WWE RAW SUPERSHOW - 17th OCTOBER 2011
The show starts off with the new Interim GM of RAW, John Laurinaitis, makes his way out to the ring to kick of RAW from Mexico, for the first time ever. We are shown a quick replay of what happened last week with Vince McMahon returning and taking the GM position away from Triple H and making Laurinaitis the Interim General Manager of RAW.
Ace starts off RAW saying that Rey Mysterio will make his return here tonight, but then cuts it short saying he's in San Diego seeing his doctor about rehab and won't be here tonight. Ace says the Mexican people have no sense of humor with his joke about Rey's return on RAW. Ace goes on about how the WWE is looking for a GM of RAW, and until then he will have control of RAW and treat it with honor.
Ace goes on about how he received disturbing tweets on his Twitter account and that he listened to the fans for what happened last week, and brings out Jim Ross. Ross comes out a nice response from the crowd. Ross heads over to the commentary booth when Ace asks him to get in the ring instead. Ace gives Ross a surprising hug, and talks about the beef between himself and Michael Cole. He says this has to end and will end tonight, and announces Alberto Del Rio & Michael Cole vs. John Cena & Jim Ross for the Main Event.
Mark Henry, Cody Rhodes & Christian vs. Randy Orton, Sheamus & John Morrison
A typical 6 man tag team match, with mostly Sheamus targeting Christian and Orton targeting Cody Rhodes. Morrison happened to be thrown into the mix as Mark Henry is feuding with Big Show on SmackDown. The ending saw Orton chased Cody out of the arena, while Sheamus and Christian went at it in the crowd. Ending saw Mark Henry squash Morrison with the World's Strongest Slam for the win.
Match Rating: 2/5
We are shown a promo for the once ally of Alberto Del Rio, Brodus Clay. While Clay has shown some skill in the ring on NXT, I'm yet to get or go near any Clay bandwagons.
Laurinaitis is shown backstage in his office talking to supposedly his wife on the phone, asking if he looked good earlier. The Bella Twins come up on each arm of Laurinaitis, and introduce themselves to him with a kiss on the cheek. He gets back on the phone when Ricardo Rodriguez tries to talk to him saying Alberto wants to talk to him. Alberto doesn't wait and comes up to Laurinaitis. Del Rio says what's up with him teaming up with Michael Cole against Ross and Cena in the main event. Del Rio calls Laurinaitis loco. Laurinaitis says the winner of the match gets to pick the stipulation for Cena vs. Del Rio at Vengeance this Sunday.
Eve vs. Natalya
Eve comes to the ring with Kelly Kelly, as Natalya comes out with Beth. In my opinion, it was a true upset, and not in a good way, for Eve to go over Natalya. With someone like Natalya who has pure class and wrestling ability to loose to someone, who is just eye candy like Eve, is a disgrace, even if the storyline is for them pushing Beth.
Match Rating: 1.5/5
CM Punk vs. The Miz
The Savior of RAW, CM Punk makes his way out to the arena to a pretty big ovation from the Mexican crowd, for his match against The Miz.
Truth and Miz come out to a heel reaction, while Miz says the Mexican crowd is completly stupid (as Miz does know Spanish I've heard) I am personally digging their entrance theme, a remix of Truth's 'Whats Up?' to 'You Suck'. I'm all in for the Awesome Truth bandwagon.
Miz says that he and Truth will never let Punk near the WWE Championship ever again, and did something he couldn't do, and that was remove Triple H running RAW. Triple H's music cuts Miz and Truth off as The King of Kings makes his way out to the ring. HHH gets in the ring, side by side Punk, as Truth and Miz get worried that Punk has Trips out here.
The match was a good bout in my view, compared to the rest of the matches on RAW tonight. Punk and Miz have shown in the past that when they wrestle, they can put on a good bout, on any given day. Half way during the match, Laurinaitis comes out and gives papers to HHH explaining something was wrong with his Visa and that he's not permited in Mexico. HHH eventually leaves, before giving a right hand to Truth, laying him out.
The ending saw Punk being able to roll up Miz for the quick win, but the celebration was short lived when Miz attacked Punk again after the match.
Match Rating: 3.5/5
We are shown some Mexican music played outside the arena as Cole introduces us the Spanish Announcers. After, Michael Cole shows King how strong he is by bending objects, getting ready for the Main Event.
Zack Ryder vs. Jack Swagger
Vickie comes out in a traditional Salsa dress as Swagger and Ziggler are by her side. Ziggler and Swagger rant on about Mexico being grateful for them in the ring, while Swagger sings the American National Anthem for heat from the crowd.
Pretty much not even a match, with surprisingly, a squash from Ryder to Swagger for the quick, out of the blue, win.
Swagger and Ziggler corner Ryder on the outside as Mason Ryan makes his way out to the ring for Ryder. Personally, I think Ryan is WAY too big for any ring performances, I'm even going out on a limb to say Batista could put on a better match than Mason.
Mason gets on the microphone and tells Ziggler him and Mason have a match next so he shouldn't be going anywhere.
Mason Ryan vs. Dolph Ziggler
A much longer match than Ryder/Swagger, with a typical powerhouse performance from Mason, ending saw Swagger attempting to get involved, but was short lived by Mason, as he picks up the victory.
Match Rating: 2/5
Backstage, Jim Ross and John Cena talk about the Main Event. Ross asks Cena if he can get his hands on Cole, and Cena says he will let him do it.
Josh Matthews joins King on commentary as we are run down of the card for this Sunday's PPV, Vengeance.
John Cena & Jim Ross vs. Alberto Del Rio & Michael Cole
VENGEANCE STIPULATION MATCH
Most of the in ring work was obviously done by Cena and Del Rio, with a good, but short lived, in ring performances by both men. Del Rio in the end tagged in Cole and left the ring area as Cena threw Cole inside the ring, and Ross applied the Ankle Lock to pick up the ring for himself and Cena.
Match Rating: 3/5
After the match, Cena and Del Rio brawled with Cena getting the upper hand, laying Del Rio out a FU and laying him out with steel steps. Cena then announces the match at Vengeance for the WWE Championship will be a Last Man Standing Match.
- CM Punk vs. Miz Match
- Punk/HHH/Awesome Truth storyline
- Laurinaitis Heel Character
- First RAW in Mexico
- Jim Ross in a WWE ring again
- Not enough hype for Del Rio in Mexico
- Poor Divas Squash
- Squash of Morrison yet again.