It is eight days until Taboo Tuesday returns and it is time to see what will happen as the ‘interactive pay per view’ returns. What will happen when Mick Foley returns to Raw as a referee? What will happen to the three men who might face John Cena for the WWE title? Will there be any more overlap
We begin tonight’s show with Lillian Garcia coming to the ring and she performs the Star Spangled Banner.
Lillian introduces your announcers for tonight, Jonathan ‘Gore, Spear, Tomato, To-mah-to’ Coachman and Jerry ‘Raisin’ Lawler. We are live from Fresno, California.
We go to USA where we see a video package to set up the matches for Taboo Tuesday. We see footage from last week when Eric announces the way the three contenders for the title match that already features John Cena and Kurt Angle will be chosen. We see highlights from Shawn Michaels’s victory over Carlito, Big Show’s victory over Edge, and Kane’s victory in the battle royal.
We begin tonight’s show with our first match, Shawn Michaels versus Big Show versus Kane. Shawn and Kane go after Show, but Show throws them off. Show with head butts to Michaels and Kane. Show with another head butt to Kane followed by punches. Show with a head butt to Shawn and a cover. Kane breaks up the cover. Kane with a side head lock and tries for a shoulder tackle, but Show does not move. Show with a clothesline and Shawn makes the cover. Show grabs Michaels and chops him in the corner. Show is bleeding from above the eye. Show has Kane set for a choke slam, but Michaels clips Show. Kane with a choke on Show while Michaels punches and kicks Show. Show is sent outside the ring. Michaels with chops to Kane. Kane with an Irish whip and Michaels does the Michaels Flip and Kane follows that with a side slam and elbow drop. Show trips Kane as he comes off the ropes and pulls Kane out of the ring. Show punches Kane and then Show returns to the ring. Show presses Michaels over his head and throws him onto Kane. We go to commercial.
We are on Unlimited and Show with a head butt to Kane outside the ring and then he rolls Kane back inside. Show punches Kane. Kane kicks Show and sets up for a choke slam. Show grabs Kane as well. Shawn Michaels goes up top and he is caught by Show. All three men go over the top rope to the floor.
We are back and Kane kicks and punches Show in the ring. Show with an Irish whip, but he charges into a boot from Kane. Show with a power slam. Michaels chops Show and hits a flying forearm, but he bounces off Show. Michaels with a kip up and Show grabs Michaels for a choke slam. Kane punches Show and then he hits a big boot on Michaels. Kane with a running clothesline to Show and then he throws Michaels over the top rope to the floor. Kane goes up for the punches of ten, but Show throws Kane down. Kane with an uppercut to Show. Show with an Irish whip and he charges at Kane, but Kane moves out of the way. Kane with a belly-to-back suplex to Show. Kane goes up top and he punches Shawn Michaels on the apron. Show punches Kane and then he goes up top for a superplex and both men are down. Michaels goes up top and hits the big elbow on Show. Michaels sets up for Sweet Chin Music on Show and hits it. Kane with a clothesline to Michaels and all three men are down. Kane covers Show for a two count. Kane goes outside the ring and he gets some chairs and throws them into the ring. Kane gets another chair and hits Show with it when the ref was distracted by the other chairs. Kane goes up top, but he is met with Sweet Chin Music. Michaels with Sweet Chin Music to Show for the three count.
Winner: Shawn Michaels
We see footage from John Cena’s day at the NASCAR race and a ride with Wally Dallenbach. We go to commercial.
We go to Unlimited where Todd ‘How do you get to cyberspace’ Grisham asks Shawn Michaels to come out to be interviewed. Todd asks Shawn if his performance tonight will get him any more votes. Shawn says that he thinks his twenty-one years of wrestling should be enough to get him the votes. Shawn says that Taboo Tuesday is not about the superstars, it is about the fans. If the fans want Shawn to be in the Triple Threat match, he will do it. If the fans want him in the tag match, he will be in that match. Big Show walks up the ramp and he shakes Shawn’s hand and then says something to Shawn about the super kicks that could not be heard by the mics.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Kane hitting Show with a chair followed by the super kick and victory.
Coach and Lawler talk about how the voting starts shortly for Taboo Tuesday. Lawler says that he wants to get interactive with the fans in Fresno. Jerry asks the fans if they think Coach is doing a good job. Apparently they don’t like him. Lawler asks the fans if they liked seeing Coach get embarrassed by Steve Austin. We see the footage from last week. Jerry tells us the options for the Coach/Austin match. First is a verbal debate. The second option is an arm wrestling match. The final choice is street fight. If the crowd is any barometer of the WWE fan, it is going to be a street fight. Coach asks Lawler if he thinks this is funny. Coach says that he is not afraid of Steve Austin. Coach calls Steve Austin out. He is going to go to the ring to dare Steve Austin to meet him face to face. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Coach gets in the ring and he says that everyone is telling him that he is going to get his butt kicked by Steve Austin and he has no chance. He thinks that it is time for him to shock the world and take down one of the biggest names in the business. He tells the crowd they can chant whatever they want, but the bottom line is that come Taboo Tuesday, there will be no more JR, and there will be no more Steve Austin. Coach will be here to stay. Coach is not afraid, and he is waiting for Steve Austin to come out before he moves from the ring.
We are back and Coach says that if Austin is not going to come out, he will have to go to the back to get him. Austin’s music plays and the Stone Cold truck drives through the back and comes out into the arena. It is not Steve Austin who comes out of the truck, but it is Stephanie McMahon who is double fisting beers before she comes to the ring. Coach says that Stephanie almost had him. Stephanie says that she believed that Coach was afraid. Stephanie says that they have a little announcement. Steve Austin will not be at Raw tonight. Coach says that he is disappointed, but he will not back down. Coach says that if Austin dares to come to Raw next week, he will call him out. Stephanie says that Coach is doing an amazing job. Stephanie tells the crowd that Jim Ross had successful surgery and she says that the McMahon family is glad that he is doing well. Stephanie talks about the stipulation for the match. If Austin wins, Jim Ross will be re-hired. If Coach wins, Austin will be fired. Stephanie says that if Coach wins, he will be doing a service for the McMahon family. Stephanie says that Vince will be on Raw and he wouldn’t mind taking Coach’s place because Vince has been training and has put on twenty pounds of muscle in the last few weeks. Before she can continue, Mick Foley’s music plays and he comes to the ring. Stephanie tells Mick that he is a little early, but Mick says that he could not sit in the back and listen to someone who is full of crap. Stephanie says that Jim Ross was full of crap. Mick says that he does not appreciate the joke. Mick mentions that he does not normally see eye to eye with Stephanie. He calls Vince a stark raving mad, egomaniacal person. He came to grips with that fact. However, to see Linda lower herself to Vince and Stephanie’s level made him sick. Mick will not sit back and watch Stephanie destroy the business he loves. Stephanie reminds Mick that without her family, there would be no business that he loves. She wants to know if he will do anything to a defenseless woman. What about his opponent at Taboo Tuesday. Carlito comes to the ring. Stephanie hits Mick with a low blow as Carlito comes into the ring. Carlito punches and kicks Foley. Carlito with a knee to the groin and then he picks up an apple and takes a bite before punching Mick and spitting the apple in Foley’s face. We go to commercial.
We are on Unlimited and Viscera comes to the ring.
We are on USA with a Moments Ago Moment of Stephanie and Carlito attacking Mick Foley.
Mick is in the medical area and he is unable to speak. Eric Bischoff comes in and reminds Foley that he has been through worse and to suck it up. Eric says that regardless of how much his pride has been hurt, he will be the referee in the main event. He tells Mick to have a nice night.
It is time for our next match, Viscera versus Triple H. Before the match begins, Ric Flair attacks Hunter from behind on the ramp. Hunter throws Flair down and they exchange punches at ringside. Hunter punches a referee as they try to separate Flair and Hunter. Some of the backstage officials come out to help, but that is not working either. Flair tackles Hunter on the ramp before Hunter is escorted to the back. Hunter says that Flair is a dead man. Flair stays at ringside and he enters the ring. Flair gets a mic and he wants to be put in a cage with that SOB at Taboo Tuesday. Flair repeats that he wants a cage as Flair’s music plays and he woooos. We find out that the other two choices are a ‘fight to the finish’ and a submission match.
We go to the parking lot and the JBLimo pulls up. Bradshaw emerges as we go to commercial.
We are on Unlimited and tells someone on the phone to buy Taboo Tuesday. A production worker tells Eric that Bradshaw is here. Eric says that nobody from Smackdown is getting into the arena. Eric wants security to join him outside to make sure they don’t get in.
We are back to USA and Eric tells Bradshaw that this is his show. Bradshaw says that he will do whatever he wants whenever he wants. We see footage from Smackdown when Rey Mysterio Junior was attacked by Edge when Rey wrestled Bradshaw. While Bradshaw chased after Edge, Chris Masters
Edge, Lita, and Chris Masters are in the ring. Edge congratulates Bradshaw for making it to the ‘A’ Show. Edge says that he speared Rey on Smackdown instead of Bradshaw because no one cares about Bradshaw. Rey is a bigger star than Bradshaw. That is why he brought Chris Masters with him to put Rey in the Master Lock. Edge says that Bradshaw might get his revenge at Taboo Tuesday. It will be Edge and Chris Masters against two of the following, Chris Masters says that most of the people in the crowd have not heard of the five choices. First is Matt Hardy. Lita reminds Edge that Matt is on Smackdown because Edge beat Matt’s ass and sent him there. The next choice is Rey Mysterio. Since it is in San Diego, he will be close to home after leaving the hospital. He thanks Rey for being the inspiration for the new midget division. Third is Christian. Edge says that he carried him for the first six years of their career, what is another match. Edge congratulates Christian for being the only superstar who will get fewer votes than Matt Hardy. Fourth is Bob Holly. Masters says that someone who walks around with beach blonde hair, wears spandex, and calls himself Hardcore might prefer showers, but Masters isn’t like that. The final choice is Bradshaw, the wrestling god. Isn’t calling yourself Mr. Smackdown the same as calling yourself Mr. Enron or Mr. Hindenburg. Bradshaw calls Masters a hair lipped orangutan. He tells Masters to try the Master Lock on someone his own size. Masters goes to the back. Edge says that Bradshaw will get his chance. Edge says that he is a bigger star than all five options combined. Bradshaw lost his title at Wrestlemania while Edge won a title match. Masters gets into Bradshaw’s face. Bradshaw says that there is one small problem. Masters fell for the oldest trick in the book. Back inside the arena Rey Mysterio Junior hits Edge with a missile drop kick and then hits a 619 on Lita before leaving the ring and goes through the crowd. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited Eric Bischoff comes out and tells Teddy Long that he is sitting back and watching in a trailer park enjoying what he saw. How dare Teddy Long send his superstars to his show? How dare Teddy use Bradshaw to distract him so Rey Mysterio can attack his superstars and a poor, defenseless woman? That is why when Teddy Long begged to get on Raw Homecoming, he turned the lights off. At Taboo Tuesday, we are done sneaking around because whichever two people the audience chooses, they will have to face Edge and Chris Masters. Everyone will find out that Eric Bischoff is the superior general manager.
We return to USA with a Moments Ago Moment of Bradshaw drawing Chris Masters into the parking lot to allow Rey Mysterio to attack Edge and Lita.
It is time for our next match, Mickie James (with Ashley and Trish Stratus) versus Victoria (with Torrie Wilson and Candice). Victoria with a side head lock and a take down. Victoria with a knee to Mickie’s head followed by a shoulder to Mickie’s gut. Mickie with a sunset flip and back kick and forearm. Victoria holds on to the ropes on a drop kick attempt and then Victoria with a boot to the abdomen. Mickie with forearms to Victoria and a chop. Victoria with a clothesline for a two count. Victoria with a reverse chin lock followed by a punch to Mickie. Victoria with an Irish whip, but she runs into an elbow from Mickie. Mickie with a rana followed by a flying forearm and a drop kick for a two count. Mickie with more forearms to Victoria followed by an Irish whip. Mickie goes off the ropes, but Torrie trips her. Victoria gets Mickie up for a suplex, but Mickie counters with a DDT and rollup. Torrie and Candice distract the ref, but Ashley pulls Torrie into the ring. Candice rolls Victoria over on the small package, but Trish does the same and Mickie gets the three count.
Winner: Mickie James.
After the match, Victoria and Trish fight outside the ring. Mickie with a spear to Torrie while Ashley and Trish send Candice out of the ring.
Vince McMahon is walking in the back and he looks like he is ready for a big stunt as we go to commercial.
We go to Unlimited where Todd Grisham reminds us that the voting has begun. Since the fans in Fresno are not in front of their computers, he wants to get a survey from the crowd. He asks about the ‘Fulfill Your Fantasies’ match. What about the ‘Many Faces of Foley’ match? What about the Flair/Hunter match?
We are on USA with the Slam of the Week: Jim Ross being fired by Linda ‘Monotone’ McMahon two weeks ago.
There is NO CHANCE that Vince McMahon would walk to the ring as he performs a stunt and enters the ring. Vince does not like it when people second guess the decisions of his family. When Jim Ross was fired by Linda, by god his ass was fired. When he decided to hire Coach to take Jim Ross’s place, Coach is the man. Jim Ross served the company well for years, but he knew that Jim Ross was full of crap. If god wanted to give the United States an enema, he would stick it in Fresno. The fan chant ‘A******’ and Vince says that is what they are talking about. The WWE has had their cameras present when their superstars have surgery. They were there for Steve Austin’s neck surgery so they were there for Jim Ross’s surgery. The footage is graphic. It turns out that Vince is there to assist the doctor and nurse. He checks to make sure the stethoscope works properly on the nurse. Vince pulls out a bottle of Jim Ross’s BBQ sauce, a football, an owl, Mae Young’s other hand, a goldfish, an Oklahoma helmet, a Steve Austin bottle, and Jim Ross’s own head. Vince pushes ‘Jim Ross’ off the table and then he has some fun with the nurse. We return to the arena where Vince says that his condition is contagious based on the reaction when he came to the ring. They all have their heads up their asses. Vince leaves the ring and we go to commercial.
Back to Unlimited and Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch talk about their match next week at Taboo Tuesday against the two men who do not make it to the Triple Threat match.
We are back on USA for our next match, Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch versus Hurricane and Rosey, but Hurricane does not come to the ring with Rosey. It will be a handicap match. Cade starts things off, but Rosey knocks Murdoch off the apron. Cade punches Rosey and connects with a shoulder in the corner. Gregory Helms comes out. Rosey with a side slam to Cade and a back body drop to Murdoch. Rosey tells Helms to come to the ring. Rosey punches Cade and then charges at Cade, but Murdoch moves Cade out of the way and Rosey goes to the floor. Murdoch sends Rosey into the ringside barrier and then Cade with an elbow drop to Rosey. Cade with a shoulder to Rosey followed by a knee lift from Murdoch followed by a kick to Rosey. Murdoch mocks Rosey and stands on the apron where Helms should have been. Murdoch punches and kicks Rosey and tags in Cade. Cade with a forearm to Rosey’s head from the second turnbuckle. Rosey punches Cade, but Cade with a flying shoulder tackle. Cade and Murdoch with a double suplex to Rosey and then he tags in Murdoch for Sweet and Sour for the three count.
Winner: Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch
After the match, we see Gregory Helms on the ramp. We go to commercial.
We are back on Unlimited and Todd Grisham is with Gregory Helms. He wants to know why he stood there while Rosey got attacked by two men. Helms wants to know if he wants someone to say ‘what up with that’? Does he want Helms to be funny? If Todd wants a joke, how about Rosey who he has been carrying for two years. He thought he could help everyone. He is not smiling anymore. The only person that he is going to help is himself.
We are back on USA and it is time for the Smackdown Rebound.
As Mick Foley comes to the ring, we see footage one more time of the attack on Mick Foley by Carlito and Stephanie McMahon.
It is time for our main event, John Cena versus Kurt Angle with guest referee Mick Foley. Angle with side head lock take down, but Cena with a head scissors and side head lock. Cena with a shoulder tackle and then he prepares to punch Angle, but Angle goes outside the ring to regroup. Angle returns to the ring and has a go behind, but Cena with a standing switch. Angle with a side head lock on the mat. Angle with a side head lock take down. Angle with a shoulder tackle. Cena with a hip toss followed by a slam, but he misses an elbow drop. Angle punches Cena, but Cena kicks Angle and then clotheslines Angle over the top rope to the floor. We go to commercial.
We are on Unlimited and they are outside the ring. Cena slams Angle’s head into the apron and then rolls Angle into the ring. Angle rolls back outside and Cena chases after him. Angle kicks Cena and slams Cena’s head into the ringside barrier. Angle rolls Cena back into the ring and connects with a European uppercut. Cena with a clothesline followed by elbows in the corner. Cena goes up for the punches of ten followed by a side slam for a two count.
We are back on USA and Mick checks on Cena who is outside the ring on the floor while Angle rolls outside the ring. Angle slams Cena’s head into the ring steps and then stretches Cena’s face. Foley admonishes Angle and then Angle rolls Cena into the ring. Angle with a suplex to Cena and he gets a two count. Angle with a knee lift to Cena’s head and then he slams Cena’s head into the turnbuckle before punches Cena and connecting with a European uppercut. Angle chokes Cena in the ropes. Angle with a back breaker to Cena for a two count. Angle argues with Foley over his count and then puts Cena in a body scissors. Cena gets out of the hold, but Angle with a reverse chin lock. Cena punches Angle. Angle with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Angle with an Irish whip followed by another overhead belly-to-belly suplex for a two count. Angle argues with Foley and Angle pushes Foley. Foley pushes back and Cena with a rollup for a two count. Cena with a sunset flip for a two count. Cena with a head butt. Angle with an Irish whip followed by a German suplex for a two count. Angle with a reverse bear hug on the mat. Angle with a two count on a rollup. Angle returns to the reverse bear hug. Cena with a DDT and both men are down. They get up at a nine count. Angle and Cena exchange punches, but Cena gets the advantage. Cena with clotheslines followed by a flying shoulder tackle and a Fisherman’s suplex for a two count. From out of nowhere, Carlito comes to the ring and Foley punches him and they fight outside the ring. Carlito sends Foley into the ring post. In the ring Cena punches Angle in the corner. Carlito with an inverted DDT on Foley Cena with a Blue Thunder Driver and it is time for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. From out of nowhere, Eric Bischoff comes out in a referee’s shirt. Cena tries for the F-U, but Angle is able to counter with a German suplex for a two count. Cena grabs Bischoff and then Angle puts Cena in the ankle lock. Bischoff tells Cena that he will tap. Cena tries to get to the ropes, but Bischoff pulls Cena’s hand from the ropes and slams Cena’s hand on the mat and says that Cena tapped.
Winner: Kurt Angle
After the match, Cena rolls through and sends Angle out of the ring.
On Unlimited, Eric Bischoff asks Cena how it feels to be beaten in the middle of the ring and to have Kurt Angle make you tap out. John Cena should consider what happened to be Eric Bischoff’s F-U to him. At Taboo Tuesday it will get worse. Cena will not get a week’s rest. Next week, John Cena will face Shawn Michaels.