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Raw: Triple H and John Laurinaitis both get served in Pittsburgh
By NICK TYLWALK - SLAM! Wrestling


WWE pay-per-views are coming fast and furious now, with Over the Limit just six days away. General Manager has a big task in front of him at that event, where he'll face John Cena, but he also has a big announcement to make tonight that could shake things up. Raw hits the airwaves on USA, live from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Triple H enters the arena with his arm in a brace. Laurinaitis tries to explain his actions when Brock Lesnar attacked him, breaking The Game's arm. He has Johnny's support and sympathy. Asked for his thoughts, Trips says he will speak his piece in front of the world. Oh, and Laurinatis? Good luck with Cena on Sunday.

Addressing his attack at the hands of Lesnar, Triple H says the physical part of it didn't bother him that much, as he's had worse done to him. He was, however, offended by the thought that the WWE needed Lesnar to have a sense of legitimacy. It's an affront to people like The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and all the legends of the past. Triple H also admits that he was a little embarrassed, not by getting jumped from behind but for buying into the hype around Brock. The COO goes on to say that while Lesnar has tons of God-given ability, he's a quitter, leaving the WWE, the UFC and now the WWE again as soon as the going got tough. Or did he? Lesnar's music hits, but it's Paul Heyman who comes down the ramp, flanked by a flunkie of some sort holding an envelope. Heyman is there to argue the business side of things for Lesnar, accusing Triple H of breaching a valid contract that his client had made with Laurinaitis. Heyman's sidekick serves HHH with a lawsuit, and Paul says Brock expected more of a fight from The Game. As you might expect, Heyman pushes Triple H a little bit too far. Trips grabs him by the face before stomping off, vowing that Lesnar will get everything that's coming to him. Heyman needs the last word, though, calling what was done to him assault and battery and promising another lawsuit is forthcoming.

Match 1 – CM Punk and Santino Marella vs. Cody Rhodes and Daniel Bryan

With guys flying out to the floor early, Santino teases a suicide dive. It doesn't really come together for him. After a commercial break, Bryan nails Marella with a dropkick in the corner to get a near fall. Santino takes about a half dozen knees to the face before Rhodes tags in to continue the assault. The heels show good chemistry and strategy by keeping Santino under constant pressure. Marella rolls and leaps to make the hot tag... and comes up just short. His second attempt works, and Punk lays into Rhodes. The closing sequence sees Bryan on the outside trying to distract Punk long enough for Rhodes to finish him, but the WWE Champion ends up connecting with the Go to Sleep to get the pin.

Match 2 – Alicia Fox vs. Beth Phoenix

Phoenix makes quick work of Fox as Layla watches nearby. After the bell, Layla decides not to allow Phoenix to do any extra damage, rushing in to plant the Glamazon face first on the mat. Gutsy, but she may regret that when they clash on Sunday at Over the Limit. Listen to me, I sound like I'm promoting the pay-per-view now. #wheresmyroyalties

Cena narrates a piece showing the WWE's efforts with the Make a Wish Foundation. Also, we see why Big Show needs to apologize for making fun of Laurinaitis' voice tonight or be fired. Don't worry Show – we'll keep making fun of Johnny Ace for you.

Match 3 – Big Show vs. Kane

Show actually gets the better of the action in the opening minutes, even recovering from a missed move off the middle turnbuckle to spear Kane out on the floor. Laurinaitis interrupts in mid-match, saying he wants his apology now. Kane takes advantage by hitting a choke slam to win the match, and Laurinaitis and David Otunga step between the ropes to continue Show's humiliation. Will he say he's sorry? Johnny lays it out in no uncertain terms: Apologize now and make it a good one, or you are fired. Show says he's been thinking about it long and hard, and while he feels like he has done it all in the business and could walk away with his head held high, he loves what he does. The big man says he's sorry, but Laurinaitis makes him squirm a bit, then asks Show to get on his knees and beg to keep his job. After agonizing about it for some time and hearing the GM threaten to can him, Show drops down to his knees in the ring and apologizes for making fun of his boss' voice. That's not enough for Johnny, who “future endeavors” him. Ouch.

USA, please stop showing us advance clips form Battleship. That is all.

Match 4 – Brodus Clay, R-Truth and Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz, Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler

Brodus tosses his opponents around early on because, well, that's what he does. AW watches from one of the luxury boxes with Primo, Epico and Mason Ryan. Kingston ends up getting Miz in trouble, forcing a save from both of his teammates. Miz gets nailed by Trouble in Paradise, and after running off Swagger and Ziggler, the Funkasaurus connects with his big splash to seal the deal on Miz.

Punk is talking to Alex Riley when he is approached by A.J., who wishes him good luck on Sunday. Cutting right to the chase, the champ tells her that he doesn't trust Bryan and thinks she is a bit unstable. So, um, see you later! Out in the arena, Sheamus joins Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler for commentary since the next match features two of the three opponents he will face at Over the Limit.

Main Event – Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton

This one is pretty even until after the obligatory ad break, when Orton builds up some momentum. He nails a power slam and looks for the DDT off the ropes, but Jericho counters with a back drop out to the floor. Jericho sends Orton hurtling into Sheamus right next to the announce table, much to the amusement of Cole. They battle back toward the ring, and Orton finds the target with the DDT this time. An angry Sheamus drags Jericho out of the ring, meaning Orton loses the match by disqualification. Randy chases Sheamus down, and they have words outside the ring before climbing back in to have a showdown. A six-pack of referees comes out to separate them before things get out of control.

Laurinaitis hits the ring and declares that anyone whose favorite superstar is Cena is a loser. Calling himself “better than The Rock and Brock combined,” Johnny Ace is just about to dig into what he plans to do to Cena on Sunday when the man himself arrives. Cena calls the GM a scumbag (and something else that gets beeped out) for firing Big Show. He also points out how very few things have actually gone Laurinatis' way of late, including Punk still holding his title and Lesnar quitting. After some more mockery, Cena gets the fans behind him with some cheap pops, which go over better than Laurinaitis calling the Pittsburgh Penguins losers. Eve interrupts with a note, which Cena proceeds to read out loud. It's from the WWE Board of Directors, and it's got some stipulations for the match at Over the Limit: It will be a one-on-one match, no one is allowed at ringside, there will be no special referees and any superstar interfering will be terminated. To top it all off, if Laurinaitis loses, then he'll be terminated. Cena still wants to hear what Johnny Ace's big announcement could possibly be, but the GM gives him a slap in the face and walks silently to the back. Could this be the end of People Power? Find out on Sunday. See you in seven!

Nick Tylwalk has a hard time concentrating on Raw during this time of the year because the NHL and NBA playoffs are heating up. But he does it for you, the fans, just in case you are busy watching those games. Discuss springtime priorities with Nick on Twitter, on Google+ or by email.