EST July 2004 | The only approved source for all things on WWE Superstar, Randy Orton.

WWE Kickoff Show

It was time for The Peep Show with Christian. He brought out Chris Jericho. They went back and forth taking shots at each other over who was in charge of their former tag team. Christian mocked his clothes. Christian said that Jericho has his hands full with Randy Orton tonight. They showed the attack from Raw where Orton jumped Jericho in the training room.

Christian said that Orton’s issues with Jericho is that Jericho is everything Orton isn’t, noting that Orton is HHH’s lapdog. Orton, on the screen, showed up and said some really lame lines knocking the two. He said he beat Christian so bad, he can’t compete anymore. He said when he was done with Jericho, the only TV show he will be able to star on is Total Divas. Wow, that was lame. Jericho knew it as he said Orton would be starring in Total Jackasses and said Orton told some lame jokes. He went into Y2J promo mode ripping on Orton and promising that he would take out Randy. The Jericho promo was fun. Everything else? Eh, not so much. Orton’s verbiage was BEYOND forced. They need to let these guys and girls talk like real people because the verbiage doesn’t even sound like anything anyone would ever say in legitimate conversation, much less competition.

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Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton
Orton went after Reigns but was cut off and worked over. Reigns snapped him into the corner but was shoved away. Roman nailed a big right hand then kicked him over the top to the floor. Roman followed him and slammed him into the guard rail. Reigns whipped Orton but it was reversed and Reigns was drilled into the ring steps. Orton tossed Reigns back into the ring and cinched in a side chinlock. Reigns broke free but was grabbed by his hair and snapped backwards to the mat. Orton stomped on Reigns’ hand and foot, holding his foot there after the move. Reigns fired back but was sent into the corner. He kicked Orton away and went to the top but Orton nailed him and worked him over on the turnbuckles.

Orton went for a superplex and nailed it. Randy was fought off and was caught in a sleeper but countered it with a sideslam. They went back to the chinlock. They battled to the floor. Reigns nailed his dropkick on the apron. They sent each other into the guard rails. Orton regained control, sending Reigns into the ringpost and covered Reigns for a two count. Back on the floor, Reignss was slammed on the announcer’s table and sent into the ring steps. Reigns snapped Orton’s throat across the rope as Orton reached for him in the ring. He sent Orton to the corner and brought him to the top. Orton drilled him but was caught for a Samoan Drop off the top scoring a two count.

Reigns nailed Orton with the Superman Punch and set up for the spear but was caught with the powerslam for a two count. Orton nailed the hanging DDT off the ropes. Orton set up for the RKO but was shoved off. Reigns leapt for the spear but Orton caught him with the RKO. Reigns kicked up at the last minute. Good sequence. Orton was shocked he didn’t get the win.

Orton went for the punt but Reigns got out of the way and speared him for the pin.

Your winner, Roman Reigns!

Backstage: Somewhere in the bowels of the building, Randy Orton was looking for Kane. Kane told him he made a mistake coming here. Orton said that he made a mistake on Raw and was sorry. He looked for Kane to say he was sorry as well, but Kane said that as the Devil’s favorite Demon, he never gets to say he’s sorry. Orton said that was fine but they need to be on the same page because neither of them can let John Cena or Roman Reigns leave with the WWE title. Kane said that he assures him that the winner of the match is standing right here. He stared at Orton and walked off.

WWE World Heavyweight champion John Cena vs. Roman Reigns vs. Kane vs. Randy Orton
Everyone began battling at the bell. Cena and Orton went to the floor, where Cena was whipped into the stairs. Reigns was beating Kane in the corner. He saw Orton coming for him and went after him. Kane and Orton doubleteamed Reigns and Orton tried to pin him while Kane tried to prevent Cena from returning. Cena eventually returned and suplexed Orton but Kane broke it up.

Kane and Orton ended up run out of the ring, setting up a faceoff with Reigns and Cena. Before we could see them face off, Orton and Kane attacked, only this time they ended up at odds over which of them was going to be the champion. Kane nailed Orton and set him up for a superplex. This set up a huge Tower of Doom spot with everyone.

Cena and Reigns looked at each other, then teamed up to stomp the hell out of Kane. Orton slipped in and nailed a backbreaker on Reigns. He went after Cena and nailed he and Reigns with double hanging DDTs at the same time. Orton made the cover but Kane broke it up. Reigns nailed a Samoan Drop on Kane but Orton broke it up. Orton and Reigns battled back and forth. Orton whipped out the old Lance Storm Canadian Maple Leaf Crab. Reigns fought out and reversed it and locked it in on Orton. Cena grabbed Orton’s arm and locked in an STF. Kane broke it up. Cena nailed Kane out of the ring but was caught by Orton, who went for a backbreaker. Cena slipped out and Orton was trapped in the STF. Orton tried to make it to the ropes but was pulled back to the center.

Orton finally made it to the ropes but Reigns grabbed his arm, pulled him out and tossed him over the announcer’s table. This allowed Reigns and Cena to finally face off and they began exchanging punches in the center of the ring. Cena ducked a clothesline and went for the STF. Reigns escaped and nailed the Samoan Drop. Reigns went for the Superman Punch but Cena ducked and nailed the Blue Thunder Punch. Cena went for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Reigns nailed the Superman Punch and speared him. Kane broke up the pinfall.

Reigns went back and forth with Kane and nailed him. Reigns cleaned house with big offense on all three and speared Orton through the guard rail. Reigns went for the spear but Kane grabbed him for the chokeslam. Reigns broke the grip and speared him but Cena broke up the pin. Cena tossed Roman Reigns to the outside and hit the AA on Kane. Reigns nailed Cena and covered Kane but Cena broke up the pinfall. Cena and Reigns exchanged punches. Cena nailed the AA on Reigns. Kane chokeslammed Cena and Reigns. He covered Reigns, who kicked out.

Kane called for the tombstone but Reigns speared him. Orton broke it up and nailed the RKO. Cena nailed the AA and scored the pin.

Winner: John Cena

Randy Orton is backstage. Orton says his chances tonight are better than anyone else’s. Orton says Rollins is a hell of a competitor, but it’s obvious that at this point in his career, he needed a lot of help. Orton won’t need any help. Orton doesn’t care who likes it, he’s walking out of the arena the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Orton’s asked about Roman Reigns, and he stares down Byron Saxton. Byron thanks Orton for his time, and Orton walks off.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match
Alberto Del Rio vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Cesaro vs. John Cena vs. Kane vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus

The bell rings and things break down, with everyone brawling. Cena and Wyatt fight, Sheamus and Cesaro fight. Orton tosses Del Rio over the top. Orton and Kane team up on Reigns. Orton turns to Cesaro, and Cesaro fights back, while Wyatt and Cena continue to square off. Kane and Orton turn to Cena and Wyatt, knocking Wyatt from the ring. Orton chokes Cena with his boot, and Kane grabs a ladder. Cesaro and Del Rio dropkick the ladder into Kane’s face. Del Rio and Cesaro knock Cena down the the ladder, but are wiped out by Wyatt. Cena shoulders Wyatt, but Wyatt fights out and slams Cena down into the ladder. Reigns comes in and hits a Samoan drop to put Wyatt out of the ring.

Reigns sets up a ladder, but Sheamus knocks him from the ring. Kane stops Sheamus from climbing the ladder, beating and kicking on him in the corner. Orton attacks Reigns in another corner, but falls victim to a clothesline from Reigns. Sheamus grabs a ladder, and Reigns does as well. Kane is sandwiched between the two ladders. Reigns and Sheamus set up ladders on top of Kane. Cesaro and Del Rio head up as well. Kane knocks all men off the ladders. Kane takes out Reigns, the knocks down Wyatt, and Cesaro. Kane chokeslams a couple of participants, then tosses one of the ladders out of the ring. Kane sets up a ladder, then picks up Orton, tossing him into the ladder.

Orton climbs, but Reigns is in, sending Kane crashing into the ladder to tip it over. Reigns knocks Kane over with a ladder, and he sets it up, beginning the climb. Bray pulls Reigns down, slamming him to the mat hard. Cena hits the belly to back suplex, but he runs right into a pop up uppercut from Cesaro. Cesaro leaps up the ladder, but Sheamus meets him at the top. Wyatt does a spider walk, then takes the ladder out from under Cesaro and Sheamus. Both men hang on for a bit, but Sheamus drops. Cesaro holds on, but can’t get the belts down. Cesaro falls and Wyatt hits the senton on Cesaro.

The doctor is shown working on Orton, but he stops, and tosses Del Rio into the steps instead. Orton looks under the ring for another ladder. Orton props the ladder against the ring apron, but Sheamus attacks Orton, fighting him into the corner behind the announcer’s table. Sheamus props the ladder between the apron and announcer’s table. Sheamus slams Orton’s head into the ladder, then stands on the ladder. Orton pulls Sheamus’ feet out from under him, and Sheamus lands on the ladder.

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The Shield vs. Evolution: No Holds Barred Elimination
They all started brawling and went to ringside and the stage fighting. It was all chaos early. It finally settled down and Evolution worked over Seth Rollins in the corner. He came back with a leg lariat on Orton for a two count. Shield took turns tagging in and out on Orton. If it’s No Holds Barred, why bother with the tags?

Batista tagged in but was controlled by Reigns and brought into the Shield’s corner. HHH tagged in and Rollins controlled him with a trio of suplexes. Ambrose and Rollins double-teamed HHH. Ambrose nailed a cannonball in the corner for a two count.

Ambrose went to come off the top with a fistdrop but was kicked in the face. Batista tagged in and brought Ambrose to the floor, slamming him into the barricade. He picked up Ambrose and dropped him on the barricade, then kicked him in the head as he was laid out on the apron. Batista nailed a catapult, slamming Ambrose’s throat under the bottom rope. Orton snapped Abrose down and began stomping the hell out of him.

Evolution began tagging in and out, taking Ambrose apart. Triple H nailed a big knee but is caught with a clothesline. Ambrose began crawling to tag one of his partners and made the tag to Reigns. Reigns met Batista in the center and worked him over, then nailed a big clothesline. Everyone started brawling again. Reigns nailed his dropkick onto the apron on Batista.

Reigns nailed the Superman Punch on Batista but Orton broke it up and everyone brawled. Everyone brawled into the crowd. Rollins went to dive off some production equipment but HHH drilled him with a piece of metal. Reigns began setting up the announcer’s table for destruction but Orton and HHH jumped him and sent him into the ring steps. They nailed a triple powerbomb through the announce table on Roman.

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Backstage: Renee Young stands with Evolution. Young says tonight they’ll finally get in the ring with The Shield. Hunter says they think Evolution’s egos will be their downfall. Hunter says they have massive egos, but they’re well deserved, because you’re looking at 31 World Championships between these three men. Batista is the most powerful, destructive man to walk into a WWE ring. Then there’s Randy Orton, the most naturally gifted athlete to ever walk into the squared circle. And tonight you’ll find out why they call him the cerebral assassin. They have egos, but they’re well deserved. Orton says you have to adapt or perish, and tonight, the Shield will perish, and you can believe in that. All three men put their fists in the middle to mock the Shield further.

Evolution vs. The Shield
The ref is hesitant to ring the bell, and things break down almost immediately with the Shield clearing he ring and sending Evolution scattering to the floor.

Hunter heads back into the ring and is dropped by Rollins. The bell is finally rung as Rollins is beating down Hunter in the corner. Hunter connects with a kick to the gut, but Rollins is quick to respond with a flying single leg dropkick. Rollins splashes Hunter in the corner and clotheslines him over the top before flying through the ropes with a suicide dive to the outside. Rollins tosses Hunter back into the ring and catches Randy Orton with a right for good measure. When Rollins gets back into the ring he’s met with a huge clothesline from Hunter. Batista tags in and launches Rollins into the corner hard, before burying his shoulder in Rollins’ midsection and allowing his partners to get in a couple of cheap shots.

Orton tags in and distracts the ref to allow more cheap shots from Hunter and Batista. Orton sends Rollins out to the apron and stomps repeatedly before slingshotting Rollins throat first into the bottom rope. Orton heads to the outside and gets in a good shot before tagging Hunter back in. Hunter kicks Rollins in the face, then hits a big right hand. Rollins reverses a whip, but eats a knee to the face that puts him down for two. Batista tags back into the match and brings things out to the floor where he hits Rollins in the side of the head before kicking him hard right on the ear. Batista sends things right back into the ring for another two count.

Orton tags in and stomps down on Rollins’ ankle, then his hand. Orton suplexes Rollins, setting him down hard on the top rope for another two count. Rollins struggles to reach his corner, but Orton stops him with a rear chin lock. Rollins fights to his feet, but Orton drags him back. Rollins connects with a belly to back suplex, and he crawls toward his corner. Batista and Hunter are in to knock Ambrose and Reigns from the corner. Orton grabs Rollins’ feet and yanks, but Rollins uses his leverage holding the ropes to land on his feet and knock Orton back. Ambrose makes the tag and lays in with a series of shots on Orton, then a cross body and more punches and kicks in the corner.

Ambrose knocks Batista from the apron and hits a rebound lariat on Orton. Ambrose teases the figure four on Hunter, and locks it in on Orton. Hunter breaks it up and things break down. Reigns comes in and fights with Batista to the outside, launching him into the barricade. Reigns goes for the spear on Hunter, but Hunter avoids it and Reigns crashes into the ring steps. frequent tags from the Shield allow everyone to get shots in on Ambrose in the corner.

Batista sends Ambrose to the outside where Hunter sends him head first into the apron before sending him back into the ring for a short-arm clothesline from Batista. Orton is back in, and he sends Ambrose into the corner, then follows up with a clothesline for two. Orton stomps down on Ambrose’s back and clamps on a rear chin lock.

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