DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: The Celtic Warrior Sheamus during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
This past Monday's (June 17, 2012) episode of Raw served as the fallout show for the No Way Out pay-per-view (PPV) event that went down this past weekend in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
All told, it was a decent show. Certainly nothing special but John Laurinaitis was officially ousted as Raw and Smackdown General Manager and given a sendoff befitting of a heel authority figure no longer in power.
Which is to say he was humiliated by babyfaces who are supposed to be above that. But whatever.
The big question is whether or not "Ace" is still around as a contracted talent, meaning he would still be around as a wrestler. The answer to that question comes on this week's Smackdown episode, which was taped just last night.
In addition, Sheamus takes on Dolph Ziggler in the main event while Alberto Del Rio squares off against Intercontinental Champion Christian in a non-title match.
Find out exactly what went down, courtesy of PWTorch, after the jump.
-- Big Show is moving on past John Cena and he doesn't give two shits about Laurinaitis being fired. Now his main goal is winning the Money in the Bank ladder match to get the briefcase and a guaranteed title shot. While he's explaining as much, he's accosted by Brodus Clay, who in turn is attacked by David Otunga. Continuity, y'all!
-- Ryback beats two jobbers. Big surprise, right?
-- Mick Foley -- remember, he's running the show tonight -- is told in a backstage segment that Vickie Guerrero will be the one running Raw and Smackdown as General Manager next week.
-- Alberto Del Rio goes over on Christian after what was described as a fine television match. Afterwards, Cody Rhodes attacked Christian, so their feud isn't over just yet.
-- AJ was announced as a guest timekeeper for a match between Kane and Daniel Bryan. The two had a decent match that led to a finish that saw Bryan put Kane in the YES! Lock, at which point AJ rang the bell. Bryan, thinking he won, let the submission hold go but ate a chokeslam for his troubles and was pinned.
-- Mick Foley had a segment with Heath Slater leading up to Slater getting a match against Zack Ryder, which essentially amounted to a squash in favor of "The Long Island Iced Z." After, Foley and Ryder fist pumped and woo, woo, woo, and you know it.
-- The Prime Time Players beat the Usos in a typical tag team match. It's nice they're bothering to establish Darren Young and Titus O'Neil as a legitimate tag team, especially considering the fact that they would have floundered as singles otherwise.
-- The main event was a rematch from No Way Out with Sheamus once again going over on Dolph Ziggler in yet another good match between the two.
-- The dark match saw Laurinaitis attack John Cena before getting hit with an Attitude Adjustment to send the live crowd home happy. Apparently, he's going to be working the dark matches and house shows. Not sure if that means he'll be sticking around as an on-screen character.
That's Smackdown this week, folks. Doesn't sound like anything special but then again, it never does.