Monday Night Raw
September 5, 2011
Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, Washington
The show opens with a video package detailing the events of last week, namely the seemingly brewing struggle for power on Raw. We see Triple H evacuate The Awesome Truth from the arena, and then CM Punk and John Laurinaitis’ backstage confrontation where both men threatened physical harm onto one another. We cut to the main event, where it seems that Punk is about to hit the GTS on The Miz, that is until John Laurinaitis appears on the stage and we see Punk the getting planted onto the steel chair in the ring with Miz getting the pin and Laurinaitis smirking to end the video package.
We cut to shots of the crowd as they are all pumped for tonight’s Raw, coming from the Tacoma Dome!
*CULT OF PERSONALITY*
The fans’ excitement only increases, as CM PUNK
walks out onto the stage, and as many would expect after last week, he is very very angry. Wearing a scowl as he walks down to the ring, he then enters and signals for his music to stop before picking up a microphone.
: I have a slight suspicion that someone in the higher-ups doesn’t like me.
This statement is met with a mixed reaction from the fans; some agreeing with Punk and other not liking the situation as a whole.
: If any of you don’t understand what I mean, let me just tell you a couple of events that make me think that way. Firstly, at Summerslam, as well as the following night on Raw, I am attacked by what I can only describe as a bitter old man who will do anything for the sake of hogging some more time in MY spotlight
The fans pop as they all know who he is talking about.
: That bitter old man being one Kevin Nash-
Punk is cut off by deafening heat.
: Now as I have stated before, I’ve never spoken to Kevin Nash, I’ve never confronted him; he has no reason to cost me the WWE Championship, not once, but TWICE.
Punk is a little agitated now.
: And then last week, as I am about to hit the GTS on The Miz, the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations John “FUNK-man” Laurinaitis shows up and costs me the match.
The fans boo even louder at the mention of Laurinaitis.
: Who is a man that previously stated earlier on in the night that he does NOT think I convey the image of what a WWE Superstar should be. Right after that, he denies being the one that told Kevin Nash to attack me.
Punk shrugs his shoulders and holds the microphone to the fans, before calmly returning it to his mouth.
: Well, I personally think that is BULL*BEEP*
The fans EXPLODE with cheers as Punk’s angry face is back.
: I think that John Laurinaitis got on his little Blackberry which he took a break from harassing young children on and sent a message to Kevin Nash to take me out... Well Gentlemen it seems your plan didn’t fully work out, because I’m still here bitch.
The fans are loving each word that Punk is saying.
: So I’d like to invite Mr Laurinaitis down to the ring right now so I can kick his corporate ass.
Punk throws the microphone down to the mat, and the fans are electric as Punk waits for Laurinaitis. All attention turns to the stage, as John Laurinaitis then walks out from behind the curtain, shortly followed by THE MIZ?! The fans boo as loudly as possible, and Punk regains his standing stance and holds his arms out in frustration. Miz has a microphone.
: You just don’t get it do you, Punk? You don’t call out a man like John Laurinaitis... and ask for a FIGHT.
Punk is annoyed to say the least.
: Especially when you already have a match booked tonight with the most must-see WWE Champion of all time...me.
Heat for Miz now, as Laurinaitis nods his head.
: Me and my Awesome Truth partner, R-Truth have been told that we will not be escorted out of the arena tonight because of the great word put in for us by Mr John Laurinaitis.
Laurinaitis beams out at the WWE Universe, and the fans and CM Punk alike look sick.
: For weeks now we have been mistreated by that phoney Triple H, but now we have found ourselves an authority figure worth respecting. So as our first official business for Mr Laurinaitis, I’m bumping our match forward to RIGHT NOW!
Miz then drops his microphone and starts to march down to the ring, with Laurinaitis in tow, removing his coat as he walks. Punk straightens up and gets ready for the fight, but as soon as The Miz slides into the ring, the referee is on hand straight away to separate the two men, before ringing the bell.
CM Punk vs The Miz
Punk and Miz start to circle the ring, and they then lock up. Miz gets the better of it, but Punk replies with an elbow to the face of the head, and then a knee to the gut. Punk then rushes Miz into the corner, and then connects with a clothesline, before rolling Miz into the centre of the ring, and then running in with an elbow drop onto Miz’s chest! Punk then hooks Miz up and starts driving the point of his elbow into Miz’s chest and upper body, with the referee having to come over to break it up as Miz screams in pain. Punk stands up and then points at Laurinaitis at ringside, before he picks Miz up and then throws him through the ropes and down onto the floor right next to Laurinaitis! Punk holds his arms up in the air to a big pop, and Laurinaitis helps Miz back up to his feet but he finds himself scurrying out of the way as Punk PLOUGHS THROUGH MIZ WITH THE SUICIDE DIVE!! Both competitors land in a heap, as we go to commercial.
The Miz is now in control, and he drops Punk down to the mat with a Spinning Neckbreaker! Miz in for the cover...One...Two..Punk kicks out! We see that during the break Miz managed to connect with a boot to the face of Punk after a distraction from Laurinaitis. Miz now hammers away on Punk in the centre of the ring, and the blows are seemingly relentless, and Miz then sits Punk up and drives his knee into Punk’s back! Miz then keeps the knee there and applies a rear chinlock and Punk is trapped in the centre of the ring. He eventually fights out of the hold, and starts striking Miz with elbows and backhands, but when Punk goes for a big kick to the head, Miz ducks and then sends Punk crashing to the mat with a Snapmare Driver! Punk’s revival killed, and Miz then goes and covers Punk again...One...Two...NO!
Laurinaitis looks frustrated, as Punk starts to crawl over to the turnbuckle and he eventually gets back to his feet in the corner... but Miz comes in with a CORNER CLOTHESLINE!! Punk then flops down onto his knees, and Miz sits in the corner and looks out to the WWE Universe and smirks at them. Punk is recovering from the move as Miz slides out of the corner, and then he goes over to the kneeling Punk and drops him face first to the mat with a DDT!! Punk lands down on his back and Miz then goes for another cover, hooking the near leg! One...Two...Thr-NO!! Punk stays strong, and a “CM PUNK” chant breaks out and as Punk starts to get up from the last pin attempt, Miz is on his feet, stalking him, and he then hooks in the Full Nelson...SKULL CRUSHING FINALE-NO!! Punk rolls through!! BAM!! Punk connects with a kick to the Miz’s head, and both men drop down to the canvas! The referee then starts to count both men...
Still no signs of movement from either man
Miz starts grabbing onto the ropes to pull himself up, and Punk is starting to show signs of life!
Miz is now holding onto the top rope pulling himself up, and Punk gets up onto a knee
Punk is now on two knees
Punk jumps up to his feet!!
Miz is now up against the ropes, and Punk runs in, but Miz tries to elevate him out of the ring, but Punk lands on the apron!! Miz thinks he has disposed of Punk, but Punk then catches him in the back of the head with a kick! Miz stumbles into the centre of the ring, and when he turns around...Punk nails him with a springboard clothesline!! Miz falls down and gets back up into the corner, and Punk then runs in and connects with a knee to the face!! Punk hooks his arm around Miz’s head and then casts a look at Laurinaitis before he makes Miz taste the canvas with a BULLDOG!! Punk kneels next to Miz, and he gestures that it is time to go to sleep! Punk waits on Miz to get up, and he elevates him up onto his shoulders! The crowd is in anticipation, but then R-TRUTH STARTS SPRINTING DOWN TO THE RING!
In the ring, Punk drops Miz to the mat, and tells the referee to deal with Truth on the apron. Truth doesn’t budge, but then Kofi Kingston starts charging down the ramp!!
Kingston pulls Truth off of the apron and starts to unload on his opponent for later tonight!! Whilst the referee’s back is turned, Laurinaitis jumps up onto the apron
and waves at Punk! Punk walks right over to him and gets right in his face... but then THE MIZ FROM BEHIND ROLLS PUNK UP!!
The referee happens to turn around at this exact point and see the pin...One...Two...MIZ GETS A HANDFUL OF TIGHTS...Three!!!
Winner: The Miz (9.13)
*I CAME TO PLAY*
Punk cannot believe it, as Miz quickly rolls out of the ring and starts to hastily make his way up the ramp, and Truth had managed to escape Kofi Kingston for long enough to join him on the ramp.
: The Miz wins! Miz wins!! This is great! I love this!
: Michael please calm down; We all saw that The Miz only won because he had a handful of tights and because of John Laurinaitis distracting CM Punk.
: What about Kofi Kingston? He didn’t need to be here!
: He was stopping R-Truth from getting involved!
Punk pleads his case to the referee and explains what happens, and then John Laurinaitis starts walking up the steps and into the ring with Punk! The music stops, as Punk turns around and stares the EVP of Talent Relations right in the face.
: I can see this situation getting hostile at one point or another! John Laurinaitis has cost CM Punk another match here tonight and I think there is only so much that Punk can take.
: I know that CM Punk isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed but not even he is stupid enough to attack someone with the status and power of John Laurinaitis.
: That may be so, but we’ve seen Punk overstep boundaries in the past!
Punk has now exited the ring, and he doesn’t keep his eyes off of Laurinaitis as he walks up the ramp.
We go backstage now, and we see the United States Champion Dolph Ziggler talking to his manager, Vickie Guerrero. The duo get a large amount of heat from the crowd.
: Dolph, you have nothing to worry about at Night of Champions. I’ve known Rey Mysterio for a long time, and I know that he is nowhere near as good as you.
: I know, I am the best wrestler in the world, and that little parasite doesn’t know what he is in for. I am goin-
: What the hell was that about last week?
The voice was a Scottish accent, so that only means it was one man...Drew McIntyre
then walks into the shot and he steps right up to Ziggler.
: You left me out there to-
Drew, about last week... we thought you could handle it.
: If you were good enough to become one of my clients you would have won the match without even needing Dolph, so we were just testing you.
: And guess what? YOU FAILED!
McIntyre looks stung by that comment, and the fans start booing Ziggler.
: If you’d perhaps give me another chance, I could make your lives a little easier.
Dolph and Vickie looks at each other for a brief moment.
: We’re listening.
McIntyre smiles, as we do not get to see the remainder of the conversation, as Raw fades out to commercial.
Back to the arena, and Alex Riley is on the middle rope, posing for the fans and getting a good reaction.
*I AM PERFECTION*
There is instant heat with a few smarky cheers mixed in, as Dolph Ziggler
walks through the curtain, followed as ever by Vickie Guerrero
; Guerrero being the one gaining them the heat most likely. The US Champion stares the focused Riley down as he walks down the ramp.
: Thank you! I was almost dying seeing Alex Riley out here; Dolph and Vickie make it worth it.
: Well we just heard from Dolph’s opponent at Night of Champions, Rey Mysterio, and I think that the way that Mysterio has been acting in the past couple of weeks has shown us a more driven and focused Rey Mysterio, and that is why I think that Dolph Ziggler is going to lose the United States Championship.
Jerry, you couldn’t be more wrong. Dolph Ziggler has made it clear that he doesn’t want Rey Mysterio in the WWE anymore, and after Night of Champions, Rey won’t want to come back.
Ziggler is now in the ring, and he hands his championship to Guerrero who places it over her shoulder. Riley then tells Ziggler to get on with it, and the referee rings the bell.
United States Champion Dolph Ziggler vs Alex Riley
The two men seem evenly matched in the initial lock up, but Riley is able to start using his power advantage to force Ziggler into the corner, and as the US Champ comes out, Riley flattens him with a clothesline! Ziggler gets back up and then walks right into an arm drag, and then another one! Riley holds his arm in the air to a good reaction from the fans, and then runs in and hits a corner clothesline to Ziggler! Dolph crumples in the corner, and Vickie Guerrero screams at ringside as Riley has dominated the early goings of the match. Riley gets Ziggler up and whips him against the ropes, but Ziggler ducks the clothesline and comes back only to be caught by a SITOUT SPINEBUSTER FROM RILEY!! Ziggler is folded in half, as Riley then pins Ziggler’s shoulders down...One...Two...Thr-NO!!!
Guerrero is livid at ringside, as the champion is so close to being pinned there. Riley isn’t disheartened though, and he waits on Ziggler to get up onto his feet, and when he does, Riley takes him up onto his shoulders, TKO- GUERRERO IS UP ON THE APRON! The fans shower her with heat, and she tries to get Riley’s attention. Riley drops Ziggler down onto the mat and walks over to Vickie on the apron, and points a finger in her face, but she slaps him!! The fans are irate, and the referee now gets involved... AND BANS GUERRERO FROM RINGSIDE!!
Vickie stands on the apron and protests to the ref, who carries on arguing with her. Riley turns around, and he is met by a FUTURE SHOCK DDT!! IT’S DREW MCINTYRE!!!
The Scot plants his rival, and then gives the recovering Ziggler a thumbs up, before standing over the downed Riley. Guerrero leaves the apron seeing that the job is done, but the referee turns around to see that McIntyre is still in the ring!! The referee then quickly puts two and two together, and calls for the bell!!
Winner: Alex Riley via Disqualification (4.12)
McIntyre is shocked, and the fans pop the announcement of the disqualification. Ziggler is now up and in Drew’s face, and the microphones can pick up him calling him an idiot. Vickie now joins the fray, and her shrill voice is heard calling McIntyre “stupid”. McIntyre pleads his case, clearly apologizing, but it falls on deaf ears.
The fans go wild!! REY MYSTERIO!! All in the ring are shocked, as Mysterio sprints down the ramp! Ziggler and Guerrero dive out of the way, and leave McIntyre to fend with the Master of the 619. Drew goes for a right hand, but Mysterio ducks it and connects with forearms to the head, before running off of the ropes and dropkicking McIntyre in the face, sending him down onto the middle rope! Mysterio looks at Ziggler retreating up the ramp, before connecting with the 619 on McIntyre!!!
Mysterio gets up onto the middle turnbuckle and motions around his waist that he is coming after Ziggler, whilst the champion shouts “You will never take this away from me!” Whilst desperately clutching onto the United States Championship.
: I think it is safe to say that Rey Mysterio has Dolph Ziggler’s number!
: No he doesn’t, Jerry! That idiot referee just cost Dolph another match, and then that clown Rey Mysterio comes down here and attacks poor Drew McIntyre for no reason!
: Drew McIntyre is an idiot, Cole. He made Vickie’s whole evil scheme backfire, and handed his rival Alex Riley the win. Rey just came out here to send a message to Ziggler that he is coming after the United States Championship in thirteen days!
We see that Primo is in the ring; the young Puerto Rican does his final stretches as he waves to someone in the crowd....
*GET ON YOUR KNEES*
Nothing other than heat for Jack Swagger, who walks out from behind the curtain slowly and calmly; not looking like he is actually in the middle of a mental breakdown.
: Now, I’ve never taken Jack Swagger lightly, but he is vicious at the moment.
Well, Swagger’s recent run ins with Zack Ryder have taken their toll on him, as he has resorted to desperate measures to try and emotionally effect Ryder in a similar way that he has been affected; and that is to make Zack Ryder’s life a living hell
: Well, he has already done a number on Scott Stanford and it looks like Primo could be the next victim on Jack Swagger’s path of terror.
: Well, we understand that Zack Ryder has not arrived in the Tacoma Dome just yet, so Jack Swagger can at least rest easy for now and concentrate on this match.
Jack Swagger vs Primo
The bell rings, and Swagger quickly rushes in and picks Primo up and slams him back down into the mat! Swagger then picks Zack Ryder’s former partner up and throws him into the corner. Swagger starts ploughing his shoulder into Primo’s gut and he is then told by the referee to get out of the corner. Primo stumbles out of the corner and right into Swagger’s grasp, where he then throws him overhead with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex!! Primo’s back arches as Swagger gets him up to his feet again one more time, before knocking him down with a huge clothesline!
Swagger starts to do a victory lap, and he barks at Primo to get up, which the Puerto Rican slowly does, and when he does... Swagger splats him onto the mat with a GUTWRENCH POWERBOMB!! Swagger then, smiling at all of the heat raining down on him, nonchalantly drops to his knees and covers Primo, just forcing his hands down onto Primo’s chest...One...Two...Swagger pulls Primo’s shoulders off of the mat?! The fans boo hard, as Swagger then decides to bring Primo back up and drop him with ANOTHER GUTWRENCH POWERBOMB!! The fans are now furious, and a giant “WE WANT RYDER” chant breaks out, as Swagger then turns Primo over and then applies the ANKLE LOCK!! Primo endures the hold for merely a few seconds and then taps out!!
Winner: Jack Swagger (2.44)
*GET ON YOUR KNEES*
The bell rings, and Swagger refuses to let the hold go!! Primo repeatedly taps out, but not even the ref can break Swagger’s hold, as he screams at Primo “HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT ZACK?” before wrenching Primo’s ankle even more!
What is Jack Swagger trying to prove here? Primo is defenceless! Someone please?
: Good luck to whoever wants to try and stop Jack Swagger, King. I’ve never seen him so focused. He wants to just make Zack Ryder’s life a living hell, and he is taking out his friends.
Now some more referees come down to the ring, and Swagger is eventually persuaded to let Primo go, and half of the referees flock around Swagger to ensure he leaves, whilst the rest demand medical attention for Primo. Swagger walks up the ramp with his arms out by his sides as he smiles at the carnage in the ring.
In the back now, we see John Laurinaitis standing on the phone, and then Triple H walks into the room to a HUGE pop. Big Johnny doesn’t realise the COO is in there so he continues his conversation.
:...Yes, I received your letter...I’ll tell everyone later on.
Laurinaitis then jumps and drops his phone on the floor as he turns around and sees a very serious looking Triple H. Looking at “The Game” the entire time he picks up his phone.
: (Down the phone)
I’ll ring you back. (To Triple H)
That was a representative from the WWE Board of Directors.
: What the hell do they want with you?
The fans laugh as Laurinaitis looks somewhat offended.
: I am the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations; I am an important man. And I needed to let you know that I have a very important announcement for the end of the show.
: Well tell me then.
: You can find out when everybody else does.
Laurinaitis then walks away, and the camera catches him doing the same cocky, sinister smirk as he exits as we have seen a few times recently. Triple H stands looking frustrated and he then pulls his phone out and starts texting as we fade away...
We are in what is presumably a gym of some sort, but we see the same dimly lit ring in the centre of the large room, and standing against the ropes and looking out is Brodus Clay, a man we have gotten used to seeing these past two weeks.
Brodus Clay: Fear.
We then cut to a shot of Clay standing before an unknown man and completely engulfing him in a shadow. The voiceover then continues.
Brodus Clay: Fear can make people do act in ways they shouldn't.
The much smaller man then bravely tries to strike Clay, but Clay catches his right hand, showing some lightning reflexes.
Brodus Clay: Some people are driven by fear. They try to avoid their fears but deep down they know that it will catch up with them.
Clay then bulrushes this poor man into the turnbuckle behind him and we can hear the impact caused as the turnbuckle could even be broken from the impact. Clay then takes a few steps back and crushes the man in the corner with a giant splash.
Brodus Clay: I am the object of people's fear.
Clay then picks the man up and throws him into the centre of the ring and when the small man gets to his feet again, Clay runs through him with a Running Cross Body.
Brodus Clay: I'm Brodus Clay...
Some clips from previous packages are shown and the package ends with a close up of the monster's face, as he says his final words.
Brodus Clay: And I am coming.
COMING TO MONDAY NIGHT RAW ~ TWO WEEKS AWAY
*End Video Package*
There is a good pop in the arena, as The Divas Champion Kelly Kelly leads out her team for tonight, consisting of Eve Torres, AJ & Kaitlyn. The four girls all briskly walk down to the ring slapping hands with the fans as they do.
: These girls are what is wrong with the Divas Division!! We have a champion like Kelly Kelly leading the Divas of the WWE! What kind of message does that send out?
: I think Kelly Kelly has been a good champion. She has defended the championship whenever she has been required to, and I think she can overcome the odds at Night of Champions.
The crowd actually let out a positive reaction for Beth Phoenix, as she marches out onto the stage with Natalya alongside her. Following closely behind are The Bella Twins. The Divas of Doom don’t seem to pay much attention to the twins as they decide to discuss tactics between them for this match.
: Every time I see Beth Phoenix; I get a little scared!
: Every time I see Beth Phoenix, I see our new Divas Champion! Everything she has done since Summerslam can be described in only one word; dominance.
The heels are now in the ring, and the ref wants to push it along so he quickly tells the girls to organise themselves.
Eight Diva Tag Team Match:
Divas Champion Kelly Kelly, Eve & The Chickbusters vs The Divas of Doom & The Bella Twins
The bell rings, and it is Eve and Natalya to start off the match. Natalya tries early on to get the advantage with her wrestling technique but Eve is able to evade her strikes and then is able to connect with a dropkick to Natalya’s mouth, and Nattie then drops to the mat and is able to back into her corner and tags in BETH PHOENIX! The Glamazon gets a decent reaction from the fans but Eve is not intimidated and runs in to try and attack Phoenix, but Beth flattens her down with a clothesline! Beth then starts stomping away on Eve, who already wants to tag out. Beth then actually allows her to get the tag by throwing her into the corner and she picks AJ! The feisty and perky young Diva jumps into the ring but is immediately overpowered by Phoenix and faceplants right into the mat! Beth picks her back up and puts her into her team’s corner and then starts ramming her shoulder into AJ’s gut, and then pins her down to allow Natalya to get back into the match.
Nattie now snapmares AJ into the centre of the ring and kicks her in the back!! AJ’s back arches as she tries to reach for a tag, but Natalya grabs her hair and pulls her down and jumps down for a cover...One...Two-Kickout!! Natalya is not annoyed and then picks her up again by her hair and then smashes AJ’s face into the top turnbuckle! The fans start to get behind AJ, but Natalya now tags in Nikki Bella. Nikki comes in and she then holds up AJ and exposes her midsection, and then Brie leans over the ropes and tags herself in! Brie then delivers a kick to the exposed mid section of AJ, and then Nikki slams her down into the mat using her hair! Brie then starts stomping away on AJ, and drops her knee down across her face and holds her arm out and then Beth accepts the tag.
Phoenix steps in the ring but instead of going for AJ, she runs across the ring and cheap shots the champion! Kelly drops to the floor on the outside, and Eve then jumps into the ring and now her and Beth are going at it!! NOW NATALYA AND THE BELLAS ARE INVOLVED!!! The other three divas run in to help Beth, but Kaitlyn is on the top rope... and a CROSS BODY WIPES OUT NATALYA, BRIE AND NIKKI!!! Beth though picks Eve up and throws her out of the ring! Kaitlyn then goes over to Phoenix, but Beth ducks and then flattens her with a DISCUS CLOTHESLINE! Kaitlyn drops to the mat and rolls out of the ring, as Phoenix then seems to have had enough so she walks over to the now recovering AJ, and takers her up and plants the poor young girl with a GLAM SLAM!! Beth then turns her latest victim over and pins! One...Two...Three!!!
Winners: The Divas of Doom & The Bella Twins (5.45)
The victors are now all up and have their hands risen as Beth Phoenix picks up even more momentum going into her title match. As for the champion; she is still down on the floor outside the ring, and her championship has been given back to her. Phoenix walks over to the ropes where she is and points at her and motions around her waist! Kelly looks scared as she holds the Divas Championship as close to her chest as possible.
: AJ is just another victim tonight for Beth Phoenix! And look at our Divas Champion; cowering in the corner like a little girl, how pathetic!
: Cole, I think you have turned me; I can’t see Kelly Kelly walking out of Night of Champions with the Divas Championship still around her waist.
: If Beth Phoenix hits that Glam Slam in two weeks, we ARE going to have a new champion.
The camera then fades from the four heel Divas standing tall in the ring to somewhere backstage...
We are in the parking lot, and then a rental car pulls up. The camera then goes over to the driver’s door and he gets out...Its ZACK RYDER! “Long-Island Iced Z” gets a huge pop as he wastes no time in going over to the trunk and getting his bag out, before quickly walking off and out of the parking lot. The camera follows, and Ryder then approaches the nearest stage hand.
: Hey, bro, when is Primo going up against Swagger?
: Zack, I’m sorry, but that match was over fifteen minutes ago; we had to move the schedule around.
Ryder removes his glasses.
: Are you serious bro? What happened?
The worker looks nervous and he then turns to face Ryder properly.
: I don’t know how to say it... but Swagger won; and Primo has been with the medics since. His ankle...
: And where is Swagger?
: He left as soon as the match finished.
Ryder then walks off from the worker, and continues down the corridor, and he kicks a crate in anger as he walks past.
We return to Raw, and we are in the interview area, and Matt Striker is standing with his microphone grinning like the proverbial idiot as usual.
: I honestly love this job! Ladies and Gentlemen, I have had big interviews before but they don’t get bigger than this one right now. My guest at this time, one of six men competing for the WWE Championship at Night of Champions and the man who faces the champion tonight; JOHN CENA!
There is a mixed reaction and Striker looks like a little schoolgirl as John Cena walks into the shot.
: Matt, I didn’t know you were such a big fan!
: Thank you for joining me, John. My question for you is; What do you think a win for you tonight will do to help your chances at Night of Champions?
: That is a good question, Matt. Well, not only tonight will I beat Alberto Del Rio-
Cena is cut off by a small pop
Tonight I am looking to send him a message. Two weeks ago, he smashed me in the head with a lead pipe. Now I don’t know if anyone watching has been hit in the head with a lead pipe, but I can tell you... it hurts.
Cena rubs the back of his head as he says this.
So I think tonight I am going to get myself a little payback for that. I am going to pin him in the centre of that ring, and there aint a damn thing he can do about it, Jack!
The Cenation leader is starting to get a little fired up.
So he better use all that God-damn money he has to afford some medical insurance because if I have anything to do with it; he aint even gonna be at Night o’ Champions! All that means Matt is that there will only be four men in my way to winning my TENTH World Championship.
Cena holds up all of his fingers as he mentions this.
: Nine times I have won the big one, and each and every time I have I did it the right way; not by cashing in a damn briefcase!
There is a mixed reaction for that as Cena smirks.
: Berty, when you defend that championship by yourself in a one on one FAIR match; You’ll have my respect. But until then... you’re nothin’ but a fluke champion. And at Night of Champions, it’ll show.
Cena then gives the camera a serious look before walking out of the set leaving Striker to beam at him as he walks away.
Back to lé arena...
: Oh no, not again.
Lawler’s disappointment is because we are now introduced to the WWE Tag Team Champions, David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty, both looking annoyed ahead of their biggest defence to date in 13 night’s time. Neither champion is dressed to compete, as we see Otunga in a sweatervest and McGillicutty wearing a black shirt and jeans.
: These two are the most boring men to have ever stepped into a WWE ring, let me tell you that. Just look at David Otunga, what the hell is he wearing?
Jerry, have I ever told you how unprofessional it is to allow your own personal feelings towards Superstars change the way you commentate on them? David Otunga is a top class athlete and a fantastic tag team champion.
: Thankfully, he won’t be one half of the tag team champions after Night of Champions. And now Otunga has a microphone; brilliant.
Otunga does indeed have a microphone, and the WWE Universe seems ready to listen to whatever it is he has to say.
: As the WWE Tag Team Champions, Michael McGillicutty and myself are an asset to Monday Night Raw. For this reason, my Harvard educated brain cannot understand why not even one of us has been put in a match tonight. We have been the champions for over three months now and in that time we have been able to overcome any opponents or obstacle.
A decent amount of heat for Otunga’s bragging.
: And at Night of Champions in thirteen night’s time, the story will be no different. We are going to walk into Buffalo the WWE Tag Team Champions and we will walk out the WWE Tag Team Champions.
More heat, and McGillicutty points at a certain fan and tells him to shut up.
: Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov are nothing but a couple of goofballs who are riding a wave of luck; luck that will run out at Night of Champions.
Otunga smiles to himself now, and McGillicutty flares his nostrils.
: But the majority of people believe that we will lose at Night of Champions, and that is down to one man and one man alone.
The tag champs then both turn towards the announce table.
: Jerry Lawler. Each week you sit there and you wish we lose all of our matches and you show favouritism against us. You even have the audacity to call us “Boring”? Boring? I am not boring. When I’m not working in this ring, I am at celebrity parties because I am A-List; there is nothing boring about that.
The WWE Universe starts a “BOOOORING” chant, and McGillicutty is unable to shut them up and Lawler then gets a microphone for himself.
: I think you need to listen to these people, Otunga, and stop wasting their time. Monday Night Raw is about fun, and that is something that you two aren’t.
The fans pop, and Otunga seems offended.
: Why don’t you come in this ring and say that?
Lawler then gets up from his desk! Cole is shocked, as Lawler starts to climb up the steps into the ring.
: You called Santino and Kozlov goofballs, didn’t you? Well the only goofballs I see are standing right in front of me!
The fans pop for Lawler again, and the champions’ tempers are reaching boiling point.
: You two are the most boring and uncharismatic Superstars, let alone CHAMPIONS in WWE history.
Otunga looks furious, and McGillicutty goes over and kicks the ring ropes in anger.
: All you do is talk, so I have a proposition. Next week, me and you, one on one in this ring; What do you say?
Otunga holds his hand out, and the fans urge Lawler to accept the match. King looks unsure though.
: You know what? You’re on.
Lawler then goes to shake Otunga’s hand, but is BLINDISDED BY MCGILLICUTTY!! The Tag Team Champions start stomping away on Lawler, but the ambush is short lived, as SANTINO MARELLA AND VLADIMIR KOZLOV RUN DOWN FOR THE SAVE AND THE CHAMPIONS SPLIT!! The challengers at Night of Champions chase of the champs, and they then go to check on Jerry Lawler, as Raw goes to another commercial.
Narrator: To be a champion, one must be superior to all of their adversaries.
A flashing image of Randy Orton RKO'ing Christian onto the steel steps at Summerslam is shown.
Narrator: The champion might be Perfection...
Dolph Ziggler brashly holds up his United States Championship above his head.
An image of Kelly Kelly right after she won the Divas Championship flickers onto the screen.
Narrator: ... Or Ugly...
A scene of Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes trying to hide his face during one of his entrances comes up on the screen.
Narrator: A champion can benefit from the wealth of their company...
WWE Tag Team Champions David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty are shown having their hands raised at the end of a match.
Narrator: ...Or just their wealth.
Alberto Del Rio stands in front of an expensive car with pyro shooting down behind him.
Narrator: One night a year, the WWE showcases these superior individuals.
A quick montage of a referee holding up each championship belt one by one is shown.
Narrator: It is the Night...
Randy Orton then stands on the top rope with the World Heavyweight Championship around his waist.
Narrator: ... Of CHAMPIONS!
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
SEPTEMBER 18, 2011
: Well, in thirteen days time, the WWE Superstars are set for a huge night of action, as every championship will be on the line! King, I just can’t wait!
: Neither can I, Michael! The match that I think you know I am most looking forward to though is the WWE Tag Team Championship Match! Those horrible excuses for champions we have make me sick and I can’t wait to see them get theirs at Night of Champions.
: As we just learnt, you’ll have your chance against David Otunga next week, King, but what about the United States Championship? Dolph Ziggler seemed a little out of his game tonight; do you think that Rey Mysterio has gotten inside his head?
: I know that Rey Mysterio has near enough done it all here in the WWE, so Dolph Ziggler needs to get all of these distractions out of his head before Night of Champions or he could be in huge danger of losing his United States Championship.
: I think that as long as Dolph has Vickie Guerrero in his corner he will be fine. King, we know you like the Divas-
: No, Cole, I LOVE the Divas. As dominant as Beth Phoenix has been, I have to still go for Kelly Kelly to retain at Night of Champions. She did it at Summerslam, and I am sure she can do it again.
: Are you crazy? Beth has DOMINATED any Diva that has been put in front of her, and all she needs to do is hit that Glam Slam and we will have a new Divas Champion!
: What about the chances of us getting a new WWE Champion here on Raw? There is only a one in six chance of Alberto Del Rio keeping the WWE Championship; odds that I don’t think he can beat.
: Speaking of Alberto Del Rio... LOOK WHO IS BACK!!
With this, our attention turns to the stage, and we see that Ricardo Rodriguez is back! The fans groan as Ricardo starts to do his thing...
The groans intensify, as we are now treated to the WWE Champion, Alberto Del Rio! ADR pulls up in a luxurious Mercedes, and he seems confident tonight as ever as he exits his car and takes his time as usual with his entrance.
: What a great man Alberto Del Rio is! Even without his loyal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez by his side last week, he was still able to beat Kofi Kingston in impressive fashion!
Jerry Lawler: I think you are forgetting that Kofi almost beat Del Rio, Cole.
: Just shut up and enjoy this man’s beautiful entrance.
Del Rio gets in the ring, and he has a microphone in his hand once again, ready to address the WWE Universe.
Alberto Del Rio
: My name is Alberto Del Rio-
*MY TIME IS NOW*
There is a more positive than negative reaction tonight for John Cena, many cheering for sparing them from another Del Rio lecture. Cena bursts out onto the stage, and he looks at the camera and his life lesson this week is “Ricardo ate his vitamins!” before “The Champ” runs down the ramp and into the ring before staring at the angry Del Rio. Cena throws his cap into the front row.
: How rude! Alberto Del Rio is the WWE Champion, and this punk Cena has shown no respect at all for him right there!
: I think John Cena, like the rest of us, has had enough of Del Rio’s monologues each week. You heard what he was saying about Del Rio earlier; and I agree with every word of it!
: What? Del Rio won that title fair and square! He earned the Money in the Bank Briefcase and cashed it in on CM Punk! He then beat Punk the next night!
: Why me?
Del Rio is still standing with the microphone at his mouth and he has a face like thunder as the referee comes over and takes the microphone; leaving the champion to get prepared for the match.
WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio w/ Ricardo Rodriguez vs John Cena
The bell rings, and it is certainly not a cagey start from the two men. When Del Rio turned to face Cena, he was knocked down by a clothesline! Upon getting up again, the champion was subjected to a couple of arm drags and then a Fisherman Suplex! Cena jumps into the cover...One...Tw-Del Rio kicks out! Del Rio seemed shocked by the early outburst from Cena, but his efforts to slow Cena down are not enough, as Cena explodes out of the blocks with a short arm clothesline! The fans seem to be behind Cena, as Del Rio is rather less popular than the controversial Cena. Cena takes Del Rio up to his feet and then bulrushes him into the corner before hammering away with jabs to the midsection and chest; before the referee comes in and pulls Cena away from the champion. Del Rio tries to rush out and take Cena by surprise, but Cena ducks the clothesline attempt, and then flattens Del Rio with another one of his own! Cena is on fire and he waits for Del Rio to get back up, and then plants him with a Bulldog!! Cena goes down for another early cover...One..Two-NO! The champion remains resilient and it has been all Cena so for to this point.
Cena picks Del Rio back up to his feet and then throws him over the top rope! Del Rio lands hard, and Cena then quickly rushes out of the ring and joins him on the outside. Cena bounds over to Del Rio, but Rodriguez steps in the way and Cena looks at him before shoving him into the barrier!! The momentary distraction paid off however as Del Rio meets Cena with a kick to the gut!! The champion then hooks his head under Cena’s arm and then hits a SNAP SUPLEX ON THE OUTSIDE!! Cena’s back arches in pain, as Del Rio doesn’t take his time to capitalise, as he brings Cena back to his feet, and bulrushes him into the apron back first!! Cena screams in pain, and the champion once again now is quick to attack, and rolls Cena back into the ring, making a quick cover! One...Two...CENA KICKS OUT!! Del Rio doesn’t seem deterred and he brings Cena up again and scoop slams him down to the mat, and then steps out onto the apron. He lines up Cena, before slingshotting himself over the top rope for the TOPÉ ATOMICO!! The fans actually pop the move from the champion, who then jumps into another cover on Cena...One...Two...NO!!
Del Rio seems to be getting quite angry now, after he has hit some high impact moves and Cena is staying resilient. Cena starts pulling himself up with the ropes, but Del Rio comes in and boots him in the ribs!! Cena drops back down to the mat, clutching his ribs in agony, as the champion now stomps away on Cena’s back; trashtalking him as he does. The referee comes in and pulls Del Rio away, and the champion makes it so the official’s back is turned as he apologizes, and Ricardo Rodriguez runs over to Cena and SLAPS HIM IN THE FACE!! Cena looks furious with the announcer, and with rage boiling in his eyes, he immediately jumps up to his feet and Del Rio looks shocked that Cena is up. Cena charges at Del Rio for a clothesline, but the champion ducks, and Cena carries on and then tackles Del Rio down with a trademark shoulder block!! The fans start to groan as Cena starts to build his momentum, and he then rattles off another shoulder block!! Del Rio gets back up again and Cena then goes to the well again, but Del Rio is smart this time and turns it into a TILT-A-WHIRL BACKBREAKER!!! Cena’s momentum has been killed in an instant and the champion goes into another cover and hooks the leg this time! One...Two...Thre-NO!!
Cena kicks out again much to Del Rio and Rodriguez’ despair and Rodriguez starts signalling for the champion to finish it off! Del Rio then grabs Cena’s arm and picks him up and he tries to jump around... but CENA GRABS HIM!! Cena then lifts Del Rio into the air, and then drops him down to the canvas!! Del Rio lands hard and Cena then gets back up to his feet and starts to sell the damage done to his back thus far. He waits for the champion to get up to his feet, and when he does; Cena picks him up for the fireman’s carry... ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT-NO!! Del Rio dropped down and he drops Cena’s arm down across his knee as he landed!! Cena bounces around in agony, as the champion realises that it was a lucky escape and he is now back in control. Del Rio runs over to Cena and then wraps his arm around the middle ring rope and pulls... Cena screams in agony as he does!! Before the referee can say anything, Del Rio has already dragged Cena away and lays his arm down in the centre of the ring and then stamps on it!! Cena howls in pain again, and Del Rio seems to be loving the offense he is putting in, and he keeps hold of Cena’s arm and then slams it down against the mat!! Cena grabs his left arm and tries to get away from Del Rio, and he then manages to get himself up in the corner and tries to tend to his injuries... BUT DEL RIO RUNS IN WITH AN ENZIGUIRI!! Cena drops to the mat and the champion turns him over and covers him once again! One...Two...FOOT ON THE ROPES!!
The champion is bordering raging now, and he holds his head in his hands as he thinks of what to do next. He rolls Cena nearer to the centre of the ring and then the signs of fatigue show as the champion takes his time going through the ropes and climbs and he perches himself on the top rope! BUT CENA SPRINGS UP AND PUSHES THE ROPES!! DEL RIO IS CROTCHED!! Last week the champion caught Kofi Kingston out with that move but he failed to learn from Kofi’s mistake, as Cena catches him out! Cena then walks over to Del Rio and then picks him up, and launches him into the centre of the ring! Del Rio lands flat on his back, and Cena then looks out to the WWE Universe, who give a mixed reaction as many know what is about to come! Cena then stands by Del Rio in the centre of the ring and holds his arm in the air to a more intense mixed reaction now... but in the corner of the camera we see that Ricardo Rodriguez has placed something underneath the bottom turnbuckle in the corner... it’s a LEAD PIPE!! Cena and the referee are oblivious and Cena then hits the FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE!! The fans are now on their feet as Cena holds his arm and waits for Del Rio to get up to his feet, and the champion gets up, and Cena then takes him up onto his shoulders using only the one arm! BUT RODRIGUEZ IS ON THE APRON!! The referee immediately walks over to remove the announcer and Cena drops Del Rio down and tries to tell the referee to get rid of Rodriguez. Cena then turns back to the ring and DEL RIO SMASHES CENA IN THE ARM WITH THE PIPE!!! Cena drops to the mat in agony as Del Rio slides the weapon out of the ring. The referee then turns around and Del Rio jumps onto Cena with a cover! One...Two...Three!!!
Winner: Alberto Del Rio (11.30)
The champion wins!! Even though it was under suspicious circumstances, John Cena has been beaten tonight!! Del Rio goes insane that he has beaten Cena, and the champion is certainly building momentum going into his big title defence in thirteen nights; now knocking off two of his five challengers in two weeks.
: What a match by the WWE Champion! Del Rio is on a roll!!
: Well maybe these two can teach Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre how to cheat to win a match! I can’t believe this.
: C’mon King! Be happy for Del Rio!! I bet that Matt Striker is crying right now!
Del Rio is then handed his WWE Championship which he lifts above his head and he also asks for a microphone. The request is granted and his music dies out as he slowly raises it up to his lips...
Alberto Del Rio
: But you... You already know that.
Del Rio then drops the mic with the thud echoing around the arena and the fans give him considerable heat as Cena squirms on the ring holding his arm in pain.
: Well the WWE Champion has sent a message loud and clear to John Cena tonight and I can only imagine the kind of pain that John Cena must be in right now.
: I think that Del Rio is a cheat! And at Night of Champions he won’t be able to pull that kind of crap off!
: That may be the case but you are probably wrong, King. Please stay tuned into Monday Night Raw as I am being informed that we are going to hear from John Laurinaitis after the break!
We return from commercial, and we see that John Laurinaitis is standing in the centre of the ring with a microphone. Oddly, he is flanked either side by The Awesome Truth! Miz is now suited up and looking annoyed most likely due to his loss earlier on. All three men look like they mean business. As soon as Laurinaitis lifts the microphone to his mouth
: Thank you all for such a warm welcome; I am the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations for the WWE, John Laurinaitis.
Heat; Awesome Truth give the WWE Universe a harsh stare.
: You may wonder why I have The Miz and R-Truth with me out here right now with me, so I will tell you. I have assigned The Awesome Truth to be my official bodyguards against one particular threat...
Laurinaitis looks onto the booing crowd before he speaks.
: CM Punk.
The fans shit all over him, and he simply retains his stupid demeanor.
: I am fearful of my safety because of Punk’s attitude towards me. He has personally targeted and accused me of actions which I have not done. Last week, he threatened to put me to sleep. Threats and personal attacks like this to authority are not what I want the WWE Superstars to be. So these men here are going to stop CM Punk if he tries to lay a finger on me.
The crowd continually boos Laurinaitis during each word he says.
: This brings me to my next big announcement-
*TIME TO PLAY THE GAME*
The fans go NUTS as the COO of the WWE, Triple H, marches out from behind the curtain and he doesn’t seem happy that Laurinaitis is out here; especially with The Awesome Truth.
: This can’t be good!
: Well, I think Triple H, like the rest of us, wants to know what the hell is going on here!
“The Game” gets into the ring and he walks right over to the opposite side and picks up a microphone.
Just what the hell is going on here? (To Laurinaitis) You don’t need your own security around here; we provide security at the arenas every week. CM Punk isn’t stupid, he isn’t going to attack you otherwise he will be fired.
There is some mild heat for this comment.
: But we can talk about this just me and you. (To Miz and Truth)
Get out of my ring before I throw you out of it myself!
Miz and Truth don’t move, and instead stand there and smile?! Laurinaitis then pulls a piece of paper out of his jacket; it is an opened envelope.
: Don’t worry guys, that won’t be necessary. You see in my hand here I have a message from the WWE Board of Directors.
Triple H looks furious and Johnny then opens the envelope and pulls out the memo.
: Hun’er, it seems that your speech last week has made the Board concerned about your ability to run Raw. So ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to announce that the WWE Board of Directors has named me the new Raw General Manager.
HEAT!! THE CROWD ARE BOOING THE TOTAL SHIT ALL OVER LAURINAITIS!!! Triple H is flabbergasted and he holds his head in his hand at the revelation. Johnny on the other hand, waves out to the WWE Universe and he smiles as he hands the letter to Triple H, who cannot believe what has happened.
: That means, Hun’er that you can’t overrule anything I say on Raw; this is MY show. I plan on taking Raw to new heights and I am a man of the people. I want to give the WWE Universe what they want. I know that next week, they want to see one of my bodyguards, The Miz, face CM Punk in a rematch from tonight!
The fans actually pop for that as Miz rubs his hands together at the prospect of getting another victory over Punk.
: And it won’t be just any match; it will be a Lumberjack Match featuring the other four men competing in the WWE Championship Six-Pack Challenge at Night of Champions.
The fans give a mixed reaction for that, and Triple H stands there leaning against the ropes and he just stares at the letter given to him.
: Furthermore, I am going to make the WWE Championship Six-Pack Challenge different from the World Heavyweight Championship Match for Smackdown, as the Raw Six-Pack Challenge is going to be an Elimination Match!
The new Raw GM now notices Triple H.
: Hun’er, are you okay? This was done for the interest of the people, and the safety of the Raw Superstars. You won’t have to worry about The Awesome Truth anymore; they act under my orders now.
Miz and Truth then start smiling once again; both seemingly happy to be in their new roles.
: Maybe some people just aren’t born to be leaders.
“OOH” is the response from the fans as Triple H now finally looks up and steers his eyes towards
Laurinaitis who doesn’t appear to be aware of the insult he just said.
: Hun’er, don’t look at me like that! I am finally going to be properly utilised here on Raw, and I am going to make this the best show possible; something that was not happening under your leadership.
Once again, Johnny is seemingly oblivious to what he just said, and now Triple H takes a few steps forward up to Laurinaitis, with rage in his eyes, but then The Awesome Truth come in and step in front of Laurinaitis and shielding him from “The Game”! Triple H thinks about it, but then turns around, and leaves the ring! Laurinaitis then wears a huge grin on his face.
: Let me introduce you to the new era of Monday Night Raw; The Laurinaitis Era!
*A GLOBAL FORCE*
We are now actually treated to some theme music for the new GM, and he stands tall and proud with The Miz and R-Truth on either side of him looking as intimidating as they can, and the newest power-faction on Raw has been born.
: What a night! The landscape of the WWE has been changed as Monday Night Raw enters the Laurinaitis Era has begun!
Triple H looks back into the ring as the three men stand tall in the ring and “The Game” seems dejected due to his failure. The show ends with Laurinaitis standing with his arms being raised by his new bodyguards.
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
SEPTEMBER 18, 2011
CURRENT MATCH CARD
WWE Championship Match
Six-Pack Challenge Elimination Match
Alberto Del Rio © vs John Cena vs The Miz vs Kofi Kingston vs R-Truth vs CM Punk
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Randy Orton © vs Mark Henry vs Wade Barrett vs Sheamus vs John Morrison vs The Great Khali
United States Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler © vs Rey Mysterio
WWE Divas Championship Match
Kelly Kelly © vs Beth Phoenix
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty © vs Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov