May 9, 2011
RAW: Number One Contender named for WWE Title
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
It always seems that this time of year we hit a Pay Per View log jam in the WWE. Extreme Rules was three weeks after Wrestlemania, and now Over the Limit is only three weeks removed from Extreme Rules. With only two more weeks to go to the show, there'd better be some quick build ups to stories, especially when last week was dedicated to a guy that only shows up once a month. RAW comes to us from Knoxville, Tennessee on the campus of the University of Tennessee this week, so let’s see what WWE creative has in store for us tonight.
Alberto Del Rio is introduced to the ring by his own personal ring announcer, as always. Del Rio says his destiny to win the World Heavyweight Title was stolen, and last week RAW should have been celebrating his arrival, not The Rock’s birthday. Del Rio says he should be the number one contender to John Cena’s title.
Rey Mysterio interrupts, surely setting up a feud that just wrapped up on Smackdown a few months ago. Rey says Del Rio’s destiny is to one day be the personal ring announcer of his current announcer. Del Rio says he will earn a shot by beating him. The Miz and Alex Riley interrupt to throw in their two cents. (Which is pointless, because WWE all ready teased that these guys would compete for the number one contendership.)
Miz says RAW is still his show, and the WWE Title is his. He blames Riley for the loss last week. Del Rio tells him he had his chance and didn’t finish the job. Del Rio says get to the back of the line. Miz say he pinned Cena, and the ref reversed the decision. Miz calls for a legitimate rematch with John Cena.
R-Truth throws his hat in the ring to contribute to this mess. Truth is here to spit some hate. He hates hospital food, and John Morrison is eating a lot of it right now. Morrison just had successful neck surgery, and Truth takes credit for taking him out. Truth says the only one facing Cena will be him.
The GM sends an email right on cue. The GM says only three people deserve a shot at the title. The Miz, Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio will face each other in triple threat match. R-Truth can’t believe he was passed over, and gets in Rey’s face. Mysterio tells him he doesn’t deserve a shot, and that’s the truth.
Miz tells Del Rio and Mysterio that it doesn’t matter what they did on Smackdown. Alex Riley takes a shot at Del Rio. The Miz is knocked out of the ring by Del Rio and Mysterio takes out Del Rio.
Match #1 – Brie and Nikki Bella vs. Eve and Kelly Kelly
Every Diva’s match is a waiting game until Kharma runs in. Kelly gets the pin after reversing a roll up by Brie.
Winner via pinfall: Kelly Kelly
After the bell, Kharma walks out to the ring. The Bellas are on the outside, while Kelly and Eve stand frozen in the ring. The Bellas run to the back, leaving the other two to deal with Kharma. Kelly rolls out of the ring, and Eve tries to attack from behind but runs right into a clothesline. Kelly runs to the back. Kharma picks Eve up and delivers the Impact Buster.
Match #2 – Kane w/ Big Show vs. Mason Ryan w/ CM Punk
Kane can’t whip Ryan into the corner, but does hit him with an uppercut coming out of the corner. Ryan delivers a clothesline that sends Kane to the mat. Ryan picks Kane up and slams him into the turnbuckle. Kane kicks out of the pin. Kane drops Ryan with a low drop kick, and gets a near fall after a kick to the head. Punk tries to get involved, but Show takes him out with one punch. The rest of Nexus hits the ring, but Kane and Show fight them off. They deliver a double choke slam to Ryan.
Winner via disqualification: Kane
Match #3 – Santino Marella vs. Dolph Ziggler w/ Vikki Guerrero
Ziggler decks Santino and stomps away at him on the mat. Ziggler drops an elbow. Santino drops Ziggler, and looks for the cobra. Ziggler drop kicks Santino in the head, and follows with the Zig Zag to get the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler
Well the Christian title reign didn’t last long.
R-Truth is talking to himself as he walks through the back to his car. Scott Stanford gets a word with him. Truth says he hasn’t been taken seriously, and pretty much goes nuts.
Alex Riley tries to plead his case to The Miz that last week wasn’t his fault. Miz isn’t buying it and is still angry. Riley says he will make it up to him and tells Miz to watch. Riley walks out to the ring and demands a microphone.
Riley says The Miz is the only person he cares about and he is going to prove it by challenging John Cena to a match. Riley calls out Cena, and the champ answers the bell.
Match #4 – Alex Riley vs. John Cena
Cena trips up Riley, just toying with him. Cena catches Riley by the foot, shoots him off the ropes and delivers a hip toss. Riley dodges a clothesline and hits one of his own. He follows with a back suplex to Cena. The champ turns the tables with a shoulder block. Cena hits the sidewalk slam and follows with the five knuckle shuffle. Riley gets picked up for the AA, as the Miz watches from the stage. Cena delivers not one, but two Attitude Adjustments, and then locks in the STF. Riley quickly taps.
Winner via submission: John Cena
Micheal Cole is in the ring, and the show comes to a screeching halt. Cole has decided to retire from in-ring competition. Cole brags about how he is the only undefeated superstar. Jerry Lawler has heard enough, and shuts Cole up by rolling the footage of The Rock taking Cole out with a Rock Bottom. Lawler has a proposition for Cole. If Cole can defeat King again, Lawler will induct Cole into the WWE Hall of Fame and get Lawler’s ring. Cole declines and heads back to his cubicle. Cole accuses Lawler of trying to steal the spotlight. Cole says his mind is made up after spending the day with his mother. Cole wants to know what Lawler did for Mother’s Day. That’s the last straw for Lawler, and he goes after Cole, only to get jumped by Jack Swagger.
Match #5 – Jack Swagger (challenger) vs. Kofi Kingston (champion) – US Title match
Kofi rolls out of an early ankle lock, but Swagger takes him down. Kofi ducks two clotheslines and hits a flying forearm. Swagger rolls out of the ring, and avoids a kick from Kofi by quickly sliding back into the ring. He kicks Kofi out of the ring, and we go to break.
After the break, Swagger has Kofi on the ropes, but Kofi fights out off the turnbuckle. Swagger hits a knee to the gut, but Kofi blocks a splash out of the corner. Swagger blocks Trouble in Paradise, but Kofi is able to hit a cross body from the top turnbuckle. Swagger tries to toss Kofi out of the ring, but Kofi skins the cat. Swagger gets the ankle lock applied, but since Kofi is already in the ropes, he has to break the hold. Swagger blocks another Kofi attack, and the US champ comes up lame on the ankle. Lawler walks out to the ring, distracting Swagger. Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston
Lawler goes after Cole, grabbing his tie through a hole in the glass. Lawler repeatedly slams Cole’s face into the glass, until refs pull him away. Swagger comes over to check on him, and then announces Lawler is fired. The King says he never touched him, just his tie. Swagger accepts Lawler’s earlier challenge for Cole.
Match #6 – Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz – Triple Threat Number One Contender Match
Early on Mysterio gets Del Rio and The Miz set up for the 619, but Del Rio violently stops it, sending Rey to the floor. Miz whips Rey into the corner, and hits him with a running clothesline, that also catches Del Rio. Mysterio kicks his way out of a chin lock, and then drops Miz into the bottom turnbuckle. Del Rio trips Rey up, and then tosses him from the ring.
Miz looks for the Skull crusher, but Del Rio counters into a pin. Miz kicks out. The two men charge each other, and both go down. With Rey still on the outside, we go to commercial.
After the break, Del Rio whips Rey into the corner, but Mysterio get a boot up on a charge. Del Rio counters a head scissors with a back breaker. Del Rio then runs Miz into the ring post on the outside and goes back to cover Rey, but Mysterio kicks out. Del Rio spills out of the ring, as Miz pulls on the ropes. Mysterio kicks Miz, and then hits a leg drop, getting a two count. Miz slams Rey into the ringpost. Mysterio ducks a clothesline, and Miz hits the floor. Del Rio takes him out with a clothesline on the floor, and Mysterio takes out Del Rio with a plancha from over the top. Back in the ring, Rey hits a cross body, but Del Rio kicks out at two. Mysterio takes down Del Rio, but doesn’t see Miz climbing the top rope. Del Rio is whipped into the corner, and Miz get crotched. Del Rio hits a chin breaker on Rey, and then locks in the cross arm breaker. Del Rio breaks the hold and nearly rolls up Miz, who kicks out. Miz hits Del Rio with a DDT, but can’t get the cover. Mysterio slips out of the Skull Crusher and Miz is knocked from the ring. Alex Riley makes his way to the ring. Del Rio knocks Riley off the apron, and hits the 619 on Del Rio. Miz is knocked to the floor, as Rey goes up top. Mysterio connects on the press from the top, but Riley pulls Del Rio out of the pin and ring. Miz runs in and rolls up Rey, who cannot kick out. Miz gets the pin and is the new number one contender.
Winner via pinfall: The Miz
John Cena hits the stage to congratulate him and name the match for Over the Limit. The Miz will take on John Cena in an I Quit Match.
After all that is set, R-Truth runs in, hitting Mysterio with a DDT before the show goes off the air.
Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Follow Dale on Twitter @DPlummer627