7/25/11 Live Coverage of Monday Night Raw
Welcome to live coverage of Monday Night Raw! The first match of the night is Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz to determine a new WWE Champion.
The show opens with the WWE Title proudly displayed for all to see. Rey Mysterio makes his way to the ring first. The Miz makes his entrance second. The show the entire locker room huddled around the monitor to watch the match. Cole and Lawler are putting this match over as if it’s the biggest match in WWE history.
The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio: WWE Championship
They lock-up in the middle of the ring as Miz walks Rey into the corner. Miz takes a few seconds and lets Rey go. They lock up again and Miz grabs a headlock. Mysterio pushes Miz into the ropes and Miz lands a shoulder tackle for a one count. Rey gets up and lands some leg kicks. Rey lands a tilt a world hurricanrana. Rey climbs the to the top rope and attempts another hurricanrana but Miz catches him in a power bomb like position and throws him backwards as Rey hits his head on the turnbuckle. Miz follows with his running clothesline in the corner for a two count. Miz lands a few knees to the back and grabs a rear chin lock. Rey battles up with elbows but Miz cuts him off with a running knee. Miz chokes Mysterio on the second rope. Rey battles back with punches but Miz boots him in the gut and throws Rey out of the ring under the second rope and follows with a baseball slide drop kick to Rey. Miz goes outside but Rey sends him into the steel steps.
Back from commercial and Miz has Mysterio in a rear chin lock. Rey battles up with elbows but Miz counters with a deathdrop on his knee and follows up with a neck breaker. Miz covers for only a two count. Miz throws Mysterio into the turnbuckle chest first. Attempts a belly to back suplex and Rey flips over and throws Miz between the top and middle buckle shoulder first. Rey climbs the top rope and lands a seated senton followed by a cross body for a two count. Miz kicks Rey in the gut and lands a DDT for a two count. Miz is pissed Rey kicked out. Miz runs off the rops and lands a mafia kick but only gets a two count. Miz picks up Rey by the waist and is countered with a forward roll for a two count. Miz grabs Rey for a power bomb and Mysterio rolls out of it and drop kicks Miz’s leg which sends him into position for a 619. Miz moves out of the way of the 619, kicks Rey in the gut and lands a sit down power bomb for a close two count. Miz is calling for the skull crushing finale. Mysterio fights to avoid it. Miz hoists up Rey with a full nelson to the top rope and sets Rey up for a tree of woe. Miz misses as Rey sits up. Rey lands a hurricanrana which sets up Miz for the 619 which he lands. Mysterio hits the frog splash for the 1-2-3!
Winner via Pin fall and NEW WWE CHAMPION: Rey Mysterio.
Rey celebrates and is blind sided by the Miz. Rey is left laying and Alberto Del Rio’ music hits as he makes his way to the ring with the Money in the Bank briefcase. As Alberto is screaming for someone to start the match at ringside, Rey lands a top rope plancha. Del Rio gets up with the briefcase and leaves the ringside area. Rey celebrates in the ring with the title.
HHH State of the WWE address is scheduled for tonight.
Rey is in the back celebrating with the wrestlers as the pour champagne on him. John Cena comes in and everyone is quiet. John shakes Rey’s hand, smiles and leaves. Rey says you have to make sacrifices in life to get what you want and all the lonely nights on the road away from his family paid off.
Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring with Vicky and new remix of his entrance music. Evan Bourne comes out second. They lock up and Dolph grabs a headlock. Bourne sends Ziggler into the ropes and lands a drop kick to the face of Ziggler which sends him outside. Ziggler is back in the ring and Bourne lands some leg kicks. Dolph catches a kick and Bourne misses a kick and Dolph lands a rocker dropper for a two count. Ziggler measures Bourne and lands a drop kick to the face for a two count. Dolph grabs a rear chin lock. Crowd chanting “Vicky sucks” Bourne battles back but Ziggler cuts him off. Ziggler attempts a suplex but Bourne fights out of it with downward knees to the head. Bourne hits two drop kicks and a clothesline. Ziggler stumbles to the corner and Bourne charges in to be met with an elbow. Ziggler climbs to the top rope and Bourne hits a standing hurricanrana from the canvas to the top rope. Bourne misses Air Bourne. Ziggler hits the Zig Zag, lands a rear naked choke and the ref calls for the bell.
Winner by submission: Dolph Ziggler.
Ziggler grabs the mic and says “follow that”
Back from commercial and the Bella’s and Eve are shouting at each other in the back. Keith Stone walks in and tries to keep the peace. Says he came to watch the WWE and not a cat fight. Eve complains about the Bella’s switching during their matches. Keith grabs Nikki’s arm and draws this crazy long tattoo that covered her entire arm in the matter of seconds. It ends with Eve telling Keith he is so smooth.
Cole says the Bella’s left the building they were so embarrassed.
Tag Team match: Kelly Kelly and Eve vs. Melina and Maryse.
Eve and Maryse lock up and Eve counters with a downward spiral. Stands over Maryse and shakes her ass in Maryse’s face and lands a standing moonsault for a two count. Maryse hits Eve in the back of the head with a spin kick. Places Eve in the corner and gives her the stink face. Tags in Melina and she lands a few punches. Eve lands a few of her own and tags Kelly Kelly. Kelly lands a Thez press. Kelly ducks a clothesline and lands a neck breaker. Kelly goes to punch Maryse. Maryse ducks and Kelly slaps her in the ass and Maryse falls off the apron in shock. Kelly lands a bulldog on Melina and attempts a pin but Maryse breaks it up. Eve jumps in and her and Maryse fall out of the ring and brawl outside. Kelly Kelly lands a rocker dropper for a three count.
Winner: Kelly Kelly and Eve
They show R-Truth talking to HHH with no sound while Lawler says HHH is going to announce a block buster return to the WWE!
HHH enters the ring and says he wants to get something off his chest. Says the reason the WWE is the global power house it is today is because of the genius of Vince and wants to thank him from the bottom of his heart. He congratulates Rey on winning the WWE title. Says since he is in charge, he can do things a little differently. Says there will be a second WWE title match. Says both men agreed to it and Rey will defend against the man who was cheated out his rematch, John Cena.
Says there is one mans name he keeps hearing day in and day out and the fans chant for CM Punk. HHH stops for a few seconds and asks the fans to help him welcome this superstar back to Raw and it is…..JIM ROSS. Cole can’t believe it and Lawler looks like a kid on Christmas. Cole grabs the mic and stands on the announce table. Cole says no disrespect to HHH but how can you talk about the future when JR is the walking dead. Says he has done everything the company has asked him since Wrestlemania and says what he won’t do is work with a two faced…….one faced Oklahoma red-neck. Says JR of needs money since his restaurants went belly up. Says he ate all the profits. Says JR spent years kissing Vince’s ass and now he is going to kiss HHH’s ass. Says Ross’s ego could not let him sit at home and says the only thing bigger then he ego is his gut.
HHH says he knew Cole would be upset and almost fired him. Says he looked at Cole’s contract and it would cost the company more to fire him since he has a large severance package. Says he can’t believe someone signed Cole to such a contract. HHH says to be fair, Cole has the night off and has until Friday at Smackdown and has to decide if he still wants his job. Cole says he will never quit and will sit down and do his job. HHH tells Cole not to sit down because he will be late for his match. Tells Cole he has to wrestle or he will be fired and has gear for him in the trainer’s room.
R-Truth enters the ring and says HHH is the man that has been part of the conspiracy. Says unlike Cole, he likes what he sees but, he wants to know what he is going to do for him. Looks at little Jimmy and says spiders and heights cost him the MITB match. HHH asks if Truth is talking to him or the other guys. Truth says there are no other guys behind him as he starts talking to imaginary people around him. HHH starts talking to people who are who not there, making fun of Truth. Truth looks shocked and says “Your crazy” to HHH. Also says “You may be the game, but he is not playing. HHH said he resigned another guy who wants a piece of Truth. John Morrison comes out and puts the beat down on Truth and hits Starship Pain.
Back from commercial and Cole makes his way to the ring where he is wearing HHH’s gear and spits water on the ring apron with HHH’s green lighting and King of Kings theme. Cole’s opponent is….ZACK RYDER.
JR mentions how Ryder has not been on Raw in sometime. Lawler calls him an internet sensation. Loud “lets go Ryder” chant. Cole offers his hand in friendship and Ryder kicks him in the gut. Measures him and hits his finisher JR calls the “Rough Ryder” for the three.
Winner via Pin fall: ZACK RYDER
Back from commercial and Ricardo Rodriguez is in the ring and announces Alberto Del Rio as he makes his way out to the arena in another expensive car. Kofi makes his way to the ring next.
The bell rings and Del Rio kicks Kofi in the gut as they are about to lock up. Hits Kofi with kicks and punches. Snaps Kofi over, bounces off the ropes and lands a drop kick to the back of Kofi’s head. Brings up Kofi and lands a few more punches and kicks. Kofi fires back and jumps on Del Rio’s shoulders and rolls him up for a two count. Kofi clotheslines Del Rio outside over the top rope and Del Rio sells to the entrance ramp and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Del Rio has control by grounding Kofi with a shoulder lock to the left arm. The ref breaks it up and Kingston avoids a shoulder block by Alberto and hits a crossbody from the top rope for two count. Kofi is selling his arm but hits a heel kick and followed by a flying clothesline. Kingston connects with the Boom Drop and prepares to hit Del Rio with Trouble in Paradise. Del Rio avoids it and drops Kofi on his shoulder. Covers him for two. Kofi gets back up and climbs the top rope but Alberto drop down and make a cover. Kofi rolls through, but Alberto grabs the ropes to avoid the pin and rolls to the apron. Kofi tries to bring him back in but Alberto was waiting and snaps Kofi’s arm off the top rope and gets him to submit to the Cross Armbreaker.
Winner via submission: Alberto Del Rio
They announce HHH will make his first appearance on Smackdown as CEO
Josh Matthews interviews The Miz. Miz says he can’t believe Cena gets a WWE title shot when he got us into this mess in the first place when Cena lost to “he shall not be mentioned.” Says things are worse since HHH took over. Can’t believe HHH brought back a castaway loser like Jim Ross and also can’t believe the face of the WWE is a man with no face in Mysterio. Says he will be on George Lopez show on Wednesday. Says he is the most must see WWE champion in history and not Cena and Mysterio. Says HHH’s new WWE is a huge mistake.
WWE TITLE MATCH: Rey Mysterio vs. John Cena
Rey comes out first and we go to commercial We come back from break and John Cena makes his way to the ring. The bell rings and Rey lands a leg kick and Cena backs off. Rey lands another one and Cena backs off into the corner. Rey lands some more leg kicks. Cena shoves Rey into the ropes and hits Rey with a shoulder tackle. Cena grabs Rey’s hands for a knuckle lock. Cena pulls up Rey. Rey leaps to Cena’s shoulders and slides down for a roll up for a two count. Rey grabs a headlock and Cena lifts up Rey and Rey flips over and lands on his feet. Cena lands a back suplex on Rey for a two count. Mysterio hits Cena with some leg kicks and hits Cena with a bulldog while pushing off the rope with his feet. Mysterio only gets a two count. Cena rolls outside and Mysterio lands a sunset drive over the top rope on to Cena. Rey throws Cena into the steps but Cena reverses and hits a massive clothesline. Throws Rey back in the ring and covers him for a two count.
Cena tries to wear down Mysterio with a waist lock submission. Mysterio fights up and Cena lifts him up, only to be countered with a DDT for a two count. Rey misses a kick and Cena catches his leg for the STF, but Rey gets to the ropes. Rey is on the apron. Cena goes after him but is hung out to dry on the rope. Mysterio spring boards to the top rope and lands a spring board moonsault for a near fall. Cena blocks the 619 and holds on to Rey and hits the running power slam for a two count. Cena is shocked he kicked out. Cena lands a shoulder tackle and Mysterio counters the second one with a drop kick to the chest. They get back up and Rey tries a moonsault form the second rope and Cena moves while Rey lands on his feet. Cena hits his belly to back forward slam on Mysterio and follows it up with the five knuckle shuffle. Rey elbows his way out of Cena’s AA and rolls over while flipping Cena over and follows with a drop kick for a two count. Rey drop toe holds Cena into the second turn buckle. Lands a seated senton from the top rope and Cena and tries for the AA but Rey counters and applies the STF on Cena. Cena powers out and puts Rey on his shoulders but his knee gives out. Rey lands a 619 on Cena and attempts a frog splash but Cena gets the knees up.
Cena counters Rey’s hurricanrana in the corner with a power bomb. Cena lands a leg drop from the top rope for a two count. Cena tries for the AA but Rey gets out of it and he drop kicks Cena into the ropes. Rey runs for the 619 but Cena catches him for the AA and it’s 1-2-3. AMAZING MATCH
Winner via pin fall and NEW WWE CHAMPION JOHN CENA
As Cena celebrates Cult of Personality by Living Colour plays and CM Punk makes his way to the ring with the WWE title around his waist and a white shirt that says “best in the world”. They face off in the ring and Cena holds up his belt to a mix of cheers and boo birds while Punk holds up his belt to all cheers to end the show.