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WWE Raw: Randy Orton gives Chris Jericho the boot

It appears that Chris Jericho has made his last appearance on Raw for a while. Now ain't that a kick in the head?

In the main event of Monday night's Raw, WWE champion Randy Orton defeated Jericho by disqualification (thanks to outside interference by Sheamus) and then proceeded to give him a stiff-looking punt to the head after the match. Jericho was taken from the ring on a stretcher.

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Jericho and WWE reportedly could not come to terms on a new contract, so this was an angle to write him out of the show. It is widely believed that Jericho, who will embark on an overseas tour with his band Fozzy next month, will eventually be back in WWE, but how long he'll be gone is unknown. My guess is that he'll return before WrestleMania XXVII in April.

Jericho's swan song on Raw (for now) was emblematic of his WWE career. He cut an entertaining promo, participated in a good match and, in the end, put someone over.

The man who says that he is the best in the world at what he does just might be. WWE is definitely not as fun when he's not around, so hopefully Jericho will be back sooner rather than later to once again perform for all of us parasites and hypocrites.

Other thoughts on Monday's show:

Having Orton make good on his threat to take out Jericho was an effective way to reinforce that Orton is not a typical babyface. Sheamus, who witnessed Orton kicking Jericho in the head from ringside, did a nice job of selling the realization that he could be Orton's next victim when they meet in the Hell in a Cell match at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on Sunday. …

Jericho reciting the names of all the guys that he supposedly has beaten was funny. It started out with the usual names – Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, The Undertaker, etc. – and then WWE cut to a commercial. When the break was over, Jericho was still in the ring rattling off names, including a bunch of Japanese wrestlers, Villainos I, II, III and IV, and Kevin Nash, Diesel and Oz. …

The bit with Edge interviewing the anonymous Raw general manger (who was using a computer-generated voice) and later destroying the computer was pretty amusing. I couldn't help but laugh when Edge grabbed the computer and the voice started calling for Michael Cole to step in and do something. …

It's always good to see a match between longtime rivals John Cena and Edge, although it was too short to be anything special. It was obvious that the GM was going to re-start the match after Edge seemingly got the win by pinning Cena while Cena's foot was under the bottom rope. …

Having Sheamus brutalize The Great Khali was a good way to get Sheamus over as a threat to Orton heading into their pay-per-view match. Khali isn't exactly a top contender these days, but seeing someone beat up a guy his size is still an effective visual. …

Sheamus cut a promo about an old Irish tale and proclaimed himself "the fiery red hand of the WWE." Well OK then, fella. …

In the most surreal moment of the night, Cole gave a shout-out to Mick Foley and plugged Foley's new book, "Countdown to Lockdown," which chronicles the build-up for Foley's match against Sting at TNA's Lockdown pay-per-view in 2009. Wow. …

Rather than booking another match between U.S. champion Daniel Bryan and The Miz at Hell in a Cell, WWE has added John Morrison to the mix and it will be a triple threat submission match with falls counting anywhere. Sounds good to me. I'm just glad that Morrison will be on the pay-per-view. …

Nexus got decent heat from the crowd for their beat-down of Evan Bourne after Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel defeated Bourne and Mark Henry. …

It's looking like The Hart Dynasty is headed for a breakup, with David Hart Smith possibly turning heel. There was dissension between him and Tyson Kidd after they failed to regain the WWE tag team title from Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes. …

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Lay-Cool's commentary during the Divas No. 1 contender's battle royal was absolutely unbearable. …

I was surprised to see Melina be the first one eliminated in the battle royal, and even more surprised (pleasantly so) that Natalya won it. So in notching that victory, Natalya earned the right to job to a member of Lay-Cool in an upcoming WWE Divas title match. …

It was announced that Johnny Knoxville will be the guest star on next week's Raw. I'm not a "Jackass" fan at all, but I did think that Knoxville did a good job as The Rock's sidekick in "Walking Tall."

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