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RAW: Austin, Hart have surprise for McMahon
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on Monday Night Raw: There's an old sheriff in town, as Stone Cold Steve Austin will make his long-awaited return to WWE when he guest hosts Raw. On tap are three WrestleMania Rewind matches plus, Mr. McMahon and Bret Hart make their WrestleMania 26 match official with a contract signing. Should be a good one!

And we are LIVE! from San Diego, Calif. Michael Cole and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG, V)

I kid you not, the first words out of Cole's mouth tonight were "This is a VINTAGE Monday Night Raw!"

And it doesn't take long for our guest host to make himself seen. The glass shatters and for the first time in nearly a year, Stone Cold Steve Austin is back on WWE television. The crowd is littered with "Austin" signs. Seconds after his music stops, the "Austin" chants start. He starts talking and the "What" chants get louder and louder with each one. He asks the crowd for a "hell yeah" if they're ready for Raw and WrestleMania and then asks for two beers.

Austin talks about how big Mania is and puts over Bret Hart as one of the best. He also says every time he was in the ring with Vince McMahon, he gave his best. So tonight, he's here to oversee the contract signing and nobody is going to pull the wool over anybody's eyes and that's the bottom line, because Stone Cold said so.

As he finishes that line, John Cena's music hits. He runs to the ring and slides in. Austin calls him safe. Cena runs the ropes and Austin looks like he's measuring him for a Stunner. Cena turns and Austin gives him the "you can't see me" gesture and walks off.

Match #1 - John Cena (West Newbury, Mass.) vs. The Big Show (Tampa, Fla.)

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Show dominates early, but Cena gets the edge by kicking Show's knee and hitting a top-rope leg drop. He goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle when Batista's music hits. Cena finishes the move after hesitating. He goes to the ropes to stare at Batista and turns around into a choke slam, but Cena kicks out at 2. Show goes for the knockout punch, but Cena counters with the Attitude Adjustment, but Batista hops on the apron, distracting Cena, who drops Show, who then hits the knockout punch for the fall.

Winner via pinfall: The Big Show

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Match #2 - Evan Bourne (St. Louis, MO) vs. Sheamus (Dublin, Ireland)

Bourne sadly gets a jobber entrance.

Sheamus gets on the mic and acts like he's going to cut a promo but just levels Bourne with the mic. He follows with the pump kick and the Razor's Edge, sending Bourne out of the ring.

Now he grabs the mic and says how he always looked up to one man watching WWE in Ireland. He says in one year on Raw, he's ended careers and become WWE Champion. He was supposed to defend his WWE Champion at WrestleMania this year, but Triple H ruined that. Sheamus says when he came to Raw, he wanted to face Triple H at WrestleMania and now he'll get his chance to do that.

Shawn Michaels walks into Austin's office and asks him if he thinks he can beat the Undertaker. Austin says, yeah, he could, but he doesn't think he will. HBK says everyone thought his career was over after losing the title to Austin at WrestleMania 14 and everyone was wrong then and they will be again. He talks about Chris Jericho and then Jericho comes in. Jericho says thanks to Austin for that match, because it give him another chance to slap around HBK before Undertaker retires him. Michaels says Undertaker sent him a message by destroying four people on Smackdown, so he's going to do the same to Jericho tonight.

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Match #2 - Kelly Kelly (Jacksonville, Fla.) vs. Maryse (Montreal, Quebec)

This one doesn't last long. The highlights are Lawler telling some funny jokes. Then Maryse hits the DDT and it's over.

Winner via pinfall: Maryse

Maryse stages a post-match beatdown but both Gail Kim and Eve Torres make the save. This brings out Smackdown's Layla and Michelle McCool and they lay out the faces.

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Match #3 - Shawn Michaels (San Antonio, Texas) vs. Chris Jericho (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Things get heavy when Michaels kips up. Jericho, though, gains control back and goes for the Lionsault, but Michaels gets his knees up and goes to the top rope, where he hits the elbow. Michaels tunes up the band, but Jericho turns and bails to the ramp, where he continues his walk up as the referee counts him out.

Winner via countout: Shawn Michaels

Right as the bell rings, Edge's music hits and he beats the tar out of Jericho, taking him through the crowd and back into the ring, where he spears him. He grabs the mic, gets in Jericho's face and simply says "spear."

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They announced that Austin has booked Randy Orton vs. Ted DiBiase vs. Cody Rhodes for WrestleMania.

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Match #4 - Triple H (Greenwich, Conn.) vs. Randy Orton (St. Louis, Mo.)

Orton goes for the draping DDT but Triple H counters and throws Orton over the top rope. HHH follows and ends up being thrown into the steps. Orton gets creative and drapes Triple H on the steps and hits the draping DDT, laying him out on the floor.

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We're back and Orton hits the backbreaker and looks for the RKO but is pushed off and clotheslined. They trade punches with Hunter getting the better of it, but Orton kicks him in the stomach. They go off the ropes and HHH hits the high knee. Triple H hits a facebuster and comes off the ropes but Orton hits a scoop slam for two. Orton does nothing with the momentum and Triple H hits the spinebuster on WWE's apex predator.

Orton swings wildly and misses and Triple H goes for the Pedigree, but Orton back drops him. They go off the ropes and hit a double clothesline. Orton ends up on the apron and Triple H locks in the Pedigree and drags Orton into the ring and hits it, but before he can make the cover, Legacy hits the ring and attacks Triple H.

Winner via disqualification: Triple H

Legacy dispatches of Triple H and attacks Orton. Triple H makes his way back and attacks Legacy but almost right away, Sheamus comes in and drills Triple H. Legacy pulls Orton out of the ring and Rhodes hits CrossRhodes on Orton. Inside, Sheamus puts his foot on Triple H's chest and raises his arms. Cole and Lawler put it over as the young guns taking over the old guard, but somehow, I doubt it'll end up that way at Mania.

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They announce Gorgeous George as the newest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Match #5 - Batista (Washington, DC) vs. Kofi Kingston (Ghana, West Africa)

The key to this match for Batista, Cole says, is to try to fend off the controlled frenzy of Kingston.

This one doesn't last long. Kingston hits Batista with a kick that opens him up inbetween the eyes. Kingston comes off the top rope but is swatted down. The referee immediately puts on Latex gloves and then Batista hits a violent Batista Bomb for the fall.

Winner via pinfall: Batista

The ref brings in a towel and the title. Batista only takes the belt.

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It's time for the contract signing. Bret Hart limps out the ring and Mr. McMahon, being just a great heel, mocks Hart in his entrance. Austin comes out and says he wants to take care of one piece of business before the contract is signed. He talks about how much being inducted into the Hall of Fame last year meant to him. Austin says this year, Stu Hart was supposed to be in the Hall of Fame, but McMahon pulled the plug on that. Austin says if anybody deserves to go, it's Stu Hart. So tonight, Austin is here to announce that Stu Hart is going into the WWE Hall of Fame.

McMahon says Bret can do two things: Not sign the contract and prove he's a coward or sign it and take his beating. He warns him, though, that it's iron-clad and if Bret doesn't show up at Mania, he'll sue him for everything he's worth. Bret says two broken legs couldn't keep him and he knows neither one of them want a wrestling match, so let's make it a no holds barred match. McMahon accepts.

McMahon says though, with this stipulation, Bret has once again screwed Bret. Hart signs the contract first. McMahon thinks about it for awhile while the crowd chants "sign it!" He finally does.

Austin tells McMahon he is looked forward to him taking the worst ass-whooping of his life. Austin takes off up the ramp but stops at the top. He says there is one thing he forgot, but lets Bret tell him himself. When McMahon turns around, Bret's cast is on the table. He says he doesn't need the crutch or the cast. He says he's not going to go into a long, detailed explanation about how hard it was to film the stunt where he broke his leg, but thankfully John Cena knew somebody in the business. Hart says what McMahon needs to know is that Bret is 100 percent and if Vince tries to back out, he's going to sue him for everything he's worth. Hart says for 13 years, McMahon has been saying "Bret screwed Bret." Now, it's "Vince screwed Vince."

Hart then drills McMahon over the table with the cast and nails him with it one more time to finish the job.

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@msu.edu. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. And if you're interested in mixed martial arts, check out Matt's weekly podcast -- Lights Out Radio. Should be a good one!.