Raw opens with a Memorial Day tribute to all our troops.
Raw starts now! Pyro~!
JR messed up and calls is the Pepsi Arena instead of the Pepsi Center. The Pepsi Arena used to be in Albany, NY but they sold the name rights last year so it’s now called the Times Union Center. The Pepsi CENTER is where they were last night. He mentions that the show is sold out.
Vince McMahon is on the tron. Last week, Regal got what he deserved. But are we getting what we deserve? We deserve the action, the excitement and the drama. And we deserve appreciation. And he will show us appreciation. He has an idea. He wants ideas from our Superstars too. Before the show is over, he will show us appreciation even if it means he has to do something that’s never been done before in the history of the WWE.
At One Night Stand it’ll be Beth Phoenix vs. Melina in an I Quit Match! Really? Wow.
Jillian Hall vs. Melina
Jillian says Melina has no chance at One Night Stand. Jillian spears Melina and hits some rights. Melina gets caught with a kick and Jillian sends her into the corner and nails a handspring elbow and a neckbreaker. We get some hair-pulling now and a slam. Jillian chokes Melina in the ropes but Melina comes back with forearms and a quick 2 count. Jillian cuts her off but Melina comes back with a dropkick and a kick in the corner. Hair mare now, but Jillian kicks her in the head. Melina elbows out of a fireman’s carry and rolls into a leg grapevine submission and Jillian taps.
Beth Phoenix stares Melina down from ringside.
In the back, Vince wants to hear Chris Jericho’s idea. Chris suggests a Michaels/Jericho rematch tonight on Raw. Yes please! Vince makes the match! Jericho tells Vince his theme song needs some updated and gives it a rock edge. Cryme Tyme are here now. Hilarity ensues. They take away Regal’s pictures for an auction, auction, yeah, yeahâ<80>¦
Brian Kendrick and Paul London vs. Cody Rhodes and Hardcore Holly
London and Rhodes start, lock-up, take over by Rhodes into a headlock. London eats a dropkick but tags out and Rhodes gets double teamed. Kendrick gets a crucifix roll-up for 2 and Kendrick goes hard into the turnbuckles now. Holy in and it’s clubbering time. Kendrick fights back with forearms but runs into a clothesline that gets a 2 count. Rhodes comes off the top across the arm and then goes for a reverse bear hug. Gotta love that psychology. Kendrick elbows out but the Sliced Bread is countered, but Kendrick avoids a crossbody. Hot tag both sides and London knocks Holly down with a pair of dropkicks and gets a standing head scissors. London gets caught but sunset flips Holly for 2. A heel kick gets 2 more. Kendrick and Rhodes get dumped, London skins the cat but gets caught with the Alabama Slam for 3!
Winners: Cody Rhodes and Hardcore Holly
Ted DiBiase is here! He congratulates them but their days as champs are numbered. He brings out his so, Ted DiBiase. Wow, he looks more like an Orton. Ever since he was a kid, he wanted to become a champion. He says he will become a champion too because everybody’s got a price, but he is simply priceless. I like it. But, doesn’t he need a tag partner?
We get a video package of Cousin Sal getting some training from Rodney the Piper. Piper hits the shit out of him. “Yeah, I can see how this hurts.” Jimmy Kimmel is here. Piper clubs Sal. Kimmel calls out moves that aren’t really moves while Piper beats on Sal. Actually, it’s quite funny stuff. Sal wants a nap, so Piper throws the sleeper on him. Sal is out, so Jimmy draws on him with marker and they go get something to eat.
Mickie James is with Vince. They talk ideas. JBL interrupts. JBL discredit’s her idea of sending to Divas to schools because it’s like an escort service. JBL wants to give away merchandise â<80>” specifically cuttings of the One Night Stand mat with Cena’s blood on it. Apparently, Cena is not Mickie’s boyfriend.
Some troops send messages to their family and stuff.
John Cena and Jeff Hardy vs. Umaga and JBL
Cena and JBL startâ<80>¦ until JBL tags Umaga. They slug it out and Cena goes for an early FU but Umaga elbows out of it. Umaga hits some measured strikes and Cena is groggy early. Crowd is very much pro-Cena. Cena avoids a charge but gets caught with Umaga’s wind-up urange, which gets 2 as we head to break. Back from the break Cena gets a hot tag and fires off on Umaga. The Twist of Fate is countered but Hardy avoids a charge but gets shoved to the floor from the top rope. JBL takes advantage on the floor. That’s how he likes it. Back in and Umaga hits a big splash for 2. JBL in now and he puts a beating on Jeff with clubbing blows and knees to the gut. JBL sends Hardy into the corner with velocity and then applies an abdominal stretch, complete with random leg bending. Hardy makes it to the ropes as JBL lets go of the hold. Boot to the head now by JBL and that’s followed up by an elbow drop for 2. Jeff fights back and hits the Whisper in the Wind out of nowhere! The ref starts a count up but Jeff makes a tag. Clothesline to JBLâ<80>¦ protobomb! Umaga takes a shot. You can’t see me! Five Knuckle Shuffle connects! Umaga nails Cena from behind and Jeff got a blind tag. He misses the Swanton and eats a Clothesline From Hell for 3!
Winners â<80>” Umaga and JBL
Mr. Kennedy vs. Carlito
Lock up and break. They talk trash and Carlito goes low. Carlito misses his springboard elbow but counters a Mic Check early and hits a swinging neckbreaker for 2. Carlito works Kennedy over by choking him in the ropes, hitting a snapmare and working a neck vice. Kennedy works his way to his feet but gets tossed down and covered for 2. Kennedy comes back with a roundhouse kick and a clothesline. Green Bay Plunge connects and gets a near fall. Facewash now by Kennedy is countered into a snap powerslam. Carlito wants the Backstabber but Kennedy avoids it, charges into a back eblow, but hits the Mic Check out of nowhere for the win!
Winner: Mr. Kennedy
Katie Lea Burchill is here. She’s great. She is not amused by what happened to Regal last week, and now Kennedy has an enemy. Paul Burchill strikes from behind and hits a neckbreaker. Burchill says Regal was a great man. Alright mate, he’s not dead. Burchill finishes him off with a Curb Stomp.
Trevor Murdoch sings Vince’s theme song to McMahon. Vince doesn’t like it, but tells Murdoch to get everyone out into the arena after the next match.
Lawler and Ross hype One Night Stand.
Stretcher Match â<80>” Shawn Michaels vs. Batista
We get highlights of the Last Man Standing match between The Game and Orton from last year as well as Backlash.
We get Memorial Day shout outs.
Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels
I wait 5 years for a rematch, and then two come along at once. Go figure. Can Jericho get a win anytime soon, please? They circle and go into a collar and elbow tie-up. They work a couple of counterholds and side headlock takeovers and stand off to cheers for both men. Michaels goes to the arm but Jericho counters and gains control of Shawn’s limb and wrenches it. Shawn gets a hip toss now but runs into a hard elbow from Jericho and that’s going to sting. Jericho tries a springboard dropkick to the apron but Shawn avoids it and Jericho crashes and burns on the floor as we go to break. Back from the break, and Jericho has Shawn in a chinlock with a half nelson. Shawn elbows his way to separation and hits some chops, blocks a hip toss and catches Jericho with a backslide for 2. Both men up and Jericho hits a step-up enzuigiri for 2. Into the corner now and Jericho gets a couple of shoulder thrusts and the referee is all over Jericho here. Y2J chokes HBK out with a boot in the corner. Shawn counters Jericho’s version of a bulldog by forcing him into the turnbuckles. Inverted atomic drop now by Shawn, followed up the flying forearmâ<80>¦ KIP UP! Jericho catches and tires for the Walls but Shawn counters to a small package for 2. Both up and Jericho levels Shawn with a clothesline, but the Lionsault misses. Shawn up topâ<80>¦ elbow drop misses! Jericho is poised and wants the Codebreaker I think, but Shawn blocks it by holding on to the top. The band us tuning up ever so slight, Jericho ducks the kick has there’s the WALLS OF JERICHO! It’s locked in and Shawn crawls towards the ropesâ<80>¦ and he has it. Jericho eventually breaks the hold. He puts the boots to Shawn and gets pulled away by the refâ<80>¦ Shawn feigns a kick and Jericho dodges it, and kicks Shawn out to the floor. Jericho locks the WALLS OF JERICHO in on the floor! The ref is counts both men out and that’s bull.
Jericho continues the assault on the floor and reapplies the Walls. Jericho has a chair and wants to hit Michaels with itâ<80>¦ but doesn’t. Jericho offers a hand to pull Shawn up and Shawn takes it eventually. Jericho throws the chair down and walks away.
Vince walks to the ring… Vince says earlier he had an idea…. He says he thinks they deserve ‘new’. He announces a draft in FOUR WEEKS. He says that’s not all. He says he’s not sure about all the details yet… but he says it’s all about the money. He says each week, he is going to give away cash money. He says a thousand each week… what about $10K each week. Hell, why not $100K each week. He says it’s not a hoax and it’s from his own account. He says each week on RAW he’s giving away cash money… the sum of ONE MILLION DOLLARS EVERY WEEK ON RAW. RAW ends.
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