April 3rd, 2006 | Allstate Arena; Chicago, Illinois
Our broadcast begins just as you would expect, with a summary of WrestleMania 22 being shown. As the sound of Shinedown’s I Dare You echoes in the background, we remember the events of a night ago. It all began when the rookie Bobby Lashley managed to upend the veteran in John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield, defeating him courtesy of the Spear. The World Tag Team Titles were on the line next, as Kane and Big Show successfully defended their gold against The World’s Greatest Tag Team. Booker T, however, would not successfully defend his gold, losing the United States Title in a Three Way Dance to Orlando Jordan, after Jordan first eliminated Booker, then Benoit, to capture the gold. Another champion, the Intercontinental Champion, Ric Flair was able to rise above all of his doubters, including his rival Gregory Helms, to climb the ladder to success and capture the Money in the Bank briefcase. The Cruiserweight Champion, Kid Kash would not have such luck though, losing out to Rey Mysterio.
Trish Stratus would also fall, losing her Women’s Title to Mickie James, before MNM would then lose the WWE Tag Team Titles to The Hardy Boyz. While neither man lost titles, they may well have lost years off their career when Triple H was able to best Shawn Michaels in a No Holds Barred Match, dubbed The Final Battle due to their agreement that it would be their very last one on one match. The WWE Champion, Edge was able steal a victory yet again, sneaking past Kurt Angle and John Cena to retain his title. RVD, on the other hand, was doing no sneaking, taking the fight to The Undertaker, only to fall just short as The Undertaker’s streak extended to 14-0. Finally, the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista would close WrestleMania for the second straight year as World Heavyweight Champion, after beating another former Evolution running buddy in Randy Orton, closing out the show with his title held high, pyrotechnics exploding behind him.
The view now fades away … cutting to a close-up of the RAW General Manager, Eric Bischoff. The heat from the crowd is absolutely massive, as Bischoff looks into the camera, dead serious.
WrestleMania 22 … it truly was the granddaddy of ‘em all. For a whole year, each and every superstar worked towards their spot at WrestleMania, and when their time came to shine, they gave it their all. But now … now it’s all said and done … now we’re entering a new year in World Wrestling Entertainment, a new year here on Monday Night RAW, a year aimed towards WrestleMania 23.
Bischoff stops to smirk, drawing some boos from the crowd, who dislike his conceited attitude.
Now I’m sure that each and every superstar in the WWE, each and every superstar in the RAW locker-room will be readying themselves for the new year. They’ll be ready to declare it their
year, because that’s exactly what they want it to be. They want it to be their year, they want it to be their year to succeed, but
… the fact of the matter is … the fact of the matter is, whether they like it or not, whether you people like it not, or even whether I’m on probation
or not … this isn’t their show … this is MY
show … and this year … this year will be MY
The camera starts to zoom out, revealing the hulking figure of Tyson Tomko standing next to Bischoff, arms crossed, looking every bit of the enforcer he is.
Like I said – whether you like it … or not.
The RAW General Manager continues to stare into the camera, his enforcer standing over him ominously …
… Until we cut into the traditional opening for Monday Night RAW. The usual video montage is played, signalling the beginning of the show before we cut into the Allstate Arena. The crowd, coming off WrestleMania last night, is absolutely rocking again tonight, enjoying the explosive pyrotechnical display we see at the top of the ramp, before we fly around to observe the arena, the glitz and glamour remaining (aside from the stage), to then settle down with Monday Night RAW’s favourite trio.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are just twenty-four hours removed from what was perhaps the greatest WrestleMania of all-time, right here in Chicago, Illinois in this Allstate Arena, and we are here tonight to welcome you to Monday Night RAW! I’m Joey Styles, here at ringside joined as always by my broadcast colleagues Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and ‘The Coach’ Jonathan Coachman, and gentlemen, what a night last night was.
You said it, Joey – last night was perhaps the greatest WrestleMania of all-time! We saw it all, from the bitter blood rivalries, to new champions being crowned and old champions retaining, along with many WrestleMania moments along the way.
WrestleMania 22 was a huge night for sure, but I gotta say, the only thing bigger than ‘The Coach’ makin’ his WrestleMania debut behind the announce desk was seein’ my man, ‘The Rated R Superstar’ Edge RETAIN his WWE Title when nobody, except me that is, thought he could.
Yes, last night was indeed another good night for Edge, retaining the WWE Title and continuing the roll he’s been on since the start of the year, despite it yet again being in dubious circumstances.
Dubious circumstances is right, Joey. Edge may have retained his title, but he only did it on the back of John Cena and Kurt Angle beating the holy hell out of one another, before capitalising on a move from Kurt Angle to pin John Cena.
Dubious circumstances? Edge said all along that winning a Triple Threat Match was a matter of being the smartest man and that he would win because of that. Last night he proved just that when he picked up the win because he is smart.
And I’m sure he’s going to be telling us that tonight when he hosts a very special edition of The Cutting Edge with, from what we’ve heard, no confirmed special guest as of yet. However, he’s not the only one we’ll hear from tonight, as, after coming up just short against The Undertaker last night, we can confirm that tonight, RVD will be in the building, and he will have something to say.
It was an absolutely amazing effort from RVD last night. There were numerous times throughout the match where I thought he had broken the streak, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Still, RVD should be proud of his effort last night, and I can’t wait to hear what he has to say tonight.
Proud of his effort? ‘King’, RVD LOST last night. But he didn’t just lose for himself. No, he lost in an Interbrand Spectacular. Y’know what that means? He let down not only himself, but he let down ALL of us. Now I dunno about you, but to me, that means somethin’. I can’t believe that Mr. Eric Bischoff has even let him in the building tonight!
‘Coach’s’ hate for RVD aside, tonight what we WON’T be seeing is an appearance from either of Shawn Michaels or Triple H. However, we will see a highlights package of the hell they put one another through last night, to show why it is that many are calling their match last night one of the most brutal matches of all-time.
Some of the stuff those two men did to one another last night was absolutely unbelievable. I mean, I’ve been in this business a long time, but I’ve never seen anything like that. It’s no surprise that neither of them will be here tonight.
Now, I’ll admit, I’m usually the coolest cat goin’ ‘round, but last night, watchin’ what Shawn Michaels and Triple H did to one another, it even made ME uncomfortable. Their match last night was nothin’ short of amazing.
Well also tonight we have all of our champions in the building, plus a very special card of matches, as those who came up short at WrestleMania, or weren’t on the card, get to strut their stuff here tonight on RAW to try to make this year as their own-
Lemme stop you right there, Joe. No one’s gonna be makin’ this year their own, ‘cause, as you just saw before, our General Manager, Mr. Eric Bischoff has already done it. Trust me, nobody is gonna get in the way of Mr. Bischoff’s authority anymore, not after that message.
And not after seeing Tyson Tomko standing right beside him. I don’t know what Eric Bischoff has planned for tonight, but I sure as hell know I wouldn’t be getting in his way.
Silence, until …
*ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA*
An absolutely tremendous pop rings through the Allstate Arena, along with cries of “WOOOOOOOOOO!” to signal the arrival of both the Intercontinental Champion and ‘Mr. Money in the Bank’, Ric Flair
. ‘The Nature Boy’ looks all class, as always, dressed impeccably in a stylish Armani suit to go along with his Money in the Bank briefcase that he holds in his hand, and the Intercontinental Title that gleams on his shoulder. With a smile on his face and a spring in his step, good ol’ ‘Naitch’ walks on down that aisle.
We spoke about the victory for Edge, we spoke about RVD coming up just short, but perhaps the greatest victory at WrestleMania came for this man, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair. The reigning Intercontinental Champion walked into WrestleMania 22 as an outside chance, but last night he climbed the ladder in his very first Ladder Match, and he captured the Money in the Bank briefcase, proving that, indeed, he has STILL got it.
Ric Flair may be a little older and he may be a little slower, but last night he showed that he is still ‘The Nature Boy’. I’ve known Ric Flair for a number of years, but let me tell you, I don’t think I’ve EVER seen Flair as excited as he was last night after he won the Money in the Bank briefcase.
Of course Flair is happy. Last night, he did what he’s been doing for YEARS now. He held down a younger, more talented performer from breaking out, just so he could have one last shot at glory. It’s why he’s the Intercontinental Champion, and now it’s also why he’s ‘Mr. Money in the Bank’. It makes me sick.
Flair styles and profiles his way on down the rest of the ramp to climb up into the ring to an unbelievable reception from his adoring fans. It all looks to overcome Flair emotionally too, as the smile from Flair starts to crack, allowing the euphoria he’s feeling to burst on through. Flair tries to maintain a professional smile though as he walks down the ropes to receive a microphone, ready to talk to his fans.
Chicago, Illinois … WOOOOOOOOOO!
The crowd responds with a resounding “WOOOOOOOOO!” back, pleasing ‘Mr. Money in the Bank’.
‘The Nature Boy’ is feelin’ it tonight, and do ya know why, Chicago? Huh? Do ya? It’s ‘cause of four simple words … Money … in the Bank.
A large pop as the excitable ‘Nature Boy’ starts to pace around the ring.
Money … in the Bank.
Another strong pop from the crowd, who look on to see Flair continuing to move around the ring, struggling to keep the excitement within himself.
Money … in the Bank … WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
The crowd sends a huge “WOOOOOOOOOO!” right back Flair’s way, bringing a broad smile out of ‘Naitch’ as he stops and stands in the middle of the ring.
Y’know my whole career … no, my whole life
, I’ve always wanted the best. I’ve always needed the best. I ride in style. This suit … this Armani suit – yeah, get a close look at that – this Armani suit is proof of that. I’ve always wanted the best, and that’s why I’m the jet flyin’, limousine ridin’, kiss stealin’, wheelin’ dealin’ son of a gun who is ALWAYS at his best. So I guess it’s fitting … it’s fitting that tonight, I stand here in the ring with the finest
of all briefcases … the Money … in the Bank … briefcase. WOOOOOOOOOO!
Once again, the crowd screams back one long collective “WOOOOOOOOOO!” at ‘The Nature Boy’.
And, right now, I’ve gotta be honest with you guys. You were with me all the way there last night here in Chicago, and I gotta to be honest … there were times last night when I didn’t think I could do it. There were times leadin’ in to WrestleMania, the RAW, the SmackDown! before it, I’ll admit … I didn’t think I could do it. I didn’t think I had what it takes anymore. I didn’t think I had what it takes to will myself up that ladder. I didn’t think I had what it takes to fight off seven other hungry men. Seven other guys who haven’t been world champion before. Seven other men who would KILL
to be world champion.
Flair pauses to look down at the mat, avoiding eye contact with the crowd as he starts to get a little emotional.
Seven other man, who, quite frankly, I thought … were better … than me.
Flair continues to look down at the mat, the crowd remaining silent as they wait for Flair to once again look back up at the camera.
Y’know, I’ve been in this business for thirty-four years now. Thirty-four years … it’s a helluva a long time … but in all that time, in ALL
of that time, I had never once doubted myself.
Flair stops and looks up at the crowd, almost a wry smile on his face.
Most people doubt themselves when they’re trainin’ to become a professional wrestler. They think to themselves that it’s too hard, that they can’t do it, but not me. No, thirty-four years ago when I was training to become a professional wrestler, I knew I had what it takes to make it.
A smattering of applause comes from the crowd, causing Flair to pause for a moment, before continuing.
Thirty-one years ago, just three years into my career, I was in a plane crash. I was in a plane crash and I … I broke my back. I don’t think I need to tell you how tough it was to come back from that. Breaking my back was physically the most painful thing I’ve ever been through, and I don’t think I could ever feel anything worse. And after I broke my back, a lotta people came up to me, and they said “Ric, are you even gonna walk again? Ric, what are you gonna do when your back heals? Surely you’re not gonna wrestle again, are you Ric?”
The crowd murmurs away as Flair continues.
There was not a chance – not even a tiny one – in these people’s minds that I could come back. They believed that I’d never wrestle again, but I didn’t give up hope. I didn’t stop dreamin’ … I didn’t even doubt that I’d make it back, because I knew … I knew I HAD
to make it back … and I did.
The crowd generously applauds Flair, showing their respect to the great and what he came back from.
Since then, I’ve had some of the toughest sons of bitches comin’ after me, tryin’ to end my career. Harley Race … Dusty Rhodes … Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat … and more recently … more recently ‘The Game’, Triple H.
A good pop from the crowd for each of the legends mentioned.
Now, I shouldn’t need to tell you that when you step into the ring with these guys normally, they’re gonna hurt you, because that’s what they do. They’re physical … but when they step into the ring, and they wanna do more than just beat you … when they wanna brutalise you … when they wanna make you bleed
, then … then you’re in trouble. Then you might wanna start thinkin’ about what you’re doin’ … but despite that … despite lookin’ into the eyes of these guys who wanted to destroy me … I never doubted myself. Not once.
Some more respectful cheers come from the crowd for the Intercontinental Champion.
My entire career … my entire CAREER, I had never once doubted myself until this Sunday, but y’know, it wasn’t just ‘cause I was in my first Ladder Match. I’ve been in plenty of different matches for the first time. It wasn’t because I was in the ring with guys who would have done ANYTHING
to become world champion for the very first time either, because, like I said, I’ve dealt with guys like that before. No, the reason I didn’t think I could do it … the reason I didn’t think I had it in me anymore is all down to one man, and one man only …
The crowd buzzes as Flair pauses for a moment, taking a deep breath to compose himself.
Some pretty great heat comes in from the crowd as soon as Flair utters Helms’ name.
I’ve some people tell me before that I’m not up to it anymore, that I’m too old, that I’m too slow, that I just don’t have “it” anymore, but never … never
have I come across a guy like Gregory Helms.
Some more boos roll in.
For months now, he’s been in my ear, and he’s been tellin’ me those things. He’s been tellin’ me that I’m too old, that I’m too slow and that I don’t have “it” anymore. But that … that’s not what’s been gettin’ to me. That’s not what I’ve been thinkin’ about. It’s the other thing he said … it’s when he said … it’s when he said that I was being … selfish
. That I was only here so that I could remember my own glory days. That I was gettin’ in the way of younger, more talented superstars. That I was only here for myself.
The crowd buzzes while Flair takes another little breath.
What he said … it made me think. It made me think that maybe I was just being selfish here. Maybe I was just tryin’ to hang on to somethin’ that I should’ve let go long ago. Maybe I was holdin’ younger, more talented guys down … … … maybe I was passed it.
Some boos come in from the crowd, who obviously do not share those sentiments. An emotional Flair doesn’t worry too much about them though, pausing briefly, before going on.
For over half of my life now, I’ve been a professional wrestler. It’s all I’ve done for the past thirty-four years, and, honestly, I’d be lost without it. Without professional wrestling, I don’t know where I’d be. I don’t know what I’d do. I know nothing else. What I- no … all
I know … is pro wrestling. So for me to think that maybe I’m passed it … for me to think that maybe it’s time to hang the boots up … that’s big … that’s huge. That would basically be me puttin’ an end to livin’ the life I love. And I’ve thought about it. Honest to God, all of the way up until WrestleMania, I was thinkin’ about goin’ out with a bang. I was thinkin’ that I’d give it my all in my very first Ladder Match and go out in a way that no other superstar has gone out before, looking at his best … and that’s when I captured this.
‘The Nature Boy’ raises the Money in the Bank briefcase up in the air, causing the crowd to begin to murmur.
What better way is there to go out then going out than when you know
that you’re on top of your game? What better way is there to go out than when you have the respect of the guys in the back, of you people in the crowd?
The crowd gives a somewhat stifled pop as Flair looks down at his feet, before looking out to the crowd once more.
What better way is there to go out than when you’re ‘Mr. Money in the Bank’?
No! The rumblings of the crowd grow louder, sensing what is about to go down.
I thought about all of this, which is why, effective immediately, I am announcing … I am announcing … … … I am announcing that ‘The Nature Boy’ is RERADY FOR ONE LAST RUN! I AM READY TO GO AT NUMBER SEVENTEEN! WOOOOOOOOOO!
The crowd gives an astoundingly loud pop, cheering on the enthusiastic Flair.
Last night, I PROVED
that I have still got it. Now, not only am I the Intercontinental Champion, but I’m also ‘Mr. Money in the Bank’! And if those young guys who think I’m holdin’ them down wanna do anything about it, then I dare them, I DARE
them to try!
The crowd emits another tremendous pop.
Number seventeen, baby! I am comin’ for-
The crowd goes crazy, perhaps more angry that Ric Flair’s speech was cut out than anything else, as his chief rival, Gregory Helms
, steps out onto the stage. His face scrunched up, Helms appears angry and confused at what he just heard, making his way down the ramp rather quickly.
Oh great. Ric Flair has just announced that he’s ready to make one final run at the WWE Title, when this- this despicable human being, Gregory Helms, decides to interrupt him.
Despicable human being? Joey Styles, that right there is your hero, and he’s about to lay down some truth, I can feel it.
It’d be the first time Helms has ever laid down truth, ‘Coach’, I can tell you that.
‘The Hero’ Gregory Helms collects a microphone on his way up into the ring, then stands across from Flair and quickly begins.
So this is how it’s gonna be, huh? This is how it’s gonna be? Instead of steppin’ aside, ‘The Nature Boy’ is gonna make one last dash at the gold? I only wish I was surprised.
A few boos roll in from the audience as Helms pauses ever so slightly.
But this is typical of you, isn’t it, Ric? This is typical of you. Just when a young, talented superstar is tryin’ to burst his way through, you go ahead and step in the way. Don’t think I’m surprised Ric, ‘cause this isn’t a one off thing. This has been happenin’ for years. I’ve read Mick Foley’s book. I know the type of guy you are. I know what you did to him. The fact is, you’ve been holdin’ guys down since the early ‘90s.
The crowd gives some significant heat for Helms, although before he can continue, Flair lifts his microphone up.
You read Mick Foley’s book? I dunno what you’re tryin’ to do, but just so you know, me an’ Mick are on good terms now.
Oh, I’m sure you are. I mean, you’re senile, and he’s been hit so many times over the head with a chair that he’s gotta have some damage to the brain, so you guys would have a lot in common.
The crowd objects to that, again giving some very big heat.
My point is that you’ve been pullin’ this same stunt for over fifteen years now. One last run, you say. One last run at the title. One more time, everyone! Well y’know, Ric? We’re sick of it. That’s right, Ric, it’s not just me. These people … these people that I represent, that I speak for … they’re sick of it too, Ric.
Once again, the crowd vehemently denies Helms speaking for them, booing him heavily.
Can’t you hear ‘em, Ric? They’re booing you. They are booing you, Ric Flair! But you don’t care, do you? Of course you don’t. They were booing you last night too. They were booing you last night when you decided to deny them their dream of seein’ me become ‘Mr. Money in the Bank’, by cheatin’ and grabbin’ me in parts that should never be grabbed no less. And oh yeah, they were also booin’ you when you cheated your way out of handin’ me the Intercontinental Title because of your little friend Chavo.
Helms pauses, waiting a moment as the crowd boos him (no, not Flair).
These people are sick of you, Ric. They’re sick of you. They wanna see change, and do you know who’s gonna bring that change? None other than the man that they look up to, the man that they aspire to be, their hero … ‘The
Hero’ … Gregory … Helms!
Big heat emitted from the crowd as Helms closes his eye and takes in the reaction.
And I’m gonna change all of that by takin’ that Intercontinental Title you never defend … by takin’ that Money in the Bank briefcase that you don’t deserve … and makin’ them … mine
Some more heat pours in as Gregory lifts his hand up in the air, almost as if to stop the crowd.
The boos from the crowd aren’t stopped by Helms this time, who merely smirks, happy to have made his point.
You think you deserve these?
Flair motions to the title and briefcase.
You think you’re better than me?
I know I am.
Well y’know what I say? I say … prove it.
A HUGE pop comes from the crowd, hoping to see some action between these two.
You heard me. Prove it. No match, no referee. Just a fight. Prove you’re better than me. Prove that I’m nothing!
The crowd begins to go bonkers as Flair removes his suit jacket, throwing it to the ground, before pulling back his shirtsleeves and motioning for Helms to bring it. Helms is a little slower though, fiddling with his shirt, prompting Flair to eventually let his guard down …
… BAM! Helms comes with the cheap shot on Flair! The crowd absolutely shits all over the action of Helms as he takes Flair down with a big forearm, then jumps in the mount position and begins to rain down with right hands! Helms continues to draw the ire of the crowd by hammering away … until Ric Flair rolls over! Flair rolls over … and he begins to lambast Helms with right hands! The crowd this time goes crazy with cheers, supporting Flair as he opens up on Helms … until Gregory Helms fights his way free … and rolls to the outside!
The boos from the crowd are deafening as Helms backs up the ramp, shaking his head and telling Flair not tonight. Meanwhile, Flair looks on at him, making sure he’s backed off, before turning back and collecting both the title and the briefcase to show off to the crowd. The crowd, of course, go nuts for Flair, which we look on to see as we head off to a break.
Back from the break, we’re at ringside with our three man announce crew.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Monday Night RAW, where we have a huge show to come, but we’ve also seen some action already too in the form of a little brawl between the new ‘Mr. Money in the Bank’, Ric Flair, and Gregory Helms.
We all thought Flair was possibly going to announce his retirement with the way he had spoken, only for him to announce he was going for world title number seventeen with the Money in the Bank briefcase. This then brought Helms out, and, well, this is what happened from there.
We get a replay of the action before the break, with Flair challenging Helms, before sending him packing from the ring.
If you ask me, Gregory Helms was exactly right to be calling Flair out on stickin’ ‘round. Flair’s just lucky Helms took it easy on him tonight outta sympathy.
Well Todd Grisham did catch up with Helms during the break, and this is what he had to say.
We cut to see Gregory Helms storming through the backstage area, clearly frustrated by what just happened, when Todd Grisham runs into view.
Gregory! Gregory! I was wondering if I could get your thoughts on what just happened?
Helms turns and looks at Grisham, even more agitated now than he was before.
My thoughts? My thoughts are that Ric Flair is lucky he seems to have some lucky charm here in Chicago, ‘cause next week, I’m about to step it up a notch. Now get that camera outta here. No more questions.
Helms storms out of view, leaving Grisham to look on …
… Before we cut back to ringside to see Candice Michelle standing in the ring, the bell sounding in the background.
The following contest is a divas match, and it is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Candice Michelle!
The crowd gives a very good pop as the NEW Women’s Champion, Mickie James
bounces her way out onto the stage. The weight of the world has seemingly been taken off Mickie’s shoulders with her win last night, as she is suddenly back to her smiley, bouncy self (despite the bandage on her head), accompanied on her way down the ramp by Ashley Massaro
Her opponent, from Richmond, Virginia, she is the NEW WWE Women’s Champion, Mickie James!
What a difference a week makes. Last week when we saw Mickie James here on RAW, she was angry and just downright scary. But after beating Trish Stratus last night, she’s back to the old Mickie James, and I have to say it’s great to see.
Of course her mood is different now, Joe. She’s already won the Women’s Title, so she has no need to lie her way into a title match anymore. I can’t believe this two-faced liar beat the lovely and respectful Trish last night.
Respectful? ‘Coach’, Mickie was angry at Trish because she was disrespectful, and I’m glad to see that Mickie was able to accomplish her dream at the expense of Trish to become the new Women’s Champion.
Mickie bounces her way on down the ramp, then climbs up into the ring to show her newly won gold off to the crowd. Ashley, meanwhile, remains on the outside, clapping Mickie on.
Match One – Singles Match:
Candice Michelle vs. Women’s Champion Mickie James w/Ashley Massaro
Coming into a match with the Women’s Champion with a chance to prove herself, Candice Michelle looked to be on at the very beginning of the match, taking a side headlock from the first lockup. Mickie, however, would show her superior wrestling ability, taking the arm of Candice and twisting it around into a hammerlock, before grabbing a side headlock of her own. Candice counters out though, pushing Mickie off into the ropes, only to get run straight through with a shoulder tackle on the rebound. Mickie continues her onslaught, running off to the ropes and bouncing over Candice to rebound back into a hip toss … no! Mickie holds her ground … then scores with a hip toss of her own! Candice gets back up … dropkick right to the jaw! Mickie makes the cover … two!
Both women climb back to their feet, with Candice heading back to the corner, leaving Mickie to chase her in … thumb to the eye from Candice! This brings about a small period of dominance from Candice, who overcomes how horrible she is by cheating to keep Mickie down. Candice, however, cannot suppress the Women’s Champion forever, as shown by Mickie flaring up with some forearms in the centre of the ring. Candice panics, cutting Mickie off with a kick to the midsection, before whipping her into the corner … and running into a boot to the jaw! Mickie boots Michelle square in the jaw … then takes her over with a beautiful Mickiecanrana!
The crowd cheers as Candice struggles back to her feet to be met with a series of right hands, forcing her back to the ropes. Mickie then follows up with an Irish whip … before scoring with a clothesline on the rebound! Candice gets up into a second clothesline, then gets sent into the corner … and then squashed with a corner clothesline by James! Candice reels out of the corner, feeling at her throat as she turns … to see Mickie James come off the second rope with a flying crossbody block and take her down to hook the leg … two! Candice just kicks out! The divas spring back up quickly … discus clothesline from Mickie James damn near knocks Candice out! The crowd goes wild as the Women’s Champion roars out to them, then waits as Candice gets up … before planting her with the Mickie-DT! Mickie hooks the leg … and gets the three!
Winner: Mickie James via pinfall @ 4:45
Here is your winner, Mickie James!
A very nice pop from the crowd as Ms. James springs up to her feet and has her hand risen into the air by the referee. With a smile on her face, Mickie motions for Ashley to climb up and join her in the ring, before grabbing both her title and a microphone through the ropes. With the title on her shoulder and her new friend by her side, Mickie begins to speak.
Hey guys, I know that over the past month or so, you probably think you’ve heard enough from me, but I just wanted to tell you how much last night meant to me.
A pretty decent pop is emitted from the crowd for the thought of Mickie’s title victory.
I’m sure you know that so far, my life may not have been the greatest, but last night when I pinned Trish Stratus in the middle of the ring, the pain that I have been through suddenly all became worth it!
Another good pop from the Chicago natives.
The feelings of loneliness and solitude may have hurt at first, but last night they made me what I always wanted to be. They gave me the strength, and they allowed me to achieve my dream, to become my own strong, independent woman.
The crowd cheers once more as Mickie pauses, a broad smile on her pretty little face.
They allowed me to become the NEW
A great pop comes from the crowd for that, especially for the standards of the divas. Mickie, however, is not yet done, raising her hand up in the air to try to quieten down the crowd.
That’s not all that helped me though. I also have a few “thank yous” that I wish to make. First, I want to thank my mum, back home in Richmond, for giving me the chance to live this dream, for allowing me to be free!
A big pop comes from the crowd as Mickie pauses, before turning to her friend Ashley.
Secondly, I want to thank you, Ashley, for believing in me when it seemed like no one else did, and for being a true friend, especially after what I’ve done to you in the past.
Another cheer rolls in from the audience as Ashley and Mickie share a quick embrace, before Mickie turns and looks out to the crowd.
And finally … finally, I want to thank you, the fans here, who have supported me all of the way through this. I couldn’t have done it without you!
The cheer emitted from the crowd is even larger this time as Mickie looks to press on.
Right now I’m living my dream, and-
*TIME TO ROCK & ROLL*
The heat absolutely pours in from the crowd as the former Women’s Champion, Trish Stratus
makes her way out onto the stage, a microphone already in hand. Paying no heed to the reaction from the crowd, Trish immediately goes about beginning her speech.
You, Mickie James … you disgust
The crowd immediately breaks out into a chorus of heat as Stratus looks to continue.
Y’know, it’s bad enough that lied
your way into a Women’s Title match with me at WrestleMania, but to come out here tonight and continue to lie? Mickie, there’s no need. You have the title. You stole
the title. You don’t need to lie anymore! You’ve got what you wanted!
Some more heat from the crowd, although Stratus isn’t really looking to stop for it, obviously not happy and wanting to get her piece done.
Mickie James, you’re nothing more than a compulsive liar and a fraud. You do not deserve
to hold that title. You do not deserve to hold MY
More heat pours in from the crowd as Trish looks to speak again, only for Mickie to interrupt.
You can say that all you want, Trish, but what tells a different story is that I beat you last night. You can say what you want, when you want and how you want, because I don’t care anymore, Trish. I don’t. I’ve realised that I don’t need you anymore. I’m my own woman.
This time the crowd generates a good pop, only to be quickly cut off by the former Women’s Champion.
Mickie, that’s just … just touching. It really is, and, I guess … I guess I should congratulate you, Mickie. You did beat me last night, so congratulations, but understand this – you’re only the Women’s Champion as long as I let you be the Women’s Champion. The moment I want my title back, I’m gonna take it, and there is not a thing you can about it.
Really? Well how about you come and try to take the title off me right now?
The crowd gives a HUGE pop, only for Trish to shake her head.
No, no. The last time we faced, it was on your terms. That’s the reason you’re the Women’s Champion right now. But the next time we face … the next time we face is going to be on my
terms. The rematch clause, Mickie? It’s mine, and that means I
get to choose when we have our rematch.
Realising there will be no match tonight because of what Trish just said, the crowd boos her aggressively.
So have fun with that title while you can, Mickie, because the moment I say I want it back, I’m getting it. Ciao.
*TIME TO ROCK & ROLL*
The boos once again start up as Trish turns on her heel and heads backstage, leaving Mickie in the ring to merely shrug her shoulders and chat with Ashley.
The rematch between Trish and Mickie will be coming, but folks, as we just heard, this time it will be on Trish’s terms. What could Trish have planned?
Trish doesn’t have anything planned. She doesn’t need to lie like Mickie James. She’ll do what she just said – she’ll take back her title when she wants it. There’s no plans needed there.
I don’t know what Trish is up to, but what I do know is that I can’t wait for that rematch. Their match at WrestleMania was great, and I’m sure their rematch will be too.
We now cut backstage to the entrance to the building … to see Rob Van Dam walk in, bag over his shoulder, to a massive pop!
Well that match will be sometime in the future, but later tonight, coming off his loss to The Undertaker at WrestleMania, we will hear from ‘Mr. Monday Night’, Rob Van Dam. What will RVD have to say? Stay tuned to find out later tonight here on Monday Night RAW!
And off we head.
We’re back in the arena now to hear the music of Rene Dupree sounding in the background, with the Frenchman already in the ring, a microphone in hand.
Excusez-moi, je suis Rene Dupree, et je suis ici pour enseigner à tous de vous des gens dégoûtants une leçon de style et de grâce.
The heat rolls in from the crowd, who obviously isn’t appreciative of Rene’s French skills.
For those of you who do not understand the beautiful French language – excuse me, my name is Rene Dupree, and I am here to teach you disgusting people a lesson in style and grace.
More heat comes from the crowd, now understanding what it is that Dupree said.
You see, Monday Night RAW General Manager Mr. Eric Bischoff has decreed that tonight is a chance for all of those who failed to impress last night to have their chance. And while I do come under that banner, let me assure you, that is only because I was not allowed to compete at WrestleMania last night.
A smattering of heat is exuded from the crowd for that one.
I mean, look at me. There’s no two ways about it. My looks … they’re just like my wrestling skills … exquisite.
Again, more heat comes in from the crowd for the arrogant Frenchman.
So ladies and gentlemen – and I use the term loosely – sit back and watch as a real man – a Frenchman takes care … of business.
Dupree drops the microphone, leaving us to wait …
A pretty good cheer rings throughout the Allstate Arena as we go through the classic 24 Carat Production, bringing none other than Goldust
out from the back. Seldom seen on RAW this year, Goldust still appears to be quite popular, gaining himself a nice pop as he theatrically breathes out to the crowd atop the stage.
His opponent, from Hollywood, California, weighing 260 lbs, Goldust!
Rene Dupree, as we’ve seen recently, talking up a big game here, but he’s going to find himself getting quite the test tonight in the form of this man, the veteran Goldust.
Look at this … this FREAK! Rene Dupree is beautiful, and he has to be in the ring with this THING?
Rene Dupree is beautiful, ‘Coach’?
Of course he is. Any man who is comfortable with his sexuality will tell you that. You got somethin’ you wanna say, ‘King’?
All I’m saying is when I think beautiful, I don’t think Rene Dupree.
‘The Gold One’ makes his way down the ramp, then climbs up into the ring to remove his robe, set for action.
Match Two – Singles Match:
Rene Dupree vs. Goldust
Seemingly amused by the presence of Goldust, Dupree can’t help but laugh as the referee calls for the bell and the two men come together … although he’s no longer laughing when Goldust slaps the taste out of his mouth! The crowd goes up as one, letting out a huge pop as a stunned Dupree reels back … before haphazardly charging right into an arm drag from Goldust. An angered Dupree gets up into a second arm drag, and then a third, before Goldust is able to grab a side headlock. Frustrated, Dupree struggles, attempting to break free with pure force, until deciding he’ll have to use the ropes to gain momentum. The Frenchman does just that, pushing Goldust off as he springs off them … only for Goldust to run back through him with a shoulder tackle on the rebound! On his game early, Goldust takes off to the ropes, jumping over a flat Dupree on the rebound, before coming back again … to be grabbed by the head and thrown clean over the top rope and to the floor by a desperate Dupree!
The Frenchman isn’t too fussed how he wins, allowing the referee to make the count, only for Goldust to arrive back in the ring at seven. Dupree, however, is waiting for him, and he instantly goes to work, hammering away with some vicious right hands to the jaw. The onslaught from Dupree continues for the next few moments, gaining the Frenchman some nearfalls in the process. Goldust shows what he’s learnt in his years in the business though, holding on until he can find some space in the corner after a nearfall, before kicking an incoming Dupree in the midsection. Dupree starts to reel back as Goldust hits some right hand shots … only to be cut off as Dupree drives his knee up into the gut of Goldust. Dupree looks to immediately follow up on his handy work by Irish whipping Goldust off … but he drops down for the back body drop too early … allowing Goldust to strike with a typical drop down right hand!
The crowd cheers as Dupree staggers back, stunned, before charging back … into a reverse elbow! ‘The Bizarre One’ follows up with a few clotheslines, before Irish whipping Dupree off … dropkick from Goldust! The cheers from the crowd roll in as he motions for them to get up to their feet, waiting as Dupree does the same … before lifting him for a suplex … and dropping him down onto his face! Goldust makes the cover … two! Looking for some space, the Frenchman immediately heads to the corner after the pin attempt, but Goldust is right on top of him … attempting to pull his legs over the second rope! Dupree shakes his head feverishly; knowing what’s coming … but the referee knows what’s coming too, prompting him to pull Goldust away.
‘The Bizarre One’ deals with the referee, then turns to see Dupree still in the corner, so he charges in … bam! Dupree flapjacks Goldust right up, sending his head crashing right into the top of the steel ringpost! A dazed Goldust stumbles back … right into Dupree, who sets him up for, and delivers, the Dupree Driver! Rene makes the cover … and gets the three!
Winner: Rene Dupree via pinfall @ 5:05
Here is your winner, Rene Dupree!
The heat rings through the Allstate Arena as Rene Dupree gets to his feet to have his hand raised by the referee. Looking out to the crowd gleefully, Dupree basks in the moment, before motioning the referee away and performing the oddly awesome French tickler.
Rene Dupree continues to look impressive here on Monday Night RAW, picking up a good win there over the more experienced Goldust.
Of course he looks good, Joe – he’s French! Everyone knows the French are second only to ‘The Coach’ when it comes to looks!
They have another thing in common with you too, ‘Coach’ – they’re cowards.
Hey, that French coward up there beat you a couple of weeks ago in your hometown, ‘King’. Of course I could too, but Mr. Bischoff thinks I should use my announcing talent right now, and, well, who can blame him for thinkin’ for that?
Moving on from Coachman’s nonsense, we cut to the parking lot to see a classy looking Ferrari pull up … before the WWE Champion, Edge and his girlfriend Lita climb from the car. The champ, dressed casually, looks as relaxed as he’s ever been as champion, a broad smile on his face as he heads towards the arena entrance with his lady.
Oh boy, speakin’ of winners, here he is – the champ!
Indeed, hot off the heels off his victory last night at WrestleMania 22 over John Cena and Kurt Angle, the WWE Champion Edge is in the building, and later tonight he will be hosting what we’re told will be a very special edition of The Cutting Edge. What will happen? We don’t know, but one thing is for sure – with Edge involved, it’s sure to be controversial. That’s later tonight, folks, so make sure you stay tuned.
Time for some more ads.
We begin the vignette by seeing the footsteps of a man in a dark yard, stepping on twigs.
While the superstars of RAW may have enjoyed the spoils of WrestleMania …
The steps continue.
While they may have thought their road had come to an end …
That their journey was over, they’re about to learn that the journey … is just beginning …
Another step, while we also can vaguely see Edge spearing Kurt Angle over the top.
For every piece of injustice, there’s a piece of justice …
Another step, with Edge delivering the con-chair-to to John Cena this time being shown over the top.
For every misguided actions, there’s punishment …
Edge holding the gold aloft over the top of the footstep.
And for every action … there’s a reaction.
Backlash – April 30th, 2006
We now find ourselves back in the interview area, with Maria standing by.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, Chavo Guerrero!
A positive reaction as Chavo Guerrero steps into view, dressed to compete.
Chavo, first of all, how did you feel last night after coming so close to becoming ‘Mr. Money in the Bank’, to see your friend Ric Flair walk away with the briefcase?
Y’know Maria, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have mixed feelings about it. Seeing a legend and a guy who I’m proud to call my friend, Ric Flair, as ‘Mr. Money in the Bank’ … well, I think I can speak for everyone when I say I’m happy for him. Even at his age and with all of his success, Ric works his butt off, and he really deserves to have that final run, that chance at number seventeen to top his career off. Seein’ and hearing him earlier tonight, with all that being ‘Mr. Money in the Bank’ means to him … it brought a smile to my face.
A good little pop rolls in from the crowd, showing their respect.
Chavo Guerrero: But
… but I’d be lying if I didn’t say at the same time, I was thinking … what if that was me? What if I
was the one to win the Money in the Bank Ladder Match? What if I
was the one who climbed the ladder and grabbed the briefcase? What if I
was the one, not to go for my seventeenth world title, but my first
? What if it was me?
A small mixed reaction this time, as the crowd aren’t quite sure how to react to that.
Y’see, I may respect Ric … heck, we may be esses, but at the end of the day, I want the success he’s having too. I want to be able to call myself a champion too. I want this year to be about Chavo Guerrero finally showing that he is just as good as any
of the Guerreros that came before him … holmes, I want it too.
Well Chavo, tonight you get the chance to try to start the run towards WrestleMania 23 on a high, as you go one on one with Chris Masters. Your thoughts?
My thoughts couldn’t be simpler … tonight, I’m going to start something. I’m going to get myself on a roll. I’m going to get myself on the roll of a lifetime, so that I can
become a champion this year. Now, I’m not looking past Chris Masters, because I know he’s tough, but like I said before, I want the success that Ric Flair is having right now, and Ric knows that. Ric knows that, which is why he’s told me that next week, I’ll be getting a shot at his Intercontinental Title, one on one.
A very good pop comes in from the crowd, excited by the prospect of that match.
Tonight … tonight’s all about building moment towards that, so that next week I can call myself, the new
Chavo’s focus changes, looking slightly out of camera view with disgust clouding his face … as we see Rene Dupree step into view.
What do you want, holmes?
What do I want? Why with the questions, Chavo? Relax. Y’know, me and you, we’re not all that different.
What are you talking about?
A smirk crosses the face of Dupree.
Well we’re- … I mean I’m- … we’re both- … y’know what, Chavo? Maybe we are different. I mean I’m young, elegant, graceful, skilful, and, quite frankly, beautiful – which, by the way, I just showed in the ring – while you … well you’re none of those things, are you?
Dupree sneers at Chavo, drawing the ire of the crowd.
The one thing we do have in common … we both want the Intercontinental Title.
Dupree looks Chavo up and down, before sneering once again.
I’ll see you around, Chavo.
And with that, Rene leaves the scene, a fuming Chavo left to look on.
Now back at ringside, we see the team of V-Squared in the ring.
The following contest is a tag team match, and it is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, weighing a combined weight of 745 lbs, Val Venis and Viscera, V-Squared!
A nice little pop rings through the Allstate Arena, until we hear …
The crowd now gives some pretty good heat as The Redneck Wrecking Crew
storms out onto the stage. The duo talk trash like always, Trevor Murdoch keen to take it even further as he abuses the crowd, only to be directed down the ramp by Lance Cade.
Their opponents, weighing a combined weight of 502 lbs, Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, The Redneck Wrecking Crew!
The Redneck Wrecking Crew will be in action here against V-Squared, but just moments ago we saw how truly obnoxious Rene Dupree can be when-
Hey, hey Joe, I know you love to talk about Rene Dupree, but come on, it’s time to talk about these two men. The Redneck Wrecking Crew, the two toughest guys on the RAW roster. As a rough and tough Texan, you’d have to appreciate ‘em, wouldn’t you, ‘King’?
Well, I do appreciate they’re talented, but I’m from Memphis, Tennessee, ‘Coach’.
That explains it. I always wondered why you weren’t tough. Haha, I’m just kiddin’ ya babyboy, but sit back and relax, because my boys Cade and Murdoch are about to teach us a tag team lesson.
Well they’re up against V-Squared, who aren’t the biggest slouches on the roster. This could be a test for them.
The redneck duo make their way up into the ring, then toss their flannelette vests to the side, ready and raring to compete.
Match Three – Tag Team Match:
V-Squared vs. The Redneck Wrecking Crew
It’s Lance Cade and Val Venis who start the action for their respective teams, immediately engaging in a lockup. The two reasonably large men go back and forth, neither able to gain an advantage due to their similar sizes until Cade is able to drive his knee into the midsection of his foe. Stunned, Venis doubles over, leaving himself open to a side headlock. Venis quickly counters out by pushing Cade off, but Cade is right back on top of him, running through him with a shoulder tackle. The Texan is quickly off to the ropes again, before bouncing over a flat Venis and rebounding off the ropes once more … right into a knee lift! Cade goes tumbling over, allowing Venis to make the cover … two!
Both men quickly get back up, with Venis instantly on the offense, nailing a few strikes to back Cade over to the ropes. Looking to follow up, Venis goes for an Irish whip … no, instead he holds onto the arm and drives his knee up into the gut of Cade when he goes to bounce back off the ropes! Cade is reeling, allowing Venis to go for it again … and land another knee lift! His ribs causing him discomfort, Cade is unable to fight back as Venis directs him to the centre of the ring … then snaps him back with a Russian legsweep! Venis hooks the leg again … two! ‘The Big Valbowski’ looks to go back to work quickly once again, lifting Cade up … when Cade suddenly rakes his eyes, then stumbles across to tag in Trevor Murdoch!
Murdoch is quick to go after Venis, charging his way across instantly … right into a big right hand from Venis! Murdoch goes right down, then gets back up into a kick to the midsection, before Venis grabs the arm and guides him across to the corner to tag in Viscera. Viscera climbs into the ring to join his partner, with V-Squared looking to quickly go to work, sending Murdoch off with a double Irish whip. The momentum sends Murdoch into the ropes at a high pace, only to go down even faster when V-Squared strike with a double shoulder tackle! Viscera drops down into the cover … two! Not too bothered by the kickout, ‘Big Vis’ looks to go right back to work by lifting Murdoch back up … jawbreaker! Murdoch nails a jawbreaker, sending Viscera staggering back into the ropes, where Val Venis makes the blind tag. Murdoch doesn’t know about it, staggering about the ring as Venis climbs in to join him, then charges at his turning foe … only for Murdoch to land a huge big boot out of nowhere!
The Redneck Wrecking Crew now go to town on Val Venis, picking him apart, leaving Viscera to do nothing but look on in anguish from the apron. The Crew work like a well-oiled machine, putting the hurtin’ on Venis, although Val manages to hold on, eventually frustrating Murdoch. The former tag champ can’t believe it after Venis kicks out follow an elbow drop, causing him to hit a couple more, then go for another cove … two again! Knowing his partner is getting agitated, Lance Cade calls for the tag, but Murdoch lets his anger get the better of him, climbing up to the second rope, before waiting as Venis gets up … then leaping for a diving bulldog … no! Venis ducks it … but Murdoch lands on his feet! Murdoch turns, panicking as he looks for a clothesline … but Venis ducks … and catches the arm to hit the half nelson slam! Venis slams Murdoch down in the centre of the ring!
The crowd cheers as both men remain down on the canvas, struggling towards respective corners to make tags … and they get there! Both men get their tags! The quicker of the two new legal men, Lance Cade tries to cut Viscera off before he can even get in the ring, although the big man’s strength proves too much, shoving Cade away. Undeterred, the Texan charges back in … right into a right hand! Cade goes down, then gets back up into another few rights and a headbutt, before Viscera sends him off with an Irish whip … and clotheslines him on the rebound! The momentum in the match is all V-Squared as Viscera sends Cade off with another Irish whip … before hitting an amazing spinning heel kick on the rebound! Cade is quickly back up, although he’s practically out on his feet as he staggers towards his opponent … who nails him with a Samoan drop right in the centre of the ring! ‘Big Vis’ makes the cover … two! Murdoch just breaks it up with a stomp to the back in time!
Murdoch then looks to hammer away on a rising Viscera … only to be pushed away with a single hand! The crowd looks on in awe as the big man then boots Murdoch in the midsection, before sending him flying to the corner with an Irish whip. Focussed, Viscera sizes Murdoch up, then charges … no! Murdoch gets out of the way at the last moment, leaving Viscera to hit the turnbuckle, then turn … huge big boot from Lance Cade! Viscera remains on his feet, although he’s on jelly legs as The Redneck Wrecking Crew hit opposite ropes … then nail Viscera with the Sweet ‘N’ Sour! Val Venis climbs onto the apron, only to be hammered off with a right hand from Trevor Murdoch just as Cade hooks the leg of Viscera … to get the three!
Winners: The Redneck Wrecking Crew via pinfall @ 5:33
Here are your winners, Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, The Redneck Wrecking Crew!
Some decent heat comes in from the crowd as Lance Cade gets back to his feet and, along with his partner Trevor Murdoch, has his hand raised by the referee. The Crew make sure to tell the crowd all about their victory too, shouting out about their success.
Well, as you said, ‘Coach’, these two guys Cade and Murdoch are rough and tough, and they’ve just shown they can go with some of the biggest by pinning ‘Big Vis’ right there.
I told ya. These guys are former tag team champions, and now the so-called “World’s Greatest Tag Team” have had their go at the gold, maybe they’re gonna be next in line. If Kane an’ Big Show are lookin’ for a challenge, these could be the guys to provide it.
Well Kane and Big Show beat these two guys to win the World Tag Team Titles to begin with, but if Cade and Murdoch can do this each and every week, who knows, they could be the next tag team champions.
Cade and Murdoch continue to celebrate, backing up the ramp with their arms raised in the air …
… When we cut backstage to see Chris Masters sitting on a bench, punching his hand. As the camera backs away, we now see that he’s not alone, with Carlito standing over him.
‘Dis year … ‘dis year is gonna be our year, ‘Piece. Carlito can feel it. An’ it’s not just gonna be our year either. It’s going to be Mr. Bischoff’s year too.
Heat from the crowd as Carly continues.
Carlito was just a fingertip away last night … a fingertip away from becoming ‘Mr. Money in ‘de Bank’ … and jou ‘Piece? Tonight, jou’re gonna go out ‘dere, and jou’re gonna crush
Chavo Guerrero. And ‘dat … ‘dat’s cool.
Carlito smirks as Masters suddenly rises up.
Alright, you comin’?
Not tonight … Carlito … Carlito’s got some special business to take care of tonight.
And with that Masters exits the shot, leaving Carlito to smirk devilishly as we now fade off to a commercial break.
We return from the break to instantly be backstage … with a focus on the World Tag Team Champions, Kane and Big Show, who stand before us with the gold over their shoulders. Big Show remains stoic, not saying anything at first, while Kane looks a little more aggressive, as usual.
Last night … last night at WrestleMania 22 we went into what was supposed to be our biggest test. We went into a match with a team who is supposed to be the best in the world. We put our
titles on the line against The World’s Greatest Tag Team in a match where we said we would show our dominance. And we did just that.
A small pop rings through the Allstate Arena.
We said coming into WrestleMania 22 that we wanted a challenge. We wanted to face the best team on the RAW roster, so that we could prove our dominance over the tag team division, so we could prove that we are the most dominant team in Monday Night RAW history.
Kane takes a moment, tilting his head before continuing.
Y’know, there’s a lot of talk tonight about the changes that are gonna happen here on Monday Night RAW. It’s a “fresh start” for everybody as everyone now looks to WrestleMania 23. Well lemme tell you something that’s gonna stay the same …
Kane smiles to himself as Big Show pats him on the back.
We’ve held these titles for almost six months now and the dominance … the dominance is only just beginning.
Another mixed reaction as Kane laughs, Big Show slapping him lightly on the back as he does so …
… When we cut elsewhere backstage to see The World’s Greatest Tag Team in front of a monitor, gaining a nice pop. Neither man looks too happy, although Shelton is clearly the more frustrated of the two, turning away to vent.
Can you believe that? We had ‘em last night! We had ‘em beat! We should be the tag team champions, not them!
I mean c’mon! We’re the world’s greatest. That means we
should be the World Tag Team Champions, not them! We had it won until I … until I kicked you. Until I kicked you.
Benjamin turns back to Haas.
I kicked you … I’m the one who cost us that match … I’m the reason we’re not the tag team champions right now, aren’t I?
Aren’t I, Charlie?
Haas takes a deep breath as he reaches across to put his hand on Benjamin’s shoulder.
Listen, Shelton, it was just a mistake, and it’s fine. Trust me, it is, ‘cause we’re gonna get back there, and we’re gonna win those tag team titles. It may not have been last night, but trust me, we will. I’ve already got us a match for next week so we can prove ourselves, so let’s just worry about that, okay?
Benjamin nods his head as Haas continues to comfort him, patting his hand on his shoulder …
… Back to ringside, with Lilian Garcia standing by in the ring.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall!
Silence, until …
A decent pop rings through the Allstate Arena as Chavo Guerrero
steps out onto the stage. Enthusiastic as ever, Chavo motions for the crowd to get back to their feet, before making his way down the ramp.
Introducing first, from El Paso, Texas, weighing 215 lbs, Chavo Guerrero!
Last night this man Chavo Guerrero was part of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, coming up short as Ric Flair captured the briefcase. However, we now know that next week, Chavo’s quest for success will continue when he challenges his friend Ric Flair for the Intercontinental Title.
I gotta ask, why is it that Chavo is gettin’ a shot at Ric Flair next week? ‘Cause they’re friends, right? If ya ask me, Rene Dupree should be ahead of Chavo when it comes to gettin’ a shot at Ric Flair.
And don’t forget, Gregory Helms has also been gunning for Flair for the past few months, just as we saw earlier tonight. Ric Flair’s suddenly got himself a lot of challengers.
Guerrero makes his way down the ramp with his finger pointed up towards the heavens, before climbing up into the ring to quite a reception from the crowd.
A pretty good heated response now from the crowd as Chris Masters
goes through his usual routine, showing off his amazing physique. As his pyro continues to shoot up in the background, Masters makes his way down the ramp, paying no heed to the abuse he receives from the crowd.
His opponent, from Los Angeles, California, weighing 265 lbs, ‘The Masterpiece’ Chris Masters!
Well Chavo also has to be thinking about tonight, because he’s got himself quite a task in the form of Chris Masters. Look past ‘The Masterpiece’ at your peril.
We saw what kind of an impact ‘Piece can make when he took Mark Henry out last week. Chavo doesn’t stand a chance if he tries to worry about next week.
Masters is dangerous for sure, and I think Chavo knows that. He’s ready for a fight here tonight.
Masters makes his way down the ramp, then climbs up into the ring, smirking away arrogantly at Chavo.
Match Four – Singles Match:
Chavo Guerrero vs. Chris Masters
The contrast in size of these two men is clear right from the beginning as they move forward to meet one another in the centre of the ring. Never one to be modest, Masters is yammering away, showing how arrogant he truly is … until Chavo suddenly unloads onto his chest with a big knife edge chop! The cries of “WOOOOOOOOO!” ring through the Allstate Arena as Chavo continues on with the chops, forcing Masters back against the ropes, before he sends him off with an Irish whip, then catches him with an arm drag on the rebound. Masters can’t believe it, springing back to his feet to run into a second and subsequent third arm drag, with Chavo now holding the grip he has on the wrist of ‘Piece. Masters is too big to be held down for long though, climbing back up to his feet and forcing Chavo to change things up by pulling him into a side headlock.
Chavo cranks on the neck of Masters, putting as much pressure on as possible while Masters tries to struggle free … until with a sudden burst of strength, he lifts Chavo up and throws him away! Chavo somehow manages to land on his feet, then turn and duck a clothesline attempt from Masters, allowing him to run off to the ropes … to come back with a springboard crossbody block, into a hook of the legs … two! Both men are immediately back to their feet, Chavo instantly on the offense with a kick to the midsection to keep his momentum rolling. Masters, however, proves to be too strong when Chavo looks to continue on and send him off to the corner with an Irish whip, allowing Masters to instead send his smaller opponent in … but Chavo bounces up to the second rope and this time comes back with a twisting crossbody block into a cover … two again! Once again, both men are immediately back up, with Chabo dashing off into the ropes, before rebounding and springing toward Masters for yet another crossbody block … only for ‘The Masterpiece’ to catch him! Chavo went to the well once too often, allowing Masters to – rather literally – catch him out … Masters delivers a crunching ribbreaker … and holds on! ‘The Masterpiece’ hoists Chavo back up, an arrogant smirk on his face as he looks out to the arena, before delivering not just a second, but also a third ribbreaker to Chavo!
This allows Masters the chance to take complete control of the match, using his size as dominate Chavo as he decimates the smaller man’s ribs and back thanks to some well positioned strikes, shoulder thrusts and even a few backbreakers and suplexes. Chavo, however, starts to fight back, prompting Masters to knee him in the midsection, then take him up and drive him down with a pendulum backbreaker! Masters isn’t done there though, as he keeps Chavo across his knee, turning it into a submission hold! The crowd cheers Chavo, trying to will him on as he refuses to submit, before he eventually uses what little energy he has to fight free with a wild flurry of punches and knees that strike Masters in the skull enough to stun him. With the window for a comeback seemingly now open, Chavo runs off to the ropes, then comes back … right into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker from Masters! ‘The Masterpiece’ hooks the leg … two!
Chavo just kicks out at the last moment, frustrating Masters to the point where he starts to scream at the referee that it should have been three. With Chavo now back up to his hands and knees, Masters turns … right into a kick to the midsection. Having gained a sniff, Chavo starts to pepper away on the skull of Masters with some right hands, before going for an Irish whip, only for Masters to reverse … then lift Chavo up into a military press on the rebound! The crowd looks on in awe … when Chavo suddenly slips down and takes ‘Piece over with a sunset flip … two! Stunned, Masters climbs back up to his ropes and turns … right into a headscissors takedown from Chavo! Dazed, Masters staggers across into some knife edge chops from Chavo, who weakens Masters enough to send him off with an Irish whip, before catching him with a beautiful dropkick on the rebound! Chavo hooks the leg … two!
Stunned, Masters looks to create some space, rolling to the corner before picking himself up … and turning right into a corner dropkick from Chavo! ‘The Masterpiece’ tries to stagger away, only for Chavo to jump up to the second rope and grab him around the head … tornado DDT … no! Masters pushes Chavo off … but Chavo lands on his feet! Masters looks shocked, charging at his opponent and looking for a clothesline, only for Guerrero to duck … backslide … two! Both men pop back up, with Chavo quickly scoring with a kick to the midsection … DDT … no! Masters powers out of the front face lock to send Chavo over with a back body drop! Tending to his back, Chavo staggers back into the corner, prompting Masters to charge in at him … but Chavo stuns him with a boot to the jaw! Chavo is quickly up to the second rope … tornado DDT! Guerrero lands a perfect tornado DDT! Chavo makes the cover … two!
Chavo can’t believe it, making sure it was only two … before signalling for the end! The crowd cheers as Chavo shakes his hips, then waits as Masters gets up … before booting him in the midsection and hitting a suplex! The crowd pops as Chavo rolls the hips, getting up … to hit a second suplex! Another pop as Chavo pulls Masters up against … Three Amigos … no! Masters lands on his feet behind Chavo, then pushes him off to the ropes … Polish hammer! Masters drives his elbow through the jaw of Chavo! Chavo goes down in a heap, looking completely out of it as Masters hooks the leg … two! Chavo just kicks out! This time it’s Masters’ turn to show his surprise, before turning back to Chavo … and declaring it Masterlock time! The boos comes in from the crowd as Chavo staggers back up to his feet … right into the clutches of Masters … but Chavo wraps his legs back around the midsection of Masters, then rolls him up … two!
Both men spring back up … Chavo boots Masters in the midsection, then delivers a suplex! Chavo leaves Masters down in the middle of the ring … then points to the corner! The crowd goes nuts as Chavo goes to the top rope, then points up towards the heavens … before leaping off for the Frog Splash … Masters rolls out of the way … but Chavo rolls through! Both men spring back up, Chavo making the first move as he charges at Masters … Polish hammer … no! Chavo ducks, then rebounds off the ropes … and comes back to nail the running Liger kick! Masters is damn near knocked out in the middle of the ring … allowing Chavo to now head for the corner once again! Chavo makes his way up top, before looking down at Masters … and jumping down to nail him with the Frog Splash! Guerrero hooks the leg … and gets the three count!
Winner: Chavo Guerrero via pinfall @ 9:24
Here is your winner, Chavo Guerrero!
Having pulled off an impressive win, Chavo springs back up to his feet to have his hand raised by the referee. A smile on his face, Guerrero plays it up to the crowd, while also signalling that the gold could be his next week.
A big win for Chavo Guerrero to bounce back from failing to capture the Money in the Bank briefcase last night, and gentlemen, he is now rolling towards his Intercontinental Title match next week.
I’ll admit, that was impressive from Chavo, but he still doesn’t have anything on Rene Dupree. What about Gregory Helms? He deserves a title match too!
Based on what we just saw, ‘Coach’, I don’t see how you could say anyone besides Chavo deserves an Intercontinental Title shot. That’s gonna be a great match next week!
We now cut backstage … to see Rob Van Dam walking down a corridor, presumably heading for the ring.
Well that’s next week, but up next we’ll be hearing from RVD following his loss to The Undertaker last night. What will he have to say? Find out next here on Monday Night RAW.
Off we head to an ad break.
We return from the break back at ringside.
*ONE OF A KIND*
The crowd breaks out into an absolutely MASSIVE ovation as none other than ‘Mr. Monday Night’ Rob Van Dam
makes his way out onto the stage. RVD looks more serious than usual, although he can’t help but smile at the reception he receives.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, Rob Van Dam!
It was twenty-four hours ago now that RVD went into the biggest match of his career with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 22. While many said RVD was without a chance, last night RVD showed what he was made of, taking The Undertaker to the limit, before ultimately falling to him.
Joe, you’ve been talkin’ RVD up for the past day, and I gotta admit, yeah, he put up a better effort last night than I thought he would, but the fact of the matter is that he still lost. He’s a loser, and he’s lucky that Mr. Bischoff has let him in the Allstate Arena here tonight.
RVD may have been a loser in your eyes, ‘Coach’, but I guarantee in the eyes of most people, what RVD did last night makes him far from a loser. I can’t wait to see what he has to say here tonight.
After doing his classic RVD thumb taunt, RVD gets a little more serious as he walks down the remainder of the ramp to climb up into the ring. With a microphone in hand, ‘Mr. Monday Night’ now takes up a spot in the centre of the ring, and waits for his music to die down.
Rob Van Dam:
The crowd instantly cuts off RVD, any sound he makes drowned out by the booming chants of “R – V – D! R – V – D! R – V – D!” Despite usually soaking up the reaction, RVD appears to be more serious tonight, looking to press on.
Rob Van Dam:
Van Dam is once again cut off by the massive chants, leaving him able to do nothing but look around the Allstate Arena, before casually shrugging and taking a bow. This sends the crowd into an absolute frenzy, clapping RVD on until he raises his hand up to motion to them to turn it down a notch.
Rob Van Dam:
Over the past twenty-four hours, there’s been a lot of talk about last night. There’s been talk about what happened, about how it happened. There’s been talk about the winners, the losers, the stars, the former champions, the new champions, the failed challengers and the reigning champions. Heck, there’s even been talk about WrestleMania 23, and about what people want to accomplish by then.
A minute pop as RVD drops his arm down beside him and looks to the mat, before raising the microphone up again and looking up.
Rob Van Dam:
But most of all … most of all there’s been talk … about me
A respectful cheer from the crowd, although RVD doesn’t pause, wanting to continue.
Rob Van Dam:
Now, before I go any further, let me just say that last night … last night was, without a doubt, the biggest night of my career. Last night was a chance to make my career, to make me
something. To make it special. Last night was a chance for me to get rid of the tag of being ‘the greatest wrestler to never hold a world title’. I’ve told you guys before, but I don’t think I can say it enough, I hate
being known as that. I hate being known as the guy who couldn’t quite get it done, which is exactly why I decided to come back and try to change that. That’s why when I came back, I decided that I was gonna get rid of that tag, one way or another.
A small pop from the crowd as the intensity of RVD picks up, with ‘Mr. Monday Night’ now pacing around the ring.
Rob Van Dam:
It all started back when I was injured last January. Now, originally, I didn’t think too much of it. It was just one of those unfortunate things that happens. I was gonna spend six months on the sidelines, and I was gonna come back better than ever. That was until I was drafted here to Monday Night RAW.
A mixed reaction from the crowd due to it sounding like RVD is insulting RAW.
Rob Van Dam:
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love it here on RAW. I think it’s a great place to be, but obviously, others didn’t wanna see me here. My first night here, I came out, and I was a special guest on a little thing called Carlito’s Cabana.
Heat from the crowd for the mention of Carlito.
Rob Van Dam:
Apparently we didn’t hear Carlito talk enough already, so he needed his own show. Who knew?
Cheers and laughter from the crowd at the expense of poor ‘Lito.
Rob Van Dam:
Anyway, I came out here for my first night on RAW, and I was excited. I was excited for the opportunity. I hadn’t been on RAW in over a year, and I was only a couple of months away from my return from my knee injury. I thought I was ready to make an impact on my new home, but obviously Carlito disagreed. He told me that I was old, that I was past it and that I was just standing in the way of the younger more talented guys like him. He said that because I had never held a world title, I had no right to stand in his way … so he attacked me. He attacked my knee, and he put me out for another six months.
Heat from the crowd, who obviously don’t approve of the actions of Carlito. Raising his hand to recognise this, Van Dam looks to continue.
Rob Van Dam:
Now, like you guys, at first, I was mad. I was pissed off. I had come out here on RAW, looking to make it my new home, only to not just be insulted, but also to be attacked physically when I was already injured. I thought that was weak … but
… the more I thought about it, the more I thought Carlito had a point. In a way … Carlito was right.
A mixed reaction comes in from the crowd, who seem unsure how to react.
Rob Van Dam:
What Carlito said made me angry, but I wasn’t angry at him. I was angry at myself. For a decade and a half I had been in this industry, workin’ my ass off and puttin’ on the best damn matches I could. People would come up to me and say “Dude, RVD, I love watchin’ you wrestle. You’re great man. You’re one of my favourites.” But y’know what? For all of that, I was exactly what Carlito said. I was a guy who had been here for what seemed like an eternity, but I still
hadn’t succeeded. I still
hadn’t broken the glass ceiling. I was still
gonna be that guy … the greatest wrestler to never win a world title.
Another mixed reaction rolls in from the crowd.
Rob Van Dam:
So I set myself an aim. The doctors said I wouldn’t be back until after WrestleMania 22 – screw ‘em. I decided I was gonna make it back for the Royal Rumble, and I was gonna give myself a chance to win myself my first world title. And I got there. I got to the Royal Rumble, and I gave it everything I had, only to be eliminated by The Undertaker.
A mixed reaction comes in for this, with the crowd obviously not happy that RVD failed to win the Royal Rumble, despite liking The Undertaker.
Rob Van Dam:
Now even though The Undertaker eliminated me from the Royal Rumble, I wasn’t mad at him. I knew he was just doing what he had to do to try to win. No, I was mad … at myself … again.
Another mixed reaction rolls in from the crowd as Van Dam presses on.
Rob Van Dam:
The Undertaker did nothing wrong – he was just trying to win like everybody else. I was the one that let myself down. I was the one that cost myself the shot at becoming world champion. I was the one who cost myself the chance to lose that tag … so I had to be the one to try to fix that. I was the one who had to do something drastic … I was the one who had to make the first move on … The Undertaker.
Van Dam starts to pace around the ring, a wry smile appearing on his face.
Rob Van Dam:
They say that The Undertaker is unbeatable at WrestleMania, and going into last night, he was. He was undefeated – thirteen and oh at WrestleMania. The dude’s got an impressive record, but I knew, I knew
that if I could beat him, then I wouldn’t be known as the guy who’s failed to win a world title, no … I’d be known as the guy who did the impossible … I’d be known as the one to end The Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania.
Another mixed reception comes from the crowd.
Rob Van Dam:
And y’know, goin’ into last night, I thought I could do it. I thought I could be the one to end The Undertaker’s streak. Not once, but twice
I had left ‘The Deadman’ layin’ in the week before WrestleMania, so why couldn’t I do it again? Why couldn’t I make my mark on the grandest stage of ‘em all? Why couldn’t I be … the one? All of these thoughts were rushin’ through my head when I went out there last night, and I gave it everything I had. I gave The Undertaker everything
, and for a split second, I thought I had him beat. I thought I had ended the streak … but it wasn’t to be. The Undertaker beat me, and now … now some are saying that I’m just another name to have fallen to The Undertaker. Now my legacy will be left as one of the guys who weren’t good enough to end ‘The Deadman’s’ streak. Some people believe that … but I don’t.
A good cheer is emitted from the crowd.
Rob Van Dam:
No, I believe that last night, I did to The Undertaker what no other man has done before. I believe I took The Undertaker to the limit at WrestleMania. I believe I performed on the big stage. I believe I showed that I have what it takes to become a world champion!
The crowd releases a massive pop in response to that.
Rob Van Dam:
Everyone’s talkin’ about what they wanna do before WrestleMania 23? Fine, here’s mine – after proving I have what it takes last night, come some time in the next year, the name on the WWE Title won’t be Edge, it won’t be Kurt Angle … it won’t even be John Cena … no, it’ll be everybody’s faourite superstar … R – V – D!
After saying his initials along with him, the crowd continues to cheer ‘Mr. Monday Night’, until …
“KENNY! JOHNNY! MITCH! NICKY! MIKEY! AND WE ARE … THE SPIRIT SQUAD!”
The crowd erupts into heat for the arrival of The Spirit Squad
, who bounce out onto the stage, led by Kenny Doane. The music of the Squad doesn’t last long, as Kenny, who has a mic, quickly goes to talk on his way down the ramp.
Cut the music! Cut the music!
The boos of the crowd can be clearly heard now as the music cuts off. Meanwhile, Doane and his squad slowly make their way down the ramp.
Rob Van Dam. You think you have a shot at becoming WWE Champion? You really
think that after last night, you, you
have a shot at becoming WWE Champion?
Rob Van Dam:
Yeah, I do. You got a problem with that?
Personally, yeah, we do, but we’re not the only ones. No, y’see, others a little higher up the chain who, let’s just say, have a little part in the decision making when it comes to the title challengers have problems with that too. But for that certain individual, as we’ll call them, that’s not gonna be a problem, because me and my boys here, we’re gonna take care of you right here tonight, Spirit Squad style.
Some of heat from the crowd as The Spirit Squad makes it to the ringside area and begins to surround the ring.
Rob Van Dam:
I’m not here to wrestle tonight, but y’know what dude? Fine. I’d be happy to smoke your asses so bad, you’ll feel like you’ve just left one of your cheerleading lessons.
A pop for the fearless Van Dam, who drops the microphone by the wayside and motions for The Spirit Squad to bring it, only for Kenny to once again speak.
Hold on, hold on … Van Dam, did you just say you’re not
here to wrestle?
Van Dam, dressed in his casual clothes, nods his head, still continuing to tell The Spirit Squad to bring it.
I guess you never got the memo. That certain someone we were talkin’ about before … he changed his mind. You’re in action tonight … against the five of us!
The heat is massive as Doane and his squad jump up onto the apron.
Referee … come on down here and do your job.
The heat continues as the referee comes out from the back to make his way down the ramp … when Van Dam comes out of nowhere with a right hand to the face of Doane! The crowd goes nuts as Van Dam sends the 20 year old from the apron, before turning and nailing Johnny, Mitch, Nicky AND Mikey too! Van Dam knocks all of The Spirit Squad members down to the floor! The referee, who has only just climbed into the ring, tries to tell Van Dam to get back into the corner as The Spirit Squad gathers at ringside … but Van Dam defies his orders, charging right past him to run at the ropes … then crash down onto The Spirit Squad with a phenomenal somersault plancha! Van Dam wipes the whole damn Spirit Squad out, sending them sprawling any which way on the floor! The crowd goes absolutely ballistic as Van Dam gets back to his feet and raises his arms up, leading us into a commercial break.
We make it back from the break to luckily hear the sound of the bell ringing.
Match Five – One On Five Handicap Tag Match:
Rob Van Dam vs. The Spirit Squad
It’s Kenny Doane who looks to start things off against Van Dam, trying to lead by example as his cheerleader buddies stand on the apron. Taking an instant issue with Van Dam, Doane comes forward and begins to talk some smack, shouting at his opponent “You wanna disrespect Mr. Bischoff? You wanna disrespect me? You wanna disrespect Monday Night RAW?” SMACK! Doane slaps Van Dam right on the cheek! The crowd voices their disapproval, booing the arrogant Doane heavily, only for Doane to smirk arrogantly … until Van Dam suddenly knocks him down with a big right hand! The crowd erupts as an angered Van Dam knocks Doane down a few more times with right hands, Doane rising back up into a new one each and every time, until Van Dam presses Doane into the ropes, then sends him off with an Irish whip … before grabbing him by the back of the head and throwing him clean over the top rope on the rebound!
The rest of The Spirit Squad see this as code to climb into the ring, Johnny leading the charge into a turning Van Dam, who collects him with a right hand, then Mikey with a right, before Mitch and Nicky with a pair of kicks. Fired up, Van Dam motions at the four illegal men to bring it … only for Kenny Doane to slide into the ring behind him and take him down with a clubbing blow to the back! Like a pack of wolves, the other four Spirit Squad members now join Kenny in stomping down onto Van Dam until the referee finally regains order and gets the four illegal men out of the ring.
Despite it being back to a one on one contest in the ring, Van Dam finds himself on the receiving end of a beating for the next few minutes, with The Spirit Squad tagging one another in and out frequently, keeping fresh as they put the hurtin’ on ‘Mr. Monday Night’. Not too concerned with pinning Van Dam, The Spirit Squad instead look to put RVD through as much pain as possible, all while looking like the jackasses that they are. This is illustrated no more clearly then when, following being tagged in by Nicky, Mikey is Irish whipped into the corner by his partner after Van Dam to drill him with a big jumping forearm to the head. However, rather than go for a cover, the eccentric Mondo decides to bounce around the ring and antagonise the crowd, doing all he can to get under their skin. The tactic proves effective on the crowd, drawing a lot of heat … until Mondo turns around and suddenly finds himself on the receiving end of a right to the midsection from Van Dam! The boos of the crowd quickly turn into cheers as RVD lands a few more right hand blows, before getting back to his feet and backing Mondo into the ropes with a flurry of kicks to the ribs.
Having gained a second wind, Van Dam tries to keep things going by sending Mikey off with an Irish whip … but he bends down for a back body drop prematurely, allowing Mikey to boot him right in the chest! Van Dam reels back, allowing Mikey time to regather himself, before going for a kick to the midsection … but RVD catches his boot … then steps over Mikey’s leg and nails the windmill kick! Van Dam kicks Mikey right in the face! The crowd gives a great cheer as both men go down, lying next to one another on the mat for a moment before they eventually begin to stir. Mikey is headed toward his corner, looking for one of his partners to tag in, while Van Dam, partnerless, can only try to pull himself to the ropes to look for assistance in getting up. Slowly but surely, both men inch closer and closer to their destinations … and just as RVD gets to his feet, Mikey tags in Kenny Doane!
Eager to go on the attack, Doane comes charging into the ring … right into a big right hand from RVD, knocking him down! Doane springs back up, only to be peppered with right hands from Van Dam, backing him all of the way back up into the ropes, allowing him to be sent off with an Irish whip … and bounce back into a back body drop from RVD! Doane gets up, clasping at his back gingerly, only for Van Dam to take him back down with a clothesline! ‘Mr. Monday Night’ is rolling as he sends Doane into the corner now, before charging in … corner spinning heel kick to the jaw of Doane! Kenny falls away, allowing RVD to head up to the top rope quickly … when Nicky charges along the apron, but RVD leaps through the air to take Nicky off the apron with a thrust kick right to the button! Van Dam then rushes across to The Spirit Squad corner to take down the remaining cheerleaders with right hands, allowing him an open path to go across and take Kenny down with a front slam.
Having put Kenny down just in front of the corner, Van Dam steps over the body of his opponent … then jumps up to the top rope and comes back with an amazing split legged moonsault! Van Dam hooks the leg of Doane … two! Kenny just kicks out! Van Dam can’t believe it, looking up at the referee in shock, before looking down at Doane and, perhaps thinking rolling thunder, taking off to the ropes … only to be tripped up by Mitch Mitchell as he looks to bounce off the ropes! Mitch tries to drag Van Dam to the floor, only for RVD to fight free, kicking him away from the apron! Van Dam then turns to go up to the top rope, slowly making his way up … bam! Johnny Jeter comes out of nowhere to hit RVD with the Johnny-Go-Round kick, knocking him clean off the top rope! The crowd can’t believe it, looking on in shock as RVD sags down to the mat, leaving Kenny Doane able to head up to the top rope … then come crashing down onto Van Dam with the Sky High Leg Drop! Kenny makes the cover … and gets the three!
Winners: The Spirit Squad via pinfall @ 7:24
Here are your winners, The Spi-
Lilian is suddenly cut off in the ring, as the celebrations have been cut short in the ring … with The Spirit Squad now looking to continue to assault RVD! The heinous henchmen of the General Manager ignore the pleas of the referee, going back to the downed body of RVD to continue to stomp away! The raucous crowd voices their displeasure, hurling abuse at The Spirit Squad, only for the Squad to continue their assault, showing no remorse whatsoever. Dancing around like a bunch of fools, The Spirit Squad agitate the crowd even more … when Kenny Doane suddenly stops them and heads to the outside! The four other members of The Spirit Squad look on as Kenny heads to the ringside area … and grabs a steel chair!
The heat is simply monstrous as Kenny snaps the steel chair up, sneering at the ringside staff as he does so, before rolling back into the ring. The other four members of The Spirit Squad look on gleefully as Kenny waits, armed with the chair, looking on at RVD getting up, before cracking him over the skull … no! No! RVD ducks the steel chair shot, leaving Doane to hit nothing but thin air … before turning … SMACK! RVD nails Kenny with the Van Daminator! RVD sends the steel chair right back into the face of Kenny!
The crowd erupts into a massive pop as Kenny goes rolling from the ring, leaving the other Spirit Squad members to panic as RVD eyes them off, turning from side to side … BAM! RVD is cleaned up out of nowhere … by Tyson Tomko! Tomko comes from nowhere to damn near take RVD’s head off with a big boot straight through his skull!
The heat continues, when …
“I SPIT IN DA FACE OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT TO BE COOL”
The heat goes up a notch for the sound of the Caribbean beat as Carlito
saunters his way out onto the stage, tossing his trademark apple up and down. Not looking at all rushed by the situation, the Caribbean calmly makes his way down the ramp, before climbing into the ring, sending The Spirit Squad rolling from the ring. Tomko, however, remains in the ring, standing over RVD’s still body as Carlito looks out to the crowd. Not a care in the world, ‘Lito tosses his apple up and down in his hand, staring down at it, before smirking and instructing Tomko to lift RVD up. ‘The Problem Solver’ listens too, scooping Van Dam’s limp body up off the ground and pinning his arms behind his back as Carlito paces around the ring ever so casually. Taking his time to bask in the moment, Carlito ignores the crowd as he paces around, before turning to Van Dam and beginning to playfully slap him.
The crowd continues to voice their disapproval as Carlito now backs away, then looks at his apple once again, before taking a bite of his apple … AND TURNING TO SPIT IT RIGHT BACK IN THE FACE OF RVD! The crowd can’t believe the audacity of Carlito, who glances down at his apple, before tossing it away … and suddenly turning RVD to nail him with the Backcracker! Carlito drives his knees into the back of RVD with the Backcracker! The heat is absolutely off the charts as Carlito and Tyson Tomko stand over RVD, when …
The heat picks up EVEN MORE, if possible, as the General Manager, Eric Bischoff
comes out with a microphone already in hand. Bischoff, unlike Carlito, appears to be in a hurry, talking over his music.
You think last night doesn’t matter, RVD? You think you’re going to get a title shot after last night? You have got to be out of your mind!
Big heat from the crowd as Bischoff approaches the ringside area.
Last night when you lost, Van Dam, you didn’t just embarrass yourself. You embarrassed me
! You made me
look bad! You made me
look like the loser! As a matter of fact, you’re
the reason I’m on probation! Do you have any idea what it feels like to have your job on the line each and every night? Huh? Do you? Was that a no? Well you’re going to.
Bischoff, having climbed up the steel steps, swings into the ring and stands next to Carlito and Tomko over the body of Van Dam.
At Backlash, you’re going to be going one on one with this man, Carlito!
A big mixed reaction comes from the crowd for the match announcement.
And if you lose this time, trust me, you’re going to think it’s a big deal, because if you lose, you’re gonna feel what I feel. If you lose to Carlito at Backlash, RVD, you are going to be fired
Absolutely massive heat as Carlito applauds the announcement.
For you, Van Dam, the glitz, the glamour, your career
… it’s all over … your backlash … is coming.
The arena remains relatively silent following those chilling words from Bischoff, leaving us nothing to do but look on at Bischoff, Carlito and Tomko standing over the still body of RVD as we head to a commercial break.
We return from the break to join our commentary team at ringside.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Monday Night RAW, where we still have The Cutting Edge, hosted by the WWE Champion, Edge, to come, but right now we’re still reeling off what we saw before the break.
Reeling Joe? Maybe it’s just me, but I’m basking in what we just saw! What a great announcement by our General Manager, Mr. Eric Bischoff!
Great isn’t the word I’d personally go with, ‘Coach’, especially not when it comes to Eric Bischoff.
Hey, he’s your boss, babyboy, so I’d watch my mouth if I were you.
You’re right, ‘Coach’, but honestly, I’d be a little more impartial if Eric Bischoff himself was.
What have you got to complain about? Mr. Bischoff made a great match for Backlash!
It may be a great match, but the stipulation on it is another thing. Personally, I don’t think it’s fair, nor do I think what Bischoff just did is fair.
Well, I guess whether we like it or not, in four weeks time at Backlash RVD’s career WILL be on the line when he takes on Carlito. However, for now we must put that at the back of our minds, as right now we’re going to take a look back at last night’s war between Triple H and Shawn Michaels. This match was as personal as any as I’ve ever seen, and, well, we’ll let you see it for yourself. I must warn you, the following images are graphic.
We see footage of the most violent parts of the Triple H/Shawn Michaels No Holds Barred Match, including when Shawn Michaels jumps off the stage onto Triple H, when Michaels hangs Triple H with the steel chain, when Michaels goes through the announce table, and finally, when Triple H ends Michaels with a Pedigree onto the steel steps, before crushing Michaels’ skull with his trusty sledgehammer, exacting his revenge. From there we cut back to ringside.
Unbelievable. Now, as you’ve seen tonight, Shawn Michaels and Triple H are not in the building. Originally, we had no idea how long both men would be away, but we have just heard that Triple H will indeed be here next week. There has been no update on the condition of Shawn Michaels, however.
I can’t believe Triple H wants to come back. After what he did to Shawn Michaels last night, he should be too ashamed to show his face around here again.
Shawn Michaels was trying to hurt Triple H just as badly, ‘Coach’. It was just Shawn who was the unlucky one.
Unlucky? Triple H set out to take Shawn Michaels out. Luck has nothing to do with it. Triple H should be locked up for what he did last night!
A preview for The Cutting Edge pops up on the screen.
Well ladies and gentlemen, that’s next week, but up next we’ll see the WWE Champion, Edge, coming off his successful title defence at WrestleMania, here in this ring for a very special edition of The Cutting Edge with a special surprise guest. That’s next here on Monday Night RAW, so don’t you go anywhere.
It’s time for a break.
We return from the break to instantly hear …
“YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME”
The Allstate Arena erupts with boos as smoke begins to fill the entranceway. Sure enough, this brings about the arrival of the WWE Champion, Edge
, who steps through the smoke wearing his casual clothes, title over his shoulder and his girlfriend Lita
on his arm. After pausing to peer out at the crowd through his sunglasses, a satisfied smirk appears on the face of the champ, prompting him to make his way down the ramp.
Twenty-four hours ago, this man Edge walked into the biggest match of his career, defending the WWE Title against not just John Cena, but also Kurt Angle at WrestleMania 22. While his actions in the match were questionable, you cannot argue with the results. Edge is STILL the WWE Champion.
Whoa, whoa. His actions were questionable? All Edge did was proved that he’s as smart as he says he is. You did get one thing right though, Joe – Edge is still the champ.
I have to agree with Joey, but at the end of the day, Edge still got the job done, and boy, is he about to tell us.
The WWE Champion makes his way down the ramp to slide into the ring, soon joined by his girlfriend who takes the steel steps in. With a microphone now in hand, Edge stands amongst the set of The Cutting Edge and looks out to the crowd. With the music fading away, all we are left to hear is the intense heat that the crowd is just pouring on, causing Edge to look to the mat with a smile on his face. Taking a moment, Edge seems to be composing himself, before he suddenly looks back up.
Y’know, this is starting to seem like a common theme ever since I became the WWE Champion, but it’s just gotta be said … I told you so.
A gleeful smile comes across the face of the WWE Champion as he looks out to the crowd.
I told you so.
The heat is great as Edge smiles to himself, then turns to one side of the arena.
I told you so.
The boos continue to roll in as he turns to another.
I told you so.
Once again, more boos from the crowd as Edge turns to the next side of the Allstate Arena.
I told you so.
Finally, Edge comes to the quadrant on the same side as the hard camera.
Iiiiiiiiiiiiiii told you so.
The heat continues, although Edge doesn’t really wait for it now, looking to get on with what he has to say.
I told ALL
of you so. I told everyone
. Everyone here tonight, everyone in Chicago, and everyone watching at home. I told everyone
that I would beat John Cena and Kurt Angle.
A mixed reaction from the crowd, who pop for Cena and Angle, but boo due to Edge bragging about beating them.
And yet you people- you didn’t believe me. You thought I was lying. You thought I was wrong. You thought there was no way, absolutely no way that I could beat Kurt Angle. You thought there was no way that I could beat John Cena. You’ve thought that all along. Yeah, that’s right, ever since I won – or should I say stole
, Joey Styles? – the WWE Title.
Some moderate heat from the crowd for Edge mocking both them and Joey Styles.
Ever since I became WWE Champion, people haven’t been talking about me or how good my reign has been, despite the fact that I am the most watched champion in the past five years. Oh no, they haven’t been talking about that. No, they’ve been talking about when I’m going to lose this title. Ever since I beat John Cena to become WWE Champion, it’s been about when I’m going to lose. At first, it was just supposed to be a couple of weeks. Apparently winning the Money in the Bank Ladder Match wasn’t enough to earn me this WWE Title. When I cashed in my briefcase and became champion, people said I didn’t earn this title, that I just took advantage of an opportunity and that I wasn’t good enough to be champion. They even said … they even said that the moment I’d have to defend my title, I’d lose it, because I was out of my depth.
Edge pauses momentarily as the crowd remains relatively quiet.
My first title defence would come just eight days after I won the title. Can you imagine that? Eight days. Most champions, they don’t want to defend their title, but not me. No, I’m a fighting champion.
The crowd reacts badly to this, knowing that Edge is obviously not the fighting champion that he claims to be.
So just eight days after becoming champion, I put my title on the line in not just any match, but in a Street Fight, against Ric Flair.
Cries of “WOOOOOOOOO!” come from the crowd for the mention of Flair.
That’s right … Ric Flair.
The crowd screams out “WOOOOOOOOOO!” once again as Edge starts to chuckle to himself.
My first title defence was against Ric Flair … a guy who’s what – 200 years old? And you still
thought I’d lose? I mean, don’t get me wrong, Ric Flair can still wrestle, but personally, I agree with Gregory Helms. Ric Flair … he’s past it, whereas I … I
am in the prime of my career.
Some more heat from the crowd for the arrogance of the WWE Champion.
But beating Ric Flair in his hometown wasn’t enough for you people, was it? You still said I didn’t deserve the title, that I was a fluke champion. You said I’d lose the title the next time I defended it, and what do you know, my next defence was at the Royal Rumble, against a guy who you people said that, quite simply, one on one, I couldn’t beat. That’s right, my next title defence was against John Cena.
A huge mixed reaction comes from the crowd for the mention of Cena, which Edge pauses to allow.
That’s right, the guy I had already beaten to capture the WWE Title in the first place … John Cena.
Some great heat from the crowd now as Edge looks to press on.
But despite that … despite the fact that I had already beaten Cena, going into the match, you people told me that I didn’t have a chance. That trying to beat Cena was hopeless, because, quite simply, he was better than me. He was better than everyone. He had held the WWE Title for nine months, and in that time, he had beaten the likes of JBL. He had beaten Kurt Angle. He had even run Chris Jericho out of the WWE. He had done all of that and more, but still, when it came to the Royal Rumble, he couldn’t beat … me
Even more heat pours in from the crowd, only for Edge to ignore it, smiling for a moment and scratching at his face, before pressing on.
But even though I beat him … even though I pinned his shoulders to the mat, one two three in the middle of the ring and proved that I was the better man, that wasn’t enough for Cena. But it wasn’t just Cena either. Oh no, apparently Kurt Angle, despite never earning a title match, apparently he wanted to come along for the ride too at WrestleMania 22.
Edge takes a deep breath, then, with a slight sign of a smile on his face, starts to pace around the ring for a moment.
Y’know Chicago, I- I’ve gotta level with you. I … I love this place.
A stifled cheap pop comes from the crowd.
I absolutely love this place. But not for the people … no … personally, I think you’re all pigs.
Some huge heat comes in now, only for Edge to ignore it and continue.
And it’s not for the actual city itself either. I mean, there’s a lot of names I think of when I think of Chicago before the Windy City.
Some more top-notch heat rolls in.
No, the reason … the reason I love this place is because last night, here in the Allstate Arena, I finally, finally
made sure that John Cena and Kurt Angle would never
get a shot at my
WWE Title ever again.
The heat continues as Edge smiles about his victory.
Y’see, Cena and Angle, they should have never got a shot against me at WrestleMania in the first place. They never earned a shot against me. I mean, let’s take John Cena first. Like I told you, I already beat him. He can whine and complain about how I beat him, but the fact of the matter is I beat him, and that means that he should have gone to the back of the line.
Some decent heat, though Edge looks to continue on.
Now as far as Kurt Angle goes, he should have already been at the back of the line when I became champion. Why? Because he’s a loser. He never earned a title shot. He lost to John Cena every time he faced him for the title. He lost at the Royal Rumble, and just like always, last night at WrestleMania 22, he lost again. Time for you to join Cena and the other losers at the back of the line now, Kurt.
The boos just keep on rolling in as Edge chuckles away to himself, before continuing.
So I guess … I guess this brings me to tonight. And I guess you people, you’re wondering what tonight is about. You’re wondering why I’m hosting this very special edition of The Cutting Edge. And most of all, you’re wondering just who my special surprise guest is. And y’see, I would … I would answer that last question if I could, but I can’t. I really can’t, because that’s not what tonight is about. No, tonight is about surprises. Tonight is about fresh beginnings, and that’s exactly what we’re gonna get here on The Cutting Edge.
The crowd starts to murmur, wondering who it could be.
Y’see, I am so sick, SO SICK of seeing Cena and Angle out here, that I’ve decided tonight, I’m going to have myself a surprise guest. The only rule is that their name can’t be John Cena or Kurt Angle.
Heat comes in from the crowd, who aren’t fans of that announcement.
So if anyone, anyone at all in the back has the guts to step in the ring with the WWE Champion, then here’s your chance. Come on down … I dare you.
Silence for a moment, until …
*MY TIME IS NOW*
A HUGE reaction of mostly cheers from the crowd as none other than John Cena
charges out onto the stage. With a slight sign of a smile on his face, Cena nods a the fans, before charging down the ramp and sliding in the ring to grab a microphone.
No! No, no, no, no, no! NO!
Heat from the crowd as Edge cuts Cena off before he can even raise the microphone up.
Did you … did you not hear me? Did you not listen to what I have to say? You’re not welcome out here, Cena! I’m done with you!
The crowd unloads with boos, although all Cena does is smile.
It’s okay, Edge. I know, I know, I’m not on the guest list, and I probably don’t meet the dress code here either – who knows what weird stuff you guys are planning on doing? – but I still came out here because I heard you talking, and I realised I had to straighten a few things out.
The crowd cheers, anticipating what Cena is going to say.
First of all, Edge … I agree with you. You did earn the right to challenge for the WWE Title whenever you wanted by winning the Money in the Bank Ladder Match back at WrestleMania 21. You didn’t steal anything. You beat me for the WWE Title fair and square.
A mixed reaction is emitted from the crowd, who aren’t quite sure what to do. Edge, however, breaks out into a big ol’ grin, looking mighty proud of himself.
John Cena: But
… since then, you haven’t beaten me once. Not one on one. So, to me, that means I still have my rematch.
The cheer that comes in from the crowd is quickly cut off, as Edge interrupts.
I haven’t beaten you one on one? Cena, did I hit you a bit too hard last night or something? I pinned you back at the Royal Rumble.
You may have pinned me, but that certainly wasn’t one on one. Your little manbitch standin’ there next to you made it a handicap match.
A huge cheer comes in from the crowd at the expense of Lita, who is absolutely fuming.
Oh, very funny, Cena, very funny, but y’know what? Even if that’s true, it doesn’t matter because I beat not just you, but also Kurt Angle last night.
You may have pinned me last night, but you sure as hell didn’t beat me. Kurt Angle … well, Kurt Angle almost
Edge goes to talk once again, only for Cena to hold his hand up to stop him.
Look, we can go on all night, but it doesn’t make a difference. All your excuses, they don’t matter to me. I get that you’re sick of me, but that doesn’t matter to me either. All that matters to me is regaining that WWE Title, and until I get that chance, one on one, you’re gonna be seein’ a hell of a lot more of me. I worked my ass off so I could win that title, and yeah, I may have lost it, but until I get rematch, until I get my chance to regain what I worked for my entire life, I’m gonna be right here, gettin’ in your face and kickin’ your ass!
The crowd gives a huge pop for the intense Cena.
That title may just be some prize for you to show off, but to me it means a helluva lot more. To me that title is everything I’ve worked for. To me that title is my life, and you better be damn sure that I’ll be doin’ everything I can to get a rematch, to regain that title so I can once again say those four words that mean so much to me. You better be DAMN SURE I’ll be workin’ my ass off until I can once again say that the champ … is here.
Another huge pop is emitted from the crowd as Cena leans in.
So what’s it gonna be, champ
? Do I have my rematch yet?
The audience buzzes with anticipation, until …
The shocked crowd turns to the stage, before exploding with another MASSIVE reaction as Kurt Angle
bursts out onto the stage. A microphone already in hand, Angle talks as he storms down the ramp.
Stop! Stop! Hold on just a damn minute! Don’t either of you say another word!
Angle’s music cuts out as the Olympian continues on down the ramp.
Did I hear that right? You want a match against Edge, Cena? You really think you deserve a title match?
Ya heard right, Kurt.
Last I checked, you were the one pinned last night. Now I might agree that Edge didn’t deserve to be the one to win last night, but that doesn’t mean you should be the one getting the rematch.
Angle now swings his way up into the ring, then gets right in Edge’s face.
Kurt Angle: I
A huge mixed reaction comes in from the crowd.
Kurt Angle: I
was the one Edge attacked at the Royal Rumble. I
was the one who didn’t get pinned last night. And I’m
the one who still hasn’t got a one on one match for the WWE Title against him. If anyone’s getting a title match, it’s gonna be me!
We’ll just see about that.
Cena and Angle now go nose to nose, getting right in one another’s face! The crowd absolutely eats it up, going crazy as the electricity runs through the air, until Edge suddenly interrupts.
Hey! Hey! Enough!
The crowd turns on Edge, showering him with boos for interrupting the confrontation.
That’s … that’s enough! I have had enough of this! You two can go off and do your own thing, I don’t care, but right now I’m asking a guest, a new
guest to come out so I can have the show I intended to have.
And with that, we all begin to wait …
The crowd breaks out into a massively heated reaction as the General Manager, Eric Bischoff
strides out onto the stage, a microphone already in hand. Not worrying about the reaction, Bischoff immediately goes to talk.
Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright. Quieten down!
This only causes the boos to pick up even more for Bischoff, who merely ignores them.
First of all, Edge, I don’t believe I’ve talked to you since last night, so I guess I should congratulate you on retaining the WWE Title.
The crowd again continues to boo, although Bischoff doesn’t appear worried by them tonight.
As a matter of fact, I want to congratulate all three of you for putting on a heck of a match last night. You really did RAW, and as a result, me
proud, so congratulations.
A mixed reaction comes in for that one.
As a matter of fact, you three did so well, that I might just want to see that match again.
Another mixed reaction comes in from the crowd, who seem excited by that prospect.
But, as a fair man, I realise that may not be fair on you, Edge, so I’m going to give you a chance to make sure that match doesn’t happen. As for Cena and Angle, you’ll also get a chance to make sure the match does
happen, and you’ll get that chance next week here on RAW. It’ll be Kurt Angle … teaming up with John Cena … to take on the WWE Champion, Edge, and a partner of his choosing.
Once again, the crowd gives a massive mixed reaction for that announcement.
Now if Angle and Cena win next week, they will both
be in the WWE Title match at our next Pay-Per-View, Backlash. But if they lose, then neither
man will be getting a WWE Title shot.
Yeah, another big mixed reaction.
So Angle, Cena, I suggest you two learn to work together. And Edge, you should find a partner you think is up to the challenge, because your title reign may depend on it.
Bischoff now smirks evilly, then turns to head to the back, leaving all three men in the ring to look on.
Oh my God! What an announcement from Eric Bischoff. Next week we will learn who Edge will be facing at Backlash, and it could, it could be a WrestleMania rematch!
That sure would be some backlash for the past actions of Edge!
Will that be the match though? Plus will we hear about the condition of RVD? What about Triple H – he’ll be in the building. It’s shaping up to be a huge show already next weeks, folks, but for now, for Jerry Lawler and Jonathan Coachman, I’m Joey Styles, good night from Chicago!
And with that, we look on at the three men in the ring, all looking back and forth at one another as we fade to black.
April 30th, 2006 | Rupp Arena; Lexington, Kentucky
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