Eric Bischoff approaches Vince McMahon about buying half of the WWF from him. McMahon tells Bischoff he's not interested in selling half of the company, noting that his experiences with Ric Flair left a bad taste in his mouth. Bischoff tells McMahon that he's the only person that ever defeated him in the wrestling business and if they became partners, he would make Vince and the WWF more money than he would know what to do with. Vince is still down on the idea. Bischoff hands McMahon a piece of paper and tells him the number on the paper is how much he'd give him to buy half of WWF. Vince opens the paper and his eyes pop out of his head. Vince asks Bischoff if he really has that kind of money and Bischoff says he has that and then some. Vince says he will think it over and give him an answer the following week on Raw.
On the same show, Bischoff invades Smackdowns talent and convinces all of the cruiserweights to jump ship from Smackdown to Raw. Bischoff says that no one knows how to use the cruiserweights in this business like he does. Bischoff announces that Rey Misterio Jr., Billy Kidman, Tajiri, Jamie Noble, Chavo Guerrero Jr., The Hurricane, and Funaki have all been signed to Raw contracts.
Also on the same show Bischoff gets in arguments with The Hardy Boyz, Bradshaw and Bubba Ray Dudley and fires them all from his show. The four show up on Smackdown that week. D-Von & Batista are in a tag match against Faarooq & Rico. Faarooq gets the win after pinning D-Von, and Batista destroys D-Von after the match. Bubba Ray Dudley makes the save and chases Batista back to the locker room. Bubba & D-Von reform the Dudley Boys. With Faarooq left in the ring celebrating, Rico jumps him from behind and Billy & Chuck run out to join in. They are beating him down three on one until Bradshaw runs out to make the save. Bradshaw is cleaning house until Billy hits him with a chair. Now Billy, Chuck, and Rico are beating down the APA until Hardy Boyz run out to make the save. You'd then have Hardyz, Dudleyz, APA, and Billy & Chuck all as teams on Smackdown.
Also on Smackdown that week, Shane McMahon confronts his father and tells him he can't sell half of the company to Bischoff. Vince shows Shane the paper of how much money Bischoff is offering, but Shane tells him he can't do it. Vince asks him why not and Shane says he can't say, but begs his father not to do it. Shane says there's something only he knows about Bischoff and tells his father if he sells half the company to Bischoff it will be the biggest mistake of his life. Shane leaves the room and Vince looks at the paper and says, "This is too much money to turn down."
That Sunday at Summerslam, Brock Lesnar defeats Undertaker to win the WWE Undisputed Championship and HHH decides that he can't take working under Stephanie McMahon on Smackdown anymore and decides to join Raw. From now until Summerslam, they can milk Bischoff trying to sign HHH away from Smackdown and air tons of vignettes of Stephanie making HHH work opening matches to get back at him for dumping her.
The following Raw, which would be the day after Summerslam, Vince comes out and agrees to sell half of the company to Bischoff. Eric comes out and says this means he has 100 percent creative control over Raw, owns all the talent on Raw, owns half of the PPV's, owns Heat, and that Vince McMahon can't appear on his show anymore. Vince says it's all already in the contract and Bischoff asks where he should sign. Once the contract is signed, Bischoff tells Vince it was a pleasure doing business with him and to be sure to tune in next week to see the biggest night in the history of wrestling. Vince asks what he has planned and Bischoff says, "Trust me Vince, even you'll be shocked." Bischoff laughs and walks off as the show ends.
On Smackdown, Vince sees Shane and asked him what he meant last week. Shane begins crying and tells his father he's sorry. Vince asks him what he is talking about. Shane says he thinks he knows what's going to take place on Raw next week and if it does, it's his fault. Shane is crying like a baby and Vince calms him down. He asks Shane to tell him what's going on but Shane runs off screaming "I ruined everything."