Raw is War

Chicago, Illinois
October 18, 2004

OCT. 18, 2004

The Superstars stated their case Monday night on RAW. Now itís all up to WWE fans to decide.

Edge bested Chris Benoit and Shawn Michaels in a Triple Threat Match fewer than 24 hours before the fans will place one of the three in the ring against World Heavyweight Champion Triple H at Taboo Tuesday. The Cerebral Assassin was at ringside offering his thoughts and analysis, but we saw none of his usual mind games. There was just no way for him to focus his aggression with three different potential challengers. Instead, The Game watched and waited ó hoping the three would damage each other beyond repair so close to the pay-per-view ó as more than a million individual votes were cast.

When Edge rolled up Benoit for the three-count, using the ropes for leverage, we had a Triple Threat winner.
But itís still in the fansí hands as to who will win the ultimate prize: a chance to capture the World Heavyweight Championship at Taboo Tuesday.

A momentous RAW also saw Mr. Benjamin win a Six-Man Elimination Match for the Taboo Tuesday endorsement of none other than Mr. McMahon himself. But Shelton proved to be much more concerned with the votes of the public, rather than the singular vote of Mr. McMahon.

One man who hoped to impress the Peepulation going into Taboo Tuesday was Christian, but he fell victim to Benjaminís T-bone suplex.

Chris Jericho may have used the results of that match as a window into what awaits him at Taboo Tuesday, where heíll have 15 different possible opponents. That is, if he had the energy to watch a match after giving his all in a tag-team battle earlier in the evening.

After taking a vicious clothesline from the animal Batista, Y2J simply had to tap when Flair locked in the Figure Four.
From that match Jericho got a look at Batista, a big man who hopes to get a shot at the Intercontinental Championship at Taboo Tuesday. Jerichoís partner on RAW, Randy Orton got one last chance to have it out with Flair before the fans place them in one of three precarious circumstances at the pay-per-view: Will it be Flair and Orton in a Falls Count Anywhere Match, a Submission Match or a Steel Cage Match? You decide.

And Gene Snitsky sent a clear message to Kane by way of Eugene on Monday night. First, Snitsky pinned Eugene after a pump-handle slam. Then, the unapologetic newcomer blasted William Regal with a steel chair. At Taboo Tuesday, itíll be a Weapon of Choice Match between Snitsky and Kane, and WWE fans decide if a steel chair, a chain or a lead pipe will be totally legal.

Match Results:

Gene Snitsky defeats Eugene

Victoria, Nidia & Stacy Keibler def. Gail Kim, Molly Holly and Trish Stratus

Evolution def. Randy Orton and Chris Jericho

Mr. Benjamin def. Christian, The Hurricane, Rhyno, Jonathan Coachman and Tajiri (Six-Man Elimination Match)

Edge def. Shawn Michaels and Chris Benoit (Triple Threat Match)