RAW Results, 05/26/03
The Dirtiest Player & The Game wreak havoc
Why is Ric Flair called the "dirtiest player in the game." This
week's RAW was a perfect example. It seemed that Flair was ready to walk away
from Triple H -- ready to be "Ric Flair again" -- after taking the World
Heavyweight Champion to the limit last week. In fact, Flair was even brought out
to the ring by Shawn Michaels, and the two legends told stories of their deep
mutual respect. They even agreed to wrestle at Bad Blood in what was supposed to
be a scientific clash to determine the better man. General Manager Eric Bischoff
subsequently ordered Triple H to wrestle both Flair and HBK in a Handicap Match
later in the show; it seemed that it just wasn't the Game's night.
When the match got underway, Flair ended up giving HBK a
low-blow -- the whole ordeal was a ruse! Meanwhile, backstage, a masked man
assaulted Kevin Nash. But Nash recovered, and ran to the ring to help Michaels.
Soon, however, it was Flair, Triple H and the masked man -- who turned out to be
Randy Orton -- ganging up on Nash and Michaels, who were left nearly unconscious
as RAW went off the air.
Now, HBK and Flair will face each other at Bad Blood -- but
it'll be an emotional grudge match. And while Triple H was not successful in
convincing co-General Manager Stone Cold Steve Austin to cancel the Game's Hell
in a Cell with Nash at Bad Blood, Nash will undoubtedly be weakened heading into
the career-shortening encounter.
Why did Chris Jericho orchestrate the attempted vehicular
assault on Goldberg? Jericho explained this week: he wanted to send a message to
Goldberg that "nobody wants Goldberg in WWE -- especially me." Jericho
challenged Goldberg to a match at Bad Blood, and Goldberg stormed to the ring
and accepted. When Goldberg got his hands on Y2J, Jericho sprayed him in the
eyes, temporarily blinding him. Y2J then hit Goldberg with his own move, the
spear, before sprinting out of the arena.
Even though Austin was sporting a black eye because he was
"singing in the shower and slipped on a bar of soap," he was feeling the spirit
of Memorial Day. Austin had RAW ring announcer Lilian Garcia sing "America the
Beautiful" live on the show. Shockingly, she was interrupted by La Resistance.
But Austin came out, Stunned the two Frenchmen, and had Lilian sing the song
again -- and this time, he sang it along with her! Austin then thanked the
troops that made it possible for him to be Stone Cold Steve Austin. He drank a
few beers with Lilian -- who downed them just the way Austin does -- and slapped
hands with members of the military and other fans at ringside.
Since Scott Steiner and Test just cannot get along together,
Stacy Keibler said this week that she'd manage them separately. This news
apparently didn't sit well with Test. During Test's match with Booker T, the
Bookerman went for a baseball slide, and Test pulled Stacy in front of him!
Stacy took the brunt of the punishment and was knocked cold! Fortunately for
Stacy, Steiner came to ringside and carried her backstage, out of harm's way.
Booker T defeated Test via pinfall.
Val Venis def. Steven Richards, accompanied by Victoria,
after a Money Shot. Trish Stratus joined Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler
for commentary during this match, and vowed revenge on Victoria, who caused her
to land on her head two weeks ago at Judgment Day.
Goldust def. Intercontinental Champion Christian in a
In a White Boy Challenge, Rodney Mack def. Bubba Ray Dudley
in 2:30 to remain undefeated. Give the assist to Christopher Nowinski, who
inexplicably helped Mack by clobbering Bubba Ray in the back of the head while
the referee was distracted.
La Resistance def. RVD & Kane in a non-title Flag Match,
thereby earning a shot at the World Tag Team Championship at Bad Blood.
Triple H def. Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair in a Handicap
Match when Triple H pinned HBK.