WWE RAW Opener:
The fireworks went off in the arena (or didn’t) for the start of WWE Monday Night RAW as Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to the show, and tonight we will hear from Batista and Shawn Michaels will go one on one with Muhammad Hassan!
Referee: Chad Patton
The music of Trish Stratus hit in the arena as she made her way to the ring as the Women’s Champion, and she will be teaming with Molly Holly against Victoria and Christy Hemme.
Molly and Victoria locked up and Victoria grabbed a hammerlock but Molly reversed into a fireman’s carry. Victoria came back and hit an arm drag and then another, followed by a body slam. Victoria hit the standing moonsault and then made the tag to Christy. Christy came in and kicked at the hamstrings of Molly and then scored with a scoop slam and a leg drop for two.
Trish kicked Christy in the back from the apron and then Molly stomped her on the canvas and tagged in the champ. Trish slapped Christy across the face and then sent her to the corner and kicked away at her as the fans chanted “slut”. Trish chopped the chest of Christy and then choked her before sitting on the top turnbuckle and choked away some more. Molly got the tag and hit a snapmare and a low dropkick to the face for two. Molly locked in a half Boston crab and Christy tried to fight to the corner and kicked Molly off and got the tag to Victoria. Victoria came in with right hands and a reverse elbow and some clotheslines, followed by a back body drop. Victoria went for the Widow’s Peak but Trish came in with a Chick Kick.
Victoria made the tag to Christy who took Molly down but then Trish grabbed her from the apron, but Christy knocked her down. Molly slapped the face of Christy and then sent her to the corner and Trish held her while Molly went for the handspring but Christy moved and Molly nailed Trish! Christy then rolled up Molly for the shock win! Christy wins!
Winners – Christy and Victoria
Trish was tossed out the ring by Victoria and Christy and then the music of Kane hit in the arena and he is stalking Trish after what she did to Lita last week on RAW! Kane took chase of Trish who escaped through the crowd.
Update on Randy Orton:
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler showed us footage of last week in Birmingham, and Randy Orton is undergoing shoulder surgery. Orton said he first felt his shoulder pop at WrestleMania, and then Batista took advantage of it the next night on RAW. Dr. Andrews performed the surgery and Orton said he would be out for four months, and he blames Batista.
Stacy in a towel and Candice in a bra, some pics below, were shown backstage and Stacy said she was glad that happened to Orton. Maria came in and they talked about how hot Batista is. Trish then came storming in and Kane was behind her and she scampered away as the others screamed at Kane.
Coach is backstage and introduces Muhammad Hassan and Daivari. Hassan said last week Shawn Michaels felt just a taste of his fury, like every opponent he has destroyed. Hassan said tonight the joke would be on Michaels and he would have the last laugh. Daivari said something and they left.
In the arena:
The music of Triple H hit in the arena as he made his way down to the ring as the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship. Triple H got on the mic and said that tonight is Batista’s big night, his first interview since becoming champion. Triple H told him to enjoy it, because he is on borrowed time. Triple H said the rematch has been signed, and it will be Batista-Triple H II and it will be at Backlash. Triple H said Batista was on fire at WrestleMania, he was awesome. Triple H said he has watched the tape over and over, and he will find a weakness one way or another, and he has. Triple H said it was in his eyes, his eyes showed fear, his eyes told him the real story, it is the one thing that will make him an eleven time World Champion, it is the one thing Batista fears, it is the Pedigree. Triple H said that the Pedigree is the one move, that when he hits it, the whole thing will be done. Triple H said the Pedigree is the truth, and the truth is Batista made the biggest mistake of his life when he decided to screw with him. The music of the Hurricane then hit in the arena as he made his way out to the stage. Hurricane said that Triple H claims to be the best, but holy ass kicking’s, the last time we saw him in action, he was wearing a mask, not a superhero mask, but a crimson one. Triple H called Hurricane a green tomato, and Hurricane then mocked him. Hurricane said he was left laying by Triple H, and then he did the same the following week to Rosey. Hurricane said it was clobbering time, and Triple H told him to bring it. Hurricane then called Rosey down with him. Rosey and the Hurricane bother hammered away at Triple H in the corner and stomped away at him. Hurricane hit a leg lariat and Rosey squashed him in the corner and then they clotheslined him to the outside! Triple H grabbed the mic and said they picked the wrong night and the wrong guy. Triple H called for a ref and asked for the bell to be rung.
Triple H grabbed a steel chair and the referee took it from him. Rosey and Hurricane knocked Triple H down and Rosey is going to start this one off with the Game as we go to commercial.
Triple H gave Hurricane some right hands in the corner and then whipped him to the opposite buckle and charged in but met an elbow. Hurricane went for a tab but Triple H cut him off and Hurricane came back with a tilt a whirl headscissors and made the tag. Rosey hammered away on the Game and hit a scoop slam and then a revolving leg drop. Rosey hammered at the Game in the corner and then splashed him. Rosey hit a butt bump in the corner on the game and then hit a spinebuster of his own, and then Hurricane came off the top with a leg drop for two.
Hurricane went back up top but Triple H crotched him and Hurricane fell to the canvas. Triple H stomped the Hurricane and then choked him in the corner. Triple H knocked Rosey off the apron, and he got hung up in the ropes. Triple H hit the Pedigree on Hurricane and then covered for the win.
Winner – Triple H
Triple H hammered away at Rosey as he was still tied up in the ropes. Triple H shoved the referee down the mat and continued his beat down of Rosey here. Triple H got back on the mic and said that one second, one second is all it takes, one Pedigree and that is you. Triple H said he vows to him by the end of the night, this will be Batista. Triple H said he will Pedigree his ass in this ring, and it doesn’t matter to him how big Batista is. Triple H went to the outside and grabbed Rosey and took him out with the Pedigree and Triple H is on a mission here.
WWE in Australia:
Footage was shown of the WWE tour of Australia in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.
Batista was shown backstage talking to Chris Benoit as we then cut back to the arena.
Referee: Jack Doan
The music of Chris Masters hit in the arena as he made his way out to the stage for the next match here on RAW. A video package was shown of the Masterpiece and his perfect record so far in the WWE.
Masters and Skyfire locked up and Masters went to work on the arm and then dropped him over the top turnbuckle and kicked him in the gut. Masters choked Skyfire in the corner and then hit some knees to the head and then hit a big beal out of the corner. Skyfire tried to fight back and went for a springboard off the middle rope but walked into the Polish Hammer and Masters then locked in the Masterlock for the win.
Winner – Chris Masters
Masters got on the mic and said next week he is issuing an open challenge and he will put $1,000 on the line for someone to break the Masterlock.
Diva Search 2005:
A promo aired touting the 2005 Diva Search for $250,000 and mentioned all the success’ that Christy has had since winning last year.
In the arena:
Shawn Michaels made his way out to the ring, followed by Hassan who had a mic and said that no one wanted to see him destroy HBK again, so he went and got the following change from RAW General Manager Eric Bischoff. If he wanted to face Hassan, he would have to face his manager Daivari.
Referee: Earl Hebner
Shawn Michaels ran outside the ring an attacked Daivari and threw him inside the ring. Michaels whipped Daivari to the ropes and gave him a high back body drop. Hassan tried to interfere and Michaels choked him on the apron, allowing Daivari to attack him from behind. With Michaels incapacitated on the mat, Daivari went up top and hit a leg drop from the top rope.
Michaels fought back and put Daivari to the mat with a few punches to the head and scoop slammed him to the mat. As Michaels went for a top rope move, Hassan tried to interfere, but HBK threw him inside the ring. Daivari introduced the ring bell into the match, and while Hebner removed the bell, Hassan kicked HBK in the groin and Daivari pinned HBK for his first win!
Winner – Daivari
Michaels laid on the mat, clutching his groin as Hassan & Daivari celebrated their victory at the top of the stage.
Shawn Michaels is backstage with Eric Bischoff and demanded a handicap match against them both. Bischoff said he can’t do that, but he can give him a tag team match at Backlash. Shawn said he didn’t want a partner; he wanted them both in a handicap match. Eric said no partner, no match.
In the arena:
The music of Chris Jericho hit in the arena and it is time for the Highlight Reel. Jericho welcomed us to the show and said that he has to admit that he was happy how the Money in the Bank Ladder Match turned out, but there was only one problem, and that is that he didn’t win. Jericho said he has been a bit off track, and he can trace it down to one date, October 19th 2004, the date he lost the Intercontinental Title at Taboo Tuesday. Jericho said Shelton Benjamin has done a great job, but there is something he needs to tell him face to face. Jericho then introduced Benjamin as his guest. Jericho said he wants to get straight to the point; he wants redemption. He said all his problems started when he lost that title, and he wants it back. Benjamin played a violin with his finger, and said it is playing just for him. Benjamin said he is the best pure athlete in the WWE and there is a reason he has held the title for six months. Jericho said they must start making his Hall of Fame plaque as they speak. Jericho said he didn’t give a damn about his title reign, he has been the IC Champion seven times, and that is a record. He has done it all with the Intercontinental Title and the only reason he still has it is that Jericho hasn’t made it his business to take it back until now. Benjamin told Jericho that he can do things in this ring that no one else can do and then smiled. Jericho told Benjamin to take the title and shove it up his ass. Benjamin said he could take his fist and get more hits than a Fozzy album. Jericho said there latest single is called Shelton Benjamin is a little bitch. Benjamin showed Jericho and then the two went at it throwing punches at each other. The two brawled to the floor with both men hammering away at each other. The referee’s came down to break these two men up, and Jericho wants his IC Title back!
Kane is shown backstage looking for Trish, and then comes across Lita. She asked him if he did it, and he said yeah, Trish is scared to death. Lita then said they are just getting started and then they french kissed passionately.
In the arena:
The music of Shawn Michaels hit in the arena and he came out to the stage. He said he has been told that if he wants to face Hassan and Daivari at Backlash, he would have to pick a partner. He said he hasn’t had much time to think about it, but the first thing that comes to his mind is how much he loves this country. He said he understands why his father and brother and nephew served their country in wars. Michaels said he is going to pick someone who feels as passionately about this as he does. Michaels said he knows that person is watching at home, and he is here on his knees asking for one favour. He isn’t asking anything more than what every other WWE fan has asked you for. They asked at the WWE Hall of Fame banquet, and he is coming out here tonight and asking him. Shawn Michaels said if he has to pick a partner, he wants that tag team partner to be HULK HOGAN! The fans went nuts and Michaels smiled as they went into a rabid Hogan chant. Michaels then got the crowd to chant “one more match” with him.
Edge is shown walking down the hall backstage with his money in the bank briefcase and a steel chair. We then go to commercial.
Referee: Michael Chioda
The music of Chris Benoit hit in the arena as he made his way out to the ring for action against Christian who was accompanied as always by Tyson Tomko. The music of Edge then hit as Mr. Money in the Bank made his way to the announce table with his briefcase and chair.
Christian attacked Benoit and went to work in the corner and then worked over the injured arm of Benoit. Benoit came back with some chops and a head butt and then went to work in the corner himself and sent Christian hard into the buckle. Benoit hit a knee to the gut as Edge said he was screwed last week. Christian came back with a kick to the arm but Benoit hit another chop to the chest. Christian locked in a hammerlock as Benoit screamed in pain.
Benoit hit an enziguri for a two count and hit some more chops in the corner. Christian reversed and hit some chops of his own and then sent Benoit outside with a drop toe hold. Christian followed him out and sent his arm into the apron before sending him back into the ring. Christian hit some rights in the corner and then choked Benoit with his boot. Benoit came back with more chops in the corner and then went to pull Christian into the ring post but Tomko distracted him. Benoit went back to work on Christian but Christian took over back inside, choking Benoit with his boot some more.
Christian slammed Benoit to the mat for two and then locked in an arm bar. Edge talked about being screwed his whole career and it was Benoit who cost him his title match back in October. Benoit fought out with right hands and then went for the Crossface but Christian escaped. Benoit knocked Christian outside into the security wall as we go to commercial. Back from the break and Christian is in control with a keylock on the arm of Benoit. Benoit battled out and hit some shots in the corner and went for a charge but ate boot. Christian dropped the arm of Benoit across the top rope and covered for two.
Christian locked in an arm bar and tried to take the tape off of Benoit’s arm. Christian stomped on the arm and then went to remove the corner pad. While the referee was distracted with the corner pad, Benoit got a school boy and the referee finally made the count but only got two. Christian hit an arm bar takedown for two and then choked Benoit on the ropes again. Tomko hit a cheap shot while Christian distracted the referee. Christian sent Benoit shoulder first to the corner but Benoit came back with more chops. Christian took Benoit down into a pin for two and then locked in another hammerlock.
Christian bit the hand of Benoit while in the hammerlock and then taunted the crowd. Benoit exploded with a German Suplex to take Christian down and then shook his arm to try and get some feeling back. Benoit kicked Christian but Christian stayed in control with an arm bar takedown. Benoit fought up with right hands and then the two collided in the middle of the ring. Benoit hit a snap suplex and covered for two . Christian went for a reverse DDT but Benoit reversed into a Northern Lights for two. Benoit went for the Sharpshooter but Christian got in the ropes. Benoit pulled him back into the middle of the ring and locked it in but Christian made the ropes.
Benoit hit the three German’s and Christian is down. Benoit signals for the diving head butt and goes up top. Tomko tried to stop him but Benoit shoved him down and dived off, but Christian moved! Both men are down and reach their feet at six. Christian went for the Unprettier but Benoit reversed into the Crossface. Edge then left the announce table with his chair and Tomko got into the ring but Benoit knocked him down. Benoit then dropkicked the chair into Edge sending him down and then walked into the Unprettier from Christian!
Winner – Christian
Edge looked very pleased with himself as Benoit stared him down with anger.
In the arena:
Jim Ross is in the ring and he introduces the new World Heavyweight Champion, the Animal knows as Batista! Batista has new pyro in his entrance for those taking note. JR said that Batista is dressed to compete, and Batista said he is going to make it easy on Triple H, he is in his gear and ready to go. JR mentioned Triple H’s rematch at Backlash and Edge with Money in the Bank. He asked if Batista is concerned. Batista said he knew he would be a hunted man, but he refuses to be anyone’s victim. He said he is the champ and is top of the food chain. Batista said if anyone has any bright ideas of taking his title, just like Triple H and Randy Orton, he will chew them up and spit them out. He said this is his jungle, and Triple H, if he is seeing fear in his eyes, he must be looking in the mirror. Batista said once again Triple H is underestimating him, and that will be his downfall. Batista held the belt high and said he will hold it for as long as he wants. The fans cheered in appreciation for Batista as the music of the Game hit in the arena.
Triple H attacked through the crowd and they went at it. Triple H hit a face buster and went for a Pedigree but Batista back dropped him right out of the ring. Triple H is down and out on the outside and Batista is standing tall. JR held the hand of Batista high as Triple H retreated up the aisle. Triple H got on the mic and called Batista a son of a bitch. He said that next week, Madison Square Garden, they are going to make history. Triple H said next week, they will go one on one! Batista seemed to like that. Triple H then said next week it will be the Game going against JR! The music of the Game then hit as JR did not look too pleased as RAW went off the air.