By Ryan Clark | September 07, 2009
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
-Live from Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL
-Hosted by Michael Cole & Jerry "The King" Lawler
-Raw starts with Howard Finkel playing the role of Rod Roddy introducing the guest host of "The Price is Raw" Bob Barker. Barker comes out complete with skinny mic. Barker gets the best face reaction I've heard in years, and after Bob thanks the audience he tells them we're going to party tonight. Tonight Bob says we're going to play a pricing game, but to play a pricing game we have to have contestants. He asks Howard to introduce the contestants. The first of which is Santino who comes sprinting through the crowd, Jillian Hall, IRWIN R. FREAKING SCHYSTER, and finally Chris Jericho who doesn't come out. Jericho finally comes out through the entrance in full wrestling gear with his name tag stuck to his chest. We start the bidding on the "Best of Smackdown" DVD. Santino starts the bidding, but he doesn't quite get the game and wants to buy a vowel. Finally Santino bids $1465 for the DVD. Jillian is next to bid, but before she bids she wants to sing. After her wretched singing she finally bids $75. IRS wants to know if this bid includes taxes, and Bob tells him no. IRS will have none of that, and insists that his bid of $50 includes tax. Jericho's turn is next, but he's had enough of these shenanigans and gets up in Bob's face. Jericho says no one calls him Chris, and demands that Barker shows him some respect. Barker completely no-sells Jericho's threat, but Jericho demands that he be called Mr. Jericho and says that he needs to be pandering to him. Jericho says he is 1 half, but Barker cuts him off and says he heard 1 and that will be Chris's bid. He threatens to turn Jericho over his knee if he doesn't get down to the stage. Jericho's $1 bid is the winner since the DVD costs $18.99, and Barker then orders Jericho to the ring where can earn another prize. Jericho wins a trip to Hawaii if he beats his next opponent.
Chris Jericho vs. Montel Vontavious Porter
Chain wrestling sequence starts things with Jericho getting the better of it grabbing a hammerlock. MVP reverses into a chinlock, and they get back to their feet. Jericho hits a shoulderblock, but runs into a clothesline. Drop toehold from MVP connects, and he follows that up with a lowdropkick. MVP gets backdropped to the apron, but an attempted crossbody from Jericho misses as he goes crashing to the floor as we head to break.
Back from commercial Jericho is back in control. MVP makes a quick comeback charging with the big boot, but Jericho dodges and MVP goes crashing back to the floor. Jericho goes out after him, and fires him back inside. Jericho whips MVP into the corner, and then drops an elbow. Jericho boots an oncoming MVP, but gets caught with an inside cradle for two. Jericho answers with a clothesline for two of his own which he follows up by grabbing a reverse chinlock. MVP elbows out, and then rolls up Jericho for a two count. Enzaguri attempt by Jericho misses, and MVP is back with a series of clotheslines. MVP connects with a back elbow, and then delivers a flying clothesline for two. Jericho stops a backdrop attempt, and then hits a bulldog. Lionsault attempt misses, and MVP then connects with a facebuster. Jericho counters the Ballin elbow drop into the Walls of Jericho, but MVP is able to counter into a small package for two. Jericho runs into a big boot for two, as the crowd is now smoking hot for these nearfalls. Jericho counters the playmaker, and goes for the codebreaker. MVP grabs the ropes to stop the codebreaker, and then grabs a jackknife rollup to pick up the victory at 10:58. No Hawaii trip for Jericho. Phenomenal opening match. Sadly no loser horn for Jericho.
Winner: Montel Vontavious Porter (Pinfall-Jackknife Rollup ***1/4)
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