Post by aew1992 on Sept 18, 2022 16:48:16 GMT 1
Author's note: You'll have to forgive any gaps in how wrestlers are presented in this — it's been a while. But it turns out EWR is fun to play to destress, and it's equally fun to turn it into a diary. This is an era where I'd like to think my knowledge is fairly solid, but there will be slight discrepancies in terms of minor feuds. Let's pretend a 'soft reset' took place after Backlash.
WWE Backlash 2006 results
1. Goldust defeated Rob Conway
2. Carlito defeated Chris Masters
3. Umaga defeated Ric Flair
4. Trish Stratus defeated Mickie James by disqualification (WOMEN'S TITLE)
5. Rob Van Dam (MITB holder) defeated Shelton Benjamin (c) (INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE/MONEY IN THE BANK)
6. Big Show vs Kane ended as a no contest
7. Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon defeated Shawn Michaels and "God"
8. John Cena (c) defeated Triple H and Edge (WWE CHAMPIONSHIP)
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW - MAY 1, 2006
Monday Night RAW starts not with the theme tune, but the sound of The Game by Motorhead. Triple H makes his way to the ring with the standard post-PPV loss plaster on his head after losing a triple threat match against John Cena and Edge. As he walks to the ring, we get a recap from Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler, showing HHH attacking his opponents with a sledgehammer post-match — and performing the D-Generation X crotch chops. Triple H gets on the mic and makes it clear — he wants another shot at the WWE Championship. Vince McMahon comes out with a big grin on his face after his win with Shane McMahon last night and clarifies that he has no interest in giving him another shot unless he can prove his worth. After all, McMahon says, Triple H lost last night. He’s going to give him a real challenge though — tonight, he will have to face Kane. 88%.
After an ad break, Rene Dupree makes his way to the ring where Goldust is already waiting for his opponent. Ross and Lawler let us know Shawn Michaels will be absent tonight after his efforts in Lexington, Kentucky. It’s a back-and-forth start to this match, but after a while Dupree takes control. Goldust, who beat Dupree's ally Rob Conway last night, rallies after an attempted Bonne Nuit from Dupree, feeding off the crowd, but Dupree reverses a suplex into one of his own. He then picks up Goldust, hits the Dupree Bomb and gets the pinfall. The commentary team let us know that was an impressive win from the Canadian as he celebrates. Rene Dupree beats Goldust - 72%.
Rob Van Dam is backstage looking pretty darn happy with himself after winning the Intercontinental title. He is speaking to Maria Kanellis, and starts talking about how he looks good with a title. Just when he is on the cusp of talking about the Money in the Bank briefcase and his future with it, Ric Flair interrupts. Flair says he might be an old man, but he still wants one last run with some gold. And RVD smiles, before telling him they should meet in the ring — tonight. 78%.
There’s a huge reaction as Trish Stratus makes her way to the ring, and an equally negative one as Lita comes out. Edge is out of action tonight according to Ross, but he will be back next week in a match that has just been made by Vince McMahon — he will face Shawn Michaels. There’s not much to write home about during this clash between Stratus and Lita. Stratus, who beat Mickie James last night by disqualification, gets the win with the Chick Kick. Afterwards, women’s champion Mickie James walks out onto the stage to stare down Stratus… who is attacked from behind by Lita. We go to a commercial as Lita makes a title gesture, Stratus lies on the floor and James holds her belt up. Trish Stratus beats Lita - 74%.
There’s the usual ballyhoo and big noise made about Rob Van Dam and Ric Flair facing off to end the first hour of Monday Night RAW. The graphic telling us it's a title match flashes up on screen… and then Rene Dupree’s music hits. He walks out with a microphone and starts talking about his victory against Goldust earlier tonight. Goldust is a veteran, a man who knows how to wrestle — and Dupree made easy work of him. Speaking of veterans, he says — Flair is the creme de la creme of WWE’s old men. Flair laughs, Van Dam does too. Dupree tells them both to stop laughing at him, and warns Van Dam that he wants the Intercontinental Title. Flair has a microphone and tells Dupree — calling him ‘son’ repeatedly — that he might have beaten a fine man in Goldust but that he needs to show his elders some respect. As he turns away to ask the crowd whether they want to see Van Dam and Flair square off and for Dupree to leave the ring, Dupree pops him with the microphone. Flair goes down. Van Dam sweeps Dupree’s legs and climbs up to the top rope for a frogsplash, but Dupree rolls out of the ring. He backs up the ramp with his eyes firmly fixed on Van Dam. Ric Flair vs Rob Van Dam for the WWE Intercontinental Title was a no contest - 77%.
We come back to the ring after a break, where Armando Alejandro Estrada is rolling his Rs and hyping up his client, Umaga. Umaga, of course, overcame Ric Flair on Sunday night. Even after beating the veteran in under four minutes, Estrada says Umaga is ready for more action tonight. His monster’s appetite for victory will never be satisfied. Good thing Charlie Haas is waiting in the corner of the ring, while Umaga makes his entrance down the ramp. Haas looks scared - 61%.
And with good reason. Umaga throws Charlie Haas around. He hits the Samoan Spike and gets the pin. He wins in 1:36. Umaga beats Charlie Haas - 66%.
After Umaga’s win, the camera cuts backstage, where John Cena is walking in. Jim Ross tells us the Champ is Here, and he’s wrestling… next - 88%.
Matt Striker is in the ring. He’s on the microphone and says he knows he’s seen as a joke figure. He’s going to prove that’s not the case — by beating the WWE champion. John Cena comes down the ramp, the referee rings the bell, and Cena beats Matt Striker in eight seconds. F-U, pin, done. Cena raises his hand, and Striker tries to hit him from behind after getting up from the mat. The champion is too wily for that and turns around before Striker can land the blow. After, Striker attacks Cena but Cena fights back. Rather than take another F-U, Striker rolls out of the ring. Cena celebrates. John Cena beats Matt Striker - 66%.
Monday Night RAW comes to a close with Kane walking to the ring. As he does, we are told that Ric Flair and Rob Van Dam will team up next week to take on Rene Dupree and a partner of his choice. Triple H then comes out, not showing any of the D-Generation X tendencies that he did on Sunday night. Kane is his usual agitated self — the man looks as though he has not slept for weeks, with the recent May 19 messaging having haunted him, Ross suggests. Lawler points out he always looks like that. Bad news for HHH though — Kane is on form in the ring. The Game tries to fight back but Kane is well on top. Then, though, the lights go dark, the words May 19 appear on screen and we hear a voice telling Kane what he doesn’t want to hear — that it is happening again. When they come back on, Triple H is poised for a kick to the stomach, a pedigree and a pinfall win. Triple H gets on the mic and demands his title shot. Vince McMahon walks out with Shane at his side. He’s not earned it yet by any measure — not at all. Next week, Triple H will have to face Big Show. HHH looks shocked, with Vince smiling at the top of the ramp. Triple H beats Kane - 85%.