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Shaq clocks in
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Shaquille O'Neal knows how to make an impact -- and not just because he's a 7-foot, 325-pound Goliath. When the NBA icon accepted the honor of being Raw's celebrity guest host, he stunned the packed Verizon Center by announcing that his first order of business would be to stage a series of "Beat the Clock" Matches to determine the No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship.
Cryme Tyme def. Unified Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho & Big Show by disqualification; Shaq shoved Big Show (PHOTOS | WATCH)
In light of his confrontation with Unified Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho & Big Show at the top of the program, Raw's special guest host Shaq handled himself like a professional as special outside enforcer while Jericho & Show battled Cryme Tyme. Even as Show administered back breaking moves and pointed to Shaq, the NBA great kept his cool.
When the match ended, however, thanks to Show relentlessly bludgeoning them and refusing to let up, that's when Shaq made his move. He challenged his equally colossal tormentor and shoved him outside of the ring. As the Verizon Center erupted in cheers, Shad & JTG joined Shaq to celebrate.
John Cena def. The Miz; Cena to face WWE Champion Orton at SummerSlam (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Before his match against John Cena, The Miz did what he does best: Talk smack. The cocky Superstar assured the audience that he would prevent Cena from advancing to SummerSlam as the No. 1 contender for the WWE Title. Once the bell rang, however, it was time to back up his words with action -- that's when things unraveled. Miz failed to endure Cena's STF and instead chose to tap out. After the match, WWE Champion Randy Orton stepped into the ring and stared down the man who longs to take away his title at SummerSlam in four weeks.
Evan Bourne def. Jack Swagger (PHOTOS | WATCH)
It wasn't supposed to happen this way, at least not in Jack Swagger's mind. "The All-American American" thought he would make quick work of high-flying Evan Bourne, beat the clock and become the No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship. Bourne, however, had other ideas. As quickly as Swagger would apply a maneuver, Bourne was able to kick out of it until the smaller Superstar found a spot and seized upon it, pinning Swagger for the win and robbing him of his chance at a title opportunity.
Hornswoggle def. Chavo Guerrero in a Blindfold Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Things continue to look up for Hornswoggle. The lucky leprechaun notched his fourth victory in a row against Chavo Guerrero, this time in a Blindfold Match, by order of Raw guest host Shaq. Unfortunately for Chavo, he was the only one blindfolded!
Triple H vs. Cody Rhodes (time expired) (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Like a couple of gnats, The Legacy have been buzzing around making life miserable for Triple H. At Night of Champions, just as it appeared either The Game or John Cena would emerge victorious, Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase attacked, allowing Randy Orton to retain the WWE Title. Twenty-four hours later, as Triple H prepared for his "Beat the Clock" Match against Rhodes, DiBiase attacked with a surprise crack to the back of The Game's leg.
Despite that, when Triple H faced Rhodes in the ring, he nearly beat Henry's time, but DiBiase interfered, at which point time expired and so did Triple H's chances at facing Orton at SummerSlam. Later in the night, The Game issued a challenge to Rhodes & DiBiase to face him in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match next week on Raw.
United States Champion Kofi Kingston def. The Brian Kendrick (PHOTOS)
After proving his mettle in a Six Pack Challenge at Night of Champions, United States Champion Kofi Kingston continued his winning ways. While his opponent, The Brian Kendrick, mouthed off to Jerry "The King" Lawler, claiming that Lawler had cheated in his losing encounter with him the week before, Kingston wisely took advantage and laid out the mouthy Superstar for the pin.
MVP vs. Chris Masters ended in double count-out (PHOTOS | WATCH)
In the second "Beat the Clock" Match of the night to determine the No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship, MVP faced off against a returning Chris Masters. The Ballin' Superstar immediately had his hands full with his formidable foe. Eventually, the match ended in a double count-out when Masters slapped the Master Lock on MVP outside the ring.
Mickie James, Kelly Kelly & Gail Kim def. Beth Phoenix, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes (PHOTOS)
One night after claiming the Divas Title from Maryse at Night of Champions and becoming only the second woman to have won both the Divas Title and Women's Title, Mickie James found herself back in the ring. This time, her partners, Kelly Kelly & Gail Kim wanted a piece of the action against Beth Phoenix, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes. As a result, Kim tagged herself in and stepped it up to pin Fox for the win.
Mark Henry def. Carlito, sets time to beat (PHOTOS | WATCH)
In the first "Beat the Clock" Match of the night, Mark Henry faced off against Carlito. The World's Strongest Man defeated The Backstabbing Boriqua and set the time to beat at 6:49.
Chris Jericho & Big Show confronted Raw guest host Shaquille O'Neal; Shaq set main event: Unified Tag Team Champions vs. Cryme Tyme with Shaq as special outside enforcer (PHOTOS)
Call him the NBA's most dominant player, a 15-time All Star, an Olympian and a 4-time NBA champion. Now, Shaquille O'Neal can add one more flourish to his résumé: Raw celebrity guest host. The massive center for the Cleveland Cavaliers addressed the WWE Universe and announced that he had arranged five "Beat the Clock" Matches to determine the No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam. Whichever Superstar won in the least amount of time -- Triple H, MVP, Jack Swagger, Mark Henry or John Cena -- would challenge Randy Orton for the title.
As if Shaq hadn't already started off the night with a slam dunk, he then threatened to stuff Unified Tag Team Champion Chris Jericho. The egomaniacal Superstar informed the 7-footer that he was offended not to be consulted before the show. Jericho, however, would not challenge Shaq himself. Instead, he left that to his towering teammate, Big Show. The World's Largest Athlete posted up against Shaq, who refused to back down. As a result, Shaq arranged a main event pitting the Unified Tag Team Champs against Cryme Tyme with Shaq serving as special outside enforcer.