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RAW: King of the Ring crowned
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


There are some of you out there that may not remember when the King of the Ring was a WWE Pay-per-View event. This was before a PPV every month, though, and generally took place in June. Now the tournament takes place on free TV as part of a three hour Monday Night RAW, unfortunately we never know when it is going to happen. Well, tonight, a king will be crowned in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Alex Riley walks out on stage to hype the new WWE Champion, and his mentor, The Miz. He says no one will ever forget where they were when The Miz won the championship. Tonight is the night to party, and it will be the greatest celebration ever. (I beg to differ; I was in Hershey when Edge celebrated his title win. The WWE was not asked back for a while after that. One bare breast ruined everything.)

Match #1 – Alberto Del Rio vs. Daniel Bryan – King of the Ring Quarterfinal

Del Rio shoves Bryan into the corner, and then stomps away at him. After a leap frog, Bryan takes Del Rio down with a standing drop kick. Del Rio plants Bryan with a spine buster, but is countered into the LeBell lock. Del Rio quickly breaks the hold by getting to the ropes. We go to commercial.

After the break, Bryan is in the clutches of a head lock. Del Rio drives a knee into the temple of Bryan, and reapplies a head lock. Del Rio misses a splash from the top rope. Bryan connects with two European Uppercuts, and the bridges into a pin out of a suplex. Del Rio kicks out. Bryan drop kicks Del Rio into the corner, but only is able to get a two count. Del Rio connects with a German Suplex and bridges into a pin, but Bryan kicks out.

Bryan looks for the missile drop kick off the top rope, but Del Rio sidesteps him, and is able to apply a cross arm breaker, and Bryan taps.

Winner via submission: Alberto Del Rio

R-Truth raps his way to the ring. He has already ditched his “Crunk” rap in favor of the old “What’s Up” hook. Truth says that even though John Cena was fired, he is still his friend. So Truth decides to challenge Nexus. He calls out any member to come down and take him on. Mike McGillicutty answers the bell, but he is jumped in the hallway by someone wearing John Cena gear. The camera falls to the floor, so we see the attack but not the attacker.

Match #2 – Dashing Cody Rhodes vs. John Morrison – King of the Ring Quarterfinal

Rhodes beats Morrison into the corner, but then misses and shoulder charge. Morrison runs into a clothesline and is whipped hard into the corner. Rhodes delivers a Russian leg sweep and then locks in a submission. Morrison breaks the hold, but Rhodes returns to the front face lock. Morrison breaks the hold, and stomps Rhodes into the corner, and then catches him with a spinning heel kick. Morrison nails the flash kick and follows with a running knee to the temple. Rhodes is out and Morrison covers to the get the win and advance.

Winner via pinfall: John Morrison

Miss USA will crown the new King of the Ring.

Match #3 – Drew McIntyre vs. Ezekiel Jackson – King of the Ring Quarterfinal

Cole, King and CM Punk are insulting each other, which is funny, but I haven’t been able to pay attention to the match. It doesn’t really matter, though, since McIntyre and Jackson fought to the floor and up the ramp, resulting in a double count out.

Double Count Out

This means that the winner of the Sheamus-Kingston match will automatically advance to the finals.

Brie Bella and Nikki Bella check up on Daniel Bryan. Alex Riley wants to know why they are hanging out with him, instead of organizing the dancers. Riley tells the girls they aren’t needed, and can’t believe Bryan screwed up his opportunity to be mentored by The Miz. The Bellas think Bryan is doing all right for himself.

We get a recap of how The Miz won the WWE title, in case you didn’t watch last week, or when the show started.

The Miz enters the arena. (Considering this guy was hired to be the “Ryan Seacrest of WWE” he has done very well for himself.) The Miz decided he didn’t need a celebration, because he found something that summed up the feeling of the WWE Universe. They show one very angry little girl from last week. Miz says that picture is worth a thousand celebrations. It reminds him of the struggle he went through to get to the WWE Title. How everyone was against him, and told him he would never be champion. The former champion, Randy Orton, isn’t in the building due to a knee injury. Miz says it’s only his pride that is hurt. The Miz says we can’t accomplish our dreams, but he did, because he is one in a billion. Miz points out that Roddy Piper never won the WWE title, nor did Ricky Steamboat, and a laundry list of other WWE Legends that never won the title. Lawler has heard enough, he congratulates the champ, but points out he beat an injured Randy Orton. Miz calls The King a bitter old man. Cole wants King to stop, and defends his boy, The Miz. King wants Miz to call someone out for a title shot, and mentions he hasn’t ever had a shot at the WWE title in 17 years. The Miz isn’t interested in defending his title. The King calls him a coward. The Miz lays into him, when the GM interrupts with an email.

Cole reads from the podium. The GM books a title match between The Miz and The King, and it will be a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match to kick off the countdown to TLC.

Match #4 – Sheamus vs. Kofi Kingston – King of the Ring Quarterfinal

Sheamus overpowers Kofi and both men spill to the floor. Sheamus tosses him back into the ring, hitting a back breaker. Sheamus applies and chin lock. Kofi gets to his feet, trying to elbow out. Sheamus stops him with a head butt. Kofi responds with kicks and a chop to the chest. He follows with a standing drop kick, follows with the Boom Drop. Sheamus kicks out of the pin. Kofi goes up top, but Sheamus catches him and looks for the High Cross. Kofi floats out, and delivers Trouble in Paradise. Sheamus almost rolls out of the ring, and then grabs the apron. Kofi goes to the top rope again, but Sheamus kicks him out of mid air on the cross body. Sheamus covers and gets the win, advancing to the finals of the tournament.

Winner via pinfall: Sheamus

John Morrison gets a “good game” smack from Melina.

Match #5 – Yoshii Tatsu and Mark Henry vs. Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater

Minutes into the match, the crowd goes wild as John Cena walks through the crowd. He has front row tickets, so he is allowed to be there. Mark Henry hits the World’s Strongest Slam after catching Heath Slater on a cross body. Henry covers and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Yoshii Tatsu and Mark Henry

After the bell, John Cena jumps the security barrier and pulls Slater from the ring. He drives Slater through the announce table with an Attitude Adjustment and runs off into the crowd.

David Otunga says Nexus are sitting ducks. Wade Barrett said he is going to call him out and finish this.

Arn Anderson wants to know if it’s true The King got a title match. King says it is. Arn points out how dangerous a TLC match is, but the King can’t pass up a title shot.

Match #6 – Alberto Del Rio vs. John Morrison – King of the Ring Semi-Final

Morrison hits a flying drop kick off the turnbuckle, but Del Rio recovers quickly. Del Rio slaps on an arm bar, and then knees Morrison in the gut. Morrison responds with a flying forearm, and Del follows with and arm breaker. Del Rio then hits the running kick in the corner, when someone starts honking the horn of his car. It’s Rey Mysterio. Morrison takes advantage with a roundhouse kick. Morrison covers and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: John Morrison

Wade Barrett enters the ring -- alone. Barrett says he sees through Cena’s plan, since he is the only one that can get Cena his job back. Barrett says he won’t do it. And Cena has lost his element of surprise. Cena is on the Titantron, and says that he is keeping his word that he will take out each and every member of Nexus, job or no job. Barrett calls for security. Cena says security is in no rush to get rid of him, since Nexus beat them up when they first arrived. Gabriel, Otunga, and Husky Harris corner Cena, who reminds them he isn’t the only enemy. Cena has allies and they attack. Gabriel is driven through the hood of car. Cena is coming to destroy the Nexus.

Match #7 – Maryse, Alicia Fox, and Tamina vs. Natalya, Melina, and Gail Kim

Halfway through the match, Santino makes his way to the ring, serenading Tamina. She puts him in a head lock and takes him to the back, deserting her team. Natalya locks in the Sharp Shooter on Alicia and she taps.

Winners via submission: Natalya, Melina, and Gail Kim

We get to watch and retrospective of Jerry Lawler’s career.

Ted DiBiase is in the back playing with the new electronic WWE Title belt toy. Maryse isn’t happy he is playing with that instead of going for the real thing. She tells him that he makes her looks bad; Maryse goes in for another round, when Ted tells her to shut up.

Husky Harris and David Otunga are scared walking around backstage, but Otunga says he has a plan to stop this.

Josh Matthews interviews the King of the Ring finalist. Sheamus says he made a mistake at SummerSlam and Morrison capitalized, but now he is ripe for the picking. Morrison says that at the end of the night he is walking out King of the Ring.

Justin Roberts introduces Miss USA Rima Fikah to the ring. She is like a hotter and thinner Kim Kardashian. She does the ring introductions for the King of the Ring final.

Match #8 – Sheamus vs. John Morrison – King of the Ring Final

Sheamus kicks Morrison to the mat, stomping away at the injured left arm of Morrison. Sheamus counters the flash kick, and Morrison hits the floor. We go to commercial.

After the break, Sheamus is still working the arm. He then pounds Morrison in the chest and locks in an arm submission. Morrison breaks free and trades blows with Sheamus. A heel kick to the jaw gets a cover, but Sheamus kicks out. Morrison ducks the big kick from Sheamus, but cannot avoid a clothesline. Sheamus looks for the High Cross, but Morrison fights out and counters into a back slide. Morrison can’t get him over, but is able to hit a DDT. Sheamus gets a hand on the rope to break the hold. Morrison climbs to the top, but Sheamus catches him and tosses him to the mat. Morrison kicks out of the pin, but Sheamus works over the arm again with an armbar. Morrison breaks the hold with a kick to the head, and then an enzuigiri. Morrison looks for Starship Pain, but Sheamus gets his knees up. Sheamus connects with the pump kick and follows with the High Cross. Sheamus covers and gets the win to become the 2010 King of the Ring.

Winner via pinfall: Sheamus

After the match, Sheamus takes his throne to be crowned by Miss USA. Sheamus says his linage has been fulfilled.

Match #9 – The Miz (champion) vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler – WWE Title TLC Match

(CM Punk tells Cole to shut up; line of the night!)

The King decks Miz to start the match, but Miz responds with a body slam. King answers with a slam of his own. Miz takes control by stomping away at Lawler, knocking him from the ring. Miz works Lawler over with a chair, and tosses him back in the ring. Lawler blocks and counters a suplex, but Miz avoids the chairs. Miz hits a neck breaker, and calls for Alex Riley to get him a ladder. Lawler nails Miz with a chair shot, and goes for a ladder. He fights off Alex Riley, but Miz grabs the ladder. Lawler nails him in the chin with the ladder, and then back drops Miz on the ladder. Alex Riley hits a cheap shot from the apron, but Lawler knocks him off and through a table. Lawler sets up the ladder, but Miz cuts him off. King is suplexed onto a chair, as Punk is yelling for Miz to climb the ladder. Miz drills Lawler with multiple chair shots, before he climbs the turnbuckle. Lawler crotches the Miz, and looks for the superplex. Miz head butts King to the floor. Lawler pops back up, and shoves Miz off the ropes and through a table, but the King is down on the mat. Cole leaves the broadcast position to help Miz. Lawler climbs the ladder, only to have Michael Cole grab his leg. The King can’t believe the betrayal. Lawler drops Cole with one punch, and then goes to work on him. The Miz climbs the ladder in the mean time, but Lawler meets him at the top. Miz knocks Lawler to the floor, and retrieves his title.

Winner: The Miz

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale can’t believe the unprofessionalism of Michael Cole. That was poor even by WWE standards.