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Unforgiven 2005 thru WrestleMania 23 & Draft 2007
[Revised + Expanded version of the previous entry.]
Writing Began: January 30th, 2006 (Day after Royal Rumble 2006)
Writing Finished: February 17th, 2006 (Two days before No Way Out 2006)
This is a revised and expanded version of the previous entry, “Unforgiven 2005 thru WrestleMania 22 & Draft 2006”. The reason I decided to rewrite that particular piece was because I wanted to test myself in an effort to see how well I could improvise in the ever-changing world that is World Wrestling Entertainment.
Eddie Guerrero’s death on November 13th, 2005 had as big an impact on professional wrestling and its fans as any death in the history of the business, and if using his unfortunate passing as an excuse to work on my hobby is seen as callous, I apologize; unfortunately, life goes on, and as a business - a business that I dream of one day being a part of - WWE still had to continue producing a product. Eddie Guerrero is still missed to this day, and mention of his passing in this writing is not meant to be in any way disrespectful.
There were many other changes between the times of Unforgiven 2005 (September) and No Way Out 2006 (February), including, but not limited to:
- Chris Jericho, Christian, Rosey, and Juventud Guerrera were released from their contracts.
- Batista, Booker T, and John “Bradshaw” Layfield suffered injuries that put them on the shelf for a while.
- Bobby Lashley, Mickie James, The Boogeyman, Kid Kash, Mama Benjamin, The Spirit Squad, The Gymini, Finlay, and Goldust all debuted or returned.
- Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, Test, Matt Striker, Charlie Haas, and Chuck Palumbo were all rumored to be getting the “call-up” from OVW soon.
- Mick Foley was heavily rumored to be returning.
- The Dicks, Marty Jannetty, and the entirety of the Juniors’ Division all debuted AND were released in that time-frame.
In addition, Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels began working a program together, Jim Ross was fired, and Kurt Angle was moved from “Raw” to “Smackdown!”.
UNFORGIVEN 2005 (Raw)
WWE Title: CENA/Angle
Cage: Edge Matt
Shelton/Kerwin – Kerwin gets the win by hitting him with a golf-club.
Show/Snitsky – Show wins.
Trish-Ashley/Vitoria-Torrie – The heels cheat to win, hitting Trish in the back, followed by Victoria hitting the Widow’s Peak.
Shawn/Masters – Carlito comes out to help Masters, so Flair comes out to even the odds. Shawn hits the super-kick, but Carlito jumps on the apron, distracting Shawn so that he doesn’t go for the pin; Flair pulls Carlito off the apron, and the two get into a shoving match and making threats. Flair and Carlito back-off a bit, only for Carlito to pick up a steel-chair and threaten Flair; this prompts Shawn to try to step out of the ring to help, but while he’s stepping out of the ring, Masters (who was recovering during the shenanigans) runs up behind him and puts him in the Masterlock. After a valiant effort, Shawn finally passes out. After the match, Flair chases the heels off, revives Shawn, and helps him to back.
Edge/Matt – Matt is going for the door while Edge tries to climb over the top; Matt is clearly about to win, when Lita slams the door on his head, allowing Edge to win.
Backstage: Flair is tending to Shawn, and says he’s gonna go find a doctor.
Hurricane-Rosey/Cade-Murdoch – Cade-Murdoch win the titles.
Carlito/Flair – They do the ring-intros, but Flair doesn’t come out. They replay his music, but again, no. They then cut backstage, where Flair is once again in a big bloody heap. Carlito has a mischievous “Imagine That” smile on his face, and declares himself the winner. Shawn then comes out, and challenges Carlito; Shawn dominates for about thirty seconds, but Masters runs out for the DQ, and the heels double-team Shawn. Flair then makes his way to the ring and chases the heels off.
Cena/Angle – Cena gets the crap kicked out of him for the most part, only to rally from behind and win.
Eddie is bragging that he FINALLY beat Rey, and says that, now that he has his confidence back, he’s ready to take anyone on – “Batista! I want you out here, now!” Rey comes out instead, and tells Eddie that, even though Eddie beat him once, Rey beat him 8(?) times, so if anybody deserves a shot, it’s Rey. Teddy Long makes one more Eddie/Rey match, with the winner getting the title-shot at “No Mercy”.
JBL, embarrassed by OJ, gets in Benoit’s face, and challenges for the US title himself; Benoit says “anywhere, anytime”, which leads to JBL trying to cheap-shot Benoit, but Benoit ducks, decks OJ, and takes JBL down with the crossface, making JBL tap. This leads to a match the next week, in which Benoit wins with the crossface.
Kennedy continues to squash jobbers, and stirs the pot between Booker and Benoit.
Lashley debuts, and is given a small “Goldberg” push over some jobbers.
Christian continues to act as a tweener, getting in Booker’s face while battling the Mexicools.
Orton continues to torment Taker.
Basic holding-pattern the next few weeks, until the jump to USA. Bischoff continues to try to stack the deck against Cena, Edge and Matt try to hug with each other, and Carlito and Masters continue to mess with Shawn and Flair. One week sees, for instance, Cena/Snitsky, Matt interfere in Edge’s match, Kerwin cheating to beat Shelton, and Carlito and Masters costing Shawn and Flair a title-match against Cade-Murdoch.
During this time, Mickie James debuts.
As for the “Vince fires JR” storyline, I’m leaving that in, as anything that applies to Vince is his own decision, and will happen. Same goes for the eventual Vince/Shawn feud, that’s something that Vince himself is responsible for.
DEBUT OF “RAW” ON USA
It’s already confirmed that this show will be 3 hours long, and feature Austin, Foley, and Hogan, as well as Trips’ return.
The show opens with Trips making his return. He issues a challenge to Cena, but Shawn interrupts. He gets in Trips’ face, saying that he doesn’t deserve another title-shot, seeing as he lost 3x to Batista and has been absent for months; Trips takes exception, threatening Shawn, but Shawn doesn’t back down. As they’re bickering, Carlito and Masters come out; they surround Shawn, all the while Trips does his “What you gonna do, now?” look to Shawn. Flair makes his way out, initially to help Shawn, but Trips starts to insult Flair, saying that “you USED to be the man; now you’re just a Bitch!”. This draws Bischoff out, who sets-up Shawn-Flair/Carlito-Masters, as well as a “tune-up” match for Trips against Eugene, in addition to another Cena/Angle match and Edge/Matt in a strap-match.
Austin comes out, says “thanks for watching ‘Raw’”.
Trips/Eugene – Trips absolutely decimates Eugene. Trips then says that what he just did serves as a warning to all.
Foley comes out, does his schtick.
Edge/Matt – Near the end, Matt gains the advantage and is about to win, but Snitsky runs in and starts pounding on Matt; just as Edge is about to hit the final turnbuckle, the ring-posts shoot fire, and Kane makes his return to chase off Snitsky and beat-down Edge. Matt gets back up, wins, and Matt and Kane give each other cold stares.
Hogan comes out, “Hulkamania will live forever!”.
Cena/Angle – Cena wins, thanks to some old-fashioned “heel miscommunication” with Bischoff.
Bischoff comes out, says that he’s sick of guys like Austin, Hogan, and Foley appearing on HIS show, and wants to know why, as the GM of “Raw”, he has to deal with things like this. Out comes Vince, who’s all “We give the fans what they want!”, ultimately leading to Vince putting Bischoff in his place, and Bischoff being embarrassed and staring angrily at Vince as Vince walks away.
Shawn-Flair/Carlito-Masters – Shawn plays Morton, while the heels run from Flair; near the end, Trips makes his way out to the ring. Shawn finally hot-tags Flair, who then turns on him; Flair, Trips, Carlito, and Masters then beat the crap out of Shawn, thus signifying the newest incarnation of Evolution.
From here, the Shawn/Trips blood-feud reignites, and the “Taboo Tuesday” card is set-up. Once again, the champion (Cena) will defend his belt against 1 of 3 choices (Shawn, Trips, Angle), and now the tag-champs (Cade-Murdoch) will also defend their belts against 1 of 3 choices (Hurricane-Rosey, Val-Vis, Heart Throbs). Also, Edge/Matt is signed, where the fans choose the stipulation (Ladder, Ambulance, or First Blood), as well as Trish-Ashley/Victoria-Torrie where the fans pick their outfits. The rest of the card will consist of a “wrestler pool”, where ten or so midcarders (Tomko, Kerwin, Conway, Tajiri, Coach, etc.) can be voted into three other matches: Carlito defending the IC-title against, a Masterlock Challenge, and a tag-match with Kane and Snitsky both getting chosen partners. There will also be a battle-royal, with all the wrestlers from the “wrestler pool” that didn’t get picked.
During the final Eddie/Rey match, the Ortons get involved, costing Rey the match; afterwards, Taker comes out to avenge the injustice.
JBL says that he only tapped because Benoit jumped him when he wasn’t ready, but that he STILL lasted more than 22 seconds. JBL challenges Benoit to another match, and again, JBL eventually taps to the crossface. JBL then challenges Benoit to a “no submissions” match at the PPV.
Heidenreich returns, and he and Animal resume their feud with MNM.
Regal-Burchill continue to dominate lower-card guys.
The Mexicools make life hell for the cruisers, with Rey ultimately challenging Juvi.
Kennedy continues to run his mouth, ultimately getting in Lashley’s face. The two are on for the PPV.
Buncha debuts this month: The Boogeyman debuts, and does his backstage skits. The Dicks debut, and are quickly forgotten about. Kid Kash debuts, and beats some low-level cruisers like Funaki and Scotty. The Junior’s Division also debuts, and are treated like a serious division.
NO MERCY 2005 (SD)
World Title: BATISTA/Eddie
US Title, No Submissions: BENOIT/Jbl
Tag Titles: HEIDENREICH-ANIMAL/Mnm
Rey/Juvi – Rey wins.
Regal-Burchill/Richards-Holly – Just meant to be an exhibition of Burchill’s skills.
Booker/Christian – During the match, Sharmell turns on Booker, giving Christian the win. Sharmell says that Christian is her new boy-toy.
Kennedy/Lashley – After about five minutes, Kennedy purposely bumps the ref, and then grabs a chair. He clocks Lashley with the chair, Lashley falls to one knee, then roars back at Kennedy, basically daring him to do it again; Kennedy complies and hits him again, Lashley goes down, but struggles to his feet. Kennedy reels back, and is just waiting for Lashley to get back up; at this time, the ref begins to stand back up. Lashley finally gets back to his feet, Kennedy swings the chair again, Lashley *catches* the chair, Kennedy mouths “oh crap”, and Lashley waffles him with the chair. The ref sees the last part, and disqualifies Lashley. Lashley loses it, picks up the unconscious Kennedy, and hits the Dominator on him. Lashley stomps back to the locker room, while Kennedy begins to regain consciousness, and holds his arm in the air.
LOD/MNM – MNM finally regain the tag titles. Heidenreich is upset, but Animal tells him it’s ok; they hug afterwards and salute the crowd.
Ortons/Taker – Lots of cheating and underhanded tactics lead to Randy getting the win after the RKO.
Benoit/JBL – Benoit punishes JBL with suplexes and the like, ultimately getting the pin with the flying headbutt. JBL protests afterwards, so Benoit runs in and slaps the crossface on JBL.
Batista/Eddie – Batista wins.
TABOO TUESDAY 2005 (Raw)
Gimmick Choice: Edge vs. Matt [Ladder, Ambulance, First Blood]
WWE Title: CENA vs. [Shawn, Trips, Angle]
Battle Royal for a title-shot next week: [All “pool” wrestlers who haven’t wrestled yet]
Tag Titles: CADE-MURDOCH vs. [Hurricane-Rosey, Val-Vis, Heart Throbs]
IC Title: CARLITO vs. [Anyone]
Clothing Choice: Trish-Ashley vs. Victoria-Torrie [Pick their outfits]
Masterlock Challenge: Masters vs. [Anyone]
Pick-A-Partner: Kane & [Anyone] vs. Snitsky & [Anyone]
Kane-?/Snitsky-? – Kane wins either way. If Kane gets a face partner, they get along, but if he gets a heel partner, he beats the crap out of them; vice-versa on Snitsky’s part.
Masterlock Challenge – If it’s a face, Masters wins, and then brutalizes them afterwards. If it’s a heel, Masters wins, but takes it easy on them.
Trish-Ashley/Victoria-Torrie – Trish pins Victoria.
Carlito/? – Either way, Carlito cheats to win with help from Masters.
Cade-Murdoch/?-? – Cade-Murdoch retain.
Battle Royal – Any heel mid-carder.
Cena/? – Give them ten minutes. At the end, if it’s Trips, Angle interferes, if it’s Angle, Trips interferes, and if it’s Shawn, Trips AND Angle interfere. Whatever happens, the person interfering is attacking the person who got voted-in out of jealousy, and Cena wins.
Matt/Edge – Lita’s interference backfires (she accidentally knocks over Edge’s ladder, she accidentally hits Edge, etc.), giving Matt the win.
The Trips/Shawn feud continues to boil, but with the inclusion of Angle as a kind-of 3-way battle for title-shots – each one thinks that they deserve it more than the other two. Cena continues to get booked in “impossible-to-win” matches and feud with Evolution. Shelton will get a shot at Carlito’s IC title (which Evo will interfere in), thus prompting a feud between them. On one show, Masters and Carlito beat-down Shelton, but The Hurricane runs out for the save. When asked why, Hurricane says that he “has something to prove to himself, and that’s to see if he can save the world from the biggest super villains of all: Evolution.” Hurricane and Rosey are still pals, but are kept apart for a while.
Matt, Edge, Kane, and Snitsky all continue to mess with each other; Matt doesn’t trust Kane.
Kerwin challenges Show, and Conway torments Eugene. Cade-Murdoch feud with the thrown-together teams for a little while longer.
Angle gets one last shot at Cena, but doesn’t get it done; Bischoff is pissed, and punishes Angle, leaving him off of “Survivor Series”.
When Eddie dies, “Kerwin White” is immediately wiped from the history books, and Chavo is moved back to “Smackdown”. Steven Richards is then moved to “Raw”.
Eddie is upset that he didn’t get the job done, but insists that, if they were to ever wrestle again, he can GUARANTEE victory. Batista is quick to oblige.
The Mexicools attack Heidenreich during a match, which prompts a small Heidenreich/Mexicools feud; the Mexicools seek out Regal, who allows them to use Burchill as back-up.
Kennedy continues to stir the pot between Booker and Benoit; Booker approaches Benoit, who tells Booker that he’ll give him a shot anytime he wants. This leads to Booker beating Benoit for the title one week, and then Benoit regaining the title the next week, with both matches featuring the two shaking hands after the match. During a third match, Christian and Kennedy interfere, throwing the match out.
JBL, disgusted with OJ, fires him; Teddy Long sets-up Benoit, Lashley, Taker, and OJ vs. JBL, Christian, Kennedy, and Orton at SurSer.
Daivari reappears on SD; he’s added to the Cruiser-division.
Holly and Richards make a make-shift team and challenge MNM.
When Christian quits, Regal is given his uppercard spot for the moment.
Eddie dies. At the PPV, the Bats/Eddie match is cancelled; instead, Batista will say a few words about Eddie, and then introduce Chavo, who will be allowed to speak his mind. A classic “Eddie” match will then be aired, something like Eddie/Rey from “Halloween Havoc 1997” or Eddie/Brock from “No Way Out 2004”. Also, out of respect for Eddie, Taker will not be used on the PPV, and his spot will be given to Booker. With Kerwin’s removal, Tomko will take his place in the opening match of the PPV. With Richards’ move to Raw, Animal subs for him against MNM.
SURVIVOR SERIES 2005 (I)
R - Shawn, Cena, Shelton, Hurricane vs. Trips, Flair, Carlito, Masters
S - A classic “Eddie” match is aired, introduced by Chavo and Bats
S - Benoit, Booker, Lashley, OJ vs. JBL, Regal, Kennedy, Orton
R - Matt-Kane/Edge-Snitsky
S - Rey, London, Funaki, Heidenreich vs. The Mexicools & Burchill
S - Tag Titles: MNM/Holly-Animal
R - Show, Eugene, Richards, Rosey vs. Tomko, Conway, Cade, Murdoch
[Last-minute changes: The Bats/Eddie match is cancelled, and a classic Eddie-match – such as Eddie/Rey or Eddie/Brock – is aired instead; this video is introduced in the middle of the ring by Chavo and Bats. With Chavo’s gimmick-change and jump to SD, Tomko replaces him at the last minute. Out of respect for Eddie, Taker isn’t used on the PPV, and his spot his given to Booker. Richards is the fourth man (replacing Val) in the opening match. With Richards’ jump to Raw, Animal subs for the match against MNM.]
Raw Match – Tomko is out first, then Eugene. Rosey is out next, then Cade. Show eliminates Conway, but Murdoch cheats to eliminate Show. Richards gets the win.
MNM/Holly-Animal – MNM win.
Cruisers – Heidenreich is eliminated early by the heels’ cheating ways. The match comes down to Burchill and Rey, with Burchill ultimately winning.
Matt-Kane/Edge-Snitsky – Matt is visibly upset at tagging with Kane before the match even begins. During the match, Snitsky pushes Kane into Matt (who is facing the other way), which prompts Matt and Kane to go at it. The match is thrown-out, and Edge and Snitsky walk to the back, while refs try to pull Matt and Kane apart.
SD Match – Kennedy won’t tag-in when Lashley is in. Lashley eliminates Regal quickly. Orton pulls Booker’s tights for the elimination; Orton showboats a bit too much, and turns around to get a Lashley Dominator for his troubles. This leaves Benoit, Lashley, and OJ against JBL and Kennedy. All of a sudden, the Boogeyman’s music hits, and he appears from under the ring. Everybody is afraid of him, with the exception of Lashley - this piques Boogey’s interest, as he dances around Lashley, trying to intimidate him, but Lashley just stands their stoically, staring Boogey dead in the eye, while everyone (including the ref) else stands against the ropes, watching curiously. After a while, Kennedy decides to get in Boogey’s face (thus again showing that Kennedy is willing to confront his fears), so Boogey kicks him and Pumphandle Slams him, which allows Lashley to pin him. Boogey leaves. Lashley is dominating JBL, but JBL catches him with the Clothesline From Hell from out of nowhere for a quick elimination. This leaves Benoit and OJ against JBL. Benoit and JBL face-off in the middle of the ring, and OJ slowly climbs into the ring, behind Benoit; he charges Benoit from behind, but Benoit ducks, resulting in OJ running into JBL, knocking him down. Benoit takes OJ down, and locks him in the crossface, making him tap; the ref is really confused, but eventually signals for the bell, citing that, technically, Jordan *DID* submit, so he’s eliminated. JBL tries to capitalize, but Benoit takes him down and makes him tap.
In-Ring: Bats comes out to say a few words about Eddie, then introduces Chavo, who says a few words of his own, and introduces a classic “Eddie” match. A full and complete match is then aired.
Faces/Evo – Hurricane is eliminated quickly by a Carlito/Masters double-team; he then loses his cool, and pulls Masters out of the ring and hits him with a chair, causing him to be eliminated. Rosey eventually comes out to try to calm Hurricane down, but Hurricane storms to the back. Carlito beats Shelton, then Cena beats Carlito. Trips and Flair cheat to eliminate Shawn (sledge-hammer, etc.), leaving Cena to fend for himself. Trips and Flair take turns hammering on Cena (triggering a blade-job), until Cena gets a small-package out of nowhere on Flair. This leaves a bloody and exhausted Cena with the much fresher Trips. Trips toys with Cena a little, but the ref gets bumped during Cena’s come-back; Kurt Angle comes out of the crowd, hits the Olympic Slam on both, and then leaves. Cena recovers first, but Trips kicks out; Trips goes for the Pedigree, but Cena reverses into the FU, and gets the pin.
The first episode after “Survivor Series”, Trips opens the show, complaining that the only reason he lost last night was because of Angle, and then calls Angle out. Angle comes out, and the two start going at it right away. Refs pull them apart, and Bischoff comes out and announces that at “New Year’s Revolution”, Trips and Angle will fight for the right to face Cena at the “Royal Rumble”. Shawn then interrupts, saying that he wants another crack at them, so it’s made into a 3-way.
Also, Kane cuts a promo in the ring, basically saying that, after losing Lita, he finally realized what he had done to Matt; he thought that he was being kind by allowing Lita to go home and see him when they weren’t on the road [this fixes the whole “on TV” problem, and gives the idea that Kane and Lita WERE married, but he only forced her to be with him while they were traveling; she was free to do what she wanted during time off], and he apologizes to Matt. Matt comes out, pulls a hammer out of his baggy pants, and attacks Kane, setting-up some Matt/Kane matches over the next few weeks. Over the course of the month, Bischoff approaches Kane, asking him if getting hit in the face with a hammer helped him regain his killer instinct; it takes a few weeks, but Kane regains his edge and becomes a full-fledged heel again who sets people on fire and stuff. Bischoff rewards Kane with a shot at Cena at NYR.
Shelton and Hurricane have a match against Masters and Carlito, with Hurricane taking the fall. Backstage, Rosey calms him down, but Hurricane thinks that the problem was his partner; he then challenges Trips and Flair to a match against himself and Rosey the next week. Trips pins Rosey in that match, which pisses off Hurricane, and he storms out of the arena. Hurricane is kept off TV for a few weeks.
After seeing Hurricane’s breakdown, Steven Richards volunteers to help Shawn, Cena, and Shelton against Evo.
With everything so out of control with Edge and Matt, Bischoff announces that they will face each other for the last time at NYR… “HELL IN A CELL!!!”. Edge says he’s fine with it, but Matt questions how much he REALLY wants to fight him again; Edge says he wants to fight him more than anything, and eventually Matt talks Edge into putting his “Money In The Bank” contract on the line.
“Mama Benjamin” debuts at this time. I am keeping this in, as it was done as punishment for a real life problem (Shelton mouthing-off to a road-agent or something). Shelton will stay face to begin with, but will slowly turn heel over the next few weeks (around the time of the Rumble).
Lastly, the Shawn/Vince program is kept, as, like I said, anything involving Vince is his own decision, and he can’t be overruled. This also adds another wrinkle to the big feud of Shawn, Cena, and Shelton (and Richards) against Evo, as, now, the faces have to look-out for Vince, and, unlike in the past, the idea now is that everybody IS afraid to go against Vince, as it’s implied that he WILL (in kayfabe) fire anybody who opposes him; Cena won’t be hitting the F.U. on Vince anytime soon.
After “Survivor Series”, an “Eddie Guerrero Memorial Match” (similar to Bret/Benoit) is scheduled for “Smackdown”; I’d try to get a 4-way between Chavo, Rey, Benoit, and, if he’s up to it, Malenko, though a 3-way with Malenko as the ref would work, too. Chavo would win, since he IS family.
Batista makes an announcement: he would like to offer a title-shot to Benoit. Benoit is surprised, but Bats says that he wants to be a fighting champion, and that he admires Benoit. JBL comes out to object, so they do a Benoit/JBL match for the shot, which Benoit wins when OJ’s interference back-fires. JBL, pissed at OJ, says “You’re REALLY fired this time!”
Kennedy challenges Taker to a match at the PPV, citing his hatred of “weird, spooky people” (stemming from the Boogeyman at Sur-Ser). Taker responds in his usual way. However, once Kennedy is injured, JBL takes his place.
MNM pick a fight with Lashley, with Boogey coming to Lashley’s aid.
Rey and Orton finish their feud on TV, with Juvi costing Rey a match, which segues into Rey/Juvi, and Orton moving into the US-title scene. Chavo is also added to the US-title scene.
Nunzio gets more TV-time, basically saying that there’s no competition; Teddy Long sets up a one night, 8-man tournament for the Cruiser title at “Armageddon”. Kash interrupts, however, and says that he doesn’t want to wait; he wins the title from Nunzio through cheating.
Benoit drops the US-title to Booker.
ARMAGEDDON 2005 (SD)
US Title: BOOKER/Chavo/Orton
Rey/Crazy, London/Psicosis, Kendrick/Juvi, Noble/KASH
Quarter-finals: Rey/Crazy – Rey wins.
Quarter-finals: London/Psicosis – Psicosis.
Taker/JBL - Taker
Quarter-finals: Kendrick/Juvi – Juvi.
Quarter-finals: KASH/Noble – Nunzio interferes, Noble wins.
MNM/Lashley-Boogey – Lashley and Boogey win the titles.
Semi-Finals: Rey/Psicosis – Rey.
Semi-Final: Juvi/Noble – Juvi.
US Title – Chavo pins Booker for the title.
Finals: Rey/Juvi – Juvi wins with a Hurricanrana-Reversal in a perfectly clean match.
Batista/Benoit – Batista. They shake hands afterwards.