Monday Night Raw Results
Jan 3rd, 2011 | Phoenix Arizona
The show opens up cold, until The Miz and John Morrison make their entrances for their Falls Count Anywhere Match for the WWE Championship. The Miz retained after a very entertaining 16 minute long match, hitting Morrison with a Skull Crushing Finale on the concrete for the three count, after Alex Riley made his presence felt and blindsided the challenger. The Miz and Riley celebrate, as we then go to commercial break.
We see a "before the break" screen which shows The Miz walking through the corridor feeling the effects of his match, until he bumps in to Randy Orton. Orton stares a hole straight through the champion and his apprentice, before saying that tonight, he will become the number one contender for The Royal Rumble and he will reclaim the WWE Championship that The Miz stole from him back in November of last year. Mizanin and Riley remain quiet and seem slightly intimidated, as Orton strolls past.
The cameras go back to ringside where the #1 Contender for Natalya's Divas Championship, Melina, comfortably defeats The French Phenom, Maryse. The Paparrazi Princess finishes off a fairly quick and one sided match by drilling Marys with The Primal Scream. After the three count, Natalya - who was on commentary for the match - enters the ring and offers a handshake. Melina shakes Natalya's hand, and similar to two weeks ago, Melina SLAPS Natalya. The #1 Contender tries to escape but is not as luck as she was two weeks ago, and Natalya catches her. The Anvilette drills Melina with a vicious DDT before locking her in the Sharpshooter. Eventually, the Champion lets go and leaves the ring to a positive reaction, happy with her handy work.
Backstage, Scott Stanford interviews Sheamus regarding his #1 Contendership match with Randy Orton in the main event tonight. The 2010 King Of The Ring says that tonight will be the end of the year long rivalry between Sheamus and Orton, and it will end with Sheamus taking Randy's head off with a Brogue Kick and then rolling on to The Royal Rumble and doing the exact same thing to The Miz and becoming a three time WWE Champion. The Irishman walks off of the set, as we turn to the second commercial break.
When we return, we are treated to a preview for this week's edition of Friday Night Smackdown!
Rey Mysterio will face Alberto Del Rio in a 2/3 falls match to settle their differences. Cody Rhodes will face The Big Show in a rematch from last week in which we saw Rhodes walk out on the match and should Rhodes do the same this week, Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long will suspend Cody indefinitely, without pay. Also confirmed, Edge will defend his World Heavyweight Championship against Kane in a Last Man Standing Match to put an end to their feud and we will find out who will go on to face the winner of that match, as we find the new #1 Contender for the WHC, at Teh Royal Rumble with a Breakthrough Battle Royale!
We then return live to the sound of CM Punk's music. Punk enters the ring and grabs a microphone. Punk says that last week he officially joined The Nexus and now he is the man in charge and he is the man that is going to lead the "best damn group of professional wrestlers" in to a new era of professional wrestling and last week he started the crusade, by taking out John Cena. All of a sudden, Punk is interrupted by the music of The Nexus and out comes WADE BARRETT,
who hasn't been seen since his loss to Cena at TLC. Wade is flanked by the other members of The Nexus. It seems as if Punk has been fooled, as The Nexus surround the ring, and Wade gives the nod to the other members to enter the ring... However, the subsequent beatdown doesn't happen and instead everybody - including Punk - laughs. Barrett grabs the microphone and abuses the fans, before saying that if you thought you've seen chaos at the hands of the Nexus by now, then you've seen nothing. Wade says that this week is the beginning of the end of the WWE as we know it. Wade's final line is "So to whomever it may concern, you have officially been warned". Punk and Barrett raise each other's arms in the center of the ring whilst the rest of the Nexus applaud and celebrate. The seven men exit the ring in a pack, and make their way in to the back. We then go to the third Commercial Break
R-Truth and Ted DiBiase defeat Zack Ryder and Primo in a decent enough contest to qualify for the 30 man Royal Rumble match after DiBiase hits Primo with Dream Street. After the match, DiBiase throws his partner, R-Truth, over the top rope, before innocently shrugging and saying what did you expect" as Truth looks at him from the outside shocked. Cole and Lawler put over DiBiase and say that if he carries on like that, he could be winning The Royal Rumble match and Main Event Wrestlemania.
We then fade out to a video package, hyping the debut of "The Queen Of Wrestling" Sara Del Rey. We then go to the fourth Commercial Break"
When we return, we are treated to a good match between Tyson Kidd and Yoshi Tatsu to determine who goes on to The Royal Rumble Match this month. Before the match, Kidd introduces to the world, his new bodyguard - Jackson Andrews. Kidd says that he is a hot commodity in the wrestling industry and because of that, people get jealous and want to attack him, so wrestling royalty like Kidd need protection. Kidd namedrops his ex partner, David Hart Smith, when talking about people getting jealous, which only receives heat. Kidd manages to defeat Tatsu after nailing a Swinging Fisherman Suplex, which he calls The Dungeon Slam.
After the match, Kidd gets back on the microphone and slags off DH Smith and it's only so long until the son of Davey Boy can stop himself. Smith charges down the ramp to attack his former partner, but is quickly cut off by the behemoth that is Jackson Andrews. Andrews powers Smith down, and he and Kidd put the beating on the Brit. Eventually, Natalya runs down the ramp to try and split it up, which she does. But out of nowhere comes Melina, who blindsides Natty. Kidd and Andrews return to beating down Smith, whilst Melina gets the better of the Divas Champion. The Anonymous GM alarm goes off and Michael Cole steps on to the podium. The GM says that he hates to break up the "heartwarming reunion" between Smith, Kidd and Natalya but he's not having an all out brawl on his show. So next week. Natalya will team up with DH Smith and a partner of THEIR choosing to take on Tyson Kidd, Jackson Andrews and Melina in a 6 Man Intergender Tag Team Match.
Backstage, the WWE Tag Team Champions, Santino Marella and Vladmir Kozlov are in the corridor. Marella says to Kozlov that all three of them have defeated everyone there is to defeat in the WWE Tag Division. Kozlov questions "three of them" and Santino pulls out his Cobra, as Kozlov nods in understanding. Out of nowhere, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater walk in and say that they may have defeated them, but with the resurgence of the Nexus, they are refreshed and have a new attitude. Before Santino and Kozlov can say anything, in come Jimmy and Jey, The Uso Brothers. The Samoans explain that over and over again they have been overlooked and they are sick of it - Just because they are young and inexperienced doesn't mean they aren't good enough! Santino and Kozlov look overwhelmed by the response one little comment has received, but before they can mutter a single word another pair walk in to the shot - Smackdown's JTG and Ezekiel Jackson! Big Zeke and JTG say that they are tired of being overlooked as single stars and they know that they have to band together to prove a point, and what bigger of a point can they prove than to win the WWE Tag Team Championships on their first night as a team. All three challenging teams begin arguing with one another, as Santino and Kozlov look on nervously at one another, before sneaking off and managing to escape the chaos, as all six men argue in the middle of the corridor.
We then see a promo for the WWE's next PPV Extravaganza, The Royal Rumble, January 30th! We then go to our fifth and final COMMERCIAL BREAK
When we return, Cole and Lawler put over everything has happened tonight; The Miz defeating John Morrison in a hellacious Falls Count Anywhere match. CM Punk and Wade Barrett announcing that this is "the beginning of the end of the WWE as we know it". The brawl between Kidd, Smith, Natalya and Melina, as well as the first three names being announced for The Royal Rumble match in 27 days time - R-Truth, Ted DiBiase and Tyson Kidd. Cole and Lawler then announce that John Cena will be live on Raw next week via Satellite to make a very important announcement regarding CM Punk and the beatdown he took at the hands of Punk and The Nexus last week. Sheamus and Orton then make their entrances for the main event of the evening to determine who will go on to face The Miz at The Royal Rumble event for the WWE Championship at The Royal Rumble.
The match it's self lasts about 15 minutes with both men gaining the advantage and some point, and with both men managing to land all of their offence. At the end of the match, Randy Orton manages to side step an oncoming Brogue Kick from Sheamus and when The Irishman turns around, The Viper nails Sheamus with an RKO! Orton makes the cover, but the three count hasn't been made because the referee has been pulled out of the ring... IT'S WADE BARRETT AND CM PUNK! The two leaders of The Nexus have interrupted the match and both men pile on Orton and beat him in the corner of the ring, as the referee calls for the bell and ends the match in a no contest. Before too long, Sheamus gets to his feet and tries to aid Orton in fighting the Nexus off, and for a moment, Orton and Sheamus get the advantage... But it doesn't last long, as the remaining members of The Nexus - Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Michael McGillicutty, David Otunga and Husky Harris - sprint to the ring and pile on Sheamus and Orton. The two men instantly fall to the numbers game, as Punk and Wade pick up Orton and Sheamus respectively, and simultaneously connect with the GTS and Wasteland, as The Nexus stand tall at the end of the broadcast.
The Miz defeated John Morrison in a Falls Count Anywhere match to retain the WWE Championship
Melina defeated Maryse
R-Truth and Ted DiBiase defeated Zack Ryder and Primo to qualify for The Royal Rumble
Tyson Kidd defeated Yoshi Tatsu to qualify for The Royal Rumble
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus ended in a No Contest
Confirmed for The Royal Rumble - January 30, 2011
30 Man Royal Rumble Match
R-Truth vs. Ted Dibiase vs. Tyson Kidd vs. 27 TBA Superstars
WWE Divas Championship
Natalya (c) vs. Melina
Confirmed For Next Week
John Cena will be in attendance via Satellite from his home in Boston, Massachusetts
DH Smith, Natalya and ??? vs. Tyson Kidd, Jackson Andrews and Melina
Royal Rumble Qualifiers will continue!
Confirmed For Friday Night Smackdown
Alberto Del Rio vs Rey Mysterio in a 2/3 Falls match
Cody Rhodes vs. The Big Show
Edge vs. Kane in a Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Breakthrough Battle Royale to determine the new #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at The Royal Rumble
I know I said I was going to post three shows a week in to one post, but I decided against it for one reason or another. Remember, I'm not expecting a whole lot of comments, definitely not about the writing it's self. If you do wish to give any feedback, then feel free to, but don't tell me that I need to make my shows longer. My entire focus for the first few weeks is getting the BOOKING and STORYTELLING correct. Once I am confident and I am invested in the thread and the progression of the thread, then I will move on to extended recaps and full shows. Superstars + Smackdown on Sunday, probably?