Raw: June 5th; Oklahoma:
We open up straight into the ring, set up with a red carpet, and a throne, as Lillian Garcia stands by…
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the 2006 King of the Ring … MISTER KENNEDY!!!
The Ford Centre fills with cheers, as King Kennedy enters the stage. Kennedy soaks up the ovation at the top of the ramp, before making his way down to the ring.
Jim Ross: Twenty four hours ago, on a night that we here at Raw would mostly like to forget, Mister Kennedy, our own, Mister Kennedy was triumphant in the first King of the Ring tournament in four years. Tonight, Kennedy is set to revel in his coronation ceremony.
The Coach: First off, Smackdown got lucky last night. Secondly, lets just move on, and lets look to the future.
Jim Ross: And you certainly are looking at the future of the WWE in the ring right now. Still in his rookie year, Mister- KING Kennedy looks set to follow in the footsteps of past kings, the likes of Steve Austin, Triple H and Kurt Angle, by progressing up the mountain, and reaching the summit.
In the ring, we see Kennedy standing on the middle turnbuckle, waiting for his microphone. He receives it, then drops down, and stands in the middle of the ring, with the spotlight firmly on him in the ring.
Mister Kennedy: Ladiesss aaand Gentlemen-ahh … I give to you, the WWE fans, ME, the NEW KING OF THE RING CHAMPIONAHHHH … MISTERRRRRR KENNEDDYYYY … … … KENNEDY!!!
Pop for the KOTR.
Mister Kennedy: With God above as my witness, I can promise every single person in this arena … in this city … in this state … in this country … in this WHOLE WORLD, that right this moment, you are all bearing witness to the beginning of a new era. You are all witnessing first hand, the birth of a new star, the leader of the next generation. This is step one on my road to greatness … and you can take that to the bank, because whatever I say … I mean it, and I back it up. I don’t mince my words, I just tell it like it is.
Slightly mixed response, with some a little unsure how to read the comments from Kennedy.
Mister Kennedy: And right now, I’m telling the entire planet … I will follow in the footsteps of previous kings, such as Bret Hart … such as Stone Cold Steve Austin … like The Game, Triple H … Kurt Angle … Brock Lesnar. This tonight … is just … the beginning. Lead me … KINGGGGG KENNEDYYYY … KENNEDY … to … my … throne.
Kennedy throws the mic away, and makes his way to the chair, where wwe.com Kiss Cam host, Candice Michelle presents Kennedy with his crown and septer, officially crowning the 2006 King of the Ring. Kennedy then makes his way to the turnbuckles, and poses, soaking up his big achievement, when…
To Kennedys and everybodies surprise, Edge interrupts proceedings. The Rated ‘R’ Superstar makes his way out, carrying his MITB briefcase, storms to the ring, sporting a bandage on his forehead from last nights War Games effort. He steps into the ring, not looking happy, as Kennedy watches on. Edge takes a mic, and waits as the music dies down.
Edge: Very cute kid. I dig the set up. Now run along, the adults have business to attend to.
Edge blows off Kennedy, and looks set to move on with his own speech.
Edge: Last ni-
Mister Kennedy: Wait a second.
The fans pop, as Edge turns around, with Kennedy catching his attention.
Edge: Did you forget something??
Mister Kennedy: You could say that. I forgot to tell you something.
Edge: Let me guess … you forgot to mention my name when you were talking about which former Kings of the Ring you intend to follow in the footsteps of??
Kennedy breaks a smile, and replies.
Mister Kennedy: Not quite.
Kennedy steps up into Edges face.
Mister Kennedy: Quite frankly, you’re raining on MY parade, and you aint invited.
Mister Kennedy: I don’t follow orders from anybody … especially not the likes of you.
Edge looks furious, as Kennedy goes on.
Mister Kennedy: So you can take those orders ‘kid’, and shove them straight up your skinny little ass.
The fans pop again, with Edge going nuts.
Mister Kennedy: Because the 2006 King of THIS Ring isn’t movin a God damn muscle.
Edge looks irate, as he finally gets a chance to talk.
Edge: I think it’s about time you started to get a grip ‘King’. You’ve got two things going for ya … first off, you beat a bunch of nobodies to win a formerly prestigious honour. Second of all, you’ve got these morons around your little finger because you can say your name twice.
Heat from the fans.
Edge: But the real truth is … you’re still down here. (Moves his hand down to around his knee) I’m all the way up here. (Moves hand to his forehead)
Edge then pats his briefcase.
Edge: And this baby right here, mightn’t be quite as spectacular as a plastic crown, but it literally guarantees me the World Heavyweight Championship.
Heat. Kennedy chews on his gum, and points to Edge, nodding a little.
Mister Kennedy: That’s right. That’s right. And I meant to commend you on the impressive fashion you won that briefcase. But firstly, you got it a little wrong. I’m not all the way down there. You say you’re about here (levels hand at Edges forehead). Well, I’m right about … here (Puts his hand way up in the air) Secondly, going back to that briefcase, and me commending you on winning it. Gotta hand it to ya Edge, it takes a real bad ass to hold a kid at ransom.
Fans laugh, as Edge runs his fingers through his hair, unable to handle the comments.
Edge: It doesn’t matter how I won this briefcase, it just matters that I have Money in the Bank, and you know it. You all know it. And y’know what, I don’t need to be wasting my time with a sideshow freak comedy act like you. I don’t need to waste my time, arguing with a grown man wears a childs toy crown. I’m big league news, and I don’t need the likes of you bringing me down!!!
Edge slams the mic down, and pushes past Kennedy, looking to leave the ring, but then swings the briefcase, looking to blindside Kennedy, but the KOTR winner senses it coming, and ducks it, before throwing the crown at Edge, right between the eyes, taking Mr. MITB by surprise, who drops his briefcase. Kennedy then knocks down Edge with a big clothesline, and follows up with a second, this time taking Edge over the top rope, and over to the floor below!!!
Kennedy takes control of the ring, as Edge scrambles on the outside, shocked by being out done by Kennedy. The King of the Ring grabs Edge’s briefcase, and throws it to the outside at Edge, with the Rated ‘R’ Superstar having to dodge out of the way to avoid getting hit by the case. Mr. KOTR leans on the ropes, telling Edge to come get some anytime, whilst Mr. MITB backs up the ramp, clearly frustrated with what just went down.
We return, from the commercial, with Armando Estrada making his way down the ramp.
Jim Ross: I don’t know what this guy wants Coach. We’ve seen Mister Estrada on numerous occasions over the last month, but we still don’t know what the hell this guys agenda is.
The Coach: That much is true, but lets face facts J.R. Nobody has given this gentlemen the time of day!!! Nobody wants to listen to him!!
Jim Ross: Well, you make a good point, but folks, hopefully you’ll listen to this, as tonight, Raw is rockin and rollin. Two championship matches are scheduled, and a major main event is set to come later, with The Belfast native Finlay teaming up with The Iron Man, Brock Lesnar, to team up and face Rey Mysterio and John Cena. Major players involved in a major tag team main event tonight.
The Coach: Lots to come tonight J.R, you know it!!!
Jim Ross: And well … we are joined here at ringside by Mister Estrada. How are you sir??
Armando Estrada: Meester Ross, Meester Coach, it’s my ahhh … PLEASURE to join ju, I sit??
The Coach: Absolutely, take a seat sir.
Estrada sits down and offers a cigar to both J.R and Coach, with J.R politely declining, and Coach taking one, then coughing as he smokes it.
1st Match: Womens Championship; Triple Threat Match:
Jillian Hall vs. Lita vs. Trish Stratus
Decent enough match up to kick off the action, with three capable female workers going at it, with the added spice of the recent feud between Trish and Lita. The early stages is mainly Trish and Lita beating the hell out of one another, with Jillian happy to take a backseat for the time being. The duo on commentary spend more time talking to Estrada, asking him what he’s doing on Raw, with Estrada not giving much away. Lita and Trish fight back into the ring, with Hall finally getting involved, and tries to help Lita, but once Trish is done, Lita throws Jillian out of the ring, wanting her enemy to herself.
This fires up the champion, and Hall gets back into the ring, taking it to Lita, angered by the stab in the back. Jillian scores a near fall with a snap suplex, before Lita rolls out, leaving Trish and Hall to go at it momentarily, and both nearly takes the other by surprise, both getting inside cradles on the other for the two count. Hall whips Stratus into the corner, and looks for a corner splash, but Trish moves, and looks for a Chick Kick, but Jillian ducks under, and looks for a clothesline herself after that, but Trish does her matrix move, with Hall nailing Lita instead, knocking her back out of the ring.
This leaves Trish and Hall again, with both scoring near falls again, as Trish nails the Stratusphere for a two count, whilst Jillian catches Trish with a sidewalk slam for her own two count. The balance of power shifts though to Trish again, and she sets up Hall for a Stratusfaction, but as she looks to propel off the ropes, Lita, from the outside, grabs the champions legs, tripping her, and stopping Trish from hitting her signature move. Lita gets back inside, and knocks down Trish, before dropkicking the champion. Lita goes for Trish again, and makes the most of her opportunity to get the best of Trish, nailing the Twist of Fate!!! Lita now looks for the Moonsault from the top rope, but as she flies through the air, Jillian drags Trish out of the way, with Lita hitting the canvas!!! Hall rolls Trish out of the ring, and capitalizes on Litas weakened condition, hitting the STO, getting the cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: And Still Womens Champion - Jillian Hall @ 05:49
Hall retains the belt, sneaking in through the back door, taking advantage of the escalating situation between Trish and Lita. Jillian takes the belt, but demands a mic too. Her music dies down, allowing the champion to speak.
Jillian Hall: Once again, Jillian Hall, THE most beautiful, attractive, SEXIEST womens champion of all time, and the most glamorous female on the planet has shown she is not just looks, this bitch can back it up!!!
Heat for Hall, with no one buying into her ‘beauty’, or her claims of dominance.
Jillian Hall: Guys, make an orderly line outside the arena later, and if you are lucky enough, you might just get the chance to buy me dinner. And girls, don’t be jealous, just accept by beauty, and live with it. You all know it, I am vicious … but oh soo delicious!!!
Hall rubs herself up and down the ropes, to an indifferent reaction, as we see Trish come back inside, cleaning Hall out as she turns around with the Chick Kick. Trish stands over Hall, yelling that she hasn’t forgotten about her yet … when Lita attacks Trish from behind!!! Lita stands over Stratus, but Trish grabs Litas leg, and trips her down, looking to get a piece, but Lita scrambles free, and exits out of the ring, quickly escaping up the ramp, with Trish in pursuit, looking to settle her score with Lita.
Backstage, we see the arrival of Randy Orton, who is met by Todd Grisham…
Todd Grisham: Randy?? If I could have a moment of your time please??
Orton stops, and throws his hands out, as if to say, go ahead. Orton looks cocky as ever tonight, with the over bearing grin on his face.
Todd Grisham: Well last night, at the Clash of the Champions, you were victorious with John Cena, in what some would call an unlikely win. However, the main point of discussion for everyone here tonight is that since both you and John Cena held up your end of the bargain, will Eric Bischoff hold up his agreement to put both yourself and John Cena in the frame for the World Championship??
Orton smiles, tilts his head back, and puts his hand on Grishams shoulder, before looking at him, and speaking.
Randy Orton: Of course he will Todd. We all know Mister Bischoff is a terrific man, and most of all, a man of his word. Now, as for whether it should be Cena or myself getting the title shot … well, we were both victorious, but lets remember who won the match.
Todd Grisham: Well, that too is a point worth debating Randy, I m-
Randy Orton: Whoa. What?? What’s the debate??
Todd Grisham: It’s just that, while it was you that pinned Sabu last night, you have to admit that John Cena did the hard part, and put Van Dam down to allow a clear chance to pin his partner.
Randy Orton: Th- tha- That’s a crock, and you know that. This interview is over Todd.
A clearly frustrated Orton pushes Grisham out of the way, and walks on, with Grisham trying to fix his glasses.
Clips play from Unlimited during the commercial, where J.R was given a standing ovation by his home town fans, as he took to the ring to quickly talk about it being great to come home.
We return with Garrison Cade waiting in the ring alone, looking scared as he awaits his opponent…
Kane enters the arena, looking ready to unleash hell. As he makes his way to the ring, J.R and Coach discuss his crazy actions last night at COTC, wiping out both teams in the War Games match, before just walking out.
Garrison Cade vs. Kane
Cade attempts to fight it out with Kane from the beginning, but is no match in terms of brute power for the Big Red Machine. Kane dominates Cade, who, to his credit tries to fight it out, and doesn’t back down, but his offence has no effect on the psychotic monster. On commentary, as J.R and Coach refer to Kane as a monster, Estrada laughs, and says he knows a real monster, but both J.R and Coach move on, taking no notice of the comment. Meanwhile, Kane runs through his signature spots, until, he looks to hit the Chokeslam, when Nick Dinsmore and Ric Flair run down the aisle, taking both the officials attention and Kanes. Kane boots Flair off the apron, and catches Dinsmore, looking to choke slam him from the apron, into the ring, but a low blow from Cade soon puts the brakes on that, and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: VIA DQ - Kane @ 02:03
Cade clubs Kane from behind, pounding the back, with Dinsmore getting inside. The two Horsemen take it to Kane, as a groggy Flair grabs a steel chair on the outside. Naitch slides it inside, coming into the ring himself, as we begin to hear the crowd pop … WITH SHAWN MICHAELS RUNNING DOWN THE AISLE!!! HBK slides into the ring, tackling down Dinsmore, before getting back up, knocking down Flair, and takes a swing at Cade, but he ducks, and slides out of the ring, dodging the bullet again. Flair and Dinsmore escape the ring as Michaels comes to the aide of Kane, although mostly for himself to get a piece of Garrison Cade.
Kane though, doesn’t even bother to thank The Showstopper, and instead just leaves the ring, not taking his eyes off of Dinsmore, as he and Flair escape up the ramp, with Cade himself going off through the crowd. In the ring, Michaels asks for a mic as we see Flair, Dinsmore and Kane disappear.
Shawn Michaels: A couple weeks ago, I said I wasn’t going to forget about you Cade. And kid, I havent forgotten, and I certainly havent forgiven. If you’ve still got the cohonas, then you’ll bring your sorry ass back out here, and look me right in the eye. C’mon kid, you’ve gotta pay for your actions some time. Right now sounds pretty darn good to me.
HBK waits, as quickly, the camera switches to the crowd, where Garrison Cade is stood at one of the exit points, and looks torn between running and hiding, or coming back to the ring to face Michaels.
Jim Ross: We’re gonna take a quick commercial break folks, but when we come back, we’ll find out if Cade has the guts to come to the ring, or if he’s gonna keep running like a scalded dog.
We return from the commercial, with Cade circling the ring, mic in hand, with HBK leaning on the ropes, asking Cade to get in. Eventually, Garrison steps inside, with Michaels clapping, and the fans pop a little for Cade finally getting in the ring.
Shawn Michaels: Now, was that hard??
Cade shows no reaction, still unsure what to expect.
Shawn Michaels: As I said earlier, there comes a time when you’ve gotta pay the price for your actions, and sometimes kid, you’ve gotta pay a heavy, heavy price. Unfortunately, that applies to you ‘HB-Cade’. You better get that cheque book out, because you will be paying, and you will be paying BIG.
Fans pop, as Cade gulps.
Shawn Michaels: So lets cut around the crap, and cut to the chase. Garrison, you, me, June 26th, Unforgiven.
Fans pop again, as Cade stands still, slowly shaking his head.
Shawn Michaels: No??
Cade shakes his head vehemently.
Shawn Michaels: No?? You don’t want to face me??
Cade gets ready to speak, but HBK grabs his arm, and shoves it down.
Shawn Michaels: I’m not gonna stand here and listen to whatever excuse you’ve got you little rat faced punk.
Fans pop a little.
Shawn Michaels: Because now, it’s time to stand up and be counted kid. You’ve made your bed, now you’ve gotta lie in it. At Backlash, you came to a crossroads in your career, and you choose to march to your own beat. Since then, you’ve made it abundantly clear that you wanted to run with the ball, that same ball I wouldn’t pass to you.
Michaels gets right into Cades face now.
Shawn Michaels: You want to be the next big star, right?? You want to prove to the world that you’ve passed me by, right?? You want to prove to the world that you made the right decision in your career, and that I was holding you back, right??
Cade nods slowly.
Shawn Michaels: Then all you have to do Garrison is accept. You accept to face me at Unforgiven, and you’ll have the opportunity to cast me aside, and ascend to the top, like you think you should.
Cade starts to look around, taking in HBKs words.
Shawn Michaels: But if you don’t … then what have you proven Garrison?? Huh?? What have you proven if you continue to run and hide?? That you’re a pussy??
Cheers from the fans, as Cade looks to have been angered by the comment.
Shawn Michaels: Because if you don’t step up, and accept. Garrison Cade, you’ll be forever ridiculed, and you’ll be forever known … as a pussy.
Shawn Michaels: And … if- if you listen real close, you can hear it faintly now … Cades a pussy … Cades a pussy … Cades a pussy.
Slowly the fans join in, and eventually a fully blown ‘Cades a pussy’ chant rings around the arena, with Garrison going nuts, kicking the ropes, telling the fans to shut up.
Shawn Michaels: So what’s it to be Cade?? Are you ready??
Pop for Michaels, using the old DX catchphrase.
Shawn Michaels: Have you got what it takes to step up to the top of the mountain, to face the best. Or those cohonas building up, or are you beginning to realise you’re way in over your head, and those big balls are shrinking before your eyes??
Cade walks around the ring, seemingly irate with the choice he faces. Finally he speaks up.
Garrison Cade: I’m no pussy. I’ve got cohonas the size of Mister McMahons grapefruits. And now is my time. You’re on Shawn. And I will cast y-
MICHAELS STRIKES WITH SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!!!! The fans go nuts, as HBK looks around the arena, standing over Cade. He leans over, looking a dazed Cade in the eye…
Shawn Michaels: All I wanted … was a simple yes.
HBK drops his mic on Cade, as **H-B-K** plays into the arena again, with Michaels leaving the ring, slapping hands with some fans on the way out, whilst Cade slowly comes to, as we fade to the back.
Backstage, we see Nick Dinsmore and Ric Flair running from Kane again, as Eric Bischoff screams in the background to stop that lunatic, with The Heart Throbs trying to step in, but Kane slaps Romeo away, and hurls Antonio through a near by window!!!! The Big Red Monster continues to stalk his enemies, as we fade out with Bischoff yelling for someone to stop Kane.
We rejoin J.R and Coach at ringside, with Armando Estrada now gone from the announce position. They talk up the HBK vs. Cade match signed for Unforgiven, before moving back to tonights show, and the upcoming match, with Carlito finally getting a rematch for the Intercontinental Title after losing it at Backlash. They then discuss Carlitos post WM record - failing to win a match since WrestleMania.
3rd Match: Intercontinental Championship Match:
Shelton Benjamin vs. Carlito
No Stacey Kiebler now, after her mutual agreement to leave the company, leaving CCC to fend for himself. The two put on another good match, like they did at Backlash, but now with a different approach as both play the face role, given Carlitos recent face turn. Despite his recent losing streak, Carlito still looks as threatening as ever, proving an equal for Benjamin throughout. The fans get into the past paced action, and the plethora of near falls from both men, with both blocking the others finishing move, knowing it would be curtains. Towards the end of the contest though, we see The Brotherhood enter the stage, which soon catches the attention of Shelton, who tries to tell them to leave him alone, but he takes too long with his eyes off the challenger, and Carlito comes from behind, nailing the Back Cracker, only for the champion to get a foot on the rope, saving the title.
Now, Theodore Long tells his troops instructions, and we see Orlando Jordan and Rodney Mack make their way down the ramp, as Henry and Jazz stay with Long at the top of the ramp. Jordan and Mack go to opposite sides of the ring, as OJ distracts the referee, and in turn Shelton, who tries to tell Jordan and The Brotherhood to take a hike, whilst on the other side of the ring, Mack cracks Carlito from behind with a steel chain, knocking him out. Meanwhile, Jordan waits until Mack is clearly out of sight, and retreats himself, leaving Benjamin to get back to work, but instantly smells a rat with Carlito down. The referee asks Benjamin if he’s going to pin him or not, and Shelton shakes his head momentarily, shouting up at The Brotherhood if they were behind it, but they plead innocence, and begin to leave the stage, as Shelton looks furious, but has no choice but to make the cover, and get an elementary 1...2...3!!!
Winner: And Still Intercontinental Champion - Shelton Benjamin @ 10:14
Benjamin retains, but knows it’s under dubious circumstances. As soon as he has his hand raised, Benjamin tends to Carlito, who is still out of sorts following the chain shot he took. Shelton helps him up, and can be seen apologising for what just happened, as both CCC and Benjamin look furious with The Brotherhoods involvement tonight.
Jim Ross: I don’t know what the hell the deal is with The Brotherhood, but I’d love to know if they’ll ever take the hint from Shelton Benjamin that he doesn’t want or need their help!! They cost him dearly last night at the Clash of the Champions, and tonight gave him a tainted win!!!
The Coach: They’re looking out for their own J.R, and trust me, in time, the Intercontinental Champion WILL see sense, and join up with Theodore and the gang, he just needs to realise what they can do for him.
Jim Ross: Well, the agony piles on for the winless Carlito, who has now lost in his last NINE matches since WrestleMania. How will can this winless run last for the former Intercontinental Champion??
In the parking lot, we see Kane with Ric Flair and Nick Dinsmore, with the two Horsemen at the mercy of Kane, as we see Eric Bischoff with a bunch of mid card wrestlers, ordering them to put a stop to The Big Red Machine. Kane takes no notice of the superstars, swatting them away like flies, whilst he dishes out punishment to his two main targets. Cade tries to come to the rescue of his two stable mates, but eats a choke slam onto the hood of a car bonnet, before Kane throws Dinsmore through a windscreen, as Bischoff is seen in the background making a call for more help.
We return in the parking lot again, with Kane having now bloodied Flair too, whilst Dinsmore continues to try and peel shards of glass from his body. A team of heavily armoured Police arrive on the scene, and keep their distance from Kane, as Bischoff begins to bark out orders.
Eric Bischoff: KANE!!! KANE!!! Give it up!!! BACK OFF!!! This has gone far enough Kane. You’ve gone too far, and this has to stop. You’re out of control. As your General Manager I am ordering you to BACK OFF, or I will force these officers to use force.
Kane begins to laugh that ever maniacal laugh, and turns his attention to Bischoff now. The Big Red Machine turns, and begins to move toward the GM, with Bischoff beginning to look scared.
Eric Bischoff: Don’t move another step- I’m warning you. STOP!!! RIGHT NOW!!! These officers will not resist to use their tranquillisers …I’m serious … one more step Kane … Officers … TAKE HIM DOWN!!!
Three shots are fired, with tranquillisers firing into the back and legs of The Big Red Machine. Kane tries to move forward momentarily, but eventually succumbs to the darts, and falls to the cold ground, with the power of the darts putting him to sleep.
Eric Bischoff: Good job. Officers, take him away, and do whatever you have to, to him. And when he wakes up in that padded cell … you tell him from me, his contract on Raw HAS BEEN TERMINATED!!!
Bischoff turns and leaves, as a team of officers crowd around the fallen giant, as we pan out to see the carnage, before fading back into the arena…
In the ring, Road kill & Danny Doring are standing, awaiting their opponents…
**PAPARAZZI** MNM enter the stage ahead of just their second match, getting the red carpet treatment once again.
MNM vs. Road kill & Danny Doring
The forgotten team on Raw, the former ECW Tag Champions are no match for the new team on the scene, with the match basically used as a vehicle to get MNM over, running through their offence, and double team moves, whilst Melina also takes some camera time and attention with her banshee like screams. Mercury scores the pin this week following the double team Snapshot, obliterating the former World Tag Team challengers in quick fashion.
Winners: MNM @ 03:01
MNM continue their impressive start to life in the main picture, and look set to become the big news on Raws tag team scene, with two emphatic wins in as many weeks. After the match, Melina motions around her clients waists that they are eyeing the tag titles, and wont be waiting for long to get them.
As the second hour now begins, strangely backstage, the ambulance with Kane inside drives off into the night, as we see the arrival to the arena of John Cena, who, like Randy Orton, is met by Todd Grisham.
Todd Grisham: John Cena?? Could I have a few minutes of your time please??
Cena huffs, before nodding his head a little, as if to say go ahead.
Todd Grisham: Last night, yourself and Randy Orton were victorious at the Clash of the Champions in your tag team match. Now, according to Eric Bischoff when he made the match three weeks ago, if you and Orton could deliver him a victory, both of you would be in line for a World Title shot. However, as we saw, it was your FU that did the damage and kept Rob Van Dam down, but it was Randy Orton that took the victory. Where do you think you stand??
John Cena: I don’t know Todd. But what I do know, and what everybody knows, is that Eric Bischoff isn’t exactly reliable with promises. What I also know is that I held up my end of the bargain. As you rightly said, I did the work, but Orton snuck in and stole the win. The way I see it, I didn’t get my rematch for the title, and I accomplished what was asked of me last night, so I expect Eric Bischoff to make the right choice tonight, and name John Cena as the Number One Contender.
The calm Cena walks off, as Grisham nods, taking in what has been said.
Backstage, Eric Bischoff looks busy, toying with his phone, as Marc Lloyd approaches him. Bischoff spots him coming, and shakes his head.
Eric Bischoff: Not you. What the hell is it??
Lloyd looks a little insulted by the comment, and decides to just cut straight to the chase.
Marc Lloyd: Umm, Mister Bischoff, rumours are running wild tonight about who will be the next contender to the World Heavyweight Championship. Both Randy Orton and John Cena have made a case for themselves after delivering victory together last night, and I was wondering what decision you had made??
Eric Bischoff: And you honestly think you’d be the first to know?? Please. A decision like this one has to be made in the ring. And I will announce the Number One Contender later tonight, in the ring. As for my decision as to who will face Christian … I have a fair idea of what it’ll be.
Lloyd gets set to ask another question, but Eric cuts him off.
Eric Bischoff: Now go!!!
Lloyd then leaves, as we go back to the ring…
CM Punk vs. Rob Conway
Rematch from Raw two weeks ago, where Punk defeated Conway in his debut match on Raw. Strangely, both men are given a slightly longer match tonight, especially for a fairly unknown within the WWE, and an at best mid card heel. The two put on a decent enough display, but the fans remain quiet for the most part, still not knowing an awful lot about Punk, and having little interest in Conway. All in all, it ends up being a fairly competitive match, but Punk always looks the likelier winner, getting the best of Conway on more occasions than not, with The Con Man not even getting an opportunity to look for his finisher, as Punk finishes him off - not with the Anaconda Vice submission he has used in the last two weeks, but a stunning knockout knee shot from the firemans carry position (Go To Sleep), with J.R calling it ‘The Punk Card’, as Punk covers his beaten opponent, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: CM Punk @ 07:14
It’s another win for Punk, being given a longer time slot to get himself on screen tonight in a decent match, but with the fans not rabidly into it.
Jim Ross: And this young man from Chicago has gone three and 0, in as many weeks, and you cant disagree with that ratio of wins.
The Coach: CM Punk is quickly making a name for himself here on Raw, I’ll give him that, but has he got what it takes to really mix it with the big boys?? We’ll soon find out.
Jim Ross: Indeed I think we will, but still to come tonight, it’s our massive, huge, tag team contest, featuring Brock Lesnar and Finlay, facing John Cena and Rey Mysterio. Don’t miss it!!!
We return backstage, with ‘Captain Charisma’ Christian approaching Eric Bischoff, with Tyson Tomko accompanying the World Champion.
Bischoff turns, and sees it’s Christian, immediately shaking his head in disgust at the champion.
Eric Bischoff: Oh, wonderful. Our GREAT World Champion is here. You’re lucky I’m forgetting last night ever happened Christian. You should do that too after that pitiful performance you gave.
Christian: Hold on. Pitiful?? I don’t think so. Eric, I gave my blood, sweat and tears at the Clash of the Champions last night. But last night, I came up against a guy that on that occasion was the better man. I’ll admit that, but dammit Eric, I’m not gonna forget it. I’m using last nights match as an example of what I cant let happen again. Benoit beat me last night, just like Smackdown beat Raw.
Eric Bischoff: Like I said, I want to forget it ever happened. I just want to look to the future.
Christian: Well, since you mention it, that’s what I came to see you about. Whose the next challenger for my world title??
Eric Bischoff: You’ll find out later. But I’d suggest you start preparing for life without that title, after the way you lost last night, you arent fit to carry that belt.
Christian looks at the World Title, and re-positions it on his shoulder, before speaking again.
Christian: Oh, but I am Eric, and you better get used to me as your World Champion, because I don’t intend on losing this for a long, long time … and that’s how I roll.
Christian and Tomko back away, giving Eric the eye, with Bischoff taking in the comments made by Christian.
We move to the trainers room, where CM Punk is talking quietly to the trainer, mentioning an arm injury, with the trainer looking for a wrapping, when we hear a whoosh, and The Hurricane swoops into the room…
The Hurricane: Holy haberdasher!!!
Punk looks unimpressed by the charade, and looks up, shaking his head at The Hurricane.
The Hurricane: I’ve been watching you Citizen Punk, and I’ve been impressed so far. But, you don’t look too cheerful … WASSUPWIDAT??!!
Punk looks for a moment at The Hurricane.
CM Punk: Y’know, I’ve been watching you too Greg. And I’m not impressed.
Hurricane puts on his best gurn, before speaking.
The Hurricane: You need to check your sources citizen, my true identity is not ‘Greg’, it’s Th-
Punk slaps Hurricane across the face, nearly knocking him over.
CM Punk: Your name is Gregory Helms, and you are a world class wrestler, that doesn’t need stupid childish gimmicks. I suggest you take a good, long, hard look at yourself. You’re better than The Hurricane.
Punk pushes past, and storms out of the medical room. The Hurricane holds his chin, obviously taking in the harsh criticism from Punk.
Back into the arena…
**HERE COMES THE PAIN**
Brock Lesnar steps into the arena, for the upcoming match, looking focused and ready for taking out his pent up anger after losing last night.
Jim Ross: This might just end up being a long night for John Cena and Rey Mysterio. Brock Lesnar doesn’t look like he is gonna mess around tonight.
The Coach: Brock Lesnar NEVER messes around J.R. Everybody seems to think Cena and Orton are the only two candidates for Number One Contendership, but don’t look past Brock Lesnar is what I say.
Jim Ross: Our main event tag team contest is up next, but next week, after the situation earlier tonight, Mister Money in the Bank Edge, takes on Mister King of the Ring, Ken Kennedy one on one. That’s next week in Greenville, but after the commercial break, it’s Lesnar and Finlay teaming up against Mysterio and Cena, don’t go away!!
We return with Mysterio staying outside the ring, awaiting his partner…
**MY TIME IS NOW**
John Cena bursts out onto the stage to a fabulous response from the Oklahomans in attendance.
Brock Lesnar & Finlay vs. John Cena & Rey Mysterio
Cena and Lesnar tear it up early on, going right at, letting their frustrations out on each other, even brawling to the outside, where Finlay tries to get involved, only for Mysterio to cut him off. Cena and Brock get inside the ring, and the match officially begins, as Finlay and Mysterio take to their corners. Early on, both men make a tag to their partners, with Finlay getting the better of Mysterio, taking advantage of the size and power difference he holds.
Finlay tries to wear down Rey in the early going, and grounds him successfully for a period, but cant beat the desire of Mysterio, and Rey makes a comeback, and knocks Finlay down. Both then make a tag, making Lesnar and Cena legal again. The fight gets ugly, with Lesnar taking control, taking a chance to tag Finlay back in, who pounds Cena down, whipping him off the ropes, but Cena bounds back with a flying shoulder tackle!!! Cena tags Rey back in, but he is caught quickly by Finlay, with the Irishman, beating down Mysterio in the corner. The Belfast native whips the human highlight reel across the ring, but Mysterio jumps to the top turnbuckle, and leaps back, landing behind Finlay, rolling him up, 1...2...Kick Out. Rey turns it up a notch now, with Finlay struggling to keep up with the speed, until Mysterio tags Cena back in. Cena storms in, and begins to unload on Finlay, but Finlay hangs in, and soon enough capitalizes on a Cena mistake, and begins to give the advantage to his side once again.
Finlay eventually tags Lesnar back in, with Brock going to work on the former champion. Lesnar and Finlay begin to start work fluidly together, and begin to put Cena in plenty of trouble, with Cena having to fight to stay in with a chance, kicking out of an array of moves from both Finlay and Lesnar. Cena begins to fight back when Lesnar misses a running knee into the corner, but a nasty shot from behind from the Irishman puts the ball back into the heels court, and Lesnar scores another near fall with a Belly to Belly. As the match progresses, Finlay applies a sleeper on a beaten down Cena, but the Boston native feeds off the energy of the fans, and begins to surge back, reaching his feet, and after a hat trick of elbows, frees the sleeper, and begins his fight back, putting Finlay down with a number of running clotheslines, giving himself a chance to tag out. Both men reach for their respective corners, looking for a tag each … AND BOTH MAKE A TAG!!!
Mysterio and Lesnar charge into the ring, with the clash of styles making for an interesting dynamic. Rey has the upper hand at first thanks to his speed, but eventually is caught by Lesnar, who scoops Rey up suddenly for an F5 … but Mysterio counters into a head scissors!!! Lesnar rolls into the ropes, and Rey looks to hit the 619 … but Finlay cuts him off with an ugly, nasty clothesline!!! The Irishman picks Mysterio up, and looks to hit the Celtic Cross .. But Cena charges into the ring, and stops Finlay!!! Cena throws rights and lefts at Finlay, eventually knocking him over the top rope with a clothesline, whilst Lesnar comes in, looking for a clothesline, but Cena ducks it, and scoops Brock up … NAILING THE FU!!! Cena quickly drags Brock into the ropes, telling Rey to hit the 619 … AND HE DOES!!! The 619 connects, and Mysterio follows up, Dropping the Dime!!! Rey hooks both legs, with Lesnar down, 1...2...3!!!!!
Winners: Rey Mysterio & John Cena @ 15:26
Mysterio scores the upset!!! Cena and Mysterio hug in the ring, embracing their victory tonight, whilst we watch Finlay walk up the ramp, with no interest in the well being of Lesnar. Brock rolls out of the ring, groggy after the three big moves he just took, whilst Mysterio and Cena pump up the fans. We see Cena and Mysterio then shake hands, before Mysterio decides to leave the ring, as Cena asks for a mic…
Lillian hands Cena the mic, as the music dies down, and the former champion gets ready to talk, albeit slightly breathlessly.
I’m pretty sure I heard Eric Bischoff earlier, when he said he’d name the new Number One Contender later tonight. Well … it’s later tonight, and I wanna know where the hell I stand!!!
Jim Ross: And where does Cena stand in terms of a title shot?? Will we find out when we come back from this commercial break??
We return, with Cena still waiting in the ring.
Y’know Eric, I know I don’t have all night, these fans don’t want to wait all night, and the USA Network must be getting really petrified that you’re gotta eat into Law and Order (Looks into camera, and puts on his best shill voice)
which is John Cenas favourite show on the USA Network, and follows Raw every Monday Night.
Little response for the lame joke.
**BURN IN MY LIGHT** Randy Orton, to an enormous negative response from the fans. The Legend Killer makes his way down the ramp, looking as cocky as ever, with Cena having to compose himself, wanting to rip Orton in half. Randy senses Cenas anger, and decides to try and rile him, getting into the ring, and posing on the ropes, before dropping down, taking a sly look at Cena, before asking for the mic. Orton is given one by Lillian, and he begins to speak.
Don’t get worked up John, because the number one contender … aint gonna be you.
Heat from the fans.
Well if it wont be me, then I see no reason why it’ll be you Orton.
Small pop, as Orton and Cena come closer, almost nose to nose.
Oh, but I think it there is. I scored the pinfall last night Cena. I won us the match.
No, no, no. What you did Orton was uncalled for. You knew I had it in the bag, so you suckered me into the RKO, and STOLE the three count.
Randy looks set to shout back, but…
**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**
Christian enters the arena, and wastes no time in talking, beginning to speak, as he walks down the ramp, over his music, which slowly drowns out.
Listen up. John Cena, Randy Orton, saying as the main focus here is on my World Title, I figured this concerned me.
Christian walks up the steps and gets into the ring, taking a look at both men before speaking again.
I’m happy to face either one of you, I’ve beat you both before, so whomever it is, you can be guaranteed you’re losing again.
Pop from the fans.
So that leaves us with one thing … Eric Bischoff, whose it to be??
All three men look around, with Orton trying to indicate it’ll be him, with Cena trying to tell him differently.
All eyes go to the stage, and Eric Bischoff makes his entrance, staying at the top of the ramp, to make the announcement.
Alright gentlemen, you all want to know who faces Christian for that very World Heavyweight Championship. I’m the man that makes those decisions, and right now I’m gonna make it.
In the ring, we see Orton again point to himself, whilst Christian listens intently, and Cena paces around, awaiting the announcement.
On June 25th, at Unforgiven, it’ll be Christian, defending the World Heavyweight Championship … against … … RANDY ORTON!!!
Heat for the announcement of Orton as the #1 Contender, but Orton is jubilant.
… AND … John Cena …
MASSIVE pop for the addition of Cena to the match, with Cena putting his hands in the air in celebration, whilst Orton looks irate.
… WILL BE THE SPECIAL GUEST REFEREE!!!
SWERVE!!! John Cenas face drops, and he slowly mouths ‘referee??’. Orton though, laughs at the announcement, as the fans boo the decision. The Legend Killer grabs Cenas arm, and tries to force Cena to raise his hand, but as he does, John Cena snaps … AND HOISTS ORTON INTO THE AIR … AND DELIVERS THE FU!!!!!
The fans pop as the guest referee for Unforgiven snaps!!! Cena slams Orton into the mat, letting out his anger, and immediately points up at Bischoff, telling him in no uncertain terms the decision is ‘bullshit’. Cena then turns, and goes face to face with Christian in the middle of the ring. Captain Charisma and The Dr. of Thuganomics stare one another down in the ring, with the fans going wild, as Raw comes to a close, with chaos.
END OF SHOW
Current Card for WWE Unforgiven
Date: 25th June 2006
Location: Pepsi Centre, Denver, Colorado
Event Music: Not Determined
World Heavyweight Championship:
Christian vs. Randy Orton
With Special Guest Referee: John Cena
Shawn Michaels vs. Garrison Cade