Wrestlemania 28 Predictions

I thought I’d give a quick rundown of my Wrestlemania 28 predictions:

WWE Title:
Chris Jericho defeats CM Punk

World Heavyweight Title:
Sheamus defeats Daniel Bryan

Intercontinental Title:
Big Show wins via Disqualification

Randy Orton defeats Kane

Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos defeat Beth Phoenix and Eve

12 Man Tag:
Team Johnny defeats Team Teddy

Hell in a Cell:
Undertaker defeats Triple H

Once in a Lifetime:
The Rock defeats John Cena (Possible outside interference.) 

Elimination Lamer

WWE’s Elimination Chamber usually provides fans with two exciting, brutal matches where top stars from each brand step up and challenge for the WWE and World Heavyweight Titles. They are matches full of exciting spots where the superstars pull out all the stops. It’s rare that a chamber match fails to entertain, or at least, make the pay-per-view worth watching.

Last year’s Elimination Chamber matches saw Wade Barrett, Big Show, Drew McIntyre, Kane, Rey Mysterio and Edge from Smackdown and R-Truth, Randy Orton, Sheamus, John Morrison, CM Punk and John Cena from Raw. Pretty big names and fairly exciting matches, certainly entertaining and worth putting fifty dollars down.

2012 proves to be much less promising. The Raw chamber match will involve WWE Champion CM Punk defending against Chris Jericho, The Miz, R-Truth, Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston. This isn’t a bad lineup, although it is lacking somewhat in star power. Punk and Jericho are the two big names. The Miz, despite his previous run with the WWE title has been relegated to little more than a midcard jobber, for the time being. Dolph Ziggler was in the midst of a hot run when he lost to CM Punk at the Royal Rumble in a burial and then came into the Royal Rumble match to get his ass handed to him by Kharma, he hasn’t been the same since. R-Truth is clearly a mid-card comedy act. Sure, Truth has skill in the ring and can probably make it look good, but he certainly isn’t treated that way. Kofi, well Kofi has been branded a midcarder ever since his potential feud with Randy Orton was put on the back burner, Kofi has never full rebounded.

This match could be great and exciting, but does anyone truly believe that anyone other than Punk or Jericho has any chance of winning this match? If you’re constructing a match where the point is supposed to be that anyone could win, you might want to either fill the chamber with people the fans could believe might actually win, or actually push some of your participants so they feel like more of a threat! (I know, WWE, pushing is a sin for young talent.)

The match will probably still be great, but a lot of the fun is wondering who could walk out with the title. There’s always one or two people you know won’t win, but usually the chamber has three or four guys you think could take it. This match lacks that probability of a surprise finish.

So, the Raw chamber is looking all right and shows some potential. Turning our attention the Smackdown Chamber, it doesn’t take long before the head shaking begins. The Smackdown chamber consists of: World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Big Show, Great Khali and Santino. That’s right, Santino. Daniel Bryan has been booked as the run-away, scared heel who wins through nefarious means. Wade Barrett was receiving a nice push, but Randy Orton pretty much put an end to that. Big Show is.. well who knows what is going on with him from week to week? He went from feuding with Daniel Bryan to performing in random matches. Great Khali and Santino. A giant joke and a normal sized joke. Putting these two in the match immediately eliminates two participants as being likely to win. More on this later. Cody Rhodes has been extremely impressive in his Intercontinental Title run, but it seems incredibly unlikely that he gets the belt. Ultimately we’re left with a high probability that Bryan retains, and the rest of the guys just bounce around. There isn’t even anyone in there who is known for showing the flash and flare that comes along with Chamber matches. Is the Smackdown roster truly this shallow?

Khali and Santino. Here are two guys who haven’t been taken seriously in years and have been relegated to being jokes, literally jokes. These guys being in the Chamber match is not only an insult to people who are going to put their hard earned money down to buy this PPV, but also to other people on the roster who don’t get the opportunity to step up in their place. I can’t, for the life of me, understand the logic behind this. I could, however, see this being a curveball where something reminiscent of Edge occurs with a different wrestler (A returning Alberto Del Rio or Christian, maybe Mark Henry) assaults one of these guys on his way to the ring and takes his place. That, I could buy.

Either way, this years Elimination Chamber seems to be lacking something that they have had in previous years. Aside from the chamber matches, we’ve got John Cena feuding with Kane in an Ambulance match. As much as I enjoy Kane, this storyline has been so silly and full of so much overacting that it’s hard to take it seriously. Simultaneously, it’s hard to imagine Cena losing on his way into his Wrestlemania match with the Rock. Ultimately, does anyone really care what happens in this match?

There is a Diva’s title match on this show with Beth Phoenix defending the title against Tamina Snuka. This could really be an entertaining match, assuming WWE is willing to give it more than five minutes of time. This seems unlikely, but a guy can hope.

So that’s Elimination Chamber, 2012. It really speaks volumes about the current state of WWE. Nothing feels as special or important as it should, nothing feels like it is must-see TV. Nothing feels like it is at a place where it will blow your mind. The Royal Fumble started the year off on a slow step and if Elimination Chamber fails to deliver, the Road to Wrestlemania could be a detour.

Winning Predictions: RAW Chamber: Chris Jericho. Smackdown Chamber: Daniel Bryan. Cena vs Kane: Cena. Beth Phoenix vs Tamina: Beth Phoenix.

The Royal Fumble

The road to Wrestlemania has begun. The most exciting time to be a fan of the WWE is finally underway. This is the time when wrestlers become superstars and superstars become legends. The best storylines, the most hype, the best matches, the most excitement… so why doesn’t it feel that way? Why does it feel like this particular road to Wrestlemania is littered with potholes and speed bumps?

The Royal Rumble is a key in the road to Wrestlemania. It is the first spark that begins burning down the fuse to an explosive, exciting and WWE Universe altering experience on the grandest stage of them all. This year, however, the Royal Rumble was more, or less, a Royal Fumble. It was a sub-par pay-per-view with a few highlights, but overall nothing worth writing home about. The entire show didn’t seem to kick into any sort of higher gear until the last few moments of the Rumble match itself when Jericho went head to head with Sheamus.

The opening match for the World Heavyweight Title was nine minutes of little activity. Understandably, Mark Henry was injured and incapable of doing much. Big Show isn’t known for his ability to create movement. Daniel Bryan is a spectacular athlete and fantastic wrestler being thrown into a match with two people who are not, on most days, capable of performing the same style that is conducive to an excellent performance with Bryan.

The next match was an eight Diva tag match which was treated with the same respect, dignity and appreciation by WWE management as a dead raccoon in the middle of the road. I cannot, for the life of me, begin to comprehend the logic (or lack thereof) which goes into the planning of this division. If any planning goes in at all, that is. It seems more likely that Vince McMahon throws darts at a copy of WWE magazine and whatever divas he hits get to wrestle in a five minute match. Unless, of course, we’re talking television in which they get half of that time.

Cena and Kane have an interesting storyline going, but no one believes this is going anywhere other than giving Cena a top tier storyline while they wait for the Rock to be around more often. I love Kane, I always have, but I could care less about this right now. I’d rather see Kane working with someone who has a capacity for selling and a capability to make what is happening seem important. Between Cena’s lack of selling and his half-hearted, half-comedy, all-bullshit faces that he makes, I can hardly keep my eyes focused on the screen. How am I supposed to take this guy seriously when it appears quite obvious he is phoning it in and doesn’t take himself seriously?

Oh, and I’m supposed to care that he’s facing the Rock at Wrestlemania? I care, in the sense that I want to see the Rock again. I’d be just as hyped if the Rock was coming back to wrestle Zack Ryder. The only thing about Cena that keeps me interested in this match is hoping to see the Rock beat the ever-loving hell out of him. Please, please, Dwayne, throw a few potatoes.

Brodus Clay went up against Drew McIntyre. Wow. Enough said.

Finally, we got to see CM Punk defending the WWE Title against Dolph Ziggler with Johnny Ace as a special outsider referee. What a cluster this match was. First of all, I think Punk is an amazing talent and Ziggler is really on the rise. That being said, this match was incredibly below the standard that should, and is, expected of two athletes of this caliber. It is hard to tell if this match was a victim of Punk and Ziggler or of the horrendous angle which was involved with it. Following this match, Ziggler hasn’t continued getting his push so it raises a few eyebrows. Out of a possible five star rating, I gave this match a solid 2.5 Not good enough, and it really should be much better.

Now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the Royal Rumble match itself. Royal may be an overstatement. This was more of a mid-card, nostalgia Rumble from numbers 1-20. It was filler, it was half-assed and it was reminiscent of Stone Cold Steve Austin’s first Rumble victory in 97 when half of the entrants were borrowed talent from Mexico. This speaks volumes, not only about WWE’s lack of roster depth, but of their failure to build new stars. What the hell is happening here? No wonder they went down from 40 to 30. They couldn’t find enough worthwhile names to fill the roster.

Everyone and their mother believed Chris Jericho was winning the Rumble. Aside from his statement on Raw when he said that, at the Rumble, “The world as you know it is coming to an end.” They seem to have forgotten that when they gave Sheamus the nod. Rumor has it that the outcome was changed shortly before the PPV which, if true, is eerily similar to previous short term decisions made by McMahon and his team based less upon what is best for the company and more upon swerving the so-called “smart marks” and “internet fans.” Seriously?

I like Sheamus, but they really left Jericho dangling out there. He had to come out on Raw the next night and basically explain what his comments had meant. The angle between he and Punk could certainly be a hot one, and I am hoping it is, but right now my confidence in WWE’s ability to build is severely shaken. I have confidence in Punk and Jericho, I have little confidence in the creative team behind them.

So the Royal Rumble has passed, but we’re coming out of the gate with more of a limp than a quick stride on this road to Wrestlemania. There is still time to correct it, there is still time to build this into something remarkable. Don’t ever count them out when you’re approaching Wrestlemania, but right now, I want to see a lot less hype and a lot more substance before I’m willing to commit to believing in this being the biggest Wrestlemania ever.

2012

2011 was an interesting year for the wrestling industry. Like all other years, there were highs and lows, great moments and ridiculous ones. 2012 comes to us, as all new years do, with the potential for either great moments that will reinvigorate interest in wrestling or, as tended to happen last year, push more fans away from their televisions. In 2011, WWE saw a shift in their ratings and began falling under the 3.0 mark consistently. Whether or not this slide continues is contingent upon what form and manner of entertainment they provide us with. Let’s take a look at what looms on the horizon for the early months of 2012.

For weeks, fans were inundated with video packages announcing the arrival of / return of a mysterious figure. The videos featured a boy in a class room, alongside a girl, who spoke of returning to “claim what is his.” The videos were as cryptic visually as they were verbally and this caused a great deal of debate. Early on it seemed evident, to many, that these videos signified the return of Chris Jericho. The potential was high, many seeking to witness Jericho returning to initiate a feud with CM Punk. Possibly a Wrestlemania match will take place between the two.

On the January 2nd edition of RAW, Jericho did indeed return, but not in the way many thought he would. Would he return as the smug, suit wearing heel we’d come to see in the last year of his previous run? Would he stride back in as the once beloved Y2J or would he present himself in an entirely need way? The answer is.. all three. Jericho returned and appeared to be his Y2J persona but it quickly became apparent that this was not the fan loving, face Y2J that we’d seen before. He stood in the ring amid cheers and praise, ran around slapping hands with the fans, picked up the microphone and then left. No words spoken about his return, no promo of his intentions. So many fans were left confused, including this columnist, but upon reflection it seems to clear.

Jericho did not return to be a fan favorite, and he didn’t return to be the multi-syllabic insult hurling heel. He returned to mock everything that the fans wanted him to be. He came back to give us what we wanted, or at least a glimmer of it, before standing back bemused at how easy it is to play the crowd and how simple it is to sucker the fans. He stood in that ring with a look of fascinated entertainment at the fans who went crazy to see him and then, as the cheers of the crowd became peppered with boos, he grinned and strode backstage. This is not a Jericho we have seen before and where he goes with this, no one can be sure. I wouldn’t be surprised, however, if we saw this same thing repeated several times over before someone, perhaps CM Punk, chooses to stand up and say “enough.”

Speaking of Punk, he’s currently embroiled in a war of words with Johnny Ace. It seems clear that WWE is hoping to relive the glory of Stone Cold and Mr. McMahon. The tension is building and it is apparent that Punk will inevitably strike out physically against the Senior Vice President of Talent Relations and Interim General Manager of Raw. The problem with it, which is glaringly obvious, is that we’ve seen this before. The difference is that when Stone Cold and Vince went at it, it was new and fresh and exciting. This is simply derivative of something we’ve already experienced and cannot live up to what it is attempting to surpass.

Punk is simply too talented to find himself in this rehashed version of a moment whose excitement was so high because it was unexpected. When Stone Cold stunned McMahon no one saw it coming. Who doesn’t see this one coming? Hopefully they will manifest some way to add a new twist to the same old story. Frankly, in 2012, I’d be happy if we could get rid of the General Manager idea all together.

The biggest thing WWE has going for it, or at least what is supposed to be the biggest thing, is John Cena vs the Rock. As much as this has been built up over the past ten months it certainly feels lacking at the moment. Cena is battling a refurbished Kane, and though I love the evil, masked Kane, the storyline doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense. While Cena is supposed to be in a war of words with the Rock, in a war of words that is grounded in reality, he’s simultaneously battling the “supernatural” Kane who is attempting to drag people into fiery pits.

The Rock, distinguished by his absence, provides excitement whenever he return to WWE but this entire storyline has been handled poorly. It’s been like the swinging of a pendulum but with less excitement each time a new sway initiates. The Rock hasn’t laid the verbal smackdown on Cena since the Survivor Series, and even then it wasn’t that great. Cena continues to note that the Rock is never there even though we know he won’t be there. I’m not sure what the point of it is. The Rock is bound to receive a massive pop when he walks out to the ring at Wrestlemania in his home town. Cena continues to receive mixed fan reaction and, more than likely, will receive the majority of the boos when they face each other. To what end does this go? It’s hard to say, and if inside sources can be trusted, even WWE doesn’t seem too sure of where they are going but that is indicative of WWE over the past few years.

There are many more things going on within the world of the WWE. However, the aforementioned angles and incidents are those which garner the most interest here at the beginning of the new year. There is hope that this year will provide us with something more entertaining and that the tide can once again be swayed but the last half of 2011 doesn’t instill faith in their creative direction. Either way, 2012 is upon and win, lose or draw, this could be one of the biggest years in Wrestling in a long time. It remains to be seen.

Monday Night Raw – June 20th

Raw is LIVE from Baltimore, MD
Tonight is the 3 hour special “Power to the People”
Your announce team is: Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole & Booker T

The show opens with pyro followed by the entrance of CM Punk.  He enters the ring, grabs the mic and sits down in the middle.  He says he would not trust any of the crowd with the content of the program.  He jokes that they chose to live in Baltimore, and that they can move.  He says they cannot make decisions that guide his career and he is the best wrestler in the world.  CM Punk says he wants the anonymous Raw GM to make it officially known he is the number 1 contender for the WWE championship.  He wants the match at Money in the Bank in his home town.  He says he is not leaving the ring until the match is made official.  The email sound chimes, Michael Cole gets up to read it and Punk tells him to get on with it.  And I quote: “Mr Punk I understand your demands and I will certainly take them under consideration.  However, right now, I’ll ask you to leave the ring.”  Punk says he won’t, the GM chimes back in and says he suggests he leaves the ring right now.  Punk says you can watch him make snow angels in the ring.  The anonymous GM says he was going to name him number 1 contender later but since he feels disrespected Punk will wrestle Alberto Del Rio and the winner will be the number one contender.  Punk keeps talking and the GM adds in Rey Mysterio to make it a triple threat match.

The first match for fans to vote on is:  Brie Bella defending the divas title against either: Eve, Kelly Kelly or Beth Phoenix.

@Relentless_J: Hahahaha CM Punk. Mocking Cole 
@iHartMiz:  He is the first superstar to add in a she when referring to the GM
@AprilAnn_: I SUGGEST YOU WATCH ME MAKE SNOW ANGELS.
@PhoenixLives: Give it to Punk!

Interesting segment, Punk is always classic on the microphone though this really fails to live up to the hype that was built around speculation over what he’d say tonight.  Either way it is hard to complain about CM Punk.

[Commercial break 1]

We return from commercial with the Bella Twins coming out to the ring.   The winner of the vote was: Kelly Kelly

Match 1:  Brie Bella vs Kelly Kelly (Divas Championship): [3 minutes and 3 seconds]
The match begins with Brie dominating after knocking Kelly Kelly to the outside of the ring.  Brie stomps Kelly in the corner and Nikki is talking trash to her from the outside.  Brie slams Kelly down but Kelly fights back, slamming Brie’s head into the canvas and then landing a Lou Thesz press.  Brie regains control by landing a DDT, but gets caught in the corner.  Kelly reverses a rollup and wins, becoming your new Divas Champion in 3:03

@SandoraElite: Okay this is obviously preplanned. Nobody likes Kelly Dumbass Kelly
@HitTheRopes: That outcome was so surprising. Next thing the WWE tells us is that the world is round. 
@BryaninWWE: Kelly is a former Divas Champion?? When?? I don’t remember, TBH 
@ILoveTheCORRE: K2 instead of Beth Phoenix…wtf?
@thatdariachick: ARE YOU…..NO…..THIS ISN’T…..NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Honestly can’t understand this choice, Kelly has a very small arsenal of moves although this is just another large statement from WWE about how little they think of their Divas.  The general consensus on twitter seems to be dislike to this result.  Terrible match, Kelly performed about 3 offensive moves.

Lawler gets in the ring and talks to Kelly who is crying and promises to be a good champion.  They then air an Evan Bourne vignette.
The next match is Evan Bourne vs your choice of Jack Swagger, Mason Ryan or Sin Cara.

[Commercial break 2] 

We return from commercial with Evan Bourne making his entrance.  The opponent chosen “by the fans” is:  Mason Ryan

Match 2:  Evan Bourne vs Mason Ryan: [4 minutes and 1 second]
The match begins with Ryan challenging Bourne.  Evan rolls around and keeps moving dodging a clothesline from Ryan and throwing a few kicks at him.  Bourne slides through his legs but Ryan lands a hard shot to the back followed by some shoulder rams in the corner.  Ryan whips him to the corner then scoops him up and delivers two back breakers followed by a fall away slam.  He begins kicking Evan while he is down and then choking him on the middle rope.  Bourne swings a big kick and connects with Ryan, followed by several others in the corner.  A “Batista” chant breaks out.  Mason Ryan picks up Bourne and slams him down hard.  Ryan puts Bourne on top rope, Evan fights back, rolling up Ryan but he kicks out.  Bourne goes for a flying elbow but Ryan catches and slams him for the pin at 4:01

@SmarkingOut: Fact: If Swagger gets picked I’m not watching the rest of the show.
@FlawlessXtina: Ok, That was Rigged. Mason Ryan won? WTF?
@nuer0tica: Oh god, seriously? Excuse me everyone, I must go puke up dinner after seeing Mason Ryan. I’ll be back
@WeTalkWrestling: Power to the People my ass
@WWEThatsNotPG: EVAN GETTING HIS GRAPES FONDLED – THAT’S NOT PG

What is interesting is that WWE aired a nice vignette for Evan before this match and the opponent chosen “by the fans” was Mason Ryan who was pretty much guarenteed to destroy him.  Really not much of a match here, no high flying or anything too exciting. 

The next match is Between Kane and Big Show, the fans get to decide between a Body Slam match, arm wrestling match or an over the top rope match.

[Commercial break 3]

We return from commercial.  We see that next week will be the return of Raw Roulette.  They give us a recap of the issue between Mark Henry and the Big Show from Smackdown this past Friday.  Mark Henry comes down and talks trash about the Big Show, saying he got punished at Capitol Punishment and the two differences between them are that when Big Show walks the earth it shakes but when he walks it, all the people shake.

[Commercial break 4]

Kane makes his entrance and it is reveal that the match “chosen by the fans” is: Arm wrestling match.

Match 3:  Mark Henry vs Kane (Arm wrestling match): [37 seconds]
There really isn’t much to describe, they have a table and they are arm wrestling. The crowd cheers “This is stupid” and I personally agree.  Mark Henry throws a punch getting himself disqualified in 37 seconds.  Henry and Kane fight it out in the ring afterward, Henry picks up the table and slams Kane with it knocking him to the outside.  Henry slams Kane into the ring post and then slams him hard through the announcers table.

The crowd was absolutely right, this was incredibly stupid and they sure wasted a lot of time doing it.  What the point was, I don’t have much of an idea besides showing what we all know: Mark Henry is strong.  

@WrestleSarcasm: Raw Roulette is rigged as well. It’s not hard to rig a spinner. 
@iHartMiz: Mark Henry … am I supposed to care
@WrestlingTheory: Mark Henry’s brilliance is not lost on me
@MelinaFan20: Wtf is up with only B choices getting pick.
@LucasSinclairD: This raw isn’t that good

Next up they advertise R-Truth will be coming out to speak.

[Commercial Break 5]

We return from commercial and they show a recap vignette of R-Truth and John Cena.
Truth comes out to the ring and grabs the mic.  The crowd is chanting “You suck.”  Truth says the people in Baltimore have no home training.  Truth says he made a call to himself in his head, last night, he didn’t think it out clearly.   Truth says he got “okie doked” by “Little Jimmy.”  Suddenly Christian’s music hit and he comes walking out.  Christian says he feels where Truths coming from.  Christian says Power to the People is a complete joke.  He says he won the world title and then had to wrestle when he wasn’t 100% and lost because of the people.  He blames horrible audiences, horrible crowd just like Baltimore.  Christian shows footage from last night when he had his foot under the rope when he was pinned.  Christian says he got screwed.  Truth says at least Christian has been champion, he had his title match and he “got got” by Little Jimmy.  Christian asks who Little Jimmy is.  Truth says they don’t have them in Canada.

The Miz’s music hits and he comes walking out.  He calls them a bunch of whiners and crybabies.  Miz says Alex Riley didn’t win his match last night, the referee interfered and handed the match to Riley on a silver platter.  Christian says it’s different, they had actual title shots last night where as Miz couldn’t beat his apprentice.  Miz responds “Really?”  Then they exchange words: “Really really? Riley? Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy.”  Teddy Long’s music hits and he comes walking out.  Teddy says tonights main event will be Christian, R-Truth and the Miz against Randy Orton, John Cena and Alex Riley and the people get to choose what type of match it will be.

@nuer0tica: Watching a replay of R-Truth clock Cena in the head with a water bottle has been the best part of this show. 
@HitTheRopes: Lying ass, crowd. Ya not having fun tonight.
@erinbunuan: Love R Truth on the mic 
@bitterforsweet: I GOT GOT BY LIL JIMMY. 
@JustinRuff: Loving this segment in the ring. 
@ILoVeTheCORRE: OMG!!! I’m dying over here!!!! Lmao! RILEY!, RANDY!, RILEY! RANDY!…. JIMMY!!!!….JIMMY JIMMY JIMMY !!!!

Good segment.  Christian, Miz and Truth all had interesting arguments and were funny as hell about it.  It is very clear this is the way Raw should have opened tonight and that the first hour of the show was just filler to make it stretch to 3 hours.  

Next up will be Kofi Kingston against Dolph Ziggler for the United States title with the match being chosen by the fans as either: 2 out of 3 falls, Vickie Guerrero banned from ringside or a Submission match.

[Commercial break 6]

We return from commercial with Vickie Guerrero coming out to introduce the new US Champion, Dolph Ziggler.
The match, “chosen by the fans” is:  2 out of 3 falls.

Match 4:   Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi Kingston for the US Title ( 2 out of 3 falls ): [12 minutes and 20 seconds]
The match begins very back and forth with both men taking control at different points until Kofi knocks Ziggler to the outside of the ring.  Kofi looks angry and comes outside, grabbing Ziggler and throwing him back into the ring.  Kofi covers but only for a two count.  Kofi locks Ziggler into a backslide but again only a two count.  Kofi climbs on top and begins hammering on Ziggler, then grabs his legs but Ziggler kicks him off and into the ropes.  Kofi runs at Ziggler, but he moves and Kofi spills to the outside of the ring.

[Commercial break 7]

We return from commercial and they inform us that we had the first fall already with Dolph scoring it.  He leads 1 pinfall to none.  Kofi is fighting back, but Ziggler remains dominate landing a modified fame-asser.  Kofi catches Ziggler and slams him hard getting a pinfall.  The match is now tied 2 falls a piece.  The next fall will win or retain the US title.  Ziggler is down on the mat holding his head.  Kofi picks him but Dolph was faking and lands a neck breaker on Kofi then locks in a chinlock.  Ziggler then goes for a dropkick but Kofi catches him, catapulting him into the ring post.  Kofi lands a dropkick, then stomps on Ziggler while he is down for a very close 2 count.  Kofi picks up Ziggler but Ziggler reverses it going for a roll up but Kofi kicks out, climbing to the top rope he lands a splash across the back of Ziggler who kicks out at 2 once again.  Ziggler rolls outside of the ring, grabs the US title but misses hitting Kofi with it.  Kofi lands trouble in paradise and rolls Ziggler back inside the ring, going for the cover but Ziggler gets his hand on the bottom rope.  Ziggler rolls back out and starts trying to go through the crowd, Kofi comes after him and Ziggler cracks him with the microphone.  Kofi is your winner by DQ in 12:20

After the match Ziggler throws Kofi back in the ring but Kofi lays him out with Trouble in Paradise.

@MelinaFan20: Vickie is looking good.
@AprilAnn_: i dont wanna see this match.
@feelingventi: I am perfection shirts available now on wweshop.com and on vickie guerreros bedroom floor
@WEFWrestling: my money on Ziggler to win
@BreakingKayfabe: I guarantee you a fall happens over commercial break so this actual match doesn’t take up any valuable shit segment time.
@LucasSinclairD: A fall during the commercial? Wtf
@TheWRevolution:  So the referee can see TWO FINGERS on the ropes now, but not Christian’s ENTIRE FOOT under the rope last night?!

Great match between these two.  Both can work, and it was certainly entertaining minus the fact that the first fall being scored during the commercial break was pretty cheap.  Either way it is hard to go wrong with these two in the ring.  A lot of great action, best match of the night so far.

They show a recap of Austin last week announcing that this week would be Power to the People and then destroying the anonymous GMs laptop.  Up next will be Alberto Del Rio vs Rey Mysterio vs CM Punk.  The fans will chose the match type:  No DQ, Falls count Anywhere or Submission.

[Commercial break 8]

Back from commercial they tell us that Shawn Michaels will be a special guest next week.  Alberto Del Rio drives out.  Del Rio says lately he has been teaching everybody a lesson about destiny.  He says his victory last night was no accident, it was destiny and that tonight he will win because it is his destiny.  The match stipulation “chosen by the fans” is: Falls Count Anywhere.

[Commercial break 9]


We’re back and CM Punk is making his entrance.  Mysterio is the last out.  Lawler claims WWE has had “hundreds of millions of text votes” which I personally find hard to believe.

Match 5:  Alberto Del Rio vs Rey Mysterio vs CM Punk (Falls Count Anywhere ):
The match begins with Mysterio going after Punk and then Del Rio, attempting to quick covers.  Del Rio gets dumped outside and Punk takes down Mysterio for a two count.  Mysterio sets up Punk for the 619 but Del Rio catches him with a clothesline.   Punk slams Mysterio down outside the ring and goes for a cover on the mat, getting a two count.

[Commercial break 10]

Back from commercial and Punk is in the ring with Rey who flips him down to the mat, drops kicks Del Rio but then gets caught in a back breaker by Punk.  Del Rio grabs Punk and begins going to work on his arm before stomping him to the mat and throwing him into the corner.  Del Rio turns his attention back to Mysterio who lands a few punches and then a flying head scissor off the top rope setting up for the 619 on both Punk and Del Rio but Punk catches him and sets up for the GTS.  Del Rio goes for the cross arm breaker but Punk kicks him in the back of the head.  Punk puts Mysterio on the top rope and climbs up after him, Del Rio powerbombs Punk who simultaneously suplexes Mysterio.  Del Rio covers Mysterio who kicks out, then Punk with the same result.   Del Rio goes for a splash in the corner but Mysterio moves and Del Rio flies outside.  Rey climbs to the top rope and Punk smashes him head first into the turnbuckle, then whips him to the corner.  Rey gets his legs up and climbs to the top, rolling over Punk and then landing a suicide dive on Del Rio.  Mysterio climbs back to the top rope and lands a seated senton on Punk who kicks out.  Mysterio goes for a cross body but Punk moves out of the way and then climbs to the top rope but gets caught by Mysterio.  Mysterio misses a top rope hurricanrana, Del Rio locks in the cross arm breaker but Punk breaks it up.  Punk gets whipped into the corner and catches a hard enziguri from Del Rio, knocking him outside the ring.  Mysterio sets up Del Rio for the 619 and lands it, then climbs to the top rope.  He lands a flying splash but Punk throws him out of the ring, covers Del Rio for the win in 11:31

After the match Punk grabs the mic and sits down in the ring.  He says July 17th, 2011 will be a historic day for the WWE as a whole.  Not only is July 17th the second annual Money in the Bank ladder match PPV but its the night he will defeat John Cena for the WWE title.  The honesty he was talking about is:  July 17th is the day his contract with WWE comes to an end.  “That means when the clock strikes midnight I’m leaving.  And trust me when I tell you I am leaving with the WWE Championship.”

@thatdariachick: IS HE? IS HE? WILL HE? IT’S HBK!!!!!!!!!
@BreakingKayfabe:  I was excited for this match for the thirty seconds between its announcement and the announcement of ReyRey’s inclusion.
@dasharpshooters: must have lost faith in their main event stars because they keep bringing in Legends to get ratings and crowd reactions.
@WEFWrestling: Del Rio vs Mysterio vs CM Punk in a Falls Count Anywhere Lets go Punk
@ILoVeTheCORRE: Come on Del Rio!!!!
@iHartMiz: I got nothing for this match … having rey involved killed its epic momentum from the get go
@Vixentye:  not a fan of Mysterio or Del Rio but man they are putting on a great match.. of course Punk is the main reason eh lol
@AprilAnn_: i think i am now broken hearted.

CM Punk is certainly known for his honestly and for telling it like it is.  I am sure he has gotten in trouble more than once or twice for being as blatantly honest about things as he is.  After another fantastic match, where Mysterio and Del Rio were also tremendous, Punk announces his contract ending.  I don’t think anyone believes he has a chance of winning his match at Money in the Bank, with the way Cena is being booked it doesn’t seem like anybody has a chance.  However, if Punk does indeed leave the WWE this will be a tremendous loss not only for the company but for all the fans out there. 

The next match will be Cody Rhodes vs Daniel Bryan and the fans get to choose the match type:  Paper Bag match, No Count Out match or Collegiate rules match.

[Commercial break 11]

We return from commercial and Daniel Bryan is in the ring.  Cody Rhodes makes his entrance next.  The fans have chosen: No Count Out match.

Match 6:  Cody Rhodes vs Daniel Bryan (No count out): [2 minutes and 27 seconds]
The match begins with Cody in control until Daniel flips him over the top to the outside and then knocks him down with a suicide dive.  They begin fighting on the entrance ramp and Bryan rolls Rhodes back into the ring landing a missile dropkick.  Rhodes takes control and lands a sick kick to Bryan’s head getting a two count off of it.  A decent amount of people in the front row are wearing bags on their heads.  Bryan goes for the label lock but Rhodes grabs his legs and slingshots him.  Rhodes goes for the pin but Bryan locks him into a small package for the win at 2:27.  After the match Rhodes goes at Daniel Bryan but Bryan locks him into the label lock, and Ted DiBiase comes out to get him off.  Then they double team Bryan.  Cody puts a paper bag on his head.

@Lagana:  “I can’t think of a city better for people to wear bags” – Michael Cole about Baltimore. Hey, isn’t Kevin Dunn from Baltimore?
@TheUnratedExp:  Smarks are taking over the polls. Great job 
@neur0tica: That was a disappointingly short match. You know, the usual.

Match was way too short.  Quite certain these guys could put on a show if given the time.  Either way, I have to say, I really enjoy the more evil persona of Cody Rhodes, it really works for him.

Next up is going to be Vickie Guerrero in a Dance Competition against either Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler or Booker T.

[Commercial break 12]

Back from commercial and they recap Kelly Kelly winning the divas title earlier in the night, then showing Mark Henry vs Kane in the arm wrestling match and CM Punk winning the triple threat match.

Vickie Guerrero is in the ring with Stryker.  Vickie says she used to be a dancer and that her name used to be “Peaches.”  She says to hit the music and brings Stryker over, slapping him on the butt and then she kisses him.  The fans select, as her opponent:  Michael Cole.    Cole gets in the ring and demonstrates one of the most disturbing dances I’ve ever witnessed in my life.  The crowd selects the winner by cheers, and Michael Cole is the winner (for getting the loudest boos.)  Vickie looks angry, walks over to Michael Cole and slaps him in the face accusing him of cheating.  She then yells “I’m the winner!” several times before leaving the ring.

The Main event is next, Cena, Riley and Orton vs Truth, Miz & Christian with the fans choosing the match type:  One fall to a Finish, 20 Minute time limit or an Elimination Match.

[Commercial break 13]

Back from commercial.  Truth makes his entrance first.  The crowd cheers “Little Jimmy.”  Next out is Christian followed by the Miz.  Alex Riley comes out first for the opposition, then Orton who gets a nice pop, followed by Cena who gets a chorus of boos from some and cheers from others.  The fans chose and Elimination match.

[Commercial break 14]

Match 7:  Cena / Orton / Riley vs Truth / Christian / Miz (Elimination Match):
The match begins with Cena and Miz in the ring, they exchange hammer locks and headlocks a few times until Cena whips Miz into the corner and catches him with a bulldog.  He then tags in Orton who takes Miz to the corner and lands a huge uppercut on him.  Miz reverses the irish whip but Orton runs him down with a clothesline and then lands a knee on Miz.  Miz managed to get a tag into Christian who comes in and begins stomping Orton but Orton fights his way out only to get caught with a knee to the gut and a 2 count.  Christian drags Orton to the corner and stomps him down, then Miz chokes him while the referee is distracted.  Christian lands a neck breaker but again only gets a 2 count.  R-Truth gets tagged in and he lands a solid kick to the gut of Orton.  Truth tags Christian back in who goes for the killswitch but Orton reverses it, going for the RKO but Christian reverses that and brings him down to the mat.  Christian goes for the spear but Orton turns it into a powerslam and tries getting to the corner, eventually making the tag to Alex Riley who runs in and begins hammering Christian and landing a hard spinebuster.  He runs over and knocks the Miz off the apron.  Christian catches Riley, Miz runs in and both men attack Riley until the ref clears how.  Miz lands his skull crushing finale on Riley and Christian gets the pin.  Riley is eliminated.

[Commercial break 15]

We return and Miz is in the ring with Orton.  Orton is down on the mat and Miz is landing punches and elbows.  Miz charges at Orton but gets leveled with a clothesline.  Orton crawls to the corner and tags in Cena who runs in and begins his 4 moves of doom sequence but Miz avoids the attitude adjustment and lands a neck breaker.  Miz comes off the top rope and gets caught in the STF but R-Truth makes the save.  Christian is pounding Cena in the corner while the referee is distracted.  Miz gets up and stomps Cena, choking him on the bottom rope and then tagging in Christian.  Cena fights away from Christian but is quickly knocked down to the mat.  Christian tags in R-Truth who goes to work on Cena now.  Truth goes for a suplex but Cena reverses it and both men are down.  Cena crawls into the corner and reaches for Orton but Truth grabs his legs and pulls him back, Cena kicks him off and Truth tags in the Miz who cuts Cena off before he can tag in Orton.  Miz sets up for the skull crushing finale, waiting for Cena to get up.  Cena fights out of it and lands an attitude adjustment, pinning Miz and eliminating him.

Truth rushes back into the ring and begins stomping Cena.  Cena backdrops Truth who tags Christian back in.  Cena picks up Christian but he fights out of it and climbs to the top rope.  Christian goes for a splash but Cena rolls out of the way.  Cena makes a tag to Orton and Christian to R-Truth who comes in and begins getting destroyed by Orton.  Orton lands a spike DDT on Truth and sets up for the RKO.  Christian sneaks in and goes for the killswitch, Orton knocks him over the top rope, R-Truth goes for an axe kick but Orton lands the RKO and pins him, eliminating R-Truth.  Christian lands a spear and pins Randy Orton, eliminating him.  Only Christian and Cena remain.  Orton lands an RKO when the ref isn’t looking and Cena locks in the STF for the win via submission at 19:57.

@IAmWWEMan: Peeps > Vipers
@Vixentye: oh great here comes Cena and his 3 move sets tripping to the ring… great bore me to death
@dasharpshooters: I wish John Cena’s contract expired on July 17.
@WrestlingTheory:  R-Truth and Christian is a buddy comedy waiting to happen.
@FakeGorilla: They definitely had to reinforce the ring for this giant 6-man tag match. It’s gonna be a happening.
@WrestleSarcasm: Spioler: It turns into a 3 on 1 match, Cena beats them all.
@RegalSays: These guys need supplies from the ACME Corporation if they want a chance at beating Cena/Orton.
@Smarkrage:  you have got to be fucking kidding me

The main event was decent enough until the last minute or two when the typical and predictable ending was rolled out.  There is a certain level of frustration that goes into knowing when John Cena is in a match he will always fight he way back and end up winning.  However, it was an entertaining Raw and the one thing holding it back from 4 stars is the fact that the first hour was such an absolute abomination.  3 out of 5 stars. 

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..
@MikeAwesome82: ROWDY RODDY MOTHERFUCKING PIPER 

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
@WrestlingTheory: THAT IS THE FASTEST I’VE EVER SEEN THE BIG SHOW.
@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? 
@UltimateMarkout: I HOPE THE LIGHTS CHANGE WHEN SIN CARA TAGS OUT 
@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.

@Neur0tica: THANK YOU SHEAMUS
@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
@ILoVeTheCORRE: REAL WOMEN chant ‘CENA SUCKS !’
@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. 

WWE Over the Limit Predictions

We are just a few hours away from WWE Over the Limit.  The show is most likely being headlined by the Miz vs John Cena in an I Quit match.  I thought I’d give you the rundown on my predictions for this evening from the bottom up.

Sin Cara vs Chavo Guerrero:     This match will revolve around showing off the abilities of Sin Cara and be designed as a platform to elevate him to greater talent matches in the future.  Chavo is experienced and skilled and will make Cara look great.  Definitely a match to keep your eyes on as I’m sure there will be some tremendous moves and showings of athleticism shown off here.
WINNER:  Sin Cara.

Rey Mysterio vs R-Truth:  Not so easy to predict.  On the one hand Mysterio is a major babyface on the Raw brand and more than likely this match was originally intended to be John Morrison vs R-Truth.  However due to Morrison’s subsequent injury, Mysterio has been factored in which could change things.  R-Truth has been getting a lot of television time lately and WWE seems behind giving him a hard heel push so I’m going to have to go with R-Truth, who will probably win by cheating in some way.
WINNER:  R-Truth.

Bella vs Kelly Kelly (Diva’s Title):  The Diva’s title doesn’t seam to mean much to the WWE so it’s hard to imagine they’re wanting to keep this on the Bella’s for any real reason.  The main thing which plays into this is Kharma.  They are clearly building up some sort of angle between Kharma and Kelly Kelly which would likely lead to a match between the two of them, and what better way to get the strap on Kharma then to have her face Kelly Kelly for it.  I think there is a possibility here that Kelly Kelly wins clean, but I wouldn’t surprised to see Kharma assist her so she can face her for the title.
WINNER:  Kelly Kelly.

Michael Cole vs Jerry Lawler:  If there is one match on this card that is tired it is certainly this one.  The Cole / Lawler angle ran its course back at Wrestlemania, and for it to still be going is utterly ridiculous.  God willing Lawler wins this match and we can stop having to listen to Cole and his ridiculously annoying commentary week in and week out.  However, WWE has thrown us curve balls with this before, and though it may make me a fool in the end, for the third PPV in a row I’m going with what I hope for.
WINNER:  Jerry Lawler.

Big Show & Kane vs CM Punk & Mason Ryan (Tag Title):  How the mighty have fallen.  CM Punk is way too talented to be wasted in this match but alas this is where we find ourselves.  Punk has a good thing going with Nexus, and with all the rumors of his contract being up soon, I find it hard to believe that WWE is going to put the titles on him and Ryan, especially considering Kane and Big Show really don’t have anything better to do so I’m going with the champs here.
WINNERS:  Kane and Big Show.

Wade Barret vs Ezekiel Jackson (Intercontinental Title):  Hard to imagine Barrett not winning this match, but if you look back its hard to imagine Barrett being relegated to such a small place on the card.  He is an interesting study, one week seeming to get pushed and the next week he is ignored.  Ezekiel has a good look but does he have the skill?  This remains to be seen but I don’t think tonight will be his night.
WINNER:  Wade Barrett.

Randy Orton vs Christian (World Heavyweight Title):  What a controversy here.  Christian wins the title in one of the feel good moments of the year and loses the title to Orton less than a week later.  The internet explodes with anger over it and then things calmed down and we got handed this match.  WWE has faith in Orton, despite falling ratings on Smackdown and perhaps rightfully so.  Either way, as much as I’d love to see Christian win I just can’t see it happening.  Not without a turn at least.  Maybe if this storyline continues and Christian turns heel we’ll get a title change but for now, the strap stays where it is.
WINNER:  Randy Orton.

John Cena vs the Miz (WWE Title):  Finally we come down to the WWE title match.  Miz and Cena face off in an “I Quit” match which doesn’t bode well for Miz.  Let’s face it, Cena will never ever say “I quit.”  Rumors are circulating that Miz will do something like play a recording of Cena saying “I quit” or perhaps threaten to hurt someone Cena cares about in order to win.  I find the first plausible, as it’s been used before, but the latter unlikely.  I’d love to see the Miz win this match but I can’t see it happening.  At most perhaps the Miz wins, but the anonymous GM orders the match to restart or reverses the decision.  Dislike Cena as I do, I can’t see Superman giving in.
WINNER:  John Cena.

There you have it, my predictions for Over the Limit.  WWE can be unpredictable.  Most of the time I have a 75% accuracy rating for my PPV predictions but every once in a while they throw in some curve balls.  Remains to be seen.  Who do you think the winners will be?  Comment, email, message me on twitter OneCountKickout  Enjoy the PPV folks.

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