RAW Results - 1/31/05 - from San Jose, CA (Kane vs. Gene Snitsky)

Reported by Paul Nemer of WrestleView.com
On Monday, January 31, 2005 at 11:10 PM EST

WWE RAW Results - 1/31/05
Live From: San Jose, California
Commentators: Jim Ross & Jerry "The King" Lawler
Report By: Paul Nemer of WrestleView.com

Opening Segment
Triple H and Ric Flair make their way to the ring, without Batista. Ric Flair says that there once was a man in this business that was so good at what he did, he never even for one second, second guessed himself. Then, there was Shawn Michaels and the word "arguably" came about. Now the word, the greatest of all-time came up. Ric Flair, for the millionth time says that Triple H is the greatest wrestler alive today. HHH grabs the microphone and tells Orton "So much for destiny, my friend. I am destiny." He says that in this business, he controls destiny. HHH says he can stand out here and say how great he is, bu he won't, because we all know it. Triple H then introduces the winner of the 2005 Royal Rumble, Batista. Batista is makes his way to the ring. Triple H said that he has heard some talk about controversy of last night's Rumble. HHH said he wants to clear this thing up. After destroying everyone in the Rumble, Batista threw out John Cena three times. HHH says that Batista is the man. HHH tells Batista that he's proud of him. HHH tells Batista that he's got it all, just like he said from the beginning. Just like Flair and HHH, Batista is now a Royal Rumble winner. "Greatness gravitates to greatness." It will be Triple H's personal honor.. He wants to make it official now. It will be HHH's priviledge and honor to walk to the ring at WrestleMania and defend the World heavyweight championship against him. Batista says that he loves to hear what HHH has to say about him. Now Batista wants to let HHH know what he thinks of him. All of a sudden, John Bradshaw Layfield is shown on the Titon tron. JBL says that if Batista wants to come to SmackDown and face him, he has an open invitation. He said that he will destroy Batista. JBL calls himself a wrestling God and says that Dave Batista is not in his league. HHH says that there is one God in the business and it's him. HHH says that if Batista wants that title from JBL, he can get it. HHH says that no one will ruin Evolution's night at WrestleMania. That is it and Triple H leaves.


World Tag Team Championship tonight. Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho vs. La Resistance.

Intercontinental Championship
Shelton Benjamin vs. Simon Dean

The match starts with Dean delivering a few blows. Knee to the groin, then Benjamin takes Simon down with a shoulder block. Simon goes to his gym bag and takes out an object. Shelton goes for a Stinger's splash, but Simon hits him witht he object and covers, 1,2 but Benjamin kicked out. Shelton fought back and delivered a spinning heal kick and got the 1,2,3.

Winner: Still Intercontinental champion, Shelton Benjamin

After the match, Simon says that the only reason Benjamin beat him was because he used the Simon System. This prompted Benjamin to come back in and finished him off with the T-Bone suplex.

Triple H is furious and is yelling at Bischoff and asking him who played the JBL promo on RAW> Eric Bischoff says that he doesn't know. He says that the last thing he wants is to lose Batista to SmackDown. HHH tells Bischoff that if he finds out that he's been playing some kind of backdoor trade with SmackDown, then so help him God. Bischoff says "I don't respond too well to threats." Despite Bischoff having a frosty haircut and a cheap suit, HHH calls the shots around here, then he leaves. Bischoff says "We'll see about that."


Edge Segment

Christy Hemme is in the ring shooting out free t-shirts.

Edge comes out. He starts yelling at Christy and says "What the hell do you think you're doing?" Edge starts giving her crap. He tells her to show him what kind of t-shirts she's throwing out. She shows him a WrestleMania XXI t-shirt. he says "That's exactly what I thought, a WM 21 t-shirt." "Are you trying to rub it in my face?" He says that he was so close of winning the Rumble, he lasted 40 minutes and eliminated 5 guys. He said that he stopped the show stopper, he beat Shawn Michaels. He said that he was so close of winning. Edge says "You want to embarrass me Christy? Well I got no problem embarrassing you."

Shawn Michaels comes out. He says "Embarrassed? You want to talk about being embarrassed?" HBK says that embarrassing is having to come out here and admit that Edge got one by him last night. HBK had to change microphones and he said that's embarrassing. HBK says that just as when he thought things couldn't get any worse, the man that he eliminated from the Rumble came back and eliminated him. HBK says that he already has a tag team match tonight, but he'll pull a double duty tonight and challenges Edge. Edge says that he has nothing to prove. He beat him last night. Edge says that if HBK is man enough, he'd shake his hand, because he said he would do it. Edge extends his hand. HBK hesitates and shakes it, then superkicks him.


Next Monday, RAW will be in Tokyo, Japan.

Maven vs. The Hurricane
Match starts with an arm twist by Maven. Hurricane fights back and knocks him down. Hurricane does a modified spinning kick and takes down Maven. Maven fought back with a hard shot on the lower back. Maven chokes Hurricane on the ropes, referee had to break it up. Back suplex by Maven and he covers, 1,2 but Hurricane kicked out. Maven applies pressure on the back of The Hurricane. Maven whips Hurricane into the turnbuckle, but Hurricane comes back with a clothesline. Back body drop by Hurricane. Maven goes head first into the turnbuckle. Hurricane was going for a blockbuster and misses it. Maven went behind The Hurricane and dropped him on his knees. (Hurricane's back landed on Maven's knees.) Maven gets the win.

Winner: Maven

Gene Snitsky was looking for someone in the women's locker room. Maria and Michelle entered and were scared when they say Snitsky. Snitsky said that he was looking for someone. Then he takes a long look at the ladies and he says "Nice shoes."


Picture highlights of the Casket match were shown from last night's Royal Rumble.

Backstage Happenings
Eric Bischoff is talking to the Coach. Bischoff is saying that someone is behind JBL's thing and he wants to know who. Teddy Long shows up backstage. Bischoff tells Long that he's here to steal Batista from RAW. Teddy says that he had nothign to do with JBL's promo being shown. Teddy Long says that he wants Batista to use the same loophole Benoit used last year. He wants him to come to SmackDown. Bischoff says he doesn't have to take this. Teddy Long says that he's not done yet. On February 20th, JBK will meet the Big Show for the WWE title in a barbwire steel cage match. Seems to Teddy Long that Batista is SmackDown bound.

Bischoff orders The Coach to get security and throw Teddy Long out of the arena and not to let him near Batista.

Stacy Keibler is shown talking to Randy Orton. She says that his match with HHH was great last night and it's not a good idea for him to wrestle tonight after what happened. Orton says that tonight he has something /* to prove and that he's still the legend killer.


World Tag Team Championships
Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit vs. La Resistance

Match starts off with Jericho and Conway. They lock up and COnway goes for the midsection. Jericho fights back with an elbow shot, followed by a backdrop suplex. Jericho attempts to go for the Walls of Jericho, but COnway escaped. Benoit gets the tag. COnway pressured him into the corner and tags Grenier. Benoit delivers a few chops. Grenier delivers a shot from behind and takes control of the match. Gut rench into an overhead backbreaker by Grenier. Conway gets the tag and Benoit trips him and goes for the corssface, but that was broken up by Grenier. Jericho goes after Grenier on the outside.

Benoit does a back body drop on Grenier. Then COnway goes in and takes down Benoit. Benoit fought back with an inziguri kick. Benoit finally makes the tag and knocks down Grenier. Jericho does spring board drop kick on Robert Conway, who was standing on the apron. All four men are fighting in the ring. Jericho and Grenier are left in the ring. Jericho was going for the Walls of Jericho, then Conway comes in and Jericho takes him down and applies the Walls of Jericho on him. Benoit comes in and all four men are once again fighting at once. Benoit takes Conway to the outside. In the ring, Jericho applies the Walls of Jericho, then Conway runs in and takes down Jericho with a modified bulldog.

The referee calls for the bell. Lilian Garcia says that it was a double disqualification.

Winners: Draw.


Muhammad Hassan w/Khosrow Daivari vs. Sgt. Slaughter
Hassan says that he doesn't deserve this (the boos) or what happened to him last night. They show last night's footage, where Hassan was eliminated by all the wrestlers. He said that America ganged up on him and his Arab-American brothers. Hassan won't take this anymore. He told Bischoff to put the word out for any American. Daivari starts talking in Farsi.

Sgt. Slaughter comes out to accept the challenge. Slaughter applies the cobra clutch, but Hassan took him down. Hassan drops the elbow. Hassan applies a bear hug on Slaughter. Hassan delivers a few blows while having the bear hug on Slaughter. Slaughter fought back and knocks down Hassan. Hassan counters and drops Slaughter face first, then Hassan went for the camel clutch and got the win.

Winner: Muhammad Hassan

Benoit and Jericho are arguing backstage. They agreed that they should have beaten La Resistance instead of settling for a double disqualification. Benoit says that Jericho brings out the best in him and Jericho said the same thing. I see a feud between the two coming up.


The Eugene/WM21 commercial is shown.

b>Backstage segment
HHH says that he knows how great the WrestleMania match is going to be against Batista. Maybe Triple H is being selfish. HHH tells Flair that Teddy Long offered Batista a lot of money, why should HHH hold him back from doing so? He said it's a championship Batista can win. He said that Batista can win the belt from JBL and then Evolution will have both titles. Flair said that it's a great idea.

Three matches announced for next week's RAW in Tokyo, Japan
Eric Bischoff says that next week RAW is going to be in Japan. He has three important matches to announce for next week's RAW. Chris Benoit will face Chris Benoit in a submission match. William Regal & Tajiri vs. La Resistance for the World Tag Team Championship. In case Triple H forgot who really calls the shots around here, next week Triple H will defend his World Heavyweight title against Edge.


Randy Orton & Shawn Michaels vs. HHH & Ric Flair w/Batista
Flair starts off against Orton. Headlock by Orton. Orton takes down Flair. Flair gets up and Orton slapped him, then HBK slapped him, this causes Flair to fall down. Flair puts Orton in the corner and delivers a few chops. Orton turns it around and delivers several punches. Back body drop by Orton. Flair tags HHH. Orton delivers a few punches, followed a back body drop. Orton tags in HBK. HBK delivers a chops to the chest of HHH. HBK goes up on the second rope and delivers seven punches, then HHH delivers an atomic drop. HHH puts HBK on the top rope. HHH gets up and both men start exchanging right hands. HBK knocks down HHH from the second rope. HBK climbs to the top and drives the elbow. Orton comes in and clotheslines HHH to the outside. Orton sends HHH face first into the steel steps. Orton and HBK clean house. Batista is furious and grabs a steel chair and starts smacking it against the steel steps.

The referee ejected Batista from ring side. As Batista was walking back up the ramp, after being ejected, he had a smile on his face. He was happy to leave.


Back from commercial. HBK and Flair are exchanging chops. Flair is on the apron, HBK suplexes him back in the ring, 1,2 but Flair kicked out. HBK knocks him down and covers again, but Flair kicked out again. HBK whips Flair into the turnbuckle. HHH kicks HBK in the lower back as he was bouncing off the ropes. HHH gets the tag, delivers a couple of hits and tags Flair back in the ring.

Ric Flair delivers a few shots and tags HHH back in. HHH delivers a punch and distracts the referee while Ric Flair choked HBK in the corner. HHH covers, 1,2 but HBK kicked out. Abdominal stretch by HHH. HBK fought back and takes down HHH. HHH manages to make the tag. Flair elbows HBK. Flair goes on the top rope and HBK throws him right off (the usual Flair stunt.)

HBK tags Orton and Flair tags HHH. Orton is in control. Back body drop on Flair. Orton has HHH in the corner and is hammering away. Flair comes from behind and nails him. Orton manages to do the RKO on Flair, but both men are down. Orton appears to have been knocked out, he's selling the concussion injury from last night. HHH was going for the pedigree but HBK delivers the superkick. Edge comes out to spear HBK, but HBK moves out of the way and he speared HHH. HBK knocks Edge to the outside. Orton covers HHH for the 1,2,3.

Winners: Randy Orton & Shawn Michaels


Cage Match
Gene Snitsky vs. Kane

The match starts with both men taking a few blows at each other. They both collide and get back up at the same time. Knock down by Kane. Kane is climbing the cage, Snitsky gets up and takes him down. Snitsky delivers a forearm shot. Snitsky is choking Kane against the cage. Snitsky was going out the door, but Kane kicked him and brought him back in. Snitsky knocks down Kane and sends him face first into the steel cage.

Trish Stratus is coming out wearing a neck brace.

Kane takes control and chokeslams Snitsky. Kane tries to go out the cage door, but Snitsky pulled him back in. Snitsky applies a face lock, then Kane picked up up and dropped him face first to the mat. Kane attempts to climb the cage again, but Snitsky climbs half way with him and Kane knocks him back down. Kane goes on the top rope and delivers a clothesline. Kane heads to the door and grabs Trish Stratus and brings her back in because she tried to close the cage door.Snitsky delivers a boot to the face and covers, 1,2 but Kane kicked out. Snitsky puts Trish out and rips the cage door and goes back in.Snitsky grabs the cage door and runs to hit Kane, but Kane kicks it against him. Kane drops Snitsky right between his legs on the cage door. Kane chokeslams Snitsky on the cage door and gets the 1,2,3.

Winner: Kane

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