Three of a kind?
By: Greg Adkins
August 24, 2009
Credit – WWE.com
LAS VEGAS – It may have been one night after WWE Champion Randy Orton retained his precious title at SummerSlam, but The Viper wouldn’t be celebrating in Las Vegas by the end of the evening. Instead, it would be Mr. McMahon who would be celebrating not only his birthday but also a hard-fought victory.
DX & Mr. McMahon def. Randy Orton & The Legacy
For many, it felt as if they were watching dogs snuggling with cats, the Boston Red Sox high-fiving the New York Yankees or Britney Spears reunite with reality. Only this was even stranger: Mr. McMahon paired with his longtime tormentors DX in the ring. While the coupling was certainly unprecedented, it was also successful. Although The Chairman and his teammates had never fought together before, they were cohesive enough to hold their own and chase Orton from the ring.
As Orton tried to slither up the ramp to safety, his path was obstructed when John Cena entered. With nowhere to run, Orton clamored back into the ring, where HBK offered up Sweet Chin Music. Then, it was Cena’s turn. Avenging his underhanded loss from the night before, Orton’s SummerSlam opponent took the opportunity to administer a well-deserved Attitude Adjustment, allowing Mr. McMahon to slide over for the three-count.
Hornswoggle def. Chavo Guerrero in boxing match
In the latest in a series of humiliations for the self-proclaimed ?Mexican Warrior,? Chavo Guerrero again faced off against Hornswoggle and came up, well, short. This time, the two laced up boxing gloves, with Chavo forced to use oversized gloves, and stood toe-to-toe. Frustrated, Chavo removed his gloves and landed a punch that sent the leprechaun out of the ring for the disqualification. As Chavo prepared to further pummel his prey, however, Evan Bourne swooped in to save the little guy.
MVP & Mark Henry def. Unified Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho & Big Show
You just knew it would get ugly. Big Show has harbored a grudge against Raw’s celebrity guest host, Floyd ?Money? Mayweather, ever since the boxer beat him at WrestleMania XXIV. When Mayweather and his posse entered the ring, Show and his partner Chris Jericho were there to greet him. After verbal jabs were exchanged, MVP came out to set the record straight: Mayweather is the greatest boxer in the world. The Ballin? Superstar then suggested a match: MVP and a partner vs. the Unified Tag Team Champions. Raw’s guest host readily agreed and also concurred that if MVP and his partner win, they will earn a title opportunity against Jericho & Show at WWE Breaking Point. And just who did MVP chose as his partner? The World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry.
After a see-saw battle between the two heavyweight teams, Mayweather used his lightening quick hands to toss MVP a pair of brass knuckles, which allowed Montel Vontavious Porter & Henry to seize not only victory but also an opportunity at the Unified Tag Team Titles at WWE Breaking Point.
Beth Phoenix, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes def. Divas Champion Mickie James, Kelly Kelly & Gail Kim
In honor of Raw’s celebrity guest host, boxing great Floyd ?Money? Mayweather, the Divas battled in boxing attire during a 6-Diva Tag Team Match (?Mayweather Melee?) placing Divas Champion Mickie James, Kelly Kelly & Gail Kim against Beth Phoenix, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes. While Mickie has been riding a wave of momentum lately, The Glamazon has also savored victory, having emerged on top after a 15-Diva Battle Royal the night before at SummerSlam. As the two teams clashed, it would be Phoenix who would lead her team to triumph.
The Miz def. Santino Marella
The Miz hasn?t been in much of a joking mood lately. Instead, the self-important Superstar has shown he’s determined to capture the United States Championship from Kofi Kingston. He presented a strong case when he met Santino Marella and flattened the Italian like a thin-crust pizza.
Mr. McMahon arranges WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. John Cena at Breaking Point; Orton & Legacy vs. DX & Mr. McMahon tonight
One of the fun parts about throwing a great party is getting together the next day to talk about how everything went down. Well, SummerSlam is no different. WWE Champion Randy Orton, along with his Legacy henchmen Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase were all too eager to discuss one of the wildest celebrations of the year.
As Orton patted himself on the back for retaining the gold in a match that saw a fan charge the ring and interrupt the bout, DiBiase revealed that the ?fan? in question was actually his younger brother, Brett. While the revelation prompted the entire WWE Universe to offer a collective ?Hmmm,?Orton claimed he would have won without Brett’s interference. Mr. McMahon, however, wasn?t so convinced.
The Chairman announced that not only would Raw celebrity guest host Floyd ?Money? Mayweather be arriving later in the evening, but that Orton would be forced to defend his title against Cena in three weeks in an ?I Quit? Match at WWE’s newest pay-per-view, WWE Breaking Point, in which each Superstar must win by submission. And if anyone interferes during this bout, Orton will be stripped of the title. (Match preview)
Before he could leave, however, The Chairman was stopped by his longtime antagonists, DX. Triple H & Shawn Michaels did not let the opportunity pass to razz Mr. McMahon, who was celebrating his 64th birthday. During an extravagant Las Vegas ribbing, however, they were attacked by the tag team they had defeated the night before at SummerSlam, Rhodes & DiBiase.
The strike angered DX enough to prompt The Game to announce a main event No Disqualifications Match pitting Orton & Legacy against DX and ? Mr. McMahon!