Los Angeles, California
4th April, 2005
Jim Ross and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler welcome us to the first edition of Monday Night Raw after Wrestlemania XXI! Good Ol’ Jim Ross and The King recap the Raw side of the action from Wrestlemania highlighting the Money in the Bank Ladder Match where Edge overcame the odds to become the first ever, “Mr. Money in the Bank.” The two Interpromotional matches where Raw lost in both matches, as Randy Orton and Shawn Michaels both failed to come up with victories; Trish Stratus retaining her Women’s Championship against the Diva Search Winner, Christy Hemme. And finally, Batista overcoming the odds and taking down his former mentor, Triple H, to become the new World Heavyweight Champion!
The new World Heavyweight Champion, Batista opens up the show in his new thousand dollar suit, hundred dollar pair of sunglasses, but most importantly the “big gold belt” on his shoulder. Batista with a big smile on his face, getting a very warm welcome from the Los Angeles faithful, as Batista gets some cheap pop when he says he, “feels at home” here in Los Angeles. “However, I want to take this moment, to thank Triple H and Ric Flair for all they have taught me throughout the years in Evolution.” Batista paying homage to his former mentors, but quickly reminds everyone that they are still his enemies. As Batista goes onto say he will be a fighting champion and holds his belt up above him drawing massive cheers, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair steps on out, clapping for Batista. “Dave, there is nobody more proud of you than me,” stars off Flair, which draws some cheap pop from the crowd and it also draws a puzzling confused face on the World Champ. Flair would continue to go on about how the title that Batista holds has a very long and rich history and lists some of the all-time greats that have held that title before him. Flair reminds Batista that he is staring at the 16 time World Heavyweight Champion, and that tonight, he wants a shot at the title. Batista thanks Flair for the kind words, and backing up his previous statement about being a fighting champion, Batista agrees to defend his title against “The Nature Boy,” here tonight! Eric Bischoff interrupts both men by reminding everyone that Triple H and Edge are the ones in-line for a title shot, and that if Flair wants a shot at the title, he needs to earn it. “So tonight, Ric Flair will go one on one with Batista in a non-title match!” Most of the fans cheer, while some boo as Flair looks pissed off at Bischoff. “If you win tonight Ric, you’ll get added to the World Heavyweight Championship match at Backlash!”
The action kicks off with a Wrestlemania rematch as Trish Stratus defends her WWE Women’s Championship against the 2004 Diva Search Winner, Christy Hemme. Hemme is accompanied by Trish Stratus’ former best friend, Lita who is still recovering from the torn ACL she suffered at New Year’s Revolution. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler comment on how Hemme is still learning from her mentor Lita, as Hemme was able to mount a better offensive on Stratus than the previous night. However, that would not be enough as Stratus hits Hemme with the Stratusfaction and retains her title. After the match, Lita comes in to check on Hemme, but Stratus has other plans and starts to assault Lita’s injured knee! Stratus leaves the ring, smiling from ear to ear as both Hemme and Lita are down in the ring.
Todd Grisham is shown backstage with Mr. Money in the Bank, Edge! Grisham congratulating Edge on the win, and asks Edge on when he plans to cash in his title match. Laughing, Edge responds by reminding the fans he has a guaranteed title shot for one year, and he can use it anytime, anywhere! He takes this time to warn the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista, that he needs to always keep his eyes open. “I’m gunning for you Batista. You’ll never know when I will cash this in!” Edge brings up the briefcase to camera’s view, smacking it a few times with an evil smile on his face.
In tag team action, the World Tag Team Champions, William Regal and Tajiri face off against a fairly new tag team, the first ever “Tough Enough” winner, Maven, and “Fitness Guru” Simon Dean in a non-title match-up. Regal and Tajiri used this match to show everyone why they are the tag team champions, using great teamwork and communication skills to overcome their opponents. After the match, Dean grabs a microphone, publically firing Maven as his workout partner and announces that next week, he will reveal his new workout partner!
The “Legend Killer” Randy Orton is backstage in Eric Bischoff’s office, with Bischoff lackey Jonathan Coachman and of course, Eric Bischoff. Orton is going over his match at Wrestlemania with The Undertaker, emphasizing on how he came so close to ending the streak. Bischoff reminds Orton that Orton failed Raw, but more importantly, Orton failed Eric Bischoff last night! Orton with a pissed off look on his face, asks Bischoff for a favor, and that is to have a match with The Undertaker’s brother, Kane, later tonight. Bischoff laughs and with no hesitation gives Orton his match.
In one on one action, Mister Money in the Bank, Edge takes on Matt Hardy in singles action. Both of these men have history with each other, dating back to their legendary tag team matches at previous Wrestlemania’s. This bout would be nothing like those tag team classics, but both men have a respectable bout with one another. Just as it appeared that Edge was going to seal the deal with a spear, Chris Jericho’s music hits as Jericho comes out and watches from the stage; Edge, clearly distracted by Jericho gets rolled up and Matt Hardy gets the victory! Edge throws a temper tantrum in the ring, upset with the fact he allowed someone he viewed not in the “same league” as himself, came out on top.
Todd Grisham once again is shown backstage, but this time his guest is none other than “Captain Charisma” Christian. Christian recaps his night at Wrestlemania XXI with Todd, but then announces that later tonight, he is debuting his new talk show, “The Peep Show.” Grisham asks Christian who his guest on tonight’s show will be and Christian responds, “The man that made us here on Raw look inferior to those chumps on Smackdown, The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels!”
The arena then fills with boos as Muhammad Hassan, along with his translator, Daivari come walking out to the ring. Hassan goes over on how he was once again discriminated last night at Wrestlemania and publically embarrassed by Hulk Hogan. “Hulk Hogan is just like all of you American’s, you just do not know when to stay out of our people’s business!” A reference to the conflict in the Middle East, which draws a chorus of heat from this crowd; Hassan’s tirade against the crowd doesn’t last long as he is interrupted by the WWE Intercontinental Champion, Shelton Benjamin. Benjamin warns Hassan to watch his mouth and to stop blaming others on his shortcomings. Hassan and Benjamin get close up and personal with one another before Benjamin steps away and delivers a Super Kick to Hassan followed by a T-Bone Suplex on Daivari! Benjamin leaves the ring with the loudest pop of the night so far, holding his title in the air with Hassan looking on, eyes wide open, cursing Benjamin.
In a match made earlier tonight on request, Randy Orton goes one on one with The Undertaker’s brother, Kane, to try and get some redemption for his loss last night. Orton attempts to mount an early offensive, but due to being outsized, Kane easily overpowers Orton. Kane has Orton where he wants him and is about to deliver a Chokeslam, but Orton decides to kick Kane in between the legs, causing the referee to disqualify “The Legend Killer.” Kane, bending over in pain, stands up as Orton clotheslines him back down onto the canvas. Orton leaves the ring grabbing a chair, and re-enters the ring with the weapon. Orton stands over Kane, lifting the steel chair over his head, slamming it down on Kane’s body numerous times! The crowd is shockingly silent as they just witnessed “The Legend Killer” dismantle “The Big Red Machine.”
The debut of the Peep Show, with your host none other than “Captain Charisma” Christian, alongside with his bodyguard, Tyson Tomko; Christian starts off his talk show with how he was in the back with the boys watching Shawn Michaels come up short against Smackdown’s Kurt Angle last night. “The Heartbreak Kid” comes out to a resounding applause from the fans. Christian continues to comment on how he was disappointed with Shawn’s performance at Wrestlemania. “As a kid, I always wanted to be Shawn Michaels, but last night, you let me down, Shawn. You let down all the boys there in the back, and most importantly Shawn, you let down my peeps!” Shawn defends himself reminding Christian that his “peeps” were not let down because of Shawn Michaels, but because Christian failed to win the Money in the Bank match. Shawn also apologizes to not only Christian, but to Eric Bischoff and to all of the Raw roster for failing to win last night. “Not only did I let Eric Bischoff down, I let down all the boys in that Raw locker room. I let down all of my fans, and most importantly, I let myself down.” Shawn keeps his head down, clearly disappointed with himself. Christian reminds Shawn that he wanted to be just like him. “But now, when I stare at you Shawn, I see a man that is a shell of himself. You are no longer the most charismatic star in sports entertainment, I am!” Christian slaps Shawn across the face and the fans a wait for Shawn to retaliate. Shawn looks up at Christian and then takes a glance over to Tomko. Shawn drops his microphone, turning to his side, making it appear he is going to Superkick Christian! “C’mon Heartbreak Kid, show my peeps here in Los Angeles that I am wrong,” exclaims Christian. However, Shawn leaves the ring; walking back up the aisle with his head down, drawing boos from the fans. “Captain Charisma” is left in the ring, shocked that Shawn didn’t retaliate.
In the main-event, it was another case of the mentor versus the student. The mentor, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair taking on the new World Heavyweight Champion, “The Animal” Batista! Both men showed great deals of respect for one another, however that did not stop Flair from trying to cheat his way to victory, with pokes to the eyes of The Animal along with a low-blow when the referee was down. Flair has the Figure Four locked in on the champion, Batista struggling, trying to not tap out to the sixteen time world champion. Batista struggled, but made it to the ropes, forcing Flair to break his hold. From that point, Batista began his comeback and showed he has the heart of a champion. Batista closes out the match with a Powerbomb, ending Flair’s dreams of becoming a seventeen time world champion. After the match, both men embrace each other in the ring, Flair showing a great deal of respect for his former student. However from behind, Triple H nails Batista with the title belt! Batista goes down and both Flair and Triple H gang up on Batista, throwing multiple kicks and punches to the Animal. Reminiscent of their beating on Randy Orton when Orton won the title last August, Triple H holds the title to Batista’s face, reminding Batista that the title belongs to him and that it will be coming back home at Backlash.