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SNME: Hogan-Orton key on stacked show
By AMY LAWSON - SLAM! Wrestling




For its second return to primetime on NBC in this century, Saturday Night's Main Event kicked up the star power, and brought back the biggest star from its original run in the 1980s.

Accompanied by daughter Brooke, Hulk Hogan took to the ring to kick off the show from Dallas' American Airlines Center. Billed as a simple promotional appearance, the pair spent a few minutes exchanging compliments in front of the sold-out crowd, but were interrupted by a jean-clad Randy Orton bearing a red rose.

After handing the rose to Brooke, Orton officially challenged Hulk to a match at Summer Slam, and he accepted.

Match #1: Batista, Bobby Lashley and Rey Mysterio vs. Fit Finlay, Mark Henry and King Booker.

Batista made his comeback to the ring after seven months out on injury as part of a tag team with Bobby Lashley and Rey Mysterio in a six-man tag team match. Up against Finlay, Mark Henry and King Booker (please, don't bow), the match began with Lashley putting Finlay in the corner. Lashley gives Finlay a belly to belly suplex. Finlay tags in King Booker, and the show breaks to commercial. At the return, Finlay is back in the ring, holding Rey in a chin lock, and Rey is fighting his way out by elbowing Finlay. After a springboard moonsault by Mysterio, Finlay tosses his pint-sized Leprachaun Little Bastard into the ring where he hits Rey repeatedly with a shalaleigh. Rey is nearly pinned by kicks out. Finlay tags to Mark Henry. Henry headbutts Rey, and Rey tags in Batista behind the ref's back, while Henry tags Finlay back in. Batista tag in isn't recognized. Rey does a hurricanrana to King Booker and legally taps Batista in. Batista closelines Finlay, slams King Booker and follows it up with a spinebuster that leaves him hanging on the ropes, being consoled by Sharmelle and William Regal. Ray does a 619 on Booker, Bastista sets him up for a Batista bomb and Booker is pinned.

Winner: Batista, Bobby Lashley and Rey Mysterio by pinfall.

Vince is shown with the Spirit Squad in his office, announcing that two holding cells will fall before the tag team match with DX. DX interrupts the promo, and Hunter asks the audience if they wonder what Vince is really thinking. DX does a mock voice over for Vince's pep talk, including asking the Squad to visit his hotel room after the show to spank him. The segment ends with Vince and the Squad vowing to never be embarrassed by DX again.

Clips from the Diva Bullriding Contest are shown as all the girls, scantily clad in leather and cowboy hats are all shown being thrown off the mechanical bull. It's announced that the finals will be Victoria against Michelle McCool.

Match #2: Melina and Johnny Nitro vs. Trish Stratus and Carlito.

Music starts as the red carpet is rolled out for Johnny Nitro and Melina. Trish Stratus and Carlito make their way to the ring for a mixed team tag match. The men start the match, but Melina and Trish are tagged in before any contact is made. They exchange punches to the body and face. Trish is thrown against the ropes and is tripped by Nitro. Melina holds Trish in a poorly executed headlock and gives her a thumb to the eye. They exchange more punches, and Trish issues Melina a few chops (hard, especially for a girl). Melina grabs Trish and the two swing in the air before hitting the ring. The men are tagged in, and Carlito hits Nitro with a wheelbarrow suplex while Trish gets Melina with a Lou Thesz press that takes them onto the floor. Nitro attempts a neck breaker on Carlito, but it's reversed on him and turned into a back cracker. Nitro is pinned.

Winner: Trish and Carlito by pinfall.

Footage from earlier in the night of Kevin Von Erich appearing before the crowd is shown. To acknowledge the crowd, he got his showed off his claw hold.

Match #3: DX vs. Spirit Squad.

The holding cells for the DX/Spirit Squad match are lowered and teams are introduced and make their way to the ring. The match begins with Michaels and Mikey, who quickly tags to Mitch. Michaels hits all Squad members with the megaphone he's taken from them. The members gather for a huddle outside the ring, but are interrupted by an airhorn sounded by Triple H into the group. Mitch is eliminated by Michaels and Triple H is tagged in. The ring is cleared out, and Johnny enters, quickly being eliminated by Triple via a spinebuster. Michaels is tagged in, as is the Squad's Kenny. After a few punches and a side headlock, Kenny jumps the ropes and heads back up the ramp. Michaels follows and lands a punch to the face, but Mr. McMahon meddles as usual, hitting Michaels in the back with a chair. Kenny drags Michaels back to the ring, and tags in Nicky. Michaels kicks out of a nearfall, and is subject to a sleeperhold from Nicky. After delivering a side suplex in return, Michaels forces Nicky to tag in Kenny. After missing a leg drop off the top rope, Kenny is joined by Mikey, and the two attempt to gang up on Triple H who's been tagged in. Instead, he pulls a pedigree on Nicky and the Squad member is eliminated. Michaels hits remaining member Mikey with sweet chin music, and he's eliminated. Michaels then lands an elbow drop on Kenny, and he's then set up for double sweet chin music, follwed by a pedigree from Triple H. Kenny is eliminated, and when Vince tries to unlock the holding cell, Michaels kicks him, and he's locked in.

Winner: DX.

Sabu footage airs showing some crazy stunts.

The Great Khali and Daivari make their way to the ring to hype the Punjabi Prison Match at the Great American Bash. The Big Show's music is cued and the man, accompanied by Paul Heyman, interrupt the promo. Once in the ring, Big Show rehashes all of Khali's accomplishments, but is interrupted by the Undertaker who begins throwing punches at Khali. Undertaker sets up for a chokeslam on Big Show and Khali, but it's returned by both men, and he faces a double chokeslam in the middle of the ring.

Backstage, the Big Show issues an open challenge for the heavyweight championship on ECW.

Match #4: Sabu vs. Stevie Richards.

WHAT YOU THINK
Randy Orton vs Hulk Hogan at SummerSlam, eh? Your thoughts?
I can't wait! 16%
It'll suck... 43%
It might be okay. 28%
All I care about is Brooke! 13%
Sabu enters the ring and hits Richards with a chair in this ECW Extreme Rules match. Sabu points upward and Richards looks scared. As Richards hangs half out of the ring, Sabu throws another chair at him. Trapped in the corner, Sabu sets up and delivers an air Sabu. Once Richard falls to the ground, Sabu jumps to the ropes and pulls a triple jump moonsault on him. After a nearfall Richards kicked out of, Sabu grabs a table from under the ring, sets Richards up on it and breaks it in the process. He tries for an atomic Arabian facebuster, but can't quite deliver, but pins Richards nonetheless. He delivers an Arabian facebuster after the match.

Winner: Sabu by pinfall.

Randy Orton is shown talking to Brooke Hogan at a car in the parking garage until Hulk approaches Orton with a heavy-handed slap on the back. He says his goodbyes, Brooke enters the car, and as Hulk walks around to enter the drivers' side, Orton catches him with an RKO onto the trunk, then pretends he didn't do anything as Brooke emerges from the car to help her father.

The bull-riding finals are announced by Todd Grisham. Michelle McCool, dressed as a cowgirl rides for 12 seconds and is declared the winner after Victoria is thrown off after 7 seconds.

Match #5: Edge vs. John Cena.

At the beginning of the match, Edge jumps out of the ring, and Cena attacks him from behind as he makes his way up the ramp. Once they're back in the ring, Edge returns fire, and Cena is thrown over the top rope onto the turnbuckle. Edge sets him up for a superplex but trips along the way making Cena land on his head, and both fall. Lita checks on Edge, and Cena delivers a few punches to his face. Lita grabs Cena's ankle while Edge hits him a few times and gets a two-count on the pin. They exchange punches that the announce table likens to a bar room brawl, and Edge gets the upperhand. After a shoulder tackle and a slide slam, Edge is on the ground as Cena sets up the five knuckle shuffle. He delivers the FU, and just as the match is to be called, Lita pulls the ref out of the ring. Though Edge tapped out causing Cena to believe he had won the title, the ref didn't see, and declared Cena the winner by disqualification. Some post-match beatings go on - including Cena throwing Edge into the metal steps and a hit to the head with the video monitors. At the end of the show, Cena threw Edge through the announce table with an FU.

Winner: John Cena by disqualification.


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    Amy Lawson is a free-spirited gal with a thirst for knowledge and a knack for writing. She spends her free time reading, traveling and drinking too much coffee. Besides beaching it up, she spends her days on the East Coast as the assistant to a wedding planner and obsessing over '80s hair bands. Contact her at lawson.amy.l@gmail.com.