In a legendary pairing, John Cena teams up with Triple H & Shawn Michaels of D-Generation X to square off against Edge, Trevor Murdoch and Lance Cade on Raw.08/07/2017 - 14:30
LAFAYETTE, La. -- Though Batista defeated him for the WWE Championship at Extreme Rules, Randy Orton was positive he'd once against hold the title after he and his Legacy brutally assaulted The Animal at the top of the show. However, as The Viper waited for their rematch to be ruled a forfeit, he was confronted by a whole different type of animal: A furious, returning Triple H.
Triple H returned, attacking The Legacy and causing WWE Champion Batista vs. Randy Orton to end in a no contest (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Flanked by his Legacy, Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase, Randy Orton took to the ring to invoke his rematch clause against WWE Champion Batista. Earlier in the night, the multi-generational Superstars attacked The Animal, injuring him so severely that he was taken from the arena in an ambulance, making his participation in a match unlikely. As The Viper waited for the count of 10 (at which point he would have won the WWE Title by forfeit), an ambulance approached the Cajun Dome. But the Superstar who emerged from the emergency vehicle may have been the last person Orton expected: Triple H.
The Game rushed to the ring with his signature sledgehammer, taking out Rhodes & DiBiase before turning his focus to his long-time nemesis. Triple H then brutally assaulted Orton with chairs, monitors and a thunderous Pedigree onto a waiting steel chair.
Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase def. Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito & Primo in a non-title match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Perhaps taking a lesson from their mentor, Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase have become intent on winning some gold of their own, specifically the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship. On Raw, they faced off against the present titleholders Carlito & Primo. Though the gold wasn't on the line in this match, at stake was a future title opportunity if Rhodes & DiBiase could defeat their opponents. The Legacy showed their dominance as DiBiase pinned Primo, ensuring that the two tag teams would meet again in the near future.
Raw General Manager Vickie Guerrero quit and Edge reiterated the he would be divorcing her
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Referencing Randy Orton's upcoming rematch, Vickie Guerrero stated that making the WWE fans happy was the last thing on her mind. The Raw General Manager went on to berate the WWE Universe for not showing her sympathy after her loss to Santina Marella in a Hog Pen Match at Extreme Rules. Refusing to be humiliated anymore, Guerrero then quit her job as GM.
After her shocking announcement, she was joined in the ring by her estranged husband, Edge. The Rated-R Superstar reiterated his feelings from the night before, announcing that he plans to divorce Guerrero and adding that the only reason he married her was to use her power. After The Master Manipulator left his soon-to-be ex-wife, Vickie Guerrero broke down screaming in the middle of the ring.
MVP def. Matt Hardy (PHOTOS)
MVP came to the ring declaring that he wants to be considered for the impending WWE Championship match on next week's first-ever WWE 3-For-All, a special three-hour Raw featuring all three WWE brands with a World Championship Match from each. The Franchise Playa went on to prove he deserves a title match by defeating the nefarious Matt Hardy by pinfall.
John Cena vs. The Miz ended in a no contest (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Ever since coming to Raw in the 2009 WWE Draft, The Miz has been a perpetual annoyance to John Cena (as well as the WWE Universe). The self-proclaimed "chick magnet" has subjected his would-be rival to an endless stream of taunts, threats and insults, while spuriously claiming victories over the former World Heavyweight Champion. But when Cena finally had an opportunity to shut The Miz up, they were interrupted by Big Show, before the match could even begin.
The World's Largest Athlete, bitter over his loss to Cena at Extreme Rules, attacked, chokeslamming Cena and placing him in the dreaded Cobra Clutch Backbreaker. As the former World Heavyweight Champion struggled to break out of the hold, The Miz struck, clobbering Big Show with a steel chair before doling out the same treatment to Cena.
Santino Marella, Goldust & Festus def. Chavo Guerrero, The Brian Kendrick & Jamie Noble (PHOTOS)
In a tag team match featuring some of WWE's most colorful Superstars, the team of Santino Marella, Goldust & Festus took on Chavo Guerrero, The Brian Kendrick & Jamie Noble. The combined talent and wrestling know-how of Guerrero, Kendrick & Noble just wasn't enough to propel them to victory, however, as Marella pinned Noble for the win.
Divas Champion Maryse def. Kelly Kelly
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Two weeks ago on Raw, Kelly Kelly defeated Maryse in a battle for the Divas Championship, but as the win came by disqualification, she was unable to obtain the title. The sexy, smart and powerful Kelly got another chance though as she took on Maryse once again, with Mickie James sitting at ringside to provide additional commentary. As the fan-favorite Mickie gave her opinion on both competitors, the Divas Champion defeated her opponent, ensuring that the coveted title will continue to belong to her. Following the match, Maryse added insult to injury by slapping Kelly, but was quick to retreat when Mickie entered the ring.
United States Champion Kofi Kingston def. William Regal; Randy Orton invoked his rematch clause after WWE Champion Batista was taken away in an ambulance (PHOTOS)
As William Regal made his way to the ring to take on United States Champion Kofi Kingston in this non-title match, he explained why he should be the one to represent the United States, in a typically offensive and degrading fashion. In spite of his arguments, however, The Jamaican Superstar showed why the title really belongs around his waist by promptly dispatching the arrogant British Brawler.
Prior to Kingston's match against the devious Regal, the WWE Universe learned that WWE Champion Batista had been taken away from the Cajun Dome in an ambulance due to injuries sustained in The Legacy's attack on The Animal. This made Orton's words in the locker room area that much more distressing, as he announced that he was going to be invoking his rematch clause later in the night, and if Batista failed to show, The Viper would win the WWE title by forfeit.
Randy Orton and The Legacy brutally assaulted WWE Champion Batista and took his title
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Addressing a joyous WWE Universe for the first time since winning the WWE Title, Batista opened Raw by addressing his mentor, Hall of Famer Ric Flair. As The Animal explained that he won his first-ever WWE Championship for ‘Naitch, himself and all the WWE fans who were sick of Randy Orton, he was interrupted by The Viper himself. Without saying a word, Orton and his minions, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, assaulted the WWE Champion, overcoming him with their superior numbers and focusing on The Animal's left arm - even going so far as to lock it into a steel chair. The attack was brutal, necessitating that medical personnel rush to Batista's side as The Legend Killer made off with his rival's WWE Title.