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Raw: Pink slips on the red show
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


Raw is live following Night of Champions, and the less you hear from me about what went down last night the better off you’ll be. So rather than focus on the negative (oops, did I let that slip?) let’s get straight into the show, which has Hugh Jackman as the guest star.

We kick off with CM Punk, unfortunately without the ice cream bar tee shirt which was so celebrated last night. Punk talks about his history in the Cleveland building they’re in and how it hasn’t been exactly positive for him. He then discusses the WWE conspiracy that exists up until Triple H’s music plays and he comes out. Trips starts to lay the praise on CM Punk before talking about John Cena capturing WWE gold. He then proclaims that both Alberto Del Rio and CM Punk are eligible for their rematches, and they will face Cena inside the Hell in a Cell at the aptly named PPV. I’m certainly cool with that.

Trips then moves onto the conspiracy theory. Punk then turns to the conspiracy that both of them are victims. This brings Johnny Ace out who tries to dissuade Trips from buying into Punk’s theory. Punk fires back and the two start to go back and forth. Trips then interjects himself, which leads to Ace trying to fire Punk, which Trips reneges. Trips then announces he’s going to get to the bottom of what’s been going on and says someone will be fired tonight.

Match 1 – Justin Grabriel/Sheamus/Air Boom vs. Michael McGillicutty/Wade Barrett/David Otunga/Christian

I hate straight up tag team matches of this size. There’s just not enough time ever given to them and you can never properly showcase any stars.

Match progresses with Bourne taking the brunt of the abuse until Sheamus comes in. Eventually we get to the standard “all men in” cluster. Eventually Sheamus gets the duke on Otunga with the Irish Cross.

Winners: Sheamus/Air Boom/Gabriel

Backstage, one of the refs talks to Trips about his safety, who then tells said ref to bring R-Truth and Miz to him when the duo arrive. ADR then comes in and discusses Trips’s decision. Eventually, ADR says he can’t wait for Vince to come back. Hmm...

Match 2 – Alberto Del Rio vs. John Morrison

Decent match between the two. At one point, Del Rio hits a Stunner... uninteresting.

The bout, however, is extremely short with Del Rio hitting the Cross Arm Breaker easily on Morrison who’s getting absolutely buried these days.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

Post-match, Del Rio does some more damage.

Next, Hugh Jackman comes out and eventually Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler come out. Vickie swoons over Jackman, which gets Ziggler jealous. Ziggler starts ripping into Jackman and does a pretty good job on the stick as he talks about underdogs. Jackman says he’s going to find the biggest underdog backstage and will lead him to victory over Ziggler. A “We Want Ryder” chant breaks out, and Jackman even goes out and grabs a “Ryder > Wolverine” sign from ringside.

Miz and Truth then pull up backstage with Ace meeting them at their car to give them the request for the meeting.

Match 3 – Sin Cara 1.0/2.0 vs. Cody Rhodes

Before the match can start, the other Cara comes out. By the way, you can tell the original by the height and weight. The fans can easily tell and start to applause as the two Caras do battle in the ring. Oh, and you can also tell because the original Cara’s blonde hair sticks out the bottom of his mask. What happened to Cody?

Winner: No contest

Miz and Truth are then shown in Trips’ office. Both apologize for their actions last night. Trips accepts their apology and fines them each $250,000 and tells them they face John Cena and Punk tonight.

Back from the break, JR is in the center of the ring and announces that Mark Henry and Randy Orton will square off in the Cell at HIAC in two weeks. Mark Henry then comes out for an interview with JR. Henry goes on the offensive and really takes time to celebrate his win last night (and rightfully so). Henry then demands that JR apologize for all of the WWE fans. Henry then goes into JR’s day as EVP of Talent Relations. Henry’s busting out some real emotion here and it’s awesome to see.

Henry then attacks JR, choking him with his tie. This brings Jerry Lawler into the ring to break things up. Lawler, after being grabbed himself, tries to hurt Henry to no avail. Lawler really needs to stop getting in the ring. Mark then brings him back to the announce area and invokes more damage once there, eventually putting Lawler through the table. Henry is absolutely awesome and watching this work is like seeing an old school monster heel amped up to the nth degree. Purely awesome.

Match 4 – Kelly Kelly/Eve Torres vs. Divas of Doom

Ah crap. I mentioned this on the Spawn forum a few times and it’s worth mentioning here too – I can’t wait for Eve to go Gracie on Kelly.

Surprisingly, it isn’t Kelly who gets the duke in this short match, as Eve rolls up Nattie for the 1-2-3 out of nowhere. Yes, this should now put her as the #1 contender. Eve, let’s get Gracie (and if you don’t know what I’m referring to, go back in the archives and check out my interview with the lovely Ms. Torres.

Backstage, Jackman talks to Ryder about the challenge to Ziggler.

Match 5 – Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder

Match progresses fairly quickly with Ziggler very much in control. Eventually, Vickie physically interjects and gets tossed, and while the ref’s back is to the action Jackman takes a shot at Ziggler, which leads to the Ruff Ryder for the W. Looks like we’re getting Ryder vs. Ziggler at HIAC.

Winner: Zack Ryder

After the break, we get a video about Jack Swagger which we later see Vickie watching. Swagger then comes in and makes a play for becoming part of her stable. Vickie then makes the deal official.

Backstage, we see CM Punk and John Cena verbally duke it out. We then head to the standard HIAC video.

Match 6 - CM Punk/John Cena vs. The Miz/R-Truth

We get back-and-forth action between the two squads in this long tag bout with Cena eventually taking the heat segment, primarily from Miz, before busting out a Protobomb. Cena can’t get to the corner though and Truth comes in to dish out more punishment. The heat continues on Cena who eventually tags Punk in. Punk gets into both Punk and Miz before putting Miz away with the GTS.

Winners: CM Punk/John Cena

Post-match the two exchange suspicious looks before finally celebrating.

Soon after, Triple H’s music hits and he comes out, presumably to fire someone and that ends up being Miz and Truth. We then get to hear Michael Cole have a heart attack on air. Backstage, we see the WWE roster hanging out watching the action unfold on TV monitors (fancy ones at that) before Trips comes down the hall. Scott Stamford tries to interview Trips before he’s attacked by Miz and Truth. The roster then attacks the now fired Truth and Miz and then disposes of them. Trips then walks back inside to end the show.

Well, that was an odd finish, and should lend more to the theories that the nWo is being reborn.