What has been a disastrous eight days for Evolution only got worse on Monday Night RAW when neither Triple H nor former World Tag Team Champions Ric Flair & Batista were able to get any satisfaction. Triple H entered RAW a man on a mission, as he sought another opportunity to win the World Heavyweight Championship. One week before the much anticipated World Heavyweight Championship Match between Chris Benoit and Shawn Michaels, Triple H sought a reason for his exclusion from the mix … but all he got was a face full of green mist from Tajiri.
Although Triple H ultimately defeated Tajiri in a one on one match, he clearly was not happy. His frustration would later turn to outright anger when fellow Evolution members Flair & Batista lost their rematch for the World Tag Team Championship with Benoit & Edge, after Edge speared Flair and pinned him to retain the title.
If RAW was a sign of things to come, Benoit’s recent success could very well continue next week. Not only did he carry two championship belts into Phoenix, but he also sent a message to Michaels. When Triple H came to the ring at the end of the evening to attack Benoit, Michaels followed, seemingly on Benoit’s behalf. However, after Michaels hit Benoit over the head with a chair – and while Michaels explained the “accident” to Edge – Benoit recovered and put Michaels in a Sharpshooter.
Even Randy Orton had a difficult evening. After spitting on WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race, Orton was attacked by Shelton Benjamin. Fresh off of two consecutive wins over Triple H and a pinfall victory over Ric Flair at Backlash, Benjamin seems to have picked another member of Evolution to chase.
RAW also featured a continuation of last week’s hostilities between Kane and Matt Hardy … but with a new twist. After Lita & Victoria defeated Molly Holly & Gail Kim, Kane entered the ring and stalked Lita … but instead of hurting the WWE Diva, he tried to kiss her. After Lita ran from the ring, and into Hardy’s arms, Kane followed with a vicious assault on Hardy. Later, when the two met one on one, as Kane tried to follow up two consecutive Chokeslams with a Tombstone Piledriver, Lita ran to the ring to aid Hardy. Once again Kane stalked Lita … and this time successfully kissed her!
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Lita & Victoria defeated Gail Kim & Molly Holly (4:19)
- Rhyno defeated Rob Conway (w/ Sylvain Grenier) (4:09)
- Christian (w/ Trish Stratus & Tyson Tomko) defeated Grand Master Sexay (2:35)
- Triple H defeated Tajiri (8:12)
- Kane vs. Matt Hardy ended in a no contest (3:00)
- Chris Benoit & Edge (c) defeated Batista & Ric Flair to retain the World Tag Team Championship (19:12)