Paid Members air_raid Posted May 9 Author Paid Members Share Posted May 9 MARCH 2005 Three years after the company loses Steve Austin and The Rock full time and botches turning Triple H, they finally go all the way with some new heroes. These are here to stay. THE MAIN EVENTS - RAW We’ve got a straight tag of Batista & Randy Orton vs Triple H & Ric Flair 4th in Corpus Christi, 5th in Greensboro and 6th at the Norfolk Scope, though usually Ortons taken out early leaving Dave alone - but he still wins. 12th in Mobile it’s Dave and Shawn Michaels beating Hunter and Edge, 13th in Dothan (which sells out) it’s split into two singles - in a non title match, Batista pins Triple H one on one for the first time, but by far not the last. 19th in Fayetteville Dave’s back teaming with Orton even though Randys just turned on TV, and they’re beating Hunter and Edge. 20th in Columbia SC Randy plays face for the locals giving an RKO to Coach early in the show and chasing Edge away during the main which is again Batista crushing The Game non title. Thats all the reports before month end and WrestleMania 21. THE CARDS It’s a ludicrously tight month. Shawn Michaels vs Edge happens most nights for three weeks as Mr WrestleMania is on the road staying sharp. Chris Benoit vs Muhammad Hassan is an attempt at working miracles, Chris Jericho vs Christian is back on, Shelton Benjamin vs Gene Snitsky is an ICT run nobody wanted, Kane vs Tyson Tomko keeps the Big Red Machine in wins. In Fayetteville and Columbia Benoit works Snitsky while the rest of the midcard shuffles. William Regal & Yoshihiro Tajiri vs La Resistance for the tag belts happens every night as does Victoria vs Molly Holly with Val Venis sometimes acting as ref. Chris Masters vs Rhino happens for three weeks then it switches to Hurricane for the Masterpiece and we add Viscera squashing Simon Dean. VARIATIONS In Fayetteville Hassan notches another tainted win over Y2J and Shelton retains over Christian ; in Columbia Jericho beats Edge, Shelton beats Hassan by DQ and Kane wins a handicap over Christian and Tomko - the odd man out is Orton who while interrupting Coach belittling Fabulous Moolah & Mae Young and running in during the main, doesn’t actually wrestle on the night. THE MAIN EVENTS - SMACKDOWN 5th in Danbury John Cena & Big Show vs JBL & Orlando Jordan is the main, occurring as in “impromptu” tag match (playa) ordered by Teddy Long after JBL interferes in Cena vs Jordan. Next night at Nassau Coliseum (9500 - getting there!) the tag is semi main (bikini contest inbetween) with The Undertaker vs Kurt Angle on last, the same 7th in Charlotte (<5000, disappointing). 12th in Oshawa (4000 sell out) the tag is the announced main and after Cena pins JBL, the champ challenges The Doctor Of Thuganomics to a singles match where Cena pins him again. They do the same setup next night in Buffalo and 19th in Knoxville and 21st in Jackson MS (too hot, hot damn) but 20th in Hattiesburg inbetween, some transport troubles because of shitty weather befall everyone except MNM and luckily enough six of the top guys, so there’s a one night five man top contenders tournament for a title shot. After a DQ in the title match Cena wrestled his fourth match of the night to tag with Big Show and beat JBL and Kurt. THE CARDS In the South on the build up to Mania Kurt Angle vs Booker T is added which makes sense as they’ll be working post Mania ; prior Booker started his month still trying to make a silk purse of the sows ear that is John Heidenreich then missed Oshawa and Buffalo. Eddy Guerrero & Rey Mysterio vs The Basham Brothers goes on all month. I usually make this first paragraph about what the “top guys” on the show did this month but I’m struggling! After Booker, Heidenreich goes back to beating Charlie Haas and mid month all Kurt really does is guest ref Mark Jindrak vs Luther Reigns, attacking Jindrak after the match. Ummm… CWT has Chavo Guerrero Jr vs Paul London early month and Haas & Hardcore Holly beating Johnny Nitro & Joey Matthews. Mid month London vs Akio and Spike Dudley vs Johnny Jeter are added and for the rest of the month MNM trade wins with Scotty Too Hotty & Sho Funaki. Christ, these cards are bare. VARIATIONS We simply have to start in Hattiesburg, rather than just the unique matches let’s summarise the tourney, preceded as it is by Big Show beating MNM in a handicap match. Eddy beats Show by vintage Eddy fake chair use/ref con DQ which earns him a chokeslam, then he loses to Booker in a respectful handshake semi. Cena pins Angle in the other semi then Booker in the final before the title match and tag shenanigans. So to assemble a 7 match card and give the fans their money’s worth, Cena worked four times, Show three and JBL, Booker, Eddy and Angle twice a piece. Fair play to them all. Sticking with Kurt, in Oshawa he worked a random local in a Kurt Angie Invitational as well as his ref gig. In Charlotte Shannon Moore is added to the CWT match and month end Bobby Lashley is on the road, pinning Spike in Biloxi and Akio in Jackson, while the other works London. TVs 1st in Albany on SmackDown Show tags with Michelle McCool to beat Dupree & Dawn Marie for some reason and Jordan relieves Cena of the US title anchor. 7th in Raleigh on Raw Orton delivers an RKO to Eric Bischoff so I think he’s supposed to still be a face. Dark (COLISEUM EXCLUSIVE) Big Dave pins Triple H in a non title match. Next night in Roanoke Nitro & Matthews (with Melina) beat Moore & Nunzio dark with what we’d come to call the Snapshot, London earns top contender status on Velocity, dark we have Cena & Show vs JBL & Jordan. Plus on SmackDown CW Anderson and Sonjay Dutt are among those acting as security for the Cabinet. There’s a ropey angle where Cena gives Teddy the FU for not giving him what he wants which felt really forced, like trying too hard to make John into Stone Cold - nice guy Teddy didn’t deserve it. 14th Atlanta - looks who’s knocking again? Scott Vick loses to Rhino dark. The late Jimmy Rave loses to Masters for Heat, on the live show Randy continues his gradual heel turn with disrespecting then attacking Jake Roberts during the Highlight Reel then wonderfully Marty Jannetty doesn’t look half bad as The Rockers reunite to beat La Res. Dark, Batista & HBK beat HHH & Edge when Jake runs off Flair and after the match a snake gets dumped on Hunter!! Next night in Savannah is the show where Marty enters a very creditable performance in defeat to Kurt. 21st in Birmingham Randy gives Stacy Keibler the RKO to underline that he’s a heel now, next night in Memphis JBL drops another non title match to Cena dark. 28th in Fort Worth Brent Albright tags with a post-Mordecai pre-release Kevin Fertig to win a tryout tag , and next night in Houston the go home SmackDown has some awful telly - London wins the Cruiserweight title not by pinning anyone but by winning a shitty battle royal where the defending champ Chavo (I believe injured) is out in the opening seconds, and JBL has Cena arrested in another terrible attempt to make John into the next Steve Austin renegade. Between fucking with his character last minute, jobbing him to Orlando and changing his music so close to Mania when his existing intro was super over, they sure pissed the bed on Cena coming into Mania hot. DEPARTURES No, none that fall in March. 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