Vengeance (2006) was the sixth annual Vengeance professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on June 25, 2006 at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina and was a Raw brand-exclusive event.
The main event was a 5-on-2 Handicap tag team match between D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) and the Spirit Squad (Kenny, Johnny, Mitch, Nicky, and Mikey). Triple H and Michaels won the match after pinning Kenny and Mikey, respectively. One of the predominant matches on the card was John Cena versus Sabu in an Extreme Lumberjack match, which featured superstars from the Raw and ECW brands at ringside. Cena won the match after forcing Sabu to submit to the STFU. Another primary match on the undercard was Rob Van Dam versus Edge for the WWE Championship, which Van Dam won by pinfall after performing a Five-Star Frog Splash.
Many of the existing feuds carried on after the event. Ric Flair continued to face Mick Foley, defeating him in an "I Quit" match at SummerSlam two months later. On the July 3 edition of Raw, Edge defeated Van Dam and Cena in a Triple Threat match to win the WWE Championship. Following his win, Edge began an angle with Cena over the WWE Championship and defeated him to retain the title at SummerSlam. After defeating The Spirit Squad, D-Generation X began feuding with The McMahons (Vince and Shane), which led to a match between the two teams at SummerSlam.
The main feud heading into Vengeance was between D-Generation X (DX) and the Spirit Squad. The feud all started with Shawn Michaels crossing paths with Mr. McMahon, who tried to screw Michaels. Mr. McMahon set Michaels in matches with his hand-picked team, the Spirit Squad. At Backlash, Michaels suffered a loss, when the Spirit Squad interfered on behalf of The McMahons (Vince and Shane). The following weeks on Raw, Michaels got revenge on both Vince McMahon and the Spirit Squad, until the May 22, 2006 edition of Raw, where the Spirit Squad finally got their revenge on Michaels, when they faced him in a 5-on-1 handicap match. The Spirit Squad kayfabe injured Michaels' left knee, after Spirit Squad member, Kenny, performed his finisher, the diving leg drop. Then on orders of Vince McMahon, Triple H was to "break Shawn Michaels' skull", with his signature sledgehammer. Triple H failed to do what Mr. McMahon ordered and instead attacked the Spirit Squad, thus turning face. On the June 5, 2006 edition of Raw, Triple H was supposed to become a member of Mr. McMahon's "Kiss My Ass Club", but Triple H backfired it when he executed a Pedigree to Vince McMahon, laying McMahon in the ring. The following week on Raw, Vince McMahon announced that Triple H would face the Spirit Squad in a Gauntlet match, where he proclaimed that the Spirit Squad would re-enact their doings to Triple H similar to Shawn Michaels, in the month before. In the match, the Spirit Squad took the advantage over Triple H. Kenny grabbed a steel chair and inserted the chair on Triple H's left knee, similar to when Kenny assaulted Michaels. Vince, however, informed the Spirit Squad not to attack his knee, but to insert the chair around Triple H's neck. Forgetting one member of the Squad, Mitch, Vince called him out, who throughout the match he called all four members one-by-one. Mitch, however, was thrown out from the curtain by Shawn Michaels. Marking the return of D-Generation X, the duo humiliated the Spirit Squad on the June 19, 2006 edition of Raw, when DX dumped green slime onto the group and embarrassing the team afterwards, by beating them.
The other main match on the card was between John Cena and Sabu. This feud cultivated at ECW's One Night Stand, where Cena was booked to defend the WWE Championship against Rob Van Dam, after Van Dam cashed in his Money in the Bank contract, thus setting the match at One Night Stand. During the match, an individual dressed as a motorcyclist speared Cena through a table that was set up by the corner of the ring. This individual turned out to be Edge. Van Dam performed the Five-Star Frog Splash on Cena. Van Dam went for the pin, however the referee was previously knocked unconscious by Edge. ECW Representative Paul Heyman ran towards the ring and counted the pinfall victory, thus giving the win to Van Dam. On the television debut of ECW, a brawl broke out between Van Dam and Edge. Edge, who left through the ECW crowd, was attacked by Cena. Following the attack, Cena went at ringside and knocked Paul Heyman unconscious and left before being chased out by ECW Originals. Following the attack by Cena, Heyman announced that all the ECW superstarts would be at Raw next week looking for revenge. The following week on Raw, Heyman showed up with ECW Original, Balls Mahoney, who was scheduled to face Cena in a match. The match was won by Cena, who applied the STFU, forcing Mahoney to submit. As the match ended, Cena was attacked by ECW Original Sabu, who in the premiere of ECW won a ten man Extreme Battle Royal (legalized weapons), where the winner would face Cena at Vengeance. Sabu performed a triple jump leg drop on him, diving onto him and putting Cena through the announcers' table. The following night on ECW, Cena showed up at the ECW Locker room, where he challenged Sabu to an Extreme Lumberjack match, in which Sabu accepted.
The third main feud into the event was between Rob Van Dam and Edge for the WWE Championship. On the television premiere of ECW, Rob Van Dam was awarded the ECW World Heavyweight Championship by Paul Heyman, thus making Van Dam a double champion, by holding both the ECW and WWE Championship. Van Dam's celebration was interrupted by Edge. Edge, who was number one contender for the WWE Championship, told Van Dam that they both had a lot in common, referring to them being both Money in the Bank winners and successfully becoming WWE Champions. As Edge finished giving Van Dam some kind words, he speared Van Dam to send a message. On the June 19, 2006 edition of Raw, in retaliation Van Dam attacked Edge, moments after Edge won a match against Ric Flair.
The first match was between Randy Orton and Kurt Angle. The match started off with Angle trying to perform a suplex on Orton off the edge of the ring. After attempting the move, which Orton countered, Angle performed a belly to back suplex on Orton outside on the ring floor. The two fought in the ring, with one opponent taking the advantage over another. Orton attempted an RKO on Angle, but Angle reversed it, pushing Orton to the turnbuckle. Orton took the padding off the turnbuckle, leaving it exposed. Angle locked in the ankle lock, but Orton escaped it, dropping Angle to hit the exposed turnbuckle and performing an RKO, in which Orton pinned Angle for the win.
The second match was between Umaga and Eugene. Before the match began, Eugene invited "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Doink the Clown and Kamala down to the ring. Umaga started the match with a clothesline to Eugene. Eugene tried to fight off Umaga, but Umaga countered the attacks. The match concluded with Umaga hitting the Samoan Spike to Eugene. As the match ended, Umaga attacked Jim Duggan and Doink the Clown.
The third match was between Mick Foley and Ric Flair in a Two out of three falls match. Reversed moves were performed by both Flair and Foley. Foley managed to perform a double arm DDT on Flair. Foley began to taunt Flair and took out a Mr. Socko version of Flair. Foley tried to apply the Figure four leglock on Flair, but Flair countered it with an inside craddle over Foley to win the first fall. As the second match started, Foley grabbed a trash can from under the ring and brought it inside the ring and tried to hit Flair with it. Flair, however, countered the attack, as he tripped Foley and applied the Figure four leglock. The result of the match, saw Foley get disqualified when he hit Flair with the trash can. The referee awarded Flair with winner of the match. Afterwards, Foley attacked Flair with a barb-wired bat, leaving Flair busted open.
The fourth match was a Triple Threat match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship between Carlito, Johnny Nitro and Shelton Benjamin. The match saw Carlito perform a springboard moonsault on Nitro and Benjamin outside the ring. Nitro took the advantage in the match, which was followed by Benjamin, later proceeded by Carlito. A spot in the match saw all three men fighting on the top ropes, in which Nitro performed a powerbomb on Benjamin, while Benjamin dropped Carlito, making both men hit the mat. Nitro won the match, after he removed Carlito from the ring, moments after Carlito performed the Backcraker on Benjamin, and Nitro getting the cover on Benjamin.
The fifth match was between Edge and Rob Van Dam for the WWE Championship. The match began with Edge performing a sunset flip powerbomb on Van Dam outside the ring. Van Dam, however, managed to hit a crossbody on Edge inside the ring, resulting in the two landing on the outside of the ring floor. Both men took the upper hand in the match, until Van Dam kicked the referee. Edge took advantage, as Lita, who accompanied him to the ring, gave him the WWE Championship. Edge tried to hit Van Dam with the championship, but Van Dam managed to perform the Van Daminator on the championship, as it hit Edge in the face. Edge got the advantage as he attempted to spear Van Dam, while Lita held a chair outside the ring. Edge went for the spear, however, Van Dam moved out of the way, and Edge ended up crashing head first onto the chair. Van Dam pinned Edge after performing the Five-Star Frog Splash.
The sixth match was between Kane and "Impostor Kane". The match began with Impostor Kane hitting a side walk slam on Kane. Kane, however, proceeded to hit a powerslam on the Impostor. The Impostor tried to perform a chokeslam on Kane, but Kane reversed it and performed a DDT. The match concluded with Impostor Kane performing a chokeslam on Kane and pinning him for the pinfall victory.
The seventh match was between Sabu and John Cena in a Extreme Lumberjack match. Before the match started, the ECW and Raw lumberjacks made their way to ringside. The match began with Cena performing a suplex on Sabu and proceeding to throw Sabu out of the ring and into the Raw lumberjacks, in which they attacked Sabu and threw him back in the ring. Sabu would get the upper hand and throw Cena out to the ECW lumberjacks, at ringside, The Sandman hit Cena on the face with a Kendo stick. Throughout the match, Sabu took the advantage over Cena. Cena, however, was able to block a flying crossbody attempt by Sabu. Afterwards, the ECW and Raw lumberjacks started brawling at ringside. Sabu, however, got the advantage over Cena, when he hit Cena with a steel chair, after Cena performed an FU on Stevie Richards. At ringside, the ECW lumberjacks had taken the upper hand over Cena, as they set his head on a table, in which Sabu was attempting to perform a high-flying move. But the Raw roster interfered, giving the advantage to Cena as he hit Sabu with the Kendo stick in mid-air. Cena performed an FU on Sabu, after he dropped Sabu in a table at ringside, concluding with Cena winning, after Sabu submitted to the STFU.
The main event was a 5-on-2 Handicap tag team match between D-Generation X (DX) (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) versus the Spirit Squad (Kenny, Johnny, Mitch, Nick, and Mikey). The match was controlled by DX, but Spirit Squad member, Johnny, performed an enzuigiri on Shawn Michaels. Each member, took the upper hand over Michaels. Michaels, however, countered a double team maneuver and was able to perform a double DDT. Michaels tagged Triple H in the match, which Triple H to take the upper hand in the match. The match was concluded with Triple H performing the Pedigree on Kenny and Michaels performing Sweet Chin Music to Mikey, which led to both DX members going for the cover and picking up the victory. As the match concluded, three remaining Squad members tried to attack DX, but were unsuccessful in doing so, as DX performed their signature finishers on them.
On the July 3 edition of Raw, a Triple Threat match was set for the WWE Championship between Rob Van Dam, Edge and John Cena, after Van Dam made the stipulation. At the end of the show, Edge won the match, after he pinned Van Dam for the win. The following night on ECW, Van Dam lost the ECW World Heavyweight Championship to The Big Show. Big Show got assistance from Paul Heyman, who declined to make the three-count for Van Dam, but instead gave the pinfall to Big Show. Later on WWE.com, Heyman suspended Van Dam for thirty days without giving a reason; This angle was written after WWE suspended Van Dam for thirty days as a result of his recent drug possession arrest.
At SummerSlam, a match was booked between Cena and Edge for the WWE Championship. The stipulation of the match was that if Edge disqualified himself, he would have lost the WWE title, prior to the month before at Saturday Night's Main Event, where Edge and Cena faced-off, in which Cena won by disqualification, after Lita interfered throughout the match. Edge, however, retained the title after he hit Cena with a pair of brass knuckles.
Ric Flair and Mick Foley continued their feud, as the two were scheduled in an "I Quit" match at SummerSlam. As the challenge was made by Foley to make it an "I Quit" match, as the original challenge was a Hardcore match. At SummerSlam, Foley quit the match, after Flair threatened to hit Melina with a barbed wire bat.
|Val Venis defeated Rob Conway.||Singles match|
|1||Randy Orton defeated Kurt Angle.||Singles match||12:45|
|2||Umaga (with Armando Alejandro Estrada) defeated Eugene (with Jim Duggan, Doink the Clown, and Kamala).||Singles match||01:37|
|3||Ric Flair defeated Mick Foley.||Two out of three falls match||06:57|
|4||Johnny Nitro (with Melina) defeated Shelton Benjamin (c) and Carlito.||Triple Threat match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship||12:09|
|5||Rob Van Dam (c) defeated Edge (with Lita).||Singles match for the WWE Championship||17:55|
|6||"Impostor Kane" defeated Kane.||Singles match||07:07|
|7||John Cena defeated Sabu.||Extreme Lumberjack match||06:46|
|8||D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) defeated the Spirit Squad (Kenny, Johnny, Mitch, Nicky, and Mikey).||Handicap match||17:48|