The first episode of WWE Raw following the events of Hell in a Cell is all set to pop off tonight (Oct. 3, 2011) from the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Last night's pay-per-view event saw The Miz and R-Truth return to wreak havoc during the show, taking out the tag team champions after their successful title defense and crashing the party after the triple threat main event.
Speaking of which, Alberto Del Rio won the title back from John Cena, pinning CM Punk to do it. Another variation of the same match headed for Vengeance on Oct. 23? We'll find out where things are headed later this evening.
Tonight is also the night David Otunga, acting as the legal representation for a group of disgruntled WWE superstars, is supposed to bring action against Triple H and his manner of management as COO.
We shall see.
The fun kicks off at 9 p.m. ET, Cagesiders, so join us for the Raw live blog. We've got a rather insightful group of commenters that know how to have a good time during the show, so don't be afraid to jump in. It's always fun.
WWE RAW LIVE BLOG AND RESULTS OCT. 3
Geno here with the night about to kick off.
Broadcast is live.
Jerry Lawler still isn't back. Randy Orton opens the show to a hell of a pop. Booker T brings attention to it. Justin Roberts announces him and shows us that Drew McIntrye is already in the ring. Squash coming.
Randy Orton vs. Drew McIntrye -- This is how they'll build him back up after losing clean to Henry. He's working over McIntrye, who is selling like he's been shot for every little time he's touched. Uh-oh, he blew a dropkick, selling it short and way too early to the outside. Orton looks pissed. It's a great gimmick for him to have, because then we can't tell if he's playing it up or if he's really mad at this guy. I'm betting a bit of both. He's chucking him all around and literally slaps him in the face. Jim Ross says he's "possessed." Ref gets in Orton's way and it allows Drew to make his comeback.
Suplex from McIntrye gets two and now he's in control. Orton is actually bothering to make him look good. Oops, spoke too soon. Back he comes, at the prompting of the crowd, who were chanting his name, to start beating on his foe. Orton sends him into the corner and McIntrye with another counter, this time a boot. Orton sells it big. Neckbreaker gets a two count for Drew. Commentary putting over McIntrye as "beating Orton down."
He goes up top and comes down into a foot in his face. Scoop slam leads to the DDT off the ropes. Angry Orton is here and he hits an RKO for the pin. Crowd marks out.
After the match, Orton poses for a bit while looking disturbed. Looks over at McIntrye and gives him another RKO. Heel behavior rewarded with a babyface pop. He poses some more and Mark Henry's music hits. He makes his way out and flaunts the world heavyweight title. Orton loses his cool and they start brawling on the outside. Security rushes out, along with John Laurinaitis. They've got about 15 pipsqueaks trying to hold back "The World's Strongest Man."
He breaks away and drills Orton, the repeat the other way around and eventually Orton sends Henry over the barricade after jumping through security. Looks like this feud will continue.
They're back and playing a promo for Henry's "Hall of Pain," with a focus on his taking out Big Show. Return time? Yep. But not on Raw. They advertise that Show will return on Smackdown this week. Henry still in the ring and he's going to have a match against ... John Morrison?
Seriously, break up with Melina, John. She's killing your career.
Mark Henry vs. John Morrison -- John attempts to use his speed and Henry bitch slaps him for even trying. Knocks him down and barely nudges him with his foot, which sends Morrison flying across the ring. Picks him up and tosses him over his head. Oh, wow, Morrison lands on his feet and kicks Henry in the knee. Keeps his going and puts the big man on his back. Hits the Starship Pain in the corner but only gets two, at which point Henry again throws him off like a child and spanks him with a World's Strongest Slam. Over.
"Nobody can beat Mark Henry," says Michael "Captain Obvious" Cole.
The champ sticks around for another slam on Morrison. He grabs a mic and tells Morrsion now he knows what it's like to be in the ring with a beast. If Randy Orton is listening to this, Henry is done with him. Crowd gives him the "WHAT?!?" treatment.
Henry says he just saw that somebody is looking for him on Smackdown. It don't even matter, though. He's got the title. Starts screaming at Show and telling him on Friday, he'll enter the "Hall of Pain," once again. Love it. These appearances are helping Smackdown's numbers, or at least they appear to be.
They plug the 12-man tag team match. Ugh.
To the back and the disgruntled wrestlers are talking to Laurinaitis. Johnny Ace asks David Otunga if he had anything to do with Miz and Truth filing a lawsuit against Triple H and WWE today. He says, "what's it matter? What is Triple H going to do about our grievances?"
Johnny boy stumbles through another line and promptly tells everyone to calm down ... when no one was talking and everyone was being calm.
Vickie Guerrero says screw that, they're going to the ring.
The disgruntled group of wrestlers in the ring back from break. Del Rio gets an entrance on TV and he's a part of the group now, apparently. They're getting everyone involved in this program. That's good because it means they're serious about it but bad because everyone gets lumped in together.
Del Rio takes front and center with the microphone. Good call. Rhodes is wearing the Intercontinental title and I can't stop staring at it.
ADR starts talking about how he won the title last night but couldn't celebrate because two guys jumped the rail and attacked him. This is Triple H's fault, of course, because he doesn't know how to run the company. He says, magically, the cell was raised right after the match, allowing Cena, Miz and Truth to jump in to attack ADR, and then once they were in the cage, it was magically lowered.
Only one guy with the power to do that, jack.
Christian takes the mic and says Trips as COO is fine but ever since he's taken over as the boss, the entire show has been in chaos. He won't take it anymore.
Rhodes' turn and he says this is not a conspiracy, just a fact. The show has gone off the deep end and all for Triple H's ego. Agreed.
Dolph Ziggler now and he says they're going to take action into their own hands.
Jack Swagger's up and brilliantly says his friends and family are in fear for him every time he steps in the ring now. It's Triple H's fault.
Vickie takes the mic:
Huge heat. She can't talk over the boos.
Otunga grabs the mic. Says there are two options. Either keep working and risk their livelihood or band together and contemplate legal action.
"TIME TO PLAY THE GAME!"
Triple H is out and stops at the top of the ramp. "What happened to this place, huh?"
You showed up, dummy.
Says men used to stand in that ring. Didn't matter if they got beat up, didn't matter if they got screwed over. They picked themselves up and fought. Didn't stand there and whine and cry like a bunch of kids. They didn't threaten lawsuits. They fought like men. Says he doesn't care about any lawsuits from them or Miz and Truth. Starts running down the list of babyfaces the heels are squaring off against. Says he doesn't want the heels to whine at them or threaten to sue them. Says he wants them to do what the fans pay them to do and that is to "shut up and fight."
Cole is the voice of reason and immediately jumps on commentary by saying, "What was accomplished there?"
We feel the same, Mikey.
They run clips from Hell in a Cell of Awesome Truth running roughshod after the main event last night. Plug Miz and Truth wanting to apologize before cutting off.
They recap Beth Phoenix winning the title last night. Kelly Kelly comes out with Eve and there will be a Diva's tag team match.
Beth and Natalya are out next. I'll let you know what happens if I'm back before my piss break.
Something happened and I missed it. Kelly's music was playing, though.
Cut to the back and Laurinaitis approaches Triple H. Apologizes for how things happened last night. Says he thinks he deserves an apology from Triple H for tossing him last night. Says he should ask the talent for a vote of confidence. He should do it unless he's scared. Trips grabs him by the throat and tells him he's scared of what he'll do to Johnny Ace, who is obviously working against him while working closest to him. Tell 'em all to get to the ring and he'll look 'em all in the eye. Just make sure Laurinaitis is there too. Pushes him off and looks menacing.
Showing a deleted scene for Fast Five featuring The Rock. God, he was jacked for this movie.
Back on Raw and Jinder Mahal is in the ring and actually has a mic. Starts speaking in tongues until Santino Marella's music hits. HE'S BACK!!! Comes rushing to the ring with a full head of hair. HA! Starts making fun of Mahal by mocking his accent. That was great.
"The closed captioning person just walked off the job," quips Jim Ross. Love it.
These two are going to have a match and Mahal immediately misses a knee in the corner. Santino hits the cobra claw and gets a quick pin. Goes to the outside and does his trumpet dance. That was perfect.
They show a promo for Brodeus Clay. "The WWE's new monster," they call him. "The future of WWE," even. Huh.
Back to ringside and the commentary team is talking about the pandemonium of last night. Time for a recap and they're actually going to play the video? Then why the hell did anyone buy the pay-per-view? They're showing straight footage. Literally, everything that happened. Weird decision but I love it because we get to see an awesome segment. This really was incredible.
J.R. was really great on commentary. "For the love of god, get the door open!!!" Once the doors get cut open, "Get in there. Get in there, get in there and help someone, damn it." Miz and Truth willingly surrender. Triple H jumps in to start knocking folks out while they're getting whisked away by cops in cuffs. Man, this was great.
They show a clip of Miz and Truth apologizing to the WWE Universe, not as Miz and Truth, but as Mike and Ron. All they wanted was their jobs back. Oh, this is phenomenal. They're apologizing for being heels while being heels and claiming Triple H was doing them wrong, which he was, but doing so to get their comeuppance.
"We're sorry that the COO is a sorry excuse for a leader. That's basically it. Thank you."
Cole starts talking about Triple H's "pigheadedness" getting the company into this position. I can dig it.
CM Punk's music hits and he's out first for the 12-man tag match. I guess the main event will be all the wrestlers and Triple H staring them down, burying them all.
It's clobberin' time.
Punk is still selling last night's match. Thanks, Punk. We appreciate you, even if your employers do not.
Cena out next and he, naturally, acts like nothing happened. No sell. In fact, he's just as bubbly as ever. Even runs the ropes with an especially determined fervor. Pardon my language here but, fug John Cena.
Commercial break (thank god).
Back from break and everyone else has already made their entrance. Cena starts by smacking around Christian. He tags out and now Otunga gets beaten on. He tags out and now it's Ziggler's turn. Cena just smiles and decides to tag out to
Batista deux Mason Ryan. Ziggler smacks him across the face while yelling at him. He promptly gets tossed to the outside onto Jack Swagger and the heels all convene on the outside.
Back in and Ryan again killing Ziggler with a standing power slam. In the babyface corner and Sheamus tags in to get in on the fun. Ziggler makes his way out and jumps over to tag Swagger in. Finally, a heel gets some offense in now. It's short lived, though, as Sheamus starts clubbing Swagger with forearms. Jack battles back with a shoulder press to the knee. Eats a backbreaker for his trouble. Punk gets tagged in and the cheers are still there. There are less and less each week, though.
Quiet, please, they are chanting his name.
CM PUNK! CM PUNK! CM PUNK!
Rhodes tags in and now he's working over Punk in the corner. Announce team explains the decision to bring back the white leather classic Intercontinental title belt. They're really putting it over, as they should.
Punk gets his knee into the running bulldog. Goes for the GTS but the heels threaten interference and all 12 men jump in the ring. The little bitty ref stands in the middle to stop them and ... it works?
We're back in and Rhodes and Kingston are battling. Cody hits a kick in the corner and gets a two count. Works Kofi to the heel corner and Del Rio tags in to get some offense going. He dropkicks him and quickly goes back to the corner for Christian to tag in. The crowd chants for Kofi, who tries to battle back but gets hit with a neckbreaker. Two count.
Ziggler in to work Kofi over and he works an arm while he tags Rhodes back in. Cody sends him to the outside and Swagger gets a cheap shot while the ref is distracted. Kofi looking for the hot tag but various spots lead to his continuing to get beat on. This feels like it's leading to a modified clusterfuck, which it surprisingly hasn't been so far.
Great spot with Ziggler hoisting Kofi up near his corner and Kingston reaching out with all his might to tag any partner with an outstretched arm. Doesn't get it.
Cole tells us that Triple H will be done as COO if he doesn't get the vote of confidence later tonight. While he does so, Kofi finally gets the hot tag and it's his partner, Evan Bourne, doing his thing. He hits the shooting star press and goes for the pin but Vickie puts Swagger's leg on the ropes. The ref emphatically tells her she's been booted from ringside.
The crowd loves this development. The babyfaces wave her off.
Finally back from break and Cole still putting over Triple H needing the vote of confidence from the WWE superstars tonight. Why didn't they promote that beforehand? People would have watched to see a solid segment like that, no?
Anyway, Christian is now in the ring and working a front choke on Bourne. Tags in Del Rio, who hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. So pretty. Gets a two count on the ensuing pin. Gets pissed and starts slapping Bourne around. Heel is gonna heel. Bourne hits a DDT and both guys are down. Crowd gets hot as Bourne looks for the tag. He gets it to Cena and he's in with the five moves of doom. Blah, blah, knuckle shuffle. Misses the Attitude Adjustment, though. Cena ends up in the heel corner and Swagger comes in to work him over. Now it's Rhodes tagging in with Ziggler kicking him while he's down with the ref distracted.
This is a great tag match considering how big it is.
Dueling Cena chants break out, as with every show, while Del Rio works a sleeper. Swagger in next and he works over the former champ (who is, unfortunately, here). Another spot with both guys looking for a tag and Sheamus and Ziggler are both in now. "The Great White" dominating with Ziggler selling like he's Curt Hennig. Sheamus goes up top but gets knocked off by Del Rio. Zig Zag from Dolph but that only gets two. Suddenly, everyone is coming in and going out with legal tags no longer being an issue. Everyone's in and out and Punk hits a GTS on ADR. Otunga hits a neckbreaker on Punk, Cena hits Otunga with an Attitude Adjustment, Ziggler in to get Cena out and Sheamus finishes it off with a Brogue kick.
Amazingly enough, Sheamus and Ziggler were the original men who were legal. 1-2-3 and the babyfaces win. They pose with arms raised together after, of course. Hey, at least Cena didn't go over there.
Up next is Triple H's vote of confidence. Yep, this is the main event of the evening.
My ears are bleeding suddenly. This is weird. Oh, okay, the Raw theme song is playing. Now it's the Smackdown theme song and then Beth's theme. Raw, Smackdown and the Diva's are all out to the ring. Even the referees are coming out. More guys from Smackdown. Now even more from Raw. They're alternating theme songs while doing this and it's only showing how horrific the executives taste in music is.
Jerry Lawler's music plays and he comes out with his crown. He's back. Huh. Nobody gets in the ring, of course, they all stand on the outside. This means when Triple H comes out, he'll stand alone in there and be the center of attention.
Back in break in time for Triple H's big entrance. They cut music and let it rest on the wrestlers at ringside looking around in wait. Fashionable. How cute. He looks at the peasants on the outside before speaking. You just know that's how he feels about them.
Before the vote of confidence, a speech. This job wasn't what he wanted, it was given to him. It's tougher than he thought it would be. Keeps calling Miz and Truth babies. "If you're going to do the crime, be willing to do the time, gentlemen." Ugh. Trips says he's old school and he likes watching people beat the hell out of each other. He enjoys the chaos that is Monday Night Raw and is WWE. Bets the WWE Universe agrees and the crowd cheers for him.
Cough* marks *Cough.
Starts laying it on thick that it's all about the fans and no one else. It's his responsibility to make the show the best he can for the fans. He doesn't work for the wrestlers, he works for the fans. That said, he's curious to hear what everyone has to say.
Wade Barrett says he was selected to say a few words with regards to the grievances they all have. Says everyone thinks there's an unsafe working environment because of what he's created. The fans chant, "YOU SUCK!"
They're competitors, Barrett continues, and they shouldn't be subjected to unsafe working environments purely because Triple H is incapable of controlling the talent. Trips admitted that he enjoys the chaos. He even seems to enjoy placing his hands on the talent. The reason for all the chaos is Triple H, he's lost control.
Triple H reintroduces Barrett by bringing up his time as leader of Nexus. How he tried to bring WWE down back then and now he's pissed because he didn't succeed.
Mike Chioda chimes in for the referees and says in all his time here, he's never seen so much abuse for the officials. The fans actually boo this. Good god, what the hell crowd?
Trips says he fired Miz and Truth, what else can he do? Chioda says they still got into the building and attacked people. He's scared to come to work anymore.
Beth Phoenix chimes in and says, "We're girls. We're scared." Triple H wants to know one thing that has happened to the Diva's since he's been in charge. Now it's Jerry Lawler, who actually climbs into the ring with his crown in hand. Says he's not speaking for anyone besides himself tonight. Agrees with some of what everyone is saying and disagrees with some of it. Says he thinks the show is spiraling out of control. But he doesn't blame Triple H. He says it's exactly like Punk says -- a conspiracy. Someone behind the scenes pulling the strings and trying to remove Trips from power.
As long as Trips is in power, things are only going to get worse. Triple H is the reason for this, even if it is someone trying to get him out of his spot as COO. Christian says he wants to vote now and on behalf of all his colleagues, they vote no confidence. Chioda chimes in and does the same, as does Phoenix. Lawler says no confidence too.
Lawler says he's reluctantly walking out. Triple H smiles as the original group of disgruntled wrestlers does the same. Slowly but surely, everyone walks to the back. Despite all this, the crowd chants for Triple H. I can literally see his head growing bigger because of it. Off go the refs and Trips is still quiet. The rest of the wrestlers clear out. Wait, a small group remains ringside.Looks like Air Boom and Ryder and a few others.
Michael Cole gets up from commentary and he slowly walks to the back.
The small group now heads to the back. They show Booker T getting up from the announce table and he walks to the back. So does the bell keeper and Justin Roberts. Oh, wow, the camera men are putting their cameras down on teh ring and leaving, too.
Only guy left is Jim Ross. Which is kind of ironic, all things considered. Triple H nods at him and the crowd cheers. What are you going to do, J.R.?
He takes his stuff and shakes his head before walking out too, the crowd booing him as he goes.
Triple H alone in the ring now, getting showered with cheers as he looks out at the crowd. Out comes John Laurinaitis, getting great heat. He stops at the ramp and just shakes his head before walking to the back again.
Triple H mouths "I'm sorry" to the crowd, who are still actually cheering him as the show fades to black.