TONIGHT: Ashton Kutcher hosts Raw, and there will be a tag match featuring the Fatal Four-Way title contenders: John Cena & Randy Orton vs. Sheamus & Edge. Happy Memorial Day!
-The show opened with Edge in the middle of an attack on Evan Bourne. Apparently, it’s a continuation from a talking segment before they went on the air. Bourne made a comeback, but missed a Shooting Star Press. Edge got the mic and talked about how much he’s been disrespected by guys like Evan Bourne. He said that would stop at Fatal Four-Way, and talked about each opponent he faces at Fatal Four-Way. Edge took issue with the fans taking the side of Randy Orton, and he warned them that the snake will bit them back. He said he’d become WWE Champion at Fatal Four-Way, but then Randy Orton’s music played and he came out.
Edge said everyone knows Orton isn’t 100% and told Orton to look into his eyes, because he’ll be champion. Orton wasn’t fazed, and RKO’d Edge in response. Pretty hot opening that petered out a bit. Crowd didn’t react much at all to Edge name-dropping John Cena the first time in his promo. Orton’s music played to end the segment.
-Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler plugged the tag match tonight featuring Cena & Orton against Edge & Sheamus.
-They also talked about Ashton Kutcher guest-hosting tonight’s Raw. He’s up next.
-Back to the ring with Orton staring at a fallen Edge.
-Ashton was backstage on his Mac, reading smack talk Zack Ryder left on his Twitter. The camera looked a bit different than usual. Eve came in and Ashton complained to her about Ryder. He plugged his new movie, “Killer,” and said he’s putting a hit on Zack Ryder tonight. He said it could be anyone: A referee, Eve, a wrestler, an announcer, or even himself. The Miz walked in and assumed Kutcher wanted to see the biggest WWE Superstar, which is why he was called in. Kutcher laughed at the idea of Miz starring in “Killers 2.” He asked Miz if he was familiar with Raw GM Bret Hart, and they both felt like Miz should have a match tonight. They’ve got a one-night contract with Daniel Bryan, but Miz didn’t seem scared. Lots of shots of this segment on the Titan-Tron. Ashton said Bryan would make Miz tap out. They talked about Ashton’s Nikon Camera until Eve interrupted a possible curse word from Ashton. Kutcher told Miz to get ready for his match.
-Back in the arena, Justin Roberts introduced R-Truth as the new United States Champion.
(1) R-Truth vs. Chris Jericho Sad that Y2J is fighting for a shot at the US Title now. Shoulder knock-down by Jericho, but Truth responded with a hip-toss. Jericho was sent through the second rope and to ringside. Truth flew onto him with a cross-body as they went to break.
Jericho was in full control of Truth out of break. “Y2J” chant from the fans as he continued to wear Truth down. Apparently, the angle is that no one in the locker room believes Truth is a long-term champion. Slap to the face by Jericho, but Truth fired back with a forearm. Off the ropes, and Truth met Jericho with a head-scissors. Boot to the face for two. The tide turned again, with Jericho hitting a running bulldog out of the corner. Lionsault missed and both men were down. Axe kick missed and Jericho set up for the Walls of Jericho. Truth fought out though and gave Jericho a front suplex that could’ve been ugly. Truth missed a kick and Jericho successfully locked in the Walls. Truth countered with a cradle for the three-count.
Winner: Truth, at 9:46. Good enough match, but sad to see Jericho this far down the card.
-Another plug aired for the main event tag tonight.
-Lawler thanked Toby Mac for “Showstopper,” the official Fatal Four-Way theme song.
-The announcers talked about how Batista quit last week, rather than face Randy Orton. Then we saw clips of Batista’s interview and Bret Hart’s ultimatum.
-Zack Ryder and Alicia Fox were backstage, talking to someone off-camera. It was Bret Hart. He said he has bigger things on his plate than worrying about a hit being out on Ryder. Zack and Alicia took off, and the Hart Dynasty walked in. Tyson Kidd asked who attacked them last week, and Bret said it was the Uso Brothers, and he signed them. He asked the Dynasty what they were going to do about the attack. They game-planned as the segment ended.
-Santino Marella and Eve Torres came out for a mixed tag match that will take place after the break.
(2) Eve Torres & Santino Marella vs. Maryse & William Regal Santino got the mic before the match and once again quizzed Vladimir Kozlov on why he doesn’t want to team with him. Santino said that if Vlad is his tag partner, Eve has agreed to make love to him. Eve objected, and Santino said he meant Eve would love for them to be a tag team. He put over his cobra finisher and the match began.
Maryse and Eve started things off, and Eve hit a terrible dropkick that simply hit Maryse in the hand that she put up to block her face. She really needs to work on that. Santino got a chant when he and Regal came in. Regal got the best of him and even locked in the Regal Stretch, but Eve broke it up. As the ref tended to the women brawling in the ring, Kzolov interfered and gave his finisher to Regal. Pretty decent pop, too. Kozlov then headed to the back, with Maryse in tow. Marella rolled over and picked up the win.
Winners: Marella & Eve, at 2:31. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, we apparently have a new tag team on Raw.
-Bret Hart was walking backstage. He’s headed to the ring to make an announcement about next week’s show.
-The annual Memorial Day video package aired, honoring our troops past and present.
-Bret Hart came out. He talked about how much fun he’s having as Raw GM. In fact, he got together with Smackdown GM Teddy Long and apparently, next week, all the superstars from Raw and Smackdown will be at the show next week. Live crowd, of course, wasn’t as hot about that idea. Bret said that next week, it’ll even be three hours to fit in all the fun and games. Ugh. Bret said the fans will even be allowed to participate, if they have any ideas. He said the same goes for the wrestlers in the back. He said next week will be a night to remember. Then Ted DiBiase and Virgil interrupted, coming down to the ring perhaps with a suggestion! It can’t be a good sign that Bret is looking for ideas this soon into his regime.
DiBiase did have a suggestion: He wanted to be GM for the night; complete control, in fact. He said he’d be willing to pay Hart and Teddy Long whatever it takes. DiBiase said Hart isn’t too good to be bought, and that everybody has a price. He said Bret came back to take the GM role because he’s short on money, so he told Bret to name his price. But Ashton Kutcher on the TitanTron interrupted. He suggested that next week be the first ever Raw Viewer’s Choice, where fans pick the matches, stipulations and everything. That sounds familiar. DiBiase didn’t like the idea, but Hart implemented it anyway. Uh-oh….Mr. McMahon’s music hit and the Chairman walked out. He wasn’t missing any bravado from after his Wrestlemania match.
Vince asked for one more ovation from the fans, then said Bret looks 10 years older than the last time he saw him. McMahon reminisced about taking a steel chair to the back 18 times at ‘Mania. Vince asked if Bret got it all out of his system then and Bret said he got most of it out. “You tapped out” chant for Vince, which he indulged briefly. He said he didn’t really tap. Vince said Bret jumped at the opportunity to become GM. McMahon said people are asking why he would OK that. DiBiase wasn’t in the ring anymore, by the way. Vince suggested that maybe he’s setting Hart up for something bigger, or maybe keeping his enemies closer. McMahon promised Bret that he’d tune in next week, but also, that Bret will have some difficult decisions to make. He said he’d have to treat the fans like children. McMahon wished Bret luck, but he wasn’t buying it. He called last week a “triumphant return” for someone who was banished from the same show 13 years ago. He said he hoped Bret’s return has a happy ending. Vince tried to get the fans to cheer for him again as his music played. Bret couldn’t help but laugh at Vince and his strut.
-Ryder was talking to someone off camera and asked Randy Orton how he knows Orton isn’t the one that was picked to take him out. Orton said they wouldn’t be having this conversation if he was the one chosen to take him out. Mendes said she knew how to find out who it was. As they walked off, a door was closed by Edge on Orton’s injured arm. Orton writhed on the ground as a production assistant called for help.
-They showed what happened just prior to the break. The announcers wondered if Orton would be able to team with Sheamus for the main event or not.
(3) The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan Bryan got some punches in as Cole called it a closed-fist. Miz worked him over with elbows as he called Bryan a “loser.” Corner clothesline by Miz, who then went to the top. He came off with a shot to Bryan as Cole picked on Bryan for being a vegan. Bryan put Miz in a cross-face after Miz got too cute with him. Miz turned it into a roll-up, but Bryan countered with one of his own for the win.
Winner: Bryan, at 2:07. The look on Cole’s face after the match was priceless.
Miz beat-down Bryan after the match. He put Bryan by the announce table and told him to apologize for real. Instead, Bryan turned around and threw Miz over the table and onto Cole. Bryan looked on, pleased, from the ramp, as Cole and Miz looked perturbed.
-Cole was just getting back situated at the broadcast table as he talked about being assaulted by Bryan. Lawler said he was assaulted like the Usos assaulted the Harts last week, then the Slam of the Week aired showing a replay of that situation.
-The Usos and the Snuka girl were in the ring, dressed in street clothes. They said everyone is wondering who they are, and where they’ve come from. One of them said the only way to make a name for themselves…but they were interrupted by a “you suck” chant. He said they were standing tall, along with their girl Tamina. The other one said that the Harts aren’t the only family who runs deep in the industry- they date back to the Wild Samoans. They assured us they weren’t the typical wrestling Samoans (thank God). Tamina got the mic and said they respect where the Harts come from, but their families don’t get the same respect the Harts do. She said that her father, Jimmy Snuka, was put in a corner at the first Wrestlemania, but that won’t happen anymore. She said they were here to dominate. The Harts’ music played and they came out. The two teams brawled and the Hart Attack was set up, but Tamina tripped up Kidd. She clotheslined Natalya as the Usos took it to the Harts in the ring. They lined up for stereo splashes off the top again, and landed them. Oh, too bad they didn’t get Rikishi’s “Bad Man” theme they used in FCW! Lawler, on commentary, mentioned the boys were Rikishi’s sons.
-They showed the confrontation between Randy Orton and Edge from earlier tonight. The announcers said that Orton was officially out of action, and speculated on whether or not Cena would go it alone in the tag match, or if he would find a partner.
-Zack Ryder and Alicia Fox came to the ring. Ryder seemed disgusted at the thought of someone putting out a hit on Long Island Iced Z. Ryder said he’s out now, demanding Kutcher tell him who the person is. Is it Khali? Ryder said he could double Ashton’s Twitter followers in a day if he wanted to. Kutcher came on the Titan-Tron and said he’d tell Ryder. From behind, Jerry Lawler snuck into the ring with a chair. Ryder backed away, but Lawler just sat in the chair. Kutcher said it wasn’t Jerry….and instead, the Great Khali came out. I thought he was supposed to go away? Ashton said it wasn’t Khali either, so Ryder got back in the ring and Goldust came out. It wasn’t him either. Ryder said he was paranoid and just wanted to know who it was, and that he was sorry for the Twitter war. Fox took the mic and said she was tired of the games Ashton was playing. She dropped the mic and Ryder went to pick it up, but she gave him her axe kick. That’s the joke. Ashton said that’s what happens when Ryder messes with his Twitter followers. Woo woo woo. You known it. No heat for this segment at all.
-Edge and Sheamus had a pow-wow backstage. Edge suggested they weaken Cena, but Sheamus warned Edge that if he takes advantage at his expense, it’ll be the last mistake Edge makes.
-WWE Classics On Demand focus: Junkyard Dog.
-Next week’s guest host: The cast of the movie, the A-Team. Also, it’ll be a three-hour viewer’s choice episode.
-The heels made their entrance, as did John Cena. Cena reiterated that Edge took out Orton and left him with no partner. He said he could choose anyone, though, since everyone hates Edge and Sheamus. Are you serious? It’s Evan Bourne!
(4) Edge & Sheamus vs. John Cena & Evan Bourne Man, Bourne even looks small standing next to Cena. Edge pounded away at Cena to start. Cena came back by bulldogging Edge out of the corner. Bourne tagged in and double-stomped Edge’s arm. He worked Edge’s arm until Edge stopped him. Headscissors by Bourne and some more high octane offense for Edge. Edge bailed to ringside as they went to break less than three minutes in.
Cena and Sheamus were brawling in the ring out of break, in a nice change-of-pace, and Bourne tagged in to get in some shots on Sheamus, who has squashed him on more than one occasion. Edge came in and applied to boots to Bourne. Hey, is that sign guy in the front row? Cole called Edge “the master psychologist.” Bourne plays a good face-in-peril, which he did for much of this middle part of the match. Nice big boot by Edge for two. Cena tried to cheer him on from the apron. Enziguiri by Bourne put Edge on the mat. Both men made tags and it was a hot one for Cena. He tried to get Sheamus up for the Attitude Adjustment but Sheamus countered. He ran into a boot from Bourne and Cena landed it anyway. He dodged a spear by Edge and tagged Bourne, who hit the Shooting Star Press on Sheamus for the win.
Winners: Cena & Bourne, at 11:18. Did that really just happen? I guess because it’s Memorial Day, they figure no one will be watching anyway, so why not give Bourne a pinfall in the main event.
-The baby faces celebrated after the match as the show faded out.
It is pretty sad to see Jericho to see him down the ladder (again). I was not too thrilled when the announcers said if Jericho won, it would put him in the US title hunt (that is a bad sign).
The Usos have not been in a regular match yet but I already like them (and perhaps it is because they are different and are not too bad on the mic).
And it looks like we have another new tag team soon with Santino and Koslov (and a very ugly chokeslam to Regal I may add). May I introduce to you your new tag team...'Future Endeavored'!....I tried but there is always next time.
Nice to see Evan Bourne on Raw and actually pick up the W. I would like to see Evan Bourne in the US title mix because he is fun to watch in the ring and would well in the mid-card title chase.
Also, I would have like to see Daniel Bryan get a more convincing win via submission instead of a 2 minute match like we have seen for so many weeks on NXT (give the guy some time to show how much he can wrestle).
Hey, so, Bryan seems like a face. That was not the best moment for the ref to take an extra second to check both shoulders before counting the pin.
Did the Usos forget to mention they were Rikishi's sons and so Lawler had to throw that in? It's not something he'd mention unprompted. Thought they were being purposefully unspecific as to not remind us what happened to Rikishi, especially since Tamina made sure to mention her father.
I could watch a show of Santino inaudibly reacting to events.
It seems like they're going somewhere with the Jericho losses; they made a lot of him being distraught with this one.
DiBase is maybe not yet cleared from his concussion and that's why they're wedging him onto these shows in pointless ways?
They must've taken this show somewhat seriously if they brought back Vince for it, instead of just teasing it for next week's three hour show.
Zach Ryder got a good deal of tv time but oy was the payoff to the whole thing terrible. Good to see Bourne in the Main Event a get the pin but let's see them build on this. Dibiase just doesn't work pretty much playing a character that his dad pulled off perfectely. I had Vince coming back around Summerslam in the pool but with all the mentions of him lately not a surprise at all that he's back on tv already.
Love that the Usos were talking about not being the stereotypical Samoans while talking like stereotypical gangsta rappers. Other than that minor quibble, I have become VERY interested in their feud with the Hart Dynasty. The buildup has been awesome and I actually can't wait for a blowoff. Let's see if these guys can bring it in the ring.
The cast of the A-Team is guest hosting next week? What are the odds we see Rampage booked in a tag match? I'd love to see the Miz or someone mention Rashad Evans to his face.
As much as I absolutely love watching Cole get physically abused on a weekly basis, I have no idea how this issue with Daniel Bryan plays out. Nor do I have any idea who ends up as the face when all is said and done.
Originally posted by It's FalseLove that the Usos were talking about not being the stereotypical Samoans while talking like stereotypical gangsta rappers.
Ironic, maybe, because 3 Minute Warning dressed in hip-hop clothes. (Not actually ironic.)
Originally posted by It's FalseThe cast of the A-Team is guest hosting next week? What are the odds we see Rampage booked in a tag match? I'd love to see the Miz or someone mention Rashad Evans to his face.
Odds are low and I think the real test will be whether or not they'll even say "UFC" instead of something like "mixed martial arts champion." But if he's actually in the building I guess it's an improvement. Bradley Cooper is one of the biggest stars they've had.
Originally posted by It's FalseAs much as I absolutely love watching Cole get physically abused on a weekly basis, I have no idea how this issue with Daniel Bryan plays out. Nor do I have any idea who ends up as the face when all is said and done.
Still not sure who the face is? Really?
Between Michael Tarver and the one Uso, there has been a great new trend of wrestlers wearing scarves.
"One night contract" + pinning Miz + punking Cole made that seem like the blowoff of both Bryan vs. Miz AND Bryan vs. Cole before he goes to start over on Smackdown. Kind of disappointing that after four months' build, Miz/Daniel went all of two minutes.
Booking of Bourne was mystifying. In a good way, but still mystifying. It's like it was supposed to be John Morrison but he wasn't ready yet or something.
Ashton Kutcher said woo woo woo you know it = A+ show.
Originally posted by Alby
Originally posted by It's FalseLove that the Usos were talking about not being the stereotypical Samoans while talking like stereotypical gangsta rappers.
Ironic, maybe, because 3 Minute Warning dressed in hip-hop clothes. (Not actually ironic.)
Gangsta rappers don't talk about stealing scholarships! 3MW memorial assisted Samoan drop
Cole blasted Bryan for not owning a TV and for being a vegan. That makes Cole a heel and Bryan the face. Cole blasts Bryan's "minor league" accomplishments; 95% of wrestlers develop in the minors and many fans attend indy matches - to diminish that disrespects veterans and fans: Cole is still a heel.
I would really like to see Miz and Danielson work a real match at some point. They were working super stiff, and it looked brutal and fantastic. I was also very surprised, and very happy, when Bourne came out for the main event. Tagging with Cena is a real plus for anyone's career, and Cena seemed to be doing everything in his power last night to make sure Bourne got over while he was out there with him.
It was an ok Raw, I saw the Bret/Vince and Edge/Orton skits and the ME. Its good they are moving Bourne up the ladder, but that has more to do with the lack of faces who can wrestle on the show. I am thinking Orton is out of the the 4 way at the PPV with the skit. Evan could be Raw's version of Rey if he continues to be booked properly and works on getting a personality. I am not loving where Bret/Vince is going. Do we really need Vince screwing around with another face GM? I am thinking Bret is going to strip Cena of the title down the road and hand it to a heel. I am not sure that will get the desired heel heat on Bret since Cena as champ is boring as hell. I do agree John did everything in his power to help Evan look great. Its just him being champion does nothing for the show.
He's over with the fans, moves merch, and has consistently good matches. I'd say him being champ does plenty for the show.
Maybe I'm misreading it, but I thought the Bret/Vince segment played like they were closing the loophole of Bret getting the job in the first place whilst giving the Mr McMahon persona a lap of honour. Hence the cheering bit at the end. I don't necessarily think that was there to set up more Bret/Vince shenanigans. Maybe an eventual Bret heel turn, if that.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Bryan/Miz have a rematch on RAW with Cole assisting Miz to win to setup a match at Fatal 4 Way.
As for the Uso's I thinkt ehy need to work a bit on thier pacing as they kinda lost me midway through the promo. However props to not being the sterotypical fat Samoan Wrestlers. Would love to see them bust out the no-sell head shots though.
But seeing them I had to check Wikipedia to see how old they were and how old Rikishi was. Rikishi is 44 and they are turning 25 in a few months. So Rikishi was 19 when they were born.
With all the talk about the Usos, I'm surprised to see no mention of the premature splash-ulation by one of them. Is that the same one who had problems with his splash last week too, or a different one? Might not be the best choice for a finishing move if he messes it up his first two times in the spotlight.
This is a really random question but I was curious. I happened to flip through the channels the other day and came across the spanish version of Raw and I noticed that the camera style was noticeably different - much more similar to the style I've seen in WCW and TNA (more camera angles from the crowd, close ups from the ring angled up, a closer camera angle on the entrance ramp and a generally darker atmosphere.
Do they have separate production crews for the two versions? How does that work? Sorry, I just thought it was interesting (or perhaps there was just really nothing else on!)
I actually thought this Raw was pretty good. I thought the Lawler and Michael Cole interchange during the Miz/Bryan match was good. It made me realize how much I'd love to see a heel/face dynamic to the announce team again rather then just having to play-by-play guys (Chris Jericho would be perfect for this, hint hint!).
Loved the main event and it was nice to see Bourne get the pin (I figured that he would just disappear after the hot tag). I love the Hart Dynasty stuff, too.
I was dreading the Kutcher stuff because I can't STAND him but it was pretty decent - well, at least the first bit with the Miz. The second bit with the "hit" was just plain stupid and didn't really pay off at all. I didn't like Eve's whole "we're PG" remark too.
Overall a pretty good show - surprisingly I think there was less sports entertainment stuff then TNA on this one (which is strange).
Speaking of the whole PG thing.....it's interesting they have a Christian artist (tobyMac) providing the theme for Fatal Fourway.
A good show. Not earth shattering or anything, but a good show. I'm liking Sheamus these days, he seems to be doing a lot of little things. I also like the whole "Daniel Bryan" situation, and it certainly seems as if he can go to Smackdown now based on "Teddy Long as so impressed he gave him a contract".
You know, I really don't know what to put here. Close your eyes and thank of something funny!
Originally posted by geemoney-The Usos and the Snuka girl were in the ring, dressed in street clothes. They said everyone is wondering who they are, and where they’ve come from. One of them said the only way to make a name for themselves…but they were interrupted by a “you suck” chant. He said they were standing tall, along with their girl Tamina. The other one said that the Harts aren’t the only family who runs deep in the industry- they date back to the Wild Samoans. They assured us they weren’t the typical wrestling Samoans (thank God). Tamina got the mic and said they respect where the Harts come from, but their families don’t get the same respect the Harts do. She said that her father, Jimmy Snuka, was put in a corner at the first Wrestlemania, but that won’t happen anymore. She said they were here to dominate. The Harts’ music played and they came out. The two teams brawled and the Hart Attack was set up, but Tamina tripped up Kidd. She clotheslined Natalya as the Usos took it to the Harts in the ring. They lined up for stereo splashes off the top again, and landed them. Oh, too bad they didn’t get Rikishi’s “Bad Man” theme they used in FCW! Lawler, on commentary, mentioned the boys were Rikishi’s sons.
That could be a basis for a feud with Cena down the line....
Also, Long Island Ice Z is my new favorite nickname for a wrestler, maybe ever.
Written largely to be used as the IWS' Wikipedia entry which accounts for the use of wrestler's real names. I fundamentally refuse to break kayfabe for masked wrestlers though. We will see how long the Wikipedia entry lasts before it gets vandalized.