InsidePulse’s WWE RAW Report 8.22.05


Well, caught Summerslam last night, and I gotta say even though it wasn’t as great as I was hoping, it was still a solid card with some great matches and no real downer. My only major problem is the fact that Hardy/Edge ended in DQ, obviously holding it out until Unforgiven. Fans wanted to see this match, and that’s not how you repay them for shelling out $35 for it. Anyway, on to RAW.

Video package recapping Summerslam.

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HBK comes out, now all happy and liked by the fans since he shook Hulk’s hand. Fans chant “HBK” and I wish for just once they would have a memory span. Shawn admits that last night Hulk Hogan was the better man, and goes on to compliment Hogan in the ring so much that I think he’s really joking. Michaels once again takes a shot at Hogan not being here, when Chris Masters interrupts. Chris gets in the ring and speaks some truth about guys like Hogan and Shawn Michaels not knowing when to quit. Shawn retaliates by telling him that Masters doesn’t even know enough to know what he doesn’t know (or something like that), so Chris makes fun of his hair. Shawn slaps him as a result, and the two get into it.

Backstage, Y2J is telling Bischoff that Cena got lucky last night, but Eric says that John’s luck has run out. Hasn’t he said that already? Bischoff gives Jericho a rematch, it being a You’re Fired match. Apparently, the loser gets fired.

Commercial break.

Kurt Angle vs. Shelton Benjamin
This match isn’t on ppv? The two mat wrestle some, and Shelton gets a back suplex. Benjamin gets a waistlock takedown, and the two exchange wristlocks. Kurt gets in a kick and hooks on an armbar, but Shelton bounces off the top rope and armdrags out of it. Angle goes for a german suplex, but Benjamin flips around and lands on his feet to dump Angle as we go to a:

Commercial break.

We’re back with Angle getting a 2 count on Benjamin. Kurt gets a german suplex for 2, twice. Vertical suplex gets 2, twice. Angle puts on the body scissors and Shelton gets his shoulders down for a 2 count. Kurt misses a charge into the corner, causing him to crash! Shelton gets a spinebuster and it’s a double count. Benjamin gets a somoan drop for 2. Angle holds onto the ropes on whip and goes for the ankle lock, but Benjamin pushes him off. Dragon whip gets 2 for Shelton. Benjamin goes up, but Kurt gets a 2nd rope belly to belly for 2. Angle pulls down the straps, but Shelton counters an Angle Slam into a DDT for 2. Benjamin looks for the T-bone, but Kurt pushes him down and hooks on the ankle lock for the win.

Afterwards, Angle once again reenacts his olympic gold medal ceremony.

Commercial break.

Backstage, Kerwin White is seen driving a golf cart and just randomly dogs Shelton Benjamin for not being white.

Meanwhile, Snitsky admires Maria’s feet when Show comes up and slaps him in the face.

Commercial break.

Matt Hardy vs. Rob Conway
Edge comes out right at the sound of the bell, allowing Conway to get the upperhand. The two lovers go sit on the announce table to do commentary as Conway takes it to Matt. Rob apllies a sleeper, but Hardy gets a jawbreaker to break it. Matt takes it to Conway in the corner, but Rob kicks him down and goes up. Hardy tries to catch him, but Conway fights him off and drops the elbow for 3. What?

Afterwards, Edge assualts Matt and crushes his cranium between the steel steps. Ouch.

Commercial break.

Carlito’s Cabana time, and this week’s guest is Ric Flair. The two wrestlers welcome each other to their made up places, and Carlito even does some woos. But not for long, as wooings not cool. Anyway, Carlito reminisces about Flair wrestling his father, and how his dad use to say that Ric really wasn’t that great. Carlito says that by winning the WHC sixteen times also meant he lost the title sixteen times, while he himself has won the IC title once, and lost it zip. Ric agrees that he’s not cool, as he is the Nature Boy, and women always had three words for him – all night long. Carlito is so impressed that he spits in Flair’s face. So, Carlito gets his ass whooped by a 50 year old man.

Commercial break.

Big Show vs. Snitsky
Show chops the hell out of him to start and hammers Gene out. Big inadvertently rams his arm into the ring post, and Snitsky pounds on him back in. Gene goes to the legs, and knocks Show down with a couple of boots. It gets 2. Show reverses a vertical suplex to one of his own and clotheslines Snitsky out for the 10 count.

Backstage, Bischoff is seen talking to a man with a Cena belt and a hoody on. Eric rants on about John getting fired tonight, when the man turns around and indeed proves to be Cena. Though, he had his headphones on.

Commercial break.

Torrie Wilson and Candice Michelle come out to the ring for whatever reason, as they probably forgot what show this is. Apparently, they were traded, for who we don’t know. They introduce Ashley, who once again thanks the fans for their votes. Torrie and Candice suggest that she thank the fans right now, which cues the beatdown. Women.

Commercial break.

Backstage, Grisham is with Jericho, who expresses the importance of tonight’s match.

Bischoff and security walk out as we cut to a:

Commercial break.

Chris Jericho vs. John Cena(c) – WWE Championship match
It would be ironic is Cena lost, given his catchphrase. Y2J slaps Cena, and John goes nuts. Bischoff grabs John’s leg, allowing Jericho to roll him up for 2. Reverse elbow gets 2. Cena dodges a charge from Jericho, sending Y2J out. John puts him back in the ring, allowing Eric to get in a low blow with the ref’s back turned.

Commercial break.

We return with Y2J in control. Spinning heel kick gets 2 for Jericho. John gets in a quick inside cradle for 2, pissing of Jericho. Clothesline from Chris gets 2. Y2J goes for a top rope superplex, but Cena fights him off and misses a crossbody. Elbow to the back gets 2 for Chris. Fans chant “Let’s Go Cena” as John comes back with a shoulderblock. Jericho goes for the bulldog, but John puts him in the FU position, only to have Y2J roll through and hook on the Walls of Jericho. Bischoff pulls away the rope from Cena’s grip, but John eventually makes it. Chris runs into the FU, but a delayed cover only gets him 2, thanks to Bischoff. Eric hands Jericho some brass knucks, allowing him to get a right hand for 2, twice. John catapaults Y2J into Bischoff, and hits the FU another time to pick up the win.

Afterwards, Eric makes the firing official, but it doesn’t have the ring to it like Vince’s. Y2J pleads, but security drags him out.

Meanwhile, back in the ring, Angle comes out of nowhere and german suplexes Cena! Angle Slam! Well, I guess we know the main event of Unforgiven.


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