Monday Night Raw
Date: September 19, 2005
Location: Kay Yeager Coliseum, Wichita Falls, Texas
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Jonathan Coachman
We’re done with Unforgiven and that means things are going to be…well about the same at, least in the main event as John Cena vs. Kurt Angle went to a DQ. Other than that, it’s time to start the slow period as we have no pay per view until November with Survivor Series, but that could mean some great things for the TV shows. Let’s get to it.
Here’s a rather smiley Eric Bischoff, carrying the Undisputed Title on his shoulder. Bischoff says there is some controversy over who is the WWE Champion after last night so we need Kurt Angle (whose name is on the title) out here right now. With Angle in the ring, Bischoff says that Cena put his hands on him last night so Cena is stripped of the WWE Title. That means we need a new champion…but here’s Vince McMahon to cut him off.
Bischoff looks surprised and Angle talks about everything he’s going to do as champion, cutting Vince off in the process. Vince doesn’t like the sound of Angle as WWE Champion. Vince: “Who in the h*** named you WWE Champion?” Angle: “He did.” Vince makes Bischoff admit the match ended in a DQ and tells him to shut up.
Due to the DQ, Cena is still champion but Vince has something else to talk about. In two weeks on October 3, we’ll be having Raw Homecoming, with Mick Foley, HHH, Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin all making appearances. On that same night, Cena will defend the WWE Championship….against Bischoff. Vince takes the title and leaves as Bischoff is speechless.
Post break, Bischoff tries to talk Vince out of this. Eric: “What if I win???” Vince says he’ll think about it and gets in the limo. Once inside, he says he’s thought about it and the match is still on.
Trish Stratus vs. Torrie Wilson
Non-title, Torrie has Victoria and Candice (plus Torrie’s dog) with her and the trio comes out to what would become Laycool’s music. Trish on the other hand has Ashley’s and what would continue to be Trish Stratus’ music. Even Coach points out that Torrie isn’t very good in the ring so you know this isn’t going to go well. Victoria grabs the leg from the floor and Torrie takes over for what must have been a good three seconds before Trish starts beating her up. The big chop (with hand lick) has Torrie against the ropes but Victoria’s distraction lets Torrie get two off a rollup. Trish is right back with her own rollup for the fast pin.
Post match the big brawl is on with Torrie and company cleaning house to stand tall.
Trevor Murdoch vs. Hurricane
Lance Cade and Rosey are at ringside. Totally different than what they were doing before the title change. See, now Murdoch has the belt instead of Hurricane, so it’s not the same. Murdoch can’t hit an early DDT and gets driven into the corner, meaning it’s an early breather on the floor.
Back in and a single right hand puts Murdoch outside again but this time Rosey throws him inside again. Murdoch works on a neck crank but Hurricane comes back with a DDT. Some clotheslines into a middle rope dropkick gives Hurricane two and the pace picks up a bit. Never mind though as Murdoch avoids a charge and hits his own DDT for the pin.
Rating: D+. These things are little more than time filler and that is getting annoying. This is one of the darkest times the Tag Team Titles has ever seen and I’m not sure how much better it is going to get anytime soon. Cade and Murdoch are a better option than Hurricane and Rosey but who are they supposed to face?
Carlito insists that he was reaching for the ropes last night and did NOT tap out. He’ll get the Intercontinental Title back tonight.
Edge rants to Bischoff about wanting Matt Hardy fired for attacking Lita. Bischoff doesn’t like being yelled at so it’s a ladder match at Raw Homecoming, loser leaves Raw and the winner keeps the Money in the Bank briefcase. That’s the only way they can really go with these two.
Tyson Tomko vs. Eddie Craven
Tomko knocks him outside and kicks him in the face for the referee stoppage in about a minute.
Video on Carlito vs. Ric Flair, capped off with the title change at Unforgiven.
Intercontinental Title: Ric Flair vs. Carlito
Flair is defending and starts with a WOO, as tends to be the case. A chop puts Carlito on the floor for a bit and another puts him down inside. More chops send Carlito outside again, followed by a hammerlock to start in on his arm. Carlito throws him outside though and it’s a backdrop for two back inside.
Flair gets sent into the corner and bangs up his eye so Carlito hammers away like a smart villain. That earns Carlito a whip into the corner and Flair grabs a bite of the apple to spit in Carlito’s face. Rights and lefts in the corner have Carlito on the apron and a shot to the face sends him outside again. Flair posts him and we take a break. Back with Carlito slapping away and getting two off a neckbreaker.
The chinlock goes on for a bit, followed by a spinebuster for two more. An atomic drop out of the corner gives us a quick double knockdown and Flair drops the big elbow. Flair chops and punches away and even manages another top rope shot to the head. The beating continues on the floor before Flair takes it back inside, with a kick to the ropes for the low blow, to set up the Figure Four. A grab of the rope is enough to make Carlito tap.
Rating: C. This got some time and it’s nice to see Flair get the cheers that the fans have been wanting to give him for months (if not years). It’s one of those situations where the reign isn’t as important as the loss, because taking the title from Flair is going to be a disheartening moment, which is what a heel should be doing.
Matt Hardy is ready for the eight man tag but here’s Shawn Michaels to say everyone is talking about Hardy. Big Show and John Cena come in to say they’re going to be an awesome team. Cena to Show: “If we need you to, you’ll eat somebody.” Cena lists off what they’re going to do to their opponents and makes Todd Grisham do the Robot.
We hear about the stars returning for Homecoming.
Flair tells Maria that he’s the Nature Boy because he can go all night long. Carlito comes in to call Flair not cool and the beatdown is on until Chris Masters comes in to Masterlock Flair.
Kurt Angle/Chris Masters/Edge/Snitsky vs. John Cena/Matt Hardy/Big Show/Shawn Michaels
Joined in progress with Cena clotheslining Edge and getting two off the release fisherman’s suplex. Show comes in to step on Edge’s back and it’s a chop to Masters for a bonus. Cena is back in and clotheslines Masters for two but he’s back with his own suplex. That means Shawn can come in for the first time with some chops. Masters slams him but misses an elbow, allowing Matt to come in and slug away at Edge.
The Masterlock goes on but Show breaks that up with a headbutt. Back from a break with Edge chinlocking Matt and then planting him with a flapjack for two. Snitsky gets in his own suplex for his own two but the next chinlock is broken up even faster. It’s back to Angle for the failed Angle Slam but he gets the ankle lock just fine. Show makes another save so Snitsky forearms him into the Angle Slam over the top for the big crash. Back from another break with Edge Edgecating Shawn to stay on the leg.
Masters pulls on the leg a bit more and it’s Angle working on a chinlock. The Angle Slam gets two and it’s back to the ankle lock, which is broken up in a hurry. Edge comes in and spears Cena off the apron….and here’s a ticked off Big Show getting back on the apron. Show cleans house and everything breaks down, with Show shrugging off all four opponents at once. Matt is tossed onto Masters and Snitsky, leaving Edge to get Shuffled into the chokeslam for the dog pile pin.
Rating: C+. Big time house show main event style match here and it worked just fine. They didn’t have anything overly important going on and just did what they needed to do to send the fans home happy. Their matches and feuds are already set so just let them go out there with some time and have some fun in a match that gets some time.
A long celebration ends the show.
Overall Rating: C. This felt like a placeholder show as they are coming off of Unforgiven and don’t have much going on until we get to Homecoming in two weeks. You can tell that’s going to be a big night and where everything takes off next, so this is really more about holding things in place until then, which is fine because it’s just two weeks. Not much of a show, but it also wasn’t bad and I can live with that well enough.
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