Raw: 'Power to the People' both good and bad
MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on Monday Night Raw: "Power to the People" is the theme to tonight's three-hour Raw and the WWE Universe made some interesting decisions. Even if the decision-making was a bit more stellar from the fans, WWE gave them very little to work with, including some awful, boring (and thus insulting) stipulations to choose from. Should be a good one!
And we are LIVE! from Long Island, NY Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG, V)
CM Punk is out to start tonight's show. He notes he beat Rey Mysterio at Capitol Punishment and John Cena last week, so this means he's the No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship. He says it's not a debate, it's just fact based on his accomplishments. And now he wants the Anonymous Raw GM to make it official. He wants his match scheduled now for the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. He says he's not leaving until the GM names him the No. 1 contender.
After a few seconds, the GM dings in. Punk rushes Cole to read it and the GM dings again. The GM says he'll take Punk's demands under consideration and asks him to leave the ring. Punk chats a bit and it dings again. The GM suggests Punk leave the ring right now. Punk says until he's announced as the No. 1 contender, he suggests the GM watches him make snow angels. The GM dings again and says he was going to name Punk the No. 1 contender but now he has to earn it. Punk will face Alberto Del Rio for the spot. Punk says he's used to people around here making bad decisions. Before he can spit out his whole statement, the GM dings again and says the match is now a triple threat match with Rey Mysterio added in. The Raw music plays and Punk leaves the ring.
Match #1 - Divas Championship - (c) Brie Bella (Scottsdale, Ariz.) vs. Kelly Kelly (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Kelly Kelly wins the vote over Beth Phoenix and Eve with 53 percent.
Brie working Kelly over in the early going. Chinlock in full effect but Kelly works her way to her feet but Brie just pulls her down by the hair and locks it in again. Brie gloats and this gives Kelly an opening. Thesz Press connects and then a bulldog for two. Brie, though, hits a big neckbreaker but Kelly kicks out at two. Kelly with a victory roll attempt but Brie sits down on it only to have Kelly reverse it and get the pin. New champ!
Winner via pinfall and NEW Divas Champion: Kelly Kelly
Match #2 - Evan Bourne (St. Louis, Mo.) vs. Mason Ryan (Cardiff, Wales)
Mason Ryan took it with 51 percent.
Ryan ragdolling Bourne early and the crowd chants "Batista!" but Bourne gets going with kicks. He goes for clinch knees but Ryan press slams him. Ryan loads Bourne up on the top turnbuckle but Bourne knocks him down, mule kicks him and tries a roll-up but Ryan kicks out. Bourne goes back to the top by Ryan catches him with the uranage and that's it.
Winner via pinfall: Mason Ryan
The fans have voted for an arm-wrestling challenge between Kane and Mark Henry over an over-the-top challenge and a body slam challenge.
They arm-wrestle briefly until Henry attacks Kane. He clotheslines Kane and then hits him with the arm-wrestling table, sending him to the outside. Then he runs him into the ring post and then picks him up and gives him the World's Strongest Slam through the announce table.
R-Truth is out. He says last night at Capitol Punishment, he got okie dokied by Little Jimmy. He got got by Little Jimmy. He says he knew it was a conspiracy when he's interrupted by Christian.
He complains about how the people have screwed him over and then shows how he shouldn't have been pinned at the pay-per-view because his foot was clearly under the bottom rope. Christian says justice should be served and he wants one more shot. Truth says at least Christian's been champion, last night he got got by Little Jimmy. The crowd chants "Little Jimmy" as The Miz's music hits and he makes his way to the ring.
He calls them both whiners and crybabies. He notes Alex Riley had a victory served to him on a silver platter last night. Christian notes both he and Truth were in title matches last night. Then all three of them go back-and-forth in an exchange that I cannot even begin to do justice to. I laughed heartily.
They are about to each lose their minds when Smackdown GM Theodore Long comes out and books those three against John Cena, Randy Orton and Riley in tonight's main event.
Match #3 - WWE United States Championship - (c) Dolph Ziggler (Hollywood, Fla.) vs. Kofi Kingston (Ghana, West Africa)
The choices for this are 2/3 falls, Vickie Guerrero banned from ringside and submission match. The winner with 51 percent is 2/3 falls.
Kingston gets off to a hot start, obviously looking for vengeance after he was (arguably) robbed of the title last night at Capitol Punishment. Kingston charges at Ziggler, but he moves and Kingston goes flying to the outside.
During the break, we had the first fall as Ziggler gave Kingston the Zig-Zag on the floor, rolled him into the ring and pinned him.
Ziggler leads 1-0
Ziggler controlling the action. He works a chinlock, then a picture perfect dropkick and an armbar. He follows that up with a Fameasser for two. He goes for the sleeper but Kingston reverses into the SOS and gets the pin.
Match tied 1-1
Ziggler goes for the dropkick but Kingston catches him and slingshots him into the steel post. Kingston gets up and lands some chops and a dropkick of his own. He hits the back splash from the top but Ziggler kicks out at two. Ziggler tries to take his belt and go but Kingston gives him the Trouble in Paradise on the outside. He finally rolls him back in the ring but Ziggler gets literally two fingers on the bottom rope. Ziggler again tries to go but Kingston grabs him. Ziggler grabs the mic and hits Kingston with it.
Winner of the 3rd fall via disqualification: Kofi Kingston
Ziggler goes for the attack after the match and rolls Ziggler in but Kingston hits him with another Trouble in Paradise.
Match #4 - No. 1 Contender's Match for the WWE Championship - Alberto Del Rio (San Luis, Mexico) vs. CM Punk (Chicago, Ill.) vs. Rey Mysterio (San Diego, Calif.)
Your choices for this match are submission match, no DQ match and falls count anywhere. The winner, with 66 percent, is falls count anywhere.
Punk power bombs Del Rio onto the floor but Del Rio kicks out. As Punk argues with the referee, Mysterio comes diving onto him for a two count.
Mysterio running wild on both men as we return. After briefly being put out of commission, he sets both of them for the 619 but Del Rio bails and Punk catches him. This leads to Del Rio kicking Punk and goes for the cross-armbreaker on Mysterio but Punk kicks him in the back of the head.
Tower of doom with Del Rio on the good end. He goes for covers on both men but gets two both times. He runs at Mysterio but eats a kick. He hits a real nice German suplex with a bridge on Mysterio but Punk kicks out his leg. Mysterio goes to leap onto Del Rio on the outside but Punk stops him. Punk charges Mysterio in the corner but eats two feet to the face. Mysterio goes to the top and hits a cannonball onto Punk, lands on his feet and dives through the ropes onto Del Rio on the outside.
Seated sexton by Mysterio for two. He goes for the springboard crossbody onto Punk but he just walks away. Punk goes to the top but Mysterio cuts him off. Mysterio goes for a rana but Punk hangs on. Del Rio goes for the cross-armbreaker but Punk breaks it up again. Jumping kick in the corner for Del Rio on Punk. He turns around into 619 position, though and Mysterio hits it. Mysterio into the cover but Punk lifts him off, slides him into the post and steals the pin.
Winner via pinfall and NEW No. 1 contender: CM Punk
After the match, Punk grabs the mic and says that his WWE contract expires the day after Money in the Bank and he's going to beat John Cena for the title there and leave WWE with the title.
Match #5 - Daniel Bryan (Aberdeen, Wash.) vs. Cody Rhodes (Marietta, Ga.)
This is a No Count Out Match with 51 percent of the vote.
They battle on the outside and Bryan hits the suicide dive. They battle further. Back in the ring, Rhodes rolls Bryan up, but Bryan reverses it and gets the surprise fall.
Winner via pinfall: Daniel Bryan
Rhodes tries to attack after the match but Bryan catches him in the LeBell Lock. That is until Ted DiBiase makes the save and they lay out Bryan and put a bag on his head.
Next up is a dance competition with Vickie Guerrero. She goes and then finds out her opponent, either Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler or Booker T. The winner is Michael Cole with 47 percent of the vote.
Cole's dance is hilarious. And he actually wins. Vickie slaps him after and claims she won.
Match #6 - R-Truth (Charlotte, NC), Christian (Toronto, Ontario) & The Miz (Cleveland, Ohio) vs. Alex Riley (Washington, DC), Randy Orton (St. Louis, Mo.) & John Cena (West Newbury, Mass.)
The winner of the vote, with 79 percent of the vote, is an elimination match. It had the tough duty of beating out a 20-minute time limit and a one-fall match.
The heels isolate Orton in the early going. R-Truth works a headlock but Orton suplexes his way out. Unfortunately for him, he can't make it to the corner before Christian cuts him off. He looks for the Killswitch but Orton reverses into RKO position but Christian grabs him and hits a reverse DDT.
Christian goes for the spear but Orton scoop slams him and brings in Riley. Riley is on fire and then it all breaks down. The referee tries to get Cena out of the ring and this allows Miz to hit Riley with the Skull-Crushing Finale and Christian makes the cover.
Miz is on top of Orton as we return. Miz gets up and lines Orton up for the corner clothesline but Orton clotheslines him and tags in Cena. Cena hits his comeback moves and goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Miz escapes and hits the backbreaker/neckbreaker combo. He follows that up with the corner clothesline and goes to the top but he comes down and Cena catches him in the STF but before he can tap, Truth makes the save.
Now they work over Cena. Truth gets in against Cena and Cena's on rubber legs. Then out of nowhere, Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Miz and gets the pin.
Cena still in trouble, though. Christian to the top. He goes for a big splash but Cena moves and gets the tag to Orton as Christian tags Truth. Draping DDT for Truth. He calls for the RKO but Christian stops him. Truth goes for the scissors kick after Orton dispatches of Christian but Orton moves and catches him with the RKO and pins him.
Christian jumps right on Orton and spears and pins him.
Christian gloats too much and gets caught by Cena in AA position, but he hangs onto the ropes. He gets out only to run into an RKO from Orton. Cena locks in the STF and Christian taps.
Sole Survivor: John Cena
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