Event: WWE Monday Night RAW Results
Start of the Show:
For the first time ever, Jim Ross welcomes us to Tokyo, Japan! The night starts with Eric Bischoff coming to the ring. “He’s back and better than ever..” still. A course of boos meet the GM as he heads into the ring. Bischoff says he is one of the most powerful and respected men in wrestling and he is the General Manager of Raw. A guy next to him translates and the crowd boos even more. Bischoff says they are going to make history by broadcasting from Tokyo, Japan! He says they will bring them the biggest Raws anyone has ever seen, tonight we will see icon vs. icon as Ric Flair fights HBK, Shawn Michaels! The crowd pops HUGE for HBK! He then promotes the world heavyweight championship match as well. For some reason, people boo the translator. Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho needs no translation he said!
The music of Chris Benoit hits and he is met with a chorus of cheers! Jericho heads to the ring for this special submission match!
The two men lock up and meet in the corner. Collar and elbow tie up takes them to the outside of the ring where they break. They climb back in and the two shove and talk nose to nose. They are separated and continue again. Waist lock take down by Jericho, quickly countered, the two lock again and they chain wrestle and reverse to the crowd’s delight. Benoit gets an early advantage with a hammer lock but Jericho rolls out and goes for an early walls, it does not work. The men roll through, both trying to gain submissions, they roll out and the fans pop huge. They lock up again and Jericho throws some clubbing blows before dropping Benoit on the top rope, Jericho goes for the springboard but Benoit tosses him over the ropes. Both men are on the apron, and they start climbing the ropes together and battling. Rights, lefts and headbutts are thrown until both men go flying off the second rope and land hard on the outside.
Mid Match Notes:
When we come back from commercial, Jericho goes down hard from a chop from Benoit. Benoit nails a snap suplex slamming Jericho to the mat. The two men chop back and forth until Benoit slaps a german suplex on Jericho, hitting one before Jericho gets a arm and rib cage hold on Benoit, who does not submit. Benoit counters with a semi overhead belly to belly suplex. Benoit follows up with two german suplexes before Jericho gives him a drop toe hold counter into a half boston crab. Benoit is in pain and reaching for the ropes as Jericho is a little bloody from the headbutts. Benoit makes the ropes and uses them to place Jericho is a sharpshooter from the ground. It fails, so Benoit clubs him in the back and gives him 3 consecutive german suplexes! Both men are down as Doan counts for some reason. Benoit is up first and he calls for the headbutt! He climbs the top rope and nails the headbutt right on the arm and lower back of Jericho. Benoit gets up first and he goes for the crossface but Jericho gives him a jawbreaker followed by a clothesline. Jericho goes for the lionsault, but lands on his feet and goes for the walls, both men battle until Jericho gives Benoit a slingshot into the corner. Jericho makes a run at Benoit but he runs right into a crippler crossface! Jericho crawls to the ropes in pain, bleeding, inching close and closer. Jericho makes the break and goes for the walls of Jericho but the two man tangle up. Benoit gets the arm of Jericho through his legs and he locks the crossface yet again!
Benoit moves his way around the body of Jericho trying to make the crossface even more painful. Jericho’s body is contorted and his head is busted open, he has no choice but to tap out!
Winner: Chris Benoit
The two men shake hands to the delight of the Japan crowd!
We cut to Evolution in the back as Flair talks about how the ladies were treating him well last night. He says they run the wrestling world, even Japan. Flair says they are all going to win their matches tonight. HHH seems a little off, Flair asks him what is wrong. HHH says he’s been thinking about Batista, and he says the more he thinks about it, maybe Batista should stay here. He can’t make up his mind on what he wants Batista to do. Flair says what HHH said was genius (about Batista going to Smackdown and winning that title) Flair goes on to talk about ruling both rosters, HHH says he is going to talk to Batista about the whole idea.
Christian is walking around with a Japanese reporter, he says that he loves all his peeps here in Japan, or as he likes to call them; “jeeps.” They end up walking into Stacy Kiebler and Christian tells the Japanese guy that she can answer some questions about him. The guy asks Stacy where he can talk to Randy Orton! Christian says that Randy Orton is not a legend because he has not defeated Christian. He also poses a lot, and thirdly, he is one head shot away from ending his career! Stacy steps in and also asks the reporter to write a fourth fact, that Randy Orton can beat Christian’s butt anytime! Christian tells the guy not to write that and talks to Stacy about a match tonight. When Stacy leaves, Tyson asks Christian why he wants to face Orton tonight and Christian says “I’m not, you are.” Christian then says he has a plan to make the front page of the papers tomorrow.
Referee: Jack Doan
Maven comes down to the ring and says by now, everyone knows what happened at the Royal Rumble. He says the one question is WHY wasn’t he in it? Because everyone knows he would have won it! He says he would have tossed Batista.. he does not get very far before Batista comes to the ring.
Maven jumps the gun and attacks Batista from behind. He runs off the ropes though and runs right into a spinebuster. Batista picks Maven up, slams him with the Batista bomb, and pins him.
As Batista is in the ring, Smackdown highlights are shown of the Big Show, who said that Batista has been a big fish in a very small pond. He says if Batista comes to Smackdown, he will find out what a great white shark can do!
Batista wants answers:
Batista finds Bischoff and demands to know what is going on with these Smackdown promos because he is starting to get pissed off. Bischoff says he will get to the bottom of it, but before he does, he has to talk to Batista. He says he saw Teddy Long’s offer and he tells Batista not to do it! He says that Raw is the premier brand, the heavyweight title is the premier title, and so on. He keeps on going but Batista tells him that he has made his point.
Tag Title Match
Regal starts things off against Conway, they go back and forth with arm holds. Crowd is hot for Tajiri when he gets tagged. He kicks Conway in the face with a baseball slide dropkick. Tajiri then nails a headscissor followed by a drop toe hold, tagging Regal, who drops a viscious knee. Grenier breaks the count and Conway gains control in his corenr. Regal however fights back onto the get hit in the gut with a shoulder block from Conway.
Mid match notes:
Grewnier is tagged after Regal goes down to a hard arm drag. Grenier gives a cheap shot to Tajiri, but this allows Regal to drop toe hold Grenier, but there is no Tajiri. Regal puts on an STF, and finally Tajiri is tagged. He comes in and goes buck wild with kicks and bulldogs on both La Resistance members. Tajiri nails an inzeguiri to the head of Grenier, but Conway breaks the count. They both whip Tajiri off the ropes but he nails a double springboard back elbow!
End of the Match:
Tajiri is hauling ass in the ring. He places Grenier in the tarantula, but Conway cracks him in the back with a double axe handle. Conway goes after Regal on the outside, but Regal drops him with an overhead suplex/powerslam for a huge pop. Grenier has the flag in his hands and he takes a swing at Tajiri and misses. Tajiri nails the mist in the eyes of Grenier. Grenier drops to his knees and Tajiri kicks him LITERALLY right in the front of his face. Tajiri makes the cover and gets the one, two, SAN! Or something?
Winners and NEW tag team Champions: William Regal and Tajiri
2005 Hall of Fame Inductees:
A video package is shown for all of the 2005 inductees to the Hall of Fame. They are as follows:
Paul Orndorff, The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, “Cowboy” Bob Orton, and “The mouth of the south” Jimmy Hart!
Ric Flair then makes his way to the ring as the fans in Japan bow to him! He is followed by Shawn Michaels who gets the largest pop in the history of the entire world!
The crowd cheersd as both men stare down. Flair gets an early cheap shot and works HBK in the corner with a back elbow followed by chops and right hands! Michaels blocks a shot and turns the tables for a ton of chops. Flair goes off the buckle and high into the air with a back body drop. HBK then clotheslines him over the top rope. HBK follows him and chops him at the security rail before Flair gets a thumb to the eye. Flair then runs into a back body drop on the outside!
Mid Match Notes:
Flair is rolled into the ring where he tries to call a timeout. As HBK approaches him, Flair thumbs him again. Flair knocks him down with a chop and gets a two count. Flair sets him up in the corner where he chops like a machine. HBK fights back with rights and lefts before coming off the ropes and hitting him with a hard one. Flair flops, HBK covers for a two count! Flair gets a boot to HBK’s gut, he whips him off the buckle and chop blocks him. Flair works on the ring and woo’s the crowd! HBK gets up but Flair sendsa him down with a shot to the knee. Flair sends him to the buckle and then gives him another knee shot. Flair slaps on the figure four! HBK in in pain as the crowd erupts!
Flair is rolled into the ring where he tries to call a timeout. As HBK approaches him, Flair thumbs him again. Flair knocks him down with a chop and gets a two count. Flair sets him up in the corner where he chops like a machine. HBK fights back with rights and lefts before coming off the ropes and hitting him with a hard one. Flair flops, HBK covers for a two count! Flair gets a boot to HBK’s gut, he whips him off the buckle and chop blocks him. Flair works on the ring and woo’s the crowd! HBK gets up but Flair sendsa him down with a shot to the knee. Flair sends him to the buckle and then gives him another knee shot. Flair slaps on the figure four! HBK in in pain as the crowd erupts! HBK finally reverses and the two separate. The two men are down, Flair is up first and he goes to work on HBK who pulls himself up by the ropes. Flair chops away and goes back to the legs. Flair sets HBK up for a suplexz, HBK jumps out and rolls Flair up for a two count. Flair goes for the figure four again, HBK gives him a small package for two. The two men tango, Michaels gets a backslide for an Ichii and a Ni! (one and two, possibly?) HBK then nails an inzeguiri. The two men get up and chop back and forth all over until Flair nails HBK in the knee again. Flair goes to the top and we know what happens next, HBK tosses him off. Michaels nails a flying forearm, nips up, and gives Flair a back body drop followed by a bodyslam. HBK climbs the top rope and nails the elbow drop!
HBK tunes the band up in the corner and he connects with the jaw of Ric Flair with the sweet chin music! HBK makes the cover and gets the three count!
Winner: Shawn Michaels
More to come…