Snakes and ladders

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June 28, 2010

PHILADELPHIA -- As a singer of sinister songs and a director of horror films, Raw special guest host Rob Zombie has experience with the darker side of human nature. That experience must have set him somewhat at ease when Randy Orton slithered past his foes to demonstrate just how far a snake will go to wrap himself around what he wants.

Randy Orton, John Morrison, R-Truth & Evan Bourne def. Chris Jericho, Edge, Ted DiBiase & United States Champion The Miz (PHOTOS | WATCH)
WWE Superstars, take note: Snakes don't run in packs. As if to prove the point, The Viper, Randy Orton, turned his back on his partners to make a quick strike for the Money in the Bank briefcase after their Eight-Man Tag Team Match.

Orton was teamed with John Morrison, R-Truth & Evan Bourne in a bout against Chris Jericho, Edge, Ted DiBiase & United States Champion The Miz. In a prelude to the Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match, each of that match's competitors fought in the tag match as arranged by Raw's mystery GM. While each man attempted to showcase their dominance and gain a modicum of psychological advantage, it was Orton whose fangs sank deep when he leveled DiBiase with an RKO.

In the subsequent commotion, each of the competitors traded blows in an attempt to reach the Money in the Bank briefcase. It was Orton, however, who managed to slither to the top and grabbed the coveted case.

Divas Champion Alicia Fox & Maryse def. Eve & Gail Kim (PHOTOS | WATCH)
One day, when scientists discover the center of the universe, Alicia Fox will be sorely disappointed to learn that she is not it. No matter. Ever since emerging victorious at Fatal 4-Way and capturing the Divas Championship, Fox has revealed herself to be positively unbearable. After teaming with Maryse against Eve & Gail Kim and scoring the pin for her team, Fox's ego is sure to inflate beyond Marysian proportions.

WWE Champion Sheamus def. Mark Henry (PHOTOS | WATCH)
After a vague victory at Fatal 4-Way, WWE Champion Sheamus may have felt he had to prove himself a worthy champion. If so, what better evidence to submit than a win over Mark Henry? The Celtic Warrior rested his case by conquering The World's Strongest Man in a non-title bout. An impressive victory, the win also bolsters the Irishman's confidence rolling into his Steel Cage Match against John Cena at Money in the Bank.

Raw host Rob Zombie revealed Raw's Money in the Bank Ladder Match participants; Eight-Man Tag Team Main Event Match announced (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Special guest host Rob Zombie knows from sick and twisted. After all, as a director, Zombie brought us House of 1000 Corpses, Devil's Rejects and Halloween. So, it was with relish that Zombie announced the following eight Superstars prepared to sacrifice their bodies in Raw's Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Randy Orton, United States Champion The Miz, R-Truth, Chris Jericho, Evan Bourne, Ted DiBiase, John Morrison and Edge, the first-ever Money in the Bank winner.

As The Rated-R Superstar was busy proclaiming his dominance, announcer Cole interrupted with a message from the mystery GM: The evening's main event would be an Eight-Man Tag Team Match pitting Edge, Miz, DiBiase & Jericho against Bourne, Morrison, Truth & Orton.

Ranjin Singh revealed his frustration with Great Khali (WATCH)
During an interview with Josh Mathews, The Great Khali's interpreter Ranjin Singh demonstrated his frustration with The Punjabi Playboy. When asked what punishment should await The Nexus, Singh told Mathews that Khali would run away if the seven Nexus members were present before the sideburn sporting sidekick stormed off.

Vladimir Kozlov def. Santino Marella (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Santino Marella has been dying to hitch his wagon to the star of Vladimir Kozlov. The Italian wrestled the Russian with the stipulation that if he won, Vlad would be his tag team partner. Long story short, they're not partners -- by a long shot. After Santino's loss, however, William Regal climbed onto the canvas and began to pummel the spicy Superstar. Upon witnessing the ambush, Kozlov actually returned to the ring to defend his opponent and chase off the Brit. Santino and Kozlov even shook hands afterward, perhaps symbolizing a potential truce.

The Usos & Tamina attacked Unified Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty & Natalya (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The family warfare rages on. In a what was supposed to be a rematch from the Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view when Unified Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty & Natalya defeated The Usos & Tamina, it was the twin sons of Rikishi and the daughter of "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka who attacked before the bell. With the surprise beatdown, the trio took yet another step in cementing their place in WWE.

Raw GM arranged WWE Champion Sheamus vs. Mark Henry; and WWE Title Steel Cage Match at Money in the Bank (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Raw announcer Michael Cole continued in his role as mouthpiece for Raw's still anonymous General Manager, announcing that the mystery GM will have a verdict on the season one NXT Rookies -- who have taken to referring to themselves as The Nexus -- on next week's Raw. Meanwhile, if any member of The Nexus puts their hands on a WWE Superstar, they will be terminated. Similarly, if a Superstar lays their hands on a Nexus member, they will be suspended.

The GM went on to arrange a match for WWE Champion Sheamus for later in the evening, pitting the Irishman against Mark Henry. After announcing the bout, Cole proceeded to declare that Sheamus must also defend his title against John Cena at WWE's newest pay-per-view event, next month's Money in the Bank. To guard against outside interference, particularly from The Nexus, the GM proclaimed the two will meet in a Steel Cage Match.

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