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Raw: The new GM no one expected
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Tonightís the night. Monday Night RAW will finally be getting a General Manager, we think. Which means superstars can no longer call the shots as Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler call the action from Washington, D.C.

John Cena kicks off the show and he is heading to the ring and he has something to say. Cena acknowledges the mixed reaction and says he isnít perfect. Cena says he will stand up and face the consequences. Cena takes responsibility for hitting Batista in the mouth last week, and tells The Animal that he can come out to face him if he wants. Hometown boy Dave Batista comes to the ring (rocking the Wes Unseld Washington Bullets throwback jersey). Cena looks ready to fight, but Batista says he has checked the footage and last week was an accident. Batista says everything is cool, and then tells Cena he can have the first title shot after he beats CM Punk at SummerSlam. Cena states that Batista has had his chance, and there are plenty of others that deserve a shot. Batista canít argue with that logic, but then blames others for interfering in his match. The Animal goes on to say Punk canít beat him and neither can Cena. In rebuttal, Cena offers up a match tonight. Big Dave is about to take him up on it, when Shane-O-Mac struts out on stage.

Shane McMahon says that he and Steph have appointed a new GM, who will be introduced later tonight. The new GM has been busy, booking CM Punk in a title match, and the puts the brakes on Cena and Batista. Cena will face JBL and Kane, with Batista as his partner.

Match #1 - Kelly Kelly and DíLo Brown vs. Beth Phoenix and Santino Marella - Intergender Tag Team Match

Backstage, Beth Phoenix tells Santino this relationship is just professional.

DíLo and Santino start off as DíLo hits an atomic drop and follows with a clothesline. Santino responds with a neck breaker, but cannot pick him up. Phoenix makes a blind tag and then picks up DíLo. Kelly Kelly tags herself in, and is greeted with a back breaker. Santino wants the tag, and gets it. He misses and elbow, but then knocks DíLo off the apron. Santino rolls Kelly up and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Beth Phoenix and Santino Marella

Shane is looking at a picture of his father, when JBL asks him how Vince is. Shane wants to know what JBL wants. Bradshaw lobbies for a title shot. Shane tells him to take it up with the new GM. Shane gets a call from the new GM, JBL canít get a word in, and Shane leaves.

Match #2 - Jerry Lawler and Jim Duggan vs. Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase - World Tag Team championship Match

Before the match can start, Lillian is informed that the match has been changed. Michael Cole will be taking Dugganís place. Cole canít believe it. And it also means we have no announcers for this match.

Match #2 - Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole vs. Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase - World Tag Team championship Match

Lawler starts off with Dibiase, and slaps him after a break in the corner. Ted responds with a clothesline and then beats on the King. Rhodes tags in, forcing Lawler into the corner. Rhodes hits a bulldog off the second rope and gets a two count. Rhodes slaps on a key lock, and then punches Lawler. Rhodes misses a double fist drop, and Lawler takes control. Dibiase breaks up a piledriver attempt, and Rhodes gets the upper hand. Cole helps Lawler up, and the ref says that counts as a tag. Rhodes brings Cole into the ring. Cole gets in one good punch, before Rhodes lays him out with a clothesline. Rhodes covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase

We return from break and Mike Adamle is in Coleís seat. (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!) Adamle says he got a call earlier in the week and was told to be in DC.

Jamie Noble is in the ring and is still trying to impress Layla. Noble has challenged Kofi Kingston for his Intercontinental Title.

Match #3 - Jamie Noble vs. Kofi Kingston - Intercontinental Title Match

Noble and Kingston lock up, and Noble with a body slam. Kofi gets a boot up in the corner, and then hits a standing drop kick and then a double leg drop to the abdomen. Noble rolls through a cross body block, scoring a two count. Kofi fights his way off of Nobleís shoulders and then hits the spinning heel kick. Noble is out cold, and Kofi covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston

Match #4 - CM Punk vs. The hottest free agent in wrestling, William Regal - WWE Title Match

(William Regal is the hottest free agent in wrestling. Really?) JBL joins the announce to make his case to the new GM. Regal and Punk lock up and Punk takes him to the mat. Regal with a reversal, and then Punk reverses the hold. The two show off their mat wrestling skills, and Regal slaps on a headlock. Punk breaks free and kicks Regal in the jaw. The champ knees Regal in the corner. Regal pulls off a reversal and slides from the ring. Regal kicks Punkís head into the ring post. Regal locks in full nelson and the champ manages to break free. Regal locks in another full nelson and then gets Punk in an arm bar. The champ escapes and starts kicking away at Regal. Punk gets caught in an overhead suplex. Regal goes for the Regal Stretch, but Punk counters into the GTS, and covers Regal for the win.

Winner via pinfall: CM Punk

After the bell, JBL climbs into the ring. Before anything can happen, the ring posts explode and Kane walks to the ring -- and yes he is still carrying that burlap sack. Kane hits JBL in the throat, and Punk kicks Kane in the head. JBL takes a cheap shot at Punk, and then stares down Kane.

Chris Jericho comes to the ring with Lance Cade for the final Highlight Reel. And with the Jeritron 5000 still busted, the show has to be over. Jericho says he has moved on as an entertainer. Jericho is done doing what the people want, and will start doing what he wants to. Jericho has put together a special farewell for a man we will never see in the ring again, and that man is Y2J. (Oh man, that was some good stuff.) Jericho says he is embarrassed by who he was, and it is time to move on. Jericho says he has realized the fans will never adore him like HBK. Jericho says he took matters into his own hands. Jericho says when he destroyed Shawn Michaels he destroyed the fans as well.

Lance Cade tells Jericho he appreciates him and thanks him for saving him. Jericho then addresses HBK, and tells him to stay at home and move on to a new life. Jericho says he has moved on, and says he is the most dominant man in WWE and he deserves a title shot at SummerSlam.

Jim Ross joins the announce team, just saying that he got a call.

Match #5 - Mickie James vs. Jillian Hall

Mickie has her Dad at ringside. (Itís good to have JR back.) Mickie hits the impaler DDT for the win, and then gives her dad a big hug at ringside. Katie Lea jumps Mickie from behind and lays her out on the floor. Katie says that was just for the new General Manager.

Winner via pinfall: Mickie James

The Grish tells Shane it is nice to have him here and then tries to pry some info out of him. Shane says the GM is all ready here and Grish will find out when everyone else does.

Cryme Tyme wants to get Cenaís back, but John tells them to stay in the back. Batista interrupts and Cena sends the boys on their way. Big Dave says he doesnít trust him, and he thinks that feeling is mutual. Batista tells Cena to stay out of his way. Cena responds with the same thought.

Match #6 - John Cena and Batista vs. JBL and Kane

JBL and Cena start things off. Bradshaw clubs Cena over the back. Cena counters a whip with a kick to the gut, and hits the throwback. Batista tags in, and punches away at JBL. The Animal shoulders JB into the corner, and then nails a powerslam. Kane breaks a pinfall, and Cena intervenes and helps to clear the ring. We go to break.

JBL and Cena are back at it, and Bradshaw hits a neck breaker. Kane tags in, kicking Cena, and then hitting a low dropkick. Kane beats Cena into the corner and then slams him into the mat. Kane slaps on a headlock and pulls Cena into his corner. JBL tags in, continuing the assault. Kane tags back in, and trades shots with Cena. Kane hits a side slam, and get another near fall. Kane climbs to the top, but comes up empty. Cena hits a DDT, and both men are down. Batista and JBL both get tags. The Animal unleashes on JBL, hitting a spinebuster and then knocks Kane off the apron. Kane low bridges Batista, and JBL exits the ring to get him. Batista is rolled back in the ring, and Kane gets the tag. The Big Red Machine kicks away at Big Dave, and then shoulders him in the gut. Kane locks on a body scissors. JBL gets a tag, and first knocks Cena off the apron. Bradshaw beats on Batista in the corner. JBL shoots off the ropes for a Clothesline from Hell, but Batista counters with a spear. Batista cuts off Kane, but it allows JBL to get in a big boot. JBL swings at Batista, but hits his partner. Kane grabs JBL by the throat, as Cena tags himself in. Batista hits Kane with a spear, and Cena hits Kane with an F-U and covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Batista and Kane

Batista and John Cena are still in the ring as Shane-O-Mac comes out on stage. Shane asks the new GM to come out, and when nobody does Shane points to the ring and welcomes the new RAW GM, MIKE ADAMLE! (What!?!) Adamle announces that Batista will take on John Cena at SummerSlam and the show ends.

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