Raw is War

Knoxville, Tennessee
December 9, 2002

Shawn Michaels has already proved that his body is up to the challenges of defending his World Heavyweight Championship. Monday night on RAW, the champ took a leap of faith to show that he's got the heart to step into the ring this Sunday against Triple H!

After deciding that seeing two sworn enemies go one on one just wasn't enough to satisfy, RAW General Manager had Chief Morley declare the HBK/Triple H showdown at Armageddon this Sunday to be a Best of Three Falls Match! The gala will start out as a Street Fight, followed by a cage match! If both men survive, the World Heavyweight Championship will be decided in a Ladder Match!

Ric Flair confronted Michaels and questioned whether the champ has the heart to get through Armageddon. Flair said he once came to the realization several years ago that HBK was the best wrestler alive. The Nature Boy said he willingly stepped back when he knew he was no longer on top. Flair then pointed to Triple H, saying that The Game is the top wrestler alive today, and he implored HBK to do the right thing and get out of his way.

Michaels, though, did anything but get out of the way. HBK dropped Triple H and Flair with an iron shovel in the parking lot outside the arena! Even throwing his Armageddon opponent into a garbage dumpster didn't satisfy the champ. In a showing of the daredevil attitude that made him a legend, Michaels climbed to the roof of a tractor-trailer and leapt onto The Game from some 20 feet in the air! After crawling out of the destruction he wrought, Michaels vowed that no one would ever question his heart again after Armageddon this Sunday!

RAW saw another blockbuster match made for Armageddon. The World Tag Team Championship will go on the line with three teams contending for the titles against current titleholders Christian and Chris Jericho. Booker T and Goldust, The Dudley Boyz and William Regal and Lance Storm will each have a shot to walk out of the pay-per-view with the titles! Who will survive the Fatal Fourway and take WWE gold? Find out this Sunday on pay-per-view!

Match Results

Lance Storm & William Regal def. Booker T & Goldust

Steven Richards def. Jacqueline

Dave Batista def. Rob Van Dam via disqualification

D'Lo Brown & Christopher Nowinski def. Maven & Al Snow

Triple H def. Jeff Hardy

Kane def. 3-Minute Warning

Trish Stratus & The Dudley Boyz def. Victoria, Christian & Y2J