Raw 3/14/11

On this episode of Raw, The Rock would make fun of John Cena, and then be mocked by The Miz.  King Sheamus would either win the U. S. title or quit.  Randy Orton would try to take out the last member of Nexus standing between him and CM Punk.  Vicki Guerrero would fight for her job.  John Cena would try to end the show conscious.  Match results below, details after the break.

Match Results
The Great Khali def. The Miz by DQ
US Title match:  King Sheamus def. Daniel Bryan(c) by pinfall
Randy Orton def. Mason Ryan by pinfall
Vicki Guerrero def. Trish Stratus by pinfall
John Cena def. Alberto Del Rio by DQ  Read more of this post


Raw 2/28/11

On this episode of Ray, Triple H and the Undertaker facing each other at Wrestlemania is announced.  Evan Bourne would make his dramatic return.  Randy Orton would start down a path to see which members of Nexus would make it to Wrestlemania.  Michael Cole responds to Jerry Lawler’s challenge.  The Rock responds to John Cena’s words from last week.  A number one contender to Eve’s title would be determined.  John Cena and Alex Riley would fight for Riley’s right to work for The Miz.

Match Results
Evan Bourne def. King Sheamus by pinfall
Randy Orton def. Michael McGillicutty by pinfall
#1 contender’s match for the Divas title:  Brie Bella wins Divas Battle Royale
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Raw 2/21/11

On this episode of Raw, the mystery of the 2-21-11 promos would finally revealed.  The tag team titles would be defended, twice.  A challenge for Wrestlemania would be made.  Two Elimination Chamber combatants would face-off, with a third ignoring threats against him.  Match results are below, and full details are after the break.

Match Results
CM Punk def. John Morrison by pinfall
The Bellas def. Eve & Gail Kim by pinfall
Mark Henry def. King Sheamus by pinfall
Tag Team Title match:  The Miz & John Cena def. Justin Gabriel(c) & Heath Slater(c)
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Raw 2/14/11

On this episode of Raw, CM Punk would again try to give himself an advantage over his fellow Elimination Chamber participants.  John Morrison would let out some aggression over being nearly blinded last week.  Khali’s Kiss Cam would be awkward and funny.  Natalya got a rematch for the Divas title.  Finally, after a week of waiting, the Wrestlemania guest host would be announced.  Match results are directly below, details after the break.

Match Results
CM Punk def. John Cena by pinfall.
Lumbjill match for the Divas title:  Eve(c) def. Natalya by pinfall.
The Miz def. Daniel Bryan by pinfall.
R-Truth & John Morrison def. Michael McGillicutty & David Otunga by pinfall.
Randy Orton def. King Sheamus by pinfall.

CM Punk def. John Cena by pinfall.
Before the show began, the Raw GM had announced that each of the Elimination Chamber participants would be in singles matches.  Before the match, Cena spoke to the crowd, playfully mocking the couples in the crowd for being at a WWE event.  Cena also speculated about who the host for Wrestlemania would be.  Cena mentioned a few names, but then took the opportunity to mock Michael Cole.  Cena then gets serious and says that after the year he’s had, he needs to be the one to win.  Punk interrupts Cena.  Punk tells Cena that he doesn’t need anything because he is a good person.  Also reminding him that he is 2 and 0 against him.  At the end of a pretty good match, Punk was tossed to the outside.  An unidentified Nexus member under the ring gave Punk a chair, which Punk tossed into the ring.  That same Nexus member gave Punk a wrench.  As the ref took care of the chair, Cena went over to Punk, and was hit with the wrench.  Punk then hit Cena with the GTS to get the pinfall.

Alberto Del Rio and Edge in-ring.
Alberto Del Rio is going on about how it’s his destiny to win at Wrestlemania.  Edge comes out and tells him that he hadn’t forgotten about getting attacked two weeks ago.  Edge says that he too has a destiny, and attacks Del Rio.  Edge is setting himself up for the Spear, but Del Rio’s ring announcer distracts him.  Vicki Guerrero comes out, and introduces the new World Heavyweight champion, Dolph Ziggler.  After a replay of the title match from Smackdown, Vicki tells Edge that she had promised that there would be consequences if Edge used the Spear.  Since he did, he would no longer be the champion, and Ziggler’s official coronation would be on Friday.  Vicki also tells Edge that he’s about to lose his job because she has proof that he attacked Teddy Long.

Lumberjill match for the Divas title:  Eve(c) def. Natalya by pinfall.
For some reason, Cole got on Josh Matthews for telling Sheamus that Mark Henry said things about him last week.  Natalya got thrown out once and was attacked by The Bellas, Maryse, Alicia Fox, and Melina.  Tamina and Gail Kim came to her help.  Eve then took out the heel divas.  The match had a weird ending with Eve countering a pinning attempt by Natalya into one of her own.

The Bellas confront Eve.
After the match, The Bellas were talking smack with Eve, then attacked her.  Gail Kim and Natalya came to help.  The brawl was broken up by refs, most notably, The Nature Boy Charles Robinson.

Mark Henry attacked.
As Mark Henry was making his way down the ring, Sheamus attacked him.  Sheamus then told everyone that this is to be a reminder of what he is capable of.

The Miz def. Daniel Bryan by pinfall.
Alex Riley provided guest commentary for the match.  Right before a commercial break, there was what looked to me like a pretty sick bump.  Not because it was particularly big, but the way Bryan took it.  Miz had him between the top two ropes, and did a neckbreaker.  Bryan’s head landed on the edge of the ring and falls on down to the outside.  After a pretty good match, The Miz is able to hit Bryan with the Skull-Crushing Finale and get the pinfall.  Post-match, The Miz said a few words about his match against Jerry Lawler at Elimination Chamber.

R-Truth & John Morrison def. Michael McGillicutty & David Otunga by pinfall.
R-Truth and Morrison were initially announced as having a match, but apparently during a commercial break, the GM changed his/her mind.  Mason Ryan was at ringside, and did interfere in the match.  When Morrison, who they were saying may have vision impairment from last week’s attack and had the area around his eyes red, got in the ring, he was viciously attacking everyone.  In the end, Morrison got the pinfall.

Khali Kiss Cam.
Ariel Winter, of Modern Family and The Chaperone, introduced The Great Khali.  The Kiss Cam then went around the arena and backstage.  Backstage got Santino Marella and Tamina, Vicki Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler, Maryse and Ted DiBiase but Maryse put a hand in Ted’s face and then kissed Yoshi Tatsu, William Regal and Zach Ryder with Regal kissing Ryder’s who was not aware of what was going on.  Segment ended with Hornswoggle bringing a box of chocolates to Ariel, and she kissed him on the cheek.

Randy Orton def. King Sheamus by pinfall.
A short, but good match.  After Sheamus hit Orton with a Superplex off the top rope, Orton surprised him with an RKO to get the pinfall.  After the match, CM Punk and the Nexus (minus Husky Harris) came in and attacked Orton.  Morrison and R-Truth ran out but were handled by Nexus.  Cena came out, and him and Orton cleared the ring of Nexus members.

Wrestlemania guest host announcement.
Before a commercial break, a limo was shown pulling up backstage.  The camera was positioned on the ground, and only showed a woman getting out of the car.  Back from commercial, Josh Roberts introduced the guest host.  The lights went out bit by bit, the screens went out, then they came back on showing some weird lightning and smoke, then they went off again, then The Rock’s music played and The Rock came out.  The Rock came to the ring, said his bits, and contemplated who he was going to layeth the smackdown upon at Wrestlemania.  After mentioning The Miz, the Rock was going to say who he really wanted to see at Wrestlemania when the alert from the GM came in.  As Cole was going to read the e-mail, The Rock stopped him and used some more of his old catch phrases.  The Rock continues on that he wants to see someone that came in after he left, and has been talking trash about The Rock.  That person is John Cena.  Rock laments about how far the WWE has fallen from Austin 3:16 to “If you smell” to the pathetic “you can’t see me.”

Last Word
So, yeah, The Rock returned to the WWE.  Not sure how involved he’ll be, but it was certainly good to see him back.  What was surprising to me about his appearance wasn’t that he returned and wasn’t that he was still good on the mic.  It was that he went after John Cena, the current face of the company, using a lot of his old language, which isn’t exactly PG.  They did actually bleep out one “ass,” but then didn’t bleep out the others.  Maybe the first one came before 11pm, if that matters.  But anyways, it was entertaining to watch, and I definitely want to know how this all plays out.  I can’t imagine that there won’t be a response from Cena on the next show, which just so happens to be 2/21/11.  Hey doesn’t that date sound familiar?

Speaking of which, on the teaser, they actually showed the Undertaker.  Sure, you can speculate that someone else is in the promo as well, but why bother.  Just sit back, watch, and see what happens.

Punk’s Plan: Raw 2/7/11

On this episode of Raw, CM Punk would finally reveal to Randy Orton why he interfered in his title match at Royal Rumble.  The Nexus would try to weaken Punk’s fellow Elimination Chamber competitors.  The Miz responds to Jerry Lawler being the number one contender.  Santino Marella would try to get revenge on Alberto Del Rio for tossing him out of the Rumble.  Match results are directly below, and details are after the break.

Match Results
R-Truth def. Mason Ryan by DQ.
Eve, Gail Kim & Tamina def. Melina & The Bella Twins by pinfall.
John Morrison def. Michael McGillicutty by pinfall.
Jerry “The King” Lawler & Daniel Bryan def. Ted DiBiase & The Miz by pinfall.
Alberto Del Rio def. Santion Marella by submission.
CM Punk def. John Cena by DQ.  Read more of this post

Rumble Aftershocks: Raw 1/31/11

On this episode of Raw, John Cena and Randy Orton would both get a measure of revenge on The Miz and CM Punk, respectively.  The tag team titles would be defended.  In a Raw Rumble match, The Miz’s opponent at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view would be decided, along with who would be competing in the Elimination Chamber match itself.  Match results are below, show details are after the break.

Match Results
Tag team title match Santino Marella & Vladmir Koslov(c) def. Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty.
Non-title match:  Daniel Bryan def. Tyson Kidd by submission.
Edge def. The Miz by pinfall.
Laycool def. Eve & Natalya by pinfall.
Jerry Lawler wins the Raw Rumble.  Read more of this post

Del Rio beats the odds: WWE Royal Rumble 2011

The newly expanded Royal Rumble match had thrills, chills and excitement, and even a shocking finisher when relative newcomer Alberto Del Rio survived the onslaught of talent, last eliminating both Randy Orton and Wade Barrett to earn his way to the main event of WrestleMania XXVII.  John Cena rounded out the final four, but while the referees were busy trying to break up a brawl outside of the ring, The Miz, who had joined the commertary team upon the entrance of his protege Alex Riley, slid into the ring and dumped Cena over the ropes.  Before leaving the ringside area, Cena left an ominous message with Miz’s biggest fan, Michael Cole, that he’d had enough.

The Rumble almost ended with the most shocking upset ever when Santino Marella, who had earlier been knocked through the ropes, returned to the ring after Del Rio had seemingly captured the match.  Marella loaded up the Cobra and nailed Del Rio, but as he tried to throw him over the ropes for the win, Del Rio shifted his weight and sent Santino flying.  And with that, Del Rio claimed victory and was heading to WrestleMania.

Rest of the show after the jump.

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