Hunter says nothing and then John asks.
Hunter says that what he will say, he will say in front of the world (not like there is a camera there). He wishes Laurinaitis luck with John Cena on Sunday.
We are live from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and your announcers are Michael ‘Crosby’ Cole and Jerry ‘8:30 on Fridays? Really?’ Lawler.
Triple H makes his way to the ring. We see what happened two weeks ago with Brock and Triple H.
Hunter says everyone wants to know his thoughts on Brock Lesnar. He says that he has been telling everybody the same thing. It isn’t the physical that is bothering him. He is offended by Brock Lesnar and what he said about ‘bringing legitimacy’ back to the WWE. The day before he came back here, he was in a ring in front of 78,000 people in front of the most watched Wrestlemania going toe to toe with the Undertaker. All he was thinking was ‘I hope someone can come along to make this legitimate’. His arrogance offends him Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, John Cena, Randy Savage, and many more.
Hunter says that it offends him as a fan. He started out as a kid and he will always be a part of this WWE Universe. As a member of this universe, Brock offends him.
Hunter says that he is big enough to admit that he was slightly embarrassed. He was embarrassed because he bought into Brock Lesnar’s crap and hype. The same crap and hype he bought into in 2002 when met this incredibly talented, simpleton farmer from Minneapolis. Hunter told Brock that he would be the Next Big Thing. He shot to the top of the WWE where we knew he would be.
When Brock got challenged for the first time to find that little extra and fight, Brock quit. When it wasn’t so easy, Brock quit and went to the UFC. He took his talent and shot to the top of the UFC. When he got there, someone kicked his ass a little bit and when he tried to fight and wasn’t so easy, Brock quit.
Brock decided to come back to the WWE and he looked at John Cena and the ground is fertile to take care of him. Brock stepped in the ring with John Cena and gave every bit of that ass kicker but John never quit. John did what Brock never did and John looked inside and he fought and beat Brock Lesnar. Then Lesnar came out the next night, making ridiculous contractual demands only to be told no.
When he was told no, Brock did what Brock always did. Brock Lesnar quit. The fact is . . .
Brock’s music plays and out comes Paul Heyman and he is accompanied by a man with an envelope.
Paul says that he gets it and understands. It is the big spin and damage control. It is what every promoter has said when they lose their biggest star. Triple H lost his biggest star and now he thinks he is a businessman. Paul says that this is an open and shut case. His contract entered into a binding oral agreement with Hunter’s employee, John Laurinaitis. However, Hunter illegally ripped up that contract. Paul says that it is breach of contract.
Paul says that you bring a fighter into an entertainment company and you hate it when he wants to fight. Paul says that Hunter doesn’t get the importance of the situation, but he does get this.
Paul tells Hunter to consider himself served. Paul says that Brock is suing him for the millions of dollars that WWE owes him. Paul says that Brock is disappointed with what happened on a professional level, but he expected more from Triple H. Paul says that Brock got a corporate sycophant who has not lived up to the expectations. Paul tells Hunter that he will write a check to Brock Lesnar for millions of dollars with his right hand.
Hunter knocks the mic out of Paul’s hand and grabs him by the face.
Hunter backs away and he tells Paul to tell Brock that he is going to get everything that he deserves.
Paul tells Hunter that he screwed up again. Not only is there a breach of contract waiting for him, he is going to be sued for assault and battery. Paul tells Hunter he will see him in court.
Michael and Jerry talk about Paul Heyman’s maneuvering.
We see footage from last week when John Laurinaitis confronted Big Show in the back.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: CM Punk and Santino Marella versus Daniel Bryan and Cody Rhodes
Cody and Punk start things off but Punk wants Bryan. They lock up and Punk backs Cody into the corner but Cody reverses positions. Cody with a kick and arm bar. Punk with forearms and a slam. Punk looks at Bryan and he sends Cody into the corner so Bryan will tag. Bryan refuses to tag and he smiles at Punk.
Punk with a kick and elbow followed by an Irish whip. Cody with a knee. Cody is sent to the floor by Punk and then Bryan gets back body dropped onto Rhodes. Santino tells Punk to go for a suicide dive and he hits it. Santino sets for a dive to the floor but he gets caught in the ropes and Punk checks on him.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Santino with punches to Cody. Cody with kicks to Santino. Santino blocks a punch and he punches Cody around the ring followed by an Irish whip but Cody with a punch. Bryan tags in and Rhodes with an Irish whip and Bryan with the running drop kick into the corner. Bryan gets a near fall followed by knee drops to the throat. Bryan gets a near fall.
Rhodes tags in and he hits a gourdbuster for a near fall. Rhodes with a punch to the head and Bryan tags back in. Bryan with a kick to the midsection. Bryan with kicks to Santino’s chest and then Bryan with an arm bar. Santino with a punch and forearm but Bryan with kicks and then he tags Cody back in. Cody with more kicks.
Cody with a slam and he hits a knee drop and rolls through before getting a near fall. Bryan tags back in and he kicks Santino in the ribs and the referee warns him. Bryan draws Punk in and the referee deals with him while Cody and Bryan double team Santino. Bryan tags in and Santino avoids Rhodes but he falls short diving for Punk.
Punk does tag in and he hits a series of clotheslines followed by a leg lariat. Punk with the running knee into the corner and a bulldog. Punk tells Bryan it is time to go to sleep but Cody escapes the hold. Punk with a round kick to the head and Bryan tries to break up the cover. Punk gets Bryan on his shoulders and then he avoids a kick.
Santino scares Cody with the Cobra and Rhodes turns into Punk and gets a Go To Sleep. Punk gets the three count.
Winners: CM Punk and Santino Marella
After the match, Bryan stares down Punk from the ramp.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Alicia Fox versus Beth Phoenix
They lock up and Beth backs Alicia into the corner. Beth misses a punch and Alicia with a leap frog. Beth with an Irish whip and Alicia with a kick. Beth with a lariat. Layla makes her way to the stage while Beth peppers Alicia with kicks. Beth sees Layla and then Beth presses Alicia over her head and drops Alicia to the mat. Beth looks at Layla and then hits the Glam Slam for the three count.
Winner: Beth Phoenix
After the match, Layla applauds Beth’s performance, but was she mocking Beth?
Beth goes after Alicia and Layla goes to the ring and she hits a flying hair take down.
We see a video package for some of John Cena’s Make a Wish work, along with other WWE Superstars.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we are told that there is going to be a pre-show again on Sunday. Zack Ryder will face Kane on the pre-show.
Michael Cole wonders if we are going to see Big Show’s final match in WWE. We take a look back at last week’s Raw to see why Show is in this predicament.
John Laurinaitis and the returning Coffee Mug attached to David Otunga make their way to the ring.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Big Show versus Kane
They lock up and Show with a waist lock take down into a front face lock. Kane with punches to Show and he backs Show into the corner. Kane with shoulders and a punch. Show sends Kane into the corner and he punches Kane. Show with a biel. Show follows that with a head butt and Irish whip but he misses a charge into the corner. Kane with a kick to the knee followed by a cross body for a near fall.
Kane punches Show and then he applies a reverse chin lock. Show with a shoulder tackle and clothesline. Show with a slam and he goes to the turnbuckles for a Banzai drop but Kane moves out of the way. Kane goes up top but Show catches Kane by the throat. Kane with an uppercut but Show sends Kane over the top rope to the floor.
Show goes to the floor and he Irish whips Kane into the guardrails. Show with a spear to Kane on the floor and the referee continues his count. Laurinaitis wants an apology and he gets on the mic. That allows Kane to recover and hit a choke slam for the three count.
After the match, Laurinaitis wants Show to get up and talk to him like a man. John wants Show to look into his eyes. He wants to know if it was smart of Show to do what he did to his leader. John demands an apology right now and it better be good or he will be fired.
Show gets a mic and he thinks about it. Show tells Johnny that he has been thinking long and hard about what he was going to say to him. Show tells John that when he broke into WCW he was 23 years old. For the past 18 years, he has seen it all. He even got his Wrestlemania Moment. There is a part of him who can walk away with his head held high with no regrets. The truth is that he loves what he does. He loves waking up every day to perform for the fans. It is not just about the matches. It is about coming down the aisle and seeing the looks on the kid’s faces. It is the bonds he has made with the people in the back.
Show tells Johnny not to erase 18 years of his life for something petty. He tells John to fine him or bar him from having a title match again, that is okay too. If him imitating John’s voice offended John, Show says that he is sorry. If there is an ounce of decency in him, John will allow Show to continue what he loves.
John tells Show that his comments were passionate, but Show never heard him say he was sorry. Show says he is sorry but John wants everyone to hear it. John tells Show to beg him. He tells Show to get on his knees and beg him.
Show thinks about whether or not he should be getting on his knees. He tells John if he wants him to beg, he will beg. Show pleads for John to not have him get on his knees.
John says that Show disgusts him as well as all of Show’s fans. John says that he is going to do what is right for business. John reconsiders his position and walks up the ramp while Otunga and his coffee follow a few steps behind.
John gets to the stage and he tells Show that even though he is going to be on the unemployment line, John is going to fire him, but Show gets on his knees.
Show apologizes and John wants to know what he is apologizes for. John wishes Show well in his future endeavors and he is fired.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Big Show being fired.
Jerry Lawler says that he is a personal friend of Big Show and after nearly twenty years in the business, Show deserved better.
Match Number Four: Kofi Kingston, R Truth, and Brodus Clay with the Funkettes versus Miz, Dolph Ziggler, and Jack Swagger with Vickie Guerrero
Truth and Swagger start things off and Truth with a side head lock. Truth does a pelvic thrust before punching Swagger. Clay tags in and head butts Swagger. He takes care of Ziggler and hits a Sheeeeeplex on Miz. Truth and Kofi clothesline Miz over the top rope to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler with a reverse chin lock on Truth and Ziggler with a headstand to add extra pressure to the neck.
We see Abraham Washington and his clients in a sky box.
Truth punches Ziggler but Ziggler with a drop kick and a near fall. Miz tags in and he kicks Truth in the ribs. Miz with a kick to the head for a near fall. Miz with a front face lock. Truth gets to his feet and Miz punches Clay on the apron. Truth with a leg lariat and both men are down.
Kofi tags in and he hits a springboard chop followed by an elbow and drop kick. Kofi misses a Superman punch but Kofi hits SOS and gets a near fall. Swagger charges at Truth and Truth moves so Swagger goes to the floor. Clay with a head butt to Ziggler.
Clay tags in and Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise. Clay with a splash for the three count.
Winners: Brodus Clay, R Truth, and Kofi Kingston
We go to commercial.
We are back with the WWE Rewind: Sheamus versus Chris Jericho from Smackdown.
CM Punk and Alex Riley are walking in the back and AJ stops Punk. She is very nervous in front of Punk and she wishes him luck on Sunday. Punk says that he doesn’t want to get in the middle of her and Daniel Bryan. Punk says that he doesn’t think it is a set up but he does not trust Daniel. Punk mentions that AJ has been pretty unstable since he has known her.
Punk leaves and AJ has that psychotic look on her face.
Sheamus makes his way to the ring to watch the main event.
Match Number Five: Randy Orton versus Chris Jericho
They lock up and Orton with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Jericho tries for a hip toss but Orton with a counter and a near fall. Jericho with a chop but Orton with a kick and drop kick. Orton clotheslines Jericho over the top rope to the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Jericho with a reverse chin lock. We see footage from the commercial break when Jericho used a thumb to the eye to change momentum in the match. Orton punches Jericho and connects with a head butt. Jericho with a knee to the midsection followed by an elbow drop. Jericho goes to the apron for a slingshot splash onto Orton for a near fall.
Jericho kicks Orton in the corner and then he slaps Orton in the head. Orton with kicks and a European uppercut. Orton with more punches and European uppercut. Orton with an Irish whip and runs into a boot. Jericho with a drop kick from the second turnbuckle for a near fall. Orton with punches but Jericho with a back elbow and a Lionsault but he lands on Orton’s knees. Orton with two clotheslines and then he avoids one from Jericho so that means power slam.
Orton runs into an elbow but Orton with a back breaker and Jericho rolls to the apron. Orton pulls Jericho into position for the IEDDT but Jericho goes into the ring and Jericho with a back body drop that sends Orton towards Sheamus. Jericho has something to say to Sheamus and Sheamus gets up.
Jericho sends Orton into Sheamus and Jericho smiles at what he did.
Orton kicks Jericho as he re-enters the ring and Orton hits the IEDDT. Orton twists into position for the RKO but Sheamus pulls Jericho out of the ring and clotheslines Jericho, causing the referee to call for the bell.
Winner: Chris Jericho by disqualification
After the match, Orton and Sheamus have an argument at ringside. Orton wants Sheamus to get in the ring with him and Sheamus obliges.
Referees come to the ring and who knew that they had so many referees.
We go to commercial.
We are back and in case you missed it live or on the first replay, we see Big Show being fired by John Laurinaitis.
We are told that Randy Orton and Sheamus will wrestle on Smackdown.
John Laurinaitis comes out and says what Big Show couldn’t say. He says that he is sorry that everyone thinks that John Cena is their favorite superstar. That means that they are losers because John is a loser. Cena lost to Rock at Wrestlemania. At Extreme Rules, Cena looked like a loser. Laurinaitis says that he is better than Rock and Brock and he will win on Sunday and prove everyone that they are losers.
Laurinaitis says that if there were not losers like you, there would not be winners like him.
John Cena’s music plays and he comes to the ring.
Cena gets next to Laurinaitis and he smells him and he says that desperation is suck a stinky cologne. He says that Laurinaitis looks like the Manchurian Candidate and Cena makes fun of Laurinaitis’ voice. Cena wants to know if Laurinaitis will fire him like he did to Show. He says that Laurinaitis was a scumbag before he did it and now he became the undisputed king of douchebaggery.
Cena says that Laurinaitis has the gall to call himself a winner. At Wrestlemania, he did nothing and his team won. Cena says that he will give Laurinaitis that one. Laurinaitis wanted Punk removed as WWE Champion and Punk is still WWE Champion. His crowning glory was to bring in Brock Lesnar to beat Cena at Extreme Rules. Brock lost and quit. Cena says that Laurinaitis is one for four and that makes him a loser.
Cena gets very demonstrative with his ability to say the word loser.
Cena says at Over the Limit Laurinaitis is going to be a loser because in his backstabbing rise to power, he has managed to step on everyone. He stepped on every member of the WWE Universe tonight in the name of People Power. Cena tells Laurinaitis to change it to Person Power because the only person who matters to Laurinaitis is himself. Cena wants to know how many people want to punch Laurinaitis so hard that he still thinks he is starring in Gleaming the Cube.
Cena has another question. How many people want to beat him so bad that he squeals like a baby calf.
It shows that Laurinaitis has no concept of reality. Cena says that there is no better place for a wake up call than in Pittsburgh. Cena mentions the Steel Curtain and how it is a legion of men who decimate and hurt their opponents. That is what he will do at Over the Limit.
The second thing is the Penguins. Laurinaitis says that he was going to mention the Penguins later in his promo. Cena interrupts Laurinaitis and Laurinaitis starts to laugh. Cena wants to hear what Laurinaitis was going to say about the Penguins and Laurinaitis calls them losers.
Cena responds and he says that a few Penguins are in the crowd tonight. Cena says that they will enjoy this. Cena takes a puck out of his pocket and he tells Laurinaitis to go puck himself.
Laurinaitis says that those are tough words that he is saying. He tells Cena that he is Big Johnny. He is taller than Cena and better looking.
Eve makes her way to the ring and Laurinaitis says that he can make or change matches and he can add stipulations. Eve tries to tell Laurinaitis something and Eve hands him a piece of paper. Cena takes it and he says that Laurinaitis can’t read. Cena says that it is from the WWE Board of Directors.
The match at Over the Limit will be one-on-one. There will be no special guest referee. There will be no one allowed at ringside. The only way to win is by pinfall or submission. Any superstar who interferes will be immediately terminated.
Cena says that if Laurinaitis loses the match, he will be terminated.
Cena stops his music because he is not done. He wants to hear the gigantic announcement that Michael Cole talked about.
Cena wants to know what the major announcement is. Laurinaitis slaps Cena and walks out of the ring.
We go to credits.