TigerBoy979: Oops, I didn't mean to have Yoshi Tatsu wrestle two matches on NXT. Lets just say he was angry and wanted to fight everybody. And yes, I also forgot to mention that Sin Cara is played by Hunico as Mistico got suspended for a wellness violation right after Money in the Bank like in real life. Thanks for the feedback!
Raw | 25.7.2011 | Hampton, Virginia
The brand spanking new Chief Operating Officer of WWE Triple H
opened the show and walked to the ring past the new WWE Championship belt, which laid on a pedestal at the ringside, waiting for its new owner. HHH talked about the changes that are coming now that he has replaced Vince in charge. First off, he reinstated his good friend Jim Ross
back to the commentary team. After Good Ol' JR had made his way out, Hunter dropped a huge bomb, announcing that the brand split, which had been in effect since 2002, had come to the end of its road due to the new Supershow format. ”From now on, all WWE Superstars are free to appear on all of our shows, creating even more exciting match-ups”, explained Triple H. 'The Game' said that he was going to take the company to new heights, but because of his increased responsibilities, he needed help in running Raw. Bleep of the computer interrupted Trips, and Michael Cole
read the message out loud, reminding the new COO that the Anonymous GM
was still alive.
Triple H said that the mysterious general manager had nothing to be afraid of now that Nexus had disbanded, and he was curious to know who McMahon had hired for the job. Only Vince and perhaps Chris Jericho knew the secret but neither of them were here. Trips asked Cole about the GM's identity, but the hated commentator swore he had no clue. At this point, the excecutive vice president of talent relations John Laurinaitis
, who was seen at Money in the Bank alongside Vince, walked out. ”As Mr. McMahon's right hand man, I happen to know the answer to that question”, revealed Johnny, but he wasn't just going to tell everyone. Laurinaitis said that he should be awarded for all of his hard work for the company behind the scenes, and named the new general manager of Raw. He in exchange reveals who's the guy sending the emails. ”You? Haha, I don't think you're really competent to run this show”, laughed the COO, to the disappointment of Laurinaitis.
”I AM PERFECTIOOON!” interrupted the men in the ring. The United States Dolph Ziggler
strutted out, wanting to be the first guy to shake the new boss' hand, being the top champion of Raw and all. ”You heard me right. I'm the United States Champion and I am above your new fake
WWE Championship”, boasted Ziggler. Vickie Guerrero
said they were still planning to throw the belt away when Dolph goes on to win the tournament, and solidify him as the top dog. Triple H wasn't pleased to hear Ziggler degrade the new championship and punished him by putting his semi-final match on first. ”And since you're so damn confident about winning, why don't you defend that United States title while you're at it?” added 'The Cerebral Assassin'.
WWE Championship Tournament Semi-Final Match for the United States Championship: The Champion Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) versus John Morrison
. Ziggler and Vickie didn't have time to get angry, when Morrison attacked with his lightning fast parkour-inspired offense. It looked like Morrison was heading to the finals, until the crazy R-Truth
decided to interfere and smack him in the head with a water bottle, while Vickie was drawing the referee's attention away! Ziggler connected with the ZigZag and picked up the win! Not only did he retain his United States Championship, but Dolph Ziggler also has a chance to become the WWE Champion later tonight! Dolph Ziggler defeated John Morrison to retain the title
Before the next bout, we saw ECW's annoying talk show host Abraham Washington
make his return to television. Now the owner of his very own wrestling stable, the All World Promotions, Washington looked to sign some potential big names under his banner. And he had his eyes on Vladimir Kozlov
, but first he had to ditch his hindrance of a tag team partner Santino. Kozlov rubbed his chin as A.W. proposed the idea, and said he wasn't sure about it. Washington promised he would make Kozlov a star, as Santino
rushed to the scene and tripped on a cable on the floor. ”See? This is exactly what I'm talkin' about, man!” said Washington.
John Cena & Zack Ryder versus Jack Swagger & Curt Hawkins
. It was a dream come true for young Zack Ryder to team with his good bro John Cena. The broskis controlled the match throughout, except for a period where Swagger and Hawkins managed to double team Cena and isolate him from his corner. Finally Cena managed to give Swagger the fisherman's suplex and make the hot tag. Yes, Cena made the hot tag to Zack Ryder. 'The Long Island Iced Z' cleared house, and with the help of his recovered partner in form of an Attitude Adjustment to Swagger, pinned his old partner Hawkins after a Rough Ryder leg lariat! John Cena & Zack Ryder defeated Jack Swagger & Curt Hawkins
After the match, Zack
wanted to shake Curt
's hand, but he walked away. Ryder said that he and Cena can't be a full-time team because of his WWE Championship chase, and he needs a new tag team partner. ”Will you be my broski, bro?” asked Zack. Hawkins stopped. After thinking about it, Curt returned to the ring and hugged his old buddy, giving him the answer: ”You know it!”.
”Hey, man, I got no idea who the anonymous general manager is”, assured Rey Mysterio
, but that wasn't the reason Triple H
had invited him to his office. The COO explained that he didn't want Dolph Ziggler, or even The Miz, to win the title. Not because they're both jerks, but because it would hurt the company. Triple H looked at Mysterio and told him that he had to win the tournament. Rey promised to do his best, like he always does, but 'The Game' shook his head. ”No, not good enough. I said you have
to win”, told Triple H. Kofi Kingston
stormed into the office, without knocking, and wanted to know what the new boss was going to do about him getting screwed out of the title tournament by Dolph and Vickie last week. ”At least you got included in the tournament”, said Evan Bourne
, who happened to hear the conversation. Triple H agreed that both men had good reasons to feel cheated and wanted to make it up to them, the good boss that he was. ”Get in to the ring, guys. It's you two against David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty for the tag team titles, right now”, declared the COO.
WWE Tag Team Championship: The Champions David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty versus Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne
. Otunga and McGillicutty were confused by their impromptu championship defense, but Kingston and Bourne were equally surprised about having to suddenly team together. Using their superior teaming experience, the former New Nexus members isolated Bourne from his corner. This only lasted for while, as Otunga accidentally jabbed his own partner in the face. Evan made the tag, and Kofi came in with a flying crossbody, taking down both Otunga and McGillicutty. Kingston caught McGillicutty with Trouble in Paradise and Evan hit the AirBourne shooting star press to win the match and the tag titles! Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne defeated David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty to win the title
In the locker room, Vickie Guerrero
was psyching Dolph Ziggler
up for the WWE Championship finals, when they were interrupted by Jack Swagger
of all people. ”I know you're getting ready for your big title match, but I need to talk to you, Vickie”, said 'The All-American American', to the confusion of both Guerrero and Ziggler. The US Champion was very unhappy with his preparation session being interrupted, but Vickie wanted to hear what Jack had on his mind. Swagger talked about having had some bad luck lately and said he could need some guidance by a manager. Dolph immediately rejected the idea, saying that there is only room for one man in the ”stable”, but Vickie was more favorable towards the idea of Swagger joining them. ”Right now winning the WWE Championship is our main goal... but after that, I'll think about it”, promised Vickie, as Dolph looked unhappy with the situation.
The host Jerry Lawler
was excited as it was time for the bikini contest between the Divas Champion Kelly Kelly
and the Bella Twins
. Nikki and Brie started and danced around the ring in their skimpy outfits as their theme music played. Then it was Kelly's turn, but Beth Phoenix
interrupted the contest. ”This is ridiculous”, complained Phoenix, and tried to convince Kelly to go back to the locker room and put some clothes on. To Lawler's joy, Kelly refused and went on to remove her robe. Just as she was about to do it, 'The Glamazon' clobbered her from behind! The Bellas rejoiced, but Phoenix took them down with a double clothesline too! ”None of you deserve to hold the championship”, claimed Beth before leaving.
WWE Championship Tournament Semi Final Match: Rey Mysterio versus The Miz
. The match was very even with near falls for both men, and Mysterio looked to be picking up the win until he went for a cross body and Miz pulled the referee Chad Patton on the way to save himself! With the referee down, 'The Most Must-See WWE Superstar' seized his opportunity and grabbed the WWE Championship belt from the pedestal. He prepared to knock Mysterio out, when he was distracted by a raspy voice yelling ”No! No no no!”. It was John Laurinaitis
, who ran down to the ringside and snatched the belt from his hands. Miz turned around and was tripped to the second rope! Mysterio hit the 619 and the springboard splash to advance to the finals! Rey Mysterio defeated The Miz
The shocked Miz
protested as John Laurinaitis
calmly walked to the back, but to no avail. Mysterio didn't have any time to rest as Dolph Ziggler
sprinted down the ramp and assaulted him. The referee rung the bell! The match for the vacant WWE Championship was under way!
WWE Championship Tournament Final, for the vacant WWE Championship: Rey Mysterio versus The United States Champion Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero)
. Rey was in deep, deep trouble early on, having to wrestle two matches back to back. Ziggler had the match well in hand, and he had to time to flaunt. ”I'm the champion!” shouted Dolph, as he went to cover Rey after the Fame Asser, but 'The Master of the 619' somehow kicked out! Vickie encouraged Dolph not to get frustrated, as he went back to the headlock, while of course performing a head stand to show off his skills.
Mysterio finally managed to counter a throw into a bulldog that sent Ziggler to the outside. He did a seated senton to the floor. The crowd rallied behind 'The Ultimate Underdog', as he tripped Ziggler on the ropes and went for the 619, but Dolph recovered too quickly and hit him with a hard lariat! When that didn't get the job done, Ziggler went for the Sleeper Hold, but Rey slipped out and countered into a victory roll! This time it was Ziggler, who kicked out in the nick of time.
A nervous Triple H
was shown watching the match from the back. Mysterio tried to go for the frog splash that got him the win last week, but Vickie held his leg. Dolph climbed the turnbuckle and dropped Mysterio with a fireman's carry gutbuster all the way from the top! Nobody could believe their eyes when Mysterio got his shoulder off the mat! The fighting spirit of Mysterio kept him alive in the match, as he was able to trip Dolph again, and this time connect with the 619! He was too worn-out to go for the splash, though. Ziggler attempted to pull Rey back in, but he hotshotted him on the top rope. With all that he had left, Rey tried to do the seated senton once again, but was caught. Ziggler powerbombed him, but Rey rolled through into a pin and got the win! Rey Mysterio defeated Dolph Ziggler to win the title
”Buh Gawd! Rey Mysterio has dun it!” yelled Jim Ross
, but Mysterio
barely got his name announced as the new champion, when Alberto Del Rio
had already entered the ring and kicked him in the head. Del Rio told Ricardo Rodriguez
to hand the Money in the Bank briefcase over to the ref, but he was distracted by John Cena
's music! Cena slid to the ring and started laying into Del Rio and Ricardo. Alberto escaped, and his personal ring announcer got clotheslined out of the ring by Cena. John grabbed the WWE title belt and took a long look at it, before handing it over to the champion, Rey Mysterio. As Del Rio and Rodriguez left with the MITB-briefcase still in their possession, Triple H
led the entire good guy roster out to the ring to celebrate Mysterio's hard fought title victory. Cena and John Morrison
lifted Rey up on their shoulders as Raw went off the air.
>> Quick Results
The United States Champion Dolph Ziggler defeated John Morrison to retain the title and advance to the finals of the WWE Championship Tournament
John Cena & Zack Ryder defeated Curt Hawkins & Jack Swagger
Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne defeated WWE Tag Team Champions David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty to win the title
Rey Mysterio defeated The Miz to advance to the finals of the WWE Championship Tournament
Rey Mysterio defeated The United States
Champion Dolph Ziggler to win the vacant WWE Championship
>> Confirmed for Summerslam
Rey Mysterio defends the WWE Championship against John Cena
The Intercontinental Champion Ezekiel Jackson defends against Cody Rhodes
Plus The Rock will appear live!
>> The Dirt Sheets
- In case you missed it earlier, Sin Cara was indeed suspended because of a wellness violation right after Money in the Bank. However, the character is still featured on screen as Hunico from FCW has been chosen to play the character until the original one returns.