The wonky outcome sullied an otherwise classic, but the emotion of the bout is impossible to deny. The 1-2-3 Kid had no choice but to submit, but there was no shame in his defeat. The veteran Hardy introduced Nitro to the ladders rather quickly, dropkicking one into his face in the early goings. After Shamrock made his entrance, the unmistakable sound of glass breaking rang through the arena and The Texas Rattlesnake arrived to raise hell. In his first match on Raw, Benjamin used his mat wrestling skills to get an early advantage against The Cerebral Assassin.
The official lost control toward the end, as all 10 Superstars brawled throughout the arena, leaving Grand Master Sexay alone in the ring, allowing The Radicalz to capitalize and pick up the win. Hardy had all the advantages going into the match. At 61 years of age, Lawler battered both The Awesome One and his lackey, Alex Riley. Most competitors would have reported to the nearest chiropractor to have their spines realigned after a maneuver like that. As the second opponent in a three-pronged challenge Bryan faced one July night the first was Jack Swagger and the third ended up being Ryback , Cesaro used the already-tenderized Bryan as his bearded punching bag, deploying the full scope of his heavy-artillery offense in a contest that veered quickly into a brawl. The competitive styles of the two Superstars could not have been more different and they used their respective skill sets in a battle that could have lasted all night.
Kane dominated The Game for much of the contest, channeling his rage into a powerful offense that left The Cerebral Assassin reeling. Although no clear winner was determined, there is no doubt that Austin and Angle competed in one of the finest matches ever broadcast on Raw. A powerbomb and legdrop off the top of the ladder allowed the enigmatic Superstar to trap Nitro under the apparatus as he retrieved his title. But before the contest even began, Doink crawled under the ring, confusing the referee and the entire announce team in the process, and then mysteriously emerged from under the ring moments after being interviewed on the street by Lord Alfred Hayes. Matters got even more outrageous when The Undertaker ran out and climbed to the top to help Sid fend off the attack. And for a man that has wrestled on nails and barbed wire and set himself on fire, this will be a day in Central Park! Back at the ring, Miz and Morrison exchanged exciting near-falls before Riley meddled again — and paid dearly for it. At No Mercy 2002, World Heavyweight Champion Triple H defeated Intercontinental Champion Kane in a bout that unified the two titles, but the rivalry truly culminated on June 23, 2005.
A showcase of scientific holds and counters, the bout occasionally degenerated into fisticuffs whenever Hart dished out a cheap shot or eye-rake much to the disapproval of the Berliners. These two warriors put on a mat classic, battling for the entire second hour of Monday Night Raw. They would not be disappointed, as the two masters of the Frog Splash waged war in a Ladder Match, with the title hanging high above the ring. Finally, after surviving an onslaught of beer kegs, fire extinguishers and metal folding chairs, The New Age Outlaw spiked his unpredictable opponent headfirst through a pile of wooden pallets to win the bout and the Hardcore Title. With the animosity never rising above a gentle boil, however, Smith and Hart kept the majority of the action clean, even though the pace was unrelenting. Initially, Rick and Scott adjusted to the perplexing rules very well, outclassing the Quebecers inside the squared circle.
Earl Hebner, who had previous issues with Triple H, slid onto the canvas as a replacement, but the power-mad champion shoved down Hebner in a fit of rage. McMahon announced a tournament to crown a new champion. The Ultimate Opportunist, however, was already plotting his next move while he lurked on the arena floor. At one point Jericho locked in the Walls of Jericho but The Brahma Bull reached the ropes, and then countered with a Sharpshooter. And to add more spice to the mix, it was a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match. Of all those opponents in that run up to the summer classic, nobody — nooobody — gave Bryan more hell than Cesaro. Back in January 2013, we shouldered the thankless task of listing the 50 greatest matches in Raw history to celebrate the 1000th episode of the Monday night institution.
Perfect nailed the substitute Doink with a Perfect Plex to win the aggressive match and advance in the tournament. How about Armageddon: Round Two? Do not upload anything which you do not own or are fully licensed to upload. A mid-air collision took out both Superstars before David Otunga's interference led to chaos, with Laurinaitis stopping the referee's count when Punk hit the Go to Sleep. No one could have ever imagined that the five aforementioned competitors would one day set foot inside the same ring. But no matter how hard brother-in-laws Owen Hart and The British Bulldog tried, the resilient Texans kept on coming. Chaos ensued as Mankind and The Rock countered The Brothers of Destruction before Austin chased after Mr.
Just then, the unpredictable Brian Pillman leapt forth from the crowd and shoved The Deadman from the turnbuckle. The bout ended in a No Contest and left Punk and Bryan with a lingering score to settle. Struggling to keep their footing on the icy blacktop while trading fists, Snow and Road Dogg fought into an alley as a swarm of rowdy New England fans began to gather around them. The prevailing question then became not which Superstar would walk away a dual champion, but whether the title-holding tandem would even make it out of Germany intact. A veteran of 10 different kinds of Ladder Matches, Edge knew exactly what he was doing as he sandwiched Flair in the ladder and unloaded with a steel chair. In the end, Edge gave Orton a taste of his own medicine, rolling him up with his feet on the ropes for leverage to retain his title. Every rivalry has a meaning and a beginning.
Jericho had tried to convince The Bizarre One that he was the weak link and damage his self-confidence. Kid sensed the opportunity, scaled the turnbuckles, and caught the dazed Ramon with a moonsault, rolling him up for a quick 1-2-3. Putting aside their differences to defend the red, white and blue, The Deadman, Austin and Dude Love fought hard to grab Old Glory in front of an increasingly rowdy crowd. The images should not contain any sexually explicit content, race hatred material or other offensive symbols or images. It seems unfathomable at this point that Daniel Bryan's abilities were ever in question from anyone. The collusion didn't last long and all three competitors hammered away at each other, thrilling the sold-out Philadelphia crowd with near-pinfall after near-pinfall. Both Superstars looked to have the match won on several occasions, but each finishing combination was reversed to provide a dazzling level of unpredictability.
The backwoods brutes managed to do so, though they owed an assist to Seth Rollins, who left his teammates high and dry in a fit of frustration. The effort was enough to earn Bryan a handshake from The Apex Predator that showed respect for the beard, respect the fight, and — as is only appropriate after a match like this — respect for the victor. The memorable contest and evening as a whole changed the landscape of the Monday Night War forever. What they ended up witnessing was something the likes of which had never been seen on Monday nights. After being pushed around by Triple H and Evolution earlier in the night, Benjamin was granted a match against The Game in the main event. Flair and Perfect set the standard for what Raw main events could be, putting on a technical wrestling exhibition with their livelihoods hanging in the balance. In one of the few instances where Divas were featured in the main event of Raw, Trish Stratus and Lita shined like true stars.