Friday, September 30, 2011


WWE has released the complete content listing for the upcoming Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart ‘Greatest Rivalries’ DVD s & Blu-Ray set:

Main Feature

San Antonio vs. Calgary

The Rockers vs. The Hart Foundation

Heartbreak Kid vs.The Hit Man

Intercontinental Champion vs. WWE Champion

Showstopper vs. Excellence of Execution

Progressive vs. Traditional

Fantasy vs. Reality

Respect vs. Trust

Redemption vs. Reconciliation

Hope vs. Peace


The Rockers vs. The Hart Foundation
Madison Square Garden – 25th November, 1989

Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Wrestling Challenge – 10th February, 1990

The Rockers vs. The Hart Foundation
Tokyo Dome – 30th March, 1991

Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Portland, Oregon– 21st July, 1992

Intercontinental Championship Match
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Syracuse, New York– 29th April, 1992

WWE Championship Match
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Survivor Series – 25th November, 1992

Steel Cage Match
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Utica, New York – 1st December, 1993

Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
WrestleMania 12 – 31st March, 1996

WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Bret Hart’s Induction
Chicago, Illinois – 1st April, 2006

Bret Hart Returns to Raw
Raw – 4th January, 2010

WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Shawn Michaels’ Induction
Atlanta, Georgia – 2nd April, 2011

Blu-ray Exclusives

Vince McMahon Interviews Shawn Michaels & Bret Hart
Raw – 3rd February, 1997

Bret Hart Promo In Ring
Raw – 12th May, 1997

Hart Foundation Promo In Ring
Raw – 19th May, 1997

WWE Championship Match
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Survivor Series – 9th November , 1997

Blu-ray Exclusive Special Features

The First WWE Ladder Match

SummerSlam 1992

Winning the WWE Championship for the First Time

Bret’s WCW Regrets

Cameras Rolling Between Takes


Jimmy Uso’s DUI arrest has been picked up by several national media outlets. WWE spokesperson Kevin Hennessy told The Associated Press that they were looking into the incident. The AP noted that Uso was released from jail on a $500 bond.


 It was noted by a WWE source that shipping the Hell in a Cell to Kansas City and building it for this past Monday’s RAW was very expensive and while an exact dollar figure wasn’t given, it was said that the cost is a lot more than you would think.


From ABC Action News:

TAMPA – WWE wrestler Jimmy Uso was arrested for driving under the influence early Thursday, Tampa Police said.

Uso, whose real name is Jonathan Fatu, was pulled over at the corner of Howard Avenue and Platt Street. He was arrested at 3:14 a.m.

Tampa Police say an officer “observed the defendant traveling the wrong way on Howard Avenue in a silver Mustang.”

According to the arrest report, Fatu’s blood alcohol level (BAC) was .180. That’s more than twice the level (.08), at which a driver is assumed impaired, under state law.


Rey Mysterio wrote on Twitter that his surgery went well yesterday:

“Surgery went well! At home now relaxing & trying to control the pain! Thx 4 all the good thoughts & prayers..1 luv 619″


The following is advertised for WWE’s October 11th SmackDown tapings in Dallas, Texas:

* John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Title

* Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry for the World Heavyweight Title

*The Largest Battle Royale in WWE history – A 41 Man Battle Royal featuring stars from RAW and Smackdown

* A Special Appearance by DX

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Regarding CM Punk’s spotlight in the WWE main events over the past few months, word is that the push will continue at least through the end of the year.

Following the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, Punk is scheduled to go into a singles feud with Alberto Del Rio.


At one point in the past week, the idea for the main event at WWE’s Vengeance pay-per-view was John Cena vs. CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Kevin Nash in a four-way, but that will likely change. We noted earlier that WWE has a CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio singles feud penciled in for this year.


 Fan Page List ranks the top wrestlers based on Facebook and Twitter followers. John Cena is the most popular WWE personality (by far) with a total of 9,625,750. The Rock is second with 5,293,614.


CM Punk recently got a new tattoo of a “dead fish.” The tattoo is a friendship tattoo that CM Punk got with Natalie Slater of Here is a photo of the tattoo:


The Chicago Tribune has a story today about CM Punk getting a new tattoo on Tuesday at Family Tattoo in Chicago.

“I did a tattoo of a dead fish on the back of his (left) shoulder,” said tattoo artist Matt Wes. “It was a friendship tattoo he got with Natalie Slater of There’s a story behind the tattoo that means something to their friendship.”


Hell in a Cell for the WWE Title
CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena

Hell in a Cell for the World Heavyweight Title
Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry

WWE Divas Title Match
Beth Phoenix vs. Kelly Kelly

Sheamus vs. Christian

Sin Cara vs. Sin Cara


Word is that “who lowered the cage” was supposed to be a big mystery at the end of Monday’s RAW when the Cell was lowered over CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio, John Cena and Ricardo Rodriguez. It’s said that many of the angles on Monday’s RAW were done to build up the Vengeance pay-per-view rather than Hell in a Cell.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Alberto Del Rio, billed as WWE Champion, vs. CM Punk is being advertised for the RAW live event on October 7th in Denver, Colorado. The winner of that match will go on to defend against John Cena in the main event.


Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger vs. WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne may take place at Sunday’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.


Booker T started off the show by interviewing Mark Henry, who said he was going to end Randy Orton’s career. Henry said Orton isn’t going to beat him just like Great Khali won’t beat him tonight.

Mark Henry beat The Great Khali. Henry won with the World’s Strongest Slam. Henry attacked Khali after the match with a chair. He put Khali’s foot inside the chair and smashed it like he did with Kane and Big Show.

Jack Swagger (w/Dolph Ziggler, Vickie Guerrero) beat Evan Bourne (w/Kofi Kingston). Swagger won after Vickie pushed Bourne off the top rope. Swagger followed up with the ankle lock and got the win.

Sin Cara beat Heath Slater. Sin Cara won with the Swanton Bomb. Post match, the other Sin Cara appeared on the Tron and cut a promo in Spanish. He took his mask off to reveal a new black mask and black outfit. He said this Sunday we will find out who is supposed to be Sin Cara.

Backstage, John Laurinaitis talked with the group of wrestlers who plan on suing. They all agreed to take action against Triple H this Monday.

Kelly Kelly beat Natalya (w/Beth Phoenix). Kelly Kelly won with a roll up.
After the match, Beth hit the Glam Slam on Kelly Kelly. Natalya put her in a submission maneuver as Beth cut a promo.

Cody Rhodes cut a promo about Randy Orton’s actions from last week and how WWE took no action. He was not happy about defending his title against Sheamus tonight.

Sheamus beat Cody Rhodes via disqualification. Christian came in and jumped Sheamus for the DQ. After the match, Christian hit the Killswitch on Sheamus.

Zack Ryder beat JTG. Ryder won with the Rough Ryder.

Backstage, Triple H confronted John Laurinaitis about the meeting he had with the disgruntled superstars. Laurinaitis said he was loyal to Triple H.

They ran down the card for HIAC. Sin Cara vs. Sin Cara was one of the matches listed.

Matt Striker interviewed Randy Orton backstage. Typical Orton promo.

Randy Orton fought Christian to a double countout. After the match, Orton tried to beat up Christian. Cody came out and attacked Orton. Sheamus came and cleared the ring and chased Christian to the back. Henry then came out to attack Orton and hit the World’s Strongest Slam. Henry went to get a chair, but when he got back in the ring Orton hit him with an RKO.


The coat that CM Punk was wearing on commentary during RAW last night was actually the coat of John Laurinaitis. That’s why Punk mentioned that he got it from a bum earlier in the day.


Jim Ross wrote the following on Twitter this afternoon about Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole’s “anal bleeding” line from RAW:

1. I expect king back for Raw & ‘perhaps’ HIAC..TBD, 2. The ‘anus’ line was Cole being cute therefore no anus updates are coming from me.”

Ross was also asked what he thought of referees not being mentioned on WWE TV, especially with the recent angles involving referees:

“It disturbs me greatly  Refs names haven’t been mentioned in a couple of years. Simple, company policy.”

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


WWE issued a video to mailing list subscribers of Shawn Michaels interrupting Triple H’s promotion of the Inside Out DVD. After teasing the movie’s plot of Triple’s character killing his best friend, Michaels questions the Chief Operating Officer’s decision making in a tongue-in-cheek manner.

He tells Triple H, “I just want you to know there’s no hard feelings ’cause of what you did to my friend, Kevin Nash. You fired him like a no-good S.O.B. and I’m sure you had a perfectly good reason even though it looks like you’ve changed an awful lot and you’re not the same guy you used to be.

“I’m not going to hold that against you. What anyone says that you’re a turncoat, backstabber—I don’t believe them.”

Michaels then tells Hunter that he may be seeing him again soon, and leaves the room.


Former WWE star Chris Jericho was recently interviewed by Duane Doogan of the Wrestling Voice radio show. Jericho had some controversial comments regarding WWE talent stealing his moves & ideas and also responds to Vampiro recently calling him a liar. Here are some highlights of what Chris Jericho said about:

Wrestlers stealing his moves and gimmicks in WWE today and lashing out at CM Punk for doing so: “There seems to be a lack of respect for the forefathers who came in and did it first and it’s not just [CM] Punk, it’s a whole litany of guys from Miz to Cody Rhodes to Mason Ryan to Sin Cara to Kelly Kelly, everybody is stealing moves, looks, ideas. Brian Pillman once told me if you want to make it in wrestling you have to do something that nobody has done before and nobody is doing that and they are coming off as second rate copies of Chris Jericho, and that’s maybe why these guys aren’t striking and I watch it and think, ‘Seriously, again?’

“A couple of years ago you had ‘Miz 4, John Cena 0′, where did that come from? Conspiracy Theory, where did that come from? Best in the World, where did that come from? Wearing suits, talking slow, using big words, using certain moves, you know Miz used the word “troglodyte” a few weeks ago and I’m like seriously? If there ever was a word associated with Chris Jericho that would be it. These guys have to start thinking of their own stuff and some times I see some of them and I’m like oh come on. It’s not like it’s influenced. At least give credit where credit is due.”

Vampiro calling him out and labeling him a liar in a recent video: “It’s funny because I just recently complimented him on the documentary they put out about him, but Vampiro joins the long list of guys like Superstar Billy Graham, Larry Zbyszko, and Scott Hall who don’t like it when they are called out for being dicks at certain point in time, and everything I’ve written in each one of my books is true.”


 Tonight’s WWE RAW Supershow opens with the normal opening video package. And we’re live from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri as Michael Cole welcomes us to RAW. Jim Ross hypes tonight’s main event of CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio. JR and Cole are joined by Booker T on commentary tonight as Jerry Lawler is dealing with injuries from Mark Henry’s attack last week. We see the Cell hanging high above the ring.

– We go to the ring and out comes the WWE COO Triple H. We see replays from last week at the end of RAW where Triple H fired The Miz and R-Truth. Triple H says he fired them because they attacked referees. Triple H shows a video package of Truth and Miz’s recent actions. Triple H says they came to him with a weak apology and were full of crap. He says he fined them $250k each and then used them to get one more main event match out of them. Triple H says that’s on both of them. He says there’s another $250k fine floating around for Mark Henry because of his attack on JR and Lawler last week. Triple H tells all the WWE stars in the back that no one man is bigger than WWE. He talks about firing Kevin Nash and says he will always do what’s right for WWE. Vickie Guerrero interrupts and comes out with United States Champion Dolph Ziggler.

Dolph and Vickie enter the ring. Dolph talks about Hugh Jackman sucker punching him last week and fracturing his jaw. Ziggler shows a photo and some media coverage of the punch from Jackman. Ziggler says since all the kids look up to him as their hero, he can still compete but he can’t eat solid food yet. Ziggler asks Triple H what he plans on doing about this. Triple H talks about Jackman being an actor and says if Ziggler wants, he will get him some security for when The Muppets are out next month. Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes comes out and interrupts. Cody talks about how Orton beat him bloody on Friday’s SmackDown. Cody says he received 9 staples in the side of his head. Cody asks Triple H why Orton wasn’t punished.

Triple H talks about how when Orton handcuffed him to the ropes, he didn’t cry. He went and whooped Orton’s ass in his front yard. Triple H tells Cody to man up. Christian comes out next and says what happened to him last week was much worse than what happened to them. Christian talks about Sheamus interrupting his match last week and causing him to lose the World Heavyweight Title. Christian asks Triple H, how is that fair? Triple H tells him it was a Lumberjack Match and calls him an idiot. It was Sheamus’ job as a Lumberjack. Christian says he has had enough, they all have. Christian asks Dolph and Cody to join him in filing the biggest lawsuit WWE has ever seen.

Christian asks for one more match… at Hell in a Cell on Sunday, against Sheamus. This Friday on SmackDown, Christian will face Randy Orton. Tonight, just for pissing Triple H off, he will face WWE Champion John Cena, and it’s not for the title. Christian says this is unacceptable and walks off. Tonight, Ziggler will defend his US Title against Zack Ryder. Triple H can’t believe he’s saying this but hopes Ryder wins. Triple H drops a WWYKI as Ziggler gets pissed and leaves with Vickie. Triple H gives Cody the night off because of his staples but Cody says something smart walking off. Cody puts down Triple H. Triple H says he will defend his title tonight. Cody keeps going on and Triple H makes it a fatal four-way match and that match is up next. Wait. Triple H says he will walk backstage and the first 9 Superstars he meets will face off against Cody in a battle royal for the Intercontinental Title. Triple H walks off as Cody whines.

– Jim Ross plugs Cena vs. Christian as we go back to commercial.

Battle Royal for the WWE Intercontinental Title: Cody Rhodes, Justin Gabriel, Daniel Bryan, Sin Cara, John Morrison, Alex Riley, Sheamus, Drew McIntyre, Ted DiBiase, Ezekiel Jackson

Back from the break and the competitors are in the ring. Sin Cara’s music hits and out he comes. Out next comes Sheamus to a big pop. The bell rings and everyone goes at it. Cody waits outside of the ring. Drew gets eliminated early on. The other Sin Cara runs down and pulls the other out of the ring. Daniel Bryan takes the impostor Sin Cara and eliminates him. The Caras go at it on the floor now. The first Cara tries to get in the ring and argues with referees as they stop him. Ted goes to the floor and brings Cody back into the match. Sheamus eliminates Riley and Gabriel. Jackson takes out two at once also. It’s down to Zeke, Cody, Ted and Sheamus. Zeke and Sheamus go at it, trading shots. Sheamus beats Zeke down. Ted attacks from behind but Cody knocks him off the top.

It comes down to Sheamus and Cody. Sheamus unloads on Cody. He goes for the Celtic Cross but Christian runs down and distracts him. Cody attacks Sheamus but he fights him off. Sheamus misses a Brogue kick but hangs on to the apron. Cody swings his mask but Sheamus blocks it and headbutts him. Sheamus fights Christian off. Cody takes advantage and knocks Sheamus off the apron for the win.

Winner: Cody Rhodes

– After the match, Christian attacks Sheamus from behind and knocks him into the ring post.

– Still to come tonight, CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio. Back to commercial.

– Back from the break and we see Mark Henry’s attack on Jerry Lawler last week. Cole announces that Lawler has bruised ribs and anal bleeding. Ross just looks away and shakes his head.

– David Otunga is backstage talking with John Laurinaitis. They talk about how Otunga is a lawyer and it sounds like Laurinaitis is going to help him out.

– Beth Phoenix and Natalya are shown walking backstage as we go to a video package for Kelly Kelly.

Kelly Kelly and Eve Torres vs. Natalya and Beth Phoenix

We go to the ring and out comes WWE Divas Champion Kelly Kelly with her partner Eve Torres for a rematch from last week. To commercial we go.

Back from commercial and out comes Beth Phoenix and Natalya. Beth and Eve start things out with Beth taking control. Eve kicks her in the face but gets into it with Natalya on the apron. She comes in on a tag and they double team Eve. Natalya works Eve over and puts her in a submission on her neck. Natalya turns it into a 2 count and kicks Eve around. Natalya slaps her and tags back in Beth.

Beth continues the attack until she misses a splash on the ropes. Kelly comes in with a Thesz press off the top and then spanks Beth. Kelly with a headscissors takedown and a face plant for a 2 count as Natalya breaks it up. Eve comes in for the save but ends up on the floor. Natalya and Beth double team Kelly until she tosses Natalya out. Beth hits the Glam Slam on Kelly for the win.

Winners: Natalya and Beth Phoenix

Mark Henry vs. The Great Khali

World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry comes out for the next match and looks up at the Cell. Henry marches to the ring and poses with his title as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and out comes The Great Khali as Henry waits in the ring. Henry attacks Khali as he poses. Henry kicks Khali around and hits him with a World’s Strongest Slam. Henry yells that he’s not scared of Khali. Henry yells that if he gets fined, everyone is going to pay. Henry leaves the ring without pinning Khali, still yelling about how everyone is going to pay.

– We see WWE Champion John Cena headed to the ring as we go to commercial.

– Back from the break and we get hype for Ryder vs. Ziggler tonight.

– We go to the ring where the Cell is being lowered down right above the ring. John Cena’s music hits and out comes the WWE Champion.

Cena hits the ring and a spotlight shines as the crowd goes crazy with a mixed reaction. Cena says this Sunday, he will go to hell. Cena shows the Hell in a Cell poster with his face on it and talks about the first-ever triple threat Hell in a Cell. Cena says the WWE Title is surrounded by controversy and talks about CM Punk walking out of Money in the Bank with it, Alberto Del Rio cashing in and then him becoming a ten-time WWE Champion. Cena says after Sunday the controversy is over.

Cena goes on and says there’s no way in hell he loses the WWE Title at Hell in a Cell. Alberto Del Rio’s music hits and out he comes with no car and no Ricardo Rodriguez.

Christian vs. John Cena

Out next comes CM Punk. He’s wearing his announcer’s jacket that he wore months ago. Punk and Del Rio join us for commentary as Christian makes his way out.

They go right at it and Cena hits Christian with a big backdrop. Christian turns it around for a quick pin attempt. Christian stands on Cena in the corner now and hits him with an uppercut. Cena blocks with a kick and hits a suplex. Christian fights his way back from the apron as Del Rio and Punk argue on commentary. Christian with a dropkick from the top and a 2 count. Christian mounts Cena with right hands and puts the boot to his face. Christian goes back to the top but misses a big splash. Cena ducks a clothesline and hits shoulder blocks. Christian avoids the back drop and kicks Cena in the face.

Cena counters Killswitch and hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena sends Christian into the announcer’s table and Del Rio and Punk get in the mix. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment on Christian in the ring but Del Rio runs in and kicks him in the head. Punk runs in the ring after Del Rio but he flees to the stage. Del Rio says it is his destiny to become WWE Champion again and beat the hell out of John Cena on Sunday. Del Rio says after that, everyone can go to hell. Del Rio’s music hits as he stares down at Punk and Cena in the ring.

– Still to come tonight, Punk vs. Del Rio. We go to commercial.

WWE United States Title Match: Zack Ryder vs. Dolph Ziggler

We go to the ring and out comes Zack Ryder with his camera in hand. Out next comes the WWE United States Champion Dolph Ziggler with Jack Swagger and Vickie Guerrero right behind him. They air a video package with highlights from Hugh Jackman’s appearance last week.

The bell rings and Ziggler attacks strong. He takes Ryder to the corner and nails him with a big splash. Ziggler with a dropkick. Ryder ducks out of the corner and Ziggler lands on the turnbuckles. Ryder makes a comeback and hits the big running boot in the corner. Vickie gets on the apron and distracts the referee. Ziggler blocks the Ruff Ryder. Swagger gets on the apron and hits Ryder, allowing Ziggler to hit his finisher for the win.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

– After the match, Swagger and Ziggler shake hands before stomping away on Ryder. WWE Tag Team Champions Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston run down to make the save. Teddy Long comes out and announces we will have a six-man match after the commercial and Vickie must find a partner and if she can’t, it will be 2 on 3. We go to commercial with Vickie running to the back to look for a partner.

Evan Bourne, Kofi Kingston and Zack Ryder vs. Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and

Back from the break and there is no partner yet. Kofi and Swagger start things out. Kofi comes back and hits a big dropkick for a 1 count. Kofi tags in Bourne for a stomp. Bourne fires away on Swagger with kicks and takes him to the corner for another big kick. Swagger overpowers Bourne and slams him into the opposite corner. Ziggler is tagged in to continue the assault on Bourne in the corner.

Swagger comes back in and they keep Bourne on the mat. Swagger applies a submission and holds it until Bourne fights out of it. Swagger drops Bourne over his knee. Bourne runs the ropes and takes Swagger down with knees. Kofi comes in with a big shot and forearms on Swagger. Kofi with a dropkick. Kofi leaps up on Swagger in the corner and hits a series of right hands. Kofi with a big uppercut. Vickie Guerrero comes walking out with Mason Ryan as Kofi gets a 2 count.

Bourne comes back in and works over Swagger before tagging Kofi back in for some double teaming. Kofi with another 2 count on Swagger. Swagger drops Kofi with a right hand and hits him with forearm shots. Ryder finally gets atag and unloads on Swagger. Swagger stops him with a huge clothesline and makes the tag to Mason Ryan. Ryan comes in but clotheslines Swagger and throws him out of the ring. Mason pulls Ziggler in the ring, lifts him high in the air and spikes the US Champion hard to the mat as Vickie screams at ringside. Ryder hits the Ruff Ryder on Ziggler for the win as Mason smiles walking up the ramp.

Winners: Zack Ryder and Air Boom

– Still to come tonight, Punk vs. Del Rio in the main event. Back to commercial.

– Backstage, David Otunga is talking to Vickie Guerrero, Cody Rhodes, Christian and Dolph Ziggler about unsafe working conditions in WWE. He says Laurinaitis, a man of his word, will do something about this but they need to protect themselves. Otunga isn’t sure a lawsuit is the way to go but if it is, they need to be together. Everyone agrees and are all in.

Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk

We go to the ring where Ricardo Rodriguez begins the introductions for Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio enters the arena driving a Lamborghini and makes his way to the ring. Back to commercial we go.

Back from commercial and WWE Champion John Cena is joining the announcers for commentary. Out next comes CM Punk as Del Rio waits in the ring. The bell rings and they go at it. Punk goes to work on Del Rio’s arm and puts him in a headlock. Punk fires away with forearm shots. Punk dumps Del Rio out to the floor and comes crashing down. Punk throws Del Rio towards Cena and he hits the fan barrier. Cena stands up and Punk salutes him, then goes back to work on Del Rio, throwing him in the ring. Punk comes back in the ring but Del Rio lays him out and goes to work.

Del Rio beats Punk down in the corner but misses when he charges. Punk turns things around and the referee has to pull him away from the corner. Punk hits Del Rio with knees to the head. Del Rio counters and dumps Punk to the apron, then kicks him in the head. Punk falls to the floor as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and Punk goes at it with Del Rio. Punk goes for GTS but Del Rio slides out and drops him with a DDT. 2 count for Del Rio. Del Rio runs and kicks Punk in the head, getting another 2 count. Del Rio works on Punk’s arm now. Punk fights free and charges in the corner. Del Rio moves and Punk hits the ring post. Del Rio drops Punk with a kick to the head for another 2 count.

Punk comes back with kicks but Del Rio clotheslines him for another 2 count. Del Rio charges on the ropes but Punk moves and he lands out on the floor. Del Rio gets on the apron and drops Punk’s neck over the top rope. Del Rio comes in the ring but Punk big boots him for another pin attempt. Del Rio turns it around again and goes back to work on Punk’s arm. Punk turns things around again coming out of the submission for another 2 count. Punk with kicks and right hands. Del Rio comes right back with a shot to the jaw. Punk catches him in the corner with the high knee. Del Rio blocks the bulldog and hits an armbreaker but Punk kicks out at 2.

Del Rio stomps on Punk and goes for the armbreaker again. Punk breaks free and takes Del Rio down with kicks to the head for the pin and the win.

Winner: CM Punk

– After the match, the Cell begins to lower over the ring. Ricardo Rogriguez runs in and attacks Punk from behind. He flees the ring but is stopped by John Cena. The Cell lowers over Cena, Ricardo, Del Rio and Punk. Ricardo tries to get out as Del Rio looks on. Cena throws Ricardo in the ring and Punk hits him with a GTS. Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Ricardo. Punk goes for the GTS on Cena but he counters. The AA is also blocked. Del Rio runs in and hits Cena with a chair and then nails Punk with it. Del Rio hits them both with the chair again and kicks them around. Del Rio throws Punk into the chair that’s propped up in the corner. Del Rio smacks Cena in the back with the chair again, then Punk again. Del Rio’s music hits and RAW goes off the air with him staring at Cena and Punk, who are trying to recover in the ring.

Monday, September 26, 2011


 As noted the other day, WWE sent out a survey to fans seeking interest on potential new programming for the WWE Network, including moving pay-per-views to the channel. Here is the exact text from the survey, which provides a bit more insight into what might come of the network:

“Imagine a 24-hour cable network that was run by The WWE. It featured a mix of WWE-made programs, including new shows, repeats of Raw and SmackDown from USA and Syfy and “classic” or “historical” programs featuring shows from different promotions like classic WWE footage, WCW, ECW, NWA, AWA, etc. from years past.

It would have two new weekly WWE live in-ring shows (wrestling), but not SmackDown or Raw.

It would have a daily live in-studio viewer interactive show similar to SportsCenter.

Additionally, this network would include WWE’s “classic big 4″ pay-per-view events including WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble to the lineup at no additional cost. Rather than having to pay for them, they would now be specials with the same match quality you’re used to seeing on pay-per-view for no additional cost. These 4 events would only be available on The WWE Network.

In addition to The WWE Network, you would receive approximately 30 additional channels including NFL Network, NBA TV, Biography Channel, Fox Business Network and Fuel TV.

How interested would you be in upgrading your service for an additional $7-$12 per month to a tier which would include the WWE Network described above?"


 Before the recent Edge Appreciation Night on SmackDown, there was talk within WWE that Edge didn’t want to participate in any angles at this time and was hesitant about the big night in Toronto.


The People’s Edition of WWE ’12 is only available for pre-sale through the THQ online stores in the US and Canada, for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. The special collector’s edition will be available at retailers outside of the US and Canada for the official WWE ’12 launch in November.


CM Punk will be appearing at the Kmart on Clearview Parkway in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 2nd at 11am. The signing is open to the first 300 attendees and a wristband policy is in effect.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


 WWE has changed the structure of their creative staff with a “home team” and “road team” initiative. Road teams will travel to each week’s television tapings while home teams will work at company headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut to develop future shows. WWE creative head Stephanie McMahon, a mother of three children, and Brian Gewirtz will reportedly stay at home to avoid going on the road on a weekly basis.


The official website of the New Orleans Arena is advertising Edge for next month’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event taking place October 2: “Witness the Superstars of both Raw and Smackdown live under the same roof for a PPV extravaganza live event featuring: John Cena, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, The Miz, Edge, Rey Mysterio, John Morrison, The Big Show and many more Superstars live!”

WWE paid tribute to the “Rated-R Superstar” following last night’s SmackDown taping in Toronto, Ontario with “Edge Appreciation Night.” He also hosted “The Cutting Edge” with World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and Mark Henry during the taped show. He is also advertised for next Tuesday’s SmackDown taping in Dayton, Ohio.


THQ was taking votes to release a special The People’s Edition or The Champ’s Edition of the upcoming WWE ’12 video game. Voting is now apparently over and The People’s Edition will be released. More details on special features in The Rock’s edition of WWE ’12 will be released in a few days.

The Rock commented on Twitter:

“It’s official! “The People’s Edition”. Team Bring It dominates CeNation. Again.”


Tyler Reks wrote the following this afternoon regarding he and Curt Hawkins not being used at this week’s WWE TV tapings:

“Anyone miss Reks & @TheCurtHawkins this week? After the ass whoopin we handed out I figured they’d be begging for more. #ReksAndHawkins #WeWantReks”


Pro boxer Monte Barrett told this week that he will begin training at WWE developmental in Florida at the end of October. He said:

“I gotta call [WWE senior director of talent relations] Ty Bailey this week and go through some of the particulars, but I know whatever it’s gonna be, it will be a lot of hard work. I told him I will commit 110% and put my best foot forward with everything that I do.”

Barrett will be in FCW for 2 weeks and then return for a two month training camp.


WWE Title Match
John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio

World Heavyweight Title Match
Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton

WWE Tag Team Title Match
The Miz & R-Truth vs. Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne

WWE Divas Title Match
Beth Phoenix vs. Kelly Kelly

WWE United States Title Match
Jack Swagger vs. Alex Riley vs. John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler

WWE Intercontinental Title Match
Ted DiBiase vs. Cody Rhodes

No DQ Match
CM Punk vs. Triple H
If Punk wins, Triple H must resign as COO.


 WWE officials are reportedly trying very hard to get The Rock to wrestle at the Survivor Series pay-per-view.

The original idea was for him to appear and do an angle but not wrestle until the match with John Cena at WrestleMania 28 but now they want him to wrestle in November. As noted before, there has also been discussion of doing a best of 3 series between the two.

Whether or not The Rock should wrestle or not at Survivor Series was a controversial topic of discussion within WWE this past week.


The Miami Herald has published part two of an interview with Triple H. Here are some highlights:

His future inside and outside of the ring:
“In the ring, listen, it’s a young man’s business. I love being able to get in there occasionally and still perform. We [WWE] have the greatest fan base in the world, the most rabid fan base in the world. Anytime I can get out in front of them and perform, as long as they still want to see me, I’m excited to do it, but at the same point, I don’t want to be doing it everyday.

I enjoy the [TV] role I have right now, with being able to go out on the show, but to be quite frank, I enjoy the behind the scenes just as much. To me, it’s just as thrilling to help a young guy like a Sheamus or a Miz or somebody like that, help them with something and then see them go out there and do it and be successful, see it click for them. It’s just as exhilarating to me as being out there and doing it myself. So that part of it is a thrill for me to be behind the scenes and hopefully watching the business continue to thrive.”

Will we see more live SmackDowns on Tuesdays?
“I’m sure if you ask Syfy, they would say, ‘Yes.’ I think that’s certainly on the board. The beautiful thing about WWE is we truly are a fluid product, because we’re live, and we can do it from just about anywhere. We can moves things around and switch things around, and it’s what makes us such a valuable partner to people and networks like USA and Syfy. If USA or somebody needs a number to help them get over the hump in the ratings war, we can do a special and put them over the top. We can do a Tuesday live show and give somebody a kick. We can do all these different things, and that’s a very valuable commodity. I’m sure they’re looking, as well as everybody else is looking, to use that commodity in the best possible way they can.”

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


 Following last night’s SmackDown taping at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, WWE held a ceremony honoring Edge.

Seven-time WWE Women’s Champion Trish Stratus kicked off “Edge Appreciation Night” by introducing “The Rated-R Superstar.” Photographs of Edge’s most memorable WWE moments aired on the big screen, including a video montage featuring comments from John Cena, Bret Hart, CM Punk, The Miz, Josh Mathews, Vickie Guerrero, Randy Orton and Jim Ross, among others. Edge broke into tears while the video aired.

Christian interrupted the festivities to say that he and Edge are closer than friends as they were like brothers. He adds that a great way to show appreciation for Edge is to bring out the people closest to him. Edge’s mom Judy appeared, as did his trainers Steve Hutchinson and Sweet Daddy Siki, former WWE Superstar Rhyno, WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart and the WWE locker room.

Edge spoke and notably said to Hart, “Bret, you and Owen were the two I looked up to as Canadians.” The ceremony concluded with a five-second pose “for the benefit of those with flash photography.”


Last night’s WWE RAW Supershow from Ontario, Canada did a 2.71 cable rating, down from the 3.0 rating on Labor Day. RAW this week averaged 3.86 million viewers, also down from Labor Day.

RAW was ranked #10 in overall viewers on cable this Monday night. Among males 18-34, it was #2 behind week 1 of NFL’s Monday Night Football.


 WWE’s website posted a backstage video from RAW where The Bella Twins taunted Beth Phoenix for Kelly Kelly getting the upper-hand on The Glamazon during last night’s show. Beth ended up telling the twins to back off and scared them up against the wall.


CM Punk wrote on Twitter today that he got a flat tire and then had an altercation with a fan while trying to get the tire fixed. He wrote: “Tire fixed. Altercation with ignorant “fan” while I was on the phone. Awesome. Learn some manners y’all.”


 According to multiple sources within WWE, Kevin Nash is booked to appear at this Sunday’s Night of Champions pay-per-view event in Buffalo, New York.

Triple H “fired” Nash on RAW last week and the WWE website announced it later that week. Nash stated on Twitter that the release was due to financial reasons. As we have noted before, the whole thing was part of the storylines. No word yet when Nash will actually wrestle for WWE but he is booked to appear at Night of Champions.


Dark Match:

* Alicia Fox beat Tamina.


* Edge opens Edge Appreciation tonight and gets a monster ovation from the Toronto crowd. Edge says it feels good to be back home. Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes interrupts Edge and runs him down, then talking about his victory over Randy Orton on RAW. Cody gives Edge a brown paper bag but he gives it right back. Edge says Cody should put the bag over all of SmackDown and leaves.

* Cody leaves the ring and goes to hand the bags out to the fans but gets decked by Ted DiBiase, who is planted in the crowd as a fan.

* Daniel Bryan beat Sin Cara by DQ after Cara wouldn’t stop hitting him in the corner. After the match, the original Sin Cara came down and they stared each other down.

* Backstage segment with Teddy Long and Zack Ryder. Ryder has instituted a no contact order for Randy Orton and Mark Henry tonight. Aksana comes in and gets Teddy to give her a massage. This brings in Trish Stratus, who needs to talk with Teddy.

* Beth Phoenix defeated AJ Lee. She cuts a promo after the match and says she will save the Divas division after beating Kelly Kelly at Night of Champions.

* Vignette for Sheamus

* Trish Stratus and Edge are backstage when Christian walks in. He apologizes to Edge for SummerSlam and they hug. Edge says what he said before about Christian needs to stop whining. Zack Ryder comes in and tells Edge that his guests tonight have a no contact order.

* Sheamus and Justin Gabriel beat Wade Barrett and Christian.

* The Great Khali beat Heath Slater by DQ after Jinder Mahal came out and attacked Khali. Khali ended up chokeslamming both men.

* R-Truth beat Evan Bourne while The Miz and Kofi Kingston were on commentary.

* Edge comes out for The Cutting Edge and introduces Mark Henry and Randy Orton. They talk about Night of Champions and Edge thinks Henry has had a disappointing WWE career. This doesn’t sit well with Henry but he agrees. Edge also wonders if Orton can beat Henry but Orton is sure of it. Henry says it’s his time to get the World Title and that ends The Cutting Edge. The no contact order is now over so they start to brawl. Henry lays Orton out with a pair of World’s Strongest Slams and poses with the World Title to end the show.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


As noted before, actor Hugh Jackman will host next Monday night’s RAW Supershow. WWE’s website has posted an exclusive video clip from Jackman’s new movie Real Steel. WWE is hyping that Jackman will come face-to-face with certain Superstars next week.


 It was announced earlier that Activision Hunts is doing a contest on Facebook where the winner can hunt with Shawn Michaels in New York City as he promotes Activision’s Dangerous Hunts video game. The winner won’t actually be hunting with Shawn. He clarified on Twitter this afternoon and said it’s not an actual hunt, but the winner will be playing against him in the video game.


 WWE noted on their website that Zack Ryder was set to team with Jerry Lawler on RAW last night in a rematch against David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty but Ryder couldn’t compete due to the attack from Mark Henry on last Friday’s SmackDown.

Ryder ended up competing last night in a match against Drew McIntyre for Thursday’s Superstars program.


WWE is expected to announce Cody Rhode’s opponent for the Intercontinental Title match at Night of Champions. It’s believed Ted DiBiase will get the shot.


As noted earlier, Michelle McCool wrote on Twitter last night that Vickie Guerrero inspires her, after apparently teasing a return to WWE.

Vickie responded to her this afternoon and indicated that she also may be taking time off soon. Vickie wrote: “@McCoolMichelleL you inspire me everyday!!! My turn to take some time off…!”


CM Punk spoke with The Toronto Sun to promote tonight’s WWE RAW Supershow. Here are some highlights:

People’s view of him:
“There are some people who think CM Punk would have been a mid-carder in the Attitude Era. They have this predetermined assessment of me. I don’t know if it’s jealousy. I don’t have six-pack abs and I can’t benchpress 400 pounds. I can’t believe I have to step over people to get their attention. They have an antiquated way of seeing things. I’m trying to save this business.”

His mic work:
“When I talk, my design is to piss somebody off. I’m not just saying, ‘you’re bald,’ or ‘you’re ugly.’ Doing this is ingrained in my DNA. It’s 100% mine, all me. Half of the stuff I know off the top of my head, the other half I come up with when I’m out there. The best stuff is always the kneejerk reaction. It helps when you get somebody great to work with. I don’t know if it’s something you can teach. (As a kid) I didn’t walk around with a pretend plastic microphone, but I was never afraid of talking back. I used to get the crap beat out of me. But people would tire out from punching me in the face before I would stop talking back.”

What’s left for him?
“I’m running out of goals. No. 1 with a bullet would be main eventing Wrestlemania. Winning a Royal Rumble would be a feather in my cap. And I’ve never won the U.S. title, so look out Dolph Ziggler.”


 WWE’s website posted a backstage video of John Laurinaitis asked a WWE producer what happened with the microphones when CM Punk and Triple H were in the ring last night on RAW. Laurinaitis received a phone call and told the person on the other end that he was finding out who cut the mics. As of this writing, the video has been deleted but they may add it back later.


Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez in the ring. Del Rio isn’t happy with the Canadian fans booing him. Del Rio says everyone made fun of him last week when Cena hit him with an Attitude Adjustment. Del Rio says he is the undisputed WWE Champion and no one makes him of him. The crowd boo’s. Del Rio talks about taking out Rey Mysterio and takes credit for Edge having to retire. Del Rio says he beat CM Punk and will beat Cena at Night of Champions so the people better stop making fun of him. Del Rio declares himself champion again and the greatest of the great. Bret Hart’s music hits and out comes The Hitman to a big pop from the crowd.

The crowd roars as Bret enters the ring. Bret says he didn’t come to disrespect Del Rio, he came to give him some good advice, a little education. Bret says when he looks at Del Rio, he sees a man who doesn’t know what it means to be a world champion. Del Rio goes to threaten Bret but Bret cuts him off. Bret says Del Rio is all style and no substance. He says Bret needs to become a real champion, a man with pride who faces all challenges and wrestles in day in, day out. Del Rio says Bret looks like a bum, a homeless person with his 1994 jacket and his greasy hair, his pathetic shirts. Del Rio says Bret looks like one of those illegal Canadians he hires to clean his house. Del Rio says he is the best there is, not Bret. He is the WWE Champion and tonight, he will make an example out of Bret.

John Cena’s music hits and out he comes to a nice reaction from the crowd. Cena puts Del Rio down and says he runs like a coward. Cena tells Del Rio to hop back in his Ferrari and be gone because he is the WWE Champion… for just 6 more days. They both want to fight tonight it seems. But Del Rio puts Ricardo Rodriguez up and says it’s the match everyone wants to see. Cena hit Del Rio a few weeks ago and tonight, Ricardo wants to make him pay. Ricardo isn’t acting like he does though. Cena runs Del Rio down some more and proposes that Del Rio put the WWE Title on the line against Bret Hart tonight. The crowd chants for Bret. John Laurinaitis appears on the stage and Cena mocks him. Laurinaitis introduces himself and gets boo’d. On behalf of Triple H, he says, they’re going to give everyone what they want to see – a tag team match. Del Rio and Rodriguez vs. Cena and Hart tonight. Cena says that’s the first good decision Laurinaitis has made in his life as Del Rio and Rodriguez leave the ring and head to the back.

- Jim Ross, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler plug tonight’s show and the Final Face-Off between CM Punk and Triple H tonight. Also, World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton will take on Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes. We go to commercial.

Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler vs. John Morrison and Alex Riley

Back from the break and Jack Swagger is in the ring with WWE United States Champion Dolph Ziggler and Alex Riley as John Morrison makes his way out. Ziggler and Morrison start things off. Ziggler takes control early but Morrison turns it around and catapults Ziggler into the corner face first. Mprrison hits a springboard kick for a 2 count. Morrison charges in the corner but Ziggler moves and he hits the ringpost. Ziggler stomps away on Morrison and hits a neckbreaker. 2 count for Ziggler.

Ziggler drops a big elbow for another 2 count. Swagger wants to tag but Ziggler won’t. Morrison kicks Ziggler to the mat and Swagger tags himself in. Riley also is tagged in and unloads on Swagger, hitting a spinebuster. Riley dumps Dolph out to the floor and slams Swagger down for a close 2 count. Riley goes for a move but Swagger counters and applies the ankle lock. Riley rolls out of it and pushes Swagger into Dolph, knocking him off the apron. Riley hits his finisher on Swagger for the pin as Dolph watches him lose just a few feet away.

Winners: Alex Riley and John Morrison

- After the match, Dolph and Vickie Guerrero argue at ringside. Dolph says they don’t need Swagger and calls him a loser. Dolph yells at Swagger from the stage while Swagger recovers in the ring, all while Vickie is in his face yelling.

- Josh Matthews is backstage with R-Truth and The Miz. Matthews points out Triple H is giving them a title shot at Night Champions, despite their claims of a conspiracy. He asks if their feelings on Triple H have changed. Miz snatches the mic and walks with R-Truth, talking. He says all anyone is talking about tonight is the Face-Off. Miz says if CM Punk really wanted to tell the truth, he would change his name to BS. R-Truth says he feels like Triple H has made a good decision. Miz asks, really? Truth says ninja please, he’s just messing around. Truth wants Triple H to lose on Sunday so he’s out as COO. Truth walks with Miz to the ring and says they’re going to show people the real truth. Truth and Miz come walking out to the stage.

Truth rambles on about Triple H as they head to the ring. He says they should be in the main event of every WWE pay-per-view. They’re going to prove that at Night of Champions and right now. Miz says the truth is that Air Bourne is going to get got at Night of Champions and Truth says that’s awesome. Miz vs. Kofi Kingston is up next as we go to commercial.

The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston

Back from the break and out come the WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne – Air Boom. Miz and Kofi go to lock up but Miz kicks him and beats him into the corner and down to the mat as the referee tells him to back off. Miz hits a suplex and covers for a 1 count. They run the ropes several times and it ends with both men out on the floor. Truth helps Miz up while Bourne helps Kofi as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Miz has Kofi in a headlock. Miz drops Kofi with a DDT for a 2 count. Miz works Kofi over in the corner. Kofi turns it around coming out of the corner and hits a stomp on Miz. Kofi fights back with kicks and right hands, followed by chops and a dropkick. They trade counters and Kofi kicks Miz in the face. Kofi hits a big springboard crossbody from the top for a 2 count. Miz drops Kofi with a big boot to the face. Kofi blocks the running kick and rolls Miz up for 2. Miz hits a backbreaker and goes for a neckbreaker but Kofi backslides him for a 2 count. Kofi dropkicks Miz into the corner and leaps to the top. Miz moves and hits a neckbreaker on Kofi from the top.

Miz waits on Kofi to get up and then hits the Skull Crushing Finale for the pin and the win.

Winner: The Miz

- We see Vickie Guerrero and Teddy Long backstage. She’s upset about something as usual. Teddy says Dolph Ziggler will defend the United States Title against Jack Swagger, John Morrison and Alex Riley at Night of Champions. Vickie says that’s unfair. She sees Kelly Kelly and asks what she’s looking at. Kelly says Teddy might listen to her if she wasn’t so… nothing. Vickie calls her a Barbie doll and a pathetic Divas Champion. Vickie can’t wait until Beth Phoenix beats Kelly on Sunday. Vickie says even she could beat Kelly. Teddy says that’s perfect because he was looking for some competition for tonight. It will be Vickie vs. Kelly.

- Bret Hart and John Cena are backstage talking in preparation for their match. Still to come tonight – David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty vs. Jerry Lawler and a mystery partner.

Michael McGillicutty and David Otunga vs. Jerry Lawler and Sheamus

Back from the break and in the ring are Michael McGillicutty and David Otunga. McGillicutty addresses Jerry Lawler, who is at ringside, and says he was born with a personality. McGillicutty asks Lawler if he knows who his father is. Otunga points out that he is a Harvard educated lawyer. Lawler says he did know who McGillicutty’s father was, and he’s not the same person. Lawler rips Otunga and introduces his partner… Sheamus.

Lawler starts things out against McGillicutty, who takes control. Otunga is tagged in for some double teaming and a tag right back to McGillicutty. Lawler catches him with a big right hand and tags in Sheamus. Sheamus comes in strong but gets hit by a big boot. He comes right back and slams McGillicutty down hard. Sheamus wails away with big forearm shots to the chest now and knocks Otunga off the apron. Sheamus with a big knee to the face on McGillicutty. Sheamus climbs up top and comes down with a shoulder block. Otunga comes in and dodges a Brogue kick. Lawler decks Otunga with a right hand and Sheamus drops him with a Brogue kick. Sheamus then Brogue kicks McGillicutty and drops him with the Celtic Cross for the win.

Winners: Sheamus and Jerry Lawler

- Cole plugs the Triple H and CM Punk Face-Off tonight.

- Ricardo Rodriguez is backstage in the locker room when Alberto Del Rio walks in. Ricardo is drinking an aphrodisiac, he says. Del Rio leaves and Ricardo drops to the floor with a weak attempt at push-ups. Back to commercial we go.

John Cena and Bret Hart vs. Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez

Back from the commercial and out comes John Cena and his partner Bret Hart. Ricardo Rodriguez comes out next in tights and a t-shirt. He introduces the WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio but looks scared. Del Rio looks angry and frustrated with Ricardo. The match starts with Cena and Ricardo. Cena takes off his red t-shirt and plays around with Ricardo like he’s a bull. Cena charges Del Rio ont he apron but he jumps down to the floor. Ricardo hits Cena from behind but it doesn’t phase him. Ricardo turns around to Bret and back around to Cena where he gets back dropped. Ricardo tags in Del Rio.

Del Rio comes in and takes control of Cena, working him over int he corner. Cena comes back with a clothesline and a splash int he corner. Cena dropkicks Del Rio and goes for the AA. Ricardo tags himself in and saves Del Rio from the AA. Cena yanks Ricardo over the top rope and hits him with the shoulder blocks and the big slam. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle on Ricardo as Del Rio looks on from ringside. Cena then hits the AA on Ricardo while Del Rio is backing up the ramp and heading to the back. Cena motions to Bret and tags him in. Bret locks the Sharpshooter in on Ricardo and makes him tap out immediately for the win.

Winners: Bret Hart and John Cena

- After the match, Cena takes the mic and tells Del Rio his destiny will change Sunday at Night of Champions. Cena says after Night of Champions, the champ will be right here. Cena and Bret hit the turnbuckles to pose for the fans.

- WWE airs a look back at 9/11 that is narrated by John Cena. We see Vince McMahon’s speech from the SmackDown episode just days after the 9/11 tragedy. We will not live our lives in fear, said Vince. Cena says 9/11 is now a day of remembrance as we see clips from the 9/11 memorial on Sunday. They also show a clip of George W. Bush’s speech from Ground Zero just days after the attacks. Great video by WWE.

Kelly Kelly vs. Vickie Guerrero

Back from the break and out comes WWE Divas Champion Kelly Kelly. Her opponent Vickie Guerrero is out next, to no theme music, with United States Champion Dolph Ziggler. The bell rings and Vickie pushes Kelly. Kelly comes back with a Thesz press and some shots to the head. Kelly smacks Vickie on the ass. Kelly goes for a bulldog but they botch it bad. Kelly does the stinkface as Jack Swagger makes his way to ringside. Dolph argues with him and says he’s out here with Vickie. Swagger drops Dolph with a right hand as Vickie starts screaming at him. Kelly comes up from behind and rolls Vickie up for the win.

Winner: Kelly Kelly

- After the match, Kelly celebrates as Vickie argues with Dolph and Swagger at ringside. Kelly turns around as Beth Phoenix is entering the ring. Kelly kicks her out to the floor. Beth comes back in the ring as Kelly leaves up the ramp, showing her title off.

- Still to come tonight, Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes and the Final Face-Off with CM Punk and Triple H. Back to commercial we go.

- Back from the break and we get a plug for Hugh Jackman hosting next week’s RAW and a promo video for Triple H going into his return at Night of Champions.

- Josh Matthews is backstage with Mark Henry. Henry tells him to not say a word and just listen. Henry hopes Randy Orton is listening also. Henry talks about beating up Big Show, Kane and Sheamus. Henry says 15 years of looking over him and 15 years of no respect, 15 years of not being the #1 contender. 15 years of not being the World Heavyweight Champion. Henry says all that has got him to this point – to beat the World Champion. Henry promises that Orton will enter his Hall of Pain at Night of Champions.

Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes

We go to the ring and out first comes the World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton to a nice pop from the crowd. Orton hits the turnbuckles as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes with his brown baggers. The bell rings and they lock up. Orton goes to a headlock and drops Cody with a shoulder. 1 count for Orton. Orton goes back to the headlock. Cody takes him to the corner and turns things around, beating Orton down. Orton connects with a big back drop when Mark Henry comes out on the stage. Orton rolls out to the floor and grabs a steel chair. Orton walks up the stage and Henry runs to the back. Cody comes up from behind to attack but Orton catches him. Orton beats Cody back to ringside and clotheslines him on the floor. Orton brings it back in the ring for a 2 count.

Orton stomps away on Cody in the corner now. Orton mounts Cody in the corner with a series of right hands as the crowd counts with him. Orton with another big clothesline and a 2 count. Orton keeps watching the ramp for Mark Henry as he continues the assault on Cody. Henry comes back out with a chair and takes a seat on the stage. Orton walks up the ramp. Cody comes from behind as Henry stands up. Orton heads back to the ring but Cody kicks him in the head as Henry sits back down. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and Cody kicks Orton in the head and drops him on his shoulder. Cody with a 2 count. Cody continues to work on Orton’s shoulder while Henry watches from the stage. Orton tries to fight back and finally catches Cody in mid-air, slamming him down to the mat. Henry makes his way down to the ring with the chair now. Henry stops and takes a seat at ringside as Orton hits a pair of clotheslines and a snap slam on Cody. Cody goes to the apron and Orton goes for the second rope DDT. Cody counters it and goes for Cross Rhodes. Orton counters and brings Cody to the apron, hitting the second rope DDT. Orton hits the mat to get ready for the RKO. Henry walks over to the steel steps. Cody takes off his mask and hits Orton while the referee isn’t looking. Cody hits Cross Rhodes and covers Orton for the win.

Winner: Cody Rhodes

- After the match, Henry enters the ring and attacks Orton with the chair. Henry stands over Orton yelling about the World Title and pain.

- Up next is the Final Face-Off with CM Punk and Triple H. Back to commercial.

- Back from the break and we see a replay from last week where Triple H fired Kevin Nash. The Game’s music hits and out he comes for the Final Face-Off. Out next comes CM Punk to a nice reaciton from the crowd. There is no table or anything set up.

Punk speaks first and says he’s fascinated that the whole world is watching to see what they say tonight. Punk says he respects Triple H, especially for last week when he fired that charisma vacuum and ratings killer Kevin Nash. Punk says that doesn’t mean he likes Triple H and knows Triple H doesn’t like him either. Punk says people have told him all the horrible things Triple H says behind his back. Punk is also a good judge of character and can see it all over Triple H’s face. Punk goes on and the crowd chants his name. Punk talks about change and says nothing has changed since Vince McMahon left. Punk says Triple H is just as bad. Punk says Vince and Triple H believe that a guy who looks like him don’t belong in a ring with a guy who looks like The Game. Punk says Triple H and Vince have had this weird bodybuilder fetish. Punk says guys who fit Triple H’s image get 10 times the opportunity. Triple H cuts him off and brings up Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, Bret Hart and Rey Mysterio as top stars who wouldn’t be described as bodybuilders. Triple H says if Punk wants to use the idea of that bodybuilder theory as an excuse for his failures, then go ahead. The crowd chants for Punk some more.

Triple H says his opinion doesn’t matter and Punk needs to worry about the fan opinions. Triple H says Punk thought he was being held back for the first six years when he wasn’t getting reactions like that. Triple H says when you win the fan opinions, you get what you want. Triple H says you won’t have to make calls to get on a 7 Eleven cup, 7 Eleven will call WWE and demand he be on it. Punk responds and asks where his WWE ice cream bars are? The crowd pops at this.

Punk tells a story from 2006 before his first pay-per-view at Survivor Series where he was on a team with DX. Punk says the people in Philadelphia weren’t chanting for DX, they were chanting… the crowd starts chanting his name. Punk says the story doesn’t have a happy ending because that was the first time he grabbed the imaginary brass ring and went it went nowhere. Punk would rather be hated for what he is as opposed to loved for what he’s not. Triple H brings up that Punk has been in main events, won Money in the Bank and world titles. Triple H says maybe Punk isn’t as good as he thought he was, maybe he isn’t the best in the world. Triple H brings up Punk’s story on John Cena from last week. Triple H puts over Cena big time and the crowd boo’s. Triple H says the fact remains true – Cena sells out arenas all over the world and he has done it on his own, by winning the fans over. Triple H says Punk needs to worry about the fans opinions all the time. Triple H says sometimes he looks at a guy and doesn’t think he will be anything but that guy turns out to be a John Cena. Triple H says all Punk has to do is win the fans over. Punk asks Triple H if he is hearing this. Don’t tell him he has to win the fans over. Triple H says today they are chanting his name, last year – not so much. Triple H says Punk is just now getting the people. Punk says he has earned everything he’s got in the last 6 years. Punk says he busted his ass and sacrificed for this business. Triple H goes on and says this isn’t business, it’s personal because Punk turned it into a personal issue. Triple H says Punk won’t step in the ring with the muli-time World Champion, not the COO, not the business man and not The Game on Sunday. He will step into the ring with a man, a man that will kick his ass.

Punk says he is dead wrong and this isn’t about John Cena. Punk says he is the best. Punk says he’s going to kick Triple H’s ass also, pin him 1-2-3 and make him go to sleep. Punk says it’s going to be so satisfying to him. Punk says this is Phil Brooks talking to Paul Levesque. Punk goes on about why it’s going to be satisfying to beat Triple H’s ass when the mic gets cut out. Triple H tells Punk to say it to him. Triple H gets the mic going again. Punk starts talking and it’s cut out again. Triple H demands a mic and asks a producer what the hell is going on. Punk decks Triple H with the mic and he goes down. Punk throws a crotch chop at Triple H as the crowd pops and he leaves the ring to his name being chanted. Punk walks up the ramp smiling as Triple H recovers in the ring and RAW goes off the air.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


WWE’s website has a new tongue-in-cheek article up with Zack Ryder, talking about his Internet Title. Ryder, who says he won’t defend the title and when he brought it out in Australia against Promo that was a non-title match, said the following about why he has a connection with the WWE Universe:

“I think I have a connection with the WWE Universe because I am a fan at heart. I know what WWE fans want because I am still one, myself. This is the only thing I ever wanted in my entire life. It wasn’t like ‘let me try this WWE thing.’ I set up my life for this and I think the WWE Universe can sense that. They can also feel that I’m just a kid who wants to live my dream.”

Ryder also compared his Internet Title to other belts in WWE history.

“It’s almost like when “Stone Cold” had the Smoking Skull Championship or when John Cena took the WWE Championship and created the title that spun around. But this title is for the Zack Pack, it’s for the Broskis. Like The Rock calls himself The People’s Champion, I’m The Broskis’ Champion. That’s what went into designing the championship.”


The 25th annual WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view has sold out The Madison Square Garden in New York City. With the exception of a few random single seats, the event is already sold out.


Former WWE star Lance Storm spoke with the Aftermath show (formerly Right After Wrestling) this week and talked about working with WWE by hosting a new developmental territory with his Storm Wrestling Academy. He said:

“I’ve had all kinds of different levels of talks for quite a while. We’ve just never managed to figure out how to make it work. There’s always been on going conversation. I think they hope I cave in and move to Florida. I think it makes sense to have a developmental territory in Canada. Before Deep South I talked to Vince about it. I’d like to be involved with that level again with WWE.”


Former WWE star Vladimir Kozlov wrote on Facebook that he is looking to wrestle in Mexico soon under the name Moscow Mauler. Kozlov is currently featured on the cover of Russian magazine Socialite, where is reveals he is looking at getting into acting.


Triple H spoke with this week to promote WWE Studios’ Inside Out. Here are some highlights:

Hugh Jackman is guest-hosting an upcoming episode of Raw, and he joins a long list of celebrity guest hosts — but was there ever a host that had a pedigree coming to them?

I’d like to give one to Bob Barker, just ’cause it’s Bob Barker. But you know who I would have liked to pedigree is Al Sharpton. Al Sharpton was the guest host and he showed up ten minutes before he did his thing, he did it, and he left five minutes later. He couldn’t have cared less, he phoned it in. It was the worst appearance ever.

Most of the guys come on the show and they know what we are and they want to have fun. Dennis Miller came on and he was hilarious on-camera, hilarious off-camera. Dennis came up to me and he goes, “My life is complete. I just got comedy advice from Vince McMahon.” Vince would literally be like “Dennis, come here. You need to say your jokes slower ’cause…” Vince will give anybody direction.

What does WWE Studios have planned next?

We just finished a movie called ‘No One Lives,’ that’s a straight up horror, R-rated. It’s funny, if we say we’ve got a few kid’s movies, now it’s: “all WWE does is kids movies.”

I don’t think anyone expected us to make ‘That’s What I Am’ either. A movie about prejudices and bullying and the story of a teacher and a kid that gets bullied. It’s completely different for us. But Vince read it and felt passionate about the story and said “this is a really great story. Is it gonna make us a ton of money? Nope.” We’re trying to think bigger picture and longer term.

Triple H also played the name game and had to think up a movie for 80′s and 90′s stars. Here’s what he came up with for the following stars:

Hulk Hogan: Oh god, anything cheesy.
Jake Roberts: Western villian.
DX: Comedy.
Vince McMahon: “Wall Street”
Bill Goldberg: Any movie that took itself too seriously.
The Ultimate Warrior: Either crazy out-there futuristic space movie — or absolute stoner film.

Saturday, September 10, 2011



Variety and The New York Times have published new reviews on WWE Studios’ Inside Out with Triple H. Here are some highlights:

“In its continuing quest to make Paul “Triple H” Levesque a viable movie star, WWE casts the hulking wrestler in yet another ex-con role in “Inside Out,” sandwiching him between Michael Rapaport and Parker Posey, arguably two of Hollywood’s quirkiest supporting players. But their flakiness effectively plays off the taciturn, muscle-bound Levesque, whose cliched choice to go straight or crooked, juxtaposed with Rapaport’s loose-cannon loquaciousness, turns moral questions into an entertaining vaudeville routine. Veering crazily in tone, “Inside Out” might fail to catapult its star into wider acceptability, but should delight fans of lightly absurd actioners upon its limited Sept. 9 release.”

The NY Times:
“If Paul Levesque, the professional wrestler better known as Triple H, hopes to follow the career path of, say, Dwayne Johnson, who is now a credible action-adventure leading man, he’s going to need movies a lot better than “Inside Out” to do it. Shooting for stoic, Mr. Levesque only delivers inert. And the plot devolves into a tangle of dithering story lines. The film could really have used some better-focused, more believable scripting. Perhaps for Mr. Levesque’s next project one of the “WWE SmackDown” writers will have some free time.”


 SmackDown Superstar William Regal, who has been announcing and wrestling on NXT as of late, says he wants a World Heavyweight Title shot when WWE returns to Liverpool, England later this year. He wrote on Thursday:

“Trying to think if Teddy Long owes me a favour.I need to get a World Championship match on Smackdown on Liverpool. Maybe the last chance I have of becoming the first English World Champion in front of WWE’s loyalist fans.

Some people are saying I’m passed it.Maybe so but @WWE,look at it as charity.Give an old rogue a chance.”

Regal later re-tweeted a ton of feedback from fans supporting him getting a title shot and wrote:

“I normally never retweet about wrestling,WWE or me(I don’t need to because I’m so over anyway)so sorry to everyone who it’s driving mental. I just want @WWE to take notice.Give back to your loyalest fans(and purely selfish reasons as I want to be the first British World champ).”

At a live last November in the UK, Regal announced to the crowd that would be his last tour because he is retiring soon. Regal will apparently be sticking around long enough for this year’s tour, probably longer. Regal is under contract to WWE until 2014 and in addition to his recent work on NXT, he has worked as an announcer in FCW.


 Triple H spoke with The Miami Herald this week to promote his new WWE Studios movie Inside Out. Here are a few highlights:

Stephanie McMahon’s reaction to his kissing scenes:
“When the kissing scene comes up, my wife just leaves the room. It would be very quiet for a long time. The [Triple H] kissing scenes don’t go over very big in my house.”

Filming Inside Out:
“Inside Out for me was a phenomenal experience because I worked with Michael Rapaport, Parker Posey, Julie White, Michael Cudlitz, Bruce Dern. That’s a pretty heavy duty list of very good actors. For me, shooting scenes with Bruce Dern was never-wracking. I’m sitting across from Bruce Dern, shooting a heated scene with him.”

Doing movies and wrestling:
“I’ve always said this. It’s never been my desire to necessarily go to Hollywood. When I did ‘Blade,’ I was offered a three-picture deal with New Line [Cinema], and I turned it down because I didn’t want to make movies and be a movie guy. I wanted to stay in the wrestling business. When [WWE Studios] offered me ‘The Chaperone’ [2011] and ‘Inside Out,’ I said, ‘Yes.’ They were good projects, and the timing worked right. I had the time off.”

“If another thing comes along, and it’s a great project, and I like the script, and I think I’d have fun doing it, I would do it. But am I knocking on somebody’s door? I’m not calling up the guys who run WWE Studios, saying, ‘Hey, guys, where’s my next movie?’ If it’s the right thing [with WWE Studios] and it’s the right time, great. If not, I’m cool with that, too. It’s a fun thing to do on the side.


During his entrance on Superstars, Mason came out to the stage and turned his back to the crowd, raising his hands in the air as he looked up to the Titantron. A fan showed Chris Jericho this on Twitter, saying Ryan was stealing Jericho’s entrance, and Jericho replied that Mason had “no respect.”


Mason Ryan debuted a new theme song called “Last Days” on this past Thursday’s WWE Superstars as he returned and defeated JTG. It appears WWE is going the babyface route with the former Nexus member.

Friday, September 9, 2011


WWE reportedly announced the new WWE Network early in-part because they were concerned that UFC would announce plans to start their own network first. Ever since UFC signed with FOX, they’ve lost all interest in doing their own channel. While WWE usually acts like UFC isn’t competition publicly, word is that Vince McMahon isn’t happy with several recent UFC moves including their plan to run a 100,000 seat stadium in Brazil next year.


Jinder Mahal lost his first TV match on this past Monday’s RAW when he teamed with The Great Khali to face Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston. Before that and with the exception of a SmackDown battle royal, Mahal had won his first 26 matches.


Chris Jericho and The Miz were in attendance for the Def Leppard concert in Universal City, California last night. The Miz noted on Twitter that Maryse gave him his tickets to the show as an early birthday present.


If John Cena loses to Alberto Del Rio at Night of Champions, it will be the first time Cena has lost on three straight WWE pay-per-view events since the Summer of 2008 when he lost to Triple H, JBL and Batista at three straight events. This year, Cena has lost twice in a row to CM Punk at SummerSlam and Money in the Bank.


 Here are some recent WWE attendance figures:

* RAW on July 23rd in Pittsburgh, PA drew 3,562 fans for $155,007.
* RAW on August 5th in Salt Lake City, UT drew 3,498 fans for $137,279.
* SummerSlam on August 14th in Los Angeles drew a sellout 14,105 fans for $1,008,150.
* RAW on August 15th in San Diego, CA drew 6,103 fans for $263,640.
* SmackDown on September 1st in Nimes, France drew 5,500 fans for $450,000.
* RAW on September 2nd in San Juan, PR drew 11,000 fans for $450,000.
* SmackDown on September 2nd in Geneva, Switzerland drew 4,500 fans for $430,000.
* RAW on September 3rd in Trenton, NJ drew 5,700 fans for $175,000.
* SmackDown on September 3rd in Paris, France drew 13,000 fans for $980,000.
* RAW on September 4th in Wheeling, WV drew 3,500 fans for $110,000.
* SmackDown on September 4th in Paris, France drew 5,700 fans for $480,000.


WWE Superstar The Miz was introduced today at the press event in Beverly Hills for the Pacquiao vs. Marquez boxing match. Miz posed with the two fighters as Pacquiao held up one of Miz’s t-shirts. The Miz is said to be a big boxing fan.


 As noted before, Kevin Nash’s “release” that was announced earlier today is all part of what’s happening on TV. The release was announced to play off the major deal that John Laurinaitis signed Nash to on RAW.

The reason for Nash’s exit from the WWE storylines is because Nash has booked a movie role, likely the same one that he is dieting for. Word is that the people behind the movie didn’t want to insure Nash for filming while he was working as a pro wrestler. Nash will likely stay gone until he is done filming the movie. No word yet if this will affect any of his independent dates.


WWE has a new storyline up article today on their most infamous firings, mentioning Triple H firing Kevin Nash this week. The most infamous releases they mention are:

* Vince McMahon fires Jeff Jarrett
* Vince McMahon fires Eric Bischoff
* Randy Orton stops Vince McMahon from firing him with a punt kick
* The many firings of Jim Ross


 Regarding the mystery RAW General Manager, creative has not been told anything about the character except not to do anything with it each week. Some believe the angle is done with but it hasn’t been confirmed within the company. There have been recent RAW shows where the General Manager’s podium is set up and never used, and some weeks it’s not set up at all.


The announcement that WWE has released Kevin Nash from their website today has been confirmed as part of the storylines. Nash was signed to a Legends deal after the Royal Rumble earlier this year and has not been signed to a new performer’s contract since returning to TV.

Nash has been reaching out to some people and saying that he’s released, but most don’t believe him.


WWE posted the following on their website:

“WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar Kevin Nash as of Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. We wish Kevin the best in all future endeavors.”

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Mark Henry comes out to open the show. He reminds the crowd about everyone he has taken out and says Randy Orton is next at WWE Night of Champions. Zack Ryder comes out and says Henry will face Orton tonight. Henry lays out Ryder and ends up having to face Ezekiel Jackson up next.

Mark Henry defeated Ezekiel Jackson. Jackson showed promise at first, dominating Henry but it didn’t take long for Henry to counter and give him the World’s Strongest Slam and follow it with the pinfall victory.

Sin Cara defeated Tyson Kidd.

Josh Matthews interviews Cara and says that he’s not sure that Cara speaks English but we are seeing a more aggressive side of him in recent weeks. Cara says that this is the real him and he was holding back out of respect for the WWE talent but now he’s not holding back anymore. Daniel Bryan comes out and challenges Cara to a rematch next week, only to be attacked by Cara.

World champ Randy Orton vs. Intercontinental champ Cody Rhodes is tonight’s main event. Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett is also set.

Matt Striker interviews Randy Orton backstage, discussing the Rhodes bout.

WWE Divas Champion Kelly Kelly vs. Natalya w/Beth Phoenix. Kelly Kelly is beat up the majority of the match but Kelly Kelly rolled Natalya up out of a Sharpshooter attempt to get the pinfall victory.

Christian comes out and complains about Teddy Long not being fair by making the tag match on Monday’s Raw Supershow and he wants another shot at Randy Orton and the World Heavyweight Championship. Sheamus interrupts, telling Christian to quit crying and to get out of the ring because he has a match. Christian exits and Wade Barrett comes out to face Sheamus.

Sheamus defeated Wade Barrett via disqualification when Christian came back out and helped Barrett beat down Sheamus. Prior to Christian returning to ringside, the match was back and forth. Sheamus ended up fighting off both Barrett and Christian and clearing the ring.

WWE Tag Team Champions Evan Bourne & Kofi Kingston defeated Jinder Mahal & The Great Khali in a similar bout to what they had last night. After the match, Mahal complains about Khali losing. Triple H comes out and gives him the pedigree twice and leaves.

- Cody Rhodes came out talking about his face and himself and Ted DiBiase.

- Randy Orton defeated Cody Rhodes.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


 WWE’s website has a new article up asking fans if it’s time for the Internet Title that Zack Ryder has to be featured. Here are some quotes from Ryder:

“Two of the four WWE programs in the U.S. are only on the internet. Everything is on the internet. People watch TV on their computer or on their phones or iPads. There should be an Internet Championship in WWE. They should be bribing me to defend my title on the internet, on television, wherever.”

“They were some great TV Champions and guys that went on to become World Champions. It’s the same idea. The Internet Championship is a way to show people what I’m all about. I’ve created the Ryder Revolution.”

“I’m never going to defend this title. I’ve earned this championship. I won it fair and square. My YouTube show has more than four million views, I dominate Twitter. I’m the first champion, I’m the last champion, I’m the only champion.”


 WWE confirmed on RAW tonight that their own network will debut in 2012. WWE aired a promo with clips from pay-per-views and other programming, saying “The Channel” will be coming in 2012.


WWE Title Match
John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio

World Heavyweight Title Match
Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton

WWE Tag Team Title Match
The Miz & R-Truth vs. Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne

WWE Divas Title Match
Beth Phoenix vs. Kelly Kelly

No DQ Match
CM Punk vs. Triple H
If Punk wins, Triple H must resign as COO.


RAW opens up this week with CM Punk comin out and then Kevin Nash. Triple H ends up coming out and arguing with Nash. Nash asks Triple H what he’s going to do if he touches him. Nash starts taunting Triple H. Triple H lays him out with a right hand. Triple H says maybe they were friends and definitley he’s fired. Triple H drops the mic and leaves the ring as Nash sits in the ring. Punk laughs at Nash and wishes him the best in his future endeavors as we go to commercial.

- Back from the break and we see Kevin Nash walking to a limousine backstage. John Laurinaitis gets in it with him and they drive off.

Air Boom vs. The Great Khali and Jinder Mahal

We go to the ring and out come the WWE Tag Team Champions Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston. Out next come their opponents, Jinder Mahal and The Great Khali.

Jinder and Bourne start things off. Jinder works Bourne over but gets taken down with a headscissors. Bourne comes back with kicks but Mahal drops him with a big knee. Mahal comes back with a 2 count and tags in Khali for a little bit of double teaming. Khali drops Bourne with a big right hand. Khali kicks Bourne down in the corner and puts the boot to him. Khali with big chops and a tag to Mahal.

Mahal drops a series of big knee drops on Bourne. Bourne blocks a shot and tags in Kofi. Kofi comes in from up high and unloads on Mahal. Kofi with a dropkick and a big right hand. Kofi runs the ropes but Khali pulls them down and he goes to the floor. Khali throws Kofi back in. Mahal holds him as Khali goes for the big overhand shot. Khali accidentally hits Mahal and lays him out. Bourne hits Air Bourne on Mahal for the win.

Winners: Air Boom

- We see Ricardo Rodriguez and WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio arrive backstage in a car. They get out and come walking in the arena. JR hypes CM Punk vs. R-Truth for tonight.

#1 Contender’s Match: Eve Torres vs. Beth Phoenix

We go to the ring and out comes WWE Divas Champion Kelly Kelly to join the announcers for commentary. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and Eve Torres is in the ring waiting as Beth Phoenix makes her way out for this #1 contender’s match. Beth is accompanied to the ring by Natalya. She also joins the announcers for commentary. The bell rings and they lock up. Beth shoves Natalya off. Eve comes back with a right hand and a headlock. Both drops Eve for a 2 count. Eve comes back with a kick to the gut and a suplex for 2. Eve fights Beth off but gets thrown into the ring post. Beth goes outside of the ring and pulls Eve’s arm around the post.
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2 count by Beth as Natalya and Kelly argue about the WWE website article. Beth continues her assault until Eve comes back. Eve with a clothesline and a senton for 2. Beth shoves Eve back into the corner by her throat. Eve fights her off but misses a kick in the corner. Beth grabs Eve and nails the Glam Slam for the pin, the win and the match at Night of Champions.

Winner and New #1 Contender: Beth Phoenix

- After the match, Eve gets dumped on the floor and Natalya lays Kelly out from behind. Natalya and Beth pose in the ring as we go to replays.

- More hype for R-Truth vs. CM Punk as we go back to break.

- We see Christian and Drew McIntyre backstage talking. Christian says he deserves one more shot at the World Title. Alberto Del Rio walks up and interrupts, asking for a minute with Christian. Del Rio points out that Christian doesn’t have the World Title because of John Cena. Christian says if he was going to take out John Cena, it would be on his own terms and not Del Rio’s. Del Rio says Christian got an AA from Cena last week and then 24 hours later lost the cage match. Del Rio rubs it in some more and walks off, leaving Christian to ponder.

- JR leads us into the trailer for WWE Studios’ Inside Out with Triple H.

- R-Truth is backstage talking to himself. He’s joined by The Miz and they make their way to the ring as we go back to commercial.

R-Truth vs. CM Punk

Back from the break and out comes R-Truth to the ring. He talks about the usual on the way down the ramp and says he will buy a ticket to Night of Champions and sit in the audience, stuffing his face, like the rest of the Little Jimmys. The Miz comes down the ramp next and says that won’t happen because he’s had an epiphany. Miz and Truth finally make it into the ring. Miz says make no mistake, there is a conspiracy. Triple H is in way over his head as COO, Miz says. Miz says he’s going to do Triple H’s job for him and says he and Truth will have a title match at Night of Champions – against Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston for the Tag Team Titles. Miz picks on the Air Boom name and Truth compares them to a sneaky fart. Truth accepts the challenge on behalf of Air Boom and says CM Punk is about to get got. Punk’s music hits and out he comes.

Back from the break and out comes R-Truth to the ring. He talks about the usual on the way down the ramp and says he will buy a ticket to Night of Champions and sit in the audience, stuffing his face, like the rest of the Little Jimmys. The Miz comes down the ramp next and says that won’t happen because he’s had an epiphany. Miz and Truth finally make it into the ring. Miz says make no mistake, there is a conspiracy. Triple H is in way over his head as COO, Miz says. Miz says he’s going to do Triple H’s job for him and says he and Truth will have a title match at Night of Champions – against Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston for the Tag Team Titles. Miz picks on the Air Boom name and Truth compares them to a sneaky fart. Truth accepts the challenge on behalf of Air Boom and says CM Punk is about to get got. Punk’s music hits and out he comes as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and here we go. Punk and Truth lock up. Punk grabs Truth’s arm and kicks away, taking him to the mat for a 2 count. Punk takes Truth back down and kicks him in the back. Punk with more kicks and a stomp. Punk keeps in control and takes Truth to the corner with a headlock. Truth fights out and hits a big right hand. Truth takes Punk tot he mat with a headlock now. Punk fights free and out of the hold. They run the ropes and Punk sends Truth out to the floor with a dropkick. Punk dives through the ropes and takes out Truth right in front of The Miz. Punk brings things back in the ring but Truth meets him with stomps until the referee breaks it up.

Truth continues the offense but can only manage a 1 count. Punk fights out of a headlock but gets thrown out to the floor. The Miz attacks from behind and takes out Punk’s knee while the referee isn’t looking. Truth brings Punk back into the ring and covers for a 2 count. Truth works on the knee now as Miz cheers on from ringside. Truth drags Punk to the apron and slams his knee into it as the crowd boos. Punk manages to roll Truth up for a 2 count and then backslide him for another pin attempt. Truth kicks Punk’s knee out and he goes down. Truth with a series of right hands now before going back to work on the leg.

Punk gets to his feet and fights back with kicks and forearm shots. Truth stops him and delivers a scoop slam. Truth goes to the top rope but Punk stops him. Punk with chops and right hands. Punk superplexes Truth down to the mat and both are down. They get up and Punk hits a right hand and several kicks. Punk with a dropkick and the high knee in the corner, followed by the bulldog. Punk springboards in with a clothesline and signals for GTS. Truth blocks GTS and drops Punk on his face for a 2 count. Truth misses the scissors kick. Miz grabs Punk’s leg. Punk kicks Miz through the ropes and sends him back. Miz gets pissed and is sent to the back by the referee. Truth comes from behind and nails Punk. Punk grabs him and nails the GTS for the win.

Winner: CM Punk

- After the match, Triple H’s music hits and out he comes. Punk says he isn’t falling for Triple H punching Nash earlier. Punk thinks Nash is in on something with Triple H. Triple H says it doesn’t matter because Nash is gone. Triple H says he just changed their match at Night of Champions. Triple H says he wants to hurt Punk bad and won’t be happy with just pinning him. The match will now be a No DQ match. Triple H says he will hurt Punk and Punk better hope he getsit out of his system because when he’s done, he might just fire Punk. Triple H goes to leave the ring but Punk calls him back, calling him a Cerebral Ass-assin. Punk says he isn’t afraid, Triple H has been hitting people with sledgehammers for years and hasn’t killed anyone yet. Punk wants a stipulation added – if Punk wins, Triple H resigns as COO. Triple H agrees to the stipulation and walks off.

- Backstage we see Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins talking to Wade Barrett about something they have in the works. Alberto Del Rio walks in and tells Barrett that Cena embarrassed him on SmackDown last week by beating him in 5 minutes. Barrett says he needs no incentive from Del Rio to take care of Cena. If we don’t believe him, just watch what he does tonight. Back to commercial.

David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty vs. Jerry Lawler and Zack Ryder

Back from the break and we see replays from last week where Michael McGillicutty and David Otunga started stuff with Jerry Lawler. The two are in the ring waiting now as Lawler makes his way out. Lawler knocks them and introduces his partner… Zack Ryder. Ryder gets a new introduction video with highlights from his YouTube show. Ryder comes out after the video and is filming on his camera.

Ryder starts things off with McGillicutty and gets beat down as soon as the bell rings. McGillicutty takes Ryder to the corner and tags in Otunga for some double teaming in the corner. They taunt Lawler and Otunga continues the assault on Ryder. McGillicutty gets in a right hand as the ref isn’t looking. Otunga goes back to work on Ryder now and stops him fro tagging in Lawler. Otunga drops Lawler on the apron and turns around to Ryder slamming him on his face. Lawler comes in and ducks a clothesline. Lawler fires away with right hands and clotheslines Otunga. Lawler hits a dropkick for a 2 count as McGillicutty breaks the pin. Ryder dumps McGillicutty to the floor. Lawler hits the right hand from the second rope as Ryder begs for the tag. Ryder comes in and hits the Ruff Ryder on Otunga for the win.

Winners: Zack Ryder and Jerry Lawler

– We see Alberto Del Rio backstage talking to Dolph Ziggler. Del Rio says there’s a rumor that when Ziggler lost to Orton on RAW last week, Vickie Guerrero was ready to drop him. Ziggler says Del Rio wasn’t here last week and must be scared of Cena. The Bella Twins walk up and say they’ve missed Del Rio. He asks for five minutes and they walk off, saying they will be waiting for him. Del Rio says Vickie is looking for new clients because she needs someone to fight for her. Del Rio rubs it in some more, says it’s not his business and walks off with Ricardo.

– We see World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton walking backstage as we go to commercial.

Randy Orton vs. Heath Slater

Back from the break and out comes the World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton to a big pop. Out next comes Orton’s opponent Heath Slater to no reaction at all.

The bell rings and Orton kicks Slater and then throws him into the ringpost. Orton unloads with uppercuts and drops Slater. Orton begins stomping away. Orton drops a big knee drop. They end up in the corner and Slater hits a thumb to the eye. Slater with an enziguri and a 2 count. Slater puts knees in Orton’s back and applies a headlock. Orton fights out but Slater catches him in a spinebuster for another 2 count. Slater with another headlock.

Orton fights free with headbutts and drops Slater with clothesline. Orton with a scoop powerslam. Orton takes Slater to the apron and hits the second rope DDT. Orton drops to the mat and waits for Slater. Orton nails the RKO for the win.

Winner: Randy Orton

- Backstage we see Zack Ryder talking to John Cena. Ryder is having his show filmed and is super excited about winning his match. Cena congratulates Ryder and walks off as Ryder continues filming his show. Back to commercial.

- Back from the break and out comes John Cena. Cena cuts a promo and out comes Ricardo Rodriguez. Del Rio comes in driving an Audi. Del Rio says he wants to give Cena a fighting chance at Night of Champions and didn’t show up last week because he tried to protect Cena. That’s why he’s not in the ring with Cena right now, because he’s trying to protect him. Del Rio brings out Wade Barrett, Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler. They rush the ring and beat down Cena. Christian comes out and joins in on the attack. Alex Riley and Sheamus run out to make the save. John Morrison is out next. Cena fights back now and the babyfaces clear the ring. Teddy Long’s music hits and out he comes.

– Back from the break and out comes John Cena. Cena cuts a promo and out comes Ricardo Rodriguez. Del Rio comes in driving an Audi. Del Rio says he wants to give Cena a fighting chance at Night of Champions and didn’t show up last week because he tried to protect Cena. That’s why he’s not in the ring with Cena right now, because he’s trying to protect him. Del Rio brings out Wade Barrett, Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler. They rush the ring and beat down Cena. Christian comes out and joins in on the attack. Alex Riley and Sheamus run out to make the save. John Morrison is out next. Cena fights back now and the babyfaces clear the ring. Teddy Long’s music hits and out he comes.

Teddy makes an eight-man elimination tag team match and calls for a referee as we go back to commercial.

John Cena, Sheamus, John Morrison & Alex Riley vs. Wade Barrett, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler & Christian

Back from the break and Riley is going at it with Barrett. Barrett with a big sideslam and a 2 count. Barrett continues the assault until Ziggler and Morrison come in. Ziggler takes out Ziggler then the others with a kick. Ziggler tries to roll up Morrison. Morrison with right hands. Christian comes in for a distraction. Ziggler applies the sleeper on Morrison now. Swagger comes in and makes Morrison tap with the ankle lock. Morrison is eliminated. Vickie walks down to the ring as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and Dolph is going at it with Riley now. Riley comes back and hits a big spinebuster. Riley knocks Barrett off the apron but gets dropped by Ziggler for a 2 count. Swagger is tagged in and continues the attack on Riley. Swagger makes Riley also tap to the ankle lock. Alex Riley is eliminated as Vickie looks on approvingly. Sheamus comes in next.

Barrett eventually is tagged in and slugs it out with Sheamus. Barrett with a big knee to the gut. Barrett works Sheamus over on the ropes now and hits him with knees to the head. Ziggler gets in a cheap shot and Barrett kicks Sheamus with a big boot for another 2 count. Barrett takes Sheamus down with a headlock now. Sheamus fights free and ducks a clothesline. Sheamus with forearm shots and a big slam. Sheamus decks Christian off the apron and hits Barrett with big forearms to the chest. He knocks Ziggler off the apron and hits Barrett with more forearms. Sheamus with a high knee to Barrett’s face. Sheamus goes to the top and nails a big shoulder. Ziggler gets dropped again off the apron. Sheamus misses the Brogue kick. Barrett kicks Sheamus in the gut and goes for Wasteland. Sheamus blocks it and nails the Brogue kick for a pin. Barrett is eliminated.

Sheamus turns around and Christian takes him down for a 2 count. Christian goes for Killswitch but Sheamus dumps him to the apron. Christian nails a huge slap to Sheamus’ face. Sheamus chases him around the ring, knocking Ziggler down again. Sheamus and Christian run through the crowd and back to the ring. Sheamus finally catches him on the ramp and wails away with right hands. Both Sheamus and Christian have been eliminated by count out. Referees separate them on the ramp. It’s down to Cena vs. Ziggler and Swagger. Cena unloads on both Swagger and Ziggler until they manage to stop him. Swagger covers for a 2 count and continues the assault. Ziggler is tagged in and stomps away some more. Swagger is tagged back in as they keep Cena in their corner. Swagger with a submission now.

The crowd chants for Cena and Vickie looks on smiling as SWagger continues to beat Cena up. Cena fires back with right hands and a shoulder block, and another. Cena with the big back drop on Swagger and one for Ziggler. Cena hits a Five Knuckle Shuffle on Ziggler and Swagger at the same time. Cena goes for the AA on Swagger but drops him and clotheslines Ziggler. Swagger takes advantage and lays Cena out. Swagger hits a Swagger Bomb in the corner. Ziggler tags himself in and Swagger argues with him. Cena hits the AA on Ziggler and covers him. Ziggler is eliminated. Swagger pulls Cena over and applies the ankle lock. Cena reverses it and applies the STF. Swagger taps out, giving Cena the win.

Winner: John Cena

– Alberto Del Rio rushes the ring as soon as the match is over but Cena hits him with an Attitude Adjustment. Del Rio is sent out of the ring and into Ricardo’s arms. Del Rio and Cena stare each other down as RAW goes off the air.