WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 21, 2012) from the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia, and features all the fallout from the Over the Limit pay-per-view (PPV) event that took place last night in North Carolina.
Big Show turned heel last night, as predicted by so many smarks, and aided John Laurinaitis in his quest to both keep his job as General Manager of Raw and Smackdown and defeat John Cena. Expect plenty of talk on that front with a big promo explaining both sides of the coin.
And just imagine, we're likely looking at Cena vs. Show at No Way Out. Joy.
CM Punk retained his WWE championship over Daniel Bryan but didn't do so without a bit of controversy. That's likely good news for fans of great wrestling, because it would appear these two are headed for at least one more match.
All that and more.
Raw starts at 9 p.m. ET time on USA, so be sure to make your way back here to chat with all your favorite Cagesiders during the show. It's always a fun time. Raw live blog after the jump.
WWE RAW RESULTS LIVE BLOG MAY 21
Broadcast is live.
Naturally, we get a ton of still shots from last night to recap what happened with Cena and Laurinaitis. They don't show actual video but they basically ran through every single thing they did last night. If you bought the pay-per-view, here's your big middle finger from WWE.
No Nickelback, so we're off to a good start.
Cena will kick us off. Big babyface pop from the folks in Richmond.
He comes out and walks to the ring without stopping with a determined, pissed off look on his face. He walks over and gets a mic while mean mugging the shit out of Michael Cole.
He starts by saying he's won and lost a lot of matches. Every Monday night -- or Sunday night -- he comes out and does his thing and he can always shake his opponent's hand. But not this time.
"WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED!?!?!?"
He continues to scream and lose his cool in the ring wondering how he could have been beaten by Laurinaitis. He says "Ace" has been a bully and he was having a great time giving him a taste of his own medicine. But then he ran away and Big Show brought him back. You know, the same guy Laurinaitis humiliated and fired.
Cena recaps what happened last night with Show sending Laurinaitis over to him after teasing a choke slam. Then Show, a man Cena says he "used to call a friend," knocked him out cold. Cena goes on to say he's glad he did everything he did to Laurinaitis because that's what he deserved. He's a tyrant and all that.
But he's not happy about the Big Show. The world's largest athlete decided to sell out and Cena doesn't understand why. There's no possible explanation. Laurinaitis was going to be gone and a new regime would come in. Hell, they could even bring the computer back. He then does a dumbass impersonation of Michael Cole and says Show would have obviously been hired back.
Cena continues his tirade by lamenting the fact that they're stuck. They're all stuck with this "People Power" garbage. And now Laurinaitis is probably going to come out and say how great he is and talk about the big plan for the next pay-per-view and it's all "CRAP!"
His music does hit but Eve comes out instead. The music stops and Cena says, "Wow, Laurinaitis, you got real hot but you still suck."
Eve doesn't acknowledge this and introduces Laurinaitis to a ton of heat. "Ace" also gets a damn good reaction. He comes out on a scooter with one crutch. Oh, this is great.
Laurinaitis tells Cena he was rushed to the emergency room last night and runs down his list of injuries. Clavicle, knee and spinal injuries, not to mention a ton of contusions all over his body. He also says he can't move his left arm or his right leg but that's okay because he proved inside the ring, he's a fierce competitor.
But outside the ring, he's a WWE Executive and he wants to let everyone know, no one can touch him again. If they do, they'll be terminated. And that goes for everyone.
Laurinaitis says he now wants to introduce the man he rehired on Saturday and the man Cena will face in four weeks at No Way Out.
Uh, if he was rehired, the stipulations don't work. God, WWE is so fucking stupid.
Show grabs the mic and says he's sure everyone wants an explanation for his actions. But quite frankly, no one deserves one. No one loves this business more than him. Not the fans, superstars or the production crew. He was so upset at the prospect of losing his livelihood that he was actually crying in the center of the ring on worldwide television.
The crowd starts chanting at him that he's a "sellout." He says he's got no sympathy. None. 18 years of his life he's given to this business and he did what he had to do to keep it going. He did what each and every one of the fans would have done. He's got an iron clad contract now and he's damn proud of it.
"How dare you, Cena. How dare any of you judge me."
Show says he'll be judging Cena on June 17 because there will be no way out. Because he's going to knock Cena out.
Show walks to the back and David Otunga's music hits. He comes out with his wrestling gear on but with mic in hand. He says Cena lost to his boss and now it's time Cena loses to him.
Cena says "I'm not in the mood. You go in the back and watch reruns of Law and Order because if you get in this ring with me, if you get in this ring with me tonight, I promise, I'm going to hurt you."
"So be it," replies Otunga.
He then dedicates the match to Laurinaitis before walking down to the ring.
John Cena vs. David Otunga --The match doesn't last long. Otunga runs away from Cena at first, pissing him off. Once he gets a hold of him, though, he hits the Attitude Adjustment then locks on the STF to get the submission win.
Suddenly, Tyler Reks, Curt Hawkins, Darren Young and Titus O'Neil all show up and start laying a beating on Cena. Then Sheamus' music hits and he comes out and clears house with a suddenly okay Cena.
The funny part was Sheamus came hauling ass out and knocked "Ace" over in the process.
Laurinaitis picks up a mic and tells Reks, Hawkins, Young and O'Neil to get to the back because he didn't give them permission to do what they did. He then says because Cena and Sheamus are over with the fans, he's going to let them team up together tonight in a tag match. A 2-on-3 tag lumberjack match.
Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio announced for later in the show.
Daniel Bryan also plans to call out CM Punk later tonight.
We're back and Ricardo Rodriguez is in the ring. Justin Roberts gives it over to him but Santino Marella's music hits instead. He comes down and tells Rodriguez he can't understand a word he's saying. His accent is ridiculous, almost as much as his eyebrows that look like caterpillars.
Santino is complaining that Rodriguez doesn't even know how to roll his "r's." This leads to a roll off(?) and Santino does some comedy before hitting the Cobra on Rodriguez. He then tells them to hit Del Rio's music and he'll show everyone how it's done.
The music hits and Marella does the intro for him but he never comes out. They cut over to ringside and Cole starts talking about WWE getting close to reaching its 1,000th episode. It's going to be a celebration, they say, on July 23 because the show will be three hours long at that point.
Finally, Del Rio makes his way out.
Marella is actually still in the ring, just standing around. He finally bails once ADR gets in there and does his walk back up the ramp.
Alberto Del Rio vs Randy Orton -- During entrances, Jerry Lawler actually calls attention to the hole in the story within Show being hired on Saturday and then interfering in the Cena vs. Laurinaitis match on Sunday. Cole calls him stupid and says the contract wasn't actually signed. It was signed this morning, so it's all fair game.
"Ace" just misspoke, like he often does. That works.
Meanwhile in the ring, Del Rio works over Orton to start but "The Viper" makes his comeback and starts in with his offense. Cole puts over the winner of tonight's match as being close to number one contendership for the world heavyweight title. Del Rio racks Orton on the ropes and he ends up on the outside.
Del Rio still in control fading back in from break and he's doing what he usually does, working over an arm to set up his Cross Armbreaker. He stays in control until they do the spot where Del Rio comes off the ropes and dives through the ropes legs first, which works fine, I guess, but what if Orton doesn't move? Del Rio would just end up teabagging him.
Orton goes into his five moves of doom. Clothesline, clothesline, power slam, draping DDT and now he's calling for the RKO. But out comes Chris Jericho and he hits Orton with the Codebreaker. That gives Orton the win on a disqualification.
Del Rio rolls out of the ring and Jericho just looks coldly at Orton before asking for a microphone. He gets one and says he's the best in the world at what he does. God, that's a tired line.
So he repeats it while staring down Orton. Asks him if he understands and says it again. He then hits another Codebreaker but it looks ugly as hell. He then picks up the mic again and continues asking if Orton understands.
Just for good measure, he tells us he's the best in the world one more time before throwing the mic and bailing. Oh wait, he's not leaving yet. He gets back in the ring and picks Orton up while talking to him. He hits yet another Codebreaker, this one much better, and finally leaves.
Man, they're spending a lot of time on this.
Still to come, Sheamus and Cena against three unknown men.
Looks like Bryan is calling out Punk next. They're getting the prime hour. Very nice.
Bryan comes out without doing his skipping YES! routine. That's okay, select members of the crowd do it for him. Cole and Lawler debate the finish of last night's match until Bryan's music stops. Once it does, YES! chants ring out.
He starts in and says last night saw a great injustice. He should be standing here as the new WWE champion. But in case you missed it, here you go.
And they show Punk tapping to Bryan's YES! Lock. This was after the pinfall was counted against him, of course, but he doesn't acknowledge that.
"Question and answer time with Daniel Bryan. Did I make CM Punk tap?"
"Should I be WWE champion?"
If I face CM Punk one more time, will I make him tap again?"
"YES! YES! YES!"
Bryan says the referee was incompetent and that's why he isn't WWE champion. He also demands a rematch.
It's at this point that Punk's music hits and he comes out running around and acting goofy with a smile like he's John freaking Cena with the strap.
He says he wants to clear up any controversy from last night. Truth be told, it was one of the greatest battles he's ever been in. But Bryan is forgetting that Punk beat him 1, 2, 3 in the center of the ring. But instead of all that, Punk wants to remind Bryan of what happened last Friday night on Smackdown.
Video airs of Bryan attacking Kane with a chair and Kane proceeding to put a beating on Punk for it.
Punk shakes his head after the video airs and says it gives him great pleasure to introduce Bryan to his opponent this evening. Out with the lights and up with the pyro and out comes Kane.
Punk is going to be on commentary for this. Awesome.
Kane vs. Daniel Bryan -- Cole calls out Punk for tapping last night and Punk responds by saying there's no shame in tapping in practice and once the match was over, that's what it became. Slick response.
Meanwhile, Bryan is using his speed to overcome the power of Kane. He comes down into a choke slam but reverses his way out. Kane ends up on the outside and Bryan hits a suicide dive. This sets up the same spot from Smackdown, except with the roles reversed.
Punk doesn't get the chance to hit Kane, though, because Bryan grabs the chair. Once Kane gets up and turns around, he sees Bryan with the chair and snaps once again. Punk gets back on the microphone and talks about how horrible it must feel for Bryan.
Kane then throws Bryan in the ring and gives him a choke slam while Punk laughs about it.
Ha. Kane gives Bryan another choke slam while Punk acts hurt and says, "I am not enjoying this at all. I hate to see anybody get choke slammed twice in a row."
That was good.
Bryan is laid out in the ring so Punk climbs in and starts messing with him. He quickly locks on the Anaconda Vise, which Bryan immediately taps to. Punk gets up and starts doing Bryan's YES! chant. He stole from Jericho then Bryan now, huh.
Man, the babyface champions are all just a bunch of bullies.
Backstage and Punk is walking around aimlessly. AJ shows up and she says she wants to tell him something. "You want to tell me you're completely off your rocker, huh?"
"No, I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed watching you beat up Daniel Bryan."
"Oh, so you just want to tell me your sadistic?"
Man, fuck CM Punk.
She gets pissed and then Punk tells her to calm down and that she does know she's the one who's been acting like a fool this whole time. So she starts crying and Punk awkwardly tries to console her. He gives her a hug and tells her everything is going to be fine.
Stop crying and everyth... She immediately stops crying.
"You know what? I sort of dig crazy chicks," he says and then walks away.
She then continues crying.
Video replay of Paul Heyman and Triple H last week on Raw.
Justin Roberts gives Christian a big introduction before his music hits as the man returning to Raw after eight weeks away who won two matches last night, a battle royal and singles match against Cody Rhodes to become Intercontinental champion.
He comes out and that belt does look good around his waist. He's up next.
Christian vs. Jinder Mahal -- They tie up and Mahal starts working knees. Christian reverses and comes off the top rope with a dropkick shortly after. Christian plays to the crowd and ends up getting sent to the outside for his troubles.
Mahal regains control of the match using knees. In fact, that's been most of his offense here. Christian reverses and goes for a sunset flip but misses. Mahal falls back into it anyway before kicking out at two.
Christian hits his usual spots before looking to finish the match. But he gets countered and then counters Mahal into the Killswitch. He then comes off the top with a frogsplash off the top rope that gets the pin.
Kelly Kelly is shown walking backstage with the stupidest looking grin I've ever seen.
Replay of Big Show's promo earlier in the night.
Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix -- Beth dominates early and Layla is shown watching the match backstage. Kelly makes a brief comeback but Phoenix snuffs that out with a huge clothesline. Kelly regains control and starts screaming while attacking Beth in the corner. She tries her cartwheel spot but Beth clubs her in the back of the head once she gets there. Glam Slam right after and that gets the pin.
Laurinaitis is seen riding through the back on his scooter with a big smile on his face. Main event is next.
Sheamus and John Cena vs. Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler and Lord Tensai -- Man, they're trying hard to get Tensai over and it's getting ridiculous putting him in this many main event matches. The lumberjacks show up and they're all heels, including guys like Jericho, Hunico, Epico and Primo, Otunga.
The match starts with Sheamus and Ziggler. Suddenly we hear booing and Laurinaitis comes out on his one crutch.
Ziggler bumps big for Sheamus before tagging out to Swagger when Sheamus tagged in Cena. Swagger does some showing off and Cena destroys him with one of the best clotheslines I've ever seen from him.
In comes Tensai and he starts the destroying act. Swagger tags himself in after Tensai regained control for the heels. Swagger quickly loses it by missing his spot off the second rope. Cena gets a tag to Sheamus and he murder kills Swagger before Ziggler is forced to save the match by running in on a pin attempt.
He ends up getting sent out to the lumberjacks, who do nothing.
Now it's Tensai in and he sends Sheamus out to the lumberjacks. They attack him but Sheamus literally just crushes them all, including diving into a big group that included Jericho and Otunga.
They manage to get Sheamus back in and Tensai takes advantage. The heels keep working him over heading into break.
We're back and Swagger has the Ankle Lock but he only uses it to drag Sheamus over to his corner so Tensai can tag in to work the world heavyweight champion over. The crowd chants "AL-BERT" at him. Tensai sends Sheamus out where the heels once again attack before throwing him back in the ring.
Tensai tags in Swagger, who looks to catapult Sheamus into the bottom rope but Sheamus cheats and grabs his hair to stop it. Titus O'Neil is right next to the action and he starts flipping out and banging on the ring screaming at the referee to do his job.
I still think O'Neil has a ton of potential.
Meanwhile, Ziggler tags in and hits the Zig Zag. Cena doesn't even try to come in to make the save on the ensuing pinfall attempt, instead holding his head in his hands while looking on. He knew Sheamus would kick out, which he did, because Ziggler's finisher isn't going to take out the big Irish guy.
Suddenly they cut to the ramp and Big Show comes waltzing out like he owns the place.
Back in the ring, Swagger gets a near fall on Sheamus and Titus O'Neil is still losing his shit on the outside. Seriously, this guy is getting over with me big just by making the most of his screen time.
Swagger works a bear hug before putting Sheamus' head against the ropes. He then distracts the referee so Ziggler can kick him, but he misses and the entire thing looks terrible. Rare botch from Dolph there.
In comes Tensai now and he's still being a monster. That is until Sheamus battles back with big shots to Tensai's considerable belly. The comeback attempt is snuffed out, however, with a big slam. Tensai gets Sheamus' back to the heels corner and Ziggler tags in to continue working him over.
All a good set up for the hot tag to Cena.
Now it's Swagger's turn to get back in and they're working solid psychology by tagging out often to keep everyone fresh.
Suddenly Sheamus' starts owning everyone but then gets the hot tag to Cena and he comes in and cleans house. Ziggler is the guy in there bumping for him and it looks absolutely awesome.
Chaos quickly erupts once the heels on the outside start beating down Sheamus. Cena just straight up runs out and dives on top of everyone, which was so reckless he deserves to be punished for it, especially since it looks like Jericho is injured.
Now the heels get in the ring and suddenly all the babyfaces in the back come rushing out and it's a brawl in the ring. Cena escapes to the back looking for Big Show, who just walked away and he runs into Laurinaitis. He asks "Ace" where Big Show is and Laurinaitis says I don't know before walking off.
Cena looks like he's upset and turns his head only to run into the WMD from Show.
The big man walks away to close the show.
Fade to black.