TONIGHT: It’s a three-hour Raw All-Stars episode, featuring Superstars from Raw AND Smackdown! Shocking, I know! Also, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is the guest GM, and Tough Enough winner Andy Leavine will be on the show.
- WWE Open.
- RAW Open.
- Michael Cole intro’d the show, and Jerry Lawler noted that tonight, Stone Cold Steve Austin is the GM.
- Cole announced John Cena vs. CM Punk in the main event. How original! Oh, and the graphics for the match-up are from the WWE All-Star Video Game.
- The Miz came into the arena first, dressed in his suit. Miz claimed that with tonight being All-Star night, he is the ultimate WWE All-Star, but that’s been obvious for a while. He said you’d have to be a stupid, ungrateful moron to not see that. In other words, you’d have to be Alex Riley. Miz called Riley a fraud and said at Capitol Punishment, he’d expose you more than a Tweet from Anthony Weiner. But first, he promised to teach Riley one last lesson. The fans started the “what” chants, which Miz said was cool in 2001. Miz told the crowd to watch closely as he calls out Steve Austin. Miz said the icons of the Attitude Era are all jealous of his success and still trying to steal his spotlight. He said Austin owes him an apology, and the show won’t get started….but then the glass broke and Austin came out.
Austin dressed Miz down for the way he called him out, and he allowed the cadence for the “what” chants. He told Miz to shut up and Austin said he let Miz talk his trash after Wrestlemania because he wanted to see what Miz had. Austin did give Miz credit for being “a silver-tongued devil.” But when it came time to fight, Miz high-tailed it to the back. Austin interrupted Miz’s retort and said he let him talk then, but he’s talking now. Austin said he’s running the show tonight and he’s got an itchy trigger finger for a Stunner. Austin stopped for the “Austin” chants. He gave Riley credit for showing him guts last week. He said he may be a bigger Superstar than Miz someday. Miz asked to speak but Austin nixed it. Austin asked the crowd if they wanted him to stun Miz. Hell Yeah, of course. Austin asked about the Miz vs. Riley match this Sunday. Austin grabbed Miz by the tie and said he and Riley need some counseling, by a sumbitch who loves to talk, someone who’s one of the best sticks in the business: Rowdy Roddy Piper, in a Piper’s Pit segment. Austin said Miz might want to take his ass out right now. He had his back turned but was eyeing Miz out of the corner of his eye. Austin told him it’s not the time for Miz to be a hero. Crowd booed when Miz left the ring. Austin said he’d see Miz in Piper’s Pit. He said he was making the matches tonight…but Albeto Del Rio’s music interrupted and he rode into the arena.
Ricardo did the introduction of Del Rio on the ramp. Del Rio said Austin would be passing the torch to him. He said rumors have been running all day about Austin wanting to see him. By this point, ADR was in the ring. Austin said Del Rio’s immediate destiny was an ass whopping. Austin talked about what Del Rio did to Big Show and said he’s in a match right now…against this man – it was Kane. That’ll teach Del Rio to wear his ring gear for an interview.
(1) Alberto Del Rio vs. Kane Kick to the ribs by Kane, then he brought his knees down on Kane’s arm. Cole plugged Gerry Brisco (of Brisco Brothers’ Body Shop!) on WWE.com estimating the damage that was caused to the car that was used in Big Show’s injury. More work on the arm by Del Rio. Kane just took him, still in the hold, and sent Del Rio over the top rope and to the floor. He ran back in, only to receive an uppercut from Kane. Splash in the corner by the big man, followed by a sidewalk slam for two. Kane missed a clothesline off the top and Del Rio locked in the cross arm-breaker. Kane moved from the middle of the ring over to the ropes to break the hold. Well, the ref gave Del Rio the count, but ADR didn’t break at five, so he was disqualified.
Winner: Kane, via DQ, at 2:47. A nothing match, and really no reason to let go of the hold for ADR since the results of these kinds of matches generally don’t matter.
Big Show came out to make the save. Del Rio escaped the ring, but left Rodriguez to take the brunt of the punishment. Big Show wouldn’t get off Ricardo, who was out cold, so Kane physically had to take him off. “You’ll kill him….then you’ll never get a shot………….at Del Rio” said Kane, in between sucking wind. Steve Austin then came out and addressed Del Rio. He said at Capitol Punishment, he’ll be facing Big Show. ‘Cause Stone Cold said so. And Cole complained that it wasn’t fair.
- Still to come tonight, Randy Orton returns to Raw.
- They showed Big Show’s attack from moments ago.
(2) Daniel Bryan & Ezekiel Jackson & Sin Cara vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase & Wade Barrett Cara’s was the only entrance we saw. Springboard back-elbow by Cara on Rhodes. Bryan tagged in and Rhodes went to work on him after a distraction by DiBiase. Hard whip into the buckle by Barrett on Bryan. Cover got two at 1:22 of the match. Pump-handle slam, with authority said Cole, for a near-fall. Barrett started jaw-jacking with Zeke, but gave a cheap shot to the smaller Cara instead. Bryan ended up making the tag to Jackson. Zeke ran over Barrett with shoulder tackles, followed by a splash in the corner. Bodyslam by Barrett, then another, and a third. Torture Rack applied, but Rhodes and DiBiase interfered. Jackson back-dropped them both out of the ring. He pressed Bryan over his head and dumped him onto the former Legacy members. Jacksno was ready to finish Barrett, but Cara wanted a piece. Springboard cross-body, good enough to get the three count.
Winners: Bryan, Cara, and Jackson, at 3:45. Okay match that continued two feuds on Smackdown, and gave the Raw fans a taste of what’s going on during that show.
- Still to come, Piper’s Pit with Alex Riley and The Miz.
- Hornswoggle was shooting t-shirts into the crowd. Cole was in the middle of an anti-Horny rant and Lawler had to tell him they were back on air, so Cole did a 180 and said how enjoyable Hornswoggle is. Definitely planned. R-Truth came out to interrupt Hornswoggle. He said this looked like a big ball of fun, and he likes having fun. He asked Hornswoggle if he could try it. He said Horny has nothing to worry about because, (with the crazy eyes) “I’m a good R-Truth.” I love that. Truth said this Sunday, he’s going to beat John Cena, and become the new WWE Champion. Truth told the fans to boo themselves. Horny shot a t-shirt into Truth’s groin, so he went after Hornswoggle…only to grab him and hug him as Truth sat on his knees. “We’re cool,” he said. Then he shook Horny’s hand and kicked him in the face. They did a close up and he was talking to Hornswoggle (or himself). Austin came on the Titan Tron and told Truth told him to pick on someone his own size. The camera panned across and it showed John Morrison. Austin said before Truth has Cena on Sunday, he’s got Morrison tonight. Truth said Morrison is going to get “some of this,” then he kicked Hornswoggle again.
- CM Punk vs. John Cena takes place tonight.
- They replayed Truth knocking out Hornswoggle and Horny being carried off during the break.
(3) Sheamus vs. Santino Marella Again, no entrances here. On a three hour show, they have to save the entrances? The less time you spend on the matches, the less important they seem to the audience. It was all Sheamus, as one would expect. Haha, a “We want Ryder” chant as Santino tried to make his comeback. Marella landed some punches and blocked a couple from Sheamus. Hip-toss by Sheamus blocked and he turned it into a clothesline. He got out of the High Cross and ended up successfully hitting the hip-toss. Cobra connected, but Sheamus kicked out at 1 ½ with a violent knee to the head. Brogue Kick by Sheamus, followed by the Texas Cloverleaf for the submission win.
Winner: Sheamus, via submission, at 2:46. Finish was odd. Is he prepping for a Submissions match down the line?
- A sneak peek for USA’s new original series, “Suits,” aired.
- Randy Orton returns to Raw after, what, a month or two away? He’s coming out next.
- They showed a clip of Christian turning on Orton on Smackdown from two weeks ago.
- Orton came out. “He is so sexy,” remarked my girlfriend about Orton. Well…I can’t compete with that. Orton’s mic wasn’t working and he didn’t seem happy (shocking, I know.). “Live TV is awesome,” he said sarcastically when he finally got one that worked. Orton said it felt good to be back on Raw. Orton said one might think he’s satisfied as World Champion. Plus, he has the opportunity to cause Christian a tremendous amount of pain at Capitol Punishment. But, he said, he wasn’t satisfied. He knows Christian is in the building. So, he asked Christian to come to the ring – he just wants to talk. He promised not to stick Christian with an RKO or punch him in the skull. He just wanted to talk. He didn’t come out, so Orton said he’s right, he was bluffing – the first chance he got, he was going to hurt Christian.
Christian, in his “Hit The Switch” shirt, was backstage. He asked why Orton was always so angry, as he’s a guy whose entire career has been handed to him on a silver platter. He said for him, he’s had to fight, scratch and claw for everything he’s ever gotten. Fans started to cheer, until Christian called them “idiots.” Christian suggested a poll of the audience, asking how many would like to see him face Orton right now. The fans cheered and Christian said they must’ve confused him with someone who cares what they want. Orton said it was too bad Edge wasn’t there to carry Christian to the ring, since he carried him for 17 years. That was enough to draw Christian out. The camera followed him through the backstage area.
Christian did come into the arena. He walked down the ramp, but only about half-way. He had second thoughts, and went back up the ramp. Security had to come out to restrain Randy Orton, who charged up the ramp. The Raw GM chimed in and said that while he has placed Austin in charge of tonight’s show, he has to use a judgment call to get involved here. The GM said Orton was hit in the skull with the title on Smackdown for the second week in a row. The GM said that Orton has a concussion, but will compete Sunday. However, he won’t tonight. The GM suggested Orton leave the arena and wait ‘til Sunday for his shot at Christian. Orton struggled against security again. Cole began reading another e-mail I guess as the sound dinged again. I think someone screwed the timing up on that. The GM said if Orton didn’t leave, he’d be forced to strip Orton of the title. Does he have jurisdiction over the title that’s on Smackdown just because Orton is visiting Raw?
Orton left, pissed, but Austin came onto the Titan Tron. He said Christian got out of an ass whipping with Orton, but he’s not getting off this easy tonight. Next, he’s got a match with Rey Mysterio. Christian was unhappy.
- Booker T. joined the commentary team.
(4) Christian vs. Rey Mysterio Rey did get an entrance after Booker. Christian was flipped into the ropes for the 619 set-up, but fell short and Christian landed face-first on the bottom rope. Ouch. He set himself up anyway, and cut off Rey’s attempt at the move. Christian tossed Rey out of the ring, and they went to break at 1:53 of the match.
Back at 4:57 of the match. Rey was working out of a rest-hold, but Christian shoved him face-first into the buckle. Christian had Rey in the corner and all of a suddent he ref called for the bell. He said Christian didn’t break on five. Really, this finish again? It almost felt impromptu, given that they just came back from break and they already had the same finish earlier.
Winner: Mysterio, via DQ, at 5:28. Laaaame.
Christian set Rey up for a move in the corner, but Christian put him on the mat. CM Punk ran out and Rey dove onto him. In the ring Christian went to hit Rey with the Killswitch, but Rey dodged it and fought off a few other Nexus members. Mason Ryan grabbed Rey on a 619 attempt and ran him back-first into the ring post. He rolled Rey back into the ring as the rest of Nexus headed back up the ramp. Christian smelled blood and connected with the Killswitch.
- They again plugged that Steve Austin was in charge tonight.
- Austin was on the phone backstage when Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler walked up. “Excuse me!” shouted Vickie, to get Austin’s attention. Vickie wanted Austin to grant Ziggler a title shot against Kofi Kingston on Sunday. Austin did so…but on the condition that Ziggler drop Vickie. Austin said he had Ted DiBiase as his manager when he came in, but like Vickie, he never got to the top with that. Austin said Ziggler has to do it on his own and after some badgering, Ziggler finally gave in and agreed to drop Vickie. Austin said he was just having fun with them and already made the match earlier today.
- Next, John Morrison vs. R-Truth.
- Another plug for Cena vs. Punk.
- R-Truth came out for his match with John Morrison. During Truth’s entrance, they showed Truth’s attack on Morrison from last month that put him on the shelf. Morrison’s music played, but he didn’t come out. They played it again and he still didn’t come out. Truth said that on the “Triton,” Morrison was acting bad, but where he’s from, if you act bad, you better be bad. He yelled for Morrison to come out for a fight. Truth said he’s going to bring the fight to Morrison. They went to the announcers while Truth went backstage.
They went back to Truth backstage, and he still had a mic, looking for Morrison. He came upon a fallen Morrison being tended to by medics. “Shazam! Looks like Little Jimmy got Johnny! Let’s go check it out!” He ran off a trainer and referee Nunzio so he could taunt Morrison. He said all these people wanted to see a good match…but now they’re never gonna see a good match. He told Morrison, “you got got.” Truth slapped Morrison as John tried to put his hands on him. Truth then went and got a cart, and rammed it into Morrison. The WWE doctor told a ref to get the paramedics, now. “Take that Little Jimmy!” said a smiling R-Truth.
- Cole plugged WWE’s list of the top 25 managers of all-time.
(5) Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger vs. Evan Bourne & Kofi Kingston During Dolph’s entrance, they showed a hype video for Ziggler. Jumping back elbow on Ziggler by Kingston. Swagger nailed Kingston from behind, leading to Dolph taking over on offense. Swagger backed Kington into the corner after tagging in, then whipped him hard into the buckle. Kofi got his feet up and Swagger ran into them on a Vader Bomb attempt. Nicely timed. Bourne tagged in and cleaned house. Roll up on Swagger for a very near-fall. But Swagger turned around and into an ankle-lock. Ziggler then got in after Bourne broke out. As the ref got Dolph out of the ring, Kofi gave Swagger a Trouble in Paradise. Air Bourne connected for the victory.
Winners: Kingston and Bourne, at 2:55. Too quick to really mean anything, but Bourne did get another pin on Swagger.
- Cole plugged The Rock winning “Biggest Ass Kicker” at the Guys’ Choice Awards last week.
- Piper’s Pit with The Miz and Alex Riley is next.
- Justin Roberts introduced “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Piper started by saying right there, in that spot, Wrestlemania number two, he dropped Mr. T like a bad habit. He said it was a lot of fun, but not at the time. Then Miz’s music interrupted and he walked out. Miz said, talking about favorite moments, it’s four years from now, when they tear down the building and replace it with nothing. That was funny. Miz said so many people compare him to Roddy Piper, but Piper interrupted to say there will never be another Piper. He said he believes the phrase Miz is looking for is “Roddy Piper wannabe.” Miz said, unlike Piper, he’s been WWE Champ. And, he’s won the main event of Wrestlemania. Finally, what he did on The Real World was infinitely more entertaining than anything on They Live. Piper said he never saw The Real World, because he was busy living in the real world. Piper said let’s talk about the future, like on Sunday, when Miz faces the guy who already demolished him once and will do so again on Sunday.
Alex Riley came out, all business. “Alex Riley” chants as soon as the music ended. Piper said Riley took a lot of abuse from Miz…what made him realize he had enough? He said Miz took him under his wing when he started, but really, Miz was just using him to keep the title. And why help him when he knew he could beat him? Miz called Piper out for using and abusing Bob Orton for years, then clarified by saying he fired Riley. Piper went rapid fire with Miz and ended with King Kong Bundy, Gene Okerlund at the bottom of a well, who do you save first? Miz was confused and Piper said when you think you have all the answers, he changes the question. Piper said Riley would win and it’d be awesome. Miz asked Piper how much money he wants to put on it. Riley said he thinks Piper can beat him right now. Miz asked the audience and they seemed to agree with Riley. Miz put $1,000 on it, facing Piper right now. Piper didn’t seem too enthused. “Put up or shut up,” he told Piper. “Piper” chant by the crowd. Piper said it’s the guy who won Wrestlemania 27 vs. the guy who was in Wrestlemania 1. Piper sullenly said he’s going to get his butt kicked, that he was tired of getting his butt kicked…then asked to up things to $5,000. Austin came on the big screen and made the match official, with each man putting up $5,000 of his own money. And Alex Riley is guest ref. Not Piper’s best, but he was still pretty good.
- They showed Miz vs. Roddy Piper from the WWE All-Stars video game.
(6) “Rowdy” Roddy Piper vs. The Miz Riley wore an oversized ref shirt. After exchanging blows, Piper applied the sleeper. The least they could do is show a few bags of money to symbolize what these guys are putting on the line. Riley got physical in restraining Miz, so Miz pummeled Riley. Riley fired back and Piper rolled Miz up for the win. Riley then tossed Miz out of the ring.
Winner: Piper, at 1:05. Piper was limited certainly, but he didn’t look as bad as I expected.
They replayed the finish of the match after a seething Miz went up the ramp.
- John Cena takes on CM Punk later tonight.
- They showed the exterior of the arena in Long Island.
- They showed Kelly Kelly and the Bellas, all buddy-buddy, on The Price is Right, for a WWE-themed Showcase to Summerslam. The show airs tomorrow.
(7) The Bella Twins & Tamina & Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes & Melina & Maryse vs. Eve Torres & Gail Kim & Natalya & Beth Phoenix & Kaitlyn & AJ & Kelly Kelly – Seven-on-Seven Divas Tag Match Brie taunted Kelly, but tagged Rosa before they could square off. Booker continued pouring the love on Rosa Mendes. Kelly gave her the Thesz Press, then spanked her. Bronco Buster lite, then a face-buster by Kelly. Things broke down with all the Divas getting involved (Nattie didn’t even take off her ring jacket!). Kelly hit her K2 legdrop for the win.
Winners: The babyfaces, at 1:23. What a waste. I guess WWE really thinks all we need to do is see them, not necessarily see them wrestle.
Eve got a mic and said the Tony Awards were in New York last night, so the Divas wanted to give Broadway a tribute. They did the Rockettes’ leg kicks. At least they were all in unison. Cole was pretending to puke at ringside because of all the old-timey references on the show.
- The announcers talked about Tough Enough and Booker said he couldn’t wait for TE2. Cole sent it to a video of Austin picking the winner from last week, then the slap and Stunner.
- Austin was backstage with Andy. Austin gave Andy a pep talk and they shared a beer. CM Punk walked in and introduced Punk to big Andy. Austin said Andy won Tough Enough. “You and how many of your friends?” asked Punk. Austin asked Punk if he wanted a beer, and Punk did the “what” to him. Punk and Austin both agreed it was annoying. Punk said he wanted to give Austin a breathalyzer, since he’s running the show. He asked if Austin could say the alphabet backward. Austin said he could whip Punk’s ass backward. Punk said Austin did do something special, setting in motion something that will come through in the future. Austin stopped Punk from jacking his line, then said Nexus is banned from ringside for Punk’s match. He left to go make an announcement.
- Steve Austin came to the ring and said it’s been a great Raw. Austin said he appreciated the hospitality of the Nassau Coliseum crowd, but the anonymous GM e-mailed in. Cole sheepishly asked if he could have everyone’s attention. Austin was ticked that the GM kept interrupting him. He said Austin did a fair job in his absence. What absence? He has buzzed in twice. He assured everyone he’d be back next week on Raw. Austin said he’s still GM and next week’s Raw will also be three hours, so next week is all about the power of the people. Therefore, they’ll make all the matches, stipulations and rules. Oh God, not this again! The GM e-mailed in again and as Cole read, the light blinked again and it buzzed. Austin threatened Cole and it happened again, so Austin chased Cole through the crowd. The light kept blinking and the laptop buzzing, so Austin unplugged it and tipped over the podium. He grabbed a few Steveweisers and poured beer on the laptop in the aisle. Austin ran it over on his four-wheeler, then backed over it for good measure. After taking the four-wheeler up the ramp, he ran back down and grabbed more beers. He got the mic and said his catchphrase. The video kept blinking to black about three or four times during this.
- Lawler and Booker talked about Cole having been run off, and Lawler said sometimes he falls asleep when Cole talks. Lawler and Booker talked about the dream they’ve shared about Obama’s Capitol Punishment press conference. It was a new one with Christian asking if he though winning the election then having to run again five days later was fair. Obama couldn’t answer. Then Cody Rhodes asked one about enacting a law about American citizens not being allowed to leave their houses without a bag over their head. Sheamus had a birth certificate and said he was born in Cleveland. Khali got up to ask a question, looked around, then just raised his arms. Hornswoggle was next. The only question he answered was Horny’s, and he spoke gibberish. Not as good as the previous two.
- Next, Punk vs. Cena.
(8) CM Punk vs. John Cena I guess this means no Zack Ryder. Cole was back on commentary. Weird not seeing Cena ‘til this late in a three-hour show, but I’m not complaining. Loud dueling chants by the fans as the two men started things slowly. The chants didn’t die down, filling the first 1:30 of the match. Punk got Cena up for the GTS, but Cena got out and he got Punk up for the AA. Punk countered and it ended in a stalemate. Punk dropped Cena gut-first over the top rope, then kicked Cena to ringside. They went to break 2:35 into the match.
Back with Cena fighting back at Punk with rights. Punk caught Cena in an abdominal stretch. Hip toss by Cena, but he couldn’t capitalize, as again punk kicked him to ringside. He catapulted himself over the top and onto Cena. Punk to the top, and he came off with an axe-handle, much less gracefully. Back in the ring, he registered a near-fall. Body-scissors applied next. Cena powered out and applied the STF at 8:35, but Punk was right near the ropes. Jumping leg kick for two by Punk. Running knee to the face in the corner at 10:15, but Cena shoved off the bulldog. Cena went for a flying shoulderblock and missed, so again, he couldn’t build momentum. More dueling chants by the fans…they must’ve gotten the message that it was 11:00 since I’m sure WWE loved having a hot crowd at the top of the hour. Both guys were convalescing at 12:46 of the match. Cena then began his comeback and really started hitting his stride. As he went for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, R-Truth walked through the crowd pointing out all the Little Jimmy’s. Truth wanted to trade a kid’s hat for a sip of water. He took the hat and Truth offered the water. That distracted Cena, who thought Truth was going to spit in the kid’s face (or dump water on him). Punk landed the GTS and picked up the pinfall win.
Winner: Punk, at 13:59.
Truth came into the ring after the match, still wearing a Cena hat. Truth nailed Cena with the water bottle, then his finisher. “Little Jimmy” chants as Truth retrieved the title belt and told Cena that this Sunday, he’s going to beat Cena. And that’s the Truth. They replayed the finish and, for some reason, a super slo-mo of Truth hitting Cena with the water bottle. Truth posed with the belt on the ramp as Cena recovered in the ring. The show went off at 11:05.
Originally posted by John OrquiolaWelcome back, John Morrison. Great to see him utilized once more to his utmost like the super duper star the company sees him as.
Given that nobody went anywhere near him, I assume he's still recovering.
What did Cena say when he first walked out? I heard something like "Dad, I love you, you're my hero," and something else I couldn't make out. I don't know if it was a Father's Day message or if something had happened or if I completely misheard it.
Khali hollering during the fake press conference is no "I ain't getting on a BOAT with YOU, O-BAMA." I still laughed.
Austin is the best. Punk is the second best. I hope they have a match someday.
Agreed that the show needed Zack Ryder. Other opinions: - @HEELZiggler: You didnt rib 'the kid' tonight, you ribbed the fans, Long Island & the boys in the back! AND kicked him in the nuts! #RyderOrRiot - @thebellatwins: @ZackRyder is my hero! I feel like riotin'! Besos! Nikki - @trentylocks: riot. - @ZackRyder: I WAS NOT ON RAW
Originally posted by I Breastfeed John MaddenNo Ryder? That's pretty cold.
It's a crock of shit. Zack has great charisma and could be an incredible addition to any show, and what do they do? THEY KEEP HIM OFF TV! Yeah, I know he's on Superstars, but that doesn't qualify since we can't see it here in Canada.
It's pathetic, and it's a damn shame. Ryder deserves so much more than that.
Originally posted by KJames199What did Cena say when he first walked out? I heard something like "Dad, I love you, you're my hero," and something else I couldn't make out. I don't know if it was a Father's Day message or if something had happened or if I completely misheard it.
I believe it was "Zack, you're my hero" and something about keeping a cold one at the bar for him.
THey'e kinda dumb for not putting Ryder in a position to take advantage of this, because he'll either take off or (more likely) it'll fizzle like the Al Snow/Head thing did and he'll sink back down the card. Ah well.
Are we to assume that Punk has re-signed or at least recommitted? Because teasing a match with Austin and semi-cleanly pinning the WWE champ in a singles match is a lot of faith in a guy who is supposedly walking out the door in a coupla months.
I think it might have Austin pulling some strings for Punk at least in the promo department. There was a fan tweet that got Austin or Punk posted to the other's account that stated the WWE doesn't have the brain power right now to get the two of them together under the same roof and both agreed. The more tweeter comments and general comments he makes sounds like he is heading out the door, but who knows.
It was a packed Raw, but I don't think anything really happened which is kinda what I hate about these 3 hour shows. When they used to do them, you got the draft or Vince being blown up or something. Now, its one giant ad for the PPV and nothing really interesting happening to make the PPV buyable. I don't know with the Nitro DVD coming out, they think going 3 hours is retro or they are getting ready to stop the brand split and they need three hours for the near future. Again, who knows.
R-Truth attacking fans would be great til he gets in front of the wrong fan. Austin not stunnering anyone was just weak. I am glad Austin at least pointed out what we all know that Cole is probably the GM or at least pushing in the button. It could be an interesting Raw next week with the people in charge or one of those Taboo Tuesdays where they say people are in charge, but the WWE rigged the polls.
(edited by lotjx on 14.6.11 0726) The Wee Baby Sheamus.
Originally posted by CruelAngel777Zach Ryder will never get over. This in-joke stopped being funny months ago.
Uh, he *is* getting over, without the benefit of being on TV!. What's the company line? "If you want to get a push, make yourself standout, get over, and force the company to push you." Hell, Austin pretty much said so all during Tough Enough - "nobody gave me anything, I made myself a big star." Well, here comes Zack Ryder, who builds a following & a character, & gets over in a completely new & innovative way (for the WWE, that is), so logically you'd think he earned a chance to get some TV time to see if he can build on it, right? I don't see what the problem is here, other than WWE thinking they don't need to "waste" time putting Ryder on TV because he's getting over by himself online.
My moment of the night was the gal opposite camera with the "Cena, it's my sweet 16, can I have your t-shirt?" sign and when Cena threw his shirt the other way, she sat down COMPLETELY dejected, not even looking at the ring again. Poor gal. No wonder Cena lost! He deserve's it! jerk. Also loved how when the chants started with Punk behind Cena trying to force his hands down, and after like 10 seconds, those two started to do the arm sway to the chants:
Crowd (ie: females): "Let's go CE-NA~!" *Cena powers up*
I don't think even Austin has the sway to say "hey, that guy who's leaving soon? Can you put him over the WWE Champion?". And the fact that Punk even has a match this Sunday, when there's been precious little on TV to suggest he would, seems like another positive sign. Maybe I'm just grasping at straws.
Originally posted by Spaceman Spiff I don't see what the problem is here, other than WWE thinking they don't need to "waste" time putting Ryder on TV because he's getting over by himself online.
Or..he's becoming an internet darling which means that just to spite the fans WWE will -never- push him.
Originally posted by lotjx The more tweeter comments and general comments he makes sounds like he is heading out the door, but who knows.
He's sounded like this for as long as I've followed him, even when he was winning feuds and titles. So I'm not sure if it means anything than that he's not afraid to speak his mind (a little)
Originally posted by lotjxAustin not stunnering anyone was just weak
Of course if he had stunnered people it would've been the same old shit and WWE sucking for having a non-active wrestler lay out active folks.
The commercials with superstars asking questions are at least a bit more entertaining. I wonder if at first they were afraid they couldn't get away with this (actually I am surprised they can. Can just anyone put samples of Obama in their programs, making it look like he is talking to them (and thus putting words in his mouth?)
The Irish guy doing a move called cloverleaf? Uhoh, we're gonna get a renamed move
Originally posted by Amos CochranI don't think even Austin has the sway to say "hey, that guy who's leaving soon? Can you put him over the WWE Champion?". And the fact that Punk even has a match this Sunday, when there's been precious little on TV to suggest he would, seems like another positive sign. Maybe I'm just grasping at straws.
I am not saying being champ, I am saying doing the promo with Austin was probably Austin's idea or Austin pushed for it.
I think it depends on the contract...if you're on a bottom end contract and you get on PPV in some format you're in line for more of an appearance bonus than someone on a heavy guarantee contract (ie. Goldberg) that has the same minimal role.