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Raw Results - 11/23/09

HERSHEY, Pa. - In a city famous for all things chocolate, special guest host, Gov. Jesse Ventura, brought to Rawan appropriate revolutionary new concept: Sweet for some, bitter for others and a little messy when things got too hot to handle.

WWE Champion John Cena and Sheamus signed title match contract; Sheamus attacked Cena
Gov. Jesse Ventura has never been afraid to speak his mind. So, at the conclusion of the contract signing between WWE Champion John Cena and his opponent at the WWE TLC pay-per-view, Sheamus, Ventura admitted that he thought there was a conspiracy at WWE. As the host of Conspiracy Theory, a truTV program that has Ventura hunting for answers to determine the validity of various theories, the WWE Hall of Famer told The Champ that he feels there's a conspiracy by WWE officials to maintain Cena as the face of the company.
While Ventura went on to say that he hopes Sheamus defeats Cena, The Celtic Warrior attacked the WWE Champion from behind and slammed him through a table. It was then that Ventura declared that the WWE Championship Match at WWE TLC will officially be a Tables Match.

Raw's special guest host next week will be Verne Troyer

Next week's Raw promises to be huge, even if the show's special guest host packs all his manic energy into a less-than-giant frame. Austin Powers alum Verne Troyer will stroll into Baltimore, Md., to take control and show the WWE Universe that big things come in small packages.

Sheamus def. Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, MVP, Mark Henry, R-Truth, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase
With each having earned their spot in the first-ever Breakthrough Battle Royal, Sheamus, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, MVP, Mark Henry, R-Truth, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase each appeared focused on what could prove to many to be the opportunity of their careers. Whichever Superstar emerged victorious would compete in either a WWE or World Heavyweight Championship Match.

As special guest host, Gov. Jesse Ventura, alongsideMr. McMahon, announced the bout, the action inside the ring tumbled along at a frenetic pace. While alliances were utilized, they were also tested. Two Superstars that have showcased an unusually high level of rancor, Kofi and Orton, were at each other's throats almost immediately. Before the end of the match, though, The Dreadlock Dynamo would get the best of The Viper, sending him over the top rope and out of the competition. Kofi had little time to celebrate, however, since, by the end, it was The Celtic Warrior, Sheamus, who would emerge from the pack of hungry Superstars to become the No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship.

Legacy def. Cryme Tyme

Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase have always been eager to please. And with their Legacy ring leader, Randy Orton, in the Breakthrough Battle Royal, you can just bet that The Viper loudly emphasized the need to have his henchmen in the ring with him. Well, Randy, mission accomplished. The Legacy duo beat back the challenge of Cryme Tyme to qualify themselves for the night's main event.

Kane confronted Batista

After ?embarrassing? his former best friend, Rey Mysterio, at Survivor Series, Batista informed the WWE Universe that he will stop at nothing to get his hands on The Undertaker's World Heavyweight Championship . Not so fast. The Deadman's brother, Kane, then entered the ring and confronted The Animal, begging that Batista try to crush him like he did Rey the night before. The Animal, however, would not take the bait and left the ring.

DX def. The Hart Dynasty; Unified Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho & Big Show will defend their titles against DX at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs

Despite practically trying to dismantle one another at Survivor Series in a Triple Threat WWE Title Match,Triple H and Shawn Michaels reestablished their bond, understanding their actions the night before were in the heat of competition. Once they put bygones behind them, they quickly found their groove while facing off against The Hart Dynasty . While Tyson Kidd & David Hart Smith looked to be in top shape and gave the DX duo a bit of a scare, the veterans pulled out the victory.
Afterward, Chris Jericho paid the two a visit to discuss he and Big Show defending their Unified Tag Team Titles against the challenge of DX at the upcoming pay-per-view, WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs. After listening to Jericho condescend for a while, DX happily informed the self-important Superstar that their bout will be a TLC Match!

Divas Champion Melina, Mickie James & Kelly Kelly def. Women's Champion Michelle McCool, Layla &Jillian

Forget everything you learned about Thanksgiving in elementary school. On Raw, the Pilgrims and Native Americans didn?t sit down to a fall feast. Instead, they dressed in sexy outfits and tried to tear each other apart in a Thanksgiving Mayflower Melee Match. Clad in Native American apparel, Divas Champion Melina, Mickie James & Kelly Kelly fought Women's Champion Michelle McCool, Layla & Jillian. To complete the Thanksgiving theme, the Goobledy Gooker even served as timekeeper.
Once the match got underway, Team Native American was able to best Team Pilgrim when Melina managed to pin Jillian. Always eager to speak with Divas, Jerry ?The King? Lawler entered the ring for an interview with the beautiful Latina. And that's when things took a turn for the weird. The Gobbledy Gooker attacked the Divas Champion from behind. Moments later, it was revealed that the turkey costume was actually stuffed with Maryse!

Primo attacked by The Viper; Randy Orton def. Evan Bourne
Like a spoiled child, Randy Orton simply won?t take ?no? for an answer. In a desperate attempt to qualify for the Breakthrough Battle Royal, The Viper attacked Primo as the Boriqua brawler made his way to the ring for his qualifying match against Evan Bourne.

As a result, Primo was unable to compete. After consent by special guest host Gov. Jesse Ventura, it was Orton who battled Bourne. Unfortunately for the aerial artist, The Viper proved too much to handle as he slithered into a qualifying position.
DX being sued by Hornswoggle
Just as Triple H and Shawn Michaels were reciting a list of things for which they?re grateful, the two were interrupted by a lawyer representing Hornswoggle. The attorney informed DX that, after last week's Pedigree on Hornswoggle, the leprechaun is suing the duo for intentional infliction of emotional distress and will see them in "little people's court" next week.

Mark Henry, MVP & R-Truth def. Jack Swagger, Chris Masters & Chavo Guerrero
As proof that a WWE ring possesses the capacity to support massive amounts of gross tonnage, Mark Henry, MVP & R-Truth climbed into the squared circle to face Jack Swagger, Chris Masters & Chavo Guerrero in a Six-Man Tag Team Match. The contest would determine which three individuals from the winning squad qualify for tonight's Breakthrough Battle Royal. In the end, R-Truth showed the WWE Universe "what's up" by pinning The Masterpiece, Chris Masters.

Jesse Ventura and Mr. McMahon to return to announce table
Being Raw's special guest host has its privileges. As such, Gov. Jesse Ventura welcomed himself into Mr. McMahon's office to deliver a message: He's getting the band back together! Well, actually, just the announce team of Ventura & McMahon, which would reunite to call the Breakthrough Battle Royal. The camera time should benefit the charismatic host of truTV's Conspiracy Theory, which debuts Dec. 2 at 10 p.m.

WWE Champion John Cena def. CM Punk
Raw's special guest host, Gov. Jesse Ventura, expressed his desire to break free from convention ? and tonight he succeeded. He arranged a non-title match between WWE Champion John Cena and aSmackDown Superstar, CM Punk. The preachy pugilist, Punk dropped by Raw just one night after falling shy of clinching victory for Randy Orton and his team at Survivor Series. The Champ, on the other hand, was fresh off a successful title defense against Triple H and Shawn Michaels at the colossal pay-per-view.
The momentum proved too much for Punk to overcome as Cena dug in his heels and managed to triumph over his opponent's high-energy attack.
Sheamus def. Finaly The power and peril of Sheamus continues unabated. After channeling his considerable rage at the WWE timekeeper and Jerry ?The King? Lawler during the prior Raw, The Celtic Warrior punished fellow Irishman Finlay at Survivor Series, kicking him in the head before pinning him. Tonight, the troubles persisted. Finlay once again found himself on the losing end as Sheamus defeated him and qualified for the Breakthrough Battle Royal.

Kofi Kingston def. Dolph Ziggler
Fresh off his pounding of Randy Orton a week ago and his team captain victory the night before at Survivor Series, Kofi Kingston faced off against Dolph Ziggler in the first-ever Breakthrough Battle Royal Qualifying Match. The wind clearly at Kofi's back, The Dreadlock Dynamo hit some rough waters but eventually sailed past Ziggler to become the first Superstar to qualify for tonight's contest.
Special guest host Gov. Jesse Ventura announced Breakthrough Battle Royal
Whether as a WWE Hall of Famer, the Governor of Minnesota or the host of truTV's upcoming Conspiracy Theory, Jesse Ventura has always proven himself an iconoclast, a man predictable only in his unpredictability.
Ventura hewed close to form when he dropped by Raw to serve as special guest host. Confronted by Randy Orton demanding a WWE Title Match, Ventura informed The Viper that neither he nor anyone who has possessed the WWE or World Heavyweight Championship would be granted title opportunities.
In fact, Ventura devised the first ever Breakthrough Battle Royal, in which a series of bouts would be held between members of Raw and SmackDown who never held a World Title. The winners of these bouts will then participate in the Breakthrough Battle Royal with the winner earning a either a WWE or World Heavyweight Championship Match.


RAW THOUGHTS

Show Thoughts--
No, this isn?t THA NEW ERA~ or ATTITUDE~ or anything like that. But this is certainly the beginning of a very different road for the WWE, one they haven?t followed in any real way in some time. Last night, John Cena defended the WWE title against Shawn Micahels and Triple H. The Undertaker defended the world title against Big Show and Chris Jericho.

48 hours later, Kofi Kingston holds a clean pin fall victory over Randy Orton. John Cena is facing Sheamus for the WWE title and The Miz, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus were all sole survivors for their team last night. I certainly seems that the WWE is making a real move towards transitioning into something new.

Sure, they?ve been playing lip service to the ?push young guys? mantra that has apparently been the topic of much discussion in the back, but tonight's show was the first show that really felt different and new. There's even a new theme song. It really seems as if the WWE are REALLY making a move creatively.

Whether those prove to be the right moves, only time will tell.

I like the choice of Sheamus as the #1 contender. Not only is he a fresh contender, but it really makes things feel as if anything can happen. That hot streaks are rewarded. That ?making an impact? actually means that you turn heads. Ventura deserves a huge tip of the cap tonight, as he set Sheamus up to be put over so well.

Commentary seems to be a lost art these days, and it was amazing how Ventura, despite being away for nearly 15-20 years now, was able to get Sheamus over.. by talking about Mark Henry. He put Henry over as the presumptive favorite based no size. That no one individual would be able to eliminate him. When Sheamus did, he put it over as super human. He put over Sheamus laying back and biding his time. Its always important for the heels to feel justified in their actions. The mark of a true socio-path is someone whose able to rationalize horrible actions and decisions. When the heel isn?t justifying their actions, the commentators should be, and Ventura did, explaining both Orton and Sheamus? lack of involvement in the match. Great nod to Ventura.

Is it too soon for Sheamus? Eh, maybe. But this isn?t new. Shawn Michaels was pushed hard up the card shortly after becoming a solo wrestler as did Lesnar, and they both worked out pretty well. Umaga, the Great Khali and Lashley were other guys who used early big pushes and translated those into success later down the line. Considering John Cena's ability in these kinds of matches, I wouldn?t say there's a lot to worry about. Sheamus will probably look spirited in losing, and they?ll move him back down the card. With DX-Show/Jericho in a TLC match headlining the show, and Batista-Taker also looking like it's on there, they can afford the risk.

While everything was done pretty well, I don?t think they did as good a job as they could have in following up on Kofi Kingston's big win the other night. I mean he only pinned the top heel in the company clean as a whistle. I?ve noticed this as a flaw in geneal about WWE booking is that they book big angles extremely well, but it's their follow up, especially on the Raw brand, that really hurts them long-term. The same mistake was made with Mark Henry back in July when he first showed up and had that molten segment to close the show during the supplemental draft. The follow up wasn?t there.

All in all though, it was a really unique, interesting show. The crowd was dead, but you get that some weeks. Overall, the show is a lot more interesting in the short term, and from the looks of things, a HECK of a lot more interesting looking down the line.

Overall Grade: B

Quick Results
Kofi Kingston def. Dolph Ziggler
Sheamus def. Finlay
John Cena def. CM Punk
Melina, Mickie James & Kelly Kelly def. Michelle McCool, Jillian Hall and Layla
D-X def. The Hart Dynasty
Mark Henry, MVP and R-Truth def. Jack Swagger, Chris Masters & Chavo Guererro
Randy Orton def. Evan Bourne
The Legacy def. Cryme Tyme
Sheamus won a break-through battle royal to become the #1 contender for the WWE Championship

Who's Hot, Who's Not?

Biggest Pops
1. D-X
2. Kofi Kingston
3. John Cena
4. Cryme Tyme

Most Heat
1. Randy Orton
2. Chris Jericho
3. The Legacy
4. Sheamus

Match of the Night: John Cena vs. CM Punk ***

Power Rankings

Points
4 Points= World Title defense/win
3 Points= Singles PPV Win
2 Points= Tag PPV Win
2 Points= TV Singles Win
1 Point= TV Tag Win
0 Points= Loss


WWE Champion John Cena 25-17-5, 58 points. (Last Week: WWE Champion) -- After a total flop of a promo last week, Cena cuts a pretty good one this week. I like Cena in the role of ?maker?. He's historically performed well when put in the ring with guys with less talent or who aren?t as developed.

United States Champion: The Miz 14-11-2, 27 Points (Last Week: US Champion)-- Not in action.

1. Triple H 12-10-4, 21 Points (Last Week: 1)-- I?m just not into these two anymore. Everything they do just seems SO re-hashed and redundant at this point. While I feel like both Michaels and Triple H have been extremely resilient characters over the years, I feel like that is beginning to fade and the characters are finally running their course.

2. Kofi Kingston 26-7-2, 50 points (Last Week: 3)--I was hoping for a lot stronger follow up on Kofi's big win last night. It's been this weird thing of the WWE doing a job of getting a guy over in the initial angle, but poorly following through that's been hampering some of these youngster pushes. He's not in a bad place, but I expected at least a lengthy promo tonight.

3. Randy Orton 18-18-5, 46 pts. (Last Week: 2)--Orton was great as the central figure of the show tonight. Everything seemingly revolves around him and his actions. Sure, Cena's got the belt, but Orton seems to be their go-to versatile guy. His feud with Kofi has been fantastic for both guys, and there's no reason to put that on ice yet.

4. Shawn Michaels (Last Week: 4)--See Triple H.

5. Big Show 13-18-1, 21 Points (Last Week: 5)-- Not in action

6. Mark Henry, 16-6, 26 Points (Last Week: 6)-- Henry's another mid carder who seems to be doing a lot of nothing right now. IMO, he's the most ready for a main event push, but their lack of follow through on his hot July debut, has hurt him.

7. Cody Rhodes 16-18-3, 22 points (Last Week: 7)--More young guys that kind of seem lost in the shuffle. We?re starting to see real pecking order established in the mid card and its becoming readily apparent which stars are beginning to separate themselves from the pack. While I wouldn?t say Dibiase and Rhodes are bad by any means, they?ve really struggled to distance themselves as unique and different despite some pretty preferential booking.

8. Ted Dibiase, Jr. 13-16-3, 15 Points (Last Week:
8)
--See Cody.

9. Seamus 5-0-0, 8 Points (Last Week: NR) --They did a fantastic job of really getting the big red head as being ?dangerous? without crossing into ?monster?. Ventura on commentary certainly helped things.

10. Jack Swagger, 10-10-2, 18 Points (Last Week: 9) --One week he seems to be rolling, the next week he's floundering. This week, he's floundering.

OTHERS
MVP 17-12-2, 25 Points (Last Week: 10)
Evan Bourne, 8-12, 10 Points (Last Week: NR)
Chris Masters 1-5-1, 1 Point (Last Week: NR)
Santino Marella 5-4, 10 points (Last Week: NR)
Carlito Colon 5-10-1, 7 Points (Last Week: NR)
Primo Colon 4-10-2, 4 Points (Last Week: NR)
Brian Kendrick 1-6-0, 2 Points (Last Week: NR)
Hornswaggle 7-1-0, 10 Points (Last Week: NR)
Jerry Lawler 1-0, 1 points (Last Week: NR)
Festus 1-1-0, 1 Points (Last Week: NR)
Chavo Guerrero 2-20-0, 2 Points (Last Week: NR)
Jamie Noble 0-5, 0 Points (Last Week: NR)
Jim Duggan 0-0, 0 points (Last Week: NR)
Eugene 0-1-0, 0 Points (Last Week: RELEASED)
Batista 9-4, 18 Points (Last Week: MOVED TO SMACKDOWN)
Matt Hardy 3-8-0, 4 Points (Last Week: TRADED TO SMACKDOWN)
William Regal, 3-10, 4 points (Last Week: TRADED TO ECW )
Goldust 2-1-0, 2 Points (Last Week: TRADED TO ECW)
Kane 7-7, 12 Points DRAFTED TO SMACKDOWN
Mike Knox 3-3 4 points (Last Week: DRAFTED TO SMACKDOWN)
JTG 2-4, 2 points (Last Week: DRAFTED TO SMACKDOWN)
Big Shaad 2-3 2 points (Last Week: DRAFTED TO SMACKDOWN)
Charlie Haas 0-0, 0 points (Last Week: DRAFTED TO SMACKDOWN)
Dolph Ziggler 0-3, 0 Points (Last Week: DRAFTED TO SMACKDOWN)
CM Punk 9-7, 17 Points DRAFTED TO SMACKDOWN
Rey Mysterio 11-6, 22 Points DRAFTED TO SMACKDOWN
Chris Jericho 6-7 13 pts. DRAFTED TO SMACKDOWN
JBL 1-6, 4 points (Last Week: 7) RETIRED
Mr. Kennedy 1-0-0, 1 Points (Last Week: RELEASED)
Sim Snuka 1-0, 1 Point (Last Week: RELEASED)

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