McMahons 2, Michaels 0
Never in Shawn Michaels' worst nightmares could he imagine a Monday Night RAW like this: deceived and apparently drugged by Stephanie and left at the mercy of Mr. and Shane McMahon. When it was all over, "The Showstopper" couldn't stand under his own power and suffered pinfall losses to Shane-O-Mac and the WWE Chairman. Both were ominous signs for HBK with matches against the McMahons at both Saturday Night's Main Event and WrestleMania 22 on the horizon.
Adding insult to injury, amid a mock award ceremony Mr. McMahon announced that Marty Jannetty would not receive a WWE contract and will never again be in a WWE ring.
Meanwhile, both the WWE Champion and challenger Triple H won WrestleMania Rewind Matches on RAW. "The Game" dropped WrestleMania XV opponent Kane with a Pedigree … and some help from Carlito and Chris Masters.
Later, The Champ stunned Triple H with an incredible and improbable show of strength -- lifting WrestleMania XX opponent Big Show over his shoulders and blasting him with a ring-shaking FU for the win. The Cerebral Assassin stood mere feet away with his trusty sledgehammer, soaking in the enormity of the moment and making mental notes on his WrestleMania opponent.
In other important WrestleMania news, Edge speared Mick Foley, crushed his head with a "Conchairto" and accepted the Hardcore Match on the grandest stage of them all. Edge's girl Lita enjoyed an easy win over the less-experienced Maria.
And none other than SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long announced that the WrestleMania "Money in the Bank" Ladder Match is now officially an interpromotional match. Ric Flair, Rob Van Dam and Shelton Benjamin will be joined by SmackDown Superstars in the all-important match that allows the winner to "bank" a world championship match. Be sure to watch SmackDown as that brand's qualifiers begin this Friday.
Two members of the "Money in the Bank" Ladder Match squared off on RAW in an Intercontinental Championship rematch.
Ric Flair came within an inch of re-capturing the Intercontinental Championship on Monday night. But before Shelton could tap to the Figure Four Leglock, the referee disqualified Benjamin for contact with the official. The referee's ruling infuriated Flair and sent him into a rage. "The Nature Boy" grabbed momma's oxygen tank and returned the favor of multiple shot s to the abdominal region.
Not to be outdone by Mr. McMahon's Muscle & Fitness cover story, Candice revealed her sizzling-hot Playboy cover … then she and Victoria attacked Torrie over philosophical differences. Independently, Trish clashed emotionally with Mickie James, asking for some time apart because of Mickie's clingy behavior.
Monday Night RAW also presented news in regards to the 2006 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Stone Cold will induct Bret "Hit Man" Hart; Hulk Hogan will induct "Mean" Gene Okerlund; and the threesome of Rey Mysterio, Chris Benoit and Chavo Guerrero will induct the late, great Eddie Guerrero.
The latest 2006 WWE Hall of Fame inductee to be announced was "Sensational" Sherri Martel, who paved the way for many WWE Divas to follow.