Battle Lines: Raw 7/19/10

The show kicked off with a triple threat match between Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, and Edge.  In what was a surprisingly long match for Raw (20 minutes), Randy Orton was able to get the win after hitting both Jericho and Edge with RKOs.  After a commercial break, Jericho and Edge are arguing in the ring when The Nexus comes out.  To the delight of Jericho, they all gang up on Edge.  After The Nexus is done, Jericho jumps in and puts Edge into the Walls of Jericho, until he realizes that The Nexus is standing around him, menacingly.  They then attack Jericho and leave him unconscious in the ring.

After a pessimistic speech earlier in the show, at the end of the show, Cena comes out to the ring to speak with The Nexus.  He offers them truce, but they decline, saying that they don’t want their to be peace.  Instead, they want Cena to join them.  Cena can’t do that, and starts to leave.  He stops and says that he tried to let The Nexus off the hook, but he recommits to taking them down, and now has a team to do it at Summerslam.  That team consists of himself, Edge, Jericho, John Morrison, R-Truth, The Great Khali, and Bret Hart.  The 7 of them run down to the ring, and The Nexus runs out through the crowd.

Rest of the show.

  • Eve def. Maryse by pinfall. Maryse’s foot was on the bottom rope, but the ref did not see it as he counted the 3-count.  Ted DiBiase, who was at ringside, came into argue with the ref, but Morrison came out and attacked DiBiase.
  • Sheamus def. Evan Bourne by pinfall. Pre-match, Sheamus was gloating about how he had beaten Cena for a third time, and that he was going to be champion for a long time.  The Miz came out and reminded Sheamus of his Money in the Bank win.  The GM put Sheamus into a match with Bourne.  Eventually, Sheamus was able to pin Bourne.  Miz runs in and attacks Sheamus, hitting the Skull-crushing Finale onto the briefcase.  The Miz tries to cash in, but R-Truth runs out to attack The Miz before the match could officially start.
  • Santino Marella & Vladmir Koslov def. William Regal and Zach Ryder by pinfall. Again, Koslov causes most of the damage, and Santino gets the pin on Ryder.  Post-match, Santino dances around to the amusement of Koslov.
  • Wade Barrett def. Mark Henry by pinfall. This match was a back and forth brawl.  Mark Henry climbed to the middle rope, but Barrett was able to pick him off the ropes, and slam him with his finisher, before completely losing his balance.

Closing Thoughts

Wow, WWE certainly didn’t waste any time in setting up their main storylines for Summerslam.  We are going to get Orton versus Sheamus for the title, and Cena’s army going up against The Nexus.  The Sheamus/Orton feud doesn’t really interest me, but the Cena/Nexus one does.  I like that Cena has surrounded himself with people who have held a title at some point.  Yes, remember that Khali was a World Champion.  And sure, Hart can’t be much of a physical factor, but he adds some weight behind the feud.  His presence, along with Jericho and Edge, add importance to this feud.  The easiest way to build up a credible threat is to have the opposing group of guys take the threat seriously.

  • I don’t think they should have had Eve win by bad officiating.  It doesn’t look good for the face.
  • Still amused by the pairing of Koslov and Marella, but not sure how much longer that will last.
  • Last night was a good example of how nice a show can be when you don’t have to devote time to whatever the guest host is there to plug.
  • The Miz trying to cash in then getting interrupted was alright, but if they do that too many times, it’s just going to remind people of Punk’s attempts to cash in last year.

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