- Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with the WWE Title sitting on a podium. Justin Roberts begins his introductions as we get ready to crown a new WWE Champion.
WWE Title Match: Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz
Rey Mysterio’s music hits and out he comes to a nice reaction to kick off RAW. Michael Cole welcomes us to the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia as Rey makes his way to the ring. Out next comes The Miz and he gets a mixed reaction from the crowd.
We see the entire RAW roster watching backstage as we do formal ring introductions The bell rings and they lock up, going right to the corner. They break and lock back up with Miz applying a headlock. Miz knocks Rey down with a shoulder for a 1 count. Miz goes right back for another pin attempt. Rey fights back with kicks and a right hand. Rey kicks Miz in the mouth and takes him down with a hurricanrana. Rey continues but Miz catches him in the corner and powerbombs him face first into the turnbuckle.
Miz turns things around now and splashes Rey in the corner for a 2 count. Miz starts stomping and dropping knees into Rey’s back now. Rey fights out of a headlock but Miz drops him with a knee to the gut for another 2 count. Miz continues the offense and lays Rey out on the floor after a big dropkick. Miz works Rey over on the apron now but misses a running knee. Rey fights back and throws Miz into the steel steps as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Miz covers for another pin attempt. And another. Miz with a submission from the rear as Rey fights out. Rey finally fights out and is able to ram Miz shoulder first into the ring post. Rey hits a senton from the top and a crossbody for a 2 count. Miz rolls Rey up but he rolls through. Miz ducks a kick and DDT’s Rey for another 2 count. Miz misses a big running kick but connects with a big boot for 2. More back and forth action. Miz counters 619 and hits a sitdown slingshot powerbomb for 2.
Miz gets frustrated and goes for the Skull Crushing Finale. Rey fights it off and ends up on the top rope. Miz ties Rey upside down in the corner and hits him with big knees to the ribs. Rey counters and Miz goes down. Rey botches a hurricanrana but Miz falls in place for 619 anyway. Rey hits 619 and a splash from the top for the pin, the win and the WWE Title.
Winner and New WWE Champion: Rey Mysterio
– After the match, some of the RAW stars are shown backstage cheering Rey on. Rey celebrates with the WWE Title until Miz lays him out from behind. Alberto Del Rio’s music hits and out he comes.
Del Rio runs to the announcer’s table and wants to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Rey leaps out from the ring and takes Del Rio down before the match can start. Del Rio runs off without cashing his title shot in.
– Cole hypes that Triple H will give his State of the WWE Address tonight. Back to commercial.
– Back from the commercial and we see replays of Rey Mysterio winning the WWE Title. Rey is shown walking through backstage and being applauded by the RAW Superstars and Divas. They give him a champagne bath when John Cena walks up. Cena shakes Rey’s hand and congratulates him. Josh Matthews walks up to interview Rey about his first WWE Title win. Rey tells his kids he’s coming home with the gold and the champagne bath resumes.
– Cole and Lawler lead us into a video showing where Triple H informed Vince McMahon that he was being relieved of his duties last week.
– Back from the break and we see a replay of Dolph Ziggler winning the WWE United States Title back at Capitol Punishment.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Evan Bourne
We go to the ring and out comes the United States Champion with Vickie Guerrero at his side. Dolph is debuting a new theme song this week. Out next comes his opponent Evan Bourne.
The bell rings and they go at it. Dolph takes Bourne down first. Dolph runs the ropes and Bourne dropkicks him. Dolph rolls out to the floor but Bourne follows. Bourne brings it back in the ring and kicks Ziggler. Bourne misses an enziguri and Dolph leg drops him face first to the mat for a 2 count. Dolph works Bourne over in the corner now. Dolph takes Bourne to the mat with a headlock.
Bourne blocks a suplex with a knee to the head. Dolph misses a splash in the corner and Bourne comes back with kicks. Bourne with dropkicks and a clothesline. Bourne runs into an elbow in the corner but takes Bourne down hard for a 2 count. Bourne goes up high for Air Bourne but Ziggler rolls out of the way and connects. Dolph applies the sleeper hold next and takes Bourne to the mat as the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
– After the match, Ziggler takes the mic and yells, “Follow that!” Dolph leaves with Vickie and dares anyone in the back to follow that.
– Still to come tonight is Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston. Back to commercial we go.
– Back from the break and The Bella Twins are arguing with Eve Torres backstage. Keith Stone of Keystone beer walks up and asks them what’s going on. Eve is tired of the Bellas cheating. Keith has Eve hold his beers as he walks over with Nikki Bella and tattoos her arm. Keith uses one marker but somehow her whole arm is covered with colors. Eve tells Keith he is so smooth and he hurries off. WWE flashed a disclaimer at the bottom of the screen saying Keith Stone was used with permission of the beer company.
Eve Torres and Kelly Kelly vs. Maryse and Melina
We go to the ring and out comes WWE Divas Champion Kelly Kelly with her partner Eve. Maryse and Melina are already waiting in the ring.
Eve and Maryse start things off. Eve takes her down and shakes her rear in Maryse’s face. Eve hits a moonsault and takes Maryse to the corner for more offense. Melina distracts her, allowing Maryse to attack from behind and get a 2 count. Maryse takes Eve to the corner and rbs her rear in Eve’s face. Melina comes in now and slams Eve’s face into the mat. Eve fights back with right hands and kicks Melina in the face.
Kelly comes in and hits a Thesz press and a neckbreaker. Kelly spanks Maryse and sends her off the apron. Kelly covers but the pin is broken. Eve makes the save and takes Maryse back to the floor. Melina and Kelly go at it now. Kelly hits her leg drop finisher for the pin and the win.
Winners: Eve Torres and Kelly Kelly
– We see Triple H backstage speaking with R-Truth. Michael Cole announces that Triple H will reveal a blockbuster WWE return up next. Back to commercial.
– Back from commercial and out comes Triple H to his normal theme music. He’s wearing a suit and is announced as the Chief Operating Officer. Cole explains that Triple H is now in charge of everything and will be at this Friday’s SmackDown. Triple H enters the ring and wants to get one thing off his chest from a personal and business standpoint. He says the reason WWE is a global success that it is, the reason people are watching tonight worldwide is due to one man’s vision, one man’s pure genius. Triple H, from the bottom of his heart, thanks Vince. A “thank you Vince” chant breaks out as the crowd cheers.
Triple H says he is here to talk about the future and congratulates Rey Mysterio on the WWE Title. Triple H announces we will have a second WWE Title match on RAW tonight. He has spoken to both men and both men agree the match needs to take place tonight. He announces Rey will defend against John Cena tonight. This gets a mixed reaction from the crowd. Triple H says one man’s name keeps being brought up wherever he goes. This causes a CM Punk chant to start from the crowd. Triple H says he contacted this man this week and re-signed him. He asks if we can welcome this person back to RAW and out comes… Jim Ross.
Ross shakes Triple H’s hand and goes to ringside for commentary. Cole won’t shake his hand. Cole stands up on the announcer’s table and addresses Triple H, putting down Ross. Cole says he has done whatever WWE wants him to do but he refuses to sit and work with Ross. Cole starts berating Ross, bringing up his restaurants going down. Cole says Ross spent so many years kissing Vince McMahon’s ass, now he’s going to kiss Triple H’s ass. This goes on until Triple H informs Cole he has the night off from commentary. Cole has until Friday night to decide if he wants the job or not. If he doesn’t show up, he’s future endeavored. Cole sits down and wants to work now. Triple H tells him no because he has a match tonight and that’s up next. Cole leaves as R-Truth comes out. He says Triple H has been a part of the conspiracy for a long time but he likes what he sees, the new regime.
Truth and Triple H go back and forth on the mic. Triple H starts talking to the invisible people that Truth is always talking to. Truth calls Triple H crazy for talking to people that don’t exist. Truth says Triple H might be the game but he’s not playing. Truth drops the mic and leaves the ring. Triple H says he re-signed someone else big and that person wants a piece of Truth. John Morrison’s music hits and out he comes. Morrison beats Truth around ringside and throws him in the ring. Morrison spears Truth and hits Starship Pain.
– Still to come tonight is Michael Cole vs. a mystery opponent and John Cena vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE Title.
Michael Cole vs. Zack Ryder
Back from commercial and Triple H’s music hits again. Instead, out comes Michael Cole wearing Triple H’s trunks and drinking from a water bottle. Cole slowly climbs up on the apron and tries to spit water like Triple H. Out next comes Cole’s opponent… Zack Ryder.
Ryder kicks Cole down and calls for the Rough Ryder. Ryder nails it and pins Cole for the squash win.
Winner: Zack Ryder
– Still to come tonight – John Cena vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE Title. Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio is up next after this commercial.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston
Back from the break and Ricardo Rodriguez is introduced to begin his introduction of Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio comes in driving a Rolls Royce and hops out sporting his Money in the Bank briefcase. Out next comes Kofi Kingston.
The bell rings and Del Rio takes Kofi down for a quick 2 count. More offense by Del Rio until Kofi rolls him up for 2. Kofi sends Del Rio out to the floor. Del Rio runs up the ramp a bit to re-group as RAW goes to commercial.
Back from the break and Del Rio has Kofi down working on his arm. During the break, Del Rio kicked Kofi in the head, knocking him off the top rope. Kofi fights back now with forearms but Del Rio kicks him. Del Rio beats Kofi down in the corner until the referee backs him off. Del Rio charges, Kofi moves and he hits the ring post. Kofi springboards in and takes Del Rio down for a 2 count. Kofi with chops and a dropkick, then a big forearm. Kofi hits the Boom Drop and calls for Trouble in Paradise. Del Rio ducks it and hits the armbar takedown for a 2 count.
Kofi comes back and almost gets the three count but Del Rio grabbed the ropes. They go at it until Del Rio applies the cross armbar finisher, causing Kofi to tap out.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
– More hype for John Cena vs. Rey Mysterio tonight as we go to commercial.
– Back from the break and Josh Matthews walks up to The Miz getting dressed in the locker room. Miz isn’t happy that John Cena is getting a title shot tonight. Miz says things have gone from bad to worse now that Triple H is in charge. Miz says now the face of WWE is a man with no face – Rey Mysterio. Miz says this is all a mistake, a huge mistake.
WWE Title Match: John Cena vs. Rey Mysterio
We go to the ring and out first comes the new WWE Champion Rey Mysterio. RAW goes to commercial as Rey does his entrance.
Back from the break and out comes John Cena. The bell rings and they go at it easy. Cena gets the first pin attempt. Rey counters and covers Cena for 2. Rey with a headlock now. More back and forth until Cena back suplexes Rey for another 2 count. Rey fights back with kicks and hits a bulldog for a 2 count. Cena charges but Rey moves. Rey springboards to the floor and lands on Cena. Rey kicks Cena on the floor and tries to throw him into the steps. Cena counters, Rey jumps up on them and comes back down but Cena drops him with a clothesline. Cena brings it back in the ring for a 2 count. Cena grounds Rey to the mat now.
Rey fights out of Cena’s hold and DDT’s him for a 2 count. Rey goes for an enziguri but Cena ducks. Cena goes for STF but Rey get to the ropes. Rey corkscrews back into the ring on Cena for a 2 count. Rey goes for 619 but Cena catches his legs and slams him to the mat for another pin attempt. Cena hits a shoulder block but Rey blocks the second one with a dropkick in mid-air. They counter each other but Cena finally slams Rey to the mat. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and goes for the Attitude Adjustment. Rey fights out and flies but lands in Cena’s arms. Rey counters and hits a pair of dropkicks for 2.
Rey goes up top and hits a senton for 2. Rey ends up applying the STF on Cena. Cena finally powers out of his own hold. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment again but his knee goes out and they go down. Rey connects with 619 and goes up to the top. Rey goes for the big splash but Cena puts his knees up. Rey comes back in the corner and goes for a hurricanrana but Cena powerbombs him across the ring. Cena goes up top now and hits the leg drop but only gets a 2 count. Cena goes for the AA again but Rey fights out and kicks him into the ropes. Rey goes for 619 but Cena catches him and hits the AA for the pin, the win and the WWE Title.
Winner and New WWE Champion: John Cena
– After the match, Cena’s music hits and he helps Rey up to his feet. Cena celebrates with the WWE Title. “Cult of Personality” hits, CM Punk’s old theme song, and out comes the former (?) WWE Champion. Punk appears on the stage with the belt around his waist as the music plays and the crowd pops.
Punk is wearing his best in the world t-shirt and has a new entrance video. Punk makes his way down to the ring and in Cena’s face. Cena raises his WWE Title and the crowd pops. Punk raises his WWE Title and they pop also. All of this while “Cult of Personality” is still playing. Punk and Cena have words. RAW goes off the air with Punk holding his WWE Title up high.
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