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Raw: Bret Hart gets GM job; Batista quits his job

For the most part, Monday night's episode of Raw was predictable: Bret Hart relinquished the U.S. title that he won on last week's show and was named the brand's new general manger; the competitors for the WWE title match at next month's Fatal Fourway pay-per-view ended up being John Cena, Randy Orton, Edge and Sheamus; and it became official that Batista is gone from WWE for the foreseeable future.

There also were a few surprises, however, including one involving Batista. I figured we had seen the last of him for a while after he took an Attitude Adjustment from Cena off a car and through the stage after their match at Sunday night's Over the Limit pay-per-view, but he came out during the opening segment Monday and cut a promo.

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Batista, who reportedly suffered a lower back injury during his match Sunday, was selling an injury to his left arm (he had it in a sling) and was helped by two referees down the ramp and into the ring, where he sat down in a wheelchair. He demanded a rematch against Cena after he is fully recovered. The ring announcer interrupted Batista to introduce Hart as the new Raw GM. Hart informed Batista that to get his title shot, he would have to beat Orton on this show in a qualifying match for inclusion in the upcoming fourway. When Batista said they he was physically unable to compete, Hart declared Orton the winner by forfeit. Batista threw a tantrum, said that he was quitting WWE and stormed out.

I really liked this segment. Batista cut a good heel promo to ensure that he would not get any sympathy from the fans despite his injuries, and the announcement of Hart as GM got a big pop. Since Hart has decided to remain in WWE, this is the best role for him.

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In other unexpected developments, R-Truth defeated The Miz in a match for the vacant U.S. title, and a new tag team laid out The Hart Dynasty.

Other thoughts on Monday's show:

There is one major logic flaw with Hart getting the GM gig: Why would Vince McMahon give the job to his bitter enemy? To WWE's credit, it did not ignore the obvious, as Michael Cole posed the question after the announcement. I wonder if WWE will provide an answer at some point. …

The main event – a triple threat match between Cena, Edge and Chris Jericho – was good. The stipulation was that if either Edge or Jericho got the victory, the winner would gain a spot in the fourway match, but if Cena prevailed, neither of them would get in. The match was fast-paced and there were a lot of nice three-way spots and near falls. I had no doubt that Edge was going to win, but I was surprised that he pinned Jericho instead of Cena. A win over Cena would have given Edge some momentum. Plus, it was made clear in commentary that Cena was hurting from his match the previous night against Batista, so he had an out for losing. But I suppose I should never be surprised when Jericho does a job, no matter the circumstances. Cole did make the point that this match showed how Cena doesn't have to get pinned to lose the title in the fourway. …

The cut on Cena's forehead that he got during Sunday's match started bleeding during the triple threat, but the match was not halted so that the wound could be closed. That was a good decision, because there were only about five minutes left in the show and the match was building to the finish. A stoppage at that point would have killed the heat. …

Orton, who suffered a separated shoulder during his match against Edge Sunday, made his only appearance on the show at the very end, when he came out on the stage to stare down his three opponents in the fourway. There has been no word as to whether Orton will be back in the ring before the Fatal Fourway show on June 20. Depending on the severity of his injury, it may not even be a sure thing that he will participate in the fourway match. …

Sheamus defeated Mark Henry in his qualifying match. Talk about a match with a foregone conclusion. …

I've been advocating a push for R-Truth for nearly two years, so I was very pleasantly surprised that he defeated The Miz to capture the vacant U.S. title. I hope WWE gives him a legitimate opportunity to get to the next level. As for Miz, he's at the point now where he doesn't need a belt to get over. …

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The Miz did a horrible job of catching R-Truth when he dove over the top rope. Miz barely got a hand on him, as R-Truth nearly went headfirst onto the floor. R-Truth is very lucky that he wasn't seriously injured. …

It seemed kind of arbitrary that R-Truth and Miz were put in a match to determine a new U.S. champion. I was expecting there to be a tournament, which could have gotten guys such as John Morrison and Evan Bourne on the show. Speaking of Morison, after the draft last month, I thought for sure he had the No. 3 babyface slot on the current Raw roster (behind Cena and Orton) sewn up, but it appears that R-Truth has passed him. …

The Hart Dynasty scored an impressive win over William Regal and Vladimir Kozlov in a match that didn't even last two minutes. The story was the post-match, however, as an unknown tag team came out and jumped THD. The two men took out Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith, while a woman who was with them attacked Natalya. The three newcomers hit simultaneous splashes off the top rope. For the record, the team is Jimmy and Jules Uso, who are the twin sons of former WWE star Rikishi; and the woman is Sarona Snuka, the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. …

I was not looking forward to Jon Lovitz as guest host, but to put a twist on something Shawn Michaels said during his last run with DX, God help me, but I laughed at some of that stuff. When The Great Khali and Ranjin Singh came out in coat and tails during the "WWE Superstar Search" segment and sang "Puttin' on the Ritz" in a recreation of a famous scene from the 1970s move "Young Frankenstein," I couldn't help but laugh. Then when Jillian Hall made her way onto the stage and Lovitz – who was the judge of this "talent" contest – hit the buzzer on her before she even opened her mouth, I laughed again.

A segment that was so bad that it was good quickly deteriorated into just plain bad after that, however. Lovitz asked if there was anyone in the crowd who had some type of talent, and he selected a plant in the front row. The guy said his talent was that he can remove his eyeball from the socket – and he did exactly that (it was a glass eye). You can't make this stuff up. At that point I was ready for the segment to end, but out came Ted DiBiase Jr. and Virgil, and then Santino Marella. There was one more amusing moment, as Marella said that he had learned a nerve-hold from Lovitz. He applied it to Virgil, who hit the mat like he was shot. Then Marella tried it on DiBiase, but it didn't work, and DiBiase laid him out with Dream Street. …

When DiBiase entered the ring, Lovitz asked several times, "Who is this guy?" Way to bury DiBiase. By the way, DiBiase reportedly suffered a concussion from a hard slap to the head from R-Truth during their match at Over the Limit, which explains why he didn't wrestle on Raw. …

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The four remaining rookies on WWE NXT – Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater – appeared with Josh Matthews in a brief backstage segment. Each rookie was asked who they think should be the next one eliminated. The last time that question was posed to the rookies on NXT, Otunga was ganged up on, but this time Slater was singled out by the other three. …

Cole said that he was going to demand an apology from Daniel Bryan on NXT Tuesday night, and that if Bryan didn't apologize, Cole was going to sue him. I'm looking forward to seeing how this one plays out. …

Maryse pinned WWE Divas champion Eve in a tag team match, so it looks as if their program will continue. I always root for Maryse to win whenever she wrestles just so I can watch her cover her opponent.


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