June 28, 2010
RAW: Orton is money in the bank
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
One year and 52 episodes ago, RAW introduced the guest host to its wrestling show. Rob Zombie hosts on the one year anniversary, but with a mysterious new GM calling the shots, the guest host has really taken a back seat, with some only being in one segment, which is what I’m guessing will be the case tonight.
Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler start the show in Philadelphia from the broadcast desk. Cole says McMahon family will not comment on the attack on Vince by the former NXT Rookies, who have taken to calling themselves Nexus. Wade Barrett is currently meeting with WWE officials in Stamford. While the GM says the actions of the group will be met with necessary action.
The WWE champion, Sheamus, heads to the ring amidst boos from the crowd. Sheamus is disgusted by the attack on Vince, and then makes a statement on behalf of the company. He announces the champ is here, and says the Nexus attack on John Cena wouldn’t have mattered, because he would have won regardless. Sheamus also says John Cena is no longer the number one contender, since he already cashed in his rematch clause. Sheamus announces Cena will never get another shot at him.
John Cena has heard enough, but he isn’t out here for a shot at the title. Cena has come out to ask for help. Cena explains he was a target because he was the champion, but guess who Nexus will come after next? Sheamus. Cena tells Sheamus if he wants to keep his title, and his career, he should join Cena. Cole interrupts with a message from the GM, who says he (or she) will wait until next week to take action against Nexus. Wade Barrett will be allowed to present his case, but if there are any attacks on a WWE superstar that member will be fired. Also, if a WWE superstar attacks a member of Nexus, that superstar will be suspended. This news pokes a huge whole in Cena’s plans, and instead suggests a WWE title match.
Another email comes in, announcing a title match, except the contender will be Mark Henry. Cena protests, when another email arrives. This one announces the Money in the Bank PPV, which will feature a MitB Ladder match. Sheamus says he has wasted enough time and leaves.
As he walks up the ramp, a steel cage is lowered, and Sheamus finds out he will face John Cena for the WWE title in said cage.
Match #1 – The Hart Legacy vs. The Usos
The Usos attack the Harts before the match even starts. David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd are taken out, and the Usos head back up the ramp. Tamina wants more of Natalya, rolling her into the ring, and then hitting a Super Fly splash.
Josh Matthews wants R-Truth's thoughts on Nexus. Truth says firing Nexus would let them off the hook.
Match #2 – Santino vs. Vladimir Kozlov
If Santino wins, Kozlov has agreed to become his tag team partner.
Kozlov reverses a roll up into an arm grapevine, but Santino quickly escapes. Kozlov catches Santino’s foot, and slams him to the mat. Kozlov covers to get the win.
Winner via pinfall: Vladimir Kozlov
After the match, William Regal congratulates Kozlov, and then beats on Santino. Kozlov runs back to the ring to make the save, kicking Regal in the face. He picks Santino up and helps him to the back.
Josh Matthews gets a word with Khali, whose interpreter runs off after providing a very loose interpretation of Khali’s statement.
Rob Zombie is introduced and correctly plugs the upcoming PPV, and he also announces the participants in the Money in the Bank match. Randy Orton, The Miz, R-Truth, Chris Jericho, Evan Bourne, Ted DiBiase, John Morrison, and Edge. Zombie is less than enthusiastic about Edge, who used to use his song for an entrance. Edge appears on the TitanTron to say his piece, Edge then reminds everyone he won the first MitB, and cashed it in the beat John Cena for the title. Edge then guarantees a win, and the GM chimes in with an email.
Tonight’s main event will be an eight man tag match features the MitB match.
Match #3 – Sheamus vs. Mark Henry – WWE Title Match
Henry tries to overpower the champ, but he can’t do it. Sheamus slaps on a head lock, but Henry powers out. Sheamus looks for a clothesline, but runs right into Henry. Henry follows with a splash, and covers, but Sheamus gets a foot up on the rope. The champ rolls out of the ring, and Henry gets him. The champ is tossed back into the ring, but Sheamus catches Henry with the bicycle kick as he re-enters the ring. Sheamus covers and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Sheamus
Josh Matthews talks with Nexus, who point out they are also protected by the GM’s ruling. Skip Sheffield found a loop hole to make an impact, as he beats up the sound guy. Matthews just hangs his head.
Jerry Lawler is in the ring to pimp the new Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat DVD. Steamboat comes to the ring, and I think someone is about to get beat up by Nexus. Lawler says there are some guys who want to honor him. Arn Anderson, Michael Hayes, Dean Malenko, and Mike Rotundo join Steamboat in the ring and say a few words. Ricky thanks the WWE universe, when Nexus interrupts.
The former rookies surround the ring. One by one they try to enter the ring, but are fought off. Arn Anderson gets too close the apron, and Michael Tarver pulls him out. Anderson is laid out on the floor. Dean Malenko is the next to fall, and Rotunda soon follows. Steamboat, Lawler, and Hayes keep Nexus at bay, but eventually the numbers win out. The three remaining men are beat in and around the ring. Steamboat fights the good fight, but can’t overcome the six on one odds. Steamboat is laid out for Justin Gabriel to hit his 450 splash. The Nexus guys leave Steamboat in the ring and walk to the back.
After the break, Steamboat is wheeled out on a gurney. Cole explains that Hall of Famers are not considered superstars, and no one from the locker room could help due to risk of suspension.
Josh Matthews takes Lawler’s place at the announce table.
Match #4 – Maryse and Alicia Fox vs. Gail Kim and Eve
Alicia hits Kim with a scissors kick to pick up the win.
Winner via pinfall: Alicia Fox and Maryse
Match #5 – Edge, Chris Jericho, The Miz, Ted Dibiase vs. R-Truth, John Morrison, Evan Bourne, and Randy Orton
This match is going to be a cluster. DiBiase takes it to Morrison, beating him into the corner. Morrison turns the tables with a back drop, and then tags in R-Truth. DiBiase is thrown over the top rope, and Bourne connects with a thrust kick off the apron, and tosses DiBiase back in. Bourne gets the tag, as Jericho. He sends Bourne to the floor, and he follows. Jericho tosses Evan back in, taunting him to make a tag. Jericho drags Bourne across the ring, and tags in Miz. Bourne escapes a suplex, and gets a tag to Morrison.
Morrison hits the flying jump in the corner, but DiBiase pulls Miz out of the ring before anymore damage can be done. And we go to commercial.
Jericho and Morrison are in the ring, and Edge gets the tag. Morrison fights back, but is dropped by a toe hold. DiBiase gets the tag, and pounds on Morrison. Morrison battles out of the corner, but runs into a scoop slam. Edge tags in, stomping away at Morrison. Edge looks for the spear, but catches the turnbuckle instead. Edge tries to stop Morrison from making a tag, but gets an enziguri for his trouble. Bourne and Jericho get tags, and Bourne is hot. Jericho kicks out of a small package, and then catches Bourne on the top rope. Bourne fights Jericho off, but misses Air Bourne. Jericho strikes quickly with the CodeBreaker, but cannot get the pin. Dibiase gets the tag, but so does Orton, who immediately hits the RKO and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: R-Truth, John Morrison, Evan Bourne, and Randy Orton
After the bell, Edge attacks Orton from behind, and then grabs a ladder. He clears the ring, but Bourne and Morrison turn the tables. The Miz pushes Bourne off the top rope into Jericho, and then sets up the ladder to grab the symbolic case above the ring. Orton gets to his feet, and pushes The Miz to his doom. Orton climbs the ladder, grabbing the case. The shows ends with Orton posing atop the ladder.
Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale was in Philadelphia for the Blue Jays-Phillies game on Sunday. He wants to assure Blue Jays fans they didn’t miss anything, except for 95 degree heat, sunburn, and some terrible fielding on Toronto’s part. Follow Dale on Twitter @Dplummer627