7/18 WWE Raw Recap (MITB Fall Out)
* Live from Green Bay, WI
No opening video, Vince McMahon and Johnny Ace make their way to the ring. The WWE locker room is waiting backstage. Fans chant “CM Punk,” but Vince said he won’t utter that name ever again. McMahon said Punk walked on everybody, and said he’s a self centered turd. McMahon said tonight, they will crown a new WWE champion in an eight man tournament. The matches announced:
* Mysterio vs. Ziggler
* Swaggger vs. R-Truth
* Kingston vs. Del Rio
* Riley vs. Miz
Vince noted Cena isn’t in the tournament. Vince said there will be “severe consequences” for Cena, as he said there would be if Punk left Chicago with the WWE title belt.
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler talk about Cena noting on his Twitter page that he feels he has already been future endeavored, and apologized to The Rock for not making it to Wrestlemania.
(1) First Round – tournament for the WWE championship: The Miz vs. Alex Riley. The Miz limped to the ring, and is selling that his knee is banged up in the match. Riley applied the sharp shooter, but Miz made it to the ropes from the break. The Miz pinned Riley at 4:58 to advance to the semi finals. Miz will advance and will face the Del Rio vs. Kingston winner.
– Backstage, R-Truth appeared to be talking to himself walking down the hallway backstage.
– We see a highlight package for the soon to be returning John Morrison.
(2) First Round – tournament for the WWE championship: Jack Swagger vs. R-Truth. The announces talked about The Big Show’s broken fibula suffered at the hands of Mark Henry at last night’s Money in the Bank PPV. R-Truth defeated Swagger in 4:17 by countering Swagger’s ankle lock attempt. R-Truth will face the Mysterio vs. Ziggler in the next round.
up next.. Kingston vs. MITB winner Albert Del Rio.
(3) First Round – tournament for the WWE championship: Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston. Before the match, Del Rio cut a promo putting himself over as the Money in the Bank winner. Del Rio said he tried to cash in his title shot last night because CM Punk ran as a chicken. Del Rio said he hopes John Cena gets fired. Del Rio said its his destiny to be WE champion. Del Rio brought out the returning ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez.
After a break, Cole said The Rock has responded to Cena via Twitter. The Rock called Cena’s apology phoney, and has asked McMahon not to fire Cena. Kingston won at 5:06 with a roll through. Kingston advances to the semi-finals. Next round, Miz vs. Kingston.
– Backstage, Rey Mysterio is seen backstage preparing for his match with Ziggler, and its next.
– Backstage, Josh Mathews interviewed Kingston. Kingston said tonight is an opportunity, and his first step was beating Del Rio. “One down, two to go,” said Kingston.
(4) First Round – tournament for the WWE championship: Rey Mysterio vs. U.S. champion Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero). Mysterio pinned Ziggler at 4:55 to advance to the second round, and will face R-Truth later tonight.
* Miz vs. Kingston
* Mysterio vs. R-Truth
Backstage, Vince is talking to Johnny Ace, as they keep an eye on the tournament.
(5) WWE divas champion Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim, Eve Torress, Beth Phoenix, AJ, Natalya and Kaitlyn vs. The Bella Twins, Alicia Fox, Maryse, Melina, Tamina and Rosa. With the divas brawling on the outside, Beth pinned Rosa in 1:01.
Next up, Miz vs. Kingston.
Tonight’s secret word is Surge
(6) Semi-finals: Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz. The Miz advanced the finals by beating Kingston at 3:49.
– Backstage, R-Truth says he deserves to be the WWE champion more than anyone in the tournament. He said tonight, he’s gonna get Little Rey Rey, and the title is gonna get got.
– We see another video of Tough Enough winner Andy Leavine
(7) Semi-finals: Rey Mysterio vs. R-Truth. R-Truth had Mysterio beat, but Mysterio was able to grab the rope to break a three count. Mysterio hit a 619, follow up off the top rope, and pinned R-Truth to advance to the finals at 12:48. Mysterio vs. The Miz for the WWE championship.
Vince McMahon comes out and asks Rey Mysterio and The Miz to postpone the finals until next week in the interest of time. Vince tells Rey this is bigger than him. Fans chant “CM Punk.” McMahon thanked Cena for his contributions. McMahon said he has to make the best decision for business, and in time, the fans will thank him. “CM Punk” chants again. Vince says lets do this, and out comes Cena. Cena said that is fine with what McMahon is going to do. Cena talks about HBK, and not wanting to be the man that screwed Punk ala HBK screwed Bret Hart. Cena tells CM Punk it was a hell of match last night, and thanked him. Cena tells Vince he has eight months to find a new opponent for The Rock at Wrestlemania. Cena said he loves WWE. He said if Vince makes him walk, he show up another show “brother!” Cena said he won’t kiss Vince’s ass. Here comes Triple H to the ring, dressed up in a suit. Triple H said there was a board of directors meeting this morning. The board is concerned about this situation, and about Vince. The board is concerned about Vince’s recent questionable decisions. The board has filed an injunction against McMahon with a vote of no confidence. The board has appointed someone to take over the day to day operations of WWE – and Triple H says, its him! The Game tells Vince he isn’t going to fire John Cena. Triple H tells Vince that he is revealed of his duties. Vince sheds tears, as the fans chant “hey, hey, good-bye.” Hunter says, “I love you pop, and i’m sorry,” and walks away. Fans chant “thank you Vince” as the show ends.