Miami Heat

Wrestlemania is almost impossible to put into words. There is so much to take in. The spectacle, the matches, the crowd, the atmosphere. Ultimately, it is WWE hitting the reset button and initiating a new year of programming.

Wrestlemania 27 was not nearly as good as it was made out to be. There were a lot of fans feeling let down after last years event. It all felt so half-assed, thrown together and poorly executed minus the Triple H vs Undertaker Match.

Wrestlemania 28 was a thousand percent better.

This isn’t to say that Wrestlemania 28 didn’t have its down times. Many people are upset about Daniel Bryan and Sheamus. Despite my sincerest efforts, I simply cannot muster up and explanation. Hopefully, desperately hopefully, WWE has something in mind and this wasn’t just Vince McMahon giving a giant middle finger to the IWC.

However, I would say, Wrestlemania 28 had greater peaks than it had darker valleys. Jericho and Punk definitely put on a show. This match was not the five star classic some had come to expect, but their performance was by no means a letdown. It was entertaining, back and forth and the closing five minutes of reversals and tapout teases was extraordinarily executed. I’d have gone with a different finish, had Punk lose and then have him walk into his hometown of Chicago as the challenger next month.

Triple H, Undertaker and Shawn Michaels reminded us that wrestling can be one hell of thing when it is done correctly. A nearly flawless match that absolutely lived up to whatever hype was drummed up in the past few weeks. That match has a series of moments (Triple H jumping back when Undertaker sat up, Shawn Michaels pleading with both men, the Superkick / Pedigree combination, blood, spit and eats) that should, and will, live on in the legacy of Wrestlemania. What this match did leave us with though, is three important questions: Was this the Undertakers last match? Is Triple H down for good? Was this the last gasp of the attitude era?

There were so many questions, doubts, backstage rumors, on screen bombs and chaotic experiences leading up to John Cena vs the Rock. Did this match payoff? Absolutely. Understandably there are some upset John Cena fans, but as someone who dislikes John Cena (his character, not the Make-A-Wish champion) I think this is the absolute best thing that could happen to him. This will force Cena to go to new places, assuming that he sells this loss and doesn’t come out giggling tonight like he often does after a big loss. If this is handled properly, John Cena could come out of this shinning. Also, no one should associate the Rock winning to the Rock not giving John Cena some amazing shine and Legendary rub.

The Rock proved he could still go. John Cena proved he could hold his own against the greatest superstar of all time. This is absolutely a win win situation that WWE can make into something even more amazing. Remember, folks, there’s always the possibility that this is a best of three series. I certainly hope not, I’d rather this was a one time thing.

Wrestlemania 28 was definitely a great show worth watching and paying attention to. The challenge for WWE coming out of this, which could be a fantastic thing, is to build new stars so that next years roster is full of young talent rather than returning names and old stalwarts. It’s time for a changing of the guard, but don’t be surprised if they wait until Wrestlemania 30 to make the switch. Next year they may want to cash in on that New Jersey, New York attitude with some old names. We know the Rock will be there, speculation points to Brock Lesnar and don’t forget a beer drinking, ass kicking, mudhole stomping guy from Texas with some gas left in the tank who might want to make a last impression.

Wrestlemania 28, as a whole, did what it was supposed to do. It reinvigorated, and for the most part, it paid off what it has been hyping. I rate the event an eight out of a possible ten. The eighteen second world title match kept this away from being a nine. Oh, and did I forget to mention, Good ol’ Jim Ross showed why he is, was , and always will be, the best announcer in the business.

Monday Night Raw has all the potential to be absolutely amazing tonight. Maybe WWE will show us that they don’t just pull out all of the stops for Wrestlemania.

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Monday Night Raw – June 13th

Monday Night Raw is LIVE from the Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, New York.

The show opens with a reminder that Stone Cold Steve Austin, as the guest general manager, has set John Cena vs CM Punk as the main event.

Suddenly the Miz’s music hits and he comes out to the ring.  They show a recap of last week when Austin stunned the Miz during the main event.  Miz grabs the mic and says he won in the main event last week so he is the all-time WWE all star and you’d have to be a moron not to recognize that, so you’d have to be Alex Riley.  He calls Riley a fraud and says at Capital Punishment he is going to expose him “more than a tweet from Anthony Weiner.”  The crowd begins chanting “WHAT?” and Miz responds “That was cool in 2001, by the way.”  The Miz says he is going to call out Stone Cold Steve Austin, that Austin owes him an apology.  Austin’s music hits.

Austin gets in the ring and plays to the crowd.  He tells Miz his stupid tie, stupid suit and stupid hair is the best he’s got and then he tells him to shut up.  He says the night after Wrestlemania he saw that the Miz is a silver tongued devil, and he says he wanted a fight but then he ran away.  Miz attempts to interrupt but Austin tells him to shut up. Austin says he came there to be the GM but if he has to pull the trigger on a stunner he’ll do it.  He says Alex Riley has guts and he can take an ass whooping and he can give one and he may be a bigger superstar than the Miz one day.  Austin grabs Miz by his tie and tells him he gives him credit for everything that he’s done but he and Alex Riley need some counseling.  He says later tonight the Miz and Riley will be in the company of Rowdy Roddy Piper in Piper’s pit!  He then tells the Miz to get out of the ring.

Alberto Del Rio’s music now hits, and Austin turns to face the ramp.  Del Rio says Austin, the greatest star of his time, will pass the torch to the greatest today, Alberto Del Rio.  Austin interrupts Del Rio he says he isn’t psychic so he can’t see into the future but he smells an ass whooping as Del Rio’s immediate destiny.  He mentions Del Rio injuring the Big Show with his car, so Kane is going to faceoff against Del Rio in the first match of the night.

[Commercial break 1]

@Smarkingout: The Miz’s facial expressions are making this awesome.
@LucasSinclairD: Austin is laying a verbal beating 
@FlawlessXtina: Here comes Alberto Del Rio…Yawn..

Excellent opening segment tonight, but it is hard to go wrong with Stone Cold Steve Austin.  His interaction with the Miz was hilarious and showed he still has it on the mic, and giving Alberto Del Rio a little moment with him was a nice little rub for the rising star.

Match 1:  Alberto Del Rio vs Kane:  [2 minutes and 48 seconds]
Kane starts off in control taking Del Rio down but after a cover, Del Rio begins fighting back and working on his arm until Kane knocks Del Rio over the top rope.  Del Rio comes back in to an assault from Kane who squashes him in the corner and lays him down with a side slam but only a two count.   Kane misses a high risk maneuver and Del Rio locks in his submission hold, the cross arm breaker but Kane manages to reach the ropes.  Del Rio refuses to break the hold and gets disqualified at 2:48.

Del Rio only breaks the hold when the Big Show’s music hits and the Big Show comes running out, taking down Del Rio.  Ricardo gets involved and while Big Show is pounding on him Alberto makes his escape.  Kane pulls Big Show off Ricardo with a headlock.  Austin comes out and says he knows Del Rio can hear him and this Sunday it will be Alberto Del Rio vs the Big Show at Capital Punishment.

@Mrs619: Del Rio better win!
@iHartMiz: Can we please give Adr a decent opponent
@thatdariachick: Show, don’t kill Ricardo!

Very short match, almost impossible to comment on though it is surprising they put Del Rio so powerfully over Kane.  However the setup for the PPV works and now we’ll get to see Big Show vs Del Rio which they’ve been building to for a few weeks.

[Commercial break 3]

We return from commercial with Cody Rhodes standing outside the ring beside Wade Barrett and Ted DiBiase.  Sin Cara comes out, along with his partners Ezekiel Jackson and Daniel Bryan.

Match 2:  Sin Cara / Daniel Bryan & Ezekiel Jackson vs Wade Barret / Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase: [3 minutes and 44 seconds]
Cara starts off against Rhodes, but quickly tags in Bryan who Rhodes takes advantage of in the corner before tagging in DiBiase.   DiBiase dominates Bryan before tagging in Barret who continues the assault, knocking Sin Cara off the apron with a cheap shot.  However, Daniel Bryan uses this to his advantage and tags in Jackson who begins cleaning house.  He gets Barrett up into the torture rack but DiBiase and Rhodes interfere, though Jackson throws them over the top rope and presses Daniel Bryan on top of them.  Tag in to Sin Cara who is on the top rope, lands a cross body for the win at 3:44.

@ddw4e: SIN CARA! That dude is ridiculous!!
@nuer0tica: Wade, Cody and Ted teaming? Why do I like this so much? 
@ErinBunuan: Jobbing to Sin Cara….classy

Good match, nice showing for the crowd.   Sin Cara didn’t do as much as I expected, and his lightning scheme is somewhat distracting.  Interesting to see Barrett with Rhodes and DiBiase though.  Ezekiel Jackson looks great but I still don’t see a main event anywhere in this man’s future. 

[Commercial break 4]

We return from commercial and Hornswoggle is in the ring shooting t-shirts to the crowd when R-Truth makes his entrance.  He asks if he can try because it looks like fun.  He tells Hornswoggle he has nothing to be afraid of.  Truth says he will beat Cena at Capital Punishment, and that the crowd shouldn’t boo him, they should boo themselves.  Hornswoggle shoots R-Truth in the stomach with some shirts.  Truth grabs him and tells him not to worry but then stands and kicks him in the face.  Truth then talks to himself for a while.  Austin shows up on the titantron and tells R-Truth to pick on someone his own size, someone like this: the camera turns to John Morrison.  Austin says R-Truth has to face Morrison here tonight.  Lawler hops in the ring to see if Hornswoggle is ok.

@FlawlessXtina: Look out Little Jimmy’s! R-Truth has arrived
@AprilAnn_: R-TRUTH!! thank the lord. 
@TheUnratedExp: Oh there’s Lil Jimmys and Lil Jennys? Hahahaha, gotta love R-Truth! 
@WrestlingCritic: R-Truth is good at this looney toon act 
@iHartMiz: John fucking Morrison

R-Truth is one hell of a heel right now, he has major heat with the crowd and frankly this is the best thing to happen to him in a long time.  Excellent to see John Morrison coming back, these two have a feud to settle and I foresee more matches between them in the future.

[Commercial break 5]

We return from commercial to a recap of what happened to Hornswoggle.  We cut to the ring:

Match 3:  Santino vs Sheamus: [2 minutes and 47 seconds]
Sheamus is absolutely dominating throughout the opening of this match.  After a quick two count on Santino, Sheamus locks in a headlock, but Santino tries fighting out but Sheamus whips him into the corner.  Santino no sells it and comes out punching, going for a hip toss on Sheamus but he gets clotheslined instead.  Sheamus goes off the ropes, this time getting hip tossed.  Santino brings out the Cobra, Sheamus misses the brogue kick, gets hit with the Cobra but kicks out at 2.  He then lands the brogue kick.  Sheamus locks in a cloverleaf submission hold for the win at 2:47.

@Mrs619: Cobra is shit.
@Smarkingout: Is that a “We Want Ryder!” chant? GLORIOUS!

Santino is the permanent comedy fixture even when they let him pull off some moves.  Sheamus dominated all the way through this one, and it was pretty sweet to see him lock in a cloverleaf.  Been a while since I’ve seen that one.

[Commercial break 6]

We return from commercial at the top of the hour with a recap of the issues between Randy Orton and Christian.  Orton’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring.  Orton’s microphone doesn’t work so they have to hand him a new one.  Orton introduces himself to us in case we’d forgotten.  Orton says he should be satisfied being world champ but he’s not because he knows Christian is in the building.  Orton says he wants him to come out and talk.  Christian appears on the big screen.  He says Orton’s entire career has been handed to him but he had to fight his way to the top.  Christian says he won’t come out and Orton says its too bad Edge isn’t there to carry him to the ring like he did for the past 17 years.  Christian says he’ll come out.  Christian walks out onto the ramp and tops.  He then shakes his head and starts backing away.  Security comes out and gets in between the two of them.  The Anonymous GM chimes in.  The GM says Orton will not compete tonight because he was hit in the head with the title belt on Friday.  He tells Orton to leave the arena and wait to get his hands on Christian at Capital Punishment.  Christian taunts Orton, who tries to get at him again.  The GM says if he doesn’t comply he will be stripped of the title.  Crowd begins chanting “RKO” and Orton stares down Christian but walks out.    Austin pops on the screen and says Christian doesn’t get off that easy.  He sets up a match against Rey Mysterio.

@PinfallMagazine: I still don’t see the beard everyone is talking about.. That’s hardly 5 o’clock shadow 
@dasharpshooters: Give Randy Orton some red hair and a coat and he would look like Gambit from the X-Men cartoons 
@TheUnratedEXP: Orton is being too much of a babyface 
@WrestlingTheory: Randy Orton, you are no Randy Savage 
@JustinLaBar: Haha while bored with Orton….the Edge carrying Christian comment was money!!! 
@thatdariachick: That doesn’t make any sense. Randy is the Champion on SmackDown, why would the RAW GM strip him of the belt?

The angle between Christian and Orton is amazing, and these two have put on some fantastic matches in the past few months.  Christian’s heel turn was not only excellent but long overdue.  Cannot wait to see what happens between these two.  I’m personally hoping to see Christian get the title off Orton as its less fun with both brands have face Champions. 

[Commercial break 7]

We return from commercial and Booker T comes out to do commentary.  Christian is in the ring waiting for Rey Mysterio.

Match 4:  Rey Mysterio vs Christian: [5 minutes and 32 seconds]
Christian takes control early here, putting Mysterio in the corner and chopping him.  Mysterio fights back with some high flying but Christian catches him with a clothesline.  Mysterio sprinboards on the ropes but Christian throws him over the top and to the outside

[Commercial break 8]

We return from commercial with Christian holding Mysterio in a headlock.  Mysterio fights out but Christian gets him in the corner, putting his knee on his head and refusing to break the hold to get disqualified at 5:32

Christian however slams Mysterio down and climbs to the top rope, but Mysterio gets up and backdrops Christian off the top rope.  Rey goes up top, and CM Punk comes running out, so Mysterio splashes him from the top rope.  Mason Ryan comes running out with the rest of the new Nexus.  Christian goes for the killswitch but Mysterio headscissors him and sets up for the 619.  Mason Ryan catches him and runs him into the ringpost and then gives him a back breaker before rolling him back into the ring.   

@WrestlingFemme: Can’t wait until Capitol Punishment is over so these “press conferences” can end
@RingsideXcess: Dammit WWE, Christian is a heel again and you couldn’t have Stone Cold call him a CLB for nostalgia sake? IAmDisappoint.jpg
@LucasSinclairD:  I am not a rey fan. I think he’s doing a J.O.B. here.
@MelinaFan20: This should be a good match 
@TheUnratedExp: All I’m saying is that his finisher is a splash people. Come on. Lol. Sin Cara > Mysterio..

Good match, it allows Christian to keep his heat, it builds up towards CM Punk vs Mysterio at Capital Punishment.  I wish they’d given them a little longer but they still put on a great show.

We see Austin backstage on the phone when Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler come walking over asking for a US Title match against Kofi Kingston at Capital Punishment.  Austin says he’ll do it if Ziggler agrees to drop Vickie as his manager.  Ziggler agrees to do so.  Austin says he was just having a little fun with them and he already made this a match.

[Commercial break 9]

We return from commercial with R-Truth making his entrance to the ring.

Match 5:  R-Truth vs John Morrison: Morrison’s music hits but he is nowhere to be seen.  It hits a second time and ends a second time.  R-Truth grabs a microphone and tells him to get out there so they can fight.  He says if he won’t come to him, he’ll bring to fight to Morrison.  He tells him not to run and hide, walking up the ramp and backstage.  Truth gets to Morrison who is laid out backstage and being  tended to by officials.  John is holding his neck, R-Truth kneels down beside him and tells him at least he can say he got got by the future WWE champ and then he slaps him.  Truth then grabs some kind of rolling box and crushes Morrison into the wall with it.  No actual match took place here.

@thatdariachick: Um…..anytime now? 
@LucasSinclairD: Where the fuck is he? You’ve been set up Truth. 
@breakingKayfabe: Well, that just bought JoMo another few weeks.

Honestly this seems like WWE trying to creatively show us Morrison isn’t coming back yet and that R-Truth is a bad guy.  However this was a let down as a match between these two could be great, although I’m sure we’ll get one in the future when Morrison is back to 100%.  Either way it seemed like a cheap ploy. 

[Commercial break 10]

We return from commercial to see Dolph Ziggler heading to the ring.  They air a little Dolph Ziggler promo.

Match 6:  Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler vs Evan Bourne & Kofi Kingston: [2 minutes and 55 seconds]
The match begins with Ziggler and Kofi in the ring.  Swagger hits Kofi from behind and Ziggler takes control, tagging in Swagger who begins hammering Kofi down on the mat.  Kofi tries to fight back but Swagger slams him hard and gets a 2 count.  He whips Kofi into the corner but then gets caught with boots to the face when attempting the Swagger bomb.  Kofi tags in Bourne who begins performing some high flying moves, high knees and eventually a rollup but Swagger kicks out and sinks into the ankle lock.  Bourne reverse it, kicking Swagger into the corner.  Ziggler gets involved distracting the referee, Kofi hits trouble in paradise on Swagger and Bourne lands Air Bourne for the win at 2:55.

@nuer0tica: I approve of the amount of Swagger I’ve had on my screen lately. That’s at least one good thing I can say about things. 
@dasharpshooters: Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger vs Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne. Nobody in this match can talk on the mic. Shame 
@Lagana:  Did Dolph really have a mullet?

Another one of those matches that was so fast there wasn’t a whole hell of a lot to say about it.  Kofi / Ziggler have appeal, although the Swagger and Evan Bourne storyline doesn’t seem to have much of a point to it.  Lets face it, they’re never going to build Evan Bourne up and Swagger deserves better.

[Commercial break 11]

We return to a recap of last week when the Miz and Alex Riley went at it.

Rowdy Roddy Piper makes his entrance to quite an ovation from the crowd.  Piper reminds us that 25 years ago at Wrestlemania 2 he boxed Mr. T in that ring.  The Miz’s music hits and he comes out and says his favorite moment in this building will be four years from now when they tear it down.  Miz says people always tell him he’s like Roddy, Roddy says they’ll never be another him and he’s just a wannabe.  Miz says he’ll never be like him, since he’s actually been WWE Champion and he’s won the main event.  Also that his time on the Real World was better than anything in “They Live.”  Piper says “The Real World, never saw it.  I was busy living in the real world.”  Alex Riley comes out next.

Riley says he didn’t want this to happen, they were friends, but Miz was never his friend and he just used him.  Piper gets between them and tells them to save it for Sunday.  Piper says when the Miz lost the title, Alex Riley gained self-respect.  Miz says the guy that used and abused Cowboy Bob Orton for years is talking about respect?  Riley didn’t leave him, Miz fired him.  Miz asks Piper if he’d put some money on him destroying Riley.  Riley says he thinks Roddy can beat the Miz right now, the crowd agrees.  Miz says he’ll put $1,000 on the line if Piper will face him right here right now.  “Put up or shut up.”  Piper says “I’m really gonna get my butt kicked… how about $5,000?”  Austin appears on the screen and says “That sounds good to me.”  He says Hot Rod vs The Miz, each man putting up $5,000 and the special referee will be Alex Riley.

@Lagana: Last time Roddy was on RAW he drew BIG money with his promo on John Cena
@Rhiannamator: Roddy’s looking so much healthier..
@SMARKAGE: Piper is prob wondering who the hell Alex Riley is
@FlawlessXtina: Looks like Miz is gonna be out $5000 soon
@tOxiiiC_AnGel: That’s AWESOME 
@dasharpshooters: Rowdy Roddy Piper is the only man on the planet that can make Bagpipes sound cool. 

[Commercial break 12]

Match 7:  Miz vs Roddy Piper for $5,000 (w/ Special Referee Alex Riley): [1 minute and 4 seconds]
Miz begins this match dominating Roddy Piper, Piper pokes him in the eyes however and locks in the sleeper hold.  Miz backs him into the corner and fights out of it, smashing him down.  Riley pulls him off and tells him to break the hold on a 5 count.  Miz punches Riley and Riley punches him.  Piper rolls up Miz from behind for the win at 1:04.  Alex Riley throws Miz out of the ring afterwards and raises Roddy’s hand.

Roddy Piper is a WWE Legend and one of the best talkers in the history of the business.  Miz and Riley being in the ring with him is an honor to both of them and he hasn’t lost a step.  Perfect little segment and though the ending of the match was predictable it is still awesome to see Roddy get a win in the same ring he was in 27 years ago. 

[Commercial break 13]

After the commercial break they show a little promo video of the Bella Twins and Kelly Kelly beings guests on the Price is Rite.  After the video the Bellaa twins music hits.

Match 8:  7 on 7 Divas tag team match: [1 minute and 21 seconds]
The match starts with Kelly Kelly and Brie Bella in the ring.  Brie immediately tags in Rosa.  Kelly Kelly lands a Thesz Press and then spanks Rosa on the ass and bangs her head into the turnbuckle and gives her a stinkface.  Kelly goes for a cover, all the divas get in the ring and brawl, then spill to the outside.  Kelly Kelly lands a famasser like move and wins the match in 1:21.  After the match the face Divas perform a rockette dance.

@Barr66:  Well that was predictable and quick 
@iHartMiz: This ‘diva’ bullshit is pissing me off … such fucking bullshit

The way the Divas are treated is an absolute disgrace and the only thing that makes it worse is the only divas who got to wrestle in this match are the ones who only have four moves.  So much talent underutilized, it is disgusting.

We see Steve Austin backstage talking to the Tough Enough winner Andy. CM Punk walks over and disses Andy.  Austin offers CM Punk a beer to which Punk continually responds: what?  CM Punk says he came in to give Austin a breathalyzer.  He asks if Austin can say the alphabet backwards, and Austin says he can kick his ass backwards.  Punk says he wants to thank him for giving him the match against Cena.  Austin says Nexus isn’t allowed out there tonight, Punk says he can get it done by himself.  Austin says he has to go make an announcement to the world and walks off.

[Commercial break 14]

After  the commercial Austin’s music hits and he comes riding out on an ATV.  Austin says it’s been a hell of a Monday Night Raw.  The anonymous GM chimes in.  Michael Cole gets up to read the email, Austin says he is tired of these emails.  The anonymous GM says Austin did a fair job, however just to make sure everyone is aware he will be back next week.  Austin says he’s got a little bit of time left so he is still the GM.  Austin says next week he may not be the GM but next week is going to be another 3 hour Raw and next week is all about the “Power of the People.”  He is going to give the power to the people.  They will make all the matches, stipulation and rules.  The GM chimes in again and Austin tells Cole to stop making that noise or he’ll kick his ass.  The GM chimes in again and Austin chases Cole through the crowd.  He comes back and the GM keeps chiming in so Austin knocks over the stand, grabs the laptop, throws it down on the ramp and dumps two beers on it.  He then runs it over.

@TheUnratedExp: Don’t believe him. We aren’t going to get to decide shit. Lol. They’re going to do what they want to do like they always do. 
@rasslewriter: If anything can make WWE worth watching again, its Austin and Punk in a feud
@JoeyImage: Cool! The sound still went off twice after it was unplugged.
@FlawlessXtina: I think Stone Cold is about to go Edge on the GM Laptop

Stone Cold and CM Punk could be money.  I wish their segment had lasted longer together, they are a natural feud.  If Austin were to come back for a match I’d love to see it be against CM Punk.  Also, we don’t need another 3 hour Raw next week.  Especially since I have to type up all this stuff!  Truly sick of the Anonymous GM storyline also.

They show us another dream sequence involving Barack O’Bama talking about Capital Punishment.

[Commercial break 14]

After the commercial break CM Punk is making his entrance to the ring.

Match 9: CM Punk vs John Cena: [13 minutes and 59 seconds]
The match begins with both men exchanging holds.  A massive amount of “Lets go Cena / Cena sucks” chants.  Punk gets Cena into a headlock and takes him down to the mat.  Punk thrown off the ropes, knocks Cena down with a shoulderblock.  Punk and Cena exchange finisher attempts but nobody lands one.  Punk drops Cena on the top rope and kicks him to the outside of the ring.

[Commercial break 15]

When we return Punk locks Cena into an abdominal stretch.  Cena powers his way out and lands a hiptoss but Punk again throws him outside the ring, this time he lands a cross body over the top rope.  Punk then comes off the top turnbuckle with a double axe handle.  Punk rolls him in but only gets a 2 count.  Punk locks him in a leg scissor but again Cena powers his way out and locks in the STF but CM Punk reaches the ropes, Cena breaks the hold and Punk takes him down with a kick.  Punk puts Cena in the corner and kicks him, whips him to the opposite corner, lands a high knee and then Cena pushes Punk off when he goes for a bulldog.  Cena comes off the ropes going for a flying shoulderblock but Punk dodges and Cena slides to the outside.  Cena gets back in, beating the 10 count.  Punk gets on the ring apron and goes for a flying tackle but Cena dodges.  Cena catches punk with a shoulder and then drops him to the mat.  At this point R-Truth is in the crowd with a microphone talking smack to the fans.  Punk grabs Cena who is distracted and lands the GTS for the win at 13:59.

After the match Truth comes into the ring and smacks Cena in the head with a bottle of water.   Truth takes the WWE title and stands over Cena, he says this Sunday he will beat him for the title “and that’s the truth.”  Truth walks out with the title, leaving Cena laid out in the ring.

@PinfallMagazine: Punk rules.
@WrestlingFemme: Any status updates on CM Punk? Will he renew his contract? Any news on it yet? 
@Lucy_Sixx: Cena is likely to win of course, but…CM PUNK>everyone else
@Vixentye: CM Punk is the past, present and future of the WWE… he is very old school with a new twist and currently dominating the present
@Bitterforsweet: Punk wins! 
@BamaBoyJosh: CM Punk just beat Cena…I think the internet is about to explode…and 10 year old kids everywhere r in depression 

Very good episode of Raw.  CM Punk made the main event totally worth watching, the crowd was hot and into every match.  Piper was amazing, Austin is always awesome.  Great night of wrestling. 

Monday Night Raw Review – June 6th

Tonight Raw is LIVE from Richmond, VA

Raw opens with Luke and Andy, WWE Tough Enough finalists in the ring with Stone Cold Steve Austin and a guest appearance by Vince McMahon.  Vince says he is going to help decide who the winner is.  Austin gives Vince a dirty look and asks if Vince is going to choose, and Vince says he owns WWE so yes.  Austin says he doesn’t care and it doesn’t make a difference.  Tough Enough is his show and he’s picking the winner.  Austin asks for a drumroll and announcers the winner:  Andy!  Spoiler warning, highlight to see.  Vince McMahon congratulates him and slaps him in the face, then Austin stuns him and says “Welcome to the WWE you son of a bitch!”

R-Truths music and he comes walking out dressed like a Confederate soldier singing about “Little Jimmy.”  Truth says he is going to get to why he is dressed this way and that he was told he has to apologize for what he did.  McMahon interrupts him and says to show why he has to apologize and they show a recap of his actions last week.  Truth thanks him for reminding everyone.  He then says “I would like to take this time to say that I’m sorry.  I’m a good R-Truth.  I’m sorry to big Jimmy, I’m sorry to little Jimmy.  I’m sorry to the soda that I wasted, it was refreshing.  I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.”  Austin tells him he ought to be sorry about dressing up like a jackass.  Truth says he did his homework, he’s dressed like this because he’s in Richmond Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy.  He calls the crowd a bunch of inbred rednecks.  Austin tells him that was 150 years ago and asks what it has to do with today.  Truth says the Confederacy had one good idea, leaving the United States.  Tonight, R-Truth is leaving the WWE universe.  He will keep the title match but he wants nothing else.  He says we won’t have R-Truth to push around anymore, no action figures, no t-shirts, no video games.

Vince McMahon asks if “R” is his real first name.  He asks how you spell it, is it “Arrrr?” and tells him he should have been a pirate instead of a rapper.  R-Truth continues to say it was a conspiracy.  Suddenly the Miz’s music hits and he comes walking down to the ring.  The Miz tells R-Truth he deals in reality and the reality is if it wasn’t for Alex Riley he would still be WWE Champion.  Miz says he deserves another Championship match.  At this point Alex Riley’s music hits and he comes walking out.  Miz stands behind Vince McMahon.  Riley says the only thing Miz deserves if a third straight week of beatdowns.  Then John Cena’s music hits.  Cena grabs a microphone and says that a lot has happened so he’s going to give us a quick recap.  He says Miz lost to him and he made him say “I quit.”  He will not get a rematch for the WWE championship.  He turns his attention to Alex Riley and says he doesn’t like him, he doesn’t trust him but the past two weeks he’s manned up against the Miz.  Now onto R-Truth: he says when he takes a look at Truth he sees the brightest bulb in the Christmas tree, that Truth doesn’t have any mental issues but then he makes a very sarcastic face to the crowd.  He tells Truth to take off his costume and its going to be them one on one at Capital Punishment for the WWE title.

The Anonymous GM now chimes in.  Michael Cole gets up to read it and Vince McMahon tells him to shut up, he’s got this one.  Vince McMahon suggests R-Truth and the Miz against Alex Riley and John Cena with special guest referee Stone Cold Steve Austin.  Austin starts moving towards Vince but he hops out of the ring.  All five men stand in the ring exchanging looks and words.

Nice opening segment.  Great idea to open with the Tough Enough decision.  Was very glad with the choice that was made, was rooting for him all the way and I look forward to seeing what he can do.  As for the main event tag match, I’m not too excited about this.  It feels done before and doesn’t really mean a whole lot.  That being said it was great to see Vince and Austin in the ring again and this definitely kicked off Raw with a bang.

[Commercial break 1]

Match one:  Santino (w/ Kozlov) vs Michael McGillicutty(w/ Otunga): [4 minutes and 31 seconds]
We return from commercial with the match ready to begin.  Santino gets the offense earlier dumping McGillicutty to the outside and then shaking the ropes like the Ultimate Warrior.  McGillicutty comes back in and takes over, dominating the match with several nearfalls.  McGillicutty locks on a headlock, Santino powers his way out of it but McGillicutty keeps the upper hand.  Santino dodges a splash in the corner and begins throwing some punches.  He hip tosses and then does a flying headbutt and begins doing more Ultimate Warrior gestures.  Otunga pulls McGillicutty out of the ring, and Kozlov takes him out but McGillicutty snaps Santinos head on the ropes and jumps back in.  Santino sets up for the cobra, lands it and gets the three count in 4:31 to win.

Fairly typical Santino style comedy match with both Santino and Kozlov celebrating afterward.  Filler match, really not much to say here.

@Stevenamoney:  I think Michael McGillicutty sucks so I’m not upset about him losing to Santino Marella.
@Vixentye:  so lame, you have a big talented Russian guy in the ring tooting an air horn! WWE knows how to make a mockery out of ones career

They show a promo of the Tough Enough winner really quickly.  They remind us of tonights main event, Cena and Riley vs Truth and the Miz.
Kelly Kelly’s music hits and she makes her way out with Beth Phoenix.  Cole tells us Phoenix and Kelly were very angry with the Bellas after what they said to Kharma last week.

[Commercial break 2]

We return from commercial and the WWE Slam of the Week is a recap of last weeks incident of the Bella’s trash talking Kharma. 

Match 2:  Beth Phoenix and Kelly Kelly vs The Bella Twins: [2 minutes and 27 seconds]
The Match begins with Kelly Kelly in against one of the Bellas.  Bellas take control, slamming Kelly in the corner and double teaming her.  Kelly finally manages to make a tag to Beth who comes in an absolutely dominates.  Beth lands the Glam-Slam and gets the pin in 2:27.

Short match, Beth Phoenix is extremely talented and one of the best divas.  Would love to see her get more of a chance to show it off.

@AprilAnn_: beth should be champion..
@tOxiiic_AnGel: Yesssss @TheBethPhoenix is back in action ♡
@TheUnratedExp: Why push Kelly for the title. Don’t they want to give that belt more credibility by getting actual wrestlers to hold it.
@PinfallMagazine: Lawler makes worse jokes about @ExcuseMeWWE, and he’s disappointed with the Bella’s?
@FlawlessXtina: Please, Beth give The Bellas a Glam-Slam…

[Commercial break 3]

We return from commercial and see Booker T backstage with Trish Stratus backstage talking about Tough Enough.  Booker says he’s developed a secret move called the “Trisharoonie” and he wants to teach it to her.  Right when she is about to do it Jack Swagger shows up and tells them if he was a trainer all the students would be winners.  He tells Booker he doesn’t think he’s tough enough.  He should get in the ring with him if he thinks he’s still got it.  Booker accepts the challenge and tells him he’ll be left with only one question: “Can you dig it Sucka?”

CM Punk’s music hits and he comes out, sitting in the entrance way.  He points out that last week he defeated Rey Mysterio and that Rey has never beaten him and he begs for a rematch and he is going to beat him again.  Punk asks the crowd to join him in dismantling Rey Mysterio.

[Commercial break 4]

We return from commercial getting a small recap of last weeks Mysterio vs Punk match.

Match 3:  CM Punk (w/ Mason Ryan) vs Rey Mysterio: [8 minutes and 40 seconds.]
The match begins with the referee telling Mason Ryan to get out of the ring.  Punk begins taunting Mysterio and making fun of him.  The match is slow at first, Punk putting a headlock on Mysterio, which is reversed into a hammerlock and then Punk puts him back into a headlock and takes him down to the mat working the arm.  Mysterio eventually gets punk off the ropes, monkey flips him to the outside and then slides out with a head scissor, throwing Punk onto the floor before tossing him back in the ring and landing an over the top rope leg drop on him.  Once back in, Punk regains control throwing several knees to the midsection.  Rey fights back, goes for a moonsault but Punk kicks his legs off the top rope and delivers a running knee to Rey who is hung upside down in the corner, two count.  At this point we cross into the second hour of Raw.  Punk grabs Mysterio in a leg scissor and again this match slows down.  Mysterio fights back but Punk throws him back first into the ring post.  Mysterio battles back again but Punk drops him onto the top rope and pulls him into the corner attempting a superplex, but Mysterio fights back and gets Punk into the ring then lands a flying back elbow.  Mysterio performers a hurricanrana and then runs off the ropes but Punk turns that into a powerslam.  Punk takes down his knee bad and charges into the corner but Mysterio puts up the boot and kicks Punk into the ropes, setting up for the 619.  Ryan interupts this but Mysterio lands a top rope splash, defeating CM Punk in 8:40.

Fantastic match.  Punk and Mysterio have incredible chemistry, though I think Punk could work with just about anyone.  Punk is a truly talented performer and is amazing in the ring.  All fans of wrestling have to hope he signs a new contract with WWE.  These two made a TV match worthy of a PPV match tonight.

@iHartMiz: I love when cm punk sits Indian style
@ThatGuySwifty13: DIdn’t Rey beat CM Punk last summer though? Wasn’t that the reason he got to shave Punk’s head?
@Bobcolling89: i wonder if Mason Ryan tans… Jesus you big pumpkin.
@thatdariachick: I love and respect Rey, but his time is coming. He’s starting to slow down and he needs to step back.
@Fat Finley:  I love CM Punk but they are putting him in bad boring feuds. Thank You Draft for creating new match ups & feuds! Thx for shacking things up!

We now get another one of those incredibly stupid dream sequences involving the President talking about WWE Capital Punishment, this time R-Truth is in it asking questions.  I’d describe it but just picture something really corny and you’ll get it.

We cut to Cena backstage talking to Alex Riley, telling him he doesn’t trust him and if he leaves him hanging out to dry.. he just walks off.

[Commercial break 5]

They advertise that next week is WWE All-Star Night.  A three hour special involving both Smackdown and Raw Superstars.

We return from commercial to see Alberto Del Rio making his entrance to the ring and talking on the microphone.  He says the WWE universe is slandering him by saying he’s a hit and run coward.  He tells us it was an accident, and they show a recap of two weeks ago with Big Show getting hit by the car.  He asks for the Big Show to come out so he can apologize to him.  Shows music hits after a moment and Ricardo Rodriguez comes out dressed like Big Show on crutches.  Del Rio tells Fake-Show that this is just his way of trying to get out of paying for the damage to his car.  Del Rio tells big Show not to mess with him or he’ll get hurt and that bad things happen to bad people.

This was a funny segment but its been done a thousand times before.  The crowd was absolutely dead for this.  Del Rio deserves a much better position then the one he is currently in.

@SassyStephie:  Alberto Del Rio…I love him.
@PinfallMagazine:  Del Rio’s smiling face is everything.
@KimLovesWWE:  Dear Big Show um sorry but it’s time to go to that wrestler retirement center called TNA. aww don’t cry, it was fun while it lasted
@BreakingKayfabe:  There is nothing more tired than the heel bringing out a mock version of a face. I love you, ADR, you are better than this.

They show us a vignette of Kofi Kingston.

[Commercial break 6] 

We return from commercial to see Zak Ryder in the ring with Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero on commentary.

Match 4:  United States Champion Kofi Kingston vs Zak Ryder: [2 minutes and 36 seconds]
The match begins with Zak in control, knocking Kofi to the mat and then dodging a splash in the corner.  Zak lands a sweet neck breaker but only gets a one count.  Kofi begins fighting back landing a dropkick and a flying clothesline.  He lands the Boom Boom Legdrop on Zak and then goes for Trouble in Paradise but Ryder leans into the ropes, however Kofi lands it the second time around and gets the pin in 2:36

Not much of a match here.  Short and sweet although a lot of people were very happy to see Ryder getting a match on Raw.  I am not caught up in the Zak Ryder stuff so I don’t care either way here, but its hard to comment on a match that is so short.

@Kenady16: So since theyre showing this kofi video that means hes gonna lose
@FlawlessXtina: Seems to me that Kofi is gonna get another push. Considering Orton is on SD now, Kofi’s push may actually happen this time
@JustinLaBar:  If Ryder wins the entire internet will blow a load
@FatFinley:  Holy Balls! Vicki Guerrero looks better and better each week! I am ready to see a spread of her 😉

We see the Miz and R-Truth talking backstage then Booker T walking and taping up his hand.

[Commercial break 7]

We return from commercial and once again they show a recap of the Tough Enough ending.  They tell us that during the commercial break the anonymous GM announced the Miz will face Alex Riley.  They then show a recap of Swagger getting defeated by Evan Bourne last week.  Swagger is already in the ring waiting.

Match 5:  Jack Swagger vs Booker T: [3 minutes and 20 seconds]
The match begins with both men vying for control.  Booker takes it, working Swagger to his knee but Swagger throws a big elbow and punches Booker down to the mat.  Swagger clotheslines Booker over the top rope to the outside and comes out after him, spearing him into the barricade before throwing him back in the ring.  Booker T takes control, gets Swagger into the corner and chops him several times before kneeing him in the stomach and going for the scissor kick but Swagger dodges, however he does catch a kick to the face.  Swagger rolls outside the ring.  Swagger stays out there allowing himself to get counted out for the loss in 3:20

After the match Evan Bourne comes out, hits Swagger who chases him into the ring and then gets caught by Booker T who lands his scissor kick and Bourne lands his air borne splash on him.  Booker and Evan then do spinaroonies together.

A nice little piece of nostalgia to see Booker, who can still work, in the ring.  Advances the feud between Bourne and Swagger.  Didn’t much appreciate the countout loss but it was a fun little segment either way.

@Alkaline_Perez:  Booker T Sucka!!!
@WWFRAWISWAR: Booker T. Wrestling much better than Him announcing.
@Wnewsarena: Jack Swagger gets himself counted out.
@IAmKneeGrow: Booker T hands down DUH! Dig that Suuuuuuckaaaa!
@Lagana: Nice rub for @findevan with Booker T at end of the match.
@CrystalMassaro: The match was AMAZING! Love the spinnaronni! 😀

We see Stone Cold walking backstage.

[Commercial break 7]

We return from commercial with Stone Cold’s music hitting as Austin makes his way out to be the special guest referee for the main event.

[Commercial Break 8]

Match 6:  John Cena and Alex Riley vs R-Truth and the Miz: [10 minutes and 45 seconds]
The match begins with Miz and Cena in the ring together.  A quick exchange of headlocks until Alex Riley gets tagged in, but Miz runs off and tags R-Truth in.  R-Truth takes control of Riley, hiptossing him down.  Truth does a little dance but Riley takes him down for a quick two count.  Riley tags in Cena, but Truth runs off and tags in the Miz.  Cena begins throwing Miz around, and tags in Riley but Miz runs off again leading Riley right into a clothesline from R-Truth.

[Commercial break 9] 

We return from commercial to see the Miz controlling Alex Riley in the ring with a headlock.  Riley begins getting up and punches his way out of it.  Miz rams Riley into the corner and he and Truth work him over before Miz lands a solid DDT for a two count.  Miz stomps Riley in the corner, Austin pulls him off telling him to stop when he tells him to.  Miz then goes for a shoulder in the corner but misses and hits the ring post.  Riley and Miz both go for tags, only Miz makes it.  Truth comes in and begins stomping Riley.  Truth gets in Austin’s face for a moment before going back to work on Riley.  Truth comes off the top rope but gets Riley’s boot to the face, Riley then tags in Cena and Truth tags in Miz.  At this point Cena begins performing his five moves of doom.  Truth interrupts, but Cena throws him over the top rope and locks the STF on the Miz but Miz makes it to the ropes forcing the break.  Truth comes in with a chair and misses Cena, who then lands a terrible looking dropkick.  Austin stuns the Miz and Cena gets the pin for the in in 10:45.

The Anonymous GM chimes in.  The GM says the referee has overstepped his authority, so John Cena and Alex Riley are disqualified and the winners are the Miz and R-Truth.  Also, Mr Austin, before doing something that you regret, next week you are the special guest General Manager of Raw.  Austin comes over, throws the laptop down and knocks over the podium.  He asks the crowd if they want him to be the GM next week, he then punches Michael Cole in the mouth and rolls him into the ring.   Austin pours a few beers in his face and stuns him.  Cena then lands the Attitude Adjustment on Michael Cole.  Austin asks the crowd if they’re ready for Raw next week, he calls Michael Cole a bastard and the show goes off the air.

Good episode of Raw, started off with a bang and they managed to make a fairly typical tag team match something better than usual.  Looking forward to seeing Austin as the General Manager of Raw next week.  Curious to see where things go with the Tough Enough winner also.  I give this Raw three stars out of four.  Hope you all enjoyed it. 

@WrestlingNewsHQ: This crowd is flatter then a witches tit tonight. Seriously.
@FatFinley: I  love LOVE the R-Truth no music entrance.
@nuer0tica: I need Alex’s theme ASAP.
@IAmWWEMan: A-Ry has been very impressive the past few weeks!
@WEFWrestling: The Champ is here John Cena!
@Brettley916: I really think Alex Riley has the look of a future World Champ. Big guy, good on the mic, can wrestle, & gets crowd reaction. Bright future.
@BreakingKayfabe: Cena might as well have had a megaphone attached to his cheek while calling spots tonight.
@Rarleo: “This may be the greatest Raw ever” – Jerry Lawler … Love ya King, but NO
@WWFRAWISWAR: The GM Gave us a Dusty Finish

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