RAW SuperShow | November 7th, 2011 | Liverpool, United Kingdom
WWE Superstars 11/10 Taping Results Jack Swagger def. Alex Riley Drew McIntyre def. Mason Ryan
Pyro blasts from the stage as cameras scan the audience here in the home of The Beatles, Liverpool. Michael Cole and Jerry "The King" Lawler welcome everyone to this special UK edition of RAW SuperShow. Tonight, one of the greatest performers to have never held a World Championship will have the opportunity to do just that as William Regal, in what very well may be his final match, will meet Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Championship. Plus, last week on RAW, the challenge was layed out by The Miz, R-Truth, Kevin Nash, and Christian to John Cena and Air Boom for a 4-on-4 Elimination Match at Survivor Series. The question is, has Cena chosen a 4th member of his team?
The theme of the Awesome Truth blasts throughout the arena as the WWE Tag Team Champions march down to the ring, along with Christian and Kevin Nash. Miz grabbed a microphone as the audience unloaded the "You suck" chants onto the four of them. "What you're looking at right now is the biggest, most sensational group of 4 men to hit the UK since the Beatles," said Miz as the audience continued on with the boos. Miz stated that last week, the four of them layed out the challenge to John Cena and Air Boom for a 4-on-4 Elimination Match in two weeks at Survivor Series. However, he couldn't help but notice that last week, there was only 3 of them. And from he understands, there are still only 3. It doesn't come as a surprise to him that nobody wants to join forces with them. Cena, Kofi, and Evan are without a shadow of a doubt the 3 biggest spotlight-hoggers on Monday Night RAW. The audience found it pretty ironic that this was coming from the Miz. He said that even if they manage to find a 4th member, he probably wouldn't even get to compete because Cena and Air Boom would take up the time. Soon, the theme of John Cena hit as made his way out to the stage, along with Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne. Cena, who received a mixed reaction, told Miz that it's nice to see the four of them talk about hogging the spotlight, despite the fact that their ego's wouldn't be able to fit into an airplane. Christian, taking the microphone from Miz, told Cena that right now, they don't want to hear any childish and humorless jokes from him. What they want to know is if they've found a 4th member for their team or not. "In all honesty, no. We haven't," stated Cena. Miz, Truth, Nash, and Christian all broke out laughing. "But right now, this isn't about Survivor Series. This is about tonight here in Liverpool," responded Cena. He then suggested that they give these fans a little taste of what's to come at Survivor Series in a Six-Man Tag match. The three of them against Miz, Truth, and Christian. "Sorry Nash, but we wouldn't want you to slip and fall before Survivor Series," said Cena. Nash tried to go after him, but Christian and Truth were able to hold him back. Before anything else could happen, the UK was greeted by the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and the Interim RAW General Manager, John Laurinaitis. Trying to speak over the chorus of boos, he told Cena that he doesn't feel like giving away a huge match like that here in Liverpool. Instead, we'll be seeing 3 separate matches. Later tonight, John Cena will go one on one with Christian. On top of that, R-Truth will do battle with Kofi Kingston. And he wants the ring cleared because right now, The Miz and Evan Bourne will go one on one. Cena and Kofi wished Evan luck before he headed out to the ring to meet one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions next.
BREAK Trending: The Miz, John Cena, 4th Member
WWE Tag Team Champion The Miz def. Evan Bourne A very solid way to open this special UK edition of RAW SuperShow. The audience was fairly behind Bourne, much to the dismay of the "Awesome One." Despite having the Liverpool crowd on his side, Bourne was knocked off the top rope as he was preparing for Air Bourne, giving Miz the upperhand. All that was left was for Miz to plant him with the Skull Crushing Finale to pick up the victory.
Miz raised his arms in victory as he was handed his WWE Tag Team Championship, posing with it as the Liverpool continued to shower him with boos. Two more Survivor Series preview matches are to come tonight as the other half of the WWE Tag Team Champions R-Truth meets Kofi Kingston, and John Cena does battle with Christian. It happens later tonight on RAW SuperShow.
Backstage, David Otunga was shown walking down a corridor when he was met by Zack Ryder. Long Island Iced Z asked Otunga, who he referred as "Brotunga" if he would sign his petition to receive a United States Championship match. Otunga told Ryder that he's usually never glad to run into him, but this is a different occasion. Over this weekend, Mr. Laurinaitis received more than quite a few tweets in regards to Ryder's shot at Dolph Ziggler's United States Championship. And Mr. Laurinaitis decided to do something that any good authority figure would do - give the fans what they want. However, this will be Ryder's only chance. Up next, he'll be going one on one with John Morrison. The winner of that match will meet Dolph Ziggler at Survivor Series for the United States Championship. "But....JoMo's my broski. I can't go against him," said Ryder. Otunga told him that if he wants the opportunity that he's been clamoring for, this is the only way he can receive it. And he means it when he says that this is his one shot. If he blows this, then that's it. Ryder left the scene in a bit of a troubled mood as he will finally receive the opportunity he's been looking for, but he will need to go through John Morrison, his "broski" in order to get it.
BREAK Trending: The Miz, Zack Ryder
Returning from the commercial break, Josh Mathews was backstage standing by with the WWE Champion, Alberto Del Rio. Josh asked Del Rio for his thoughts on defending the WWE Championship tonight against William Regal, in what could be his final match here in his homeland of the UK? Del Rio said that it doesn't matter what soil this match is taking place on. It could be here in the UK, in American, Asia, Mexico, it doesn't matter. The outcome will still be the same. "The winner and still WWE Champion......" At that moment, Ricardo Rodriguez shouted into the microphone "Alberto Del Rio!"
John Morrison def. Zack Ryder ; Earns United States Championship match at Survivor Series The "broskis" who clearly didn't want to compete against each other were forced to as a shot at the United States Championship was on the line here. Both men were fairly over with the UK audience, but Ryder clearly had a bit of an edge there. After Ryder failed to hit the Rough Ryder, Morrison caught him with a Flying Chuck, followed by Starship Pain to get the victory.
A moan was heard throughout the audience here in Liverpool as most fans were pulling for Ryder in this one. Morrison had his arms raised in victory before offering a hand to Ryder. However, Ryder simply ignored Morrison and angrily made his way to the back, knowing that he just blew his one shot at finally meeting Dolph Ziggler for the United States Championship.
A graphic was shown for the WWE Championship match between Alberto Del Rio and the UK's own William Regal. It's up next here on RAW SuperShow.
BREAK Trending: Zack Ryder, John Morrison
Upon returning from the break, Zack Ryder was shown walking backstage, furious about having failed to earn a United States Championship match for Survivor Series. "Zack! Zack!," was heard as John Morrison approached him. Morrison told Ryder that he knows how hard he's been working for his US Title match. But right now, he's going to make a promise to him. After he defeats Mr. Ziggles at Survivor Series, Ryder will get the first title shot, no matter what John Laurinaitis says. Morrison extended his hand out to Ryder, who accepted it. "Good. Now tell your dad to stop blowing up my inbox."
Cutting to the arena, the bell sounded as Justin Roberts announced that the following contest is for the WWE Championship. He introduced Ricardo Rodriguez, who brought out the reigning and defending WWE Champion, Alberto Del Rio. The UK audience was all over Del Rio, giving him some of the biggest heat of the night. After Del Rio was settled in the ring, he was met with a rather shocking surprise. "At this time, allow me to introduce William Regal's personal ring announcer.....CM Punk!" The Liverpool crowd came unglued as Punk made his way out to the stage, much to the dismay of Del Rio. "Ladies and gentleman of the UK, allow me to welcome a man who, in my personal opinion, is the greatest competitor to have never been WWE Champion. A man who holds his pride in something that he does best - wrestling. Your next WWE Champion, William Regal!" The audience went nuts for Regal, who seemed to be on the verge of tears as he and Punk made their way down to the ring.
Alberto Del Rio def. William Regal : Retains WWE Championship An incredible match here that will be remembered as one of the best WWE Championship matches held here in the UK. Every time Ricardo attempted to interfere, Punk was able to scare him away, creating an even playing field. As Regal was charging towards Del Rio with a lariat, he was able to dodge it as Regal caught the referee. As Regal tried to revive the referee, he was hit with a low blow from Del Rio. Del Rio called over Ricardo, asking for the WWE Title. As that was happening, Punk was able to slide Regal something. After Regal was back on his feet, Del Rio ran towards him with the championship belt, but Regal caught him directly in the jaw with a set of brass knuckles! The audience erupted as Punk slammed the mat intensely, screaming for Regal to get the cover. A few seconds later, Regal was able to cover Del Rio, and it was a few seconds later that the referee was able to crawl towards them. The referee made the dramatic count, but narrowly missed 3 as Del Rio got a shoulder up. As both Regal and Del Rio stirred to their feet, Regal was able to surprise him with a quick roll up. Before the referee could count 3, Del Rio managed to counter it into the Cross Armbreaker. Regal fought as if his life were on the line, but the pain soon became unbearable, forcing him to submit.
The audience was livid as Del Rio was handed the WWE Championship. He crawled up the entrance ramp, having been able to hold onto the title by just a thread. Punk held his head at ringside, crushed that Regal failed to finally complete his resume here tonight. Still, he slid into the ring and helped Regal up as the audience gave both of them a standing ovation. Punk stared at Del Rio, motioning for the WWE Championship as their match is now official for Survivor Series. After Del Rio left, Punk left the ring as well, giving Regal the spotlight. He stood in the center of the ring, incredibly disappointed that he couldn't capture the WWE Title in his final match. The UK audience chanted "Thank you Regal," as he held in his tears. He made his way back up the entrance ramp, waving to the fans and thanking them.
BREAK Trending: William Regal, Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk
Returning from the commercial break, we were shown the SmackDown Rewind, focusing on the main event match between World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry and Daniel Bryan. Despite the enormous size difference, and with some assistance from the Big Show, Bryan was able to shock the world as he defeated Henry. What will the World Heavyweight Champion's response be to this loss?
WWE Tag Team Champion R-Truth def. Kofi Kingston The second of the three "Survivor Series Preview" matches set up by John Laurinaitis. Kofi was looking to avenge the loss to his other-half of Air Boom from earlier this evening. As Kofi was preparing to strike with Trouble in Paradise, Truth grabbed the referee and used him as a shield. This was able to stop Kofi in his tracks, allowing Truth to catch him off guard with the Shut Up to get the victory.
Truth was handed his Tag Team Title as he made his way up the ramp, mumbling to himself as usual. The Miz, Christian, and Kevin Nash were all shown John Laurinaitis' office watching as they have swept Team Cena thus far. Still to come tonight is John Cena vs. Christian.
BREAK Trending: R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Lil' Jimmy
Returning from the break, Zack Ryder was shown in his locker room packing his things when United States Champion Dolph Ziggler walked into the room. The stared off until Ziggler broke the silence with "Woo woo woo......you blew it." He chuckled to himself before leaving the room, Ryder infuriated.
Kelly Kelly vs. Eve in a No.1 Contender's Match ended in a Double Disqualification This match was over before it began. After the bell sounded, the two Divas shook hands, but were blindsided by Natalya and the Diva's Champion, Beth Phoenix. The referee immediately called for the bell as the Diva's of Doom continued their attack.
Both Phoenix and Natalya continued their assaults without a single care, finishing off Eve and Kelly with Sharpshooters and Glam Slams. The two Divas of Doom made their way up the entrance ramp, having ruined the No.1 Contender's Match.
Backstage, Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne were shown standing outside John Cena's locker room for a few seconds before Cena came out. Kofi and Evan seemed to be waiting to hear something. "He said he'll be here next week. That's all I was told." Cena made his way down the hallway as he meets Christian next.
BREAK Trending: Divas of Doom
A video promo was shown for Survivor Series, live Sunday November 20th, only on Pay-Per-View.
John Cena def. Christian A very solid bout to close out this UK edition of RAW SuperShow. Team Awesome Truth has been dominating Team Cena all night, so this was a chance to change the tide for Cena. After a thumb to the eye, Christian was able to take control of this bout. As he was going for the Killswitch, Cena was able to push him into a corner. Christian was able to react fast and kicked Cena in the mid section. He attempted a springboard dive, but was caught in Cena's arms as he hoisted him up to his shoulders, planting him with an Attitude Adjustment to get the victory.
Cena raised his arms in victory as a mixed reaction emerged from the audience. Suddenly, Cena was attacked from behind by The Miz and R-Truth. The WWE Tag Team Champions stomped away on Cena until Air Boom made the save with steel chairs, chasing them out of the ring. Kevin Nash joined Christian and Awesome Truth on the stage as they looked on at the three Team Cena members. Cena grabbed a microphone as he told the four of them that all night, he's been trying to get in contact with a very busy man. He finally did a few moments ago, and wasn't given a yes or a now answer when he asked if he would be the 4th member of his team at Survivor Series. But he was told that he will be here on RAW next week. "So next week, I will stand in this ring, face to face with him as I ask him one final time to be on my Survivor Series team. I guess you can say that I'll be going one on one with the great one." The audience popped as Miz, Christian, Truth, and Nash all looked at each other in suspense, knowing where Cena was going with this. "Next week, in this very ring, I will ask The Rock to join Team Cena!" Team Awesome Truth, who were laughing earlier, were silenced now as Cena, Kofi, and Evan raised each other's arms, knowing that they may get the most electrifying man in sports entertainment on their team come Survivor Series.
WWE RAW Supershow: Monday 31st October 2011...It's Halloween, so I'm expecting a reference or two to the holiday. Santino Marella beating JTG on Superstars didn't do too much for me, got both men involved somehow. I want you to be the first to actually give JTG another chance, the guy had potential before WWE just flat-out gave up on the poor guy. Mason Ryan beating Curt Hawkins is a shame, but Ryan was actually getting pushed here, so it makes sense all in all. Alberto Del Rio kicking off the show was nice, and a good promo counteracted by CM Punk, his opponent for Survivor Series. I would love to see you make Punk and John Laurinaitis' rivalry better than it was. Interested in what follows. To kick off the show, good win for Zack Ryder and John Morrison against Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger, wonder if Ryder will start a petition and challenge for the WWE United States Championship at Survivor Series as opposed to Tables, Ladders and Chairs. Hmm, Christian? I swear he was injured at this point, weeks prior to this. Fairly simple win for him against poor Alex Riley (who I'd like to see get a re-push shortly), but strange that he won with the Spear. I'm liking how the set-up for the Survivor Series match in a few weeks is being prepared so well. Ah God, the Sesame Street appearances, oh dear. I *HATED* this RAW in real life, I remember now. Up next, a solid first hour main event win for Randy Orton against Alberto Del Rio, but it made Del Rio look even less credible as WWE Champion. He needs a lot of momentum in the coming weeks if he stands a possible chance at beating Punk at Survivor Series (which will probably not happen anyway, so). I didn't like the aftermath segment either, it's just reading "Del Rio will lose the belt, and soon decay down the card again" to me. Kelly Kelly and Eve beating the Bella Twins was fair, nothing special. They were really onto the Divas tag team division around this time, despite barely having enough decent Divas for it. Daniel Bryan beating Drew McIntyre was fair, but didn't do much for me whatsoever. And lastly, a weak tag team main event really, wasn't a fan whatsoever. Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne main event would deflate the rating at this point in the night. It still produced a build for the main event of Survivor Series though, but Cena's team is looking like Jabronis compared to Laurinaitis' coalition. The Rock will clearly break the Jabroni team. The fact that he's in your promotional poster for the match card spoils that, too. Should have held off from using the poster until he was announced. I also think tonight was the night in which he should have been announced to enhance interest and increase ratings for future weeks. Not a bad show, just average.
WWE SmackDown: Friday 4th November 2011...The Big Show kicking off the show was a pretty cool move, and I'm looking forward to seeing this match with Mark Henry at Survivor Series finally end (I hope). It won't be pretty though, especially not in a Steel-Cage match. I sort of think that Survivor Series is overkill with the Cage as well as the traditional elimination match however. On another note, I wouldn't bother doing the "Trending Worldwide" thing for SmackDown, as it isn't live and isn't publicized for the blue brand. The Big Show defeating Wade Barrett was a good opening contest though, the right man won. I wonder what Barrett's going to be doing. An undercard elimination match perhaps? Might want to start building that if that's the case. Sin Cara beating Epico was fair, more light heavyweights for Cara to play/botch with. Wonder if Primo and Epico will become affiliated with Hunico, which I hope is the case. Daniel Bryan being pushed to face Mark Henry sounds decent. What happened to Christian being a part of the SmackDown brand anyway? I'd love a Christian and Bryan feud before you potentially run a Bryan heel turn (which, at this point he is bland, so it wouldn't surprise me if you went with it). Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes had a good match, but I believe their feud ended back in September, it seems weird to backtrack. Cody getting himself disqualified via the mask however was great, and an actual storyline to his reverting to the unmasked, arrogant and narcissistic Rhodes persona is a lot better than it just randomly occurring. Sheamus beating Jinder Mahal didn't do anything for me. Mahal is dead weight. So many midcarders/uppercarders are doing nothing headed into the Survivor Series, and it's upsetting. William Regal setting up a retirement match against Del Rio on RAW? Could be awesome, but as long as Punk doesn't get another shot in at Del Rio to once again steal his credibility. Beth Phoenix beating Alicia Fox is good, never let Fox get a push again; she really doesn't deserve it. Daniel Bryan with an upset win thanks to the Big Show was a great conclusion to the show, and overall, this show was better than RAW in my mind, just so bad to see so many uppercarders going around doing next to nothing with one of the Big Four pay-per-views approaching fast. A good week in WWE television though.
By the way, you forgot to post Superstars results for the SmackDown taping.
Friday Night SmackDown! | November 11th, 2011 | Liverpool, England
WWE Superstars 11/10 Taping Results Ezekiel Jackson def. Heath Slater Justin Gabriel def. Jinder Mahal
Pyro shot from the stage here in Liverpool as the commentary team of Michael Cole, Josh Mathews, and Booker T welcomed everyone to Friday Night SmackDown, live from Liverpool, England! Last week, Daniel Bryan shocked the world as he defeated the World Heavyweight Champion, Mark Henry (Cole quickly reminded everyone that it was done with assistance from the Big Show). This alliance of the Big Show and Daniel Bryan will have another chance at a huge moment tonight when they meet The Miz and R-Truth for the WWE Tag Team Championships. And from what we understand, no one has heard from or seen Mark Henry since last Friday. Will the World Heavyweight Champion break his silence?
The theme of Cody Rhodes hit as the Intercontinental Champion made his way out to the stage, no baggers at his side. Cody soon removed his hood to reveal his mask-less face as a remixed version of his theme blasted throughout the arena. Cody smiled and laughed to himself as he made his way down to the ring. He was handed a microphone as he allowed the Liverpool audience to express their displeasure towards him. Cody said that last week, Randy Orton took to him to limits that he never knew he was capable of going to. He was forced to resort to every last resort that he could pull out of his arsenal. And finally, at the last second of the minute, he made a choice. He finally removed all of the torture, pain, and agony from his cerebral. Randy Orton "freed" him. "Grotesque" no more, but still not "Dashing." He is simply someone who the entire SmackDown locker room needs to take notice of. He is simply the future of the WWE. He is simply Cody Rhodes. And right now, he would like to introduce to the world the team that will defeat Randy Orton's team in nine nights at Survivor Series. Before Cody could introduce his team, he was interrupted by Randy Orton and the enormous ovation that came along with him. Orton told Cody that he's rather glad to see the removal of his protective face mask. Now he'll be able to deliver a much more brutal, vicious beating on him. Cody twitched a bit, still showing some "Grotesque" signs. Orton said that just like Cody, he too has organized his team for Survivor Series. So what he suggests is that just like with Team Cena and Awesome Truth on RAW, they have a "Preview Night." Cody takes one of his guys and he'll take one of his own and set them off in a match. Cody accepted the idea, claiming that he can't wait to see his team mop the floor with Orton's team, both tonight and at Survivor Series.
BREAK Trending: Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes
Returning from the break, a recap of what just took place was shown. Tonight, the members of Team Orton and Team Rhodes will be revealed in 3 singles matches, and a rematch between Orton and Cody has been set for later tonight.
Orton/Rhodes Preview Match: Hunicodef.Sin Cara Hunico was revealed as the first member of Team Rhodes, and also received a nice surprise as his opponent was Team Orton's first member, Sin Cara. The two rivals clashed in a very good opening bout here on this UK edition of SmackDown. Sin Cara looked to be in control towards the end, but Hunico was able to get his knees up during Cara's springboard moonsault attempt. Hunico was able to capitalize and planted Sin Cara with a Spinning Argentina Slam to get the victory.
Hunico stood over Sin Cara as he talked a bit of trash, refusing to have his arm raised by the official. Cutting backstage, Cody Rhodes was shown with a smile lit up on his face as he currently has 1-0 lead against Team Orton tonight. But there are still four more team members to be revealed in two more singles matches tonight.
BREAK Trending: Sin Cara, Hunico
Returning from the commercial break, Daniel Bryan was shown in his locker room with the Big Show as they prepare to take on The Miz and R-Truth later tonight for the WWE Tag Team Championships. AJ soon walked in, hugging Bryan as she thanked Show for being there for him last week. And she'll make sure that she's out there to see them become Tag Team Champions.
Orton/Rhodes Preview Match: Ted DiBiase def. Jack Swagger Two of the more underrates superstars here in the WWE were revealed as the next two members of Team Orton and Team Rhodes. As Swagger was lifting Ted for the Gutwrench Powerbomb, he was able to slide out and caught Swagger with Dream Street to pick up the victory.
DiBiase raised his arms in victory as he celebrated his win with his 'posse" as Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes was shown in his locker room fuming as Team Orton now has evened the score at 1-1. There are still two more members to be revealed as they will meet one on one next.
Backstage, Matt Striker was shown in the parking lot, ready to interview World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry whenever he may show up. Cutting to another camera, Teddy Long was shown in his office when former SmackDown superstar Christian walked in. He told Teddy that he's surprised he hasn't come crawling back to him and beg him to come back to SmackDown. Long asked Christian why he was here. He told Teddy that John Laurinaitis suggested that he accompany The Miz and R-Truth tonight when they defend their Tag Team Titles. Long stated that he approved for Miz and Truth to be here tonight, not him. Christian tried to tell Teddy that Mr. Laurinaitis told him that he was allowed to be here. "Well Mr. Laurinaitis didn't run that idea by me, and I'm in charge around here. Not him," said Teddy as he called for security. Christian told Teddy that it's a shame to see that things are still the same around here. As security got a hold of Christian, he continued to ramble on about how Long should take notes of Laurinaitis to see how a real GM does his job.
BREAK Trending: Ted DiBiase, Christian
A special thanks was given to Flo-Rida for "Good Feeling." It is the theme song for Survivor Series, live in 9 nights from Madison Square Garden.
Orton/Rhodes Preview Match: Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett ended in a No Contest A great bout to round out the first hour here on this UK edition of SmackDown. The England audience was fairly behind the native Barrett, who kept Sheamus grounded for a portion of the match. Eventually, he gained the advantage after catching Wade with a huge lariat. As Sheamus attempted the Brogue Kick, Barrett ducked it and the referee was caught inadvertently. At that moment, Sheamus was ambushed by Cody Rhodes, Hunico, and Jack Swagger and the match was seemingly thrown out the window.
All four members of Team Rhodes assaulted Barrett as the commentary team pointed out that the score between the two teams remains at 1-1. Soon, Randy Orton, Sin Cara, and Ted DiBiase hit the ring as a brawl spilled out between all 8 men. More referees came down to the ring to separate the two teams.
A graphic was shown for tonight's main event as the Big Show and Daniel Bryan team up to take on The Miz and R-Truth for the WWE Tag Team Championships.
BREAK Trending: Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Orton vs. Rhodes
Returning from the commercial break, Daniel Bryan was shown in his locker room, staring intensively at his Money In The Bank briefcase. AJ soon walked up to him, asking if something was wrong. Bryan asked her if he should've cashed in last week after he beat Mark Henry? AJ told Bryan that it's his briefcase so that decision can only be made by him, but he set a goal for himself to cash in at WrestleMania. And she thinks that he should keep it. "Yeah, you're right," said Bryan.
Diva's Champion Beth Phoenix def. Kaitlyn Competition seems to be becoming scarce for Beth Phoenix, who looked for a challenge against Kaitlyn. There wasn't much of a challenge, however, as Beth was able to put Kaitlyn away fairly quickly with a Glam Slam to get the victory.
Beth Phoenix was handed the Diva's Championship as she raised it high in the air. Soon, SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long made his way out to the stage. Teddy said that he's been paying attention to the Diva's division, and it seems that her and Natalya are trying to eliminate the competition. Well, he's going to do something about that. At Survivor Series, the Diva's Championship will be up for grabs in a Fatal Four Way match. Beth will defend her title against Kelly Kelly, Eve, and Natalya. Beth was furious as Teddy wished her luck at Survivor Series.
Backstage, Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes was shown leading his team into his locker room. Cody tossed a chair into the wall, furious about what happened earlier tonight. Wade Barrett told Cody that even though their team and Orton's team finished with an even score tonight, he knows how they can settle it. Next Monday on RAW, it's captain vs. captain. Cody vs. Orton in a Lumberjack Match, with all of the teammates as the lumberjacks. Cody thought about it for a bit before telling Wade that he'll run that idea by John Laurinaitis the next time he sees him.
BREAK Trending: Beth Phoenix, Fatal Four Way
Zack Ryder def. Tyson Kidd The UK audience was hot for Long Island Iced Z, who came up short this past Monday on the No.1 Contenders match for the United States Championship. Despite being out a spot at Survivor Series, Ryder managed to over Tyson Kidd here tonight after connecting with the Rough Ryder.
Backstage, The Miz and R-Truth were shown walking down a corridor. They defend the WWE Tag Team Championships against the Big Show and Daniel Bryan next.
BREAK Trending: Zack Ryder
A promo was shown for Survivor Series, live Sunday November 20th, only on Pay-Per-View.
The Miz and R-Truth def. Big Show and Daniel Bryan ; Still WWE Tag Team Champions A very solid Tag Team Championship bout to close out this UK edition of SmackDown. Both Miz and Truth seemed very hesitant when it came to getting in the ring with Big Show, but they both jumped at the opportunity to go against Bryan. This came back to bite them as Show made the hot tag to Bryan, who was on fire as he took care of both Truth and Miz with elbows and dropkicks. As Bryan was attempting to lock Miz in the LeBell Lock, the theme of Mark Henry hit as the World Heavyweight Champion made his way out to the stage, coming out of hiding for the first time in a week. Big Show stood in front of AJ, protecting her in case Henry decided to march down to the ring. Henry's presence distracted Bryan long enough for Miz to plant him with the Skull Crushing Finale to get the victory.
Miz and Truth were handed their Tag Team Titles as they left through the audience, not wanting to get anywhere near the World Heavyweight Champion. Henry stated that if he wanted to, he could walk right down to that ring and tear apart Big Show, Daniel Bryan, and even AJ. But he's not going to do that right now. Show's time for pain and agony will come in 9 days at Survivor Series. But next week, it's all over for Mr. Money In The Bank. It's going to be him against Daniel Bryan in a Steel Cage Match. Henry said that Big Show and AJ will be forced to watch as he personally and pleasurably inducts Bryan into the Hall of Pain. AJ was shown in great concern as Show assured her that Bryan will be alright come next week.
Sorry for not replying much, completely slipped my mind. The other 2012/11 diaries seem to merge into one to me and I forget who I've replied to, haha.
So, SmackDown in the UK. A nice way to open up the show with the Intercontinental Champion, Cody Rhodes revealing his new look without the mask. Randy Orton interrupting made sense and I like the previews used for their Survivor Series teams. Hunico versus Sin Cara isn't a great opening match in my opinion, but nonetheless, would be an interesting encounter and a feud that was unfortunately cut short due to Cara's injury in real life. Hunico with the victory is big for him, but I hope Cara comes out on top in the whole feud. I'd like to see Cara as the last remaining survivor, probably alongside Randy Orton should Team Orton win. Another huge victory as Ted DiBiase gets a win over Jack Swagger, something I wasn't expecting, but it evened the score. I'm unsure about three of these matches going on in a row, would have been better split up. However, a no contest ruling was best for both Sheamus and Wade Barrett, and for both Survivor Series teams. An obvious victory for Beth Phoenix, and a Fatal 4-Way for Survivor Series seems interesting. Shame we won't be getting a divas Survivor Series Tag Team match though. I like the idea of having Orton versus Rhodes in a Lumberjack Match on Raw. Zack Ryder over Tyson Kidd is alright, but SmackDown is seeming pretty lacklustre for a special United Kingdom broadcast thus far. Very happy that The Miz and R-Truth retained the WWE Tag Team Championship as Big Show and Daniel Bryan aren't really that great of a tag team. A nice Main Event to cap off this edition with the World Heavyweight Champion, Mark Henry getting involved too. I feel it wasn't that great considering it was a UK show, but overall, it was a decent show.
WWE Superstars 11/17 Taping Results Mason Ryan def. Michael McGillicutty Alex Riley def. Drew McIntyre
Pyro shot from the stage as cameras got an overhead view of the sold out crowd here in Boston as we are just six days away from Survivor Series in Madison Square Garden. Tonight, The Rock will be here live to give an answer to John Cena regarding the final sport on Team Cena at Survivor Series. Speaking of the Traditional Survivor Series match this Sunday, we will see a small preview as John Cena and Air Boom take on The Miz, R-Truth, and Christian in a Six-Man Tag Team Match.
The WWE Universe was on their feet as the theme of The Rock hit. The Great One made his way out to the stage to a thunderous ovation. Once in the ring, it took him a while to speak as the "Rocky" chants filled the atmosphere. "Finally, The Rock has come back to Boston!" The audience popped once again as Rock said that Boston is the home of Massachusetts is the home of many greats. Bill Cosby, Joe Perry, the Boston Celtics. The list goes on and on. And with all of those greats comes one little blemish on this state. Not necessarily a blemish, but more of a "fruity pebble." And last week, he got a phone call from this "fruity pebble" asking if he would be on his team at Survivor Series. "First off John, delete The Rock's number from your phone right now." Rock then said that he thought about it for a while, but decided that he would wait until tonight here in Boston to give his official word. Before Rock could continue, John Cena made his way out to a mixed reaction in his own home state. He looked at The Rock awkwardly for a few seconds before saying "It's not a hologram! You're really here for once!" "Yeah The Rock's here in the flesh and this flesh will whoop your candy ass right here and right now if you don't let The Rock speak." Rock told Cena that he may be surprised to hear this, but he really took his offer into consideration. He took the pros and cons from accepting the offer. The pros really involve the people. He would love nothing more than to walk into Madison Square Garden, where it all began for him, once again in front of the millions (and millions) of The Rock's fans. On top of that, he would get to smack the taste out of 4 of the biggest jabroni's today. On the other hand, that would involve him standing side by side with THE biggest jabroni in the WWE today. No disrespect to Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne, but he's just not sure if the two of them would be able to co-exist. Cena told Rock that he's not asking for them to co-exist. All he's asking for is for Rock to be there in the corner of the ring in the middle of the ring and do what he does best to John Laurinaitis' boys and that's lay the smack down on their asses. The audience began chanting "Take the offer" as Rock looked around. Rock soon left the ring and made his way up the ramp before turning around. "John, The Rock isn't saying yes. But he also isn't saying no." Cena was left in the ring wondering if he will need to look further for a 4th man at Survivor Series on Sunday.
BREAK Trending: The Rock, John Cena, Fruity Pebbles
Returning from the commercial break, John Cena was shown walking into his locker room and met with Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne. Cena said that he still has hopes that The Rock will accept their offer. "But what if he doesn't?" asked Evan. Cena said that there's nobody else he has in mind. If Rock doesn't accept, then he's not sure what to do.
John Morrison def. Jack Swagger John Morrison heads into Survivor Series on Sunday with a United States Championship match against Dolph Ziggler, who was at ringside for this bout. For Swagger, his job here was to soften Morrison up for Ziggler, and gain a bit of momentum for his own match as he is a member of Team Rhodes. After Morrison countered the Gutwrench Powerbomb by sending Swagger chest first into the turnbuckle, all that was needed was one Starship Pain to put him away.
Morrison raised his arms in victory as he gains a good measure of momentum heading into Survivor Series in six days. Suddenly, Dolph Ziggler slid into the ring and blasted him in the back of the head with the United States Championship. While Morrison clutched the back of his head in pain, Ziggler began yelling at Swagger for his failing effort tonight. As the two argued, the audience popped as Zack Ryder hit the ring. He attempted to hit Ziggler with a Rough Ryder, but Ziggler was able to toss him back, causing Swagger to take the maneuver. Ryder went after Ziggler, who quickly slid out of the ring, leaving the US title in the ring. Ryder picked up the title that he's been breaking his back chasing and stared at it endlessly. Morrison was soon back on his feet as he stared at Ryder, the man that he defeated last week to gain contention to the title. Ryder handed Morrison the title and raised his arm as Ziggler watched on from the ramp.
A graphic was shown for a huge match later on tonight. Six days before he meets Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Championship, CM Punk will take on the World Heavyweight Champion, Mark Henry.
A special thanks was given to Flo Rida for "Good Feeling." It is the official theme song for Survivor Series, and is available now on iTunes.
Kelly Kelly and Eve def. Diva's Champion Beth Phoenix and Natalya Six days before these four compete for the Diva's Champion, they were able to get a piece of each other in this Tag Team match. Towards the end of the bout, Natalya crawled towards Beth to make the tag, but the Diva's Champion insisted on grabbing her title and leaving. Natalya was left alone in the ring as Eve hit her with a Moonsault to gain the victory.
Kelly and Eve celebrated their victory following the match as Beth Phoenix looked on from the stage. Are her days as the Diva's Champion doomed this Sunday at Survivor Series?
Backstage, David Otunga was shown in John Laurinaitis' office looking through some papers when Laurinaitis walked in. He greeted Otunga and asked if "they've" arrived yet. Otunga confirmed their arrival. Laurinaitis seemed pleased, stating that he needs to have a few words with "them" later on tonight.
BREAK Trending: Kelly Kelly, John Laurinaitis
A promo was shown for this Friday's edition of SmackDown. After being humiliated two weeks ago, the World Heavyweight Champion will now have his opportunity at redemption as Mark Henry meets Daniel Bryan inside of a Steel Cage just 48 hours before he defends his championship against the Big Show in the same match. Can Daniel Bryan survive being locked inside with the World's Strongest Man?
CM Punk def. World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry via DQ With two Steel Cage matches coming his way this week, Mark Henry was set out to gain a huge measure of momentum here against the No.1 Contender for the WWE Championship, CM Punk. Punk was able to take Henry off of his game, controlling the later portion of the match after a series of dropkicks. As Punk was preparing to hit Henry with an Elbow Drop, Alberto Del Rio hit the ring and nailed Punk's leg with a lead pipe, causing the DQ finish.
The bell sounded as Del Rio stared down at Punk, who was clutching his ankle in pain. Del Rio shoved the WWE Championship into Punk's face, telling him that it's his and he won't be taking it from him. Del Rio stomped on Punk's leg one more time before raising the WWE Title high in the air, getting the last laugh before they meet in six days at Survivor Series.
Cutting backstage, both Team Orton and Team Rhodes were shown on split-screen coming down to the ring. Six days before the Traditional Survivor Series match, a Lumberjack match is in order next.
BREAK Trending: Mark Henry, CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio
A commercial was shown for WWE '12, available next Tuesday.
Randy Orton def. Cody Rhodes in a Lumberjack Match The members of Team Orton and Team Rhodes served as the lumberjacks here. As expected, a brawl broke out between all of them when both Orton and Rhodes fell out of the ring. During the brawl, they were able to slide back into the ring. As they were staggering to their feet, Orton caught Rhodes by surprise with an RKO out of nowhere, covering him to get the win.
The bell sounded as Sheamus, Ted DiBiase, and Sin Cara joined Orton in the ring. Wade Barrett pulled Cody out of the ring and helped him up the ramp, Hunico and Jack Swagger at his side. The two teams faced off with each other as they meet in a Traditional Survivor Series Match on Sunday.
Backstage, The Miz, R-Truth, Christian, and Kevin Nash were all shown in John Laurinaitis' office speaking with him. Laurinaitis told them that it was time to take care of business. Christian assured him that if he needs back-up for this, they're right here for him. He thanked them before making his way out.
BREAK Trending: Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes
Returning from the commercial break, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler were shown in the ring as they ran down the card for Sunday's Survivor Series. Survivor Series is live this Sunday from Madison Square Garden.
At this time, John Laurinaitis made his way down to the ring to the dismay of the WWE Universe. He was handed a microphone as he introduced himself to the Boston audience. "My name is John Laurinaitis. I am the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and the Interim General Manager of Monday Night Raw." He thanked the audience despite their continuous boos. Laurinaitis said that as of right now, John Cena does not have a 4th member of his team for Survivor Series. That may all change if The Rock accepts his offer. Still, there is no official word on that. However, Cena does have a 2nd and a 3rd member, and he would like to speak to the both of them in the ring right now. The audience was confused, as was the announce team. Nonetheless, Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne made their way down to the ring. Laurinaitis thanked both men for their cooperation. He said that there's only one reason he called them out here, and that's to ask them one simple question. "Why would you want to be on a team with John Cena and, possibly, The Rock?" Kofi told Laurinaitis that they both greatly respect Cena, and they share common enemies in Team Awesome Truth. Plus, who wouldn't want to headline Madison Square Garden? Laurinaitis told Kofi and Evan that while he understands their points, do they really think that they're going to get any time in the ring? There's only one thing that John Cena is after, and that's the spotlight. And if for some reason The Rock accepts the offer, that just makes matters worse for them. They'll never be tagged in. And their spots as Madison Square Garden headliners will only be recalled through archives. Laurinaitis then told them that he has an offer for them. One that he knows they won't be able to resist. They drop their spots on Team Cena, and everything they've ever wanted will be theirs. "Money, women, power, fame, championships, main events, and most of all, my endorsement," said Laurinaitis. Kofi and Evan didn't even need to think about it. They raised the microphone up to themselves and stated simply "No." The audience applauded the two of them as Laurinaitis was infuriated. Seconds later, The Miz, R-Truth, and Christian marched out to the ring, taking positions on 3 of the 4 ring aprons, surrounding Air Boom. However, John Cena ran down to the ring to even the odds. The 3 Awesome Truth members hopped of the apron and talked strategy as the Six Man Tag main event is next.
BREAK Trending: John Laurinaitis, Air Boom
A promo was shown for Survivor Series, live Sunday only on Pay-Per-View
WWE Tag Team Champions Awesome Truth and Christian def. John Cena and Air Boom A taste of what's to come this Sunday in Madison Square Garden. The audience was going back and forth with the "Let's go Cena," and "Cena sucks" chants. Despite the negativity from his own home state, Cena was still on fire. Towards the end of the match, Kofi was tossed into the steel steps by Miz and Truth, leaving Christian in the ring with a weakened Cena. Christian was setting up for the Spear, but Cena managed to dodge it. He made the hot tag to Bourne, who came in and went right after Christian, along with a few kicks to Miz and Truth. As Cena was getting to his feet at ringside, he was taken right back down with a big boot from Kevin Nash. Bourne was getting ready for Air Bourne, but he was tossed off by Truth. Christian capitalized on this and planted Bourne with the Killswitch to get the victory.
Christian raised his arms in victory as he was joined by Miz and Truth. Nash tossed Cena into the ring as all four members of Team Awesome Truth stood over him. Nash picked him up and was getting ready for a Jackknife Powerbomb. Soon, the TD Garden erupted as the theme of The Rock hit. Rocky ran down to the ring and began delivering right hands to all four men. He tossed Miz, Truth, and Christian out of the ring before laying out Nash with a huge Rock bottom. Cena, Kofi, and Evan all staggered back to their feet and came face to face with The Rock. The two WrestleMania opponents continued to stare at each other until Cena extended his hand out. The audience popped as The Rock shook his hand. It is now official. This Sunday at Survivor Series, The Rock joins John Cena and Air Boom in the fight against the Awesome Truth, Christian, and Kevin Nash. In the middle of Madison Square Garden, The Rock and John Cena will fight side by side. Never before, never again.
Friday Night SmackDown! Quick Results| November 18th, 2011
The Big Show kicked off SmackDown by discussing his Steel Cage match with Mark Henry in 48 hours at Survivor Series, stating that Henry is actually the one in danger because he's the last person you want to be with when you're locked inside of a Steel Cage. But the last person he wants to see in a cage with Mark Henry is Daniel Bryan, so he's asking Teddy Long if there's a way to possibly cancel that match tonight. Daniel Bryan came out to the ring, taking offense to Show's comments. Bryan told Show that all week, everybody's been feeling sorry for him. And he's sick of being looked down on in this match just because he's a lot smaller than Henry. Even AJ has no faith in him. He felt betrayed by Show, but vowed to prove everyone wrong tonight when he beats Mark Henry for the second time in a row, and he does it in a Steel Cage.
Hunico and Jack Swagger def. Sin Cara and Ted DiBiase After Sin Cara took out Hunico with a springboard Moonsault on the outside, Jack Swagger finished off Ted DiBiase in the ring with a Gutwrench Powerbomb for the victory.
Backstage, Teddy Long is shown in his office when Drew McIntyre walks in. McIntyre told Teddy that his contract with RAW is expiring soon, and is unsure if Mr. Laurinaitis will re-sign him. Teddy said that it's pretty ironic that after what he did to him last year, Drew is coming to him begging him for a job. But despite those occurrences, he's going to give McIntyre the opportunity to prove why he deserves a spot on the SmackDown roster with a match up next.
The Great Khali def. Drew McIntyre via DQ McIntyre's mystery opponent turned out to be the returning Great Khali. After being unable to take the Punjabi Giant down, McIntyre grabbed a steel chair and delivered multiple shots to Khali's left leg.
The bell sounded, but McIntyre would not stop swinging the chair at Khali's leg. He then delivered a hard shot to his back, which sent the giant down to the mat.
The "Resurrection" promo for RAW aired.
Randy Orton and Sheamus def. Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett The two team captains for Survivor Series teamed with their biggest acquaintances for that bout in 48 hours. Orton planted Wade with an RKO as Sheamus took out an interfering Rhodes with a Brogue Kick, allowing Orton to get the cover on Barrett.
Randy Orton and Sheamus raised each other's arms following the match as Rhodes and Barrett stirred to their feet on the outside. The four men stared at each other, sending one last message before the Traditional Survivor Series match on Sunday.
Backstage, AJ was shown in her locker room when Kaitlyn came in, trying to get her pepped up for their match next. AJ was clearly more concerned about Daniel Bryan than her match tonight, but had to try and focus on her tag team match with Kaitlyn next.
Tamina and Alicia Fox def. AJ and Kaitlyn AJ spent the entire match staring down at the mat, not being able to get her mind off of Daniel Bryan and his Steel Cage match later on tonight. She was oblivious to Kaitlyn's tag attempts, which allowed Tamina to put her away with a Samoan Drop.
Backstage, AJ caught up with Kaitlyn, apologizing for what happened out there. Kaitlyn accepted her apology, understanding what her best friend is going through. Kaitlyn talked about how she too is concerned for Bryan tonight. Soon, Bryan approached to two women, looking at Kaitlyn in disappointment. He said that everywhere he goes, it's the same story. They all have no faith in him. But he will prove everyone wrong and he will overcome the World Heavyweight Champion again.
The commentary unit ran down the card for Survivor Series this Sunday, headlined by three huge main events. The WWE Championship is on the line as Alberto Del Rio defends the gold against the men many believe he has stolen it from twice, CM Punk. Mark Henry and the Big Show will be locked inside of a Steel Cage as they rip through each other for the World Heavyweight Championship. And finally, a pairing we never we'd see. John Cena teams with The Rock and Air Boom to take on The Miz, R-Truth, Christian, and Kevin Nash. The Rock and Cena team up. Never before, never again.
World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry def. Daniel Bryan in a Steel Cage Match While Bryan managed to get some offense in, this was a disaster. Mark Henry managed to show the world just how dominant he can be when locked inside of a Steel Cage. He tossed Bryan around as AJ made her way to ringside, pleading with him to stop. AJ's pleads just fueled Henry's aggressions, further destroying Bryan. The Big Show later marched down to ringside, trying to pull the cage door apart. Still, he and AJ were forced to watch as Henry delivered 3 World's Strongest Slams to Bryan before pinning him.
Henry stared at the Big Show following the match, screaming "This will be you!" AJ, fed up Henry, tried to pull the door open herself, which just made Henry laugh. The World Heavyweight Champion picked Bryan up before tossing him into the cage wall, this time breaking it as Bryan fell to the outside. AJ ran over to Bryan, crying as Show called for help. He stared at Mark Henry, who raised the World Heavyweight Championship high in the air, reminding him what it's all about in just 48 hours at Survivor Series.
WWE SmackDown: Friday 11th November 2011...11/11/11, olé. This should be interesting. Ezekiel Jackson beating Heath Slater was fair, both men need to find something to do. Justin Gabriel and Jinder Mahal sounded good, seem like these two would have good chemistry in the ring. Cody Rhodes kicking off the show with a new look was the right decision, nice to get him some cheap heat in the United Kingdom for sure. Looking forward to this so-called "Preview Night". Hunico beating Sin Cara was a surprise to see, but I'm personally thinking that you could have had a stronger opening contest honestly. Was surprised to see Hunico knock off a clean win against Cara anyway. Up next, I like that Ted Dibiase was chosen to team with Randy Orton, and it could even give him a boost in momentum, perhaps to make him entertaining again. Not sure why Jack Swagger was chosen for Cody's team, they serve no connection. Dibiase with the win was fair though, nothing that noteworthy is happening just yet though, which is scary for a UK television programme. I also think you should have spread out the Preview matches too. Sheamus and Wade Barrett have previously competed and didn't really have a great match in my mind, so this just turned into the brawl everyone was expecting, but good decision for the two British superstars to face off, if anything. I am liking this ongoing storyline with Daniel Bryan, too. Beth Phoenix beating Kaitlyn didn't accomplish a lot to me, but it got the WWE Divas Champion more stronger. I'm not too fond of a fatal four-way match at Survivor Series, on the same show as several elimination tag team matches, and a Steel-Cage match. Seems like a bit too much for me. Additionally, I must state my distain for the Twitter trend features, considering that they're only on WWE RAW Supershow and pay-per-views. Zack Ryder beating Tyson Kidd was fine by me, didn't do a lot, poor Tyson. And lastly, quite a random main event tag team match, but I liked R-Truth and the Miz managing to get in another WWE Tag Team Championship defense against the Big Show and Daniel Bryan, liked Mark Henry not getting physically involved until after the match either. Liked the aftermath, and nice notation of including AJ in there. Overall, a pretty meh show for SmackDown in the UK. It didn't really have the feel to it.
WWE RAW Supershow: Monday 14th November 2011...Mason Ryan beating Michael McGillicutty was a nice touch, considering both of these men were in the New Nexus earlier in the year. Alex Riley then beating Drew McIntyre I wasn't expecting, not too bad for WWE Superstars. Surprising to see the Rock return so early in the night, was definitely thinking you would save this for later on in the evening, but nevermind. I think it was a little last minute to essentially announce Rock as the final member of John Cena's team at Survivor Series really, six days to go and the main drawing point has only just been announced. Up first, decent opening contest with John Morrison picking up a win against Jack Swagger, they've had some pretty decent matches in the past. Did like Dolph Ziggler getting involved, and Zack Ryder making the save was cool. What I dislike about Morrison facing Ziggler for the WWE United States Championship at Survivor Series is the fact that Morrison's done nothing to deserve it, whilst Ryder has. Kelly Kelly and Eve beating Beth Phoenix and Natalya pretty much set up the upcoming fatal four-way match for the WWE Divas Championship on Sunday, nothing special. And a decent first-hour main event win for CM Punk against Mark Henry, with Mark regaining all of his momentum. Did like Alberto Del Rio getting involved, looking forward to how the match with Punk goes on Sunday, I still think Punk will bring home the WWE Championship though. Hmm, odd positioning for Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes to take each other on in the Lumberjack match, I didn't like this being on RAW at all. Would have made a good SmackDown main event however. Liked the brawl between the two teams as expected, but on RAW it is so cramped into one segment. Very restricting. Up next, loved John Laurinaitis' promo, certainly picking up momentum as the Interim General Manager of RAW. And lastly, a decent six man tag team main event win for R-Truth, the Miz and Christian against John Cena and Air Boom, and of course the brawl followed (another reason why the lumberjack match shouldn't have happened on RAW), and I loved Rock making the save. Looking forward to reading Survivor Series.
And I hate to nag, but I never DID get that reply to WWE 2008 did I? ;]
A nice way to open up Raw with The Rock coming out, but not giving an answer. Although it's pretty obvious he will accept the offer later in the night because there's no other way it could go. A nice victory for John Morrison over Jack Swagger, and I'm interested to see if you give Morrison the United States Championship at Survivor Series. Zack Ryder coming out makes sense since he's part of the feud as well. Divas bore, quite frankly. A disqualification finish did seem necessary in this match, as it was the only way to give CM Punk the victory, get Alberto Del Rio involved and keep Mark Henry credible all at the same time. I hope to see Henry retain at Survivor Series, personally. A huge Lumberjack Match, but this would've probably better fitted as SmackDown's Main Event this week. However, a victory for Randy Orton could possible suggest a Team Rhodes victory at the Pay-Per-View which I would like to see. I liked the segment with John Laurinaitis trying to persuade Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne to step down and jump ship to his side, obviously they decline the offer. Lastly, a victory for The Miz, R-Truth and Christian was necessary as I do believe their loss at Survivor Series is inevitable, along with Kevin Nash. As expected, The Rock comes in for the save and finally accepts the offer to be on Team Cena at Survivor Series. I do expect them to walk out with the victory and for The Rock to deliver a Rock Bottom to John Cena after they are the last remaining survivors. Overall, an enjoyable Raw, but I felt as if the Lumberjack Match would better suit SmackDown's Main Event.
Speaking of which, onto SmackDown. A steel cage Main Event when the World Heavyweight Championship will defended inside a steel cage on Sunday? Not sure about that. A bit of a lacklustre tag team match to kick us off, but I guess it gets Team Orton/Team Rhodes on the show after the big Lumberjack Match on Raw. The Great Khali defeating Drew McIntyre via disqualification was interesting, I hope this actually goes somewhere for Drew. This next tag team match just seemed like overkill to me, this match has had the hell promoted out of it and I think it would backfire in reality. Too much exposure. Again... divas. And lastly, a big victory for Mark Henry and necessary to keep him looking strong as the World Heavyweight Champion. I do hope he wins at Survivor Series as I have already said. I think Raw was definitely better in terms of content and booking, but it was a decent show. Looking forward to Survivor Series.
Tonight's show kicked off with a video package highlighting the past 25 years of Survivor Series. It then cut to Mark Henry's reign of terror on SmackDown that ultimately led to his becoming of World Heavyweight Champion. The World's Strongest Man faces his toughest challenge yet when he meets the Big Show inside of a Steel Cage match for the World Heavyweight Championship. The promo then shifted to SummerSlam, where Alberto Del Rio cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase to become WWE Champion at the expense of CM Punk. After 3 months of fighting, Punk will finally get his one-on-one rematch tonight for the WWE Championship. And finally, a unit that the WWE Universe never thought they'd see. John Cena and Air Boom unite with The Rock to take on The Miz, R-Truth, Christian, and Kevin Nash in a Traditional Survivor Series Match. The Rock and John Cena join forces. Never before, never again.
Flo-Rida's "Good Feeling" could be heard in the background as a huge pyro display was shot off from the stage. Cameras got a shot of the Madison Square Garden as the commentary unit of Michael Cole, Jerry "The King" Lawler and Booker T welcomed everyone to Survivor Series. 4 championships will be decided tonight, including the World Heavyweight Championship that will be taking place inside of the Steel Cage with the Big Show and Mark Henry. Also, CM Punk will finally receive what he believes is his rightful opportunity against Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Championship. And finally, a dream team forms tonight. John Cena, Air Boom, and The Rock team up to take on the WWE Tag Team Champions Awesome Truth, Christian, and Kevin Nash. But ongoing reports may change the outlook of this match as earlier today on WWE's official Twitter page, it was revealed that the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and the Interim RAW General Manager John Laurinaitis experienced traveling issues this past weekend, and will not be here tonight. Michael Cole seemed to be at unease, asking how it's possible to hold the 25th annual Survivor Series without Mr. Laurinaitis. Lawler and Booker laughed at him as they sent things over the Justin Roberts as we kick things off with the Survivor Series tradition, a Tag Team Elimination match.
Traditional Survivor Series Match Team Orton (Randy Orton, Sheamus, Ted DiBiase, and Sin Cara) vs. Team Rhodes (Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, Jack Swagger, and Hunico)
Even though the audience was ultimately behind Randy Orton and his team, Madison Square Garden showed their appreciation for Wade Barrett and the Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes. Rhodes and DiBiase started things off, two former tag team partners colliding. DiBiase was able to take Rhodes down with repeated clotheslines, followed by a scoop slam. Cody quickly made the tag to Jack Swagger, allowing him to get some time in the ring with his rival. The two of them locked up as Swagger was able to push Ted away. DiBiase responded with a slap to his face. He rammed Swagger into a corner, hitting him with several chops. DiBiase tried to Irish Whip him into the opposite corner, but Swagger was able to counter it and hit a Belly-to-Belly suplex. Swagger tried to lock in the Ankle Lock, but Ted was able to kick him away, chest first into one of the turnbuckle pads. DiBiase was able to plant Swagger with Dream Street to get the first elimination. DiBiase eliminates Swagger. As DiBiase was staggering to his feet, he was hit from behind by Wade Barrett. Wade stomped on DiBiase for a bit before placing him in the corner, striking with furious elbows. DiBiase moved out of the way and was able to retaliate with more chops. DiBiase climbed up onto the second rope, hitting Barrett with closes fists to his forehead. Barrett was able to move Ted's leg over, causing him to stumble. Ted landed in perfect position for the Wasteland, which Barrett hit to get an elimination of his own. Barrett eliminates DiBiase. Barrett taunted the remaining Team Orton members, asking for one to step up to the plate. It was Sin Cara who came in to step up to the much bigger Barrett. Wade simply laughed at Cara, who responded with a dropkick to his knee, followed by another dropkick to his head. Sin Cara got the cover, but not the elimination. Several more times, Barrett's arrogance proved to be his downfall in this battle. Sin Cara positioned himself on the top rope, preparing for a crossbody. Hunico grabbed his leg from the ring apron, but Sin Cara was able to kick him off. Cara came down with the Crossbody, but Barrett caught him and delivered Wasteland to eliminate him. Barrett eliminates Sin Cara. Barrett scored his second elimination in a row, bringing Team Orton down to two members. Barrett tagged in Hunico as Orton came into th match. The contrasting styles of Orton and Hunico clashes in was turned out to be a very good battle. Orton nearly had the elimination after a Crossbody countered into a Scoop Slam, but Hunico still had the will to fight. Orton began coiling for the RKO, but Hunico seemed to have had another sense as he kicked Orton on the top of his head. He went out to the ring apron and to hit a Springboard splash, but Orton caught him in mid-air with an RKO! Orton covered the motionless Hunico to get the elimination. Orton eliminates Hunico. Cody Rhodes comes in now, going right after Orton with strikes and stomps. He goes for Beautiful Disaster, but Orton hits a dropkick as Cody is coming down. Sheamus and Barrett both extend their hands out as Cody and Orton desperately crawl to make tags. They both do so at the same time as Sheamus comes in fired up, taking down Barrett with a few hammer fists to his head. Sheamus had Wade in a corner as he was pummeling him with strikes. Sheamus brought Wade back into the center of the ring and attempted the High Cross, but Barrett managed to slide off of his shoulders and roll him up with a handful of tights to steal one of Team Rhodes. Barrett eliminates Sheamus. The commentators and Madison Square Garden were stunned as Wade Barrett has single handedly eliminated three fourths of Team Orton. All that remained was the captain, Randy Orton. The Viper came running into th ring, ramming Wade into the corner as the referee signaled that a tag was made from Barrett to Rhodes. Unbeknownst to Orton, he took Wade into the center of the ring and planted him with an RKO. He covered Wade as the referee informed him that he's not the legal man. Cody Rhodes quickly came in as went after him. As the referee was trying to get Barrett out of the ring, Orton caught Cody with an RKO out of nowhere. He got the cover, but the referee was still focused on getting Wade back into his corner. At that moment, a masked man came into the ring and struck Orton in the back of the head with a lead pipe. The commentators were clueless as to what just happened as the mysterious man bolted out of the arena. Cody slowly draped his arm over Orton's chest as he got the cover and the final elimination. Rhodes eliminates Orton.
Winners: Team Rhodes (Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett survive)
Cody Rhodes stirred to his feet as he was handed his Intercontinental Title. Wade Barrett joined him as the two survivors raised each other's hands in victory. The replay was shown of the masked man attacking Orton with a lead pipe, which allowed Team Rhodes to score the victory. Who was that man, and why did he screw Randy Orton?
Backstage, Matt Striker was standing by with the No.1 contender for the United States Championship, John Morrison. Striker asked Morrison for his thoughts on tonight's championship match against Dolph Ziggler. He said that years ago, he and Ziggler had match after match for the Intercontinental Title. And every single time, he came out on top. Just replace the Intercontinental Title with the United States Title and you have the same scenario for tonight. Suddenly, Morrison was attacked by Jack Swagger, who was still furious about being the first man eliminated just now. Swagger threw Morrison into the interview set before locking him in the Ankle Lock. Officials came to restrain Swagger as Morrison screamed in agony. They tended to him as he said that his ankle felt broken.
Diva's Championship Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Kelly Kelly vs. Eve vs. Natalya
The bell sounded as each four Divas took a position in a corner. Beth and Natalya pounded fists as Kelly and Eve went after them. The two Divas of Doom were being hammered by fists before being irish whipped into each other. Kelly and Eve shook hands before battling it out. As Kelly was running the ropes, Eve caught her with a spinning elbow. As she was getting the cover, Natalya came in and attempted to lock in a Sharpshooter. Kelly was on the attack and took Natalya down with a bulldog. Before she could get a cover, Beth came back in and planted her with a German Suplex. As Beth was talking a bit of trash to Kelly, Natalya caught her with a roll up, barely kicking out in time. The Divas of Doom came face to face as Beth asked what the hell Natalya was doing. As the two argued, Eve and Kelly hit them with simultaneous dropkicks. As Kelly rolled Natalya out of the ring, Eve caught her with a Russian Leg Sweep, but couldn't get the three count. After further battling between the two, Natalya came back in and took out Kelly with a Superkick. Beth Phoenix climbed up onto the top rope as she looked to be going for a Crossbody, not caring if she hit either Natalya or Eve. Soon, Eve tossed Natalya into the corner that Beth was on, causing her to stumble. Eve climbed up with Beth and was going for a Superplex, but Beth managed to counter it as she locked her arms in position for the Glam Slam. The Madison Square Garden crowd braced for the impact as Beth hit Eve with a Glam Slam off the top rope! Beth covered Eve the secure the victory and her championship.
Winner: Beth Phoenix (Still Diva's Champion)
Beth was handed the Diva's Championship as she raised high over the air. Beth has overcome 3 of the WWE's top Divas, essentially proving herself as the most dominant Diva today.
A promo air at this time, showing several children lined up at an ice cream vendor to get their favorite frozen treats. CM Punk soon approached the vendor, asking for a WWE Ice Cream bar. The man looked through the vendor before telling Punk that he didn't have any. As Punk was walking away disappointed, he struck the man in the back with a steel chair. The next shot showed Punk body slamming him through a table, followed by an Elbow Drop off of a ladder. WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs is live Sunday December 18th, only on Pay Per View.
Returning to the arena, "Here To Show The World" hit as the United States Champion Dolph Ziggler made his way down to the ring, along with Vickie Guerrero. Ziggler is set to defend his championship right now against John Morrison, but the condition of Morrison is still unclear after he was attacked earlier by Jack Swagger. Morrison's theme played twice, but he never made his entrance. Soon, SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long made his way out to the stage. He said that he just finished speaking with the medical staff, and they informed him that John Morrison will not be able to compete tonight. Ziggler was all smiles as he raised the United States Title high in the air. Teddy said that even though Morrison won't be competing, that doesn't mean that Ziggler won't be either. Dolph's smile was gone as he began questioning Teddy. He said that since John Laurinaitis couldn't be here, he has full authority over both the RAW and SmackDown superstars. So he has named a suitable replacement for John Morrison. Soon, the roof came off Madison Square Garden as Zack Ryder made his way out the stage, pounding Teddy's fist as he made his way down to the ring. Ziggler threw a fit in the ring, shouting "You can't do this!" towards Teddy. Ryder and Madison Square Garden fist pumped as he will finally receive what he's been constantly denied - a match for the United States Championship.
United States Championship Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Zack Ryder
Finally. There was nowhere to run for Ziggler as he must face the man he's been dodging for weeks now. Ziggler complained to the referee, but nothing could be done as he called for the bell. When Ziggler turned around, he was nearly hit with a Rough Ryder. Ziggler responded with a dropkick and cover, trying to finish this as quickly as possible. Ziggler kept Ryder grounded with stomps and punches, still livid that this match is even happening. One side of MSG chanted "Let's go Ryder" as the other side chanted "Woo woo woo," infuriating Ziggler. The United States Champion tried to lock in a Sleeper Hold, but Ryder was able to back him into a corner. Ziggler dropped down, which allowed Ryder to hit the Broski Boot. He covered Dolph, but the defending champion kicked out at two. Ryder geared up for the Rough Ryder, but Dolph caught with a Superkick, the maneuver that put him away at Vengeance. This time, Ryder got his foot on the bottom rope. Ziggler pulled Ryder into the center of the ring, hitting him with at least 10 Elbow Drops. Dolph got the cover again, but Ryder was still kicking out of everything. Ziggler, losing his patience, took the United States Championship and made his way up the entrance ramp. Ryder ran after Ziggler, hitting him from behind. He tossed Ziggler back into the ring before hitting him with a flying forearm. Ryder and Ziggler were soon perched up on the top rope, Dolph looking for a superplex. Ryder countered it and pushed Ziggler off. While Ryder was positioning himself, Vickie Guerrero grabbed his leg. As Ryder struggled with her, Ziggler jumped onto the second rope and took Ziggler off with a Belly to Belly suplex. Ziggler got another cover, and Ryder got another kick out. Dolph put Ryder in a corner and mocked him as he went for a Broski Boot, Ryder moved out of the way, causing to stumble in the corner. After he was back on his feet, Ryder caught him with a Rough Ryder. He got the cover, but Ziggler was able to get his foot on the bottom rope. Ryder looked as if he had his heart broken in two as he was less than a second away from becoming the United States Champion. He geared up for another Rough Ryder, but he overshot it and landed on the second rope. Ziggler began striking him in his back and climbed up with him. Ziggler attempted a Zig Zag, but Ryder held onto the ropes as Ziggler crashed to the mat. After Ziggler was back on his feet, Ryder came off the second rope with a Rough Ryder! He covered Ziggler to the get the three count and finally fulfill his dream.
Winner: Zack Ryder (NEW United States Champion)
The audience erupted as Ryder was handed the United States Championship. He clutched it to his face as he let tears out. Ryder went out to the front to hug his dad. He climbed up onto the barricade as he fist pumped with Madison Square Garden before raising the title high in the air. After weeks of being denied, and after years of being ignored, Ryder has finally done it. He's become the United States Champion in the middle of Madison Square Garden.
A video package was shown for the WWE's anti-bullying campaign, Be A Star.
Returning to the arena, Michael Cole was shown with his head down as he still couldn't believe that we just witnessed Zack Ryder become the United States Champion. After he asked if we really just saw that, Booker responded with "Woo woo, you know it." The commentary unit shifted their focus to the World Heavyweight Championship match coming up next that will be contested inside of the Steel Cage. Suddenly, the theme of Triple H hit as Madison Square Garden popped. A few moments later, The Game made his way out to the stage in street clothes and taped fists, showing that he came to New York City for a fight. He stepped into the ring and asked for a microphone. "Nash, now!" Triple H waited for a few seconds before Kevin Nash made his way out to the stage, starting at Hunter as he marched towards the ring. David Otunga came out, trying to restrain Nash as he needs to focus on tonight's main event. Nash shoved Otunga down as he stepped over the top rope. Triple H went right after Nash, taking him down as hammering him with fists. Otunga called for referees as a herd of them ran down to the ring to separate the two. Hunter simply tossed aside any referee that got in his way. Nash rolled out of the ring as Triple H followed him, taking him back down on the entrance ramp. Since no referee could do anything, Otunga called for security. Just like the referees Triple H took them out. With everyone taken out, Otunga had to take action himself and went after Triple H. His attempt failed as he was planted him with a Pedigree onto the entrance ramp. Police officers hit the scene now, taking Triple H down and putting him in handcuffs. The Madison Square Garden booed New York's finest as they took Triple H out of the arena in cuffs. As they were doing so, Nash hit Triple H in the mid section with a knee. The police officers forced Nash away as they picked Triple H back up to his feet, taking him out of Madison Square Garden.
While order was being restored, we cut to a video promo for the World Heavyweight Championship match. This past summer, the Big Show was dominated like never before at the hands of the World's Strongest Man, Mark Henry. Their rivalry came to a head at Money In The Bank, where Henry made Show the first inductee into his Hall of Pain after crushing his ankle with a steel chair. From there, Mark Henry would bring pain to the rest of the SmackDown locker room, ultimately becoming the World Heavyweight Champion. Big Show's return instantly led to a match with Henry at Vengeance, which ended after the two imploded the ring. It was announced that a rematch would be held at Survivor Series inside of a Steel Cage. This past Friday on SmackDown, Henry made an example out of Daniel Bryan, destroying him in the cage before tossing him through one of the cage walls. With revenge on his mind for both Bryan and AJ, Big Show will look to put an end to Henry's reign of terror and become the World Heavyweight Champion.
Steel Cage Match for the World Heavyweight Championship Mark Henry (c) vs. Big Show
Show and Henry stared down each other as they were surrounded by the Steel Cage, bell sounding. Henry pushed Show first, leading to him retaliating with a shoulder block. Show picked Henry and tossed him into the cage repeatedly, symbolic of what Henry did to Daniel Bryan this past Friday. Henry was able to catch Show with a few jabs to the mid section, followed by a rake to his eyes. Henry took Show down with a clothesline before letting out a scream. He attempted a splash, but Show moved out of the way. Show rammed Henry against the cage and delivered multiple chops to the World's Strongest Man. With Henry on the ground, Show delivered a leg drop, but couldn't get the victory. He picked Henry back up, hitting him with a few heabutts. With Henry in the corner, Show charged towards him, but the champion managed to move out of the way and hit sandwich Show in the corner. Henry kept Show grounded for a few minutes before raking Show's face against the steel. Henry charged towards him, but Show dodged it as Henry collided with the steel that he used to punish Daniel Bryan. Show grabbed Henry's throat and hit a Chokeslam, which he managed to kick out of. Show considered having the door open, but felt that Henry hadn't been punished enough yet. He attempted to knock Henry's lights out with a WMD, but the World's Strongest Man managed to catch Show's fist in his hand. He lifted Show up for the World's Strongest Slam and planted him with it, only getting a two count though. Henry asked for the door to be opened, but not to escape. He forced one of the referees to hand him a steel chair. Henry placed the chair on Show's ankle, looking to induct him into his Hall of Pain for the second. Show managed to move his ankle out of the way as Henry seemed to have tweaked his when he landed. Show took the chair and nailed Henry in the back with it repeatedly before delivering a Chokeslam onto it. Show could've won the match at that point, but decided to give Henry a taste of his own medicine. show placed the chair on his ankle, smashing it with his giant foot as Henry squirmed around in pain. Henry used the ropes to get back on his feet as was backed against the Steel Cage. For Show, this looked very familiar as he was in that position back in June with Henry. Show took the steel chair and rammed himself into Henry repeatedly. Show got one final shot into Henry before the cage wall collapsed and Henry fell through. Henry was motionless on the ground when Show realized what he just did - Henry was lying on the floor.
Winner: Mark Henry (Still World Heavyweight Champion)
Show held his head in disbelief as he allowed his emotions to get to him, which cost dearly. The referee placed the World Title on Henry's chest as he still layed motionless on the floor. Show left the ring, knowing that he blew his chance at full retribution and the World Heavyweight Title. The medical staff came down to ringside to tend to Henry, who refused any assistance. He left the ring under his own power, a broken man who is still the World Heavyweight Champion.
An advertisement was shown for WWE '12, available this Tuesday everywhere video games are sold.
Returning to the arena, Matt Striker was shown backstage as he said that it is his honor to bring the WWE Universe an interview..... with The Rock. Madison Square Garden erupted as the Great One was shown. Before Striker could ask a question, Rock took the microphone from him and scooted him out of the frame. "Finally, The Rock has come back to Madison Square Garden! Survivor Series, where it all began for The Rock. 15 years ago, The Rock stood out there, living the dream of becoming a WWE superstar. Two years later, The Rock made history by winning a 1 night tournament to capture his first ever WWE Championship. And 10 years ago, The Rock saved the WWE from the clutches of the Alliance by whooping Stone Cold Steve Austin's candy ass! And tonight, a sight that nobody ever though they'd becomes a reality. The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment and that fruity pebble John Cena team up with Air Boom to whoop some more candy ass. This time, it's The Miz. Miz, the man who brags about winning in the main event of WrestleMania 27. Guess what jabroni, you wouldn't have it done it if it weren't for The Rock. R-Truth, a psychopath who rambles on about Lil' Jimmy. Who in the blue hell is Lil' Jimmy? Christian, who constantly nags about his 'one more match.' The Rock will give you one more match. One more match where The Rock will slap the taste off of your lips! And Kevin Nash. Big Daddy Cool. One wrong step, and Big Daddy Cool becomes Big Daddy Cripple! John Cena, I could go on and on about you. But we'll save that for a later date. More specifically April 1st. Tonight, November 20th in Madison Square, you and The Rock unite for one night. Never before, never again. If you smell.........what The Rock....is.....cooking."
The bell sounds as Justin Roberts announces that the following contest is for the WWE Championship. He introduces Ricardo Rodriguez, who does the same for the defending champion. Alberto Del Rio drives into Madison Square Garden, as serious as ever as he defends his championship against the man that many feel he stole it from back at SummerSlam. After Del Rio was in the ring, Justin Roberts introduced CM Punk's personal ring announcer, Howard Finkel. MSG popped for the Fink as he made his way out to the stage. He introduced Punk, who came out to a thunderous ovation. Punk stepped onto the hood of Del Rio's car as he shouted "It's clobberin' time!" Punk marched down to the ring, ready to reclaim what he feels is rightfully his.
WWE Championship Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. CM Punk
Punk and Del Rio came face to face as the Garden's "CM Punk" chants filled the atmosphere. After the bell sounded, Punk stepped out to ringside and bashed Ricardo's head against the ring post, hoping to eliminate him as a factor. Del Rio swung at Punk, but he was able to stop it and delivered strikes of his own to Del Rio. Punk tossed him into the ring and hit a leaping clotheslines. Punk targeted Del Rio's arm, holding it to the mat as he delivered multiple knee shots to it. Punk allowed Del Rio get up to his feet before ramming him into a corner. Punk kicked Del Rio repeatedly in his side until the referee restrained him. Punk tried to get back on the attack, but Del Rio caught him with a thumb to his eye. Del Rio planted Punk with a German Suplex, only managing to get a two count. The champion took Punk and tossed him shoulder first into the ring post before throwing him to the outside. Del Rio rammed Punk's back into the barricade before doing so again into the ring apron. He tossed Punk back into the ring, continuing to work on his back for quite some time. Del Rio had a grip around Punk's waist as he tried to squeeze the life out of his challenger. Punk was able to fight back with a few elbows before tossing him over his head. He hit Del Rio with a few slaps and a spinning backhand slap that sent Del Rio into the ropes. Punk hit him with a knee to his jaw before planting him with a bulldog. Punk motioned for the GTS as he hoisted Del Rio up to his shoulders. A rake to the eyes allowed Del Rio slide off and hit Punk with 4 German Suplexes in succession. Del Rio covered Punk, but still couldn't get the three count. Del Rio attempted to lock in the Cross Armbreaker, but Punk countered it and hit the GTS. Before the referee could count three, Ricardo Rodriguez placed Del Rio's foot on the bottom rope, unbeknownst to the referee. Madison Square Garden showered Ricardo with boos as Punk stared at him lividly. Suddenly, William Regal ran down to ringside and took Ricardo down, locking him in the Regal Stretch. Regal, who was inches away from becoming WWE Champion a few weeks ago, was returning the favor to Punk by permanently eliminating Ricardo from the equation. When Punk turned around, he was hit with an Enziguri. Del Rio covered him, but again Punk managed to kick out. Del Rio pounded the mat, displaying his frustrations. He then saw Ricardo layed out on the floor, not having seen William Regal a few minutes ago. Punk pulled down his left knee pad and hoisted Del Rio up to his shoulders when he turned around. Punk hit Del Rio with a GTS using his bare kneecap. Punk covered Del Rio one final time, getting the victory and reclaiming the title.
Winner: CM Punk (NEW WWE Champion)
Madison Square Garden exploded as Punk was handed the WWE Championship, raising it high in the air. He jumped into the audience, celebrating his victory with the New York audience. After months of fighting to get it back, CM Punk is finally once again the WWE Champion, and he does it in the middle of Madison Square Garden.
A new promo was shown for WrestleMania XXVIII, using "End of the Road" by Machine Gun Kelly in the background. WrestleMania XXVIII is live April 1st from Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Returning to the arena, the commentary discussed WrestleMania XXVIII, amazed that we are only a little less than 5 months away from the biggest match in WrestleMania history. But before we get to Sun Life Stadium, the two competitors in that match will join forces coming up next. It is a dream team as John Cena, The Rock, Kofi Kingston, and Evan Bourne collide with The Miz, R-Truth, Christian, and Kevin Nash. A video package was shown focusing on Miz and Truth's "Conspiracy" rants, eventually leading to their firing. After a walkout by the WWE superstars, the two were re-hired by John Laurinaitis. Soon, Mr. Laurinaitis also signed Kevin Nash and fed up SmackDown superstar, Christian. At Vengeance, Miz and Truth would screw John Cena out of the WWE Championship. The next night, havoc was unleashed as Kevin Nash took out Triple H, Christian made his RAW debut, and Miz and Truth defeated Air Boom to capture the WWE Tag Team Championships. This unit challenged Cena, Kofi, and Evan to a match at Survivor Series if they could find a 4th member. Drastic times call for drastic measures as John Cena extended an invitation out to his WrestleMania opponent, The Rock, to be on his team. The Rock was clearly hesitant to take the offer, questioning if he wanted to be seen fighting side by side with Cena. The Rock ultimately accepted the offer by saving Cena and Air Boom from an attack this past Monday on RAW. Tonight, The Rock and John Cena team up. The Dream Team forms tonight. Never before, never again.
Traditional Survivor Series Match Team Cena (John Cena, The Rock, and Air Boom) vs. Team Awesome Truth (WWE Tag Team Champions Awesome Truth, Christian, and Kevin Nash)
John Cena received a mixed reception from Madison Square Garden, while the place came unglued for the Great One. Cena started things off with Miz, a rematch of sorts from WrestleMania XXVII. Constant "We want Rock" chants came from the audience, prompting Cena to give them just that. Miz and Rock locked up as Rock was able to push him away. Miz tagged in Kevin Nash as he went at it with Rock. Nash got Rock in a corner and began hitting him with a few elbows before Rock moved out of the way. He pushed Nash into the corner, delivering a few strikes to Big Sexy. Nash kneed Rock in the gut as he prepared the Jackknife Powerbomb. Rock was able to slide off and caught Nash with a Rock Bottom, covering him to get the first elimination. Rock eliminates Nash. The audience popped as Rock has put the first elimination up for Team Cena. Christian came running in now, attacking Rock from behind. He Irish Whipped Rock into his corner, allowing him to make a tag to Evan Bourne. Christian and Bourne battled for a bit, Christian becoming annoyed of Bourne's speed advantage. Christian tossed him into a corner and charged at him, but Evan was able to get a knee up as Christian ran into it. As Bourne was coming down from the top rope, Christian caught him with a mi-air Spear to eliminate him. Christian eliminates Bourne. Cena quickly comes in, taking Captain Charisma down with a few running shoulder blocks. As he was running the ropes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, Christian was able to move out of the way and tagged in R-Truth. He kept a headlock in on Cena for a bit before Cena rammed him back into a corner, making a tag to Kofi. The other half of Air Boom pummeled Truth with a few right hands in the corner before sending him flying back first into the center of the ring. Kofi attempted the Boom Drop, but Truth moved out of harm's way in time. He attempted the Shut Up!, but Kofi was able to push him away, catching him with Trouble In Paradise for an elimination. Kingston eliminates Truth. As Kingston is stirring to his feet, Miz quickly comes in and takes him down with an Inverted DDT. Kofi backs into a corner, where Miz hits him with a clothesline splash. He attempts the Skull Crushing Finale, but Kofi is able to slide him over his head. Kofi goes for Trouble In Paradise, Miz is able to avoid it by holding onto the ropes. He then locked Kofi into position for the Skull Crushing Finale, this time hitting it to get the elimination. Miz eliminates Kingston. It was now even at two a piece. Cena and Rock against Miz and Christian. Cena tried to come in, but Rock stopped him so he could get in himself. He mocked Cena's "You can't see me" taunt as Miz attacked him from behind. He brought Rock to the center of the ring, pummeling with multiple strikes. With Rock down, Miz mocked him as he was attempting his own People's Elbow. Rock was back on his feet and caught Miz in Rock Bottom position, but he was able get out of it after a few elbows. Miz tagged in Christian, who delivered a Dropkick to Rock's back. He was preparing for a Spear, but Cena tagged himself in before Rock could turn. Christian, furious that Cena ruined his moment, went after him as the two battled it out for a bit. Christian attempted a Crossbody, but Cena caught him and planted him with an Attitude Adjustment to get an elimination of his own. Cena eliminates Christian. Miz was all alone now on his team as it was up to him to do the unthinkable and eliminate both John Cena and The Rock. He came into the ring and quickly went after Cena, not giving him much of a breather after his battle with Christian. Miz later attempted a Skull Crushing Finale, but Cena was able to get out of it and push Miz sternum first into the turnbuckle. Cena caught Miz and planted him with an Attitude Adjustment, backing into the ropes due to being fatigued. At that moment, Rock tagged himself in. He delivered the final blow to Team Awesome Truth by hitting The Miz with the People's Elbow to get the victory. Rock eliminates Miz.
Winners: Team Cena (John Cena and The Rock survive)
The Madison Square Garden audience erupted as Rock stood tall in the ring, coming out as one of the sole survivors. John Cena met Rock face to face, WrestleMania opponents getting a few words with each other. Cena extended his hand, which Rock accepted. Suddenly, Rock planted Cena with a Rock Bottom! The Rock stood tall over Cena as he posed one final time for Madison Square Garden, bringing the 25th annual Survivor Series to a close. [/center]
this show was totally awesome and the build ups to the matches was too cool.
the opening was pretty cool and hypes up the match card pretty well I feel like there was more hype between the Rock and Cena teaming up then there was behind the world title match with Show and Henry. the first match was pretty good. I was rooting for team Orton with an awesome team like that I figured there was no way team Orton could lose but then I was wrong which probably just means this great rivalry will continue. liked the backstage attack by Swagger maybe that will lead somewhere in storyline? the last thing I expected in Ziggler vs Ryder was Zack Ryder to come out champion could this be leading to a fatal 4 way at the next PPV between Morrison, Ziggler, Ryder & Swagger? either way it was totally awesome to see Zack not only win the title but the fact that it's in his home town of New York really puts him over with the crowd putting him over pretty well. HHH's attack on Nash was pretty vicious should make for an interesting story. while I was rooting for Big Show in this one I had a feeling Henry would win this one so no surprises just a good old fashioned steel cage match. I honestly expected Alberto to retain the title but I was pretty glad to see Punk win back what was his in the beginning after 3 months of uphill battle. the team Cena winning in the survivor series match was not surprising in the least and I pretty much expected Cena and The Rock to be the winners but either way the match kept me entertained. over all the show was pretty great with my favourite match being Ziggler vs Ryder. over all I give the whole show a 8 out of 10
11/21/11 - 3-Hour RAW SuperShow, Live SmackDown, Ambrose Update, Masked Man
- During Survivor Series last night, WWE's official Twitter page announced that next weeks edition of RAW SuperShow will be a 3-hour King of the Ring edition. The participants for this years tournament are expected to be revealed this week on RAW and SmackDown.
- Along with the news of the King of the Ring, it was also revealed that next weeks edition o SmackDown will be live in Tuesday, November 29th. Officials have expressed interest in making the blue brand permanently live.
- Developmental star Dean Ambrose has continued to work SmackDown House Shows, scoring victories over Yoshi Tatsu and Trent Barreta. Management is still very high on Ambrose, making his WWE seem imminent.
- The finish of last nights Team Orton/Rhodes match saw a masked man attack Orton, leading to Rhodes and Barrett's victory. The angle is expected to carry into 2012, and from what we understand, a huge returning name could be hiding behind the mask.
Right, it's time for Survivah Series! A great choice of match top kick things off at this 'big four' event. I was actually quite shocked to see Team Rhodes be victorious, and even more shocked to see Rhodes and Barrett as the last remaining survivors. If I'd have seen this result, I'd have expected it to be only Rhodes, but Barrett surviving is alright too. I was fully expecting Team Orton to win with Randy Orton and Sin Cara as the sole survivors. A nice Fatal 4-Way Match for the Divas Championship, and definitely the right choice to have Beth Phoenix retain as she is the only credible diva right now. Zack Ryder replacing the injured John Morrison? Zack Ryder defeating Dolph Ziggler to become the new United States Champion?! Could this see a tag team feud, leading into John Morrison getting a match against Zack Ryder for the title? Interesting segment with Triple H being arrested and removed from the arena. Very happy to see Mark Henry retain the World Heavyweight Championship; I really enjoyed his real title reign, I hope this one lasts a bit longer too. CM Punk as the new WWE Champion was necessary, he's the head of the company right now besides John Cena. I sense we'll see a few matches with Alberto Del Rio before Punk gets a new challenger for the Royal Rumble. Finally, a pretty obvious victory for Team Cena with him and The Rock as the last remaining survivors. And a necessary close to the show with The Rock delivering the Rock Bottom to John Cena. Overall, an enjoyable show, can't wait to see where you take the diary from here.
WWE Superstars 11/24 Taping Results Kelly Kelly def. Brie Bella Michael McGillicutty def. Alex Riley
After the WWE signature opening, cameras cut straight to the arena as the theme of CM Punk hit to a thunderous ovation. The new WWE Champion made his way out to the stage and raised his championship high above his head, finally recapturing after 3 months of chasing it. Punk grabbed a microphone, but took his time as the "CM Punk" chants filled the atmosphere. "Months ago, I sat on that stage and gave a speech that is still being talked out to this day. Everything I said came straight from the heart. And all for one purpose - change. Mark this day on your calendars because I'm proud to say that change is finally here." Punk said that slowly but surely, his vision is becoming a reality. Zack Ryder, a kid who was told many times he didn't have it in him, is now the new United States Champion. Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne just headlined Madison Square Garden. Daniel Bryan, while probably watching this from a hospital bed, still holds his Money In The Bank briefcase and is on his way to headlining WrestleMania XXVIII. And last night, he finally ended 3 months of hell. 3 months of chasing what was rightfully his. And in the middle of Madison Square Garden, he became, once again, the WWE Champion! Soon, the theme of Alberto Del Rio hit as the former WWE Champion walked down to the ring without his usual automobile entrance. Del Rio quickly grabbed a microphone and told Punk that this little "change" that he's speaking of, he better not get used to it. He got lucky last night, but luck runs out. And his luck will run out at TLC, where he will be invoking his rematch clause. And he guarantees that on that stage, he will fulfill his destiny once again by becoming a 3-time WWE Champion. The confrontation was interrupted by John Laurinaitis, who introduced himself to the Hershey audience, despite their negative response. Laurinaitis told Del Rio that if he wants to invoke his rematch clause at TLC, that's fine. But he needs to understand something. He's already scheduled a No.1 contender's match tonight between John Cena and Christian. If Del Rio does indeed want his rematch at TLC, then it will have to be a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship. "Clown shoes, that's fine with me," said Punk. In a voice mimicking Laurinaitis, Punk asked Del Rio if he was fine with that or not. Del Rio, clearly infuriated about the situation, told Laurinaitis that he has no problem with that. It's now set. At TLC, CM Punk will have his first title defense against Alberto Del Rio and the winner of the John Cena/Christian bout in a Triple Threat Match.
BREAK Trending: CM Punk, #TripleThreat
Returning from the commercial break, Michael Cole and Jerry "The King" Lawler welcomed everyone to Monday Night RAW as we kicked the show off with a huge announcement from the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and the Interim RAW General Manager John Laurinaitis. Tonight, there will be a No.1 Contenders match between John Cena and Christian. The winner of that match will go on to TLC to meet Alberto Del Rio and the new WWE Champion CM Punk in a Triple Threat Match for the gold. But before we get to TLC in Baltimore, we look ahead to RAW SuperShow next week, where a new King of the Ring will be crowned. 4 superstars from RAW and 4 from SmackDown will compete in the tournament. Tonight, we will find out RAW's representatives in this tournament as we kick things off with a qualifying match.
United States Champion Zack Ryder def. Jack Swagger to qualify for KOTR For those who missed Survivor Series last night, they certainly missed out as Long Island Iced Z was named a last minute substitute for John Morrison and finally became the United States Champion. Tonight, Ryder had an opportunity at retribution for Morrison as he competed against the man who assaulted him, Jack Swagger. During the match, Michael Cole informed the viewers at home that since his loss last night, Dolph Ziggler has not been seen or heard from. As Swagger was preparing for the Ankle Lock, Ryder was able to kick him into turnbuckle, reacting with a Rough Ryder to pick up the victory.
The audience popped as Ryder was handed the United States Championship while a graphic appeared, placing him in next week's King of the Ring tournament. Ryder is on the top of the world as the new United States Champion has an opportunity next week to become the new King of the Ring.
Backstage, John Cena was shown arriving to the arena when John Mathews caught up with him, asking for his thoughts on The Rock's actions last night after their victory in the Traditional Survivor Series match. Cena stated that he expected nothing less from Dwayne. And he expects nothing but the best at WrestleMania, because he knows that's what he's bringing. As for tonight, he'll be bringing his best to Christian to become one step closer to one more WWE Championship.
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We returned to see John Laurinaitis in his office with David Otunga as he was getting ready for his King of the Ring qualifying match up next. As they were speaking, Vickie Guerrero walked in. She demanded that Zack Ryder's victory last night be nullified as the decision was made by Teddy Long, who is not even in charge of RAW. Laurinaitis told Vickie that he spoke to the Board of Directors about Ryder's victory as he feels that it should be nullified. However, because of his absence at Survivor Series, Teddy Long did indeed have authority over the decision to name a substitute. As much as it pains him to say it, the decision stands and Zack Ryder is the new United States Champion. However, he does feel that justice needs to be served for Ziggler. So whenever Dolph chooses to invoke his rematch clause, he will be allowed to name the stipulation for that match.
David Otunga def. Mason Ryan to qualify for KOTR The battle of two former New Nexus members as they fought for a spot in next week's King of the Ring tournament. While Mason looked very impressive and undoubtedly should've taken the victory, Otunga was able to roll him up with his feet on the ropes to steal the victory.
Otunga rolled out of the ring and raised his arm in victory as Mason looked on furiously. Otunga managed to weasel his way to victory, but if he wants to take his spot on the throne next week, he'll have to earn it. Can John Laurinaitis' right-hand man add the King of the Ring to his resume?
Backstage, WWE Champion CM Punk was shown making his way down a corridor. He takes on Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes in a Champion vs. Champion match next.
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A promo was shown for this Friday's edition of SmackDown. After retaining the World Heavyweight Championship in Madison Square Garden, can anyone stop the force that is Mark Henry?
Cutting back to the arena, updated King of the Ring brackets were shown as the new Unites States Champion Zack Ryder and David Otunga have both taken their spots as the first two participants. Two more superstars will qualify tonight, and we understand it will come in the form of a tag team match.
WWE Champion CM Punk def. Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes A fantastic bout to round out the first hour. During the match, Alberto Del Rio was shown in the skybox looking on. Cody, who was coming off of a victory at Survivor Series last night, looked liked a star in the ring with the WWE Champion. However, his hopes of continuing his wave of momentum were crushed as Punk caught Cody during a Beautiful Disaster attempt, countering it into a GTS to get the victory.
Punk was handed the WWE Title as he raised it high in the air. Punk's celebration can't last too long though as tonight, he'll find out who joins him and Alberto Del Rio in the Triple Threat Match at TLC for the WWE Championship.
Cutting backstage, Josh Mathews was standing by with Kevin Nash. Mathews asked Nash for his thoughts on the altercation last night between him and Triple H at Survivor Series. Nash said that he wasn't surprised to see him in the Garden last night. Hunter has always been a fighter, and he figured that his attack last month wouldn't keep him down for long. But it's time for him to put Hunter down again. He had his opportunity last night, but couldn't capitalize because of referees, security and cops. He doesn't expect Triple H to stay in jail for much longer, so he's laying out the challenge to Hunter. Next week. he meets him in the middle of the ring. And they finally do what they've been dying to do for months, and that's fight.
Air Boom def. Primo and Epico to qualify for KOTR A very good tag team bout here. Kofi and Evan were just coming off of the biggest match of their careers last night, so their wave of momentum showed here against the new duo of Primo and Epico. After Trouble in Paradise on Epico, Bourne was able to finish him off with Airbourne to get the victory.
Kofi and Evan raised each other's arms as a graphic appeared on the screen announcing their qualification for King of the Ring. As they were celebrating, the voice of John Laurinaitis was heard shouting "Cut the music!" Laurinaitis told Kofi and Evan that last week, he gave them an opportunity of a lifetime. An opportunity that any sane man would not turn down. But most of all, they disobeyed their boss' orders. And he warned them that there would be severe consequences for their actions. So right now, they're going to defend their King of the Ring spots. The audience showered Laurinaitis with boos as Kofi and Evan were left stunned in the ring.
WWE Tag Team Champions Awesome Truth def. Air Boom to qualify for KOTR Kofi and Evan were not prepared for this as John Laurinaitis threw them a curve ball. The fresh Miz and Truth were able to take care of Air Boom fairly quickly after Miz planted Bourne with the Skull Crushing Finale.
Miz and Truth were handed their titles as they are now he final RAW participants in the King of the Ring. John Laurinaitis made his way out to the stage to applaud Miz and Truth while the fans expressed their displeasure towards him screwing Kofi and Evan out of the King of the Ring. Updated brackets appeared on the tron as we now know the 4 RAW participants for the tournament. United States Champion Zack Ryder, David Otunga, and WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz and R-Truth. This Friday on SmackDown, the remaining 4 spots will be filled as the tournament comes to us live next week on RAW SuperShow.
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Returning from the break, Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne were shown knocking on the door of John Laurinaitis, but no response came from the Interim RAW General Manager. Kofi assured Evan that Laurinaitis would get what's coming to him at some point.
Diva's Champion Beth Phoenix def. Eve Eve was still feeling the affects of the top-rope Glam Slam from last night, and it was clear throughout the entire bout. Beth basically dominated Eve until she planted with a Glam Slam, giving Beth the victory.
Backstage, John Cena was shown making his way down a corridor when he was met by John Laurinaitis. The Interim RAW General Manager extended his hand to Cena, wishing him luck tonight. "After what you did to Kofi and Bourne, just the sight of you makes me sick," said Cena as he continued on. He meets Christian in a No.1 Contenders match next.
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A promo was shown for TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs. Live Sunday December 18th only on Pay-Per-View.
Christian def. John Cena in a No.1 Contenders Match A very solid main event here. Christian was out for revenge as it was Cena who eliminated him last night at Survivor Series. As Cena had Christian on his shoulders for the Attitude Adjustment, The Miz and R-Truth hit ringside and distracted Cena. Truth got on the ring apron, but Cena delivered a shot to him. When he turned around, Cena was drilled with a Spear from Christian, giving him the victory.
Christian pounded the mat in excitement as he is now going to TLC with an opportunity at the WWE Championship. Miz and Truth headed up the ramp, knowing what they had just done. John Cena quickly rolled out of the ring and chased after Miz and Truth, the two men who just screwed him out of the WWE Championship. As Christian was celebrating, the theme of CM Punk hit as the WWE Champion marched down to the ring, confronting Captain Charisma face to face. Alberto Del Rio was shown in the skybox looking on as he will also be a part of this match. Punk raised the WWE Title high in the air, showing Christian and Del Rio what it's all about come TLC.