Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, June 4th, 2012 (USA Network)
Location: The BI-LO Center in Greenville, SC
Results by Tony Acero
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
We start the show with "the voice of the WWE," Michael Cole. He requests our attention, and truly beleives that there is one man responsible for the carnage caused by The Big Show, and it is his gues at this time, John Cena. Cole wants to get to the point, Big Show knocked Cena out twice but many people say that it pales in comparison to last week. Brodus, Kofi, Truth, Santino, Ryder, Riley, all casualties of the Big Show. This could have all been prevented if Cena had done the right thing such as come out and suport Big Show, but instead Cena wanted to make jokes. It was more important for Cena to be a comedian than it was to support Show. Cole wants to know how proud Cena is. Cena makes a My Little Pony reference then calls Ace a bully. Cena brings up the fact that Cena was going to get rid of Ace, if Show only would have waited. Cole says that no one truly knows whether Show was going to get rehired or not, but since Cena is so self centered that he forgot all about this. It's not all about John, Cole says. Show did what he had to do to feed his family. He took the sure thing, and the sure thing was signing with Ace. The Big Show also decided that it was time to teach everyone a lesson. He also proved that he was a giant.
Cena says Show is a man that was money hungry. He got fired and hit some tough times. Big Show chose the easy way off, the sure thing. Cena doesn't judge anyone. It was his decision, but it wasn't us who turned our back on Show, it was Show that turned his back on all of us. Cole says that maybe Cena is jealous of The Big Show. Or jealous that Big Show won at Mania, or that he didn't get his ass handed to him by Brock for 20 minutes. Cole says that he has been an advocate of Cena since day one, but he's seeing him in a different light. Cole calls Cena overrated. He is hoping that Big Show finally puts every fan out of their misery. Before Cena gets carried away, he cannot strike an announcer.
The music of People Power hits and here comes motorized Johnny. He lets Cena know that tonight, Cena can choose his opponent tonight, and Cena quickly tries to choose Ace, but Ace cuts him off saying that he officially retired after Over the Limit. Anyone else is game, though. Cena considers his options, then decides that tonight he is going to face an opponent that he has been watching for years. A man who is uninteresting, overrated and being shoved down our throats every week...hmmmm. Cena chooses Michael Cole. Cole tries to talk himself out of the match with Ace, but Ace scoots himself off the stage and it looks like the match is made.
Backstage, Michael Cole is trying to talk to Ace about the match. Johnny says that there is a rumor going around that everybody's job is being evaluated. He says this is all about people power. Cole says that people do not want to see Cena beat the hell out of Cole. Ace grins after hearing the crowd and says, "Yes the do." He then tells Cole not to call him Johnny and get back to announcing.
Vickie Guerrero is out and is cut off after Excuse Me! by Michael Cole making his way to the announce table. She continues her announcment of Dolph Ziggler who comes out with a grin, ready for his match.
Match 1: Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler
Lock up but Dolph fights out with some rights. Sheamus sends Dolph into t he corner and hits some rights, then whips him into the corner again and Dolp hits an elbow. Ziggler runs nito Sheamus, floats over and tries for a sunset flip but Sheamus hits the Finlay Roll and a pin for 1...2..NO!. Sheamus grabs the chin of Dolph on the outside and pulls him towards the ropes. Sheamus hits the ropes then flies towards Dolph, but Dolph pulls the ropes and out goes Sheamus. Sheamus pulls Dolph out from under the ropes. He lifts up Dolph on his shoulder, Dolph floats over and tries to send Sheamus into the pole, but Shemaus stops it. Sheamus sends Dolph into the stair,s but Dolph hops atop them and joms to the opposite side. Vickie is here to yell at him, so Dolph runs into the ring and baseball slides the distracted Sheamus as we go to break.
Back, and both men are locked up. Sheamus is hitting some headbutts, then the ropes, but Dolph hits a high knee to the gut then locks a chinlock/chicken weing. During the break, Dolph sent Sheamus into the pole shoulder first. Sheamus is trying to power out of the hold, and does with a headbut then an arm drag. Sheamus with an axe handle, another to Dolph. He shoves Dolph into the corner then hits a knee of his own before hitting a nice body slam into a pin for 1...2..NO! Sheamus with a right. He misses a clothsline and Dolph kicks the mid section then hits a DDT. Ziggler with the cover for 1...2..NO! Dolph goes up top but Sheamus is up and hits a right hand, then another. Sheamuss is looking for a Superplex but Dolph hits him down then hits a leg drop! Nice. Ziggler covers but gets a 2 and a half. Both men are down but stirring. Dolph is up first, he's calling for the Zig Zag but Sheamus just snapmares his ass down, then Dolph runs right into White Noise. Sheamus is calling for the Brogue Kick! He hits it. Covers for 1...2...3!!
Winner: Sheamus (**1/2)
The commercial broke up what was a pretty good flowing match that went much better and longer on Smackdown.
Sheamus is celebrating at the top of the stage when from out of nowhere, Alberto Del Rio comes flying out and attacks Sheamus. Del RIo has Sheamus trapped up against the big WWE logo. Ricardo comes out and grabs the leg of Sheamus, trapping him as Del Rio goes to work. Sheamus is hanging off the edge of the stage. Del Rio locks in the Armbreaker as Sheamus hangs over the edge.
We're backstage, and Ace wants his coffee! Here's Otunga, with his iPad, and wants to show Ace that... (Continues on next page)