Flair game for The Animal

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May 18, 2009

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Less than 24 hours after Judgment Day and the entire Raw roster was already looking toward Extreme Rules. Monday night saw two huge matches made for the pay-per-view, as John Cena & Batista took on WWE Champion Randy Orton and his Legacy in the main event. Things looked grim for The Animal when he was left to face the multi-generational Superstars by himself, but the tables turned on "The Viper" when WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair once again rushed to Batista's aide against The Legend Killer.

John Cena & Batista def. WWE Champion Randy Orton & The Legacy in a match that saw involvement from Big Show and WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Raw's main event saw five of the brand's top Superstars compete as John Cena & Batista took on WWE Champion Randy Orton and his Legacy cohorts, Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase. As the battle raged on, Big Show emerged, drawing his Extreme Rules opponent, John Cena from the ring. With his partner gone, The Animal was left alone to compete against the Superstar he'll face in a Steel Cage at Extreme Rules, as well as Orton's minions.

Sorely outnumbered, Batista was the beneficiary of some well-timed assistance from WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair. The two had suffered through a minor disagreement earlier in the evening after the "Nature Boy" revealed his plans to call out "The Viper" on the next Raw, but their bond proved to be stronger than any petty squabbles, as ‘Naitch contributed to the match's confusion, giving Batista a chance to capitalize, spearing Orton for the win.

Vickie Guerrero def. Santina Marella to become the new Miss WrestleMania (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Having received some impromptu wrestling training from her nephew Chavo, Raw General Manager Vickie Guerrero made her way to the ring to compete against Santina Marella for the title of Miss WrestleMania in her very first match. Before the match could even begin, Chavo announced that the title would be contested with no disqualifications and proceeded to attack Santina once the contest started. Things went from bad to worse for the first-ever Miss WrestleMania as William Regal emerged next, attacking the Italian Diva, and giving Vickie the opening she needed to pin her opponent and win the match, becoming the new Miss WrestleMania in the process.

United States Champion MVP def. Matt Hardy (PHOTOS | WATCH)
As Matt Hardy explained earlier in the evening, Raw General Manager Vickie Guerrero not only expunged his loss to Kofi Kingston from the records, but also gave the bitter Superstar something he had been clamoring for: A United States Title Match against MVP. Though Hardy denied it, it's possible that Vickie's actions were done to repay the Superstar for his attack on Jeff Hardy the night before during his World Heavyweight Title Match against the Raw GM's husband, Edge. Though he had claimed in the past to have beaten MVP more than anyone, Hardy, with his broken hand, was unable to defeat The Ballin' Superstar, who retained the U.S. Title.

The Miz once again called out John Cena, and claimed he is now 5-0 in spite of Jerry Lawler challenging his logic; Big Show revealed that he will face Cena again at Extreme Rules in a Submission Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Masquerading as his rival, The Miz addressed the WWE Universe to mock and once again call out John Cena. After the former World Heavyweight Champion failed to come out following the self-proclaimed "chick magnet's" rap belittling him, The Miz claimed another spurious victory over Cena. The arrogant Superstar's claims didn't go unchallenged, however, as he was joined in the ring by WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler. The Raw announcer pointed out the ridiculousness of Miz's claim to have a 5-0 record against Cena when the two have never fought a match to completion.

The two were then interrupted by Big Show, who had his own bone to pick with John Cena. Though the targeted Superstar claimed earlier that he was done with The World's Largest Athlete, Big Show revealed that the two would be colliding once again at Extreme Rules, in a match that would appear to give the 7-footer a distinct advantage: A Submission Match. When The Miz responded that Cena would simply beat Big Show again, the massive Superstar lunged for the self-asserted "future World Champion," but the former reality star was too quick, shoving "The King" at The World's Largest Athlete and escaping up the ramp. Furious, Big Show latched his punishing submission maneuver on Lawler before leaving the ring.

Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito & Primo def. The Brian Kendrick & Goldust (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Attempting to make good on his promise the week before to find himself "The" tag team partner, The Brian Kendrick went to the ring with Goldust in tow, ready to compete against Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito & Primo in a non-title match. Throughout the match, Kendrick berated The Bizarre One, and his criticisms only intensified after being pinned by Primo. Following the match, the cocky Superstar made moves to take out his frustrations on his partner, but was stopped by Hornswoggle, who emerged from under the ring. Returning the favor to Goldust, who protected the diminutive Superstar from Big Show on "WWE Superstars," ‘Swoggle helped his new friend attack Kendrick, chasing him from the ring.

Santino Marella def. Chavo Guerrero (PHOTOS)
Spilling over from Santino Marella's recent insults directed at Vickie Guerrero and her nephew, Chavo's attack on the Italian Superstar at Judgment Day, the two competitors squared off in the ring on Raw. Though the star of "Santino's Casa" was victorious, he received distressing news after the match: Chavo revealed that later in the evening, Santino's sister, "Santina" would be defending her Miss WrestleMania title against the Raw General Manager herself, Vickie Guerrero.

Raw General Manager Vickie Guerrero set WWE Champion Randy Orton & The Legacy vs. John Cena & Batista as the night's main event; Kelly Kelly won a Diva Battle Royal to earn a future Divas Championship Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
After John Cena explained that he became involved in Raw's opening brouhaha as a way of showing his desire for the WWE Title, he was accosted by Vickie Guerrero. The Raw General Manager then informed the former World Heavyweight Champion that due to the fight that just took place, she had set a new main event for Raw: John Cena & Batista vs. WWE Champion Randy Orton & The Legacy.

Raw saw an awesome assemblage of sexy, smart and powerful Divas as Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Beth Phoenix, Rosa Mendes and Jillian all took to the ring for a Divas Battle Royal. The Sexiest Women on Television were especially driven as on the line was a future title match against Divas Champion Maryse, who observed the match from the announce table. As the contest came down to Mickie and Kelly, the French Canadian Diva was no longer content just to watch, and became involved, blinding Mickie with an unidentified substance, an act she referred to as an "extreme makeover." By attacking the Diva who had handed her numerous defeats in recent weeks, Maryse allowed Kelly to pick up this huge victory.

Ric Flair interrupts WWE Champion Randy Orton to reveal that The Legend Killer will defend his title in a Steel Cage Match against Batista at Extreme Rules, causing a brawl to break out between Legacy, Flair, Batista and John Cena (PHOTOS)
Randy Orton, still proudly holding his WWE Title after Judgment Day, opened Raw by castigating WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair for his involvement following the WWE Championship Match the night before. Not one to take a verbal attack lying down, the "Nature Boy" himself emerged and reminded The Legend Killer that he didn't actually beat Batista, and in fact, lost by disqualification, and thus managed to hold onto the WWE Title. Further enraging Orton, Flair revealed that he had just spoken with Raw General Manager Vickie Guerrero, and that she had decreed that "The Viper" would be defending his title against Batista once again at Extreme Rules, but in a Steel Cage Match to ensure a definitive outcome.

Incensed at the news Flair bore, Orton attacked the WWE Legend and called down Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase to assist in the assault. But before the rest of Legacy could make it to the ring, they were intercepted by Batista. As the multi-generational Superstars began to get the upper hand on ‘Naitch and The Animal, John Cena emerged from the locker room area and helped clear the ring of the devious Legacy members.

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