Bad Blood (2003)
|Bad Blood (2003)|
|"Headstrong" by Trapt|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||June 15, 2003|
|Bad Blood chronology|
Bad Blood (2003) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and presented by Maxim Hair Color, which took place on June 15, 2003 at the Compaq Center in Houston, Texas. It was the second event produced under the Bad Blood name and starred wrestlers from the Raw brand. This event marked the beginning of pay-per-views (with the exception of the older and more significant Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series pay-per-views) being brand exclusive.
The main event was a Hell in a Cell match, featuring wrestlers fighting in a ring surrounded by a steel structure. In this match, World Heavyweight Champion Triple H defeated Kevin Nash to retain his title. Two predominant bouts were featured on the undercard; in respective singles matches, Ric Flair defeated Shawn Michaels and Goldberg defeated Chris Jericho.
The event marked the second time the Hell in a Cell format was used by WWE in a Bad Blood event; the first was at In Your House: Badd Blood in 1997. The 2003 Bad Blood event grossed over $500,000 ticket sales from an attendance of 10,000 and received about 285,000 pay-per-view buys, which was more than the following year's event. This event helped WWE increase its yearly pay-per-view revenue by $6.2 million from the previous year. When the event was released on DVD, it reached a peak position of second on Billboard's DVD Sales Chart.
The event featured eight professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed either villains or fan favorites as they followed a series of events which built tension, leading to a wrestling match. All wrestlers were from the Raw brand – a storyline division in which WWE assigned its employees to a different program, the other being SmackDown!.
The main event at Bad Blood featured World Heavyweight Champion Triple H defending the title against Kevin Nash in a ring surrounded by a steel structure of metal dubbed as the Hell in a Cell match. The buildup to the match began two months prior at Backlash, where Triple H nailed Kevin Nash with the sledgehammer during the Six man Tag team match, enabling Triple H to Pin Nash for the victory. The following month at Judgment Day, Nash defeated Triple H in a standard wrestling match, also called a singles match, via disqualification but didn't win the championship. The following night on an episode of Raw, one of WWE's primary television programs, after Triple H successfully defended the World title against Ric Flair, General Manager Steve Austin, a fictitious match maker and rules enforcer, announced that due to Kevin Nash winning the match at Judgment Day by disqualification, Nash would face Triple H again at Bad Blood for the World Heavyweight title in a Hell in a Cell match to avoid disqualifications. On the May 26, 2003 episode of Raw, the staged rivalry between the two wrestlers intensified when Randy Orton and Triple H, both of whom were members of Evolution, an alliance of wrestlers that also consisted of Ric Flair, attacked Nash. The following week during an episode of Raw, Nash gained redemption over the previous week's attack when he alongside Shawn Michaels and The Hurricane defeated Evolution in a tag team match. After the match, Nash lifted and sat Triple H on his shoulders and then slammed him back-first down to the mat, a maneuver Nash calls the Jacknife powerbomb. On June 9, 2003 during an episode of Raw, Austin announced that Mick Foley, a professional wrestler who had retired three years prior at No Way Out 2000, would officiate the Hell in a Cell match as the guest referee.
One of the featured preliminary matches was Shawn Michaels versus Ric Flair in a singles match. The hype to this match began on May 26, 2003 during an episode of Raw, where Michaels challenged Flair to a singles match for later during the show, which Flair accepted. As the match was about to take place, the other General Manager, Eric Bischoff, announced that the Flair versus Michaels match was to take place at Bad Blood instead of on the broadcast of Raw. Later on that episode, Flair and Michaels lost to World Champion Triple H in a Handicap match after Flair cheap shoted Michaels, enabling Triple H to finish him off with the Pedigree. The following Monday on an episode of Raw, Michaels and Flair were in a promotional in-ring segment, where they both discussed who was the better wrestler. Later during the program, Michaels, along with Kevin Nash and The Hurricane defeated Evolution. The feud between Flair and Michaels enhanced on the June 9, 2003 episode of Raw. During the show, Flair and Michaels managed Randy Orton and The Hurricane, respectively; after Orton defeated The Hurricane, Flair and Michaels were scripted to brawl until the program went into a commercial break.
The other featured preliminary match was Goldberg versus Chris Jericho in a singles match. The buildup to the match began on May 12, 2003 during an episode of Raw, where a "mystery assailant" attempted to run Goldberg over with a vehicle, though Goldberg was able to avoid it. Later that night, Goldberg went on to defeat Christian in a Steel Cage match. The following Monday on Raw, it was determined that Lance Storm was the "mystery assailant". He, however, told Austin that he was only hired to run Goldberg over and that Jericho conspired the attack. On the May 26, 2003 episode of Raw, Jericho held a promotional in-ring segment titled The Highlight Reel. During the segment he explained that he conspired the attack because he grew jealous towards Goldberg's success in WCW, disliking Goldberg's ego and felt that since joining the WWE, he had achieved everything he had ever wanted in his career esp. becoming the first WWE Undisputed Champion in history and all that was left was to defeat Goldberg and challenged him to a singles match at Bad Blood. Afterwards, Goldberg came down to the ring and accepted Jericho's challenge, and as he was about to perform a spear, Jericho sprayed Goldberg's eyes with pepper spray.
A non-physical rivalry developed between the General Managers, Austin and Bischoff, who were feuding over who was the better authority. On the June 2, 2003 episode of Raw, it was announced that both men would face each other in a series of non-wrestling contests labeled the "Redneck Triathlon" at Bad Blood. The contests would include a belching contest, a pie eating contest, and a singing contest.
|Carlos Cabrera (Spanish)|
|Hugo Savinovich (Spanish)|
Before the event began and aired live on pay-per-view, an episode of Sunday Night Heat, one of WWE's secondary television programs, was taped live. The only scheduled match for the show was Ivory versus Molly Holly. Ivory won the match via pinfall after a Poison Ivory.
After Sunday Night Heat, the pay-per-view began with a tag team match where the Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) faced Rodney Mack and Christopher Nowinski in a tag team match. The match was initially dominated by the Dudley Boyz and they even caused serious damage when they hit the Wassup? on Nowinski. During the match, Theodore Long, Mack and Nowinski's manager, verbally distracted D-Von, which was scripted to result in D-Von punching Long and distracting the referee. During this time, Nowinski hit Bubba in the face with a face mask that he was wearing. After the referee placed his attention to the match, Nowiniski covered Bubba for the pinfall. Following the tag team match, the first contest in the "Redneck Triathlon" was held, in which Steve Austin defeated Eric Bischoff in a belching contest using pre-recorded belches.
The second wrestling match on the pay-per-view was Scott Steiner versus Test in a singles match in which the winner would earn the managing services of Stacy Keibler. In the early stages both competitors wrestled inconclusively, before Steiner used a Belly to belly suplex on Test. Afterward, Test rolled out of the ring and grabbed a steel chair. As he was about to hit Steiner with it, however, it bounced off the top rope and hit Test in his face. Steiner followed up on the situation by using the Steiner Flatliner and covered Test for the pinfall and thus winning Keibler's managing services.
The next match was a singles match, in which WWE Intercontinental Champion Christian defended the title against Booker T. The match began with Booker T hitting Christian with a spinebuster. Towards the end of the match, Booker T performed a spinarooni. As a result, Christian was scripted to appear frustrated, grab the Intercontinental title belt and hit Booker T in the head with it. Therefore, Booker T won the match by disqualification. In WWE, a championship cannot change hands when a match results in a disqualification or countout, thus Christian retained the title. Following the match, the second contest in the "Redneck Triathlon" was held; Austin and Bischoff had to place their face on the crotch of Mae Young, which Bischoff won after Austin forfeited.
Another match on the undercard was a tag team match for the World Tag Team Championship. This was the final pay-per-view that featured a masked Kane. Kane and Rob Van Dam defended the titles against La Résistance (René Duprée and Sylvan Grenier). La Résistance gained the early advantage when Grenier DDTed RVD. Kane and Van Dam, however, regained control of the match when Kane chokeslammed Duprée. Towards the end of the match, Kane brawled with Grenier and Duprée at ringside, which prompted Van Dam to perform an aerial technique onto ringside. La Résistance, however, avoided the attack resulting in Van Dam landing on Kane. In the ring, while Kane was still at ringside, La Resistance performed a double spinebuster on Van Dam, proceeding into a pinfall to win the World Tag Team Championship.
Main event matches
The first main match was Goldberg versus Chris Jericho in a singles match. In the early stages of the match, Jericho and Goldberg fought at ringside. During this tussle, Goldberg attempted to execute a spear on Jericho, who was positioned on the security barricade; Jericho, however, was scripted to avoid the attack as Goldberg performed the spear and broke through the security barricade. Goldberg was billed as being injured, prompting Jericho to apply several submission holds on Goldberg's injured shoulder. After remaining in control for the duration of the match, Goldberg was able to counter Jericho's Wall's of Jericho and hit the Jackhammer on him. Goldberg then covered Jericho for the pinfall.
The other predominant match was Ric Flair versus Shawn Michaels in a singles match. During the match, Michaels set up a table at ringside and positioned Flair on it. Randy Orton was then scripted to come through the audience and interfere in the match, though, Michaels performed a superkick on him. This followed with Michaels performing a Splash on Flair, in the process breaking the table, which resulted in the enhancement of the body splash. Towards the end of the match, Michaels was scripted to knock the referee down and as he was about to perform a Sweet Chin Music on Flair, Orton came into the ring and hit Michaels' head with a folding chair. Because the referee was incapacitated, Flair could not be disqualified for the interference. Orton then placed Flair on top of Michaels and ran out of the ring. When the referee recuperated, he saw the cover and officiated the pinfall made by Flair. After the match, the final contest in the "Redneck Triathlon" was held. Originally the contest was supposed to be a singing contest, though both men agreed to change it into a pigpen contest, where the objective was to throw your opponent into a pigpen. Austin threw Bischoff into a pigpen set up near the Bad Blood entrance stage, thus Austin won the triathlon 2–1.
The main event was the Hell in a Cell match for the World Heavyweight Championship, in which Triple H defended the title against Kevin Nash with Mick Foley as the guest referee. During the beginning of the match, both wrestlers used a steel chair, a hammer, and the steel cage to their advantage. Eventually, Nash hit Triple H with a barbed wire bat several times before Triple H was able to hit him with the steel ring stairs. As Triple H brought a sledgehammer into the ring, Foley attempted to take the object away from him, resulting in Triple H hitting Foley and then Nash in the head with a steel chair. Triple H followed up by Pedigree on Nash. During this time, Foley had recuperated and was able to officiate the pinfall made by Triple H on Nash, thus Triple H retained the World Heavyweight Championship.
After Bad Blood, Steve Austin announced an Elimination Chamber match to take place at SummerSlam for the World Heavyweight Championship, a match contested in a ring surrounded by a steel structure of chain and girders. The match featured, Chris Jericho, Goldberg, Kevin Nash, Randy Orton, and Shawn Michaels; at SummerSlam, Triple H won the match to retain the World Heavyweight title. The storyline between Flair and Michaels ended when Michaels was announced as a participant in the Elimination Chamber match, in which Flair would not participate. Although their feud ended, the feud reengaged five years later in 2008. At WrestleMania XXIV, Michaels defeated Flair in a retirement match, a stipulation that only applied to Flair. As a result, Flair retired from professional wrestling.
Jericho and Goldberg continued to feud over several weeks before being announced as participants in the Elimination Chamber match, in which Goldberg eliminated Jericho. During the weeks leading up to SummerSlam, Kane would turn on Rob Van Dam after the loss of their tag titles, and his unmasking which occurred eight days after this event along with his heel transformation, would lead to the promotion of a no disqualification singles match between the two at SummerSlam in which Kane won, ending their team. La Résistance would engage in a feud with the Dudley Boyz, eventually a match was scheduled for SummerSlam between the two teams over the World Tag Team titles. La Résistance was able to win the match and retain the titles.
The Compaq Center had a maximum capacity of 16,285, which was reduced for Bad Blood. The event grossed $500,000 in ticket sales from an attendance of 10,000—the maximum allowed. The event retailed as $34.95, but was offered free of charge to members of the United States armed forces who were returning from the Iraq War. Not counting the buys from military personnel, the event received 285,000 pay-per-view buys. The promotion's pay-per-view revenue was $24.7 million, which was greater than the following year's revenue of $18.5 million. Canadian Online Explorer's professional wrestling section rated the event a four out of ten possible points. The main event was rated a five out of ten possible points, while the standard match between Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels rated a seven and a half out of ten possible points. Pro Wrestling Torch, a newsletter and wrestling website in operation since 1987, rated the event a three and a half out of ten possible points. Both websites criticized the fact that the pay-per-view ended twenty-five minutes before the original scheduled runtime.
The event was released on DVD on August 18, 2003. The DVD was distributed by Sony Music Entertainment. The DVD debuted on Billboard's Top Weekly DVD sales chart on September 6, 2003, reaching a peak position of second. The DVD remained on the chart for eight more weeks, ranking lower every week. The DVD finally ranked on October 25, 2003 reaching a final position of 19th. The DVD also received reviews from customers; the average customer rating from Amazon.com was a three out of five possible stars.
|Sunday Night Heat||Ivory defeated Molly Holly||Singles match||03:18|
|1||Rodney Mack and Christopher Nowinski defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von)||Tag team match||07:13|
|2||Scott Steiner defeated Test||Singles match for Stacy Keibler's managerial services||06:27|
|3||Booker T defeated Christian (c) by disqualification||Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship||07:55|
|4||La Résistance (René Duprée and Sylvain Grenier) defeated Rob Van Dam and Kane (c)||Tag team match for the World Tag Team Championship||05:49|
|5||Goldberg defeated Chris Jericho||Singles match||10:55|
|6||Ric Flair defeated Shawn Michaels||Singles match||14:18|
|7||Triple H (c) defeated Kevin Nash||Hell in a Cell match for the World Heavyweight Championship with Mick Foley as the special guest referee||21:01|
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
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