Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Jim Ross stated on his official website today that a “major announcement” will be made Tuesday concerning THQ’s annual WWE video game series, SmackDown vs. Raw.

“Arguably the biggest news to date from WWE on the video game front,” Ross wrote.

The announcement is that the title of the annual WWE video game, SmackDown vs. Raw, will cease to exist. The rumored new name of the game is WWE ’12, a year that will change annually.

THQ made the decision to change the title of the game because they felt the SmackDown vs. Raw title no longer fit the product due to WWE rendering the “brand wars” inconsequential. This also explains WWE ceasing the pay-per-view event Bragging Rights. While the event drew poorly both years, it was kept to help promote the annual release of SmackDown vs. Raw.


It was confirmed on tonight’s RAW that Kharma is pregnant and will be taking time off. She said she will be back in a year and they left a feud with The Bella Twins open.


Super Luchas reports that masked Mexican professional wrestler Averno has signed a contract with WWE. He is crossing over to the sports entertainment organization as an unmasked heel to work with Sin Cara on the SmackDown brand. He is expected to lose his mask to La Mascara at CMLL’s next big event, which takes place on June 17.

Averno had a tryout match with WWE last October and performed well, but was not signed due to concern over his age—34 years old. A deal was completed recently when company officials asked Sin Cara who he would most like to work with and he suggested Averno. WWE asked for his advice since most of the organization’s talent haven yet to adapt to his style of wrestling and therefore isn’t performing up to par. Averno, his longtime rival in CMLL, can work his style and showcase his strengths.

Super Luchas also reports that WWE is also considering signing two other young CMLL luchadors.


Tonight’s Memorial Day edition of WWE RAW opens up with a video dedicating the show to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country.

- WWE has some technical difficulties as we go to black for a few minutes. We come back to R-Truth going crazy at a merchandise stand in the arena. A “technical difficulties” graphic shows up then we come back to Truth going crazy, yelling at fans near the merchandise. We still have no sound and can’t hear what’s being said. Truth tears up the merchandise and goes to the concessions area where he sees John Cena’s face on a cup. Truth gets pissed and walks towards the ring. We get a little bit of muffled sound and some more technical difficulties. Cole and Lawler are talking but it’s delayed. We finally get sound right as Truth is walking through the crowd insulting Cena fans. More technical difficulties. Truth kneels down in front of a boy, his dad and brother, and starts messing with them. Truth mocks them for wearing Cena shirts. WWE’s sound is still off as Truth makes his way to the ring.

Truth goes on until John Cena’s music hits and out comes the WWE Champion to the ring. Cena comes out and talks while we have more technical difficulties and mocks Truth. Cena says Truth is off the deep end and asks him what is wrong with him. Truth defends his actions and says since he stopped singing and dancing, people don’t like him. The crowd starts chanting for Cena. Cena says he has no problem knocking some sense into Truth. Truth says that’s exactly what he wants. Now all the little Jimmy’s across the world get to watch Truth beat Cena down. The e-mail alert goes off and Michael Cole steps up to read the General Manager’s e-mail. R-Truth vs. John Cena as the main event of tonight’s RAW is announced. It’s also announced that there will be no little Jimmy’s allowed at ringside. Whatever this means, Truth thinks it’s a joke and exits the ring, talking to himself.

- Still to come tonight is Kharma speaking for the first time on RAW. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston is up next as we go to commercial.

- Back from commercial and we see some guys enjoying a Memorial Day cookout outside.

Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler

We go to the ring and out comes the WWE Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston. Out next comes Dolph Ziggler with Vickie Guerrero at his side. They lock up and Dolph takes Kofi down first. Kofi comes back and drops Dolph on his front. Back and forth action on the mat. Dolph with a 2 count. Dolph beats Kofi down with forearm shots. Kofi turns it around and takes Dolph to the mat now with a headlock.

Kofi fights out of a headlock now but Dolph knocks him to the mat. Kofi leaps over Dolph twice but misses an elbow and gets hit by Dolph. Dolph stomps away on Kofi in the corner. Kofi fights out of it with forearm shots. Kofi whips Dolph into the corner and throws him out of it. Kofi leaps to the top rope but Dolph knocks him outside the ring as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and Ziggler is in control of Kofi. Dolph slams Kofi to the mat and drops a big elbow for 2. Dolph with another tight headlock. Kofi fights out and trades shots with Dolph. Dolph goes for a big splash in the corner but Kofi moves out of the way. Kofi with chops and a dropkick. Kofi leaps but Ziggler catches him. They counter each others moves. Kofi with a big flying forearm. Kofi hits the Boom Drop and calls for Trouble in Paradise. Dolph ducks it and goes for the sleeper hold. Kofi rolls out and kicks Dolph in the corner. Kofi goes to the top but Dolph moves out of the way. Ziggler hits his leg drop finisher but Kofi kicks out at 2. Dolph goes for a slam but Kofi counters with a 2 count. Kofi goes for the SOS but Ziggler counters and hits the Zig Zag for the win in this non-title match.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

- Michael Cole promises that he will get Alex Riley to apologize to The Miz tonight. Lawler plugs Truth vs. Cena tonight as we go back to commercial.

- Back from commercial and Ricardo Rodriguez begins to introduce Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio comes in driving an Audi R8 and makes his way to the ring. Del Rio introduces himself and shows a video package from last week where Big Show got hit by his car, driven by Ricardo Rodriguez, after Show and Kane lost the WWE Tag Team Titles.

Del Rio says it was an accident and tells Ricardo to tell us what happened. He does but it’s in Spanish. Del Rio says Big Show made a mistake and this is all his own fault. Del Rio says that bad things happen to bad people. Del Rio says we all know he’s a nice guy but business is business. Del Rio says Show owes him money for damaging his car and Ricardo will be sending the bill. Del Rio tells Big Show to get well soon and his music hits. Del Rio and Rodriguez leave the ring.

- Cole plugs Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk. We see Eve Torres and Kelly Kelly backstage warming up as we go to commercial.

The Bella Twins vs. Kelly Kelly and Eve Torres

Back from commercial and WWE Divas Champion Brie Bella is in the ring with her sister Nikki. Out next comes their opponents Eve and Kelly Kelly. Eve locks up with one of the Bellas and knocks her down with a shoulder. Eve with an arm drag now. Back and forth until Eve hits a roll-up for 2. Eve goes for a submission now. The referee gets distracted, allowing Nikki to come in for a cheap shot and the typical twins switch. The Bellas tag each other out a few times and work Eve over in their corner. Double teaming leads to a 2 count.

More double teaming on the ropes and more tags. Eve fights out of a headlock and suplexes one of the Bellas overhead. Eve tags in Kelly finally. Kelly comes in with a Thesz Press and several punches. Kelly spanks one of the Bellas and takes her down with a headscissors. Kelly does a stinkface in the corner and then a bulldog for 2. Eve comes in and dropkicks the other Bella and they go to the floor. Kelly hits her leg drop for the pin and the win.

Winners: Eve Torres and Kelly Kelly

- Lawler plugs Kharma’s appearance tonight and Cole promises he will get Alex Riley to apologize to The Miz. Back to commercial.

- Back from the break and Michael Cole is in the ring. He talks about The Miz firing Alex Riley last week from his personal services contract. Cole says the RAW GM has re-hired Riley over the past few days for some reason he can’t figure out. Cole shows us footage from last week where The Miz and Riley fought.

Riley comes out to his own theme music and video as the crowd applauds.

Cole says never in the history of WWE has there ever been such treachery and backstabbing. Cole asks Riley how could he do that to Miz. Cole says Miz nurtured and protected Riley, helped him grow. Cole says Riley attacked his own mentor. Cole says Miz is emotionally scarred from the attack. Cole says Miz thought of Riley as a brother. Cole asks how Riley can justify his actions from last week. Riley takes the mic and says he’s never felt better in his life. Cole tells Riley he should get down on his knees and beg Miz for forgiveness. Cole says Riley has no idea what Miz is capable of. Cole goes on and Riley tells him to shut up. Riley says Cole is just like Miz – annoying, arrogant and has a big mouth. Cole says he’s none of those things and neither is Miz.

Cole calls Riley a bastard and goes to walk off. Riley grabs him and says the interview isn’t over. Riley throws Cole to the mat and starts yelling at him. Riley picks Cole up but Miz rushes to the ring and attacks him. Miz stomps away on Riley after kicking him in the head. Miz continues the attack until Riley spears him and hits him with right hands. Miz runs out of the ring but Riley tackles him on the ramp. Riley brings the fight back to ringside and throws Miz over the fan barrier near the timekeepers area. Riley leaps onto Miz and continues to beat him up. Riley throws him across the announcer’s table. Miz finally runs off and through the crowd, to the back. Riley’s music hits as he stands in the ring to a pop.

- More hype for Punk vs. Mysterio as we go to commercial.

CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio

Back from the break and out comes CM Punk to the ring with Mason Ryan. Out next comes Rey Mysterio to a big pop. The bell rings and they have words. Punk strikes first and goes to work on Rey in the corner, beating him down and putting the boot to his throat. Rey kicks Punk in the head and takes him down. Rey with rights in the corner until Punk takes control. Punk throws Rey out to the floor but he rolls through and comes right back in. Rey fights from the apron until Mason comes in and throws him into the ringpost as the referee is distracted. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and Punk has Rey in a submission. Rey rolls out and goes to work on Punk but gets caught with a knee to the back for a 2 count. Punk with a head scissors now. Punk with elbows to the head and a 2 count. Back to the head scissors. More elbows and another 2 count. Rey comes back now with kicks. Punk goes for a suplex but Rey dropkicks him into the ropes. Punk slides out of the ring but Rey dives through the ropes, sending Punk to the announcer’s table. Rey brings it back in the ring and goes up top. Rey with a senton from the top and a crossbody from the second rope for a 2 count.

Rey ends up on his shoulders and rolls Punk up for a 2. Punk catches him with a backbreaker and another 2 count. Punk goes for GTS but Rey counters and throws him into the ropes for the 619. Mason gets involved again and gets dropkicked into the barrier. Punk goes for GTS again. Rey slides out but Punk drops him with a kick to the head for the win.

Winner: CM Punk

- We go to hype for WWE Tough Enough and footage of Steve Austin on Jimmy Fallon.

- More plugs for Truth vs. Cena tonight. Kharma is up next as we go to break.

- Back from the break and Kharma is in the ring. She says she’s had two dreams since she was a kid – one, become a WWE Superstar. Everyone told her it was impossible. She says she even went out for season 2 of Tough Enough and was told by Jim Ross that she was too fat to ever be a WWE Diva. Kharma says she took his words and took the advice to Japan where she scrubbed floors of dojos in exchange for training to become a wrestling master. Kharma says she moved on to every wrestling promotion until finally, her dream became true and she came to WWE this year. She says her other dream is a little bit more personal. She has always wanted to be a mother. Kharma announces she is currently pregnant and it’s a high-risk pregnancy so she can’t compete or do anything physical. Kharma says she will be back and thanks the fans for letting her share her dream. Kharma says she will be back again. The Bella Twins music hits and out they come to the stage.

They mock Kharma for being pregnant and pick on her size, saying she’s not Diva material.They enter the ring, still talking trash, and asks her if it bugs her that she can’t beat them up because of doctors orders. They ask her if the baby has ears yet and start to tell the baby a joke about Kharma being fat. She charges them but stops. She says in one year when she comes back, she hopes they are still here because now, she has a new dream. Kharma’s music hits and she leaves, stopping to stare at the Bellas from the ramp.

- We get hype for next month’s Capitol Punishment pay-per-view from Washington, DC. Lawler leads us into his imaginary WWE press conference with Barack Obama again.

Jack Swagger vs. Evan Bourne

Back from commercial and out comes Jack Swagger. Out next comes Evan Bourne for a rematch from last week. The bell rings and Swagger kicks Bourne in the head and does it again. Swagger puts a knee to Bourne on the mat. Swagger continues the offense until Bourne causes them both to tumble outside of the ring. Swagger rams Bourne back into the apron and brings it back inside the ring. Swagger with a clothesline for a 2 count.

Swagger does push-ups on top of Bourne and puts a knee in his back. Headlock now by Swagger. Bourne tries to fight back but Swagger beats him back down and puts the boot to his chest. Swagger poses now, allowing Bourne to recover. Swagger slaps Bourne in the head. Bourne comes back with kicks. Bourne ducks a clothesline but gets caught with a big side slam. Swagger smacks and pushes Bourne around some more. Bourne counters a move and rolls Swagger up for the pin and the win.

Winner: Evan Bourne

- We go backstage to R-Truth talking to himself. We see John Cena walking to the ring for the main event. Zack Ryder stops him and has his own belt with him. Cena walks on to the ring for tonight’s main event as we go back to commercial.

R-Truth vs. John Cena

Back from commercial and out comes R-Truth. They show the footage from earlier where Truth was out in the commons area and they had technical difficulties. John Cena’s music hits next and out comes the WWE Champion for this non-title match.

The bell rings and they lock up. Truth with a headlock but Cena breaks free. Truth flees to the floor to stall some. Truth comes back in the ring and goes to work on Cena, beating him down in the corner. Cena comes back with a bulldog and Truth ends up back on the floor. Truth goes around the ring getting into it with fans. He comes back in and gets dropped by Cena. Cena hits a big back drop and the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Truth gets up and goes back outside of the ring.

Truth comes back in and Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment. Truth grabs the ropes, slides out and goes back to the floor. Truth starts to walk up into the crowd and comes to the same family he did in the opener. Cena comes after him in the crowd. Truth lays him out at ringside and runs back into the ring as Cena gets counted out.

Winner by Count Out: R-Truth

- As soon as the bell rings, Truth takes off up the ramp as Cena is shocked in the ring. Truth makes his way back to the family from earlier and takes the kids drink. The father stands up but Truth throws the drink in his face. Cena runs to the rescue but Truth runs off. Cena apologizes to the father and wipes drink off him. Cena apologizes to the fans again, gives them his sweatband and RAW goes off the air.