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WWE Smackdown: Night of Champions Special: Night of Champions Special- 17/6/05

Michael Cole: We welcome you to a very special edition of Friday Night Smackdown. I’m Michael Cole, joined as ever by Tazz and we come to you from San Diego on what is quite simply a ‘Night of Champions’.

Tazz: Cole I am punped for this one!! All the championships on Smackdown will be defended right here tonight baby. What a night this is gonna be!

Michael Cole: No doubt about it folks. The Cruiserweight championship will be defended as the champion Paul London puts his title on the line against a man who’s had his problems of late, The Hurricane! Will Chavo Guerrero keep to his word and stay out of The Hurricane’s business?

Tazz: I ain’t sure about that one Cole. But check this one out, the WWE Tag Team championships are up for grabs man, MNM put the gold on the line against Mr.Friday Night himself, Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio!

Michael Cole: Yet another huge encounter right there folks and make no mistake about it, this is another. The United States title will be on the line as Orlando Jordan defends against Matt Hardy!

Tazz: Big opportunity right there for Hardy. Orlando dodged the bullet at Judgment Day, can he do it again here tonight? That’s the question on everybody’s mind.

Michael Cole: And how about this one? Our main event, the WWE championship will be defended here tonight as John Cena puts his title on the line, one on one with the Legend Killer, Randy Orton.

Tazz: That match is quite simply gonna be off the charts Cole. Cena and Orton, two of the best young guys on the roster doin’ battle for the biggest prize in the game. I cannot wait.


To the surprise of everyone it is not a champion who opens the show as out steps the Wrestling Machine, Kurt Angle to immediate heat.

Michael Cole: Well here’s a man who believes that he should be facing John Cena for the WWE championship here tonight. Kurt Angle was a part of the triple threat number one contender’s match a few weeks back that included JBL and Randy Orton as well as John Cena being the special guest referee. Angle had the match won, making Randy Orton tap out but John Cena did NOT see it, after JBL‘s distraction. Angle then celebrated, thinking the match was over, only for Randy Orton to RKO Angle from behind and pick up the victory. Since then, Angle has been absolutely relentless in getting his hands on John Cena.

Tazz: Relentless is an understatement Cole. He has been hell bent on getting’ his hands on Cena. I just gotta wonder what Kurt’s out here for tonight.

Angle has a mic in hand to ‘You Suck’ chants from the fans.

Kurt Angle: Well, well, well, here we are then. The very first Smackdown: Night of Champions special. What an occasion right?

Pop from the fans.

Kurt Angle: Wrong. Tonight is an absolute FREAKING JOKE!!

Big heat for Angle there.

Kurt Angle: You people should be agreeing with every word I’m saying here because you should be just as disappointed as I am. See, tonight’s main event is gonna be John Cena versus Randy Orton for the WWE championship.

Pop for the mention of the main event.

Kurt Angle: That is NOT something to be happy about. No, the ONLY match worthy of cheering would’ve been John Cena one on one with Kurt Angle for the WWE championship.

Boos from the crowd with a few cheers in the mix.

Kurt Angle: And that is exactly what should be the main event tonight but we all know the reason why it’s not right? The reason I’m not getting a WWE title opportunity tonight is because of one man and that man is John Cena.

Big pop for the mention of the champion again.

Kurt Angle: John Cena should be ashamed to carry around the WWE title the way that he does. Y’see Cena is a DISGRACE of a champion. John Cena tarnishes, yeah you heard me right, John Cena TARNISHES the name of the WWE championship.

Big heat again for Angle.

Kurt Angle: A few weeks back I was involved in a triple threat number one contender’s match involving Randy Orton, JBL and a certain special guest ‘referee‘. Cena was entrusted with calling that match down the middle and doing the right thing. Did that happen? Let’s take a look shall we?

We see highlights on the titantron of what went down as Kurt Angle made Randy Orton tap out, believing he had the match won only for John Cena to not have seen it, having been dealing with JBL on the outside. As Cena returns, Angle gets Cena to raise his hand only for Cena to tell him it’s not over. The two then argue and Angle is turned round into a thunderous RKO from Randy Orton and pinned for the three count.

Cheers from the fans as the camera returns to the shot of Angle in the

Kurt Angle: You people can seriously cheer that?

More cheers as Angle laughs a little.

Kurt Angle: Pathetic. As you can ALL see, I was screwed out of a WWE championship opportunity by John Cena and we all know the reason why that is.

Angle scratches his head before continuing.

Kurt Angle: John Cena wants absolutely NOTHING to do with me. Cena knows full well that if I face him, one on one inside this ring with the WWE championship on the line then there will only be ONE winner and his name is Kurt Angle.

Heat again for the Olympic Gold Medalist.

Kurt Angle: That is simply a fact but believe me when I tell you this and Cena I sure hope you’re listenin’ too. It is only a matter of time before I get the opportunity that I deserve. It is only a matter of time before I get a WWE title shot and it is only a FREAKING MATTER OF TIME BEFORE I GET MY HANDS on John Cena.

Mega heat for Angle now as he gets himself worked up.

Kurt Angle: And as far as tonight goes and this whole Night of Champions deal, this complete joke of a main event. Let me tell you that the ONLY real winner come the end of tonight will be me. Oh it’s true, it’s DAMN TRUE!!

‘Medal’ hits again to heat as Angle exit’s the ring looking focused and intense as ever.

Michael Cole: Statement made from Kurt Angle here tonight folks. The Wrestling Machine is not gonna sit back and allow John Cena to supposedly get away with what he’s done. But Tazz I gotta ask, is Kurt Angle going too far with this? After all, John Cena did NOT see what happened in that triple threat match.

Tazz: Ya can look at it both ways Cole. Angle’s got every right to feel aggrieved man, I don’t blame him. But with Cena, you’re right man he didn’t see what went down in that match and he can’t be blamed for it either. Ya gotta believe that this ain’t gonna end until Kurt Angle and John Cena tear each other apart.


‘Stand Back, there’s a Hurricane comin’ thru’

We return to the music of The Hurricane which is met with a decent pop as we get set for our first championship match of the night.

Michael Cole: It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Friday Night’s superhero since he got drafted to Smackdown. Hurricane has been on a roll in recent weeks but it has been in part, thanks to the help of Chavo Guerrero.

Tazz: Exactly Cole. Chavo wants to help change The Hurricane’s ways. Chavo believes that the man under the mask, Gregory Helms is one of the best Cruiserweights in the world but whilst he’s the Hurricane he’s in Chavo’s eyes anyway, a joke.

Michael Cole: Well you’ve gotta wonder what Chavo’s motive is folks. Chavo endured a heated rivalry with Paul London, could it be that Chavo is simply trying to get the Cruiserweight championship out of Paul London’s reach? Or does Chavo honestly want to in his eyes, help Hurricane shine again?

Tazz: I don’t know man, but what we do know is Hurricane’s requested Chavo NOT be out here tonight. Lets just see how Hurricane does wit’out Chavo here tonight.

‘Sliced Bread’

The Cruiserweight champion then makes his way out to a nice pop as Paul London runs down the ramp.

Michael Cole: The high flying daredevil that is our Cruiserweight champion Paul London! And Tazz Paul London has caught on to the recent games if you like between Chavo and Hurricane.

Tazz: For sure Cole. Paul London’s gotta be careful when it involves his Cruiserweight title, that championship means the world to him and if you got a couple dudes takin’ him for a ride, he’s gonna wanna take action. This one should be a treat.

Match One: Cruiserweight Championship

Paul London© vs. The Hurricane

London and Hurricane lock up to get things going and trade turns taking each other down in the early goings as two of the finest Cruiserweights around get to grips with one another. The champion then takes control as the two men look to one up each other once more as London delivers a beautiful standing dropkick, taking down his opponent, early cover from London..



Shoulder up from Hurricane as London allows Hurricane back to his feet before going back to work on the challenger. London delivers a right hand, sending Hurricane back, followed by another and another before whipping Hurricane across the ring. Hurricane bounces back and flies through the sky, knocking London down! Pop for the challenger there as the crowd remain split on the two men here. Hurricane grabs the leg of London and lifts it up before slamming it back down to the mat before repeating again and again as Hurricane shows off an aggressive side here, working away at the left leg of the champion. The superhero heads towards the turnbuckle and for the first time in the match we get some top rope action as Hurricane springs up there, waiting for London to get back to his feet. London slowly does as Hurricane panders to the crowd and flies through the sky as London gets to his feet, knocking London down with a cross body! But NO! London rolls him through into a cover!



Hurricane gets the shoulder up and the two immediately go back at one another, both quick to their feet and Hurricane swings for the champion, misses, London with a kick to the mid section, elbow to the back of the head and grabs the neck of Hurricane before delivering a vicious looking DDT! London looks to go straight for a cover but Hurricane smartly, perhaps luckily rolls out of the ring and looks for a breather as London works up the crowd. Hurricane picks himself up on the outside as London looks around the arena, the crowd seem to know what he’s planning and London wastes little time in running the ropes and hurling himself over the top, SUICIDE DIVE connecting with Hurricane! The fans pop big for the style of the champion as both men now lay down on the outside and the referee begins to countout both superstars.

London is first to his feet but Hurricane isn’t far behind him as the referee’s count is up to 7 now. London immediately rushes into the ring, breaking up the count and waiting for Hurricane to follow. The superhero does so and London doesn’t pounce, allowing his opponent a chance and the two go right back at one another and this time it’s the challenger who gets the momentum, delivering a kick to the midsection before whipping London into the ropes and as the champion rebounds Hurricane connects to the head with the point of his elbow, knocking London down. Hurricane follows it up by instantly locking London into a sleeper hold.

Hurricane has London struggling here but as the champion grasps for the ropes or for anything to try and drag himself up but it’s to no avail as Hurricane just seems to lock it in harder. The crowd rally round London, trying to draw him back into the match and it seems to spur the high flier on as London uses all his strength to draw himself up to his knees before managing to get to his feet. Elbow to the gut of Hurricane, followed by another as London manages to break the hold before delivering a strong right hand, knocking Hurricane back. London now in control as he delivers another right hand, followed by another as the champion seems in contr…DROPKICK!! London seemed in control but from out of nowhere Hurricane levels the champion with a dropkick. He crawls towards his fallen opponent, into a pinfall..



Shoulder up from London as Hurricane wipes his forehead before getting back to his feet and stumbling to the corner, taking a breath momentarily as London returns upright. As soon as London does Hurricane heads after him delivering a strong uppercut before an irish whip. London bounces back at Helms who ducks looking for a back body drop, London lands on his feet though showing great athleticism and both men turn around, London drops Hurricane with a vicious looking move as he grabs the back of Hurricane’s neck and forces it down onto his knees, using all his momentum(code breaker). London goes for a cover now as the fans sense victory..



Kick out from Hurricane!! Somehow the challenger stays in it as the fans cheer, wanting more of the action from these two. London decides he’s had enough and heads over to the top rope as Hurricane begins to stir. London is poised as Hurricane gets up, London goes flying, MISSILE DROPKICK!! Hurricane is floored as London scurries over for another cover, has he finished it this time??




It’s Over!! NO!! Hurricane’s foot’s on the bottom rope as London looks on desperately disappointed with the referee diverting his attention to it. London seems to mouth the word ‘Stupid’ before picking himself up as London now surprisingly looks to lock in a submission manoeuvre on the left leg of Helms. London twists the knee of his opponent as Hurricane yells out in pain with the referee asking if he wants to tap. Hurricane shakes his head before pounding the mat as some sections of the crowd will him on. Hurricane uses his right leg to try and drag himself up with London still holding onto the left leg. Hurricane scores with a massive ENZIGURI!! London’s head is almost taken off as Hurricane hobbles but falls to the mat, clearly in pain here.

Hurricane leans against the ropes looking to bring himself up to his feet and does so but still limping as London is on his knees holding his head. Hurricane charges at London, looking to take his head off, SHINING WIZARD!! London ducks it!! ROLL UP!!



Kick out by Helms!! The fans ooooh as London almost pulls it off. The two men are giving it everything here and rise back to their feet immediately as London now goes for a super kick!! Hurricane ducks it this time, reverse DDT!! NO! London reverses and connects with a backbreaker! Hurricane looks in a world of trouble here as the champion heads to the top rope!! London looks around the crowd before going through the sky, 450 splash connecting!! Cover..




London retains!!

Winner: Paul London(13:57)

Michael Cole: That is what the Cruiserweights are all about Tazz!! What a match and what a victory for Paul London!!

Tazz: Heck of a match up Cole. Paul London pulled it off big time here tonight but ya gotta hand it to Hurricane too man, he pulled out all the stops tonight but just came up a fraction short. He can be proud of that effort, both of these guys can.

Hurricane sits in the ring dejected as London heads up the ramp, elated to still be holding onto his championship.

We then cut backstage to see Chavo Guerrero watching what’s gone down on a monitor, applauding what he just saw before shaking his head saying, ‘What did I tell him?’


We return and head backstage and join Josh Matthews who is ready and waiting to speak to us.

Josh Matthews: Ladies and gentleman, my guest at this time, John Bradshaw Layfield.

Heat immediately as the ‘Wrestling God’ enters the picture.

Josh Matthews: John last week you attacked John Cena during his match with Orlando Jordan. Could you explain exactly why you did what you did last week?

JBL: Do I really need to explain my actions Josh? Are you and all these idiot ‘fans’ too stupid to understand my motives?

Matthews stares blankly back.

JBL: Good God, I’m gonna take that as a yes. Well I’ll spell it out loud and clear so that everybody can understand. John Cena cost me another WWE championship opportunity. Forget Kurt Angle’s pathetic concerns, I am the one who was robbed back in that triple threat match.


JBL: John Cena was meant to act and represent the WWE as an official in that match. But what did he do? He put his hands on me. John Cena abused his power during that match and what action does Teddy Long take? What action do the Board of Directors take? They don’t do a DAMN THING!!

Big heat now for Layfield who takes a second to calm down.

JBL: They don’t do a damn thing so I took matters into my own hands. I decided last week that it was the perfect opportunity for me to leave my mark, to take action against John Cena and his wrongdoings around here. If I could’ve taken John Cena out last week then I would be in that main event tonight for the WWE championship, for my WWE championship.

JBL removes his hat.

JBL: So what happens? Well I uh, I do exactly what I had in mind and that is take it to that fraud of a champion but then suddenly the powers that be stop me in my tracks like they always seem to do right about now. Out of freakin’ nowhere that moron Matt Hardy appears and viciously assaults me from behind, like the punk that he is.

Pop for the mention of Hardy’s attack.

JBL: What right does Matt Hardy have getting involved in my business huh? YOU TELL ME JOSH!

Josh Matthews: I..I..guess it was to do with his..uh recent dealings with your ch..chief of staff Orlando Jordan.

JBL: There we go, right on the money. This was yet AGAIN something that I’m not involved with, something that is out of my control. Everything that’s happenin’ right about now in this stinkin’ place is adversely affecting me and I am SICK TO DEATH OF IT!

JBL is getting pretty whiny now.

JBL: So tonight there’s a couple of things on my agenda and they need to be taken care of. First off, Matt Hardy. That no good, talentless sack of crap needs to be taught some respect, so I want, no.. no.. I expect, wait.. I DEMAND Orlando Jordan to do exactly that out there tonight. And secondly in tonight’s main event, I want John Cena to go out there and in the back of his mind I want him to realise that I am right.. on.. his tail, I am breathing down his neck and for once around here it is going to be him, not me, who is powerless as to what’s going to happen.

Big heat again for Layfield who leaves as we cut back to ringside.


We’re joined back at ringside by the music of Rey Mysterio who makes his way out to a HUGE pop in his hometown, set for a tag title opportunity.

Michael Cole: Listen to this ovation for Rey Mysterioooooo!!

Tazz: This place is on their feet Cole! Mysterio back in his hometown and chasing some gold, major opportunity for Rey Rey and Van Dam here tonight.

Michael Cole: But can they overcome the antics of MNM? Melina has proved to be the ace up their sleeve and despite Van Dam and Mysterio’s pleas for them to keep her out things, I can’t see it happening.

Tazz: We just gotta sit back, enjoy this thing and wait and see Cole.

‘One of a Kind’

A big pop also for Mr.Friday Night as Rob Van Dam steps out to join his tag team partner.

Michael Cole: This whole issue arose because this man believed that MNM needed to be taught some respect, because RVD wanted to teach them a lesson. Do you believe Van Dam is any closer to that partner?

Tazz: I gotta be honest and say no Cole. I think the only way Van Dam’s gonna be able to do that is if he and Rey Mysterio take the tag team championships away from ‘em.


Instant heat for the Hollywood ‘stars’ as Mercury, Nitro and Melina all step out to their usual red carpet entrance.

Michael Cole: They’re confident, they’re cocky and they’re the WWE Tag team champions. MNM have been on a real roll since debuting just after Wrestlemania, defeating Van Dam and Mysterio for the vacant tag team titles back at Judgment Day. How impressive have MNM been since they arrived here on Smackdown?

Tazz: Oh they’ve been real impressive Cole. These two may have Melina in their corner but they can go it alone, believe me, these two dudes have got it inside that ring. This match should be a rocket buster.

Match Two: WWE Tag Team Championships

MNM© vs. Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam

Mercury and Mysterio kick off the match with the crowd getting right behind their home town hero from the get go as ‘619’ chants echo through the arena. Mercury gets the early upper hand, using his size advantage over Rey to take control, grabbing Rey in a waistlock before pushing Mysterio into the ropes and knocking the little man down with a shoulder block. Mercury then looked to really do some damage to the ribs of Mysterio, stomping away with kick after kick, looking to take all the wind out of Mysterio’s sail early on here.

Mercury then bounces off the ropes before dropping to the mat and delivering a big elbow right to the ribs again of Mysterio. Early cover from Mercury, kick out at 2 from Rey though. Mercury then brought Rey back to his feet before whipping the former Cruiserweight champion across the ring into the turnbuckle as Mercury heads right after him. The champion begins delivering a series of right hands, knocking Rey backward but Rey responds with a kick to the jaw of Mercury, met with a big pop from the crowd! Mercury clutches his face and turns around infuriated before charging at Rey but Mysterio ducks it and delivers some more kicks, this time to the legs and then the mid section of Mercury who looks in pain. Mysterio then runs right at Mercury who sees him coming and lifts Rey up, but Mysterio uses all his leg strength and takes Mercury down with a hurricanrana!!

Mercury flies across the ring as RVD encourages his partner on the outside. Mysterio scurries across the ring, looking for a cover.



Shoulder up from Mercury, much to the relief of Melina on the outside who’s yelling words of encouragement to one half of her team. Mysterio allows for Mercury to get back to his feet before looking to strike once more but as Rey goes on the offense, he’s met with a massive clothesline from almost out of nowhere by Mercury. The two men both take a breather now as Mercury is on his knees looking at the fallen Rey before Mercury heads over to his corner and tags in Johnny Nitro to the match. Nitro doesn’t waste any time and immediately goes to work on Mysterio, clubbing away at the back of Rey’s neck before locking a sleeper in on the Ultimate Underdog.

The fans as well as Van Dam begin to clap, trying to help Rey out of this predicament but Nitro only seems to lock it in harder as Rey gasps for air. Mysterio claws at the mat, looking for a way out of things and somehow manages to nudge away at the ribs of Nitro with some elbows, wriggling his way out of the situation to the delight of the fans. Mysterio then runs the ropes as Nitro looks to take him down with a clothesline but Mysterio dodges it and runs the ropes once more before delivering a cross body to Nitro, into a cover…



Kick out from Nitro as Rey looks to be somewhat disappointed he didn’t finish it there. Mysterio immediately looks to bring Nitro to his feet and Rey delivers a double kick to the knees of Nitro who clutches them in pain as Rey leaps at Nitro, Nitro catches Rey by the foot though and tosses him overhead but Rey lands on his feet and tags in Rob Van Dam to a nice pop!! Van Dam immediately charges at Nitro but Nitro swings for him, Van Dam ducks it and delivers a few kicks to the mid section, knocking Nitro off balance before delivering a sweet roundhouse kick, almost taking Nitro’s head off! Cover from Van Dam…



Mercury breaks up the pin, smashing Van Dam with a kick to the head! The fans boo as Mercury immediately heads back to the corner, holding his hands out to the referee. With both men down now, it’s a case of who gets to their feet first and both seem to do so at the same time with Nitro perhaps up just quicker. Nitro kicks Van Dam in the gut before delivering a big uppercut but Van Dam responds with a right hand of his own. The two trade blows and Nitro then whips Van Dam across the ring before hurling himself at Nitro but Nitro catches him with a big dropkick from almost nowhere!! Cover from Nitro..



Kick out from Van Dam. Melina can’t believe it on the outside, thinking her boys had retained the gold but Van Dam keeps his and Mysterio’s hopes alive. Nitro seemingly frustrated tags back in Joey Mercury and Mercury brings Van Dam to his feet, also looking angered that they didn’t just put away Mr.Friday Night. The kick out looks to spark a revival for Van Dam as Mercury wastes no time bringing the former ECW star to his feet but Van Dam responds with an array of right hands followed by a spinning kick to the head of Mercury sending him back as Van Dam then nails Mercury with a nice snap suplex! The crowd rise as Van Dam then runs the ropes and comes back, connecting with the rolling thunder to Mercury!!

The crowd are egging Van Dam on but as Van Dam heads up to the top Nitro gets himself inside the ring and knocks Van Dam off to big heat from the crowd but the heat soon turns to loud cheers as Rey Mysterio evens it up and takes Nitro over the top rope, taking himself out in the process as Van Dam and Mercury are left to do battle inside the squared circle. Nitro and Mysterio are fallen on the outside but both begin to make their way up, as do Mercury and Van Dam inside. But the outside is where the drama unfolds as Melina eyes up Mysterio. The fans boo as the devilish Melina makes her way round and with the referee’s back turned Melina nails Mysterio with a low blow, kicking him right where it hurts before trotting off round to the other side of the ring!

Inside the ring Mercury and Van Dam are up and it’s Van Dam who gets the upper hand knocking Mercury down with a big clothesline! Van Dam then heads up to the top, is it five star frog splash time?? Van Dam signals for it, as the crowd join in with a ‘R-V-D’ chant as Van Dam gets set to fly but Nitro pushes him off the top!! Nitro re-enters the ring and kicks Van Dam in the gut as Mercury gets to his feet, the crowd know what’s in store, SNAPSHOT!! Cover from Mercury…




It’s Over!!

Winners and still WWE Tag Team Champions: MNM(10:02)

Michael Cole: MNM steal one yet AGAIN here tonight. What have Van Dam and Mysterio gotta do to get a fair shot at the titles?! That damn Melina had to get involved didn’t she?!

Tazz: I feel for Rey and Rob Cole, I really do. But ya gotta hand it to Mercury and Nitro, these two dudes pulled it off again here tonight. Sure they had Melina hel ‘em out but they’re her guys, that’s what she’s there to do, big win for MNM tonight man.

Michael Cole: How long can MNM keep this up though? Sooner or later, Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio will get their fair shot and when that comes around, you better believe they’ll come up with the goods.


We return and are immediately taken backstage to find Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio walking through the halls, when Josh Matthews appears.

Josh Matthews: Rob, Rey, commiserations, how do you guys feel after what transpired here tonight in your Tag team title match?

Rob Van Dam: Y’know Josh I think I speak for both me and Rey Rey when I say that we’re just about done with MNM pullin’ one over us. Judgment Day, yeah I could take it, a one off, they got lucky. Tonight though? Tonight’s a whole different story.

Van Dam breathes a sigh of disappointment.

Rob Van Dam: Tonight they got us AGAIN. Melina got us AGAIN and let me tell ya, I didn’t believe that those guys could get me this worked up but dude they did, and I’m startin’ to really lose my cool now Josh.

Rey Mysterio: All we’re lookin’ for is a clean match up. I mean, is that so much to ask for? We wanna take on MNM for those Tag team titles, straight up, two on two, let the best team win. No Melina, no outside interference, no nothing. Just Joey Merucry, Johnny Nitro, Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio.

Pop from the fans who agree with Rey.

Rey Mysterio: So on behalf of myself and Rob, I wanna lay down the challenge right here, right now. MNM versus me and Rob, one more match at The Great American Bash. Only this time, NO Melina at ringside.

Pop again.

Rob Van Dam: Hell, I’ll go one better if Rey here doesn‘t mind. If those dudes leave Melina at home and they still manage to beat us, then we’ll walk away, no more opportunities, no more shots at the titles. Me and Rey Rey will head to the back of the line and walk away like men.

Pop from the fans for Van Dam’s comment.

Rob Van Dam: This is all about us wanting to teach them some respect Josh, that’s what this has come from and this ain’t gonna end until one of two things happen. One, we teach them that respect they need to be taught. And believe me, they do need to be taught it. Or two, they earn our repsect and the only way those dudes are gonna do that is by keeping Melina away from all this and taking us on straight up.

Van Dam and Mysterio then head off as Josh Matthews thanks them for their time and we head back ringside.

‘Can you dig it? Sucka’

We return to the music of the 5 time WCW champion, Booker T who’s greeted with a nice response from the San Diego crowd.

Michael Cole: Well on this very special edition of Smackdown, where it is all about the champions here tonight, here is one man who knows a thing or two about championships Tazz.

Tazz: Oh damn straight Cole. Booker T has won title after title throughout his career but lately it ain’t been about titles man. Booker T’s become involved in a heated issue wit’ Carlito AND his friend, the ‘Man Beast’ Rhyno.

Michael Cole: Well last week things took a turn for the worse in Booker and Rhyno’s relationship. Booker T came out to make the save for Hardcore Holly as Carlito looked set to tear apart the Alabama Slammer. Booker got his hands on Carlito, only for Rhyno to also come down, tossing Booker off Carlito, wanting a piece of Carlito himself. Booker became angry with this, grabbed Rhyno, asked him what he was doing, only for Rhyno to push Booker away and walk outta the ring. Are Booker and Rhyno’s issues with Carlito beginning to affect their own relationship Tazz?

Tazz: Absolutely Cole. Rhyno and Book both want a piece of Lito and it’s hurtin’ both men when it ain’t them who gets the job done. Tonight we get to find out just who’s gonna get their shot at Carlito.

Michael Cole: Well this night is all about championships, however Teddy Long signed this match up after constant demand from Both Booker T and Carlito with the winner getting the opportunity to face Carlito next week in what will be a No Disqualification match up! Finally one of these two men will get the opportunity to take out Carlito!

‘Man Beast’

Out next is Rhyno to a decent pop as the Man Beast steps out, set to take on his friend here tonight.

Michael Cole: Rhyno’s issues began with Carlito back at Judgment Day. Carlito was set to face Booker T and it was Rhyno who went to Carlito and told him that he’d be looking out for Booker, only for Carlito to savagely assault the ECW original.

Tazz: That was a brutal assault Cole and I don’t blame Rhyno for wantin’ a piece of Carlito. Heck, I know I would if that was me in his shoes.

Match Three: Winner gets a No Disqualifications match against Carlito next week on Smackdown.

Booker T vs. Rhyno

Booker and Rhyno shake hands to begin with before locking up and it’s the former ECW champion who gets the upper hand, shoving Booker back into the corner before delivering a couple of massive shoulders to the gut of Booker, winding the former WCW champion as Rhyno makes a great start to proceedings here. The Man Beast begins to stomp away at the fallen Booker, slumped in the corner before the referee brings Rhyno off of his opponent, with Rhyno apologising, clearly getting caught up in the importance of this match for both he and Booker.

Rhyno brings Booker up to his feet and whips him to the corner opposite. Booker bounces into the turnbuckle but as Rhyno charges at Book, he dodges it and Rhyno hit’s the turnbuckle with Booker grabbing Rhyno and delivering a reverse DDT to a nice pop. Cover from Booker..



Kick out. Booker brings Rhyno up and delivers some stern shots to the ribs of the Man Beast. Booker with an irish whip to his opponent, Rhyno rebounds, high knee from Booker taking Rhyno down. Cover again from Booker..



Shoulder up from Rhyno. Booker bangs his hand against the mat, disappointed he didn’t finish off his current rival, yet friend here. Booker wait’s a moment for Rhyno to get to his feet before bouncing slowly off the ropes and delivering an elbow to the head of Rhyno before grabbing the arm of Rhyno, stretching the arm out wide, Booker attempts a big kick to the jaw but Rhyno ducks it and instead Booker turns round and eats a clothesline! Rhyno immediately gets on top of Book and begins punding away with some right hands before locking Booker in with an abdominal stretch as Booker winces in pain.

Rhyno doesn’t let off, adding more pressure but eventually Booker manages to find some strength, perhaps thanks to the support of the fans who start a ‘Boo-ker-T’ chant. Booker manages to get up to his knees as Rhyno looks shaky now. Booker finally frees himself before delivering an elbow to the gut of Rhyno, followed by another before taking down Rhyno with a clothesline. Rhyno responds, right back to his feet as Booker drops him with a scoop slam. Booker encourages Rhyno to keep getting up and the fans are firmly behind Book here. But the cheers soon turn to jeers as we see Carlito stroll down to the ring with an apple in hand.

Neither man realises Lito is heading this way as Booker looks in control. Booker hoists Rhyno up into the air, really gathering some momentum here before dropping Rhyno with a huge suplex. Booker spins around, set to go into a cover but he sees Carlito on the ramp and immediately heads to the ropes, asking Lito ‘What the hell are you doin’ here?’ Lito simply holds his hands out as if to say ‘I’m doing anything’. Booker then turns to go back to work on Rhyno but Carlito distracts him, calling Booker’s name. Booker turns back around as Carlito offers him an apple to which Booker says ‘Da hell?’ Lito then smiles as , WAIT, ROLL UP FROM RHYNO!!




Rhyno wins it!!

Winner: Rhyno(4:41)

Michael Cole: When is Booker T’s run of bad luck going to come to an end? Carlito has cost Booker in a BIG way here, clearly wanting nothing to do with the former WCW champion but Tazz, I gotta ask this, has Carlito underestimated Rhyno here?

Tazz: I don’t think Carlito’s underestimating anybody, I just think Carlito wants to get inside Booker T’s head yet again, hell, I’m sure he’s gotten inside Rhyno’s head here tonight. This is all a part of Carlito’s plan and I think it’s workin’ man.

Booker and Rhyno reluctantly shake hands as Carlito heads up the ramp tossing his apple and staring at the two men left inside the ring, but we now know it will be Carlito one on one with Rhyno next week in a No Disqualification match.

We then cut backstage and join Josh Matthews who is standing by with the WWE champion, John Cena.

Josh Matthews: John tonight you put your WWE championship on the line against the Legend Killer, Randy Orton. How are you feeling ahead of such a huge match and are you at all worried by outside interference here tonight from both Kurt Angle and JBL?

John Cena: Josh you’re right, tonight is a HUGE match in my career but I can honestly tell you straight up that I cannot wait to step inside that ring tonight and I cannot wait to beat Randy Orton for the WWE title.

Big pop for the champ.

John Cena: Nights like tonight are what I thrive on Josh and I know that a lot of people are doubting me here in San Diego tonight. I hate to admit it but be it some of the fans or be it some of the guys in the back, there are doubters.

Cena sighs before continuing.

John Cena: The past few weeks I’ll hold my hands up, Randy Orton’s gotten the better of me. Randy’s got the upper hand time and again but each and every single time it’s been because of people getting involved in my business.

Heat as the fans know what Cena means.

John Cena: Which leads me nicely to your next question and the grand old subject of John Bradshaw Layfield and Kurt Angle.

Heat once again for the mention of those two.

John Cena: Now I know that both of those guys want this(points at the WWE title). I know that I’m in their sights and that when they see me, they see an opportunity. If they can make their mark then they might, they might just get a look at this(again points at the title). And y’know what, I don’t blame ‘em.

Cena again pauses.

John Cena: If I was in their situation, if I wasn’t holding the gold right now, I’d wanna make a statement too. I would want whoever the champion was to know that I’m on their toes and that when I get a chance, I’m gonna take it. So as far as that goes, both JBL and Kurt Angle, I respect them wanting to come after this.

Josh Matthews nods his head, holding the mic, gazing at Cena like a sap.

John Cena: What I don’t respect is the way these guys are goin’ about makin’ their statements. See ever since I cost Kurt Angle a shot at the title and as accidental as it was, I admit, I did cost him. Ever since then Kurt Angle has made it his mission, he’s made it his purpose to not only send a message to me. He’s made it his purpose to beat me down and take..me..out.


John Cena: Now that ain’t something’ I’m gonna take liein’ down, believe me. If Kurt Angle wants to make a statement, he needs to do it the right way and he needs to do it to my face.

Pop for the champion

John Cena: As far as JBL goes, well me and Mr.Layfield have had our problems for a long time now and all I can say is that the facts don’t lie. I beat JBL to win this WWE title at Wrestlemania and I beat him AGAIN at Judgment Day.

Big pop there.

John Cena: I don’t get why he thinks he deserves another shot at this but if and it’s a BIG if. If JBL does get another shot at this, then I can, well I can as JBL himself likes to say, I can guarandamntee that it will NOT be third time lucky for the so called ‘Wrestling God’.

Cena smiles before continuing.

John Cena: So Kurt, John when I’m done with Randy Orton tonight, my statement to you is loud and clear. You want some, COME..GET..SOME!

Big pop for the champion who walks away as we cut back to ringside.

Michael Cole: Well John Cena is all fired up here tonight Tazz. But Cena, as much as he wants Kurt Angle to go face to face with him, as much as he wants JBL to do the same, he’s gonna have to be careful tonight cos both of those men don’t ever tend to do the right thing.

Tazz: Absolutely. When the WWE title is on the line, you gotta be wary of everythin’ that’s goin’ on and if that means keeping’ an eye out for interference, you do it.

‘Live for the Moment’

Nice pop as the number one contender to the United States title makes his way out, set for his title opportunity here tonight.

Michael Cole: Well tonight is a MASSIVE opportunity for this man Tazz. Matt Hardy has made a big impact since coming to Friday Night Smackdown and came up inches short of winning the U.S. title at Judgment Day, tonight he gets a well deserved rematch against Orlando Jordan.

Tazz: Cole I got a real feelin’ that tonight is the night for Ma…


Out of nowhere we see Orlando Jordan come down the ramp and SMASH Matt Hardy with the United States title belt. Orlando then begins a vicious assault of his rival, stomping away at the back of Hardy’s neck before delivering a series of right and left hands, clubbing away at the neck of his challenger.

Michael Cole: Orlando Jordan knows he can’t get it done inside the ring against Matt Hardy so he resorts to this? DISGUSTING actions from the United States champion. Matt Hardy is HELPLESS!!

Tazz: I’m in shock Cole. Complete shock and he don’t look like he’s sto..

Michael Cole: OH ENOUGH, COME ON!!

Jordan now brings Hardy up and whips him viciously into the ringpost, head first Hardy goes crashing into it before falling to the outside as Orlando now grabs the steel steps as the referee tries to stop him from doing any more damage but Orlando refuses. Hardy gets back to his feet gingerly and turns around, BAM!! Jordan smashes the steel steps off the head of Hardy!!

Michael Cole: We need some help out here. Matt Hardy is being decimated by Orlando Jordan.

Jordan then adds insult to injury as he tosses Hardy into the ring before following him inside. Jordan then demands that the referee rings the bell to start the match. The referee refuses but Orlando gets right in his face, shouting at him to do it before he takes matters into his own hands.

Michael Cole: You’ve gotta be kidding me! The damage is done, what does he need to do this for?

The referee rings the bell and this match, unbelievably begins.

Match Four: United States Championship

Orlando Jordan© vs. Matt Hardy

Jordan doesn’t go for a pinfall as he looks to add further to Hardy’s woes here tonight as Orlando brings Hardy up and drops him back down once again with a dose of Orlando Magic(Swinging Neckbreaker). Jordan then smiles and poses to the fans briefly who shit all over him before going for a cover. 1..2..3. Jordan, unsurprisingly retains.

Winner and STILL United States Champion: Orlando Jordan(0:12)

Michael Cole: Sickening. Absolutely sickening folks. I for one don’t know how Orlando Jordan can walk out of here tonight proud of what he’s just done, proud of retaining the United States title in that fashion. Orlando Jordan is a DISGRACE.

Tazz: I gotta admit that Orlando Jordan just went down a notch in my book Cole. I’m speechless. I mean I get by any means necessary, but that weren’t necessary, not one bit man.

The referee calls for some help on a lifeless Matt Hardy as Jordan backs up the ramp smiling repeatedly as he looks back on the damage he’s done here tonight. Trainers and medics then rush down to tend to Hardy as the picture fades away.


We return and are taken to a replay from during the break of Matt Hardy being helped out of the ring by officials and trainers to a nice reception.

Michael Cole: Well as you can see folks Matt Hardy being helped to the back following a HEINOUS assault from Orlando Jordan. Jordan was scheduled to defend the United States title against Hardy here tonight and well..he did but it was after this assault had taken place and inevitably Jordan retained with Hardy not standing a chance.

Tazz: Big props to Hardy though Cole for making his way back to his feet here though. I mean I thought he was done for after that attack but the heart of Matt Hardy shinin’ through right there, not wanting all the medical help, wantin’ to walk out on his own two feet. If I were Orlando Jordan I’d be worried cos you know Matt Hardy is gonna be out for payback.

We cut backstage and see the ‘Real Deal’ Bobby Lashley passing through the hall. The dominant young superstar is met with a nice pop from the crowd but the cheers soon turn to heat as we see Rene Dupree and Kenzo Suzuki appear from nowhere and take down Lashley!! Dupree and Suzuki have both been beaten in singles action the past couple of weeks but look to make their mark here. The duo stomp away at the arms of Lashley before Suzuki drops down and starts hammering away with right hands before Dupree holds him back and the two men laugh at the fallen Lashley before leaving to strong heat.

Michael Cole: Well what else is gonna happen here tonight?! First Matt Hardy is taken out and now Bobby Lashley! What the hell are Dupree and Suzuki thinking Tazz?!

Tazz: They’re thinking’ of makin’ an impact Cole but I gotta be honest with ya and say that I think they’re pickin’ the wrong dude to be messin’ with in Lashley. He is a machine and if I were Dupree and Suzuki I’d stay as far away as I can from Bobby Lashley.

The camera then pans to the office of Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long who is greeted with cheers from the Smackdown crowd. We hear a knock at the door and it’s Josh Matthews who seems interested in questioning the head of authority here on Friday nights.

Josh Matthews: Teddy can we just get your thoughts so far tonight on what’s gone down here on this special edition of Smackdown: Night of Champions?

Teddy Long: Josh I gotta admit that it’s been a rough night playa. Tonight was a night supposed to be ALL about champions, all about championships but it’s been far from it.

Long shakes his head before continuing.

Teddy Long: First off, what just happened wit’ Rene Dupree, Kenzo Suzuki and Bobby Lashley, I can’t have that happenin’ in the back like that, ya feel me? And secondly what Orlando Jordan did here tonight with Matt Hardy I can’t have happenin’ PERIOD.

Heat for the mention of Jordan’s attack.

Teddy Long: Now I don’t know what Orlando thinks he’s doing and if he honestly believes he can get away wit’ what he did tonight but if he does then he’s got another thing comin’.

Pop for the GM.

Teddy Long: Now Matt Hardy is in a bad way dawg. I don’t know when Matt’s gonna be ready to compete again but what I do know is that when he is ready to compete, I promise him and all the Smackdown fans that he WILL get another shot at the United States title.

BIG pop for that announcement.

Teddy Long: Now we still got some more action to come tonight when the WWE title is on the line Josh and I just gotta hope and pray that they don’t let this show down like Orlando Jordan has done tonight, like Dupree and Suzuki, hell even MNM let this show down tonight, stealin’ a victory in the tag title match up.

Boos for the mention of all those superstars.

Teddy Long: So John Cena, Randy Orton if ya listenin’ playas, go out there tonight and show EVERYBODY what Smackdown is all about.

Josh Matthews: Thanks for your time Teddy.

We cut back ringside, set to rejoin the action as….

‘Burn in my Light’

The music of Randy Orton hits and the Legend Killer gets set for his big chance here tonight.

Michael Cole: Well it is indeed time for our main event folks and what a roll this man has been on since Judgment Day. Randy Orton defeated The Undertaker back at Judgment Day and following on from then Orton earned himself a championship opportunity, defeating both Kurt Angle and John Bradshaw Layfield as well as time and again getting the upper hand over John Cena.

Tazz: Orton’s been on a heck of a roll, no doubt about it but it don’t count for anything unless Randy Orton leaves San Diego with the WWE title.

‘My Time is Now’

Big pop as the champion John Cena makes his way out, looking more than ready for this big showdown tonight.

Michael Cole: John Cena has had quite the opposite in fortune to Randy Orton since Judgment Day. Cena’s been put in a really tough situation following his decision in that triple threat number one contenders match and since that point Cena has not only had Randy Orton breathing down his neck, but Kurt Angle AND JBL also.

Tazz: It’s been a rough ride for Cena as of late but when you’re the WWE champion, when you’re the man around this joint, ya gotta be prepared for all of this. Cena’s got a HUGE test here tonight Cole and he’s gonna need a hell of a performance to walk outta here still wit’ that WWE title.

Match Five: WWE Championship

John Cena© vs. Randy Orton

Strong ‘Cena’ chants run through the crowd as the referee rings the bell and the two men circle the ring, not taking their eyes off one another as they recognise just how important this match is here tonight. The two eventually lock up and it’s Cena who overpowers Orton to begin with, throwing him off of him as Orton tries to compose himself again. The Legend Killer slaps himself, trying to psych himself up clearly as he goes at it with Cena again, this time putting the champ in a headlock but Cena again uses his strength to push the challenger off of him as Orton bounces into the ropes and rebounds back right into a shoulder block from Cena. Cena picks Orton back up immediately and clubs him with a couple of right hands before whipping Orton into the turnbuckle. Cena charges down Orton but the Legend Killer gets a boot up, connecting with Cena’s face as the leader of the Chain Gang falls backward.

Orton immediately heads after Cena and as Cena turns around, Orton drops him with a clothesline. Cena immediately gets back up but Orton again takes him down with a big clothesline to which Cena stays floored from this time. Orton then begins to stomp away at the back of Cena’s neck which draws him some heat from the crowd before dropping down to the mat and applying a chinlock to Cena. Cena looks in trouble momentarily but Orton may’ve attempted the hold too early in the contest as Cena uses his elbow to dig away at Orton and break the hold as the champion begins to look strong again. Cena delivers a few right hands to the Legend Killer but Orton responds with some of his own and these two go toe to toe. It’s Cena though who comes out on top, forcing Orton backward before an irish whip to the challenger. Orton comes flying back at Cena who drops the challenger with a big back body drop. Early cover by Cena.


Kick out from Orton with ease. Cena now on the offensive as he drags Orton up to his feet before kicking his chllenger in the gut, grabbing the back of his neck, Cena hoists Orton up and drops him with a big suplex as the crowd roars!! Cena into another cover..



Orton gets the shoulder up as Cena dusts himself down and allows Orton some time to get back to his feet. The Legend Killer does so and Cena heads right back to work, throwing a right hand at Orton before whipping him into the ropes but Orton doesn’t bounce back, holding onto the ropes instead. Cena charges at him but Orton brings the ropes down and sends Cena flying over and on to the outside!! Orton takes a breather as Cena is now recovering on the outside and the referee begins to countout the champion. Cena staggers to his feet and with the count slowly rising, Orton heads to the outside, realising he can’t win the championship via countout. Orton meets Cena on the outside but the champion delivers a shot to the ribs of Orton, seemingly winding the challenger. Orton is struck again with a right hand before Cena grabs the arm of Orton, whipping Orton towards the ringpost but Orton reverses it! Cena goes flying shoulder first into the ringpost as a loud thud echoes round the arena. Cena yells out in pain as Orton picks him back up and tosses him in the ring, breaking up the count at 7 and a half. Orton immediately rolls Cena over into a cover, looking to finish things..



Shoulder up from Cena just about as the champion holds onto his title there. Orton grits his teeth, clearly disappointed he couldn’t put Cena away with that. Orton surprisingly heads towards the corner and plants himself on the turnbuckle, sitting on the second rope as Cena steadies himself and turns around, Orton looks to deliver a clothesline from the ropes but Cena ducks it and Orton rolls through. Cena now charges at Orton and lifts him up before dropping Orton with a front slam. Cena then runs the ropes before pandering to the crowd before doing his infamous, ‘You can’t see me’, Five knuckle Shuffle connects with Orton!! The fans are on their feet as Cena waits patiently for Orton to rise, he does slowly but surely and turns around, Cena lifts him up high, FU!! NO!! Orton escapes out of it and turns Cena around, RKO!! NO!! Cena reverses this time and pushes Orton away into the ropes, Orton rebounds, roll up from Cena!!



Kick out just from Orton much to the disapproval of the San Diego faithful. Cena looks frustrated that he couldn’t out away Orton there and both men get to their feet and it’s Orton who’s quickest to react, taking advantage of Cena’s clear disappointment. Orton grabs Cena, belly to belly suplex, a new side to Orton there. Orton straight into a cover, looking to put away the champion..



Shoulder up from Cena as Orton pounds the mat in anger. Orton now poises himself, looking to finish Cena off as the champion gets back to his feet, Orton is primed for an RKO, Cena turns around, RKO!! AGAIN Cena counters, Cena lifts Orton up, FU!! BAM!! WHAT THE HELL?! CENA IS AMBUSHED FROM BEHIND BY KURT ANGLE AND JBL!!

Angle and Layfield begin to stomp away at Cena as Orton drops to the mat with Angle now unloading right hands on the champion whilst Layfield stomps the hell out of Cena. The referee calls for the bell as Angle and JBL continue to assault the champion here

Winner: No Contest(9:13); Therefore John Cena remains WWE champion

Michael Cole: Absolute CHAOS ensuing in San Diego!! John Cena is being DECIMATED here. Cena is defenceless as Kurt Angle and JBL pick apart the WWE champion!

Tazz: What the hell is goin’ on here Cole?! HEY LOOK! RANDY ORTON!!

Randy Orton now gets himself involved, clearly pissed at his title shot going down the drain here tonight and he takes down JBL to a nice pop from the fans!! Orton seems irate that Angle and JBL ruined this match up here tonight and the Legend Killer hammers away at Layfield as Angle continues his assault on Cena. Angle though, out the corner of his eye sees Orton laying into JBL and heads after Orton!!


Orton and Angle tear into each other with Angle seemingly getting the upper hand knocking Orton aback as the fans are split on who to cheer for. The Wrestling Machine sends Orton almost tumbling but Orton rocks forward, RKO!! RKO attempt from Orton but Angle pushes the Legend Killer away, right into a CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!! JBL knocks Orton’s head off as the fans shit all over the former WWE champion but the jeers soon become cheers as we see an ANGLE SLAM!! Kurt Angle takes out JBL from behind!!

Michael Cole: Kurt Angle is on a RAMPAGE here tonight!! Randy Orton is down, JBL is down, John Cena is down and OUT. Ladies and gentleman, are we looking at the next WWE champion? Is Kurt Angle primed and waiting to take John Cena’s WWE title? On a night that was meant to be all about champions, it is infact a challenger, it is Kurt Angle who leaves San Diego with his name on everybody’s lips!

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WWE Monday Night Raw Preview- 20/6/05- Boise, Idaho

The final stop on the road to Vengeance comes from the Idaho Center, Boise, Idaho and it promises to be a huge show as the superstars of Raw take their final steps in preparation for Sunday’s Pay Per View. Last week saw a shocking, horrifying end to Raw as the the trio of Edge, Christian and Tomko viciously assaulted Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho and the Nature Boy, Ric Flair. Michaels was subject of an attack via the orders of General Manager Eric Bischoff and Bischoff got exactly what he wanted with Michaels being decimated by the trio. We still have not learned who Michaels will face at Vengeance as Bischoff has withheld that information, wanting Michaels to have as little time to prepare as possible. Will we learn HBK’s opponent tonight or will the Showstopper have to wait until he finally gets to Vengeance?

Chris Jericho was also the subject of a heinous chair shot to the skull last week as his rival Edge alongside Christian did the damage. We know that Jericho has been in a bad way all week long but it has been confirmed that Jericho WILL be in Boise this Monday night. What will Jericho have to say about the assault last week and what will the Ayatollah of Rock N’ Rolla attempt to do in gaining payback on his opponent this Sunday?

The final piece and perhaps most sickening of last week’s jigsaw was Ric Flair. Flair was the subject of a disgusting con-chair-to at the hands of Edge and Christian as Christian got one over in a big way on his rival. We know for sure that Flair will not be at Raw this Monday, however we have learned that we will hear from the Nature Boy live via satellite from his home in Charlotte as good ol’ J.R will conduct an interview with the 16 time World champion. What will Flair have to say about the events that transpired last week? And what will Flair have to say about his upcoming match with Christian this Sunday? You won’t wanna miss it.

Also last week we saw the Cerebral Assassin at his very best as Triple H conjured up a plan with the duo of William Regal and Mark Jindrak. The Game approached the duo backstage before agreeing a deal where Jindrak would soften up World champion and Triple H’s opponent at Vengeance, Batista. Jindrak held up his end of the deal as he got himself disqualified before launching an assault of the champion. This led to Triple H making his presence felt and coming down the ramp before delivering a brutal sledgehammer shot to his long time rival, sending Batista down and out. We have been informed that tonight, with it being the final opportunity for both men to get inside their opponent’s head, there will be a face off between these two men. Both Batista and Triple H will get the chance to make their intentions known ahead of this huge clash at Vengeance but the real question ahead of Monday night will be, can either man really refrain from letting their actions do the talking?

The other end of Triple H ‘s deal with William Regal and Mark Jindrak was that Triple H would do their dirty work and take out Big Show. Much like Jindrak and Regal held up their end, Triple H did the same and laid out the World’s Largest Athlete backstage, leaving Show to be stretchered out of the arena. Regal and Jindrak have consistently gotten the upper hand on the giant ahead of Jindrak’s clash with Show come Vengeance. Will tonight see a shift in momentum or will the ‘Protégé’ Jindrak yet again trump the former World champion?

And finally, last week saw a potentially defining moment ahead of Shelton Benjamin's quest to recapture the Intercontinental Championship. Benjamin and tag team partner Charlie Haas managed to defeat Muhammad Hassan and The Great Khali in tag team action. With Benjamin having to take on the duo singlehandedly at Vengeance, will last week's victory be the all important confidence boost Benjamin needed? Or will the Arabian Entity members simply step their game up here tonight ahead of the massive showdown this Sunday?

It is sure to be a bumpy ride in Boise and with just six nights until the Raw superstars head to Las Vegas, who will gamble their Vengeance chances on this final stop? Be sure not to miss it!

Confirmed for Raw:

World Heavyweight Champion Batista and Triple H will meet face to face.

Ric Flair will be interviewed live via satellite
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So, straight away I'm gonna point out the fact that you're characterization of Tazz was pretty spot on for the intros part. Just something I noticed, and it's nice to see you've been making an effort to improve on that. Nothing wrong with kicking off the show with Angle, especially given the legit grievance he has with Cena. Angle was pretty good throughout, you certainly got across that level of intensity he's well known for. Perhaps you've kinda given away the outcome of the title match tonight though, as the chat here very much suggested a Cena/Angle program for the title, but that's only a small issue. Apart from that everything was fine and this was a pretty solid way to kick off the show, although with Cena not coming out to respond to Angle's words, I'm pretty sure we'll need to hear from him later in the show to address the situation with Kurt.

Good choice to kick off the in-ring action with the cruisers, and it certainly was a fast paced read, with plenty of high spots. One thing I wasn't sure about was that transition from the reverse DDT into the backbreaker just before the finish. That was pretty hard to imagine in my head. London retains is a pretty logical choice, as you seem destined for some kind of Helms/Chavo situation, and I don't think we quite need the title involved in that yet, although you could always add London into the mix further down the line. As for Chavo, I liked that little touch afterwards with him watching on. These little backstage moments are something I'm always a fan of myself. No real complaints here, it all seemed logical and was an enjoyable read.

Just a quick note here, but Josh was really rather robotic almost. Need a little work on him, although I realise he's not got much in the way of a personality irl, try give him a bit more flow to his words when you use him. As for JBL, that was much better, and in typical Layfield fashion he had a good moan about a range of subjects. I liked that we heard what JBL had to say about Angle, and again it's a pretty legit claim he had over Cena's actions towards him. For what it was this wasn't bad at all, I'm glad we got to hear from JBL and he touched on a range of subjects that needed to be dealt with. And perhaps the mention of Matt is a prelude to a future encounter between the two?

Another pretty good match between MNM and Van Dam/Mysterio. I wasn't all that sold on Van Dam and Mysterio winning the gold, but you worked hard with this match to get across that real sense of injustice at MNM's actions, and in particular Melina, as that crotch shot at the end was really vicious. And of course, with the numbers game taking out Rey, logical that it would play into things again with regards to the finish. The words from Cole after the match and suggest there will be a rematch down the line, and I've got no complaints with that, as I'm on board with a Mysterio/Van Dam title run after this if that's the way you choose to go.

Smart that you would have this promo straight away, it would have certainly had the emotion and sense of injustice running high in Van Dam and Mysterio when it took place. The challenge of no Melina is very interesting, and certainly makes sense, but I dunno why Mercury and Nitro would simply agree to it. Perhaps you'll think of a way for Van Dam and Mysterio to earn their clean shot? Or maybe bring in another diva as an equalizer? Anyway, the match and this interview have really pushed this feud on a notch, and I'm up for seeing Mysterio and Van Dam finally getting their hands on the gold come The Bash.

This is such an intriguing situation you've built between Rhyno and Booker. Obviously the way it started with them both wanting a piece of Carlito wasn nothing spectacular, but the way it's progressed has been handled very well. I fully expect one to now turn on the other, with Carlito looking like an uber heel by managing to weasel his way out of the beating he deserves. So yeah, props for the way you've developed this storyline over the weeks. As for this match, nice little touch to have the two shake hands at the start of the match, showing a level of respect between the two. Constrast this with the way you had them reluctantly shake hands at the end, and this match really carried the feud on. Loved how cool and cocky Carlito was with the apple, although I'm gonna go out on a limb and say next week someone is turning. I don't think it will be Booker, as I still see him going after Carlito, but I dunno how it would play out. So really well done here, I'm hooked into the No DQ match next week based off the back of this. Really strong stuff, smart booking and storyline progression.

And finally we hear from Cena. You touched all the bases here, with the chat moving from Orton to Angle to JBL. Couple of spelling mistakes stood out here though, take a bit more care with that. Again, this interview was exactly spectacular, but it certainly did it's job of emphasising the level of competition surrounding Cena right now. Fully expecting him to retain tonight, but it's clear he's got Angle on the horizon.

Ha! Brilliant. Such a traditional heel thing to do, but it worked perfectly for Orlando to attack before the bell, especially after what JBL said regarding the situation earlier. Not a whole lot to say other than I thought this worked well for the situation. Fully expecting a rematch for The Bash, but for tonight Jordan really looked like such a strong heel.

Huh, Dupree and Suzuki attack Lashley? Perhaps I missed the motive for this, as I don't really understand why it's happening. Maybe Cole and Tazz could have quickly filled us in on any past encounters between the two?

Interesting that you had Teddy admit that he's pretty much lost control of his own show, although I'm sure next week the repercussions will start. Was pretty short, but the pep talk for Orton and Cena seemed to be OK. I wasn't really sure if this was necessary tbh, although I'll need to wait to see next week how you carry on with this.

Wow, pretty chaotic main event. Perhaps you could have let the match go longer than 9.13 though, that seemed awful short for a main event on such a night as this. The actual action in the match seemed fine, but of course the real talking point stems from the run ins. Surprised that it was Angle and JBL at the same time tbh, as that gives the impression they were working in cahoots when earlier both men had something to say regarding the other. Orton taking the fight to Angle was a pleasant surprise, and is this perhaps the start of a slow face turn for Orton? I dunno, but the fact he had his head taken off his shoulders by JBL certainly points that way. Loved that after storming the ring together Angle turned around and took down JBL, that was pretty sweet. I really wonder where this is gonna lead tbh, perhaps a fatal four way at The Bash and then Cena/Angle and JBL/Orton at Summerslam? Who knows, but like much of this show, you've certainly added a lot of intrigue and guessing to how certain storylines are gonna progress, so credit for that once again.

Overall, another really solid show. Everything progressed really nicely, with a ton of storyline development throughout. One thing I'll point out though is that I'm surprised there wasn't a single title change during a 'Night of Champions' special. Granted everything from a storyline perspective made sense for the champs to retain, the fact that it looks like we'll be getting a few rematches in some shape or form at The Bash kinda makes the whole idea redundant. The actual content of this show as a one of was fine, but perhaps it didn't exactly fit in with the long term picture of things. But I'll certainly retain judgement on that until I see how you carry things on next week. But yeah, for tonight, no real complaints and it was an enjoyable show. Keep it up.
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WWE Monday Night Raw- 20/6/05- Boise; Idaho

We see a highlights package of the goings down from last week’s main event as Edge, Christian and Tomko took on the team of Chris Jericho, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels. We see the finish of the match in which Eric Bischoff once again screwed Shawn Michaels, distracting the referee, allowing for Christian to pass Edge his Money in the Bank briefcase and for Edge to smash HBK in the skull with it to score the victory for his team. We then see the SHOCKING ending to Raw in which Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair all received horrific beatdowns from their opponents. We see the first assault in which Shawn Michaels was delivered with a vicious spear before Eric Bischoff rubbed salt into the wounds, kicking Michaels in the gut before Tomko launched Michaels into the barricade on the outside as the Raw GM looked on glowingly. We then see the brutal chair shot from Christian to a helpless Chris Jericho after a pathetic slap to the face from Jericho’s rival Edge. The footage ends with the disgusting attack on Ric Flair in which Edge and Christian delivered a horrendous con-chair-to Flair, smashing his skull in both sides before collapsing to the mat, seemingly unconscious.

We then go to the usual introduction video and pyro

Jim Ross: We are just SIX days away from what is sure to be a HUGE night at Vengeance. Tonight we welcome you all to the Idaho Center, Boise Idaho for what is sure to be a blockbuster Monday Night Raw!

The Coach: You better believe it baby boy. After what went down last week I cannot WAIT to see what goes down here tonight. Hey if we’re lucky J.R, we might get Flair, Jericho and Shawn Michaels finished off once and for all!!

Jim Ross: How you can sit there and say that after what happens is beyond me Coach. I hope that tonight those three pieces of garbage, Edge, Christian and Tomko get what’s coming to ‘em here tonight.

The Coach: The only that’s headin’ those guys way is a handshake from myself and some of the guys in the back after what went down last week. A BEAUTIFUL moment.

‘I’m Back’

The music of the Raw General Manager hits and out steps Eric Bischoff, perhaps the mastermind of next week, to big heat from the Idaho crowd.

Jim Ross: Well this man is every inch as pathetic as Edge, Christian and Tomko are. Eric Bischoff was in a few people’s eyes the orchestrator of what happened last week, barking out orders to take down Shawn Michaels.

The Coach: Eric Bischoff did nothing wrong last week J.R and you know it. If you were runnin’ this place, god forbid, would you want your superstars disrespecting you like Shawn Michaels has? NO, no you would not J.R so Eric Bischoff is simply stamping his authority on Shawn Michaels, rightfully so might I add.

Jim Ross: Quite the good Samaritan aren’t ya Coach? Eric Bischoff is abusing his power and I hope that at Vengeance, whoever it is that Shawn Michaels faces, I hope he defeats them and puts to rest this feud with our General Manager.

Bischoff has a mic in hand, smiling broadly as the crowd pour heat on him.

Eric Bischoff: Ladies and gentleman, that is NO WAY to greet the General Manager of Monday Night Raw now is it?

More boos for the GM as a ‘You Suck’ chant begins.

Eric Bischoff: Now I know that a lot of you aren’t happy with the way Raw ended last week and I’m out here tonight just to clear up a little something for everybody regarding last week. And that is that I had absolutely NOTHING to do with what happened to both Chris Jericho and Ric Flair.

Strong boos again as the majority of fans don’t buy it.

Eric Bischoff: People have been talking, they’ve been blaming me, claiming I orchestrated what happened at the end of last week’s show. ME? Can you believe that? As much as I don’t like Ric Flair, as much as I don’t like Chris Jericho that was ALL the doing of Edge, Christian and Tomko. Now Shawn Michaels on the other hand? Ha. THAT was all my doing.

Bischoff again smiles devilishly as the crowd shits on him.

Eric Bischoff: It is about damn time that the Heartbreak Kid showed me some respect around here and hell who knows, maybe last week fixed that firmly into him once and for all. And if it didn’t? Well Shawn needs to realise that be it tonight or be it at Vengeance, mark my words, it’s gonna happen.

Bischoff scratches his head before continuing.

Eric Bischoff: Last week was a statement of intent on my behalf and it was a statement of intent from three more REAL superstars around here. See Edge, Christian, Tomko what they did last week was something a string of guys sittin’ back there could only dream about doing.

Heat again for the GM who points backstage.

Eric Bischoff: So when superstars come to me, they step foot inside my office and they whine, they complain about not having a match or about not getting an ‘opportunity’, from now on they’ve only gotta look at what those guys did last week to see that if you want an opportunity around here, you go out there and make your own.

Bischoff pauses before carrying on.

Eric Bischoff: So uhhhh where do we go from here you ask? That’s been a question that’s crossed a lot of peoples minds over the last seven days and it’s something that I can’t give a definitive answer to. But, after clearing up last week, what I can do is let you all know exactly what is gonna go down here tonight in Boise, Idaho.

Pop for the mention of their home town.

Eric Bischoff: Tonight(smiling broadly again), tonight we will see the continued decline in the career of Shawn Michaels as he goes one on one with one of the men who decimated him last week, that man being the Problem Solver, Tomko.

J.R. quietly says ‘Wow’. It’s not that big J.R is it?

Eric Bischoff: Also tonight, unfortunately i couldn't do anything about this so i apologise to you all in advance. We are gonna have to sit here and listen to the old man around this place, Ric Flair via satellite from his home in Charlotte. Good ol’ J.R over there is gonna be interviewing the Nature Boy just six nights before Christian finishes what he started last week.

Massive pop for the mention of the interview, however strong heat for Bischoff’s end point there.

Eric Bischoff: Furthermore we will see the ‘face-off’ here tonight between Triple H and Batista in the middle of this ring. Both men will get the chance to air their views ahead of this Sunday’s big World title showdown and to make sure things don’t spiral out of control, being the genius that i am, I'm making sure that there will be a strong team of security at ringside.

Heat for the mention of security.

Eric Bischoff: And finally tonight we wi….

‘Break the Walls Down’

A VERY nice pop meets the music of Y2J Chris Jericho who looks in no mood for fun and games tonight as he heads down to the ring in casual clothes.

Jim Ross: Well we uh, we weren’t even sure if Chris Jericho would be here tonight folks after what happened last week but as you can quite clearly see, not only is Y2J here but it would appear he wants answers from Eric Bischoff.

The Coach: What’s the question? Jericho’s got nothing of any importance to come out here and interrupt our General Manager like this, nothing. If I were Jericho I’d have learned by now that getting on the wrong side of Uncle Eric is a bad, BAD move.

Jericho eyes up the GM, mic in hand before beginning to speak, as the crowd delivers a nice ‘Y2J’ chant.

Chris Jericho: Y’know I’ve been listenin’ to what you’ve been saying Eric and you’re right, it’s been a week where people have had a lot of questions runnin’ through their mind and I’m no different. So my question to you here tonight is simple. Do you really believe anybody here in this arena gives a damn about a single word comin’ outta your mouth?

Pop for Y2J.

Chris Jericho: I mean come on Eric. You come out here week after week and it’s the same old routine isn’t it? How are you going to piss these fans off here tonight? How are you going to be a thorn in Shawn Michaels side again? And the answer is simple, no..body..cares.

BIG pop for Jericho.

Chris Jericho: I am sick of you comin' out here and runnin’ around like you’re some kinda big shot Eric. You are NOTHING but a piece of dirt Eric, always have been, always will be and the sooner somebody puts you in your place and hey here’s hoping it’s Shawn Michaels at Vengeance, the better.

Pop again from the fans as Bischoff laughs.

Eric Bischoff: Chris, look I get it. I do. I mean you’re bound to be bitter about what happened to you last week and you’re bound to be bitter about the fact that every single thing that Edge has been saying these past few weeks, every single thing that Christian’s been saying these past few weeks, they are all true. You are DONE being on top here in the WWE.

Bischoff smiles slyly as ever with Jericho even smirking at that comment.

Eric Bischoff: Hey, last week was proof enough and that was only a small taste Chris. At Vengeance Edge is gonna finish you off once and for all, believe me on that. I’m getting really, REALLY sick of guys like you, guys like Shawn Michaels thinking’ you run this place. Newsflash Chris, I RUN THIS PLACE!

Heat for the GM.

Eric Bischoff: Now you may actually be right about these people not caring about what I have to say and I’ve got NO problem whatsoever with that. Because the reality is that whether these people care or not, they have to listen to what I’ve got to say because I am the man in charge around here.

Continued boos for the GM.

Chris Jericho: There we go again Eric. It’s all about you isn’t it? You’ve gotta take the spotlight around here haven’t ya? You may well be in charge Eric but for once how about you listen to what these fans actually want?

Big cheer.

Chris Jericho: How about instead of feeding your own little ego, you start making this show about entertainment again rather than about the man in charge? This is Monday Night Raw, not an episode of ‘This is Your Life: Starring Eric Bischoff’.

A few laughs there amongst some cheers as Bischoff rolls his eyes.

Chris Jericho: These people come here week after week to watch us go at it inside this ring and a lotta the time they aren’t seeing it, they aren’t getting their money’s worth. Y’know what takes place when that happens Eric don’t ya? People start complainin’. People start goin’ to the higher ups. People will eventually spread the word to a certain Chairman of the Board.

Pop there for the subtle mention Vince.

Chris Jericho: And when that gets back to him, it’s gonna go full circle isn't it? It’s gonna be YOU who takes the blame and it’s gonna be YOU Eric who gets a taste of those two infamous little words that come right out of Vincent Kennedy McMahon’s mouth. I don’t need to tell you what they are now do I Eric?

Bischoff looks a bit nervy now here.

Eric Bischoff: Look Chris I get what you’re doin’ here and well you’re somewhat right. But before I was so rudely interrupted by you, I was actually informing all these fans about the action that they would see here tonight and if you’d have let me finish you’d have found out that YOU will also be in action here tonight.

Nice reaction for that.

Eric Bischoff: I think it’s time that you learned a little lesson Chris. Much like Shawn Michaels is learning, much like Batista learned last week too, you do not cross Eric Bischoff. So tonight Chris you’re gonna step inside this ring and you’re gonna go one on one with another guy who along with Edge, along with Christian is gonna take your spot around here and become the future of this company. You will go one on one with.. Mark Jindrak.

Bischoff grins like a prick and laughs as the crowd boos that announcement.

Chris Jericho: You really think I’m supposed to be worried about Mark Jindrak? I got a request for ya Eric, go back up that ramp, behind that curtain, walk through the hall and you find Edge for me. When ya find him, you tell him that he better watch closely what I do tonight to Mark Jindrak, because on Sunday he’s gonna suffer the exact.. same.. fate.

Jericho shoves the mic into the chest of Bischoff who’s still smiling as Jericho’s music plays over the speakers.

Jim Ross: Statement made folks from Chris Jericho. Y2J not in the mood at all for Eric Bischoff’s games here tonight and another huge match now set here tonight as Jericho will do battle with Mark Jindrak!

The Coach: Jericho’s underestimating Mark Jindrak J.R and it’s gonna come back and bite him where it hurts later on tonight. Jindrak is a MAJOR player here on Monday nights baby boy, believe me on that one.


We head immediately to what looks like a fancy bar with a people drinking beer and shooting some pool before the camera cuts to the outside and we see the ever so cocky duo of Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth walking down the street. Both men are wearing jeans with Doane wearing a blue shirt and Nemeth a white one.

Ken Doane: Hi I’m Ken Doane.

Nick Nemeth: And I’m Nick Nemeth. We’re here in Boise Idaho, the home to Monday Night Raw this evening and we figured that we’d take a look at what the nightlife is all about around here.

Ken Doane: See we like to live our lives to the absolute maximum. We like to dress nice, experience the finer things in life and as you can tell by our previous videos we’ve shown you, we like to go out and have ourselves some fun. We like to be.. perfect.

The duo then smile at one another before entering this bar we were shown before. The pair look around and survey the surroundings, grinning before heading towards the bar.

Nick Nemeth: Nice place huh?

Ken Doane: Pretty sweet I gotta admit, looks right up our street man.

We take another look around the bar and see a group of men chuckling together with one another before they see Doane and Nemeth and begin to whisper. Nemeth orders drinks in the background as Doane looks over at the group of men.

Ken Doane: Nick I think we got ourselves some trouble makers over here.

Nemeth sighs.

Nick Nemeth: What is wrong with people? I mean c’mon, they must know who we are by now. They’re pickin’ the wrong freakin’ guys to mess with.

Nemeth looks angered and heads over to them but Doane stops him.

Ken Doane: Look just leave it for now alright man. We’re here to enjoy ourselves and have a good time, it’s what we do.

Nick Nemeth: You’re right, you’re right. I’m sorry.

Ken Doane: Folks at home, next week we’re gonna be makin’ our Raw debuts and I, we promise you that we’re gonna be bringing perfection to your Monday nights.

Nick Nemeth: See we li…

?: Excuse me guys.

Nemeth is cut off by a small, stocky man with another man stood behind him as Doane and Nemeth.

?: Uhm hi, my name is Chris. Myself and my friend were just wondering wh..

Ken Doane: Next week buddy. We were just letting all the good people know exactly the same thing you were wondering.

Chris: What about next week?

Nick Nemeth: We’re making our debuts on Monday night Raw next week, like ya didn’t know. Look if that’s not what you wanted to know then I’m guessing it’s autographs you guys want so if you just give us a moment we’ll get them right to you. Can I get a pen please barman?

This Chris and his friend look at one another excitedly.

Chris: You guys are wrestlers then huh? Your autographs would be great but uh..that’s not what we were lookin’ for if ya catch our drift.

Doane and Nemeth look at each other.

Nick Nemeth: I don’t catch a damn thing shortstack, so you better spill whatev…

Doane looks like he’s seen a ghost and pats Nemeth on the chest.

Nick Nemeth: What?

Ken Doane: L..l..look around.

Nemeth joins Doane in looking around and they realise that the bar is FULL of men with not a woman in sight.

Nick Nemeth: Awww you stupid son of a..


Chris: So what do ya say huh? You wanna come back to our place?

Nick Nemeth: Oh no he didn’t. He didn’t just…did he? NO! Ken PLEASE, tell me he di.. No.

Ken Doane: Look we’re not.. we don’t swing that way alright man. Come on Nick, let’s get outta here.

Chris: You sure? I mean you sure do look it in those shirts.

Doane then smashes this guy in the face with a huge right hand!! The guys friend then gets in their faces but Nemeth lays him out with a right hand as the entire bar comes to a halt and stare at the duo.


?: I’d sure like a piece, the rougher the better.

Nick Nemeth: Why Ken? Why did you just say that?

Nemeth looks on the verge of tears as Doane screws his face up and the pair leave and we rejoin them outside.

Ken Doane: Look forget all about that. Boise is definitely not the place for us and thank god we’re not making our Raw debut here tonight. But next week you at home and the Raw locker room need to buckle up...

Nemeth doesn’t respond holding his head in his hands.

Ken Doane: N..N..Nick it’s uh, it's your part man, come on.

Nick Nemeth: I’m sorry, I’m sorry, deep breath Nick come on.

Nemeth takes a deep breath before continuing.

Nick Nemeth: I'm ready, i'm ready. And Raw superstars, boys and girls at home, you'd better get ready also cos Nick Nemeth.

Ken Doane: And Ken Doane

Nick Nemeth: Are ready to provide you ALL with the platform

Ken Doane: For perfection.

Doane puts an arm around Nemeth as we see a fading shot of the two from behind but Nemeth shoves Doane’s arm off of him.

Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth: Coming to Raw: Next week.

We cut back ringside as…

‘Yeah we’re Comin’ Down’

The music of the World Tag Team Champions hits and out step the Dudley Boyz to a nice ovation.

Jim Ross: Well at Vengeance our tag team champions will be in for a heck of a tough ask as they defend the gold against not just one but TWO other tag teams as the Arabian Entity members, Sonjay Dutt and Daivari chase them down as well as the ever dangerous Basham Brothers.

The Coach: I’m telling’ ya J.R the Dudley Boyz haven’t got a chance of leaving Las Vegas still with their belts in hand. We will crown NEW champions at Vengeance, my only trouble is calling which team it’ll be!

‘Arab America’

The music of the Entity hits and out step all four members, Intercontinental champion Muhammad Hassan, The Great Khali and the Dudleyz rivals’, Daivari and Dutt.

Jim Ross: Well like we said Dutt and Daivari will get their title opportunity this Sunday but the other two members of this group will also see title action at Vengeance as Muhammad Hassan puts his Intercontinental championship up for grabs alongside The Great Khali in a two on one handicap match against Shelton Benjamin.

The Coach: The Entity could walk out of Vengeance with a cabinet full of gold J,R! How great would that be huh? Can you imagine Hassan Intercontinental champion, Dutt and Daivari Tag Team champions? That is a MOUTHWATERING prospect!

Jim Ross: I wouldn’t go so far Coach but I gotta admit it’s a strong possibility.

Match One: Tag Team Match

Muhammad Hassan and The Great Khali vs. The Dudley Boyz

Haasan starts things off for his team along with D-Von Dudley as the fans rally behind D-Von from the get go. D-Von starts things off quickly for his team as he takes the fight to Hassan with a series of right hands, sending Hassan off balance. Irish whip from D-Von as Hassan comes bouncing back and D-Von delivers a nice big back body drop. Early cover from D-Von, 1..2..kick out. D-Von doesn’t let Hassan rest though as he goes right back to work on the Intercontinental champion, bringing him to his feet before twisting the arm of Hassan and delivering a vicious clothesline to the Entity leader. D-Von shouts ‘Come on’ as Hassan gets right back up. D-Von goes for a right hand but it’s a block from Hassan who begins to deliver right hands of his own, building momentum now.

Hassan then whips D-Von across the ring, following him also and delivering a vicious high knee to the gut, sending D-Von tumbling. Hassan then locks in a sleeper hold to the fallen Dudley who is now in real trouble. The crowd rally behind D-Von who tries to fight out of it but Hassan shrieks, clearly using all his effort to wear down his opponent. On the outside we see Sonjay Dutt and Daivari telling the crowd to be quiet, to which they just boo the duo as Khali stands menacingly on the apron.

Eventually D-Von manages to claw his way up to his feet and delivers a few elbows to the mid section of Hassan. Hassan eventually loses grip as D-Von now delivers a kick to the mid section and connects with a thunderous DDT out of nowhere!! Hassan falls down to the mat but D-Von can’t find it in him to make a cover and falls down also. D-Von decides it’s not worth a cover and instead struggles towards his corner before tagging in Bubba to the match. On the other side of the ring though, Hassan has done the same thing and tags in the giant Khali!!

Bubba charges at Khali delivering rights and lefts, going in strong on the big man but it’s to no use as Khali doesn’t budge and shoves Bubba off of him before laying him out with a head butt, sending Bubba spiralling. Khali then brings Bubba up to his feet and delivers a vicious chop to the skull of Bubba, who seems to stand no chance. D-Von sees his partner struggling and decides enough is enough and re enters the ring, throwing right hands at Khali but again he doesn’t seem to budge. Bubba, now back to his feet, joins his partner in the onslaught and both men take an arm of Khali and whip him slowly across the ring. Khali rebounds and the duo connect with a double clothesline but it doesn’t bring the big man down, only sends him aback. Hassan now enters the ring and takes down Bubba from behind with a clubbing shot. D-Von now turns his attention to Hassan and sends him backward with a right hand but is soon turned around by Khali who grabs D-Von by the throat, hoisting him and planting him with a massive double handed chokelsam!! Cover by Khali and that’s all she wrote, 1..2..3.

Winners: Muhammad Hassan and The Great Khali(7:14)

Hassan and Khali victorious but immediately Sonjay Dutt and Daivari enter the ring and begin hammering away at the Dudleyz. Dutt and Daivari looking to get any advantage they can ahead of this Sunday as they batter down Bubba and D-Von.

Jim Ross: The Entity getting their hands on the World Tag Team champions here tonight!! Will there be anything left of the Dudleyz come Vengeance?!

The Coach: No J.R, this is sheer dominance and I love it!!

The crowd soon begins to roar however as we see Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas sprinting down the ramp!!

Jim Ross: Shelton Benjamin!! Charlie Haas!! Coming to the aid of the Dudley Boyz!!

Benjamin and Haas take out Daivari and Dutt separately, tossing them over the top rope! The duo then turn around but Muhammad Hassan has already hightailed it out of the ring to big heat from the crowd as Benjamin and Haas stare down the seven foot giant Great Khali. The crowd rises expecting Khali to come to blows with the World’s Greatest Tag Team but they are disappointed as Muhammad Hassan demands that Khali leave the ring. The big man looks hesitant at first but eventually leaves to heat from the crowd as all four members of the group head back up the ramp, looking scared of the threat that Benjamin and Haas pose to them.

Jim Ross: Well Coach so much for dominance from this group, so much for showing no fear and not backing down. From what I saw right there the Arabian Entity are VERY MUCH backing down from Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas.

The Coach: I don’t blame em J.R. I wouldn’t wanna get injured just six nights before I put the Intercontinental championship on the line. Smart, very smart ploy from Hassan and Khali.

Jim Ross: Oh come on Coach, you and I both know that Hassan wants absolutely NOTHING to do with Shelton Benjamin here tonight and again come Vengeance.

The Coach: We’ll see exactly what Hassan wants at Vengeance and it ain’t gonna be pretty cowboy.

We then cut backstage and join Todd Grisham who’s standing by ready to talk to us.

Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentleman please welcome my guest at this time, the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels.

HBK comes into shot and is met with a huge pop from the crowd.

Todd Grisham: Shawn last week you were on the receiving end of a brutal assault at the hands of Edge, Christian and the man you face tonight, Tomko. How much do you put on their shoulders as to what happened last week and how much do you put on the shoulders of Eric Bischoff?

Shawn Michaels: That’s a mighty fine question ya ask there Todd. In all honesty as much as I’d like to put all o’ this on Eric Bischoff, I can’t quite do that. See he may’ve carried out the orders, he may’ve instructed those guys to do what they did last week but that don’t excuse the fact they went along with it and that don’t excuse the fact that they then went on to do exactly the same thing to Chris Jericho and to Ric Flair.

Pop for the mention of those two.

Shawn Michaels: Eric Bischoff is a coward Todd. You and I both know that and all of these people here tonight know that. I didn’t believe that anybody could stoop to that piece of dirt’s level but hey, Edge, Christian, Tomko, bravo guys, ya did just that.

Michaels sarcastically applauds.

Shawn Michaels: I’m used to Eric Bischoff and his shenanigans, I really am but last week those three guys, they got on the wrong side of the Showstopper and I ain’t gonna take that lightly. So tonight when I go out there and face Tomko, that kid better be ready for the fight of his life because good ol’ Aitch-Bee-Kay is gonna kick his teeth firmly down his throat.

Nice pop for Michaels there.

Todd Grisham: You mentioned how you’re used to what Eric Bischoff has in store for you. With there being just six nights now until Vengeance and you still not knowing who you will face, what exactly are you expecting from Eric Bischoff and his choice of opponent for you this Sunday?

Shawn Michaels: Todd to put it simply I’m expecting the unexpected. See as much of a coward Eric Bischoff is, as big a piece of garbage that man is, the one thing I can’t deny about him is that he’s smart. So this Sunday I know that whoever it is I’ve gotta come up against, it ain’t gonna be easy, that’s for sure.

Michaels pauses before continuing.

Shawn Michaels: I know just how big this match is on Sunday, it could make or break my career. Since Wrestlemania, only two things have been on my mind Todd and they are a rematch with Kurt Angle and the World Heavyweight title. At Vengeance I know, I know deep down that I’m walking outta Las Vegas as the new number one contender and I am walking out one step closer to one of those things and that is becoming the World.. Heavyweight… Champion.

Big pop for that prospect as Michaels walks off and we head back ringside.

Jim Ross: Fighting talk from Shawn Michaels folks. We know just how big the consequences are for HBK come Vengeance. He wins and he will get that World title opportunity, he loses and he becomes the property of our General Manager, Eric Bischoff.

The Coach: It’s game over Sunday night for Shawn Michaels, mark my words J.R. Mark my words!

‘Born Naughty’

The music of William Regal hits as Regal and his protégé Mark Jindrak step out to immediate heat as we get set for action.

Jim Ross: Last week these two men disgusted me with their actions Coach. They hatched a plan along with Triple H whereby they would take out Batista, so long as Triple H helped them take out Big Show. Jindrak and Regal held up their end, beating down the World champion, allowing Triple H to finish the job off whilst the Game left Big Show needing hospital treatment and a severe head injury, following a brutal assault backstage.

The Coach: It was shocking to see Big Show in that shape J.R but I got a feelin’ that come Vengeance it’s only gonna get worse for the giant. Mark Jindrak could end his career on Sunday.

Jim Ross: Folks when we come back this monster dubbed ‘The Protégé’ Mark Jindrak will be in action as he goes one on one with Y2J, Chris Jericho. Don’t go anywhere!!


We return with Jindrak and Regal waiting in the ring before…

‘Break the Walls Down’

The music of Y2J hits for the second time this evening and down comes the man himself, Chris Jericho to a nice ovation.

Jim Ross: Well a rough week last week for this man Chris Jericho and here tonight despite being battered and bruised Eric Bischoff forcing Jericho to not only compete but to take on Mark Jindrak, a man who has made a big impact of late in dominating the Big Show.

The Coach: Just when Jericho thought it couldn’t get any worse, along comes Eric Bischoff and Mark Jindrak ha ha! I fonly Jericho woulda kept his nose outta the boss’ business a few weeks back and he wouldn’t be in this situation right now! Mark Jindrak is gonna take out Jericho tonight and he is gonna take out Big Show at Vengeance!

Match Two: Singles Match

Mark Jindrak vs. Chris Jericho

As soon as the bell rings Jindrak explodes onto Jericho, charging at him and delivering a big knee to the gut of Jericho, winding the former Undisputed champion as he continues to deliver knee after knee to the mid section before dropping Jericho with a big left hand. Jindrak then stomps away at Jericho who is holding the back of his head whilst Jindrak continues to punish him. The Protégé as he’s now known then locks in a chinlock on Jericho, wrenching away at him, looking to weaken Jericho as much as he can in the early going. The crowd start a ‘Y2J’ chant but it doesn’t seem to do much as Jindrak just applies a stronger hold with William Regal smirking on in the background.

Jindrak eventually lets go of the hold and holds his arms spread out, soaking in the heat of the crowd as Jericho gets back to his knees. Jindrak immediately heads over to him but is greeted with a right hand to the gut as Jericho tries to get back up. Another right hand from Jericho and another, this time right to the jaw of Jindrak, finally knocking him off his game a notch as Jericho now works his way into the match. Jericho grabs Jindrak by the back of the head and hoists the big man up into the sky before delivering a nice suplex, met with a pop from the fans as Jericho scurries over to Jindrak. Cover from Y2J, 1..2..shoulder up from the younger star.

Jericho gets himself on top of Jindrak and begins laying into him with strong right hands before the referee stops Jericho from disqualifying himself. Jericho finally retreats and takes a step back, allowing Jindrak to return to his feet. The big man does so and turns around as Jericho charges flat out at him but Jindrak sees him coming and doges it as Jericho goes charging right into the turnbuckle. His chest rebounds off it as Jericho shouts out, he bounces back and turns right into the waiting Jindrak who delivers a massive kick to the skull of Jericho, sending him flying. The sound was heard by all in the arena who ‘Oooooh’ wondering if Jericho’s teeth went flying there. Jindrak goes for a cover now, 1..2..kick out at the death from Jericho much to the fans relief.

Jindrak pounds the mat, clearly frustrated at not being able to put away Y2J. Jindrak then gets out of the ring and heads towards Lilian Garcia telling her to move with Lilian looking frightened by the intensity of Jindrak. The Protégé grabs a steel chair to boos from the crowd and heads back inside the ring. Jindrak steps through the ropes only for the referee to plead with him not to use it and the two begin arguing. This though allows for Jericho to strike from outta nowhere!! Jericho nails Jindrak with a beautiful dropkick, sending Jindrak tumbling over the top rope and to the outside once again.

Jindrak lands hard on the outside as Jericho exit’s the ring also, heading right after his opponent. We see William Regal tending to Jindrak but he soon gets out of dodge as Jericho is hot on his tail. Regal retreats as Jericho heads over to Jindrak. Y2J delivers a knee to the jaw of Jindrak before bringing him to his feet, grabbing the arm of Jindrak and tossing him shoulder first into the ringpost!! The fans give a nice pop and begin a ‘Y2J’ chant as Jericho smiles slyly. Jericho immediately heads over to Jindrak and brings him to his feet before tossing him back inside the ring before following suit.

Jericho instantly rolls Jindrak over and goes for a surprise cover, 1..2..shoulder up from the big man as Jericho looks disappointed. The veteran then takes a moment, sitting against the ropes, allowing Jindrak to return to his feet. The big man does exactly so and Jericho grabs the back of Jindrak’s neck before hurling himself up and looking to send Jindrak’s face into his knees on the way back down(code breaker) but Jericho fails as Jindrak manages to use all his strength and shove Jericho off of him. Jericho spins away and Jindrak charges at Jericho but Jericho ducks it! Jericho goes for a kick but Jindrak catches his leg, Jericho though connects with an émigré taking Jindrak down! The fans pop big but the cheers soon turn to jeers as we see EDGE making his way down the ramp!

Edge, briefcase in hand smiles as he casually struts down to the ring and William Regal begins to smile also as J.R questions what is going on here. Jericho rolls over for a cover but Regal gets himself up on the apron, distracting the referee. Jericho has the cover but it’s no use as Regal continues taking the attention of the official. Inside the ring Jericho gets up and looks furious, heading after Regal but he’s spun around by Edge!! Edge looks to hit Jericho with the briefcase but Jericho responds with a right hand to a HUGE pop! Jericho knocks Edge off balance but from outta nowhere is given a thunderous big boot by Jindrak, now back to his feet also!! Jericho spins around and WHAM!! Right into a briefcase shot from Edge!! Cover by Jindrak, Regal still has the ref’s attention but now holds his hands out and steps off the apron as the referee sees the cover. Jericho is out of it. 1..2..3. It’s over.

Winner: Mark Jindrak(9:20)

Jim Ross: Mark Jindrak steals one here tonight! Chris Jericho didn’t stand a damn chance, it was more or less three on one out here for god sake! And now look, aw, c’mon. Enough is enough.

Edge has Jericho lined up now, ready and waiting to connect with a spear before the crowd begins to roar as down comes Big Show!! Show sprints down the ramp with an angry look on his face and takes down Edge with a thunderous right hand as William Regal charges at Show but the giant grabs Regal by the hair and tosses him over the top rope as he turns his attention to Jindrak and the young superstar doesn’t hold back, smashing a left hand at Show and the two trade blows with Show beginning to get the upper hand. Show knocks Jindrak off balance into the ropes but BAM! A low blow from behind by Edge!! Show falls to his knees but Edge immediately hightails it as Y2J is up and heads after Mr.MITB. Edge scatters out of the ring as Jericho grabs onto the ropes, clutching his head following the briefcase shot. Jindrak meanwhile has decided enough is enough here and escapes the ring on the opposite side, wanting nothing more to do with Big Show or Chris Jericho here tonight.

Jim Ross: Mark Jindrak, Edge, William Regal. They all want absolutely NOTHING to do with Chris Jericho or the Big Show. But in six nights folks that is exactly what they’re gonna get! Big Show and Jericho will be, pardon the pun, out for Vengeance when we enter Las Vegas Sunday night!!

The Coach: I hate to break it to ya though J.R but they ain’t getting it! Jindrak’s too strong, Regal’s too smart, Edge is too damn good!! Jericho and Show may’ve gotten the last laugh here tonight but it don’t matter tonight baby boy, all that counts is at Vengeance when Edge DEFEATS Chris Jericho and when Mark Jindrak SLAYS the giant.

The final image before we fade away is of Mark Jindrak helping William Regal to his feet and up the ramp with an angry duo of Jericho and Big Show looking on whilst Edge hovers at the top of the stage, clutching his Money in the Bank briefcase.


We return and head backstage to see Todd Grisham who is waiting to talk to us.

Todd Grisham: Joining me at this time, please welcome, Christian.

Heat immediately as a smirking Captain Charisma comes into shot with Tomko standing beside him.

Todd Grisham: Christian tonight we will hear from your opponent this Sunday at Vengeance, Ric Flair. After what you did last week to Ric, what do you believe he will have to say here tonight on Raw?

Christian: Whatever old man Flair has to say tonight, I quite frankly couldn’t care less. See last week myself, Edge, Tomko here, we proved to the world what I’ve been saying time and time and TIME AGAIN. I proved that Ric Flair is nowhere near my level and that I am the man around this place now. Guys like me, like Tomko, like Edge we are the ones that are carrying this place on our backs and yet we don’t get anywhere near the recognition that we deserve.

Heat for Captain Charisma.

Christian: Last week maybe we began to change a few people’s minds on that. But come this Sunday I know for a fact Todd that those who have yet to change their minds, those poor, lost souls out there. They are gonna have NO CHOICE but to change their minds.

More heat.

Christian: They will have no choice because I will prove this Sunday that the dark ages of Ric Flair walking around Monday nights as ‘the man’ are long gone. Simply put, there is a new sheriff in town, there is a new role model for our young fans around the world to look up to, to admire and that man is Captain Charisma, that man is ME.

Christian has a smug smile on his face.

Christian: I represent what is a new generation of superstars on Raw, of superstars in the entire WWE. As the years go by there’s only gonna be one name on people’s lips when you talk about all time greats in this business. There is only going to be one man that is looked at as the absolute pinnacle of the industry. The legacy, the name, the image of Ric Flair will fade to the back of everybody’s minds because the one man I talk about as the real torch bearer Todd is the man you look at standing right in front of your very eyes.

Christian is intense here and takes a deep breath as the crowd drown him in heat.

Christian: So tonight whatever it is that Ric Flair has to say, it really, really doesn’t matter. Last week was the final time that you will ever see Ric Flair stand inside a Monday Night Raw ring and tonight? Tonight will be the final night you EVER see or that you ever hear Ric Flair again on Monday Night Raw. Because at Vengeance, as much as you and all these moron fans don’t wanna believe it, I’m takin’ the torch from the Nature Boy, cos that’s… HOW I ROLL!

Christian pats his chest as Tomko smirks and the duo leave to heat as ever.

We return ringside as the number one contender to the Women’s championsip, Victoria and stand inside the ring as we get set for some tag team action.

Jim Ross: Welcome back ringside folks and as you can see Victoria and Molly Holly already stand inside the ring, all set for action here tonight!

‘Time to Rock and Roll’

Women’s champion Trish Stratus makes her way down to the ring, accompanied by her partner for the evening Christy Hemme, both greeted with a nice pop.

Jim Ross: Well in Las Vegas this Sunday night Trish Stratus defends her Women’s championship against the psychotic Victoria and folks it is more than likely gonna get real ugly as these two go at it in a No Disqualifications match.

The Coach: Nothing those two women do can get ugly J.R. NOTHING. I have to admit J.R that as much as I love Trish Stratus I just can’t see her walking outta Vengeance still with that Women’s championship in hand. Victoria is simply too strong in the No Disqualification environment.

Jim Ross: It’s certainly gonna be the toughest test to date for the Canadian beauty but if anyone can prevail I with the odds against them, it’s Trish Stratus.

Match Three: Tag Team Match

Victoria and Molly Holly vs. Trish Stratus and Christy Hemme

Molly and Trish start things off as Victoria wants nothing to do with the Women’s champion here tonight. Trish dominates from the get go, pushing Molly back time and again with right hands. The fired up Women’s champion then irish whips Molly across the ring into her own corner with Victoria right up close with Trish who delivers some more right hands on the helpless Molly. Trish then gets a HUGE pop as she lays out Victoria with a right hand also, sending her off the apron and down to the outside. Trish then looks down and shouts something to her rival but this allows for Molly to make her mark and she delivers a strong kick to the gut of Trish, followed by another before an uppercut sends Trish backward.

Molly then grabs the hair of Trish before launching her half way across the ring, letting out a screech whilst doing so before heading right after Trish and stomping away at the back of her neck. Victoria is now back up to her feet and attempting to make her way back up on to the apron. Molly applies an armbar to Trish out of nowhere and looks to finish this one off. The hold is locked in on the left arm of Trish who writhes in pain as Molly shouts ‘Come on Trish, tap’. Trish worms her way towards the ropes, reaching out for her target and she gets there just but Molly refuses to break the hold which angers Christy Hemme on the outside who enters and pulls Molly off of Trish before attempting a right hand but Molly ducks it and lays Christy out with a right hand of her own!

The shot sends Christy tumbling down to the mat before she rolls out of the ring. Trish is now gingerly back to her feet as Molly tags in Victoria who instantly makes her move on Trish, grabbing the Blonde Beauty by her hair and looking to toss her around like a rag doll but Trish claws back and uses all her strength to fend off her rival, spinning her round and delivering a shot to the ribs before launching Victoria shoulder first through the ropes and into the ringpost!! The impact is heard all round the arena as Victoria looks in agony. She rolls backwards, roll up from Trish! 1..2..shoulder up at the death from Victoria!

Christy is now back to her feet and on the apron, calling for the tag, desperate to get herself into the match and Trish obliges, tagging in her rookie partner. Christy comes flying into the ring and lays into Victoria, greeted with a nice pop from the crowd as Christy points at Trish, seemingly saying this is for you but that split second causes her to lose all focus as Victoria hammers Christy from nowhere with a clothesline! Cover from Victoria, 1..2..Trish breaks it up!! But now Molly charges at Trish! Molly and Trish trade blows now on one side of the ring whilst Victoria regroups on the other. Victoria eventually sees Molly and Trish, deciding to make it 2-on-1 she heads over and they double team the Women’s champion, resulting in a double clothesline sending Trish spiralling to the outside, landing hard on her shoulder as Molly follows after her, not allowing Trish a route back into things now.

Inside the ring Victoria like a hunter hunting it’s prey stalks Christy who makes her way to her feet. Victoria then decides enough is enough and finishes off the redheaded diva with a thunderous Widow’s Peak. Cover, 1..2..3.

Winners: Victoria and Molly Holly(5:40)

Jim Ross: Victoria showing exactly why she is one of the most ruthless competitors around. An absolutely vicious Widow’s Peak to a helpless Christy Hemme and ya gotta believe that if Victoria hits that come Sunday she will be leaving with the Women’s championship.

The Coach: I believe it anyway. She can hit the Widow’s Peak, she can use a steel chair, she can do whatever the hell she wants to J.R! Victoria’s bringin’ home the gold on Sunday!

We then cut backstage and see the World Heavyweight champion walking down the corridor in a slick suit, all set for his ‘face-off’ with Triple H later on tonight. The crowd meet the champion with a nice pop and the cheers continue as we see Shawn Michaels appear into shot for the second time this evening!

Batista: How’s it going man? I saw what went down last week, pretty hard to watch. Bischoff needs to be put in his place, I’m bankin' on you being the one to do it this Sunday Shawn. Not a doubt in my mind.

Shawn Michaels: Thanks big man, I appreciate it but that’s not what I wanted to talk to ya about. See I was hoping I’d bump into ya cos you saw it for yourself what happened to me last week Dave. That’s gotta be enough to get it through to you that you do not wanna get involved with Eric Bischoff and his little games.

Batista looks puzzled.

Batista: What do ya mean Shawn?

Shawn Michaels: You know exactly what I mean. Last week ya called out Eric Bischoff for his actions in the past. Eric ain’t gonna take that lightly Dave. I did ya a favour last week when I came down to the ring and dealt with Bischoff personally. If I hadn’t done what I did last week, then he would have you right next to me on his hitlist right now and Dave believe me, you don’t want that, especially while you hold that World Heavyweight title.

Batista: You think I can’t handle Bischoff? Shawn I can handle my own battles thanks and that’s exactly what I’m gonna do tonight and what I’m gonna do this Sunday at Vengeance.

Michaels shrugs his shoulders.

Shawn Michaels: Hey, hey, I got absolutely no doubt that you’re gonna get the job done against Hunter on Sunday but I’ve got my hands full with Eric Bischoff right now and I know exactly what he will do to make your life a living hell. Trust me, you don’t want that, which is why I’m warnin’ ya here and now big guy, keep out of Bischoff’s way. Keep yourself focused, keep your eyes firmly fixed on that World title and leave Bischoff to me.

Pop as Michaels points into his chest while Dave nods his head.

Batista: Shawn I know that you’re in a tough spot right now and I get that this Sunday you got a lot ridin’ on your match. BUT that doesn’t give you the right to tell me what I should or should not be doing. If Eric Bischoff wants to get in my path, I say bring it on. I’m not gonna back down from a challenge, be it inside or outside of the ring.

Pop for the champion now as Michaels holds his hands up.

Shawn Michaels: I admire your attitude Dave but I’ll leave with this thought. Think about where I was before all this stuff with Bischoff and think about where I am right this second. My future rests on what happens this Sunday night, my career could go down the drain Sunday night and Dave you really, really don’t wanna be in that predicament.

Michaels walks away as Batista nods his head looking intrigued by what Michaels has had to say.


We return and join a shot of J.R and Coach ringside.

Jim Ross: Welcome back ladies and gentleman to Monday Night Raw and at this time we are all set to speak to the Nature Boy, Ric Flair who was subject of a heinous assault last week at the hands of rival Christian, Edge and Tomko. Let’s take a look.

We see a replay of the shocking attack last week on Flair, with a slow-mo of the con-chair-to shot before we cut back to a sombre looking J.R and Coach.

Jim Ross: Well it gives me great pleasure to say that live via satellite we can now speak to the man himself, Ric Flair.

Flair appears on the titantron, met with a loud ovation as Naitch is in a shirt and tie from his home in Charlotte.

Jim Ross: Ric, a tough seven days no doubt. My first question is real simple, how are ya feeling after what happened last week?

Ric Flair: I’m feelin’ about as good as I can do right now J.R. For a guy coming off of a severe concussion I’d say I’m in pretty good shape right about now ha ha.

Flair raises a smile, in a slightly sombre mood it seems.

Jim Ross: It’s good to hear that you’re doin’ well Ric. And I hate to ask but it’s gotta be done, what and how do you feel about that assault that took place on you last week?

Flair sighs.

Ric Flair: You know, seven days is a long time J.R. I’ve had seven days to think about what went down and to make my mind up about exactly how I feel about the whole thing. I’ve had all kinds of emotion runnin’ through my head. I’ve felt angry, I’ve felt hurt, I’ve felt surprised, I’ve felt.. I’ve felt..happy.

Flair begins to giggle a little, met with a pop from the Boise faithful.

Jim Ross: Ha..happy? Ric what exactly was there to be happy about?

Ric Flair: I thought that might take ya back a little there but it’s real easy to understand. Last week was a turning point J.R. Perhaps even a turning point in where my future goes from here. See since the Nature Boy came back at Backlash and I got involved with Christian, I’ve never really taken things too seriously y'know?

Flair huffs and puffs a bit.

Ric Flair: I wanted to retire at Backlash, i really did. I’ve wanted to retire since then too but every time I wanted to do exactly that, Christian stopped me in my tracks. At Backlash it was through actions that he stopped me. The next time I stepped inside the ring, it was through words that he persuaded me not to. He persuaded me because I could see just how desperately this kid wanted to take me on, to go toe to toe with the man.

Flair digs his thumbs into his chest

Ric Flair: And it was at that moment that I thought to myself, ‘Ric you gotta do this. You gotta give this kid the opportunity he’s cravin’. Christian wants to take the torch, he wants to be the leader of a new genertation and I respected that about him. Heck, back in the day that was my aim too. I agreed to Christian’s request, I agreed and I simply left it at that, thought no more of it. Christian attacked me the moment I accepted and yet it still, it still didn’t quite light that fire inside of me.

Flair pauses before continuing on.

Ric Flair: I wasn’t bothered by what Christian did, I was still all for giving him the chance to face me at Vengeance. The plan for me was, head to Las Vegas, give Christian what he wants, have one more moment in the spotlight, go out and tear the ROOF OFF OF THAT ARENA!!

Pop for Naitch who works himself up.

Ric Flair: But when all was said and done, win or lose, I would leave it at that. I would walk away after Vengeance having given Christian that opportunity he wanted, that opportunity he NEEDED. Last week though? Last week J.R everything changed in that one moment when Edge and Christian smashed my skull in with that steel chair.

Flair shakes his head looking slightly emotional.

Ric Flair: I remember waking up in a hospital bed with my head feeling like it was being smashed against a brick wall OVER AND OVER AGAIN! I remember the pain that I was in, that i still am in and I remember exactly what that SON OF A BITCH did to me and it ATE ME UP INSIDE J.R!!

Nice pop for Flair.

Ric Flair: That was the moment I realised the fire was lit again inside o’ me. That was the moment when I realised that at Vengeance I’m NOT going to be walking in, doing my job and then walking out. NOT A CHANCE. At Vengeance the Nature Boy, WOOOO, is gonna walk in, KICK CHRISTIAN’S ASS ALL OVER LAS VEGAS!! When it's over with I am still gonna walk away, but now? Walking out is NOT ENOUGH for me now. I’m gonna leave Vengeance Sunday night but 24 hours later I’m gonna be right back here on Monday Night Raw and I’m gonna KICK CHRISTIAN’S ASS ALL OVER AGAIN, WOOOOO!!

MASSIVE pop for Naitch.

Ric Flair: That J.R is why I’m happy. I’m happy, I’m thankful for what Christian did because at Vengeance you’re all gonna get to witness the Nature Boy, the SIX-TEEN TIME, WOOOO, World champion at his very best. Christian, my message to you is real simple kid. Thank you.

Flair nods his head.

Ric Flair: Thank you for bringing me back to the place I wanna be in and thank you for giving me the opportunity to RIP YOUR HEAD OFF SUNDAY AT VENGEANCE!! WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

Flair then rips his mic off and leaves the room as we return to a view of Coach and J.R who looks shocked.

Jim Ross: Wow. That was as intense and as fired up as I’ve seen Ric Flair in a long time. Christian may well live to regret his actions last week on Raw Coach.

The Coach: Flair looked MAJORLY fired up there I gotta say but can he really J.R? Can he really defeat Christian this Sunday night? I don’t think so.

Jim Ross: Well folks this Sunday it is indeed Vengeance, live from the Thomas&Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada and what a night it promises to be. Some absolutely HUGE matches with major repercussions to follow this Sunday night. One of those match ups will see the Intercontinental Championship on the line as the leader of the Arabian Entity Muhammad Hassan defends his title against Shelton Benjamin. However this will not be a straight one on one match up, this will be a Handicap match as Hassan has the giant, seven foot three behemoth Great Khali by his side whilst Shelton Benjamin’s partner Charlie Haas is banned from ringside. Benjamin has it all to do this Sunday.

The Coach: Shelton Benjamin, as gifted, as talented as he is inside this ring doesn’t stand a chance come Sunday J.R Hassan is too damn good on his own, let alone with The Great Khali by his side!!

Jim Ross: Also at Vengeance we will see the Women’s championship on the line as Trish Stratus puts her gold on the line against Victoria in a No Disqualification match.

The Coach: New champion J.R, simple as that. If Victoria doesn’t walk Sunday night with the Women’s championship in her posession then Trish Stratus is really gonna have struck the jackpot in Las Vegas.

Jim Ross: How about this one? The ‘Protégé’, the dangerous Mark Jindrak takes on the World’s Largest Athlete, Big Show in a huge grudge match. Jindrak has taken out the Big Show on more than one occasion, can he topple the giant once again when it matters?

The Coach: Absolutely J.R. You forget about a crucial factor baby boy and his name is William Regal. Big Show’s as strong as they come but when you mix the ability of Mark Jindrak along with the brains of William Regal, you find yourself a winner right there.

Jim Ross: The World Tag Team championships will be up for grabs in a Triple threat match as the champions Bubba Ray and D-Von, the Dudleyz put their gold on the line against the Basham Brothers and the two other members of the Arabian Entity, Sonjay Dutt and Daivari.

The Coach: The Dudleyz have struggled in a big way to deal with these two teams in recent weeks and I don’t see that changing Sunday night. My only question is, will it be the Basham’s or will it be the Entity who leave with the titles?

Jim Ross: A match of absolutely huge consequences and we don’t even know one of the competitors yet. Shawn Michaels will face an opponent of Eric Bischoff’s choosing with the outcome going a long way to deciding Shawn Michaels future. If Michaels is victorious he will earn a World title opportunity. If Michaels is defeated he becomes the property, yes you heard me correctly, the property of Eric Bischoff.

The Coach: It is gonna be a BEAUTIFUL moment Sunday night when HBK becomes Eric Bischoff’s SLAVE. Shawn Michaels is gonna regret the day he crossed the boss J.R.

Jim Ross: Another major confrontation this Sunday will see Y2J Chris Jericho go one on one with Mr.Money in the Bank, Edge. These two have gotten into a heated rivalry ever since Wrestlemania and at Vengeance they’ll finally come to blows.

The Coach: It’s Edge’s opportunity at Vengeance to prove just how damn good he is J.R This match is a major moment in the career of Chris Jericho too, Jericho’s done it in the past but as Edge has rightly said it’s about the present and it’s about the future. And the future is Edge.

Jim Ross: And of course, as we just witnessed, another rivalry that’s become hugely personal, hugely intense is Christian and Ric Flair. The Nature Boy has put off retirement to give Christian this match, to give Christian this opportunity that he so badly desires and Captain Charisma is vowing to take the torch from Naitch at Vengeance.

The Coach: It’s happenin’ J.R. Don’t even try to deny it. Ric Flair is DONE. I don’t care what he had to say just now, how intense he was, Christian is the man around these parts now and long may that continue. This Sunday he proves it.

Jim Ross: And how about this for a main event? A Wrestlemania rematch, Batista defends the World Heavyweight title against his former friend, his former mentor and now long term, heated rival, the Game, Triple H.

The Coach: It’s about as personal as you’re gonna get. Triple H, Batista they will go to war this Sunday but when it’s a matter of war, there’s only one winner and it’s the Cerebral Assassin. Mark it down J.R, the soon to be eleven time and the NEXT World Heavyweight champion, Triple H.

‘Just Close your Eyes’

It’s the music of Christian that hits, however Captain Charisma doesn’t appear as only his Problem Solver does, Tomko, greeted with small heat.

Jim Ross: A dangerous individual right here folks who could well further the downward spiral here tonight that Shawn Michaels is currently on. Tomko was an integral part of the three man assault last week, alongside Edge and Christian in which they decimated Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair and Chris Jericho.

The Coach: Tomko can go J.R. Ain’t no doubt about it, Shawn Michaels found that out first hand last week and he’s gonna find out again here tonight. HBK is gonna get a little look at what his future’s gonna be this Sunday night.

‘Sexy Boy’

The music of the Showstopper then hits to a massive ovation as Shawn Michaels struts his stuff, heading down to the ring.

Jim Ross: Eric Bischoff has made it his mission here on Monday Night Raw to make the life of Shawn Michaels a living hell and this Sunday he could achieve all that and more if his representative defeats the Heartbreak Kid.

The Coach: He WILL achieve all that and more this Sunday. Shawn Michaels can no longer get it done on the biggest stage J.R and this Sunday is as big as they come.

Match Four: Singles Match

Shawn Michaels vs. Tomko

Michaels and Tomko circle the ring momentarily before locking up and the big man Tomko uses his strength to gain the early advantage, forcing Michaels back into the corner before letting his grip go and delivering some hard right hands which Michaels eventually fends off and begins to unload on Tomko himself. Right after right before a strong clothesline takes the big man off his feet. Tomko is straight back up as Michaels whips him across the ring, running to the opposite side at the same time. Both men bounce off the ropes and Michaels knocks Tomko down with an elbow to the face. Early cover from HBK, 1..2..Shoulder up from the Problem Solver.

Michaels hoists Tomko back to his feet and nails a forearm to the face followed by another before whipping the big man into the turnbuckle. Tomko smashes into it and Michaels charges right at him, looking for a clothesline but is met with a HUGE big boot from Tomko!! Michaels is sent backwards before spinning round right back into the path of Tomko who almost knocks Shawn’s head off with a thunderous clothesline!! Cover from Tomko, 1..2..kick out by the Showstopper. Tomko tells the referee to count faster before beginning to stomp away at the fallen Michaels. The big man, perhaps surprisingly is now heading towards the top rope. Tomko sits himself on the top, waiting for HBK to stir before making his way upward. Michaels now back to his feet turns around into a flying Tomko who goes for a clothesline from the top but Michaels senses it and dodges the bullet, avoiding contact before spinning Tomko round and lifting him up before delivering a nice scoop slam.

Michaels tries to rally the crowd who get right behind him as Tomko gets to his feet, a little too soon you feel as Michaels waits ready for him. HBK begins to connect with some vicious sounding knife edge chops to the bare chest of Tomko as you can almost feel the sting of the impact. The chops force Tomko back towards the ropes as Michaels now looks to whip Tomko across the ring but Tomko uses his strength to hang on as Michaels continues to look for it but it’s to no aveil as the big man uses his momentum to pull HBK in and over the top rope onto the outside crash landing on the outside. Michaels lands hard with members near the front of the crowd cheering HBK to get back to his feet as Tomko heads down the steps and after Michaels. The big man sizes Michaels up and slaps HBK across the face much to the crowd’s disapproval as Michaels, up to his knees, wriggles his jaw clearly in discomfort as Tomko now picks Michaels up to his feet, clutching HBK’s neck. Tomko lifts him up for what looks like a suplex but Michaels counters it, delivering a hard elbow to the back of Tomko’s head. Michaels now lifts Tomko up and delivers a suplex of his own!! Tomko lands nastily on the back of his neck right on the hard outside as the crowd deliver a nice pop and HBK rolls back inside the squared circle.

Tomko looks like he’s not gonna make the count but we then see the camera turn as down comes Eric Bischoff from the back to big heat from the crowd. Bischoff comes charging down the ramp with Michaels eventually turning and seeing what’s headed his way. HBK seems to sigh as Bischoff rushes toward Tomko, helping him back to his feet as the referee’s count is now up to 8. Tomko is up now and Bischoff pushes him towards the ring as the big man makes it by the count of 9 with Bischoff smiling in his usual manner. Michaels immediately begins stomping away at the Problem Solver before bringing the big man to his feet. Michaels hit’s a nice uppercut but Tomko from out of nowhere delivers a vicious head butt sending Michaels to the mat. Tomko brings Michaels up now and whips the Showstopper across the ring. Michaels comes bouncing back, Tomko ducks down looking for a back body drop but Michaels jumps over him!! Michaels runs the ropes once more but Eric Bischoff holds him back!!

Bischoff then looks like he’s seen a ghost as Michaels turns around and goes to nail him but Tomko comes charging with a big boot!! Michaels ducks it and Tomko connects with Bischoff!! The Raw GM goes tumbling to a HUGE pop!! Tomko looks down at what he’s done in shock before turning round right into some SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! Cover, 1..2..3! Michaels wins it!!

Winner: Shawn Michaels(10:36)

Jim Ross: Shawn Michaels showing the HEART, showing the DESIRE, the WILL to win here tonight and I’ll be damned if Shawn Michaels repeats that Sunday night and doesn’t walk away victorious. Eric Bischoff will need to pull one outta the bag come Vengeance!

The Coach: Tonight does NOT matter baby boy. Shawn Michaels may’ve got the win here tonight but at Vengeance it’s a whole different story. Eric Bischoff will not be beaten J.R! I guarandamntee it!

We see Eric Bischoff looking up the ramp at an angered HBK who grits his teeth whilst staring down the Raw GM.


We return and head backstage to join Todd Grisham who is standing by ready to talk to us.

Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentleman, please welcome one of the three teams involved this Sunday in the World Tag Team title contest, The Basham Brothers.

Doug and Danny appear to minimal heat with smiles on their faces.

Todd Grisham: Doug, Danny we saw earlier tonight both the Dudley Boyz and Sonjay Dutt and Daivari, your opponents at Vengeance get into pretty heated territory. I was just wondering why did we not see anything from you guys during all of this?

Doug Basham: The reason you didn’t see us anywhere near that earlier tonight was real simple, we aren’t stupid. The Dudleyz, Dutt, Daivari, they can do whatever the hell they want here tonight, doesn’t bother us. The more they beat the hell outta each other, the better for us.

Danny Basham: This Sunday a lotta people are ruling us outta contention and I gotta be honest, although it hurts us a little, it also suits us. The more people underestimate us, the more we go under the radar, the greater it’s gonna be when we walk outta Vengeance as the NEW World Tag Team champions.

Doug Basham: Todd we guarantee that this Sunday, the reign of the Dudley Boyz as the focal point of tag team wrestling comes to an end and we guarantee that the Basham Brothers are walking outta Las Vegas with the World Tag Team titles sitting around our waists.

The Basham’s walk off and we head back ringside as..

‘Time to play the Game’

The music of the number one contender hits and out steps Triple H to big heat as the Cerebral Assassin, dressed casually in a t-shirt and jeans, bottle of water in hand heads down to the ring with security following behind.

Jim Ross: Well this is going to be intense folks and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see this thing get out of hand right here as Triple H and Batista will ‘face-off’ just six nights before their huge Wrestlemania rematch at Vengeance. You see the security heading down behind Triple H and they are here by the demands of General Manager Eric Bischoff who has vowed not to let things spiral outta control here tonight.

The Coach: A smart move by the boss right there. Eric Bischoff doesn’t want his main event going out the window because Batista can’t control himself. I mean y..

Jim Ross: Wait, Batista? Triple H was the one who damn near took our World Champion’s head off last week with that sledgehammer and you wanna blame Batista for wanting a piece of Triple H?

The Coach: You’re damn right I do J.R. Eric Bischoff has brought security out here for Batista’s own good. He doesn’t wanna see Batista get his ass handed to him by Triple H.

Jim Ross: Oh c’mon.

Trips takes a mic with security surrounding the ring on the outside. The Game grins as the crowd boo the former 10 time champion.

Triple H: Y’know last week I think I finally cracked it. And in saying that, I don’t mean Batista’s skull.

Trips smirks with Coach laughing and the crowd continuing to boo.

Triple H: No, y'see last week I think that finally the message hit home and finally Batista realised exactly what he’s in for come Sunday night. Last week when I smashed that sledgehammer across Batista’s skull, he got to experience first hand exactly what I mean when I say that this is war.

Heat for the Game again.

Triple H: See the games are over between me and Dave. We’ve had a long history and this Sunday it all comes to a close when I walk out of Las Vegas as the eleven time World champion. The time for talking is almost done and I can assure you all that last week was a turning point in this whole thing.

Trips scratches his chin before continuing.

Triple H: Last week I agreed a little deal with William Regal and with Mark Jindrak. We agreed to scratch each other’s backs if you will. I held up my end of the deal, Jindrak and Regal held up theirs. I’m not sure anybody in Boise would understand me but that is what you call smart.

Big heat for that.

Triple H: Sometimes ya gotta do, what ya gotta do and last week I did exactly that. I agreed a deal with two men, one of the smartest guys around in William Regal and one of the most dangerous guys around in Mark Jindrak. Those two did exactly as I had hoped and they softened up Dave Batista.

Heat again as Trips nods.

Triple H: I coulda allowed them to finish the job off if I really wanted to. Those two guys there and then coulda finished Batista off, they coulda finished his career but I didn’t want that. No. I will be the one that finishes Batista off once and for all. Don’t believe me? Last week was proof enough. That sledgehammer shot was the moment when Batista realised, gosh Hunter’s got me here. Hunter is too smart for me, he’s got himself some help tonight, god knows what he’s got up his sleeve come Vengeance. And you know what Dave? You got every right to be worried about what I have in store for Vengeance.

Trips looks intense now as the crowd start a ‘You Suck’ chant.

Triple H: That’s what I have always done and it’s what I will continue to do. Dave said it himself, I always, ALWAYS find a way and this Sund…

‘I Walk Alone’

The arena erupts as it appears Batista has heard enough and this face-off looks set to kick into gear as the Animal heads down to the ring.

Jim Ross: Well we saw earlier tonight the World champion looking a little battered, a little bruised but he certainly didn’t seem to be phased by what went down last week here on Raw. Batista is as ready as he’ll ever be for Vengeance and I think Triple H needs to realise that.

The Coach: He’s got guts J.R. I ain’t denyin’ that but as gutsy as Batista is, he’s stupid too. Batista is too stupid to realise that Wrestlemania he had his night, lightenin’ don’t strike twice baby boy and at Vengeance Batista‘s fairytale is over.

Batista eyes up security who keep their sights set on the World champ. The Animal already has a mic in hand and steps through the ropes with Trips backing away slightly. The champion and challenger don’t take their eyes off one another, looking on intensely as Batista paces the ring.

Batista: First off let me start by saying his whole thing Eric Bischoff’s arranged for tonight is an absolute piece of crap. A face-off? Hunter all I wanna do is TEAR YOUR FACE APART!

Big pop for the champion there.

Batista: Let me congratulate our General Manager on getting something right though and that’s getting security out here cos believe me, if they weren’t out here tonight, you wouldn’t even make it to Vengeance.

Another nice pop for the champion.

Triple H: Alright enough of the crap Dave. You and I both know why security is out here and it’s to stop me takin’ your head off your shoulders like I did last week. How’s that headache now huh?

Batista turns his head and grits his teeth as Trips smirks.

Triple H: I got a whole lot I wanna say to you tonight ‘champ’ and believe me I think it’s best you listen to it. You’ve been runnin’ your mouth a whole lot lately Dave and I got my concerns about it. See back in Evolution it was I who did the talking. It was me who told all these people that I am that damn good. But not only did I do that, I went out there and I backed it up by kicking people’s assses every.. single.. week.

Trips is a bit fired up now.

Triple H: People didn’t call me the Game without reason, they didn’t call me the Cerebral Assassin for a joke Dave. They did it because I was and still am to this day exactly that. You on the other hand? Dave what have you done? Honestly, what in the hell have you done around here?

Heat for the Game as Batista looks on intently at his rival.

Triple H: You may be the World champion big man but you’ve held that championship for five freakin’ minutes. FIVE FREAKIN’ MINUTES. Last week you stood here and said it pissed you off to see me handed the World title. Really? I mean Dave, you wanna go around runnin’ your mouth about me and what I’ve done in this business? Let me tell ya, you start runnin’ your mouth when you’ve won that thing ten times. You start runnin’ your mouth when you’ve beaten the VERY BEST there is to offer. Guys like Mick Foley, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker. I could go on and on and on but the facts are real simple to understand. I have beaten them ALL.

A few boos but also some cheers for the Game after mentioning some of the WWE greats.

Triple H: You beat me at Wrestlemania. You won one battle. Good job man but a battle just ain’t good enough Dave, not for me and it can’t be for you either. Sunday will prove to you exactly why war settles the score around here and it will prove to you exactly why I am the very best in this industry and why you are NOTHING but a fluke champion.

Coach yells ‘Tell ‘im Hunter’ as Trips stops and allows Batista to respond.

Batista: Are ya done? Can I get a word in now?

Trips nods his head looking pleased with his work.

Batista: Not for one second have I begun to believe I’ve even started getting on the same path as some of the guys you mentioned just now. But for you to call me a fluke champion and for you to tell me that I can’t run my mouth just because I’ve not been on top for as long as you have? That don’t sit well with me Hunter.


Batista: I don’t give a DAMN how many times you’ve won this championship, I really don’t because it just means that you’ve lost it that many times too Hunter. I know that you’re gonna go down as one of the very best that there’s ever been in the WWE. I know that and I respect that. What I don’t respect is the way you’ve done what you’ve done. The way you’ve accomplished what you’ve accomplished.

Trips raises his eyebrows slightly.

Batista: One of the prime examples of that Hunter is what I said last week and you can say all you want that you deserved it but NOBODY deserves to be handed a World title. Whether it’s you, whether it’s Ric Flair, whether it’s Hulk Hogan, NOT ONE PERSON deserves to hold this just like that(Batista clicks his fingers, whilst pointing also at the title).

Very big pop for the Animal.

Batista: This championship(holding the belt out in front of him) means EVERYTHING to me, it means EVERYTHING to the guys in the back and on nights like that and on plenty other nights when you’ve stolen this championship, you’ve lost a whole lot of respect. Not only from me but from the superstars in the back, from Hall of Famers, from the fans watching at home. You lost a l…

Triple H: I am sick of hearin’ this Dave. That championship means everything to you, it means everything to the guys in the back but Dave it means EVERYTHING TO ME!! That’s why I do whatever it is I gotta do to get it around my waist. I live to be the World champion and I don’t care how the hell I do it but if I’m holding that World title all I know is that I DO NOT GIVE A DAMN WHAT ANYBODY THINKS OF ME.

Trips scowls as Batista gets heated also and the walk towards one another with the tension rising.

Triple H: This Sunday Dave I am going to do whatever it takes to get that(pointing at the title)back where it belongs. At Vengeance, you are gonna learn that nobody and I mean nobody wins the war with me. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, you are nothing but a fluke champion Dave and when we leave Las Vegas Sunday night, you’re gonna realise that your luck? It’s just.. run.. out.

Now nose to nose.

Batista: My luck ain’t runnin’ out on Sunday but Hunter, your luck’s not runnin’ out Sunday either. Your luck iss runnin’ out… TONIGHT!

Batista drops his mic and lays a right hand on the Game to a huge ovation!! The Game though fights back and the two men explode on one another as security step inside the ring, looking to break these two up!


The Coach: I told you Batista couldn’t control himself J.R!! Triple H acted like a thorough professional out there and Batista had to get physical didn’t he?!

Security is fighting desperately to keep the two men off of one another with each man now having around 6 security guards on them to keep them away but it doesn’t work as Batista breaks free and charges at Trips, knocking him down with a clothesline!! The fans go wild as Batista now on top of Hunter, hammering away with right hands! Security eventually get him off and take him away to the corner with the rest of the guards helping Triple H up to his feet. Trips though doesn’t back down and breaks away from his security now!! Triple H jumps right on Batista and begins to nail the champion with right hands of his own!

Jim Ross: In just six nights Vengeance, Batista, Triple H, the World Heavyweight championship!! The war is on!! Who will strike lucky in the city of sin this Sunday?! YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS!!

The show closes with both men now finally dragged away from one another, both mouthing obscenities at the other as one set of guards drags Batista up the ramp, away from the ring as the fans start a ‘Ba-Tista’ chant.

Current Vengeance Card: June 26th 2005: Las Vegas; Nevada

World Heavyweight Championship
Batista(c) vs Triple H

Chris Jericho vs Edge

WWE Intercontinetal Championship: 2 on 1 Handicap Match(Charlie Haas is banned from ringside)

Muhammad Hassan(c) and The Great Khali vs Shelton Benjamin

Christian vs Ric Flair

WWE Women's Championship: No Disqualification Match
Trish Stratus(c) vs Victoria

World Tag Team Championships: Triple Threat Match
The Dudley Boyz(c) vs The Basham Brothers vs Sonjay Dutt and Daivari

Shawn Michaels vs ?
(If Shawn Michaels wins he becomes Number one contender to the World title; If Shawn Michaels loses he becomes the property of Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff)

Mark Jindrak vs Big Show

As ever all feedback will be greatly appreciated and returned. Really thankful for the feedback for Smackdown imac, appreciate it. This show is a bit promo heavy compared to matches but with the PPV next up i felt that'd be best. There will be an official Vengeance Preview once Smackdown is posted.
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WWE Friday Night Smackdown Preview- 24/6/05- Boise; Idaho

The road to The Great American Bash really begins tonight following on from a controversial Smackdown: Night of Champions special last week. Tonight Smackdown comes to you from Boise, Idaho and we are all wondering just what the WWE title picture looks like following the main event last week which saw John Cena defend his title against Randy Orton.

The match was an exciting encounter with both men coming close to picking up the victory but the match ended with the duo of Kurt Angle and John Bradshaw Layfield interfering and taking out both Cena and Orton, causing the referee to call for the bell and resulting in a No Contest. Angle and Layfield both believe that they deserve championship opportunities, feeling aggrieved that in theirs and a lot of people’s eyes John Cena cost them a championship match. It was of course a few weeks back when Angle, Orton and JBL met with Cena as special guest referee, the winner would earn a title shot at Night of Champions. Kurt Angle made Randy Orton tap out, only for Cena to miss the action, instead attacking JBL following the ‘Wrestling God’s provocation. With Cena missing the action, this allowed Orton to hit an RKO on Angle and pick up the victory.

Since then Angle and JBL have been infuriated and believe Cena is avoiding facing them. Will either man get their wish tonight from Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long? Or will Randy Orton get his deserved rematch? We certainly hope to find out tonight.

Also last week we saw a shocking United States title match which lasted all of twelve seconds. Matt Hardy was scheduled to receive his title shot against champion Orlando Jordan but as Hardy made his way down ringside, Jordan ambushed him from behind, taking out Hardy and launching a vicious attack on his challenger. Hardy was left completely defenceless but yet the match still went ahead and Jordan finished things off immediately. We know that Matt Hardy will not be in Boise tonight but what we do know is that when he returns he WILL be granted a fair rematch, much to Orlando Jordan’s disgust. Will we see a new challenger emerge meantime or will Orlando be looking over his shoulder until Hardy returns?

Last week again saw Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam fall short in capturing the WWE Tag Team championships with Melina playing a huge role in helping her boys Mercury and Nitro come out victorious. Following the match, Van Dam and Mysterio pleaded with Mercury and Nitro to give them a fair rematch at The Great American Bash, asking that Melina not be ringside, telling Mercury and Nitro to do the right thing and earn their respect. The high flying duo even made an offer, that if MNM beat them without Melina they will go to the back of the line and not receive another title opportunity. Will we get a response tonight from MNM or will Van Dam and Mysterio have to continue pleading with the champs?

The Cruiserweight championship was defended last week also in a breathtaking contest between champion Paul London and The Hurricane with London coming out on top to retain his title. Hurricane however put up a strong showing and fell just short of capturing gold. We know that Chavo Guerrero has stuck his nose into all this lately, proclaiming that Hurricane should listen to his advice and ditch the superhero schtick and return to who he really is, Gregory Helms. Hurricane refused, stating he doesn’t know who Gregory Helms is but Chavo told him that whilst he’s The Hurricane he will always fall short of winning the top prize. Will Hurricane listen anymore to what Chavo’s saying following last week’s loss? Or will Chavo continue falling short in his bid to revive Hurricane’s fortunes?

It wasn’t all about championships last week however as friends Booker T and Rhyno went one on one with the winner getting a match with Carlito here tonight in a No Disqualifications match. The match was a back and forth contest but was ruined when Carlito showed his face and ended up costing Booker T, allowing Rhyno to come out victorious. Many will question why Carlito got involved as he has issues with both men but you have to assume he wants to further get inside the head of the former WCW champion. Booker and Rhyno have had a little tension in their friendship as of late and you can only believe that will continue whilst they both chase Carlito. What will happen tonight when the Man Beast and the Apple Spitter go head to head?

And finally, following last week’s controversy in the main event, along with vicious attacks from Orlando Jordan on Matt Hardy and also Rene Dupree and Kenzo Suzuki on Bobby Lashley as well as the continued ‘hostage’ almost of Chris Masters by the Mexicools, pressure has been placed on General Manager Teddy Long this week. Many are calling for either an apology or perhaps even resignation from Long, with some questioning why he has yet to do anything about all the chaos in recent weeks, particularly last week. Will we hear anything from Long here tonight or will the General Manager allow chaos to reign supreme once more?

Confirmed for Smackdown:

No Disqualification Match
Carlito vs. Rhyno
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WWE Friday Night Smackdown- 24/6/05- Boise; Idaho

We begin the show with a video package of last week’s Night of Champions special and it’s main event in which John Cena defended the WWE championship against Randy Orton. We see the ending of the match where both Kurt Angle and JBL ruined the outcome by attacking both Cena and Orton before Angle takes out JBL also as the Wrestling Machine makes his intentions clear for all to see.

We then get the usual opening video and pyro before heading ringside

Michael Cole: Seven nights ago we witnessed a controversial Night of Champions. Tonight Smackdown comes to you from Boise, Idaho and Tazz there is sure to be a major fallout from what went down last week in San Diego.

Tazz: No doubt about it Cole. John Cena and Randy Orton were puttin’ on a heck of a show last week until we saw the arrival of Kurt Angle and JBL. Ya gotta believe that both Cena and Orton are gonna be lookin’ for payback here tonight.

Michael Cole: Indeed ya gotta believe that JBL too will be seeking revenge after having disposed of Cena and Orton, Angle decided enough was enough and took out JBL also!! Can anybody stop Kurt Angle right now Tazz?

Tazz: I don’t think so man, Angle is as intense, as aggressive, as fired up as I’ve ever seen Cole.

‘Burn in my Light’

The music of the Legend Killer hits to heat as ever, however a few cheers are in also after the way he stood up to JBL and Kurt Angle last week. Orton is dressed to compete but with a t-shirt on as he looks in no mood for fun and games tonight.

Michael Cole: Well here is one of those men who has every right to feel aggrieved with what went down last week here on Smackdown. Randy Orton was perhaps on the verge of capturing the WWE title, only for the interference of Kurt Angle and JBL to scupper any and all chance of that.

Tazz: In my eyes Cole, Orton was gonna win the WWE title there and then. If I were Randy Orton right now, I wouldn’t be out here, I’d be back there huntin’ down Angle and huntin’ down JBL.

Orton has a mic in hand and has a stern look on his face before he starts to speak.

Randy Orton: Tonight was supposed to be a night of celebration. It was supposed to be a night where you people sat there and you celebrated the fact that there was a new WWE champion, celebrated the fact that I was the new WWE champion.

Heat for the Legend Killer.

Randy Orton: But instead that didn’t happen because last week on Smackdown, I was ROBBED of becoming the new champion. I was robbed by Kurt Angle, by JBL, I was robbed by John Cena.

Heat again but a pop for the mention of the champion as Orton grits his teeth saying his name.

Randy Orton: Now that may surprise a few of you to see me mention John Cena in all of this but Cena knew DAMN WELL what he was doing last week. Since I became the number one contender, he has done everything in his power to get under the skin of Kurt Angle and to get under the skin of JBL. And now? Now we know why.

Orton shakes his head before continuing.

Randy Orton: We know that it’s because he wanted a get out of jail card last week. He knew that he could NOT beat me and that’s why he wormed his way outta last week with the attacks from Angle and from Bradshaw. Cena knew that they were gonna run down to this ring and they were gonna beat..him..down. He knew that, but instead of doing something, anything about it, he simply let it happen.

Heat for Orton once more.

Randy Orton: He let it happen because he knew that was all he needed to walk out of last week still with the WWE championship. Now, do I put the blame solely on John Cena for last week? No, I DO blame Kurt Angle and I DO blame JBL also. I blame them because they shoulda been smarter, they shoulda known better now shouldn’t they?

Orton takes a breather.

Randy Orton: They should’ve known that I am an honourable man and that I would defend the WWE championship anytime, any place against anybody. John Cena will NOT do that, believe me.

Boos for Orton’s statement there.

Randy Orton: So Kurt, Bradshaw you both made huge mistakes last week. I am still the next man in line for a shot at the WWE championship and until I get what is rightfully mine, until I get the WWE championship around my waist, you two are gonna have to sit tight and do nothing except watch it happen.

A few pops there but some heat mixed in.

Randy Orton: Now there’s one other man that I place the blame on what went down last week and that man is perhaps the most important of all, that man is Teddy Long.

Small pop for the mention of the GM.

Randy Orton: Teddy Long is supposed to be in charge around here and last week we all saw exactly how chaotic Smackdown was. The signs were there from start to finish that the WWE title match was in jeopardy last week.

Orton scratches his head.

Randy Orton: You had Kurt Angle talking about his problems with Cena. You had JBL talking about his problems with Cena. You had Orlando Jordan assaulting Matt Hardy. You had Dupree and Suzuki jumping that freak Lashley. Before the main event begun, Teddy Long even had the nerve to make a statement. A statement in which he pleaded with myself and John Cena to go out there and show everybody what Smackdown was all about and hey Teddy, I guess our interpretations of Smackdown are a little different aren’t they? Because what I saw all night long was chaos and what happened in the main event? Chaos is what happened.

Pop for the mention of chaos.

Randy Orton: So Teddy you should’ve seen it coming, you should’ve known what was going to happen and you should’ve DONE SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!

Heat for TLK.

Randy Orton: So Teddy I’m not asking. I am DEMANDING that you come out here and you apologise to me RIGHT THIS SECOND for what you let happen last week.

Orton waits for a moment but nothing happens before…


The music of Kurt Angle hits to a mixed response as the Wrestling Machine strolls down the ramp, intense as ever.

Michael Cole: Well, to steal a line from our broadcast colleague over on Raw, business just picked up Tazz.

Tazz: Oh baby!! Angle don’t look a happy man right about now Cole, same applies for Randy Orton. We could be about to witness an explosion inside that ring.

Angle takes a mic with Orton looking less than impressed.

Kurt Angle: Randy I know I’m not who you were expecting, not who you were hoping to see but I got something I need to say to you right this very second. Randy, you are absolutely…right.

Heat for Angle as the crowd seemed to hope he’d go at it with Orton.

Kurt Angle: Last week you were wrong place, wrong time. It could’ve been anybody up against Cena and I’d have done the same damn thing. The facts are, everything you’ve said about John Cena and everything you’ve said about Teddy Long is true and it makes me SICK.

Boos ring round again.

Kurt Angle: See you may’ve been robbed last week Randy but you didn’t even deserve to be in that match in the first place, that was MY match last week. John Cena robbed ME of being the number one contender and Teddy Long knows it. So I’ve come out here to join you in demanding that Teddy Long come down and apologise to the both of us inside this ring, RIGHT NOW!

Randy Orton: Whoa Kurt, I don’t deserve it? What’s that sup..


The music of the Wrestling God now hits and in his usual limousine out steps JBL to heat as ever., interrupting the Legend Killer.

Michael Cole: Well things are most certainly continuing in the theme of chaos here on Friday Night Smackdown. Both Randy Orton and Kurt Angle demanding apologies from Teddy Long here tonight but NOW we get yet another superstar making their way out here in John Bradshaw Layfield.

Tazz: And Cole it’s another superstar who feels robbed man. JBL still feels he was screwed a few weeks back when John Cena took him out whilst he was special referee in that number one contender’s match. I’m pretty sure JBL is out here for the same reasons as Angle and Orton.

JBL already has a microphone and begins to grin.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Boys if ya don’t mind I’d like to join your little rant here real quick cos I got a few things o’ my own I wanna get off my chest here tonight.

‘You Suck’ chants immediately for Layfield.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Now last week I made my mark in that championship match and I made it in a big way. Randy I took your damn head off kid so don’t you even think about tryin’ anything stupid here tonight or the same thing’s gonna happen.

A few ooohs as Orton looks to mouth ‘Really?’

John Bradshaw Layfield: Kurt you best be on your toes too son, cos after your litle stunt last week in attacking me, you are now firmly on my radar. But onto more important things and the most important thing here tonight I think we can all agree on is getting that moron of a General Manager Teddy Long to come out here and to take FULL responsibility for all of this.


John Bradshaw Layfield: Like Kurt, like Randy I too have a valid argument against Teddy Long and if he doesn’t come out here and make an apology I will have absolutely NO HESITATION in heading straight to the Board of Directors, to the chairman himself, Mr.McMahon and I will lobby for Teddy Long’s firing.

Big heat for that as Angle and Orton grin.

Randy Orton: As much as I wanna get my own back on the both of you here tonight, there are bigger things to be taken care of and I think the three of us can all agree that Teddy Long is that bigger issue. So Teddy we’re done talking, you come out here RIGHT NOW and you give us what we want.

The trio wait patiently before..


Finally the GM makes his way out as Teddy Long steps on stage to a decent pop.

Michael Cole: Well Teddy Long has taken a lot of criticism here tonight and over the past week or so for in a lot of people’s eyes, losing control of his show.

Tazz: All three men inside that ring do have a point though Cole. I gotta agree with ‘em. As much as I like Teddy Long, he may’ve screwed up last week, in a big way too.

Long dusts himself down before speaking.

Teddy Long: Playas I understand that you all gotcha ‘selves problems following on from Night of Champions last week but in my eyes I don’t believe I am at fault for ANY of them.


Teddy Long: JBL, you provoked John Cena in that number one contender’s match a few weeks back. Kurt, you never heard the bell ring, you never heard you were victorious, you letcha guard down and it cost you. Randy, you are the only one who has any arguments but you CANNOT put the blame on me dawg.

Pop again for the GM.

Kurt Angle: Teddy, Teddy, we are and we will continue to put the blame on your shoulders because it is all.. your.. fault. If you’d have done the right thing and given me the WWE title shot I deserved, I wouldn’t have got involved last week.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And Teddy if you’d have taken action against John Cena for what he did to me, I wouldn’t have gotten involved either. This is your fault and YOUR FAULT ONLY!!

Heat for a worked up Layfield.

Randy Orton: And if you’d have taken proper action last week. If you’d have done everything in your power to make sure my title match went smoothly, you’d have no complaints from me. But instead here we are Teddy and you got three of your biggest, infact, you have got THE three biggest superstars on this show all more than willing to see you get FIRED!!

Big heat for TLK.

Teddy Long: Randy, I suggest ya pipe down playa and listen to what I’m goin’ to suggest we do here tonight in Boise.

Cheap pop.

Teddy Long: Now John Cena isn’t in the building yet but he is on his way and tonight inside that very ring, we are goin’ to see a REMATCH from last week between the WWE champion, John Cena and Randy Orton!!

BIG pop as Orton nods his head, looking more happy now.

Teddy Long: However, it will NOT be for the WWE title.

Orton yells ‘WHAT?!’ as the fans boo.

Teddy Long: However, Randy if you can defeat John Cena here tonight, then you WILL get a title opportunity at The Great American Bash. Oh and Kurt, Bradshaw, if either of you two wanna get involved in that match, you will NEVER again receive a WWE championship opportunity.

HUGE pop there.

Kurt Angle: Teddy this is an absolute FREAKIN’ JOKE!! You can’t do that. YOU CANNOT DO THAT!! Where do I fit into all o’ this huh? I am your BIGGEST commodity here on Smackdown and you’re hangin’ me out to dry like this?

Teddy Long: Kurt look yo…

John Bradshaw Layfield: Teddy, Kurt Angle is the least of your concerns. WHERE do I fit into things? You give me a DAMN answer this second or else I am walkin’ outta this arena and I am NOT COMING BACK TEDDY!!

Pop for that as both Layfield and Angle look furious.

Teddy Long: John, Kurt after what you did last week, the both of ya are just gonna have to wait ya turn playas. You gotta prove to me that you deserve a championship opportunity. Tonight Randy you get your chance. Kurt, John, you just gonna have to wait in line. Enjoy the show playas, holla holla!!

The GM’s music hits and we see a dejected duo of Angle and Layfield who can’t quite believe what Teddy Long has just announced.

Michael Cole: A BLOCKBUSTER main event announced here tonight on Smackdown folks! A huge rematch from last week, John Cena will meet Randy Orton. If the Legend Killer can come out victorious he will earn himself a WWE championship match at The Great American Bash! What a night this promises to be!!

Tazz: Cole I think Teddy Long just made amends for last week man. What a match up here tonight only on Friday Night Smackdown!!


‘Do what I want’

The United States champion, Orlando Jordan makes his way out to strong heat as he gets set for action.

Michael Cole: Orlando Jordan stooped to an all time low last week folks. Jordan was scheduled to defend the United States title against Matt Hardy but as Hardy made his way down to the ring, Jordan savagely attacked his rival, injuring Hardy in the process, leaving him in no shape to compete. The referee STILL allowed the match to go ahead and within seconds it was over. I was shocked at Orlando Jordan’s actions last week Tazz.

Tazz: Hey I’m all for doin’ whatever it takes to keep a hold of your title but last week was a step too far from Orlando Jordan, I gotta admit.

Michael Cole: But it may backfire in a big way partner as Teddy Long told us last week, Matt Hardy WILL get a United States title opportunity when he recovers from the injuries he sustained last week. Time will tell just when Matt returns. Moving on to tonight though and it could be a whole different story for Orlando Jordan as he faces his ‘punishment’, having to take on the undefeated Bobby Lashley.

‘Hell Will be Callin your Name’

Speak of the devil and out steps the Real Deal, Bobby Lashley to a nice pop.

Michael Cole: Bobby Lashley knows a thing or two about sneak attacks. Last week Lashley was the victim of a backstage ambush by the team of Rene Dupree and Kenzo Suzuki who after being beaten in singles competition by Lashley decided the only way to stop this man was by doing so together.

Tazz: And it worked. Dupree and Suzuki done a number on Lashley last week and yeah it took ‘em both to do it but they did it. I gotta admit if I’m Dupree and Suzuki though, I’m worried about what Bobby Lashley’s got in store for me cos he ain’t gonna take it lightly.

Match One: Singles Match

Orlando Jordan vs. Bobby Lashley

OJ tries to avoid the powerhouse early on, opting to circle the ring as Lashley looks to strike. With the ‘Real Deal’ on the front foot, Jordan continuously stepped through the ropes, not allowing Lashley anywhere near him. Eventually the big man does get his hands on the United States champion but Jordan again puts his upper body through the ropes, as the referee forces Lashley to take a step back. In doing so it allows Jordan to strike, taking advantage of Lashley being on the back foot for once as Jordan delivers several right hands before taking the big man down with a clothesline.

Jordan then gives his usual attitude to the fans by proclaiming ‘I’m the United States Champion, he ain’t nothing’ whilst pointing at Lashley who is getting back to his feet. Jordan delivers a strong knee to the gut of Lashley, knocking the wind right out of him before hoisting the big man up in the air and dropping him back down with a hard looking suplex. OJ goes for the cover..



Shoulder up from the ‘Real Deal’ much to the Boise crowd’s delight. Jordan demands a faster count but steps off for a second, allowing Lashley to slowly rise again. As Lashley is almost up, Jordan delivers a stiff kick to the mid section before running the ropes and looking to take down the big man but an explosive Lashley senses what’s coming and turns the tables, scooping OJ up in the air and delivering a big back body drop met with a nice pop as Lashley now looks to build some momentum. Lashley now runs the ropes as Jordan gets to his feet and the big man delivers a massive running shoulder block, sending the U.S. champ back down to the mat. Lashley goes for a surprise cover..



Kick out from Jordan and Lashley wastes little time in continuing to mount pressure on his opponent. The powerhouse brings Jordan up to his feet before firing away with some quick right hands, almost jabs to the stomach of Jordan who winces in discomfort as Lashley opts to whip Jordan across the ring and into the turnbuckle. Jordan bounces hard against the ropes as Lashley sprints right at the champion, looking like a moving train as Lashley connects with a HUGE running clothesline!! Jordan’s head is almost taken off as Lashley then grabs the back of Jordan’s neck and takes him down with a nasty snap suplex!! The fans pop big time as Lashley is really picking up some steam here.

The Dominator poses for the fans who pop big time for it as they hope to continue seeing Jordan suffer here tonight. Lashley sets himself up and waits, poised to strike, looking like he’s got something big lined up for Jordan who rolls around the mat, back to his knees now before slowly getting to his feet. Jordan turns around right into a charging Lashley, SPEAR!! NO!! Jordan sees it coming and doges the bullet, tossing Lashley shoulder first through the ropes and into the ringpost! The fans oooh as the impact is heard right round the arena as Lashley’s shoulder eats steel. Jordan takes a breather as Lashley falls back into the ring and to the mat. Jordan crawls towards Lashley and drags himself up, using the ropes to assist him. Jordan digs his foot right into the throat of Lashley, again using the ropes to help him out for balance as the referee begins the count of 5. At the count of 3 Jordan eventually lets go, getting a ticking off from the referee to which Jordan holds his hands up for.

The U.S. champion then takes up what looks to be a boxing stance, holding his guard up, jogging on the spot, waiting for Lashley to get back up to his feet. The big man does eventually and is spun around right into some left jabs from Jordan who is looking ultra cocky now. Jordan delivers one big left hand before posing to the crowd and taunting Lashley and it’s a big mistake as Lashley flies from out of nowhere and takes down Jordan with a mammoth clothesline again, using all his speed and power. Lashley, now looking increasingly angry takes up that spear like position. Jordan is up once again but he doesn’t wanna turn around! Jordan slowly spins round and is CUT IN HALF BY A THUNDEROUS SPEAR!!

Lashley now signals to the fans that this one’s about to be done with and motions that it’s time for the Dominator. Jordan is struggling to get to his feet as the crowd rise in anticipation but suddenly Lashley is taken down from behind by RENE DUPREE AND KENZO SUZUKI!! The tag team have had their issues with Lashley of late and begin to double team the Real Deal to heat from the crowd as the referee calls for the bell to signal this is over with.

Winner via Disqualification: Bobby Lashley(7:41)

Michael Cole: Dupree and Suzuki take out Bobby Lashley AGAIN here tonight!! As dominant as Lashley’s been, how is he supposed to compete against two men?!

Tazz: I don’t know man but he’s puttin’ up a heck of an effort! Look at this Cole!

We see Lashley fighting back against the duo as Orlando Jordan hovers but sees Lashley’s resurgence and decides to get out while he can, sneaking under the bottom rope and to the back. Meanwhile Lashley throws a right hand to Suzuki as Dupree clubs him over the head from behind but the big man doesn’t fall down. Instead he turns round and delivers a shot of his own, Dupree and Lashley trade rights before Suzuki tries to get involved but Lashley shoves him off before a kick to the gut of Dupree. Lashley then tosses Dupree into Suzuki as the Frenchman almost spears his partner out of the ring and follows him in the process!! The crowd give a big pop as Suzuki holds his gut and backs up the ramp whilst Dupree trots back up holding his shoulder. The duo wanting NOTHING to do with the big man.

Michael Cole: Unbelievable resilience shown here tonight from Bobby Lashley!! The ‘Real Deal’ has dished out a dose of payback here tonight on the team of Rene Dupree and Kenzo Suzuki and he’s delivered it in a big way!!

Tazz: Absolutely Cole. This dude Lashley is a monster and I don’t know what Dupree and Suzuki can do to get on top o’ this guy. I really don’t.

We see Lashley clenching his fists and glaring at the duo before we head backstage and we see the arrival of the WWE champion John Cena!! Cena’s image is met with a big pop from the crowd as he carries his bag towards the locker room, looking in an intense mood here tonight as we see Josh Matthews appear into shot.

Josh Matthews: John, John. Just wanted to get your thoughts on Teddy Long’s announcement here tonight?

John Cena: Josh I only just got here man, so you’re gonna have to fill me in. What announcement?

Josh Matthews: Well uh earlier on tonight Randy Orton, Kurt Angle and JBL all demanded apologies from Teddy Long. He in turn announced that tonight you will face Randy Orton in a rematch from last week and if Randy Orton beats you he will get another WWE title shot at The Great American Bash.

John Cena: Wow. That’s uh, that’s pretty huge right there Josh. My thoughts on that are..

Cena pauses.

John Cena: Bring it on.

Nice pop for that.

John Cena: In my eyes I would have beaten Randy Orton last week. BUT, at the same time I gotta admit that Randy deserves a rematch after what Kurt Angle and what JBL did last week. Those two guys, they aren’t gonna stop until they get their shot. So Josh, like I said about Randy Orton, I’m gonna say it about those two as well. If Kurt Angle and JBL want some, they can come.. get.. some.

Cheers for the champion.

John Cena: I’m getting pretty tired Josh of Kurt Angle comin’ out and sayin’ that I don’t want anything to do with him. Saying that I don’t wanna face him, that I ‘know’ I can’t beat him. Well in my mind the real reason I and Kurt Angle haven’t gone toe to toe yet is because Kurt Angle doesn’t wanna face me.

A few ooohs amidst cheers for that.

John Cena: I don’t back down from a challenge, everybody knows that and Kurt Angle should know that too. As far as JBL goes, he’s tryin’ any and everything possible to get himself another shot at the WWE title. I beat him for this not once but twice. If he really believes he deserves another shot, then he’s got a long way to go towards provin’ it.

Cena tips his cap before continuing.

Josh Matthews: And John what are your thoughts on General Manager Teddy Long? A lot of superstars felt that last week he lost control of the show and that he should’ve done more to protect them, your views on that?

Cena sighs before looking directly into the camera.

John Cena: Teddy Long I hope you’re watching this right now. My message to you Teddy is simple. I respect you and I think you’re doin’ a hell of a job as our General Manager. So for those who seem to think Teddy is losing control around here, I disagree completely. The guys in the back need to start lookin’ out for themselves, need to start watchin’ their own backs. That ain’t Teddy Long’s job Josh.

Cena pats his title belt before carrying on.

John Cena: Smackdown ain’t about backstage brawls, it ain’t about guys sneak attackin’ each other. Smackdown is about doin’ your business inside the ring and puttin’ on a show for these fans.


John Cena: So tonight I’m gonna go out there, Randy Orton’s gonna go out there and we’re gonna prove to everybody what Smackdown really is all about.

Nice pop again as the champ walks off.



We return to the music of the coolest superstar on Friday nights as Carlito makes his way out to good heat as usual.

Michael Cole: Well Carlito is scheduled for action here tonight against one of his two rivals, Rhyno. Last week Rhyno went one on one with Carlito’s other rival Booker T with the winner getting themselves a No Disqualification match with the Apple Spitter here tonight in Boise. The match didn’t exactly pan out the way we expected with Carlito playing a major role in the outcome, costing Booker T the match.

Tazz: Carlito’s a smart guy Cole. He’s causing MAJOR tension between Booker T and Rhyno, he’s lookin’ to exploit their friendship and it’s workin’. I wouldn’t say he’s picked the easy option here tonight though, whoever Carlito had to face here tonight was gonna be a huge test and it just so happens it’s gonna be the Man Beast.

‘Man Beast’

Michael Cole: Speaking of the Man Beast, Rhyno has become involved in this Booker T-Carlito rivalry since Judgment Day when he gave Booker T a pep talk backstage only to be attacked later on that night by Carlito. Booker and Carlito went one on one that night, only for Rhyno to reappear and attempt a gore on the Puerto Rican but instead ended up costing his friend Booker T. Since then both he and Booker have been intent on getting payback on Carlito and Rhyno gets his chance here tonight.

Tazz: Big opportunity for Rhyno here tonight Cole. Carlito’s been on a roll recently and it’s gonna have to be one heck of a performance from Rhyno to knock Carlito off here tonight. But if there’s anybody who suit’s a No Disqualification match it’s the ECW original Rhyno.

Match Two: No Disqualification Match

Carlito vs. Rhyno

Rhyno looks to storm right at Lito from the get go but Carlito wants nothing to do with the Man Beast, heading outside the ring and pacing round slowly, waiting for the right time to get back inside the squared circle. The right time however doesn’t take place as Rhyno doesn’t wanna wait any longer and heads to the outside also. Carlito doesn’t see it comin’ as he’s arguing with some fans at ringside but he’s soon made aware as Rhyno bashes him over the head from behind!! A nice pop greets that as Rhyno then begins to stomp away at the fallen Lito.

Rhyno yells ‘C’mon’ to Lito as the Man Beast is relentless in his assault. The ECW original now begins a flurry of right hands whilst sitting on top of his opponent before getting back up and taking a back step, allowing Carlito room to breathe for the first time in this match it seems. Carlito gets back up to his knees but is met with Rhyno right back on him. Rhyno brings the Apple Spitter to his feet fully before delivering a strong kick to the mid section before whipping Lito shoulder first into the barricade!! Another strong pop greets that move as Carlito rolls in agony, clutching onto his shoulder.

Rhyno heads right after Carlito once again, clearly wanting to inflict as much punishment as possible on his rival since Judgment Day. Rhyno brings Lito to his feet before delivering an elbow to the head and a big uppercut bbut Carlito responds with a hard shot of his own, showing some fighting spirit within him still. Rhyno looks to deliver another right but is met with a tiff kick to the gut from Lito who now delivers two uppercuts, one after the other before taking down Rhyno with a clothesline as the Man Beast’s head bounces off the mat on the outside and Carlito moves away to try and get a breather here.

Carlito rolls into the ring and lays on the mat for a few seconds before rising as he waits for Rhyno to return into this contest. It’s not too long a wait as Rhyno is gingerly back up and shows no hesitation in stepping inside the ring but is met by a waiting Carlito who immediately begins to stomp on Rhyno as he rolls back into the ring. Lito uses all his intelligence to not allow Rhyno back into this as the Caribbean superstar brings Rhyno, the expert in these type of matches up to his feet and strikes with a beautiful drop kick, almost knocking Rhyno out cold. Cover from Carlito..



Shoulder up from Rhyno to a decent pop. Carlito immediately gets back up and runs the ropes before dropping a hard elbow right into the chest of his opponent. Carlito then gestures to the crowd who instantly boo him. Lito then begins to take it to Rhyno, delivering some hard right and left stomps to the chest of Rhyno who is helpless right now in the match. Lito though brings the veteran up to his feet before delivering a big left uppercut, sending Rhyno back. Irish whip from Carlito but Rhyno reverses it and whips Lito toward the turnbuckle but Carlito hops onto the second rops, Rhyno charges but Lito connects with a springboard back elbow, sending Rhyno tumbling. Cover from Lito..



Shoulder up from the Man Beast as Carlito looks infuriated. The Coolest superstar on Friday nights decides it’s time to change things up a bit here and heads to the top rope, not always something the former U.S. champion looks to do. Carlito wobbles somewhat at first, looking a bit hesitant as Rhyno heads back to his feet, turns around, Carlito goes for a cross body off the top but nobody’s home!! Rhyno ducks out of the way as Carlito rolls through. Lito straight back to his feet and turns around right into the waiting Rhyno who delivers a kick to the gut before dropping Carly with a vicious DDT! Cover from the Man Beast..



Shoulder up from Carlito as Rhyno pounds the mat in frustration. The Man Beast has seen enough and heads to the outside and grabs a steel chair much to the fans delight. Rhyno heads back inside the ring and lines up the chair, ready to take Carlito’s head off, swings it, misses!! Carlito ducks it and spins Rhyno round, thumb to the eye from Lito before a snap mare take down and a vicious dropkick to the back of Rhyno’s head!! The impact sounded brutal as Carlito now applies sleeper hold, looking to drain his rival here.

The crowd egg Rhyno on, looking to find him some momentum to break the hold here. Rhyno does seem to find some strength, some resolve and fights his way back to a vertical base before delivering an elbow to the side of Lito’s head followed by another as he manages to break the hold before delivering a kick to the mid section. Irish whip from Rhyno, Carlito bounces back from the ropes right into a high knee from the Man Beast. Rhyno now points towards the chair! The master of the Gore picks up the chair and immediately begins hammering away at the back of Carlito, strong shot after another as the sound of steel on flesh is there for all to hear as Carlito grimaces in pain. Rhyno eventually lets off before roaring to the crowd who pop big time for that attack.

Rhyno now drops the chair and heads over to the corner of the ring before motioning for Lito to get up to his feet. The fans seem to know what time it is and rise to their feet, hoping, waiting for Rhyno to deliver a deadly Gore. Carlito slowly gets to his knees, holding his back in clear discomfort from the chair shots moments ago. Carly is up, turns around, GORE!! GORE CONNECTS!! BUT CARLITO ROLLS UNDER THE ROPES AND OUT OF THE RING!! A strong pop greets the gore but boos immediately follow as Carlito wisely rolls out of the ring as Rhyno looks on in frustration before heading to the outside.

The Man Beast brings Carlito up to his feet, looking to continue the assault. Rhyno strikes with a right hand before grabbing the back of Carly’s head and SMASHES it against the ringpost as Lito looks completely dazed. Rhyno now walks with Carlito towards the ramp as he grabs the left arm of Lito and whips him SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE STEEL STEPS!! Lito’s shoulder makes a big impact on the steps as he yells out in pain with Rhyno looking absolutely relentless here. Carlito pleads with Rhyno not to do any more damage but as Rhyno looks on with no remorse, staring Carlito dead in the eye before looking to pounce once again but Carlito, using all his intelligence again, sees Rhyno coming and takes him down with a drop toe hold as Rhyno goes face first into the steel steps!!

Carlito gets slowly to his feet before looking to get Rhyno up also. Carly tosses the Man Beast inside the ring and follows suit. Lito delivers two stiff kicks, flat out into the ribs of Rhyno who squeals almost before delivering one more kick to the ribs and heading across towards that dangerous steel chair. Carlito smashes the chair against the mat, clearly building towards what he’s about to do to Rhyno. Some of the crowd are on their feet, clearly worried by what they’re about to see, BUT WAIT!! BOOKER T!! The crowd begin to cheer as Booker T comes charging down the ramp, clearly not wanting to see his friend get hurt here tonight!! Booker charges into the ring and both he and Carlito trade blows immediately!! The crowd are right behind Booker here who gets the upper hand, knocking Carlito back into the turnbuckle before delivering a flurry of rights to which Carly has no response to. Booker then picks up the steel chair as the crowd rise again, wanting to see Booker take out the Apple Spitter. Booker looks set to smash Carlito’s skull in but the chair is pulled back by Rhyno?!? There’s some confusion as the two look at each other and Rhyno yells at Booker ‘THIS IS MY MATCH, I’M DOIN’ THIS ALONE’. Booker looks at Rhyno before saying ‘I was only tryna’ help you dawg’. Rhyno shakes his head before Booker is smashed from behind by Carlito! Booker is taken down and Rhyno takes a second to realise what’s happened before LOW BLOW!! BLANTANT LOW BLOW, A BOOT RIGHT WHERE IT HURTS FROM CARLITO TO RHYNO!! Carlito then spins Rhyno round right into a BACKSTABBER!! Cover from Lito..




It’s Over!!

Winner: Carlito(10:37)

Michael Cole: Damn it!! Carlito weasels his way to yet another victory!! Booker T was tryin’ to stop Carlito from takin’ Rhyno’s head off, only for it to backfire in a BIG way.

Tazz: Look at that smile on Carlito’s face Cole. He knows that his plan is workin’ to a tee and this tension between Booker T and Rhyno just keeps on building here man.

Booker looks on up the ramp at a back tracking Carlito who takes a bite of his apple and soaks in the heat he’s receiving. Booker then holds his hands out, looking dejected as Carlito laughs. Booker then turns around and BAM!! Rhyno smashes the steel chair across the skull of Booker T much to the horror of the Boise fans!


Tazz: I told ya Cole!! The tension has been building’ and Rhyno has just SNAPPED!!

Rhyno then gets in Booker T’s face whispering words we can’t quite make out as we see Carlito looking on with a joyous, yet shocked look on his face as his plan seems to have firmly gone through here tonight before Rhyno exit’s the ring to big heat also.

Michael Cole: Booker T was only out here to help his friend out. He was lookin’ out for Rhyno as he has done since this whole thing began Tazz. I thought that Rhyno had the same intentions, to look out for Booker T but clearly Rhyno is only looking out for himself.

Tazz: I don’t blame him Cole. Booker T’s cost him before and he’s cost him again here tonight. Rhyno goin’ out and looking after his own back now could be the best damn move of his career.


We return and head backstage to see Carlito walking down the hall, when he’s approached by Josh Matthews.

Josh Matthews: Carlito, we uh, we failed to get the chance to speak to Rhyno after what just transpired. Can we get your thoughts on this whole situation and where you go from here with both Booker T and Rhyno?

Carlito: Ha ha. Josh what do ju take Carlito for huh?

Matthews looks puzzled.

Carlito: Ju wanted to talk to Rhyno instead of Carlito? Dat, dat’s not cool. Ju should ALWAYS wanna talk to Carlito because Carlito will tell ju exactly how it is, believe me on dat one. What just happened was what Carlito has expected to happen ever since Judgment Day.

Carlito brushes his ‘fro before continuing.

Carlito: See Carlito knew, Carlito knew that those two idiots couldn’t get along and finish what they tried to start. Ju should all understand dat Carlito never wanted to embarrass Booker T. No. Dis whole thing comes from Carlito trying to help Booker T. Carlito challenged Booker T for Judgment Day in the hope, in the chance dat Carlito could bring the real Booker T back, the old Booker T, the Booker T who could actually stand a chance inside dat ring wit’ a guy like Carlito.

Heat for the Apple Spitter.

Carlito: But. But, but, but Josh, dat didn’t happen and ju know why dat didn’t happen right? Because Rhyno didn’t let it happen. Carlito told Rhyno to stay away, Carlito beat him down backstage, Carlito holds his hands up on dat one but Carlito did dat for Booker T’s own good Josh . Carlito’s issues wit’ Rhyno began from dat and Carlito’s issues wit’ Booker T began from dat.

Carlito pauses.

Carlito: Carlito never had a problem wit’ Booker T. UNTIL Booker T started takin’ Rhyno’s side. He started to look out for his ‘friend’. Well Booker, ju just saw out there dat in the WWE, there are no friends. Das why Carlito ONLY looks out for Carlito and das why ju find jurself hitting rock bottom Booker. Carlito has got NO sympathy for ju.

Heat for Lito again.

Carlito: Where does Carlito go from here wit’ those two ju ask Josh? Well it’s real simple, Carlito does to both of dem exactly what he’s been doing since Judgent Day and dat is embarrassing them time and time again. Maybe then they will both realise that issues wit’ Carlito are issues dat they cannot resolve. And dat? Josh, das cool.

Carlito leaves tossing his apple and having a wry smile on his face as we head back ringside.

Michael Cole: Well I’m not buyin’ that Carlito’s been ‘looking out’ for Booker T. I’m not buyin’ it at all. Carlito has been wanting Rhyno and Booker T to come to blows ever since Judgment Day and tonight he got his wish.

Tazz: We gotta take his word for it Cole. All we do know for sure is that Booker T and Rhyno ain’t just got Carlito in mind anymore, they got each other too.


The music of Chris Masters hits and out comes the Masterpiece to small heat, looking in a foul mood.

Michael Cole: Well here’s a man who has had a rough few weeks recently partner. Masters suffered his first defeat since being drafted to Smackdown at the hands of Psicosis, one of the debuting Mexicools. The following week, the troublesome trio captured Masters backstage and held him in their posession before the week after ha.ha, they hung Masters up in the sky and beat him like a pinata!!

Tazz: Those Mexicools are some crazy dudes Cole but ya had to feel sorry for Chris Masters. There was nothing he could do!!

Michael Cole: Well we learned during the week that the Mexicools did finally allow Chris Masters free but ONLY at the request of Teddy Long. The Smackdown General Manager then granted Chris Masters a match here tonight against the craziest of the Mexican trio, that man of course being Super Crazy! Should be a real challenge for both men here tonight in Boise.

‘Muy Loco’

The Mexicools do then make their way out on their Juan Deere’s to a decent pop as they shout out all sorts of nonsense with Juvi leading the pack.

Michael Cole: They promised that they’d come to Smackdown and make Friday nights fun again. Well Tazz, I think the Mexicools have succeeded in doing just that so far.

Tazz: Absolutely Cole. These three men, as well as being three highly entertainin’, fun lovin’ guys, they can go inside that ring. Make no mistake about it, Chris Masters found that out when he took on Psicosis and he’s gonna find that out again tonight wit’ Super Crazy.

Match Three: Singles Match

Super Crazy vs. Chris Masters

Masters looks to physically dominate his smaller opponent from the get go but Crazy uses all his speed and agility to dodge his way around the Masterpiece. The opening minute or two are fairly cat and mouse like as Masters continues to be on the offensive but Crazy continues to duck and dive before eventually getting the upper hand on the big man, taking him down with a massive dropkick. The dropkick is met with a resounding cheer from the fans as Crazy goes for an early pinfall..


Kick out by Masters. The high flying Mexican was straight on Masters’ back following that early near fall, looking to use his speed and agility to stop his more powerful opponent. As Masters got back to his feet he was met with a series of kicks to the chest, followed by right hands before whipping Masters across the ring, the Masterpiece flies back off the ropes and is met with a beautiful spinning wheel kick from Crazy!! The fans go wild as Juvi and Psicosis squeal on the outside in delight at their fellow Mexicools performance here.

A turning point in the match though comes as Crazy decides to head up to the top rope. The fans get on the edge of their seats as they await to see what the Insane Luchador can pull off. Masters gets up gingerly to his feet and turns around, Crazy goes for a flying cross body but Masters catches him!! Masters begins to crack a smile for the first time in some time and slams Crazy down hard on the mat before taking a second to catch his breath. The Masterpiece then showing real aggression, almost charges at Crazy before bringing him to his feet and whipping the Mexicool member across the ring and into the turnbuckle as Masters sprints right after him and delivers a thunderous clothesline.

Crazy holds his chest before Masters delivers two strong kicks to the mid section before placing Crazy on the top rope. Michael Cole and Tazz wonder just what the Masterpiece has in store for Crazy here as he looks to seize his advantage. Masters has Crazy sat on the top rope as he climbs to the second rope, Masters puts his arm round the neck of Crazy, he’s not gonna do it is he? Masters goes one higher on the ropes, superplex time from the top rope!! But NO!! Juventud Guerrera grabs Masters attention whilst Psicosis diverts the referee’s attention on the other side of the ring! Masters lets go of the hold to have words with the Mexicool’s leader before Juvi slaps Masters!! The fans go wild as Masters stares intently at Juvi, looking real pissed off here. The big man looks to go after him but Crazy pushes Piece off the top rope!! Masters rolls over and back up to his feet, only to be met with a HUGE Missile Dropkick!! Crazy goes for the cover!!




He got him!!

Winner: Super Crazy(5:33)

Michael Cole: THEY DID IT AGAIN!! The Mexicools put one over on Chris Masters for the second time here tonight on Smackdown!! What can Chris Masters do to put an end to all this?!

Tazz: Ha ha. Cole these dudes are just too damn smart for Masters. It’s three on one baby and the Masterpiece don’t know which way to turn!

Masters slams his fists against the mat as the trio celebrate, juping on their Juan Deere’s and riding off up the ramp with Piece scowling inside the ring, looking lost and confused after being defeated again by one of the Mexicools.

We then head backstage where we see a crowd of superstars and officials surrounding the floor in a circle. The camera then zooms closer and gets through in the circle where we see a seemingly unconscious RANDY ORTON. Orton is stone cold out of it as trainer’s shout his name but Orton doesn’t respond as they begin to call for more help. We then see a speedy Teddy Long enter the fray


Trainer: It’s Randy, he’s unconscious Teddy. We don’t know what happened, we just found him lying here.

Teddy Long: Who told you he was here? Who brought ya to him?

Trainer: A bunch of the guys here told us, we got here as soon as we found out.

The camera then turns and shows several superstars, all of no real relevance as we see Snitsky, Nunzio, Hardcore Holly and Sylvain Grenier.

Teddy Long: You see anything? Y’all didn’t see Kurt Angle or JBL around here at all?

The trainers, superstars and officials all say no as Teddy shakes his head, looking extremely worried about what to do after what’s happened to Randy Orton.

Michael Cole: Randy Orton is uh, he’s out cold folks. There is absolutely no chance now that Randy Orton will be able to face John Cena here tonight and earn his WWE title shot. What is Teddy Long gonna do?! Who will face John Cena now here tonight on Smackdown?!


We return and see a replay of what we saw before the commercials before we head backstage and we head into Teddy Long’s office. Long has a stern look on his face before the camera pans and we see both Kurt Angle and John Bradshaw Layfield. The sight of the duo is met with heat as ever.

Teddy Long: John, Kurt, I called ya in here due to the situation we got wit’ Randy Orton.

John Bradshaw Layfield: What situation Teddy?

Teddy Long: Don’t act like you don’t know playa.

Kurt Angle: Teddy we don’t know anything. Could you fill us in here? What’s the ‘situation‘?

Teddy Long: Randy’s been attacked backstage, he’s completely out of it. He ain’t gonna be able to compete here tonight a’ight. Which brings me to the both of you.

JBL takes his hat off, looking concerned.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I..Is the kid alright? I mean I wouldn’t want anything bad happenin’ to him, he’s got a great future ahead of him.

Teddy Long: Don’t patronise me John. Now I wanna know where and what the both of you were doin’ when this took place.

Kurt Angle: Woah woah woah. Teddy are you seriously trying to accuse one of us here? If you’re trying to accuse me Teddy then you couldn’t have got this any more wrong. I may want John Cena and the WWE championship but I would NEVER do something like that to a fellow superstar.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And I likewise Teddy. Whether you wanna believe it or not. I, Kurt, we had nothing to do with what happened to Randy Orton here tonight. I give you my word on that Teddy. If that ain’t enough then well.. I don’t know what is.

JBL has a sarcastic prick look on his face as the two look like children being given a dressing down by their teacher.

Teddy Long: Look I ain’t gonna say I believe you but while there’s no proof I don’t really have a choice. Now as for tonight’s main event I gue…

John Bradshaw Layfield: Teddy I think it’s time we move on to that next port of call you mention and that regards our main event tonight. Now if I recall, earlier on tonight you told both myself and Kurt here that we would have to wait in line for a shot at the WWE championship. Well correct me if I’m wrong, that line just got cut down.

Heat for the Wrestling God who slyly smiles.

Kurt Angle: Teddy, we told you earlier on here tonight that you were losing control and what’s happened with Randy Orton just furthers our point. You have lost control in a BIG way. I think it’s time you put your trust in us to put some pride back into this show.

Long grits his teeth, clearly unhappy about all of this as the fans boo.

Teddy Long: I don’t wanna do this but I ain’t got much choice. You got your wish a’ight. Tonight, our main event will now be John Cena versus Kurt Angle versus John Bradshaw Layfield and if either of you is victorious, you will earn yaself a titl opportunity at the Great American Bash.

Big heat for that announcement as both Angle and Layfield smile.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Teddy, I am SO glad we could see eye to eye eventually here tonight.

Layfield puts his hat back on before leaving with a huge grin on his face.

Kurt Angle: Teddy, you’ll send my well wishes to Randy Orton won’t ya now?

Angle also leaves smiling as Teddy Long shakes his head as we head back ringside.

Michael Cole: Well I think we found out just who attacked Randy Orton. Disgusting actions by both JBL and Kurt Angle here tonight. Forcing Randy Orton out of tonight’s main event whilst getting themselves inserted in and ya gotta feel for Teddy Long. He was left with pretty much no other choice here tonight.

Tazz: Innocent until proven guilty Cole. As much as I wanna believe that they did it, nobody’s got the proof. Ya gotta feel for Randy Orton man, missin’ out on a WWE title opportunity. BUT, major chance now tonight for both JBL and Kurt Angle.


The music of Rey Mysterio hits to a nice ovation and down comes the ultimate underdog, accompanied by his tag team partner Rob Van Dam all set for action.

Michael Cole: Last week was yet again a rough night for the duo of Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam as their pursuit of the Tag Team championships fell short with MNM yet again stealing a victory thanks to the antics of Melina. After the match last week Van Dam and Mysterio pleaded with Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro to give them the fair rematch they deserve and leave Melina out of things. Van Dam and Mysterio said that if they could defeat them without Melina, they would move to the back of the line as far as tag team title shots go. What do ya think to that offer Tazz?

Tazz: I’m torn Cole. If I’m MNM I would hear those words about the back of the line and be real tempted but at the same time Melina is the ace up their sleeve and they ain’t gonna wanna leave her in the back. Not a chance in my mind.

Mysterio’s opponent is already in the ring and is then introduced to the crowd. His opponent being none other than the Japanese Buzzsaw, Tajiri.

Match Four: Singles Match

Rey Mysterio vs. Tajiri

The two veteran Cruiserweights go toe to toe from the get go and it’s Mysterio who takes the early advantage as both men come out using their feet more than their hands in the opening stages. Mysterio eventually gains control, forcing Tajiri back with a series of hard kicks to the chest before a hard shot to the knee of the Japanese Buzzsaw sends him down to his knees as Rey Rey runs the ropes and looks to take Tajiri’s head off but he ducks it and instead rolls Rey up from behind into the cover!!


Kick out by Rey as Tajiri’s smart strategy to catch him off guard fails this time. Mysterio is up to his feet soon enough and is met by an oncoming Tajiri who runs the ropes before attempting a springboard cross body, CONNECTS! Mysterio though rolls through into the cover!! Clever from Rey Rey!!



Shoulder up from Tajiri this time as Mysterio now delivers some more kicks to the mid section of the former Cruiserweight champion. Mysterio brings Tajiri up before an irish whip to Tajiri, reversal, Mysterio bounces off the ropes, Tajiri ducks, looking for a back body drop but Rey sees it coming and manages to stop in his tracks before delivering a big kick to the face of Tajiri who is taken aback by it. Mysterio now looks to be in control and again whips Tajiri into the ropes, Tajiri comes right back at Rey who swings for the Japanese Buzzsaw but he ducks it, Tajiri runs through and rebounds off the opposite side, Mysterio looks to grab him but Tajiri delivers a beautiful hurricanrana taking Rey down!! Cover from Tajiri..



Kick out by Rey as RVD breathes a small sigh of relief before shouting ‘Come on Rey’ and the crowd begin to will Mysterio on. Tajiri senses an opportunity here and heads to the top rope as Mysterio slowly but surely makes his way to his feet. Tajiri sees Rey rising and goes flying from the top, looking for a Missile Dropkick but Rey sees it coming and gets out of dodge as Tajiri falls flat on his back. Mysterio now capitalises and grabs Tajiri by the back of the neck, falls backwards alongside his opponent to the ropes, using them as a spring and Mysterio sends Tajiri down with a big bulldog!!

The fans give a nice pop for this before Mysterio salutes them, drawing another nice pop. Tajiri slowly rises and Rey again charges right at him, looking for a right hand but Tajiri counters with a right of his own. The two trade blows before Tajiri swings and Rey ducks it, Rey runs the ropes, Tajiri the opposite side. Tajiri comes charging at Rey who steps aside and drops Tajiri with a drop toe hold! Tajiri falls face first into the ropes, primed for Mysterio to finish this off now!! The fans come alive as Mysterio CONNECTS WITH A BIG IMPACT 619!! Tajiri rolls into the centre of the ring before rising as Rey heads up top before DROPPIN DA DIME!! Cover by Rey…




It’s Over!

Winner: Rey Mysterio(5:05)

Michael Cole: A BIG victory here tonight for Rey Mysterio!! The Ultimate Underdog showing all his usual determination, guts, never say d..


With Van Dam and Mysterio celebrating in the ring together we hear the music of MNM cutting Michael Cole off, but all we see appear through the curtain is Melina who heads onto the stage, mic in hand.

Melina: Rey, Rey, up here esse’, ha ha. Guys I heard your little request last week and myself, Joey and Johnny we discussed it at length and we came to a conclusion.

Van Dam mouths ‘Well what’s that then?’ Wait and see Rob.

Melina: We came to the conclusion that we accept your proposal for The Great American Bash.

Nice pop for that as Van Dam and Rey look thrilled to hear it.

Melina: Just remember these are your terms boys, not ours. I will not be at ringside for that match up. HOWEVER, if you lose then that is IT. You are done with MNM and you are done with the WWE Tag Team championships.

Heat for that mention but Mysterio nods.

Melina: Rob, Rey, the Great American Bash though is a month away so until then, boys, you’re gonna be seeing a whole lot more of me.

Heat for the evil Melina as she smiles slyly.

Melina: And you’re gonna be seeing a whole lot more… of them.

The fans are abuzz as Van Dam and Mysterio turn around right into Mercury and Nitro!! The tag champs take down the high flying duo with right hands before Nitro noists Mysterio up and delivers a sickening corkscrew neck breaker, looking to severly hurt Rey. Mercury then hoists Van Dam up and Nitro heads over and joins him as we then get a vicious snapshot to Van Dam from the champions!! The two then exit the ring to strong heat as Melina simply smiles on top of the stage, waiting for her boys to join her, looking on at the damage done here tonight

Micahel Cole: MNM have one upped Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam here tonight, make no mistake about it. But Tazz the match is now on!! At The Great American Bash, MNM will defend the WWE Tag Team championships against Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam. Melina will be banned from ringside, but if MNM can come out victorious, Mysterio and Van Dam will NOT get another shot at the gold.

Tazz: Huge stipulation Cole and one that I’ll admit, I didn’t expect MNM to agree to but we got ourselves a heck of a match up now, come The Great American Bash.

We cut backstage and see The Hurricane, who is greeted with a nice pop as he seems to be doing some exercise and stretches in his locker room. The Superhero soon stops however as the camera pans and we see Chavo Guerrero appear into shot, greeted with heat from the crowd.

Chavo Guerrero: I really, really hate to say I told ya so Greg. But uh, I told ya so.

Chavo smiles right in Hurricane’s face before continuing.

Chavo Guerrero: Last week I’ll admit, you gave a great performance out there man. You pushed Paul London ALL the way. But, you didn’t walk outta San Diego with the Cruiserweight title and I know, I know deep down, that’s gotta hurt you hasn’t it?

Hurricane puts his head down.

Chavo Guerrero: But hey, you could use this as a positive Greg, you really could. I mean, you’ve got the opportunity now to realise exactly what I’ve been telling you for the past month or so. This( pointing at Hurricane), this whole superhero thing, this little sham, it’s not you. It doesn’t work man, you don’t have any special powers, if ya did you’d be walkin’ round here with the Cruiserweight title right now wouldn’t you? You are Gregory Helms, I don’t know how many times I gotta tell you this man. You are one of the very best Cruiserweights in this business and you deserve to hold some gold around here. Paul London could NOT deal with Gregory Helms. No no no, that is a fact. He could just about deal w..wi..with..this.

Chavo has a disgusted look whilst pointing at Hurricane.

Chavo Guerrero: When Gregory? Tell me when you are finally gonna take my advice. Let me help you. Let me help rediscover who you really are, who you and I both know you really are. Let me help get you the Cruiserweight championship.

Hurricane has a puzzled look on his face and wait’s a moment as Chavo looks on, waiting. But Hurricane just walks out?? Chavo looks surprised but his surprised reaction soon turns into a small little smile before he rubs his hands together and we fade out into..


We return ringside as…


The sound of the former WWE champion’s music, JBL. The Wrestling God makes his way out in his limo, set for a big opportunity here tonight.

Michael Cole: Welcome back to Friday Night Smackdown folks and the man in your picture, along with Kurt Angle appeared to be set for a rough night here tonight. However, circumstances changed and I feel pretty safe in saying that those circumstances changed because of JBL and Kurt Angle. Randy Orton was scheduled to face John Cena here tonight, if Orton were to have been victorious he’d have earned a WWE title opportunity at The Great American Bash. Randy Orton was assaulted backstage, laid out cold, with him unable to compete, JBL and Kurt Angle now have the same opportunity that Randy Orton had here tonight.

Tazz: There’s no proof Cole. Kurt Angle, JBL, they are next in line for a WWE title opportunity and with Randy Orton outta the picture, Teddy Long did the right thing by givin’ these two their opportunity tonight.


The next participant in the triple threat match steps out to strong heat as the Wrestling Machine, Kurt Angle storms down the ramp.

Michael Cole: Kurt Angle has had his problems with John Cena for quite some time now, with Angle believing Cena is avoiding him, believing that Cena is afraid of him. Well here tonight we will see exactly how afraid John Cena really is.

Tazz: Well Cena has steered clear of Angle since he won the title and Cena did cost Angle a shot at his gold. I ain’t sayin’ Cena’s scared of Angle but it would appear that John Cena does know just how big a threat Kurt Angle is to that WWE title Cole.

‘My Time is Now’

The WWE champion then heads out to a strong ovation as he looks in no mood for eith JBL or Kurt Angle after what they ‘supposedly’ did here tonight to Randy Orton.

Michael Cole: Well say what you will but I don’t believe for one second that John Cena is afraid of anybody. John Cena never backs down from a challenge and ya gotta believe that John Cena will be out to exact some payback on these two men for what they did to him last week and for what they did to Randy Orton here tonight.

Tazz: Cena’s got guts, ain’t no doubt about it but tonight’s gonna be a heck of a challenge for the WWE champ man. JBL, the longest reigning WWE champion in Smackdown history and Kurt Angle, one of the greatest performers inside that ring. It’s gonna take a superhuman effort for John Cena to stop one of these two earnin’ a title shot here in Boise baby.

Match Five: Triple threat Match
(If JBL or Kurt Angle is victorious, they will earn a WWE title shot at The Great American Bash)

John Cena vs. Kurt Angle vs. John Bradshaw Layfield

Cena knows he’s right up against it here tonight now with both Angle and JBL gunning for him here. Cena is perhaps a bit hesitant at first, not sure if or when to make his move and he sits patiently as Angle and JBL look at one another, waiting to make their move also in this chess like beginning. Eventually the pair nod at one another and head over to Cena, double teaming the champion with firm right hands as Cena seems to have no response. The crowd begin an early ‘Cena’ chant and the champion begins to show all his usual gusto and fight as he responds with some right hands of his own, knocking JBL back slightly but can’t control Kurt Angle who’s been waiting to get his hands on Cena for a while. Angle delivers some stomps to the mid section of Cena who is tied up beside the turnbuckle now with Angle in control.

JBL returns and heads right on Cena, showing more aggression now following Cena’s fight back on him moments ago. Layfield hammers away at Cena, shoving Angle out of the way in the process before beginning to stomp away at the leader of the Chain Gang. Angle though then pushes Layfield outta the way and he begins to stomp at the champion, with real aggression being displayed here. JBL though has seen enough and pulls Angle away but this time Angle gets in his face. The two start exchanging words with one another as tension builds. There isn’t a chance however for the two to come to blows as Cena somehow finds an explosion from nowhere and launches himself taking down both men with a big double clothesline!! Cena’s pumped up now and brings JBL to his feet before whipping his long time rival across the ring, Layfield rebounds off the ropes and Cena delivers a nice big back body drop but Cena is rolled up from behind by Angle!!



Shoulder up from Cena as Angle almost pulls off a quick victory. Angle then brings Cena to his feet before delivering an uppercut to the champ but Cena responds and the two exchange blows with Cena getting on top. Cena now whips Angle into the ropes, Angle though hangs on, Cena charges at Angle but Angle pulls the ropes down and Cena goes flying to the outside, landing hard onto the floor! Angle goes out to follow him but is drawn back in by JBL who pokes Angle in the eye before he tries a roll up now!!



Kick out from Angle who clutches his face as JBL and Angle’s brief alliance is clearly over here and Layfield begins to stomp away at Angle before dropping an elbow on the Wrestling Machine. JBL then slowly, methodically walks and bounces himself off the ropes before connecting right onto the chest, almost throat of Kurt Angle with a massive leg drop!! Angle continues clutching his face before holding his neck, clearly in discomfort here as the Wrestling God takes control here. JBL brings Angle to his feet and delivers a hard uppercut to angle before whipping him into the turnbuckle and heading right after him, JBL unloads on Angle with some more right hands before pulling Angle into him and using that momentum to connect with a clothesline. Angle in a world of trouble right now but so too may be JBL as we see John Cena hop onto the apron!!

Cena doesn’t get the chance to get in the ring as JBL switches his attention to him and looks to strike but Cena blocks it and delivers a right of his own before managing to get through the ropes and back into the ring. JBL is back up and charges at Cena but he ducks it, JBL spins round again, Cena hoists him up, FU!! NO!! JBL elbows Cena in the back of the head, breaking his grip as he wriggles away from the champion. Cena turns around right into a BIG BOOT FROM JBL!! Layfield goes for the cover!!



Angle breaks it up!! Angle back to his feet and brings JBL up too, clearly enraged by Layfield’s attack minutes ago. Angle starts unleashing right hands on the Wrestling God before a kick to the gut and Angle connects with a big snap suplex before roaring to the crowd who give a decent pop too. Angle goes across for the cover but Cena is up and kicks Angle in the back of the neck as Cena brings his recent rival to his feet. Cena with a knee to the midsection before looking for a running bulldog but Angle pushes Cena off of him into the ropes, Angle charges at him and takes Cena over the top with a clothesline but takes himself over too!! Both men hit the outside and hold their heads in pain here as the match takes a big twist here with all three men down right now.

JBL is first up of the three men after a couple of minutes of slowly bringing themselves to their feet. Layfield inside the ring, realises Angle and Cena are nowhere to be seen and heads to the outside with both other competitors up to their knees. Layfield goes after Cena first, delivering a knee to the gut before launching Cena face first into the ringpost!! Cena’s skull rebounds off the post quite sickeningly as Layfield lets out a wry smile. The Wrestling God then turns his attention to Angle and again delivers a kick to the gut before trying to launch Angle into the opposite ringpost but Angle blocks it and instead smashes JBL’s head off of it!! Angle’s actions are met with a strong pop as JBL writhes in pain on the floor as Angle relentlessly stomps away at the fallen JBL.

Angle then sees the announce table and anticipation begins to build as Angle heads over towards it and takes off the lid before clearing the table of its monitors and whatever else lie on there. Angle then heads over to JBL and brings him to his feet before tossing him onto the announce table and delivering some elbows to the temple of Layfield, looking to make sure he can’t go anywhere. Angle sets JBL up right how he wants before Angle heads back into the ring! Michael Cole begins to worry about what Angle has in mind here but the crowd couldn’t care less and begin to get on their feet as Angle heads to the top rope! Angle makes his way up the ropes and gets to the top but he’s met by John Cena!! Cena is up on the apron now and pushes Angle off the top and down into the barricade with Angle landing hard on his shoulder as the champ gets a decent pop, however a few are disappointed they didn’t see Angle go flying.

Cena walks down the steps and heads after Angle, bringing him to his feet before looking to whip him back into the barricade but Angle reverses it and sends Cena crashing into it!! Cena gets a taste of exactly what Angle just felt as the No Disqualification element of a Triple threat match comes into play big time here. Angle heads over to Cena and drops down to the floor before beginning to hammer away with right hands on Cena, yelling at the champion that ‘You’ve been tryin’ to avoid this for too long’. Angle then brings Cena up to his feet and spins around before tossing the champion into the ring, Angle goes to follow him but is spun round again as JBL is back up!! JBL spins Angle around and delivers some right hands before a head butt takes Angle down!! Layfield has a stern look on his face and looks behind him where he sees the TV monitor and he grabs it, evil intentions clearly in mind here for the Wrestling God.

JBL toys with Angle, kicking him gently as he wriggles round the floor before picking Angle up to his feet and lining the Olympic Gold Medalist up before SMASHING him across the skull with the TV monitor to strong heat. JBL looks focused and intense here as he tells Angle to stay down before tossing the monitor and heading inside the ring to try and finish off Cena who is beginning to stir. Cena is to his knees as JBL clubs him across the neck with a right hand before bringing him up. JBL with a kick to the gut before hoisting Cena up and delivering a vicious suplex to the champion! JBL goes for a cover..



Shoulder up by Cena much to the fans delight. JBL looks disgruntled and tells the referee something we can’t quite pick up. JBL brings Cena up once again but Cena draws a new lease of life from somewhere, striking JBL with right hand after right hand. Cena then whips JBL against the ropes before delivering a big back body drop to Layfield! JBL gets straight back up though and Cena scoops him up before delivering a big sidewalk slam as JBL charges at him. Cena building real momentum here before running the ropes and taunts JBL with the ‘You Can’t see Me’ sign before Cena drops JBL with a big fist!! The crowd are now on their feet as they await Cena finishing this off!! JBL slowly gets up but we see Kurt Angle appearing on the apron, clearly still dazed from the monitor shot and Angle is also busted open! Angle steps through the ropes and charges at Cena but Cena hoists Angle up now!! Angle’s about to go for an FU but JBL RE-EMERGES AND TAKES CENA’S HEAD OFF WITH A BIG BOOT!! JBL goes for a cover but from behind Kurt Angle LOCKS IN THE ANKLE LOCK!!

JBL has nowhere to go, nowhere to turn as Angle locks in the deadly submmission. JBL’s hand is about to hit the mat with John Cena slowly rolling around the mat, not gonna be able to make it in time. JBL’s hand is coming down as the fans go wild!! BUT IT’S NOT FOR ANGLE!! IT’S FOR RANDY ORTON!! ORTON ENTERS THE RING AND SMASHES ANGLE FROM BEHIND!! RANDY ORTON UNLOADING ON ANGLE HERE!!


Tazz: You gotta be kiddin’ me!?! Orton was taken out COLD Cole!!

Orton begins to stomp away at Angle but the Wrestling Machine uses all his smarts and rolls out of the ring with the Legend Killer looking furious here. We then see JBL getting back to his knees and Orton goes berserk, delivering a massive kick to the ribs of Layfield, followed by another as Orton drops down and begins delivering right hands but JBL too rolls out of the ring as Orton lets out all his anger with a strong yell to the crowd who actually give the Legend Killer a nice pop.

Winner: No contest(13:09)


The Smackdown GM steps out on stage as Orton still irate looks on as John Cena is now up to his feet and stands inches away from Orton before we see a fleeing Kurt Angle and JBL who back up the ramp.

Teddy Long: Hold on just a second there playas. Now I am sick of everything that’s been goin’ on between the four o’ you in recent weeks. Tonight has pushed me to da absolute limit. Randy Orton didn’t get his opportunity, Kurt Angle, JBL ya didn’t get yours. And John Cena, I can guarantee that you wanna get your own shot at payback on all three o’ these men.

Cena nods, saying ‘Oh yeah’.

Teddy Long: So what I propose is this. The Great American Bash, July 24th we will see John Cena defend the WWE championship in a FATAL 4-WAY MATCH against Randy Orton, John Bradshaw Layfield and Kurt Angle!!

HUGE pop for that as Cena looks pleased, as does Orton. JBL and Angle less so but both now in the knowledge that they get their shot at The Great American Bash.

Michael Cole: A HUGE announcement from Teddy Long here tonight! John Cena will defend the WWE title at The Great American Bash against not one, not two but THREE opponets in a Fatal-4-way match against Randy Orton, JBL and Kurt Angle!

Tazz: Blockbuster Cole. Absolutely blockbuster.

Michael Cole: Buffalo, New York, get ready. One month from tonight, John Cena will walk in as the WWE champion but who will walk out with the championship around their waist?! What a match up, Fatal 4 way!! We’ll see you next week everybody!! Goodnight!

We close the show with all four men staring a hole through one another.

Current Great American Bash Card: 24th July 2005: Buffalo; New York

WWE Championship: Fatal 4 Way match
John Cena(c) vs Kurt Angle vs John Bradshaw Layfield vs Randy Orton

WWE Tag Team Championships
(Melina is banned from ringside; If Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam lose they will not receive another title opportunity whilst MNM are champions

MNM(c) vs Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam

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Re: WWE 2005: Raising the Bar.

Official Vengeance Preview

Date: 26th June 2005
Location: Thomas & Mack Center; Las Vegas; Nevada

World Heavyweight Championship
Batista© vs. Triple H

A feud that has been ongoing ever since Batista won the Royal Rumble back in January may very well come to an end this Sunday in Las Vegas as the Animal and the Game do battle one more time for the World Heavyweight title. Batista captured the gold on the bigget stage of them all at Wrestlemania, defeating his former mentor, his former leader, his former friend Triple H and at Vengeance the Cerebral Assassin will get his one on one rematch with Hunter firmly believing that the championship will return ‘home’.

Batista’s reign thus far has seen him defeat both Triple H and Chris Jericho at Backlash in a controversial triple threat match. Despite that victory Triple H has still yet to be convinced that the Animal has what it takes to be ‘the man’ on Monday Night Raw, labelling Batista’s victory at Wrestlemania and his championship reign as a ‘fluke’. Batista however is intent on laying rest to those claims and has vowed to take on any and all challenges, including this rematch at Vengeance which has been dubbed by both men as an all out ‘war’.

Triple H held his hands up and admitted that Batista won the battle at Wrestlemania but declared that it was exactly that, just one battle. When it comes down to ‘war, Trips has always come out on top in his eyes, fending off such greats as Mick Foley, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin but this time Batista believes things are going to very different. The Animal gave a heartfelt speech declaring that Triple H does indeed usually win the war but he usually wins it with a little bit of help on the side. Batista stated that over the years he’s had help ranging from Shawn Michaels, Chyna, the New Age Outlaws, Ric Flair, Randy Orton and even Batista himself. This time Triple H doesn’t have that back up and Batista believes it will show come Vengeance.

Triple H on the other hand feels that this Sunday he will prove once again exactly why he is that damn good and will walk out of Las Vegas an eleven time World champion. The Game has stated repeatedly that he always, ALWAYS finds a way to win the war and that when Batista enters the war zone for the first time, he’s gonna be in for a shock. Will Triple H once again win the war this Sunday and take home the World Heavyweight title? Or will Batista prove he’s a whole lot more than a fluke champion and defeat his former mentor yet again for the richest prize in the game? It promises to be a hellacious battle this Sunday from the Thomas & Mack Center

Shawn Michaels vs. ?
(If Shawn Michaels wins, he receives a World title shot; If Shawn Michaels loses he becomes the property of Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff)

A match of real intrigue here as Shawn Michaels heads into Vengeance not knowing just who his opponent will be. Since Wrestlemania the Heartbreak Kid has endured a torrid time in trying to earn a rematch with Kurt Angle falling short at every hurdle. The first of which was the draft lottery where unfortunately for the Showstopper, he and Angle were kept separated. Michaels then pleaded with Eric Bischoff to trade him to Smackdown but Bischoff refused, citing that a Michaels/Angle rematch would mean big money and it was a match that had to happen on his show, not Smackdown.

The final opportunity for Michaels came as it was revealed that Kurt Angle’s contract on Smackdown was running down and it was at that point in which Eric Bischoff made a last ditch plea to persuade Kurt Angle to sign a contract with Raw. Kurt however refused and opted to stay on Friday nights, much to the GM’s disappointment along with HBK. With every possibility now out of the window, Michaels realised it was indeed time to switch his attention elsewhere and that attention was diverted to the World Heavyweight title. The Showstopper deemed that Eric Bischoff, after failing to get Kurt Angle over to Monday nights, owed him a favour. That favour being a championship opportunity. Eric Bischoff wasn’t having any of it though and told the Heartbreak Kid he wouldn’t back down for anybody and that he was the boss around here, not Shawn Michaels. Michaels would proceed to deliver a does of Sweet Chin Music to Easy E, much to the delight of the Raw fans.

After weeks of tormenting the General Manager, Michaels would eventually get the chance he was after as Eric Bischoff gave into HBK’s request and gave him an opportunity for this Sunday at Vengeance. Bischoff told Michaels that he would receive an opportunity at the World title if he could defeat a superstar of Bischoff’s choosing at Vengeance, HOWEVER, if Michaels was defeated he would become the property of the Raw GM. Michaels realised the sticky situation he’d been placed in but accepted Bischoff’s challenge and vowed to achieve his goal this Sunday. Who will be handpicked by the Raw GM to take down Shawn Michaels? Will it be a blast from Michaels’ past, a returning superstar or perhaps even the chance for somebody to debut? Will luck be on the Showstopper’s side as we head to the city of sin? Or will Eric Bischoff stop him in his tracks once again and ensure the Heartbreak Kid must join forces with him?

Edge vs. Chris Jericho
A match that has been building intensely over on Raw since Wrestlemania when Edge captured the Money in the Bank briefcase. Edge earned himself a World title opportunity anytime in the next twelve months by climbing a ladder and taking home the briefcase but one man that didn’t sit well with was Y2J. Jericho believed the briefcase should have been his and told Edge that he would never amount to anything, that he was simply a Chris Jericho wannabe. The Rated R Superstar was less than impressed by Jericho’s claims and told Jericho that he was simply stuck in the past, too reliant on his former accmomplishments and that he was the future of this company, not Jericho.

The feud really kicked into gear at Backlash when Jericho competed for the World title against Batista and Triple H. Jericho looked to be on the verge of capturing his second World title, only for Edge to come down and thwart that by looking but failing to cash in his title shot midway through the match. Jericho was taken out of the picture as Batista retained, whilst Edge’s own attempts at the title were thwarted too. Jericho wouldn’t forget Edge’s interference and vowed to take revenge but two week later, Jericho met Triple H one on one with the winner earning a shot at the World title. Jericho came within an inch of winning the contest but it would be Edge again who stuck his nose in and smashed Jericho across the skull with his Money in the Bank briefcase!

Jericho however would gain payback the following week when Edge looked to cash in once more only for Chris Jericho cost him this time around, coming down to the ring and taking down Mr.MITB. That night though Jericho too would have a title shot, the Intercontinental title when he faced Muhammad Hassam. Jericho looked as though he was all set to capture the gold only for, you guessed it, Edge to yet again cost Jericho. With the rivalry building, Eric Bischoff announced the two would square off at Vengeance with Jericho getting his chance at retribution in Las Vegas whilst Edge would get the chance to further his claim that it is he who will be the future of Monday Night Raw, not the Ayatollah of Rock ‘N Rolla. Who will get their wish this Sunday? Will Jericho get his Vengeance? Or will Edge prove his point and stake his claim to be the figurehead of the future here in the WWE

Christian w/Tomko vs. Ric Flair

This rivalry has really become heated in the past couple of weeks and this Sunday the fire will no doubt be lit inside of both superstars as they do battle. At Backlash Ric Flair returned as a guest on Christian’s talk show ‘The Peep Show’. Flair was all set for a big announcement, which was believed to be retirement however the loudmouth that is Captain Charisma refused to let it happen. Christian stated that Flair needed to pass the torch before he walked away and proclaimed that Flair hadn’t done it all until he’d faced and beaten him. Flair though refused to back down and was all set to finish his career there and then only for Christian and Problem Solver, Tomko to attack the Nature Boy and lay him out.

In the coming weeks Christian would taunt Flair, claiming that he was afraid of facing Captain Charisma and that he could not beat him. Christian begged for Flair to return and to give him the match he desperately desired. Christian told the world that it was Flair’s duty to pass the torch before he retired and that there was nobody better to take the torch and start a new era than him. Christian even proclaimed that he was the new Nature Boy, the new Ric Flair. Flair would eventually return to Raw and would listen to Christian’s plea. Flair however refused Christian’s challenge and stated that he was done for good. Christian though then changed his tune and instead of being his usual smug, arrogant self, Christian gave a heartfelt speech to Flair, telling him that he needed this match to kickstart his career and to take him to the next level. Flair began to see Christian’s side of things and accepted the challenge, declaring that everybody needed this kind of opportunity at one point in their career. Christian then offered his hand to Flair who accepted and the match was set only for Christian to once AGAIN sneak attack Flair and lay out the Nature Boy.

It’d again be a few weeks before we saw Naitch again and when he returned he teamed with Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho to face Tomko, Edge and Christian. Flair looked to have the fire back inside of him, seemingly not missing a beat as he took it to the three young superstars. The end of the match however would see a horrific twist in things as Flair was beaten down by the three men and taken apart ruthlessly with a brutal con-chair-to from both Edge and Christian. Flair was completely taken out cold as Christian showed a real evil look in his eyes, a look not seen before as he continued to make his mark on Naitch. Six nights before the big showdown though, Flair spoke live via satellite to J.R. and told the world that Christian had done him a favour, before thanking Christian for allowing him to find himself once again and for allowing the fire inside of him to be lit once more as Flair vowed to tear Christian apart this Sunday.

Will the torch be passed Sunday night? Can Captain Charisma finish what he’s started and defeat Ric Flair? Or will the Nature Boy prove exactly why he’s still the man to beat in the WWE today and that the torch is still very much his to hold? It is sure to be an intense, personal battle this Sunday in Vegas

WWE Intercontinental Championship: 2 on 1 Handicap Match
(Charlie Haas is banned from ringside; Shelton Benjamin can pin EITHER man to win the title)
Muhammad Hassan© and The Great Khali vs. Shelton Benjamin

At Backlash Muhammad Hassan captured the Intercontinetal title, defeating Shelton Benjamin thanks to the help of Daivari and two unknown men. Those two men would later turn out to be Sonjay Dutt and The Great Khali as Muhammad Hassan formed a group now known as ‘The Arabian Entity’. The Entity proved far too much to handle for Shelton Benjamin as the numbers game really caught up with him and his quest for Intercontinetal gold looked to be fading. However the draft came around and over to Raw came Shelton’s former tag team partner Charlie Haas and his arrival couldn’t have been more timely as the duo reunited together as the World’s Greatest Tag Team and have since set out to help Shelton recapture the Intercontinetal title.

This Sunday though it will be a monstrous challenge for Benjamin. Having crossed paths with General Manager Eric Bischoff in recent weeks, Bischoff decided to punish Benjamin by banning Charlie Haas from ringside and forcing him to take on not just the Intercontinental champion but also his 7’3 inch giant, The Great Khali. Benjamin and Haas have built some momentum in recent weeks, scoring tag team victories over the Entity, however with Benjamin going it alone this Sunday it is sure to be a whole different story.

Will Benjamin be able to pull off one of the biggest upsets in recent memory? Or will Muhammad Hassan and his behemoth enforcer leave Vegas with the Intercontinental championship still in their grasp

WWE Women’s Championship: No Disqualification Match
Trish Stratus© vs. Victoria

A rivalry that has boiled over will end this Sunday in a No Disqualification environment as Trish Stratus puts her gold up for grabs against the crazed, pyschotic, Victoria. Victoria came up short at Backlash in taking the gold but has been hell bent since then on not only winning the Women’s title but in the process punishing Trish Stratus. One moment of note took place a few weeks back as we went backstage to find that Trish Stratus had been taken out by a mystery attacker, however that mystery was soon to be answered as Victoria refused to take the blame, sarcastically vowing to hunt down Trish’s attacker. Of course it was infact Victoria who did the damage and ever since then Trish has had the upper hand on the number one contender.

Trish has clearly been riled by what happened and has hunted down Victoria week after week but has failed to get her hands on her rival. This Sunday she will get that opportunity as Victoria has nowhere to run and nowhere to hide as the No Disqualification element comes into play. We all know just how dangerous Victoria can be but with the fire in the eys of the champion, Trish is bound to be just as dangerous this Sunday night. Will Victoria show her devilish side and leave holding the title? Or will Trish fight fire with fire and take out her bitter rival once and for all? One thing’s for sure, you won’t wanna miss it

World Tag Team Championships: Triple Threat Match

The Dudley Boyz© vs. Sonjay Dutt and Daivari vs. The Basham Brothers

Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley are no strangers to three team rivalries following their historic battles in the past with Edge & Christian along with the Hardy Boyz. This Sunday, they step back into that environment as two new teams threaten their championship reign, Arabian Entity members Sonjay Dutt and Daivari along with Smackdown draftees, Doug and Danny Basham. Both teams have made the World Tag team titles their main goal since arriving on Raw and the Dudley Boyz know they’re in for a tough night this Sunday at Vengeance.

In recent weeks we’ve seen two triple threat singles match as the teams took turns to give each other a taster of what Vengeance will be like and on both occasions it went the way of the challengers. D-Von, Danny Basham and Daivari met a few weeks back with Danny Basham picking up the victory from under the nose of D-Von, infuriating both he and his partner Bubba. The following week would see Bubba, Sonjay Dutt and Doug Basham meet and again the Dudleyz would feel aggrieved as Sonjay Dutt this time picked up a huge victory.

With both challenging teams building momentum ahead of this Sunday’s clash, will we see new champions walking out of Las Vegas? Or will the Dudley Boyz experience in this situation lead them to victory in what is a major night for all three teams? Many people believe that the days of the Dudleyz reigning supreme on Raw are over, this Sunday we are sure to find out whether or not those suspicions are coming true

Mark Jindrak w/William Regal vs. Big Show

The emergence of Mark Jindrak in the last month or so has taken the WWE by storm as he, along with his mentor William Regal have set the biggest superstar on the Raw roster in their sights, The Big Show. After Big Show proclaimed his need for a challenge and for motivation, the giant was interrupted by the Englishman who appeared on stage as Big Show looked somewhat confused. Regal told Big Show that he had the perfect challenge to bring back Big Show’s spark back. Regal then sprung a huge shock on not only Big Show but the world as Show was turned around and beaten down by the youngster Jindrak. Jindrak and Regal proceeded to beat down Big Show in a vicious ambush which really put a marker down for the man now known as ‘The Protégé’.

Jindrak has been on a major roll in recent weeks to follow that, defeating Chris Jericho this past Monday on Raw whilst also pushing Batista to the limit before taking the Animal out with a steel chair. Jindrak has looked fierce and unphased by all the challenges he’s faced but this Sunday he will face his biggest one to date. Big Show has certainly found his spark again recent weeks and has been relentless in getting his hands on both Jindrak and Regal, successfully achieving the latter a few weeks back on Raw. Show hunted down Regal backstage before brutally assaulting the Brit, tossing him head first into a wall backstage, leaving Regal to sport a neck brace the following week.

Regal vowed revenge for that and he certainly got it as the duo agreed a deal with Triple H. Jindrak and Regal would soften Batista up during the ‘Protégé’s match with the champion before Triple H would take out Big Show backstage, leaving the Giant a bloody mess. Show is in no mood for the duo’s antics come this Sunday and you can be sure that he’ll be fully focused on teaching Jindrak a lesson in Las Vegas. Will Jindrak be able to slay the giant once and for all, proving just how dangerous he is? And what role will William Regal play in this contest? Or will we see Big Show prove exactly why he is one of the most feared superstars still to this day in the entire WWE

Prediction Template:

World Heavyweight Championship:
Batista© vs. Triple H

Shawn Michaels vs. ?
(If Shawn Michaels wins, he will get a World title shot; If Shawn Michaels loses he will become the property of Raw General Manager, Eric Bischoff)

Edge vs. Chris Jericho

Christian vs. Ric Flair

WWE Intercontinental Championship: 2 on 1 Handicap Match:
(Charlie Haas is banned from ringside; Shelton Benjamin can pin EITHER man to win the title)
Muhammad Hassan© and The Great Khali vs. Shelton Benjamin

WWE Women’s Championship: No Disqualifications Match:
Trish Stratus© vs. Victoria

World Tag Team Championships: Triple Threat Match:
The Dudley Boyz© vs. Sonjay Dutt and Daivari vs. The Basham Brothers

Mark Jindrak vs. Big Show

Bonus Points

Predict the match order:

Which match will be longest?

Which match will be the shortest?

How many championships will change hands?

Which team will take the fall in the Tag title match?

Who will Eric Bischoff choose to face Shawn Michaels

Would love some predictions from everybody and the winner will get something, not sure what, but something lol. Any feedback for Smackdown would still be appreciated. Expect Vengeance some time next week.

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Re: WWE 2005: Raising the Bar.

I haven't got time to give you a review of Smackdown man, but I can take a few mins to leave some predictions. Should be good to review the ppv at some point next week imo.

Prediction Template:

World Heavyweight Championship:
8. Batista© vs. Triple H
I don't see any reason why Batista should lose now, especially not to Triple H. 'The Animal' retains.

7.Shawn Michaels vs. ?
(If Shawn Michaels wins, he will get a World title shot; If Shawn Michaels loses he will become the property of Raw General Manager, Eric Bischoff)
It's gotta be Bischoff's guy. Surely? So many storyline posibilities to come from Michaels losing.

1.Edge vs. Chris Jericho
See below.

5.Christian vs. Ric Flair
I remember you handled Edge and Christian perfectly on the last Raw I reviewed. And again, both came out of last week's Raw looking good. But I just don't see both of them winning tonight. So, since I think a win for Christian would be the more valuable heading forward, I'm taking him to win, and Edge to lose.

2.WWE Intercontinental Championship: 2 on 1 Handicap Match:
(Charlie Haas is banned from ringside; Shelton Benjamin can pin EITHER man to win the title)
Muhammad Hassan© and The Great Khali vs. Shelton Benjamin
I think Benjamin loses tonight, then eventually wins a 1 on 1 match with Hassan. But he'll look good in a losing effort here.

6.WWE Women’s Championship: No Disqualifications Match:
Trish Stratus© vs. Victoria
I'm going for the champ here. Victoria's team won the tag match on Raw, so Trish gets a win back tonight.

4.World Tag Team Championships: Triple Threat Match:
The Dudley Boyz© vs. Sonjay Dutt and Daivari vs. The Basham Brothers
I'm all in with the Arab guys tbh.

3.Mark Jindrak vs. Big Show
Jindrak and Regal seem pretty much on fire right now, so they pull off the win. Won't be clean, but it'll happen imo.

Bonus Points

Predict the match order:

Which match will be longest?
Batista vs. Triple H

Which match will be the shortest?
Trish vs. Victoria

How many championships will change hands?

Which team will take the fall in the Tag title match?
The Bashams imo

Who will Eric Bischoff choose to face Shawn Michaels?
Tomko was my guess a couple of weeks ago, but you just went and did that on Raw. So now I'm sayin'... Kane. If it's not him I got nothin'.
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WWE Vengeance

26th June 2005; Thomas&Mack Center; Las Vegas; Nevada

Narrator:Vengeance. An act of or desire for taking revenge.

Slow paced music sets in as we hear commentary throughout all these images.

We see Batista holding the World title high..

We then see Triple H smashing Batista’s head in with a sledgehammer.

We then see Edge smash Chris Jericho over the skull with a chair.

The picture then changes to see Jericho looking intense, yet somewhat dejected.

The shot then turns to Muhammad Hassan capturing the Intercontinental title at Backlash.

Before we see Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas looking on downheartedly.

We then get a shot of Christian delivering an Unprettier to Ric Flair at Backlash.

A shot of Flair throwing his suit jacket to the floor, getting fired up is then shown.

We finally end with a shot of Eric Bischoff laughing maniacally before..

A shot of Shawn Michaels is shown looking furiously on at the Raw General Manager.

Narrator: Tonight, Vengeance will be served.

The music then picks up pace.

Narrator: Championship opportunities up for grabs.

Shawn Michaels: I’m headin’ into Vengeance with a clear goal in mind. And that goal is the World Heavyweight title.

Narrator: But authority stands in the way.
Eric Bischoff: That goal will never and I mean NEVER be accomplished as long as you’re up against me.

Narrator: As not only will title shots be up for grabs, but freedom is on the line.

Eric Bischoff: You lose Shawn and you become my assistant here on Raw, you become MY property.

We then see clips of Michaels connecting with Sweet Chin Music on Bischoff.

Shawn Michaels: When all is said and done, I’m gonna be kickin’ your teeth down your throat one.. more.. time.

We see a shot of Bischoff and Michaels split screen before we fade away from that.

Narrator: A Backlash occurred to a blockbuster announcement.

Ric Flair: I came here tonight to do something I need to do and no matter what you say, I’m gonna do it.

BAM! We see Christian attacking Ric Flair at Backlash.

Christian: Ric you aren’t done until I say you’re done. The passing of the torch has only just begun.

We see Christian and Edge deliver the con-chair-to to Flair, leaving him completely unconscious.

Christian: There is a new sheriff in town, there is a new role model to look up to, to admire and that man is Captain Charisma, that man is ME.

We see that chair shot one more time in slow motion.

Ric Flair: That was the moment I realised the fire was lit again inside o’ me. That was the moment when I realised that at Vengeance I’m NOT going to be walking in, doing my job and then walking out. NOT A CHANCE. At Vengeance the Nature Boy, WOOOO, is gonna walk in, KICK CHRISTIAN’S ASS ALL OVER LAS VEGAS!!

Christian: At Vengeance as much as you don’t wanna believe it, I’m takin’ the torch from the Nature Boy, cos THAT’S HOW I ROLL.

We see Christian deliver an unfretted before we see Flair locking in a Figure 4 on somebody.

Ric Flair: Christian thank you for bringing me back to the place I wanna be in and thank you for giving me the opportunity to RIP YOUR HEAD OFF SUNDAY AT VENGEANCE, WOOOOOOOOO!

We see a shot of the two looking intense before we fade away again.

We head into a shot of Batista capturing the World title at Wrestlemania.

Batista: Triple H seems to think that what happened at Wrestlemania was a fluke.

We then see Triple H smash Batista’s skull in with a sledgehammer on Raw a couple of weeks back.

Triple H: Batista may have beaten me at Wrestlemania, but that match, that night, it was just one battle and this whole deal between me and Batista, this is a hell of a lot more than just one battle. This is an all out WAR!

Shots of the brawl between the two this past Monday on Raw are shown before we cut away from that.

Narrator: Two men, engulfed in a bitter rivalry. Tonight, Vengeance is served and the ‘war ’ is over.

Batista: You don’t know what an animal is capable of when it enters a war zone.

We see clips of Batista dismantling opponents, looking intense.

Triple H: Dave can run, but he can’t hide and when the time comes, July 26th, Vengeance when that war zone opens..

We then begin to see clips of both men looking dominant against various superstars.

Batista: Triple H needs to start realising that every second that passes by is another second closer to me tearing his head off at Vengeance.

Triple H: And Batista takes that first step inside and he sees the enemy standing across the ring..

Batista: One of the greatest things I learned from Triple H is that there is always a way.

Triple H: When that moment comes, the questions are gonna come runnin’ right back into Batista’s head and the answer is gonna be exactly the same as it was back in Evolution Dave. I always, ALWAYS find a way.

We then see Ric Flair, Randy Orton, Batista, the Evolution days with those three helping Triple H retain the World title.

Batista: Well this time, he’s got NOTHING, he’s got NOBODY to save him from what I do to him come Vengeance.

Triple H: This Sunday Dave I am going to do whatever it takes to get that title back where it belongs.

Batista: This championship means EVERYTHING to me.

Triple H: It means everything to you but Dave, it means EVERYTHING TO ME!

We then see the two nose to nose

Triple H: When we leave Las Vegas Sunday night, you’re gonna realise that your luck? It’s just..run..out

The final shot is of the two face to face before..

Narrator: And now, a Monday Night Raw production, WWE Vengeance!!

Pyro hits and we see a camera shot of the arena with the Las Vegas faithful on their feet

Jim Ross: We are live from the sold out Thomas&Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada as we welcome you to Vengeance! A night where rivalries will be settled and wars will indeed be ended! I’m Jim Ross, joined as ever by my broadcast colleague Jonathan Coachman and Coach, what a night we have in store tonight.

The Coach: J.R I can’t contain how excited I am!! We got the Tag titles on the line, the Women’s title on the line, the Intercontinental title on the line and the World Heavyweight title on the line as Batista and Triple H go toe to toe in a Wrestlemania rematch. It don’t get any bigger than that one!

Jim Ross: Indeed it promises to be a wild night for the Las Vegas faithful. Who’s luck is in, in the city of sin here tonight?!

The Coach: Well I know it ain’t mine, sittin’ here next to you old timer!!

Jim Ross: Original Coach.

‘Break the Walls Down’

The music of Y2J, Chris Jericho hits to a very nice pop and down walks the Ayatollah of Rock N’ Rolla, all set for action.

Jim Ross: And we are kicking things off with a real slobber knocker folks. Chris Jericho has been determined to get his hands on Edge for weeks upon weeks after Mr. Money in the Bank has cost Jericho both the Intercontinental championship and the World Heavyweight championship. Tonight, fittingly, Jericho gets his chance at Vengeance.

The Coach: Tonight is a HUGE night in the career of Chris Jericho J.R. Jericho has been humbled by the Rated R Superstar in recent weeks, Edge believes that Jericho doesn’t respect him, that he is taking up a spot which he has earned, which he deserves and I agree with him. Jericho’s not done a damn thing around here as of late, it’s time he stepped up and proved exactly what he has to offer around here.

Jericho pats his wrist, stretching his arms, looking on ominously before..

‘You think you Know Me’


The music of Mr. Money in the Bank hits and out comes Edge to a loud chorus of boos as he carries the MITB briefcase in his arms.

Jim Ross: Edge has, he’s uh, he’s really just turned into a cold, calculated individual since winning that briefcase at Wrestlemania Coach. We’ve seen a different side to this man, he has been intent on making Chris Jericho suffer. Time and again Edge has cost Y2J, with Edge stating that Chris Jericho’s time is in the past and that it is he who holds the future on Monday Night Raw and the WWE. In my eyes Coach, Edge simply feels threatened by Chris Jericho.

The Coach: You gotta be kidding me? Edge? Threatened by Chris Jericho? That is just laughable, even comin’ from you. This man is one of, if not the best superstar in this business today and he is one moment away from becoming the NEXT World Champion. That briefcase is his ticket to the top and he’s gonna use Chris Jericho as a stepping stone here tonight.

Edge vs. Chris Jericho

The two men lock up immediately, no messing around here as Edge gets the early upper hand, managing to force Jericho back towards the corner. The referee eventually breaks both men up and tries to separate them but Edge delivers a cheap shot to Jericho catching him off guard as Edge now begins to take full control here. The Rated R Superstar continues laying into Jericho with some strong right hands before starting to stomp away at Jericho who falls down in the corner with Edge’s strong offense continuing here. The Money in the Bank holder draws Jericho to his feet before whipping his opponent across the ring into the opposite turnbuckle as Edge charges right after him and connects with a big clothesline, winding the former Undisputed champion.

Edge now with a kick to the gut of Jericho, lifts his rival up, looking for a suplex but Jericho delivers an elbow to the temple, followed by another as he knocks Edge off balance and Jericho flies into Edge with a big clothesline of his own! Jericho takes a moment to gain some composure and get a feel of the match as Edge stirs on the mat. Jericho brings Edge to his feet, Irish whip, Edge smashes into the turnbuckle, Jericho sprints at him but Edge dodges it as Jericho runs chest first into the turnbuckle before falling backwards and Edge rolls Jericho up!!



Jericho survives as Edge almost catches Y2J off guard. Both men get back to their feet and Edge throws a right hand but Jericho dodges it this time and spins Edge around, kick to the gut, tosses Edge into the ropes, Edge bounces back and is hit with a big shoulder block from Jericho. Edge is right back up but Jericho runs the ropes and uses them to full effect CATCHING EDGE WITH A SPRINGBOARD DROPKICK!! Huge move from Jericho, into the cover..



Kick out from Mr. MITB as Jericho looks to take full control here. The former Undisputed champion brings Edge back up once more before delivering a kick to the mid section, followed by another before Jericho looks to get Edge up, Edge doesn’t budge though and instead delivers a thumb to the eye of Jericho who now has no clue where he is as he holds his face in pain and this allows Edge an opening which he takes as he grabs Jericho and tosses him shoulder first through the ropes and into the ring post!! Jericho yells out in pain as his shoulder smashes against the post and he just sits there, not able to move with Edge heading back after him. The Rated R Superstar drags Jericho back into the ring and immediately locks the fallen superstar into a sleeper hold, clearly looking to wear down his rival.

Edge firmly locks the hold, not allowing Jericho and inch as Y2J claws out, desperately looking for a way out of things here. The fans begin to rally round Jericho as a ‘Y2J’ chant starts up and Jericho finds some life, managing to draw his way up to his knees as Edge yells out, clearly putting everything into the hold but Jericho is fighting with all his will here and gets to his feet again before an elbow to the head, followed by another and Jericho manages to escape the hold before kicking Edge in the knee and again before delivering a right hand as Jericho looks to get back into this. Jericho keeps up the onslaught with several right hands, forcing Edge back but EDGE SLAPS JERICHO OUT OF NOWHERE!! The crowd oooohs as Edge doesn’t seem to even realise what he just did and Jericho takes a second to take it in also, holding his face before turning and looking at Edge who looks in a state of shock. Edge then hightails it out of the ring but Jericho is hot on his tail!!

Edge wants nothing to do with a now fired up Jericho here! Jericho sprints after Edge but the Money in the Bank holder runs right back into the ring, Jericho still in hot pursuit and Jericho is met with a kick to the back of the neck as Edge’s smarts serve him well here as he regains a hold on things. Edge stomps away at the back of Jericho’s neck before bringing him up and planting Jericho with a reverse neck breaker!! Jericho seems to be in a world of trouble here and Edge goes in for the cover, has the Rated R Superstar done enough here?



Shoulder up at the very death from Jericho as Edge pulls his hair out, frustrated he couldn’t put Jericho away there. Edge though doesn’t let off and stomps away at the chest of Jericho before getting in Y2J’s face and shouting at him that ‘You are NOTHING CHRIS’. Edge then brings Jericho up once again before whipping him into the ropes, runs at Jericho but Jericho delivers with a boot to the face! Edge is forced back as the match takes another turn here. Edge spins back around and Jericho grabs the back of Edge’s neck, goes for a code breaker-esque move but Edge uses all his strength and tosses Jericho away mid air with Jericho taking a hard landing on the back of his neck. Jericho clutches his neck as Edge holds his nose, checking he’s not bloodied after Jericho’s boot to the face before the master of the TLC match wanders over to the fallen Jericho, hoisting him straight back up. Edge forces Jericho into the corner where he unloads with fast right hands as the referee begins a five count at which Edge stops at 4, realising he’s pushing it now. Edge holds his hands up to apologise to the referee before delivering one more HUGE right to Jericho! Edge now with an Irish whip as Jericho is flung to the opposite corner, Jericho rebounds hard as Edge charges his way and EDGE ATTEMPTS A HUGE SPEAR!! Edge goes for a spear but JERICHO SEES IT COMING, kick to the mid section from Jericho somehow, still off balance as Jericho goes for an inside cradle!!



Shoulder up somehow from Edge as Jericho nearly steals it. Both men get back up gingerly and it’s Jericho who comes up swinging, knocking Edge back before Jericho whips Edge into the ropes, Jericho charges but Edge back body drops him!! Jericho though lands on his feet on the apron, spins Edge around and smashes Edge face first into the ropes!! Edge collapses to the mat as Jericho heads to the top rope! Jericho positions himself with Edge slowly stirring up to his feet, not knowing where he is it seems. Jericho waits, poised, Edge turns around, met with a MASSIVE MISSILE DROPKICK!! Jericho scurries over into the cover!



Edge kicks out. The crowd groans as they thought Jericho had this thing won but Edge hangs on as Jericho looks at the referee in disbelief. Y2J though decides that he’s gonna try and finish this off once and for all and goes for the legs of Edge, WALLS OF JERICHO TIME!! Edge tries to use all his leg strength and fight off the hold but Jericho grabs both legs now, can he get Edge over? Edge is still fighting desperately but Jericho is inches away from rolling Edge over but Edge manages to kick Jericho away!! The Rated R Superstar survives that scare as he kicks Jericho away towards the turnbuckle. Jericho comes back after Edge but he’s met with a kick to the gut, followed by EDGECUTION!! Edge connects, goes for the cover..




NO!! JERICHO JUST KICKS OUT!! The crowd roar as Jericho hangs on and it’s Edge’s turn to be in disbelief. Edge pounds his fists on the mat three times, begging the ref to make the three count. Edge now takes himself over to the corner and begins to run his hands through his hair before willing Jericho to his feet, looking all set for the spear here. Edge cries out at Jericho to get up, Jericho is to his feet, TURNS AROUND, SPEAR!! NO!! JERICHO DODGES IT, EDGE SMASHES OFF THE TURNBUCKLE! Edge falls right back into Jericho, ROLL UP!!




Jericho got him!! Out of nowhere

Winner: Chris Jericho(12:01)[/CENTER]

Jim Ross: He got him!! Jericho got him!! So much for Y2J being stuck in the past Coach!! A HUGE win for Chris Jericho here tonight!

The Coach: THAT WAS A FAST COUNT J.R!! Edge didn’t have the time to even think about kicking out! That referee needs to be FIRED right this second!

Jim Ross: Oh c’mon Coach. Edge didn’t know what hit him. Chris Jericho proving to everybody here tonight that he‘s certainly still got it and proving to Edge that it is indeed about the present around here and Chris Jericho is very much in the present folks.

We see Jericho holding his head, walking back up the ramp grinning at a shocked Edge who is tearing his hair out inside the ring, clearly distraught.

Cut Backstage.

We then enter the office of Raw GM Eric Bischoff who looks in a buoyant mood here tonight as he is speaking with the Intercontinental champion and another of the Entity members, The Great Khali.

Eric Bischoff: I know that tonight is gonna be a great night for all of us. Next up your boys Daivari and Sonjay Dutt are gonna walk out as the NEW World Tag Team champions, you are gonna walk out STILL the Intercontinental champion and I, Eric Bischoff am going to walk out having full control of Shawn Michaels career.

Strong heat for the GM.

Muhammad Hassan: You couldn’t be more right Eric. I can’t wait to see Shawn Michaels suffer out there tonight and to suffer for the rest of his career ha ha.

Heat for the I.C. Champ now.

Muhammad Hassan: But you know what else I can’t wait to see? I cannot wait to see Shelton Benjamin suffer AGAIN at the hands of myself and The Great Khali here tonight. What happens tonight is going to be a real statement of intent on behalf of myself and the rest of our Entity. We are going to hold all but one of the championships here on Raw. And very soon Eric, very, very soon we are going to take full control of this entire show.

Heat again for the Arabian Entity leader.

Eric Bischoff: That is the kinda fighting talk that I like to see around here. And I gotta be honest, at this moment in time you’re right at the top of the list as far as title opportunities come around here.

Muhammad Hassan: Eric, think about this. Muhammad Hassan, Intercontinental AND World Heavyweight champion. There would be nobody greater to represent Raw, to represent this company than I. Maybe then, finally, I would be accepted in this country for what I really am and that is a true Arab-American HERO.

Major heat for that statement as Bischoff and Hassan smile.

Eric Bischoff: I like that, I like that a lot. Good luck out there tonight man, I know that you’re gonna finish Shelton Benjamin off once and for all.

Bischoff and Hassan shake hands.

Muhammad Hassan: Absolutely. And likewise Eric, I’m expecting the end of Shawn Michaels career as we know it here tonight. But, before I go, I mean, you know you can trust me with information of great importance right?

Bischoff nods saying ‘Right’.

Muhammad Hassan: Well I just wanted to know, who is Shawn Michaels opponent here tonight?

Bischoff begins to laugh slightly.

Eric Bischoff: Muhammad, I appreciate the good luck gesture but you, like Shawn Michaels, like the ENTIRE world will just have to wait and see what I’ve got lined up for Shawn Michaels here tonight.

Bischoff laughs again as the two let go their handshake and Hassan and Khali leave.

August 21st 2005; MCI Center; Washington; DC

We then head back ringside..

‘Whips and Chains’

The music of the Basham Brothers hits and out come Doug and Danny to small heat, set for tag team action

Jim Ross: Perhaps the most overlooked of the three teams involved here tonight folks but they are not to be taken lightly. Doug and Danny Basham are two of the toughest competitors on Raw and they’ve got a heck of a chance here tonight to walk outta Vengeance with the World Tag team titles around their waists.

The Coach: Absolutely J.R. For weeks I’ve been telling’ those idiots at home who don’t believe in these guys that they’re gonna be proved wrong at Vengeance. Believe me, they are gonna prove to EVERYBODY here tonight that they are a big time threat in the tag team ranks.

'Arab America’

It’s the music of the Arabian Entity next, greeted with strong heat as down walk Daivari and Sonjay Dutt

Jim Ross: A lot of people’s favourites here tonight in Las Vegas. Sonjay Dutt and Daivari may be the smallest of the three teams but Coach, they know how to get the job done inside the squared circle. They are calculating, smart individuals and have shown over the past few weeks that they, much like the Basham Brothers are a real threat to the Dudleyz here tonight.

The Coach: These two are my pick J.R. As much as I’m a huge fan of the Basham’s, I firmly believe that Sonjay Dutt and Daivari are too quick, they’re too sharp, they’re too smart for those morons, the Dudleyz and for Doug and Danny Basham. Aw shoot, I don’t care J.R. Be it the Basham’s, be it the Entity, we ARE gonna see NEW World Tag Team champions!! Can ya feel it barbeque boy?!

Jim Ross: Uh, no. Can’t say I do Coach. You can NEVER underestimate the Dudley Boyz.

‘We’re Comin’ Down’

Speaking of which. Out come the Dudleyz to a nice pop as the World Tag team champions head down, set to defend their titles.

Jim Ross: The most experienced of the three teams out there tonight. One of the most dominant tag teams in all of professional wrestling. You’d be a fool to count out the Dudleyz like Coach is doin’ here tonight. Bubba Ray and D-Von have won the gold on numerous occasions and for all the smarts you talk about these other teams having, the Dudleyz have that in abundance as well as the sheer physical advantage here tonight.

The Coach: Call me a fool then J.R. Say that to my face damn it! The Dudley Boyz CANNOT leave Las Vegas still the World Tag team champions. They can’t do it.

World Tag Team Titles: Triple Threat Match:

The Dudley Boyz© vs. The Basham Brothers vs. Sonjay Dutt and Daivari

Bubba Ray decides to start things off for the champions whilst it’s Danny Basham and Daivari who start out for the challengers as the other competitors take their place on the apron. Danny and Daivari immediately decide to join forces and take down Bubba, both clubbing away with right hands at their much bigger opponent, forcing Bubba aback. Bubba falls towards the ropes, Danny and Daivari take an arm each, Irish whip to Bubba who comes bouncing back and takes down both men with a double clothesline!!

Bubba brings Daivari up and begins to take him out with some strong right and left hands as Bubba gets his usual boxer like jabs out before taking a massive swing and almost knocking Daivari out!! Bubba looks to head into a cover but he’s met with a kick to the head from Danny Basham, Danny tosses Bubba away and goes for the cover on Daivari himself!!


Kick out at one from the Arabian Entity member. Danny Basham hoists Daivari up to his feet and delivers a forearm to the face before delivering an Irish whip but Daivari reverses it and whips Danny thunderously into the turnbuckle. Daivari charges at him and delivers a flying kick to the face!! The sound is horrible as you fear Danny Basham may’ve lost some teeth there!! Daivari rolls over to the fallen Basham and goes for a cover but Bubba is back up and drags Daivari off of him. Bubba tosses Daivari away, clearly wanting a piece of Danny here following him costing him an early pinfall attempt.

Bubba brings Danny up and into the turnbuckle before hammering him with some more rights and lefts before a head butt. Bubba positions himself now on the second rope, grabbing the back of Danny’s neck before beginning a countdown of right hands, to which the fans happily join in cheering for. 1..2..3..4..5..6..7, BAM!! Bubba is taken down from behind by Sonjay Dutt!! Dutt was tagged in by Daivari just seconds prior and the Entity member kicks Bubba in the back of the leg, causing him to fall off the second rope and down to the mat as Dutt takes it to the champion with some stiff kicks before taking down Bubba with a massive dropkick!! Cover by Dutt..



Shoulder up from the champion as Dutt comes the closest thus far to capturing gold for his team. Dutt looks to bring Bubba up but he’s now taken down from behind by Danny Basham who is back in this thing now. Danny whacks Dutt from behind sending him down before locking the little man into a sleeper hold as Bubba begins to stir. D-Von stomps his foot on the mat, trying to egg the crowd on and get behind them here. Danny applies a firm hold on Dutt, locking it in to full effect but Bubba is now back up and Danny sees him coming, lets Dutt go and charges at the big man but he’s met with a big back body drop from Bubba who races over to his corner and tags in D-Von for the first time tonight. D-Von charges in and takes down Danny with a clothesline, followed by another as he looks to build up a head of steam here. Irish whip from D-Von but Danny holds on to the ropes, D-Von heads after him and takes him over the top with a big clothesline!! Danny goes flying as Doug Basham looks on clearly worried as only D-Von and Dutt remain in the ring.

D-Von heads over to his much smaller opponent and brings him to his feet but he’s met with a big right hand from Dutt who then nails D-Von with two kicks to the knees before whipping the big man across the ropes, D-Von rebounds and manages to pick Dutt up but Dutt counters it into a thunderous TILT-A-WHIRL TORNADO DDT!! The crowd gives a solid pop despite Dutt being a heel as he crawls towards D-VON into the cover..




NO!! Doug Basham breaks it up from the outside as he realises his team were almost out of it right there. Doug though is then taken down by Daivari who re-enters the ring and those two trade blows as the referee tries to keep order here but he doesn’t stand a chance as Bubba Ray now enters the fold!! Bubba tosses Daivari out of the ring and to the outside before delivering a right hand to Doug who responds with a right of his own. Bubba knocks Doug back into the ropes before charging at him but Doug scoops Bubba up and over the top as he joins Daivari and Danny on the outside! Doug shouts abuse through the ropes at the two men as he then yells encouragement at Danny to get back in and help but Doug is then sent tumbling through the ropes by Dutt who delivers a big kick to the other Basham’s head!! Four men now on the outside as Dutt senses an opportunity here, Dutt heads up to the top rope as some of the men on the outside begin to stir, the crowd rise to their feet in anticipation as DUUT SOARS THROUGH THE SKY AND TAKES DOWN BUBBA, DOUG AND DANNY WITH A MASSIVE CROSSBODY!!

Dutt takes himself out in the process as D-Von begins to stir inside the ring but realises there’s nobody in sight. Daivari is also beginning to stir on the outside after avoiding the cross body from his partner. D-Von now up to his feet takes a look at the carnage on the outside. One half of the champions heads out to the outside himself and brings up one of the legal men, Danny Basham before tossing him inside the ring, realising he needs somebody in there to win this match for his team. D-Von then picks up the high flier Dutt and tosses him back inside the ring before looking to follow suit but D-Von’s grabbed from behind by Daivari who then delivers a kick to the mid section before whipping D-Von face first into the ringpost!! D-Von’s head smashes off the post as Daivari is drowned in heat from the crowd before he heads back inside the ring now as Dutt and Danny begin to get to their feet.

Daivari grabs his partner up and the two begin to double team Danny. The referee though drags Daivari away and back to his corner as Daivari pleads with him to let him stay inside and do his job but the distraction is simply that, a distraction which allows for Dutt to choke Danny, pushing all the weight of his foot right down on the throat of the Basham Brother. Dutt though is soon sent tumbling from behind by Doug Basham who enters the ring and takes down the Entity member!! The Basham’s are receiving face pops here as the referee now tries to claw Doug Basham back to his corner as both Dutt and Danny are now down. Bubba Ray meanwhile is back to his knees, as is D-Von and the two look to make their way back to their feet. Bubba is first as the chaos seems to have ended, BUT NO IT HASN’T! D-Von is next to his feet and he heads right for Daivari! D-Von grabs Daivari’s leg and pulls him off the turnbuckle before whipping him shoulder first into the steel steps as D-Von roars to the crowd!!

The crowd pop big as D-Von now heads inside the ring with a fire in his eyes as Bubba joins him. Bubba now smashes Doug Basham off of the apron as the Dudleyz appear fired up now here!! Doug drops down to the outside and falls face first onto the barrier as the Dudleyz are cleaning house now! Bubba steps inside the ring as the referee pleads with him to go back to the apron but Bubba is having none of it as he lifts Dutt up to his feet, lifts him up high in the sky and tosses Dutt out of the ring now with a military press!! The Dudleyz now smell blood as it’s just them and Danny Basham inside the ring as they roar to the crowd who rise to their feet, awaiting the inevitable. Bubba brings Danny up and whips him across the ring, Danny is in no man’s land here as he rebounds, Bubba lifts him up high, D-Von slams him down!! 3D!!! 3D TO DANNY BASHAM!! COVER..




Dudleyz retain!!

Winners and STILL World Tag Team champions: The Dudley Boyz(9:02)

Jim Ross: I told ya Coach!! Don’t ever write off the Dudley Boyz! A HUGE win here tonight for Bubba Ray and D-Von, proving to everybody that they are still the team to beat on Monday Night Raw and in the entire WWE.

The Coach: I’m speechless.

It goes silent for a moment.

Jim Ross: C’mon Coach. What happened to your boys takin’ home the gold here tonight? Why are those championships in the hands of the Dudleyz and not the Bashams, not the Entity? Can I call ya a fool now huh?

The Coach: No really, J.R I.. am.. speechless. I..I just can’t believe they did it. I was CONVINCED we were gonna have new champions here tonight. I don’t think I can take much more of these guys on top of the tag division.

Jim Ross: Well tough luck Coach! The Dudley Boyz walkin’ out of Las Vegas STILL World Tag team champions! What a night this is shaping up to be folks!

We see Bubba and D-Von backing up the ramp, holding their titles up high as the fans cheer that their favourites retained here tonight.

We then cut backstage and join Todd Grisham who is ready and waiting to talk to us

Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentleman, joining me at this time is the man who tonight will take on the Nature Boy, Ric Flair. Please welcome, Captain Charisma, Christian.

Big heat as CC comes into shot.

Todd Grisham: Christian tonight you finally get the opportunity to prove to the world what you’ve been saying for a long time now. You get the chance to prove that you are indeed now the man to beat here in the WWE and that you are going to take the torch, so to speak from Ric Flair. How do you feel so close to such a big opportunity?

Christian: I feel absolutely on top of the world right now and I got a whole host of reasons as to why. First off, I’ve been in Las Vegas not even twenty four hours and already Captain Charisma’s luck has been in. This will probably come as no surprise to anybody listening but I’ve been staying in the Golden Nugget, Las Vegas’ BIGGEST hotel and casino.

Nice pop for the mention of that.

Christian: And ALREADY I’ve won a bucket and I mean a BUCKET loada money but that’s not where my luck runs out Todd, oh no. Tomko’s smilin’, he knows.

Christian smiles as we see Tomko raise a grin.

Christian: See I’ve won me some money but that’s not all. I was in that casino for a matter of moments before I had women literally all over me. Safe to say, my luck down in that casino, carried on right up into my hotel room.

Christian smirks before continuing.

Christian: And so here we are tonight. My luck’s been in all weekend and tonight that doesn’t change, not for one second. Tonight, Ric Flair’s gonna be the one in need of a whole lot of luck.

Heat again.

Christian: Flair gave a pretty fine speech this past Monday on Raw but nothing that he says, nothing that he does is going to stop me from leaving here tonight having not only beaten Ric Flair, but wiped the FLOOR with Ric Flair.

Heat now as CC is intense.

Christian: I’ve been waiting for this match ever since the moment Flair appeared on the Peep Show at Backlash. I fought hard to get this match up and yeah I had to goad Flair into it but I got what I wanted. Flair said it himself, he wasn’t taking it seriously, he wasn’t taking me seriously. But now? NOW Ric Flair is taking note, NOW he’s standing up and NOW he is realising that I am NOT to be underestimated.

Christian takes a deep breath.

Christian: Which is exactly what I have wanted all along. I didn’t want to come here tonight and face old man Flair, beat him and THEN he starts to make excuses. If that woulda happened, we all know we’d have had Flair startin’ to go through the motions, ‘Oh he beat me at Vengeance, but I wasn’t taking him seriously’. ‘Oh give me another shot at him and I’ll do it right this time.’

Christian does a whiny voice, mocking Flair almost.

Christian: No that’s not the way I wanted this to work after tonight. And thankfully I’m getting my wish because Flair said himself Monday night that I had finally got his attention, that he was going to be taking me dead seriously, that he wanted to kick my ass here tonight.

Pop for that.

Christian: Well after tonight, the only thing Ric Flair is gonna be able to say is that he was beaten by the better man. Ric Flair will be at his absolute best he can be here tonight, I know that and I want that. But the reality is that I too will be at my very best tonight and when it comes down to it, my best is better than Ric Flair’s best.

Heat again for Christian.

Christian: So once tonight is over with and I can take the torch and I can carry it proudly as the new face of this era. Once that’s confirmed, I will move on from guys like Flair who are stuck in the past and I will head towards the present, I will head towards the future, I will head towards the World..Heavyweight..title.

Pop for the mention of that but heat also.

Christian: Tonight's a symbolic night in my career but make no mistake about it, tonight is a symbolic night in the history of this business, so I advise you to go get a pen out and mark it down in your diaries people. June 26th, 2005, the night where the WWE landscape changed forever. The night where I step to the front of the line and become the face of this company and it is going to be the night where Ric Flair finally, finally fades into a distant memory.

Heat for Captain Charisma again as he walks away and we head back ringside.

Jim Ross: Some strong words right there folks from Captain Charisma. Christian does indeed have a huge opportunity here tonight to make his mark in a BIG way but I think he may be underestimating the Nature Boy.

‘I ain’t a Lady to Mess with’

The music of Victoria then hits to small heat as the crazy diva walks out, intent look on her face set for her big showdown

The Coach: Flair doesn’t stand a chance tonight J.R. Mark my words, Christian is walkin’ outta here tonight with the greatest victory of his career. And let me tell ya something’ else J.R. Trish Stratus doesn’t stand a chance here tonight either! No Disqualifications match here tonight, this will suit Victoria perfectly.

Jim Ross: It is going to be a huge ask for Trish Stratus to remain Women’s champion. There’s no doubting that Victoria poses a huge threat to Trish here tonight but in recent weeks it’s been the Canadian who’s had Victoria runnin’ scared.

The Coach: Oh bull J.R. Victoria ain’t afraid of anybody, let alone Trish Stratus. Get that bias outta your system cowboy, it might help ya understand when Victoria proves my point tonight.

Jim Ross: My bias?

'Time to Rock and Roll’

A nice pop greets the music of the Women’s champion Trish Stratus who poses to the fans as she makes her way down to the ring, before firmly fixing her sights on her rival inside the ring

Jim Ross: Well Trish has had a rough time in dealing with Victoria no doubt about it but the past few weeks, you can’t deny Coach, Trish has had Victoria’s number. Victoria’s shied away from her usual brutality, taking a considerable step back from dealing with Trish face to face.

The Coach: No she hasn’t. Victoria’s simply been getting her rest ahead of tonight. This is ALL that matters for her, not Raw this past week or two weeks ago. It is about TONIGHT and we will see exactly who the dominant diva is here on Monday Night Raw, make no mistake about it.

WWE Women’s Championship: No Disqualification Match:

Trish Stratus© vs. Victoria

Trish and Victoria don’t even wait for the bell as both women go right after each other and it’s clear from the get go that this is gonna be one the referee can’t get control of. The two take turns on top of each other(not that manner) as they grab each other by the hair in a typical cat fight environment before Trish bitschslaps Victoria with authority as Trish even looks surprised by herself with the crowd giving a resounding ‘Ooooooh’. Victoria holds her face, seemingly in shock too before she responds with a right hand that knocks Trosh off of her and down to the mat as the crazed number one contender now takes control.

Victoria stomps the hell out of Trish who is helpless on the mat before Victoria grabs her by the hair and yells ‘You’re no threat to me Trish’ before slamming her face first into the mat as the Las Vegas faithful pour heat on her. Victoria brings the champion to her feet before delivering a forearm to the face, knocking Trish back, Irish whip from Victoria into the turnbuckle as Victoria charges at the Candian beauty and is met with a kick to the face! Victoria is sent tumbling as Trish now charges at Victoria and takes her down with a clothesline. Victoria bounces right back up but is taken down again by a clothesline, and AGAIN as Trish builds some momentum here.

Trish hoists Victoria upright and delivers a big forearm of her own before a kick to the midsection. Trish looks for a suplex but Victoria delivers an elbow to the head, knocking Trish off balance as Trish spins round, she’s met by a HUGE SPEAR FROM VICTORIA!! Victoria goes for the cover!!



Shoulder up from Trish as Victoria goes mightily close to winning the title there with an unexpected, uncharacteristic spear there. Victoria runs her hands through her hair, clearly upset that didn’t finish off Trish and she takes herself to the outside where she grabs a STEEL CHAIR! The No Disqualification stiuplation now coming into play as Victoria heads back inside the ring, after her rival. Trish is slowly rising to her feet as Victoria stalks her prey here. Trish gets up, using the ropes to help her, she turns around unknowingly right into a chair shot! NO! Trish sees it coming and delivers a kick to the mid section as Victoria drops the chair and Trish unloads with right hands before another kick to the mid section, hoists Victoria up, BIG TIME SUPLEX FROM THE CHAMPION!! Cover by Trish..



Kick out by the number one contender as Trish looks fired up in a big way here. The champion sees the steel chair lying on the ground and looks intensely at it before looking around the crowd and pointing at it. The crowd give a loud roar as they urge Trish to lash out with it. Coach meanwhile is demanding the referee get the chair out of the ring and restrain Trish here to which J.R simply tells him to shut up. Trish grabs the chair and hammers away across the spine of Victoria!! The chair repeatedly bashes off of the psycho diva’s back as we hear the thud reverberate around the arena before Trish poses to the fans, delighted with her work there. She then brings Victoria to her feet before whipping her across the ropes, Victoria rebounds, Trish goes for a back body drop but Victoria lands on her feet, spins Trish around, DDT!! BIG DDT FROM VICTORIA!! BUT she’s slow in making the cover, the effects of the steel chair shots still clear to see. Eventually she claws her way to Trish, arm across the chest into the cover..



Kick out by the fighting champion, met with a nice pop as this contest rolls on. Victoria is again frustrated as she takes a breather in the corner, allowing Trish to make her way back to her feet also. Victoria meets Trish with a big forearm, followed by another and another as she looks to continue wearing down Trish here, irish whip from Victoria, Trish though holds onto the ropes, Victoria charges at her and clotheslines Trish to the outside, taking herself down in the process as both women hit the floor hard! The two crawl and squirm around ringside as they look to make their way back up and it’s Trish who does so first, followed closely by Victoria who is spun round by Trish. The champion goes for a big kick to the face of Victoria but she catches Trish’s foot, spins her foot away from her but Trish does a 360 degree turn and catches Victoria right in the temple!

Trish quickly looks to get Victoria up again and back in the ring to finish this one off. She gets Victoria upright and manages to toss her back inside as she follows suit. Trish though heads up to the top rope as the fans really rally behind her here. Victoria slowly, somewhat dazed gets to her feet as Trish flies through the sky!! MISSILE DROPKICK CONNECTS!! COVER BY TRISH!!



Kick out by Victoria somehow as Trish now for the first time looks frustrated, clearly feeling she had the win there. Trish now signals that it’s time to end this thing as she looks all set for some Stratusfaction here. Trish signals for it and gets Victoria upright again, grabs her neck, runs towards the top rope, heads up high BUT IS SENT CRASHING BY VICTORIA!! TRISH FALLS DOWN TO THE OUTSIDE AS VICTORIA PUSHES HER OFF OF THE TOP!! We hear a nasty thud before we see a shot of Trish in real pain here. We then get a replay of what went down and we see a nasty fall from Trish on which she lands horribly on her left ankle. We can clearly hear the Women’s champion crying out for help as she struggles to move here. Victoria though senses an opportunity and heads to the outside and brings a hobbling Trish to her feet and tosses her inside of the ring once more.

Victoria is like a shark who’s smelt blood here as she smirks evily while Trish, brave and tough as they come tries to get on her feet and she hops along before nailing a right hand on Victoria!! The crowd eat it up as a ‘Trish’ chant starts up but it’s shortlived as Victoria delivers a kick to the ankle of Trish!! Trish squeals in agony as Victoria takes advantage again here. Kick to the gut from Victoria, WIDOW’S PEAK!! THAT’S ALL SHE WROTE!! Victoria though, doesn’t go for the cover?? A lot of puzzled faces are shown in the crowd as J.R. and Coach wonder what’s going on here. We then see though the sickening shot of Victoria heading towards the steel chair! Victoria grabs the chair and laughs maniacally before placing the chair around the left ankle of long term rival Trish. J.R cries for help on commentary as the referee even pleads with Victoria not to do this. Victoria though shows no remorse as she heads up top, looks around the crowd before laughing as she CONNECTS WITH A LEG DROP ON THE INJURED ANKLE!! Trish is in absolute agony here as Victoria connects and this time goes for the cover..





Winner and NEW Women’s champion: Victoria(8:32)

The Coach: I told ya J.R!! Victoria too strong, too vicious, too good in this environment!!

Jim Ross: Good god, that was absolutely brutal. Victoria walkin’ outta Las Vegas as the new Women’s champion but more worryingly, Trish Stratus looks in a real bad way here folks. Trish it would appear has broken her ankle or even leg here tonight and that is damn hard to watch. Victoria didn’t need to do that, damn it.

The Coach: She had EVERY right. Hey don‘t get me wrong, I hope Trish recovers J.R. But, let’s not concentrate on the negatives, let’s talk about the positives and the positive is that we’re gonna be seein’ Victoria holdin’ that Women’s championship for a LONG time to come.

Jim Ross: Coach for once. For once, you may well be right. Let’s hope that Trish gets the paramedics out here real quick cos this is.. this is just hard to watch right now.

We see a stretcher come out as Trish rolls around, clutching her left ankle as we see Victoria holding the Women’s championship, showing no remorse for what she’s done here tonight. The paramedics talk to Trish before slowly placing her leg in a protective mould and placing her on the stretcher as we see a few worried faces across the crowd and finally Trish is escorted out of the ring and to the back, looking visibly upset at what’s happened here tonight.

We head off backstage and rejoin Todd Grisham.

Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentleman please welcome the WORLD Heavyweight champion, Batista.

The Animal enters the shot to a massive ovation, dressed to compete ahead of his big match up here tonight.

Todd Grisham: Batista, tonight you take on your long time rival in a Wrestlemania rematch, Triple H. With the Game describing this as a ‘war’ between the two of you, how are you feeling ahead of such a high stakes, high pressure encounter?

Batista: I’m feeling confident Todd. Really confident. You said that tonight is high stakes, that it’s high pressure and that may well be the case but I don’t feel any of that. Tonight’s a big night but NOTHING comes bigger than the main event of Wrestlemania.

Pop there.

Batista: You wanna talk about high stakes, about high pressure, it don’t get any higher than Wrestlemania. And on that night, in that situation I came out with the World Heavyweight title.

Nice pop again for the Animal.

Batista: I think everybody knows just how much this championship means to me, I think everyone knows how much this means to Triple H. Which is why I think tonight you’re gonna witness something’ special out there. You got two guys goin’ to war for the one thing they both crave the most in this industry. Triple H lives for this championship but Todd, I don’t think he realises, I do too.

Batista takes a look at the championship belt momentarily.

Batista: Over the past few weeks I’ve talked about how many times Triple H has stolen this title and that having to sit back and watch it ate me up inside. It hurt seein’ that. But that’s what Triple H does, he’s one of the very best there’s been at finding a way, finding a route to victory.

Batista suddenly turns intense.

Batista: Tonight, I’m not gonna allow that to happen. Tonight there is NO WAY I’m letting Triple H walk out of this arena with MY World title. I’m goin’ to that ring tonight and I’m gonna give Triple H Wrestlemania ALL OVER AGAIN!

Nice pop for the intensity of the champion.

Batista: I am going to beat Triple H within an inch of his life here tonight Todd and when all’s said and done I know that I’m gonna get it firmly into his head and firmly into the head of those people out there who still don’t believe in me, that I am no fluke champion. I belong on the top of the food chain here on Monday Night Raw. So forget all the talk of tonight being high pressure, forget high stakes, the only thing people are gonna remember here tonight is me beatin’ the HELL out of Triple H and walkin’ outta Las Vegas still World Heavyweight Champion.

Batista leaves to a nice reaction as Todd Grisham wishes him luck.

We then head over to the locker room of Shelton Benjamin, getting prepared for his Intercontinental title opportunity tonight. Benjamin is taping his wrists before he jumps up and we see Charlie Haas appear. Both men get a nice pop from the crowd

Charlie Haas: How’s it goin’ man, you ready for this tonight?

Shelton Benjamin: You know as well as I do just how tough this is gonna be tonight man. BUT I ain’t goin’ down without a fight, lemme promise you that.

Nice pop as Benjamin plays up his underdog status here tonight.

Charlie Haas: That’s the kinda fighting talk I was hopin’ for Shelton. And you know you got my FULL support here tonight. I may not be allowed ringside with ya but I’ll be back here watchin’ and I’ll be back here waitin’ for ya to bring that Intercontinental title home.

Shelton Benjamin: Thanks man I appreciate it. And hey as soon as that Intercontinental title is back around my waist, you know we’re headin’ after those Tag team titles right?

Benjamin smiles for the first time as Haas laughs slightly.

Charlie Haas: I wouldn’t have it any other way man. Don’t go thinking too far forward though, that Intercontinental title is all that’s on my mind and it should be yours as well.

Shelton Benjamin: All that’s on your mind?

Charlie Haas: Uh yeah, you know we err, we aren’t gonna be able to move on and focus on the Tag gold until you get that title off Hassan are we?

Shelton Benjamin: Right, right.

An awkward moment there.

Shelton Benjamin: Look anyways, I appreciate your support man. Let’s hope we leave Vegas tonight with that first step outta the way.

Benjamin and Haas shake hands and they leave the dressing room to a decent reaction and we head back ringside.

Jim Ross: Well it is certainly gonna be a tough ask for Shelton Benjamin to leave here tonight with the Intercontinental title he lost at Backlash. Benjamin will take on Muhammad Hassan AND The Great Khali later on tonight with Charlie Haas being banned from ringside but what I do know is if anybody can overcome those odds, it’s Shelton Benjamin.

‘Born Naughty’

The music of William Regal hits and out comes the Englishman, suited and booted alongside ‘The Protégé’, Mark Jindrak.

The Coach: I’m a big Shelton fan J.R but he ain’t leavin’ here with the Intercontinetal title in his posession. Not a snowball’s chance in hell. THIS man on the other hand J.R is gonna leave here tonight having accomplished exactly what he set out to do. Mark Jindrak is as dangerous as I’ve ever seen and with William Regal by his side we’re gonna see ourselves a giant slayed here tonight.

Jim Ross: Indeed Mark Jindrak has been on a real roll ever since aligning himself with the wily William Regal. Regal seems to have guided the young superstar onto the path of superstardom with Jindrak really looking like a major player in taking out Big Show a while back on Raw. Tonight though is gonna be a HUGE test of the ability of Mark Jindrak.

'Welllll it’s the Big Show’

‘Crank it Up’

The World’s Largest Athlete is greeted with a nice pop as the Big Show heads down the ramp looking intently on at the duo of Jindrak and Regal

Jim Ross: Big Show has had to up his aggression in recent weeks to deal with the power and strength of Mark Jindrak. Show absolutely dismantled William Regal backstage a few weeks back, following Regal’s ploy in getting Jindrak to take out the giant. You can see by the look on Show’s face, just how bad he wants to teach Jindrak a lesson here tonight.

The Coach: Easier said than done. Big Show usually gets what he wants but the way Mark Jindrak’s been performin’ lately, J.R I don’t think Big Show’s gonna get what he wants here tonight.

Big Show vs. Mark Jindrak w/William Regal

Jindrak circles the ring as Big Show looks on angrily at the young superstar, ready to take out all his buil up aggression and rage on ‘The Protege’. Eventually Jindrak makes a move though, heading after Show but the big man wastes little time making his move either and delivers a kick to the gut of his opponent. Show then clubs the back of Jindrak with a huge shot, getting a few ooohs from the crowd as William Regal grimaces on the outside. Show continues clubbing Jindrak’s back, sending the young man down to the mat but he has little time to recover as Show is right back on him, bringing him up to his feet once more.

Show grabs the arm of Jindrak whipping him across the ring into the ropes before allowing Jindrak to charge at him but the big man knocks him down with a shoulder block as Show yells ‘Come on’ to the hot prospect. Jindrak’s right back to his feet but has no answer for the World’s Largest Athlete who drops Jindrak once again with a mammoth head butt. Jindrak though continues to respond, getting back to his feet and heading right back at Show and this time he strikes as he’s too quick, throwing an unexpected left hand, taking Show aback. Jindrak then piles in some offense, left hand after left hand, sending Show into the ropes. Jindrak then whips Show across the ring, using all his power, Show rebounds and Jindrak connects with a thunderous big boot!! Into the cover…



Shoulder up by the big man but Jindrak again goes for the cover, clearly not content..


Kick out by Show again as Jindrak glares at the referee. The ‘Protégé’ then gets to his feet and backs off momentarily before beginning to stomp away at the fallen giant, right and left feet hammering away at the back of Show’s neck before Jindrak does the exact same to the left arm of his opponent. Jindrak then runs the ropes and delivers a big running elbow right to the point of the neck he’s been targeting before beginning to stomp away once again at the left arm of Show who winces in pain. Jindrak then grabs the same arm and pulls it back before slamming Show‘s arm down repeatedly to the mat. A few ooohs from the crowd as Show rolls around, holding his arm, clearly in some discomfort from that.

Jindrak lets off the pressure and heads off to his mentor William Regal who offers him some words of encouragement it would seem before Jindrak poses to the crowd which of course draws him some decent heat. Big Show is now to his knees as Jindrak heads over towards him. Jindrak looks to bring Show up but is met with a right hand to the gut, followed by another and another as Show fights his way back into things here. Show continues his assault before knocking Jindrak down with a HUGE clothesline, greeted with a big pop from the fans. Show then brings Jindrak to his feet before lifting him up high, using all his power here, Show holds Jindrak high above his head before tossing Jindrak over the ropes right onto William Regal!! A strong cheer greets this as Regal and Jindrak go tumbling with Show wasting little time in heading after them.

Show stalks Jindrak who begins to crawl and squirm round ringside with Regal still laid out. Some fans pat Show on the back, encouraging him to dish out more punishment to Jindrak and Show gets right down to it, bringing Jindrak to his feet, pausing briefly before using all his force and whipping the young superstar chest first into the barricade!! Jindrak thuds right off of it, yelling in pain as Show lets out a wry smile. The referee is beginning to count both men out however, now up to 4. Show doesn’t seem too bothered though and looks to go right back at his opponent, only for William Regal to intervene! Regal taps Show on the back, the big man turns around and an angered look comes across his face. Regal pleads with Show not to hurt him but Show doesn’t look the least bit interested in Regal’s plea and throws a right hand but Jindrak from behind grabs Show’s fist, spins Show around and whips Show shoulder first into the ringpost!! Huge impact as Show’s left arm and shoulder bounce off the ringpost and Show goes tumbling much to Regal’s delight.

The already worked on left arm of Show now really appears to be in a lot of trouble as the referee’s count reaches 8 and Jindrak brings Show up to his feet and with some effort rolls the big man into the ring, following right behind. Jindrak immediately into a cover….



Shoulder up but it’s that left shoulder that does it and Show immediately grimaces. Jindrak then in a surprising move heads to the top rope with William Regal encouraging his protégé once more. Jindrak sits patiently, waiting, stalking Show who is to his knees. Show eventually gets to his feet and Jindrak sees his opportunity, Jindrak goes flying but Big Show catches him in mid air!! Show then delivers a massive sidewalk slam, dropping Jindrak with authority. Cover from Show..



Shoulder up from Jindrak much to Regal’s relief as he watches on anxiously. Show again goes back to the injured arm, clearly still struggling before hoisting himself up and heading towards the ropes to take a breather it would seem before Show raises his right arm in the air, signalling that the end is near, it’s choke slam time!! The crowd rises in anticipation as Show waits and waits with Jindrak getting to his knees, slowly but surely to his feet. Jindrak turns around to be met with the huge grip of Big Show round his throat!! Show looks to lift him up but Jindrak counters, smashing an elbow into the left arm of Show who instantly releases his right hand to hold his left. Jindrak then delivers a strong kick to the knee of Show as he drops to bend down, another kick to the knee and this time Show does drop to his knees completely. Jindrak now smells blood and grabs the left arm of Show before dragging him down and applying that vicious armbar hold!!

Show is writhing in pain as Jindrak locks the hold in strong on the 500 pound giant. Show seemingly has nowhere to go as William Regal looks on in sheer delight at what he’s seeing. Jindrak’s facial expressions paint a picture as he puts in all his effort to keep it locked in on Show. Big Show wriggles around the ring, clawing out for the ropes but they’re nowhere in sight as Jindrak now yells, clearly hell bent on making Show tap…. Show’s arm begins to drop as he yells out and eventually he decides enough is enough and gives in, Big Show taps out!!! The pressure all too much in the end for the giant.

Winner: Mark Jindrak(7:12)

Jim Ross: A HUGELY impressive display and victory here tonight from Mark Jindrak. Big Show has been taken apart here tonight from this young man dubbed ‘the Protégé’ and by god William Regal must be lickin’ his lips right about now cos this kid is one heck of a protégé to have under your wing.

The Coach: What did I tell ya? Jindrak is the whole package J.R. Size, speed, strength. Big Show looked like a freakin’ rookie out there tonight! We may be lookin’ at the next big thing here in the WWE and his name is Mark Jindrak. Wow.

We cut away to the locker room of Shawn Michaels who looks very focused ahead of his huge match here tonight, where the whole balance of his career could change. Michaels is then interrupted by none other than the Nature Boy, Ric Flair. Flair’s greeted with ‘Wooos’ from the crowd, dressed ready for his match with Christian here tonight.

Ric Flair: There he is, WOOOO, the Showstoppaaaaaa. How ya feelin’ man?

Michaels lets out a wry smile.

Shawn Michaels: I’m doin’ good Ric, doin’ good. More importantly, how are you hangin'? You all set for tonight? Gotta still be feelin’ it from what Christian and those guys did to ya a couple weeks back right?

Ric Flair: I still feel it, every..single..day. But Shawn tonight when I walk through that curtain, head down to that ring and step just one foot inside of it, all that pain will be gone. All that HURT goes out the window as soon as I step through the ropes, as soon as I lay eyes on Christian all that is gonna be on my mind is teachin’ that punk a lesson.


Shawn Michaels: Good to hear it Ric. I know you’re gonna go out there and you’re gonna show Christian exactly why you’re still the very best in this business, exactly why you are the Nature Boyyy, wooo, ha ha.

Michaels poor woooo attempt draws probably sympathetic cheers.

Ric Flair: Absolutely, I can’t wait Shawn, cannot WAIT. But look here man, that ain’t why I came by, that’s not why I’m here right now. I came here because I need to know what I’m gonna see tonight out there from ya.

Michaels looks puzzled.

Ric Flair: I need to know if I’m gonna see the Shawn Michaels we’ve been seein’ a lot lately, the one who can’t buy a win, who’s letting’ Eric Bischoff get under his skin, letting Eric Bischoff of ALL PEOPLE get the better of him. Or if I’m gonna see the REAL Shawn Michaels, who STEALS THE SHOW, who kicks his opponent’s HEADS OFF THEIR SHOULDERS!! The Shawn Michaels who doesn’t give a damn who he faces, because HE KNOWS, he knows he’s gonna go out to that ring and he’s gonna get the job done.

Flair calms himself down.

Ric Flair: Which one’s it gonna be Shawn? I know which one I wanna see but Shawn I’ll let you think about that. Good luck out there man, show me, show the WORLD the Shawn Michaels that we all wanna see.

Michaels hangs his head before nodding to himself, looking at the closing door as Flair walks out.

Jim Ross: Well a strong pep talk if you will from the Nature Boy there for Shawn Michaels. Huge matches for both those men here tonight. Michaels faces an opponent of Eric Bischoff’s choosing whilst Ric Flair will face Christian.

The Coach: Michaels needs a whole lot more than a pep talk, he needs a miracle. Eric Bischoff always has something’ up his sleeve and tonight will be NO different. I don’t care who Bischoff has lined up for HBK, he ain’t gonna be able to get the job done.

Jim Ross: Well onto a more sour note now and we’ve just received word comin’ through that Trish Stratus has suffered a serious ankle injury following that brutal No Disqualifications match up earlier tonight with Victoria. We don’t know just how severe the injury is yet but we know Trish is on her way to a local Medical facility and it would appear that Trish Stratus will be out of action following the events here tonight. We certainly wish Trish a speedy recovery.

The Coach: Certainly do J.R. That was a heck of a match up earlier on and Trish I’m sure knew the danger she was in, going into a match like that with someone as crazy as Victoria is. I don’t think we’ll be seein’ many more No Disqualification matches involving’ our Women’s champion anytime soon.

Jim Ross: Folks we’d like to take you now to some footage we just received from earlier on tonight involving Mr.Money in the Bank, Edge. Edge was defeated by Chris Jericho here tonight and was none too happy about the way it went down. Let’s take a look.

Todd Grisham: Edge, Edge!! We all witnessed what happened here tonight as you were defeated by Chr..

Edge: I WAS NOT DEFEATED BY CHRIS JERICHO!! Get your facts straight Todd. Chris Jericho STOLE that out there tonight. He didn’t beat me at anything, he caught me off guard. For one split second I was off guard and Jericho, h.. he..he got lucky.

Edge puts his hands through his hair.

Edge: B..b.but don’t even begin to think for ONE SECOND that I’m through with Jericho. No, no, NO!! I started all this because I want Jericho to realise that nobody cares about him anymore, that he is completely irrelevant around here. And believe me, I’m not gonna be finished with Jericho until I do exactly that.

Edge then goes to leave again before Grisham questions him again.

Todd Grisham: Before you go, where does that leave your plans with the Money in the Bank briefcase? Are you considering cashing in anytime soon?

Edge: This(pointing at the briefcase), this is my ticket to the top Todd and this ticket doesn’t expire until Wrestlemania. That’s still a long, LONG time away. I’m not even gonna consider cashing this in until I get what I want from that washed up,HAS BEEN that is Chris Jericho.

Edge goes to leave once more but this time he pulls himself back.

Edge: Tomorrow night on Raw, I promise you, I promise everybody listening to this and I promise everybody that tunes in tomorrow night. I PROMISE that I will put Chris Jericho firmly, VERY FIRMLY in his place.

We return ringside as..

‘Ain’t No Stopping me Now’

The music of Shelton Benjamin hits and out comes the number one contender to the Intercontinental title, set for his big opportunity

Jim Ross: Strong words right there from Edge and ya gotta wonder just what Mr.Money in the Bank has in store tomorrow night for Y2J.

The Coach: I don’t know J.R but I gotta feelin’ it’s gonna be something’ REAL special. Jericho’s gonna get what’s his tomorrow night.

Jim Ross: Well back to the action here tonight now and Shelton Benjamin has a big, if daunting opportunity here tonight. Benjamin lost the Intercontinental championship at Backlash to Muhammad Hassan after Hassan introduced his two new chronies to Monday Night Raw, Sonjay Dutt and The Great Khali, joining forces with he and Daivari to give Hassan the Intercontinental title and to form a group now known as the ‘Arabian Entity’.

The Coach: And they are oh so dominant. Shelton Benjamin has struggled one on one against Muhammad Hassan. Tonight he’s got Hassan AND Khali. If he walks outta here with the Intercontinental title, I will eat that cowboy hat of yours.

Jim Ross: Now that’d make for good television.

The Coach: Too bad it ain’t happenin’ barbeque boy.

'Arab America’

The familiar tune hits and out steps the leader of the Entity and his seven foot 3 giant. Muhammad Hassan and The Great Khali step out, eyes firmly set on Shelton Benjamin as they’re drowned in heat

Jim Ross: Well it hasn’t quite been the night that the Entity expected it to be thus far with Sonjay Dutt and Daivari failing to capture the World Tag Team titles. Hassan will certainly be looking to make sure they escape with at least one bit of gold here tonight.

The Coach: I still can’t believe Dutt and Daivari didn’t walk awy tag team champions. But I have got no doubts whatsoever that Muhammad Hassan leaves Las Vegas still Intercontinental champion. The Great Khali standin’ by his side in the middle of that ring. Charlie Haas banned from ringside. Benjamin’s gonna need to have said his prayers J.R.

WWE Intercontinental Championship: 2 on 1 Handicap Match
(Charlie Haas banned from ringside; Shelton Benjamin can pin EITHER man to win the championship)

Muhammad Hassan© and The Great Khali vs. Shelton Benjamin

Khali starts things off with Shelton as Muhammad Hassan waits on the outside, clearly hoping that his fellow Entity member does his job for him here tonight. The crowd start a ‘Let’s go Shelton’ chant from the off in the hope that it can inspire the underdog here tonight. Benjamin paces around Khali to begin with, hoping that Khali may make the first move but he doesn’t seem to fall for the trap as Khali refuses to budge. Benjamin eventually decides enough is enough and strikes out, launching himself at Khali before unloading with right hands but they’re to no effect as Khali barely even moves.

Benjamin steps a yard off, clearly having a rethink about just what strategy he’ll use here against the seven foot three Khali. Benjamin again paces around the ring before looking to strike the big man again, perhaps catch him off guard but it comes to nothing once more as this time Khali simply shoves Benjamin away from him as Benjamin drops to the mat but charges right back at Khali only to be met with a thunderous big boot to the skull, sending Shelton spiralling. The crowd immediately boos as Hassan tells them to shut up whilst smiling at what his bodyguard you could call him is doing here tonight.

Khali heads over to the fallen Benjamin and simply walks over him as J.R references what size boot Khali is, something J.R. seems to love doing. The impact alone may’ve been enough to crush a rib for Benjamin as he writhes in pain while Khali roars to the crowd drawing in big heat. The giant then tags in Hassan for the first time and the champion is straight away on Benjamin like a rash, dropping down to the mat and delivering right hand after right hand before locking Shelton into a sleeper hold as the Entity continue to wear down Benjamin here in the early minutes.

Hassan applies a firm hold on the challenger as Benjamin claws out looking for a route to manoeuvre out of this but he’s snap, bang in the middle of the ring as the crowd try to rally Benjamin here and the referee checks to see if Shelton’s still awake here. Benjamin shows small signs of life as the referee begins to lift Shelton’s arm up, it goes down a first time, down a second time, down a third time, NO!!! Benjamin manages to find some fight from somewhere much to the Las Vegas crowd’s delight as Benjamin begins to draw himself up to his feet. Elbow to the gut of Hassan, followed by another as Hassan releases the hold now and Shelton looks to build some momentum.

Shelton now with some hard right hands to Hassan, Irish whip now as Hassan crashes into the turnbuckle where he’s met by a big stinger splash by Benjamin!! The excitement builds as Hassan falls forward and Benjamin grabs him from behind, belly to back suplex from Shelton who is now rolling here!! Into the cover!!



Shoulder up from the champion but Shelton doesn’t seem deterred as.. BAM!! Benjamin is taken out from behind by a clubbing blow from The Great Khali as the referee tries to send the big man back to his corner. Khali backtracks but he now knows that he has turned the tables once more in this contest. Benjamin and Hassan now down but Hassan is slowly crawling, now up to his knees as he reaches out for the ropes to help him back upright. Hassan draws himself up and takes a moment to regroup as Benjamin begins to stir on the mat. Hassan senses that Shelton’s on the up and heads over, beginning to stomp away at the back of Shelton’s neck. Over and over again Hassan stomps away with Shelton clawing out for help as the crowd begin to start a ‘Let’s go Shelton’ chant, trying to help their favourite back into the match. Hassan brings the Gold Standard now back up to his feet and delivers a right hand before tossing Benjamin into the ropes, Benjamin though holds on, stopping himself from rebounding, Hassan charges at him, clothesline, NO! BENJAMIN PULLS THE ROPE DOWN AND HASSAN GOES FLYING!!

The crowd goes wild as Hassan lands hard on the outside and immediately clutches his shoulder, clearly in some discomfort as Benjamin takes a small breather before heading right after the champion but we then see the ever intimidating Khali leave the apron and make his way around the ring. Benjamin doesn’t know it’s coming though and goes to work on Hassan, bringing him to his feet before a kick to the gut and a DDT on the outside!! Hassan’s head sickeningly crashes off the floor as Benjamin yells ‘COME ON’ showing the intensity he needs to take the gold here tonight. Benjamin though then turns around and sees Khali striding towards him as the fans rise in anticipation once more. Benjamin retreats, or does he? Benjamin backs away around the ring but then RUNS BACK AND JUMPS OFF THE STEEL STEPS BEFORE FLYING AT KHALI AND KNOCKING THE BIG MAN DOWN WITH A HUGE CLOTHESLINE!! The Thomas & Mack centre comes alive as Benjamin knocks the giant down and perhaps shifts the balance in this match now.

Benjamin against the count picks Hassan to his feet and tosses the champion inside the ring, following him not too far behind. Benjamin looks around to the crowd who are still firmly behind the number one contender as Benjamin heads up to the top rope!! Benjamin’s gonna fly once more here, Hassan rolls around and Benjamin with an elbow drop from the top rope!! Cover from Shelton!!



SHOULDER UP!! Shoulder up just in the knick of time from Hassan as Benjamin can’t quite believe it. He takes a minute to compose himself again as Hassan tries to get himself up, clearly feeling the effects of that elbow drop. Hassan gets to his knees as Shelton heads back at him but he’s met with an elbow to the gut from Hassan, followed by another as Hassan gets to his feet and delivers a kick to the mid section. Hassan then locks Benjamin in a headlock before running the ropes with his opponent, Benjamin though breaks free and Hassan pushes him away, Benjamin rebounds off the opposite side but is met with a HUGE tilt-a-whirl backbreaker from Hassan!! The crowd even give a small pop for the well executed move as Hassan takes a second before heading for the cover!!



Kick out from Benjamin much to the crowd’s delight once more. Hassan bangs his fist off the mat, frustrated at failing to put away his rival before he turns and sees Khali is still down, though he is now stirring. The champion calls for Khali to ‘get up and get in here’ as Khali grasps out, looking for the steps to help him up. Hassan continues calling him and Khali now has a hand on the steps, as he makes it to one knee. Inside the ring though, Benjamin is back up and uses the ropes to hold him. Hassan’s back is still turned, Benjamin senses an opportunity, spins Hassan round, T-BONE!! T-BONE SUPLEX FROM BENJAMIN!! HASSAN CAUGHT OFF GUARD!! Benjamin scurries over to make the cover..




HE DID IT!! NO!!! KHALI!! THE GREAT KHALI BACK INSIDE THE RING RIGHT ON CUE TO TOSS BENJAMIN ASIDE. Benjamin crashes headfirst onto the mat as Khali tosses him away and Hassan hangs on by the skin of his teeth. The referee demands that Khali head back to the apron and eventually the giant does so with Hassan and Benjamin both down. The crowd start to cheer on Benjamin as both men attempt to make it to their feet. Hassan looks to be first and turns around but he’s met by Benjamin!! The two trade rights, not for the first time this evening and it’s Benjamin who gets on top, forcing Hassan backwards as Benjamin then with an Irish whip, Hassan rebounds, Benjamin knocks him down with a flying shoulder block!! Hassan is straight back up and he’s hit with a kick to the gut, T-Bone again! NO! Hassan blocks it with an elbow to the back of the head before thumb to the eye!! Cheap tactics from Hassan here as Benjamin is blinded and spins around, not knowing where he is, ROLL UP BY THE CHAMPION!!






SHOULDER UP FROM HASSAN!! The two men both come within an inch of victory as Benjamin jumps up to his feet, goes for a clothesline, Hassan ducks it and falls to the mat?? Benjamin turns around, RIGHT INTO A HUGE BIG BOOT FROM KHALI!! The 7’3 behemoth takes Benjamin out of the equation before returning to the apron as Hassan crawls over to his bitter rival and locks in the camel clutch!! CAMEL CLUTCH FIRMLY APPLIED HERE AS BENJAMIN HAS NO WAY OUT!!

The crowd is desperately urging Benjamin not to tap as he grasps for anything, for hope but his hand slowly drops. Hassan yells out, clearly applying strong pressure here and BENJAMIN TAPS!! A valiant effort from one half of the World’s Greatest Tag Team but just not enough here tonight as Hassan wins it by submission.

Winners: Muhammad Hassan and The Great Khali(10:15); Therefore STILL Intercontinetal champion: Muhammad Hassan

Jim Ross: Shelton Benjamin coming within an INCH of achieving the impossible here tonight but Muhammad Hassan, The Great Khali proving just too strong here tonight but if I were those two men, I wouldn’t be proud of what’s happened here tonight. Shelton Benjamin can walk outta here proud.

The Coach: And Hassan and Khali can’t? Don’t give me that J.R. Hassan walked in Interconinental champion and he’s walkin’ out STILL with that championship in his grasp. That would be a proud achievement in my book J.R.

Jim Ross: Oh bull Coach, it’s two against one for christ sake and they STILL COULDN’T get the job done fair and square here tonight.

The Coach: Who gives a damn about fair J.R?! Is it fair I have to sit here next to you every Monday night? No it isn’t. Case closed.

J.R just sighs as we then head off backstage and rejoin Todd Grisham who is ready to talk to us for the millionth time tonight.

Todd Grisham: Joining me at this time, please welcome ‘The Protégé’ Mark Jindrak and William Regal.

The duo appear in shot to heat after what occurred earlier on tonight.

Todd Grisham: Mark, tonight you scored a huge victory in defeating the Big Show. How do you feel following that and where do you go from here now?

William Regal: Todd, I think we all know by now that it is I who does the talking around here. Young Mark simply does what it is that he does best and that is DESTROY everything in his path. Tonight Big Show stepped in his path and you and everybody watching saw exactly what he’s capable of.

Jindrak smirks as does Regal.

William Regal: How does Mark feel? He feels…satisfied. Nothing more, nothing less. Mark toppled the giant tonight, no easy feat in a lot of people’s eyes. But in his eyes? In my eyes? That’s what we expect. Big Show is NOTHING compared to this man and he will not be happy, he will not REST until he’s made the biggest impact he can possibly make around here, whatever it is that may prove to be.

Regal looks at Jindrak momentarily before continuing.

William Regal: And as far as where does he, where do we go from here now? We go higher, we go further and we look to make that very impact I mentioned. If that means taking on Big Show once again and finishing what we started here tonight, so be it. If that means moving onto a different challenge, so be it. If that means Mark here enters the title picture, so be it. But ALL we care about right now is making an impact, it doesn’t matter who, it doesn’t matter when, it doesn’t matter where. All that matters is that people continue to see a whole lot more of the sheer dominance that stands before you, the ’Protégé’ Mark Jindrak.

Regal and Jindrak head off as we go to a video package…

We see a dark room with just a spotlight shining on a man sitting down on a chair in the middle of the room. The man is wearing a shirt and trousers, looking fairly smart. He’s quite tanned, blonde hair and looking quite smug.

?: Monday Night Raw. It’s the home to oh so many supposedly entertaining, supposedly great superstars.

This man scratches his chin.

?: But do any of ‘em really have what I have? See I got an aura, I got a presence, I got a GOD GIVEN RIGHT to be looked upon as great.

The figure laughs slightly.

?: You might think, wow this guy’s a bit full o’ himself and let me tell ya, you couldn’t be more right. I can talk the talk, oh yeah, make no mistake about it but folks believe me, I can sure as hell walk the walk too.

The man stands up and begins to pace around the room.

?: I’m tired of watching my television week after week and having to watch guys who are nowhere near my level of ability. Be it inside the ring, beatin’ the livin’ crap outta people or be it outside the ring, makin' people listen to what I gotta say.

The man then reveals a microphone.

?: This right here. This has a certain power about it that some people don’t seem to realise in the WWE. When you take one of these in your hand, you open your mouth and begin to talk, you better grab people’s attention or they ain’t gonna give a damn about you. Oh no no no.

The man looks the microphone up and down.

?: When I pick one of these up, when I open my mouth and begin to talk, people listen. I grab people’s attention, I make people stand up and TAKE NOTICE. And when I’m inside the ring? It’s the same damn story, I entertain, people are on the very edge of their seats to watch ME.

He tosses the microphone around before continuing.

?:I’m comin’ to Raw really soon and believe me, I ain’t comin’ to take a back seat, to bide my time letting WASTES OF SPACE STEAL MY SPOTLIGHT. I’m comin’ to make a name for myself, I’m comin’ to get EVERYBODY’S attention and I’m comin’ to give the WWE a whole new lease o’ freakin’ life.

The man pauses before taking a deep breath.

?: Monday Night Raw ain‘t gonna be so predictable anymore. And the man to give you that sense of excitement again, that sense of urgency, that sense of unpredictability is yours truly…MISTERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR KENNEDYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

This Kennedy stops and pauses, looking high up at the sky, microphone still up by his mouth.


Kennedy then drops the mic as we fade off.

We then return back ringside to hear…

‘Sexy Boy’

The music of HBK hits to a massive pop as the Showstopper steps out strutting his stuff, ready for a career defining night here in Las Vegas

Jim Ross: Well ladies and gentleman you might wanna buckle up for this one. Shawn Michaels is puttin’ his career virtually on the line tonight. Shawn Michaels does not know who he’ll be facin’ here tonight, all the Showstopper knows is that he needs to be walkin’ out victorious otherwise he becomes the property of Eric Bischoff. Yes I said the property of our General Manager. A horrifying prospect in store here tonight.

The Coach: Horrifying? Are you kiddin’ me? It is an incredible prospect J.R. Can you imagine how great it would be to see Shawn Michaels have to stand in line and take orders for once in his freakin’ life from Eric Bischoff no less? That ain’t nothing’ but BEAUTIFUL J.R.

Jim Ross: I would wish that upon no man Coach. Not even you. Eric Bischoff is a piece of garbage and Shawn Michaels knows it. If Michaels can come out victorious he will get what Eric Bischoff has denied him over recent weeks and that is a World title opportunity. It really is win or bust for the Heartbreak Kid tonight.

Michaels paces around the ring momentarily before…

‘I’m Back’

The Raw GM’s music hits to instant heat as out steps Eric Bischoff, grinning from ear to ear as he heads down the ramp

Jim Ross: You can tell by the smile on the face of Eric Bischoff just how confident he is here tonight that Shawn Michaels career is gonna be in the palm of his hands come the end of Vengeance tonight. I have absolutely NO idea who Bischoff has got lined up here tonight but I do know that it ain’t gonna be easy for Shawn Michaels.

The Coach: Eric Bischoff as much as you don’t like him J.R is one of the most intelligent guys I’ve ever met. This man ALWAYS has something up his sleeve and you’ve gotta believe the same here tonight. The boss is gonna pull it off big time J.R, I can feel it!

Bischoff has a mic in hand and waits at the bottom of the ramp, still grinning whilst looking Michaels up and down.

Eric Bischoff: Moment of truth huh Shawn?

Bischoff laughs as Michaels has a stern look on his face.

Eric Bischoff: I guess you’re wondering just who it is you’re gonna be facing here tonight? I guess you are ALL wondering who it is Shawn Michaels will be facing tonight right?

Bischoff spreads his arms and looks around the arena with the anticipation building.

Eric Bischoff: Well the wait is OVER Shawn and just like the wait, your career Shawn, it’s over too.

Bischoff smiles broadly as the crowd drowns him in heat.

Eric Bischoff: Tonight you lose your career to ME. You will lose it all Shawn and the man who is gonna do it? Well he’s not here for me, he’s not here to do my dirty work. He’s here because he wants to make a STATEMENT, he wants to make an IMPACT, he wants to SEE YOU SUFFER, JUST AS MUCH AS I DO SHAWN!!

Heat once more for the GM.

Eric Bischoff: Ladies and gentleman, without any further adue, please let me welcome the man who is going to not only beat Shawn Michaels, but the man who is going to DESTORY Shawn Michaels here tonight in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bischoff is still siling as the crowd waits patiently. Bischoff is still at the bottom of the ramp, twisting his head to look up the ramp before we finally hear…………….


Jim Ross: JESUS!!

After J.R‘s moment of fear..

‘Slow Chemical’

A large mixed reaction fills the Thomas&Mack Center as the music of the Big Red Machine hits and we see KANE heading down the ramp, with an evil look on his face as the camera pans to see a determined looking, slightly worried looking Shawn Michaels before we see Eric Bischoff laughing his head off as Kane walks straight past him towards the ring

The Coach: YES!! Eric Bischoff has PULLED IT OUT THE BAG J.R!! Shawn Michaels can kiss his career goodbye!! Kane is here!! Kane is back and he’s gonna FINISH OFF the Heartbreak Kid!!

Jim Ross: THE BIG RED MACHINE HAS RETURNED!! And he’s bringing hell, fire and brimstone with him, good gawd!! Eric Bischoff has INDEED pulled it outta the bag here tonight. We haven’t seen Kane since Backlash and you can only wonder how Eric Bischoff has convinced Kane to return here tonight and you can only wonder why Kane has come back.

The Coach: What do ya mean how? He’s Eric Bischoff J.R, he can pull off anything!! But I haven’t got a damn clue why Kane wanted to come back and quite frankly J.R I don’t care as long as he ENDS Shawn Michaels tonight! I wanna go get me some popcorn cowboy, this one’s gonna get real ugly!!

Shawn Michaels vs. Kane
(If Shawn Michaels wins he gets a World title shot; If Shawn Michaels loses, he becomes the property of Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff)

Kane immediately heads after HBK who in his usual nature doesn’t back down and the two men lock up as Eric Bischoff looks on ringside, still beaming at the fact he’s got Kane here tonight. The Big Red Machine overpowers Shawn in the lock up and forces Michaels back before the grip is broken and Kane nails Michaels with a big uppercut, sending Michaels back again as he tries to back away even furthermore from the oncoming monster. Kane stalks Michaels who is on his toes and Michaels steps forward and nails the big man with a series of fast right hands, trying to catch him off guard and it works as Kane is forced back. Michaels now with an Irish whip, Kane comes off the ropes, goes for a clothesline, Michaels ducks it and runs the ropes, flies at Kane but is met with a huge uppercut sending the Showstopper down!!

Kane holds his lip, clearly a bit shaken after Michaels little onslaught but the Big Red Machine soon turns right back after Michaels, bringing him to his feet and ferociously whipping Michaels into the turnbuckle before charging right at him and knocking all the wind out of him with a massive clothesline!! Michaels falls forward right back into Kane’s path as the seven footer drops Michaels with a hard scoop slam. Kane’s onslaught continues as he bounces off the ropes and drops Michaels with a huge leg drop!! Cover from Kane..



Shoulder up from the Showstopper as Eric Bischoff, still on looking, grits his teeth in annoyance that Michaels stays in this contest. Kane gets right back up bringing Michaels with him and delivers a knee right into the gut of Michaels, followed by another before the Big Red Machine takes Michaels over to the turnbuckle and smashes his head, face first into the turnbuckle as Michaels drops to the mat once again with Kane building some momentum here. The Seven footer decides to really look and finish this off quickly here as he heads to the top rope! Kane slowly as you’d expect, climbs up high as HBK steadily gets to his feet, Michaels turns around, FLYING CLOTHESLINE FROM THE TOP!! MICHAELS DUCKS IT AND KANE GOES TUMBLING!!

A nice pop greets that as Michaels is now on the front foot. He takes a second to catch his breath before heading after the big man. Michaels brings him to his feet, Irish whip, Kane rebounds right into the point of Michaels’ left elbow, sending him down to the mat. Michaels goes for a surprise cover..


Shoulder up at one from Kane as Michaels grabs the back of the monster’s neck and brings him upright. Michaels hoists Kane up, looking for a suplex, CONNECTS!! Michaels scurries over, looking for another cover here, desperate to put away the big man..



Closer this time but still to no avail as Kane kicks out at two. J.R talks about why Michaels is trying to finish this at every chance he gets, knowing that his career is virtually on the line here tonight, he must win this match or else HBK’s future looks incredibly bleak here in the WWE. Michaels now heads up to the top rope with Kane looking in a world of trouble here. Michaels looks around the crowd who pop like crazy for the Showstopper but Michaels gets down again?? He gets down because Eric Bischoff is on the apron, trying to get the referee’s attention, which he does. Michaels heads over to Bischoff who immediately flees as soon as he sees his recent adversary heading his way. But Bischoff can’t get away that easy as Michaels heads to the outside after him!! The crowd start a ‘HBK’ chant as Michaels circles the ring with Bischoff running for his life but it comes to nothing as Michaels grabs Bischoff by the back of his jacket!! Bischoff pleads with Shawn not to do anything to him but Michaels clenches his fist, pulls it back, BAM!! MICHAELS IS KNOCKED DOWN BY KANE!!

The returning monster is now on the outside and has sent HBK flying as Bischoff straightens up his jacket, looking a very relieved man as Kane now looks to regain control in this match up. The big man brings Michaels to his feet before smashing him with a right hand, followed by another as Michaels is placed on the back foot. Kane now grabs the back of Michaels head before heading over towards the barricade. The fans close to the superstars shout abuse at Kane as he SMASHES Michaels head off the barricade as he bounces back, holding his nose in clear pain. Michaels then spins back around right into the path of the monster who drops him with a big boot!! Kane then lets out a sly grin before laughing slowly to himself as Coach proclaims just how brilliant this is to watch.

Kane brings the Showstopper back up to his feet before tossing him inside the ring and following right behind. Michaels has no chance at bringing himself back into this right now as Kane is on him instantly bringing him back up to his feet, the monster then laughed at Michaels before lifting him up from the side and waiting for a couple of moments, showing all his strength as the crowd booed him, Eric Bischoff applauding however and Kane then dropped Michaels with a hard looking sidewalk slam. Into the cover by Kane..



Michaels kicks out much to the crowd’s relief as Kane wipes his forehead and takes a second, thinking about what his next move will be. We then get a clear indication of exactly what that will be as Kane raises his arm in the air, signalling for a choke slam as Michaels begins to stir. Mr.Wrestlemania starts to make his way to his feet as the crowd try and will him not to turn around. Michaels is now upright and a little lost as he turns around and Kane locks his hand around the throat of Michaels!! Kane looks intensely at his opponent before lifting him up but Michaels fights with all he’s got!! Michaels delivers an elbow to the temple, followed by another and he manages to break free of Kane’s grip!! Kane is now down as Michaels delivers a right hand and another before he whips the big man across the ring, Michaels runs to the opposite side and flies at Kane, taking him down with a massive leaping shoulder block and MICHAELS NIPS UP!!

The Showstopper now building some momentum here as he heads to the corner and Michaels begins to tune up the band!! The crowd rise to their feet as they get ready for Michaels to end this. Kane isn’t too sure where he is as he starts to surface while Michaels continues to work the crowd up here. Kane to his knees now, starts to find his feet, he’s up, turns around, BAM!! SWEET CHIN MUSIC CONNECTS!! MICHAELS INTO THE COVER!!




MICHAELS DID IT!! NO!! THE REFEREE SEES KANE’S FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE!! ERIC BISCHOFF PUT KANE’S FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE!! Bischoff begins to let out a huge smirk as the crowd shits all over him. Michaels can’t believe it and has his head in his hands, asking the referee how before pointing at Bischoff but the referee is having none of it, saying he didn’t see as Michaels wonders just what he has to do here. Michaels and Bischoff then lock eyes as Bischoff sarcastically waves at Michaels who is looking infuriated and rightly so. Michaels continues to assess his options and decides to wait and allow Kane to get back up to his feet before making his next move.

Kane gets back up and is met with a knife edge chop from Michaels. The chop is met with a typical ‘Wooo’ from the crowd as Michaels continues with a series of chops right across the chest of Kane who is forced back towards the turnbuckle. Michaels now begins to stomp into the mid section of the big man, forcing him down before delivering a knee right to the head of his opponent. Michaels draws him up to his feet before whipping him to the opposite turnbuckle. Michaels charges right at him but he’s met with a BIG UPPERCUT SENDING HIM BACK! Michaels spins around, Kane charges at him but Michaels catches him and connects with an atomic drop! Kane looks in trouble here, Michaels charges at him but Kane with a back body drop, Michaels though catches Kane with a SUNSET FLIP!!



Shoulder up at the death from Kane!! Eric Bischoff again breathes a HUGE sigh of relief as Kane stays in this thing to keep Bischoff’s chances alive. Michaels now heads up to the top rope as he points in Eric Bischoff’s direction, mouthing something along the lines of ‘This for you’. Michaels positions himself up top as Kane looks out of it here, MICHAELS FLIES!! BUT KANE WAS PLAYING POSSUM!! KANE SEES HIM COMING, CATCHES HIM BY THE THROAT!! CHOKESLAM!! CHOKESLAM TO MICHAELS!! COVER..




NO!! MICHAELS SOMEHOW, SOMEWAY KICKS OUT TO A HUGE ROAR FROM THE CROWD. Kane looks in disbelief before the camera cuts to Bischoff who looks distraught saying ‘What?’ to himself over and over again, head in his hands as Kane fails to put away the Showstopper. Bischoff then pounds the mat, calling Kane over before telling the big man to finish the job off this time. Kane heads over menacingly to Michaels who’s still down, goes to bring him up to his feet but Michaels catches him with a roll up!!



Kick out by Kane this time!! The crowd sighs as they thought Michaels caught the monster off guard there. Both men begin to get to their feet as this contest seems to closing here. Michaels with a right hand, Kane responds but Michaels is too fast, delivering right after right before looking for a clothesline, Kane ducks it, spins round, Michaels takes him down at the legs and locks in a SHARPSHOOTER!! MICHAELS LOCKS THE SUBMISSION IN AND KANE HAS NOWHERE TO GO!! Michaels’s face paints a picture as he puts all his heart into this, knowing what’s at stake here. Kane is writhing in agony as his hand falls down, he’s oh so close to tapping here. He wriggles, reaches for the ropes, clawing out desperately but Michaels drags him further into the middle of the ring as it looks set to end in defeat on the monster’s return BUT WAIT!! ERIC BSICHOFF AGAIN ON THE APRON!! Bischoff diverts the referee’s attention yet again but Michaels doesn’t see it. Michaels keeps the hold locked in but out of the corner of his eye catches Bischoff. Michaels lets go of the hold and heads slowly towards Bischoff who is still on the apron. The referee tries to get Bischoff down but he’s having none of it as Michaels heads over and tells Bischoff to get down. Bischoff doesn’t budge and Michaels sighs before saying ‘I warned ya Eric’ and MICHAELS DROPS THE GM WITH A RIGHT HAND!! Bischoff is sent spiralling as Michaels cuts a smile looking down at the fallen GM. Michaels turns back around to head back to work on Kane but he’s GRIPPED ROUND THE THROAT!! KANE IS BACK UP AND KANE HAS MICHAELS SET!! CHOKESLAM!! SECOND CHOKESLAM TO HBK!! Cover..




It’s over!!

Winner: Kane(13:09)

Jim Ross: I..I’m in shock folks.

The Coach: THAT’S IT J.R!! SHAWN MICHAELS IS DONE!! Eric Bischoff has his wish and there ain’t a DAMN THING anybody can do about it.

Jim Ross: Look at the expression on Shawn Michaels face. The realisation that tonight could well be the end of his long, illustrious career. Have Eric Bischoff and Kane done the unthinkable here? Have they finished Shawn Michaels off for good?

The Coach: Shawn Michaels is now the property of our General Manager J.R. I can’t tell you how good this is gonna be. No more Showstopper, no more Heartbreak Kid, the only heart broken J.R is Shawn Michaels haha!

Michaels gets up and looks around the ring and the arena, looking crushed, almost in tears before he catches a glimpse of Eric Bischoff heading up to the top of the ramp, holding his jaw and ooking back absolutely elated, laughing at a crest fallen HBK here tonight as the arena applaud him and chant ‘HBK, HBK’ clearly wondering whether that may infact be the last time they see Shawn Michaels inside the ring.

We then head off into a look at Smackdown and their next PPV.

We then return and see a shot of Eric Bischoff heading towards a limo, looking absolutely delighted. Bischoff is about to step inside before Todd Grisham manages to catch up with him.

Todd Grisham: ERIC!! ERIC!! One second, we all just saw what happened in the Shawn Michaels-Kane match and we now know that Shawn Michaels is officially your property. How do you feel now safe in the knowledge that you hold the key to Shawn Michaels career?

Eric Bischoff: I am absolutely THRILLED with what just happened Todd. I can’t even begin to describe the emotions I’m feelin’ this very second but what I can tell you is that tonight is the night that Shawn Michaels career came to a fitting end.


Eric Bischoff: See Shawn Michaels doesn’t deserve to go out in a blaze of glory like so many seem to think. Shawn Michaels has and always will be a piece of dirt and people deserve to know that. A lot of folks don’t know who the real Shawn Michaels is but I do and there’s a lotta other guys in that locker room who do too.

Grisham looks taken aback.

Eric Bischoff: For years Shawn Michaels has been too focused on number one, everything has always been about him. Michaels has never cared about anybody but himself and these past few weeks, few months infact he’s decided that I learnt that. Shawn decided that he’d try and teach me a little lesson. He wanted Kurt Angle, he wanted the World title, I didn’t just cave in like so many others do to his demands. No.

Bischoff looks pissed.

Eric Bischoff: I put my foot down and I let him know who’s boss. What did Shawn do in response to that? He super kicked my head off on more than one occasion. That is NOT how you treat somebody around here, I deserve respect and a lot of guys in the back deserve respect but Shawn Michaels doesn’t give it to me and he doesn’t give it to them Todd.

Bischoff pauses before continuing.

Eric Bischoff: Now though? After what’s happened here tonight, after the outcome of that match, Shawn Michaels is gonna learn and he’s gonna learn the hard way. I control every aspect of the Heartbreak Kid now, everything he does is gonna be done on my watch and I mean everything. Anything I want, I now know that with Shawn on board and believe me, he is firmly on board cos there is NO WAY he can back outta this thing. Shawn tries to pull a fast one? Shawn tries to hurt me? He lay ONE finger on me and I will have him fired from this company, NEVER to be seen again.

Bischoff laughs slyly to strong boos.

Eric Bischoff: With Shawn on board I know that I can get whatever it is I desire and what I desire Todd is total control of this show. There are other guys back there who’ve much like Shawn, they’ve disrespected me, they’ve made an enemy of me in the past, be it last week, be it last year, they have crossed me. So just as I’ve done with Shawn Michaels, I’m gonna do the exact same thing to each and every one of them until the entire Monday Night Raw locker room gives me the respect that I DESERVE!

Bischoff steps inside the limo now to heat as ever with Grisham pulling away before the camera then swivels and we see SHAWN MICHAELS appear into shot!!

Jim Ross: Oh no, you gotta be kiddin’ me?!?

Michaels has two bags in hand and slowly wanders towards the limo, looking completely down and depressed with the situation he’s in. Bischoff then winds the window down..

Eric Bischoff: Come on Shawn, I got places to go, people to see buddy.

We see another dejected look on Michaels face before a horrified look on Grisham’s face.

Eric Bischoff: You think this is bad? Oh Shawn, believe me, you ain’t seen nothing’ yet ha ha.

Bischoff winds the window back up as Michaels gets inside the limo, joining the General Manager with the arena going eerily quiet, clearly in shock at what they’re seeing. The limo then sets off as we head back ringside and join J.R and Coach with J.R looking lost for words.

Jim Ross: In all my years of broadcasting I’ve never quite felt how I’m feelin’ tight now knowing that the career of someone as great as Shawn Michaels may have come to an end at the hands of a man like Eric Bischoff. Makes me absolutely sick to my stomach and I can only hope and pray that Shawn Michaels somehow finds a way outta all this.

The Coach: There ain’t a way out J.R. Eric Bischoff said it himself, if Michaels even thinks about getting outta this, then he’s DONE in the WWE, there’ll be no coming back and Shawn Michaels cannot stay away. He just can’t, it’s what he lives for J.R.

Jim Ross: Well you’re right on that one Coach but I just don’t know quite how much Shawn Michaels is gonna be able to take from our General Manager.

‘Just Close Your Eyes’

The mood changes instantly as Christian steps out to loud heat, accompanied by Tomko as he gets set for a defining night in his career here tonight

The Coach: Well you can forget ALL about Shawn Michaels now J.R. cos the time has come baby!! Captain Charisma is here and he’s about to take the trash out ha ha. This night is just gonna get better and better. Christian’s takin’ the torch tonight old timer, make no mistake about it.

Jim Ross: Well indeed it’s a huge opportunity for Christian here tonight. Christian has been hell bent on getting this match up with Ric Flair ever since Backlash and he finally gets his wish tonight but after what he’s done to Flair in recent weeks, Christian may well regret ever wanting to get involved with the Nature Boy. Ric Flair’s gonna bring it tonight.


‘Also Sprach Zarathrusta’

The arena reupts as the Nature Boy steps out, strutting his stuff down to the ring, milking the applause as Christian and Tomko look in intently.

Jim Ross: Sixteen times Ric Flair has reached the very top of the mountain. He is one of, if not the greatest performer there’s ever been and he’s comin’ here tonight to teach Christian exactly why he’s the man and to teach Christian exactly what it takes to be the man.

The Coach: Well he ain’t gonna pull it off. Flair USED to be the man, no doubt but Christian’s been sayin’ it for weeks, for MONTHS now, Flair is done around here, finished, no more Ric Flair. It’s time for him to step aside, hand the torch over to Captain Charisma and allow him to be the new man that brings upon us a new era.

Jim Ross: Believe me Coach, Ric Flair is far from finished around here and you can bet your ass he’s gonna show exactly why here tonight. This one is gonna be a slobber knocker.

Ric Flair vs. Christian w/Tomko
The crowd immediately start the inevitable ‘Wooos’ as Flair lets out a wry smile and the two men circle the ring with Christian having an intense look on his face as Flair then locks eyes with the young Canadian and his face turns to intensity also. Flair goes after Christian but he heads to the ropes immediately, not wanting anything to do with Flair just yet. Christian steps back inside slowly, clearly wary of Naitch in the early going. Flair allows Christian back inside before heading right back on him but again Christian puts one leg through the ropes and the referee forces Flair back. Flair begins to argue with the official before Christian right on cue steps back in and delivers a cheap shot to Flair, sending him back before Christian starts to unload with a series of right hands. Irish whip from CC before he takes down Flair with a shoulder block as Christian then ‘Wooos’ to the crowd which instantly draws him strong heat.

Christian takes a moment before bringing Flair up to his feet and Christian immediately begins to hammer away with some knees to the gut of Flair, looking to knock the wind out of him early on in this contest. Captain Charisma then strolled towards the turnbuckle, holding Flair by the back of the neck before smashing Flair face first off the turnbuckle as Flair falls to the mat and Christian establishes an early dominance. Surprisingly Christian goes for an early cover..


Shoulder up at one and a half as Christian smiles slyly, knowing that wasn’t really gonna get the job done. Christian then locks Flair into a headlock as the veteran tries to begin making it to his feet. Flair gets upright with Christian still locking him in but Flair manages to break free, only for Christian to shove Naitch forward, Flair bounds into the ropes and comes right back at Christian who swings but misses and Flair spins him round, WOOO, stinging knife edge chop to Christian! Flair continues with chop after chop as the crowd in Vegas eat it up with Christian being forced back towards the turnbuckle. Flair lets out one loud ‘Woooo’ before delivering a final chop to the red raw chest of Christian who looks in real pain here.

Flair now pulls Christian into him before taking him down with a big clothesline as Naitch now looks to take control of things. Flair lets out another ‘Wooo’ before bringing Christian up to his feet, Irish whip followed by a nice reverse elbow from Flair, sending Christian spiralling as we see a shot of Tomko on the outside looking slightly worried here. Flair allows Christian to get up to his feet before taking him down with a chop block, focusing on the left leg of his opponent as Flair continues to work away with another couple of chop blocks before Christian is finally taken down to his knees again before Flair picks Christian back up from behind and connects with a belly to back suplex!! Christian in real trouble here as Flair hurries over for a cover…



Near fall but Christian stays in this as Flair takes a quick breather, perching himself on the outside before he once again heads to his opponent but he’s met with a right hand to the mid section as CC makes his way back upright. Flair now winded is on the backfoot as Christian connects with another right hand before a kick to the mid section before whipping Flair into the ropes, Flair comes right back and Christian connects with a big back body drop as Flair crashes and burns. Christian doesn’t relent though and heads over to Flair before unleashing on the Nature Boy with a series of stomps to the chest and gut as Christian looks to punish his rival. The former Intercontinental champion now gets on top of Flair and begins hammering away with strong right hands as the referee pleads with him to stop. Christian gets to the count of 4 before finally letting up but he adds a kick right to the face for good measure as the crowd boos his actions.

Christian pats his chest before looking round the crowd for all his peeps with the odd person cheering but most continuing to boo. Christian then perches himself on the top rope, just sitting and waiting as Flair regroups and gets to his feet. Christian now stands on top as Flair turns around and is met with the sight of Christian coming down and taking him down with a flying clothesline!! Flair goes tumbling, as does Christian who is immediately back up and heads over to Flair and into the cover..




Flair just gets the shoulder up much to Christian’s annoyance as Tomko slams his fist on the mat, cutting a frustrated figure on the outside. Christian sits up and looks less than impressed that he couldn’t get the win there also before he gets up to his feet and kicks Flair in the face before repeating again as the referee tells Christian he’s on thin ice as CC takes out his frustration. Christian now brings Flair back up to his feet with the 16 time World champion looking in real trouble right now as Christian lays into Naitch with some right hands before a strong forearm right across the nose. Irish whip from Christian, Flair comes back off the ropes, Christian goes for a back body drop but Flair manages to stop himself, falls to his knees and punches Christian right across the face!! Big pop from the Vegas crowd as Flair looks to turn the tables here. Christian spins round, clutching his face as Flair grabs the tights from behind, into the cover!!




HE GOT HIM!! NO!! Christian just gets the shoulder up as the crowd cheers, thinking it’s over but the cheers soon die down as they realise Flair didn’t quite the job done there. Flair is right back at it though and brings Captain Charisma up before laying into him with a couple more of his infamous chops. Christian holds his chest, still feeling the effects from the earlier chops, let alone these ones as Flair pushes him back towards the turnbuckle. Flair now with an Irish whip, Christian counters it though and whips Flair to the opposite turnbuckle, Flair bounces back into the oncoming Christian who connects with a kick to the mid section, spins Flair round, UNPRETTIER TIME!! Christian looks for it but Flair counters!! Flair manages to get out of it and turn himself around, pushes Christian into the ropes, Christian bounces back, Flair rolls him up again!! Cover.. NO!! CHRISTIAN MANAGES TO DRAW HIMSELF UP AND OUT OF IT, BEFORE A SUNSET FLIP!! COVER ON FLAIR..



Flair just kicks out as this match takes yet another twist. It’s Christian’s turn this time to be frustrated as the crowd begins to cheer, thrilled that Flair managed to survive. Christian takes a second to think about his next move as Flair gets up to his feet also and he’s met with a right hand from CC who then knees Flair in the gut before tossing Flair through the ropes and onto the outside with Flair taking a heavy fall. Christian follows after him with the fans in the first few rows all on their feet, excited by the two superstars doing their thing right in front of them. Flair is crawling on his knees and looking to get to his feet but Christian doesn’t allow it, delivering a strong kick to the ribs of Flair who yells out in pain before collapsing to the mat again as Christian then stomps away at the chest of Flair to heat from the fans before yelling out ‘It’s MY time to shine’, drawing himself even more heat. Christian then picks up Flair who looks in some discomfort before looking to whip the Nature Boy into the ringpost but Flair counters it and sends Christian flying face first into the ringpost!! The fans go wild as Christian is sent tumbling, clutching his face with Flair stumbling across towards him, still holding his chest from those stomps.

Flair brings Christian up to his feet, tossing his rival back inside the ring at the count of 7 as Flair is wary of the countout here. Flair goes to follow him but we then see Tomko come into shot. Tomko walks towards Naitch who sees the big man out the corner of his eye. Naitch hesitates getting into the ring as the count reaches 8 and Tomko gets closer and closer before holding his arms out and he’s met with a right hand from Flair!! Tomko is sent crashing by Flair who lets out a ‘Wooo’ and heads into the ring back after Christian. Captain Charisma is up though and pounces on Flair, before hammering away with right hands, Christian brings Flair up, Irish whip, Flair comes bouncing back, kick to the mid section, DDT from Christian, HUGE DDT!! Cover..



3.. NO!!

Flair just about stays in this as Christian looks a broken man, looking lost here as he fails again to put away Flair. Christian holds his head in his hands before slowly making it to his feet, Flair begins to surface and Christian waits for the veteran to get back to his feet. Flair slowly rises and Christian is quick to strike, goes for the Unprettier, Flair though reverses it, spins Christian round, goes for a scoop slam but Christian slides down Flair’s back, spins Flair round, kick to the mid section, Irish whip, reversal from Flair as Christian goes flying, rebounds off the tunbuckle, Flair with a takedown. Flair goes for the legs of CC, FIGURE FOUR TIME!! FLAIR LOOKS TO GET IN THE FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK!! Christian fights it, using his leg strength to try and get him out of it but it’s no use as FLAIR LOCKS IT IN!!

The crowd goes wild as Flair locks it in and both men show their emotions as Flair yells out, clearly using all his effort to finish this here whilst Christian yells out in pain, his hand high in the sky, all about to tap. J.R. is going wild on commentary, ‘CHRISTIAN’S GONNA TAP!!’ Coach pleads with Christian not to as Flair goes hard for this to end. Christian’s about to go but then we see TOMKO! Christian’s problem solver is back up after Flair’s sucker punch and he gets on the apron. The referee sees him and tries to stop him entering the ring, we then see Flair let go of the hold and allow Christian free as he clutches his left leg. Flair gets up to his feet and looks intensely at Tomko before SPRINTING at Tomko and Flair launches for him but Tomko drops to the outside as the two exchange strong words and the referee looks to keep the two men apart. We see that Christian is up now, using the ropes for leverage as Flair and Tomko exchange more words before the big problem solver gets back up on the apron, distracts the referee once again as Flair turns around back to Christian, LOW BLOW!! Flair is caught by Christian with a sickening low blow, spins Flair round, UNPRETTIER CONNECTS!! Cover by Christian…





Winner: Christian(15:33)


Jim Ross: He needed Tomko to do it though Coach!! Christian got lucky here tonight damn it! What about the low blow for god sake?!

The Coach: Where’s that torch huh? Where is it? Cos we need to pass it to Christian right about now.

Jim Ross: Aw, c’mon Coach. Ric Flair proved here tonight that he is FAR from done around here. If it weren’t for Tomko and Christian’s shenanigans, Flair would be walkin’ outta Las Vegas havin’ taught Christian a lesson tonight. Christian’s not earned the right to take the torch from Ric Flair.

Christian and Tomko back up the ramp with Christian patting his chest before looking to his peeps and smiling at a watching Ric Flair who is on his knees inside the ring looking up at the duo, clearly angered by what’s gone down here tonight as we head off to the back and rejoin Todd Grisham.

Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentleman, please welcome my guest at this time, he is the Game, Triple H.

Trips enters the shot, not looking in any mood for Grisham’s nonsense tonight.

Todd Grisham: Triple H, I have to ask you, after being defeated by Batista at Wrestlemania, what kinda strategy do you have in mind here tonight to make sure lightning doesn‘t strike twice?

Triple H: My strategy tonight is the same damn strategy I use each and every time I step inside that ring. Go out there and kick somebody’s ass. Tonight I’m gonna do exactly that to Dave Batista.

Heat already.

Triple H: I don’t need to do anything more or do anything differently to what I usually do. I’ve said it ever since Wrestlemania, Batista is nothing but a fluke champion. He is holding my World title and everybody knows that I’m not gonna stop at anything here tonight to get that back where it belongs.

Todd Grisham: But uh, Batista did beat you at Wrestlemania. You must have something different lined up to ensure there’s no repeat of that?

Trips looks furious with Grisham’s question.

Triple H: You really do like puttin’ your foot in your mouth don’t ya Grisham? I told ya alright, I got nothing different lined up here tonight except what I do night after night inside that ring and that is kick people’s asses and prove to everybody exactly why I am that damn good. Tonight Batista is gonna find out first hand exactly why people call me that.

Trips takes a sip of water before continuing.

Triple H: I’ve been telling’ everybody for weeks now, this issue with me and Batista isn’t gonna go down as that one night, that one battle at Wrestlemania. It is gonna go down as a whole lot more. It’s gonna go down as personal, as brutal, and as a ..flat ..out.. war.

Small pop.

Triple H: And just like I’ve been telling everybody about the war, I’ve been telling everybody that when there is a war in the WWE, when I enter a war zone, there is going to be only one winner. Two men will step foot inside that war zone, only one will come out on top. The other? Well the other goes home with their pride and their ego as well as their body, being bruised and beaten.

Trips looks intense here.

Triple H: The number of wars I’ve been in over the years I’ve lost count of, really I have. How many has Batista been in Todd huh?

Grisham doesn’t respond.

Triple H: Right, exactly right. He’s not been in a single damn one of ‘em. I on the other hand have been in wars with the very best of the best in this business. You name ‘em, I’ve faced ‘em but here’s where Batista really needs to learn. I may’ve been in a lotta wars over the years but facts are, I haven’t just been involved in them, I have come out on top in all of ‘em, I have won those wars over and over again because I ALWAYS find a way.

Heat for the Game.

Triple H: Tonight, Batista will learn the hard way, he’ll learn exactly why I am the Game, why I’m the Cerebral Assassin and why I am the ten.. time World champion . Batista may wanna talk about his defining night at Wrestlemania, about how much that World title means to him but when it comes down to it, I gotta question just how much does it really mean to Dave Batista? Tonight, I’m pretty damn sure we’ll find that answer out. And when I leave Las Vegas tonight with the World title back around my waist, I’m not gonna be afraid to say to you, to say to all these people and to say to Batista himself, I told ya so, because I will, like I always do, I will find a way and I will..win the war.

The Game walks off drinking his water with Grisham looking on cluelessly as we head back ringside and Coach and J.R. run down the events that have transpired already here tonight, including the shocking Shawn Michaels defeat, the Women’s championship changing hands, the win for Christian over Ric Flair, Y2J defeating Edge as well as the Dudley Boyz and Muhammad Hassan retaining their titles with Mark Jindrak also slaying the giant. We then hear the oh so familiar……

‘Time to play the Game’

The music of Triple H hits and out comes the Cerebral Assassin to resounding heat as he looks to try and win back the World title here tonight

Jim Ross: Well we heard just moments ago from this man, Triple H and there is no doubting Coach that tonight is as big as they come for the Game. He has described this as war between himself and Dave Batista, tonight we see once and for all just who the winner of this whole thing truly is.

The Coach: There’s only gonna be one winner J.R and you’re lookin’ at him. The TEN, count ‘em, TEN timw World champion is gonna be leavin’ this building with number eleven. Batista doesn’t know what he’s in for tonight, Triple H will prove what I’ve thought all along, Wrestlemania was a fluke and tonight the king goes back on his throne.

‘I Walk Alone’

The music of the World champion hits to a massive ovation as out charges Batista, roaring to the crowd as they gear themselves up for this huge contest

Jim Ross: Batista has been a fighting champion ever since Wrestlemania, taking on all comers, taking HUGE pride in being the World champion and tonight, lord knows Batista ain’t gonna back down from Triple H. This has been about as personal as they come for Batista and he wants to put Triple H’s championship quest firmly to an end here tonight. These two men were one time friends, partners, Triple H was a mentor to Batista but now? Now they despise one another, Batista hates the guts of Triple H. Look at the emotion on the face of Dave Batista, Coach.

We see a shot of Batista heading up the steps looking fiercely at Trips inside the ring.

The Coach: The hatred is mutual though J.R. Every ounce of hate inside Batista, Triple H feels the damn same way and you can tell that this one’s gonna be real ugly. The World Heavyweight title is ALL Triple H wants in life, it’s all Batista wants, somebody’s leavin’ here tonight without getting what they want and if I were a betting man J.R, which I am, I’d bet it’s Batista.

World Heavyweight Championship:

Batista© vs. Triple H
There’s electricity in the air as the fans are hyped for this big showdown as Tista and Trips circle the ring slowly following the bell and Trips stretches his arms, tilting his head getting into the zone as Batista jogs slowly on the spot and the looks on both men’s faces tell a story with the fire in their eyes clear to see. A ‘Batista’ chant starts up as the two continue locking eyes before both finally make a move and the two men lock up in the middle of the ring. Both men show their strength as they take turns to force the other back before the hold is broken and it’s the number one contender who begins to get into the ascendancy, delivering some strong right hands to the champion. Trips puts Tista on the back foot but the Animal fights back with some rights of his own which now send the Game aback.

Batista is now in control and delivers an Irish whip to his long time rival, Trips comes back at him and Batista knocks him down with a strong shoulder block as the crowd cheer and Batista brings the ten time champion back to his feet. Tista throws a right hand before whipping Trips into the turnbuckle and Trips rebounds hard as Batista comes flying into him with a strong clothesline! Trips has the wind knocked out of him as Batista begins to stomp away at his opponent in the corner as he holds a strong advantage here early on. Tista puts Trips more upright now before delivering some huge shoulders into the gut of Trips who is really feeling the effects in the early going here from the champion, using all his size and power to perfection here.

Batista takes a second though as the referee speaks calmly to him, clearly unhappy with something and that split second throws Batista off guard as Trips nails a kick to the mid section before a right hand and Hunter turns the tables, throwing Batista now into the corner as the Game begins to unload with right hands, before some stomps of his own as this contest is so far, very evenly poised. Trips sends Batista across the ring with an Irish whip, Batista smashes hard against the turnbuckle as he’s met with an oncoming Trips but Batista uses Trips momentum and back body drops the Game over the ropes and onto the outside, taking a heavy landing!!

Triple H looks to be in some discomfort here as he holds his right knee, landing sickeningly as some fans seem quite concerned this could be a legit injury. Trips writhes in pain as Batista takes a moment inside the ring before steadying himself and heading to the outside also. Tista brings Hunter to his feet as Trips looks to be struggling for balance with that knee injury and Batista lines his rival up before laying him out with a thunderous clothesline, almost taking Triple H’s head off!! The fans give a loud roar as Batista yells ‘C’mon’ before immediately bringing the Game back up again, looking to inflict as much as pain as possible on his former mentor.

Tista nails Trips with a knee to the gut before looking to whip him across and into the ringpost but Triple H counters it and reverses Batista into the post!! The Animal goes face first into the steel as he crashes to the floor with Trips falling also, clearly rattled still but that landing and the referee’s count reaches 6 and a half. Triple H, knowing he can’t win the title via countout, scurries over to Batista, bringing the big man to his feet before tossing him back inside the ring as he follows suit at the count of 8. Trips looks to go for a cover surprisingly..



Shoulder up by the champion at two, much to the relief of the fans as Trips looks to mouth ‘Damn it’ before continuing to hobble slowly round the ring. Batista gets back to his knees before Trips wanders over towards him and he’s met with an elbow to the mid section as Tista tries to find some momentum. Batista, back to his feet, swings for the Game, ducks it, grabs Batista from the side and applies a side headlock on the champion as Trips uses all his experience here, looking to grind down the Animal. Batista grasps out for the ropes but Trips locks the hold in firmly, not wanting his stronger opponent to have any room to manoeuvre.

The fans looks to rally the champion and it slowly works as Tista manages to find some of his strength and power out of it, forcing Trips away, pushing him out and into the ropes. Trips rebounds and Batista goes for a clothesline attempt but Trips ducks it, spins Batista around, kick to the mid section, PEDIGREE TIME!! NO!! Batista delivers a huge back body drop to counter!! The Animal catches his breath for a second before picking the Game up and hoisting him onto his shoulders as the fans get on their feet. Tista signals for the crowd to rise as the champion takes a step back before delivering a HUGE RUNNING POWERSLAM!! Into the cover..




NO!! Trips just gets the shoulder up much to Batista’s dismay as he looks at the referee in a suggestive manner. Batista now appears to be the one frustrated as he sets himself in the corner, before locking eyes on his rival who is to his knees. Batista begins to jog on the spot as Trips slowly gets to his feet, still holding that right knee. Trips turns around, SPEAR!! SPEAR FROM BATISTA BUT NO!! TRIPLE H SEES IT COMING AND KICKS BATISTA IN THE GUT, DDT FROM THE GAME!! Slowly but surely Trips crawls towards Batista and rolls him over into the cover, is this the end?




Batista this time survives by the skin of his teeth as Triple H gets a near fall and the crowd cheer with both men now down and Batista seemingly out with Hunter struggling also. Trips is on his knees now, crawling around the ring, reaching out at the ropes to bring him back upright. Batista begins to stir and tries to sit up but struggles as Triple H is now up and sets his sights on the Animal again. Kick to the head of Batista, sending him straight down again as the Game begins to stomp away furthermore at the head of the champion before the referee gets involved and prevents Trips from continuing the attack.

Trips instead brings Batista to his feet and nails him with a right hand before whipping the Animal into the ropes, Batista though hangs on and holds himself up in the ropes as Trips comes charging at him and sends both he and Batista over the top rope and onto the outside!! Both men are down and out again as Trips once more clutches his right knee, still seeming to struggle with it while Batista holds the back of his neck after taking a hard landing there. Trips staggers getting up and Tista isn’t far behind him and the two trade right hands immediately and it’s the champion who gets the upper hand as his power serves him well and he forces Trips back before ramming the Game with his shoulders up against the ring as Trips lets out a cry in pain.

The Animal continues ramming Trips up against the ring before grabbing the left arm of the Game and bringing him away from the ring before whipping him shoulder first into the outside barricade!! Trips lands hard again as Batista’s punishment really seems to be taking its toll here and he roars to the crowd who get right behind the fan favourite. With the count now up to 8 though, Batista drags Trips up and tosses him inside the ring, getting under the bottom rope also at the count of 9. Batista rolls Trips over into the cover, thinking he’s done enough..



Kick out from the Game as Batista again looks frustrated. The Animal picks Trips up and delivers a firm right hand, followed by another before an Irish whip, Trips comes back, Batista goes for a back body drop but Trips stops himself and delivers a face buster to the Animal!! Tista’s face crashes off the knee of the Game who quickly turns the champion over into a cover..



3.. NO!!

Batista just finds enough to kick out as this contest takes another turn and it’s the number one contender who comes within a whisker from taking home the gold. Trips runs his hair through his hands as he gets to his feet, still clutching at that knee and as he goes sharply after Batista he crumbles again, holding that knee before wisely heading after Tista much slower this time. Trips brings him up before delivering a knee to the mid section, followed by another before using all his strength and hoisting the champion u before dropping him with a big time suplex!! The Animal lands hard as Trips opts not to go for a cover, instead continuing to look at picking apart his rival here.

Trips drops down and on top of Batista before grabbing the back of his neck, holding his head up before delivering some devastating right hands to Batista, yelling ‘I ALWAYS WIN THE WAR DAVE’. Trips then delivers a kick to the face as the fans pour heat on the ten time champion. Trips brings the Animal to his feet again, nailing a right hand before a kick to the gut as Trips looks to finish this off, PEDIGREE TIME!! Trips goes for it but Batista scoops him up and over his shoulder, dropping the number one contender!! Tista falls onto the ropes, clearly not 100% right here as he takes a second and Trips resurfaces. Batista though explodes with a HUGE clothesline, knocking the Game back down as the champion builds some steam here!

Batista waits for Trips to get back up before turning him round, kick to the mid section, BATISTABOMB TIME!! Batista hoists him up high in the sky but Trips strikes with some right hands, fighting desperately to avoid the finishing move and he manages it as he escapes and slides down the back of Batista, spins his rival round, kick to the gut, PEDIGREE!! PEDIGREE CONNECTS!! Trips crawls frantically over to Batista. Cover!!




HE GOT HIM!! NO!!! BATISTA KICKS OUT AT THE VERY LAST SECOND TO A HUGE POP!! Trips looks devastated as he sits up and stares a hole through the referee before holding his hand out with three fingers as if to say that was three. The referee says two before Trips shakes his head once again. Coach is going berserk on commentary, believing that we should have a new champion as J.R. plays up the heart and the guts of Batista to stay in this thing. Trips draws himself up, realising that he’s gotta go again here and find another way of finishing off the Animal.

Trips brings Batista up, before nailing him again with a right hand as he yells at Tista to stay down next time. But out of nowhere Batista responds with a right hand of his own! Batista looks completely dazed but he somehow finds some fight within him here but it’s short lived as Trips sends him down with a knee to the gut before a big clothesline. Trips then shouts something to the crowd who immediately boo him as the Game heads to the top rope?? J.R. sounds stunned on commentary as Trips resorts to desperate measures here to try and finish off Batista.

The Animal staggers to his feet and slowly turns around into the Game who soars off the top but he’s caught by Batista in mid air in a bear hug esque grip!! And Batista SLAMS Trips down with a HUGE spine buster!! The crowd comes alive as Trips high risk move fails to come off and Batista delivers a devastating spine buster as he crawls towards the lifeless Triple H. Rolls him over, into the cover…




The crowd lets out a shocked response as Triple H somehow survives and Batista looks up to the sky, clearly wondering what will put away his heated rival here tonight. Batista sits up and shakes his head before he puts his thumbs up to the crowd who begin to cheer, recognising what’s coming as Batista begins to shake the ropes before putting his thumbs down! Trips is to his knees, gets slowly, very slowly to his feet as he holds his knee still. Trips turns around, kick to the mid section, NO! Trips blocks it, he kicks Tista in the gut, Pedigree time again!! No!! Batista powers out of it!! Trips manages to stay on his feet, falls off the ropes right into Batista’s path. Kick to the mid section, BATISTA BOMB!! CONNECTS!! THIS TIME THE ANIMAL HITS IT!! Into the cover…





Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Batista(21:37)

The crowd goes absolutely wild as Batista defeats Triple H yet again here in Vegas!!

Jim Ross: Batista has done it!! Batista is STILL the World champion and Batista has indeed WON THE WAR!!

The Coach: This is not right J.R!! Triple H, he, h..he doesn’t lose a war, it..it..just doesn’t happen!! Batista got lucky AGAIN!

Jim Ross: Not once Coach but twice, TWICE Batista has defeated the Game!! Batista has proved that he is one HELL OF A WORLD CHAMPION AND BATISTA HAS PROVED THAT HE IS INDEED NO FLUKE!! GOODNIGHT EVERYBODY!!

We see a closing shot of the Animal roaring to the crowd holding the World Heavyweight title aloft as the crowd rises to their feet and the screen fades to black.

An overwhelming set of predictions i must say lol. Thanks to imac for his, appreciate it. Any reviews would be great and returned as always. Just a couple of quick things to add, thanks to Starbuck for the Summerslam poster. And also, i was kinda annoyed Kane came back in real life as my plan has always been for him to return here, obviously he's not masked in this but it might look as though i just went for him because he came back lol, which isn't true at all. Anyways, hope you enjoy and any bit of feedback would be brilliant. Cheers.

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Re: WWE 2005: Raising the Bar.

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First off, some real nice detail on the opening video. That's something you've certainly improved on as this thread has progressed, so it's nice to see you develop that as a skill. Obviously Bischoff/Michaels and Triple H/Batista gets plenty of focus, but I'm delighted to see Christian/Flair feature so prominently. Really gives off the feeling that tonight's gonna be a big night for Captain Charisma.

Kicking off with Edge/Jericho (as I predicted ) makes a ton of sense these two would be more than capable of kicking off the show with a bang. The match action seemed fine, plenty of traditional Edge/Jericho spots, although the ending was a tad underwhelming. I'm gonna assume that is isn't over between the two of them given the surprise nature of the finish, although I think the only way you can go forward now is to have Edge defend his briefcase. But yeah, this, for what it was, was fine. A very solid way to kick things off.

Interesting little moment between Bischoff and Hassan. I'd really like to see you follow through with a Batista/Hassan feud for the title, something I believe was rumoured to happen in real life until Hassan was taken off TV. Still don't think Benjamin wins under handicap rules, that would be too much, but I could defo see Hassan moving on to a feud with Batista soon. So yeah, good stuff here, the seed has definitely been planted for that one.

Well this was always gonna go one of two ways, as there was no chance of The Basham's winning. I thought you'd go all in and have Dutt and Daivari win to really give the Arabs a sense of control over Raw, but I'm OK with The Dudley's retaining. Interested that Dutt seemed to have plenty of the big spots, perhaps he's someone you can develop further in this thread as a singles star? Just be careful, I noticed you spelt his name wrong in capital letters one time. Anyway, another solid match, with Dutt proving to be the highlight. Perhaps we'll see another match between The Dudley's and Dutt and Daivari down the line?

Totally spot on here with Christian. The recap of the way Christian got the match and then his desires to beat Flair when he's at his best, just really good stuff. I'm more convinced than ever that Christian's gonna get a big win tonight and then move on to bigger and better things in this thread. Maybe he emerges as a contender to face Batista at Summerslam?

Not gonna lie, I'm really surprised that Victoria got the win here. Gotta admit though, the action in this, as far as Divas matches go, was pretty creative. Obviously the match stipulation helped with that, but you did well to work in some really nice spots. While I understand the finish involving the damage to the ankle being pretty shocking, I'd have liked to see a lot more work on the leg during the match to set that spot up. If you were gonna do the fall to set it up, I'd have rather seen that much earlier in the match. Would have also made the Trish comeback that bit more dramatic. But yeah, outside the surprise result, a good match as far as Divas go. One concern I have though is that given the attack on the ankle with the chair, Trish is gonna have to take a decent length of time on the injured list, so I dunno where you go from here. Looking at the roster, there isn't really any other credible face for Victoria to go against, so I'll be looking to see how you take the division forward from here.

Decent enough interview from Batista, although it of course pales in comparison with Christian earlier. Certainly I liked the emphasis on proving that he isn't a fluke, and I still fully expect Batista to win tonight, but there wasn't anything really exciting about this like Christian earlier. But yeah, served it's purpose of hyping the main event.

The interaction between Haas and Benjamin was much more interesting though. You seemed to have Haas toe the line between supportive and agitated, which is a nice dynamic for him to have right now. The fact that The Dudleys won earlier and that I'm sure Benjamin won't be winning tonight suggests that Haas is gonna have to wait a while, but for now I'm liking the certain sense of annoyance he has towards his partner. A feud between the two could be pretty awesome, but slow burn that turn if that's the way you're gonna go.

Wow. Jindrak by submission? Jesus, you're really going all in on him aren't you? I felt he would win, and it makes more sense to build the already strong Jindrak character further by giving him the win, but I never saw it happening like that. I'd like to point out the contrast between this match and the Women’s Match earlier. The way you had Jindrak work on the arm more far longer made the finish here much more believable. So in one match you got it right, but in another it was too rushed. That's something to work on. But yeah, big shock here. Great that Jindrak won, so looking forward to where he goes from here as he and Regal is certainly a partnership that has really took off in this thread.

Three pretty quick segments here, and tbh, I dunno what you were trying to achieve to with the Flair/Michaels one. I get the pep talk idea of things, but it seemed very out of nowhere and unnecessary, especially since Michaels seemed to have more doubt at the end than the beginning. I still think he'll lose tonight and spend a summer of misery under Bischoff's command, but yeah... didn't really get this. Did however appreciate the fact that you confirmed the Trish injury and the fact that Edge/Jericho is set to continue, especially as Edge regained a little bit of the heat he lost earlier in the evening.

Wow, another surprise submission. I really dunno where this leaves Shelton tbh. A battling performance coupled with a so near so far defeat would have served him well, but the submission really kills off a lot of momentum for him. I get that it's Hassan's best move, but I'd have liked to have seen a better way for Hassan to win that protected Shelton. Unless you're moving in another way after this. I'll need to reserve judgment on this one and see how you progress with Hassan before making up my mind, but right now I'm not all that happy with the ending here. Also, I'd have liked to have seen more from Khali. The majority of the major spots in the match seemed to centre around Benjamin and Hassan, making Khali's involvement rather redundant. So yeah, a few issues with this match tbh.

Short but sweet from Regal, but absolutely loved that "He feels... satisfied" line. That was nice. Big things in store for Jindrak.

KENNEDY~! Good to see him introduced to the thread. That Raw midcard is becoming pretty stacked with credible heels. Certainly an exciting addition to the roster, will be interesting to see what kind of character you give him, although I suspect it'll be pretty similar to his real life persona.

Kane! Called it! Btw, the commentary exchanges between Coachman and Ross really stood out here too. As for the match, the action really picked up here and was much better. Both men kicking out of finishers leant itself well to the occasion, but the fact you gave the match time as 13.09 wasn't good with me. This match deserved longer, especially since the kick out of the sweet chin music happened relatively early in the contest. But yeah, Kane winning is the natural choice, and you've really set yourself up well for future storylines with Michaels. Credit to you for going down this route, I'm sure it'll be plenty fun to write the upcoming exchanges between Michaels and Bischoff.

at Michaels carrying Bischoff's bags! I'm loving it already. Seriously, that's a great way to get this next chapter of the feud under way, such a dickhead thing for Bischoff to do, but so brilliant to read. Really well done with that.

May have been predictable, but it's absolutely the right decision to have Christian win this one. Some fantastic resilience shown by CC to survive the figure four, although my one gripe would be the way you had Tomko interfere. Christian should have been tapping while the referee was distracted, prompting Flair to release the hold to wonder why the match wasn't over. Apart from that, another really good match, and again another spot on booking decision. Perhaps a bit surprised that this one wasn't clean like the Jindrak win, as the low blow suggests a rematch at some point, but tonight is Christian's night. Well done with this.

Strong words from The Game, a real contrast to the rather bland effort from Batista earlier. Certainly experience will be in his favour, so smart in playing that up, but while Trips may have won the verbal battle tonight, no chance he's winning the war.

As for the match, it was pretty good as far as main events go. In contrast to the Kane/Michaels match, you judged the timing of the kick out of the finishers much better this time, especially the kick out of the pedigree. That was a pretty dramatic counter, a very believable near fall. In the end though, the champ was always gonna win this one, and this should really be the final chapter between these two. You've now got plenty of candidates to face Batista, with Hassan being chief in that category for me, but I'm very much interested in where you go with Trips now. Perhaps a face turn and a feud with one of the up and coming young heels? Who knows? But this was certainly a very fitting end to their feud, with the right man emerging victorious.

Overall, a pretty enjoyable show. Certainly couldn't fault any of the booking decisions (well, maybe Victoria winning) and there was certainly plenty of storyline development. One general point would be that a few of the matches lacked a real sense of excitement with them. Matches like Jindrak/Show, Michaels/Kane, Christian/Flair has plenty, while other not so much. Try be a bit more creative, especially when the outcome of the matches are relatively predictable. But yeah, overall, it was good. Set you up really nicely for Summerslam. Looking very much forward to that one too. Keep it going man, keep on improving. And maybe take a look back at the beginning of the thread to see just how far you've come. Definite signs of improvement.
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