- Fireworks and gratuitous crowd shots opened the show from HBK’s hometown of San Antonio, Texas. The first star to come out was John Cena. You’re shocked, I know. But as Cena spoke, Alex Riley interrupted his first words. Riley was on the stage in a suit, saying he’s seen the song and dance before. Riley cued up a video package of Miz’s greatest hits on Cena. Riley then introduced the most must-see champion in WWE history, the Miz. Miz and Riley both came to the ring. Riley continued talking, chastising the fans for not believing in The Miz. He got some cheap heat by blasting the Spurs. Crowd chanted “you suck” at the pair. Riley said Miz would never utter “I Quit.” Cena, who has “such a great voice” according to my girlfriend, called Miz stupid, then made fun of him for playing with My Little Pony and liking the Jonas Brothers. Cena said Miz is going to need a set of testicles for an I Quit match. Cena reminded Miz he already said he respected him, but there’s a reason he chose this match: he can look into Miz’s eyes and see fear. He said Miz is wondering, “how bad am I going to get hurt on Sunday?” After Over the Limit, instead of saying, “I’m the Miz and I’m awesome,” he’ll be saying, “I’m the Miz, and I quit.” The GM e-mailed Michael Cole at this point.
He said that since Cena made the stip for Over the Limit, he’ll allow Miz to name the kind of match, and opponent, for Cena tonight (as long as it doesn’t involve Miz or Riley). Miz said he didn’t know who it’d be yet, or the stipulation, but he knows one thing for sure: It’s going to be awesome. Miz’s music played to send the show to break.
- Josh Mathews plugged WWE.com’s list of top trash talkers.
(1) Kofi Kingston vs. CM Punk During Punk’s entrance, he told the rest of Nexus to stay at the top of the ramp. Jumping back elbow by Kingston, then a dropkick, and Punk found himself on the outside. The other Nexus members started to come to ringside to give him a hand, but Punk told them to stay. Baseball slide by Kofi, and Punk was covered in the ring for two. Punk brought Kofi’s throat down over the top rope and turned the tables on the man from Ghana. Snap mare, then a knee-drop by Punk. The announcers had a discussion about faith, and Nexus having faith in Punk. Punk went to the top, but Kofi kicked him in the head. Kingston then perched himself on the top turnbuckle and landed a high cross-body for two. Kofi began to feel it, and connected on the Boom Drop. Kofi set up for the Trouble in Paradise but missed. Punk had his GTS reversed into a roll-up for two. Kofi missed a dive on Punk in the corner, so Punk gave the GTS to Kofi. He got the three-count.
Winner: Punk, at 3:54. Surprised they gave the win to Punk here. He sure needed it.
Punk then sat down on the ramp in front of Nexus, and he had a mic. He said he just showed leadership by example. He’s heard the rumors of Nexus not being formidable, so it’s no more Mr. Nice Punk anymore. He said he wouldn’t stop until Nexus became the most dominant force the WWE Universe had ever seen. Then they gave the Nation of Domination extended arm with closed fist sign.
- Backstage, Miz was talking to Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler. We couldn’t hear anything they said, but the announcers speculated on what was being discussed.
- Tonight, the Over the Limit contract signing, with Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler.
(2) Kelly Kelly vs. Brie Bella This is a non-title match. Brie worked Kelly’s arm, but Kelly landed a forearm smash. Thesz Press by Kelly, then Nikki helped out illegally. Cover got two. Missed legdrop by Brie, then Kelly slapped her in the ass. Twisting headscissors take-down by Kelly. Handspring back-elbow found the mark, as did the face-buster. Two-count there. Kelly tripped Brie, then rolled her up for the three.
Winner: Kelly, at 1:52. Well, it was better than the Divas tag match from last week. I guess Kelly has the next shot at the Divas Title.
The Bellas double-teamed Kelly after the match, including a face-buster by one of the Bellas. Then Kharma came out. Kelly was out in the corner, but the Bellas didn’t run like last week. Kharma went to look at Kelly, and one of the Bellas attacked Kharma from behind. That had no effect. Kharma caught a punch and threw her down, then caught the other who tried a cross-body. The first Bella left the ring and Kharma slammed the second one. Beautiful Implant Buster on the second Bella. She even sold it well. She began to stalk Kelly next. Kharma picked Kelly up by the chin, took off her glove, and flicked her in the forehead. Then she laughed and walked away.
- Miz appeared to be recruiting Big Show backstage. Again, we couldn’t really hear, but Show didn’t seem all that interested.
- John Cena faces a mystery opponent in a yet-to-be-named stipulation match, later tonight.
- They showed the exterior of The Alamo in San Antonio.
- Next up was a behind-the-scenes look at “That’s What I Am.”
- Rey Mysterio came out. During his entrance, they showed Mysterio getting attacked by R-Truth after the match last week. Mysterio said he came out to speak the truth, and threw in a little Spanish. He talked about Truth attacking him from behind and said he never lost it when he’s been passed over before. Rey said he isn’t the type to blame others for his own problems, and doesn’t blame others when he doesn’t get his way. But he does want to call out the guy who jumped him, so he can handle his business like a man. So he asked for Truth to come out. Rey continued to wait as they went to break.
- Rey continued waiting for Truth in the ring, but instead, Alberto Del Rio’s music played. He rode into the arena in style as Ricardo Rodriguez announced him from the top of the ramp. Del Rio had a mic in hand as well, and began his promo as per his usual, from the ramp. Del Rio got serious and blamed Rey for costing him the win last week. He said Rey doesn’t even deserve to be on the same show as him. He said he was a full-blooded Mexican, unlike those from San Antonio. ADR then got into the ring amid “you suck” chants. Del Rio said this country begged him to come here, gave him everything to come here. But the people in the crowd came here like a bunch of rats. Rey interrupted, saying he wasn’t going to let ADR disrespect his people. Rey said he was proud to be an American and a Chicano, and if Truth wasn’t going to come out, he’d have no problem taking it to Del Rio. Suddenly, there was a ref and a bell ringing. I wonder what it’d be like if that happened during disagreements in real life.
(3) Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio After the two fought into the corner, Rey was on the top rope, but ADR came off the second rope, bringing Rey’s arm across both his knees. They went to break :52 in, with Rey’s arm in a bad way.
Back at 3:50 of the match, with Rey attempting to come back on one arm. He landed a bulldog, but Del Rio came back with a clothesline. The crowd makes me proud, as the “twooooo” chants are in full force. Del Rio took stood on Rey’s left arm and stepped on it. He got another two-count and appeared frustrated at that fact. Mathews re-set things at the top of the hour, and Rey began to comeback. It was short-lived, as ADR landed an enziguiri. Low dropkick by Del Rio for one. Rey got back to his feet and snap-mared Del Rio off of him. Kick to the chops by Rey, then Del Rio missed a dropkick and flew through the middle ropes and to ringside. R-Truth’s voice was heard over the PA. Truth was found in the second deck, yelling about Rey stealing his spot and told everyone to call the cops on Rey. Rey’s attention was diverted and ADR came back into the ring. Springboard cross-body by Rey for two. Rey dropped the dime from the top, then set Del Rio up for the 619. Rodriguez interfered on Del Rio’s behalf, drawing the DQ.
Winner: Rey, via DQ, at 9:24. Pretty good (and hot) match, and points for announcing the official decision, rare for a DQ with post-match happenings.
After the match, Del Rio went off the top and landed on Rey. He left the ring, and as Mysterio got to his feet, Truth ran in and attacked from behind. “You suck” chants for Truth, who yelled at Rey about taking his spot, then hit his Paydirt finisher. Truth asked for a mic and asked Rey who he thinks he is. “What” chants greeted Truth. He said no one challenges him…he makes the challenges. He yelled for Rey to look at him and said this Sunday, Rey “gon get got.” That’s a rough translation. Truth punched Rey a couple more times in the head, then stomped him. Truth, dressed all in black, left the ring and appeared to be talking to himself.
- More Miz, as he was backstage talking to Punk and Mason Ryan.
- John Cena vs. ??? tonight. Looks like Alex Riley, actually.
- But next, the official contract signing between Lawler and Cole.
- Cole, Jack Swagger, and Lawler were all in the ring for the contract signing. Cole said Lawler couldn’t let well enough alone, saying he challenged him last week and it was graciously accepted by his friend Swagger. He told King he’d only sign the contract if Lawler reiterated what would happen if Cole won. Lawler reminded Cole that he has never beaten him legitimately. He said he’d give Cole his Hall-of-Fame ring (which he showed off), and he’d personally induct Cole into the H.O.F. Cole signed the contract and Lawler did as well. Full disclosure: Cole said Lawler didn’t read the fine print in the contract….on page two, it says the match will be a Kiss My Foot match. Cole said he’d make Lawler do exactly what he made JR do last month. We then saw the clip of the foot-kissing. Cole ragged on JR some more. He also said he made this match because King has experience in Kiss My Foot matches, kissing the foot of a superior athlete. Then he showed Bret Hart sticking his foot down Lawler’s throat from 1995, the putting his own foot in his mouth. “I actually remember this…” said Mathews. Good for you! Cole told Lawler to look at his foot, and he showed off his gross athlete’s foot. Then he said he’d shove it down Lawler’s throat.
King told him to shut up and said Cole is no Bret Hart. In fact, he’s no Jack Swagger. Lawler said he respects what Swagger can do in the ring (he’s a former World Champ), but Cole has made Swagger into a lowly sidekick. Cole said no one remembers him as World Champ, and in fact, some people think he’s been helped by being with Cole. Swagger got right behind Cole, clearly unhappy with the accusations. Swagger said he wasn’t Cole’s sidekick. The mic wasn’t working, but Swagger wished Cole good luck Sunday, then walked out. Cole said he didn’t mean anything by that, that it was just a figure of speech. “Jerry” chants from the crowd. Cole hung his head, then turned around to face Lawler. Cole then tried sucking up to King, saying they go way back, and calling him “buddy.” He said he respects everything Lawler has done in the ring. Lawler told Cole to stop and said it’s too late for that. He grabbed Cole’s tie and brought him face-down on the table. Lawler said he’s been sticking his foot in his mouth for months, so Sunday, Lawler is going to stick his foot in Cole’s mouth, and close it. The table flipped, and Cole began crying on the ground. Not a bad segment for a feud that’s on its last legs (and that’s being kind).
- Miz was talking to Kane backstage. Big Show walked up and he and Kane walked away, as they have a tag match against Nexus next.
- Kudos were sent to Rise Against for “Help is on the Way,” the official Over the Limit theme.
- Lawler and Cole were back on commentary. Cole said he wasn’t an athlete, then threw his headset down on his desk.
(4) Kane & The Big Show vs. David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty Big Show and Kane take on CM Punk and Mason Ryan for the tag titles at the PPV. Cole was back and kept apologizing to Lawler. Kane and McG were the first in the ring. Punk and Ryan joined them at ringside. Kane got the advantage with a slam and a low dropkick for two. Show tagged in and slapped McGilly in the chest. He weaseled out of a slam and went to work on Show’s legs. Tag to Otunga, who dropkicked the leg of Show. Big boot to the face of Show for one. Frequent tags by Nexus, as they worked over his leg for the better part of two minutes. Show grabbed Otunga by the throat at the 3:10 mark, then dropped him with a back suplex. Kane made the hot tag at 3:50 and proceeded to crush son of Mr. Perfect. Two count off a side slam. He went to the top and clotheslined McGillicutty. He booted Otunga in the shoulder on a run-in. Speaking of which, Mason Ryan ran in the ring to distract Kane, then ran out. Show ran him over at ringside, and Kane grabbed McGillicutty by the throat. Punk interfered and McGillicutty was able to finish Kane by nailing him in the head.
Winners: Otunga and McGillicutty, at 4:51. The heat segment on Show really dragged, but the rest was fine.
- Miz was backstage in a weirdly-lit hallway (for effect I’m sure!) talking to R-Truth.
- Cena faces a Miz-chosen opponent tonight.
- The WWE All-Stars video game was plugged, and they showed The Rock taking on John Cena, next year’s Wrestlemania main event, in the game.
- More outside shots of San Antonio, this time, the Riverwalk.
- They previewed the Over the Limit card, and Lawler said he’d be facing Cole in a match Cole created (I’m sure he meant “wanted”).
- Backstage, Scott Stanford was with Big Show and Kane. Stanford asked about their mindset, and Show said it doesn’t really affect them heading into the PPV. Show said he and Kane are the Alpha and the Omega, and that Ryan and Punk are just bumps in the road. Kane said Punk was in all his glory tonight, but Sunday, it will be Nexus’s annihilation. Both were still selling their match, which was nice.
- John Cena was walking backstage. He ran into some techies and Zack Ryder (again!). Ryder gave him his t-shirt, and Cena threw it over his shoulder as he continued walking.
- The Miz and Alex Riley came out. He got right to it, saying Cena will fight in a No Holds Barred Match. Miz called Cena out, so he obliged. He paused to look at Miz, but Jack Swagger blind-sided Cena. He’s Cena’s opponent, so the ref rang the bell. Interesting, since it looked like they were setting up a Swagger face turn earlier.
(5) John Cena vs. Jack Swagger – No Holds Barred Match The fight went to the ring, where Swagger stayed on offense. Miz and Riley continued to look on from the stage. Swagger was whipped into the buckle, but he caught Cena with a back elbow. Body blows by Swagger in the corner. Cena was sent chest-first into the opposite corner. Dueling Cena chants from the San Antonio faithful. Suplex by Swagger, followed by a Vader bomb for two at 2:19. They went to break at 2:30.
The show returned with 6:00 having elapsed in the match. Swagger continued on the assault of Cena, wearing him down in the middle of the ring. During the break, Swagger was sent over the announce table, and Swagger retaliated by pushing Cena into the ring post. More on the outside, where Cena was thrown into the exposed railing in front of the timekeeper. In the ring, a two-count was registered by Swagger. Swagger took a steel chair and belted Cena in the back. He got a two-count at 8:01 of the match. Vader Bomb on Cena with the chair over Cena’s chest. I don’t know that Swagger really sold that enough, because it should’ve taken a toll on him too. Swagger placed the chair between the ropes in the corner, but Cena made his comeback of shoulder tackles. Cena jumped into Swagger’s arms, and Swagger awkwardly slammed him into the mat. He then applied the ankle-lock at 9:43. Cena managed to counter and side-stepped Swagger, who went head-first into the steel chair. Cena nursed the ankle while both men recovered. Cena again came back with his signature offense. Attitude Adjustment on Swagger, then the STF. Swagger tapped.
Winner: Cena, via submission, at 11:20. Swagger came out of that one looking pretty good.
Miz mockingly cheered Cena, then said it was “very, very, very impressive.” He told Cena to cherish this feeling, because there are so many ways to make someone say, “I quit.” He showed what he could do to Cena, using the stage, the crane camera, the steel steps (as Miz and Riley came to the ring) or something under the ring. Riley found a pipe under the ring. Miz said there are a million ways to beat Cena, stuff Cena could never think of. He said he’s more ruthless than anyone Cena has ever faced. He said he found a way that Cena has never even seen before. He warned Cena, and guaranteed that after their match at Over the Limit, he’ll be the new WWE Champion. Miz said Cena was looking at him as if he didn’t believe a word he was saying. No, actually he wasn’t. He actually looked worried. Miz said he had no problem using the pipe tonight. Cena fended off Riley’s advance, but Miz nailed Cena with the pipe. Cena took out Miz’s knee and hit him with it, and hit Riley with it several times. Cena got a mic and said Miz should bring a million more ways to beat him, as he has a beating of a lifetime coming on Sunday. He said Miz WILL say “I quit.” Cole had to give the hard-sell as the show went off the air, despite his dour attitude earlier. Cole all of a sudden got confident and said Lawler will be kissing his foot. The show went off the air with Miz and Cena staring at each other.
Memo to Josh Matthews: Referring to a chair as "the great equalizer" in a one-on-one match is nonsense. The idea of a chair as "the great equalizer" only applies when a person is outnumbered, because a chair would then even the odds. Hence, the term "the great equalizer." You are a moron.
God, the Swagger thing is another obvious red herring. That's twice they've done that with him. At what point does Swagger look like an idiot and/or pussy for running back to Cole?
I don't how long it's been since the Nexus guys stopped wearing their Nexus tights, but it makes me think the group's not long for this world. In fact, with Punk declaring he's "leading by example," the group is pretty much going down the exact same path at the SES. Hell, they even brought along Big Show, just to make the parallel that much more apt.
Of all the people The Miz could have chosen to be Cena's opponent, he chose Jack Swagger?! What about Mason Ryan, Dolph Ziggler or Drew McIntyre? (Actually, if they ever again get serious about pushing McIntyre as a ruthless, dangerous individual, I'd love to see him face some of the top guys in WWE).
But given that Mason Ryan recently wiped out both The Big Show and Kane, I'd have chosen him.
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Wow, an 8-post RAW thread? I guess that Rock-inspired boost has totally dissipated. A lacklustre show. Michael Cole really is becoming the strongest incentive in years to not watch this show. Ross' return really made me long for the days of old, but that was really only so that JR could be humiliated last week for 823 637th time. Which is supposed to be a charm. God, in 2003 we thought JR sucked, what with his shoddy calling of moves, but Ross at his absolute worst and most incoherent is still a thousand times better than anyone they've got now, and the Cole shenanigans has just made everyone worse. I think Lee Marshall would be a good addition at this point.
Did they try to babyface Lawler in that footage of him kissing Bret's foot? Y'know, he did harrass the guy for like a year before that, trash his elderly parents, attack him with a throne, beat him over the head with crutches...Ah never mind. They don't care, so I guess I shouldn't either.
Still, the main event and the Kofi/Punk match saved this show from being completely useless. How is Over the Limit this Sunday? Is that the shortest time between PPVs ever? I wouldn't be shocked if this one does even less than Extreme Rules is projected to have done...perhaps under 80 000 buys? Let's try to catch TNA! Entertainment matters.
I flipped it on during Lawler/Cole and just gave up. If any one feud this year and any one match is killing me in the WWE, its this one. It ruined Mania and it keeps taking up valuable time on Raw for other guys. R-Truth's beatdown of Rey was great. R-Truth is really the only guy I find interesting on the show now. Morrison is hurt, Punk is in this weird no place zone probably due to his contract, ADR is lost in the shuffle and Miz/A-Rie/Cena is just boring to watch. They should have sent Cena to Smackdown and let Orton carry the ball for a bit.
McGILLICUTTY PINS KANE THE GENESIS OF McGILLICUTTY IS COMPLETE
Originally posted by odessastepsWhy did the bella leave her sister
b/c Kharma is supes dupes scary
to get bitch clamped?
THAT IS NOT THE BITCH CLAMP, this is a stereotype of bitches that they all do a clamp.
Originally posted by ekedolphinOf all the people The Miz could have chosen to be Cena's opponent, he chose Jack Swagger?! What about ... Dolph Ziggler or Drew McIntyre?
Wha? What's the difference?
Originally posted by GuinnessMiz - after tonight, I'm leaning towards Miz using somebody to torture a close loved one of Cena. I know that we've seen that before but have we seen it in an "I Quit" match?
I was thinking the same thing, except does Cena have any friends to threaten? There's Mr. Cena. There's the WWE Universe. There's Zack Ryder.
Threatening the family was the original intended finish of the Mankind/Rock I Quit.
Originally posted by HMDDid they try to babyface Lawler in that footage of him kissing Bret's foot? Y'know, he did harrass the guy for like a year before that, trash his elderly parents, attack him with a throne, beat him over the head with crutches...Ah never mind. They don't care, so I guess I shouldn't either.
But if they hadn't shown this footage everyone would've said it was a glaring willful ignorance of their own history etc etc.
This might be the blowoff of Cole/Lawler but sadly I don't think it'll be the blowoff of Cole. They've invested too much time in him and are having too much fun and he's too "over" (cough). He'll just start a new program against Eve or somebody.
Originally posted by The ThrillOr why wouldn't you have him face every Raw superstar in a no-DQ gauntlet?
You're not allowed to wish for three more wishes, that's genie 101.
WWE did such a 180 over splitting off Riley to SmackDown and then bringing him back to Raw that I think he's around for a reason. Like, maybe, Miz doesn't want to quit, but Riley verbally throws in the towel for him, saving a little bit of face for Miz and spinning them off into their own feud.
Originally posted by thecubsfanWWE did such a 180 over splitting off Riley to SmackDown and then bringing him back to Raw that I think he's around for a reason. Like, maybe, Miz doesn't want to quit, but Riley verbally throws in the towel for him, saving a little bit of face for Miz and spinning them off into their own feud.
I think this is it. Especially after last week revolved so much around putting Riley back in Miz's good graces. Miz being as tough as all the top men and not quitting also fits all the "Miz is just like a real main eventer, seriously!" exertion since March too.
Oh, and Michael Cole: "IT'S ERIC ROWAN~!!!!!!!" as he jumped in the ring. WHAATTTTTTTTTTT? Another thing that really bothered me, continuity-wise, was Neville diving onto both Rusev AND his partner, Cesaro.