» On Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at 12:37 AM EST Icon and Legend face to face
August 8, 2005
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Only 13 days from their historic SummerSlam match, the legendary Hulk Hogan and âThe Iconâ Shawn Michaels went face to face in a scathing confrontation.
Michaels declared that none of The Hulksterâs personality or showmanship âwill amount to a hill of beans at SummerSlam.â He added that heâs âgoing to be the first guy who doesnât buckle under the image of Hulk Hogan.â
But Hogan fired back with some searing comments of his own, calling HBK the âking of cheap shots and backstabbingâ and even evoking memories of the infamous Montreal Incident by saying, âAs far as casting stones, all Iâd have to do is call up Bret Hart.â Fans immediately voiced their opinions by chanting, âYou screwed Bret!â Michaels immediately responded by telling the crowd, âDonât you forget it.â Then, he pointed at Hogan and told him he was next.
Michaels effectively ended the event by KOâing moderator Jerry Lawler with Sweet Chin Music, seemingly just as a means of intimidation. But Hogan went on the offensive, hitting the big boot and launching Michaels over the top rope. The two were still exchanging words when RAW went off the air.
Meanwhile, hometown Hero Kurt Angle may not have won back his Olympic gold medal on RAW from Pittsburgh, but he will get a match against Eugene at SummerSlam.
After Eugene won this weekâs Invitational by disqualification, Angle got Bischoff to make the pay-per-view match â and this time there will be no time limit. Angle even declared that heâd end Eugeneâs career on Aug. 21, just for kicks.
Angle couldnât believe it when referee Mike Chioda DQâd him amid confusion over an inadvertent collision, and he took out that frustration on Eugene. He hit an Angle Slam, but that prompted none other than Hulk Hogan to storm the ring and break things up. Hulkamania then ran wild through the Mellon Arena as The Hulkster and Eugene posed for the crowd. And in response, Hulk Hogan will face Kurt Angle next week on RAW.
Chris Mastersâ impressive RAW record got even better on Monday, as he beat Shelton Benjamin with the devastating Master Lock. But it took some underhanded tactics to cinch in the hold.
âThe Masterpieceâ nearly found himself on the wrong end of a rollup early. Masters went for his full-nelson finisher, but Benjamin had it scouted, twisting it into a pinning predicament for a two-count. When Masters then almost got caught with the T-bone suplex, he felt the need to sneak a low-blow. With Benjamin then doubled over in pain, Masters was able to finally apply the Master Lock. The referee declared a submission victory seconds later.
Edge responded to Matt Hardyâs most recent verbal barrage, saying Hardy has been merely riding Edgeâs coattails and Hardyâs 15 minutes of fame were about to end. âAt SummerSlam, youâre going to witness legalized assault,â Edge said.
Edge took issue with security guards being posted at his and Litaâs door, declaring that he shouldnât have to be sequestered from a regular RAW locker room just because Matt Hardy is re-hired. âAt SummerSlam, Iâm going to prove that you donât measure up to me as a man in any way,â Edge added. He would later punctuate those remarks by assaulting Hardy right after his RAW match.
Hardy dropped Gene Snitsky with a modified Diamond Cutter, but he was then immediately attacked by an emotional Edge. Security separated the two, but no one will come between them at the pay-per-view on Aug. 21.
Y2Jâs guest on the Highlight Reel was General Manager Eric Bischoff, who wanted to make an example out of a subordinate official. Bischoff called out Chad Patton, then slapped the young referee repeatedly for interfering in âhis business.â Bischoff forced Patton to publicly apologize, then made a match between the âAyatollah of Rock âNâ Rollaâ and PattonâŠ with Bischoff himself serving as referee. To make matters worse, Bischoff refused to enforce the rules, allowing Jericho to repeatedly choke Patton and for Carlito the deliver cheap shots from ringside. Y2J finally applied the Walls of Jericho and Patton promptly tapped, but Bischoff refused to end the match right away.
WWE Champion John Cena couldnât take any more, rushing to Pattonâs aid. He then hit Carlito with an FU dedicated to Jericho. Bischoff was so upset by Cenaâs involvement that he made a Handicap Match for next week: Itâll be John Cena vs. Carlito and Jericho.
Cena fans also were treated to the world premiere of his new music video. The Champ always dreamed of being a WWE Superstar. His new music video, âRight Now,â told that story Monday night. To preview tracks and order Cenaâs CD, click here.
Kristal is eliminated from the 2005 RAW Diva Search
Matt Hardy def. Gene Snitsky
Eugene def. Kurt Angle (DQ; Eugene Gold Medal Invitational)
Chris Masters def. Shelton Benjamin
Rob Conway def. Viscera
The Heart Throbs & Victoria def. The Hurricane, Rosey & Stacy Keibler (mixed tag team match)