Through constant pain disgrace, a young boy learns their rules.
With time the child draws in, this whipping boy done wrong.
Deprived of all his thoughts a young man struggles on and on he's known.
Avow unto his own, that never from this day, his will they'll take away."
- Metallica, Unforgiven" />

 

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Countdown to Unforgiven
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




"New blood joins this earth, and quickly he's subdued.
Through constant pain disgrace, a young boy learns their rules.
With time the child draws in, this whipping boy done wrong.
Deprived of all his thoughts a young man struggles on and on he's known.
Avow unto his own, that never from this day, his will they'll take away"
         - Metallica, Unforgiven

Lyrics to a song may have never been more appropriate going into a pay-per-view. In this case, the young boy is WWE Champion John Cena, who has been beat down repeatedly by Eric Bischoff and his evil forces.

The young boy can also refer, however, to Matt Hardy, who many see as not having been given a chance since he came back to WWE. He has also been the victim of several attacks by an agressor, in this case Edge. It can also refer to two other "boys", "Nature Boy" Ric Flair and "Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels, and newbie Ashley Massaro.

Come Sunday, we will see if these young boys (and girl) and others can step up and fight back despite their struggles. Until then, we can only wonder what will happen.


WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Kurt Angle vs. John Cena


SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur
    If I recall correctly, Cena's first televised match was against Kurt Angle. I remember being really impressed by Cena at the time; my, how times have changed. It's always more intriguing when the face is chasing for the belt, so I think that Angle takes it here to set up a lengthy feud.

  • Chris Sokol
    Same deal, different challenger. While Kurt Angle is the far superior wrestler, expect Cena to outlast him in this one. I mean it wouldn't be Raw if the most over and most pushed Superstar wasn't squashed by a returning Triple H.

  • Jon Waldman
    Angle is just looking too strong right now. Cena has admitted himself that Angle is the better wrestler time and time again. You have to figure Angle takes it here, and with the intensity brewing between these two, a Survivor Series blow-off is the most likely scenario.


    INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH


    Carlito vs. Ric Flair


    SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur
    Rumour has it that Flair will be having a showdown with HHH upon the latter’s return. My guess it's that it will stem from HHH's jealousy that Flair has a championship and he doesn't. Meaning that Flair will beat Carlito and walk away with the I-C belt.

  • Chris Sokol
    Carlito is an excellent Intercontinental Champion; he has the charisma, he had the talent and he has the ability. In a way you could almost depict him as a young, Caribbean Ric Flair. It would be a good, torch-passing moment to see Carlito win this one.

  • Jon Waldman
    If this is indeed Flair's last run, you have to expect he'll take the title here. What we could also see is a re-match Monday, with Chris Masters interfering and costing Flair the strap. With HBK's help, Flair fights back, only to be taken down by a returning Triple H, who reforms Evolution. Only question is whether or not Flair does yet another heel turn afterward.


    GRUDGE MATCH

    Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Masters


    SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur
    My guess is that at some point during his pre-SummerSlam anti-Hogan shoot promos, Michaels said something that touched a nerve in Vince McMahon. How else can you explain him being punked out by Masters repeatedly? Well, whatever is going on, look for it to go on for at least one more night, as he does the job to the Masterpiece at Unforgiven.

  • Chris Sokol
    This won't be good for Michaels's back, as chances are he will be carrying this match all the way. Masters has been a dominant path of rage as of late, but it would only be fitting to have him slayed on PPV by "The Heartbreak Kid".

  • Jon Waldman
    Finally, we will see if Michaels is really a "new man". Since his return to WWE, he has only really put over one new-comer, Randy Orton, and that wasn't much of a put-over itself. Masters, despite still being green, is showing a lot of potential as a Lex Luger-esque power machine. If HBK wins, and somehow breaks the Mater Lock, then Masters is all but done in WWE, so let's hope Chris wins.


    OTHER MATCHES
    • Bob Kapur:
      Trish Status/Ashey Massaro vs. Victoria/Torrie Wilson - Victoria's interference helps PMS-2K defeat Trishley.
      Edge vs. Matt Hardy (Steel Cage) - It's only been a week since a feud came to an end in a cage match, it'd be stupid to do it again this soon. Edge's comeuppance will have to wait until next month.
      The Big Show vs. Snitsky - Hope this one takes place about mid-way through the show, just in time for a bathroom break.
      Kerwin White vs. Shelton Benjamin - I'm tempted to make a White supremacy joke, but that would be wrong. Kerwin draws first blood in this continuing feud.
      Super Heroes vs. BlackJacks 2005 (Tag Team Title Match) - The challengers dethrone the Disposable Heroes

    • Chris Sokol:
      Trish Status/Ashey Massaro vs. Victoria/Torrie Wilson - Trish and Victoria are both extremely talented and with Trish returning it's obvious she'll win.
      Edge vs. Matt Hardy (Steel Cage) - Don't destroy Matt Hardy any further; let him win a match!
      The Big Show vs. Snitsky - Neither man has had a major role in quite some time, but I think The Big Show is getting the push
      Kerwin White vs. Shelton Benjamin - Benjamin is an amazing athlete, but Kerwin White will get the nod in this one.
      Super Heroes vs. BlackJacks 2005 (Tag Team Title Match) - Considering that Cade and Murdoch are the only other tag team on Raw that hasn't been squashed like a pancake, they get the win.

    • Jon Waldman:
      Trish Status/Ashey Massaro vs. Victoria/Torrie Wilson - Trish carries, but I'm going with her ko'ing Torrie, allowing Ashley to get the pin and send Mrs. Kidman out of WWE.
      Edge vs. Matt Hardy (Steel Cage) - Hardy has to win here, no questions asked. They're obviously not done yet, and I have a sneaking suspicion that we'll see the first ever one-on-one TLC match at Survivor Series, possibly in a career vs. career bout (maybe Lita's on the line).
      The Big Show vs. Snitsky - What happened to Wight taking the Masterlock Challenge? Who cares.
      Kerwin White vs. Shelton Benjamin - Damnit, Chavo, you weren't supposed to get over with this gimmick! Oh well. Chavito takes it here.
      Super Heroes vs. BlackJacks 2005 (Tag Team Title Match) - Murdoch and Cade take the belts, natch.
    -- compiled by Jon Waldman