Johnny Nitro to face Kane for Intercontinental Championship

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August 21, 2006

One night after aiding what appeared to be a down-and-out DX to a win over the McMahons at SummerSlam, Kane will be in action with championship gold on his mind tonight on RAW. WWE.com has learned that the Big Red Monster will finally get to challenge Johnny Nitro for the Intercontinental Championship, two weeks after being named No. 1 contender.

Nitro won the Championship in a Triple Threat Match at Vengeance. In his first opportunity at the gold, Nitro opportunistically pinned Shelton Benjamin after Carlito had hit Benjamin with a back cracker.

In the weeks that followed, it was unclear who would be the next challenger for the Intercontinental Championship, as Carlito and Shelton Benjamin were involved in a series of No. 1 Contender Matches. However, all was made clear two weeks ago, when Benjamin was given yet another chance to prove that he deserved the chance to fight for the Intercontinental Championship. Unfortunately for Benjamin, that chance would come against Kane.

Benjamin was actually able to hold his own against the 7-foot, 326-pound Kane by using his quickness and agility. However, the sheer size and brute strength of the Big Red Monster ultimately prevailed, as Kane caught the nimble Benjamin in a Chokeslam and put him on his back for the 1-2-3. Flames erupted from the turnbuckles and the arena was draped in a scarlet glow as the demonic Kane celebrated his victory. Now the question was not who would face Nitro for Intercontinental gold, but when the Championship would be on the line.

WWE fans will have to wait no longer, because the Intercontinental Championship will be at stake tonight as Monday Night RAW rolls into Bridgeport, CT. Can Johnny Nitro survive the wrath of the Big Red Monster, or will Kane steamroll his way through another opponent en route to his third Intercontinental Championship? Tune in to RAW tonight at 9/8 CT on USA to find out.

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