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RAW: London gets a lackluster show
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


This is one of the rare nights of the year when Monday Night RAW is not live. WWE is on its annual European Tour, and the show was taped earlier today at the O2 Arena in London. I heard a rumor that Michael Cole is going to be knighted. What?!?

R-Truth kicks off the show and the Brits love his shtick as much as the Americans. (Seriously, to get over just have an entrance song that people can chant to.) Truth puts over his number one contender status and says when he wins he will be a fighting champion.

John Morrison comes down to congratulate his friend, but says he was lucky to win. Morrison shows video of Truth taking a break during the gauntlet match to get a drink of water. Truth shows off what great shape he is in, and Morrison calls him out as a smoker. Truth figures out that Morrison is trying to trap him into a match for the number one contender spot. Morrison does his best to convince Truth to fight him. The crowd wants a fight, so Truth obliges.

Match #1 – John Morrison vs. R-Truth – Number One Contender Match

Truth rolls up Morrison with a school boy, but he kicks out. Truth rolls out of the ring to get a drink, and we go to commercial.

After the break, Truth gets a near fall with an inside cradle, and then takes down Morrison with a side head lock. Morrison hits a clothesline, but Truth answers with a spinning heel kick. Morrison connects with a standing drop kick. Morrison misses a springboard body block, but is able to counter a clothesline. He slams Truth to the mat, and leaps to the ropes. Morrison hits Starship Pain and covers R-Truth to get the win.

Winner ... and new number one contender ... via pinfall: John Morrison

After the match, Truth yanks a celebrating Morrison off the turnbuckle and the hits him with a running knee. Morrison falls to the floor, and Truth crushes him into the security barrier. He follows that by smashing a water bottle into Morrison’s face. After the beat down, Truth fires up a cigarette, blowing the smoke in Morrison’s face.

Match #2 – Evan Bourne vs. Dolph Ziggler w/ Vicki Guerrero

Ziggler is sporting a new shorter hair cut, and he is no longer bleach blond. Ziggler and Bourne lock up, and Bourne is taken to the mat. Bourne comes off the ropes with a hurricanrana, but Ziggler counters Bourne coming off the turnbuckle with a drop kick. Ziggler drops an elbow. Bourne connects with a spin kick and then drives both feet into the chest. Bourne goes up top, but Ziggler rolls away from the Air Bourne. Ziggler hits the Zig Zag, despite Bourne landing on his feet. Ziggler covers and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler

WWE Champion the Miz, with Alex Riley in tow, hits the ring. He isn’t happy that R-Truth gave his spot in the main event away. Miz points out he can lose his belt without getting pinned, so he is going to sit in the ring until the RAW General Manager does something about it.

The Miz filibuster continues as we return from break. Sin Cara breaks up Miz’s catch phrase, as he arrives for his match.

Match #3 – Sin Cara vs. Alex Riley

Before the match can even begin, John Cena runs down and chases Miz and Riley from the ring. The GM chimes in and this is now a tag team match.

Match #3 – Sin Cara and John Cena vs. Alex Riley and The Miz

Cena and Riley face off, with Cena hitting a bulldog. Riley rolls out of the ring and we go to commercial.

After the break, Cena hits Miz with a fisherman’s suplex. Miz counters the Attitude Adjustment with a neck breaker. Miz kicks Cena in the face, taunting him. The champ stomps at Cena in the corner, and hits a clothesline. Riley tags in, and Cena slams him to the mat. Miz and Sin Cara tag in. Cara hits a springboard head scissors, and then kicks Miz in the jaw from the apron. Riley yanks Cara off the apron, and Miz drives him into the ring. Miz kicks Cara in the head, and then gets a suplex from Miz and Riley. Miz misses the corner clothesline, and Cena gets the hot tag. He slams Riley to the mat, and hits the five knuckle shuffle. Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment, and makes a tag. Cara flies over the rope with a springboard moonsault, and covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: John Cena and Sin Cara

Another creepy promo for the newest Diva. Also, the WWE Draft is next week.

Match #4 – Eve vs. Nikki Bella w/ Brie Bella

Brie says Eve may not get her return match if one of them gets drafted to Smackdown! (Which makes no sense, since there is only one belt, the champion can appear on both shows.)

Eve connects with a springboard kick out of the corner and rolls up Nikki to get the win.

Winner via pinfall: Eve

Michael Cole is going to get knighted by the queen. Really?!? First Cole brings out his trainer Jack Swagger. Cole and Swagger hug it out, so despite the slap last week, they are cool. Swagger announces "Queen Elizabeth" to the ring, and shows her making her way down the ramp. The queen reads the oath and goes through with the ceremony. Cole gives her a kiss and she leaves. Cole tries to get the crowd to chant, "Sir Michael Cole." They don’t go for it. Cole wants JR and Lawler to kiss his feet. Swagger attacks Lawler, throwing him out of the ring, and into the crowd. Swagger grabs JR and forces him to kiss Cole’s foot.

Josh Matthews takes over for JR and Lawler.

Match #5 – Sheamus vs. Santino

Sheamus hasn’t forgotten how Santino embarrassed him the last time they were in England. Santino does the splits to avoid a clothesline, but Sheamus just kicks him in the head then. Sheamus drops an elbow and then applies a head lock. He beats on Santino and then crushes him in the corner. Santino dodges an elbow in the corner, but is too woozy to unleash the cobra. Sheamus kicks Santino in the head to get the cover and win.

Winner via pinfall: Sheamus

Match #6 – CM Punk vs. Randy Orton

Orton and Punk lock up. The ref breaks them up in the corner. Orton connects with a European Uppercut and stomps away at him in the corner. Punk returns the favor, beating Orton down in the corner. Orton hits a scoop slam as Punk comes off the ropes. Punk blocks the RKO, and we go to commercial.

We return from break and Punk has Orton in a head lock. He snaps Orton to the mat and after a near fall, he delivers a snap suplex. Punk whips Orton off the ropes, and catches him in the gut with a knee. Orton rolls out of the ring and Punk gives chase, nailing Orton with a forearm from the apron.

Back in the ring, Punk takes too long and Orton nearly gets the pin with a roll up. Punk hits a high knee in the corner and looks for a bulldog. Orton counters with a back suplex. Punk floats over Orton, planting him with a bulldog. Orton hits a back breaker. Punk connects with a springboard clothesline. Orton catches Punk on the top rope and hits the superplex. Orton covers, and Punk kicks out. Orton catches Punk on the apron, but Punk counters the elevated DDT. Orton blocks the GTS, but Punk counters the RKO with a kick to the head. Orton kicks out at two. Orton grabs the ropes to block to GTS, and then ducks a kick. Orton rolls Punk up and is able to get the three count.

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton

After the bell, Nexus hits the ring. The numbers over take Orton as they beat him in the corner. Nexus beat up Orton as Punk taunts him. Mason Ryan is looking to do some real damage, but Punk stops him. Punk says Orton is his. Punk charges Orton for the punt, but Orton leaps to his feet and catches him with the RKO. Orton clears out and heads back up the ramp.

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Follow Dale on Twitter @DPlummer627