June 8, 2010
RAW: Vote early, vote often; NXT takes over
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling

Remember when a three hour RAW was special? It seems like one of these comes along every month now. The gimmick tonight is viewers choice, which isn’t that special. I seem to remember a few pay per views by the names of Taboo Tuesday and Cyber Sunday where fans could vote on the matches and such.

Anyway, tonight, the cast of the new A-Team movie guest hosts from Miami. (If you’re too young to remember the show in the '80s it was a lot like professional wrestling. There was a ton of violence, but no one actually got hurt. I grew up thinking that you could roll a jeep at 50 mph and just walk away from the crash.)

Bret Hart, the RAW GM, and Teddy Long, the Smackdown GM, start things off by informing us how we can vote. (I got a late start so I’m watching via DVR. I will not be voting tonight.) Hart tells the fans that each man in the fatal four-way match will wrestle tonight, and the fans will choose who they face.

Randy Orton interrupts, as he heads to the ring with his arm in a sling. Orton says he wants Edge tonight, and Hart will give him to Orton, or the Viper will go looking for him. Edge walks out on stage and is willing to grant Orton a match. Edge wants to finish what he has started. Teddy Long has an idea; everyone in the arena will decide if Edge will take on Orton in a debate, a sit-up contest, or a one arm match. The crowd predictably goes nuts for the one arm match.

Match #1 – The Big Show vs. Chris Jericho – Body Slam Challenge

The fans choose the body slam challenge over a submission match or an over the top rope challenge.

This match is easy, first person to hit a body slam wins. Show wants to play nice and offers Jericho a free shot at the slam. Instead, Jericho slaps him. Show responds with a chop to the chest. Jericho tries for the slam as Show bounces off the turnbuckle, but Show clubs him over the back. Show looks for a knockout blow, but Jericho slips out of the ring. Show tries to bring him in the hard way, but Jericho blocks it. Show shoots Jericho off the ropes, and catches him when Jericho tried a cross body. Show slams him to the mat and picks up the win.

Winner: Big Show

After the bell, Show locks in a camel clutch and Jericho taps. He then picks him up and tosses him over the ring to complete the hat trick and make everyone who voted happy.

The Usos pleads their case for facing the Hart Dynasty. The Dudebusters and The Great Khali and Hornswoggle are also on the ballot. (Who are the Dudebusters? They’re like the Ron Paul of Monday Night Raw.)

Match #2 – The Hart Dynasty vs. The Great Khali and Hornswoggle

I’m not surprised by this at all.

Tyson Kidd rolls away from the tadpole splash, as DH Smith knocks Khali off the apron. Kidd covers Hornswoggle and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: The Hart Dynasty

After the bell, the Usos run in, but the Harts are ready tonight and fight off the trio.

Michael Cole is plugging the evening's events, when King walks off saying he has problem. Cole then throws it to a recap of the Undertaker’s situation on Smackdown!

We finally meet our guest hosts for the evening, but Bradley Cooper is the only cast member that walks out. He doesn’t do much.

We join the King in the back, when he is grabbed by the other two members of the A-Team. The King has had his crown stolen, and the A-Team will get it back.

Match #3 – Santino Marella vs. Vladimir Kozlov – Dance off

The dance off beat a regular match and an arm wrestling match.

Vladimir breaks off something nasty with his moves and beats Santino.

Winner: Vladimir Kozlov

After the bell, Kozlov dances with Santino until he slams him to the mat.

Match #4 – Diva Battle Royal

This match was the fans' choice over a 6-on-6 match or champion versus champion.

Maryse and Jillian team up to eliminate Eve, but as Jillian celebrates, Maryse tosses her out of the ring to win.

Winner: Maryse

Backstage, Kane confronts Sheamus. He doesn’t care that Sheamus isn’t on Smackdown, and suspects he may have taken out the Undertaker. Sheamus says if he took out the Dead Man he would let the world know about it.

The fans will vote on Sheamus’ opponent in the next match. The choices are Kane, Mark Henry, or Evan Bourne.

Match #5 – Sheamus vs. Kane

Kane picks up the win by count out after Sheamus refuses to get back in the ring after a choke slam.

Winner via count out: Kane

John Cena’s opponent will be Jack Swagger, CM Punk, or Rey Mysterio.

Savannah interviews NXT winner Wade Barrett, who says it was a foregone conclusion he was going to win. Barrett says the winds of change are blowing in WWE.

Ted DiBiase says he should be running the show, when the A-Team shows up looking for the King’s crown. DiBiase asks why he would take an old crown. IRS walks in wearing the crown. He says he took it because the King hasn’t paid his taxes. DiBiase sets off a gas bomb, and they run off.

Match #6 – R-Truth and John Morrison vs. The Miz and Zack Ryder

The Miz sidesteps a charge from Morrison, who plants himself into the ring post. Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: The Miz and Zac Ryder

Kane wants some answers from Bret Hart. He thinks Hart may have wanted some closure. Hart doesn’t say a word as Kane threatens him.

Match #7 – Edge vs. Randy Orton – One Arm Match

Edge and Orton circle each other and both swing and miss with punches. Orton takes down Edge with a clothesline and then stomps away at him. Edge blocks the RKO and knocks down Orton. Edge unties his own arm, and goes after Orton. The ref tries to stop him and then calls for the bell. Edge gets disqualified.

Winner via DQ: Randy Orton

After the bell, Orton blocks a spear and kicks Edge out of the ring. Orton goes after him, but Edge drives a chair into the injured shoulder of Orton. Edge then smashes the chair over Orton’s back.

Evan Bourne thanks John Cena for giving him a chance last week. Cena thanks him for showing how tough he is. Savannah asks Cena how he feels not knowing who his opponent will be. Cena feels good with his fate in the hands of the WWE Universe.

Mean Gene Okerlund shows up to talk with Murdoch from the A-Team.

Match #8 – Drew McIntyre vs. Fan Voted Mystery Opponent

The WWE didn’t do much to hide the mystery man was Matt Hardy, who easily wins the vote.

Drew says this match isn’t happening, because Hardy is suspended. Teddy Long says Hardy is only suspended from Smackdown, not RAW. Hardy takes down McIntyre and then clotheslines him out of the ring and knocks him over the announce table. Hardy slams Drew into the security barrier and the ring post. Back in the ring, Hardy walks into a big boot, but dodges a corner charge. Hardy hits the Twist of Fate, covers and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: Matt Hardy

After the bell, Hardy has to be restrained from beating on McIntyre.

Ted DiBiase, Virgil, and IRS have B.A. from the A-Team restrained in the back; they tell him he will get the answers he wants in the ring.

After the commercial, all four men are in the ring. Ted says everyone has a price, even himself. Someone wanted B.A. served up to them, so he took the offer. Roddy “Rowdy” Piper heads to the ring, running his mouth. He talks about shutting up Mr. T, and now he will shut B.A. up. Piper says he is going to beat the Mohawk off of B.A. Gene Okerlund, Dusty Rhodes, and Murdoch show up. B.A. breaks free and he slams DiBiase to the mat. Rhodes takes out IRS, and Piper clears the ring and pushes Virgil into B.A. Virgil gets slammed.

Josh Matthews asks the potential opponents of John Cena why they feel they should be selected to face him.

Match #9 – John Cena vs. CM Punk w/ Serena and Luke Gallows

A little surprised by this pick, I thought for sure Rey was getting the vote.

Cena immediately tries to take off Punk’s mask, and he scurries out of the ring. Punk returns to the ring, and gets taken down with a shoulder block. Cena slaps in a side head lock that Punk counters into an arm bar. Cena counters that into a head scissors. Cena goes for the mask, again. Cena hits a bulldog out of the corner, but is pulled down by Luke Gallows attempting the five knuckle shuffle. We go to commercial.

WHAT YOU THINK
Did you vote at all during Raw's "viewer's choice"?
Yes - 13%
No - 87%
After the break, Cena breaks out of a head lock and sets up the Attitude Adjustment. Punk counters with a DDT, and tosses Cena out of the ring. Serena kicks Cena in the head, and Punk tosses him into the ring. Cena hits a shoulder block, and looks for the five knuckle shuffle, when NXT winner Wade Barrett walks out on stage. Cena hits the five-knuckle shuffle, but then turns his attention to Barrett, who has made his way to ringside. The rest of the NXT rookies come out of the crowd and beat on the Straight Edge Society. Barrett gives a nod, and the rookies jump up on the apron. David Otunga takes out the ref, and Cena is surrounded. Cena goes after Barrett, but he is overcome by the numbers. Barrett barks orders, as Skip Sheffield takes out Matt Stryker. The King is the next victim and the announce table is ripped apart. They even beat up the time keeper. Ring announcer Justin Roberts takes a beating and the NXT rookies destroy the WWE ring.

(Why isn’t the entire locker room running down to take out these guys? They aren’t just beating up Cena and CM Punk; this is an attack on the entire WWE. The whole roster is in the back, and no one can run in. I don’t get it.)

The Rookies take turns hitting Cena with finishers. The show ends with Cena put on a stretcher.

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale can’t remember the last time he was confused over the ending of RAW. Share your thoughts on his Twitter account @DPlummer627


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