WWE RAW Results (7/25/05): Eugene Returns; Matt Hardy!
Event: WWE Monday Night RAW Results
Date: Monday, July 25th, 2005
Location: The Gund Arena in Cleveland, OH
Results by PowerWrestling.com
WWE RAW Opener:
RAW opened up with a video package looking at the events of last week with WWE Champion John Cena taking on Snitsky in a Lumberjack Match, with all the Lumberjacks hand picked by Chris Jericho and Eric Bischoff. Cena pulled out the win and tonight these two men will face off in a Battle of the Bands. The fireworks then went off in the arena as Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler and the Coach welcomed us to the show and then the music of Kurt Angle hit as he made his way down to the ring.
Kurt Angle Invitational
Referee: Chad Patton
Eugene vs. Kurt Angle
Angle got on the mic and said he spent the last two weeks making a liar tap out, and tonight he is looking for real competition. The music of Christy Hemme then hit in the arena as she made her way down to the ring. Angle looked confused as Christy got in the ring and got on the mic. He asked is she wants to be in his challenge, and he has a great idea. He said since he is a gentleman, why don’t they start in the referee’s decision and she can start on the top or bottom. She said she is out here to introduce his opponent, Cleveland’s own…Eugene!
Eugene made his way down to a great pop from the crowd and then hugged Christy and the referee. Eugene went to hug Angle, but he pushed him away. Angle asked what in the hell he is doing out here, first of all he is not even from Cleveland. Eugene took his coat off and had a Cleveland Brown’s Jersey on as the crowd popped. Angle told Eugene to look at him. They argued about him being from Cleveland or not. Angle said he has only known him for 30 seconds and he’s already making him mentally challenged. Angle said if Eugene wants to pretend he is from Cleveland, didn’t he just get back from beign injured? Angle said get ready to go back to the injured list.
Angle attacked Eugene from behind and then hammered him in the corner and tore his Jersey off and blew his nose on it, and then choked Eugene with it. Angle gave him some crossface blows and then some uppercuts. Angle hit an elbow drop and then a vertical suplex as Christy cheered Eugene on. Angle kicked Eugene hard in the ribs and then stomped him in the corner and choked him with his boot. The fans chanted “Angle Sucks” as he hit some more uppercuts in the corner. Eugene started to get fired up and hit some right hands and there are only 40 seconds left. Eugene went for the Stunner but Angle pushed him off. Angle hit the Angle Slam and went for the Ankle Lock but Eugene kicked him out of the ring and the clock counted down to 0 and Eugene has won the gold medal!
Winner – Eugene
Eugene and Christy celebrated and hugged and then put the medal around his neck and Angle is pissed. Angle can’t believe he’s lost as Eugene circled the ring with Christy.
Tonight we will see the Battle of the Bands between Chris Jericho and John Cena, and Edge will take on Kane in a Stretcher Match.
Viscera is shown backstage with a mini African-American guy with a blonde mohican, and JR said that Viscera and his partner are going to be in action next!
Eric Bischoff is shown in his office, and John Cena comes in. Cena said Bischoff is taking this thing way too hard; someone from the family is a winner. Cena said he goes through phases, but he knows he is the WWE Champion, and the Champ is here. Bischoff said that he is not the kind of champion that he wants to represent him and his brand. He said he knows what Cena is all about; he’s nothing but white trash. Bischoff called him a wannabe and a thug, he called him and his people scum and slime, and that they don’t care about anyone but themselves. Bischoff continued to rant on and said his title reign is about to come to an end. Bischoff then turned around and Cena had left and Bischoff had been talking to himself.
Mixed Tag Team Match
Referee: Jack Doan
Antonio and Pocket Rocket vs. Viscera and Cloacas
The music of the Heart Throbs is playing in the arena, and they have a mini guy with them named the Pocket Rocket, and then Viscera made his way down Cloacas.
Cloacas took down Pocket Rocket and then Pocket Rocket came back with a clothesline and them a stomp. He tagged in Antonio who slapped Cloacas and then shoved him into the corner and slapped him around the head again. Antonio went for a knee in the corner but Cloacas moved. Antonio did an Airplane Spin and then went for an elbow but Cloacas moved. The crowd is dead by the way. Romeo held the leg of Cloacas on the outside but he escaped and tagged in Viscera. Viscera hit a series of clotheslines and then a hip toss and some chops.
Viscera hit a Samoan Drop and then Romeo came in and jumped on the back of Biscera but he clotheslined him outside. Pocket Rocket then came in and hit some right hands to the gut of Viscera to no effect. Viscera tossed him over the top onto Romeo and then Antonio was given a body slam. Viscera tagged in Cloacas and Viscera got on all fours, and Cloacas did a big splash from Viscera’s back and Viscera covered for the win.
Winners – Viscera and Cloacas
An ambulance is shown arriving backstage for the Stretcher Match here tonight between Kane and Edge.
In the arena:
The announce team, who are now back at ringside and not on the stage for the record sent their condolences to the friends and family of Lord Alfred Hayes who recently passed away. We then go to a tribute video.
Eric Bischoff is backstage with Shelton Benjamin. Benjamin said he was the Intercontinental Champion for eight months, and over the past couple of weeks, Carlito has gotten himself counted out and disqualified, and asked for a No Disqualification match for the Intercontinental Title. Bischoff said what he is going to get is a lesson in respect. What he’s going to get is a Handicap Match. Shelton Benjamin vs. Snitsky and Chris Masters. Benjamin said that stinks and left.
Maria is backstage with Chris Jericho and she said she loves Fozzy the Bear, and she has to know if any of the other Muppets are coming tonight. Maria was wearing a very revealing top. Jericho said her attitude is the same as Cleveland’s and the negativity since he has gotten since he arrived. He said he is a Hall of Fame performer, and will embarrass Cena in the Battle of the Bands tonight. Jericho said he is Allotoyah of Rock and Rollah, and Cena is hip hop, it’s not even real music. Jericho said it’s so unfair, and then left. We are then taken to the set next to the stage for the Battle of the Bands and that is coming up next (and may also be the reason why the commentators are ringside tonight).
Battle of the Bands:
The arena went to black, and then John Cena’s music hit and performed “Bad, Bad Man” with Bumpy Knuckles and Tha Trademarc. The music of Chris Jericho then hit as he made his way out to the opposite side of the stage. Jericho got on the mic and said that he has to be honest with Cena, and that just plain sucked. He said it was rotten, and Cena told him to show him how it’s done. Jericho said that all of these people bought into what he was doing, and they cheered for him. He said that Cena actually fooled them, and they are all a flock of sheep and that is unfair. Jericho said he has one of the greatest Rock and Roll Bands waiting in the back, and they are already booing them because of him. Jericho said if they were in any other arena the fans would be cheering. Jericho said the fans have already made up their minds, and he is pulling Fozzy out of this contest. Jericho said these people don’t deserve to see his band play here tonight. Jericho said they will all get to see him perform at SummerSlam, and at SummerSlam he will beat Cena, and he will be the new WWE Champion, because he is the true Bad, Bad Man. Jericho left and then Cena did another performance, this time of his entrance theme, “My Time is Now” in the aisle way.
The Diva Search girls are shown backstage dancing to Cena’s song, and they are up next.
Shawn Michaels is shown in the back wearing a suit, and he looked in a mirror and pretended he had a zit and called for make up jokingly.
In the arena:
The music of Shawn Michaels hit in the arena as he made his way to the ring in a suit. Michaels got on the mic and said that he would call Hulk Hogan out here tonight right now, but that’s not going to happen as Hogan is out promoting his new TV show, Hogan Knows Best. He said that he has no asperations of being a rap star, a rock star, a movie star or even have his own TV show, he just wants to be known as the greatest in ring performer the WWE has ever known. Having five star matches, bringing down the house and breaking his back; that’s not enough for him. He said Hogan has been living off a reputation that he created 20 years ago, but Michaels goes out there night after night, and he doesn’t mind earning his stripes. He said he has seen Hogan’s show, and he lives in a million dollar home, paid for by the sweat off the brow of every fan. He said after all the fans have given him, what’s the best that he can give you? Michaels then mocked Hogan with his poses. Michaels said it’s gone pretty quiet in here and people are running around in the back because HBK is doing stuff out here that they aren’t allowed to do. He isn’t allowed to do stuff that would hurt the Hulkster, he isn’t allowed to tell the truth. What are they going to do; fire him? They are looking at their main event for SummerSlam, so deal with it. He said that Hogan wanted the old HBK, well guess what, you got him. When all this started, it was about him just needing to know years from now when people look back, who really was the all around cowboy, and with all due respect to everyone, it doesn’t matter what they believe. All that matters is when SummerSlam is over, when he looks into Hogan’s eyes, he will know that he is the Showstopper, the Main Event, the Icon. Hulk Hogan, whatcha gonna do when the HeartBreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, won’t lay down for you!
We will see the first ever Eugene Invitational for the Olympic Gold Medal.
Referee: Michael Chioda
Shelton Benjamin vs. Snitsky and Chris Masters
The music of Shelton Benjamin hit in the arena as he made his way to the ring for this Handicap Match. Snitsky is already in the ring, and he will be joined by the Masterpiece, Chris Masters.
Snitsky attacked Benjamin and threw him into the corner and went for a splash but Benjamin moved and then clotheslined Snktsky to the outside. Masters went after Benjamin, but he was sent out too, and then Benjamin hit a flip dive onto both men on the outside from the top rope. Back inside, and Snitsky took control of Benjamin with right hands, and then tagged Masters and both men stomped Benjamin in the corner. Masters locked in a front face lock in the middle of the ring as the fans got behind Benjamin.
Benjamin fought out but Masters hammered him down but Benjamin came back with a Samoan Drop. Benjamin gave Snitsky a right hand on the apron and then hit the Stinger Splash on Masters in the corner. Benjamin went for the Exploder, but Masters held the referee and Snitsky came in and hit the Big Boot on Benjamin. Snitsky screamed at Masters to lock in the Master Lock, and he did so. Benjamin backed Masters to the corner but was unable to break the grip of Masters and then started to fade and the referee called for the bell.
Winners – Chris Masters and Snitsky
Masters wouldn’t release the hold, and then the Big Show’s music hit in the arena as he made his way down the aisle. Show was given a big boot by Snitsky, but Show gave him a big boot back to knock him out of the ring and then Masters slid to the outside and backed up the aisle, not wanting any part of the Big Show.
The Diva Search Contestants were shown making their way through the back towards the arena, and they will be taking part in a Hot Dog Eating Contest next!
In the arena:
The Diva Search girls are in the ring with Coach and and it’s time to find out who is eliminated this week, and it’s Cameron. The diva’s are in tight little mini-skirts and some in actual g-strings. Good stuff tonight, exclusive RAW pics below. There is a table set up in the ring, and Coach said tonight is a Hot Dog eating contest, and each of them will have one minute to eat as many hot dogs as they can. He said that the winner will get immunity next week. They all started to shovel down hot dogs, they seem to be able to handle weiners pretty well. WE have a tie and Coach gave each of them a hot dog and it’s a 30 second eat off between Leyla and Summer. Leyla gets the win. Hurrah.
Edge is walking in the back with Lita, and they stop near the Stretcher, and he will face Kane, and that is next.
Referee: Jack Doan
Edge vs. Kane
Lilian explained the rules, and the first man to get the other on the Stretcher and get it over the finishing line on the stage wins. The music of Edge then hit as he made his way down with Lita. Kane from behind and attacked Edge and we are underway.
Kane sent Edge into the apron and then tossed him in the ring. Kane gave Edge an uppercut as the fans chanted “Hardy, Hardy!”. Kane hammered away at Edge in the corner, but Edge came back with right hands of his own. Edge hit a spear in the corner and then went for another one, but Kane got his knee up. Kane tossed Edge to the outside and then kicked him in the head and rammed him head first into the ring steps.
Kane threw Edge into the barricade, and then whipped him into the ring steps as Lita looked on looking concerned for Edge. Kane put Edge on the stretcher and choked him and then started to wheel him up the ramp, but Edge stopped him and hit some right hands. Kane hammered away at Edge on the stretcher and then wheeled the stretcher down the ramp and he crashed into the apron as we go to commercial break.
We are back and Edge is choking Kane with a TV cable. During the break, Kane went to Tombstone Edge on the ring steps, but Edge reversed and hit a DDT on them. Edge then knocked Kane down with the steps to the head. Back to live action and Edge went for a DDT in the ring, but Kane threw him off. Kane went up top and came off with a flying clothesline and then went for the chokelsam but Lita came in with a chairt. Kane grabbed it off her and she ran to the outside, but then Kane took Edge down with the Spear.
Edge stomped away at Kane and put him on the stretcher but then Kane grabbed him by the throat and choked him. Lita then nailed Kane in the back with a kendo stick and tossed it to Edge. Edge nailed Kane right in the head with the kendo stick and then held it up high. Edge grabbed the steel chair and put it over the throat of Kane. Edge went up top but Kane got up and took the chair and nailed Edge and sent him from the top rope crashing to the outside. Kane grabbed Edge by the throat and chokeslammed him onto the stretcher and then started to stalk Lita.
The stretcher is broken from the chokeslam as Kane tried to load Edge onto it. Kane pulled Edge up the ramp on the stretcher and Lita is waiting up there with the briefcase and nailed Kane in the back with it. Kane turned around and stalked Lita onto the stage and then grabbed her by the throat but then Edge nailed him in the back with the briefcase, and then in the head. Edge loaded Kane on the strecther as the fans chanted for Hardy. Edge pulled him up the ramp on the strecther, and Lita helped him push it but Kane sat up and grabbed Lita by the throat and Edge nailed him in the head with the briefcase again and pulled him over the line.
Winner – Edge
Kane sat up and nailed Edge in the back and then threw him into the RAW set like a lawndart. Kane went after Lita and she fell over. Kane grabbed her by the hair and gave her the Tombstone on the stage and laughed maniacally. EMT’s made their way down to work on Lita as Edge tried to check on her. Matt Hardy then jumped Edge out of nowhere as security and agents made their way down and broke it up. The security held Hardy as we cut to commercial.
The EMT’s are shown loading Lita into the ambulance and then Kane comes in and takes them out. He said he has a question for Lita. Has she ever taken a ride on the highway to hell? Kane then nailed a policeman and got in the ambulance and drove it away with Lita in the back, and the doors are still open.
We are taken to a video package looking at some of the greatest moments in Hulk Hogan’s career.
Chris Jericho is shown walking backstage towards the arena in his referee uniform and John Cena will face Carlito next.
Non Title Match
Special Guest Referee: Chris Jericho
Carlito (c) vs. John Cena (c)
The music of Chris Jericho hit in the arena as he made his way to the ring as the referee for this next match with the Intercontinental Champion, Carlito, facing the man Jericho will face at SummerSlam, and the current WWE Champion, John Cena. Eric Bischoff made his way out to the stage for a better view.
Cena and Carlito locked up and Cena backed Carlito to the corner, but Carlito reversed and gave a clean break before going for a cheap shot. Cena unloaded with right hands and then a back body drop. Carlito came back with a reverse elbow knockdown and Cena landed on the outside. Carlito hit a double axe handle off the apron onto Cena and then tossed him back inside.
Carlito grabbed a chair and brought it inside, but Jericho grabbed it and then Carlito walked into a clothesline for two. Cena hit some right hands and then went for a slam, but Carlito floated over into a DDT for two. Carlito kicked away at Cena in the corner and then gave him some right hands and covered for two. Carlito hit a vertical suplex for another two count but then Cena came back with right hands. Carlito took Cena down with a flapjack and then hooked the leg for two.
Carlito lockedin a rear naked choke on Carlito as the fans got behind the WWE Champion. Cena fought out with elbows but Carlito came back with a dropkick for two. Carlito hit a neck breaker and covered for another two. Carlito stomped away at Cena as Bischoff looked on from the stage. Carlito went for a suplex, but Cena blocked and hit one of his own. Carlito raked the eyes of Cena and then hit a faceplant for two before locking in a rear chin lock.
Cena came back with right hands but then ran into a knee to the gut for two. Carlito hit some right hands but Cena came back with some of his own and knocked Carlito down. Cena hit a pair of clotheslines and then the throwback. Cena hit the five knuckle shuffle on Carlito and called for the FU but Jericho kicked him in the nuts and then hit a bulldog. Jericho hit the Lionsault and Carlito covered for the win.
Winner – Carlito
Jericho raised the hand of Carlito and Bischoff clapped in the aisle way. Jericho picked up the WWE Championship and stared at it as RAW went off the air.
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