WWE is back with an all-new Monday Night Raw coming on the heels of the TLC 2011 PPV last night. Join me for full coverage beginning at 9pm EST!
The show starts with an award show-like opening with CM Punk making some jokes and introducing himself as the winner from TLC last night. He does his entrance and cuts a promo in the ring, first introducing Zack Ryder and Daniel Bryan for winning their title matches. The Philadelphia crowd is red-hod for Punk and Bryan, and also does a loud WOO WOO WOO for Ryder. Ryder and Bryan cut short promos, as the Miz, Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio come out on the entrance ramp. Fighting ensues, John Laurinaitis comes out and books a six-man tag for the main event.
Wade Barrett vs. Randy Orton
This is a rematch of the tables match from last night. Brawling moves from the ring to the floor and after about 2 minutes we go to a break.
And we’re back! Barrett is in control and beating down Orton in the ring. He has Orton up for Wasteland but Orton floats out. A bit more action then Barrett does a thumb to the eye in the view of the ref for a DQ. Lame.
Orton by DQ
After the match, Barrett continues attacking Orton in the ring. He goes to the floor and grabs a table from under the ring, and puts it into the ring. Barrett gives Orton Wasteland through the table and then… they play his music.
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler talk about the HHH/Nash match from TLC last night. Nash suffered MULTIPLE contusions and will be out a minimum of six weeks. Lawler speculates he might be gone forever. A man can dream….
Alicia Fox and Beth Phoenix are split-screen WALKING.
Alicia Fox vs. Beth Phoenix
This is apparently a non title match. Action progresses for about a minute, then Alicia Fox pins Beth out of no where with a neckbreaker.
After the match, Alicia grabs DA MIC. She wants everyone to have a FOXY Holiday. Play her music!
Sheamus vs. Jinder Mahal
During his entrance, Jinder had a mic and cut a promo on Sheamus. This is a rematch of a squash from last week that wasn’t even a match. This time it was a match, and it was a squash. Brogue Kick gets a clean pin.
Promo for John Cena returning to address the Kane situation.
WWE Network promo.
John Cena comes out to mostly boos for a promo here in Philadelphia. He has the BIG GRIN© He talks about the fans and the Rock briefly, but then changes the subject to Kane. There is a monster running around here you guys! He calls Kane out to the ring to discuss their issues. But instead, Mark Henry comes out. The zany Philadelphia crowd chants “Sex-ual Choc-olate” at Henry but he no-sells and continues his promo on Cena. Before Cena can respond, Kane’s new music plays and he comes out with the helmet.
Kane comes down to a full entrance including dark lights and fire. He removes the helmet to reveal his new-style mask. Kane looks at Mark Henry but then turns to Cena, and they brawl to the floor. Kane puts Cena through the announce table, then continues to beat on him, ripping off his Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect shirt. Kane then exits to his music and the eery red Kane lighting.
Recap of what we just witnessed between John Cena and Kane.
Primo & Epico w/Rosa Mendes vs. The Usos (Jimmy & Jay)
Primo and Epico didn’t get an entrance this week. But the Usos get a full dancing intro! And pyro! Both teams having matching tights, just like a real life tag team division. Match goes about 2 minutes, finish has all four guys in the ring. Jay is pinning Epico, broken up by Primo, who then sends Jimmy over the top. Jay attacks Primo but Epico hits a backcracker from behind for the pin.
Primo and Epico
Santino/Royal Rumble promo
Backstage Josh Matthews interviews Cody Rhodes, who claims to have elevated the InterContinental Title and runs down Booker T. Santino enters with a box, and has his hand with a Cobra Sock come out of the box to scare Cody.
Cody Rhodes vs. Santino Marella
Match is back and forth for a moment, then Santino goes for a Cobra which Cody turns into a Spine Buster(!) for the pin.
Long Recap of Tribute to the Troops
More PPV recaps and promos.
Josh Matthews interviews the Big Show backstage. He’s upset that after 9 years his return to the title was so short lived. He talks about Daniel Bryan. Show is gracious but Matthews pokes him, saying how the Big Show’s record of shortest championship reign will likely never be broken. Show is upset and exits.
The Miz, Dolph Ziggler & Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk, Daniel Bryan & Zack Ryder
This is a pretty wild six man main event match if you think about those involved a year ago. During the heel introductions, another Creepy Vignette w/Children interupts. Shows various quick images of kids and swings and classrooms, then cuts back to the arena, which cuts to a
Del Rio’s music keeps playing as we’re back, then Zack Ryder makes his entrance through the fans in the crowd. Daniel Bryan does the same. After the babyface entrances, the match begins, but we quickly take a
We’re back again during this match and Bryan controls the Miz. Miz counters and tags in Ziggler then Del Rio who have a heat sequence on Bryan. He gets a hot tag to Ryder, who is a house afire for a brief time. He does a boot to a seated opponent in the corner called the “Broski Boot” prefaced by a Woo Woo Woo, so that’s a new signature spot. Eventually he is beaten down, leading to a hot tag to Punk, who gets a huge pop. Big elbowdrop on Miz, cover for 2. Leads into the Anaconda Vice but Ziggler breaks it up. Match is breaking down a bit. Match settles down to Bryan and Del Rio, and Bryan hooks in the Lebell Lock for the submission.
Winners: Punk, Bryan & Ryder