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RAW: Batista hurt, Vicki quits, Triple H returns
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


In case you missed last night’s Pay-per-View, I’m sure Monday Night RAW will recap all the happenings as the show airs from Lafayette, Louisiana. Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler call the action as always, and I’m ready with the DVR remote at my side.

The new WWE champion Batista kicks off the show, but the real question is how long will The Animal keep the title with his reported injury. Batista addresses the crowd, and then thanks a certain 16-time champ. Randy Orton has heard enough, and walks out on stage. Orton attacks, allowing Legacy to slip in from behind. The Animal fights them off, even setting Orton up for the Batista Bomb. DiBiase cuts him off with a chair shot, and then is held down as Orton stomps away at Batista’s arm as it is locked in a chair. Orton goes to town on Batista’s arm to really sell writing Batista out with an injury. Orton and Legacy slink out of the ring, with the belt, as trainers rush to Batista’s side.

After the commercial, Batista is being helped through the back to a waiting ambulance. Lawler and Cole sell the injury some more.

Match #1 – Kofi Kingston vs. William Regal

Regal believes a Jamaican shouldn’t be the US champion. Kingston can’t get the sunset flip over, and Regal takes advantage. Regal hits a knee to the gut, but runs into a boot in the corner. Kingston hits the double leg drop, but couldn’t get the pin. Kofi sidesteps a charge and then catches Regal with the Trouble in Paradise. Kofi covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston

Josh Matthews tries to get an interview with Orton. All Orton has to say is that Batista is down, so he will invoke his rematch clause, and if Batista doesn’t show, he wins his title back. Orton tells Matthews to talk to the GM, and he will find out Orton is right.

Match #2 – Kelly Kelly vs. Maryse – Diva’s Championship Match

Mickie James joins the announce team to watch the match. Maryse pulls Kelly off the top rope, and hits a DDT. Maryse covers with a wrap up pin, and retains her belt.

Winner via pinfall: Maryse

Mickie James gives Maryse the sarcastic clap, but does get involved when Maryse tries to humiliate Kelly by slapping her around.

Josh Matthews asks General Manager Vicki Guerrero if it is true that Randy Orton is cashing in his rematch clause. Vicki says it is true, and if Batista can’t answer the bell Orton will win the title by forfeit. Vicki then says she has a huge announcement tonight.

The Miz tries to hit on Maryse. FAIL! Maryse tells Miz he has no shot until she sees him beat John Cena.

Match #3 – Santino Marella, Festus, and Goldust vs. The Brian Kendrick, Chavo Guerrero, and Jamie Noble

I’m shocked to see that Noble still has a job, although I guess he is happy just to be tossed into this cluster of a six man tag. Santino gets the pin on Noble with a roll-up after Hornswoggle hit Noble.

Winner via pinfall: Santino Marella, Festus, and Goldust

Match #4 – The Miz vs. John Cena

The Miz runs his mouth pre-match. Miz says Cena has no excuse tonight.

The Big Show hits the ring before the match starts. One kick from Cena sends The Miz to the floor. Cena picks up Show for the Attitude Adjustment, but Show elbows out and hits Cena with a choke slam. Show then locks in the camel clutch. The Miz attacks Show with a chair, teeing off four times on the Giant. The Miz then turns his attention to Cena, who is already out. Miz nails Cena with the chair, but ducks out of the ring when Show gets back to his feet.

No Contest

MVP comes to the ring and says he deserves to be in the mix for the WWE title, and he will prove it by beating Matt Hardy.

Match #5 – MVP vs. Matt Hardy

Hardy chokes MVP on the ropes, and then drives MVP into the ropes. Hardy then slaps on a front face lock. MVP breaks the hold. MVP unloads with fists, and then a face buster. MVP connects with the Ballin’ elbow, but Hardy kicks out. Hardy nails an inverted DDT, and then mounts MVP in the corner. MVP slips out, and drives mat into the turnbuckle. MVP hits the Playmaker, and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: MVP

Vicki Guerrero walks to the ring to make her announcement. Vicki addresses the fact that she knows the fans are upset that she has granted Orton a rematch, but she doesn’t care. She is upset about getting covered in slop from the hog pen match, and having everyone laughing at her. I know there is a point to this; I wish she would get to it. The match is on, and then Vicki announces she is quitting RAW. Vicki’s husband Edge makes his way to the ring.

Edge has come out to apologize, but since Vicki has quit as GM, he doesn’t need her anymore. Edge comes clean that he only married her for her power, and since she quit, she is worthless to him. Edge calls her a she-beast, and officially announces he wants a divorce. Vicki is left to screech in the ring, alone.

Josh Matthews is putting in the overtime as Cena tells him he thought his problem with the Big Show were over, so Cena says they will settle it. As for The Miz, a small part of Cena respects Miz for picking a fight, but there is always someone there to do the dirty work. In the near future Cena will settle with Miz.

Match #5 – Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase vs. Carlito and Primo

The match has already started as we come back from the commercial break. Rhodes connects with a kick to the gut of Primo. Carlito gets the tag, and unloads on Rhodes. Carlito springboards over Rhodes, lands on his feet and hits a standing drop kick. DiBiase distracts Carlito, allowing Rhodes to plant the champion. DiBiase tags in, dropping a fist repeatedly on Carlito and then hitting a drop kick. DiBiase slaps on a chinlock, and then counters a hip toss. Primo is knocked off the apron, as Rhodes tags in. Carlito is slammed to the mat. Dibiase tags back in, hitting a side Russian leg sweep, and then cuts off Carlito from making a tag. Carlito fights back, but DiBiase isolates Carlito in the heel corner. Rhodes slaps on another chin lock. Carlito fights out, and Primo gets the hot tag. Primo connects with a drop kick and then hits a flying body press. Primo kicks out of a quick roll up. Rhodes hits Primo with a cheap shot, allowing DiBiase to hit the Dream Street. DiBiase gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes

Orton joins the rest of Legacy in the ring, pointing out that Rhodes and DiBiase will now get a title shot at the Colons. Orton recaps the attack on Batista and the reiterates Vicki’s words from earlier. If Batista doesn’t show, he wins the belt by forfeit.

Match #6 – Batista vs. Randy Orton – WWE Title Match

Orton stands in the ring as Batista is announced. After a minute The Animal’s music hits, but Batista doesn’t show. Orton demands the bell be rung, and the ref starts the ten count. An ambulance is shown backing up to the arena, so the ref stops the count. Triple H emerges from the ambulance with sledgehammer in hand. Legacy grabs chairs for protection. Rhodes takes point, rushing out to HHH. Rhodes goes down fast, and DiBiase follows with the same result. Hunter tosses the sledgehammer aside and climbs into the ring with Orton. Hunter pummels Orton in the corner, and then chases him to the outside. HHH slams Orton into the announce table. Orton blocks a shot with a monitor, and then tries to escape through the crowd. HHH catches him, continuing the beating. Hunter drags Orton back to the ring, but Orton grabs a chair. Hunter cuts him off with a spine buster, and then grabs the chair. Hunter dissects Orton with the chair, finally driving the chair into Orton’s shoulder. Triple H taunts Orton as the crowd chants, “PED-I-GREE.” Hunter picks Orton up and drives him into the chair with a pedigree. Hunter poses over Orton in the ring as the show goes to black.

No Contest

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