May 10, 2010
RAW: The final show at the Igloo
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
Monday Night RAW makes history tonight, as it is the last time the WWE will perform from The Igloo, aka Mellon Arena, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins are getting brand new digs next season, so the Igloo will be no more. Favor Flav hosts brings the noise as the guest host.
Fresh face Randy Orton kicks off the show to address Edge. He turned down Edge’s request to partner up because he knows Edge wanted to keep him under control. Orton is interrupted, by Meat Loaf. (WHAT? I think he’s drunk.) Loaf plugs his new album, and wants Orton to use one of the tracks as his entrance music. Orton wants to hear the song. The crowd starts to turn on Meat Loaf, as Orton walks to the corner. Meat Loaf is crashing and burning, and Orton doesn’t say a word. (Just RKO him all ready.) And Randy finally drops Meat Loaf with an RKO.
No sooner does Meat Loaf hit the mat, Edge walks out on stage, accusing Orton of not liking celebrities. Edge says he doesn’t like them either, so he complained to WWE headquarters. The brass agreed with him, and now guest hosts will have no authority. Edge wanted more though, he wanted a permanent General Manager, and the top brass agreed. The new General Manager of Raw is Vicki Guerrero. (I’m done. I’m walking away. This is the last straw.)
The city of Pittsburgh won’t have to worry about demolishing the Igloo, because these WWE fans are about to tear the place apart. Vicki wants to reprimand Orton. Randy tells her to come to the ring and do it to his face. Vicki tells Orton he will face Edge and a partner of Edge’s choice in a handicapped match.
Several members of the Pittsburgh Steelers are in the house. Quarterback, and former RAW guest host, Ben Roethlisberger is conspicuously absent. He must be in the bathroom.
Match #1 – Chris Jericho vs. David Hart Smith w/ Natalya
If Jericho wins this match, he and The Miz get a title shot at Over the Limit. Jericho slaps Smith, so DH slaps him around the ring and then drops him with a delayed vertical suplex. Jericho fights back with a kick to the head and a low drop kick. Jericho applies a head lock, but then runs into a boot in the corner. Smith explodes out of the corner with a clothesline and follows with a scoop slam. DH runs into a back elbow, but avoids the Lion Tamer. DH locks in the Sharp Shooter, but Jericho is able to crawl to the ropes. Jericho thumbs Smith in the eye, and then hits the Code Breaker. Jericho covers for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Chris Jericho
Edge is in the back, talking to Batista.
R-Truth introduces tonight’s guest host, Flavor Flav, who plugs his new show. Flav runs his mouth to the point that I think they may cut his mike.
Match #2 – R-Truth vs. William Regal
Not even a minute into the match Carlito and Primo Colon run in and assault R-Truth. Carlito hits a backstabber and the two runs off.
Winner via DQ: R-Truth
The Colons are working for Ted Dibiase, who pays the two as they head to the back.
So Maryse was training with martial arts instructor earlier today. He accuses her of not trying hard enough. She slaps him, and kicks him in the knee.
Josh Matthews asks Orton if he is concerned about who Edge will select as his partner. As expected, Orton doesn’t care, but he wants Vicki Guerrero to be at ringside for the match.
Former astronaut and second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, will guest host a commercial free Raw next week.
Match #3 – Zack Ryder vs. Evan Bourne
Once again, Alicia Fox and Gail Kim are watching at ringside per Ryder’s request. Ryder says he will provide this arena with one last great moment when he gets his first win on RAW.
Ryder connects with a jumping leg lariat, but cannot get the pin. He rams Bourne into the turnbuckle, but Bourne blocks a second attempt. He then sidesteps an attack, slamming Ryder to the mat. Bourne climbs the turnbuckle. Alicia Fox tries to knock him off, but Gal Kim pulls her off the apron. Evan hits Air Bourne, and covers for the win.
Winner via pin fall: Evan Bourne
After the bell, Bourne thanks Gail for the help, and escorts her to the back.
John Cena hits the ring to announce the stipulation in his match with Batista at Over the Limit. Cena thanks Sheamus for his outburst, because it gave Cena the entire week to think about it. Cena agrees with Batista about the win in the Last Man Standing match. Cena has been called a coward, and he will prove he isn’t. Cena is making the match at Over the Limit fair and competitive, but brutal. It will be the last time he will face Batista. If Cena loses he will forfeit his rematch clause. Cena announces his match with Batista will be an “I QUIT” match. Cena would like to thanks Sheamus in person, and calls him out.
The Celtic Warrior takes a while, but he finally walks out on stage. Cena wants Sheamus in the ring, but Batista slips in from the back of the ring. The champ sees him, but cannot fight off the double team attack. Batista spears Cena, and then slams him in the ring post, before rolling him back in the ring. Sheamus hits the big kick to the head. Batista sets up the Batista Bomb, but Mark Henry runs in the make the save. The World’s Strongest Man clears the ring, and then checks on the champ. (File this under unlikeliest of tag teams.)
Edge wants to clear the air with Vicki about the last time they were on RAW together. He says it was a ploy to get the people to sympathize with her. Edge asks her to be at ringside. Vicki refuses, but Edge guarantees nothing will happen to her.
Match #4 – The Miz vs. Tyson Kidd w/ Natalya
If The Miz loses, he has to defend his United States title against a member of the Hart Dynasty next week. Miz clubs kid over the back, and then kicks him on the mat. A boot to the head sends Kidd to the floor. He shoulders Miz in the gut, reentering the ring. Kidd leaps over the ropes, rolls through, and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Tyson Kidd
After the bell, The Miz says he gets to decide who he will face. He says it won’t be Kidd or DH Smith. He tells Natalya to keep dreaming, because he is taking on Bret “The Hitman” Hart.
Josh Matthews stops Batista to tell him he will take on Mark Henry later tonight. The Animal would rather talk about the I Quit match.
Match #5 – John Morrison, Yoshi Tatsu, Santino Marella, and Golddust vs. The NXT Rookies
This is going to be one cluster of a match. Daniel Bryan picks up his first win and the win for the Rookies by rolling up Santino.
Winner via pinfall: The NXT Rookies
After the bell, Bryan is lifted onto the shoulders of his fellow rookies.
The Bella Twins warm up to Flav, asking him about his new show. Vladimir Kozlov and Santino crash the party. Santino is trying to convince Kozlov to be his partner, Flav tries to mediate. William Regal walks in, and tells Flav anyone can rap. Kozlov calls him on it, so Regal starts laying down some rhymes. Flav clowns him.
Match #6 – Batista vs. Mark Henry
Batista waits in the ring on a chair. Henry looks confused as he walks to the ring. Jerry Lawler tells us that Cena and Sheamus have been banned from the ring. Batista attacks as Henry gets in the ring. The bell has yet to ring, as Batista goes to work with the chair. Batista locks in a submission hold, and Henry taps, but the match hasn’t started. WWE refs and officials finally pull The Animal off, and he walks to the back.
Match #7 – Randy Orton vs. Edge and ??? – 2 on 1 Handicapped Match
Edge stops atop ramp with Vicki as Ted Dibiase is announced as his partner. Dibiase starts off versus Orton, and his former mentor takes him to the mat. Edge makes a blind tag, and hits Orton with an inverted neck breaker. DiBiase tags back in, and Edge attacks Orton in the corner as the ref admonishes Ted. Edge gets another quick tag. Orton blocks a suplex, but walks into a big boot. Ted reenters the ring, clotheslining Orton. He follows with a chin lock. Orton breaks the hold, and takes Ted to the mat with a clothesline and a slam. He knocks Edge off the apron into the announce table, and then hits a back breaker on DiBiase. Orton slams his fist on the mat looking to finish DiBiase. Ted blocks the RKO, but is back dropped out of the ring. R-Truth runs down the ramp, and DiBiase scrambles back into the ring. Orton is waiting, dropping him with an RKO. Orton covers for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton
After the bell, Orton stalks Vicki. She tells him not to do it, while screaming for Edge. The crowd is working itself into a frenzy, while Orton stares down the new GM. Vicki starts to freak out, and resigns the position. Orton catches Edge with an RKO, as Vicki runs to the back.
Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Since Dale repeatedly passed over as a Guest Host of RAW, he is officially throwing his name into the ring for General Manager. Follow his campaign on Twitter @Dplummer627