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RAW: Superstars take revenge on Big Show
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


John Cena seems to be in disbelief that he's still on RAW. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea


Oh boy! WWE got me this time. I thought for sure we saw the last of John Cena on Monday Night RAW. There was no way creative would drop the championship of Orton just weeks after Cena lost it. And then the way Cena ended his match with Triple H last week; Cena was for sure headed to Smackdown! I was wrong. John Cena is still on RAW and is holding the hardware. (Oh, and Smackdown! won Bragging Rights. YAAAAWWWNNN!)

Jericho (carrying the Bragging Rights trophy) and Big Show kick off the show from Buffalo, New York. Show says he is still a proud member of RAW, even though his actions last night showed otherwise. Jericho cuts him off, because Show doesn’t need to explain himself. Show is loyal to his tag team and not RAW. Show has something he needs to tell Jericho, though. Jericho jumps in first, and congratulates Show on stopping DX. Show can’t get a word in edgewise. Show says he did what he did, he did for his career. Show struck a deal with Teddy Long and since Smackdown won Show has a shot at The Undertaker. The tag team champs argue among themselves, as we cut to tonight’s guest hosts.

NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch and Joey Lagano are doing donuts in their race cars in the parking lot, before driving into the arena. The two are escorted to the ring by the Bella Twins. (I guess that’s why they are on RAW now, to be permanent arm candy for the RAW guest hosts.)

Busch seems to agree with what Show did last night, shaking hands with him and congratulates him. Lagano isn’t impressed, and thinks Show left his team hanging. Busch is playing the heel tonight, running down the Bills and Terrell Owens. Lagano says he is making the matches. Show has to take on Triple H, the man he suckered punched last night. Jericho shows of his trophy. (The Stanley Cup it ain’t.) Busch then informs Jericho he will be taking on Kofi Johnson…er…Kingston. (Stick to the racing there Kyle.)


Chris Jericho yaps with the Breaking Point trophy. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea
Match #1 – Chris Jericho vs. Kofi Kingston

Jericho shoves his way out of the corner, and then beats on Kingston in the corner. Kingston connects with a standing drop kick, and covers for a two count. Jericho kicks Kofi in the ribs, and then in the head. He follows with a headlock. Kofi breaks free, only to get knocked down with a shoulder block. Kofi fights back, sending Jericho to the floor, and then flies over the top rope into him. Back in the ring, Jericho kicks Kofi off the apron, and we go to commercial.

After the break, Jericho has a chin lock applied. Kofi nearly scores a pin with a roll up, but Jericho kicks out and then hits a clothesline. Kofi counters a clothesline, shoving Jericho into the corner. Kofi unleashes the controlled frenzy, and hits the Boom drop. Jericho quickly gets to his feet, but can’t get the Walls of Jericho on. Kofi kicks Jericho in the face, but is cut off on the top turnbuckle. Kofi fights free, slams Jericho to the mat, and connects on a cross body. Jericho rolls though, and nearly gets the pin. Kofi goes for Trouble in Paradise, but Jericho blocks it and counters into the Walls. Kofi fights him off, but then walks right into a Code Breaker. Jericho takes a while to cover, though. Kofi gets his foot on the rope to break the fall. Jericho thinks he has won, and walks right into Trouble. Kofi covers and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston

Kofi is backing up the ramp, waving to fans, when Randy Orton attacks him from behind. Kingston is tossed off the stage.

Josh Matthews tries to get a word with Randy Orton, who says Kofi got justice for interfering in his match. Cody tells Matthews to beat it, and then presents Orton with a custom paint job on a race car. Orton is impressed that Legacy bought him a car, with his image painted on it. Rhodes says they have another surprise tonight, and it involves John Cena.

Lagano and Busch talk with Eve about their upcoming race, when Jack Swagger walks in. Swagger builds himself up, but the boys want him to cut to the chase. Swagger wants a title match with John Cena. Lagano says they are going to pick John Cena’s next opponent tonight, and it will be memorable. Swagger is distracted by Eve, and starts hitting on her. The Miz steps in with his belt, and says he deserves the WWE title match, because he actually won last night. Miz also hits on Eve, and she is disgusted.

Melina is walking through the back with Santino.

Match #2 – Melina and Santino vs. Jillian Hall and Chavo Guerrero – Mixed Tag Team Match

Chavo slaps Santino, who responds with a fist and a back elbow. Chavo rolls away from a fist drop, and beats Santino down in the corner. Santino fights back with fists, and Chavo tags in Jillian. Melina has to come in, and is greeted with a clothesline. Hornswoggle crawls out from the ring, and jumps on the apron. Melina hits her leg drop and covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Melina and Santino

Hornswoggle celebrates with Melina and Santino in his DX gear. Horny has a letter, which the King takes a look at. It is a cease and desist order from DX for Horny to stop dressing up as them.

John Cena is introduced, but Legacy cuts off the intro and heads to the ring. Cody says Cena is not here, but Legacy is. Ted Dibiase says they will bring back the title at Survivor Series, and they are challenging Cena. They want Cena to man up and accept it.

The champ’s music hits, and Cena walks out on stage. Cena has a look of intensity on his face. Cena says he won’t brag about last night, it was the best facing off in one final showdown. Cena takes a verbal shot at Legacy being boring. Cody says they aren’t Randy. Cena says they are right; they have a lot to learn. Cena says enough with Orton and Legacy, as he earned the right to say, “No more!” (Amen to that, brother.) Cena says if they want a title shot, they’re going to have to work for it. They haven’t earned it, yet. Cena tells Legacy they have match, with MVP and Mark Henry.

Match #3 – Mark Henry and MVP vs. Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes

Rhodes works over MVP with fists, and then slaps on a modified chin lock. MVP breaks free and connects with a clothesline. Mark Henry gets the tag, head butting Rhodes, and then picking him up by the throat. With the ref distracting, DiBiase runs in with a chop block to Henry. Cody lands on top, and gets a two count. MVP blocks a cheap shot, but it distracts the ref enough to let DiBiase and Rhodes connect on a double drop kick. MVP gets the tag, and tosses DiBiase all over the ring. After a knee to the face, MVP hits the Ballin’ Elbow. MVP goes for a sunset flip, and with the ref distracted, Mark Henry helps to get DiBiase over. MVP gets the three count and the win.

Winner via pinfall: Mark Henry and MVP

After the match, Randy Orton walks to the ring. Orton addresses the search for Cena’s next opponent, and it doesn’t look like it will be Orton. Even though the terms of the match stated Orton doesn’t get a rematch, he wants one, and will go to the board of directors to get one. Kofi appears on the Titantron and tells Orton no one cares. Orton wants Kofi to say that to his face. Kofi says he is, as he is standing on Orton’s car. Kofi says these stocks cars are durable, and rolls a crate into it. Kofi says, "look not a scratch." Then he does it the old fashioned way, with a key. Kofi then takes a crowbar to the car, destroying the hood and windshield. (I should have seen this coming; WWE hasn’t destroyed a car in a while.) Kofi then pours paint over the hood, for good measure. Orton is mad.

Newest RAW Diva, Eve, is in the ring as a guest ring announcer.

Match #4 – The Miz vs. Evan Bourne

Bourne and Miz lock up, and Miz kicks Bourne away. Miz hits a side suplex, and gets a near fall. Miz locks in a modified Camel Clutch. Bourne breaks the hold, hitting a back body drop. Bourne works over Miz with kicks. Miz slams Bourne into the corner, and beats him down. Jack Swagger walks out to the ring, with Eve on his mind. He grabs a microphone, saying everyone is watching Eve, and not this match. Miz leaves the ring, and stares down Swagger. Bourne leaps over the ropes taking out both men. Bourne scrambles back into the ring, as the Miz is counted out.

Winner via countout: Evan Bourne

The Osbournes host RAW next week.

Match #5 – Jamie Noble vs. Sheamus

Sheamus says he is here to make an impression. Noble is shoulder tackled out of the ring. Sheamus drops elbows, and goes for a quick cover. Noble kicks out at two. Noble is worked over in the corner, and then has a knee dropped onto his head. Sheamus hits two back breakers and follows with a bicycle kick. Sheamus covers for the win. (The crowd isn’t impressed.)

Winner via pinfall: Sheamus


Ever seen this before? DX make another big entrance. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea
Match #5 – The Big Show w/ Chris Jericho vs. Triple H w/ Shawn Michaels

Triple H informs Show this is now a lumberjack Match, and the lumberjacks are every member of RAW. Jericho takes off through the crowd. HBK reminds Hunter this is also a No Disqualifications match, and then informs the ref he isn’t needed. They have a special guest referee, John Cena.

After the break, Hunter has a sleeper locked on. Show breaks free, but misses a splash in the corner. Show hits a spear, as Hunter shoots off the ropes. Show taunts the RAW roster, as he steps on Hunter. HHH battles back, but runs into a side slam. Show head butts Hunter, and then beats on him in the corner, before slamming him to the mat. Chris Masters grabs Show by the ankle, and Masters is drug into the ring. Masters pays the price, but it allows Hunter to get to his feet. Show sets HHH up for the chokeslam, but Hunter counters with a DDT. Show kicks out of the pin. Hunter goes for the Pedigree, but Show counters with a back drop. Show climbs to the middle turnbuckle, and splashes on Hunter. Show covers, but Cena only counts two. Each lumberjack gets a shot at Show, and MVP takes him down with a big boot, and Evan Bourne hits Air Bourne. Santino looks for the cobra strike, but Show slams him. Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise, and Cena follows with the Attitude Adjustment. HBK warms up the band, and connects with Sweet Chin Music. Hunter hits the Pedigree, and covers. Cena makes the three count, and Hunter wins.

Winner via pinfall: HHH

After the bell, Joey and Kyle walk out on stage. They thank the crowd, and then announce who will take on John Cena. They couldn’t agree on an opponent, until one guy got them on the same page, Hornswoggle. Cena with take on Shawn Michaels and Triple H. Cena is still in the ring with DX, and all three men take a long look at each other as the show goes off the air.

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