Re: It Begins: WWE 2012
The pyro goes off to start Raw.
Cole: Welcome to Monday Night Raw here from Memphis, Tennessee, your home town King.
King: That’s right Cole looking forward to a big night here at home.
Cole: And what a night we have installed for you tonight. We have the WWE Championship on the line with Dolph Ziggler trying to claim the gold from CM Punk.
King: And that’s not all we also have a number one contender’s match for the Diva’s title which should be awesome.
“I Came to Play” hits and the Miz make his way down to the ring covered in bruises and a neck brace on.
Cole: And what an awesome way to start off the show with the Miz. He should be in the WWE Championship match tonight.
Miz: Last week on Raw I was attacked by R Truth out of nowhere. He did something’s that would be frowned upon by everyone else in the locker room. I went to our General Manager just a few minutes a go and asked for justice. But he said that I deserved it after what I did to him. This is truly unacceptable. I could have been severely injured by this mad man. Lucky for me I will not be out of action for too long. I will be able to compete in time for the Royal Rumble at the end of the month. So in the meantime I’m going to watch as R-Truth runs around and inflicts some damage on other superstars. So I thought to myself why should I let this happen. I know R-Truth isn’t here just yet which is no surprise, so I’m putting $10,000 on his head. The first person to bring him back to me will receive my personal cash. I’ll put $20,000 on him if you can bring him back to me unconscious.
The Miz drops the mic as “I Came to Play” comes over the loudspeakers as he heads backstage.
Cole: Now that’s a superstar. He is so proactive even after he was injured at the hands of that thug R-Truth last week he knows that the battle isn’t over just yet and he can get the advantage by doing this.
King: Now this has to be the stupidest thing he could have done Cole, he is going to get this man seriously injured just for returning what he did to him. This is really going to get ugly I can just sense it.
“Boom” hits over the loudspeaker as the Unified Tag Team Champs, Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne make their way to the ring.
“Barcode” also hits and Epico, Primo and Rosa Mendes make their way to the ring.
Bourne and Epico start things off and they lock up. Epico with an arm drag. They lock up again and Epico backs Bourne into the corner and he punches Bourne followed by an Irish whip. Bourne floats over and hits a few arm drags into an arm bar. Bourne with a flying boot to the chest for a near fall. Kofi tags in and Bourne puts Epico on the ropes and Kofi with a double stomp to the chest for a near fall. Kofi works on the arm and Kofi with a knee for a near fall. Kofi with a sunset flip but before the referee can make the count Kofi with a double stomp and he gets a near fall. Primo tags in and Kofi hits a flying double clothesline for a near fall. Primo with a kick and punch followed by a front face lock. Primo with a knee to the midsection. Primo sends Kofi to the floor and then Primo tries for a suicide dive but Kofi with a kick to the head followed by a springboard drop kick. Kofi sends Epico to the floor and then Bourne hits an assisted springboard dive onto Epico and Primo.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Bourne with a standing moonsault on Primo’s back. Epico with a kick from the apron followed by a clothesline from Primo for a near fall. Primo kicks Bourne and chokes him in the ropes. Epico tags in and he kicks Bourne. Epico with a back elbow for a near fall. Epico works on the neck and then he hits a swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Epico sends Bourne into the turnbuckles. Primo tags in and hits a running forearm into the corner. Primo teases allowing Bourne to make a tag and then he hits a side Russian leg sweep followed by a seated octopus. Primo with a rollup for a near fall. Bourne tries to make the tag but Primo stops him. Epico tags in and hits a drop kick for a near fall. Epico with a belly-to-back suplex and he gets a near fall. Primo tags back in and he tries for a suplex but Bourne with a knee and then he takes Primo down with a double knee stomp and both men are down. Epico and Kofi tag in and Kofi with a flying clothesline followed by chops and the Superman punch. Kofi with the Boom drop and then he sets for Trouble in Paradise but Epico rolls through. Epico runs into a pendulum kick and then Kofi with a cross body from the top for a near fall. Bourne takes care of Primo and they go to the floor. Epico with a kick to Kofi. Primo makes the blind tag and Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise on Epico but Primo comes in and hits a Back Stabber for the three count.
Winner: Epico and Primo with Rosa Mendes
Cole: Another very impressive victory for Epico and Primo here tonight which will see them getting ever closer to another shot at the Unified tag titles. Let’s head backstage there seems to be an incident involving R Truth who must have arrived.
As we go backstage we see Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins chasing R – Truth around backstage and Truth is throwing things off the crates that cover the halls in order to escape. Truth goes around the corner and as we see Hawkins and Reks follow they can’t seem to find him. Hawkins and Reks are angry at missing out on their chance to claim the bounty.
“Radio” plays over the loud speaker and we see United States Champion Zack Ryder along with Eve Torres make their way to the ring.
“Get on Your Knees” also plays and Jack Swagger with Vickie Guerrero go down the ramp for the match.
Swagger with a waist lock take down and then Swagger does a half lap around the ring with his arms out like an airplane. They lock up again and Swagger backs Ryder into the corner and Ryder punches Swagger. Ryder with a flying forearm but Swagger with a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Swagger with forearms to the back. Swagger with a slam and a leg drop for a near fall. Swagger with a key lock to Ryder and then he connects with forearms and punches. Swagger returns to the key lock but Ryder with a neck breaker for a near fall. Swagger tries for the Doctor Bomb but Ryder gets out of the hold. Vickie starts screaming at Zack Ryder and the referee. Eve comes around and takes down Vickie. Ryder with an elbow and then he comes off the turnbuckles and Swagger catches him. Swagger with a back breaker and then he goes for the double jump Swagger Bomb but he trips over Ryder so Swagger kicks him. Swagger goes for the double jump Swagger Bomb and Ryder gets his boots up and then he hits the Rough Ryder for the three count.
Winner: WWE United States Champion Zack Ryder with Eve
Zack Ryder and Eve celebrate in the ring with some fist pumping and the Woo Woo Woo You Know It chant.
We are back and see John Laurinaitis talking with David Otunga. John Cena storms in and approaches the two men.
Cena: I’ve got to sort this out. In three months’ time I’ve got the biggest match in WWE history at Wrestlemania with the Rock but I can’t focus on that just yet with Kane running around threatening to take me out. I want him in the middle of the ring tonight.
Laurinaitis: You know what Cena, you can’t just barge in here and make demands like that and think that it suits everyone to do what you want. You can face Kane at a later date but tonight you will both in action against different opponents. John you’re match is right now and you get to face the newest Raw Superstar that I traded with Smackdown for that ungrateful Drew McIntyre.
Cena: Fine, but I still want Kane and don’t you forget that.
“My Time is Now” hits and the crowd give a mixed reaction as Cena makes his way to the ring. Cena waits to find out who his opponent will be.
“I Come from Money” plays and Ted Di Biase comes out on stage surprisingly to a mixed reaction. Di Biase starts pointing at Cena and looks like he wants to fight him.
They lock up and Cena with a side head lock take down and they go into the corner. Di Biase with a side head lock and take down to Cena. Di Biase with a shoulder tackle but Cena with a hip toss and slam. Cena with an elbow drop for a near fall. Di Biase with a kick and punch to Cena followed by kicks in the corner. Di Biase chokes Cena in the corner. Di Biase punches Cena in the head. Cena with an Irish whip and bulldog for a near fall. Cena misses a charge into the corner and then Di Biase punches Cena. Di Biase continues to punch Cena and Cena goes down and Di Biase gets a near fall. Di Biase punches Cena but Cena blocks the punch and he responds with punches of his own. Di Biase with a cross body but Cena rolls through and then he gets Di Biase on his shoulders but Di Biase gets out of the hold and goes to the floor to regroup. Cena chases after him but Di Biase drops Cena on the top rope. Di Biase with an Irish whip into the ring steps and we go to commercial.
We are back and Di Biase with a rear chin lock but Cena tries to escape and gets an inside cradle. Di Biase with a clothesline to Cena and Cena goes down again. Di Biase with a series of fist drops that some might say are vintage. Di Biase with a drop kick for a near fall. Di Biase with an Irish whip but he charges into a boot. Cena with two flying shoulder tackles followed by a Blue Thunder Bomb and it is time for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena with an Attitude Adjustment set up but Di Biase with a rollup and a power slam for a near fall. Cena with a back body drop and then Cena tries for the Attitude Adjustment but Di Biase grabs the ropes. Cena kicks Di Biase in the solar plexus but Di Biase with a clothesline from the turnbuckles. Di Biase with a gut buster on the shoulder and Di Biase is only able to get a two count. Di Biase tries for a superplex but Cena knocks Di Biase off. Cena with the vintage leg drop and then he applies the STF and Di Biase taps out.
Winner: John Cena
John Cena celebrates in the ring and offers Ted a handshake who accepts it before rolling out of the ring. Cena grabs a mic whilst still in the ring and has something to say.
Cena: Kane I don’t care about what you said last week the fans will still love me they will still hate me. But I want you to know that in your match tonight you can expect me to watch it intently.
Cena drops the mic and walks backstage.
We go backstage to where the Miz is talking with Hawkins and Reks following their failed attempt at finding R Truth earlier in the night. Miz ups the ante by offering both Hawkins and Reks $20,000 each if they can bring Truth to them by the end of the night.
Back in the ring Johnny Curtis is preparing for his match.
Brodus Clay’s Music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Not taking his eyes off Curtis the whole time.
They lock up and Clay backs Curtis into the corner and Clay misses a punch. Curtis with a European uppercut and punch but Clay with a head butt and chop. Clay with a knee and then he throws Curtis to the floor. Curtis punches Clay in the head and then he connects with shoulders from the apron. Curtis slides in and Clay tries for an elbow drop but Curtis moves. Curtis with punches but Clay pushes him off. Clay puts Curtis on his shoulders and then drops him behind him and hot shots Curtis on the top rope. Clay with a boot to the throat. Clay with a t-bone suplex and he gets a near fall. Clay with chops to the neck of Curtis and then he puts Curtis in a front face lock. Curtis with punches but Clay with a forearm to the back and punches to Curtis. Curtis with a forearm. Clay with a shoulder in the corner. Clay returns to the front face lock while Ziggler and Masters try to figure out if the chant in the crowd is ‘nerd’ or ‘turd’. Ziggler threatens to leave while Curtis punches Clay in the corner. Clay sends Curtis into the turnbuckles and he punches Curtis. Curtis with a jawbreaker followed by European uppercuts to Clay but Clay stays on his feet. Curtis with a drop kick to the knees and Clay goes down. Curtis goes to the apron and he hits a slingshot leg drop and he gets a near fall. Curtis goes up top for a missile drop kick and he takes Clay to the mat but Clay rolls to the ropes and Curtis cannot get a cover.
Clay hits Curtis from the apron and then he drops Curtis on the top rope. Clay sets for a running power slam and he hits it and gets the three count.
Winner: Brodus Clay
King: Brodus Clay was impressive in his victory here tonight. We’ve seen him a few times over on Superstars, NXT and Smackdown but now is his real chance to shine here on Raw.
Cole: Well that certainly was impressive but what a bumper show we have had here tonight with some very big wins for Epico and Primo as well as Zack Ryder and don’t forget the bounty put on the head of R-Truth by the Miz.
King: And we’re only halfway through, Kane will be in action later as well as the Divas Number One Contender Battle Royal.
Cole: All to be round off with CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler facing off for the WWE title.
Backstage it looks like Reks and Hawkins have found R-Truth once again and chasing him around the corridors of the arena. They end up out on the stage were Truth manages to jump the rail and go through the crowd. Hawkins and Reks seem to have lost R Truth once again.
In the ring now the divas have made their way down with Beth Phoenix joining Cole and Lawler on commentary.
The winner of the match will face Beth Phoenix for the title at the Royal Rumble.
The bell rings and everyone goes at it. Alicia Fox gets eliminated early. As well as AJ. Rosa is over next. Kaitlyn goes over but hangs on. Tamina then knocks her out. Tamina and Kelly go at it in the corner now. Tamina eliminates Kelly. Nikki eliminates Maxine. The Bella’s eliminate Natalya. It’s down to Eve, Tamina and The Bella’s. The Bella’s work on eliminating Eve but she fights them off. Eve almost eliminates herself but hangs on the apron and goes at it with Nikki. Nikki is eliminated. Eve hangs on again and goes at it with Brie until she gets eliminated. Tamina comes over from behind Brie Bella and delivers a super kick to the jaw of Brie and knocks her out of the ring and to the floor.
Winner and New #1 Contender: Tamina
Beth stands up from her chair behind the announce table and attacks Tamina from behind and lays her out with Glam Slam.
Backstage CM Punk is with Matt Striker
Striker: Tonight CM Punk defends his WWE Title against the man who pinned him last week Dolph Ziggler.
Punk: Alright Striker, thanks for stating the obvious everybody knows Dolph did beat me last week in the ring. But that doesn’t mean he will do it again this week. This WWE Title is mine and no one is going to take it away from me.
David Otunga comes in and interrupts the interview.
Otunga: I have been informed to let you know that due to Dolph holding a victory over you last week Mr. Laurinaitis has issued a change to the match. The match will instead be a no disqualification, falls count anywhere match.
Punk: Are you serious that’s the best that you can do to try and screw me out of this title. Tell that dweeb Laurinaitis that I will still win the match no matter he chucks at me. Because I am the Best in the World and will overcome the odds that face me.
Kane is shown making his way to the ring for his match.
“Veil of Fire” hits and Kane makes his way to the ring. Kane gets ready for his opponent.
"Here and Now or Never" hits and Mason Ryan makes his way to the ring for the match.
Kane with a waist lock but Ryan gets out of the hold. Kane with a kick and uppercut. Ryan with an Irish whip but Kane with punches to Ryan and the referee warns Kane. Ryan with a clothesline that takes Kane down. Ryan chokes Kane in the ropes and then he gets Kane up and he hits the Oklahoma Stampede but he can only get a near fall.
Cena appears on the stage and looks on from the top of the ramp.
Ryan misses a clothesline and Kane with an uppercut and a drop kick to the knees and then to the head for a near fall. Kane with a kick when Ryan misses a shoulder in the corner. Kane is able to kick Ryan. Kane grabs Ryan by the throat and choke slams him down to the mat. Kane makes the cover and gets the win
R Truth is seen talking to a stage hand backstage and trying to figure out why Reks and Hawkins have been after him all night. He hears a commotion coming from down the hall way with doors being slammed. Truth looks around the corner and notices that it is again Hawkins and Reks who also notice him standing there. They chase Truth once more this time into car park. Truth doesn’t take his chance this time he jumps into his car and speeds off. Hawkins and Reks are really angry at missing out on the big pay day on offer.
“Here to Show the World” starts to play over the loudspeaker as Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring being accompanied by both Vickie Guerrero and Jack Swagger.
“Cult of Personality” also plays over the loudspeaker which sees the WWE Champion CM Punk make his way to the ring to a very loud reception.
They lock up and Punk goes behind. They trade holds and Punk takes Ziggler to the mat with a headlock. They go back and forth running the ropes and Ziggler escapes to the floor to regroup. Ziggler comes back in and Punk attacks with kicks. Takedown and 2 count for Punk. Ziggler hits a neck breaker and a 1 count. Ziggler starts stomping and takes control of the match. Punk fights back but Ziggler drops him with a knee to the gut for another 2 count. Punk tries to make another comeback but Ziggler keeps control for another pin attempt. Ziggler applies a cross face as Vickie cheers him on. Vickie tries to throw distraction but Punk doesn’t fall for it. Punk goes for the high knee in the corner but Ziggler moves and Punk lands hard on the floor. Ziggler hand stands up to his feet and shows off for the crowd as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Ziggler has Punk in a headlock. Punk fights out with rights and they trade shots in the middle of the ring. Punk takes over with kicks and connects with a leg lariat. Punk makes a comeback and nails a neck breaker for a close 2 count. Punk goes for the GTS but Ziggler turns it into a sleeper hold. They trade pin attempts and go back and forth. Ziggler pins Punk with his feet on the ropes and the referee sees it. Ziggler argues with the ref as Punk rolls him up from behind for a 2 count. Ziggler charges and Punk misses a kick. Ziggler goes for the sleeper again but Punk shakes him off. Punk hits the high knee and then the bulldog for another 2 count. Punk’s mouth is busted open as he goes up top for the big elbow drop. Ziggler rolls out of the way. Punk comes to the mat and Ziggler hits a huge dropkick to the face for a 2 count. Punk turns it around again and goes back to the top. Punk nails the elbow drop but Ziggler kicks out at 2. Punk goes for GTS but Ziggler slides out and drops Punk on his head for another pin attempt. Ziggler goes for the leg drop but Punk turns it into a power bomb. Both men are down in the middle of the ring. Vickie Guerrero yells at Jack Swagger to get in the ring and help Dolph out. Swagger picks up CM Punk and nails the Swagger Bomb. Swagger looks to drag Dolph on top of Punk. Before this could happen Colt Cabana came running down the ramp. Swagger drops Ziggler and looks at Cabana. Cabana stops at the bottom of the ramp and looks under the ring. He picks up a chair and rolls in the ring. Swagger gets smacked in the face as he is met by the chair. Ziggler gets cracked as well by Cabana as Vickie goes to the edge of the apron and pulls Ziggler out of the ring to the floor. Punk gets up and sees Cabana standing there with the chair. Cabana drops the chair and they hug each other in the middle of the ring. Cabana and Punk see that Ziggler and Swagger are getting up outside of the ring. They do double suicide dives through the ropes and take them both down. Punk looks to drag Ziggler up the stage with Cabana standing guard over Vickie and Swagger lying on the floor. Punk throws Ziggler into the big WWE logo on top of the stage. Ziggler bounces off and Punk lifts him up and nails the GTS. Punk goes for the pin and gets the win.
Winner and STILL WWE Champion: CM Punk
Punk and Cabana celebrate as they go backstage with Vickie screaming on the ramp.
We are back for the final segment which leads off with the final It Begins promo is aired with the message “He is Here Now”. The lights in the arena are all off and upon them turning back on we see the familiar figure of Vincent Kennedy McMahon standing in the middle of the ring.
Vince: I am back and here to take back what is mine. The WWE was what I created and over the last few months since my absence away from the top of the WWE has seen a lot of things change. The WWE has not been such a bad position for a long time. Even before wrestling went main stream the WWE was not in such a bad way. The fans are turning away and the fans are the thing that keep this business going. So I have reinstated myself as Chairman of the Board of WWE and tonight you will see the ten things that are being put in place right now in order to get the fans back to the WWE and win them over once again. First’s things first let’s get the GM’s of RAW and Smackdown out here so we can discuss what has been happening.
Teddy Long and John Laurinaitis make their way to the ring.
Vince: Now gentlemen, don’t take those mic’s just listen to me. What has been happening the last few months, ratings are so low there is only one thing that I can do and that is relieving you both of your duties as General Manager. I don’t care what you do but you won’t be running RAW or Smackdown anymore. Now get out of my ring.
Security make their way down to the ring and remove Long and Laurinaitis from the ring. Laurinaitis is screaming and yelling as he is dragged backstage.
Vince: Ok now the second thing that will be changing round will be who runs these two shows. I may be good but I just don’t have it in me anymore. Therefore I have to bring in the two people that I trust the most, my son and my daughter Shane and Stephanie McMahon.
Shane and Stephanie make their way to the ring with a huge cheer from the crowd.
Vince: Now these are the only two people that I have enough faith in to bring WWE back to the top no matter what happens. I know what they are like and I know that they have the best interests of the WWE at heart because they will be the ones in control soon enough. Now Shane you will be in charge of RAW whilst Stephanie will be in control Smackdown once again. Now there is a few things that I want to see implemented which I know the fans are longing to see once again. The fans used to love watching high flying action of the lighter, smaller superstars as well as the non-stop action of the tag division, not to mention the stunning divas that we have. This all leads to the guarantee from me that you will see this action way more than you have been.
The crowd are cheering the whole way through this segment and only continues.
Vince: Now NXT has been going on for way too long without a winner being declared which isn’t acceptable so I’m declaring that all four competitors, Derrick Bateman, Titus O’Neil, Percy Watson and Darren Young will all be awarded with contracts to the WWE. This means that NXT is no more and neither is Superstars. Instead we will have a new show taking place on Wednesday Nights known as WWE Shakedown, which will see the brightest young talent that the WWE has to offer compete against some WWE veterans that may not be getting the exposure that the fans want. Each week the fans will decide the main event of Shake Down that takes place.
The fans cheer once more after hearing this announcement.
Vince: Now a thing that I know has been frustrating fans and superstars are where they lie in terms of the title chase. So now we will be employing a point system which allows everyone to see where they stand. If a superstar gets a win against someone higher than them in the rankings they will receive 5 points. If they beat someone below them they will receive 3 points. If this was to happen on a PPV event the points are doubled. The same can be said for a loss. Lose to someone above you a 3 point loss, lose to someone behind you and that’s 5 points.
The fans cheer again liking this new development.
Vince: Now in order to get the competition back in the WWE between the brands there will be no more Superstar lending. This is a competitive industry where companies compete against one another to get ratings. The WWE is no different but you will be competing against each other. Ultimately leading to interbranded matches pitting brand against brand. Each win in these matches will lead to the winning brand receiving points that can be used to receive rewards throughout the year.
The fans seem to like this and cheer again.
Vince: Now I’m going to allow Shane and Steph to sign three Superstars from the WWE Alumni each in order to push up the ratings of their show. This will be followed by a poll taken on wwe.com that will allow the fans to bring back two further Superstars, now that should bring back the fans for sure.
The fans are excited at this prospect and are gpoing nuts.
Vince: Now finally the last two things to be brought in is the return of the attitude era of the good days of WWE’s past. This will see the return of first blood matches, hardcore matches, bra and pantie matches plus many more fan favourites. So I guess that means that the WWE will no longer be PG I guess that means that it is now TV-14.
At this final word everyone cheers and Vince hands back the mic. His music hits as he, Shane and Stephanie make their way backstage to finish the show.