Raw is War
December 16, 2002
Early on in the night, both Eric Bischoff and Chief Morley went out to make this episode of RAW the best episode possible. While doing so, Bischoff promised Triple H a ceremony in his honor during the main event segment of the show. Meanwhile, Morley promised the same spot of the show to a Scott Steiner contract signing. The predicament put Bischoff and Morley in quite a pickle.
It appeared, however, as though the Triple H appreciation ceremony was going to be pulled off without a hitch. After a detailed video presentation, Triple H grabbed the mic to thank his fans. It was then that Steiner hit the ring. When Big Poppa Pump entered the squared circle, he signed his RAW contract. As a signing bonus, Steiner was awarded a shot at Triple H's World Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Rumble. Before going off the air, Steiner allowed The Game to get the first punch in on him. The champ simply slipped out of the ring and back up the ramp.
Earlier in the show, Shawn Michaels commented on his loss to Triple H at Armageddon, saying his own performance stole the show. Despite losing the World Heavyweight Championship, HBK said he is alive and well. And even though he went down, he went down in a blaze of glory. Then, in an attempt to prove his heart is still in it, he challenged The Game. But when he called for the new champ, he got Chris Jericho.
In a somber voice, Jericho told Michaels that it was sad to watch him at Armageddon. He went on to tell him that at one point, Michaels was his idol, but now he is damaged goods and that he should hang up his boots. Finally, Y2J told the fans that HBK stood for Has Been Kid. Having had enough, Michaels clocked Jericho with Sweet Chin Music and walked back to the locker room as his music played.
Trish & Test def. Victoria & Steven Richards via pinfall
Christopher Nowinski def. Maven via pinfall
Christian def. Goldust via pinfall
Kane & RVD def. 3-Minute Warning & Batista via pinfall
William Regal and Lance Storm def. the Dudley Boyz
Jeff Hardy def. D'Lo Brown via pinfall
Booker T def. Chris Jericho via disqualification