– We go to the ring and Justin Roberts introduces John Laurinaitis. The crowd boos as Laurinaitis makes his way to the ring as we see a replay from last week where Triple H was relieved of his duties.
Laurinaitis introduces himself to the crowd. He says tonight marks the return of Rey Mysterio and the crowd pops. Returning to San Diego to see his doctor, Laurinaitis says. He won’t be here tonight. The crowd boo’s and Laurinaitis says he was just kidding. Laurinaitis says the Mexican people have no sense of humor. He says while the Board looks for a permanent General Manager, he will see to it that he does his job right. Laurinaitis says he won’t let the Board down and won’t let the fans down. Laurinaitis talks about firing Jim Ross last week. Laurinaitis introduces Ross and out he comes to a nice reaction from the crowd.
Ross goes to take a seat on commentary but Laurinaitis asks him to come in the ring for a public apology. Laurinaitis hugs Ross and the crowd boos him. Laurinaitis plays it up and says he didn’t bring Ross to commentate tonight. Laurinaitis shows footage from last week during commercial where Michael Cole led Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez in singing goodbye to Ross. Laurinaitis thinks that Ross and Cole should settle their differences on RAW tonight. Laurinaitis announces Cole and Del Rio vs. Ross and John Cena for tonight. JR’s music hits and he has words with Cole from the ring.
Randy Orton’s music hits and out he comes to a monster ovation from the crowd. Orton poses for the crowd as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and we see a replay from last week of Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton. The match is announced for Vengeance. John Morrison makes his way out to the ring followed by Sheamus. Out next comes Christian followed by WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes and World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry. Orton starts the match out with Christian. They go to lock up and Christian kicks Orton. Orton comes back with a leapfrog and a big clothesline. Orton mounts Christian with right hands in the corner.
Orton with a big uppercut and a tag to Sheamus. Christian tags in Rhodes. They lock up and Cody applies a headlock. Sheamus breaks it and drops him with a shoulder. Sheamus works Cody over in the corner now and beats him down with forearm shots and then stomps. Cody ends up knocking Orton off the ramp. Sheamus back drops Cody. Orton and Cody end up on the floor brawling. They fight up the ramp and Orton chases Cody to the back as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Henry is working over Morrison. Christian comes in off the top but misses a crossbody. Morrison springboards and hits one for a 2 count. Morrison with a kick to the face and another 2 count. Christian goes for Killswitch but Morrison blocks it. Morrison takes Christian down for another 2 count. Christian with a neckbreaker and tag to Henry. Henry comes in and continues to beat up Morrison. Henry stands on Morrison’s chest and tags Christian back in. Christian tries to stop the tag but Morrison kicks him in the head. Henry comes in and stops Morrison from tagging Sheamus. Henry applies a bear hug to Morrison now.
Henry rams Morrison back into the corner. Henry charges but gets caught with an elbow and a kick. Morrison goes for a tornado DDT and ends up on the apron. Morrison pulls Henry’s neck down over the ropes, comes in and takes his knee out. Christian runs over and stops Sheamus from tagging. Sheamus and Christian brawl up into the crowd. Back in the ring, Morrison dodges Henry and kicks him off the second rope. Morrison hits kicks and punches. Henry catches him off the ropes, lifts him and nails the World’s Strongest Slam for the win.
Winners: Mark Henry, Christian and Cody Rhodes
– Back from the break and we get another Brodus Clay vignette.
– John Laurinaitis is backstage on the phone with his wife. The Bella Twins walk up and each take an arm. They want to make sure he hasn’t forgot how important they are to RAW. Laurinaitis says he hasn’t, they kiss him and walk off. He calls his wife back and apologizes for hanging up so fast. Ricardo Rodriguez walks up and Laurinaitis shrugs him off. Alberto Del Rio walks up and isn’t happy about teaming with Michael Cole tonight to face John Cena and Jim Ross. Laurinaitis reveals that the winner of tonight’s match picks the stipulation for the WWE Title match at Vengeance.
Eve Torres vs. Natalya
We go to the ring and out comes Eve Torres with Kelly Kelly. Eve vs. Beth Phoenix for the Divas Title at Vengeance is announced. Out next comes Natalya with Phoenix by her side. They lock up and Natalya takes it to the corner. Natalya with uppercuts. Eve fights out of the corner but gets clotheslined for a 2 count.
Natalya locks Eve in a submission but she fights out. Eve counters a move and goes for a roll up but Natalya stomps on her. Natalya spanks Eve now as Kelly looks on. Natalya grabs Eve’s face and talks trash before slamming her face into the mat. Natalya continues the assault. Eve comes back with an elbow but misses a springboard kick. Eve counters a slam and lays Natalya out. Eve goes up top for a moonsault and nails it for the win.
Winner: Eve Torres
– After the match, Beth runs in the ring and goes for Eve but Eve runs off to the ramp with Kelly.
– Up next after the commercial is The Miz vs. CM Punk.
CM Punk vs. The Miz
We go to the ring and out comes CM Punk to a big pop from the crowd. Out next comes The Miz with R-Truth and they rap “U-Suck” on the way to the ring. They enter the ring and Miz taunts Punk on the mic. Miz says he remembers they were the ones who gave him a beating at Hell in a Cell. Miz talks about how they made sure he doesn’t get a WWE Title shot for a long time and how they did something he couldn’t do – had Triple H removed from running RAW. Truth tells Punk that he talks too much and they can’t stand someone who runs their mouth. Truth tells Punk he won’t be smiling when Miz kicks his ass tonight and he won’t be smiling at Vengeance. Truth says Vengeance is gone get got and that’s awesome, adds Miz. Triple H’s music hits and out he comes to a big pop also.
The WWE COO comes out in a suit and takes off his tie as he enters the ring. Triple H and Punk square off against Miz and Truth as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and they lock up. Punk takes Miz to the mat. Miz makes it to the ropes and breaks the hold. Punk applies a headlock now and they trade holds. Punk slams Miz for a 1 count. Miz turns it around with a headlock and takes Punk down this time as the crowd boos. They run the ropes and Miz drops Punk with a shoulder. Punk leapfrogs and dropkicks Miz. Miz rolls out to the floor to regroup. Punk dives through the ropes and takes out Miz to a big pop. Punk brings Miz back in. Punk springboards in from the apron for another 2 count. Punk with chops in the corner now. Punk goes for the high knee but misses and lands out on the floor. Truth stalks Punk on the floor but Triple H runs over to make sure he doesn’t attack. Punk comes to the apron and drops Miz over the top rope. Punk springboards in with a clothesline for a 2 count.
Punk takes Miz from corner to corner and then kicks him in the back. 2 count for Punk. Punk with more chops in the corner and an elbow to the head. Miz comes back with a kick and a big left hand. Miz kicks Punk around. Punk gets up and fires away with kicks. Truth grabs Punk’s leg. Miz attacks while Punk is distracted. Triple H enters the ring and argues with the referee. Truth and Miz double team Punk while he isn’t looking. Miz runs and kicks Punk in the head for another 2 count. Miz goes back to the headlock now as the crowd chants for Punk.
Miz continues and hits the clothesline in the corner. Miz goes up to the top and comes crashing down on Punk’s back. Miz beats Punk down with forearms now and puts him in a chinlock. Punk fights back and nails a backdrop. Punk charges but Miz kicks him in the face. Miz goes back up to the top but Punk spin kicks him on the way down. Miz grabs Punk and throws him out to the floor. Miz distracts the referee while Truth smashes a water bottle in Punk’s face. Triple H runs over and chases Truth up to the ramp. John Laurinaitis and men in suits come out. Laurinaitis has a document and says there’s some kind of immigration problem. Laurinaitis says Triple H has to leave with the men to go to deal with some kind of immigration matter. Triple H finally agrees and walks off with the men as the crowd boos. On the way up the ramp, Truth taunts Triple H. Triple H stops and lays him out with a big right hand as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and we see footage from during the commercial where Triple H was escorted out of the building by immigration officials. Laurinaitis says his papers were incorrect or something. David Otunga appears beside with Laurinaitis and watches Triple H get escorted out. We go back to the ring and Miz has a headlock on Punk. Punk fights free and fires away with more kicks. Punk with a pair of clotheslines and a neckbreaker. Punk hits the high knee in the corner. Punk goes up top and comes down with the big elbow drop. Punk calls for GTS but Truth comes in. Punk goes back and forth and finally rolls Miz up for the win.
Winner: CM Punk
– After the match, Truth comes back in and they double team Punk. The assault goes on as the crowd boos. Referees come out. Truth and Miz back off, wanting no trouble with officials. Miz and Truth make their exit as Punk tries to recover in the ring. Truth runs back down to the ring and drops Punk on his face. Miz runs down also and tries to play the peacemaker. Miz runs over and hits Punk with a Skull Crushing Finale. Officials finally get Miz to leave the ring as we go to commercial.
– Back from the break and there’s a mariachi band outside playing. Cole introduces us to the Spanish announce team at ringside. Cole plugs the WWE network coming in 2012. The results of the WrestleMania show on the WWE network are revealed. WrestleMania Rewind won the vote with 39.32% and that will be the first show on the network. Cole stands up to stretch and has a hand grip that he’s using to work out.
Jack Swagger vs. Zack Ryder
We go to the ring and out comes Jack Swagger, WWE United States Champion Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero. Vickie asks everyone to excuse her and gets boo’d as usual. Vickie says she is considered a goddess in Mexico. She says she is the Angelina Jolie of Mexico City but without the adopted brats. Vickie says she is more than just a pretty face. She says John Laurinaitis has given Swagger and Ziggler a shot against Air Boom’s tag team titles at Vengeance. Ziggler takes the mic and rips on the crowd, putting himself over as the champion of the United States of America. Swagger asks everyone to stand so he can sing America’s National Anthem. Swagger starts singing and the crowd doesn’t like it at all.
Swagger gets pissed at the crowd before his opponent Zack Ryder comes out to a decent pop. Ryder has his camera and is filming footage for his show. They lock up and Swagger slams Ryder hard. Swagger with a big splash in the corner and a bunch of right hands. Swagger charges but Ryder connects with knees to the face. Ryder hits the Ruff Ryder for the quick win out of nowhere.
Winner: Zack Ryder
– After the bell, Ziggler rushes the ring but Ryder escapes to the floor. Ziggler and Swagger try to corner Ryder on the floor but out comes Mason Ryan. Mason hits the ring and Ryder joins him. Vickie, Swagger and Ziggler head up the ramp. Mason takes the mic and reminds Ziggler that they have a match. A referee comes down and orders Ziggler to the ring as we go to commercial.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Mason Ryan
Back from the break and Mason shoves Ziggler to the mat, sending him out to the floor. Ziggler comes back in the ring and fires away with right hands. Ryan out of nowhere knocks Ziggler down hard and out to the floor he goes again. Ziggler comes back in but Mason blocks him. Mason tosses Ziggler up on the top turnbuckle and knocks him back to the floor.
Ziggler comes back in with right hands and a dropkick. Mason blocks him again and scoop slams him. Mason with a huge boot and out Ziggler goes to the floor once again. Mason follows him this time but Vickie gets in the way. Vickie slaps Mason as Ziggler runs back in the ring. Ryan gets pissed and rushes the ring. Mason hits a big clothesline and then another in the corner. Mason stomps away on Ziggler and continues the attack in the corner. He won’t stop, causing the referee to disqualify him.
Winner by DQ: Dolph Ziggler
– After the bell, Mason presses Ziggler over his head but drops him when Swagger comes in. Mason knocks Swagger to the floor and goes back to Ziggler. Mason hits a huge powerslam as Vickie looks on upset. Zack Ryder is at ringside and follows Mason up the ramp.
– We see Jim Ross backstage getting ready when John Cena walks in. Ross says he’s almost 60 and a grandpa, last thing he needs is to be in a match. Ross is worried about causing Cena trouble for Vengeance. Cena puts JR over as a Hall of Famer. Cena isn’t worried about tonight or Vengeance. JR says he would like to get his hands on Cole and calls him a bunch of names. Ross and Cena shake hands as Cena walks off.
– Cole takes the mic in the arena and disses what we just saw. Cole runs down JR and says he’s going to the back to get ready. Cole says he might even pin John Cena tonight. Cole tells the crowd his wife is Mexican so they have to cheer for him. Cole walks off and we go back to commercial.
Alberto Del Rio and Michael Cole vs. Jim Ross and John Cena
Ricardo Rodriguez begins the introduction for Alberto Del Rio as the WWE Champion drives into the arena to a pretty big pop from the crowd. Back to commercial we go as Del Rio makes his way to the ring.
Back from the break and out comes Michael Cole in a singlet and headgear. Jim Ross makes his way out next in a Sooners jersey, black pants and his trademark cowboy hat. Out next comes John Cena to another monster pop from the crowd.
Cena starts things out for his team and Cole wants to start with him. Cena tags in JR and here we go. Cole runs his mouth as JR puts up his dukes. JR smacks Cole in the side of the head and knocks him down. Cole tags in Del Rio as Ross tags in Cena. The crowd cheers as Cena and Del Rio lock up. Del Rio with a headlock. Cena leapfrogs and hits a big hip toss for a 1 count. Cena applies a headlock now. Cena runs the ropes but Del Rio hip tosses him for a 2 count this time. Del Rio with another headlock.
Cena breaks free and backdrops Del Rio. 2 count for Cena. Cena with another headlock. Del Rio breaks free with a backdrop this time and another 2 count. Del Rio goes back to a headlock, yes another, and rakes Cena’s face. Cena breaks the hold with a big suplex and another 2 count. Cena charges in the corner but Del Rio moves and kicks Cena in the back. Del Rio takes Cena back to the corner and works him over on the ropes. Cole gets in a cheap shot while the referee isn’t looking. Del Rio stands on Cena and distracts the referee as Cole taunts Cena. Del Rio knocks Cena down on the apron with a right hand. Del Rio with another kick and a 2 count.
Del Rio goes to the top and comes down with a forearm on Cena for a 2 count. Del Rio with another kick to the back. Del Rip whips Cena hard into the corner and mocks him some more. Del Rio with a suplex and another pin attempt. Del Rio with a flurry of right hands and another headlock. Cena breaks out of a hold but Del Rio kicks him in the gut. Cena catches him in an Attitude Adjustment but Del Rio counters it for a pin attempt. Del Rio with more kicks to the back and another hold. Cena breaks free again and goes for the STF but Del Rio blocks it. Del Rio connects with a backbreaker for another 2 count.
Del Rio waits on Cena to get up, runs and kicks him in the head. Another 2 count for Del Rio. Del Rio goes to the top and comes down with a back splash but Cena moves. Cena comes back with the shoulder blocks and the back drop. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Del Rio gets up and tags in Cole. Cena pulls Cole into the ring. Cole begs Cena not to hit him. Cole extends his hand to Cena and Cena thinks about it. Cena hits Cole with an Attitude Adjustment and goes for the STF but stops. Cens tags in JR. Ross comes in and puts the ankle lock on Cole for the win.
Winners: John Cena and Jim Ross
– After the match, Del Rio pulls Cena out to the floor. Cena lays Del Rio out on the floor with an Attitude Adjustment. Cena takes the mic and starts counting. Cena attacks Del Rio with the steel steps and lays him out again. Cena counts to ten tis time and announces that their match at Vengeance will be a Last Man Standing match for the WWE Title. Del Rio tries to recover at ringside as Cena’s music hits. RAW goes off the air with Cena posing for the fans.