WWE RAW Report (4/5/05) - Taped in Birmingham, England


We are less than a week away from Backlash and it is time to see what the Raw brand does in its final show before the pay per view. How will Christian do in his match against Batista? What will happen between Edge and Chris Benoit? What about Chris Jericho and Shelton Benjamin? Will we be honored to hear another Chris Jericho/Fozzy song? Which one of Trish’s body parts will Viscera grab a hold of this week? Where was Mark Henry to take the spot that Viscera took last week? What will the British crowd chant as it relates to Lita? Will there be any steel cages on tonight’s show?

We are live on tape from Birmingham, England and your announcers are Jonathan Coachman and Jerry Lawler.

Since we are not in the U.S., it is time to start things off with the champion, Batista (with the Batista Dance) as he walks to the ring. He has a microphone and he has something to say. Batista realizes that he is in England. He says that he is here to honor one man, a great man. A man whose accomplishments often go unappreciated. A man who puts his mind and his body on the line for this business. A man who in one night accomplished what it took two long years to do. Batista brings out Jim Ross. Do you remember last week when Jim Ross was able to defeat Triple H despite the beating he took from the former champ? Batista puts on Jim Ross’s hat. Batista tells Jim that we know he is the best announcer, but we didn’t know that he’s got skills. Batista reminds Jim Ross that he beat a ten time champion. Batista says that it takes guts to get in the ring with Hunter. Jim may have taken a beating, but he took it like a man. He says that we are here to give him the ovation he deserves. However, before the crowd can really get into it, it is Game Time as Triple H comes out. Hunter says that he has heard enough. Batista says that it is a surprise that Triple H came out in a very sarcastic tone. Batista wonders what took Hunter so long to come out. Hunter asks Batista if he thinks it is a joke. Batista interrupts and tells Hunter that since JR beat Hunter last week, he is the number one contender, so it should be Jim Ross versus Batista at Backlash. Hunter tries to remind Batista who he is, but Batista stops him and we see footage of Jim Ross pinning Triple H last week. Hunter is about to start speaking again, but Batista wants them to run the footage of Jim Ross pinning Hunter last week again. Hunter angry. Hunter mad. Batista raised Jim Ross’s arm again. Hunter takes off his jacket and he walks to the ring. The tie and the shirt come off and Batista prepares for Hunter. Hunter stops short of the ring. He thinks for a few seconds and moves a few feet closer. However, Hunter backs up and returns up the Ramp of Rawness. The crowd serenades Triple H as he stands on the Rawest Stage in Sports Entertainment. Hunter tells Batista that at Backlash, Batista’s ass is his. Batista tells Hunter that at Backlash the belt is his. We go to commercial.

We are back and Jim Ross has rejoined Jerry Lawler at the announce position. Jim Ross talks about Trish and Viscera. Do you remember last week when Viscera saved Trish Stratus from Kane and the Indecent Proposal? We have a new match for Backlash as Kane will face Viscera with Lita in Kane’s corner and Trish in Viscera’s corner.

We go to The Brasshouse and Trish is inside the restaurant and she asks the maitre d’ if he has seen a big 500 pound black man with a white Mohawk. Trish is about to leave, but she turns around into Viscera. Viscera said that he had to go to the drug store. Viscera said that he was not sick. He went to get some protection. Viscera wants a table somewhere very romantic. Trish gasps and follows Viscera.

We return to the arena and it is time to Countdown to Chris Jericho. His opponent is Sylvan Grenier (with Rob Conway and flags). Grenier attacks Jericho from behind and kicks Grenier and chokes him in the corner. Grenier with an Irish whip and flapjack. Grenier with the Jericho cover, but Jericho with a rollup and chops. Grenier with an uranage on Jericho followed by a side head lock. Jericho punches Grenier, but Grenier with a knee. Jericho with a rollup on Jericho. Jericho with a running forearm and shoulder tackle. Jericho with a forearm to Grenier followed by chops in the corner. Jericho with an Irish whip followed by a bulldog. Jericho tries for a Lionsault but Grenier moves and Jericho lands on his feet. Jericho with an enzuigiri. Conway gets on the apron and Jericho hits a springboard drop kick that knocks Conway to the floor. Jericho puts Grenier in the Walls of Jericho and Grenier taps. After the match, Conway attacks Jericho and both men kick Jericho. From out of nowhere, Shelton Benjamin comes out and punches Conway. Benjamin with a Samoan drop to Grenier and then he throws Conway and Grenier over the top rope to the floor. Benjamin and Jericho stare each other down. Jericho tells Benjamin that he is going to take his championship on Sunday. Benjamin with an Exploder to Jericho and asks Jericho ‘who’s your bitch now?’ Benjamin leaves the ring as we go to commercial.

We are back with more of Trish and Vis. Viscera starts playing with Trish’s hair and complements it. Trish says that she loved what Viscera did to Kane last week. Trish orders Bangers and Mash in a British accent. Viscera says that he is a Banger who likes to Mash. Trish orders a salad. Viscera says that eating gets him in the mood. Trish says that Viscera must be the horniest guy in the planet. Viscera orders an entire page of the menu. Viscera asks Trish if she is going to eat her bread, but Trish lets Viscera take it.

We return to the arena and Christian and Tyson Tomko are in the locker room. Christian tells Tomko to follow the plan. From out of nowhere, Ric Flair comes in and tells Christian and Tomko that it is all about Hunter tonight. Flair tells Christian and Tomko that they will do whatever it takes to put Batista out of action and let Hunter give Batista the Pedigree. Christian tells Flair that Hunter will do nothing. Christian tells Hunter that maybe he should be drafted by Smackdown and maybe he will be able to beat Michael Cole. Christian tells Tomko to escort Flair out of his dressing room. We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time to see the people waiting outside the arena in New Hampshire five weeks ago for tickets to Backlash. We see people who waited for six days in line.

It is time for The Christian Coalition to come to the ring and out comes its leader, ‘Captain Charisma’ Christian with loyal follower Tyson Tomko. Christian has a mic. He says that Canadians like himself have been much smarter than the Brits, so he will talk slowly. Christian complements the dental hygiene of the fans. Christian says that he will have no problem beating Batista with a real move, the Unprettier; unlike the problems that Triple H has had with the Pedigree. Christian says that next month, regardless of where he gets drafted where he will beat Batista again, or the Ali G rip off John Cena on Smackdown. Christian says that he will be carrying the torch because that is how he rolls. From out of nowhere, Kane comes out and walks to the ring and Tomko charges at Kane. Christian heads into the crowd. Kane punches Tomko in the corner and gives him an uppercut before a Nash clothesline. Kane choke slams Tomko. Kane leaves the ring and Tomko is lying down in the ring.

Maria is in the back and she is with Lita. Maria says that Kane looks focused. Lita says that it is all about Sunday when her husband, Kane defeats Viscera and Trish Stratus gets what she deserves. We go to commercial while Maria stares at the shiny lights.

We are back and Christian is in the back. He knocks on the door to the Evo-Locker Room. Christian wants to talk to Flair in the locker room. Flair suggests that they talk in the hall. Christian gives Flair his jacket back. Flair tells Christian to look behind him, but Flair tells Christian he was kidding. Christian wants to work with Flair and blames the earlier problems on Tomko. Flair goes in the Evo-Locker Room and closes the door. The door opens and Hunter emerges. Christian wants to know how Trips is doing. Hunter didn’t like the Michael Cole comment. Hunter wants to know if Christian wants to do business. They go inside the Evo-Locker Room to do business. Hunter has that evil smile on his face as he closes the door.

It is time for the latest adventure in the Master Lock challenge. Masters poses for the crowd before he walks to the ring. Masters gets a mic and he has something to say. He tells everyone that last week he put $1,000 on the line to anyone who could break the Master Lock. Chris wants to see if one of the Brits can break the hold for 1,000 pounds. Masters looks around the ring and he finds someone. He comes to the ring. Chris asks him his name. His name is Andy Baker. Andy sits in the Master Chair for the Master Lock. The ref asks for the bell since Andy is out cold. Masters takes his money and leaves the ring.

Do you remember last week when Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan were in the ring together in Madison Square Garden? We go to commercial because their interview is next.

We are back and it is time and Jonathan Coachman is in the back and he talks about the match with Muhammad Hassan and Khosrow Daivari against Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan. Coach is with Shawn Michaels. Coach talks about how Hogan saved the day last week. Coach says that the two biggest egos in the WWE are together. Coach says that there is a pool to see when the egos get in the way. Shawn says that guys like Hogan and him have big egos because they have done it all. Shawn tells Coach to leave. Shawn is going to introduce his partner. Hulk Hogan comes into the hallway. Hogan brings Mean Gene Okerlund to do the interview. Gene asks Shawn about Hassan and Daivari and wants Shawn’s thoughts. Shawn reminds us that he is from a military family. Shawn says that he had to pick a partner. Two weeks ago, he had to find a partner and looked at the entire locker room, but he needs someone who is as passionate about things like Shawn. Shawn asked himself. Hogan tells Gene that he heard the calls. Hogan was thinking about the Hall of Fame and the chants of ‘one more match’. Hogan said that it would be one more match with Shawn Michaels. Hogan says that he saw when Hassan and Daivari did to Michaels. Hogan said that he heard the negativity from Hassan and Daivari. Hogan says that it is a dream of his to team with Shawn Michaels. Hogan asks Hassan and Daivari what they are going to do. Hogan rips his shirt, but Michaels is unable to do so.

It is time for Christy Hemme, Candice, Maria, and Stacy Keibler to come out to the ring. Christy has a mic and says that they are here for a party. First, they want to invite some friends to the ring. Christy says that they are not the only divas in the arena. Christy brings down some women from the Daily Star. There are now eight women in the ring. Stacy says that they are here to celebrate the release of William Regal’s autobiography. Candace says something and William Regal and his partner Tajiri come to the ring. Regal gets the mic and he thanks the ladies for the kind words. Regal thanks the fans for the reception. Regal says that he has a very difficult job. Regal thanks the WWE for publishing the book because he was not sure if he would be around to have a book published a few years ago. Regal says that it is time for a party. They dance with Regal and Tajiri. From out of nowhere, Muhammad Hassan and Khosrow Daivari come out. Hassan calls it a pathetic site. Two men and an eight pack of international bimbos dancing around. He criticizes the crowd for eating it up. Hassan says that the English are followers of the hypocritical and racist American culture. Hassan says that the crowd follows everything that Michaels and Hogan say. Hassan says that the best way to prove Michaels and Hogan wrong is to beat the tag champions tonight. Regal tells ‘Sunshine’ if he is looking for a fight, there is no better place to have one. Hassan and Daivari walk to the ring as we go to commercial.

We are back and the match has begun. Regal with a side head lock on Daivari. Regal with a shoulder tackle and a European uppercut. Regal throws Hassan into the ring. Regal with a back body drop to Daivari and then Regal throws Hassan and Daivari out of the ring. Daivari gets back in the ring. Regal tags in Tajiri and they give Daivari a double hip toss followed by a double kick. Tajiri with a standing moonsault followed by an arm bar. Daivari sends Tajiri into the corner. Hassan works on Tajiri’s arm, but Tajiri with a snap mare and Regal is tapped in. Regal with knees to Hassan’s head followed by a side head lock. Hassan sends Regal into the ropes and Daivari with a forearm, but Regal hits Daivari and Hassan. Daivari drops Regal on the top rope and Hassan with a double sledge. Daivari tags in and he has Regal in a crossface. Hassan tags in and he works over Regal’s back. Hassan with a neck breaker. Regal with forearms, but Hassan with a double axe. Daivari tags in and he gives Regal a neck breaker. Hassan and Regal bump heads and they both go down. Daivari tags in and Regal pushes him off. Tajiri tags in and hits a jumping spin kick on Daivari followed by a back kick to Hassan. Tajiri with a handspring back elbow to Daivari. Hassan hits the WMDDT (copyright Chris Catanese) on Tajiri. Regal goes out after Daivari, but Hassan hits him from behind. Daivari with a leg drop from the top rope on Tajiri for the three count. After the match, Regal comes in and he punches Hassan and Daivari. Hassan and Daivari get the advantage on Regal and Hassan puts Regal in the camel clutch with Daivari kicking Regal in the head. We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time to return to Trish and Vis. Trish wants to know what Viscera means and he says that it means inner organs, and he talks about his ‘outer’ organ. Trish asks Viscera if he wants a Playboy playmate. Viscera hears some music and he wants to dance with Trish. Viscera accidentally knocks over the waiter and asks for a check.

It is time for our next match and I think you know who is coming out as Edge (with briefcase) comes to the ring. His opponent is Val Venis in a former family affair (non-storyline division). Edge attacks Val as he enters the ring and drops a knee on Val. Edge kicks Val and then hits a leg drop from the apron. Edge punches Val and chokes him in the ropes. Edge with a catapult into the second rope. Edge with a rear chin lock. Edge with a forearm, but Val with a hot shot and clothesline. Val with a chop followed by a back body drop. Val chops Edge. Val with an elbow followed by a half nelson slam. Val goes up top for the Money Shot, but Edge gets his knees up. Edge sets up for the Spear but he runs into a knee from Val. Edge hits a Spear for the three count. After the match Edge gives Val an Edgecution and then puts Val in the Sharpshooter. Edge puts Val in the Crippler Crossface. From out of nowhere, Chris Benoit comes to the ring. Edge attacks Benoit, but Benoit responds with the Hat Trick German suplex combo. Edge leaves the ring and heads to the back.

We are in the back and Coach wants to get things worked out over being kicked out of his interview. Hunter, Christian, and Flair want to talk to Coach about taking care of the Batista thing. Hunter gives Coach a shirt. Ric Flair is the guest time keeper, Coach will be the guest referee. Tonight, Triple H will be Christian’s problem solver for one night. Coach wants to call Eric to make sure everything is OK. Hunter tells Coach that he does not have a lot of patience for announcers so the only permission that Coach needs is Hunter’s. We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time for more of Vis and Trish. Viscera says that since dinner is over, Viscera says that Trish knows what time it is. Viscera pulls out a bottle of mouthwash and gargles. Trish says that she wants to tell Viscera something first. Trish slaps Viscera and she says that she has a seven foot monster after her. Trish says that he can take care of Lita, he has done it before. Trish tells Viscera that he needs to take care of Kane. Trish tells Viscera ‘until you do the deed, you won’t’. Viscera says that he will take care of things. Viscera tells Trish that he is going to take a little advance. Trish gives Viscera an advance and gives Viscera a show. Viscera says that Kane is a dead man.

It is time for our main event and out comes the guest referee, Jonathan Coachman. Out next is the leader of the Christian Coalition, ‘Captain Charisma’ Christian. We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time for the Slam of the Week: Batista hitting Triple H with the chair allowing Jim Ross to win.

It is time for the Guest Problem Solver to come to the ring and it is GameTime as Triple H (with Ric Flair, but no GameFountain) comes to the ring. Out next is the World Champion, Batista (with Batista Boogie). Before the match begins Batista holds the belt in Hunter’s face. Christian attacks Batista from behind. Christian tries to Irish whip Batista, but Batista sends Christian over the top rope to the floor. Hunter gets on the apron again and Christian goes up top. Batista grabs Christian as he comes off and throws Christian into the corner. Batista with two hard Irish whips. Batista with a forearm to Christian. Batista with a side slam. Christian with a thumb to the eye followed by a chop and punches. Batista kicks Christian and then clotheslines Christian. Batista slaps Christian in the head. Christian kicks Batista, but Batista gets Christian up for a running power slam, but Coach has to tie his shoe. Batista hits Coach on the arm and then grabs him in the corner. Triple H gives Batista a low blow and then punches Batista. Christian kicks Batista in the ribs as we go to commercial.

We are back and Christian is choking Batista on the ropes. Hunter hits Batista while the ref is distracted. Christian with a splash to Batista, but he only gets a two count. During the commercial, Hunter with an Irish whip to Batista in the ring steps. Back to live action, Batista with a rear chin lock. Batista sends Christian into the corner. Batista runs into a boot from Christian. Christian with a missile drop kick. Christian chokes Batista in the ropes and then the ref talks to Christian, and that allows Flair to choke Batista. Batista punches Christian. Triple H trips Batista, allowing Christian to choke Batista. Christian with a neck breaker despite attempts by Batista to get out of the hold. Christian punches Batista, but Batista starts to get mad. Christian charges at Batista, but Batista throws him in the air. Batista punches Christian and then hits a standing power slam. Batista with a running clothesline in the corner followed by shoulder blocks in the corner. Batista with another running clothesline in the corner. Flair distracts Batista and Christian sets up for the Unprettier, but Batista counters with an Electric Chair. Coach hurts his arm before he can make the three count. Batista clotheslines Coach and Hunter. Batista punches Flair and gives Christian a spinebuster. Batista clotheslines Hunter over the top rope and then gives Christian a Sit Out BatistaBomb for the three count. After the match, Hunter attacks Batista from behind and punches him. Flair comes in the ring with a chair, but Batista kicks Flair. Batista with a clothesline to Hunter. Hunter kicks Batista and then gives Batista a Pedigree. Hunter poses over Batista as we go to credits.