Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, June 11th, 2012 (USA Network)
Location: The XL Center in Hartford, CT.
Results by Tony Acero
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
We start the show with the innovator of People Power, Johnny Ace! According to King, tonight may very well be the last night of ol Ace-head. He introduces himself only to be cut off by No Chance! And here comes the man himself, Mr. McMahon. Power Walk of Doom gets Vince to the ring without tearing anything, and he's got a mic. Ace extends his hand, but Vince says he isn't shaking his hand. He claims that this is all business. He is here to give Ace a job performance evaluation, so let's get right to it. Vince wants ONE reason as to why he shouldn't fire Ace's pencil necked butt right now. Ace has two words for that, "People Power!" He mentions the 100th 1000th show of RAW, the time is now. He empowers people, and they love him for it. Vince asks if we do, and we don't. Ace says that these are the same people who used to boo Vince years ago. Now, they respect him as the legend he is, including Ace. Johnny says that they all have a few things in common. They are both visionaries, innovators and astute business men. The crowd chants "Fire Johnny." Vince brings up the signing of Brock and how there are now two legal battles they have to endure, and he also brings up Zach Gowen being the wrong one-legged wrestler, haha. Or, what about Big Show? Vince says that Big Show hasn't performed well since 1999 and Ace signed him to a lucrative, no break contract? Ace calls him biased towards Show due to the one time Vince had his head shoved up Big Show's ass.
Ace brings up the carnage that Show has done and what he will do to Cena in the Steel Cage? Why is Ace the man for the job? Because he does it all. Not only is he the GM of RAW and Smackdown, he is also the Executive VP of Talent Relations. Vince claims that we cannot even understand what Ace is saying. Both suits are cut off by Sheamus of all people. Interesting. They hint at a change in the title match.
Vince McMahon introduces Sheamus to Johnny Ace. haha. Sheamus claims it's great to see Mr. McMahon back here. As champion, he felt it was his duty to let Vince know that what Ace said is right. He is a friend. The type of friend that will fine you half a mil just because he can. The type to hold a personal vendetta for bumping into him. Vince McMahon mentions that #FireJohnny is trending worldwide. Way to prioritize there, Vince. Sheamus closes with saying that Vince should fire him.
Ace says that he is going to the back to get an opponent for Sheamus right now! Vince stops him, and says that it better be a really good opponent. Every match tonight better be very impressive, and if Vince is not impressed, at the end of the night, Vince is going to fire his ass.
Vince hops on Johnny Ace's scooter and heads up the ramp, riding it like a horse of sorts. And because the Scooter Store wouldn't sponsor WWE, Vince takes the scooter and shoves it off of the stage.
Back to the show, and we get a recap of the match between Del Rio and Khali. They blame Khali's hard chop to the head of Del Rio as the cause of the concussion. Johnny Ace comes out and says that he found Sheamus' opponent, and he's not in a good mood.
Match 1: Tensai vs. Sheamus
Tensai pushes Sakamoto aside and makes his way straight towards the ring. The bell rings and they lock up. Tensai gets Sheamus backed up to the ropes, then is sent to the corner. They roll around a bit till Sheamus gets him in the corner. Tensai with a side headlock, gets sent to the ropes, and hits a shoulder, knocking Sheamus down. Sheamus with a side headlock of his own, gets sent to the ropes and tries for a shoulderblock, but to no avail. Tensai with a right, so Sheamus fires back, sending Tensai into the corner. Reverse whip and Sheamus hits a big boot then a clip to the knee. Elbow to th eback, but Tensai is up and hits a back elbow in the corner. Another right hand in the corner. Tensai hits a back elbow to the face of Sheamus. He lifts up Shemaus and hits a headbutt, then goes for a clothesline. Shemaus ducks and gets a couple of forearm hits, before clotheslining Tensai to the outside! Sheamus goes over with him.
We are back, and we're really zoomed into the gut of Tensai. It's covered in red, as apparently Sheamus is not pulling any punchees. Sheamus hits a few rights before Tensai hits a knee to Sheamus! Tensai whips Sheamus into the corner then hits a splash into the corner. Tensaid on the second rope, and hits a big body splash and a pin for 1...2..NO! Tensai steps on the head of Sheamus and twists the left arm. Sheamus has a cut just above his nose and Sheamus hits some hard headbutts then a few blows to the gut, followed by the clubbing forearms to the back. Shoulder into the gut, kick to Tensai! Axe handle to the head and a pin for 1...2..NO! Sheamus sets up for White Noise, but Tensai hits some elbows to the head of Sheamus. Tensai struggles a bit, sending Sheamus to the outside, but Sheamus is on the apron. He hits a shoulder then does the beat down on the chest thing, only with Tensai on the inside of the ring! Sheamus gets on the tope rope and dives for the battering ram off the corner! Tensai catches him, though, and hits a Baldo Bomb! Pin for 1...2....NO!!!! Whoa. Tensai with some headbutts on the floor to Sheamus. Both men up and he tries to whip Sheamus. Sheamus holds on tight, though, then gets hit with a kick. Sheamus hits the ropes just as Tensai does, too. Brogue Kick from out of nowhere! Pin for 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Sheamus (**1/2)
I can't help but feel like we missed something very vital during the break. I can only imagine that the match in its entirety, without the break killing the momentum would have given me something much more to latch onto.
We're backstage and Vince, Teddy and Johnny Ace are all there. Vince says that... (Continues on next page)