Raw Revelations: Orton breaks in Freddie Prinze Jr.
I thought the Mickie James-Gail Kim Divas Championship match had one of the strangest finishes I've seen. Just the look on Mickie's face seemed to be one of either concern, frustration or bewilderment. The two traded momentum and all sorts of fast paced action, and in the final moments, Gail Kim blocked Mickie's finisher. Mickie still took Gail down to the mat in a hold. As Gail staggered up to her feet, she avoided a kick by Mickie James, so Mickie simply walked up to her and hit her in the face with a forearm to win it. It was extremely odd and makes you wonder if Gail got hurt and somehow let Mickie know. Nonetheless, Mickie and Gail raised each others arms at the end of the fight.
It's great that The Miz is getting a push for the United States Championship. He called out Kofi Kingston last night, letting him know what he's after. Shortly after that he was able to defeat high flyer Evan Bourne for a big "comeback" to Raw win. I think Miz will capture the US Title, probably after some trickery or underhanded tactics to win against Kofi. Speaking of Kofi, great match between he and Carlito last night. Also, good idea to put Rosa Mendes in Carlito's corner. Last night, Cole and Lawler were saying the list of US Champions is only a dozen or so guys, and maybe Carlito will add his name. Correct me if I'm wrong, but Carlito was a US champ already. I'm pretty sure Carlito won the US title back on Smackdown, by defeating John Cena. It happened right after Carlito's debut on the show and in WWE.
While I'm not a fan of the DX reunion, last night's scenario was set up well. Got a good chuckle out of HHH "canning" Jillian Hall's screeching by just putting a trash can full of trash on top of her. In the ring, DX did a lot of waiting around due to the crowd excitement before they started speaking. From there, they started up the DX lines in the ring, but it was cut short as Legacy attacked. A great way to set up Summerslam, making it look like Legacy has the upperhand, when we all know exactly who's winning that match.
While the Hornswoggle-Chavo thing's getting older each week, the Macaulay Culkin appearance and Home Alone stunt was a surprise.
In the main event, Orton and Cena sort of co-existed, despite Orton refusing to tag in, and then attacking Cena after the match. They defeated Show and Jericho in a non-title matchup, with face Lumberjacks surrounding the ring. Cena managed to win the match with an Attitude Adjustment on Jericho, but after the bell Orton snuck in to RKO him. Nice touch before Summerslam, but I kept thinking Freddie Prinze, Jr. might sneak out from backstage and bring Orton back to the ring for Cena. Wishful thinking, and they don't want Orton looking weak compared with a TV actor before a major PPV.
Next week we'll see Floyd "Money" Mayweather return to the scene when he guest hosts Raw in Vegas, following Summerslam. He's got a history with Big Show, so we just may see those two tangle again.