April 11, 2011
RAW: Edge calls it a career
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
How can Monday Night RAW top the announcement that was made last week? Well, a certain World Heavyweight Champion announcing his retirement might just do it. Bridgeport, Connecticut host the show tonight, and don’t get your hopes up for an appearance from The Rock.
Michael Cole is introduced as the only undefeated superstar in WWE. (Are they in bed with HP computers? I swear if Cole keeps this up my laptop in going through a wall.)
John Cena officially kicks off the show, acknowledging that last week’s announcement turned the WWE Universe upside down. Cena says his match at Wrestlemania 28 will be for the WWE title, a title he doesn’t currently hold. Cena doesn’t waste any time calling out WWE champion The Miz, instead he gets Randy Orton.
Orton tells Cena his business from Wrestlemania is settled. He lost, and should step aside for someone who won their WM match. Before Cena can say anything, John Morrison interjects himself into the situation.
Morrison says we have seen this show, so he wants to throw his name into the ring. On cue, Vicki Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler crash the number one contender discussion. Vicki thinks Dolph is deserving of the number one spot.
Seriously, who invited R-Truth? We all ready have too many faces in the ring. Truth says he has never gotten a one on one title show. (There’s a very good reason for that.)
The RAW General Manager solves the problem with a five man gauntlet match. The order of entry will be randomized and the last man standing will face The Miz at Extreme Rules.
I don’t know who is coming to the RAW now, but that vignette sure was creepy. (Me thinks it is Awesome Kong.)
Match #1 – Brie Bella w/ Nikki Bella vs. Eve – WWE Diva’s Title Match
Showing some smarts, Eve wants Brie to get marked with an “x” so they can’t switch places. Even hangs Brie in a tree of woe, and drop kicks her mid section. The twins make the switch, but the ref catches them. He orders Nikki out of the ring. Eve turns into a kick from Brie, who then delivers a face buster. Brie covers and gets the win and capture the title.
Winner… and new WWE Diva’s Champion…via pinfall: Brie Bella
Eve is backstage fuming. Gail Kim tries to offer some support, but Eve wants no part of it. Eve accuses everyone of being out for themselves and storms off.
Match #2 – Sin Cara vs. Primo
Ever wonder what happened to the jobber? Meet Primo. Cara kicks Primo in the leg, but Primo fires back with punches. Cara drop kicks Primo out of the ring and follows with a leg scissors from over the top rope to the floor. Primo catches Sin Cara taking too much time getting back into the ring, slamming him to the mat. Primo comes up empty with a splash in the corner, as Cara chops away at Primo’s chest. Cara send Primo flying into the corner with a huricanranna. Cara then drops Primo on his head countering a power bomb. Primo gets caught on the top turnbuckle. Cara does a backflip off the turnbuckle with Primo to finish him off. Cara covers for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Sin Cara
After the break, The Corre is standing in the ring. Wade Barrett chides his teammates for not holding up their end of bargain, when they jumped Cena and The Rock last week. Tag Team champions Gabriel and Slater took issue with that, and so does Ezekiel Jackson. The love fest is broken up by Santino, with Mark Henry, Evan Bourne, and Daniel Bryan. Santino calls the group Team APPLE, which is an acronym for something ridiculous. He challenges The Corre to a fight, and then four head to the ring.
Match #3 – Wade Barrett, Ezekiel Jackson, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater vs. Santino Marella, Daniel Bryan, Evan Bourne, and Mark Henry
We join this match in progress. Slater runs into a boot from Bryan in the corner. Santino gets the tag, hitting an inverted atomic drop and then a head butt. Barrett breaks the pin, only to have Bourne crush him from the top rope. Santino looks for the Cobra, but Gabriel kicks him in the back of the head. Slater delivers the inverted DDT and covers to get the win.
Winner via pinfall: Wade Barrett, Ezekiel Jackson, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater
Jim Ross makes his entrance to be in Jerry Lawler’s corner tonight. Ross tries to go after Michael Cole, and starts shaking the cage. Lawler cuts off an attack from Jack Swagger and WWE officials try to regain control.
Match #4 – Jerry “The King” Lawler w/ Jim Ross vs. Jack Swagger w/ Michael Cole
If Lawler defeats Swagger, he will get to face Cole at Extreme Rules in a match of his choice. If he loses, he will never get another shot at Cole. Swagger applies a head lock, which Lawler break with a back suplex. Swagger gets the ankle lock on, but Lawler gets to the ropes. Swagger stomps on the ankle. Lawler breaks out of a wrist lock, as Cole and JR yell at each other. Swagger smashes Lawler into the turnbuckle, but that just makes him made. King unloads with a series of rights, but runs into a boot. Lawler drops down off of Swagger, knocking him face first into the corner. Cole distracts Lawler, and Swagger hits him with a clothesline. JR has heard enough, taking out Cole. Swagger tries to pull JR into the ring, but this allows Lawler to roll him up for the three count.
Winner via pinfall: Jerry “The King” Lawler
Cole chews out Swagger in the ring, poking a finger into his chest. He slaps him, and wisely gets out of the ring. Lawler interrupts and wants to talk Extreme Rules; he suggests a tag team match, Lawler and Jim Ross versus Michael Cole and Jack Swagger.
World Heavyweight Champion Edge has made his way to RAW tonight, and he has a huge announcement. Edge talks about how he broke his neck eight years ago, and he has been wrestling on borrowed time. Edge says, after advice from his doctors, he is going to retire. He doesn’t want to end up in a wheel chair. Edge says his last match was at Wrestlemania, and he couldn’t have picked a better way to go out. He talks about growing up in front of the fans. He talks about his career arc in the WWE. Edge says he is going to miss walking out on that stage. Edge thanks everyone.
Edge gets hugs and applause backstage from the entire roster. There were no shenanigans. This is for real people.
Match #5 – Randy Orton vs. Dolph Zigger vs. R-Truth vs. John Morrison vs. John Cena – Number One Contender Gauntlet Match
WWE Champion The Miz and Alex Riley join the announce position. Orton and Ziggler have to start this gauntlet match. Ziggler uses a fireman’s carry to take down Orton, and keeps the pressure on with a pin. Orton kicks out; Ziggler locks on a sleeper. Orton breaks free and ducks a clothesline. Orton scoop slams Ziggler and delivers the elevated DDT. He stalks his prey, but is interrupted by the new Nexus. Ziggler rolls up Orton and gets the pin. Nexus hits the ring, and they pick Orton apart. Mason Ryan power bombs Orton, and we got to break.
Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler eliminates Randy Orton
After the break, Ziggler faces R-Truth. Ziggler beats him down in the corner and looks for the quick pin. Truth kicks out, so Ziggler drops an elbow, and follows with an arm bar. Ziggler hits a back suplex, and applies a head lock. Ziggler misses a splash in the corner, allowing R-Truth to hit a vertical suplex. Truth drops Ziggler with an inverted DDT and covers for the pin.
Pinfall: R-Truth eliminates Dolph Ziggler
After trading near falls, Truth and Morrison shakes hands, but Morrison tries to roll him up. Truth kicks out. Morrison applies a head lock. Truth tries to power out, but Morrison stops him with a side leg sweep. Morrison knocks Truth from the ring. Truth pulls Morrison from the ring. The charge each other and hit clothesline. Both men hit the floor, but beat the ten count. Morrison hits a spinning heel kick, but cannot get the pin. Truth hits a chin breaker, but runs into a shoulder block. Morrison connects on another kick and drags Truth into the corner. Morrison climbs the turnbuckle, but comes up empty with Starship Pain. Truth hits the inverted DDT and covers for the pinfall.
Pinfall: R-Truth eliminates John Morrison
Cena connects on a drop kick, but only nets a two count. He follows with a vertical suplex and gets another near fall. Cena delivers a snap suplex and cover. Truth kicks out. Cena climbs the turnbuckle, hitting a leg drop from the top. Truth kicks out at two. Cena hits the mat after a hip toss. Truth connects on a corkscrew kick, but can’t get the pin. Cena fights off Truth and hits a shoulder block. He connects with the five knuckle shuffle. Miz and Riley hit the ring and attack Cena and Truth. The ref calls for the bell, ruling a double disqualification.
Miz calls both men losers and tells them to get to the end of the line. There is no number one contender. The GM chimes in. He rules that Miz is right; there is no number one contender. Instead there are two contenders, John Cena and R-Truth will face The Miz in a triple threat match. Cena and Truth dump Miz from the ring, and Alex Riley eats an Attitude Adjustment. Cena and Truth face each other in the ring, and shake hands. A slap on the back turns into a shoving contest, and R-Truth ducks out of the ring before it escalates further.
Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Follow Dale on Twitter @DPlummer627