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Raw: Cena drafted, ECW invades
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


And with the first pick in the SLAM! Wrestling writers draft, Monday Night Raw selects ... Dale Plummer. Well, maybe not. It may seem that RAW reporter Nick Tylwalk and I have switched shows, but I'm just covering as he helps move the global economy along.

SLAM! may not be having a draft, but WWE is, and the first pick will selected at the Gateway to the West, St. Louis, Missouri. In fact, Eric Bischoff gets down to business by telling the crowd, from the back, that he made his pick last night, and it's the single biggest acquisition in the history of RAW. Coach interrupts to tell the boss that Paul Heyman may show up; Bischoff doesn't seem to mind, because the first pick in the draft will be his defining moment. As opposed to the time he put the WCW Championship on David Arquette.

The Highlight Reel

As promised last week, Chris Jericho will interview the number one pick on The Highlight Reel. Jericho says tonight is the night, that his band plays across the river. Um, Chris, nobody cares about your band, especially since it's named after a muppet. Jericho says he doesn't know who's behind the curtain, so when he tells them to come on down, no one walk out. Finally, John Cena's music hits, and I'm not happy. They took the one good thing away from Smackdown! The WWE champion is now on RAW, which means I won't see him at Smackdown next week in Hershey. Jericho tells Cena that last time there were two champions on RAW, he beat them both. Y2J goes on to say that the two have a lot in common, but Jericho might have the better music career. Jericho offers some advice, if Cena wants to make it in the music biz, he has got to go 100%, even if it means losing wrestling fans. The champ tells the RAW locker room if they want some, come get some. Christian, with Tyson Tomko in tow, decides he wants some, and hits the ring. Christian says he can't believe his eyes. Christian says the fans are used to cheering a fake, because they cheered Mark McGwire. Christian tells Cena he will expose him as a fraud, and that this is his show. Cena asks Jericho if he can handle his business, and Jericho lets him go. Cena tears into Christian with a rap. Christian slaps Cena, and the champ takes care of business. Christian gets and shot in, but is dropped over the top rope, and the Tomko gets an F-U. (Seriously, WWE has just mailed it in with Smackdown! What's the reason to watch? And does this mean we get Batista, or will Cena get drafted back to Smackdown?)

If you're in Los Angeles this week, find out where the RAW Diva Search and plead with them not to do it. The last one almost killed me, and I don't think I have the will power not to kill myself during this one.

Match #1 - Hassan and Davari vs. Shelton Benjamin - Handicap Intercontinental Title Match

If Shelton loses the title here, I'd bet he's on his way to Smackdown! Benji and Hassan start out, and the U-S-A chants ring out. It makes no sense; Hassan is from DETROIT! Listen to introductions people. The champ lays out Hassan with a high knee, but Davari pulls Hassan out of his way. Hassan hits the face buster, and covers for the pin. Referee Jack Doan makes the three count, but notices Benjamin has a foot on the bottom rope. Doan tries to explain to Hassan that he hasn't won, and orders the match restarted. We return from break to find the champ getting his arm and shoulder slammed into the ringpost. Hassan starts working Benji over with submission holds. Davari tags in, and is almost rolled up by the champ. Davari continues to work over the arm. Benji whips Davaris into the corner and hits the stinger splash. Hassan tries to interfere, but the champ sidesteps him, and sends him over the rope. A T-bone suplex finishes of Davari, and Benjamin retains his title.

Winner via pinfall ... and still Intercontinental Champion: Shelton Benjamin

So, am I to understand on RAW, the challenger gets to make the terms of the Championship Match? That doesn't seem very fair.

William Regal finds Tajiri in the locker room, and forbids him from being in the ECW Pay-Per-View. Chris Benoit steps in, and says this is about history, and Tajiri is part of that. Regal says it's sad to see how far Benoit has fallen. Benoit defends the company by saying that ECW gave him and Tajiri and chance. Regal says he has joined Bischoff. Regal tells Tajiri he's either with him or against him. Tajiri replies with an ECW chant, so there's his answer.

Coach runs to Bischoff to tell him that Heyman is on his way and he is not alone. Bischoff calls it a rumor, and says it's time to talk to their new acquisition, John Cena. Instead, they get Hassan and Davari, who play the prejudice card. Bischoff says he can't overturn the decision, but next week there will be a one-man committee to hear his grievances. Hassan thinks it's Vince McMahon. Bischoff says no, but he is a legend, and that man is Stone Cold Steve Austin. Davari goes crazy as we go to commercial.

Match #2 - Chris Masters vs. Val Venis

I hope Masters gets drafted to Smackdown! next week. I want to volunteer to come out of the crowd to break the Masterlock. I learned it in the second grade, if someone locks in a full nelson, you just mule kick them in the junk. And then I'm $10,000 richers. Val Venis assaults Masters on the top of the ramp. Venis beats him into the ring. Masters is rammed into the turnbuckle, and Venis chops away at him. Masters tries to reverse an Irish Whip, but Venis covers with a slam. The fight spills to the outside, and Masters is bounced off the steel steps. Masters hits a kick to the gut, as Venis enters the ring. Venis recovers and almost gets the pin with a fisherman's suplex. Masters then kicks out of a sit-down powerbomb. Venis hits a spine buster, but only gets a two count. Venis mounts Masters in the corner, but Masters pushes him off. Venis is stunned, and Masters immediately locks in the Masterlock. Venis tries to fight his way out, but Venis passes out, and the match is stopped.

Winner via submission: Chris Masters

The ultimate yes-man, Ric Flair, tells HHH that all he needs to do is get Batista to sign the contract for Vengeance. And then Trips will be champ again.

Security is all over the ring for the Batista-HHH contract signing. Before the signing, Bischoff warns the crowd that Heyman is coming, and bringing friends. Bischoff dares Heyman to show up. He says ECW failed because they didn't have attraction like Hell in the Cell, or performers like HHH. The Game heads to the ring, and JR informs us that HHH has never lost a HITC match. Can we get the SLAM! intern to check on that? Bischoff tells HHH that if he or Batista are drafted to Smackdown, the match will happen. HHH says he doesn't care, because he is the best, and he will win for the 11th time, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. The fans don't believe, but HH will prove it, and Steph McMahon walks out ... oops, sorry that was uncalled for. HHH rolls a package of his greatest Hell in the Cell hits. Trips says Batista will not win a third time, and the "other" champ has heard enough. Batista says he says he doesn't know what to expect and he doesn't care, but they are going to hell. Batista asks Hunter if he's ready to pay for his sins. Batista says he doesn't fear the cell or Hunter for that matter. Bischoff gets the guys down to business, and Hunter signs first. Batista follows suit and the match is official. Hunter tells the champ that he just signed his own death warrant, to which Batista responds, well, you'll have to kill me to take this. Hunter responds with you'll have to kill me to stop me, and then Batista responds with my dad can beat up your dad. At least Hunter says after Vengeance this will all be over. Thank the maker.

Match #3 - The Heart Throbs and Victoria vs. The Hurricane, Rosey, and Christy Hemme w/ Stacy

At least the new tag team on Smackdown! is legit. MNM could whip these jokers. Hurricane and Antonio start out. Hurricane hits a suplex, and Romeo breaks up the pin. Hurricane is doubled teamed, and kick out after a Russian leg sweep. Victoria tags in, and starts kicking Hurricane. Christy enters the ring, and hits a series of clotheslines. Christy then slams Victoria down by her hair, and starts to choke her. Hurricane and Rosey keep the Heart Throbs at bay, and Christy continues to choke Victoria. The ref calls for the bell, and Christy is disqualified. The duo spills out of the ring, and Rosey and Hurricane pull Christy off Victoria.

Winner via DQ: The Heart Throbs and Victoria

Bischoff tells a PA that if Heyman wants a fight, he'll get it. Bischoff then talks to his new man. He tells Cena that he is happy to have him, and next week he'll take on Tyson Tomko and Christian with the help of Chris Jericho. Bischoff asks Cena to join his anti-ECW crew; Cena declines. Bischoff tries to persuade Cena into joining, and the champ still says no. Bischoff doesn't seem very happy with how that went down.

The Lita/Kane/Edge segment from last week is recapped. I won't elaborate because it makes sick.

Match #4 - Kane vs. ???

If Kane gets drafted to Smackdown! can they draft the old Kane, with mask, and everything? Well, Kane wasn't expecting this. Edge comes out. He says he isn't his opponent tonight, but he will be at Vengeance. Edge tells Kane that he is a shell of his former self, and maybe they should do it right now. Edge stops a few steps down the ramp, and then brings out Lita. Please, I just ate. Lita tells her ex that Vengeance is in Las Vegas, and that after he gets beat, they will celebrate by getting hitched. Well, if Kane is having a match, I feel sorry for the guy coming out.

Well, I guess Kane isn't having a match, as Coach come outs, and heads to the announce position.

Match #5 - Chris Benoit vs. Snitsky - ECW Rules Match

Benoit hits Snitsky with a baseball slide into the steel steps. Benoit then goes to work with a garbage can and lid. Benoit rolls Snitsky into the ring, and kicks him into the corner. Benoit avoids a corner splash, and tries to slap on the Crippler Cross face. Snitsky counters with a trash can lid shot to the head. Gene sets up trashcans in the corners, and whips Benoit into one. Benoit is then side slammed on the can lid, and then Snitsky puts the boots to him. Snitsky gets hung up on the top rope, and Benoit slams a trashcan over his head. Benoit goes for a table. Benoit hits two German suplexes, and then lays Snitsky on the table. The Rabid Wolverine climbs the turnbuckle, and gets crotched on the top turnbuckle. Benoit is then knocked to the floor. The Dudleyz hit the ring, and, Snitsky with his back turned, 3-D Snitsky through the table. The Dudleyz then race through the crowd to escape. During the commercial, Benoit hits a flying head butt, and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Chris Benoit

Security is racing through the bowels of the arena to catch the Dudleyz. Heyman and his boys are arrested, and Heyman calls Bischoff out. Coach says it is on, and the trio is un-cuffed. Coach says he'll tell Eric, and he won't be coming back alone.

Eric Bischoff heads to the ring with his "crusaders"; Edge, Christian, and Tyson Tomko. Paul Heyman is shaking in his boots. Bischoff says the Dudleyz are overrated, and they will take them out tonight. Bischoff says the Smackdown! crew can then clean up the crumbs on Sunday. Bischoff then officially calls out Paul Heyman. The ECW crew heads to the ring via the arena floor. Heyman tells Eric he's making the same mistake. It's not about Paul Heyman; it's about ECW. Heyman says ECW had a bond with the audience that he could never recreate. ECW never backed down from anyone. The Dudleyz enter the ring, and Bischoff calls for reinforcements. Heyman and the boys are trapped, as more wrestlers come out from the back. Then Heyman calls for the cavalry. Tommy Dreamer, Sandman, Rhyno, Balls Mahoney, and others walk down from the crowd. Heyman says they never back down from a fight, and all hell breaks loose. Coach takes a chair shot, Regal gets a kendo stick to the gut, Edge is gored by Rhyno, and Maven is hung is a tree of woe, and has a chair kicked into his face. Maven is then 3-D'ed by the Dudleyz. The crew unfurls an ECW banner, and the RAW "crusaders" head back up the ramp licking their wounds.


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    Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale would like to inform his editors of a clause found deep in his contract. It states that whatever show John Cena is on, Dale has to cover. For full contract details email Dale at Dplummer627@yahoo.com. To provide Nick some pro bono contract law advice you can reach him at Ntylwalk7@yahoo.com.