Tonightâ€™s WWE RAW Supershow opens with clips from CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio at Survivor Series as Lawler hypes the rematch tonight. What older fans like my self really wanted to see was Piper open RAW.
Hall of Famer and OG Roddy Piper makes his way to the ring for a special Piperâ€™s Pit. Last few times I saw Piper on WWE TV he looked like complete shit. On Monday’s RAW Rowdy Roddy didn’t look like he was half dead, thats always good.
Piper said something that made me nod in agreement. “How a guy who never won the WWE Title, one who wasnâ€™t ever the biggest or strongest, has became a Hall of Famer and one of the biggest icons. The answer energy”.
Piper talks about how when the crowd cheered him, he did good things, and when they booâ€™d him, he did rotten things. Piper goes on and brings out John Cena. Piper says Cena is the face of WWE, but the booing is getting louder. Piper starts poking Cena to tell the fans what’s on his mind.
Cena says he has no idea as to what Piper is talking about when piper says energy isnâ€™t important to Cena. Piper talks about how the fans wanted The Rock to Rock Bottom Cena at Survivor Series and when he did, they came cheered. A â€śBoots To Assesâ€ť chant starts up.
Cena says response’s with the political answer, its the fans right to cheer and boo who they want blah blah. Cena went one to say you canâ€™t please everyone and says the fans can do what they want. Piper slapped him in the face to try to get him to wake up, Cena just walked out the ring. So now the story line headed into the next few months “are boos getting to Cena?”
This Cena segment was suppose to be about the fans that boo Cena, so of course the crowd is sorta pro Cena tonight. The one time WWE tires to acknowledge the boo’s it sorta blows up their face. They were hoping for an anti cena crowd, so Piper is pretending it’s anti cena… Cuzo Drew texted me “totally weird stuff with this Cena segment.”
First match on RAW is a falls Count Anywhere Match. The Miz vs. John Morrison. JoMo makes his entrance The Miz attacks from behind, the bell rings and Miz goes for the leg.
Miz continues to attack Morrisonâ€™s leg we even see a kendo stick out makes a cameo appearance in this match. Morrison grabs the stick and channels his inner Sandman. Miz crawls up the ramp, Morrison and the kendo stick follow suit. Skull Crushing Finale on the stage Miz official wins.
Miz just destroyed JoMo…Tonight was Morrison’s last night with the company. Im curious as to what is Morrison’s next move. TNA Perhaps? Cuzo Drew agrees that JoMo vs AJ or JoMo vs Austin Aries would be a ton of fun to watch.
After celebrating, Miz takes a mic and heads to the ring Miz says last week it was R-Truth, this week itâ€™s John Morrison. Next week, weâ€™ll see. He says he can do it because heâ€™s awesome.
The Bella Twins vs. Alicia Fox and Kelly Kelly. Its a Diva’s match 8 sets of boob four sets of cheeks, I enjoyed Beth and Natalya jogging around the ring then up the ramp. This match ends with Alicia hits her leg drop finisher for the win.
John Laurinaitis and David Otunga are backstage talking about Brodus Clay. Laurinaitis says the longer he holds off on his debut, the more impact it will have. Ummm I dont know about all that but this makes the 6th week in a row WWE has pushed back.. Clays “debut”.
Del Rio walks in and says Survivor Series was a setback and he will walk out tonight as WWE Champion. CM Punk walks in and mocks Otunga, Laurinaitis and Del Rio. Punk says the WWE Title isnâ€™t going anywhere. Otunga says that sounded like a threat and implies Punk will get himself intentionally DQâ€™d tonight to retain the title. Laurinaitis says if Punk gets himself DQâ€™d, he will lose the title. “Sir I have a law degree from Havard, I know what people are thinking without saying it” ahhh Otunga…
Dolph Ziggler vs Randy Orton. Ziggs actually had a non squash match with Randy Orton. Are you seeing what I have been telling you for weeks? Ziggler is the truth. Wade Barrett comes out for commentary, so I watched this match on mute. Great back and forth action. Orton hits the second rope draping DDT. Orton goes for the RKO but Ziggler rolls out of the ring and goes to leave. Barrett gets on the apron and Orton dropkicks him. Ziggler runs in from behind and lays Orton out for the win. Easily the best match of the night. Dolph Ziggler most improved all around performer in 2011.
Michael Cole is in the ring with Daniel Bryan. Bryan wonders if maybe he has just some of Coleâ€™s respect now and mentions winning the four-way. Cole keeps calling Bryan a hypocrite for trying to cash in on Mark Henry when he couldnâ€™t compete.
Last week on Cole SmackDown with Big Show snuffed Henry..like KO’D Henry, Bryan cashed in, his Money In The Bank. Got the 3 count. We all think he is the new Heavy Weight Champion, I jump up and down and make a ton of racket only to see the match overturned by Teddy Long.
So now Cole breaks Bryan’s balls about this situation. Cole says Bryan disgusts him and heâ€™s nothing but a hypocrite. Bryan defends his actions saying the briefcase doesnâ€™t guarantee him anything. He saw an opportunity and took it.
Henry comes to the stage and says Bryan should be ashamed of himself for trying to take advantage of him. Henry is still playing up his injury. Henry says itâ€™s ok because heâ€™s the Worldâ€™s Strongest Man and he will defend his World Title in the steel cage. Bryan leaves the ring and starts walking up the ramp. Henry says Bryan canâ€™t beat him.
Bryan walks up the ramp and kicks Henryâ€™s foot thatâ€™s in a boot. Bryan says we will see tomorrow night and walks to the back. How much swag did this segment have? Tons. Daniel Bryan has a great heel beard going. Hopefully the Bryan push continues.
Zack Ryder vs. Jack Swagger. Yes another week Ryder is on RAW, WOO WOO WOO!!!! Swagger attempts the Swagger Bomb twice but Ryder puts his feet up. Ryder hits the Ruff Ryder for the win.
Mick Foley comes out dressed as Santa Claus to promote tomorrow nightâ€™s SmackDown special. Not much to it at all. Foley really never made me go WOW this guy is great. The Hell in the Cell with the Undertaker is Foley’s greatest achievement in my opinion.
Backstage CM Punk is stopped by Josh Matthews. Matthews asks about the stipulation that Laurinaitis added to the match. Punk says Laurinaitis can kiss his ass. Crowd Pops.
WWE Title Match: Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk. Ricardo Rodriguez introduces Alberto Del Rio. I still mark too Del Rio’s intro. Throughout the whole match Del Rio goes to worked on Punkâ€™s arm. Punk did a great job of selling the arm. Later in the match Punk suicide dives through the ropes and takes Del Rio out on the floor both are back in the ring. Del Rio with more focus on Punkâ€™s arm.
Del Rio unties the turnbuckle pad. The referee turns his back to fix it. Del Rio throws Punk a chair, trying to get him disqualified. Punk doing his best Eddie Guerrero impression throws it back to Del Rio and drops to the mat.
The ref goes to DQ Del Rio. Ricardo gets on the apron and argues with the referee. Del Rio goes to throw Punk into the exposed turnbuckle. Punk counters and drops him onto the turnbuckle with a GTS for the win. After the match, Punk celebrates and hits Ricardo with a GTS.
Closing Thoughts: RAW has been much better the last three weeks. Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk? No heat for the up coming TLC PPV. We have seen them wrestle for free on RAW for the title interest gone.
I got a tweet asking me if I feel The Miz ripping off Chris Jericho’s promo style? Nope. Miz is really getting into a groove if Miz keeps this up hes going to be an a great heel.
Dolph Ziggler continues to impress the hell out of me. We all need to see a Punk/Ziggler run. The match they had on RAW 2 weeks ago held my attention from bell to bell. The crowd popped for every two count. Both worked well with each other.
Daniel Bryan finally gets the TV he needs to develop this bad ass character. I seen him be super bad ass in ROH. If your new to D-Bryan be prepared to enjoy the beard.