WWF Raw Is War 5.15.2000
WWF RAW IS WAR
Monday, May 15th, 2000
Live from the Gund Arena in Cleveland, OH
List of WWF Champions at the time:
● WWF World Heavyweight Champion: The Rock (4/30/2000)
● WWF Intercontinental Champion: Chris Benoit (5/08/2000)
● WWF World Tag Team Champions: Edge & Christian (4/02/2000)
● WWF European Champion: Eddie Guerrero (4/03/2000)
● WWF Hardcore Champion: Crash Holly (5/11/2000)
● WWF Women’s Champion: Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley (3/30/2000)
● WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: Dean Malenko (4/27/2000)
~ Raw comes on the air and goes right to the intro with Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler welcoming us to the show. We then get a shot of The Rock arriving at the building, showing he is indeed here this week.
~ Things then kick off with … WWF Commissioner Shawn Michaels coming out for the first time since the first official Smackdown episode last August! Michaels gets on the mic and starts off by introducing himself to the new fans that have come along since he retired. Michaels says a number of things have recently gone on in the WWF but admits has hasn’t been doing his job very well and didn’t punish people as he should have done because he’s had other priorites lately such as his wrestling academy, his own wrestling promotion in Texas, and his wife and newborn son. Michaels feels he should be punished for the McMahon-Helmsley Regime coming to pass since he’s the guy that got the wheels started back in August after superkicking Rock on the Smackdown premiere. After showing footage of that and his celebration with Triple H, Michaels announces he’s decided to step down as WWF Commissioner. Before Michaels can say anything else Vince McMahon makes his way out to the ring sporting a huge grin on his face and gets on the mic talking about the great footage we just saw. Vince mentions not inviting Michaels here tonight but Michaels explains he was invited to the building by CEO Linda McMahon and Vince doesn’t seem too happy about it. Michaels says he has two announcements, the first being Linda has appointed him as the official WWF spokesperson. Michaels then mentions the Iron Man Match this Sunday, pointing out Triple H claiming how everyone’s afraid of it. Michaels reminds Vince he’s the only guy in the WWF who’s gone 60 minutes so he’s going to be the special referee for the match. Vince is taken aback before reminding Michaels of the resiliency he once posessed in his days as WWF Champion. Vince then asks if Michaels is still up to the task now while jabbing him with his finger and Michaels responds by shoving Vince down to the mat. Michaels then departs to the back with Vince glaring at him from the ring as we go to commercial.
~ Back from break we get a replay of Shawn Michaels’s confrontation with Vince McMahon before we get footage of Michaels leaving the building in his limo during the break just as another limo makes its way in. The DX crew then files out of the limo with Road Dogg and X-Pac wondering if it was Shawn Michaels they just saw but the Hemlseys scoff at that idea. Suddenly The Big Show walks up to them looking for Shane McMahon then peeks in the limo but doesn’t find him while the DX’ers assure him Shane will be arriving soon.
~ Out in the arena the Dudleys make their way to the ring before we cut back and find Al Snow and Steve Blackman who puts over Snow’s new serious attitude while expressing his gratitude that Head Cheese is now behind them. Snow mentions he no longer carries Head around and brings up Blackman’s affinity for cheese which Blackman denies. Snow then starts meditating before heading out to the ring and apparently there’s still some tension between them.
- The Dudley Boyz vs. Al Snow & Head
JR announces the Dudleys will face Road Dogg & X-Pac in a tag-team tables match at the pay-per-view. Snow and D’Von lockup to start and D’von gets a hammerlock but Snow reverses it into his own hammerlock. D’von fights out of that and goes into a headlock and Snow shoves him into the ropes but eats a shoulderblock. Snow starts blocking D’Von’s shots and hits a discus punch as we see Road Dogg, Tori and X-Pac on the ramp watching the action. Snow hammers D’Von with kicks and whips him but D’Von comes back with a spinning elbow. Bubba tags in and gets in his shots then goes for a whip but Snow reverses it and hits a backdrop followed a clothesline. Blackman tags in for a double-team then goes for a whip but Bubba reverses it and ducks a roundhouse kick. Blackman comes back with a series of kicks then comes off the ropes but runs right into a sidewalk slam. Bubba draws Snow in and sets Blackman up while D’Von climbs to the top and hits the headbutt to the groin. D’Von takes over with out a tag and goes for a whip but Blackman reverses and Snow pulls D’Von out to the floor then drops him on the ramp with the bdoy scissors. Snow tosses D’Von back in the ring then helps Blackman whip him but D’Von comes back with a clothesline on both men. Bubba gets the tag and takes it to both men with clotheslines then backdrops Snow and drops Blackman with a back suplex. D’Von tags in and helps Bubba whip Snow but Blackman crosses in front of him and nails Bubba with dropkick. Bubba then climbs out through the ropes and Blackman goes after him while Snow hammers D’Von with knees. However the match starts breaking down here as both men seem indecisive and lost. Show then goes for a whip but D’Von reverses it and the Dudleys hit the 3D for the win. (3:07) Match wasn’t much even before the wheels came off. DUD
D’Von celebrates when Blackman nails him with the pump kick but Bubba dumps him over the ropes to the floor. The DX’ers then charge in the ring and X-Pac low blows Bubba then follows up with the X-Factor. Road Dogg knocks D’Von through the ropes then rolls Bubba out to the floor before setting a table up nearby. X-Pac rolls Bubba onto the table while Road Dogg climbs onto the apron but Tori begs him to let her do this. Road Dogg obliges so Tori climbs up to the top rope and splashes Bubba through the table.
~ Back from break we get a replay of Tori splashing Bubba Ray Dudley through a table to set up their match Sunday. We then find D’Von trying to snap Bubba out of his trance saying Tori’s sins won’t go unpunished at Judgment Day.
~ Out in the arena Stephanie McMahon comes out to the stage and gets on the mic to annoy us with some promo time. Stephanie starts off by giving props to Tori for standing up against Bubba Ray Dudley and putting him through a table then then brings up how she herself was almost degraded last Thrusday when Rikishi attempted to give her the stinkface. After showing footage of the near-miss on the TitanTron Stephanie thanks Triple H for saving her from the most repulsive move in the WWF. Stephanie says Rikishi’s opponent for tonight also feels the same way when Kurt Angle comes out. Stephanie looks to embrace Angle but settles for a handshake instead and departs, planting the seeds. Angle then takes the mic saying he’s sickened by the stinkface and wonders how it got started. Angle figures that rubbing someone’s rear into another’s face might be an acceptable greeting in Samoa, or Cleveland but regardless it it not a sanctioned wrestling moves and therefore doesn’t belong in the ring.
- Kurt Angle vs. Rikishi
On Heat Angle cost Rikishi’s buddies Too Cool a tag title match against his new pals Edge & Christian so JR announces a six-man tag has been signed for the pay-per-view. Also by this time the ‘Phatu’ was dropped form Rikishi’s name even though it still appears in his video. Rikishi gets in the first shots when Angle comes back and tries to scoop Rikishi up but can’t get him off his feet. Rikishi easily slams Angle to the mat and hits a legdrop then whips him. Angle then goes for a Sunset Flip but can’t get Rikishi over and Rikishi goes for the sitdown splash but Angle manages to avoid it. We then find Pat Patterson flanked by Edge & Christian on the stage and Rikishi looks over and sees Patterson taunting him. Rikishi whips Angle into a corner and squashes him and Angle slumps down to the mat in position for a stinkface. Rikishi starts moving in when Edge & Christian charge the ring for the save and there’s your DQ. (1:04) I’m sure these two could have a solid match if the WWF will just let them. DUD
Rikishi is able to fight E&C off then whips Angle into a corner, Edge into Angle and Christian into both guys before hitting the running butt splash on all three. Too Cool then run in, knocking Patterson down on the way and Rikishi and his pals clear their pay-per-view opponents out of the ring before commencing with the post-match dance.
~ Backstage we find The big Show pacing around the garage still waiting for Shane McMahon to arrive at the building as we get a clip of Shane getting himself a piece of Show on Smackdown after the Dudleys put him through a table.
~ Back from break we get an exterior shot of the gund Arena as JR buzzes about what’s happened so far tonight.
- WWF Hardcore Title: Crash Holly © vs. The Godfather
Godfather comes out to his normal theme instead of the Ice T remix but still does his usual speil on the mic. Crash comes out and slides some plunder in the ring before Godfather stomps away at him to start us off. Godfather whips Crash and hits a shoulderblock then whips him again and this time connects with a big boot. Godfather grabs a broom and whacks Crash in the face then slams him to the mat but misses an elbowdrop. Crash starts fighting back and goes for a whip but Godfather tosses him over the ropes. Godfather goes out and whips Crash into his scale then drops him onto the barricade before throwing him back in the ring. Godfather hits a powerslam then goes for the Ho Tran but Crash grabs a stop sign and uses that to block him. D’Lo Brown then runs in the ring and nails Crash then climbs to the top rope and hits the Lo Down on Godfather. D’Lo plants Crash with the Sky Hi then covers him trying to win the belt for himself but Godfather breaks it up. D’Lo works over Godfather when Godfather backdrops him over the ropes and they duke it out on the floor. However one of Godfather’s ladies (reportedly known as Bobcat) covers Crash in the ring as the referee counts the three for a title change! (2:34) Bobcat celebrates becoming the first female to win the title when Crash rolls her up and gets the three to regain the belt after just 16 seconds. (2:50) The now eight-time champion grabs the belt and takes off while Godfather takes issue with the lady trying to steal his title. The 24/7 thing was quickly becoming a joke by this time and it would only get worse from here. DUD
~ The Helmsleys are shown heading to the ring with Vince McMahon in tow, signaling more promo time is near. We also see Big Show still waiting for Shane’s arrival but starting to get impatient as we go to commercial.
~ Back from break Triple H, Stephanie and Vince hit to the ring because just two promo segments aren’t enough. Vince gets on the mic first announcing that Shawn Michaels has left the building while saying it’s a good thing he did. Vince next brings up The Rock returning and announces he will be in action tonight against another champion, Chris Benoit, just to make sure he doesn’t have any rust. Vince even decides to make it a submission match then questions whether Rock ever won by submission while Triple H suggests Rock may not know any moves. Uh, didn’t Rock actually win his first WWF Championship at the 1998 Survivor Series by using the Sharpshooter? Anyway Triple H takes the mic demanding Rock come out to answer his challenge for an Iron Man Match this Sunday then decides to help him understand exactly what he’s in for in the match to make sure there’s no excuses. Triple H says this is a match nobody wants to touch because very few men have the ability to go an entire 60 minutes. Triple H claims that he has that ability before asking Rock to look inside himself and see if he can say the same thing. Triple H also says once the dust settles one man will walk away the undisputed WWF Champion and that will be him. Triple H then addresses Shawm Michaels acting as the special referee, mentioning the past the two of them share but warns Michaels to call the match the way it should be officiated or else Michaels won’t even have a future.
Eventually The Rock makes his way out to the stage to offer a counterpoint and starts off with the usual “Finally” intro. Rock brings up Triple H running his mouth for a week during his absence before formally accepting the challenge. Rock then claims Triple H is eating himself up deep inside over the fact that as good as he is, The Rock is simply better. Rock also brings up Shawn Michaels being the guest referee for the Iron Man match but smells a rat in this whole setup since the last time he, Michaels and Triple H were in the ring together Michaels cost him the WWF Title. Rock then gives his warning to Michaels to call the match down the middle threatening to do something with his boot. Rock turns his attention to his match tonight telling Vince he can throw anything at him and he’ll still get the job done. Rock says one hour won’t be long enough for everything he wants to do to Triple H this Sunday and finishes it up. I guess we should be lucky they only used 10 minutes to hype the pay-per-view and set up tonight’s main event.
~ The Judgment Day promo is shown saying “his” judgement day is coming but now has Kid Rock music as well. Weird.
- Chris Jericho vs. Hardcore Holly – Hardcore Match
Lawler suggests Hardcore softening Jericho up before the pay-per-view must be a favor for Chris Benoit in return for Benoit softening The Rock up for Triple H on Sunday. Both men exchange shots to start and Jericho forces Hardcore into a corner before taking him down by the legs. The two continue throwing punches and the referee tries to separate them but all three tumble through the ropes. Jericho soon gets the advantage with chops and goes for a whip but Hardcore reverses him into the ringsteps. Jericho trips Hardcore into the steps with a drop toehold then grabs a chair and takes a swing but misses and Hardcore clotheslines Jericho down. Hardcore connects with his own chop before throwing Jericho back in the ring then picks the chair up but Jericho knocks it into his face with a baseball slide. Jericho goes back out and chokes Hardcore with a TV cable then dumps him over the barricade and the two brawl in the crowd. Hardcore backdrops Jericho back over the barrier to ringisde then grabs a leather strap and whips Jericho with it. Hardcore finally throws Jericho back in the ring then climbs to the top rope with a metal trash can in hand and leaps off but Jericho dropkicks the can into his face. Jericho clocks Hardcore in the head with the can then goes for the Walls of Jericho when Benoit comes in and pulls Jericho off, putting him in a Dragon sleeper. Jericho is flailing his arms around trying to hold on while the referee just stands there unable to do anything about it. Hardcore brings the chair in the ring and swings it at one of them but Benoit shoves Jericho right into the shot. Benoit then departs the ring having accomplished his mission while Hardcore collects the pin. (4:30) Okay match but not much different from the usual hardcore fare. Not to mention a little too short. *½
~ Backstage a limo pulls into the garage but Big Show stops it and forces the door open thinking Shane’s in there. However Show drags out some guy instead of Shane then start yelling about where Shane can possibly be.
~ Back from break Shane McMahon makes his way out to the ring because we apparently need yet another promo. Shane gets on the mic and asks someone to tell Big Show where he is so Show can stop asking which way did he go. Shane then addresses the fans calling him a (rhymes with) wussy by saying he is just that, a quick, ferocious jungle cat and even refers to himself as Simba (which Lawler quickly wears out). Shane then challenges Show to face him in a no-disqualification match at Judgment Day, claiming that after Show is beaten and lying on the canvas the only question left in his head is which way did Shane go. Almost on cue Show comes out to the stage with a jovial expression on his face as he grabs a mic to offer his rebuttal. Show tells Shane that he just made his day with that challenge because he doesn’t have to hunt him down anymore and now he has Shane right where he wants him. Show promises to end a few of Shane’s lives at the pay-per-view then decides he doesn’t want to wait and starts heading out. Shane bails out of the ring begging Show off before informing him he has a special handicap match tonight. Shane brings Test & Albert out as his opponents and we go into…
- The Big Show vs. T & A (w/Trish Stratus, Gerald Brisco & Shane McMahon) – Handicap Match
I guess Shane and Test are still friends even after Stephanie jilted him last November. Show locks up with Test to start and eaily shoves him down and Test gets in his shots but runs into a boot. Show follows up with a clothesline then hits a giant chop in the corner before tossing Test across the ring. Test tags in Albert who hesitates before heading in and Show works him over then whips him into a powerslam. Show grabs Albert for a chokeslam but Test saves it with a chopblock and they double-team Show in a corner. Both men whip Show into a corner and Test whips Albert into an Avalanche on Show then connects with a boot. Test and Albert follow that up with a double suplex and Test goes for the cover but Show powers out of the pin and Albert tries covering Show but he gets tossed off as well. The two of them try whip Show into a corner again and Test whips Albert for another Avalanche on Show but this time Show sidesteps him then clotheslines Test down. Show plants Albert with a sidewalk slam then turns to Test and chops him before whpping him into a corner and clotheslining him. Show stomps Albert down in a corner but doesn’t see Trish passing a chair to Test and Test readies a swing but Show punches it into his face. Show turns back and plants Albert with a spinebuster then sets Albert up for a powerbomb when Trish comes in and slaps Show. So Show grabs Trish by the neck but Brisco comes in and gets in Show’s face before he can chokeslam her so Show chokeslams Brisco instead. Shane then comes in and whacks Show from behind with the chair and that draws a DQ. (3:36) However Show is unfazed by the chairshot so Shane flees from the ring with Show chasing right behind him but Show grabs him on the stage and tosses him into the wwf.com logo on the TitanTron! Test and Albert come up trying to come to Show’s aid but Show fends them off with headbutts then departs. I’ll give a half-point for the bump but otherwise nothing here, like much of tonight’s action. *
~ Back from break we get a replay of Show tossing Shane into the screen as Lawler worries about “Simba’s” condition for the rest of the evening.
- Eddie Guerrero & Chyna vs. Perry Saturn & Dean Malenko
Malenko and Saturn may have patched up their differences but JR announces they’ll both challenge Eddie for the European Title at Judgment Day. Saturn goes after Eddie to start and suplexes him over the ropes before he and Malenko circle around Chyna who tries to fight them both off. Chyna clotheslines Malenko but Saturn comes back with a clothesline on her and he and Malenko double-team Chyna. Malenko hits a backbreaker then holds Chyna on the knee while Saturn climbs to the top rope for a double-team move but Eddie recovers and shoves Saturn off to the floor. Malenko pops Eddie off the apron when Chyna comes back with a forearm then works him over in a corner. Chyna whips Malenko into the other corner and follows up with the handspring eblow before tagging Eddie in. Malenko tosses Eddie over his head but Eddie dropkicks Saturn then turns and hits Malenko with a back suplex. Eddie whips Malenko into a jumping elbow then goes out to the apron but Saturn pulls Eddie off to the floor and holds him in a full nelson while Malenko nails Eddie with a baseball slide. Saturn tosses Eddie back in the ring and hits a series of knees before Malneko tags in and whips Edide into a corner. Malenko hits a gutbster then o goes for a gutwrench when Eddie counters into a rollup for two. Malenko clotheslines Eddie back and tags Satun in for some double-teaming and Eddie starts fighting back but Saturn stops that rally with a flapjack. Saturn slams Eddie to the mat then climbs to the top rope and connects with the elbowdrop but only gets two. Saturn rams Eddie into the turnbuckles then sets him up a superplex but Eddie throws him down to the mat and follows up with a huricanrana. Chyna gets the tag and whips Satun into a clothesline then clotheslines Malenko and whips Saturn into a powerslam before whipping Malenko into a Fireman’s carry slam. Saturn nails Chyna with a sledge and both men whip her but Chyna kicks Saturn’s face and DDT’s Malenko. Eddie and Chyna work over their opponents in opposite corners when Eddie looks to whip Saturn into Chyna but Saturn reverses it and Eddie bumps into Chyna who, not seeing who it is, kicks Eddie below the belt. Saturn drills Eddie with a brainbuster and Malenko holds Chyna back while Saturn gets the pin. (5:09) Saturn and Maleno walk off with the win while Chyna is confused at what just happened. Decent match, especially the parts where Chyna wasn’t involved. **
~ Backstage Edge & Christian talk about all the money they made from the stupid kids when Michael Cole walks up asking E&C why put up their titles in a three-way match. Christian claims he and Edge are fighting champions and Edge says this is also about the fans in Cleveland before saying the two of them have a special surprise for them.
- WWF World Tag Team Titles: Edge & Christian © vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Acolytes
E&C come out first and get on the mic talking about their latest 5-second pose: an Indians relief pitcher. Edge pantomines throwing a pitch at a batter before he and Christian watch the game-winning home run fly by. The Hardys come out next followed by the Acolytes and those two start off while E&C just sit back and watch. Faarooq clears Jeff out of the ring while Matt goes to whip Bradshaw but Bradshaw reverses it and hits a boot. Bradshaw elbowdrops Matt and covers him but Christian saves it and Edge slaps Bradshaw’s back to tag in. Edge clotheslines Matt but Bradshaw breaks up the pin and the Acolytes double-team Edge while Matt departs. The referee tries to get the Acolytes out while Matt tags in Jeff. The Hardys both whip Edge into a corner and Matt drops to the mat while Jeff connects with the Poetry in Motion on Edge for a two count. Jeff comes off the ropes but Edge toses him over his head onto the ropes and Jeff tumbes through them. Edge tags Christian and slams Jeff to the mat and the two both hit headbutts but Christian only gets a near fall. Christian whips Jeff into a corner but eats a boot and Jeff climbs to the top rope and hits a corkscrew moonsault. Jeff and Christian both tag in their partners and Matt nails Edge with a neckbreaker then dropkicks Bradshaw. Jeff slings himself over the ropes into a pescado on Bradshaw but the Acoyltes work Jeff over on the floor. Matt hits Edge with the Twist of Fate and covers him but the referee is too distracted with the brawl outside to count. The referee eventually turns around to make the count but Matt pulls himself off Edge and argues with him for whatever reason. Christian comes in and nails Matt with the Tomikaze then Edge manages to cover him to grab the pin. (2:25) They really blew through that match. Must have been pressed for time or something because that was way too short. *½
Edge then takes off for the back while Christian is left behind asking why his partner is in such a hurry then sees himself on the TitanTron and smiles while showing off the belts, going with the flow.
~ Back from break Vince McMahon is getting Chris Benoit pumped up when Michael Cole requests an interview and first asks Benoit what he and Vince were talking about but Benoit rightfully tells Cole that it’s none of his business. Cole reminds Benoit on facing Rock tonight while mentioning people claim he shouldn’t be Intercontinential Champion. Benoit points out he is IC Champion despite what they say and also posesses the most devistating submission hold ever. Benoit says what he does to The Rock tonight will be a sample of what he does to Chris Jericho at the pay-per-view then asks how many submission holds the Rock has. When Cole can’t answer Benoit says “exactly” and departs.
~ The Rock is shown making his way to the ring for the main event as we go to commercial.
- The Rock © vs. Chris Benoit – Non-Title Submission Match
Once both men are in the ring, Triple H and Stephanie come out to the stage and Rock stares back out at them, allowing Benoit to attack Rock from behind and stomp him down while The Hemlsleys come down the ramp. Rock starts to fight back but Benoit stops that rally with a gutshot and takes him down with a Dragon legwhip. Benoit then attempts to go into a STF but Rock tries to block it and manages to grab the rope for the break. Benoit slams Rock’s knee into the mat then comes off the ropes but Rock comes back with a DDT. Rock goes for a whip and Benoit tries to counter it but Rock hits an armdrag takeover into a Fujiwara armbar. Benoit manages to maneuver his foot on the bottom rope so Rock pounds away on Benoit then goes for a whip but Benoit reverses it and hits a knee to the chest as Vince McMahon now makes his way down to ramp to ringside. Benoit hits a snap suplex followed by a back suplex right on Rock’s head then puts him in the Sharpshooter but Rock grabs the ropes for the break. Benoit goes for a whip but Rock revereses it and clotheslines him down. Benoit whips Rock into a corner and hits a German suplex followed by a second but Rock prevents a thrid. Benoit tries to get Rock down for the Crossface but Rock fights out of it and plants him with the Rock Bottom. Both men get to their feet but Rock gets the advantage and works Benoit over, capping off with the Smackdown. Benoit fights back with chops and goes for a whip but Rock reverses and catches Benoit into the spinebuster then slaps on an ugly Figure Four. Benoit is screaming in pain when Stephanie hops on the apron and distracts the referee from seing Benoit tap out while Triple H comes in and drags Benoit to the ropes. The referee turns around and sees Benoit holding the ropes so he orders a break and Rock is not happy with it. Triple H hops on the apron again and Rock decks him back off but walks right into the Crossface from Benoit. Vince then revists Montreal yet again by calling for the bell and claming Benoit made Rock submit for the win. (6:50) Even though they used that exact same finish last week. Solid match as Rock and Benoit are starting to work well together but a proper submission match needs better psychology than that, not to mention more time. **
Triple H heads in the ring and helps Benoit double-team Rock but Rock somehow fights back against them. Vince starts to head in the ring as well but Rock stares him down Vince decides to back away. Vince heads up the ramp when Chris Jericho comes out to block Vince’s retreat and backs him up so Rock pulls him onto the apron. Triple H nails Rock from behind but Jericho heads in the ring and goes after Triple H to even up the odds. Triple H sets Jericho up for the Peidgree but Jericho comes back and puts Triple H in the Walls of Jericho. Benoit goes for a whip but Rock counters that into the Rock Bottom while Triple H is tapping out like mad. Road Dogg and X-Pac in to bail out their leader and stomp away at Rock and Jericho. Now the Dudleys are coming in the ring with a table in and Bubba handles the DX’ers while D’Von sets it up. Jericho and the Dudleys clear Benoit and the DX’ers out to the floor leaving Rock and Triple H in the ring and the two go back and forth before Rock hits Triple H with a Rock Bottom through the table! Rock poses over the fallen Triple H with the belt in hand as the shot goes off the air.
Conclusion: Disappointing show which was competely focused on hyping the pay-per view. The matches were all used to advance angles and nothing more, though the main even and the Chyna/Eddie vs. Radicals match were at least decent. Plus there was way too much talking from the McMahons, though that’s no surprise there. The only good part was Shawn Michaels’ appearence and how they worked his past with Triple H and the Rock nicely into his role as the referee for the Iron Man match. Other than that I’d have to go thumbs down for this week of Raw.