Monday Night Raw – July 18

Tonight RAW is LIVE from Green Bay, Wisconsin
@WrestleSarcasm:  I’m pretty sure @onecountkickout isn’t having live tweets in his Raw report tonight.
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The show opens with a shot of the live crowd and then Vince McMahon’s music hits.  He comes out with John Laurenitis.  Vince is wearing an ugly, pink suit jacket.  Michael Cole informs us that the WWE title is not here following last night’s Money in the Bank PPV.  Vince enters the ring and grabs the microphone, they show a large section of the Raw roster watching on the monitors backstage.  The crowd chants “CM Punk, CM Punk”

Vince says we will never, ever again hear him say the name “CM Punk.”  He tells the fans they are chanting the name of the biggest ingrate in WWE history, the name of a man who turned his back on everyone.  He says Punk is an “egotistical, selfish turd.”  Vince says there is no man bigger than WWE, not Hogan, not Bret Hart, not the Rock and not Austin.  He says WWE cannot be stopped so tonight he is going to crown a new WWE champion.  The crowd responds to this with a chorus of boos.  He says eight superstars will compete in a tournament.  Rey Mysterio will face Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger will face R-Truth, Kofi Kingston will face Alberto Del Rio and Alex Riley will face The Miz.  Vince says you may have noticed that John Cena is not in that tournament, and when the crowd boos he says he’ll boo him too because he let him down.  He reminds us that if Punk left Money in the Bank with the title he said that he would fire Cena.  McMahon says there will be severe consequences here tonight.  He tells us tonight will be historic, and it will be a night we will always remember.  He says to enjoy the show and his music hits once again.

Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole discuss what will be the severe consequences for Cena.  They then discuss the “big news” about how they will crown a new champion tonight on Raw.  The Miz’s music hits and he comes striding out, he has a little limp as he sells last night’s injury.

[Commercial break 1]

Match 1:  The Miz vs Alex Riley (WWE Title Tournament): [4 minutes and 58 seconds]
The match begins with Riley going after the Miz’s injured leg while the Miz does what he can to keep him away from it.  There is a roll up but an immediate kickout.  Riley gets the Miz in the corner and Miz punches his way out until Riley lands a kick to his knee.  Riley begins working on the knee with kicks and elbows.  Riley gets Miz into a single leg Boston crab but Miz rolls out of it and kicks Riley out of the ring.  Miz limps over to the ropes and Riley kicks him in the head then slides in for a two count.  Riley charges at Miz in the corner, Miz moves and Riley hits the ring post.  Miz covers for a two count.  Miz sits on Riley and begins punching him until the referee pulls him off.  Riley begins fighting back, slamming Miz’s head into his knee.  Looks pretty vicious and stiff.  Riley begins throwing clotheslines and then lands a spinebuster.  Miz kicks out at two.  Riley goes for a headlock, Miz revereses into a full nelson, Riley pushes Miz into the corner but Miz catches him with a boot.  Miz goes for a move from the top but misses and Riley locks in the texas cloverleaf on Miz who climbs over and grabs the bottom rope for the break.  Miz rolls out, Riley chases him and he rolls back in but Riley takes him down and begins throwing punches.  The referee gets in the way which gives the Miz the opportunity to hit the skull crushing finale for the pin at 4:58.

They show us the tournament bracket, Miz will face the winner of Kofi vs Alberto Del Rio in the next round.  We see R-Truth walking around backstage.  His match is next.

[Commercial break 2]

We return from commercial and they air a promo about John Morrison showing many of his match highlights.  Michael Cole says he is battling his way back from injury.  R-Truth begins making his way to the ring, and Cole points out that it was in fact R-Truth who knocked John Morrison out of action.

Match 2:  R-Truth vs Jack Swagger (WWE Title Tournament): [4 minutes and 18 seconds]
The match begins with both men locking up, Swagger however gets a headlock on Truth and then knocks him down with a shoulder block.  Swagger puts him in a headlock once again but Truth punches his way out then lands a kick to Swagger’s face.  A quick roll up but Swagger kicks out at two.  Swagger throws a forearm into Truth’s back and then chokes him on the middle rope followed by a belly to back suplex.  Truth throws a punch but Swagger counters with a knee to the jaw and then a barrage of punches and stomps against the ropes.  Swagger whips Truth into the turnbuckle and then lands the Swagger bomb for a two count.  Truth begins fighting back against Swagger, the crowd is chanting “Little Jimmy.”  Truth lands an ax kick but only gets a two count.  He slaps Swagger but misses a second ax kick.  Swagger goes for the ankle lock and Truth reverses it into a roll up for the pin at 4:18.

The bracket shows that Truth will face the winner of the Rey Mysterio / Dolph Ziggler match.  Kofi vs Del Rio is up next.

[Commercial break 3]

We return from commercial to see Alberto Del Rio driving into Raw with his briefcase in hand.  Whatever happened to his personal ring announcer?  Anyway, Del Rio gets into the ring and takes the microphone.  Cole says WWE is trending on twitter, not sure how that is possible since it’s down.  Del Rio says his name is “Mister Money in the Bank” but you already know that.  He says he tried to cash in last night but CM Punk ran like a chicken.  He says all of this happened because John Cena couldn’t get the job done.  Del Rio says he hopes that Cena gets fired because the WWE needs a new, better, stronger leader.  He says it is his destiny to be WWE Champion.  His music hits again and Ricardo Rodriguez comes out to introduce Alberto Del Rio for a second time.

[Commercial break 4]

Match 3:  Alberto Del Rio vs Kofi Kingston (WWE Title Tournament): [5 minutes and 7 seconds]
The match begins with Del Rio kicking Kofi in the corner and then landing a drop kick to the back of his head.  Kofi fires back with a few punches and a dropkick of his own.  Del Rio throws a knee into Kofi’s midsection and then knocks him to the mat.  Del Rio gets caught by a flying elbow and Kofi covers for a two count.  Kofi jumps on Del Rio in the corner and begins throwing punches, knocking Del Rio down with a european uppercut.  Del Rio throws Kofi into the ropes, and then lands outside where Kofi squashes him with a suicide dive.  Kofi throws Del Rio back into the ring, but Alberto lands a kick to the back of Kofi’s head for a two count.  Del Rio begins throwing knees to the back of Kofi’s head and then puts him in a headlock.  Kofi punches his way out but Del Rio slams his head into the mat and throws another kick, covers and gets a two count.  Del Rio puts him in a chinlock and Kofi begins to fight out but Del Rio throws a few headbutts.  He charges Kofi in the corner but gets caught with an elbow.  Kofi goes after Del Rio’s legs but he fights it off and lands a tiltawhirl back breaker but only gets a two count.  He straddles Kofi and throws a few punches.  Del Rio goes for the cross arm breaker but Kofi rolls him up for the victory at 5:07.

Once again they show us the brackets, Kofi will face the Miz in the semi-final round of the WWE title tournament.  We see Rey Mysterio walking backstage.

[Commercial break 5]

After the commercial they show us a quick recap of Bret Hart vs The British Bulldog at Summer Slam 1992.
They show us a recap of Kofi Kingston defeating Alberto Del Rio.  They interview Kofi backstage.  Kofi says he came up short last night but tonight is a new opportunity.  He says Kofi Kingston is taking the first step towards becoming the new WWE Champion.  “One down, two to go” he says to end the interview.  Back in the arena, Rey Mysterio’s music hits.

Match 4:  Rey Mysterio vs Dolph Ziggler (WWE Title Tournament): [4 minutes and 55 seconds]
Ziggler comes out firing and begins beating down Rey.  He whips Rey into the corner but Rey brings his boots up and then throws Ziggler.  He ducks a clothesline, but Ziggler kicks him and throws him out of the ring.  Ziggler misses a baseball slide but succeeds in dropping Mysterio on his face on the outside.  Michael Cole then tells us you can only win these matches by Pinfall or Submission.  I guess a count out or DQ would result in both competitors being eliminated?  He doesn’t really explain.  Meanwhile, Ziggler has Mysterio down in the ring but Rey rolls up him for a two count.  Rey throws a few kicks but Ziggler throws him on his face again and gets a two count.  Ziggler jumps at Rey in the corner but misses.  Mysterio throws a kick and covers for a two count.  Mysterio goes to the top role and lands a seated senton but Ziggler kicks him down afterward.  Ziggler goes for the sleeper but Rey throws him head first into the turnbuckle.  Rey goes for a hurricanrana and then misses the 619.  Ziggler slams Mysterio and gets another two count.  Ziggler stomps Rey a few times but Rey flips him into the ropes and this time he does land the 619 followed by a splash off the top for the three count in 4:55.

Rey moves on to face R-Truth in the semi-finals of the tournament.  Vickie Guerrero is yelling at Ziggler.  We see Vince McMahon talking to Johnny Ace backstage.

[Commercial break 6]

We come back to see Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim, AJ, Eve Torres, Beth Phoenix, Natalya and Katlyn coming out to the ring.  Their opponents in this match will be Melina, Maryse, Rosa Mendes, Alicia Fox, Tamina and the Bella Twins.

Match 5:  Seven on Seven Divas Match: [59 seconds]
Phoenix starts off against Tamina.  Phoenix lands a nice suplex and goes for the cover.  The Bellas interupt and then all the divas begin fighting outside of the ring.  Meanwhile, inside, Tamina and Phoenix go at it.  Phoenix lands the Glamslam for the pin at 59 seconds.

@TheUnratedEXP: The Heel Diva’s > Face Diva
@DivaDirt: We couldn’t get a #1 Contender’s battle royal instead? #WWE #Raw 
@FlawlessEvE1: I called that one from a mile away. 30 seconds, for fucks sake…
@Vixentye: it’s about time Rosa gets fired… she botches EVERY move, she is a pointless object in the WWE, she can take Kelly it her 

[Commercial break 7]

We return from commercial.  Lawler says he thinks Kofi will beat the Miz.  Kofi begins making his entrance.

Match 6:  Kofi Kingston vs The Miz (WWE Title Tournament Semi-Final): [3 minutes and 49 seconds]
The match begins with Kofi going after the Miz’s leg.  He gets a quick rollup but only a one count.  Kofi slams the Miz down hard and then goes after his knee again and then stomps hard on his face.  He gets a two count.  Miz takes control and slaps a headlock on Kofi.  Kofi begins to fight out of it with a few punches to the gut and then lands a big kick to the Miz’s injured knee.  Kingston makes a series of covers on the Miz, all resulting in two counts.  He misses a splash in the corner but then kicks Miz in the face.  He lands a crossbody off the top rope, Miz reverses but only gets a two count.  Kofi hits the Miz’s knee again and then sets up for Trouble in Paradise.  Miz rolls outside the ring.  Kofi grabs Miz who snaps Kofi’s neck on the top rope.  He goes for the skull crushing finale but Kofi rolls him up for a two count.  Miz drops Kofi on the top turnbuckle and lands the skull crushing finale for the pin at 3:49.

@AprilAnn_: AWEESOME. this guy needs to be champ again!
@TheRealXPac: How about waiting for the guy to make contact before u start to bump
@ThatDariaChick: Doesn’t matter who wins the tournament: Del Rio will be the Champion soon enough 🙂
@TrueMaryseFan: Miz wins again! 😀 *crosses fingers he gets the title*

The Miz advances to the finals and will face the winner of the Rey Mysterio / R-Truth match.  Backstage they interview R-Truth.  Truth says a conspiracy kept him away from Money in the Bank but won’t keep him away from beating up little “Rey Rey” because the title is “gon’ get got”

[Commercial break 8]

We return from commercial and we see a small promo showing Tough Enough winner Andy Leavine.
Rey Mysterio’s music hits and he begins making his way to the ring.

Match 7:  Rey Mysterio vs R-Truth (WWE Title Tournament Semi Final): [12 minutes and 47 seconds]
The match begins with Truth hammering Rey in the corner then whipping him into the opposite corner, covering he gets a two count.  Truth suplexes Mysterio, another two count.  Truth gets Mysterio down on the mat in a reverse chin lock, Mysterio throws a few punches to get out but Truth nails him with a knee to the midsection.  He gets down and locks Mysterio in a leg scissor but Mysterio elbows his way out of it.  Truth throws Mysterio off the ropes but Mysterio lands the boots and then flings Truth out of the ring and then squashes him with a suicide dive.

[Commercial break 9]

Back from commercial and Truth has Mysterio in a headlock in the middle of the ring.  Truth kicks Mysterio in the face and gets a two count.  The crowd boos as he makes the belt gesture at his waist.  He straddles Mysterio and begins punching him in the face, again he covers and gets a two count.  Truth lands a big, spinning elbow on Mysterio but again only gets a two count.  Truth begins choking Mysterio on the middle rope.  Mysterio fights back, going for the 619 but Truth lays him out and gets another two count.  Truth slams Mysterio down hard, another nearfall here.  Truth charges Mysterio in the corner but Rey moves out of the way.  Rey and Truth exchange a few punches and kicks, Rey bouncing off the ropes with a crossbody for a two count.  Truth kicks Rey in the gut, misses and ax kick and then catches a drop kick from Rey.  Two count.  Truth lands a sick jawbreaker but Rey has his hand on the ropes.  Truth tries to pull him off, so he stomps him a few times.  The crowd chants “Little Jimmy” and Rey snaps Truth’s neck on the top rope, throws a shoulder to the gut and then sets Truth up for the 619.  He lands it and then a splash from the top for the pin at 12:47.

@feelingventi: Lil jimmy show me on the doll where r-truth touched u
@TheRealXPac: Rey wins & Del Rio cashes in MITB seems predictable.
@WWFRAWISWAR: John Cena will be forced to watch TNA. Those are the severe concequences.

Rey advances to the finals and begins celebrating in the ring.   Mysterio will face the Miz for the title NEXT.

[Commercial break 10]

Back from commercial and Vince McMahon begins making his way out to the ring.  He climbs in and grabs a mic.  He says he has to postpone the finales until next week.  He says we’re out of time and he has something else he needs to do.  He tells Rey not to be selfish and that this is “bigger than you.”  Vince says Cena isn’t bigger than the WWE, he can make a new John Cena.  The crowd chants “CM Punk.”  Vince says he can’t deny the contributions of John to the WWE.  He says he isn’t doing this for ego but for the good of the business.  You can’t understand right now but in time you will and you’ll thank him for this.  He says “Lets get this over with.”  John Cena’s music hits and he comes out.

Cena gets in the ring and Vince takes a deep breath.  Cena grabs the microphone from him and tells him to relax.  He says he is ok with what he’s about to do.  He won’t go through what Shawn Michaels had to go through, he says Vince made him bend over backwards.  All they ever said about Shawn was that “he screwed Bret” and he had to take it with him his entire career.  Cena says if he was in his shoes he would not want to be the guy who screwed Bret, or CM Punk.  Cena says it was all about Vince, how he doesn’t want anyone to embarass him but Cena says he refuses to be his patsy.  Cena congratulates Punk on “one hell of a match.”  Cena tells Vince he doesn’t do business this way.  Cena says it’s ok to make an example of him but that leaves him eight months to find a new opponent for The Rock.

Cena says he belongs in the WWE and if Vince is about to tell him he doesn’t belong there, and if he makes him walk tonight he’ll walk onto someone elses TV show and keep doing this “Brother.”  Cena says the one thing he will not do is kiss Vince’s ass.  Vince says he will not be denied the satisfaction of what he is about to do.  He says “John..” and then Triple H’s music hits.  Triple H comes to the ring wearing a suit.  He begins whispering in Vince’s ear, Vince gets another microphone for Triple H.

Triple H says there was a board of director’s meeting this morning, Vince looks shocked.  Triple H says the board asked him to come to Raw to talk to him because they’re concerned about the current situation.  He says the board is concerned about Vince.  They understand that he has built a global empire, everything we have is because of him, but at the same time the board is concerned about Vince’s extremely questionable decisions as of lately.  Triple H says the board has filed an injunction against Vince, and the family agrees.  On top of that, the board has appointed someone to take over the day to day operations of the WWE.  He can’t even say he’s going to say it but it’s him, Triple H is now in charge of WWE.  He says they’re not going to fire John Cena, and Vince won’t be doing anything.  He says Vince taught him that no one is bigger than this business and that includes Vince.  He says this is just business, and with all due respect, he is here to inform Vince that he is relieved of his duties.  Vince begins crying.. not bad acting I must say.  The crowd begins chanting “Na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.”

Triple H asks Vince to please understand he didn’t want to do this, he just needs to do what is right for the business.  He says “I love you, pop, and I’m sorry.”  He drops the microphone and slides out of the ring.  Vince is left standing in the center, crying.  The crowd begins clapping and Vince mouths “Thank you.”  The show goes off the air with the crowd chanting “Thank you Vince.”

@ImAMelFo: There was no swerve last night, so surely there has to be a swerve tonight right?
@GlamHartDelRio: Really Mr. MacMahon??? Really???
@TheUnratedExp: I hope this is a really big announcement.
@ILoVeTheCORRE: The FUCK! I wanted DEL RIO to cash in! What the fuck!
@EmSkie247: Between cenas shirt and vinces jacket I feel like I need to adjust the contrast on the TV
@Rarleo: It’s THE GAME #HHH in a suit and tie… could this finally be the Raw GM reveal???
@BreakingKayfabe: That transformed from depressing into oddly endearing rather quickly. 


1 Comment

  1. about time vince gets the boot. mike cole needs to go next

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