WWE Monday Night Raw- 29/8/05- Tampa; Florida
We kick off the show with a recap of last week in which we see Eric Bischoff announcing Shawn Michaels pathway to hell was only just beginning and that he’d face Kane in the main event as simply part one of his punishment. We then go to that main event before seeing the shocking conclusion in which Batista comes to the aid of Michaels fending off Kane, the two bulls eventually fighting their way through the crowd as Michaels looks all set to get his hands on Eric Bischoff inside the ring only to be brutally ambushed from behind by the Arabian Entity. We then see a sickening assault from the four men as they all hit their finishing manoeuvres and Muhammad Hassan lays out Michaels with a steel chair, busting him open as the four men stand tall to close off Raw with Eric Bischoff watching on, smirking broadly at the destruction of the Heartbreak Kid.
We then go to the opening video and the pyro hits…
: Welcome ladies and gentleman to Monday Night Raw on a night where the road to Unforgiven is sure to heat up following what went down last week. I’m Jim Ross joined by Jonathan Coachman and Coach tonight I think the world wants answers from Muhammad Hassan and the Arabian Entity.
: The world might want answers J.R but I damn sure don’t, all I want…is to see it again!! I wanna see Muhammad Hassan, the Arabian Entity teach Shawn Michaels another lesson here tonight. Last week was BE-AUTI-FUL, it was the very least the Heartbreak Kid deserved and hey, I wanna see round two right here tonight baby!!
: Well I think you’re about the only person inside this arena who wants to see something so sickening again here tonight. What Muhammad Hassan did, what the Arabian Entity did last week was down right disgusting and I got a feeling it was down to Eric Bischoff.
And we don’t have to wait long to hear from those individuals as the music of Muhammad Hassan hits and out step the quartet of Hassan, Khali, Dutt and Daivari to storming boos as they slowly strut down to the ring, a snarl on every man’s face with Hassan and his men stepping through the ropes, soaking in this fairly hostile atmosphere tonight, the former Intercontinental Champion taking a microphone from ringside and set to address the fans here.
: What you people saw last week wa…
Hassan is immediately cut off by a chorus of ‘You Suck’ chants to which the Entity leader looks disgusted at.
: What you people saw last week was onl…
This time it’s ‘USA’ chants that cut Hassan off and you can see how furious he now is, Daivari and Dutt telling the crowd to shut up.
: YOU SHUT YOUR DAMN MOUTHS AND SHOW ME THE RESPECT I DESERVE!!
Huge heat for this as Hassan scowls, Dutt and Daivari now applauding as Khali watches on menacingly.
: Last week you people witnessed only the beginning of what’s to come for Shawn Michaels and you witnessed only the beginning of what’s to come…for the Arabian Entity. Y’see, what we did last week was the very least
of Shawn Michaels worries. All we did last week was give Shawn a small dose, a little taste of what’s in store for him these next few weeks, these next few months, however long it takes for him to understand
, for him to realise
the message we’re trying to send his way.
Hassan pauses, s......ing to himself before continuing.
: Much like last week was just a little taste of what’s in store for Shawn, last week was just a little taste of what’s to come…from us
. What we did last week was absolutely NOTHING…compared to what we’re capable of. You thought last week was bad? Oh n-n-no, that was child’s play compared to what these individuals, compared to what I
am capable of doing. I said last week that I was moving on, that we
were moving on to bigger and better things after losing the Intercontinental Championship. Well, last week showed exactly
what we’re moving on to but…but since then, since that attack on Shawn all I’ve heard people asking…is why
Hassan scratches his chin, surprised at the questioning.
: Why did we attack Shawn Michaels last week? Why did we take Shawn Michaels and BEAT HIM…within an inch…of his life? I’ve heard people asking ‘Oh was it Eric Bischoff’s doing?’ ‘Are the Entity simply hired guns?’ Well I laugh at those people who think we’re doing this for anything other than our own reasons, than our own benefits. I have NEVER liked Shawn Michaels. Be it Shawn Michaels the man, be it Shawn Michaels the performer, we couldn’t be more different, we have nothing
in common but then…then last week Shawn said something and it made me...it made me laugh but at the very same time, it made me SICK…to the bottom of my stomach.
More boos for the Entity leader as we wonder where this is going.
: Last week Shawn Michaels claimed that he had faith
. He told the world that he had faith that no matter what came his way, he would get through it and he would overcome it. He stated that he had faith that whenever it may be, eventually
he’ll get past his whole ordeal with Eric Bischoff. But it’s that word that I took exception to, that word Shawn liked to bring up so very much…faith
. And that? That’s where I and Shawn DID share one, just one
similarity because not all that long ago I too…had faith.
Hassan nods his head, really believing in what he’s saying here.
: Y’know, I’m gonna go back to where it all started. September 11th, 2001, a date that is fixed in each and every single one of our minds.
Already there are strong boos and a gradual ‘USA’ chant.
: A date where one of the single worst acts known to man kind took place. A date where innocent people from all around the world, where innocent American
people lost their lives to terrorism.
The ‘USA’ chant is now loud as hell, Hassan holding the microphone out to them, nodding his head along with it.
: That? That reaction you have right now, that was the reaction I had too. It was a time where this country had to stand tall, it had to come together and it had to FIGHT against these sick human beings. The people of America had to unite and had to stand up to terror, had to show that you might’ve got us once but there is NO WAY you’re getting us again!!
Actually a small pop for that.
: And me? Well…I was one of those people. I was one of those people who took on that attitude, I walked out onto the streets and I saw the sadness in people’s eyes but I also saw the fire
in them too. The determination to not let them beat us. But... when I tried to do my part, when I turned up to local meetings in my community about the fight against terror, something…something just…it didn’t feel right
Hassan now huffs and puffs, the crowd know where he’s going with this.
: I walked into a room and you could…you could cut the tension with a knife. The entire room...it just fell silent
, all eyes were on me. At first I didn’t…I couldn’t comprehend why
. I thought to myself ‘Have I, have I done something wrong?’ But…but then it...somehow, it got worse
. It went from me walking into a room to me simply walking down the street. People stared, people whispered, PEOPLE DIDN’T GIVE ME THE TIME OF DAY!! And…why? Why was that huh?
Hassan is furious now as the boos begin to come down.
: It was because of the colour of my skin. You people looked down on me because of the colour…of…my…skin
. Do you know? Do you know how that made me feel? That hurt like hell believe me because I just like you people am an AMERICAN CITIZEN!! I am an Arab American and I am DAMN PROUD TO BE ONE!! But here we are, four years on and you people NOW CHOOSE TO BOO ME!! YOU JEER ME!! YOU STILL CHANT ‘USA’!! WELL KEEP CHANTING BECAUSE I’M FROM THE SAME DAMN COUNTRY AS YOU ARE!!
Hassan is literally spewing here and the crowd, stupid as fuck chant ‘USA’ even louder with Hassan holding his hands out wide.
: And from that day on, I lost all faith in this country, I lost all faith in you people, I lost all faith… entirely
Hassan is now in a pretty sombre mood after that little rant.
: Which is why last week...it hit a nerve, it really got to me when Shawn Michaels told the world his faith was gonna see him through this. Well Shawn I got news for ya…faith will not get you through anything
. Faith is nothing but false hope and when Eric Bischoff needed somebody to teach you a lesson I and the Entity stepped up. We stepped up because we want you to feel what I’ve felt, what we have ALL felt.
All four men share a look at each other in agreement, Hassan showing real fire here.
: That feeling of being forced out the door is the exact same feeling you’re gonna experience Shawn. Eric Bischoff is not gonna fire you, no. But he’s gonna take great pride, we’re all
gonna take great pride in forcing you…to walk away. I had that same feeling Shawn, people turned their back on me, this country turned it’s back on me and it forced me… out of its society. My faith was gone, my life
was gone and now? I’m gonna force you out Shawn, I’m gonna take your
faith, I’m gonna take your
life away from you and I’m gonna show you that faith is NOTHING… but wishful thinking.
And with that the Entity’s music hits, Hassan and his men standing on menacingly inside the ring as Hassan gives all three of them a nod, Daivari and Dutt are smirking whilst Khali stands there as intimidating as ever before the four men depart to a strong barrel of heat.
: I don’t really know how you can comment on that folks. What Muhammad Hassan has just said is…it’s downright embarrassing. This country turned its back on him? You gotta be kidding me. Hassan, he truly believes that and he truly believes that he’s gonna make Shawn Michaels feel the same way he has, that he’s gonna force Shawn Michaels out the door just like that. I’m not buyin’ it.
: Well you might not be J.R but I am. Muhammad Hassan made some damn good points tonight J.R, he’s right about faith, it don’t mean a damn thing and it ain’t gonna mean a thing for Shawn Michaels. The Heartbreak Kid can believe it all he wants but Muhammad Hassan, the Arabian Entity are gonna teach him a lesson, they’re gonna bring him back to reality and they’re gonna make a statement around this place cowboy. I can…not…wait.
The four men stand tall at the top of the ramp, facing the audience and holding each other’s arms up in there as a symbol of strength and unity.
We return and head off backstage and the crowd begin going wild as we see the emergence of the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista!! The Animal is pacing round backstage, sunglasses on, vest top and jeans as he holds the World Title over his shoulder before Tista is stopped in his stride by the pestering Todd Grisham.
: Batista if we could just get a moment of your time. Firstly, last week saw you and Kane once again cross paths as you rushed down ringside, coming to the aid of Shawn Michaels and fending off the Big Red Machine. Moving forward, do you believe this whole thing with Kane is coming to an end or was last week simply a preview of what’s to come?
Batista takes a moment, removing his shades to a small pop.
: In my eyes Todd, last week was simply a preview. I dealt with Kane at Summerslam, I dealt with him again last week but that…that doesn’t seem to be enough for him. He still thinks he’s got some kinda right at another title shot, that Shawn Michaels screwed him at Summerslam, that he really
…has a shot of beating me.
Batista s......s to himself slightly.
: Well here’s what I think, no…here’s what I know
. I know that he doesn’t have any right at another title shot. I know that with or without Shawn Michaels I would still
…be standing here as the World Heavyweight Champion and I KNOW that Kane hasn’t got a hope in HELL…of beating me.
Nice pop for that as Tista shows some intensity there.
: Well I guess that leads me to my next question Dave, if you believe all those things to be true then why was last week in your eyes only a preview of what’s to come?
: I kinda figured you’d ask that Todd and my answer’s real simple. Kane doesn’t deserve another shot at this right here(looks at his title) BUT…he’s not gonna stop until he gets exactly that. He believes he was screwed, he believes that an animal…can’t beat a monster. I don’t buy it, I don’t buy it at all.
Batista shakes his head, disagreeing with Kane’s point.
: But as much as Kane doesn’t deserve it, as much as I don’t buy it, I wanna give him that opportunity, I wanna give him that chance to prove it. I’m laying down the challenge. One more match, me and Kane, Unforgiven, where we can go out there and put all the doubts he’s got, all the doubts anybody else out there has got very firmly
…to rest. Those doubts? I don’t have any. I know that any time, any place, anywhere I will take Kane out and I will put…him…down
Nice little pop for that statement from the champion.
: When I came down to that ring last week, me and Kane fought right the way through the crowd and we fought right the way around the whole arena. At Unforgiven that is not
what I want. All I want is me and Kane face…to face inside the middle of that ring, nowhere to go, nowhere to run, nowhere to hide and we will see once and for all who the better man… really is.
Tista then puts his shades back on and heads off, a strut in his step as the challenge has been laid down for the Big Red Machine and we head back to ringside where already standing in the ring, her music playing in the background is the beautiful Torrie Wilson, all smiles as she’s set for action.
: Well the challenge has been made. Batista wants Kane and he wants him at Unforgiven. Will the Monster accept the challenge? I’ll be damned if he doesn’t Coach.
: Of course he will J.R. I think Batista’s making a HUGE mistake here cowboy. Batista doesn’t know what this monster is capable of and without Shawn Michaels in his corner, I don’t see a way out for the champion come Unforgiven, I’m one of the doubters, believe me.
‘I ain’t a lady to mess with’
Well Torrie’s opponent is none other than the Women’s Champion herself, Victoria who steps out with that devilish smirk across her face as she eyes up the blonde beauty.
: Well all eyes back on the action and at Summerslam Victoria was all set to defend her Women’s Championship against Lita only for Victoria to heinously assault the Daredevil Diva oone week prior to that match, injuring Lita in the process. With both Lita and Trish put on the sidelines by Victoria, it’s a real chance for Torrie to put herself in the title hunt tonight.
: It is…but I don’t see it happening. All I see is potentially another victim for Victoria. She’s too ruthless, too brutal, too damn good and I don’t see anybody posing her a threat to that Women’s title.
Match One: Singles Match
Victoria vs Torrie Wilson
The first minute of this match is basically a stand off as Victoria eyes up Torrie with that twisted smirk and demeanour of hers, Torrie looking back scared to death before Victoria begins circling the ring, Torrie doing likewise, clearly concerned abou her dangerous opponent here tonight.
Victoria finally does make her move but Torrie dodges it, a game of cat and mouse emerging as Victoria becomes a little frustrated. Again the Women’s Champion charges at Torrie but again the beautiful blonde ducks it much to the crowd’s approval AND THIS TIME TORRIE GOES FOR A ROLL UP!! 1…2…3…NO!! Victoria just about kicks out, the crowd thought the upset was on there!!
Victoria’s quickly up and has a look of horror as she now CHARGES at Torrie but AGAIN Torrie ducks it, only to spin around and this time VICTORIA TAKES HER HEAD OFF WITH A CLOTHESLINE!! The champion now very much on top and it’s easy pickings for her here. Victoria begins to hammer away on Torrie with some deadly kicks, head to toe on Torrie before she drags Torrie up like a rag doll, boots her in the gut, scoops her up high before finishing her off with a devastating Widow’s Peak. A twisted look on her face as she looks on at the damage before covering Torrie’s lifeless body. 1…2…3…convincing as ever.
: Impressive once again from the Women’s Champion, statement made and I don….oh come on!! The damage is done Victoria!! What the hell is the need for this?!?
: She wants to put Torrie on the injured list too J.R!!
Indeed Victoria has evil intentions in mind here as she’s stomping the holy hell out of Torrie before demanding her title belt from ringside. Lilian Garcia reluctantly hands it over as Victoria now awaits Torrie’s return to her feet, Victoria’s about to take her head off here!! Torrie’s in a whole world of trouble as Victoria squeals ‘C’mon Torrie’, Victoria is desperate to send another message tonight as she lines the title belt up…
BUT THERE’S SOON A LOOK OF HORROR ON VICTORIA’S FACE AS THE MUSIC OF LITA HITS AND DOWN STORMS THE DAREDEVIL DIVA!!!
: LITA!! LITA IS HERE AND SHE’S HEADED FOR VICTORIA!!
: What the hell is she doing back here?! Victoria put her on the injured list, she’s not meant to be here!!
Lita storms down to the ring and Victoria swings the title belt…BUT MISSES!! Lita ducks underneath it and Victoria spins round, boot to the gut by Lita…TWIST OF FATE!! Victoria is floored and Lita begins to head up high!! The fans are going wild as Lita lets out a roar of adrenaline BEFORE A MOONSAULT OFF THE TOP!!! STATEMENT MADE FROM LITA ON HER RETURN!!
: We knew Lita was returning, we knew she wasn’t far away but we didn’t know we’d be seeing Lita tonight, coming to the aid of Torrie Wilson, coming to send a message to the Women’s Champion!! Lita wants payback and she wants the Women’s Title!!
: This is not right J.R!! This is not fair!! Victoria wasn’t ready for this, she didn’t plan for this!!
: Just like Lita didn’t plan for Victoria to damn near take her ankle off before Summerslam!! But Lita is back and Victoria is very much in her sights!!
We see Lita helping Torrie to her feet and comforting her as Victoria rolls out of the ring, dropping to the outside having felt the full effect of what Lita is capable of and what might be in store in the not too distant future.
We return and cut away to a video package…
The first shot we receive is of a church and through the windows we can see it’s pitch black outside as some candles are lit inside the church and we see a solitary figure but only from behind and they appear to be praying as they are on their knee sat the front of the church. This person is a fairly small man, bald head and a pretty scary look on his face as he begins rocking back and forth and is then heard saying ‘Forgive me, for I have sinned.
Forgiveness does not…come easily…
We then get a shot of Edge with his maniacal smile, holding his Money in the Bank briefcase close to him.
Certain acts, certain decisions, we can choose to let go…
We see a shot of Shawn Michaels standing over Batista following a deadly dose of Sweet Chin Music.
To let slide…
We see Charlie Haas cutting a frustrated figure as Shelton Benjamin walks past him.
To put at the back of our minds…
We then see this person still on their knees in the church looking up to the heavens as they repeatedly say ‘Forgive me, Forgive me’
But then there are other acts, there are other decisions that are simply…unforgivable…
There’s now fast paced music as we get a glimpse of an enraged Batista who kicks the ropes in frustration as Eric Bischoff smirks cockily.
We then see Chris Jericho holding the back of his head as he watches Edge slither away from his grasp, a furious look on Jericho’s face.
Finally we see Christian smirking to himself as he pats Tomko on the chest before patting his own, a devilish smirk on Captain Charisma’s face.
September 18th, 2005, those that have sinned will seek their forgiveness…
We see Kane laughing to himself in his usual monstrous manner.
The next image is of Muhammad Hassan and his Arabian Entity standing tall as Hassan embraces the boos from all around him.
The shot we then see is of Batista, his hands on his head in clear disappointment or frustration.
But for some…they will always remain…well and truly…Unforgiven.
The final image we see is of a desolate Shawn Michaels stood in the ring alone, staring down at this feet. We then return to the church to see the man praying, looking up high to the sky before he stops, looks down and into the camera, a look of despair which then changes before smiling sadistically and we then get a graphic for…
We return back to ringside, all set for some more action tonight as we hear…
‘You think you know Me’
The music of Mr.MITB hits and out steps the Rated R Superstar, Edge to a chorus of boos as he gets set for some competition here tonight. The wily Canadian has a smirk on his face as he holds his briefcase up high, pyro going off before heading down to the ring.
: Summerslam was an important night in this young man’s career as Edge successfully defended his Money in the Bank contract against Chris Jericho in controversial fashion but it was last week where things really heated up. Edge’s former tag team partner Christian was out here talking about his claim to a World Title shot, something that didn’t sit well with the Money in the Bank holder. We then had ourselves a full on verbal war only for Y2J to show his face and things then REALLY got going.
: Absolutely. Two men who both deserve a World Title shot, Edge and Christian but then that good for nothing punk Chris Jeri cho got involved and he had the nerve to claim he deserved a shot? Gimme a break. Jericho got put in his place by this man Sunday night and you’d better believe Edge’ll do it again if he gets the chance. The World title is in his sights and Chris Jericho ain’t gonna get in his path towards it.
There’s a surprisingly strong pop that greets the music of the returning Goldust!! The oh so familiar theme tune hits and the ‘Bizarre One’ steps out, trademark attire and blonde wig as he eyes up Edge in that twisted demeanour of his, Edge looking a little tentative about facing this unique individual.
: Well folks don’t adjust your television sets. That is Goldust, one of the most bizarre, freaky, weird superstars I have ever come across but there is no doubting Goldust’s ability. The Bizarre One signed a contract this past week to return to Monday Night Raw and he’ll be looking to make an impact starting tonight.
: Weird, bizarre, freaky, they don’t do this whack job justice. Goldust is in a whole different world to any of us J.R and I hope Edge sends him straight back where he came from, the nut house.
Match Two: Singles Match
Edge vs Goldust
The bell rings and Edge looks a little bit freaked out by Goldust’s weird stance as he crouches in the corner, taking his wig off before standing upright and eyeing up Mr.MITB who scrunches his face up with a ‘WTF?’ look. Goldie then begins circling the ring, Edge doing likewise and the two men lock up and it’s Goldust who takes the upper hand, applying a side headlock before shoving Edge off and into the ropes, Edge rebounds and the Golden One knocks him down with a big shoulder block, early cover from Goldust, kick out at one and a half from Edge.
Both men are quickly up and Goldust strikes with a massive right hand sending Edge stumbling but the Rated R Superstar spins right back into Goldie’s path and it’s a boot to the gut from ‘Dust who then scoops Edge up high and drops him with a nice snap suplex!! Goldust looking impressive in the early going here as he then panders to the crowd, doing his infamous deep breath in before weird gasp out(how the hell do you describe that lol?). Goldust then drops down on to Edge and begins to hammer away with right hands, picking Edge apart as the referee warns him but Goldust scares him off with almost a dog bark in the ref’s direction which draws a pop from the crowd.
Goldie pulls Edge back to his feet and whips the Canadian into the corner as Goldust backs off, taking a run up as he looks around the crowd before charging a hundred miles an hour at Edge WHO STICKS A BOOT UP AND CATCHES GOLDUST SQUARE IN THE FACE!! A definite turning point in the match as all of Goldust’s momentum in the opening few minutes fades and Edge now begins to assume a stranglehold on the match, picking his opponent apart in the corner with an array of right hands and venomous kicks to the gut of the Bizarre One.
Edge continues his offense,dragging Goldie up before nailing him with a few forearms before an Irish whip. Goldust rebounds right into Edge’s path and he takes his opponent down with a beautiful Edgecution!! Cover by Mr.MITB, he believes it’s over with here, 1…2…kick out at two from Goldust, strong resolve being shown here from the former Intercontinental Champion!! Edge slams the mat in frustration before backing off into the corner, the fans know what’s coming as Edge has that crazed look in his eyes now, Goldust struggling to his feet, not knowing what’s awaiting him, he struggles up before turning around…SPEAR!! NO!! GOLDUST SIDESTEPS IT!! Edge spins round, boot to the gut from Goldust, CURTAIN CALL!! NO!! Edge shoves ‘Dust away and into the ropes, running the opposite side and reboun…SPEAR!! REBOUNDING RIGHT INTO A SPEAR!! Cover by Edge here, 1…2…3…he got him!!
: Well it was certainly a strong effort from the returning Goldust here tonight but in the end Edge simply proving too much to handle.
Give Edge some more credit for cryin’ out loud!! This man just wiped the floor with this maniac and I’m hopin’ it’s the last we see of him!! He has no business bein’ in the same ring with a guy like Edge. This is a future World Champion J.R, not some loose cannon nut who wears a freakin’ wig.
: I’m not denying Edge put on a show tonight Coach, I’m just giving Goldust some credit. Edge may indeed be a future World Champi…
J.R stops in his tracks however as we see Edge has grabbed a microphone form ringside and is somewhat out of breath but ready to address the crowd.
: Last week I think I made my intentions perfectly clear. I think it was made pretty damn obvious that I want a shot…that I DESERVE a shot at the World Heavyweight Title.
Boos already for Mr.MITB.
: But just before my match tonight I’m sitting in the back watching the show and I hear…I hear Batista challenging Kane, I hear him offering Kane another shot at the World Title. Wh-wh-what the HELL is that about huh? What right does Kane have to another opportunity at that title? That is MY shot, that is MY opportunity and I’m not gonna sit back and just...just let that happen, no, no, NO!!
Edge is pretty fired up now as the crowd continues to boo the Rated R Superstar.
: Every challenge that’s thrown my way, be it this gold freak, be it Chris Jericho, whoever the hell it is, I ALWAYS…overcome it and Batista? Batista make no mistake about it, he’d be no different. Now I know what people are thinking and hey, Christian even brought it up last week, why do I...why do I not just cash in my Money in the Bank contract?
Edge laughs a touch to himself.
: And I’ll repeat exactly what I said last week. This contract guarantees
me a shot at the World Title any time I want right up to Wrestlemania. Wrestlemania is a long, long
time away and I don’t need
to rush this, I don’t want
to rush it ESPECIALLY…when I already deserve a shot at that World Title. So let me…let me cut to the chase here. I want Eric Bischoff to come out here right now and I want him to do what’s right. I want Eric Bischoff to announce ME…as the new number one contender and as the man who becomes the next
…World Heavyweight Champion.
Edge smiles broadly as he patiently waits Bischoff’s arrival but he’s left waiting, no sign of the boss for now…
Time ticks on…
: Hey, Eric, I know you’re a busy man and all but I’m getting pret…
‘Break the Walls Down’
And it is NOT the man Edge wanted to see that steps out from behind the curtain as out comes Edge’s recent rival, Y2J, Chris Jericho who is dressed casually and is greeted by a very strong pop from this raucous crowd. Jericho has a mic in hand and stares down his fellow Canadian from the top of the stage.
: Edge I think it’s ti…
: NO!! NO!! I didn’t…I didn’t ask for you to come out here Chris. I asked for Eric Bischoff and I am NOT leaving this ring until I get what I WANT!!
Edge is acting like a small child here, throwing a bit of a tantrum.
: Would you…would you just do us all a favour and PLEASE…SHUT THE HELL UP!!
Loud pop for that as Edge paces around the ring now.
: You’re not leaving that ring until you get what you want, is that right? (Edge nods, mouthing ‘Yeah’) And what you want is a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, well guess what Junior? You and I…we want the exact same thing.
Jericho nods to himself as Edge chuckles a little bit.
: You mighta beat me at Summerslam but you know just as well as I do that without that little briefcase you’re holdin’ right there, I’d be the one standing here tonight as Mr.Money in the Bank, I’d be the one with a guaranteed World Title shot and you? You’d be standing in that ring, just like you are tonight, whining, complaining, crying because you’d know deep down, just like I do, just like alllllll these Jerichoholics do, that you are NOTHING…but a Chris Jericho wannabe.
Massive pop for that as Edge scratches his head.
: Y’know I’m getting pretty tired of this now Chris. A Chris Jericho wannabe? Please. At Summerslam I proved I am FAR from a Chris Jericho wannabe. You couldn’t be any further from the truth because at Summerslam I proved I am TEN TIMES the superstar you could ever HOPE TO BE!!
Strong boos for that statement as Jericho raises his eyebrows at that.
: You didn’t prove anything at Summerslam Edge. I beat you at Vengeance, I beat you when you didn’t
have that get outta jail card, I beat you when you didn’t have that ace up your sleeve and I know all too well that I’d do it ag…
: BUT…I beat you at Summerslam Chris, I beat you when it actually MATTERED!! When this(pointing at the briefcase) was on the line, I WON, I THRIVED under that pressure. When I walked into Wrestlemania and this briefcase hung above the ring, what did I do? Oh, oh yeah, that’s right, I WON, I THRIVED AGAIN!! And when I FINALLY…get my chance at the World Title, when the spotlight’s on me once more, yet again, I will thrive
It’s a defiant statement from Edge here as he appears to be all fired up right now.
: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You’ve had your shots Chris, you’ve had your time, your opportunities... I haven’t. I’ve never had that chance to break through to the next level, I’ve not had that defining moment and I am just about DONE with being held back around here so like I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted…Eric Bischoff get your ass out here and give me wh…
: Woah, woah, woah. Let me…let me just get this straight. I’ve had my opportunities and…you haven’t? Well you wanna know why that is? It’s because I’ve EARNED my opportunities. It’s because I’ve worked hard to get to where I wanna be, to get…to the top. You
? You haven’t done anything to deserve that opportunity and you proved it again at Summerslam. You did what you always do Edge, you took the coward’s way out and yo…
: COWARD? You…you’re calling me a coward
? I am FAR from a coward, in fact, I’ll take you on right here…RIGHT NOW AND WE’LL SEE JUST WHO THE COWARD IS AROUND HERE!!
Massive pop for that as Jericho looks impressed.
: It only took you…what? Seven, eight years, however long you’ve been here to show some balls huh?
Ohhhhhh, Edge is livid here, the crowd loving it.
: Enough of the jokes Jericho!! Get your ass down here NOW and we’ll settle th…
: Hey, hey, believe me…(Jericho takes off his jacket) you don’t have to ask me twice.
And with that Jericho throws his jacket down and he begins walking down the ramp, Edge awaits him inside the ring, it’s all gonna kick off once again between these two rivals. Jericho is pumped up, Edge looks ready for his rival’s arrival…BAM!! WHAT IN THE WORLD?!? JERICHO IS ATTACKED FROM BEHIND…BY CHRISTIAN!!
: Oh what in the world…where did Christian come from?! And why the hell is he attacking Chris Jericho?!?
: What do you mean why?! You remember what Jericho did to him last week!!
Christian is stomping the hell out of Jericho here on the ramp as Edge simply watches on in the ring, a smug look on his face as he witnesses his rival being picked apart by his former tag team partner. Christian now grabs Jericho up to his feet, gets a hold of Jericho’s arm before WHIPPING HIM INTO THE BARRICADE!! Jericho crashing shoulder first as Edge sarcastically mouths ‘Ooooooh’ inside the ring, Christian smirking at his work on the outside.
Jericho is completely floored here, Christian eyeing him up once again before dragging Jericho to his feet, Edge is chuckling in the ring as he knows what’s about to happen. Christian sets Jericho up, UNPRETTIER ON THE RAMP!! Jericho’s skull crashes off the ramp as Christian looks on menacingly at the damage down, the crowd booing Captain Charisma’s actions here tonight.
: Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting actions and I don’t know what reason Christian’s gonna give for this but what I do know…is that it ain’t gonna be valid. Nothing is a valid explanation for what he’s done to Chris Jericho tonight.
: He doesn’t need an explanation, he’s Christian, he can do whatever the hell he wants. The man retired Ric Flair for cryin’ out loud, attacking Jericho don’t mean a damn thing J.R.
Edge now hops out of the ring, eyeing up Jericho with that twisted little smile of his as we see Christian step through the curtain backstage, the boos raining in on his actions as well as the cocky MITB holder who now crouches down right beside Jericho, smirking at the wounded superstar before Edge gets right in Jericho’s face, screaming, yelling at him, ‘YOU ARE NOTHING JERICHO, YOU UNDERSTAND ME? NOTHING!! SHOW ME, SHOW YOUR NEXT WORLD CHAMPION THE RESPECT HE DESERVES!!’ as Edge then ruthlessly shoves Jericho’s head down against the ramp and stands up, taking a deep breath before smirking again and raising his briefcase up high to the thunderous boos from the crowd.
: Gimme a break. Edge didn’t even do this to Jericho, it was Christian who did his dirty work for him!! Edge has got nothing to brag about here tonight!!
: I beg to differ, he’s got that briefcase baby and that’s more than enough to brag about. Jericho got what was coming to him, be it from Edge, from Christian, whoever. Jericho had it coming and it’s exactly…what he deserved.
We return and run down what occurred before the break with Edge and Chris Jericho’s verbal confrontation before Christian’s ambush from behind as J.R and Coach discuss the ramifications before we suddenly cut backstage where we see Christian himself walking around the back, a stern look on his face, Tomko now beside him unlike in the attack ringside before we see Maria who interrupts the duo.
: Christian could we get an explanation as to why you attacked Chris Jericho tonight?
Straight to the point from Maria here as Christian gives her a death glare.
: Is it really that hard to figure out? I mean c’mon, even you Maria, even…YOU should be able to figure out why I attacked Chris Jericho tonight.
Maria points at herself, saying ‘Me?’
: Last week Chris Jericho decided he was gonn…
Christian suddenly stops, looking up as Tomko unfolds his arms, hands on hips and the camera shifts where we see the emergence of Edge!! The Rated R Superstar still has that smirk on his face that he had mere moments ago following what took place between them and Y2J.
: Can I help you?
: Y’know what? I knew…I knew
you’d see sense after last week. Getting Jericho outta the way tonight? That was the first step and now? Now the path is clear, now the World Heavyweight Title is…it’s within touching distance, I can feel it, I’m almost, almost
there and thanks to your help toni…
: Easy, easy I know where you’re goin’ with this and listen, I hate to be the one to break it to ya but I didn’t attack Chris Jericho out there tonight…for you. No, I did what I did out there tonight for one man and one…man…only. Me
Christian now smirks to himself, Tomko doing likewise as Edge looks surprised.
: Jericho had the nerve to get in my face last week. He claimed that he deserved a World Title shot and that…that made me laugh, it really did. He doesn’t deserve anything around here, me and you, we can agree on that. What I did tonight was simply what I always do, it was sending a message, it was making a statement, it was asserting…my dominance
Boos for that claim as Tomko nods on in the background.
: See I don’t like people who make false claims Edge. I don’t like people trying to crawl to the front of the line and Jericho? He was trying to do exactly that. Me and you, we teamed for a long time, we travelled together, we won championships together, we DOMINATED…together. But now
? Now we’re on our own and if you wanna be one of those people, one of those who make false claims, who try and crawl to the front of the line, to the front of MY LINE, then go right ahead…
Christian now gets in Edge’s face, the tension rising here.
: But I promise you, despite everything we’ve been through, I will have absolutely no hesitation in doing exactly
what I did to Jericho and I will…take…you…out.
The stare off between these two speaks a thousand words as Edge looks a little confused, his face scrunched up, Christian now backs off a little bit before walking away with his ‘Problem Solver’, his message well and truly sent to both Chris Jericho and Edge here tonight as we head back ringside with a confused look on Edge’s face.
We return ringside to hear the music of the Raw GM, the oh so devilish Eric Bischoff who steps out with a beaming grin on his face, clearly in a good mood here tonight as he struts down to the ring.
: Well folks that look on Eric Bischoff’s face should be enough to tell you just what kinda mood the boss is in here tonight. Last week saw Shawn Michaels take step one of his punishment and well we all know exactly what went on as the Arabian Entity struck. I don’t…I don’t know why Eric Bischoff’s out here Coach, I mean we’ve already heard from Hassan and his men here tonight, what more can be added?
: A whole lot, that’s what. Eric Bischoff deserves his moment out here. Shawn Michaels has put him through hell J.R and he’s failed to deliver the goods time and time and TIME AGAIN!! Now? Now he’s payin’ the price and last week, I think you said it yourself, last week was only step one. I hope Bischoff give us step two tonight!!
Bischoff is handed a microphone from ringside, still beaming as the crowd are already booing the hell out of Monday night’s GM.
: What a…what a difference a week makes huh!?!
Bischoff is already drawing in the boos from this pretty fiery crowd as the boss keeps that smug grin on his face.
This time last week I stood in the middle of this ring and I was hurt, I was embarrassed
, I was let down by Shawn Michaels. But here we are tonight and well…I’m on top of the world!!
More strong heat for the GM here, Bischoff loving every moment.
: Last week saw Shawn Michaels face step one, just step one
…of his punishment. See I’ve let Shawn Michaels off lightly
until last week, I’ve let him get away with all kinds of things in the hope that he’d...well, that he'd repay me. But at Summerslam, he didn’t repay me, he didn’t repay me at all, in fact he let me down more so than he ever
Bischoff pauses, nodding his head.
: And the moment Shawn counted Kane down, I knew things would have to change. I knew I’d have to REALLY start to punish Shawn Michaels and last week when the Arabian Entity came knocking on my door, I simply couldn’t say no. Their attack on Shawn last week, it was brutal
, it was extreme
, it was dangerous
and it brought a smile back to my face, it made me feel good
inside. Seeing Shawn experience what I’ve experienced for months, I took great pleasure in witnessing what took place last week.
Bischoff seems very intense in what he’s saying here.
: But being the kinda guy that I am, tonight… Shawn’s got the night off!! He’s at home resting, recovering from the beating he took at the hands of the Entity and I’m sure he’s watching Raw tonight, hi Shawn, hi Rebecca!!
Bischoff sarcastically waves at the camera before laughing to himself.
: And that…that’s why I’m out here tonight. I know Shawn’s at home watching what’s going on and I wanted…I wanted to give him a little message. So Shawn I want you to listen real close. Step one of your punishment, it’s complete, it’s over with but uh…step two? Shawn step two…is right around the corner!!
Bischoff is very upbeat when saying this, motioning around the corner as he says it.
: Unforgiven…it’s a very fitting name for our next Pay Per View isn’t it? Because Shawn I haven’t forgiven you and come September 18th you’re gonna pay. At Unforgiven it’s gonna be Shawn Michaels versus Muhammad Hassan!!
Quite a strong pop for that as Bischoff nods along with the cheers.
Oh there it is. Bischoff begins to smirk again.
: The Great Khali, Sonjay Dutt and Daivari… in a four on one handicap match!!!
SHIT loads of boos for that as Bischoff playfully slaps his leg, laughing his head off.
: You…you really thought I was gonna…oh you people are priceless. Unforgiven, it’s step two Shawn. It’s time for you to realise that you’ve finally
…met your match. And just to make something clear, I don’t want any confusion. If and this is a big if. If Shawn manages to pin any
of those four men…the match won’t be over. Oh no, because this will be an ELIMINATION HANDICAP MATCH!!
Even more boos now for this as Bischoff is in full blown dick mode now.
: Shawn’s gonna have to beat all four members
of the Entity to win that match and y’know what? If he does, that’s gonna take a lot of heart, a lot of character, a lot of fight and maybe then, just maybe
…I’ll forgive Shawn. But if he doesn’t? And hey, I got a funny feelin’ he won’t. If he doesn’t then all I can say is that step number two will feel like a walk in the park… compared to step number three.
And with that Bischoff flips the microphone around in his hand and starts laughing to himself all the more.
: Well with that now outta the way, I guess it brings me to a couple of other things I wanted to announce here ton…
‘Turn up the Trouble’
And there’s a small pop, small wave of confusion, small bundle of heat as the music of the relative newcomer hits, Mr.Kennedy who strolls out onto stage and Raw’s General Manager has a look of real confusion on his face as Kennedy eyes him up, hopping through the ropes with that arrogant swagger of his before KK looks up to the heavens, his microphone dropping down into the palm of his hand, Kennedy now smirking at Bischoff who seems to mouth ‘What?’ back in his direction.
Mr.Kennedy: You uh…you weren’t expecting me huh? Well lemme tell ya somethin’ Eric, you shoulda been expecting me, you should’ve been expecting me since the moment I got here tonight because…well, you’ve, you’ve let me down Eric.
Kennedy puffs his cheeks out a bit here, a disappointed look on his face.
: Look Ken…I can call you Ken right?
Kennedy doesn’t look amused.
: I’ve been, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about this whole thing, really I ha…
: Oh you have?! You really have?! Well guess what? I DO NOT…wanna hear it any more.
Quite the pop for Mr.Kennedy there as Bischoff has his head in his hands momentarily.
: Ever since I stepped through the door here on Raw you’ve promised me success, you’ve promised me competition, you’ve promised that I’d...that I'd become a star!!
: And you will, it’s just gon…
: AH, AH…I’m talking, you listen, capiche? You’ve given me those promises Eric and well, I got news for ya…you’ve broken them.
Kennedy now puts an arm around Bischoff who is trying to plead with him here.
: That? That…hurts
me Eric, it does because I only came to this show because I BELIEVED in what you told me, I BELIEVED in what you promised me and now here we are and things are…things are goin’ south aren’t they?
: Listen I promise you that you wi…
: OH!! OH!! There we go again, you promise
me. Well Eric I’m a fair guy and because of that, I’m gonna hear you out right now. I’m gonna let you tell me, let you tell the WORLD…just what it is you’re gonna promise me. Go…go right ahead but trust me…this better be good!!
Kennedy now folds his arms as Bischoff has seemingly nothing, trying to think of something to offer Kennedy here.
: Y’know I stand by everything I said when I signed you, I do. You are
the game changer of this show, you are
destined for success, and you’re the next big star on this show, in this entire company!! I can…I can only apologise for letting you down so far. So let me make you one more promise and I guarantee
…this sticks. I promise you that I will find you competition, that I will find you a challenge and…hey, you know what?! Why don’t…why don’t we start RIGHT HERE TONIGHT?!
Kennedy looks intrigued by this, Bischoff trying to suck up to him.
: Yeah, how about it? Right here, right now we give you a match against anybody backstage who is willing to step in the ring with you. How’s that sound for ya?
: That sounds...wait, anybody
? Did I hear you say anybody
backstage? Eric I thought we had an agreement, I thought I was gonna get some COM…PE…TI…TION. I don’t wanna just face anybody
, I want the very BEST…this show has to offer because only the very best CAN EVEN THREATEN ME!
Bischoff is concerned now, thinking as he paces around the ring, Kennedy looking at an imaginary watch on his wrist.
: Time’s tickin’ Eric, I’m startin’ to lose patience here buddy!!
Kennedy’s sarcastic demeanour is evident as Bischoff finally stops on the spot.
: Alright, I got it!! You are gonna have a match and you are gonna have it... right now. So I’m callin’ out anybody backstage who is a former World Champion
to come on down to this ring and face Mr.Kennedy tonight.
Kennedy starts nodding now, smiling away.
? That’s more like it Eric, maybe…maybe
me and you can get along after all. Soooooo c’mon then(now looking up the ramp)…who’s willin’ to step up, who’ s willin’ to go toe to toe with the GAME CHANGER…of this business, who’s ready to go one on one with MISTERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR KEEEEEEE-NNNNNNEEEEEE-
WHAT THE FUCK?!? The music of Stone Cold Steve Austin hits!! The Texas Rattlesnake is answering the challenge!!
: STONE COLD!! STONE COLD!! WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?! KENNEDY WANTED A FORMER WORLD CHAMPION AND GOOD GAWD ALMIGHTY, HE’S ABOUT TO GET ONE!!
J.R, he ain’t about to get one, look at this freak, he’s out here again!! What the hell is Eugene’s problem!?! Kennedy wants competition, this ain’t a damn circus!!
Indeed it is NOT Stone Cold, it is Eugene once again mimicking one of his favourite former superstars as Kennedy hangs his head in disgust, Eric Bischoff is already apologising to KK but Kennedy doesn’t wanna hear any of it, simply throwing an arm at Bischoff to get out his face as Bischoff scowls at Stone Cold Eugene here.
: Wha…what…WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING?!?
Eugene…I mean Stone Cold grabs a mic from ringside, he’s pacing around the ring like Austin would do.
: HEY!! ANSWER ME!! I said what do you thin…
: If you think Eric Bischoff deserves an ass whippin’, gimme a hell yeah!!
HELL YEAH!! The crowd are hugely responsive here as Eugene starts smiling and clapping his hands together. Bischoff looks ready to crack here.
: ALRIGHT THAT IS ENOUGH!! I am SICK of this crap Eric. I don’t wanna hear from you until you find me an opponent that is worth a DAMN SECOND OF MY TIME!! As for you
Kennedy turns his attentions to Eugene.
: You are not Stone Cold Steve Austin, you are not Hulk Hogan, you are not…YOU ARE NOT FIT TO EVEN BE IN THIS COMPANY!!
Strong heat for Kennedy there, the crowd slowly turning on him now.
: You wa…you want a beer?
Eugene hesitantly asks Kennedy that question, the crowd laughing and it is fairly comical as Stone Cold shows his Eugene traits now.
: Y’know what? I’ll have a beer and hey, while you’re at it Uncle Eric over here, he’ll have one too won’t ya?!
: I don’t th…
: Oh you’ll have one, believe me, you’ll have one. C’mon Eu…I mean, c’mon Steve
, where are those beers at huh?
Eugene hops out the ring and goes over to ringside grabbing some beers and tossing them back inside the ring, one to Kennedy, one to Bischoff who looks at it like ‘WTF?’ Kennedy has already opened his as Eugene steps back inside, one of his own.
: C’mon then Steve
, aren’t we, aren’t we meant to share a toast? What’s it, what’s it to huh?
Kennedy holds his beer out, waiting for Eugene to toast with him.
: Here’s to me kickin’ your ass all over Tampa!!
A RAUCOUS POP AS EUGENE TOASTS WITH KENNEDY AND KICKS HIM IN THE GUT, STUNNER!! STUNNER FROM EUGENE, NO!! KENNEDY SHOVES HIM AWAY!! Eugene falls into the ropes and rebounds, MIC CHECK!! MIC CHECK FROM KENNEDY AS SOME OF THE CROWD CHEERS, SOME BOOS, KENNEDY TAKING EUGENE OUT!!
Bischoff begins smiling now as he applauds Kennedy slowly. Kennedy is quickly back up, grabbing his microphone again and beer also.
I am FINISHED…with morons like him. I am FINISHED…with being disrespected around here and I am FINISHED…
Kennedy then goes over to Eugene’s lifeless body before turning and giving Bischoff a stare, the boss still smiling AS Kennedy gives him one right back BEFORE KENNEDY POURS BEER ALL OVER ERIC BISCHOFF!! THE CROWD ARE GOING CRAZY AS KENNEDY SOAKS THE BOSS!! Bischoff simply stands there, eyes closed knowing nothing he does will get him away from this, Kennedy enjoying every second.
: I AM FINISHED…with you.
And with that Kennedy tosses his microphone up in the air, his music hitting and he exits the ring, strut in his step having dealt with both Eugene and Bischoff here tonight, hoping that his message will finally be received, loud and clear.
: Well that was…Coach, I don’t know what that was!! Mr.Kennedy has had enough, had enough of Eugene, had enough of Eric Bischoff, he’s had enough of…everything!!
: I’m in shock J.R. I didn’t think Kennedy would stoop so low. I’m…I’m honestly speechless. Covering our boss in beer? Who the hell does he think he is?
: Let’s be fair Coach, Kennedy’s been cravin’ competition and quite frankly, Eric Bischoff has failed to deliver. If I were Kennedy I’d be frustrated too. Kennedy wants to make headlines here on Raw and tonight he has certainly done that!!
We return from the break and head straight to a locker room where we see Shelton Benjamin taping himself up for his main event showdown tonight with Kane. The Intercontinental Champion is sat down on a chair as he wraps some tape around his ankle, the same one he injured at Backlash as he winces in a little discomfort, perhaps tweaking that ankle somewhat. Benjamin then stops what he’s doing and looks up where we see Charlie Haas has entered the room.
: Hey man, what’s goin’ on? Where you been? Haven’t seen you tonight, thought you were gonna help me get ready for my match?
Haas has his hand up, almost apologetic.
: I’m sorry man, I’ve been tryin’ all night long to speak with Bischoff about this match tonight, tryin’ to CANCEL this match tonight but he’s not havin’ any of it. Maybe you sh…
: Wait, wait, you…you’re tryin’ to cancel
my match tonight?
Benjamin seems surprised here.
: Of course I am!! Shelton I didn’t forget what you said last week. You told me that while your ankle’s not a hundred percent, the Intercontinental Title was your only priority. You told me that so long as your ankle’s hurt, the Tag Team Titles, the titles we should
be holding… had to be put at the back of your mind. Well here we are, one week on and Shelton, your ankle’s still not right.
: Yeah which means th…
: Which means… that you shouldn’t be goin’ out there risking it against anybody, let alone somebody like Kane. We gotta get you healthy again Shelton, I know you can’t be satisfied with being only the Intercontinental Champion, you gotta want double gold around your waist right?
Awkward silence. Haas is now looking a tad disappointed before trying to change subject.
: But yeah, like I said, Bischoff wasn’t having any of it so uh…so maybe you could try and speak with him? I mean, he might actually listen to you, after all you are already one of his champions, soon to be another, he can’t afford you on the injured list.
Benjamin appears frustrated, huffing a little bit, rubbing his hands up and down his face before looking at Haas.
: Charlie look, I want you to listen real carefully to this alright? There is no chance in HELL of me tryin’ to cancel my match tonight. I’m a wrestler Charlie, I’m a competitor, I’m the Intercontinental Champion for cryin’ out loud and you…you want me to cancel
Benjamin looks insulted almost.
: Yeah my ankle’s hurt, I’m a little beat up but that’s what this business is all about. I could be standin’ here tonight on one leg and I would still go out to that ring and compete because Charlie…that’s what we do.
Haas looks upset but then begins to smirk?
: It’s uh…it’s funny you should say that, it really is. So you’re a competitor? You could have one leg…and you’d compete?
Benjamin nods, Haas still smirking.
: And yet you won’t go for the Tag Team Titles with me because… while you’re not a hundred percent, the Intercontinental Title can be your only
priority? That…that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me Shelton. If you were such a competitor, you’d wanna go out to that ring every night and compete for anything and EVERYTHING YOU GET THE OPPORTUNITY FOR!!
Haas is riled up now, Benjamin looking a tad concerned.
: Look I’m sorry man, that’s…that’s not wh…
: That’s…that’s not what you meant... right
Haas laughs to himself before the laugh disappears and he stares straight faced at Shelton.
And with that Haas walks out the door and Benjamin sighs, be it with relief or disappointment we aren’t quite sure as he goes back to taping up his ankle ahead of his showdown tonight and we head back ringside.
‘Whips and Chains’
We’re right back to it and set for action as out come Doug and Danny, the Basham Brothers to a fairly decent pop, looking ready and raring to go for this big opportunity.
: Big opportunity here tonight for the Basham Brothers, ain’t no doubt about it. The Basham’s granted this opportunity to take on the Dudley Boyz and prove themselves worthy of entering the World Tag Team Title race.
: It’s a huge opportunity you’re right but it’s one they DO NOT deserve. I mean c’mon, the Platform to Perfection are the number one contenders and for DAMN good reason. What have these schmucks done to deserve a shot? Nothin’, that’s what.
: Well they were never pinned at Summerslam, I think they’ve got every right to at least have an opportunity at earning a shot and tonight presents that chance, the Dudleyz will have to be on their game.
‘Yeah we’re comin’ Down’
Out next to a pretty strong pop are the World Tag Team Champions themselves as out come Bubba Ray and D-Von, the Dudley Boyz.
: It’s been a bit of a rocky road in recent weeks for our Tag Team Champions, including defeat at Summerslam to the men they face at Unforgiven. As big as tonight is for the Basham’s, it’s a big one for the champions too, victory here would certainly be a huge boost Coach.
: Absolutely but let’s face it, victory tonight, defeat tonight, it doesn’t matter because come Unforgiven they won’t be holding those titles any longer.
Match Three: Tag Team Match
Dudley Boyz vs Basham Brothers
It’s Bubba who kicks this one off for the Dudleyz whilst Danny Basham starts things out for the Basham’s and it’s he who takes control in the early stages, taking Bubba down with some fast paced offense, some stern right hands followed by a beautiful drop kick off an Irish whip sends Bubba tumbling, the crowd right behind it as Danny goes for an early cover, 1…2…kick out at two from one half of the champions.
Danny continues looking to earn his team a quick victory, stomping away at Bubba’s left arm in particular but generally across all areas, Bubba wincing in pain before Danny drags the big man across the ring, tagging in Doug who hops over the ropes and LANDS RIGHT ACROSS BUBBA’S CHEST WITH A LEG DROP!! Cover by Doug now, 1…2…kick out at two again, the Basham’s really looking strong early on, D-Von with a concerned look in the opposite corner at his partner’s struggles.
Doug draws Bubba up, smashing him with some stiff forearm shots before a big Irish whip. Bubba rebounds and Doug swings, clothesline!! NO!! Bubba ducks it and stops in his tracks, grabbing Doug from behind, NECKBREAKER!! Tide turning now as Bubba takes Doug down and scrambles into a cover of his own, kick out at two from Doug however. Bubba brings himself to his feet, now looking to really swing the balance of this match as he drags Doug up also and whips him into the corner where his partner awaits as Bubba tags D-Von in, the fresher of the champions quickly storms in and goes to town on Doug, nailing him with some right hands to the gut before pulling Doug away from his corner and whipping the Basham across the ring, Doug rebounds and D-VON DROPS HIM WITH A DELICIOUS FLAPJACK!! Doug is floored and D-Von heads for a cover, 1…DANNY BREAKS THE COUNT!!
Danny apologises, holding his hands out to D-Von saying ‘Gotta do what you gotta do’ as he realises his partner was in trouble there and it’s both D-Von and Doug who are now down and out, Danny backing up to his corner on looking, Bubba doing likewise as it’s a race to their feet first, the crowd fairly split although leaning more towards the champions. Suddenly however, there’s a fair bit of commotion amongst the crowd and the camera shifts…where we see KEN DOANE and NICK NEMETH strutting down the ramp!! The Platform to Perfection are here, suited and booted as they cockily stroll down to ringside, J.R questioning their motives as Bubba gives them the eye, Danny looking confused also as D-Von and Doug are stirring inside the ring.
D-Von appears to be crawling towards his corner, Doug has the same intentions, it’s gonna be a battle to their respective corners as we see Doane and Nemeth take opposite sides of the ring, Bubba keeping an eye on Doane, Danny an eye on Nemeth as D-Von stretches out an arm, nearly there and HE MAKES THE TAG!! But Ken Doane hops up on the apron and distracts the referee, the referee’s back is turned as NEMETH DRAGS DANNY OFF THE APRON AND TOSSES HIM INTO THE BARRICADE!! Nemeth’s made his mark as Doug is stranded now!! Bubba however sees what’s going on and instead of heading for Doug HE HEADS FOR DOANE!! BUT DOANE HOPS OFF THE APRON!!
Doug is to his feet now and he sees Bubba with his back turned, ROLL UP BY DOUG!! 1…2…kick out by Bubba!! The Basham’s nearly took it there!! MEANWHILE KEN DOANE HAS DRAGGED D-VON OFF THE APRON AND TOSSED HIM INTO THE BARRICADE!! It’s chaos from PTP here!! Both Bubba and Doug however are quickly up again and Doug comes swinging but Bubba ducks it and runs the ropes BUT NEMETH HOPS UP AND BOUNCES DOUG’S FACE OFF THE ROPES!! THE REFEREE NEVER SAW IT AS DOANE HAS HIM DISTRACTED!! Bubba turns back around and Doug awaits him, boot to the gut, POWERBOMB FROM BUBBA!!! Doug is floored as Doane and Nemeth grin, cover by Bubba, 1…2…3!!
Winners: Dudley Boyz(8:12)
: The Platform to Perfection just…they just helped their opponents at Unforgiven!! I mean, what the hell is that about?! Why are Doane and Nemeth hell bent on costing the Basham Brothers?!
: These two guys are smart J.R. A win for the Basham’s tonight and they might’ve earned their way in at Unforgiven. Doane and Nemeth, they already know they can beat the Dudleyz!! Why would they want ANOTHER team in that match? They don’t and that’s why they did what they had to do last night. These two are perfection and once AGAIN, they personified it tonight. Next Tag Team Champions baby!!
Doane and Nemeth back up the ramp with their usual arrogant smiles and cocky demeanour, Danny Basham is seething inside the ring, back to his feet following Nemeth’s assault as he comes to assist Doug who is floored inside the ring. The Dudley Boyz are also in the ring, Bubba and D-Von scowling up the ramp at their challengers, Bubba clearly not realising just quite the full effects of PTP’s actions here tonight, D-Von meanwhile does following Doane’s ambush on him as they look on at their challengers come Unforgiven but also give a nod in the way of the very unlucky Basham’s here this evening.
Returning from the commercial break we immediately head to the back where standing by in his usual geeky fashion is the one and only Todd Grisham who is set to speak with us.
: Ladies and gentleman earlier on this evening we heard from the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista. Joining me at this time is the man he challenged to face him at Unforigven, the man he defeated at Summerslam, the Big Red Machine, Kane.
Kane appears into shot to a fair amount of boos as he snarls at the camera before diverting his attentions to Mr.Grisham.
: Kane I know you’ve got a match in just a matter of moments but we were wondering if you had an answer to Batista’s challenge for Unforgiven?
Kane doesn’t respond for a moment, looking down at the floor before tilting his head and staring back at Grisham.
: I’ve got an answer for Batista alright but…I’ve also got a question. Does…does Batista know who he’s challenging? I mean, does he really know…just who he’s asking, who he’s demanding
to step inside the ring with? No, no he doesn’t, he can’t do.
Kane now smirks to himself.
: If he did? If he did he wouldn’t be making this challenge, he’d think twice before he even set foot
…near me. At Summerslam Batista had a lucky night, he had Shawn Michaels on his side and I thought, I really thought that he’d take his victory and he'd run as far away as he could from me.
Kane now looks up, thinking about his next response.
: That would’ve been the smart thing to do, that would have been the right
thing to do but instead Batista’s challenged me… to a rematch. Well Batista, I’ve got news…for you, ha ha… you just signed your own death wish.
Kane now begins laughing in that demonic fashion of his before setting his eyes directly at the camera.
: Me and you Dave, one…on…one at Unforgiven is your worst possible
nightmare and BELIEVE ME…I HAVEN’T forgiven, I WON’T…forgive and I WILL...I will
…get my revenge. I heard what you said earlier tonight, I heard you tell the world that you wanted just me and you inside the ring, nowhere to run, nowhere to go, nowhere…to hide. Well I thought you would know by now Dave, MONSTERS…don’t hide and that? That’s the difference between me…and you. An animal? It shys away, it backs…down, it shows FEAR and at Unforgiven that is EXACTLY…what’s going to happen.
Kane now looks back at Grisham, no smiles any more, it’s all serious now.
: The Animal is going to come face to face with the monster… he fears most. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Summerslam was Batista’s night but Summerslam was simply delaying the inevitable. At Unforgiven the World Heavyweight Championship…becomes mine
and the Animal... gets put down.
Kane smirks once again before heading off very quickly, looking back at Grisham as he does before we head off elsewhere backstage…
We move towards the parking lot now where we see the number one contenders to the World Tag Team Titles, Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth who are all smiles following their antics tonight. Doane and Nemeth however are not alone as they are both accompanied by beautiful blondes, arm in arm, the girls smiling like crazy as the Perfectionists flirt with them like crazy. The arrogant duo are soon interrupted however as another beauty enters the fray, Maria.
: Ken, Nick I wa…
: Oh jeeze.
: I was just wondering why we saw you cost the Basham Brothers their match earlier on tonight?
Doane and Nemeth look at each other with a look of frustration at the question being asked.
: Excuse us ladies.
With that the two females walk away, headed to their car it would seem while Doane and Nemeth tend to Maria.
: Maria we did what we had to do out there tonight. See last week the Basham’s decided they wanna get involved in our business. They knew the stakes at Summerslam, the team who scored the pinfall would become the number one contenders to the Tag Team Titles and…who…who was it that scored that pinfall Maria?
: You guys!!
: Exactly. We scored that pinfall, we won that match and we earned
our Tag Team Title shot. Doug and Danny Basham didn’t win anything, they didn’t earn anything, all they did at Summerslam…was lose
. But last week they came out and they claimed that they were never pinned, they were never really beaten. Well my response to that would be real simple, go and check the record books boys cos it’ll tell you, August 19th 2005, the Platform to Perfection and the Arabian Entity BEAT the Dudley Boyz AND…the Basham Brothers.
Nemeth and Doane continue to smile wryly at one another.
: They don’t deserve to be anywhere near the Tag Team Titles, they don’t deserve to be anywhere near us
. We don’t want them to be in the back of our minds heading into Unforgiven, all we want is to focus a hundred and ten percent on the Dudley Boyz and on taking what we deserve
...the World Tag Team Championships.
: The only thing that can stop us doing that Maria…is a distraction, is a third party and the Basham Brothers are exactly that. Everything we do, we do it…to perfection
. Just look at us, the way we dress, the way we look, the women we date and at Unforgiven we’re gonna add the World Tag Team Titles to sit real pretty around our waists.
: Jealousy’s a terrible thing Maria and the Basham Brothers? They’re just that. They envy our looks, they envy our talent, they envy our position and come Unforgiven, that jealousy, that envy they have towards us? It’s only…going…to grow. They can’t touch us, the Dudleyz can’t touch us and when those titles FINALLY sit on our shoulders…they too…can’t be touched.
And with that Doane and Nemeth share a smirk before heading off to join their dates, Maria left dumb struck as ever, PTP’s message loud and clear here tonight as they look to build towards Unforgiven and we now return back ringside to hear…
‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Me Now’
It’s a strong pop that meets the music of the hobbling Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin as he steps through the curtain very gingerly and he is noticeably without Charlie Haas by his side following their small disagreement earlier on tonight.
: Well it’s been a frustrating night already for Shelton Benjamin here on Raw, an argument earlier on tonight with his partner Charlie Haas has, well, you can see the consequences. Haas is not out here alongside the Intercontinental Champion and Coach I don’t quite understand what Haas believes Shelton Benjamin has done wrong.
: How can you not understand? Shelton Benjamin is putting his partner on the backburner, it’s disgusting J.R. Charlie Haas is supposed to be his friend, his BEST friend, his partner and he’s treating Haas like he’s a nobody. I hope he gets a taught a lesson tonight by Kane cos Charlie Haas ain’t gonna be here to bail him out.
BOOM!! A huge burst of pyro hits to the music of the Big Red Machine as out steps the number one contender to the World Title, Kane who has his sights firmly set on making a statement to Batista here tonight.
: It appears as though the match is set, the rematch is on for Unforgiven and Kane is looking to prove that an Animal simply cannot beat a Monster and come September 18th in Oklahoma, we’re gonna find out as Kane challenges Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship. Two bulls going toe to toe in what I imagine is going to be nothing short of a straight up fight.
: You got that right J.R and lemme tell ya, Kane is gonna right the wrongs of Summerslam. He WAS screwed by Shawn Michaels and at Unforgiven, lightening ain’t gonna strike twice. Batista got outta dodge at Summerslam, at Unforgiven he ain’t gonna be so lucky.
: And Coach how do you honestly believe these two are gonna stay inside the ring? Batista wants it, he’s made that clear, he simply wants man to man inside that ring but these two have fought all around the arena, they fought off the damn stage a couple months back. Is it gonna be possible?
: I don’t think so. I mean you got two absolute brutes sluggin’ it out for the World Title, it don’t get any bigger and I think at Unforigven you’re gonna see things reach boilin’ point.
Match Four: Singles Match
Kane vs Shelton Benjamin
Benjamin goes for a fast start, perhaps sensing that it may be his best chance with regards to his injured ankle and early on it appears as though it’s working. Benjamin jumps right on Kane, fast paced style as he hammers away with right hands before some big kicks right the way across Kane’s mid section, Kane forced into the corner, the Big Red Machine having no answer for Benjamin in the opening stages.
Benjamin looks to keep the pace high, whipping Kane across the ring, the big man bounding back off the turnbuckle and right into the path of Benjamin who takes him down with a big clothesline!! Kane trickles back up and Benjamin opts for another but this time Kane ducks it, Benjamin spins back round and is met with a STINGING UPPER CUT BY THE MONSTER!! Benjamin is sent spiralling as Kane now slows the pace down, eyeing Benjamin up as the I.C Champion flounders on the mat. Kane then drags Benjamin up, elbowing the supremely talented athlete numerous times across the jaw, Benjamin wincing in pain before an Irish whip from the monster, Benjamin rebounds and Kane sends him flying with a big back body drop!!
Kane is completely in control right now as he stomps away at Benjamin’s body, dissecting the second tier champion on Raw before he again brings him to his feet and nails Benji with a strong right hand. Kane positions Benjamin in the corner and RAMS AN ELBOW INTO BENJAMIN’S THROAT!! Repeated elbows from Kane as Benjamin looks out of breath here and Kane stumbles out of the corner, pacing around the ring before reaching the opposite corner, Benjamin in no man’s land here as Kane comes a charging but Benjamin gets a boot up AND KANE CATCHES IT!! BENJAMIN’S INJURED ANKLE IN TROUBLE HERE AND KANE SLAMS IT OFF THE ROPES!! Benjamin’s ankle is twisted all kinds of ways from the rebound, Kane using all his wits there as Shelton clutches that ankle, clearly feeling the effects now, Kane letting out that demonic smirk of his.
The Big Red Machine continues his dominance as he drops down and now goes to work on that ankle, placing Benjamin’s ankle in between his legs as Kane applies as much pressure as he can, Benjamin now squealing in discomfort as Kane goes in for the kill. The referee checks on Shelton, asking him if he wants to quit but Benjamin isn’t interested, clearly in some pain but not wanting to throw the towel in as he tries to crawl for the ropes but he doesn’t even need to bother eventually as Kane releases the hold, the damage perhaps done already here as the referee again checks on the Intercontinental Champion.
Benjamin continues crawling around the mat, trying to rise to his feet but Kane is right on him in an instant and drags him back to his feet, tossing him into the corner as Kane goes thundering right in after him and connects with a monstrous clothesline, knocking all the wind out of a struggling Shelton Benjamin here. Kane is in full control here as Benjamin stumbles out of the corner, right into Kane’s path and the big man DROPS Benjamin with a huge sidewalk slam!! Cover by Kane, 1…2…kick out at two from Shelton!!
Kane gives a look of frustration as he gets to his feet, the crowd sensing the end is near as Kane now signals for a chokeslam!! Benjamin is in all kinds of trouble as he fights to his feet, the tension rising as Benjamin slowly does so, he’s all but there as he spins around, GOOZLE!! CHOKESLAM TIME!! NO!! BENJAMIN BREAKS FREE AND ROUND THE BACK OF KANE, ROLL UP!! 1…2…3…NO!! KANE JUST ABOUT SURVIVES!! Benjamin nearly stealing a huge victory!!
The crowd are now right behind Shelton, sensing an upset perhaps as both men get back to their feet and Benjamin goes for a boot to the gut BUT KANE CATCHES HIS FOOT, spins Benjamin around BUT BENJAMIN WITH A SPINNING HEEL KICK CATCHES THE BIG MAN!! The tide has turned as Kane is dazed, Benjamin sees an opportunity, boot to the gut now, T-BONE SUPLEX INCOMING BUT KANE BLOCKS IT!! Kane digs his heels in and swipes with an elbow to the side of Benjamin’s head, repeated elbows and Benjamin’s grip is broken, both men doubled over and Benjamin now comes a swinging, Kane ducks it, Benjamin turns round AND FROM OUT OF NOWHERE STUNS KANE WITH A SUPERKICK!! Benjamin catches Kane as he hobbles on one leg for the cover, Benjamin’s ankle struggling now but can he do it here?!? 1…2…BAM!!!
WHAT THE HELL?!?
BENJAMIN IS ASSAULTED FROM BEHIND BY…BY MARK JINDRAK!! MARK JINDRAK AND WILLIAM REGAL!! Jindrak and Regal stomping the hell out of Benjamin as Regal rips into Shelton’s injured ankle and the referee calls for the bell!!
Winner: Shelton Benjamin via Disqualification(11:06)
: WILLIAM REGAL AND…AND MARK JINDRAK JUST ASSAULTING THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION!! What the…what the hell is the meaning of this?!?
: You know damn well what the meaning is J.R!! Jindrak wants some gold and he and Mr.Regal are gonna get him some!! Shelton Benjamin has met his match and where’s his partner at huh?! Where’s Charlie Haas to save him?! Oh yeah…Shelton drove him away!!
Jindrak and Regal continue the ambush to the boos from the crowd as Regal now hops out of the ring and to the outside…where he grabs Benjamin’s Intercontinental Title!! Regal makes his intentions clear as he hands the belt to Jindrak, the Protégé eyeing it up like a piece of meat as Regal sits Benjamin upright…BUT KANE INTERVENES!!
: Thank god. Kane seeing some damn sense and stopping this before it gets outta hand!! Jindrak and Regal were gonna take Benjamin’s damn head off with the Intercontinental Title.
: I don’t think he’s stopping anything J.R!!
Indeed J.R’s stupidity is evident as Kane drops the I.C title, Regal and Jindrak staring at him worriedly as HE GRABS BENJAMIN BY THE THROAT!! CHOKESLAM INCOMING!!
‘I WALK ALONE’
: BUT HERE COMES THE ANIMAL!! THE ANIMAL HEADED FOR THE MONSTER!! BATISTA COMING FOR KANE!! COMING TO THE AID OF SHELTON BENJAMIN!!
Here comes the World Champion!! Batista storms down the ramp as Kane tosses Benjamin aside and all three of Kane, Regal and Jindrak await the Animal, Jindrak and Regal wanting in on the act first as Tista storms in, Regal charges, SPEAR!! SPEAR TO REGAL, ALMOST CRUSHING HIM IN HALF!!
: Oh William, sacrificing himself for the cause!!
Regal’s gone as Jindrak storms in with a BIG left hand, Jindrak is taking it to the World Champion but THE ANIMAL COMES STORMING BACK!! It’s a fist fight of mammoth proportions here as Batista and Jindrak go hell for leather and the World Champion has the Protégé rocking!! Batista SMASHES one more right hand before taking a step back and delivering a thunderous clothesline!! Jindrak is quickly back up only for BATISTA TO TOSS HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE!! AND NOW WE’RE DOWN TO TWO!!
: HERE WE GO!! BATISTA AND KANE!! FACE TO FACE, MAN TO MAN, JUST LIKE BATISTA WANTED, JUST LIKE KANE WANTED, JUST LIKE…JUST LIKE WE ALL WANTED!!
: It’s not what Batista wants, believe me!! Kane’s gonna teach him a lesson!!
The crowd are feeling it, Batista’s telling Kane to bring it, Kane’s smirking, onlooking and…THEY CHARGE AT ONE ANOTHER, TISTA AND KANE SLUGGING IT OUT!! Right hand after right hand!! It’s the Animal who’s on top, Kane is being pegged back here as BATISTA CLOTHESLINES KANE OVER THE TOP!! BUT THE CHAMPION ISN’T DONE, THE CHAMPION IS HEADED RIGHT AFTER HIS UNFORGIVEN OPPONENT!!
: I thought he wanted this to stay in the ring J.R?!
: The occasion has gotten to the World’s Champion!! Batista and Kane tearing the hell outta one another!!
Indeed Batista has dragged Kane up to his feet again and is tearing into him with more right hands, Kane is rocking here as Batista goes for a boot to the gut now, connects and Tista WHIPS KANE INTO THE BARRICADE!! KANE’S BACK SMASHING INTO THE BARRICADE!! BATISTA IS ON A RAMPAGE HERE!! The Animal doesn’t waste any time in again dragging Kane up and this time he tosses him further up the ramp, there appears to be no stopping the World Champion tonight!!
: This thing’s spilling all over the damn arena again!! Nothing’s gonna keep these two men from fighting each over across the entire building!!
Tista now drags Kane to his feet, he looks around the crowd, the fans are going wild as the Animal places Kane’s head between his legs, he’s gonna BATISTABOMB HIM ON THE RAMP!! TISTA SCOOPS HIM UP HIGH, BUT NO, KANE WITH A BACK BODY DROP AND BATISTA CRASHES DOWN ON THE STEEL!!
: That’ll teach him for leavin’ the ring!! Stick to what you wanted Dave!!
And now it’s Kane who’s in command as he quickly draws Tista to his feet, a scowl across his face as he takes Tista further up the ramp BEFORE SMASHING TISTA’S HEAD OFF THE DAMN SET!! BATISTA’S SKULL REBOUNDING AS KANE SHOWS NO REMORSE!! Knee to the gut now from Kane, these two on the stage here as Kane repeatedly knees the champion in the gut, Tista clearly winded here as he tries to bring himself upright again and AS HE DOES KANE GRABS HIM ROUND THE THROAT…AND HE BEGINS TO TRICKLE OVER TOWARDS THE EDGE OF THE STAGE!!
: NO!! DON’T DO IT KANE!! WE’VE SEEN THIS BEFORE, WE’VE SEEN THE DAMAGE IT DOES!!
: DO IT!! Teach Batista a lesson!! Prove your point Kane, an Animal CANNOT deal…with a monster!!
The crowd are on the edge of their seats here, booing like crazy as Kane scoops Tista up high BUT NO, TISTA ROLLS DOWN THE BACK OF HIM, KANE’S TEETERING ON THE EDGE NOW AS HE SPINS ROUND…SPEAR!! SPEAR FROM BATISTA, BOTH MEN CRASH AND BURN!! BATISTA TAKES KANE OVER THE EDGE BUT HE TAKES HIMSELF WITH IT!! THE WORLD CHAMPION AND CHALLENGER ARE DOWN AND OUT HERE!!
: GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!! BATISTA AND KANE, CHAMPION AND CHALLENGER CRASHING OFF THE DAMN STAGE!! BATISTA JUST TOOK THE MONSTER DOWN BUT HE TOOK HIMSELF DOWN WITH HIM!!
: I’m in shock J.R!! What the hell have we just seen?!?
Indeed it is a scene of chaos as Batista and Kane lay motionless on the ground, EMTs, Paramedics, trainers, officials, the works are on their way out as the crowd are completely abuzz here, a few murmurings of ‘Holy Shit’ as the final image we see on Monday Night Raw is a crowd of emergency help coming to the aid of the World Heavyweight Champion and his challenger as J.R and Coach fall silent, selling the effects here and we fade to black.
Date: 18th September 2005
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
World Heavyweight Championship:
Batista(c) vs Kane
Four on One Handicap Match:
(Shawn Michaels must eliminate all four members of the Entity to win)
Shawn Michaels vs The Arabian Entity
World Tag Team Championships:
Dudley Boyz(c) vs The Platform to Perfection