Punk overshadows RAW Roulette
DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
Anytime the WWE stops in Nevada, they dust off the old RAW Roulette wheel. Just how lazy is creative this month? Last week the fans got decide what matches or stipulations they wanted to see, (when the voting worked.) And this week in Las Vegas the writers get to lean on the big wheel of chance.
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler call all the action from the Thomas and Mack center in Sin City.
Shawn Michaels kicks off the show in his first return to RAW since his retirement. HBK says he tried to stay away, but just couldn’t do it. HBK won’t do what everyone else does by shamelessly plugging his new show on the Outdoor Network…wait, never mind. Michaels is interrupted by CM Punk and the new Nexus.
Punk berates HBK for coming back, and says he will be happy on July 17th, because he will be leaving. Punk calls the situation and win-win, unlike HBK who went out with a loss. Punk tells the fans he is leaving because of them. HBK tells Punk he is better than him. Punk says he was better, but now no one can hold a candle to him and Punk takes that as a challenge. HBK says Punk has his style and he has his own, and then superkicks David Otunga.
The RAW GM chimes in, telling Punk that he will have the first match tonight, and Booker T is in the back to spin the wheel. The first spin lands on Mystery Opponent, who turns out be Kane. While Punk stands stunned, HBK lays out Michael McGillicutty with a super kick.
Match #1 – CM Punk vs. Kane
Kane tosses Punk out of the ring, going after him on the floor. He drives Punk into the security barrier before tossing him back into the ring. Punk gets caught leaping off the top rope, but is able to kick Kane in the side of the head. Punk tries to chop Kane down with kicks. Kane counters with a shot to the jaw, and climbs the turnbuckle. Punk catches him, but Kane fights him off. Kane looks for a high impact move, but Punk rolls out of the ring, and starts to head to the back. Punk gets counted out.
Winner via count out: Kane
Ricardo Rodriguez introduced Alberto Del Rio, who isn’t dressed for action. Del Rio rolls the footage of Show getting hit by his car, with Rodriguez in a spot shadow driving the car. Del Rio says it was as accidents and wants Ricardo to explain what happened. He does, in Spanish. Del Rio tells Show that he brought this upon himself.
Last week the fans wanted to see Sin Cara takes on Evan Bourne, but the voting process get messed up, so we saw Mason Ryan instead. The WWE actually acknowledged this mistake and are giving us the match tonight.
Match #2 – Sin Cara vs. Evan Bourne
Before the match starts, we need to get the stipulation from Booker T. Eve spins the wheel and we are going to get a No Count Out match.
Bourne and Cara break out the mat wrestling to start off. Cara sends Bounre to the floor after a springboard arm drag. Back in the ring, the two trade kicks. Cara ducks a kick, and sends Bourne back to the floor with a head scissors. Cara takes Bourne out with a dive through the ropes. Bourne counters a tilt-a-whirl with a head scissors and tosses Cara back in the ring. Bourne knees Cara in the face, but cannot get the pin. Bourne connects with a standing moonsault, and then climbs the top rope. Cara rolls away from Air Bourne, and even though Bourne lands on his feet, Cara is able to hit a modified hurricanrana and get the pin.
Winner pinfall: Sin Cara
Kofi Kingston gets the spin the wheel to find out what kind of match he will have with Dolph Ziggler. Vikki Guerrero cuts in and spins it. The wheel lands on player’s choice. Kofi decides to have Vikki banned from ringside.
Match #3 – Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler wants nothing to do with this match and starts up the ramp. Kofi chases him down, dragging him back to the ring. Dolph is knocked from the ring with a forearm. On the outside, he smashes Kofi into the ring post and we go to commercial.
After the break, Ziggler hits a leg drop to the back of Kofi’s head and follows with a neck breaker. Kofi nearly steals the match with a small package, but Dolph kicks out. From out of nowhere, Kofi connects with Trouble in Paradise and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston
Maryse joins Booker T at the big wheel. Alberto Del Rio wants to know why he has to face Big Show, again. Booker says he doesn’t make the matches. Del Rio has Maryse spin, as she hits on him, but Del Rio is in no mood for lovin’ when the wheel lands on Steel Cage match.
Match #4 – The Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio – Steel Cage Match
At the bell, Del Rio makes a break for it, but Show just yanks him off the cage. He chops Del Rio across the chest and then runs his face into the cage. Del Rio dodges a charge in the corner, and takes Show down with a shot to the knee. Del Rio focuses his attacks on Show’s injured knee, as Mark Henry makes him way to ringside. Del Rio runs into a bug right from Show, but is able to escape a choke slam. Big Show corners Del Rio, setting him up on the top turnbuckle. Show drops him with a superplex. Henry tries to get in the cage, ripping the door off its hinges. Henry kicks Show in the head, as Del Rio escapes out the door.
Winner via escape: Alberto Del Rio
Henry crushes Show with the cage door, knocking down the side of the cage, spilling Show to the floor.
Match #5 – Kelly Kelly vs. Nikki Bella w/ Brie
Booker spins the wheel; landing on a submission match.
Nikki taps out to a Boston crab.
Winner via submission: Kelly Kelly
After the match, the twins jump Kelly, until Eve runs down to make the save.
Rey spins the wheel and will be in a tornado match. Diamond Dallas Page drops in to push the new Best of Nitro DVD. Drew McIntyre tells DDP and Booker that they are taking up his TV dime, and tells them to get lost. HBK strikes McIntyre with a superkick from out nowhere.
Match #6 – Rey Mysterio and Alex Riley vs. Jack Swagger and The Miz – Tornado Tag Team Match
The Miz sends Riley to the floor, as Swagger corners Mysterio in the ring. Swagger hits a splash on Rey, but Mysterio kicks out. Miz climbs the turnbuckle, only to get crotched by his teammate. Swagger spills to the floor, and Rey hits a seated senton. Riley hip tosses Miz off the top turnbuckle. Miz kicks out of the pin, and we go to commercial.
After the break, Miz and Swagger are standing over Riley in the middle of the ring. They whip Riley off the ropes, but he kicks Swagger in the face. Miz decks Riley, as Swagger catches Rey coming off the turnbuckle. He drops Rey into a backbreaker from Miz. Swagger is dropped over the top rope by Riley, but is then toppled by Miz. Rey fights Miz off the top rope and connects with the seated senton. Rey kicks Miz upside the head, but only gets a two count. Swagger cuts off the 619. Riley takes himself and Miz over the top rope, as Swaggers sets up the gut wrench powerbomb. Rey counters, knocking Swagger into the ropes. Rey is caught on the 619, and Swagger applies the ankle lock. Riley makes the save, Mysterio hits the 619, followed by a DDT from Riley. Mysterio finishes him off with a splash from the top turnbuckle. Rey covers to get the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Rey Mysterio and Alex Riley
R-Truth’s talking to himself if interrupted by Booker who wants him to spin the wheel. It lands on Tables Match; Truth is pleased with the result.
Match #7 – R-Truth vs. John Cena – Tables match
What I love most about Truth’s heel turn is that he doesn’t come out to any music now.
Truth beats Cena into the corner and knocks him to the floor. Back in the ring, Cena drop kicks Truth and looks for an early Attitude Adjustment. Truth counters with a jaw breaker, and then grabs a table. He sets it up against the turnbuckle. Truth goes for a suplex, but Cena counters it. Truth hits the floor and Cena smashes him into the ring steps. Cena brings another table into the ring, setting it up in the center. Cena pulls Truth into the ring, as CM Punk runs down. Cena delivers an AA, but Punk pulled the table away. Punk hits the ring, and Truth spears the distracted Cena through a table to win the match.
Punk sits at the top of the ramp and addresses Cena. He has a lot to get off his chest. Punk says he actually likes Cena, but hates the idea that he is the best. Punk says he is the best, except at kissing Vince’s butt. He says Cena may be as good as Hogan and Dwayne. Punk says he is the best wrestler ever since he walked into the WWE. Punk credits Paul Heyman for finding him. He says he has proven over the last six years he is the best, but he hasn’t been promoted at all. Punk is disgusted that The Rock is in the main event Wrestlemania and he isn’t. Punk then rips into the fans for supporting the system. Punk says he will take the title to New Japan or Ring of Honor. Punk understands that the WWE will go on, but Vince should be a billionaire. He says Vince has surrounded himself with yes men. He then takes a shot at Steph and Hunter before the show goes off the air.
Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Follow Dale on Twitter @DPlummer627