Monday Night Raw
Date: June 20, 2011
Location: 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
Commentators: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, Booker T
It’s another three hour Raw coming off a rather weak PPV last night in the form of Capitol Punishment. It’s Power to the People tonight which more or less means Viewer’s Choice, as the fans are going to pick the matches and the participants in them. This was rather interesting last year so maybe we’ve got a winner on our hands. Let’s get to it.
You’re going to get three options and you text in your selection of A, B or C.
Here’s Punk to open the show. Last night he promised the most honest act in WWE history. He sits down in the middle of the ring and says that he wouldn’t trust the people with the content of this show. After all, they choose to live in Baltimore, Maryland. Punk says they can’t pick what he’s going to do tonight. He’s the best wrestler (his word) in the world and he’s beaten Cena and Mysterio within the last week.
Wins and losses still mean something and they mean he’s the #1 contender. It’s not a debate or argument. Based on what he’s done, it’s fact. He wants the GM to send an E-Mail and make it official. He’s not going anywhere until he’s named #1 contender to the WWE Championship of the World (spoken like Road Dogg used to say it). The GM says he’ll take the demands under consideration but right now Punk needs to leave the ring.
Punk seems annoyed and there’s another E-Mail, with the GM saying it more emphatically this time. Punk says no and makes snow angels minus the snow. Another E-Mail says he was going to be named #1 contender later but since Punk disrespected him it’s Punk vs. Alberto for the spot later. Punk says he’s used to people making bad decisions but Alberto has one big win which was last night. Another E-Mail makes it a triple threat with Rey added in. Punk is limping as he leaves.
First vote: Who does Brie Bella defend the title against?
Back with the results:
Kelly Kelly: 53%
Beth Phoenix: 36%
Divas Title: Brie Bella vs. Kelly Kelly
Cole mistakenly says Kelly is a former champion. Brie runs early on and Nikki teases interference, allowing Brie to get in a shot and take over. Off to the chinlock with Kelly in trouble. Kelly starts her comeback but gets caught in a neckbreaker for two. Kelly tries a victory roll out of the corner but Brie reverses ala Owen Hart. That gets reversed as well though into another victory roll position and Kelly wins the title at 3:02.
Rating: C-. Well this was only about three years too late but she finally won it I guess. She’s gotten a bit better in the ring but this isn’t much of note. Not a horrible match but this was incredibly generic. The Bellas were more or less done as champions though so there’s not many reasons to not make this switch.
Lawler does a quick interview post match and Kelly starts crying as she says power to the people.
Video on Bourne who can jump a lot.
Second Vote: Who does Evan Bourne face?
Jack Swagger: 19%
Mason Ryan: 51%
Sin Cara: 30%
Evan Bourne vs. Mason Ryan
Kind of surprised by that actually. Ryan stalks him to start but Bourne can’t get a single thing going. The fans chant something that sounds like Batista as he uses a lot of offense like Big Dave. Bourne gets a dropkick in and Ryan shrugs it off. A pair of backbreakers set up a fallaway slam and have Bourne barely able to fight back at all.
Ryan puts him on the apron where Evan is able to get some kicks in. Jumping knee in the corner has Ryan in trouble…and never mind as he gets an easy gorilla press slam to take over again. And then Ryan screws up by putting Bourne on the top rope in Shooting Star position. That misses and Bourne gets an ugly small package for two. Bourne goes up again but jumps into a Side Effect for the pin at 4:06.
Rating: C. Not bad here in what might have been Ryan’s longest singles match to date. Bourne was kind of handicapped here but he was trying at least. Ryan is getting better very slowly but it’s coming. With his look and power it’s not like he has to do that much in the ring, and they’re playing to that.
Third vote: Pick Kane vs. Mark Henry’s stipulation.
Body Slam Challenge
Over the Top Challenge
Raw Roulette is back next week.
Mark Henry vs. Kane
Pre match Henry says when people mess with him, they get punished, just like Big Show last night. There are two differences between Show and Henry. When Show walks the Earth, the Earth shakes. When Henry walks the Earth, the people shake. Isn’t that one difference? Bigger isn’t better in this case. The results are up next.
The people say:
Body Slam Challenge: 13%
Arm Wrestling: 52%
Over the Top Challenge: 35%
Uh….ok then. If you’ve ever seen an arm wrestling match on a wrestling show, you know what’s going on here. After a bunch of stalling we get going. Henry drills Kane once he was in trouble for the DQ. They brawl a bit and Henry hits him with the table. Henry takes him to the floor and hits the World’s Strongest Slam through the table like he did to Big Show last night.
Truth is up next.
Here’s R-Truth to complain about how the conspiracy is still going strong. He says that it wasn’t the computer that got him last night. It was Little Jimmy. And the Big Jimmy too. He got got by Little Jimmy! Cue Christian of all people who goes on his usual thing about how the people made him face Orton five days after winning the title. The setbacks are due to the people, not him.
Last night though it was due to the bad refereeing. We get a shot from last night with Christian having his foot under the ropes. He actually does have a point in that one. Christian demands that justice be served. He only needs one more shot. Truth asks how many chances he’s had. That’s not the point though. At least Christian has been champion. Last night Truth got got by Little Jimmy! Christian: “Who is Little Jimmy?” Truth goes into his “the Little Jimmys want me to be a good R-Truth” thing but here’s Miz to interrupt again.
Miz says that he’s the only one that has a chance to complain because there was a partisan referee last night. Christian makes fun of Miz because he was the only one not in a title match. This turns into a bizarre three way yelling match of them shouting REALLY, RANDY, RILEY and ultimately JIMMY at each other back and forth. This was hilarious in the weird way. Teddy Long breaks it up and says that tonight it’s a six man main event with these three against Cena, Orton and Riley with the people picking the stipulations.
Fourth vote: Pick the stipulations for Kingston vs. Ziggler for the US Title.
Vickie barred from ringside
The results say:
2/3 falls: 51%
Vickie barred from ringside: 31%
US Title: Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston
2/3 falls here then. Kofi is rather aggressive to start us off, taking over with relative ease. He kicks Dolph to the floor and then stays all aggressive on him with punches and chokes. Kofi misses a dive though and it’s time for a break. Back and it’s 1-0 Dolph who got the fall using the Zig Zag during the break. Dolph uses chinlocks and an armbar to keep his advantage. Nice dropkick by the champion.
Fameasser gets two. Dolph keeps hammering away but Kofi gets the SOS out of nowhere to make it 1-1. Neckbreaker takes over for Dolph again and it’s back to the chinlock. Kofi hits a slingshot to send Dolph into the post ala Hennig and takes over with strikes. Double stomp gets two. Dolph grabs a rollup with tights for two. Kofi goes up and hits something similar to Delirious’ Shadows Over Hell for two.
Dolph hits the floor and grabs the belt but it misses Kofi. Trouble in Paradise hits but they’re on the floor. Back in that gets two as Dolph puts his fingers on the rope. They kind of messed it up as Dolph grabbed the rope a half second late but it was called anyway. Dolph tries to run again and this time gets a shot with the microphone for the DQ at 12:35.
Rating: C+. The third fall was better but the first two were kind of weak. The problem for these two is that they’ve fought so many times that it’s kind of getting old. The matches are still pretty good but we can only see them go at it so many times. They need something else to do.
Cole rants about the people having the power tonight due to Austin and we get a clip of that being decided last week. The computer being destroyed was kind of funny.
Fifth Vote: Pick the stipulations for the triple threat.
Falls Count Anywhere
Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio
Alberto says that what happened to Show and Ricardo was destiny, not bad luck. Him winning tonight is also destiny. The results and the other entrances are next.
No DQ: 23%
Falls Count Anywhere: 66%
Rey grabs rollups on both guys to start us off. Standard triple threat style here with one guy being down while the other two do their thing. We head to the floor with Punk hitting a powerbomb for two on Alberto. Seated senton off the apron gets two on Punk. Back and Rey takes over on Punk getting some covers off a headscissors. Alberto takes Rey down and it’s heel vs. heel for awhile.
GTS doesn’t work but Alberto gets his Codebreaker to the arm for two. Rey comes back in and gets a rana on Alberto to set up the 619. Punk is put in the same position but he catches Rey in the GTS. Alberto breaks that up and Punk kicks him in the head for two. Tower of Doom spot sees Alberto powerbomb Punk who suplexes Rey. Covers get two on both guys.
Del Rio takes over but misses a charge, ramming his shoulder into the post. Rey sets for a dive on him but Punk breaks it up. A charging Punk eats feet and Rey hits something like a Swanton before immediately popping up and hitting a suicide dive to take Alberto out. Rey gets a seated senton for two. They go to the corner and Rey is knocked into the cross armbreaker. Punk drops a leg on Alberto to break it up and get two. Rey takes Alberto down and hits the springboard splash. Punk pops back in and sends Rey into the post so he can steal the pin on Alberto at 11:35.
Rating: C+. Pretty decent match here with them doing a lot of the usual stuff that you would expect them to in a triple threat. Not bad here and Punk winning is right, but I kind of fail to see the point in having Rey out there. If Punk already beat him once, why would he be in this match? Either way, not bad.
Punk talks about his honesty thing. He’ll win the title on July 17 at Money in the Bank. That day is also significant due to it being the day his contract expires. He’s leaving after it and he’s taking the title with him. That’s a new one.
Sixth vote: Pick the stipulation for Cody Rhodes vs. Daniel Bryan.
Paper Bag Match
No Count Out
Collegiate Rules Match
Daniel Bryan vs. Cody Rhodes
Paper Bag Match: 43%
No Count Out: 51%
Collegiate Rules Match: 6%
Not exactly the best set of options here. Bryan kicks him to the floor almost immediately and gets a suplex onto the ramp. It’s just no count out, not hardcore/falls count anywhere mind you. Back in the ring a missile dropkick gets two. Cody gets a sick looking Beautiful Disaster kick for two. Bryan almost gets the LeBell Lock but gets caught in a slingshot instead. Small package gets two but Bryan reverses into one of his own for the pin at 2:40. Nothing of note here but it wasn’t bad.
LeBell Lock goes on Cody post match but DiBiase comes in for the double beatdown. There’s an Alabama Slam to Bryan and Cross Rhodes followed by the bagging.
Seventh vote: Vickie Guerrero will have a dance contest with who?
Before the results we recap the show so far.
Vickie says she’ll win, talking about how she used to have a bunch of dancing experience, including exotic with the stage name of peaches. She even quotes Sable with the men who came to see me line. Striker has to dance with her for some reason. She kisses him and I think he liked it. Or maybe hated it. Leaning more towards hated it.
Here are the results of the poll.
Michael Cole: 47%
Jerry Lawler: 39%
Booker T: 14%
Well sure why not. Cole has way too much fun doing this, even throwing in the Worm (kind of) and the Spinarooni (about as good as you would expect). Oddly enough Cole gets a better reaction and wins the thing. Vickie slaps the taste out of his mouth post match.
Eighth vote: The stipulations for the main event.
One Fall to A Finish
20 Minute Time Limit
Gee I wonder which it’ll be.
Christian/R-Truth/The Miz vs. John Cena/Randy Orton/Alex Riley
One Fall to A Finish: 15%
20 Minute Time Limit: 6%
Elimination Match: 79%
The bell is after the break. Miz vs. Cena start us off which goes nowhere for the most part. Off to Orton and Christian as we keep our brand representation balanced. They keep hammering on Orton’s head to play up the concussion aspect. Truth throws on a chinlock and Randy can’t make a rope for a good while. A suplex gets him out of it though but Christian blocks the tag.
Killswitch and RKO both are countered and a reverse DDT gets two. Spear is caught in a powerslam and it’s hot tag to Riley. Riley actually cleans some house on all three guys and escapes the Killswitch. He almost gets the inverted DDT on Miz and Christian but gets caught in a double team. Cena comes in and the distraction allows Miz to get the Skull Crushing Finale to go up 3-2 and we take a break.
Back with Orton being covered for two by Miz off a move we didn’t see. Orton gets a shot in and it’s off to Cena. Here’s the finishing sequence on Miz but the AA is blocked. Neckbreaker gets two for Miz. Running clothesline in the corner hits and Miz goes up. He misses a double axe but jumps into the STF. Truth makes the save though and everything breaks down for a bit.
Everyone gets a shot or two in on Cena until it’s off to Truth. Sitout gordbuster gets two. Cena gets a fisherman’s suplex to break the momentum and it seems like they mess something up as Cena lays there like a foot from Orton for about ten seconds but he never makes it. Off to Miz who walks into the AA to make it 2-2. Truth comes in and throws on a chinlock for a bit.
Off to Christian who misses a top rope splash/headbutt to put both guys down. Double tags bring in Truth and Orton. Powerslam to the nutjob and Orton goes all psycho. Elevated DDT hits. Christian breaks up the RKO and Truth misses an axe kick. RKO gets us down to the Super Best Friends vs. Christian. Orton walks into a spear and Christian pins him. He walks into the AA but grabs the rope to escape. The sore loser known as Randy Orton hits an RKO, allowing the STF to end Christian at 20:00.
Rating: C-. Not horrible here but just kind of there as a main event six man. The twist to it helped a bit but at the same time it didn’t really mean much. As always WWE more or less burns a week off after a PPV which is really annoying but it’s the way things work anymore. Wasn’t impressed here and this was just ok at best.
Overall Rating: D. Did not like this at all for the most part. The choices were ok for awhile and then they got into the standard pattern of two options that suck and one good one which is more or less a guaranteed pick. Other than Punk vs. Cena being set up, there wasn’t much that actually happened tonight and for the second three hour Raw in a row, that’s not a good thing. Really not a fan here and the whole thing fell pretty flat.
Kelly Kelly b. Brie Bella – Victory Roll
Mason Ryan b. Evan Bourne – Sit Out Rock Bottom
Kane b. Mark Henry in an arm wrestling match via DQ when Henry punched Kane
Kofi Kingston b. Dolph Ziggler – Kingston won the third fall by DQ when Ziggler hit him with the microphone
Daniel Bryan b. Cody Rhodes – Small Package
Randy Orton/John Cena/Alex Riley b. R-Truth/Christian/The Miz – STF to Christian