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Well new board, same old diary. I will be posting in here the page number for the specific show to make this diary easier to navigate and also to provide a sort of constantly updating front post. The Revolution's title holders and title history will also be listed in this post so you guys can keep a check on who has won what. So now I will post from the first show and hopefully they will all be up tonight. Cheers, Castroneves

Diary Index

March 2004

WWE RAW - 15th March 2004 - Page 1

WWE Smackdown - 18th March 2004 - Page 1

WWE RAW - 22nd March 2004 - Page 1

WWE Smackdown - 25th March 2004 - Page 1

WWE RAW - 29th March 2004 - Page 1

April 2004

WWE Smackdown - 1st April 2004 - Page 1

WWE RAW - 5th April 2004 - Page 1

WWE Smackdown - 8th April 2004 - Page 1

WWE RAW - 12th April 2004 - Page 1

WWE Smackdown - 15th April 2004 - Page 1

WWE Backlash - 18th April 2004 - Page 1

WWE RAW - 19th April 2004 - Page 2

WWE Smackdown - 22nd April 2004 - Page 2

WWE RAW - 26th April 2004 - Page 2

WWE Smackdown - 29th April 2004 - Page 2

May 2004

WWE RAW - 3rd May 2004 - Page 2

WWE Smackdown - 6th May 2004 - Page 2

WWE RAW - 10th May 2004 - Page 3

WWE Smackdown - 13th May 2004 - Page 3

WWE Judgment Day Countdown Show - 16th May 2004 - Page 4

WWE Judgment Day - 16th May 2004 - Page 4

WWE RAW - 17th May 2004 - Page 4

WWE Smackdown - 20th May 2004 - Page 5

WWE RAW - 24th May 2004 - Page 6

Title History

World Heavyweight Championship

Current Champion: Chris Benoit (1)

Previous Holders:

None

WWE Championship

Current Champion: Eddie Guerrero (1)

Previous Holders:

None

World Intercontinental Championship

Current Champion: Chris Jericho (2)

Previous Holders:

Randy Orton (1) - Defeated by Chris Jericho on RAW - 24/6/04

WWE United States Championship

Current Champion: The Big Show (2)

Previous Holders:

John Cena (1) - Defeated by the Big Show at Judgment Day - 16/05/04

World Women's Championship

Current Champion: Victoria (1)

Previous Holders:

None

WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Current Champion: Ultimo Dragon (3)

Previous Holders:

Rey Mysterio (2) - Defeated by Ultimo Dragon at Judgment Day - 16/05/04

Chavo Guerrero (1) - Made Vacant By Chavo Guerrero Sr - 22/04/04

World Tag Team Championship

Current Champions: Batista and Ric Flair (2)

Previous Holders:

Booker T and Rob Van Dam (1) - Lost in two seperate singles matches - 10/05/04

WWE Tag Team Championship

Current Champions: Kyo Dai (2)

Previous Holders:

Scotty 2 Hotty & Rikishi (1) - Defeated by Kyo Dai at Judgment Day - 16/05/04

Injury List

Test - Neck Injury - 6 Months

Kevin Nash - Torn Bicep - 6 Months

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WWE RAW

Monday 15th March 2004

Continental Airlines Arena – East Rutherford – New Jersey

RAW opened with the highlight video from the end of Wrestlemania XX, it flashed through the matches before ending on Chris Benoit’s win over Triple H and Shawn Michaels to make him become the World Heavyweight Champion. With that the RAW intro video hit and before long we were live in the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The night after Wrestlemania.

The Boss Is Here…

“No Chance” hit the RAW titantron as JR and King were welcoming the home viewers to the show. Mr. McMahon walked out onto the stage looking like he had something on his mind. Once he was in the ring he took Lillian Garcia’s microphone and waited for his music to stop.

Mr. McMahon: East Rutherford New Jersey welcome to RAW! Now as you people know last night we witnessed one of the greatest shows of all time…Wrestlemania twenty. Madison Square Garden was sold out to witness Eddie Guerrero retain his title and Chris Benoit win his. To witness the Undertaker return and defeat Kane, they saw it all. But tonight of course it is the Wrestlemania aftermath. Tonight is the night when in all reality it all begins again for real. But before we can move on towards the future I have a major problem and it involves one of the greatest icons we have ever seen in the WWE…Stone Cold Steve Austin. Now Austin last night proved to everyone he could call a match straight down the middle and I am impressed with this. It was only six years ago he refused to put his hand to the mat for the three when Kane and Undertaker faced each other at Judgment Day. Austin you have come on since your hell raising days and had impressed me with the way you handled the Brock Lesnar/Goldberg match. That was until after the match had finished, you took both men and stunned them in the middle of the ring. And because of that we had two of our top stars walk out and leave the WWE last night. Goldberg and Brock have left as a result of your actions towards them. Now Austin…

The glass shattered all around the arena as Austin’s music kicked into life. He rode out on the quad bike and powered it around the ring before parking up and climbing into the ring. Austin went face to face with McMahon and snatched the microphone away after a pause.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: Wait a dam minute there Vince. Stone Cold Steve Austin did not cause anyone to quit…Those two big bastards were going to leave anyways. As to say why I stunned them…because Brock flipped me off and Goldberg pissed me off! Now Vince if you have got a problem with my methods we can handle this in a proper way…

Austin at this point dropped the microphone and advanced towards McMahon who tried to get out of the ring only to be grabbed. Austin was face on with the owner of World Wrestling Entertainment and then he removed his hands from him! Austin smiled and Vince countered with a nervous smile of his own before…stunner! Austin called for some beers as Vince laid down on the mat not moving. The new era had started with a bang as Austin retreated to his quad bike and rode off backstage.

-: Commercial Break :-

On returning from the break the World Tag Team Champions music hit around the arena. Rob Van Dam and Booker T walked out onto the RAW stage with the Tag Team gold they had successfully defended the night before at Wrestlemania. The two men got into the ring and taunted to the crowd before slapping palms and taking to their corner. La Resistance’s music cut into the champions music as Rob Conway and Rene Dupree walked out into the arena with the two French flags. As they climbed into the ring they taunted towards the champions who just laughed it off. The bell was rang with Dupree and Rob Van Dam ready to start off.

World Tag Team Championship

Booker T and Rob Van Dam :champions: vs. La Resistance

Dupree and RVD locked up to begin the match with Dupree getting his opponent into a headlock, RVD threw him off the ropes and nailed a early spinning heel kick that rung Dupree’s bell. He eventually made it to his feet and turned around to walk into a suplex from the one of a kind Rob Van Dam. A quick senton splash towards the Resistance corner saw a pinning situation that was broken up by Conway. He wished he hadn’t have done it afterwards when he climbed back onto the apron and was promptly knocked off by Van Dam. However he turned around into a clothesline from Dupree. Early submission from the challenger as he locked in a chin lock on RVD who just managed to reach the ropes before tapping out. Dupree tagged in Conway at this point who started to nail the stomps on a struggling RVD. He pulled up one half of the World Tag Team Champions and nailed a forceful DDT before covering for a two count. Van Dam attempted to tag In Booker T but was pulled back by his leg before an elbow was dropped right into the spine. Booker saw another cover and jumped into the ring, the referee ran over and held him back as Dupree rolled into the ring and nailed a double suplex along with Conway on RVD. Conway covered again and Booker rolled out of the ring to allow a two count. Dupree was tagged back into the match and he slowly made his way to the top turnbuckle. RVD jumped up and pushed him down to the outside of the ring! Conway jumped in and was met with a roundhouse dropkick for his trouble. RVD then scored with a baseball slide to the outside of the ring on a hurt Dupree. He was rolled back into the ring and Van Dam managed to tag in Booker T! Booker T ran over and nailed a couple of scoop slams to both opponents before Conway rolled out of the ring. With Dupree down Booker saw a chance for a spin-a-rooni and he took it. But as he got back up from it he walked into a Russian leg sweep from Dupree! The cover! 1…2…Kick out from Booker. Dupree ran off the ropes and was ready to drop an elbow onto Booker only to be rolled up by the World Tag Team Champion! 1…2…3! It was enough to have thrown off Dupree and cost La Resistance the match. Booker T and Rob Van Dam celebrated in the ring after a nice opening match.

Winners: Booker T and Rob Van Dam

Chris Benoit Arrives!

In the back of the Continental Airlines Arena a car pulled up and out from the drivers seat stepped the new World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit! Benoit shut the door and opened the back door to grab his bag and title, he walked away from the car (automatically locking it while doing so) and walked into a corridor. As he continued to walk he met Maven.

Maven: Chris man! Hey I just wanted to congratulate you on winning the World Heavyweight Championship last night. It was a great job and to beat both Shawn Michaels and Triple H is sure no easy feat.

Chris Benoit: Well thanks Maven I appreciate it a lot.

Maven: No problem man, oh and by the way Triple H is here tonight and I think he’s got something to say later on.

Chris Benoit: Ok man well thanks for the news but I had better get off.

Maven: No problem, well done again.

Chris Benoit nodded before walking away from Maven who turned around to watch the champion walk down the corridor. He smiled and walked off in the opposite direction.

Back at ringside Chris Jericho’s music started up. The man who was screwed out of beating Christian at Wrestlemania was visibly distracted and nervous as he walked down to the ring. Jericho did not look his confident normal self at all. Matt Hardy’s music started as the Mattitude screen came on, the Matt’s facts for this evening: “How could there be a Wrestlemania without Matt?!?” and “Matt knows what its like to be screwed by Trish”. Hardy climbed into the ring and taunted to the crowd before the referee called for the bell.

Chris Jericho vs. Matt Hardy Version 1.0

Hardy and Jericho locked up with Jericho gaining the advantage and releasing the hold, he ran off the ropes and was low bridged out of the ring! Jericho landed on his head on the outside of the ring and looked hurt early on. Hardy taunted in the ring as Jericho just managed to roll in before the ten count. He went for a flying forearm only to be ducked and nailed with a right hand, followed by a kick to the waist and a pumphandle slam by Hardy! The cover managed a two count. Jericho managed to score a backdrop on getting back to his feet and went for the Lionsault early on! Hardy got his knees up and Jericho collided with them before rolling about the ring in pain. Hardy pulled up Y2J and went for the Twist of Fait only to be thrown off the ropes and given a spinebuster. Jericho turned him over for the Walls of Jericho! The hold was on very tight as Hardy struggled to get to the ropes. Jericho looked distracted as he accidentally released a lot of pressure on the hold. Hardy couldn’t believe it as he wasn’t feeling any pain anymore. He then kicked Jericho in the head and nailed the Twist of Fait on the distracted superstar. The cover, 1…2…3! Jericho didn’t even put up a fight as Hardy pinned him. Hardy could not believe his luck and celebrated all over the ring while Jericho left visibly upset and concerned about other matters.

Winner: Matt Hardy Version 1.0

-: Commercial Break :-

On returning we saw that Chris Jericho had packed his bags and left the arena in a taxi during the commercial break. At this point it seemed quite “good” timing as we went to backstage with Terri and Christian with Trish.

Terri interviews Christian

Christian stood with Trish’s arm linked with his in front of the RAW screen while Terri was alongside and she had her microphone.

Terri: Christian, Trish last night at Wrestlemania we saw you both work together in getting a win over Chris Jericho. Tonight we have seen a very upset Jericho lose to Matt Hardy and leave the arena…

Christian: You know what Terri? I don’t know what all the fuss is about here; Jericho is a fool plain and simple. He “fell in love” with Trish and opened himself up to my trap. You see Terri being in love is something which opens a gateway, a gateway which can be walked into by anyone and a gateway which allows your insides to be toyed with. Its simple I don’t have my gateway open, Jericho does and now he has got himself into a lot of trouble. What an idiot.

Terri: Trish do you have any comment?

Trish Stratus: Christian is right, Jericho is a fool. He should have known that I don’t go with losers; it is obvious to everyone that Christian is better than Jericho and…can satisfy…a woman…properly.

Christian grabs Trish by the hair and the two lock lips as Terri looks on.

Back at ringside the Dudley Boyz music hit. Bubba Ray and D’Von strolled out onto the ramp ready for tag team action against the team of Garrison Cade and Mark Jindrak. The two men climbed into the ring and taunted on the turnbuckles before banging fists together and awaiting their opponents. Jindrak and Cade came out to their music and ran down into the ring, they climbed the turnbuckles also before jumping back into the middle of the ring alongside their opponents.

Tag Team Match

Dudley Boyz vs. Garrison Cade and Mark Jindrak

D’Von Dudley started off against Cade who attempted to lock up with the Dudley Boy. However D’Von ducked and nailed some right hands and then an elbow to knock him to the ground. Quick tag to Bubba who ran in with a clothesline and a suck it sign to Jindrak! A reverse 3D from the Dudley Boyz saw Cade down for a two count…it would have been three if it was not for Jindrak running in with an elbow drop. Bubba pulled up Cade and planted a backdrop before covering again and for once again a two count. Cade managed to crawl across the ring and tag in Jindrak who gingerly climbed into the ring and ran at Bubba, who countered with a legsweep into the far turnbuckle. Quick tag to D’Von who nailed some stomps in the corner on Jindrak before pulling him up and nailing a nice DDT. Cade accidentally distracts the referee as he is trying to climb in the ring, meanwhile D’Von pulls the legs open! Wassup! Bubba for once threw himself off the top rope into the crutch of Jindrak! A quick standing 3D from the Dudley’s! D’Von covers as Bubba runs over and knocks Jindrak off the apron. 1…2…3! The Dudley Boyz had won this match, Bubba and D’Von climbed the turnbuckles in the ring celebrating their win.

Winners: Dudley Boyz

-: Commercial Break :-

Evolution…

As we return from the break Evolution’s music goes off around the arena, Randy Orton, Ric Flair and Batista come out onto the stage and proceed to make their way to the ring in suits. Orton climbed the turnbuckle and taunted while Flair grabbed a microphone from Lillian Garcia. He passed the microphone over to Orton who seemingly had something to say.

Randy Orton: Mick Foley. This man has been on my lips for weeks and months now, he is like…worms, you get them and they are hard to get rid of. I can beat this man, I can scare this man out of fighting me and for some reason he still gets back up and fights on. Hell I was ready to let this thing lie and rest in peace until I just heard in the back that Mick Foley will be joining RAW next week live via video-link from his home in Long Island, New York. Now this got me thinking you see, what does go on in Mick’s head? He takes ass kicking after ass kicking from us, he loses matches, he breaks bones and well, it’s never enough? It’s never over Mick? You have a young family to take care of, the last thing your kids need is an even more deformed and destroyed father than what you are already. Just Mick, take this as a warning. You come back again…You won’t be able to go home. You join RAW live next week…You sign your death warrant.

Orton drops the microphone and slaps knuckles with Batista before hugging Flair. Evolution had clearly sent a message out to Mick Foley right here. Evolution then headed off backstage talking amongst themselves. The TV viewers went to JR and the King while the ring was prepared for the next match.

The fires of hell exploded as Kane’s introduction hit around the arena. When the music had hit full pace Kane wandered out onto the stage, he looked un affected from his battle the night before against the Undertaker as he walked down the ramp and climbed into the ring. The ring posts erupted into flames when Kane brought down his arms with force. After a short wait Val Venis and Lance Storm united came out to Venis’ music. Storm raised both arms in the air as he followed Venis down to the ring, Kane didn’t want to wait any longer and climbed outside the ring to attack his opponent. Venis was thrown into the ring steps before being thrown into the ring.

Kane vs. Val Venis

Kane pulled up the hurt Venis and nailed a massive sideslam before making his way up onto the top rope. Venis slowly got back up to his feet and Kane leaped off the top with a flying clothesline, however Storm reached into the ring and pulled Venis clean out leaving Kane to hit the mat hard. The monster however soon got back to his feet and started to chase Venis and Storm around the ring; he grabbed a steel chair and chased both men up the ramp onto the stage. Venis pushed Storm into the monster who nailed him with the chair, Venis ran off backstage as Kane pulled up Storm and chokeslammed him straight to hell! Storm was given a chokeslam off the stage through some tables set up below.

No Contest

It’s Not Over?

Kane smiled a sick smile as he saw Storm’s broken body lying in the mangled tables. He looked even more of a monster than normal. He burst into even more laughter on the stage as the lights around the arena faded out. The gong sounded around the Continental Airlines Arena! Kane looked worried as the gong continued to sound around the arena, with every gong Kane got more and more frightened…The Undertaker did not come out however, the lights came back up and a startled Kane slowly wandered backstage while EMT’s attended to Lance Storm to the side of the stage.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned to RAW Triple H’s music hit around the arena. The ex-World Heavyweight Champion walked onto the stage looking the worse for wear after a bloody and brutal war at Wrestlemania XX. On making it to the ring he was passed a microphone.

Triple H Interview

Triple H put the microphone to his lips and blew down it a few times, it seemed like what he had to say tonight was going to be important. He looked a broken man without the belt that he had carried for the majority of his time of being solely on the RAW roster.

Triple H: I asked for this time tonight so I could set the record straight…I tapped out last night and cost myself the World Heavyweight Championship…I admit it, there you go. I tapped out in the crippler cross face and lost my World Title to Chris Benoit. BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN HE WAS THE BETTER MAN! I am the best wrestler on RAW, I am better than Benoit, better than Kane, better than Booker T and RVD, I am even better than the heartbreak kid himself Shawn Michaels…

At this point HBK’s music bursts into life around the arena. The second third of the Triple Threat match at Wrestlemania made his way down to the ring taunting to all the fans as he did so. Michaels climbed into the ring and was passed a microphone of his own.

Shawn Michaels: Wo, wo, wo there Triple H. You think you are better…than the heartbreak kid SHAWN MICHAELS? You see Triple H you are the leader of a little group here called Evolution, well talking of Evolution I am already looking forward to the next event, it sure is no Wrestlemania but the Backlash is around the corner, and guess who wants the title shot there? ME. And that is because I am without a doubt the best wrestler on RAW – with the possible exception of the World Champ himself. Now Hunter, me and you have…

Triple H: Shawn you can shut your mouth now…You are no way good enough to be the World Heavyweight Champion, you are old and slow. Your back is still in bad shape Shawn; you should not even be wrestling at all – let alone in high profile and risk matches. I am going to get the title shot at Backlash…

HBK and Triple H went face to face and looked like they were about to beat the hell out of each other when Eric Bischoff’s music hit around the arena. Bischoff walked out onto the stage carrying a microphone and looked ready to make a big announcement.

Eric Bischoff: You know what Shawn, Hunter? I am tired of seeing you two always fighting it out to see who is best between you both. I believe both of you guys deserve a World Heavyweight Title shot at Backlash because both of you are equals of each other and it would be unfair of me to choose one over the other. But we have already had a Triple threat match at Wrestlemania and so we have to do something different…And here is my solution. Two teams. Shawn you will have Benoit and one other partner of your choosing while Hunter you will have Evolution. 6-Man Tag match at Backlash. The person who scores the first winning pinfall we be the World Heavyweight Champion. It’s that simple and it is going to end this…for good guys. Oh and by the way Shawn before I go…you have got Benoit one on one with the title not on the line in about two seconds time.

Chris Benoit’s music hit around the arena as the World Heavyweight Champion walked out onto the stage, he looked focused as he ran down into the ring and attacked HBK to start the match.

Non-Championship Match

Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels

Benoit had a punch ducked by HBK who then also attempted to nail a punch, Benoit countered that! Backdrop on Michaels left him down. Benoit went for the crossface only to have HBK roll to the outside of the ring. Meanwhile the ex-World Heavyweight Champion Triple H was sitting calmly at ringside with a smug smile on his face. Michaels eventually rolled back into the ring and was stomped on by Benoit. He was then pushed up against the bottom of the turnbuckle and choked by Benoit’s foot to the neck, the referee demanded the champion break the hold at the four count and this gave HBK a chance to run out of the corner and nail a couple of clotheslines. HBK then hit a third clothesline before stomping his way to the corner of the ring. He was already signalling for the Sweet Chin Music! Countered! Benoit for the second time in two events ducked under the leg and pushed HBK over the top rope to the outside! The referee started a ten count as Benoit once again caught his breath in the ring. The referee managed to reach the nine count before Michaels managed to drag himself into the ring, he pulled himself up on the ropes and walked straight into a triplet of German Suplex’s! The third one was nailed and Benoit went for the cover on HBK. 1…2…Kick out from Michaels! Benoit at this point got to his feet and signalled it was time for the diving headbutt! He slowly climbed to the top rope and allowed time for HBK to get to his feet! Top rope suplerplex on the World Heavyweight Champion! Michaels slowly crawled across to Benoit and threw his arm over to make the cover…1…2…Kick out! A very close fall in HBK’s favour! Benoit stood up and walked straight into the Sweet Chin Music from close range! It came from nowhere! 1…2…3! Michaels had picked up a win over the World Heavyweight Champion in a brief encounter. The quickness of the Sweet Chin Music had surprised Benoit and had ultimately cost him the match.

Winner: Shawn Michaels

As Shawn Michael’s celebrated in the ring Triple H stood up from the commentator’s position and slowly clapped him! Michaels looked on not knowing what to think, meanwhile Benoit had got back up to his feet behind HBK and was staring a hole straight through one third of his Backlash tag team. Benoit looked in two minds what to do, when HBK eventually turned around Benoit dragged him down and locked in the crossface! Benoit had made a decision that he would have to stick by as RAW went off the air with Michaels struggling in the submission hold.

Segment Ratings

Segment 1: Overall: 89%

Segment 2: Overall: 73% - Crowd Reaction: 69% - Match Quality: 77% - **1/4

Segment 3: Overall: 68%

Segment 4: Overall: 88% - Crowd Reaction: 82% - Match Quality: 95% - ****1/4

Segment 5: Overall: 73%

Segment 6: Overall: 77% - Crowd Reaction: 64% - Match Quality: 81% - ***1/2

Segment 7: Overall: 87%

Segment 8: Overall: 79% - Crowd Reaction: 80% - Match Quality: 80% - **3/4

Segment 9: Overall: 72%

Segment 10: Overall: 89%

Segment 11: Overall: 89% - Crowd Reaction: 83% - Match Quality: 95% - ****1/4

Overall Rating: 81%

Rating: 6.04

Attendance: 7,014

Ticket Sales: $280,560

Edited by TAFKA Castroneves
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WWE Smackdown

Thursday March 18

Fleet Center – Boston – Massachusetts

Smackdown opened with the same Wrestlemania XX video that had opened RAW last Monday. Before long the video cut out and the fireworks exploded into action around the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts. It was time for the first Smackdown after Wrestlemania XX…and we would start with

Heyman Speaks…

Paul Heyman. His music went off around the arena in conjunction with his titantron video and after a slight pause the Smackdown general manager made his way out onto the stage with a microphone in hand. Heyman had a very sad and serious look on his face for once as he climbed into the ring and ordered for his music to be cut.

Paul Heyman: First off I have come out here to set the record straight. To confirm one way or the other about Brock Lesnar’s status here in World Wrestling Entertainment. And yes it is true; Brock Lesnar has left the WWE and his match against Goldberg at Wrestlemania XX seemingly will be his last…However I have decided not to dwell on this, Wrestlemania was where it all began again and I am sticking to that statement because we are going to see some changes here on Smackdown in the upcoming year for sure. The second thing I needed to announce tonight is about the Undertaker. Now I have heard the same rumours all you guys have saying how Taker is going to abandon Smackdown to join RAW in order to get at his brother Kane. And all I have to say to that is that all the rumours are wrong. Undertaker is a Smackdown wrestler and will be remaining on Smackdown in the future…Thank you very much!

Paul Heyman had set some things straight as he headed up the ramp towards the backstage area. The lights went out around the arena at this point and the gong immediately sounded! The crowd went wild as the Undertaker’s music burst into life with a stunned Heyman not being able to move! Paul Bearer followed out Taker onto the stage area as cameras flashed towards the man from the darkside. Bearer went face to face with Heyman and took his microphone before Undertaker headed down by himself towards the ring. He raised the lights back up and climbed into the ring before staring back up the ramp at Heyman.

Paul Bearer: Paul Heyman…You don’t seem to understand. My son the Undertaker needs to get to Kane. Kane has been a thorn in my son’s side for many years and its now time to pull out the thorn and banish it forever. If Undertaker decides to go to RAW…RAW he shall go!

Paul Heyman: Well…um…you can’t scare…me. You…see. I have a show to run…and I well need to produce the best possible shows…and I’ll be dammed if Undertaker is going to leave Smackdown!...Did I just say that?

Paul Bearer: Bring Kane to Undertaker TONIGHT here on Smackdown. If you don’t…We will bring ourselves to Kane on RAW.

Paul Heyman: I will see what I can do…and in the meanwhile. Well, Undertaker you’ve got a match right now against…Matt Morgan. Morgan get out here!

Matt Morgan’s music started and the man himself walked out onto the stage. Morgan looked very nervous as he gingerly walked down the ramp. He kept turning around to look at Heyman to see if there was any way out of this. Heyman walked off backstage while Bearer headed down to ringside. Morgan slowly got into the ring as Undertaker stared a hole straight through him. The referee called for the bell.

Undertaker vs. Matt Morgan

Morgan ran at Taker and nailed a clothesline that knocked the deadman down. Looking surprised by this he pulled up Taker and nailed a second for good measure. Morgan then dropped a couple of elbows before taunting towards the fans in the arena. Then Undertaker sat up…Morgan turned around and did not like seeing this. Taker got back to his feet and ducked a third clothesline before nailing a massive big boot! Morgan’s bell was rung and he looked out for the count after that move. Taker covered, 1…2…Kick out from Morgan. That was a close fall right there. Undertaker got back up to his feet and signalled that it was time for the chokeslam! Morgan stumbled back up to his feet and turned around into the grip of the deadman! Undertaker lifted up Morgan before being kicked in the groin! Morgan wriggled free and rolled up Taker! 1…2…Kick out! Morgan got up quickly and pulled up his opponent, rake to the eyes on Taker before the deadman was hung up on the top rope. Morgan had seemingly got the advantage over the Undertaker as he locked in an armbar down on the mat. Undertaker looked like he had faded away as his hand fell towards the ground for the third time. However Bearer raised the urn on the apron in the view of the Undertaker and instantly he regained control. Taker shrugged off Morgan before grabbing him around the neck and nailing the chokeslam! Undertaker then approached the urn as Morgan slowly climbed back to his feet. Taker then turned him upside down and scored with a tombstone piledriver! The eyes rolled back and the tongue came out as he covered. 1…2…3. Undertaker had defeated Matt Morgan and now all he cared about was getting to Kane.

Winner: Undertaker

-: Commercial Break :-

He’s Already Coming?!?

On returning from the break we were backstage in Paul Heyman’s office. He was on the telephone to someone while looking very agitated and worried.

Paul Heyman: Yes, all I need to know is if you can get Kane to this arena here tonight before the show has ended…You can’t? But you’ve got to realise that since we have lost Brock we cannot lose another big guy from our roster. Undertaker leaving would be hell literally for the Smackdown roster. You’ve got to get Kane here tonight…

Heyman sits silent listening to the person on the other end of the phone. Heyman is brought a coffee by his assistant Dawn Marie at this point. Before long his expression changes as he hears some more information.

Paul Heyman: What do you mean you can’t find him? Where is he?...You mean the guys reckon he is on his way here? Right now?!? Ok thanks again.

Heyman put the phone down and thought long and hard before picking up his portable radio and flicking the talk button on.

Paul Heyman: Hey security, I want you guys to…let Kane into the arena when he turns up. Make sure you guys also radio me the moment he does. Send him straight to the ring…Thanks.

Heyman put down the radio and leaned back in his chair before having a big sigh and obviously wandered if he had made the right decision.

Back at ringside it was time for the WWE Tag Team Championship’s to be defended. The challengers in the form of Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas came out first in their World’s Greatest Tag Team name. Both men ignored the crowd as they walked down the ramp and climbed in the ring. After whispering something to each other Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi’s music started up. The tag team champions both made their way down to the ring and circled a few times before entering. They were rushed by Haas and Benjamin as the referee called for the bell.

WWE Tag Team Championship

Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi :champions: vs. World’s Greatest Tag Team

Rikishi and Scotty fought back after the original attack with some right hands right up to the ropes at the other side of the ring. Two swift clotheslines knocked both members of the World’s Greatest Tag Team over the top rope to the floor. Haas was going to jump straight back into the ring when Benjamin grabbed him and pulled him away to the foot of the ramp. While they both talked Scotty was picked up by Rikishi and thrown over the top rope onto both opponents! The referee started a ten count and Scotty eventually rolled back into the ring to break up the count at about the nine second mark. He rolled straight back out however and rolled Benjamin into the ring. Rikishi climbed over the top rope and stood in his corner while Haas done the same after eventually getting up. Benjamin locked up with Scotty and got him into a headlock before being backdropped into the mat. Scotty then dropped a couple of elbows before having a little dance and pulling up Benjamin. He was thrown off the ropes and then nailed with a spinning heel kick by Scotty who was in control. Pulled up for a second time and thrown into the ropes. This time Benjamin ducked and nailed a clothesline on Scotty on the rebound. Benjamin then tagged in Haas who jumped over the top rope and locked in a sharpshooter on one half of the Tag Team Champions! Rikishi however got into the ring and broke the submission up. Haas spat towards Rikishi who was back on the ring apron and got a right hand from the man himself for his trouble. Haas turned around into a dropkick from Scotty who covered! 1…2…Kick out from Haas, just. Scotty went over to his corner and tagged in an eager Rikishi who circled around Haas as he got to his feet. Benjamin jumped into the ring and walked into a superkick! Haas then turned around and was lifted into a Rikishi Driver! 1…2…3! Rikishi and Scotty had managed to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles!

Winners: Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi

WWE Champion meets WWE Cruiserweight Champion

Backstage Eddie Guerrero was sitting down in his locker room shining his WWE Championship when there was a knock at his door. After a pause into shot came Chavo Sr and Chavo Guerrero. Eddie stood up and silently as Chavo looked straight into his brothers eyes. Chavo then extended his hand to Eddie.

Chavo Guerrero: Eddie! Man I must say you impressed me! Wrestlemania twenty! You against Kurt Angle and you used the Guerrero family tradition of cheating to retain your belt. And I was thinking, this past between us. We should forget it; you have not let the family down man! You are the WWE Champion! You are the best, and I am the Cruiserweight Champion! What a team…

Eddie still refused to shake hands with Chavo and just gave him a very cold stare. He softly spoke.

Eddie Guerrero: You know what Chavo. You nearly convinced me that I was an outcast, that I was an addict and that I was no good back a little while ago. Then I won the WWE Title and realised that you were wrong. And I never turned my back on the Guerrero family and traditions, you did. So don’t give me no crap about making up and us being a family again homes. Because it an’t gonna happen essay. Get used to it. See you in the ring.

Eddie sat down while Chavo still stood there looking annoyed by what Eddie had said.

Chavo Guerrero: You know what Eddie. When I pin you in that ring tonight you will realise what a mistake you made to not take my hand. I am not as big as you…yet. All it takes is that three count and I will be better than you. Better than the WWE champion. See you in the ring Eddie. I hope for your sake you win…

Chavo Sr and Chavo Guerrero left the room looking focused as Eddie watched them leave. Eddie then stared at his WWE Championship belt as we faded out.

-: Commercial Break :-

Back at ringside “Word Life” rung out around the arena as the new United States Champion John Cena walked out onto the stage to his music. He climbed into the ring and was passed a microphone by the ringside crew. His music faded out as Cena took to the microphone.

John Cena: Welcome ladies and gentleman, to the Smackdown after Wrestlemania twenty! Now, now, now. That show sure was the dope, I don’t know how you people coped. I won myself a piece of gold, the Big Show was sure too slow and old. Hell I would have done worst fighting mould! Tonight I’ve got to face Chewbacca the hair bear…I wonder if now he’s shaved, he’s shaved down THERE. Train you’ve got no chance to beat me, run the C to the E to the N to the A because sure as hell this match ain’t ending any other way…

Cena dropped the microphone in the ring as A-Train’s music started up around the arena. The monster himself walked out onto the stage and raised his arms in the air as the two plumes of steam rose from the floor. Train then jogged down the ramp pointing at Cena before rolling into the ring. Cena nailed some stomps as the referee called for the bell.

WWE United States Championship

John Cena :champion: vs. A-Train

Train shoved his way back to his feet before nailing the right hands on Cena. Train then ran at Cena who was caught up in the ropes, the US champion low bridged the monster and sent him over the top rope to the outside. Train slowly got back up to his feet and at this point grabbed a steel chair from ringside, he rolled into the ring and went to nail Cena…the referee grabbed the chair away from the monster and while he had his back turned Cena nailed a low blow! Train fell to the mat and Cena covered! The referee eventually turned around to see the fall, 1…2…Kick out. It was not enough to put Train away. Cena attempted to pull up the monster only to be running spinebustered into the turnbuckle! Cena fell to the mat holding his back after that horrific move from the 300 pound A-Train. Train continued the assault with the stomps on Cena’s chest in the corner of the ring, he then pulled up the champion and monkey tossed him across the ring. The cover managed a two count. A-Train smiled as he pulled up Cena and locked in a standing headlock, the crowd got behind Cena and started clapping as Cena tried to muster up some energy against the monster. He was released and thrown off the ropes, Cena ducked under the huge arm of Train and scored with a dropkick to the left knee on the rebound! Train hobbled around the ring and Cena then rolled him up! 1…2…Kick out. Another close fall in this contest. Cena questioned the referee before pulling up A-Train and attempting a suplex, it was countered by Train who delivered a suplex of his own! Cena was holding his already hurt back as A-Train decided to climb to the top rope! He came off the top with an elbow drop only for Cena to roll out of the way! Another cover from the US champion! Looking to steal the win! 1…2…Shoulder just up! Very close call there. While the referee attended to A-Train who was still down Cena reached down underneath the top right turnbuckle and pulled out his trusty steel chain! A-Train got to his feet and managed to duck the chain shot! Cena dropped the chain on the floor and Train pulled him up onto his shoulders! The attempted De-Railer! Countered! Cena rolled off Train’s shoulders! He pulled up A-Train for the FU! Planted ONTO THE CHAIN! The referee didn’t notice the chain on the mat! 1…2…3! No chance for A-Train to get out of that as John Cena retained his United States Championship thanks to his trusty steel chain.

Winner: John Cena

A Big Problem…A Big Return

Cena continued to celebrate in the ring with his retained United States Championship when the Big Show’s music hit around the arena. Everyone looked up to the ramp as Big Show was headed down to the ring. He climbed into the ring and alongside the A-Train created a very monstrous looking partnership. However instead of both men beating down on Cena Big Show asked for a microphone.

Big Show: You know what Cena? You’re good, very good. But by being that good you have pissed me off. You pinned me in the opening match of Wrestlemania XX. The biggest event off all time and I lost…to you. Now I don’t take Wrestlemania losses very kindly and if someone defeats me on the biggest stage of all I really get annoyed. I know I am better than you, I know I am bigger than you. I know I can beat you. So how about next week me and A-Train take you on in a handicap match and prove that we can beat you.

John Cena: Wo, wait a minute there dog, I may be good but sure as hell I ain’t stupid. There is no way I would take you two on in a handicap match because I would have my ass kicked. So hows about this, I bring myself and a partner of my choosing to a tag team match next week against you and Chewbacca here? What do you say about that.

Big Show: Sure…why not. We are the biggest and strongest team on Smackdown and no-one you can bring will be a challenge to us together as one.

John Cena: Well then Show and Chewy, get ready. Because next week my partner will be someone who’s been gone a long time. Someone who’s been out and waiting for their return. EDGE! That’s right Edge is going to be my partner next week, so (raises middle finger) spin on it!

Show and Train dive towards Cena who slides out of the ring and taunts to the fans right around to the bottom of the ramp. Cena then raised his two hands and made his Word Life sign before heading back up the ramp. Cena would be bringing Edge back home to Smackdown next week to be his tag team partner against the team of the Big Show and the A-Train!

-: Commercial Break :-

Returning from the break Rey Mysterio’s music hit around the arena. Mysterio himself burst up from the floor into the air before slapping hands with the fans on his way down the ramp and into the ring. When he was in the ring he pointed to the titantron and Eddie Guerrero’s music started up. Guerrero rode out from the side of the titantron in a full kitted out lowrider and proceeded to bounce the front of the car in the air a few times before turning off the engine and jumping out. Eddie walked alongside the ramp and climbed up onto the turnbuckle to taunt with his championship before greeting Mysterio. Chavo Guerrero’s music started next as the WWE Cruiserweight Champion came out onto the ramp alongside Chavo Sr. He slowly made his way down to the bottom of the ramp and stayed put as he waited for his partner. Kurt Angle’s music cut in around the arena to chants of you suck from the crowd. Angle ignored this as he stared at Eddie in the ring. Angle slowly walked down the ramp and stood alongside Chavo. Both men circled the ring a few times before climbing up into their respective corner. Mysterio and Chavo would be starting out the match.

Tag Team Match

Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero and Kurt Angle

Chavo and Mysterio locked up to start the match and eventually broke the hold away from each other. Both men circled each other again before locking up a second time with Chavo throwing Mysterio down against the bottom rope. Mysterio didn’t like this and attempted to clean sweep Chavo’s legs with his leg only for the Cruiserweight Champion to jump over it and laugh. Mysterio then jumped up and nailed a hurricarana to shut him up. Some right hands from Mysterio was followed up with a bronco buster as Chavo pulled himself up against the bottom rope of a turnbuckle. Mysterio then ran in with a low dropkick between Chavo’s open legs! The quick tag to Eddie saw the WWE Champion flip Chavo over his shoulders as he ran out from the corner. Eddie then turned around and slapped Chavo! Chavo slapped back before missing an attempt at a lock up, Eddie then took this chance to kick Chavo right in the exposed ribs! Suplex was nailed by the WWE Champion and at this point Chavo stumbled over to his corner and made the tag to Angle, the fun and games were now over. Angle raised an arm up and Eddie followed suit only for Angle to kick him in the chest. Angle then proceeded to take down the WWE Champion with an armbar. The arm was pulled back towards Angle’s head and both men got back to their feet. Eddie at this point monkey flipped Angle half over his shoulder! Angle was straight back up however and ran into a legsweep and a splash before rolling out and taking out Eddie’s legs. A round of applause followed from the crowd as Eddie and Angle continued to stare a hole in each other. Eddie ran towards Angle aiming for a big forearm and was picked up before being dropped over Angle’s shoulder into the far turnbuckle head first! Eddie had hurt his head with that one and was caught in an angle slam attempt! Mysterio however was on the middle of the ropes! He came off with a spinning kick straight to the gut of Angle! Eddie was dropped onto the mat while the Olympic gold medallist stumbled around after the kick. Mysterio then tripped up Angle into the bottom rope! He called for it around the crowd! 619! Mysterio ran up to the ropes and attempted the 619! Angle moved and Mysterio landed back in the ring! Angle lock! The ankle was torqued right up, Mysterio started to tap in the middle of the ring. But he was not the legal man! Meanwhile Eddie was up on the top rope! Frog Splash to Angle’s back! Chavo climbed into the ring and was taken down by Eddie and locked in a STF! Chavo was also tapping out in the middle of the ring. Eddie eventually released the hold and Chavo rolled to the outside, Mysterio meanwhile was also on the outside holding his ankle. It was down to Eddie and Angle! Eddie crawled over and covered the still down Angle. 1…2…Kick out! Close fall right there. Both men eventually stumbled up to their feet and started to brawl between each other. Angle then ducked a right hand and nailed the Angle slam! 1…2…Shoulder up from Eddie! That should have been all! But Eddie managed to get his shoulder just off the ground, just before the referee reached the three count. Angle could not believe it and grabbed the referee by his shirt. Meanwhile Eddie came up behind Angle and rolled him up, he also grabbed the tights! 1…2…3! Eddie had for the second time running pinned Kurt Angle and he wasn’t hanging around to celebrate about it.

Winners: Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio

Angle snaps…

Eddie Guerrero helped Rey Mysterio up on the outside before both men headed towards the ramp. Angle in the ring was distraught and was kicking the ropes and banging his fists off the ropes, he was not happy. Eddie and Mysterio celebrated with raised arms at the top of the ramp before going off backstage. Meanwhile Chavo Guerrero had rolled back into the ring. Angle took one look at him and attacked. He nailed Chavo with some right hands before taking him down with an angle slam. Chavo was not moving as Chavo Sr climbed onto the apron. He was knocked off by Angle who then rolled to the outside of the ring. He grabbed a steel chair and rolled back into the ring again. Chavo was trying to crawl out of the ring when Angle nailed him over…and over…and over with the steel chair. Then to add insult to injury Angle clamped on the angle lock! Security filled the ring as Angle bent Chavo’s ankle right around. The Cruiserweight Champion looked really hurt as Security finally managed to prise Angle off him. Chavo Sr rolled into the ring and over to Chavo who was near enough dead after that assault. Angle was taken away by security backstage as EMT’s ran down into the ring to see to Chavo…It did not look good.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned we were shown what had happened during the break. Chavo was placed on a stretcher and removed from the building in an ambulance. Michael Cole and Tazz were horrified at what Kurt Angle had done as we went backstage…

Here We Go…

Paul Heyman was sitting at his desk contemplating when his radio crackled and the voice of someone could be heard. Heyman picked up the radio and listened intently.

Radio: Mr Heyman, Sir. It is security here down at the entrance of the Fleet Center. Kane has just turned up, we want final confirmation as to let him in or not…

Heyman: Y…

Before Heyman could finish the sound of the radio being smashed against the wall and the sound of something crashing through a glass window cut him off. It seemed Kane was here and he wasn’t waiting a second longer to head to the ring…

Kane and Undertaker Confrontation

Back at ringside everyone was waiting for something to happen. After a short pause the fires of hell exploded as Kane’s video and music started up around the arena. Kane trundled out onto the stage looking focused…He quickly made his way down to the ring and lit up the turnbuckles with fire as he dropped his arms. Kane then turned his attention to the titanton. Nothing needed to be said, he just waited and watched. The lights slowly faded out and the first gong hit. Kane didn’t flinch and just continued to look up the ramp from the ring. After the third gong the Undertaker walked out onto the stage followed by Paul Bearer…He walked down the ramp and stood on the outside of the ring for a while just looking at his brother standing in the ring. He walked up the ring steps and climbed into the ring. The lights were raised as Kane lunged at Taker! Both men engaged in a fist fight in the corner with Kane followed by Taker getting the advantage. Kane raked Undertaker in the eyes and ran towards him – hitting a clothesline. Undertaker however sat up and walked back towards the big red monster. Kane didn’t like this and kicked his brother in the stomach before planting a suplex. Kane smiled as he sat up from the impact, however when he turned around Undertaker had sat up again. Kane grabbed Undertaker by the hair and pulled him up! Chokeslam. Kane had not had enough though and pulled up Taker again! Tombstone! Undertaker had been planted with both a chokeslam and a tombstone, Kane pulled up Undertaker AGAIN, Second tombstone right on the spot! Taker’s head was driven into the mat hard and he was lifeless in the ring. Kane still wasn’t convinced and nailed a third tombstone as everyone looked on in shock. Kane kicked his brother’s arm to make sure he wasn’t going to get back up again. Undertaker looked dead laying in the ring, and at this point Kane reached for a microphone.

Kane: Undertaker…Rest In Peace…

Smackdown went off the air.

Segment Ratings

Segment 1: Overall: 87%

Segment 2: Overall: 71% - Crowd Reaction: 69% - Match Quality: 73% - *3/4

Segment 3: Overall: 80%

Segment 4: Overall: 78% - Crowd Reaction: 73% - Match Quality: 84% - ***

Segment 5: Overall: 75%

Segment 6: Overall: 72% - Crowd Reaction: 73% - Match Quality: 72% - **

Segment 7: Overall: 81%

Segment 8: Overall: 88% - Crowd Reaction: 85% - Match Quality: 91% - ****

Segment 9: Overall: 78%

Segment 10: Overall: 76%

Segment 11: Overall: 86%

Overall Rating: 78%

Rating: 5.85

Attendance: 7,023

Ticket Sales: $280,920

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WWE RAW

Monday 22nd March

Joe Louis Arena – Detroit - Michigan

RAW opened with the introduction video before bursting into the Joe Louis Arena with fireworks blazing everywhere. It was time for RAW live on Monday Night. As everything calmed down Mr. McMahon’s music started up around the arena, the chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment walked out onto the ramp and came down to the ring ignoring the crowd in Detroit. Once in the ring he asked for microphone from Lillian Garcia.

Mr. McMahon Reaches a Decision

Mr. McMahon: I hate to be the first man out on a show two weeks running, I absolutely hate it. But I needed to come out here and sort out a problem that has bugged me since both RAW and Smackdown last week. World Wrestling Entertainment is now a two brand company and since at Wrestlemania we saw interbrand matches I came to a decision that these would stop and that wrestlers would now have to stick to one brand. Now this last week both Kane and the Undertaker have effectively turned up on each others roster and I don’t like it. You people know that I am a businessman and that I am looking out for the best interests of the company and I also hope the RAW backstage crew can see that. Because last night I came to a decision that to stop Kane and Undertaker from jumping shows every week that they would both have to be contained on the same brand. After an extensive analysis of both brands I came to the decision that Kane would be moved from RAW to Smackdown from yesterday evening…So…

“I’m Back” hits around the arena as Eric Bischoff walks out onto the RAW stage with a horrified look on his face. He looks like he cannot believe what he has just heard.

Eric Bischoff: Vince, you can’t do that! I have contracts that state Kane is a RAW wrestler. You can’t just go saying he is on Smackdown and expect that to be it! I can show contracts…

Mr. McMahon: SHUT UP ERIC. I came to a decision based on looking at which roster had which wrestlers and to be honest you had a slightly better group of wrestlers in comparison with Smackdown. And you go on about your contracts, well in the new contract I drew up it states how all previous contracts of employment with any other WWE brands are null and void as of the signature of this contract. Paul Heyman late last night then signed that contract to make it official. There is not a damm thing you can do about it Eric.

Eric Bischoff: God dammit Vince! Why have you got such a problem with me! Why didn’t you bring the Undertaker here if you wanted them both together…

Mr. McMahon: DROP IT ERIC. You are asking for me to fire your ass if you carry on this way…

Eric Bischoff: But…just…hear me out!

Mr. McMahon: Fine, Eric Bischoff, YOU’RE FIRED!

At this point the sound of glass shattering was heard as Stone Cold Steve Austin drove out onto the stage on his quad bike. Sheriff Austin jumped off quickly and took Bischoff’s microphone.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: Now, now Vince. You can’t just go fire a man, that’s breaking my law. If you two have a problem then you sort it out man against man in a match. And it just so happens we have a PPV next month called Backlash…Now I am suggesting that you two meet man on man and Vince if you win…Eric Bischoff has to leave RAW as GM, but Vince if you lose…you have to re-instate Kane as a RAW wrestler. What do you say?

Eric Bischoff: Wonderf…

Stone Cold Steve Austin: Shut up! I wasn’t asking you Eric. Vince…

Vince McMahon: I have never been one to step down from a challenge before…FINE it’s on at Backlash. Me vs. You Eric. If you win you get Kane back here on RAW, but if I win you’re FIRED.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: That’s great and just to add a bit of flavour to the match, STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN IS GOING TO BE THE SPECIAL GUEST REFEREE…OH HELL YEAH!

The looks on Mr. McMahon’s and Bischoff’s faces told the whole story. They didn’t want to sign up to any match where Austin was the referee. But it was too late now, at Backlash it was set. Eric Bischoff vs. Vince McMahon with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the guest referee.

-: Commercial Break :-

On returning from the commercial break Scott Steiner’s sirens lit up the arena. “Holla if ya Hear Me” lit up on the video screen and Big Poppa Pump himself walked out onto the stage. Steiner raised his bicep and kissed it as he reached the bottom of the ramp before climbing into the ring. Once there he removed his glasses and his chain headdress and handed them over to the ring crew on the outside of the ring. Then the Y2J countdown cut in and on reaching zero Jericho’s music and pyro went off. Jericho (still looking a destroyed man) walked out onto the stage and placed his arms out by his side while having his back towards the ring. He turned around and made his way down the ramp into the ring.

Chris Jericho vs. Scott Steiner

Jericho locked up with Steiner to start the match and was taken down with a clothesline from Big Poppa Pump. Jericho ran off the ropes and was caught in a sideslam which Steiner covered from and picked up a quick one count over Jericho. Steiner stood up and threw Jericho into the corner. He climbed up on the turnbuckle and nailed the ten punches to the head. Jericho regained his composure however and powerbombed Steiner out of the corner, he grabbed the legs and looked like he was going for the Walls of Jericho, but he monkey tossed Steiner into the turnbuckle instead. Steiner cracked his head off the top of the ring post and stumbled into a Russian Leg Sweep! Jericho ran over to the ropes and went for the lionsault, however he slipped when kicking off the bottom rope and half fell into the ring and half fell out of it. The mistake from Jericho looked horrible as Steiner managed to pull himself back up to his feet while still holding his head. He pulled up Jericho and nailed a overhead suplex! 1…2…Kick out from Jericho. Christian at this point was shown watching on a monitor in the back. Jericho was about to get himself into a lot of trouble. Steiner Recliner! Countered! Jericho countered with a standing legdrop. Lionsault! Nailed! Steiner covered…1…2…3. Jericho had picked up a win over Scott Steiner. While in the back Christian looked at the monitor and smirked before walking off down a corridor. Meanwhile back in the ring Jericho didn’t celebrate he just pulled himself out of the ring and walked off backstage.

Winner: Chris Jericho

Tag Champions Under Attack

Backstage Rob Van Dam and Booker T are walking around the corridors of the Joe Louis Arena chatting when they are approached by Bubba Ray and D’Von Dudley who are looking annoyed. RVD and Booker T tried to be friendly by offering their hands only for Bubba to spit on RVD’s. The World Tag Team Champions looked at each other before the Dudley’s attacked. Bubba threw Booker into the wall while D’Von stomped RVD down on the ground to a pulp. Both men were then thrown through a door into an empty VIP room, the Dudley’s looked at each other and slapped hands before walking away from shot. Who knows what has got into the Dudley Boyz…but they just destroyed the World Tag Team Champions.

-: Commercial Break :-

Back at ringside it was time for the second contest of the night. The Hurricane’s music started up around the arena as the superhero himself and the S.H.I.T made their way out onto the stage. However tonight it would just be Hurricane wrestling with Rosey observing. When Hurricane got into the ring Matt Hardy Version 1.0’s music started up. The two Matt facts for today: Mattitude Owns the Walls of Jericho and: Matt likes to eat uncooked pasta…yes ok.

Hurricane vs. Matt Hardy Version 1.0

Hurricane locked up with Hardy who attempted to reverse his way out of the hold, it only resulted in him getting a backdrop for his troubles. Hurricane gave everyone a superhero taunt before attempting to spin kick Hardy, who managed to step backwards to just avoid contact. This gave Hardy his chance and he ran in with the right and left handles blazing before nailing a DDT on Hurricane. Hardy waited for him to get up and scored with a neckbreaker off the top rope on the superhero. 1…2…Kick out from Hurricane. Hardy raised the V1 sign in the middle of the ring as he made his way back up onto the top rope again. Hurricane got up this time though and pushed Hardy down onto the top turnbuckle. Hurricane then lifted him up for the superplex; he nailed it and immediately covered Hardy after the move. 1…2…Kick out from Hardy. Both men took the worst from that bump and struggled back to their feet. Hurricane threw Hardy off the ropes and nailed with a standing crossbody. On standing back up the superhero taunted for his trademark Chokeslam finisher by raising his right hand in the air. Hardy got up and walked straight into the grip. He however punched Hurricane in the head a few times till he removed the choke grip, then Hardy kicked his opponent in the ribs and nailed the Twist of Fait! 1…2…3. Hurricane had not been able to overpower Mattitude as Hardy raised the V1 sign while sitting down on the mat. He quickly made his way backstage while Hurricane was helped to the back by Rosey.

Winner: Matt Hardy Version 1.0

An advert for Backlash was shown featuring Chris Benoit, Shawn Michaels and Triple H all reflecting on Wrestlemania…and how it would reflect Backlash.

Mick Foley Interview

Jim Ross was standing in the middle of the ring as we returned from the advert as it was now time for the live interview from Mick Foley’s home in Long Island, New York.

Jim Ross: Ladies and Gentlemen, it is now time to link up with one of the WWE’s finest wrestlers of all time. Live from his home in Long Island, New York State…

At this point Evolution’s music kicked off around the arena. And out walked Randy Orton by himself. Orton looked annoyed that this interview was about to happen. The World Intercontinental Champion raised his belt onto his shoulder before making his way down into the ring. Orton took Ross’ microphone and started to speak when his music stopped.

Randy Orton: Mick, why don’t you ever listen? I did warn you not to conduct this interview. As you are watching at home now I am giving you one last chance to just leave. Leave the room and refuse to have this interview. Because if you do all this will go away, but if you don’t you will be further destroyed by the legend killer Randy Orton. Mick the choice is yours…JR.

Orton passed the microphone back over to Ross with his eyes still set on the video screen.

Jim Ross: Ok ladies and gentlemen lets try again; here he is live from Long Island, New York…MICK FOLEY.

The video screen remained with just the RAW logo as the crowd, Ross and Orton waited in anticipation to see what would happen. After a lengthy wait JR spoke.

Jim Ross: Well I guess folks…Mick Foley is not going to conduct this…

Mick Foley: Wait a minute there JR…

The screen was now showing a live video link with Mick Foley at his home in Long Island. Foley was sitting in a chair just looking at the camera and smiling.

Jim Ross: Well Mick, I honestly thought you were not going to make it for a minute.

Mick Foley: Sorry for scaring you like that JR

Randy Orton looked on shaking his head at what he was seeing.

Jim Ross: Mick, you and the Rock re-formed Rock N’ Sock at Wrestlemania twenty and it did not go to plan at all did it?

Mick Foley: No, not at all JR. I proved to be too slow and allowed myself to be sucked into the RKO which ultimately cost me and Rock the match. It was my mistake.

Jim Ross: What are your current thoughts…

Orton at this point grabbed JR’s microphone.

Randy Orton: That’s enough JR you can go back to your announcing position now. I am going to be continuing this interview…

JR slowly and hesitantly made his way back up the ramp and sat back down at the announcers table.

Randy Orton: Well, well, well. Mick Foley. I thought you would have been sensible enough to have listened to what I had to say last week and just a moment ago. I was willing to let this thing lie Mick, I was willing to forget everything that has gone on between us and move on…but you being here tonight obviously means you haven’t had enough beatings, have you Mick?

Mick Foley: Randy Orton…Do you know what…you are right. I have not had enough. I have not had enough pain to call it a day. There is something inside me Randy that makes me very different to other men and other wrestlers, I have this threshold of pain which helps me with my never give up attitude. Randy Orton by standing in that ring you are about to sign your death warrant you little punk…NOW I AM GIVING YOU THE OPTION, GET OUT AND FACE THE TOUGHEST CHALLENGE OF YOUR CAREER OR LEAVE NOW.

Randy Orton: (laughs) Mick, you know I am not going anywhere.

Mick Foley: Fine, you want to play games like that…let me play a game. I’m going now but I will be seeing you very soon. So watch your back Randy…

The video channel was lost in a flood of darkness and the RAW logo re-appeared on the screen. Orton made a gesture towards his head suggesting that he thought Foley was crazy, and he proceeded to climb out of the ring and walk up the ramp. When he reached half-way…the music started. It was not Mick Foley however who walked out, it was CACTUS JACK!

Orton was horrified as Jack’s music hit around the arena and the man himself walked out from behind the curtain. Cactus ran at Orton and took him down with a clothesline. Foley had lost it and had changed into Cactus Jack! The crowd was going wild as Cactus threw Orton into the ring steps. Orton was then dropped onto the barricade and Cactus made his BANG BANG guns taunt before running up and kicking Orton square in the groin. Evolution flooded out from the back, Ric Flair jumped on Cactus’ back and was backed into the ring post. Batista grabbed Cactus and then gave him a massive Demon Bomb on the outside of the ring! Cactus’ attack on Orton was over as Evolution helped both him and Flair to the back. Meanwhile Cactus rolled into the ring and stuck his head through the ropes. He stared at Evolution and Orton running away as RAW went to a commercial break.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned from the break it was time for the third match of the evening. Miss Jackie and Rico’s music started up around the arena as we were ready for an evening gown match between Miss Jackie and Stacy Kiebler. Rico in the ring pirouetted Jackie for the fans in her evening gown. “Legs” by Kid Rock then went off around the arena as Stacy Kiebler came out in her evening gown – looking as lovely as usual. She slowly bent between the ropes to climb in the ring and was jumped by Jackie to get the match underway.

Evening Gown Match

Miss Jackie vs. Stacy Kiebler

Jackie bumped Stacy’s head off the mat while she was on top of her. The two women then rolled about the ring tearing at each others clothes. They eventually rolled to the outside of the ring, at this point Stacy was thrown into the apron back-first by a ruthless Jackie. She tried to rip the dress off but Stacy managed to kick her leg and climb back into the ring. Stacy stood waiting for Jackie who was milking as much time outside the ring as she possibly could get. Stacy leaned out of the ropes to get her and got nailed with a slap that took her down to the mat. Jackie then rolled into the ring and tried to rip Stacy’s dress off again, but Stacy countered and rolled up Jackie, she grabbed her dress and tugged while Jackie struggled to keep the gown on. Jackie closed her legs on Stacy’s head and managed to get Stacy’s attention away from her dress. Jackie stood up and kicked Stacy right in the face after that! It sounded horrible. Stacy however got up while Jackie was celebrating and ripped the dress clean off from behind her! Jackie was left standing in her underwear while Stacy held the dress above her head.

Winner: Stacy Kiebler

Backstage Girls Trouble

Molly Holly was shown wearing a blonde wig while getting ready to talk with Terri backstage. Then from the corner of her eye she saw Victoria talking with Lita. Molly charged at Victoria and took down the Woman’s Champion with a spear. Lita pulled Molly off her and got a slap for her troubles. Referees and backstage crew poured in from all angles to separate the three girls while Eric Bischoff looked on seemingly very stressed.

Eric Bischoff: I can’t take this, I can’t take all this. I need to go and sort this out.

Backlash Update From Bischoff

Bischoff’s music hit around the arena and the General Manager of RAW made his way out onto the stage with a microphone ready to make an announcement. It seemed all the goings on of tonight had really taken its toll on him.

Eric Bischoff: I have come out here because I need to set some things straight and to get some things off my chest. Firstly I have never seen a night on RAW with so many backhanded and stressful situations for me to cope with. Never before. So I have to do something seeing as I am the General Manager of RAW. So as well as the World Heavyweight Title 6 Man Tag Match, as well as Me vs Vince McMahon with Austin as the referee you will also see at Backlash. The World Women’s Championship defended in a Triple Threat Match when Victoria meets Molly Holly and Lita. And also seeing as the Dudley Boyz have staked their claim on the tag titles with their attack on the champs earlier we are also gonna see: The Dudley Boyz vs Rob Van Dam and Booker T, for the World Tag Team Titles.

Eric Bischoff looked relieved to get all that off his chest and he walked off again backstage.

Benoit and Michaels Partner Is…

We then went back to the backstage area, this time in the locker room of Chris Benoit. The camera panned to the left of the World Heavyweight Champion and revealed…Shawn Michaels. The two men were getting ready together for their tag team match tonight against Batista and Ric Flair. A knock was heard at the door…Maven walked in.

Maven: Hey guys, I was just wondering if you know. If you had picked…a partner for Backlash?

Shawn Michaels: Not at the moment kiddo.

Maven: Well then, what about me?

Chris Benoit: You?

Shawn Michaels: We could have names like…The Rock, Chris Jericho…why should we choose you?

Maven: Because I am ready.

Chris Benoit: Listen Maven I was ready ten years ago to be a champion, to be the top of the business but it was not till last Sunday that I actually achieved that status. You are just going to have to wait your turn like everyone else.

Shawn Michaels: Wait a minute there champ…why don’t we have him as our partner.

Chris Benoit: What?

Shawn Michaels: He’s got the hunger to be the best and I think he might he a damm fine partner.

Chris Benoit: I still don’t…

Shawn Michaels: Doesn’t Maven remind you of yourself when you were younger, don’t you wish you ever had this chance that he could have?

Chris Benoit: Yeah I wish I did…alright. I agree. Maven you can be our partner for Backlash.

Maven: Great guys, thanks a lot. And I will not let you guys down.

Maven left the room happier than when he entered while Shawn Michaels and Chris Benoit continued to mutter between themselves…RAW went to a break.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned from the break it was time for the main event of the evening. Evolution’s music kicked in as Triple H and Randy Orton followed their representatives in the form of Batista and Ric Flair for the tag team match. All four Evolution members climbed into the ring and taunted together as they waited for their opponents in the main event. “Sexy Boy” started up around the Joe Louis Arena as Shawn Michaels strolled out onto the stage, he bent down and taunted while fireworks on top of the video screen went off from right to left and then back again. Michael’s then stood and waited as Benoit’s music started up. The World Heavyweight Champion came out with his belt secure around his waist. He gave Michaels an untrusting look before both men ran down into the ring.

Tag Team Match

Chris Benoit and Shawn Michaels vs. Batista and Ric Flair

A big brawl escalated in the ring with all four men beating on each other while Orton and Triple H looked on from the outside of the ring. When the referee had sorted it all out it was to be HBK starting off against Batista. Both men locked up in the centre of the ring and Batista threw Michael’s down into the mat with his immense strength. A second lockup scored the same result – in favour of Batista. HBK went for a superkick on Batista only to have his foot grabbed and to be picked up and planted with a massive spinebuster! Batista had seemingly hurt HBK with that move and he made a cover, 1…2…Kick out from Michaels. Batista then locked in a chin lock submission on HBK who struggled around for a bit before realising there was no escape from the hold. Flair attempted to climb into the ring at one point, he was halted by the referee as Benoit headed to the top rope. He nailed a diving headbutt on Batista who was sitting up! Batista fell back on the mat and Michael’s fell into the cover. 1…2…Kick out from Batista. It was a close call that one. Michaels went to tag in Benoit only to be held back by Batista by the leg. HBK turned around and spin kicked the monster clean out of the ring through the ropes! He then made the tag to Benoit who jumped into the ring. Flair also climbed into the ring and engaged in a fist fight with Benoit.

Benoit took the advantage and took down Flair in the crossface! Batista though managed to climb back into the ring and pulled up the World Heavyweight Champion! Demon Bomb! 1…2…Sweet chin music on Batista by HBK! Out of nowhere! Michaels covers Batista but of course is not the legal man! Benoit locks in the crossface on Batista only to be picked up in the move and planted with a Demon Bomb again! No-one around to break up the pin. 1…2…3. Batista had pinned the World Heavyweight Champion!

Winners: Batista and Ric Flair

Evolution at its Finest

Triple H and Orton celebrated with Batista and Flair in the ring over their win and for the second week running Chris Benoit had been pinned in the match he was in…not a good sign heading to Backlash. Triple H asked for a microphone and received.

Triple H: I’ve got to hand it to you Ric and Batista, you both put in a great job. So, sorry Randy but you two guys are going to be my tag team partners at Backlash. And there is no chance that Benoit can retain that title…the odds are against you Benoit with Evolution in progress.

Triple H dropped the microphone and raised arms with the rest of Evolution as RAW went off the air.

Segment Ratings

Segment 1: Overall Rating: 88%

Segment 2: Overall Rating: 84% - Crowd Reaction: 85% - Match Quality: 82% - ***3/4

Segment 3: Overall Rating: 72%

Segment 4: Overall Rating: 86% - Crowd Reaction: 78% - Match Quality: 94% - ****

Segment 5: Overall Rating: 95%

Segment 6: Overall Rating: 64% - Crowd Reaction: 88% - Match Quality: 9% - -***

Segment 7: Overall Rating: 80%

Segment 8: Overall Rating: 76%

Segment 9: Overall Rating: 84%

Segment 10: Overall Rating: 80% - Crowd Reaction: 81% - Match Quality: 79% - **3/4

Segment 11: Overall Rating: 83%

Overall Rating: 81%

Rating: 6.11

Attendance: 7,005

Ticket Sales: $280,200

Edited by TAFKA Castroneves
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WWE Smackdown

Thursday March 25

Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids – Michigan

The Smackdown introduction video played through before we joining the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan for WWE Smackdown. Michael Cole and Tazz welcomed the home viewers from all around the world as Kurt Angle’s music started around the arena; it was already time for the opening match of the night.

Kurt Angle came out to the “you suck” chants from the crowd and gave a few glances to certain fans as he walked down the ramp. Angle then circled the ring and asked for a microphone, he then climbed into the ring.

Kurt Angle Speaks

Kurt Angle: Last week Eddie Guerrero cheated to pin me in the ring 1…2…3…And I don’t like that much, if he was such a great WWE Champion then why has he had to defeat me by cheating in two matches running? That caused me to lose my temper and Chavo Guerrero happened to be the victim, he was just lucky I didn’t snap his ankle clean in half…But my problem is not going to go away, I demand that I get another WWE Championship shot, not only do I deserve it but I can defeat Eddie and I am the better man…I’m going to leave our General Manager Paul Heyman to think about that one…

Angle dropped the microphone and awaited his opponent in the opening contest of Smackdown. Mysterio sprung out from underneath the stage in a burst of fireworks before spinning around twice and making his way down to the ring. Once he climbed into the ring Angle grabbed Mysterio by the neck and started to nail some right and left hands.

Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio

Angle then picked up Mysterio around the waist and threw him over his head in a release suplex. The Olympic Gold medallist showed no remorse as he immediately removed the top turnbuckle pad, Angle then pulled up Mysterio and attempted to throw him into it only for Mysterio to stick out his foot and survive. A couple of elbows to Angle’s head followed and Mysterio saw a chance to jump up onto the top rope and nail a moonsault onto the standing Angle! Both men hit the mat after that one. Angle managed to get to his feet first and took the chance to stomp down on Mysterio’s body, then he locked in a ground sleeper that had Mysterio looking in a lot of trouble…his hand came close to tapping a few times until he managed to pull himself over into the ropes. Angle attempted to pull Mysterio back to the middle of the ring only to be elbowed in the face three times as he leant over. Mysterio then rolled between Angle’s legs as he went to grab him again and as Angle turned around he was planted with a dropkick right to the jaw that knocked him through the ropes to the outside! The referee started a ten count as an angry Angle kicked the ring steps over before heading over to the announce position and taking a steel chair. The referee rolled out of the ring to attempt to stop Angle and was shoved out of the way for his trouble. Angle then climbed into the ring and Mysterio was left with no where to escape. Angle ran at Mysterio who ducked two chair shots in a row before connecting with the third that knocked him clean out cold. Angle covered as the referee he had shoved over on the outside started to come to, once in the ring the referee began the count…1…2…Kick out. Mysterio had just kicked out of that situation. Angle didn’t like this much and slapped Mysterio in the back of the head before climbing up onto the top turnbuckle, after a few seconds of toying with the idea he leaned back and went for a moonsault! Mysterio rolled out of the way! Angle landed on the mat with no contact to his opponent, he took the risk and paid the price. Mysterio rolled onto the apron and pulled himself up onto the top rope, he springed off the top rope and scored with a leg drop on Angle’s body! Mysterio made the cover, 1…2…Kick out from Angle. Both men now had close falls over each other! Mysterio pulled up Angle and threw him off the ropes, hurricarana! Mysterio then tripped Angle as he ran towards the Cruiserweight star…Angle landed with his head and arms resting on the bottom rope…Mysterio looked around the crowd and called for everyone to dial it up! 6…1…9. Mysterio ran up to the ropes and nailed it! Angle fell back into the middle of the ring. On reaching his feet Mysterio was all ready to nail the West Coast Pop! He jumped off the ropes onto Angle’s shoulders, but the Olympic Gold Medalist was clever as he held Mysterio on his shoulders and powerbombed him into the exposed turnbuckle! The referee didn’t notice the exposed turnbuckle as Angle spun Mysterio around into the Angle Slam! The cover, 1…2…Shoulder up! No-one could believe it! Mysterio got the shoulder up after those manoeuvres! Angle was distraught in the ring, he just could not believe Mysterio could get the shoulder off the mat after those moves. Angle then pulled down the straps and grabbed Mysterio’s ankle! Mysterio rolled forwards and set Angle into the exposed turnbuckle himself! Angle then fell back into the rollup from Mysterio! 1…2…Kick out! Another close fall! Mysterio saw a chance himself and grabbed the ankle of his opponent and locked in the Anklelock on Angle! Angle dragged himself around the ring trying to break the hold before managing to reach the ropes! Mysterio pulled up Angle after releasing the hold and got planted with a German Suplex after Angle ducked a right hand, the arms were still locked around Mysterio’s waist as Angle nailed a second and then a third German suplex. The cover from that managed a two count. Angle and Mysterio battled over into a corner where Angle pushed Mysterio so he was sitting on the top turnbuckle. Mysterio kicked Angle in the stomach a few times as he attempted to get up for a superplex and then managed to nail a Tornado DDT from the top! Both men were down and not moving after that move, both looked very much the worse for wear. Angle and Mysterio staggered back up to their feet and engaged in another battle of right and left hands until Angle scored with a release overhead suplex on Mysterio. He then locked in the Ankle lock! Mysterio tried to flip Angle over to get out of it but couldn’t, he crawled about the ring trying to get to every rope but to no avail. It wasn’t long after that till Mysterio tapped out to the move, he had absolutely no choice at all. Angle celebrated as his music cut in around the arena and made his way to the back after what had been an amazing opening match for Smackdown.

Winner: Kurt Angle

-: Commercial Break :-

I’m Not Telling You Anything You Don’t Already Know…

As we returned from the break we were backstage in the locker room with Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin who were discussing something. Sean O’Haire walked into shot and looked at both guys before letting out a small sharp laugh…

Sean O’Haire: Well if it is not the Self-Proclaimed World’s Greatest Tag Team…Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas themselves.

Charlie Haas: Excuse me Sean, we are very busy right now could you come back later?

Sean O’Haire: I believe you guys are discussing how you managed to lose last week in your title match against Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi right?

Shelton Benjamin: So what if we were?

Sean O’Haire: I know what I was thinking when I saw you guys lose…I couldn’t believe how the World’s Greatest Tag Team could lose to two jokers of the wrestling ring. Not that I am trying to fault either of you at all because well it was obvious anyways you both weren’t giving it all, or even looking out for each other…

Shelton Benjamin: Hold up there Sean, We both gave it our all but we got unlucky, and what the hell do you mean anyways about not looking out for each other? Huh? Explain that man.

Sean O’Haire: I know you both can do better than what you done yesterday, and well Shelton no disrespect to you but do you think you could have gold now if you had not have panicked and ran straight into Rikishi’s superkick…If you had waited you could have broken up the pinfall and maybe won the gold.

Charlie Haas: So you are saying it’s his fault we lost…

Sean O’Haire: No, I am just saying you guys need to give it your all in future and not go making any bad choices that can cost you matches. You’ve done it before remember.

Shelton Benjamin: (stands up) You are asking for me to kick your ass the way you are going on O’Haire…

Sean O’Haire: Hey calm down Shelton, you know I’m not telling you anything you didn’t akready know…I’ll leave you guys to talk about it and I will see you later…

O’Haire turned around and left the room as Haas gave Shelton a really dodgy look, it seemed like he was convinced by O’Haire how the loss last week WAS all Shelton’s fault...

Back at ringside the fires of hell exploded as Kane came out ready for his match against Billy Gunn. Kane walked down to the ring with a black towel over his head and he had a smirk that went from ear to ear, I am guessing from what he done to the Undertaker last week. When Kane climbed into the ring the towel fell off and saved him the job of removing it. The arms were raised and dropped with the fire erupting from all four ring posts. Billy Gunn’s music “Ass Man” started up and Gunn was already out on the ramp shaking his ass towards the cameras. A quick jog down the ramp and a slide into the ring saw Kane stomp down on his spine to get the match underway.

Kane vs. Billy Gunn

Gunn could not get onto his feet as Kane nailed more and more stomps on his back. The referee eventually managed to pull the big red monster back so that Gunn could get to his feet. Kane headed back towards Gunn and was nailed with a dropkick to the face! Kane stumbled backwards but did not fall over as Gunn ran over and nailed a clothesline that also failed to knock the monster down. Another clothesline attempt saw Kane regain his composure and grab Gunn around the neck! Chokeslam attempted but countered by a kick to the stomach, Kane bent over and Gunn ran off the ropes aiming for the fame asser! Kane however stood up straight and grabbed Gunn around the neck, he nailed the chokeslam! Kane then pulled up Gunn onto his shoulder and nailed the tombstone for good measure. 1…2…3. Kane stood up after the pin and refused to have his hand raised by the referee. He did however grab a microphone.

Winner: Kane

The Odds Are Even

Kane looked around the crowd for a few moments before deciding to speak.

Kane: Last week…I proved to everyone that I am better than the Undertaker. When I heard he wanted to confront me I came down here because I knew I was better than the Undertaker. But I still had to prove it to everyone…and I did. Three tombstones later he was out in the middle of the ring, the show ended and I was on top, I was in control, I was the better man! I without a doubt proved it to you all. Nothing is now going to change the fact of how I am better than my brother…It is set in stone.

Kane drops the microphone and raises his arms before dropping them down and expecting the ring posts to erupt into flames again…they didn’t. The gong sounded once…twice…three times. Undertaker walked out onto the stage with Paul Bearer alongside. Both men walked down to the ring and Undertaker raised the lights in his normal practice before going face to face with Kane.

Kane nailed a right hand and Taker did not even flinch. Whatever had happened since last week had seemingly brought the stronger Taker out into the open. Kane threw another hand and had his fist caught and crushed by his brother! Kane was down on his knees as Taker proceeded to continue to squeeze the hand tightly. Undertaker then grabbed his brother in a choke around the neck, but instead of pulling up Kane for a Chokeslam he just continued gripping around his neck! Kane faded out slowly while trying to struggle free. The big red monster’s body lay down in the ring completely lifeless and Undertaker rolled his eyes back into his head before climbing out of the ring and leaving. Kane was still not moving as Smackdown went to a break with Undertaker evening up the odds after last week…

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned from the break we were shown how Kane was pacing around the backstage area of the Van Andel arena looking around for the Undertaker everywhere. We suddenly switched back to the ring however with Ultimo Dragon and Funaki already making their way down the ramp and into the ring. Dragon climbed one turnbuckle while Funaki climbed another and both men worked the crowd up as the World’s Greatest Tag Team’s music started up. Haas and Benjamin came out not looking very trusting to each other at all, they near enough ignored each other during the ring entrance and when in the ring. Maybe what Sean O’Haire had said had got to both men?

Tag Team Match

World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Ultimo Dragon and Funaki

Haas stayed in the ring and seemed to ignore Benjamin who tried to suggest that he started first. Ultimo Dragon meanwhile started for his team while Funaki retreated back through the ropes onto the apron. Dragon circled Haas a few times before locking up with his opponent. Haas had Dragon behind him attempting a backdrop only to elbow him in the face. Haas ran off the ropes and baseball slid through Dragon’s legs to stop him being taken down by the Japanese star. Dragon turned around into a dropkick that hit right on his left knee. Dragon hit the mat and held onto his knee as Haas turned to Benjamin who had his hand extended, after looking for a few moments he pulled up Dragon and threw him off the ropes again before nailing a big boot. Haas then once again looked at Benjamin who was waiting for the tag, after some hesitation he made the tag and when Benjamin was in the ring he asked Haas what was going on. Then Dragon came up behind him during this lack of concentration and rolled him up! 1…2…3! Unbelievable! Benjamin had taken his mind off the match and has lost the match for him and Haas in a couple of minutes or so! At this point Sean O’Haire was shown looking at this unfolding on a monitor backstage while smiling…meanwhile Haas was walking up the ramp and leaving an unbelieving Benjamin sitting in the ring.

Winners: Ultimo Dragon and Funaki

The cameras then switched to Paul Heyman and Dawn Marie backstage who were standing up in front of the General Manager’s desk. Whatever they had to say it seemed important.

Tag Team Terror

Paul Heyman: Ladies and Gentlemen, it is now the appropriate time to announce to you all a tournament that is going to be taking place over the weeks leading up to Smackdown’s Judgment Day Pay-Per-View in May. It will be eight tag teams facing off in an elimination tournament entitled: “Tag Team Terror”. Every week there will be two matches in the first round stage until we eventually make our way down to a final match between the two best teams…Then the winners of that match will face Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi at Judgment Day. Oh and by the way, for all you smart alec’s who realise there is a 30 day defending limit for all the championships? It has been suspended until after Judgment Day. So until Judgment Day the WWE Tag Team Championships will NOT be defended. Now onto my lovely assistant Dawn Marie who is going to draw the eight teams against each other in the first round…Dawn.

Dawn Marie stood by a lottery-esque rolling barrel. Inside were eight capsules and Marie rotated the handle to spin the barrel around…She eventually stopped it and reached in to pull out the teams…

Dawn Marie: Ok, first team drawn…The Basham Brothers! And they will face…The APA! (Another quick rotation) The third team to be drawn…A-Train and The Big Show who will face…Ultimo Dragon and Funaki!

(Another rotation) Ok now the next team to be drawn is…Kyo Dai, Akio and Sakoda. They will go up against the World’s Greatest Tag Team. There are now only two teams left, first out…The Full Blooded Italians of Johnny Stamboli and Chuck Palumbo and they will face…The newly formed team of John Cena and Edge!

Paul Heyman: Thank you very much Dawn Marie, and now we will show you the match brackets up on screen. Have a nice day…

Tag Team Terror Tournament Brackets

Winners Face Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi at Judgment Day

Basham Brothers vs.

The A-P-A

A-Train and Big Show vs.

Ultimo Dragon and Funaki

Kyo Dai vs.

World’s Greatest Tag Team

F-B-I vs.

John Cena and Edge

As the graphic faded off screen we were back at ringside. Eddie Guerrero’s music hit as we were ready for the family feud match between him and Chavo Guerrero. Eddie rode out in a bright green lowrider with red and orange flames on the sides. Eddie parked up immediately and stood up on the seat before raising the WWE Title over his head in a massive smile. Eddie then jumped over the door and jogged down alongside the ramp while giving hi-fives to the fans in the front row before running up the ring steps and jumping over the top rope into the ring. Once in the ring Eddie climbed up all four turnbuckles and raised his belt again each time, then once in the middle of the ring he removed his “Addicted To The Heat” Shirt and awaited his opponent…Chavo Guerrero’s music started up and for a while nothing was seemingly happening. Then Chavo Guerrero and Chavo Sr walked out onto the stage. Chavo wasn’t looking too good, he had his ribs taped up and a nasty bruise on his left arm. He didn’t seem affected however and easily made his way down into the ring, the injuries just obviously looked bad on the outside when he was as mobile as before. Once in the ring he went face to face with Eddie…

Non-Championships Match

Eddie Guerrero vs. Chavo Guerrero

Eddie and Chavo just stood face to face, Eddie seemed a little upset about how bad Chavo looked after the beating Angle gave him last week. However Chavo did not wait long to strike and nailed Eddie with a massive right hand…Eddie stood up and took another that knocked him straight back down. Up for a third time and this time Latino Heat ducked the right hand and punched Chavo into the corner of the ring, once there he mounted him and nailed the ten punches to the head. Eddie then fell onto his back and monkey tossed Chavo over him using his feet. Eddie still didn’t look happy with what was going on however which was very un-normal in comparison with his traits of celebrating after hitting a set of moves. Chavo got back up and went to superkick Eddie only to be caught, he then spun over and scissor kicked Eddie in the head – taking him down to the mat. Chavo then climbed up onto the top rope and was about to hit a move when Eddie got up and ran over to the turnbuckle. He knocked Chavo into the seated position and climbed up to the same height. Eddie however was shoved back down by Chavo and he got ready to nail a move…Chavo though waited and held his head, it seemed he had a headache. Eddie then rolled out of the way when he finally went for the frog splash. Eddie locked in the Mexican Surfboard on Chavo! He was above Eddie in mid air and in a lot of trouble! Eddie eventually let him down and locked in a headlock on the mat, Chavo looked tired out after the previous move by this point. He managed to struggle to his feet with Eddie still holding his head, Chavo threw him off the ropes and went for a clothesline, but he moved away and clutched his head again. This allowed Eddie to reach down and nail a DDT! He covered, 1…2…Kick out. Eddie then made his way onto the top rope! He signalled it was time for the Frog Splash! Chavo got up as Eddie jumped and superkicked him right under the chin in mid-air! It sounded and looked horrible! Eddie snapped back into the turnbuckle before falling in a heap on the mat. Chavo had used up a lot of energy and also just laid there on the mat. Chavo got to his feet first as the referee got to the eight count; he pulled up Eddie and nailed a suplex before covering for two count. Chavo stood up and was about to pick up Eddie when he held his head again…Eddie stood up and saw this and looked worried. Chavo headed towards Eddie for another attack before he seemingly passed out or fainted straight into him! Eddie layed him down in the ring as Chavo Sr rolled into the ring. The referee called for the bell and for some medical assistance…

No Contest

EMT’s ran down to the ring with a stretcher and Chavo was still out cold in the ring, Eddie and Chavo Sr looked extremely worried as he was attended to by the medical crew. Chavo was moved into place on the stretcher as Smackdown went to a break…

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned from the break we saw highlights of Chavo Sr getting into the back of the ambulance with Chavo Guerrero. Chavo Sr eventually motioned for a distraught Eddie to get into the back with him, Eddie did and climbed in before sitting down and pulling the doors shut. The sirens then blazed as the ambulance drove out of the arena.

Cena and Edge Backstage

John Cena was looking at a monitor and watching the video of his match last week against the A-Train. He kept pausing it and looking at specific bits before a knock came at the door from behind the camera man.

John Cena: Ah…so you made it then…partner.

Edge was shown walking into shot with his bag slung over his right shoulder. He placed the bag down and shook hands with Cena before leaning in and giving each other a pat on the back…

Edge: You bet man, I was not going to let you down.

John Cena: That’s great man, but are you ready for tonight? We are facing two of the biggest guys on Smackdown, the Big Show and Chewbacca. It’s not going to be easy for someone who has had neck surgery…

Edge: I am ready man, don’t worry about me.

John Cena: That’s all cool then, just go get ready we haven’t got long till our match…

Edge: No problem man, see you in a minute.

Edge smiled to Cena and walked off shot and out of the door, Cena looked on and had a little laugh before going back to the videotape…

Big Show and A-Train Backstage

Big Show was sitting down on a bench while A-Train was warming up as cameras switched to these two guys. Train moved from punching the air to stretching his arms back behind his head. Big Show was focusing and eventually stood up alongside his partner for the evening.

Big Show: Train, are you ready for this tonight?

A-Train: Sure I am Show, I am already looking forward to putting Edge in his place…

Big Show: Yeah we will show him what its like to have two neck injuries in one career.

A-Train: No doubt.

Big Show: But no joke man, we have got to win this match

A-Train: I know, but I also know we will win this match because we are the biggest team here on Smackdown.

Big Show: You’re right, they have no chance. We had better get going our match is next.

A-Train: Yep lets go…

A-Train patted Big Show on the back as both men walked out of their locker room door and turned left down the corridor. It was obvious this upcoming match meant a lot for both teams…Smackdown went to another break.

-: Commercial Break :-

The countdown appeared on the video screen as Smackdown returned. Big Show’s music then cut in as the wall of sparks flew up on the stage. Show and Train came out together and Train made his way over to the top of the ramp. He raised his arms up as the steam shot up beside him. Big Show then followed his partner down the ramp and into the ring. John Cena’s music started up next and Cena ran out on stage before walking down the ramp, he waved his hand across his face in the direction of Big Show and A-Train before walking alongside the ring to the announce position. He took a microphone.

John Cena: Hey look it’s the Big Show and A-Train, they are about to hit my and Edge’s wall of pain. But they still stand there…ready. When we finish with them they will be just a pulp of jelly! But that’s not really so bad…I’ve seen pictures of Big Show’s mum to make anyone mad! Hey, hey WO there Big fella! You could walk so fast you could catch salmonella! Anyways it’s all time my rap was over, its time to put it to bed. Watch out behind you because here comes my partner. EDGE!

A-Train and Big Show turned around to see Edge running towards them from the other side of the ring! He nailed a double spear on both monsters that was unbelievable! Cena entered the ring and joined in stamping on Show and Train. The referee restored order after Edge had climbed the turnbuckles and taunted to the crowd, Edge would start against Big Show who stumbled back up to his feet.

Tag Team Match

A-Train and Big Show vs. John Cena and Edge

Edge and Big Show circled each other a few times before locking up. Edge was tossed to his corner really easily and took a second to get back up again. Show smiled as Edge ran at him, he nailed him in the back with a big fist that knocked Edge down to the mat and removed the running attack. Show pulled him up and nailed a sidebuster before cockily covering him. Cena ran in and broke up the fall to make sure no decision was reached. Show smiled towards Cena as he tagged in A-Train, they both threw Edge off the ropes and nailed a double clothesline, Edge hopped straight back up and walked into a running big boot from Train! Edge was rolling on the mat holding his neck as Train went down onto the ground and locked in an armbar. Cena banged his foot on the apron to try and help Edge reach his corner…Edge slowly pulled himself over towards Cena…and made the tag! Train had to break the hold as Cena ran into him with a load of left and right hands. Show climbed into the ring and got scoop slammed by Cena! Show rolled out of the ring as Cena pulled up Train and taunted for the FU! Edge stopped him however. The referee was busy looking over the top rope and checking if the Big Show was alright. Cena put down Train onto his feet again and Edge ran in with a massive spear! Cena and Edge celebrated as the referee turned around and insisted that Edge leave the ring. Cena pulled up Train again for the FU! Show however was back in the ring and he kicked Cena right in the face! Cena dropped Train onto the mat and stumbled into the ropes where Show ran at him again, he got low bridged! Show was thrown to the floor for the second time in as many minutes! Cena took a few moments to get his breath back as replays were shown to the home viewers of Big Show taking a gamble and ending up throwing himself to the floor. Train nailed some right hands to Cena before throwing him off the ropes, he went for a clothesline only to have it ducked. Edge was tagged in by Cena, and Edge ran at Train nailing the spear! Cena stood in the corner of the ring as Edge pulled him up for the Edgecution! 1…2…3! That was it! It was all over, Edge had pinned A-Train and had won this match.

Winners: John Cena and Edge

Edge and John Cena embraced as A-Train and Big Show headed up the ramp after their loss. Cena and Edge then climbed the turnbuckles in the ring and celebrated to the fans. Edge had won his first match back! And it meant something! Smackdown went off the air.

Segment Ratings

Segment 1: Overall: 94%

Segment 2: Overall: 88% - Crowd Reaction: 89% - Match Quality: 87% - ***3/4

Segment 3: Overall: 64%

Segment 4: Overall: 76% - Crowd Reaction: 77% - Match Quality: 77% - **1/2

Segment 5: Overall: 87%

Segment 6: Overall: 79% - Crowd Reaction: 64% - Match Quality: 95% - ***3/4

Segment 7: Overall: 74%

Segment 8: Overall: 91% - Crowd Reaction: 82% - Match Quality: 100% - ****3/4

Segment 9: Overall: 84%

Segment 10: Overall: 74%

Segment 11: Overall: 80% - Crowd Reaction: 79% - Match Quality: 81% - ***

Overall Rating: 79%

Rating: 5.66

Attendance: 7,505

Ticket Sales: $300,200

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WWE RAW

Monday 29th March

US Bank Arena – Cincinnati – Ohio

The RAW intro video played with the Union Underground theme before cutting to the arena. Fireworks then sprayed up from the RAW titantron and around the ceiling of the arena, when they had stopped and the atmosphere had cooled down “No chance” started to play – it was time for the contract signing.

Eric Bischoff and Mr. McMahon Contract Signing

Mr. McMahon walked out onto the stage in a nice grey suit with a black shirt and no tie, he then slowly made his way down the ramp and climbed into the specially prepared ring. The red carpet was out with two chairs and a long table in the centre. McMahon took a microphone from the table.

Mr. McMahon: Now everyone, there is something I have to say right now before this goes any further. Last week I made a hasty decision of which was a big mistake…I lost my temper after I was questioned by one of my employees. Eric Bischoff. Now, I know last week I said a lot of things in my rage – that I did not mean, and tonight ladies and gentlemen there is not going to be any contract signings. Because Mr. McMahon is not going to fight Eric Bischoff at Backlash. End of story.

McMahon put the microphone back on the table and proceeded to pick up the contract on a clipboard in the middle of the table. He looked at it before removing the paper and tearing it up in his hands…Mc Mahon then took his leave, climbed out of the ring and got to the bottom of the ramp, when…

The glass shattered! Stone Cold Steve Austin’s music started to play around the arena! The crowd went wild as the Texas Rattlesnake rode out on his Quad bike onto the stage. He then charged down the ramp, and nearly nailed McMahon with the bike! Austin parked up and climbed into the ring with his boss looking on in astonishment.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: Nah, nah Vince. You just broke the law right there. You just went into this ring and broke Sheriff Austin’s law. What do you have to say about that…SHUT UP. Now last week we had a verbal agreement that you would face Eric Bischoff at Backlash with me…Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special guest referee! Now to Stone Cold Steve Austin a verbal contract is a contract in its own right, you said you would have the match Vince, now get in the ring and sign for it! And that’s the bottom line, because Stone Cold said so!

McMahon walked around the outside of the ring and pointed to the torn up contract lying in the middle of the ring before taking Lillian Garcia’s microphone.

Mr. McMahon: Well Stone Cold, that is not the bottom line because if you look at your feet you can see I have torn up the contract and in Vince McMahon’s law? No contract, No Match.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: (laughs), Well it just so happens Vince that Stone Cold Steve Austin has learnt always to carry a spare copy when he deals with Vince McMahon.

Austin rolled out of the ring and lifted up the seat on his Quad Bike to pull out another copy of the contract from the storage compartment. Austin rolled back into the ring and put the contract down on the table.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: Now Vince, get in this ring and sign this contract before I make you…

“I’m Back” starts around the arena and Eric Bischoff walks out onto the stage, he makes his way down to ringside and approaches Mr. McMahon. McMahon edges away but Bischoff assures him they are ok. Bischoff gets his own microphone.

Eric Bischoff: Austin, there cannot be a match because not only just Mr. McMahon not want to do it, neither do I. So there!

Stone Cold Steve Austin: Well Stone Cold Steve Austin is going to come and have a word with you both right now, so stay right there.

Austin drops the microphone and pulls himself under the bottom rope to the outside of the ring. Bischoff and McMahon look nervous as Austin backs them around the outside of the ring. McMahon turned around to look at the crowd cheering while Austin grabbed Bischoff and threw him into the owner of World Wrestling Entertainment! McMahon got knocked to the ground as Austin rolled back into the ring…When he turned around he saw Bischoff standing there! McMahon did not look happy and he once to his feet speared Bischoff into the floor! McMahon then pounded him with some closed fists before Austin gestured to him to get into the ring and to sign the contract. McMahon pulled up a lifeless Bischoff and rolled him into the ring before climbing in himself and McMahon then took the pen in Bischoff’s hand and made him sign the contract. Vince then signed his name as well, and with that the match at Backlash was confirmed!

Stone Cold Steve Austin: Now, let Stone Cold sign it as the witness and as the guest referee of the contest (signs the contract). Finally…If you fans in Cincinnati, Ohio want me to stun Vince McMahon give me a hell yeah! (HELL YEAH)

Austin dropped the contract and stunned an already shocked McMahon! Austin’s music started to play as he called for some beers from the ringside crew. Austin climbed the turnbuckles and drank beer as RAW went to a break.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned Lita’s music started around the US Bank Arena. Lita came out and jogged down the ramp before sliding into the ring. The crowd cheered as she climbed the turnbuckles and taunted, Victoria’s music went off next and Lita’s partner for the evening walked out onto the stage. Victoria climbed into the ring and shook hands with Lita before both of them waited in the ring for their opponents. There was respect between the two of them. Gail Kim’s music started up along with her video and the ex-Women’s Champion walked out onto the stage. Kim waited on the stage as Molly Holly’s music and video came in, Molly walked out onto the stage after a short pause wearing a blonde wig with a Kurt Angle-esque chin strap! Molly still seemed to have a tear in her eye about the fact she had lost her hair and alongside Kim they both walked down the ramp and climbed into the ring.

Tag Team Match

Molly Holly and Gail Kim vs. Victoria and Lita

Victoria started the match by jumping Molly from behind and grabbing the wig; she looked around at the crowd and was about to pull it off when Gail Kim nailed a dropkick to Victoria’s face! Molly rolled out of the ring and Kim kicked Victoria around the ring. Kim then pulled up the Women’s Champion and planted a scoop slam before attempting a leg drop on the mat, Victoria moved and Kim got back up to her feet only to get clotheslined into the mat. Victoria then pulled up Kim and threw her off the ropes, the spinning elbow to the face saw Kim nearly knocked clean out. Victoria covered and Kim managed to power out on the two count, Victoria pulled Kim over to her corner and tagged in Lita, Molly accidentally distracted the referee by trying to get into the ring as Lita and Victoria gave Kim a double suplex off the top rope! Victoria rolled out of the ring as Lita made the cover, the referee turned around. 1…2…Kick out. Kim then scrambled over to her corner and tagged in Molly. Molly adjusted her wig before climbing through the ropes into the ring. Lita charged at her and was lifted into the top turnbuckle. Molly then rolled her up off the impact, 1…2…Kick out. Victoria was also there just to make sure the count did not reach the three. The referee ushered the Women’s Champion out of the ring as Molly illegally choked Lita in her corner, another quick tag to Kim at this point who scored with some kicks to Lita’s stomach before hitting a spinning neckbreaker, 1…2…Kick out. Kim then tagged Molly back into the match; she pulled Lita off the mat and nailed a scoop slam before heading up onto the top rope. As the referee checked on Lita Victoria pushed Molly down onto the top rope! Lita then got up and climbed up in front of Molly and called for the superplex! Countered and Lita was thrown back down onto the mat. Molly went for an elbow drop and Lita rolled out of the way, she made the tag to Victoria who charged at Kim who had jumped into the ring, she was taken down by a clothesline and now Molly was back on her feet. Victoria threw her into the ropes where Lita was standing on the apron! Lita was flung to the floor, Victoria leant over the top rope to check if she was ok and then Molly rolled her up! She grabbed the ropes for leverage and the referee did not notice! 1…2…3! Molly and Kim both quickly left the ring and celebrated up the ramp as Lita rolled back into the ring.

Winners: Molly Holly and Gail Kim

Victoria and Lita quickly managed to get into a shoving contest before they took each other down into the mat. Referees flooded down from the back and separated the two women as we went backstage.

Evolution Locked In!

We were outside Evolution’s locker room with the sounds of men talking and laughing being heard from inside the room. After a pause of silence the door opened and Randy Orton walked out.

Randy Orton: Ok guys, Yeah I will see you later. No I won’t need any help, but if it does get too intense then don’t think twice about getting out here and helping me out. But I hope it won’t get to that far…

Orton let the door shut as we saw Triple H, Ric Flair and Batista look away and start to talk amongst themselves. Orton smiled and walked down the corridor towards the ring…Then as we went back to the locker room door someone’s hand came into view. They were wearing a black glove and had a key in their hand…The key was slowly placed into the lock and was turned, Evolution were still heard talking inside not noticing they had just been locked inside their locker room! The key was removed and the sound of someone running off down the corridor was heard…

Randy Orton Interview

We then cut back to ringside where Randy Orton was heading down to the ring to his Evolution music. Orton climbed into the ring and took Lillian Garcia’s microphone, he looked around him to make sure there was no-one lurking at ringside…

Randy Orton: Cut my music…Now I have come out here because last week Mick Foley made the biggest mistake of his life. He conducted what was supposed to be a live interview in his living room in Long Island, New York before turning up down here at the ring. When I got backstage I found the nice little setup of a set in a room that looked like a living room…Mick is clever I give him that, he set up this fake living room in the Joe Louis Arena and filmed from there before heading out here as “Cactus Jack”. (laughs) Mick…Cactus Jack is a thing in your head! When you are Cactus Jack you are not any different from being Mick Foley, Mankind or Dude Love or even anything else you might think you are…It’s all in your weak elderly mind. Now Mick…

Cactus Jack’s music starts up around the arena, the crowd goes wild as Cactus Jack walks out onto the stage carrying a microphone.

Cactus Jack: RANDY ORTON, you don’t seem to understand me…Cactus Jack. Sure maybe I am Mick Foley under all this! But you cannot say my mind is not weak! I survived beating after beating, injury after injury and I KEPT GOING. Hell if you think you are still better than Cactus Jack then fight me!

Randy Orton: Ok Mick, One last time it is. Backlash. One on One me vs Mick Foley. And after this Mick it’s all going to end.

Cactus Jack: You’re damm right it’s going to end Randy Orton because I just had a word with Sheriff Austin backstage and he saw it from my point of thinking. So at Backlash it is going to be Cactus Jack facing off against Randy Orton with the World Intercontinental Championship on the line…In a STREET FIGHT! And you go and ask your boss Triple H what it is like to be in a street fight with Cactus Jack!

Cactus Jack dropped the microphone and headed down the ramp towards the ring.

Randy Orton: Wait a minute, I am not signing for any Street Fight. There IS NO WAY I AM GOING TO BE IN A STREET FIG…

Jack was in the ring and he ran at Orton with a clothesline. Orton fled to outside the ring and signalled for backup by gesturing for people to come out from the back. Jack in the ring smiled as he saw no-one coming and turned to face Orton again…

Cactus Jack: You are all on your own Randy, and that’s also the way it is going to be at Backlash! If Triple H, or any of your other Evolution pals interfere with out match they will all be suspended for six months without pay!

Randy Orton: Hang on Mick, please just wait a minute. Before you come out here I want you to know that I can offer you anything you want…just don’t kick my ass now. Please wait till Backlash…please.

Cactus Jack: Do you know what Randy? There is something I want more than to just kick your ass and you can give it to me…Because RIGHT NOW I AM GOING TO MAKE YOU BLEED LIKE A SON OF A BITCH!

The crowd cheered as Jack slid out of the ring and started to chase Orton. Jack caught him at the bottom of the ramp and started to nail him with closed fists! He then picked up Orton and scoop slammed him into the ramp before performing his *bang bang* taunt to all the cheering fans. Orton was crawling up the ramp trying to escape as Jack followed him. Orton fell off the side of the ramp and started to run off backstage, he tripped on some wires and Cactus threw him into the side of the stage! The deranged Jack then grabbed the boom camera and swung it into Orton’s face! Orton was bleeding from that shot! Cactus had got his wish and had made Orton bleed here tonight on RAW! And we now knew at Backlash it would be Cactus Jack against Randy Orton for the World Intercontinental Championship in a Street Fight!

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned back to RAW we saw footage from during the break of Orton returning to Evolution’s locker room and a security member picking the door lock. When the door was open Flair and Batista helped Orton into the room and slammed the door behind them. Evolution were obviously not happy.

Back at ringside the Dudley Boyz music fired into action after the two red fireworks had hit the stage from the ceiling. The crowd booed as Bubba Ray and D’Von walked out onto the stage and walked down to the ring. When they were in the ring Bubba took a microphone.

Bubba Ray Dudley: You people, boo us?!? Last week we done the right thing, can’t you stupid people see that?!? Booker T and Rob Van Dam, the World Tag Team Champions, holding down all the other teams with their greatness! It was up to us to put them in their place! They may be the champions but they are not the best team on RAW, that’s US! And at Backlash we are going to prove it by winning our gold back AGAIN. The sooner all you people get used to it and stop booing us the better! And if you still don’t like it go kiss my ass!

Bubba passed the microphone over to D’Von who looked equally as pissed off as his half-brother.

D’Von Dudley: And tonight we face our little cousin Spike! We offered Spike a place with us in our destiny to proving we are the best here on RAW, but the little bastard turned us down! So tonight Spike…We are going to give you a lesson in family relations, bring yourself and your little partner because it is still no challenge to the DUDLEY BOYZ!

D’Von dropped the microphone on the mat and slapped fists with Bubba before Spike’s slightly different Dudley Boyz music hit around the arena. Spike walked out onto the stage before signalling for his mystery partner to come out from behind the curtain. Tommy Dreamer walked out with a Singapore cane and quickly hugged Spike before both men walked down to the ring. Bubba leant over the top rope and Dreamer went to nail him with the cane only to strike the top rope instead. Spike rolled into the ring and was jumped by D’Von while Dreamer was jumped by Bubba. The referee called for the bell.

Tag Team Match

Dudley Boyz vs. Spike Dudley and Tommy Dreamer

Bubba pulled up Dreamer and threw him to the outside as he then turned his attention to Spike who was being stomped on in the corner of the ring. The referee attempted to get Bubba and D’Von to get off Spike only to get shoved down to the mat by Bubba. The referee was out cold in the ring and Spike looked in a lot of trouble. Wait a minute! Dreamer was back in the ring and this time with his Singapore cane! Smack! He nailed D’Von in the back of the head before cracking Bubba across the ribs! Dreamer then used the cane across Bubba’s neck to choke him down to the mat. The referee started to come around and Dreamer took this chance to break the cane in half over D’Von’s head! D’Von fell under the bottom rope and rolled to the outside of the ring as Dreamer covered Bubba! The leg was hooked but the referee was still drowsy…1……2……Shoulder up. If the referee had been more focused that count would have been quicker and would have won the match for Spike and Dreamer! Bubba was pulled up as Spike managed to get himself up from the corner; Dreamer threw him off the ropes and got taken down with a clothesline. Bubba turned around straight into a Dudley Dog! Spike ran up the turnbuckle and nailed it! 1…2…D’Von broke up the pinfall! It then escalated into a brawl as Dreamer and Bubba started to beat the hell out of each other. Then Booker T and RVD hit the ring! The World Tag Team Champions were after revenge! The Book End to D’Von! Rolling Thunder to Bubba! The referee called for the bell! He had disqualified Spike and Dreamer and had awarded the match to the Dudley Boyz. Bubba and D’Von pulled themselves out of the ring and headed to the back as Booker T, RVD, Spike and Dreamer celebrated in the ring.

Winners: Dudley Boyz

Shawn Michaels and Maven Hanging Out

We then cut to HBK’s locker room backstage. There was a knock at the door and Maven walked in wearing his ring gear, he was ready for the Tag Team match against Evolution later on.

Maven: Hey Shawn! I thought I would come around and talk to you about our match tonight, and hey I want to thank you again for persuading Benoit to let me be on your team…

Shawn Michaels: Hey it’s no problem man, you are a great wrestler.

Maven: Thanks, I still can’t believe it that I could leave Backlash as the World Heavyweight Cham…

Shawn Michaels: Hey hold up there boy, you actually think you can get that pinfall and win the World Heavyweight Title?

Maven: Yeah, why not? Anyone in the match can, Batista, Triple H, You, Benoit…

Shawn Michaels: Just to let you know though I am focused and I know I will be leaving Backlash as the World Heavyweight Champion…

Maven: That’s cool; I mean everyone thinks they are going to leave as the champion don’t they. Now about tonight’s match. I have some stuff I want to run over with you…

Shawn Michaels: Go for it.

Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel

The sound faded out as shortly after the cameras went back to focusing on the ring, which was now ready for Chris Jericho’s highlight reel. Y2J’s music and countdown started on the titantron and a wall of pyro exploded on reaching the zero. Jericho walked out and didn’t even taunt as he headed straight down the ramp and climbed into the ring. He immediately took a microphone and ignored the crowd that had a few people screaming his name…

Chris Jericho: Now tonight the Highlight Reel returns…for once only. My highlight reel has been on and off for the last year or so and tonight is when it is laid to rest. Tonight my guest’s if they show up are going to be Christian and…Trish Stratus. The highlight reel is going to end on what is THE most important thing to happen in my career…even more important than becoming the first ever Undisputed Champion, even more important than my entire life all together so far. It’s about my personal feelings…To give you all a little retrospect and background to remind you here is a video of what I am on about. Roll the footage.

The video showed how Christian and Jericho had tried to con Lita and Trish Stratus into going out with them and how this had escalated to a mixed tag match at ArmAgeddon before Jericho was shown finally trying to get Trish again…

Chris Jericho: You see this is what all this is about. It is about the feelings between men and women that can crop up and screw your entire life around and make you turn from one of the best wrestlers around to one of the worst. The last thing you all saw there was me talking to Trish and getting close to her, sure I had a bet on originally with that piece of trash Christian but…I gained feelings, I gained a light which could have changed my life in a positive way forever if she allowed it. But instead this light turned to darkness…(a couple of tears fall from Jericho’s eyes…but he does not wipe them) Christian and Trish my guests for tonight come out here now…

Christian’s music started up around the US Bank arena and the man himself walked out onto the stage, noticeably he did not have Trish by his side…Christian slowly and hesitantly made his way down into the ring. Jericho handed him a microphone…

Chris Jericho: So, Christian. What did it feel like to know you had destroyed your best friend? That’s my only question tonight.

Christian: (laughs) Chris! Wake up! It’s only a woman; I mean you were screwed by Trish, so what? I was also screwed by Trish later that night!

Jericho dropped his microphone and speared Christian straight into the mat! Jericho beat the living hell out of Christian before going outside the ring and picking up a steel chair! He smashed Christian right in the skull with the chair, denting it right down the middle! Christian then threw himself through the ropes to escape a second chair shot. Trish ran down the ramp and helped him up and they both backed up the ramp with Jericho tearing up the Highlight Reel set in the ring. He threw the chairs out of the ring at Christian and Trish before pulling down the Jeritron 5000 off its supports and allowing it to smash on the mat. Christian and Trish were both horrified and happy with what they saw in the ring. Christian as he reached the top of the ramp grabbed Trish by the hair and hit a lip lock with tongues! Jericho had snapped in the ring! He had completely lost control! Christian and Trish went off backstage still looking more scared than happy as Jericho was sitting in the ring looking out through the ropes up the ramp and to the stage…

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned Shawn Michaels’ music started around the arena. HBK and Maven walked out onto the stage ready for their tag team match against Ric Flair and Triple H. Both men climbed into the ring and climbed all four turnbuckles before HBK bent down in the ring and raised his arms to the line of fireworks going off in the background. Evolution’s music promptly interrupted the end of that as Triple H walked out first onto the stage, Flair followed just behind in his robe and kept pointing to Triple H as they walked down the ramp. As they walked past a cameraman on the ramp Flair dummied heading towards him and nearly sent the guy to the floor in shock. Triple H climbed up onto the apron and spat some water in the air before climbing into the ring and heading to the bottom right corner of the ring.

Tag Team Match

Shawn Michaels and Maven vs. Triple H and Ric Flair

Triple H and Maven would start out the match as the referee called for the bell. Triple H and Maven locked up with HHH getting the advantage and throwing Maven into the ropes. They locked up a second time with similar results. Maven then dummied for another lock up and kicked HHH in the gut; he scored with a running bulldog off the ropes and covered! 1…Kick out. Only a one count this early on in the match. Triple H powered out with no problems. Maven ran off the ropes again and went straight into a facebuster on HHH’s knee! Maven hit the mat and Triple H covered for a quick two count. The tag to Flair saw the nature boy go for the figure four leg lock, Maven rolled him up however and got a quick two count. Maven headed over to his corner to tag in Michaels only to be pulled back by his left leg. Flair then dropped an elbow on that leg near the knee joint. Maven held his leg that was obviously hurt after that move. Flair then rolled to the outside of the ring and wrapped that leg around the ringpost! The referee stopped Flair from doing it any further and got the nature boy back into the ring. Flair tagged Triple H back in who kicked Maven’s head away as he struggled to get to his feet. Maven looked a complete walkover! HHH then pulled up Maven and got him ready for a pumphandle slam! Countered with a crossbody in mid air! Maven was near enough hopping but he was still in this match! Maven nailed HHH with the Sweet Chin Music!?! 1…2…Michael’s broke up the pin. He did not like Maven using his signature move, Maven protested but Michaels left the ring and Maven pulled up HHH again. He signalled for it, Triple H was lifted up ready for the piledriver! Nailed! HHH took a nasty piledriver from Maven who covered, 1…2…Kick out. Maven pulled up HHH again and went for a second piledriver only to be backdropped over by his opponent, he was then pulled up! Pedigree by Triple H to Maven. 1…2…Michael’s broke up the pinfall situation. HHH did not like that and threw Michael’s over the top rope to the outside of the ring. The tag to Flair and the Figure Four was locked in on Maven! He tapped to the figure four. Flair had made Maven tap out. It would be that simple at Backlash, if Flair does that at Backlash he would be the World Heavyweight Champion!

Winners: Triple H and Ric Flair

We went backstage with Flair and Triple H busy celebrating in the ring. Terri was standing by with the World Heavyweight Champion…Chris Benoit

Chris Benoit Interview

Terri: Chris Benoit, we just witnessed Ric Flair defeat Maven after making him submit in the Figure Four Leglock, if we were at Backlash now then that would have cost you the World Title! What are your comments on that Chris?

Chris Benoit: Terri, the thing that’s different about that match and the fact that Maven lost was that at Backlash I will be there, I will be there to break up and stop anything that could cause me to lose my belt. I will have control and I will therefore be responsible if I lose the belt…

Terri: You are about to go and face Batista in a non-championship match, he last week pinned you after the Demon Bomb during the tag team match against Evolution. Not only that but that was the second week running that you have lost…

Chris Benoit: You certainly do your research Terri, I’ll give you that. And to answer your question…would I be having this match tonight if I could not win and gain my revenge, tonight I am going to set the packing order straight again with a win over Evolution…

Triple H and Ric Flair were seen just getting back from the ring; they were celebrating after their win over Maven and Shawn Michaels. Triple H spotted Benoit and shouted towards him.

Triple H: Hey Chris…I hope you saw THAT

Triple H and Flair then walked off down a corridor as we returned back to Benoit who was laughing.

Terri: Good luck Chris…

Benoit mumbled thank you and just held his World Title for a second in his hands before putting it back over his left shoulder and heading towards the ring.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned from the last break of the evening it was time for the main event of the evening. Evolution’s music hit around the arena as the monster himself Batista walked out onto the stage. He jumped from side to side a bit on the spot before throwing his arms in the air and heading down the ramp. Once in the ring his eyes focused on the stage where he awaited the World Heavyweight Champion. Benoit’ music started up and the man himself walked out onto the stage in his focused state. Benoit dropped the World Title at the bottom of the ramp before sliding into the ring and going face to face with Batista…It was time for the main event of the evening.

Non-Championship Match

Chris Benoit vs. Batista

Batista took the first swing only to be ducked by Benoit; he then laid in the right hands that managed to take Batista right up to the ropes. Benoit then ran off the opposite ropes and nailed a clothesline that took the monster over the top rope onto the floor. Benoit turned to the crowd in the ring and acknowledged the cheers and chants before being pulled by his foot to the outside by Batista. Batista then threw the World Heavyweight Champion into the barricade, before moving on to smashing his head off the ring steps and then the ring post. Benoit stumbled around from these moves and when we got a clean shot of him he was busted open above the left eye! A steady stream of blood rolled out down his face as he managed to roll back into the ring. Batista followed him and had a right hand ducked by Benoit! German suplex! Benoit kept the arms locked and managed to nail a second German! 1…2…Kick out from Batista. That took a lot of energy out of the champion; Batista is not the lightest wrestler in the world. Both men got back up to their feet eventually and traded some more blows. At this point the blood was seemingly having a big effect on Benoit as he did stumble around a bit. Batista kicked him in the stomach and pulled him up! DEMON BOMB! That’s got to be it! 1…2…Shoulder up! Benoit kicked out of the Demon Bomb right there and Batista did not like that, he pulled up Benoit for a second! Countered and Batista was dragged down into the crossface! However Batista pulled his body across the ring into the ropes. Benoit ran at Batista again only to have Batista pull the referee infront of him; the referee fell down with the impact and was out cold. Benoit leaned over to see if he was ok while Batista grabbed him from behind and nailed a backdrop. Batista then signalled it was all about to end when out of nowhere Shawn Michaels was in the ring! Sweet Chin Music to Batista! He pulled Benoit over Batista’s lifeless body as well! The referee started to come to a few moments later…1…2…3! That was it! Benoit had won the match thanks to HBK!

Winner: Chris Benoit

Michael’s climbed back into the ring and helped Benoit to his feet, Maven half limped down the ramp at this point and all three men celebrated the win in the middle of the ring. Evolution came back out onto the stage and stared down their Backlash opponents as RAW went off the air.

Segment Ratings

Segment 1: Overall Rating: 86%

Segment 2: Overall Rating: 70% - Crowd Reaction: 73% - Match Quality: 66% - **

Segment 3: Overall Rating: 86%

Segment 4: Overall Rating: 90%

Segment 5: Overall Rating: 78% - Crowd Reaction: 70% - Match Quality: 86% - ***

Segment 6: Overall Rating: 80%

Segment 7: Overall Rating: 82%

Segment 8: Overall Rating: 81% - Crowd Reaction: 85% - Match Quality: 72% - **1/4

Segment 9: Overall Rating: 73%

Segment 10: Overall Rating: 78% - Crowd Reaction: 74% - Match Quality: 82% - **3/4

Overall Rating: 80%

Rating: 5.92

Attendance: 7,502

Ticket Sales: $300,080

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WWE Smackdown

Thursday April 1st

Nationwide Arena – Columbus – Ohio

The Smackdown introduction video started and as it reached it’s conclusion we were in the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio with a large crowd screaming and cheering their hearts out…There were no fireworks however as Eddie Guerrero was already positioned in the ring with a microphone. Eddie looked distraught and was constantly wiping back the tears from his eyes. He grasped at the WWE Title on his left shoulder before starting to speak.

Eddie Guerrero Interview

Eddie Guerrero: Last week…What happened in this ring with Chavo was possibly the most I have ever been scared in my life. One moment he was ready to take me on! The next, he was on the mat…not moving. And it affected me amigos, it damm sure did. For a while now my famillia has been separated because of what me and Chavo went through in the past, but this last week we all pulled together. For Chavo. I never thought that I Eddie Guerrero could feel anything for him again after all the crap he put me through. Chavo called me an addict, a disgrace on our family name…and it hurt me, it hurt me deep inside. But when it all comes down to the bottom line…Chavo is a Guerrero and I am a Guerrero and we all stick together…As Chavo lies in hospital with a cracked skull and brain damage right now, I come back to Smackdown to get revenge…Oh yes essay’s Eddie Guerrero is after revenge here tonight! The man who is responsible for this is a no good son of a bitch my friends…He had Chavito as his partner against me and Rey Rey, but then he turned on him with a steel chair. And WHAM, nailed him OVER and OVER and OVER and OVER. I want Kurt Angle to tell me what it feels like…What it feels like to nearly kill a man in the ring…What it feels like to be responsible for possibly ending a man’s career at least…What it feels like to need a chair to beat someone…What it feels like to actually be Kurt Angle right now…That’s what I want to know right NOW! So Kurt Angle?! Get the hell out here!

Eddie dropped the microphone and leaned on the ropes while waiting for a response, the tears were now gone and were replaced by pure anger and hatred. After a long pause Angle’s music started up around the arena. The Olympic gold medallist walked out onto the stage with a microphone.

Kurt Angle: Well, well if it isn’t Eddie Guerrero, the WWE Champion…I honestly Guerrero cannot believe that you would blame me for Chavo being in a hospital bed right now…I mean come on Eddie! Lift the dust off those eyes, look into the real world. Sure I admit I attacked Chavo, but I did not see you coming to help him? Huh, whats that Eddie? You can’t deny you did not help him…Then moments before Chavo offered you a truce and you shoved it straight back into his face! You Guerrero are a god damm disgrace. This Olympic hero is not taking the blame for what is YOUR fault. Seeing as Eddie, your FAMILLA are all playing happy families right now why don’t you join them back at Chavo’s bedside in Crackville or wherever you guys are from?

Eddie starred a hole through Angle who stood on the top of the ramp smiling to himself. He seemed in two minds about either attacking Angle or not, but his thought was interrupted by the Smackdown General Manager Paul Heyman who’s music started up around the arena.

It Is Going To Be Brutal…

Heyman walked out onto the stage wearing a Smackdown blue baseball cap, he took Angle’s microphone and looked at Eddie in the ring who was pacing around like a caged animal.

Paul Heyman: I am not liking this situation here guys, I am not liking how Chavo is laid up in hospital with a lengthy time out. I am not liking you two guys ready to kill each other here now. You both have reasons to want to fight each other. Eddie you want revenge against Kurt for injuring Chavo…Kurt you want to win the WWE Title from Eddie. So here is what I am proposing…You two, one on one. Smackdown’s 15th of April show, for the WWE Title. Inside a 15 foot high Steel Cage…However…and Eddie this is mostly directed to you but does not exclude Kurt…If you want this match you two are not allowed any physical contact until the bell rings and you two are locked inside the cage…It’s your choice guys, just remember Eddie this is your chance to get your hands on Angle with No Holds Barred…whereas if you attacked him by your own accord, you would be arrested. And Angle…with your actions of late I have taken the decision this is going to be your only title shot in the near future. So guys, my final question is…How much do you want it?

Eddie looked on from the ring after taking in all of Heyman’s stipulations and agreements over the Steel Cage Match. Angle done the same, both men eventually locked eyes and stared at each other.

Kurt Angle: I’m In. I want it Paul.

At this point “Eddie” chants break out around the arena and the WWE Champion looks around the crowd to see everyone behind him. He grasps at his WWE Title before thinking…is revenge worth placing my title on the line for? He put the microphone to his lips…

Eddie Guerrero: I accept. Oh and Kurt…see you at what will be your early Judgment Day…

Eddie Guerrero’s music went off around the arena and the WWE Champion looked up the ramp towards Angle and Heyman as they backed off the stage to the backstage area. Smackdown went to a break.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned the APA’s music fired up around the arena, Bradshaw and Faarooq made their way out onto the stage, Bradshaw raised his right arm towards the fans while Faarooq was just concentrating on the ring. Both men got onto the apron and climbed into the ring before taunting to the crowd some more. Their music cut out and the Basham’s came in. Shaniqua led Doug and Danny out onto the stage with her hitting her hand with a big black whip. Doug and Danny trundled down the ramp before Doug bent over infront of Shaniqua and demanded she spank him…She refused and told him to get into the ring. With that both Basham’s got into the ring and went to their corner.

Tag Team Terror Tournament Round 1

The APA vs. Basham Brothers

Bradshaw ran across to the Basham’s corner as the match got underway and scored with a big knee to Danny; Doug was thrown over the top rope to the outside by Faarooq before he climbed out of the ring and headed to his corner. Bradshaw then clotheslined Danny up against his corner before whipping him off the ropes and catching him after an attempted crossbody! Here it comes! Fall Away Slam! Danny was pulled out of the ring on landing by the ropes and he stumbled about on the outside as the referee started the 10 ring-out count. He gained his composure back as Faarooq was tagged in by Bradshaw, Danny rolled back into the ring and locked up with his opponent after a stare down. Faarooq locked in the headlock and was backdropped into the mat; Danny then dropped a leg drop from the standing position and made the cover. 1…2…Bradshaw broke up the pin. Doug ran at Bradshaw and was given the clothesline from hell for his trouble! Meanwhile Faarooq reversed a whip off the ropes and caught Danny in the dominator! The cover 1…2…3. The APA had blitzed through the first round by defeating Doug and Danny Basham. Bradshaw and Faarooq raised their arms in the air as they celebrated around the ring.

Winners: APA

O’Haire Meets Haas

The cameras then went backstage as Charlie Haas was sitting in his locker room alone, he was looking through his kit bag and a knock shortly came at the door, Sean O’Haire walked in.

Sean O’Haire: Hey Charlie Haas, how is it going man?

Charlie Haas: I’m ok I suppose

Sean O’Haire: I saw your match last week, I was surprised you and Shelton lost that one…I mean Ultimo Dragon and Funaki? They are defiantly not in your league.

Charlie Haas: Yeah it was a bad loss

Sean O’Haire: Typical, and it wasn’t even your fault…

Charlie Haas: What do you mean?!?

Sean O’Haire: Hey cool it man, all I am saying is you were not even pinned in that match! You did not lose the match…Shelton did.

Charlie Haas: You’re right you know…I didn’t lose the match and it was not my fault.

Sean O’Haire: Where is Shelton anyways?

Charlie Haas: I don’t know he hasn’t turned up yet

Sean O’Haire: Ok…well think about what I have said. You are the better man in the WGTT and you are not a loser, hell why I am telling you this. I am not telling you anything you don’t already know…

O’Haire turned away from the camera with a smirk on his face before heading back towards the door. The door was heard shutting as the camera turned back to see Haas deep in thought. O’Haire was making this situation a hell of a lot worse…

We were back at ringside now ready for some Cruiserweight action. Tajiri’s music started up and the evil wrestler from Japan walked out onto the stage alongside his henchmen Akio and Sakoda. When he was in the ring he smiled an evil smile before awaiting his opponents. Jamie Noble’s music started up and the man himself walked out onto the stage, with little crowd interaction he ran down the ramp and walked around the ring. Then the flames came up from both sides of the stage as Ultimo Dragon made his way out onto the ramp. Dragon crossed his arms and allowed the flames to shoot up behind him before walking down the ramp and rolling into the ring. All three men took a corner of the ring each before Mysterio’s music started up. He sprang up from under the stage in a flood of fireworks before quickly making his way down to the ring, Mysterio rolled into the ring and climbed his corner’s turnbuckle before raising both of his arms in the air. All four men stared a hole in each other as the referee called for the bell.

Fatal 4 Way Match

Rey Mysterio vs. Tajiri vs. Ultimo Dragon vs. Jamie Noble

Tajiri started to brawl with Dragon while Mysterio and Noble locked up in the middle of the ring. Tajiri and Dragon knocked each other over the top rope to the outside while Noble was thrown off the ropes. Mysterio jumped over the running Noble and scored with a dropkick as he came back off the opposite ropes! Mysterio was on fire as he scored a hurricarana on Noble and made the cover. Tajiri broke it up and scored with a kick right to Mysterio’s head! The cover was then broken up by Dragon who pulled up Mysterio and nailed a release overhead suplex. The cover! 1…2…Noble broke it up by scoring a leg drop off the top rope onto Dragon’s head! This match was already fast paced as Dragon was pulled up by Noble and nailed with a DDT into a sleeper hold. Mysterio and Tajiri brawled in the corner with Mysterio mounting his opponent and nailing ten punches! Followed up by a Tornado DDT from the corner! 1…2…Kick out. Meanwhile Dragon was just about to his feet and he pulled up Noble and nailed the Asai DDT! 1…2…Mysterio broke it up! With both Noble and Tajiri down Dragon and Mysterio faced each other across different sides of the ring. They locked up and Mysterio went to sweep his legs away before Dragon jumped them. He leaned over and got kicked in the face! Mysterio then rolled up his opponent for a quick two count before half getting up and getting dropkicked in the face! The cover, 1…2…Kick out by Mysterio. Dragon saw a chance here to go to the top rope. He got to the top and went for the Moonsault! Mysterio rolled out of the way and Dragon crashed into the mat. Tajiri by now was up and nailed a Buzzsaw Kick into Mysterio’s head! The neck snapped back and Mysterio hit the mat! 1…2…3! Tajiri had stolen one right here! He had sneakily waited until his chance materialised and he had stolen the win from under everyone else’s nose! Akio and Sakoda climbed into the ring and helped their man up before heading to the back. What a win for Tajiri!

Winner: Tajiri

The lights went out around the arena as the rest of the men from the last match were just leaving the ring. The gong sounded and the crowd went wild! The Nationwide Arena went even crazier as the Undertaker was lead out onto the stage by Paul Bearer. Bearer carried the urn down the ramp and directed Undertaker to get into the ring. When he was standing by the ring post he raised the lights back up and Bearer took a microphone.

Bearer Sets a Challenge

Paul Bearer: Paul Heyman…You have seen over the last few weeks the power of my Undertaker! He last week destroyed his brother Kane and will not rest until he meets him one on one again. Tonight.

Bearer put down the microphone and awaited a response. The screen came on with Heyman sitting in his office watching what was going on. He smiled towards the camera and started to speak.

Paul Heyman: You know Paul Bearer I would happily give you what you want here tonight, but Kane is not scheduled to be here tonight so it is just not possible. However if your Undertaker wants Kane that badly he can have him, next week in the main event of Smackdown. One on One. It’s your call. The offer is on the table.

Bearer looked at Undertaker who was just watching the screen. He thought about it and gave his answer…

Paul Bearer: Yes, next week it is then, My Undertaker! Against Kane!

Bearer was about to head to the back when Undertaker put his arm out and signalled for Bearer to come back and get into the ring. After thinking about it he did so. Undertaker took the microphone and put it to his lips.

Undertaker: Kane…You shall REST IN PEACE!

Undertaker then dropped the microphone on the mat and rolled back his eyes inside his head. Bearer smiled and climbed out of the ring before heading to the back.

-: Commercial Break :-

We were still at ringside as we returned from the break as it was now time for the second match in the Tag Team Terror Tournament. The Full Blooded Italians lead out by Nunzio climbed into the ring and taunted to the crowd before Edge’s music started up. The man who returned last week after nearly a year out ran out onto the stage and ran from side to side before awaiting his tag team partner. “World Life” hit around the Nationwide Arena and John Cena joined his partner on the stage. He had a microphone in hand.

John Cena: Well me and Edge are back teaming up again, I’m guessing Paul Heyman has no brain. We are the biggest and best team in this comp…F-B-I? You guys are write offs! Last week we beat Chewbacca and Show, this week we will beat Palumbo and Stamboli. You guys would have more success making ravioli! So take your Italian gimmick, and shove it up your ass. Because Edge and Cena are going to kick your ass!

Cena dropped the microphone and both men stormed down the ramp into the ring. Palumbo and Stamboli jumped on them and nailed some boots before Cena and Edge fought back and knocked them both over the top rope to the outside of the ring!

Tag Team Terror Tournament

F-B-I vs. John Cena and Edge

Cena and Edge celebrate to the fans as Palumbo and Stamboli recuperate alongside Nunzio at ringside. Edge eventually rolled outside of the ring and started to chase Stamboli, when Cena attempted to go outside also the referee stopped him and got into an argument. The race around the ring between the FBI and Edge was intensifying. That was until a fan stuck his arm over the guard rail and took down Edge! The monster climbed over the barricade! It was the Big Show! He threw Edge into the ring post and moved around the outside of the ring towards the announcers table. Cena went out onto his apron as Nunzio rolled Edge into the ring for Palumbo to make the cover…1…2…Kick out. Palumbo then pulled up Edge and threw him off the ropes. Edge ducked and came off the opposite ropes with a massive spear! Palumbo got knocked out of his boots and both men were now down in the ring. The referee started his ten count and eventually both men started to crawl to their corners. Palumbo tagged in Stamboli who jumped over the top rope and only just failed to prevent the tag to Cena. Cena jumped over the top rope and monkey tossed Palumbo before delivering a scoop slam. With Stamboli down Cena came off the ropes and taunted before dropping the elbow into the chest. 1…2…Kick out. Stamboli stumbled up and into a corner, Cena ran towards him and Stamboli pulled the referee in the way! The collision saw the referee hit the deck out cold and Stamboli nail a big boot to the face of Cena! Big Show then headed towards Edge and pulled him off the apron before beginning a brawl on the outside of the ring. Meanwhile someone else ran in from the crowd and climbed into the ring! It was the A-Train! Cena got up and went straight onto Train’s shoulders! De-Railer! Cena’s spine was bent over Train’s shoulders and his corpse fell to the mat. Edge was thrown into the barricade as Nunzio got the referee back up. Stamboli made the cover! 1……2……3. Edge and Cena had been eliminated from the tag team terror tournament thanks to the Big Show and A-Train. That’s revenge for you. The FBI left alongside their counterparts and all five men raised their arms side by side at the top of the ramp.

Winners: FBI

Shelton Arrives

Backstage Shelton Benjamin had just pulled up in his rental car. He pulled out his kit bag when from the darkness a puff of smoke appeared. Out walked Sean O’Haire, he pulled the cigarette out of his mouth and threw it on the floor before stamping on it.

Shelton Benjamin: You know man, that’s a bad habit

Sean O’Haire: Well you would know all about bad habits…

Sean Benjamin: What do yo…

Sean O’Haire: Tagging with that loser Charlie Haas, It is obvious Shelton that you are better than him. If he hadn’t waited around so much last week and pissed you around you would have not been pinned. He made you look bad.

Shelton Benjamin: It don’t matter, it’s only one loss. We can get through one loss.

Sean O’Haire: But can you? I saw Charlie Haas talking earlier with some backstage crew saying how he was better than you and that he did not need you to be successful.

Shelton Benjamin: Oh is that so huh? Well I’m going to go and have a word with him…

Sean O’Haire: (grabs Benjamin by the shoulder) Wait there champ. The last thing you should do is go storming in there and confronting him. You should act differently than that. You two have got a big main event tag match tonight against The Big Show and A-Train…Think about that.

Shelton Benjamin: So you reckon I should act normal?

Sean O’Haire: Why not? Give this some time to build up. He will have no idea you know about what he has been saying and it will work wonderfully.

Shelton Benjamin: Yeah you are right you know Sean, thanks a lot.

Sean O’Haire: Hey man, I am not telling you anything you don’t already know. That’s the truth. See you around.

O’Haire stalked off into the darkness while Benjamin walked away. O’Haire had managed to convince Benjamin things about Haas that hadn’t even happened. No evidence, it just shows how manipulative O’Haire is becoming…

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned back from the break it was time for singles action. Rhyno’s music fired up around the Nationwide Arena and the man beast himself walked out onto the ramp. As he climbed into the ring Hardcore Holly’s music started up around the arena. Holly walked out onto the ramp and strolled down to the ring before rolling into the ring.

Hardcore Holly vs. Rhyno

Rhyno ran at Holly for a very early Gore only to be shoved through the ropes to the outside of the ring! Rhyno eventually got back in and started to exchange fists with Holly who then managed to gain a momentum. Rhyno was thrown off the ropes and he was given a swinging neckbreaker before the quick cover picked up the two count. Holly pulled up Rhyno and signalled it was time already for the Alabama Slam! Countered! Gore! 1…2…3. Very quick match here with Rhyno picking up the win over Hardcore Holly. Rhyno celebrated up the ramp before we headed backstage

Winner: Rhyno

Chavo Guerrero Sr Announcement

Backstage Chavo Guerrero Sr walked into Paul Heyman’s office. He slammed his hands down onto his desk and Heyman swivelled around in his chair to face him.

Paul Heyman: WHAT DO YOU…oh hey Chavo Sr. How is Chavo? I hope he is feeling better.

Chavo Guerrero Sr: He’s doing fine, Eddie is with him right now. I have come here to ask you Mr Heyman why you have pulled Smackdown’s medical cover from Chavo, me and Eddie are having to now come together to pay the bills! Surgery costs.

Paul Heyman: I know surgery costs and that’s why I took the decision to pull the money from his medical account. It was not Smackdown’s fault that he was cleared to wrestle so we hold no responsibility and have no reason to pay…

Chavo Guerrero Sr: (grabs Heyman around the neck) You want me to make you pay? Because I will Mr Heyman…

Paul Heyman: Ok, Ok hang on we can reach a deal! You want money to cover his costs…Give me something I want.

Chavo Guerrero Sr: What do you want?

Paul Heyman: An exclusive! Something to set apart this show from RAW! Like a bedside interview with Chavo himself…

Chavo Guerrero: DONE. You want a Chavo bedside interview you got it! Next week send the cameras and film.

Paul Heyman: It’s a deal I will tell Assistant Marie to put the money back into the account.

Both men shake hands before looking at each other. Chavo Sr leaves the room and Heyman smiles as Smackdown goes for its last break of the show.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we return the World’s Greatest Tag Team’s music hits around the arena. Haas and Benjamin walk out onto the ramp with both of them seeming drawn back from each other, they both were trying to get along (thanks to the words of O’Haire) and even hugged when they were in the ring. They then awaited their opponents in the main event. Big Show and A-Train came out to the formers music and Train signalled for the two steams’s to go up alongside him as he stood at the top of the ramp, they both walked down the ramp and climbed into the ring. Haas would start for his team while Train would start for his.

Tag Team Match

World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. A-Train and Big Show

Train stormed at Haas and took him down with a big boot as he turned around from facing Benjamin. He then threw him off the ropes and nailed a second big boot that rung Haas’ bell and he was seemingly out cold. Benjamin stamped on the apron to attempt to get his attention and succeded in getting him back onto his feet. Haas ducked a third big boot from Train and took out his legs with a legsweep. Haas then dropped an elbow before locking in a quick headlock. Train however stood up and had his opponent in the De-Railer position! Haas rolled out and rolled him up! 1…2…Kick out. Train ran over and tagged in Big Show. Show climbed over the top rope and had a clothesline ducked by Haas. Haas nailed some right hands and backed the monster into his corner. Show however grabbed his opponent and threw him into the turnbuckle. Show hit a massive slap on the chest before throwing him out of the corner into the ring. Haas was crawling towards Benjamin and hesitated on making the tag once again! Show grabbed him back by the leg and picked him up for the chokeslam! Benjamin jumped off the apron in disbelief as Show covered. 1…2…3. Big Show and A-Train had won this one.

Winners: A-Train and Big Show

Benjamin headed straight up the ramp and did not look back once to see Haas who was lying in the ring not moving after the chokeslam. O’Haire was shown laughing at what he had seen on the monitor. The screen then faded out as Smackdown went off the air.

Segment Ratings

Segment 1: Overall: 93%

Segment 2: Overall: 80%

Segment 3: Overall: 70% - Crowd Reaction: 64% - Match Quality: 77% - **

Segment 4: Overall: 72%

Segment 5: Overall: 78% - Crowd Reaction: 67% - Match Quality: 89% - ***1/2

Segment 6: Overall: 86%

Segment 7: Overall: 78% - Crowd Reaction: 76% - Match Quality: 80% - **3/4

Segment 8: Overall: 74%

Segment 9: Overall: 73% - Crowd Reaction: 66% - Match Quality: 80% - **1/2

Segment 10: Overall: 60%

Segment 11: Overall: 84% - Crowd Reaction: 75% - Match Quality: 93% - ***3/4

Overall Rating: 76%

Rating: 6.16

Attendance: 7,503

Ticket Sales: $300,120

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WWE RAW

Monday 5th April

Toyota Center – Houston – Texas

RAW opened with the introduction video before we went live into the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The crowd went wild as the camera panned around them, then “Sexy Boy” hit around the arena to cheers. HBK came out onto the ramp in his ring attire and strutted down to the ring before pulling himself into the ring. He grabbed Lillian Garcia’s microphone and before his match seemingly had something to say.

HBK Sets The Record Straight

Shawn Michaels: The heartbreak kid Shawn Michaels is here in his home state of Texas here tonight! And tonight old HBK has some facts to set straight with a certain individual in the locker room. He is one of my tag team partners for Backlash and is the current World Heavyweight Champion; can you guess who he is yet? Chris Benoit I want you to know that despite what me and you have gone through with all the mis-understandings and run-ins and all that crap, I still support you…BUT. Don’t go expecting any favours from me at Backlash because the 6-Man Tag Match is no ordinary tag match…If I get the chance to pin a member of Evolution and win the title over your head…I will do it. I just wanted you to know my position on the subject because if good old’ HBK can win the title one more time, he will. But one thing is for sure…I won’t allow Evolution to leave Backlash with the belt, I will give it my all and if you get the pin…I will celebrate with you on a job well done. I would like to think you would do the same for me…Anyways enough of all this and onto tonight…

HBK passed the microphone to Lillian Garcia as the red fireworks streamer came down from the ceiling and hit the video screen. The Dudley’s music started up as D’Von Dudley made his way out onto the stage; he walked down the ramp and rolled into the ring to start the match.

Shawn Michaels vs. D’Von Dudley

D’Von got up and looked at HBK before climbing a turnbuckle and raising both arms in the air. He jumped down and after a pause ran at Michael’s. He took his opponent into the corner and nailed some kicks in the stomach before pulling him up and nailing a scoop slam. D’Von then climbed up onto the top rope and allowed HBK the chance to get back onto his feet; he climbed up the turnbuckle and scored with the superplex into the middle of the ring! 1…2…Kick out from D’Von. Michael’s pulled his legs back and jumped back onto his feet. He started to stomp in the corner! He was warming it up! D’Von got up and walked straight into the Sweet Chin Music! 1…2…3! That was all for that one. A quick match which HBK saw one chance in and converted it into the win. Michael’s rolled out of the ring and walked back up the ramp before taunting and heading off backstage.

Winner: Shawn Michaels

Backstage we saw a limo pull up…as it stopped the driver got out of the car and opened the door. Mr. McMahon walked out! He adjusted his jacket with a smile on his face before walking away towards a door into the arena. Terri took up the chase.

Mr McMahon Interview

Terri: Mr. McMahon, it’s nice to see you here tonight.

Mr. McMahon: Why thank you Terri, and may I say you look lovely this evening.

Terri: Thank you, what are you doing here tonight?

Mr. McMahon: Well I have a bit of a problem you see with a certain employee named Eric Bischoff, so I decided that tonight I would announce the replacement of Eric Bischoff as the RAW General Manager…

Terri: With no disrespect Mr. McMahon aren’t you getting ahead of yourself a bit? What if Eric Bischoff wins at Backlash?

Mr. McMahon: That will not be happening and anyways…this is a very important announcement it cannot wait any longer. Infact I am heading to the ring right now…

Mr. McMahon walked off from Terri and headed towards the ring. She looked a bit puzzled as RAW broke away for a commercial break.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned “No Chance” hit around the Toyota Center as the boss himself of World Wrestling Entertainment walked out onto the stage. He carried a microphone but did not immediately start to speak; he instead walked down the ramp and walked up the ring steps before climbing through the ropes into the ring.

Eric Bischoff’s Replacement…

Mr. McMahon removed his jacket and passed it to the ring crew on the outside of the ring, he seemed to mumble something about it not getting creased or something before starting to speak to the crowd.

Mr. McMahon: Good evening ladies and gentlemen! Now you people know at Backlash I am going to be facing the General Manager of RAW Eric Bischoff one on one. If he wins then I have to move Kane back to RAW from Smackdown, however if I win then I can fire his sorry ass from this company! Now lets look at this honestly, Bischoff has no chance in hell of beating me. That’s the bottom line folks; he is poor wrestler and has little experience when I have faced people like Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H before…Now after I win at Backlash I am going to need to have a replacement for Eric Bischoff’s vacant position as RAW GM, so I was thinking in my office all week and finally contacted someone for the role. I toyed with names like…Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Bret “Hitman” Hart and even Stone Cold Steve Austin. But…I missed out someone who has previous experience in a role of power…I missed out the crème of the crop so to speak. So ladies and gentlemen here is the new RAW GM from Monday the 19th of April 2004…

The titantron was still silent and black as a man wearing a grey suit walked out onto the stage, the music then cut in and the true force was recognized…The English theme tune with the House’s of Parliament and Buckingham Palace on the video said it all. William Regal was back…

He climbed into the ring with a snooty look to all of the Houston fans before removing that look with a smile and shaking Mr. McMahon’s hand.

Mr. McMahon: William, it is an honour to have you as RAW’s GM from Monday the 19th of April and I can not think of anyone better for the job.

William Regal: Why thank you Mr. McMahon. Now you people here tonight are really starting to annoy me, I am a true gentleman with true values and traditions for god’s sake! You people sit there on your overweight hideous backsides and boo me? What you people have to realise is that after Backlash I will be in control of what you see and I shall have the power! You will learn to respect me as General Manager and I will not use my position to abuse the power unlike current GM Eric Bischoff.

“I’m Back” hit around the arena at this point and the crowd half cheered and half booed for the current General Manager – Eric Bischoff. He had a microphone with him and looked very annoyed at what was going on.

Eric Bischoff: Vince, you come out here and show everyone my replacement? I feel you are counting your chickens too soon McMahon because I am still here and in control. While I was watching you and Regal messing about in my ring I had an idea for a Backlash warm-up match for me. So tonight, it is going to be me Eric Bischoff one on one against…William Regal.

Mr. McMahon: Ok you have your match Eric, but remember that Backlash is a totally different ball game and that the most unpredictable SOB in the business is the guest referee. It is all going to rest on Austin. The choice will be down to him.

McMahon passed his microphone back to the ring assistant who had his jacket before taking the jacket and putting it on. He checked it all over to make sure that there were no creases before heading off alongside Regal. Bischoff had already gone backstage as the two made it up the ramp and raised arms together to the booing crowd.

As the ring was prepared for the next match the home viewers went to JR and the King who hyped Backlash and the current matches on the card: World Heavyweight Title – 6 Man Tag Team Match. Benoit, Michael’s and Maven against Triple H, Batista and Ric Flair. When they had ran through all the matches we went back to the ring.

Victoria’s music went off around the arena as the World Women’s Champion made her way out onto the stage. She held the belt above her head in both hands before placing it on her shoulder, tonight it would be a non-title match against Lita which had come about from last week’s brawl between the two women. And of course at Backlash it is a three way also including Molly Holly. Victoria waited in the ring for her opponent as Lita’s music started up around the arena. Lita jogged out onto the stage and threw her body backwards and forwards before raising her hand above her head and jogging down the ramp. She slid into the ring and got onto her feet before locking up with Victoria.

Non-Championship Match

Victoria vs. Lita

Lita was thrown down into the corner before the two women locked up again. Lita fell down and rolled up Victoria for the quick two count, then Victoria rolled over and rolled up Lita. The cycle continued a few more times before Lita grabbed hold of the ropes and pulled herself away from the pinning predicament. Lita nailed a dropkick before covering for a quick two count over her opponent. Victoria took away her opponents legs as she stood up and climbed to the top rope! Moonsault was hit on Lita! 1…2…Kick out! Close call right there. Victoria pulls up Lita by the hair and swings her from the hair! Some of it came out in Victoria’s hand and she looked at it before dropping it on the mat. Victoria then went down onto the mat and locked in a headlock on Lita. Lita slowly got to her feet and planted some elbows in the stomach of Victoria! Hurricarana! 1…2…Kick out. Molly Holly is now heading to the ring! Holly rolls in and jumps both Victoria and Lita, the referee rings the bell and throws the match out. It’s a no contest as Holly climbs the top rope and nails the Molly-Go-Round on Lita! Victoria and Molly then brawl as security breaks them up again. It is getting intense as these three Women head to Backlash.

No Contest

-: Commercial Break :-

As we return from the second commercial break of the night the World Heavyweight Champion’s music goes off around the Toyota Center. Benoit strolled out onto the stage with his title around his waist and was ready to see the challenge of Bubba Ray Dudley. Once in the ring he held his championship in the air before awaiting his opponent. For the second time in the evening the red firework flew down from the ceiling and hit the video screen. The explosion saw Bubba Ray Dudley walk out onto the stage and make his way down into the ring.

Non-Championship Match

Chris Benoit vs. Bubba Ray Dudley

Bubba ran at Benoit who tripped him into the top turnbuckle! Bubba stumbled down into the crossface! He looked in trouble very early on until he managed to crawl over and grab the bottom rope. It was very touch and go for the one half of the Dudley Boyz. Bubba pulled himself up as Benoit nailed the right hands; Benoit then ducked a punch and went for a German Suplex! Bubba however was clever and grabbed the top rope alongside him and turned around with a clothesline that took the champion’s head off his shoulders near enough! Bubba made the cover and put his feet up on the middle rope! 1…2…The referee saw the feet! He had a word with Bubba and this allowed Benoit to get up! German Suplex number one! Followed up by a second! The third was hit also and it was now time for the cover. 1…2…Kick out by Bubba Ray who is not giving this one up. He knows a win over the World Heavyweight Champion could give his career a massive boost. However Benoit climbed up onto the top rope and nailed the flying headbutt all the way to the other side of the ring. 1…2…3! Benoit had defeated Bubba Ray Dudley and celebrated on the turnbuckle with his belt before walking up the ramp to the back.

Winner: Chris Benoit

We went backstage where Chris Jericho was pacing around getting ready for his match. A knock came at his door and in walked Terri. She had a microphone and was obviously ready to conduct an interview.

Chris Jericho Announces Backlash Match

Terri: Chris, I heard you just got back from a meeting with Eric Bischoff and that you have an announcement for us all to hear.

Chris Jericho: That’s right Terri. I have had a problem with Christian and Trish Stratus so Eric Bischoff has granted me my wish…at Backlash it is going to be me Chris Jericho facing Christian AND Trish Stratus in a Handicap Tag Match. I will finally be able to face the two people who have made my life a living hell over the last month or so.

Terri: Chris there is a question I would like answered…Would you lay your hands on Trish Stratus if you had to in the match?

Chris Jericho: It’s not a question if I have to as if…I need to. Revenge is going to be sweet.

Jericho headed out of the locker room to the ring ready for his match up next. The camera swung back to ringside with La Resistance’s music playing and the team of Rene Dupree and Sylvain Greiner already half way down the ramp. Both men climbed into the ring ready to give the crowd some six man tag team action. Christian was out next with Trish Stratus and both looked very nervous and were in conversation the entire time down into the ring – they had obviously seen Jericho’s announcement. And he was the next man out, the countdown flashed to zero and the fireworks wall exploded…Jericho was on the stage with his arms extended and his back to the ring. Jericho waited at the bottom of the ramp as “One of a kind” hit around the arena alongside a remixed Booker T theme. The World Tag Team Champions walked out onto the stage looking focused. They slapped hands with Jericho before all three men went to their corner of the ring. The referee discussed things with both teams and it seemed Rene Dupree would start off against RVD.

6-Man Tag Team Match

Christian and La Resistance vs. Chris Jericho, Booker T and Rob Van Dam

Dupree faked a lockup and kicked RVD in the stomach before running off the ropes and nailing a neckbreaker. He picked up his opponent and nailed a scoop slam before doing a little side to side dance and pulling him up again. RVD fought back with some forearms to the face before running off the ropes and nailing the spinning heel kick right to the skull! That took down Dupree and RVD heads to the top rope! The referee is distracted while Greiner shakes the top rope! RVD falls onto the top turnbuckle and La Resistance get him up for a double suplex off the top! Nailed! Greiner climbed back out of the ring as Dupree made the cover. 1…2…Broken up by Booker T who picks up Dupree and throws him off the ropes, scissors kick to the back of the head! He makes the cover but the referee refuses to count the fall. RVD bounces off the ropes and rolls over, the rolling thunder onto Dupree! The cover managed a quick two count before Christian broke up the pin. RVD ran at Dupree who was standing by the ropes and both men got taken to the outside! This left Christian in the ring by himself with Jericho on the apron…Y2J looked at Christian and climbed into the ring slowly before running at him and nailing a spear! The punches ensued until Trish got into the ring and attempted to pull Jericho back…He shoved her down into the mat by her face and locked the Walls of Jericho on Christian! He tapped but the referee didn’t stop the match because neither man was the legal man. Dupree was up on the top rope! He came off with a bulldog onto Jericho from the top turnbuckle! He turned around into a spinning heel kick from RVD who then went up onto the top rope! Five star frog splash! 1…2…3! That was it, the match was over. RVD had pinned Dupree and had won the match for his team.

Winners: Chris Jericho, Booker T and Rob Van Dam

The fight escalated in the ring with all six men brawling all over the arena. RVD and Booker T got into the ring and from behind them came the Dudley Boyz with a table! Bubba set it up silently behind the tag champions before they both attacked. Booker was thrown against the turnbuckle and was then thrown to the outside of the ring before RVD stumbled into the 3D! Through the table! Jericho ran in the ring and pushed the Dudley Boyz out of the ring. They backed up the ramp with a smile and made the belt around waist sign to the tag champions who had been put in their place.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned William Regal’s music hit again around the arena. It was time for the two men who could be the General Manager of RAW from Monday April the 19th to square off one-on-one in the ring. Regal walked down the ramp and waved to some members of the audience before putting on a disgusted look to one audience member who was seated in the front row opposite the ring steps. He shook his head and walked up the steps before climbing into the ring. He did wave once more however to the audience before “I’m Back” hit around the Toyota Center. Bischoff came out in a black martial arts gown with kick boxing gloves and made his way down to the ring. He climbed in and climbed the top rope to a mixture of boos and cheers as the referee called for the bell.

Eric Bischoff vs. William Regal

Regal attacked Bischoff from behind and nailed a backdrop on the current RAW GM before waving to the crowd another time and receiving boos from all sides of the arena. Bischoff got back up and started to punch Regal before nailing a scoop slam! Bischoff took his gloves off and chucked them at Regal as he got back up to his feet. Regal then went up to Bischoff with a annoyed look on his face and slapped the RAW GM. Regal celebrated again as Bischoff fell to the ground when…*Glass Shatters* and Sheriff Austin is heading down to the ring on his quad bike! He parks it up and pulls himself in the ring! Stunner to Regal! The referee looked stunned as Austin then rolled out of the ring and turned the engine of his quad bike back on…Bischoff rolled into the cover over Regal’s lifeless corpse. 1…2…3. It was over and Bischoff had pinned Regal thanks to Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Winner: Eric Bischoff

Bischoff stood up and celebrated before looking over the ropes and out of the ring towards Austin…Stone Cold just looked back. It seemed like he may hate Bischoff…but he hates McMahon more. Bischoff still looked puzzled as we went to a pre-recorded sit down interview with Cactus Jack

Interview with Cactus Jack

Jim Ross was sitting on one chair with Cactus Jack sitting opposite as the video played. Cactus looked a man deranged and determined as he sat in the chair. JR spoke the introduction and then started to ask the questions.

Jim Ross: Now Cactus, you are a character that comes from inside Mick Foley…And you have come because you have had enough of Randy Orton

Cactus Jack: Randy Orton does not seem to get it JR. It’s plain and simple! He got involved thinking he could come out the other side with a bigger name for himself BUT IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Cactus Jack is here to make sure that Orton does not come out a better wrestler and with a bigger name because he defeated Mick Foley time after time. Orton may be able to beat Foley…but he can’t beat CACTUS JACK JR.

Jim Ross: Well Cactus you have already spilt Randy Orton’s blood once…will you do it again?

Cactus Jack: You’re DAMM RIGHT I WILL JR. I have a friend of mine here who will aid me in this at Backlash…(pulls out a 2/4 wrapped in barb wire from under his chair). This weapon will tear into his flesh and rip and make him bleed like a little bitch ALL OVER THE RING.

Jim Ross: Any last messages Cactus for Orton?

Cactus Jack: You may have your Evolution pals Orton BUT YOU CANNOT BEAT CACTUS JACK. And you know it. See you at BACKLASH. BANG BANG!

Cactus stood up from his seat and stormed out of shot with JR looking surprised and quite relived that he is unharmed.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned from the commercial break it was time for the main event of the evening. Maven’s music hit around the arena and one third of Benoit’s team for Backlash made their way out onto the stage. He looked focused as he was about to take part in the most important match of his life up to this point. When in the ring he climbed the turnbuckles and taunted to the crowd who were semi-interested in him. Triple H’s music then cut in as Maven’s faded out and with that walked the ex-World Heavyweight Champion onto the stage. He sprayed some water from his mouth out in front of him before he wandered down the ramp and climbed onto the apron. He once again sprayed some water before climbing through the ropes into the ring. Maven stood in his corner as Triple H took to his, the referee called for the bell.

Triple H vs. Maven

A staredown followed the ring bell as both men looked at each other, when they eventually started to move they circled each other before Triple H went for a right hand. Maven ducked it and nailed some right hands of his own! He was gaining some momentum when HHH planted a knee to the gut and pulled him up for a early pedigree! Countered. Maven grabbed hold of the ropes and fought his way out of it. Maven then pulled himself into the corner of the ring for a breather. Triple H ran towards him eventually and nailed a high knee to the face! Maven fell to the mat and HHH smiled as he realised Maven was not in his league at all. He pulled him up again and got him up for a pumphandle slam, Maven countered with a crossbody! The cover got a quick one count over Triple H. HHH looked surprised by this and slowly got back to his feet with Maven smiling. He then ran towards his opponent and nailed a right hand that took HHH right over the top rope to the outside of the ring! Maven followed him out and was thrown into the ring post for his trouble! Triple H then rolled him back into the ring and made the cover! 1…2…Kick out from Maven. HHH insisted to the referee it should have been a three count before he pulled up Maven and planted a sidebuster. He was well and truly in control of this match now. HHH pulled up Maven again and nailed some more fists to his head before running off the ropes and attempting another knee. Maven fell back and pulled down the top rope! HHH hit the top rope and crashed over onto the apron and the floor! The crowd cheered as the titantron showed the reply, Triple H was not moving after that one and was lying in a mess on the floor. The referee started the ring out count and on reaching nine Triple H was rolled into the ring by Maven. If he had left HHH out there he would have won by countout! Maven made the cover! 1…2…Shoulder up! Triple H just managed to lift the right shoulder off the ground at the last possible second! Maven could not believe it! He came within seconds of pinning Triple H! Maven didn’t dwell on this however and went up onto the top rope…He jumped off and HHH kicked him in the gut! Pedigree was nailed! Maven hit the mat hard and Triple H lay down on the mat after using all of his energy to muster that move out of the bag. He eventually gained some composure and dropped the arm over Maven – it was over, it had to be. 1…2…SHOULDER UP! Maven shocked the world! He managed to throw the shoulder up in the air and he was not done with yet! Maven had just kicked out of the pedigree! Triple H held his head in his hands and pulled up Maven for another pedigree! Countered with a backdrop. Maven jumped onto the top rope and waited for HHH to get to his feet…Missile Dropkick! Maven landed on top of Triple H and rolled up the legs! He also grabbed the trunks! 1…2…3! OH MY GOD MAVEN HAD DONE IT! He had just beaten Triple H in the middle of the ring by pinfall after a missile dropkick!

Winner: Maven

Maven was not hanging around though and rolled out of the ring and started to backtrack up the ramp. The crowd were stunned as he raised his arms in the air and looked back down at a distraught Triple H. He was banging his hands off the mat and he could not believe it. Maven had become a player here tonight! Could he now go to Backlash, and become the World Heavyweight Champion?!? Maven raised his arms again at the top of the ramp as RAW went off the air.

Segment Ratings

Segment 1: Overall Rating: 85%

Segment 2: Overall Rating: 78% - Crowd Reaction: 79% - Match Quality: 77% - **

Segment 3: Overall Rating: 86%

Segment 4: Overall Rating: 87%

Segment 5: Overall Rating: 66% - Crowd Reaction: 69% - Match Quality: 62% - ¾*

Segment 6: Overall Rating: 80% - Crowd Reaction: 74% - Match Quality: 86% - ***1/4

Segment 7: Overall Rating: 82%

Segment 8: Overall Rating: 77% - Crowd Reaction: 76% - Match Quality: 79% - **1/2

Segment 9: Overall Rating: 52% - Crowd Reaction: 56% - Match Quality: 43% - -*

Segment 10: Overall Rating: 86%

Segment 11: Overall Rating: 77% - Crowd Reaction: 82% - Match Quality: 68% - *3/4

Overall Rating: 77%

Rating: 5.80

Attendance: 7,540

Ticket Sales: $301,600

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WWE Smackdown

Thursday April 8th

SBC Center – San Antonio – Texas

Smackdown opened with the normal introduction video before bursting into the SBC Center in San Antonio, Texas. Fireworks lit up the arena as Michael Cole and Tazz welcomed the home viewers to the biggest Smackdown since Wrestlemania XX. Tonight Kane would face the Undertaker one on one and that’s not to mention the interview with Chavo Guerrero from his bedside…But first.

The countdown came to life on the video screen as it was the A-Train and Big Show to take on Ultimo Dragon and Funaki in the Tag Team Terror Tournament. Show and A-Train walked out onto the stage and were still laughing after their work last week in eliminating John Cena and Edge from the competition when they lost to the FBI. Once in the ring the two giants slapped each other on the back before awaiting their opponents. The Oriental music hit as fire sprayed up from both sides of the stage. Funaki led out Ultimo Dragon who stopped in front of the flames and taunted before following his partner to the outside of the ring.

Tag Team Terror Tournament

A-Train and Big Show vs. Ultimo Dragon and Funaki

Funaki rolled into the ring and was stomped on by A-Train as Big Show hauled Dragon off the apron and dropped him in the ring with a chokeslam. It could have been over right then if the two monsters wanted it but they did not pin and simply pulled up their opponents for some more offence, Train threw Funaki to the outside and rolled out of the ring to continue the attack there. Dragon was thrown off the ropes by Show and he ducked the first clothesline – only to find his forearm didn’t have any effect on the Big Show! Dragon was grabbed around the neck and pulled up for a second chokeslam! Dragon rolled out of it and landed behind the Big Show, he went for a German Suplex only to be thrust into the corner by Show’s ample behind. Show slowly made his way over to Dragon and pulled him up again before locking in a bearhug. Dragon looked like he was passing out until the referee switched his attention to Funaki being manhandled on the outside of the ring. Here comes Edge and Cena! Both men ran down the ramp and rolled into the ring. Edge speared Show’s legs and he dropped Dragon…FU! Cena nailed Show with the FU and Dragon made the cover! The referee turned around as Cena and Edge on the outside looked on into the ring. 1…2…3! Big Show just got his arm up after the three and Ultimo Dragon had just pinned him in the middle of the ring!

Winners: Ultimo Dragon and Funaki

That was revenge for last week when A-Train and Big Show cost Cena and Edge a place in the Semi-Finals! It was all even as Cena and Edge celebrated up the ramp and to the backstage area. Show and Train meanwhile on the outside of the ring looked really pissed off.

The cameras then switched to the back where Sean O’Haire was shown getting a cup of coffee. Shelton Benjamin walked in and O’Haire turned to see him standing there.

O’Haire Has Some Explaining To Do…

Shelton Benjamin: Sean O’Haire…You have got yourself a lot of explaining to do!

Sean O’Haire: (sips coffee) Well, what about then Shelton?

Shelton Benjamin: About how you have been purposely feeding me false information to make me turn against my tag partner, how about that?!?

Sean O’Haire: What? Would I…do a thing like that?

Shelton Benjamin: According to my sources, yes you would!

Sean O’Haire: Right and what may these sources be Shelton?

Shelton Benjamin: Charlie himself, Charlie Haas who you made out to be the bad guy to me, and who you made believe that I was the bad guy. That’s who!

Sean O’Haire (laughs) I cannot believe you are stupid enough to believe that Shelton. Of course he is going to shift the blame onto me…he wants to stab you in the back the moment that he knows he has you under his little finger. You are a fool Shelton.

Shelton Benjamin: You’re trying it on again…I know you are.

Sean O’Haire: No, I’m not. What in the hell do I have to gain from screwing with you two guys? I am just doing you Shelton a big favour and stopping you looking like a right idiot when he screws you over to make himself the bigger wrestler.

Shelton Benjamin:…(looks at O’Haire) And you honestly mean that…

Sean O’Haire: Yes, and Shelton I just cannot believe you would take HIS word over mine. Now you two have got a match tonight, If you want some advice…

Shelton Benjamin: Yeah go on…

Sean O’Haire: Ok you are to act as if you actually believe him…Then after you get the pinfall and win the match and he joins you to celebrate…WHAM. Knock his block off and then you will be the better man Shelton, you will be on your way to becoming a big star of Smackdown.

Shelton Benjamin: You know what, you’re right. That’s the right thing to do.

Sean O’Haire: You just proved it man

Shelton Benjamin: What?

Sean O’Haire: That I am not telling you anything that you don’t already know…See you around kid and good luck tonight.

O’Haire smiled at the camera before chucking his coffee in the bin and heading out of the room. Benjamin was left standing there thinking and talking to himself about what he was going to do tonight. Smackdown went to a break.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned from the commercial break Tajiri’s music hit around the arena. The Japanese Buzzsaw came out minus his two Kyo Dai men of Sakoda and Akio (who were obviously getting ready for their match tonight) and made his way down to the ring. As he climbed in his music stopped and Mysterio’s started up. The man himself springed up from under the stage onto the ramp and spun around twice before running down the ramp and sliding into the ring. Tajiri dropped a leg drop onto his head and the referee called for the bell.

Tajiri vs. Rey Mysterio

Tajiri dropped a second leg drop onto the back of Tajiri’s head before the referee pulled him back and allowed Mysterio to get back onto his feet. Tajiri ran at him again and was tripped into the bottom rope! Mysterio ran and went for the 619! Tajiri rolled out of the way and Mysterio landed on his feet. Tajiri was lying in wait and superkicked Mysterio right under the chin! He hit the deck and Tajiri covered, 1…2…Kick out from the ex-Cruiserweight Champion. Tajiri pulled him up and threw him off the ropes before being ducked under and nailed with a dropkick by Mysterio. The crowd loved that as Tajiri fell onto the mat, he was shortly back to his feet however as he had a leg sweep countered into an armbar takedown by Mysterio. Tajiri after enduring the hold for long enough crawled over to the ropes and broke the submission, Mysterio then baseball slid out of the ring and nailed a right hand in the face of his opponent. Mysterio climbed up onto the top rope for a moonsault as Tajiri lay in the middle of the ring. Mysterio was about to go for it when Tajiri got up and shoved him down onto the top turnbuckle. Tajiri then climbed up behind Mysterio and nailed the backdrop off the top rope! He then signalled it was time for the Buzzsaw kick! That would finish the match without a doubt. Mysterio got to his knees and managed to duck the move! Mysterio took Tajiri’s legs away before pushing him onto the middle rope! He called it up! 619! Connected and Tajiri rolled back into the middle of the ring! Mysterio jumped onto the top rope and came off with a legdrop with an amazing hang time! The cover, 1…2…Kick out by Tajiri, that was a very close fall. Mysterio then climbed onto the top turnbuckle again and was looking for another move with Tajiri got back up and got him on his shoulders for a powerbomb. Mysterio wasn’t going to go down to that however and countered it with the West Coast Pop! 1…2…3! It was over with that one. Mysterio had defeated Tajiri one on one here tonight.

Winner: Rey Mysterio

Eddie Guerrero Arrives…

The cameras went backstage where Eddie Guerrero pulled up in a taxi. He payed the driver with a fifty before ignoring the shouts he had forgot his change. Guerrero slumped his bag over his shoulder and slammed a door open before walking down a corridor. Josh Matthews approached him for an interview.

Josh Matthews: Eddie…Eddie! Can I have a word, Eddie?

Eddie ignored Matthew’s and stormed off down further corridors in the backstage area of the SBC Center before Smackdown went to another break.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned to Smackdown we were with Charlie Haas who was pacing around his locker room when Sean O’Haire calmly knocked at the door and walked in. He had some patching up work to do obviously.

Saving The Situation

Charlie Haas: Hey what in the hell do you want O’Haire, get out now before I kick your ass!

Sean O’Haire: Hey calm down man, what’s going on?

Charlie Haas: I found out you set me and Shelton up to fall out O’Haire, that’s what’s going on you s.o.b.

Sean O’Haire: Well you are being a fool you realise. You believe this and Shelton is just going to stab you in the back. You need to be one step ahead man, at this stage you are in prime position to be screwed over…

Charlie Haas: Yes right Sean, and let me think about that for a minute…No I am not. Me and Shelton have talked and have talked our problems through.

Sean O’Haire: (laughs) Well that was a farce then, just a moment ago I saw Shelton talking to Paul Heyman. He has already booked you two a match for April 22nd on the Supercard Smackdown show! I’ve heard talk he is planning to screw you over tonight!

Charlie Haas: I don’t believe you.

Sean O’Haire: Ok, you want some proof? Huh, bigshot. You need proof for me to save your ass? What are you a moron? I am doing you a favour here and making you not look weak Charlie!

Charlie Haas: But why would you do that?

Sean O’Haire: Because you have potential, potential to be the best on Smackdown, the top draw, the top guy! And I don’t want to see Shelton screw you over and take that spot for himself…Charlie Haas: But why would you do that?

Sean O’Haire: Because you have potential, potential to be the best on Smackdown, the top draw, the top guy! And I don’t want to see Shelton screw you over and take that spot for himself…You need to strike first and put him in his place! You know I am not telling you anything that you don’t already know Charlie. I’ll leave you to think about it…

O’Haire patted Haas on the back before leaving the room. His pep talk had just seemingly convinced Haas or half convinced him as he ran it over his mind…O’Haire had now got Haas to turn on Benjamin and Benjamin to turn on Haas tonight! What a mess this is heading to being…

Back at ringside the FBI’s music started up around the arena. Nunzio walked out ready for his Non-Championship match against the WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero. He slyly walked down to the ring and made gestures to the fans who booed him. Once he was in the ring he climbed the turnbuckles and threw his arms in the air before shouting towards the crowd. Then Guerrero’s music hit. The WWE Champion walked out onto stage (he did not have a low rider with him tonight) and slowly walked down the ramp. He ignored the Eddie chants and was obviously distressed not to be at Chavo’s bedside and having to wrestle tonight. He climbed into the ring and the referee eventually called for the bell.

Non Championship Match

Eddie Guerrero vs. Nunzio

Nunzio jumped Guerrero from behind and nailed the right and left hands to his head before Eddie turned around and with one massive closed fist knocked him to the mat. Eddie locked in a figure four leg lock on Nunzio who rode around in pain before pulling himself to the ropes. Eddie kept looking around at the crowd now who were chanting his name; he ignored them however and pulled up Nunzio before nailing a neckbreaker. The WWE Champion went up onto the top rope and nailed it! Frog Splash, 1…2…3. And it was over and Eddie Guerrero had won a very quick encounter with Nunzio.

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

Chavo Guerrero Bedside Interview

Paul Heyman’s music started up around the arena as Nunzio headed alongside the ramp to the back, he was disappointed after his loss. Heyman walked out onto the stage clapping with a microphone under his arms.

Paul Heyman: I’ll give you credit Eddie Guerrero, that was a great win tonight over Nunzio. It was obvious that your mind was elsewhere and with another wrestler at that moment in time. And it now seems an appropriate time to link up with the bedside of Chavo Guerrero and conduct the bedside interview I was promised last week by Chavo Sr.

Eddie Guerrero leant on the ropes in the ring looking up at the video screen ready for the interview himself. The screen came on and Chavo Sr was sitting bedside alongside a head bandaged Chavo Guerrero. Rue was there to conduct the interview and leant down against the bed.

Rue: Chavo, first and foremost how are you feeling after Kurt Angle’s vicious attack that left you here and out of action?

Chavo Guerrero: Not too bad, I felt a lot worse over the last week with all the scans and moving around for tests and god knows what over crap. But now I am just relaxing and trying to get better as quickly as possible.

Rue: What injury have you actually sustained?

Chavo Guerrero: Well it’s a reoccurring concussion that happened to re-occur during my match with Eddie and the doctors have said it re-occurs when I am in stressful situations and I am on medication to combat that.

Rue: Now before this hospitalization you and Eddie were going through a lot of problems but all of a sudden you seem re-united and back together.

Chavo Guerrero: Eddie has been a great support. He is family and no matter what I have put him through all I can say is I am sorry and I am glad all of our problems have gone away and we are back to supporting each other.

Eddie in the ring smiled and had a little tear as he heard Chavo say that last segment of the interview, family obviously meant a lot to him and he was happy to be back with Chavo again.

At this point the interview was cut because some flowers were brought over to Chavo and placed on his bed by a nurse. He looked at the card and then looked up, Chavo Sr stood up and started to shout as the camera turned around to show Kurt Angle entering the ward!!! Back in the Smackdown ring Eddie saw this and his mouth dropped and he looked on very worried, there was nothing he could do.

Angle ran across the ward and jumped onto Chavo, he nailed him in the head with the left and right hands before shoving the bed over and allowing the Cruiserweight Champion to land on the floor. Chavo Sr tried to fight him off and got nailed with a right hand for his trouble. Eddie was going insane in the ring as Angle slammed Chavo against a wall head-first! He was not moving as Angle turned to the camera laughing.

Kurt Angle: Eddie Guerrero…I bet you are enjoying watching me doing this to your flesh and blood. You shouldn’t have left him Eddie…If you hadn’t of I wouldn’t have been able to have come here so easily and attacked him…You are a failure Guerrero. I will see you soon and remember…You can’t touch me until April 22nd BITCH.

Angle grabbed the camera off the cameraman and zoomed in on Chavo’s head, it was busted open and Chavo was not moving apart from the blood trickling down his skull and face.

Kurt Angle: Take a look at him Eddie…I’ll be seeing you soon.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned from the break we were shown footage of Eddie Guerrero leaving during the break and stealing a car from the parking lot. He had to get to Chavo, Paul Heyman ran out from the back and was shouting at Eddie to come back.

Paul Heyman: Bring my car back Eddie! DAMMIT!

Heyman had seen his car driven off in by a determined Eddie Guerrero, he was off to the hospital.

Back at ringside Kyo Dai were already in the ring and awaiting their opponents in the form of the World’s Greatest Tag Team. Benjamin and Haas walked out onto the ramp kissing up to each other – with neither realising both of them were going to screw each other over later on…They climbed into the ring and ran at Sakoda and Akio before the referee called for the bell.

Tag Team Terror Tournament

Kyo Dai vs. World’s Greatest Tag Team

Haas and Benjamin took the advantage over their opponents and knocked them both over the top rope to the outside of the ring. Akio and Sakoda re-grouped on the outside while Benjamin and Haas acted all buddy, buddy in the ring to each other. They attempted a double baseball slide and got dodged instead. Sakoda pulled out Benjamin and threw him into the ring post before Akio monkey tossed Haas into the commentators table. The referee insisted the match came back into the ring so Kyo Dai threw their opponents under the bottom rope and back into the squared circle. Akio jumped up onto the top rope and nailed a moonsault onto Haas as Benjamin got over to his corner. Benjamin however when on the apron slid off and grabbed a steel chair from under the ring. He climbed back onto the apron and sort of held the chair below the ring apron while on one knee so Haas could not see it. Akio pulled up Haas after a quick two count on the previous pinfall and threw him towards Benjamin. The referee did not see it but Benjamin stuck the chair into his ribs! Akio rolled up Haas! 1…2…3! Benjamin climbed into the ring and stood in the opposite corner as Kyo Dai headed to the back after advancing in the tournament.

Winners: Kyo Dai

Post-Match Bloodshed

Benjamin waited in the corner still for a dazed Haas to get to his feet. When Haas did Benjamin waited until he turned around to face him…crack! When he did he was nailed right in the face with the steel chair. You got the sense O’Haire was laughing at this situation when Benjamin once again waited for Haas to get to his feet, and nailed him a second time back down to the mat! Haas was now busted open and the crowd were booing Benjamin. The third attempt was ducked however! Haas nailed a superkick and both men hit the mat. This was when O’Haire ran down from the back! He ran around the ring while keeping low so neither man would see him. O’Haire reached under the ring and pulled out another steel chair and passed it to Benjamin while Haas was not looking. He then ran around to the other side and pulled out another chair and gave it to Haas while Benjamin was not looking! Both members of the World’s Greatest Tag Team had been sucked into a trap right here. When they both reached their feet they both nailed each other with the chairs and knocked each other out. O’Haire rolled into the ring at this point and posed over their blooded bodies as his music hit…He had succeeded in splitting up Smackdown’s best tag team and was proud about it…

Back To The Hospital

The cameras went back to the hospital where Eddie Guerrero was seen running into the trashed ward. The doctors and nurses had placed Chavo on another bed and he looked in a bad way, Chavo Sr was being sorted out for a cut on his forehead while Rue stood by not believing what was happening.

Rue: Eddie, Eddie he’s gone. Angle’s gone.

Eddie Guerrero: I know you are watching Angle! You son of a bitch! You may think you have won this war but you have only won the battle. The steel cage will be the deciding factor and you just signed your death warrant my Olympic buddy. Sleep tight Angle because I don’t give two shits essay about losing this belt, I give two shits about beating your body to its nothing but a corpse…

Eddie went over to Chavo and started chatting to a doctor as Smackdown went to it’s last commercial break of the evening.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned the fires of hell exploded as Kane headed out onto the stage with a towel on his head. The monster lumbered down the ramp and pulled himself into the ring before chucking his black towel onto the mat and raising his arms. He dropped them and the ring posts exploded into flames. Kane then took a microphone.

Kane: Tonight is the final chapter…I shall defeat my brother and make you people forget him returning and beating me at Wrestlemania. I am a monster and I shall not let my brother win this match. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE AND TAKER, YOU ARE GOING TO BE PINNED TO THE MAT 1, 2 AND 3. I AM NOT AFRAID OF YOU ANY MORE!

Kane dropped the microphone as the lights went out and half interrupted him. The gong sounded as Paul Bearer led the Undertaker out onto the stage. Taker looked demonic as he rolled his eyes back now and again. Rather than raising the lights though Taker rolled into the ring and went face to face with Kane.

Kane vs. The Undertaker

Brother and brother went face to face with Kane looking like he was ready to flinch at any moment. Taker stared a hole through him before Kane nailed the first blow. The right hand caught Taker under the eye and made him back off a bit. Kane then ran off the ropes and nailed a clothesline. Taker sat back up and when Kane went to pull him up he got grabbed in a choke around the neck. Kane countered by also applying a choke to Taker. Both men had a firm grip until Kane let go and got nailed with a chokeslam. The cover, 1…2…Shoulder up. Kane wasn’t going down that easy, it was going to be a battle. Taker pulled up Kane and went for the flying lariat off the ropes! Kane moved out of the way and Taker landed on the mat hard! Taker stood up and turned around into a chokeslam from Kane! 1…2…Kick out from Taker. Both men had kicked out of the chokeslam now in this match, it was looking to be an even encounter. Taker sat up while Kane argued with the referee that the count should have been for the three, he turned around straight into an Undertaker big boot, Taker then grabbed his right arm and climbed up onto the top turnbuckle. He walked the ropes and came off with the forearm to the arm of Kane; he fell onto the mat and held his now hurting arm. Taker rolled his eyes back and signalled it was time for the tombstone! Kane got up onto his shoulders and managed to roll through and roll up Taker! 1…2…Kick out. Taker now got up and ran into a big boot! Kane grabbed his right arm and stood up onto the top turnbuckle, he signalled he was now going for the top rope walk! Taker pushed him so he landed leg’s open onto the top rope! That had to hurt; Taker then ran off the ropes and nailed the big boot that knocked Kane to the outside of the ring. Bearer stood near Kane and laughed at him as Taker rolled his eyes back in the ring…Kane stood up and jumped at Bearer bringing him down onto the floor! The urn hit the ground and it was like Taker had been nailed in the ribs! He flinched! Kane spotted this and grabbed the urn from the floor. He dropped it again and Taker fell to the mat in pain! Kane laughed and threw it down once more before climbing into the ring. Tombstone to Undertaker! 1…2…3! Kane had done it! He quickly rolled out of the ring and grabbed the urn before Bearer could grab it.

Winner: Kane

Kane walked backwards up the ramp with the urn in his hand laughing as Taker sat back up in the ring. The urn had some controlling power over Taker and was the source of his weakness; Kane had exploited that tonight and had managed to defeat the Undertaker! Kane started to laugh more at the top of the ramp as Smackdown went off the air.

Segment Ratings

Segment 1: Overall: 76% - Crowd Reaction: 64% - Match Quality: 89% - ***1/4

Segment 2: Overall: 71%

Segment 3: Overall: 82% - Crowd Reaction: 74% - Match Quality: 90% - ***3/4

Segment 4: Overall: 87%

Segment 5: Overall: 73%

Segment 6: Overall: 87% - Crowd Reaction: 75% - Match Quality: 100% - ****1/2

Segment 7: Overall: 83%

Segment 8: Overall: 72% - Crowd Reaction: 55% - Match Quality: 90% - ***3/4

Segment 9: Overall: 63%

Segment 10: Overall: 91%

Segment 11: Overall: 84% - Crowd Reaction: 90% - Match Quality: 72% - **1/4

Overall Rating: 77%

Rating: 5.79

Attendance: 7,537

Ticket Sales: $301,480

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WWE RAW

Monday 12th April

Allstate Arena – Chicago – Illinois

RAW opened with the introduction video – which now featured recent shots of Orton being thrown into the stage by Cactus Jack and Maven pinning Triple H. Then we were live in Chicago, Illinois’ Allstate Arena for the show itself! The crowd were wild as it was one week till Backlash! Fireworks were next on the agenda as the titantron eventually erupted into many different colours before dying down. JR and King ran over how tonight in addition to the matches scheduled we would also see a new team of Scott Steiner and Matt Hardy facing the World Tag Champs Booker T and RVD. The titles would not be on the line.

With that Hurricane’s music started up around the arena. The superhero himself walked out onto the stage followed by Rosey. However instead of walking down into the ring straight for the tag match against La Resistance they both stopped and Hurricane reached for a microphone.

Superheroes Unite

Hurricane’s music cut out as Rosey whispered something in his ear, Hurricane then took the microphone to his lips and started to speak.

Hurricane: Citizens of Chicago, Illinois! Your superhero the Hurricane and Rosey the Superhero in training have got a big announcement tonight. You people have not seen much of your superhero recently because I have been away and training a third member of the Superhero Team. He has come on leaps and bounds and has finally proven to me that he is ready to be promoted alongside Rosey to being a full-fledged SUPERHERO! Now everyone I would like to introduce to you all…CAPTAIN CAPPOTELLI!

The Hurricane’s music started up again as Matt Cappotelli walked out onto the stage. He had a big grin and was wearing a bright yellow top with CC in a superman-esque logo in red writing. “Captain Cappotelli” was written along his belt in bold capitol writing and he was wearing the “CC” logo on his bright yellow trunks also. He performed his superhero pose before following Hurricane and Rosey down to the ring. What a way to start RAW! Matt Cappotelli was a superhero with Hurricane and Rosey as Captain Cappotelli!

As the Superheroes waited in the ring La Resistance’s music started up. Dupree and Grenier walked out onto the ramp with French flags before strolling down the ramp and rolling into the ring. After the referee had arranged all four men into their respective corners the match began.

Tag Team Match

La Resistance vs. Hurricane and Rosey

Cap. Cappotelli cheered on the outside of the ring as Hurricane locked up with Grenier to start the match. The superhero threw his opponent into the corner and performed his pose before allowing Grenier to run at him, he countered by performing the leg drag into the bottom turnbuckle and once again taunting to the crowd. Hurricane then pulled up his opponent and nailed a DDT. 1…2…Kick out by Grenier. Hurricane made the tag to Rosey who climbed through the ropes and went to splash Grenier! Missed as Grenier managed to roll out of the way and make the tag to his partner Dupree! He ran in and started to pummel Rosey as he got back to his feet, it didn’t work too well as Rosey pulled him up and nailed a sidewalk slam. 1…2…Kick out. Rosey pulled up and threw Dupree towards the ropes, countered and Rosey crashed into the referee! The referee was knocked to the floor as in the ring Rosey was nailed with a low blow by Dupree! Rollup. But there was no official to count the fall. Hurricane started to brawl with Grenier on the outside while in the ring was Captain Cappotelli! Dupree turned around into the Olympic Slam! Apparently according to JR and King it was called the Controlling Factor. Dupree was down as Rosey went up onto the top rope! Top rope splash! The referee was back in the ring to see that. 1…2…3! La Resistance had lost this opening match on RAW thanks to the newest Superhero’s member: Captain Cappotelli.

Winners: Hurricane and Rosey

A Challenge For Backlash…

Hurricane, Rosey and Cappotelli celebrated the win in the ring as Conway joined Dupree and Grenier at ringside. Dupree took a microphone and along with the other two members of La Resistance headed back up the ramp.

Rene Dupree: (French Accent) You silly suphare ero’s. You make a mistake messing with us! We will not go lose any matches to you any more! This starts this Sunday! 6 Man Tag Match Suphare ero’s! You three against us three. What do you say about that?

Hurricane, Rosey and Cappotelli looked at each other before Hurricane nodded towards La Resistance on the ramp. Dupree dropped the microphone and alongside Grenier and Conway left the stage. It was on! The second six man tag match on the Backlash card this Sunday…La Resistance (Conway, Grenier and Dupree) face off against the Superheroes of Rosey, Hurricane and Captain Cappotelli. RAW went to a break with the superhero’s taunting in the ring to the crowd.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned from the break we were backstage with Maven, he walked up to Benoit’s locker room and looked at the door. He didn’t knock and just barged in. Benoit stood up and looked at Maven.

Benoit – Maven Confrontation

Chris Benoit: I knew you were coming Maven…

Maven: Good Chris because I want to be straight with you…I am going to leave Backlash as the World Heavyweight Champion. If it is over your lifeless body or not…

Chris Benoit: I find it funny Maven; a few weeks ago you begged me and Shawn for a chance to be on our team to face Evolution at Backlash. You at that time had a dream to leave but knew the truth – you are not good enough yet to be the World Champ. Now alike Shawn you are staking your claim on my gold.

Maven: Don’t take it personally Chris, its just business.

Chris Benoit: You’ve changed, I can see it.

Maven: It’s not everyday that a youngster like me defeats a man like Triple H.

Chris Benoit: I tell you what, you defeat Hunter again tonight? I will take you seriously as a challenge to my title.

Maven: Good.

Maven offered his hand to Benoit who just looked at it before sitting back down again. Maven half grunted and laughed before leaving the room and allowing the door to bang behind him. It seemed Benoit felt like it was all falling apart…Tension was certainly building.

Back at ringside Matt Hardy’s music went off around the arena. Version 1.0 walked out onto the stage with his V1 sign raised high in the air. Matt’s facts of the week: Matt loves freaks, Matt owns RAW. Simple but effective. He waited at the bottom of the ramp for his tag team partner, the sirens went off around the arena as Scott Steiner walked out onto the ramp. Steiner was jacked and kissed his biceps as he walked down the ramp and climbed into the ring alongside Hardy. The new team of these two men were in one hell of a match, it was non title but they were facing the World Tag Team Champions. RVD and Booker T’s combined music hit around the arena as the two men walked down the ramp and climbed into the ring. The referee searched all men for foreign objects before allowing the match to begin.

Non-Championship Tag Team Match

Matt Hardy Version 1.0 and Scott Steiner vs. Booker T and Rob Van Dam

Steiner started off with RVD who dummied a few runs towards his opponent early on. RVD then pushed Steiner back into the corner and flipped backwards before running forwards. He went for the shoulder thrust and Steiner moved out of the way. RVD hit the ring post and turned around into a side suplex. RVD jumped back up and into an overhead suplex! Steiner nailed that very sloppily but it did the job. The tag to Matt Hardy Version 1.0 saw a change in momentum as he ran into RVD’s knee! The tag reached Booker T. The five time WCW champion climbed into the ring and nailed a high kick to Hardy’s head. Hardy then stood up and got nailed with a scissors kick! Booker T made the cover, and Steiner broke it up very shortly. Booker T did not like this and started to nail slaps to Big Poppa Pump, this retreated him over to the corner and got him in trouble. Hardy rolled to the outside of the ring and grabbed a World Tag Title belt! He nailed RVD in the spine and he fell off the apron onto the floor, while the referee made sure he was ok Hardy climbed into the ring. He ran at Booker T with the belt and nailed Steiner instead! Big Poppa Pump fell into the Book End! Hardy was thrown over to the outside and Booker made the cover on Steiner! He was not the legal man but the referee must have forgotten. 1…2…3! That was enough to put Steiner away, what a mess up by Hardy.

Winners: Booker T and Rob Van Dam

Booker T and Rob Van Dam left the ring together after a decent match, next was Backlash for these two and the Dudley Boyz. Meanwhile in the ring Hardy and Steiner were arguing about the match and the ending. Hardy slapped Big Poppa Pump who responded by locking him into the Steiner Recliner! Hardy could not get out as officials ran down from the back, he eventually passed out as Steiner let go and raised his arms to the fans around the arena – who now cheered him.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned from the commercial break Evolution’s music hit around the arena. Orton walked out onto the ramp by himself, his Intercontinental Title was slung over his left shoulder and the young kid looked as cocky as ever. He climbed into the ring that was set up with three chairs and two stationary microphones. JR was lurking around the ring and took his seat as Orton took his. Then Cactus Jack’s music started. Cactus came out onto the stage holding the 2/4 wrapped in barb wire. However he put the weapon down on the top of the ramp before heading down the ramp and climbing into the ring. Cactus sat down in the seat and the interview would begin.

Cactus Jack and Randy Orton Interview

Jim Ross: Ladies and Gentlemen it is now time for the Randy Orton, Cactus Jack one on one interview. Now guys I know how much you both hate each other but this is an interview – no violent conduct towards each other is permitted. Ok? Great. Now Cactus at Backlash you have the chance to win the World Intercontinental Championship if you defeat Randy Orton, what are your thoughts…

Cactus Jack: JR, my thoughts are that Orton should get one last picture of himself with that belt over his shoulder.

Randy Orton: Oh is that so Mick, I am not loosing this belt at Backlash…

Cactus Jack: Your scared Orton, I can see it in your eyes! You don’t want to lose your title do you?

Randy Orton: I don’t want any stupid interview if I was honest Mick…

Ric Flair and Batista ran through the crowd and nailed Cactus from behind with steel chairs! This interview was very short lived indeed! Cactus rolled about the ring as they nailed him over and over with the chairs. He did however manage to escape and he crawled up the ramp towards his 2/4 wrapped in barb wire. He was about to grab it when it was pulled up from right in front of him, it was Triple H. He held it in his hands and after a pause nailed Cactus right in the skull with the weapon. Cactus stood up though shortly after and Evolution ran off in different directions. This whole situation was getting very personal…

Cactus headed off backstage in pursuit as the news came through to JR and the King at the announcer’s position that Scott Steiner vs. Matt Hardy had been added to the Backlash card by order of Eric Bischoff.

We stayed out at ringside as Eric Bischoff’s music started up. Bischoff came out ready for the tag team match against Mr. McMahon and Regal which was right next. When he was in the ring Austin’s music started up around the arena, the glass shattered to great response from the fans in the Allstate Arena. He rode down on the quad bike before doing a lap of the ring and parking up at the bottom of the ramp. When Austin was in the ring he climbed the turnbuckles and taunted before Mr. McMahon’s music cut in. The owner of World Wrestling Entertainment was followed out by William Regal. Regal attempted to show class as he walked down the ramp while McMahon was focused on getting to Bischoff. He climbed into the ring and speared his Backlash opponent to get the match underway.

Tag Team Match

Eric Bischoff and Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon and William Regal

McMahon nailed the left and right hands to Bischoff’s face. The referee attempted to break up the attack only for McMahon to nail more and more fast paced hands. Bischoff pulled himself into the rope as Austin caught McMahon’s attention, Sheriff Austin gave McMahon the bird before McMahon made his way slowly over to his corner and tagged in William Regal. Regal waved to the fans who booed towards his actions before pulling up Bischoff and nailing him under the chin with a forced elbow. This knocked him silly and Bischoff looked half unconscious. Regal picked up Bischoff and threw him off the ropes before nailing a spinning punch. Bischoff was taking quite a beating here from Regal who was firmly in control of the match. Austin had seen enough and jumped into the ring he stunned the referee as he ran towards him and then stunned Regal. Austin had lost it as he stunned McMahon as well! The crowd went wild as Austin then pulled up Bischoff and gave him the Stunner also! Austin had stunned all three men in this match. What would this mean for Backlash?

No Contest

Austin celebrated in the ring over the lifeless bodies of Regal, McMahon and Bischoff with a few cold ones before leaving three opened beers by the three men. He then climbed out of the ring and drove up the ramp to the backstage area.

-: Commercial Break :-

Cactus Goes To Hell

As we returned from the commercial break we saw Cactus Jack still searching out members of Evolution. He walked out into the parking lot and was jumped by Batista who started to pummel him. Flair and Orton then came in on Cactus as well and triple teamed him. Orton took control of the attack however and shouted out instructions as Batista and Flair threw Cactus around into items and walls. The hardcore legend tried to fight back but the numbers game proved vital as Evolution continued to beat the hell out of Cactus. They reached a glass window and Orton threw him through it! Cactus went crashing through the glass and was now a busted up mess inside a security room.

Randy Orton: See you at Backlash Mick!

Evolution then all walked off leaving Cactus trying to get up with broken pieces of glass stuck in his battered body. He had lost the battle tonight but could he go to Backlash and win the war?

Back out at ringside Triple H’s music hit. The fans booed as HHH made his way out onto the stage, he was in his ring attire and it was time for his last chance to speak before Backlash. He climbed into the ring and took Lillian Garcia’s microphone before waiting for his music to stop.

Triple H Interview

Triple H: Time flies when you are having fun, but I was not having fun last week! Maven cheated and beat me in the middle of this ring…but I got myself a rematch and tonight I will set the wrong, right. Maven you are first on my list. Benoit you are second. Backlash is not just about pinning anyone to become the champion, in the six man tag I want to pin YOU. In your hometown in front of your family and friends I want to defeat you…Like how you beat me at Wrestlemania XX on the grandest stage of them all. If I miss this chance to make you pay I will never forgive myself…Moving on now to Shawn Michaels, the heartbreak kid! I cannot believe HBK you think you can win at Backlash and become the champion! You are past it, yesterday’s news and you are only in this match because there was no where else better for you to be! You are filling a gap and not important. I mean come on HBK! You are facing the current day DX in Evolution’s Batista and Flair. It’s an impossible task. Just to summarise for all you idiots here in Chicago who don’t get it…Triple H is walking into Backlash as an Ex-World Heavyweight Champion and is leaving as THE World Heavyweight Champion. And there ain’t no god damm thing anyone can do about it…

Triple H passed the microphone back to Lillian Garcia as he now awaited his opponent in tonight’s main event of the evening. Maven’s music started up as the man with a newly found confidence strolled out onto the stage. He walked down the ramp and looked a lot more confident than a week before. RAW went to a break as Maven climbed into the ring.

-: Commercial Break :-

Triple H vs. Maven

We returned to RAW with Triple H beating down on Maven in the corner. He then pulled up Maven and lifted him up by the knee; he dropped him back down again and jarred the knee off his knee. Interesting offence from HHH who then locked in an armbar – using his legs to apply torque to the shoulder. Maven was being applauded by the fans as he crawled over towards the bottom rope…he reached out…and grabbed it. Triple H released the hold at the last possible moment before getting himself disqualified. HHH complained to the referee while Maven took some breath on the outside of the ring. Triple H was more focused this week than last week and Maven knew it was going to take something special to beat him. Maven rolled back into the ring and chopped HHH’s legs from underneath him, he fell to the mat and Maven made the quick cover for the two count. Maven then ran up onto the top rope, he came off and nailed the dropkick! The cover! 1…2…Evolution broke up the count! Batista pulled up Maven and nailed the Demon Bomb. Earl Hebner was about to disqualify Triple H when he changed his mind and sent Evolution to the outside of the ring. Triple H pulled up Maven for the pedigree and got rolled up! 1…2…3! Your kidding me! Maven had just defeated HHH two weeks running one on one!

Winner: Maven

You Want Me To Take You Seriously?

Maven had done it for two weeks running! He had defeated Triple H, it was now no fluke! Evolution backed up the ramp with Triple H looking disgruntled. Maven celebrated by himself in the ring until…Chris Benoit’s music hit around the arena. Benoit walked down the ramp and climbed into the ring and took a microphone before turning to face one third of his team at Backlash.

Chris Benoit: I said Maven I would take you seriously if you pinned Triple H again tonight and you did it, I agree man. You do have a chance to become the World Heavyweight Champion Sunday…

Benoit dropped the microphone and hugged Maven before dragging him down out of nowhere into the Crippler Crossface! Benoit was heard screaming, take this seriously bitch! Maven was tapping out in the ring as Benoit made the hold stronger and stronger. Then HBK was in the ring! Benoit turned around and walked into the sweet chin music! Benoit hit the deck alongside Maven who had passed out…Michaels grabbed the World Heavyweight Title and held it in the air as the show came to an end…

Segment Ratings

Segment 1: Overall Rating: 73%

Segment 2: Overall Rating: 72% - Crowd Reaction: 68% - Match Quality: 76%

Segment 3: Overall Rating: 82%

Segment 4: Overall Rating: 72%

Segment 5: Overall Rating: 85% - Crowd Reaction: 87% - Match Quality: 81%

Segment 6: Overall Rating: 86%

Segment 7: Overall Rating: 65% - Crowd Reaction: 77% - Match Quality: 39%

Segment 8: Overall Rating: 84%

Segment 9: Overall Rating: 93%

Segment 10: Overall Rating: 77% - Crowd Reaction: 82% - Match Quality: 67%

Segment 11: Overall Rating: 81%

Overall Rating: 79%

Rating: 6.04

Attendance: 7,545

Ticket Sales: $301,800

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WWE Smackdown

Thursday April 15th

Conseco Fieldhouse – Indianapolis – Indiana

Smackdown opened with the normal introduction video before we were shown highlights of what went down last week in the Chavo Guerrero bedside interview, we were shown Angle coming into shot and sending his message to WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero after beating Chavo to a pulp. Fireworks then exploded around the arena as we were in the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for Smackdown.

Eddie Guerrero Inside The Cage

As the fireworks stopped exploding around the arena flashing lights appeared and revealed the steel cage that would be used next week was hanging from the roof of the arena. After a short pause the structure was slowly lowered over the ring. As it connected the ring crew attached it to the ring and Eddie Guerrero’s music started around the arena. Guerrero walked out onto the stage and looked around before walking down the ramp towards the cage. He stared at the structure before taking a microphone and climbing through the door into the ring.

Eddie Guerrero: I asked for this steel cage to be here tonight in this arena because I had something important to say. I am calling Kurt Angle out here and I want the door to this steel cage locked to stop me from beating him to a bloody mess…please lock the cage now.

The smackdown ring crew walked around the side of the cage and attached a padlock to the door along with a chain that was completely solid. Eddie checked it by tugging on the chain before agreeing it was good.

Eddie Guerrero: Now Kurt Angle, get out here!

Angle’s music immediately started up as the man himself walked out onto the stage in tracksuit bottoms and a jogging top. He glared at Guerrero and laughed before walking down to the ringside area. He was passed a microphone as Eddie looked ready to strike at any moment.

Kurt Angle: Eddie Guerrero, you surprise me every week with what goes on in your mind. You asked our GM Paul Heyman to bring the steel cage here tonight to Indianapolis. I’ll give you something it’s a cool effect!

Eddie Guerrero: Angle shut up! I did not bring you out here essay to have a nice little chat, last week you went to the hospital and attacked a hurt man! You went to the hospital and attacked a man who could not fight back, you went to that god damm hospital man and attacked my famillia! I have never been so pissed off in all my life man, NEVER. That’s why I needed the steel cage here tonight you see, because I knew I could not stand this close to you otherwise without beating the living hell out of you. But as I stand here now Kurt Angle, I think towards next week, I think to when I shall be locked in this cage with you. Then you will be the helpless man, as I throw you around and make you bleed, make you bleed the blood which you made Chavo bleed last week! This whole thing is going to come to a head next week essay because even if I lose this title I am making sure I finish you off…and what’s the point of being a champion when you can no longer wrestle, eh Kurt?

Eddie walked over towards Angle and stood right by the steel cage; Angle backed off a bit towards the barricade and just continued to look at the WWE Champion.

Eddie Guerrero: You’re scared Kurt…and for good reason. Because next week I will be bouncing you around this ring and I will be beating you down for the entire Guerrero family. One week is all I have to wait. And I am loving the day essay I can finally get my hands on you…

Eddie Guerrero’s music started up as he walked backwards to the middle of the ring. Angle left silent and walked backwards up the ramp just looking at Eddie who stood looking back. Next week these two would meet and finally be able to get their hands on each other.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned from the break Ultimo Dragon’s music hit around the arena. It was time for the first semi-final in the tag team terror tournament. Dragon lead out his tag team partner Funaki and both men made their way down to the ring. A win here would put them in the final match to decide who would face Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi at Judgment Day. The F-B-I were shortly out on the ramp and making their way down to the ring. Led by Nunzio Palumbo and Stamboli climbed into the ring and taunted in their corner before the referee called for the bell.

Tag Team Terror Tournament – Semi Final 1

F-B-I vs. Ultimo Dragon and Funaki

Funaki locked up with Stamboli to start the first match of the evening on Smackdown. Funaki got kicked in the stomach and thrown off the ropes by Stamboli who then nailed a clothesline. He then pulled up Funaki and got slapped in the face. Funaki rolled up Stamboli and picked up a two count, he then nailed a hurricarana on Stamboli just as he got to his feet! Stamboli landed right against the ropes as Funaki made the tag to Ultimo Dragon. Dragon grabbed Stamboli by the waist and nailed a suplex with a bridge! Palumbo ran in and broke up the count however. Stamboli then rolled up Dragon as he complained to the referee, 1…2…Roll through, 1…2…Roll through. The tag was made to Palumbo. 1…2…3. Dragon had got a three count but the referee had made an error and threw out his decision. Dragon could not believe it and turned around into the superkick from Palumbo! This could be the cruellest twist of fait right here! 1…2…Kick out by Dragon. Funaki climbed up onto the top rope and nailed a top rope dropkick onto Palumbo! Nunzio climbed into the ring and ran into the right hands from Funaki! Nunzio was thrown off the ropes and nailed with a dropkick. Nunzio rolled out of the ring as Palumbo grabbed Funaki! He was rolled up, the referee refused to count as Funaki was not the legal man – he managed to get that right! Stamboli ran over and took Funaki and himself over the top rope and to the outside of the ring with a massive clothesline. Palumbo grabbed Dragon and was going to pull him up only to be spun around into the ASAI DDT! Dragon made the cover! 1…2…3! That was it, Stamboli just couldn’t reach in to break up the count and Ultimo Dragon alongside Funaki were now in the final of the tournament.

Winners: Ultimo Dragon and Funaki

Heyman’s Announcement

Backstage Paul Heyman was watching a video of last week’s bloody brawl between Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin and how Sean O’Haire had manipulated both men into beating the hell out of each other. He shook his head and flinched at the blows the two men gave each over. Heyman then paused the tape and sat back down behind his desk. Dawn Marie walked in.

Dawn Marie: Was the tape I got for you good Mr. Heyman?

Paul Heyman: It was great, it’s helped me to realise that I need to do something, I need to step in Dawn So thanks for that.

A knock came at the door and Marie strolled over to open it. Heyman sat forward as into his office walked Sean O’Haire. O’Haire had a smirk on his face, as if he was proud of his actions.

Sean O’Haire: You wanted to see me Paul?

Paul Heyman: You’re damm right I did Sean. What you have done over the last few weeks has been disgraceful and you have destroyed a perfect tag team on false facts that you made up.

Sean O’Haire: Hey, I wasn’t telling them anything they didn’t already know Paul.

Paul Heyman: Well anyways I’ve decided that next week seeing as we sort of have a supercard show to have Charlie Haas face Shelton Benjamin one on one…And this is where you come in. I want you to be the referee Sean.

Sean O’Haire: Wo, hold it there Paul I am not being any referee.

Paul Heyman: (calmly) If you want a job…you will. Dawn see Sean out.

O’Haire was shown the door and hesitantly went through it. For the first time in weeks he was not going to leave Smackdown tonight with an advantage over anyone…The door was slammed shut and Smackdown went to a break.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned to Smackdown we were at ringside ready for in-ring action. Hardcore Holly’s music started up around the arena and the man himself walked out onto the stage and down into the ring. Once in the ring he taunted on the turnbuckles before awaiting his opponent. Jamie Noble’s music hit around the Conseco Fieldhouse and Noble argued with fans in the crowd as he made his way down to the ring. He rolled in and Holly jumped him to get the match underway.

Hardcore Holly vs. Jamie Noble

Holly nailed the stomps down on Noble as he tried to get to his feet. When he did Holly threw him off the ropes and went for a boot to the face, countered as Noble grabbed hold of the leg and rolled up his opponent. 1…2…Holly rolled through into the ropes. He pulled himself up before Noble charged at him, Holly attempted to low bridge him but messed up and Noble just ended up bouncing on the top rope. Holly then in an attempt to save the situation dumped Noble over the top rope and to the floor. Holly then shouted towards Noble who dragged him to the outside of the ring, the two then exchanged right and left hands before Noble rolled Holly back into the ring. He made the cover for the quick two count. Holly got back to his feet and knocked Noble into the corner with some right hands. DDT planted Noble right onto the top of his head! 1…2…Kick out by Noble. Holly then pulled him up and went for the Alabama Slam! Countered into a rollup by Noble! 1…2…Kick out by Holly. The rake to Noble’s eyes and he pulled him up and nailed the Alabama Slam on the second time of asking. 1…2…3. That would do it in this match. Holly rolled out of the ring and celebrated up the ramp towards the back as Noble got back up.

Winner: Hardcore Holly

The cameras then went backstage into a locker room. Into view came John Cena and Edge sitting next to each other talking.

John Cena and Edge Hanging Out Backstage

John Cena: So now Edge, that me and you are out of the Tag Team Terror Tournament what’s your goal here on Smackdown man. It’s been bugging me for a little while tonight. I want to know where your focus lies dog!

Edge: Well alike everyone here man I want to be WWE Champion…

John Cena: I thought so man! So do I, so does everyone. But you are fixed on our 6 Man Tag match tonight, right? You ain’t having no visions of being the champion and forgetting where your loyalties lie if you know what I mean…

Edge: Don’t worry man, I’m focused. Big Show and A-Train made me focused when they messed around with me and you. I promise I am going to give it 110% tonight.

Cena smiled and the two tag team partners banged fists together before the camera went back to ringside. The fires of hell exploded as Kane’s music started. The monster came out minus his normal black rag and was smiling while carrying the Undertaker’s urn. He climbed onto the apron and pulled himself over the top rope before getting passed a microphone.

Kane Interview

Kane: Last week…I DESTROYED THE UNDERTAKER. I took this urn and threw it off the ground, UNDERTAKER FELT THE PAIN OF THE URN! Now that I have this, I am an UNSTOPPABLE MONSTER WHEN IT COMES TO MY BROTHER. This urn is his power, is his energy and without it in his control HE CANNOT PROTECT HIS ENERGY. Tonight Undertaker…you face Rhyno. Well I am going to sit over in the corner and watch this…

Kane started to laugh, it was obvious that he was going to do something right here. Rhyno’s music started up as the man beast walked out onto the top of the ramp. Rhyno smacked his fists off his chest before raising his arms and rolling into the ring. He then stood in the ring and waited for his opponent. The lights went out around the arena and the gong sounded. Bearer led Taker out onto the stage; Kane took a chance there to drop the urn on the floor. Taker flinched to the right and after a short pause carried on walking. He stood on the ring steps and raised the lights in the arena before clambering into the ring.

Undertaker vs. Rhyno

Rhyno ran in and speared Taker into the corner before Taker countered and threw Rhyno into the corner! The fists were nailed to the stomach and Taker then nailed a massive uppercut that left Rhyno on the floor riding in pain. Kane sat on the outside of the ring just fingering the urn very suggestively. This of course distracted Taker and he turned to face Kane. Rhyno ran out of the corner and shoulder barged right through the back of Taker’s knees! He fell to the mat holding his left leg especially as Rhyno dropped an elbow. Taker was struggling and Rhyno made the pin. Kane dropped the urn on the floor! 1…2…Shoulder up. It took every bit of Taker’s life to reach that shoulder off the ground after Kane had dropped the urn. Rhyno pulled up an exhausted Taker and nailed a couple of right hands before signalling it was time for the gore, Taker fell down and tripped Rhyno into the top turnbuckle with force! Taker made the cover, 1…2…Kick out. He then signalled it was time for the tombstone! He picked up Rhyno and was ready until Kane dropped the urn on the floor again! Taker dropped to his knees and just about managed to nail a sloppy tombstone on Rhyno! Taker then who was in bad shape fell on top of Rhyno in the cover, 1…2…3. Taker had won this match despite all the odds.

Winner: Undertaker

Kane was not happy and stamped down on the urn that he dropped on the floor. Kane then grabbed a steel chair and rolled into the ring.

Kane attacks Undertaker

Kane raised his steel chair and Taker turned around into a massive chair shot! His neck snapped back with the impact and the man from the darkside fell back against the ropes. Taker had been busted open with that shot right there, his head was pouring with blood and the ring mat was slowly getting stained red. Kane grabbed a microphone.

Kane: WHAT’S THAT TAKER! YOU CAN’T TAKE THE PAIN!

Kane then nailed him in the head with the microphone and then once again smashed him in the face with the steel chair. Security filled the ring and were thrown off one by one by a possessed Kane. He was ready to end Taker’s career here tonight! You could tell he would in his eyes. Kane then raised his arms as medical crews helped Taker back up to his feet. He made sure to grab the urn as he backed up the ramp.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned Big Show’s music hit around the arena, the monster himself walked out onto the stage alongside his tag team partner A-Train. Both men taunted at the top of the ramp and then made their way down to the ring. As they reached the bottom of the ramp Shelton Benjamin’s music hit around the arena. He walked slowly out onto the stage and joined his tag team partners in the ring. Benjamin started to talk quietly to Big Show and Train as Edge’s music started up. He ran out onto the stage and taunted to the cheering crowd before Cena’s music started up. No rap tonight as Cena joined Edge and raised his two hands to make the World Life gesture. He then looked at Big Show and made the “you can’t see me” gesture. Charlie Haas came out with new music and joined his tag team partners. All three chatted before running down and rolling into the ring to start the match.

6 Man Tag Team Match

Charlie Haas, Edge and John Cena vs. Shelton Benjamin, Big Show and A-Train

It was a three way brawl as the referee called for the bell. Cena was nailing A-Train while Benjamin/Haas and Show/Edge were also going at it. The faces took the advantage and all three knocked their opponents towards the ropes. The referee managed to break Edge off Show and got them both onto the apron. He then followed that up by managing to make Cena and A-Train get onto their aprons. The match would start with Benjamin and Haas as the legal men. After the first brawl with each other the two men now both looked into each other’s eyes from across the ring. Benjamin dummied an attack and Haas offered his hand for a lock up. Benjamin accepted and then kicked Haas in the gut. He threw him off the ropes and nailed the snap suplex! Benjamin celebrated and quickly made the tag to the A-Train. He climbed into the ring and grabbed up Haas before nailing the Baldo Bomb! The cover, 1…2…Broken up by Cena. The referee tried to get Cena out of the ring as Big Show got in and nailed a double suplex along with A-Train on the helpless Benjamin. The referee turned around and saw A-Train making the cover, 1…2…Kick out. Haas was locked in a headlock and after a short period on the mat the referee raised the right arm. Edge and Cena were stamping on the ring apron as on the third attempt the arm stayed up and did not hit the ground. As both men got to their feet Haas nailed some elbows in the ribs of Train, he was flung off the ropes and ducked a clothesline before nailing a tornado DDT! Train folded up like an accordion after that move and Haas struggled over to his corner. Train managed to tag the Big Show as Cena was also tagged into the ring. Cena ducked a clothesline and nailed some right and left hands on his opponent before pulling up Big Show for the FU! The referee was distracted by A-Train brawling with Haas and Edge on the outside as Benjamin rolled into the ring! Crack! He nailed Cena from behind with a low blow, Show picked him up around the neck! Showstopper! The leg was hooked! 1…2…3. Big Show, A-Train and Shelton Benjamin had won this match, and now Big Show had a pinfall win over the US Champion.

Winners: Shelton Benjamin, A-Train and Big Show

Angle headed to the ring

The cameras quickly rushed off backstage as the team of Benjamin, A-Train and Show celebrated their win to the dismay of Edge, Cena and Haas. Angle was walking in a pace around the back of the arena. He walked past a member of the ring crew and turned back.

Kurt Angle: Hey Tom, get that steel cage lowered back over the ring, right now.

The man nodded and rushed off talking into his radio. Angle turned around the corner and disappeared off camera into the darkness. Smackdown went to a break.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned the steel cage was being lowered over the ring and Angle was half-way down the ramp with his music playing in the background. Angle was still walking at pace and he rolled into the ring, he was passed a microphone before the cage reached the ring. The ring crew locked it on and Angle began to speak.

The future is in doubt…

Kurt Angle: I have a challenge to Eddie Guerrero right now, tonight. This will prove once and for all what sort a man he is. So Eddie come out here man, come out here latino heat. Your Olympic hero has a challenge for you.

Angle held the microphone down to his side and mimed for Eddie to come out. After a short pause Eddie came out onto the stage without any music. He stood there and watched Angle in the ring who was smiling.

Kurt Angle: Good Eddie. Now I want you to come down the ramp and climb through the cage door into the ring with me.

Eddie thought about it and after a pause dropped his WWE Title down on the stage and walked down the ramp to the crowd’s cheers. Eddie then climbed through the cage door and stood right up to Angle; the two men were nose to nose. Angle pulled back and pulled his microphone back to his lips.

Kurt Angle: Good stuff Eddie. Now here is your challenge…But first. Ring crew would you lock the door to this cage now? Thanks.

Eddie turned around and saw the ring crew attach a padlock and chain to the closed door of the steel cage. Eddie looked worried as Angle smiled a sick smile in the ring.

Kurt Angle: Good, now Eddie I now want to introduce you to a friend of mine….meet my lead pipe. (Angle pulls a lead pipe from his pocket) Your challenge Eddie? TO SURVIVE!

Eddie launched himself at Angle with the left and right hands before Angle dropped the pipe. Eddie knocked down the Olympic hero and climbed to the top rope. He leant over and Angle ran at him with the pipe, he nailed him in the head with the lead pipe! Eddie was busted open after that shot! Angle then Angle Slammed him off the top turnbuckle! After celebrating for a short while Eddie got back to his feet and speared Angle. Both men brawled away as Paul Heyman walked out onto the stage. He looked at what was going on in the ring and looked ready to speak. But instead he dropped the microphone on the stage and walked off backstage…What would this mean for Smackdown next week!?! The show went off the air.

Segment Ratings

Segment 1: Overall: 80%

Segment 2: Overall: 75% - Crowd Reaction: 64% - Match Quality: 86% - ***

Segment 3: Overall: 76%

Segment 4: Overall: 71% - Crowd Reaction: 65% - Match Quality: 78% - **1/4

Segment 5: Overall: 73%

Segment 6: Overall: 88%

Segment 7: Overall: 78% - Crowd Reaction: 80% - Match Quality: 75% - **1/4

Segment 8: Overall: 83%

Segment 9: Overall: 74% - Crowd Reaction: 74% - Match Quality: 75% - **1/4

Segment 10: Overall: 90%

Segment 11: Overall: 90%

Overall Rating: 79%

Rating: 6.10

Attendance: 8,009

Ticket Sales: $320,380

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WWE Backlash Final Card

Sunday 18th April 2004

Rexall Place - Edmonton - Alberta - Canada

World Heavyweight Championship - 6 Man Tag Team Match

Chris Benoit :champion: Shawn Michaels and Maven vs. Triple H, Ric Flair and Batista

World Intercontinental Championship - Street Fight

Randy Orton :champion: vs. Cactus Jack

Special Guest Referee

Mr. McMahon vs. Eric Bischoff

Referee: Stone Cold Steve Austin

*If Eric Bischoff wins Kane is re-instated to the RAW roster

*If Mr. McMahon wins William Regal replaces Bischoff as RAW GM

2 on 1 Handicap Match

Chris Jericho vs. Christian and Trish Stratus

Scott Steiner vs. Matt Hardy Version 1.0

World Women's Championship - Triple Threat Match

Victoria :champion: vs. Lita vs. Molly Holly

World Tag Team Championship

Booker T and Rob Van Dam :champions: vs. Dudley Boyz

6 Man Tag Team Match

The Superheroes vs. La Resistance

(Hurricane, Rosey and Cappotelli vs. Conway, Greiner and Dupree)

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WWE Backlash

Sunday 18th April 2004 – Live on Pay-Per-View

Rexall Place – Edmonton – Alberta – Canada

The World Wrestling Entertainment video started before flashing out into the WWE logo on the screen. When that had faded out a woman’s voice came over some black and white images of the six contenders in tonight’s World Heavyweight Championship match. “Six men fight for the top prize” Benoit is then shown winning the title as Wrestlemania – “The champion, defiant on his win…” Triple H is then shown saying “I am the game” – “The Game, the ex-champion wanting to win back the gold” Shawn Michaels was next on screen – “The heartbreak kid, wanting the gold for one more time” Ric Flair – “The nature boy, a legend of the ring” Batista was then shown with images of his assault on Goldberg being the main feature “The monster, strong and powerful” Then finally the screen blacked out before black and white video of Maven defeating Triple H twice was shown – “The youngster, with passion to be the best”. The woman’s voice continued over images of the six men in battles “Six men will fight; one will leave as the champion…” A candle then was on screen with a red flame flickering away; it then was blown out as the video came to its end. “And now, Castrol GTX presents WWE Backlash” was said over the top of a graphic which featured the Backlash logo being on the side of a spaceship flying through space.

Then the fireworks started to explode around the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta – Canada as we were live for WWE Backlash! As the fireworks stopped we went to shots of the crowd in the sold out arena, most had Benoit signs and one was a big B E N O I T sign which six people were holding up towards the top of the arena. As the home viewers went down to JR and the King La Resistance’s music started up around the arena. Rob Conway, Sylvain Greiner and Rene Dupree walked out from behind the curtain into the arena with Dupree carrying a French flag over his shoulder. The three men made their way down the aisle and all climbed onto the apron, Conway sat down on the middle rope and allowed his partners to climb through into the ring before doing so himself. They all took to a turnbuckle and taunted before Dupree passed his flag down to a ring official on the outside of the ring, he then performed a little side to side dance as the Hurricane’s music started up. Rosey, Hurricane and Captain Cappotelli all walked out into the arena together and performed their superhero taunts before heading down the aisle and towards the ring in their new “Superheroes” stable that was formed on last week’s RAW. Hurricane slid into the ring as Rosey walked up the ring steps. They all taunted again before turning to face their opponents. The referee called for the bell as the teams sorted themselves out, Hurricane would start first for his team while Conway would start first for La Resistance.

6 Man Tag Team Match

La Resistance vs. the Superheroes

Hurricane and Conway circled each other a few times before Conway got into a lock up with the superhero. Both men went off the ropes and Conway was knocked down with a forearm, Hurricane then ran off the ropes and nailed a flying crossbody to get a quick two count over the La Resistance member. Hurricane ran off the ropes again and got punched in the back by Greiner, the leader of the superheroes turned around and grabbed Greiner, Conway came up behind him and rolled him up! 1…2…Rosey was half way in the ring but Hurricane kicked out anyways. Hurricane grabbed Conway and nailed him with a scoop slam before making the tag to Captain Cappotelli! He climbed up onto the top rope and flew off with an elbow drop! He made the cover, 1…2…Kick out by Conway. Cappotelli then pulled up the La Resistance member who raked him in the eyes before running over to his corner and making the tag to Dupree. He climbed into the ring and nailed a running clothesline on Cappotelli before skipping from foot to foot and receiving heat from the crowd. He then nailed a punch followed by a kick, Cappotelli then turned around from that and walked into a scoop slam, the cover. 1…2…Kick out. Dupree pulled up his opponent and was nailed in the face a few times for his trouble, Cappotelli then managed to run off the ropes and use all of his energy to superkick Dupree! Both men hit the mat and were struggling to move after that one. Dupree crawled over to his corner and tagged in Greiner as Cappotelli just managed to stretch his hand out to the monster Rosey. Greiner who was running towards the corner stopped in his tracks as he saw the monster lumber into the ring. He held his hands up and tried to reason with him as Rosey grabbed him around the neck and threw him into the corner, Rosey then nailed some punches before planting the disorientated Greiner with a hard DDT. The cover, 1…2…Kick out, just. Rosey then took to the top rope, he was going for the superhero splash! He came off the top and Greiner rolled out of the way! Rosey crashed into the mat and Greiner made the cover! 1…2…Kick out. Rosey started to get himself up again when Greiner kicked him in the stomach, it had no effect however as he just carried on getting back up. He ran towards Rosey and got planted with a Samoan Drop before he made the tag to Cappotelli. He climbed into the ring and pulled up his opponent before nailing some right hands and a spinning shot to the temple! Conway and Dupree ran into the ring and were met with an assault from the superheroes. Hurricane knocked Conway to the floor as Rosey eventually done the same to Dupree. Meanwhile in the ring Greiner went to nail Cappotelli and was ducked before the Controlling Factor was nailed! The leg was hooked, 1…2…3! Cappotelli had won this match for the Superheroes. They rolled back into the ring and celebrated as La Resistance headed backstage.

Winners: The Superheroes

The cameras went backstage where a car pulled up at the arena, it parked up into an open spot and the door opened. Out stepped the World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit! The crowd went wild as the champion climbed out of the car and opened the boot; he grabbed his title and put it over his shoulder before getting his bag and placing that over his other shoulder. JR and King commented on how this man would have one hell of a challenge tonight in leaving Edmonton as the champion, Benoit opened the door and went out of view.

Back at ringside the lights dimmed and red siren lights flashed around the arena. “Holla If Ya Hear Me” came up on the screen with Steiner’s voice also being heard. The music started up as Freakzilla walked out from behind the curtain and into the arena. He walked down the aisle and stopped outside the ring to kiss his bicep in front of the camera, Steiner then shook his arms on the outside of the ring before walking up the steps and climbing through the ropes into the squared circle. He removed his glasses and his chain’s over his head before once again shaking his arms and taunting to the crowd. His music stopped as the sound of clicking was heard alongside Hardy’s titantron video. The loading bar was shown and on reaching 100 we were greeted by a Matt fact: Matt only drinks Diet Cola, Hardy himself was already walking down the aisle with his Version 1 symbol above his head. The Matt fact then changed to: Matt hates Canada because it’s cold. Hardy by this time was in the ring and on the turnbuckle with his V1 signs raised to the booing crowd – who had obviously seen the second Matt fact. He jumped down from the turnbuckle and walked into a release overhead suplex from Steiner as the match got underway.

Scott Steiner vs. Matt Hardy Version 1.0

Hardy got back up immediately and walked into another release overhead suplex before Steiner climbed onto the top rope and taunted to the crowd. Hardy got up and shoved him off the turnbuckle and nailed him in the face with the left and right hands before throwing him across the ring into the opposite corner. Steiner trundled out and was taken down with a clothesline as Hardy climbed up onto the turnbuckle and performed a Steiner taunt. He jumped back down and pulled up Steiner before nailing a scoop slam followed by a standing leg drop. Hardy then hooked the leg for the cover, 1…2…Steiner shot his shoulder off the ground. Steiner then managed to fight his way back to his feet and planted Hardy with a Russian Leg Sweep! 1…2…Hardy kicked out. Steiner got back up to his feet and went to drop an elbow – only to have Hardy roll out of the way and nail a running dropkick off the ropes. Another cover saw a two count and Hardy was now getting annoyed, he stood back up to his feet and raised the Version 1 sign above his head and was ready for the twist of fait! Steiner got back to his feet and was kicked in the stomach; Hardy got him ready for the twist of fait! Steiner rolled around and clotheslined Hardy in a counter attack! Hardy was knocked onto his ass before he managed to climb back up to his feet. Steiner then pulled down his opponent to the mat again and locked in the Steiner Recliner! It did not take long for Hardy to reach down and tap the mat vigorously; Steiner had won this mini war tonight.

Winner: Scott Steiner

Steiner taunted on the turnbuckles before jumping down into the middle of the ring and taunting some more for the crowd. The cameras went to the outside of the arena however and showed Rexall Place in its full glory, after discussing the win for Steiner we were shown the Backlash logo and the King announced that WWE Backlash was sponsored by Castrol GTX – Drive Hard! The match graphic then popped up on the screen as it was time for the Handicap Match, Chris Jericho would next have to face the team of Trish Stratus and Christian one on two. The video package was readied and as JR finished his line it came in.

The video package started out with how Jericho and Christian had originally had a bet on about both of them being able to pull Trish and Lita, it then cut to Wrestlemania with Trish running down to the ring and screwing Jericho in his match against Christian. The kiss was shown in slow motion with Jericho’s expression saying it all. JR’s voice was heard saying how Jericho was now a wreak after what had happened and we were shown highlights of Jericho losing to Matt Hardy. Then it was time for the last ever highlight reel and how it degenerated down into a brawl between Christian and Jericho. Trish and Christian were shown kissing one more time as the video came to an end.

Back at ringside Christian’s music started up around the arena. The Canadian fans were in two minds about what to do – to boo or cheer as there was a combination of both. Trish lead out Christian into the arena and they both slowly made their way down into the ring. Christian sat on the rope to allow Trish in seemingly, that was until he jumped through in front of her…Trish didn’t seem to mind however and found it quite funny due to her laughing. Christian took a microphone as his music cut out.

Christian: I just have to say hello to my peeps in Edmonton tonight! I knew you all would turn out in your thousands to see me Christian beat the living hell out of Y2J Chris Jericho. I knew that I was the reason you came here to Backlash tonight, hell some people had a crazy idea the only reason why you lot are here is because of some loose toothed idiot called Chris Benoit. But don’t worry I set them straight…Now onto tonight and Jericho let me tell you this…

The countdown started on the video screen and interrupted Christian during mid-sentence; he did not have the chance to say what he wanted to and looked very annoyed by this. As Christian complained to Trish in the ring Jericho was standing at the bottom of the aisle with his arms out by his sides. He turned around to the cheers of the crowd before shouting some abuse at Christian and storming the ring. The referee called for the bell as he slid into the battlefield.

2 on 1 Handicap Tag Match

Chris Jericho vs. Christian and Trish Stratus

Jericho jumped up and speared Christian out of his boots! Jericho nailed some right hands before standing up and turning to Trish, she ran away but Jericho managed to grab her by the hair. Christian however came from behind with a low blow to stop any attack on the blonde bombshell. Jericho turned around into a DDT from Christian that rocked the ring. He made the cover, 1…2…Kick out by Jericho. Christian then pulled up Y2J and threw him off the ropes, Jericho however nailed the spear! Lionsault off the bottom rope! Nailed! Jericho hooked the leg! 1…2…Trish broke up the pin with an axe handle. She was now in no man’s land however and just managed to duck a Jericho attack before rolling out of the ring, Y2J followed in pursuit and eventually got dropkicked by Christian inside of the ring as he went for the baseball slide. Replays showed how hard the impact from boot to face was as the two men continued to brawl on the outside of the ring. When they eventually ended up back in the ring Christian made a cover, 1…2…Kick out. The second pin got the same result. Christian pulled up Jericho by his hair and nailed some knees to the face before planting a scoop slam. He then told Trish to get up on the top rope; he grabbed her above his head and dropped her down for a splash onto Jericho! Christian made another cover and once again only managed to get a two, however momentum was defiantly in his corner now. He pulled up Jericho and pulled him over towards Trish, she slapped him across the face and Jericho in a rage attempted to strike her – only to get clubbed down from behind with a right hand by Christian. This match was turning into a complete and utter mugging. Jericho was slapped down to the ground by Christian every time he was attempting to get back to his feet. Eventually the referee intervened and pulled Christian away to allow Y2J to actually get to his feet. Christian grabbed Jericho and delivered a pumphandle slam, he made the cover, 1…2…Kick out. Christian insisted to the referee that should have been it. He pulled up Jericho again and threw him off the ropes; Jericho ducked under a clothesline attempt and came back off the opposite ropes with a high elbow! Christian staggered back onto his feet and was taken down into the Walls of Jericho! Trish climbed into the ring and got into Y2J’s face! She shouted abuse and slapped him before Jericho released the submission hold and chased her out of the ring, Trish rolled into the ring on the other side and Jericho done the same – walking into the Unprettier! Christian hooked the leg! 1…2…Shoulder up! Jericho managed to get the shoulder up after Christian nailed his finishing move! Christian could not believe it and rolled to the outside of the ring, he grabbed a steel chair. Christian rolled back into the ring and fought with the referee over him having the chair; he shoved the referee down and swung the chair at Jericho – who ducked! He kicked Christian in the gut and rolled him up! 1…2…3! Chris Jericho had won this handicap match! Trish looked on from ringside horrified as Christian rolled out of the ring. He kicked the barricade and alongside Trish left the ringside area. Jericho just stared at them as they left together.

Winner: Chris Jericho

The home viewers went to the announce position where JR and King announced that it was time for the epic encounter between the owner of World Wrestling Entertainment and the GM of RAW. Eric Bischoff would meet Mr. McMahon next with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special guest referee, the stipulations being that if Bischoff wins then Kane is re-instated to RAW, of if McMahon wins that Bischoff is fired from his General Manager position and replaced by William Regal. The match graphic faded out before the promo video started.

The video started off showing Mr. McMahon making the transfer of Kane from RAW to Smackdown in order to stop the cross brand battle between him and his brother the Undertaker. Then the brawl between McMahon and Bischoff took center stage with eventually Austin making the announcement that at Backlash it would be McMahon against Bischoff with himself as the guest referee! Austin was then shown stunning both men and leaving both men looking concerned. We then shot forward in time to when William Regal returned and was announced as being the next RAW GM when Bischoff lost at Backlash. The tag match was shown in highlight form with Bischoff seemingly being favored by Austin as the video came to its conclusion.

Back at ringside Stone Cold Steve Austin’s music started. The glass shattered and the special guest referee rode down the aisle on his quad bike with a referee’s shirt on. Austin rode around the ring twice before pulling up at the bottom of the aisle and rolling into the ring. He then climbed the turnbuckles and raised his two hands to the sold out Edmonton crowd. “I’m Back” then cut in as Eric Bischoff walked out from backstage into the arena, he was in his usual kickboxing attire of a black robe with black gloves and he ignored the crowd as he focused on the match ahead. Once in the ring he gave a glance at Austin before punching at the air a few times and then throwing a few kicks…Austin smiled at this and Bischoff mouthed to him “what?” a few times. “No Chance” then hit around the arena, Mr. McMahon was led out by who he saw as the new RAW GM from Monday William Regal. Regal pointed towards Bischoff and was pep talking McMahon as he walked down the aisle, he stood on the outside of the ring and just looked at Bischoff as Austin called for the bell.

Eric Bischoff vs. Mr. McMahon

Referee: Stone Cold Steve Austin

McMahon eventually walked up the ring steps and climbed into the ring as Regal looked on from the outside, he was already cheering on McMahon as he walked towards Bischoff. Bischoff however backed away from this first advance and just punched at the air a few more times. McMahon smiled at this miming from Bischoff before he charged at the RAW GM and knocked him down onto the mat. He then mounted Bischoff and nailed the right and left hands to his exposed head before slapping him across the face! Bischoff held his face before looking at McMahon and chucking his black gloves onto the mat. Bischoff ran at McMahon and took him down into the corner; he then proceeded to stomp down on the owner of WWE in the corner before telling him to get up. McMahon pulled himself up and walked over to Bischoff before the RAW GM slapped him across his face. The two started to get into a brawl all around the ring before Bischoff ran at McMahon and the WWE owner was pulled to the outside by Regal. Bischoff followed McMahon out and threw him into the ring steps. Regal did not like this and grabbed Bischoff before planting a punch right to his head. Austin rolled to the outside of the ring and got in Regal’s face before turning his attention back around again to Bischoff throwing McMahon into the ring post. McMahon was now bleeding from his skull; Bischoff smiled and threw him up against the barricade. Regal walked around and stood in front of his boss to stop Bischoff from doing any more damage. Bischoff rolled back into the ring and taunted as Regal attended to McMahon. After a few moments McMahon staggered back into the ring. Bischoff ran off the ropes and was pulled down by Regal! McMahon made the cover and Austin refused to count! Vince was pissed and got in Austin’s face! Regal rolled into the ring and also protested. Austin had seen enough and kick, wham STUNNER! Regal was stunned clean into the mat, the impact sent the Englishman underneath the bottom rope and to the outside of the ring. McMahon turned around and was met with a side karate kick from Bischoff! McMahon hit the mat and Bischoff made the cover with the leg hooked! 1…2…3! Bischoff’s arm was raised by Austin before the RAW GM was given a Stunner of his own!

Winner: Eric Bischoff

Austin called for some beers as both McMahon and Bischoff lay down on the mat not moving. Bischoff had won but sure as hell he did not look like a winner, and now Kane would have to be re-instated back to the RAW roster! McMahon slowly pulled himself back up to his feet and turned around into a Stunner! Austin called for some more beers before climbing all four turnbuckles and celebrating with the crowd…

At this point the cameras went backstage as Terri was standing by ready to interview the hometown boy Chris Benoit.

Terri: Chris, tonight you are home.

Chris Benoit: I am indeed Terri, I am back home and I have brought my title with me.

Terri: But even with your home crowd’s backing you face a big challenge tonight from Evolution and even your own team members of Shawn Michaels and Maven.

Chris Benoit: There is no doubt about it that being in the right place at the right time will have a lot to do with the outcome of this match for me. It is basically a 3 on 1 on 1 on 1 match. We know Evolution are united for one purpose but I know that HBK and Maven both want my title.

Terri: Chris, can you leave Edmonton tonight still as the World Champion?

Chris Benoit: I don’t know, but I honestly know as long as I give my all for my home crowd I can’t do much wrong. I will still be a winner if I leave with the belt or not…

Terri: Thanks Chris, back to the ring.

Benoit walked off with his title over his shoulder as the cameras went back out to ringside. It seemed as if he was resigned to the fact that he would be losing the World Heavyweight Championship tonight. Lita’s music started up and it was obviously time for the Triple Threat Women’s Championship match. She made her way down to the ring quickly before climbing all four turnbuckles and taunting to the cheering Edmonton fans, her music shortly cut out and Molly Holly’s came in. Molly walked out into the arena with a blonde wig on her head, she was of course bald under that after Wrestlemania XX. Signs in the crowd said “Molly’s bald” and she tried to hold back the tears on looking at those eyesores, Molly rolled into the ring and stood in the corner waiting for the match to get underway. The Champion was the last out and Victoria jogged down the aisle and rolled into the ring, she climbed the nearest turnbuckle and had Molly attack her from behind to get the match underway.

World Women’s Championship – Triple Threat Match

Victoria © vs. Molly Holly vs. Lita

Molly nailed Victoria from behind until she fell off the top rope. Lita came up behind Molly and rolled her up quickly for a two count. Victoria regained her composure and nailed a high kick to Lita before throwing Molly over the top rope to the outside of the ring. The champion pulled Lita back up and threw her off the ropes before Lita countered and managed to score a hurricarana off the ropes the second time! Victoria was pulled to the outside of the ring by Molly before Lita slid out with a baseball slide and caught her in the face! She then pulled up Molly and threw her face-first into the apron. The impact was heard all around the arena and Molly pulled herself back into the ring quickly. Lita followed and started to exchange fists with the bald diva. Molly was thrown off the ropes and she managed to duck a clothesline before nailing a standing dropkick, Molly followed this up by locking in a chinlock on Lita who shortly found it difficult to get any breath into her body. Victoria was back in the ring by now and she grabbed Molly by her wig, this caused the hold to be broken and Molly turned around with a clothesline that nearly knocked Victoria clean out! Lita came from behind Molly and nailed a scoop slam before pointing over to the corner; she climbed to the top and came off with a moonsault, missed! Victoria pulled Molly out of the way! Victoria then covered Lita! 1…2…Kick out by one of the challengers for the Women’s Title. Molly reached down and went to grab Victoria around the chin only to have her wig ripped off by her! Molly was stunned and panicked in the ring before quickly sliding out of the ring and running off backstage, that would seemingly be her interest in the contest over. Meanwhile back in the ring Victoria pulled up Lita and nailed a DDT! 1…2…Kick out, Lita was not going to give this one up without a fight! Victoria pulled up her opponent and got nailed in the face, Lita climbed onto the top rope and came off with the hurricarana! Victoria countered with a powerbomb onto Lita’s surgically repaired neck! 1…2…3! That was that over.

Winner: Victoria

Victoria was passed the belt by the referee and her hand was raised, Lita was not moving to great and that move had really taken it all out of her. Victoria pulled up Lita and offered her hand, Lita held her neck and looked on before eventually accepting. Lita raised Victoria’s arm in the air before leaving the ring.

JR and King introduced highlights from the last few weeks on RAW for the home viewers as the ring was prepared ready for the World Tag Team Title match. It showed how the Dudley’s attacked Booker T and Rob Van Dam before the most recent brawl between the two teams. The video came off screen as a red firework came down from the ceiling onto the Backlash titantron. The Dudley Boyz music came in after the explosion and Bubba Ray alongside D’Von made their way out into the arena. The two brothers taunted to each other rather than the fans and smacked fists as they reached the bottom of the aisle, Bubba rolled into the ring as D’Von walked up the steps and climbed up the turnbuckle. He raised his two hands up slowly with the 3D logo before jumping into the ring. “Can You Dig It Sucka?” came in at that point as another bunch of fireworks went off by the titantron, the re-mix of RVD and Booker T’s music’s accompanied the two men as they walked out from behind the curtain into the view of the Edmonton fans. RVD made his Rob-Van-Dam taunt as he reached the bottom of the aisle before saying something to Booker and climbing into the ring. Booker taunted on the turnbuckle before the referee called for the bell.

World Tag Team Championship

Booker T and Rob Van Dam © vs. Dudley Boyz

RVD got Booker down from the top rope and had a little discussion while looking at the Dudley Boyz before Van Dam walked away and climbed through the ropes onto the apron. Bubba had already done so and that meant that D’Von would start off against Booker. After circling each other a few times the two men locked up in the middle of the ring, the lockup turned into a D’Von headlock on Booker. Both men ran off the ropes and D’Von was thrown down onto the mat, he got back up and ducked a clothesline attempt by Booker before knocking his opponent down onto the mat. D’Von reached over and made the tag to Bubba who climbed through the ropes and nailed an elbow to the face of Booker, this knocked him into the corner where Bubba climbed up in front of him and nailed the ten punches, Booker however shoved Bubba down after the tenth one and climbed up onto the top rope! Houston Hangover! That’s a move he hadn’t used in a while! The cover, 1…2…D’Von broke up the count. This brought RVD into the ring and he attacked D’Von with a flurry of punches and kicks before scoring the shoulder barge in the corner, he flipped backwards and ran into a raised foot! RVD rolled out of the ring as Booker nailed a DDT on Bubba. The second cover once again saw D’Von break up the count. Booker got up and started to hit D’Von until he clotheslined him over the top rope to the floor, Bubba came from behind and scored with a flapjack as Booker turned around! 1…2…Kick out. RVD made his way back onto the apron as D’Von recuperated on the outside. He reached out his hand and made the tag, Booker had just managed to crawl over and make the tag, Bubba was attacked by some kicks before RVD ran off the ropes and scored with a spinning heel kick! The cover! 1…2…Kick out. RVD went up onto the top rope and scored the 5 Star Frog Splash! D’Von rolled into the ring and was met by a Book End by Booker T! RVD made the cover! 1…2…3! And that short contest was over, RVD and Booker T had retained their tag team titles! Both men climbed up onto separate turnbuckles with their gold as replays were shown to the home viewers. They left the ring after having defeated the Dudley Boyz in one hell of a tag match.

Winners: Booker T and Rob Van Dam

It was now time for Cactus Jack to face Randy Orton in a Street Fight for the World Intercontinental Championship and of course Evolution are banned from ringside. The match graphic faded out with the promo video cutting in. It showed back to Wrestlemania when Orton, Batista and Flair took a beating from the Rock N’ Sock Connection before Orton managed to drag a win out from nowhere after hitting the RKO on Foley. The video then moved on to the RAW after Wrestlemania where Orton warned Foley to stay away and leave the situation dead…We then saw Foley shooting back at Orton and Cactus Jack returning! The beatdown on Orton continued in the video with it ending with Orton’s head dripping in blood and Cactus muttering the words: “This street fight is going to be BRUTAL!” Just when you thought the video was over however it faded back in with a pulse beep beeping in the background as the in-ring interview between Orton and Cactus was shown. It ended with Evolution beating down Cactus and throwing him through the window…the pulse sound died out and the video came to it’s conclusion.

Back at ringside the Backlash titantron cued up Cactus Jack’s music and video as the man himself slowly walked out from behind the curtain into the arena. The last time Cactus Jack had been part of a Street Fight he had lost to Triple H in a grueling World Title match at the 2000 Royal Rumble, that had been brutal and this had the same characteristics right here…Cactus rolled into the ring and made the “bang bang” gesture to the crowd before climbing out of the ring and grabbing a steel chair! He was not going to hang around! Cactus then rolled back into the ring and awaited his opponent. Evolution’s music cut in and Orton gingerly made his way into the arena, he was backed up by Ric Flair who gave him a quick pat on the back and whispered something before walking off backstage again. Orton stared at Cactus in the ring who was already swinging the chair towards his opponent in a future look at things to come. Orton eventually handed over his Intercontinental belt to the referee on the outside of the ring and then he called for the bell. It was now on!

World Intercontinental Championship – Street Fight

Randy Orton © vs. Cactus Jack

Cactus rolled out of the ring and started to chase Orton around it with the chair. After a lap or so Orton dove under the ring apron and struggled to pull himself along under the ring. Cactus grabbed his leg and slid him out from under the ring. Smack! Orton had a kendo stick in his hand and he nailed Cactus over the head with it! He flinched slightly and dropped his chair. Orton grabbed the chair and rolled back into the ring, he pulled the chair back and taunted for Cactus to get into the ring with him (he must have watched Rumble 2000). After a pause Cactus rolled into the ring and ran towards Orton who decked him right across the skull with the chair! Orton dropped the chair and rolled to the outside of the ring as Cactus attempted to get himself off the mat. Orton went over to the timekeepers table and pulled out something from behind it! It was a sledgehammer! Triple H’s weapon of choice normally! Orton held up the sledgehammer and smiled as he climbed back into the ring. Cactus was on his knees and facing the titantron; Orton came behind him and held the sledgehammer to his head! He was going to smash Cactus’ head in with the sledgehammer right here! Wait a minute someone ran through the crowd! THE ROCK! Rock was in the ring and turned Orton around into a Rock Bottom! He taunted to the crowd and removed the armband; it was time for the people’s elbow! Nailed! Rock rolled out of the ring and climbed over the barricade back into the fans, he had made his mark here tonight as both men laid down in the ring not moving. Cactus was still trying to pull himself up. He eventually did and rolled over onto Orton! 1…2…Kick out, just. Cactus stood up and saw the sledgehammer alongside him…a light switched on in his head and he picked up the weapon and awaited Orton to stand up. When Orton got to his feet he turned around and got cracked in the skull with a sledgehammer shot! Orton rolled out of the ring with the impact as Cactus held the weapon above his head. When we went back to Orton we could see the sledgehammer shot had busted him open as a small amount of blood was trickling down his face. Meanwhile back in the ring Cactus removed one of the top turnbuckle pads and exposed the metal ring…He taunted to the crowd about the accomplishment and then rolled out of the ring towards Orton. He picked up the Intercontinental Champion and threw him into the barricade and rammed his head off the ring post before rolling him into the ring. Cactus then lifted up the ring apron and started to look around under the ring for something…he put down that ring apron and went to another side of the ring and tried again. Success this time…he pulled out a 2/4 Wrapped in Barb Wire! The crowd went wild as he held it up and looked up at it. Orton was pulling himself up on the opposite ropes and did not notice what Cactus had as he rolled back into the ring. Orton turned around and was about to get nailed when he kicked Cactus in the lower regions! He was playing possum! Orton then grabbed the 2/4 that Cactus had dropped and nailed him in the spine with it! The Barb wire stuck to his clothes and tore bits of fabric before Orton dug it into his left arm! Cactus fell down off his knees with that shot. Orton chucked the 2/4 under the bottom rope out of the ring and covered. 1…2…Kick out from Cactus, it was not over yet! Orton banged his fists off the mat because he could not believe this match was still going on! Orton pulled up Cactus who rolled him up! 1…2…Kick out. Orton then ducked another Cactus attempt at a rollup and threw him face first into the top exposed turnbuckle! The shot dented Cactus’ skull and Orton rolled him up from the rebound, 1…2…Kick out. Foley had now been cut above the left eye after that shot into the exposed metal ring. He got back up to his feet and engaged in a fist fight with Orton before nailing the Double Arm DDT! That should do it! He hooked the leg! 1…2…Shoulder up! Orton just lifted the shoulder off the mat after the Double Arm DDT! Cactus looked shocked and surprised…However he got back up to his feet and reached down into his tights and pulled out Mr Socko! The dirty old sock was placed over his hand and he waved it backwards and forwards as he waited for Orton to get to his feet. When Orton did he turned around and immediately nailed the RKO on Cactus! That was a Wrestlemania XX copycat moment; it lost Cactus the match last time! The cover! 1…2…Shoulder up! Orton grabbed the referee by the shirt and could not believe that the RKO had not finished Foley off right there. The Intercontinental Champion then pulled up Cactus and threw him to the outside of the ring over the top rope. He followed him out by rolling under the bottom rope and proceeded to kick Cactus in the ribs as he crawled along the floor. Orton then removed the lid and monitors from the Spanish Announce Table! He grabbed the lid of the table and cracked it over Cactus’ back before nailing him in his busted open head with a monitor. The challengers head bled even more after the cut had been further opened up by the monitor shot. Orton then threw Cactus onto the table and climbed up with him. He pulled up Cactus for a piledriver only to be countered and backdropped through the table! Both men crashed through it into a bloody mess on the concrete floor. The referee checked on both men as the replays were shown to the home viewers. Cactus was the first to crawl away from the wreckage as he crawled over to the 2/4 and grabbed it. He then reached under the ring and found a lighter! The 2/4 was now burning, the flames flickered and Orton flung himself half over the barricade into the crowd when he saw Cactus heading towards him. Orton was pulled back and nailed right in the head with the burning 2/4. He held his head in agony as Cactus dropped the weapon and looked down to the floor. After a long pause he pulled up the floor mat! It revealed a concrete floor and Cactus liked the look of it. He taunted before picking up Orton and nailing the piledriver on the concrete floor! Orton’s head was driven into the concrete and he flopped over into a heap of skin on the floor, he was near enough dead after that move…Cactus though reached under the ring again and this time managed to pull out a ladder! He set up the black ten-stepped ladder and started to climb it! God knows what he was trying to do now! Orton got back up to his feet however and also climbed the ladder…Both men reached the top and started to nail each other with left and right hands that alternated with the grip on the actual ladder. Orton eventually grabbed Cactus around the neck and both men were flung into the ring with an RKO OFF THE LADDER! Both men crashed into the ring and Orton sat up with the impact before falling back again! What a brutal match here for the World Intercontinental Championship! Both men had given it their all! Cactus was actually the first one to recover and moved over to Orton and dropped an arm over his chest…1…2…Kick out. Another close fall. Orton then eventually climbed back to his feet…he rolled out of the ring and pulled out a table! He pushed it into the ring and set it up against the turnbuckle at an angle. It was going to hurt when someone went through that! Orton threw Cactus towards it and was countered! Orton was heading towards a collision with the table when he ran up it! Orton dropped backwards and grabbed Cactus (who was standing at the foot of the table) around the neck! RKO THROUGH THE TABLE! FOLEY’S FACE HAD BEEN DRIVEN THROUGH THE WOOD! The cover from Orton, 1…2…3! Orton had done it and had defeated Cactus Jack by himself in a Street Fight! The cameras focused in on Cactus’ face and how his nose seemed broken after that RKO face first through the table…Orton was passed his belt and he held it above his head before kissing it and rolling out of the ring. Orton wiped the blood from his eyes and face as he headed backstage…leaving Cactus Jack sitting up in the ring. The crowd cheered as Cactus got back up to his feet and looked around the arena, behind him the Rock entered the ring. Both men embraced and the crowd gave Foley a rounding ovation…it seemed like this match would be his last…

Winner: Randy Orton

We left the Rock and Foley in the ring as the graphic faded in and it was time for the main event of the evening…Triple H, Batista, Ric Flair, Chris Benoit, Shawn Michaels and Maven would fight it out for the World Heavyweight Title in a 6 Man Tag Team Match. As the moving images stopped the video started. The date March 14th popped up on the screen with stills of Chris Benoit hitting some moves on Triple H and Shawn Michaels flashing through darkness, they stopped with Benoit being seen with the championship belt over his shoulder and hugging with Eddie Guerrero. March 15th then came up on the screen, Triple H was shown saying how he was a better man than Chris Benoit and then Shawn Michaels was shown coming out onto the ramp and arguing the toss. Bischoff then was shown announcing the six man tag team match. Disease by Sevendust started up as he announced the match and we were shown Michael’s defeating Benoit that night as well as Maven being announced as the third man in the Benoit, Michaels team. With Disease about to hit the chorus Evolution were shown united and Batista pinning Benoit was shown. “Destroy all you see” saw a mixture of clips including Triple H’s face after he had lost to Maven as well as Benoit locking Maven in the crossface. A floury of moves was next as the chorus blasted for the second time around with the hard hitting drums providing perfect timing for moves being nailed (like the sweet chin music by Michaels and German Suplex by Benoit). The “Here it comes, here it comes” line showed the segment when Benoit attacked Michaels before the video slowed down and the music came to an end…The video ended with Evolution on the RAW stage raising each others arms.

As we returned to ringside the home viewers were thanked for ordering Backlash by JR and King and they then hyped Smackdown’s Judgment Day PPV next month saying how it would come from the Staples Center in Los Angelis and that tickets would go on sale next Friday. It would also be live on Pay-Per-View.

Evolution’s music started up around the arena as the hard hitting guitars came in…The ring bell was rung as Howard Fink announced the match and the rules. Batista and Ric Flair came out side by side looking a very perfect combination of strength and experience. Batista jumped from foot to foot for a bit before flinging his arms back and following Flair down the aisle towards the ring. Flair rolled into the ring and strutted for a few seconds before stopping and smiling, the legend removed his gown and handed it to a ring official on the outside of the ring as Batista climbed over the top rope and walked towards Flair. The camera then went to a wide shot of the arena as we were shown that Castrol GTX was presenting WWE Backlash tonight, live on Pay-Per-View. Back to the ring and Batista jumped up and down again as the lights faded and the game started to play around the arena. Triple H walked into view as the main rift started and he lowered his head, poured some water into his mouth and some over his head before spraying out in front of himself. HHH then walked down the aisle with a purpose, he knew this match was a very important one. He climbed onto the apron and held the rope before turning around and spraying some more water above him in the air. HHH then turned and climbed through the ropes into the ring. He climbed the nearest turnbuckle and raised his arms slowly in the air as the camera flashes appeared from everywhere. He jumped backwards off that turnbuckle and turned to his partners as the lights came back up around the arena. Batista and Flair smiled before a rather cautious Triple H banged fists with Batista and got patted on the back by Flair. The music stopped as Team Evolution was in the ring…”Sexy Boy” was the next music to hit as the crowd went wild after previous silence. After a dramatic pause the heartbreak kid himself strolled out from behind the curtain into the arena. He shook his arms and hands in the air while spinning around on the spot and then went down to his knees. The arms were raised and a line of fireworks went off along the top of the Backlash video screen. HBK then strolled down the aisle to the outside of the ring, he went left and started to remove some of his extravagant clothing as Maven’s music cut in. Maven walked out immediately into view and jumped up in the air while throwing his arms back, he then jogged along the aisle and pulled himself back from going straight into the ring – against what he obviously first thought. Maven then turned to look at Michael’s who looked back; there was no trust there at all. Then it was time for the World Heavyweight Champion to come into his hometown’s arena! Benoit’s music started up and the World Heavyweight Champion was met with a barrage of cheers and claps by his hometown fans, Benoit took it in his stride and looked around for a few moments before looking towards the ring and walking down the aisle. Benoit stopped on the outside of the ring and looked at his partners before all three slid into the ring at the same time. The referee held the six men apart and told Flair and HHH to get into their corner, after some arguing they did and Batista would start out for Evolution. The ref then turned to Benoit and told him he was starting, Michaels and Maven on hearing this got over to their corner really quickly. The bell was rung for a second time and the 6 Man Tag for the World Heavyweight Championship was underway.

World Heavyweight Championship – 6 Man Tag Team Match

Chris Benoit ©, Shawn Michaels and Maven vs. Triple H, Ric Flair and Batista

Benoit and Batista circled each other a few times before eventually locking up in the middle of the ring. Batista was more powerful and shoved Benoit down onto the mat, he got up however and both men locked up instantly again. Benoit looked like he was about to take Batista down only to be shoved back down himself, Batista smiled to himself as Benoit just looked on. A third lockup saw Batista attempt to throw Benoit down a third time, only this time Benoit locked his leg around Batista’s and then suplexed the monster over his head and into the mat! Batista got back up and looked pretty stunned by that move; he edged his way back over to his corner and made the tag to Flair. The nature boy climbed into the ring and strutted before locking up with Benoit and slapping the World Heavyweight Champion across the chest. Benoit was slapped all the way into his corner where Maven tagged himself into the match; he kicked Flair and twisted his arm around into an armbar. Flair was then thrown off the ropes and he countered as he came back towards Maven and nailed a clothesline, Flair strutted again as HHH was shouting that he wanted to be tagged into the match. Flair thought about it and eventually made the tag to the leader of Evolution. HHH walked across to Maven and slapped him across the back of the head as he was trying to get to his feet. Maven fell back onto the ground and HHH started to raise a smile as he pulled up the man who had defeated him two weeks running on Raw. Maven was thrown off the ropes and nailed with a knee to the face before it was time for the first cover. 1…2…Benoit broke it up. The World Heavyweight Champion made sure that fall would not go down right there; he was pushed back towards his corner by the referee as Triple H looked on. Maven was pulled up again and nailed with some right hands; however the young kid ducked under one and nailed a dropkick on HHH! He stumbled back into the ropes and Maven slid in with a baseball slide! The cover, 1…2…Kick out from Triple H. Maven got back up to his feet and laughed at Triple H who walked over and made the tag to Batista. Maven did not look happy about that and ducked away from the monsters advances before managing to get the tag to HBK. Michael’s climbed into the ring and ducked a big forearm from Batista before nailing a few rights of his own. Batista was up against the corner now and was getting slapped around, he didn’t like this and in a fit of rage picked up HBK and slammed him into the middle of the ring with a spinebuster from hell. The cover, 1…2…Benoit broke up the count. Triple H also looked like he was about to climb into the ring to break that one up – but he had changed his mind as Benoit jumped into the ring. Batista stared at Benoit and pulled up Maven again, he pulled him up above his head and military pressed him to the mat. Maven was taking one hell of a beating now. He was pulled up again only to slump against the ropes as Batista let him go, Batista ran over and raised his leg for a big boot and was low bridged over the top rope! The kick did catch Maven though and he was also taken over the top rope to the floor. The home viewers saw replays of that move and as they returned to live action Maven was being beaten up by Evolution while HBK and Benoit were in the ring trying to get pushed back by the referee. Maven was thrown into the ring steps and when the referee heard the crash he turned around and told Evolution to get back into their corner, HHH and Flair did so and acted if they hadn’t done anything as Batista threw Maven into the barricade. The referee rolled to the outside and tried to get Batista back into the ring only for the monster to pick up Maven and throw him head first into the ring post. At that point Batista saw the chance to roll back into the ring; Maven pulled himself up on the outside and was now busted open after cracking his head off the ring post. Blood poured from his skull as he rolled back into the ring and was pulled up for the Demon Bomb! Nailed! Both Michaels and Benoit climbed into the ring and broke up the fall however and then all hell broke lose. Flair and HHH also climbed into the ring and they started to brawl with Benoit and Michaels. Evolution were thrown off the ropes and the team of Benoit and Michaels took them over the top rope to the outside! They followed them out as Batista pulled up a limp Maven and nailed him with the second Demon Bomb! 1…2…Shoulder up! Batista could not believe it, he was seconds away from winning the World Heavyweight Championship right there! The referee turned his attention to the action on the outside of the ring with the other four wrestlers brawling. Batista was not happy and grabbed Maven with the intentions of a third Demon Bomb in a row to put him away! Maven nailed the low blow on the monster! He fell to earth with a crash and Maven made the cover! 1…2…3! OH MY GOD! Maven had done it! The brawling stopped on the outside as the attention turned to the ring where Maven had just won the match! He rolled out of the ring a bloodied mess and was handed the World Heavyweight Championship by the referee, Maven then walked backwards towards the back with the title raised above his head when…”I’m Back” interrupted his celebrations. Eric Bischoff who earlier on that evening had won his match with Mr. McMahon walked out from the backstage area into the aisle. He had a microphone.

Eric Bischoff: Cut my music, I am not allowing that decision to stand. Maven used an illegal maneuver to gain the pinfall over Batista. So referee ring the bell, this match must continue!

Maven was shocked as Bischoff walked back again backstage. He looked back down the aisle towards the ring and saw five men standing there looking back at him. Triple H, Ric Flair, Chris Benoit, Batista and Shawn Michaels were all staring at him as the referee called for the match to start again. They all turned around and re-took their positions in their corners; Maven slowly made his way down the ramp and rolled into the ring. Batista nailed some stomps to his spine before picking up Maven and dragging him over to the Evolution corner. He tagged in Triple H who kicked Maven down onto the mat before walking backwards into the middle of the ring and demanding that Maven get up and fight. He did do that and Maven slowly pulled himself back up to his feet. Triple H ran at him and Maven ducked under before diving and making the tag to Benoit! The crowd went wild as Benoit climbed into the ring and ran at Triple H. He nailed a couple of clotheslines before nailing an overhead release suplex. HHH got straight back up and walked into a German suplex! The arms were still locked around his waist as he nailed the second and then the third German. Benoit made the cover! 1…2…HBK broke up the fall. Benoit got back up to his feet and went face to face with Michaels…Both men were muttering stuff to each other as Flair and Batista climbed into the ring and attacked both men from behind. HBK was knocked over the top rope by Batista who then followed him out to the outside of the ring. Maven climbed back into the ring and took Flair over the top rope, it looked like at first he was heading towards Benoit. HHH was now standing behind Benoit as he leant over the top rope shouting at HBK. Michael’s then ran up and hung him up on the top rope! Benoit stumbled around and into the Pedigree! Triple H draped his arm over Benoit’s chest as the referee got down to make the count! 1…2…Benoit got his foot up onto the bottom rope! He had just saved himself from losing the World Heavyweight Championship right there! HHH could not believe it and pulled up Benoit for another pedigree, he countered it and backdropped Triple H! He then pulled him down into the crossface! HHH struggled in the hold and tried to roll out of it only for Benoit to lock the hold even tighter! The others were still brawling on the outside and not actually realizing what was going on in the ring, Triple H’s hand was getting closer and closer to the mat as Benoit kept holding the crossface. Then the hand was slammed against the mat, Triple H had tapped again! It was over this time for good! Benoit had made Triple H submit to the crossface right there!

Winners: Chris Benoit, Shawn Michaels and Maven

And Still World Heavyweight Champion: Chris Benoit

Benoit let go of the hold and was passed the belt by the referee. Flair and Batista pulled HHH out of the ring by his legs and carried their leader around the ring and off backstage. Meanwhile HBK looked on from the outside of the ring, he did not look happy and eventually also made his way off backstage. Benoit climbed the turnbuckles as his home crowd cheered one hell of a win. Maven rolled into the ring still a bloody mess and looked at Benoit; he obviously felt he should be World Heavyweight Champion after having his decision reversed by RAW GM Eric Bischoff. Benoit offered his hand to Maven who just clapped his hands together and left the ring, he did not look at all happy. Benoit watched Maven leave before continuing to celebrate this awesome win in front of his crowd. The cheers rang out around the arena as Backlash came to its conclusion. Benoit had done it!

Segment Ratings

Segment 1: Overall Rating: 68% - Crowd Reaction: 64% - Match Quality: 72% - *1/2

Segment 2: Overall Rating: 79% - Crowd Reaction: 82% - Match Quality: 75% - **1/4

Segment 3: Overall Rating: 80% - Crowd Reaction: 84% - Match Quality: 74% - **1/4

Segment 4: Overall Rating: 72% - Crowd Reaction: 86% - Match Quality: 40% - -*

Segment 5: Overall Rating: 72% - Crowd Reaction: 76% - Match Quality: 64% - *

Segment 6: Overall Rating: 83% - Crowd Reaction: 76% - Match Quality: 91% - ***3/4

Segment 7: Overall Rating: 84% - Crowd Reaction: 89% - Match Quality: 75% - **1/2

Segment 8: Overall Rating: 79% - Crowd Reaction: 82% - Match Quality: 74% - **1/4

Overall Rating: 77%

Buyrate: 1.66

Attendance: 17,326

Ticket Sales: $1,039,560

PPV Revenue: $4,150,000

Edited by TAFKA Castroneves
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WWE RAW

Monday 19th April

Pengrowth Saddledome – Calgary – Alberta – Canada

RAW opened with the WWE introduction video before going into highlights of Backlash which were presented like a slideshow in still images. Orton defeating Cactus Jack was the first to be shown before the video moved onto Maven having his pinfall eradicated by Bischoff and Benoit going on to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. After that the RAW introduction video started and on ending the fireworks sprayed up in the Pengrowth Saddledome as it was time for Monday Night RAW! JR and the King welcomed the home viewers to the first RAW after Backlash as the cameras panned around the crowd.

At that point Mr. McMahon’s music hit and the owner of World Wrestling Entertainment walked out onto the ramp. He was carrying a microphone and looked around at the Calgary crowd before briskly walking down the ramp and walking up the ring steps into the ring. McMahon looked around the crowd as they booed him vigorously. He then awaited his music to stop before speaking.

McMahon Brings Kane Back

Mr. McMahon: I am here tonight in Calgary to honour a pre decided stipulation to my and Eric Bischoff’s match at Backlash. The rules stated if I lost the match then I Vincent Kennedy McMahon would have to reverse a decision that saw me move Kane from RAW to Smackdown. Now I had good reasons to move Kane over to Smackdown, but obviously Bischoff could not see this and due to this he has now got Kane back on RAW. I would like Eric Bischoff to come down to this ring now actually, so he can welcome back his returning superstar. Eric…

After a long pause nothing was seemingly going to happen and McMahon continued to wait patiently. Eventually though he held the microphone back up again.

Mr. McMahon: Eric, I failed to point out that if you do not come out here there is no way you can sign the new contract which states Kane is once again a RAW wrestler. If you can’t sign that contract the deal won’t go through…Come on Eric, come out here.

McMahon waited again and this time nothing once again seemed to be happening. Until the fires of hell exploded around the arena, Kane trundled out onto the stage with William Regal following him from a distance behind. The two men made it down into the ring and a totally un intimidated McMahon just looked at Kane before smiling.

Mr. McMahon: Of course, I forgot to say that Eric Bischoff is going to be out of action for a short while…You see, when you make deals with the boss you forget the boss can make deals with others…By letting Kane transfer to Smackdown I was owed a favour by our monster here…Roll the footage.

The titantron’s video screen flashed up with a security video that showed Bischoff pull up at the arena an hour earlier in his car, then shortly into view came Kane who lunged at the RAW GM. Kane threw Bischoff against the WWE Production truck before chokeslamming the RAW GM into the concrete car park floor! The security camera footage ended there and McMahon looked on smiling from the ring.

Mr. McMahon: Oh and that’s not all! Mr Regal happened to be watching the situation unfold and grabbed the RAW camera crew to come and take some exclusive footage…Roll that tape!

Regal was shown shouting for the cameramen to come and about three camera men ran around the back corridors before bursting through a door into the car park. They went right up to Bischoff and saw him spitting up blood from his mouth – it looked like he had internal injuries. The footage then moved on to Bischoff being carted off to hospital in an ambulance. The video came to an end.

Mr. McMahon: Well Kane, seeing as Eric Bischoff cannot be here right now to sign the contract to bring you back to RAW I guess it becomes null and void…Kane you are still a Smackdown wrestler! Now I have received word from the hospital that Eric Bischoff is going to be out of action for a few months if not the whole rest of the year…now we need a General Manager who can take control of a massive roster of talent and who can be fair. There is only one man for the job, ladies and gentlemen I give to you, your new General Manager of RAW WILLIAM REGAL!

Regal stepped forward and shook hands with McMahon before looking around at the booing fans in attendance. McMahon raised the microphone one last time.

Mr. McMahon: Oh and Eric, you may have won the battle at Backlash…but I won the war.

The owner of WWE passed the microphone back over to Lillian Garcia before re adjusting his jacket and climbing through the ring ropes onto the apron. He dropped down and headed off backstage as RAW went for a commercial break.

-: Commercial Break :-

On returning from the commercial break it was time for the first match of the evening. Jindrak and Cade’s music started up around the arena as the tag duo walked out onto the stage. Both men took it slow down to the ring before climbing in and awaiting their opponents. The Superheroes music hit around the arena as Captain Cappotelli led out the two competitors tonight of Hurricane and Rosey. All three men taunted all the way down to the ring and Hurricane slid into the ring while Rosey climbed in off the apron. Cappotelli stood on the outside cheering on his fellow superheroes before the referee called for the bell.

Tag Team Match

Hurricane and Rosey vs. Mark Jindrak and Garrison Cade

Rosey decided to start out for the superheroes as Hurricane took himself onto the ring apron. Cade was persuaded by Jindrak to start the match for their team – it took a lot of convincing! Rosey turned his back on Cade while saying something to the Hurricane and got nailed in the back of the head with some fists; he stumbled over into the corner before Cade mounted him and went to nail some punches to the head. Rosey grabbed him and nailed a spinebuster out of the corner! The power behind that had Cade on the mat in agony. The cover, 1…2…Jindrak needed to break that one up without a doubt. His boot done enough to break up the pinfall. Rosey stood up and walked towards Jindrak who slowly backed off to his corner, the superhero turned around into a dropkick from Cade! He stumbled backwards before being nailed with a second dropkick! Rosey stumbled again but did not fall down! Cade was getting annoyed by this and ran off the ropes for a third dropkick! This one knocked Rosey into a leaning position against the ropes. Jindrak was tagged into the ring and both men ran at the superhero, he came off the ropes with a double clothesline before nailing the Samoan drop on Cade! He rolled out of the ring after that move and Rosey reached over – making the tag to the Hurricane. He jumped over the top rope into the ring and nailed a few punches on Jindrak before throwing him off the ropes and nailing a standing crossbody! 1…2…Kick out. Jindrak was still down on the mat and Hurricane headed up onto the top rope, he came off with a kick to the chin! Jindrak’s bell was rung and he was out cold! 1…2…Roll through! 1…2…3! That came from NOWHERE! Jindrak had turned a pinfall situation against himself into a win over Hurricane after rolling over and rolling up the superhero!

Winners: Mark Jindrak and Garrison Cade

The two men celebrated up the ramp as Hurricane, Rosey and Cappotelli looked on from the ring after what was a lucky win for the team of Jindrak and Cade. The cameras went backstage where Maven was warming up in his locker room.

Maven Receives THE Offer

A knock came at the door and Maven stopped his warming up before the sound of the door opening was heard. The look on his face said it all as Evolution walked in. Triple H led into the room Ric Flair and Batista before removing his glasses and looking at Maven from top to bottom.

Triple H: Well if it isn’t the guy who should be the World Heavyweight Champion right now…

Maven: What do you guys want?

Ric Flair: Why boy, WOOOOO! We’ve come to make you an offer you CANNOT refuse!

Triple H: Maven, last night you were royally screwed over by Eric Bischoff…You had the title won and then he came out and reversed a decision which he had no right to reverse. Maven you don’t even know half of the story, you may think that we are the bad guys…but we aren’t. That son of a bitch Benoit is the bad guy here. He went to Bischoff earlier that evening and made sure that he would leave his hometown as the champion, you see? Are you starting to get the picture?

Maven: So what you are saying is that Benoit fixed the result of the match so that until he managed to gain the fall the result would be thrown out…

Batista: Yes Maven, that’s entirely what we are saying.

Maven: Excuse me for not believing a word of it…

Triple H: Benoit could not face leaving his hometown as a loser Maven; he could not take the humiliation. Benoit knew that he faced a war against five guys who are better than him and he took out an insurance plan…But anyways that’s not the only reason we are here, we all saw potential in you yesterday night at Backlash. So we are offering you a place, a place with us here in Evolution.

Maven: What? Me join your little group? No chance Triple H, you are just a liar.

Triple H: (grunts) Well, We will give you some time to think it over, we will come and get our answer later. Good luck in your match tonight…Remember what we told you.

Evolution all turned around and headed out of the door as Maven looked on…He seemingly was not sure what to believe about what had just been told. After a long pause Maven continued his warming up exercises.

Back out at ringside Christian’s music started. The man himself was followed out by Trish Stratus as he was ready for singles action against one half of the Tag Team Champions, Booker T. When he climbed into the ring he called for a microphone.

Christian Sets the Facts Straight

Christian: Cut my music! Now last night there was a travesty here in this very ring! I am trying to not get angry but I cannot believe that I let Chris Jericho win the Handicap Match…The man is an emotional wreak and should have had no chance against the Peeps champion! Jericho is not a better wrestler than me, I am smarter, quicker and actually have some charisma! It was a fluke win, and that’s all. I just don’t want you – my peeps getting upset and worried because this thing with me and Jericho is FAR from over and it won’t be over till justice is done.

Christian passed the microphone back to the ring crew before pulling Trish in and hugging her. “Can You Dig It? Sucka.” Hit around the arena as Booker T walked out onto the RAW stage. He raised his hand to his face and taunted before jumping up in front of a wall of flame. Booker then headed down the ramp and rolled into the ring. Christian kicked him down to the mat as the match got underway.

Christian vs. Booker T

Booker fought his way back onto his feet and threw Christian off the ropes, he went for a clothesline only to have it ducked, Christian came off the ropes and nailed a bulldog before making the early cover which got a two count. He pulled up Booker who raked him in the eyes and turned around with a spinning heel kick; Christian got back up and ran into a clothesline that knocked him onto his head! As Booker saw this he raised his hand and performed the spinerooni! As he got back up from the move he walked into a massive DDT! Booker’s head was driven into the mat with force by Christian! 1…2…Kick out. At this point Jericho walked out onto the stage, Christian saw this and went over to the ropes and pointed at Y2J. He then pulled up Booker and nailed the Unprettier! 1…2…3. Christian had won the match but instead of celebrating he just looked on towards Jericho who was looking down the ramp towards the ring.

Winner: Christian

Jericho continued to look on from the stage before turning around and walking off backstage, meanwhile in the ring Christian and Trish were deep in conversation…RAW went to a commercial break.

-: Commercial Break :-

On returning from the break Evolution’s music hit around the arena, the guy who managed to defeat Cactus Jack at Backlash walked out onto the stage. World Intercontinental Champion Randy Orton (who did look the worse for wear) made his way slowly down the ramp and around the outside of the ring. Orton passed his belt to a crew member before pulling himself up into the ring with a microphone in his hand.

Legend Meets Legend Killer

Orton looked around at all the fans who were booing him with a serious look on his face.

Randy Orton: Last night I done what no one thought I could do. I destroyed Cactus Jack in a Street Fight. What more do I have to do to prove to you all that I am a legend in the making, that I am one of the best damm wrestlers on the RAW roster if not in the entire WWE. Now I have defeated the real man in Mick Foley, and the idiotic false character of Cactus Jack there is no more left of Mick Foley that wants a piece of Randy Orton. You won’t be seeing that fat lump of crap back in a WWE ring again.

The crowd booed this news as Orton still kept his serious expression, whatever was eating him up was obviously a lot more important than him ending Mick Foley’s career.

Randy Orton: But as so typical in wrestling when one thing ends another one starts. Last night at Backlash there was a certain wrestler who took it up himself to be a good friend and show up to try and make me lose. That wrestler as you know is that over rated actor the Rock. Now Rock, you seemingly want to be the next one on my list of legends to be defeated by the legend killer himself Randy Orton. And I have this to say to you…

But before Orton could get any more out the crowd went wild! “If you smellllllllll, what the Rock is cooking!” hit around the arena! Orton looked on in shock as the people’s champion himself strolled out from behind the curtain onto the stage. He held a microphone in his hand. Rock raised his eyebrow to the camera before waiting for his music to stop.

The Rock: (looks around) finally…the Rock HAS COME BACK TO CALGARY! Randy Orton you stand there in the ring saying how you are the best, how you are the legend killer, how you ended Mick Foley’s career. Well the truth is Randy Orton is that you haven’t ended NO ONE and the Rock means NO ONE’s career! You see Randy Orton, the Rock was at Backlash last night because he was there backing up an old friend, backing up one of the greatest wrestlers to ever set foot in a WWE ring…

Randy Orton: Rock, sorry for me to interrupt you but a true legend needs to know something. Why are you back here, why are you back on RAW. I would have thought you would be off making another blockbuster hit to go alongside all the other blockbuster hits you have been in. What’s going on?

The Rock: What’s going on Randy Orton? Let the Rock tell you this, the Rock was sitting in his multi-million pound on set van at his last movie when he had a revelation. To return to the WWE for Wrestlemania XX. To come back to what made him what he is today and to join Mick Foley in kicking Evolution’s ass! So to cut a long story short Randy, the Rock got up and walked off the set and walked all the way to New York City! So now the Rock has no movies, no other commitments for the next few months, so Randy Orton. The Rock has come back to kick your CANDY ASS! To get revenge for showing up the great one on the biggest stage of them all at Wrestlemania.

Randy Orton: So this is all about me and Evolution defeating you and Foley at Wrestlemania? If you thought you could beat me why did you come back? It’s obvious I am the better wrestler.

The Rock: The Rock…came back to show his commitment to a friend, and do you know what? The Rock has not come here for a fight this week…Nah, nah you see the Rock came back tonight with a message for you Randy Orton from Mick Foley! (Rock pulls out a piece of paper) You see Mick Foley doesn’t think this thing is over between you and him. Randy Orton you may have defeated Cactus Jack and Mick Foley but next week you had better be ready…Because next week you will be fighting for Mankind, Wait, wait, wait. Damm Mick don’t you know what joined up writing is?!? Let the Rock try that one more time, because next week you will be fighting Mankind!

Randy Orton: So Rock, you are saying that Foley is challenging me to face Mankind next week here on RAW? Tell him I accept, and that I shall in this ring next week destroy another side of Foley’s four quarters. His kind, caring side is gone. His demonic, homicidal side is gone. Next shall be his schizophrenic, disturbed side. If you smell, what the legend killer is cooking!

The Rock: Wait, wait, wait Randy Orton. You got that all wrong, it goes like this! IF YOU SMELLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOWWW, WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKING!

Rock’s music hit and the People’s Champion replaced his glasses before pointing at Orton and leaving the stage, so next week Mick Foley would be returning as Mankind! Orton has already defeated Cactus Jack and Mick Foley himself…can he defeat Mankind and eliminate another quarter of Foley’s entire being? It would be a challenge indeed.

The cameras went backstage where Maven was outside Chris Benoit’s locker room. Maven looked at the door before finally bursting in. He came face to face with Benoit.

Maven Wants the Truth

Maven: Chris, I heard some rumours going around that you fixed the Backlash main event so that you would defiantly leave with the World Heavyweight Title around your waist from your hometown. I came here to find out if these rumours are true or not.

Chris Benoit: Maven, why would I bother going to all that trouble to do that? I would never do that anyways, I wouldn’t feel like a winner. Bischoff made his decision but you can’t feel hard done by because you’ve got another chance to win the gold tonight.

Maven: Chris, you wouldn’t lie to me would you? I mean you are telling the truth right?

Chris Benoit: I am telling the truth, see you in the ring kid.

Maven turned away and still didn’t look impressed; it seemed from here that Evolution had done enough to convince him that Benoit HAD fixed the Backlash main event. But anyways tonight it would all be decided when the two men meet one on one for the World Title.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we came back from the commercial break it was time for Shawn Michaels to face Matt Hardy Version 1.0 in singles action. HBK’s music hit around the arena and the heartbreak kid got a majority of boos from the arena; he looked around and carried on with his normal taunts all the way to the ring before bending down and raising his arms as the fireworks on the apron flashed from left to right. Michael’s then removed all of the excess clothing like his t-shirt as Hardy’s entrance started up. The video loaded up before we were greeted with our Matt facts of the evening: Matt has a reputation as a heartbreaker. And, Calgary is home to losers. Simple and to the point. Version 1 walked down the ramp with the symbol raised above his head before rolling into the ring and climbing up onto the turnbuckle. Unsurprisingly he got more cheers than HBK…

Shawn Michaels vs. Matt Hardy Version 1.0

The referee called for the bell as Hardy went to lock up with HBK, the heartbreak kid ducked and nailed some right hands before Hardy raked him in the eyes and threw him off the ropes. Hardy then came off the opposite ropes with a spinning heel kick; Michaels ducked it and ran off the others ropes into a spinebuster! Countered in mid air with a DDT! Hardy rolled out of the ring with the impact as the replays were shown to the home viewers. Michael’s followed his opponent to the outside of the ring and nailed some punches to the back of the head before Hardy shoved down HBK and went to grab a steel chair…The referee grabbed the chair on the outside as Version 1 swung it ready over his head, he was not happy and argued with the referee as HBK rolled back into the ring. Hardy eventually got back into the ring and got nailed with right hands by Michaels. Hardy was thrown off the ropes and HBK locked in the sleeper, backdrop by Hardy! He grabbed the tights with the pin! 1…2…The referee stopped counting. The referee saw that Hardy had a bunch of tights with that pinfall and gave him another warning. HBK sprung up off his back onto his feet and caught Hardy under the chin with the Sweet Chin Music from nowhere! 1…2…3. And that was over. The kick had caught Hardy right under the chin and had knocked him clean out.

Winner: Shawn Michaels

HBK pulled himself under the bottom rope and headed off backstage as Hardy came back around; he looked very dazed and had to be helped out of the ring by the referee. The referee and Hardy made their way to the back as JR and the King announced that this week’s Smackdown show would be a supercard show effectively. With Kurt Angle meeting Eddie Guerrero for the WWE Title inside a steel cage and the ex-tag team of the World’s Greatest Tag Team facing each other. Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas…with the man behind the split Sean O’Haire as the guest referee! King and JR then added that another match had just been signed, it would be a triple threat match to decide a new Cruiserweight champion! Rey Mysterio vs. Shannon Moore vs. Paul London! It certainly is going to be a big Smackdown this week.

Benoit heads to the Ring

At this point cameras went off backstage where Chris Benoit was walking around the corridors heading towards the ring ready to defend his World Heavyweight Championship against Maven. Benoit looked focused as he got closer and closer to the ring…RAW went to a break.

-: Commercial Break :-

On returning from the break Maven’s music hit around the arena, the man who scored a pinfall over Batista to become the World Heavyweight Champion for two seconds walked out onto the ramp. If it was not for Bischoff reversing the decision he would be the champion right now…Maven climbed into the ring and raised his arms before facing the titantron and awaiting his opponent. Benoit’s music started up and the World Champion himself was shortly out onto the stage, he stopped and looked around at the cheering fans before heading down the ramp and rolling into the ring. The referee told both men what the rules of the match were before holding up the championship belt and calling for the bell.

World Heavyweight Championship

Chris Benoit © vs. Maven

Benoit and Maven circled each other a few times before they both locked up. Benoit took down Maven with an armdrag and Maven managed to get free before stamping on Benoit’s hand! The champion got back up and held his hand – it was obvious Maven wasn’t going to play nicely in this match. Maven then lunged at Benoit, who ducked out of the way and caught him with a release overhead suplex on the second attempt. Maven got back up and got taken down with a German suplex, the bridge was still there and the referee started to count. 1…2…Kick out. Maven locked up with Benoit again and both men forced each other into the corner of the ring. Benoit was punched against the corner before Maven climbed up and hit the ten punches. Benoit though shoved Maven to the mat and climbed onto the top rope, Benoit went for the diving headbutt very early on! 1…2…Maven kicked out! That proves that this kid means business right there! Benoit could not believe it and attempted to lock in the crossface, Maven rolled out of the way and scored with a standing dropkick. Benoit was knocked against the ropes and Maven ran in with the knee raised, he had a very offensive and heavy hitting side to his wrestling today – something not really seen in him at all! Benoit got his breath back as Maven was held back by the referee. Eventually Maven walked over and pulled up the champion who fought back with some fists. He threw Maven off the ropes and scored with a flapjack onto the top rope! Maven stumbled backwards into another German! Two more German Suplexes followed before Benoit made the cover. 1…2…Kick out. Maven would not be giving this match up without a fight. Benoit stood up and waited for Maven to get back to his feet, the champion was surprised when Maven turned around and knocked his block off with a monstrous clothesline! Benoit hit the mat and must have been seeing starts after that one! Maven then made his way up onto the top rope! He came off with Benoit’s headbutt! NAILED! Maven hooked the leg, what a way this would be to win the belt! 1…2…Shoulder up! Benoit had just managed to kick out of that pinning situation. As the replays were shown and as both men recuperated in the ring Evolution walked out onto the stage…Triple H had Batista, Flair and Orton behind him as he looked on from the stage at the match as it unfolded. Benoit and Maven were brawling in the ring again, then Benoit took Maven down! Crossface! Maven struggled all around the ring as he tried in vain to get to the rope…but he did! Maven just got his hand onto the bottom rope and Benoit had to break the hold. By now Evolution were walking down towards the ring, the four men then stood by the apron and once again watched the match. Benoit was standing and just stared straight back as Maven got back up to his feet! Maven climbed onto the top rope and came off with the flying dropkick! He caught Benoit in the back of the head! He fell like a rock to the mat, 1…2…Shoulder up! Benoit kicked out of Maven’s finishing move, that was VERY close! Maven was now getting annoyed and he rolled out of the ring, he grabbed a steel chair…Maven rolled back into the ring and was ready to strike Benoit as he got back to his feet…Benoit turned around and ducked the chair shot! Maven dropped the chair and Benoit took his opponent down! Sharpshooter! Evolution continued to look on as Maven struggled in the sharpshooter. Benoit kept the challenger in the middle of the ring and eventually he tapped out. Maven had to give it up; there was no way he was getting out of the sharpshooter.

Winner: Chris Benoit

A Changing Point

Benoit was passed his belt as Evolution climbed into the ring; they all stood across from Benoit and helped Maven up. Maven was passed the steel chair by Triple H as Benoit climbed onto the turnbuckle to celebrate – he hadn’t even noticed that there were five very annoyed wrestlers standing across the ring from him! Maven looked at the chair and moved into the middle of the ring…he had a choice right here, would he hit Benoit with it or not? Benoit jumped down off the top rope and came face to face with Maven.

Triple H: Hit him Maven, nail Benoit with that chair! He screwed you over and cost you the chance to become the World Heavyweight Champion. HIT HIM!

Maven swung the chair back and cracked Benoit over the head with it! Evolution came from the corner and hugged Maven! They congratulated him as Maven continued to stare at Benoit.

Triple H: Maven…welcome to Evolution.

Triple H dropped the microphone and hugged Maven again, Evolution then all raised arms. Maven had joined Evolution after they had managed to convince him that Benoit had screwed him out of the title. Evolution continued to celebrate around Benoit’s lifeless body as RAW went off the air.

Segment Ratings

Segment 1: Overall Rating: 77%

Segment 2: Overall Rating: 77% - Crowd Reaction: 69% - Match Quality: 85% - ***

Segment 3: Overall Rating: 86%

Segment 4: Overall Rating: 87%

Segment 5: Overall Rating: 76% - Crowd Reaction: 76% - Match Quality: 77% - **1/2

Segment 6: Overall Rating: 80%

Segment 7: Overall Rating: 78%

Segment 8: Overall Rating: 85% - Crowd Reaction: 87% - Match Quality: 82% - ***3/4

Segment 9: Overall Rating: 68%

Segment 10: Overall Rating: 72% - Crowd Reaction: 69% - Match Quality: 75% - **

Segment 11: Overall Rating: 80%

Overall Rating: 78%

Rating: 6.04

Attendance: 8,033

Ticket Sales: $321,320

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WWE Smackdown

Thursday April 22nd

Prospera Place – Kelowna – BC – Canada

Smackdown opened with a highlights package from the week before with the steel cage being lowered over the ring for the Eddie Guerrero interview before the brawl between the two men who would be fighting it out for the WWE Championship this week…Or would they? The video ended with Tazz commenting how both men were not meant to touch each other till the 22nd…Heyman was shown leaving the ramp looking very annoyed. Then the video faded into the Smackdown introduction video before the fireworks exploded around the arena…the Prospera Place in Kelowna was a display of colour as the cameras saw more and more fireworks go off. When they had stopped the crowd was shown cheering, and one fan was carrying a “Judgment Day Comes Early” sign with a steel cage picture on it. But first…

The Only Option

The General Manager of Smackdown Paul Heyman walked out onto the stage to his music. Heyman looked around at the crowd before nodding to himself and walking down the ramp, he after a momentary pause entered the ring and was passed a microphone.

Paul Heyman: Last week Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle left me in a bad position, in a bad situation that could have been avoided. Those two men signed a legal document which states that if either man has any physical altercation with the other tonight’s match would be cancelled. And last week Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle broke out into a brawl inside the steel cage and both shoved this contract back in my face!

Heyman was about to continue but he stopped and put the microphone down by his side before taking a deep breath and speaking again.

Paul Heyman: I had a lot to think about over this last week, I had a lot of decisions to make. But none bigger than if I shall allow tonight’s Steel Cage match for the WWE Championship to go ahead…There it is (points up) The Steel Cage is right there…it will either remain there all tonight, or it will be lowered around the ring and shall be used as a weapon by two men who want to tear each other to bits in the ring.

Heyman stopped and paused again.

Paul Heyman: I eventually came to the decision this morning that tonight…the Steel Cage match for the WWE Title. WILL GO AHEAD. Hell it’s the biggest night of Smackdown since Wrestlemania twenty, and I am going to go into my office and watch it unfold. ENJOY THE SHOW!

The crowd loved it and Heyman left with a smile on his face, everyone was happy as it was time for the biggest Smackdown card of the year to get underway…after the break.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned from the commercial break Rey Mysterio’s music started around the arena. The man himself was thrown onto the stage via a launch pad and he jumped around the place as he made his way down into the ring. When Mysterio was in the ring he called up for the 619 and ran up towards the ropes. He went through them with the 619 motion and climbed a turnbuckle to taunt some more. It was going to be a very important match. The cameras then showed Chavo Guerrero Sr standing on the outside of the ring and he was holding what used to be his son’s Cruiserweight Championship. He looked on into the ring as Shannon Moore made his way down the ramp and into the ring – what an opportunity for Moore who has been lost since Matt Hardy left for RAW. The final competitor came in the form of youngster Paul London. London strolled down the ramp and slid into the ring before climbing the turnbuckle and raising both arms to the crowd. He jumped down and the match was almost ready to begin.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship – Triple Threat Match

Rey Mysterio vs. Paul London vs. Shannon Moore

Moore took the first punch to London before he and Mysterio got involved in an exchange of shots. Moore was thrown off the ropes; he jumped over Mysterio’s legsweep attempt and straight into a dropkick from London! Moore rolled out of the ring as London and Mysterio turned to face each other, both men locked up with Mysterio being taken up for a backdrop, he rolled over London’s shoulders onto his feet and took out the legs with the legsweep. London then jumped back up and got thrown into the ropes, as he came back off Mysterio caught him with a spinning heel kick! 1…2…Moore broke up the count. Moore and Mysterio started to exchange monkey tosses before Mysterio got rolled up, 1…2…London broke up the count. He threw Mysterio to the outside of the ring and locked Moore into a armbar before throwing him off the ropes and scoring with another dropkick! 1…2…Kick out. Both men brawled back onto their feet and did not notice Mysterio on the top rope! He came off with a double crossbody before making the cover on Moore, 1…2…Kick out. Moore was thrown over to the outside of the ring as Mysterio tripped London onto the middle rope! 619! London fell backwards across the ring before Mysterio climbed on top! West Coast Pop! 1…2…3! Moore just reached in but could not break up the count. Mysterio celebrated as Chavo Guerrero Sr climbed into the ring and gave him the belt. He shortly left the ring as Mysterio continued to celebrate to the fans in attendance.

Winner: Rey Mysterio

Returning From Holiday

Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi wore their tag belts over their shoulders as they wandered down the corridors and knocked on Paul Heyman’s door. Dawn Marie opened it and the two men walked inside where Heyman was sitting in his big black chair.

Paul Heyman: So you guys are back then

Scotty 2 Hotty: That’s right Paul and man, thanks for the holiday its just what we both needed.

Paul Heyman: It’s no problem guys, it was my pleasure.

Rikishi: How’s the tag team terror tournament going?

Paul Heyman: Fine, fine, its having a week off this week before the second semi-final next week.

Scotty 2 Hotty: That’s kool. So we are here tonight you want us to do anything?

Paul Heyman: Actually, there’s a match I have for you two here tonight. Its going to be non-title with you two facing off against Ultimo Dragon and Funaki – who are in the tag team terror tournament final.

Rikishi: That’s all well and good, we will prove that we are the best team on Smackdown here tonight.

Paul Heyman: Good luck guys.

Rikishi and Scotty both turned around and left the room as Heyman looked on. Dawn Marie came over with a drink for him as the cameras went back to ringside. Sean O’Haire’s music started up and the man himself walked out onto the stage, O’Haire wore his normal black trench coat rather than a referee’s shirt and eventually rolled into the ring. When he was in the ring he taunted on the turnbuckles before waiting for his two wrestlers that he would officiate tonight. The World’s Greatest Tag Team’s music started up around the arena as Charlie Haas made his way down the ramp before climbing through the ropes into the ring. Haas pointed at O’Haire and said something before Benjamin made his way out to the same music. He ran down the ramp and slid into the ring.

Charlie Haas vs. Shelton Benjamin

Special Referee: Sean O’Haire

Haas and Benjamin locked up as O’Haire leant back over in the corner and watched. Haas took down Benjamin with an armbar before Benjamin rolled over and locked in the head scissors. After a struggle Haas rolled around and locked in another armbar on his ex tag team partner. Benjamin bridged up and hit the backside on Haas, O’Haire dropped down and lazily counted, 1…2…Haas rolled off. Benjamin got into an argument with O’Haire as Haas then rolled him up, 1…2…Kick out. Benjamin jumped up and immediately got Haas into a headlock before running off the ropes and being taken down with a legsweep and a standing splash. 1…2…Bridge into a rollup! 1…2…Benjamin kicked out. O’Haire went back over to his corner and slumped again before Haas nailed a dropkick off the ropes onto Benjamin! The cover again, O’Haire did not budge this time however and ignored Haas calling him over. Haas eventually let go of the pin and went face to face with O’Haire…He slapped him across the face! O’Haire nailed a massive right hand and Haas staggered into a pin! 1.2.3! FAST COUNT from O’Haire! Haas had been royally screwed out of this match! Benjamin rolled out of the ring as O’Haire followed him. O’Haire raised Benjamin’s hand before he clotheslined him into the floor!

Winner: Shelton Benjamin

Judgment Day Draws Closer

O’Haire shrugged before backing up the ramp and laughing towards Haas and Benjamin who both had been screwed overall in this whole situation. The video screen then went to Paul Heyman who was sitting in his office.

Paul Heyman: Sean O’Haire! Seeing as you like to defy me and my authority and like to cause problems in this Smackdown roster I am now going to cause a problem for you. You see in little under a month’s time Smackdown has an exclusive brand Pay-Per-View named Judgment Day…That night you will face your judgment. With all that you have done to split Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin up it seems only fair that you face off with these two guys. Triple Threat Rules.

O’Haire looked back towards the ring where Haas and Benjamin were talking and pointing at O’Haire, it seemed like they had finally realised that he was behind their splitting up. The World’s Greatest Tag Team stared a hole through O’Haire as he eventually raised a smile before heading off backstage.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned from the commercial break Michael Cole and Tazz introduced the next match of this Smackdown supercard show. The match graphic came up as it was time for the Undertaker to meet Kane with the Urn hanging from a steel pole in the corner of the ring.

Undertaker vs. Kane Hype Video

The hype video went back to Wrestlemania XX when the Undertaker made his return to face Kane, it showed how the deadman made his way down into the ring before cutting into highlights of the actual match. It showed Taker gaining the pinfall before moving to the night after on RAW when the lights went out and the gong sounded again! It showed Kane looking concerned before flashing forward to the Smackdown where Mr. McMahon announced that Kane was now a Smackdown wrestler before highlights of Kane in some matches on Smackdown. The video’s last segment concentrated on Kane gaining possession of the Undertaker’s Urn and realising that his power source came from it. Undertaker being shown requiring help from the ring by medical crews was the last shot shown before the video came to its end.

The fires of hell exploded on Smackdown back at ringside as Kane wandered out onto the stage with his black towel draped over his head. He slowly trundled down the ramp before pulling himself up onto the apron and pulling himself over the top rope into the ring. Kane stared at the Urn that was hanging off the side of a steel pole on the top right turnbuckle. Then the lights around the arena went out and cheering was heard from every side of the ring. The gong sounded a few times before Paul Bearer led out the Undertaker onto the stage. After a short pause both men walked down the ramp to the outside of the ring. Taker walked up the ring steps and raised the lights before Kane dashed over to grab the urn. The referee called for the bell.

Urn on a Pole Match

The Undertaker vs. Kane

Kane climbed up onto the top rope and went to grab the urn when Taker went underneath him and nailed a powerbomb off the turnbuckle! Kane was down as Taker got back to his feet and turned around to face the turnbuckle, he looked around before starting to climb. Kane ran up from behind and knocked him back down onto the mat before the two men started to exchange right hands. Undertaker took the advantage and scored with a scoop slam before dropping a leg drop onto Kane’s head. Taker got up and signalled for the tombstone as Kane sat back up, Taker then pulled his opponent back up to his feet and got punched in the gut for good measure. Kane then threw Taker off the ropes and nailed the big boot right to the skull! Taker sat back up as Kane looked towards the Urn again; he nailed a sidewalk slam on the big red monster before getting back up and after encouragement from Bearer heading for the Urn. Taker got up alongside the pole and was about to grab the Urn when Kane hit him from behind, Taker fought back however and twisted the arm before walking across the ropes! He came off and nailed the forearm to the shoulder and Kane was knocked down into the mat face first. As Kane rolled about in pain Taker rolled under the bottom rope and pulled out a steel chair from underneath the ring! He rolled back in and cracked Kane right in the skull with it! The monster flinched and stumbled backwards as Taker scored with a second shot! The third knocked Kane against the ropes! Taker then dumped the chair and ran towards his brother for a clothesline attempt! Kane grabbed Taker around the neck from nowhere and scored with the chokeslam! Kane got back up after that one and climbed up onto the turnbuckle, he pulled off the Urn and climbed back down with it back in his possession. Taker was back on his feet and stared a hole through Kane…both men kept staring each other out until Kane ran at Taker with the Urn! He ducked and Kane was grabbed and pulled up for the chokeslam! 1…2…Kane kicked out. Taker got back up from the pinfall position and grabbed the Urn from Kane’s hand before taunting for too long and turning back around into a monstrous big boot from Kane! Taker dropped the Urn and as it hit the mat and because of this he had seemingly jarred his back! Kane pulled up the wounded Undertaker and nailed the tombstone! 1…2…3. Kane had won this match thanks to Taker dropping the Urn and thus hurting himself.

Winner: Kane

Kane smiled before picking up the Urn again and raising his arms to burst the turnbuckles into flames. Paul Bearer looked on disappointed from the outside as Kane flipped himself over the top rope backwards onto the floor. He made his way backwards up the ramp from the ring and continued to stare at the Urn and at Undertaker who was now sitting back up. Kane had re-gained possession of the Urn and still had the Undertaker’s life source under his control…

-: Commercial Break :-

Cena Attacked

As Smackdown returned from the break John Cena was shown sitting in his locker room talking on his phone to someone. It became apparent it was his tag team partner of recent Edge.

Cena: That’s cool man, yeah nothing much is happening here tonight…Next week you will do this? Great man, you are chasing your dream and that’s cool. I know, see you later.

Cena pulled his phone back away from his ear and smiled before placing it down by his side, the sound of someone bursting through his door was heard as the Big Show ran in and jumped Cena! Show picked Cena up above his head and slammed him through a table before chucking the rapper into the concrete wall the other side of the room! Show laughed as Cena couldn’t get back up, blood was pouring from a gash in his head…Cena had been attacked by the monster the Big Show.

Back out at ringside the WWE Tag Team Champions music hit around the arena. Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi walked out onto the stage with their gold around their waists before they both taunted to the fans and headed down the ramp into the ring. Both men climbed the turnbuckles and taunted before Ultimo Dragon’s music hit around the arena, Funaki lead out the Dragon as he stopped in front of the flames coming from either side of the stage and crossed his arms. Funaki rolled into the ring and was shortly followed by Dragon. Both teams shook hands in the middle of the ring as the referee called for the bell.

Non-Championship Match

Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty vs. Ultimo Dragon and Funaki

Funaki and Scotty would start out this match and both men locked up in the middle of the ring. Scotty grabbed Funaki around the waist and nailed a front slam before running off the ropes and missing a baseball slide kick. Funaki took out Scotty’s legs and splashed him before being bridged up into a backslide 1…2…Funaki rolled off his shoulders. Dropkick straight to Scotty’s face! Funaki covered and also managed a two count. He slid over to his corner and made the tag to Ultimo Dragon. Dragon nailed some kicks and punches to Scotty before the Tag Champion managed to rake Dragon’s eyes and make the tag to Rikishi! He climbed through the ropes and nailed the Samoan Drop on Dragon! He covered, 1…2…Kick out. Rikishi made the tag again to Scotty who climbed up onto the top rope, he looked like he was going for a moonsault when Dragon climbed up behind him and nailed a top rope backdrop! The impact left both men down on the mat hurting. Scotty looked really hurt and was holding his neck as Dragon made the cover. 1…2…3. Rikishi could not believe it that Scotty could not kick out of that, Dragon and Funaki celebrated in the ring as Rikishi dropped down from the apron. That move had been enough to end the match and Rikishi could not believe it.

Winners: Ultimo Dragon and Funaki

-: Commercial Break :-

Eddie Guerrero Interview

The cameras then went backstage where Rue was standing by with the WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero.

Rue: Eddie, tonight you face Kurt Angle inside a 15 foot high Steel Cage with your WWE Title on the line…I was wondering what your feelings are about this challenge that you are about to face.

Eddie Guerrero: Well Rue you see last week me and Kurt Angle had a first hand experience of that Cage, we threw each other around and beat the living hell out of each other till we were no more…My feelings about the challenge are that I am going to win this match for Chavito who is still resting up in hospital.

I am going to win this match for the familia of Guerrero’s who are watching on TV.

Rue: Kurt Angle is a focused man however and he is going to be difficult for you to beat in the eyes of some.

Eddie Guerrero: Wo, wo, wo there Ruevito. You see Eddie Guerrero has no problem beating Kurt Angle’s Olympic ass all over the cage. Angle is nothing compared to me, sure I did have respect for him for what he has done at one point…that was until he proved himself to be nothing more than a fraud. Kurt Angle is going to have to watch out as I will enjoy making him bleed here tonight…

Rue: Good luck Eddie, back to the ring.

Eddie stormed off camera as the tale of the tape came up on screen, it showed the comparison between the two wrestlers and how Angle had the advantage with Cage matches over Guerrero. When this screen disappeared the Steel Cage was lit up by flashing lights and slowly lowered itself down over the ring, ring officials then secured the structure onto the ring and Kurt Angle’s music hit around the arena. After a pause Angle walked out onto the stage to a chorus of boos and “you suck’s” from the fans, he looked around before raising his arms and firing a load of fireworks above him into the air. Angle then walked down the ramp and around the ring, he surveyed the cage and made sure it was secure before climbing in through the door and twirling in the middle of the ring. Angle then looked up back towards the entrance as Eddie Guerrero’s music hit. He didn’t stay in the ring however because he headed back outside and grabbed a steel chair as Eddie drove out alongside the ramp in a green lowrider. Angle climbed back into the ring with his steel chair in hand as Guerrero high fived some fans and circled the ring. The WWE Champion then also climbed into the ring and ducked the chair shot, the match began!

WWE Championship – Steel Cage Match

Eddie Guerrero © vs. Kurt Angle

Eddie nailed some right hands as Angle held the chair down alongside him. Eddie then ran back towards his opponent and got cracked over the skull with the chair! Angle looked down at his corpse as the fans showed their disapproval. Eddie was already busted open slightly! Angle didn’t wait around for long and pulled Eddie back up before throwing him head-first into the cage! Eddie stumbled back and Angle then threw him into the other side! Eddie’s cut was opening up as Angle then grabbed the Champion and rubbed his face along all four sides of the steel cage! Eddie managed to score with a low blow with his leg and took down Angle with a spinning heel kick before making the cover, 1…2…Angle powered out. Eddie and Angle both got up at the same time and the challenger took the advantage after nailing a standing dropkick. Angle made the cover, 1…2…Kick out. When he got back up to his feet Angle looked up towards the top of the cage, Eddie was a bleeding mess and would not be going anywhere…Angle then started to climb the cage. Half way up Eddie pulled himself back up and grabbed hold of Angle’s foot! Angle kicked Eddie in the face and then came off the side of the cage with a forearm that knocked the Champion down to the mat again. Angle pulled down one of his straps at this point and signalled it was time for the Angle lock! He grabbed Eddie’s leg and locked in the submission! The Champion’s face was a crimson mask and all he could do was try to break the hold. Guerrero eventually rolled over and sent Angle into the turnbuckle. Eddie then got back up and nailed a sliding dropkick between Angle’s legs! As Angle rolled about the floor in pain Eddie looked towards the steel chair that was still lying in the ring, he grabbed it and raised it behind his head before smashing an exposed Angle over the head with it! Two shots later and the Olympic Hero was down and not moving on the mat. The cover from Eddie! 1…2…Angle shot his shoulder off the ground. This didn’t discourage Eddie though as he looked over to the turnbuckle and pointed towards it, he climbed onto the top rope and Angle sprung back up to his feet from no where! Angle ran over and nailed a massive release suplex that had Eddie from the turnbuckle to the mat in under two seconds! The crowd were stunned by that move as both men were now down. Angle was slightly busted open as well now; it must have been caused by Eddie’s earlier chair shot! Angle eventually managed to crawl over and drop his arm over the Champion’s shoulders! There could be a new champion right here! 1…2…Eddie got his shoulder off the mat. Angle pulled himself up on the ropes before heading over to the top right hand corner of the ring, he removed the top turnbuckle pad before Eddie managed to get to his feet. The WWE Champion attempted to whip Angle into the turnbuckle and Angle countered! Eddie crashed into the exposed turnbuckle and Angle nailed the Angle Slam immediately after the contact! 1…2…Eddie just kicked out! The last possible second saw Eddie fight his way out of that move. Both men were down on the mat as the home viewers were shown replays of that last move into the turnbuckle and into the Angle Slam before the pin. As we returned to live action both men were once again struggling to their feet. Angle and Eddie exchanged right and left hands before Eddie nailed a hurricarana and made the cover, 1…2…Kick out from Angle. Eddie climbed up onto the top turnbuckle and came off for the frog splash; Angle grabbed the steel chair lying about the ring and held it up straight into the airborne Guerrero! Angle made the cover, 1…2…Shoulder up! How many times will these guys kick out! Eddie managed to pull himself back onto his feet again and climbed onto the top rope; Angle went after him and got kicked down onto the mat. Frog Splash! Nailed! Eddie hooked the leg! 1…2…3! That was all! Eddie had retained the WWE Title!

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

After the match Eddie’s hand was raised as the steel cage started to be lifted from above the ring. He was passed his WWE Title as Angle lay down still not moving. It had been an epic encounter between these two men and both were bloody messes all over the ring, but Eddie Guerrero had managed to retain the WWE Championship! Smackdown went off the air.

Segment Ratings

Segment 1: Overall: 77%

Segment 2: Overall: 74% - Crowd Reaction: 61% - Match Quality: 87% - ***

Segment 3: Overall: 76%

Segment 4: Overall: 80% - Crowd Reaction: 60% - Match Quality: 93% - ***3/4

Segment 5: Overall: 80%

Segment 6: Overall: 86%

Segment 7: Overall: 84% - Crowd Reaction: 90% - Match Quality: 71% - **1/4

Segment 8: Overall: 70%

Segment 9: Overall: 67% - Crowd Reaction: 49% - Match Quality: 85% - **1/2

Segment 10: Overall: 79%

Segment 11: Overall: 91% - Crowd Reaction: 95% - Match Quality: 84% - ***1/2

Overall Rating: 77%

Rating: 6.23

Attendance: 8,044

Ticket Sales: $321,760

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WWE RAW

Monday 26th April

Kansas Expocentre – Topeka, Kansas

The introduction video hit as RAW was ready to go live. As the video ended the cameras burst into the arena and the fireworks blazed everywhere from end to end of the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. The crowd looked ready for one hell of a night of RAW, one fan had a sign saying: “Why Maven, Why?” in reference to Maven attacking Benoit last week and joining Evolution.

Evolution Interview

At this point Evolution’s video started to play on the video screen and the music cut in over the speakers. Flair leads out Orton, Triple H and Maven while Batista guarded the rear. All three men looked around from the ramp before Flair strutted a bit and made his way down the ramp into the ring. When all five men were in the ring Triple H called for a microphone and was passed one as the music stopped.

Triple H: Everyone here last week in this very ring witnessed the dawning of a new era in the Evolution faction. Maven took us up on our offer of joining us and made us an even stronger unit…I can see talent in Maven that I could not see before; he has that fire that all the greats have had. Maven is going to be one hell of a wrestler over the years to come…

Maven asked for the microphone and Triple H passed it over to him with no hesitation.

Maven: Last week I joined Evolution to create myself a future. Chris Benoit is a man walking around carrying the World Heavyweight Title, it should belong with us here in Evolution but is currently with a fraud. We will not rest until the World Title is back where it belongs.

With that Evolution all raised arms together and their music started up again. It was a short and to the point way to start RAW. Evolution wants the World Heavyweight Championship back in their group and they would be willing to do anything to make that happen…

The cameras then went backstage as William Regal sat behind his desk in his office. He had a General Manager: William Regal sign that he was looking at with a smile. Then a knock came at his door.

William Regal Meets the Law

The sheriff himself Stone Cold Steve Austin stormed into Regal’s office. Austin banged his fists down on the new General Manager’s desk as Regal nearly jumped out of his skin. Austin then smiled before he began to speak.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: William Regal, you are the new RAW GM.

William Regal: Yes…um…I am.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: Well William, I am the law around here! You see me and Eric Bischoff had a little agreement where if he didn’t piss me off I didn’t piss him off…Do you want to have a similar agreement Regal?

William Regal: Well, yes of course Stone Cold!

Stone Cold Steve Austin: Well nah nah! It ain’t going to happen. You see Stone Cold Steve Austin has a problem when people weasel their way into positions they weren’t meant to. You got into this job thanks to Kane assaulting Eric Bischoff in the parking lot. Hell, what makes you think you can run this show better than Bischoff?

William Regal: Well…

Stone Cold Steve Austin: WHAT?!?

William Regal: Well, you see…

Stone Cold Steve Austin: WHAT?!?

William Regal: Ok, Stone Cold you want to know why I would run this show better? Because Mr. McMahon said I would. That’s not to mention I have managed to bring an ex-RAW superstar back to RAW tonight.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: WH…Who have you brought back to RAW, Bill Goldberg? Bill Goldberg to return tonight!

William Regal: He should be arriving shortly, you shall see Austin. Oh and if it is Goldberg I would be worried because I did watch Wrestlemania and you did not part on gracious terms. Now would you kindly leave my office?

Austin was going to say something else when he banged his fists on the table and turned and walked out of the door, it slammed behind him. Regal sat smugly in his seat as he had got one over the Texas Rattlesnake right there. Could it really be the return of Goldberg here tonight? Or is it another ex-RAW superstar? RAW went to a break with these questions still strong.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned from the commercial break La Resistance’s music hit around the arena. Rene Dupree took to the stage alone while raising his French flag above his head and furiously waving it from side to side. He slid into the ring and waved the flag some more before passing it to the ring officials on the outside of the ring. Then attention turned back up the ramp to the stage as “Can you dig it? Sucka?” came out over the sound system. Booker T came out onto the stage with his tag belt around his waist and taunted as a wall of flame came up from behind him. He then made his way down the ramp and rolled into the ring, a quick taunt was interrupted by Dupree who attacked him from behind to get the match underway.

Booker T vs. Rene Dupree

Booker managed to pull his Tag Team Title belt off his waist as Dupree laid in some right hands to the back of his head. Booker got back to his feet and nailed Dupree with an elbow as he came back off the ropes, Dupree fell down and Booker dropped a high elbow before making a quick two count cover. Dupree was pulled up and on reaching his feet raked his opponent right in the eyes, Dupree performed a little dance from side to side before running off the ropes and scoring with a perfect bulldog. Dupree made the cover and also managed a two count. Dupree locked in a headlock as Booker sat up and he dragged one half of the tag team champions back down onto the mat. The shoulders were down and the referee made a count, 1…2…Booker sat up again. Dupree eventually worked Booker back down to the mat a second time and he once again only just managed to pull himself up. The referee then lifted Booker’s arm up into the air, it dropped once. The second time it also flopped to the floor, the third time Booker managed to get a burst of energy! He nailed some elbows to Dupree’s stomach as he got back up to his feet and ran off the ropes scoring with a high kick as he came back across the ring. Dupree stumbled back up onto his feet and walked straight into a kick to the stomach; Booker ran off the ropes and nailed the scissors kick to the back of the skull! 1…2…3! Booker T had won this match.

Winner: Booker T

Dupree rolled out of the ring and was helped to the back by the two other La Resistance members who had just made their way from the back. Meanwhile in the ring Booker T looked around the fans and eventually raised his hand up, he shook the head and performed the spinerooni! Booker then got back onto his feet and celebrated on the turnbuckles as the cameras went backstage.

A Limo Arrives

Backstage a limo pulled up in the car park. The windows were tinted out and William Regal quickly ran over to the door to have a peak in. The door opened and Regal smiled before beginning to speak.

William Regal: Welcome my friend, welcome back to RAW. We sure have missed you. Yes Stone Cold Steve Austin is here…he’s waiting.

Regal smiled before the camera’s broke away and RAW went to a commercial break.

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned from the break two red fireworks came down from the ceiling and hit the titantron, the Dudley Boyz music started up and Bubba alongside D’Von came out onto the stage. The two half brothers banged fists on the stage before quickly making their way down the ramp and sliding into the ring. When they were in the ring both men climbed a couple of turnbuckles and got a respectable amount of boo’s from the crowd. Then as their music came to a halt “Hello Ladies” came over the sound system. Val Venis walked out onto stage with a towel around his waist and was eventually followed out by Lance Storm. Venis looked down the ramp into the ring before smiling and walking alongside Storm down the ramp. Venis removed his towel in his sexy manor before the referee called for the bell.

Tag Team Match

Val Venis and Lance Storm vs. Dudley Boyz

Storm climbed through the ropes onto the apron as Venis would start this match against Bubba Ray Dudley. Both men circled each other a few times before they locked up. Venis was winning the strength battle until Bubba pulled out of it and planted an elbow straight to his face! Venis stumbled backwards and got nailed by closed fists by Bubba until he was knocked down with an uppercut. Venis pulled himself back up and ran at Bubba who back body dropped him straight onto the mat; Bubba pulled him up again and shook his fists around before planting another bionic elbow right to the skull. Bubba grabbed Venis by the head and dragged him over to his corner before making the tag to D’Von, both men engaged in some double stomps down in the corner as Storm attempted to climb into the ring. Bubba eventually rolled out of the ring as D’Von threw Venis off the ropes and nailed a standing elbow spin in the air. The cover managed a quick two count. D’Von didn’t like that and gave the referee a stare before Venis started to fight back up to his feet, he managed to duck a right hand and plant a DDT! Both men were down and hurting after that move and eventually Venis managed to pull himself over to his corner and make the tag to Storm! Storm burst into the ring and took down D’Von with a scoop slam before ducking a right hand from Bubba and nailing a superkick right to the skull! Bubba hit the mat and as D’Von got back up Storm nailed a superkick right to the chin on him! 1…2…3! Storm had hooked the leg and had pinned D’Von Dudley to pull off a surprise win over the Dudley Boyz!

Winners: Val Venis and Lance Storm

Venis and Storm were not hanging around to celebrate however and quickly got out of the ring as Bubba and D’Von helped each other up in the ring. What a great win for Storm and Venis right there! They both taunted back up the ramp before heading off backstage. The Dudley’s still could not believe it as they stood in the ring pointing towards the back and chatting.

Trish and Lita Brawl

The cameras then went to backstage where Trish Stratus was walking along a corridor. A door opened to her left and out walked Lita, both women nearly walked into each other before both stopped.

Trish Stratus: Watch it Lita, you nearly knocked me over!

Lita: Well Trish, the way you have been acting recently…you were lucky I didn’t.

Trish Stratus: What’s that supposed to mean?

Lita: You hanging out with Christian now, I mean there was a point that you hated him as well as Chris Jericho. I just wonder what is going on in your head.

Trish Stratus: You are just annoyed at me because you haven’t got anyone. I took my chance with the decent man that Christian is, look at what happened to you when you took a chance. It lasted five minutes and meant nothing.

Lita: Oh is that so Trish?

At this point Lita slapped Trish right across the face, she fell to the ground and Lita quickly mounted her. Some fists to the face and head banging off the floor followed before the two divas started rolling down the corridor. When they stopped Lita continued to beat the hell out of Trish until security came and broke them both up. Lita was screaming and swearing revenge as Trish removed a bit of blood from her busted open lip.

The cameras then went back to ringside as “One of a kind” hit. The other half of the World Tag Team Champions RVD walked out onto the stage. His partner Booker T earlier had defeated Rene Dupree in a nice opening contest but RVD’s challenge would be a match against ex-Intercontinental Champion Christian. When RVD was in the ring he climbed up onto the middle rope and taunted to the fans. Then Christian’s music hit, he himself walked out onto the stage and pointed around towards the fans with a smile on his face. Christian then strolled a little bit down the ramp before stopping at the bottom and looking around at the booing fans some more. RVD slid out of the ring and started to exchange fists with Christian on the outside as the match got underway.

Rob Van Dam vs. Christian

The referee rolled to the outside and managed to convince Christian to get into the ring after he had thrown RVD into the ring steps. Christian stood in the ring and told RVD to get back in the ring, as the referee was helping Van Dam up Chris Jericho rolled into the ring from behind Christian! He nailed him from behind with a clothesline before locking in the Walls of Jericho! Christian was tapping all over the mat and the referee looked up and saw what was going on. The referee told Jericho to get out of the ring as RVD rolled in and made the cover! 1…2…Christian kicked out. Christian quickly raked RVD in the eyes as he was trying to be pulled up and turned around towards Jericho who was backing up the ramp. Christian was distracted and this gave RVD the chance to roll him up from behind! 1…2…Roll through! 1…2…Kick out. RVD was on his feet first and dropkicked Christian right in the face! 1…2…Kick out. A lot of near falls early on in this contest, Jericho continued to look on from the stage as Christian nailed a monkey toss on Van Dam. RVD got back up however and ran into a scoop slam. By now Jericho had walked back down the ramp and was standing on the outside of the ring, he kept distracting Christian as he tried to pull up RVD. Eventually Christian pulled up his opponent and got nailed with a kick to the face before the rolling thunder! RVD made the cover and managed a two count before he climbed up onto the top rope, 5 Star Frog Splash missed! Christian rolled him up! 1…2…3. He had stolen that one.

Winner: Christian

Christian immediately returned his attention to Jericho standing on the outside of the ring after the win. Both men looked at each other and it was obvious this situation between the two men was still a long way from over as RAW went to a break.

-: Commercial Break :-

A Big Return!

William Regal’s music hit at ringside and it seemed like it was time for the big return of the evening. The RAW GM walked out onto stage in his suit and waved to all the fans with a smile before making his way slowly down the ramp to the outside of the ring. There he was passed a microphone and he climbed into the ring…Regal looked around the crowd again before speaking.

William Regal: Well ladies and gentlemen I promised you all a big return here to RAW tonight! But before we get on to that I want Stone Cold Steve Austin in the ring to see it face to face. Because you see this return involves him a great amount! So Stone Cold please come out here!

Austin’s music hit around the arena as the man himself drove out onto the ramp on his quad bike. Austin circled the ring once before slamming on the brakes and parking up alongside the barricade and the bottom of the ramp. He didn’t wait too long and quickly rolled into the ring, this was followed up by Austin climbing all four turnbuckles and raising both his hands in the air. Eventually he took a microphone from the ring crew.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: William Regal, I know you have got Goldberg back there waiting for me! So why don’t we get this over with and let me beat that son of a bitch to the ground!

William Regal: Well fine Stone Cold, but I think you will be surprised because Goldberg has not signed with WWE RAW. Oh no, I have someone else just waiting back there who has some major problem with you! Come on out!

No music or video came on for a few seconds until shortly the pre-recorded sounds of “Gillberg”, “Gillberg” were heard being played around the arena and yes…you guessed it Gillberg walked out onto the stage. Regal clapped and cheered in the ring as Austin looked on with a smile on his face…Gillberg tripped half way down the ramp and managed to just about regain his composure before holding his back as if he had tweaked it. Regal shook his head a little bit before cheering some more.

William Regal: Why come into the ring dear Gillberg!

Stone Cold Steve Austin: This is some kind of joke right? (laughing)

William Regal: No Austin this is no joke, this is serious because you see Gillberg has a major problem with you that needs sorting.

Gillberg went over to Regal and took his microphone before turning to Austin.

Gillberg: Stone Cold Steve Austin, you are nothing more than a thief! You stole my gimmick back a long time ago and took what was my rightful spot at the top of the WWE!

Austin continued to laugh as Gillberg was about ready to continue his argument, Gillberg had near enough tears in his eyes when Austin had decided he had seen enough and delivered the Stunner! Regal quickly got out of the ring and pulled out Gillberg behind him…Both men backed up the ramp as Austin took a microphone off the ring mat.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: I don’t know where you two bastards are going! Regal you promised me a big return here tonight. If you can’t fill that promise its down to good old Stone Cold Steve Austin to do it for you. So ladies and gentlemen! KEVIN NASH!

Cheers came from the crowd as the titantron came into life and Kevin Nash walked out onto the stage. He adjusted his arm pads as Regal and Gillberg looked behind them…They were now stuck on the ramp with Austin coming from the ring and Nash coming from the stage! As Nash got closer Regal chucked Gillberg to him and jumped off the side of the ramp! Regal ran off backstage as Nash pulled up Gillberg and nailed a massive Powerbomb on the ramp! Gillberg had been broken in half after that move! Austin walked up to Nash with a smile on his face and after a short staredown Austin raised Nash’s arm and both men headed off backstage! Kevin Nash was back on RAW!

The cameras then went backstage where Randy Orton was standing by with Terri ready to conduct an interview.

Randy Orton Interview

Terri: Randy Orton, you have been distracted for the best part of four months by the whole situation between you and Mick Foley. Tonight you have to face Mankind here on RAW, what are your feelings at this moment in time?

Randy Orton: Well Terri, Mick Foley is a very sick man. He should be locked up inside a nut house away from all the people he could hurt in society. This people fail to see that I am doing Foley a favour by constantly defeating him in the ring and reminding him that he needs to give everything up. He is a liability to his friends and even his family…I have taken it as my job to stop the pain he is causing others.

Terri: The Rock returned at Backlash and last week on RAW announced this match, what are your feelings on the great one?

The Rock: Wait, wait, wait just a minute there. (the Rock walks into shot) Terri you do not need to ask Randy Handy Orton about what he thinks of the Rock, I know Randy Orton you don’t like the Rock but the Rock doesn’t like you so that’s all cool. You see Randy Orton you say Mick Foley is a loser is a liability when in fact you are the paranoid one…you are the one who cannot leave this thing with Mick Foley alone...YOU ARE THE ONE…keeping Mick Foley alive in the ring…I wouldn’t wait around Randy because Mankind is making his way to the ring right now…and he is going to beat you. This time you have met your maker Randy Orton.

Randy Orton: I have defeated Cactus Jack and Mick Foley Rock. What makes you believe that Mankind can defeat the purest form of Evolution here today?

The Rock: The fact that he won’t give up…If you smelllllll what the Rock is cooking!

Rock and Orton engaged in a staredown before Orton shoved his way past Rock and headed towards the ring. Rock was shown looking towards Mankind’s opponent tonight and he managed a quick smile before walking off in the opposite direction.

Back at ringside the attention was all up to the stage where the sound of a car crash was heard! And with that Mick Foley in his Mankind persona walked out onto stage! He walked across to one side of the stage and raised his arm before adjusting his mask and going across to the other side of the stage. Orton then from nowhere ran onto the stage! He nailed Mankind in the back of the head with a steel chair! Mankind stumbled around the top of the ramp and was knocked down with the second shot! This didn’t stop him however as Orton kept hitting him with the chair as he crawled down into the ring. The referee called for the bell as Mankind pulled himself into the ring.

Non-Championship Match

Randy Orton vs. Mankind

Orton rolled into the ring behind Mankind with the steel chair still in hand and had it quickly removed by the referee who snatched it from behind his head. Mankind dropkicked Orton to the knee before running off the ropes and nailing a clothesline. Orton was down and Mankind saw the chance to go onto the top rope already! He did and dove off with an elbow drop that was missed! Orton pulled up Mankind after that and went for the RKO only to be thrown off into the ropes and nailed with the Double Arm DDT! 1…2…Orton kicked out, just. Mankind then reached down into his trousers and pulled out Mr Socko! The crowd went wild as Foley climbed the turnbuckle and adjusted the sock into position over his hand; he had turned his back on Orton for too long though! Orton came from behind him and nailed a neckbreaker off the top rope after a long time setting it up! Orton then made the pin! 1…2…Mankind shoved Mr Socko into Orton’s throat! Mankind got his shoulders off the mat and after holding the sock down Orton’s throat for a long time he tapped out! Orton had lost!

Winner: Mankind

Mankind continued to hold the sock down his throat however and was now starting to squeal at the idea of making Orton pass out in the hold. The Rock walked out onto the ramp and smiled at Mankind in the ring as he eventually broke the hold. Foley removed the mask and smiled back when Orton nailed the RKO off the ropes! Rock looked on in shock as Orton had layed Foley out, Rock then stormed the ring and Orton ran through the crowd to safety. Even though Mankind had won this match Orton had the last laugh once again!

-: Commercial Break :-

As we returned from the commercial break we were back at ringside ready for the main event of the evening. Evolution’s music hit as Maven strolled out onto the stage, he stopped on the stage and Triple H’s music came straight in. The man himself walked out onto stage with Flair and Batista alongside. Evolution then slowly made their way down to the ring together as one unit ready for the tag team main event. When in the ring Triple H’s music stopped and HBK’s hit! Shawn Michaels strolled out onto the stage before taunting to the crowd and making his way down the ramp. When he reached the bottom the World Heavyweight Champion’s music hit around the arena. Benoit walked out with his championship around his waist and quickly joined HBK on the outside of the ring. They both slid in together and started to brawl with Maven and Triple H as the match got underway.

Tag Team Match

Chris Benoit and Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H and Maven

Benoit took the advantage over Maven as Michaels also hit the hell out of Triple H. However a double rake to the eyes in Evolution’s favour saw Michaels thrown off the ropes and nailed with a high knee as Maven knocked Benoit to the outside of the ring with a clothesline by the ropes. Maven then climbed through the ropes into his corner as Benoit re-cooperated on the outside of the ring. HBK was back on his feet by now and was nailing Triple H with some closed fists before he came off the ropes and nailed the flying forearm. HBK then went over to the corner and started to call for the Sweet Chin Music already! When he was about to run in and hit it Maven grabbed the heartbreak kid by the hair and pulled him down into the mat! This gave Triple H the chance to drive a knee into the left leg of HBK and then lock in a leglock. Michaels managed to grab the rope however as Triple H pulled him up again and made the tag to Maven, HHH threw HBK off the ropes and nailed a double clothesline with Maven. Maven made the cover as Triple H rolled out of the ring! 1…2…Kick out. Benoit climbed into the ring at this point and nailed Maven with a few punches before being held back by the referee. Batista saw this and rolled into the ring before nailing a double suplex on HBK with Maven! The referee turned around and by that time Batista was on the outside of the ring again. Maven made the cover, 1…2…Kick out. HBK raised his arm towards his corner and Benoit but was held back by his bad left leg by Maven. He then dropped an elbow onto that bad leg and left HBK riding in agony! A second elbow saw some more damage done. Maven then went to hit a third and HBK got his legs up into his face! Maven stumbled backwards and was tagged by Triple H. Michaels just made the tag to Benoit in time who climbed into the ring and started to nail his opponent with punches. Off the ropes went Triple H and after Benoit ducked a punch he nailed a German Suplex. Maven was back in the ring and tried to throw Benoit over the top rope! Countered by Benoit who threw Maven over the top rope instead! Benoit taunted to Maven before he turned around into the Pedigree! 1…2…3. Triple H had done it and had pinned Benoit!

Winners: Triple H and Maven

Evolution all climbed into the ring and started to lay a beating down on Benoit and Michaels as Triple H celebrated a pinfall win over Benoit. It seemed like Benoit was gaining a nasty habit of losing matches on RAW to no1 contenders. The real question as RAW went off the air was could Triple H defeat Benoit in a title situation if it comes along? Evolution finished RAW dominant as it went off the air.

Segment Ratings

Segment 1: Overall Rating: 82%

Segment 2: Overall Rating: 81%

Segment 3: Overall Rating: 80% - Crowd Reaction: 72% - Match Quality: 89% - ***1/2

Segment 4: Overall Rating: 80%

Segment 5: Overall Rating: 84% - Crowd Reaction: 77% - Match Quality: 91% - ***3/4

Segment 6: Overall Rating: 82%

Segment 7: Overall Rating: 87% - Crowd Reaction: 77% - Match Quality: 98% - ****1/2

Segment 8: Overall Rating: 82%

Segment 9: Overall Rating: 85%

Segment 10: Overall Rating: 78% - Crowd Reaction: 82% - Match Quality: 72% - **

Segment 11: Overall Rating: 83% - Crowd Reaction: 84% - Match Quality: 84% - ***1/4

Overall Rating: 82%

Rating: 5.27

Attendance: 8,010

Ticket Sales: $320,400

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WWE Smackdown

Thursday April 29th

Ford Center – Oklahoma City – Oklahoma

Smackdown opened with the normal introduction video before it went into highlights of last week’s supercard show. It showed how Rey Mysterio won the vacant Cruiserweight Title and how Sean O’Haire screwed Charlie Haas out of his match with Shelton Benjamin – before turning on Shelton also. The video then moved on to Kane vs. Undertaker and how Kane regained the Urn and left with it once again. The final part of the video showed how Eddie Guerrero retained his WWE Title by pinning Kurt Angle after the Frog Splash. As the video finished we went into the Ford Center and fireworks went off all around the arena, it was time for Thursday night Smackdown! As the fireworks dyed down Paul Heyman’s music went off around the arena, the General Manager of Smackdown walked out onto the stage and looked around before pulling out a microphone and asking for his music to be cut.

This Is How It Is Going To Be…

Heyman continued to walk down the ramp as he began to speak.

Paul Heyman: After last week’s Steel Cage match Eddie Guerrero managed to retain his WWE Championship by pinning Kurt Angle. But as one challenger falls at the side another must be decided, for Judgment Day to be precise! So tonight I am proposing a singles match between the two current hottest superstars on the Smackdown roster. So tonight (climbs through ropes into the ring) we will see…

He is interrupted by Kurt Angle’s music. Everyone is surprised as Angle walks out onto the stage; he had a microphone with him and looked fine after last weeks brutal steel cage match.

Kurt Angle: Wait a minute there Paul! I am still the number one contender here on Smackdown, no one can live up to me and you know it!

Paul Heyman: Kurt we had a deal! Because of your actions towards Chavo Guerrero in the past you managed to get yourself the last ever shot of your career. You took it and lost. It’s not my fault so don’t blame me for what you have gotten yourself into. It was a must win match and you lost plain and simple.

Kurt Angle: What do I have to do Paul do get into this Number 1’s contender match then, allow me to prove to you that I am good enough! Give me one last chance, come on Paul!

Paul Heyman: Kurt you had your chance, the match tonight is going to be between Edge and the Big Show!

Kurt Angle: All I am asking for is one more chance…Come on Paul you know I will do anything.

Paul Heyman: Anything? Fine, you want in the match tonight? You have to earn it, so right now you will face Matt Morgan one on one. You win you are in the no 1 contenders match alongside the Big Show and Edge. You lose…you are fired. That way one of us will get what we truly want. You want to put your balls on the line for this title shot Kurt? Prove it.

Angle looked at Heyman standing in the ring and with no hesitation answered.

Kurt Angle: I want it, bring on Matt Morgan.

Heyman passed his microphone back to the ring crew and proceeded to take a seat at ringside as Kurt Angle made his way down to the ring with his music started back up again. Angle rolled into the ring and pointed at Heyman before Matt Morgan’s music cut in. Morgan lumbered out onto the stage and down the ramp before stopping outside the ring and looking straight at Angle. As he slid in the referee called for the bell.

Kurt Angle vs. Matt Morgan

Angle came down on Morgan’s back with a load of punches before being picked up and nailed with a running spinebuster by Morgan! Angle took all of the impact in his neck and looked in a bad way already. Morgan picked up Angle after a short pause and nailed a scoop slam before picking him up again and locking in a bearhug. Angle wasn’t moving after a good couple of minutes in the submission and the referee raised his hand, it fell twice but shot up the third time. A rake to Morgan’s eyes and he let go of the hold, Angle ran off the ropes and nailed a dropkick that knocked his opponent against the ropes. Angle attempted to pull Morgan off the ropes with a German and instead got himself kicked in the lower regions! The referee did not see it and Morgan made the cover! 1…2…Angle just got the shoulder up. Morgan could not believe it and pulled Angle up again, he got the Olympic Hero up on his shoulders and was ready to nail a move when Angle hit him in the face with his knee! Morgan dropped Angle and he managed to nail the Angle Slam! 1…2…Morgan got in the ropes! The referee had to stop the count. Angle grabbed the referee and threatened to hit him when Morgan came from behind and went for a German! Angle countered back with some elbows and knocked the big guy down, Angle lock! Morgan was dragging himself around the ring but he could not get to the ropes! Angle applied the hold more and more until Morgan had to tap out. Angle had done it! He had won his place in the number 1 contenders match here tonight on Smackdown.

Winner: Kurt Angle

Adding Some Spices

Heyman stood up from his seat at ringside and took a microphone, now he had something else to seemingly say…

Paul Heyman: Well congratulations Kurt, you are now in the Triple Threat Match to determine the person to face Eddie Guerrero for the WWE Title at Judgment Day. However as I was sitting there watching the match between you and Matt Morgan I decided that it really should be down to two guys battling to see who is the best. So the Triple Threat Match is now Elimination rules, one person will be eliminated and then it will be down to one against one to see who the new number one contender is.

Angle looked at Heyman before his music started up, tonight was shaping up to be a big night as far as Judgment Day was concerned! Smackdown went to a break.

-: Commercial Break :-

As Smackdown returned from the break it was time for the Cruiserweight Championship to be on the line. Paul London’s music hit around the arena and the man himself walked out from behind the curtain onto the stage. London looked focused as he walked down the ramp and rolled quickly into the ring. When he was in the ring he raised both arms to all sides of the arena and then turned to await the new champion. Mysterio’s music started and he sprung up from underneath the stage into the air. He had the Cruiserweight belt around his waist and he quickly made his way down the ramp, Mysterio ran up the ring steps and posed on the turnbuckle before pulling himself over the top rope into the ring and getting ready for the match to begin.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Rey Mysterio :champion: vs. Paul London

Mysterio ducked a London advance before then ducking a second attempt. A quick monkey toss from Mysterio saw London hit the mat and retreat over to the corner. Both men looked at each other before locking up again in the middle of the ring, Mysterio was shoved into the mat and he quickly got back up and nailed a running dropkick! London got back up and walked into a standing bulldog from Mysterio! 1…2…London kicked out. Mysterio pulled up his opponent and threw him off the ropes, London slid through the champion’s legs before rolling him up! Roll through on two into the dropkick to the face! Mysterio flipped over and grabbed the legs for the bridge pin, 1…2…Kick out. A couple of kicks were then hit by Mysterio as he ran off the ropes and nailed a standing moonsault! 1…2…London kicked out again. London managed to pull himself back up to his feet by grabbing the ropes, Mysterio ran over and went to take him to the outside only for London to low bridge him! However Mysterio landed on the apron and as London celebrated with his back turned the champion pulled himself onto the top rope. He came off and nailed the West Coast Pop! 1…2…3. That short match was over and Rey Mysterio had managed to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

Winner: Rey Mysterio

Cameras went backstage at this point and focused in on Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas who were both sitting next to each other and talking.

Haas and Benjamin Backstage

Shelton Benjamin: So we finally know the truth

Charlie Haas: Yeah, that Sean O’Haire played us off against each other with all those false accusations and crap.

Shelton Benjamin: Where does that leave us though? We were the World’s Greatest Tag Team, what are we now?

Charlie Haas: I don’t know man, I’m not sure whats going to happen. All I know is that tonight I will get revenge on O’Haire for both of us.

Shelton Benjamin: Sounds great.

Benjamin offered his hand and Haas accepted, both men shook hands before pulling in for a half hug. Meanwhile Sean O’Haire was shown watching on a monitor, he looked a bit concerned until something seemingly came into his head and he smiled. O’Haire seemingly had another masterful plan…

-: Commercial Break :-

As Smackdown returned from the break Charlie Haas’ music burst into life. Haas came out alongside Shelton Benjamin it looked like everything was back to normal. Haas rolled into the ring as Benjamin took a place at the announcing position alongside Michael Cole and Tazz, Haas taunted before his music stopped and O’Haire’s kicked in. The troublemaker himself slowly walked onto the stage, O’Haire looked around at the crowd before smiling and walking down the ramp. He slid into the ring and the referee pushed Haas back to make sure this match was not going to start till he was ready. O’Haire climbed the turnbuckle and smiled before banging his hands together and jumping off backwards. The referee called for the bell as O’Haire and Haas looked at each other.

Sean O’Haire vs. Charlie Haas

O’Haire turned his back on Haas who then started to punch him from behind, O’Haire was knocked into the corner where Haas nailed more and more punches and kicks. O’Haire eventually managed to shove Haas back and got himself out of the corner. Haas ran at O’Haire again and knocked him back into the turnbuckle! O’Haire eventually pushed him back again, Haas ran at him a third time in another attempt to put O’Haire back in the corner and was side stepped! Haas flew shoulder first into the ring post. O’Haire rolled him up for a quick two count, he then pulled up Haas and planted a massive pumphandle slam! The second cover saw another two count. O’Haire insisted the referee should have got to three there, meanwhile his attention was caught by Benjamin sitting at the announcers table. O’Haire went over to the ropes and pointed at Benjamin before Haas came up behind him and knocked him over the top rope to the outside. Benjamin stood up and left the announcer’s position as Haas distracted the referee in the ring. Benjamin grabbed a steel chair and nailed O’Haire across the spine! He flinched and fell down to the ground, Haas then rolled to the outside of the ring and pulled up his opponent. O’Haire was about to be thrown into the ring steps when O’Haire countered and threw him into the watching Benjamin! The contact left Haas out cold and O’Haire took this chance to roll him onto the announcers table…Benjamin nailed him from behind as the referee tried to break the mini fight between the two men up. When he got shoved down by a battling Benjamin the referee called for the bell and the no contest. Benjamin continued to nail O’Haire until he got raked in the eyes, O’Haire pulled Benjamin up onto his shoulders ready for the Razor’s Edge! Haas was still lying on the table! Benjamin was given the Razor’s Edge onto Haas and both men crashed through the announcers table to the floor! Referees swarmed around the outside of the ring and held O’Haire back as medical crews attended to the two men. The smile on O’Haire’s face said it all.

No Contest

As O’Haire left the ringside area the cameras went backstage where a limo pulled up. The driver stepped out and opened the door, an exposed leg was shown coming out of the limo until the full figure of Torrie Wilson came into view. She was followed out of the back of the limo by Sable. Both Women smiled before walking away from the car they had arrived in.

Welcome Back

The two girls came up to the doors into the arena and Paul Heyman was standing there.

Paul Heyman: Welcome back ladies, how was the Playboy promotion tour?

Torrie Wilson: Oh it was great Paul, we got to promote our edition of Playboy all over the country from New York to San Jose!

Paul Heyman: Well I am glad you enjoyed it so much Torrie.

Sable: Yeah thanks for allowing us to go on the tour you know Paul, a lot of businessmen would not have allowed us to have left the Smackdown brand and go away for a couple of months. But you did! I know I cannot thank you enough

Torrie Wilson: Yeah, and if there is anything we can do for you…you know, you just have to ask.

Heyman’s face lightened up and the Smackdown General Manager obviously knew what he wanted from Torrie and Sable.

Paul Heyman: Well there is something you can do for me, a very personal favour.

Sable: Name it Paul…

Paul Heyman: Well as you women said I am a businessman and alike other businessmen I want to be the best at what I do, and that to me means beating the RAW brand of WWE. Now in a few weeks we have a Smackdown exclusive Pay Per View in Judgment Day and I want the best damm event there ever has been in WWE. So if you two girls want to do me a favour, you will face each other in a Playboy Evening Gown Match at that event. It’s what the fans want to see!

Torrie Wilson: Sure, that’s fine Paul.

Sable: You know what Torrie, I might even…enjoy that.

Sable looked into Torrie’s eyes as Heyman smiled on in the background.

-: Commercial Break :-

Back at ringside the APA’s music thumped into life. It was time for the second Semi-Final of the Tag Team Terror Tournament. Ultimo Dragon and Funaki were already in the final for next week’s show and now it was down to Kyo Dai and the APA to see who would face them. Faarooq and Bradshaw walked down the ramp with their left arms raised for a bit before they both slid into the ring and taunted on the turnbuckles. Their music cut out and Tajiri then led out Kyo Dai into the arena. Akio and Sakoda both slowly made their way down the ramp before rolling into the ring. Tajiri looked at Bradshaw and Faarooq before pointing to both of his men and climbing out of the ring.

Tag Team Terror Tournament – Semi Final 2

Kyo Dai vs. A-P-A

The referee sorted out who would start for each team and finally came to the conclusion that Akio would start off the match against Faarooq. Both men locked up in the middle of the ring and Faarooq managed to throw his opponent round into a headlock, after holding it for a little while Akio reversed it into a headlock of his own. Both men then ran off the ropes and Faarooq was released off into the other ropes as Akio fell to the ground, Faarooq jumped over his body and came off the opposite ropes with a clothesline to the now standing Akio!