We are a little more than a week from Wrestlemania 22 in Chicago, Illinois. When we last saw some of these superstars, it was at Saturday Night’s Main Event. What will happen now that Mike Johnson will have the honor to see Booker T face the Boogeyman live next Sunday? Will there be any more developments in the main event between Rey Mysterio, Kurt Angle, and Randy Orton? Will Nitro and Mercury have a match at Wrestlemania? Will we see any ‘tests of strumph’ from Mark Henry as he prepares for his casket match with the Undertaker? How will Bradshaw react to his beer drinking contest and subsequent stunner from last Saturday night? Who will join Matt Hardy, Fit Finlay, Shelton Benjamin, Ric Flair, and Rob Van Dam in the Money in the Bank match?
We are live on tape from Memphis, Tennessee and your announcers are Tazz and Michael ‘UPS’ Cole.
Randy Orton comes out through Rey’s ‘jumping hole’ by the TitanTron and he has a mic. Randy says that he doesn’t need a fancy entrance. He doesn’t need gold medals around his neck either because he is the biggest star in the entire WWE. Last Saturday, he had a chance to make history when it was John Cena and Triple H from Raw against Rey Mysterio, Kurt Angle, and himself. He had the WWE Champion beaten, but it didn’t happen. We see footage of Rey pulling Randy off Cena. Randy says that people might think that he is not a team player. However, Rey Mysterio and Kurt Angle would rather screw him than win a match for Smackdown. Kurt and Rey are jealous. They are jealous of his good looks. Jealous of his god given talent. Wrestlemania will be the greatest day of his career. Randy tells everyone to feast their eyes upon the next World champion, Randy Orton and Randy poses for the fans.
Tazz calls Orton pompous, but says that Orton is good. Cole says that it is time to find out who the last member of the Money in the Bank match will be. We see footage from last week’s lumberjack match when Fit Finlay defeated Bobby Lashley to get a spot in the match. We also see footage from the Matt Hardy/Animal match where Animal’s victory was turned into a disqualification when brass knuckles fell from Animal’s armpit. We also see Animal attacking Matt Hardy after the match.
It is time for the ‘Last Chance’ Battle Royal. Johnny ‘Plain’ Nitro and Joey ‘Peanut’ Mercury (with ‘Almonds’ Melina, photographers, and red carpet) comes to the ring first. Bobby Lashley comes to the ring and we go to commercial.
We are back with a Wrestlemania ‘Big Time’ moment. Andre the Giant being interviewed by Bob Uecker.
More people have entered the ring for the battle royal. The Gymini, Simon Dean, Jamie Noble, Scotty 2 Hotty, Nunzio, Orlando Jordan, Funaki, Paul London, Brian Kendrick, Kid Kash, and Sylvan have entered during the commercial. We see Psicosis and Super Crazy come to the ring followed by Tatanka. Paul Burchill is the next person to swing to the ring for the match. Road Warrior Animal comes out and he has something to say. He says that he shouldn’t have to be in this match because he beat his opponent fair and square. He says that he is money in the bank. He made more money than any of them and is a bigger superstar than any of them and he deserves some respect.
Match Number One: Twenty Man ‘Last Chance’ Battle Royal for the final spot in the Money in the Bank match at Wrestlemania 22.
We are back and Burchill is holding on to the ropes while Nitro and Noble kick him. Sylvan is in the corner and he is being punched by Tatanka and then London and Kendrick join in and choke Sylvan. Burchill goes up for a head butt on Nitro. London and Kendrick send Sylvan to the apron and he fights off London and Kendrick. Nitro goes to the apron, but he rolls back in. London and Kendrick with a double super kick and Sylvan falls to the floor and is eliminated. Orlando Jordan is eliminated when Psicosis drop kicks Orlando in the back and Super Crazy pulls down the top rope. Tatanka punches Nitro. Lashley slams Noble to the apron, but Jamie rolls back in. Burchill with an uppercut to Nitro. Kendrick sends Noble to the apron, but Noble rolls back in. Melina has something to say to Mercury while the action continues. Noble gets Kendrick up for a Tiger Driver, but he tries to eliminate Kendrick. Kendrick holds on to the ropes and he tries to power Noble to the floor, but Noble is able to roll back inside the ring. Nitro and Mercury work on Tatanka. Noble and Kendrick are fighting in the ropes so Nitro and Mercury come over and eliminate both of them. London with the double stomp to Psicosis. London puts Psicosis on the top rope and tries to push Psicosis to the floor, but Psicosis holds on and while he is eliminated, he takes London with him. Burchill with a jawbreaker to Crazy and then he tosses Crazy over the top rope to the floor. Tatanka chops Burchill and that sends Burchill over the top rope to the floor. We are down to Tatanka, Bobby Lashley, Nitro, and Mercury.
Nitro goes after Lashley while Mercury goes after Tatanka. Tatanka and Lashley with back elbows to Nitro and Mercury. Tatanka slams Mercury and then he goes for a leg drop off the ropes. Mercury backs up and then he throws Tatanka out of the ring between the middle and top rope, so Tatanka is still in the match. Lashley with a clothesline to Nitro and then he gets Nitro up for the Dominator, but Mercury makes the save. Nitro and Mercury give Lashley the Snap Shot and Melina lets out a ‘Stinger Shriek’ to show what she thinks about her men. Nitro and Mercury pick up Lashley to try to eliminate him, but Tatanka comes in and he punches Nitro and Mercury. Tatanka with a chop to Nitro followed by slams to Nitro and Mercury. Tatanka slams Mercury’s face into the turnbuckle followed by a chop. Mercury sends Tatanka to the apron and Tatanka fights off attempts by Nitro and Mercury to eliminate him. Tatanka with a double tomahawk chop to Nitro and Mercury. Tatanka with a chop to Mercury. Nitro holds on to the ropes and Tatanka charges at him, only to see Nitro go low and he pulls down the top rope as Tatanka goes to the floor and is eliminated.
Nitro and Mercury go after Lashley and Mercury chokes Lashley in the corner. Nitro with a running knee and Melina shrieks again. Nitro punches Lashley while Mercury kicks him. Nitro and Mercury with a double Boston Crab to Lashley as they work on Bobby’s back. Lashley is able to power out and he connects with a double clothesline to Nitro and Mercury followed by a double thrust to Mercury and then one to Nitro. Lashley gets Mercury up for a vertical choke, but Nitro hits Lashley from behind. The Melina shriek continues as Nitro kicks Lashley and then Nitro and Mercury try for a double suplex, but Lashley blocks it and he hits a double suplex on Nitro and Mercury instead. Lashley with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex to Mercury. Lashley with a back body drop to Nitro. Lashley with an Irish whip to Nitro and then Lashley charges into the corner, but Mercury pulls Nitro out of the way and Lashley hits the ring post. Mercury holds Lashley for Nitro, but when Nitro tries for a super kick, Lashley moves out of the way and Mercury goes down. Lashley with a spear to Nitro. Lashley presses Mercury over his head and then tosses him into Nitro, who is standing against the ropes and the momentum sends both men to the floor as they are both eliminated. We go to commercial.
We are back with footage of the beer drinking contest between Bradshaw and Steve Austin. Then we see Austin give Bradshaw a stunner after Chris Benoit helped Bradshaw back into the ring.
Kristal is in the interview area with Bradshaw and Jillian Hall. Bradshaw tells Kristal that she is window dressing so she should shut her pie hole. She is a woman so she does not think. He tells her to stand there and look trampish, just like she was hired to do. Bradshaw says that the person who put that video together failed to include that he out drank Austin last Saturday night. He out talked him and embarrassed Austin. He wants to beat up Austin, but with one hand, you discredit the legend. He threw a beer in Austin’s face. Then Chris Benoit comes out and throws Bradshaw back into the ring where Austin broke his nose. At Wrestlemania, a wrestling god will put on a wrestling clinic against Chris Benoit. Bradshaw is not cleared yet, so he has the greatest export from England since the Beatles. A ‘man’s man’, a knighted man, a wrestler’s wrestler. Sir William Regal. Tonight, Regal will out wrestle and embarrass Chris Benoit.
Tazz talks about the history between Benoit and Regal.
Cole talks about Mark Henry’s night last Saturday, including the casket and the Undertaker’s appearance. However, Daivari also got a part of the action. We see Taker give Daivari the ‘outlawed’ tombstone piledriver.
Mark Henry tells the Deadman that he just doesn’t learn. He took away his title shot. He took away his title shot. However, they are in a casket match at Wrestlemania, and he will take Taker’s winning streak. He has hurt Taker before and he will do it again. He will make Taker ‘rest in peace’. Mark tells Kurt Angle that he is his victim tonight. Kurt will feel what it is like to be in the ring with the World’s Strongest Man. He will feel pain, fear, and respect.
We are back with the Smack of the Night: Randy Orton getting the victory in last week’s six man match.
Match Number Two: Rey Mysterio versus Fit Finlay (with shillelagh)
Finlay returns to the ring to break the count, but he goes back out after Rey and rolls Rey into the ring. Rey kicks Finlay in the leg followed by forearms. Rey with an Irish whip, but Finlay moves when Rey charges and Rey goes into the ring post hard. Finlay with a European uppercut to the back of Rey’s neck two times. Finlay with a kick to Rey’s back and then he drapes Rey over the apron and slams Rey’s head into the apron. The referee takes the shillelagh from Finlay and then Fit rolls Rey back into the ring. Finlay with a shoulder breaker and then he taunts Rey and slaps him. Rey with a kick to Finlay and then he kicks Finlay in the leg. Finlay with a kick to Rey and then he puts Rey in a bow and arrow. Finlay continues to work on Rey’s back. Rey gets back to his feet, but Finlay with a knee and a European uppercut and forearm to Rey’s back. Rey with a kick to Finlay. Finlay with a sunset flip, but Rey rolls through and he kicks Finlay in the head and Rey gets a two count. Finlay misses a clothesline and Rey with a springboard cross body for a two count. Rey punches Finlay and then kicks him. Finlay sends Rey to the apron, but Rey with a shoulder and a springboard senton splash followed by a drop kick for a two count. Rey tries for a crucifix, but Finlay gets Rey up for a fireman’s carry and then hits a standing fireman’s carry slam for a two count. Finlay with an Irish whip, but Rey with a kick and an enzuigiri to Finlay. Finlay gets in the ropes and Rey hits a 619. Finlay gets the shillelagh and the referee takes it from him. Rey tries for a springboard move, but from out of nowhere Randy Orton hits an RKO on Rey while the ref goes down. Finlay covers Rey and gets the three count.
We have the Raw Rebound where we see Vince McMahon dance and celebrate over Shane’s victory at Saturday Night’s Main Event. We go to commercial.
We are back and Teddy Long comes to the ring and a clipboard so it is ‘contract signing’ time. On Saturday, he promised everyone Booker T versus the Boogeyman and it did not happen. It will happen at Wrestlemania. Teddy wants Booker T and Sharmell to come to the ring.
We see footage of Booker T being told that his match with the Boogeyman was off due to an injury. Then we see Booker and Sharmell dance, only to be flooded by red lights and then scared out of the locker room in fear.
Teddy tells Booker and Sharmell to sit down. Booker tells Teddy to explain why Sharmell was brought out here. Teddy says that Booker looks like he is moving well. Teddy says that he talked to Booker’s doctors and they couldn’t find anything wrong. Teddy says that this is the same thing he tried to pull when he was the United States champion. Teddy says that the match will be a handicap match and Booker will get a partner of his choosing. Booker says that he will be wrestling. Teddy gives Booker the contract, but Booker says that he is not signing it. Teddy tells Booker if he does not sign the contract, he will be fired. Booker tells Teddy to look at him in the eyes and recognize that Booker is a five time WCW champion; he has the most beautiful wife in the planet, and is the best dressed wrestler in the business. However, Teddy wants him to step in the ring with the Boogeyman, a worm eating freak. He tells Teddy that Sharmell is scared to death and cannot sleep at night. Teddy tells Booker that everyone is waiting on Booker to sign the contract. Booker says that at Wrestlemania, he will make a statement that he is coming to ‘get’ Boogeyman. Booker says that his ‘mystery’ partner better be ready to go. Booker signs the contract. Teddy says that he is going to do the right thing with his tag team partner. It is someone who deserves to be in the match with him, so it will be Boogeyman versus Booker T and . . . Sharmell. Sharmell is not too happy and Booker throws the table down. We go to commercial.
We are back with a ‘Reality Check’ as Mike Mizanin is at Spring Break at South Padre Island. He is coming soon to Smackdown.
Bradshaw comes out in the JBLimo with Jillian Hall and William Regal. Bradshaw and Jillian watch from the hood of the JBLimo.
Match Number Three: Chris Benoit versus William Regal in a non-title match
After the match, Benoit holds the belt up and has some words for Bradshaw.
We have a video package for Mark Henry where he says that you cannot beat him with strength or speed. We see some of the things that Mark Henry has done in the past. We go to commercial.
We are back and Tazz and Cole run through the Wrestlemania Card:
Match Number Four: Mark Henry versus Kurt Angle
After the match, Rey comes back into the ring and explains what happened to Angle. Angle yells at Rey and then he pushes Rey down. Angle yells at Orton and that allows Rey to hit a drop kick followed by a 619 on Angle. Angle gets up in the ring while Orton gets a good chuckle at what just happened. We go to credits.