Monday Night Raw
17th October 2011
*MY TIME IS NOW*
Following the recap video of last week's show, opening titles and pyrotechnics, it is the WWE Champion JOHN CENA that kicks things off on Raw, and he's dressed to compete in non-title action. Cena gets his usual split reaction, but he salutes to the fans before sprinting into the ring.
There's not much of a reaction for the seldom seen TYLER REKS who marches down to the ring and the commentators play up how much of an opportunity this is for him against the WWE Champion. Cena nods his head to show his opponent the correct amount of respect.
WWE Champion John Cena vs Tyler Reks
Reks makes a decent account of himself at first; commanding over Cena with some powerful strikes and an impactful Big Boot to the face as Cena tries for a Running Shoulder Block. Cena counters a suplex attempt into a Fisherman Suplex of his own, before he calls upon the Cenation who give him the power to begin to execute his finishing sequence. Two Running Shoulder Blocks are followed up by the Spin Out Powerbomb. Cena raises his arm into the air to another mixed reaction before he hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Upon waiting for Reks to get back to his feet, Cena is able to plant him with the ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT! Not being pleased enough, Cena turns Reks over and locks in the STF! After a few seconds Reks decides he's had enough and taps out!
Winner: John Cena (5.35)
Cena gets to his feet and he's handed the WWE Championship, but his music isn't playing but the fans let out a massive pop because THE ROCK is on the Titantron! Cena hasn't realized and 'The Great One' wears a big grin on his face, as he appears 'LIVE VIA SATELLITE'
: Hey, Cena! Up here jabroni.
There's a roar from the crowd as Cena looks up to the tron and doesn't look pleased with the way he was addressed.
: Cena, The Rock has heard- Oh wait... wait one second.
Rock holds his hand up to the camera and then faces to his right.
: FINALLY... THE ROCK HAS COME BACK TO MONDAY... NIGHT... RAW!
The fans join in with Rocky as he spouts off one of his most famous lines, and Cena is already losing his patience in the ring.
: Cena, The Rock has head you runnin' your mouth the past couple of weeks on Raw; you've been saying that The Rock doesn't deserve to face you for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania.
There's a lot of heat in the arena for that.
: Two weeks ago, you said that the people
deserve to see The Rock challenge for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania; and you're right. The Rock is The People's Champion, and the people deserve to see The People's Champion WHOOP YOUR CANDY ASS ALL OVER MIAMI!
As if it a natural gift, The Rock has the crowd in the palm of his hand, and he continues as he pumps himself up.
: No no no no no naaaw! The Rock isn't going to just whoop your candy ass all over Miami, John Cena - No no no! The Rock is going to whoop your candy ass all over Miami and become the new WWE Champion!
Rock flares his nostrils out and Cena is almost staring a hole through the Tron, but the fans are loving it.
: So Cena, if for some reason you don't think The Rock is being serious... how about I come to Raw next week and I show you in person just how serious
Cena is now smirking in the ring, as the fans in the arena are popping out of their lungs for this.
: So let's just clear this up. Next week, on the Raw SUPERSHOW, in Miami, the same city that will witness me whoopin' your candy ass at Wrestlemania and becoming the new WWE Champion, The Rock will be waiting for you, John Cena, right in the middle of that ring! And maybe, just maybe, you can tell The Rock why he shouldn't get a title shot at Wrestlemania.
There's almost a laugh from John Cena in the ring, as he looks down at the mat.
: IF YA SMELLALALALALALALAAAAAWWW... WHAT THE ROCK... IS COOKIN'!
The Rock looks like the picture of intensity as he removes his shades and raises DAT EYEBROW and Cena exits the ring and walks up the ramp as Raw heads off to the first commercial.
We return to see the door leading to the parking lot, and JOHN CENA suddenly bursts into the shot past the camera with his bags and the WWE Championship in hand, barging through the doors, with MATT STRIKER following him closely.
: John! John! Can we get your thoughts on what we just learned? The Rock will be here next week-
Cena quickly turns around and he is almost shaking as he glares at Striker.
: Not... now.
The WWE Champion clearly isn't in a good mood before he turns back around and walks over to his car and unlocks it; getting in and making a swift exit. Striker turns back to the camera with an unsure look on his face.
: Well... it seems that the WWE Champion, John Cena, has headed home early; we just learned before the commercial break that The Rock will be in attendance next week on the Raw Supershow - and by the looks of it someone else is arriving right now!
Striker actually has to move out of the way as a limousine almost runs him over and he walks over to the rear door and opens it to see who is inside. Striker instantly puts on a very big grin as the Raw General Manager JOHN LAURINAITIS steps out of the limo, followed by THE MIZ, R-TRUTH and then BRODUS CLAY. There's a lot of heat for the Laurinaitis Administration as Johnny looks a little concerned when he spots Striker.
: Matt, why are you out here in the parking lot? Has something happened?
: First of all, Mr Laurinaitis welcome to Monday Night Raw, I hope that you had a good journey. I'm out here because John Cena has just left the arena, and The Rock has announced that he'll be at the Raw Supershow next week.
: Cena left early? Well I don't see that as an action befitting of the WWE Champion... but we don't have to worry about that for much longer because next week The Miz will become the new WWE Champion when he beats John Cena.
Miz pulls a smug face behind Laurinaitis.
: Sir, if you don't mind me asking... what are your thoughts of what happened during and after the main event between The Miz and Xavier Woods? There was a lot of controversy as the COO of the WWE Triple H as well as yourself got physically involved-
: What I did to Xavier Woods was in self defence, Matt! That little punk was about to attack me! As for Triple H, his actions against both Brodus Clay and R-Truth are not becoming of the Chief Operating Officer of a multinational company, and I will be submitting a complaint to the WWE Board of Directors and I assume that they will take appropriate action against Mr Helmsley.
The fans aren't happy to hear Laurinaitis completely denying his involvements last week.
: I can assure you that tonight we will not get a repeat of last week, because I have been informed that Triple H is not here tonight. So The Laurinaitis Administration can focus on each of our matches tonight, but most importantly the main event; where The Miz will destroy Kofi Kingston and become the number one contender to the WWE Championship, just like he did to Xavier Woods last week. Enjoy the show, Matt.
The Administration then leave the parking lot, each of the Superstars glaring at the camera as they walk past it, and Striker puffs a sigh of relief as he no longer has to put on his act.
*GET ON YOUR KNEES*
As we return back to the arena, there's a decent amount of heat as JACK SWAGGER confidently walks out onto the stage and he does his push ups and then strides down to the ring ahead of this crunch match.
The fans ERUPT in the arena for ZACK RYDER, and he has a much more serious aura about him tonight as he looks to finally end this rivalry with Swagger. Swagger sarcastically applauds as Ryder walks down the ramp, and which angers the Long Island native, and he sprints into the ring and takes Swagger by surprise!
Zack Ryder vs Jack Swagger
This thing has been brewing for weeks and as per orders of the GM it finally comes to a head tonight. Ryder is able to take charge in the early goings after kickstarting the match off quickly. The action spills to the outside, and there are several spots where the two rivals are literally throwing each other around the ringside area. Swagger is able to take control though as he counters a clothesline attempt from Ryder to deliver a Belly-to-Belly Suplex on the hard floor! The former World Heavyweight Champion stays on top of Ryder with some more throws inside the ring, being denied the three count he craves by a persistant Ryder. Swagger tries for his Ankle Lock but Ryder is able to roll out of it and send Swagger crashing into the turnbuckles as Raw heads to a break.
Getting back into the action, Ryder is caught in a Bearhug as Swagger was able to counter Ryder's Rough Ryder attempt with a Spinebuster during the break and he focuses his attack back to the lower back of Ryder. Ryder though, is able to fight out with several hard shots to the head and he shoots Swagger into the ropes and sends him crashing back onto his face with a Flapjack! Ryder goes for the cover but Swagger is able to kick out and he scrambles back to the corner, but he doesn't realize he's in prime position for the Broski Boot which Ryder hits! Swagger uses the corner to get back up, but he removes the protective pad from the turnbuckle, but luckily the referee is alert to what Swagger is up to and rushes to put it back on. Swagger stumbles forwards and Ryder tries for the ROUGH RYDER again - but Swagger ducks it and LOW BLOWS RYDER BEHIND THE REFEREE'S BACK! The fans are fuming, and Swagger lifts Ryder off of the mat and plants him with the GUTWRENCH POWERBOMB! The referee turns around just in time to count the three count!
Winner: Jack Swagger (11.30)
*GET ON YOUR KNEES*
The crowd isn't at all pleased to see one of their favourites screwed out of the win, and Cole tries to defend Swagger's actions whilst King notes that Zack Ryder isn't going to accept this as the end of this rivalry.
We head backstage again to see XAVIER WOODS playing the upcoming WWE 12 video game, and we can see on the screen that Woods has created himself on the game, and he's currently destroying The Miz. KOFI KINGSTON then walks into the shot behind Woods and grins before placing his hand on Woods' shoulder, and Woods pauses the game and upon seeing Kofi he jumps out of his chair and the two men who were saved by Triple H last week shake hands.
: Heyyyyyy, Kofi! How you doin', man? Tonight is going to be a GOOD night, my friend! Man, I can't believe that I'm standing here with the NEXT WWE Champion!
: Thanks man, I hope you're right.
: Of course I'm right! Yeah, I was screwed last week by The Miz and John Laurinaitis, but all I managed to do was soften Miz up for you tonight, man! Did you see how close I was to beating him? Of course you don't need him softened up though! Haha!
: That is actually what I came to talk to you about, actually. Even though you were unlucky not to beat The Miz last week, we were both very lucky
that Triple H had our backs after the match, otherwise we coulda been in for an even worse beatin' than we got. Triple H isn't here tonight, so I just came here to tell you to make sure you watch your back tonight.
Woods smiles and he puts his hand on Kofi's shoulder.
: You shouldn't be worried about me, Kofi! You need to be focused on your match tonight! I grew up on the streets, man, I used to get worse beatings than that every day, I can take anything the Laurinaitis Administration can throw at me. You're the priority tonight, Kof'... so you know what? I'm gonna be out there in your corner tonight!
There's a good pop from the fans for that and Kofi gives one of his trademark smiles.
: It'd be an honour, man! I know I got screwed last week so I'm gonna make sure that the same thing doesn't happen to you! That cool?
: I couldn't think of anything better. Is it alright that I quickly talk over some strategy-
Woods glances to the right and his eyes widen.
: Woah! Is that the time?! Kofi, look, I'm really sorry man, I've gotta be somewhere; I'll see you out there later on.
Woods quickly grabs his Uncle Sam hat which was on the back of his chair and runs out of the shot, leaving Kofi Kingston looking very, very confused as we fade away.
We come straight into a shot of a busy gym, and the camera focuses its attention on one man, which we can quickly identify as one half of the former WWE Tag Team Champions Michael McGillicutty; who is very aggressively lifting weights. McGillicutty looks extremely tired, as if he's been in the gym for several hours. Mike drops his weights on the floors and roars out loud enough for the whole gym to hear him. His tag team partner, David Otunga, then walks into the shot next to him, having clearly just arrived, but he's in casual clothes and clearly not here for a gym session.
Mike! How's it goin'? Man, you look like you need to have a break! How long you been here, three, four hours?
That isn't good for you-
No, I'll tell you what isn't good for me. What isn't good for me is spending a WEEK in Las Vegas, using the worst facilities in the worst gyms and staying out until five o'clock in the morning! That's what isn't good for me, David.
Otunga is taken aback, and he removes his sunglasses.
Look man, you told me yourself that you had fun with AW. Yeah, we mighta partied a bit too hard-
There is no such thing as partying too hard, Dave. No such thing.
The former tag champs turn around to see that AW has now arrived in the gym, and he's accompanied by his Head of Security, Mark Magnus. Otunga's eyes light up like his idol has just walked into the room, but McGillicutty remains straight faced.
A-Dub! Hey man, you know I didn't mean it like that, it is just Mike here isn't that used to living the lifestyle we enjoy so much.
Gentlemen, I'm a not just a business man, I am a busy man. For men like me, time is money. I didn't get my own nightclub empire by wasting time, so I'm going to cut to the chase.
AW looks at both wrestlers and smiles.
I like you guys, and we had a lot of fun last week in Vegas. I think that we should enter into a business agreement that will benefit all parties. Ever since I was a kid, I've loved professional wrestling and I would have done anything to be a wrestler, or to even be on Raw. So how about this? You let me manage you; I can hook you up with all of my connections and even act as an agent for you and take you right back to those WWE Tag Team Championships... and I get to be on Monday Night Raw every week and live my dream. Win win, right? What do you say?
All four men look at each other, but it is obvious that Magnus really couldn't care less. AW looks optimistically at Mike and Dave. Otunga is about to shake AW's hand, but McGillicutty is still stone face and he knocks Otunga's hand away.
We'll think about it.
What do you mean "We'll think about it"? We've had NO luck on Raw since Night of Champions and I don't see anything changing that... apart from AW. We've got nothing to lose here, Mike. And do you really want to deny AW his dream? C'mon man, that's cold.
Otunga's words seem to ring through to Mike, as he slowly nods his head and holds his hand out to AW who graciously accepts it.
You've made a good decision today, gentlemen. I've got to go and as the manager of this fine establishment if he's interested in selling, because this place is perfect for the next All World Promotions entertainment facility. I'll be in touch.
AW then clicks his fingers and turns to leave, and Magnus stares a hole through the back of his boss' head before begrudgingly holding the door open for him. Otunga turns to McGillicutty with a very pleased expression, but McGillicutty remains hard faced.
You better be right about this.
McGllicutty then turns and leaves through the same door AW did, as Otunga holds his hands up in the air with a grin.
*End Video Package*
*IN THE MIDDLE OF IT NOW*
There's not much of a reaction in the arena as the men about to challenge for the WWE Tag Team Championships CURT HAWKINS and PRIMO walk out onto the stage and exuberantly walk down to the ring, and motion around their waists that they are after the titles.
*LA VITTORIA E MIA*
It is quite a loud pop in the arena as the WWE Tag Team Champions The Odd Couple walk out onto the stage. VLADIMIR KOZLOV is dressed to compete but SANTINO MARELLA is still wearing a neck brace. We are reminded that Kozlov will be defending the championships alone under Handicap rules, but Marella has a microphone as the champions wait on the stage.
: Ciao, everybody!
There's a nice pop for that little greeting.
: As you all will have previously been informed, my partner here, Vladimir Kozlov, was told by the Raw General Manager John... Laurinaitis-
Santino is cut off by boos, and he makes sure he says the GM's name correctly this time after clearly learning his lesson at Hell in a Cell.
: We were told that Vladimir would be defending our WWE Tag Team Championships against Primo and Zack Hawkins in a Handicap Match.
There's a couple of laughs, and Hawkins kicks the bottom rope and shouts "GET ON WITH IT!"
: But we have received a phones call earlier on today, from the coo of the WWE, Triple de Aitch, and he said that we were allowed to choose a replacement partner. So...
*LIVING IN AMERICA*
There's a pretty big pop for the man who made his debut last week, XAVIER WOODS, and once again clad in Uncle Sam gear, he shakes hands with both Santino and Kozlov before the three men make their way to the ring; Hawkins and Primo furious in the ring. The commentators put two and two together and realize this is why Woods rushed off whilst he was speaking to Kofi Kingston.
WWE Tag Team Championship Match:
Vladimir Kozlov © & Xavier Woods w/ Santino Marella © vs Curt Hawkins & Primo
In a match full of Cole complaining about Woods being involved and King making jokes about Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago becoming a tag team, the challengers wear down Kozlov in the opening few minutes, with the big Russian being able to hit a couple of his power moves but ultimately being cut from getting the tag to Woods. Using their ever-growing familiarity with each other, Hawkins and Primo get a couple of close near falls and almost win the titles! Hawkins has Kozlov set up for his Heatseeking Elbow, but Kozlov rolls out of the way and gets the tag to Xavier Woods! Primo charges out from his corner, but Woods rolls under his clothesline attempt and springs back up to nail Hawkins with a clothesline of his own! Primo is then hit with a Creed-DT, and Woods brings Hawkins back up and connects with LOST IN THE WOODS to pick up the win - his first on Raw, and he's helped retain the tag team titles!
Winners: Vladimir Kozlov & Xavier Woods (7.58)
The Odd Couple retain the WWE Tag Team Championships
*LIVING IN AMERICA*
Santino is handed the titles and heads into the ring to meet Kozlov and Woods, who share a hug after the bell was rung. Hawkins and Primo both roll out of the ring after feeling the wrath of Xavier Woods. Woods stands in the middle of both of the WWE Tag Team Champions and raises their arms into the air to a good pop from the fans. Woods then leaves the ring and allows The Odd Couple to have their moment in the ring and he starts walking up the ramp...
*RIP IT UP*
All of the celebrations grind to a halt and the Tag Team Champions scramble out of the ring as BRODUS CLAY marches out onto the stage, accompanied by JOHN LAURINAITIS. Woods stands firm on the ramp as the Raw GM gets right in his face and says "I'll deal with you later" before he leads his undefeated monster to the ring. Cole and King inform us that Brodus Clay looks to extend his winning streak after the break!
After the commercial, BRODUS CLAY and the Raw General Manager JOHN LAURINAITIS are waiting in the ring for whoever Clay's opponent could be.
There's a ROAR from the fans and GOLDUST walks out onto the stage! The announcers play up that we've not seen Goldust for almost a year. In the ring, neither Laurinaitis or Clay know what to think, as Goldie removes his wig and plays to the fans.
Brodus Clay w/ John Laurinaitis vs Goldust
The undefeated Clay is clearly unsettled as he's across the ring from 'The Bizarre One', and Goldust starts the match off with a stiff uppercut to take control! Goldust uses his experience advantage to use Clay's power and weight against him, getting some luck with a couple of dropkicks to the knees of the big man. After trying to set Clay up for the Shattered Dreams, Goldust takes just a little too long showboating and is flattened with a clothesline from the monster. From this point on, Goldust doesn't get much of a chance to get back into the match as Clay's powerful Exploader Suplexes do a number on Goldust's back. After crushing Goldie against the turnbuckle, Clay lifts him up and finishes him off with the devastating SPINNING SIT DOWN POWERBOMB to extend his unbeaten run!
Winner: Brodus Clay (5.41)
*RIP IT UP*
Laurinaitis gets into the ring as Goldust sits in the corner holding the back of his head. The Raw General Manager doesn't look in the best mood, most likely due to Xavier Woods' actions earlier tonight.
We cut backstage now, and ALBERTO DEL RIO is standing in front of the camera, and he receives some pretty big heat from the crowd, most likely due to his actions the past two weeks against his now former friend Ricardo Rodriguez.
Alberto Del Rio
: My name is Alberto Del Rio... but ju already know dat.
The cocky intro gets it's usual reaction.
Alberto Del Rio
: Dey say dat a man's career in de WWE comes in many chapters. Last week, was de end of one of de chapters in de career of 'The Great' Alberto Del Rio. Last week was also de end of dat fat, useless, miserable perro
The former WWE Champ's face screws up as he says the name of his former ring announcer.
Alberto Del Rio
: Ricardo Rodriguez will no longer get through life under de shadow of 'The Great' Alberto Del Rio, because Ricardo Rodriguez is gone... forever.
Alberto Del Rio
: But as de expression says; "Life goes on." And it will. Ricardo Rodriguez's name will mean nothing in de history of de WWE, he will be nothing more dan an afterthought in the career of 'The Great'... Alberto Del Rio.
ADR smiles to himself as he refers to himself once again as 'The Great'.
Alberto Del Rio
: Now dat Ricardo Rodriguez is no longer holding my career back, I can once again become de WWE Champion because it is my destiny.
Ju see, being a champion is in my blood, it comes naturally to me. If there are any of ju that don't believe what I am saying, let me show you next week on de Raw Supershow, because 'The Great' Alberto Del Rio will be back in de ring competing, and winning. Ju will all see why I am de rightful WWE Champion. Ju will see what makes me... Great.
Del Rio has a smirk on his face and he stares dead into the camera.
Alberto Del Rio
: Viva Del Rio.
*SHE LOOKS GOOD TO ME*
There's a decent pop for EVE TORRES who bounces out onto the stage with KELLY KELLY in tow. The announcers talk up how Eve has been winning her matches recently, as there have been occasions where Kelly has helped her with her matches and we found out on Smackdown last Friday that Eve doesn't know about it.
It is a mixed reaction that greets the music of the Divas Champion BETH PHOENIX as she is lead out by her partner NATALYA who is set to face Eve in a rematch of last week. The match between these four for the Raw Supershow next week is hyped up.
Eve Torres w/ Kelly Kelly vs Natalya w/ Divas Champion Beth Phoenix
Natlya is the aggressor in the opening exchanges as she is looking to avenge her loss a fortnight ago, using her power advantage well to force Eve back on several attempts. Natalya hits an impressive Running Powerslam which almost gets her the victory, but she goes for the move again and Eve is able to roll off the back of her and almost get a three count. Trying to pysch Eve out, Phoenix grabs Kelly Kelly by the hair at ringside and Eve exits the ring followed by Natalya... and a brawl between the four women ensues, and the referee calls for the bell!
Winner: No Contest (4.55)
Despite the match ending the four Divas keep going at it, with Eve and Phoenix going at it on one side of the ring and Natalya and Kelly on the other. Kelly though suddenly shows a streak of aggression and sends Natalya flying into the ring post, and she makes a bee line to Eve and Beth Phoenix! Kelly grabs the Divas Champion by the hair and then pulls her away from Eve; grabbing her friends hand and leading her up the ramp. When they are on the ramp, Kelly grabs Eve in for a tight hug and looks back at Beth Phoenix and the Divas Champion is quite confused.
THE 3-HOUR MONDAY NIGHT RAW SUPERSHOW
24TH OCTOBER 2011
*HERE TO SHOW THE WORLD*
There's a mixed reaction for the United States Champion DOLPH ZIGGLER as he walks out onto the stage with a huge frown on his face, along with his manager VICKIE GUERRERO who has an equally pissed off look on her face. (Though she looks like a slapped arse anyway). The duo get into the ring, and Ziggler grabs a microphone as he climbs the steps. There's no messing about with Vickie's "EXCUSE ME"s tonight as Ziggler clearly means business.
: I'm about to compete in a tag team match, and on the other team is the man that I am being forced to defend my United States Championship against next week on the Raw Supershow... Drew McIntyre.
There's a good pop for the Scotsman.
: Bear in mind that this is a man who I beat just a matter of weeks ago at Hell in a Cell when I was at a total disadvantage anyway! I didn't know he was going to try and screw me and Vickie Guerrero at Hell in a Cell, but I proved just how great a champion I am when I beat him anyway.
Ziggler is almost expressionless as he just talks his mind.
: Granted... Granted I told Drew that if he impressed me
, I'd let him have another shot at my United States Championship, that was MY decision to make NOT Triple H's. I don't care that he's the COO, he does not get to decide when I put my title on the line, I do!
The fans boo the slandering of the COO.
: Let's quickly analyse Drew McIntyre's attempts to impress Dolph Ziggler, shall we? He beat JTG - a man who just for the record Vickie Guerrero and I would not even give the time of day to, let alone help - and then last week he abducted Vickie Guerrero, cost me my match against the WWE Champion and to top it all off he cheapshotted me after the match! I wanted someone to tell me why those actions deem Drew McIntyre a shot at the best United States Champion in history?!
Ziggler then points to his head.
: But then it dawned on me, it didn't take long actually. I then remembered that Triple H is connected to a certain someone in the higher-ups, and that certain someone is a very big
Drew McIntyre fan... some might even go as far to say that Drew McIntyre is 'The Chosen One'.
There's another mixed reaction in the arena as some fans are cheering Ziggler now for his actions.
: SHUT UP! I'M TALKING!
And now they're booing him again.
: I realized that Drew McIntyre only got his shot at me because of his connections. SO I've decided, I'll play ball next week and allow Drew McIntyre to face me for the United States Championship so I can prove that the trust and hopes of Triple H and the rest of his family lay in the wrong man. I'll expose Drew McIntyre for the corporate puppet that he is when once again he's unable to get the job done against Dolph Ziggler.
Ziggler tosses the microphone behind him and it lands with a clunk as the fans are unsure of how to react as Ziggler's music kicks back up again and we head out to another commercial.
We come back to Raw as ALEX RILEY is making his entrance to a good reaction and R-TRUTH is now standing in the ring with Dolph Ziggler, and the Laurinaitis Administration member is trying to converse with the US Champ but Ziggler is ignoring him.
DREW MCINTYRE comes out to a cheer louder than Riley's, and 'The Chosen One' walks down to the ring and meets Riley at the base of the ramp. The former rivals have a nervy handshake before they enter the ring.
United States Champion Dolph Ziggler & R-Truth w/ Vickie Guerrero vs Drew McIntyre & Alex Riley
It appears that Ziggler and McIntyre are going to be the ones that start the match, but Ziggler quickly slaps R-Truth in the arm as soon as the bell rings to heat. It becomes clearer and clearer as the match goes on that Ziggler is trying to avoid McIntyre; which leads to Alex Riley being the man that absorbs most of the punishment because R-Truth is able to catch him out with a Lie Detector as soon as he's tagged in and the heel team are able to dominate him for several minutes with attacks targeted at the head and neck. Ziggler tries to hit a Superkick on Riley, but 'The Varsity Villian' ducks it and scores with a Dropkick to Ziggler, and tags McIntyre in for the hot tag. McIntyre isn't able to catch Ziggler, who slides under the bottom rope, but R-Truth is the victim of a vicious Spinebuster. McIntyre goes to set R-Truth up for the Future Shock, but Ziggler slides back in and nails him with the ZIG ZAG from behind! Everyone then realizes that Ziggler was actually the legal man and he scores the pin over his challenger next week!
Winners: Dolph Ziggler & R-Truth (8.22)
*HERE TO SHOW THE WORLD*
There's a negative reaction for Ziggler, who has undeniably made a statement for everyone tonight, and the commentators, Cole in particular, notes that he is looking good going into his title match next week. Ziggler stands over the downed body of McIntyre with the United States title high up in the air and Vickie Guerrero cackling next to him.
The video package starts off with shots of various former WWE Superstars and Legends; Shawn Michaels, Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes and The Rock, all walking down to the ring.
For twenty-five years, the Superstars and Divas of the WWE have all come together on one night.
Mick Foley, Trish Stratus, Bret Hart and Jerry Lawler.
The one night where all that remains is nothing but the human body's one natural instinct...
A shot of CM Punk sitting on the stage during the 'Pipebomb' promo; Randy Orton looks intensely into the crowd.
After that word, the chorus of 'You're Going Down' by Sick Puppies kicks in, and the shots of the Superstars begin to speed up.
"IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING, AND THE TABLE'S TURN AROUND"
Kevin Nash delivers a Jack Knife to Punk; Mark Henry charges Sheamus through the cell door at Hell in a Cell; Brodus Clay suxplexes Rey Mysterio into the chair wedged into the corner.
"'CAUSE ONE OF US IS GOING, ONE OF US IS GOIN' DOWN!"
Randy Orton drops Wade Barrett with an RKO; The Awesome Truth hit the Little Jimmy Finale on John Cena; Christian screams in pain as he is trapped in the LeBell Lock.
"I'M NOT RUNNIN', IT'S A LITTLE DIFFERENT NOW"
Kelly Kelly sobs at Night of Champions after losing the Divas Title; Jack Swagger hits Zack Ryder with a Gutwrench Powerbomb; Kofi Kingston sets off his pyro in his entrance.
"'CAUSE ONE OF US IS GOING, ONE OF US IS GOIN' DOWN!"
John Cena sends Alberto Del Rio through a table inside the Hell in a Cell, and is then shown raising the WWE Championship into the air.
"YEAH, YOU'RE THE ONE THAT'S GOIN' DOWN!"
The music starts to fade out following that line, as a shot of Triple H and John Laurinaitis standing face-to-face is shown and the video package fades out.
*End Video Package*
THE 25TH ANNUAL
NOVEMBER 20TH 2011
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
*I CAME TO PLAY*
R-TRUTH is still in the ring following the video package, and JOHN LAURINAITIS and BRODUS CLAY make way for THE MIZ as he struts out onto the stage in his long trenchcoat. The Laurinaitis Administration in their whole (bar Kevin Nash) get a very loud negative reception as they walk down to the ring with Miz leading the way as we're informed that he will be facing Kofi Kingston after the break and the winner will become the #1 Contender to the WWE Championship!
To a what is the loudest pop of the night so far, KOFI KINGSTON and XAVIER WOODS burst out onto the stage, and Woods joins in with Kingston for the Boom Claps and even massages Kofi's shoulders as they walk down to the ring. Kingston has a very focused look on his face as he eyes up the men waiting in the ring.
WWE Championship #1 Contender's Tournament Final:
The Miz w/ The Laurinaitis Administration vs Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods
In the opening few minutes, despite the number of bodies on the outside of the ring, we actually get a standard wrestling match. The focus of Kofi Kingston seems to take Miz by surprise at first, as the Ghanaian is able to build some solid striking offence with chops and a Diving Cross Body. Miz is able to counter the SOS and drop Kofi with a Neckbreaker and 'The Awesome One' continues to build momentum from that moment onwards, his Snapmare Driver almost getting a three count, with John Laurinaitis being adamant in his claims that it was three, even getting onto the ring apron and threatening to fire the referee, which gives R-Truth the opportunity to slide into the ring and hit Kofi with the Little Jimmy! Xavier Woods then runs into the ring and slings Truth over the top rope right at the feet of Brodus Clay, before running the ropes and leaping over the top... but he's caught by Clay... and rammed into the steel ring post! Woods is folded up like an accordion on the floor, and Laurinaitis finally leaves the ring apron as Miz makes a cover on Kofi Kingston, but Kofi kicks out at 2!
Kofi shows some guts by kicking out of R-Truth's finisher, and Miz lays into him with a series of rights whilst he's down on the mat. The former WWE Champion attempts to go for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Kofi counters it... right into TROUBLE IN PARADISE!!! The fans are going crazy, that is until Miz rolls underneath the bottom rope! Both Clay and Truth swarm around Miz to bring him up... and Kofi climbs onto the top rope.. and hits a Boom Drop onto the Laurinaitis Administration; wiping them all out! Kingston grabs Miz and rolls him back into the ring and is just unsuccessful with his pin attempt. Kingston then stands in the corner and begins to clap to motion for the Trouble in Paradise again, and John Laurinaitis climbs up onto the apron next to Kofi. Kingston catches him out of the corner of his eye and grabs Johnny by the tie! Laurinaitis tries to repeat his actions of last week and he swings for Kofi, but Kingston ducks it... only to be rolled up from behind by The Miz! One! Two! MIZ HAS THE TIGHTS! THREEE!!!
Winner: The Miz (14.20)
The Miz is the #1 Contender to the WWE Championship
*I CAME TO PLAY*
The arena descends into ungodly heat for The Laurinaitis Administration as both Miz and Kofi pop up after the pin attempt and Miz has the biggest shit-eating grin on his face, and Kofi Kingston gets right in his face and pushes him! The fans cheer loudly as Kingston starts to pound away on Miz! Kofi lets out some steam at Miz's expense, that is until Brodus Clay and R-Truth scramble into the ring and start to pull Kofi away, and it end up 3-on-1 on Kofi Kingston! Laurinaitis slides into the ring and starts directing traffic as The Awesome Truth hold Kofi up in the corner and Brodus Clay prepares to charge in. There's a big cheer from the crowd though as Xavier Woods has started to climb the turnbuckle right behind Clay! Laurinaitis tries to warm him and R-Truth walks forwards and Woods leaps over Clay's head and takes Truth out with a Diving Clothesline!
Woods is up straight away and he flies at The Miz and starts laying into him with some swift punches! Xavier quickly checks on Kofi in the corner, but it results in both of them being squashed into the turnbuckle by Brodus Clay!!! The beat down on now both Kingston and Woods continues, as The Awesome Truth pick Kofi up and put him in position and plant him with the LITTLE JIMMY FINALE to lay him out, and Brodus Clay grabs Woods by the hair and places his head in between his legs. Laurinaitis instructs Brodus to wait... so he can deliver a right hand which slaps the taste out of Woods' mouth! Woods is stunned and Clay then elevates him up and plants him with the SPINNING SIT DOWN POWERBOMB!!!
Raw ends with the Laurinaitis Administration standing tall in the ring over the laid out bodies of Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods.
3 HOUR RAW SUPERSHOW
24 October 2011
CURRENT MATCH CARD
John Cena © vs The Miz
World Heavyweight Championship:
Fatal 4 Way
Mark Henry © vs John Morrison vs Wade Barrett vs Randy Orton
United States Championship:
Dolph Ziggler © vs Drew McIntyre
Cody Rhodes, ???, ??? vs Sin Cara, ???, ???
Tag Team Match:
The Divas of Doom vs Eve Torres & Kelly Kelly
Alberto Del Rio returns to action
THE ROCK WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE
THE 25th ANNUAL SURVIVOR SERIES
20 NOVEMBER 2011
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
CURRENT MATCH CARD
TRADITIONAL 5-ON-5 SURVIVOR SERIES ELIMINATION MATCH
(Christian, Tyson Kidd, ???, ???, ???)
(Daniel Bryan, William Regal, ???, ???, ???)
CM Punk vs Kevin Nash