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RAW: Some Buzz heading toward Over the Limit
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Chris Jericho verbally spars with Bret Hart at Raw. Photos by Mike Mastrandrea


Monday Night RAW is going to the moon! Whatís that, RAW isnít going to the moon, but being hosted by a former moon walker? How is that even possible? Didnít Michael Jack ... Oh, RAW is being hosted by a guy who walked on the moon, and the show is commercial free. Now I get it. Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the lunar surface, is hosting the commercial free RAW from Toronto, Canada, tonight.

(Yea, its commercial free if you donít count all the WWE promotions weíll be seeing. Or if you live in Canada, where it wasn't commercial free on The Score.)

WWE wastes no time getting the Canadian crowd fired up by trotting out Bret Hart sporting a Toronto Blue Jays jersey. Hart canít believe The Miz had the nerve to challenge him to a US Title match, so he told HQ to book the match. After a week of thinking about it, though, Hart has had a change of heart. Chris Jericho cuts off the apology to the crowd, and wants to know why Hart ever came back to the WWE. Jericho calls Hart a pathetic has been, and he is holding on too long. Jericho reference Montreal. Hart canít believe Jericho called him a phony. Bret calls Jericho out on his history from the Dungeon. Jericho says he is now the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. Jericho calls out Hart for going back on his word to face The Miz, and says Stu would be ashamed of him right now. Jericho leaves the ring, and Hart tells him to get The Miz out here. Jericho goads Hart into making the match no disqualifications. Hart says he wouldnít want in any other way. Hart guarantees a win.

Michael Cole is a liar, there are commercials, granted itís a parody commercial, but they are still pushing WWEShop.com.

Match #1 Ė Edge vs. Christian

Edge finds out his opponent when Christianís music cuts him off. Edge slaps his former partner, and runs out of the ring. Edge catches Christian sliding back into the ring. Christian ducks a punch, and knocks Edge into the ropes. Christian connects with a drop kick through the ropes, and then takes out Edge with a cross body. Edge sidesteps a charge, and Christian slams into the security barrier.

Back in the ring, Edge works on the shoulder of Christian. Using an armbar, Edge keeps Christian on the mat. Christian breaks free, but Edge drives him into the corner. Christian responds with a tornado DDT off the top turnbuckle. Christian covers but only gets a two count. Edge runs into a one man flapjack, allowing Christian to climb the turnbuckle and connect on a missile drop kick. Edge counters a Kill Switch, but Christian lands on his feet. Christian misses a flying head butt, and Edge answers with a DDT, but canít get the pin. Christian is knocked into the turnbuckle, and Edge looks for the spear. Christian counters and hits a sunset flip, but canít get the pin. Christian ducks another spear, and looks for the Kill Switch. Edge counters, ramming Christian into the ring post. Edge finally hits the spear, and covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Edge

After the bell, Randy Orton congratulates Edge from the Titantron. Orton is puzzled why Christian is out there, because that isnít who he is facing. The arena goes dark and the tolling bells tell us that the Undertaker is Edgeís opponent of Ortonís choice tonight.

Match #2 Ė Edge vs. The Undertaker

Edge backs onto the apron when the bell rings. The ref starts to count, and Edge drops to the floor. He wants no part of the Dead Man.

Winner via countout: The Undertaker

Christian sneaks up on Edge and tosses him into the ring. The Undertaker chokeslams him and leaves the ring.

Maryse canít believe Trish Stratus got a magazine cover; she also stresses the fact that she is FRENCH Canadian. Maryse is talking smack on Eve, who sneaks up behind here and douses her in baby powder. Itís not long before the fists start flying.

We finally see Buzz Aldrin, who is with his wife. Vicki Guerrero stops in to introduce herself. Buzz thanks her for stopping by his office, but she is under the impression that she is still the GM. Buzz tells her that she walked out last week, and WWE HQ has confirmed that. In fact, they have her replacement in the house tonight. Buzz has the Bella Twins escort Vicki out of his office.

Match #3 Ė Mark Henry vs. Batista

Batista attacks Henry on the ramp with a two by four, focusing on Henryís injured shoulder. He then rams Henry into the ring post. The ref tries to stop the carnage, to no avail. Henry is whipped into the ring steps, and Batista goes back to the two by four. The Animal stands tall in the ring, demanding the spotlight.

No Contest

Match #4 Ė Ted Dibiase vs. Yoshi Tatsu

Well, Ted finally got his Virgil, and it is ... Virgil. Yup, the same guy that bowed down to his father is now working for the son.

DiBiase finishes off a short match by hitting Dream Street to pick up the win.

Winner via pinfall: Ted DiBiase

After the bell, Virgil gets the microphone for Ted, who tells R-Truth that the original Virgil will be in his corner. Ted gloats about his trust fund, which kicked in when he performed at Wrestlemania.

Josh Matthews tries to interview The Miz, but the US Champ just snatches the mic away and walks off talking about Bret Hart. Miz walks out to the ring, running down Bret Hart the whole time. Miz vows to make Hart tap out with a Sharp Shooter.


Bret Hart holds up the U.S. title with the Hart Dynasty,
Match #5 Ė Bret Hart vs. The Miz Ė United States Title Match

Miz tells Bret he doesnít trust him, so he hired some help. Vladimir Kozlov and William Regal join the Miz at ringside. The Hart Dynasty emerges from the crowd. Kozlov and Regal take care of business, when Jericho jumps out of the crowd and into the ring. Natalya slips into the ring, and Jericho tells her to take a hike. She slaps Jericho, and Miz grabs her. Bret hits Miz, but Jericho punches him in the gut. David Hart Smith knocks Jericho out of the ring. Miz then takes out Smith, and turns his attention to Hart. Tyson Kidd makes the save with a missile drop kick, and DH Smith joins the party. They hit the Hart Attack, and Bret Hart locks in the Sharpshooter. The Miz taps.

Winner via submission: Bret Hart

The Hart Dynasty celebrates in the ring.

We get another parody commercial, this time staring Santino.

Match #6 Ė Michelle McCool, Layla and Maryse vs. Eve and the Bella Twins

(Thanks goodness for Diva tag matches, this will let me catch up.)

Maryse picks up the win after hitting one of the Bellas with the French Kiss DDT.

Winner via pinfall: Michelle McCool, Layla and Maryse

After the match, Maryse tries to get at Eve.

Josh Matthews asks John Cena about his recent decisions and wants him to respond to the critics. Cena says he will not give them any time; instead he will address his supporters. The Champ say he has a plan and he will deliver. He will take Sheamus out, so he wonít be an obstacle at Over the Limit. Cena says he wonít be a quitter.

Match #7 Ė Randy Orton vs. Jack Swagger

RAW LIVE
SLAM! Wrestling's Bob Kapur was at the Air Canada Centre Monday night and filed this report from the show:
Dark match: Primo def Dos Caras
Superstars:
1. Vladmir Kozlov beat Santino Marella. Santino cut a great hilarious promo, inviting Kozlov to form a tag team. He then put his hand on Kozlov's shoulder in a sign of friendship. Kozlov headbutted him three times, and spineslammed him for the pin. Santino was majorly over.
2. Goldust pinned William Regal. Good match. It looked like Goldust got busted open, and they halted the match to fix up the cut.
Post-RAW: Not sure when they went dark, but after beating down Cena, Batista challenged Cena to a title match right then and there. Cena hit an Attitude Adjustment in seconds to get the pin. After Batista left, Cena posed and then made his way to the back.
Swagger drops Orton with a quick take down. Orton and Swagger size each other up, and Swagger drives Orton into the corner. Orton responds with a back breaker, and then stomps away at the Heavyweight Champ. Swagger applies a reverse chin lock. Orton tries to power out, but Swagger just decks him. Orton recovers, and gains momentum. Swagger slips away of the ring, but when Orton chases he slams Orton into the announce table. Orton catches Swagger coming into the ring, and looks for the elevated DDT. Swagger counters into a suplex, and then splashes him from the corner. Orton rolls out of the ring and the ref starts the count. Swagger knocks Orton off the apron and onto the announce table. Swagger kicks Orton on the floor and then drives him into the apron. Swagger rolls Orton into the ring, but canít get the pin. Swagger hits another belly to belly suplex, but Orton rolls away from the splash. The Viper hits the scoop slam, and sets up the elevated DDT. Orton drops him, and looks for the RKO. Edge runs in, and the ref calls for the bell. Edge blocks the RKO, so Orton just turns it on Swagger. Edge spears Orton right after.

Winner via DQ: Randy Orton


Gail Kim, Buzz Aldrin and Evan Bourne.
Buzz Aldrin makes his way to the ring. He talks about space program and how the Canadians built parts for the lunar lander. Zack Ryder and Alicia Fox crash the party.

Ryder points out that Canada doesnít have a space program and insinuates the moon landing was a hoax. Buzz shows footage of him punching a guy that called the moon landing a hoax. Thankfully Evan Bourne and Gail Kim run out to end this mess.

Match #8 Ė Zach Ryder and Alicia Fox vs. Evan Bourne and Gail Kim Ė Mixed Tag Team Match

Gail Kim picks up the win with her Eat Defeat jaw breaker.

Winner via pinfall: Evan Bourne and Gail Kim

Buzz celebrates in the ring with Bourne and Kim, as Evan shows off his moon walking skills.

Jon Lovitz hosts next week. They are really scraping the bottom of the barrel now.

Match #9 Ė Sheamus vs. John Cena

Cena and Sheamus lock up and Cena is thrown to the mat. Sheamus stomps away at the champ, but Cena gets to his feet and tosses Sheamus from the ring. He drives the Celtic warrior into the ring steps, twice. Sheamus fights back, throwing Cena into the security barrier.

Back in the ring, Cena counters a suplex and then tosses Sheamus into the ring post. Sheamus falls out of the ring. Cena looks for the Attitude Adjustment, but Sheamus counters. Cena whips Sheamus off the ropes and hits the side slam. Cena runs into a back elbow, and Sheamus knocks him off the apron with a knee to the head. Cena climbs back, only to get hit with another knee. Cena tries to gain momentum, but Sheamus blocks a bulldog attempt, and knocks Cena to the floor. Sheamus smashes Cena off the announce table, and rolls him back into the ring. Sheamus knees Cena in head. Cena floats over a suplex and hits a shoulder tackle. The champ follows with a side slam, and the five knuckle shuffle. Sheamus grabs the ropes to block the Attitude Adjustment, so Cena slams him to the floor. Unfortunately, Cena doesnít see Batista, who hits him with a spinebuster. The ref calls for the bell.

Winner via DQ: John Cena

Batista his two more spinebusters, and then locks in a modified STF. He wants Cena to say I Quit. The show goes to black with Cena still in the hold.

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