QUOTE OF THE WEEK: 2 hours of WWF in 4 pages or less - the synopsis
of my first "WWF Prime Time Wrestling" recap, posted ten years ago this
week - wow, I used to be SUCCINCT, didn't I?
HELP ME: I'm still looking for help from a Brazilian reader, if I even
have any. Please send me an email at email@example.com if you live in Brazil
and I PROMISE I'll make it worth your while if you can do me a favour.
(No, it's nothing illegal.) Pretty please?
QUICK QUOTE: WWE 8.81 (- .89, last year: 11.45, two years ago: 19 7/16)
In case you've forgotten, the all-time low for WWE stock is 8.49. How
low was the strike price on YOUR options? How interesting! The annual
meeting will be at The World Friday morning (1000) but if you can't make
it to New York, there'll be a webcast over at corporate.wwe.com. So
sayeth the press release.
TONIGHT: We'll try again to have that triple threat women's title
match...except this week the champ is different! Hopefully having it kick
off the show means it'll actually HAPPEN - also, Kane teams with the
mysterious "???" to take on the Un-Americans for the tag team titles!
All this and more in twelve short minutes!
CSI is on TONIGHT after RAW!
TV-14-DLV - CC - Attitude - Entertainment - Bischoff (one of these things
is not like the others)
WWE WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP: TRISH
STRATUS - THE FITNESS MODEL (champion - Toronto, Ontario - with
Transmitido en espanol SAP - and TONIGHT: Kane & ???? vs. Un-Americans for
the tag team championship!) v. VICTORIA (challenger - Los Angeles,
California - with TONIGHT: Union Underground performs and Divas dance!) v.
MOLLY HOLLY (challenger - Mobile, Alabama)
NORO! And we start right away as ring flowerpot LILIAN
GARCIA identifies Stratus as the "NEW WWE Women's Championship!"
Victoria and Stratus get into it before Molly's even entered the ring -
Stratus with forearms until Molly uses the hairpull from behind. Stratus
into the corner - elbow up on Molly, dumps Victoria on the apron, but
Victoria punches HER, gutshot by Molly, scoop...and a slam, and Victoria
with a somersault legdrop over the top rope back in! Molly holds her but
ends up eating the kick from Victoria - Stratus rolls her up for 2.
Victoria with a backslide for 2 but Molly breaks it up - this leads to
discussion, briefly stopped when they each elbow Stratus, then continue
the war of words. Head to the buckle by Molly, kick, Victoria kick, kick,
into the opposite corner, Molly with a tumbling run handspring elbow,
shoulder in the gut by Victoria. Molly with an open-handed slap -
Victoria shows she can do it, too. Stratus into the ropes, ducks the
double clothesline and hits one of her own! Forearm for you, forearm for
you, forearm for you, ducks the clothesline attempt by Victoria and gives
her a hangman's neckbreaker. Elbow on Molly, elbow, kick, gutshot for
Victoria, into the corner but she gets the elbow up...but as she sits on
the top turnbuckle, all it means is Stratus has the opportunity for the
handstand leg scissors. Molly rakes her eyes - whip is reversed, gutshot
by Stratus, but Molly throws her over the top rope to the floor! We don't
see what Victoria does to Molly, but she's covering - 1, 2, kickout.
Stratus still on the floor - Victoria with a right on Molly, another
right. Subway Replay of Stratus' trip out of the ring. Stomp by
Victoria. Suplex coming up - nicely done. Molly put into position -
climbing up - MOONSAULT but Molly's out of the way! All three women down
and Stratus is finally back in the ring - grabs a waistlock and rolls her
up, 1, 2, Molly rolls back AND grabs the PANTS, 1, 2, kicked out into a
collision with Victoria - Molly falls back into the rollup again - 1, 2,
3! Championship retains. (3:20)
In the locker room, Booker T & Goldust welcome a random gathering of
superstars (Show, Richards, Hardy, Kane and Bubba Ray Dudley) to a special
private presentation of "Goldizzy and B Teezy'z at the moviez." For their
viewing pleasure, they present "some of the most brutal scenes of all time
from a little joint we call 'Stank Wars: Rikishi's Ass Strikes Back.'"
From Unforgiven, the clips roll - first some scenes of Stephanie with the
lesbians (Goldust seems less confused than he normally would) - Bischoff's
introduction of the "ugly lesbo," the big kiss, and the Rikishikick...and
the stinky face. I think the most amazing part of this is SOMEHOW they
got a hold of the version of the clips that doesn't have the big "WW" logo
in the corner. Goldust says he hasn't seen anything that unbearable since
the last Fozzy concert, then presents a very special portrait of Bischoff
with Rikishi's ass in place of his head. "This is an outrage!" Camera
turns to see Rico peering through the curtain. "Disgusting! It's
despicable! I'm telling Eric!" Show: "That dude's on crack, man!" I
*think* he's making a joke about the picture. Show said A LOT during
this, actually - he must have known this was all the mic time he'd get
tonight. No explanation, however, for the following gleaned quotes from
Hardy, Dudley, Kane and Richards: "..."
Going into the commercial break AND coming out of the commercial break, we
are reminded that CSI airs at 11:05 Mondays, right after RAW.
"Welcome to the RAW team, my man - good luck in your match tonight." Aw
geez, pull back and let's see who it is nope no luck there. Rico enters
the picture as he leaves. "What's he doin' on RAW? I thought he was on
SmackDown!" Bischoff is peeved at Rico, wondering why he didn't come out
when he was wearing Rikishi's ass as a hat. Rico reminds him that he sent
them out on the town after the match. Bischoff says if he had any kind of
loyalty, he'd have stuck around and put a stop to it. Rico says he's here
to PROVE his loyalty, and promptly rats out the locker room for their
shenanigans. "Laughing at me? Well I'll put an end to that RIGHT NOW!"
Your hosts are a pair of kings - JIM ROSS & JERRY LAWLER. We segue right
THE WIFESWAPPER heads out as I note a band setup added to the stage for
Union Underground later tonight - one more big video screen into the
machinery, yep. "Don't you people even START with me! Because I am NOT
in the mood. See let me get this straight - couple of weeks ago, I
infiltrate SmackDown! I make sure I leave Stephanie McMahon laying, and
her entire locker room comes out to save her? And last night, I get
beaten to a pulp...I get humiliated, and not one person, not ONE of my RAW
superstars show up to stop it?! And NOW - now I hear that they're
LAUGHING? They're laughing at me? Oh, no no no, but it gets worse - oh
yeah. I get a phone call from Vince McMahon's office, and I find out ...
["Ass hole!"] I f- I find out that he puts a freeze on all of the
contracts? They're all legally binding now - that means nobody gets to
jump between shows unless there's an official trade? Ah. But
fortunately, I was able to cut a couple deals before the deadline...which
means, if you're on RAW, you belong to ME. You are here to stay, no
options, no choices, YOU BELONG TO ME. Which brings me to one of my
*favourite* oh so loyal RAW superstars, why don't we bring him out here
right now - BOOKER T. Dammit, I'm not asking you, I'm demanding it,
Booker T, get your ass out here now!" And here he is. "Oh 'what up,
dog?' Let me get this straight, DOG. So you think what happened to me
last night...was FUNNY?" "You damn skippy, hippy! Look, man - just
'cause Rikishi used your face as toilet paper, don't blame me, E."
"That's what I mean - see I don't think you get it - do you even know who
you're dealing with?" "Whoa, whoa whoa, hold 'em up, man. Hold 'em up.
I AM sorry. So - Seriously, I am sorry, but E - I got a question. I want
everybody to hear this. After last night, does HLA still stand for Hot
Lesbian Action...or Huge, Lumpy Ass? Hey man. Dog, step back, like, step
back. Like I said, if it didn't stand for Huge Lumpy Action. Whoa whoa,
step back - yo breath is heinous, like a fat man's anus. NOW CAN U DIG
THAT, SUCKAAAAAAA." "Would you STOP laughing? You stop laughing right
now! You're gonna show me some respect. You look at me - you're gonna
show me some respect, I don't care if it takes you all night..." Crowd
has already caught sight of THE NEW GOOD OL' JR and is booing. "...ah
hell I ain't got all night, I only got about THREE MINUTES." T must have
eyes in the back of his head - ducks Rosey and they trade rights - now
it's T with rights, kicks him into the ropes and out (probably supposed
to be over but Rosey missed it), Jamal in and T gives
HIM a right and a flying jalapeno...he rolls out - T didn't count on RICO
from behind, but there he is - forearm, right, right, right, kick - T
evades the spinning roundhouse kick, though and is just about ready to
turn the tide with a spinebuster when Jamal & Rosey come back in and the
numbers take over. Press and Samoan Drop by Jamal. Here's GOLDUST to try
to help, but he's one and they're two - but 'dust ducks the double
clothesline and hits one of his own! Rico in to grab the ankles - 'dust
can't move until Jamal superkicks him. Rosey adds a full nelson into
a...something. A few more stomps around and then Rico raises their hands.
Let's go to a break.
Stacker 2 ad (Bubba) - if you actually bought and used ephedra-free
Stacker 2, wouldn't you kinda be missing the point? I mean, that'd be
like drinking decaf because you enjoy the TASTE of coffee - that's just
not what it's ABOUT. It's a CAFFEINE DELIVERY SYSTEM. Stacker 2 is an
EPHEDRA DELIVERY SYSTEM. I mean....ah hell, in reality I have no idea
what I'm talking about and just wanted to make a clever allusion. Let's
WWE LIVE! Tomorrow, San Diego! Sunday, Bossier City! RAW is Houston!
And a week from tomorrow is Lafayette!
Bischoff congratulates Jamal, Rosey & Rico - there'll be no smartass
comments from Booker T & Goldust the rest of the night! But just to be
sure, he wants to book them in singles matches tonight. Rico volunteers
to take on Booker T and Bischoff is happy to make the match. At this
point, Chris Jericho hits the picture, distraught. "EB, I need to have a
word with you, did you hear what that freak Goldust said about my band,
Fozzy? Did you hear - we have Fozzy fanatics all across the entire world,
we are HUGE ROCK STARS. I mean, if I could get my hands on him, do you
know what I would DO to him? Do you know what I would--" Bischoff tells
him to settle down - if he wants Goldust, he's got him for an
intercontinental title defense. They walk off. "I never said anything
about the intercontinental championship, Eric. EB...?"
JEFF HARDY (Cameron, North Carolina - 218 pounds - with RAW is brought to
you by Stacker 2, JVC's Tower of Power HX Series, and Snickers Cruncher!)
v. WELL IT'S THE BIG SHOW (Tampa, Florida - 500 pounds)
Geez, these two seemed so tight earlier...I guess the point of
this match is to eliminate Show as the obvious choice for Kane's mystery
tag team partner. (If you know me, you know what's coming next and can
skip the next sentence - this is your only warning) Savio Vega, however,
remains in the running! (Told ya) Hardy decides the best way to get a
jump on the Show is to run the barricade and hit that clothesline to start
out - almost taking out a blissfully unaware front row fan in the process
- right, right, right, right, Show mauls him down and that's the end of
that. Hard into the mats at ringside. Rolled into the ring. Hardy right
back out with a tope suicida! Right, right, right, Show with a knee -
press - hold - and drop to the floor. Patrick is having a devil of a time
getting this action into the ring, but finally Show rolls him in and
follows. Ring the bell! Well it's a big forearm. Subway Replay of the
press and drop. Show hangs up Hardy on the top rope. Well it's the big
knee to the ribs. Show walks over him - owch. Show puts a boot on his
chest - 1, 2, Hardy rolls the shoulder. Show off the ropes - but into a
Hardy dropkick to the knees! Show tries to drop an elbow but misses.
Hardy right, right, off the ropes with a dropkick to the head. STOP
SQUEALING! Hardy climbs to the top - swantonbomb onto his back! Hardy
rolls him and covers - 1, 2, NO! Hardy tries to lunge for Show in the
corner - but Show puts up a boot and catches him in the sternum. Onsale
crawl so this match can't end for a FEW more moves... Hardy ducks a
clothesline, off the ropes but meets the brick wall on the crossbody
attempt. Show drops Hardy across his knee. Show relieves Hardy of his
shirt and slaps his chest. Another gunshot slap. Well it's the big
scoop...and another ribbreaker across the knee. Well it's the big double
legdrop. Off the ropes, well it's the big boot to the head. Show throws
him to the canvas, but Hardy rolls through and springs onto the second
rope - springs off but CAUGHT - and ahhhhhhhTHECHOKESLAAAAAM. 1, 2, 3.
(3:24) Give it a replay.
Let Us Take You Back 2 Weeks to Tommy Dreamer's bad poetry and
confrontation with Christopher Nowinski
Time now to have a word or two with Nowinski, who is in a classroom.
"It's very simple, JR. Two weeks ago, Dreamer brutalised me with a
Singapore cane. Well, that was a fight in his element; this is my
element. A classroom - an institute of higher learning, a place I'VE
excelled ever since kindergarten. I sent out word to Dreamer, gave him
the time and the place. If he has any gumption at all, he'll be here any
second." What's his plan for Dreamer? "Well ah, I'm gonna teach Tommy
Dreamer a lesson even HE can understand - (snaps pointer to blackboard) -
Don't mess with a Harvard graduate."
"No Mercy" ad features Pete Rose and rules. Kane: "Hi Pete."
Speaking of Kane, he's doing pushups!
Back to the classroom, where Dreamer has arrived for his date.
"Professor Nowinski! Sorry I'm tardy - I guess I've always been a little
late." "That's all right, Tommy..." Nowinski shoves aside a skeleton and
takes a kendo stick - sorry, Singapore cane - to Dreamer. Nowinski takes
time to point to Singapore on a map (ha) - Dreamer ducks the next shot,
right, right, into a file cabinet. "Look Chris - it's where I'm from,
Yonkers!" and runs him into the map. "And here's California!" Dreamer
shows him the books - the hard way - then dumps the case on him. Then he
rams his head through the ceiling (ooh!) and back into the wall again.
Nowinski comes back, ramming Dreamer through the bookcase and punching
away. Nowinski points to a white board. "Harvard's greater than
Dreamer!" Dreamer comes back with an uppernut. Hard into the wall,
leaving a mark. "Here's your last lesson." And he clocks him RIGHT in
the face with the kendo stick! "Class dismissed." (WWE.com says Nowinski
is going in for jaw surgery to remove a benign something-or-other, so this
is the "storyline" version.)
Ross asks us to come back to watch him make a very special introduction of
RAW's newest superstar!
CSI airs at 11:05!
STEVEN RICHARDS (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 235 pounds) v. ?
referee: JACK DOAN
It's almost like Richards moved from Philadelphia to Waterford, but only
for a couple weeks, and then he moved BACK to Philadelphia. That had to
have been a MAJOR pain for him! LARRY KING is also in the ring, and takes
over for the second introduction: "Ladies and gentlemen, it is certainly
a privlige for me to introduce this next young superstar, the newest
member of the RAW roster, making his debut tonight. I knew his grandaddy,
Bob Orton, Sr.; I know his father, Bob Orton, Jr.; please welcome the
newest member to RAW, 22 year old RANDY ORTON!" OH MAN WHAT A COUP FOR
ERIC BISCHOFF INDEED. I mean, it's nice that they're *trying* to make
this a big deal, what with Ross publicly applauding and Lawler acting like
this is really exciting hot shit, but....well, c'mon, I ain't buying it.
Richards isn't either - he says he's gonna show HIM. Lockup, forearm to
the back by Richards, forearm, right, into the ropes, hiptoss block,
hiptoss by Orton, armdrag, scoop...and a slam, into the ropes, sweet
dropkick, 1, 2, no. Right, right, into the opposite corner, splash but
nobody home. Richards with a gutwrench suplex. Kick in the back -
elbowdrop to the back, elbowdrop, double axehandle. Head to the buckle by
Richards, knee in the back, knee, forearm, forearm. I *think* he's
targeting the small of the back. Into the opposite corner - charges in
but Orton hammocks along the top ropes, then rolls down with a rollup for
2. Richards right back up with a clothesline. Stomp to the small of the
back. Two handfuls of hair - up for a sidewalk slam - and down. 1, 2,
no! Forearm to the small of the back - still has a handful of hair -
snapmares him over and applies the full nelson, then steps over and
sits back into a full nelson clutch. Orton isn't giving up - back to his
feet - elbow, back elbow, back elbow, off the ropes, ducks, rollup for 2.
Richards with a clothesline. DDT coming up - no, neckbreaker attempt
blocked and Orton hits a death suplex. Doan puts on the count as both men
are down. At 5, Richards is up - Orton is up - Orton with the clothesline
as Richards runs in - Richards into the ropes, back body drop, clothesline
off the ropes by Orton and a flying jalapeno - whip attempt is reversed
and Orton bends Richards backwards over his back - 1, 2, no. Richards
goes behind, waistlock, elbow ducked, gutshot and DDT - cover - 1, 2,
Orton lifts the shoulder! Into the ropes, reversed by Orton into a
powerslam - 1, 2, Richards is out! Richards shot into the ropes, ducks,
STEVENKICK! 1, 2, NO!! Man that move NEVER works. Richards can't
believe it but decides to try to hook the leg again - 1, 2, no. Richards
starts to throw a tantrum at Doan's cadence. Orton stood up in the corner
- blatant chokery for 4. Into the opposite corner, Orton gets up a knee,
forearm in the back, forearm, whip is reversed but Orton is up and over
and Richards headbutts the buckle - Orton climbs up top - big big plancha
lands - 1, 2, 3! (6:02) Replay. Orton takes a victory lap to slap hands
with the front row...
Ric Flair is WALKING!
The WWE Slam of the Week is brought to you by Dreamworks Pictures' "The
Tuxedo." From Unforgiven, Ric Flair shocks absolutely nobody by using the
sledgehammer on RVD instead of Triple H.
CSI airs at 11:05!
Did I mention CSI is a special show at a special time - after RAW?
"And now, performing RAW's Anthem - titled 'Across the Nation' from the
Forceable Entry CD, please welcome THE UNION UNDERGROUND!" While they
"perform," STACY KEIBLER, TERRI, JACQUELINE, and Garcia also "perform" -
the earlier graphic promised Stratus but I guess after that INTENSE title
defense she couldn't handle coming out to pretend to enjoy this song and
dance. Crowd couldn't seem to care less, but does appreciate several
lecherous views of Keibler's butt cheeks. Believe it or not, the
"Forceable Entry" CD is STILL available!
THIS JUST IN: SmackDown Records releases Neurotica from all contractual
obligations, citing their complete failure to properly provide
promotion...well, they didn't say that in so many words, mind you, but...
Without delay, RIC FLAIR makes his way to the ring and it looks like we'll
roll into the RAW Zone here as the credits, "transmitido en espanol SAP"
graphic, TV-14-DLV and CC boxes make an appearance. "Do you know why I'm
here? Because Triple H made me realise something. He told me that I had
lost my passion...my guts...and my instinct. He even looked me in the eye
and told me I was pathetic. And he was right. You know why? Because I
cared more about what YOU thought I was doin' that I cared about myself -
hell, I was tryin' to be the mentor to young guys back there that didn't
want my help or advice anyway. But lemme share somethin' with ya - Triple
H grew up wanting to be just - like - The Nature Boy. Yeah. He idolised
Ric Flair. And look at him now - the World's Heavyweight Champion! The
very best there is in our business today. Bigger and better! And now
it's my job to take Triple H to another level, ya see, Triple H and the
Nature Boy side by side are gonna ride as high as he wants to go. I'm
gonna teach Triple H how to high-style and profile. I'm gonna teach him
how to be a Rolex-wearin', limousine-ridin', jet-flyin' son of a gun!
But most of all, I'm gonna teach Triple H how to be the world champion as
long as he wants to be. And you know what the payoff is for the Nature
Boy? I'm gonna be right by his side, so that I can end MY career the way
I started it...on top. Livin' as high as I possibly could every day of my
life." We look back stage to see Rob van Dam - WALKING! "Ladies and
gentlemen, look who's here! R - V - D! The man that wrestled Triple H
for the world championship last night, and LOST! I guess, Rob, you know
why, firsthand, I'm the dirtiest player in the game." POINTS TO SELF has
now made his way through the curtain and out to the stage. "Hey, don't be
comin' down here - I'm the sixteen-time world champion, you'll never be
the champion one time. Don't be comin' down here, brother." Of course,
Flair is only occupying him so TRIPLE H can run down from behind and take
him down with a forearm. Hard into the STEEL steps. Into the ring for a
doubleteam where Flair and H take turns attacking the taped ribs - H
holding him for Flair's field goal kick. H stands over him, mic in hand.
"You don't get it, do ya, van Dam huh. You can't win. You get it? You
are DONE. You understand me? YOU - CAN'T - WIN." BUBBA RAY DUDLEY
runs out and cleans house at this point - but he's one and they're
two and finally the numbers take over and turn the tide. Dudley thrown
outside and Flair returns to pepper van Dam with right hands. H holds him
for one more kick before H and Flair take off to avoid Dudley coming in
with chair in hand. Flair raises H's hand out on the ramp and we head to
...where you may be interested to learn that CSI airs right after RAW
So how come Flair didn't mention anything about teaching Triple H to be
When we come back, JONATHAN COACHMAN catches up with Dudley and tries to
get a word. "Enough is enough, Coach! I'm tired of hearing him, and I'm
tired of seeing him! This is not the Triple H Show! This is not the Ric
Flair Show! This is RAW. THIS is the Fan Show! And I'll be damned if I
have to sit through one more Triple H or Ric Flair speech ever again!"
van Dam catches up to them. "Hey, my thoughts exactly, Bubba, and I say
let's go finish the job. Let's me and you go out there and kick their
asses!" Off they go...but Bischoff blocks their path. "Where do you
think you're going? And did I - FAN show? Are you kiddin' me? RAW is MY
show. And lemme tell you something, nobody calls the shots around here
but me, so if you guys want Triple H and Flair so badly, you'll do it in
the ring - in tag team action - (scopes van Dam's ribs) - TONIGHT. And by
the way, RVD ...DUDE, I'd be watchin' those ribs. I know Flair and Triple
H will be. (laughs) Good luck."
The irony of it is that Bubba's wrong - this show is actually "Raw Zone."
WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: CHRIS JERICHO (champion - Winnipeg,
Manitoba - 227 pounds - with WrestleMania XIX press conference hype -
tomorrow in Seattle!) v. GOLDUST (challenger - Hollywood, California - 250
referee: CHAD PATTON
Crowd chants "Fozzy Sux" which
thrills Jericho. Lockup, to the corner...Jericho slaps the chest, 'dust
slaps the face. Jericho runs into a drop toehold, a hiptoss, Jericho put
into the ropes for the BUTTBUTT! Jericho comes up raking the face.
Right hand. Right. Chop. Chop. Into the ropes, 'dust catches the
dropkick and gives Jericho a WOW catapult into the corner - atomic drop -
gutshot, kick, into the opposite corner, reversed by Jericho into the
corner, and Goldust backs out into a forearm in the back. Choke on the
second rope for 4. Strangely, Lawler and Ross start talking about great
memories of events past here at the Arrowhead Pond (hmm, you know I never
told you that this is WWE RAW #487 LIVE from the Arrowhead Pond of
Anaheim, CA 23.9.2 and broadcast on The New TNN & TSN) such as the Backlot
Brawl between Goldust and Roddy Piper, and the Iron Man WWF title match
between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart...wait, so apparently the only
memories are of WrestleMania XII, right? ANYWAY, Jericho hits a
neckbreaker. Jericho cups his ear to and fro, and the crowd voices
displeasure. Snapmares him over, and there's a neck vice. Ross says
Jamal & Rosey tweaked 'dust's neck earlier in the show Jericho's seeking
to finish the job. No submission from the Bizarre One, so Jericho picks
him up - head to the buckle, forearm, right hand by Goldust, right, right,
right, right, into the ropes is reversed by Jericho, AGAIN the dropkick
misses when 'dust hooks the ropes, 'dust rolls him up for 2 - Jericho
right back up with an elbow off the ropes. Stomp. Jericho slaps his face
and gives him what for. Scooped up and dropped throat on the top rope.
Jericho feeds the crowd again. Another rope choke by Jericho - going for
the Boss Man straddle...and lands it. 'dust right, right, Jericho right,
kick, kick, kick, kick, into the corner, elbow up by 'dust, Jericho ducks
the swing and gives him a neckbreaker and cover - feet on the ropes but
'dust STILL manages to get out at 2. 'dust right, Jericho right, 'dust,
Jericho, 'dust slaps, Jericho chops, right, chop, off the ropes but runs
into a clothesline! 'dust off the ropes with ANOTHER clothesline -
Jericho ducks the next one but runs into a uranage - 1, 2, NO! Jericho
reverses the whip, head down and Goldust drops down for the uppercut.
Goldust - going for the Curtain Call II but Jericho goes down the back -
off the ropes but runs right into a snappy powerslam from Goldust - 1, 2,
NO!! Back rake by Goldust! Whip into the corner is reversed, Jericho
going for the bulldog but Goldust rides him right into a turnbuckle
straddle! Another buttbutt in the corner and now 'dust parts the legs and
sets him up for Shattered Dreams. Patton warns him, warns him, and warns
him again - 'dust runs for the kick ANYWAY, but Patton blocks his path.
'dust foolishly shoves him out of the way, but ends up taking a missile
dropkick as Jericho frees himself and leaps off the buckle. Walls of
Jericho coming up - Goldust tries to crawl to the ropes, but they're so
far away...and Jericho pulls him back anyway, so he gives it up. Champ
retains. (6:39) Jericho makes sure Patton raises his hand one more time.
UP NEXT: Kane & ???? vs. Un-Americans! Tag team championship!
Grab an eyeful of the Pond!
In the front row is MEREDITH BROOKS - she sang "Bitch" and just HAPPENS to
be producing an upcoming Lilian Garcia song! WOTTA COINCIDENCE!
WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: UN-AMERICANS (champions - Lance Storm & Christian
- 454 pounds - with William Regal) v. KANE (Parts Unknown - 326 pounds) &
THE HURRICANE (Parts Unknown - 215 pounds) (challengers)
Noooooooooooooooooooooo! Not only does having Hurricane be
his partner make no sense, but it ALSO becomes part of the vast conspiracy
to keep Lise from meeting Hurricane by (possibly) having him be far away
from San Diego tomorrow! What a revoltin' situation! It's Hurricane and
Christian to start - Hurricane ducks, right, right, right, into the ropes,
head down, kick by Christian...but runs into a jumping clothesline by
Hurricane. Christian taken to the turnbuckle, Hurricane with the
blockbuster neckbreaker - Storm in and Hurricane ducks his swing -
neckbreaker for HIM - Wonder Twin Power Tag (even though Kane is not
holding the OMG TAG ROPES ARE BACK ON RAW TELL YOUR MOM!) and in comes
Kane - right for Christian, sidewalk slam for Storm, Christian scooped
up...and thrown onto Storm. Tag to Hurricane - climbing up - Kane
launches him onto the pile! Right for Christian, into the ropes,
reversed, Regal ankles him and pulls him outside - Hurricane with a right
for HIM, preventing a knux punch, but still he was distracted just enough
to take a baseball slide dropkick by Christian. Patrick is busy detaining
Kane, of course, and doesn't notice Storm AND Regal stomping away on
Hurricane on the outside. Thrown back in to Christian, where he stomps,
stomp, stomp, stomp, stands on the back of the neck and uses the ropes.
Right hand. Tag to Storm - held open for the forearm in the back, right,
into the ropes, back elbow, cover, 2. "USA" chant comes back. Tag to
Christian - held open for the kick in the ribs and Storm adds one more
shot before heading back to the corner. Christian with a backbreaker
across the knee. 1, 2, no. Christian with a chokehold - I mean,
headlock. Hurricane back to his feet - elbow, elbow, elbow breaks it up,
off the ropes, ducks, but eats a gutshot and Christian hits his
backbreaker for 2. Hurricane sneaks in a gutshot, right, right, right,
right, Christian ducks, Hurricane flips out of the suplex attempt - ducks
again - Eye of the Hurricane! Both men are down and both partners really
want that tag. Tag to Storm - HOT TAG TO KANE! Clothesline for Storm!
Clothesline! Into the ropes, big back body drop, free shot for Regal as
he climbs onto the apron, Christian leaps off the top but gets caught in
the goozle...Storm with a forearm to break it up - into the ropes, Kane
with a double clothesline! Kane outside and going up - looks like it's
time for the flying clothesline (that doesn't hit until he lands on his
feet) - now Regal is in with a belt to Kane's skull - Patrick is busy with
TEST, who's suddenly out and on the apron, and misses it. Storm makes the
cover...1, 2, NO! Patrick finally puts it together, runs outside and
gives the heave-ho to BOTH Test and Regal. Calling for some backup, two
more REFS come out to help escore them to the back. Meanwhile, Christian
is back in and stomping away on Kane...Hurricane back on the top buckle -
Hurricanerana on Christian! Storm up, Hurricane has HIM in the choke -
but Christian saves him with a shot in the back before the Hurrichokeslam
can hit. Christian holding him - Hurricane out and Christian eats Storm's
leg lariat! Kane up - chokes Storm - Hurricane has Christian - STEREO
CHOKESLAM! Kane covers Storm - 1, 2, 3! Ladies and gentlemen, we have
new tag team champions. (6:27)
WWE LIVE! Tomorrow, San Diego! Saturday, West Palm Beach! Sunday,
Beaumont! Houston is RAW! And Lafayette the day after that!
Terri has Hurricane backstage. Why did Kane pick him as has partner?
"Holy obvious answer, Tammy! You see, Kane and the Hurricane are the
perfect match! We both wear mask! We both use the chokeSLAM! And we
have two of the most impressive physiques (poses) IN the WWE! And you ask
me why he would choose me as a partner? Wassupwitdat? You see, the fact
is, I've been looking for a sidekick for a long time now... (Kane arrives)
...uh, 'sidekick,' see, that was just a little Hurrihumour..." Kane
covers his mouth. "Terri, you wanna ni - you wanna know why I picked this
guy as my tag team partner? Look at him - he's a freak - just like me -
just like all those Kane-enites out there! Oh yeah, and you know what,
Terri? FREAKS are COOL!" "Exactamundo! Now let's go celebrate. QUICK!
To the Hurricave!" He leaps away...then comes back. "Hey, ain't you
gonna...celebrate?" "Hold on a second." Then he plants a sexual
harrassmant kiss on Terri! "YEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH! Now I'm ready to go
celebrate!" "That's what *I* call an all-AmeriKANE!"
Meanwhile, Coach has the Un-Americans from their locker room. "We didn't
lose our tag team titles, they were STOLEN! Stolen by American
incompetence, I mean Lance had Kane covered for at least a ten count, and
the referee is too busy lookin' up the ramp when he should have been doing
his job and making the cover! We're not gonna take this!" Regal:
"Enough! Enough - the only ones to blame here are us. I don't want to
come across like some bloody pathetic whining Americans. It's time to
regroup, it's time to rethink our strategies, and to come back from this
little setback stronger than ever. So, you...this interview is now
officialy over, so PESS OFF!" They huddle...
BOOKER T. (Houston, Texas - 256 pounds - with RAW in Houston hype) v.
RICO (Las Vegas, Nevada - 232 pounds)
T strikes first - right, right, right, right, right, right, right, Rico
sneaks in one as Robinson forces the break - right, right, right, whip is
reversed into a back kick by T. Mount, right, right, right, right, right,
right, right, right. Rico right. Into the corner they go - right, kick,
right, kick, right, kick,
right, choke, kick, kick, kick, springs off the second rope for the (I
believe) rider kick, forearms him down,
hooks the leg, 1, 2, no. What the HECK is falling from the ceiling?
Left, right, knee, knee, kneelift. T bugs his eyes out. Rico right, into
the ropes is reversed, back elbow by T, clothesline, clothesline, off the
ropes with a flying clothesline, something is DEFINITELY falling from the
rafters but must not have been planned. Rico pokes the eyes. T ducks,
then lands a side kick..and consults his hand. It's time for the
spinarooni! T with the gutshot, the ax kick, and good night. (2:06) THE
NEW GOOD OL' JR hit the ring but attack black ninja style, allowing T to
take each man down individually...but eventually falling to Rico's
spinning roundhouse kick. Double flapjack by Rosey & Jamal as Rico holds
back Robinson. Jamal up top - there's the big splash. Here comes GOLDUST
- bad idea. Rosey eats Jamal's superkick when 'dust ducks, though, and
then right, right, clothesline to take out Jamal. Rico from behind -
'dust turns round, right, into the ropes, clothesline! Damn, I was hoping
Rico and Goldust would have a "gay" moment but it looks more like Rico's
going to have to take Shattered Dreams instead. Wait, THAT'S kinda gay,
right? Oops, Jamal back in with a superkick that DOES land on Goldust.
Rosey with a front slam. Jamal (the reason I can tell them apart is Jamal
has "Jamal written on his jersey - possibly in block letters in masking
tape) gives him the top rope splash. Play their music! Replays of both
splashes. REFS and TRAINER CHRIS I FORGOT HIS LAST NAME ARE OUT and we
take a break.
Coming back live, Booker T & Goldust are being helped out by the officials
when Bischoff happens by. "Whoa, whoa, WHOA. Hold up, you guys don't
look so healthy. Hey, have I got your respect now, Booker? HUH? Didja
learn your lesson? Well I hope so, because next week RAW is coming to
your hometown, Houston, and if you didn't learn your lesson tonight,
you're gonna learn it again next week. You guys - tag team action - with
Rosey & Jamal, so whaddaya think about that, Booker?" "What do I think
about that? I think you are...what you eat. Eric, I think you're an
To the locker room and Bubba Ray Dudley and Rob van Dam: "Sure you wanna
go through with this?" "Oh yeah, I'm REAL sure. You know, some people
take peace of mind and confuse it with lack of passion. I happen to be
very passionate about gettin' in the ring with Ric Flair and Triple H.
They TOOK my intercontinental title - they took my shot at the world
championship - they took EVERYTHING. See, it doesn't matter if I'm hurt
or not, Bubba...I got nothin' left to lose."
UP NEXT: Rob van Dam & Bubba Ray Dudley vs. Triple H & Ric Flair!
"Forceable Entry" CD ad - why, that Matt Pinfield is SO unprofessional!
CSI is NEXT!
Stacker 2 ad #2 (same)
TNN takes over the bottom of the screen with their usual chyron litter -
"CSI COMING UP AT 11:05PM AFTER RAW" well no kidding?
Examine the WWE.com home page!
TRIPLE H (World Heavyweight Champion - Greenwich, Connecticut - 272 pounds
- with No Mercy onsale hype - meet Kevin Nash!) and RIC FLAIR (Charlotte,
North Carolina - 234 pounds - with Subway presents No Mercy!) v. BUBBA
RAY DUDLEY (Dudleyville - 310 pounds) and ROB VAN DAM (Battle Creek,
Michigan - 235 pounds)
referee: EARL HEBNER
It's strange, but both
times we've heard Flair's theme tonight it didn't have that annoying
"Woooo!" in front of it - perhaps not THAT strange, since it probably
helps signify his heel turn. I mean, we'd LIKE to think they just figured
out it was WRONG to have it, but things tend to not work that way, don't
they? Strangely, Ross DOES add "kiss stealin'" to Flair's list when
recapping his earlier promo. Did Flair just teach H how to have Hebner
part the ropes for him? Lawler: "You know what, if you'd hang with me,
and just, like--" Ross: "I'd be divorced again." "Well..." "I can't
afford it." "...let me just say that uh...SUBWAY presents No Mercy
LIVE..." Don't tell me this match'll only go five minutes? Flair tries
to start in a corner without a tag rope and H has to point it out to him
(to his credit he does TRY to be sly about it, but the camera caught it,
and so I did too.) Bubba tries to convince van Dam to let him start, and
H takes advantage of his back to him to land the forearm to the back, head
to the buckle, right, right, into the opposite corner is reversed, big
back body drop by Dudley, clothesline, free shot for Flair and H sits
back, giving us surprise. Flair makes the tag but H decides to have him
hang back instead. "We want tables!" "You hear that?" They lock up
again. H powers out, and Dudley hits the shoulderblock. Dudley dares him
to bring it - this time H backs up and lets the tag stick. Flair's in -
lock up, side headlock from Flair, Dudley powers out, Flair...TAKES the
shoulderblock, huh. I didn't think that was how it worked! Flair up with
a shove - Dudley puts him down with a right. Arm wringer, going to tag
van Dam...but Flair pulls back, frees himself and tags out to Triple H.
H with a gutshot, head to the buckle, right, right, right, right, tag to
Flair (wasn't holding the tag rope), winds up and chops Dudley - chop -
right hand is blocked, positions switched - open-handed slap by Dudley,
slap, slap, into the opposite corner, FLAIR FLIP doesn't happen as Flair
botches it and ends up straddling the middle rope on his way down - into
the opposite corner, Dudley with a back body drop as he comes out. "You
want him?" Tag to van Dam! Elbow, elbow, elbow, into the ropes -
dropkick! Elbow, elbow, elbow, into the opposite corner, shoulder,
shoulder, superfluous backflip, monkey flip out doesn't look too pretty
(that's two, Flair), van Dam springs to the top and connects with the kick
on the way down. H in - viscera by van Dam for him - off the ropes,
Rolling Thunder! Every chance van Dam gets, he holds his ribs for our
benefit. Flair takes advantage with an eye gouge. H with a running
clothesline. H sits van Dam on top and climbs up after him - van Dam back
elbow, back elbow, back elbow to take him out of the corner - split-legged
moonsault MISSES and van Dam grabs the ribs again. H grabs a leg...van
Dam with an enzuimule - and tags Bubba Ray Dudley! Tag to Flair - Dudley
block, right, right, right, into the ropes, back elbow, free shot for H,
Flair into the corner, back body drop out, H in and HE gets a Samoan drop
- Flair into the ropes, big sidewalk slam, hooks the leg, 1, 2, H makes
the save. Double whip into the corner, but Bubba is out with a double
clothesline of his own! Double punch, double punch, double punch, double
punch, flip flop and double elbow! H clotheslined out of the ring -
scoop...and a slam for Flair - holding him for "What Are You Doing?" from
van Dam - only, I guess van Dam doesn't know how it works, saying nothing
and coming off the top with a legdrop between the legs instead of a
headbutt! H gets shoved off again from Bubba but apparently van Dam knows
*this* bit - Bubba, Get the Tables. The show should have ended by now,
according to The New TNN - oh well. H again makes it onto the apron, only
to get a baseball slide dropkick from van Dam AND a right hand from Bubba
to keep him on the floor. Flair is doing his best begging off but van Dam
is not sympathetic. Punches from both men. Flair laid on the table as
van Dam climbs to the top - but JUST in time, H is up and shoving him off
and all the way to the barrier at ringside! van Dam clutches his ribs.
Dudley with a right, right, right on H...but Flair's up, shoving Dudley
into a hot shot by H - falls back into a rollup and a handful of tights
from Flair - 1, 2, 3! (Boeing 7:07) Dudley back up, clothesline for
Flair, right on H, right, whip into the opposite corner (H running AROUND
the table to get there) - but Flair chop blocks Dudley before he can
follow up. Dudley tossed outside. "RVD" chant but van Dam ain't moving -
well, not until H rolls him into the ring and finds the sledgehammer
underneath the ring. Before he can swing, Bubba's in with an uppernut for
H! Flair tossed over and out - gutshot for H - here comes the powerbomb
through the table - OHHHHH that wasn't right. H ended up going through
the very edge of the table, breaking off a corner but nothing else.
Bubba goes down clutching his shoulder. van Dam over to check...now
putting H on the table - right, right, vaults to the top...Flair running
around on the outside, now on the apron with the sledgehammer - amazingly,
Hebner and Flair manage to not crotch van Dam by wiggling the top rope -
van Dam off the top with a double legdrop that DOES put H through the
table but looks like it hurt him just as much! Well, it WAS an improv so
we can't complain TOO loudly... Flair in to check on H - Raw Zone credits
are up and we're out!
CSI is NOW!