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WWE Monday Night Raw- 4/7/05- Tucson, Arizona
It’s the 4th of July but following last week’s shocking ending to Raw, it is no time to celebrate for both Shawn Michaels and the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista. The conclusion to Raw last week saw Eric Bischoff induct Shawn Michaels as his ‘Personal Employee’ and the induction would be one Michaels would remember as the Showstopper learned that he will be the Special Guest Referee in Batista’s World title defence at Summerslam, against Kane. Bischoff broke the news moments after calling out Batista and declaring that having got Michaels on board at Vengeance, he was now coming after Batista and the World title. Bischoff had vowed he would regain control of Raw and that he needed a champion he could rely on, that would cause him no problems. The Raw General Manager then told Batista that he’d end up the same way Michaels has before telling the Animal he was about to embark upon his very own ‘Personal Hell’. That signalled the arrival of Kane who took out Batista with a vicious choke slam, leaving the Animal wounded. It was then that Bischoff made the blockbuster announcement of Batista vs. Kane at Summerslam for the World title with Shawn Michaels being placed as Special Guest Referee. Michaels looked a shell of his former self last week and following this announcement, you have to wonder just what kind of mood Michaels will be in here tonight in Tucson, knowing exactly what is expected of him both in the coming weeks and when Summerslam rolls around. We are bound to know exactly what mood Batista is in however and it is certain that the champion will be angry and on the prowl in search of both Bischoff and Kane here tonight. What will the GM have in store this week, both for Michaels and for Batista? And what will the Big Red Machine have in mind tonight following his savage attack last week? We await and see.
Last week also saw another HUGE match made for Summerslam as we learned that Christian and Ric Flair will face off one more time with the stipulation being that if Ric Flair loses, he must retire. In an emotional confrontation last week, Flair himself laid it on the line, issuing the challenge and it was one that Christian couldn’t turn down. Captain Charimsa has vowed that he will finally end Flair’s career in our nation’s capital come August 19th but tonight we have learned he will face another giant test when he goes one on one with the World’s Largest Athlete, Big Show. Show has continued having major issues with the duo of Mark Jindrak and William Regal, following his defeat the hands of Jindrak back at Vengeance. Will the menacing pair figure again in Show’s business tonight? Or will Show finally get the chance to move on, starting with defeating Christian?
Also, confirmed for tonight, we will see the Money in the Bank holder in action as Edge will square off against Shelton Benjamin. The Rated R Superstar launched a vicious attack on Chris Jericho last week, promising that he would end Jericho’s days in the spotlight once and for all and following last week, that may very well be correct. We know that Jericho WILL be in Tucson but we don’t know what condition Y2J is in or what his intentions will be towards the man he defeated at Vengeance. Benjamin is another man, like Edge who built momentum last week as he scored the win in 8 man Tag team action as he, Charlie Haas and the Dudleyz defeated the Basham’s and Arabian Entity members, Daivari and Sonjay Dutt. Benjamin has vowed to get a fair one on one match for the Intercontinental title with Muhammad Hassan. Victory here tonight would certainly go a long way to proving he deserves it. Can Benjamin score a big win, or will Edge keep up his mean streak and finish off one half of World’s Greatest Tag Team’s title hopes?
Triple H has been a name on many people’s lips this past week as on Raw seven nights ago, the Game shocked everybody as he walked out, stating that he WOULD be back but he didn’t know when and he didn’t know where. The Cerebral Assassin claimed that he was no longer at his best and that he needed to go away and rediscover himself, to find the ten time World Champion once again. Will we hear any more on the matter tonight or will last week indeed prove to be the last time we see or hear from the Game for the foreseeable future?
It promises to be a big night on Raw as ever, believe me, you won’t wanna miss it!!
Confirmed for Raw:
Edge vs. Shelton Benjamin
Christian vs. Big Show