Raw: Dubious guest host makes Orton run "The Gauntlet"
DALE PLUMMER - SLAM! Wrestling
If you missed last week’s show, you missed the Donald Trump Era... and you didn’t miss much, although the commercial-free show was kind of nice. Vince is back in charge, and there is still no General Manager. Oh, and there was a pay-per-view last night, so look forward to some Bash rematches.
Mr. McMahon kicks off the show (surprise, surprise) from San Jose, California. Vince talks about the good things Trump did, like commercial-free shows and refunding tickets. Vince says he needs commercials, and though he could refund everyone’s money, he won’t. Vince then announces Trump made a 15-Superstar deal between the three brands, and the guest hosts idea also stands. Tonight’s guest host is Dave Batista. (Um, how can he be a “Guest” host if he is on the show? I don’t care if he’s hurt or not.)
Big Dave hits the ring and says we are going to have some fun tonight. First there will be a tournament to see who will face Orton at Night of Champions. It was only a matter of time - Orton crashes the spotlight with Legacy in tow. Orton wants to know what is stopping him from taking Dave apart. Batista says it is the fact that he could fire all three of them. Batista has unlimited power, so he can make Orton’s life a nightmare. Orton cries. Batista mocks him and then tells Orton he will face three of the new RAW Superstars in a gauntlet match.
Match #1 – Triple H vs. MVP – Night of Champions Tournament Match
MVP targets Triple H’s injuries from the night before and then pummels him in the corner. MVP continues to focus on the injured leg. Hunter responds with rights, but MVP hits the leg, and then locks in a figure four. MVP keeps it locked in, almost getting a pin. HHH punches his way out and blocks another figure four. Hunter goes for the Pedigree, but MVP targets the leg and HHH hits the mat. MVP connects on the Ballin’ elbow, but Hunter kicks out at two. Hunter kicks MVP in the gut, but MVP counters the Pedigree with a back body drop. MVP catches Hunter with a boot in the temple. MVP goes for the Playmaker, but Hunter counters into a Pedigree. HHH covers for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Triple H
Match #2 – Edge and Chris Jericho vs. Carlito and Primo Colon – Unified Tag Team Championship Match
Edge and Jericho as a tag team? Interesting.
Edge takes a jab at Primo from the apron, but it’s not enough to distract Primo, who sends Jericho over the ropes onto his partner.
After the break, Edge is working over Primo, whipping him hard into the corner. Jericho gets the tag and goes for the running bulldog. Primo counters and is able to tag his brother. Carlito connects with a missile drop kick and a neckbreaker. Jericho misses the Lionsault and Carlito connects with a springboard moonsault. Jericho goes for the Walls, but instead catapults Carlito into the corner. Carlito hits Edge and then springboards off the ropes into a cross body. Jericho kicks out at two. Edge gets the tag, but Primo saves his brother from a spear. Edge goes after Primo, allowing Carlito to hit the Backstabber. Jericho breaks the pin. Primo and Jericho fight outside the ring. Carlito hits a knee lift and looks for a move off the ropes, but Primo accidently pulls them down. Edge takes advantage, hitting the spear and getting the win.
Winner via pinfall: Edge and Chris Jericho
After the match, Carlito and Primo argue in the ring.
Batista drops in on Orton just to let him know that if Legacy gets involved in his match, all three of them are fired.
Match #3 – John Cena vs. The Miz – Night of Champions Tournament Match
(Does anyone else find it sad that of all the people that have been on The Real World, The Miz is the most successful?)
I have already penciled Cena in as the winner here, so I’m surprised this match has warranted a commercial break. We return to find Cena in a sleeper. Cena powers out, but is clotheslined to the mat. The Miz hits a running clothesline in the corner and then climbs to the top. Cena cuts him off, trying to set up the Attitude Adjustment. Miz counters into an electric chair, forcing Cena to kick out. Miz boots Cena in the head but can’t get the pin. Miz shoots off the ropes, and though Cena drops him with a toe hold, Miz blocks the STF. Miz locks in a sleeper. Cena gets back to his feet and slams Miz into the turnbuckle. Cena hits a sidewalk slam, and follows with the Five-Knuckle Shuffle and the Throwback. Cena climbs the turnbuckle, connecting with a leg drop to the back of the head. Cena locks in the STF and Miz taps.
Winner via submission: John Cena
Legacy tries to pump up Orton for the match and DiBiase says next week his Dad will be the guest host. Orton wants to know how that helps him tonight.
Match #4 – Kelly Kelly vs. Mickie James vs. Beth Phoenix vs. Rosa Mendes – Number One Contender Fatal Four-way match
Maryse joins Cole and King at the announce table. Mickie hits the impaler DDT on Rosa, getting the pin. Mickie immediately sets her sites on Maryse, signaling her to bring it on. Maryse wants no part of Mickie.
Winner via pinfall: Mickie James
Match #5 – The Big Show vs. Kofi Kingston
Poor Kofi starts with kicks to the legs, only to be taken down by a clothesline. Show follows with a headbutt and then steps on his chest. Kofi rolls away from an elbow drop and is able to land a kick to the jaw. Show whips Kofi into the corner, but Kofi lands a kick and then hits a dropkick off the top turnbuckle. Kofi lands a double leg drop, but Show kicks out. Kofi leaps onto Show but is tossed to the floor. Show picks up Kofi, but Kingston slips out and pushes Show into the ringpost. Kofi can’t get back in the ring, and the ref calls for a double count out.
Double count out
Match #6 – Randy Orton vs. Evan Bourne – Gauntlet Match
Orton greets Bourne with a kick. Bourne runs into an elbow in the corner, but responds with a spinning heel kick. Orton connects with an uppercut and then stomps on Bourne. Orton is tripped, and Bourne hits a standing moonsault. Bourne follows with a low dropkick. Bourne climbs to the top and lands on Orton’s shoulders, driving him to the mat. Bourne goes back up top, but Orton crotches him on the ropes and follows with the RKO. Orton gets the pin.
Randy Orton vs. Jack Swagger
Swagger picks up Orton and slams him to the mat. Swagger then waits on the apron outside the ring, and the ref starts to count. Swagger gets himself counted out. Swagger tells Orton he wanted to leave a lasting impression on him.
Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry
(Run Randy, run! All this guy does is injure people!)
Henry tells Orton he has respect for him and wants to make an impression. Henry and Orton lock up, and the champ is sent to the mat. Henry then steps out of the ring, and the ref is forced to start the count. Except Henry grabs the ref’s hand and then re-enters the ring. Orton gets on his knees and pleads for mercy. Henry grabs him by the throat and tosses him across the ring. Orton is then beat down in the corner, and Henry follows with a splash. Orton breaks free, but is taken down with a headbutt. Henry blocks on RKO and catches Orton coming off the ropes. Henry slams him to the mat, and covers for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Mark Henry
Batista looks out from the stage, looking pleased with the results.
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Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003 Follow Dale on Twitter @DPlummer627.