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Raw: The Animal destroys Legacy
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


It’s the first RAW after Wrestlemania and that means rematches from last night, usually is some sort of tag team form. And speaking of tag teams, we may actually get a match tonight, that we should have seen last night. Not that a tag team title unification bout is important or anything.

RAW stays in Houston tonight, but from the Toyota Center not Reliant Center. Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler call the action, but hopefully that changes next week. (BRING BACK JR! It was so good to hear him call the matches last night, in fact he sounded like he was trying to get his old gig back.)

Predictably the show kicks off with a Wrestlemania 25 montage and slides right into the RAW theme music.

Randy Orton is the first star out tonight, and isn’t happy. He got Ortoned last night; you really think he would have seen it coming, since well it is named after him. Orton isn’t sure if he is sickened more by the fact that Triple H used a sledgehammer against him or the fact that the people enjoyed it. Orton wants a rematch because last night proved nothing, and the McMahons, the company, and all the people owe it to him. Orton guarantees a win in his rematch. Orton tells the McMahons to stay out of his way or else, and then recaps the physical damage to the family. He goes as far as threatening Linda and Stephanie’s kids.

Vince has heard enough, and is that a pop I hear for the boss? Can’t remember the last time Vince was a face. Orton ducks out of the ring, as Vince tells him he will give him what he wants. Just come get it in the ring. Vince won’t give him another title shot, though, because he doesn’t deserve it. What you are going to get is a match at Backlash: Orton and Legacy versus Triple H, Shane-O-Mac, and Vincent Kennedy McMahon. Orton says Vince is terrified of him. Vince calls Orton a failure, and Orton responds by challenging Vince to match. Legacy won’t be in the ring, but Orton guarantees Vince won’t make it to Backlash. Vince doesn’t seem to agree with that prediction.

Match #1 – Morrison and The Miz vs. Carlito and Primo Colon – Lumberjack Unified Tag Team Title Match

And here is the match that got bumped off the show for Kid Rock. Morrison works over Carlito in the corner. Carlito responds with a springboard back elbow. Primo tags in and helps out with a tag team leg drop. Primo nearly is flipped over the turnbuckle, but hold himself in a head stand maneuver and then connects with a head scissors. Morrison in knocked to the outside, and is worked over by the lumberjacks.

After the break, Primo is double teamed, but Carlito breaks up the pin. Primo connects with a jawbreaker and is able to get a tag to his brother. Carlito counters a tilt-a-whirl slam into a neckbreaker, but it’s only enough for a two count. Carlito is cut off on the turnbuckle, and then both men fall off the turnbuckle and out of the ring. Primo and Morrison attack the lumberjacks and saving their partners with Morrison connecting with a huge backflip off the top turnbuckle. Back in the ring, The Miz nearly gets a pin, and then catches Carlito on the ropes. Carlito counters into the backstabber, and get the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Carlito and Primo

Oh yea, Kid Rock was much better than this match last night. Good call WWE.

Shane talks to his father about the plans for Backlash. Vince tells Shane he wants to do this on his own tonight.

WWE is still pushing 12 Rounds and I’m still not going to see it.

Match #2 – RAW vs. Smackdown! 10 Diva tag match

Since they didn’t bother to tell us who was in the Diva Battle Royal last night, I feel I don’t need to acknowledge who is in the is match. (I didn’t even know Joy Giovanni was involved until I read it on the WWE website.) Cole informs us that next week’s draft will run the same as it has in the past. The brands will take each other on in a match, and the winner gets the pick. I just noticed where is “Miss Wrestlemania”? Shouldn’t she be out here? The match devolves to shenanigans outside the ring, as Mickie plants Natalya with a DDT in the ring to pick up a win for RAW.

Winner via pinfall: The RAW Divas

Shane searches out his brother-in-law. (I can’t believe I’m legally allowed to say that now.) Shane wants Triple H to talk some sense into the old man.

Match #3 – Jeff Hardy, John Cena, CM Punk, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, and Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho, Kane, Matt Hardy, Big Show, and Edge

We return for commercial to join the match in progress (oh how I miss that). Matt Hardy is dropped into the turnbuckle with a toe hold from Rey. Mysterio then rolls through a move, and Jeff tags in. Matt wants no part of his brother, and tags in Edge. Jeff connects with a head scissors, and then tags in the new World Heavyweight champ. Cena reverses and Irish whip and follows with a bulldog. The fans chant for Steamboat, and Cena gives them what they want. The fans chant, “You still got it!”, and I miss some action typing that. (Hold on rewinding...) Okay, Steamboat comes off the ropes with a cross body and nearly scores the pin, as Edge kicks out at two. Edge tags in Kane, but Dragon doesn’t back down. Steamboat takes out the entire heel team, and then hits a low drop kick on Kane, and comes off the top rope with a fist. Kane stops all that noise with a side slam. Jericho tags in and hold Steamboat for Big Show. Dragon fights back with chops, only to get put down by Show. Jericho tags back in, and slaps a sleeper on Steamboat. Ricky powers out of the hold, staggering Jericho with right hands. Steamboat fights out of the Walls and nearly gets a pin with a small package. Dragon finally gets the tag to Mr. Money in the Bank, CM Punk. Kane hits Punk with a cheap shot, but Edge can’t make the pin. Kane tags in and boots Punk in the head, and we go to another commercial.

We return from WWE paying the bills to see Punk runs right into a boot from Kane. Hardy and Edge then double team Punk. Show chases Edge to the sidelines, and goes to work on Punk. Show chops Punk in the corner, and tags in Edge. Kane makes a quick tag, setting Punk up on the top turnbuckle. CM fights back, knocking Kane to the mat. Punk leaps right into a chokeslam, but Punk counters with a DDT, and both men are down. Edge and Jeff Hardy get tags, and Jeff explodes. Two clotheslines, a reverse atomic drop, leg drop to the gut, a low drop kick and a Whisper in the Wind all connect with Edge, but it isn’t enough to get the pin. Matt tries to interfere, but Jeff tosses him to the outside. Cena tags in, and Jeff leaps onto his brother. Cena leaps on Show, but make a tag with Rey. Show and Cena spill to the outside, as Rey sends Edge into the ropes. Jericho tries to break up the 619, but Rey sends him into the ropes. Mysterio connects the 619 on Edge and Jericho and then climbs the turnbuckle as does Steamboat. Rey splashes on Jericho, as Steamer takes down Edge with a cross body. Rey covers Jericho for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Jeff Hardy, John Cena, CM Punk, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, and Rey Mysterio

After the match, Cena pushes for Steamboat to give the fans a curtain call. Ricky obliges and the fans go nuts, as the other four superstars give an ovation from atop the ramp.

Triple H tries to talk to Vince, but the old man doesn’t want to hear it. Hunter calls him stubborn and list of other names, but he respects him. Hunter says one last thing. Finish it.

Vicki Guerrero is wheeled out on stage, and is almost drowned out by boos. Vicki says she was given the option of returning to Smackdown or staying on RAW. She announces that she will stay on RAW. (Noooooooooooooooooooooooo! That’s it I’m giving the report back to Nick.) Vicki then announces that Edge will get his title rematch at Backlash, and this will be Edge’s last chance to regain the title. Vicki then amends the Orton-Legacy-HHH-McMahon six man tag bout -- it is now a title match. We thought Vicki was done, but she forgets to tell us that the Edge-Cena match is Last Man Standing.

NOTES FROM RAW
SLAM! Wrestling's Bob Kapur was at Raw in Houston on Monday, and filed these notes:

Pre-RAW: - Evan Bourne beat Dolph Zigglar after a Shooting Star Press.
- Kofi Kingston pinned Shelton Benjamin after hitting Trouble in Paradise.

Post-RAW: - Nothing happened. The McMahons, Batista and Triple H posed for the crowd and made their way up the ramp. When they got to the back, Lillian Garcia thanked the city of Houston for hosting Wrestlemania weekend, and the fans for attending.
We are treated to another WM 25 montage. For those of you who didn’t get the show, pay the money for the DVD. The Undertaker-Shawn Michaels match is worth the money on its own.

Orton and Legacy are backstage, as Orton gets ready.

The Hall of Fame ceremony is recapped. They did much better job on the TV broadcast this year. (Hopefully next year I will be there. Greg Oliver, I’m looking in your general direction.)

Finally! Lillian Garcia introduces Miss Wrestlemania “Santina” Marella, and she/he comes out to Billy and Chuck’s old music. (“You looks so good to me” For the win!) Santina wonders what is going to happen now that she is champion. Beth Phoenix has heard enough, and walks out with Rosa. Santina keeps playing the bit, and Beth isn’t happy about it. Beth tells him to cut the crap, and he is embarrassing himself. Beth also tells him to stay out of the Divas' locker room. Beth then challenges him/her to a match. Santina says she is more of a woman than she is. Beth wants to know if he is man enough, and Santina calls for a ref.

Match #4 – Santina Marella vs. Beth Phoenix

Santina does the booty dance before the match. Beth chops Santina and then beats on her in the corner. Beth goes for spanking, but Santina scampers outside. Rosa tries to protect the newest Diva, allowing Santina to get back in the ring. Beth picks Santina up, but she grabs the ropes. Beth pulls her off, but Santina falls onto her and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Santina Marella

Match #5 – Randy Orton vs. Vince McMahon

Vince takes it to Orton with punches, working him over in the corner. Vince kicks Orton in the ribs and the out of the ring. Vince smashes Orton into the announce table and then the ring apron, repeatedly. Orton is rolled back in the ring, but turns the tables on Vince with a reverse backbreaker. Orton is in full control now, dropping knees to the back of Vince’s head. Orton picks up Vince and drops the RKO. Randy takes him time, watching Vince try to get up. Orton rears back for a punt, but Shane intervenes at the last second. Shane pummels Orton, until Legacy shows up. Orton joins in the assault. Triple H runs down, taking out DiBiase and Rhodes outside. Hunter gets to Orton, but Legacy catches up with him. Orton and Legacy work over the Game, when BATISTA shows up. The Animal clears Legacy from the ring. Shane tosses Rhodes to Batista, who hits the Batista Bomb.

No Contest

Vince grabs a mic and tells Orton he was right. Vince isn’t going to make it to Backlash. Dave Batista is going in his place.

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale doesn’t know if he has the stamina for a three hour RAW. You can follow his preparations for the show on Twitter @DPlummer627