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Raw: King Regal cuts off HHH-Orton
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Just in case you didn't read our Backlash report, Triple H is the new WWE champion. Will we see a rematch, tonight, from East Rutherford, New Jersey? As always Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler call all the action.

It's time to play the Game, and it's time for The Game to celebrate. (So, will WWE please get rid of the spinner belt now?) Hunter informs the crowd that the Age of Orton is officially dead. Triple H talks about his injury, and eight months later he is back with the belt.

As expected, Randy Orton interrupts, and tells Trips he doesn't get a victory speech. Orton asks Hunter if he is proud of what he did, as the odds were stacked against the champ. Orton plays the victim card, whining about not losing in a one on one match. Orton says no one is on his level, and will prove it at Judgment Day, when he cashes in his rematch. HHH tells Orton to get out of his ring. Orton refuses, getting in the new champ's face. Hunter decks Orton, and Randy slips out of the ring. Orton decides he wants his rematch tonight. Hunter tells him to bring it on.

Match #1 -- Mickie James, Maria, Ashley, Michelle McCool, Kelly Kelly, and Cherry vs. Beth Phoenix, Layla, Natalia, Victoria, Melina, and Jillian

(This is why I need to learn to keep my thoughts to myself. I called a 12 Diva tag match last week, but thought I dodged the bullet when the match was announced for Backlash. But no, let's have a rematch of the bout that everyone missed for a nacho run last night. This is why I DVR the show, and start watching after 9 so I fast forward through this type of stuff.)

Mickie James gets the win with a roll-up into a bridge.

Winner via pinfall: The "Nice" Divas

Match #2 -- JBL vs. Robbie "Jobber" McAllister

JBL decimates Robbie McAllister in a typical squash match. A clothesline from hell mercifully ends the match. Rory backs away from the ring, wanting no part of JBL.

Winner via pinfall: JBL

After the match, JBL picks up a headset, telling JR that John Cena robbed him of the WWE Title. Bradshaw issues a challenge to the winner of the WWE Title match, and says he will destroy Cena.

Match #3 -- Paul London and Brian Kendrick vs. Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch

Cade hits a huge back body drop on London, and tags in Murdoch. Murdoch connects with an elbow to the head. Kendrick gets a quick tag, and gets clotheslined in the back of the head. Murdoch tags in, and goes for a clothesline. Kendrick ducks it, and Kendrick rolls him up for pin. Murdoch can't kick out, and Kendrick gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: London and Kendrick

After the bell, Murdoch climbs atop the announce table and serenades Cade with Friends in Low Places. Cade then walks off by himself.

Match #4 -- Paul Burchill w/ Katie Lea vs. Super Crazy

Before the match, Katie Lea informs us William Regal has allowed them to make this a 2 on 1 handicap match.

Crazy slides under Paul, and then takes down Katie. Paul regains control and holds Super Crazy down as Katie drops an elbow. Katie then kicks Crazy in the face. Paul then whips his sister into Crazy, but Super dodges her. He then takes Paul down with a head scissors, but misses a moonsault. Paul picks up Super Crazy and Katie nails a missile drop kick. Paul finishes Super with the curb stomp and Katie makes the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Paul and Katie Lea Burchill

The Grish asks Orton if he is having second thoughts about invoking his rematch clause tonight. All Orton says is, "NO!"

William Regal's King of the Ring coronation takes place. Regal says he isn't giving up the General Manager postion, because he is the most powerful man in WWE. Regal says every will have no choice but to respect and fear him.

Someone feels different about that, though, and that person is ... KENNEDY! Ken hits the ring, and says he just can't congratulate him. Kennedy is upset he wasn't invited and he says he would have won it. Kennedy wants to challenge Regal to see who the real king is. Regal suggests Kennedy apologize for his words. Kennedy feigns an apology and then breaks off his catch phrase. Regal cuts him off, and the two men brawl. The stripes hit the ring to separate the two.

Match #5 -- Santino Marella w/ Carlito vs. Cody Rhodes w/ Hardcore Holly

Santino endears himself to the crowd by running down New Jersey and the fake Italians on The Sopranos. Santino attacks with a kick to the gut, and then a snap mare. Cody fights out of the corner with a back elbow, but then misses a cross body. Santino slaps on a chin lock; Cody breaks free. Marella focuses on Cody's back, and then locks in a Camel Clutch. Cody stands up, and drops back onto Santino with an electric chair type move. Rhodes drops kicks Santino, and smashes him into the turnbuckle. Cody connects with a DDT, and hooks the leg for the pin. The ref counts three.

Winner via pinfall: Cody Rhodes

After the bell, Cody Rhodes gets on the mic and makes fun of Santino. Carlito slips into the ring, and hits the back stabber. Holly then chases Carlito from the ring.

Chris Jericho is sporting a tux for the Highlight Reel. This looks like an award show, tonight. Jericho is going to name the best actor in sports entertainment. The nominees are Mr.Fuji, Micheal Cole (umm, I tried to block that Heidenreich clip out of my memory) and Shawn Michaels for pretending to have a knee injury last night at Backlash. The winner is ... Shawn Michaels! HBK gingerly makes his way to the ring, limping the whole way. Jericho wants HBK to give an acceptance speech. HBK says he is hurt. Jericho wants HBK to drop the charade, and calls him a backstabber. Jericho tells HBK to enjoy the moment and calls him the Daniel Day Lewis of sports entertainment. Jericho leaves HBK alone in the ring.

The new champ gets ready for his match.

Santino tries to throw his weight around backstage, and runs into Roddy Piper. Santino references The Goonies, calling Piper "Chunk" wants him to do the "Truffle Shuffle." Piper slaps him, and wants to know if Santino has a death wish or if he is just special.

Match #6 -- Randy Orton vs. Triple H -- WWE Title Match

Both men lock up, and push each other around the ring. The ref pries the two men apart. Orton gains the advantage with a headlock and then with a shoulder block. Hunter gets to his feet. Orton slaps on another headlock and Hunter powers out into a side headlock of his own. Trips nails a shoulder block, and then counters a hip toss with a clothesline. Orton charges Trips in the corner, Hunter sidesteps and tosses Orton into the ring post. Hunter then slams Orton into the ring post a second time. Trips continues to work over Orton's shoulder on the ring post. Orton hits a hangman's DDT, as Triple H tries to get back in the ring.

After the break, Orton and Triple H are swinging away at each other. Hunter runs into a drop kick. Orton slaps on a sleeper, but Hunter breaks free and is able to lock in his own sleeper. Orton counters quickly with a back suplex. Orton stomps away at a prone Triple H. Orton and Trips fight on the outside, with Hunter getting smashed into the security barrier. Back in the ring, Hunter kicks out of a pin, and Orton goes back to the sleeper. Triple H powers out with a back suplex, and Orton goes to the corner. Hunter runs into a knee, and Orton then slams the champ to the mat. Orton stalks Hunter, but Trips blocks the RKO. Hunter hits a facebuster and then a hard clothesline. Orton counters a charging Hunter with a power slam. Orton, though, runs into a high knee. Orton responds with an inverted back breaker. Orton climbs the turnbuckle, but is cut off and crotched on the top rope. Hunter hits a superplex, and both men are down. Triple H looks for the pedigree but Orton counters into a catapult. Hunter instead slaps on a crossface and we cut to William Regal in the control room. Regal is happy he was disrespected and says the people don't deserve to see the end of the match. Regal demands the show be taken off the air, and we go to black, but we still have audio and then Law and Order starts on USA.

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003.