| Date: June 15, 2003
| Venue: Compaq Centre | City: Houston, Texas
| Attendance: 10, 000 | Buys: 385, 000
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Bad Blood has been building between the superstars of Raw and issues will be settled tonight as the Raw brand go into business for themselves and present 7 matches tonight exclusive to Eric Bischoff and Stone Cold Steve Austins brand. The main event will be for the World Heavyweight Championship and it’ll be Triple H defending his title against Kevin Nash. Triple H got himself disqualified against Nash at Judgment Day which cost him the match but it meant he kept his title. Steve Austin has made sure this won’t happen again and this time not even Ric Flair can get involved as Triple H and Kevin Nash will meet in Hell In A Cell. This is the second Bad Blood pay per view and both events have hell in a cell main events.
This show has somewhat of a triple main event feel and the second of which is a match between two legends in Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels. The two men wanted to fight each other seemingly as friends but that was until Ric Flair turned on his “friend”, cheap shotting him in a tag team match after Michaels had given Flair advice. The third main event features Goldberg against Chris Jericho. Jericho left wCw due to men like Goldberg and after Goldberg showed up in the WWE, Jericho hasn’t been happy. Jericho put Lance Storm up to running Goldberg over, something Goldberg just avoided. Goldberg has since tried to spear Jericho but Y2J sprayed Bill with pepper spray.
The Intercontinental Championship will be on the line tonight as Christian defends his title against Booker T. Christian screwed Booker T out of the title at Judgment Day, eliminating him from the battle royal after being eliminated himself. Booker T has since been named number one contender and did get a shot at Insurrextion but Christian won the match by hanging onto the ropes. The World Tag Team Championships will be defended as Rob Van Dam and Kane take on La Resistance. Eric Bischoff granted La Resistance the title shot after they were attacked on Raw. Since then, Kane and Rob Van Dam haven’t really been on the same page. Kane lost a match to Rene Dupree and Stone Cold Steve Austin tried to motivate the man that once beat him for the WWE Championship. RVD would be attacked by La Resistance the following week and Kane was nowhere to be seen. Will they be on the same page tonight?
Scott Steiner and Test have spent weeks fighting over Stacy Keibler. Test has been jealous of Stacy’s relationship with Steiner and has acted horribly to his business manager. Stacy tried to quit but due to contractual obligations she couldn’t. The match was made for Bad Blood between Scott Steiner and Test in which only the winner would continue with Stacy’s managerial expertise. Also tonight, The Dudley Boyz take on Christopher Nowinski and Rodney Mack and Stone Cold Steve Austin and Eric Bischoff will take each other on in a redneck triathlon.
Before the show, Ivory defeated Molly Holly on Heat.
A video package kicks off the show highlighting feuds between Chris Jericho & Goldberg, Triple H & Kevin Nash and Stone Cold Steve Austin & Eric Bischoff. Jim Ross then welcomes us to Bad Blood in Texas, he’s joined by Jerry “The King” Lawler.
The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) vs. Christopher Nowinski & Rodney Mack
There’s some footage from Heat with Christopher Nowinski asking D-Von why his white brother is always telling him what to do, asking him to get the tables. Nowinski and Rodney Mack are joined by Teddy Long. Nowinski is wearing a metal mask these days to protect his face. Rodney Mack and D-Von kick off the match and D-Von hits the first knockdown of the match. Rodney gets back into it with a jawbreaker and then tags out to Nowinski who gets hit with a drop toe hold. D-Von tags in Bubba Ray Dudley who applies a headlock and then a shoulder charge. The teams are in opposite corner to where they usually are. Rodney Mack tags Bubba Ray down with a clothesline from the apron in an awkward spot. Bubba Ray is right back into it though and squashes Nowinski and Mack in the corner with a splash.
Bubba clears the ring and soaks in the atmosphere before pulling Nowinski back into the ring. Bubba tags D-Von who hits Nowinski with a clothesline and Bubba Ray follows it up with a splash for the first near fall of the match. Some double teaming from Rodney Mack and Nowinski gives them the advantage. Mack tags in and drops an elbow on D-Von for a near fall. Rodney then applies a chinlock which D-Von gets out of but Rodney takes the Dudley down with a spinebuster for a two count. Rodney tags in Nowinski who executes a splash on D-Von for a two count. Nowinski then goes up to the middle ope but misses with a flying elbow drop. D-Von tags in Bubba Ray who hits clotheslines, back body drops and sidewalk slams on Nowinski whilst also disposing of Rodney Mack. Nowinski fights out of a Bubba bomb but Bubba hits a high cross body off the middle rope for a two count.
Nowinski takes off his metal mask and swings it at Bubba Ray who ducks and hits his trademark bionic elbow. The Dudleyz then hits the Wassup drop on Rodney Mack. Bubba Ray asks D-Von to get the tables and Teddy Long gets up on the apron and asks D-Von why he always gets the tables. D-Von thinks about it and then swings for Teddy Long who jumps off the apron. Rodney Mack then clotheslines D-Von out of the ring, Bubba Ray clotheslines Rodney Mack out of the ring and then Nowinski swings his metal mask into the face of Bubba Ray before pinning him for the three! Christopher Nowinski and Rodney Mack win the match! Big upset here!
There’s some footage from Raw with Eric Bischoff spinning the wheel for his redneck triathlon with Stone Cold Steve Austin. We see that event one is going to be pie eating. Then from Heat earlier the wheel is spun again and this time lands on a burping contest. The wheel will be spun again later if a third contest is needed.
Terri Runnels is backstage with the co-general managers. The burping contest is up first. Terri explains that both men will get three burps and whoever does the best burp will win the contest. Bischoff goes first, rubbish burp. Austin is up next, big burp. Bischoff does a second burp which is much better. I can’t tell whether these burps are real or not. Austins second burp isn’t as good. Bischoffs third burp isn’t as good. Austins third burp is the best yet and so Stone Cold wins the burping contest.
Scott Steiner vs. Test – Winner gets the services of Stacy Keibler
This is somewhat of a re-match from Insurrextion although it feels more like Insurrextion was a prelude to this match. Steiner won the match at Insurrextion in any case. Stacy Keibler is at ringside for this one and Test drags her away from Steiner. Steiner then attempts a double axe handle off the apron but slips and misses him. Steiner then gets Test in the ring and takes him down with a clothesline before doing a few press-ups. Test rolls to the outside and uses Stacy as a shield before taking Scott down with a right hand. Test then Irish whips Steiner into the ring steps. Back in the ring and Test lays into Steiner with right hands and then a big clothesline in the corner before slamming Steiner to the mat and doing some press-ups himself.
Test applies a sleeper which Steiner gets out of. Test goes up to the middle rope but Steiner catches him and hits him with a belly to belly suplex. It’s all Steiner now as he hits clotheslines and a suplex. Steiner looks like he’s bleeding from the top of the head now. He hits some chops and right hands. Test hits a full nelson slam for a two count and then goes for his pump handle slam and running big boot but Steiner avoids both. Steiner then hits a reverse DDT but only for a near fall. Test shoves Big Poppa Pump into the turnbuckle and then hits the pump handle slam but Steiner kicks out. Test then tries to take off one of the top turnbuckle pads but Stacy makes sure he doesn’t and slaps him. Test then hits a big boot to Steiner for a two count. Test rolls to the outside frustrated and grabs a steel chair but Keibler tries to take it off him and gets thrown to the floor.
Test swings the chair at Steiner but the chair bounces off the ropes and back into his own face! Steiner hits Test with the DDT type finisher he used on Test at Insurrextion and that’s enough for the three! Scott Steiner wins the match and gains Stacy Keibler as his full time manager! Not a bad match between these two. I did expect Test to win though.
Stone Cold and Eric Bischoff are backstage talking about the pie eating contest. Bischoff then introduces Austin to four women aka “the pie”. Bischoff is to go first but Austin can choose what flavour pie he eats. This is just bizarre.
Christian (c) vs. Booker T – Intercontinental Championship Match
This is another match we saw at Insurrextion last week. Christian won that match by holding onto the ropes when he pinned Booker. Booker is from Houston, Texas where this PPV emanates from. It’s nice to see Christian getting a decent singles run. He takes Booker T down with a nice armdrag takedown. Booker then takes Christian down with a shoulder charge and a hip toss. Booker hits a slam and then applies a headlock. Christian gets out of it and hits some shoulder charges of his own in the corner before getting hit with a big back body drop. Booker T hits a spinebuster for a near fall. Christian drags Booker T out of the ring and smashes him into the ring steps before rolling him back into the ring for a near fall. Christian then applies a chinlock.
You’d think that because Christian is establishing the Intercontinental Championship that he would get a nice long reign. Booker T gets out of the chinlock and then hits a flapjack on the champion. Booker hits a flying forearm, a clothesline and a sidewalk slam for a near fall. The challenger then hits a roundhouse kick for a two count before dropping Christian on the top rope and hitting a reverse DDT for another near fall. Christian rolls Booker up from nowhere and grabs on to the ropes for extra leverage like he did at Insurrextion but Booker kicks out this time. Booker T hits his axe kick onto Christian on the top rope before heading to the top and hitting a missile dropkick for a two count. Booker hits a big kick and then performs the spin-a-roonie! He tries for his axe kick but Christian exits the ring and grabs his title before escaping up the entrance ramp!
The referee grabs the microphone and tells Christian that if he doesn’t get back in the ring, not only will he lose the match but he’ll also forfeit the championship! Christian gets back in the ring and then smashes Booker T with the title! The referee calls for the bell and that’ll be it. There’s a bit of a “bullshit” chant. Booker T wins this match but Christian retains his championship. A good match spoilt with a bad ending.
There’s an advert for JR’s cookbook. Kevin Nash is then shown getting ready for his match.
It’s time for round 2 of the redneck triathlon. Jerry Lawler is hosting the pie eating contest in the ring. Both co-general managers get down to the ring and Austin has a mature woman lined up for Bischoff. And right on cue out comes Mae Young. Bischoff refuses to eat Mae Youngs pie. Austin is about to be announced the winner but Bischoff takes one for the team and kisses Mae Young! Austin points out that this is a pie eating contest and Mae hits Bischoff with a low blow! Mae then takes off her skirt and hits a bronco buster on Bischoff! Austin then hits Mae Young with a Stunner and forfeits the contest! It’s 1-1 in the triathlon!
There’s a promo for Gail Kim who is coming soon. It’s a Matrix theme which is pretty cool.
Kane is backstage and Jim Ross speculates on whether Kane’s head is in the game at the moment.
Jonathan Coachman is backstage with La Resistance. They’re not happy about being in Texas but they dedicate their match to the President of France.
Rob Van Dam & Kane (c) vs. La Resistance (Sylvain Grenier & Rene Dupree) – World Tag Team Championship Match
This match is another that occurred at Insurrextion in which Kane and Rob Van Dam won cleanly. RVD and Kane have been champions for a while now. Kane made his debut at the last Bad Blood pay per view back in 1997. Rene Dupree and RVD start the match and Dupree performs his shuffle. Van Dam rolls Dupree up for the first near fall of the match. RVD hits a spinning heel kick and then a cross body from the middle rope. There’s some interference from Sylvain Grenier to give La Resistance the advantage. Dupree hits Van Dam with a DDT for a near fall. Grenier then makes himself the legal man and he hammers away at Van Dam. There’s some quick tags from La Resistance and Dupree applies a chinlock to RVD. Van Dam hits an enzeguri and RVD tags in Kane. Dupree tags in Grenier but Kane takes down both challengers with right hands and big boots.
Kane hits Grenier with a splash in the corner and some big right hands. He catches Dupree who comes at him from the top and throws him to the ground before hitting Grenier with a sidewalk slam. It’s all Kane now as he goes to the top and hits Grenier with a flying clothesline for a near fall. La Resistance hit a double neckbreaker on Kane who sits right back up and takes both men down with a double clothesline. Kane then tags in RVD who hits a kick off the top on Dupree. On the outside Grenier pokes Kane in the eye and smashes him into the ringpost. Van Dam hits Grenier with a baseball slide, back body drops Dupree out of the ring and then dives out at both men but accidentally hits Kane! La Resistance roll Van Dam back in the ring and hit him with a double spinebuster! Dupree makes the cover and gets the three! La Resistance win the World Tag Team title tonight! It’s an upset win that could spell the end for Van Dam and Kane as a team.
There’s a VT showing the history between Jericho and Goldberg next. Jericho put Lance Storm up to running over Goldberg in his rental car. Storm missed though and ratted out Jericho.
Goldberg vs. Chris Jericho
Goldberg goes into this match undefeated on pay per view having previously beaten The Rock at Backlash. Goldberg and Jericho tie up and roll straight to the outside of the ring. Goldberg uses some knees and rolls Jericho back into the ring. Jericho attempts a cross body but Goldberg catches him and slams him into the mat. Bit of a mixed reaction for Goldberg who throws Jericho from one side of the ring to the other. Jericho spits in the face of Goldberg but Goldberg still just throws him around the ring, hits him with a reverse elbow and then military presses him onto the top rope. Goldberg kicks Jericho to the outside and then military presses him onto the barricade.
Goldberg lines up for a spear on the outside but Jericho gets out of the way and Goldberg goes right through the barricade! Goldberg is bleeding from the top of the head now and Jericho tosses him back into the ring. Jericho goes to the top and hits Goldberg with a missile dropkick for a near fall. Jericho goes to work on the right arm and shoulder of Goldberg. Goldberg fights back with a shoulder charge which receives some boo’s. Jericho hits an armbar takedown and then applies an armbar. Jericho attempts a springboard move off the middle turnbuckle but Goldberg kicks him down to the mat. Goldberg then attempts a hiptoss but Jericho reverses it into another armbar takedown which gets him another near fall.
Goldberg hits a hipblock takedown but looks like he’s in pain. Jericho hits him with a dropkick and then a bulldog before hitting Goldberg with his lionsault for another near fall. Jericho hits another bulldog and then attempts another lionsault but Goldberg catches him and slams him to the mat. Goldberg then lines up for the spear and nails Jericho with it! Goldberg looks to be in pain following that and doesn’t cover Jericho. A “Goldberg sucks” chant has broken out in various parts of the crowd. Goldberg attempts the Jackhammer but Jericho hits him with a low blow which the referee doesn’t see. Jericho then locks on the walls of Jericho! Goldberg fights out of it and hits Jericho with another spear! Goldberg hits the Jackhammer and that’s it! Goldberg wins the match despite looking in pain for most of the match. A nice story told by these two men. It won’t be long until we see Goldberg in the World Heavyweight title picture I’m sure.
There’s a shot of some pigs in a hog pen, I’m guessing that will be used in the redneck triathlon. Backstage Terri spins the wheel and it lands on “sing off”. Bischoff is happy, Austin is not.
There’s a VT showing the history between Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels next.
Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair
This is a first time meeting between these two legends. Michaels is the only man to have wrestled on both Bad Blood pay per views. He main evented the 1997 event, beating The Undertaker. This match has a big fight feel and Flair struts around in the beginning. Michaels takes Flair down and walks down his back before strutting. Michaels then tries a bit of wrestling with Flair who gets to the ropes. Shawn then slaps Ric hard in the face. Michaels hits a drop toe hold and then locks on a front face lock. Flair once again gets to the ropes. Michaels hits a right hand and then clotheslines Flair out of the ring before hitting him with a cross body to the outside. Back in the ring and Flair kicks Michaels, chops him but then gets knocked down by him.
Michaels applies a headlock but Flair gets out of it and hits some of his trademark chops. Michaels hits some chops of his own and then some right hands. Flair hits a chopblock and then some more chops. Both of these men were involved in the 6 man tag match at Backlash. Flair locks on the figure four! Michaels gets to the ropes but Flair continues to work the leg. Michaels hits an enzeguri to drop Flair to the canvas. The two men get to their feet and slug it out until Michaels hits a back body drop. It’s amazing to see Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Scott Steiner and Kevin Nash all on pay per view much like we did 10 years ago. Flair goes up top but Michaels throws him down to the mat. Michaels goes for sweet chin music but Flair catches his leg. Michaels then takes Flair down to the mat and locks on the figure four!
Flair gets out of the figure four with a thumb to the eye. The referee gets sandwiched in the corner but is ok to make a couple of pinfall attempts. Flair goes to the top but Michaels hits him with a right hand on the way down. Shawn pops Ric Flair on the top turnbuckle and then suplexes him all the way down. Michaels rolls to the outside and pulls a table out from under the ring. He sets it up on the outside but Flair attacks him as he re-enters the ring. Flair attempts to suplex Michaels to the outside but Michaels blocks it and the two men battle to the outside. Michaels lays Flair on the table but out comes Randy Orton from nowhere! Michaels hits him with sweet chin music and then heads to the top where he dives off with a huge splash through Flair and through the table! Flair is bleeding from his back and Michaels rolls him back into the ring.
Shawn pins Ric in the ring but Flair kicks out. Flair hits a low blow on both Michaels and the referee with a mule kick! Michaels fights back with chops, a back body drop and a flying forearm. Shawn then slams Flair and goes up to the top where he dives off with a flying elbow drop. Michaels motions for sweet chin music and nails it! But in comes Randy Orton who smashes a chair into the face of Shawn Michaels! Orton puts Flair on top of Michaels and that’s it! Ric Flair beats Shawn Michaels tonight with a lot of help from Randy Orton!
Advert up next for Classy Freddie Blassie’s new book. Nice touch as he died last week.
Eric Bischoff is out next for the singing contest to wrap up the redneck triathlon. Bischoff offers to sign his entrance music and then he just mimes over it. Steve Austin appears on the titantron and calls him out for miming. This time Bischoff does sing. He’s miles out of time but he’s in tune. Austin says Bischoff is terrible and spins the wheel over to pig pen fun. The winner is the one to throw the other in the pig pen. Austin makes his way down to ringside and Bischoff tries to escape but Austin hits him with a stunner. Austin then takes Bischoff up the entrance stage and throws him down into the pig pen to win the redneck triathlon.
There’s a hype video for the main event up next.
Triple H (c) vs. Kevin Nash – Hell In A Cell match for the World Heavyweight Championship with Mick Foley as special guest referee
This is the third PPV match between Triple H and Kevin Nash. Kevin Nash won by disqualification at Judgment Day and Triple H won at Insurrextion. Triple H is the only man to have fought on every pay per view so far in 2003. This is Triple H’s 6th title defence of his World Heavyweight Champion. Only one champion in history has successfully defended his title on 7 pay per views and that’s Kevin Nash in his first WWF Championship reign as Diesel. Triple H is in blue trunks tonight. He tries to cheap shot Nash in the early going but gets caught with a big boot. Triple H gets back into the match by dropping Nash on the top rope. Nash shoves Triple H into Foley and both men go down. Nash then lays into Triple H with some reverse elbows. Nash clotheslines Triple H to the outside and the two men slug it out around the ring.
Kevin Nash whips Triple H into the cell a couple of times. The main event to both Bad Blood pay per views have been Hell In A Cell matches. Nash hits a back body drop on Triple H outside the ring. Back in the ring and Nash hits a sidewalk slam for a near fall and then drops a couple of elbows for another near fall. Nash slides out of the ring and grabs a chair from under the ring. He jabs it into the gut of Triple H and then wraps it across the back of The Game. Outside the ring and Nash smashes Triple H into the corner of the cell before whipping him into the ring steps. Nash throws the steps at Triple H but the champion gets out of the way. Nash then goes for a powerbomb on the outside but Triple H hammers Nash until he drops him. Triple H pulls a tool box out from under the ring and then swings a hammer into the knee of the challenger and then the head! Well that’s enough to kill him.
Mick Foley grabs the hammer off Triple H who shoves the referee. Foley then shoves Triple H to the mat! Nash is busted open now and Triple H scrapes his wound across the cell. Back in the ring and Triple H comes at him with a screwdriver. Helmsley then looks under the ring again and this time pulls out the barb wire 2×4 before swinging that into the middle section of Kevin Nash. Nash fights off Triple H and then picks up the 2×4 himself before swinging it into the face of Triple H. Triple H is bleeding from the face too. Triple H has spent 2003 feuding with Scott Steiner, Booker T and Kevin Nash, three men associated with wCw. Nash pops the 2×4 on a top turnbuckle and then lays into Triple H with right hands and clotheslines in the corner. Nash then picks Triple H up and drops him on the barb wire 2×4 for a near fall.
Nash puts the ring steps into the ring but Triple H hits him with a wooden crate. Helmsley then grabs his sledgehammer from under the ring. Triple H hits Foley and then turns around into a drop toe hold from Nash onto the ring steps. Nash picks up a chair but Triple H kicks out at his quad. Triple H then picks up the chair and leathers both Nash and Foley with it! Foley gets up and pulls out Mr Socko before shoving it down Triple H’s throat! Triple H hits Foley with a low blow and then Nash swings the ring steps into Triple H and hits both the champion and the referee! Nash pins Triple H but Foley is down. Foley gets up on the apron and Triple H shoves Nash into Foley who goes flying into the side of the cell. Triple H then attempts a Pedigree on Nash but Nash slingshots Triple H into the barb wire 2×4 in the corner. Nash hits Triple H with a Jackknife and covers him and Foley slides into the ring but Triple H kicks out!
Triple H hits Nash with the sledgehammer and then drops the challenger with the Pedigree. Foley makes the count and it’s over. Triple H wins the match and retains his World Heavyweight Championship! Ric Flair and Randy Orton come out after the match to see to Triple H. Good main event between these two men.
And that was the second Bad Blood pay per view. The show only ran to two and a half hours so they could easily have squeezed in a Women’s title match which I feel this show really missed. And it could have definitely replaced the opening 6 man tag team match. It wasn’t the worst match in the world but it did feel like filler. It gave Rodney Mack and Christopher Nowinski a big win over one of the greatest teams of all time but at the moment I can’t see where Nowinski and Mack are going. I think the win could’ve been used to put the Dudley Boyz in the tag team title picture. I was also surprised that Scott Steiner beat Test. I think Test would’ve been a better winner to continue the storyline until Steiner finally free’d Stacy of Tests clutches. This match was probably a bit better than I thought it would be.
Christian beat Booker T in a good match. Christian loses by disqualification which means this feud will carry on. Booker T is due a good singles run and I can definitely see him as the next Intercontinental Champion. But then I like Christian as champion! Anyway, this was a good match and I think this feud will continue. Rob Van Dam and Kane lost their World tag team titles which I don’t mind. I quite like La Resistance, they seem like an old school “proper” tag team and I’m all for it. Kane looks to be on the verge of a heel turn so I think he’ll go on to feud with Rob Van Dam over the next few months. Raw could do with a couple more tag teams if you ask me. Goldberg beat Chris Jericho in a predictable result but a decent match. Jericho got a lot more offence in than I thought he would but in the end there was only ever going to be one winner. Goldberg continues to look strong and will probably feud with World Heavyweight Champion Triple H into Summerslam.
Ric Flair beat Shawn Michaels with a lot of help from Randy Orton. I think I expected Michaels to win this but with help from Orton the result makes sense. This is another feud that could continue and it’s a match most didn’t think they would ever see. Nice to see these two hook it up. Triple H then beat Kevin Nash relatively cleanly. Granted there was a sledgehammer used but it’s all fair in hell in a cell. This will spell the end of this feud I think and with Summerslam the next pay per view that Raw will be involved with, I can only see Triple H and Goldberg for that show. Bad Blood 2003 isn’t a bad show overall, worth a watch for the last 3 matches.
Overall Rating: 66.4/100 (ranked 16th out of 153)
Match Of The Night: Triple H vs. Kevin Nash
Worst Match Of The Night: The Dudley Boyz vs. Nowinski/Mack
Surprise Of The Night: Scott Steiner beats Test
Worst Booking Of The Night: Nowinski & Mack beat The Dudley Boyz
Superstar Of The Night: Triple H
Bad Blood 2003 Will Be Remembered For: Triple H vs. Kevin Nash in Hell In A Cell