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Vince McMahon makes his way out on the stage to kick off tonight’s RAW. He is in a happy mood, in a way. He says that if Donald Trump was still in charge, the show would be commercial free and the fans would get their money back. He can’t promise commercial-free, but he teases refunding the tickets. Behind the scenes, Donald Trump has screwed Vince in the worst way. The guest host is still on for tonight as is a special 15 Superstar Draft. However, Vince picks the guest host…DAVE BATISTA!
And the crowd goes mild.
Batista promises some fun tonight. He wants to do a four men tournament tonight to determine who faces Orton at Night of Champions. We’ll get Miz v. Cena and MVP v. Triple H. Batista didn’t want to do this tonight, but he…gets interrupted by Legacy.
Randy says that Batista shouldn’t had come back. What is stopping them from tearing what is left of Batista apart. Batista says that nothing is stopping him…except that he’ll fire the three of them tonight. Batista continues, saying that Vince promised him unlimited power. That includes making Orton’s life a living nightmare. Orton says that he went through Hell and Batista mocks him. Batista won’t make Orton defend the title tonight. What Orton has to worry about is his competition tonight. So the five superstars that RAW acquired tonight…Orton has to face three of them in a gauntlet match.
MVP v. Triple H is NEXT!
WWE Rewind: Orton retains the WWE Title last night with a lot of help. Trips gets the last laugh, however.
Triple H v. Montel Vontanious Porter Night of Champions Tournament
The bell sounds and they lock up. MVP sends Trips to the ropes and down he goes. Trips tweaks the injured leg. MVP looks for the target and Trips backs off, telling MVP it is out of bounds. MVP does it again and Trips gets a few rights in. MVP targets the leg and he is on the pressure in the corner. MVP drops the elbow a few times on the leg. Trips is back up and he beats MVP to the punch. MVP floats over the spinebuster and he sweeps the leg. MVP channels Ric Flair and gets Trips in the Figure Four. Trips tries to reverse the pressure, but is denied. Trips decks MVP to get out of it. MVP takes him off, but he uses the good leg to keep MVP at bay. Pedigree attempt is blocked and Trips goes down. MVP goes Ballin’ and gets the cover. Kickout by Trips by two. MVP measures, but Trips blocks it. Another Pedigree attempt is countered to a backdrop. Yakuza Kick in the corner gets a close two count for MVP. MVP tries the Playmaker, but Trips hits the Pedigree! Call the match.
Winner: Triple H Grade: C
Trips no-sells the injury after the match.
The Tag Titles are on the line…NEXT!
Last night, Chris Jericho & Edge win the tag titles.
Chris Jericho & Edge (Rated Y2J) v. Carlito & Primo WWE Unified Tag Team Championships
Before the match, Chris Jericho takes the microphone to remind us that we are hypocrites. Edge interrupts saying that he approached Jericho as an unified front to own the WWE. They continue blabbing their mouths and their opponents interrupt.
The bell sounds and Primo starts off with Jericho. Jericho takes Primo down to a knee and he easily takes care of him. Primo hits a dropkick, followed by a flipping hurrancurana. Edge distracts and he pays the price. Jericho charges and he is taken out. The Colons hit stereo baseball slides and a commercial break is upcoming.
We’re back and Jericho has Primo in a headlock. Primo tries to come back, and he gets a sunset flip for two. Jericho comes back and gets a two count of his own. Tag to Edge and Primo is in trouble. Primo goes corner to corner hard and Edge gets two out of that exchange. Tag to Jericho and he toys with Primo. Knee to the jaw connects and Jericho berates him in the corner. Bulldog is countered as Jericho gets hung out to dry. Primo tags in Carlito and he is off with a missile dropkick. Jericho can’t mount any offense and Carlito hits a neckbreaker for two. Carlito off the ropes and he runs into Jericho’s elbow. Lionsault misses, but the Asai Moonsault doesn’t and Carlito gets two. The Walls gets countered with a catapult. Carlito takes Edge out and hits a crossbody for two. Both men punch each other in the head and Edge was able to get the tag. Spear attempt by Edge is stopped by Primo, dropping Carlito out. Edge gets back-cracked, but Jericho breaks the fall. Primo takes care of Jericho and Carlito looks for a springboard, but Jericho shoves Primo to the ropes inadvertanly, causing a collison. Spear connects and that is all.
Winners: Edge & Chris Jericho Grade: B
Carlito and Primo have a mild disagreement in the ring after watching the replay.
Cena v. Miz TONIGHT!
Orton in a Gauntlet Match TONIGHT!
We’re back and we recap what happened at The Bash. Randy Orton is complaining about Batista and Rhodes & DiBiase say that Batista has gone too far. Batista comes over and he promises termination if DiBiase or Rhodes interferes. Have a good night, Randy.
We get a video package hyping Cena v. Miz.
Did You Know: There was nothing on CW, Lifetime, E!, and Oxygen last week so 2 million females watched RAW.
John Cena v. The Miz Night of Champions Tournament Match
The Miz takes it to Cena in the early going – getting more offense in than last night. Cena comes back and he owns Miz again. Corner to corner we go and Miz catches it. He mounts Cena and he kicks away. He decks Cena and he gets reversed to the ropes. Back body drop connects and Cena hits the Fisherman’s Release Suplex. Cena locks on a chinlock and we get a Cena Sucks chant in the crowd. Miz gets a cheap shot and he gets a vertical suplex into a cover for two. The Cena Sucks chants get drown out by the females and tweens. Cena gets back up and Miz drives a knee into Cena. Knee goes to the back and Cena gets the kneelift/neckbreaker combo for two. Miz clubs the back of the neck and he charges in the corner. Cena reverses a whip and he goes for a bulldog, but Miz counters. Miz hangs Cena’s head off the ropes. Swinging neckbreaker connects for two and Miz has Cena where he wants him. The referee pulls Miz off Cena and we go to break.
We’re back and Cena is still in trouble. Cena tries to get i it, but Miz has an answer. Miz gets two off that exchange and he goes back to the mount. Miz is really looking to get DQ’ed it seems like. He hits the corner charge and Cena goes limp. Miz goes up top and Cena beats him to the punch. Cena goes on top and we’re looking for the Attitude Adjustment. Miz counters with an electric chair for two. The Miz continues on the attack, focusing on the neck. Swift kick to Cena gets two, for crying out loud. The Miz talks smack and Cena hits a drop toe hold. The Miz counters and he applies a sleeper hold. Big Mistake for Miz, locking the legs. Cena falls to the mat and Miz still has the hold locked in. THE POWER OF CENA COMPELS FROM WITHIN! Cena breaks out of the hold and the Miz misses the charge. Super Cena attacks, hitting the blocks, Protobomb, Five Knuckle Shuffle, and the Throwback. Cena goes to the top and he hits the Fame Asser. STF is locked in and the Miz just got neutered. Really?
Winner: John Cena Grade: This was an A match, but I’m giving it a C since a 30 second comeback does not work for me. Not tonight.
So is Trips v. Cena tonight or next week? Earlier it was tonight…now it’s next week.
I guess it is next week. Triple H v. John Cena for the chance to face Orton at Night of Champions.
Backstage, Legacy gives Randy a pep talk. DiBiase says that the Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase will be next week’s “guest host”. Looks like Legacy is getting fired tonight and re-hired next week.
Time to determine the #1 Contender to the Diva’s Title. But first, we gotta pay for having a commercial-free RAW last week with more commercials.
Kelly Kelly v. Mickie James v. Beth Phoenix v. Rosa Mendez
Michael Cole screws up Maryse’s name and he talks about the Miz. Meanwhile, Beth Phoenix takes care of the competition. Mickie James and Kelly Kelly jockey for position and Mickie gets the advantage momentarily. They double team Rosa and Beth comes back in to clean house. Beth takes it to Kelly Kelly, before going after Mickie James. Rosa tries to interrupt, but thought better of it. Mickie floats over and she has on a wicked hold on Beth Phoenix. Now we got everyone in a chinlock! Beth breaks through and she spears everyone to the corner. Mickie and Beth are going through hell. Kelly catches Beth for two. Mickie gets a rollup of her own for two. Rosa gets two on her own as well. Beth gets jaw jacked by Mickie and Beth nails her mentoree for two. Mickie and Kelly double team Beth and are successful. Kelly gets two out of that. Beth nails the Glam Slam on Kelly, but Mickie interrupts. Beth sends Mickie to the corner, but she is ready/ Hurrancurana sends Beth out of the ring. Mickie takes care of it and Rosa connects with a closed fist. Mickie fights back and she hits the DDT! She gets the win!
Winner: Mickie James Grade: C
Mickie and Maryse have a staredown and things get heated. Mickie heads back in the ring and hugs Kelly Kelly.
The Big Show walks with a purpose. He faces Kofi Kingston next!
We get a clip on the Summerslam Reading Jam.
Big Show v. Kofi Kingston
The bell rings and Kofi works with the kicks, but he runs into a brick wall. Big Show works on the arm in the early going. Headbutt connects and Kofi tries to fight back, but it is to no avail. Scoop slam connects and Show drops his body on the canvas. Kofi hits a dropkick, but Show doesn’t go down. He tries his might and he nails a roundhouse kick. Kofi goes to the ropes and hits a missile dropkick. Boom Boom leg drop connects for two. He goes for a corner splash, but Show catches him and dumps him outside. The fight spills out of the ring and Show beats the hell out of Kofi. Military Press connects, but Kofi gets off Show and he bashes him in the ring post. Neither man makes the count.
Result: Double Countout Grade: F
Big Show is pissed off.
Randy Orton faces his nightmare NEXT!
Did You Know: Everyone watched RAW last week, don’t deny it.
“The Million Dollar Man” is your guest host NEXT WEEK!
The Gauntlet Match
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring slow but surely. Who is Orton facing tonight?
Randy Orton v. Evan Bourne
It’s the Battle of St. Louis! The bell sounds and Orton takes it to Bourne. Bourne comes off the ropes and he takes Orton down. Orton goes to suplex Bourne, but Bourne floats over and gets a two count. Bourne charges and gets caught. Roundhouse by Orton gets two. Bourne attacks the leg, but Orton is resourceful. Orton stomps away at Bourne and it is time to slow the pace down. Kick to the ribs by Orton and he tries to hook Bourne, but Bourne counters with a standing moonsault for one. Bourne charges with a dropkick for two. Orton sends Bourne to the corner and up he goes. Seated Senton connects dangerously on his head. Shooting Star is blocked by Orton and he hits a SUPER RKO! That gets three.
Winner: Randy Orton
Randy Orton v. Jack Swagger
Does this make Swagger face? Swagger overpowers Orton to begin the bout and he towers over Orton. Swagger steps on the apron and allows the referee to count him out. Guess he’s a heel, allowing Orton to rest up.
Winner via countout: Randy Orton
Swagger has the microphone and he kisses up to Orton. He shakes Orton’s hand and he leaves the ring.
Randy Orton v. Mark Henry
ECW gets raped tonight and Orton is beside himself. Mark Henry gets a microphone and he too kisses up to him. He wants to make an impression as well, but Henry wants to compete. He shoves Orton on his ass and he too decides to take a countout. Henry stops the referee’s hand at five and he says not so fast. He gets back in the ring and Orton gets on his knees, begging for mercy. Henry isn’t buying it and he tosses Orton around like a ragdoll. Headbutt connects in the corner and Orton begs off. Pillar to post we go and Orton gets squashed. Corner to corner again and Orton gets a cheap shot in. Henry connects with a headbutt to the face and the fans go wild all over Mark Henry. RKO attempt, but Henry counters with the World’s Strongest Slam for the win!
Winner: Mark Henry
Looks like Henry is a face now. Bad for Orton, good for us?
Batista comes out on the stage with a smile.
Cena v. Trips next week!
The WWE RAW Report Card
Randy Orton loses the Gauntlet Match: C
Big Show b. Kofi Kingston went to a double countout: F
Mickie James d. Rosa Mendez, Beth Phoenix, & Kelly Kelly: C
John Cena neuters the Miz: C
Edge & Chris Jericho d. Carlito & Primo: B
Triple H neuters MVP: C
The FINAL Grade for RAW 06.29.09: C
Well, RAW went out like a lamb for the month of June. The Cena/Triple H show continues to roll on, despite the chances they had to make new stars with MVP and the Miz. ECW gets raped as Bourne, Swagger, and Henry jump to RAW as we “correct the draft mistakes that were made back in April”.
I won’t be here next week and I’m sure a replacement will be found. I’ll catch you around because you know I can’t stay away that long. Have a great week!