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RAW: Batista takes out Legacy
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Another Monday Night, another Crosby-Ovechkin matchup, and I’m covering RAW for all of Canada. (At least that’s what I tell myself.) Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler call the action from Columbus, Ohio, the final RAW stop before Judgment Day.

Randy Orton and Legacy address the audience from the stage. The champ calls everyone in attendance cowards for never fighting back, and that is why they pay to watch him. Orton then calls out Batista from the ring, but there is now a no contact rule between the two. Orton just wants to talk.

The Animal comes to the ring, and Orton makes him an offer. Batista is invited to join Legacy, a spot normally reserved for only second or third generation superstars. Orton says they can be the biggest faction ever. Batista can be Arn Anderson to Orton’s Ric Flair. (Yes, Orton just said that.) Batista says there is only one problem, he loathes Orton. The Animal turns Orton’s offer down; he is here, not to help, but to hurt. Batista gambles that Vicki Guerrero will not call off the main event if he attacks Orton, but he doesn’t get a chance to see that wager pay off, as the GM interrupts. She stops an altercation, and then books Batista in a match versus DiBiase and Rhodes. If Batista wins he gets Orton, tonight. If Legacy wins, all three get a shot at Batista. Orton is ordered from the ring, as this match is next.

Match #1 – Ted Dibiase and Cody Rhodes vs. Batista

We return from break and find the match in progress. Batista suplexes Rhodes in the middle ring. Rhodes floats over the top, and connects with a chop block. Dibiase makes the tag, keeping the Animal grounded. Batista battles out of the corner, clotheslining Rhodes, and then connects with a back body drop. Dibiase is booted off the apron, and Cody rolls out of the ring. With the ref and Batista distracted, Rhodes brings a chair into the ring. Rhodes is disarmed, and Batista decides the swing for the fences. Rhodes ducks the shot, but the ref sees it and Batista is disqualified.

Winner via DQ: Ted Dibiase and Cody Rhodes

The Diva’s champion is in the ring, starting off by addressing the crowd in French.

Match #2 – Mickie James and Kelly Kelly vs. Maryse and Jillian Hall

Mickie James blocks a DDT from Maryse and then delivers on of her own to get the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Mickie James and Kelly Kelly

Josh Matthews is backstage with Randy Orton. Matthews wants his thoughts, when Ted interrupts saying Cody is missing. Orton shoves the camera aside, and the two go looking for him.

After another commercial, Chavo sucks up to his aunt, and then wants to discuss John Cena. He suggests that Cena should be forced to compete is an “exhibition” match, to prove he will be okay for Sunday. Vicki can stop the match at anytime, when she is convinced Cena is ready. So, Cena will take on The Miz, tonight in an “exhibition” match.

Michael Cole and Lawler are in the ring to pimp Judgment Day. It feels like a telethon. Send your money now, WE CAN DO IT!

Ted and Orton split up to find Cody. Orton finds Rhodes in perfect health, but unfortunately Ted cannot say the same thing. In the ten seconds Orton was away, someone laid out Dibiase.

Match #3 – Carlito vs. The Brian Kendrick

Carlito lays out Kendrick with a drop kick. Kendrick finds safety under the ropes, and then takes a cheap shot Carlito. Kendrick is caught coming off the ropes, and Carlito takes advantage. Kendrick rips Carlito off the ropes by the hair, and then tosses him into the ring post. Kendrick rolls up Carlito with a school boy, and gets the win by grabbing the tights.

Winner via count out: The Brian Kendrick

After the match, The Brian Kendrick announces he is looking for a tag team partner, so they can become THE tag team champions.

Match #4 – The Miz vs. John Cena – Exhibition Match

The Big Show walks down and literally takes a seat on the announce table. The Miz comes out and runs his mouth, which may not be a good idea.

Cena takes down the Miz, riding him into the mat. Cena then uses and headlock take down, all the while keeping an eye on Show. The Miz hits a suplex, and then beats down Cena in the corner. Miz follows with a clothesline, and then whips Cena in the corner. Miz misses a charge, and Cena takes charge with a shoulder block. The five knuckle shuffle connects, and Vicki appears on the Titantron to stop the match. She says Cena has no chance at beating The Big Show. The Miz ignores Vicki, hitting Cena with a DDT.

Rhodes tells Orton that they have to go after Batista. Orton tells Rhodes it is time to prove himself by finding Batista and taking him out.

Vicki and Chavo are joined by Santina Marella. Vicki wants to know if she insulted her last week. Santina says it was her brother. Vicki calls in Beth Phoenix and Rosa Mendes. Vicki wants Rosa to give Santina a good luck kiss. Rosa pecks Santina on the cheek. Santina responds with a smooch. Chavo wants her to give up the charade, and Santina comes clean, she is a lesbian. Santina then makes a pig joke.

Rhodes is searching the arena for Batista, pipe in hand. Instead, he finds Hornswoggle, who runs off screaming, and covering Batista’s approach from the back. Batista tosses him into a utility room to beat on him.

Match #5 – Beth Phoenix w/ Rosa Mendes vs. Santina Marella

The crows is really behind Santina. Beth beats on Santina, clotheslining her out of the ring and to the floor. Phoenix lifts Santina over her head, and then tosses her back into the ring. Phoenix locks in a full nelson, Santina breaks free. Beth roughs up Santina, but is quickly rolled up by Santina and Phoenix is pinned.

Winner via pinfall: Santina

Josh Matthews gets a word in with John Cena, who says he is hurting and been going through some hard times. Cena says he needs to adapt and overcome. He isn’t going to compete, he’s going to win at Judgment Day.

MVP is in the ring to host his first VIP Lounge on Monday Night RAW. MVP calls out William Regal for getting involved in his business. Regal is upset that MVP is acting like he owns RAW and jumped him in the pecking order. MVP calls Regal boring, and being U.S. Champion he isn’t waiting his turn. Matt Hardy (with cast) arrives on the scene, and he has something to say. He whines about his broken hand, and how he is being ignored. Hardy wants a shot at the U.S. Title, after he is healed. Kofi Kingston slips in and attacks Hardy, and the fight spills to the outside. Chavo walks out on stage with orders from the GM, MVP and Kofi with take on Regal and Hardy, right now.

Match #6 – MVP and Kofi Kingston vs. William Regal and Matt Hardy

MVP tees off on Regal in the corner, and tags in his partner. Kofi connects with a cross body block off the turnbuckle. Kingston then knocks Matt from the apron, and hits the dual leg drop on Regal. Kofi mounts Regal in the corner, and gets drilled in the back by Hardy’s cast. Hardy tags in, and locks in an abdominal stretch. Regal tags back in, kicking Kofi in the ribs. Regal then rolls through a sunset flip, but Kofi is able to make the tag. MVP lays out Regal with a thrust to the throat, and then hits the ballin’ elbow. Matt hardy breaks pin, but MVP kicks Hardy in the cast. Matt runs off to the back. MVP connects with the Playmaker, and MVP gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: MVP and Kofi Kingston

Match #7 – Randy Orton vs. Batista

With the rest of Legacy out of commission, Orton tries to weasel his way out of the match. Batista promptly cuts him off, and heads to the ring.

Batista cuts off an RKO with a clothesline, and Orton tries to run off. A spinebuster keeps Orton in the ring, and Batista goes for some hardware. Batista go to town with a chair and gets disqualified. The Animal doesn’t care, and smashes Orton’s ankle. Batista tears apart the ring steps, bring them into the ring. The ref clears out of the ring, as Batista picks up the steps. Cody Rhodes runs in to protect Orton, but gets a Batista Bomb. Dibiase attacks from behind, but the Animal is able to block an RKO from Orton. The champ slithers out of the ring, as DiBiase is speared. Batista tosses the ring steps at Orton, who barely avoids them. Batista stands tall in the ring as the show goes to black.

Winner via DQ: Randy Orton

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Follow Dale on Twitter @DPlummer627