Maybe We Can Get 2 Hours of Campfire Stories
After a recap of last week's events, RAW opened with an empty announce table, then a shot to a vacant backstage area. Then HHH appeared. He walked out to the ring. HHH said everyone walked out last week not on him, but on all of you. He ripped on the Solidarity Rally by all the walk-outs. Triple H said he won't quit. Triple H went off. He said if he had to, he would wrestler a broom stick for two hurs. He said the broom stick might give him a better match then some of the guys protesting.
John Cena's music interrupted. Cena said everyone protesting personally contacted him to join the rally, and HHH never did. But Cena said he is staying, because he loves RAW and his loyalty lies with everyone who loves RAW. Sheamus came out. Sheamus talked about how two years ago he took out HHH with a lea pipe, and instead of taking legal action, HHH came back and gave him the biggest ass kicking of his life. Sheamus said he respects HHH now. Sheamus said he didn't travel all the way from Ireland to protest, he came to be a part of RAW. C.M. Punk came out. He said he couldn't help but feel responsible for starting all of this. But he was making a point to a company, not one man. Punk said he deals with everyone personally. HHH said that as long as everyone is in agreement, Sheamus would fight John Cena next, HHH would ref, and C.M. Punk would do commentary.
Back from break the match was in full gear until Vince McMahon interrupted. He said he needed to have a word with his son-in-law. Vince said he believes in HHH, and loves how he is running RAW. But Vince said HHH also has detractors, not only the protesters in the back, but also the Board of Directors. Vince said the Board fears what could happen. Vince told HHH his services are no longer required as COO, and Vince said the Board has named an interim General Manager, John Laurinaitis. Well, they settled all of the loopholes from last week's show for the most part. Pretty much everyone who didn't walk out, sans Randy Orton, said why they stayed. HHH was relieved as his duties as COO. Vince McMahon returned. It wasn't bad. Survey Says: 3.5/5
Back from break, John Laurinaitis welcomed all the talent back. John Morrison said he should have been careful what he wished for, because while HHH may be a narcissist, John Laurinaitis flat out sucks. Johnny Ace told him he had a match next. Christian said the Board made the right decision. Ace asked him if he would face Morrison next, and he agreed. After the announcers returned, the match started. Christian made quick work of Morrison. Afterward Jack Swagger, Cody Rhodes, and Dolph Ziggler all took out Morrison.
I'm Starting to Prefer Paper Over Plastic
Backstage, HHH asked John Laurinaitis if he ever picked up his teeth with broken fingers. In ring, Mark Henry recapped the happenings from Smackdown Friday with the Big Show. Henry said at Vengeance, vengeance would be his. Orton interrupted on the mic, saying vengeance would be his. Back from commercial, Henry was dominating Orton. Orton fought back, middle rope DDT. Cody Rhodes distracted Orton. Henry went for the World's Strongest Slam, but Orton hit an RKO. Cody broke up the pin. Orton went for an RKO on Cody, but Cody shoved him into a WSS. Orton ate another one. After Henry left, Cody hit Cross Rhodes on Orton, then put a bag on his head. Cody said cut the head of a viper, and all the venom goes with it. Strong way to put Cody over, presumably leading to a match at Vengeance. Not much of a match, but strong angle. Survey Says: 3/5
Kelly and Eve beat Rosa and Tamina. I'm not grading this.
Johnny Ace appeared! He asked for some respect. Johnny Ace made Cena vs Del Rio at Vengeance. Ace said that tonight, he was going to do an ethical thing and a moral thing. He invited Jim Ross to the ring. Ace said that last week JR walked out on the company, and the entire state of Oklahoma. Ace fired JR. Cole reacted like he had just lost his virginity.
Mason Ryan: A Face You Cannot Be
Six man tag next. Mason Ryan & Air Boom vs Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, and David Otunga. Bourne took out Ziggler on the outside going into a commercial. The heels took turns working over Kofi. Mason Ryan eventually got the win for his team. It was alright in terms of action. I don't like Mason Ryan going over Dolph Ziggler though. He's terrible as a face. Survey Says: 2.5/5
A Brodus Clay promo, then an ad for John Cena's new movie. Fast forward button.
Unlikely Allies: Double Time
Main event time. C.M. Punk had the early advantage on Alberto del Rio. He went for the knee in the corner but missed. John Laurinaitis came out and stopped the match. He said Punk and Del Rio will now be partners against two men he just reinstated, The Miz and R-Truth. Punk & Del Rio worked over Miz, then R-Truth. Del Rio later sold a "knee injury" and walked to the back, leaving Punk to fight for himself against Miz and Truth. They took turns working over Punk before he fought back. Punk hit the Macho Man Elbow on Miz. He went for the GTS before R-Truth stopped it. The two men beat down Punk causing a DQ. Eventually, HHH made the save. HHH and Punk stood tall to close the show. In the back, Laurinaitis made HHH/Punk vs Miz/R-Truth at Vengeance. Alright ending to the show. I don't like all the recent heat between Punk and HHH being gone all of the sudden. It was a waster of two months of storyline. Now they are "Unlikely allies." The action was middle of the road at best. Survey Says: 2.5/5
This was a show that seemed like they fit two weeks worth of stuff into one. With RAW being in Mexico next week, they couldn't really do all of that live talking and keep the crowd's interest. There is so much stuff flying around right now that it is hard to keep track of everything. Ace is GM, but is HHH now back on the active roster? Why did Vince randomly show up? Barely any John Cena was weird. The opening was good and a bit funny, and the Cody Rhodes/Randy Orton/Mark Henry segment was great. Everything else was just there, and Punk/HHH now being allies seems like a waste of the last two months of storyline between the two. I'm giving the show a 3.
That's all from me. NFL Week 5 Review up later today.
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