Week 4, July 2011
As always on the show after a pay-per-view, a highlight video was shown to open RAW. It focuses particularly on Miz losing his WWE Championship to Randy Orton, and John Cena being defeated by the mighty NXT team of Phil Shatter and Tommy Mercer. After some pyro, the shows opens to Miz making his way to the ring, belt less. Alex Riley keeps his head down, as he follows behind. The Miz says that last night, he was robbed. He was double teamed and it wasn't fair. He says if Riley was there to have his back, things would have gone differently, as he glares at his apprentice. He says Randy Orton is a coward, and it's almost funny how 'blandy boreton' is even allowed near a microphone, let alone allowed to be the face of the WWE's flagship show. Randy Orton comes out to the ring, and laughs, raising the belt in the Miz's face. He asks how Miz can call him boring, when all the WWE universe has been watching since December is the Miz screwing people out of matches and calling himself awesome. Riley tries to speak, but Orton shrugs him off as a lackey, and when he objects, Miz tells him to shut up. Miz says he wants his rematch, but Co-General Manager Shawn Michaels comes out. He says after the underhanded tactics Miz used, he doesn't deserve a rematch! He says if he wants it, he can earn it tonight, in a six man, elimination match! Michaels says if Riley doesn't want to be seen as a lackey, he can take part, and try to win. There is obvious tension in the air as the man all exit the ring.
Husky Harris Vs Joe Hennig
This was an impressive display from the son of Mr Perfect, as despite Husky's large frame, Hennig managed to suplex him around the ring with ease. Husky got some serious offence in, but at the end of the day, Hennig was using his entire arsenal on Harris. Husky wasn't done yet though, and after he realised he had injured Hennig's arm, he focused on it, looking for a submission. At the end of the day however, Hennig was able to regain the momentum, and after planting Husky Harris with his signature move, the one arm swinging neck breaker, which allowed him to win the match.
In the hallways, the crowd let's out a thunderous
cheer, as we see The United States Champion Jack Swagger, standing and talking to the Swagger Soaring Eagle, he tells the Eagle to wait, while he goes to the bathroom. Almost as soon as Swagger leaves, around the corner, walks Sheamus! The fiery Irishman grins as Michael Cole walks into frame, and the Eagle starts to panic. Sheamus says the eagle cost him the united states championship, and cost him the money in the bank ladder match, but now he's going to pay. Sheamus then gets a good run up, and brouge kicks him, knocking him out cold as Cole lets out a shriek of glee, kicking the Eagle a few times before they both run away. Jack Swagger then returns to this scene of destruction, and runs to the aid of his friend, shaking his head, knowing who caused this.
Chris Jericho Vs Evan Bourne
With both of their respective tag team partners at ringside, the two superstars lock up. Jericho realises he isn't gaining the advantage, so he opts for a cheap shot instead, retreating to his partner on the outside, who congratulates him on his strategy. But Bourne, not one to back down, dives over the top rope, taking out both of the WWE Tag Team Champions! Bourne then works Jericho over the outside, until Jericho catches Evan off guard, smashing his face on the announce table and throwing him into the steel steps. Kofi tries coming to the rescue but Jericho slaps him, and Kofi can't respond, or Evan will be dq'd. Jericho works over Evan's back in the ring, but Evan hits him with a kick to the head! Bourne tries to take advantage, climbing the top rope and attempting his Airbourne, but Jericho avoids it, sending Evan face first to the mat, allowing Jericho to cover and get the win.
Following the match, Kofi helps Evan to the back, as Jericho & Punk receive microphones. Punk congratulates Jericho on his win, and they life their title belts high for everyone to see. Punk says he and Jericho are clean in mind, body and soul. Punk says that every night, wrestlers are getting big breaks, they get a lucky win, which makes people take notice. Punk says luck is for losers, neither he or Jericho got lucky, they earned their spots in the main event. Jericho adds that they are the best in the world, there's no doubt about it and none of the 'parasites' in the locker room can beat them. This comment draws out the World's Greatest Tag Team, to a big cheer from the fans. Charlie Haas says he and his partner beg to differ, that they can beat them. Punk laughs and says he and Jericho have more charisma in one pinky then both of them do in their entire bodies. Shelton tells him to shut up, drawing a huge response. He says that they get it done in the ring, where it counts, instead of running their mouths all the time. Jericho shouts that they are the best in the world, that they are proven, not self proclaimed. Shelton replies by hinting Jericho and Punk are gay, which starts a brawl! Punches start flying, and Jericho hits Haas over the head with the title belt, as does Punk! They lift the belts over their fallen enemies as we go to commercial.
A hype video starts playing, as we see a limo speeding along with blacked out windows. When it arrives at it's destination, out step Ted DiBiase, and his younger brother, who Ted introduces as Brett. While Ted tips the driver with a few hundred dollar bills, Brett lights a cigar with another. As he steps inside, the door man tells him he can't smoke in here, Brett laughs, and tells him to shut up or he'll have him fired. They are now in a casino, and it shows a montage of them winning large poker hands, ending up with what we can only assume is hundreds of thousands of dollars. Eventually they both lose, and Ted shrugs it off, calling it 'spare change', and pompously laughing, whilst Brett, not one to be made a fool of, asks for another $10,000 dollars of chips...
Drew McIntyre Vs Michael Smith
This match was extremely one sided. It seemed as if the local talent wasn't going to get any offence in at all, apart from one punch to the jaw, which the crowd loved. But things still looked bleak for Smith, as he walked into clothesline after power slam after elbows to the face. It didn't last much longer, as after a series of shoulder barges in the corner, and a knee to the skull, young Smith walked right into a double underhook DDT, sealing his fate.
We are now back at the arena, or rather, in the hallways, and Jericho and Punk walk along with their titles in hand, talking about Shelton & Charlie Haas. They hear 'guys! guys!' and they turn, to see Co-GM Shawn Michaels running after them, to a load ovation. The Best In The World both roll their eyes as Shawn comically pauses for breath. Michaels says that they are hard men to find. He then says this is serious business. He straightens up, and says as GM, he can't and won't tolerate unprovoked assaults, especially not when it's by a pair of clowns like Jericho & Punk! The champs start to object to the name, but Shawn tells them to quieten down. He says, as punishment for the attack of two upstanding members of the WWE Roster, that they will have to defend their titles, at Summerslam, against, the World's Greatest Tag Team! Michaels then smiles and walks off, but not before Punk throws his title on the floor in a rage. Commercials.
Shawn Michaels & Michael Cole are now back in their office, moaning about having to share one. Cole calls Shawn a has been, and Shawn calls Cole a never was. Cole snaps that he is undefeated at Wrestlemania, that he is on par with the Undertaker, something Shawn will never be! There is a knock at the door, and Shawn says 'Ah, come in, Jack Swagger.' leading to Cole hiding under his desk, when in walks not Jack Swagger, David Otunga. Otunga is frowning, and he says he is a Wrestler here in WWE, but hasn't been used for over a month. He says he is a lawyer, graduating from Harvard, and he knows his rights! He says he is not being utilised, and it is a violation of his contract. Shawn says mouthing off to the boss is never a good idea, but he will give Otunga a chance to prove himself, he tells him to go to the ring, and hold an open challenge. Otunga nods, happy with the descision. After Otunga leaves, Shawn gets his phone out, and calls someone, and says 'I don't know if you're interested, but watch the screen.'
After a 'don't try this' campaign, David Otunga makes his entrance. Once in the ring, he grabs a microphone. He says he's sure that everyone saw Michaels give him the chance to make an open challenge a minute ago. Otunga continues, telling which ever loser backstage wants to come out and make him look good, then to go ahead. This introduces quite the opposite of Michael Smith, or whatever his name was, as out comes the new WWE Champion, Randy Orton! Otunga looks lost for words as the viper slides into the ring, and the bell sounds.
Singles Match, Non Title
David Otunga Vs Randy Orton(c)
In the lawyer's defence (get it?) Otunga does much better than what was expected of him, avoiding falling into the Apex Predators holds and attacks. Yet still, it would be safe to say the Orton was dominating most of the match. The match really came to a head, when Orton gracefully slithered away from an Otunga clothesline, and came back with his signature backbreaker, swiftly followed by an RKO to end the match.
In the interview pit, Todd Grisham is stood, shuffling nervously as he introduces his guest, the 'show off' Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler looks annoyed, to say the least, and the shoulder massage he is receiving from Vicki Guerrero doesn't seem to be helping. Todd tries to ask Dolph a question, but instead, Dolph grabs the mic, and tells Todd he's a dork and makes him leave. Ziggler says that he is the best wrestler on the roster today. He says that so far this year, he's been screwed out of the royal rumble, the elimination chamber, a wrestlemania moment, and now the Money In The Bank. He says he'll take care of Swagger and he stupid mascot another time. He says that this year, his defining moment won't be defeating Triple H twice, like Vickie suggests, it will be winning this match, then beating Randy Orton at the Summer Slam. He then drops the mic, does his signature taunt, and exits.
To a huge ovation, John Cena comes out on stage, as he walks to the ring, he is clutching his ribs, which the Mercenaries focused on last night. He gasps with pain as he climbs into the ring. He gets a microphone and begins his passionate speech, He starts off by saying he isn't going to give us a spoonful of crap about the Rock, The Miz or even the fans, he's here to find out what happened. He admits he hasn't been watching NXT, so he didn't know who these guys where when they came in and cost him the match last night. He says he didn't know who they were doing it for, and he doesn't care, all he cares about, is kicking their ass! He says he will come back with a vengeance, and he will take them down, and end their undefeated streak. He says he knows they'd be to coward to appear tonight, and that's how he knows he'll beat them, he has more heart and soul. This leads to them coming out, title belts on their shoulders. The laugh and mock Cena, saying heart and soul doesn't win you matches, aggression and power does. Cena tells them to shut the hell up, and tell them who paid them off. They say they weren't paid, by attacking John Cena, the 'face of the WWE' is a tried and tested formulae to getting yourself noticed here. Because winning every match they've been in, or winning the World Tag Team Titles isn't enough to get you on the 'A' show. Cena says he knows, and that the Nexus had a nice streak going too after attacking him, but asked them how it ended, with Barrett being buried! (In chairs, you silly smarks). The monstrous half brothers just smile, and Tommy Mercer tells Cena he has a target on his back, and he better watch out. Cena tells them to come get some, and they do! The storm the ring, but it is flooded with officials and other staff, keeping them apart. Jerry Lawler is in the ring, and he is heard telling Cena to go backstage. After an intense stare down, Cena exits the ring, as we go to commercial.
We are now in the locker room of the Miz, where is and Alex Riley are. The Miz is pacing up and down, as Riley seems to be deep in thought. The Miz says tonight could be his last chance, and tells Riley this is the chance for him to prove himself, he can help Miz win. Riley stops him, and says that that Michaels got to him. He confronts Miz, face to face, and asks, are they partners, eqauls, or is he just a lackey. Miz laughs, he says of course they are partners, but that tonight is Miz's night, and he wants Riley to concentrate all his efforts of helping him win. Miz then exits, looking determined, as Riley ponders what to do.
Six Way Elimination Match to become Number One Contender to the WWE Championship.
Alex Riley Vs Vs Daniel Bryan Vs Dolph Ziggler Vs John Morrison Vs Santino Vs The Miz
The bell rings and Miz and Riley start working together to take out Santino and John Morrison, meanwhile, Ziggler is faced with the task of taking out Daniel Bryan. Ziggler and Bryan were showcasing the beautiful technical skills they both posses, while on the other hand, Riley & Miz were double teaming Morrison after taking Santino out of the ring. Eventually, Ziggler was sent crashing to the outside by Bryan after a clothesline, and he levelled the playing field, assisting Morrison against Miz & Riley, scoring a near fall on the Miz after a German suplex. Then Santino returned to the action, but almost straight after he got in the ring, he suffered a skull crushing finale from miz, and was eliminated by Alex Riley. Dolph Ziggler also Zig-Zagged Bryan, but he managed to kick out at two. Morrison got some nice spots in, and almost eliminated both Riley and Ziggler. But it was Miz who got the better of Morrison and rolled him up to eliminate him. This wasn't looking Good for Bryan, who was getting a 3 on 1 beatdown from Ziggler, Miz & Riley, but he managed to make a comeback, throwing Dolph out of the ring and taking down Riley, but Miz broke up the cross face attempt. Riley then DDT's Bryan, and Miz kicked him in the head, covering him... 1,2,3. Bryan is out. Ziggler is still on the outside whilst Miz & Riley discuss strategy. Miz starts to argue with Riley and tells him to get Ziggler, but he doesn't notice Daniel Bryan climbing the top rope... Missile dropkick! Miz is down, Riley doesn't know what to do, he hesitates, then covers Miz, eliminating his mentor! Riley is shocked at what he just did, and he doesn't notice Ziggler creep up from behind and Zig Zag him, getting the pinfall and winning the match.
Miz recovers and he is in rage! Whilst Ziggler and Vickie celebrate with a passionate kiss in the middle of the ring, Miz is going ballistic and Riley runs away up the ramp. Miz gives chase, not believing he lost, while Ziggler continues his celebration, he motions a belt around his waist, and he screams he's coming for Orton, as Vickie shrieks with excitement. We see backstage, where Randy Orton is watching on, Belt over his shoulder.
WWE Championship, Singles Match
Dolph Ziggler Vs Randy Orton(c)
WWE Tag Team Championship, Tag Team Match
Chris Jericho & CM Punk(c) Vs The World's Greatest Tag Team
*Card subject to change.