Raw is War

San Jose, California
May 10, 2004


It was a match with so much meaning to both competitors that Christian called it a "game 7" ... and it lived up to its hype in every way. The most bitter of enemies engaged in the ultimate battle within the confines of a 15-foot high steel cage that has been known to cause serious injury, the two men gave it everything they had, and then some. With the odds even for the first time since Trish Stratus and Tyson Tomko began entering ringside with Christian, Chris Jericho proved to be too much for his former best friend, defeating Christian with the Walls of Jericho.

And just as quickly as the drama of a Steel Cage Match ended for Jericho, a new one began. After calling for an opportunity to compete for the World Heavyweight Championship for two weeks, Jericho will receive his wish next week on RAW ... along with 19 other men. For the second straight week, RAW General Manager Eric Bischoff entered the arena with Johnny Nitro to make a blockbuster announcement. Next week on RAW, there will be a 20-man Over-The-Top-Rope Battle Royal to determine who will challenge Chris Benoit for the World Heavyweight Championship at Bad Blood.

One man who will not be competing in this Battle Royal is Shawn Michaels. One week after suffering a heartbreaking defeat to Benoit, which was marred by interference by Triple H, HBK wasted no time trying to exact his revenge. During the opening match between Triple H and Shelton Benjamin, HBK suddenly ran into the ring and unleashed a vicious assault on Triple H. The action brought out Bischoff, who announced that Michaels was suspended and had HBK escorted from the arena by security. Later, Bischoff announced that the suspension will continue next week.

In other action, Eugene not only overcame a challenge from Rob Conway to win his RAW debut, but he also overcame an attempt at sabotage. Shortly before the match, Bischoff approached William Regal with an offer if Eugene were to lose his match and ultimately give up his dream of becoming a WWE Superstar, Regal would no longer have Eugene as his responsibility. In addition, he would be returned to the active roster. However, after an attempt by Regal to trip up Eugene, Eugene stunned Conway with a roll-up for the victory. What does this mean for Regal? Is Eugene on the RAW roster to stay? Stay tuned to find out.

RAW also featured another victory by Gail Kim over Victoria. During a Six Diva Tag Team Match, Kim found herself in the ring alone with Victoria, and for the second consecutive week, she made the Women's Champion tap out. Kim seems to have found Victoria's number, but has not had an opportunity to win the Women's Championship. When will that opportunity happen? Watch RAW next week to see if she gets her match.

Next week, Monday Night RAW emanates from San Diego where the new No. 1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship will be determined in a Battle Royal. Also, Kane will be seeking an answer from Lita to an undisclosed question. What does this mean for Lita? Who will go to Bad Blood to face Chris Benoit for the World Heavyweight Championship? Only one way to find out ... watch Monday Night RAW next week at 9/8 PM CT on Spike TV.

Match Results:

Batista defeated Tajiri

Randy Orton defeated Edge

Gail Kim, Jazz & Molly Holly defeated Victoria, Stacy Keibler & Nidia

Eugene defeated Rob Conway

Chris Jericho defeated Christian