Living up to his vow to be as controversial as his New York Times best seller Controversy Creates Cash, Eric Bischoff was the choice to referee the match between DX and Edge and Randy Orton. The former RAW GM, who pulled in 60 percent of the vote, was also the deciding "X-factor" in delivering DX their first loss as a tag team since reforming the rebellious group in June.

With some fans biting their nails in anticipation of the vote, the buzz filling the arena regarding whether Mr. McMahon, Jonathan Coachman or Bischoff would be voted in as the referee was deafening. When DX was on the Cyber Tron, loyal fans stood on chairs and made an X with their arms to show their support for Shawn Michaels and Triple H.
 
However, the three men in contention to mediate the match were hardly slated to be impartial. Mr. McMahon's history with DX is known to be a hate-hate relationship -- especially after they shoved the WWE Chairman's head into Big Show's ass at Unforgiven. Mr. McMahon's Executive Assistant, Jonathan Coachman, is staunchly in the boss' corner, and Bischoff's actions on RAW (when he slipped a steel chair to Randy Orton in a singles match against Triple H) demonstrated which side he had taken. To the WWE fans' credit, Bischoff was the lesser of three evils to referee the match. Any other choice would have almost guaranteed a victory for Orton and Edge. Unfortunately, the best choice for DX wasn't enough for them to overcome the odds.
 
Prior to the match, DX was as loose as ever and generally unfazed at who the referee might be. Amidst a casual conversation about who they should cast a last-minute vote for, Triple H mentioned Eric Bischoff's statements from RAW, when he said that DX had no idea what the word "controversial" meant. HBK took it personally, and the former World Champion told The Game that he'd show Bischoff -- and all of WWE -- what controversy was. With that, he proceeded to give three WWE employees Sweet Chin Music as he stormed away in a fit of rage.

When Michaels and Triple H finally hit the ring, the DX fans were sent into a wild frenzy that shook the arena walls. The ovation DX received during their pre-match ritual salute to the fans had flashbulbs popping and was so loud The Game had to ask for silence before he could tell Edge and Orton to suck it.

While the Rated-R Superstar and the Legend Killer may have lived up to their vow to defeat DX and "kill" them at Cyber Sunday, one can argue that without the controversial actions of Bischoff, the match easily could have swayed in favor of DX. At one point, Bischoff seemed like he was going to call it down the line. Edge and Orton even voiced their anger towards Bischoff for giving fair pinfall counts. Then it looked like Bischoff would want to get revenge on Edge, after the Rated-R Superstar accidentally delivered a devastating Spear that knocked Bischoff out of the ring. Without a referee, DX picked up their game and began to dominate their opponents.

But in the end, the lure of controversy that has always been a magnet for Bischoff was no different at Cyber Sunday. With boos hailing from nearly every person in the arena as Bischoff climbed back into the ring, it was as if the WWE fans knew that Bischoff's return meant bad news for DX. Smiling as Edge smashed HBK with a steel chair, Bischoff then watched Orton give Triple H his second RKO of the night onto the same unforgiving steel chair. It wasn't supposed to be a No-Disqualification match; Bischoff simply chose to allow Edge and Orton to break rules and use the steel chair to screw DX for the victory.


After the match, Edge and Orton couldn't wait to boast about their victory. Before the two ecstatic Superstars headed into a limousine to start their celebration, Orton told RAW commentator Todd Grisham, "DX has been trying to ruin my career for years. Well, look who is laughing last?"

Edge chimed in as well, telling Grisham, "It's going to be a new era on RAW. An era that's rated R-KO."

 

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Living up to his vow to be as controversial as his New York Times best seller Controversy Creates Cash, Eric Bischoff was the choice to referee the match between DX and Edge and Randy Orton. The former RAW GM, who pulled in 60 percent of the vote, was also the deciding "X-factor" in delivering DX their first loss as a tag team since reforming the rebellious group in June.

With some fans biting their nails in anticipation of the vote, the buzz filling the arena regarding whether Mr. McMahon, Jonathan Coachman or Bischoff would be voted in as the referee was deafening. When DX was on the Cyber Tron, loyal fans stood on chairs and made an X with their arms to show their support for Shawn Michaels and Triple H.
 
However, the three men in contention to mediate the match were hardly slated to be impartial. Mr. McMahon's history with DX is known to be a hate-hate relationship -- especially after they shoved the WWE Chairman's head into Big Show's ass at Unforgiven. Mr. McMahon's Executive Assistant, Jonathan Coachman, is staunchly in the boss' corner, and Bischoff's actions on RAW (when he slipped a steel chair to Randy Orton in a singles match against Triple H) demonstrated which side he had taken. To the WWE fans' credit, Bischoff was the lesser of three evils to referee the match. Any other choice would have almost guaranteed a victory for Orton and Edge. Unfortunately, the best choice for DX wasn't enough for them to overcome the odds.
 
Prior to the match, DX was as loose as ever and generally unfazed at who the referee might be. Amidst a casual conversation about who they should cast a last-minute vote for, Triple H mentioned Eric Bischoff's statements from RAW, when he said that DX had no idea what the word "controversial" meant. HBK took it personally, and the former World Champion told The Game that he'd show Bischoff -- and all of WWE -- what controversy was. With that, he proceeded to give three WWE employees Sweet Chin Music as he stormed away in a fit of rage.

When Michaels and Triple H finally hit the ring, the DX fans were sent into a wild frenzy that shook the arena walls. The ovation DX received during their pre-match ritual salute to the fans had flashbulbs popping and was so loud The Game had to ask for silence before he could tell Edge and Orton to suck it.

While the Rated-R Superstar and the Legend Killer may have lived up to their vow to defeat DX and "kill" them at Cyber Sunday, one can argue that without the controversial actions of Bischoff, the match easily could have swayed in favor of DX. At one point, Bischoff seemed like he was going to call it down the line. Edge and Orton even voiced their anger towards Bischoff for giving fair pinfall counts. Then it looked like Bischoff would want to get revenge on Edge, after the Rated-R Superstar accidentally delivered a devastating Spear that knocked Bischoff out of the ring. Without a referee, DX picked up their game and began to dominate their opponents.

But in the end, the lure of controversy that has always been a magnet for Bischoff was no different at Cyber Sunday. With boos hailing from nearly every person in the arena as Bischoff climbed back into the ring, it was as if the WWE fans knew that Bischoff's return meant bad news for DX. Smiling as Edge smashed HBK with a steel chair, Bischoff then watched Orton give Triple H his second RKO of the night onto the same unforgiving steel chair. It wasn't supposed to be a No-Disqualification match; Bischoff simply chose to allow Edge and Orton to break rules and use the steel chair to screw DX for the victory.


After the match, Edge and Orton couldn't wait to boast about their victory. Before the two ecstatic Superstars headed into a limousine to start their celebration, Orton told RAW commentator Todd Grisham, "DX has been trying to ruin my career for years. Well, look who is laughing last?"

Edge chimed in as well, telling Grisham, "It's going to be a new era on RAW. An era that's rated R-KO."

 

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