TONIGHT: Edge makes his full-time Raw return by welcoming Randy Orton onto his interview segment, “The Cutting Edge.” Plus, Emmy Award-winner Wayne Brady is your guest host.
-They aired clips of the Triple-Threat #1 Contender’s Match from last week.
-Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler intro’d the show as the camera panned the crowd. They plugged The Cutting Edge with Randy Orton as special guest.
-But first! It’s Batista’s music, and the Animal came out dressed to compete. He did get the spotlight on the stage, which followed him to the ring. He had a microphone and talked about becoming #1 Contender for the WWE Title….again. But he wasn’t satisfied with that: He thought he should be WWE Champion. He asked the fans if they even know what a Last Man Standing Match is. I think they chanted “you tapped out,” so clearly they don’t. He explained the rules to them, then said he wasn’t beaten to the point that he couldn’t get up at ten; he was hoodwinked by John Cena (my words). They showed Cena duct-tapping Batista’s legs together from Extreme Rules. Back live, the crowd chanted “Cena” as Batista tried to talk. He said it was the most embarrassing moment….of John Cena’s career. He took that back and said it was the most embarrassing moment of Cena’s life. I don’t know, Cena’s done a lot of embarrassing stuff in WWE. He said duct-taping someone like that is something Hornswoggle would do. Apparently, there’s going to be a Beat-the-Clock tournament tonight between Batista and Cena to find out who picks the stipulations for the match at Over the Limit. And apparently, Batista faces Miz. That’s weird. He told Miz to come out so he could beat him, but instead, Sheamus’ music played and the Pale Warrior came out.
Sheamus called Batista pathetic for talking about the WWE Title match at Extreme Rules. He’s saying “fella” a lot more than he used to in his promos is Sheamus, and I approve. He reminded Batista that he won at Extreme Rules, and he did something Batista never could: he took out Triple H. He said maybe the reason he doesn’t have a title match at Over the Limit is because he took out the Son-in-Law. A match was proposed by Sheamus between him and Batista tonight. If he loses, Sheamus will shut his gob and leave; but if he wins, he usurps Batista’s #1 contendership and will face Cena at Over the Limit. Batista told Sheamus he had his chance and blew it. Sheamus said he wasn’t pinned in that match. Batista told Sheamus he has a match to win; “in other words, get out of my ring!” Sheamus didn’t leave too quickly, and said he’d get his shot at the title sooner than Batista thinks.
-Next, it’s Batista vs. The Miz in a Beat-the-Clock challenge match.
-Miz was coming to the ring out of break, but he wasn’t dressed to wrestle. He did have a letter with him. He said there’s nothing he’d like more than to face Batista now. But he said the trauma suffered in the facial region last week due to Big Show’s punch has put him out of action, and he even had a doctor’s note. Hilariously, the envelope was even labeled “Doctor’s Note” in big letters. Miz said he had just the guy to face Batista in the Beat-the-Clock challenge: His NXT Rookie, Daniel Bryan. Interesting. When Bryan came to the ring, Miz told him to put up a fight and not lose in 30 seconds. Bryan said he’d do one better and make Batista tap out.
(1) Batista vs. Daniel Bryan- Beat-the-Clock Challenge Kick to the gut by Batista, and he got Bryan up for a powerbomb, but Bryan countered with a roll-up for two. Bryan got Batista in an ankle-lock, but Batista escaped and went to ringside. Back in the ring, Batista pounded away at Bryan in the corner as the match reached the 1:00 mark. Bryan avoided Batista and jumped on his back for a sleeper. Batista flipped him down and booted him in the face. That got a near-fall. Hard whip into the buckle by Batista. This time, Bryan locked in a front face-lock, wrapping his legs around Batista’s waist. Batista flipped him over his head again in an impressive move. He threw Bryan out of the ring, as both announcers questioned this strategy. He slammed Bryan’s back into the apron. Over the 3:00 mark at this point. Hard clothesline flipped Bryan inside out, but he kicked out of a pin. Bryan fought back, but the crowd wasn’t into it. Kick to the head by Bryan, but he walked into a boot himself. Pin, but Bryan kicked out at 3:47. More kicks from Bryan, and he locked in some sort of arm-bar, pulling back on the neck. Batista got to the ropes to break it. A kick to the knee of Bryan put the youngster in a fair amount of pain. Spear knocked Bryan down, then a Batista Bomb finished it.
Winner: Batista, at 5:06. Bryan showed good fight here; unfortunately, he showed great selling ability that will probably make WWE want to put the big guys over him (a la Evan Bourne) when he makes it to the main roster.
Another Batista Bomb by the Animal for Bryan. He left the ring, then came back and gave him yet another one. How could Miz just stand idly by and let this happen to his rookie!
-John Cena’s Beat-the-Clock opponent: Chris Jericho.
-Up next, Wayne Brady.
-More clips from last week’s three-way, specifically, Edge spearing Orton. Orton will be on the Cutting Edge tonight.
-Eve Torres was doing a photo-shoot backstage when Wayne Brady walked in. She hugged him and thanked him for hosting Raw tonight. He said he should be thanking her- she’s his favorite Diva and he congratulated her for winning the title. Jillian Hall walked in and said she wanted to sing Wayne Brady’s theme song when he came out to the arena. She offered to sing a few bars and did so. Wayne joined in on dancing with her, until he danced her right out of the room. Eve went back to the photo-shoot, but Maryse barged in and nailed Eve with the title.
-Edge was talking to a production assistant backstage. He was talking about some videos of past matches that he wanted to use for his return. The stage-hand didn’t seem like they’d be usable. Josh Mathews walked up to Edge and asked about the Cutting Edge. Edge said WWE is PG now, but he’s Rated R, and he won’t have people tell him what he can and can’t use tonight. He said he’s bringing controversy back to Monday Night Raw. About time!
-Lawler thanked Fit For Rivals for providing the official theme song to Over the Limit, titled “Crash.”
- Ted DiBiase came out for a match. Cole dropped the name “The Fortunate Son” when talking about DiBiase; it’s also supposed to be the name of his new group set to debut soon. They showed him trying to recruit R-Truth last week. DiBiase got the mic and said you’d think someone from the streets like R-Truth would appreciate the opportunity to make money. He then said he probably makes good money in WWE, but what happens when that’s over? He can’t rap- he only has one song, and it’s terrible. He said when he gets his personal assistant, the person will help him slap some sense into R-Truth.
(2) Ted DiBiase vs. John Morrison Cole called Morrison “The Monday Night Delight.” Morrison got the better of DiBiase, then did a 450 off the top rope and onto DiBiase on the outside. “That was awesome” chant by the fans. DiBiase was in no hurry getting back in the ring, and at eight, decided he’d had enough.
Winner: Morrison, via count-out, at 1:13.
Morrison got the mic and said that’s not how he wants to start things on Monday nights. He asked DiBiase to forget about the count-out and re-start the match. He wasn’t receptive to that, but Morrison said he’d be DiBiase’s Virgil if he loses. That caught DiBiase’s attention, and he walked back to the ring for the re-match. It is next.
(2a) John Morrison vs. Ted DiBiase Body-scissors by DiBiase, as the match was joined in progress out of break. Thankfully, Lawler filled the fans in on who Virgil was. Knee-lift by DiBiase. He continued working over Morrison, then got upset when he couldn’t get the pinfall. They’re acting like this is a continuation of the first match, but not in my book. I’ll label it “2a” but I’m timing them both out separately. Morrison made his comeback and went for the Flying Chuck Kick, but DiBiase tripped him up and got a near-fall. Dream Street countered into a snapmare, but a scoop slam by DiBiase got two again. Morrison tried to out-sell Bryan’s clothesline in the first match, doing a Jannetty sell of his own. Another Dream Street attempt, but Morrison climbed the ropes with it still hooked and flipped over. DiBiase’s shoulders were pinned with Morrison still in the move, but Morrison got the three-count.
Winner: Morrison, at 3:58 (5:11 combined). OK, so I did combine the times. Match was good enough, and this assistant angle could be interesting.
DiBiase beat Morrison down after the match until R-Truth made the save.
-They showed highlights of the Bryan vs. Batista match from earlier tonight.
-Next: John Cena vs. Chris Jericho in a Beat-the-Clock Challenge match.
-Cena came to the ring for the match, followed by Jericho. Jericho, though, was wearing a suit and like Miz before him, was not dressed to compete. Jericho said he won’t use the same flimsy excuse to get out of his match as Miz did. Instead, he’s opting out because he’s beaten Cena so many times, doing it again would be a waste of time. He did hand-pick his opponent; someone who has been begging for the opportunity to embarrass Cena. I thought it’d be Sheamus, but it was his NXT Rookie, Wade Barrett. Jericho complimented Barrett, calling him a bona-fide future WWE Superstar. Jericho said he wouldn’t beat the clock, and Barrett said Cena wouldn’t beat him, period.
(3) John Cena vs. Wade Barrett- Beat-the-Clock Challenge Cena grappled Barrett to the ground early and went for a few quick pins. Cena dumped Barrett to ringside, and right on his NXT Pro Chris Jericho. Jericho pulled the leg of Cena as he tried to get back in the ring, allowing Barrett to capitalize on the distraction. Barrett punished Cena in the ring, not even going for a cover. Jericho yelled at Cole, telling him Barrett is a “machine.” Barrett stretched the back and neck of Cena. Cena fought to his feet, but ran right into a big boot from Barrett. Pin attempt got two. Back-breaker on the WWE Champion and another cover got him two. Barrett only had to survive one more minute. Knee to the back by Barrett. With :40 to go, Cena out of nowhere locked in the STF. With :27 to go, Barrett tapped.
Winner: Cena, at 4:39. Another good performance from an NXT Rookie. But I thought Barrett won his own theme music? Like, several weeks ago?
Cena announced that he wasn’t going to waste time picking a match at Over the Limit. Before he could get it out, Barrett got Cena’s attention and Sheamus ran in to attack Cena. Pump kick put Cena down before he could announce the match. Shouldn’t Batista have won, then Cena would get to win at the PPV and overcome the stipulation Batista put into place?
-The Cutting Edge, with Randy Orton as guest, is yet to come tonight.
(4) Maryse vs. Nikki Bella Lock-up, and the ladies traded rights. Jumping snap mare from Nikki, then she slammed Maryse’s head into the buckle a few times. A distraction by Brie on the outside allowed Nikki to throw Maryse back in. Nikki went to the top, but Maryse pulled her down by her hair. A sweet-looking French Kiss ended things.
Winner: Maryse, at 1:04. Just about the right length for this match.
Maryse got on the mic and spoke in French, then said she wanted to present her new photo-shoot to the world. It’s called “Maryse: The Sexiest of Sexy.” It was Maryse posing next to a fallen Eve, who she attacked earlier in the night. She told Eve, “I’ve never seen you look so good.” As Maryse posed, Eve ran to the ring but the referee held her back from attacking. Lucky ref. Maryse left the ring and taunted Eve.
-Zack Ryder was in the ring with the mic as Alicia Fox and Gail Kim sat at ringside. He said because he stayed on Raw, he’s single and ready to mingle (which explains the ladies at ringside). Apparently, they have no lives outside these shows, which caused him and Rosa Mendes to break up. Ryder said that on Superstars, he Zack Attacked Primo, and he’s going to do it again tonight. Wayne Brady appeared on the Titan-Tron and got Ryder’s attention. He said if Ryder really wanted to impress, he can’t think of a better opponent than this man: Mark Henry then came out.
(5) Zack Ryder vs. Mark Henry Man, I was looking for another swank Ryder vs. Primo match. Bodyslam from Henry, then another, then a third. He went for a splash, but missed. Ryder tried to take out Henry’s legs, then hit a missile dropkick off the top for two. Rough Rider leg lariat got him two. Forearms to the back didn’t have much of an effect. Cole said Ryder calls himself “Long Island Iced Z.” That’s pretty clever. Big collision, and Henry got the better of it. Henry caught a Ryder punch and picked him up for the World’s Strongest Slam. Fin.
Winner: Henry, at 1:52.
Henry went to ringside, and the Divas left with him. Sexual Chocolate strikes again.
-Backstage, Chris Jericho and Miz were comparing war stories about Big Show. Neither was happy about Show knocking them out. Miz said there’s nothing they can do about it, since Show is on Smackdown now. Jericho said there IS something they can do…make a statement. Jericho had an idea, and the two walked down the hallway to end the segment.
-Last Monday, Edge cost Randy Orton a shot at being the #1 Contender to the WWE Title. Tonight, Orton will be the guest on Edge’s Cutting Edge talk show.
-Backstage, Vladimir Kozlov asked Wayne Brady for competition. Santino Marella was there dressed in 70s get-up, thinking Brady was part of the Brady Bunch. He asked Wayne Brady if he could tag team with Vladimir Kozlov. Then William Regal piped in and told Kozlov not to listen to Marella, as they have a match to prepare for. After all three left, the camera focused in on Brady and he asked someone next to him who he was supposed to be, Alice? It was Goldust, and he said he was Goldust-witch. Then he breathed in, and out onto Brady.
-The announcers talked about some of the wrestlers that came to Raw in the Supplemental Draft, including The Great Khali, Ezekiel Jackson, and the Hart Dynasty.
-The Dynasty was walking backstage. They’re in action next.
-Jericho and Miz joined the commentary team for the next match. Cole introduced Miz as the man who tapped out last week. Both Miz and Jericho gave him the evil eye. “How is that relevant?” asked Jericho.
(6) The Hart Dynasty vs. Vladimir Kozlov & William Regal Kidd went to the top rope and pulled Kidd off and to the arena floor by his arm. Ouch. Can I say that Miz and Jericho would make an awesome tag team? It looks like that’s what they’re going for too. Kozlov used an overhead throw on Kidd, with the arm-barred. It was pretty sweet. The two heels worked over Kidd in the corner. Tag in to David Hart Smith (who Jericho called “Harry Smith”), who took it to the both men. He locked Regal in the Sharpshooter, and Regal tapped immediately.
Winners: The Hart Dynasty, at 2:43. Well, the commentary was good.
After the match, Miz attacked Smith, but Smith tackled him. Then Jericho came in and gave a one-kneed Codebreaker to the youngster. Miz got back to his feet gave Smith the Skull-Crushing Finale.
-Ugh, and we’re seeing Edge attacking Orton last week AGAIN. Yes, we understand Orton is on the Cutting Edge. Thankfully, it’s next.
-Next week’s guest host: Flavor Flav. Just don’t let him live in the arena.
-Edge came out for the Cutting Edge. Edge said he, the most controversial superstar in WWE, is back on Raw. He said the fans didn’t deserve an explanation for his attack on Orton last week. Ah, the ol’ heel move. But he was pulling the fans’ legs, as he ended up letting them in on the secret, which went back to the Royal Rumble. He said he was upset about having to go to Raw last week, and his spear of Orton was very cathartic. But in the end, he was the most talked-about star in WWE. Finally, he was about to introduce Orton, when Wayne Brady interrupted and came out. Edge applauded for him and they shook hands upon his entrance into the ring. Polite applause for Edge introducing Brady. He talked about what a big wrestling fan he’s been, and how he grew up on WWE. He said he wanted to see Edge do his thing. He asked to feel what it’s like to walk in Edge’s shoes. Edge OK’d that and Brady talked to the crowd. He trash-talked the guest hosts of the past and future, saying they’re not him. Edge pointed him to the hard camera as Brady got the crowd into it, but Orton’s music interrupted and he came out.
Orton stared coldly at both Brady and Edge. Brady walked over toward Orton and extended his hand, but Orton gave him an RKO. It looked like it was going to be botched, but Brady ended up making it look nice. Orton knocked over the chairs going after Edge, but Edge said he knows Orton wants to RKO him, but last week was just a case of Orton being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He said Orton would’ve done the same thing. Edge reminded Orton of the last time he was on the Cutting Edge: They became a tag-team, Rated RKO. Edge said they dominated DX and the entire show, and he knows it can happen again. He said no one would be able to stop them; they can be the two-man power trip. Fans wanted an RKO. Edge then went off on Orton, asking if he was too big a star to consider that now. He said he was glad he speared Orton, because he just doesn’t get it. He said he did everything you’re supposed to do: Came back from injury, did commercials, came up with a catchphrase for fans to chant, yet they didn’t fully accept him. Then, there’s Orton: Someone who cares about no one, but the people support him anyway. Edge said the fact that he’s not World Champion right now is not fair. The fact that he got drafted to Raw because of a Battle Royal is not fair. He said Orton WILL join him, as the spear last week was the tip of the iceberg. He’ll do it every week until Orton is just an afterthought on the show. Edge was perturbed by Orton’s lack of a response. Orton went for an RKO, but Edge booted him in the head. He shooed a medic out of the ring, who was checking on Brady. Edge set up for the spear, but Orton caught him in mid-spear for an RKO. Orton’s music played and they replayed the RKO on Brady and Edge. The medic was back to check on Brady, who was at least moving at this point. Orton stood over Edge as the show ended.
I caught from the Santino as one of the Brady Bunch members on. My wife even commented that Jericho should do the announcing from now on. Wayne sold that like a man, a man. I still would have prefered Randy to take the deal just to see Rated RKO vs. Mizicho. The Mash up entrance theme alone would be worth it. I do think bringing Jericho to Raw to be in the tag division is stupid even if it does help him train Miz which is ironic considering Miz is mentoring Bryan. What the hell is the point of these NXT trainers, again?
Batista deserves a hearty thank you from Daniel Bryan for making him look like a million bucks and still selling the damage Bryan did to him in trying to make him tap after the match. That was Bryan's best outing since NXT week one.
And I'll admit... since WrestleMania, Sheamus has stepped it up. He has a credibility now he didn't have four months ago. He's improved immensely.
Jericho is the greatest. "I won't use the flimsy excuse the Miz used to get out of my Beat the Clock match. I have an entirely different flimsy excuse..."
Based on their faces meeting Big Show's fist last week, I have team name for Jericho and Miz (plus Edge): The WWE Knockouts.
I was so looking forward to Morrison losing then shaving his head and wearing the shiny vest. I hate Morrison so much for not becoming the new Virgil. But it wouldn't have worked out anyway. Ted's really looking for a black person.
Originally posted by CaptaincubaKong needs to show up and destroy every Diva and unify the belts. No one cares about the current crop of divas.
That's good booking. And they'll care about the Divas even more if that scenario occurs and Kong destroys them all? Is that the thinking behind that scenario? And when it's over, and Kong needs someone to fight but all the Divas have been made un-credible - what happens? People would still care about Kong? You're only as good as your opponents.
Originally posted by CaptaincubaYoure right...but isn't the payoff of Beth Vs. Kong worth it?
How is Kong squashing a Bella Twin any more damaging than a 30 second match that ends in a French Kiss from Maryse
Hey, I'm not saying the booking of the Divas is any good now either. The last time a Divas feud was booked well post-Trish's retirement, in my estimation, was when Melina turned babyface, fought like hell to beat Beth, couldn't, but became a hero because of it. That was two years ago.
I enjoyed RAW this week for the most part, but that was driven by Jericho and Miz. I never saw this rag team coming but man, am I spyched for this one!! JeriMiz is the perfect tag team to float between Raw and Smackdown. I can't wait for their eventual confrontation with Show.
My only head scratcher (and this has been for a while) is the crowds love of Orton. I really do not get it. I have hated Orton for a long, LONG time, bu I have tried to be objective in the past few months and place my hatred aside and watch his matches. I have to say I am still not impressed and am dumbfounded as to why he gets pops. He is mediocre on the mic, and his matched are only as good as who he is wrestling. Kofi, Edge, HHH and Cena can all carry him to credible matches. But any time he wrestles a lesser wrestler, that match is dull and stale. At this point, if I were the WWE, I would hitch my wagon to Seamum long term over Orton.
Am I alone on this one? Am I missing something about Orton that everyone else sees?
Kong killing bitches would help the division especially if she utterly destroyed them. The face divas would be more sympathetic and people love to cheer for an underdog. Gail's reaction to her would be awesome if booked correctly. I did love Edge calling back to Two Man Power Trip during his promo. The thing with Orton is that he is acting like a silent Austin. Plus, there have always been a group of fans who love Orton no matter what. I guess its the 80's high school bully thing people are attracted to, I call those people douchebags.
Originally posted by lotjxKong killing bitches would help the division especially if she utterly destroyed them. The face divas would be more sympathetic and people love to cheer for an underdog.
You know what would make the Divas more sympathetic? If they were booked well so that you believed in them as in-ring performers, so that they all have distinct personalities, wants, and desires, and they're given support in the ring so that they can learn to wrestle and have competitive matches. It happened once before. But see, that's much, much harder to accomplish than a simple "Monster kills bitches" scenario, and WWE isn't interested in something like that.
Originally posted by Wpob My only head scratcher (and this has been for a while) is the crowds love of Orton. I really do not get it. I have hated Orton for a long, LONG time, bu I have tried to be objective in the past few months and place my hatred aside and watch his matches. I have to say I am still not impressed and am dumbfounded as to why he gets pops. He is mediocre on the mic, and his matched are only as good as who he is wrestling. Kofi, Edge, HHH and Cena can all carry him to credible matches. But any time he wrestles a lesser wrestler, that match is dull and stale. At this point, if I were the WWE, I would hitch my wagon to Seamum long term over Orton.
Am I alone on this one? Am I missing something about Orton that everyone else sees?
Who the hell is Seamum?
Orton has credibility as a bad ass. He is, as Jim Ross would say, "defiant", which makes him different from say, smiling corporate child-friendly fan asskisser John Cena. Orton has spent over two years kicking people in the head and putting them out of action. When he comes out, there is an expectation from the WWE Universe that Orton could hurt someone, that he's dangerous. The perception with Orton is that he can now potentially fuck up the bad guys the WWE Universe dislikes. Thus, he is over. Mad over. Also, the WWE Universe likes to sing along with his song. It's really not a mystery.
Looks like no one was in the mood to cover Impact last night, so here's to nothing:Impact Wrestling 7.6.2012, LIVE from the Impact Zone in Orlando, FL.There's fireworks to open the show! I don't remember having them before!