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Tags: Edge, Elimination Chamber, Jerry Lawler, John Cena, PPV, The Miz, WWE
Tags: Alberto Del Rio, Brodus Clay, Byron Saxton, Daniel Bryan, Derrick Bateman, Johnny Curtis, Ted Dibiase Jr.
Rookie gets new coach after winning a 4-way against the other rookies
The show opens with a Rookie Challenge called “Out Think Howard Finkel”. According to our correspondent, no one wins the challenge.
Ted DiBiase b. Champion Daniel Bryan
Backstage, Ted DiBiase is talking with Rookie Brodus Clay. Maryse speaks in French.
Fatal 4-Way match with the winner getting to swap Pros
Brodus Clay wins, beating Byron Saxton, Derrick Bateman and Johnny Curtis
Clay chooses Alberto Del Rio (the former Pro of eliminated Conor O’Brian) as his new Pro. He hits his finisher on Ted DiBiase to end the show
Tags: CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, Edge, John Cena, Nexus, Randy Orton, Raw, The Corre, The Miz, Wade Barrett, World Title, WWE, WWE Title
John Cena has control of the fates of The Corre and Nexus in the rumble; Miz and Edge are both attacked by the challengers for their titles
Four man Battle Royal
Edge vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Jack Swagger vs. Drew McIntyre
This match was signed by the Raw GM as punishment for the last time Edge appeared on the show when he destroyed the computer. Edge threw all three men over the top rope to win the match.
The Corre confronted The New Nexus; Wade Barrett vs. CM Punk arranged
King Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio vs. Mark Henry, John Morrison
Alberto Del Rio and John Morrison start the match off for their respective teams. Del Rio gains control early and Morrison spends alot of the match fighting off the team of Sheamus and Del Rio. The highlights of the match were Sheamus hitting a titltawhirl back breaker on Morrison and Morrison hitting a head scissors, a plancha and a couple of high impact enziguris on the King of the Ring Sheamus. After Morrison landed a plancha on Sheamus, Del Rio ran into the ring and hit his rolling cross arm breaker for the win on Henry.
Woman’s Title match
Melina vs. Natalya Hart(c)
Natalya managed to retain her title against Melina. After the match it was announced the Lay Cool would be facing Natalya for the title in a handicap match at the rumble
WWE Champion vs World Heavyweight Champion- Non title match
The Miz vs. Edge
Edge won via DQ when Dolph Ziggler interfered in the match, costing Edge a victory. After the match Randy Orton came out to attack The Miz and Alex Riley.
Daniel Bryan and the Bellas vs. Ted DiBiase, Maryse and Alicia FoxN
Nikki Bella was distracted by Daniel Bryan and her sister Brie, the distraction gave Maryse and easy victory over the Bellas and Bryan.
After the match The Bellas where shocked to learn the Bryan had been seeing Gail Kim for several months. The Bellas felt taken advantage of and attacked, the three women had to be seperated.
Non Title match
Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty vs. Vladimir Kozlov(c) and Santino Marella(c)
McGillicutty starts things off for his team against Kozlov. McGillicutty comes out like a house on fire and Kozlov is forced to tag in Santino. McGillicutty continues to look strong and tags in Husky Harris. Harris overwhelms Santino with his offense and Santino is unable to tag in his partner. Santino gains momentum with his quickeness and goes for his cobra strike on McGillicutty but misses. Harris takes advantage of the distraction and lays out Santino with his finisher for the win.
Wade Barrett vs. CM Punk w/ John Cena as the special guest referee
Wade Barrett comes to the ring with The Corre and CM Punk comes out with his Nexus. John Cena comes out to a massive ovation and precedes to ban Nexus and The Corre from ringside. Cena attacks both Barrett and Punk knowing that if either men attack him they will be disqualified and unable to compete in the rumble.
Punk attacks Barrett from behind and throws him out of the ring, then Cena throws Punk out. Punk flies back into the ring and curses Cena out, Barrett attacks Punk from behind and goes for the pin. Cena rolls out to ringside to sign merch for the fans instead of couting the pin for Barrett. Cena gets back in the ring and exchanges words with Barrett, Punk goes for a clothesline but Barrett counters with a clothesline of his own, laying eachother out.
Cena disqualifies both men for offensive language on a PG show. The Raw GM dings in and ammonishes Cena for his abuse of power, the GM forces Cena to go back into the ring and apologize. Cena does, then attacks Punk and Barrett bringing out Nexus and The Corre. As the factions prepare to attack Cena the Raw locker room empties out and we are treated to a preview of the Royal Rumble.
Tags: Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy, Rob Van Dam, TNA, TNA Genesis, TNA Title
Genesis featured four title changes and the TNA debut of Matt Hardy
X Division Title match:
Frankie Kazarian beat Jay Lethal to win the title
Knockout Title match:
Madison Rayne pinned Mickie James to retain her title
TNA Tag Team Title match:
Beer Money won the titles from The Motor City Machine Guns
Bully Ray won via DQ against Brother Devon
TNA TV Title match:
Abyss beat Doug Williams to win the title
The debuting Matt Hardy pinned Rob Van Dam
Kurt Angle won via DQ against Jeff Jarrett in an MMA exhibition
#1 Contenders match:
Ken Anderson beat Matt Morgan to become the #1 contender for the TNA Title
TNA Title match:
Ken Anderson won the TNA Title from Jeff Hardy
Tags: Alberto Del Rio, Cage Match, CM Punk, John Cena, John Morrison, Nexus, Randy Orton, Raw, The Miz, Wade Barrett, WWE, WWE Raw, WWE Title
Morrison gave it his all but still came up short in his quest to win the WWE title
Raw opened with Michael Cole informing the viewing audience that John Cena would not be on tonights show due to injuries sustained last week. Also missing from last night’s show show was Jerry Lawler who was selling Miz’s sneak attack from last week.
WWE Title match:
John Morrison vs. The Miz(champion)
Morrison was unable to win the title, but he had a great title match with The Miz. The match featured several cool spots from Morrison, including a plancha off of the WWE logo and a Starship Pain through a table to the outside. The finish came after Morrison crashed through the table missing The Miz, then Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale for the pin on Morrison.
Eve Torres, Brie Bella and Natalya vs. Melina, Maryse and Alicia Fox
Natalya dominated Fox and Melina with suplexes and clotheslines. The match ended when Torres hit Melina with a neckbraker for the win.
The Usos vs Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov
Jey Uso got the pin with a Samoan drop on Marella. After the match Marella and Tamina knocked out both Usos with a double cobra.
CM Punk came to the ring to gloat about knocking John Cena out of action. This brought out Wade Barrett who took credit for injuring Cena at a house show, he also insisted that he was still leader of Nexus. Punk and Barrett began to argue when the anonymous General Manager dinged in to announce a Triple Threat Steel Cage Match involving Barrett, Randy Orton and Sheamus to determine the a new number one contender for the WWE Title. Punk and Barrett then agreed that if Barrett won the match he would gain control of Nexus but if he lost Punk would be the group’s leader.
Alberto Del Rio def. R-Truth
The returning R-Truth challenged the cockiest Smackdown superstar Del Rio to a match after Del Rio promised he would dominate the Raw and Smackdown superstars in the Royal Rumble match. Del Rio proved he spoke the truth when he pinned the rapping wrestler.
#1 Contenders Steel Cage Triple Threat match:
Sheamus vs Randy Orton vs Wade Barrett
Barrett had the match won when fellow Nexus member CM Punk came to the ring. Punk met Barrett at the top of the cage and knocked Barrett back to the mat. This allowed Orton to walk out of the cage after he laid out the Celtic Warrior, King Sheamus with a RKO.
Tags: CM Punk, Jerry Lawler, John Cena, John Morrison, Nexus, Randy Orton, Sheamus, The Miz, WWE Title
CM Punk takes control of Nexus, Morrison will fight for the WWE title next Monday
John Cena confronted CM Punk
WWE Tag Team Champion Santino Marella def. Ted DiBiase
John Morrison def. Alex Riley, arranged WWE Championship Match
Mark Henry def. Tyson Kidd
Jerry “The King” Lawler def. WWE Champion The Miz by Count-out
U.S. Champion Daniel Bryan def. Zack Ryder; WWE Champion The Miz attacked Jerry Lawler
Randy Orton def. Sheamus
CM Punk attacked John Cena and joined The Nexus
Tags: John Cena, John Morrison, Randy Orton, Sheamus, The Miz, Wade Barrett
WWE Tables, Ladders, Chairs ends two main event feuds as focus turns to Wrestlemania
John Cena def. Wade Barrett
World Heavyweight Title Ladder Match:
Edge def. World Heavyweight Champion Kane, Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio
WWE Champion Tables Match:
WWE Champion The Miz def. Randy Orton
#1 Contender for the WWE Title Ladder Match:
John Morrison def. Sheamus
WWE Tag Team Title Match:
Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov def. Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel
Divas Tag Team Tables Match:
Divas Champion Natalya and Beth Phoenix def. Team Lay-Cool
Intercontinental Title Triple Threat Ladder Match:
Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Kofi Kingston and Jack Swagger
Tags: Chris Jericho, Heath Slater, NXT, NXT Rookies, Wade Barrett, WWE, WWE NXT
The show kicks off with NXT Host Matt Striker, who introduces the eight NXT Rookies as they prepare for their latest NXT challenge!
This week’s challenge was a physical test of strength of balance called “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Rookies” where two NXT Rookies will stand on pedestals and battle with barbell-style sticks with cushions on both sides and whoever knocks their adversary off of the pedestal will be declared the winner! The first two Rookies to take part in the challenge was the number four Rookie, Heath Slater, and the number five Rookie, David “A-List” Otunga with Slater being able to knock Otunga off of the pedestal to advance! Next up were the two big men of the NXT competition as Wade Barrett and Skip Sheffield and, in a close battle, it was Skip Sheffield narrowly beating Wade Barrett! Next up was Daniel Bryan and Michael Tarver with Daniel Bryan winning after Michael Tarver willingly forfeited the contest! Then it was down to Justin Gabriel and Darren Young with Young knocking Gabriel off of his pedestal to be the final Rookie to advance to the semi-finals! With Heath Slater, Skip Sheffield, Daniel Bryan, and Darren Young in the semi-finals, who will win the “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Rookies” competition to get their own feature on WWE.com?
The number five NXT Rookie, David “A-List” Otunga, was in action on NXT as he went one-on-one with the number three NXT Rookie, Justin Gabriel! After his WWE Pro, R-Truth, refused to help his NXT Rookie David Otunga get the unfair advantage on a roll-up counter, Justin Gabriel was able to roll Otunga up to pick up the win! How will David Otunga respond to R-Truth’s refusal to lend the unfair assist?
Then it was time for the semi-finals of the “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Rookies” competition as Skip Sheffield was able to knock Heath Slater off of his pedestal to advance to the Finals! Next up was Daniel Bryan and Darren Young with Darren Young knocking Bryan off of his pedestal to advance to the finals of the competition!
After forfeiting the “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Rookies” competition, Michael Tarver made an appearance in the ring and issues an open challenge to any NXT Rookie or WWE Pro! The challenge was answered by Skip Sheffield and the match was set to begin, but CM Punk, Luke Gallows, Serena, & Darren Young come out! Punk states that Darren Young is also looking for “competition” before announcing that he is adding Darren Young to the match between Skip Sheffield and Michael Tarver to make it a Triple Threat Match! In the middle of the match, it looked like Darren Young was set to pick up the win as he ascended to the top rope, but Luke Gallows came out and knocked Darren Young off of the top rope and took Skip Sheffield out as well, which left the door open for Michael Tarver to pick up the win! However, Tarver wasted too much time and Darren Young was able to catch Tarver with a modified full-nelson slam en route to picking up the win! How will CM Punk respond to Luke Gallows trying to cost Darren Young the match?
In the finals of the “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Rookie” competition, it was Skip Sheffield, after a too-close-to-call competition, who won the rematch over Darren Young to win the “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Rookie” competition and earn an exclusive feature on WWE.com!
Then it was time for the WWE Pro Vs. NXT Rookie main event as NXT Rookie Heath Slater would compete in the biggest match of his young career as he went one-on-one with the former World Heavyweight Champion, Chris Jericho! In a monumental upset, it was the NXT Rookie, Heath Slater, who countered an attempt at the Walls of Jericho to roll-up the six-time World Champion and pick up the victory over Chris Jericho! After the shocking loss, an enraged Chris Jericho rampaged the ringside area by dismantling the announce table and the ring steps and shouting at the referee of the match! Defeating an elite Superstar like Chris Jericho will no doubt give a major boost to the rise of Heath Slater in the NXT competition. Is Heath Slater well on his way to unseating Daniel Bryan as the number one Rookie in NXT?
Tags: AJ Styles, Desmond Wolfe, Eric Bischoff, Hulk Hogan, Jeff Hardy, Ric Flair, Rob Terry, Rob Van Dam, RVD, Samoa Joe, Sting, TNA, TNA Championship, TNA Impact
Tags: Chris Jericho, CM Punk, Edge, Jack Swagger, Macgruber, Raw, Smackdown, SNL, Triple H, Undertaker, WWE, WWE Raw
With most of the Raw crew stranded on the other side of the Atlantic, Raw featured mostly Smackdown wrestlers with a few Raw guys mixed in.
HHH came out to start the show. He acknowledged the situation and cut a promo about beating up Sheamus on Sunday. The Straight Edge Society then came out. Punk noted that if he’s drafted he will bring the Straight Edge Society with him to Raw.
HHH asked Punk why his followers had to shave their heads but he didn’t. Punk said it’s because he’s the leader and his hair represents purity. HHH joked about Rey Mysterio shaving Punk’s head on Sunday. Punk tried to recruit HHH to the Straight Edge Society. HHH responded by ranting about freedom. Punk said that he wasn’t asking HHH to join bur rather telling him. The heels jumped HHH but Rey made the save as they tried to shave HHH’s head. Rey shaved off a little bit of Punk’s hair before Punk escaped.
This opening segment went awfully long, but Punk and HHH did a good job in making it entertaining as possible. I also liked the angle with Rey taking a little of Punk’s hair prior to the show.
Drew McIntyre beat Matt Hardy. They started in the ring. Seriously, they cut out the entrance of the guy who has nothing but an entrance. McIntyre hit punches and kicks. Matt used a side effect. They ran into each other head to head. Then Matt went to the second rope and was pulled off by McIntyre. McIntyre covered and that was in fact the finish. This was a bad match with a bad finish.
They aired a few brief promos from Belfast throughout the show. John Cena said that everyone’s fine and they’re sorry they can’t be at Raw. He said he would be ready for his match Sunday and vowed to be at the PPV for sure. Randy Orton said that the world title will follow him at the draft next week. Sheamus attacked a crew guy to make a point to HHH.
Vladimir Kozlov made his entrance. He said that he has been treated unfairly by the guest hosts and had Jerry Lawler read a statement for him. The statement said that he wants elite competition and suggested the New Jersey Nets’ new Russian owner is going to move the team.
MacGruber came out with an American flag, acting unbelievably obnoxious. He had that Dr. Ken air that said he was just making fun of the whole show, although admittedly the material seemed designed to fit that purpose as well. He got in Kozlov’s face and called him a giant pile of suck. Kozlov said that if MacGruber said anything more about him he would end MacGruber. So MacGruber made fun of Kozlov’s mom.
What was Kozlov’s response to this? Did he destroy this obnoxious little dipshit? Why no. He said that he would destroy MacGruber later in the show. Huh? Okay, now I don’t care about the fact this made Kozlov look like a joke as a monster heel. The truth is the ship sailed on people taking Kozlov seriously years ago. But just from a basic logic standpoint, why would this furious Russian giant just stand there and let this annoying little turd mock him and his family? Why did his revenge have to come later in the show? This made absolutely no sense, and was irritating because MacGruber was just begging to be killed.
As if this segment wasn’t fake enough already, they proceeded to go much further. MacGruber announced that Kozlov would instead have to wrestle R. Truth. R. Truth came out as MacGruber obnoxiously danced and shouted “what’s up.” Fireworks then went off to the sides of the stage as Truth stood in the middle. The flames went down and you saw Truth crouch down and run into the backstage area. Then they placed two boots on the side of the stage as if Truth had been blown up. This was elementary school play level execution. It appeared that the joke was that WWE is ridiculous, fake nonsense.
With Truth dead, Kozlov said that he would kill MacGruber. And in the final touch, now MacGruber was all scared. Apparently he knew earlier that for some reason no matter how much he antagonized Kozlov right to Kozlov’s face, Kozlov was somehow obliged not to do anything until later. But now he no longer had that protection. This was the sort of segment that enhances the perception that only mentally handicapped people are fans of 21st century WWE.
Backstage, HHH spoke with MacGruber. MacGruber pissed himself but claimed implausibly that someone else had peed in his pants and he had agreed to wear them. Kane came in at that moment and MacGruber claimed it was Kane. Kane was taken aback and MacGruber ran away.
Undertaker beat Jack Swagger. Swagger issued an open challenge, which led to the return of Undertaker. They traded head locks. Undertaker used old school. Swagger retaliated with a powerslam and sent Undertaker into the steps. Undertaker came back with a leg drop on the apron, DDT and snake eyes. Undertaker went for a choke slam but Swagger escaped. Swagger hit a DDT and went for the Vader bomb but was caught with a choke slam. Undertaker then hit the tombstone and pinned Swagger clean.
It was cool of WWE to bring back Undertaker as a surprise for the live fans who weren’t getting the show they expected. With that said, the way they keep jobbing out Swagger is so stupid. Putting aside the fact that the guy needs all the help he can get, it totally buries the title. Why would anyone pay to see a title match when the “champion” lost 80 percent of his matches prior to winning the title and is losing basically all of his matches after winning it? This is such basic stuff.
Chris Jericho backstage told CM Punk to stick with him to win the main event. He then advised MacGruber to offer a handshake to Kozlov and then slap him in the face. This evidently struck MacGruber as a good idea.
Kozlov was scheduled to wrestle MacGruber. MacGruber offered a handshake and then slapped Kozlov in the face. Kozlov grabbed MacGruber and head butted him a few times. MacGruber’s selling was among the worst I’ve ever seen in any pro wrestling match. He appeared to be unfamiliar with the concepts of physical violence and pain. Ryan Phillippe then came out to save MacGruber. He announced that this was a handicap match with MacGruber and Khaluber (Great Khali) versus Kozlov.
Kozlov for some reason let MacGruber go again. Kozlov and Khali tried to wrestle briefly and, well, at least it was better than MacGruber and Kozlov. Khali gave Kozlov the big chop and Kozlov left. Khali pursued and this was labeled a count out win for Khali and MacGruber. MacGruber then cut one final obnoxious promo. Sadly, he left the show without dying a horrible death. Maybe he will be drawn and quartered on a future PPV.
HHH, Edge and Rey Mysterio beat Chris Jericho, CM Punk and Luke Gallows. After all the nonsense on this show, it was nice to see a straight forward wrestling match to close. Rey hit a somersault plancha on the heels early. The heels took over on Rey. Rey got the tag to Edge, but Jericho tripped Edge as he went for a spear and the heels took over on Edge. Edge got the tag to HHH. HHH hit punches, a clothesline and a spine buster on Punk. He went for the pedigree but Gallows broke it up with a clothesline. Rey took out Gallows with a springboard senton. Rey hit the 619 on Punk and HHH hit the pedigree for the pin.