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Raw: Many tricks, few treats
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


On All Hallow's Eve (and the eve of Taboo Tuesday), World Wrestling Entertainment has requested the fans in Anaheim to don their best costumes. It looks like some fans came dressed as empty seats. (Oh yea, I went there!)

Eric Bischoff and Chris Masters kick off the show, and I don't think they're trick or treating. Instead, Chris Masters is issuing a MasterLock Challenge to Smackdown! Teddy Long comes out with his boy, Rey Mysterio. Masters can't believe Rey actually showed up, and then makes fun of his size, by picking him up and putting him on the chair. Mysterio clocks Masters in the face, and then drives him into the chair. Bischoff calls for reinforcements, and most of the RAW heels hit the ring. Long signals to the crowd, and the five Smackdown candidates for Taboo Tuesday hit the ring. Rey Rey hits the 619 on Masters, and the Smackdown crew clears the ring. Long tells Bischoff they are going to get embarrassed tomorrow night.

Bischoff chews out Masters and Edge in the back. He doesn't want to lose to Teddy Long at a RAW Pay-Per-View.

Match # 1 -- Kurt Angle vs. Tajiri

What does it say about RAW when I forget guys that are on the roster? It's good to see Tajiri. Angle pounds on Tajiri, and follows with a vertical suplex. Angle then shoots the Japanese Buzzsaw off the ropes, and catches him with a belly-to-belly suplex. Angle locks in a leg scissors. Angle then pummels Tajiri in the corner, before whipping him across the ring. Tajiri gets a foot up in Angle's face, and fights back with a series of kicks. A standing drop kick to Angle's face sends him reeling. Angle counters the tarantula into the ankle lock, and Tajiri taps out.

Winner via submission: Kurt Angle

After the match, Angle has a message for Cena. He doesn't care who the third opponent is, because he is walking away with the title. Angle rolls the footage from last week, and Cena hits the ring. Angle hightails it out of the ring, and walks up the ramp.

Coach and King show off their costumes, and well King is the King, but Coach is dressed as Stone Cold Steve Austin, red neck and all. (Actually, that's pretty clever.)

After a recap of the Flair-HHH feud, the Nature Boy addresses the crowd. Flair is still campaigning for a cage, but we know what's good for him, a submission match.

Match # 2 -- Rob Conway vs. Eugene

Eugene charges the ring, and attacks Conway. Eugene cuts off an attack from a chair, but Conway regains the advantage in the ring. Conway drops the elbow, and then slaps Eugene around. A scoop slam slows down Eugene, but Conway taunts him, and then slams his face into the ring. Eugene starts the "Hulk Up", trading punches with Conway. Conway counters a stunner, but can't get away from the Rock Bottom. Conway gets a foot on the ropes to break the pin. Conway rolls out of the ring, and slams Eugene with a chair. Despite being DQ'ed Conway continues the assault on Eugene. Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Jimmy Snuka, and Kamala make the save. King even gets in on the act, as the Burger King, hitting a flying elbow on Conway.

Winner via DQ: Eugene

Todd "Harry Caray" Grisham tries to get an interview with Gregory Helms, who walks away, so instead he talks to Mick Foley. The Hardcore Legend says he has a surprise for Carlito. (Grisham's costume isn't very good, but he does a spot on impression of the late Cubs' announcer.)

Carlito is in the ring after the break. He says it doesn't matter who he faces, because he will win. Dude Love interrupts his rant, and then morphs into Cactus Jack, and then into Mankind. (My choice: Cactus Jack.) Coach interrupts and wishes Carlito the best of luck, and then calls out Stone Cold.

After the break, Coach is still waiting for Austin. Coach doesn't blame Austin for not coming out, because he has back up. And the backup is Golddust. (Hopefully he got that stuttering problem taken care of.) Well, it's not Austin, it's Mr. McMahon, and he's ditched the doctor outfit. Vince says Austin was involved in some sort of accident, and he won't be here tonight, or he won't be at Taboo Tuesday. Vince can't validate these reports, but he still names Coach the winner of tomorrow's match. But, Vince tells him he will still have a match tonight. It's against Smackdown's number one announcer, Funaki. Golddust attacks him, and then kicks him from the ring. Coach says he can handle bigger competition then Funaki. He will take on anyone from Smackdown, first come, first served. Vince says we'll find out tomorrow, when Batista emerges from the back. Golddust jumps Batista from behind, and VADER hits the ring. Golddust walks into an inverted atomic drop. Vader then lays out Batista, and then hold him so Coach can slap him. Coach and his backup then head up the ramp.

Match #3 -- HHH vs. Viscera

Will this match actually come off, tonight? HHH crotches Big Vis on the ropes as he enters the ring. HHH mounts big Vis, and punches away. He pulls the big man up and hits the Pedigree. And that's all she wrote.

Winner via pinfall: HHH

After the match, Trips attacks Viscera outside the ring, hitting him with the ring steps. Hunter grabs the mike, and says he will not be held responsible for what happens at Taboo Tuesday. HHH doesn't want to do it, but he has to do it.

Todd Grisham tries to interview John Cena. The Champ wants Grisham to be his character, Harry Caray. Cena calls the performance sad, but not as sad as Angle selling out to the GM. Cena then reviews the choices for Taboo Tuesday.

Match #4 -- The Heartthrobs vs. Big Show and Kane -- Texas Tornado Tag Match

Kane and Show pull their opponents back into the ring by their hair. Kane and Show takes turn trying to show one another up. Show nails Romeo with a superplex, and Kane replies with a flying clothesline on Antonio. Show tosses Romeo back into the ring. Kane and Show choke slam their opponents at the same time, and pin them at the same time.

Winner via pinfall: Big Show and Kane

The King is in the ring to MC the Diva Costume Contest. It's an annual thing, and we've actually had some wrestling tonight, so I'll let it go. Although, Mickie James comes out as Trish Stratus, that's funny. Victoria is dressed as a ball player, with a bat; this doesn't bode well. Trish is Wonder Woman, and when she enters the ring, Mickie shadows her moves. King asks the crowd to decide a winner, when Mickie grabs the mike and tells the crowd to yell for Trish. Victoria tells her to calm down, and Mickie kicks her from the ring. The rest of the Divas gang up on Candice Michelle. Victoria tosses James from the ring, but Trish hits her with a Chick Kick. (Just a note, Torrie Wilson is a no show for the costume contest, and not involved in the battle royal tomorrow? Things that make you say hmmm.)

Match #5 -- Shawn Michaels vs. John Cena

Cena and Michaels size each other up to start the match. HBK slaps on an arm bar, which Cena reveres. HBK regains the advantage, and forces Cena to the mat. HBK slaps on a side headlock. Cena breaks free, and whips HBK over the ropes. Michaels skins the cat, and catches Cena off guard. HBK hammers Cena on the back, and follows with knife-edge chops. HBK ducks a clothesline, and hits a spinning neck breaker. HBK slaps on sleeper, Cena doesn't fade, and breaks the hold with suplex. Cena this two clothesline, and knocks HBK down with a shoulder block. Cena connects with the five-knuckle shuffle, but cannot connect with the F-U. HBK hits the flying forearm, and then a series of clotheslines. HBK climbs the turnbuckle, and Cena rolls away from the flying elbow. With both men down, Angle hits the ring, and stomps away at HBK and Cena. The Olympic champ hits a belly-to-belly on HBK. Cena recovers to set up Angle for the F-U, but walks right into Sweet Chin Music. HBK asks for the belt and poses with it, before laying it over Cena.


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    Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale hopes every had a happy Halloween and get their fair share of treats, sicne Vince served up nothing but tricks tonight. E-mail Dale at Dplummer627@yahoo.com.