Thanks guys. Finally got the Raw show up. I'm not going to write the show in full promo form, it will be more of a recap. I just don't have the time to write full shows. Hope you still enjoy the show.
March 15, 2004
Footage from last night shows Benoit winning the world title at WrestleMania. The announcers welcomed us to the show. Raw kicks off with the new World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit as he makes his way down to the ring. Chris Benoit said he had worked hard for this and finally he achieved his dream of headlining WrestleMania and becoming the world heavyweight champion. He did it by beating two of the best. Last night he made HHH tap. He truly had his WM moment last night. He knows everyone will be gunning for his world heavyweight title but he’s a fighting champion and he’s going to hold this title belt for a very long time. HBK’s music hits as he makes his way down to ringside. HBK congratulated Benoit on winning the belt last night and says Benoit deserved it. Shawn Michaels says that Chris Benoit hasn’t beaten him yet, he did not make him tap last night, he made HHH tap. So until Benoit doesn't make HBK tap, he's not the best. He's never beaten him. HBK beat him on Raw a couple of weeks ago. Michaels continued on by saying that Benoit may have won the belt last night but let him be the first to challenge Benoit for the world heavyweight title. HBK extended his hand and Benoit shook his hand and HHH made their way down to ringside.
HHH's music hits as he makes his way down to ringside. HHH grabbed the mic and said last night would have been the greatest night ever for Evolution but he was the only member of Evolution not to win and Benoit got lucky. HHH says he is the greatest champion ever and the greatest professional wrestler today. One match does not make you the best Benoit. HHH said he's been heavyweight champion on several occasions, he's retired a legend, he's competed in some of the most barbaric matches ever. He's headlined more WrestleManias than Benoit has and right now he wants his rematch. If there is anyone who deserves a rematch then it’s him, he gets the first shot and he wants it right now.
Benoit raised his title belt for HHH to see. Benoit says when he won the Rumble he decided to move to Raw to challenge HHH because he wanted to prove that he can beat the best and he did so that makes him the best. Benoit says if HHH wants a rematch so bad he will make him tap again. Michaels cuts in and says the last time he had a match with Hunter it ended in a draw. Now the match before that HBK defeated HHH. A few weeks before WM he beat Benoit and at WM, HBK did not tap, HHH did. So HBK should be the one who should be getting the title shot. HHH and HBK start arguing. Bischoff comes out and says if HBK and HHH really want a title shot so bad then tonight they will go at it one on one. No DQ. The final chapter, HBK vs HHH. The winner gets Benoit at Backlash. As for Chris Benoit, if he is calling himself a fighting champion, then tonight he will defend his newly won world heavyweight title against the legendary Nature Boy Ric Flair. HHH jumps Michaels from behind and sets him up for the pedigree but Benoit saves Michaels and goes for the cross face on HHH. HHH escapes and bails out of the ring and has a big smile on his face.
Backstage Bischoff welcomed the World’s Greatest Tag Team on Raw. He was glad to have them on Raw and he believed that they will achieve better success on Raw than they did on Smackdown. Infact he doesn’t give a damn about RVD and Booker T winning the Smackdown titles to go to Smackdown. Shelton told Bischoff that tonight they will show Bischoff why they are the best tag team in wrestling today.
Tag Team Championship Title Match
The World’s Greatest Tag Team (c) vs Lance Storm and Val Venis
Shelton and Haas are making their Raw debuts. Val and Storm come out with two ladies. Shelton and Storm start the match off as Shelton takes Storm down with a double leg takedown. Storm fights back and works on Shelton’s arm and then whips Shelton into the corner and nails him with a spinning heel kick. Storm goes for a german suplex but Shelton counters and hits a german suplex of his own. Shelton tags in Haas. Haas gets a backdrop suplex for two. Storm comes back and makes the tag to Val. Val scores with a nice fisherman suplex but gets the count only. Shelton and Haas double team Val and they go for an overhead suplex which sets up the leapfrog choke for two. Val comes back and nails Haas with a right hand. Val plants Haas with a spine buster and gets a 2 count only. Val goes for a money shot and Haas moves out the way. Haas goes for the Haas of Pain and Storm breaks it up. Val finally makes the hot tag and Storm takes Haas down with an enziguri. Storm misses a charge and Haas tags Benjamin and WGTT hit a double team neckbreaker for a two count. WGTT then finish off Storm with a superkick-roll up combo to win the match.
Winners: The World’s Greatest Tag Team
After the match the ladies get inside the ring and slapped Val and walked out on him. Val was very disappointed.
Backstage Bischoff tells Austin that last night at WM was the last we will ever see of Bill Goldberg as his contract up and he is done with the WWE. Bischoff starts laughing and said he loved it when Austin stunned Goldberg to send him out. Austin told Bischoff to wipe that smile off his face or he’ll whoop his ass right now. Austin told Bischoff to get serious and informed Bischoff that outside interference will not be tolerated for the world title match tonight. Bischoff says that's fine and also tells Austin that the winner of HBK vs HHH will get the title shot at Backlash.
Matt Hardy vs Spike Dudley
At the start of the match Hardy grabbed a mic and complained that he deserved a match at WrestleMania. Matt asked Spike that since Shannon Moore is on Smackdown, would Spike like to become his new mattitude follower. Spike said No and Matt kicks Spike in the mid-section as the bell rings. This match was quick and lasted 2 minutes. Matt dominated the match. Spike came back and went for the Dudley Dog but Matt blocks and throws Spike down. Matt hit the twist of fate to pick up the victory.
Winner: Matt Hardy
Backstage Randy Orton says last night Evolution humiliated The Rock and Sock Connection on the grandest stage of them all. Orton says he can beat Mick Foley or The Rock anytime, anywhere and any place. Foley is such a coward that he needed The Rock by his side at WM. Orton says he wants Foley in a one on one match. He guaranteed that when he means one on one there will be no outside interference but if Foley is man enough to accept then he will be waiting.
Christian makes his way down to the ring with Trish.
Trish explains why she humiliated and embarrassed Jericho last night. She wants everyone to see that footage from last night. Footage from WM is shown when Trish betrays Jericho. Trish says that all that time Jericho was mad about her and she wasn't interested in him at all. Trish said she wanted a real man and that’s Christian. Christian knows how to treat a woman right and Jericho is not her type. He is not in Christian's league. Christian says before he talks about Jericho, he wants to make one thing clear, he had nothing to do with Edge being attacked last year. There were rumours going around that Christian is jealous of Edge and he’s the one behind it but Christian said it’s a load of crap and he’s not a CLB. He says he’s better than Edge, he had a great year in 2003 while Edge was out for over a year. Now Christian says he’s got the girl now and now it’s Christian’s time to shine in the WWE. He proved last night he is better than Jericho by beating him and also getting the girl. Suddenly Chris Jericho jumped over the guard rail and attacked Christian. The crowd cheered as Jericho tried to lock in the walls of Jericho and Trish jumps Jericho from behind. Jericho turns around and started smiling and turned his attention to Trish. Jericho grabbed Trish by the hair and threw her down and sets up the walls of Jericho only for Christian to low blow Jericho. Christian escapes with Trish as Jericho looked on.
Backstage La Resistance are celebrating being back together as Sylvan Grenier has returned after being out of action due to injury. Rene was complaining to Sheriff Austin about not being involved at WM. He said La Resistance deserved a tag title shot and now that Sylvan has returned they are stronger than ever. Austin asked them are they done because they are wasting his time. Rene told Austin he can not do that and they want Austin to give them the respect they deserve. Austin told them he was thinking about giving them a match tonight but he’s changed his mind. He told them to leave. La Resistance stormed out of Austin's office.
World Heavyweight Title Match
Chris Benoit (c) vs Ric Flair
Benoit and Flair lock up and exchange chops in the corner with Benoit getting the upper hand. Benoit takes Flair down with a german suplex and immediately goes for the crossface but Flair quickly slides under the ropes and escapes. Flair gets back in the ring and Benoit hits Flair with a series of right hands and knife edge chops. They slug it out in the corner and Flair knocks Benoit down with a stinging knife edge chop. Flair bodyslams Benoit and hits a kneedrop and gets a 2 count only. Flair goes to the top rope and Benoit gets back up and throws Flair down. Benoit goes to the top rope and goes for a swan dive and Flair moves out of the way. Flair then works away on Benoit’s knee. Flair picks Benoit up and connects with a suplex. Flair goes for the figure- four but Benoit counters to a small package and gets a 2 count only. Benoit tries his own figure-four but Flair quickly breaks it with the thumb to the eye. Flair finally locks the figure four and Benoit makes the ropes. Flair goes for a back suplex and Benoit slips out and hits the 5 rolling german suplexes on Flair. Benoit goes for a crossface and Flair tries to block but Benoit takes him down and makes Flair tap out to the crossface.
Winner: Chris Benoit
Backstage Todd Grisham interviews Jericho. Jericho tells Todd that next week he will call that slut Trish Stratus and that CLB Christian out on the Highlight Reel. Jericho says he may have lost the battle last night but he will win the war.
Backstage Val Venis and Lance Storm are upset that they lost. Women have had enough of him because they think he's a loser. Val hated losing to a young team tonight and Val wanted to get his career back on track. Val's had enough on Raw and he is going to fix this situation soon.
Victoria and Lita vs Jazz & Molly Holly
Molly attacks Victoria at the start of the match and hits a snap suplex. Molly tags in Jazz and Jazz powerslams Victoria. Jazz goes for backdrop and Victoria slips out and connects with a ddt for the 2 count. Victoria hits a powerbomb and Molly breaks it up. Victoria makes the tag to Lita who takes Jazz down with the headscissors. Lita goes for a charge and misses and Jazz hits a neckbreaker. Jazz goes for a half-crab which she turns it into the STF. Victoria breaks it up. Jazz tags in Molly and Lita takes Molly down with a clothesline. Lita gets a ddt on Molly and follows up with the moonsault to pick up the win.
Winners: Victoria and Lita
Backstage Austin tells Bischoff that he’s invited Edge to come to Raw next week. Austin said he knows how it feels to be out of action for over a year and what it feels like to miss WM. He’s experienced it before. Austin said Edge will whoop Kurt Angle's ass on Smackdown. Bischoff said he can’t allow Austin to bring over Smackdown talent to his show.
Backstage The Rock arrives and Coach makes fun of The Rock for losing last night at WrestleMania. The Rock then starts running down The Coach and tells The Coach that he's not done yet with Evolution, this has just started. The Rock vows to whoop Evolution's ass.
No DQ #1 Contender's Match
HHH vs Shawn Michaels
Big staredown to start the match. HBK dominated the early going by hammering away at HHH. HBK whips HHH into the ropes and goes for an early superkick and HHH moves out the way and slides out of the ring. Back in the ring, HBK chops away at HHH, HHH reverses and chops away at Michaels. More brawling and the match was very back and forth with a lot of near falls. HHH goes for a backdrop which is reversed to a ddt by HBK. HHH kicks out at two. Michaels pulls HHH up to his feet and irish whips HHH off the ropes. Back in HBK charges at HHH as HHH pulls down the ropes, putting Shawn on the floor. HHH goes outside and grabs a chair and hits the chair across the back of HBK. HHH throws HBK back in and goes for a sleeper hold and Michaels comes makes it to the ropes. HHH goes for a pedigree near the ropes but Michaels backdrops HHH over the top ropes. Michaels then connects with a dive from the top rope. Michaels sends HHH into the steel post. Both men are a bloody mess. HBK throws HHH back in the ring and connects with a top rope elbow drop. HHH kicks out at two. Michaels goes for a top rope axe handle but HHH catches Michaels and sets him up for the pedigree which is reversed into a backdrop. Both men are down. HHH gets back up first and gets a spinebuster and gets a 2 count only.
HHH goes for a figure four and HBK makes it to the ropes. HHH whips HBK into the ropes and scores with a high knee. HHH picks Michaels up and signals for the pedigree but Michaels blocks and sends HHH down and Michaels tries to go for a sharpshooter and HHH rolls Michaels up for a 2 count only. Michaels chops away at HHH and whips HHH into the corner and HHH is down.
Michaels tunes up for the sweet chin music. HHH slowly gets back up and as Shawn goes for it, HHH grabs the ref by the shirt and pulls him in the way. Michaels blasts the ref with the superkick and the ref is out cold. HHH charges at HBK and HBK knocks HHH out with the superkick. HHH is out cold but there is no ref. Evolution make their way down to ringside and Michaels tries to fight them off but Randy Orton nails Michaels with the RKO. Benoit makes his way down and tries to help HBK and Evolution attack Benoit. Finally The ROCK’s music hits as he runs down to ringside with Mick Foley as the Rock and Sock Connection fight Evolution off. Orton tries to hit Foley with the IC belt but Foley grabs Orton with the mandible claw/Mr Socko. Rock hits the peoples elbow on Flair. HHH is back up and Rock hits the Rock Bottom on HHH. Rock puts HBK on top of HHH as the ref recovers and counts to 3 and HBK wins.
Winner: Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels is the new #1 contender and he will meet Chris Benoit at Backlash. HBK, Benoit The Rock and Mick Foley celebrate in the ring as Raw went off the air.
As soon as Raw went off the air, Eric Bischoff made a big announcement for next week’s Raw main event. Evolution will take on Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit and The Rock and Sock Connection in an 8 man tag team match.