June 10, 2003
Raw: Foley added to Bad Blood
By NICK TYLWALK -- SLAM! Wrestling
What to do? What to do? The seventh and deciding game between Anaheim and New Jersey is on at the same time Raw is hitting the airwaves. To make matters worse, there\'s an excellent chance Mrs. Foley\'s little boy might be making a welcome appearance in Miami. Never fear, because I have the solution to your dilemma. Go ahead and watch the hockey game, and I\'ll watch Raw for you. We\'re \"getting Jiggy\" in our own way from the Continental Airlines Arena, just six days away from Bad Blood.
WWE World Champion Triple H and Co-General Manager Steve Austin stand face to face to kick off the program. Helmsley wants to know the identity of the special referee for the Hell in a Cell match at Bad Blood. Austin isn\'t telling, but he will reveal all later tonight. He can be a real stinker that way. He does, however, drop what appears to be a hint when he tells Triple H to \"Have a nice day!\".
Match 1 - Goldberg vs. Rosey
Just keep telling yourself it\'s not a squash. Then repeat it enough times until you actually believe it. Actually, Chris Jericho makes things interesting by sitting on a steel chair at the top of the entrance ramp and watching intently. Rosey gets in a little offense, but very little. Jericho tries to come to his aid but is immediately felled by a boot to the gut. Shaking off one last gasp by his opponent, Goldberg connects with a Spear and Jackhammer and that\'s all she wrote.
Tonight\'s WWE.com poll is - surprise - Who do you think will be the special referee? The smart money is on Foley, unless Shane McMahon makes an Empire Maker-like spoiler bid. Over on ABC, the Devils have just scored to make it 1-0, curse them. We rejoin Raw just in time for another Gail Kim promo. No word yet on whether or not the Wachowski brothers are filing suit.
Match 2 - Rob Van Dam vs. Renee Dupree
A typical RVD onslaught includes a step-over kick, a split-legged moonsault and a 360 legdrop on the guardrail. Dupree fires back by ramming Rob\'s shoulder into the post and slowing the pace with some mat wrestling. A drop toehold into the turnbuckle sets up Rolling Thunder, though Dupree is able to evade the ensuing Five Star Frog Splash. A moment later, Van Dam uses a headscissors takedown to produce a pinfall out of nowhere. Dupree and his La Resistance partner put the boots to RVD after the bell, and Kane is nowhere to be found.
An unusually excited Eric Bischoff shows Austin the special wheel he\'s made to decide the three events for Sunday\'s Redneck Triathlon. Stone Cold graciously lets his colleague have the first spin, and the wheel stops on Pie Eating. Bischoff is confident he can put away the pie, but only until the Rattlesnake fills him in on The Rock\'s definition of pie. Mercifully, both men decide to save the last two spins for Sunday. Bischoff also wants to know if Austin got \"Bang! Bang!\" to referee the match, but he, too, has to wait. Hey, why is the Hell in a Cell cage hanging overhead tonight?
Next up is a retrospective on the life and career of the late \"Classy\" Freddie Blassie. It\'s tastefully done, with video clips interspersed with the thoughts of Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, Austin, Stephanie McMahon, Hulk Hogan and The Rock. And wouldn\'t you know it - now it\'s 2-0 Devils thanks to former Duck Jeff Friesen. Oh, the humanity.
RVD finds his tag team partner sitting backstage and gives him a tongue-lashing for leaving him alone at the mercy of La Resistance. Showing an unusual amount of passion, Van Dam strikes a nerve when he suggests that Kane might be afraid that what Austin said about him last week might be true. The Big Red Machine stomps off without responding.
Match 3 - Trish Stratus and Ivory vs. Victoria and Jazz
Jazz does us all a favor and cuts off Teddy Long, saying she\'s only interested in paying back Ivory for her \"lucky\" pin last week. And away we go. Jazz gets a double flapjack from the faces but fights her way back; Trish rolls up Victoria for a quick two after tags are made. Both heels are sent flying to the floor, and Ivory goes up top only to be yanked down by Victoria. Jazz and Victoria continue their assault, forcing several near falls. Ivory can\'t make the hot tag to Trish, but it doesn\'t matter after she rolls up Jazz with an inside cradle to win her second fall from the Women\'s Champ in two shows.
The moment we\'ve all been waiting for has arrived - Christian has challenged Booker T to a Spineroonie contest. Jericho would rather talk about his feud with Goldberg, and he agrees with Christian\'s assertion that Goldberg wants to kill him. The thing is, Jericho sees that as and advantage, saying he\'ll exploit any mistake Da Man makes. As a precaution though, he\'s leaving the building for the night.
Several Miami Dolphins are in the house. We also see footage from Insurrextion, a.k.a. an overseas house show with cameras.
Match 4 - Scott Steiner vs. Lance Storm
Poor Lance. He\'s just window dressing here as the drama between Steiner, Test and Stacy continues. Big Poppa Pump wins the match in fairly quick fashion, but Test is on him immediately after the pin with a big boot and three chair shots. Stacy intervenes, and it looks like Test comes to his senses. But it\'s all an act - Test tells Stacy she doesn\'t have to be his girlfriend, but he will make her his \"whore\" at the pay-per-view. He\'s a real class act, that Test.
This just in: sixty-two percent of voters think Foley will be the referee. That means thirty-eight percent are either not reading my report, not paying attention or are watching the hockey game and put in write-in votes for Dan Marouelli. In any case, I forgive all of you.
Austin ends the (supposed) suspense by bringing out Foley to a big crowd reaction. Mick says he jumped at the chance to referee the match when Austin called him, and he\'s glad that instead of suffering numerous injuries, all he\'ll have to do on Sunday is count to three. A steaming mad Triple H comes to the stage, furious that a \"regular guy\" like Foley is back in his business. Foley admits that Triple H did retire him, but also notes that he left under his own power with his head held high. The world champ tells Mick to reconsider his decision or run the risk of serious bodily harm.
Strutting even more than usual, Ric Flair makes his way to the ring. Turns out it\'s only to introduce Randy Orton, who is scheduled for singles competition.
Match 5 - Randy Orton vs. The Hurricane
The Hurricane leaves briefly and returns with Shawn Michaels to watch his back. The super hero takes control early with a high cross body and a shining wizard, but Flair interferes and forces action by HBK. Orton capitalizes on the chaos by hitting his finisher (which looks like a Diamond Cutter) and stealing the win. All heck breaks loose and Michaels ends up ripping Flair\'s shirt off and beating him around the ring. Orton saves the Nature Boy from Sweet Chin Music, but HBK pursues both men up the ramp and continues his assault.
Foley bumps into Spike Dudley backstage, and the diminutive one tells him to think about his family and forget participating at Bad Blood. Elsewhere, Triple H reads Bischoff the riot act, though the camera is too far away to hear what they are saying.
This seems like it can\'t be right, but The King is ready to host the Spineroonie contest. A clean-shaven Booker T tells Lawler that the fans want to see a Kingeroonie first. Um, that\'s not very good. Christian\'s version includes a little of the Robot, but Booker calls the attempt pathetic. He\'s about to show how it\'s really done when Christian attempts a shot with the belt. Book ducks and hits a sidekick, then performs a legitimate Spineroonie. He backs up the ramp to celebrate but is ambushed by Christian, who makes sure his beloved belt hits the mark this time.
Game update: Friesen scores again and it\'s looking real grim for the Ducks. Crap, crap, crap.
Match 6 - D-Von Dudley vs. Rodney Mack
D-Von hits a big bulldog for a two count while Long tries to explain to the announcers how Mack\'s new partner Christopher Nowinski has also been oppressed by The Man. I\'m not buying it, especially since Nowinski has a job and he lost Tough Enough. Anyway, Dudley has Mack in trouble, and Nowinski gets hit with a 3-D. But long distracts the ref, and Mack locks in the Blackout long enough to get the submission win.
Terri gets a word with Goldberg, who goes deep into his bag of promo tricks and announces that at Bad Blood, Jericho will be next. Disgusted with his lack of creativity, Jericho runs in and waffles Goldberg with a chair shot to the back. That just makes him laugh. Remember Jericho, there\'s no stopping he whom does not sell.
Stone Cold sends a WWE employee to fetch Foley while we get a rundown of the Bad Blood card. At least they seem to be trying this month. Foley is found and Austin asks what\'s wrong with him. Triple H thinks he\'s scared him, but Austin isn\'t buying it. Regardless, Mick needs to make a decision, and soon ń the show is almost over.
The cell comes back down from the ceiling and Triple H calls out Foley. Mick comes to the stage and says that while he had a lot to think about, he\'s decided to return to his \"normal life\" on Monday, June 16. He knows his decision to ref the match will mean a beating by Triple H, so he decides to head down to the cell and get that beating tonight. The crowd goes wild as the two men slug it out in the cage, with Foley getting the upper hand. He knocks Helmsley to the floor, but the champ responds by hurling him into the steps and hitting several chair shots. HHH heads up the ramp pleased with himself, but Foley counts to three in the ring and grabs the mic to taunt, \"I\'ve got a lot more ass to kick. Come on down.\" Triple H obliges and drops Foley with a Pedigree on the chair. Surely, J.R. thinks aloud, Foley isn\'t getting up this time. But sure enough, he counts to three again. All three members of Evolution go after Mick this time, though the odds are evened with the arrival of Michaels and Kevin Nash. HBK hits a slingshot cross body to the floor, taking out Flair and Orton. In the ring, Nash delivers the Jackknife and Foley makes the count that could be (but probably isn\'t) a sign of things to come at Bad Blood. J.R.\'s voice is almost gone as Raw draws to a close. And buck up Ducks fans, at least Jiggy won the Conn Smythe.
Nick Tylwalk has been a SLAM! Wrestling contributor since 1998. He may have lost the arm wrestling contest, but does lead fellow TV reporter Dale Plummer 1-0 in goals scored for the Ice Hounds roller hockey team.