October 11, 2011
Raw: Triple H out, Laurinaitis in
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on Monday Night Raw: Last week, nearly all the WWE superstars walked out in a vote of "no confidence" for WWE COO Triple H. This week, we get a quick resolution on the ordeal, as the WWE Board of Directors steps in once again and sends out a familiar face to deliver some news to Triple H. Should be a good one!
And we are LIVE! from Oklahoma City, Okla., and this show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG, V)
We open to an empty commentary table, a quick scan of the crowd and then a camera takes us through an empty backstage area where the only person there seems to be Triple H. He makes his way through the empty area and apparently the tech guys haven't voted "no confidence" because his music and TitanTron fire up and out he comes.
He gets the mic and notes how everyone walked out. The crowd boos. Triple H notes how they walked out on all of the fans. He says the people who walked out are in the parking lot holding a solidarity rally because Raw got too tough for them. He says they all have their wrestling gear, but none of them are going to step in the building to perform unless he steps down.
He teases saying maybe he should just go, but notes he's never been a quitter. He says those in the parking lot can kiss him where his cheeks meet. He says he doesn't care if he has to strip down to his tighty whiteys and wrestle a broomstick (who he notes could probably wrestle better than half the guys in the parking lot), he's going to give the people Raw tonight.
Then John Cena's music hits and he makes his way to the ring. He says there's a reason he wasn't involved in the decision last week. He's speaking in soft, hushed tones. He says all the people that walked out have contacted him and asked him to join them. He notes Triple H hasn't sent him one text message asking him to stay. But he notes all the people he's worked for in WWE and he's staying because he loves Raw and doesn't care who's in charge.
Sheamus is up next and he makes his way to the ring. He notes his problems with Triple H in the past but says he has a lot of respect for him. He says he won't be part of any parking lot shenanigans to sit out there with all those losers, he came here to be part of Raw.
Next down the aisle is CM Punk. He says this is all his fault because he's the guy who made walking out look cool, but he didn't have a contract at that time. He says if anybody had reason to walk out last week, it's him. He notes his issues with microphones and Kevin Nash and how someone doesn't want him to be WWE Champion. He laughs at an unsafe working environment, noting this is professional wrestling, not ballet. He says he's here with them. Now he has a question for Triple H: What do we do now?
Triple H, of course, says they're going to shut up and fight. He says right now, Sheamus goes 1-on-1 with John Cena and he'll be the referee. And on commentary? CM Punk. Punk asks to wear H's blazer. He agrees and also asks him to ring the bell.
Match #1 - Sheamus (Dublin, Ireland) vs. John Cena (West Newbury, Mass.)
We're back from break and trading covers when all of a sudden a familiar tune begins. It's none other than Vince McMahon silly walking out on the ramp in the middle of the match. Everyone is rather confused.
This match is a no contest
McMahon comes out, grabs a mic and says he got here as quickly as he could and he would like a word with his son. McMahon says he's proud of everyone for standing up in what they believe in. He says he believes in Triple H. He believes in his management style and thinks watching Raw is a "hoot." He says he met with the Board of Directors this afternoon and they are concerned about this walk out and what could happen if it really gets out of control. It could be financial catastrophe, he says, and the Board is not willing to take that chance. He tells Triple H, on behalf of the Board, that his services running Raw are no longer required.
He says no member of the McMahon family is going to run Raw. He says the Board is looking for a general manager who is unbiased and has ethics, etc. Until they find that person, they have appointed an interim general manager: John Laurinaitis.
The new GM is backstage welcoming all the people who walked out back to the show. He talks to John Morrison first, who tells him he absolutely sucks. Laurinaitis says he's going to give Morrison the opportunity for a match right now. Christian is up next and says this is a great decision and they should just remove the interim tag. Laurinaitis asks Christian to face Morrison tonight. He agrees.
Time for the commentary team to arrive back on the job. Out comes Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole, who compares himself to Ghandi.
Match #2 - John Morrison (Los Angeles, Calif.) vs. Christian (Toronto, Ontario)
Quickly in, Morrison tries for the Starship Pain, but Christian moves, hits the spear and that's it. Very quick.
Winner via pinfall: Christian
After the match, Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes and Jack Swagger each hit their finishers on Morrison.
Laurinaitis is talking on the phone with someone when Triple H walks up. He's not happy. Laurinaitis gives him a speech how he was just appointed and such, and Triple H asks him if he's every tried to pick up his teeth with a bunch of broken fingers.
Mark Henry is in the ring. He notes the Big Show is not the No. 1 contender. We get a video package recapping what happened Friday on Smackdown. He says when he faces Big Show at Vengeance, vengeance will be his.
Match #3 - Mark Henry (Silsbee, Texas) vs. Randy Orton (St. Louis, Mo.)
Orton dodges an attack and starts to fire up on the World Heavyweight Champion. He goes for the draping DDT and hits it. He pounds the mat for the RKO but Cody Rhodes runs in and gets clotheslined over the top. He turns around into a World's Strongest Slam attempt but Orton flies out and hits the RKO. He covers but Rhodes flies in to break it up.
Winner via disqualification: Randy Orton
Rhodes and Orton go at it. Orton ends up eating a World's Strongest Slam, though, for his troubles. Henry gets his belt and walks away and Rhodes picks up the scraps, hitting Orton with CrossRhodes. He yells for a bagger to come out and then puts a bag on Orton's head. He gets the mic and starts laughing maniacally.
Match #4 - Kelly Kelly (Jacksonville, Fla.) & Eve Torres (Denver, Colo.) vs. Rosa Mendes (San Jose, Costa Rica) & Tamina (Fiji Islands)
Wow. This is a real gem right here. Kelly Kelly takes out Rosa with a flying Thesz Press off the apron and Eve hits a moonsault on Tamina and that's it.
Winners via pinfall: Eve Torres & Kelly Kelly
Eve and Kelly are celebrating when John Laurinaitis makes his way to the ring. He announces that Alberto Del Rio will defend the WWE Championship against John Cena at Vengeance. He says tonight he is going to the ethical and moral thing because he's that type of person. He asks Jim Ross to come into the ring. He says because Ross walked out on Triple H, the man who gave him his job back, last week, that makes him an ingrate. A hayseed, redneck, Oklahoma ingrate. He then informs Ross that he is fired and walks away. Ross collects his things at the desk and walks away while Michael Cole celebrates.
Match #5 - Mason Ryan (Cardiff, Wales), Kofi Kingston (Ghana, West Africa) & Evan Bourne (St. Louis, Mo.) vs. David Otunga (Hollywood, Calif.), Jack Swagger (Perry, Okla.) & Dolph Ziggler (Hollywood, Calif.)
Wild start that sees all six men arguing on the outside before we head to some…
Ryan gets the big tag as Ziggler gets it for his team. Ryan is a house of fire and plants Ziggler with a boot only to have Otunga break up his pin attempt. That's where it all breaks down. Bourne goes for the big knees but Swagger catches him and power bombs him. Ryan dispatches of Swagger and Ziggler goes for the Zig Zag but Ryan counters and hits the swinging uranage and that's it.
Winners via pinfall: Mason Ryan, Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne
The two go at it and Del Rio dumps Punk to the floor when Laurinaitis comes out and asks for the match to be stopped. He says they're going to have a tag team match instead. It'll be Del Rio and Punk teaming against these men, who he has recently reinstated…
Match #6 - The Miz (Cleveland, Ohio) & R-Truth (Charlotte, NC) vs. Alberto Del Rio (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) & CM Punk (Chicago, Ill.)
Miz and R-Truth in control on Del Rio until Del Rio cracks Miz with a kick and then a running drop kick for two. Del Rio brings in Punk, who goes to work on Miz. Del Rio back in and goes at it with Miz. He kicks Miz and then kinda half slaps Punk across the chest as a tag and then walks off holding the leg he kicked Miz with.
So with Del Rio gone, this is a 2-on-1 match right now and things don't go well for Punk. He tries to fire up and does, hitting the running knee and bulldog on Miz, taking out Truth on the bulldog. Punk goes to the top and hits the flying elbow on Miz. He calls for the GTS and lifts Miz but Truth kicks Miz free and both men start attacking Punk. They won't relent and the referee calls for the bell.
Winners via disqualification: CM Punk & Alberto Del Rio
They continue to beat on Punk until Triple H, in a T-shirt and jeans, makes the save. Punk and Triple H combine to assault Miz and R-Truth around the ringside area. Punk throws Truth over the announce table and Truth takes off through the crowd, leaving Punk to yell, "Who wants to fight?!" He and Triple H get back in the ring and yell.
We go backstage and Laurinaitis and Otunga are talking. Laurinaitis books Triple H and CM Punk to face The Miz and R-Truth at Vengeance.