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Raw: Cena and Orton battle the odds
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


With only two weeks to go until Wrestlemania, RAW may see a touch of Irish luck on this St. Patrick’s Day broadcast. As always JR and The King call the action from Lafayette, Louisiana.

Chris Jericho kicks off the show with his Highlight Reel. Y2J brings out the Intercontinental Championship belt, which he won a record setting eighth time. Jericho brings out his real guest, The Big Show. Jericho shows a clip from the weigh-in last week. Show seems proud of his highlight, and says no one likes Floyd Mayweather, and he is in trouble. Show says Jericho wouldn’t last two minutes against him, so what chance to Mayweather have? Jericho disagrees. Show says Jericho is the WWE equivalent to Mayweather, and Show wants a title shot. Jericho grants the request.

Vince McMahon speaks about getting inducted on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Vince seems to be high on life, but he wants to top it off by ending Ric Flair’s career. Vince is going to take on the Nature Boy in a street fight.

Match #1 -- CM Punk vs. Carlito

(END THE BRAND SPLIT! END THE BRAND SPLIT! END THE BRAND SPLIT! END THE BRAND SPLIT! END THE BRAND SPLIT! END THE BRAND SPLIT! END THE BRAND SPLIT!)

Punk connects with kicks, but Carlito ducks one and tosses punk to the floor. Carlito smashed Punk into the turnbuckle, and then drop kicked in the corner. Punk gets a near fall with a roll-up, and Carlito responds with a handspring elbow. Punk knees Carlito in the head, and rides him out of the corner with a bulldog. Punk goes to the top, but Carlito catches him in mid-air with a drop kick. Punk grabs the ropes to block the back stabber, and goes for the Go to Sleep, which Carlito counters with a DDT. Punk kicks Carlito in the back of the head. Punk catches Carlito and hits the Go to Sleep. Punk covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: CM Punk

Snoop Dogg talks about Wrestlemania, and says Maria made a mistake posing nude. Snoop wants to know who wrote the script; turns out it was Santino, and Snoop takes off.

William Regal is out on stage to talk about the battle of Brand Supremacy.

Match #2 -- Paul London and Brian Kendrick vs. Umaga

SQUASH ALERT!

Umaga hits a double-decker Samoan drop. Kendrick leaves the ring, abandoning his partner. London is spiked to the mat, and Umaga covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Umaga

In William Regal’s office we find out that if Randy Orton or John Cena walk out on their partner tonight, that man will be eliminated from the Wrestlemania Main Event.

We see Vince receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Ric Flair tells Shawn Michaels he doesn’t want him watching his back. Flair doesn’t want saving, and doesn’t want to see HBK until Wrestlemania

Match #3 -- JBL vs. Colin Delaney

Before the match we see Finlay’s comments about what is going to happen to JBL at Wrestlemania.

SQUASH ALERT TWO!

JBL says he wants to take on the second toughest Irish man in WWE, so out comes Colin Delaney. JBL gives the kid a free shot. Colin takes it, but doesn’t make it count. Bradshaw destroys the poor kid and finishes him off with the clothesline from Hell.

Winner via pinfall: JBL

After the bell, JBL tells Finlay that "Irish need not apply."

Match #4 -- Ric Flair vs. Vince McMahon -- Career Threatening Street Fight

Flair punches away at Vince, and kicks him into the ropes and out of the ring. Vince is beaten on the announce table. Vince falls into the crowd, but Flair follows, chopping away at the chairman. Flair is run into the ringpost. Vince gets to his feet, and grabs a monitor. He clocks Flair in the head, and tosses him back in the ring. Vince grabs a trash can from under the ring and nails Flair in the head. The Nature Boy kicks out. Vince goes back under the ring, grabbing a kendo stick. Vince hits him with a (WEAK!) shot, but cannot get the pin. Vince goes for more weaponry, grabbing a chair. Flair gets tattooed and Vince covers. Shawn Michaels runs down, pulling the ref from the ring. Vince looks for more toys under the ring, and gets his hands on a table. McMahon sets the table up, but Flair recovers to hit a low blow, twice. Vince is set up on the table, and Flair climbs the turnbuckle. The Nature Boy connects with a frog splash, driving Vince through the table. Flair covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Ric Flair

The King is with Jared from Subway. King gets a free sub, as Jared pimps his weight loss.

Match #5 -- Maria and Candice Michelle vs. Jillian and Victoria

(Yes, I bought her issue of Playboy, but strictly for research purposes.)

Before the match starts, Santino crashes the party. He joins the commentary table. Candice hits her own version of the Unprettier on Jillian and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Maria and Candice Michelle

After the bell, Santino tosses a drink into Lawler’s face and runs off with his sub.

Match #6 -- Chris Jericho vs. The Big Show -- Intercontinental Title Match

Jericho tries to chop Show down with kick, but just runs into a big boot. A chop sends Y2J to the mat. Jericho nails a chin breaker, but then gets caught in a bear hug. Jericho breaks free and uses Show’s own momentum to take him over the top. Show blocks a baseball slide, and tosses Jericho into the security wall. Show climbs the turnbuckle, but Jericho rolls away from the splash and hits a lionsault. Show tosses Jericho off, and outside the ring. Jericho grabs his IC belt, clocking Show and getting disqualified. Jericho goes for another, but Show drops him with one punch. Show chokeslams Jericho before walking off.

Winner via DQ: Big Show

Kim Kardashian (um, only famous for being famous and for making a home movie, if you know what I mean) is the hostess for Wrestlemania. She is only letting the coolest people in, sorry, Big Dick Johnson.

Cena tells Orton it’s time for them to go out there a beat everyone and that is that. Orton wants to take a dive, so no one gets hurts. Cena tells Orton to go ahead and lose. Orton wants Cena to lay down, but Cena says he is no coward. Orton wants Cena to do as he says, since he is the champ. Cena tells Orton to go ahead and lose or turn his back, but Cena wants to ante up and fight like a man. Triple H intervenes, telling them the match ends when all the RAW rosters have been beaten, or when Orton and Cena cannot physically compete.

Match #7 -- John Cena and Randy Orton vs. The entire RAW roster -- 17 on 2 Handicapped match

Looks like Snitsky is the first up for team RAW, and faces off with Snitsky. Cena can’t hit on early F-U, and Snitsky connects with a clothesline. Santino makes a blind tag, but misses a head butt. Cena rolls him up and pins him.

Trevor Murdoch leaps in, pounding Cena on the mat. Cena locks in an STF-U. Orton keeps Lance Cade at bay as Murdoch taps. Orton tags in, hits Cade with the RKO and pins him. Umaga comes in, laying out both men with a dual clothesline.

After the break, JBL is beating on Orton. (Super Crazy got eliminated during the break.) Jim Duggan tags in, followed by Cody Rhodes. Paul Burchill tags in, and stomps away at the champ. Orton hits an inverted backbreaker on Robbie McCallister and Cena tags in, hitting a flying leg drop and gets the pin. D.H. Smith is up next, and Cena hits the five knuckle shuffle and and F-U for the pin. Orton hits RKOs on Burchill and Val Venis and gets an assist on Cody Rhodes and all are eliminated. The rest of the roster hits the ring, and the ref calls for the bell, as Orton and Cena are beat down. Cena rolls out of the ring, and returns with a steel chair. Cena starts to clean house, only to get spiked by Umaga. JBL grabs the chair, but misses Orton and clocks Umaga. The Samoan bulldozer spikes Orton and chases after JBL.

Winners via DQ: John Cena and Randy Orton

The carnage isn’t over, as Triple H makes his way to the ring. Hunter surveys the carnage, as Orton tries to get to his feet. Hunter sets up the Pedigree and delivers. Cena then gets a Pedigree of his own.

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale thanks Nick Tylwalk for covering RAW, as he was going undercover as a Luchador in Mexico.