Umaga: All the rage

BOSTON - After being dealt a loss at SummerSlam during his Triple Threat Match against Carlito and defending champion Umaga for the Intercontinental Championship, Mr. Kennedy was looking to take his frustration out on his Monday Night Raw opponent, Jeff Hardy. But the rainbow-haired warrior had other ideas.

In a battle of brute force versus high-flying aerial assaults, the two men went back and forth, heaving each other from the ring before an exhausted Mr. Kennedy rolled onto Hardy for the pin. Suddenly, though, ominous drumbeats filled TD Banknorth Garden to announce the arrival of the Samoan Bulldozer.

Umaga trudged to the ring and showed why he's as unpredictable as he is intimidating. While Kennedy slithered from the squared circle, Umaga unexpectedly helped Hardy to his feet before not-so-suddenly knocking him senseless with a kick to the jaw. An instant later the high-flyer would be struck in the throat with a Samoan Spike that left him splayed on the mat and Umaga celebrating his own brutality.

In other Raw clashes, Beth Phoenix continues to offer Women's Champion Candice Michelle a preview of what might come in their eventual encounter.

In a bout with Maria, the Glamazon didn't even wait for the bell to start the match before slapping her fellow Diva around. And despite protests from the referee, the No. 1 contender for the Women's Championship hoisted Maria over her head and paraded around the ring before slamming her to the mat. Smiling at her handy work, Phoenix finally took her leave, with Maria's crumpled body lying in her wake.

In tag team action, upstart Cody Rhodes joined with Paul London & Brian Kendrick to challenge Daivari and the Self-Proclaimed World's Greatest Tag Team of Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas. London & Kendrick subdued Benjamin & Haas with their aerial wizardry, allowing Rhodes to get the pin on Daivari.

After the match, an enraged Daivari railed against the crowd in Farsi before Cryme Tyme made the scene to shut him down.

"No one understands that ying-yang," Shad told Daivari before the pair ripped the Arab-American's headpiece off for one of their now infamous auctions.

After pocketing $5, Cryme Tyme were confronted by World Tag Team Champions Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch. As the redneck ruffians entered the ring and challenged Cryme Tyme, the wily Brooklyn duo instead made off with Cade's cowboy hat and bolted for the audience. But rather than auctioning off the cap, they offered it up to the capacity crowd for free.

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