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Ric Flair goes all 'Super Shane' on Randy Orton on Raw

I don't know what's worse for WWE champion Randy Orton, getting beaten up by a 39-year-old executive in a baggy shirt, sweat pants and sneakers, or getting beaten up by a 60-year-old man in a polo shirt, slacks and dress shoes.

Just as Orton did in his recent program with Super Shane McMahon, he eventually got the last laugh against Ric Flair Monday night on Raw, but what transpired prior to the end result was beyond absurd.

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I just shook my head as I watched Flair, who is really looking his age, beat the snot out of Orton, a 29-year-old world champion in peak physical condition, in a brawl that started in the parking area backstage and continued on the arena floor. Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr. finally ended the beat-down by attacking Flair, who, unlike Super Shane, could not handle all three Legacy members.

After Rhodes and DiBiase weakened Flair, they locked him inside a steel cage with Orton, who proceeded to punt the 16-time world champion in the head in front of Batista, who stood helpless outside the cage. The show ended with Orton doing his awesome psychotic glare at a furious Batista, who vowed to tear him apart at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view on Sunday.

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In theory, Orton destroying Flair while Batista is forced to watch is a great way to end the go-home show. But to really get heat on Orton, he should have destroyed Flair when they were fighting, not the other way around. It would have been fine for Flair to gain momentary advantages with his "dirtiest player in the game" tactics and to keep coming back at Orton, but ultimately the young stud needed to get the better of the senior citizen.

To maximize Orton's potential as a heel and a draw, he should be booked as a guy with no redeeming qualities who will take every shortcut to win, but who also happens to be the most talented wrestler in the business.

Other thoughts on Monday's show:

Despite how unbelievable it is that Flair could beat up Orton (unless we're talking about Cowboy Bob Orton), Flair did show a lot of intensity during the brawl, and he and Orton were laying in some good shots (the punt to the head was mostly a whiff, however). Orton was bleeding either from his neck or the back of his head, and Flair also appeared to be bleeding from the back of his head. Would anybody really use chops in a street fight, though? …

The way the final segment was scripted made Batista look bad. Instead of just standing there watching his mentor get brutalized, why didn't he climb up and over the cage? He started to, but then gave up. Even Mick Foley has climbed the cage in the past. Between Orton getting beaten up and Batista lacking the athleticism to climb the cage, I'm starting to think that the main event at Extreme Rules should be Flair versus Super Shane. …

The creative team isn't doing Rhodes any favors, either. I understand that Batista needed to get a decisive win heading into Sunday's show, but Rhodes didn't even get in a single offensive move during the cage match. It couldn't have been any more of a squash had Batista been facing Funaki. How are fans supposed to take Legacy seriously as a dangerous heel faction? During the glory days of The Four Horsemen, you never saw Arn Anderson getting squashed by Nikita Koloff in a three-minute match. …

The highlight of the night was the match in which Kofi Kingston won the U.S. title from MVP. Both guys looked really good. …

Speaking of MVP, Carlito needs to spit in his face, because he is no longer cool. He took that woman from The View to a prom? You've got to be kidding. I understand that WWE is trying to reach a different demographic through an association with a talk show for women, but it would be a lot better for MVP's image if he was being linked with someone hot like Tyra Banks (even though she is a little nutty). And what was with MVP smiling after Kingston beat him for the title? Shaking Kingston's hand would have been fine, but losing a championship isn't anything to smile about. …

The odd couple tag teams of John Cena and Chavo Guerrero, and The Big Show and The Miz made for a fun match. I think it's great how even the heels don't like Miz. By the way, "I'm The Miz and I'm awesome" has to be the worst catch phrase since "That's not just the coolest, that's not just the best, that's Justin Credible." …

Michael Cole referred to Big Show's submission move as a Cobra Clutch Backbreaker. I think he meant Camel Clutch Backbreaker. …

The women's tag match of Mickie James and Kelly Kelly versus Maryse and Beth Phoenix wasn't bad. The highlight for me was Maryse's cover of Kelly Kelly to end the match. …

I was surprised that WWE acknowledged that the Hog Pen match between Santina Marella and Vickie Guerrero at Extreme Rules is not the first of its kind. I was not surprised, however, that WWE failed to mention that Triple H was one of the competitors flopping around in the slop the first time such a match was on a WWE pay-per-view, in 1995.

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