December 27, 2010
RAW: Cena gets Punked
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
The last Monday Night RAW of 2010 comes to us from a snowy Albany, New York. The hands-down surprise of the year is The Miz winning the WWE Title. How long will he hold it? Well at least another month since the Royal Rumble is at the end of January. Maybe 2011 will reveal who the RAW General Manager is. Here’s to hoping!
John Cena kicks off the festivities, saying last week’s excitement has carried over into tonight. He is upset about what happened last week. I’m thinking he isn’t too happy with getting punked by CM Punk, twice. Cena says he brought it upon himself, because he spilled Punk’s diet soda a few weeks ago, while he was pursuing Nexus. Cena says he is sorry, and he can’t replace that soda, but he will allow Punk to air his grievances.
Punk takes Cena up on his offer, and calls Cena dishonest. Punk says this goes farther than a spilled soda. Cena said was going to leave the WWE, but yet he showed up later that show, and then the next week. Punk calls Cena’s word worthless. Punk also takes issue with how Cena ended his match with Wade Barrett. He didn’t need to drop all those chairs on him. Cena says Nexus wanted to end his career.
Punk wants to talk about ending careers. He blames Cena for Batista leaving, and he is surprised the Vicki Guerrero hasn’t quit yet because of mental abuse. Cena reminds Punk that Batista broke his neck, and then quit the next night on his own. Cena makes fun of himself.
Punk tells Cena he isn’t funny and this will change. The first two attacks were warning shots, and someone is standing up to him. Punk knows the real Cena and it's going to stop. Cena wants Punk in the ring, but CM has other plans. In fact, Punk has a surprise planned for later tonight.
Match #1 – Ted DiBiase w/ Maryse vs. Santino w/ Tamina
DiBiase pounds on Santino and then catches him with a clothesline. Santino breaks out of a headlock, and then dodges a dropkick. He quickly rolls DiBiase up and gets the three count.
Winner via pinfall: Santino
After the match, Santino has a present for Tamina. It’s the Cobra. The joy doesn’t last, as DiBiase clocks Santino from behind. Tamina takes out Maryse, and Santino takes out DiBiase. They both hit the cobra, sending Ted and Maryse packing.
The Miz tells Alex Riley he is going to teach Jerry Lawler a lesson tonight. Riley says he is going to pin John Morrison, but Miz says that isn’t good enough. He wants Riley to beat Morrison so bad that he won’t want to take on the Miz. Morrison walks in, and wants to make things interesting. If he wins, he wants to name the stipulation and when then match will take place. If Alex Riley wins, Morrison will forfeit his number one contender status.
Match #2 – John Morrison vs. Alex Riley w/ The Miz
This match has been officially sanctioned by the RAW GM. Morrison hits a backbreaker and follows with a side leg sweep. The Miz distracts Morrison, allowing Riley to mount some offense. He whips Morrison into the corner and then follows with a forearm to the face. Riley applies a head lock, and then connects with a back suplex. Riley goes back to the forearm knockdown, but cannot get the pin. Riley applies a chin lock. Morrison breaks free, hitting a series of clotheslines, and then a drop kick. Morrison looks for the springboard kick, but Miz pulls the ropes down, sending Morrison to the mat. The ref sees the interference, and orders Miz to the back. Riley goes for a roll up, but Morrison kicks out. He hits the springboard kick, and then the running knee to the temple. Morrison covers Riley and gets the win.
Winner via pinfall: John Morrison
After the match, Morrison gives Lawler a hug and tells him the title match with The Miz will be next week, and it will be falls count anywhere.
The Miz dresses Riley down in the back, telling Riley he needs to focus on doing his job, tonight, against Jerry Lawler.
CM Punk tells a camera man to be ready tonight.
Tyson Kidd wants to know what the Bella Twins see in Daniel Bryan. Kidd tells Bryan to keep an eye on his match later.
Josh Matthews does a year in review with Randy Orton. The Viper doesn’t want Morrison to win next week; he wants to beat The Miz. Tonight, Sheamus’s reign as king comes to an abrupt end.
Match #3 – Mark Henry vs. Tyson Kidd w/ Jackson Andrews
Henry knocks Kidd to the mat and follows with slam. Kidd avoids getting crushed, and is able to apply a reverse chin lock. Henry breaks the hold by picking Kidd up and letting him fall to the mat. Kidd gets caught in mid air, and is dropped by the World’s Strongest Slam. Henry covers for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Mark Henry
After the bell, Andrews goes toe to toe with Henry. He picks Andrews up and hits him with the WSS.
Match #4 – The Mix w/ Alex Riley vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler
The Miz addresses the crowd before the match. He says he knows that everyone is intimidated by him. And no one compares to him in the WWE, past or present. (The Miz rips the crowd for chanting, “What?” as great as Stone Cold was, this is his legacy. Thanks to morons.)
The Miz knocks Lawler to the mat, and walks on him. Miz knocks Lawler to the mat again, and then the two lock up. King is forced into the corner, but he ducks a punch, and then lands a shoulder tackle. The Miz takes a break, refocuses, and starts to toy with Lawler. Miz follows with a kick to the head, and keeps stomping away at Lawler. Miz picks the King up, and hits him with a right. John Morrison walks out to the ring. The Miz charges, but Lawler dodges him. Lawler answers with a series of lefts, and then a drop kick. He connects on three drop kicks, and covers. Miz kicks out. Lawler rolls away from another clothesline in the corner. Miz climbs the turnbuckle, but King knocks him off the ropes and into the steel steps. Riley tries to get involved, and Morrison strikes the Miz when the ref turns him back. The Miz can’t beat the ten count, and gets counted out.
Winner via countout: Jerry “The King” Lawler
CM Punk bows down to King Sheamus. He asks Sheamus how many times has John Cena gone out of is way to make him look bad. Punk says he is doing this for everyone that has been insulted or brutalized by John Cena.
Natalya joins the guys at the announce table, again, and she gives Lawler a little kiss.
Match #5 – Melina and Alicia Fox vs. Gail Kim and Eve
Melina hits the Sunset Split on Gail Kim to pick up the win.
Winner via pinfall: Melina and Alicia Fox
After the match, Natalya confronts Melina, who wants to shake hands this week. Natalya obliges, but is ready for the slap. She blocks it, and Melina rolls out of the ring.
CM Punk tells the trainers to be ready for what is going to happen to John Cena.
Match #6 – Daniel Bryan vs. Zack Ryder
I love it when they join a match in progress. Bryan gets Ryder to tap with the LeBell lock.
Winner via submission: Daniel Bryan
After the match, we finally hear from the GM. He says this year will be the greatest in RAW history. While Cole is reading the e-mail, The Miz jumps Lawler and pummels him. King is smashed into the announce table and then rammed into the ring steps. Miz ends his assault by delivering the Skull Crushing Finale.
Match #7 – King Sheamus vs. Randy Orton
Orton and Sheamus lock up. Orton pushes Sheamus into the corner, and punches away at him. Sheamus turns the tables, driving elbows into Orton’s skull. Orton misses a knee drop, as Sheamus delivers some knees of his own. The King slaps on a chin lock. Orton breaks free, counters a hip toss, connecting with a clothesline. Orton drops the knee, and covers. Sheamus kicks out at two. Sheamus kicks Orton in the knee, and then steps on his throat. Sheamus reveres a whip, but Orton counters with a clothesline out of the corner. Sheamus fights out of the elevated DDT, but spills to the floor after a low bridge. Orton follows to the floor, but is slammed into the ring post. Sheamus rolls Orton back into the ring, and connects with a flying shoulder tackle.
After the break, Sheamus has Orton in another chin lock. Orton uses head butts to break free, but Sheamus picks Orton up, driving him to the mat with a power slam. Sheamus beats Orton over the chest, and covers. Orton kicks out at two. Orton side steps Sheamus, who catches the ring post. Orton drags Sheamus to the tope rope, and hits the superplex. Orton covers, and Sheamus kicks out. Orton and Sheamus trade blows. Orton hits a clothesline and then a scoop slam. Sheamus slows him down with a boot, but Orton still hits a back suplex. Sheamus catches Orton with the Irish Curse backbreaker. Orton ducks the scissors kick, but Sheamus blocks the RKO. Sheamus sets up the High Cross, but Orton drops down, and hits a back breaker. Sheamus rolls out of the ring. From the apron, Sheamus launches himself over the ropes for a shoulder tackle, but Orton catches him with an RKO in mid-air. Orton covers and gets the win.
Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton
John Cena decides to call out CM Punk first. The music hits, but Punk is nowhere to be found. Cena says he is changing the game, and will go looking for Punk. As Cena is about to leave, The Nexus walk to the ring. David Otunga takes the lead, addressing Cena in the ring. He has made a decision, Nexus is under new management. Otunga doesn’t want to have issues with Cena; he offers a truce. Cena says he knows why they did what they did, but he doesn’t think this offer is genuine. He calls Otunga a backstabber and manipulator. Cena will not move forward. Otunga can leave or throw down. Otunga leaves the ring, and walks to the back with Nexus. Halfway up the ramp, they turn around and rush the ring. They beat Cena down in the ring. Justin Gabriel hits the 450 splash. Nexus leaves a broken Cena in the ring, as they leave CM Punk hits the ring. Punk picks up Cena, and hits the GTS. He grabs a chair, but stops short at hitting Cena. Punk sits down, looking Cena over. He picks up a Nexus armband and puts it on. Punk gives the straight edge salute to Nexus and they answer from the stage. CM Punk is the new leader of Nexus!
Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003.