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Raw: This show is Money
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


It’s only appropriate that the host of Monday Night Raw from Las Vegas is Floyd “Money” Mayweather. You may remember him from Wrestlemania a few years ago, I wonder if Big Show remembers. Anyway, he has fought so many times in this city, I’ll go as far to give him home field advantage. That is if he can even get a fight in on tonight’s show, which I guess will be filled with SummerSlam rematches.

Randy Orton addresses the ending of his match last night with Legacy at his side. It turns out that Ted DiBiase’s brother, Brett, is the one who interfered in the championship match. Orton tells us that it was not planned and is very upset. Brett apologizes, and Cody points out that Randy would have won the match anyway. (Um, no.)

Mayweather doesn’t kick off the show, though, Mr. McMahon does. Vince also addresses the WWE championship match, saying that the decision is final, and Orton is still champion. But, Vince does take care of the controversy by announcing the Main Event at Breaking Point. Randy Orton will face John Cena in an “I Quit!” match; Vince adds that if anyone interferes in the match on Orton’s behalf he will be stripped of the title.

Before Vince can sign off, DX hits the ring. Hunter tells Vince he doesn’t like this “good guy” role Vince is playing; it’s creepy. Shawn lets everyone know that it is Vince’s birthday. DX gives Vince a birthday tribute that only that they could provide (cut to Vince singing at the Slammys and every other embarrassing moment over the years). Hunter does have some good presents though, a giant cake, showgirls, Cirque de Soleil performers, an Elvis impersonator, and a stripper. (Although the stripper was Big Dick Johnson.) Vince says he has had enough, but Hunter and Shawn tell him they have one more thing.

The next surprise is ruined when Legacy attacks. Shawn clears the ring with a chair, as Orton walks out on stage. Hunter grabs a microphone and says since Mayweather isn’t in the building, he is making a match. Legacy and Randy Orton will take on DX and Vince McMahon tonight. Vince adds the match will be No Disqualification.

Match #1 – The Miz vs. Santino Marella

Santino blocks and then reverses a hip toss. The Miz recovers and kicks Santino in the head and then whips him into the corner. Santino dodges the charge, chops Miz to the mat, but misses and elbow drop. The Miz drives Santino face first into the mat and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: The Miz

After the match, The Miz says he is one step closer to the U.S. Title.

Match #2 – Rosa Mendes, Beth Phoenix, and Alicia Fox vs. Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, and Gail Kim – Mayweather Melee Match

All the Divas are dressed into boxing gear for this match. Fox connects with a scissors kick to the back of Mickie’s neck and covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Rosa Mendes, Beth Phoenix, and Alicia Fox

Shawn is concerned with teaming with Vince tonight, but Hunter would rather plug the Rise and Fall of WCW DVD and their new shirts. Hunter tells Shawn he has a plan in the works to really get Mr. McMahon angry. We cut to Vince’s office where Jillian Hall does her best Marilyn Monroe impression. Vince yells at her to get out.

Big Show is still fuming over his loss to Mayweather and Wrestlemania 24, and won’t leave the ring until Mayweather shows up. We see Floyd with his crew walking through the back, before we go to commercial.

After the break, Lillian introduces Floyd Mayweather to the ring. Mayweather’s crew is pimping his upcoming fight. (Follow my fellow colleague @Nick_Tylwalk on Twitter for more information.) Floyd gets in the ring, by himself, and is not intimidated. He tells Show he will do the same thing tonight that he did to him at Wrestlemania, but he has an upcoming fight.

Jericho tells Mayweather he doesn’t think he is a very good fighter. Before anything can happen MVP calls a time-out. Porter runs down the tag team champs, calling them Beauty and the Beast. MVP finally tells Jericho to shut up! MVP concludes that if they lose the titles, they have to go back to Smackdown. Show wants to know who is going to beat them. MVP wants a match to earn a title shot if he finds a partner. Mayweather says the match will be tonight, and MVP introduces his partner, Mark Henry.

Match #3 – Chris Jericho and The Big Show vs. MVP and Mark Henry

We join the match in progress, and MVP has Jericho pinned. Jericho kicks out, and tags in Show. MVP is slammed to the mat, twice. MVP shoots off the ropes and right into a big boot from Show. MVP then finds himself in a full nelson. Jericho tags in and distracts the ref, so Show can get in a cheap shot. Jericho prevents MVP from making the tag, and then tosses him from the ring. Jericho and MVP take each other out with clothesline and we go to commercial.

We return from break as MVP breaks free from Jericho and gets a two count with a rollup. Show head butts MVP from the apron. Jericho miss the Lionsault, allowing MVP to get the tag. Henry knocks Jericho to the mat. Jericho goes for the Codebreaker and Henry counters into the World’s Strongest Slam, but Jericho counters into a DDT. MVP tags back in, hitting the Ballin’ Elbow. Jericho kicks out at two, and hits an enziguri. Henry runs across the ring, knocking Show to the floor. With the ref distracted, Mayweather slips MVP brass knuckles. MVP decks Jericho, knocking him out, and then covers for the win.

Winner: MVP and Mark Henry

Big Show carries Jericho to the back.

Legacy discusses DX and Rhodes thinks the no DQ stipulation plays into their hands. Orton says he will finish Mr. McMahon tonight.

Match #4 – Hornswoggle vs. Chavo Guerrero – Boxing Exhibition

I’m about done with this. Before the bell, the ref gets Chavo a pair of oversized novelty boxing gloves. Chavo over-swings and goes to one knee, allowing Hornswoggle to land a right. Chavo ditches the gloves and slams Hornswoggle to the mat, getting himself disqualified.

Winner via DQ: Hornswoggle

Chavo climbs the turnbuckle looking for the frog splash, when Evan Bourne makes the save. Bourne hits the shooting star press to teach Chavo a lesson.

Vince is sparring with Mayweather when Carlito interrupts and wants to know why he isn’t on the show. DX shows up and Hunter makes a crack about getting busy with Vince’s daughter. Vince throws a strong punch that unfortunately connects with Carlito, knocking him out.

Match #5 – DX and Vince McMahon vs. Legacy and Randy Orton – No Disqualification Match

With Legacy outside the ring, Shawn is back dropped onto all three men. Cody is tossed into the ring, and Vince makes a quick tag to HBK. Rhodes is tosses out of the ring, landing on DiBiase and Orton. The bell has yet to ring as we go to commercial.

The match is in full swing as we return. Hunter connects with a DDT on DiBiase, but it also takes a lot out of HHH. HBK gets the tag, hitting an inverted atomic drop and then chops Ted to the floor. Michaels knocks Orton and Rhodes off the apron, and climbs the turnbuckle. HBK drives the elbow into the chest of DiBiase, but Rhodes runs in and hits a bulldog. Orton tags in and stomps away at HBK. Orton drops a knee to the back of the head of Michaels. Rhodes tags in, and pulls HBK into the heel corner. DiBiase hold Michaels as Orton lands a punch to the gut. Orton drops the knee and covers. HBK kicks out at two. Orton slaps on a sleeper, and HBK is fading fast. HBK counters with a back suplex to break free. Rhodes gets the tag, and knocks Hunter and Vince to the floor. Hunter quickly recovers and gets the tag, hitting Rhodes with a high knee and a spinebuster. Hunter nails the Pedigree and Vince wants in. Hunter takes care of DiBiase, but Orton is able to break the pin. Orton looks for the punt, but HBK makes the save with a flying forearm. Orton is heading to the back, but is cut off by John Cena. Orton is forced back into the ring, and Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment. Vince covers and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: DX and Vince McMahon

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale is hoping SLAM! Wrestling reimburses gambling losses from Vegas.