Re: WWE 2009 - Battle For Supremacy
Monday Night Raw
5/25/2009; Denver, Colorado
Monday Night Raw kicks off right as 9 o’clock strikes the clock, skipping the video and pyro entrance but instead something even more intense. **NO CHANCE** hits and the crowd gets onto the feet as the Chairman, VINCE MCMAHON steps out of the back! The crowd is cheering as McMahon strikes a pose on top of the stage, sporting a thousand dollar, grey pin stripped suit, and a cocky arrogant smile. McMahon struts down to the ring, staring at his fans as he passes by. Inside the ring however McMahon’s demeanor changes. He takes a mic in hand and is visibly distraught.
The boss skips any intro b.s and gets right into what he has to say. McMahon says that as of late Vickie Guerrero has been lacking in power and she has been letting her superstars walk all over here, especially Randy Orton. Continuing, Vince says that after what Orton did last week to BOTH Ric Flair and Batista, the General Manager should’ve taken action and done something. However she didn’t. McMahon says that this isn’t the first time that Guerrero has missed an opportunity to be a good GM. McMahon says that Randy Orton and other superstars can do what they want, when they want and McMahon is SICK OF IT. After some more insults to Guerrero, Vince does what everyone has come to expect. He tells Vickie Guerrero “YOOOOUURRREEEEE FIRRRREEDDDD~!!!” The crowd erupts, glad that Vickie is finally gone.
Very quickly McMahon begins to address the open General Manager spot. He says that eventually he won’t be around forever and that someone will need to take over his WWE Empire. Apparently McMahon has been ‘grooming’ a young man to take over the WWE, but first he wants to see how does with running Raw. McMahon says that he has been teaching him the ropes, but he isn’t quite ready so for the time being VINCE MCMAHON WILL BE IN CHARGE OF RAW! The crowd pops big as McMahon smiles. Vince says that as the AUTHORITY on Raw, he won’t take any BS and that this is HIS SHOW. In due time however, the actual general manager will reveal himself, but not until he feels he is ready. But for now thing will be done VINCE’S WAY, and everyone has to abide by it.
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The crowd erupts into boos as the WWE Champion RANDY ORTON steps out of the back. Sporting a brand new ‘Legacy’ t-shirt, Orton, looking extremely cocky, with the WWE Championship belt hanging over his shoulder, walks down to the ring. Wasting little time, Orton gets right into the face of McMahon and grabs the mic right out of his hand. Immediately the WWE Champion begins to mock McMahon, saying that everyone should run and hide because Vince McMahon is BACK in charge of Raw. Orton says that he DOESN’T GIVE a CRAP that McMahon is in charge, he will still do what he wants, when he wants. The ‘Viper’ says the he is building an ‘army’ that will soon enough take over Raw, then the WWE. He says that tonight a NEW MEMBER OF LEGACY WILL BE INTRODUCED, and that next week the same thing will happen. Aggressively, McMahon grabs the mic back from Orton and says he can build his army, because McMahon will never back down. It is quite clear that there is a power struggle between these two huge egos. McMahon says that he is in charge and that tonight Randy Orton will be running the GAUNTLET. The champ doesn’t say anything else but doesn’t take his eyes off of the chairman as he leaves the ring.
Back from the break Vince McMahon is in his office, talking on his phone. He appears to be talking to the unknown general manager. Vince tells him “that’s a great idea!” before continuing however there is a knock on his door. Vince hangs up the phone as MATT HARDY walks into his office. McMahon does not looked pleased to see Hardy, who easily picks up on it. Before Hardy can say anything McMahon asks him if he saw what happened moments ago. Hardy nods and Vince says that he isn’t putting up with anything so if Hardy has something to say, he better choose his words wisely. Hardy pauses and then says he wants a shot at Orton tonight, in the gauntlet match, McMahon smiles and points at Hardy’s broken hand and says “not with that.” McMahon then says that tonight Hardy will be in action, in a triple threat match against THE MIZ and GREGORY HELMS. The ‘Chosen One’ does not look pleased, but has nothing else to say as he exits the office.
Match 1 – United States Championship Contender Tournament Match
Chavo Guerrero vs. Unified WWE Tag Team Champion Primo w. Carlito
Guerrero and Primo go right at it as the bell rings, locking up in the center of the ring. Primo gains an early advantage, locking in a headlock. However Guerrero just as quickly gets out of it and tosses Primo into the ropes. Guerrero nails him with a right hand, which sends him into the canvas. He gets right up but Guerrero connects with another right hand. He then backs Primo up into the corner before whipping him across the ring into the opposite corner. Charging at Primo, he looks to hit a clothesline but the savvy tag champ puts a boot up and Guerrero hits face first into it. Primo then connects with a missile dropkick that drops Guerrero. Keeping up his offense, Primo lifts Guerrero to his feet and sends him into the ropes. Connecting with a back elbow, Primo drops Guerrero once again.
A quick cover follows but Guerrero is able to kick out. On the outside, Carlito is telling his brother to finish him off. Primo lifts Guerrero to his feet only for Guerrero to break away from Primo and pokes him in the eyes! Quickly, Guerrero grabs his head and tosses him into the corner. The ‘Mexican Warrior’ begins to work Primo over in the corner, connecting with punch and punch. He then pulls him into center of the ring and connects with a vertical suplex. However he does not release his grip and Guerrero is looking to connect with the Three Amigos. Guerrero rolls over and connects with the second suplex, but as he goes for the third, Carlito gets on the apron. Distracted, Guerrero loses his grip and Primo is able to break free. Carlito leaps down from the apron as Primo nails Guerrero in the gut with a kick and then looks to connect with a DDT. However Guerrero shoves him into the ropes and elbows him in the gut.
Guerrero runs off the ropes and delivers a running knee striker to Primo’s head. Primo lays on the canvas but Guerrero lifts him back up. Guerrero applies a wrist lock but Primo manages to get out of it with elbow strikes. Primo then runs off the ropes and takes Guerrero down with a clothesline. Guerrero gets right up as Primo runs at him again, however this time Guerrero is able to small package Primo! With a handful of tights, Guerrero pins Primo as the referee counts to three!!
Winner – Chavo Guerrero @ 6:32; ADVANCES
Michael Cole and The King put over how Guerrero just cheated his way to a victory as he runs out of the ring right when Carlito enters. The tag champs stare at him as he smiles on his way up the ramp.
Cutting to the back, THE BRIAN KENDRICK is walking down the hallway, with Festus, still tied up from last week, walking behind him. They bump into the United States Champion MVP, who can’t help but smile at Kendrick. Porter asks him if he thinks this will really help him win the US Championship, to which Kendrick responds with an obvious yes. The two continue with some bashing until ARMANDO ESTRADA walks into the picture. Estrada tells Kendrick he doesn’t stand a chance in the tournament because tonight UMAGA RETURNS TO RAW~!! Turning his attention to MVP, Estrada says he better take each and every day until Extreme Rules very slowly, because after Umaga beats him, he won’t only lose the US Championship but he also won’t be able to work! Estrada laughs in the faces of everyone then walks away, leaving Kendrick and Porter in a sour mood.
The Legacy is in the back, discussing tonight’s plans. Orton asks is the new member is here yet to which Ted DiBiase responds to with a yes. Orton says to bring HER in. We then fade out as the crowd roars with shock.
Match 2 – United States Championship Contender Tournament Match
Paul Burchill w. Katie Lea vs. Mark Henry
The ‘Ripper’ Paul Burchill does not seem a bit hesitant going at the mammoth of a man that is Mark Henry. Burchill goes straight for ‘Da Silverback’s legs and begins to kick them over and over. Henry is able to get hold of Burchill’s head grabs it and throws him backwards. Burchill quickly charges at Henry and nails him with a big clothesline, but it doesn’t even make the big man blink. Again Burchill runs at Henry, but this time Henry is the one who connects with a clothesline, taking the air right out of Burchill. Henry aggressively pulls Burchill to his feet and throws him off the ropes. For the second time, Burchill nails Henry with a big time clothesline but it doesn’t faze Henry. Henry grabs hold of the ‘Ripper’ and throws him into the corner. Henry begins to work Burchill over, connecting with some stiff right hands. However the ‘Ripper’ blocks one and begins to fire a bunch of right hands himself, while backing Henry out of the corner. Burchill begins to get some cheers as he does this. Burchill backs the big man into the corner and whips him across the ring. Burchill nails Henry with another clothesline, this time staggering ‘Da Silverback.’
Burchill then runs off the ropes behind Henry and connects with a chop block, knocking Henry down to one knee! The ‘Ripper’ then runs off the ropes and nails Henry square in the face with a big boot! The big man falls over and Burchill covers him. However Henry kicks out before the three count. Burchill gets to his feet and pulls Henry to his. Burchill begins to connect with some right hands, but Henry blocks one and nails the ‘Ripper’ with a huge strike. He grabs hold of Burchill, throws him into the rope and takes him down with a big boot! Burchill gets up and walks right into Henry, who lifts him up for a WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! The crowd is booing as Henry stares down on Burchill with intensity. Henry gets to his feet, bounces off the ropes then splashes right on top of Burchill, dropping his 400 pound frame right onto Burchill. Covering the ‘Ripper’ afterwards and Henry picks up the win.
Winner – Mark Henry @ 5:10; ADVANCES
Henry stands over a fallen Paul Burchill as Katie Lea looks extremely concerned on the outside. ‘Da Silverback’ lets out a smirk before exiting the ring.
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Backstage, Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes stand, waiting for the NEXT LEGACY MEMBER. The two are discussing some things that cannot be heard very well. The crowd is roaring with anticipation to see what legendary family will join The Legacy. Ted DiBiase walks in with a smirk and then introduces the next member of Legacy. The ‘Legacy Lady’ … … … LACEY VON ERICH~!!!
The crowd roars at the name VON ERICH and as she walks into the room a sense of WOW comes over Orton and Rhodes. An extremely attractive, blonde hair women walks in, wearing sexy attire which gives off A LOT of cleavage. Orton smiles at Lacey as she smirks back whilst DiBiase and Rhodes cannot get their eyes off of her. The daughter of the great Kerry Von Erich has stepped into the wonderful world of the WWE! Cole and King put over this huge addition to Legacy and then wonder who can be joining next week. We see a final shot of the FOUR legacy members before fading into a break.
Welcome back from the break and Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler continue to put over Lacey Von Erich being brought in to join Randy Orton, Ted Dibiase and Cody Rhodes – The Legacy. Von Erich comes from one of the greatest wrestling families of all time and she adds a totally diverse retrospect to the group. Backstage we see Vince McMahon once again who looks rather happy.
Vince is on the phone again and says what joke of an addition that was to Legacy. Vince continues to bash Von Erich and the rest of Legacy before saying Orton will get what he deserves at Extreme Rules because BATISTA will be cleared to wrestler and the two will face off for the WWE Championship … in a FIRST BLOOD MATCH! The crowd pops huge for this announcement as Vince continues to talk. At first it appears that McMahon is again speaking to the new anonymous GM, but before he hangs up he says “get back here soon, Hunter.” CLICK
The crowd roars with cheers as we quickly fade out.
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Elsewhere backstage we see Matt Hardy once again, this time walking through the corridor. Hardy is messing with his cast and appears to be in some pain, but as he walks looking down at his arm, he bumps into Gregory Helms! The crowd roars a bit as these two look face to face at one another. After some brief silence Hardy speaks up with a smile as tells Helms it’s a good thing he took his advice last week. The ‘Chosen One’ continues to speak and says that tonight in the Triple Threat Match the two should work together, and this is where Helms cuts him off. Hurricane admits that last week Hardy did light a fire under his ass, but he does not want to be associated with him. Continuing, Helms says that tonight Helms will go out there, by himself and win the match. He says that this time around he is going to prove he is one of the best in the world. Hardy says nothing in reply and the two just share a stare down, before Helms walks away.
Match 3 – Diva’s Championship Singles Match – Kelly Kelly vs. Champion Maryse
The match begins with Kelly Kelly wanting to make the most out of her opportunity. She goes right for the champion with some mean right hands. She backs Maryse up into the ropes and then whips her across the ring. Looking to connect with a clothesline, Kelly Kelly misses and Maryse takes her down with a clothesline of her own. Kelly Kelly rises to her feet and right into a couple right hands from the champ. The Frenchwoman knees Kelly in the gut and then connects with a scoop slam. Following a quick cover Kelly Kelly kicks out at two. Maryse gathers herself and lifts Kelly to her feet only for Kelly break free and connect with a right hand. Kelly Kelly sends Maryse into the corner, where she grabs Maryse and monkey flips her out of the corner.
With the crowd behind Kelly Kelly, she runs at Maryse and takes her down before nailing the champ with a dropkick. Kelly Kelly is beginning to pick up momentum and Maryse senses it, rolling out of the ring. Maryse begins to walk up the ramp, trying to lose by count out. Kelly Kelly stares at her with frustration as the crowd boos heavily. Then MICKIE JAMES comes out of the back and surprises Maryse. The crowd pops as James grabs Maryse, drags her down the aisle and throws her back into the ring. Maryse gets up and Kelly looks to grab he, but the champ moves and pulls Kelly forward, right into James, who has gotten onto the apron. With the referee’s view blinded, JAMES SMACKS KELLY KELLY! Kelly turns around right into a snap DDT aka the FRENCH KISS! Maryse covers as James gets off the apron and the ref counts to the three.
Winner – Maryse @ 6:04; RETAINS CHAMPIONSHIP
Kelly Kelly lays in the ring, holding her head as Mickie James ascends up the ramp as the crowd begins to boo her, with an evil smirk on her face. Maryse stands in the ring, confused, but glad she retained her championship.
TONIGHT RANDY ORTON RUNS THE GAUNTLET!
BUT NEXT MATT HARDY, GREGORY HELMS AND THE MIZ IN A TRIPLE THREAT MATCH!!
In the back we see the WWE Champion Randy Orton, sitting in his locker room when the rest of Legacy walks in. Orton looks up, then down but then back up as he sees Lacey Von Erich rubbing on Ted DiBiase and hanging on, a confused look comes over Orton’s face for a second, but quickly he gets focused. After some awkward tension Cody Rhodes speaks up and asks what the plan is for tonight? Orton, still with his head down, says that McMahon is going to be throwing everything at him. Just then there is a knock at the door, then a crew member, with a head set on comes into the locker room. Being very passive the crew member tells DiBiase and Rhodes the McMahon has informed him that THEY WILL BE IN THE GAUNTLET MATCH TONIGHT.
Orton stands up very quickly and begins to sneer at the crew member, but before anything else can happen the crew member scurries out of the locker room. Orton stares at Rhodes then DiBiase, not in happy mood. Orton pushes them out of his way and exits the locker room. All this happening whilst Von Erich continued to give Ted some attention. We fade out.
Match 4 – Triple Threat Match – Matt Hardy vs. Gregory Helms vs. The Miz
As the match begins Helms and The Miz lock up in the center of the ring, as Matt Hardy stares on from the corner. Miz gets an early advantage as he is able to apply a side headlock. Helms tries to get out of it by shoving Miz into the ropes, but the ‘Golden Boy’ has a grip too tight, and the submission hold begins to drain Helms. Hurricane then finds some strength and is able to lift Miz backwards and suplex him into the canvas! The crowd begins to cheer but those cheers very quickly turn to boos Helms rises to his feet, Hardy charges at him and nails him with a clothesline. Hardy then lifts Helms to his feet and tosses him into the corner. Before Hardy can begin to work him over, Miz is up and turns Hardy around. Miz whips Hardy across the ring and right into the corner, he then grabs Helms and attempts to do the same, but Hurricane manages to reverse it and sends Miz crashing into Hardy!! The crowd cheers as Miz backs out and Helms leaps into the air and connects with an inverted DDT. Quickly getting to his feet, Helms grabs Hardy and tosses him out of the ring.
Hurricane then quickly covers Miz, but the ‘Golden Boy’ manages to kick out well before the three count. One the outside, Hardy gathers himself but decides not to enter the ring. Back inside Helms has risen to his feet and Miz the same. Helms knees Miz in the gut and then connects with a snap vertical suplex. A quick cover follows once again, but Miz kicks out in the same manner. The two get up and Helms is able to get Miz into the corner of the ring. Helms connects with some chops before whipping Miz across the ring, however it is reversed and Miz sends Helms flying. Hurricane smashes into the corner and stompers back to the middle of the ring where Miz takes his head off with a clothesline! After which he begins to taunt him, leading to the crowd booing Miz. On the outside, Hardy is still taking his time to enter the ring. Miz notices and tells Hardy to get into the ring, but it is to no avail. Miz turns back around and grabs Helms as he rises to his feet.
The Miz connects with a European uppercut before hitting a scoop slam. He bounces off the ropes and then drops an elbow right into Helms! A cover follows, but Hurricane kicks out. Miz gets to his feet then pulls Helms to his. He applies a wrist lock before connecting with a belly to back suplex. The crowd boos as Miz rises to his feet taunting them. He goes to pick Helms up, but notices Hardy on the outside, who has been outside for most of the match. Miz and Hardy begin to exchange some words, before Helms ROLLS MIZ UP~!! The referee begins to count, but Miz JUST KICKS OUT. A helm quickly stands to his feet, as Miz sits on the canvas. Hurricane then leaps in the air and nails Miz right in the face with a dropkick.
Helms lifts Miz up and tosses him into the corner. There he drives a knee into Miz’s stomach and snapmares him out of the corner. He follows it up by kicking Miz right in the back! Helms lifts Miz to his feet in the center of the ring and connects with a snap DDT!! He covers Miz, when HARDY PULLS HIM OUT OF THE RING! Hardy nails Helms with some stiff right hands and then whips him into steel steps. He walks over and pulls Helms to his feet before tossing him over the barricade! The ‘Chosen One’ slips into the ring as Miz comes to his feet. Hardy kicks Miz in the gut then looks for the Twist of Fate, but Miz shoves Hardy off of him. Miz tries for a big right hand, but Hardy ducks, then hits the Twist of Fate!! The crowd is booing like crazy as Hardy covers Miz and picks up the win.
Winner – Matt Hardy @ 10:09
Hardy lifts his arm up inside the ring as Helms looks on from the fans view and Miz laying on his back, holding his head. The crowd is booing like crazy as Hardy stole that match, standing on the outside for the majority of it. Cole and King put over the actions of Hardy as we cut away.
Back from the break SANTINO MARELLA is standing in the ring and says that tonight he will defeat his opponent and advance in the US Championship Contenders Tournament. Marella says he feels sorry for whoever has to face the ‘Italian Bull’ but tonight is SANTINO’S NIGHT.
The crowd initially cheers as the music of UMAGA hits, but they quickly turn into boos. ARMANDO ESTRADA walks out first and then he is followed by the monster that is Umaga. Inside the ring, Marella looks like he has lost all confidence as a steady sense of realism comes over him. Umaga does not look happy, but appears to be in fantastic shape.
Match 5- United States Championship Contenders Tournament Match
Santino Marella vs. Umaga w. Armando Estrada
As soon as the match begins Marella tries to back away from the ‘Samoan Beast’ and talk his way out of this situation to it does not work. Mags grabs Marella and connects with a vicious uppercut. He then sends Marella flying into the corner and follows it up with a huge splash. Marella drops down to the canvas, sitting against the turnbuckle as Umaga walks away. He then charges Marella with fierce intensity and nails him with the Samoan Wrecking Ball! He quickly pulls Marella to his feet, into the center of the ring and lifts him into the air. He nails Santino with a backbreaker rack right into a neckbreaker!! The crowd can’t believe the amount of punishment Marella is going through. Mags lifts Marella to his feet where he finishes him off with the SAMOAN SPIKE~!! The crowd boos as Umaga viciously pins Marella and picks up the victory.
Winner – Umaga @ 1:26; ADVANCES
Umaga stands over a badly beaten Santino Marella as Armando Estrada steps inside the ring. With a microphone in hand and numerous cigars in his chest pocket, Estrada addresses the crowd. The man from Cuba begins to describe how dominate Umaga was in his early tenure of the WWE and now that the ‘Samoan Monster’ has returned to Raw, he will reign supreme; first stop MVP and the United States Championship.
After some more talking and bashing of MVP, this prompts the champion to come out to the ring. Porter begins to talk back to Estrada and says no one, especially Umaga will be taking HIS United States Championship from him. The crowd is clearly behind MVP while Estrada is doing a good job of gathering heat for himself and Umaga. The promo ends when Estrada tells Porter to watch out because at Extreme Rules he won’t always lose his championship but Umaga will RIP HIM APART~!
Huge heat overcomes the entire arena as the WWE Champion RANDY ORTON steps out of the back. Orton does not look pleased as he is about to run the gauntlet against Vince McMahon’s hand chosen opponents, including Legacy members Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes.
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler put over the ongoing sag between McMahon and Orton and how this is probably just the beginning for what we will see as McMahon is now in charge of Raw once again. Orton is inside the ring, waiting for his first opponent.
Match 6 – Main Event – WWE Champion Randy Orton Runs the Gauntlet – Non Title
Entrant 1; ‘Moscow Mauler’ Vladimir Kozlov
After some early offense from Kozlov, Orton came back with some chokeholds and suplexs before finishing him off with the RKO.
Eliminated @ 3:43 via RKO
Entrant 2; Carlito
Carlito and Orton went at it back and forth for the entire time, but one misstep by one half of the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions cost him the match. ‘Lito was about to hit a springboard elbow when Orton caught him from behind and hit a RKO, the second of the night.
Eliminated @ 8:31 via RKO
Entrant 3; ‘Golden Boy’ The Miz
Miz appeared a little worn out from his match early on, but was able to give Orton some good competition. However it wasn’t enough as Orton ONCE AGAIN ended this opponent’s run with a RKO.
Eliminated @ 14:00 via RKO
Entrant 3; Cody Rhodes
Orton and Rhodes paced around the ring for a few moments before going at it. However it did not take long for Orton to catch Rhodes off guard and ROLL HIM UP for the victory.
Eliminated @ 16:54 via School Boy
Entrant 4; Sim Snuka
SIM SNUKA returns to Monday Night Raw but it is not a gracious return. Snuka goes at Orton real hard, but the ‘Viper’ has other ideas. Orton puts Snuka in his place with a RKO ending his run.
Eliminated @ 19:09 via RKO
Entrant 5; Ted DiBiase w. ‘Legacy Lady’ Lacey Von Erich
Dibiase and the WWE Champion toy around a bit before going at, with Von Erich clearly cheering on DiBiase. DiBiase gets a few offense maneuvers, apparently getting the crowd behind him for the time being. However Orton connects with a back cracker and beings a comeback, which leads to a RKO and the victory.
Eliminated @ 25:04 via RKO
Winner – Randy Orton @ 25:04
Randy Orton successfully runs the gauntlet, which McMahon put together. The Champion looks extremely cocky as the referee hands him his belt. Orton holds the championship in the air, and notices Ted DiBiase struggling to find his feet. Orton stares at his Legacy lackey with a dominant look. The crowd beings to roar with anticipation while Orton appears to be getting ready to PUNT DiBiase once again. DiBiase is in position as Orton stands and stares AND … charges DiBiase!!
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The lights go out, which leaves everyone very confused. A spotlight then hits the WWE Champion with no one else in sight. All the lights go out once again and then … … …
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A HUGE POP FROM THE CROWD. And the lights are still out.
A white light surrounds the ring, with Orton facing the ramp and THE UNDERTAKER STANDING BEHIND HIM~!! The crowd goes insane as Orton has no idea the ‘Deadman’ his standing him! Orton then turns around RIGHT WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT AGAIN. Then suddenly, the entire arena lights up, no one in sight, Orton, standing there looking around, confused, scarred? And maybe a little bit worried?