Thanks to Jason Namako for recapping the first hour of RAW while I was conducting an interview with Façade for the Wrestleview Radio Network
Tonight on RAW, Hustle….Loyalty……..Controversy?
What will the next chapter in this ever evolving scandal bring?
After 2 vicious assaults on Ryback, who are these 3 renegades, what are your motives and who are they working for?
All this and more, tonight on RAW!
We kick off RAW with the mating call of “The Big Hungry” as Ryback makes his way to the ring. WAKE UP!
Cole says later on, we will see the exclusive interview with the NXT 3 that was filmed earlier today.
“The Big Hungry” Ryback vs. “The Big Deal” Titus O’Neil
Titus with a side headlock, but Ryback breaks it. Titus with a knee and a back club. Titus with forearms and back elbows, but then Ryback unloads with right hands. Ryback runs into a kick to the leg, followed by a shoulder tackle. Titus with a clothesline, then does his mating call. Titus stomps away, then hits some back clubs, but Ryback comes back with a Thesz Press. Ryback drives Titus’s head into the mat, then drives him face first to the mat. Darren Young tries to get Titus away, but Ryback nails him with a clothesline and says “I hit Hard!” Ryback gets back in, but Young grabs onto his foot. This allows Titus to hit the Clash of the Titus, but only for a 1 count. Ryback throws Titus into Young, knocking him off the apron, then hits Titus with a spinebuster. Crowd chants “Feed Me More” as Ryback hits Titus with the Meathook.
Ryback yells “Finish It!”, lifts up Titus, marches around and hits Shell Shocked for the victory.
Winner: “The Big Hungry” Ryback by pinfall (Shell Shocked)
After the match, Ryback gets a mic and says “whether its 1 CM Punk, 3 outsiders, or all 4 of them, I will stand here all damn night until I get what I want!” Ryback leads the crowd in the “Feed Me More” chant as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Ryback continues the “Feed Me More” chant with the crowd as he is waiting for someone to answer. We then see a bunch of security head to the ring to get Ryback out of the ring. One security guy gets in Ryback’s face, but he throws him hard to the outside. Ryback dares the other security to go after him, but the Vickie Guerrero comes out to the stage. Vickie says she is a very understanding person and she knows Ryback feels robbed and embarrassed, however, as managing Supervisor of RAW, you’re not allowed to put your hands on security, so I have no choice……
Ryback cuts her off and says there is no choice and he wants Punk at TLC and he isn’t leaving til he gets it.
Vickie says she will do it, as long as he leaves the ring.
Ryback tells her to “Shut Up”, because he wasn’t finished speaking. He wants a TLC match with Punk at the TLC PPV and there is no amount of security that will stop him from tearing apart the ring from post to post.
Vickie agrees, but under one condition, if he can leave so she can get on with the show.
Ryback scares off the security guards, who flee, and then poses for the crowd as the match is made for TLC, Ryback vs. Punk for the WWE Title in a TLC match.
Cole mentions that Rosa Mendes is upset after being “Swoggled” by Hornswoggle last week on RAW.
We see video from earlier today where Rosa confronts Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle tells her to lighten up as Rosa yells at him in Spanish. Alberto Del Rio comes in and says Hornswoggle only does jokes when he knows that no woman will kiss him. Del Rio starts to go after Hornswoggle until the Great Khali comes in and says “Leave my friend alone”. Del Rio leaves as Khali and Hornswoggle share a high five.
This leads us to Del Rio taking on Khali, which will happen…….NEXT!
“The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio w/Ricardo Rodriguez vs. “The Punjabi Playboy” The Great Khali w/Hornswoggle
The match is joined in progress as Khali with a big overhand chop to Del Rio in the corner. We see Rosa look on from backstage as the crowd chants “One More Time” and Khali obliges them with another chop. Khali says “One more”, then chops Del Rio across the back this time. Khali with a whip, but misses a clothesline and Del Rio with a pair of kicks to the leg, followed by a running dropkick to the knee. Del Rio with shots to Khali’s arm, then locks him in an armbar as the crowd wills on Khali. Khali shoves him off, but Del Rio with a hard kick. Del Rio with a leaping stomp to Khali’s head for a near fall. Del Rio pulls at Khali’s arm in the ropes, then charges and hits the step-up enziguri to Khali’s arm. Del Rio goes for another one, but runs into a back elbow, then a boot off another charge. Khali with a pair of clotheslines, then hits the Brain Chop. Ricardo gets on the apron, but Hornswoggle bites his keister and sends Ricardo to the back. However, Del Rio then with the double knee armbreaker to Khali.
Del Rio then locks in the cross armbreaker and Khali has no choice but to tapout.
Winner: “The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio by submission (Cross Armbreaker)
Del Rio celebrates his victory as we also see Rosa cheering Del Rio’s victory from backstage.
We go to Vickie’s office as CM Punk & Paul Heyman walk in. Punk says did he just see Vickie give Ryback a title shot? Punk says he is up on Ryback 2-0 and now he is put in a TLC match, do you realize the danger she has put him in? Heyman says with the AJ scandal, Vickie is not thinking with a clear head. Heyman says Vickie is biased towards Cena, so to cover her tracks, she has to be biased towards Punk as well. Vickie questions Punk using Maddox & the NXT 3 to help him win against Ryback. Vickie says Punk will wrestle tonight against the winner of the #RAWActive poll. Punk yells at Vickie, but Heyman leads Punk out of Vickie’s office.
So, the WWE Universe will get to vote on Punk’s opponent, either Daniel Bryan or Kane, on Twitter.
The NXT 3’s interview with Michael Cole is up………….NEXT!
The WWE Slam of the Week…….The NXT 3 putting Ryback through a table last week on RAW.
We go to video of Michael Cole’s interview earlier today with the NXT 3.
Cole says it’s been a pleasure to work with you guys down in NXT, but it’s odd to conduct this interview under these circumstances. Many people…..
Ambrose says who are these people? If you have a question, just ask.
Are you working with Punk? Ambrose says no.
Then, why are you guys here?
Rollins says down in NXT, we saw things crystal clear. Everyone has to answer to someone. What is the WWE Universe? It’s a popularity contest. We are a shield of injustice in the WWE.
Ambrose says it’s not about benefitting Punk; it’s about righting what’s wrong. If it was Cena or Ryback as champion for 365 days, they would have helped them out as well. 365 days as champion is a big accomplishment in today’s WWE.
Cole asks Reigns for thoughts, but he says when he wants to say something, he’ll say it.
Ambrose says this is not the NWO, if you want that, buy the DVD. This is not the Nexus, we are the Shield. This is about bringing honor back to a place that hasn’t had it in a long time.
Reigns now says he has something to say, we’ve said enough, this interview is over and the Shield walk off.
Back from commercial, we see another vignette for Fandango. Fandango says you need to be graceful, dashing and think on your feet. I’m Fandango, follow my lead and watch your step.
We go to the ring as the Divas are in action.
We see an insert promo from Tamina, who says she doesn’t like little girls who don’t know their place. AJ, I hope you’re watching, you will know why not to mess with Vickie Guerrero again.
Alicia Fox vs. Tamina Snuka
Alicia starts by unloading with stomps in the corner, but Tamina with a hotshot, then sends Alicia back first into the corner. Tamina with a short-arm clothesline, followed by a big forearm. Alicia comes back with an inside cradle for a near fall, but then Tamina comes back with a back elbow. Tamina with a big Samoan Drop, then gets Alicia in place.
Tamina heads up top and hits the Superfly Splash for the victory.
Winner: Tamina Snuka by pinfall (Superfly Splash)
We see still photos of Vince McMahon & the WWE Divas in Iraq as they visited the troops overseas.
John Cena is backstage, heading out to the ring as we go to commercial.
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Back from commercial, we hear the familiar music as John Cena makes his way out to the ring.
Cena has a mic and says after Smackdown, Dolph Ziggler got what was coming to him. I have been here for 10 years, had Wrestlemania moments with HBK, HHH & The Rock. But never before have I been interrogated with the question, is AJ a good kisser?
“EXCUSE ME!” as Vickie comes out to the ring. Vickie says I love to say “I told you so”, after Cena’s display of lust last week, that you & AJ have had an affair. And since vindication in a holiday mood, I have a gift for you & AJ. Cena hopes its Vickie retiring. Vickie says she got AJ & Cena matching bathrobes. It’s a token of appreciation for them to get to the honeymoon phase. Vickie says she can’t wait for them to crumble. Vickie says AJ is psychotic, she cost Daniel Bryan the World Title, proposed marriage to CM Punk, hell, even Kane confirmed she is unstable.
This brings out AJ Lee to the ring.
Cena tries to tell AJ not to say anything she doesn’t want to. Vickie calls her a lovesick puppy. AJ says she isn’t going to deny it, it’s true. In the past, I’ve had a lot of issues, especially when it comes to men. I’m trying to be a better person; do you know what that is? This all started when she was GM. Now, I’m not GM and I can date whoever I want, I can do whatever I want. For example, I can do this as AJ starts to flirt with Cena, and then smacks him on the keister. Or, I can do this as she goes to kiss Cena, but Vickie says “Move on!” AJ says thanks to Vickie, GM can’t date talent anymore, which is sad, because that is the only way Vickie can land a man. I’m not a lovesick puppy, but there is only one female dog in this ring. Vickie says “How dare you”, but this brings out Dolph Ziggler.
Ziggler says not to break up the hen party, but the real story is he tackled Cena through a stall and he lay there and took it. Then, for some reason, Cena cheapshotted him on Smackdown. Why would Cena resort to such cowardly tactics? Then, it hit him. I know what is eating Cena up inside. Last week, when you kissed AJ and she jumped in your arms and shoved her tongue down your throat, you know she was thinking about me the entire time.
Cena says what he knows that the sun will rise tomorrow, this is RAW and I will stuff that briefcase down your throat.
Vickie says there will be no more fighting backstage, we will settle this tonight as Dolph Ziggler will face John Cena.
Cena has a smile on his face as he stares down Ziggler.
Also tonight, Sheamus will face Antonio Cesaro as we go to commercial.
And I’m back
Kofi Kingston v. Tensai
Wade Barrett joins in on commentary for this match.
They lock up and Kofi is pushed back into the corner. Tensai starts the power game and drops his opponent down to the mat. Kofi runs away from a slam and jumps from the second rope with an axe handle. Kofi knocks Tensai down to the met and connects with a Boom Drop. Tensai kicks out of the cover. Tensai tries to leap from the turnbuckle with a splash, but Kofi rolls out of the way and kicks him in the skull. Kofi leaps from the apron with a lateral press and this match is over.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Daniel Bryan and Kane are in the back. They are arguing about who will be voted on to face CM Punk tonight. Bryan has a screen set up with maps showing Bryan’s projected win. Josh Mathews walks up and reveals the winner… Kane!
Daniel Bryan v. Rey Mysterio
They lock up and exchange blows before Rey whips Bryan into the ropes and then sends him to the outside with a modified monkey flip. Rey tries to leap off the apron, but Bryan moves out of the way. Bryan jumps up on the apron and then flies off with a knee.
Back inside the ring, Bryan locks on an arm bar. Rey escapes and runs at Bryan, but Bryan gets caught with a clothesline. Rey gets back to his feet, so Bryan slides out of the ring.
Back from the break Bryan throws Rey out of the ring. Bryan rolls him back in and tries for a cover. Rey kicks out. Bryan lifts Rey up onto the top turnbuckle and delivers a couple of punches. Rey pushes him back and hits a seated senton. Bryan is whipped into the ropes and gets met with a dropkick. Rey goes for the cover, but Bryan kicks out.
Mysterio hits a dropkick to set up the 619. Bryan counters and looks for the No Lock. Rey is able to make it to the ropes. Rey counters another submission attempt into the 619 position. This time the move connects, as Rey does the 619 actually around the steel post. Rey hits the splash for the win.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
In the back, Rosa Mendes is talking to Alberto Del Rio. She offers her “services”. He is intrigued.
Dolph Ziggler is in the back being interviewed by Josh Mathews. He says that all AJ will be able to do tonight is watch the beating he delivers to her boyfriend.
A video package airs from last week’s RAW highlighting Dolph’s speech to AJ in the locker room and Cena’s altercation that led to his ‘injury’.
Dolph Ziggler v. John Cena
They battle back and forth until Ziggler is whipped hard into the corner. Dolph bounces out with an elbow.
Dolph is in control and showing off as we come back from the break. Cena finds the momentum and sets up for the 5 Moves of Doom. Ziggler interrupts a YCSM and hits a hard DDT. Cena kicks out of the cover. Ziggler leaps on the back of Cena to apply the Sleeper. Cena uses all of his strength to escape. Cena immediately applies an STF. Ziggler crawls his way to the bottom rope for the break. Cena steps back to regain his breath but then walks straight into a dropkick from Ziggler. Dolph climbs to the top rope and leaps for a crossbody but Cena catches him! Cena lifts him up for the AA, but Ziggler holds on to his shorts and hits the Zig Zag! Cena kicks out of the cover!
Both men get to their feet and start to exchange blows. Ziggler tries a roll up, but Cena kicks out. Cena plants Ziggler with a side slam. He sets up for the 5 Knuckle Shuffle, but has to slide out of the ring because his ankle started to act up as he was running. Dolph tries to untie a turnbuckle, but AJ runs down to the ring and stops him. Vickie gets up in AJ’s face. Cena is back in the ring and hits an Attitude Adjustment. This match is over.
Winner: John Cena
After the match, AJ enters the ring to celebrate with Cena.
Antonio Cesaro v. Sheamus
Sheamus takes down Antonio with an arm drag. Cesaro backs him into the corner. Sheamus scouts out and knocks back Cesaro. Sheamus is sent to the apron and then pulls Cesaro to the outside. Sheamus sends him crashing into the barricade. Cesaro responds by tossing Sheamus into the steel steps.
Back from the break, Cesaro delivers uppercuts as Sheamus delivers elbows. Cesaro flattens him with a clothesline. Cover, but Sheamus kicks out. Cesaro delivers a Fishermen’s Suplex. Cover, but Sheamus kicks out. Cesaro sets Sheamus up in-between the ropes and delivers uppercut after uppercut. Sheamus delivers a couple of clubs and a knee before delivering his voracious clubbing blows across the chest. Sheamus hits the Irish Curse Backbreaker and goes for the cover. Cesaro kicks out.
Sheamus is frustrated as he walks towards Cesaro. He whips him into the corner, but walks into a knee. Sheamus lifts him up for White Noise, but Cesaro slips out. Sheamus hits a slam and goes for the cover. Cesaro kicks out. Sheamus attempts a Texas Cloverleaf, but Antonio grabs onto the bottom rope. Cesaro lifts Sheamus up into the air for a modified Lifting Samoan.
Cesaro attempts a pin, but Sheamus kicks out. Sheamus climbs to the top rope and leaps, but Cesaro delivers a deafening uppercut. Cover, but Sheamus kicks out. Cesaro is on the apron and loses his balance as Sheamus attempts a Brogue Kick which just brushes Antonio.
The Big Show’s music hits and he walks onto the entrance ramp with a steel chair.
Winner via Count-Out: Sheamus
Sheamus has a mic and tells the Big Show that he is going to destroy him with that chair in a barbaric fashion at the TLC PPV. Big Show proceeds to tear up the chair.
Like, rips it apart to prove he is a man or something. I guess.
Damien Sandow makes his way down to the ring and mutters something about doldrums. He reiterates that he is an intellectual savior, and thanks the WWE Universe.
Damien Sandow v. Zack Ryder
Sandow backs Ryder into the corner. They jostle around until Sandow ultimately applies a side headlock. Sandow releases to deliver a slam. Sandow poses and drops an elbow. Cover, but Ryder kicks out.
Ryder interludes out of the ring to try and regain the momentum. He re-enters the ring.
Damien pushes a referee in front of Ryder as a distraction. Sandow hits “The End” and this match is over.
Winner: Damien Sandow
After the match, Sandow performs a cartwheel.
Mathews is with Heyman in the back. Heyman doesn’t like Mathews’ questioning and puts over that CM Punk just passed Macho Man’s Title reign.
CM Punk vs. Kane
At the start Kane backs Punk into the corner. Punk flips it around and connects with a couple of chops. Punk continues to hit him with punches and kicks as they move out of the corner. Kane takes control and beats Punk down to the mat.
Kane backs Punk into the corner and hits an uppercut. Kane whips him into the ropes, but is kicked in the gut. Punk delivers a series of forearms and then attempts a suplex. Kane counters and sets him up on the apron. Kane kicks him, sending him to the outside.
Back from the break, Punk rolls out of the ring. Punk heads back in, but knocks Kane out. Punk leaps out of the ring and delivers a crossbody. With both men back in the ring, Punk sets Kane up in the corner and delivers a high knee. Punk delivers a second. Punk greedily attempts a third, but Kane knocks him flat on the mat.
Kane delivers a sidewalk slam and goes for the cover. Punk kicks out. Kane climbs to the top turnbuckle and connects with a leaping lariat. Kane looks for a chokeslam, but Punk counters into a swinging neckbreaker. Kane jumps into the ring from the apron, but gets caught and decimated with a chokeslam.
Heyman pulls on Punk’s leg. Kane isn’t pleased, but the referee misses it.
The members of ‘The Shield’ – no not Michael Chiklis & Catherine Dent — make their way through the crowd.
Punk hits the GTS and this match is over.
Winner: CM Punk
After the match, The Shield enters the ring. They immediately go after Kane and Punk slips out. Bryan makes his way down to the ring, but the numbers game proves to be too much. Ryback’s music hits and he storms down to the ring. He flattens everyone with clotheslines.
Punk runs back into the ring and attacks Ryback. At first, Ryback fights him off, but whilst lifting Punk up for a Powerbomb, he was speared by Reigns. Punk once again exits the ring as The Shield beat up Ryback.
With Ryback fallen, Punk slowly makes his way back into the ring. The members of The Shield head back out through the crowd. Punk stands over Ryback, with his Title held high overhead.
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