WWE RAW Opener:
RAW opened up with footage from last week’s Gold Rush Tournament with Kane advancing over Christian, Shawn Michaels defeating Shelton Benjamin, Edge going over Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit defeating Triple H with help from Batista.
In the arena:
No fireworks or opening video this week as we go straight to the arena as the music of the Game is playing as Triple H made his way to the ring. Triple H did not look pleased at all as he made his way to the ring. The fans chanted “you tapped out!” at the former World Champion and he left the ring and got in the face of some fans at ringside. Triple H got on the mic and said the match that took place last week doesn’t matter because the tournament itself is bogus. Triple H said he should be the World Champion; he did what he said he was going to do. He Pedigreed Batista at Backlash but he got screwed, and the rematch should be his but Bischoff is afraid to give him it. The music of Batista then hit in the arena as he came down in a white suit as the World Heavyweight Champion. Batista got in the ring and took a mic and removed his glasses. Batista said that he is sorry, he hates to interrupt him but he wants to face his fears since he is so afraid of Triple H. Batista asked what is it he is afraid of again? He faced him twice and beat him twice. Last week, he had a chance to get another title shot but you tapped out! Batista asked what Triple H wants from him. Batista said he had his rematch and lost in the first round of the tournament. Batista said maybe he isn’t good enough to face him. Triple H took off his jacket and was seething with anger, but then calmed down a bit. The fans then chanted “you tapped out!” some more and Batista smiled. Triple H said that’s funny, very amusing, he’s not good enough.
Triple H said that title means nothing until he goes through Triple H. He’s not talking about a fluke at WrestleMania, he is talking about going through him, which he has not done. Whether Batista realises or not, Batista needs Triple H a whole lot more than he needs Batista. Triple H said he is the measuring stick, and he will justify what Batista thinks he has become. Triple H said he defines who Batista is, so if Batista thinks he is going to mess with Triple H, it’s never going to be screw Triple H, it’s going to be screw you! Triple H said he will walk out of the door if Batista thinks he can mess with him. Don’t think he’ll do it? He’d do it in a second. Triple H said he will sit on the couch in his mansion and watch Batista fail, and then when he’s done, the whole world will come crawling back to Triple H, begging for him to come back. Triple H said screw Batista, and then dropped the mic and walked up the aisle. Batista told Triple H to wait a minute, he’s taking his ball and going home? Well let him be the first to say don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. The only thing Triple H defines is a sore loser. Batista said he doesn’t need him; he’s already beaten him. Triple H needs to face the fact that Batista is the World Champion. So Triple H? You’re screwed! Triple H continued on his way as Batista celebrated in the ring.
Triple H was shown leaving backstage with Ric Flair trying to talk him out of it. Triple H told Ric to get in the car, and Flair said he can’t do that. Triple H then got in the limo and it drove off.
Referee: Chad Patton
The music of Muhammad Hassan hit in the arena as he and Daivari made their way to the ring, and footage was shown of last week when Hassan slapped Daivari. Daivari got on the mic and said that at Backlash, he let Hassan down. Daivari got on his knees and said he isn’t worthy of his friendship, but he knows what he is going to do to win him back. Daivari is challenging any superstar in the back for a match here tonight. The music of Chris Jericho hit, and he has answered the call!
Daivari attacked Jericho as he got in the ring but Jericho came back with a reverse elbow and then chopped Daivari in the corner. Jericho missed a charge in the corner and hit the ring post. Daivari then threw him into the ring post again as Hassan looked on at ringside. Daivari worked over the shoulder and made a cover for one. Jericho came back with chops but Daivari hit an arm bar takedown and then went up top but Jericho knocked him down and then hit a clothesline followed buy a back body drop.
Jericho hit a running enziguri and then squished him over the middle rope. Jericho went for the Walls but Daivari escaped with a nice flip in the corner but Jericho took him down and then went up top, but Daivari cut him off and went for a huricanrana but Jericho took him down with the Walls from the top and Daivari tapped.
Winner – Chris Jericho
Hassan hit the ring and laid a beating into Jericho and then hit the STO followed by the Camel Clutch. Shelton Benjamin then hit the ring and sent Daivari over the ropes and Hassan got out of the ring.
Eric Bischoff was shown backstage with Christy Hemme, and Christy asked if the Diva’s are eligible for the draft, and Bischoff said everyone is. Bischoff said he wants Christy to go to Smackdown because they have a new Diva Search coming up. La Resistance then entered and said they wanted a Tag Title Match tonight. Sylvan blamed Rob for losing and they got in each others face. Eric said he enjoyed the Gold Rush tournament last week, and tonight he will put them both in singles matches and neither will know their opponent.
Flair was shown on the phone with Triple H saying he should be the champ and RAW won’t be the same without him. Christian and Tomko then showed up. Christian said Flair looked worried and Christian wants to make sure Flair is ok. Christian said if Flair is looking for someone to suck up to, he can always suck up to Christian. Flair said Christian picked the wrong day to mess with him, so why don’t they go out there for a match. Christian said Flair’s got it.
ECW One Night Stand commercial airs…..
Referee: Earl Hebner
The music of La Resistance hit in the arena as Rob Conway and Sylvan Grenier made their way to the ring and Sylvan will be in action first, and waited for his opponent, and it’s Viscera! Rob laughed that Sylvan has to face Viscera here tonight.
Sylvan and Viscera locked up and Viscera backed Sylvan to the corner and nailed him with a chop. Sylvan grabbed a side headlock and went for a shoulder block, but Viscera knocked him down. Viscera then hit a spinning side slam and then laid on Grenier and gave him some shots. Viscera went for a splash but Sylvan moved and then hit a nice dropkick and covered for two. Viscera came back with his spinning wheel kick and then hit the Embalmer for the win.
Winner – Viscera
After the match, Viscera grabbed a plate of nachos from a fan at ringside and chomped on them, and then gyrated in front of Lilian. Viscera took the mic and said these nachos taste as good as Lilian. He asked Lilian to announce the winner of the match one more time. Viscera said when she says his name, it really turns him on. He asked if she wants some of his nachos. Viscera held one in his mouth and she took it. He told her to eat it real good because if she likes the appetizer, she will love the main course.
Lita was backstage with Kane and she was laughing at what Viscera did. Kane said he has been thinking about him and Lita, and he said it’s been nine months since they were married. Kane said on the night they were married, she said she hoped that Kane rotted in hell. Kane said now look at them, Trish is gone and soon he will be World Champion. Lita said that’s right, because tonight, he is going to beat Chris Benoit and go onto the finals and face Batista. Kane said no one will stand in his way, because he always gets what he wants. They laughed and then Kane grabbed her and said that’s what makes them such a cute couple. Weird.
Gold Rush Tournamen
The music of Kane hit in the arena as he made his way to the ring with Lita, and this match is for a spot in the tournament finals. The music of his opponent, Chris Benoit, hit in the arena as he made his way down for the match.
Kane and Chris Benoit locked it up and Kane backed Benoit to the corner and then shoved him. Benoit came back with some chops on Kane and then they locked up again. Benoit grabbed a waist lock but Kane elbowed out and gave Benoit a slam for one. Kane went for a boot in the corner but Benoit moved and then hit a baseball slide to his ankle. Benoit went for a sharpshooter but Kane powered out. Batista was shown watching backstage as Kane and Benoit locked up again.
Benoit hit a series of chops but Kane came back with a side slam for two. Kane hit a clothesline in the corner and then a nice uppercut to knock Benoit down. Kane covered but Benoit got his foot on the ropes. Benoit came back with more chops but Kane hit another uppercut and then hit a knee drop followed by a rear chin lock. Kane wrenched on the head and neck of Benoit but Benoit fought out. Benoit went for a sunset flip and scored with it for two but then Kane came back with a clothesline for a two count. Kane locked in another modified rear chin lock on Benoit but Benoit fought to his feet and escaped with shots to the gut.
Kane hit a sledge to the sternum for two but Benoit came back with more chops and then walked into a big boot to the face. Kane went up top and came off with a clothesline but Benoit countered with a dropkick. Benoit hit a series of five German’s as Lita looked concerned on the outside. Benoit signalled the end and went up top but Kane sat up and Benoit gave him a baseball slide dropkick and then went up top and hit the headbutt and covered but Kane kicked up. Benoit hit a running elbow drive and then went for the Sharpshooter but Kane made the ropes. Benoit scored with an enziguri and then baseball slid Kane to the outside.
Lita helped Kane up and Benoit was going to dive over, which scared Lita and she hurt her knee. Benoit went out to check on Lita and then Kane clotheslined him in the back of the head. Kane tossed Benoit back inside the ring and grabbed him by the throat but Benoit countered and went for the crossface but Kane nailed him in the back of the head again. Kane then scored with the chokeslam and made the cover for the win.
Winner – Kane
Lita smiled and then she and Kane celebrated his victory as they went up the aisle.
Referee: Jack Doan
The music of Ric Flair hit in the arena as he made his way out to the ring for his match with Christian. The music of Captain Charisma then hit as he made his way down with Tyson Tomko. Christian got on the mic and said he knows how bad he wanted to wrestle Christian here, but he has become a problem. Christian said if he wants him so bad, he must go through Tyson Tomko first.
Flair chopped Tomko as he got in the ring but Tomko knocked him down. Tomko hit a running power slam for a two count and then choked Flair in the corner. Flair came back with a chop block and then locked in the figure four in the middle of the ring. Tomko grabbed the referee and Christian then came inside and raked the eyes of Flair. The referee caught him and sent Christian to the back. The referee was distracted with Christian and Flair gave Tomko a low blow and then rolled him up with the tights for the win.
Winner – Ric Flair
Some pictures are shown of some of the ladies who have entered the Diva search.
In the arena:
The music of Stacy Keibler hit in the arena as she made her way down to the ring for an interview. Todd has the latest edition of Stuff Magazine with him, and he says it’s the greatest magazine of all time because she is on the cover. Todd said the pictures of her are breathtaking, and we then take a sneak peak at some of the pictures. Todd asked if the shoot was fun, and she said it was. Stacy said she’d like to thank the fans and Stacy said she wants to have a look at the first picture again. She said that is her favorite one because those are her favorite panties, and she has the same ones on right now. She asked if the fans would like to see them. Stacy then went to take off her skirt, and her zipper stuck. She asked Todd for a hand, and he went to help and then the music of Simon Dean hit! Simon and Maven made their way down and bullied Todd out of the ring.
Simon got on the mic and said he knows she’s out here trying to bring joy to these peoples lives, but she is wasting her time. At the end of the night they will still be ugly losers and showing pictures of her ass might be great, but what they really need is his Simon System. Maven said if there is a beautiful creature in this ring, it’s not her, it’s him, and he owes it all to the Simon System. Maven told Simon to whip up a Simon Shake for Stacy right now. Maven said Stacy needs some toning, and said Simon needs to put some extra scoops on this one. Maven took a drink of the shake and then offered it to Stacy. Maven said they are not asking, they are telling. Stacy dropped it on purpose and Simon said she better pick it up right now. Stacy went to pick it up and they grabbed her, leading to Hurricane and Rosey hitting the ring, running off Dean and Maven. Hurricane and Rosey checked on Stacy as Simon Dean and Maven left up the aisle.
Bischoff was shown on the phone and the Coach came in. Coach said he was watching the show tonight and it’s been great and mentioned the ECW commercial. Coach said it’s going to be great. Eric said he thought he put an end to that, and he doesn’t want any money from Paul Heyman for that ad airing on his show. Coach asked what he was going to do about it, and Bischoff said he will get on the phone to his attorney and squash ECW just like that.
Non Title Match
The music of La Resistance is playing and Rob Conway is set for action, and his opponent will be Shelton Benjamin!
Conway jumped Benjamin and stomped on him before the bell. Conway knocked Benjamin down with a clothesline and then a reverse elbow for two. Conway sent Benjamin to the corner and charged in with an elbow and then hit a nice vertical for two. Conway locked in a rear chin lock on Benjamin but Benjamin fought to his feet. The two traded right hands with Benjamin getting the upper hand. Benjamin hit a flying forearm and then a Samoan Drop for two. Conway hit a knee to the gut in the corner as Benjamin went for the Exploder but Conway elbowed out and then Draped Benjamin over the ropes and hit a running knee lift. Conway ran at Benjamin but walked into a straight kick and then a springboard bulldog for the win.
Winner, the Intercontinental Champion, Shelton Benjamin
Hassan and Daivari attacked Benjamin as he was leaving and they went to throw him off the stage but Benjamin fought back. Hassan wrapped his towel around the neck of Benjamin and locked in the Cobra Clutch choking out Benjamin.
Edge was shown getting ready for his Gold Rush Tournament Match with Shawn Michaels later tonight.
Shawn Michaels is backstage with Maria. Michaels said last week Benjamin gave him a run for his money, and he has an incredibly bright future. Edge’s future is not looking so bright, because tonight he needs to get prepared to throw the hissy fit of a lifetime as he will find out that Michaels is the real Mr. Money in the Bank.
Shelton Benjamin and Chris Jericho will face Muhammad Hassan and Daivari, Christian will face Ric Flair and we will see the final’s of the Gold Rush Tournament!
Gold Rush Tournament
The music of Edge hit in the arena as he made his way out to the ring for this Gold Rush Semi Final Match against Shawn Michaels!
We are in action as we come back from commercial with Michaels in control sending Edge to the outside. Michaels then hit a springboard cross body to the outside onto Edge. Michaels chopped Edge and then sent him back into the ring. Edge came back with a hot shot on the ropes and then choked him over the middle rope. Edge then choked Michaels with his boot as Batista was looking on backstage.
Edge locked in a rear naked choke with a body scissors on Michaels in the middle of the ring but Michaels fought to his feet and gave Edge a chop but Edge came back with a back elbow for two. Edge gave Michaels a head butt as the fans chanted for HBK. Edge raked the eyes of Michaels and then took him down for two. Edge went back to the rear naked choke but Michaels again fought up. Edge pulled Michaels down by the hair and then went up top but Michaels cut him off with some chops. The two traded right hands and Edge knocked Michaels down to the canvas and then dived off, but Michaels came back with a kick to the gut and a knee lift.
Michaels chopped away at Edge and then hit a flying forearm, and then nipped up and the atomic drop followed with some right hands and a back body drop. Michaels went up top and hit the elbow drop on Edge and he then started to tune up the band for some Sweet Chin Music. Michaels went for it but Edge ducked and got Michaels on his shoulders but Michaels got a victory roll for two. Edge sent Michaels hard into the turnbuckles sending him inside out and then hit the Edge-o-Matic for two. Edge gave Michaels some right hands in the corner and then Michaels went for a clothesline but Edge ducked and Michaels nailed the referee. Edge hit the Impaler DDT on Michaels and then signalled for the Spear.
Edge went for the Spear but Michaels hit the Sweet Chin Music out of nowhere but the referee is still down! Michaels went to wake the referee but Edge grabbed the briefcase and went to nail him with it but Michaels ducked. Michaels then went for a sunset flip but Edge nailed Michaels right in the head with it! Edge then made the cover and the referee came to and made the count and Edge has won it!
Winner – Edge