February 27th, 2006 | Verizon Center; Washington D.C.
Our show opens tonight with a brief recap of the important happenings of last week. Beginning with the announcement of Jonathan Coachman as General Manager for the night, we see ‘Coach’ make some announcements of his own about the show with Mr. McMahon by his side, only to be interrupted by D-Generation X, who arrive and mock ‘Coach’ and Mr. McMahon. McMahon, however, will have none of it as he sets up two handicap matches, the first of which we see just a few snippets of, where The Redneck Wrecking Crew defeat Triple H. We then cut forward to Shawn Michaels’ match and him making his entrance, only to be blindsided by his opponents, Carlito & Chris Masters. The two henchmen beat Michaels down, leading to Triple H to attempt to make the save, only for The Redneck Wrecking Crew to run in and beat DX down. This brings out Mr. McMahon, who announces that at Saturday Night’s Main Event it will be Shawn Michaels vs. Shane McMahon in a Street Fight. But that’s not the worst of it, because next week (tonight) it will be Shawn Michaels … vs. Mr. McMahon! The video package now concludes as we see Vince looking at Shawn with a sick smile on his face, enjoying the hell that he’s putting Shawn through.
We now cut to our traditional Monday Night RAW opening montage, featuring the many stars of RAW, before we cut to ringside to see an amazing array of fireworks. The pumped up crowd jumps up and down in excitement as we pan around the arena, before settling down at ringside with out favourite three man announce team.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Monday Night RAW, where we come to you live from our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. in the Verizon Center. I’m Joey Styles, joined here by my broadcast colleagues Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and ‘The Coach’ Jonathan Coachman, and gentlemen, what a show we have in store tonight.
What a show is right, Joey. You heard the announcements at the end of last week. Tonight it will be Shawn Michaels going one on one with the chairman of the board, our boss, Mr. McMahon in the main event!
And what an important lesson Shawn is going to learn here tonight – ya’ don’t cross the boss, especially when your boss can kick your ass like Mr. McMahon can.
I’m not so sure Mr. McMahon can kick Shawn Michaels’ ass here tonight. I mean, Shawn is a trained professional, a former world champion, and Mr. McMahon is a near sixty year old man.
Well Mr. McMahon put himself in the position, and now he’s going to have to face the music … maybe literally!
A sixty year old genetic freak you mean, Joe, and ‘King’, trust me, Mr. McMahon ain’t gonna’ have no problem with Shawn Michaels. Speakin’ of lookin’ good though, how good was last week’s show with Simon Dean replacing yours truly? I know he’s no ‘Coach’, but I see a bright future for that young man, especially when I move onto bigger and better things like I did last week.
I didn’t think I would ever say this, but after last week I have to say it’s good to have you back, ‘Coach’.
Y’know, Mr. McMahon actually offered me a permanent job as General Manager, but I had a feelin’ you guys would miss me. Plus, the man himself is back tonight, Mr. Eric Bischoff, and I hear he’s got some pretty big announcements.
Speaking of which …
The crowd instantly boos as the music hits, and sure enough out from the back comes RAW General Manager, Eric Bischoff
, looking a completely different man tonight as he actually has a smile on his face. The weight of the world off his shoulders, a happy Bischoff even does something we rarely see from him in raising his arms up to the crowd at the top of the stage, drawing a mixed reaction.
And we open the show with the man you just mentioned, ‘Coach’, RAW General Manager Eric Bischoff, and it looks like that after a few stressful months, a week of rest and relaxation has done Bischoff the world of good.
Mr. Bischoff rested easy last week knowing that RAW was in my more than capable hands, and now that he’s back, he’s ready to show just why it is that he’s the greatest General Manager this company has ever seen.
Even better than you, ‘Coach’?
Hey, no need to stir the pot there, ‘King’. Me an’ Mr. Bischoff are equals, and we both see it that way. I know he’s a great boss, and he knows that I have all the skills to be a great boss too.
Bischoff makes his way down the ramp, his smile still seemingly irremovable as he climbs up into the ring and receives a microphone. Standing still in the middle of the ring for a moment, Bischoff seems to soak in the moment before he begins his spiel.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Monday Night RAW!
Big pop from the crowd.
And boy do I have a show for you tonight, because Eric Bischoff is back, and he’s better than ever baby!
Another cheap pop from the extremely happy Bischoff.
Now I know that over these past few months, I’ve been … well I’ve been a little grumpy. I’ve been under a little bit of stress. I have been feeling the pressure that comes with running the biggest and best brand of sports entertainment in the entire world in Monday Night RAW.
I’ve been in this job awhile. It’s been almost four years – four long
years since I first took this job as the very first General Manager of Monday Night RAW. And while on the inferior
brand, Friday Night SmackDown!, we’ve seen many General Managers come and go, be they bald fat men …
Mixed reaction for the Heyman reference.
Or daddy’s little princesses …
Another mixed reaction, this time for Steph.
Eric Bischoff: None
of them have lasted long. I
on the other hand have been here since the beginning, from the very first time that Mr. McMahon handed the reigns of Monday Night RAW over, and I’d like to think that I’ve done a damn good job. I’d like to think that I’ve done not just what’s best for me or what’s best for the audience, but what’s best for business
. And for the most part, I’ve found that pretty easy. It comes naturally
to a guy like me. That’s just who I am.
Small amount of applause for Bischoff as he pauses.
But who, or rather what
is a pushover. I’m sure you’ve all heard the rumours, you’ve all heard about what supposedly happened in WCW when I was in charge, but that’s all they are … rumours
is, when I’m the boss, I’m
the one running the show, not the talents, not the inmates
. But these past six months, it’s seemed that certain superstars in the back there, they’ve thought otherwise. They thought that they were above the law. Well I’m out here tonight to tell them that is NOT
Bischoff pauses for a moment.
All of this, it all started with one man. One man six months ago who thought that he was above me. That he thought that he had to work against
me instead of with
me, because he’d be lettin’ down his fans, his “Chain Gang” if he worked with the “evil” General Manager, Eric Bischoff. The former
WWE Champion, John Cena.
Huge mixed reaction from the crowd for the mention of Cena.
Cena thought that he was above the law as champion, so what did I do? I went out and found a guy who I thought could take the title off him, and be an honourable champion. A champion who represented what RAW stands for, in intensity, integrity, and intelligence.
Pop from the crowd.
But you couldn’t do it, could ya’, Kurt? You just couldn’t beat Cena. You weren’t good enough. So what did you do? You blamed me
. But that wasn’t where it ended. Oh no, then we got a new
champion, a man who could
actually beat John Cena. We got Edge.
Heat from the crowd for the mention of Edge.
Ever since you became champion, Edge, you’ve thought you were above the law. You’ve said you can do “what you want, when you want”. You thought this was your
show. Well I’ve got news for you, Edge, this isn’t your show. This isn’t the Edge show. No, this is the Eric Bischoff show, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let you intimidate me verbally, or physically like you tried to do two weeks ago when you laid your hands on me.
Mixed reaction from the crowd.
So now, now Edge, I’m going to speak in language you can understand. I want you to come out here to the ring, and I want you to do it right now!
The crowd gives a big pop as Bischoff begins to wait.
Come on, Edge. You’re only …
“YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME”
The crowd EXPLODES into a massive reaction of heat as smoke begins to fill the entrance chute before from the obscurity walks the WWE Champion, Edge
. Accompanied, like always, by his sultry girlfriend Lita
, ‘The Rated R Superstar’ sneers down to the ring from the top of the ramp, holding Lita close to him by the hip, before marching on down the ramp. Far from worried, the champ is happy to climb up into the ring and join Bischoff, receiving a microphone as he does so.
Well, I guess, I have to say, welcome back man. It’s good to see you. I mean, you took a nasty hit a few weeks ago, and I thought that …
Cut the crap Edge.
Big pop from the crowd.
That’s the way you wanna play it, Bischoff? Y’know what, that’s fine, because I don’t have a whole lot of time to waste on you out here. I’m a busy man, Bischoff.
Trust me, Edge, this is far
from a waste of time. As a matter of fact, I’d be savouring this time, because it might just be the last time for quite some time that you’re healthy.
Big pop from the crowd.
Oh ha-ha Bischoff. Real funny. Really, you should do comedy. Ya’ couldn’t be any worse at that than you are runnin’ this show.
Heat from the crowd who have taken Bischoff’s side in this.
I mean, let’s think about this. How long’s it been? Six months you said? Six whole
months since you had any type of control over this show, over your employees. You’ve got the real
boss runnin’ around here because you can’t do your job yourself, you’ve got disgruntled superstars showin’ up on SmackDown! pay per views, and you’ve even got your own little mystery attacker, takin’ out Angle back at the Royal Rumble.
Heat from the crowd.
The only good thing that’s happened in all of this time is that I became WWE Champion, and that was no thanks to you. So before you go ‘round throwing out threats, you might wanna think Bischoff. Who’s gonna help you out? No one here likes you, Bischoff. No one. Not the boss. Not the superstars. Not the divas. Not even ‘Coach’. Yeah, he told me.
Shocked reaction from ‘Coach’ at ringside as Edge pauses.
Fact is, you can say what you want, Bischoff. You can threaten me all you want. But those threats, they mean nothing
, because no one here has your back. You call yourself a businessman so maybe you should get this. Quit while you can, Bischoff, because you’re about to be worthless.
More heat from the crowd.
Y’know what, Edge? You’re right. You are actually right. No one here likes me. Most of the guys in the back, they despise
me. They probably do
wish I was gone. But it’s not because I’m a bad General Manager. It’s not because I’m a bad businessman. No, it’s because I have the balls
to make the hard decisions, the decisions that make a difference. And I also have the brains to make the smart
But what about you, Edge? I’ve heard you say that you’re smarter than everyone else in the back. Wasn’t that how you won the WWE Title in the first place?
You’re damn right it is.
Well then it’s funny that you should bring up the whole “mystery attacker” thing. Well, at least it used to be a mystery.
The crowd buzzes as Edge starts to panic, his eyes bulging.
What are you talkin’ about, Bischoff?
Oh, I think you know what I’m talking about, Edge. Don’t you remember back after you first won the WWE Title? You kept telling Kurt Angle that he didn’t deserve a shot at you because he could never beat John Cena, and that you could. Don’t you remember how he demanded a shot, but you refused. Don’t you remember daring
Kurt Angle to win the Royal Rumble too, Edge? Do you remember what happened after that? Because I do. Kurt Angle was runner up in the Royal Rumble. He almost
won it. The only thing that cost him was the little “mystery attacker” that jumped Angle backstage before he entered.
Bischoff pauses, enjoying the panic stricken face of Edge.
Now I mightn’t like Kurt Angle, and I mightn’t agree with how he’s gone about finding this so-called “mystery” assailant. But I do side with him in that the man, or maybe even man and
woman who did this, need to be brought to justice. After all, that loss to Randy Orton, that loss to SmackDown! cost me
the main event slot at WrestleMania for RAW. And I vowed that because of that, that person would pay.
The crowd cheers as Bischoff licks his lips in anticipation, watching Edge’s eyes dart back and forth.
Hey Edge … what was your alibi again? Where did you say you were?
I was … I was back at the hotel … with Lita.
I thought that’s what you said originally. Now I also believe you directed the blame towards John Cena for the attack, in hope that Angle would maybe take Cena out for you. You had, after all, only just managed to cheat to beat Cena earlier that night at the Royal Rumble, and if I remember correctly, you didn’t want to face him again. Well at the time in question, John Cena was with our trainers, which I confirmed with them last week in my week off. But you, Edge, well, your story didn’t check out quite so nicely.
Bischoff starts to smile as Edge continues to sweat on Bischoff’s every word.
I called the hotel you stayed at, Edge. They said that you and Lita didn’t check in at all that night and that you said you were flying right out after the show for Orlando. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but that … that seems like you were getting out of dodge to me.
No! No, no, no, no, NO!
You can pull all the crap you want, Bischoff, but you, you, you can’t, you just can’t prove that I’m the one who jumped Angle.
You wanna bet on that? Because I’ve got certain surveillance footage that says otherwise.
The crowd explodes with a pop as Edge finally cracks.
Y’know what? Fine, I did it. I
was the one to attack Kurt Angle. Not John Cena. ME![
It was all ME
. But do you wanna know why I did it, Bischoff? Huh? Do you wanna know why? Because I knew, I just KNEW
that Angle was still in your back pocket, and all of this crap, all that you went through in order to prove that I was the one to attack Angle, it just proves my point. You, you can say that you don’t like Angle until you’re blue in the face, but the proof is in the pudding. You know, you just know that you were going to screw me like I’d been screwed so many times before just so you can get this belt until your buddy.
Edge pauses ever so slightly to run his hand through his hair, ignoring the calming words of Lita beside him.
Well y’know what? No. Not this time. You’re not going to screw me this time. I’ve worked too damn hard to get in this position. You think … you think it was easy becoming WWE Champion with people like you trying to screw me at every turn? You think it was easy getting to where I am? I have had to deal with obscurity like this for my whole life. I have been looked passed, flat out ignored for title shots in the past. I have broken my neck. I had to get hit with ladders, STEEL
ladders by five other men over and over again, just so I could get a SHOT
at this title!
Edge is now breathing heavily, his intensity through the roof as he pauses slightly.
I have seen it all and I’ve been through it all, so you just throw anything and everything that you’ve got at me, because I promise, I PROMISE
that I will do as I have always done, I will rise above!
The crowd boos a bit as Edge now runs his hands through his hair, waiting for a reply from Bischoff.
Edge, I’m not going to do a thing to you. That’s not my place. But I think there’s a couple of people who do wanna get their hands on you, and I’m gonna give ‘em that chance.
Bischoff takes his time.
First of all, since I think you owe both
Angle a shot at the WWE Title, they’re gonna get a chance to earn it. This Saturday, at the return of Saturday Night’s Main Event, it’ll be John Cena going one on one one more time with his old rival Kurt Angle for the chance to compete against you for the WWE Title at WrestleMania 22!
The crowd cheers.
But Cena and Angle aren’t going to have to wait ‘til WrestleMania to get their shot at you in non-title action, regardless of who wins this Saturday. Since you tried to turn them against one another, I’ve decided it’s only fair to turn them against you.
The crowd again cheers.
Which is why tonight, it’s going to be you, Edge, and if you can find someone that actually likes you, a partner of your choosing, taking on the team of John Cena and Kurt Angle!
The crowd gives a big pop as Edge runs his hand through his hair, obviously frustrated with the treatment he’s getting.
Oh and Edge, I think it’s only fair I give you some kind of warning. Turn around.
Edge does just that …
The crowd goes BALLISTIC as an even more intense than usual Kurt Angle
charges down the ramp, ready to throw fists with Edge … but the champ and his girlfriend get out of dodge as quickly as possible, rolling from the ring as Angle rolls in, then sprinting back up the ramp out of dodge. The insanely intense Angle roars with intensity as we cut away to a commercial break.
We return from the break back at ringside with our announce team.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Monday Night RAW where we have a lot to come later tonight including a Money in the Bank qualifier, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin against The Basham Brothers, and of course Mr. McMahon vs. Shawn Michaels, but as we just learnt in an explosive segment, Edge was the man who attacked Kurt Angle at the Royal Rumble, and later tonight they will be facing in tag team action when Angle teams with the other man who he suspected, John Cena, against Edge and a partner of his choosing.
And what about the match made for Saturday Night’s Main Event? John Cena and Kurt Angle will continue their rivalry as they face each other for a chance to challenge Edge for the WWE Title at WrestleMania!
‘Coach’, you’ve remained awfully quiet since the start of the show. Do you not agree with what Eric Bischoff has done?
Well Joe, I usually agree with Mr. Bischoff, but I can’t help but feel he’s got Edge all wrong here. I mean, isn’t a good thing that he stopped a guy like Kurt Angle or John Cena going to WrestleMania?
We’re left with that question as we now cut backstage to see RAW General Manager, Eric Bischoff walking along backstage. Bischoff is still smiling, happy to be in a job as he makes his way down a corridor, presumably towards his office. A few people walk past Bischoff, but no one of note until he turns a corner … and sees Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin waiting outside his office door.
Gentlemen, to what do I owe the pleasure?
Did ‘Coach’ talk to you?
We talked after the show last week, yes.
Haas senses this going nowhere so he steps up.
Look, I think what Shelton’s tryna say is that last week, ‘Coach’ told Shelton he’d have a word to you ‘bout us not havin’ to team up anymore, and well tonight, you’ve gone ahead an’ put us in a match against The Basham Brothers.
. Look, the past few weeks The Basham Brothers have been jumping you guys from behind and trying to make a name for themselves here on RAW off you guys, so I just thought you’d want a little revenge. If you guys don’t want it, though, I could always …
No, it’s okay, we’ll take care of The Basham Brothers.
But after that, we’re done. Ya’ got it?
Right sure, gotcha. Now if you don’t mind guys, I’ve got a little business to attend to.
Haas & Benjamin nod and walk off, leaving Bischoff to enter his office, turning to see Rob Van Dam seated on his couch! The crowd of course cheers as RVD stands, looking Bischoff in the eye.
RVD! It’s good to see you, man.
Rob Van Dam:
Don’t give me this, Bischoff. Just tell me why.
Why what, Rob? I have no idea what you’re talking about.
Rob Van Dam:
Why can’t I go over to SmackDown! and clear the air with The Undertaker?
Bischoff is clearly very uncomfortable about this situation, rubbing his hands together and looking at the floor as he shuffles on the spot.
Well Rob, it’s just … it’s just that I heard you may do something about … stupid.
Rob Van Dam:
Liiiiiiike challenging The Undertaker to a match at WrestleMania?
Rob Van Dam:
Hang on … what’s the problem with that?
Look, Rob, you’re a talented guy, and I think you’ve been great for RAW, but I’ve been trying my best here tonight to make the RAW side of WrestleMania as good as possible, and for us to be embarrassed by SmackDown! at WrestleMania, well …
Rob Van Dam:
Wait, you don’t think I can beat The Undertaker? You think I’m going to embarrass you? Is that it? You think I’m not good enough.
Look, it’s not that. It’s just that The Undertaker is undefeated at WrestleMania, and the chances of him losing, well, they’re pretty much zero.
Rob Van Dam:
So what you’re saying is you don’t think I’m good enough? Well maybe I’ll just go to SmackDown! this Friday night and prove otherwise.
NO! Don’t … do that. Trust me, it’s not necessary.
Bischoff takes a moment to think to himself, before speaking again.
Listen, Rob, I know you came back hoping to win the WWE Title at WrestleMania, so how about this? Tonight, I’ll put you in a Money in the Bank qualifying match against your old rival Carlito. You take out your anger on him, and if you beat him, you move onto WrestleMania. If you then win the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania you can cash in the briefcase later that night and win yourself the world title like you wanted. Sound good?
Bischoff looks at Van Dam who takes a deep breath, then walks from view, leaving Bischoff to smile, thinking he’s got the job done.
We now move from there to cut to ringside …
The crowd gives a nice pop as out from the back skips the enthusiastic Mickie James
. Dressed for action, albeit in a somewhat casual attire, Mickie excitedly waves to the crowd at the top of the ramp, happy to be in action here tonight.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Richmond, Virginia, Mickie James!
As we just heard, our show tonight grows even bigger, because as we just heard, our Money in the Bank qualifying match will be RVD vs. Carlito! Now that should be a good match.
I agree with Mr. Bischoff that RVD would have no chance of beating The Undertaker, but I gotta ask the question, why does he think Van Dam can beat Carlito either? My man ‘Lito is one of the best up and comers in the entire WWE, and is ready to step it up any second now.
Well they met for the first time two weeks ago, and RVD won that time, so maybe that’s why Bischoff has confidence in RVD’s abilities there. Still, I can’t see RVD having his head in the game here tonight.
Well speaking of having your head in the game, last week we saw Trish Stratus successfully defend her WWE Women’s Title against Victoria, but perhaps the big story coming out of the show was the assault of Trish’s friend, a woman who isn’t a wrestler by the name of Rebecca, seemingly at the hands of this woman Mickie James.
Mickie hops her way down to the rest of the ring and does the classic Trish pose in the ring, drawing a bit of a mixed reaction from the crowd, before waiting for her opponent …
*WHAT LOVE IS*
The crowd gives a lukewarm reaction as Candice Michelle
struts out onto the stage, accompanied by Victoria
. Candice struts her stuff on the way down the ramp, turning her nose up at the crowd, attempting to elicit a reaction out of them to limited success.
Her opponent, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, being accompanied to the ring by Victoria, Candice Michelle!
Well, here’s a woman that you were up close and personal with last week, ‘Coach’. Does she stand a chance against Mickie James here tonight?
As much as I’d like to say yes, I don’t think so. Candice is sweet, but Mickie is … well, Mickie’s crazy. This isn’t gonna end well for Candice.
To be fair to Mickie, we don’t know if she was the one to attack Rebacca last week, but things don’t look good for her.
Candice makes her way down the rest of the ramp and climbs up onto the apron to disrobe herself, before climbing up into the ring.
Match One ~ Singles Match:
Mickie James vs. Candice Michelle w/Victoria
Mickie is fast out of the blocks in this one, using her quite obviously superior wrestling ability to control Candice, taking her down with some arm drags, before trying to wear her down with a grounded side headlock. Candice, however, fights back to her feet and pushes Mickie off to the ropes, which Mickie goes to hit … ONLY FOR VICTORIA TO TRIP HER UP! The referee, who was distracted by Candice, didn’t catch the interference, and it gives Candice the perfect chance to control Mickie for a short amount of time, using mainly strikes and illegal chokes. Mickie though, as said before, is better than Candice, and she uses this to her advantage, catching her with a boot after she charges in at her in the corner, before hooking her up for and connecting with the Mickiecanrana!
The crowd cheers as Mickie is the first up, and she doesn’t hold back on Candice, blasting her with some big forearms that make you almost feel sorry for Candice. Mickie then runs through her moveset, hitting clothesline, a Thesz press, an impressive monkey flip and a flying crossbody block before getting set for the Stratusfaction. However, Victoria again has an influence at ringside, climbing up onto the apron as Mickie looks set to go for it, distracting her and allowing Candice to come from behind with the O’Connor roll … two! Both women get up … AND MICKIE INSTANTLY DRILLS THE CHICK KICK! SHE THEN GRABS CANDICE BY THE HEAD … STRATUSFACTION! Mickie runs off to the opposite ropes to which Victoria was standing by and nails it! Mickie makes the cover … three.
Winner: Mickie James via pinfall @ 4:03
Here is your winner, Mickie James!
The crowd cheers as Mickie gets back to her feet and has her hand raised, before she asks for a microphone which she is then provided with.
The crowd cheers as Mickie gathers some breath.
Trish, I know you’re not in the building tonight. I know that after last week’s match against Victoria, Eric Bischoff has given you the night off so you’re not in the building tonight. I also know, Trish, that he’s given you this Saturday off at Saturday Night’s Main Event, but Trish, I really
need to talk to you.
Mickie pauses, while the crowd remains relatively silent.
You … you haven’t been answering my calls, my texts, my emails, anything. You haven’t been answering me at all.
Mickie again pauses, looking for words.
I know … I know, Trish, that I haven’t been the best friend. Actually, I’ve probably been as bad a friend as possible. But you’ve got to believe me. Last week was just me being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And the other times … they were accidents, Trish. Accidents. You have to believe me. All I ever wanted to be was your friend.
An emotional Mickie takes some more time.
Look, I don’t want to do things like this. Not like this. Please, Trish, please
show up at Saturday Night’s Main Event, so we can talk, face to face, friend to friend.
Mickie pauses, looking out to the crowd, before speaking.
I’ll be there, Trish. I hope you will be too.
Mickie sighs and drops the microphone, clearly unsettled about her friendship with Trish.
Well, as ‘J.R.’ would say, Mickie James is nuttier than a pet goon. I mean, first she comes out here all cheery, but then this? I don’t know if Trish should show up at Saturday Night’s Main Event. I wouldn’t if I were her.
It’s an interesting situation for Trish indeed, ‘King’, but Mickie James appears to be in a fragile place right now. Trish not showing up may send her over the edge. I mean, as Mickie’s said before, all she wants is to be Trish’s friend, and for Trish to not show up, that would just be heartbreaking for young Mickie.
We see Mickie James once more, before cutting off to a commercial break.
We return from the break to be backstage in the interview area, where out trusty mic man Todd Grisham stands.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time … John Cena!
The crowd absolutely erupts into a massive reaction as John Cena steps into camera view, looking to be rather happy tonight.
John, like us you heard the announcements from Eric Bischoff earlier. Your thoughts on the situation?
Well Todd, to be perfectly honest, Eric Bischoff, he surprised me. He caught me a little off guard. Not when he said that Edge was the one who attacked Kurt Angle at the Royal Rumble, because quite frankly, everyone besides Kurt Angle himself was smart enough to work that one out. I guess Kurt’s just had his Olympic ass handed to him one too many times. No, Eric Bischoff surprised me when he made my match with Kurt Angle for Saturday Night’s Main Event.
Cena pauses as the crowd cheers the match.
Now I know Eric Bischoff doesn’t like me. Heck, he even went out there and said it himself just before. And, just between you an’ me, I don’t really like Bischoff either. I don’t hate the man, because I don’t believe in hate. I think it’s an ugly thing. But Eric Bischoff? Well, let’s just say he ain’t on my Christmas card list. In fact, up until tonight, I never used to respect the guy either. You saw what happened when I arrived here on RAW last year? Me an’ Bischoff didn’t get along in the least. Maybe it’s ‘cause I’m from the street and he’s from … well, he’s from somewhere else entirely. I dunno where. Point is, we clashed, and I thought he made some decisions which weren’t as good for business as they were for his own personal gain.
The crowd boo as Cena pauses.
But did I whine? Did I complain? No, because I don’t believe in that either. Just like when Edge defeated me for the WWE Title after the Elimination Chamber an’ just like after Edge cheated to beat me back at the Royal Rumble, I soldiered on. I did the only thing I know, and that is working so that I can earn
my keep. An’ y’know, I think Eric Bischoff saw that, and that’s why he put me in this match with Kurt Angle at Saturday Night’s Main Event. Sure, Angle’s got beef with Edge, and Bischoff wants him to square up on that ‘cause of what he did at the Royal Rumble. But Bischoff also saw that I have my problems with Edge too, and even if I don’t go out there and announce it to the world each and every week, cryin’ like an oversized gold medal baby, I deserved a shot at the gold too. And that, I have to respect.
The crowd gives a small cheer as Cena pauses for a moment.
So now we come to this Saturday. Me an’ Kurt Angle, one on one, one more time. Like I said before, I’m a worker, but I’m also a fighter. Kurt Angle, he may be a wrestler
, hell, he may be the best damn wrestler in the world, but this Saturday, I’m gonna bring the fight to him like never before!
The crowd pops for the intensity of Cena.
Kurt, I’ve beaten you before, and I’ll be damned if I’m not gonna do it again. Tonight, when we team up, yeah, I’ll work with you. I have no reason not to. You know you made a mistake by accusing me, so I ain’t got no problem with you. But this Saturday, at the return of Saturday Night’s Main Event, we’re not gonna be out there in a whinin’ contest. We’re not even gonna be out there in a wrestlin’ match. We’re gonna be in a fight
, and I promise you, it’s gonna be a fight that you’ll never
The crowd cheers as Cena calms down a bit.
So Kurt, to sum it up for ya’, it’s real simple. If ya’ want some … come get some!
The crowd cheers as Cena walks from view, and we cut back to ringside, where we already see the tandem of The Heartthrobs in the ring. Joy.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall! In the ring, Romeo and Antonio, The Heartthrobs!
“WELLLLLLLL, WELL IT’S THE BIG SHOW”
The crowd gives a very nice pop as the gargantuan World Tag Team Champions, Kane & Big Show
walk out onto the stage, titles slung over their shoulders. Smiles on faces, the giant and intimidating tag champs begin to make their way down to the ring.
Their opponents, weighing a combined weight of 820 lbs, the World Tag Team Champions, Kane and the Big Show!
As we heard earlier tonight, John Cena will be teaming with Kurt Angle against Edge and a partner of his choosing, but coming up now the World Tag Team Champions, Kane and Big Show, coming off a big victory over Ric Flair and Chavo Guerrero last week where they successfully defended their titles, are in non-title action against The Heartthrobs.
The time for The Heartthrobs to run is now if they know what’s good for ‘em.
The champs climb up into the ring and get set for action, staring menacingly at The Heartthrobs as this one gets underway.
Match Two ~ Tag Team Match:
The Heartthrobs vs. World Tag Team Champions Kane & Big Show
The World Tag Team Champions, despite their win last week, appear chronically angry when it seems to getting in the ring, which they show as they absolutely decimate The Heartthrobs, throwing them around and the ring and out and out brutalising them. The finish comes when the tag champs nail Romeo with the Double Chokeslam, and Kane gets the pinfall.
Winners: Kane & Big Show via pinfall @ 1:32
Here are your winners, the World Tag Team Champions, Kane and the Big Show!
The crowd gives a big cheer as Kane & Big Show celebrate their ring in the middle of the ring, holding the gold up high, almost to signal to anyone that is thinking of challenging them for the titles to think better of it.
Kane and the Big Show continue to dominate the tag division here on RAW, and the question has to be asked, as we draw closer to WrestleMania, is there any team on the RAW roster that could step up and challenge the champs on the biggest show of ‘em all?
I dunno if there is, Joe. I mean, these two guys are monsters, and everyone who’s gone against ‘em has found that out. I just don’t think they can be beaten.
Well if someone wants to beat them they’re certainly going to have to step their game up, because these two gentlemen before us are head and shoulders above the rest at the moment, both figuratively and literally!
The crowd continues to cheer the two monsters in the ring, however, at ringside we see an insignificant worker rush up to the announce table and make some inaudible noises, prompting ‘Coach’ to leave his post at the announce desk and follow him off.
Well it would appear that RAW General Manager, Eric Bischoff wants a word with ‘The Coach’, so he’s headed off backstage.
The camera now cuts to an entrance to the arena … and in come D-Generation X to a huge pop!
And here comes DX, Joey!
DX are in the building, and they’ll be getting ready for tonight’s main event where Shawn Michaels goes one on one with the chairman of the board, Mr. McMahon. That’s later tonight, but up next we understand we’re going to be seeing Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin, in their last match as a team taking on The Basham Brothers.
And of course we cut away to a commercial break.
WRESTLEMANIA MOMENT – OWEN HART DEFEATS HIS BIG BROTHER BRET HART IN ONE OF THE BIGGEST UPSETS IN WRESTLEMANIA HISTORY AT WRESTLEMANIA X!
WRESTLEMANIA 22 – 34 DAYS TO GO!
We return from the break to be backstage, in the office of RAW General Manager, Eric Bischoff. The Bisch sits behind his desk, filling out some paperwork when he hears a knock on the door, causing him to look up.
The camera zooms out to show the door as it opens, with Jonathan Coachman then stepping through the doorway.
You wanted to see me, sir?
Ahhhh, ‘Coach’, yes, come in, come in.
Bischoff rushes up and shuts the door behind ‘Coach’.
Take a seat on the couch. Make yourself company. Make yourself feel at home!
’Coach’ looks at Bischoff a little cautiously, then sits down at the couch.
Does this feel like home to you, ‘Coach’? Does it feel like you fit in? Well it should, because you did a great job as General Manager last week. Really, I mean it. You did everything I asked of you after I found out you’d be running the show and then some, so for that, ‘Coach’, I think you. Trust me, you’re going to have a good future here in the WWE. One day you might even find yourself in a permanent role as General Manager of a brand.
Thank – thank you, sir. I learnt from the best.
Ahh, that you did, ‘Coach’, that you did. But, getting down to business, I called you here because I have just one question about last week.
Bischoff starts to move around the room to a second door.
Ummmm, sure boss.
Bischoff reaches out to the door handle.
Okay, ‘Coach’ … who are these
Bischoff opens the door, and in a closet we see five men, dressed in matching green and white tracksuit pants/singlets, jumping up and down and shouting what just comes out as white noise. Bischoff looks at them, shuts the door, then looks back at ‘Coach’.
Um … could you show me who they are again?
Bischoff opens the door and again we get the five idiots jumping up and down, prompting Bischoff to slam the door shut again.
Oh right, that’s …
The door bursts open and all of a sudden we get the five young men jumping into the room!
AND WE ARE … THE SPIRIT SQUAD!
The five men now bounce around like idiots again, shouting anything and everything that comes to their mind.
Eric Bischoff, meet Kenny Doane, Mikey Mondo, Jayden Jett, Nicky Nemmeth and Mitch Mitchell … the Spirit Squad!
The five men bounce around like idiots as Bischoff looks skeptically on (sidenote: Yes, Jayden Jett is Johnny Jeter of Spirit Squad and battle royal match after the Spirit Squad broke up Hall of Fame”).
Trust me, these are five of the hottest rookies in the world, and signing them was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up.
But … but they’re cheerleaders!
Some might consider that a barb, but not the Spirit Squad. If anything, it makes them bounce around even more enthusiastically!
Trust me, they’ll be great.
I dunno, ‘Coach’, I mean …
Bischoff seems somewhat surprised to be interrupted as he looks up at Kenny.
Yes … Kenny.
Mr. Bischoff, we are here to serve …
In fact, we even made a chant about you!
The five men stop goofing around and suddenly step up in a formation of two at the front, three at the back. They then begin.
Ready? One two three four!
Mr. Bischoff! Mr. Bischoff!
Welcome back to Monday Night RAW
You missed last week but there’s no need to fear
For a suitable replacement was already here
‘The Coach’~! ‘The Coach’~!
But now you’re back we’re glad to say
And you get to meet us on our very first day
The Spirit Squad~! The Spirit Squad~!
Here to serve the finest boss
Without him here RAW would be lost
Mr. Bischoff~! Mr. Bischoff~!
Mr. Bischoff~! Mr. Bischoff~!
The five idiots now bounce around again like, well, idiots amazingly enough. Bischoff meanwhile smirks in amusement.
Well ‘Coach’, what can I say? Are they good?
The best, sir.
All: THE BEST!
Right, well, I’ll leave you to get back to your post, and I’ll … I’ll make sure your Spirit Squad gets taken care of.
’Coach’ smiles and leaves the room … as Mr. McMahon walks past in a tanktop to show off his hulking physique, accompanied by his son Shane McMahon, who wears one of his custom baseball jerseys.
Ah, the Spirit Squad! It’s good to see you here gentlemen. I trust that Mr. Bischoff is taking care of you.
Very well, sir.
That’s what I want to hear. If you don’t mind gentlemen, I’d like a word with Mr. Bischoff right now, but wait outside for me, because I may have a job for you.
The Spirit Squad leaves the room as now Vince turns to Bischoff.
Eric! Good to see you back here and healthy.
It’s good to be back, sir.
I’d trust it is, and I have to say, congratulations on your return. We missed you here last week, but that week off, it seems to have done you some good. I mean, at the start of the show when you came out and you showed the superstars of RAW, your
superstars, now that was impressive. I can only hope that you can that up.
It felt good, sir.
I’ll bet it did. Trust me, I know the feeling. To put your employees in place, down where they belong … there’s no better feeling in the world. As a matter of fact, that’s exactly what I’m going to do tonight to Shawn Michaels. I trust you’ll be watching, Eric?
Good, because tonight, I’m going to set you an example for years to come, when I crush not just the spirit of Shawn Michaels, but also his spirit
with my twenty inch pythons.
The crowd boos as McMahon flexes his biceps.
And then this Saturday night, at the return of Saturday Night’s Main Event, my son Shane here is going to both finish the job, and
finish Shawn Michaels’ career.
Big heat from the crowd.
You might even say that over the next week, the chances of Shawn Michaels’ surviving … well, he has no chance … IN HELLLLL!
The crowd boos as Vince’s eyes shine, an evil look in them.
It was good to see you, Eric.
And with that, Mr. McMahon turns on his heel and leaves Eric Bischoff in his office alone. Meanwhile we cut away to another room backstage, this time the locker-room in which the Intercontinental Champion, Ric Flair is seated, looking very classy in a suit, title by his side, with Chavo Guerrero standing in front of him. The two remain silent for a minute, the situation seeming very awkward, until Chavo pipes up.
Look, Ric, you’ve been quiet all week, man. You’re gonna have to tell me what’s on your mind eventually.
Flair looks at his feet, remaining silent.
Look Ric, if it’s about last week, I’m sorry. You know how much I wanted to win, man. How much I wanted to be a champion. And if you’re disappointed with what happened, then I’m sorry, but I promise if we get another shot at the tag titles, we’ll do better. We’ll win.
Flair takes a moment, then looks up at Chavo and smiles.
Chavo, trust me. You did nothing wrong. I know how much it would mean to you to be a champion, so I’ll tell ya’ what. When I go out there later tonight, I’m goin’ to tell the whole world
what’s in my mind. And I want you to listen to. Okay?
That’s what I wanted to hear. Now if you’ll excuse me …
Flair gets up to his feet.
I’m gonna go get ready.
You got it, Ric.
Flair moves from the view of the camera, leaving Chavo to smile on at him. Meanwhile we cut back to ringside to hear …
*WHIPS AND CHAINS*
The crowd gives some moderate heat as out from the back come the former members of JBL’s Cabinet, The Basham Brothers
. Set for their RAW debut, the duo have nerves of steel, looking as cool as two cucumbers (which I guess works since they’re both bald too) as they raise their arms into the air at the top of the ramp.
The following tag team match is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Columbus, Ohio, weighing 485 lbs, Doug and Danny, The Basham Brothers!
We’ll hear from Ric Flair in a moment, ‘King’, but up now we will see the RAW debut of these two men, The Basham Brothers, as they go up against Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin in what we’re told will be the last time we ever see Haas and Benjamin team up.
It’s such a shame too, because those two young men work so well together, even when not intending to. The Basham Brothers have been assaulting them for the last two weeks though, and now they’ve got their chance to make their names on RAW here tonight.
The Basham Brothers quickly walk down the ramp, psyching themselves up for action as they climb up into the ring to await their opponents.
*PAY THE PRICE*
The crowd gives a respectable pop as Charlie Haas
bounces up onto the stage, fired up for action as he shouts out to the crowd. Wearing his combination of both a blue and white jacket and blue and white tights, Haas looks ready to go tonight.
Their opponents, first, from Dallas, Texas, weighing 248 lbs, Charlie Haas!
Ever since Charlie Haas returned to the WWE a few months ago he has been undefeated both in singles and tag team action, but during that time he has been more worried about trying to get the band back together so to speak and rejoin with former partner, Shelton Benjamin. Shelton hasn’t been so receptive to the idea and seems to see himself as better than Haas, so we’re told this is the last time they’re teaming up. No doubt young Charlie will want to go out with a bang.
Charlie Haas will have no problems out on his own. You saw it when he fist came to the WWE three years ago, and since his return it has been even more obvious that this guy has a big future, even if it’s in the singles ranks and not as a tag wrestler.
Weary of the tactics of The Basham Brothers over the past few weeks, Haas stops at the foot of the ramp rather than climbing straight into the ring and chooses to wait for his partner.
*AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ ME*
The crowd gives another decent cheer as out from the back comes Shelton Benjamin
. Nowhere near as energetic as Haas, Benjamin walks straight down the ramp, his eyes focused on the ring where his opponents for the night stand.
His partner, from Orangeburg, North Carolina, weighing 245 lbs, Shelton Benjamin!
Up until Charlie Haas came back along, Shelton Benjamin had been on the biggest losing streak of his career, spanning over well over three months. Now that these two are on their last night as a team, can Benjamin continue the undefeated run he’s had teaming with Haas, or will he go back to his losing ways?
‘J.R.’ used to say Shelton Benjamin was the greatest athlete in all of the WWE, and he always has been. Shelton just took that one wrong turn somewhere, and it’s cost him. Personally, I think Shelton is better off with Charlie than against him, but Shelton obviously thinks different.
The crowd cheers as Benjamin reaches the foot of the ramp and nods at his partner, with the duo climbing up into the ring together … and they immediately get jumped by The Basham Brothers to kickstart the match!
Match Three ~ Tag Team Match:
The Basham Brothers vs. Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin
The Basham Brothers begin the match in much the same way that they’ve acted the past few weeks, showing they’re eager to make an impact as they just flat out assault Haas & Benjamin, not allowing them to even get started. The cool and calm Basham Brothers take their men to opposite corners, hammering away on them with right hands and boots, attempting to wear them down before they turn and nod at each other, then charge off to the other’s man corner at their foes … but both Haas & Benjamin get a boot up to meet Basham jaw! The crowd cheers as Charlie & Shelton quickly scoot on up to the second rope … then come off with synchronized missile dropkick!
The crowd cheers with both members of the Bashams down, allowing Haas and Benjamin to catch sight of each other, causing a nervous nod between the two … and the brothers Basham take advantage of this, both charging in and hammering their opposition down with a clubbing forearm to the back of the head! The tam formerly known as The World’s Greatest Tag Team falls in a heap, and The Basham Brothers look to take advantage, stomping away on Shelton a bit, before lifting Charlie Haas up and throwing him from the ring. The duo then go back towards Shelton and lift him up, pushing him back into the corner where they effectively try to punch his lights out, just plain smashing his skull with their unforgiving right fists. The referee looks to try to gain some sort of control on the match, telling one of The Basham Brothers to get out of the ring, but they don’t listen, instead dragging Benji along the ropes to send him off with an Irish whip, then catching him with a huge double elbow on the rebound!
Perhaps by luck, Benjamin staggers back to his feet leaning against the ropes … and deciding to play by the rules is Charlie Haas, who makes the blind tag in! Haas climbs into the ring and instantly ducks a double clothesline attempt from the bald duo, running off to the ropes, then coming back with a crunching clothesline on either side, taking both Bashams down! The crowd cheers as Doug gets up first, only to get sent down by a big right from Haas! Danny is the next up and he cops the same treatment, then Doug, then Danny, then Doug, then Danny, then Doug, then Danny! The crowd cheers as Haas roars in intensity, grabbing Doug by the skull and disposing of him from the ring, throwing him up and over the top rope … BEFORE TURNING WITH A HUGE DISCUS CLOTHESLINE TO DANNY! The crowd erupts as Haas makes the cover … two!
The crowd cheers as the Haasinator gets back up to his feet and grabs Danny by the head in the process, dragging him across to the corner to tag in Shelton Benjamin. Haas holds Danny, looking to execute maybe a bit of teamwork with Shelton, but Benji shows they’re not totally on the same page as he instead takes Danny away from Haas and pushes him back into the corner with some big right hands, leaving Charlie to look a little bit disappointed. Benjamin, though, is far from disappointed as he winds up big time, damn near knocking some teeth of Danny out until the referee finally forces a break. After a brief break Shelton moves back in and looks to grab Danny … but Basham comes up with a jawbreaker, looking for some time and separation … and Benji backs right into the ropes where Doug snaps the back off his neck off the top rope with a reverse hotshot!
The crowd boos, but of course the referee didn’t see the interference as he was more concerned about Danny. Seeing Benjamin down, Danny charges in and drops a quick elbow on Benjamin, beginning what would be a mauling style of offense from the Bashams who decide it is better to be effective than pretty. While the tactic isn’t exactly crowd pleasing, it does the job as The Basham Brothers actually get quite a lot of time to smother Benjamin, taking up several minutes. They put out a few spotfires along the way where it looks like Benji may be making a comeback, but ultimately they look to be getting the job done. Charlie Haas senses this, and after breaking a few pinfall attempts up, he tries to motivate Shelton with some encouraging words, despite their strained relationship. The tactic actually gets the temporary tandem some success too, distracting Danny Basham, leaving him to turn into a series of right hands from Shelton. Shelton looks set to make a comeback, but Danny sees otherwise, grabbing Benjamin in a sleeper hold as he looks to gain some momentum by springing back off the ropes.
Shelton begins to fade, but again Charlie claps him on from the apron, and again it is able to motivate Benjamin in getting back to his feet and pushing Danny off, then ducking a clothesline attempt from him and nailing a back suplex! The crowd cheers, then joins Haas in encouraging his partner as he gets closer and closer to the corner … and just as Danny tags in Doug … Shelton tags in Charlie! The crowd cheers as Charlie rushes in like a Haas on fire and sprays Doug with some heavy right hands, backing him all of the way back up against the ropes, then sending him off with an Irish whip and scoring with a clothesline that sends Doug down … and a second … and a third … then an amazingly quick double leg into a back body drop throw!
The crowd cheers as Doug gets back to his feet and Haas rushes up behind him … then catches him with a devastating back suplex! Haas looks to go for the cover, but out of the corner of his eye he sees Danny Basham charging at him, prompting at him to turn to face him, then send him flying with a beautiful belly to belly suplex! The crowd cheers as Haas turns to see Doug getting up … ANOTHER suplex, this time belly to belly again! Haas is dominating! Haas gets up and roars with intensity, then looks to take advantage of his moment by grabbing Doug by the legs … POSSIBLY LOOKING FOR THE HAAS OF PAIN … BUT DOUG SCRAMBLES TO THE ROPES BEFORE HAAS CAN LOCK IT IN!
The crowd boos as Haas gets back to his feet, then looks to pick Doug up, only for Doug to rake Haas’ eyes, forcing him back as he holds his eyes … AND DANNY COMES FROM NOWHERE WITH A BEAUTIFUL LEG LARIAT! The crowd boos as Doug scrambles over the cover … Shelton breaks it up at two! The crowd cheers as Danny rushes over to Shelton and looks to take advantage of a sneak attack … but Shelton grabs Danny for a T-Bone Suplex … THEN THROWS HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE WITH IT! Shelton then turns … SUPERKICK TO DOUG, SENDING HIM ONTO JELLYLEGS … GERMAN SUPLEX! HAAS NAILS THE GERMAN SUPLEX! Haas makes the cover … and scores the three!
Winners: Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin via pinfall @ 8:45
Here are your winners, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin!
The crowd cheers as Haas gets back to his feet to join Benjamin in having his hand raised, drawing some generous applause from the crowd.
Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin go out on a high note as a team, defeating The Basham Brothers, although after seeing that it reminds you what a shame it is that these two men won’t be taming up again after tonight.
You can say that again. Even when they aren’t quite on the same page, there’s just something about them, this quality that tells you they’re something special. It helps that they’re both very talented of course!
The duo stand in the ring together, both nodding in approval following the victory towards one another. The referee has left the scene and it leaves only the old teammates, who still look a bit awkward around each other … and things only get more awkward for Shelton when Charlie extends his hand. The crowd cheers as Shelton looks around, looking ready to say goodbye to Charlie like a man, when suddenly …
Hold it, hold it, hold it!
The crowd gives a mixed reaction as Haas & Benjamin look up to the stage confused where they now see Eric Bischoff standing with a mic in hand.
First of all, gentlemen, heck of a performance right there. Really, it was great
. So great, even, that I’ve had a change of heart.
Haas & Benjamin screw their faces up and yell out to Bischoff, asking him what he’s talking about.
I’ve come to a decision, and I’m out here to make an announcement. We all saw earlier that our World Tag Team Champions, Kane and the Big Show, well, they dominated
their competition. And to me, that’s not a good thing. Y’see here on Monday Night RAW … MY
Monday Night RAW …
Another mixed reaction for this with the crowd not quite reacting to Bischoff in the same way that they did earlier.
My Monday Night RAW is all about competition
. And what kind of competition is it if, as I head ‘King’ say earlier, Kane and the Big Show are “head and shoulders above the rest”? So here’s what I’m going to do. There’s a little show coming up called WrestleMania 22 – you may have heard of it. Now at WrestleMania, I want the best and brightest of RAW to be featured, and that means I want champions
to be on the show. That means for the tag division, that I want Kane and the Big Show on the show. Now the only problem is that they don’t have any challengers. They had Ric Flair and Chavo Guerrero, but they already beat them.
Small reaction from the crowd as Bischoff pauses slightly.
So in the interest of keeping things interesting
and finding some true
competition for Kane and the Big Show, here’s what I’m going to do.
Bischoff gives a slight pause.
This Saturday night, at the return of Saturday Night’s Main Event, we’re going to have four of the finest teams RAW has to offer, competing for the right to challenge Kane and the Big Show for the World Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania 22. It’ll be The Redneck Wrecking Crew …
Heat as Bischoff pauses for effect.
vs. V-Squared …
vs. The Basham Brothers …
A decent amount of heat, as Bischoff now begings to smile.
vs. The World’s Greatest Tag Team!
The crowd gives a nice reaction as Haas & Benjamin look shocked in the ring.
Gentlemen … good luck.
The crowd gives continues to buzz as Bischoff’s music plays, and Haas & Benjamin, now supposedly back together as The World’s Greatest Tag Team, look on from the ring, Benjamin looking pissed off, Haas looking just plain shocked.
Oh my god! Are … are The World’s Greatest Tag Team back together?
It would seem that way, Joey, though I don’t think it’s by choice.
Haas & Benjamin continue to stand in the ring, surprised and angry respectively as we go to a commercial break.
We return from the ad break not at ringside, but rather in the backstage interview area, where the jaw-dropping Maria stands, microphone in hand.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, Kurt Angle!
The crowd roars in approval as Kurt Angle steps into view, breathing heavily.
Kurt, earlier tonight we heard …
Do you think I’m stupid, Maria? Huh? Do ya’? I heard what was said earlier. I heard Eric Bischoff, I heard Edge, and I heard John Cena. And I guess you wanna know how I feel about all of this?
Well Maria, I guess you could say that I feel like I wanna kick some ass!
Pop from the crowd.
Edge, you think you can get away with whgat you did to me? You think you can get away with jumpin’ me from behind? Well lemme tell you somethin’, Edge. I’m Kurt freakin’ Angle. No one
gets away with jumpin’ me from behind, especially
when it means costing me the WWE Title.
Another pop from the crowd.
I don’t care who you pick tonight, Edge. You could pick god himself and I still wouldn’t care. Tonight I’m gonna go out there, and I’m gonna kick your ass!
But if you think that’s the end of it then you’re wrong. You’re dead wrong. Tonight’s just a preview. Tonight is just a preview of what I’m gonna do to you when I get my hands on you, one on one at WrestleMania. You may have thought that by costing me the Rumble that you saved yourself. But all you did was make it that much worse. Before … before, sure, I didn’t like you. You came in the back door and stole
the WWE Title after I had worked for it for so long. But now that you’ve tried to sneak your way past me, now that you beat me until I was bloody mess … … … you’ve made it so much worse. Because now, you’re not just dealing with Kurt Angle. No, you’re dealing with one pissed off Olympic gold medalist.
The crowd gives a big pop.
I spent years amateur wrestling and hurting people because I thought it was fun. But Edge, what am I going to do to you now that you’ve pissed me off too?
The crowd cheers.
And Cena, don’t think I’ve forgotten about you. Like you said earlier, yeah, I’ll work with you tonight. But that’s not ‘cause I like you. It’s because I want to kick Edge’s ass. But once I’m done doin’ that, I’m comin’ for you, this Saturday, and don’t you dare think that this one’s going to end up like the last few, because I promise you, it’s not. You bring the fight Cena, and I’ll snap your ankle and send you back cryin’ to the streets like the little bitch that you are. Oh it’s true. It’s damn true.
The crowd cheers as Angle walks from view and we cut back to ringside.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Monday Night RAW, and what a show we’ve still got to come. We’ve been joined back here by ‘The Coach’ at ringside, and still to come tonight we’ve got Kurt Angle and John Cena vs. Edge and a partner of his choosing, along with our main event, Shawn Michaels taking on the chairman of the board, Mr. McMahon.
*ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA*
The crowd erupts into a huge pop as the infamous music hits, prompting cries of “Wooooooo~!” from the crowd as none other than the legend himself, ‘The Nature Boy’ and Intercontinental Champion, Ric Flair
makes his way out onto the stage wearing a stylish suit, title placed delicately on his shoulder.
As we saw earlier tonight, Kurt Angle is intent on revenge on the WWE Champion Edge, but folks, another champion who seems to have had something on his mind, as we’ve been told, for this whole week, is this man, the Intercontinental Champion, Ric Flair. Could his failure to capture the World Tag Team Titles with Chavo against Kane and Big Show be weighing on his mind?
It definitely is, Joe. Ric Flair ain’t what he used to be, and he’s starting to notice it. For years Triple H hid Flair’s flaws, but now that both Flair and Hunter have gone out on their own, their individual flaws have become more and more obvious.
Take this from a guy who has actually wrestled before, ‘Coach’. Ric Flair is one of the best in the world, and he will always know his limitations. He’s not just realising now what he can and can’t do. He’s known his whole career, and that’s part of what has made Ric Flair as good as he has been.
Flair continues on his merry way to the ring, which he climbs up into when he reaches it to receive a microphone. Flair doesn’t rush into anything, taking his time as he stands in the middle of the ring with the microphone.
The crowd continues to clap Flair as he waits, with many members of the front row bowing before his greatness.
Thirty-four years. [Thirty[/I]-four years. That’s how long I’ve been in this business. Thirty-four long years. It’s a long time, isn’t it? Professional wrestling, it’s been my life. My whole adult life has been dedicated to this. Twenty-four hours a day, three hundred and sixty-five days a year for thirty-four years, this has been my life. Maybe it’s because I don’t know anything else, or maybe it’s ‘cause every time I walk down that aisle, I get the very same rush as when I did it for the very first time. I dunno.
Flair smiles and laughs his little laugh to himself.
What I do know is that over that time, over that thirty-one years, I have dedicated every waking moment to this business. This business, it means the world to me. It’s not just a job. Ask the guys in the back, and they’ll tell you it’s more than a job. For me, it’s a life. Professional wrestling is my life. Has been my whole career.
Flair again laughs his little nervous laugh as the crowd gives a little cheer.
The only time … the only time through my whole career, that I’ve walked away, that I’ve taken a step back, was thirty years ago when I broke my back. The doctors, they told me I’d never wrestle again. And at the time, I couldn’t. I had to take a step back. But you better believe, that whole time I spent off, that whole
time, I was just thinkin’ about comin’ back, I was thinkin’ about professional wrestlin’, and I came back. I came back better than ever. That was thirty years ago. And here I stand today, still in this business in the middle of the this very ring. My point is that I’ve been in this business a helluva long time, and I’ve dedicated myself to it. Like I said, this is my life. Professional wrestling is all I know, and I’d like to think I know a lot
The crowd cheers respectfully for Flair as he pauses slowly.
I’d like to think that after thirty-four years, sixteen world titles, United States Titles, tag team titles, more titles than I you can count, that I’ve learnt a lot about this business. That I’ve learnt how to be a champion. That I know what it takes to be the very best. Truly, deep down, I’d like to think that. But then I think back to a more recent time. I think back to the past couple of weeks. I think back … to last
Flair pauses as the crowd remains silent for now, waiting for what Flair has to say.
I sure you all remember back to last week. Me and my good friend, Chavo Guerrero, the carrier of the Guerrero legacy challenging Kane and the Big Show for the World Tag Team Titles. We put up a heck of an effort, but in the end, we came up short. Now make no mistake about it, this was no fault of Chavo. Trust me, I’ve teamed with the best. Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Shawn Michaels and Triple H. I’ve teamed with all of ‘em! All of ‘em, masters of their craft! And Chavo, he isn’t far behind any of ‘em. He’s a heck of a talent himself. But still, we came up short. Kane and Big Show, they were the better team on the night. I’ve got no bones about that. But what last week did, was it made me think. It made me think about myself. Because y’see Kane and Big Show, they were willing to defend their titles against us. They accepted the challenge. They were fighting champions, and I respect that.
Flair again pauses a bit, the crowd still remaining silent.
I respect that because I know what it means to be a champion. Like I said before, sixteen world titles. Sixteen.
Never has anyone held more world titles. I know what it means to be a champion, and I know how hard it is to be a fighting champion. So I respected what Kane and Big Show did for me an’ Chavo in givin’ us a shot. But then, like I said before, I thought about myself, and how I had acted over the past few weeks, over the past few months, and I realised something.
Again, a slight pause from Flair.
Four months ago, I won this Intercontinental Championship for the very first time in my career. The very first.
Respectful cheer from the crowd.
Winning this title, it meant the world to me. I had held ‘em all. World titles, United States Titles and tag titles. Al of ‘em, except the Intercontinental Title. So when I won the Intercontinental Title last year, when I proved that I could still
go, that I still had it
, it was one of the greatest moments in my career! It was like the day that space mountain opened up for the very first time!
The crowd pops as Flair pauses.
The one title that had eluded me my whole career, mine! But now, just four months later, last week, this title, I treated it like an afterthought. I treated it like it didn’t matter, like it was just an accessory to ‘The Nature Boy’. Well I came out here tonight to say that isn’t
The crowd cheers.
After seeing the example set by Kane. After seeing the example set by the Big Show, and thinking back to everything I learnt, to every title I had won, I realised that it was high time that I started acting like the champion that I am.
Flair clutches at the title as the crowd cheers.
Many greats have held this title. Guys like Triple H, The Rock, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. They’ve all held this title. And I’m willing to bet there’s a helluva a lotta guys in the back right now that want to too, which is why from now on, I’m gonna start giving you that chance. I’m out here tonight to announce that I’m gonna be a fighting champion!
The crowd gives a good pop.
And it’s all gonna start next week, when I defend this title against my friend, Chavo Guerrero!
Another pop from the crowd.
I arranged the match with Bischoff, and it’s on. And I hope, that it is the very first of many
title defences, because I plan on making this title more important than the WWE and World Heavyweight Titles put together! Forget about the Clash of the Champions between the WWE Champion and the World Heavyweight Champion at Saturday Night’s Main Event! The next time they put on a Clash of the Champions, it’s gonna be the jet flyin’, limousine ridin’, kiss stealin’, wheelin’ dealin’ Intercontinental Champion, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair against any champ they throw at me! Woooooo!
This title, this
is where it’s at! This is the title that everyone wants, and this …
The crowd reacts with surprise at first, before giving some pretty good heat as Gregory Helms
steps out onto the stage, microphone in hand. Helms takes no time in speaking, as he begins while he walks down the ramp.
Oh bravo. Bravo! After four months of holdin’ the Intercontinental Title, Ric Flair is finally
gonna act like a champion. Hallelujah!
The crowd boos as Gregory starts to walk up the steel steps.
I mean really Ric? What did you expect? Someone to come out here and praise you for not defendin’ your title for four months? Did ya’ think someone was actually gonna say “Hey, good job, champ”? ‘Cause if ya’ did, Flair, you must be older than you look, and I already thought you were pushin’ the century.
The crowd continues to boo as Helms has now climbed between the ropes and stands right in front of Ric Flair.
Really, as lovely
as it’s been to hear the memoirs of Ric Flair here tonight, I think … now, I know
that I speak for not just everyone out here in the crowd tonight, but I also speak for all of the guys in the back.
The crowd boos as Helms continues to try to “represent” them.
After seein’ you come out here tonight, I just can’t wait
to see you defend that title. And neither can these people. They wanna see you defend it, Ric.
The crowd cheers, actually agreeing with Helms for once.
They wanna see you, ‘The Nature Boy’, walk that aisle and defend the Intercontinental Title!
Another cheer from the crowd.
So that when you do
try to defend that title, they can also see you lose
The crowd of course boos now as Helms stands confidently before Flair.
What was it you said, Ric? Sixteen time world champion? Sixteen
time world champion. That’s a helluva lot of titles, isn’t it? But y’know, when I hear sixteen time world champion, I don’t think of the sixteen times you won the world title. I don’t think of the sixteen times you beat someone. No, I think ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair … sixteen time loser
More heat for Helms as Flair starts to go bright red.
Face it. The only reason you haven’t defended your titles in ages, champ
, is ‘cause the moment you defend your title, you just know
that you’re gonna lose it, just like you lost those sixteen world titles.
More heat as Flair gets angrier and angirier, his eyes now bulging.
In fact, the only reason you chose your friend Chavo is probably ‘cause he’s gonna take it easy on you, isn’t it champ
Helms smirks away, happy with himself and what he’s had to say. Flair though has had enough.
Do you think you’re funny? Is this some kind of joke to you? Listen to me, kid, you have no right, NO RIGHT to come out here and talk to me like that!
Pop from the crowd for Flair standing up for himself.
Yeah, I’m a sixteen time world champion. I’ve lost the championship sixteen times. But tell me, how many heavyweight singles titles have you won? Huh, how many? I can’t even remember one
The crowd continues to cheer Flair.
The reason I chose Chavo is because he deserves
it! Chavo doesn’t whine, he doesn’t complain. He just sticks his head down and works, and that’s why I like Chavo. That’s why a guy like Chavo could be a future world champion! That’s why a guy like Chavo deserves
a title match! And that’s why a guy like you will NEVER
win a title!
The crowd cheers as Flair strips off his jacket and throws it to the mat, breathing heavily as he stares at Helms.
You think I’ll never win a title? Fine then, how ‘bout you forget about Chavo and you defend that title next week against me
Heat from the crowd, who aren’t interested in the proposal.
I’ll give you a title match when you do something to EARN
a title match.
The crowd pops.
Oh yeah? How ‘bout this?
AND HELMS SLAPS FLAIR RIGHT ACROSS THE CHEEK! The crowd ooos and ahhs as Flair looks to the side, holding his jaw, before turning … AND GETTING BLASTED IN THE HEAD WITH THE MICROPHONE! FLAIR IS DOWN! Helms isn’t done though, as he gets right down with Flair, microphone still in hand, AND SMASHES HIM IN THE FOREHEAD WITH THE MICROPHONE TIME AND TIME AGAIN! HELMS BRUTALISES FLAIR … CAUSING BLOOD TO BE SPILLED FROM THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION DOWN ONTO HIS SHIRT!
The crowd boos as Gregory Helms stands up and looks to grab the Intercontinental Title which lays on the mat … but suddenly the crowd cheers … and Chavo Guerrero comes charging down the ramp! Seeing the threat, Gregory immediately rolls from the ring and gets out of dodge, leaving the title in the ring. Chavo yells abuse at a smirking Helms, before going down to tend to Flair.
Sick … absolutely … sick.
I think the word you’re lookin’ for there is “great”, Joe.
‘Coach’, as big a fan of Helms as you are, you have to admit that just wasn’t called for.
‘King’, it’s called sending a statement, and that’s exactly what Gregory Helms did. Let’s see Ric Flair deny him of a title match now.
Regardless of what that was, folks, we’re off to a break, but after the break Kurt Angle and John Cena take on the WWE Champion Edge, and a partner of his choosing. That’s when we return.
And we head off to a break.
We now cut to a video package, which begins with the image of a road that we are slowly moving along, Mark Henry hitting The World’s Strongest Slam on Rey Mysterio.
Narrator: The journey is almost complete.
We are now suddenly back on that road, which we are starting to pick up some pace as we go along, before we cut off to see Kurt Angle hitting Edge with the Angle Slam.
Narrator: The traveling, almost done.
We continue to move down the road, this time getting even faster, before seeing Randy Orton hitting the RKO on The Undertaker.
Narrator: The destination ... is there.
We see the WrestleMania 22 logo in the distance as we continue to speed closer and closer towards it, the logo becoming even larger as we now enter the streets of Chicago ... before coming to a screeching halt.
Narrator: But before we get there, we have just one more trip, down memory lane.
We see a street sign with the words on it ‘Memory Lane’, while images of Hulk Hogan hitting the Atomic Leg Drop on Andre The Giant, the Hulkster battling with Paul Orndorff, and Andre The Giant now standing tall over Hogan.
Narrator: Join the superstars of the WWE, as we bring back a tradition from the forefathers of this company.
The images now fade away to be replaced by the Saturday Night’s Main Event logo.
SATURDAY NIGHT’S MAIN EVENT – LIVE THREE HOUR SPECIAL MARCH 4TH, 2006
We return from that video to be in the arena and instantly hear the sound of …
The crowd comes alive for the second time of the night with a monstrous pop as Kurt Angle
storms out onto the stage. The obviously angry Angle marches his way out onto the top of the ramp, stopping to throw his arms up in the air as an array of red, white and blue pyrotechnics sound off behind him.
The following contest is a tag team match, and it is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, weighing 225 lbs, Kurt Angle!
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Monday Night RAW. We can now confirm that Ric Flair has been taken away to a medical facility here in Washington D.C., but at this stage he appears as if he’s going to be okay.
That was a disgusting attack by Gregory Helms. Disgusting.
Hey, I didn’t hear you guys calling it disgusting when this man Kurt Angle tried to assault our WWE Champion earlier in the show.
Angle makes his way down the rest of the ramp and climbs up into the ring, circling it like a lion waitinf ro his prey as we hear …
*MY TIME IS NOW*
As you would expect, the crowd explodes into a huge mixed reaction of mostly cheers, which only heightens when the man himself, the former champ John Cena
runs out onto the stage. Cena looks around, then nods his head before walking down the ramp.
His partner, from West Newbury, Massachusetts, weighing 245 lbs, John Cena!
Edge deserves whatever he gets from Angle after what he did at the Royal Rumble, although tonight I don’t think Angle is the only one who wants to get his hands on Edge.
Well Edge tried to make John Cena the scapegoat for his actions back at the Royal Rumble, and John took that as a personal insult, so tonight Edge had better watch himself.
What you’re forgetting, gentlemen, is that in five days time, these guys are going to be fighting each other for the chance to challenge Edge for the WWE Title at WrestleMania. Can they coexist with that match so close and the hatred they already have for one another? I don’t think so.
Cena makes his way down into the ring and slides in to join Kurt Angle, when we hear …
“YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME”
Just as they did earlier in the night, the crowd gives some spectacular heat as out from the smoke at the top of the stage emerges the WWE Champion, Edge
, along with his loved one, Lita
. The crowd boos the arrival of the champ, but he doesn’t care, instead looking more worried at the two men who wait for him in the ring.
Their opponents, first, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, weighing 245 lbs, he is the WWE Champion, ‘The Rated R Superstar’, Edge!
You’re exactly right when you say we didn’t complain about Angle going after Edge earlier tonight, but ‘Coach’, you have to remember that Angle has been provoked by Edge costing him the Royal Rumble Match – the match which Angle had dedicated himself to, and probably would have won had it not been for Edge.
That’s just the way it goes sometimes, Joe. The real question here though is did Edge find a partner?
I don’t know if there’s anyone in the back who would want to team with Edge against Kurt Angle and John Cena.
We wait for a moment, Edge standing on the ramp with Litsa, before we hear …
The crowd gives some pretty good heat as Edge smiles on the ramp, and out from the back emerges Kurt Angle’s former manager, Daivari
. Making his first appearance since being Angle Slammed by Angle, Daivari looks intently down at the ring, not taking his eyes off Kurt Angle.
His partner, from Detroit, Michigan, weighing 205 lbs, Daivari!
Well this is certainly a surprise. The last time we saw Daivari was when he was hit with the Angle Slam by an irate Kurt Angle a month or so ago back when Daivari was Kurt Angle’s manager. Now we knew Daivari could also wrestle, but could he be out of his depth here with Kurt Angle and John Cena?
I don’t know, but I do know that if Edge wanted to find anyone who perhaps dislikes Kurt Angle as much as he does, I don’t think he could have done it.
That’s exactly right, ‘King’. Daivari will do fine ‘cause like Edge, he wants to get his hands on Angle and show him that Angle can’t just run around doin’ whatever he likes.
I’m not so sure Edge wants to get his hands on Kurt Angle so much as Kurt Angle wants to get his hands on Edge, ‘Coach’.
The unlikely pairing walk down the ramp and climb up into the ring, Edge showing off his WWE Title, while Daivari throws his arms out to the side, praying to Allah.
Match Four ~ Tag Team Match:
Kurt Angle & John Cena vs. WWE Champion Edge & Daivari w/Lita
Kurt Angle is happy to start the match for his team as he opposes Daivari, who stands tall at the other side of the ring. Unhappy with Edge chickening out onto the apron, Angle demands that Daivari tag Edge in, but Daivari refuses, clearly angry at Angle over being unceremoniously being dumped by him a month or so ago. Angle spends a few more moments mouthing off at Edge, before he begins to circle around the ring with Daivari … AND THEN NAILS EDGE WITH A RIGHT WHEN HE GETS TO HIS SIDE OF THE RING! The crowd erupts as Angle spits down at Edge, who is fallen at ringside … but Daivari rushes Angle from behind and pushes him back into the corner with a quick series of kicks to the midsection! Daivari continues to hammer away on Angle in the corner, letting loose with a fury of right hand punches until the referee finally backs him out of the corner. Still unhappy, Daivari yells at Angle in Arab … THEN HAS THE AUDACITY TO SPIT ON KURT ANGLE! The crowd can’t believe it, initially falling silent … BEFORE GIVING A HUGE POP AS ANGLE LUNGES FORWARD AND TAKES DAIVARI DOWN WITH A DOUBLE LEG! Angle rains down with fists on Daivari, his arms swinging everywhere until the referee finally forces him to roll off.
The two climb back up and Angle instantly rocks Daivari with a huge European uppercut, sending him staggering back! Despite Daivari being staggered, Angle follows in with just as much vim and vigour the second time, striking Daivari with a second European uppercut that sends him all of the way back to the corner. ‘The Wrestling Machine’ follows Daivari in and begins to pound him with some massive right hands and boots, sending him down to a seated position until the referee again has to get himself involved. This allows Daivari some time to recover, and when Angle comes back, the native of Detroit wisely comes out with a thumb to the eye. With Angle’s vision impaired Daivari turns the tables, swinging Angle around in the corner and hitting him with some rights, before going for a boot … but Angle catches it! Angle drags Daivari to the centre of the ring by the leg … and takes his head off with a massive clothesline! The momentum takes Angle all of the way over to next to the ropes, so he goes to turn back to Daivari … when John Cena tags himself in!
The crowd erupts into a mixed reaction as Angle so eloquently asks Cena “What the fuck do you think you’re doing?” Cena though, doesn’t care what Angle thinks, stepping through between the ropes … and Angle grabs him by the arm and gets in his face! The two opponents in five days time go nose to nose, looking ready to come to blows … and Daivari comes from behind and hits Cena in the side of the head, sending him into Angle, and Angle out through the ropes to the floor. With Cena now reeling Daivari looks to take advantage, nailing a few right hands on Cena before a headbutt that sends him staggering all of the way back to the corner that Edge occupies. Seeing Cena now in trouble, Edge realises that if there is ever an ideal time to climb into the ring with John Cena, this is it, thus he calls for and receives the tag from Daivari.
‘The Rated R Superstar’ climbs into the ring and instantly lets out all of his pent-up frustration on Cena, lambasting him with some huge right hands, hitting him time and time again until finally the referee forces Edge to back away. Edge though doesn’t give Cena much time, moving back in and instantly nailing a kick to the midsection to quell any thoughts of a comeback that Cena may have. ‘The Rated R Superstar’ then pulls Cena along the ropes to send him off with an Irish whip, before going for a clothesline on the rebound, but Cena manages to duck under it … and come back with a huge clothesline of his own! The crowd cheers as Edge goes down and Cena motions for him to get up, which he does to receive a kick to the midsection as Cena then runs off to the ropes … and comes back with the throwback, planting Edge’s face into the mat! The crowd cheers as Cena makes the cover … and gets a two count. Cena’s right back up, showing no frustration as he instead worries about going back to work on Edge, which he does when the WWE Champion gets up, blasting him with a few right hands, then kicking him in the midsection and whipping him into the corner hard. Having hit the turnbuckle with some considerable momentum, Edge comes off the corner holding his back, and Cena kicks him in the midsection and hooks him up for the fisherman suplex, but Edge slips out the back and pushes Cena off to the ropes … where he cops a knee to the back from Daivari on the apron! Cena staggers towards Edge … and gets taken down with a big clothesline!
With that momentum-shifting move, Daivari and Edge are able to take complete control of the match, dominating Cena for multiple minutes, mainly punishing him with a mixture of strikes and underhanded tactics. A slight reprieve for Cena looks to come when he fights back against Daivari in the corner, striking him with several rights, and then running off to the ropes, but Daivari strikes with a knee to the midsection, continuing the focus on the ribs of Cena that began when he kneed Cena on the apron. Despite being in a dire situation, Cena uses his never say die attitude to keep the match alive, refusing to quit, even when Edge uses his long legs to his advantage with a legscissors to the midsection of Cena, constricting his legs in around the former champ and damn near crushing his ribs. Cena though, in his own words, is a fighter, and he fights back to his feet. forcing Edge to change things up to a side headlock in the hope of keeping Cena down. Cena, however, is able to hit some right hands to the midsection, almost gaining freedom … and Edge rakes the eyes! The WWE Champion shows he has no problems with a little bit of cheating as he now makes the tag to Daivari, who comes in and looks to take advantage of a weakened Cena by going for a whip to the corner, but Cena reverses … and his natural power pays off as Daivari comes off the buckle with pain shooting from his back … and this time Cena is able to nail the fisherman suplex!
Both men are down and begin to crawl to their corners, looking to make the tag. Slowly but surely they inch closer and closer, looking, of course, to make the hot tag … and Cena gets to Angle … prompting Edge to not tag Daivari and instead tell him to turn around … which he does right into a big clothesline from Angle! Daivari gets up and gets met with a series of right hands that drive him back into the ropes, before being sent off with an Irish whip … and Angle nails a reverse elbow, sending Daivari down. Daivari gets up … and gets taken right back down with a clothesline … and up against … leading to him being thrown overhead with a massive belly to belly suplex! The crowd erupts as Daivari rolls around in pain, and Angle shits his attention all of sudden … TURNING AND THROWING EDGE INTO THE RING BY THE HAIR! The crowd erupts as Edge struggles back to his feet and Angle instantly moves in on him with a double leg, before smashing his face in with shot after shot of the lethal right! The crowd continues to go absolutely wild as Edge attempts to struggle free, but Angle continues to brutalise his foe until finally Daivari comes in and jumps on Angle, knocking him off Edge with a falling double axe handle.
Absolutely reeling, Edge rolls from the ring to the care of Lita at ringside, while in the ring Daivari starts to pick up Angle … and Angle suddenly goes behind him … German suplex! And Angle holds on … to nail a second … AND THEN A THIRD! ANGLE NAILS THE TRIFECTA! ‘The Olympic Hero’ gets up to his feet, shaking with intensity as he now jumps up and down on the spot and waits over Daivari, signaling for the end! Daivari groggily gets back to his feet … ANGLE SLAM … WAIT NO, DAIVARI SLIPS OUT AND PUSHES ANGLE INTO JOHN CENA WHO WAS CLIMBING UP ONTO THE APRON … THEN AS ANGLE TURNS DAIVARI STRIKES WITH A HUGE RUNNING KNEE LIFT TO THE JAW! Angle falls back to the corner to a seated position … and Daivari again charges in and hits a huge knee to the jaw! The crowd boos as Daivari backs away to his corner and raises his arms up to the side, happy with himself … WHEN EDGE MAKES THE BLIND TAG! Edge climbs into the ring and tells Daivari to leave … AND INSTANTLY CROUCHES DOWN FOR THE SPEAR! EDGE LIES IN WAIT, HAVING TAGGED HIMSELF IN WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO NAIL THE SPEAR … ANGLE GETS UP … EDGE CHARGES AND LAUNCHES HIMSELF … RIGHT INTO A KICK TO THE JAW! EDGE LOOKS TO FALL BACK … BUT ANGLE MOVES QUICK AND NAILS THE ANGLE SLAM!
The crowd erupts as Angle roars back to his feet and throws down the straps … THEN LOCKS IN THE ANKLE LOCK! ANGLE HAS THE ANKLE LOCK LOCKED IN … AND EDGE TAPS OUT! ANGLE MAKES EDGE TAP!
Winners: Kurt Angle & John Cena via submission @ 11:23
Here are your winners, John Cena and Kurt Angle!
The crowd gives a huge pop as Edge taps and the referee goes to raise Angle’s hand … BUT ANGLE STILL HAS THE ANKLE LOCK LOCKED IN! THE CROWD CONTINUES TO CHEER AND EDGE CONTINUES TO TAP, BUT ANGLE DOESN’T GIVE A DAMN! THE REFEREE TRIES TO TELL ANGLE TO LET GO … BUT HE STILL KEEPS IT LOCKED IN!
EDGE IS SQUEALING IN PAIN, HIS GIRLFRIEND LITA LOOKING ON FROM RINGSIDE AT HIS AGONY AS FINALLY SOME BACKSTAGE WORKERS RUSH OUT AND MAKE ANGLE BREAK THE HOLD! Still not content with his damage caused, Angle looks down at Edge with a sneer, then leaves the ring, albeit unhappily.
Kurt Angle has got some form of revenge on Edge by making the WWE Champion submit to the Ankle Lock here tonight, but you have to believe that now Angle will want to be doing the same thing at WrestleMania.
Angle should be looking at a suspension! How can he be allowed to keep the Ankle Lock locked in for so long? What’s the referee doing? Letting Angle do what he wants? Besides, who’s to say Angle’s gonna beat John Cena this week at Saturday Night’s Main Event?
That is true, ‘Coach’. It’s known that Angle has often struggled to beat Cena, and could never take the WWE Title off him last year. Can he do it with the stakes just as high?
In the ring Edge is laying down in agony, clearly in great pain following the match.
Look at Edge. Things couldn’t get any worse for him right now.
*I WALK ALONE*
WHAT? It’s SmackDown!’s World Heavyweight Champion, Batista
, and he looks far from happy as he walks down form the entrance chute to a huge pop.
I think things just got worse, ‘Coach’.
Looking for revenge for last week on SmackDown!, Batista walks down the ramp, his eyes locked in on Edge as he now climbs up into the ring, dropping his title belt down on the mat as he does so. Lita looks up at Batista and begs for him to leave, telling him not to do it, but Batista takes one step towards Lita, and she’s out of there!
Batista then looks down at Edge with a smirk … AND HE LIFTS HIM BACK TO HIS FEET … THEN NAILS HIM WITH A RING SHAKING BATISTA BOMB! The crowd goes nuts as Batista lays Edge out with the move, then climbs up to his feet, grabs his title and stands above Edge with the gold held high, roaring with intensity.
A clear message sent there from Batista to Edge ahead of the Clash of the Champions after Edge last week appeared on Friday Night SmackDown! and hit Batista with the Spear.
No Joey, no. Don’t try to justify that. That was an unprovoked attack. Batista had no business being here on Monday Night RAW, and he should be punished for showing up uninvited.
I doubt that’s going to happen, but right now we’re going to cross backstage, where Maria is standing by with a special guest.
We indeed cut backstage to the interview area where we see the beautiful Maria.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, Shawn Michaels!
The crowd gives a big pop as the man himself, Shawn Michaels steps into view.
Shawn, tonight in the main event you’re wrestling the chairman of the board, Mr. McMahon. Now, Mr. McMahon isn’t a wrestler, so do you think you should take it easy on him?
Maria, I’m gonna make this simple. If you think there’s a chance, even the slightest chance, that I am going to hold back tonight, then you’re gonna be in for a helluva a surprise.
Small pop from the crowd in the background.
Now I know, I know. I’ve been hearin’ it all week from my kids. “But daddy, Mr. McMahon isn’t a wrestler. You can’t hurt him!” But as far as I’m concerned, I’m just givin’ the old man what he asked for. Because what my kids don’t understand, and what you Maria, as pretty as you are, mightn’t understand, is that for the past few months, Mr. McMahon has made my life hell. Why? Because I wasn’t livin’ with him in the past. Now I’m not judging him on that. If he gets his jollies off by watching Bret Hart and Montreal, then that’s his choice. Personally, that’s not my type of thing. But if that’s his then that’s fine. I only suggested he move on, but if he doesn’t want to, then hey, that’s his choice.
Michaels pauses slightly
Where I take exception is the point where Vince gets it in his head that because he
seems to be stuck in the past, I
have to be too. That
is where I take exception. That
is where I disagree. But for him to then punish
me, because I’m not stuck in the past? ‘Cause I’m not the old, wild, party machine Shawn Michaels like I used to be? Yeah, I’m taking special
exception to that.
The crowd cheers as a more intense Shawn than usual pauses.
So am I gonna take it easy on Vince McMahon out there tonight? No, of course I’m not. That man made my life hell
over the past few months, and while I usually believe it’s the job of the lord to play the role of judge, jury and executioner, tonight I’m goin’ back to the OLLLLLLLLD
The crowd cheers as Shawn smirks.
You wanted it, Vince? You got it. Tonight, you’re gonna get attitude … you’re gonna get the old ‘Aitch – Bee – Kay. And guess what, Vince? The old ‘Aitch Bee Kay? He’s hadn’t found the lord and saviour yet. He didn’t even know of him. What he did
know was how to rebel. What he did
know was how to take the power into his own two hands. And most importantly for you tonight, what he did
know was how to kick some ass!
A big cheer from the crowd.
You asked for it, and now you’re gonna get it. When you stand in that ring opposite to me, Vince, and you look in my eyes, you’re gonna be wishin’ that you never asked for this match. You’re gonna be wishing that you never asked for the old ‘Aitch Bee Kay to come out, because when you look in my eyes tonight, you’re not gonna see the eyes of a calm man. A content man. A happy
man. You’re not gonna see a saint. What you’ll see is the devil. And when you see that attitude
… that fire in my eyes … that’s the moment you know you’re goin’ to regret what you pushed me over the edge. And I promise you, I’m gonna make you regret all of your sins.
The crowd cheers as Shawn smirks and steps from view, leaving us to cut to a commercial break.
We come back from the commercials to be at ringside, alongside our commentating crew.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back here to Monday Night RAW, where momentarily we will be seeing Carlito and Rob Van Dam going one on one to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at WrestleMania 22, however, before WrestleMania 22, there’s another event to come that we need to concern ourselves with, and that is the return of Saturday Night’s Main Event.
It’s gonna be huge babyboy. I remember watchin’ Saturday Night’s Main Event as just a kid and seein’ all of the superstars there: Hogan, Warrior, Orndorff. Only the best of the best was on Saturday Night’s Main Event, and in five days time it’s gonna be the RETURN of the event.
That’s right, ‘Coach’, and again it’s gonna be the best of the best that gets showcased.
And when you think best of the best, what else do you think besides Clash of the Champions? The two world champions, Monday Night RAW’s WWE Champion, ‘The Rated R Superstar’ Edge and Friday Night SmackDown!’s World Heavyweight Champion, ‘The Animal’ Batista going one on one to find out who is truly the best that the WWE has to offer.
And earlier tonight we saw the World Heavyweight Champion Batista make an emphatic statement to Edge by coming out and Batista Bombing him, following Edge’s attack on Batista last week on SmackDown!.
That attack from Edge was unprovoked, ‘King’, but don’t think it’s gonna go unpunished, ‘cause my man Edge is gonna show Batista who the real world champion is this Saturday night when he embarrasses Batista in front of the world and flies the flag high for Monday nights.
I’ve got word that Mr. McMahon has signed a handicap preview match featuring Edge, Kurt Angle & John Cena teaming up to face Batista and Randy Orton this week on Friday Night SmackDown! which should be a cracker, but that’s not all, because at Saturday Night’s Main Event, as we found out earlier tonight, it’ll be Kurt Angle and John Cena one more time, as they battle it out for the right to face Edge at WrestleMania 22 for the WWE Title.
I can’t see the two of them getting along this week on SmackDown!, even if they did tonight, with just one night to go before their match at Saturday Night’s Main Event. Kurt Angle might even look to soften Cena up since he’s struggled to beat Cena in the past!
Those two WILL get along this week on SmackDown! – trust me, Mr. Bischoff will make sure of it. He’s not gonna let RAW get embarrassed. As far as Saturday night goes though, I don’t care who wins, because in the end, they’re just gonna fall to Edge when he achieves his childhood dream of defending the WWE Title in front of the world at WrestleMania.
On the SmackDown! side of things, as reported on wwe.com, it’s going to be Finlay and Bobby Lashley going at it in a Belfast Brawl, and this week on SmackDown! we’re going to get another preview when Finlay competes in the first Belfast Brawl in WWE history against ‘The Insane Luchador’ Super Crazy.
Well at No Way Out it was Lashley able to get the win and keep his undefeated streak alive, but the youngster’s in Finlay’s element in here, and the experience of Finlay may just come through.
Of course it’s gonna come through, ‘King’. Finlay’s one of the best there is goin’ ‘round, and even if Lashley is one of the future stars of the WWE, Finlay is the present, and he’s gonna show that this Saturday. That snot nosed punk Lashley’s gonna get what he deserves, especially after he tried to embarrass JBL this past week on SmackDown!.
Back on the RAW side, and at Saturday Night’s Main Event we’re going to find out just who it will be that will be challenging Kane and the Big Show for the World Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania 22. Will it be The Redneck Wrecking Crew, V-Squared, The Basham Brothers, or as RAW General Manager Eric Bischoff referred to them as earlier, The World’s Greatest Tag Team?
Well normally you would put your money on The World’s Greatest Tag Team since they’re one of the greatest teams this company has ever seen, but with four teams competing and The World’s Greatest Tag Team maybe not on the same page, this match is anyone’s.
‘King’, I don’t think you could possibly be any more wrong. This match is all about The Redneck Wrecking Crew. Last week they put ‘The Game’ Triple H out of commission for the night, and this Saturday they’re gonna do the same to the three other teams that stand in their way of a shot at the tag team titles that they’re gonna win back from the two giants.
It isn’t just title shots on the line at Saturday Night’s Main Event; there’s also titles themselves, and we’ll see that when the United States Champion, Booker T is finally forced to put the gold on the line against his former friend and the man that he screwed to become the United States Champion, ‘The Rabid Wolverine’ Chris Benoit.
Booker’s been dodging this for ages, and it’s finally time for him to face the music. To me, with the form that Benoit’s in, I can’t see any other result than him walking out as United States Champion. What really interests me though is the Orlando Jordan situation.
Wrong again, ‘King’. Booker’s gonna wipe the floor with that sucka, Benoit. And as for OJ, he knows where his loyalties lie, and that’s with ‘The Book Man’.
And finally, again on the RAW side, we will see ‘The Heartbreak Kid’, Shawn Michaels going one on one with the son of the boss, Shane McMahon in a match which should prove to be brutal – a Street Fight. Will Shawn’s pent up frustration come out in front of the world and give him the win, or will Shane again show he will do anything to win, especially when his family’s pride is at stake?
As good as Shane has been in the times we’ve seen him in the ring, he’s stepping in there with one of the best the business has ever seen in Shawn Michaels, and for that reason I just can’t see it ending well for young Shane.
You forget, ‘King’, Shane is a McMahon, and McMahons never
lose. Count him out at your peril, ‘cause Shane’s doin’ it for his daddy at Saturday Night’s Main Event, and what a noble victory it’s gonna be.
We also know that Mickie James will be in the building and that she wishes to talk to Trish Stratus in front of the world. About what exactly, we’re not sure, but that should prove to be interesting, following the assault on Trish’s friend – and non-wrestler – Rebecca, which looked to be at the hands of Mickie James. Saturday Night’s Main Event returns this Saturday night in a three hour special, live from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan – don’t you dare miss it.
“I SPIT IN DA FACE OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT TO BE COOL”
The crowd gives some pretty good heat as out from the back swaggers the ever confident Puerto Rican, Carlito
. The crowd continues to get on the case of ‘Lito as he walks down the ramp, apple in hand, and friend Chris Masters
The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is for a spot in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at WrestleMania 22! Introducing first, from the Caribbean, weighing 225 lbs, Carlito!
Carlito is not in for an easy task here, folks. While ‘Mr. Monday Night’ Rob Van Dam may have had his focus on ‘The Phenom’ of Friday nights, The Undertaker, he is still not easy to beat, and you have to remember that he has a special place in his heart when it comes to Carlito.
That’s right, Joey. Carlito was the one to put RVD on the sidelines for an additional six months when he was drafted to RAW last year, and RVD has held a grudge over it ever since, and it’s easy to see why!
Hey, Carlito may not have got the job done against RVD a few weeks ago, but I guarantee you tonight, ‘Lito is gonna show that he is ready to do what RVD could never do and break through the glass ceiling by taking a step towards becoming the new Mr. Money in the Bank!
I thought you said Gregory Helms was going to be Mr. Money in the Bank come WrestleMania, ‘Coach’?
‘The Coach’ is just hedgin’ his bets, babyboy. One of my men will come in. Count on it.
The crowd continues to boo as ‘Lito and ‘Piece climb up into the ring and we now await Carly’s opponent … to no response at first.
His opponent, from Battle Creek, Michigan, weighing 235 lbs, Rob Van Dam!
But still no RVD. Carlito, Masters, the referee and Lilian all look around confused, not sure what to do.
Rob Van Dam!
Again, no response, leaving everyone mighty confused.
Where … where is he?
HA! Your boy Van Dam is runnin’ scared, Joe.
I don’t know about that, ‘Coach’.
The four people in the ring continue to look confused, before the referee and Lilian start to consult, and Lilian raises her microphone.
Referee Mike Chioda has informed me he is going to start the match. If Rob Van Dam does not make his way out to the ring by the count of ten, he will officially be counted out and Carlito will be declared the victor.
The crowd boos as Chioda now calls for the bell.
Match Five ~ Money in the Bank Qualifier; Singles Match:
Carlito w/Chris Masters vs. Rob Van Dam
The crowd continues to boo as Chioda counts, with no sign of RVD appearing. Carlito looks relaxed as the referee continues to count on, making it up to seven … eight … nine … and ten.
Winner: Carlito via count out @ 0:10
Here is your winner, Carlito!
The crowd boos as Carlito gets his hand raised in victory, but no music plays as we instead cut backstage to see Rob Van Dam storming out of the building in his casual clothes, bag hanging from over his shoulder to a huge pop!
The crowd’s reaction moves more towards a mixed reaction as RAW General Manager, Eric Bischoff runs into view.
RVD, what in the HELL
do you think you’re doing?
Rob Van Dam:
What am I doing? Dude, I’ll tell you what I’m doin’ … I’m goin’ home!
Mixed reaction from the crowd who are disappointed to see RVD leaving, yet are also happy to see RVD standing up to Bischoff.
And why would you think you could do that? You just missed your match!
Rob Van Dam:
Because I’ve got bigger fish to fry.
Like what? The Undertaker?
I already told you. You’re not going to SmackDown! to challenge The Undertaker.
The crowd boos this, as the match is obviously one they want to see.
Rob Van Dam:
Y’know what? You’re right. I’m not goin’ to SmackDown!. But I did speak to the board of directors on the phone. Yeah, that’s right, I went over your head, dude. But y’know what they told me? They told me I could have time at Saturday Night’s Main Event to go out and explain what I did to The Undertaker.
Huge pop from the crowd.
Rob Van Dam:
And there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.
The crowd cheers as RVD now walks from view, leaving a bewildered Bischoff to look on at the only man who has continued to successfully defy him since his return tonight. From there we then cut back to ringside to our commentators.
Well, I guess you heard it there, folks. RVD will explain what he did to The Undertaker at No Way Out, this Saturday night at Saturday Night’s Main Event.
How dare RVD defy our esteemed General Manager? Y’know, I hope The Undertaker gets his hands on RVD this Saturday, and beats him so bad he doesn’t even think of a match at WrestleMania.
Well, up next we’ve got our next inductee to the illustrious Hall of Fame, but this one is close to you ‘King’, so I’m going to let you do the honours.
That’s right, Joey. This is a man who I’ve been very close to for decades, and I think it’s the perfect honour for him to receive after the time he has put into the business. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome this man to the class of ’06, to be inducted the night before WrestleMania along with the late, great Eddie Guerrero.
SECOND INDUCTEE TO THE HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2006 – JIM ROSS!
We return from the video to see the audience clapping, and our announce team sitting by.
The best announcer in the history of our sport, Jim Ross, the next inductee into the Hall of Fame, and up next, as ‘J.R.’ would say, we’ve got a slobberknocker. Our main event, Shawn Michaels one on one with the chairman of the board, Mr. McMahon, next on Monday Night RAW!
And we head off to the inevitable commercial break.
We come back from the break to instantly hear …
The crowd erupts as ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ himself, Shawn Michaels
spins his way out onto the stage, full of energy for his big match with his nemesis Mr. McMahon tonight. Michaels looks to the crowd for the support which he receives in bundles, before getting down on his knees and praying on the top of the ramp, fireworks firing off behind him as he does so.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from San Antonio, Texas, he is ‘The Heartbreak Kid’, Shawn Michaels!
Tonight Shawn Michaels comes out here, set to do battle with the boss Mr. McMahon, but for Shawn tonight, he is coming in for more than just a match, more than a battle. Tonight Shawn is coming in, and he’s looking for redemption against the man, who for the past three months, has done anything and everything in his power to make Shawn’s life a living hell.
We heard the emotion behind the match for Shawn earlier. He literally said that he wasn’t standing by his beliefs of the Christian faith tonight, and that he himself would be taking the life of Mr. McMahon into his own hands.
I’ve always known Shawn was a phony, and tonight has proven just that. You heard it earlier. He’s goin’ back to the old Shawn Michaels and he’s abandoning his beliefs. Well lemme tell ya somethin’, babyboy – Shawn has no beliefs to abandon, ‘cause all along he has stayed that same bad apple, an’ tonight he’s gonna be shown the true light by the one and only Mr. McMahon.
Michaels swaggers his way down the ramp and climbs up into the ring, where he again poses, before waiting for his opponent for the night with anticipation.
The crowd boos as the chairman of the board, Mr. McMahon
walks out onto the stage, biceps bulging from his singlet … but he stops at the stage, as he already has a mic in hand.
Cut my music.
The monkeys do as they’re told as Mr. McMahon now stands up atop the stage and looks down at his foe in the ring.
It’s good to …
McMahon stops and looks out at the crowd, who continue to ferociously boo him, before turning back to ‘HBK’.
It’s good to …
Again McMahon stops and looks at the crowd in frustration, before turning back to Shawn.
It’s good to … SHADDUP!
The crowd only grows louder as a result of this, but McMahon doesn’t seem to scare, smirking at ‘em.
It’s good to see that you finally got what you wanted, Shawn. I heard what you said earlier tonight. You said that you had waited to get your hands on me. That you’ve longed for it. Now from this, I’m guessing you wanna get your hands on my son Shane too?
The crowd gives a mixed reaction as Michaels nods intensely.
I’ll bet that you just CAN’T WAIT for Saturday night?
The crowd cheers now as Michaels continues to nod.
Well I’ll tell you what, Shawn. I’m feeling generous. You know me. I’m a giver. And what I’m gonna do for you tonight, is give you a little present of your own. Think of it as a belated Christmas gift. Your very own TWO FOR ONE deal.
Michaels bites his lip in the ring, not fully sure of what Vince is saying.
Oh, you don’t follow? Well then, allow me to remind you of what I said to you last week when I said we would be wrestling here tonight. I didn’t say I’d be going one on one with you. I believe my exact words were that I would be “stepping in the ring” with you. And that’s exactly what I intend on doing … in a TWO ON ONE LUMBERJACK HANDICAP MATCH!
The crowd gives some great heat for this as McMahon smirks.
And my partner – leading out my handpicked
lumberjacks – my son … SHANE … MCMAHON!
*HERE COMES THE MONEY*
The crowd boos as the music hits, and out from the back dances the obnoxious son of the devil, Shane McMahon
, wearing his usual attire of some tracksuit pants and a custom made baseball jersey, which on the back reads “ATTITUDE – SHANE O’MAC STYLE”.
I know I really shouldn’t be surprised, but once again Mr. McMahon has screwed over Shawn Michaels. A two on one handicap match with his own handpicked lumberjacks? What hope does Shawn have on getting his hands on Mr. McMahon tonight?
Hey, Mr. McMahon is showing guts that you’ve never shown, Joe, by even stepping in the ring with that liar Shawn Michaels. I mean, Shawn’s been lying about his own life for years on end now, so who’s to say what he would do to Mr. McMahon’s?
The crowd continues to boo as the McMahons make their way down the ramp … and out behind them hops the lumberjacks! The Spirit Squad, Chris Masters, Carlito, The Redneck Wrecking Crew, Tyson Tomko, Rene Dupree, Rob Conway & The Basham Brothers, all of whom snarl menacingly down at the ring, letting Shawn know, in case he was wondering, that their intentions are far from friendly.
And look at the lumberjacks he’s brought. They look like a pack of hungry wolves!
Mr. McMahon is a GENIUS!
Shawn Michaels has his back up against the wall here. Not only will he be wrestling two men, but he will also have to deal with fifteen plus of Mr. McMahon’s goons at ringside. This doesn’t bode well for Shawn in the least.
The pack of jackals make their way down to the ring behind the McMahons and fill out the ringside area, as Shawn now looks at his two opponents … AND SUDDENLY GOES AT THEM! IT’S ON!
Match Six ~ Handicap Lumberjack Match:
Shawn Michaels vs. Mr. McMahon & Shane McMahon
The match kicks off with a bang, as Shawn leaps at Shane McMahon and takes him down with a right hand. Like a pair of pinballs, both men are back up and Shawn is quick to fire off some right hands, staggering Shane, before he grabs him by the hair and throws him out over the top rope to the lumberjacks, who oddly enough, are not so keen to put their hands on Shane. ‘HBK’ then turns, and on the other side of the ring he sees Mr. McMahon on the apron, a smile now crossing his face as he comes in and goes towards the boss … and Vince wisely drops down to the floor … but Shawn follows him, sliding out of the ring … RIGHT OUT INTO THE LUMBERJACKS! The lumberjacks instantly pounce on Shawn, Kenny being the first one to get involved as he goes at Shawn and receives a right hand. Jayden is the next to try, and he receives the same fate, before Mitch, Nicky and Mikey all move at the same time, and they manage to overcome Shawn with their overwhelming numbers. They, however, are not the only ones, as ALL of the lumberjacks now rush to the downed Michaels and stomp away on him, leaving Shane to recover on the other side of the ring as they weaken ‘HBK’.
The crowd, as you would expect, doesn’t react favourably to this, with the referee too begging them to get Shawn back in the ring. The lumberjacks, however, aren’t so willing to do this, taking their time to beat Shawn right down, before Mr. McMahon tells them to roll him into the ring, where Shane O’Mac now waits. Shane looks to take advantage of a weakened Shawn, picking him up with a smile on his face and slowly pushing him back towards the corner … but Shawn comes out of nowhere and switches things up, changing the momentum by tossing Shane into the corner and then unloading with right hands! The rage of Shawn spills over, and it is only when the referee forcefully gets involved that he retreats back, before moving in and kicking Shane in the midsection, leading into him going for an Irish whip that sends Shane into the corner … and then smashing him with a corner clothesline!
The crowd cheers as Shane sags against the corner and Shawn moves in, happy to hit a few big knife edge chops, with the sound of Michaels’ hand slapping off the flesh of Shane reverberating throughout the arena. Shawn eventually lets up under command from the referee, leaving Shane to hop away in pain, holding his chest, then get grabbed by the back of the head by Shawn and guided back into the corner, where he again finds himself on the receiving end of some beautiful chops. Once again, the referee tries to intervene, but Michaels changes things up regardless, kicking Shane in the midsection, then pulling him from the corner and going for a scoop slam, but Shane slips out and manages to land behind Shawn. ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ turns, and he instantly finds himself getting on the receiving end of a thumb to the eye, courtesy of Shane. The crowd boos as many of the lumberjacks try to grab Shane’s attention as he recovers, telling him to throw Shawn out to them. Having regained his bearings, Shane hits a few right hands to cause Shawn to become groggy, before grabbing him by the hair and throwing him out over the top rope … BUT SHAWN SKINS THE CAT! He remains just out of the lumberjacks clutches as he pulls himself back up into the ring … THEN SENDS A CHARGING SHANE OUT OVER THE TOP ROPE WITH A BACK BODY DROP … DOWN ONTO SOME OF THE LUMBERJACKS!
About half of the lumberjacks go down in a heap along with the son of the boss as the crowd hollers in approval, causing the other half of the lumberjacks to rush across and attempt to help Shane. Slowly but surely, the lumberjacks begin to lift Shane … WHEN SHAWN MICHAELS FLIES FROM OUTSIDE CAMERA VIEW – PRESUMABLY FROM THE TOP ROPE – AND COMES DOWN ONTO THE REMAININ LUMBERJACKS, ALONG WITH SHANE, WITH A MASSIVE MOONSAULT! IT’S COMPLETE AND UTTER CARNAGE AT RINGSIDE – EVERYONE IS DOWN! The crowd goes ballistic as Shawn gets up amongst the destruction and roars out, sending us off to our final ad break of the night.
We come back from the break to see that the complexion of the match has completely changed, as the son of the boss, Shane McMahon, now has control of Shawn Michaels and is hammering away on him in the corner. Our commentators, led by Joey Styles, tell us of how the lumberjacks wrestled the momentum back from Michaels, pulling him from the apron when he went to climb back up into the ring as Shane keeps his dominance rolling with some right hands to the midsection. The rather charismatic McMahon dances around as he nails the blows, getting into the mind of Michaels, before blasting him with a final big right that has him reeling. This sequence of punches pretty much sums up the dominant period from Shane that follows. It’s bland and boring, with the only flash being that of the dance of Shane O’Mac. The crowd starts to tire of Shane’s cheap tactics, which involve a lot of interference from the outside environment, and they begin to use all of their power to try to will ‘HBK’ back into the contest.
Feeling the support from the fans, Shawn makes an attempt to rally when he bursts to life as Shane picks him up, hitting a huge chop. Shawn then follows up with a second, but Shane strikes with a knee lift to the midsection of Shawn, driving the wind out of him, and then throwing him down to the mat heavily by his hair. The crowd boos Shane’s tactics as he sees Shawn down and tries to pull himself back together … when he hears the call from his dad … who tells him to go to the top! Shane looks at his dad, confused at first, before smiling and then slowly heading up to the top rope … BEFORE SOARING THROUGH THE AIR AND NAILING A DEADLY ELBOW DROP TO THE CHEST OF SHAWN MICHAELS! The crowd boos as Shane springs up … and he spins around on the spot, mocking ‘HBK’! Shane motions for the crowd to get to their feet, then heads to the corner … when Vince calls for the tag, causing Shane to smile, before he tags Vince in! The crowd boos as Vince climbs into the ring and instantly winds up the crowd, shouting at them and motioning for them to get up … BEFORE BEGINNING TO TUNE UP THE BAND! The crowd boos ferociously as Michaels starts to struggle up, and Vince continues to ridicule him … AND MICHAELS GETS UP, PROMPTING VINCE TO ADVANCE … SWEET CHIN MUSIC … SHAWN CATCHES VINCE BY THE BOOT! SHAWN’S GOT HIM! THE CROWD CHEERS AS SHAWN SHAKES HIS HEAD AT VIUNCE BEGGING OFF … BUT THEN SHANE CHARGES INTO THE RING, AND SHAWN TAKES HIS HEAD OFF WITH A CLOTHESLINE!
Vince scurries from view as Shawn is forced to turn to Shane, hitting him with a barrage of right hands and backing him up into the ropes, before attempting an Irish whip, but Shane reverses … SHAWN COMES BACK WITH A HUGE FLYING FOREARM … AND HE KIPS UP! The crowd goes wild as Shane gets up, then cops an inverted atomic drop, before getting sent down with a right hand. Shane springs up to the same medicine, before getting up again and getting scooped up … and slammed down in the middle of the ring! The crowd cheers as Shawn now heads for the corner and climbs up to the top rope … THEN LOOKS DOWN AT SHANE AND SAYS “THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT!” … ELBOW DROP! ELBOW DROP TO THE BLACK HEART OF THE DEVIL’S CHILD! The crowd cheers as Shawn springs to his feet and heads to the corner to tune up the band … BUT THEN HE SEES VINCE ON THE APRON AND HE GRABS HIM AROUND THE HEAD … AND THROWS HIM INTO THE RING!
The pop is absolutely HUGE, with Vince now on his back … AND SHAWN BEGINS TO TUNE UP THE BAND NOW, EYES LOCKED ON VINCE! THE CROWD CONTINUES TO CHEER AS SHAWN SLAMS HIS BOOT ON THE MAT AND VINCE BEGINS TO CLIMB UP … SHAWN CHARGES … AND GETS TACKLED DOWN BY KENNY DOANE! The referee instantly calls for the bell.
Winner: Shawn Michaels via disqualification @ 10:23
The crowd boos the finish as Kenny crashes into Michaels and takes him down, with The Spirit Squad soon to be the first to jump into the ring, jumping on top of Michaels and assaulting him with stomps and punches! The Squad attack like a pack of wolves, and they’re soon joined by Tomko, The Redneck Wrecking Crew, Carlito, Chris Masters, Dupree and Conway, all of whom assist in holding Shawn down and stomping away on him.
The crowd continues to boo as The Spirit Squad now get up and bounce around the ring annoyingly, Jayden Jett being especially animated as he shouts out “OHHHHHH YEAH BAY-BAY!”, while Mikey Mondo also tries to be as animated as possible. Kenny Doane meanwhile stays where the action is, yelling at Masters to pick Michaels up, which surprisingly enough he is listened to, showing some early leadership from Kenny. The youthful looking Spirit Squad member (who ‘Coach’ brags has such leadership at just twenty years of age) gets in Michaels’ face, yelling at him … THEN SLAPS HIM DISRESPECTFULLY … AND MICHAELS SPINS RIGHT INTO A PICTURE PERFECT DROPKICK FROM CARLITO!
The crowd boos as Kenny tells the other heels to back off, and The Spirit Squad members come in and move around the body of Michaels, each to a different limb … BEFORE THEY LIFT MICHAELS UP … AND THROW HIM EIGHT FEET IN THE AIR, LEAVING HIM TO CRASH DOWN TO THE BACK WITH WHAT COACHMAN CALLS THE HIGH SPIRITS! The crowd again boos as The Spirit Squad bounces around and Mr. McMahon now comes back into the ring and tells the heels to all pick Shawn back up, which they begin to do to some great heat. Slowly, the heels negotiate with Shawn’s dead weight, bringing a smile to Vince’s face as he begins to yell at Shawn, ready to rear back and hit him when …
*BREAK IT DOWN*
The heels all turn to look at the stage … and here comes Triple H
… SLEDGEHAMMER IN HAND! THE CROWD GOES ABSOLUTELY NUTS AS TRIPPER RUNS DOWN THE RAMP AND MEETS MITCH WITH A SLEDGEHAMMER TO THE GUT … THEN TOMKO … DUPREE … CONWAY … MONDO … NICKY … DOUG … DANNY … JETT … DOANE ALL SENT DOWN ON THE RAMP BY TRIPLE H AND HIS SLEDGEHAMMER!
‘The Game’ now climbs up into the ring and instantly has Murdoch running towards him … BAM! SLEDGEHAMMER TO THE GUT FOR MURDOCH … AND THEN ONE FOR CADE! BOTH OF THE CREW GO DOWN … CLOSELY FOLLOWED BY CHRIS MASTERS … AND THEN CARLITO! TRIPLE H IS ON A RAMPAGE! ALL OF THE HEELS ARE DOWN, AND TRIPLE H ROARS LIKE AN ANIMAL!
The crowd can’t believe the roll ‘The Game’ is on as he then turns around … AND HE SEES MR. MCMAHON SQUATTED DOWN IN THE CORNER! THE CROWD GIVES A HUGE CHEER AS TRIPS SMILES AND RUBS HIS SLEDGEHAMMER, WITH VINCE BEGGING HIM OFF! TRIPLE H, THOUGH, HAS NO OTHER THOUGHT OTHER THAN TO SMASH, AND SLOWLY HE ADVANCES ON VINCE … BUT SHANE PULLS VINCE FROM THE RING TO SOME BIG HEAT!
The crowd boos as Shane helps his father around ringside, where Vince receives a microphone and breathes heavily into it.
You … you think you’re pretty good, huh Triple H?
Vince takes a moment to try to catch his breath to little success.
I bet you’re proud of yourself. Well you shouldn’t be, because now you’ve made things so much worse for your degenerate friend this Saturday.
McMahon continues to take in the big breaths as Triple H looks on from inside the ring.
You already knew it was going to be Michaels vs. my son Shane in a Street Fight, but now it’s not just that. No, this Saturday night, it’s Michaels vs. Shane, and to make sure we don’t get a repeat of tonight … to make sure we don’t get any unfair interference, you, Triple H, will be banned from the arena!
The crowd boos as Vince smiles away, his voice shaking.
You degenerates like playing your games? Well this Saturday, for your little friend Shawn Michaels … it’s game over
The crowd now boos as Vince smiles and backs up the ramp, Shane helping to balance him as Triple H looks on somewhat regretfully in the ring.
Ladies and gentlemen, you heard it right then and there. This Saturday, at Saturday Night’s Main Event, it will be Shane McMahon vs. Shawn Michaels in a Street Fight, as announced, but Triple H will also be banned from the arena! With Mr. McMahon’s goons set to go into battle for him on Saturday, just like they did tonight, how can Shawn Michaels possibly survive? Tune in this Saturday night to find out. It’s the return of Saturday Night’s Main Event, a three hour special, Clash of the Champions, McMahon vs. Michaels, live this Saturday night! Until then good night everybody.
With those closing words, we now fade away to the closing of the show.
March 4th, 2006 | Joe Louis Arena; Detroit, Michigan
Clash of the Champions:
WWE Champion Edge vs. World Heavyweight Champion Batista
United States Championship:
Booker T © vs. Chris Benoit
Bobby Lashley vs. Finlay
Shawn Michaels vs. Shane McMahon
Number One Contender to the WWE Championship:
Kurt Angle vs. John Cena
Number One Contender to the World Tag Team Championships; Fatal Four Way Tag Team Match:
Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin vs. V-Squared vs. The Basham Brothers vs. The Redneck Wrecking Crew
Rob Van Dam calls out The Undertaker
Mickie James calls out Women’s Champion, Trish Stratus
April 2nd, 2006 | Allstate Arena; Rosemont, Illinois
World Heavyweight Championship:
Randy Orton vs. Batista ©
Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
Gregory Helms vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Carlito vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ???