WWE RAW Report for July 20th, 2009
– Tonight’s WWE RAW kicks off with Michael Cole welcoming us to the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC. Jerry Lawler hypes tonight’s special guest hosts, ZZ Top. John Cena’s music hits and out he comes to a loud pop.
Cole announces that ZZ Top have made Triple H and John Cena vs. Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase as tonight’s main event. Cena says he and the WWE fans are excited tonight. Cena says we will see one of the best matches in history at Night of Champions this Sunday as he takes on Triple H and Randy Orton for the WWE Title. Voices hits and out comes the WWE Champion Randy Orton, interrupting Cena.
Orton marches to the ring and looks Cena up and down. Orton asks Cena if he remembers what happened when they faced each other in the main event at WrestleMania two years ago. Orton reminds Cena he kicked Triple H in the skull and pinned Cena. Orton holds up the WWE Title and the crowd is all into it. Orton says history will repeat itself this Sunday. Cena interrupts Orton and puts over the fans in the crowd. Cena comes face to face with Orton and says the fans want him to kick Orton’s face in right now. They look like they’re about to fight for a second but don’t. Rhodes and DiBiase come running down and Cena is surrounded. He takes his shirt off and gets ready to fight. Triple H comes down and Legacy retreat to the ramp. Triple H says he doesn’t care if he wins the WWE Title this Sunday, he doesn’t care if Cena wins the WWE Title on Sunday, he just cares that Orton doesn’t. Triple H talks about Seth Green from last week. They end up calling Seth Green the size of a hobbit and rip on Orton. Orton reminds them about his match against Legacy tonight, and says he wants in. Triple H and Cena go back and forth on this promo on Orton before saying they accept. So our main event is now 3 on 2, great.
– Cole and Lawler introduce us to ZZ Top, who are backstage with their own setup. They talk about how great it is to host RAW tonight. Santino Marella walks up with some comedy, talking about being a big fan of theirs. They say they have a gift for Santino and it’s a hat, long beard and guitar. They do a little stale rendition of Cheap Sunglasses. I can’t believe we just watched this on TV. Horrible segment that just bombed. It didn’t even look like they were there live. We go to commercial.
Out first for this next match is the WWE United States Champion Kofi Kingston. His partners out next are Primo Colon followed by MVP. Cole announces that these six Superstars will face off in a 6 Pack Challenge for the United States Title at Night of Champions. Out next is their opponents, Jack Swagger followed by Carlito and Big Show.
Swagger and Kofi start the match off and go to the mat. Kofi with an early 2 count via roll up. MVP tags himself in and double teams Swagger with Kofi. Carlito runs in but MVP drops him. MVP hits the Ballin’ elbow on Swagger and goes for a cover but Swagger rolls out to the floor to regroup. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Swagger has control over Kofi in the ring. Carlito is tagged in. During the break, Kofi got dropped over the fan barrier by Big Show. Carlito tags in Show and he comes in with kicks and chops on Kofi in the corner. Show with a big headlock on Kofi. Show drops a big knee on Kofi now and takes him back to the corner for more chops. Carlito comes back in and suplexes Kofi for a 2 count. Kofi fights back with lefts and rights but Carlito dropkicks him to the mat and tags in Swagger. Swagger with a big leg drop and a 2 count.
Carlito is tagged back in but Kofi fights him off. Kofi misses a dropkick. Kofi takes Carlito down and Primo is tagged in. Primo and Carlito trade shots. Primo hits a big clothesline and dropkick, then knocks Show and Swagger off the apron. Primo with a leg drop from the second rope on Carlito for a 2 count as Swagger makes the save. MVP comes in and takes Swagger to the floor and flies over the ropes onto him. Carlito goes for a Backstabber but Primo ducks and Big Show spears Carlito. Kofi takes Show over the ropes to the floor. Primo hits a top rope headbutt on Carlito for the pinfall and the win.
Winners: Primo, Kofi Kingston and MVP
– After the match, Big Show comes in and spears Primo. He chokeslams MVP and then his own partner Jack Swagger. He pulls Kofi from the floor to the ring and knocks him out with a right hand. Big Show exits the ring as everyone is laid out.
– We go backstage where Santino is still with ZZ Top, talking about Big Show. They then talk about their tour this Summer with Aerosmith. Chris Jericho walks up in a suit. He says two icons in entertainment together tonight – him and ZZ Top. He talks about his band Fozzy and they haven’t heard about Fozzy before. ZZ Top say they have Chris Jericho in a match with Mark Henry tonight. Jericho does a promo with Santino and ends up asking “How?” is he supposed to face Henry which leads to ZZ Top and Santino playing the band’s hit La Grange as Jericho walks off. Back to commercial.
Jerry Lawler vs. The Brian Kendrick
Back from the break and The Brian Kendrick is arguing with Jerry Lawler at the announcer’s table, saying he should be Chris Jericho’s tag team partner. He takes a mic, insults Lawler and talks about holding the tag titles in the past. Kendrick says bring out his opponent. Lilian goes to introduce his opponent but Lawler stops her. He wants to introduce Kendrick’s opponent. Lawler gets in the ring and introduces himself.
Kendrick mocks Lawler when the bell rings. Lawler knocks him to the mat. Kendrick gets up and unloads on Lawler with a bunch of moves. Kendrick with a big clothesline in the corner and a submission hold. Lawler fights back with rights. They do some more back and forth for a few minutes until Lawler hits the big fist from the second rope for the pinfall and the win.
Winner: Jerry Lawler
– Back from a commercial and Josh Matthews is standing over near the stage and the fans with Mickie James. He asks her about her troubles with WWE Divas Champion Maryse and Night of Champions. She calls Maryse a tramp basically and says it’s time to give Maryse a reality check. The Miz’s music hits and out he comes to where they’re standing. He says he has a real reality check for Mickie. He puts over Maryse and says in 10 years, Mickie will be working at a Waffle House. Mickie tells Miz he gets all his material off the internet. She says he can’t score at all with Maryse. The Divas Champion Maryse walks over to where they’re at. They argue and she sprays Mickie in the face with hairspray. Maryse’s music hits, she poses and we get ready for another commercial.
Chris Jericho vs. Mark Henry
Back from the break and one-half of the WWE Unified Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho makes his way to the ring. Out next is his opponent Mark Henry, to a nice reaction from the crowd. The bell rings and Jericho goes out to the floor and the crowd boo’s. Henry charges and Jericho goes back to the floor.
Jericho finally gets in and locks up but Henry shoves him to the mat. Jericho comes back with forearm shots but Henry lifts him above his head and drops him. Henry with a stomp and then stands on Jericho’s chest. Henry is on the ropes when Jericho kicks him off. Jericho starts kicking at Henry but is holding his chest. Jericho with a low dropkick and more kicks to the head. Jericho works on Henry’s leg now and dropkicks him again.
Jericho uses two more dropkicks and a shot to the knee to take Henry back down. Jericho with a 2 count and then a headlock. Henry gets up with Jericho on his back and rams him into the corner. Jericho goes back to the leg but gets clotheslined by Henry. Henry tosses Jericho with a big hip toss. Henry catches Jericho by his legs, spins him around and throws him across the ring. Jericho counters and hits a bulldog. Jericho tries the Walls of Jericho but Henry kicks him through the ropes and out to the floor.
Henry comes out to the floor after Jericho. Jericho hits him with a steel chair and the ref calls for the bell. Jericho hits Henry again. He tries a third shot but Henry grabs the chair and throws Jericho over the announcer’s table. Michael Cole goes down. Henry throws Jericho in the ring but Jericho kicks Henry before he can get in. Jericho goes for a Codebreaker but Henry catches him and hits the World’s Strongest Slam.
Winner by DQ: Mark Henry
– We go backstage with ZZ Top and Santino again. Chavo Guerrero comes walking in. Chavo talks about respect. ZZ Top say they have a match planned for Chavo tonight with Hornswoggle. They say normally this would be called a Tuxedo Match but tonight, it’s a Sharp Dressed Man Match. ZZ and Santino play Sharp Dressed Man as we go back to commercial.
Sharp Dressed Man Match: Hornswoggle vs. Chavo Guerrero
Back from the break and Lilian tries to introduce this match and botches it so bad she doesn’t finish what she’s saying. The winner of this match will be the first one to rip the tuxedo off his opponent. Hornswoggle comes to the ring first in a tuxedo and out next is Chavo. Someone’s sewn the legs together on Chavo’s pants and he’s having trouble walking.
The match starts with some laughs at Chavo’s pants. Hornswoggle chases Chavo around the ring and takes him down, ripping his jacket off. Hornswoggle kicks and jumps on top of Chavo and takes his tie off. Chavo with a kick to the face and he takes Chavo’s shirt off now. Chavo manages to clothesline Hornswoggle and get to his feet. He rips Hornswoggle’s jacket off. He takes one of the shoes off and throws it at Hornswoggle and does the same with the other shoe.
Chavo gets tangled up in the ropes. Hornswoggle starts pulling Chavo’s pants off until he gets them. Chavo is trying to cover himself up in boxers as Hornswoggle’s music plays and he knocks Chavo out of the ring. That’s Hornswoggle’s third straight victory over Chavo.
– Backstage we see Triple H getting ready when John Cena walks in. Cena doesn’t understand some of Triple H’s comments from earlier tonight about the WWE Title. Cena talks about them teaming together tonight and shutting Legacy up. Triple H says they can do that tonight but on Sunday, it’s Night of Champions and they have a Triple Threat. Cena says he wouldn’t have it any other way and walks off. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and Santino is with ZZ Top again, talking about what a memorable night it has been. They say something has been missing and in walks Kelly Kelly. She props one leg up on a chair as ZZ Top starts playing Legs. Alicia Fox comes in and starts dancing, making Kelly leave. Gail Kim comes in next and dances until Rosa Mendez makes her leave and starts dancing. Santino rips his coat off and is in a bikini bottom. The music stops and ZZ Top say they can’t take it, they’re out of here. Santino says his legs are beautiful and starts dancing on the chair as the music plays again. We go to the ring where Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole run down the Night of Champions card.
– We see Chris Jericho walking away from the arena in the back. Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes walk up. They say they could jump him now but won’t. They ask him who his partner is for Sunday and speculate that he doesn’t even have a partner. They insult Jericho and his dad, calling him a benchwarming hockey player. Jericho says he has held more titles than them and their fathers combined. Jericho puts himself over and says the entire WWE locker room is begging to be his partner. Ted says maybe after they beat him and his partner for the belts on Sunday, Randy Orton will come out and kick Jericho in the head and put him out of action. Jericho says maybe Randy Orton is his partner and walks off. Back to commercial.
– Michael Cole announces that Shaq will be the special guest host for next week’s RAW.
Gail Kim and Kelly Kelly vs. Rosa Mendez and Alicia Fox
Out first is the team of Kelly and Gail followed by Rosa and Alicia. Rosa and Kelly start it off going back and forth. Kelly with a botch early on. Alicia comes in and Kelly gets a 2 count on her. Kelly tags in Gail who takes Alicia down with a head scissors. Gail comes off the top rope but Alicia kicks her in mid air for a 2 count.
Alicia works over Gail and they go back and forth some more until Kelly Kelly comes back in. Kelly hits the back elbow in the corner and a leg drop for a 2 count until Rosa makes the save. Kelly and Gail double dropkick Rosa and she goes to the floor. Alicia comes from behind and rolls Kelly up for the pinfall and the win.
Winners: Alicia Fox and Rosa Mendez
– Back from the break and Lilian Garcia introduces tonight’s guest hosts, ZZ Top. They pull beside the stage in one of their classic cars and wave to the fans.
2 on 3 Handicap Match: Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes vs. John Cena and Triple H
Voices starts playing as the WWE Champion Randy Orton makes his way to the ring with his partners Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes. Out next is Triple H followed by his partner John Cena. Cena and Cody start it off. Cena gets fired up early and hits the big bulldog. He goes to the corner and tags in Triple H.
Triple H hits Cody with a long suplex and drops a knee on him. Ted comes in but Triple H tosses him to the floor and then clotheslines Cody to the floor. Orton comes in but Cena drops him and sends him to the floor. DiBiase and Rhodes come back in and Cena and Triple H clothesline them right back out. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Cena collides in mid air with Ted and both go down. Triple H and Cody are tagged in. Triple H unloads with rights and a high knee off the ropes. Triple H with the knee to the face on Cody. He decks Orton off the apron but turns around to a right from Cody. Ted is tagged in and Triple H fights them both off until they throw him to the floor. They distract the referee while Orton slams Triple H into the steps. Back in the ring now and Ted works over Triple H and tags in Orton.
Orton works over Triple H and tags back in Cody. Cody with some shots and another tag into Orton. Orton does the same and tags Cody right back in. Cody with more shots and a tag to Ted. Ted distracts the ref while Orton and Cody stomp on Triple H, still in their corner. Ted with a kick to the head for a 2 count. Orton comes back in and stomps away on Triple H before dropping a big knee drop. Cody comes back in and continues the assault on Triple H for a 2 count. Triple H finally fights out and tries for a tag to Cena but can’t make it. The crowd starts chanting for Triple H as he tries to fight to his feet. Cody stops another tag attempt.
Another tag by Triple H is stopped by Cody and he drops The Game with a DDT. Orton is tagged back in. Orton starts kicking at Triple H. Orton hits the mat and goes for an RKO but Triple H counters it. Triple H hits the spine buster and both are down. Cody and Cena are tagged in at the same time. Cena hits the shoulder blocks and big body drop. Cena decks Ted off the apron. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle on Cody and goes for the Attitude Adjuster until Ted runs in. Cena takes care of Ted and locks the STF on Cody. Ted comes back in and breaks the hold. Triple H takes Cody out to the floor and lays him out. Orton gets tagged in by Cody and goes for the punt kick. Cena moves out of the way and rolls Orton up for the pinfall and the win.
Winners: Triple H and John Cena
– After the match, Orton is shocked as Cena and Triple H stand in the ring. Cena and Triple H shake hands in the ring. RAW goes off the air with Legacy heading up the ramp and Cena and Triple H celebrating in the ring.