WWE Monday Night RAW #651 – Eddie Guerrero Tribute

Target Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota – November 14, 2005

MATCH #1: Big Show & Kane vs. MNM

Joey Styles, Jerry Lawler, and Jonathan Coachman are on commentary. I believe this would be the first-ever World Tag Team Champions versus WWE Tag Team Champions match. Of course, neither title is on the line. Show and Nitro start the match and Show obviously dominates. Kane gets tagged in and it’s more bad news for Nitro. Mercury tries to interfere but Kane takes him out too. They eventually get a little bit of offense in, until Kane suplexes both of them simultaneously and tags Show in. He squashes them both in the corner and kisses the interfering Melina. Mercury tries to use one of the belts but the referee stops him. Kane hits him with a flying clothesline, and then they double chokeslam Nitro and Show pins him at 3:44. That was a decently entertaining match for the short time they were given.
Rating: **

MATCH #2: Shelton Benjamin vs. Kurt Angle

These two used to be in a faction together. I’m trying to think if they’ve ever had a match together besides this one. Angle takes the early advantage with strikes and suplexes. Shelton has several bursts of energy but the veteran Angle is able to stay one step ahead. Shelton hits a windmill kick for two. Angle tries the pop-up belly-to-belly suplex, but Shelton pushes him down and hits the clothesline. He tries the Stinger Splash but misses, and Angle hits the Rolling Germans. Shelton rolls through with a victory roll for a near fall. Angle hits an Angle Slam but Shelton kicks out. The straps come down and he goes to the top rope. Shelton stops the moonsault attempt with a scary looking German Suplex off the top. Angle kicks out at two. Shelton wants to argue with the referee, and that gives Angle the opportunity to put on the Ankle Lock and Shelton taps out at 7:39. That was really good for the time they got, and that bump Angle took was pretty ridiculous.
Rating: ***

MATCH #3: Shawn Michaels vs. Rey Mysterio

This could be considered a dream match. They mat wrestle and chain wrestle in the early going, and go to a standoff. Shawn gets the first advantage with a headlock and blocks Rey’s reversal attempts. Rey tries to come back with a dropkick but Michaels hangs on to the ropes and Rey whiffs. Shawn thinks he catapults Rey to the floor but he lands on the apron and hits a springboard Thesz Press for two. Shawn is soon in control again but Rey keeps fighting back. He goes for a 619 but Shawn avoids it. He doesn’t avoid the Pescado though, and we go to commercial. Back now and Shawn has Rey in a sleeper. He then goes to work on Rey’s lower back. Rey comes back with a headscissors and a springboard cross body block for two. He hits a clothesline and a dropkick to the knee and one to the face for two. Back up and Shawn hits the flying forearm. Rey hits a bulldog and once again tries the 619 and misses. Shawn hits a clothesline for two. He hits the Flying Elbow, and then tunes up the band. Rey avoids the kick and hits a rana and then the 619. He then Drops the Dime and Rey Mysterio pins Shawn Michaels at 14:15. Wow, for an exhibition match on a hastily thrown together show this was really good and it makes me want them to do it again on a bigger scale before one or both of their bodies’ gives out.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #4: Divas Battle Royal – Ashley, Maria, Christy Hemme, Victoria, Melina, Jillian Hall, Mickie James, Candice Michelle, and Trish Stratus

The girls all take their Eddie Guerrero t-shirts off at the same time. That’s fun. Maria stands around looking clueless while all the other women wrestle. Jillian eliminates Mickie at 1:11, and then Maria pushes Jillian out at 1:20. Victoria and Candice work as a team to eliminate Ashley at 2:23. Candice eliminates Christy at 3:20. Then she goes after Trish and takes a headscissors for her trouble and rolls to the floor to be eliminated at 3:48. Victoria knocks Trish down and then Maria pushes her to the floor at 3:55. Maria is feeling feisty now, so Trish and Melina eliminate her at 4:27. Trish attempts Stratusfaction but Melina blocks it and is able to knock Trish off the apron to win the match at 4:50. This would lead to Melina getting a shot at the Women’s Title at Survivor Series in a few weeks, even though it’s a Raw title and Melina is a Smackdown Diva. As far as women’s battle royals go, this was fine.
Rating: *

MATCH #5: Eugene vs. Simon Dean

Eugene wants to ride the Dean Machine (that just sounds awful), but Dean offers him a protein bar instead. Eugene doesn’t like how it tastes, and Dean gets a quick rollup for two. They do some comedy spots and Eugene goes for the Dean Machine outside the ring. Dean doesn’t approve of that. He slugs at Eugene and continues the assault back in the ring. Dean tries to ram Eugene’s head into the turnbuckle, but Eugene Hulks Up! He follows up with an Airplane Spin. Dean tries to hang on to his exercise gear in the corner, but it backfires and he runs chest-first into the turnbuckle. Eugene hits the Rock Bottom to get the win at 3:12. Eugene rides the Dean Machine to the back. That was a really fun match; it actually made me remember when Eugene was entertaining.
Rating: **

MATCH #6: Ric Flair vs. William Regal

Flair’s Intercontinental Title is not on the line here. They chain wrestle in the early going and Regal knocks Flair down with a shoulderblock. Regal gets a few moves in and a near-fall. Flair recovers and puts on an abdominal stretch. Regal unlaces Flair’s boot and then reaches the ropes so that the hold will have to be broken. Regal goes back on offense. He dumps Flair over the top rope to the floor with a European uppercut. Flair takes a beating on the floor, but is able to regain control back in the ring. He clips the knee and does it again. Then he locks on the Figure-Four Leglock and Regal taps out at 3:45. These aren’t the kind of guys who shine in sub-four minute matches, but it’s always a pleasure to see either of them.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #7: John Cena vs. Randy Orton

Cena’s WWE Title is not on the line. Orton starts immediately with a headlock. That doesn’t last long, as Cena fires up and hits a back body drop, but Cowboy Bob Orton distracts him and Randy goes back on offense. He hits his back cracker for a near fall. Orton then puts on an intense chinlock. Cena fights out of it but Orton nails him with a dropkick for two. They share an awkward collision and both go down. Cena fires up and hits the Protoplex and Five Knuckle Shuffle, and then goes for the FU. That draws Cowboy Bob Orton into the ring for the DQ at 3:47. Seriously, they had to book a DQ on a tribute show? The match was fine enough for less than four minutes, but the finish is rather puzzling. Cena lays his Eddie t-shirt down in the center of the ring and lays the championship belt on it and the show goes off the air.
Rating: *¼

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