Post "The Bash," Monday Night RAW was broadcast live from San Jose, Calif.
During his few hours of ownership, former RAW owner, Donald Trump, created two new stipulations. Mr. McMahon revealed these during the opening of the show.
First, there was a 15-superstar trade that took place between the three brands:
The RAW roster acquired: Gail Kim, Alicia Fox, Jack Swagger, Evan Bourne, and Mark Henry.
The SmackDown roster acquired: Matt Hardy, Finlay, and The Hart Dynasty: David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd and Natalya.
The ECW roster acquired: Shelton Benjamin, Goldust, William Regal, Brie & Nikki Bella
Second, RAW will feature a series of guest hosts. This week's guest host was none other than The Animal himself, Batista.
As the injured Batista executed the suit and tie, Legacy interrupted The Animal during his greeting. On the eve of RAW, Randy Orton retained his WWE Championship at The Bash against Triple H.
Feeling confident, Orton intended to remind us all that he was still the champion, and that he placed Batista on the injured reserve list.
The Animal, still licking his wounds, reminded Orton that he knows all about Orton's love for three-on-one attacks. Taking full advantage of being a "special guest" a.k.a. "general manager," Batista booked Orton for a three-on-one Gauntlet match.
WWE Champion: Randy Orton vs. Evan Bourne, Jack Swagger, and Mark Henry:
Randy Orton approached the main event unaware of his opponents; however, soon enough, Orton learned that he would be facing three former ECW wrestlers.
The first match was against "AirBourne" Evan Bourne. Bourne is known for his high-flying wrestling style. Orton was able to reach heights of his own with the RKO
from the top rope. He followed it up on the mat with the pin fall.
The second match was against Jack Swagger. After very little thought, Swagger stood outside the ring like a deer caught in headlights. The referee made the ten count, and Orton defeated Swagger by count-out. Welcome to RAW, little Jackie.
The third and final match for The Viper was against The World's Strongest Man, Mark Henry. Henry also took a lunch break outside the ring, but re-entered before the referee counted him out.
Henry focused his attack on Orton's injuries sustained at The Bash. He was able to defeat Orton; thus, sending a strong message to the RAW roster.
Only fitting coming from a superstar who calls himself "The World's Strongest Man."
United States Champion: Kofi Kingston vs. Big Show:
Kingston's championship was not on the line, as these two entered the squared circle.
The stipulation here was in Big Show's favor. If Show was able to win the match, he would earn a future opportunity at the title.
Nevertheless, there wasn't a clear winner decided as both stars were counted out.
Mickie James vs. Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix and Rosa Mendes:
The Divas faced each other in a four-way showdown to determine who would become the No. 1 contender for Maryse's Divas championship. Mickie James picked up the pin fall against Mendes as Maryse looked on.
This long awaited Divas match will finally take place at the next pay-per view.
Unified WWE Tag Team Champions: Edge & Chris Jericho vs. Carlito & Primo:
At The Bash, Smackdown's general manager, Teddy Long, added the team of Edge and Jericho to the featured tag team championship match, turning the battle into a Triple- threat match.
This paid off for the "cocky Canadians" as they were able to pull off the victory and become new Unified WWE Tag Team Champions.
The Colons cashed in their rematch clause right away; however, Edge and Jericho were able to make Canada proud as they picked up the victory.
Guest host, Batista, also announced to us that there will be a "Night of Champions" Tournament leading up to the next pay-per view. There were four stars featured in this tournament, all hoping to gain No. 1 contendership for the WWE title.
John Cena vs. The Miz (Round 1):
At The Bash, Cena was able to school The Miz, defeating him in a matter of minutes.
The Miz entered RAW hoping to avoid a flashback. Nevertheless, he received just that. A mirror image of a defeat.
This victory earned Cena the right to face the winner of Triple H vs. MVP for the WWE Title No. 1 contendership.
Triple H vs. MVP (Round 1):
Triple H and his injuries faced off against Mr. Prom King, MVP. Obviously, MVP did not show up with his game face on, as he allowed Triple H to defeat him.
This could have been an easy victory for MVP, facing an injury-prone Triple H, fresh from the battle at The Bash.
Unfortunately while "ballin," MVP shot an air-ball that cost him the No. 1 contendership opportunity.
Next week's main event will be John Cena vs. Triple H for the WWE No. 1 Contender slot. Randy Orton will be watching closely.
Speaking of Orton, special guest host next week is "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, father of Legacy's Ted DiBiase.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I am sure Mr. DiBiase is proud of his son's accomplishments so far, and will offer pointers to Legacy. DiBiase, Sr.'s
advice will only make them stronger as a unit.
Always remember, "everyone's gotta pay a price," even in this recession.
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