Welcome to Inside Pulse Wrestling’s Live Coverage of WWE Monday Night RAW!
Justin Roberts intros Michael Cole, who comes out with a smirky smile and RAW opens proper with John Cena. He reminds us that we are ELECTRIC and that last week we begin the Rock/Cena buildup that will take a year. How come I’m getting the feeling WrestleMania 28 will be one huge April Fool’s joke? John Cena states that the huge match will be for the WWE Championship, but in order for that to materialize, John Cena has to beat the current champion. This prompts Randy Orton and his new “Apex Predator” t-shirt.
With all due respect, it doesn’t matter what he does, or what happens at WrestleMania 28…the fact is that he lost. Randy Orton asks John Cena to step aside and let someone else take the chance. This brings out John Morrison. He says that this reminds us how Cena and Orton is a re-run, so now he’s throwing his name into the mix. Let’s bring out Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero. Vickie gives us a late April Fool’s joke before deferring to Dolph who claims he is the most talented superstar on RAW. He states that since he never faced the Miz, the line starts with him.
R-Truth makes his way out because he’s been in the upper midcard for a while, even though I haven’t seen him anywhere in the past few weeks. The Gospel Truth is that he has never had a one-on-one WWE Championship match on any brand. The five stars bicker in the ring and the RAW GMail chimes in via his iPad. He invents a new concept called a #1 Contender’s Gauntlet. Two men will start and when one goes the distance, that person will face the Miz at Extreme Rules.
Edge has an announcement later tonight!
A promo video for Awesome Kong (or whatever she will be going as in the WWE) appears.
WWE Diva’s Championship: Brie Bella (w/Nikki Bella) v. Eve Torres
Before the match, Eve asks the referee to mark the legal Bella with an X mark to nullify Twin Magic. Match starts and Brie takes control with Eve in the corner. Snapmare takeover and faceplant follow-up commences. Headlock applied and Eve counters out with a bulldog. Eve gets a dropkick and follows with a kick to the face. Standing moonsault gets two. Eve connects with the turnbuckle, but that doesn’t stop her to put Brie in the Tree of Woe, Dropkick sends Brie out of the ring. Twin Magic happens anyway, but Nikki gets a dropkick and Eve brings the mark to the referee’s attention. How come that’s not a DQ? Brie capitalizes on the distraction with a modified X Factor for the win.
Winner and NEW Diva’s Champion: Brie Bella
Backstage, Eve talks down to Gail and Natalya saying that all divas are the same.
Sin Cara v. Primo Colon
Primo gets taken for a ride from the get go. Kicks from Sin Cara and Primo takes it to him. Hurrancuaranas and dropkicks ensue and Sin Cara does a springboard hurrancurana. Just as Sin Cara gets back in the ring, Primo gets a dropkick and Sin Cara lands on his face. Cover back inside gets two. Headlock applied and Primo brings Sin Cara falls back on his head. Pillar to post we go and Primo misses the charge. Chop returned by Sin Cara. To the ropes we go and we get a couple more Hurrancuranas. Primo goes for a powerbomb, but Sin Cara counters with a sunset flip for two. Sin Cara misses a corner charge. Enzugiri connects on the top rope. Sin Cara gets up top. Primo misses his footing, causing Sin Cara to take the dive to the floor. They repeat the spot and Sin Cara hits the flux capacitor for the pinfall.
Winner: Sin Cara
Grade: D (the botch hurt a bit)
Last week: The Corre get owned by John Cena and the Rock.
The Corre stand inside the ring. Wade Barrett said that they decided that they were going to attack them to no avail. He does not blame himself for the failure. Justin Gabriel takes the microphone and he declares himself the most talented star of the Corre. Ezekiel Jackson says that he is the most dominant person Wade Barrett met. Cue the quartet of Santino Marella, Evan Bourne, Daniel Bryan, and Mark Henry…called the APPLE. That’s Allied People Power by Loathing Everything you stand for. APPLE v. CORRE…What are they thinking? Next!
The Corre v. The A.P.P.L.E
We’re JIP and Gabriel takes it to Daniel Bryan. Tag to Jackson and Bryan suffers at his hands. Tag to Barrett who gets a shot in before tagging in Slater. He does his minute of work before we tag back to Gabriel. He flips over Bryan and he tags out to Slater. Pillar to post we go and Bryan makes his comeback. Bryan goes for a tag and Bryan tags Santino. He takes it to Slater. He does his moves and hits the headbutt before all Hell breaks loose. Santino attempts the Cobra, but Gabriel stops it allowing Slater to hit the reverse DDT for the win.
Winners: The Corre
Jim Ross makes his way down the ramp and Michael Cole has his entrance music cut off and he makes some mockery of him. Jim Ross rocks the Cole Mine and Swagger tries to get the jump on Jerry Lawler. Referees restrain J.R., Lawler, and Swagger as we go to break.
Jerry Lawler (w/Jim Ross) v. Jack Swagger (w/Michael Cole)
It seems Michael Cole and Jim Ross are commentating as corner men. Lawler mocks Swagger a bit and he gets a mudhole stomped into him. Headlock applied and Lawler counters with a suplex. Swagger gets the Anklelock and Lawler gets the ropes. Swagger gets two. Swagger gets a wrist lock applied. Swagger takes Lawler back in the corner and we go to the next corner and Lawler comes back. Rights and rights galore. Swagger goes low, but Lawler floats off. He sends Swagger to the turnbuckle. Michael Cole gets on the ring apron and that allows Swagger to get the upperhand. Michael Cole gets sent off the apron by Jim Ross and Swagger gets pissed off, allowing Jerry Lawler to get a schoolboy for three.
Winner: Jerry Lawler
Grade: FTS (mainly due to the commentary)
Michael Cole argues with Jack Swagger. He calls Swagger an idiot and he slaps him for good measure. Michael Cole wisely leaves the ring and he walks up the ramp. Jerry Lawler stops him and he declares that at Extreme Rules it will be Jerry Lawler & Jim Ross vs. Michael Cole and Jack Swagger.
We recap Undertaker v. Triple H.
Edge makes his way to the ring as Jim Ross joins Jerry Lawler and Josh Matthews on commentary. Edge tells us to bear with him. He says that some people think that the WWE is smoke and mirrors. He reminds us about breaking his neck eight years ago. He knew that after surgery, he was on borrowed time. He passed strength tests, but after WrestleMania 27, he took some more tests and because of this, he is forced to retire. He mentions Christian and he feels upset that he didn’t end this on his terms, but he completed his career on his terms. He brings up being a part of the Universe before the Universe existed. He has been in the business for 14 years and he recaps his career. He would do it again if he had the chance. Huge “Thank You Edge” chants from the crowd.
Wow. Words can’t explain this.
During commercials, Edge gets a round of applause from everyone in the locker room.
The Miz and his Mizitch makes their way to the ring for our main event.
#1 Contender’s Gauntlet Match
Randy Orton v. Dolph Ziggler
Lockup to start and stalemate to follow. Quick cover by Orton gets two. Ziggler gets a dropkick and a scissorkick for two. Ziggler has the headlock locked in. Orton with a snapmare to get out of it. Powerslam connects and Orton gets Ziggler in the Hangman DDT. Orton drops down and the New Nexus distracts away causing Ziggler to schoolboy Orton for the pin.
Mason Ryan enters the ring and he has a big boot for Orton. He hits a powerbomb and we go to break.
Dolph Ziggler v. R-Truth
Ziggler gets a quick cover for two. Ziggler with the elbow for two again. Stalling ensues before Ziggler gets another elbow for two. Ziggler suplexes Truth for another two. Truth tries a comeback, but Ziggler cuts him off. Ziggler misses a corner charge and Truth has a right for him. Frontal suplex gets two, but Ziggler drops Truth in the corner. Neckbreaker hits the mark and gets two. Truth has a counter and that puts Ziggler away.
R-Truth v. John Morrison
Truth takes it to Morrison. We get a series of pinfall attempts, each for two. Handshake, but Morrison schoolboys him for two. Flapjack by Morrison and he drops the leg for two. Morrison gets a headlock for a little bit. He follows with a Russian Leg Sweep for two. Jawbreaker by Truth does nothing as Morrison sends him out of the ring. Truth drops Morrison out of the ring. Both men run with each other and that almost ends the match. Truth off the ropes, but here comes Morrison. Dropkick connects and that gets two. OSAKA STREET CUTTER CONNECTS! Morrison kicks out at two. Morrison holds onto the ropes. FLASH KICK! Morrison pulls Truth to the ropes. Starship Pain misses! Lie Detector by Truth! Cover and pin.
R-Truth v. John Cena
And the time is NOW! Cena hits a tilt-a-whirl slam and busts a dropkick for two. Fisherman’s suplex gets two and Truth is showing his endurance. Cena with another slam and he gets another two. Cena gets a delayed slam and yet another two count. Cena with ANOTHER SUPLEX…and yes the result is the same. Cena goes up top and he hits the Fame Asser. Truth kicks out again! Truth with a huge right hand that knocks Cena on his back. Truth is back up and he hits a huge hip toss. Spinning roundhouse kick gets Cena down for two. Truth is back up and he measures Cena. Cena blocks the Lie Detector. HERE COMES CENA! ProtoBomb connects! Cena with the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Attitude Adjustment attempt and this match becomes a waste of time as the Miz and Alex Riley attack both John Cena and R-Truth.
Result: Double Disqualification
Grade: A- for the match; FTS for the ending
The Miz tells Cena and Truth to go to the end of the line and there is no #1 Contender. The RAW GMail chimes in and Jerry Lawler reads it. He reads that there is no #1 Contender to the WWE Title. That’s because there are TWO #1 Contenders. At Extreme Rules, it will be the Miz v. R-Truth v. John Cena. Cena and Truth dispatch The Miz and Alex Riley before they trade pats on the back and simple pushes until Cena shoves Truth to the ropes.
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