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June 18th Raw Report
Submitted By Nick Noel
|WWE Raw Opener:
The show opens with some video highlights of last night's No Way Out PPV, narrated by Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler on commentary. They plug Cyndi Lauper's return to WWE later tonight. From there, Long Island native Mick Foley is introduced. The hardcore legend makes his way to the ring.
In-Ring Segment: Mick Foley & John Laurinaitis
Foley comes out in a suit. He said he's here as a blast from the past to promote the upcoming 1000th episode of Raw. He claimed WWE was looking for the next general manager of Raw now that Johnny is fired. He claims they are allowing former GM's to serve on an interim basis. Foley will be the host of Raw and Smackdown this week. Foley announces Daniel Bryan & Kane vs. Sheamus & CM Punk as a tag-match for tonight. Foley said Laurinaitis will get to give his farewell address tonight. Laurinaitis comes out. He's still on a crutch and has a sling on his arm and a neck brace. No god-awful red suit, however.
Laurinaitis asks everyone to keep it down. He gets boo'd relentlessly for that. He whispers something in Foley's ear. Foley tells the fans to keep the noise down. Foley then said Johnny said Long Island sucks. Laurinaitis grabs the mic and tells the crowd to shut up. He says he'll give his farewell address later instead. Before leaving, he announces his final action as GM last night was to make tonight's Raw main event. It will be John Cena in a handicap match against Big Show, David Otunga and himself. He tells Foley to "have a nice day" and limps off.
CM Punk & Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan & Kane
The match begins and the "Yes!" chants break out almost instantly. Cole notes on commentary that Punk has had the fourth longest WWE Title reign in 15 years. Early on, Punk knocks Bryan out to the floor and follows him out with a big suicide dive. Punk tries to hit a springboard move on Kane but Kane catches him with an uppercut. We head to a commercial. When we return, Punk is fighting his way out of a hold by Kane. Punk makes the tag to Sheamus. Sheamus is a ball of fire, dominating Kane and even knocking Bryan out to the floor. Kane finally fights his way back and is now in control of the offense. Kane hits a top-rope clothesline on Sheamus, then tags in Bryan. The crowd chants "Yes!" as Bryan lands every strike. Punk finally gets the hot tag and he's now dominating everything in sight. Out of nowhere, A.J. comes out wearing a Kane mask. A.J. distracts Kane, leaving Bryan to eat the finishers of both Punk and Sheamus before getting pinned.
Winners: CM Punk & Sheamus
Backstage: Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger & Vickie Guerrero
Backstage we see Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler arguing. Swagger says he was WWE Champion longer than he was. Ziggler says Swagger is riding his coat tails. Ziggler says Vickie Guerrero knows he's the real star. Vickie enters the picture with a loud "excuse me." She says she's tired of them bickering. She said it's time to make her choice on who deserves her attention the most. She said she spoke to Foley and they'll settle it in the ring -- right now. The fellas walk off as Vickie smirks in an evil fashion.
Backstage: John Laurinaitis, David Otunga & Big Show
From there we go backstage with Johnny and David Otunga. Big Show enters the picture and asks what's so funny. Johnny says what's funny is how tonight is going to end. He says Cena can't beat him one on one, let alone in a handicap match with all three of them. He says what's funny is how Big Show is going to KO Cena and Laurinaitis will pin him. He says the WWE Universe will never forget his name, and that's what's funny. Laurinaitis claims he's going to leave an impression tonight they'll never forget. Big Show says he doesn't find anything funny at all. Otunga says he's in a bad mood. Johnny closes by saying tonight John Cena is going to get his.
Jack Swagger vs. Dolph Ziggler
We return from commercial and Vickie is already at ringside. Swagger makes his way to the ring. Next out is Dolph Ziggler. Swagger is in control early on, however it doesn't take long before Ziggler regains momentum. He does a Ric Flair-like strut, prompting loud "Woooo!" chants from the crowd. Out of nowhere, Ziggler seems to hurt his knee. Swagger immediately goes to work on the injured knee of Ziggler. Ziggler is screeching in pain as Swagger works over his bum knee. Out of nowhere, however, Ziggler manages to hit the Zig-Zag on Swagger. He pins him and picks up the victory.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
After The Match:
After the match, Vickie comes in the ring and makes out with Ziggler. Ziggler is still selling the knee as the two walk off happily together.
Backstage: Limo Arrives
We shoot backstage where we see a limo pull up to the building. Lawler mentions that Brock Lesnar will respond to Triple H's challenge to a match at SummerSlam tonight. We head to commercial.
In-Ring Segment: Paul Heyman & Triple H
We return from Raw and Brock Lesnar's music hits. However, Paul Heyman comes out and heads to the ring. Heyman gets on the mic and says he's here representing Lesnar. He says everyone usually caters to Triple H's every whim, but he's not one of them. He says "no" in response to HHH's challenge to Lesnar at SummerSlam. Heyman thanks everyone for their time and goes to leave. Before he can leave though, Triple H's music hits and out comes "The Game." HHH says he notices they're not in a bingo hall tonight. He calls Heyman a habitual liar and that Brock will fight him at SummerSlam. He says he'll only listen to one guy and that's Lesnar. He wants to hear it from Lesnar himself. HHH says he can give Lesnar what he wants: the star and what it's all about. He shows Heyman a SummerSlam poster with Brock as the cover. Heyman says Brock has no ego. HHH says Brock doesn't want to make money sitting in court. He says if Brock don't fight him he'll go down in history as the man afraid to fight HHH. Heyman tells HHH that he's good. He really is "that damn good." Heyman tells HHH to quit pretending to be an ass-kicker like he used to be. He asks HHH if he's going to hit him now. Heyman sticks his chin out and dares HHH to hit him. Heyman goes to leave but makes a little comment about Stephanie McMahon, which pisses off the big guy. HHH grabs Heyman around the neck. Heyman tells him to do it. HHH won't though, and let's Heyman go. Heyman said he knew HHH wouldn't do it. He says he knows everything HHH will do before he does it. HHH ends up decking him anyways. He asks if Heyman saw that coming. He tells Heyman to tell Lesnar he'll see him at SummerSlam.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Santino Marella
Del Rio attacks Santino immediately, knocking him all over the ring with ease. Santino tries fighting back, but Del Rio cuts him off with a headbutt. Santino finally makes a little comeback. As he looks for his Cobra, Del Rio catches him with an enziguiri. He follows up with his arm-breaker finisher for the quick tap out from Santino. The match barely lasted over a minute long.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
In-Ring Segment: Cyndi Lauper, Wendi Richter, Layla, Heath Slater & Roddy Piper
We return from commercial and out comes Cyndi Lauper with Wendi Richter, as introduced by Divas Champion Layla, who is already in the ring. Lauper and Richter talk about the 80s a bit but are interupted by Heath Slater. Slater tells them to leave his ring so he can debut his new hit single. Slater tries singing his song but is cut off. Roddy Piper's music hits out of nowhere and out comes the WWE Hall Of Famer. Piper kisses all the ladies on the hand before telling "Mrs. Slater" to take a hike. Piper says the rock-and-wrestling connection made WWE what it is today, and that was led by himself and Lauper. Piper then gets a gold record from ringside. He mentions being in a bad mood years ago and smashing a gold record over Captain Lou Albano's head. He gives Lauper the gold record. Slater again tries singing his new hit single but Piper thumbs him in the eyes. Lauper than blasts Slater with the gold record over his head, smashing it in the process. That's about it. That might have been the worst Raw segment this year. My god am I glad that's over. Even with Piper, it was hard to stomach.
Prime Time Players vs. Primo & Epico
We return from commercial and Primo, Epico and Rosa Mendes are in the ring. Out comes AW. He introduces himself and then brings out the "future tag-champions" - The Prime Time Players, Titus O'Neil and Darren Young. O'Neil and Young make their way to the ring and double-team Epico early on. Primo eventually tags in and gets in a little offense before the PTP get the upper hand again. As Primo and Epico finally get control of the offense, the PTP decide they're already number one contender's and they leave with AW.
Winners via Count Out: Primo & Epico
Backstage: John Laurinaitis, David Otunga & Big Show
Backstage we see John Laurinaitis and David Otunga talking about their plans for tonight's handicap match against John Cena. Big Show is there, continuing to no-sell everything Laurinaitis says to him. We head to commercial.
In-Ring Segment: John Laurinaitis
We return from commercial and Laurinaitis is in the ring, likely to give his farewell address he couldn't get out earlier. He claims Cena cheated last night at No Way Out. He claims Cena and five other guys cheated, which is the only reason he beat Big Show last night. He recalls McMahon firing him last night. He says he's not the loser though. Nor is Big Show. He says all the fans are the losers. He says the next time we all see him is when he's inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame. He claims today is a dark day in WWE history. He says he's going to make sure Cena gets the biggest beatdown of his life tonight. Out comes Otunga, and then the Big Show as we head to commercial.
In-Ring Segment: Big Show
Big Show comes to the ring and says he's about to be onto bigger and better things. He thanks Laurinaitis for giving him a big fat contract, etc. He says he sees no reason to compete in the ring tonight. Big Show tells Johnny and Otunga that they're on their own tonight. With that said, he leaves the ring and heads backstage.
Handicap Match: John Laurinaitis & David Otunga vs. John Cena
John Cena makes his way to the ring after Big Show leaves, and now it's just a two-on-one handicap match. The bell sounds and an enormous "Let's Go Cena/Cena Sucks" dueling chant breaks out. Cena immediately goes to work on Otunga. After taking a bit of a beatdown, Otunga finally gets a little break and tries to tag in Laurinaitis. Johnny won't take the tag, though. Cena continues to dominate Otunga. Otunga eventually gets Cena beat up a bit, and now Laurinaitis wants the tag in. He comes in the ring and throws his crutch. The announcers speculate that he was never really hurt. Laurinaitis gets in a few cheap shots on Cena. Laurinaitis tries to tag Otunga back in, but this time Otunga won't take the tag. Otunga turns his back on him and walks off. Laurinaitis realizes he's alone now with Cena, and doesn't seem thrilled with that. Cena hits his trademark moves on Johnny. He nails him with three Attitude Adjustments before giving him the STF. Laurinaitis taps out.
Winner: John Cena
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