Monday Night Raw Results
April 7th, 2003
Three weeks away from what is shaping up to be an epic Backlash pay-per-view, Booker T and Triple H set the tone for what is sure to be their most hellacious confrontation yet, on Monday Night Raw. The show had begun with Booker T speaking before the fans, stating that he might not have lived the life as a saint and that he might not be the most talented superstar ever to step in to a WWE ring, but the fact that Triple H continues to question his ability and paint him as ‘the kind not good enough to hold a World championship’ has ignited a fire within him that makes him want to kick Triple H’s ass all over the arena and win the World Heavyweight Championship. The fans cheered Booker and applauded him as he told everybody that in three weeks, at Backlash, he will do everything in his power to defeat Triple H, but Booker was soon interrupted by ‘The Game’ himself and his good friend, Ric Flair. Triple H stood on the stage and told Booker T that he has heard it all before and that nothing has changed: ‘I am the real deal, I am the game, I am the World Heavyweight Champion for a reason…I am that damn good! And Booker…the fact of the matter is, you’re the type of person that just isn’t cut out to carry this title!’ claimed HHH, goading Booker T. Booker T looked increasingly angry as he stood in the ring, and eventually snapped, shouting at Triple H ‘Let’s not wait til Backlash, sucka! Let’s do this right now!’. The champion had other plans, however, as he told Booker that he proposes a tag team match for the main event of Raw, where he will team with Ric Flair against Booker T and a partner of his choice! Booker accepted the proposal and thus the main event for the show was booked.
When the main event rolled around, a lot of questions were raised as to who Booker’s partner would be for the match. As Triple H and Ric Flair stood in the ring eyeing their one 0pponent, Booker T got on the mic and stated that for one night only, there would be a reunion of Booker T and Goldust! Goldust, not long returned after being electrocuted at the hands of Triple H’s now-injured stable-mates Batista and Randy Orton, walked out on to the stage and stood alongside his partner as the fans started an impromptu ‘Bookdust! chant. Initially, ‘The Game’ and ‘The Nature Boy’ found the idea of Goldust posing a threat to them rather bemusing, but Goldust clearly saw nothing funny about the dispute and brought the fight to the Evolution pair! It wasn’t long before Triple H and Flair isolated Goldust from his partner, however, and the hate for Triple H in the sold-out US Cellular Arena reached fever pitch as ‘The Game’ knelt over Goldust in front of his partner and proceeded to brutally hammer away on the former Intercontinental champion’s skull. With Goldust having been brutally picked apart by Triple H and Flair, the match seemed all but done, yet Goldust managed to rake the eyes of Ric Flair as he was tagged in by Triple and made the hot tag to Triple H’s Backlash challenger. The fans went crazy as Booker steamed in to the ring, dropping Flair repeatedly with back-to-back clotheslines, before knocking Triple H flying off of the apron and in to the barricade. Booker then proceeded to build more and more momentum against ‘The Nature Boy’, even ducking a desperate knife edge chop attempt from Flair and kicking him the gut, signalling for the Scissor’s Kick…only for Triple H to nail Booker in the back of his injured leg with the sledgehammer as he bounced off the ropes! The fans in the arena booed wildly as Booker crumpled to the mat, holding his knee, whilst Earl Hebner ruled Booker T and Goldust as the winners via disqualification. The angered crowd were incensed as Triple H clambered in to the ring with his sledgehammer and World Heavyweight Championship, standing tall over Booker T as he clutched at his left leg in agony. Ric Flair patted the champion on the back with an arrogant grin on his face, drawing even more blood-thirsty heat from the fans, when suddenly, Goldust hit Triple H with a low blow! ‘The Game’ staggered backwards in to the corner of the ring, dazed and winded from the shot, as Goldust unleashed punch after punch after punch on Ric Flair. Flair desperately tried to get a shot in himself, yet Goldust evaded the strike and went for the Curtain Call! As he held Flair in position for the move, however, Triple H quickly jumped in and drove his sledgehammer right in to the midsection of Goldust. Having floored both Booker T and his partner, Triple H rolled out of the ring alongside Flair, content with the damage done, where he stood at the top of the ramp with his World Heavyweight Championship held high above his head as Monday Night Raw went off the air.
A lot of questions had been asked in the build-up to Raw regarding how Chris Jericho would respond to Shawn Michaels costing him a match against Jeff Hardy the previous week. Jericho showed up at Raw in a livid state, demanding to Eric Bischoff that he wants Michaels one-on-one later in the night. However, Bischoff informed Jericho that Michaels was already booked in a match for tonight, so instead he is going to book Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels one-on-one for Backlash! When HBK’s match with Christian rolled around, Jericho strolled out on to the stage and took a seat alongside Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross at the announcers desk, citing that he is ‘only out there to watch his Backlash opponent and support a good buddy’. However, when Michaels evaded a flying crossbody from Christian and headed up to the top rope himself, presumably looking for his classic flying elbow drop, Jericho dropped his headset and sprinted down to ringside, jumping up on to the ring apron and distracting ‘The Heartbreak Kid’. The distraction gave Christian just enough time to recover and thumb Michaels in the eye, sending Michaels tumbling down to the canvas, and once Michaels was up, Christian planted him with the Unprettier in order to make the cover and pick up the victory.
After the Michaels/Christian match, Jericho stepped in to the ring and applauded Christian on his victory, before grabbing a microphone and a steel chair. Jericho placed the chair down alongside Michaels’ prone body and proceeded to cut a promo stating that he is better than Shawn Michaels and that Michaels’ Wrestlemania victory ‘was the biggest fluke in professional wrestling history’. Jericho stated that he will not only prove that he is better than Shawn Michaels at Backlash, but he will end Shawn Michaels’ career because he wants HBK’s final act to be ‘the night that Shawn Michaels was stretchered out of the arena with the real showstopper basking in his deserved spotlight’. With that, Jericho rose from the steel chair and folded it up, waiting for Michaels to get to all fours before hammering it across HBK’s back…time and time again. Michaels rolled around in agony, wincing in obvious pain as Jericho grinned at the dented chair, waiting for Michaels to get up. Michaels pulled himself up using the ropes, staggering across the ring, only for Y2J to blast him in the head with it! Michaels was sent tumbling through the ropes and out on to the floor, as Jericho smirked at the damage he had done, leaving half a dozen referees and EMT’s to rush to Michaels’ aid.
In other events from the night, Kane and Rob Van Dam seemed out for revenge following the attack by D-Von Dudley and Bubba Ray Dudley the previous week, as the two teams faced off in a Number One Contenders match to determine who would be the next to challenge Chief Morley and Lance Storm for their World Tag Team Championships. The match could hardly be considered much of a contest though, as right from the beginning, the teams made it an all-out brawl, only going a few minutes before Rob Van Dam propelled himself on to both of The Dudley Boyz on the outside. Kane joined his partner out on the floor and the pair duelled with The Dudley Boyz all the way up the ramp, only for the referee to count both teams out. With the match ruled as a no contest, the brawling dissipated and the two teams looked around, clueless as to who are the new number one contenders to are. The cameras cut to Chief Morley and Lance Storm holding their World Tag Team Championships in the locker room in the back, watching the events happened at ringside with massive grins on their face, leaving questions as to the fate of the champions and who their next challengers are.
There were two more matches to take place on Monday Night Raw. The first kicked off the show as Jeff Hardy faced off against Christopher Nowinski in the opening match of the night. The fans were hot for the high-flier out of Cameron, North Carolina, trying to rile their favourite up for a victory, and were duly rewarded when Hardy evaded a clothesline from Nowinski and planted him into the canvas with a Twist of Fate, followed by heading up to the top rope and crashing down onto his arrogant opponent with a breath-taking Swanton Bomb, covering the Harvard graduate for the victory. The other match saw Jazz take on Jacqueline in a solid Divas bout. Going back-and-forth, the two Divas gave it their all until Jazz caught Jacqueline out with a stiff series of power moves rarely seen in the Divas division, finishing her off with the Bitch Clamp and motioning that she is going after Trish Stratus’ Womens Championship, using her hands in a motion around her waist to signify that she wants the gold.
As things heat up en route to the first pay-per-view following Wrestlemania, surely Booker T will be seeking revenge on Triple H next week, following Triple H’s cheap shot to Booker’s injured leg? What is the current condition of ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ after Jericho’s grim assault following Michaels’ match with Christian? Just who are the number one contenders to Morley and Storm’s World Tag Team Championships? Find out more next week on Monday Night Raw!
Booker T and Goldust def. Triple H and Ric Flair via disqualification.
Christian def. Shawn Michaels via pinfall.
Number One Contenders Match:
The Dudley Boyz vs. Kane and Rob Van Dam ended as a double count-out.
Jeff Hardy def. Christopher Nowinski via pinfall.
Jazz def. Jacqueline via pinfall.
Sunday Night Heat Taping Results:
Rodney Mack def. Scott Steiner.
Al Snow def. Bryan Danielson (Tryout match).
Three Minute Warning def. Maven and Bobby Roode (Tryout match).
Latest News and Notes for the WWE.
- The WWE reportedly has big plans for the Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho feud, knowing exactly where they want it to go. Originally, it seemed there was no intentions of continuing feud but the low blow by Y2J following their Mania match left them with the option of carrying on where things left off. Officials feel that Jericho and Michaels have fantastic chemistry in the ring and want their now confirmed return match for the Backlash pay-per-view to be equally as good as the Wrestlemania match, if not better. The Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels match is being billed as 'Jericho vs. Michaels II' and has been added to the confirmed Backlash card.
- Speaking of Jericho, the WWE are really high on him currently. Jericho is a noted hard-worker who is capable of putting on a good match with most superstars, and the WWE wants to cash in on this and utilise Jericho in his full capacity. The WWE reportedly have started planning for a potential feud between Jericho and another superstar that they regard to be in the same mould as Jericho, work rate and talent wise. Jericho is reportedly in on the planning for this feud, and in a recent out-of-character interview he stated that he was really looking forward to what the future holds for him, suggesting that the WWE may be wanting to deliver big-time with whatever they have planned. However, it is in it's early stages and supposedly very subject to certain happenings, which obviously is a massive variable in any planning for a feud.
- Two more tryout matches took place during the Sunday Night Heat tapings. Both Bryan Danielson and Bobby Roode were in competition and reportedly impressed greatly, particularly Danielson from an in-ring standpoint. Nigel McGuiness and Chris Mordetzky were both reportedly booked in for tryout matches on televised Velocity tapings, but it is believed that now they will get the matches in live events during the coming days. It is believed WWE wants to draw in as much talented independent wrestlers as possible right now to diversify their roster.
- World Wrestling Entertainment is looking at producing a pay-per-view overseas, that isn't in the same mould as the UK-only Rebellion and Insurrexion pay-per-views but rather a pay-per-view such as the upcoming Backlash event that will be broadcast worldwide. WWE has reportedly looked at venues in both England and Mexico.