After weeks spent leaderless and awash in mayhem and disarray, Raw finally has a new General Manager: Mike Adamle.
At the top of Monday night’s show, Shane McMahon announced that he and Executive Vice President Stephanie McMahon had selected a new GM, but that he wouldn’t be announced until later that night. Raw’s final moments were shocking ones, as Shane introduced new GM Adamle, known to most of the WWE Universe as the typically dunder-headed ECW commentator. In spite of that perception, however, Adamle made his presence felt during his first night on Raw, making numerous matches over the course of the night.
One of the matches made by Adamle was the night’s main event, a tag team match pitting John Cena & Batista against JBL & Kane. Though they began the show in an argument over who should face World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk at SummerSlam, Cena & Batista were able to work together in their match to defeat JBL & Kane. After their victory, however, the new Raw GM made sure that the two Superstars’ partnership wouldn’t be a lasting one, as Adamle announced Raw’s first epic match for SummerSlam: John Cena vs. Batista for the first time ever.
Flowing out of their confrontation on last week’s Raw, World Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase were set to defend their titles against Jerry “The King” Lawler & Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Before the match could begin, however, ring announcer Lillian Garcia was alerted that the new General Manager had changed the match, substituting Duggan for a very confused Michael Cole. Lawler’s experience ended up being no match for the ambition and vitality of the World Tag Team Champions, who won by pinning a defenseless Cole
-Santino Marella & Beth Phoenix def. D-Lo Brown & Kelly Kelly.
-World Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase def. Jerry “The King” Lawler &
Michael Cole to retain (World Tag Team Championship Match).
-Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston def. Jamie Noble.
-World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk def. William Regal.
-WWE Women's Champion Mickie James def. Jillian.
-John Cena & Batista def. JBL & Kane.
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