Here we go folks! Let's see how WWE follows up on a really great Extreme Rules PPV!
They open with a video feature on the aftermath of John Cena's battle with Brock Lesnar, including clips of Cena's post-match speech.
After the opening, ring announcer Justin Roberts welcomes everyone to "Raw starring Brock Lesnar." He introduces John Laurinaitis. He proclaimed that in one night, he revolutionized WWE and everything we know about it. He says that the audience should thank him for bringing Brock Lesnar back to WWE because in one night, he beat up John Cena so bad, he will never "be the man he was and proven to be a mere mortal." He said that Lesnar turned the WWE Universe on its ear more than any one man in the past and brought legitimacy back to WWE.
Brock Lesnar comes out. He's getting booed big time. He says that the world witnessed Brock Lesnar bringing the pain first-hand, exactly what he told the world he was going to do. Laurinaitis applauded that and said that's why Lesnar is the face of W...W...
Triple H's music hit and he came out, wearing a suit and tie. The announcers noted that this is the first time we've seen him since the Wrestlemania bout against Undertaker. He and Laurinaitis shake hands. Wait, since when are they cool with each other? Ace thinks HHH is out to congratulate Lesnar on being the new face.
The crowd chants for HHH and he stares blankly at them. He said that he's out here to do what Ace is supposed to do but doesn't have the guts to do. He tells Lesnar that his days of holding up the company through. He said that Lesnar's private jet won't be taking home, and neither will the limo that brought him here. He said Lesnar isn't getting a raise or treated special. He said that the name of the show will always be "Monday Night Raw." Lesnar just started at him. HHH says that no one is bigger than WWE and if he wants to be here, he'll get everything that was offered to him in the contract that HHH approved - the first one he signed with John Laurinaitis, not the one Ace agreed to but HHH didn't approve.
Ace says that he's in charge of contracts and it's not fair that the company goes back on it's word. HHH ripped up a contract and said he's not going to approve it. He said that Lesnar isn't some country bumpkin, he's a shrewd person that's been made into a global brand. So, Lesnar knows that John had no authority and Lesnar isn't getting anything he was told he would be getting. HHH said that he does want Brock here and so do the fans. The crowd booed him. HHH said that the fans might not like him, but they want to see him in a rematch with John Cena and see him face CM Punk, Randy Orton, and Sheamus. He said that if Lesnar is going to give it to them, it's under the terms of the contract he agreed to when he came back, when Lesnar agreed.
HHH said that if Brock doesn't want to be here or re-sign, he understands that's fine. He said if Lesnar wants to go take his ball and pack it away with his loss with Cena and go home, that's fine but HHH doesn't think he wants that. He asks Lesnar for an answer and Laurinaitis interfered. HHH said it was between him and Lesnar and asked Lesnar again. Lesnar said John signed the deal. HHH said his original deal was more than fair. Laurinaitis tried to intercede, so HHH told him to shut up. HHH turned to Brock and asked if they had a deal. You know an F5 is coming.
Laurinaitis said HHH was being disrespectful. HHH turned to Ace and was attacked by Lesnar. Lesnar beat him down in the corner but HHH fought back. Lesnar took him down and locked in a Kimura. They played it up like he had broken HHH's arm. Big Show, Sheamus, R Truth and Kofi Kingston hit the ring so Lesnar slid out and began tearing apart the ringside area. Security walked out Lesnar as HHH told the others that his arm is broken. Michael Cole said that Lesnar had just "fired himself."
The cameras followed Lesnar walking off through the back. The wrestlers helped HHH out of the ring very gingerly as the crowd chanted for HHH. Show told HHH that he "had a set of balls on him" and asked him what he was thinking. HHH said, "I'm telling you, it's broken."
After commercial, HHH was telling doctors that his arm was completely out of the socket and that he couldn't move it but could feel his fingers. He couldn't squeeze the fingers.
The announcers again talked about how Brock Lesnar must have fired himself tonight.
Eve Torres announced a Beat the Clock challenge tonight with the winner getting a WWE title shot at CM Punk at Over the Limit.
BEAT THE CLOCK: The Miz vs. WWE United States champion Santino Marella
They lock up and Santino takes him down and gets several quick covers. Miz isn't happy. The announcers say that Brock Lesnar has been escorted from the building. Miz nailed a high knee for a two count. Santino ducked a clothesline and shoulderblocked Miz down for a near fall. Miz drills Santino with a kick in the head for a near fall. Miz worked him over in the corner and stomped him down. Miz missed a charge and was rolled up out of the corner for a two count. Miz nailed a neckbreaker for a two count.
Miz nailed a running clothesline in the corner on a dazed Marella. He came off the ropes with a flying axehandle for a two count. Miz elbowed and punched Marella. He covered Marella for a two count. There was a small "Cobra" chant. Marella used a judo throw to get out of a chinlock and nailed a Stun Gun on Miz. Marella nailed a series of rights and split under Miz, then hit a hiptoss and headbutt.
Marella pulled out the Cobra but Miz ducked it and rolled him up from behind. Marella reversed for a two count. Marella went for the Cobra but Miz caught him with the Skull Crushing Finale in 4:18.
Your winner, The Miz.
Match was pretty much what you would expect. Nothing earth shattering here.
They showed clips of Layla El winning the Divas title last night.
WWE Divas champion Layla El vs. Brie Bella vs. Nikki Bella
They announced both Bellas as former champions. Really? The Bella were pissy with each other over the title loss last night.
The Bella were arguing at the bell so Layla dropkicked them into each other and rolled one up and the win.
Your winner and still Divas champion, Layla El!
Too short to be anything of consquence.
The lights went out as the announcers were talking about what happened with Brock Lesnar. Chris Jericho made his grand entrance. His arm is all wrapped up from the Street Fight at the PPV.
BEAT THE CLOCK: Chris Jericho vs. Big Show
Show chops away at Jericho several times and scored near falls. He whipped Jericho into the corner but was caught with a shoulderblock to the knees as he charged out. Jericho kicked away at Show but could only muster a one count on his cover.
Show came back to chop Jericho as he leapt through the air. He came off the ropes but Jericho rolled out of the way. Jericho nailed the Lionsault and covered Show for a rwo count. Jericho went for the Walls of Jericho but Show used a small package for a two count.
Show grabbed Jericho for a chokeslam but was kicked. Jericho covered him but Show easily kicks out. With 90 seconds left, Jericho nailed several kicks but was taken out by Show for another two count. They showed Miz watching on a monitor.
Show went for the KO but Jericho ducked. He went for the Codebreaker but Show caught him. Jericho locked on a front facelock over the ropes and they tumbled to the floor. Show charged and missed, landing in the timekeeper's area. Jericho returned to the ring and the referee was about to count ten on Show as the buzzer went off.
The referee ruled that Jericho won but as they went to commercial, the announcers weren't so sure.
When we came back, they ruled that Jericho's time actually had run out so Miz was still in charge.
Brodus Clay and friends did their entrance.
Brodus Clay vs. JTG
No Hornswoggle with Clay. They locked up and Clay muscled JTG back. They locked up again and Clay was kicked in the gut. He caught a kick and nailed JTG. He whipped JTG into the ropes and caught him in the mid-section, then slammed him. The announcers claimed that JTG had promised a big surprise for Clay.
Clay nailed his Rhino headbutt and squashed him in the corner. Clay suplexed JTG over and nailed the splash for the pin.
Your winner, Brodus Clay!
Typical Clay squash.
We see clips of the attack on HHH and stills from Cena vs. Lesnar.
Backstage, Eve Torres threw Teddy Long out of John Laurinaitis' office. Eve told John to calm down and that she gets it. She said that Lesnar was gone and HHH might blame him for it, but he needs to decide what type of leader he is going to be because the Board is watching. She asked him who John Cena's next opponent will be and he can guarantee that Cena isn't going to like it. He was really happy with himself.
BEAT THE CLOCK: Randy Orton vs. Jack Swagger
They locked up and Swagger went for a waistlock, but Orton escaped. Swagger nailed a series of shoulderblocks in the corner. He whipped Orton into the corner but was drilled with a clothesline for a two count. Swagger kicked Orton down and nailed the Vader splash off the buckles for a two count.
Swagger kicked Orton and went for a Gutwrench suplex. Orton landed on his feet and nailed a backbreaker for a two count. Swagger ducked a clothesline and tackled Orton's legs. Swagger nailed another tackle for a two count. The crowd chanted, "RKO."
Swagger worked over Orton in the corner with punches but was kicked by Orton, who fired back with right hands. Swagger overpowered him and locked in a submission hold, trying to force Orton to the mat. He locked in a hammerlock and rolled him around for a two count.
Swagger went for another Vader bomb but was kicked in the gut as he came down. Swagger was nailed with a powerslam and set up Swagger for the hanging DDT. Orton began setting up for the RKO but Swagger ducked and went for the anklelock with 18 seconds left.
Orton rolled through and sent Swagger into the buckles and pinned Swagger with the RKO in 4:16.
Your winner, Randy Orton, who's now got the best time.
GREAT match. This was the best and most competitive Swagger has looked in forever and they clicked really well in the ring.
WWE Tag Team champions Epico & Primo (with Rosa Mendes) vs. Kofi Kingston & R Truth
Primo kicked Little Jimmy, looking like a moron as it allowed Truth to clean house on him and clothesline Primo out of the ring.
When they returned from commercial, Truth covered Primo for a two count. The champions turned the tide and worked over Truth in the corner as the announcers confirmed that HHH's arm was indeed broken by Brock Lesnar. The champions continued beating on Truth in their corner, tagging in and out.
Truth fired back but was cut off with a double team. Primo worked him over with a series of right hands for a two count. Kingston tried to rally the crowd behind his partner. Truth nailed a leg lariat as Primo charged and made the hot tag to Kingston.
Kingston came in with a flying clothesline on Epico, then nailed a dropkick and another clothesline. He nailed the Boom Drop for a two count then nailed Epico. Rosa distracted the referee but it didn't matter as Truth used that to nail Epico and Kingston nailed the Trouble in Paradise to score the win.
Your winners and new WWE Tag Team champions, Kofi Kingston & R Truth!
Decent back and forth match.
Backstage, the former champions were arguing when Abraham Washington told them that had he been representing them, they wouldn't have lost the belts.
BEAT THE CLOCK: Great Khali vs. Kane
What did we do to deserve this?
Khali chopped away at Kane in several corners, nailing a number of chops. Kane went for a chokeslam but it was broken. Kane nailed a dropkick to Khali's legs and began working him over, scoring a two count. Kane nailed DDT and covered Khali for a two count.
Kane covered Khali again and locked in a chinlock, then drilled him in the back of the head with several punches. Kane went to the top and nailed a top rope clothesline. He covered Khali, who kicked out at one. Kane was nailed by Khali several times as they hit a minute left.
Khali nailed the big chop to the head but Kane rolled out of the ring. Khali followed him out with 24 seconds left. He rolled Kane and they grabbed each other for chokeslams as the clock expired.
They continued battling and Kane chokeslammed Khali after.
It was what you would expect with Khali involved.
They said that John Cena would be meeting John Laurinaitis in the ring later to find out who his next opponent is.
BEAT THE CLOCK: Daniel Bryan vs. Jerry Lawler
Big pop for this!
Bryan didn't take it at all seriously, getting people to chant "Yes". They locked up and Bryan drilled him with a series of shots in the corner. He nailed a running dropkick in the corner for a two count. He continued to unload on Lawler in the corner but Lawler ducked a right and nailed a series of his own. Bryan nailed a headbutt and snapmared Lawler, then drilled him with a kneedrop for a two count.
Lawler came back with a series of punches and dropkicked Bryan for a two count. Bryan kicked Lawler and whipped him into the corner. Bryan missed a dropkick into the corner, setting him up for a fistdrop. Lawler pulled the strap down and nailed it for a two count.
Lawler went for the piledriver but Bryan backdropped him off and locked in the Yes Lock with 1:56 left. Lawler submitted.
Your winner and new top contender, Daniel Bryan!
That sound you heard was the Internet collectively pooping it's pants.
Punk comes out and applauds Bryan, then holds his WWE title over his head. That's going to be a fun PPV bout, folks!
Michael Cole reviewed what happened with Brock Lesnar and Triple H, promising there would be updates on the WWE website all this week.
John Cena made his way to the ring. He had his "injured arm" in a sling. Cena said that all his x-rays show no breaks and an MRI show no tears. He said that all the muscles in his arm are strained but he is here. He said he's been in WWE for a long time and there's a big difference between being hurt and injured. When you are injured, you go home. When you are hurt, you go out and do what you do best in a little bit of pain, so he's here.
Out came John Laurinaitis. Cena asked him if he got Zeus for his next opponent. Laurinaitis told Cena that when he told Lesnar he was the new face of WWE, he was trying to motivate Cena. Cena blew him off, saying he hired a mercenary to take him out. Laurinaitis tried to act like he did John a favor and Cena insulted him. Ace warned Cena he had the power to make Cena's life difficult. Cena called him an idiot if he thinks he can make his life more difficult. Laurinaitis said he was willing to let the past be the past and talk about the future.
Laurinatis said they were here to talk about his next opponent at Over the Limit. Out came Lord Tensai. He came to the ring. Ace nailed Cena from behind with the mic and announced his opponent at Over the Limit was....John Laurinaitis. Cena pulled himself up and all three assaulted Cena. Tensai nailed a back senton splash on Cena. Laurinaitis attacked Cena's arm, stomping it and grabbing an armbar.
Tensai pulled Cena to the ringpost and held his arm over the ringsteps for Laurinaitis to stomp it. Cole asked if the entire world had gone crazy. Laurinaitis slammed a chair over Cena's bad arm. We go off the air with the dastardly villains walking out as Cena is in the ring holding his arm.
Good angle to close the show and a good two hours overall.
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