WWE: My Monday Night Raw (August 22)
Hello, bleachers, and welcome to another edition of My Monday Night Raw.
Let's review last week's edition.
Triple H debuted as the new CEO of the WWE. Triple H announced that Mick Foley will be the new Raw GM. Triple H also set up Punk vs. Barrett for the main event.
Jack Swagger took on Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler won with a Zig Zag.
Foley set up Regal vs. Goldust. Regal won with the Regal stretch.
Beth Phoenix destroyed Maryse in a squash match. Kelly came down to help but also was beaten down.
Skip Sheffield defeated Kofi Kingston. Skip and McIntyre beat down Kingston after the match.
CM Punk brought Randy Orton to ringside with him to even out the odds. The match ended in a DQ and Sheamus and Barrett teamed up against Punk. Punk and Orton gained the upper hand but eventually only Wade Barrett stood tall.
John Cena then came out and removed him. Cena proclaimed that he is coming back for his title and hit Punk with an FU. McIntyre came out to cash in his MITB but Cena convinced him otherwise.
John Cena makes his way out to the ring and grabs a mic.
"It's nice to see that all of you people have become fans of CM Punk. But I know that just because you have fans doesn't mean anything. I had all the fans in the world and once CM Punk decided to steal the spotlight, all of you bought into him. You boo me but cheer him? He is a wannabe. He says he is straightedge? Straightedge is nothing but a waste of time. You make fun of me for having kid fans, but someone who doesn't even drink anything stronger than Kool Aid is your new hero? CM Punk is nothing but..."
CM Punk's music hits and he comes out to the stage.
"John Cena; the man who carried the WWE. The man who single-handily introduced us to the "PG" era. You changed this business into nothing but a cloud of lies and shadowy backstage politics. You think that everyone will be your fan for doing that? No one wants that. The only reason the kids follow you is because they don't know any better. Anyone with a brain can see that CM Punk is better than John Cena."
Mick Foley's music hits and the new Raw GM comes out.
"Listen guys, I can't have you arguing on my show all the time. CM Punk, you are the WWE Champion. John Cena, you lost the WWE Championship to CM Punk. Now Cena, you still have a re-match clause but that will not happen here tonight. Cena, you will be in action tonight. Punk, so will you. John Cena, you will go one-on-one with the newly reborn Dolph Ziggler. CM Punk, you will take on Alberto Del Rio."
Foley goes to leave but Cena starts to insult him. Foley just turns and puts up a bang bang sign and the crowd cheers him for it. Foley leaves and Punk imitates Foley's "bang bang" and again the fans cheer. Punk holds up the title as we fade to commercial.
Match 1: R-Truth vs. Kofi Kingston
R-Truth is out first to nice heat.
Kofi Kingston is out next to a nice reaction.
Truth starts talking to the turnbuckle when the bell rings. Kingston attacks him but Truth fights him off. Kofi goes for a right hand but Truth connects with a clothesline. Truth locks on a headlock, but Kingston fights out of it and hits a leg sweep and a cross body. Kingston goes for the pin but Truth kicks out at two.
Kingston waits for Truth to get up and goes for roundhouse kick, but Truth dodges it and hits a DDT. Truth goes for the pin but Kingston kicks out at two. Truth starts punching Kingston with multiple rights and lefts until the ref pulls him off. Truth throws Kingston into the corner and goes for a superplex, but Kingston tosses him off and hits a crossbody.
Kingston hits the boom drop and sets up for the Trouble in Paradise, but Truth ducks and goes for a DDT. Kingston counters and hits the Trouble in Paradise. Kingston wins the match and walks to the back as we go to commercial.
Match 2: Beth Phoenix vs. Eve
Beth Phoenix is out to good heat.
Eve is out next to a good reaction.
Beth and Eve lock up and Beth overpowers her. Beth hits a suplex and gets a crazy look on her face. Beth throws Eve in the corner and and hits a running shoulder thrust. Beth hits a sidewalk slam and goes for the pin but Eve kicks out.
Beth locks on a sleeperhold on Eve but she fights out of it and builds some offense. Eve hits a crossbody and goes for the pin but Beth kicks out. Eve goes for a suplex but Beth hits a backdrop and a clothesline. Beth grabs Eve and hits her finisher for the victory.
Match 3: John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler
Cena is out first to nice heat.
Ziggler is out next to a nice reaction.
Cena and Ziggler engage in a test of strength. Cena gains the upper hand and puts Ziggler in a headlock. Ziggler throws him off and hits a shoulder block and goes for the quick pin. Cena kicks out at one and we continue.
Ziggler grabs Cena and throws him off the ropes. Cena hits a shoulder block and a quick leg drop. Cena hits an elbow drop and then goes for the pin. Ziggler kicks out. Cena throws him into the corner and starts a 10-punch count. Cena gets up to seven before Ziggler throws him off and hits a boot to the face and a bulldog. Ziggler goes for the pin but Cena kicks out at two.
Ziggler goes for a leg drop, but Cena rolls out of the way and locks on a sleeperhold. Ziggler gets out of it and hits a clothesline. Ziggler locks in a sleeper of his own, but Cena backs him into a corner and hits a neckbreaker. Cena goes for and hits the five knuckle shuffle. Cena sizes up Ziggler for the FU but Ziggler counters and hits a DDT. Ziggler goes for the pin but Cena kicks out.
Ziggler sizes Cena up for the Zig Zag, but Cena moves out of the way and locks on the STFU. Ziggler is in the middle of the ring and is forced to tap out. John Cena wins the match.
The Empire Alliance is backstage and they are asking Drew when he is going to cash in his MITB. Drew says he would've done it last week but Cena would have ruined it. They discuss possible ways to take out Cena when Triple H walks past.
Triple H tells the group that they better watch their backs and he goes into his office. They keep discussing until Cena comes around and asks Drew if he is ever going to cash that briefcase in or if he is just caring around the Empire's BS in it. Cena walks into his locker room and the Empire leaves the hallway.
Match 4: Evan Bourne vs. Drew McIntyre
Bourne is out first to a nice reaction.
Drew McIntyre is out next to nice heat.
McIntyre starts off the match by kicking Bourne in the gut and slapping him in the head. McIntyre throws him into the corner and slaps his chest. McIntyre goes for a right hand but Bourne dodges it and hits a few rights and then hits a monkey flip. Bourne goes for a roundhouse but Drew ducks and hits a backbreaker/suplex combo. McIntyre goes for the pin but Bourne kicks out at two.
McIntyre locks in a modified figure four but Bourne crawls to the ropes. McIntyre picks Bourne up but he hits him with a knee to the face and a roundhouse kick. Bourne goes for the pin and gets a close two count. Bourne goes to the top rope and goes for Air Bourne but McIntyre moves and hits Bourne with a big boot. McIntyre grabs Bourne and hits the Future Shock. McIntyre pins Bourne for the victory.
McIntyre continues to assault Bourne and hits another Future Shock. McIntyre goes for one more, but Alex Riley comes running down and McIntyre drops him and leaves the ring. Riley tends to Bourne and we head to commercial.
Main Event: Del Rio vs. CM Punk
Del Rio is out first to nice heat.
CM Punk is out next to a great reaction.
The two men stare at each other and Del Rio goes for a right hand but Punk dodges it and kicks him in the leg. Del Rio goes for a clothesline but Punk dodges it again and hits Del Rio with another kick. Del Rio goes for Punk one more time and Punk moves and connects with a few kicks and a right hand or two. Del Rio backs into the corner and Punk goes for his signature knee/bulldog combo.
Punk hits the knee but Del Rio pushes him off before he can hit the bulldog. Del Rio connects with a clothesline and starts stomping on Punk's arm. Del Rio locks on a armbar but Punk fights out of it. Punk hits a spinning kick and an elbow drop. Punk goes for the pin but Del Rio kicks out.
Punk locks on a sleeperhold but Del Rio breaks out and hits a DDT. Del Rio goes for the cross arm breaker but Punk rolls out and hits Del Rio with a kick to the head. Punk goes for the pin but Del Rio kicks out. Punk goes for the Anaconda Vice but Del Rio reaches the ropes and Punk breaks it. Punk pulls Del Rio into the middle of the ring and goes for it again but Del Rio hits a leg sweep type move and locks on the cross arm breaker.
Punk is in the middle of the ring but he manages to reach the rope with his foot. Del Rio doesn't break the hold, however, and he gets disqualified. Del Rio holds the move on for another 20 seconds and then the Empire Alliance theme hits and they come out to the ring with Drew McIntyre and his briefcase leading the pack.
Before Drew can cash it in, Jon Cena comes running out to stop him. Cena has proclaimed that he wants to beat Punk for the title, not McIntyre. Wade and Sheamus beat down Cena and McIntyre goes to cash in his briefcase.
However, in the confusion of Cena running down to the ring, CM Punk managed to sneak off into the crowd and now he stands at the balcony with his WWE Championship. He holds it high in the air and we fade to commercial with the Empire in the ring and Cena on the outside.
That concludes My Monday Night Raw.
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