About a week ago I felt like trying out Szumi’s old recap style. Not sure how it went for me, hopefully alright but from here on out I’ll probably be doing full shows now that I have more spare time anyway, so I think this will be the last show that is recapped.
Monday Night Raw
July 8th 2002
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Shawn has ‘lost his smile’ … again
Monday Night Raw opens up this week with General Manager Shawn Michaels in the ring. No video package introducing us to the show and the commentators barely had time to welcome us to Raw this week as Shawn kicked off the show with a microphone in his hand standing in the center of the ring with his head down, looking towards the mat, disappointed in himself. Shawn would request that Triple H please come down to the ring
, Shawn doesn’t however even lift his head up when talking. Triple H’s theme music played and ‘the Game’ made his way down to the ring stepping in, opposite Michaels, without any sort of turnbuckle taunts or playing to the crowd with the water bottle. Shawn would begin to say that he owes him an explanation about last week. Shawn said that what went down at the end of Raw last Monday was a mistake and everything Kevin Nash told him backstage was false slander, trying to split us up
. Shawn continued to explain that Kevin Nash is still bitter over the fact that he was kicked out of their partnership some seven years ago the way he had been. D-X chants built up by the crowd but Shawn told them to cut it as it is a serious moment between him and Triple H here
. Shawn admitted that he made some mistakes early on in his career that he knows he will one day feel the consequences for but he has changed and is a born-again Christian, and that things are different. Triple H goes to say something however; Shawn interrupts him and continues on. Shawn closed off by telling Triple H and the world plain and simply that he completely understands that if he doesn’t trust him anymore after that accidental Superkick last week, but he hopes he finds deep down inside him some way to please forgive him. Triple H would try to talk but Shawn would just leave the ring and head up the back not even looking Triple H in the face the whole time, leaving up the ramp with his back to the man he called his ‘brother’. Triple H called for Shawn to return pleading with him to get back in the ring but Shawn wouldn’t answer and just kept on walking up and eventually out of sight. Triple H would leave the ring and head up the back himself trying to find him.
Tag Team Contest
Christopher Nowinski & William Regal vs. Steven Richards & Tommy Dreamer
This tag team match was very lopsided, sure Steven Richards and Tommy Dreamer put up a fight and had some offense going in the matchup but Christopher Nowinski and William Regal being an actual tag team and not just thrown together on the spot like Richards and Dreamer, actually had some chemistry and worked together as a unison with quick in and out tags, double teams and tag team maneuvers. Nowinski who would be new to the WWE would be under the wing of his mentor William Regal, Nowinski who gave himself the title of being the ‘Ultimate Student’ or a ‘Genius’ was in the match the most, working away at Dreamer and picking him apart, obeying orders and receiving directions and instructions from William Regal from over on the ring apron. After some more fighting back from the former ECW alumni, Nowinski would manage to rake the eyes, resort to heel like tactics to quickly crawl over to Regal and tag him in to finish off Steven Richards who is the other legal man at the time and close off the matchup with some brawling before executing his finisher, the Regal-Plex and a three count. Christopher Nowinski and William Regal received heat however looked strong and dominant with their hands raised up high as the commentators called them a force to be reckoned with.
Winners, Christopher Nowinski & William Regal
Cut to a quick commercial break
Shawn Michaels has left the building
When Raw returns from a break we are sent to the parking lot where Shawn is exiting the arena with his carry bag and luggage by his side
, on his way out of the arena and away from Monday Night Raw. Before Shawn can leave for good only taking a few steps out Triple H jogs over to him and finds him, looking all over for him and trying to talk some sense into the Raw General Manager. Triple H pleads with Shawn to come back and rethink things, he reminds Shawn that they have gone through tougher times and not to worry about it, he forgives him and it will work out. Shawn shakes his head and informs Triple H that he has some serious soul searching to do and that he needs to take the night off to think about things
. The crowd would begin to boo as they don’t like the thought of Shawn leaving once again however there isn’t much that can be done. Shawn tells Triple H that he can be in charge while he is gone for the night and he wishes him the best of luck, and that he shouldn’t worry about him.
Shawn from here turns around and officially leaves the premises.
Matt Hardy … the
better bitter brother
From here we were sent over to Jonathan Coachman who was in the process of conducting an interview with none other than Matt Hardy, trying to get some Questions and Answers with him and find out what were the reasons for his actions last week, hitting his younger brother, Jeff Hardy with his own Intercontinental title after their tag team victory last week on Raw. Coachman would without hesitation ask him plain and simply the question that is on everyone’s mind… ‘Why?
’ And Matt gave the people an answer they didn’t want to hear, one that would force them to boo Hardy however, Matt didn’t seem to give a dam anymore. Matt Hardy was a changed man, he explained that throughout his entire life even before getting into the wrestling business he was the overlooked brother, he was the brother that was pushed aside, the one that was always remembered as Jeff Hardy’s brother even though it should be the other way around
according to Matt and that people should remember Jeff for being his brother. After some further heat Matt continued on by saying that Jeff had everything in life handed to him easy, that all he ever does in the ring is jump off ladders and get himself hurt, take high risks. It was Matt that actually carried the team and could wrestle, and it was him that always led them to victory and championships.
Matt boldly stated to the camera that if it weren’t for him Jeff would just be in rubble of tables and ladders laid out waste to his own stupid actions. Matt announced that Jeff was never appreciative for whatever Matt did for him; he never worked a day in his life. Things would get heated verbally before the interview would come to a screeching halt when Jeff came running from out of nowhere and jumped Matt from behind, retaliating after his attack last week
and laying him out before walking away from the scene of the crime to a pop.
John Bradshaw Layfeild vs. Rob Van Dam
John Bradshaw Layfeild came out to the ring with his new attire, new hairstyle and sporting his new- real life persona, JBL. Layfeild would generate some heat as he entered the ring and got ready for action, soon later the crowd erupted for his opponent- ‘Mr. Monday Night’ Rob Van Dam. Both men would lock up, JBL however would brawl with him before pushing him around and backing him up into a corner like a bully, slapping him before punishing him with several rights and lefts bringing him down to one knee. The crowd wasn’t enjoying this but they couldn’t do much about it. Bradshaw would grab Van Dam out of the corner before going to pull him towards his arm ready for a clothesline from hell; Van Dam would duck underneath sensing what was coming next and from behind dropkick him into the corner before coming at him with several shoulder blocks. Van Dam would then back flip before hitting him with one last hard shoulder block like he normally does. This would begin Van Dam’s momentum as he would have the control over JBL in the next few minutes using such maneuvers as a Monkey Toss, Split Legged Moonsault, a Rolling Thunder and more, JBL was wearing as Van Dam was on fire and really took it to him. As Van Dam came off the top rope for a flying cross body, Bradshaw’s strength got the better of RVD as he caught him in mid air and sent him flying over his head planting him with a Fall Away Slam to the mat. JBL would collapse to the canvas and both men would be done for the time being but the damage was done, JBL after some regrouping was the first to get back to his feet after using the ropes for leverage and waited patiently for Van Dam to do the same before charging at him with a hard Big Boot that almost took a tooth out before pinning him for the victory.
Winner, John Bradshaw Layfeild
World’s Greatest sit down interview
Raw returned with a sit down interview between Good Ole’ JR, Jim Ross on the couch opposite Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin
, two up and coming ‘All-Americans’ who plan to make their debut in the near future. The pre-taped interview had JR ask the obvious question on everyone’s mind, when can we expect them to make their in ring debut. Haas would answer and say that they are still in talks with their contract and are unsure even if they want to sign
. Benjamin would continue by adding that they are the best tag team going right now anywhere and that they are the most valuable free agents around. They would then go on to say that they are going to be in attendance at Vengeance and will look to seek out competition here in the WWE. They have bought themselves two font row seats and will be watching the tag team title match very closely.
Booker T vs. D - Lo Brown
The Book’ man and D – Lo Brown engage in a collar elbow tie up in the middle of the ring before Booker would deliver with rights and lefts before adding chops and kicks to the mix backing him up against the ropes with his patented flurry. Booker would Irish-Whip Brown at the ropes ahead before going for a Book – End, D-Lo brown would connect with some hard elbows to the side of the head to release Booker’s grasp on him before kicking him in the mid section, grabbing his head and planting him down onto the mat with a DDT. This would begin a slight momentum change where D-Lo would be in charge of things, directing the pace in the matchup. As D-Lo had Booker down and was heading for the turnbuckles going for his usual top rope splash, Booker would have the wherewithal to move out of the way and use the ropes to help himself up to his feet before knocking his opponent down with a clothesline and then taking him down again with a scoop slam. Booker was taking D-Lo to school with rights and lefts once again before kicking him in the mid section and ending the rather short match with a Scissors kick and the three count.
Winner, Booker T
the Champ ‘rolls in’
The broadcast is sent backstage to the parking lot where the Undertaker arrives, the Undisputed Champion receives a standing ovation as he parks his car, grabs the title belt and talks into the arena. Jonathan Coachman stops him along the way and asks him some questions about Kurt Angle and Vengeance but the Undertaker ignores him and keeps on walking, Coachman is persistent before the Undertaker just turns around to him and just tells him that Kurt Angle come Vengeance will be eating out of a straw. The Undertaker gets a face pop from those comments as he enters his locker room and closes the door on Coachman’s face.
and now it’s time for the SmackDown! Rebound
A short video package aired on the tron as Raw returned on the air highlighting the events that took place last Thursday night on SmackDown. With a strong emphasis on the closing moments of the night where the Undertaker ultimately cost Kurt Angle his United States title to Edge and leaving him laid out as the show went off the air after a hard choke slam to the mat. Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero were also seen making light of the Rey Mysterio situation, cracking jokes nad turning up to SmackDown in detective clothes. Reverend Devon and Brother Batista looked strong going over Tajiri. Randy Orton was seen upsetting Lance Storm once again after defeating him two straight weeks in a row and John ‘the Prototype’ Cena lost his match with Christian after Chris Jericho had his theme music play and make the distraction, getting in Cena’s head.
2002 King of the Ring winner Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman vs. Raven
Brock would receive tremendous amounts of heat making his way down to the ring, the most of the night so far. Raven on the other hand while usually gets a mixed tweener reaction, this time got a face pop as many wanted to see him go over. Brock would begin this matchup off with the advantage and the match in his favor, charging him into the corner and bullying him. He would shoulder block him several times before letting him fall down to the mat onto his knees holding his mid section. Brock would lift Raven back up to a vertical base before continuing the onslaught with further damage to the ribs and mid section with another few shoulder blocks and some knees. Paul Heyman at ringside would scream and direct orders at Brock, letting his voice be heard while the ‘Next Big Thing’ tried to break Raven in half. Brock brought Raven over to the center of the ring before Raven would try his best to fight back, Raven gave some head butts before biting away at Brock, he would then kick Brock in the mid section and run at the ropes behind him for momentum. Brock however had other plans for Raven as he caught him in mid motion and held him in the air with a Bear Hug, squeezing the life away of Raven.
Brock Lesnar made it clear that he wanted to send a message not just to the Undertaker and Kurt Angle who he may face at Summerslam for the Undisputed title but to the entire roster that he is a force to be reckoned with here in the WWE. With Raven as his sacrificial lamb to get that message across, Brock just flung Raven from the bear hug position up onto his shoulders for the F5 before sending him crashing down to the mat. Brock just stood over him barely even bothering to lean down and hook the leg showing his confidence in his work as Raven was helped to the back Brock and Paul were showered with heat as their hands were held up high.
Winner, Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman
After Raven was helped carried to the back Paul Heyman grabbed himself a microphone and stood opposite his man, the King of the Ring winner, Brock Lesnar before beginning to talk. Paul would say that throughout his time here in this industry he has seen talent come and go, he has seen people walk through those curtains looking as strong as ever but could never live up to the hype.
Paul made it clear that Brock Lesnar is the man that can do it all, he is the total package, big, strong, athletic, amateur wrestling back ground and come Summerslam he will become the youngest Undisputed Champion in history
. Brock would nod in approval as Paul stated that they don’t care the outcome between the Undertaker and Kurt Angle for Vengeance, and he is ready to face either of them. As heat ensued Paul went on to mention some of the greatest Summerslam moments in history such as Ultimate Warrior defeating Honkey Tonk Man in 30 seconds, Austin fighting through a broken neck, Bret Hart and Mr. Perfect as Paul went on to announce that Brock Lesnar winning the ‘big one’ will be better then all of those.
NO DQ Main Event Announced
From here Triple H walked into Kevin Nash’s locker room quite peeved off, going straight into his face. Nash stands up to meet him has a smirk on his face. Triple H who was appointed G.M for the night in Shawn’s absence informed Kevin Nash that he better get ready because he wants him in the Main Event again. The crowd erupted at the thought as Triple H made the main event of this evening even more interesting by adding a No DQ Stipulation before walking out of Nash’s locker room.
Tag Team Attraction
Matt Hardy & Big Show vs. Kane & Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy
Matt Hardy and Kane start this matchup off for their respective teams, Matt delivers some hard rights and lefts trying to get the upper hand early on however, Kane wouldn’t show any ring rust from not being in the ring for a long time. Kane went straight to work on Matt connecting with upper cuts and pummeling him with clotheslines, squashing him like a pancake against the turnbuckles. Kane would throw Matt at the ropes before executing a hard side walk slam. He looked over at the Big Show sending him a message, Kane would gain a pop from the crowd as he lifted Matt up to his feet before throwing him with ease like a rag doll into his corner where the Big Show is, wanting Big Show to tag himself in and get in the ring with him. Show however, wouldn’t do what Kane wanted and would decide to leave their confrontation for the PPV gaining heat in the process. Matt in the meantime was pummeled with lefts and rights before Kane threw Matt into the turnbuckles diagonally opposite before tagging in Jeff. Jeff would go up onto the top rope and go for a Swanton Bomb. Jeff however would play too much to the crowd as Matt was given enough time to roll out of the way and have Jeff crash and burn on his back with a hard thud.
This allowed Matt to crawl desperately over to his corner and tag in the Big Show who this time was happy to get in the ring against a groggy Jeff Hardy. Big Show would lift Jeff Hardy up with ease with one hand before moving his leg over Jeff’s body and slamming him down with a hard Leg Drop. The Big Show covered Jeff for the pin fall which may have ended the match if it weren’t for Kane who entered the ring and kicked Big Show in the back of the head before the referee had to send him back. While the referee was busy getting Kane back onto the ring apron, the Big Show lifted Hardy up into the air and went for a chokeslam before slamming him down to the mat and telling Kane that this will be him at Vengeance and pinning him. Jeff wouldn’t be able to bring himself to kick out as the Big Show and Matt Hardy made quick work of him and ended it.
Winners, Big Show and Matt Hardy
After the match Kane re-entered the ring where he stood opposite the Big Show face to face. The crowd was screaming and getting ready for the two behemoths to collide as they wanted Vengeance to come early, however, the Big Show had other ideas as once again he left Kane high and dry in the ring by leaving. Big Show stepped over the top rope and out to the outside leaving Kane in the ring.
Kurt Angle in the house
the Undertaker was in his locker room when Jonathan Coachman knocked on his door once again informing him that Kurt Angle has arrived in the parking lot and his car has been seen. The Undertaker
at this time left the locker room and made his way over to the parking lot looking for a fight, looking to bust someone open.
Undertaker on the way picked up a leg pipe and walked with a purpose wanting to get physical with his Vengeance opponent. Undertaker began pacing in the parking lot calling for Kurt to come out
and wanting his head but for a few moments there was no answer, there was no Kurt Angle. The Undertaker began losing his patients as he then smashed a nearby car with the led pipe and broke it’s windshield
before telling him to come out before he’ll make him famous. Kurt from out of nowhere ran up behind the Undertaker and knocked him over with a chair before unleashing several shots with the chair to the back and rib area keeping him down.
The Undertaker thrived in pain as Kurt Angle was relentless showing no mercy on the Undisputed Champion before leaving out of the arena and getting out of sight, gaining heat in the process.
Final Commercial Break before the Main Event
August 25th 2002, New York
Triple H vs. Kevin Nash
The main event would start off slow at first with lock ups, circling one another and some brawling left and right shots between them. Kevin Nash the bigger of the two got the advantage and momentum rolling in his favor early on with an Irish-Whip to the ropes before taking Triple H down with a hard big boot to the jaw. Triple H would roll out of the ring and regroup for a moment, ultimately proving to be playing possum while Kevin Nash went out after him. Triple H would waste little time to bring in foreign objects to this matchup as he lifted from under the ring apron his trusty ‘Sledgehammer’. The crowd erupted at the sight of it as Triple H began stalking Kevin Nash with it, chasing him back into the ring. Kevin Nash suddenly wanted no part of Triple H while he held his arms up acting innocent and backed up into the turnbuckles in the corner while Triple H cornered him, savoring this moment.
Kevin Nash would strike before Triple H, low blowing him as he forced Triple H to go down to one knee holding his groin area in pain, dropping the sledgehammer on the mat. Kevin Nash began stomping away at the Game before bringing him slowly up to his feet and holding him against the ring ropes. Triple H weary on spaghetti legs would become tied up in the ropes and stuck there. This gave Kevin Nash an opportunity to take out Triple H which he capitalized on. Nash lifted up the Sledgehammer and held it high above his head signaling the end for Triple H as the crowd began giving him heat, Triple H would out of desperation spit in Nash’s face and kick him in the mid section before freeing himself from the ring ropes and dropping a hard knee to the forehead of his opponent. Triple H from here grabbed Nash by his upper body and threw him at the ropes where he connected with a hard spinebuster to the canvas mat below. Normally at this time the Game would go for the cover but he doesn’t want to end the match this early, he wants to punish Kevin Nash.
D-X chants began to build up while Triple H left the ring once again. HHH went over to the ring announcer and grabbed himself a steel chair before re-entering the ring. The Cerebral Assassin as JR calls him placed the steel chair on the mat under him as he picked up Kevin Nash and went for a pedigree onto the chair. Triple H kicked Nash in the gut and managed to have him in place for the maneuver only for Kevin Nash to wisely reverse and send Triple H flying overhead with a back body drop. Nash at this time picked up the steel chair and waited patiently for Triple H to use the ropes to help himself up to a vertical base before bringing him back down with a hard thud to the skull, smacking him in the face with the chair. Nash would hold his arms up to the crowd with the chair and began taunting them, creating further heat for himself.
Nash would go for the first pin fall in this matchup hooking the inside leg of the Game for the count. The referee slid down to make it but it wouldn’t be over as Triple H still had some fight left in him. Nash would signal the end as he made the ‘X’ over his head and mocked, imitated the D-X sign before bringing Triple H up, placing him in between his legs and lifting him up for a Jackknife Power Bomb his finishing maneuver. Triple H would in the process grab the steel chair and have it up there with him before smacking it over Nash’s head and bringing him back down to his knees. Triple H would get back onto his feet and began to unleash a flurry of shots with the chair before busting Kevin Nash open and connecting with a Pedigree to finish him off and receive a three count to end the match.
Winner, Triple H
Raw faded to black and went off the air at the sight of Triple H standing over Kevin Nash
[Fade to Black]
Tagline; Quick & Merciless
Brand(s); Raw & Smackdown
Date; July 21st 2002
Venue; Detroit, Michigan
WWE Undisputed Championship
The Undertaker © vs. Kurt Angle
Jeff Hardy © vs. Matt Hardy
Battle of the Monsters
Big Show vs. Kane
WWE Tag Team Championships
Rikishi © & Scotty 2 Hotty © vs. Billy & Chuck w/ Rico
Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin have bought themselves front row seats