Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, May 28th, 2012 (USA Network)
Location: The New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA
Results by Tony Acero
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
We start with a nice little dedication to the fallen soldiers of America, then segue into the storyline of a man who played a Marine, quite horribly; John Cena. Slideshow recap of the match and Big Show ruining all the fun. This leads into last week when Show knocked Cena out in the back, finally putting us into the present, with The Big Show making his entrance.
Again, Cole calls Show's knockout punch the "darkest day in WWE history." Wow. Show is all smiles, he claims that this is him doing his job. It was easy making us smile. He truly didn't mind doing it, but it was nothing but a calculated business decision. He was a business man who just happened to be a giant. He claims that he no longer has to wear the smile, though, because of his iron clad contract. Loud pro-Cena chant from out of nowhere. He claims that he is not an entertainer, he is a giant. He claims that there is no NFL player, NBA player, no phony UFC fighter and certainly not anyone in the WWE that is in his league.Show claims that perhaps this is why no one came to his defense. Just minutes after he was begging, Brodus Clay is dancing his ass off in the ring, along with children, without a care in the world.
He brings up Kofi and Truth, and how they just went along with the motions. It was easy for all of us just to move on, according to Show. He calls the crowd shallow and phony, but even after all of this there is one guy that disappointed Show more than all of us, and that's John Cena. He thought Cena was going to create a locker room mutiny to get Show hired right back on the spot, but instead he did....Show points to the "great" promo of John Cena and his consistent dropping of "Loser." Damn, Show, you had to bring that up? Show said that Cena made jokes instead of trying to get Show's job back. He supposes he is nothing but a joke to all of us. Just one big joke. Cena hurt him when Cena decided he didn't care, and last week, Show hurt Cena. He knocked Cena out twice within 24 hours. This is nothing compared to No Way Out, though, because Cena won't be standing across the ring from a business man, it will be across the ring from an unstoppable giant.
Match 1: Santino Marella vs. Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio is quick on the attack, kicking Santino in the corner then bringing him in the center of the ring to hammer away on his face. He runs to the corner and Santino dodges, then hits an arm drag. Headbutt to the fallen Del RIo. Santino calls for the Cobra, but Del Rio kicks then quickly locks in the Cross Arm Breaker. Santino taps out quickly.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio (NR)
Afterwards, Del Rio removes the cobra sleeve then Ricardo Rodriguez announces him as the winner all up in the grill of Santino.
Backstage, Alex Riley is telling Eve that she's doing a fantastic job. From behind, Big Show is here. Eve tells Show that he gets to pick his opponent tonight. Riley looks over to Show. He tells him to take it easy, then says that for the record, he doesn't think it was right what Johnny Ace did and he admires Show. Big Show says he's not picking Riley, but there is a message he wants to send to the locker room. He slams Riley against the concrete wall, totally messing up his headphones in the process.
Match 2: World Tag Team Championship Match:
Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger vs. R-Truth and Kofi Kingston
Kofi and Swagger lock up to start. Swagger misses a corner hit and Kofi dropkicks his ass. Kofi tags Truth then they double team Swagger with a double arm drag. Truth wants to know what's up. He's so excited that he does the splits, a juke and jive and finally a leg drop.Pin for 1...2..NO! Swagger is up and whips Truth. Truth holds onto the ropes, pop lock and drops it, then sends Swagger to the outside. In comes Ziggler and Kofi and Truth knock him out of the ring with a double baseball slide as we go to our break.
We're back live, and Swagger has a double chickenwing locked in on Kofi. It looks like during the break, Dolph distracted Kofi, leading to the upperhand. Kofi is in the heel corner, trying to fight off the attack, but Swagger overpowers him with some shoulderblocks. Swagger distracts the ref and Ziggler chokes up Kofi a bit. Swagger with a body slam to Kofi then a tag. Ziggler with an elbow drop and a pin for 1...2..NO! Dolph works the left arm on the mat for a bit. Kofi leads to the corner. He is up and Dolph goes for a splash. He misses, allowing Kofi to get the tag. Truth comes in just as Ziggler tags Swagger. Truth is on fiyah. He rolls up Swagger for some pin but Ziggler breaks it up. Kofi is in, he flies towards Truth. Truth sends him up and over sending him right into Dolph's face. Swagger looks for the sneak pin, but Truth is out at 2, sends Swagger to the corner then hits the Paydirt and pins for the 1...2...3!!!
Winners: R-Truth and Kofi Kingston (**)
The commercial broke up what could have been a bit better, but it appears that this was more to get Dolph to leave the group than anything else.
After the match, Dolph screams to Vickie and Swagger that he is better than this. Vickie screams to let her help him, but Dolph isn't feelin it.
Backstage, Santino is with a trainer, feeling on his arm a bit. Big Show is here, he says he gets to pick his opponent tonight, and he chooses Santino. He grabs Santino by the face. Here's Brodus Clay!!! He hears Show's got beef. Brodus says if Show wants to pick an opponent, pick Show so he can give him somethin else to cry about. Show says to forget about dancing, because tonight he won't even be able to walk. The ladies come by after to make Brodus look super bad ass.
The music of People Power hits and Johnny Ace, Eve, and David Otunga come out to the ring. His name is...well, you know what it... (Continues on next page)