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RAW officially begins after, and AJ’s music is up first! YES! YES! YES! That was me saying it, but shortly after the crowd joins in. AJ says that this Sunday, in the WWE Championship match, she will be the special guest referee. She realizes that her actions can greatly effect the outcome of the match. This is overwhelming for her, and very emotional. She wants to ask all of us to help her welcome WWE Champion, CM Punk. She says his name like a giddy lilschool girl. Punk’s music takes a second to hit, she feins anger, then smiles the minute his music hits. it’s the little things, folks. It’s the little things.
CM Punk makes his way out and has his hands on his hips. Punk gets to the ring and wants to know what AJ wants. AJ says that last Friday on Smackdown, Punk showed his true feelings when he called her mentally unstable and that she needed professional help. She doesn’t. She is in full control of all of her mental faculties at all times. But…Punk’s sentiment for her. A nice little chant, and I think they’re saying, “AJ’s Crazy.” AJ says that no one has ever cared about her, let alone show compassion and concern like Punk did. She scoots in a bit. She claims that when she kissed him, she knew it. Ah geez. She knew what she had to do. She says his eyes, then smiles. The crowd boos as Punk looks flustered. AJ says his eyes send love straight into her heart. She says he fills her up with passion and desire. Oh dear. Punk is no-selling the love blows, yo. AJ says Punk turns her on. The smile is gone, and she’s got that “Do me right” look. She knows what she must do now, and backs away, lookin all apprehensive and stuff. She’s going to propose!!! Ahahahaha….
The crowd says, “Just Say No!” Thankfully, someone is listening, because out comes Daniel Bryan shouting NO! He tells AJ that Punk doesn’t love her and doesn’t want to be with her. Bryan says he has never stopped having feelings for her. He claims Punk only cares about one person, and that’s CM Punk. Punk tells him to shut his mouth, because he doesn’t know how he really feels about AJ. Bryan then tells Punk to go ahead and say it…say “I do.” Punk says nothing. Bryan claims that Punk sees her as a special referee…he sees her as a special person. He claims that this morning when he woke up, he had no intention of stopping a proposal…he intended to make one. Bryan gets down on one knee. AJ is muy confused. Bryan, “AJ, will you marry me?”
Punk is stoppin the nonsense, though. He calls it a load of crap. He doesn’t believe that Bryan woke up to propose. Punk asks for the ring. Bryan claims it’s in the back. Punk tells her to go in the back with him and chat about all this. Bryan tells Punk not to talk about his future wife that way. They are ALL interrupted by…
Can I have your attention, PLease!
The Anonymous RAW GM is back!! Cole is up, and ready to read with his specs!!! And he quotes! Surprise, I’m back and I’m running RAW tonight. Anon GM says CM Punk and AJ make a great couple, which is why they will be in a mixed tag match against Eve and Daniel Bryan. Bryan objects. Anon says he wishes all of them good luck. AJ is on the mic, she claims this is all really confusing. She knows this all caught Punk by surprise, and Bryan’s caught her by surprise. She says they all need some time to think. She’s happy about this match tonight, because she believes that everything happens for a reason, and she has a feeling she’s going to walk out of the arena with her future husband…
NGWS Reaction: what did we just see. later tonight someone is getting married. also the computer is back which is aweosome but micheal cole gave away that he just readying off a piece of paper. weird start.
- Match 1: Sheamus vs. Jack Swagger
NGWS Reaction: a minute & half Match. adr promo was too the point. jack swagger is an official jobber & i like it. 1-5 squash.
After the match, we see Alberto Del Rio honking his horn on the screen. He claims that Sheamus did great, but he is not Swagger. No one is Del Rio. He says he is going to take the World Heavyweight Championship this Sunday. Del Rio hops in his car and drives away. Then it blows up! I’m kidding. Sheamus turns around to Brogue Kick Jack Swagger one more time. Oh come on, was that necessary?
Backstage, Santino Marella is congratulating Zack Ryder for being the GM for Smackdown. Ryder, says he’s going to be much more entertaining than the Anonymous GM. Santino claims he will find out who the Anon GM is tonight! He pulls out his Sherlock Holmes hat and begins looking for clues.
[Q3] [C] The announcers spoke at ringside and hyped that The Rock will be "live in St. Louis." They also hyped that Brock Lesnar will also appear that night to answer Triple H's challenge...
- 2. Dolph Ziggler and Tensai (w/Sakamoto) vs. Tyson Kidd and Christian.
Dolph Ziggler and Tensai defeated Tyson Kidd and Christian in 1:30.
NGWS Reaction: a minute & half Match. adr promo was too the point. jack swagger is an official jobber & i like it. 1-5 squash.
At ringside, Cole said he's voting for the Anonymous GM to host Raw and Smackdown every week. Lawler said he'd have Teddy Long run Smackdown, and Mick Foley would run Raw. Cole got worked up and knocked a cup of water onto Lawler. Cole apologized and was saved by the GM chime.
"This can't be right," Cole said. "There's no way I'm reading this tonight." Lawler went up to the podium while drying himself off. Lawler announced on behalf of the general manager that Cole would face Lawler in a WrestleMania rematch. The GM chime sounded again. Lawler announced that the GM was letting the WWE Universe decide whether the match will take place. He encouraged viewers to visit the WWE website to vote... [C]
Brodus Clay and the dancers made their entrance...
- [Q4] 3. Brodus Clay (w/Cameron, Naomi) vs. Drew McIntyre.
After Clay's dance routine, the camera showed McIntyre sitting at ringside with his back to the dancing. McIntyre went for a top rope moved and jumped into Clay's battering ram headbutt. Clay followed up with the splash for the win. Clay danced with kids afterwards...
Brodus Clay defeated Drew McIntyre in 0:35.
NGWS Reaction: Short Squash Macth. .5-5 all im gonna say.
Backstage, Santino's search took him to Chris Jericho, who said he hates the computer. Jericho asked how he's supposed to know that Santino isn't the Raw GM. Santino asked what if Jericho's right and then stormed off. Big Show entered the picture. Jericho talked about how they were one of the greatest teams in WWE history. Show said some of the most embarrassing moments of his career came when he was part of Jeri-Show. He said Jericho should stay out of his way so he doesn't knock him out...
The announcers hyped the main event tag match and said viewers would hear from John Cena after the break... [C]
John Cena made his entrance and cut a promo about Money in the Bank. He talked about how the match has great risks but unbelievable rewards. Cena said MITB is a must see event because the person who gets the contract "always, always, always" cashed it in to become champion.
Cena said Big Show will be stopped by his hand. "This, I promise," Cena said. Cena said he will do whatever has to to win Money in the Bank. "I, John Cena, will win Money in the Bank," Cena yelled. Kane's music played and he made his entrance for the tag team match. Cole said Kane will set a record by competing in his sixth MITB match on Sunday. Cole hyped the Raw MITB match as the most prestigious in history. The heels made their entrances...
- [Q5] 4. John Cena and Kane vs. Chris Jericho and Big Show.
Cena got the better of Jericho early on, so Jericho tagged in Show and fled to ringside. Show ended up going for a chokeslam. Cena fought it off and tagged Kane into the match. Kane got some punches in, but Show got the better of their exchange and tagged in Jericho.
Kane blasted Jericho with an uppercut and then tagged Cena into the match. Cena worked over Jericho, who then distracted the referee while Show took a cheap shot at Cena heading into the break. [C] After the break, Cena went for a bodyslam on Show, but his weight was too much and Show got a two count.
Later, Cena tagged Kane into the match. Kane roughed up Show and got a two count. Show avoided a top rope move from Kane and then speared him. Jericho was tagged in and he put the boots to Kane and heeled it up to get some heat from the crowd. Show took a cheap shot on Kane as the show cut to commercial.
[Q6] [C] Kane ultimately made a hot tag to Cena, who hit his signature spots on Jericho and then kicked Show off the apron. Jericho went for the Walls of Jericho, but Cena avoided it and hit the Attitude Adjustment. Cena went for the cover, but Show pulled him out of the ring for the DQ.
John Cena and Kane defeated Chris Jericho and Big Show by DQ in 16:35.
NGWS Reaction: decent match but i little long but the show needed it so no complaining here. 2.5-5
After the match, Show ran Cena into the barricade and then clotheslined Kane. Show reached underneath the ring and pulled out a pair of ladders. Show wedged Jericho between the ladders and pressed down. Cena grabbed the other ladder and rammed it into Show a few times and cleared him from the ring. Cena celebrated in the ring...
At ringside, Cole and Lawler set up a replay of clips from the opening segment with Punk, Bryan, and A.J... Cole hyped the voting for his match with Lawler... [C]
[Q7] [C] The announcers hyped that Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. Hunico and Camacho will be the pre-show match leading into the Money in the Bank pay-per-view...
- 5. Sin Cara vs. Heath Slater in the Smackdown Money in the Bank qualifier. Sin Cara hit "What a Move" (according to Cole) for the win...
Sin Cara defeated Heath Slater to qualify for MITB in 1:45.
After the match, Slater said it's not fair. He demanded that a former champion come out and he would beat him. Bob Backlund's music played. Cue the crickets. Backlund walked out and looked around and then smiled. Cole ran through Backlund's credentials as Backlund played to the crowd at ringside.
Backlund continued to play to the crowd once he entered the ring. A group of fans chanted "You still got it" at Backlund, who offered Slater a handshake. Slater kicked him and knocked him down. Backlund recovered and applied the chicken wing finisher. Backlund eventually released the hold and played to the crowd as his corny music played.
NGWS Reaction: sin cara match was complete squash. bob backland got no response & looked like a complete idiot out there.
Cole stood up and said that was enough of what was going on the ring. He asked for the results of the poll, which revealed 75 percent of the fans voted for the match. Cole said the fans were hypocrites who say they don't want him to wrestle a match. He continued to vent as the show went to commercial... [C]
[Q8] Josh Mathews and Booker T took over on commentary and said they were among the 75 percent who voted for the match to take place...
- 6. Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole. Cole
ducked to ringside after the bell rang. Booker stood up and threw Cole back inside the ring. Lawler picked up Cole and performed an airplane spin. The GM chime sounded. Mathews stood up and said that due to the blatant interference by Booker T, he was reversing the decision and the winner of the match was Michael Cole.
Michael Cole beat Jerry Lawler by DQ in 1:00.
Cole celebrated. Santino Marella's music played and Cole wasn't happy. Santino said he's searched everywhere in the building and there was only one place left to search - under the ring. The GM chime sounded. Mathews said the GM said, "No, I'm not. There's absolutely no one under the ring sending emails. Leave the ring now. That's an order."
Santino went to ringside and was pulled under the ring. Lawler pulled Santino out and Hornswoggle and a laptop came out along with him. Lawler asked if Hornswoggle was the person who caused all the misery. Lawler said he should put Hornswoggle over his knee and give him a spanking.
Hornswoggle kicked Lawler in the shin and then bit Santino on the ass. Cole laughed and tried to get a high five from Hornswoggle, who kicked Cole. Hornswoggle got some cheers as he headed backstage... [C]
NGWS Reaction: why would you just get rid of the computer like that. hornswoggle really. complete embarrassment to be wrestling fan right now. can you say 1993 all over again.
Highlights aired of Zack Ryder winning the Smackdown battle royal. The announcers hyped that Ryder will be the general manager of Friday's television show... At ringside, Cole asked Lawler if they could finally put everything behind them. "No," Lawler responded...
Introductions for the mixed tag main event took place...
[Overrun] 7. C.M. Punk and A.J. vs. Daniel Bryan and Eve.Bryan jumped out to an early advantage and threw a series of kicks at Punk. He yelled, "Yes!" after each kick, and the crowd responded with "No!" chants. The women tagged into the match. A.J. got the better of their exchange. Eve tried to tag Bryan into the match, but he dropped off the ring apron.
C.M. Punk and A.J. defeated Daniel Bryan and Eve in 3:15.
After the match, A.J. hugged Punk, who didn't return the favor. Instead, Punk gave a big thumbs up to the camera. Bryan interrupted and said over the mic that he just proved she means more to him than any match. He asked A.J. to leave with him to go get married.
Punk grabbed a mic and said he's not going to lie to A.J. to save his WWE Championship. Punk said Bryan is using her because he thinks it will help him win the WWE Championship. Punk said he doesn't care if what he's about to say costs him his WWE Championship, he's not going to marry her.
A.J. got emotional. Punk said if that hurts A.J. somehow, then he's sorry, but at least he cares enough about her to tell her the truth. The fans chanted Punk's name. A.J. slowly walked toward Punk, nodded, and then slapped him across the face. Bryan was shown laughing. "Come home, A.J.," Bryan said. A.J. walked toward Bryan and teased hugging him only to slap him across the face.
A.J. stood between Punk and Bryan in the middle of the ring and smiled. She did the "Yes!" routine and the crowd chanted along. A.J. skipped to the top of the stage and her music played while she looked back at Punk and Bryan. "Who is going to be the champion come Sunday?" Lawler asked to close the show...
NGWS Reaction: she slapped both too leave. yes for the supense for the ppv. good call. 1-5