WWE RAW Report (7/5/04) - Winnipeg, Manitoba

WWE RAW Report
Aired LIVE! From Winnipeg, Manitoba
July 5th, 2004
Reported by: The Worm, rajah.com RAW reporter

Hello and I hope everyone has had a good Independence Day. I am The Worm, and once again here is the match by match coverage of WWE RAW. It'll be an interesting night since Bischoff has made Eugene interim GM for tonight.

The show kicks off with Ric Flair's music sounding throughout the arena and he makes his way down to the ring. Inside the ring, we also see Tyson Tomko, Tajiri, Stacy Keibler, The Coach, The King, and a referee with a bunch of steel chairs set up.

After Flair is in the ring, Jericho's music hits and the crowd has gone absolutely nuts for their hometown hero. Chris Jericho makes his way down to the ring. After we hear some Y2J chants, Eugene's music hits and he is carrying a microphone.

Welcome to Monday Night RAW! My Uncle Eric couldn't be here tonight (crowd boos) but he left me in charge (crowd cheers). I even got a sports coat and a hanky, but I want everyone to have fun tonight, even you Coach, I want you to have fun too. Who wants to see a championship match tonight? (crowd cheers) That's why I got everybody in the ring, one of you will get an opportunity to wrestle for a championship match (loud Y2J chants sound).

Match #1 (Musical Chairs, Winner gets a Championship match tonight) - Tajiri vs. Tyson Tomko vs. Jerry "The King" Lawler vs. Jonathan Coachman vs. Stacy Keibler vs. Ric Flair vs. Chris Jericho:

Eugene sounds the music and Stacy and King start the game off. The music stops and they steal a couple chairs. After a moment, everyone makes for a chair and Tajiri is the first man out. Tajiri mists The Coach in the face and Eugene is seen laughing.

The music hits again and The Coach stumbles around the ring. The music stops and The Coach is the second man eliminated. More Y2J chants sound and the music starts back up. Four men and one woman left. The King is the next man eliminated, but that doesn't stop him from trying to cheat by sitting on Stacy's lap.

Three men and one woman left. Ric Flair struts around the chairs behind Stacy and when the music stops, Ric pushes Stacy out of the way and Stacy is eliminated. Tyson Tomko, Y2J and Ric Flair are left. Ric continues to strut around the ring, but it leads to his downfall as he continues to strut when the music stops. Tyson Tomko and Chris Jericho are left. Y2J chants sound again throughout the arena and let's see who'll be left the winner.

When the music stops, Jericho pulls the chair from underneath Tomko and attacks him with it. Jericho then sits down in the chair and Eugene proclaims him the winner.

Winner: Chris Jericho

That means tonight, in that very ring-uh, it'll be one on one for the Intercontinental Championship, Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton! (As if we didn't already know Y2J was going to win). Chris Jericho tosses a couple of armbands to the crowd and makes his way up the ramp as we go to commercial.

Back on RAW, get ready for the first match of the night as La Resistance come down to the ring to participate in a non-title match.

Match #2 (Tag, Non-Title) - La Resistance vs. Rhyno & Val Venis:

Somebody tell Sylvain Grenier to stop singing the Canadian national anthem, as he butchers the living hell out of it. I've heard better music from a cat yodeling on a fence.

They're interrupted by Rhyno & Val Venis, and they proceed to whip the hell out of La Resistance. Grenier tries to go on the offensive, but Rhyno comes back with punches. Grenier clubs on Rhyno's back, and then Rhyno lifts Grenier up and rams him into the turnbuckle.

Rhyno works Grenier over with punches, but Grenier comes back and tags in Conway. Conway punches Rhyno , and he distracts the ref to let Grenier get in a cheap shot. Rhyno tries to fight off La Resistance, but Grenier uses a hangman on Rhyno. Conway goes for a pin, but Rhyno kicks out. Conway tags in Grenier and he stomps on Rhyno.

Grenier goes for a pin, but Rhyno kicks out. Grenier punches Rhyno, and then locks in a rear chinlock. Rhyno tries to fight his way out, and he whips Grenier, Grenier reverses, and Rhyno hits a flying shoulder block. Both men are down and the partners are tagged in. Venis cleans house of La Resistance and he hits a half nelson slam on Rob Conway.

Venis tries to whip Conway, but Conway reverses into a sleeper, and Venis counters it into a sitdown powerbomb. All four men are in the ring and Rhyno clotheslines Grenier out of the ring. Rhyno is ready to Gore Conway, but Grenier pulls him out and crotches Rhyno on the ring post. The end comes when La Resistance hits the Au Revoir on Val Venis.

Winner: La Resistance

Gotta laugh at the fact that the crowd showed absolutely no reaction after this match.

Backstage Action:

Randy Orton is walking backstage with Ric Flair and Batista and he is heard complaining about how Eugene was made an honorary member of Evolution and how he has to defend his title against Chris Jericho tonight and against Edge at Vengeance. You can see a sign pointing to Eugene's office in the background and just then, Randy Orton looks at something in disbelief, and the camera swings over to see Eugene's office, which is one of those moon bounce things. I had to walk away from the TV for a moment to answer the telephone.

When I return to the TV, Eugene has made a match between Batista and Kane for tonight. He also makes a match for Vengeance, where La Resistance will go up against Ric Flair and Eugene goes to play with his action figures. Ric Flair is getting frustrated, but when he asks, Eugene says his partner will be................................Eugene! Eugene goes into his office to bounce around as we go to commercial.

As we return to RAW, Triple H's music sounds and he makes his way down to the ring dressed for success.

Triple H Promo:

An event unexplicable by nature, that is Webster's definition of a miracle. My definition of a miracle, Chris Benoit's reign as World Heavyweight Champion. It was a miracle that Benoit even won the title at WMXX, and it was divine intervention that he has had the title ever since. (You Tapped Out chants sound)

This Sunday at Vengeance, I'm going to personally answer the age-old question of God or Evolution. Ladies and Gentlemen, Darwin is right, you can not stop Evolution. I will become once again the World Heavyweight Champion. There is nothing anyone can do. No man, no woman, no God can stop me. Triple H is interrupted by Edge as he comes out all pumped up and makes his way down to the ring.

Edge Promo:

Edge gets a strangely small pop from the crowd. You know, for the last year, I sat at home and I watched Evolution dominate RAW. Since I've been back, not a whole lot has changed. But it's time for a change. So I want you to tell your boy Randy Orton that win or lose tonight, at Vengeance, he's mine. And I want you to tell the rest of Evolution, and Hunter, I want you to listen up real close. (Intense staredown)

You're all going down! You won't know when, and you won't know where, but one by one, you're all going to fall. Somebody needs to take a stand, and guess what Triple H? That somebody is gonna be me.

Triple H removes his jacket and he speaks. That's great Edge, that's really great. But, uh, you see, I've heard that a million times from a million different guys. Foley, Austin, Michaels, Benoit, they all say the same thing, but I'm still standing on top. Nothing changes, now, uh, what makes you think you're any different?

Edge answers that by beating the hell out of Triple H. The rest of Evolution come down to make the save, but Edge leaves the ring and jumps the barrier. He clocks Randy Orton and taunts Evolution by saying "one by one". Looks like we're seeing the beginnings of a feud between Triple H and Edge. We see Edge leaving through the crowd and Triple H seething as we go to commercial. Up next will be Kane vs. Batista.

The WWE Slam of the Week recaps the incident between Lita and Kane following Benoit's match last week.

Match #3 (Singles) - Kane vs. Batista:

The announcers tell us that at Vengeance there will be a No DQ match between Kane & Matt Hardy, Version 1.

They lock up , but neither man is budging. They break it off and Batista shoves Kane. Kane punches Batista and he whips him, but Batista counters and clotheslines him in the corner. Batista hits a couple of shoulders and taunts Kane. Batista tries to whip Kane, but Kane doesn't move and he hits a sidewalk slam. Kane signals for the chokeslam, but Batista fights out and Kane hits an uppercut.

Batista hits a spinebuster on Kane and Kane sits up. Batista clubs on Kane and picks him up for a body slam, but Kane slides off and takes Batista out of the ring. On the outside, they hit a double clothesline and Matt Hardy comes down to the ring. He slams Kane's head into the steel stairs and it is eventually broken up by the referees.

Winner: No Contest

After that little scuffle, we go to commercial.

The announcers recap what happened moments ago and we go to the backstage area.

Backstage Action:

Todd Grisham catches up to Matt Hardy and he asks him what he thinks his chances are of defeating Kane this Sunday. Matt is feeling cocky as he answers the question and the Grish then asks him what part Lita will be playing. Matt refuses to answer any questions regarding her, and then Todd comments about the speculation on who the father of Lita's baby actually is. Matt stares the Grish down as we cut to a RAW Diva Search vignette. The Coach is such a lucky guy to be running this and checking out all of the sexy women looking to become the newest RAW diva.

Up next will be Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton for the IC Title as we go to commercial.

Match #4 (Singles, IC Title) - Randy Orton (C) vs. Chris Jericho:

You know how it's Randy Orton defending his title against Edge at Vengeance? Just once, I want to see a champion who is defending his title at a PPV lose their title the last RAW/Smackdown before the actual PPV.

As Jericho makes his way down to the ring, the announcers show a clip of him receiving a couple of awards in his hometown. You can find out what that was all about in an article here on Rajah.com

They lock up and they break it off quickly. They lock up again and Y2J hits an arm drag. They size each other up before locking up again. They go behind each other and Y2J wrenches Orton's arm. Orton counters it into an arm wrench of his own and he bends Y2J backwards with the hold latched on. Y2J fights out with an arm drag and he kicks Orton in the gut. He chops away at him before whipping and hitting a back elbow.

Y2J hits a vertical suplex and uses the cocky pin on Orton. Orton kicks out at 1 and he then begins to take it to Jericho, much to the chagrin of the crowd. Orton goes for a pin, but Jericho kicks out. Orton begins to club on Jericho's neck and then begins to tweak it.

Jericho slowly works his way up and tries to fight out, but Orton pounds on his back. Orton kicks him in the gut and then whips him. Orton thinks he has tossed Jericho out, but Jericho lands on the apron and quickly goes up top. He hits a flying back elbow and goes for a pin, but Orton kicks out.

Orton is whipped, and Jericho hits a flying heel kick. Jericho goes for a pin, but Orton kicks out. The two begin to exchange blows. Jericho is whipped and he goes for a rolling schoolboy, but Orton kicks out. Jericho takes Orton down again and goes for a pin, but Orton gets his foot on the rope.

Orton is on the outside and Jericho goes to bring him in, but Orton hits a hangman. Orton gets in, but Jericho is there to deliver a back drop, sending Orton back to the outside.

Batista is seen coming down to the ring and JR doesn't like the looks of things as we go to commercial.

Back on RAW, Jericho is delivering the 10 punches to Orton. Whips are exchanged, and Batista makes a low bridge to cause Jericho to spill to the outside. He runs Jericho into the ringpost and then Orton comes out and wrenches Jericho's arm. He throws him back in and he slams Jericho's arm on the mat. Orton continues to work on the arm as he drapes it over the middle rope and pulls on it from the outside.

Jericho kicks Orton in the gut followed by chops and punches, but Orton takes Jericho down with a punch and a kick. Orton wraps Jericho's injured left arm around the top rope. Orton connects with a snapmare and tweaks the arm some more.

Jericho is trying to fight back, but Orton slams Jericho down by his head. He then sticks Jericho's arm between his legs and drops down to his knees. Jericho continues to fight back, but Orton uppercuts him and wraps Jericho's arm around the top rope.

Orton snapmares Jericho again and this time he cinches in an armbar. Jericho gets up and fights back, but Orton hits a knee to the gut. Orton whips Jericho, but Jericho stops himself and they end up clotheslining each other. Both men are up and they begin to exchange blows. Orton is in control as he whips Jericho. Jericho comes back with a flying forearm and then a drop toe hold into the middle rope. Jericho hits the running knee on Orton and sets him up for the Walls of Jericho, but Orton kicks him off.

Jericho fights out of the corner with elbows and Orton hits his modified neckbreaker. Orton goes for a pin, but Jericho kicks out. Orton goes fr a suplex, but Jericho floats out. Orton kicks Jericho in the gut and he bounces off the ropes, but Jericho hits his swinging neckbreaker. Jericho goes for a pin, but Orton kicks out. Jericho whips Orton into the corner, but Orton ducks and Jericho runs straight into the ring post.

Orton goes up top, but Jericho manages to recover and crotch Orton on the ropes. Jericho goes up and he tries to superplex Orton, but Orton fights back and slams Jericho back down. Orton flies off with his trademark cross body and goes for the pin, but Jericho shows his resilience as he kicks out.

Y2J chants continue to ring throughout the arena as Orton whips Jericho. Jericho hits Orton and follows it up with the Flashback. Batista tries to get involved, but Jericho hits him with a springboard dropkick. Orton goes for the RKO, but Jericho counters it into the Walls. Batista gets up on the apron and distracts the ref, which allows Orton to roll up Jericho into an illegal pin to steal the victory to one of the most exciting matches of the night.

Winner: Randy Orton

Backstage Action:

Eugene and Triple H are seen bouncing around in Eugene's office and Eugene agrees to some sort of deal with Triple H. As Triple H leaves the "office", he hurts himself. Eugene checks on him and then goes back to bouncing. Ric Flair shows up and they talk (I was interrupted by my parents, who just got home with food from McDonald's so I didn't catch too much of the conversation) and then we go to commercial.

The Smackdown Rebound recaps JBL cutting a promo to revel in his WWE Championship glory. Later on, he defends his title against Spike Dudley, who gets destroyed throughout the entire match. Eddie Guerrero comes out and announces that in two weeks, there will be a WWE Championship cage match between JBL and Eddie Guerrero. We then see a clip of Undertaker burying Paul Bearer in concrete and we hear Heyman's promo on the whole thing.

This Thursday John Cena will be defending his title against Booker T. Maybe Booker T will win and Cena can move on to challenge for the WWE Title.

Match #5 (Triple Threat, Contract on a Pole) - Nidia vs. Victoria vs. Molly Holly:

Dunno how to start as I was caught off-guard by this, because there were no entrances nor was there any other significant warning, so I apologize for the quality of the report for this match. But right now, Molly kicks Victoria out of the ring and Nidia and Molly challenge each other to go after the contract. They both go up at the same time and Nidia knocks off Molly, and Victoria comes up and knocks off Nidia. Victoria goes after the contract, but Molly knocks her down.

Victoria comes back with punches, but Molly hits Victoria with a swinging neckbreaker. Nidia goes after Molly this time and she hits a shoulder in the corner. Nidia turns her attention to Victoria, who hits her with a powerslam. Molly runs Nidia into the ring post to knock her to the outside. Molly flings out Victoria, who hangs onto the ropes, but Molly dropkicks her in the back. Molly is taken out with a plancha, and she is the first back into the ring. Victoria climbs after the contract, but Molly is there to superplex her off the top.

The end comes when Nidia comes out of nowhere and steals the contract that basically says that she will have a shot at the WWE Women's Championship.

Winner: Nidia

I should comment that all three women were looking particularly good. Nidia was wearing a bit more revealing ring attire this time around, but Molly continues to wear that lame wig. I do believe that the wig has worn out its welcome, so get rid of it already!

After the match, Trish congratulates her and makes her way down to the ring. Tomko takes Trish's title as she enters the ring and she tells Nidia that they will be facing each other...that is, when Trish is ready. Nidia is clocked in the head with Trish's cast and Trish then says she's ready. She orders the ref to ring the bell and we're led into:

Match #6 (Singles, Women's Title) - Trish Stratus (C) w/ Tyson Tomko vs. Nidia:

Though I don't really see this as a match, WWE.com has it in the results, so I'll add it in.

Trish wins this one by pinning Nidia after nailing her with her cast before ordering the ref to ring the bell. Kinda pointless to have a contract on a pole match if this is the end result. Hopefully Nidia will get a rematch at Vengeance.

Winner: Trish Stratus

As we return, we get a view of the arena and we then get an update on the RAW Diva Search. When you look at it, it all seems kind of pathetic, doesn't it?

The announcers recap the Vengeance matches, which consist of the following:

Randy Orton vs. Edge for the IC Title
Kane vs. Matt Hardy (No DQ)
La Resistance vs. Ric Flair & Eugene for the Tag titles
Chris Benoit vs. Triple H for the World title
Chris Jericho vs. Batista

If I'm forgetting any, let me know.

Backstage Action:

Trish and Tomko are seen mocking Nidia and then we come across Lita and then Trish proceeds to tease Lita about her pregnancy. She leaves by saying "and to think...they call me a slut".

We then see Triple H praising Eugene about his job as GM. Triple H then tries to get Eugene to turn against Edge because Edge wants to bring down Evolution. Triple H wants Eugene to stay angry tonight because Benoit & Edge represent everyone that has made fun of him and attacked him. Triple H then gets Eugene motivated and he wants them to go out there as a team and as best friends as we go to commercial.

The WWE Rewind recaps Benoit inadvertently attacking Eugene with a steel chair two weeks ago.

Main Event (3 on 2 Handicap) - Ric Flair, Eugene & Triple H vs. Chris Benoit & Edge:

Ric Flair will be at Times Square this Wednesday at 6 PM to sign copies of his new book.

It'll be interesting to see how Eugene does going up against Chris Benoit and Edge.

Eugene and Chris Benoit kick things off for this match. They go to shake hands, but Eugene goes behind Chris Benoit. They exchange moves and Benoit hits an arm drag. Eugene and Triple H talk and they go at it again. Eugene backs Benoit into the corner and punches him.

Benoit reverses it and Benoit doesn't want to hurt Eugene. The same thing occurs as Eugene backs Benoit back into the corner and he goes to punch Benoit, but Benoit blocks and goes after Flair & Triple H. Eugene trips Benoit from behind and Eugene tags in Triple H.

Triple H pounds on Benoit's back and backs Benoit into a corner. Benoit reverses and gets in some offense of his own. Triple H is whipped, and hits a face buster on his knee. Triple H goes for the Pedigree, but Benoit counters it into a back drop. Benoit locks on the Crossface, but Eugene breaks it up.

Ric Flair attacks Benoit on the outside as we go to commercial.

As we return, Triple H is in control of Chris Benoit. Triple H backs Benoit into his corner, but Benoit tries to fight back. Benoit is whipped and Triple H catches Benoit in a sleeper. Benoit is struggling to get to the ropes, but he is quickly being worn down. Benoit manages to fight out by hitting a back suplex. Both men are down and Benoit tags in Edge and Triple H tags in Flair. Edge cleans house of Flair & Triple H. Edge hits a back drop on Flair and Triple H. Edge goes up top and hits a flying double clothesline. Edge sets Flair up for the Spear and he connects. Edge takes down Triple H and as he bounces off the ropes to go after Triple H, Triple H ducks and Edge inadvertently hits Eugene.

We see Eugene getting angry on the outside and then he jumps in and proceeds to beat the hell out of Edge. Triple H pulls Eugene off of Edge and tells him to go back to his corner. Flair covers up Edge, but Edge kicks out. Flair grabs a hold of Edge's leg as he drags him over to tag in Triple H. Triple H throws Edge into the ring post and then takes him down to the mat to lock on an armbar.

Triple H tags in Eugene and Eugene continues to work on Edge's arm. The crowd has quickly turned against Eugene as "Eugene Sucks" chants sound throughout the arena. Edge tags in Benoit, but the ref doesn't see it. Eugene tags in Ric Flair and he chops Edge down before doing the strut. Flair hits a rolling knee drop on Edge and then picks him up and hits a chop.

Flair WOOs! while he holds Edge's leg, and Edge hits an enziguiri. Ric Flair does his trademark flop and the crowd is getting pumped up. Edge tags in Benoit and Flair tags in Triple H. Benoit takes Flair out of the ring and then delivers the rolling Germans to Triple H. Benoit signals for the flying headbutt and he goes up top. Benoit flies and connects.

Benoit goes for the pin, but Flair is there to break it up. Edge comes in to take cre of Flair and Edge whips Flair into the security barrier. Edge goes to Spear Flair, but Flair sends Edge over the barrier. Eugene is looking concerned, but Triple H sends Benoit into the ref and Eugene while the ref is distracted. Triple H goes and grabs a chair, but Benoit fights out.

Eugene comes in and takes the chair away from Benoit, but Benoit talks Eugene into not using the chair. Eugene can not hit Benoit, which allows Triple H to sneak from behind to Pedigree Benoit. However, Benoit counters it into the Sharpshooter and Triple H is seen tapping. Triple H is telling Eugene to use the chair, and Eugene reluctantly comes in with the chair and hits Benoit with it. Triple H hits the Pedigree and the ref counts the pinfall victory.

Winner: Triple H, Ric Flair, and Eugene

Eugene is crying over what he's done and he wants to go check on Benoit, but Flair and Triple H take him back up the ramp as we are welcomed to the:


Since there's room for additional matches, I'll wait until I find out the finalized card for Vengeance before posting my predictions. They'll be posted in their own little article here on Rajah.com