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RAW: Big Show KO's Jericho
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Monday Night Raw comes to us from across the pond in jolly ole England. Boxer and countryman, Ricky “Hitman” Hatton, takes on the hosting duties. (Well if by “Hitman”, you mean taking a hit, he lives up to that name.) The last time I saw him he was getting his bell rung by Manny Pacquiao. In fact, he got knocked out in the second round.

The entire fight is on YouTube.

Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler call the action, live on-tape, from Sheffield, England. Hatton kicks off the show, and is escorted to the ring by the Bella Twins. The last time Hatton was in Sheffield he knocked out Carlos Maussa to win a title. Jeri-Show crashes Hatton’s party, but they aren’t dressed to fight. Show makes a crack about Hatton’s size and says it’s no big deal to knock people out. Show orders Hatton out of the ring. Hatton brings up Show’s Wrestlemania performance against Floyd Mayweather, and Show offers Hatton a free shot. Hatton is up for the challenge. Show gets down to Hatton’s level, but Jericho steps in before a punch is thrown. Show wants Jericho to keep his ego in check, when Hatton exerts some authority. He books Jeri-Show in a match with DX.

Shawn and Hunter hit the ring, and ask Jeri-Show if they get it. They keep messing with the guest hosts and then getting embarrassed. Hunter says he just saved them from getting knocked out. Hunter says they will take care of them tonight, but Shawn wants to start now. Jericho is knocked out of the ring, and then Show just walks away instead of fighting.

Match #1 – Alicia Fox w/ Jillian Hall vs. Kelly Kelly w/ Gail Kim

(These people get like one or two RAWs a year, and the first match is this. My apologies go out to all in attendance.)

Alicia connects with the scissors kick and covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Alicia Fox

Ricky Hatton is walking with his son backstage. They run into Cena, and the champ wants to know why he got left out. Hatton says Cena has an upcoming title defense, so I think he has the night off.

Oh yea, we get to see the recap of Seamus destroying Jamie Noble.

Match #2 – Seamus vs. Jobber

So they book the Irishman against a English jobber, and then have Seamus insult the crowd. (This is straight out of Cheap Heat for Dummies.)

Winner via pinfall: Seamus

The Bella Twins are chatting up Ricky Hatton and helping him pimp the Hatton brand. Santino stops by, dressed as “Ricky Fatton”. Chavo calls Santino out for sucking up to the host, and then challenges Hatton to a round of darts. Chavo misses badly, as Hatton hits the bullseye. Chavo then challenges Santino, but instead Hatton wants a piece of him.

Josh Matthews interviews The Mix, who is leading his own team at Survivor Series. Jack Swagger isn’t impressed with his captain.

Match #3 – Evan Bourne vs. Jack Swagger

Swagger overpowers Bourne, tossing him into the corners and slamming him into the turnbuckles. Swagger connects with a splash, and then taunts Bourne by doing pushups in the ring. Bourne blocks a shoulder thrusts in the corner, and counters with a cross body across the back. Swagger connects with a kick to the face, and The Miz makes his way to ringside. Swagger connects on a belly to belly, and motions for the The Miz to come on down. Bourne counters a delayed vertical suplex, and the kicks Swagger in the chin. Bourne scrambles up the ropes, and hits Air Bourne. Evan covers and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: Evan Bourne

After the match, Miz reinforces the fact that he is the team captain and that he is indeed awesome.

The V.I.P. Lounge with MVP

Mark Henry co-hosts with MVP and tonight’s guest is Kofi Kingston. Turns out Kofi is the captain of a Survivor Series team. MVP thanks Kofi for selecting them to his team. MVP raises a toast to Kingston, as Legacy (or Team Orton) crashes the party.

Orton calls Team Kofi and bunch of low-life street thugs, and that they belong in the hood. Kofi slaps Orton and we go to commercial.

Match #4 – Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry

Henry knocks down Orton with a shoulder block. Orton kicks Henry low and pulls him into the middle turnbuckle. Henry applies a bear hug, and slams Orton in the middle of the ring. Orton rolls away from an elbow drop, and then stomps away at The World’s Strongest Man. Orton keeps the pressure on with kicks. Henry swings the momentum with a scoop slam, but cannot get the pin. Henry hits a clothesline and then splashes on Orton in the corner. Henry wears Orton out with a series of head butts. Orton looks for a sunset flip, but can’t get Henry over. Instead, Orton hits an RKO and covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton

After the match, Kofi attends to Henry, but Orton comes over a slaps him, Kofi defends himself and Orton slips out of the ring.

Match #5 – Chavo Guerrero vs. Ricky Hatton

So the rules are Hatton can only win by knockout, and Chavo needs a pin or submission. Hatton chases Chavo to the apron. Chavo wants no part of Hatton and rolls out of the ring. Chavo finally gets back in the ring, and takes Hatton down. Chavo tries for a suplex, but Hatton escapes and nails Chavo with a big right. Chavo hits the mat, and cannot make the ten count.

Winner via knockout: Ricky Hatton

John Cena is trying to get through to Hornswoggle that he has to knock off the DX gimmick. Cena tells him to hide, as DX enters the locker room. Cena won’t give up the little guy, and tells Shawn to focus on tonight’s match. Cena knows he is the odd man out at Survivor Series. Cena calls out Hornswoggle, who walks out in Cena gear. Awwww, he taught him the “You can’t see me.” After DX leaves, the Cena stuff comes off and the crotch chops begin. (I don’t care how stupid it is, it makes me laugh every time.)

Match #6 – DX vs. Jeri-Show

John Cena joins Cole and King at the announce table.

Jericho starts off with a head lock on HBK and then takes him down with a shoulder block. Michaels responds with a chop, and then tags in Hunter. Jericho is taken down with a high knee, and he is then launched out of the ring. And we go to commercial.

After the break, Big Show steps on the throat of HBK, but Michaels responds with a low drop kick to the knee. Hunter gets the tag, hitting a face buster, and Hunter looks for a Pedigree. Show counters with a back body drop, and follows with a spear. Jericho tags in, hammering away at HHH in the corner. Show tags back in, connecting with a clothesline and then splashes on Triple H. Hunter kicks out of the pin. Jericho tags in, and continues to work over Hunter. Jericho looks for the bulldog, but Hunter cuts him off, hitting an atomic drop. HBK gets the tag, hits an inverted atomic drop, twice. Big Show is knocked off the apron, and climbs the turnbuckle. HBK drops the elbow from up high, and starts to warm up the band. Jericho ducks the Sweet Chin Music, and counters into the walls. HBK breaks free, as Show runs in, slamming HBK into Jericho in the corner. Show throws a punch, which misses HBK, and connects with Jericho. HBK rolls over and covers Jericho for the three count.

Winner via pinfall: DX

Next week’s main event is set right after the bell. It will be a tag-team triple threat match of DX versus Jeri-Show versus Cena and the Undertaker.

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Nick Tylwalk will be filling in for Dale next week. Dale will be in Las Vegas trying to raise money for a hostile takeover of WWE.