Re: WWE 2011: In New Talent We Trust
Monday Night Raw
Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia | 4th April 2011
Hot off the heels of an iconic Wrestlemania Twenty-Seven, Monday Night Raw is still in Atlanta, but only a few hundred yards away from the Georgia Dome, in the Phillips Arena nearby. It’s sure to be a huge night, with the new wrestling year kicking off in the same city the last year came to an explosive finish in.
Last night, the big story was The Miz retaining his WWE Championship against John Cena in the main event. The match had seemingly ended with a double count-out, but guest host of Wrestlemania, The Rock, came out to restart the contest, with a No Holds Barred stipulation added on to the end. As a result, when the pairing returned to the ring, Rocky dropped Cena with a Rock Bottom as repayment for Cena’s Attitude Adjustment last week on Raw, allowing The Miz to pick up a famous win. Tonight on Raw, The Miz will open the show to talk about his victory on the Grandest Stage Of Them All, and with Cena in attendance, will the former “Champ” have anything to say to the “most must-see WWE Champion of all time” after the controversial circumstances by which The Miz was victorious? Or will we see a new challenger emerge for The Miz’s WWE Championship? And most importantly, is The Rock in the building? And if so, will we see a Cena/Rock confrontation?
Another heated rivalry which came to a head last night was Michael Cole against Jerry “The King” Lawler, in a match which saw special guest referee “Stone Cold” Steve Austin deliver a Stunner to Cole’s trainer Jack Swagger, before Lawler applied the Ankle Lock to Cole to make him tap out. As Lawler and Austin (and Booker T) shared a beer, a shocking turning of the tables occurred, as Josh Matthews told everyone that the anonymous Raw General Manager had decided to REVERSE the decision as a result of Austin’s “over-involvement”. This gave the win to Cole as a result of a disqualification, and tonight on Raw, he will be doing something unprecedented – the Raw General Manager has decided that he is content to have his identity revealed as part of the new wrestling year, and it will be none other than his messenger, Michael Cole himself, to announce his identity tonight on Raw. What mood will Cole be in after he won last night, and who will he reveal as the new General Manager of Raw, who’s been pulling the strings on Monday nights for the past six months? Tune in tonight to hear one of the biggest announcements of the year so far!
CM Punk couldn’t beat Randy Orton last night – the Second City Saint tried his hardest to wear down Orton’s knee to the point of making it unusable, but the Viper shocked everyone with a huge RKO as Punk dived from the top rope. Tonight, Punk has to deal with another huge task, as he takes on the World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry. The Straight-edge Superstar can’t be very pleased after his narrow loss last night, but he’s not exactly against a man who’s willing to let him take his anger out on him, as Henry is a tough match for any superstar on the roster. Can Punk overcome this fearsome opponent, and what will he have to say about his loss last night?
One man who actually did pull out a win last night was John Morrison, alongside Trish Stratus and Snooki, beating Dolph Ziggler and Laycool. After such a good win, Morrison has another huge match ahead of him tonight, as he takes on the man he had such a rivalry with towards the end of 2010 – the United States Champion, Sheamus. The Irishman fought to a No Contest with Daniel Bryan last night at Wrestlemania in the pre-show, then was eliminated last in the Battle Royal that followed by The Great Khali. One of these talented men will come out on top tonight, and it’s sure to be a great contest, as these two fight on live television.
Also tonight, Dolph Ziggler teams with William Regal to take on Evan Bourne and Daniel Bryan. Ziggler fell to John Morrison in tag team action last night, while Bryan couldn’t beat Sheamus for the United States Title. Nevertheless, these four men are incredible talents, with Bryan and Ziggler sharing some great matches in the past, meaning we’re sure to have a great match on our hands here tonight.
While rumours are swirling about whether or not The Rock is in the Phillips Arena, the other hot topic going round backstage is the supposed story of an FBI agent being present behind the scenes on Raw! What possible reason could there be for such a figure to be on Raw? Tune in tonight to learn more.
Also, Diva’s Champion Eve Torres takes on Alicia Fox, plus we’ll hear from Randy Orton!
Announced For Raw
WWE Champion The Miz opens the show
Michael Cole unveils the identity of the anonymous Raw General Manager
CM Punk vs Mark Henry
John Morrison vs Sheamus
Dolph Ziggler and William Regal vs Evan Bourne and Daniel Bryan
Eve Torres vs Alicia Fox
An FBI agent on Raw?