Unforgiven (2004) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), which took place on September 12, 2004 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. It was the sixth annual (seventh overall) Unforgiven event. Professional wrestling is a type of sports entertainment in which theatrical events are combined with a competitive sport. The buildup to the matches and the scenarios that took place before, during, and after the event were planned by WWE's script writers. The event starred wrestlers from the Raw brand: storyline expansions of the promotion where employees are assigned to wrestling brands under the WWE banner.
The main event was Randy Orton versus Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship, which Triple H won by pinfall after executing a Pedigree onto a steel chair. One of the predominant matches on the card was Shawn Michaels versus Kane in a No Disqualification match, which Michaels won after performing Sweet Chin Music. Another primary match on the undercard was Chris Jericho versus Christian in a Ladder match for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship, which Jericho won by retrieving the suspended belt.
The main feud heading into the event was between Randy Orton and Triple H over the World Heavyweight Championship. The previous month at SummerSlam, Orton defeated Chris Benoit to win the World Heavyweight Championship, thus making Orton the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history. On the August 16, 2004 edition of Raw, Orton successfully retained the title in a rematch with Benoit. After the match, Evolution (Batista, Ric Flair, and Triple H) threw Orton a fake celebration, only to reveal that they were not pleased with his new victory. While Batista had Orton propped on his shoulders in elation, Triple H gave him a pleased thumbs up; however, Triple H abruptly changed the thumbs up to a thumbs-down and told Batista to drop Orton to the mat. Flair and Batista then began to beat Orton in the ring as Triple H claimed that Orton was nothing without Evolution. On the August 23 edition of Raw, after Orton refused to give Triple H the World title, Orton spat in Triple H's face and hit him with the title belt. Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff then booked a match between the two for the World Heavyweight title at Unforgiven. On the August 30 edition of Raw, Eugene defeated Triple H after Orton interfered and gave Triple H an RKO. On the September 6 edition Raw, Orton defeated Kane in a Steel Cage match to retain the World Heavyweight Championship, which Orton won by escaping the cage. Shortly after the match ended, Ric Flair and Batista came out and, along with Triple H, began attacking Orton.
The second main feud heading into the event was between Kane and Shawn Michaels. This feud began the night after Bad Blood, when Michaels lost a Hell in a Cell match to Triple H. Jim Ross tried making amends between Michaels and Triple H by making them shake hands. Michaels and Triple H extended their hands to shake, but Kane came out and attacked Michaels, which resulted in Kane crushing Michaels throat with a wedged chair. Michaels was then taken out in an ambulance for medical attention. On the June 28, 2004 edition of Raw, Ross interviewed Kane and asked him to explain his actions towards Michaels; Kane explained that he was robbed of the World Heavyweight Championship at Bad Blood against Chris Benoit, as Michaels got in his way, which angered him. On the August 30 edition of Raw, Kane stated that Eric Bischoff's wedding gift to him and Lita, who married the week before, was to name any match he wanted for Unforgiven. Lita then informed Kane that Bischoff's present was for both of them, where they were able to pick Kane's opponent for Unforgiven, which resulted in Michaels being picked.
The third main feud heading into the event was between Chris Jericho and Christian over the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship. On the September 6, 2004 edition of Raw, Eric Bischoff stripped Edge of the Intercontinental Championship, after Edge suffered a legit injury. Christian interrupted Bischoff and stated that all his peeps would riot the streets if Bischoff didn't award him the vacant championship. Jericho suggested that he and Christian wrestle in a match on Raw over the vacant championship. Bischoff, however, booked a Ladder match at Unforgiven between Christian and Jericho.
The next match was the encounter of Victoria and Trish Stratus (w/Tyson Tomko) for the WWE Women's Championship. Victoria gained control over Stratus early into the match, however, Stratus gained control after Tomko interfered on her behalf. After Stratus gained the advantage, she hit a Stratusfaction on Victoria and got a successful pinfall, thus Stratus winning the match and retaining the Women's Championship. After the match, Tomko tried to attack Victoria, until she was saved by an unknown man in a dress. Tomko then challenged the mystery superstar into a match.
The third match was between Tyson Tomko and Stevie Richards, the man dressed in women's clothing. Tomko quickly gained the advantage after stripping off all of the clothes on Richards, leaving Richards left wearing a pair of woman’s underwear. Tomko continued his attack on Richards by hitting a swinging neckbreaker and winning the match via pinfall.
The fourth match was for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship between Christian and Chris Jericho in a Ladder match. The two superstars brawled early into the match, but they then retrieved ladders and used them to their advantage. Christian was then able to gain control over the match after he performed a running enziguri onto Jericho. The two superstars then continued in a back and forth match, until Jericho applied the Walls of Jericho on Christian, on the top of the ladder, which caused Christian to fall down. Jericho failed to retrieve the title on the first attempt, but was able to set up another ladder and successfully retrieved the title on the second attempt, thus Jericho winning the match and the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
The next match was a No Disqualification match between Kane (w/Lita) and Shawn Michaels. Kane would gain the early advantage as he suplexed Michaels through the announcers table, which resulted in the table breaking. Kane would continue to brawl with Michaels at ringside where he hit Michaels face first onto the ringside steel steps, which resulted in Michaels bleeding from the forehead. As Kane attempted to hit Michaels with a steel chair, Michaels would counter it with Sweet Chin Music, which gained a successful pinfall.
The following match was a tag team match with Tajiri and Rhyno taking on Lá Resistance (Sylvain Grenier and Robért Conway). There was back and forth action between the two teams, as all the superstars were able to participate in the match. Grenier hit Rhyno with a Quebec flag and managed to pin him and La Resistance winning the match.
The seventh and final match was between Randy Orton and Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship. Both Orton and Triple H managed to get the upper hand in the match. During the match, Ric Flair and Batista interfered on behalf of Triple H, as they attacked Orton while the referee was knocked out. Jonathan Coachman also took part in the match as he ran down with a referee shirt and tried to act as a guest referee. Orton managed to get the upper hand over Flair, Batista and Coachman as he hit an RKO on all three of them. Triple H, however, managed to hit Orton with a steel chair, which proceeded with a Pedigree onto the same chair. Batista then rolled the referee into the ring, as Triple H covered Orton for the win via pinfall.
Randy Orton began a feud with Ric Flair, after Flair was the one responsible for making Orton lose the match against Batista. Orton would comment on every accomplishment Flair has made and criticized him for calling Triple H the greatest wrestler of all. Flair retaliated Orton's comments, as he stated that individuals like Shawn Michaels and Mick Foley are not legends, therefore Orton isn't a Legend Killer, as to Orton's previous feuds with Michaels and Foley in a "Legend versus Legend Killer" match. Flair also stated that he and Orton would have a match at Taboo Tuesday and the fans would have the opportunity to choose what type of match they face in. At Taboo Tuesday, Orton and Flair met in a Steel Cage match, which was the fans selection. Orton won the match after delivering an RKO to Flair. After the match, Flair shook Orton's hand.
At Taboo Tuesday, Chris Jericho lost the Intercontinental Championship to Shelton Benjamin via pinfall. Benjamin won the vote to face Jericho; he also was voted over Batista, Jonathan Coachman, Christian, Rhyno, Maven, William Regal, The Hurricane, Tyson Tomko, Tajiri, Steven Richards, Val Venis, Rosey, Chuck Palumbo, and Rodney Mack.
On the October 11, 2004 edition of Raw, La Résistance had to defend the World Tag Team Championship in a match with Eugene and William Regal. Regal hit Sylvain Grenier with a pair of brass knuckles and pinned him to the win the World Tag Team titles. Eric Bischoff, however, restarted the match. The match resulted in La Résistance retaining the titles, after Robért Conway jabbed Regal in the side with a flagpole. Bischoff informed La Resistance that at Taboo Tuesday they were booked to defend the World Tag Team titles against the two individuals who were not chosen to face Triple H for the World title. Shawn Michaels won the fans choice, in which it gave Edge and Chris Benoit a World Tag Team title match. Edge, however, abandoned Benoit during the match, which forced Benoit to wrestle both members of La Résistance by himself, in which he managed to force Conway to submit to the Crippler Crossface to win the World Tag Team belts.
|Maven defeated Rodney Mack (with Jazz).||Singles match||04:42|
|1||Chris Benoit and William Regal defeated Evolution (Ric Flair and Batista).||Tag team match||15:05|
|2||Trish Stratus (c) (with Tyson Tomko) defeated Victoria.||Singles match for the WWE Women's Championship||08:21|
|3||Tyson Tomko defeated Steven Richards.||Singles match||06:24|
|4||Chris Jericho defeated Christian.||Ladder match for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship||22:29|
|5||Shawn Michaels defeated Kane (with Lita).||No Disqualification Match||18:02|
|6||La Résistance (Sylvain Grenier and Robért Conway) (c) defeated Tajiri and Rhyno.||Tag team match for the World Tag Team Championship||09:40|
|7||Triple H defeated Randy Orton (c).||Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship||24:44|