WWE Raw - Monday 3rd January 2011 Madison Square Garden New York
NO CHANCE IN HELL
Vince McMahon music blares out as the WWE chairman kicks off the first Raw of the new year, strutting down to the ring in his unmistakable style. Vince grabs a microphone:
Well WWE Universe, happy new year, and welcome to the first edition of the year of WWE Raw. Youll probably be wondering why Im here tonight, well Im here for two items of business. Firstly, the start of a new year is always a special time here at world wrestling entertainment as we begin our long and arduous road to wrestlemania 27
Camera pans to show a wrestlemania 27 logo high in the area
Now of course the first stop on our journey to Wrestlemania is the Royal Rumble where thirty men will fight for over one hour and the last man standing will be awarded a World title shot at Wrestlemania 27 in Atlanta, Georgia. Qualification for the rumble match will begin next week, the match will involve 15 of Raws best superstars, 15 of Smackdowns best superstars, and how those men qualify will be down to the general managers of Raw and Smackdown
..which brings me to my second item of business for tonight
..Michael Cole please enter the ring
Camera shows a stunned Michael Cole enter the ring sheepishly, resembling a kid at school in trouble with the principle. He shakes the hand of the WWE Chairman
Now Michael, Ive had a lot of my time taken up by certain career choices of a member of the McMahon family, but now that particular ordeal is over Ive been able to focus more on my business, I can see how I can improve the WWE. Ive been watching WWE Raw lately and I can see that the fans are not happy with your performance
.as the official spokesman of the anonymous general manager, I dont think the fans enjoy you being the voice of authority here on raw, and I like to think my fans what they want to see. So Ive taken the action to end the reign of the anonymous general manager and next week I will be announcing a new general manager of raw
.it might be the anonymous general manager, its might not be, the only thing I can tell you is
.itll be one hell of a surprise. As for you Michael Cole, get back to your announcers table and do the only job I pay you to do, announce WWE Raw
The crowd cheers for Vince, putting Michael Cole in his place, Cole walks dejectedly back to the announcers table
For tonight Ill be temporary general manager for one night only, and I expect it to be a busy night. Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy the show
Sheamus defeats Michael McGillicutty w/Husky Harris
McGillicutty put up a good showing in the opening match of 2011, but after a strong clothesline on four minutes, the match swung in Sheamus favour, putting the McGillicutty away with the Celtic Cross. After the match Husky Harris got in Sheamus face and shoved the Irishman, Sheamus retaliated with a Brogue Kick and then picked up a microphone.
A friendly piece of advice for da new general manager of raw, I fully intend on entering and WINNING my first royal rumble and going onto win the doubla doubla e championship at Wrestlemania. So fella, you better select me as one of your fifteen men, cause If not, theres gunna be trouble
As Sheamus drops the mic, McGillicutty is back up, but Sheamus sends him straight back down with a Brogue Kick. Sheamus is definitely sending a message to the new general manager
whoever he or she may be.
AJ Lee defeats Alicia Fox
AJ Lee making her first appearance since winning series 3 of NXT, picks up the win against Alicia Fox with the Wheelbarrow Bulldog. AJ Lee will fight one member of Laycool at Royal Rumble for the WWE Divas championship as a prize for winning for NXT.
Whos the number one contender?
MY TIME IS NOW
John Cena comes to the ring, getting a good reception from the crowd, he looks back to his old self as the pressure of being a reluctant member of Nexus is lifted from his shoulders, he has a mic.
I can't describe in words how it feels to be able to do this
Cena takes of his Nexus armband and throws it into the ring with some force
I am a free man, I take orders from no one and theres not a man on the planet who can stop me from destroying Nexus now. For starters, Im going to challenge Wade Barrett for the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble, and Im going to end the reign of Wade Barrett as WWE Champion
I HEAR VOICES IN MY HEAD
Randy Orton, who lost his rematch to Wade Barrett at TLC, slowly walks down to the ring, hes got something on his mind.
Well Cena I dont really care about your problems with the Nexus, I only care about one thing, the WWE Championship. I lost my WWE Championship 2 months ago when you didnt see Barrett hit me in the head with the title. If you were doing your job properly as special guest referee, Id still be WWE Champion. So if you want to challenge for the WWE Championship
..get in line, because Im the number one contender.
NO CHANCE IN HELL
General Manager for the night Vince McMahon is here
John, Randy, let me see if I can sort out your problems. John you hate the Nexus and want to challenge Wade Barrett for the WWE title and Randy you also hate the Nexus and you also want to challenge for the WWE title. Well as far as I can see, neither of you deserve to challenge Wade for the title
yet. What Im going to do tonight is make a tag team match, John Cena, Randy Orton, your going to team up together to take on Wade Barrett and David Otunga. If you lose, neither of you will be challenging Wade Barrett for the title, if you win, whoever gets the winning pin will be named the number one contender best of luck gentleman
John Cena and Randy Orton stare at each other as Raw enters a break.
Daniel Bryan defeats Zack Ryder
Nothing special in a confident win for Bryan, putting away Ryder with the LeBell Lock after 5 minutes.
Locker Room conversations
Camera cuts to the Nexus locker room, Harris and McGillicutty both have ice packs held to their head, selling the damage done to them by Sheamus. WWE Champion Wade Barrett enters the room, throws Harris ice pack on the floor and tells his men hes not happy. Last night, Otunga, Harris and McGillicutty dropped the ball in the match against John Cena and Gabriel and Slater came very close to losing the Tag Team titles. Tonight he wants Nexus to earn their redemption, Otunga needs to bring his A-game against Cena and Orton to ensure no one gets to challenge Barrett for the title. As for Gabriel and Slater, Barrett reveals hes arranged it with Vince McMahon to let the tag champions take on R-Truth and Mark Henry, the men who helped Cena to freedom last night, and they need to get ready, because the match is next.
Meanwhile The Miz and Alex Riley are talking in the male locker room, Alex seems very excited. Apparently The Miz and Riley have been granted the night off from competing in action and Alex is brainstorming ways to spend the evening. Alex suggests bowling, ice-skating, karaoke, cinema, comedy club or hitting the nightclub with his favourite wingman. The Miz says enough, there not going anywhere because The Miz has a plan of action.
The Nexus (Gabriel and Slater) defeat Mark Henry and R-Truth
Gabriel and Slater without question took on Wade Barretts advice and produced a confident display of tag team wrestling. Mark Henry spent most of the match on the ring apron trying to get a tag to R-truth, but the tag champions wisely kept truth away from the worlds strongest man, and won this matchup with a jumping neckbreaker from slater and then the 450 Splash seconds later from Gabriel.
Ezekiel Jackson defeats John Morrison
Good back and forth match here from Jackson and Morrison, with Jackson coming off the stronger. The turning point came when John Morrison went for the starship pain but missed, Ezekiel picked up Morrison and gave him the book of Ezekiel to end it.
John Cena and Randy Orton vs Wade Barett and David Otunga
All four men make their entrances and wait for the referee to start the match when
The Miz, accompanied by Alex Riley and his money in the bank briefcase, makes his way down to the announcers table where he joins Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler for commentary of our main event.
In the main event match which lasted about 12 minutes, Cena and Orton worked remarkable well together
.. until the end of the match. Wade Barrett would only fight Randy Orton and when Cena was tagged in he would order Otunga to fight instead, showing signs that the british champion feared Cena. Barrett managed to hit the wastelands on Randy Orton, but the viper was saved by John Cena who broke up the pin. As the match reached its climax, Randy Orton hit a backbreaker on David Otunga and fell to the floor, pumping his fists and readying the RKO. Outside the ring, The Miz left the announcers table and hit Barrett with the briefcase, before quickly fleeing the scene with Riley. Back in the ring Otunga was up, RKO by Orton, but John Cena tags in and hits the Attitude Adjustment on Randy Orton and pins David Otunga, 1, 2, 3 and Cena becomes the number 1 contender.
After the match John Cena celebrates, and motions that the WWE Championship will soon be around his waist. Raw fades with John Cena celebrating with his fans, he is free from the Nexus and is the number one contender to Wade Barretts Title.