By: Todd Martin
Date: 08/02/10 from San Antonio, TX.
The Big News: Team Raw continues to fight amongst itself heading into its SummerSlam showdown with Nexus.
Edge came out to start the show. He said that he needs to go with his gut and just do what he feels like doing. He noted that his team is falling apart. He said that he doesn’t respect John Cena, trust Chris Jericho, have any faith in Great Khali or barely even know R. Truth or John Morrison. He added that Nexus needs to be destroyed his way and challenged Wade Barrett to a match.
R. Truth came out and said that it wouldn’t end with Barrett. Truth said that they are fighting for their survival and for the WWE Universe. What a cheesy bullshit line. Edge vowed to cut the head off the snake of Nexus and threatened Truth as well. The anonymous GM then made Edge vs. Barrett.
Edge and Wade Barrett fought to a no contest. They battled back and forth with punches and kicks. Barrett hit a high kick and threw Edge into the apron. Edge countered the forward fireman carry slam into a DDT. Edge went for the spear but Barrett rolled out of the ring. Nexus then just ran in and Edge ran away into the crowd. This was a bad match with an awful finish.
Backstage, Edge wanted to know where John Cena was when Nexus ran in. Cena replied that he was trying to show they needed to work together. Edge quit the team. Chris Jericho then came in and said Cena needed to leave the team and proposed a loser leaves the team match. Cena didn’t like it but agreed.
Elsewhere, John Morrison proposed to Great Khali that the team work together like the Magnificent Seven. Khali alluded to the seven dwarfs. Michael Tarver and David Otunga came in to speak with Khali. Tarver said they didn’t attack Khali because they don’t attack people they respect. Otunga said the rumor is the Raw team is looking to replace Khali. Tarver suggested Khali join Nexus.
Alicia Fox, Tamina and Jillian Hall beat Gail Kim, Natalya and Eve Torres. The heels very briefly worked on Gail. Natalya got the hot tag and hit a clothesline, vertical suplex (inexplicably labeled a Northern lights by Michael Cole), body slam and cradle butterfly suplex on Alicia. A brawl broke out. Gail hit a crossbody off the top onto Tamina but Jillian threw Gail into the post hard. Natalya went for the sharpshooter on Alicia but Tamina cut that off. Alicia then hit the ax kick on Natalya for the pin. This was very high on the WWE women’s match scale.
After the match, Alicia Fox proclaimed herself the greatest women’s champion ever and said that she has beaten all the women on the roster. That brought out the returning Melina. Alicia went to leave but Jillian threw her backing the ring and Melina laid Alicia out.
Sheamus beat Goldust. They acknowledged the feud these two had in ECW prior to the match, but this was just a squash. Sheamus hit a knee to the head, back breaker, bicycle kick and razor’s edge for the pin. After the match, Sheamus said that he got to the top all by himself. He said that he ended HHH’s career and he will end Randy Orton’s too.
John Cena beat Chris Jericho. Cena missed a crossbody and Jericho took over. Jericho threw Cena into the steps, snapped Cena’s neck into the ropes and applied a headlock. Cena came back with a shoulder block and Cena slam. He went for the five knuckle but ran into a code breaker. Cena rolled to the floor. Jericho had to carry Cena back into the ring and by the time he finally did Cena kicked out of the pin attempt.
Jericho went for the walls but Cena escaped. Cena went for the FU but Jericho escaped. Jericho hit a springboard dropkick and reverse elbow off the top for two. Jericho followed with the lionsault but Cena countered a superplex and hit a top rope rocker dropper. Jericho went for the Walls but Cena reversed into the STF and Jericho tapped immediately before the hold was even applied.
Jericho and Cena pretty much always have good matches and this was no exception. Afterwards, Cena suggested Jericho stay on the team and put Jericho over. Jericho left without answering.
Backstage, Edge and Jericho shared their frustrations with the rest of the Raw team. They hugged and made up. The GM then made Edge and Jericho vs. Cena and Bret Hart with Nexus as lumberjacks for next week. Elsewhere, Orton pointed out he took out HHH just like Sheamus. He invited Sheamus to watch Orton’s match with Miz. He said the good news is Miz won’t be in any shape to cash in MITB but the bad news is in two weeks it will be Sheamus’ turn.
Great Khali beat Ted DiBiase. Khali hit chops, elbows and clotheslines. Wade Barrett and Skip Sheffield came to ringside. That distracted DiBiase and Khali hit an overhand chop and applied the vice grip for the win.
Randy Orton beat Miz. Prior to the match, Miz said that Orton made a big mistake attacking him last week. He vowed to make Orton pay on Raw and said that Orton’s best case scenario at SummerSlam is to defeat Sheamus but then lose the title to Miz.
Orton used some stomps on Miz. Miz hit a knee lift. Orton clotheslined Miz over the top and Sheamus came out on the stage. Orton hit a back breaker and powerslam but Miz countered the draping DDT by throwing Orton over the top. Miz hit a back breaker/neck breaker combination but Orton hit the RKO out of the blue for the pin. Sheamus charged to the ring after the match but Orton was ready and Sheamus pulled up. This match was okay.
When WWE decides to be more serious with Raw and give matches more time, it usually leads to a very good show. This show didn’t deliver as well as usual, largely because the longer matches underperformed. Still, it was a pretty good show, albeit a little dull at times.
With the Raw guys gravely talking about the danger Nexus presents to everything, they really need to better define what exactly Nexus is trying to do. Right now they keep using this grandiose language to describe the feud and it comes across as cheesy without having the meat and potatoes out on the table. We need to know what specifically is different about Nexus than any other gang of heels.