WWE Monday Night RAW
February 28, 2011 – Buffalo, New York
Announcers: Josh Mathews & Jerry “The King” Lawler + Michael Cole
[ REVIEWED BY BRAD DYKENS ]
DARK MATCH: Percy Watson defeated Tyson Kidd..
IN THE RING
Triple H + King Sheamus: Triple H talked about returning last week and setting up a match with the Undertaker at WrestleMania 27. HHH pointed out that, just like the Undertaker, there isn’t much left for him to do in the WWE. HHH said the only thing left for him to do is to end the Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak. There were a couple 18-1 signs in the crowd. HHH finished and posed for the crowd before he was interrupted by King Sheamus. HHH immediately kicked Sheamus between the legs and threw him out of the ring. HHH jumped out and continued destroying Sheamus at ringside. He layed Sheamus on the announce table and then proceeded to give him a Super Pedigree – breaking the table!!
RINGSIDE SEGMENT: After the commercial, Sheamus was being helped from ringside when an email came in from the Anonymous RAW General Manager. Jerry Lawler read the email, which said Sheamus is still going to compete in his scheduled match tonight against the returning Evan Bourne!
Evan Bourne defeated King Sheamus: Evan took the fight to Sheamus and hit the Air Bourne (Shooting Star Press) to win in less than a minute!
IN THE RING
Michael Cole + Jerry “The King” Lawler + Jack Swagger: Up until this point, Josh Mathews & Jerry Lawler were doing commentary. After the previous match, they introduced the “voice of the WWE” Michael Cole – then went to commercial. Next, they showed a replay of the Cole/King altercation that went down last week. Back live, Cole called Lawler into the ring and reminded him that he cannot lay a hand on him or he will be fired. Cole brought up Lawler’s “WrestleMania challenge” last week. Cole said he has the guts, and he never backs down from a challenge, but his answer to the challenge is NO….. unless, Lawler accepts two conditions. Cole said he would face Lawler at WrestleMania if his trainer can be in his corner and he gets to choose the guest referee for the match. Lawler snatched the mic and called him a Cole Sore, saying he doesn’t care who Cole has with him, he’s on! Cole said they have a match at WrestleMania and started hyping it loudly. Cole introduced his trainer, “The All American American” Jack Swagger! Swagger came out and stood in front of Lawler as Cole stood behind and trash-talked the King. Cole slapped Lawler, who snapped and tried to get at Cole, but Swagger blocked him and put him in the Anklelock! Cole got down on the mat and screamed in King’s ear. Michael Cole replaced the King on commentary for the rest of the show.
IN THE RING
Randy Orton + C.M. Punk & Nexus (David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty & Mason Ryan): Randy said C.M. Punk was right about something last week – that 2 years ago when he punted him in the head he made the biggest mistake of his career. Randy said his mistake was not punting him harder. Randy described what Punk’s life will be like in rehab when he’s finished with him after WrestleMania. Punk came out to the stage flanked by his Nexus buddies. Punk said while Orton tries to put him into a rehab facility, he is going to put Orton in the ground. The Nexus headed to the ring but they were interrupted by an email from the Anonymous RAW General Manager. Josh Mathews read the email, which stated that Randy Orton would face C.M. Punk in a match at WrestleMania. Furthermore, Orton will face members of the Nexus in singles matches in the next three weeks, and if any one member of the group defeats Orton they will be legally allowed to stand in Punk’s corner at WrestleMania.
Randy Orton defeated Michael McGillicutty: Orton won with an RKO. Punk was shown standing on the stage as Orton set up for a punt kick on McGillicutty. Punk told Orton to stop because he’s done enough. Punk demanded that Orton not punt McGillicutty. The fans cheered and Orton got fired up before running across the ring and kicking McGillicutty straight in the head! Punk and the remaining members of Nexus ran down to chase Orton away from the ring and into the audience.
VIDEO PACKAGE: They showed clips from the press conference in Mexico announcing the signing of Mistico, who will be called “Sin Cara” whenever he debuts with WWE.
IN THE RING
WWE champion Mike “The Miz” Mizanin & Alex Riley: Michael Cole stood up and applauded the Miz and praised him on commentary while he he walked to the ring. The Miz hyped the Rock responding to John Cena tonight. The Miz thought that was funny because he also called out the Rock, and Rock isn’t responding to him. Miz said John Cena’s days are number, and the Rock’s are over. The Miz said he is the biggest star in the WWE, and the reason the people are there tonight. Miz said he is the one the talk shows want, and the face of the company – and the most must-see champion in the history of WWE. Miz said it’s all about him, always has been, and always will be. Miz mentioned becoming WWE Tag Team champions with John Cena last week. Miz wanted the record to show that he won the titles, and Cena lost them. Miz said he controls what happens around there, so when Cena is worried about the Rock he should be worried about the WWE champion, him! Miz said if Rock and Cena wanna go back-and-forth, so be it, because he will beat Cena at WrestleMania and then that same night he will beat the Rock! Miz said he would prove that he is the greatest WWE superstar of all time! Alex Riley got his line in, before they were interrupted by the appearance of John Cena – who said he had very important news. Cena said he can’t listen to another word Miz says. Cena said Miz is not well, and pulled out a “Doctor’s Note” which diagnosed Miz with obsessive compulsive disorder. Cena talked about all of Miz’s obsessions, mostly to get some laughs at Miz’s expense. Riley said Cena was “too funny” but a long time ago somebody decided to nickname toilet’s “Johns.” Cena asked Miz if he ever wondered why nobody is taking him seriously as WWE champion. Cena said Riley was awful. Cena said if Miz wants to build a legacy he really needs to do it by himself. Cena said Miz should do something shocking tonight, and fire Alex Riley tonight – so it can be one-on-one at WrestleMania. Miz said he is mentoring the next generation of Superstars and is secure with his position in the WWE, instead of spending his time hocking WWE merchandise. Cena proclaimed Miz & Riley are co-champions and are planning to move in together. Cema said Miz is training Riley how to be a loser. Cena said he wants Riley gone, so he wants a match with Riley – where if he wins Riley is FIRED. Miz discussed it with Riley and accepted – on one condition – he will not interfere, but if Riley wins, Cena must admit that he is the greatest superstar of all time….. because I’m the Miz, and I’m AWESOME! Cena agreed to do the match. Another email came in from the Anonymous RAW General Manager, and it was read by Michael “AND I QUOTE” Cole….. the G.M. said to ensure no outside interference tonight the Cena/Riley match will take place inside a steel cage and the only way to win is to escape the cage.
MOVIE TRAILER: Triple H’s crappy movie “The Chaperone”
DIVAS BATTLE ROYAL
One of the Bella Twins defeated Gail Kim and Maryse Ouellet and Melina Perez and Natalya Neidhart and Alicia Fox and Tamina and the other Bella Twin: WWE Diva’s champion Eve Torres joined Michael Cole & Josh Mathews on commentary. Eve and the announcers ignored the match while talking about Eve’s problem’s with the Bella Twins. Gail Kim eliminated Bri Bella, but the Bellas pulled a switch-a-roo – which they are now calling “Twin Magic” – behind the referee’s back and Nikki eliminated Gail Kim. After the match, the Bellas attacked Eve Torres.
LIVE VIA SATTELITE (FROM HOME): The Rock cut a promo responding to John Cena with a rap of his own. Rock did a bunch of his catch phrases. Rock said last week he said exactly how he feels about John Cena, and Cena responded with a rap. Rock sarcastically said that it was funny. Rock said it all started when Cena publicly ran his mouth about him. Rock said Cena insulted him and his family. Rock said his love for the WWE is endless. Rock said he grew up in the WWE and his blood is the WWE. Rock mentioned his grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia and his father Rocky Johnson. Rock pointed at his championship titles on display in his home. Rock said he knew if he made it in Hollywood, it meant he opened the door for the entire WWE locker room and paved the way for guys like John Cena. Rock said Cena publicly knocked him and now there are going to be consequences. Rock said nobody else on the planet brings it like the Rock. Rock did some more catch phrases promising to kick Cena’s “monkey ass” all the way to Buffalo. Rock said he is hosting WrestleMania, but he’ll be addressing John Cena sooner than he thinks. Rock continued to rant about the people’s spirit. Rock said in a few seconds the people in Buffalo will be electrified. The lights went out and the Rock led the crowd in cheering so their energy made the lights come back on. Rock said soon Cena will smell what the Rock is cooking!
VIDEO PACKAGE: Shawn Michaels gave his thoughts on Triple H vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania 27. Michaels said there was a mix of emotions, because he has a history with both men. Michaels talked about both his WrestleMania matches with the Undertaker. Michaels said being in the ring with Triple H is vicious. Michael said every time he was in the ring with HHH he’s never seen a hint of compassion. Michaels said if there was anybody who could beat Undertaker at WrestleMania it is Triple H. Michaels said there is a history inside each man. Michaels said he doesn’t know how he is going to feel if, or when, Triple H breaks the streak..
Daniel Bryan came down for his match: The Miz attacked WWE United States champion Daniel Bryan and destroyed him in the entranceway. Miz stood on Bryan’s head and then kicked him in the skull! Miz planted Bryan with a Skull Crushing Finale on the floor! Miz said he did that because he CAN… then demanded that they lower the cage!
STEEL CAGE MATCH
John Cena defeated Alex Riley: If John Cena wins, then Riley is FIRED, but if Riley wins, then Cena has to admit that Miz is the greatest WWE Superstar of all-time. . . . . Despite promising not to interfere, the Miz blocked Cena from going out the door. Riley pressed Cena’s face against the cage allowing Miz to take a picture with his phone. Miz immediately tweeted the photo. A few minutes later, Riley tried to crawl out the door but Cena grabbed his leg. Miz grabbed Riley’s arms and pulled the other end, but Cena won the tug-a-war. Cena put Riley in the STF and he started tapping out but it didn’t count. Cena kept climbing the cage, but Miz repeatedly blocked his exit with a steel chair! Riley caught Cena and dropped him down to the mat. Both men battled on the top rope until Cena fell to the mat. Riley slowly crawled over the cage wall but Cena climbed back up and grabbed him. Both men straddled the top of the cage before stepping back inside. Cena hit a bulldog on Riley off the top rope! Cena hit Riley with an Attitude Adjustment! Somehow Miz’s phone ended up in the ring, so Cena picked it up and took a picture of the unconcious Riley. Cena tried to walk out the door but Miz once again blocked it. Cena used his strenth to over-power the Miz and get out of the cage. Cena went flying down to the floor, where Miz hit him with a Skull Crushing Finale! Miz left wit his title very proud of himself. They totally brushed it over, but that means Alex Riley is FIRED!