RAW: Punk, Nexus battle Elimination Chamber entrants
DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
Monday Night RAW is officially on “The Road to Wrestlemania” and tonight they are making a pit stop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Elimination Chamber is on the horizon, and we all ready have the matches set for a week from Sunday. The big news tonight, though,is the return of the chairman of the board, Vince McMahon.
The chairman delivers a huge announcement. Wrestlemania will have a guest host, and we will find out whom, next week.
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring to tell CM Punk he is not finished with him. Punk answers that challenge by walking out on stage by himself. Punk can’t believe that he agrees that this isn’t over, and tells Orton why he cost him the title at the Rumble. The truth is that Orton cost Punk the title back in 2008, and he has the footage to back it up. Orton punted Punk in the head at Unforgiven and Punk had to forfeit the title. Punk takes the moral high ground, saying he is right, while Orton is wrong. Punk pledges that Orton will never be WWE champion while he is on this show, and he isn’t going to wait for the Elimination Chamber; Orton is getting eliminated right now. That was the cue for Nexus. All four men hit the ring, but Orton is able to fight them off, at first. Orton is tied up in the ropes, allowing Punk to taunt the Viper. Orton is able to kick at Punk, and Nexus beats him down. They place Orton on Punk’s shoulders and he delivers a GTS.
During the commercial break, the GM issued an edict, that the members of Nexus will face the Elimination Chamber combatants in one on one matches.
Match #1 – Mason Ryan vs. R-Truth
(Does R-Truth have incriminating photos of Vince? How is he in the Elimination Chamber match? The odds of him winning are 1,000-1.)
R-Truth thanks the Green Bay crowd, too bad they are in Milwaukee. The crowd turns on Truth, as Michael Cole eggs them on. Ryan gets Truth to tap out with a stretch muffler. Mason refuses to break the hold after the bell. He wants to grab a chair, but when the ref prevents that, Mason locks in the stretch again. The referee reverses his decision after the actions of Ryan.
Winner via disqualification: R-Truth
Punk only has one thing to say to Ryan for losing his match, good job. Punk wants people hurt, but not taken out. He doesn’t want them replaced, just weakened. David Otunga isn't too sure about taking out Sheamus; Punk tells him just have some faith.
Match #2 – Eve, Gail Kim, and Tamina vs. Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, and Melina
Natalya drops in on Cole and Jerry Lawler to announce she is getting her Diva Title rematch next week. Eve delivers a neck breaker to Melina, and covers to get the win.
Winner via pinfall: Eve, Gail Kim, and Tamina
Someone in a trench coat is coming in two weeks. Undertaker?
WWE gives the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers some love, since quarterback Aaron Rodgers was presented a WWE Title belt after the win.
Match #3 – John Morrison vs. Michael McGillicutty
Morrison is whipped hard into the corner, and McGillicutty stomps away at him on the mat. McGillicutty elbows Morrison in the head, and then slams him shoulder first into the ring post. Morrison quickly pulls his arm out from behind the ring steps before McGillicutty can deliver a kick. Morrison lays out McGillicutty and the delivers Starship Pain to get the pin.
Winner via pinfall: John Morrison
Morrison walks up the ramp, only to have CM Punk blind him with some sort of the spray in the face. Punk kicks Morrison in the head, as officials run out to check on him.
WWE Champion, The Miz, and Alex Riley hit the ring. Miz says he only had one thought last week as the RAW Rumble unfolded. JERRY! JERRY! JERRY! Miz was pulling for him, and wants him to come to the ring. He tells Riley to leave. Lawler thinks the Miz was rooting for him because the champ thinks this will be an easy win. Miz says every win is easy. The champ says he and the King are a lot alike, because they are both great talkers. Miz tells the King he has patterned his own career after the King’s. Miz says he is now the WWE champion, something Lawler will never be. Lawler agrees that they both have big mouths, but he can back his up. King also says he is an original. Miz praises the fact that Lawler is a cheap shot artist, and runs the footage of him decking Ted DiBiase last week. Lawler admits he has never been WWE champion or competed at Wrestlemania, and Miz has no idea what it would mean to Lawler to compete on the biggest stage. That’s why he is going to beat him at Elimination Chamber. Miz tells him he is wrong. King cuts off his catch phrase, and then ducks a shot from Miz. Lawler connects with a shot, and then fights off Alex Riley. Ted DiBiase runs down, taking out Lawler. Daniel Bryan makes the save, taking out Dibaise. The GM has seen enough and fires off an email making a match. King and Bryan versus Miz and Dibiase, right now.
Match #4 – Jerry Lawler and Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz and Ted Dibiase
Alex Riley jumps in on commentary. A missile drop kick from Bryan takes out The Miz, who rolls out to the floor. This allows Lawler to slam Dibiase and hit the fist drop from the middle rope. Lawler covers to get the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Jerry Lawler and Daniel Bryan.
Match #5 – King Sheamus vs. David Otunga
Josh Matthews stops Sheamus on the ramp with comments from Mark Henry. The World’s Strongest Man doesn’t think Sheamus deserves to be in the Elimination Chamber and the RAW GM should replace Sheamus with him. King Sheamus fires back, and gets ready for Otunga. Mark Henry heads to the ring, and Otunga is more than happy to stand back and watch. Henry pounds on the king, but Sheamus fights back. Otunga looks to get involved, but is knocked off the turnbuckle. Henry ducks a kick, and follows with the World’s Strongest Slam. Henry delivers a second one for good measure. Otunga slips into the ring, and stands over Sheamus.
The Royal Rumble winner, Alberto Del Rio, is in the house, and he once again tells us it was his destiny to win the Rumble, and Santino had no chance.
Match #6 – Alberto Del Rio vs. Santino Marella
Santino sprints to the ring, attacks Del Rio, and tosses him over the top rope. The match officially starts, and Del Rio is in full control, until his misses a drop kick, sails through the ropes, and hits the floor. Santino hauls him back in the ring, but Del Rio slams him into the ring post. Santino does the splits and hits a hip toss; he looks for the Cobra, but Del Rio dodges it and locks in the cross arm breaker. Santino taps.
Winner via submission: Alberto Del Rio
Vickie Guerrero has something to say, although you can barely hear her over the crowd. She says Dolph Ziggler will be the World Champion going into the Elimination Chamber. John Cena interrupts the proceedings. Ziggler wants to know why Cena is out here. Cena says he has an apology from R-Truth to the fans, and cuts a promo about Milwaukee to get a cheap pop. Vickie demands some respect from the crowd and threatens to leave. Cena starts a Packers chant, and Vickie and Dolph leave. Cole is starting to turn on Cena, fully embracing his heel play by play announcer gig.
Cena gets down to business. He knows what Punk is doing and he promises to stop them. He guarantees he will main event Wrestlemania.
Match #7 - CM Punk vs. John Cena
Cena looks around for Nexus, but they are nowhere to be seen. Punk takes advantage, kicking Cena to the mat. After a snapmare, Punk drops a knee on Cena’s head and follows with a back suplex. Cena rolls out of the way of a charge in the corner, and slams Punk into the turnbuckle. Cena follows with the bulldog, but walks into a kick. Punk dumps Cena out of the ring, and connects with a flying clothesline off the apron. Punk rolls Cena into the ring, and connects with a running knee. Cena fights out of the GTS, and pummels Punk in the corner. The ref admonishes Cena for not listening to him, so Cena drills Punk with a low blow. Cena gets disqualified.
Winner via DQ: CM Punk
The Nexus hit the ring, but Lawler slips a chair to Cena, who uses it to take out McGillicutty and Otunga, as Ryan attends to CM Punk. The show ends with Cena in the ring.
Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale isn’t very sure about having a heel play by play announcer, but it does make him think about making a heel turn of his own. Follow him on Twitter @DPlummer627.