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Raw: All the fallout from Bragging Rights
By BRYAN SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


Titles Change Hands and Stipulations Are Made

Tonight's Raw showcases the outcome of last night's Bragging Rights pay per view, where new tag team champions were crowned, and the John Cena / Nexus storyline was furthered along. On the real plus side, Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler face of in a rematch from the pay-per-view as well. With country music icon Toby Keith as a guest host, let's get right to the action.

The show opens as normal with the opening video and pyrotechnics as Michael Cole introduces himself and Jerry Lawler from Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The Nexus music hits with Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Wade Barrett, David Otunga coming out, and they are eventually joined by Cena, who is still wearing his Cenation gear as well as the Nexus armband. Cena seems very upset while holding his share of the WWE Unified Tag Team Championships. Barrett is the only member to grab a microphone as he introduces his henchmen as "the most dominant group in WWE history." Barrett claims that the Nexus did the unthinkable and pictures were shown of the Nexus helping Kane defeat The Undertaker in last night's Buried Alive match. Cena gets interrogated by Barrett as he gives a very one-sided account of last night's main event against Randy Orton. Barrett shows his disappointment to Cena who is still very skeptical and claims that Barrett only needed to win the match. The anonymous Raw General Manager interrupts the promo and says that Barrett is in fact entitled to a rematch with a special guest referee to be chosen in the main event, Randy Orton vs. any member of the Nexus. Barrett makes Cena represent the Nexus in tonight’s main event as Otunga grabs the microphone and calls out Cena. Barrett calls for an impromptu match for the Unified Tag Team Championships.

Match 1- WWE Unified Tag Team Championship Match- John Cena and David Otunga (Champions) vs. Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel

Barrett grabs a microphone and proclaims that Nexus does not fight each other. Barrett exclaims that David Otunga will lay down and take the pin for the greater good. As Otunga refuses, Cena tags him in. Otunga, who seems very torn up, reluctantly lays down on the mat to a chorus of boos. Slater goes to the ground and covers Otunga for the win.

Winners and NEW WWE Unified Tag Team Champions at 3:00 minutes via pinfall- The Nexus (Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater)
Match Rating- 2/10

A WWE Rewind highlights last week's Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan confrontation, and, as we return from commercial break, Vickie Guerrero enters to the top of the stage with her NXT rookie, Kaitlyn, following her. She claims Ziggler will embarrass Bryan.

Match 2- Dolph Ziggler (Intercontinental Champion) with Kaitlyn and Vickie Guerrero vs. Daniel Bryan (United States Champion)

As Bryan enters, Cole and Lawler recap the first 20 minutes of the show. Before the bell sounds, CM Punk interrupts but does nothing more than enter the broadcasting area. The match starts out with Bryan on the defensive, though he is soon to counter with a flurry of kicks and submission maneuvers. CM Punk mentions the training background of Bryan and claims that the now retired Shawn Michaels "took" $3,000 from Bryan, and that William Regal deserves the real credit for Bryan's skills. The match has a lot of reversals and ends up on the outside after a suicide dive by Bryan as we head to commercial. As we return from commercial break, Bryan lands some shots on Ziggler and goes for a series of quick pinfalls. A beautiful top rope reversal lands Bryan in a pinning predicament. A series of close pinfalls as Punk claims this may be the greatest thing to happen in Green Bay for some time. Bryan locks in a Lebell Lock that gets Ziggler to tap out.

Winner at 11:05 minutes via pinfall- Daniel Bryan
Match Rating- 7/10

After the match, Bryan stays in the ring and poses for the fans as Ziggler and Guerrero argue the referee's calling. We see another graphic for tonight’s main event.

Following a commercial break, Toby Keith’s most recent album is plugged, and we see an outside view of Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. A close-up of the players of the Green Bay Packers is shown. Next is some P.R., with a clip of WWE’s Wrestlemania Reading Challenge.

Backstage, Toby Keith is with the Bella Twins. Santino Marella interrupts in cowboy gear and starts singing. Sheamus enters and claims that Santino is an embarrassment, challenging him to a match later tonight.

As Santino exits the frame, Barrett is arguing with Cena about how Cena still has a job and that he has to do anything Barrett tells him to do. Cena rips off his armband but Barrett cuts him off. Barrett claims that if Cena beats Orton tonight, he will make Cena an offer that neither of them can refuse.

The WWE Slam of the Week is SmackDown’s Lay-Cool promo mocking the Harts.

Match 3- Melina and Gail Kim vs. Lay-Cool (Michelle McCool and Layla)

The match starts out with Melina and Layla in the ring for their respective teams. A quick tag is made as McCool knocks out Melina for the victory.

Winners at 0:50 minutes- Lay-Cool
Match Rating- 2/10

Cole and Lawler promote voter registration and urge the viewers to vote next Tuesday in the United States -- just don't wear their WWE t-shirts, which are banned at Connecticut polling stations.

The Miz enters the ring with his NXT rookie Alex Riley. The Miz starts off by insulting the crowd saying that he is and will be better than any of them can ever be. The Miz points out that he was the crown jewel of Team Raw exclaiming that he lasted the longest of any of his team members. The Miz promotes himself as the poster child of WWE’s SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 video game with the idea he had for the cover. He blames his team, SmackDown and Rey Mysterio as he challenges Mysterio to a match next week on Raw. As Miz goes to leave, Eve interrupts with a microphone in hand. Miz makes fun of Eve who claims that her motive is not to apologize. She proceeds to make fun of The Miz much to the fans' liking. Riley cuts off Eve as he makes fun of her appearance. R Truth comes out to his newer entrance music which the crowd is not yet into. R Truth answers The Miz’ challenge for a match. The anonymous General Manager interrupts the promo and starts a match.

Match 4- The Miz with Alex Riley vs. R Truth with Eve

The match begins with Miz taking the brunt of the punishment as we go to yet another commercial break. We return with The Miz in the ring on top of R Truth for a two count. The crowd is very much behind R Truth as he is fighting off The Miz. Truth lands a reversal for the long two count. Truth lands a flurry of shots as he gets yet another long two count. The match moves to the outside where Riley intervenes and Eve slaps him. Truth takes out Riley and The Miz takes advantage hitting a Skull Crushing Finale.

Winner via pinfall at 10:25 minutes- The Miz with Alex Riley
Match Rating- 6/10

The Miz celebrates his victory with Riley as Eve helps Truth to the back.

In the ring, Justin Roberts introduces tonight’s guest star and guest ring announcer, Toby Keith, who heads to the ring with the Bella twins. He grabs a microphone and begins to get the crowd going with some stories from his adventures in Green Bay. He introduces the next match ...

Match 5- Sheamus vs. Santino Marella

Sheamus enters while Keith is still announcing Santino. Marella is very reluctant to get in the ring and Keith begins to encourage Santino. Santino goes in with a head of steam and begins to get beaten down. John Morrison goes to ringside as Santino cannot even stand. Santino ducks a kick and rolls up Sheamus for the pin.

Winner via pinfall at 1:35 minutes- Santino Marella
Match Rating- 3/10

Cole returns to the broadcast speaking about the negative attacks against Linda and WWE. A "Stand Up For WWE" video is aired with many superstars talking about how they followed their dreams into the WWE. Cole and Lawler promote their WWE careers and WWE itself.

Backstage, the Nexus is without Cena. Otunga calls out Barrett claiming humiliation. Otunga says that he might want to tell the world why they took out The Undertaker last night as Husky Harris and Michael McGuillicutty enter the scene. Otunga chooses to stay with Nexus despite his current feelings.

It is announced that Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) will host Raw from Long Island, New York next week.

Match 6- Randy Orton (WWE Champion) vs. John Cena with Wade Barrett

The match gets off to a slow start with neither man gaining an advantage over the other. Cena and Orton know each other very well and are awaiting each other's next moves. Barrett attempts to get involved and gets knocked down by Orton as we go to commercial. Next, Orton has control over Cena with a sleeper hold. A series of reversals culminate in a DDT by Orton. Cena has been on the defensive for most of the match, and finds a sudden burst of energy. Another strong series of reversals lands Cena on the ground after a snap slam. Cena sends Orton over the ropes. Cena pushes Barrett out of the way so he does not lose via disqualification. Cena lands a leg drop and gets a very long two count. Large "Cena" chants moves through the crowd as Cena is reversed yet again by Orton. Cena locks Orton into an STF. Cena and Barrett begin to yell at one another on the outside of the ring, giving Orton recovery time. Cena reverses an RKO into an Attitude Adjustment for a very close call. Orton lands a desperation RKO in which Cena rolls to the outside. Orton picks up Cena and rolls Cena into the ring. Barrett pulls Cena out and hits him with a clothesline for a disqualification.

Winner via disqualification at 15:35 minutes- John Cena
Match Rating- 6/10

After the match, Orton attacks Barrett and the Nexus comes down to take out Orton. Cena comes in and takes out the Nexus. Barrett grabs a microphone and says that Cena will be the guest referee in the Survivor Series main event between Barrett and Orton for the WWE Championship. He claims that if he does not defeat Orton for the WWE Championship, Cena will be fired, but if Barrett does win, Cena will be relieved from his duties as a member of the Nexus.

Show Rating- 4.5/10

A moderate edition of Monday Night Raw tonight. Nothing much going on other than the normal obscene amount of promos and commercials. Bryan and Ziggler was a good match yet again and Cena vs. Orton was their normal match. The show did not set up much for Survivor Series next month.

Bryan Sokol is from Long Island, New York and is eagerly anticipating the 2010 NBA regular season. Go Celtics! Bryan can be reached at bsokol7slam@yahoo.com.