Re: WWE 2005: Raising the Bar.
Date: May 1st 2005
Location: Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, New Hampshire
Event Music: Stronger, Trust Company
We see highlights from Wrestlemania. The Money In The Bank Ladder match is shown with Edge eventually winning the briefcase. We see both Shawn Michaels and Randy Orton on the mat after their defeats at the hands of Kurt Angle and The Undertaker. Before finally, we see Batista winning his first World Heavyweight Championship, defeating his mentor Triple H to take home the gold.
When the dust has settled and the showpiece is over
We see Batista holding his title high on the Raw after Wrestlemania, whilst Triple H looks on angrily
When rivalries come to a close and new enemies are born
We see Randy Orton and Shawn Michaels face to face, with images following of both men being beaten at Wrestlemania
When you choose to play with fire
We see Edge getting into the heads and making enemies of the three title men involved in the World title match
When a thorn in your side will not stop at any cost
We see Muhammad Hassan attacking Shelton Benjamin on several occasions, looking at Benjamin’s Intercontinental title.
When all is said and done
When opportunites arise
We see Jericho getting into the title match
And people step out of line
We see Batista taking the title from Triple H
Out with the old
We see Christian smiling as images of Ric Flair appear
In with the new
We see Hassan and Daivari standing tall over Shelton Benjamin
To get what you want
We see Hardy running after Kane, looking to get back Lita
Haha you must face
We then head inside the arena where the pyro goes off and good ol’ J.R. welcomes us to Backlash.
Jim Ross: Ladies and gentleman, welcome to Backlash!! I’m Jim Ross, alongside Jonathan Coachman. We are live from the sold out Verizon Wireless Arena and tonight the aftermath of Wrestlemania comes full circle.
The Coach: Can you feel the electricity here tonight J.R?! These people are hyped for tonight and so am I! Batista’s reign comes to an end here in New Hampshire baby!!
Jim Ross: Indeed Batista will defend his World’s Heavyweight title here tonight against both ‘The Game’ Triple H and Y2J Chris Jericho. A huge main event right there.
‘Ain’t no stopping me now’ hits to a good pop as the Intercontinental champion Shelton Benjamin makes his way down to the ring to defend his title.
Jim Ross: But we are kicking things off with our Intercontinental champion!!
The Coach: Shelton Benjamin has had a tough month J.R and unfortunately for him, it’s gonna get a whole lot worse here tonight.
Jim Ross: It will be tough here tonight, no doubt for Shelton Benjamin but we all know Coach, Shelton is quite possibly the best pure athlete in the WWE and I don’t think anybody can deal with the sheer athleticism and speed of this young kid.
The Coach: I think tonight will put that theory to the test J.R!!
‘Arab American’ then hits and out comes Muhammad Hassan accompanied by Daivari to thunderous heat.
Jim Ross: Well Muhammad Hassan has by no means endeared himself to our WWE audience
The Coach: Aww who cares J.R? Hassan gets it done inside the ring and that’s all that matters.
Match One: Singles Match: Intercontinental Championship
Shelton Benjamin© vs. Muhammad Hassan w/Daivari
The match begins with both men locking up as the crowd start a ‘USA, USA’ chant. The two break off and Hassan tells the crowd to shut up which just further riles them as Benjamin goes on the offensive, hammering away at Hassan with strong right hands.
Benjamin then irish whips Hassan into the turnbuckle before unloading on the Arab American superstar. Benjamin then got on the middle rope and began hammering away slower, as the crowd chanted ‘1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6’ to each shot Benjamin took but as Benjamin went for a seventh, Hassan ducked it and dropped Benjamin face first into the turnbuckle, in what looked a nasty blow to Shelton’s nose.
Hassan then gained the initiative and and began to stomp away at the back of Shelton’s neck, before pandering to the crowd which drew huge heat, with Daivari ringside yabbering away. Hassan then hoisted the champion back to his feet before delivering a strong snap suplex before going for the first cover of the match
Kick out by Benjamin!!
The crowd give a good pop as Shelton kicks out at 2 and a quarter, with Hassan going straight back after his opponent, getting on top of him and throwing lefts and rights at Benjamin before returning to his feet and again looking to bring Shelton to his feet but Shelton with an inside cradle!! Cover!!
Hassan kicks out and looks stunned that Shelton nearly pulled one out the blue there. Shelton then throws himself at Hassan, knocking him down with a clothesline, and another as Hassan got back up. Benjamin now rolling as Hassan again gets up but Shelton gets him into place for belly to belly suplex, HITS IT!! Great suplex from Shelton. Cover again from the champion.
Hassan just gets the shoulder up as the crowd believed for a second that it might be over. Benjamin then went up to the top rope and poised himself for Hassan to return to his feet. As the challenger did so, Benjamin went for a clothesline from the top rope, but Hassan ducked it, Benjamin rolls through, Hassan then goes for a clothesline but Benjamin ducks it and WHAM!! Benjamin hits Hassan with a sweet drop kick. Cover again from Shelton.
Kick out Hassan.
The crowd are fully behind Shelton here, desperate to see the champion retain. Shelton gets Hassan up back to his feet and throws a right hand at his opponent, Hassan strikes back, the two men trading blows as Hassan gains the upper hand with a thumb to the eye, strong heat for Hassan here as the referee didn’t catch it. Hassan now stomping away at the gut of Shelton before planting Shelton with a DDT. Hassan again panders to the crowd, which only wastes time as Daivari applauds on the outside. Hassan goes for a cover, kick out at 1 by Shelton as Hassan’s time wasting costs him.
Hassan allows Benjamin to get back up before whipping Shelton into the corner and up onto the top rope. Hassan, not known for his high risk manoeuvres then joined Shelton on the top rope and connects with a big suplex off the top rope!!! Both men taken out of things here as the crowd egg on Shelton but it’s Hassan who just manages to get an arm across the champion’s chest, is this one over?
Benjamin just gets the shoulder up. Daivari can’t believe it as this match will continue. Hassan slowly brings himself to his knees as Shelton follows not far behind. Hassan just gets up first and looks to land the first shot on Shelton but the champion blocks it and strikes Hassan, one shot, two shots, Benajmin whips Hassan into the corner now and runs straight after him, Stinger splash!! Hassan looks dazed as he comes out of the corner straight into a T-Bone suplex!!! Cover!!
Daivari has put Hassan’s foot on the rope!! Daivari has saved Hassan’s challenge here and Shelton can’t believe it!! Benjamin looks devastated and leaves the ring to go after Daivari!! Daivari is hightailing it!! Daivari runs to the back as Shelton and Hassan can now go one on one!!
Inside the ring Hassan is getting back to his feet, Shelton returns and looks to strike Hassan once more but Hassan ducks it and Benjamin hit’s the referee!!! The referee is down and Hassan and Benjamin come to blows once more, Shelton looks for a T-Bone suplex once more but Hassan with a LOW BLOW and there’s nothing anybody can do about it. The crowd are going insane for Hassan as he goes to the outside and brings a steel chair into the ring.
Hassan looks all set to take Benjamin’s head off but Benjamin who’s made his way back to his feet, KICKS THE CHAIR INTO THE FACE OF HASSAN!! Hassan is down now, Shelton is back to his feet but stumblingly slightly when, WHAT THE HELL IS THIS!??!
Benjamin is taken down from behind. Daivari is back in the ring with two more individuals. One is a small man, clearly of Arabian descent and is now hammering away at Shelton, elbowing the back of the head of the Intercontinental champion. The other man is an absolute beast, at least 7 feet tall and is simply standing there as Daivari barks orders at the smaller man. Benjamin is helpless.
The smaller man lifts Shelton up and takes him straight back down with a beautiful dropkick. Benjamin is then lifted back up again and the huge man takes control. Daivari shouts ‘End him’. The huge individual takes Benjamin down with a huge chop to the skull which looks to have left Shelton completely out of it. The large man then picked Shelton back up and gets him into position for a double hand chokelsam!! Huge impact by this gigantic beast. Hassan is back to his feet and slowly the referee is as Daivari and his two assailants leave the ring. Hassan has the cover in!! Not this way!!
Winner and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Muhammad Hassan (14:30)
Jim Ross: This is not right!! Who the hell are these men?!? Muhammad Hassan has screwed Shelton Benjamin here tonight!! Damn it to hell. Hassan and his cronies have stolen the Intercontinental championship.
The Coach: I’m in shock J.R. I knew Muhammad Hassan was smart but my goodness, this is genius! I don’t know who these two men are but with them on board, nobody and I mean NOBODY is stopping Muhammad Hassan here on Raw baby boy!! Look at the size of him!! (The camera pans to Daivari and the two men)
Jim Ross: A monster Coach. Simply put, a monster. And we can’t forget the other individual who has made a big impact here as well. I can’t believe what we’ve just witnessed. There is gonna be hell to pay for Hassan Coach. Shelton Benjamin is gonna want payback, you can bet your ass on that.
The Coach: Genius.
We head backstage where Todd Grisham is standing by waiting to talk to us.
Grisham: Ladies and gentleman, my guest at this time, your World Heavyweight Champion, Batista!!
A big pop runs through the arena
Grisham: Batista, later on tonight you defend your World title for the first time. How are you feeling heading into your match?
Batista: I’m feelin’ great Todd. Now I know I’ve got Triple H’s number. I’ve stood side by side with that man for most of my career. Every trick Hunter has up his sleeve, I have the answer for. I know how to deal with him, trust me.
Small pop for this
Batista: As far as Chris Jericho goes, different story. Edge is the ONLY reason that Jericho beat me a few weeks back and tonight I’ve got a point to prove to Y2J. I will prove that I can beat him, I will prove that I belong here and I will prove that this( points at his title) belongs around my waist.
Again a good pop for the champion
Grisham: Speaking of Edge, how do you feel, knowing that Edge holds that Money In The Bank contract? I mean, he could cash in tonight.
Batista: He could Todd but he won’t. Edge has and always will be a coward. Edge doesn’t wanna face me. If he dare think about cashing in tonight, I will have no problem in tearing that contract up and then tearing his head off!
Big pop for The Animal as Batista walks away and we return ringside
Jim Ross: The Animal certainly looks focused heading into tonight’s title match up that’s for sure and you gotta wonder just what role Edge will play tonight.
The Coach: A big one J.R. Edge holds all the cards, I’ve said it before, I ain’t afraid to say it again. We could well see Edge walk out the NEW World Heavyweight champion here tonight.
‘Ain’t a lady to mess with’ hits and Victoria makes her way down to the ring ready for her title opportunity
Jim Ross: Well, moving on now to a lady who has made a real statement over the past few weeks Coach. Her quest to become Women’s champion has taken her actions to the next level.
The Coach: Victoria is as crazy as they come but she’s got all the goods to leave New Hampshire with some gold around her waist. Trish Stratus knows she’s in for a fight here tonight.
‘Time to rock and roll’ hits to a big pop as Trish Stratus makes her way out.
Jim Ross: And indeed here comes the champion. A tough couple of weeks for Canada’s own, Trish has taken a couple of hard beatings from her opponent tonight but when it comes down to it, we all know that Trish is one of the all time greats in women’s wrestling.
The Coach: I don’t deny that for a second J.R. Trish has done it all here in the WWE but tonight, tonight she may be biting off more than she can chew with Victoria.
Match Two: Singles Match: Women’s Championship
Trish Stratus© vs. Victoria
The match begins with Victoria straight out the blocks attacking Trish with a cheap shot before the bell had even rung. This is greeted with strong heat as the challenger goes after Trish, getting on top of her and forcing her down before pulling Trish’s hair and screeching. The referee gets her off the champion as Trish looks to regroup and goes straight after Victoria and takes her down with a big clothesline before going after Victoria in similar style to the way Victoria just did to her, forcing her to the mat before throwing some right and left hands, going wild on her opponent.
Trish then began to use a more methodical approach and got Victoria up to her feet before whipping her into the corner and hitting her with some hard chops across the chest which were met with the typical ‘WOOS’ from the crowd. Trish then knocked Victoria down to the mat with a strong forearm before going for the first cover of the match.
Kick out by the challenger
Trish immediately brought Victoria up to her feet again, but Victoria blocked off her attempt to strike and as Trish went after her, Victoria took Trish down with a drop toe hold before putting Trish into a chin lock, the challenger gaining momentum as Trish writhed in pain. Victoria is demanding Trish tap out but the champion is refusing to quit. Slowly but surely Trish makes her way over to the ropes but can’t quite get a hand to it. The crowd are urging Trish to reach the ropes and she just manages to get there, surely in the nick of time as it looked as though she was beginning to struggle.
Victoria then released the hold and began to stomp away at the back of Trish’s neck, clearly causing a lot of discomfort to the champion. Victoria allowed Trish back to her feet before lifting her and dropping her back down with a hard hitting suplex. Cover by Victoria.
Kick out by Trish.
Victoria wasn’t satisfied with this and went straight for another cover but this time a kick out at just after 1. The challenger then whipped Trish into the ropes but Trish held onto the ropes as Victoria ran at Trish but the champion pulls the ropes and Victoria goes flying over the top rope to a big pop!! Trish now in control as Victoria lay motionless on the outside and the referee beginning to count.
Trish however decides to follow suit and goes to the outside after Victoria but Victoria is ready for her and pushes Trish into the ringpost, Trish’s shoulder taking a heavy knock as the champion falls to the floor in pain. Victoria then went on a rampage and hurled Trish into the barricade, smashing Trish’s ribs before laughing sickeningly. As the referee’s count reached just past 7, Victoria brought Trish back inside the ring and went straight for a cover.
Trish just, just, gets the shoulder up at the death as Victoria looks angered once more. Victoria then went up to the top rope surprisingly and as Trish made her way to her feet, Victoria went for a big missile drop kick but Trish moved out of the way!! Victoria falls to the mat as Trish now regroups again and waits for Victoria to rise. Trish gets Victoria in a headlock!! She’s setting it up, the fans know what’s coming, Trish runs to the top rope and hits Stratusfaction!! Cover!!
Winner and STILL Women’s champion: Trish Stratus (9:14)
Jim Ross: Trish has done it!! What a night for the blonde beauty!! Trish Stratus has overcome Victoria in one heck of a contest here tonight!!
The Coach: I gotta hand it to her J.R. Trish has shocked me. I thought the game was up and Victoria was taking that title home. Wow, major win for our Women’s champ.
We then head to a video package for the next Raw brand PPV: Vengeance
We return and head backstage where Shawn Michaels is standing by, ready to talk to Todd Grisham.
Grisham: Shawn, later tonight you take on the ‘Legend Killer’ Randy Orton. What is your game plan heading into tonight?
HBK: Todd I’ve got no game plan. I’ve got nothing in my mind tonight except go out there and show the world that Shawn Michaels is far from done.
Small pop from the crowd here
HBK: Ever since Wrestlemania, people have had their doubts all of a sudden. People have questioned whether I still have what it takes to be at the very top of the mountain here in the WWE. And y’know, for a split second I questioned myself Todd But that’s all it was, a split second. Cos’ I promise you that Shawn Michaels is far from done and that the Headliner, the Showstopper, Mr.Wrestlemania is gonna go out there and show Randy Orton and the world that he is farrrrrrr from finished.
Grisham: What about tomorrow night on Raw? We found out on Smackdown this Friday that Kurt Angle will be on Raw in a #1 contenders match for the WWE title and if you get involved, you will be suspended. How do you feel about that?
HBK: Kurt Angle will get what’s coming to him, I guarantee you that. I’ve been waiting to get my hands on Kurt since the moment Wrestlemania came to a close. Eric Bischoff wants to ban me from getting involved? We’ll see how far that gets him. But that can wait til tomorrow cos tonight, HBK’s got some business to attend to.
Michaels walks away as we return ringside once more.
The Coach: Randy Orton is gonna RKO Shawn Michaels straight into retirement later tonight!! I can feel it J.R!!
Jim Ross: Well, we’ll see about that Coach but I got a feeling, we’re gonna see Shawn Michaels make a statement, to Kurt Angle, to all the WWE fans and more importantly, to himself.
‘Born Naughty’ then hits and the Tag team champions, William Regal and Tajiri make their way down to the ring to a decent reaction from the fans.
Jim Ross: This one is sure to be interesting folks. For the past few weeks William Regal and Tajiri have claimed there is no competition for them on Raw and they have issued an open challenge here tonight for ANY team to come and face them for their titles.
The Coach: These guys have been impressive J.R. I’m not a big fan but they’ve started to grow on me recently, I can’t wait to find out who’s gonna step up!!
The crowd waits in anticipation at who will take on the champions
Jim Ross: Who’s it gonna be?!?!
A moments more silence before ‘We’re Comin Down’ hits and THE DUDLEY BOYZ make their return to Raw to a huge pop!!
Jim Ross: BUBBA RAY!! D-VON!! The Dudley Boyz are here!! And they’re coming for the Tag team titles!! What a shocker here in New Hampshire!!
The Coach: I don’t believe it J.R. We haven’t seen The Dudleyz in…. well I don’t know how long.
Jim Ross: And I think Regal and Tajiri’s plea for competition haswell and truly been met here tonight, what a match we have in store for you! Can The Dudleyz win gold on their first night back?
Match Three: Tag Team Match: World Tag Team Championships
William Regal and Tajiri© vs. The Dudley Boyz
Tajiri and Bubba start the match off with Bubba going straight after his much smaller opponent but Tajiri in typical fashion, ducks and dives at every opportunity before striking Bubba with some stiff kicks to the ribs and chest before connecting with one to the face of Bubba.
The Japanese Buzzsaw then ran the ropes before attempting a handspring back elbow which connects to Bubba and knocks him down. First cover of the match by Tajiri.
Kick out by Bubba
Tajiri then made the first tag of the match bringing in William Regal. The size difference is now made up for as Regal can more than go toe to toe with Bubba. Regal goes straight to work on Bubba, hitting him with some hard left hands before taking his opponent down with a knee to the head. Cover by Regal.
Kick out once again by Bubba.
Regal then lifted Bubba back to his feet and went for a suplex but Bubba stopped Regal in his tracks and elbowed one half of the champions in the gut before hitting an elbow to the skull of Regal before also attempting a suplex which Bubba connects with, dropping Regal nastily on his head. First cover from the Dudleyz.
Kick out by Regal.
Bubba then began to hammer away Regal who remained on the mat as Bubba hoisted him back to his feet before once more dropping Regal with a scoop slam, Bubba then made the tag to his partner, D-Von.
D-Von entered the match and looked to begin where Bubba left off. D-Von brought Regal up to his feet but Regal landed a blow to D-Von, D-Von hits back. The two veetrans going at it, trading blows as Regal gets on top and takes D-Von down with a belly to belly suplex!! Regal crawls over to his fallen opponent and attempts a cover.
Kick out by D-Von!!
Regal can’t believe it and the crowd are into the match big time. Regal crawls over towards Tajiri who is itching to get back into the ring but D-Von catches Regal’s leg and spins him round before smashing Regal with a big clothesline, huge impact from D-Von!
Both men are down once again as the crowd begins to clap and wonders who will make the tag first if anyone. D-Von shows life first with Regal not far behind, D-Von goes after Regal once again but Tajiri comes into the ring from nowhere and takes D-Von’s head off with a roundhouse kick!! The crowd ‘ooooooh’ at the sound of the kick as Bubba doesn’t take kindly to this and comes into the ring now. Chaos has broken out as Bubba takes Tajiri over the top rope and goes over with him!! D-Von and Regal are now left in the ring as Bubba makes his way back inside. It’s two on one now as Bubba knocks Regal down from behind before pointing at D-Von who knows what to do and goes up to the top rope!!
Bubba holds Regal’s legs out wide as D-Von shouts ‘WHASSUP’ and Bubba repeats before D-Von flies off the top with a head butt to the groin of Regal. The crowd pop as they then set Regal up. D-Von hurls Regal into the ropes, back Regal comes, D-Von hoists him up high in the sky, Bubba comes crashing down, 3D!!!! Cover by D-Von.
Winners and NEW World Tag Team Champions: The Dudley Boyz (9:56)
Jim Ross: One of the all time great tag teams are back and they are back on top of the mountain once again!!
The Coach: Incredible J.R. Bubba Ray and D-Von are back for one night and are champions again,. Those titles are just like magnets to these guys!!
Jim Ross: We’ve seen two championships change hands now here tonight and still to come, could the most important of them all change hands? Batista defends the World title in our main event!!
The Coach: Whoa J.R. Batista LOSES the World title in our main event!!
We go backstage where Chris Jericho is preparing for the match later when in walks one of the men he will face later on tonight, Triple H to strong heat.
Jericho: To what do I owe this pleasure Hunter?
Triple H: Funny Chris, since when did you become a comedian? Last time I checked, you were getting your ass pedigreed by me.
A few ooohs in the crowd as Jericho reponds
Jericho: Touche’. Very smooth Hunter. Now as I was saying, what are ya here for huh?
Triple H: I just wanted to know what Chris Jericho is gonna show up here tonight. Past few weeks we’ve seen a new side to ya Chris. You’ve become a man of your word and quite frankly, I ain’t buying it. How long is this crap gonna last Jericho?
Jericho: Is it really that hard for ya to believe Hunter? Man of my word? Always have been Hunter. Just so happens that now? Now I’m not taking anybody’s side, the way I see it, it’s every man for himself, I’m not in it for you, I’m not in it for Batista., I’m not in it for anybody but ME. You wanna know what Chris Jericho is gonna show up tonight? It’s gonna be the same damn one that shows up every week.
Good pop here for Jericho.
Triple H: The one that gets involved in business that’s nothing to do with him then huh? Y’see Chris, this whole deal is between me and Batista. He holds MY title, not yours. Wrestlemania, I lost, I hold my hands up. But see, here’s the thing, I had a rematch clause in my contract. What did you have Chris? Nothing, not a thing and yet you get a helping hand from that punk Edge and you get my shot? That doesn’t work for me. And out there tonight, I will win back MY title and Jericho you’re gonna fall to the back of the line, exactly where you belong. See ya out there.
Triple H walks away as Jericho smirks, continuing to tape himself up.
Jim Ross: Some strong words there from the ‘Cerebral Assassin’ and folks there has been some very strong actions in recent weeks between the two men involved in our next match up. Kane and Matt Hardy have been at war for what seems an eternity but tonight, that all comes to an end.
The Coach: That’s right J.R. It’s No Holds Barred here tonight. Kane wins, Matt Hardy is done for. If Matt Hardy can pull off the impossible, then he will set Lita free and the monster will divorce Lita.
‘Slow Chemical’ then hits and out comes Kane ready for this major contest.
Jim Ross: This human being never fails to sicken me Coach. Some of his actions over the past few weeks have been horrific in what he’s done to poor Lita.
The Coach: I have to agree with you there J.R and tonight, I really and truly feel for Matt Hardy cos I don’t think anybody can deal with this monster of a man.
‘Live for the Moment’ then hits and out comes Matt Hardy, sprinting down the ramp and straight into the ring, throwing strong right hands at Kane as the referee signals the start of the match!!
Match Four: Free or Fired; No Holds Barred Match
If Kane wins, Matt Hardy , must leave the WWE for good. If Hardy wins, then Kane must divorce Lita and set her free.
Kane vs. Matt Hardy
The bell rings and the match officially starts as Matt Hardy hurls Kane inside the ring and continues to assault the Big Red Machine with some strong right hands knocking Kane to the mat. Hardy then drops an elbow to Kane before hammering away once more at his hated enemy.
Hardy then gave Kane a moments peace as he tore off his shirt and threw it into the crowd screaming as Hardy riles himself up further. Matt goes back after Kane but the monster is up and connects with a strong uppercut to Hardy knocking him back to the ropes before taking Hardy over the ropes with a big boot right to the temple. Hardy went sailing to the outside near the announce table, narrowly avoiding hitting his head further on there.
Kane followed suit and as Hardy rose, again Kane hit a massive uppercut, knocking Hardy aback. The Big Red Machine then whipped Hardy into the steel steps knees first, the impact sounded terrible as Hardy collapsed in a heap with Kane grinning in that evil way.
Kane then went on the warpath and dismantled the steel steps, throwing them inside the ring before stalking Hardy almost, poised for him to return to his feet. As Hardy got back up Kane threw him back inside the ring, clearly wanting to inflict further punishment on Hardy with the steps.
Kane went straight to those steps and picked them up, ready to strike Hardy but Hardy with a kick to the shins and Kane drops the steps!! Hardy now on the attack, taking Kane down with a clothesline and now Hardy has the steps in hand!! Hardy sizes Kane up!! BAM!! Hardy smashes Kane over the skull with the steps, the monster is down!! Hardy goes for the cover.
Kane just kicks out and sits straight back up to the horror of the New Hampshire crowd!! Kane and Hardy exchange blows!! Kane gets the upper hand and as Hardy goes at him, Kane takes Hardy and hits him with a sidewalk slam. Big move from the big man. Cover by Kane now.
Hardy gets the shoulder up!
Kane looks pissed off and goes to the outside, grabbing a steel chair from near Lilian Garcia. Kane throws it inside the ring and marches back towards Hardy. Hardy is steadily back to his feet but Kane whips him into the corner as Hardy bounces back towards him, but as Kane goes to grab Hardy’s throat, Hardy kicks Kane in the gut and delivers a DDT taking Kane down, but Hardy can’t capitalise as he’s been worn down also. Hardy doesn’t go for the cover and instead goes up to the top rope, the audience on their feet, excited to see Hardy take a risk. Kane isn’t moving at all as Hardy manages to get himself set before a roar to the crowd and a leg drop off the top rope!! But Kane avoids it at the last second!!
Hardy lands awkwardly as Kane now begins to make his way back to his feet with Hardy now really struggling. Kane goes to pick up the chair once again and sizes Matt up. Hardy makes his way back to his feet but Kane is behind him and smashes Hardy across the back with the chair!! A vicious shot from Kane as Hardy falls down to the mat, but smartly he manages to roll out of the ring, Kane though isn’t far behind him and follows Hardy to the outside once more where Kane takes apart the announce table, throwing the monitors all over the place before going back to Hardy.
The fans know what Kane’s intentions here are as the Big Red Machine grabs Hardy by the throat, he’s gonna send Hardy to hell here!! Kane lifts Matt up ready for a choke slam through the table but Hardy elbows Kane in the side of the head and manages to break free before throwing Kane head first into the announce table, a hard shot to the skull as Kane rolls onto the table himself now. Hardy joins his opponent on there and continues to assault his much larger enemy. Hardy then stands both him and Kane up, before kicking Kane in the stomach and shouting, ‘THIS IS FOR LITA!’ before Hardy hits Kane with a twist of fate through the announce table!! ‘HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!’ chants from the crowd as Hardy goes through with Kane and neither man is really moving.
The fans try and take it all in as a ‘HARDY HARDY’ chant starts up and slowly Hardy begins to show signs of life. Kane still hasn’t moved though as Hardy starts to get to his knees. Matt knows that he can’t win the match this way though and tries to lift Kane up to his feet once more which he manages to do. Kane looks out of it however as Hardy tries to take Kane back towards the ring.
Kane though fights back and lands a shot to Hardy taking Hardy aback once again as these two fight on the outside. Kane then threw Hardy back inside the ring under the bottom rope before joining his opponent back inside. The former WWE champion then looked to end this one, sizing Hardy up once more, looking to get Hardy in position for a chokeslam. Kane grabs him by the throat but Hardy again counters with an elbow to the head, Hardy now has Kane in position, TWIST OF FATE CONNECTS!!! Cover!!
Winner: Matt Hardy (15:35)
Jim Ross: YES!! YES!! Matt Hardy has done the unthinkable!! Matt Hardy has defeated the Big Red Machine and Lita is at last free from the terror, from the nightmare that is Kane!!
The Coach: I-I-I’m in shock J.R. I can’t believe Hardy has pulled this one off. I take my hat off to him. Wow, I didn’t think Kane could be stopped here but Matt Hardy has won back the love of his life here tonight!!
Lita then makes her way down from backstage embracing with Hardy as Kane is fallen on the mat. Hardy and Lita kiss as Matt looks up to the heavens, clearly relieved to have got the job done and saved his former girlfriend and also his career here tonight.
We head backstage where Eric Bischoff is standing by with Mr. Money In The Bank, Edge. The sight of these two men draws huge heat.
Bischoff: So, you gonna do it?
Edge: Eric, even if I was, you really think I’d let the cat out the bag? This bad boy(taps the briefcase) is my ticket to the top and when the time is right I’ll cash in.
Bischoff: That’s why I hold you in such high regard Edge, you’re like myself in many ways. Smart, calculating, controversial. I personally can’t wait to see it. Hell, I’d love to see it happen tonight!!
Heat here for Bischoff
Edge: Just wait and see Eric, wait and see.
As Edge goes to leave, he is stopped by a surprise entrant, Smackdown GM Teddy Long enters to a decent reception from the crowd.
Bischoff: What the hell are you doing here?!?
Long: Eric, good to see you too playa.
Bischoff: So what’s the deal here Teddy? Here to watch how a real show is run?
Long: Just stopping by to scout the talent Eric. See incase you forgettin’, tomorrow night on Raw we got ourselves a draft lottery and we gonna be takin’ some o’ ya talent Eric, ya feel me? Hey, it might even be you Edge.
Edge: Not a chance in hell, you will see me on your second rate show Teddy. I’m Raw’s to keep while I hold this baby(again taps the MITB briefcase).
Long: See that’s where ya wrong playa. ANYBODY can be drafted. Ya Money In the Bank contract, it don’t mean squat Edge. You can use it on Batista OR John Cena. You get drafted, you come use it over on Friday Nights.
Bischoff: He’s right Edge, as much as it pains me to say it, he’s right. But the fact of the matter is Teddy, we both know that no matter what happens tomorrow night, with Eric Bischoff in charge, Raw will always, ALWAYS be the A show.
Bischoff and Edge shake hans and have a laugh as Teddy Long looks on.
Long: Eric, I’ll see you tomorrow night when we‘ll just see about that. Edge, I may see you on Friday nights real soon. Holla holla!!
Long leaves Bischoff’s office as Edge and Bischoff look on as though Long was a real inconvenience.
Jim Ross: The draft lottery will be live tomorrow night on Raw and I can’t wait to see who comes and joins us on Monday nights Coach!
The Coach: We could see JBL come to Raw!! We could see The Undertaker! Kurt Angle! John Cena could even end up on the premiere show. I cannot wait baby boy!
‘Burn In My Light’ then hits and out steps Randy Orton to a lot of heat as the Legend Killer gets set for action.
Jim Ross: A man on a mission here ladies and gentleman and a man with a very keen eye on that draft lottery tomorrow night. Randy Orton has been hell bent on gaining revenge on The Undertaker since Wrestlemania. Only problem is, the Deadman is on Smackdown. Orton has stumbled upon a new rival however and tonight he must deal with a very focused, a very determined Shawn Michaels.
The Coach: You gotta believe that Randy Orton is just as focused, just as determined as Shawn Michaels here tonight, both men have something to prove here tonight and I firmly believe that the ‘Legend Killer’ will get the job done here tonight.
‘Sexy Boy’ then plays and down comes the Heartbreak Kid to a huge reception from the crowd.
Jim Ross: The showstopper, the Heartbreak Kid. Shawn Michaels came up just a fraction short against Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania and tonight he has vowed to take care of business once more.
The Coach: I think HBK is still hurting from Wrestlemania J..R. He hasn’t been able to get back in the game since then and he’s gonna realise tonight that it may well be the end of the line as far as his career goes. An all time great, yep, ain’t a doubt about it. A current great, that accolade goes to Randy Orton.
Match Five: Singles Match
Randy Orton vs. Shawn Michaels
Michaels and Orton stare each other down to kick things off, both men reluctant to make the first move as both men circle their way around the ring. A loud ‘HBK’ chant is filling the Verizon. The two eventually lock up and Orton takes Michaels into a headlock but HBK runs Orton into the ropes and breaks free as Orton pushes Michaels to the opposite side of the ring, bouncing off the ropes as Orton takes Michaels down with a big back body drop, before the first cover of the match. Michaels kicks out at just after two however.
Orton looked to pick up the tempo as he battered away at Michaels with some strong forearm shots before allowing Michaels up to his feet, only to knock him down once more with a beautiful drop kick. Orton then posed for the fans which didn’t go down too well and drowned the Legend Killer in heat to which the cocky youngster grinned devilishly to.
As HBK began to get back to his feet, Orton waited and turned Michaels around only to be hit with a strong right hand, and again from Michaels. HBK now on the offensive, whips Orton into the corner and begins to throw some backhand chops which of course is received with ‘WOOOS’ from the crowd with Orton’s chest turning red. Michaels then took his opponent away from the corner and took Orton down with a scoop slam before signalling to head up to the top rope.
The fans in New Hampshire gave a good cheer for Michaels as he made his way up to the top, as HBK looked to set himself though, Orton, quick as a cat was up to his feet and knocks Michaels off the top and out of the ring into the barricade and down onto the mat. A hard hitting fall for Michaels as Orton regroups inside the ring.
The referee begins to count Michaels out as Orton slowly makes his way out to join HBK. Michaels is writhing in pain as Orton lifts him up and whips Michaels into the ringpost!! Michaels shoulder could be dislocated J.R. believes as he falls to the floor once more, clearly in a lot of pain. Orton is now completely in control and hoists Michaels back to his feet before rolling him back in the ring at the count of 7.
Back inside the ring now, Orton attempts a cover, trying to take HBK by surprise perhaps, again a kick out at 2 from the Showstopper. Orton now gets Michaels into a headlock again but gets him in position and hits HBK with an backbreaker from the headlock position. A nasty bump again as Orton once more goes for a cover.
Michaels just gets the shoulder up to the relief of the crowd.
The crowd are trying to rally Michaels now. ‘HBK’ chants fill the Verizon with Orton once more lifting Michaels up and hurling him into the corner before going for a running clothesline but HBK moves out of the way and runs the ropes as Orton rebounds and HBK hits Orton with a big flying forearm smash, taking himself down in the process but Michaels kips back up!!! Big pop for HBK here as he builds momentum!!
HBK is tuning up the band!! He’s gonna go for some Sweet Chin Music!! Orton picks himself up and turns around, Michaels goes to hit it but Orton ducks under it and goes for an RKO!! Michaels counters it and pushes Orton into the ropes, Orton rebounds and Michaels with the roll up, cover!
Orton kicks out!!
HBK nearly pulls one out of the bag but Orton manages to stay in this match as the pair roll on. Michaels up to his feet, Orton sharply behind him as HBK takes him down and again as Orton gets back up. Michaels is rolling now!! HBK whips Orton into the ropes, Orton rebounds as Michaels is set up for Sweet chin music!! Orton holds onto the ropes however, and rolls under the bottom rope out of the ring. Wise move by Orton here as he escapes the shift in momentum.
Orton now on the outside catching his breath as Michaels waits in the ring but HBK has had enough and flies over the top rope!! Michaels takes Orton down!! Huge high risk manoeuvre by Shawn Michaels but it connected and both men are now down on the outside as the referee begins to count.
Michaels begins to get back up to his feet and brings Orton up with him, taking him back inside the ring. Michaels looks for a cover but Orton fights back and kicks Michaels away from him, giving him the chance to get to his feet. It doesn’t last for long though as HBK regains the advantage, striking Michaels with a hard right hand, followed by another and another as Michaels pumps up the crowd.
HBK had Orton on the mat as Michaels grabbed the leg of his opponent. HBK going for a figure four leglock!! Michaels gets it locked in!! Will Orton tap?? The pressure is applied and Orton is in agony here!
There’s nowhere for Orton to go, in the middle of the ring, Orton is fighting to get out but the Showstopper is looking defiant. Orton begins to crawl towards the ropes, slowly but surely. He’s within an arm’s length away from getting there now. Just at perhaps the last second as Orton seemed as though he was gonna tap, Orton just manages to grab the bottom rope and cling on for dear life. Michaels breaks the hold, looking determined to finish the job off.
Michaels positions himself, waiting for Orton to get up. Is he gonna go for Sweet Chin Music once again? Michaels opts against however and as Orton rolls on the mat, still struggling to move, HBK goes back to work on the left leg of Orton stomping away at the leg of Orton before Michaels lifts Orton back to his feet but Orton out of nowhere takes HBK down with a standing drop kick!!
Huge move from Orton who goes for the cover, slowly making his way across to HBK’s fallen body.
Kick out by Michaels as Orton now looks to regain momentum. Orton is elbows the chest of Michaels before stomping away on the right arm of Michaels, HBK writhing in pain as Orton takes Michaels over to the ropes and begins to hammer away at the back of Michaels’ head, some nasty shots from Orton as the Legend Killer holds Michaels legs between the ropes and the fans know what’s coming as Orton sets Michaels for the DDT from the ropes. Orton looks across the crowd who are drowning him in heat as Orton connects with a sickening DDT to HBK. Cover by Orton.
HBK just gets the shoulder up at the death, Orton can’t believe it as this match continues further. Orton lifts Michaels up again but HBK manages to find some fight from somewhere and hits Orton with a forearm shot to the head. HBK now on the offensive and he runs the ropes, Orton ducks the oncoming Michaels but Michaels runs through and he takes Orton down with a flying forearm again. Orton is down. Michaels is tuning up the band!! Will he finally hit it here?!
Orton is making his way to his feet, Michaels is poised, Orton turns around. BAM!! NO!! Orton ducks it and Michaels turns around, RKO!! RKO from Orton!! Cover!!
Winner: Randy Orton (23:47)
The Coach: I told you J.R.!! Shawn Michaels is done!! Randy Orton has pulled it off baby!! The Legend Killer adds another victim to his long list and it is only a matter of time before he adds The Undertaker to that list as well!!
Jim Ross: What a match folks, what a match. I gotta hand it to Randy Orton, an impressive victory no doubt about it. But you can’t question Shawn Michaels here tonight, HBK certainly proved he is far from finished here in the WWE.
The Coach: How do ya come to that conclusion J.R? Shawn Michaels just got beaten in the middle of that ring AGAIN and you’re telling me he ain’t done? The real Shawn Michaels wouldn’t let that happen J.R.
Jim Ross: Well I beg to differ and so the fans in attendance at the Verizon here tonight. Shawn Michaels has still got plenty left in the tank, you better believe it.
We then head backstage once more where we see the new Intercontinental champion Muhammad Hassan with Daivari and their two new acquaintances standing by with them heading towards the exit as Todd Grisham tries to get a word in with him.
Grisham: Muhammad!! Daivari!! Can we just get a quick word on earlier tonight?
Hassan: What about it? About the fact that Muhammad Hassan is now your INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION!!?
Huge heat here for Hassan as Daivari and the smaller man clap.
Grisham: I think we all want to know more importantly who these two men you have with you are exactly?
Hassan: You Americans. You don’t even congratulate me on my achievement in becoming champion, you just head straight to the questioning, straight to the interrogating. And in regards to that question Todd, I will give you an answer tomorrow night on Raw. For now though, it’s time we leave this dump of a place and return home to celebrate.
Daivari then rambles off his native language as the foursome leave to big heat.
Jim Ross: Well, I’m still in shock at what happened earlier tonight with that man and his new cronies Coach. Shelton Benjamin never stood a damn chance.
The Coach: Exactly J.R. If you’ve got the tools, use em. Hassan did just that and he walked out with the Intercontinental title around his waist.
‘ Just close your eyes’ hits to strong heat as Captain charisma makes his way down to the ring accompanied by Tomko, ready to host the Peep Show.
Jim Ross: Well, it is indeed time for the return of the Peep Show ladies and gentleman. I for one, am more than intrigued as to what the Nature Boy Ric Flair has in store for us tonight. The rumours, the speculation, come to an end.
The Coach: They do J.R. They do and so does Ric Flair’s career. THANK GOD.
Christian takes a mic as the crowd are preparing themselves for Flair’s arrival.
Christian: I’ve been waiting for this for quite some time let me tell ya.
Boos fill the Verizon as they know what Christian is implying.
Christian: Tonight, it becomes a reality. Ric Flair puts us all, puts HIMSELF out of his misery.
More strong boos for Captain Charisma as Tomko laughs smugly.
Christian: And what a way, what a place to do it!! Right here on the legendary Peep Show.
Christian smiles broadly as a ‘You Suck’ chant begins in a small section of the crowd.
Christian: Tomko and I, we’ve been thinking of the best way to give Ric a good send off. How to show Ric just how much we appreciate what he’s done over the years and just how much we appreciate what he’s gonna do here tonight and well, we couldn’t really agree on anything. I mean, he’s already on the Peep Show, that’s as good as it gets. But then a switch flicked in the back of my mind and we came to an agreement.
The fans are intrigued as Christian goes to one of the chairs in the ring and picks up an envelope. Christian opens the envelope and reveals a letter.
Christian: Ahem, Dear Mr.Flair, this is a personal letter to announce that you have been accepted into the ‘Carriage Club of Charlotte’ retirement home. Yours sincerely, David Lawless, Owner
At this point Tomko begins cracking up with laughter on the floor as Christian begins to laugh also and throws the letter up in the air. The fans are ripping on both men.
Christian: So there ya have it Ric. My gift to you, you retire, you go back home to North Carolina, you take up your fancy retirement home and you STAY there for good.
More heat for Captain Charisma before ‘WOOOO’ The crowd goes into a frenzy as ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’ hits and out comes The Nature Boy, Ric Flair to a huge pop from the New Hampshire crowd..
Christian and Tomko begin talking to one another as Flair makes his way down to the ring suited and booted ready to make his announcement. Flair steps in the ring and soaks up the cheers before the music fades.
Christian: Ric, great to see ya again, really is but let’s get this over with now, c’mon, give us the good news.
Flair: Christian, thanks for having me on here man but I would really appreciate it if ya gave me the opportunity just for a couple of minutes to talk to all my fans here in New Hampshire and all over the world. Could ya do that for me?
Christian holds his arms out spread mouthing ‘Ok Ok’ as Flair continues.
Flair: Thank you. Now I came out here tonight, to give all you people a major announcement regarding the Nature Boyyyy.
The fans start a small ‘WOO’
Flair: You know, it’s been a heck of a journey. I’ve travelled all around the world, wrestled day in, day out over 30 years. 30 years, wow, feels incredible just saying it. I’ve wrestled some of the greatest superstars that have EVER graced a wrestling ring. From Dusty Rhodes to Roddy Piper( Pops for both men)
Flair: Harley Race, Ricky Steamboat, Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, The Undertaker, Triple H, WOOOOOOO.
Big pop here for Flair who is now in classic Flair mode..
Flair: You name em, I’ve faced em, hell, I’ve probably beaten them. SIX TEEN TIME World champion. SIX TEEN TIME!! Limousine Ridin’, Jet Flyin’, Kiss Stealin, Whealin’ Dealin, WOOOOOOO, The Nature Boy has done all there is to do!!
Major pop here once more as the crowd are loving Flair.
Flair: And that is why I’m here tonight.
Flair turns a little more sombre now as he turns serious.
Flair: I come to you here tonight to officially announce that..
Christian: Whoa whoa whoa, hold it there Flair.
Strong heat for Captain Charisma as Flair looks pissed off.
Christian: Y’know, ever since I knew about this little announcement you were gonna make Ric, I’ve been counting down the days. I’ve been looking forward to this more than anybody else. Ric Flair finally walks away but then…. then you come out here and you struck a nerve Ric.
Flair looks on intrigued.
Christian: 30 plus years, 16 World championships. Harley Race, Roddy Piper. All I have to sat to that is BIG DEAL.
Major heat again here for Christian as Flair laughs.
Christian: For all your accomplishments Ric, for every accolade, tell me, have you ever gone one on one with Captain Charisma? Have you ever beaten Captain Charisma? Huh? Have you?
Flair: As a matter of fact, I haven’t.
Christian: That’s what I thought, so Ric until you have faced me, until you have beaten me, then quite frankly Ric, you’ve achieved NOTHING. Zilch, squat, not a damn thing. I am the new Ric Flair, I am the new face of a generation. What’s the old saying you got Ric? Something like, To be the man, you gotta beat the man. Well, Ric, I am the man.
Flair: You’re the man huh? The Creepy Little Bastard is the man?
The crowd begins laughing as Christian tells them to shut up.
Flair: Look, I know what you’re getting at kid and I admire the fact that you got the guts to even compare yourself to me. But I came here tonight to do something I need to do and no matter what you say, I’m gonna do it.
Christian: Go ahead then Ric, the stage is yours.
Flair: So as I was saying I came here ton…
BAM!!!! Christian levels Flair with the microphone as Captain Charisma begins to assault Flair along with Tomko. Christian nails away at Flair with right hands to the forehead, busting Flair wide open as he brings Flair back to his feet, allowing Tomko to nail Flair with a big boot!! The crowd are drowning the two in boos as Christian pats his chest and gets Flair into position to hit the Nature Boy with the Unprettier!!
Christian then takes the mic once more
Christian: If nothing I say is gonna do it Ric, then maybe actions will speak louder than words. Ric, you aren’t done until I say you’re done. The passing of the torch has only just begun.
‘Just close your eyes’ hits once more as Christian and Tomko leave to huge heat leaving Flair lying motionless in the ring.
Jim Ross: Unnecessary, uncalled for, unbeli…
The Coach: UNPRETTIER!! Haha. J.R Captain Charisma has taken it to the Nature Boy here tonight. Ric Flair has fallen to the new face of a generation.
Jim Ross: I can’t believe what we’ve just witnessed. Ric Flair came out here to make an announcement, to more than likely announce his retirement. What the hell did Flair do to deserve that?!? Christian assaulting Flair into a bloody mess out here tonight. But why?
The Coach: He told us why J.R. Christian wants Flair to go toe to toe with him inside that ring, to prove a point to Naitch, to say that he is indeed the man.
We head to a video package for Summerslam: The biggest party of the Summer!, August 21st, MCI Center, Washington DC.
Jim Ross: Summerslam comes to you from Washington DC this year and we can’t wait to bring you the biggest party of the summer but coming up in a matter of moments we have the biggest contest of the night.
The Coach: Ain’t no doubt about it. The World Heavyweight title baby, let’s get this party started!!
‘Break down the Walls’ hits and Y2J comes out to a fairly positive response, still a fair bit of boos around the crowd but a lot of cheers.
Jim Ross: Chris Jericho earned his shot in this match when he defeated the champion Batista a few weeks back on Raw, at the time he head Edge to thank but in recent weeks it has been Edge that Jericho has been gunning for.
The Coach: That’s where Jericho has to be careful tonight J.R. He can’t focus too much on the possibility of getting his hands on Edge, he needs to be 100% set on winning the World title here tonight or he ain’t getting the job done.
‘Time to play the Game’ hits and down comes the Cerebral Assassin, Triple H makes his way out to big heat.
Jim Ross: 10 time World champion. The Game, the King of Kings, one of the best there’s ever been no doubt but at Wrestlemania he was beaten by the better man, a man he mentored, Batista.
The Coach: On one night J.R. One night!! For a split second Triple H let his focus slip and it cost him but make no mistake, he will win his title back tonight!
‘I walk alone’ then hits to a huge pop as the World Heavyweight champion Batista makes his way out ready to defend his title.
Jim Ross: One of the most powerful, dominant men that I have seen here in the WWE for some time Coach and at Wrestlemania he realised a dream in becoming the World champion. Tonight though is a whole different ball game. Batista must defend his championship for the first time and against not one, but two men.
The Coach: And not just any two men J.R. Two former World champions themselves. Jericho and Triple H hold the advantage here tonight and when all is said and done we will leave New Hampshire with a NEW World champion. I love it!!
Match Six: Triple Threat Match: World Heavyweight Championship
Batista© vs. Triple H vs. Chris Jericho
The match starts off with Batista telling Triple H and Jericho to bring it on and pumping himself up for both men, but neither Jericho nor The Game make a move as both men cover all angles. Eventually we get the first move as Jericho goes toe to toe with Batista and Triple H hovering in the corner. Jericho tells Batista he wants to go, Batista laughs and pushes Jericho who responds with a push of his own and Batista lands the first blow, Jericho and Batista trade blows as in comes Triple H taking down the champion with a hard shot before going to work on Jericho.
Triple H whips Jericho into the ropes and takes down Jericho with a forearm shot as Y2J comes back towards him. Batista is now back into the equation though and knocks Triple H down with a clothesline. Jericho is now back up though and grabs Batista round the waist, looking to suplex the champion. Batista manages to turn the tables on Jericho though, but Jericho manages to roll Batista up with a schoolboy, cover!!
Triple H breaks things up before Jericho has a chance and now The Game is taking it to Jericho. Batista is making his way back up to his knees as Triple H realises this, he kicks Batista in the gut before hitting the champion with a hard right hand before switching to Jericho and back again to Batista. Triple H in control. Trips brings Jericho back to his feet and goes for another big shot but Jericho ducks it and runs the ropes, coming back at Triple H but Trips throws Jericho over the top rope to the outside!!
Jericho falls hard to the outside as it’s left with a Wrestlemania rematch for the mean time inside the ring. Batista is back to his feet and is staring down Triple H who turns around. The fans are roaring for as both men step forward and Triple H hit’s the first blow, Batista fights back, both men trading shots as the champion gets the upper hand and whips Hunter into the corner where Batista follows with a running clothesline, taking all the wind out of Triple H’s sail.
Batista then took his opponent down with a front power slam before attempting his first cover of the match.
Kick Out by Hunter.
Batista quickly took a look on the outside where Jericho was beginning to get back to his feet. Torn between going after Jericho or continuing on Triple H, Batista opted to stay inside the ring and focus on Triple H. The Animal brought Hunter back to his feet but as Jericho returned to the apron, distracting Batista, Trips took the advantage and kicked Batista in the stomach before taking him down with a face breaker smashing against the knee of Triple H. Hunter went to make a cover but Jericho breaks it up before the count even begins.
Jericho goes to work on Triple H now who is back to his feet. Jericho throwing some nice backhand chops to the chest of Triple H who backs away pleading with Jericho to stop. Jericho has pushed HHH back towards the corner now where the chops continue before Jericho runs Triple H across the ring and lands a one arm bulldog to The Game!! Jericho goes to the ropes for a lionsault but Batista catches Jericho in the air as he comes down with a huge spear!!! Cover by Batista!!
Triple is back up though and breaks the pinfall up. Nobody can gain the upper hand here in this championship match. Now it’s Triple H stomping away at Batista as Jericho looks completely out of it thanks to the spear from the champion. Trips manages to lock Batista into a sleeper hold now, wearing the big man down in the centre of the ring. The New Hampshire crowd start a ‘Batista’ chant, trying to spark some life into the wounded animal. Trips has the hold locked in firmly but Batista is trying to get back up to a standing position.
He seems to be showing signs of a comeback as he gets back to his knees and begins to elbow away at the gut of Triple H who is loosening the hold. Batista has now broken free and begins to hammer away at Trips, Batista whips Hunter into the ropes and takes him down with a spine buster!! Batista is pumping up and has the thumbs up!! Thumbs down!! The champion grabs Triple H and attempts to get him up for a Batista bomb. Jericho is back to his feet though and takes Batista down with a drop kick!! Cover by Jericho.
Kick out by Batista!!
Jericho and Triple H are now the two men standing inside the ring as Jericho hits Hunter with a nice European Uppercut knocking the former champion back as Jericho whips Hunter into the ropes, Jericho goes for another drop kick but Hunter has hung onto the ropes and fallen down to squirm out of the ring, strong heat for Hunter here who is taking a breather on the outside.
Jericho doesn’t take kindly to this though and follows suit, tracking Hunter down. Trips waits for Jericho however and whips Y2J into the barricade, a hard shot to Jericho’s ribs as Trips looks to the crowd before heading to the apron and pulling a sledgehammer from under the ring!! The fans ‘ooooooh’ as Trips looks on intently. With it being triple threat rules there are no disqualifications and we all know how lethal Trips can be especially with his trusty sledgehammer.
Triple H pulls the hammer back over his head. He’s gonna knock Jericho’s head off! But he can’t bring the hammer back down as Batista is behind him!! Batista pulls the hammer away from The Game and kicks Hunter in the gut before hurling him into the ring post shoulder first!! Triple H’s shoulder may be separated from the impact of that shot. The Game rolls in agony on the outside as Batista now goes after Jericho.
Batista stalks Jericho who is trying to walk around the ring and away from the oncoming animal. Batista catches Jericho though and throws his head down against the steel steps!! Jericho’s head rebounds in a big way as Batista continues going after Jericho. Tista again goes to hit Jericho’s head against the steps but Jericho puts his foot on the steps and blocks it before crashing Batista’s head against the step now!!
Batista is now on the rocks as Jericho crawls back into the ring and waits for either Trips to return or Batista. A bit of a breather for all three men now as Batista seems to be getting back to his feet. The champ slowly crawls back into the ring but Jericho is on him like a dog and hammers away at the ribs of Batista before getting him up and dropping him back down with a nice suplex. Cover from Jericho.
Batista gets the shoulder up to the relief of the crowd.
Jericho now senses an opportunity and hit’s a nice sunset flip to his fallen opponent, another cover from Jericho here.
Kick out again from the champion. Jericho is beginning to get frustrated now and goes for the legs of Batista, he’s looking for the Walls of Jericho!! Will he lock it in? Jericho has one leg, he’s trying to turn Batista over onto his front but he can’t quite force it through, Batista is fighting with all his might but Jericho manages to get it in!! Jericho has it applied! Will we see a new World champion?
Jericho is screaming for Batista to tap when BAM!!! WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?! EDGE!! Edge has appeared from nowhere and flattened Jericho with the Money In The Bank briefcase. Edge stomps away at Jericho and goes to the outside, putting the briefcase in the hands of Lilian Garcia, he’s telling her to announce it!!
Lilian Garcia: Ladies and Gentleman, Edge is cashing in his Money In The Bank Contract!!
The crowd are in shock as of what they are about to see but inside the ring Batista is back to his feet and is demanding Edge come and face him now!! Edge looks scared to death on the outside as out the corner of his eye he sees Triple H back to his feet also!! Trips starts coming after Edge who grabs his briefcase and hightails it out of here!! Edge is retreating!! But has the damage been done to Jericho’s title chances. Back inside the ring, Triple H has returned and he and Batista are going at it.
Batista has the upper hand and whips Hunter into the ropes and on the rebound he hits him with a spine buster!! Batista is shaking the ropes, he’s calling for the Batista bomb once again!! Batista hoists Hunter up!! But Trips with an elbow to the head again and Trips now sets Batista up with a pedigree!! He has the arms hooked but Batista powers out of it and flips Triple H back over his head. Trips returns to his feet, Batista goes for the Batista bomb again, he has him up!! This time he brings him down!! Batista bomb!! Cover!!
Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Batista (20:27)
Jim Ross: The Animal has done it!! Batista has retained the World title here tonight at Backlash!! Against all the odds. Triple H tried every trick in the book, Jericho thought he had it, Edge tried to worm his way in but Batista is still the champion!! How do you like that Coach?!
The Coach: Batista has gotten lucky AGAIN!! Jericho had the match won!! Edge woulda taken the title if it wasn’t two on one!! Batista will get what’s coming to him and it’ll happen soon!!
Jim Ross: But it wasn’t here tonight!! Tonight Batista has retained his World title and tonight he has beaten Triple H yet again!! Batista has dealt his Backlash here tonight in New Hampshire!! Goodnight everybody!!
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