The fireworks went off in the arena for the start of RAW as Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler and the Coach welcomed us to RAW.
Referee: Chad Patton
The music of the Big Show hit in the arena as he made his way to the ring for this one on one contest with Edge!
They locked up and Edge grabbed a waist lock but Show broke it and knocked Edge down with his ass. Edge took a side headlock and Show came back with a shoulderblock. Edge worked the arm and Show hoisted him about his head and then straddled him over the ropes. Show silenced the crowd and then chopped Edge hard in the corner, and then Edge retreated to the outside.
Edge gave Show a hotshot over the ropes and then dropkicked the knee of the big man. Edge went for a tornado DDT but Show threw him off and squashed him in the corner. Show went for the chokeslam, but Snitsky hit the ring. Show nailed Snitsky and then took down Edge again, but Snitsky stomped at him.
Winner by disqualification, The Big Show
Matt Hardy hit the ring and sent Edge to the outside and then Eric Bischoff made his way out as the General Manager of RAW! Bischoff said this isn’t how they will start his show, and this match will continue as the tag team match right now!
Referee: Chad Patton
Show pulled Edge back inside and then Matt Hardy nailed him with right hands. Hardy continued with right hands in the corner and then choked Edge. Hardy hit a flying clothesline and then an elbow to the back of the head. Hardy went for a powerbomb but Edge blocked and hit a back body drop. Edge missed a dropkick and then Hardy catapulted Hardy to the corner and Hardy rolled Edge up for two.
Show tagged in and chopped Edge in the corner and then covered for two before tagging Hardy back in. Hardy kicked Edge as he was draped over the ropes in the corner and then tagged Show back in. Show hit a running kick to Edge, sending him crashing to the outside as we go to commercial. Back on RAW and Edge is in control of Hardy and took him down with a big boot, and Hardy’s arm seems to be hurt. Edge hit a arm bar takedown and then sent Hardy’s arm into the ring post.
Snitsky tagged in and hit snake eyes in the corner for two. Edge tagged back in and kicked at the arm, and then locked in a cross arm breaker. Snitsky tagged inside and went for a slam but Hardy dropped out the back and hit an inverted DDT. Snitsky tagged in Edge and he nailed Show on the apron to stop him getting the tag. Show then came in anyway and laid out Snitsky with a spinebuster. Edge nailed Show on the outside with the briefcase but Hardy is in the ring and hit the Side Effect on Snitsky and then the leg drop off the ropes.
Hardy was tripped by Lita and chased her into the ring and grabbed her by the hair. Matt went for the Twist of Fate on her, but Edge charged at him with the Spear but Hardy kicked him in the head. Hardy went for the Twist of Fate on Edge, but Lita kicked him low as the referee was tied up with Snitsky. Edge then hit the spear for the win!
Winners – Edge and Snitsky
Edge hammered away at Hardy after the match and Edge gave him to Lita to hit the Twist of Fate! Lita and Edge stood over Hardy with their arms raised high, and this Sunday Edge and Hardy will meet inside a steel cage!
Ric Flair will face Chris Masters, and WWE Champion John Cena will take on Kurt Angle and Tyson Tomko in a handicap match.
In the arena:
The music of Shawn Michaels hit in the arena as Todd Grisham introduced him to the stage area. Grisham took us to footage from last week on RAW and the Master Lock Challenge. Grisham asked him his thoughts for Unforgiven. Michaels said there is a part of him that wants to get upset, and there is a part that says what was he thinking? He said no one has broken the Master Lock, so what does he do? He sits in a chair and lets him put his best hold on him, and the money was nowhere to be seen, which Masters usually offers to people. The question is, why’d he do that?! He said he did it because he is a Heart Break Kid, and whether he is right or wrong, he thinks he is untouchable. He said that makes him different and sets him apart from everyone else, and Chris Masters, that’s why you picked Shawn Michaels. He said the idea of at Unforgiven, he is going to have the opportunity to step into the ring with the Showstopper, but that wasn’t enough for him, so he decided to take it too far, and that was his big mistake. He said that he became famous for taking things one step too far, and at Unforgiven, he will find out why. Michaels said Masters will have his hands full tonight…and then some woo’s filled the arena as Flair came out in his robe. Flair said Masters will have his hands full with him, and Flair said he has felt the Master Lock, but tonight, can Masters go head up with the dirtiest player in the game? Flair said he hopes Carlito is watching, because at Unforgiven, for the first time, the Nature Boy will become the Intercontinental Champion! Woo! Michaels asked Masters how he will put on the Master Lock at Unforgiven when he is chewing on boot leather from some Sweet Chin Music!
Referee: Chris Kay
The music of Kerwin White hit in the arena as he made his way down in his golf cart. We are shown footage of last week, when Kerwin cost Shelton Benjamin his match with Rob Conway. The music of Shelton Benjamin then hit, as he made his way down for this match.
They locked up and Shelton with a waist lock takedown and then some shots to the back of the head. Another lock up and Shelton hit a side headlock takeover and then a shoulder block. Kerwin kicked Shelton in the gut and then hit a shoulder block of his own, but Shelton nipped up and went to work with right hands and then hit a scoop slam and a clothesline to send Kerwin outside.
Shelton sent White back into the ring and ate an elbow in the corner, and then Kerwin hit a missile dropkick from the middle rope for two. Kerwin took his clothes hangar from the corner and the referee took it from him but then Kerwin took off his shirt and choked Shelton with it as the referee was getting rid of the hangar. Kerwin covered for one and then Benjamin fought back with a Samoan Drop.
Shelton hit right hands and then a reverse elbow knockdown. Shelton hit a modified snap back breaker for a two count. Shelton hit a high back body drop but then Kerwin hit a jawbreaker but Benjamin came back with the Dragon Whip to send Kerwin outside. Shelton tossed Kerwin back in but then Kerwin nailed him with his golf club!
Winner by disqualification, Shelton Benjamin
Kerwin hit Shelton with the club again, and the club is bent in half.
Kurt Angle is shown. He says he is the greatest pro wrestler on the planet, and everyone knows it. He said John Cena knows it. He said he will never admit it, but deep down, when he looks himself in the mirror, he knows Angle is better than him. Angle said he knows what is most important to Cena; the WWE Championship. Angle said he holds Cena’s future in the palm of his hands. Think about what the most vicious son of a bitch on god’s green earth will take from him at Unforgiven.
In the arena:
The music of Torrie Wilson hit in the arena as she made her way to the ring with Candice Michelle and Victoria. Lawler has some body spray and shills it like a pro. Candice said they have been having such fun with Ashley, and want to bring her out now for more fun. She said they have another special surprise for her. Ashley then made her way down to the aisle. Torrie said she doesn’t want to stand all the way back there, and she wants Ashley to know she passed her initiation. Torrie asked her to get in the ring. Ashley said she isn’t going to get in the ring alone, only this time, she has a special surprise for them! TRISH! Trish made her way down to a huge pop and hit the ring and took down Victoria with right hands and then Torrie kicked her from behind and then Ashley hit the ring and took down Candice and fought with her on the outside. Trish did the matrix thing and Victoria nailed Torrie with a clothesline and then Trish nailed Victoria with the Trish Kick. Ashley got Candice back in the ring and nailed her with a clothesline. Trish and Ashley hugged, and the Women’s Champion is back!
Referee: Jack Doan
The music of Ric Flair hit in the arena, as he made his way to the ring for this one on one contest with Chris Masters.
They went to lock up, and Flair strutted around. They tied up with Masters hitting a shoulderblock, and then another one. Flair grabbed a side headlock but Masters reversed out of it and mocked Flair, and then Flair mocked Masters. Masters got Flair in the corner but Flair nailed him with a chop. Flair chopped Masters in the ropes but then Masters nailed him with a press slam. Masters went for another, and nailed it.
Masters went for the Master Lock but Flair rolled to the outside. Masters suplexed Flair back inside and covered for two. Flair came back with chops but Masters nailed him with a big right hand. Masters hit some right hands in the corner and then a big clothesline for two. Masters choked Flair on the canvas but Flair then thumbed the eye. Flair chopped Masters to take him down, and then nailed another one, and another. Flair went up top, but Masters caught him and slammed him down.
Masters nailed a powerslam and then taunted the crowd. Masters signalled for the Master Lock, and went for it, but Flair dropped down and kicked him away. Masters clotheslined Flair to the outside and then hung him up over the top rope. Flair then pulled Masters outside and whipped him into the guardrail and then chopped away at him on the outside, and thumbed the eye again. Flair hit some right hands but then Masters hit a side slam on the floor! We go to commercial.
Back on RAW, and Masters has a bear hug on Flair. Masters hit some shoulders to Flair in the corner and then nailed a big back body drop. Masters went back to the bear hug but Flair bit him to escape, before Masters locked it back in again. Flair escaped with right hands and chops and then hit a chopblock to take Masters down. Flair ripped at the face of Masters and then hit more right hands and chops, before biting Masters in the forehead.
Masters grabbed Flair but the throat but Flair hit a knee breaker, and a back heel trip before locking in the Figure Four! Carlito then hit the ring and nailed Flair in the head with the Intercontinental Title belt and the referee called for the bell.
Winner by disqualification, Ric Flair
Shawn Michaels hit the ring and took care of Carlito, hit an atomic drop, and then nailed him with Sweet Chin Music. Masters came from behind and threw Michaels into the ring post and locked in the Master Lock! The fans got behind Michaels but it was no good, as Michaels passed out. Masters stood over Michaels and these two will meet this Sunday!
In the arena:
Lita is cutting a promo on the stage. She says the man will not hold Hardy down, the woman will. She said things can all change with a cruel twist of fate. Edge says Hardy comes out talking about how he will not die. He asked Hardy what kind of life he has left. He took his woman, he lost his job, and beat him to a bloody heap at SummerSlam, and has taken the best he has to offer, but he is still standing here. Edge said this story doesn’t end with Matt riding off into the sunset. This story ends at Unforgiven inside a steel cage, with him lying flat on his back. He said he wants Matt to see the woman who broke his heart, and the man who tore it out of his chest, as they kiss his career goodbye. Edge and Lita then made out.
Eric Bischoff is on the phone backstage, and John Cena comes in. Cena said that the Handicap Match tonight, he doesn’t want it. He’s had enough. He tried to come to RAW and make an impact by being controversial, but he has nothing left. He said Bischoff wins, and handed the title to him. Cena pulled it back and called him a stupid son of a bitch! Cena said he thought Bischoff was better than that. He said he never quits, and he never backs down. Cena said he can stack the deck all he wants, but the CHAMP IS HERE!
The music of Kurt Angle hit in the arena as he made his way to the ring as the number one contender to the WWE Championship, and he will be teaming with Tyson Tomko to take on John Cena in this Handicap Match!
Tomko attacked Cena from behind, as Bischoff made his way to the stage. Cena took Tomko down and nailed him with right hands but then Angle nailed him from the apron and tagged in. Angle nailed Cena in the corner and then whipped him to the corner but ate boot when he charged in. Cena nailed a side slam for a two count but then Angle raked the eyes and tagged in Tomko.
Cena nailed a clothesline, and then an elbow on Tomko. Cena knocked Angle off the apron and then a baseball slide to knock him down again. Angle came inside and Cena nailed him, but Tomko clotheslined him down as we go to commercial. Back on RAW, and Angle is stomping away at Cena in the corner, and then choked him with his boot as Bischoff looked on. Angle locked in a rear naked choke, and during the break, Cena was tossed over the announce table on the outside.
Angle hammered the back of Cena and then hit some shoulders in the corner and tagged in Tomko. Cena hit a boot in the corner and then a shoulder block off the middle rope. Cena hammered Tomko in the corner but then Angle came from behind and took him down with a German. Angle hit some knees to the head and then mounted punches on the canvas. Tomko tagged back in and stomped on Cena and then covered for two. Tomko went to work on Cena in the corner with right hands and then covered for another two count.
Angle tagged inside and locked in a chin lock on Cena. Cena fought out with a back suplex. Tomko tagged in but Cena nailed him with right hands and then a running clothesline. Cena hit the throw back and then a fisherman buster, and then a spinebuster on Angle. Cena went for the FU on Tomko but Angle came from behind and nailed the German, while Tomko was still on Cena’s shoulders! Angle hit another German, but Cena blocked the third and Tomko went for a big boot but he nailed Angle! Cena then hit the FU on Tomko, and Cena wins!
Winner – John Cena
Angle got in the ring and stomped Cena, and then wrenched at the face of Cena. Angle hit some Crossface punches and then some vicious uppercuts and knee lifts as Bischoff barked orders from the outside. Angle hit the Angle Slam and then a knee to the balls! Angle pulled Cena to the ring post and sent his ankle into it! Angle stomped the ankle as Cena writhed in pain. Bischoff got in the ring and shouted in the face of Cena as Angle choked him with his boot. Angle stood over the fallen Cena as RAW went off the air as JR speculated that Cena’s ankle may be broken.