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Raw: WWE roster walks out on HHH
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


Raw is live tonight after Hell in a Cell. There's lots brewing in the locker room as the story goes, which should make for an interesting night of wrestling. Let's watch.

We start off tonight with the announcement that there will be a 12-man tag team match tonight in our main event. Feh!

Match 1 – Randy Orton vs. Drew McIntyre

Wow, when was the last time RKO was curtain jerker? I don’t like Drew’s chances of staying presently endeavoured, which is a shame because he was really, really good as the smarmy heel.

Orton destroys McIntyre outside during the match, almost dismembering the hockey boards outside. Michael Cole later talks about Drew’s bright future... yep, he’s being future endeavoured. RKO polishes this one off quickly.

Winner: Randy Orton

Post-match, Orton stalks his prey, hits a second RKO and starts to celebrate when Mark Henry comes out. He stands at ringside and raises the World title which leads to a pull-apart between the two. After much chaos, the rent-a-cops and Johnny Ace are able to get Orton away from Henry.

Back from break, Henry’s in the ring as we learn that Big Show returns on Friday.

Match 2 – John Morrison vs. Mark Henry

Interesting, Booker is sounding like a heel announcer as he supports Henry.

Henry powers out of Starship Pain in a big way at one point and this match is soon over, very, very soon.

Winner: Mark Henry

Post match, Morrison eats another World’s Strongest Slam. Henry then gets on the mic and says he’s done with Orton and starts rappin' about the Big Show.

Backstage, Ace meets with the disgruntled heels. We find out that Miz and R-Truth have filed a lawsuit against WWE, implying David Otunga had something to do with it. The troops, led by Vickie, then head to the ring while Ace texts away.

Back from break, we get the heel assembly, led by Alberto Del Rio (though Ricardo Rodriguez is nowhere to be found). ADR starts into Triple H about the cell raising and lowering last night. Christian then gets his turn, then comes Cody Rhodes (sporting the new/old IC belt which looks SWANK!). The heels each take a turn on the mic talking about how their safety is at risk. Otunga finishes off by talking about potential legal action, when Trips comes out.

Triple H then talks about the 12-man tonight. You know, seeing the collection tonight in the ring, it occurs quickly that the only faces holding gold right now are Air Boom. Hmm...

Match 3 - Kelly Kelly & Eve Torres vs Beth Phoenix & Natalya

Oh for godssake ... not for a THIRD WEEK IN A ROW. Hire a couple more women please.

At least this edition is damn short as the faces really take it to the heels. Kelly gets in on Beth and actually hits a spot or two before throwing the weakest ... punches? Slaps? Forearm shivers? I’m not exactly sure what she was doing; man, that’s a lot of screaming.

Winner: No contest

Hopefully this new mean streak means Kelly’s entrance music goes too; really sick of it.

Backstage, Trips is talking on his cell when Ace comes in, presumably to teach Trips how to text. He apologizes for the Truth/Miz situation, but wants Trips to apologize as well, and asks him to get a vote of confidence from the talent. Trips ruffles up Ace’s tie and tells him that he’s getting suspicious. Apparently later tonight we’re going to get the roster in the ring for a mass confrontation.

Back from break we get a commercial for Fast Five on BluRay and DVD.

Jinder Mahal is out next and starts a promo until Santino Marella comes out with a full head of hair for the first time ever.

Match 4 – Jinder Mahal vs. Santino Marella

Santino and Jinder go on into a fake verbal battle before throwing down. The match is embarrassingly short as Marella gets his big return win with the Cobra.

Winner: Santino Marella

Back from a break, we get a promo video for Brodus Clay. Hopefully he doesn’t become a fall guy like he did during his aborted first run.

We then get footage of action after Hell in a Cell, with Cena attacking ADR when the Cell raises, followed by a MONSTER attack by Miz and Truth on everyone in the cell. The entire locker room them empties and surround the cell, trying to rip it open. It’s like the rejuvenation of the Nexus’s old attacks. I’m liking this a lot!

Eventually, the lock on the cell is cut open and as soon as that happens, Miz and Truth surrender to police. As they are led off in cuffs, Trips attacks hard and we see the push on Johnny Ace. Cole then throws to a YouTube video from Truth and Miz, who say they are filing a wrongful termination suit against WWE and an assault charge against Trips.

Match 5 – Cena/Punk/Air Boom/Mason Ryan/Sheamus vs. The Disgruntled Heels

At one point, Ryan Gorilla Presses Ziggler to the outside in a damn impressive manner. Rhodes and CM Punk later have a segment and the two seem to really gel well. This, however, leads to the standard standoff spot as we go to break.

Back from break we denigrate to the standard WWE Tag Team Match® when Vickie breaks up a pinfall and gets ejected as a result. We then go to a second break for the first time in quite a long time for a televised match.

Back again, Bourne, who had been the victim, tags in Cena who’s overdue for a colour change for his ring gear. He ends up getting beat down also until Sheamus gets the hot tag and rightfully so until Ziggler hits the Zig Zag leading to the Finisher Flurry® which ends with the Brogue Kick by Sheamus. Yep, you’re looking at the next World champ.

Winners: The Faces

We now start to get ready for the Vote of Confidence as the locker room empties. Keep your eyes open for McIntyre -- he may have already been sent packing. We get interchangeable themes as the various superstars from various shows come out in small waves. Heck, we even get the NXT guys coming out. Jerry Lawler, at one point, even gets his own entrance moment.

Eventually, Triple H makes his way out solo, with Johnny Ace nowhere to be seen. He starts to cut into Miz and Truth before he gives the usual "we’re here for the WWE Universe" spiel and how he enjoys watching people beat each other up (without saying the "W" word). He talks about what he does for Monday night; I guess he doesn’t work Fridays.

Wade Barrett then gets on the stick to start the talkback. He speaks first about the unsafe work conditions and really shines on the mic. Trips fires back against Barrett, saying he was leading Nexus in causing chaos a year and a half ago. Point taken.

Next to speak is referee Mike Chioda, who says his boys in stripes are getting more abuse now than ever. Trips fires back that he got rid of Miz and Truth. Chioda replies that nothing happened to Ricardo who got to Chad Patton last night as well as the others. Next up, we hear Beth Phoenix speaking on behalf of the Divas (it’s worth noting that neither Eve or Kelly are out there). Then, Lawler gets in the ring and says the show is spiralling out of control, but it’s not Trips’s fault, but someone else who’s trying to sabotage Trips’s job, and everyone else is paying the price.

BOB KAPUR AT RAW
Post-RAW: It wasn't clear when the cameras turned off. After everyone left - JR was the last roster member to go, then all the camera people left. Triple H stood in the ring alone for a while and thanked the supportive crowd.

I think this was likely dark: Zack Ryder returned to the ring and told HHH that he'd changed his mind, due to all the opportunities that HHH gave him in recent weeks. He told HHH he was going to film the two of them for his online show. Triple H played along for a bit, but then hit the Pedigree. He then left and did the DX sign and the crotch chop at the top of the ramp before heading to the back. Ryder left afterwards. There was no post-show match (a Cena-Punk-Del Rio rematch was rumoured), since there is no longer a roster.
Next up, Christian calls for the vote of confidence and on behalf of the Superstars no confidence, same from Chioda, Phoenix and Lawler on behalf of their crews. Lawler then walks out on Trips. A few of the heels then follow, followed soon after by much of the roster. Cole walks out, then the last of the roster members, followed by Booker T. Justin Roberts and a ring crew member then walk out. Cameramen lay down their gear and walk out also. It seems that J.R. is the only one who hasn’t left by my count, and indeed he’s shown sitting alone at the desk. He then takes off his headset and walks to the back too. Trips is then left to stand all alone in the ring, with only the crane cameras left to watch him.

At this point, Johnny Ace comes out, stands on the stage, and just shakes his head before he too walks to the back. The final shot is of Trips alone in the ring.

The entire scene is very surreal, given everything that has been said about Trips in the past, and WWE executed it very well, save for some prominent names – Punk, Cena and Orton noticeably – not at ringside. You almost begin to think that those guys will be the ones defending Trips at the rumoured Survivor Series bout. Something to chew on until next week.