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RAW: Orton, Sheamus face off; Cena runs the Nexus gauntlet
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
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Like most people at RAW in Indianapolis tonight, I did not see Night of Champions. The WWE pay per view went head to head with the Colts/Giants game last night, and I’m thinking the greater Indianapolis area went with Manning Bowl II over The Six Pack challenge.

If you also missed the show last night, you can read all about it in Nick Tylwalk’s recap. (Do it now! I’ll wait.) As you just read, Randy Orton won the WWE Title last night, and the new champ is introduced to the ring. He is quickly followed by the former champ, Sheamus. He says Orton doesn’t deserve this moment, because the title was stolen from him. Sheamus points out that Orton has never beaten him one on one for the title. Orton counters by saying that Sheamus last won the title in a fatal four-way that Nexus ran in on, and the last time they met one on one, Sheamus went and get himself disqualified. Orton does say he is entitled to a rematch, and he better do it soon. Orton tells him to cash it in quick, or he could be looking at a punt to the head.

The email tone goes off, and Michael Cole scurries to the GM podium. The General Manager says the rematch will be a Hell in the Cell Match in less than two weeks. Sheamus likes his chances, and then asks Orton to give him his gold. Orton can’t believe his audacity, and tells Sheamus to go ahead and take it. He tosses the belt to Sheamus, but follows with an RKO. Orton reclaims his gold, but sticks around in the ring. He lines up for a punt, but Sheamus rolls out of the ring at the last second.

Match #1 – “Dashing” Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre vs. Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov

The WWE Title wasn’t the only title to change hands last night. Rhodes and McIntyre won the tag titles, and former champs, The Hart Dynasty, have joined Cole and King Lawler at the announce table.

Santino falls at the feet of Rhodes, trying to apply some sort of submission. Rhodes just kicks him. McIntyre tags in and the banter between Cole and the Harts have distracted me from this match. Santino looks for the Cobra but McIntyre nearly kicks his head off. Kozlov gets the tag, and kicks Drew in to the corner, before slamming him to the mat. Cody runs in to break the pin, but Kozlov knocks him from the ring. The distraction allows McIntyre to hit Future Shock and get the pin on Kozlov.

Winner via pinfall: Dashing” Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre

Backstage, Zack Ryder pesters Edge some more. He wants to hang out and go clubbing. Edge tells him they are not friends, and says he should be the WWE Champion right now. Daniel Bryan, the new US Champion, asks Edge to keep it down. Edge freaks out, and Ryder throws up the “L” for loser. Edge wants Bryan to meet him in the ring tonight; Bryan accepts. Ryder throws up the “L” again, but too bad it’s backwards.

Match #2 – Chris Jericho vs. John Morrison

Morrison comes out firing, sending Jericho scurrying to the floor. After Jericho regroups, he whips Morrison into the corner, but misses a splash, and crashes to the floor. Morrison follows with a pescado over the top rope and we go to commercial.

After the break, Morrison beats on Jericho in the corner. The ref breaks it up, and Jericho nails a cheap shot. Jericho follows by knocking Morrison off the apron into the security barrier. A suplex brings Morrison back in the hard way. Jericho hits another suplex, but cannot get the pin. Morrison hits a big right hand, but Jericho responds with a drop kick. Jericho looks for a slam, but Morrison rolls him up. Jericho kicks out of the pin. Jericho applies a head lock, and then chops Morrison across the chest. Morrison shoots off the ropes, hitting a forearm and then a drop kick. Jericho gets a boot up in the corner, setting up the running bulldog. Morrison avoids the lionsualt, but Jericho counters the flash kick into the Walls. Morrison breaks the hold by getting the ropes. Morrison slides through the legs of Jericho and the two trade near falls. Morrison counters the Walls, and hits a knee on Jericho. Morrison connects with Starship Pain to pick up the win.

Winner via pinfall: John Morrison

Jericho looks like he may cry as he leaves the ring.

Josh Matthews asks John Cena if he is disappointed he left Night of Champions without the title. Cena says he enjoyed watching Orton RKO Wade Barrett. Cena gets to silence the leader, Wade Barrett, tonight, and the group will fall to pieces.

The Miz wants to make it clear that he did not tap out last night, and Daniel Bryan did not beat him. The Miz says he was hurt going into the match last night, and he went against doctors orders to compete. The Miz says he had to save himself from potential surgery. Miz says he will regain his US Title.

Match #3 – Edge vs. Daniel Bryan

The Miz sticks around for commentary, and I’m sure there is no way he will get involved during or after this match. Edge takes it to Bryan, beating him around the ring. Edge pulls him from the ring, and slams him into the security barrier. Bryan answers with a series of kicks, but is shut down with the Edge-o-Matic. Bryan connects with a kick to the knee, and the launches himself over Edge in the corner. Edge blocks an attempt at a Lebell lock, but Bryan counters with a jaw breaker. Bryan goes up top, and Edge counters by kicking Bryan out of mid-air. Edge looks for the spear, but Bryan counters into the LeBell lock. Alex Riley runs to the apron, allowing Miz to take a cheap shot at Bryan. Edge hits the spear, covers, and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: Edge

The GM drops a line, reversing the referee’s decision. Daniel Bryan is awarded the win due to outside interference. Edge is livid. He is sick of this anonymous GM. Edge storms off. The Miz and Alex Riley take advantage of the situation and beat Bryan in the middle of the ring. Miz slaps him around, calling him a nothing, and finishes him off with a Skull Crushing Finale.

Match #4 – Layla w/ Michelle McCool vs. Melina – Unified Women’s Title

Layla hits a flip DDT off the top turnbuckle, after fighting off Melina. She covers to retain the title.

Winner via pinfall: Layla

Wade Barrett is talking with his fellow Nexus members in the back.

Josh Matthews is with Chris Jericho who has an announcement. Jericho has a three-disc DVD set coming out, and it will prove that he is the best in the world. Jericho says he is extremely close to finding out who the GM is, and then he will blackmail and extort that person to the point that he will be running the show. Orton walks up on him, and he has heard enough. He wants Jericho one on one, and if Jericho wins he gets a title shot whenever he wants. Orton is sick of Jericho, and is certain he can make Jericho go away for a long time.

Match #5 – R-Truth and Eve vs. Ted DiBiase and Maryse

The good news -- Truth is rapping a new song. The bad news -- Eve still can’t dance.

Eve blocks the French Kiss DDT, countering with a swinging neck breaker. Eve covers and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: R-Truth and Eve.

Ted and Maryse are arguing up the ramp, when a cryptic message appears on the TitanTron; It says I will have you. Who is it meant for though? Maryse or Ted? The plot thins.

The Indianapolis Colts are in the house, and they won last night!

Match #6 – John Cena vs. Wade Barrett

Barrett walks out with the rest of Nexus in tow. He heads to the ring, as the rest wait atop the ramp. Barrett stands atop the announcers table, and informs Cena there has been a change in plans. Barrett wants Cena to stay true to his word when he said he wanted to kick each member of Nexus in the face. Barrett has made this a gauntlet match, and Cena will get a crack at Barrett if he beats the other four members of Nexus. Or Cena could try to take them all on at once. Cena opts for the gauntlet match.

Match #6 – John Cena vs. Nexus – Gauntlet Match

Heath Slater is the first opponent for Cena. Slater holds his own, connecting with a low drop kick in the corner. He follows with a one man flap jack. Slater hits a flying cross body, but Cena rolls through, picks Slater up, and hits the Attitude Adjustment. He covers and eliminates Slater. David Otunga heads to the ring as we head to commercial.

Otunga drives his shoulder into Cena in the corner, and follows with a suplex. Cena kicks out of the pin. Cena surprises Otunga with a small package, and gets the pin. Otunga is out.

Michael Tarver steps up, and works over Cena in the corner with left and rights. Tarver walks into a big point, and Cena quickly applies the STF. Tarver taps.

Justin Gabriel is the last man standing between Barrett. Gabriel connects with a slingshot senton. Cena fights his way out of the corner, and nails a standing drop kick. Gabriel kicks out, and then catches Cena on the top turnbuckle. Gabriel hits the superplex, and covers. Cena powers out at two. Gabriel hits a moonsault, and Cena kicks out again. Cena blocks a suplex and counters with one of his own. Cena and Gabriel trade punches, and Gabriel lays him out. Cena avoids Gabriel coming off the ropes, and hits a sidewalk slam. He follows with the five knuckle shuffle, when the rest of Nexus storms the ring. Barrett brings a chair, but loses it to Cena, who clears the ring. Nexus retreats up the ramp. Cena tells Barrett he owes him a match, and wants to end this right now. Barrett says he has nothing to gain by beating him; he wants Cena to sweeten the deal. Cena tells him to name anything. Barrett will fight Cena at Hell in the Cell in two weeks on one condition; if Cena loses he joins Nexus. Cena says it is on, but he wants to make it big. If Cena wins, Nexus is over, done, disbanded, kaput. Wade Barrett will go down in history as the guy who flushed a golden opportunity. Barrett accepts.

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Follow Dale on Twitter @DPlummer627 for random thoughts and general silliness.