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Raw main event should have taken place at WrestleMania

The main event on Raw Monday night was a no-disqualification match between Randy Orton and Triple H that featured several run-ins and ended with an Orton pinfall victory.

Now if only the WWE title had been at stake and the match had taken place at WrestleMania XXV two weeks ago, it would have been perfect.

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Monday's Orton-Triple H match was decidedly better-booked and more entertaining than their encounter at Houston's Reliant Stadium, which came off as anti-climactic after such an intense buildup.

The Raw match had more brawling than the Mania match, as steel steps, chairs and trashcans were all used as weapons. And the outside interference that everyone was expecting but didn't get at WrestleMania – from Legacy and at least one member of the McMahon family – took place.

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Batista also interfered in Monday's match. Imagine how much more impact Batista's unannounced return would have had if he made a surprise run-in during the Orton-Triple H match at WrestleMania.

Of course, the main reason the Raw match was superior is because Orton got the win. While it's WWE tradition to end WrestleMania with the babyface basking in the glory of victory, this was the year to do something different, and Orton was the guy to do it with. If WrestleMania XXV had ended with the match that took place on Raw, I don't think most fans would have been disappointed.

Other thoughts on Monday night's show:

Speaking of good matches, John Cena and Chris Jericho had one in what was billed as Jericho's Raw sendoff. The match ended with Edge attacking Cena and knocking him out with a con-chair-to to build up their Last Man Standing match at the Backlash pay-per-view Sunday. …

During Jericho's promo that opened the show, he said that he was going to be gone from Raw forever now that he has been drafted to Smackdown. I'm taking bets on just how many weeks constitutes forever. Plus, isn't it possible that he could get drafted back to Raw in next year's draft? …

I'm not even going to get into the fact that the draft took place last week and guys from Smackdown were still all over Raw. Supposedly the new rosters won't take full effect until after Backlash. So why didn't WWE just wait to do the draft until then? …

It amazes me that the announcers still play up the history between Triple H and Orton from their days with Evolution. If Triple H turning on Orton out of jealousy five years ago is the basis for their current feud, shouldn't Orton be cast as the babyface seeking retribution? …

I loved how Big Show decided to hook the leg when he covered an unconscious Rey Mysterio. …

I was surprised that CM Punk defeated Kane so quickly, but I'm not complaining. The pin came out of nowhere, as Punk turned Kane's chokeslam attempt into a small package. …

Why is Melina scoring pinfall wins over Beth Phoenix? …

Santino Marella interviewing Santina Marella wasn't as entertaining as Mick Foley interviewing Cactus Jack, but it was a lot funnier. …

Considering his won-loss record as of late, perhaps Chavo Guerrero should just stick to wheeling around Aunt Vickie at this point.

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