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RAW: Springing into the Elimination Chamber
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Is anyone in Canada even watching wrestling over the next two weeks? Well, thatís why Iím here. Daytime talk show host Jerry Springer hosts RAW tonight from Des Moines, Iowa, which will hopefully build up to the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view this Sunday.

#1 Ė Randy Orton vs. Sheamus Ė Non-Title match

Sheamus beats Orton in the corner and takes him down with a clothesline. Orton blocks a shoulder charge in the corner, but then runs into a big boot. Sheamus follows with a scoop slam, and waits for Orton to get to his feet. Sheamus goes for the bicycle kick, but Orton ducks it and counters with an RKO. Sheamus pushes Orton away, and slides to the outside.

After the break, Orton is stomping away at the champ. DiBiase and Rhodes walk down the ramp. Orton looks confused and Sheamus takes advantage with a back breaker. Orton is slammed face first into the turnbuckle. Orton responds with a drop kick, and then stomps away at the mid-section of Sheamus. Orton hits a backbreaker, and looks to finish Sheamus off. The champ ducks the RKO and rolls to the floor. Sheamus is run into the steel post, and then fights off DiBiase. Rhodes hits the champ from behind, but the ref sees it and calls for the bell. Orton is disqualified.

Winner via DQ: Sheamus

After the match, Legacy argue in the ring. Orton hits Rhodes with the RKO, while Sheamus runs in, kicking DiBiase. Orton hits Sheamus with the RKO, and stands alone in the ring.

Bret Hart makes his way to the ring to address the WWE Universe. Hart says itís a good thing Vince McMahon isnít at RAW tonight, because he wants to finish things once and for all. Hart says he wanted to make peace, but Vince lied to him. He calls Vince the worldís greatest liar. Hart says it would have been sweet to have one last win at Wrestlemania, but Vince lied about that, too. Bret thanks all the guys in the back, and the fans. He sends out a special thanks to John Cena. Bret then says good-bye.

Bret says his good-byes to various superstars in the back. He meets up with Cena, who canít believe heís leaving. Cena thinks they can get a match at Wrestlemania, but Hart says it is the end of the line. Cena wishes him luck, and Hart gets in his limo. Unfortunately, some blonde woman backs into the limo, pinning Hartís leg in door. The doctors rush over to help. Hart is loaded onto a gurney and into a waiting ambulance.

Match #2 Ė The Big Show and The Miz vs. MVP and Mark Henry

MVP kicks Miz into the corner, but then runs into a big boot. MVP kicks Miz out of the ring and into a commercial.

After the break, Mark Henry gets the tag, and he slams Miz to the mat. Big Show uses leg drop to break the pin. Show tags in, and Henry splashes him into the corner. Henry tries to get Show off his feet, but Show elbows him and drops him with a DDT. Show climbs to the middle turnbuckle, but Henry rolls away from the splash. MVP gets the tag, and hits a knee to the jaw and follows with a big kick in the corner. Show gets a leg up, and MVP runs into the boot. Miz tags in and gets the pin. MVP rolls him over, though, stealing the win with a three count.

Winner via pinfall: MVP and Mark Henry

Jerry Springer is finally announced, only an hour into the show. I guess he is going to do his Jerry Springer Show on RAW. (Once again WWE misses the trend by about 10 years.) Jerry is doing a show entitled "WWE's Most Intimate Relationships Revealed."

Kelly Kelly is the first guest, and she has a confession. Kelly drops a bombshell, saying she is pregnant. Jerry asks who the father is, but Kelly doesnít know. She says she has been in a lot of relationships. (Ummmm, thereís a name for that, but I donít want to get fired, so use your imagination.) Kelly thinks she does know, and Santino walks to the ring. (He calls Jerry, Maury Povich. HILARIOUS!) Santino says it is true, he is the daddy. Kelly tells Santino that isnít the true; after he fell asleep she called in a closer. Michael Cole steps up, but Jerry Lawler says itís him. The Bella twins interrupt, as I look for the remote.

Nikki calls out her sister as being man, and the two fight. Jerry puts a stop to that, as Chris Masters joins the party. Eve Torres runs in to get Kelly for messing with her man. Eve says she has a secret; she has been cheating on Masters with The Great Khali. (Thatís it, Iím out. Good night everybody. No seriously, this segment is over. Iím pressing fast forward on the DVR right now. For those of you who care the father of Kellyís baby is Hornswoggle. Okay, Iím back on board now.) This is too much for Jerry Springer to handle and he takes off. Lawler stops Springer from leaving and admits the whole thing is a hoax, but there is one intimate relationship to be revealed, and its Jerry Springerís. Lawler says Jerry likes his women young, Mae Young. Of course, Mae Young walks out and throws herself on Springer.

Match #3 Ė Kofi Kingston vs. Ted DiBiase

Both men lock up, and Kofi is pushed into the corner. Kofi ducks a clothesline and counters with a side suplex. Kofi then slows himself with the ropes, and DiBiase whiffs on a drop kick. Kofi answers with one of his own, and then climbs the turnbuckle. Kofi connects with a flying fist, and then hits the Boom Drop. DiBiase canít get to his feet, and Kofi misses Trouble in Paradise. DiBiase takes advantage of Kofi getting hung up in the ropes, and is able to hit Dream Street out of the corner. Dibiase covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Ted DiBiase

Antonio Inoki will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year.

Jerry Springer has his Final Thought segment, and he talks about the upcoming pay-per-view.

Before the match, Cena addresses the Batista situation and calls him out. Batista shows up on the Titantron, and Cena is thrilled. Big Dave says he is doing Cena a favor by not being there. Cena say he will take care of Batista next week. Batista says he will be on RAW next week.

Match #4 Ė John Cena vs. Triple H

Cena slaps on a headlock, and then takes Hunter down with a shoulder block. Cena goes back to the headlock. Hunter breaks free, and drives a shoulder into Cenaís mid-section. Cena responds with a snap suplex, but HHH blocks the running bulldog. Cena blocks a knee drop on the mat, and Cena looks for the STF. Hunter blocks it, but is then tossed over the top rope. Cena leaps from the apron, but Hunter avoids him, and Cena crashes into the security barrier. Hunter goes for a Pedigree on the floor, but Cena counters with a back body drop.

After the break, Hunter has a sleeper hold applied, but Cena powers out. Cena hits a shoulder block and a sidewalk slam. He follows with the five-knuckle shuffle and looks for the Attitude Adjustment, but Hunter counters with a clothesline. Triple H sets Cena up for a superplex, but Cena fights him off. Hunter is able to crotch Cena on the ropes, though, and goes back for the superplex. Cena fights him off, and Hunter falls to the mat. Cena hits a flying leg drop, but cannot get the pin. Hunter locks in a single leg crab, but Cena is able to counter into the STF. Hunter crawls to the ropes and breaks the hold. Hunter grabs the ropes to prevent the Attitude Adjustment. Hunter connects on a face buster and follows with a spine buster. HHH looks for the Pedigree, when Sheamus runs in and takes out Hunter with a pump kick. The ref calls for the bell.

No Contest

Cena ducks Sheamusís next attack, but cannot hit the Attitude Adjustment, and catches Cena with a kick. The champ turns his attention back to Triple H, and picks him up for the Celtic Cross. Sheamus poses in the ring with his title to end to the show.

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale is looking forward to the curling coverage over the next week. Dale is dead serious about this too. (Really, no joke, the guy loves curling!)