WWE Raw | September 6 | 2004
The Raw video package plays as the announcers welcome us to the show. We are six days away from Unforgiven. They hype up the 6 man tag main event for tonight. Kurt Angle's music hits as Team Angle make their way down to the ring. What a great ovation for Team Angle as they will team up for the first time in 6 man tag action for over a year. Kurt Angle speaks about tonight's 6 man tag match against Evolution. Kurt feels tonight it's a very special night because Team Angle are teaming up for the first time in over a year. It's also the first time Team Angle are teaming up on Raw. Kurt believes that Team Angle are the three best wrestlers in the sport today. The name of the game is wrestling and that's what Team Angle do best and that's what they're gonna show Evolution tonight. Angle puts over Haas and Benjamin, Team Angle were amazing on Smackdown and now on Raw they're going to be #1. Kurt brings up the fact that before Evolution was holding all gold in the WWE, Team Angle had all the gold when he was the WWE champion and Team Angle were the tag team champions oh it's true it's damn true. Kurt brings up the incident from last week when Evolution assaulted them but Kurt vows that tonight Team Angle will kick Evolution's ass whooo!!!
Randy Orton's music hits as he comes out with a mic in his hand and stands at the ramp. Orton thinks this reunion of Team Angle will fail miserably tonight because they will be humiliated at the hands of Evolution. The fans boo Orton. Orton berates the fans and feels that he should get the respect that he deserves around here. He thinks Kurt is no match for Evolution. Orton claims that he's better than Kurt and he will prove it this Sunday at Unforgiven. Tonight it's about Evolution, the most elite group in WWE history. It's about how Evolution shows that they are the most dominant force on Raw. There's no stopping Evolution and they will beat Team Angle tonight. Angle fires back and tells Orton that he should be worried because the youngest reigning heavyweight champion's reign is going to be cut short. Angle says he's the real deal, he's a legitimate olympic world champion. He works his ass off every night to be the best. Angle vows to take Orton down and he will make him tap. Angle adds that he's going to snap that ankle. Orton thinks Kurt doesn't intimidate him at all. Orton's going to add Angle to the legend killer hitlist. Angle says now you listen to me you snot nose..Orton cuts him off and says "you listen to me you olympic Son of a Bitch, I'm Randy Orton, the legend killer, the youngest world heavyweight champion." The business is in his blood and he is the Evolution of this business. After Unforgiven is over, the world is going to learn that the three most dominant letters on Raw aren't the 3 I's, they're RKO. When he drops Kurt with the RKO, Kurt may be needing neck surgery again. Orton's music plays as he holds up the world heavyweight title and taunts Kurt Angle.
Match 1 | Christian vs Scotty 2 Hotty
Christian made his return back to action. Christian showed no signs of ring rust as he took control in the early going pounding away on Scotty 2 Hotty. Scotty came back with a few punches and a dropkick. Scotty whips Christian to the corner and ran into an elbow. Christian takes Scotty down by the legs and slingshots Scotty on the bottom rope. Christian begins to pose like Shawn Michaels and mocks him and gets huge heat. Christian stomps away on Scotty. Christian with a clothesline and gets a 2 count. Christian with an inverted face lock backbreaker and gets a 2 count. Christian with a fireman's carry gutbuster and another near fall. Scotty then ducks a clothesline and takes Christian down with a bulldog. Scotty then hits the worm and gets a 2 count. Scotty whips Christian to the corner and Scotty ran into a boot. Christian with an inverted falling ddt. Christian then hits the unprettier to win the match.
Following the match Christian gets the mic and tells his peeps how they must be thrilled to see Captain Charisma back. He calls his peeps the Christian Coalition, they are everywhere. Out goes the Kliq, in comes The Christian Coalition. The crowd boos Christian. Christian claims that he's more athletic, more charismatic than Shawn. He's even better looking than Shawn has ever been and that's why Captain Charisma has the hottest babe in the world. Christian believes that he's on his way to huge success here and this Sunday he will defeat the has been Kid, Shawn Michaels. I'm Captain Charisma and that's how I roll!!! Christian's music hits and Shawn Michaels runs down and brawls with Christian. Michaels goes for the superkick, Christian ducks it and lowblows Michaels. Christian delivers the unprettier and stands tall celebrating over Michaels.
Backstage Todd Grisham interviews Chris Benoit. Tonight Benoit faces the big red machine Kane and then this Sunday, Benoit goes up against Evolution's animal Batista. This could be the most difficult week of Chris Benoit's wrestling career, two tough challenges ahead for the rabid wolverine. Benoit says he backs down from no challenges. When he was the world heavyweight champion he successfully defeated Batista and Kane in singles matches. Tonight he's going to kick the hell out of Kane. Now this Sunday it will be two crazy angry animals butting heads like two wild animals. It's the rabid wolverine against the animal. At Unforgiven he's going to make Batista tap out. Benoit feels more than determined to win the world title back and his time will soon come again. Once he's done going through Batista it doesn't matter for him who the champion is after Unforgiven, the gold will be back around Benoit's waist.
La Resistance are inside the ring with Coach. Coach talks about the tag team title match at Unforgiven. Since La Resistance were robbed last time they faced Regal and Eugene, they want him to be the special guest referee for their match at Unforgiven. Coach thinks he's the perfect guy to call this down the middle. Sylvan agrees and Conway thinks Regal and Eugene shouldn't even be the tag team champions but it will change this Sunday at Unforgiven when the belts come back to La Resistance. They get interrupted by William Regal and Eugene. Regal tells La Resistance to stop whining like babies, everyone knows that Coach will not call the match down the middle. Everyone knows that La Resistance don't play by the rules. Both teams argue and Eric Bischoff comes out and cuts them off. Bischoff thinks the idea of Coach being a referee this Sunday is a great idea. The crowd starts to boo. Eugene comes up with an idea and Bischoff laughs at Eugene and wonders what kind of wacky idea Eugene has. Eugene says Superfly Jimmy Snuka is one of his heroes and he wants to fly off top off the cage, he wants to hit the superfly splash. Bischoff thinks Eugene has lost his mind and asks him what does this have to do with all of this? Eugene had no answer for this but Regal whispers in Eugene's ear and begins to understand what Eugene means.
Eugene gets excited. Regal said Eugene is getting more smarter and he's come up with a match which won't have no outside interference and no crooked referee like Coach. Regal asks why don't the people here decide which kind of match they should have. Coach laughs this off and thinks that this is the most dumbest idea he's ever heard. These people aren't capable of deciding anythng like that, that's an important decision. La Resistance even agree. Bischoff says hold on that's not a bad idea at all. That's an interesting concept. Eugene says he wants to compete in a tag team steel cage match. The crowd pops huge for this. Eugene begs Bischoff to make this match. Eric says "what do you people say that these two teams wrestle in a 15 ft high steel cage match which has no outside interference. The crowd likes this decision. Bischoff says it's on. La Resistance are not pleased with this decision at all. Bischoff tells both teams that there are unique rules for a tag team cage match. There two ways to achieve victory, one by pinfall or both team members escape over the top of the cage and reach the floor. Bischoff adds that if for example Eugene was to escape the cage and hit the floor then Wiliam Regal would be in the ring alone with La Resistance. Eugene feels sad as La Resistance and Coach have a smirk on their face. Bischoff's music hits as he leaves the ring. Later on tonight William Regal will face Rob Conway.
Match 2 | Nova vs Danny Basham
Nova made his debut on Raw as he comes out to a good reaction. A clip is aired of Nova competing in ECW and Nova is a highly skilled competitor. The match starts with a lock up. Nova with a shoulder block followed by a clothesline and an armdrag. Nova works on Danny's arm. Basham with an eye rake. Basham pounds away on Nova. A whip to the corner and Nova counters with a corner headscissors. Nova follows up with a dropkick dumping Basham to the floor. Nova up top lands a flying crossbody all the way to the floor. He sends Basham back in. Nova with an arm trap swinging neckbreaker. Nova then applies a single leg crab but Basham is near the ropes and made the ropes. Basham reversed an irish whip and Nova counters with a running tornado ddt. Nova up top and a missile dropkick and gets a 2 count. Nova tries a suplex, Basham blocks and Basham with punches. Nova then reversed a whip into an STO. Nova then has Basham up in a backbreaker rack and drops him face first into a variation of a powerbomb. He calls this the Hellevator. Nova with a cover and a 3 count. A very impressive debut here for Nova as he receives a good ovation. The announcers were very impressed and they can't wait to see more from Nova.
Backstage Eric Bischoff is on the phone to Edge. Edge tells Bischoff that he will be at Unforgiven this Sunday. Bischoff wishes Edge a speedy recovery and he will see Edge at Unforgiven.
Match 3 | Mixed Tag Match | Tajiri and Gail Kim vs Rhyno and Trish Stratus
Rhyno and Trish come out first followed by Tajiri and Gail Kim. Trish making her in ring return. The women start out the match with a few punches. Gail with a drop toe hold and follows up with kicks in the corner. Gail dominates so far until Trish caught Gail with a reverse elbow and follows up with a suplex and gets a 2 count. Trish starts choking Gail and then drops an elbow drop for a 2 count. Tag made to Rhyno and Tajiri has to come in. Rhyno and Tajiri go at it with Rhyno pounding away on Tajiri. Tajiri ducks a short arm clothesline and lands a reverse thrust kick on Rhyno. Tajiri chops away on Rhyno. Rhyno with a forearm shot to the face. Rhyno with a powerslam and a 2 count. Tajiri then reversed a whip and lands a handspring elbow. Rhyno and Tajiri go back and forth with Rhyno getting the upperhand. Rhyno whips Tajiri to the corner and ran into a boot, Tajiri lands a crossbody off the top and gets a 2 count. Tajiri follows up with a low dropkick right to the face and a 2 count. Trish comes up from behind and jumps on Tajiri's back only for Gail to knock Tajiri down. We have a catfight in the ring. Rhyno and Tajiri brawl until Rhyno backdrops Tajiri to the floor. Gail with a hurracarana on Trish. Gail turns around and Rhyno levels her with a gore. He places Trish on top of Gail and Trish gets the 3 count to win the match. Rhyno and Trish celebrate their victory as Tajiri checks on Gail Kim.
Winners: Rhyno and Trish Stratus
Backstage Todd Grisham interviews Nova as he congratulates him on his victory. A very impressive debut here on Raw. He gets Nova's thoughts on working on the Raw brand. Nova says he's excited to be here, he's here to showcase his talent and compete in the very best wrestling company in the world. Nova feels there is a lot of great competition here on Raw and can't wait to face the very top stars here on Raw. Eric Bischoff approaches Nova and he was very impressed with Nova. Bischoff speaks about WCW and how he raided ECW talent to work for him in WCW. Now that Nova's here on Raw, he is now the third ECW star on the Raw brand that never worked for him in WCW. The other two being Rhyno and Tajiri, three superstars he should have signed when Eric was running WCW. Bischoff believes that Raw is the perfect place for Nova to showcase his talents and not Heyman's Smackdown. Bischoff says he loves getting the upper hand over Paul Heyman. This Sunday we will see two former ECW stars Tajiri and Rhyno competing in a hardcore match for the Intercontinental title. He's now adding Nova to the match making it a triple threat match. Bischoff wishes Nova good luck for his match at Unforgiven.
Match 4 | Chris Benoit vs Kane
Kane comes out first and he's not in a great mood at all. Benoit then comes out to a great ovation. These two men met before in June when Benoit was the world champion in a match where Benoit was victorious. The match begins with both men brawling. Kane throws Benoit to the corner, Kane missed a right hand and Benoit chops away on Kane. Kane reversed a whip and hits a clothesline. Both men then brawl on the floor with Kane sending Benoit into the ring post. Back in the ring, Kane is in control assaulting Benoit. Kane whips Benoit to the ropes, Benoit with a baseball slide. Benoit with a kick to the gut and a snap suplex on Kane and a kick out at 2. Benoit tried to go for the sharpshooter but Kane kicks Benoit to the corner. Kane chokes Benoit in the corner and then pounds away on him. Kane with a big elbow and Benoit rolls out of the way. Benoit stomps away at Kane in the corner and delivers some chops. Kane reversed a whip sending Benoit hard into the corner. Kane then takes control. Kane has Benoit in a headlock. Benoit gets out of it and came off the ropes and Kane counters with a sidewalk slam and gets a 2 count. Kane with a slam and missed a legdrop as Benoit rolls out of the way. Benoit then hits multiple german suplexes on Kane. Benoit up top goes for a diving headbutt but Kane sits up. Kane sets up for a chokeslam but Benoit counters and locks in the crossface. Batista runs in and made the save by attacking Benoit and the referee calls for the bell. Kane and Batista assault Benoit. Batista then gets a chair as Kane holds Benoit. Batista charges and Benoit ducks and Batista knocks Kane down with a chair shot. Benoit then slugs away with Batista and dumps Batista out with a clothesline. Benoit then taunted Batista as Batista swore revenge near the ramp.
Winner by disqualification: Chris Benoit
Backstage Trish is in the locker room with Christian. Christian brags about how he outsmarted Shawn Michaels. Christian calls Trish the best women's wrestler ever. Trish speaks about how Gail Kim has enjoyed every single second of being the women's champion but after this Sunday, she will never hold that title again. Trish vows to get her title back and become a record breaking 5 time women’s champion. Then on the very same night Christian will make Shawn Michaels pay. Christian says he will humiliate Shawn Michaels. Christian and Trish are are about to make out but Rhyno barges in. Rhyno is angry that his match at Unforgiven is now a triple threat match but Christian and Trish fire Rhyno up. Trish tells Rhyno to loosen up and she knows how. Trish takes credit for reviving Rhyno's career. Trish enjoyed what Rhyno did to Gail Kim. Now she wants Rhyno to unleash the man beast in him and do whatever it takes to become the Intercontinental Champion this Sunday.
Match 5 | William Regal vs Rob Conway
La Resistance come out first followed by William Regal and Eugene. Eugene and Sylvan are on the outside looking on. Regal and Conway lock up with Regal backing Conway to the corner. Conway with a cheapshot. Sylvan distracts Regal and Conway with a reverse neckbreaker and a 2 count. Conway stomps on Regal. Regal fires back with forearms. Regal with european uppercuts in the corner, Conway with a knee to the gut. Snap suplex by Conway. Conway then takes control by using a reverse neck breaker submission hold move on Regal. Regal escapes and delivers a half nelson suplex. Regal pounds away on Conway. Regal takes control, Conway then reversed a whip and gets a knee lift on Regal. Rob Conway with a backbreaker followed by an elbow drop and gets a 2 count. Conway tries a suplex, Regal blocks and hits a suplex and a 2 count. Sylvan distracts Regal. The ref tries getting Sylvan off the apron, Eugene pulls Sylvan off and Conway from behind rolls Regal up as he hooks the tights for the 3 count. La Resistance celebrate and taunt Eugene as Eugene is upset that Conway cheated. The challengers then motion for the tag team titles. Lawler believes that it will be the first and last cage match of Eugene's career.
Winner: Rob Conway
Backstage Evolution are in the locker room as Ric Flair comes in and tells Orton and Batista that he just got off the phone and he was speaking to HHH. It feels great to see Evolution owning the business. Here it's the three of us dominating Raw and on Smackdown, the game is now the #1 contender and he will soon be the WWE Champion. Flair fires up Evolution for the 6 man tag tonight against Team Angle. Batista is angry over what went down between him and Benoit earlier on as Flair and Orton calm him down. Flair said they are Evolution and they are the best thing going today. They will defeat Team Angle tonight and then the next stop is Unforgiven. When they're done winning their matches at Unforgiven then they're gonna party. He looks at Orton and said they're gonna style and profile. Orton tells Flair that he will be really proud of him when he kills the legend of Kurt Angle. Flair sucks up to Orton and then asks Batista big man are you ready for this? Batista yells yeah Naitch I'm ready. When he's done with Benoit they're going to have to carry him out of that ring. Evolution high five each other as they leave and the main event is coming up next.
Main Event | 6 Man Tag Match
Team Angle: Kurt Angle, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin vs Evolution: Randy Orton, Ric Flair and Batista
The announcers hype up the Unforgiven card. Evolution then made their way down to ringside followed by Team Angle who make their first appearance as a team in over a year. The match starts off with Haas and Flair going at it. Haas gets the upper hand in the early going as he works the arm with wrist locks. Shelton tags in. Shelton and Flair will go at it this Sunday at Unforgiven. Shelton works on Flair's arm. Flair pokes Shelton right in the eyes and chops away on Shelton. He whips Shelton to the corner, Shelton leaps up and a flying crossbody and gets a 2 count. Shelton with an armdrag takedown and works on Flair's arm. Flair rakes Shelton's eyes and takes him to the corner and tags in Orton. Orton with hard european uppercuts on Shelton. He whips Shelton to the corner, Shelton with a leapfrog and Shelton with a springboard axe handle, great athleticism from Shelton. Shelton and Orton trade wristlocks until Orton elbows Shelton in the face. Orton with a suplex and gets a 2 count. Orton beats on Shelton. He has him in the corner and has Shelton by the leg and Shelton with a dragonwhip and gets a 2 count. Tag made to Haas who placed Orton on the ropes and held his legs as Shelton jumps on Orton's back. All six men are then in the ring and Team Angle clear the ring. Evolution regroup and the action continues as Haas tags in Kurt Angle and Ric Flair tags in. Angle and Flair lock up, Angle knocks Flair down with a shoulder block. Angle off the ropes and Flair with a hiptoss, Flair yells whoo and starts strutting. They lock up again and Angle takes Flair to the corner, the ref calls for a clean break and Flair with a thumb to the eye. Flair with reverse knife edge chops.
Ric Flair climbs the top rope, but Angle pushes him off of it, making Flair land on his back. Angle whips Flair to the corner and Angle with a clothesline followed by a belly to belly suplex and a 2 count. Angle with a back body drop and Naitch is yelling in pain. Angle wants Orton in and Orton tags in and as soon as he's about to lock up with Angle, Orton decides to tag in Batista and the crowd boos Orton. Batista and Angle lock up with Batista pounding away on Angle. Batista whips Angle to the corner and Batista with shoulder thrusts. He whips Kurt to the corner and Angle bounces out with a clothesline. Haas is tagged in. Haas hits a dropkick and Batista powers out at 1. Haas whips Batista to the ropes, Orton made the blind tag and Batista ducks a clothesline and hits a spinebuster. Orton made the cover and gets a 2 count. Orton corners Haas and delivers european uppercuts and yells in his face but Haas fights back. Haas rams Orton's head into the turnbuckle and delivers a german suplex. Haas then applies the Haas of pain but Batista comes in to break the hold. Angle wants to get in but the ref restrains him. Orton whips Haas to the corner and ran into a boot. Haas with a clothesline. Haas tags in Shelton. Shelton with a slam. Shelton up top hits a diving clothesline and gets a 2 count. Shelton off the ropes and Batista with a cheapshot from behind. Evolution then take control as they work over Shelton in the corner and exchange tags. Shelton gets isolated in the corner as Angle tries to intervene but the ref holds him back as Evolution take control. Orton is now in the ring and he's really taking it to Shelton. Shelton blocks a right hand from Orton, Shelton off the ropes, Orton ducks a clothesline and Orton with an inverted headlock backbreaker and a kick out at 2.
Orton tags Batista and Batista with a backbreaker and a 2 count. Batista applies a chinlock. Shelton manages to break free and came off the ropes and both men knock each other down with a double clothesline. Both men begin to move as Batista tags in Ric Flair. Shelton made the hot tag to Angle. Angle and Flair exchange blows, Angle ducks a clothesline and Angle with a german suplex. Batista comes in and Angle drops Batista with a german suplex but Angle was hit from behind from Orton. Angle ducked a clothesline and hits an Angle slam on Orton. All six men are now in the ring brawling and all hell breaks loose. Shelton hits a stinger splash on Flair. Batista dumps Haas to the floor. Batista then hits a spinebuster on Angle. Batista goes for a Batista bomb but Shelton hits a springboard bulldog on Batista. Shelton gets up and from behind Orton delivers an RKO. Haas clotheslines Orton over the top rope and takes himself out. Flair struts in the ring knowing he has Kurt Angle beat. Flair applies the figure four but Angle reversed into the ankle lock. Ric Flair is screaming in pain and Flair taps out. Team Angle wins
as the crowd erupts and they have witnessed an amazing six man tag match. Team Angle celebrate in the ring as Evolution back up the ramp. The show ended with Kurt Angle and Randy Orton staring each other down with JR claiming that Kurt Angle could become the next world heavyweight champion. Kurt is one step closer to winning the world heavyweight title this Sunday.
Winners: Team Angle
WWE Unforgiven 2004
September 12, 2004
World Heavyweight Title Match
Kurt Angle vs Randy Orton ©
Chris Benoit vs Batista
Shawn Michaels vs Christian
Shelton Benjamin vs Ric Flair
Charlie Haas vs Kane
Intercontinental Championship Title Triple Threat Hardcore Match
Tajiri © vs Rhyno vs Nova
World Tag Team Championship Steel Cage Match
William Regal and Eugene © vs La Resistance
Women’s Championship Title Match
Gail Kim © vs Trish Stratus
The Eugene and Regal segment was done so it sets up for an announcement for the Taboo Tuesday ppv for next week's show. It's been more than a year since I posted a show for this thread. I'll now work on the Smackdown show and Unforgiven ppv.