Sunday Night Heat Recap
Jim Ross mentions that Mr McMahon will be here tonight.
Tazz and Cole hype up the WWE Title match which will be taking place tonight. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler hype up the world heavyweight title I Quit match that will take place tonight.
Backstage we hear comments from some of the King of the Ring participants such as Shelton Benjamin, JBL, RVD and finally Matt Hardy. Matt Hardy states that after he beats Cena tonight he should be in line for a US Title shot. Hardy vows to go all the way and become King tonight.
Mr McMahon has arrived and meets Regal and Eugene. Regal explains his difficult situation on Raw and how Bischoff has treated him. Regal says he shouldn’t even be in the battle royal tonight but Bischoff has forced him to compete. Vince reminds Regal that this is a great opportunity for Regal to become the number # 1 contender for his brand's title. It would be a great success story for Regal to come back from injury and become #1 contender in his first match. Vince wishes them luck in the battle royal and walks off.
Vince meets the GMs. Vince said he had to be here tonight because he is looking forward to this event. He’s also going to make sure that Eric and Paul be on their very best behaviour tonight because for the first time ever, they will all sit back and watch the ppv together. So he expects no arguments from the General Managers. He rips into Bischoff for being harsh on Regal so he expects Bischoff to take it easy on Regal from now on. Vince then rips into Paul Heyman for not taking control of Smackdown last week. He let Kane and Mordecai go out of control. He warns Paul to start taking responsibility because if Paul doesn’t keep his stars in control then Paul will feel the wrath of Vince McMahon. Vince then asked the GMs do they have any questions and the GMs were silent. Vince said good, now lets sit back and enjoy this event.
Sunday Night Heat Match: Victoria defeated Molly to retain the womens title.
Jim Ross mentioned that the KOTR gets underway in just over a few minutes on ppv from here in the Nationwide Arena in Columbus Ohio.
WWE King of the Ring 2004
June 13, 2004
King of the Ring opened with clips of classic King of the Ring tournament moments featuring winners such as Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Stone Cold, HHH, Edge and Brock Lesnar. Clips are then shown of the current stars that will be competing in the tournament tonight such as Chris Jericho, RVD, John Cena, Batista, Randy Orton, Shelton Benjamin, JBL and Matt Hardy. The narrator says tonight 8 men will compete in a single elimination tournament and only one man will become the King. The narrator then moves on to the battle royal and a clip is shown of Undertaker’s promo on Smackdown and clips are shown of other stars that are competing in the battle royal which include: The Rock, Shawn Michaels, Rey Mysterio, Ric Flair, Booker T, Kane and Mordecai. Finally clips are shown for the title matches taking place tonight which included Eddie Guerrero, Edge, HHH and Chris Benoit. The video package ended with a graphic of the KOTR throne and the narrator saying tonight marks the return of the King of the Ring.
The pyro went off stage as Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcome us to the show. Jim Ross goes over the matches we will be seeing tonight including the Raw side of the KOTR tournament and also the world heavyweight title I Quit Match between Chris Benoit and HHH. Also a 30 man battle royal will be taking place tonight. Now we go over to the Smackdown announcers Tazz and Michael Cole who talk about the WWE Title Match between Eddie Guerrero and Edge. Tazz and Cole also discuss the Smackdown side of the King of the Ring tournament matches taking place tonight. We now get underway with our first match.
King of the Ring Quarter Final Match
John Cena vs Matt Hardy
John Cena’s music hits as the United States Champion makes his way down to ringside for our opening contest. Michael Cole says lets take you back and show you how John Cena got here. They show a quick clip of John Cena defeating Val Venis to qualify for the tournament. John Cena wants everyone to make some noise for their next KOTR, the United States Champion John Cena. John Cena said he’s not been in the best shape recently but tonight the doctor of thuganomics is going all the way to become the King of the Ring. He cuts a rap promo on Matt Hardy and makes fun of Mattitude. Cena states that Matt’s going to suffer a lethal dose of an F-U. Matt Hardy Version 1.0’s music hits as Matt Hardy comes down to the ring. A clip is shown of how Hardy got here as he defeated Tajiri in the qualifying round. Here we go the bell rings and the quarter finals begin. Time is very crucial in this round as it is only a 15 minute time limit. If the match goes past 15 minutes then both men will be eliminated. There will be no sudden death over time.
John Cena and Matt Hardy start off with a collar & elbow tie up with both men locking up. Hardy looking for an advantage pokes Cena right in the eye. Hardy hits a standing dropkick on Cena to go for the quick pin 1...2..Cena kicks out. Hardy begins to go to work on Cena's head by taking down Cena with a snapmare and then locking in a headlock. Cena then fights out of it and gets back up to his feet. He lifts Hardy over his shoulders and is he going for the F-U early. It seems like he isn't, Cena hits a Samoan drop on Matt Hardy to pin him and Hardy kicks out at 2. Cena sees that Matt Hardy is down and he does his You Can't See Me taunt. He starts pumping his shoes going for a Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena then goes to bounce off the ropes and Hardy notices what is going to happen as he pops right back up to his feet. Hardy hits a Side-Effect
on Cena to pin him 1...2....2 1/2, Cena just kicked out. Hardy goes up to the top rope to deliver a moonsault and Cena moves out the way with Hardy eating canvas. Cena starts taking it to Matt Hardy by mounting on top of him beating the holy hell out of him with rights and lefts until Cena gets off of Hardy. Cena waits for him to get up. Cena then whips Matt Hardy into the corner turnbuckle and runs at Hardy full speed for a corner clothesline but Hardy move out the way with Cena hitting the turnbuckle. Matt Hardy runs into the corner, grabs Cena for a bulldog and Matt Hardy hits a bulldog on Cena from the corner. He goes for a cover and Cena kicks out at 2. Matt Hardy is taking it to Cena mounting on top of him hitting Cena with rights and lefts. Hardy places Cena on the ropes and stands on his back doing his V1 taunt to Cena to add insult to injury. Hardy whips Cena to the ropes and Cena comes back with a shoulder block to take Hardy down. Clothesline by Cena. Cena does his You Can't See Me taunt to Hardy to add insult to injury.
Cena then waits for Hardy to get up. Cena bounces off the ropes and charges at Hardy with flying shoulder blocks hitting them in succession which then takes Hardy down to the canvas. Matt Hardy reverses an irish whip and hits the ricochet.
He goes for a cover and Cena kicks out at 2. Hardy whips Cena to the corner and runs into a boot. Cena goes to the top and hits a guillotine ledrop
across the neck of Hardy and gets a near fall. Then Hardy gets up and Cena hits his Spin-Out Powerbomb.
Cena doesn’t go for a cover but goes for the Five-Knuckle Shuffle
and this time Cena hits it. He goes for a cover and Hardy kicks out at 2 ˝. Cena then goes for the F-U as soon as Matt Hardy gets up. Matt Hardy realising he is in the F-U position slides off of Cena from behind and Hardy hits a chop block on Cena to take Cena down to his knees. Matt Hardy goes to the second rope and does his V1 taunt and hits a diving leg drop
to pin Cena and Cena powers up at 2. Hardy hits his spinning aeroplane neckbreaker
and Cena kicks out at 2. Hardy gets frustrated and sends Cena to the ropes and runs into an elbow. Back suplex from Cena and Hardy kicks out at 2. Throwback
from Cena and another kick out from Hardy. Hardy ducks a clothesline and hits the side effect. He goes for a cover and Cena kicks out at 2. Hardy waits for Cena to get up and he’s getting ready to hit Cena with the twist of fate.
Hardy goes for it and almost has it but Cena pushes Hardy off. Cena then lifts Hardy up and drops him with the F-U.
He goes for a cover 1...2..3.. It’s over Cena moves on to the Semi Finals.
Cena celebrates with the fans and he will meet the winner of JBL vs RVD in the next round.
Match Result: John Cena defeated Matt Hardy to qualify for the Semi Finals
Match Time: 4:50
Backstage the general managers look at the brackets of the tournament on a board. Cena has advanced to the Semi Finals. Heyman moves JBL’s name right to the final. Bischoff moves Orton and Batista’s name to the Semis but he can’t make his mind up who will go to the final. Paul asks Vince McMahon to make his prediction. Vince said it’s very tough to call, anyone can win this. Bischoff decides to move Batista’s name all the way to the finals and puts Batista’s name over JBL’s. Heyman gets angry and argues that JBL will win. Both GMs argue and Vince tells them both to shut up and told them not to be over confident. We could see RVD getting past JBL because RVD was the finalist of the last KOTR tournament. Vince also said we could even see Shelton Benjamin the darkhorse in this tournament getting past Randy Orton. Shelton could go all the way and win this tournament. Paul says he was the one who introduced Shelton into the WWE and he thinks Shelton can go a long way in this tournament. Eric disagreed and Vince said we will soon find out because that match is next.
King of the Ring Quarter Final Match
Randy Orton vs Shelton Benjamin
Shelton Benjamin’s music hits as he makes his way down to the ring. Shelton became the first man to qualify for the tournament and a clip is shown of Shelton defeating Ric Flair to qualify. The Intercontinental Champion Randy Orton comes down next. A clip is shown of Orton defeating Maven to qualify. Shelton wastes no time by hitting a baseball slide dropkick to knock Orton down. Orton hasn’t even made it in the ring yet and the match hasn’t even begun. Jerry Lawler thinks this is unfair to Orton. Shelton rolls Orton back in as the referee gets rid of the Intercontinental belt and rings the bell as the match officially begins. Smart move by Shelton as he knows that time is very important in this match. Shelton starts hammering away at Orton with some right hands. He sends Orton to the ropes and delivers a back body drop. Orton charges into Shelton and gets an armdrag from Shelton. Clothesline by Shelton. Orton reverses a whip and sends Shelton into the corner. He charges into Shelton who leapfrogs over Orton and rolls Orton up for a cover and Orton kicks out at 2. Orton is frustrated in the early going and rolls out of the ring. Shelton goes after Orton and Orton gets back in before Shelton and starts stomping away at Shelton. Orton picks Shelton up and delivers a European uppercut. He goes for a cover and Shelton kicks out at 1. Orton sends Shelton to the ropes, Shelton ducks a clothesline from Orton and Shelton hits a flying forearm on Orton. Hip toss by Shelton. Shelton then clotheslines Orton over the top rope. As Orton is about to get up, Shelton goes to the ropes and takes Orton down again with a diving plancha.
Both men start brawling outside and get back in at 8 as they fight on the apron. Shelton suplexes Orton back in the ring. He goes for a cover and Orton kicks out at 2. Shelton goes to the ropes and runs into an elbow by Orton. Orton hits a great standing dropkick on Shelton and Shelton kicks out at 2. Orton gets a headlock on Shelton and starts delivering some clubbing blows into the chest of Shelton. Shelton manages to get back on his feet and elbows out of the hold. He goes to the ropes but runs into a scoop powerslam by Orton. Orton goes for a cover and Shelton kicks out at 2.
Orton whips Shelton hard into the corner and then delivers a 10 punch on him in the corner. When he gets to 6, Shelton counters into an atomic drop. Clothesline by Shelton. Belly to back suplex from Shelton and Orton kicks out at 2. He whips Orton into the corner and then goes for a stinger splash
but Orton moves out the way and dumps Shelton to the floor. It gives Orton some time to catch a breather. Orton starts posing in the ring and Shelton is now on the apron. Shelton goes for a springboard dropkick but Orton counters with a standing dropkick
to knock Shelton off the apron to the floor. Orton poses again and the referee starts counting. Shelton just makes it in by 8. Orton then takes control of the match as he starts stomping away at Shelton. He delivers a few European uppercuts to Shelton in the corner. Gutwrench by Orton as Shelton is up on his shoulders and Orton drops him with a neckbreaker. He goes for a cover and Shelton kicks out at 2 ˝. Clothesline by Orton. Orton goes to the top and delivers a diving crossbody but wait Shelton rolls through 1....2....and Orton kicks out at 2 ˝. Shelton whips Orton into the ropes and delivers a flying reverse elbow and Orton kicks out at 2. Single arm DDT by Shelton and he gets another near fall. Northern lights suplex by Shelton with a bridge 1...2 and Orton kicks out. Inside cradle and Orton kicks out at 2. Shelton misses a clothesline and Orton hits Shelton with his headlock inverted backbreaker.
He goes for a cover and Shelton kicks out at 2 ˝. Orton goes for a sleeper hold, he has it locked in and the fans get behind Shelton. Shelton makes it back to his feet and gets out of the hold by hitting a back suplex on Orton. Both men are down. Shelton is the first to get up. Shelton goes for a kick, Orton holds onto his leg, but Shelton uses the other leg to deliver a spin kick to knock Orton down. Dragon whip
by Shelton. He goes for a cover and Orton kicks out at 2. What a match up. Butterfly suplex by Shelton and gets a near fall. He goes to the top rope and delivers a diving clothesline and Orton kicks out at 2.
Orton kicks Shelton to the gut and plants him with a DDT. Orton goes for a cover and Shelton kicks out at 2 ˝. Orton takes Shelton to the top rope and goes for a superplex but Shelton knocks Orton down. Shelton gets a crossbody on Orton and Orton kicks out at 2. Shelton starts delivering some right hands to Orton and Orton rakes Shelton’s eyes and knocks him down with a clothesline. Orton charges at Shelton and Shelton counters into a powerslam. He goes for a cover and Orton kicks out at 2 ˝. Both men are really taking it to each other beating the hell out of each other until Shelton throws Orton out of the ring but Orton lands on the apron. Shelton goes for a clothesline but Orton backdrops Shelton to the floor. The referee starts counting and Orton breaks up the count by hitting an axe handle on Shelton. Orton sends Shelton back in as Shelton is down on the mat while Orton is outside the ring. Orton delivers an uppercut forearm to Shelton. He then delivers some elbows to the back of the head. He starts choking Shelton on the ropes and gets back in. Orton goes to the ropes and goes for a clothesline but Shelton counters into a samoan drop. He gets his arm over on Orton and Orton kicks out at 2. Orton reverses a whip and sends Shelton hard into the turnbuckle knocking Shelton down. Orton is in control here. Orton goes for a suplex, Shelton slips out and counters into a hangman’s neckbreaker on Orton. Shelton goes for a cover and Orton kicks out at 2 ˝. Shelton hits the t-bone suplex
on Orton. He goes for a cover and Orton kicks out at 2 ˝. Shelton sends Orton to the corner. Here we go Shelton’s going for the stinger splash
and Orton moves just in time as Shelton goes right into the turnbuckle. Orton hits the RKO
on Shelton and pins him for the 3 count to win the match and advance to the Semi Finals. Orton celebrates
and now he will go on to meet the winner between Chris Jericho and Batista.
Match Result: Randy Orton defeated Shelton Benjamin to qualify for the Semi Finals
Match Time: 11:04
Backstage Edge cut a promo. Edge states that tonight is his chance to prove all the critics wrong. Tonight is his chance to go out there and not just beat Eddie Guerrero for the WWE Championship but tonight he goes to war with Eddie. Tonight history will repeat itself when he beats Eddie again in a No Disqualification match but this time he’s taking Eddie’s title. He will personally make sure tonight that he puts Eddie Guerrero on the shelf just like what he did to Kurt Angle and Rikishi because tonight is the night where Edge will change the landscape of Smackdown forever. Tonight in an hour from now you will be looking at the new WWE Champion...the Ultimate Opportunist Edge.
King of the Ring Quarter Final Match
John Bradshaw Layfield vs Rob Van Dam
John Bradshaw Layfield’s hits as JBL makes his way down to the ring. A clip is shown for JBL as he defeated Rhyno to qualify. JBL is one of the favourites to win the tournament and JBL seems pretty confident tonight. RVD’s music hits as he makes his way down. RVD was the runner up of the last KOTR tournament, he knows what it takes to be there at the end. A clip is shown for RVD as he defeated Johnny Nitro to ualify. RVD taunts JBL and the bell rings and here we go. RVD and JBL lock up with JBL getting the better of it by using his power and strength clubs RVD in the back with rights and lefts. JBL rakes RVD's eyes and then whips him into the corner. JBL is charging at RVD but RVD moves out of the way with JBL eating the turnbuckle. He is stunned and then RVD goes up to the top and hits a tornado DDT
on JBL. He goes for a cover and JBL powers out at 2. JBL is still down and RVD runs off the ropes by bouncing off of them and hits the Rolling Thunder on JBL.
JBL kicks out at 2. JBL is getting up and RVD runs at JBL and tries to give him a hurricanrana but JBL catches him. He puts RVD up and over on his shoulders and then he places RVD right into his hands to deliver a Fall Away Slam. Last Call
by JBL. JBL goes for a cover and RVD gets his shoulder up at 2. JBL goes for a powerbomb but RVD slips out and rolls JBL up for a 2 count. RVD comes back with some vicious kicks and nails JBL with a roundhouse kick. Monkey flip
by RVD. RVD clotheslines JBL to the floor. RVD then delivers a somersault plancha
to JBL on the floor but JBL moves out the way. JBL rolls RVD back in and rams leg on the ring post.. He works on RVD’s leg and picks him up. Swinging neckbreaker by JBL and RVD kicks out at 2. Vertical Suplex by JBL. JBL then hits a few elbow drops on RVD and RVD kicks out at 2. JBL yells you’re looking at the next King, King JBL. The fans boo JBL heavily. JBL irish whips RVD to the ropes and hits him with a big boot. JBL whips RVD to the ropes and misses a clothesline and RVD hits a spinning heel kick to knock JBL down.
He goes for a cover and JBL kicks out at 2. RVD starts dropping some tornado like leg drops and then bounces off the ropes to hit a handspring splash.
He goes for a cover and JBL kicks out at 2. JBL reverses a whip and sends RVD to the corner. JBL delivers some knife edge chops to RVD. JBL taunts RVD. JBL hits RVD with some clubbing blows and then a kick to the spine. Pump handle slam by JBL and RVD kicks out at 2. JBL goes for a neckbreaker but RVD counters into a backslide and JBL kicks out at 2. RVD starts delivering some right hands to JBL and knocks JBL down with a spin kick. Standing moonsault
by RVD and JBL kicks out at 2. RVD goes for the split -legged moonsault
and he hits it. He goes for a cover 1...2. but JBL gets his foot on the rope. RVD goes to the top and goes for a kick and nails JBL in the jaw and gets another near fall. JBL reverses a whip and sends RVD hard into the corner and knocks RVD down. Sidewalk slam by JBL. JBL goes for a cover but puts his feet on the ropes but the referee catches him and stops counting. JBL argues with the referee. RVD from behind rolls JBL and gets a 2 count. Insiguri by RVD. Here we go. RVD is going up to the top rope to hit a Five-Star Frog Splash.
He is flying through the air to hit it but JBL sees it coming somehow and JBL gets his knees up. This stuns RVD as RVD falls to the canvas quivering in pain holding his stomach. JBL gets up and so does RVD, and JBL sees a weakened RVD. He bounces off the ropes by running off of them and charging at RVD full speed hitting a vicious Clothesline From Hell.
He goes for a cover 1...2...3. He got him. JBL defeats RVD
to advance to the Semi Finals. JBL celebrates in the ring and he will face John Cena in the Semi Finals.
Match Result: JBL defeated RVD to qualify for the Semi Finals
Match Time: 4:35
Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero meet each other backstage. They talk about their respective matches for their titles. Eddie Guerrero says that he knows that Benoit can beat HHH and make him say I Quit. He believed in Benoit at WrestleMania and he believes in Benoit tonight. Chris Benoit is for real. Benoit then tells Eddie he knows that Eddie can beat Edge tonight. Eddie overcame so many obstacles and has proved that he is a great champion. They worked so hard to get to the top and tonight’s the night where they show HHH and Edge that they deserve to be the top guys representing Raw and Smackdown. They wish each other luck. Eddie is about to leave but Eddie comes back and says that tonight should you lose Chris, don't worry because when you come back to Smackdown, I will personally give you a shot at my WWE Championship. Benoit then says should i lose huh? Well it would be an honour to face you for the WWE Championship, but should you lose Eddie then i could very well be facing Edge but that’s not going to happen. Chris Benoit is not going to be humiliated tonight. I’ve never quit and just like i made HHH tap at WrestleMania, I’m going to make him quit tonight. Eddie says Orrale Vato, they hug and Eddie leaves.
King of the Ring Quarter Final Match
Chris Jericho vs Batista
Chris Jericho’s music hits as Y2J comes down to the ring to a great ovation. A clip is shown for Jericho defeating Rene Dupree to qualify. Jericho is one of the favourites to go all the way and become King. Batista comes out next and he is also the major favourite here to go all the way to win this tournament. A clip is shown for Batista as he defeated Charlie Haas to qualify. Batista and Jericho start talking trash and the bell rings. Suddenly Trish Stratus’s music hits
as she comes down to do commentary as Jericho is not pleased to see Trish out here. The distraction is enough for Batista to jump Jericho from behind. Batista whips Jericho into the ropes and hits a clothesline. Jim Ross asks Trish why she is out here. Trish says she is here to watch Jericho get destroyed by Batista. Lawler tells Jim Ross why shouldn’t she be out here, it’s Trish Stratus. She can come out here anytime she likes. Lawler starts sucking up to Trish. Meanwhile Batista starts pounding away at Jericho using his sheer strength and power. Batista starts flexing his muscles and starts posing to taunt Jericho. Batista misses a clothesline and Jericho takes Batista down with a dropkick. Jericho goes for a cocky pin
to taunt Batista and Batista powers out at 1. Trish did not like this and calls Jericho a show off. Jericho starts hitting Batista with some knife edge chops. He sends Batista to the ropes and runs into an elbow by Batista. Batista delivers a knee to the gut of Jericho. He Irish whips Jericho into the corner really hard so hard that it takes Jericho out of the ring and out on to the outside. The ref is counting Jericho down from 1, and Batista then goes outside to break up the count. Jericho gets up near the steel steps. Batista is running at Jericho full speed but Jericho sees him coming and hits a drop toe hold on Batista which sends him crashing head first into the steel steps. Jericho gets back into the ring and Batista is getting back into the ring as he is on the apron. Jericho sees him coming and hits a triangle dropkick
which sends Batista back down on the outside.
Jericho is then telling the ref to count Batista out and the ref is counting down and Batista gets back into the ring at 6. Jericho bounces off the ropes and charges at Batista only for Batista to counter by hitting a Big Boot which sends Jericho down to the canvas. Batista goes for the pin 1...2...Jericho kicks out. Batista waits for Jericho to get up. As soon as Jericho gets up, he lifts Jericho up in the air for a Torture Rack
and Batista has it locked in. Will Jericho tap out? Trish says come on Batista make him tap. Batista has Jericho in the Torture Rack still but Jericho somehow counters the Torture Rack into a headscissor takedown which sends Batista down on to the canvas. Jericho then tries to go for the Walls of Jericho
on Batista but Batista fights out of it by rolling on his back and sending Jericho backwards. Jericho tries to go for it again but Batista reverses it into a small package pin to pin Jericho 1...2..Jericho kicks out. Jericho goes over to Batista and rolls him up for a small package pin with tights to pin him 1...2...Batista powers out with authority at 2. Both men are up. Batista whips Jericho off the ropes and hits a wicked clothesline on Jericho. He goes for a cover and Jericho just gets the shoulder up at 2. Batista picks Jericho up and tries to Irish whip Jericho into the corner but Jericho counters it into a whip of his own and sends Batista into the corner. Batista rebounds off the turnbuckle and Jericho hits a running insiguri
on Batista and gets a near fall. Jericho goes for the lionsault
but Batista gets his knees up. Batista whips Jericho to the corner and drives some shoulders into the gut of Jericho. Batista delivers a backbreaker and follows up with a suplex and Jericho kicks out at 2. Side walk slam by Batista and gets another near fall.
Batista goes for a full nelson,
he has it locked in but Jericho elbows Batista in the face to get out the hold. Jericho goes to the ropes and hits a flying forearm. Jericho goes to the top rope and hits a missile dropkick and Batista kicks out at 2. Jericho goes to lock in the Walls of Jericho
and he has it locked in in the middle of the ring, will Batista tap out? Batista is about to tap but somehow Batista powers out of it and the hold is broken. Jericho is getting frustrated. Batista is back on his feet, and Jericho charges at Batista only for Batista to counter and hit the spinebuster
on Jericho. He goes for a cover and Jericho kicks out at 2 ˝. Batista signals for the Batista Bomb. He has Jericho up for the Batista Bomb
and he is about to hit it, but Jericho reverses the Batista Bomb into a Hurricanrana which sends Batista down to the canvas. As soon as Batista gets up, Jericho hits the codebreaker
on Batista which sends Batista out of the ring as Batista rolls out of the ring.Jim Ross says that’s the same move Trish that Jericho used to beat Christian at Backlash. The move stunned Batista so much, the momentum takes Batista out of the ring. Then Jericho goes outside to get Batista back in the ring and then both men are fighting it out on the outside that they don't even hear the referee's count. When the ref gets down to 9, they both realize what is happening. They try to get back into the ring but the ref counts at 10, and the match is over. It ends in a double countout, and both men are out of the KOTR tournament.
Jericho is furious and Trish starts laughing and says Jericho doesn’t have what it takes to be King. She is the queen of the ring but Jericho certainly isn’t a King and he just blew his opportunity right there. Jericho is simply a loser. Trish then leaves. Batista demands overtime but the referee doesn’t allow it.
The fight is not over. They are still beating the holy hell out of each other until the refs have to get out here to pull them apart. The referee declared the match a double count out and both men have been eliminated, therefore Randy Orton receives a bye all the way to the finals.
Match Result: Double Count Out. Both men eliminated from the tournament.
Match Time: 6:45
Paul Heyman was furious backstage because Raw’s Randy Orton receives a bye all the way to the finals and that his Smackdown stars had to compete in the Semi Finals. Eric starts laughing at Paul and Paul gets in Eric’s face. Vince McMahon seperates both men and tells them to calm down. If they continue arguing then he’s going to put Eric in charge of Smackdown again and Heyman in charge of Raw. Since they don’t want that, they have to get along tonight.
King of the Ring Tournament Semi Final Match
John Cena vs John Bradshaw Layfield
JBL is one victory away from the finals as he comes down first. Earlier on JBL defeated RVD. John Cena comes out next and in the opening match John Cena defeated Matt Hardy. Here we go, the bell rings as the match begins. They lock up with each other with JBL getting the better of the exchange as JBL uses his power sending Cena down with a shoulder block. He goes for another shoulder block but runs into an elbow. Cena gets JBL up and tries to hit the F-U early but JBL slides off Cena from behind. He turns Cena around and rakes Cena's eyes. JBL starts delivering some clubbing blows to the back of Cena and delivers a powerslam and Cena kicks out at 2. JBL starts to take it to Cena beating the holy hell out of him. He drags Cena to the corner and starts stomping away at him and yells he’s the next King. He goes to pick him up again and whips Cena hard into the corner turnbuckle. He charges at Cena but Cena moves out of the way and JBL eats the turnbuckle hard as this stuns JBL in the corner. DDT
by Cena and JBL kicks out at 2. Cena goes to the top and hits a guillotine legdrop
and JBL kicks out at 2 ˝. Cena delivers some right hands to JBL. He whips him into the ropes but JBL knocks Cena down with a reverse elbow to the face. JBL lifts Cena up on his shoulders in a fireman’s carry backbreaker, will Cena submit?
He applies more pressure on the back of Cena and JBL suddenly drops Cena with a samoan drop. He goes for a cocky cover and Cena kicks out at 2. JBL goes for a powerbomb,
Cena blocks and JBL hits Cena with a clubbing blow to the back. JBL goes for a clothesline but Cena counters into a drop toe hold. Throwback
from Cena and JBL kicked out at 2. Back suplex by Cena and gets another near fall. Hip toss by Cena and follows up with a fisherman suplex and JBL kicks out at 2. Cena runs into a boot by JBL. JBL goes for an abdominal stretch, JBL applies pressure by holding on to the ropes. The ref catches JBL and JBL has to break the hold.
Vertical suplex by JBL and Cena kicks out at 2. JBL mocks Cena by doing Cena’s taunt. He whips Cena to the ropes but Cena comes back with a flying shoulder block. Cena does his you can’t see me taunt and hits the five knuckle shuffle
and JBL kicks out at 2. Cena goes for a delayed vertical suplex, look at the strength of Cena and he does his you cant see me taunt while he’s holding JBL. He delivers a delayed vertical suplex and JBL kicked out at 2. Cena has JBL in the F-U position, and JBL slides off of Cena from behind. He grabs Cena and pushes him into the ref sending Cena into the ref into the turnbuckle. JBL hits a low blow
in the corner to Cena and the referee but the ref can't disqualify anyone as he is down and knocked out and Cena is down on his knees stunned. JBL then hits the Clothesline from Hell
on Cena. JBL ends up reviving the ref as the ref is down for a while. JBL revives the ref. No not this way, JBL is going to steal this one. He pins Cena 1...2...2 1/2... Cena kicks out of the Clothesline from Hell.
JBL can't believe it, he is stunned, and so are the announcers and the fans. JBL goes to pin Cena over and over but Cena keeps kicking out at 2. JBL goes over to the ropes to bounce off of them again by charging off of them to try to hit a second Clothesline from Hell but Cena sees it coming and ducks out of the way and dumps JBL to the floor. Cena is on the apron and goes for an axe handle but JBL lands a punch to the gut. He rolls Cena back in and gets a headlock on Cena. The fans get behind Cena as Cena is back up on his feet. He elbows out the hold and goes to the ropes but JBL gets Cena with an elbow to the face. Swinging neckbreaker by JBL and Cena kicks out at 2. JBL waits for Cena to get up. JBL comes off of the ropes bouncing off of them to try to deliver a Clothesline from Hell. Cena ducks out of the way and hits an F-U on JBL.
He goes for a cover and pins JBL 1..2...3 to win the match and advance to the finals. Cena wins. It’s now John Cena vs Randy Orton in the finals.
Cena celebrates in the ring but wait JBL being a sore loser attacks Cena. JBL hits the clothesline from hell.
JBL is adding insult to injury. He hits another clothesline. Wait a minute Rey Mysterio runs down and saves Cena and attacks JBL.
Rey goes for a 619 but JBL gets out the ring before Rey can hit it. Rey taunts JBL as JBL leaves and he is booed heavily. JBL is furious. Rey checks on Cena and Cena is not in great condition going into the final.
Match Result: John Cena defeated JBL to advance to the finals
Match Time: 6:30
The Coach interviews The Rock backstage. Coach thinks Rock has no chance in winning the battle royal tonight because he’s up in there against the biggest, the baddest and the meanest stars the WWE has to offer. Before Coach can continue Rock puts his hand across Coach’s face to warn him to shut his mouth. Coach steps back a bit. Rock then says finally The Rock has come back to King of the Ring. Tonight is the chance of a lifetime. Tonight is the chance for The Rock to win this Battle Royal and once again become the People's Champion because tonight you are looking at the man who will throw out body after body. 29 jabronis stand in The Rock's way and one by one they are all going out of the people's ring. Then at Vengeance you will be looking at the next World Heavyweight Champion, if ya smelllll what...HBK shows up and interrupts and then says what The Heartbreak Kid is cooking because tonight Rock is when yours truly HBK himself will win this Battle Royal and if I have to go through you to do it, then that's what I'll do. Rock then says just bring it, HBK has a smirk on his face and leaves. The Rock looks at Coach and says why you laughing Coach, wipe that smile off your face before the Rock slaps the taste out of your mouth. Rock says before he was rudely interrupted by that jabroni, HBK is going to be one of those jabroni’s that’s going to thrown out by The Rock. Then Rock will go on to become the world heavyweight champion at Vengeance. If ya Smelllllllllllllllll what the Rock is cooking. Rock leaves. Here we go... It’s time for the battle royal.
Raw vs Smackdown Interpromotional 30 Man Battle Royal
Lilian Garcia does the introduction for the Interpromotional 30 man battle royal. The winner of this match will receive a title shot at their brand’s next pay per view against whomever the champion may be.
If a Raw superstar wins he will face Raw’s world champion at the Raw brand’s next exclusive ppv Vengeance which is next month. If a Smackdown star wins he will face Smackdown’s WWE champion in 2 weeks at The Great American Bash ppv which is a Smackdown exclusive ppv. The RAW theme hits as Eric Bischoff comes down with most of the Raw superstars
including William Regal, Eugene, Charlie Haas, Rene Dupree, Sylvan Grenier, Rob Conway, Maven, Garrison Cade, Johnny the Bull, Chuck Palumbo, The Dudleys, and the Nature Boy Ric Flair. Then the Smackdown theme hits as Paul Heyman comes down with most of the Smackdown superstars
which include Booker T, Val Venis, Rhyno, The Hurricane and Shannon Moore, Kidman, Paul London, Chavo Guerrero, Tajiri, Jamie Noble, Nunzio and Rey Mysterio. Booker T and Val get major heat as Rey gets a great ovation from the fans. Then HBK ‘s music hits
as Shawn Michaels comes down to the ring and the crowd goes nuts. HBK is one of the favourites to win this. Kane’s music hits as he comes down next with Mordecai and Paul Bearer.
They come out to huge heat. Kane and Mordecai have been unstoppable over the recent weeks and they are one of the favourites to win this battle royal.
Then The Rock's theme hits
and the crowd are going nuts and Rock comes down to the ring and The Great One is also one of the favourites to win the battle royal. Now we are waiting for one more participant to come down as the gong goes off. The lights go out and then The Undertaker’s music starts playing
and The Undertaker does his long walk into the ring. The phenom may have not been as powerful as he was in recent weeks, but he is still one of the favourites to win the battle royal. As soon as The Undertaker gets into the ring, the lights are back on. Taker stares at everyone and the bell rings, and the fight is on.
Here we go. Everyone is pairing up amongst each other and fighting one another until we get our first elimination of the night with Johnny The Bull Stamboli getting eliminated
by The Rock. Johnny The Bull Stamboli tried to big boot The Rock out of the ring but Rock moves out of the way and Johnny The Bull Stamboli falls over the top rope but lands on the apron. Rock is exchanging rights and lefts with Stamboli until Rock with the upper hand lays the Smackdown on The Bull sending him out on to the floor. The Undertaker fights it out against Kane and Mordecai until Rey Mysterio gets involved and evens the odds. Then Booker T goes after Taker and Val goes after Rey. Mordecai eliminates Garrison Cade
by chokeslamming him over the top rope to the floor. The Undertaker chokeslams Chavo. Chavo is back up on his feet and Tajiri then delivers a kick to the jaw of Chavo to send Chavo over the rope to the floor. Chavo is gone.
William Regal and Eugene work together well as they go against Nunzio and Noble. Eugene hits a stunner on Nunzio and Regal and Eugene double clothesline Nunzio over the top rope to the floor. Nunzio is out.
Nice team work by Regal and Eugene. Regal gives Eugene a high five and Regal is starting to get impressed with Eugene. Chuck is about to dump Rey out but Rey hurricanranas Chuck over the top rope and Chuck is out. Rhyno eliminates Jamie Noble
by hitting him with a gore and Noble goes flying out the ring to the floor.
Hurricane and Shannon Moore go after Kane and Mordecai to get back at them for what they did to them a few weeks ago at Smackdown. Kane and Mordecai give them both double chokeslams sending them down on to the canvas. Kane and Mordecai then throw Hurricane and Moore out at the same time and the tag champions are eliminated.
The Dudleys go at it against Kane and Mordecai. Kane throws Bubba out and Mordecai clothesline D-Von over the top rope to the floor and The Dudleys are gone.
Kidman and London both go after The Undertaker but The Undertaker grabs both of them and chokeslams them. Taker eliminates both of them at the same time
by clotheslining them out. Wait a minute from behind Maven dropkicks The Undertaker as he thinks he’s eliminated the Undertaker just like he did at the Royal Rumble 2002. The Undertaker hangs on to the ropes and gets back in as Maven is celebrating in the ring. He turns around and Undertaker clotheslines Maven. Big boot by Taker. Taker picks him up and throws him over but Maven is still in as Maven lands on the apron. He tries to skin the cat back into the ring. Undertaker sees him and Maven then turns around into a Chokeslam. Undertaker chokeslams Maven out of the ring eliminating Maven.
Booker T and Rhyno are going at it in the ring, Rhyno misses the gore and goes into the steel post. Booker throws Rhyno out and Rhyno has been eliminated.
La Resistance then work as a trio and go after The Rock and Shawn Michaels. Rock and HBK come back and work together and hit La Resistance with a few clotheslines. Eugene also joins in. He hits the Rock Bottom on Conway. Rock throws Sylvan over the top rope and Eugene throws Conway out the ring. Rock and Michaels throw Dupree out but he hangs on to the ropes. Michaels superkicks Dupree out and he is eliminated.All three members of La Resistance are eliminated.
Kane and Mordecai then go after Rock and Michaels. Charlie Haas tries to dump Ric Flair out but Flair pokes Haas in the eyes and Flair throws Haas out and Haas is eliminated.
Tajiri hits a handspring elbow on Val Venis. He goes for the tarantula but Val pushes Tajiri out the ring and Tajiri is eliminated.
Eugene for some reason tries to help The Undertaker out against Kane and Mordecai but Kane and Mordecai end up going after Eugene. Regal tries to save Eugene and gets chokeslammed by Kane and Mordecai. Eugene goes to check on Regal and Kane picks Eugene up and throws him over the top rope. Regal charges at Kane, but Kane sees him coming and catches him by the throat and throws Regal over the top rope but Regal lands on the apron. Kane sees this and he runs off the ropes bounces off of them and hits a Big Boot on Regal taking him out of the match. Eugene and Regal are out.
Eugene gets a great ovation from the fans as he leaves with Regal. Mysterio and Val are then fighting it out in the ring. Val takes Rey down with a Russian leg sweep. He goes to the top rope for the money shot but Rey gets back and Val gets crotched on the ropes. Rey punches Val who gets knocked over the top rope to the floor and Val is out.
The Undertaker and Mordecai are fighting it out in the corner as Mordecai roughs up Taker really good with Kane helping. Taker comes back with some right hands and knocks Kane down. Undertaker hits a diving clothesline on Mordecai. Kane attacks Taker from behind and Kane and Mordecai hit a double chokeslam on The Undertaker. Kane has Taker on the ropes, trying to eliminate him. Mordecai helps Kane eliminate The Undertaker
as Taker goes over the top rope to the floor. One of the favourites eliminated from the battle royal. Taker falls out on the floor with both of his feet hitting the floor but Undertaker lands on his feet. Undertaker looks at Mordecai so angrily. Undertaker comes back into the ring and just goes nuts giving Kane a Chokeslam sending him back down on to the canvas.
Undertaker is pissed off after being eliminated by Mordecai and Kane. Undertaker hits rights and lefts on Mordecai so much that it sends Mordecai back to the ropes and Undertaker big boots Mordecai out of the ring eliminating Mordecai.
Mordecai being one of the 30 superstars who had the most eliminations all night along with his cousin Kane. He was so dominant until Undertaker eliminated him after Undertaker himself had already been eliminated by Mordecai and Kane. Undertaker before he leaves the ring, looks at Paul Bearer who is over there holding the urn. Paul so afraid starts running away as soon as he sees Undertaker coming at him with Undertaker now out of the ring. Then Mordecai saves his uncle and Mordecai and Taker start brawling to the back. We are down to 6 men, 3 from Raw and 3 from Smackdown.
The Rock, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels from Raw, we have Rey Mysterio, Booker T and Kane from Smackdown. The next elimination occurs when Rey Mysterio is eliminated when JBL out of nowhere runs into the ring. JBL is in the ring and when Rey tries to hit a 619 on Booker T, JBL comes in and hits a Clothesline from Hell which sends Rey flying down into the canvas almost taking Rey's head off. The announcers are saying What the Hell? JBL isn't even supposed to be in this match-up, somebody, referees get him out of here. While Tazz and Lawler are in shock that JBL is even out here but they say Rey Mysterio should have expected this after the way he has been treating JBL as of late. Then JBL picks up Rey Mysterio and throws Rey Mysterio almost with ease over the top rope as Rey Mysterio is seemingly knocked out from that earlier Clothesline from Hell. Rey Mysterio is eliminated.
JBL leaves the ring. He goes out to where Rey is, and JBL tries to get another shot in but Rey is somehow revived and starts fighting it out with JBL. They are brawling to the back but have to be separated by both RAW and Smackdown referees.
Kane and Booker T double team Shawn Michaels while The Rock and Ric Flair go at it. Flair goes for a clothesline but Rock catches Flair and hits the Rock Bottom. Rock picks Flair up and throws Flair over the top rope and the Nature Boy is eliminated.
Ric Flair with a great showing. Evolution's night is definitely not happening now after Flair was just eliminated. Flair is angry and retreats to the back. We are now down to the final 4,
2 from Raw and 2 from Smackdown. Kane fighting it out with Shawn Michaels, The Rock fights it out with Booker T. Rock lays the Smackdown on Booker and nails him with a right hand and Booker gets knocked through the middle rope to the floor. He didn’t go over the top rope so he is not eliminated. The Rock goes after Kane and now Rock and HBK work together and eliminate Kane as they double-clothesline him out of the ring with Kane falling out on to the floor with both of his feet hitting the floor. Kane is eliminated.
Kane was one of the favorites to win this match and get a WWE Championship match at the Great American Bash, but that's over because of The Rock and HBK.
Final 3 superstars are left in the ring with the final 3 superstars being The Rock, Shawn Michaels, and Booker T.
It doesn’t look good for Smackdown and Booker T. Here we go The Rock and HBK are left in the ring and are about to go at it.
Wait Booker T who’s still in this rolls back in the ring and jumps HBK from behind taking him down. Then Rock sees this and him and Booker start going at it. Rock eventually hits a Rock Bottom on Booker T. Booker T is down and so is HBK. Rock sees this as his opportunity, he takes off his armwear and is setting up for the People's Elbow on Booker T. The most electrifying move in sports entertainment today here we go. Rock goes over to the ropes. HBK kips up and Sweet Chin Music to The Rock eliminating The Rock
as The Rock falls over backwards over the top rope. What the hell. Rock is eliminated. The crowd boos HBK. Rock was so close to getting a World Heavyweight Championship match at Vengeance but Shawn Michaels with the ultimate backstabber taking Rock out of this match with Sweet Chin Music. The Rock is out on the outside and he is pissed after being eliminated by HBK. HBK then looks at Rock and says I'm sorry Rock it is every man for himself. Wait Booker T is back up but HBK doesn't know that as he is still talking to The Rock. Rock is talking to him right back. Then Booker T from behind dumps HBK out of the ring eliminating HBK to win the King of the Ring Interpromotional 30-man Over The Top Rope Battle Royal.
HBK is pissed off at Rock and they are still exchanging glances at each other.
Booker T is celebrating
while Rock and HBK both leave. The Smackdown announcers Cole and Tazz are going crazy saying Booker T has done it. Paul Heyman is celebrating outside the ring and laughs at Eric Bischoff who is furious. Bischoff walks away in disgust. Booker T is going on to the Great American Bash to face the WWE Champion.
Booker T outlasted 29 other men to win the Battle Royal. Tazz says he knew Booker T would be the one to win this match. Cole says Booker T took advantage of an opportunity and you know it. Tazz and Cole are both bickering with one another but Cole says nonetheless Smackdown has shown that they are the superior brand as a Smackdown superstar won the Battle Royal. The RAW announcers are still in shock and say Booker T got lucky.
Match Result: Winner: Booker T
Match Time: 12:24
A Great American Bash promo is aired and it is the next Smackdown exclusive ppv which will take place in two weeks. The Great American Bash was a popular WCW ppv and the WWE are re-introducing this ppv.
Backstage we see Eddie Guerrero coming out of his locker room and he is confronted by Booker T. Booker says now can you dig that, Eddie. Booker T just won the battle royal. Try to top that one off sucka because at The Great American Bash if you happen to beat Edge tonight and you still happen to be the WWE Champion after tonight, well you are looking at the man who will finally end your title reign. Now can you dig that suckaaaaaaaa. Eddie Guerrero then says he will beat Edge tonight and after he is done doing that, he will see Booker at the Great American Bash. He will give him the ass-kicking of a lifetime esse, because his Latino temper will give him the fight of his life. Now can you dig that, sucka orrale vato. Eddie Guerrero then walks off because his match is next. Booker T then says to himself tell me that he just didn't say that?
WWE Title No Disqualification Match
Eddie Guerrero (c) vs Edge
A video package recaps the Edge-Eddie Guerrero feud. It shows all the events leading up to this feud. Edge’s music hits as the challenger makes his way down to the ring. The fans boo Edge heavily and this is Edge’s big opportunity tonight to become the WWE champion. Viva La Raza...Eddie Guerrero’s music hits as the WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero comes down to the ring to a great ovation.
The bell rings and here we go this is no disqualification as Edge and Eddie Guerrero stare each other down. Edge starts talking trash to Eddie as Eddie nails Edge with a right hand. Edge gets up and charges at Eddie who takes Edge down in an arm drag. They lock up and Edge takes Eddie to the corner and goes for a swing but Eddie ducks. Eddie starts unloading at Edge with some right hands. Edge ducks and now starts hitting Eddie with some right hands. Edge whips Edge into the other corner and charges at Eddie. Eddie leapfrogs over Edge and tosses Edge over the top rope to the floor with a headscissors. Eddie yells Orrale Vato.
Edge gets back in and they lock up again. Handful of hair by Eddie, forearm to the face but Edge kicks Eddie to the gut and gets a headlock take down on Eddie. Eddie gets back up to his feet and sends Edge to the ropes and takes him down with a shoulder block. Edge gets up but Eddie dropkicks Edge over the top rope to the floor.
Edge gets back in and they lock up again and Edge gets a wrist lock on Eddie. Eddie counters into a wrist lock of his own, Edge elbows Eddie in the face and goes to the ropes and clotheslines Eddie. He sends Eddie to the ropes and hits Eddie with a dropkick. Edge charges into Eddie and Eddie delivers a tilt-a-whirl back breaker
and goes for the first cover of the match and Edge kicks out at 2. Eddie whips Edge to the ropes and Edge ducks a clothesline and goes to the ropes and catches Eddie with a flying forearm to the face. He goes for a cover and Eddie kicked out at 2. Edge delivers a backdrop to Eddie. He works on the left arm of Eddie but Eddie gets back to his feet and grabs Edge hair and throws Edge down to the canvas. Edge gets back and Eddie hits a hip toss followed by an arm drag. Edge comes back with a monkey flip and starts stomping away at Eddie. Edge ties up Eddie in the ropes
and as it’s no Disqualification Edge is allowed to do this. Edge starts delivering some right hands to a helpless Eddie. Edge mocks Eddie as he does Eddie’s taunt as the fans boo Edge. Edge goes to the ropes and delivers a spear to the ribs of Eddie. He starts punching Eddie in the ribs. He goes for another spear but Eddie escapes and moves out the way and Edge goes through the second rope and lands outside the ring. Edge gets back on the apron and Eddie suplexes Edge back in. Eddie whips Edge into the corner but runs into an elbow by Edge. Edge takes Eddie down with a clothesline.
Edge gets Eddie in a front face lock and Eddie manages to escape and takes Edge down with an arm drag followed by a dropkick. Eddie starts punching away at Edge then in the corner he delivers the 10 punch count on Edge. Edge is staggering in the ring and Eddie clotheslines Edge over the top rope to the floor. Eddie goes to the top rope and goes for a dive on Edge but Edge moves out the way. Edge picks Eddie up and sends Eddie right into the steel steps. He rolls Eddie back in and goes for a cover and Eddie kicks out at 2. Edge sets up for the spear. Edge goes for a spear but Eddie counters with a dropkick to the chin of Edge. Eddie whips Edge into the ropes. Baseball slide by Edge and Eddie nails Edge with a drop kick. Eddie has Edge in an armdrag as he holds onto Edge’s arm. He climbs the rope and takes Edge down with a head scissors. Edge charges into Eddie but Eddie lifts him up and delivers a reverse turnbuckle powerbomb.
He goes for a cover and Edge kicks out at 2 ˝. Eddie then goes for a brain buster, Edge slips out and reverses into the Edge-O-Matic
and Eddie kicks out at 2. Edge whips Eddie Guerrero off the ropes, Eddie Guerrero tries to catch Edge coming in with a hurricarana but Edge catches him and plants him with a powerbomb.
What a move. He goes for a cover and Eddie kicks out at 2 ˝. Edge whips Eddie hard into the turnbuckle and hits a low dropkick to the knee of Eddie. Edge then goes to the top rope to try to deliver a cross body. Eddie is getting up and he sees Edge coming as he is flying off the ropes, Eddie Guerrero catches Edge coming in with a dropkick sending Edge down to the canvas. Eddie pins Edge 1...2...2 1/2 Edge just gets the shoulder up. Eddie goes for a suplex, Edge puts the breaks on and suplexes Eddie over the top rope.
Edge follows Eddie to the outside. Edge grabs a steel chair
only for Eddie to dropkick Edge in the face with the chair hitting Edge in the face. They start brawling around outside the ring. Eddie grabs the steel chair. He is waiting for Edge to get up. Edge gets up, Eddie comes charging at Edge with the chair only for Edge to reverse it into a Spear
out of nowhere on the outside of the ring. Eddie is down and Edge carries Eddie over on his shoulders and puts him on the Spanish announce table with Eddie still unconscious on the table. Edge goes underneath the ring to get a 15 ft. high ladder.
He sets it near the Smackdown announce table. Edge climbs the ladder and he is at the top. Edge flies off the ladder 15 ft. in the air splashing on to Eddie with a Diving Splash sacrificing himself at the same time. The Spanish announce table is destroyed
and both men are down for quite a while. Edge is then the first one to stir and he is getting up. Edge then goes to get a steel chair. He is waiting for Eddie to get up and Eddie eventually does stir and get up. Edge is running at Eddie with the chair trying to bust Eddie open with the chair trying to hit him with it, but Edge misses wildly as Eddie ducks out of the way. Edge is reeling. Eddie sends Edge into the steel steps with a hard Irish Whip on the outside. Eddie then goes to get one of the television monitors from the Spanish announce table and as soon as Edge gets up, Eddie hits him with the TV monitor right in the skull
sending Edge back down. Edge has been busted wide open. Eddie picks up Edge and sends him right back into the ring.
Edge is down in the center of the ring Eddie sees that now it is his opportunity to hit the Frog Splash on Edge. He goes to the top rope but Edge gets up and was playing possum. He runs to Eddie on that top rope and delivers a Superplex to Eddie from the top rope sending both men down on to the canvas. Edge then rolls over to Eddie trying to pin him 1...2..2 1/2...Eddie just kicks out. Edge goes to pin him again and again and Eddie keeps kicking out at 2. Edge is just getting angrier and angrier. Edge picks up Eddie to try to whip Eddie off the ropes but Eddie catches Edge off guard with a kick which stuns Edge. Eddie bounces off the ropes again only for Edge to reverse Eddie's momentum by catching him coming in with a Powerslam. Edge goes for a cover and Eddie kicked out at 2. Edge then tries to lock in the Edgecator
on Eddie, and Edge has him in the hold, will Eddie tap out? Edge still has the hold on and eventually Eddie fights out of it and rolls out of that on his back. Edge tries to go over to Eddie only for Eddie to reverse into a small package pin 1...2... Edge just kicks out. Then Eddie tries to catch Edge off guard with a small package pin but Edge kicked out at 2. Then both men are up and Eddie whips Edge off the ropes only for Eddie to catch him coming in with a dropkick which sends Edge out of the ring and to the outside. Eddie then goes over to the outside, and breaks the steel steps apart. Eddie brings the steel steps into the ring as it is in the center of the ring.
Edge is still on the outside and as Eddie goes over to Edge to try to bring him back into the ring, Edge with a rake to the eyes and whips Eddie into the security wall hard. Then Edge goes over to the timekeeper's table to get 2 steel chairs. Edge then slides those steel chairs in the ring where the steel steps are. Edge then goes to bring Eddie back into the ring, and both men are back in the ring. Edge then is really taking it to Eddie beating the holy hell out of him, and then Edge places Eddie's head on the steel steps. Edge with a steel chair is going to try to attempt a Con-chair-to
to Eddie's skull. However Eddie moves out of the way just in the nick of time as Edge is about to hit Eddie's skull that is on the steel steps with the chair. Edge swings away and hits nothing but the steel steps as he misses the Con-chair-to completely. Edge then goes over to try to get the steel chair. Eddie has a steel chair too in his hand. They both hit their steel chairs on each other at the same time
trying to hit each other with a chair right to the skull but they hit each other with their respective steel chairs sending both men down on to the canvas. Edge is up first. He whips Eddie into the ropes but Eddie lands on Edge’s shoulders. Is Edge going to hit the electric chair drop?
Instead he hotshots Eddie on the turnbuckle and Edge goes back and hits the spear
on Eddie Guerrero. Edge goes for a cover, will we have a new champion. 1....2..... and Eddie kicked out at 2 ˝. Edge can not believe it.
Edge gets very frustrated and goes outside the ring and brings the ladder inside the ring.
He is measuring Eddie up as Eddie is up on his feet. He charges at Eddie with a ladder, Eddie drop toeholds Edge as Edge falls on the ladder. Eddie goes on the apron and delivers a Hilo on Edge on the ladder.
He goes for a cover and Edge gets the shoulder up at 2.
Eddie sends Edge to the ropes and connects with a hurrancanrana. He turns into into a bridge pin and rolls back and holds Edge’s leg and locks in the Laso from El Paso.
Awesome move here by Eddie. Eddie picks the ladder up and he’s going to strike Edge with the ladder but Edge sidesteps Eddie and Eddie goes into the turnbuckle and releases the ladder as the ladder falls outside the ring. Edge rams Eddie’s head repeatedly into the turnbuckle and Edge hits the Edgecution.
This has to be it. 1...2... and Eddie kicks out at 2 ˝. Edge whips Eddie into the corner and runs into a boot. Eddie goes up to the second rope and hits a tornado DDT. He goes for a cover and Edge kicks out at 2. Eddie waits for Edge to get up and Eddie hits the three amigos,
three vertical suplexes. He goes up to the top rope and Eddie’s going to hit the frog splash. If he hits this it’s over. Eddie hit’s the frog splash but Edge has his knees up.
Edge covers Eddie and Eddie kicks out at 2. Edge waits for Eddie to get up and hits a downward spiral.
1...2... and Eddie kicked out at 2 ˝. Edge places Eddie on the top rope. It looks like Edge is going to hit the Edgecution from the top rope, unbelievable. Edge goes for the Edgecution but Eddie counters into a top rope diving sunset flip powerbomb.
1....2.... and Edge kicked out at 2 ˝. Eddie goes for the gory special
but Edge slips out and hits the edge-o-matic and gets another near fall. Edge goes outside and brings the ladder in the ring. Eddie dropkicked the ladder into the face of Edge.
He goes up top but Edge throws the ladder at Eddie and Eddie gets knocked off the top rope. Edge sets the ladder up in the corner. He perches Eddie at the top of the ladder. Oh no we’ve seen this before from Edge. This is how he beat Eddie 2 years ago. If he hits the Edgecution of the top of the ladder we will have a new champion.
Edge starts to climb the ladder but a masked man with a ski mask and ski clothing comes running down to the ring and starts attacking Edge and Eddie gets knocked down.
He grabs a chair and whacks Edge across the skull with a chair. Tazz and Cole are wondering who this masked man is, and why he’s attacking Edge but not even touching Eddie at all. The masked man perches Edge up the ladder and he goes to the top of the ladder. What is he going to do to Edge. He hits an ANGLE SLAM
on Edge in the center of the ring on a steel chair. Unbelievable. The masked man takes his mask off. It's Kurt Angle.
Everybody is in shock that Kurt Angle is back and that he was the one attacking Edge. Tazz & Cole are in shock, and so are the fans and Eddie Guerrero. Kurt Angle & Eddie exchange glances with one another as Kurt tells Eddie to finish Edge off.. Eddie then takes advantage of this. He goes up to the top of the ladder as Edge is laying motionless. Eddie hits the frog splash
on the lifeless body of Edge. Eddie goes for a cover 1...2...3, Eddie Guerrero retains the WWE Title.
Viva La Raza, Eddie’s music hits and the fans are going nuts. Eddie is still the WWE Champion and Kurt Angle came back to get his revenge on Edge.
Edge made his return at WrestleMania in Kurt’s match against Eddie, now Kurt made his return in Edge’s match against Eddie. Eddie celebrates in the ring and celebrates with the fans and leaves. What a classic battle between these men. Kurt has a big smile on his face and looked at Edge and Kurt puts the ankle lock on Edge.
Edge is tapping out, Kurt’s going to break that ankle. Officials quickly come down before Kurt does any serious damage. The officials pull Kurt away from Edge and Kurt leaves the ring and gets a great ovation from the fans. Kurt is on the ramp and celebrates and has a big smile on his face. The Olympic hero is back. Edge gets helped to the back by officials.
Match Result: Eddie Guerrero defeated Edge to retain the WWE Title.
Match Time: 22:32
Josh Matthews gets a word with Kurt Angle backstage. He asks Kurt why did he cost Edge the the WWE Championship. Angle then says Edge nearly took away something from me. My career as he not only put me on the shelf getting his revenge. My doctors then told me that my injury could be career threatening and that I would have to retire from the WWE altogether if my injury went even more unnoticed and that with rehab I was supposed to be out from anywhere to 3-6 months to maybe never coming back at all. Then Angle said he made himself a promise, a simple vow that not if he came back but when he came back, that he was going to make Edge pay for putting him on the shelf. Angle then says when he put Edge on the shelf with a broken neck back then it was just business. As for Edge when he came back he decided to make it personal by attacking him and nearly ending his career but he didn’t quite get the job done. Kurt states that everything he has lived for since he was a child, this is how he supports his family and Edge nearly took that away from him. Now that Kurt Angle is back, oh it's true, it's damn true now especially now that things between me and Edge just got a whole hell of a lot more personal now. Angle then says after what I just did out there to Edge, if he thinks that that was the end of his suffering, it is just the beginning. As long as me and Edge are on the same show I will personally ensure that he never becomes WWE Champion. It’s damn good to be back on Smackdown oh it’s true, it’s damn true.
The Raw and Smackdown announcers make their predictions on who will win the King of the Ring final. The Raw announcers think Orton will win while the Smackdown announcers think Cena will win. Before the finals get underway lets take you backstage as Coach is standing by with the finalists.
Coach is backstage with Evolution and John Cena. Coach is biased here and starts taking Raw’s side as he’s on Raw. Coach mentions that a well rested Randy Orton received a bye to the finals. Cena has had two tough matches against Matt Hardy and JBL. He received a brutal beating at the hands of JBL. Orton’s gotta fancy his chances here. Evolution wish Orton good luck and tell Cena it’s their night. Orton looks confident and HHH fires up Orton and told him this is his moment to achieve greatness. Once Orton gets the job done tonight then HHH is taking the title tonight. Orton said that’s right champ. Orton looks at Cena as Evolution all have a smile on their face. Orton tells Cena that he’s going to show him that not only is Raw the best brand but Randy Orton is better than John Cena. He remembers what Cena did to him on Smackdown and what JBL just did to Cena is nothing compared to what the legend killer will do to Cena in the ring. Randy Orton is on his way to greatness, Randy Orton is going to be the next.... Cena’s had enough and cuts Orton off. It’s time for John Cena to step up and break through. He cuts a rap promo on all Evolution members. First about Batista for failing to advance to the finals. Then he mocked Flair for not winning the battle royal and even whoos Flair right in Flair’s face and Evolution hold Flair back. Cena then mocks HHH and says you might be The Game, but once Benoit makes you say I Quit, all you will be is nothing but a quitter who chokes on his fame. After tonight HHH will be the one crying because he’s getting no more title shots. You will be taking a major fall and all of you have no balls. Cena then said he stands alone and doesn’t need no stable. Orton ain’t no legend killer but Cena has class and up next he’s going to kick Randy Orton’s ass. Cena does his you can’t see me taunt to all the Evolution members and leaves and Evolution don’t seem too pleased with Cena’s comments.
King of the Ring Tournament Finals
1 Hour Time Limit: John Cena [Smackdown] vs Randy Orton [Raw]
Here we go it is now time for the finals of the King of the Ring Tournament.
What a match up this is going to be. Raw’s Intercontinental Champion Randy Orton taking on Smackdown’s United States Champion John Cena. A dream match up between two future stars of the WWE. Evolution’s Randy Orton comes down first and Orton has had plenty of time to rest as he received a bye to the finals. John Cena comes down next to a great ovation from the fans. Cena is not in great shape after what JBL just did earlier on. Cena hasn’t had much time to rest but don’t count John Cena out. He has a lot of guts and determination and on Smackdown, Randy Orton was on the receiving end of an F-U by John Cena. Orton and Cena have a staredown and here we go the bell rings.
Orton and Cena lock up and Orton gets a wrist lock on Cena. Cena counters into a wrist lock of his own and sends Orton to the ropes and delivers a shoulder block which sends Orton down. Cena runs over to Randy only for Randy to duck and leapfrog under Cena and Orton catches Cena with a dropkick to the face. He goes for a cover and Cena kicks out at 2. Orton starts getting cocky and starts slapping Cena repeatedly in the head doing a lot of talking only for Cena to get angry. He takes Orton down by his legs and starts beating the holy hell out of Randy mounted on top of him hitting rights and lefts. Cena gets up and then so does Orton and Cena gives Orton the You Can't See Me taunt, and Orton is livid. Orton tries to run over to Cena but Cena catches him coming with a huge clothesline. Cena whips Orton to the ropes and delivers a hip toss. Cena whips Orton into the corner and runs into a boot by Orton. Clothesline by Orton. Orton whips Cena off the ropes and nails him with an elbow. Orton gets a chin lock on Cena and starts punching Cena in the face. Cena gets up on his feet, breaks out of the hold. He goes to the ropes and Orton catches Cena with a knee lift. Orton is back in control.
Orton starts stomping away at Cena. Orton delivers a suplex and goes for a cover and Cena kicks out at 2. Orton starts to work on the injured ribs of Cena and starts stomping away at Cena in the corner. Orton tries to whip Cena into the other corner but Cena reverses and sends Orton hard into the corner. Scoop Slam by Cena. Here we go five knuckle shuffle time. Cena hits the five knuckle shuffle
on Orton and goes for a cover and Orton kicks out at 2. Cena starts hammering away at Orton with lefts and rights. He picks Orton up and delivers a turnbuckle powerbomb
on Orton and Orton rolls out of the ring and falls on the floor. The referee starts counting. Cena goes outside to break up the count and starts brawling with Orton outside the ring. Orton knees Cena to the gut and rolls back in. Cena gets back on the apron and Orton suplexes Cena back in. Orton gets a sleeper hold on Cena. The fans are getting behind Cena as Orton has the sleeper locked in. Cena’s arm drops once. It drops again and Cena gets his arm up the third time as Cena tries to get back on his feet. He tries elbowing out but Orton still has it locked in. Cena counters into a back suplex and both men are down. The referee starts counting. Cena is back up on his feet first and goes to the ropes and takes Orton down with a flying shoulder block. Vertical suplex by Cena and another kick out by Orton. Throw back from Cena. Cena waits for Orton to get back up to his feet. He lifts him up for the F-U. He has Orton in the F-U position. He’s is about to hit it but Orton slides off from behind Cena and reverses the F-U attempt and grabs Cena to hit his patented inverted headlock backbreaker
to pin Cena 1...2... Cena just kicks out at 2.
Orton then goes over to the top rope. He’s waiting for Cena to get up because Orton is about to go for a Flying Crossbody. Orton is soaring through the air only for Cena to catch him in mid air coming in with a Powerslam to pin him. 1...2.. and Orton kicks out at 2 ˝. just barely kicked out. Cena is in shock as he can't believe it, Cena goes to pin him again but Orton kicks out again. Cena goes up to the top rope and waits for Orton to get up. Cena flies off the top rope hitting a guillotine leg drop
catching Orton by the back of the neck to pin Orton 1...2...Orton kicks out again. Cena is frustrated, and it is beginning to show. Cena goes over to Orton and then picks him up and out of nowhere Orton hits a RKO to pin Cena 1....2...2 1/2. Cena kicks out of the RKO.
Orton can't believe it and neither can the announcers or even the crowd as no one hardly kicks out of an RKO, but Cena did. Orton is livid. Orton goes to pick up Cena to try to deliver another RKO but Cena out of nowhere hits an F-U on Orton to pin him 1....2....2 1/2... Orton kicks out of the F-U
but just barely as he got his shoulder up. The fans neither can the announcers on commentary especially Cena cannot believe that Orton just kicked out of the F-U. Cena goes up to the top rope and delivers a diving five knuckle shuffle off the top rope
and covers Orton. 1...2... and Orton kicks out. Cena is now getting frustrated. Cena whips Orton into the ropes, sunset flip by Orton but Cena holds Orton’s legs. He goes for a cover 1...2... and Orton kicks out at 2 ˝. Cena whips Orton into the corner and charges into Orton who moves out the way as Cena hits the turnbuckle. Orton places Cena at the top and delivers a superplex. He gets his arm over Cena 1...2... 2/12 Cena kicked out. These men are taking it to each other. Orton starts delivering some European uppercuts to Cena in the corner.
Orton places Cena at the top turnbuckle. He’s going for a super RKO
and Cena blocks by punching Orton in the face. Cena gets a cross body on Orton who rolls through and pins Cena 1...2.. Cena kicks out at 2 ˝. What a match up. Orton hits a standing dropkick on Cena. He waits for Cena to get up and signals for the RKO. He goes for the RKO but Cena throws him off. Cena hits a clothesline on Orton and follows up with a back suplex. Cena is on fire. Cena slingshots Orton into the corner and Orton is busted wide open. Cena starts hammering away at Orton in the corner and the crowd is going nuts. Wait a minute HHH runs down to the ring
and the game is on the apron and distracts Cena. Cena taunts HHH and tells him you want some come get some. The referee ejects HHH from ringside as HHH is arguing with the referee. Cena looks at HHH and does his you can’t see me taunt. Orton goes to get Cena's steel chain while the referee is still busy with HHH. Orton hits Cena with the chain and it stuns Cena long enough as he is staggering in the ring. Orton hits the RKO on Cena
. HHH who’s on the ramp tells the ref to count the pin as Orton goes for a cover 1..........2.....3. Orton did it.
Match Result: Randy Orton defeated John Cena to become the 2004 King of the Ring
Match Time: 8:36
Randy Orton is the 2004 King of the Ring.
HHH comes into the ring to celebrate with his protege Randy Orton. Then Batista & Ric Flair come out to celebrate with Orton. Eric Bischoff comes out too to celebrate with Orton to celebrate RAW's win.
HHH then hits the pedigree on Cena. He instructs Batista to get Cena out of the ring by kicking him out of the ring. Batista goes to the outside of the ring where Cena is and Cena is getting up. Batista catches Cena coming in with a lariat-like clothesline which nearly takes Cena's head off. Then the refs eventually end up carrying Cena out of there all the way to the back. Batista gets back in with Orton, HHH, Flair, and Bischoff as Evolution celebrate and then make their way near the stage to do the coronation ceremony. HHH congratulates Orton but he has to leave to go get ready for his match which will be coming up shortly.
Eric Bischoff presents the coronation ceremony for the 2004 King of the Ring winner Randy Orton. He congratulates Orton on becoming King. He has made him so proud, he is proud to have him on Raw. Bischoff brags about a RAW superstar winning the tournament proving that RAW is the more superior brand and that SD doesn't even deserve to be in the same building as them. Bischoff then lets Ric Flair do the honours. Flair calls Orton the future of this business. He beat the very best to become King. Not only he is the IC Champion, he’s now the King of the Ring, he’s the legend killer, let it be known from this day forward from now on all of you will address Randy as KING RANDY ORTON.
Flair puts the cape and crown on Orton. Randy Orton brags about his accomplishments these past few months and now becoming King is even more better. Orton states that from now on all these fans should give him the respect he deserves. Now being King is what defines him and now he is well on his way to becoming a bigger legend in this business. Now he will make history in 2004 because 2004 is the year of Orton, 2004 is the year of Evolution. Flair says how he knew Orton would win because Orton is the chosen one. All Hail King Randy Orton. Batista takes the mic and said if he couldn’t win, it doesn’t matter because Orton won and when Orton wins Evolution wins. Batista gives Orton a high five. Orton lifts Orton up on his shoulders and Flair and Bischoff start bowing down to Orton. Ladies and Gentleman there you have it, the 2004 King of the Ring Randy Orton. Bischoff leaves while Evolution celebrate. Evolution then leave.
Backstage Paul Heyman is not in a good mood. Vince asks Paul what has Paul decided for the Great American Bash ppv which takes place in 2 weeks. We already know now that Eddie Guerrero will be defending his title against Booker T. Paul announced that The Undertaker will take on Mordecai at The Great American Bash. Paul also announced that John Cena will defend his United States Championship against Kane. Also Rey Mysterio will take on JBL at the ppv. Vince liked Paul’s ideas and said he’s already looking forward to the Great American Bash. Eric Bischoff walks in and told Paul Heyman that Heyman is stealing another Bischoff concept because The Great American Bash was a popular WCW ppv. Bischoff said he doesn’t give a damn about The Great American Bash because Heyman doesn’t have a clue how to put on a ppv. It is all about Raw’s Vengeance and he will put on a better ppv than Heyman. Bischoff brags about a Raw star winning the KOTR and now Randy Orton will receive a world title shot at SummerSlam. Heyman brags about a Smackdown star winning the battle royal and Booker T will now receive a WWE Title shot at the Great American Bash. Eric said up next is the world heavyweight title match so get ready Paul because you’re having Chris Benoit back. Get ready because it will be game over for Benoit. The GMs start arguing and Vince tells them both to SHUT UP!!! Vince told the General Managers he enjoys seeing them both trying to outdo each other but one thing he can’t stand is both of them arguing. Vince tells them that in a few weeks he will be making a very big announcement which will shake up the foundation of the WWE. Vince walks off as the GMs wonder what announcement could it be.
World Heavyweight Title I Quit Match
Chris Benoit (c) vs HHH
Coming up next the world heavyweight title match between Chris Benoit and HHH in an “I Quit Match.” With so much on the line here. The rules are simple your opponent says “I Quit” you become the world heavyweight champion. A video package recaps the feud between Chris Benoit and HHH. It all started when Benoit defected to Raw and Benoit could be going back to Smackdown tonight. HHH’s music hits as the game makes his way down to the ring and if the game fails tonight then he will not receive a title match as long as Chris Benoit is champion. Tonight the game has to do this all by himself as Evolution are barred from ringside. Chris Benoit comes down to a great ovation and this match is so important for both men. If Benoit loses not only does he lose the title, he leaves Raw. Benoit raises the world title in the air and taunts HHH. HHH and Benoit have a staredown. No dqs, no pinfalls no submissions, the only way to win this match is to make your opponent say i quit, you utter i quit you lose the match,
The bell rings as Chris Benoit and HHH lock up. HHH gets a side headlock which was countered quickly by Benoit. Both men get up to their feet at the same time. They lock up again and HHH gets Benoit in a wrist lock. Benoit counters with a wrist lock of his own and sends HHH to the ropes and takes him down with a shoulder tackle. HHH gets back up and charges into Benoit who takes him down with an arm drag. They lock up again as Benoit puts HHH in a front facelock, but HHH backs Benoit into the corner. Benoit nails HHH in the midsection with some shoulder attacks. HHH tries to whip Benoit into the corner but Benoit reverses and sends HHH into the corner. Benoit runs into an elbow by HHH. HHH tries to ram Benoit’s head into the turnbuckle. Benoit puts the breaks on and rams HHH’s head into the turnbuckle. Clothesline by Benoit. Benoit tries to go for a crossface early but HHH counters with a snapmare. HHH misses an elbow drop and starts hitting HHH with some right hands. Benoit starts delivering some vicious knife edge chops to HHH in the corner until HHH rolls out the ring to get away from Benoit. Benoit rebounds off the ropes and missed a suicide dive.
HHH sends Benoit back in, He goes to the ropes as Benoit is getting up to his feet. HHH nails Benoit with a running high knee to the face. Suplex by HHH. Benoit is getting up to his feet and HHH clotheslines Benoit all the way to the floor. HHH tries to suplex Benoit back in but Benoit blocks and punches HHH in the face. Benoit gets in and goes to the ropes but HHH catches Benoit with a knee lift. HHH whips Benoit into the corner and headbutts Benoit into the midsection. He sends Benoit to the ropes, baseball slide by Benoit and Benoit hits a clothesline on HHH. He hits another clothesline and HHH goes flying over the top rope to the floor. HHH very frustrated in the early going. Benoit suplexes HHH back in, Benoit whips HHH to the ropes and hits a back elbow to the face of the game. Benoit then rams HHH’s head three times into the turnbuckle and HHH is staggering in the ring. Benoit goes for a crossface and HHH frantically escaped and rolls out the ring. Benoit follows HHH out and they brawl outside.
HHH reverses a whip and sends Benoit into the ring post. He rolls Benoit back in and hits a backbreaker. HHH goes for an abdominal stretch. He holds on to the ropes for more leverage as this is all legal as it’s an I Quit match. The referee asks Benoit if he quits
and Benoit yells No.
Benoit counters and hiptossed HHH over the top rope and to the floor. Benoit tries to go for a snap suplex but HHH blocks and knees Benoit in the midsection. HHH hit a DDT on Benoit on the floor. HHH then bounces Benoit into the steel steps causing them to separate. HHH drops Benoit stomach first onto the barricade. He then whips him into the ring post and then sends Benoit into the barricade shoulder first and then out into the crowd. Benoit battles back as HHH and Benoit fight into the crowd.
Benoit puts the crossface on HHH in the crowd and wants the referee to put the mic to his face while he has the hold. Benoit says come on HHH do you quit and Benoit changes his mind and says he’s not done. The crowd is loving this. Benoit releases the hold and starts hammering away at HHH. Benoit tossed HHH back out and now they fight near the Smackdown announce table. HHH ducks a punch and takes Benoit down with a neckbreaker. HHH grabs the world heavyweight title and raises it in the air and taunts Benoit telling him to his face that the world title is coming back to the game. HHH cracks Benoit in the skull with the world heavyweight title. HHH then places Benoit on the table and starts talking. He demands Benoit to quit now or he will inflict more punishment on him. Benoit fights back but HHH knees Benoit to the gut and Benoit is back down again. So HHH is about to pick Benoit up for the pedigree but Benoit low blows HHH and HHH falls off the table. Benoit goes after HHH and rams HHH’s head into the ring post. Benoit then catapults HHH into the ring post and the game is busted wide open. Benoit sends HHH back in the ring. He crotches HHH in the ring post and rams HHH’s leg into the post. Benoit then starts to stomp away at HHH’s knee. He places HHH’s leg on the ropes and jumps on HHH’s leg and the game is in pain.
Benoit applies the figure four and the referee asks HHH if he wants to Quit and HHH says No. Benoit releases the hold and whips HHH into the corner and charges at HHH but HHH just moved out the way as Benoit goes into the turnbuckle. HHH knocks Benoit down with a clothesline. HHH then sends Benoit hard into the turnbuckle with Benoit getting dumped upside down over the top rope and on to the floor. This gives HHH some time to recover. Benoit is now on the apron and HHH suplexes Benoit back in the ring. HHH then starts to beat up on Benoit. HHH locks in a Figure-Four Leg Lock
reminiscent of HHH's Evolution teammate Ric Flair. HHH is telling Benoit to quit over and over again. The ref is asking Benoit if he wants to quit, Benoit yells No. HHH is livid and breaks the hold. HHH goes over out on the outside to grab a chair. He’s back in and goes for a swing on Benoit who ducks and dropkicks the chair in HHH’s face. Before Benoit can do any damage with the chair, HHH hits a low blow to Benoit sending Benoit down on his knees. HHH then locks in an Indian death lock.
HHH has the hold locked in as he holds onto the ropes to apply more pressure and Benoit is fighting the pain. HHH rams Benoit’s knee into the canvas a few times to add more pain to Benoit and while he was doing that he gets out the hold. HHH drags Benoit near the corner and HHH crotches Benoit on the ring post and rams Benoit’s knee on the post. HHH then work’s on Benoit’s arm. He starts stomping away at Benoit’s arm. HHH places Benoit’s arm on the ropes. HHH then drops an elbow right on the arm of Benoit. This is good early strategy from the game trying to work on Benoit’s arm to prevent Benoit from using the crossface. HHH continues to work on Benoit’s arm. He sends Benoit into the corner and runs into a reverse elbow by Benoit. Benoit looks for a german suplex but HHH elbows Benoit in the face. Swinging neckbreaker by the game. HHH goes for an armbar and tells the referee to ask Benoit if he quits or not. Benoit says no.
HHH kicks Benoit in the face and misses an elbow drop. Benoit is back up on his feet and delivers a chop to the chest of HHH. The bruises are beginning to show on both men. Benoit whips HHH hard into the corner and follows up with a snap suplex. Benoit goes up to the top rope. Benoit is going to hit the headbutt but HHH moves out the way as Benoit hits the canvas. Triple H starts to put the boots to Benoit. HHH whips Benoit to the ropes and misses a clothesline and Benoit hits the german suplex. He hits three more and here we go one more german suplex and he hits it. HHH tries to get back to his feet and Benoit knocks him back down with a low dropkick to the knee of the game. Benoit then locks in a Dragon Sleeper
on HHH and then turns it into a Rear Naked Choke
on HHH. Benoit is exerting a lot of force with this hold, and Benoit is telling HHH to quit. The ref asks HHH if he wants to quit and HHH yells Hell No. Benoit eventually lets go of the hold and goes out on to the outside to get electrical wires and he brings them into the ring. Benoit then begins to choke HHH out with the wires. HHH is struggling to get out and Benoit chokes HHH out with the wires. The ref asking HHH if he wants to quit, he can't even say it because he is unconscious right now. Benoit with a mic then tells the ref that HHH would say you will have to kill me, and then the match is still continuing. Benoit then puts the sleeper but suddenly the game gives Benoit the jawbreaker to get out of it. HHH whips Benoit into the ropes and delivers a spinebuster.
HHH waits for Benoit to get back to his feet. HHH sets up for the pedigree but Benoit reverses and goes for a crossface and strikes HHH in the back to get him down but HHH reverses back into the pedigree postion. Can he get the pedigree and Benoit reverses again into the crossface but he can’t quite get the cross face on. HHH reverses and gets a low blow on Benoit and plants Benoit with a pedigree.
The game getting very desperate here. HHH grabs the mic and mocks Benoit who is knocked out with a pedigree. He tells Benoit that the belt is his life, he demands Benoit to quit right now. Benoit is still down so HHH hits Benoit in the face with the microphone.
HHH waits for Benoit to get back up again and it looks like HHH is going to hit another pedigree. They are near the ropes and HHH goes for the pedigree again but Benoit manages to backdrop HHH over to the floor. The action spills outside of the ring and both men are fighting it out. Benoit sets the steel steps which were separated earlier on beside the announce table. Benoit goes charging at the announce table where HHH is and Benoit is running at full speed running on the steel steps jumping them but HHH sees him coming and somehow reverses it into a Spinebuster through the announce table sending both men through the announce table, both men are down. HHH is the first man to be up on his feet. He goes under the ring to get a screwdriver. He gets the screwdriver and drives it into Benoit's skull. HHH is opening Benoit up with the screwdriver putting into that open wound and HHH is asking Benoit to quit. The ref is asking if he wants to quit, Benoit says No, Triple H is still driving the screwdriver into his skull, Benoit is busted open by this time a lot. HHH sends Benoit back in and delivers some punches to the face of Benoit. HHH charges off the ropes trying to clothesline Benoit back down on to the canvas but Benoit reverses this by ducking out of the way. Benoit hit’s his Triple German Suplexes, and then HHH is down. Benoit takes HHH up to the top rope. Benoit’s going to hit a superplex and he hits it. Both men are down with Benoit up to his feet first. Benoit delivers a snap suplex. Benoit goes outside the ring and grabs a long steel chain from under the ring. Benoit gets back inside and hits HHH with the steel chain
across the skull. Benoit whips HHH into the corner but HHH reverses and sends Benoit face first into the turnbuckle. Benoit staggers in the ring and HHH hits a pedigree. HHH goes outside the ring and he pulls out his sledgehammer
from under the ring. This doesn’t look good for Benoit. HHH comes back in the ring, he’s measuring Benoit up. Benoit is slowly getting back to his feet and HHH is about to hit Benoit with the sledgehammer. Before HHH can hit him with the sledgehammer Benoit takes HHH down by his legs and HHH drops the sledge hammer. Benoit goes to get the steel chain link. He wraps it around HHH's feet tying the link together.
Benoit locks in the Sharpshooter
with HHH's legs being tied up in a steel chain link but HHH still has the sledgehammer in his hands while he is in this hold. The referee is asking HHH if he wants to Quit. HHH is saying nothing as he is screaming in pain but he isn’t uttering the words I Quit. Benoit has the Sharpshooter on for a long time and both men are a bloody mess. Benoit has the Sharpshooter on HHH for an extensive amount of time. With the pain getting worse and worse, the ref is asking Triple H if he wants to quit, and Triple H says I Quit, I Quit, I Quit.
Benoit finally lets go of the hold, and the referee calls for the bell and the match is over. Chris Benoit wins to retain the world heavyweight title and remains on Raw.
Benoit’s music hits as the crowd is going nuts here, what a battle. The rabid wolverine has proved that he is still the man and he’s staying on Raw. Chris Benoit then celebrates with his title all bloody, battered. He needs to be helped up but Benoit eventually is able to stand under his own power while HHH needs to be carried out on a stretcher. Chris Benoit stands on the top rope and raises the belt in the air as the KOTR ppv comes to a close.
Match Result: Chris Benoit defeated HHH to retain the world Title
Match Time: 20:26