smile slowly now, and steps into Edges face.
Christian: Oh, and I almost forgot … you also need to get your facts straight.
Edge laughs, before replying.
Edge: Oh, okay, okay. So, you weren’t my lackey?? You weren’t struggling along whilst I hit the top of the card?? You won the King of the Ring, and I didn’t??
Christian smiles again.
Christian: No, quite a lot of what you said was true, but you didn’t steal my spotlight when you came back from injury. I stepped out from your shadow a long time ago. And it isn’t a matter of time before you become World Champion.
Edge shakes his head, disagreeing.
Christian: Just to refresh your memory, I beat you at WrestleMania Twenty One, and I beat you again at Backlash last year. I passed you by Edge, and put YOU in MY shadow, when I began rubbing shoulders with the elite in this company.
Captain Charisma smiles now.
Christian: And right up to last night, I went out and WON this World Championship in a triple threat match. Whilst you?? You only won that contract, by holding a kid at ransom.
Edge shakes his head wildly, disagreeing.
Christian: Not only is that sick Edge … It’s an awful act of desperation. Face facts, I’ve progressed Edge, but you … you’re still stuck under the glass ceiling.
Edge shakes his head again.
Edge: No, no, no. This briefcase says otherwise. This briefcase is my passport to the top.
Christian: Well, if that’s the state of affairs … why don’t you just quit talking, and cash that contract in … right here in Tacoma, tonight.
Cheap pop from the fans, whilst Edge grins, and shakes his head.
Edge: You think it’s that easy, do you?? You think, you can just click your fingers and get it your way?? I don’t think so. I know what you’re trying to do. I just went through hell last night to win this, and I‘m not jeopardizing my chances by cashing in right away. I’m going to wait until I’m ready. I get the title match on my terms, when I want, where I want, if I want.
Edge gets out of the ring, and begins to back up the ramp, but keeps talking as he backs away.
Edge: Like I said, the length of time you hold that belt is my decision. And I plan on screwing with you Christian. I plan on making sure you cant walk around without looking over your shoulder. This briefcase … is about to become your worst nightmare.
Edge drops the mic, and starts walking up the ramp, when…
**HERE COMES THE PAIN**
Brock Lesnar now steps out, looking angry, holding a mic, and stands at the top of the ramp, with Edge standing, looking at The Iron Man, as he prepares to speak.
Brock Lesnar: Christian, you robbed me of that title last night. And long story short, if this chicken sh*t wont cash in his title shot, how about you put the title on the line tonight, and face me.
Fans pop, with Christian ready to speak up.
Christian: Brock, I’m not running from any challenge. I acce-
**I’M BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER**
Eric Bischoff now walks out onto the stage, also holding a mic.
Eric Bischoff: As much as I like the idea of Christian defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Brock Lesnar … I’ve already made plans for tonight’s main event, which include both you Brock Lesnar and you, Captain Charisma. Not to forget, Mister Money in the Bank, Edge.
Edge tries to complain to Bischoff, but Eric continues on.
Eric Bischoff: Tonight, in that very ring, it’s gonna be Brock Lesnar, teaming with Edge and the former Intercontinental Champion, Carlito. To take on, the team, of Rey Mysterio, Tyson Tomko, and the NEW World Heavyweight Champion … CHRISTIAN!!!!
Fans pop with a big tag main event announced for tonight, as Bischoff leaves the stage, whilst Edge and Lesnar share a glance between each other, as we go into the commercial.
We return with a quick VP with clips of the vignettes which hyped Finlay, who debuts tonight.
**MY NAME IS FINLAY … AND I LOVE TO FIGHT**
Jim Ross: Well ladies and gentlemen, we have been awaiting this man for weeks. His name is Finlay, a tough rugged, Irish bastard, that loves to fight. A man who has fought all over the world, but finally, he has arrived in the WWE, and he is exclusive to Raw.
The Coach: I’m just interested to see if he can live up to the hype J.R.
Finlay vs. Danny Doring
Just a squash used to let Finlay showcase his talent, and his unique style. He takes it to Doring with a stiff assault, and has the match won early on, but prolongs the beating, before eventually ending the match with the move that J.R refers to as the Celtic Cross, leading to the formality of a 1...2...3.
Winner: Finlay @ 03:45
Finlay has his arm raised, but pulls away, and decides to stomp Doring a little more, even using his Shillelagh to beat on the former ECW star. He eventually stops his attack, before mouthing at the crowd that he is FINLAY!!!
Jim Ross: As debuts go Coach, THAT was impressive.
The Coach: You’re telling me J.R. You don’t come from the mean streets of Belfast by being a nice guy, and Finlay sure as hell proved that point. If I was part of the Raw roster, I’d sit up and take notice - quick.
Jim Ross: You just get the feeling Coach, that this is going to be one of those unforgettable nights. Coming off the back of an incredible Pay Per View last night, we’ve had a huge six man tag main event signed for later, the debut of Finlay has taken place, and we’ve yet to mention what else we have in store this evening!!!
The Coach: It’s not often I agree with you J.R, but tonight you are right. Two of our newly crowned champions defend their titles tonight!!!
Jim Ross: Jillian Hall defends the Women’s Title against Gail Kim, whilst the new Intercontinental Champion, Shelton Benjamin puts his title on the line in a triple threat match, facing the challenge of Mister Ken Kennedy, and The Man Beast Rhyno!!!
The Coach: And, on top of those two title matches, Shawn Michaels is in action, just twenty four hours after being dumped by his former protégé, Garrison Cade, as he faces one of the almighty Horsemen, The Prodigy, Nick Dinsmore!!!
Jim Ross: What a line up, what a night!!!
Backstage, Christian and Tyson Tomko are walking along, chatting about nothing in particular, when Captain Charisma spots someone down the hallway, and stops in his tracks with Tomko, as the camera pans around, to reveal … JOHN CENA.
A heavily bandaged Cena, and the new champion come face to face, with Cena glancing at the traditional belt, before looking at Christian again.
John Cena: I’ve been looking for you.
Christian doesn’t back up, as Cena stares at him, before John Cena extends his hand, and Christian accepts the handshake.
John Cena: I don’t hold any hard feelings towards you. You didn’t do anything last night that I wouldn’t have to win the world title. But just so that we’re clear here, as far as I’m concerned, if it wasn’t for Randy Orton, I’d still be champion. And once I’m finished with Orton, I’m coming for what I believe is rightfully mine.
Christian slips the belt off his shoulder, and into his hand, before speaking.
Christian: Anytime, anyplace, anywhere. I’m the champ now Cena. And it’s gonna stay that way for a long … LONG time.
Christian moves off, as Cena watches on for a moment, before walking off in the opposite direction, down the hallway, where he stops a random worker.
John Cena: Randy Orton here yet??
The worker shakes his head.
John Cena: Okay.
We then see Cena pick up a crowbar from a wooden crate, and taps it off the wall, before taking a left turn, where the sign says ‘Parking lot’.
Clips from wwe.com Unlimited during the break, where Marc Lloyd asked Cena why he was waiting in the parking lot, with Cena replying simply that Randy Orton isn’t here yet.
2nd Match: Intercontinental Championship; Triple Threat Match:
Shelton Benjamin vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Rhyno
Shorter than expected, with the opening promo running over, clipping into the time for this match. Plenty of action from all three men, in a match which sees no heel involved, with Benjamin again dazzling the fans with his athletic, and aerial ability, whilst Kennedy shows more improvement with his all round game, and Rhyno brings the power. Both Kennedy and Rhyno come within seconds of taking the gold, with Kennedy catching Benjamin on the top rope, before delivering the Green Bay Plunge for a certain three count, until Rhyno breaks it, and Rhyno then comes close, after ridding Kennedy from the ring, nails Shelton with the Gore … only for Kennedy to drag the referee out at the count of two.
Both Ken and The Man Beast begin to brawl on the outside, whilst Shelton slowly recovers in the ring, then, as he eventually does, the champion leaps over the ropes, splashing both men!!! From here, the match filters back into the ring. Kennedy nearly catches Rhyno in a cradle, before getting Gored, all the way out of the ring, which leaves Rhyno and Benjamin, with Benjamin able to hit a drop toe hold on a running Rhyno, with The Man Beast hitting the turnbuckles, and staggers out, into the path of the T-Bone Exploder!!!! Shelton hooks the leg, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: And STILL Intercontinental Champion - Shelton Benjamin @ 08:37
Shelton Benjamin gets his title reign off to a flying start, with a successful defence, beating off the challenge of two men. Benjamin holds the title aloft, as the fans cheer along, with Shelton proving to be a hit as a singles star on Raw.
Backstage, Todd Grisham is standing by…
Todd Grisham: Ladies and Gentlemen, my guests at this time, The Nature Boy, Ric Flair and The Prodigy, Nick Dinsmore.
Flair and Dinsmore step into the screen, both looking smug and happy.
Todd Grisham: Gentlemen, the entire world has questions that they are dying to have answered, concerning the events of last night at Backlash. Last night, we saw Garrison Cade of DX, turn his back on Shawn Michaels, and seemingly join your group. But as of yet, there has yet to be a sighting of Cade tonight.
Ric Flair: Ha. Todd, the entire world saw what happened last night. Garrison Cade came to his DAMN SENSES!!! Young Garrison came to US last week, he came to US. Garrison Cade realised that Shawn Michaels was still too greedy to share the spotlight, Shawn Michaels wouldn’t pass the torch … HELL SHAWN MICHAELS WOULDN’T SHARE THE DAMN TORCH!!!
Dinsmore now steps in, and takes over, rubbing his chin first.
Nick Dinsmore: Whilst Ric here, Ric has saw that he needs to prepare the next generation. Mister Flair has made it his responsibility to give the new breed of superstars a platform to super-stardom. Ric Flair is now sharing his torch, and is giving the likes of myself the spotlight that I rightly deserve.
And now, Garrison Cade will join our elite group. Garrison Cade is no longer a second fiddle D- Generate. Garrison Cade is now a fully fledged member … of The Horsemen!!!
Dinsmore hands back over to Flair.
SO MICHAELS … BLAME YOURSELF!!! Blame yourself for being too egotistical, too selfish to share your spotlight with the future of this SPORT. SHAWN MICHAELS … blame yourself for the suffering you are going to endure … courtesy of the new wave WOOOO … the new wave of the Horsemen.
Flair smiles, and nods, as Dinsmore steps back in.
Last night was just a taster Shawn. Tonight, you will begin to bleed, sweat and pay the price … (Begins to chuckle)
… of a wrestling lifetime.
The Horsemen walk off, with Flair smiling, and pats Dinsmore on the back, as they stroll away.
Backstage, we see Lita chatting with the make up lady, to a round of boos from the fans in the background. We then see Trish Stratus enter the picture, as she taps Lita on the shoulder. Lita turns around, and nearly jumps out of her skin, with Trish smiling at the woman that cost her the title last night.
Trish Stratus: (Through gritted teeth)
Hey Lita. Question for ya.
Lita tries to back away, and ends up knocking over a few objects at a table.
Why’d ya do it??
Trish gives Lita a slight shove on her shoulder.
Huh?? (Pushes again)
Lita smiles, and flicks her head back, before speaking.
No. I’m just sick of all the attention being on Miss Perfect.
Lita gives Trish a shove back.
And y’know, the look on your face last night?? Priceless.
Trish scowls, and replies.
You little bitch.
With that, we get a cat fight, with the two divas rolling around the floor, pulling hair from each other, with officials, and wrestlers quickly appearing to pull them apart.
We then see Christian and Tyson Tomko pass by, with Christian grinning at what he’s seeing, trying his best Quagmire impression.
Giggidty, giggidty, goo … Y’know, I’ve had both of them.
Tomko then picks up a bottle of baby oil from the floor, and smiles too.
Christian nods, and Tomko proceeds to squeeze the baby oil onto everyone involved in the melee, with a couple of people slipping on the oil on the floor.
Now that … that’s how I roll.
Christian walks off, leaving Tomko, who enjoys the cat fight too much to notice that Christian has left the scene. Trish and Lita are pulled apart finally, as we fade off, back to ringside…
Rico vs. Rob Conway
Ron Simmons doesn’t join the other half of the tag team champions, one night after they won the belts. Rico has made a few adjustments to the title belt he has, with feathers around the rim, and glitter on the strap. The match is fairly short, with little to no action, as it consists of Rico being impressed with Conways physique, which Conway enjoys, as his ego is being massaged by the flamboyant tag team champion, but lets his guard down, and Rico catches him with a spin kick. Rico bows to the fans, and blows kisses, as he looks to go in for the kill on The Con Man. However, we then see a squad of Paparazzi rush down the sides of the aisle, and surround the ring, snapping Rico, with Rico being blinded by the strong flashes, and Conway takes the opportunity to roll Rico up, taking him by surprise, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Rob Conway @ 02:04
Conway rolls right out of the ring, having stole a win tonight. He takes a look at the paparazzi that now rush past him, and shouts at them to take a shot, but they completely ignore him, and run on.
Well … a- are you as confused right now as I am Coach??
Normally, I’m not J.R, what with your dementia, but right now?? I’m trying to figure out what the Paparazzi would want with a picture of Rico, and not me??
Get a grip Coach. What the hell where those Paparazzi doing here?? They didn’t look like they belonged here at all.
That’s true, nothing newsworthy ever happens in Tacoma.
Backstage, we see a shot of an angry looking Shawn Michaels walking, dressed for action, with J.R commenting that his match is coming up next.
In the parking lot, we see John Cena still waiting the arrival of Randy Orton…
Back into the arena…
**H-B-K** Shawn Michaels enters the arena at the top of the second hour, not his usual, jovial self, but instead, walks straight ahead, looking to the ring, making no expressions, and no salutes to the fans. Michaels slides into the ring, and asks for a mic, ahead of his match. The music dies down, and HBK gets ready to speak.
I guess the old Stone Cold Steve Austin saying rings true, doesn’t it?? DTA … don’t trust (fans join in)
HBK walks around, and s......s as he shakes his head.
Garrison Cade. I brought you to the dance kid. I trained you seven years ago, I got you a foot in this business. Thanks to me, you got a job in the WWE, and if it weren’t for me, you’d have been gone a LONG time ago.
HBK rubs his face, before speaking again.
But I stuck my neck out on the line, and saved your ass from being fired. Exactly one year ago, I gave you the opportunity to make a name for yourself, and follow in the footsteps of the likes of Chyna, X-Pac and most importantly, Triple H, by being associated with the DX name.
Small ‘DX’ chant.
Hell, I even dubbed you HB-Cade. I was trying to groom you Garrison. I was giving you the opportunity to take my place when the time was right. And after carrying you, and letting you thrive under my wing, and letting you make a name for yourself just by being linked with me for an entire year, you got greedy Garrison. But hey, what a difference a year makes, huh??
HBK then taps his brain, remembering something.
Oh, and by the way, Ric Flair?? You’re right, I’m greedy, I’m self absorbed, self obsessed, ego-maniacal … but I’ve got the right to be all the above.
But Garrison, you don’t have the right. You haven’t EARNED the right to think you’re a big shot around here. Not even close kid. You should count yourself lucky I didn’t just make you carry my jock.
‘OOOO’ from the fans.
And it’s evident that despite spending a year learning from me, you still haven’t developed a set. Because if you had, Garrison, you’d be out here right now, in my face. But instead, you’re showing the world the coward you really are, by hiding out in some cheap motel, watching Raw right now.
Michaels smirks, then speaks again.
So while you’re sticking a dollar bill down some cheap hookers thong, I’m out here pleading that you show up on Raw next week to explain yourself kid. And just so you don’t run off scared, I’m offering to stay at home next week.
Next week Cade. You explain yourself, and grow a set.
**WILD HORSES** Dinsmore and Flair enter the arena, with Flair holding a mic, as the pair walk down the ramp. The music cuts, as Flair begins to speak.
On behalf of Garrison Cade, Shawn Michaels, he accepts your invitation for you to keep your ground next week, and he will explain his actions. But as for Cade not growing a set in the entire time he was learning from you?? You’re wrong Michaels. Shawn, last night, Garrison Cade showed his balls, when he finally had enough of you holding him down!!!
Dinsmore takes the mic now, and speaks.
And Shawn … I’ve had enough of you holding OUR team mate down. And it’s time for you to pay the damn price.
Dinsmore hands Flair the mic back, before running and sliding into the ring.
Nick Dinsmore w/Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels
Fast paced match up, with HBK looking inspired this evening, playing off the backstabbing last night, showing plenty of fire and intensity in the early going, with his opponent struggling. Michaels dominates, coming close with a few near falls, before Dinsmore shows he’s not just a mid card act, and forces his way back into it, not needing the help of Ric Flair to do so. HBK makes a quick fight back after Dinsmore scores a two count with a reverse neck breaker, and a suplex, and this time, Flair does get involved to turn it around in The Prodigy favour.
Nick Dinsmore then takes control, and begins to go to work on the bad knee of Michaels, stemming from last nights match, where the Horsemen targeting The Showstoppers knee. Dinsmore tries to apply the Texas Cloverleaf on HBK, but smartly, Michaels makes it to the ropes, before the hold is locked on. Dinsmore then tries to go back to work on HBK knee, only for Michaels to counter the offence, and begin a comeback, showing the same fire that he did early on. Michaels ducks Dinsmore after being whipped into the ropes, coming back with a flying forearm, followed by a nip up, but struggles on his bad knee, putting the pain to the back of his mind, before Shawn hit’s the inverted atomic drops, a series of clotheslines, and vertical suplex, then climbs the ropes delivering the Flying Elbow!!!! Michaels now begins to tune up the band, sensing the end is near, BUT FLAIR JUMPS ONTO THE APRON!!!! Flair grabs the referees attention, just as Michaels scores with Sweet Chin Music … AND THEN … GARRISON CADE SLIDES IN THROUGH THE BACK OF THE RING … AND NAILS MICHAELS WITH THE RING BELL!!! Cade rolls Dinsmore over, onto HBK, and slides back out, with Flair jumping off the apron, allowing the referee to make the call … 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Nick Dinsmore @ 09:13
Dinsmore defeats Michaels for the second time, but this time thanks to Cade!!! Cade and Flair get into the ring now, and begin to put to boots to Michaels, after playing a ruse on HBK, with Cade in the building the entire time. Flair locks in the Figure Four, as Cade slaps the face of Michaels, whilst Dinsmore slowly recovers from the Sweet Chin Music. Cade laughs, as does Dinsmore, whilst Michaels yells and groans in agony, when suddenly…
The Tacoma Dome erupts, as KANE saunters down the ramp, much to the shock of The Horsemen, who quickly tell Flair to release the hold, and make a run for it, which Flair instantly does, with the Horsemen quickly escaping out of the ring, and through the crowd, just as Kane makes it into the ring. The Big Red Machine doesn’t attend to Michaels, but just watches as The Horsemen scarper away from Kane.
I for one am pleased that Kane has come to Michaels aide here Coach, but the question has to be … why??
Why J.R?? Because Kane is an idiot. Who the hell does he think he is, coming out here and stopping the Horsemen’s plan?? He doesn’t own this show, he cant get away with things like this.
And that damn pack of dogs cant get away with three on one attacks like the one they just carried out.
But it had nothing to do with Kane!!!
In any event, we’ll try to get some answers from the big red monster when we come back.
A promo plays, hyping the return of THE KING OF THE RING tournament. It reveals that 8 Raw superstars and 8 Smackdown superstars will compete, with the tournament culminating on June 4th at the CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS.
We then return, with Eric Bischoff sitting in his office, looking into the camera, smiling.
Ladies and Gentlemen, as you just witnessed, this year sees the return of the prestigious King of the Ring tournament. And, as the package just preceding me revealed, eight Raw superstars and eight Smackdown superstars will compete for that honour … now, it is my responsibility to explain the format of this years competition … starting next Monday night on Raw, the opening two matches from the Raw side of the contest will take place. Then, the following week, the second two matches will be contested.
On the May 22nd edition of Raw, the Raw semi finals will take place, with the four winners here on Raw facing off in two singles matches, and those two winners will move on to the following week, and they will compete in the Raw Final, with that winner moving on to June 4th, at the Clash of the Champions to face his equal from Smackdown, to be crowned the winner of the 2006 King of the Ring.
Bischoff then takes a moment, and smiles, before speaking.
This coming Saturday, on wwe.com, I will reveal the eight men representing Raw in this prestigious tournament, and the Raw side of the King of the Ring draw will be made. That is all. Enjoy the evening.
The picture fades out, with Bischoff still smiling.
Another video package now plays … hyping the debut to Raw of a superstar by the name of CM PUNK. (Basically, the same promo that aired when Punk first began his vignettes to debut on ECW).
Back to the parking lot, and we see John Cena pacing around, wanting Orton to show, when the same random worker from earlier shows up.
Umm… Mister Cena??
Cena spins around, almost ready to strike the man.
What is it??
Err… Mister Bischoff has sent me to give you a message … concerning Randy Orton.
Cena grabs the man, and shoves him up against a shutter.
What about Orton??
He wanted me to tell you that Mister Orton still hasn’t completed his leave of absence.
Cena pushes the man into the shutter again.
And just what the hell is that supposed to mean??
The random worker looks on the brink of wetting his pants.
Last night … last night he just showed up. He informed Mister Bischoff earlier today that he wasn’t ready to return yet.
Cenas jaw locks, before he speaks again.
Randy Orton … is a dead man walkin.
Cena lets go of the worker, and storms off, whilst the random worker bends over, coughing hard.
5th Match: Women’s Championship Match:
Jillian Hall vs. Gail Kim
Quick match again, like most women’s matches, and most matches this evening. Kim gives a good showing, with it being far from a squash, but Hall is too early into her title reign to be shown up, and eventually comes through with the win, catching Gail unaware with the STO, resulting in a 1...2...3!!!
Winner: And STILL Women’s Champion - Jillian Hall @ 02:46
Hall parades with the belt, gaining a clean win, but puts herself over as a heel, with her attitude and body language, brushing off Gail Kim as the defeated challenger attempts a hand shake with the champion.
Backstage, Rey Mysterio, limping and looking in pain following last nights I Quit Match, approaches Eric Bischoff, who spots Rey coming, and quickly ends his phone call.
Rey Mysterio. How are you holding up after your loss last night??
Rey shakes his head, angry with Eric’s attitude.
I think you know Eric. Edge doesn’t deserve that briefcase, and you know it. I won it rightfully at WrestleMania, and I only quit last night for the sake of my son.
Bischoff smiles, and shakes his head.
You shouldn’t bring your kid to work then Rey. That’s your own fault.
Listen Eric, all I’m asking of you … is a rematch. One on one, with Edge, for the Money in the Bank contract. That’s the least I deserve.
Eric ponders for a moment.
The least you deserve huh?? No Rey, I think the least you deserve is to be told the truth. And the truth is, as long as I’m in charge, you’ll never get your hands on the Money in the Bank contract, and you’ll never get to live your dream of being a World Champion. Now (takes a look at his watch)
you’ve got a match VERY shortly, and I’d suggest you go and prepare for it.
We then hear laughing in the background, and see a s......ing Edge walk past, patting the MITB briefcase.
Good evening, Mister Bischoff.
Looking good Edge.
Edge walks on, laughing as he walks on, whilst Bischoff walks away from Rey, who looks irate.
We then move to Kelly Kelly, who has been given the unenviable task of trying to interview Kane.
Mister Kane?? Umm, would you err … care to explain … why you helped Shawn Michaels earlier??
Kane tilts his head, and looks at Kelly, who cowers a little, before feeling her hair. He strokes it, then shakes his head, refusing to give an interview, walking off, leaving Kelly looking a little freaked out.
We return, backstage, where Brock Lesnar, Edge, Carlito and Stacy Kiebler are standing, talking.
The way I see it guys, is that Brock and I lead the way.
I can live with that.
Good. Carlito, you just keep an eye on things, okay.
Carlito shakes his head, not happy.
I don’t think so. This plan doesn’t work for me. I’m not taking orders from either of you.
Lesnar then tries to intimidate Carlito, towering over him.
Edge then senses tension, and jumps in the middle, smiling, trying to ease the tension.
Carlito, you’ve gotta see it from our view point. You’re the weak link here. You haven’t won a match since WrestleMania dammit.
Yeah. And das more than you two put together at WrestleMania. Hell, it’s not like either of you have done much better lately. Brock Lesnar cant seem to win a title match if his life depended on it … and you?? You’ve got a briefcase because you held a kid at ransom. That?? Das not cool.
Both Edge and Lesnar seem irate, as Carlito stands his ground.
When we go out there, I’m your equal, or I’m walking out leaving you two to clean your own mess. Got it??
Neither Edge or Lesnar talk, as Carlito takes Stacy’s hand, and they storm off.
Into the arena…
**I SPIT IN THE FACE OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT TO BE COOL**
Carlito quickly enters the arena, with Stacy following him, as we prepare for the main event.
It’s the main event, six man tag, when we come back, don’t dare go away!!!
Christian, Tyson Tomko & Rey Mysterio vs. Brock Lesnar, Edge & Carlito w/Stacy Kiebler
Longest match of the night, but way shorter than recent main event matches on Raw since WrestleMania. Edge and Mysterio show the effects of their gruelling match from last night throughout the contest, both not 100% after taking a huge amount of punishment out on the other. Early on, Lesnar and Edge try to freeze out Carlito from getting involved, which pisses off CCC, and forces him to tag himself in, making a blind tag on Lesnar, as he goes at it with Tomko.
Carlito impresses with his turn in the ring, bringing his usual unique style as always, busting out his springboard moves, much to the fans pleasure. Carlito doesn’t play to the fans though, apart from one instance, where he winks after the double springboard moonsault, and mouths ‘Das cool’. Edge though, gets angry with the display, and makes a tag from Carlito, behind his back, taking it to Christian now, who is the legal man from that side.
Again, Edge and Lesnar freeze Carlito out, and the camera focuses in on Carlito, who argues with Edge at one point on the apron, but then, the match breaks down, after Christian nails the Frog Splash on Edge, but Lesnar breaks the count, which sends Rey and Tomko over the edge, and the match breaks down into a brawl. Carlito gets inside, and has the chance to make a difference for his team, but as he gets the chance to slide Edge the MITB briefcase … he smiles, and tells Edge to stick it, now leaving the ring, and proceeding up the ramp with Kiebler, as Edge goes nuts in the ring with CCC for leaving his team mates high and dry.
Edge now grabs the briefcase anyway, and sizes up Tomko for the shot, but Mysterio pushes Tomko out of the way, and Edge plows on through, NAILING LESNAR WITH THE CASE!!!! Brock falls to the outside of the ring, leaving Edge all alone, with Tomko hitting a big boot, sending Edge staggering into the ropes, with Tomko holding him down, as Rey delivers the 619!!! Edge staggers out from the ropes, and walks into the path of Christian, who turns him over AND DELIVERS THE UNPRETTIER!!! Christian hooks the leg, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Christian, Tyson Tomko & Rey Mysterio @ 11:01
The new world champion gets his title reign off to a flying start, with a tag team victory tonight over the MITB holder. Edge rolls out of the ring, leaving the three faces in the ring, with Christian and Mysterio - old rivals, shaking hands, before Mysterio leaves the ring, with Christian and Tomko celebrating, as the show goes off the air.
END OF SHOW