All signs "punt" to Hell

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September 27, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's been said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Whoever thought up that must have never watched Raw. There are a galaxy of Superstars who have never nurtured a good intention in their lives, and with just one week until they find themselves in "Hell," they aren't about to start now.

WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho ended in a No Contest (PHOTOS | WATCH | EXCLUSIVE: Medics assist Jericho)
This was to be Chris Jericho's moment, the match that would render all of his recent misfortunes obsolete. If Jericho could manage to defeat WWE Champion Randy Orton, he would indeed resurrect his standing in WWE. Alas, not only would victory escape him, medics would be required to tend to his unconscious body.

Although Jericho poured every ounce of cunning and energy into the squared circle, even an attack on Orton by Sheamus and his attempted use of a steel chair against The Viper would prove useless. Orton appeared to be at the height of his powers, damaging the Irishman and dodging the metal weapon to level Jericho with an RKO.

With his Hell in a Cell opponent, Sheamus, observing at ringside, WWE's Apex Predator seemed to relish his next move. His opponent hobbled, Orton charged, swung back his leg and punted Jericho squarely in the skull. The kick transformed the ever-conceited Canadian into an oozing pile of flesh, who left the ring on a stretcher. The ruthless kick also undoubtedly left a strong impression on The Celtic Warrior with less than a week until he and The Viper square off in Hell.

WWE Tag Team Champions Drew McIntyre & "Dashing" Cody Rhodes def. The Hart Dynasty (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The Hart Dynasty continues to undergo palpitations. After David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd lost their match against WWE Tag Team Champions Drew McIntyre & "Dashing" Cody Rhodes, the two began bickering with one another. In an attempt to calm things, Natalya acted as peacemaker. Although the two simmered significantly, their anger was clearly just below the skin.

Johnny Knoxville to act as special guest star next week
King of the Jackass crew, Johnny Knoxville, will bring his high-octane hijinx to Raw next week as special guest star of Raw. What sort of stunts will the star of the Jackass 3-D feature film uncork on the Raw roster? To find out, tune in Monday night.

The Nexus' Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater def. Evan Bourne & Mark Henry; Nexus threatened to invade SmackDown (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The power and quickness of Mark Henry & Evan Bourne may seem like thunder and lightning, but leave it to The Nexus to rain on their parade. Nexus' members Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel teamed together to take down the duo in a tag team encounter.

Afterward, the other members of Nexus came forth to make an ominous announcement. Just two days before Hell in a Cell takes place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, the band of outlaws promised to invade the premiere of Friday Night SmackDown on its new home -- Syfy.

Upon hearing the plans of his Hell in a Cell opponent, Wade Barrett, John Cena vowed to show up at the SmackDown Syfy premiere as well, adding that, if he runs into the group, "Hell in a Cell will start early."

Raw's anonymous General Manager visited "The Cutting Edge"; John Cena def. Edge (PHOTOS | WATCH)
It was a "Cutting Edge" first and, hopefully, last. Edge conducted his talk show segment with the disembodied, electronically-modified voice of the anonymous Raw GM through the omnipresent laptop computer. A frustrated Edge continually berated the GM, who apparently had heard enough and placed The Rated-R Superstar in a match against John Cena.

Although The Ultimate Opportunist was irate, he nonetheless tackled the challenge with aplomb, seemingly winning the bout. Unfortunately for him, Cena's foot had been under the rope, nullifying his victory. The Raw GM then called for the match to continue, and an exasperated Edge quickly tapped out to Cena's STF.

So enraged was Edge at the decision that he armed himself with a steel chair and, despite the GM's warnings to the contrary, proceeded to smash the laptop into a thousand angry pieces.

Sheamus vs. The Great Khali ended in a No Contest (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Sheamus seemed determined to send a message to his Hell in a Cell opponent, WWE Champion Randy Orton. As a result, the Irishman challenged any Superstar from the Raw roster to face him, and, in return, he received a rather large volunteer, The Great Khali. Normally, The Punjabi Giant would make chutney of his rivals, but The Celtic Warrior was in no mood for the former World Heavyweight Champion and pummeled his opponent into submission. Randy Orton, are you listening?

Ted DiBiase received an unusual note (WATCH)
Mo' money, mo' problems. Golden couple Ted DiBiase and Maryse continued to experience relationship turmoil after the French Canadian lost in the Divas Battle Royal. As The "Fortunate Son" attempted to console her, someone slipped a note under their door. The missive was addressed to DiBiase and contained the cryptic message, "Next week … you WILL be mine."

Natalya won Diva Battle Royal to become No. 1 contender to the Unified Divas Championship (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The pink-and-black attack is back. The Hart Dynasty's Natalya seized her opportunity in a Diva Battle Royal to become the No. 1 contender to the Unified Divas Championship. The beautiful powerhouse defeated Melina, Eve, Gail Kim, Alicia Fox, Maryse, Jillian, Tamina and The Bella Twins as current Unified Divas Champion Michelle McCool and her "Flawless" co-conspirator, Layla, observed from ringside.

The Miz & Alex Riley def. United States Champion Daniel Bryan & John Morrison; Raw GM arranged U.S. Championship Triple Threat Submissions Count Anywhere Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The Miz may consider himself a sage and wise teacher, but the egomaniac still has a lot to learn. After spouting off about how he's better than the U.S. Champion Daniel Bryan, The "Cleveland Screamer" teamed with his assistant Alex Riley in a tag match against Daniel Bryan and … Miz's former partner, John Morrison! Although Miz managed to squeak out a victory due to a miscalculation by the opposition, the fight continued outside the ring, prompting the anonymous Raw General Manager to chime in.

The GM arranged a match for Hell in a Cell that puts Miz at a distinct disadvantage: A U.S. Championship Triple Threat Submissions Count Anywhere Match. In short, the stipulations favor submissions specialist Daniel Bryan and the man whose athleticism translates anywhere, John Morrison.

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