Monday Night Raw – March 14, 2011: Show of the Year…..At Least the First Half!
Monday Night Raw
Date: March 14, 2011
Location: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Commentators: Michael Cole, Josh Matthews
Guest Star: Snooki
After last week’s pretty good show, we’re here with the first of the final three Raws before Mania. With 20 days to go, things started to looks up last week as Miz got serious and Cena apparently is done talking to Rock. Also tonight it’s Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus in a title vs. job match which should be fun. Let’s get to it.
Oh and Snooki is here tonight too. Dang it all.
We open with a picture of the Rock and hear him talking to the president. He makes fun of Cena’s promo last week, saying it wasn’t funny and that Cena talks like a child. Cena’s music hits and Rock says he’ll have to call the President back. Rock talks to someone off camera, saying that Cena is a man for coming to see him.
And it’s a kid. The kid is in a Cena shirt and raps a bit but Rock says that Cena has to talk like an adult. Rock sits down and makes fun of “Cena”, saying that while Cena has run with the ball since Rock is gone, he hasn’t run that far. At the end of the day, it comes down to the fact that Cena simply isn’t that talented.
Rock says it doesn’t matter how that makes him feel and Cena starts crying. Rock says that the fans should be crying after seeing Cena’s movies. The Rock gives him a gift: a box of Fruity Pebbles. This is absolutely hilarious by the way. After sending the kid away, Rock turns to the camera and turns his attention to the Miz.
They haven’t been introduced and Miz claims to be the most must see WWE Champion in history. Well he’s the Rock, the most electrifying man in all of entertainment. There’s this ominous music playing in the background at the same time. Miz hit the People’s Elbow and insulted his family. That statement means that Miz wants the biggest whipping of all time. Rock says the time for talking is done and before Mania he will be on Raw. Cena needs to shut his mouth. The smack will be laid down, if you smell what he’s cooking.
Trish is in the back with Snooki. Someone get me my gun that I don’t own.
All three commentators are here and Cole is in his own glass/plastic box. That’s hilarious. Oh and it’s called the Cole Mine. Great stuff. There’s no top on it.
Here’s Miz and we get a clip of three weeks ago when Miz and Cena won the tag titles. Also we see the end of the cage match and of last week’s show. In present time Miz says that Rock’s shirt says I Bring It. That’s true as he brings bad movies, weak catchphrases and long diatribes of a has been. Miz runs down Rock’s family because he’s WWE Champion, making him better than them.
Rock likes to make six year olds cry. Miz says Rock should step into this ring as Miz will make Rock cry. Rock doesn’t own Cena, the Miz does. Miz says that he hopes Rock brings it here to St. Louis, but if Rock does he’ll be overshadowed by Miz. The catchphrase seems to end the commercial but we have an e-mail.
Cole has to leave the box to get to the podium and Lawler blocks his way. Apparently Jerry is going to read them tonight. There are two first time ever matches tonight: one for Cena and one for Miz. Cena faces Alberto Del Rio and Miz faces the Great Khali. I would have bet on HHH but I guess they’re saving that for Mania. Miz vs. Khali is next.
The Miz vs. Great Khali
Naturally Khali dominates to start. Cole is already getting on my verves by ignoring Lawler every time he talks. Khali gets the big overhead chop and locks in the vice less than a minute in. Miz’s face being all crushed is hilarious. Miz gets the rope and Riley runs in for the DQ (wasn’t he fired?) at 1:14. Miz destroys Khali with a chair Austin style post match. DDT on the chair ends it. Miz actually BROKE the chair, as in one of the legs is hanging off. There’s a gash in Khali’s back too which I can’t imagine is fake.
Cole is going to expose Lawler tonight with a special guest.
Orton vs. Ryan later.
We see the HHH video from Smackdown which is designed to make HHH look like a tough guy. That isn’t that hard to do.
John Morrison is talking to Snooki. Dang it he had potential. She offers him a spot of Jersey Shore. Vickie and Dolph come up and make fun of Snooki. Apparently Vickie was offered the cover of Playboy. Snooki makes a fat joke and blocks a slap to hit Vickie and we take a break.
US Title: Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan
There’s a graphic with an American flag and fireworks for the US Title. Cool. If Sheamus loses he quits. Gail Kim is with Bryan here. Sheamus looked angry about the idea of the stipulation even though it was his idea I believe. Sheamus takes over early as we talk about the possibility of the curse of being King of the Ring. Bryan moonsaults over Sheamus and tries the LeBell Lock but Sheamus escapes.
Suicide Dive to the floor takes down Sheamus and a missile dropkick takes down the Irishman for two. Sheamus hits the floor again and looks lost as we take a break. Back with Sheamus in control of Bryan, mainly focusing on his back. Bryan grabs a small package for two and sends Sheamus to the floor. Sheamus may have hurt his ankle again just like last week.
He makes it back in this week but the Brogue Kick misses and Bryan grabs the LeBell Lock. Sheamus grabs the ropes and tries the High Cross. Bryan rolls through it for two and they slug it out with Bryan taking him down. BIG kick to the head gets a long two. Bryan goes up but jumps into the Brogue Kick which ends Bryan’s title reign at 9:00. Sweet ending.
Rating: B. This was a good TV match with both guys coming off looking good. Sheamus is arguably a bigger star than Bryan so it’s not like this is a major upset. The kick looked great too so it’s not like some weak move ended it. Good TV match too and it got some good time with some hard hitting shots. Good stuff.
Cole says he’s going to commit Regicide (killing of a king) tonight and his guest is up next.
After a recap of last week’s segment with JBL, Cole and Austin. Cole is in the ring and says that Jerry gets defensive about his family. Tonight Cole isn’t going to talk about Lawler’s family because Lawler’s family is going to talk about Lawler. Cue Brian freaking Christopher, looking like a slim Dusty Rhodes with a beard with a distance. Christopher cuts a total heel promo, saying how Lawler never wanted a family or a son and when Christopher made it to WWE, Lawler didn’t acknowledge that Christopher was his son.
Lawler grabs the mic and says that he’s glad Christopher never went by Brian Lawler, because he’s a bigger screw up than Charlie Sheen, proven by him associating with Michael Cole. Brian asks his dad how it feels that his son was at Wrestlemania before Lawler did as one of the biggest stars in the company as part of Too Cool (just go with it). Christopher gets in his face and Lawler just sits there and takes it. Cole says this proves that Lawler is a loser.
CUE JR of all people who says that Cole has gone too far with everything and that Cole needs to come to his senses. Cole says that Ross needs to just go away and that he’s the voice of the WWE and not Jim Ross. Ross has wanted to talk to him about that, because the voice of the WWE is that of the fans, not one person. Lawler has been carrying Cole like a baby kangaroo in his mother’s pouch. Ross says Cole isn’t cuddly like a kangaroo though. He’s a rat bastard.
Cole talks about how this is what he always expected: Ross leaving Cole in his Cole’s ring like a coward. JR takes the jacket and tie off and is ready to fight. As he gets ready, Swagger jumps Lawler and then hits the ring to beat up Ross and put on the ankle lock. Lawler gets up and hammers Swagger but Cole jumps on Lawler and puts the ankle lock on Lawler who taps. Cole puts the hold on Ross and the evildoers stand tall. Good stuff here indeed.
Edge and Christian get a tag title shot on Friday. Cool.
Randy Orton vs. Mason Ryan
Huge hometown boy pop for Orton of course. Orton has punted everyone so far and this is the final one left for Orton to beat. Punk is on the ramp of course and if Ryan wins he can be in the corner of Punk at Mania. Ryan uses basic power to take over and hits the sitout Rock Bottom for two. The referee seemed like he had to stop early there so maybe Orton missed his cue. Ryan picks him up and another attempt is countered into the RKO to end it at 2:58. This was nothing for the most part but at least the dismantling of the Nexus is over now.
Orton goes up for Punk on the ramp but turns around and sprints back into the ring to punt Ryan as well. Punk tries to get in from behind but Orton turns and they lock eyes with both almost on their stomachs. Punk slithers out. Ryan is taken out on a stretcher.
We recap Snooki and Vickie from earlier and that slap.
Drew Carey is going into the Hall of Fame. What do you even say to that?
Cole talks some more about how awesome he is.
Snooki and Trish are up next. Snooki gets hit on by Zach Ryder and it’s totally pointless.
Snooki comes out and says nothing at all of note. Way to earn that paycheck!
Vickie Guerero vs. Trish Stratus
This is No DQ all of a sudden. Before the match Vickie yells at Snooki and claims that she was supposed to be on the cover of Rolling Stone instead of Snooki. Trish works as a brunette too. Vickie warms up before we get going here so Trish rolls her up for two. Vickie runs to the floor and loses her shoe. She gets it back and uses it like a sword. Then she throws the shoe at Trish and tries to use it like a baseball bat.
Vickie gets spanked by the shoe until Dolph comes in for the save. Cue Morrison for the second save and a big corkscrew plancha to take down Ziggler. Laycool comes in and Michelle gets the boot to the face of Trish. Vickie gets the pin at 2:30. Just a comedy match here, and yet still longer and better than Hardy vs. Sting. You knew I’d have to get a shot in at that somewhere.
Laycool gets in Snooki’s face post match and the fight is on. Trish makes the save. Snooki raises her arms and the tips of her fingers are equal to the top of Trish’s head. Vickie makes a challenge for a 6 person/Diva/creature tag at Mania. Snooki will do it. Oh sweet goodness I need a blunt object to bash my skull in with.
Sin Cara is still coming. That looks awesome.
Shawn talks about Undertaker. I should point out that it’s 10:58 and we have a main event to go still. Shawn praises Taker as he did HHH last week and nothing of note is said. There’s an aura to the Streak apparently.
Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena
Del Rio grabs a headlock to start and Cena speeds things up. Cole says Rock is here tonight in St. Louis. Del Rio hits the floor and we take a break at 11:05. Ok then. Back with Del Rio getting two off an unseen move. Double knockdown and they slug it out after getting up. Here come the shoulders and Del Rio is in trouble. Five Knuckle Shuffle but Brodus runs in for the DQ at 7:25. Not enough shown to rate again which is rather annoying but that’s life.
Anyway the point here is that Rock’s music plays and HE’S…..someone in a bald wig. That would be Miz I believe. Cena beats up Brodus but the numbers catch up to him. That’s the best bald wig I’ve ever seen. Cena is sent to the floor and Miz beats on him even more. A few mic shots to the head put Cena down. Del Rio and Clay are gone.
Miz suplexes him onto the ramp to mess with his back. Cena fires back but can’t get the FU. Miz DDTs him on the stage and Cena is out. Cena gets rammed into the big WWE sign on the stage as this is going a bit long. Skull Crushing Finale into the same sign and Cena is out cold to end the show. Miz’s face is awesome.
Overall Rating: A-. This was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen….for about an hour and ten minutes. Starting with Orton, the rest of this show just fell apart. Now that being said, it was still very good overall. Cena/Miz/Rock is awesome at this point and the Cole vs. Lawler thing is going to be epic when it finally goes off. This was a very good show and they got things going for Mania even more. That being said, I loathe “celebrities” like the Jersey Shore people so that was a big black mark for me. Other than that, good stuff and even more good building for Mania.
Great Khali b. The Miz via DQ when Alex Riley interfered
Sheamus b. Daniel Bryan – Brogue Kick
Randy Orton b. Mason Ryan – RKO
Vickie Guerrero b. Trish Stratus – Guerrero pinned Stratus after a big boot from Michelle McCool
John Cena b. Alberto Del Rio via DQ when Brodus Clay interfered
I’ll put the review for that up soon.
WRESTLEMANIA IS LOOKING GREAT.
KB are you liking the way Miz has been booked recently as much as Bill Lesnar.
Bill Lesnar has a request…
Saint Valentines day mass 1999.
what do you think?
Another good Review KB. RAW was really good tonight with Cena/Rock/Miz stuff continuing to be awesome. Orton/Punk is great stuff as is the King/Cole Feud as well and with JR in the mix you know something will go down at Wrestlemania,I can’t wait to be at Wrestlemania. Snookie being involved doesn’t bother me and she did better than I thought she would. Sheamus winning the US Title im fine with even though I like Daniel Bryan also.
I think you’re letting your hatred for Snookie cloud your judgment. I hate her too, but I’m not going to act like she actually did anything wrong tonight.
A very good review, and I agree, definitely the best Raw I can remember seeing in a long time. I’m with you on being against celebrities getting involved with wrasslin’…but it just makes so much sense from a business point of view that you really can’t knock it that much. Plus, considering and contrasting some of the tragedies that the guest host concept has birthed, the dwarf chick didn’t seem so out of place….and it seems that Vince could well be guaranteed his million buys with this one, and the mainstream attention this will garner rules out any criticisms I could have of it.
Anyway. Like I said, great review, I’ll be back next week.
Glad to have you. I’ve have one for NXT, Smackdown and Impact also.