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April 24th, 2006 | The O2 Arena; London, England
Our show opens the traditional way tonight, with the usual montage featuring the Monday Night RAW superstars being shown. From there we cut into The O2 Arena, to see a plethora of pyrotechnics explode on the stage, with the telephone box and double-decker bus behind them (because let’s face it – you Brits only drive buses and sleep in telephone boxes). We then see the English fans jumping up and down excitedly as we pan all of the way around the arena, showing just how jam-packed it is, before settling down at ringside where our announce crew waits.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Monday Night RAW from right here in London, England! I’m Joey Styles, joined here at ringside by Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and ‘The Coach’ Jonathan Coachman, and gentlemen, we are just six days away from Backlash, and boy do we have a huge show lined up for tonight, topped off by a massive main event.
It’s a massive main event for sure. Two Backlash matches become one here tonight, when the WWE Champion, Edge teams with Carlito and Tyson Tomko to take on RVD, John Cena and Kurt Angle. I personally can’t wait to see that!
And I know our fans in attendance can’t wait either. There’s a whole lotta’ ‘Coach’ fans here in the U.K., and being the guy that I am, I’ve been in contact with ‘em and they’ve been tellin’ me how much they’re lookin’ forward to seein’ Carlito take RVD out.
I highly doubt that any of that is true, ‘Coach’, but nonetheless, that’s not all we have for you tonight, as our General Manager, Eric Bischoff has declared that due to the role of the U.K. and the U.S. in previous wars, tonight is a night of ‘Tag Wars’, meaning every match we see tonight will be a tag team match – with the exception of just one match in which, ironically, one half of the World Tag Team Champions, the Big Show will face off with one of his opponents in six days time, Kenny Doane of The Spirit Squad.
And I can’t wait for my man Kenny Doane to prove all of the doubters wrong when he beats that big, ugly giant one-on-one! There ain’t no stoppin’ The Spirit Squad, babyboy!
Something tells me Kane and Big Show may have something else to say about that, ‘Coach’.
Silence for a moment …
The crowd comes alive with a good cheer as The World’s Greatest Tag Team
bounce out onto the stage, full of energy. Eager to prove themselves tonight, Haas and Benjamin look extremely excited, and they share that excitement with the crowd, slapping their hands on the way down the ramp.
The following contest is a tag team match, and it is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, weighing a combined weight of 485 lbs, CHAAAARRRLIE HAAS AND SHELTON BEEEENNNNJAMIN, THE WORLD’S GREATEST TAAAGGGG TEAM!
And what better way to start the ‘Tag Wars’ off than with The World’s Greatest Tag Team?
I’ll tell you what better way – with their opponents, The Redneck Wrecking Crew.
And don’t forget guys, this isn’t the only time these two teams will be meeting, because they’ll also be facing off at Backlash in six days time.
That’s right, it was The Redneck Wrecking Crew who made the challenge for BOTH matches, saying The World’s Greatest Tag Team couldn’t perform on the big stage of Pay-Per-View, but to prove they’re the better team altogether, they’ve challenged The World’s Greatest Tag Team to a match tonight, with both matches being accepted.
And I can’t wait to see Cade ‘n’ Murdoch prove that THEY should be the ones next in line for a shot at the World Tag Team Titles, not these two, who already had their chance and failed.
The World’s Greatest Tag Team climb up into the ring and immediately head to the corners, motioning for the crowd to get up, before raising their arms up. The crowd continues to cheer strongly as Haas and Benjamin hop back down to the mat, then wait for their opponents.
The heat fills the arena as The Redneck Wrecking Crew
walk out onto the stage … strangely not dressed for action. Instead the both are in vests and jeans, Cade with his good old trucker hat, while Cade dons the cowboy hat.
Well The Redneck Wrecking Crew were supposed to be in action, but they certainly don’t look ready for it.
And Cade’s got a microphone. Somethin’ great’s about to go down … I can feel it.
We now see the microphone Cade is holding, as both he and Murdoch remain up on the stage, waiting as both the heat and their music dies down, before Cade begins. In the ring, TWGTT look far from happy, yelling out at The Crew, asking them what they think they’re doing.
Now I know … I know what y’all are thinkin’. You people … you’re thinkin’ that aren’t we supposed to be competin’ here tonight? We’re not even dressed for action! And while we could beat The World’s … uh, “Greatest” Tag Team’s asses all ‘round this arena dressed any damn way we want … we ain’t gonna’ do that tonight.
The boos come in from the English crowd, as The World’s Greatest Tag Team continue to shout at their opponents (at least for Backlash) from the ring.
Because y’see, durin’ the week, Trevor an’ me, we did some thinkin’, and we realised, not only are we gonna’ beat Haas and Benjamin’s asses at Backlash anyway …
Heat from the crowd as Murdoch shouts at the crowd “IT’S TRUE! WE GONNA’ WOOP THEIR ASSES!”
But we also shouldn’t have to fight in a cesspool like this!
Big time heat comes in from the crowd for Cad pulling out the first dig at England for the night.
As a matter o’ fact, The Redneck Wrecking Crew ain’t settin’ foot in that ring until we get back into a REAL country, like the good ol’ US of A!
Both the crowd and TWGTT are outraged, with TWGTT shouting out at The Crew that they’re cowards. Cade hears these cries though and holds his hands up innocently in the direction of The Redneck Wrecking Crew.
Whoa, boys, boys, don’t you worry. Just ‘cause we’re
not fightin’ you, it doesn’t mean you’re outta’ the woods. Y’see, we went out, and we found out a team that, just like us, have a little score they wanna’ settle with the two of you. I think you’ll know ‘em pretty well …
Cade goes silent, leaving us to wait, before we hear …
*WHIPS AND CHAINS*
The crowd boos as The Basham Brothers
walk out onto the stage in their typical no fuss fashion. The brothers nod at The Redneck Wrecking Crew as they pass, before walking down the ramp, cracking their knuckles and pointing up at The World’s Greatest Tag Team menacingly.
Their opponents, weighing a combined weight of 450 lbs, DOUG AND DAAANNNY, THEEEEE BASHAM BROTHERS!
Well The Redneck Wrecking Crew said they found a team that had a score to settle with The World’s Greatest Tag Team, and they weren’t wrong. Earlier this year The Basham Brothers arrived on RAW by attacking The World’s Greatest Tag Team, but when it came down to it, they could never beat them in an actual match.
Just like The Redneck Wrecking Crew earlier this year, but speaking of The Redneck Wrecking Crew, how cowardly is this? They said they wanted Haas and Benjamin tonight, but now they back out just so The Basham Brothers can weaken their opponents for this Sunday? I’d like to say I’m surprised, but I’m really not.
Cowardly? I’m pretty sure you mean GENIUS, ‘King’. Let’s face it, The Redneck Wrecking Crew have nothin’ to prove to Haas and Benjamin tonight, ‘cause they’re gonna’ prove themselves this Sunday. The Basham Brothers DO have somethin’ to prove though, and The Redneck Wrecking Crew have generously given them that chance here tonight like the true southern gentlemen that they are.
The Basham Brothers climb up into the ring and instantly look ready for action, prompting the referee to call for the bell.
Match One – Tag Team Match:
The World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. The Basham Brothers
Despite not competing, The Redneck Wrecking Crew has remained at the top of the ramp, casting a watchful eye over the ring as the match gets underway. With the support of Haas on the apron, the crowd claps Benjamin on from the beginning, as he starts the action off against Danny Basham. It’s Danny who gets the initial advantage, grabbing a side headlock, but Benjamin is quick to come back, pushing Danny off to the ropes, before running through him with a shoulder tackle. Quick to follow up, Benjamin bounces off to the ropes, then comes back to leap over a flat Danny, before coming back into a hip toss … no! Benjamin blocks, then nails a hip toss of his own!
Fired up, Benjamin gets back to his feet and tells Danny to bring it, with Basham subsequently running into a series of arm drags, before Benjamin finally keeps a grip on his arm. A smirk on his face, Benjamin looks up at the stage and shouts out “Not bad, huh?” to The Redneck Wrecking Crew … but this distraction is all that Danny needs, as he forces Benjamin back into the corner and tags Doug Basham into the match for the first time.
Doug looks to go to work, hammering away with some right hands, before sending Benjamin off with an Irish whip … but the former All-American manages to slide through Doug’s legs on the return. Shocked, Doug turns and runs at Benjamin, only to receive a clothesline! This time it’s Shelton’s turn to make a tag, dragging Doug off across to the corner to tag Charlie Haas in, before The World’s Greatest Tag Team send him off with an Irish whip … double hip toss on the rebound … NO! HAAS AND BENJAMIN HOLD DOUG UP, THEN DRIVE HIM DOWN INTO A MODIFIED DOUBLE BACKBREAKER!
The crowd cheers the impressive move as Haas makes the cover … TWO! Sensing an early loss, Danny Basham lunges into the ring and breaks up the cover. This distracts Haas, who tells Danny to scram, before turning back to lift Doug up … only to get raked in the eyes! The crowd boos the tactics of The Basham Brothers, but it only gets worse from there, as the referee tells Doug off, only for Haas to stumble towards the ropes … and from the apron, Danny Basham is able to hot shot him off top rope, sending him down to the mat!
This begins a period where The Basham Brothers boss the match, keeping Haas at bay, despite numerous attempts at a comeback. Finally their inability to put Haas away seems to get to the brothers though, with an agitated Danny synching in a surfboard stretch. Danny demands for Charlie to quit, but with his partner and the crowd behind him, Haas instead fights back to his feet, then turns it around and counters with a northern lights suplex! The results in a pin … two! Danny kicks out, then rushes to his feet and looks for a clothesline … BUT CHARLIE HAAS DUCKS AND THROWS HIM OVERHEAD WITH A BIG TIME GERMAN SUPLEX!
The O2 Arena gives a big cheer as both men go down, slowly pulling themselves towards their respective corners … and both men make tags! Having been kept out of the match for so long, Shelton Benjamin is immediately on fire, blocking a right hand from Doug Basham to hit a series of his own, with each one sending Doug down. Eventually he sends Doug off with an Irish whip … before throwing him overhead with a back body drop! Doug struggles back up … and this time is thrown across the ring with a big belly-to-belly suplex!
Benjamin is on a roll here, climbing up to his feet to bellow out to the crowd when he sees Danny charging at him for a clothesline … so he ducks it, then grabs him around the head and swings him back for a backbreaker! Danny goes down, but this time Doug has had the chance to get up, stumbling at a rising Benjamin … who comes out of nowhere with a Samoan drop! Benjamin makes the cover … two!
Not too fussed by the kickout, Benjamin heads to the apron, then goes up to the top rope, waiting on Doug to get up … before flying off and connecting with a diving clothesline! Doug is sent rolling away by the impact, headed to the corner … ALLOWING BENJAMIN TO CHARGE IN AND NAIL THE STINGER SPLASH!
The crowd cheers as Doug stumbles from the corner, right into the clutches of Shelton … WHO HOOKS HIM UP FOR THE T-BONE SUPLEX … NO! Danny comes from behind and hammers Benjamin in the back of the head with a clubbing forearm! Benjamin goes down, allowing Doug time to recover, with Danny telling him to lift Benjamin back up … AND IT APPEARS THE BASHAM BROTHERS ARE LOOKING FOR THE BALL AND GAG … NO! Charlie Haas grabs Danny as he looks to spring off the ropes, then drags him out to the cold, hard floor.
In the ring, Benjamin counters out of Doug’s grip with a hip toss, before looking for a kick to the midsection of his rising foe … but Doug catches it and spins him around … BAM! BENJAMIN CONNECTS WITH THE DRAGON WHIP! Doug is out on his feet, only held up because Charlie Haas grabs him from behind … AND THE WORLD’S GREATEST TAG TEAM HIT THE SUPERKICK/GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO! Doug goes down, with Benjamin making the cover … AND GETTING THE THREE!
Winners: The World’s Greatest Tag Team via pinfall @ 5:45
Here are your winners, CHARLIE HAAS AND SHELTON BENJAMIN, THE WOOOORRRLLLD’S GREATEST TAG TEAM!
Benjamin springs up and to join his partner, with the duo immediately having their hands raised by the referee. With The Redneck Wrecking Crew still looking on from the ramp, Haas and Benjamin look to make a point of their cohesion, wrapping their arms around each other and shouting out at them, asking them if it looks like they don’t trust one another now.
The World’s Greatest Tag Team picks up the win tonight, and they send a message right to The Redneck Wrecking Crew in doing so.
Last week The Redneck Wrecking Crew said Haas and Benjamin weren’t on the same page … well they sure look on the same page to me!
Haas and Benjamin may have worked together tonight, but this Sunday is a totally different ball game. This Sunday they’re in that ring with The Redneck Wrecking Crew, and believe me, they’re not gonna’ walk out victorious.
The World’s Greatest Tag Team continue to celebrate in the ring …
… Before we head backstage to see Maria standing by.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guests at this time, Gregory Helms and Rene Dupree!
Heat comes in from the crowd as Rene Dupree approaches Maria from one side, while Gregory Helms comes from the other, pushing right in to try to intimidate the little interviewer.
Uh … you guys will be teaming up later tonight to take on Ric Flair and Gregory Helms, but first I wanted to ask you Rene, last week we saw you clapping
Chavo Guerrero, a guy who before that, you had attacked. Why?
Oh Maria. Maria, Maria, Maria, Maria, Maria. Of course I don’t expect you
to understand. Because you see, while you have the beauty that most of your American friends lack, your brains … well, let’s just say they’re on par with the majority of your compatriots.
The cheap heat proves effective, although the ditzy Maria doesn’t seem to have picked up that she was insulted just yet.
But hey, hey, it could be worse, Maria … you could be … English
The crowd goes crazy with heat.
The English, they think they have some kind of rivalry with the French … no. Ever since I’ve been here, all I have seen is fat pig after fat pig. Compare them to me … you can’t. There is no comparison. There is no rivalry. We French are simply … better.
Even more heat from the English crowd.
But you see, with Chavo Guerrero, there is a rivalry. While it is true that a few weeks ago, I attacked Chavo Guerrero, that doesn’t mean I don’t respect him, because I do. I do
respect Chavo. Chavo has had a great career … for a guy with … average
talent. He doesn’t have a lot going for him, but what he does have, he’s worked with, and for that, I respect him. However, it just so happens that I
am of superior genetics … (Raising his eyebrows at Maria)
both in terms of looks … and talent.
More heat comes in for the arrogant Dupree.
Last week, I showed I respect what Chavo has done, but tonight … and this Sunday at Backlash … I will prove that I am just naturally that … much … better.
Dupree smirks, as Maria suddenly looks taken aback, perhaps having only just got that she was insulted.
Hey … (Calming herself to turn to Helms)
uh, moving on, Gregory Helms, last week Ric Flair told you that you had the wrong attitude to beat him, and tonight you have a chance to prove him wrong before Backlash. Your thoughts?
Maria, my thoughts on what Ric Flair said last week are the same on anything
Ric Flair ever
says. My- y’know what? No. Lemme’ ask you something instead. Do you remember when Ric Flair said he would treat the Intercontinental Title with respect? Do ya’?
Maria: (Looking intimidated)
I … uh, I-
Y’know what? It doesn’t matter if you remember, because the people, my
people here tonight do, and more importantly … I
do. I remember Ric Flair saying he would treat the Intercontinental Title with respect … I remember Ric Flair saying it was an honour to be the Intercontinental Champion … and I remember Ric Flair saying he was going to do his best to increase the prestige of that title. And what’s he done since then? Defended the title against- against Chavo Guerrero? Against his buddy? Yeah, real
The heat comes in from the crowd for this.
My point is that I don’t give a damn what Ric Flair said last week, just like I don’t give a damn about anything Ric Flair ever says, because the fact of the matter is that Ric Flair is nothin’ but a liar, plain and simple. I know it, all of my fans know it … heck, even you
know it, Maria.
Some more heat for Helms referring to “his fans”, as well as insulting Maria.
man you should be listenin’ to when it comes to my match this Sunday is me, because unlike Ric Flair, I’m not afraid to speak the truth. I’m not afraid to say what everyone is thinking, and that’s why people love me … that’s why they idolise me … that’s why I am quite simply, ‘The
The boos continue to rain down.
This Sunday, I’m gonna’ save not just the Intercontinental Title, but also the Money in the Bank briefcase, and believe me, I’m gonna’ treat that title with respect. I’m gonna’ defend it against people who deserve it, people like- like my partner here, Rene Dupree.
Dupree smirks and nods to heat.
Tonight … tonight is just the night that Ric Flair gets to treasure – or neglect – his two, uh, “prized” possessions on international television for one last time, because believe me when I say, this Sunday, at Backlash … … … it’s time
Helms smirks once again, soaking in the heat (or perhaps cheers in his mind) from the crowd, before sweeping his coat and turning away, closely followed by an arrogant Rene Dupree. A befuddled Maria continues to stand in the interview set, looking dizty as we head off to the break.
We open up to a panning view of the top of the TD Banknorth Garden.
For eighteen years now, it’s been an institution …
Brock Lesnar is shown hitting The Rock with the F-5 and holding the WWE Title in front of him, his muscles bulging everywhere at SummerSlam 2002.
It’s created stars …
Edge and Matt Hardy are shown beating each other stupid at SummerSlam 2005, before we get a close-up of Matt with his eyes rolled back and blood pouring from his head.
It’s caused blood to be shed …
The Undertaker and The Undertaker (fake version) are shown standing face-to-face at SummerSlam 1994, before the real Undertaker hits the fake with the Tombstone Piledriver.
It’s sorted the real deal from the impostors …
Shawn Michaels and Triple H are shown brawling around at SummerSlam 2002, with Triple H ultimately having the last laugh despite losing, with the sickening sledgehammer shot to the back.
It’s seen the most personal of all rivalries …
The Hardy Boyz, The Dudley Boyz and Edge and Christian are shown putting each other through hell in the first Tables, Ladders and Chairs match at SummerSlam 2000.
It’s seen the ultimate in innovation …
Bret Hart and British Bulldog are shown mixing it up at SummerSlam 1992 in Wembley Stadium, with the Bulldog ultimately prevailing.
And it’s been around the world … but this year SummerSlam gets even bigger …
The World’s Greatest Tag Team, The Redneck Wrecking Crew and MNM flash across the screen.
Bigger tag teams …
The Hardy Boyz, Gregory Helms, CM Punk and Orlando Jordan flash across the screen.
Bigger risks to be taken …
Edge, John Cena, Shawn Michaels, Batista, Randy Orton and The Undertaker flash across the screen.
Bigger superstars to be seen …
We go back to the shot of the TD Banknorth Garden.
This year, the 19th annual SummerSlam will be a four-hour spectacular, making it the biggest SummerSlam yet …
We zoom in through the roof of the arena to see a huge crowd surrounding a ring.
This year … the party has only just begun!
WWE SummerSlam – A Four-Hour Spectacular – August 20th, 2006
We return from the break to be back in the interview set, with Todd Grisham standing by.
Ladies and gentlemen, throughout the night tonight, we will hear from all four men who will be competing for the WWE Title this Sunday at Backlash. Right now I’m standing with one of the three men who will be challenging for the title, the former WWE Champion … John Cena!
The crowd comes alive with a huge mixed reaction of mostly cheers, as John Cena makes his way into view.
Hey-hey, Todd, how’s it goin’?
Um, I’m- I’m good thanks, John, and it’s good to see you’re in such a jovial mood, but I’ve got to ask you, with just six days to go before you get the chance to regain the WWE Title, and Shawn Michaels seemingly out to get you at every turn, what do you think your chances are this Sunday? I mean, can you really be so confident, knowing that Shawn Michaels has laid you out the past two weeks?
Todd, how could I not be happy? How could I not be EXCITED? You said it yourself … I am just six short days away from having the chance to regain the WWE Title that I lost to Edge almost four months ago! It’s an exciting time! I mean, sure, sure, it’s a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match, meaning that there’s three other guys I have to beat, but that’s okay, right? Although I guess … I guess that leaves me with only a twenty-five percent chance … oh wow … and then- then there’s Shawn Michaels … he has been targeting me of late … … … he’s laid me out for two straight weeks.
Cena runs his hands over his face.
Oh man … I guess … I guess I just never really thought about it. The chances of me winning the title in the first place are small enough, but with Shawn Michaels in there, it sounds like mission freakin’ impossible. Maybe I should be so happy. Maybe I shouldn’t be so excited. After all, this could be the last chance I get to regain the WWE Title … I mightn’t get another shot. This could be the biggest match of my career, and I already have no chance of winning it … I might be in over my head. Maybe I should … maybe I should just give up, eh Todd?
Grisham looks taken aback by all of this.
Well, I, uh … I never said that you-
You never said it, but you thought it. I can tell. Heck, you’re still thinkin’ it now … you think I can’t do it … well, lemme’ tell ya’ … … … it’s a good thing no one gives a DAMN what you think, Todd!
A strong pop comes in from the crowd for that.
I’ve been an underdog my whole life. Growin’ up in West Newbury, Massachusetts, no one thought the little white kid who listened to hip-hop was gonna’ make it anywhere. When I made it to the WWE, no one thought this upstart young punk was gonna’ make it anywhere. And when I first won the WWE Title, no one thought I was gonna’ hold it for any longer than ten days, but I held it for ten whole months!
Another good pop comes in.
I had my back against the wall numerous times thanks to Eric Bischoff, who wanted to do anything he could to make sure I would lose the WWE Title, but I took everything he had and more, I stayed by my belief system, showed hustle, loyalty and respect, and never gave in, until Edge finally took advantage of my condition at New Year’s Revolution.
A mixed reaction is heard for that moment being brought up.
The odds, they may be against me. I may be an outside chance to win a match that’s hard enough to win already, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not gonna’ go out there this Sunday and kick some ass, take some names and do everything I can to walk out the new W – W – E Champion!
A big pop comes for the intense Cena.
Quite simply, this Sunday I’m gonna’ go out there and give it my all to beat Edge, to beat Kurt Angle and to beat Shawn Michaels so that I can once again say that ‘The Champ’ … is … here!
The crowd gives another strong cheer, with Cena turning to go, before stopping and looking directly at the camera, brimming with intensity.
As far as tonight goes … if Shawn Michaels wants some … he can come get some!
Another cheer is heard for Cena, who this time storms from the set, leaving Grisham standing alone.
We cut back to ringside …
*ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA*
The crowd comes alive with a great pop as the Intercontinental Champion and ‘Mr. Money in the Bank, Ric Flair
styles and profiles his way out onto the stage. In one of his amazing robes, and with the briefcase in hand, ‘The Nature Boy’ makes his way down the ramp to cries of “WOOOOOOOOO!” from the crowd.
The following contest is a tag team match, scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Charlotte, North Carolina, weighing 248 lbs, he is the INNNTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION, AND ‘MR. MONEY IN THE BANK’, ‘THEEEEE NATURE BOY’ RIC FLAIR!
John Cena seems up for a battle, but so is this man. In just six nights time, this man, this legend, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair will face the young upstart Gregory Helms, putting BOTH his Intercontinental Title and the Money in the Bank briefcase on the line, and last week he delivered a simple message – he will beat Helms, not once, but twice in that Two Fall Match.
And when Ric Flair says something, you know to take notice. Last week he talked about Helms’ attitude not being right, and I agree with that. Ric Flair’s a sixteen-time world champion for a reason.
He’s a sixteen-time world champion because he’s an old man, ‘King’. His time has come and past, and now he’s nothin’ but an old man, hangin’ on to his past glory. Gregory Helms said it best earlier when he said you should do anything BUT listen to the crap that comes out of Ric Flair’s mouth.
Flair makes his way down the ramp, then climbs up into the ring with assistance from the referee, taking his robe off to reveal the Intercontinental Title gleaming around his waist.
The crowd gives a pretty good pop for Chavo Guerrero
, who walks out onto the stage, motioning for the crowd to climb to their feet. A smile on his face, Chavo thrusts his finger up to the heavens, paying tribute to his uncle Eddie as he walks down the ramp.
His partner, from El Paso, Texas, weighing 215 lbs, CHAAAAVO GUERRRRRERRROOOO!
Earlier tonight Rene Dupree claimed he was “naturally better” than Chavo Gurrero, but gentlemen, when it comes to natural wrestling skills, I don’t think many can match it with a member of the legendary Guerrero family.
I know first hand what Rene Dupree can do in the ring, but for him to say he’s better than Chavo Guerrero naturally … I dunno’ about that. I mean, Dupree is a young guy with a lot of upside, but better than Chavo? That’s a mighty big call!
Look, fellas, there’s no doubting that Chavo Guerrero is a talented guy, but Rene Dupree is part of the next generation – he’s the FUTURE, and he’s passing Chavo Guerrero by!
Guerrero climbs up into the ring and immediately goes about firing the fans up, lifting them up to their feet and saluting Eddie. Chavo then goes over to his partner Ric Flair, embracing him to show the friendship between the two.
The heat is just okay for Rene Dupree
, who makes his way out onto the stage arrogantly. A cocky smirk on his face, Dupree dances back and forth at the top of the stage, before making his way down the ramp.
Their opponents, first, from Paris, France, weighing 255 lbs, RRRRRENE DUPREE!
For Rene Dupree, both tonight and this Sunday is a chance to step his game up and thrust his name forward for a future Intercontinental Title shot. Having reappeared here on RAW not long before WrestleMania, Dupree is looking to make a real impact over the next week.
And he’s gone after the right person to do it in Chavo Guerrero, but his arrogance could cost him. As you said before, Joe, there’s not too many people who are naturally better than Chavo Guerrero.
But Rene Dupree is one of them, babyboy! You two can sit here and discriminate against Rene Dupree because he’s French, but people like me will see the talent of Dupree shinin’ on through, until you’re eventually forced to recognise that you were wrong about him this Sunday.
Chavo beckons for Dupree to climb into the ring, but Dupree wisely remains on the outside, pointing to his head, as he waits for his partner.
The response is pretty great, with good heat engulfing the arena as Gregory Helms
crouches down on the stage, before springing to life and thrusting his arm up into the air. With his head held high, Helms now walks on down the ramp.
And his partner, from Raleigh, North Carolina, weighing 215 lbs, GREGORY HEEELLLLMS!
Gregory Helms is just six days away from the match of his life. This Sunday he’ll be going one-on-one with Ric Flair in a two-fall match, looking to capture not just the Intercontinental Title, but also the Money in the Bank briefcase.
And Helms has been on fire since taking off the mask and becoming a serious competitor. Like with Rene Dupree, I can talk with experience on that, but I do agree with Ric Flair – I don’t know if Gregory Helms has the right attitude to make it to the top.
Of course he has the right attitude. Gregory Helms isn’t lettin’ anybody stand in his way, and that IS the right attitude. This Sunday, he’s gonna’ take a huge step up the WWE ladder when he beats Ric Flair not once, but TWICE, to guarantee his status as both the Intercontinental Champion, but also a future world champion.
Helms reaches the foot of the ramp and nods at Dupree, with the two now climbing up into the ring. They don’t hide their arrogance either, talking trash and posing for the crowd.
Match Two – Tag Team Match:
Intercontinental Champion and ‘Mr. Money in the Bank’ Ric Flair and Chavo Guerrero vs. Rene Dupree and Gregory Helms
The crowd cheers as Ric Flair stands in the ring, motioning for Gregory Helms to kick it off with him. Helms looks to be eager to do so too, getting into a fighting pose … before smirking and leaving the ring. The crowd shows their disgust at Helms as Flair continues to try to goad him into the ring, but Helms simply utters “Not yet … not yet”.
This leaves Rene Dupree to start the action off against ‘The Nature Boy’, who continues to keep his eye on Gregory Helms. This allows Dupree the chance to catch the veteran off guard, charging in to boot him in the midsection, before backing Flair up to the corner with some clubbing glows. An arrogant smile on his face, Dupree takes a moment to shoot a look at Chavo … and Flair suddenly throws him into the corner, turning the tables, before unloading with a series of stinging knife-edge chops!
The crowd goes nuts for this, looking on in joy at Flair slapping the chest of Dupree silly, before he grabs the Frenchman by the arm and drags him across to the corner to tag Chavo Guerrero into the match. The crowd greets this with another cheer, knowing Chavo wants himself a piece of Dupree, and the IC Champion allows him to get it, pinning Dupree’s arms back so Chavo can strike with a big chop of his own across the chest of Rene.
Another cheer goes up from the crowd, as Dupree staggers back, with Chavo able to grab him by the hair and run him across to the corner to slam his head down into the top turnbuckle. Continuing the good work of Flair, Chavo follows up with some knife-edge chops of his own, before eventually dragging Dupree over to tag ‘The Nature Boy’ back into the match.
The friends looks for a little more teamwork, with each grabbing an arm of Dupree, to send him off with an Irish whip … and following up by trying to cave in the chest of Dupree with a DOUBLE chop this time! Flair is quick to drop down and hook the leg, with Chavo scurrying from the ring … but Gregory Helms bursts into the ring and breaks up the count at two!
An eager Flair is quick to try to get to Helms, but ‘The Hero’ is even quicker to hightail it from the ring, leaving Flair to snarl at him through the ropes. An arrogant smirk on his face, Helms continues to goad Flair, distracting the veteran. Finally, the sixteen-time world champion turns around … and Rene Dupree runs through him with a kitchen sink knee lift to the midsection! Dupree makes his first cover of the match … two.
Eager to keep the momentum going, Dupree shows his aggressive side by getting up and pounding Flair with a right hand, sending him down to his knees. ‘The Nature Boy’ tries to struggle through it, but the Frenchman is all over him, hitting another right hand that sends him down. Dupree looks to continue his good work, starting to lift Flair up, when Gregory Helms calls for the tag. Dupree obediently lifts Flair up, then drags him to the corner, tagging Helms into the match for the first time.
Helms swaggers his way through the ropes, taking his time to cockily measure Flair up, Dupree pinning his arms behind his back, before Helms finally lands a big right hand to the midsection of the IC Champion. Flair reels away, prompting the egomaniacal Helms to prance around, laughing to himself, before advancing on Flair … who suddenly bursts to life, throwing Helms back into the corner so that he can assault him with some vicious chops!
The crowd cheers the Flair onslaught, with the referee being the only one able to stop him, pulling him back. This gets the attention of Chavo, who, perhaps a bit worried Flair is losing it, calls his buddy across, and makes the tag. Flair looks to exit the ring, but Chavo calls him across, whispering something in his ear, before the duo send Gregory Helms off with an Irish whip. The brash youngster hits the ropes, then bounces over Flair, who drops down to the mat … only to run right into a beautiful dropkick from Chavo Guerrero! Flair rolls from the ring, leaving Chavo to make the cover … two!
Reeling, Helms tries to crawl to his corner, but Chavo stops him, grabbing him by the hair to pull him back to his feet. The cowardly Helms tries to beg off, pleading with Chavo not to hit him, only for Chavo to bask in the moment, raising his fist up to a big cheer from the crowd. Chavo continues to play the hit up, swinging his fist around, as Helms tries to run away, only for the handful of his hair that Chavo has to stop him … but Helms comes from nowhere with a thumb to the eye!
The heat from the crowd is pretty immense, with Chavo sent staggering into the corner, trying to clear his vision … bam! Helms charges in and strikes with a jumping knee right to the jaw, sending the head of Chavo snapping back! This is exactly the window Helms was looking for, with Chavo falling to the mat, allowing the arrogant native of Raleigh to make the tag to Rene Dupree.
From here, the duo of Dupree and Helms take control, targeting the head of Chavo, following the original knee from Helms. Chavo attempted to mount a few comebacks, but his conceited opponents, who continue to mock both Chavo and Ric Flair as they dominate, snuff them out. Eventually, that looks like proving to be their downfall, as Helms abuses Flair for a moment too long, allowing Chavo to land a right to the midsection from down on the mat.
Helms reels back a bit, stunned, before coming back in … another right … and another! Chavo Guerrero climbs back to his feet, and looks to press the advantage, going for a kick to the midsection … no! Chavo’s move is thwarted, as Helms catches him by the boot, then goes back to mock Flair again … SMACK! Chavo drills Helms with a surprise enzuiguri!
Like a sack of spuds, Gregory Helms drops to the mat, with the battered Guerrero falling next to him. Both men slowly come to their senses and start to crawl towards their corners, with the crowd trying to will Chavo to get to his … Helms makes the tag to Rene Dupree … but here comes Ric Flair!
The crowd erupts as the tag is made, with Flair charging into the ring to send Dupree down with a running chop. The Frenchman suffers the same fate again, before Flair then backs him up into the corner and starts unloading with a mixture of jabs to the jaw and chops to the chest. The count of the referee finally reaches four, prompting Flair to send Dupree off to the opposite corner with a powerful Irish whip. Holding his back, Dupree comes off the turnbuckle … right into another chop, sending him down again!
The IC Champion is feeling it, and he shows it, by deciding to go high risk, heading over to the corner. The crowd buzzes as Flair slowly gets to the top rope … but Dupree is quick to get up and get to the corner, where he grabs Flair … before throwing him down to the mat below! The crowd groans as Flair pulls himself up, holding his back … to walk into a big spinebuster! Dupree nails the spinebuster, then hooks the leg … TWO! Flair just kicks out!
Stunned, Dupree looks at the referee for a moment … before declaring the match to be over. Slowly but surely, ‘The French Phenom’ wrenches Flair up by the hair … THEN SCOOPS HIM UP … DUPREE DRIVER … NO! Flair slips out the back … then nails Dupree in the back of the knee with a chop block! The Frenchman is only staggered at first, but Flair backs into the ropes, then hits a second chop block, this time taking him down.
The crowd starts to buzz as Dupree struggles back up, right into a shinbreaker from Flair, who follows up by tripping him up … AND STARTING TO STRUT AROUND! The crowd goes nuts … AND FLAIR GETS THE FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK SYNCHED IN! Cries for Dupree to tap rain in from the English crowd, as Flair continues to apply the pressure … WHEN GREGORY HELMS GETS IN THE RING … BUT CHAVO GUERRERO COMES FROM NOWHERE TO TAKE HIM OUT WITH A MISSILE DROPKICK!
This leaves Dupree in the middle of the ring without anyone to save him, the pain excruciating … AND HE TAPS OUT!
Winners: Ric Flair and Chavo Guerrero via pinfall @ 8:45
*ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA*
Here are your winners, CHAVO GUERRERO, and THEE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION, RIIIIC FLAIR!
A good pop sounds throughout the arena as Ric Flair releases the hold and climbs back to his feet, immediately finding himself in the embrace of Chavo Guerrero. As the referee hands him back both his Intercontinental Title and his Money in the Bank briefcase, Flair stares down Gregory Helms on the outside, telling him it’ll be just six days.
Is this what we’ll be seeing in six days time? Will Ric Flair be standing tall, with Gregory Helms left to look on in defeat?
First of all, Joe, Gregory Helms was never defeated – Rene Dupree was. Second of all, there is not a chance that, one-on-one, Ric Flair can defeat my man Gregory Helms.
We’ll see about that this Sunday ‘Coach’, but right now, ‘The Nature Boy’ is the one standing tall!
Flair continues to celebrate in front of the crowd, drawing cheers as we head off to the break.
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 return to see Todd Grisham standing out the front of the locker-room of the champ (or so we assume, due to the locker-room door being labelled as that of the WWE Champion).
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m outside the WWE Champion’s locker-room, and I’m going to try to grab a quick word with him before the main event later tonight.
Grisham knocks on the door somewhat timidly … to no response. He goes to knock again … when Lita opens the door to see a raised fist from Grisham, prompting a death stare from the fiery redhead.
Uh, I was just wondering if I could talk to Edge ahead of tonight’s main event?
No. Y’see, Edge has a big main event to warm up for, and I’m about to … help
Clearly nervous, Grisham gulps to himself.
R- really, it wouldn’t take long – just a quick word.
You want a quick word? Fine. Tonight, you’re going to see my man prove once again that he deserves to be WWE Champion. Kurt Angle and John Cena? They shouldn’t even be climbing into the ring with Edge, and they know that. They know they can’t beat him. As far as Shawn Michaels goes … he only needs to watch tonight to find that out for himself.
The English crowd don’t at all agree with this, booing as Lita throws her hair back.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve gotta’ go warm my man up … Rated-R style.
Lita turns on her heel and re-enters the locker-room, leaving a salivating Grisham to stare at the door.
We now cut back to ringside to hear …
The crowd gives a good pop as the team of the Women’s Champion, Mickie James
and Ashley Massaro
bounces out to the stage. Eager to show the gold off to her fans, Mickie thrusts her title into the air, while Ashley points out at the English crowd.
The following contest is a divas tag team match, scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, the team of ASHLEY MASSARO, and the W – W – E WOOOOMEN’S CHAMPION, MICKIE JAAAMES!
An emphatic message from Lita for her boyfriend ahead of our main event later tonight, as well as Backlash, but right now the divas are set for tag team action.
And it’s time for Trish Stratus to show Mickie James what she’s in for at Backlash. The Women’s Title is comin’ home, baby!
I wouldn’t be so sure about that, ‘Coach’. Look at Mickie – she’s so … so bouncy! She looks confident … and bouncy!
With ‘King’ getting his creep on, the Women’s Champion does indeed bounce up into the ring, with Ashley not far behind. Mickie continues to show off the gold, while Ashley just raises her arms up.
*TIME TO ROCK & ROLL*
The heat now comes in for the pairing of Trish Stratus
. A focused Stratus pays no attention to the reaction of the crowd, although Victoria is happy to exchange words with the fans.
Their opponents, the team of VICTORIA and TRIIISSHHH STRATUS!
Just six nights ahead of their WrestleMania rematch, Mickie James and Trish Stratus face off here in tag team action, both women looking to get momentum up ahead of that match.
Like I said before, Trish has got this thing in the bag this Sunday. You heard her these past few weeks – WrestleMania was nothin’ but a fluke, and this Sunday she’s gonna’ prove that!
Trish may be confident, but Mickie DID beat her at WrestleMania. Whether that was a fluke or not, I don’t know, but Mickie can’t be ruled out. She’s the champion for a reason.
Yeah, ‘cause she’s a liar.
Trish and Victoria climb up into the ring and head for their corner, with this thing ready to get underway.
Match Three – Tag Team Match:
Women’s Champion Mickie James and Ashley Massaro vs. Trish Stratus and Victoria
The crowd are well and truly up for this one, and they get a treat to begin with, as Mickie James and Trish Stratus start as the legal women. The two pace around a bit and talk a little trash, before engaging in a lockup. It’s Trish who is quick to take the advantage, grabbing a side headlock, before shouting “Oh yeah” out to the crowd. An aggressive Stratus continues to crank on the headlock, until Mickie pushes her off with some help from the ropes … but Trish steamrolls her on the way back with a shoulder block.
Stratus looks down at Mickie with contempt in her eyes, before charging off to the ropes and floating over Mickie, who stays flat. Trish then bounces back … right into an arm drag! Angry, Trish rushes back to her feet to receive a second arm drag, before the Women’s Champion hits her with a hip toss! Mickie makes the cover … just two.
The frustrated former champion lashes out on the way back up, catching Mickie with a surprise forearm, before struggling across to tag Victoria into the match. A little surprised, Victoria slowly climbs into the ring, then engages in a lockup with the recovered champion. It’s Mickie who makes the first move this time, swinging under Victoria’s arm to grab a waistlock. The Women’s Champion holds it for a moment, before her ever-unsporting opponent escapes thanks to an elbow right to the jaw.
Mickie reels back, stunned by the blow, with Victoria quick to follow up by backing her into the corner and hitting her with a barrage of kicks. Looking to continue her offense, Victoria then sends Mickie off to the opposite corner with an Irish whip, staying close behind as she follows … but Mickie floats over the top! Victoria hits the turnbuckle chest-first, then turns to be taken down by a running clothesline from Ms. James. Mickie makes the cover … two.
Keen to keep the momentum for her team rolling, Mickie immediately lifts Victoria up and takes her across to the corner in a front face lock to tag Ashley Massaro into the match. The two fan favourites look to work together, pushing Victoria back against the ropes, before sending her off with an Irish whip … and scoring with a double clothesline on the rebound! Ashley makes the cover … two.
Ashley looks to keep things going by peppering her rising opponent with right hands, but Ashley is no brawler, and Victoria shows this by shaking the blows off to ram Ashley back into the corner. Stopping Ashley’s momentum then and there, Victoria follows up with a few big shoulder thrusts, making sure her team has control of the match.
Trish and Vickie keep the onslaught going on Ashley for the next few moments, continuing to roughhouse the inexperienced diva. Ashley tries her best to fight back, but she continues to struggle against the dangerous pairing until Victoria drops down too early for a back body drop, and Ashley catches her with a sunset flip … two. Both women get back up, with Victoria throwing a panicked right hand, only for Ashley to duck … before connecting with a dropkick right on the button!
Both women remain down, with the crowd cheering them on as they slowly but surely edge their way towards their respective corners. However, rather than tag in, Trish just tells Victoria to stop Ashley making the tag, leaving Vickie to turn around … and see Mickie James get the tag! The Women’s Champion rushes into the ring to hit Victoria with a quick fire round of right hands, forcing her back against the ropes, before sending her off to the ropes, and scoring with a Thesz press on the rebound!
The crowd goes nuts for Mickie as she rains down on Victoria with right hands, until Vickie finally pushes her off. Victoria tries to gain some space, but Mickie is right back on her as they get up, kicking her in the midsection. The Women’s Champion then looks to send her opponent off to the corner, but the powerful Victoria is able to reverse, then charge in … right into the Mickie-canrana! A disorientated Victoria gets back up … and has her head damn near taken off with a discus clothesline! Mickie makes the cover … but Trish Stratus boots Mickie right in the head to break up the cover at two!
With Mickie now rolling around the mat in pain, Trish heads back to the apron, then calls Victoria across to make the tag. Mickie, however, has rolled towards her corner too … and both women make tags! Trish immediately goes to run across the ring at Ashley … but Ashley springs up to the top rope, and comes off with a flying crossbody block! Ashley’s got her … TWO! Trish just kicks out!
Both women struggle back up … and Ashley nails a clothesline! The crowd cheers as Ashley hits another one, before sending Trish off with an Irish whip … but this time Trish ducks the clothesline … AND HITS THE CHICK KICK OUT OF NOWHERE! The crowd boos as Trish drops down and makes the cover … to get the three!
Winners: Trish Stratus and Victoria via pinfall @ 6:02
*TIME TO ROCK & ROLL*
Here are your winners, VICTORIA and TRRRRIIISSHHH STRATUS!
Trish promptly raises her arms in the air, celebrating the win, until Mickie slides into the ring to check on the condition of her friend. Having hurtled from the ring, Trish celebrates with Vickie, indicating the Women’s Title will soon be back around her waist.
Just like that, Trish Stratus pulls the win off out of nowhere. Could that Chick Kick be the difference this Sunday?
You know it, babyboy. I told ya’ – the gold is comin’ home this Sunday!
That was impressive, no doubt, but you have to remember, she pinned Ashley, not Mickie James. No offense to Ashley, but she’s no Women’s Champion.
Trish continues to taunt Mickie …
… As we head to the back to see a focused The World’s Greatest Tag Team staring down a camera, still dressed in their wrestling gear. The pair look as intense as ever, with not a sign of a smile around.
Well, well, well. Redneck Wreckin’ Crew … boys
… it looks like you tried to pull a fast one on us. You told us that not only would you face us at Backlash, but you’d face us here tonight, to uh, what was it? “Prove you’re always better than us”
? Somethin’ like that. Looks like that didn’t happen, huh?
Y’see Redneck Wreckin’ Crew, we know what you two are up to. We know what you’re doin’. You know
that we already beat you on RAW earlier this year, and you know we could have beaten you again tonight, which is why you chickened out like the pair of yellow-bellied redneck cowards that you are.
A pop can be heard coming in from the crowd in the background for this.
You two knew that we could have easily beaten you tonight, which is why you’re deciding to hide behind your little theory that we can’t perform on Pay-Per-View.
Now I’ll be the first to admit, Shelton and myself, we were disappointed with how things turned out at WrestleMania. Things didn’t quite go to plan. We didn’t walk out with the titles like we wanted to. Heck … we lost
. But that doesn’t mean we can’t perform on the big stage. We may have won every match up until then. We may have been on the same page, unlike in the past. We may have even made a mistake, but y’know what? That happens to everyone. Yeah, even the world’s greatest.
A little smirk from Haas, as Benjamin goes to continue.
But believe us, Redneck Wreckin’ Crew, what we do to you this Sunday will be no mistake. ‘Cause after we beat you, we’re settin’ our sights back
on the World Tag Team Titles. And we ain’t gonna’ let that chance go beggin’ for a second time.
We’ll see you gentlemen on Sunday.
The World’s Greatest Tag Team slap hands, before leaving camera view, allowing us to head off to a break.
We return back from the break to see Carlito seated in a chair, being treated to a massage by both Candice Michelle and Torre Wilson. Carlito continues to enjoy the massage for a moment, before speaking up.
‘Ju know ladies, Carlito has been feelin’ a little pain in his … uh, lower back.
Candice and Torrie move further down the back.
Again, Michelle and Wilson move further down the back of ‘Lito.
And again, the two lovely divas move further down Carlito’s back.
Both Torrie and Candice look down to see they’re pretty much at Carlito’s ass.
Uh … I don’t think we can get any lower. We’re practically rubbing your-
Just at that moment, we hear the door swing open and see the General Manager, Eric Bischoff walk in, Tyson Tomko alongside him, giving Candice and Torrie a chance to pull away.
Carlito, I see you’re getting some work done. Whoa, ladies, don’t pull away because of me. After all, who’s the one who set this whole thing up?
Bischoff smiles to himself smugly.
Besides, we need you good and ready Carlito. Tonight’s a big chance for you. Kurt Angle and John Cena, they’re gonna’ be focussing on Edge. That leaves RVD all to the two of you, and I think you know what I expect from you.
Bischoff looks at Tomko, who pounds his fist into his other hand menacingly.
Tonight, gentlemen, you soften RVD up. This Sunday, Carlito … you end … his … career
Carlito smiles to himself as the divas continue to rub him.
And ‘dat … ‘das cool.
Carlito continues to smirk …
… As we cut back to ringside.
“WELLLL, WELL IT’S THE BIG SHOW”
*CRANK IT UP*
The crowd gives a good pop as the World Tag Team Champion, Big Show
marches out onto the stage, without his partner tonight. The giant towers over the crowd as he makes his way down to the ring.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, weighing 500 lbs, he is one half of the WOOORRRLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS, THE BIG SHOW!
Our main event will be coming up soon, but right now it’ll be one half of the tag team champions, Big Show, going one-on-one with one of his opponents from this Sunday at Backlash.
But this Sunday it’s not gonna’ be one-on-one – it’ll be five-on-two. Just imagine how confident The Spirit Squad will be if Kenny Doane can pick up the win tonight!
It would be a huge win, no doubt, but I can think of A LOT of things that I’d rather do than try to beat the Big Show. That’s no easy task, especially when Eric Bischoff has ruled that it will be just Kenny Doane and the Big Show present tonight with no partners allowed at ringside.
Show steps over the top rope and climbs up into the ring, proudly displaying his title.
“KENNY! JOHNNY! MITCH! NICKY! MIKEY! AND WE ARE … THE SPIRIT SQUAD!”
The crowd groans at the very sound of the music, and the groans only grow louder when, for some reason, ALL FIVE members of The Spirit Squad
bounce out onto the stage, with Kenny Doane already holding a microphone.
Oh come on! I thought this was supposed to be a one-on-one match.
Quiet Joey! Kenny has something to say!
The heat is pretty great for the new team, but Kenny goes to speak right over it.
Cut the music! Cut the music!
The music cuts out, but the heat remains as The Spirit Squad exuberantly make their way down to the ring.
Big Show, Big Show, I know what you’re thinkin’, big guy. I know you’re thinkin’ this is just supposed to be you and me, goin’ one-on-one. But y’know what? That’d be too easy … for me
Heat comes in from the crowd.
No, y’see, what good is me beating you tonight gonna’ do, when you and your buddy are facin’ us in a Handicap Match this Sunday?
The five members of The Spirit Squad start to circle the ring.
So, being the good guy that I am, I went to our esteemed General Manager, Mr. Eric Bischoff, and I made a suggestion. To help prepare you for this Sunday, tonight, Big Show, you go against all five of us. And y’know what? Like the caring boss that he is, Mr. Bischoff agreed.
The heat pours in from the crowd for the corrupt Bischoff’s decision.
READY? Let’s go!
And with that, all five members of The Spirit Squad slide into the ring … AND BIG SHOW STARTS SWINGING! Before they make a move, the big man starts swinging wildly, knocking bodies everywhere, causing the referee to call for the bell.
Match Four – Five-On-One Handicap Match:
The Spirit Squad vs. World Tag Team Champion Big Show
With members of The Spirit Squad flying everywhere, Big Show is finally able to dispose of four of them to the outside, leaving just Big Show and his original opponent, Kenny Doane, in the ring. Kenny tries to beg off, but it gets him nowhere, with ‘The Giant’ continuing to advance upon him … so Kenny swings for a right hand … blocked! The crowd goes wild with cheers as Kenny shakes his head, telling Big Show to release him … but with a burst of strength, the World Tag Team Champion hurls one of his future challengers across the ring!
The crowd gives off another roar for that, with Big Show far from done, approaching Doane as he struggles up … before pinning him back in the corner … and damn near caving his chest in with an open-handed chop! Kenny bellows with pain, but Show isn’t done, holding Kenny back, as he beckons for the crowd to be quiet … before sending the sound of a second chop reverberating throughout London! Show asks the crowd if they want to see one more, and of course they do, leaving Kenny to suffer the same fate at the giant hands of the World Tag Team Champion for a THIRD time!
As the sound of the chop continues to echo throughout the arena, Big Show looks to capitalise, sending Kenny off to the opposite corner with an Irish whip, before charging in after him … only for Johnny to pull Kenny out of the way, leaving the champion to hit nothing but turnbuckle! The referee goes to admonish Johnny as Big Show stumbles back … and this allows Mitch to enter the ring and go for a chop block. This doesn’t knock Big Show down, but both Nicky and Mikey are quickly on hand to hit chop blocks of their own, causing Big Show to stagger towards Kenny Doane … who comes off the second rope with a missile dropkick right to the knee!
Finally Show goes down, and with that The Spirit Squad are in control, tagging in and out manically, attacking the knee of Big Show like a pack of rabid dogs. Knowing how much this match may help them come Backlash, the future challengers seem to take the seriousness up a notch, not acting quite so goofy. Unfortunately, it seems like Mikey Mondo can’t resist showboating, dancing around after cannonballing across the rope hung knee of Show.
Perhaps the most idiotic of the five Spirit Squad members, Mikey takes his time, before turning back to Big Show … WHEN THE BIG MAN SUDDENLY GRABS HIM BY THE THROAT! Mikey is stunned, so much so that he doesn’t try to get out of the hold … BUT KENNY DOANE DIVES INTO THE RING AND CLIPS SHOW’S KNEE FOR THE SAVE!
The crowd boos as Kenny heads back out of the ring, leaving Big Show to try to pull himself up with assistance from the ropes, as Mikey heads across and tags in Nicky Nemeth. The two immediately kick away at Big Show’s knee, before trying to send off one half of the World Tag Team Champions with an Irish whip … but the big man doesn’t budge! The two members of The Spirit Squad look at one another … when, with a burst of power, Big Show pulls them both by the arm … and they both go flying over the top rope, out to the floor!
Sensing danger, Kenny Doane runs into the ring again … but this time he runs right into a clothesline! Mitch and Johnny soon follow, only to receive the same treatment, as the big man is exploding everywhere. After running through the trio with a few more clotheslines, he stacks them up in the corner … then charges in and squashes them with the corner avalanche!
The crowd goes crazy for the big man, as he waits … with Kenny and Johnny staggering forward … AND HE GRABS THEM FOR A DOUBLE CHOKESLAM … NO! Mikey Mondo comes from behind with a kick to the back of the knee, before running off to the ropes … and coming right back into a big boot! Mikey rolls away in pain, taking the referee’s attention … as Johnny Jeter flies from nowhere to nail Big Show in the head with a springboard enzuiguri, just as Nicky Nemeth connects with a chop block!
The big man goes down, and Kenny Doane is quick to scale the ropes … BEFORE COMING OFF AND CONNECTING WITH THE SKY HIGH LEG DROP! Nicky Nemeth calls for the referee and makes the cover, as the other Spirit Squad members scurry off … and he gets the three!
Winners: The Spirit Squad via pinfall @ 5:23
Here are your winners, THE SPIRIT SQUAD!
The crowd descends into heat for that result, as The Spirit Squad recollect in the ring, with Kenny Doane in particular shouting out that they’ll be the next champions.
By hook or crook, The Spirit Squad have done it. Tonight, they have beaten one half of the World Tag Team Champions, but can they beat both the champions this Sunday?
What’d I tell you, babyboy? My boys have got this. Just you wait ‘til this Sunday.
I wouldn’t jump to conclusions so quickly, ‘Coach’. There’s going to be one more man – heck, one more MONSTER in the ring with them this Sunday.
Don’t worry, ‘King’. The Spirit Squad can take Kane out any time, any place. You-
The crowd gives a great pop as the other World Tag Team Champion, Kane
marches out onto the stage, readjusting his glove as he does so.
Looks like you’re going to get a chance to put your money where your mouth is, ‘Coach’!
Get outta’ there, fellas!
Stunned, The Spirit Squad look on as Kane walks down the ramp, then climbs up onto the apron … and The Spirit Squad charge! One by one, all five men run at Kane … but Kane hits them away! With Big Show having rolled from the ring, it’s now The Spirit Squad who are sprawled out all over the canvas, allowing Kane to climb into the ring.
‘The Big Red Machine’ is quick to look to take advantage, hanging his paw up in the air … AND GRABBING KENNY DOANE BY THE THROAT! Johnny Jeter looks to make the save … only to get a big boot for his troubles! Mitch Mitchell then charges across … DOUBLE GOOZLE! The crowd cheers … BUT NICK NEMETH COMES FROM BEHIND WITH A JUMPING RUSSIAN LEGSWEEP, SNAPPING KANE’S HEAD BACK OFF THE MAT!
The heat is great as Nicky gets up, almost shocked with what he’s done as the rest of The Spirit Squad regain their composure. With Kane sprawled out in the middle of the ring, all five men look at each other … BEFORE HEADING FOR DIFFERENT AREAS OF KANE’S BODY! The heat continues to come in … AS THE SPIRIT SQUAD LIFT … AND DROP KANE WITH THE HIGH SPIRITS!
The heat continues, with both the World Tag Team Champions laid out … and don’t The Spirit Squad let the crowd know, going NUTS in the ring!
Is this the sight we’ll be seeing next Sunday? Two giants slain by these five- five idiots
Hey, watch your mouth, Joe – that’s the next World Tag Team Champions you’re talkin’ about!
They conquered the giants separately tonight. Can they do it next Sunday at the same time? I don’t know, but I will say that what we just saw was impressive.
The Spirit Squad continue to bounce around as they head from the ring, talking trash both to the champions and the crowd.
Well ladies and gentlemen, we’ll now go backstage to our broadcast colleague Todd Grisham, who is standing with another one of the men who will be competing for the WWE Title this Sunday.
We cut backstage to see Todd Grisham … with an intense Kurt Angle stood next to him.
Kurt, later tonight you get the chance to step in the ring with Edge before you are one of three men to challenge him for the WWE Title this Sunday at Backlash. Your thoughts?
It’s a big night for me tonight, huh Todd? What was it you said? I “get the chance to step in the ring with Edge”? Y’know what? I agree – it is a chance. It’s a chance to step in the ring with Edge. It’s a chance to send a message to Shawn Michaels and John Cena. And most importantly, it’s a chance for me to show my intentions ahead of this Sunday by making Edge tap out!
A good cheer comes in from the crowd for that.
This Sunday night, it’s not just any old Fatal Four Way Match. Oh no. This Sunday, it’s a Fatal Four Way Elimination
Match, and believe me, that changes things. That completely changes things. I literally have to be able beat, not one, not two, but three
guys to ensure that I can become the WWE Champion. And that’s exactly what I plan on doing.
Another nice little pop can be heard from the English crowd.
Shawn Michaels and me, we’ve done this dance before. He knows what I’m all about, and most importantly, he knows I can beat him. They call him ‘Mr. WrestleMania’ – he has this aura about him normally, yet when it comes to WrestleMania, they say he always steps up to the plate, and he hits a home run every time. Well last year, at WrestleMania 21, I didn’t just step up to the plate too … I didn’t just hit a homer … I made Shawn Michaels’ ass tap … out
Yet again, a stronger cheer is heard in the background.
John Cena … John Cena is one guy a lot of people think I can’t beat. They tell me I’ve had chances time and time again, most recently at Saturday Night’s Main Event, but I just can’t beat him. They say … they say that John Cena is my kryptonite
. Well lemme’ tell you somethin’ … my name is Kurt Angle, and there’s not a man on this planet that Kurt FREAKIN’
Angle can’t beat. I’m an Olympic Gold Medallist, somethin’ that NO ONE else in this business is. This Sunday, I’m gonna’ prove that I can
beat anyone … and that includes you, John.
More of a mixed reaction sounds in the arena for that, but mostly cheers still.
As far as Edge goes, all you need to look at to know I can beat him this Sunday is the main event tonight. Tonight … tonight I made Edge tap … this Sunday, I break his freakin’ ankle and become the NEW
W – W – E … Champion
The crowd gives a great pop for the intense Angle, who stares down the barrel of the camera as we head out to a break.
We return from the break to see our announce team sitting at ringside, with Baby Hates Me by Danko Jones playing in the background.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Monday Night RAW, from right here in The O2 Arena in London, England, where our main event is still to come, but right now the song you’re hearing is Baby Hates Me by Danko Jones, the official song for Backlash, which is just six days away.
I’ve got the song on my iPod, and I’ve gotta’ say, it’s a great song.
Indeed it is, ‘Coach’, and this Sunday is going to be huge too. RVD and Carlito will feature tonight in our main event, but this Sunday, for RVD, it’ll be all on the line when he fights for his CAREER against Carlito.
Carlito’s been waitin’ for this day ever since RVD returned three months ago. He took RVD out last June for six months, but this time, Carlito’s gonna’ do it for good.
We saw how much RVD’s legacy means to him last month when he took The Undertaker to the limit at WrestleMania. Professional wrestling means everything to RVD, and he’s going to show that this Sunday. Unfortunately for him, with Carlito being backed by Tyson Tomko and Eric Bischoff, RVD has to not just beat Carlito, but also beat the odds.
The World Tag Team Titles will be on the line, but not in a tag team match, as The Spirit Squad challenge the champions, Kane and Big Show, in a five-on-two handicap match.
I said it earlier, Joe – those titles are comin’ home with my boys, the guys I
brought into the WWE, The Spirit Squad! They showed what kinda’ damage they can do earlier tonight, and this Sunday, they’re takin’ the gold.
I’ll admit, The Spirit Squad impressed me earlier, and they’ve got a chance this Sunday. At the same time though, they’ve gotta’ remember, this Sunday, they’re not up against two men – they’re up against two GIANTS.
Two other teams will be looking to put forward their case for a shot at the winner of that match, as The Redneck Wrecking Crew meets The World’s Greatest Tag Team.
This is a chance for redemption for The World’s Greatest Tag Team. They came up just short against Kane and Big Show at WrestleMania, so this is their chance to not just get another shot at those titles, but also prove they can do it on the big stage.
This is The Redneck Wrecking Crew’s chance more than anything, ‘King’. The World’s Greatest Tag Team just had their shot, so to the back of the line with them. Cade ‘n’ Murdoch’ll make sure they’re at the front of the line this Sunday.
Speaking of a view to a shot at titles, two men who have been gunning for the Intercontinental Title, Rene Dupree and Chavo Guerrero, will go one-on-one.
You heard Rene Dupree last week. When it comes to natural ability, he’s got it made. Chavo may be a Guerrero, but he’s in there with a fine, French specimen in Rene Dupree this Sunday.
Don’t ever count out a Guerrero. Chavo is as smart and crafty as they come, and if you want to talk about natural wrestling ability, Chavo’s got it. Rene Dupree may be in for a big surprise this Sunday.
The Intercontinental Title will be on the line along with the Money in the Bank briefcase, when Ric Flair defends BOTH against Gregory Helms in a two-fall match.
And I, for one, cannot WAIT for this. Finally, that old geezer Ric Flair is gonna’ be put where he belongs. It’s time, baby!
Ric Flair has said all along that Gregory Helms has all of the talent in the world, that he’s just got the wrong attitude. We’ll see if that attitude is the downfall against quite possibly the greatest of all-time, this Sunday.
And finally, it’s the big one – four of the best in the industry in one ring, competing for the WWE Title. The WWE Champion, Edge, defends against Kurt Angle, John Cena and Shawn Michaels in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match.
I don’t think anyone knows how to call this match. The WWE Champion is smart, but is he smart enough to survive three challengers? Kurt Angle and John Cena both want him, but then there’s Shawn Michaels, a man who not only claims he NEEDS the WWE Title, but also a man who has made a point of getting at John Cena.
So many things could happen here, but we heard what Lita had to say earlier, and I believe her when she says Edge will be walkin’ out of Backlash still the WWE Champion. Even after WrestleMania though, THIS is his biggest test yet.
That’s Backlash, this Sunday night, but speaking of those four men, Todd Grisham is backstage with the final of the four men from that match, Shawn Michaels.
We cut backstage to see Todd Grisham … stood ALONE in front of what appears to be Shawn Michaels’ locker-room.
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m supposed to be here with Shawn Michaels, but as you can see, I’m here in front of his specially assigned locker-room by RAW General Manager, Mr. Eric Bischoff, and Shawn is not
here. I’ve asked around backstage, and apparently no one knows where Shawn Michaels is … meaning … uh, back to ringside, I guess.
We cut back to ringside to see a now surprised announce team.
Well, I- I’m shocked. Shawn Michaels has never been one to be too quiet in the past. He’s-
“YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME”
The crowd erupts with heat, as out onto the stage, through a veil of smoke emerges the WWE Champion, Edge
, along with his girlfriend Lita
. The champ pauses to look out at the crowd, his girlfriend hanging off him as the title gleams through the smoke and darkness.
Well, I guess we have to move on, because here comes the WWE Champion, set for six man tag team action, NEXT here on Monday Night RAW!
As we watch Edge stomp down the ramp, we head to an ad break.
Returning from the break, we now see that Edge has been joined in the ring by Carlito and Tyson Tomko, while Rob Van Dam is at ringside, his music fading away.
A great pop rings throughout The O2 Arena, as the always intense Kurt Angle
marches out onto the stage. Angle greets the crowd by roaring out to them, before throwing his arms out into the air, prompting pyrotechnics to fly out wildly.
His partners, first, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, weighing 225 lbs, KUUURT ANGLE!
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Monday Night RAW, where our main event is about to begin as Kurt Angle now makes his way down to the ring, looking like a man on a mission here tonight.
A man on a mission is right, Joey. We know that Angle is here to prove a point to Edge tonight, and earlier, he promised that he was going to make Edge tap!
Kurt Angle should know better than to make promises he can’t keep. What’s it he says he has again? Intelligence, intensity and integrity? I’m not too sure I agree with that right now.
Angle makes his way down to ringside, joining Rob Van Dam, before eyeing off Edge as we wait …
*MY TIME IS NOW*
The biggest reaction of the night comes in, as cheers and jeers both blow the roof of The O2 Arena. Soon enough, that reaction only gets louder, as John Cena
runs out onto the stage. Cena takes out look at the crowd, before turning to the ring … and charging down the ramp to slide in the ring with his partners, and immediately get this one underway!
Match Five – Six Man Tag Team Match:
WWE Champion Edge, Carlito and Tyson Tomko w/Lita vs. Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle and John Cena
The crowd goes wild as John Cena goes straight for Edge, catching him out with a barrage of right hands. Meanwhile, RVD has gone right for his enemy in Carlito, leaving Kurt Angle to brawl with Tyson Tomko. RVD and Carlito quickly head out to ringside, while Kurt Angle disposes of Tomko through the ropes, leaving Cena to tee off on Edge in the ring … until Edge successfully rakes the eyes of Cena! With his enemy blinded, Edge is able to pitch Cena through the ropes, then go to take a breather … but Kurt Angle turns him around to pop him right in the jaw with a European uppercut!
This backs Edge up into the corner, allowing Angle to just plain hammer away on the WWE Champion, until the referee finally backs him up. Our attention is quickly taken though, as we hear a thud on the outside … and see that Carlito and Tomko have hurled RVD into the crowd barrier! Back in the ring, Angle keeps his focus, sending Edge off to the opposite corner with force, before throwing him overhead with a belly-to-belly suplex when he staggers back!
That brings a strong pop from the crowd, with Angle enjoying the moment, taking his time to watch as Edge picks himself up. Not done yet, Angle goes to send Edge off to the ropes with an Irish whip, only for Edge to reverse … and Carlito trips Angle when he goes to bounce off the ropes, then pulls him out to the floor. Angle lands on his feet, with ‘Lito looking for a clothesline … but the Olympian ducks it, then drills Carlito with a clothesline of his own!
With Carlito down, Angle climbs up onto the apron … only for Edge to charge across and send him hurtling back down to the floor! Acting innocent, Edge takes the attention of the referee as Angle gets up … allowing Tomko to charge across and nail a clothesline! ‘The Problem Solver’ rolls Angle back into the ring, allowing Edge to make the cover … two!
The match now settles down a bit, with the heels quickly tagging in and out, keeping physical on Angle. Their advantage doesn’t last too long though, as after some posturing, Angle reverses an Irish whip from Edge … then sends him overhead with another belly-to-belly supex! Angle struggles for a moment before regaining his bearings and trying to go after Edge … only for the WWE Champion to scramble from the ring, escaping his foe. Both of Edge’s team-mates join him too, as the heels look to regather … WHEN RVD SUDDENLY COMES FLYING DOWN ON TOP OF THEM WITH A SOMERSAULT PLANCHA! The crowd goes nuts for RVD, who gets up and raises his arms up, taking us to our final commercial break for the night.
Back from the break, and we see RVD now assaulting Carlito in the corner, burying his shoulder into Carlito’s midsection multiple times, before somersaulting back and hitting a final shoulder thrust. With Carlito in trouble, Van Dam Irish whips him across to the opposite side of the ring, then charges in and sends him flying with a monkey flip! Climbing up, Van Dam sees Carlito’s position on the mat … so he charges off, then comes back with the rolling thunder! RVD makes the cover … but Edge comes in to break it up at two!
The referee immediately goes for Edge, but so does Kurt Angle, taking the ref’s attention. As Angle gets taken away, Van Dam gets up … only to be clotheslined down from the apron by Tomko! And with that, the heels suddenly take control of the match, working Van Dam over by tagging in and out quickly. The physical nature of the trio means it’s the head of Van Dam that takes the brunt of the offense, with both Carlito and Edge hitting a few neckbreakers for good measure.
Despite all of this, RVD fights on, kicking out each and every time, prompting Carlito to go for the submission with a rear chinlock, his knee grinding into the back of Van Dam’s neck at the same time. Despite the questioning of the referee, Van Dam refuses to quit, starting to fight his way back up … until Carlito slams him back down into the mat! The crowd boos as Carlito mocks Van Dam, laughing at him, before going to pick him up … but Van Dam fires off a right to the midsection! Van Dam hits a few more rights … but Carlito cuts him off with a knee lift.
Looking to follow up his good work, Carlito goes to Irish whip Van Dam into the corner, but RVD is starting to feel it, reversing to send ‘Lito in. Thinking he’s clever, Carlito floats over the top of an incoming Van Dam … only for RVD to leap up to the second rope, then come back with a thrust kick, sending Carlito down! Unfortunately, Van Dam also goes down, prompting the crowd to clap him on as both men head towards their corners … Carlito tags in Tomko … and RVD tags in John Cena!
Cena charges in and doesn’t even let Tomko get a single blow in, blasting him with a series of right hands that back him up to the ropes. Cena then goes for the Irish whip, only for Tomko to reverse … but Cena goes flying into him with a flying shoulder tackle on the rebound! Tomko gets up, only to be taken down with a second, prompting him to swing for a clothesline … BUT CENA DUCKS … THEN DUMPS HIM WITH THE PROTOPLEX!
A huge mixed reaction as Cena springs up, then holds his hand up … “You can’t see me!” Cena charges off to the ropes, then bounces back … CONNECTING WITH THE FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE! Tomko springs up, holding at his face … AND CENA HOISTS HIM UP INTO THE FIREMAN’S CARRY … BUT EDGE COMES FROM BEHIND, SLIDING TOMKO OFF … TO CONNECT WITH THE EDGE-O-MATIC ON CENA!
With Cena down, Tomko is able to slowly crawl to his corner and tag Carlito back into things, allowing the heels to reassume their control. The crowd, however, is very hot now, and despite the best efforts of Edge, Carlito and Tomko, Cena is starting to feed off their energy. This prompts Tyson Tomko to look for the end, backing up … BEFORE LOOKING FOR THE RUNNING BIG BOOT … BUT CENA DUCKS! Cena just evades the move, then kicks the turning Tomko in the midsection … fisherman suplex!
Both men remain down again, slowly crawling towards their corners, with Tomko getting closer … and making the tag to Edge! Eager to make sure Cena can’t tag in Kurt Angle, Edge charges across and grabs the leg of Cena, holding him back … but Cena pushes Edge off … then dives across and tags Kurt Angle!
Edge gets up and immediately stops in his tracks, looking like a deer in the headlights … before going for a right hand … but Angle blocks, then reels off a series of his own, backing Edge up against the ropes. Angle then sends him off with an Irish whip … and hurls him overhead with a belly-to-belly suplex! Worried about his partner, Carlito charges into the ring, only to receive the same fate, before Tomko comes in and looks for a clothesline … German suplex for Tyson Tomko!
Clearly feeling it, Angle gets up and rushes right over to a rising Edge, grabbing him from behind to drill him with a German suplex … and he keeps the hands clasped! The reaction from the English crowd is great, as Angle hurls Edge up for the second German suplex … and then the third one! Angle hits the trio, before popping right back up to roar with intensity … ONLY FOR CARLITO TO COME FROM BEHIND HIM AND NAIL THE BACKCRACKER!
The heat is intense for Carlito, who smiles away to himself … only to turn around and be taken down with a double leg by Rob Van Dam! RVD is all over ‘Lito, showering him with right hands as the two roll from the ring. Finally, Carlito is able to fight free on the floor … AND HE GOES TO HIGHTAIL IT, CLIMBING OVER THE CROWD BARRIER … BUT RVD IS IN HOT PURSUIT! The crowd goes wild as Tyson Tomko now tries to follow, with Van Dam and Carlito brawling through the crowd!
In the ring, Edge has pulled himself up with the ropes, before turning … right into a thunderous clothesline from John Cena! Cena instantly sets himself … BY SIGNALLING FOR THE F-U! The crowd erupts at Cena waits … BUT SUDDENLY AN EVEN BIGGER REACTION FILLS THE ARENA …
… AS SHAWN MICHAELS SLIDES INTO THE RING BEHIND CENA!
The crowd alerts Cena, prompting him to turn around … SWEET CHIN MUSIC FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT WEEK … NO! CENA DUCKS! Cena ducks under the foot of Michaels … before both men turn to face one another, and seeing the fire in Cena’s eyes … MICHAELS RUNS FOR HIS LIFE!
The crowd once again erupts, with Cena and Michaels now headed backstage, the brawl throughout the arena continuing, and both Edge and Kurt Angle rising in the ring. It’s Edge who makes the first move … GRABBING ANGLE FOR THE EDGECUTION! NO! Angle spins out … German suplex … but Edge counters with a snapmare, sending Angle to the corner … BEFORE GOING FOR A SUDDEN SPEAR OUT OF NOWHERE … BUT ANGLE SIDESTEPS! Edge’s head crashes off the turnbuckle … AND HE STAGGERS BACK OUT … ANGLE SLAM!
Angle bursts back up to his feet, peeling the straps down … BEFORE APPLYING THE ANKLE LOCK! Edge bellows in pain, with Angle obviously putting a little more into it tonight, still looking like a man on a mission … AS HE QUICKLY DROPS DOWN AND GRAPEVINES THE LEG! Edge pulls at his hair, thinking about what to do – should he tap out to prevent injury before Sunday? Or is the psychological damage too much? All of this runs through Edge’s head as he feels the pain … BEFORE TAPPING OUT!
Winners: Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle and John Cena via pinfall @16:34
Here are your winners, ROB VAN DAM, JOHN CENA AND KUUURRTTT ANGLE!
Angle cranks the ankle for a moment longer, before climbing to his feet and raising his arms up in victory. Elsewhere in the arena, John Cena and Shawn Michaels are somewhere, while RVD, Carlito and Tomko continue to brawl throughout the crowd.
This is absolute chaos out here! Carnage everywhere, but standing tall is Kurt Angle. Is this the scene we’ll be seeing this Sunday?
Not a chance! Edge was just makin’ sure he’s fighting fit for Sunday night. Believe me, this is the closest Kurt Angle will be getting’ to that title.
I don’t know about that, ‘Coach’. I wouldn’t be doubting Kurt Angle right now!
Edge, Angle, Michaels and Cena for the WWE Title. Carlito and RVD with a career on the line. The Women’s Title, the World Tag Team Titles, the Intercontinental Title and the Money in the Bank briefcase – ALL of this is on line this Sunday at Backlash on Pay-Per-View. I implore
you, do NOT miss it! Until then, for Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and ‘The Coach’, I’m Joey Styles, good night ladies and gentlemen!
With the chaos continuing, we focus on Angle standing tall in the ring, as we fade … to … black.
April 30th, 2006 | Rupp Arena; Lexington, Kentucky
WWE Championship; Fatal Four Way Elimination Match:
Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels vs. John Cena vs. Edge ©
Intercontinental Championship and Money in the Bank Briefcase; Two Fall Match:
Gregory Helms vs. Ric Flair ©
World Tag Team Championships; Five-On-Two Handicap Match:
The Spirit Squad vs. Kane and Big Show ©
Women’s Championship; Singles Match:
Trish Stratus vs. Mickie James ©
Rob Van Dam’s Career On The Line; Singles Match:
Rob Van Dam vs. Carlito
Tag Team Match:
The World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. The Redneck Wrecking Crew
Chavo Guerrero vs. Rene Dupree