It is time for the Halloween edition of Raw and the big question is whether this week’s show will be a ‘trick’ or a ‘treat’. We know that it is a ‘trick’ for Christian, who is no longer with the WWE after Taboo Tuesday. What will happen when Shawn Michaels and John Cena face off one night before they might face each other in the Triple Threat match for the WWE title? Will Steve Austin appear to answer Coach’s challenge? Will anyone else show up to show Coach some holiday cheer? Will any Smackdown wrestlers appear on tonight’s show? What fun costumes will Coach and Lawler appear in? What about the Divas?
We begin on Unlimited with Little Red Lillian Garcia Riding Hood coming to the ring to sing the National Anthem. Our announcers also come out and are introduced by Lillian Garcia. Jerry is aghast that Coach came out dressed like Steve Austin and brought beer with him.
We are live from Anaheim, California and your announcers are Jonathan ‘Share and Scherer Alike’ Coachman and Jerry ‘Which Diva wants to meet me in Cinderella’s Castle’ Lawler.
Eric Bischoff comes to the ring and he is joined by Chris Masters. As they walk past them on the ramp, Coach gives them a double beer salute. Eric reminds us that it is the eve of Taboo Tuesday when Raw will prove its dominance in the inter-promotional tag team match. Eric tells us that Chris Masters has a special Master Lock challenge for a Smackdown wrestler. He introduces Teddy Long and Rey Mysterio Junior. Teddy comes out and then Rey shoots through the floor and joins Teddy as they walk to the ring. Chris says that he did not think Rey had the guts to answer his challenge tonight. Masters says that you normally have to be ‘that tall’ to take the Master Lock Challenge. Chris asks Rey if he has any questions. Rey has no questions for Chris. He does have a statement and he punches Chris with the mic. Rey slams Masters’s head into the chair and then Rey punches Masters in the corner. Eric signals for the Raw wrestlers to come out to help Masters. Teddy signals to the back and Smackdown wrestlers come out to help Rey. The five men in the match from Smackdown are in the ring with Masters. Rey gives Masters a 619 before he goes to the back. Teddy tells Eric that no matter whom the fans vote in, Smackdown will be at Taboo Tuesday and they will continue to do what they have done for the last two weeks. They will embarrass Raw on their own turf. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Teddy gets on the mic and he has a message for the Smackdown audience. He knows that there are some Smackdown fans in the Raw audience. He wants to have an informal poll to see which of the five men they want to see in the tag match on the pay per view. The crowd is not really behind Bradshaw, but they show some support for Christian and Matt Hardy. They are lukewarm for Bob Holly, but they go crazy for Rey Mysterio. Bradshaw wants another chance for the crowd to show their love for him. They are still not behind Bradshaw. Teddy wants the crowd to holla.
We return to Raw with a Moments Ago Moment of the Raw and Smackdown wrestlers getting in the ring to set up the inter-promotional tag match tomorrow night.
Edge, Chris Masters, Eric Bischoff, and Lita are in the back. Eric is not happy because Taboo Tuesday is a Raw pay per view so they cannot lose to anyone on Smackdown. Eric will not go down to Teddy Long. He wants to know if Edge and Masters understand him.
We see footage of Kurt Angle’s ‘victory’ over John Cena last week with Eric Bischoff’s help.
It is time for our first match, Kurt Angle versus Tajiri
Angle with a double leg throw followed by kicks. Angle with a European uppercut followed by a clothesline for a two count. Angle with a suplex and a few near falls. Angle with a back breaker to Tajiri followed by a kick to the back. Tajiri with a kick and chops to Angle. Angle with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Angle with a body scissors on Tajiri and then he stretches Tajiri’s face and then rubs his forearm in Tajiri’s face. Tajiri chops Angle to get Angle to release the hold. Angle kicks Tajiri in the corner and then punches Tajiri before the referee separates them. Angle with another European uppercut followed by an Irish whip. Angle charges into a boot and then Tajiri with a couple of kicks. Tajiri flips out of a German suplex attempt and Tajiri with a kick to Angle for a two count. Tajiri and Angle exchange punches and then Tajiri with a drop kick. Tajiri with the handspring back elbow followed by a kick. Tajiri tries for the Tarantula, but Angle is able to counter and puts Tajiri in the ankle lock and Tajiri taps.
Winner: Kurt Angle
After the match, Angle gets a mic and he has something to say to John Cena. Angle does not give a damn who the third person is tomorrow night because he will walk away the WWE champion. Angle reminds Cena that he has won three times. The first time was at Unforgiven. The second time was three weeks ago. The final time was last week when he made Cena tap out. In case you missed the footage a few minutes ago, we see the footage of Cena ‘tapping’ last week. John Cena comes out and hits a flying shoulder tackle and he punches Angle before Kurt leaves the ring and goes up the ramp. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Todd ‘Harry Caray’ Grisham comes out and tries to do his best Will Ferrell impersonation as Harry Caray. We see some of the costumes in the crowd.
We are back and Coach shows us his Stone Cold costume. Jerry says that he talked to Austin and thought that Coach would dress like a vampire.
We go to a Ric Flair/Triple H video package that sets up tomorrow night’s match at Taboo Tuesday. We hear Hunter’s comments about Flair and how he helped pull Flair back to the top with his help. Then we hear Hunter’s comment about how he watched people spit at the legacy of Ric Flair. Then he talked about Flair’s new found mediocrity and how he was sad to see what Flair had become. Hunter comments about how he did what he had to do to prevent his memories of Flair from being tarnished.
It is time to Woooo as Ric Flair comes to the ring and he has something to say. Ric says that it is not ‘game over’, but the game has just begun. Flair tells Hunter that he has kissed his ass so long he is going to kick it tomorrow night. He does not ask for many favors, but he wants to be in a cage tomorrow night. Flair woooos and goes to the back. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Todd Grisham comes out and asks the fans if they have voted for Taboo Tuesday yet. Todd wants to know who the fans want in the Triple Threat match. Then he asks about the tag team partner for Eugene. What about the outfits for the Fulfill your Fantasy battle royal?
We see footage of Rob Conway defeating Koko B. Ware last week and then Conway giving Eugene an Ego Trip after the match.
We are back and it is time for our next match, Rob Conway versus Eugene
Eugene punches Conway into the corner and then he slams Conway’s head into the turnbuckle. Eugene with a vertical choke and then he drops Conway to the mat. Conway leaves the ring, but Eugene comes after him. Conway goes for a chair, but Eugene stops him. They return to the ring and Conway kicks and punches Eugene in the corner. Conway with a back elbow to Eugene followed by the flex elbow drop. Conway slaps Eugene and then punches Eugene in the corner. Conway with an Irish whip, but Conway charges into an elbow. Conway with a power slam and then he slaps Eugene. Eugene with the finger point of doom. Conway and Eugene exchange punches until Eugene gets the advantage. Eugene tries for a stunner, but Conway pushes him off. Eugene with a Rock Bottom, but Conway gets his foot on the ropes at two. Conway goes out of the ring and he gets a chair and hits Eugene in the head with it. The ref calls for the bell.
Winner: Eugene (by disqualification)
After the match, Conway hits Eugene with the chair. Hacksaw Duggan comes out and hits Conway with the 2×4 before slamming Conway. Kamala with a splash on Conway followed by the Superfly Splash from Snuka. Lawler leaves the announce position and he hits the piston punch from the second turnbuckle.
Coach reminds us that he will be calling out Steve Austin again. Coach wonders if Austin will show up tonight.
Todd Grisham is in the back and he is waiting for Steve Austin to arrive in the garage. Todd sees Gregory Helms and calls him Hurricane. Helms walks away. Mick Foley comes out of a production truck. Mick says that he hear that Carlito had a surprise for him so he has a surprise of his own for Carlito. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Maria is with Eric Bischoff. She wants to know about his announcement for Eugene’s match. Maria tells Eric that she is an angel. Eric says that Eugene has been a problem for him for the last two years. Eric thinks that he has an answer for Eugene. Since Eric lost last year and got his head shaved. Eric will name Conway’s partner for the match. Rob Conway’s partner will be Tyson Tomko.
Carlito comes to the ring.
We are back with the Slam of the Week: Carlito and Stephanie McMahon attacking Mick Foley last week on Raw.
Carlito is in the ring and he says that tomorrow night he does not know which ‘face of Foley’ he will be facing, but he knows that when it is all said and done, Mick Foley will be beaten, 1-2-3. The only face that the fans need to be concerned about is the face of Carlito. Carlito is interrupted by Dude Love on the TitanTron. Dude Love says that he will not have mercy on Carlito. Dude changes into Cactus Jack and he says that he does not know what will happen if he appears tomorrow night. He has one guarantee . . . pain. Cactus turns into Mankind. Mankind rhymes and says that Carlito will ‘bleed-o’. We see Mr. Socko. Carlito is stunned by what he just saw. Coach gets on the house mic and says that he will beat Foley no matter what face he ‘wears’. Coach puts on his hat and says that he is going to come to the ring and will not leave until Austin comes out. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Coach climbs the turnbuckles just like Austin does. Coach says that for the second week in a row, he called out Steve Austin. He does not care what stipulation is chosen for the match. He says that he does not care about the fans because they are in the land of the phony. He talks about the name of the Angels. Coach says that he knew the White Sox would win the World Series. That is why Wrestlemania is in Chicago and not in Anaheim. Coach calls out Austin and sits down in the center of the ring.
We return to Raw and Coach tells Austin to ‘come out, come out wherever you are’. Coach says that Austin smells a rat. Coach says that he will not show up alone tomorrow, and he will not come out alone tonight. Coach says that he might remember the man who will join Coach in his corner. Goldust comes to the ring. Coach says that Austin remember Goldust because he stuffed Goldust in a port-a-potty on national television. That is Coach’s ace in the hole. Either Austin comes out or they go back for Austin. Vince McMahon’s music plays and there is No Chance that Vince would not miss an opportunity to come out on his show. Vince tells Coach that he hates to disappoint him, but Austin is not going to come out. Vince says that Austin was involved in some sort of accident this weekend. Austin will not be at Taboo Tuesday and he will not be there tonight. Vince cannot vouch for the validity of this accident. Maybe Austin is just afraid of Coach. As a result of a forfeit, Coach is your winner. Before Coach celebrates, he did say that Coach will compete at Taboo Tuesday. There is nobody on the Raw roster of his caliber so he had to go to the Smackdown roster. He will face Smackdown’s Number One Announcer. His opponent will be Funaki. Vince sends Funaki after Coach. Funaki is slapped by Coach and then Goldust with a big boot to Funaki. Goldust punches Funaki and then Coach picks Funaki up by the throat and Goldust hits an inverted slam followed by kicks to Funaki that send him out of the ring. Coach says that he can handle bigger competition than Funaki. Coach makes an open challenge to anyone on the Smackdown roster. Vince says that we will have to wait until Taboo Tuesday, but Batista comes out and he walks to the ring. Batista takes off his jacket and rolls up his sleeves. Coach punches Batista, but Batista shows no effects. Goldust takes Batista down and punches Batista. From out of nowhere, Vader comes to the ring. Goldust punches Batista, but Batista sends Goldust into the corner. Goldust with the uppercut, but Batista with a spinebuster. Vader with a double sledge on Batista followed by an elbow drop to Batista’s leg. Vader holds Batista while Coach slaps Batista. Vader with a double sledge to Batista’s back. Vader, Coach and Goldust leave the ring. We go to commercial.
Back to Unlimited where we see footage of John Cena on tour in Europe to push his CD.
We are back with footage of the Raw tour of Australia.
Jerry wonders where Coach found Goldust and Vader, but forget those guys because it is Game Time.
It is time for our next match, Triple H (with GameFountain) versus Viscera
Hunter kicks the ropes when Viscera enters the ring and then Hunter punches Viscera. Hunter with a forearm to Viscera from the second turnbuckle and the bell rings. Hunter punches Viscera and then gets Viscera set up for the Pedigree and hits it for the three count.
Winner: Triple H
After the match, Hunter grabs the ring steps and hits Viscera in the head with them, sending Viscera into the crowd. Hunter returns to the ring with a mic. Hunter tells Ric that he knows better than anybody that he has done a lot of bad things in his life. Hunter takes responsibility for all of his actions, but he will not be held responsible for what he does to Flair tomorrow night. It will be disturbing. It will be brutal. He will do it, not because he wants to, but because he has to. That is who he is. Hunter tells Ric that is because it is who he used to be. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited, they carry Viscera to the back after being hit with the ring steps. Viscera collapses as he is helped to the back and they call for the trainer and doctor.
We are back and Jerry Lawler points out that the two hours of Raw were the top two shows on cable last week. Coach claims that it is thanks to him.
It is time to run through the card for Taboo Tuesday:
Triple H versus Ric Flair for the Intercontinental Title in a one fall to a finish match, a submission match, or a steel cage match
Mick Foley versus Carlito with Foley as Mankind, Cactus Jack, or Dude Love
Eugene and Kamala, Jim Duggan, or Jimmy Snuka against Rob Conway and Tyson Tomko
The Divas in a Fulfill Your Fantasy with the women dressed in leather and lace, lingerie, or cheerleader outfits
Edge and Chris Masters versus two of Christian, Bob Holly, Bradshaw, Rey Mysterio Junior, or Matt Hardy
Batista versus Coach in a verbal debate, arm wrestling match, or street fight
Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch versus the two men who do not get selected for the main event for the World Tag Titles
John Cena versus Kurt Angle versus Big Show, Shawn Michaels, or Kane
Todd Grisham is in the interview area and he introduces John Cena. John says that it is time for Todd Grisham to make his big break. He wants to talk as if he is standing there with Barbara Bush, Orville Redenbacher, or Beethoven. Todd tells Cena that he is supposed to be Harry Caray. Todd asks John a question and tells Todd that the impersonation was sad. Cena says that sad is like Kurt Angle who sold himself out to Eric Bischoff for a shot at the title. Sad is the last time that he came to Anaheim, he went to battle as Shawn Michaels’s ally. Tonight, he is going to face that man because Shawn wants the WWE title again. It could be Shawn Michaels. It could be Kane. It could be Big Show. All because they want a shot at the WWE championship. Will John Cena complain? Cena does not back down. Tomorrow night, the championship will stay with him. If you can’t see that, you can’t see him. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited, The Heart Throbs come to the ring.
Antonio says that they were going to come out as Bo and Luke Duke, but instead they decided to be Batman and Batman.
We are back and it is time for our next match, The Heart Throbs versus Big Show and Kane in a Texas Tornado match
Kane and Show pull Romeo and Antonio back into the ring. Kane punches Antonio and Show chops Romeo. Kane with snake eyes to Antonio and Show does the same thing to Romeo. Show with a running splash to Antonio while Kane with a running clothesline to Romeo. Show puts Romeo on the top turnbuckle and hits a superplex on Romeo. Kane with a big boot to Antonio and then he goes up top for the Robb Nen jumping clothesline and then he clotheslines Romeo over the top rope to the floor. Show goes to the floor and throws Romeo back into the ring. Show with a choke slam to Romeo while Kane with a choke slam to Antonio and they get a double pin.
Winners: Kane and Big Show
Candice is getting her final touches to her outfit as we go to commercial.
Todd is in the back with Batista. Todd wants to know why Batista is on Raw. Batista says that he was there to back up Teddy Long. He heard Coach talking about Smackdown. He got attacked by a gold guy and a big red truck.
They set up the ring for the Diva costume contest and Jerry Lawler comes to the ring.
We are back with footage from the Taboo Tuesday press conference.
Jerry Lawler is in the ring with a bunch of pumpkins. He reminds us that we get to choose the Divas outfits tomorrow night. Tonight, we will have a Diva Costume Contest. Ashley comes out as a devil with angel’s wings. Maria comes out as an angel. Candice comes out as Catwoman. Mickie James comes out as Trish Stratus. Victoria comes out as a baseball player. Trish comes out as Wonder Woman. Mickie mimics everything that Trish does. It is time for the crowd to vote. Mickie grabs the mic and tells everyone to vote for Trish. Victoria tells Mickie to calm down. Mickie hits Victoria with her ‘belt’. Victoria swings at Mickie with her bat, but she misses. Mickie knocks Trish out of the ring. Everyone else in the ring pick up Candice and slam her down on the mat. Victoria throws Mickie over the top rope to the floor. Trish with the chick kick to Victoria. We go to commercial.
We see footage one more time of John Cena ‘tapping out’ last week against Kurt Angle.
We are back and it is time for the main event, John Cena versus Shawn Michaels
Cena and Michaels get face to face and they have some words before they shake hands. Michaels chops Cena, but Cena punches Michaels and Shawn backs into the corner. Michaels with a side head lock into a hammer lock. Cena reverses, but Michaels counters into a top wrist lock and Michaels drops Cena to the mat with a key lock. Cena gets to his feet, but Michaels with a side head lock take down. Michaels with a shoulder tackle and side head lock take down. Cena rolls Michaels over for a one count, but Michaels holds on to the side head lock. Cena with a hip toss, but Michaels kicks Cena off and then hits another side head lock take down. Michaels with a shoulder tackle, but Cena sends Michaels over the top rope. Michaels skins the cat, but Cena with a clothesline and punch. Cena with a back body drop for a two count. Cena punches Michaels followed by a back elbow off the ropes for a two count. Cena tries to get Michaels up for an F-U, but Michaels goes outside the ring to regroup. Cena chases after Michaels, but Michaels gets back into the ring and he hits Cena in the back. Michaels chops Cena in the corner. Cena with an Irish whip and Michaels does the Michaels flip. Michaels ducks a clothesline and hits a neck breaker for a two count. Michaels with a series of elbow drops to Cena’s back and then he slams Cena’s head into the turnbuckle. Michaels with a hard Irish whip followed by a sleeper. Cena reaches for the ropes, but Michaels keeps him in the center of the ring. The referee checks on Cena’s arm and it goes down twice before Cena is able to recover before the arm goes down a third time. Cena with a belly-to-back suplex to escape the hold and both men are down. Michaels chops Cena and Cena responds with punches of his own. Cena with a kick to Michaels followed by two clotheslines. Cena with a flying shoulder tackle followed by a Blue Thunder Driver and the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena prepares for the F-U, but Michaels escapes the hold and chops Cena followed by a flying forearm and a kip up. Michaels with a reverse atomic drop and clotheslines to Cena. Michaels with a slam and he goes up top for the flying elbow drop, but Cena moves. Both men are down. From out of nowhere, Kurt Angle comes out and he kicks Shawn Michaels and John Cena. The ref calls for the bell.
Winner: No Contest
After the match, Angle with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex to Michaels. Cena with a clothesline to Angle followed by an F-U set up, but Michaels with Sweet Chin Music to Cena. Michaels grabs the belt and he holds it up before putting it on Cena’s chest. We go to credits.
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