It is the final Raw before the calendar switches over to 2006 and it is time to see who will be the final man to enter the Elimination Chamber match. Who will be the lucky man who will get to stand in a ‘bulletproof’ chamber the longest at New Year’s Revolution? What will Vince say about the Bret Hart DVD? What will happen when Edge confronts Ric Flair on The Cutting Edge? Will we find out who will be the new Raw general manager? What will happen between Trish Stratus and Mickie James? What new matches will we have for the pay per view that is less than two weeks away?
We begin tonight’s show with Vince McMahon wishing everyone a Happy Holiday and he tells us that we will see the continuing interview process for General Manager. Tonight, all six participants in the Elimination Chamber match will try to ‘beat the clock’ to find out who will be the last person into the Elimination Chamber for the match at New Year’s Revolution. Vince tells us to wait . . . there’s more. Vince says that Santa left him a gift under his Christmas tree and Vince says that he will review the Bret Hart DVD with his own critiques in the ring. Vince says that Bret will be on the edge of his seat for his candid comments.
We are live from Bridgeport, Connecticut and your announcers are Joey ‘I Am Home Again’ Styles, Jonathan ‘Carlton’ Coachman, and Jerry ‘Where is Manute Bol’ Lawler.
It is time for our first ‘Beat the Clock’ match of the night, Shawn Michaels versus Gene Snitsky
Shawn punches Snitsky as he enters the ring and then chops Gene against the ropes. Michaels tries for a sunset flip, but Snitsky will not go over. Gene tries to punch the mat, but Shawn moves. Michaels with a small package for a two count. Michaels punches Snitsky and then hits a crossbody press for a two count. Snitsky with a clothesline and then he picks up Michaels and runs him into the corner before a hard Irish whip. Snitsky with a side slam to Michaels for a two count. Snitsky throws Michaels over the top rope to the floor. Snitsky runs Michaels’s back into the ring apron before Snitsky rolls in to break the count. Snitsky rolls Shawn back into the ring for a two count. Snitsky picks up Michaels for a slam followed by two elbows and then he gets another two count on Michaels. Michaels punches Snitsky in the abdomen and then the head before Snitsky with a knee to Michaels’s abdomen. Snitsky punches Michaels in the corner. Snitsky gets Michaels up for a bear hug. Michaels punches Snitsky in the head to get out of the hold and then he chops Snitsky. Snitsky punches Michaels and Michaels responds with chops. Michaels with a flying forearm followed by a kip up. Michaels with the reverse atomic drop and clotheslines that send Snitsky to the mat. Michaels tries to slam Snitsky, but he cannot get Gene up. Snitsky with a clothesline for a two count. Snitsky puts Michaels on the top turnbuckle and then he punches Michaels. Snitsky tries for a superplex, but Michaels knocks Snitsky off the turnbuckle and then Michaels with the elbow drop and then it is time for Sweet Chin Music, but Snitsky counters with a big boot for a two count. Snitsky backs Michaels into the corner and chokes him. Michaels with Sweet Chin Music for the three count at 5:56. We go to commercial. Winner: Shawn Michaels
On Unlimited, they are getting the ring ready for ‘The Cutting Edge’ and Lillian Garcia introduces Edge and Lita.
We are back and Edge and Lita are already in the ring. Edge says that between the road rage incident and his divorce, his guest’s life is in shambles. Tonight, Ric Flair will break his silence. We get Ric Flair on the TitanTron and it is a photo of Ric with the mouth removed. He asks where the Four Horsemen are. Edge says that Flair stole everything. He stole his nickname from Buddy Rogers. He stole the chop from Wahoo McDaniel. He stole his ‘woooo’ from Jerry Lee Lewis, someone who was big in Ric Flair’s prime. Edge asks ‘Flair’ why he does it. Flair says he has no shame and he will still from anyone. From Ashton Kutcher to Abdullah the Butcher. Lita wants to ask about the road rage incident and wants to know what caused him to go crazy. ‘Flair’ says that he was going to catch the early bird special and the driver had the gall to say that Edge was better than Flair. Then he beat up the driver and got arrested. Edge wants to know why Flair is angry when people tell him that Edge is better. Edge says that he is better. He is a better athlete, he is better looking, and he just plain better. Edge cuts off ‘Flair’ and tells him that he can take his 16 world championships because when he cashes in his ‘money in the bank’ match, his one title reign will be greater than all of Flair’s. Edge tells ‘Flair’ to admit that he is better. ‘Flair’ says that Edge is better and that Edge is the man. Edge wants to know if it was so tough. Flair’s music plays and the real Ric Flair comes out to the ring. Flair gets in Edge’s face and then Edge stops him before he gets in Lita’s face. He wants to know if Flair came down to admit that he is the better man. Flair punches Edge and Edge goes down. Lita gets on Flair’s back, but they both leave the ring. Flair chases Edge and Lita around the ring as we go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Edge attacks Flair in the ring and punches him in the corner. Flair goes down and then Edge stands over Flair before he punches him. Flair with an Irish whip and back body drop followed by a chop. Edge goes out of the ring and Flair goes after him. Lita checks on Edge while the referees come out to separate Flair from Edge.
We are back for our next ‘Beat the Clock’ match, Chris Masters (with Amazing Technicolor Ring Robe and Golden Shower Version 4.0) versus Chavo Guerrero
Chavo avoid Masters on a collar and elbow tie up. The second time Chavo avoids him and slaps Masters. Chavo with a rollup for a two count. Chavo continues to avoid Masters and he goes outside the ring. Chavo punches Masters when Masters tries to pull Chavo back into the ring. Chavo with a rollup, but Masters with a punch. Chavo avoids a charge from Masters and hits a standing drop kick that sends Masters outside the ring. Chavo tries for a pescado, but Masters catches him and runs Chavo’s back into the ring apron. Masters rolls Chavo back in and covers Chavo. Masters with knees and forearms to Chavo’s back. Masters with a slam and then he signals for the Master Lock. Chavo tries to block it and he elbows Masters. Chavo tries for a crossbody, but Masters catches him and hits a fallaway slam. Masters with a snap mare and a cover for a two count. Masters with a knee to Chavo’s back followed by a forearm. Chavo punches Masters, but Masters with a kick and slam followed by a leg drop for a two count. Masters with a back body drop to Guerrero and he gets a one count. Masters with another one count followed by a forearm. Masters sends Chavo into the ropes and he hits Chavo in the kidneys with a forearm. Masters tries for the Master Lock again, but Chavo is able to counter. Chavo drops down on another attempt and he kicks Masters in the head. Chavo with punches to Masters followed by Latino uppercuts. Chavo with a rollup for a two count. Masters with a kick to Chavo, but Chavo counters with a standing drop kick. Masters with a knee to Chavo followed by an Irish whip. He charges into a Guerrero boot. Chavo tries for a tornado DDT, but Masters puts Chavo on the apron. Masters locks the Master Lock in from the apron and pulls him into the ring. The time runs out and Chavo does not tap. Masters releases the hold and Chavo rolls out of the ring. Masters gets the mic and he says that the clock is not right. The time is not accurate. He says that the clock is fast. He says someone in the back is trying to hold him down. Everyone in the crowd is trying to hold him down. Masters says that his New Year’s Resolution is to be the WWE Champion at New Year’s Revolution. He will be the youngest champion ever. Chavo returns to the ring and Chavo with a back body drop that sends Masters to the floor. Chavo with a standing baseball slide in the ropes and it sends Masters to the floor again. The referee checks on Masters on the floor and Masters walks to the back as Chavo’s music plays.
Kurt Angle is in the back and he is getting ready to make his huge announcement as we go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Todd Grisham wants to see everyone’s signs.
We are back and Kurt Angle says that he watched the Tribute to the Troops and it brought a tear to his eye. It brought things into focus to see them interact with the troops. It made him proud that he didn’t go over to Afghanistan. He says they have forgotten about the troops because they haven’t done anything. You never heard Kurt Angle complaining about waking up at 5:00 am for ten years to win a gold medal with a broken neck. These fans boo Angle and tell him that he sucks. Angle tells them to wake up because they volunteered to go over there. Angle tells them to shut up and stop complaining. Angle says that he didn’t get paid to train for the Olympics. They are getting paid to go over there. Angle says that he does not want to hear another story about someone who left their family at home. He is sick of hearing about it.
We go to the McOffice where Vince is watching the Bret Hart DVD. Torrie Wilson is ready to be interviewed. Vince says that people say that she is just a beautiful, oversexed, b**ch. Torrie turns to show ‘Little Billy’. He says that the dog has been fixed and house broken. Torrie interrupts Vince and says that she wants to be general manager. There is a knock on the door and Todd Grisham enters. Vince tells Todd that he wants to have Todd tell Flair that he will defend the Intercontinental title at New Year’s Revolution. Vince asks Todd how Bret looked when he interviewed him. Vince asks Todd if he thinks Vince can ‘take him’. Todd says that he thinks Vince can beat him. Vince tells Torrie that he loves to play with puppies.
Mickie is in the locker room and she is happy. Trish enters and Mickie hugs her. Mickie says that since they couldn’t spend Christmas together, she wanted to spread some holiday cheer. Mickie says that she is looking forward to her gift of a title match at the pay per view. Trish asks Mickie if she knows how Trish feels about the title. Mickie tells Trish to look up and there is mistletoe. Mickie kisses Trish and Trish freaks out and leaves. Mickie throws a fit as we go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Maria is singing and she has some items for the WWE Auction site. The first item is the bag that Nunzio and Vito brought to the ring at Armageddon. The second item is the outfit that Candice wore during the Tribute to the Troops. The final item is Maria’s outfit from the Tribute to the Troops. She wishes everyone a Happy New Year.
We are back and we are reminded that the time to beat is 5:56, which is currently held by Shawn Michaels.
It is time for our next ‘Beat the Clock’ match, Kurt Angle versus Khosrow Daivari
The bell rings and Daivari falls down and the ref makes the two count before stopping. Angle yells at the ref and Daivari lies down again. Angle covers and the ref only makes a two count. Angle yells at the ref again and tells him to make the count. Angle pushes the ref and then Chioda pushes Angle back. Mike Chioda goes into the crowd and Angle chases after him. Chioda returns to the ring and he starts to count and he counts out Angle.
Winner: Khosrow Daivari (by count out)
After the match, Angle freaks out in the ring as Mike Chioda goes to the back.
Big Show is walking in the back as we go to commercial.
On Unlimited, they get the ring ready for the official contract signing. Coach’s music plays as he walks to the ring for the ceremony.
Mike Chioda is in the back being interviewed by Todd Grisham. Mike says that he was not refereeing a match and as senior referee, he did what he thought was right.
We are back with the Slam of the Week: Triple H losing to Kane two weeks ago due to help from Big Show.
It is time for the official ‘contract signing’. Your master of ceremonies is Jonathan Coachman. He introduces Triple H and Hunter (with GameFountain) comes to the ring first. Out next is Big Show. Show throws his chair to the floor. Coach asks them if there are any questions about the contract. Show signs the contract first. Before Hunter signs the contract, he says that he has been out here for the last few months and heard Show call him a ‘piece of crap’ and how his time is coming. Hunter says that he has no beef with Big Show. Hunter comments on how Show screwed him out of his shot at the WWE Title. Now Hunter has a problem, a real big problem. While Hunter was practically killing himself to get what he earned, Show had it handed to him. Show was given a title match in his first match. Hunter studied the sport to get his spot. Show is a genetic marvel that had people standing in awe of him. Hunter fought his way to the top. The only reason the people pay to see Show is because he is a freak. Hunter calls Show a circus, side show freak. Hunter says that he used to look at Show differently, but now he figured out that Show is just a really tall guy. There are a lot of really tall guys. Look at the NBA. He could take care of all of the seven foot pipe cleaners. He calls Show an over inflated basketball player. Show takes the mic and tells Hunter that there is no DX and no Evolution. He has no backup, so he is all on his own. Show tells Hunter to shut up and sign the contract. At New Year’s Revolution, his time will come. If Hunter continues to run his mouth, the seven foot, 500 pound freak, will have no problem taking care of things right here, right now. Hunter comments that he has no back up because he needs no back up. Hunter calls Show ‘fat boy’ and then jabs the pen in Show’s eye. Hunter takes the GameHammer from under the table. Show blocks the sledge hammer shot and headbutts Hunter. Show charges at Hunter and he goes over the top rope to the floor. Hunter hits Show’s hand with the GameHammer and Show goes down. Coach gives Hunter the contract and he signs it. Hunter and Gamey walk to the back while Show growls at ringside. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Show walks to the back while holding his hand.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Triple H hitting Show in the hand with ‘Gamey’.
Joey mentions that Stacy Keibler will be on ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Stacy says that she has been away training for the show. Stacy mentions that it will be a dancing competition as well as a popularity contest. She is happy to be a part of the show.
It is time for our fourth ‘Beat the Clock’ match, John Cena versus Shelton Benjamin
Cena with a side head lock followed by a shoulder tackle and a two count. Cena tries to get Benjamin up for an FU, but Benjamin escapes the hold. Cena with an arm bar into a wrist lock. Benjamin reverses it with help from the ropes, but Cena tries for another FU. Benjamin with a sunset flip. Cena with another cover. Cena with a back elbow for a two count. Cena tries for a suplex, but Benjamin floats over and hits a neck breaker for a two count. Benjamin with an Irish whip, but Cena moves out of the way on a charge. Cena with a slam followed by an elbow for a two count. Benjamin ducks a clothesline and hits a cross body for a two count. Benjamin with a neck breaker for a near fall. Benjamin punches Cena, but Cena reverses an Irish whip and he sends Benjamin into the corner and follows that with a side slam for a two count. Cena checks on the clock and Benjamin with a spinebuster when Cena turns around for a two count. Benjamin with an Irish whip, but Cena moves when Benjamin tries for the Stinger Splash. Cena tries for an FU, but Benjamin lands on his feet and Benjamin with a Samoan Drop. Benjamin goes to the top turnbuckle for a clothesline and a two count. Benjamin with a reverse chin lock. Benjamin flips out of a belly-to-back attempt and he gets Cena in another reverse chin lock. Cena escapes with a Blue Thunder Driver and both men are down. Cena ducks a clothesline and he hits the flying shoulder block, clotheslines and fisherman’s suplex for a two count. Cena with an Irish whip and Benjamin tries to float over, but Cena catches Benjamin and tries to get him in an FU as the time runs out. Cena sends Benjamin to the floor. Benjamin runs Cena into the ring post. Benjamin tries for the Dragon Whip, but Benjamin hits the ring post when Cena moves. Cena rolls Benjamin back into the ring. Benjamin with a poke to the eyes, but Cena with the FU and then puts Benjamin in the STF and Benjamin taps.
Winner: John Cena
After the match, Kurt Angle and Khosrow Daivari come to the ring. Cena throws Daivari out of the ring. Angle takes Cena down and they exchange punches while security tries to separate them on the mat. Cena charges at Angle and hits a running forearm. Angle and Daivari go to the back while Cena is held back in the ring. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited, we see footage of Ashley’s Maxim photo shoot session.
We are back and Shelton Benjamin is on the phone talking about his match. He says that it was not his fault. Shelton is shocked to hear that the person on the phone will be there next week. Shelton tells the person that he loves them.
Matt Striker is in the McOffice and he wants to be the Raw General Manager. He talks about how he is intelligent, handsome, and has a great smile. Vince wants to know what Matt would do about the John Cena/Kurt Angle situation. Matt says that he would have Jonathan and Curtis write a 500 word essay on rules and responsibilities. Vince says that would make him vomit. Vince says that he would love to have had a teacher tell him to fight it out. Matt says that it wouldn’t teach them about social graces. Vince says that it would allow him to get out his aggression. Vince tells Matt that he has a great idea. Next week, Kurt Angle will face John Cena in a ‘First Blood’ match. Vince says that he has a video to review.
We go to the locker room where Santa Carlito has a message. He says ’twas the night after Christmas when all through the place he remembers the times he spit in someone’s face. He mentions Flair, Mick Foley, and RVD. He did so with glee. With 2005 gone, at New Year’s Revolution, Carlito will be champion. That would be cool. We go to commercial after Carlito’s spits apple into the camera.
Maria walks to the ring and she is going to hold the first WWE Unlimited ‘Kiss and Go’. We go through the crowd.
We are back for our fifth ‘Beat the Clock’ match, Carlito versus Victoria (with Candice Michelle and Torrie Wilson [with ‘Little Billy’])
Before the match, Carlito is happy about his opponent while Victoria does not have the happiest look on her face. Carlito laughs at his opponent as the bell rings. Carlito takes his time before getting ready for the match. Carlito backs Victoria into the corner and he wants a kiss on the break, but Victoria moves out of the corner. Carlito with a go behind and then he spanks Victoria. Carlito picks up Victoria and slams her. ‘Little Billy’ gets into the ring and Carlito gets distracted. Victoria with a low blow and then she hits Carlito with Candice’s wand for a one count. Carlito grabs Victoria and hits the Roll the Dice for the three count in 2:36.
After the match, Carlito spits apple in Victoria’s face.
Kane is walking in the back as we go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Gregory Helms says that he has created controversy. He is the most downloaded superstar. He says that controversial things, but he is not on the show tonight. He claims that there is a conspiracy. Someone is trying to hold him down and say bad things about him. That person is Jerry Lawler. Everybody loves The King, saying ‘puppies’. It is not funny when you talk about someone’s career. He will take care of things with Lawler by shutting him up.
We are back with an Earlier Tonight moment of Ric Flair confronting Edge during The Cutting Edge. We also see Mickie kissing Trish under the mistletoe, only to see Trish storm off in disgust. We also go Earlier Tonight when Hunter used ‘Gamey’ to hit Show in his hand on the ring steps.
We run through the New Year’s Revolution Card:
Ric Flair versus Edge for the Intercontinental Title
Trish Stratus versus Mickie James for the Women’s Title
Big Show versus Triple H
John Cena versus Kane versus Kurt Angle versus Carlito versus Chris Masters versus Shawn Michaels in the Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Title
It is time for our final ‘Beat the Clock’ match, Kane versus The Heart Throbs
Kane punches Romeo and Antonio followed by a kick to Antonio and then he Irish whips Antonio into Romeo. Kane with a double choke slam for the three count in 28 seconds.
We are in the McOffice as Vince watches the Survivor Series 1997 match and Vince walks to the ring for his review as we go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Trevor Murdoch talks about how he wants to review his favorite movie, Brokeback Mountain. He talks about how it has raised quite a ruckus because it does not follow social norms. He talks about being out in God’s Country alone with Larry. He talks about how things get lonely out there. He asks what people would do on a long stretch of highway with Trevor. Would you judge him or get through the evening.
We are back and we are reminded that next week we will see John Cena versus Kurt Angle in a ‘First Blood’ match.
It is time for the main event as there is No CHANCE that Vince ‘SiskelEbert’ McMahon (with *** stunt walk) would not come to the ring to do his DVD review. Vince says that his comments about the Bret DVD will be forthcoming. First, we see a clip of Bret’s comments about the ‘Montreal Screwjob’ and how you have people on one side or the other and you don’t know all the facts. Bret says that Vince did what he had to do, and Bret would not change anything he did. Bret says that ‘history will speak for itself’. Vince comments on Bret’s ‘history will speak for itself’ comments. Vince says that he thinks he is in the right and Bret thinks that he is in the right. Vince asks everyone if he thinks he was right or if Bret was right. Vince asks if they think he was right. Then he asks if they think Bret was wrong. Vince points out that he tricked the fans into giving him the answer that he wanted. He says that he tricked Bret that night into giving him the result that he wanted. The means justify the ends. He tricked Bret. . . He tricked the fans as long as he gets the right thing for the business. Shawn Michael’s music plays and he walks to the ring. Vince introduces Shawn as his ‘partner in crime’. He wants Shawn to talk about how they worked together to screw Bret. Shawn whispers something into Vince’s ear and Vince is stunned at what Shawn said. Vince says that Shawn has something to say. Shawn takes the mic and he tells Vince the last thing he is going to do is defend Bret Hart because nobody would buy it and it would be hypocritical. He has been asked a thousand times if he would do it again. Every time he said that he would do it again. Vince applauds at that. Shawn says that he would do it again now as well as then. His loyalty has been to the company. He thought it was the right thing to do for the WWE. It is one thing for Bret to continue to relive that day and it is his choice. However, for Vince to continue to relive that day, it is time to let it go. Shawn reminds Vince that it was eight years ago, and a lot has changed. Vince is the chairman of the board of a multi-million dollar corporation. Isn’t it time for both of them to grow up a little and move on. Vince mouths ‘son of a bitch’ to Shawn. Vince gets on the mic and asks for a clarification about the ‘move on’ comments. Vince brings up Buddy Rogers, the first WWWF champion. Then you have Bruno, Pedro, Billy, Hulk Hogan, and Ultimate Warrior. They moved on, but one name has remained a constant. That name is McMahon. Should Vince make Shawn ‘move on’ like those other guys? Vince says that he could do it with a snap of his fingers. As the business has moved on, so has Shawn. One bad investment and we know what would happen. Shawn has responsibilities for his family. He wants to provide a high standard of living for his family, so maybe he should think about ‘moving on’. Shawn is no different than these people. There is no other place to go. There is no WCW. They all work for ‘the man’. For Shawn ‘the man’ would be Vince McMahon. Vince appreciates Shawn speaking his mind, but it looks like Shawn is eating a little humble pie and swallowing his pride. Vince says that he does not like throwing his weight around. He wants to know how Shawn feels about swallowing his pride. Vince tells Shawn that he is like everyone and he will do what he did like when he told Shawn at Survivor Series. From now on, there will be zero tolerance. He will not take it any more as his New Year’s Resolution. Vince has one more message for Shawn. He admits to screwing Bret Hart, and tells Shawn to make sure that he does not screw Shawn. Shawn and Vince stare each other down and then Vince tosses the mic to Shawn. Shawn takes off his jacket while Vince steps out of the ring and walks to the back as we go to credits.