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Raw: Batista next for the Orton Era
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


The belts they are a changin’. That’s pretty much my one sentence recap of Backlash as we head into Monday Night Raw from Bridgeport, Connecticut. I’m sure we’ll see some rematches from last night, since that is par for the course on these show following a Pay-per-View.

New Raw General Manager Vicki Guerrero addresses the crowd from the ring. She informs us that Edge is the new World Heavyweight Champion, and then introduces new WWE Champion, Randy Orton. (What? No love for ECW Champion Christian?) Anyway, Orton walks out with Legacy at his side. The new champ takes a good five minutes posing with the belt. (The only question I have is why wasn’t this done three weeks ago after Wrestlemania?)

The crowd expresses its displeasure in the new champ, before he can even speak. Orton knows the McMahon family is mourning the loss of their protector as their champion has fallen. Orton details how he beat Triple H and put him down. Orton did exactly what he said he would do; he has destroyed the entire McMahon family. We get a video montage of the destruction, and the crowd jeers even louder. Vicki tells Orton she is happy to have him on the show, and his first title defense will be against the winner of the Big Show and Batista later tonight. Orton tells the crowd that they have no choice but to respect him, and then informs everyone in the back must also respect him.

MVP, of all superstars, cuts the new champ off. (Note to self: He is the United States Champion.) Montel Vontavious Porter introduces himself, and puts Orton on notice. MVP answers to no man. Ted DiBiase tells MVP to back off. MVP ignores the “lackey”, telling Orton that the WWE Title won’t be on his waist forever. And if Batista or Big Show don’t take the title, he will gladly step up.

Cody Rhodes begs Orton to let them take a shot at MVP. Orton holds Legacy back, and talks to the GM. After a private conversation, Vicki books MVP in a match versus Randy Orton.

Match #1 – The Brain Kendrick vs. Kofi Kingston

The Brian Kendrick corrects Lillian Garcia on her intro. She forgot the “The”.

Kendrick and Kingston lock up. Kendrick shoots off the ropes, and Kofi leapfrogs him. Kendrick with a drop toe hold on Kofi into the turnbuckle. Kendrick follows with a missile drop kick. Kingston connects with a knife edge chop, and kick to the face, and then the double leg drop. Kendrick floats over the back, pushes Kingston into the ropes and catches him in the chin with an elbow. Kingston connects with a cross body, but Kendrick rolls through and nearly gets the pin. Kendrick walks into a spin kick; Kofi covers and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston

The Big Show gets a big thank you from Vicki Guerrero for what he did to Cena last night. Show then thanks Vicki for putting him in the number one contenders match. Show goes in for a kiss, but Vicki tells him she wants to keep this relationship professional.

Match #2 – Santina Marella, Kelly Kelly, Mickie James, and Brie Bella vs. Beth Phoenix, Rosa Mendes, Jillian Hall, and Maryse

Santina mugs for the crowd and doesn’t realize Beth is waiting for him. Santina makes a quick tag to Brie and Brie is slammed to the mat. Jillian tags in missing a leg drop. Brie ducks out of the ring, and scampers under the apron. Rosa looks for her and finds both Brie and her twin Nikki, Hornswoggle also pops out. After a quick kiss from the twins, Horny chases after Rosa, as Beth and Maryse look under the ring and get a face full of smoke. Santina tags in, and rolls up Jillian for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Santina Marella, Kelly Kelly, Mickie James, and Brie Bella

After the match, Hornswoggle gets a bird’s eye view up Santina’s skirt. He passes out, recovers, and runs away.

Match #3 – Matt Hardy vs. Goldust

Matt is sporting a broken hand after last night’s match with his brother. Matt talks about last night, calling his brother insensitive and heartless. Matt goes on to say he isn’t a quitter, although he did last night. Matt whines that he is being forced to wrestle, and he does so under protest.

Matt dances away from the Golden One, and uses the ropes for cover. He ducks out of the ring, Goldust swipes at him through the ropes. The ref reprimands Goldust. Matt slips back into the ring, and using the cast knocks out Goldust. Matt covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Matt Hardy

Match #4 – Randy Orton vs. MVP – Non-title match

Orton and MVP lock up. The champ forces MVP into the corner, and we have a clean break. Orton slaps on a headlock; MVP reverses into a wrist lock. Orton reverses an armbar into a fireman’s carry. MVP locks in another armbar. A knee from Orton breaks the hold. MVP fires back with punches and knees to the gut. Porter drops a knee in the abdomen. Orton connects with an uppercut in the corner. Twice. MVP counters a corner charge with another armbar. Orton breaks the hold in the corner, but MVP ducks another move and drop Orton into the turnbuckle. Orton get a taste of his own medicine, as MVP kicks him in the head, spilling the champ to the floor.

After the break, Orton is back in control with a face lock. Orton picks up MVP and connects with a backbreaker. Orton only gets two, and goes back to the facelock. MVP counters with a suplex, but both men are down. Porter and Orton trade blows, but MVP then runs into an elbow. Orton shoots off the ropes, but MVP tosses him across the ring. MVP knees Orton in the face, and then drops the “Ballin’ elbow”. Orton kicks out at two. MVP ducks a kick in the corner, and then sends MVP to the floor. Shane McMahon comes from the crowd with a kendo stick, and goes to work on Orton. Shane climbs the turnbuckle, and drops a flying elbow. Legacy arrives too late, as Shane escapes to the top of the arena to stare down Legacy.

Winner via DQ: Randy Orton

The Miz comes to the ring, calling himself the most valuable draft pick in WWE. He calls himself a TV Icon, the face of MTV. The Miz is here to take down the baddest man on RAW, John Cena. He issues the challenge, and then calls for a ref.

Match #5 – The Miz vs. John Cena

Well, since John Cena was slammed into a searchlight last night, I don’t think he will make it. Then the music hits, but no Cena. The Miz continues to call out Cena. The Miz says he can’t see him, because his movies aren’t in theaters long enough. The Miz is tired of seeing the same superstars in the main events. (He does have a point there.) He then claims a victory by forfeit.

Winner via forfeit: The Miz (Unofficially)

Match #6 – Primo and Carlito Colon vs. Jamie Noble and Chavo Guerrero

Carlito counters a neck breaker from Noble with the Backstabber, and the Colons pick up the win.

Winner via pinfall: Carlito and Primo

Josh Matthews catches up with Batista. He wants to know if Batista feels responsible for HHH losing the belt. Batista vows to win the number one contender spot, and then he will hurt Orton. Just like Orton hurt the McMahons. The Animal will also take his title in the process.

I guess Vicki wanted to get booed again, since she comes out on stage. She has an announcement, but first we get see Orton destroying the McMahons again. The General Manager announces next week main event will be Randy Orton versus Shane McMahon.

Match #7 – Batista vs. The Big Show – Number One Contender Match

Batista and Show lock up, and then break. Batista lays into Show, and then tries for an early Batista Bomb. Show fights him off and we go to break.

We return from break with Show delivering body blows to Batista. The Animal fights back, deliver a shoulder charge in the corner. Show just knocks him to the mat with a clubbing blow over the back. Show then tries to wrap Batista around the ring post. The Animal fights out of the corner, only to be cut down with a body shot. Show delivers an elbow drop to the back and then slaps on a chin lock. After a kidney punch, Show slaps on a bear hug. Batista breaks the hold, and Show runs into a boot. Batista delivers two clotheslines, and then ducks one from Show. The Animal connects with a spine buster, but then walks into a choke slam. Batista rolls from the ring. The crowd goes nuts, as John Cena staggers out on stage. Show walk halfway up the ramp to stare down Cena, realizes he is going to get counted out, and tries to run back. Show dives under the ropes, but it is too late. Show is counted out. Batista delivers a spear for good measure.

Winner via count out: Batista

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale would like to challenge The Miz as being the face of MTV. That is some revisionist history from where he sits. Follow Dale on Twitter @DPlummer627