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RAW: Iron Mike and DX reunite
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


WWE countered TNA last week with Bret Hart, but with no competition tonight I’m sure the guest host isn’t that big of a name. What? It’s “Iron” Mike Tyson! As said in the hit comedy The Hangover, “He still got it!” Oh, and John Cena is back tonight after his trip to the Fiesta Bowl.

Justin Roberts introduces Mike Tyson to the ring. The former champ gets on the microphone and he mentions the last time he was in a WWE ring. All the way back in 1998, Tyson got into a little scuffle with Stone Cold Steve Austin. He then helped Stone Cold win the belt at Wrestlemania 14 by turning on Shawn Michaels.

Current WWE champ Sheamus joins Tyson in the ring. The champ calls Tyson washed up and that he is no icon. Sheamus then calls himself the baddest man on the planet. Tyson feigns a punch, and Sheamus flinches. Randy Orton joins the party.

Orton says he doesn’t want to create a Sportscenter moment; he just wants a shot at the title. Orton wants Tyson to book a match at the Royal Rumble. Before Tyson can speak, John Cena enters the fray.

Cena says he is here to see Tyson, and the WWE Title. Sheamus tries to shoot down Cena, but Sheamus lost, in fact Cena has beat everyone in the ring, including Mike Tyson. Tyson looks confused, until Cena talks about spending his childhood trying to beat Mike Tyson’s Punch Out. (I was terrible at that game, as a kid and now.)

Kofi Kingston enters the ring, and he wants a shot at the title. Kofi says he hasn’t had a shot at the belt yet, and he wants one now.

Sheamus tells Tyson he wants the Rumble off, and the other three men can win their chance at the Royal Rumble. Iron Mike tells Sheamus that he never ducked a fight, so tonight Cena, Orton, and Kingston will face off in a triple threat match and the winner gets Sheamus at the Royal Rumble.

Match #1 – Kelly Kelly vs. Alicia Fox – Diva’s Championship Tournament

Alicia Fox hits Kelly with a power bomb and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Alicia Fox

We get a look at John Cena hosting the coin flip at the Fiesta Bowl. Say what you want about Cena, but he is the most requested celebrity for the Make-a-Wish foundation, and he grants every wish.

Match #2 – Legacy vs. Mark Henry and Evan Bourne

Before the match, Ted and Cody have a little disagreement about who’s turn it is to win the Royal Rumble.

DiBiase and Bourne starts things off. Ted takes in to Bourne, drop kicking him off the apron and into the security barrier. Rhodes gets in a cheap shot as the ref is distracted. Rhodes tags in, connecting on a drop kick. Cody slaps on a chin lock, and Bourne powers out. Rhodes tries to grab him from behind, and Bourne kicks him in the temple. Henry gets the hot tag, and drops Cody with a gorilla press. Bourne gets the tag, and climbs the turnbuckle. Ted runs in to drag his partner out of harm’s way. Bourne drops to the mat, and DiBiase kicks him in the gut. Henry hits the ring, only to be taken out by DiBiase. Rhodes hits Bourne, and connects with Cross Rhodes. Cody covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Legacy

Shawn Michaels and Hunter are talking backstage. Shawn wants to make peace with Mike Tyson, while Hunter thinks the guy is insane. Shawn thinks Iron Mike is a changed man after seeing the Tyson documentary.

After the break, HBK is talking to Tyson backstage. Shawn explains the situation, and then forgives Tyson for knocking him out at Wrestlemania 14. Tyson says he doesn’t need his forgiveness; in fact he enjoyed knocking Shawn out. Chris Jericho interrupts; he is an invited guest of Mike Tyson. Jericho has convinced Tyson to make a match; if DX loses Jericho has a free pass on any show. Who will DX face? Chris Jericho and Mike Tyson.

Match #3 – Jack Swagger vs. Santino Marella – Over the Top Challenge

Swagger is in the ring, guaranteeing he will win the Royal Rumble, and he will show us how tonight by issuing a challenge. Anyone who thinks they can throw Swagger over the top rope should head to the ring. (I was hoping Santino would come out wearing a baseball hat and say, “This hat is a switch.” Oops, wrong Over the Top reference.)

Swagger drives Santino into the turnbuckle and then whips him across the ring. Santino hits the mat, and Swagger connects with a splash. Swagger picks up Santino and tosses him over the rope, but Santino grabs the ropes, landing on the apron. Swagger's momentum carries him over the top, and he crashes to the floor. Santino wins.

Winner: Santino Marella

Match #4 – Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston vs. John Cena - Number One Contender Triple Threat Match

Orton quick kicks Cena, but can’t protect himself from Kofi. Cena and Kingston team up to hit Orton with a suplex. Kofi stands by, as Cena connects with a fisherman’s suplex. Kofi nails an uppercut, and Orton slides out of the ring. Cena corrals him, and tosses him back into the ring. Kingston beats on him some more, and then tosses him to the outside. Cena and Kofi stare each other down, and the two men circle each other. Sheamus walks out of stage, grabbing the attention of Kofi and Cena. Orton slips in from behind and attacks. We go to commercial.

After the break, Cena is on the floor in front of the announce table, and Orton has Kofi in a head lock. Orton breaks the hold, and catches Cena coming back into the ring. Orton hits a DDT through the ropes, but then walks into a cross body from Kingston. Orton reverses an Irish whip into a back breaker, but Cena hits Orton with a bulldog. Cena whips Orton into the corner, but Orton side steps a charge and Cena crashes into the ring post. Kingston hits the SOS on Orton, but can’t get the pin. Kofi follows with a kick to Orton, and looks for the Boom Drop. Cena catches Kofi with a drop toe hold and locks in the STF. Orton breaks the hold, but then takes a shoulder block and a side slam from Cena. Kofi pulls Orton off Cena, and starts with the controlled frenzy. Kofi connects with the Boom Drop and Trouble in Paradise on Cena, but Cena rolls out of the ring. Cody Rhodes runs down to the ring and knocks out Cena. Rhodes distracts the ref, and DiBiase hits Kofi with a cheap shot. Orton then connects with an RKO and covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton

Josh Matthews asks Mike Tyson what he is planning on doing to Hunter and Shawn, when Hornswoggle interrupts. Tyson tells the little guy that if he sees him tonight, he will disembowel him. Hornswoggle gets the message.

The Miz is backstage, talking about how no one respected him when he joined WWE, and how he got kicked out of the locker room for six months. Miz says all the negativity he used as fuel, and now he has his own locker room. Miz turns his attention to MVP, who The Miz thinks should still be in jail. Miz runs his mouth, cutting a promo on MVP.

MVP walks out on stage to issue his rebuttal. MVP says he doesn’t hide his past; he has embraced it, so other people don’t make to mistakes he made. MVP says he works hard for everything he has, including the respect of the WWE. MVP makes his way to the ring. MVP and Miz go back and forth on the mic. Miz goes for a cheap shot, but MVP counters with a double leg take down. MVP sends Miz crashing out of the ring with stiff kick.

After WWE pays some bills; we get a preview of the Tyson documentary, available now on DVD.

Match #5 – Eve vs. Katie Lee Burchill – Diva’s Championship Tournament

Eve steals the match with a quick roll up.

Winner via pinfall: Eve

Backstage, Carlito is getting shot down by Gail Kim, when Vince passes by on his way to the ring.

Vince McMahon says he has no extra security as the crowd breaks into a “We want Bret!” chant. Vince says Hart isn’t here because he is intimidated. And last week, Vince finally screwed over Bret Hart, because he doesn’t play nice. And he tells Bret that he will never be seen in the WWE again. Vince makes his statement and walks off.

Backstage, Tyson is getting ready for his match by sparring with Jericho.

Next week Don Johnson and John Heder are guest hosting, and plugging a new movie.

Match #5 – DX vs. Chris Jericho and Mike Tyson

Before the match, HBK calls out The Undertaker, telling him he wants an answer next week if he will face him at Wrestlemania.

Tyson and HBK lock up, and HBK is tossed to the mat. HBK can’t get a read on Tyson, so he quickly confers with Triple H. Shawn runs into a forearm, and then tags in his partner. Tyson drives Hunter into the corner, and then locks up. Jericho makes a blind tag. Hunter connects with the high knee, and makes a tag. HBK hits an inverted atomic drop, and looks for a sunset flip. Jericho drops on him, but HBK reverses into a pin. Jericho kicks out, and hits an enziguri. Tyson tags back in, when Hornswoggle runs into the ring wearing full boxing gear. DX protects the little guy as Jericho enters the ring. Tyson moves in behind Jericho, and reveals a DX shirt. He knocks out Jericho in one punch, as HBK covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: DX

After the bell, Tyson and DX celebrate, with HBK hugging the former champ. Hunter goes to the crowd, and invites Tyson’s son to the ring to join in the celebration. The show goes off the air after a five way crotch chop.

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003.