Raw is War
Kansan City, Missouri
September 27, 2004
FLAIR FOR THE DRAMATIC
With his shot at regaining the World Heavyweight Championship hanging in the balance, Randy Orton delivered a speech for the ages.
The former champion had certainly caught the ear of Ric Flair on RAW Monday night. Orton all but called the Nature Boy washed up, mocking the 16-time World Champion for his undying allegiance to Triple H and Evolution. He even called Flair a glorified cheerleader.
Of course, Ortonís motivational ploy had a distinct purpose.
Orton needed to defeat Batista in a No Disqualification Match to be eligible for a title shot against Triple H on Taboo Tuesday on Oct. 19, and weakening Evolution by turning Flair against The Game seemed like an ingenious plan.
But while Ortonís words got Flair to think, they werenít enough to make him act.
Flair passed up on the chance to defy Triple H. Instead, he rattled Orton with a crippling chair shot to the back that ultimately cost him his match with Batista and his chance to be on the Taboo Tuesday ballot.
The main event actually salvaged an otherwise rough night for Triple H. After he promptly insulted the Kemper Arena fans and denounced the whole idea of Taboo Tuesday, he then found himself in a match with Shelton Benjamin.
Benjamin actually beat Triple H for a third time on RAW, but this time it came via disqualification as a frustrated Triple H walloped the talented Benjamin with the title belt.
The Orton-Triple H feud isnít the only rivalry reaching new levels lately.
Christian and Tyson Tomko defeated Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho in an entertaining tag team match in Kansas City. Christian, the self-proclaimed show-stealer, actually heisted the win, pinning HBK while using the top rope for leverage.
The party thrown for new RAW Diva Christy Hemme was hardly a celebration. In fact, Trish Stratus enlisted Hemme in her first match, a 3-on-1 Handicap Bra and Panties Match featuring the newest Diva against herself, Gail Kim and Molly Holly.
Also, there was more news regarding the Eugene and Eric Bischoff match at Taboo Tuesday, including some possible stipulations for the loser.
The match lasted mere seconds as Hemme was stripped down. Still, the always resilient and upbeat rookie left the ring with her chin up to the delight of the crowd.
With Lita still too shaken up to
talk on camera, Kane gave an emotional interview on RAW. The Big Red Monster
also promised his unborn baby son would not die alone, guaranteeing Gene Snitsky,
the man whose chair shot triggered the fatal collision, would pay with is life
Batista defeats Randy Orton (No DQ match)
Christian & Tyson Tomko def. Chris Jericho & HBK
Shelton Benjamin def. Triple H via DQ
The Hurricane & Rosey def. Rhyno & Tajiri
Gene Snitsky def. Val Venis
Gail Kim, Trish Stratus & Molly
Holly def. Christy Hemme (Bra and Panties Match)