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Raw: Ultimate decision for Kane
By NICK TYLWALK -- SLAM! Wrestling


With the first Raw-only pay-per-view behind us, at least it looks like the WWE is trying. And if that\'s damning with faint praise, maybe things will get ramped up a little more tonight as the action moves across the Lone Star State to Dallas. Triple H and Evolution will no doubt take center stage, but Steve Austin isn\'t likely to sit around and do nothing. It\'s Raw, live from the American Airlines Arena.

We join our show already in progress due to my late night at work. Mick Foley is still around, trading verbal barbs with the members of Evolution. The group\'s youngest member is also its most vocal, as Randy Orton accuses Mick of being jealous and hints that Evolution may be adding another member later tonight. As much as Foley wants to join the Four Horsemen wanna-bes, he\'d rather point out that to this point, Orton has been known mostly for sitting at home saying his arm or leg hurt. The third-generation wrestler says he doesn\'t need to pay the same dues because he was gifted with the perfect body. He also wishes Foley wasn\'t retired so he could make a name for himself by kicking his backside. Mick offers him a shot anyway, and he\'s able to bravely hold off all three members of Evolution for a few minutes. Orton stops the fun with a clothesline and his take on the Diamond Cutter. Triple H and Ric Flair join in the stomping until they are stopped by the arrival of Al Snow and Maven? Yes, you read that right.

Eric Bischoff, still smarting from his \"pie eating\" fiasco at Bad Blood, takes out some frustration by yelling at Mae Young and Moolah. To get a measure of revenge, he\'s going to make Mae wrestle tonight against an opponent of his choosing. Smart fans, clear a work rate chart for this one.

Match 1 - The Dudley Boyz and Ivory vs. Rodney Mack, Chris Nowinski and Jazz

Six-person, inter-gender tag matches have a way of making me forget to do things. In this case, it\'s why I bother to take notes. Ivory does liven things up by connecting with her own take on the Whassup headbutt just before Nowinski falls to a 3-D. Mack saves Jazz from a similar fate, but Ivory rolls her up to score her third consecutive pin of the women\'s champ.

Tonight\'s poll question: who will be invited to join Evolution. I always liked Shane Douglas, Dean Malenko and wait. They said Evolution, not Revolution? Never mind. In the back, Rob Van Dam tells Kane he has the perfect strategy for tonight\'s rematch with La Resistance. The Big Red Machine\'s not trying to hear it though, as he has his gloved finger pointed squarely at his partner for the loss of the tag team titles. Rob says Kane has changed, and he admits that might be true. But if they lose tonight, Kane channels Fleetwood Mac to tell Rob he can go his own way.

A Bad Blood recap takes us on a magical journey all the way back to last night. Back in the present, Foley thanks Snow for the save, and an enthusiastic Maven informs them that he got himself a match with Orton. To even the odds, Foley says he will be in Maven\'s corner.

Match 2 - Lance Storm vs. Garrison Cade

Who? Austin comes to the stage with a pillow and blanket and proceeds to tell Storm that he is the most boring person he\'s ever seen. As the match goes on, Stone Cold stretches out and snores, but he \"awakens\" to find out his nightmare isn\'t over. Distracted by the taunting, Storm falls victim to a schoolboy and Cade (whoever that is) gets the one, two, three.

Match 3 - Chris Jericho and Christian vs. Booker T and Goldberg

Book isn\'t waiting as he storms into action without even waiting for his partner. Goldberg hits the ring on a full sprint, presses Jericho overhead and tosses him to the floor right into Christian. The action pauses for a commercial break and we return to find that neither heel wants a piece of Goldberg. Even double teams don\'t work, and Booker keeps things rolling when he tags in. Jericho finally turns the tide with the Walls of Jericho, but Goldberg makes the save and Booker rises briefly to hit a spinebuster. Goldberg gets the \"hot\" tag (which is somewhat lukewarm tonight) and goes on a rampage, punctuating it with a gorilla press into a powerslam and a pumphandle fallaway slam. He goes for a Spear but Christian pulls his partner out of the way. Things go back and forth until Jericho falls to a Spear and Christian goes for his trusty belt. Booker ducks, fires off a kick and uses the belt himself to secure the victory.

Because you demanded it, a recap of the Mae Young \"pie eating\" segment from Bad Blood is shown. Thanks, now those images are seared into my mind. I\'m asking SLAM! Wrestling for hazard pay for this. Bischoff isn\'t any happier for reliving that night, so he introduces the next match.

Match 4 - Mae Young vs. Test

Austin immediately makes a change and appoints Scott Steiner as special referee. Before Big Poppa Pump can get to the ring, Test kicks Moolah and hits Mae with a pumphandle slam. He bids a hasty retreat as medical attention is summoned for Young.

Still reeling from the pointlessness of the last segment, we get hit with Rico\'s new gimmick. It involves moisturizer and sparkle glitter, so let\'s just say it\'s not good. Backstage, Austin sends a production assistant to fetch RVD and Kane.

Match 5 - Rico vs. Spike Dudley

Way, way back when I used to do the Nitro reports for this site in the era of the three-hour Nitros, I used to get matches like this in the middle of the second hour. Usually I\'d just try to think about something else to get by. Tonight I\'m fretting about how my beloved Denver Nuggets are going to blow the third pick in the NBA draft in less than two weeks. I snap back to reality just in time to see Rico not quite connect with a spinning kick to get the win. End scene!

Summoning the ghost of Knute Rockne, Austin tries to get RVD and Kane motivated. Remember boys, do it for your country.

Match 6 - Randy Orton vs. Maven

Orton opens with a drop toehold; Maven counters with arm drags, a hip toss and a drop kick. A front facelock into a DDT earns a near fall for Orton, then he gets another by floating over after a suplex. Next we get a long, \"go to the bathroom and come back\" reverse chinlock and a drop kick. Maven responds with a DDT and starts firing off moves. A bulldog off the top rope isn\'t quite enough to keep Orton down, and Flair crotches Maven when he goes back up top. Foley summons Socko to try to help but is quickly taken out. Maven hits a high cross body, but Orton counters his ensuing suplex with his finisher and gets the duke. That doesn\'t stop him (and Flair) from tasting Socko after the bell.

Test is leading the poll to join Evolution, but there\'s no way a loser like him will be joining Triple H and company. I\'m a little disappointed to see myself with zero votes. But there\'s still time!

Main Event - La Resistance vs. Rob Van Dam and Kane

The champs are introduced and we break for commercials. Kane clears the ring in the opening moments and RVD hurls himself to the floor. A spinning legdrop on the guardrail follows right before another break. Are you kidding me? Two commercials during one match - that\'s absolutely ridiculous. Things finally resume with Van Dam fighting his way out of mat holds and tagging his partner. Kane catches fire (figuratively) but misses his jumping lariat. He rebounds to look for a chokeslam, but the heels pull his mask over his eyes and nail him with their finisher outside the ring. Van Dam also gets the double flapjack, then gets shoved off the top rope onto his partner. Kane goes ballistic, wailing away with a chair shot and punching the ref when he calls for the DQ. And when he lets it all out, when he really loses control - he likes it. Kane chokeslams Dupree, then retrieves Grenier from the crowd to do the same to him.

Epilogue

Triple H\'s music hits and the world champ cautiously enters the ring. He tells Kane to settle down, saying he\'s glad to see the old Kane has returned. Imagine how unstoppable he could be if he\'d side with Evolution, which is exactly what Hunter is offering. Austin comes out to counter, suggesting Kane would only be H\'s puppet if he accepts the offer. The co-GM makes a counteroffer, and it\'s a good one: Kane gets a world title shot next Monday at Madison Square Garden. Before the Big Red Machine can decide, Bischoff decides to throw in his two cents. He lets the proposed match slide but adds the stipulation that Kane must unmask if he loses. Kane lets the men know his answer the only way he knows how. He grabs both men by the throat and teases slamming Austin before turning and crushing Helmsley with a chokeslam. The Dallas fans respond as Raw calls it a night for this week.

Nick Tylwalk has been a SLAM! Wrestling contributor since 1998. He\'s graciously countering Spike Lee\'s lawsuit by offering TNN the chance to rename itself Nick TV.