WWE: My Monday Night Raw 7/18
Welcome Bleachers to another edition of My Monday Night Raw. Before I begin I will recap what happened yesterday at My Money in the Bank.
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Beth Phoenix defeated Kelly Kelly after a distraction from the Bella twins to retain her Divas Championship.
Michael McGillicutty and David Otunga took on the Usos and retained there Tag Team Championships due to interference from Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel.
Wade Barrett won the Smackdown MITB.
Randy Orton defeated Christian to retain his World Heavyweight Championship.
Wade Barrett cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase and became the new World Heavyweight Champion.
The Empire Alliance attacked the Big Show, he would be unable to compete in the Raw MITB.
Drew McIntyre won the Raw MITB after Skip Sheffield made his WWE return. Sheffield is now part of the Empire Alliance.
John Cena and CM Punk both defeated Alberto del Rio in a very confusing ending. Cena was deemed WWE Champion due to the fact that the match was a draw. Vince McMahon came down to the ring and vacated the WWE Championship instead.
Opening Segment Part 1
We see a recap video of last night's WWE Championship match.
Vince McMahon makes his way to the ring with the WWE championship in his hands. Vince grabs a mic and begins to talk.
"Last night at MITB, a controversial finish happened in the main event match. Now, like I said last night, I have had enough damn controversy in the WWE. So, to keep everyone happy I vacated the WWE Championship. Now, like I told all of you people, John Cena could not win the match fair and square. Cena retained his title via a draw, I don't know where you people are from but where I am from a draw or a tie means you lost."
"But, Cena didn't exactly lose either, which brings us to tonight. I told Cena that I would decide his fate here tonight live on Monday Night Raw! But I'm not going to make you wait any longer. I am going to decide his fate right now. So John Cena, come on down to the ring."
Cena doesn't come down to the ring immediately and Vince gets angry. "Damn it Cena, I said get down to this ring! Okay Cena, have it your way. John Cena YOU'RE FIR...."
Triple H's music hits and the fans go crazy. He comes out and grabs a mic.
"Vince what are you doing? First off, you go down to the ring last night and vacate the WWE Championship. Then you decide not to fire Cena and now you are going to fire Cena. What in the hell are you doing? Are you trying to ruin this business?"
Vince is angered by this interruption and replies to Triple H.
"What the hell are you doing out here? Don't you know that I'm the Chairman of the Board, I'm Vincent Kennedy McMahon and I do what ever the hell I want. Which is why John Cena is FIRE....."
Triple H: "Believe me Vince I know everything that you are. You are a great business man, a great leader, a great owner and a great big jackass."
Vince: "How dare you call me that! You're lucky I don't fire you. Why should I keep Cena around if he can't win one damn match?"
Triple H: "You want to know why? I'll tell you why. Because I have re-signed CM Punk to a one night contract. In that contract, CM Punk gets one more match. That match will take place tonight. And Vince that match is CM Punk vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship!"
Vince: "Damn it you can't do that!"
CM Punk's music hits and he gets a standing ovation. Punk comes out and grabs a mic.
Opening Segment Part 2
CM Punk has his mic in hand and begins to talk.
"Well, well, well, if it isn't Vince McMahon. You know Vince, your son-in-law isn't as big of a doofus as I thought. You see, he knows that I deserve another chance at the WWE Championship. Which is why he resigned me to a one night contract. I get my rematch against John Cena for the WWE Championship. Vince, when I win tonight, maybe I will think about letting you sign my contract to stay here in the WWE. Then again, maybe I won't, who knows?"
Vince is furious with this situation.
"You people think this is a joke? This is a business not some circus. Besides, I already fired Cena. I did it last night backstage, this whole thing tonight was just a show. Cena isn't even here tonight and he never will be back.'
CM Punk: "You see Vince, I thought of that too. I figured you would try and ruin something potentially great in the WWE. I was right, go figure? Vince in my contract it states that if Cena is fired before our match, I automatically win the WWE Championship."
Vince: "Dammit you people make me sick! How am I supposed to get Cena back here in time for the main event? This can't happen."
Triple H: "Vince I too thought you might fire Cena before the match so I sent a private jet out to his home. He is in bound to Raw as we speak. When he gets here he is having a match with CM Punk for the WWE Championship."
Triple H leaves the ring and Punk goes backstage. McMahon is in the ring getting all red in the face and sweating over this series of events.
We head to commercial.
Match 1: Dolph Ziggler vs. Vladimir Kozlov
Kozlov is out first to a decent reaction.
Dolph Ziggler is out next to good heat.
The match begins with Kozlov going for a right hand. Ziggler ducks under it and lands a few rights before Kozlov grabs him and throws him into the corner. Kozlov hits a few shoulder thrusts and a big clothesline. Kozlov picks up and goes for a suplex but Ziggler counters and hits a neck breaker.
Ziggler stomps on Kozlov and puts him in a leg lock. Kozlov fights out of it and gets up off the mat. Kozlov hits Ziggler with a quick suplex and then grabs him and hits a few head butts. Kozlov then hits a belly to belly and Ziggler is down. Kozlov goes for the pin and gets a two count.
Kozlov picks up Ziggler and throws him in the corner. Kozlov goes for a clothesline but Ziggler moves out of the way and Kozlov hits the turnbuckle. Ziggler grabs Kozlov and hits a Zig-Zag for the victory. Ziggler grabs a mic and proclaims that he is unbeatable and will never lose his United States Championship.
The Raw GM chimes in and says that Ziggler just "gave me a good idea. Next week on Raw we will begin a tournament to find the next No.1 contender for the United States Championship."
Ziggler gets angry and the Raw GM announces that it will be a Beat the Clock challenge!
Match 2: Kelly Kelly vs. Maryse
Kelly is out first to a great reaction.
Maryse is out next and gets a loud pop from the guys.
Kelly starts off with a slap to the face of Maryse. Maryse kicks Kelly in the gut and hits a bulldog. Maryse taunts Kelly and slaps her in the face. Kelly gets up and throws maryse's face into he mat. Kelly yells for the crowd to get behind her and she hits her backflip elbow. Kelly then hits her stink face on Maryse.
Kelly grabs Maryse and hits her finisher for the victory.
Kelly celebrates her victory and we go to commercial.
The Empire Alliance comes out to the ring. William Regal leads his group of a the World Heavyweight Champion Wade Barrett, the Raw MITB winner Drew McIntyre, Sheamus and a the newest member Skip Sheffield.
Regal grabs a mic and says how can Skip be in this group if he is an American? "Well it's quite simple really. You see, this runt of as country was once under the control of the British Empire. The good old days if you ask me. Of course you people started a revolution and we felt sorry for you and let you have your Independence. Skip Sheffields great great great grandfather was a loyalist back then. That means he sided with the British in the war."
"He was a smart man and I am a smart man for bringing Skip into the group. Sheffield fits in with us perfectly. To showcase his skills he has a match right now with a big-time WWE superstar.
Match 3: Skip Sheffield vs. Primo
Sheffield is in the ring already when Primo comes down.
Sheffield starts off the match with a big clothesline and then a powerbomb. Sheffield waits for Primo to get to his feet and he hits him with a big boot. Sheffield grabs Primo and Primo hit shim with a right hand. Sheffield grabs him and hits a belly to belly suplex.
Sheffield waits for Primo to get back to his feet and he hits him with a huge clothesline that flips Primo up into the air. Sheffield pins Primo for the victory.
The Empire gets in the ring and they all raise their hands. Regal smiles and the group leaves.
Match 4: Alex Riley vs. Jack Swagger
Riley is out first to a good reaction.
Swagger is out next to good heat.
Riley and Swagger lock up to start off the bout. Swagger backs Riley into the corner and punches him a few times before the referee makes him back out of the corner. Swagger goes for a clothesline but Riley moves out of the way and lands a few punches on Swagger before the referee makes him back out.
Swagger grabs Riley and hits a side suplex. Swagger goes for an ankle lock but Riley grabs the ropes. Riley kicks Swagger in the face and he lets go of the hold. Riley hits Swagger with a clothesline and then a spinebuster.
Riley goes for the pin and gets a two count. Riley picks up Swagger but Swagger hits a back drop. Swagger then hits a clothesline before going for a gutwrench powerbomb. Riley slips off and goes for his face crusher. Swagger counters that and hits a fisherman's suplex.
Swagger goes for the pin but Riley kicks out at two. Swagger goes for the ankle lock and locks it in. Riley is stuck in the middle of the ring but he manages to roll out of the hold. Riley kicks swagger in the gut and stumbles to his feet. Riley hits his facecrusher and goes for the pin.
The referee counts to three and Riley wins.
Main Event: John Cena vs. CM Punk (WWE Championship) Part 1
CM Punk is out first to a great reaction. We now await the arrival of John Cena.
The referee holds up the championship and the match is under way.
Cena and Punk stare at each other from across the ring. Cena and Punk lock up with Cena gaining the advantage. Cena backs Punk into the corner but he backs out. Punk slaps Cena in the face and Cena goes for a right hand but Punk goes behind the top rope. The referee backs Cena out and the match continues.
Punk and Cena go to lock up again but Punk kicks Cena in the gut and then hits a knee to his face. Punk goes for a bulldog but Cena pushes him off. Cena goes for a suplex but unk lands on his feet and goes for a roundhouse to Cena's head. Cena ducks and both men stare off yet agian. Both men are evenly matched.
Punk goes for a clothesline but Cena dodges it and connects with a backdrop. Cena goes for a five knuckle shuffle but Punk rolls out of the way. Punk goes off the ropes and hits a dropkick to Cena while he was sitting on the mat. Punk goes for the pin and gets a one count.
Punk locks in a surfboard stretch on Cena. Cena powers out of the move and hits a suplex. Cena then hits a shoulder block and a DDT. Cena goes for the five knuckle shuffle and he connects this time. Cena sets up for the AA and when Punk gets up he grabs him. Cena goes for the AA but when he flips Punk he lands on his feet and hits Cena with a kick to the head.
Punk goes for the pin but Cena kicks out at the last second.
Main Event Part 2
Punk goes to the top rope and waits for Cena to get to his feet. Cena rises and Punk goes for a crossbody. Cena catches him and hits a back breaker. Cena goes for the pin and gets a two count.
Cena goes for a STFU but Punk scrambles to the ropes. Cena pulls him back in but Punk kicks him in the chest and then hit s him with a drop toe hold. Punk drops an elbow on Cena and goes for the pin. Punk receives a two count.
Punk waits for Cena to get to his feet and when he does he grabs him for the GTS. Punk goes for it but Cena counters and hits Punk with the AA. Cena pins Punk but punk kicks out at the last mili-second. Cena gets up and drags Punk to the middle of the ring.
Cena slaps on the STFU and Punk is stuck in the middle of the ring. Punk is in the hold for 20 seconds before he begins to crawl to the ropes. punk reaches the ropes but Cena holds on until the referee gets to a four count. Cena waits for Punk to get up and goes for a clothesline. Punk ducks and hits Cena with a roundhouse kick to his skull.
Punk goes for the pin but Cena kicks out. Cena crawls to the corner and Punk goes for a kick to his head. Cena rolls out of the way and hits Punk with a suplex. Cena goes for the STFU again but Punk grabs the ropes. Cena gets angry and yells at the referee. Punk get sup and grabs him. Punk hits the GTS and pins Cena. The referee counts to two and a half but Cena kicks out.
Cena gets up and goes for a punch but Punk ducks and hits another roundhouse to Cena's head. Punk goes for the pin. The referee counts one....two....thre...The referee is pulled out of the ring!
Main Event Part 3
It is Vince McMahon!
Vince pulled the referee out of the ring. Punk gets up and yells at Vince. Cena gets up and spins Punk around. Cena hits the AA but the referee is down.
Vince gets in the ring and counts the three count. John Cena wins the WWE Championship!
The crowd goes insane and gives the loudest heat possible. Vince grabs the WWE Championship and hands it to Cena. Cena looks at Vince and the crowd. Cena looks like he is going to hit Vince with the belt. Cena takes the belt and raises it above his head. Cena then shakes Vince McMahon's hand and the boss raises Cena's arm.
Cena's new music kicks in and the crowd goes crazy with even more heat and some start to throw things into the ring. Punk is still down, Vince and Cena smirk as we close the show.
This concludes My Monday Night Raw.
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