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Jericho falls short at Raw
Fails in bid to win WWE belt
By KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun




The homecoming will remain a memorable one for Chris Jericho and were it not for some outside interference, it would have been a golden one as well.

Jericho, who received the Order of the Buffalo Hunt from Premier Gary Doer and a key to the city from new mayor Sam Katz earlier in the day, applied his trademark move but ultimately came up short in his bid to become Intercontinental champion during the live televised WWE Raw card at Winnipeg Arena last night.

At the end of a grueling match before his hometown fans, the Winnipegger applied the Walls of Jericho and was perhaps moments away from having champion Randy Orton tap out in submission before Evolution member Batista attempted to break things up.

Jericho alertly nailed Batista before he could get Orton disqualified, but Orton then turned the tables and used the ropes illegally for added momentum as he secured a three-count to retain his title belt.

The atmosphere was electric all night long, but especially so during the Jericho match.

There were countless signs showing support for Jericho and the partisan crowd broke into several chants of "Y-2-J, Y-2-J" and "let's go Jericho" throughout the match.

With Eric Bischoff away, Eugene was the acting GM and he handed out the Intercontinental match in unique fashion, opening the show with an entertaining game of musical chairs.

Tyson Tomko and Jericho, wearing a retro blue Winnipeg Jets T-shirt that sent the crowd into a frenzy, were the final two standing and everyone in the crowd knew who was going to emerge from that battle.

When the music finally stopped and Tomko prepared to sit down, Jericho pulled the chair out from under him and smacked him in the stomach with it before sitting down and crossing his legs with a huge grin on his face.

In the main event, Triple-H, Nature Boy Ric Flair and Eugene took on WWE Raw champion Chris Benoit and Edge in a handicap match.

Benoit had Triple-H in the crippler crossface before Eugene interfered. Later in the match, Benoit had Triple-H in the middle of the ring in a sharp-shooter and had him tap-out before Eugene nailed him in the back with a chair.

That allowed Triple-H to put Benoit away with a pedigree.

After the main event ended, both Benoit and Edge addressed the crowd and the evening ended with the sound of "Go Jets Go" resonating through the building.

Benoit and Triple-H go head-to-head this Sunday at Vengeance, a WWE pay-per-view event.

WWE Raw tag team champions La Resistance beat Rhyno and Val Venis and Nidia won a three-way match with Molly Holly and Victoria, which gave her the right to a future women's title match with Trish Stratus.

Stratus, who has a broken right hand, watched the match with commentators Jerry (The King) Lawler and Jim Ross before proceeding to the ring and offering her congratulations.

Stratus then knocked out Nidia with her casted hand, ordered the referee to ring the bell and pinned her unsuspecting challenger.

The two-day WWE extravaganza continues tonight at 7:30 p.m. with a televised Smackdown show that will air Thursday night on The Score.