RAW: Triple H talks Wrestlemania; The Miz loses an ally
DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
The Rock not appearing on RAW last week was a little disappointing, but after John Cena’s remarks, the Great One has teased showing up tonight in Buffalo, New York. And maybe The Undertaker or Triple H will have something to say, I mean it’s only been ten years since their last match at Wrestlemania.
The Game enters the ring to start the show, as Josh Matthews and Jerry Lawler call the action. Four minutes later, Hunter finally speaks. He says he has done everything as a 13-time champion. He started DX and Evolution. He has defeated icons, legends and immortals. For 16 years, he has outlasted everybody, except for one. The Undertaker and Triple H is the only challenge he has left. And Hunter’s only challenge is ending the streak, and if he can’t end it he will die trying.
King Sheamus interrupts at the last second, and Triple H socks him in the gut. Hunter tosses him out of the ring, and pummels him on the floor. He tosses the King into the ringpost, and then clotheslines him into the timekeeper’s area. He tosses Sheamus onto the announcers table, and sets him up for a Pedigree. Hunter drives Sheamus through the table, crushing it.
After the commercial break, Sheamus is finally being helped to the back. The General Manager fires off an email, which Lawler reads. Even though Sheamus was brutally attacked, the GM still wants him to face Evan Bourne, in his return to RAW.
Match #1 – King Sheamus vs. Evan Bourne
Bourne wastes no time going after Sheamus, “connecting” on a spin kick, and then going up top. He hits Air Bourne, and covers Sheamus to get the win.
Winner via pinfall: Evan Bourne
After the match, the voice of WWE, Michael Cole, is introduced. He walks to the announce position, and we go to break.
Cole is in the ring to address Jerry Lawler, and he wants to see him in the ring. Cole reminds us that Lawler cannot touch him. Cole says no one has more guts than him, and he never backs down from a fight, but he declines Lawler’s Wrestlemania challenge, unless, King accepts two conditions. First, Cole’s trainer must be allowed in his corner, and he gets to select the special guest referee. Lawler says he doesn’t care who he has in his corner, and accepts the stipulations. Cole really sells the match then, and introduces his trainer, Jack Swagger. (Um, okay? I am looking forward to the montages of Cole getting trained, though. Can they get the music from the Rocky movies?) Cole slaps Lawler, but Swagger restrains him and applies the ankle lock.
After the break, Cole takes Lawler’s spot on the announce team.
Despite CM Punk’s warning, Randy Orton has shown up on RAW. Orton acknowledges that kicking Punk in skull was his biggest mistake, because he should have kicked him harder. Orton says Punk can’t hide behind faith, because it will fail him.
CM Punk and the Nexus walk out on stage; Punk calls Orton arrogant and predictable. The GM fires off an email before anything can happen. He says Orton will face CM Punk at Wrestlemania, and in the coming weeks Orton will face each member of Nexus. If that member of Nexus wins, he can be in Punk’s corner at WM; a loss will ban that member. Also, if Nexus interferes in these matches, Nexus will be disbanded.
Match #2 – Michael McGillicutty vs. Randy Orton
Orton misses a knee drop, but is able to toss McGillicutty from the ring. We go to break.
After the break, McGillicutty gets a near fall, and Orton crawls to the corner. Orton fights his way out, but Mike stops the rally with a snap mare, and then applies a chin lock. McGillicutty runs into a big boot, and Orton connects with a power slam. Orton hits the back breaker, and then the elevated DDT. Orton stalks his prey and connects with an RKO. Orton covers and gets the pin. McGillicutty will not be going to Wrestlemania.
Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton
CM Punk gets on the microphone to stop Orton from punting McGillicutty. Orton agonizes over the decision, but in the end he punts him. Orton flees from the ring, before Nexus can get to him.
WWE Champion, The Miz, hits the ring with Alex Riley. The champ isn’t happy that The Rock isn’t responding to him, and it’s because The Miz is right. The Rock’s days are over, and Cena’s are numbered. The Miz is the biggest star in WWE. The champ wants the record to show that he won the Tag Team titles, and John Cena lost them. Miz wants Cena to be worried about him, and not The Rock. Miz says he will beat John Cena, and then on the same night, he will beat The Rock.
John Cena has heard enough, and makes his way to the ring. Cena has some important news. He has a “doctor’s note” claiming The Miz has OCD. Riley says Cena is too funny, but everything he says is full of crap. Cena tells Miz that Riley is awful, and he needs to make a legacy by himself. He wants Miz to fire Alex Riley, so Wrestlemania can be The Miz versus John Cena. Miz won’t fall for the mind games as he mentors the next generation of WWE Superstars. Cena wants a match with Riley, tonight, and if he wins, Riley no longer works for The Miz. The Champ accepts, but if Riley wins, Cena has to acknowledge Miz as the greatest champion ever. Cena accepts, but the GM wants to weigh in on this. Cole reads the email; to ensure no outside interference, the Cena-Riley match will take place inside a steel cage, and the only way to win is to escape the cage.
Match #3 – Diva Battle Royal
Nikki and Brie pull the old switch-a-roo (again) and Brie eliminates Gail Kim to win the match.
Winner: Nikki Bella
Eve has had enough and tries to alert the ref, but she is jumped by one of the twins and then double teamed.
Well The Rock isn’t in Buffalo, but he shot a segment for the show. He fires back at John Cena. Rock isn’t happy Cena answered with a rap, and says this all started when Cena called Rock out in public. Cena called Rock a liar and he was jerking the fans around by talking about coming back a few years ago. Rock says he helped open the door to Hollywood for the entire WWE locker room.
Shawn Michaels addresses Triple H taking on the Undertaker. HBK has mixed emotions, on the hand he is happy for Hunter, but he is also upset since he couldn’t end the streak. HBK then breaks down facing The Undertaker and Triple H in the ring.
Match #4 – Daniel Bryan vs. ????
The Miz attacks Bryan from behind on the ramp, beating on him and kicking him in the head. Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale on the floor and knocks Bryan out. The Miz grabs a mike, telling the crowd he did that because he could. He then calls for the cage to be lowered and to start the next match.
Match #4 – John Cena vs. Alex Riley – Steel Cage Match
The only way to win, tonight, is to escape the cage. Cena beats on Riley, chopping him in the corner. Cena connects with a snap suplex and then kicks him in the ribs. Cena tries to walk out the cage door, but Miz runs over to keep it shut. Riley kicks away at Cena, and then tosses him into the cage. Miz snaps a photo of Cena getting pressed into the chain link cage. Cena counters another smash, and crushes Riley into the post. Miz slips Riley his phone, and smacks Cena across the face with it. Riley climbs toward the door, and tries to drag himself out, but Cena grabs him by the ankle. Miz runs over, trying to pull him from the cage. Cena drags Riley to the middle of the ring, and locks in the STF. Riley taps, but it doesn’t matter. Cena starts to climb the cage, when Miz starts to hit the cage with a chair. Riley catches Cena on the turnbuckle and hits him with an electric chair. We go to break.
After the commercials, Riley whiffs on a drop kick, and then catches a shoulder block. Cena hits the sidewalk slam and the five knuckle shuffle. He sets up the Attitude Adjustment, but Riley grabs the cage, and starts to climb. Riley fights Cena off the cage, and gets to the top. Cena pulls Riley back over and into the cage. Cena hits a bulldog from the top rope and follows with the AA. Miz shuts the cage door, once again, but Cena tries to power out. Cena pushes his way out, but Miz hits him with the Skull Crushing Finale after he hits the floor.
Winner: John Cena
The Miz walks back up the ramp, as the show goes off the air.
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Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @DPlummer627.