Opening Segment: Monday Night Raw kicked off with Triple H coming down to the ring. It was noticeable that Michael Cole wasn’t at the announcement for commentary. It was Lawler and Josh Matthews performing commentary. Triple H received a great ovation as he made his entrance and signature celebration in the ring. Triple began his promo by listing all his accomplishments and brought up all the alliances he has been involved in. Triple H stated that in his 16 years of wrestling, he has outlasted everyone but The Undertaker. He stated that he wanted to end The Undertaker’s streak and will accomplish it at WrestleMania 27. He stated that it will be an epic battle and the best man will win.
Triple H was done with his promo, but Sheamus came down to the ring. Triple H immediately began to beat the hell out of Sheamus. He threw Sheamus into a ring post and delivered plenty of fierce punches to him. He finished Sheamus off by performing the”Pedigree” on Sheamus through the announcement table. Sheamus had to be assisted by trainers and suddenly the Raw GM buzzer went off. The Raw GM declared despite Sheamus just being nearly injured by HHH, he had to wrestle Evan Bourne. Borne hasn’t been seen in 4 months due to injury by Sheamus.
Match: Evan Borne made his return to Raw by defeating the beaten up Sheamus in a few minutes. Good to see Evan Borne back in a WWE Ring.
Promo: Michael Cole made his way to the ring, and was going to reveal whether he would face Jerry Lawler at WrestleMania 27. Lawler challenged Cole last week, but Cole ducked Lawler. Cole demanded Lawler get in the ring, as Cole faced addressed Lawler face to face. Cole stated that he wasn’t afraid of Lawler and said he would never back down from a fight. He told Lawler he would face him on two conditions: Cole wants his trainer in his corner, and Cole gets to choose a special guest referee.
Jerry accepted his challenge with ease. Michael Cole announced that jack Swagger will be his trainer, and will be in his corner at WM 27. Swagger got in the ring and began to stare down Lawler. Michael Cole slapped Jerry Lawler, and Swagger put Jerry Lawler in the ankle lock. Cole taunted Jerry Lawler the entire time. Michael Cole seems to have the advantage going in to WrestleMania with Jack Swagger as his trainer.
Promo: Randy Orton made his way to the ring, and hand a microphone in his hand. Orton insulted Punk by saying that two years ago, he should have kicked CM Punk in the head much harder. He continued by threatening to end Punk’s career in many violent ways. CM Punk/w Nexus interrupted Orton’s promo and threaten to take him immediately. The Raw GM announced that CM Punk and Orton will face each other at WrestleMania. The Raw GM declared that the 3 other members will face Orton in a series of singles matches over the next couples of weeks. If the a member loses his match, he will not be able to be in Punk’s corner at WrestleMania 27.Nexus members are banned from ringside during these singles matches.
Match: Randy Orton defeated Michael M. in a singles match, and this means that Michael M. will not be at WrestleMania 27 to be in CM Punk’s corner. Cm Punk appeared at the entrance ramp as Orton prepared to punk Michael M. in the head. Randy Orton punted Michael M. and ran into the crowd to avoid the other Nexus members who were after him. Randy Orton will face another Nexus Member on Raw next week in a singles match.
Promo: Miz/w Riley made his way to the ring for a promo. He bashed John Cena, and bashed The Rock as well. Miz was disappointed that The Rock did not respond to his insults that he made about The Rock last week. Miz began to boast about his greatness and continued bash The Rock and John Cena. Miz stated that he will defeat John Cena at WrestleMania 27, and will decimate The Rock as well.
John Cena made his way to the ring, and insulted The Miz, which causes the crowd to erupt in laughter. Alex Riley attempted to insult John Cena, but Riley failed and embarrassed The Miz. Then, Cena suggested that Miz should fire Alex Riley so they could have a fair match at WrestleMania 27. Miz refuted Cena’s comments and claimed that he was training Riley. Cena made a stipulation by saying that if he won a match with Riley tonight, that Riley would be fired. Miz said if Riley won the match, he wants John Cena to declare him the greatest WWE champion. The Unknown Raw GM chimed in, and said that Riley and Cena will face each other in a steel cage match, so no interference will occur. The only way to win the match is by escaping the cage.
Match: One of the Bella Twins won the divas Battle Royal and will face Eve Torres for her Divas Championship. I say it’s unknown because they both switched places with each other during the match.
Promo: The rock was live from his home in Los Angeles home and immediately began to insult John Cena by mocking rap skills. He was disappointed that John Cena responded to The Rock with a freestyle. He addressed how John Cena questioned his love for the WWE, and stated that he has paved the way for WWE wrestlers by having a successful career in Hollywood. The Rock also showed all his championships he had at his house, and talked about his father and other relatives who have been in the WWE. He also delcared his love and he said he was grateful for the WWE Universe. The Rock proceeded with his famous catchphrases that electrified the crowd and new performed a freestyle diss aimed at John Cena. The most notable thing The Rock said was that, he will “Lay The Smackdown” on John Cena sooner than later. My assumption is that he will appear at Raw before WrestleMania 27.
Beatdown: Daniel Bryan was walking down to the ring for a match, and suddenly Miz ran behind him and began attacking him. Miz threw Bryan against the barricades on the entrance ramps, along with vicious punches and stomps. He finished off Daniel Bryan with a skull crushing finale to the padded floor outside the ring. Miz got on the mic and explained why he attacked Bryan. Miz claimed that he was entitled to do what he wants and welcomed the crowd to “The Miz Show.” Miz demanded that the cage match between John Cena and Alex Riley began immediately.
Match: Miz joined Michael Cole and Josh Matthews at commentary during the match. FYI, after Jack Swagger put Lawler in the ankle lock earlier in the night, Cole replaced him at commentary. Miz also said that his attack on Bryan was directed at The Rock and John Cena. In the beginning of the cage match, Cena was going to win the match, but Miz prevented Cena from escaping the cage Alex Riley also put Cena’s face against the cage so Miz could take a pic of him. Miz got involved throughout the match many times to prevent John Cena from escaping.
He even gave his cell phone to Alex Riley to use as a weapon to punish Cena with. At one point Cena was at the top of the cage, and Miz was below with a chair daring Cena to attempt climbing out the cage. In the end Cena delivered the “AA” to knock out Alex Riley. Then John Cena attempted to escape through the door, but Miz was holding the door. John Cena used his strength to overpower The Miz to escape the door for the win. Miz performed the “Skull Crushing Finale” to Cena to end the night. Alex Riley will not be in Miz’ corner at WM 27 and will no longer be the “BodyGuard” for Miz.
Sidenotes: Shawn Michaels spoke on The Undertaker and HHH match at WrestleMania 27
WWE announces the signing of Sin Cara
The Undertaker will return to Friday Night Smackdown
Source: WWE Raw on USA Network.