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Live coverage of Old School Raw



- We open Raw with an updated version of the original Monday Night Raw opening. Micheal Cole and Jerry Lawler greet us from ringside. The old style Raw entrance with the giant RAW letters is in full effect. Mean Gene is at the old style interview set by the entrance and brings out Bob Orton Jr. who still has the cast on his arm. He says Randy is not here just yet because he didn’t know the show was starting an hour early. He says he could care less if Cena’s career ends on Sunday but he better not screw Randy. Wade Barrett is out to get in Bob Orton’s face. Barrett says he owes nothing to the old school. He said he didn’t bring the Nexus out to beat him down because he wants him to see what he does to Cena on Sunday. Miz and Riley are out now. Miz says he might just cash in his title shot tonight. John Cena is on the big screen and says he will make sure that Miz doesn’t cash in anything tonight. Cena challenges Miz to a match tonight and he accepts.

(1) Dolph Ziggler vs Mark Henry. Henry is using his old Sexual Chocolate theme and entrance video. This is not a very good match. Ziggler nails the Zig Zag but Henry kicks out. Ziggler gets the win with the sleeper.

- The Hart Dynasty are walking backstage and they run into Tony Atlas he starts going off about how he and Rocky Johnson never saw eye to eye and then starts spraying WD40 on himself.

- Back from the break we see Atlas still going on a rant while Yoshi Tatsu listens on.

(2) The Hart Dynasty vs Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater. David Hart Smith goes for the tag and Tyson Kidd kicks him in the face allowing for Slater to get the pin.

- Backstage Mean Gene interviews Randy Orton. Ron Killings walks in and stirs stuff up between Orton and Cena. Orton says Cena can’t screw him over on Sunday if he punts him in the head tonight.

- Howard Finkel introduces Brooklyn Brawler and Harvey Whippleman. Brawler says he demands respect and Harvey says his man will face anyone tonight.

(3) The Brooklyn Brawler vs Ezekiel Jackson. Jackson wins in a squash.

- Nexus are backstage and Otunga says that R-Truth is becoming a problem. He says since he is the leader he wants Truth tonight. Barrett walks in and says he is the only leader of Nexus. The GM chimes in and says tonight Truth will take on Barrett and Otunga will be in a special match later tonight.

(4) John Cena vs Alex Riley. Miz announces before the match that Riley will be taking his place vs Cena. Cena wins pretty easy with the STF.

- Randy Orton is out after the match to attack Miz. Nexus are out to try and stop him but Orton fights them off. Cena and Orton are now face to face. They start to go at it but security breaks it up. The GM chimes in and says later tonight that Orton and Cena will both be guests on Piper’s Pitt.

- Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff are in the ring. Volkoff starts to sing the Russian National Anthem and Santino and Kozlov come out. Santino says Kozlov would like to sing with him. They sing very badly and Santino stops them. Santino brings out Slick and they sing Jive Soul Bro.

(5) No. 1 contenders match for the Tag Team Titles: The Usos with Jimmy Snuka vs Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov. Santino and Kozlov win. Sheamus is out after the match and attacks Kozlov and the Usos. He goes for Santino but Morrison makes the save.

(6) David Otunga vs Kofi Kingston. George The Animal Steel is out during the match. He gets in the ring and eats the turnbuckle. Otunga is distracted and gets nailed with Trouble In Paradise giving Kofi the win.

- Arn Anderson and Gerald Briscoe are backstage talking to Morrison. Sheamus runs in a kicks him in the face and accepts Morrison’s challenge for a match on Sunday.

- Backstage Aksana is walking with the Million Dollar Title and Hacksaw walks by. Aksana sees a fat person with blond long hair and thinks it’s her mom but it’s Dusty. Kelly Kelly drops a net on her and Goldust gets the Million Dollar Title back and gives it to the Million Dollar Man who is with IRS. Ted Dibiase Jr. walks in and says he doesn’t want that belt and leaves. Cody Rhodes walks in and says that wasn’t Dashing. Goldust asks him for grooming tips and he says no. Dusty plays his music and starts dancing with Kelly when Tatanka and Duggan come in. Ron Simmons then shows up and says “Damn”.

(7) R-Truth vs Wade Barrett. This is the best match with Barrett in it that I can recall. Wade gets the win with Wasteland.

- Tito Santana is out and introduces Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio is driven to ringside in a limo driven by Chavo Classic. Del Rio says tonight we should celebrate him. Sgt. Slaughter is out and challenges him to a match.

(8) Alberto Del Rio vs Sgt. Slaughter. Del Rio gets the win. Alberto beats down Slaughter after the match and MVP makes the save.

- Mean Gene interviews Mae Young. She says she started when she was 17 and now she is 87. The show a highlight package on Mae’s career. Lay-Cool are out. They run down Mae and talk about how old and ugly she is. Mae calls them sluts and asks for a match with them.

(9) Mae Young vs Lay-Cool in a falls count anywhere match. All the Divas come out and help her beat them down and Mae pins Layla on the floor. So Mae has wrestled in every decade for the past 70 years.

- Jim Ross is introduced and he’s out to commentate a match. This is awesome.

(10) Daniel Bryan vs Jack Swagger. Cole is acting like he is asleep on commentary. Cole is trashing JR left and right during this. Bryan gets the win with a kick to the head. Ted Dibiase is out after the match to attack Bryan. He lays out Daniel with Dream Street and Maryse comes out to celebrate with him.

- A 5 on 5 Survivor Series match is announced for Sunday with Team Mysterio vs Team Del Rio.

- Howard Finkel brings out all the legends from tonight.

- Roddy Piper is out for Piper’s Pitt with Cena and Orton. Piper talks about never winning the WWE Title and says Cena has no option but to call it down the middle on Sunday. Barrett is out and they are going back and forth on the mic. Wade orders Cena to put on a Nexus t-shirt. Orton comes out and gets in a brawl with Barrett and takes an AA from Cena.


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25 Responses

  1. MiZery says:

    Was anybody else impressed with DHS rolling Belly to Belly Suplex’s?

  2. Jamie says:

    Was Sheik’s mic cut off because of what he was saying or was that just scripted to happen? He was mentioning Hogan alot…

  3. Dylan says:

    The comments Lay-Cool made to Mae were insulting to her, I felt bad for her and that was unncessary. WWE has to insult Hall of Famers for ratings, honestly, I wanted to cry hearing those hacks insults to her. Poor Mae.

  4. MiZery says:

    I was wondering the same thing… I’ve thoroughly enjoying most of the night, but that was the most uncomfortable segment ever…lol

  5. MiZery says:

    Really Hoping this will lead to a permanent return of JR… He obviously still has it, and this is by far the best moment of the whole 3 hours… Watching Michael Cole sulk is classic…lol

  6. MiZery says:

    Anybody else wonder why Cena threw the first punch at Orton? tonight…. Heel turn at Summerslam would be welcomed angle.

  7. arty says:

    @MiZery: not classic..but vintage!! lol

  8. mma kid says:

    Michael Cole has got to be the biggest dweeb ever. I just absolutely hate him…”Vintage Orton”, “Miz come get JR on your lier jet”. JR wont return because of his ongoing health issues. But I’d rather here Tony Schiovane,or Mike Tenay then Michael Cole i just hate his guts.

  9. mma kid says:

    And its clear why Cena threw the first punch at Orton, he didnt want to get punted in the head maybe…..

  10. Coolquip says:

    Michelle McCool= Hulk Hogan of Divas: Never puts ANYONE over

  11. Travis says:

    @Dylan, Man…you’re one of the casual fans aren’t ya? Mae’s a former professional wrestler. She knows how to act. ;)

  12. Ryno says:

    Aw man Mae Young is gonna die.. no way she is gonna see 100 man.. and even then im sure she is still gonna be on there..

  13. Jake says:

    If this was the “best raw in ages” then that really shows how bad the show has got the past year. JR aside that was a total waste of 2 hours and 50 minutes of my life. (Yes thanks SKY for cutting the end off my skyplus recording)

  14. Jokerman says:

    Wow Roddy looked to be in great shape.

  15. Wayne says:

    I have to agree. Michelle McCool NEVER loses. I think it’s the only reason she has a sidekick come down to the ring with her. That way anytime they are to lose she has won to lay down for the three count instead of herself being pinned. Sad, but likely is the reason she’s with taker in the first place!

  16. joe andrews says:

    i loved the set , the feel of it , it would be so sweet if they kept everything like that , just go classic , it worked so much better.

  17. Laycool says:

    Everyone needs to stop hating on Laycool, the womens division is in shambles so they are the crutch

  18. Bey says:

    Amazing how with just one match, JR prove how worthless Cole really is. JR’s commentary in one match was better than all of Cole’s for the last year.

    Mae Young looked really bad. It was sad to see how much she’s lost it since we last saw her.

    McCool better hope ‘Taker never gets tired of her like he did his last wife. She’ll be jobbing like Al Snow once he starts bangin’ some other diva.

  19. Dylan says:

    @Travis

    I used to watch WWE so much until the PG rating came into effect afterwards I began to view it sporadically. Despite it being just a storyline, I thought those were so offensive, in my opinion and Mae totally had me over, I felt so bad for her but glad she put Lay Cool in their place.

    If Moolah were still alive, I could’ve seen it as a tag team, no?

    And WWE needs to work on it’s Divas’ division pronto! Give big pushes to Natalya and Gail Kim.

  20. Adam says:

    I loved the set & old school feel. I agree that they need to keep the set. Mae Young made her whole segment worth watching. JR should come back when his health is beter, but in the meantime…FIRE MICHAEL COLE!!! I say hire Tony Schavone, him and JR were the voices of my childhood, and the top 2 announcers in the business!

    I’m digging the Piper’s Pit segment. Hot Rod really brought us back by making the main event title match ABOUT the TITLE and NOT Cena. Od School is the only school in my book!

    I loved seeing all the legends, but calling Brooklyn Brawler the “King of Old School”?!? There is only ONE King of Old School… and that man is “Mr Wrestling 3″ Steve Corino…

    All in all, it was great seeing JR show up Cole on the mic. And to have it done during one of Bryan Danielson’s matches was even better.

    I loved the night and think that Vince needs to return to what made him his money… Old School Wrestling!

  21. Kyle Christie says:

    @Jake same i watched rest on youtube but will watch last bit b4 NXT on thursday night

  22. N. Gaijin says:

    You know… I think LayCool makes me miss the days of Jillian Hall. Also a horrible gimmick, but at least she could wrestle when given the chance.

  23. Harry says:

    Please fire Michael Cole. How many times did he say it was 2011? Although…did anyone hear him say he ran the show? Perhaps he’s really the “anonymous GM”? And why did he have to go back and ruin Smackdown too?

  24. Andrew says:

    Would love to see Roddy Piper come back on a more regular basis the guy is a legend and looked in awesome shape which is good to see again from the hot rod he still has so much passion for the business and can really cut a promo and sell a match, would love to see him in the ring one more time now that he is fit again and has overcome so much in the past few years, come on vince make it happen.

  25. kev-do says:

    I was surprised how old May young is now 87? sad to see her fad away, notice the Bellas holding her up? Also Piper just looks old but man can he still cut a mean promo with so much passion. Loved JR coming and yes now I despise Micheal Cole saying he is the voice of WWE, shut him up JR!

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