Welcome, Bleachers, to another edition of My Monday Night Raw!
As always, let's first look at last week's events.
Vince McMahon came out to address the fans and to fire John Cena.
Before he could fire Cena, Triple H came out and said that he has re-signed CM Punk to a one-night contract.
CM Punk would take on John Cena for the vacant WWE Championship.
Dolph Ziggler took on Vladimir Kozlov.
After Ziggler won, he said that he will never lose his United States Championship. The Raw GM then announced a tournament to find the next No.1 contender for the U.S. title.
Kelly Kelly went up against Maryse. Kelly won the match.
William Regal introduced the Empire Alliance's newest member Skip Sheffield. Skip defeated Primo in a squash match.
Alex Riley defeated Jack Swagger after a good, back-and-forth match.
John Cena took on CM Punk in a WWE-Championship match.
After a good, back-and-forth match that lasted about twenty minutes until CM Punk hit a big roundhouse on Cena, Punk goes for the pin but the referee gets pulled out of the ring.
Vince McMahon pulled the referee out of the ring!
Cena hits Punk with an AA. Vince counts the pin, and John Cena is the new WWE Champion.
The crowd gives huge heat, and McMahon and Cena walk out of the ring.
Mr.McMahon's music hits, and he comes out to massive heat.
McMahon grabs a mic.
"Ladies and gentlemen let me introduce to you, the new WWE Champion, John Cena!"
Cena's new music hits and he comes out to great heat.
He shakes Mr. McMahon's hand and grabs a mic of his own.
Vince: "I told you people that I would do anything possible to keep CM Punk from winning the WWE Championship. I did what I promised and kept the title here."
Cena: "What you people don't understand is that Punk is leaving the WWE. He would have taken this title away from all of you and away from the WWE. He would have never returned to defend it. He is not a real champion. I am."
This draws a lot of heat, and Cena gets ready to talk again, but...
Triple H comes out in his ring gear. He has a mic in his hands and stands on the ramp.
"Cena, since you are a 'real champion' why don't you go one on one against me tonight?"
Vince: "He is not putting that title on the line against anyone for the near future, so you can forget about that."
Triple H: "So make it a non-title match-up then, unless you two are scared you might lose."
Cena: "You're on, Hunter!"
Triple H smiles and we head to commercial.
The Raw GM chimes in that he has changed the "Beat the Clock Challenge" idea to a regular eight-man tournament.
The Big Show's theme hits and he comes out to a nice reaction.
Skip Sheffield is out next to good heat, and he is accompanied by William Regal.
Big Show and Sheffield stare at each other, and the referee starts the match.
The two big men lock up, and they are evenly matched. Show throws Sheffield off and goes for a clothesline, but Sheffield ducks and hits Show with a shoulder block.
He doesn't go down.
Sheffield hits another and goes for a third, but Show connects with a big boot.
Big Show throws Sheffield into the corner and hits a huge slap across his chest.
Show grabs Sheffield to hit a slam, but Sheffield slips off and hits Show with a kick to his knee. Show goes down and Sheffield hits him with a running knee that puts him on the mat.
Sheffield goes for the pin, but Show kicks out.
Sheffield sizes Show up for a clothesline. Big Show gets to his feet and Sheffield goes for the move, but Big Show grabs him for a chokeslam.
Sheffield gets out of the grasp of the Big Show and hits him with a kick to his gut. Sheffield then grabs Big Show and has him in position for a powerbomb.
Sheffield lifts the Big Show and hits the powerbomb!
Sheffield gets the pin and advances to the second round of the tourney.
Chris Masters is out first to a fair reaction.
Michael McGillicutty is out next to decent heat.
The match begins and the two men lock up.
Masters backs McGillicutty into the corner and drops a few shoulder thrusts on him before backing out. Masters grabs him and hits a belly-to-belly suplex. Masters goes for the pin and gets a one-count. Masters gets up and gets ready to lock in the Master Lock.
McGillicutty gets up and Masters goes for the move, but McGillicutty slips out and elbows Masters in the head.
McGillicutty then hits a clothesline and a swinging neck-breaker. McGillicutty goes for the pin and gets a two-count.
McGillicutty grabs Masters and goes for a suplex, but Masters counters and hits a release-German suplex on McGillicutty.
Masters locks McGillicutty in the Master Lock, but McGillicutty grabs the ropes with his legs.
Masters lets go of the hold and pulls McGillicutty in the ring. Masters goes for the hold again, but McGillicutty counters and rolls up Masters. McGillicutty gets the three-count and advances in the tourney.
Kofi Kingston is out first. He gets a good reaction and waits for his opponent.
Jack Swagger is out next and he gets good heat.
Kingston starts off by going for a Trouble in Paradise, but Swagger quickly dodges it.
Swagger goes for a big punch, but Kingston dodges that and lands a few kicks.
Kingston goes for a running clothesline, but Swagger dodges it and hits Kingston with a side slam. Swagger goes for the pin and gets a one-count.
Swagger lifts Kingston up an goes for a shoulder-breaker, but Kingston slips off and hits Swagger with an elbow to the back of his head. Kingston then hits a neck-breaker and a boom drop.
Kingston sizes Swagger up for a Trouble in Paradise, but Swagger rolls out of the ring.
Kingston leaps from the ring and hits a cross-body on Swagger.
Kingston throws him back in the ring and goes for the pin. Swagger kicks out at two. Kingston gets up and again sizes up Swagger for a Trouble in Paradise.
Kingston goes for it, but Swagger ducks and grabs Kofi. Swagger goes for a pump-handle suplex, but Kingston counters that and hits the Trouble in Paradise for the victory.
Kofi Kingston is moving on in the tournament.
Zack Ryder is out first to a good reaction.
Alex Riley is out next to a nice reaction.
The two men lock up, and Riley throws Ryder to the ground.
Ryder gets up and locks up with Riley again. This time Ryder throws him to the ground and throws up the "L I" and gets a big "WOO WOO WOO" from the crowd.
Riley gets up and connects with a right hand and a kick to the gut of Ryder.
Riley goes for a swinging neck-breaker, but Ryder counters and hits a DDT.
Ryder goes for the pin, but Riley kicks out at two. Ryder throws Riley into the corner and goes for a running clothesline.
Riley moves out of the way, and Ryder goes chest first into the turnbuckle. Riley grabs him and hits a belly-to-back suplex.
Ryder goes flying, and Riley waits for him to get back to his feet. Riley hits a clothesline and goes for a spine-buster, but Ryder counters it into a DDT.
Ryder gets up and sizes Riley up for the Rough Ryder. Riley gets up and Ryder goes for it. Ryder grabs Riley, but Riley grabs the ropes. Ryder crashes into the mat and Riley grabs him and hits an atomic drop and a clothesline.
Riley then hits a spine-buster and grabs Ryder. Riley hits his finishing face-buster and wins.
Alex Riley advances into the second round.
Next week on Raw there will be a tag-team match.
The winning team advances into the second round of the United States Championship Tournament and will face off against each other.
Skip Sheffield will take on Alex Riley.
Kofi Kingston will take on Michael McGillicutty.
Two tag teams will face off, and the winning team will face off against each other later in the show.
Be sure to tune in next week for the conclusion of Round One and Round Two of the United states Championship Tournament.
In the final round, the three winners will face off in a Triple Threat match to determine the No.1 Contender.
John Cena is out first to great heat.
He has his WWE Championship belt strapped around his waist and smirks into the ring.
Triple H is out after a few-second delay. Triple H gets a great reaction, and he makes his way down to the ring.
Triple H and Cena stare at each other until the bell is rung.
The two men engage in a test of strength. Cena kicks Triple H in the gut and goes for a neck-breaker, but Triple H connects with a clothesline.
Triple H grabs Cena and throws him into the corner. Triple H lands a series of chops and then whips Cena out of the corner and into the opposite corner.
Triple H goes for a running spear, but Cena moves and Triple H goes shoulder-first into the ring-post.
Cena grabs Triple H and hits a suplex before going for the pin. Triple H kicks out at one. Cena grabs Triple H, but he hits Cena with a right hand.
The two men trade right hands until Cena hits three in a row and goes off the ropes for a move. Triple H counters and hits his signature knee to the face of Cena.
Triple H waits for Cena to get back to his feet and he hits a clothesline.
Cena gets up and throws Triple H into the ropes. Cena goes for a clothesline but Triple H ducks under it and rebounds for a spine-buster. Triple H does his signature pose and taunts Cena.
Vince McMahon walks down to the ring.
Triple H sees him and taunts Vince. Triple H invites him to get in the ring, but Vince just stands there.
Cena gets up and hits Triple H in the back of the head. Cena then hits a suplex and a five-knuckle shuffle.
Cena waits for Triple H to get to his feet, and when he does Cena goes for an AA. Triple H slips off and kicks Cena in the gut.
Triple H hits a Pedigree, and Vince is yelling at Cena. Instead of pinning, Triple H locks in a Figure Four Leg-Lock on Cena.
Vince storms the ring and kicks Triple H in the head.
The bell rings, and the assault begins. Vince orders Cena to AA Triple H, and he does.
Vince then tells Cena to lock in the STFU, and he does so without argument. Cena holds the move until CM Punk comes over the barricade.
Punk goes for McMahon, but he runs out of the ring and flees through the crowd.
Punk and Cena now engage in a fist fight.
Cena throws Punk off the ropes and goes for a clothesline, but Punk ducks under it and goes for a roundhouse kick.
Cena dodges that and goes out of the ring into the crowd. Triple H and CM Punk look at each other. We can make out some dialog between the two.
"I don't like you."
"I don't like you either."
"But I can't stand Cena."
"And I can't stand Vince."
The two men agree that for this one time, they will work together and take down Cena and McMahon. The show closes with Triple H and Punk in the ring, staring at Cena and Vince up in the crowd.
That concludes My Monday Night Raw.
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