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Raw: Still no conclusion to Punk-Batista
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
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The show after a pay-per-piew usually means rematches or tag team matches featuring rematches from the night before. Letís see if that holds true as RAW comes to us from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.

Batista is in the production truck watching the recap of last nightís title match with CM Punk. Kane interfered costing him the match. (All I have to say is that there is no way the cameraman that took the boot from Kane is a union guy. Iím pretty sure not taking sick bumps is in their contract.) Batista leaves and heads to the arena.

Batista officially kicks off the show and is ready to talk. The Animal says he had planned to come out tonight as World Champion, but Kane ruined those plans. Batista says with no McMahons in the arena he is putting himself in charge. The Animal is only making one match, himself versus CM Punk for the title. Batista tells Kane if he has a problem to see him. JBL interrupts on the Titantron and tells Batista he has no authority; he has his title shot. JBL says heís special after winning the parking lot brawl against John Cena he gets the next title shot. Batista wants to discuss this with JBL in person. Bradshaw says he is in charge, and he is getting the next title match at SummerSlam. JBL isnít ready for a title match tonight, but Batista isnít getting one either. JBL tells Batista to go find Kane if he wants to fight.

The champion CM Punk interrupts JBL and heads to the ring. Punk says being the champ makes him the king, and he doesnít have to listen to anyone. Punk turns to Batista and says he wants to prove that he can beat him. Punk tells Batista letís do this match tonight. JBL tries to assert his power, but is muted on the Titantron. Batista tells Punk that it is on.

Sexy Boy hits the arena sound system, but is cut off and Lance Cade makes his entrance. Cade invites Shawn Michaels to the ring, and he doesnít care when, but he will have words with him.

Match #1 - Lance Cade vs. Paul London

Cade breaks a waist lock and then whips London into the corner. London misses a move from the turnbuckle and Cade knees him in the back. Cade follows with a back breaker and then stretches him over his knee. London gets a boot up in the corner and then hits a springboard cross body. A shoulder block from Cade takes London down. Cade then tosses him into the ring post and finishes London off with a sit down powerbomb. Cade covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Lance Cade

After the bell, HBK still hasnít come to the ring, so Cade calls out Chris Jericho. Y2J tells the crowd HBK wonít be coming, and he has the footage why. The tape of his match with HBK last night is shown. Jericho blames the crowd for what happened to Michaels. Y2J says fans inspired HBK to wrestle last night and blood is on their hands. Jericho says he came back to save us, but we donít deserve to be saved. Y2J goes on saying he has no remorse for what happened last night, and he doesnít need to worry about pleasing the fans. Jericho considers himself saved.

Match #2 - Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix

Phoenix tries to bully Kelly, but she stands up to it. Phoenix drives Kelly into the turnbuckle, and then bodyslams her to the mat. Kelly fights out of an abdominal stretch, but then runs into an elbow. An enzuguri slows down Phoenix, and Kelly follows with a spinning head scissors. Kelly drop kicks Phoenix, but then get caught midmove. Phoenix locks in the double chicken wing. Kelly rolls through, but Phoenix counters into a sit down gourdbuster. Phoenix covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Beth Phoenix

Hacksaw Jim Duggan addresses the crowd in street clothes. He is thinking about hanging it up after 30 years. Duggan says Dibiase and Rhodes may be right. This is a game for young men, and Duggan just wants to say thanks. Jerry Lawler tells him to hang on a second. The King tells Duggan there is no age limit in WWE, and you can wrestle as long as you want. Lawler tells Duggan he has the power to inspire entire crowds to chant U-S-A. Duggan says he doesnít want to give it up, and thanks Lawler for talking him out of it. The World tag team champs walk out and tell Lawler that he canít relate to them. Rhodes says he was two when Duggan won the Royal Rumble and wasnít even alive when Lawler slapped and Andy Kaufman on Letterman. Lawler then shows Rhodes how it happened and slaps him. Dibiase says this isnít over.

Match #3 - John Cena and Cryme Tyme vs. JBL, Cody Rhodes, and Ted Dibiase

The faces chase the heels from the ring, just like last week. Cena wants JBL to start, but Bradshaw tags in Rhodes. Cena whips Cody into the ropes and connects with a hip toss. Cena follows with a running bulldog, and Rhodes kicks out at two. Cena follows with a back body drop and then tags in Shad. Rhodes is clotheslined in the corner. Rhodes is able to get a tag to Dibiase, but Shad suplexes him into a pinfall. Shad tags in his partner and they double team young Ted. JTG is hung out to dry on the ropes, and JBL gets the tag. Bradshaw beats on JTG in the corner. JTG fights out of the hold of Rhodes, but cannot get the tag. Dibiase tags back in and drives both his feet into the chest of JTG. Bradshaw gets into a shouting match with the ref from the apron. Dibiase locks in a body scissors. JTG breaks free and hits a standing drop kick, but cannot get a tag. Rhodes tags back in, but misses JTG in the corner. Cena gets the hot tag, taking care of Dibiase and then JBL. Bradshaw scurries from the ring and ducks out through the crowd. Cena sets up the World champs in the corner and pick up both men on his shoulders. Cena F-Uís both men and covers Dibiase for the win.

Winner via pinfall: John Cena and Cryme Tyme

After the bell, Cena hugs his dad at ringside.

Lance Cade and Jericho are walking through the back and almost run into Kane. The Big Red Machine ignores them and continues on his way with his bag in his hand. (Hereís a secret ... Itís his old mask!)

Jenny McCarthy is teaming with WWE to fight autism. (And she has my full support.)

Match #4 - Mickie James and Kofi Kingston vs. Katie Lea and Paul Burchill - Intergender Tag Team Match

The Divas start things off and Mickie hits a head scissors out of the corner. Paul tries to get in cheap shot, and Mickie slaps him. Paul climbs into the ring, and Kofi hits a springboard corss body over Mickieís head. Kofi goes into his controlled frenzy laying out Paul with a drop kick. Katie goes for a chair shot, but Kofi catches her. Unfortunately, Burchill takes advantage with a chop block. Burchill focuses on the leg, dropping an elbow on the knee. Kofi counters a shin breaker into a sunset flip, but Burchill kicks out. Burchill runs into the turnbuckle and Kofi goes for the ten punch. Mickie cuts off Katie and knocks her to the floor. Paul breaks them up, as Kofi goes for a spinning heel kick. Burchill ducks and Kofi hits the ring post. Burchill rolls him back into the ring and hits a neck breaker. Burchill covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Katie Lea and Paul Burchill

Jamie Noble is still trying to pick up Layla. Batista is looking for Kane, and Noble says heíll keep an eye out and tells Batista to do some dumbbell flies. Batista picks Noble up by the throat slamming him into the wall. He tells Noble to let Kane know he is looking for him.

The Grish is with CM Punk. The champ says if he is going down he is going down swinging. JBL interrupts the interview, telling Punk that he will wrestle the champion at SummerSlam and is fully intending to become champion. JBL tells Punk he will always be known as a transitional champion. Punk says it will always be known that the first successful title defense was against JBL.

(I have a self-proclaimed gambling problem, so all these shots of the Mohegan Sun casino are driving me nuts. And I will be making a trip, soon.)

Match #5 - Santino Marella vs. DíLo Brown

Santino says he wants to clarify his challenge. He was referring to only fighting men, and he reissues the challenge. And yes, you read the title right, DíLo Brown is back, sans chest protector. Beth Phoenix walks to the ring, and Santino is beside himself. Marella slaps on a quick headlock, but DíLo shoots him into the ropes and takes him down with a shoulder block. DíLo suplexes the Italian and then hits the leg drop. DíLo connects with a seated clothesline and then climbs the turnbuckle to hit the Low Down.

Winner via pinfall: DíLo Brown

After the bell, Phoenix climbs into the ring and backs Santino into the corner. Marella gets her in a waist lock, and Phoenix yells to be let go. Santino releases her and both stare each other down. Santino places a hand on her shoulder and goes in for a kiss. Santino hits his mark, and then both look confused as Santino leaves the ring.

Match #6 - CM Punk vs. Batista - World Heavyweight Title match

After Batistaís entrance, Kane enters the arena. Kane chokeslams Batista, as CM Punk hits the ring. The champ sends Kane over the top rope to the floor, and Kane is persuaded to head to the back. He ref checks on Batista and Punk asks him if he wants the match. The Animal shoves Punk away, and says he is okay. We go to break.

Punk slaps on a head lock and takes Batista to one knee. The Animal breaks free and takes Punk down with shoulder block. Punk responds with forearm shivers, but Batista responds with a big boot. Punk is rammed with elbows in the corner, and the shot off the ropes. Punk counters with a neck breaker, and then kicks big Dave in the back. Punk kicks Batista to the floor and then takes him over with a snap mare. The champ connects with a drop kick to the head. Batista fights back with punches, but Punk counters with a drop toe hold. Batista tosses Punk off and both men are down. Punk gets up and hits a leg drop across the back of the neck. Punk keeps the pressure on with leg drops, and then locks in a cross face. Batista snap mares the champ, but Punk comes back with a neck breaker and then locks in a head scissors. The Animal powers out of the hold, but Punk keeps the pressure on. Batista reverses an Irish whip, but Punk counters the charge with a drop toe hold. Punk hits a high knee but cannot get the pin off a bulldog. Batista catches Punk in mid-air as the champ went for a flying cross body. The champ is slammed to the mat, and both men are down again. Batista drives Punk into the turnbuckle, and then hits a clothesline. Punk is whipped into the opposite corner, but Punk gets a foot up. The champ goes for another cross body, but The Animal ducks it and hits a spear. Batista closes in for the Batista Bomb, but the Animal loses focus and goes after JBL who has shown up at ringside. The ref calls for the bell.

No Contest

JBL hits the clothesline from Hell on Batista and then kicks Punk out of the ring. John Cena joins the fray, throwing a haymaker meant for JBL, but instead connects with Batista. Cena blocks a Batista Bomb, and the Animal drops out of the F-U. The refs separate the two and the show goes to black.

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. If you would like to fund Daleís trip to Mohegan Sun email him at DPlummer627@yahoo.com.