Thursday, May 5, 2011



WWE had been planning to break up Layla and Michelle McCool for months, going back to WrestleMania 27. They didn’t do the LayCool split at WrestleMania likely because they wanted to focus on the match with Snooki after she agreed to wrestle. After WrestleMania, WWE went back to the LayCool split storyline and rushed it over the past month or so.

McCool is leaving WWE on good terms and has been offered a spot on a likely second season of WWE Tough Enough as well as an office job. There’s talk that McCool and her husband, The Undertaker, are looking to settle down and start a family.


 CM Punk has started tweeting again after taking a brief hiatus. He posted the following earlier, which sounds like a reply to the recent reports that he may be leaving WWE: “Anybody hear any good rumors lately?”


Randy Orton defeated Christian to become the new World Heavyweight Champion at last night’s SmackDown tapings from Orlando, Florida in the main event.

The match was made earlier in the night after Teddy Long let the fans decide Christian’s opponent between Orton, The Great Khali and Mark Henry.


World Heavyweight Champion Christian comes out to open the show. He cuts a promo about winning the World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules. This leads to Mark Henry, The Great Khali and Randy Orton coming out.

Teddy Long comes out and says he’s going to leave it up to the fans to decide who Christian faces tonight. The crowd goes with Christian vs. Orton.

* Backstage, The Great Khali is shown talking to Jinder Mahal.

* Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan. Winner via Brogue Kick, Sheamus.

* Backstage, Layla is shown talking to other Divas.

* Cody Rhodes comes out with two guys wearing suits. The two guys pass out the paper bags to fans in the front row. Rhodes cuts a promo but doesn’t work a match.

* Big Show vs. Ezekiel Jackson. Kane comes out during the match. Jackson wins with a clothesline after outside interference from The Corre. Kane was taken out prior to the finish.

* Layla b. Alicia Fox. Kharma makes her way down to the ring. Fox is destroyed with an Implant Buster.

* Backstage, dissension with Ezekiel Jackson and The Corre continues. A brawl erupts.

* Sin Cara vs. Tyson Kidd with Chavo Guerrero on commentary. Cara goes over with the Spanish Fly he’s been using.

* Backstage, Teddy Long discusses Christian vs. Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship later tonight.

* Randy Orton b. Christian to become the new World Heavyweight Champion. The match was outstanding and the crowd went nuts when Orton won the belt.


Former WWE announcer Jonathan Coachman wrote the following on Twitter after RAW this week: “Best Raw in 5 years.Wow.Savor these nights.Greats don’t come around everyday.I think if you have watched long enough you know that.”


For one reason or another, WWE once again decided not to give Alberto Del Rio the World Heavyweight Title. As of the middle of last week, plans were still for Del Rio to defeat Christian at Extreme Rules.


Jim Ross wrote the following regarding Edge: “Saw Edge Sunday in Tampa & he honestly looked 10 yrs younger and was at such peace w/ everything. Told him he’ll always be one of my boys.”


The Rock wrote the following last night after his birthday celebration on RAW:

“U have all help make my birthday one of the greatest days of my life.. strong love and thank u.. standing tall tonight and proudly lead America with the Pledge of Allegiance was a dream come true.. ELECTRIFYING.”


Celebrities during RAW that wished The Rock a happy birthday via pre-taped video were LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dan Marino, Samuel L. Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Carel, Paul Walker, Jimmy Kimmel, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeremy Piven, Johnny Knoxville, Kelly Ripa, Regis Philbin, Craig Ferguson, Tyler Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, George Lopez and Ludacris.


After last night’s RAW in Miami, The Rock continued his birthday celebration by bringing two young fans into the ring, both wearing John Cena t-shirts and a hat. The Rock teased everyone by wearing the Cena hat but didn’t, and told the fans to wear Team Bring It gear next time. Rock started his “if you smell” catchphrase but let the kids finish it for him.


 Layla wrote the following on Twitter regarding her win over Michelle McCool at Extreme Rules: “That was the hardest thing I ever had 2 do @McCoolMichelleL I will always have respect, gratitude & love for U! Our memories will stay with me. forever Flawless love ya.”


 Last night’s episode of Monday Night RAW kicked off with former WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia center-ring to sing the “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

RAW ring announcer Justin Roberts introduced Garcia to a large reaction and she proceeded to sing the National Anthem while fan reactions inside the America Airlines Arena were shown. A thunderous “U-S-A” chant followed her stirring rendition of the Anthem.

Prior started to her performance, a video package aired flashing back to September 11, 2001 and former United States President George W. Bush’s message to the American people. This was proceeded by clips of the September 13, 2001 episode of SmackDown including Vince McMahon’s center-ring speech addressing fans and wrestlers. A clip of Garcia performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” aired while the WWE Superstars at the time looked on.

Immediately following her performance, the term “Lillian Garcia” topped Twitter as a worldwide trending topic.


Brodus Clay suffered a severe gash on his head Sunday night at Extreme Rules after being driven into a ladder by Christian. A great deal of blood gushed from his wound and it is said that he may have suffered a concussion. Joey Styles noted on his Twitter account that the wound required 12 stitches. Christian was also banged up from the match.


Tonight’s WWE RAW opens with a video of stills showing the Towers being attacked on 9/11 and George Bush speaking to the country that day. We see clips from the September 13th, 2011 SmackDown tapings and the tribute WWE did to America. We go to the ring and Lilian Garcia makes her return to sing the National Anthem.

- We go to the RAW opening video and back to the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida as the pyro goes off and we’re welcomed to RAW by Josh Matthews, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler. We get hype for The Rock’s birthday and the WWE Title Match with John Cena and The Miz tonight.

- The Rock’s music hits and out he comes to a big pop from the crowd. Rock stops on the stage for a few minutes to take in the crowd’s reaction before heading down to the ring. Rock finally gets a chance to speak and says finally, he has come back home. The crowd starts chanting his name.

Before he gets started, Rock has one thing to say: “We got him.” The crowd pops for the US finally getting Osama bin Laden and starts chanting USA. The Rock thanks the men and women who fight for our country every day and night. Rock says he is proud of his family who are in the military, proud of Seal Team Six and proud to be an American. Rock gets the fans to join in and say the Pledge of Allegiance with him. The crowd chants USA again. The Rock starts talking about how good it is to be back home and jokes about how the nurses called him Johnson when he was born. Rock talks about being in high school and shows a photo of himself on the big screen. “Rocky” chants break out from the crowd after a pie joke.

Rock talks about going to college next and winning a national football championship and bringing it back to Miami. Rock then talks about going on to WWE and says he’s ready to party all over South Beach, if ya smell… the e-mail alert goes off and interrupts Rock. Michael Cole has an announcement from the General Manager. Rock interrupts Cole as he goes to speak. Rock challenges Cole to come into the ring and read the message in his face. Cole declines and continues reading but Rock interrupts him again. Rock implies that Cole is scared and brings up his two wins. Rock insults Cole some more and challenges him to come read the message in the ring. Cole says he isn’t scared of anything. Cole says he isn’t the same person Rock used to know him as. Cole says he is a winner now and takes off his coat, still in the cubicle.

Cole then reveals he has a Boston Celtics jersey on which pisses the crowd off. Cole says he will go into the ring and read the message in Rock’s face and leaves the cube. Cole enters the ring and says the RAW GM demands an apology because The Rock embarrassed the GM at WrestleMania. If Rock doesn’t apologize, the GM is going to shut down his party tonight. Cole says he wants an apology also, for everything Rock has done to him over the years. Rock says Cole is right and Rock has just one thing to say to Cole. Rock extends his hand to Cole and says he’s sorry. Cole thinks about it for a minute. Rock convinces Cole to shake his hand and Cole thanks Rock for apologizing. Rock pulls Cole in, says “go Heat bitch” and lays him out with a Rock Bottom and then hits the People’s Elbow. Rock stops and introduces rapper Pitbull. Pitbull starts rapping and is joined by the Miami Heat dancers. Pitbull wishes Rock a happy birthday and we go back to the announcers.

- R-Truth vs. John Morrison is announced for tonight and we go to Heat players LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who give a shout-out to The Rock for his birthday. Back to commercial.

- Back from the break and we see clips of RAW last week where John Morrison attacked R-Truth and then Truth attacking Morrison at Extreme Rules. Jim Ross has joined us for commentary now.

R-Truth vs. John Morrison

We go to the ring and out comes John Morrison for the match. As he’s coming out, Truth attacks from behind. Truth beats Morrison down the ramp and to the ringside area. Truth drops Morrison on his neck and walks to the back. WWE officials come help Morrison to his feet and also to the back. As they get to the stage, Truth runs back out and hits the same move on Morrison. We go to commercial with officials checking on Morrison.

– Back from the commercial and we get a pre-taped video of Jimmy Kimmel wishing The Rock a happy birthday.

Maryse vs. Kelly Kelly

We go to the ring and out comes Maryse. Kelly Kelly is out next as JR announces Morrison is being looked at by doctors. Maryse slaps Kelly to start the match and they go at it. Kelly bulldogs Maryse and slams her head into the mat. Kharma’s music hits and the crowd pops. Kharma marches her way down to the ring as Kelly looks on in fear.

– Kharma stops at the ring and stares at the Divas before climbing in. Kharma smiles before looking around at Kelly and Maryse. She grabs Maryse and lays her out with the Implant Buster while Kelly looks on from the corner. Kharma’s music hits and she leaves the ring without touching Kelly. Kharma looks at Kelly and makes a face before walking off. We go to replays and come back to Kharma smiling and looking crazy.

– We go backstage to former WWE Champion The Miz. Alex Riley walks in and says it’s a madhouse because of The Rock’s party. Miz asks Riley what his excuse was for not being there to help him last night. Miz says the draft doesn’t matter because Riley is still signed to a personal services contract with him. Miz says Riley needs to start doing what he says and that begins tonight. Miz says people won’t be talking about The Rock tonight, only him – the new WWE Champion.

– JR hypes the match and the fact that Alex Riley will be at ringside. We go to a pre-tape video of Fast Five co-star Paul Walker, wishing The Rock a happy birthday. Back to commercial.

– Back from the break and we get a video of actor Samuel L. Jackson wishing The Rock a happy birthday.

– We go backstage to The Rock talking with some of the WWE Divas at his birthday party. We see other stars there. Rock thanks Teddy Long. Vladimir Kozlov walks up and tells Rock he wrote a movie script for his birthday. Santino Marella appears as Rock’s character in Fast Five. Hornswoggle comes running in as The Scorpion King. The Great Khali comes in next, dressed as The Tooth Fairy. They go on and Ron Simmons appears, throwing everyone a big “DAMN!”

- We see The Miz and John Cena heading to the ring as we go to commercial.

- Back from the break and actor Steve Carell wishes The Rock a happy birthday.

WWE Title Match: The Miz vs. John Cena

We go to the ring for tonight’s main event and out first comes The Miz, getting his rematch. Out next comes the new WWE Champion John Cena to a decent reaction from the crowd. Alex Riley confers with The Miz as Cena makes his entrance and we get formal ring introductions.

The bell rings and they lock up. Miz applies a headlock and then they run the ropes. Cena with a hip toss and a dropkick for a 2 count. Cena with a bulldog and another 2 count. Miz kicks Cena in the head and starts to come back until Cena fights him off. Cena knocks Riley off the apron but turns around to The Miz taking control of the match. Miz throws Cena to the floor and Riley clotheslines him while the referee isn’t looking. Miz throws Cena into the steel steps and brings him back in for a 2 count. Miz charges in the corner and then comes off the top with a big shot for another 2 count. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and Miz hits a neckbreaker for a 2 count on Cena. Miz fires away on Cena in the corner now and stomps him down to the mat. Miz charges in the corner again but Cena moves. Cena with 2 shoulder blocks on Miz and the big back drop. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Miz slides out and kicks Cena in the head. Cena ducks another kick and locks the STF on but Miz makes it to the ropes. Miz comes back and hits a low DDT for a 2 count.

Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale but Cena slides out. The referee gets hit and falls out of the ring. Cena puts the STF on Miz but there is no referee. Riley runs in and gets taken out by Cena but the briefcase comes in to play. Miz uses it and kicks it out of the ring. Miz hits his finisher and the referee comes back in to count to 2. More back and forth. Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment but Miz kicks out at 2. Riley distracts the referee while Miz hits Cena with the WWE Title. Miz covers Cena for the pin, the win and the WWE Title.

Winner and New WWE Champion: The Miz

– After the match, the referee sees the WWE Title in the ring and disqualifies Miz, changing the decision of the match.

Winner by DQ and Still WWE Champion: John Cena

– Miz starts arguing with Riley and shoves him. Cena gets up and takes them both out, hitting an Attitude Adjustment. Cena poses with the WWE Title for the fans to end it.

– We go to a video of Ellen DeGeneres wishing The Rock a happy birthday. Back to commercial.

We are back and Tyler Perry, not dressed like Madea, wishes Rock a happy birthday.

It is time to see John Cena let the people of Tampa know about Osama bin Laden.

Alberto Del Rio is introduced so he can do commentary.

Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston vs Drew McIntyre and Jack Swagger

Swagger and Rey start and Swagger with a waist lock take down into a front face lock. Swagger punches Rey in the corner followed by an Irish whip but Rey with a kick. Rey with a head scissors that sends Swagger into the corner. Rey with a bronco buster and then he picks up Swagger so Kofi can mount him in the corner and he punches away. Kofi with an English uppercut followed by a forearm.

Kofi with a boot to Swagger but Drew with a clothesline from the apron as we go to commercial.

We are back and Swagger and Kofi are in the ring and Kofi tries to make the tag but Swagger stops him. Drew tags in and he punches Kofi. Drew with forearms to the back and he stomps on Kofi’s chest. Kofi gets a near fall with a rollup but Drew stops Kofi from making the tag and Drew gets a near fall with a jackknife cover. Swagger tags back in and Kofi tries to fight out of the corner.

Swagger with forearms to the back and then he puts Kofi in a front face lock. Kofi tries to get to his corner but Drew distracts the referee and Swagger knocks Rey down. Drew tags back in and he walks across Kofi’s chest. Kofi with a kick to the head but Drew with a forearm to the back.

Kofi with elbows to Drew and Drew tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Kofi lands on his feet and he tags in Rey. Rey with a head scissors followed by a round kick and he gets a near fall and Swagger breaks up the cover. Swagger picks up Rey and Rey kicks Drew into the ropes. Kofi sends Swagger to the floor. Kofi with Trouble in Paradise to Drew and Drew goes into the ropes. Del Rio gets up from the announce table but Rey hits the dive from the top turnbuckle for the three count.

Winners: Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston

After the match, Del Rio goes into the ring, but Rey stops him.

We go to footage from an anti-bullying event in Washington DC that Triple H appeared at.

The next person not bullied into wishing the Rock a happy birthday is Ludacris.

We are back and Did You Know that the Smackdown after the 9/11 attacks were the first major public gathering.

Dan Marino is the next to wish Rock a happy birthday.

Christian is in the party room with the Rock and Rock tells him that he is proud of him. Evan Bourne gets to talk to Rock before Vickie excuse mes herself into the room. Vickie says that even though no one wished her a happy birthday, her and Dolph got her a present. They pull apart the cake to reveal Mae Young.

Rock tells Vickie that she can lose all the weight she wants and Vickie will never look as good or as beautiful as Mae Young. Rock thanks Mae for showing up for his birthday. Rock kisses Mae and then he tells Dolph that he gets more pie in one night than Dolph does in an entire lifetime.

John Cena appears and he tells Rock that he brought a gift that only he can give him. He holds up the WWE Championship. Cena says that he will keep it until Wrestlemania 28. This makes the biggest match in Wrestlemania history even bigger. If Rock wants it, he will have to go through him. Rock tells Cena to just bring it.

Cena wishes Rock a happy birthday and leaves.

Kane is walking in the back as we go to commercial.

We go to commercial.

We are back with another birthday wish. This time it is from George Lopez.

Kane vs Mason Ryan with CM Punk

They lock up and Ryan sends Kane to the mat. They lock up again and Kane is sent to the floor. Kane returns to the ring and Kane with a side head lock and Ryan stays on his feet after Kane tries for a shoulder tackle. Ryan with a clothesline and a slam. Ryan punches Kane followed by a hard Irish whip. Ryan with an Irish whip but Kane with a boot and uppercut. Kane with an Irish whip and then he hits a splash in the corner.

Punk interferes and the referee calls for the bell.

Winner: Kane by by disqualification

After the match, David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty join the fray. Kane tries for a choke slam but Ryan powers out of the hold and then he hits an uranage.

Show makes his way to the ring and he goes after McGillicutty, Otunga, and Punk. Ryan with a spear to Show. Mason Ryan walks off and Punk wonders what is going on.

Punk, Otunga, and McGillicutty are at ringside and they look at Ryan on the stage.

Who cares about that because it’s Rock’s birthday. The next birthday wishes come from Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Craig Ferguson wishes Rock a happy birthday.

It is time for the main event and it is going to be the Rock doing that birthday thing.

The people in the crowd put on their party hats (but they won’t put their bags over their heads when Cody Rhodes shows up). Rock wants to know if everyone has had fun tonight. Rock thanks everyone for coming out to support him and for making it one of the best nights in his life.

Rock thanks his family, who are in the crowd as well as his family watching at home. Rock wants to thank the WWE too.

Rock says that as a proud Hurricane and a proud son of Miami, next year’s Wrestlemania will be the biggest Wrestlemania of all time.

There is NO CHANCE that Vince McMahon wouldn’t miss a birthday party.

Vince wishes Rock a happy birthday and thanks him for allowing him to let us share his birthday with him. Vince thanks Rock for pulling him aside to ask to bring the WWE to heights that no one has ever done. Vince says that Rock has taken them to levels no one else ever did before.

Vince thanks Rock for his respect, his passion, his humanity, and giving the crowd the opportunity to say ‘what’ (and they what). He thanks Rock for his love of life and devotion. He thanks the Rock for being The Rock. On behalf of the WWE, they have put together a birthday present. Vince tells Rock of all of the thank yous, he thanks Rock for coming home.

We see a video package showing the Rock through the years.

It is time for someone to sing Happy Birthday to the Rock and it is going to be performed by Mya.

Rock thanks everyone and then it is time to smell as we go to credits.