May 23, 2011
RAW: Cena gets nothing but the R-Truth
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
Did anyone actually think John Cena was going to say ďI quitĒ last night at Extreme Rules? Most people probably saved the money and just read the results on our fine site. Come to think of it there werenít any real surprises last night. Jerry Lawler finally got over on Michael Cole, Kane and Big Show retained their tag belts, and does anyone even care about the Diva Title? There are sure to be some rematches tonight, as Monday Night Raw comes to us from Portland, Oregon.
Itís nice to hear Josh Matthews' voice, but how long until Michael Cole rears his ugly head? Jerry Lawler gets his own introduction and heads to the ring. The King wants to say that finally the long national nightmare is over, as Cole has been beaten. If you didnít see the PPV, Lawler reveals the ace he had up his sleeve, Bret ďThe HitmanĒ Hart.
Hart hits the ring to a thunderous ovation. He says he has no respect for Cole and it was his pleasure to assist in the defeat. R-Truth interrupts the Hall of Famer.
Truth says this is an honor, as he tells the crowd to shut up. Truth wants Hart to guess how many title matches he has been in. Itís zero. He thinks itís because he never gave the kids anything. So he takes Hartís sunglasses to give a kid in the audience. Even Truth knows that wonít get him a title shot, so he is going to beat up a Hall of Famer. Hart tells him to take his best shot and calls him a lunatic. Truth doesnít want to be disrespected and leaves the ring, just as WWE champion John Cena makes his entrance.
Cena wants Truth to hold up, but first he wants to shake Hartís hand. The champ turns back to Truth and wants to know when he lost it. Truth says Cena is the conspiracy. Itís always about John Cena. Truth is upset that his son idolizes Cena instead of him. Cena is about to knock some sense into Truth, when the GM chimes in with an email.
Josh Matthews reads the email, which tells Truth to show something more to the GM. Truth will team with CM Punk to face John Cena and Rey Mysterio with Bret Hart as the guest referee.
Big Show and Kane are backstage, when Ricardo Rodriguez yells at Show for sitting on Alberto Del Rioís car. Show pushes him away, so Del Rio gets in his face. The Tag Champs just walk away.
Match #1 Ė Kane and The Big Show vs. David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty Ė Tag Team Title Match
This isnít quite a rematch, as Punk and Mason Ryan challenged for the title last night. Punk joins the announce table, and doesnít appreciate Matthews questioning him about the loss last night. McGillicutty tags in and Show beats him in the corner and then sends him over the top rope. We go to commercial.
After the break, Otunga has Kane on the ropes, but Kane connects with a big boot. McGillicutty and Show gets tags. Mason Ryan runs in and neutralizes Kane. Show grabs Otunga and McGilllicutty but Punk kicks Show in the back, allowing Nexus to hit a dual DDT. McGillicutty covers and gets the three count.
Winner via pinfall and new WWE Tag Team Champions: David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty
Scott Stanford interviews an angry Big Show, who doesnít take kindly to get taunted by Alberto Del Rio. Show runs after Del Rio, but is struck down by Rodriguez driving Del Rioís car. Kane calls for the medics, as Show is writhing in pain. The paramedics work on Showís knee.
After the break, Show is still being worked on. He wants to get to his feet. Show says he is fine, but canít stand without assistance.
Match #2 Ė Jack Swagger vs. Evan Bourne
So is Swagger a heel or a face after turning his back on Cole?
Bourne rolls away from the corner splash and then rolls through the ankle lock. Bourne canít avoid the power bomb, though, and Swagger picks up the victory.
Winner pinfall: Jack Swagger
After the match, Bourne knocks Swagger out of the ring, as Swagger was celebrating.
Michael Cole is backstage, and I hope he stays there. He tries to offer a truce to Eve with a handshake, she offer back the bottom of her boot.
Cole is introduced to the ring, and he is in no hurry to get there. Cole makes his way to the announce table to bury the hatchet with Lawler. Cole says he is here to apologize to Lawler, Matthews, Justin Roberts, the entire crew, and all the fans in the arena and at home. Cole wants to come home; all he wants to do it call the action next to Lawler. Cole begs the crowd to accept his apology. (I donít see that happening.)
Lawler says that sounds really good and thanks him for doing so. He also thanks him for giving him a picture for this yearís Christmas card. Itís a photo of Cole with a mouthful of Jerryís foot. Cole takes a seat at the announce table, as The Miz makes his way to the ring.
Miz says there is one reason why he didnít win last night, Alex Riley. He blames Riley for losing the title at Extreme Rules, and for the reversal of the decision the in the title match the next Monday. Miz pleads to the GM for another title show with Alex Riley banned from ringside. Miz tries to make a case but the GM isnít biting. Miz says he wonít leave the ring until the GM chimes in. The GM fires off an email, but denies The Miz his match and tells him he is done with John Cena. Miz turns on Riley and wants on explanation. Riley points out that he didnít quit. This sets Miz off and he fires Riley. Miz hits him, but Riley fires back, knocking Miz to the floor. Riley slams him into the security barrier and then tosses him across the announce table. The beat down continues in the ring. Riley leaves a broken Miz in the middle of the ring.
Match #3 Ė The Bella Twins, Maryse, and Melina vs. Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim, Beth Phoenix, and Eve
Itís about time Gail Kim got some screen time. Unfortunately I have a feeling that she is about to get squashed by Kharma. Seconds into the match, Kharma makes her presence known. Beth Phoenix rallies and unites the troops to defend each other. They surround Kharma, who drops to her knees in the middle of the ring. Is she crying? No, she seems to be muttering something to herself as we cut to commercial. (Iím confused and angry.)
Match #4 Ė Kofi Kingston vs. Drew McIntyre
Kofi breaks out a new finisher to beat Drew. It reminds me of the Canadian destroyer.
Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston
Dolph Ziggler, who has dyed his hair back to platinum blond, is watching the match in the back with Vicki Guerrero.
The next PPV is Capital Punishment, so WWE has intercut a presidential press conference with their own questions.
Nexus celebrates their win of the tag team titles.
Alberto Del Rio says Big Show brought this upon himself for disrespecting him, and puts all the blame on Ricardo. Lawler tells us that Show has been taken to a local medical center.
Lawler then introduces a Randy Savage tribute.
Match #5 Ė John Cena and Rey Mysterio vs. R-Truth and CM Punk Ė Bret Hart Guest Referee
Punk is paying tribute to Randy Savage with Macho Man inspired trunks. Cena takes Truth over with a hip toss and then dumps him out of the ring. We go to commercial.
After the break, Punk is beating on Cena in the corner. Cena recovers, and Punk tries to take refuge behind Hart. Truth tags in and stomps away at Cena in the corner. He then whips him into the far corner and makes the cover. Cena kicks out at two. Punk rides Hart over slow counts. Punk denies Cena a tag, dragging him back into the heel corner. Truth connects with a vertical suplex, but Cena kicks out. Truth yells at Hart. Cena is stopped short of a tag, again, and Punk hits him with a back breaker. Cena counters the GTS with a DDT, and is able to get the tag to Rey. Mysterio rolls through a sunset flip and dropkicks Punk in the head. Truth breaks the pin, but Cena takes him out. Rey counters the GTS with a head scissors, sending Punk into the ropes. Rey hits the 619. Hart punches Punk and locks in the Sharpshooter. Rey drops a leg from the top rope, as Hart breaks the hold. Rey covers and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: John Cena and Rey Mysterio
The show ends with Cena, Mysterio, and Hart celebrating in the ring.
Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Follow Dale on Twitter @DPlummer627