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Raw: The end of DX?
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


There's only one question to ask after New Year's Revolution: Can a torn quadriceps muscle stop the DX merchandising machine? We'll find out as Monday Night Raw comes to us from St. Louis.

The show starts with a recap of the DX/Rated RKO match from the night before. You can, of course, read it here. If you don't know, the big news is Triple H tore his quadriceps muscle during the match. (Say what you will about the guy, but in the ring he's a pro. There was some debate among the group I watched the PPV with if HHH was injured or not.)

Still WWE champion John Cena is the first to head out, as the crowd pops. Cena rebuffs Armando Alejandro Estrada's claim that the victory was a fluke; in fact, Cena admits to getting his butt kicked. The Champ wants to prove he's not a "one-hit wonder", and says he'll face Umaga in a rematch, tonight.

Coach has something to say about that, though. He commends Cena on his bravery, but, alas, Estrada has given Umaga the night off. (Even Cena knows Umaga will eventually show up, tonight.) Unfortunately he won't have the night off. The champ will face RAW's newest acquisition (don't even try to guess, and when I tell you, you wish I wouldn't have. Wait for it. Wait for it) ... THE GREAT KHALI! (I just threw up in my mouth a little.)

Khali comes to the ring and stands chest to chest with Cena; Coach separates the two. (Who's idea was this!?! The Undertaker couldn't even make this guy look good. Hell, Flair couldn't carry this guy, and Flair could carry me through a match.)

Vince McMahon is in his office touting the great feuds he has brought us over the years. And tonight, he brings us Rosie O'Donnell versus Donald Trump.

After the break, we rejoin Vince in his office. "Rosie" stops by. (And this is where I quit. This is unoriginal and pathetic even by WWE standards. If I wanted to see "celebrities" fight each other I'd watch Celebrity Death Match.)

Match # 1 -- Jeff Hardy vs. Kenny Dykstra -- Intercontinental Title Match

No headband for Kenny, tonight. Dykstra takes the early advantage, but Hardy counters with a mule kick. Kenny slides out of the ring, only to get caught with a baseball slide. Hardy follows by flying over the top rope and crashing onto Dykstra. After the break, Kenny has a rear chin lock applied, and then hits a swinging neck breaker. Kenny drop Hardy with a short arm clothesline, and then hits a reverse elbow, but can only score a two count. Hardy responds with a jawbreaker, and then a flying forearm. Jeff is whipped into the corner, but counters with a whisper in the wind, but only gets him a two count. Kenny pushes his way out of a Twist of Fate. Hardy shoots off the ropes, only to have Johnny Nitro grab his ankle. As the ref admonishes Nitro, Ric Flair sneaks in and hits Kenny with a low blow. Jeff takes advantage and hits the Twist of Fate, and then finishes off Kenny with a swanton.

Winner via pinfall: Jeff Hardy

More filler with "Rosie" as she fills herself with ice cream.

JR commentates over footage of Triple H's injury. Hunter will have surgery, and be on the shelf for four to six months.

Todd Grisham "interviews" the Great Khali, but first we get to see him stink up Smackdown, and then suck all over ECW. Khali answers Grisham's question in a language other than English. (I won't berate the fans for chanting "What?!?" during that promo.)

Match #2 -- Melina and Victoria versus Maria and Mickie James

Melina and Mickie start things off. Mickie works on the arm, and quickly tags in Maria. Mickie takes Melina down in the corner, and Maria hits a broncobuster. Maria is backed into the heel corner, and Victoria tags in. A right hand sends Maria to the floor. Melina drives a shoulder into Maria, after a tag. Melina knocks Mickie off the apron, and Maria is then double-teamed. Mickie rescues her partner, only to be held by Melina. Mickie ducks a Victoria punch that connects with Melina. Maria gets a near fall, as Mickie and Victoria fight on the floor. Melina hits a bulldog, and is able to get the three count on Maria.

Winner via pinfall: Melina and Victoria

Match #3 -- "Rosie O'Donnell" vs. "Donald Trump"

I'd would have been much happier to see the women's match go twice as long, and not even have this "match". Which is why I actually covered the women's match, tonight. This is just a cheap stunt to get Vince and WWE some mainstream attention. I don't think it will work, and Vince is alienating the hardcore fans at the same time.

Winner via pinfall: "Donald Trump" (like it matters)

Match #4 -- Carlito vs. Chris Masters

Carlito starts swinging before the bell rings. Carlito is whipped into the ropes, but reverses his momentum to hit a cross body block. Masters recovers and military presses Carlito, and then stomps on him in the corner. Torrie Wilson runs to the ring to be in Carlito's corner. Masters locks in a bear hug; Carlito breaks free with an elbow, but then runs into a power slam. Masters goes back to the bear hug, which takes an eye gauge to break. Carlito dropkicks Masters to the apron, and Torrie Wilson hits him in the thigh with the ring bell. Carlito jumps on him for the back cracker, and then covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Carlito

Rated RKO slowly head to the ring. They say DX kept their word by beating the heck out of them. Orton says sometimes you have to lose the battle to win the war, though, since Triple H is now out. Edge goes on to say that they are the only ones to keep their word. The Spirit Squad, Big Show, Vince, and Shane tried to eliminate DX, but couldn't do the job. Edge says last night they took out Triple H, and next week they will finish the job, as they will face Shawn Michaels in a handicap match. They will pull the plug on DX.

HBK walks out on stage. He says out of respect for the fans he will answer the question, "Is this the end of Degeneration X?" All he can say is, "I don't know." Shawn says he is going to be at his friend's side when he heads into surgery, as for Edge and Orton, he will deal with them next week. (Part of me wants to think this is a work, but then I just have to go back and look at the first hour and half of this show. There is absolutely no way I can give the writing staff that much credit.)

Match #5 Cryme Tyme vs. Cade and Murdoch

Shad and Cade square off, with Shad taking him down with a shoulder block. JTG even gets some shots in from the apron. Murdoch breaks up an early pin, and Cade regains the advantage with an eye-rake. Cade clubs Shad over the back, and tags in Murdoch. In the opposing corner, JTG exposes the turnbuckle. Cade telegraphs a move, and Shad boots him in the face. Both men tag out, and JTG cleans house, hitting Murdoch with a back body drop. He then follows with a missile drop kick to Cade. Murdoch reverses a whip into the corner, but JTG leaps frogs him. Murdoch stops short of the exposed turnbuckle, only to be slammed into it by Shad. JTG rolls Murdoch up for the three count.

Winner via pinfall: Cryme Tyme

Guess what? This week in wrestling history RAW made it debut. Hard to believe it was 14 years ago. Which means I've been watching RAW almost half my life. (Now I feel old, and depressed.)

"Rosie" is crying in the back. Ron Simmons has one word for her "Damn!" (Which how I feel about the whole freaking thing.)

The King is with MMA champion Vladimir Kozlov. In his broken English he says he is very entertained, and he could take both Khali and Cena.

Eugene is talking about Cena beating Umaga, when Khali shows up behind him. Eugene scurries down the hall.

Match #6 -- The Great Khali vs. John Cena

Estrada joins JR and King at the announce position. Cena's punches have no effect of Khali, and a shoulder block sends Cena to the mat. The champ is whipped off the turnbuckle, and taken down with a clothesline. Cena is tossed to the floor. Estrada taunts the champ. Cena tries for a scoop slam, but can't pick the giant up. Estrada leaps to the apron with a chair. Cena rips it away, and bashes it across Khali's head. Cena chases off Estrada, but turns right into a double-handed choke slam from Khali.

Winner via DQ : The Great Khali

After the match, Estrada calls for Umaga out of the crowd. The Samoan Bulldozer hits the ring. He sets Cena up in the corner, and charges into him. Umaga then follows with the Samoan Spike. Umaga towers over Cena as the show ends.


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    Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Don't be surprised if a certain SLAM! Wrestling member is the new member of DX next week. Nick Tylwalk, I'm looking in your direction. Email Dale at Dplummer627@yahoo.com.