July 5, 2004
Winnipegís own Chris Jericho opens Raw
The Raw video package opens as the announcers welcome us to the show. Chris Jerichoís music hits as hometown hero Winnipegís own Chris Jericho comes down to a great ovation. Jericho gets a mic and says itís great to be back in his home town. We are just 6 days away from Vengeance and in 6 days two of Canadaís finest athletes go at it for the world heavyweight title. He calls out Chris Benoit to come down. The world champion Chris Benoit comes out to a great ovation. They shake hands. Jericho talks about the problems they were having last week and hoped that at Vengeance this does not become a problem for them when they defend their tag titles. He wants to make history at Vengeance and doesnít want to be let down by Benoit so he hopes Benoit lives up to his end of the bargain. Benoit tells Jericho that he is indeed a team player and if Jericho thinks that all he cares is about the world heavyweight title then he is wrong, he also cares about the tag team titles. He is holding two titles and he is proud to be a tag team champion with Jericho, he will give it his 100% at Vengeance just like he always does. Benoit promotes his dvd as we see footage of his upcoming dvd on the screen. Jericho says itís good that Chris is not releasing his dvd after Vengeance because he wouldnít want to include his title defeat at Vengeance. Benoit laughs it off and tells Jericho that since Jericho became champion before him, heís yet to see a dvd of Jericho. Benoit gets personal and says while I was winning a title at WrestleMania, all you cared was being blind in love and you got hurt. Benoit gets booed for mentioning this. I cared about wrestling but you cared about Trish but look what that got you Chris. Jericho gets pissed off and says I see what youíre trying to do Benoit but that will not make me lose focus. Iíve put my problems behind me and now my #1 goal is to become the world heavyweight champion this Sunday.
Jericho says how about we ask all these Jerichoholics who they want to see win the world title this Sunday? The crowd is slightly more pro Jericho since itís in his hometown. Eric Bischoff and Coach come out on the stage. Bischoff says itís great to be back in charge. Bischoff says the draft next week will change many careers but will also change the face of both Raw and Smackdown. Heís going to do things on Raw that have never been done or seen before and starting with tonight for the first time ever weíre having a commercial free Raw. Bischoff says last week Eugene made a mockery out of his show when he ran Raw but now the power is back in his hands. Bischoff says next week heís going to humiliate Paul Heyman when he not only defeats him in a match, heís going to take away his top stars. He looks at Benoit and Jericho and says one of you will be champion going into next Monday Night and it could be possible that Raw may not even have a champion if one of you gets drafted to Smackdown. Last week Benoit and Jericho laughed at him last week but now the time for laughing is over. He hopes that Jericho gets humiliated in his hometown later on tonight but right now he wants Jericho to get out the ring because Benoit you will be having your match with Batista right now. Bischoff and Coach leave as Batista comes down as Jericho stares down Jericho on the ramp. Bischoff and Coach leave as Jericho goes over to join the announcers for commentary.
Non Title Match
Chris Benoit vs Batista
The match starts off with a collar and elbow tie up with Batista getting the better of the exchange. He locks Benoit into a side headlock, Benoit reverses by pushing Batista off of him and whipping him off the ropes but Batista comes in and takes Benoit down with a huge shoulder knock down. Batista then flexes his muscles and poses. Batista then whips Benoit off the ropes, baseball slide by Benoit and Benoit kicks Batista to the gut and delivers a snap suplex. He goes for a cover and Batista powers out at 2. Benoit delivers some knife edge chops across the chest of Batista knocking him down. Jericho mentions that heís been in the ring with Batista before, he beat Orton before and he beat Flair in the fastest team in the beat the clock challenge to get his title shot. Jericho says tonight in his hometown heís going to beat HHH. Benoit brings Batista back up to his feet and sends him into the corner but runs into a big boot by Batista. Clothesline by Batista and Benoit kicks out at 2. Backbreaker and Batista gets another near fall. He then whips Benoit into the corner turnbuckle with velocity that Benoit bounces off the turnbuckle. Batista goes for the spinebuster but Benoit counters the spinebuster attempt in mid-air by nailing Batista with a tornado DDT to pin Batista for a 2 count only. Jerry Lawler starts stirring up trouble by asking Jericho, does it bother him that he hasnít been champion for more than 2 years and now one of his best friends Chris Benoit is champion. Jericho says of course it bothers him that he hasnít been champion for years but he is happy for Benoitís success. Benoit then begins to lock in a Sleeper Hold to ground Batista but Batista fights his way out of it by elbowing Benoit over and over again. Then both men are back on their feet fighting it out exchanging rights and lefts until Batista whips Benoit off the ropes and delivers a powerslam and Benoit kicks out at 2. Batista then lifts Benoit up on his shoulders and this time locks in a torture rack submission hold. Will Benoit tap.
Jericho looking on intently along with the fans as they are trying to will Benoit back into this. Benoit looks like he is going to tap out but Benoit fights out of it. He falls back on to his feet countering the Torture Rack into an arm drag which sends Batista reeling as he falls down to the canvas hard which sends Batista on to the outside of the ring. The ref starts to begin his count and Batista gets back in at 5 and when Benoit tries to run off the ropes bouncing off of them, Batista bounces off the ropes and he Spears Benoit to pin him 1Ö2.. and Benoit just kicked out. Batista gets a chinlock on Benoit but Benoit is able to counter into a backdrop suplex. Benoit is back up and goes up to the top rope and hits a diving headbutt. He goes for a cover and Batista kicks out at 2 Ĺ. He waits for Batista to get back up to his feet and Benoit hits a series of German suplexes. He goes for a sharpshooter but Batista kicks Benoit in the face as Benoit accidently knocks the referee down. Benoit goes to check on the referee. Batista nails Benoit with a clubbing blow to the back of the head. Batista is frustrated and angry and goes outside to grab Benoitís world title belt. Jericho gets out of his commentary seat and goes to the ring and Batista sees him coming as they exchange words and from behind Benoit hits a german suplex on Batista. Benoit then yells at Jericho whoís outside the ring, telling him he can win this match on his own and doesn't need his help. Jericho tries to explain himself and then Benoit turns around, Batista is back up and he kicks Benoit in the gut and then sets up for the Batista Bomb as Jericho watches from the outside. Batista has Benoit in position for the Batista Bomb. Benoit is up in the air and Benoit in mid-air counters the Batista attempt and locks in the Crippler Crossface from out of nowhere. Benoit has it locked in, Batista taps out and the match is over while Jericho looks on. Jericho starts clapping outside the ring. After the match they exchange glances, and now are having a few words while they leave together.
Winner: Chris Benoit
Backstage Eric Bischoff berates William Regal and Eugene and asks them how does it feel to be working under Eric Bischoff again. They tried to embarrass him last week. Now that heís back in charge they better hope they get drafted to Smackdown because if they remain on Raw heís going to make their lives miserable because he hasnít forgotten what he had to go through last week. He tells Regal that his match with HHH at Vengeance will be a No Disqualification Match. Regal says thatís exactly what he wanted. He reminds Bischoff that his job is on the line and if he doesnít treat his stars fairly then that could go against him. Bischoff says he isnít going to be intimidated. He knows what to do to make Raw more successful than Smackdown. Eugene says he only wanted to have fun with his Uncle, he thought Eric enjoyed singing, Eugene says he made Bischoff proud last week. Eric tells Eugene that wasnít funny at all but he has an idea. He reminds Eugene how Matt Hardy turned down the opportunity to take Eugene under his wing and for that Hardy suffered a beating at the hands of Batista. Then he traded Hardy to Smackdown. Bischoff says next week on the draft show, he wants Eugene to take on Matt Hardy in a match. He wants Eugene to humiliate him. Regal tells Eric that Eugene will be ready because heís taught Eugene how to wrestle and now Eugene has the qualities of a great wrestler. That is something Matt Hardy would never be able to do. Bischoff says Eugene better not let him down. Regal and Eugene leave as their match is next.
Backstage Evolution accept John Cenaís challenge. Batista walks into the locker room and heís mad. The rest of the Evolution members calm him down. Flair and Orton tell Batista and HHH that right now theyíre going to soften Eugene and Regal up for them.
Randy Orton and Ric Flair vs Eugene and William Regal
Eugene and Regal come down first. This is the first time they are teaming up together. Eugene asks the fans if they enjoyed watching him run Raw last week? Big pop for Eugene. Regal says would they like to see Eugene run Raw again in the near future? The crowd goes wild. Regal says this Sunday him and Eugene are the underdogs in their matches but Regal says they are tough. Heís going to give HHH a thrashing of a lifetime. Eugene says HHH you may like to play games but Mr Regal is going to end your game, it will be GAME OVER YEAHHHHHHHHHH. Eugene gets cut off by Evolutionís theme as Flair and Orton come down and the match begins. Ric Flair and Eugene start off the match. Eugene outsmarts Flair in the early going with lots of counters and lock ups. Flair comes back with a thumb to the eye and starts delivering some vicious hard knife edge chops to Eugene. He tags in Orton. Orton takes it to Eugene and taunts him. Orton whips Eugene off the ropes, Eugene ducks a clothesline and delivers a crossbody on Orton and gets a 2 count only. Eugene tags in Regal and Regal gets a wrist lock on Orton. Elbow to the face by Orton and follows up with a clothesline. He whips Regal into the corner but runs into a boot by Regal. Double underhook suplex and Orton kicks out at 2. Regal and Eugene exchange tags and double team Orton and the crowd loves it. Eugene goes up to the top rope for a double axe handle but Orton catches Eugene with a right hand. He tags in Flair and then Flair and Orton take over and control most of the match. HHH and Batista are watching the match on a monitor and they like what they see.
Flair goes up to the top but this never works as Eugene throws Flair down. He tags in Regal and Regal delivers a European uppercut to Flair. Overhead half nelson suplex and Flair kicks out at 2 Ĺ. Flair reverses a whip and sends Regal hard into the corner knocking Regal down. Flair sets up for the figure four and he has it locked in. Will Regal tap out. Flair holds onto the ropes for more leverage but the ref sees this and Flair has to break the hold. Flair chops away at Regal and tags in Orton. Orton gets a chinlock on Regal. Eugene gets the crowd behind Regal as Regal is back up to his feet and drops Orton with a back suplex. Regal makes the hot tag to Eugene and Orton tags in Flair. Flair goes for a punch, Eugene blocks and imitates Hulk Hogan and starts hammering away at Flair. Flair ducks a right hand and delivers a low blow to Eugene and the ref calls for the bell. Flair goes for the figure four. Regal gets in and breaks the hold. He knocks Flair down with a right hand. Orton and Regal exchange lefts and rights and Regal knocks Orton down with a right hand. Regal grabs a chair from outside the ring and chases Orton and Flair away. Regal goes back in and helps Eugene back in. Regal is fired up and this Sunday heís going in for a war with The Game HHH.
Winners by DQ William Regal and Eugene
Backstage Eric Bischoff tells Coach that Trish is not here tonight but she will be back next week. Coach says thatís great but itís a damn shame that she was humiliated last week.Coach is worried that he could get drafted to Smackdown, he doesnít want to work for Paul Heyman. Teddy Long shows up and tells Eric Bischoff that in January, Bischoff let him run Raw for one night only and he did a much better job than Eugene. Eric says thatís right. Now during the past couple of months heís not been utilised well on Raw, heís been disrespected by a lot of superstars who have turned down his managerial services. Now if he remains on Raw he wants Bischoff to give him more opportunities here. Heís heard a lot about Smackdown being the land of opportunity and maybe over there he could get his opportunity. Bischoff gets annoyed by Longís comments and tells Teddy to stop complaining. The reason why no one wants Long to manage them is because they feel Long does not have what it takes to take them to the top. He disrespects Long and tells him to get the hell out of his office. Long says thatís fine playa, one day you will value what you lost.
Lita vs Jazz
The match begins with Jazz taking down Lita with a waist lock take down. She pounds away on Lita and whips her into the corner and runs into a boot. Clothesline by Lita. She whips Jazz off the ropes and delivers a hurracarana and goes for a cover and Jazz kicks out at 2. She goes for a suplex, Jazz slips out and gets a backslide pin on Lita and Lita kicks out at 2. Jazz then controls the match and starts kicking away at Lita. She whips Lita into the corner and runs into an elbow. Lita throws in a few punches and knocks Jazz down with a dropkick. Back suplex by Lita and Jazz kicks out at 2. Lita goes for a moonsault off the top rope and misses as Jazz moves out the way. Jazz then made Lita tap out to the STF. Jazz is a force to be reckoned with, will she be walking out with the womenís title this Sunday in the 5 pack challenge. Victoria comes out on the stage and holds up her title as Jazz taunts her that this Sunday sheís going to end Victoriaís reign.
HBK cuts a promo in the back and said last week when he superkicked The Rock was simply an accident. What wonít be an accident is when Ric Flair tastes some sweet chin music this Sunday. Ric needed Evolutionís help to beat him last year but this time it will be different because this time HBK will be the one who will be victorious. Michaels talks about the draft and if he was to be drafted to Smackdown then he discussed the possibilities of mixing it up with new stars. HBK says no matter where he ends up, heís always going to steal the show.
6 Man Tag Match
La Resistance vs Charlie Haas and The Dudleys
La Resistance come down first and cut a promo at the start. Rene Dupree says they will have a memorable night at Vengeance because not only will he defeat Charlie Haas, Sylvan and Rob Conway will win back the tag team titles. They do their national anthem and get cut off by The Dudleys theme as The Dudleys come down with Charlie Haas. Haas starts off with Conway. They lock up as Conway immediately kicks Haas into the mid section and gets a wrist lock on Haas. Haas counters and takes Conway down with a german suplex. Conway makes the tag to Dupree. Haas and Dupree go at it with Haas taking it to Dupree in the early going and delivers a suplex and Dupree kicks out at 2. Dupree catches Haas with a knee lift. La Resistance do some quick double teaming on Haas as they work him over in the corner. Sylvan is now the legal man in the ring whips Haas into the corner as runs into an elbow. Haas hits a clothesline and tags in Bubba. Bubba and Sylvan exchange lefts and rights with Bubba getting the upperhand. Tag is made to D-Von and The Dudleys hit the Wazzup headbutt on Sylvan. Sylvan tags in Conway. Conway and D-Von going at it, Conway ducks a right hand and takes down D-Von with a back suplex and D-Von kicks out at 2.
D-Von reverses an irish whip and catches Conway with an elbow and tags Bubba. Bubba hits some lefts and rights on Conway, Conway counters with a knee to the gut and delivers a suplex and Bubba kicks out at 2. A tag is made to Sylvan and Sylvan gets a chinlock on Bubba, Bubba is back up to his feet and elbows out the hold and knocks Sylvan down with a clothesline. Bubba tags in Haas. Spinning belly to belly suplex and Sylvan kicks out at 2. Haas bounces off the ropes and Dupree nails Haas across the back and Sylvan makes the tag to Dupree. Scoop slam by Dupree, here we go French tickler and Dupree hits a knee drop on Haas. He goes for a cover and Haas kicks out at 2. Dupree goes up to the top rope but heís wasting a lot of time here, he goes for an elbow drop and misses. Haas waits for Rene to get back to his feet and hits a T-bone suplex. He goes for a cover and Sylvan breaks up the hold. The Dudleys get in the ring and we get a big brawl. The Dudleys end up brawling with Conway and Sylvan outside the ring. Conway reverses a whip and sends D-Von into the post and then helps out Sylvan against Bubba. Haas and Dupree battling it out inside the ring. Haas goes for a sunset flip but Rene Dupree sits down and holds onto the ropes to steal the victory. La Resistance win the match.
Winners: La Resistance
Eric Bischoff calls Paul Heyman and they come to an agreement that all matches next week on the draft show will be Raw vs Smackdown. Their match will be contested in a lumberjack match with Raw and Smackdown lumberjacks. Bischoff then says once their match is over and heís victorious, maybe Heyman could be working for Bischoff because Heyman could get drafted to Raw. Bischoff hangs up and starts laughing.
Chris Jericho vs HHH
Before the match gets underway, Chris Benoit's music hits. Benoit this time comes out for commentary and JR & King are wondering why Benoit is out here on commentary. They are wondering if this is Chris Benoit's way of trying to one-up Chris Jericho, to try to return the favour from earlier on tonight. Benoit tells them that he is here to watch his friend and tag team partner compete and also to scout Jericho in terms of looking for ways to beat Jericho at Vengeance this Sunday during their World Title match. Heís also he is here to watch Chris Jericho's back. Then HHH's music hits and he comes out to heavy boos and does his usual entrance. He sees Benoit on commentary and he is seething because Benoit still has the one thing HHH wants but can never have back again as long as Benoit is champion. Jericho comes out to a deafening ovation yet again and he does his entrance. Jericho then sees his tag team partner and friend and the man who he will face this Sunday at Vengeance for the World Heavyweight Championship, Chris Benoit on commentary. Jericho then asks Benoit what he's doing here. Benoit then says he is out here to watch Jericho's back, and then the match is going to get started as it finally gets underway.
The match starts off with a collar and elbow tie up and both men are trying to get the better of the exchange until HHH knees Jericho in the stomach. He whips Jericho off the ropes but Jericho counters with a flying forearm and HHH kicks out at 2. Jericho chops away at HHH. He whips HHH off the ropes and knocks him down with a reverse elbow to the face. Both men then are exchanging rights and lefts with one another until HHH with a rake to the eyes. He then whips Jericho into the corner turnbuckle. HHH goes over to Jericho and then climbs on top of him mounted on top of him and begins to punch Jericho over and over again until the count of 10. Then when HHH is trying to get a reaction of the crowd, Jericho counters by dropping HHH down with an atomic Drop which sends HHH down on to the canvas. Jericho then sees this as his opportunity and springboards off the ropes for the Lionsault but HHH sensing what was coming moves out of the way at the last second and Jericho lands on his feet. HHH then hits a big clothesline on Jericho. HHH sees Benoit on commentary and yells at him that the World Heavyweight Championship is mine and that it is only a matter of time before he wins it back. Benoit then gets up from his seat and stands and then holds the World Heavyweight Championship to HHH's face which gets HHH even more mad. He then tells HHH to turn around and when HHH does turn around, Jericho is back up and hits a running insiguri on HHH and covers him and HHH kicks out at 2. They end up brawling outside the ring and Jericho throws HHH back in and Jericho whips HHH into the corner and runs into a boot by the game. HHH then takes control assaulting Jericho in the corner, he begins to wear down Jericho. He whips Jericho off the ropes and nails him with a high knee to the face and Jericho kicks out at 2. HHH sets up for the pedigree but Jericho counters into a backdrop.
Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho and has it locked in but HHH is near the ropes and makes the ropes but Jericho still has the hold locked in. He has until the count of 5 to break it and he breaks it up at 3. Regal is watching the match on a monitor with Eugene and they enjoy what they see. Jericho clotheslines HHH over the top rope but HHH hangs on the apron. Jericho runs off the ropes and springboards off the ropes to hit a triangle dropkick sending HHH flying off the apron and to the outside of the ring. The ref starts counting and HHH makes it back at 8. Jericho then sees HHH coming and tries to run off the ropes bouncing off of them and when he is coming in, HHH catches him coming in with a spinebuster with such velocity from out of nowhere to pin Jericho for a 2 count only. HHH gets Jericho back on to his feet and instead of going for the Pedigree he whips Jericho into the referee who was on the opposite side of the ring near the corner turnbuckle with Jericho and the referee knocking heads as they both fall to the canvas. Triple H then sees this as his opportunity and he goes out on to the outside to get a steel chair and HHH comes back into the ring. Benoit gets out from where his commentary seat is and rushes out of there and gets back into the ring to stop HHH from using the chair on Jericho. Jericho is now getting back up from that spill he just took with the referee in bumping heads and HHH & Benoit are having a tug of war over the chair. Benoit grabs the chair away from HHH but accidentally in the process hits Jericho directly in the face with the chair. Benoit then proceeds to check on Jericho but out of nowhere HHH grabs Benoit and throws him out of the ring whipping him out and over the ropes and to the outside. HHH gets rid of the chair and Benoit.
HHH then revives the referee and is going for the pin. The ref makes the pin as HHH is going for the pin 1Ö2Ö. 2 1/2 Jericho just gets the shoulder up. HHH is fuming now as he can't believe that Jericho kicks out yet again. HHH begins to go over to the turnbuckle exposing the turnbuckle with the referee's view being obstructed of course. HHH is walking over to Jericho. He begins to try to slingshot Jericho into the exposed turnbuckle just as Benoit is getting up on that side. Jericho ends up reversing the slingshot attempt and slingshots HHH on to Benoit who is on the apron and HHH's head bounces off the exposed turnbuckle in the process which staggers HHH. It knocks Benoit back down on to the outside with HHH staggering and he turns around and Jericho out of nowhere hits the Codebreaker to pin HHH 1...2...3. The match is over and Jericho celebrates his victory and HHH then rolls out of the ring getting the hell out of here. Benoit is now getting back to his feet and when he does Benoit and Jericho are starting to get angry with one another and begin to argue with each other in the center of the ring. It's getting really heated now as they are in each other's face nose to nose and then they begin to shove each other and then now these 2 men are going at it as they are coming to blows exchanging rights and lefts with each other until Eugene and Regal start to run out. They get in the ring and separate both men.
They break them apart but then get both men to shake hands and they do, with them apologizing to each other.
Winner: Chris Jericho
In the parking lot, Evolution calm HHH down so he can clear his mind. Flair tells HHH it will all be fine at Vengeance when Evolution be victorious. Flair tells Batista to go out and party with HHH and they will join them later. Evolution members high five each other as HHH gets into his limo with Batista and drives off.
The announcers run down the card for Vengeance as this Sunday Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho will be pulling double duty. Not only will they defend their tag team titles, they will later on go on to face each other for the world heavyweight title. Plus next week itís the draft lottery. Jerry Lawler is concerned that he could get drafted to Smackdown.
Randy Ortonís THIS IS YOUR LIFE SEGMENT.
There are balloons and confetti seems to be flying down from the rafters all over the arena as music begins to play all around. Ric Flair's music hits and the crowd in an absolute sign of respect cheer Flair with another part of the crowd booing Flair heavily as he does a Woo and the crowd Woos with him as he gets into the ring and then begins to get on the mic as he tries to talk he gets booed but also there's a Woo chant and Flair tells the crowd to shut up which then gets the crowd to turn on Flair fast. The reason why he is out here right now is because heís going to do ďOrton this is your life.Ē He introduces Randy as the 2004 King of the Ring and the man who will become the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in history when he wins the title at SummerSlam. Randy Orton then comes out to heavy boos as he does his usual Legend Killer stance and his entrance as he comes down to the ring and is now in the ring with Flair. Ric Flair then says Randy this is your life. Then the It's Your Life music plays and Flair says to roll the footage. We get a video package of Orton from childhood to his quick rise in the WWE. It shows Orton joining Evolution, Orton winning the Intercontinental Title, Orton killing legends including his win over Mick Foley and most recently Orton becoming King of the Ring. Orton is smiling almost laughing telling Ric that he didn't have to go all out like this but Flair says he had to because he knows that if there is anyone who needs an "It's Your Life" segment it's you Randy because you are so much better than The Rock and your life is so much more interesting than that Hollywood piece of trash, that wannabe actor The Rock.
Orton then begins to talk about his accomplishments in the fact that he has killed so many legends. The most notable being one of The Rock's best friends in Mick Foley, he ended Mick Foley's career inside of Foley's own environment inside Hell In A Cell to retain his WWE Intercontinental Championship. He's the youngest Intercontinental Champion in WWE history breaking The Rock's record which just proves that he is better than The Rock ever was. Now he is going to prove that at Vengeance Rock is not in his league and that Orton is the best 3rd generation superstar to brace a WWE ring and not The Rock. Orton then brags about how he has also done something The Rock has never done in his career and that is win the King of the Ring and Orton did that and that at SummerSlam Orton then says it doesn't matter if it's Benoit or if it's Jericho, doesn't matter because you are looking at the next World Heavyweight Champion, King Randy Orton Legend Killer. Flair then gets on the mic and then says all that aside Randy now are you ready to begin the journey that is your life? Randy then says Ric oh yes, and Flair then gets them to play music and introduces the first person from Randy's past, his old high-school girlfriend. She comes out and Flair and Orton are smiling almost laughing and Randy's old high-school girlfriend is smiling at Randy winking at him but Randy's smile turns into a frown now and Flair then signals to the people down at ringside to get her a mic. Flair then begins to ask her a question, which is how come she broke up with Randy here? She says she dumped him and Flair was like what, you dumped a good looking guy like Randy Orton. Randy then cuts her off and walks over to her and he then brings her over to him and kisses her one last time and then after RKOs her out of nowhere. The crowd are booing Orton hard for this but some are laughing because of what Orton did. JR calls Orton and Flair classless and King is saying how Orton's ex-girlfriend deserved it as he is laughing up a storm on commentary.
Then Flair decides to bring out the second person from Orton's past and itís a commanding officer. Everyone is surprised as they have no idea who this guy is. Orton explains who he is. That guy is a commanding officer. Orton says before he became a wrestler he was in the Marine Corps. He blamed that officer for almost ruining his life because Orton was discharged from the military after spending months in military prison. The officer says Orton deserved what he got because he disobeyed orders. Orton says he apologises for his behaviour because that incident changed his life and now heís a wrestler, the future of the WWE. He shakes the officerís hand and suddenly Orton hits the RKO and smiles. Flair then introduces the final guest and this time it is his father Cowboy Bob Orton
as Randy's father comes out and joins Randy in the ring and shakes hands with Flair and hugs his son Randy. Jim Ross says heís already RKOíd two people, he would probably even RKO his own father. Lawler says donít be silly JR. Flair signals the people down at ringside to get Cowboy Bob Orton a mic and when they do, Bob Orton then gets on the mic and then says he always knew right from the moment Randy was born and he held Randy in his arms, he knew that his son would be destined for greatness in this business and hell he already is. His son's accomplishments outweigh The Rock's any day. Hell even Bob Orton was a better wrestler in his prime than Rock's old man Rocky Johnson ever was, and that history is repeating itself but this time with his son and Rocky Johnson's son. Cowboy Bob then says his son by associating himself with HHH, Ric Flair and Batista that Orton is already well on his way to becoming the greatest superstar of all time and that Summerslam is only the first step towards his son cementing his legacy. Flair says you deserve this Randy, the reason why he chose to do this here in this country because next month at SummerSlam in Canada, Orton will write a new chapter in his legacy. He will become the youngest world heavyweight champion. Randy says this is one of his greatest moments of his life and thanks Flair for doing this. The Ortons embrace in the ring and THE ROCKíS MUSIC HITS
and he comes down with his father Rocky Johnson.
Rock does his ďfinallyĒ introduction and says since Flair decided to give you a surprise, the Rock decided to give you all a surprise, give it up for The Rockís father Rocky Johnson. Randy Orton is pissed and says what is the meaning of this, this is not The Rockís life, this is Randy Ortonís moment, this is his life that they are celebrating. Bob Orton tells Rock that he is disrespecting the King and Rock cuts Bob Orton off with his ďIT DOESNíT MATTERĒ LINE.
The Ortons and Flair are furious. Rocky Johnson then mocks Flair for still competing at this age and Flair is furious. Rocky Johnson then says he was better than Cowboy Bob and Rock will lay the Smackdown on Randyís ass. The Rock then runs them down for trying to imitate The Rockís This is your life segment which was a ratings success. This Sunday not only is The Rock going to whoop Ortonís ass all over at Vengeance, heís also going to become the Intercontinental Champion. Orton says since heís The King, he has a royal proclamation to make and that is that he is not going to put his title on the line at Vengeance. Orton gets booed for that. Rock says Orton can shove that royal proclamation up Cowboy Bobís candy ass. Randy was furious. Rock says he has a counter offer. Since Randy isnít willing to put the title on the line, Rock says he wants Orton to put his SummerSlam title shot on the line. Flair cuts in and Rock puts his hand over Flairís face and looks Orton right in the eye and says yes or No. Orton agrees to put his SummerSlam title shot on the line.
This brings down Shawn Michaels.
Shawn says it seems like weíre having a party over here and you canít have a party without HBK. HBK says he will indeed have a celebration also at Vengeance when he takes The Nature Boy to school when he teaches him a wrestling lesson. HBK asks Flair is he man enough to take on HBK one on one this Sunday or is he going to have Evolution out there with him again. Flair takes off his jacket but Randy Orton holds him back. Flair assures HBK that their match will be one on one and heís going to beat him. Michaels then turns his attention to The Rock. Michaels says at King of the Ring when he superkicked The Rock, it was every man for himself but last week when he superkicked The Rock it was simply a mistake. He looks at Rock and says If you Rock have a problem with that then lets deal with it. It looks like Rock and HBK are about to get it on and Flair and The Ortons jump them from behind. We get a big brawl in the ring as HBK and Flair are going at it, Rock and Randy are going at it, Cowboy Bob and Rocky Johnson are going at it. The crowd is loving this. Rock lays the Smackdown on Randy Orton knocking him down as Randy rolls out the ring. Rock hits the peoples elbow on Cowboy Bob Orton as Flair gets superkicked by HBK. HBK turns around and The Rock hits Michaels with a Rock Bottom.
Payback for last week. Rockís music hits as Rock and his father celebrate in the ring. What a match up itís going to be this Sunday at Vengeance between The Rock and Randy Orton. Rock and Rocky Johnson stare down The Ortons as Raw comes to a close.
July 11, 2004
World Heavyweight Title Match
Chris Benoit (c) vs Chris Jericho
SummerSlam title shot on the line
King Randy Orton vs The Rock
Ric Flair vs Shawn Michaels
No Disqualification Match: HHH vs William Regal
Batista vs Eugene
Tag Team Title Match
Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho (c) vs La Resistance
Womens Title 5 Pack Challenge
Victoria © vs Lita vs Molly vs Jazz vs Gail Kim
Charlie Haas vs Rene Dupree