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Raw: It's Jericho's show again
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Another pay-per-view and another recap show on RAW. I can tell you one thing, with the NFL officially kicking off this past weekend, we wonít see any more graphics gloating that WWE has beaten Monday Night Football.

The Champ is here! And it isnít CM Punk. In case you missed Unforgiven, and didnít read the report here on SLAM! Wrestling, Chris Jericho is the new World Heavyweight Champion.

Jericho gets on the stick to address the crowd. Jericho recaps the previous night, showing off the injuries sustained at the hands of Shawn Michaels. Jericho goes on to say that although he may have lost to Shawn Michaels, HBK didnít win anything, since that match wasnít sanctioned.

Chris says that good things come to good people, and that he didnít deserve the beating he got from HBK. Jericho says Mike Adamle came to him and told him he was in the Scramble since Punk was knocked out. Jericho says everyone must respect his greatness.

RAW General Manager Adamle comes out and tells Jericho that CM Punk will get a chance to reclaim his title next week, since he was never pinned. Punk isnít here tonight, and oh next weekís match is in a steel cage.

Jericho doesnít seem to care, saying he beat Punk in Punkís hometown. Adamle says he still needs a main event tonight, so Jericho will be facing Batista.

Match #1 - Beth Phoenix vs. Mickie James - Womenís Title Match

Candice Michelle comes to announce table, because she will face the winner of this match at No Mercy. (I think we know the outcome of this one.)

Beth blocks a head scissors out of the corner and counters into a body slam. Beth covers and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: Beth Phoenix

After the match, Candice and Beth stare each other down.

Jamie Noble begs for Layla to join him at ringside. Layla says she was surprised by his win last week. After being serenaded by Jillian, Layla says she will join Noble at ringside.

Match #2 - Jamie Noble w/ Layla vs. William Regal

Regal beats Noble in the corner and then tosses him to the mat. Noble connects with a head scissors, but is then slammed to mat. Regal unloads on Noble with fists, and then locks in a neck hold. Noble goes for a sunset flip, but canít get it over, and Regal punches him in the face. Noble fights off Regal in the corner, and then hits a drop kick off the second rope. Noble connects with an enzuigiri, but Regal blocks a cannonball in the corner. Regal knees Noble in the corner and pins him for the three count.

Winner via pinfall: William Regal

Regal tells Noble happy endings only happen in fairy tales and then goes over to Layla. He extends his arm, and Layla joins him with a look of awe. Layla does look back to the ring, but continues to the back with Regal.

Match #3 - JBL vs. Charles Haas Layfield

Charlie Haas yells from the trunk of the limo. The driver lets him out and Charlie is dressed like JBL and starts running his mouth. (Me thinks this match is going to be short.) JBL canít believe he is being mocked, but Charlie keeps pimping the energy drink. JBL demands respect from Haas. The bell rings, and Haas dances around the ring. JBL storms out of the ring and heads to the back. The ref counts ten and JBL is counted out.

Winner via count out: CHL

JBL walks through the back, and everyone is chuckling. JBL asks Batista and Kelly Kelly what is so funny. Batista seemed to like Haasí bit. JBL thinks Haas was inappropriate, since they have nothing in common. Batista tells him he is right, Haas actually won tonight.

The Grish is with Rey Mysterio, who says he has no idea why Kane attacked him months ago. Rey says he needs to stand strong, and then says something in Spanish. Rey says his spirit is still alive, and Kane didnít kill it, and he is nobodyís victim.

Match #4 - The Miz and Morrison vs. Rey Mysterio and Even Bourne

Since ECW now tapes before RAW, we will be seeing their talent on display.

Bourne locks up with Morrison and then takes him down with an arm drag. Bourne makes a quick tag, and Rey leaps onto the outstrechted arm of Morrison. The Miz makes a tag, and beats on Rey. The Miz runs into a boot in the corner, allowing Rey to get a tag to Bourne. Morrison runs in to make a save and is tossed from the ring. Bourne leaps from the ring and hits a head scissors on Morrison. With the ref distracted, Morrison kicks Bourne off the top turnbuckle. Bourne slips out of a Miz hold, causing Morrison to collide with his partner. Mysterio gets the hot tag, and gets a near fall on Morrison. Mysterio knocks him into the ropes, but the Miz cuts off the 619. Bourne breaks up the pin, and Rey ducks a spin kick from Morrison that connects with the Miz. Mysterio hits the 619 on Morrison and Bourne finishes him off with a shooting star press.

Winner via pinfall: Rey Mysterio and Evan Bourne

After the match, Kane taunts Rey from the Titantron. Kane says next week everyone will understand why he is a victim. Kane gives Rey a hint why he is the victim and holds up his old Kane mask.

Randy Orton is walking through the back.

Orton tells the crowd that there is no worse feeling then being on a global stage and tragedy leaves you unable to compete. Orton isnít talking about Punk, but about when he broke his collar bone, and unable to retain his title. Orton says he earned his title, while Punk got lucky and karma caught up with him. Orton says he felt threatened last night. Orton says he saved Punk from getting exposed. Orton tells Jericho to thank him, because he wouldnít have even been in the match if not for him.

The World Tag team champs and Manu walk out to the ring and join Orton. Rhodes tells Orton to check his facts, they took out Punk, all Orton did was deliver to knockout blow. Rhodes tells Orton not to take credit. Manu tells Randy that his dad, Afa the Wild Samoan, is also a hall of famer. DiBiase says what they did was impressive. Orton slaps him and takes off from the ring.

Match #5 - Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase and Manu vs. Cryme Tyme and Kofi Kingston

Rhodes and JTG start things off, and Rhodes runs into a boot in the corner. Dibiase and Kingston go at it next. Manu is knocked to the floor, and Kofi is knocked off the apron. Manu lays him out and then rolls him back into the ring. DiBiase drives both feet into the sternum of Kingston. Rhodes locks in an abdominal stretch. Kofi breaks the hold, but then misses a cross body. Kofi and Rhodes take each other down with clotheslines. Shad gets the hot tag. Manu makes a blind tag and hitting Shad with a belly to back suplex into a neck breaker. Manu covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase and Manu

Match #6 - Santino Marella w/ Beth Phoenix vs. Gene Snitsky

Before the match, Marella introduces the Honk-o-Meter. It shows the Honky Tonk Manís 64-week title reign. Marella shows three, but it is 19 days better the Mountie.

Snitzkey misses a boot in the corner and Santino trips him and covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Santino Marella

Mike Adamle tries to explain why he chose Jericho. Kelly says it was unfair to Punk, when Jericho interrupts. Chris wants time off to heal. Adamle says he did him a favor last night, and now he needs a favor.

Match #7 - Chris Jericho w/ Lance Cade vs. Batista

Batista powers Jericho into the corner and then is tossed to the middle of the ring. Jericho is whipped into the turnbuckle and then walks into a straight right hand. Jericho is powerslammed and rolls to the floor. Mike Adamle comes out and stops the match. Adamle says he took Jerichoís injuries lightly and has decided to make this a handicap match and give Jericho a partner in the person of JBL.

Match #7 - Chris Jericho w/ Lance Cade and JBL vs. Batista

We come back from commercial mid-match, and Batista kicks out of a JBL pin. Jericho tags in and kicks Batista in the corner. Batista fights out of the corner, only to get double teamed. JBL nails a clothesline and then drops an elbow. Bradshaw follows with a swinging neck breaker, but cannot get a three count. Jericho tags in and slaps The Animal around the head. Batista connects with a right and then a clothesline. JBL is knocked from the apron, and Batista sets up the Batista Bomb. Lance Cade leaps to the apron and Batista knocks him into the ring post. The Animal turns around into a clothesline from Hell, and Jericho quickly covers for the three count.

Winner via pinfall: Chris Jericho and JBL

After the match, Cade and JBL continue the beating. Cade and JBL whip Batista across the ring, but are then taken down with a double shoulder block. Batista spears JBL and then hits Cade with a spinebuster. Batista the nails a Batista Bomb on Lance Cade to end the show.

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