RAW emanated from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Jerry “The King” Lawler and Michael Cole were on commentary.
- HHH announced that WWE Board of Directors relieved Vince McMahon of his duties.
- Vince McMahon seemingly bid a teary goodbye to the WWE Universe.
- John Cena manned-up to Vince McMahon and avoided yet another firing.
- Tournament for the vacant WWE Championship took place on RAW.
WWE Championship Tournament Quarterfinals:
The Miz defeated Alex Riley by pinfall.
R-Truth defeated Jack Swagger by pinfall.
Kofi Kingston defeated Alberto Del Rio by pinfall.
Rey Mysterio defeated Dolph Ziggler by pinfall.
Seven face divas defeated seven heel divas by pinfall.
WWE Championship Tournament Semifinals:
The Miz defeated Kofi Kingston by pinfall.
Rey Mysterio defeated R-Truth by pinfall.
Mr. McMahon, in a very very dapper rose colored sport coat, immediately came out to the center ring, accompanied by Johnny Ace. The entire RAW locker-room was watching on a monitor in the back, with Alberto Del Rio standing in the center, clutching the MITB briefcase to his chest. The crowd vigorously chanted CM PUNK prior to McMahon beginning his address. McMahon said that he would never say that man’s name. He was the biggest ingrate in WWE history. He turned his back on each and every one of the people. He walked out on everyone in the locker room. He’s an egotistical selfish turd. No one man is bigger than the WWE. Not Hogan, not Stone Cold, not the Rock. The WWE is a global juggernaut that cannot be stopped. Tonight in this ring, we will crown a new WWE Champion. Eight of RAW’s best will compete in a tournament to crown a new WWE Champion.
Mysterio v Ziggler
Swagger v. Truth
Kingston v. Del Rio
Alex Riley v The Miz
Conspicuous by his absence in the tournament is John Cena. The crowd booed. McMahon said yes, to boo him. He had warned Cena that, if Cena did not defeat Punk and retain the WWE Title, then there would be severe consequences.
Prior to commercial, Lawler and Cole discussed the events. Cole noted that Cena had stated in his Twitter account that he had already been “future-endeavored” and apologized to the Rock for not being able to be in WrestleMania 28.
Alex Riley v. The Miz
Prior to the match, Cole recounted Miz’ nasty fall from last night and showed a still shot of Miz way up there hanging from the briefcase. The match began with the two men measuring each other. Riley went for Miz’ knee, as Lawler attested that any intelligent wrestler should do so. Riley rammed the knee into the ring-post. Miz clutched his knee in pain. Riley then applied a one-leg Boston Crab to Miz, but Miz rolled through it and sent Riley out of the ring. Riley then went for a near fall, and Miz then sent Riley shoulder-first into the steel post. Miz then rained punches upon a supine Riley. Miz then held a chin lock on Riley. Riley reversed it and gave Miz a nasty knee to the back of his neck. Riley hit some more moves and then a big Spinebuster, earning a near fall. Miz went for a SKF, but Riley wormed his way out of it. Miz then went to the top ropes and jumped down, but Riley applied some sort of Sharpshooter/ Cloverleaf move. Miz desperately tried to reach the ropes and was finally able to. Riley then chased Miz around the ring with punches. The referee got between Riley and the Miz. Riley tried to get around the ref, who turned Riley around. With his back to the Miz, the Miz applied the full nelson and administered the SKF, earning the pinfall and advancing to the next round. Winner by pinfall: The Miz.
The Summer Slam promotional video package was shown, featuring Kofi Kingston choking on beach water, among other things. Bright Lights / Big City. The Biggest Event of the Summer.
After commercial, a video package highlighted John Morrison’s road back from surgery and his high-flying antics, including a Starship Pain from the top of the Elimination Chamber onto Sheamus.
Jack Swagger v. R-Truth
Truth came out to his minimalist entrance theme. The match started with a Swagger headlock, and then the two men paced the ring as they measured each other. Another side-headlock from Swagger, followed up by Truth punches to Swagger along the ropes. Truth rolled up Swagger for a near fall. The two men then squared off again. Collar tie, and Swagger pushed Truth to the corner, where he delivered a series of shoulder blocks. Swagger gained advantage and then earned a near-fall on Truth. Swagger then elbowed Truth in the back, delivered a suplex, and earned another near-fall. Swagger then kneed Truth in the head and delivered punches and kicks to Truth, who was struggling against the ropes. Irish whip and Truth hit the corner hard, falling to the floor. Swagger hit his weird running Vader Bomb on Truth and earned another near-fall. Swagger then locked in double overhooks from behind on Truth, to what end I don’t know. Truth then hit a great kick to the head and earned a near fall on Swagger. Swagger then went for an ankle lock, but R-Truth rolled through it, holding onto Swagger’s leg so that the roll-through ended up in a pinning predicament. Winner by pinfall: R-Truth.
Del Rio, briefcase in hand, entered on an Excalibur Roadster worth over $100,000. Del Rio used the services of the normal ring announcer at this point. (Since it’s not Lilian Garcia, I don’t care what that guy’s name is.) Del Rio grabbed the mic and said that his name…his name is Mr. Money in the Bank Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio said that he tried to cash in the briefcase last night because that little chicken kept running. Ultimately, it happened because Cena couldn’t get the job done. Del Rio hopes that Cena gets fired and that the WWE will have a new Champion. At this point, Ricardo Rodriguez came out and announced Del Rio again, this time using numerous superlatives, including “the Essencia de Excelencia.” Del Rio seemed to love this.
After commercial, the WWE aired a re-used anti-bullying promotion, even though WWE characters do nothing but bully each other…in the ring, backstage, and on the internet.
Alberto Del Rio v. Kofi Kingston
Del Rio started the match off quickly with a snap-mare and a kick off of the ropes. Kingston countered with a standing drop-kick. Del Rio hit a shoulder block off the ropes, but Kofi hit a flying shoulder block of his own and a near fall. Del Rio bounced off the ropes and jumped at Kingston, who moved, causing Del Rio to fly through the top two ropes and land on the floor like he does every match. Kofi then hit a flying shoulder block over the top ropes and out to the floor, earning a huge pop from the crowd. Kofi threw Del Rio into the ring. Del Rio delivered his single-foot kick to the head on Kofi and went for the cover, earning the near fall. Del Rio cinched in a headlock, but Kofi battled out of it. Del Rio, grabbing Kofi’s hair, pulled him back down to the mat. Del Rio earned a couple more two-counts and locked in the headlock. Del Rio pushed Kofi into the corner. Kofi shoulder-bumped Del Rio and then moved when Del Rio tried to jump at him. Kofi followed with two chops and a standing drop-kick. Kofi hit a big hand on Del Rio as he started “controlled frenzy” mode. Kofi went for the boom drop, but Del Rio moved out of the way. Del Rio then hit a spinning back-breaker on Kofi and earned a two-count. Del Rio then delivered a series of punches on Kofi. Del Rio paused for a moment as he was going to do his spinning cross-arm bar, but Kingston reversed it into a sunset flip that Del Rio tried to counter but could not. Winner by pinfall: Kofi Kingston.
Summer Slam 1990(?) was reset, when Davey Boy Smith defeated Bret Hart in Wembley Stadium. Great match!!!
Backstage, Kofi Kingston was interviewed by Josh Matthews. Kofi said that he came up short yesterday, but today is a new day, and tonight is a new opportunity. Kofi was on his way to being the new WWE Champion. One down, two to go! Boom.
(This was a great match…too bad the announcers missed it because they were talking about Twitter, Cena, and the Rock.)
Rey Mysterio v. Dolph Ziggler
Vickie came out in a dress that would probably look much better on her daughter. Ziggler began the match quickly by rushing Mysterio and kicking him in the midsection. After a counter by Rey, Ziggler slid Rey outside the ring. Ziggler then administered R-Truth’s finish on Rey outside the ring on the floor. Back inside the ring, Ziggler earned a near fall and then cinched in an interesting hold that locked Rey’s head and leg together. Ziggler then went for a series of covers, all earning two-counts. Z missed with a standing elbow. Rey then kicked Z in the head and earned a two-count. The action slowed as Rey went to the top rope. From the top, Rey landed on Ziggler’s chest. Rey then bounced off the rope, but Z kicked him in the stomach and then went for a sunset flip. Rey rolled back through it and then went for the swinging kick to the head, but Ziggler leaned back to avoid it. Z then kicked Rey’s knee out from under him and went for a flipping neck breaker, earning a two-count. Z slowly picked up Rey and whipped him chest-first into the corner. As Rey backed out of the corners, Z tried to cinch in the sleeper, but Rey flipped Z into the second turnbuckle. Rey kicked Z and applied head scissors. Z tried to fight it off, but Rey managed to work it into hurracanrana. Rey then went for the 619, but Z ducked it. Z did a power slam onto Rey’s stomach, earning a close two-count. Z stomped on Rey, but Rey jumped from a standing position and landed head scissors into a hurracanrana. Ziggler did not land anywhere close to being in 619-receipt position; yet somehow Ziggler draped himself over the second rope for Rey Rey. 619 connected. Flat splash from the top rope, the cover, and the victory. Winner by pinfall: Rey Mysterio.
Seven diva faces versus seven diva heels.
All of the divas came out in , what, a seven-on-seven match. This should be great. Less than a minute after the match started, all hell broke loose, and Beth Phoenix hit the Glam-Slam on Rosa Mendes. Okay, I guess that they’re positioning Beth Phoenix as the next rival for Kelly Kelly. I agree with Cole, that the match mercifully lasted thirty seconds.
(Man, I would love to see Kofi Kingston v. R-Truth in the final. Have those two EVER wrestled each other; or has the WWE deliberately kept them apart because they are both the same race??)
Kofi Kingston v. The Miz
Didn’t Kofi Kingston just wrestle his quarterfinal match?? Miz came out with a noticeable limp. The two men locked up, and Kingston went for a quick roll-up. Kofi then hit a splash off the ropes. Kingston went for a single leg takedown, but Miz fought it off. Miz hit a couple of punches, but Kofi then hit a dropkick. Kofi then rolled through a Miz sunset flip and then jumped high to stomp on Miz’ face, earning a near fall. Miz backed into the corner and reversed a Kofi jump so that Kofi landed his family jewels on the top rope. Miz had a rear chin lock on Kofi, but Kingston kicked Miz’ knee. Miz shrieked when Kofi kicked him. Kofi ended up outside the ring and swept Miz’ leg, landing Miz on his back. Kofi then launched over the ropes and landed a leg drop, earning a two-count. Kofi then continued the assault on Miz, who managed to keep avoiding three-counts. Kofi then hit his sit-through kick in the corner, followed by a high cross body press from the top rope. Miz rolled through the cover and attempted a cover of his own, but Kofi managed to kick out. Miz needed the ropes to help himself up. Kofi then worked Miz’ leg again and signaled for Trouble in Paradise, but Miz rolled out of the ring, clutching his knee. Kofi went over to him, and Miz slingshotted Kofi’s neck on the top rope and struggled back into the ring. Kofi reversed a pinning combination and almost got the victory via pinfall at this point. Kofi ran at Miz in the corner, but Miz started a back-body drop on him that led to Kofi’s face hitting the top turnbuckle. Miz then hit the SKF on Kofi, and made it to Kofi in time to earn the pinfall. Winner by pinfall: The Miz.
Backstage, R-Truth was indignant at that new interview-guy. Conspiracy kept him away from the MITB briefcase, but the conspiracy won’t keep him from beating little Rey-Rey. All the Little Jimmys better close their eyes, because tonight, the WWE Title is gonna get got.
A video package highlighted Tough Enough winner’s Andy Leavine’s hometown, and the difficulties that led to Silent Rage. It seemed a bit melodramatic, the scene where Silent Rage was afraid to answer his door because he thought a meth-head might be at the door. He doesn’t live there now, does he?
This sucks. It’s gonna end up The Miz versus Rey Mysterio…unless Miz does his face turn tonight against R-Truth.
Rey Mysterio versus R-Truth
Truth began by kicking Rey in the stomach and then went for a quick cover. Truth then punched Rey a few times in the corner, whipped him to the opposite corner, and then went for another cover. Truth suplexed Rey and went for another cover. Truth kept the pace slow so I could keep up with my typing. Rey reversed momentum for a second, but Truth greeted him off the ropes with a vicious clothes-line and another near-fall. Truth held Rey in a front facelock. Rey battled back to his feet. Off the ropes, Truth kneed Mysterio in the mid-section and earned another near fall. Truth then cinched in body scissors on Rey, who tried to fight back with elbow, breaking free. Truth made it to his feet first, and landed a punch. Rey did a Sin-Cara-like move that threw Truth outside the ring. Rey then launched himself through the ropes and into a shoulder block on Truth down on the floor. After commercial, Truth controlled Rey in the ring, as we saw that we missed some great action during the break. Rey fought his way back to his feet. Truth lifted Rey for a body slam, but Rey reversed it into a pinning combination, but Truth kicked out. Truth hit Rey with a big scissor kick, earning another two-count. Truth then punched Rey repeatedly and earned another two-count. Truth whipped Rey into the ropes and hit his old finisher, the corkscrew shoulder block, earning another near-fall. Truth, at this point, started complaining to the referee and also said something to Little Jimmy in the crowd. Truth then seemed distracted. Rey kicked him in the midsection and then did a drop-toe-hold that landed Truth in 619-receipt position. Truth headed off the 619 with a huge clothesline. Rey somehow kicked out again at the two count. Truth then cinched in a front facelock. Truth hit a sit-through face buster on Rey and earned another near-fall. Truth conferred with the referee and looked to the crowd again. Truth ran at Rey in the corner, but Rey drop-toe-holded him, landing Truth’s face into the turnbuckle. Rey bounced off the ropes into a cross-body press and a near fall. Truth then attempted a near fall, but Rey rolled back through it and kicked Truth in the face, earning a near fall. Truth then did his suplex-into-a-stunner. (How is that not a finisher, when his corkscrew shoulder block used to be a finisher?) Truth went for the cover, but Rey grabbed the bottom rope just before the three-count. Truth again conferred with the referee and also looked to be distracted by the crowd. Rey slingshotted Truth’s neck off the top rope as he jumped from the ring apron to the floor. Rey then launched himself over the ropes and into head scissors on Truth, flipping him into 619-receipt position. Rey then hit the 619, the flat splash from the top rope, and earned the three count and the victory. Winner by pinfall: Rey
Rey Mysterio remained in the ring, ready for action. As the announcer began announcing the competitors for the finals of the WWE Championship tournament, Mr. McMahon came down to the ring. McMahon said that he had something else important to do. He didn’t want to deny Rey or The Miz their chance at the WWE Championship. He asked Rey to postpone the WWE Championship match until next week. McMahon said that there is no one bigger than the WWE. Rey seemed annoyed, but this was good, as time was rapidly running out. McMahon said that he could make a new John Cena. The crowd chanted CM PUNK over McMahon. McMahon wanted to thank Cena for his contribution to the WWE and his work ethic. However, sometimes you have to set an example in business. McMahon said that he does what’s right for each and every one of the fans based on business. McMahon makes decisions with the long-term view in mind, and the people are so short-sighted that
they don’t even realize what he’s doing. But, someday, the people will thank McMahon. McMahon paused because the CM PUNK chants drowned him out. As much as McMahon didn’t want to have to do this, let’s get it over with. Cena’s music hit, and he came out to a mixed reaction. Cena grabbed the mic from McMahon and said that he was okay with what McMahon was about to do. Cena refused to go through what McMahon put Shawn Michaels through. Michaels, no matter what he accomplished in the ring, was known as the guy who screwed Bret Hart. Cena did not want to be known as the guy who screwed CM Punk. Cena refused to be McMahon’s patsy. Cena acknowledged to Punk that it was a hell of a match last night. McMahon has a certain way of doing business, and Cena has a certain way of doing business. Cena has had a great career here, and McMahon has eight months to find another opponent for The Rock. Cena, in closing, said that he loved the WWE and he felt that he truly belonged here. If McMahon makes Cena walk tonight, then Cena will keep wrestling because he loves this business. Cena will take his act to another TV show, Brother (saying Brother in Hogan’s voice, of course). Cena started to leave, but McMahon stopped him from leaving and said that Cena was not going to deny him from what he wanted to do. At this point, HHH’s intro hit, and Triple H came to the ring. He approached McMahon and said some words to him. HHH got there as quickly as he could because of a Board of Directors meeting this morning. At this, McMahon’s smile left his face. HHH said that the Board is concerned about the current situation. Specifically, the Board is concerned about McMahon. Every single bit of this is all because of Vince. However, the Board is concerned about Vince’s questionable decisions as of late. The Board has asked HHH to tell Vince that they have filed an injunction against Vince with a vote of no confidence. The family agrees, and the Board has appointed someone to take over the day-to-day operations of the WWE. And that someone is…HHH. Vince is not going to fire John Cena, and is not going to be doing anything else. Nobody is bigger than this business, and this is just business, and HHH is there to inform him that…Vince is relieved of his duties. (McMahon was teary eyed during the whole thing, and he began to cry at hearing this). The crowd began singing NaNaNaNa, Hey Hey Hey GoodBye. HHH was crying and said that he was doing what was best for the business. He added an, “I love you Pop,” and HHH left the ring. Vince remained in the ring, looking melancholic. The crowd seemed to have a change of heart; McMahon mouthed the words “Thank You.” And the credits began to roll.
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