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 there’s something big on WWE.com. Ace says he doesn’t care what’s on WWE.com. Otunga says that Vince McMahon is returning next week on RAW to give Johnny Ace a job performance evaluation.
Up next, we got Sin Cara Rojo in action against Hunico. This match should probably be a much bigger deal, but it will most likely last a minute.
Match 2: Sin Cara vs. Hunico
Hunico starts with a kick then some right hand to the back. Sin Cara springboards off the ropes over Hunico then hits a really fancy arm drag, sending Hunico to the outside. Cara isn’t done though, as he hits a Hurricanrana over the top rope onto tHunico on the otuside. Cara sends Hunico inside and hits a sunset flip from the top rope but Hunico slides out and kicks Cara. Knee to the spine of Hunico and a pin for 1…2..NO! Hunico from behind, locks in a chin lock. Cara turns into it and hits an elbow but Hunico hits the chin. Firemans from Hunico but Cara spins out of it and hits another arm drag. Hunico kicks Cara in the corner but Cara gets out, hops over, hits a high kick using te rope for leverage. Springboard into a Hurricanran and a drop kick. He hits the ropes, Hunico arm drags, but Cara bounces off the ropes and hits an arm drag. Nice. Springboard elbow to Hunico. Camacho on the apron so Cara dropkicks. We get an elongated head scissors into a face plant and a pin for 1…2…3
Winner: Sin Cara(*1/2)
As I said, a lot of history in the match that was condensed into about a minute. The minute was fun, though.
We’re going to see a Ryback squash soon, so we get some jobbers that I weigh more than cutting a promo. Aww, this is a cute, they cut it ala stereo, saying a little rhyming poem/promo at the same time. That’s one way to get remembered…
Match 3: Ryback vs. Arthur Rosenburg and Stan Stanski
Rosenburg first, flies only to get tossed over. Stanski then gets grabbed mid air and sent into Rosenburg. Ryback witha stalled suplex. He picsk up one ude and sends him nito the other then splashes them in the corner and finally ends with a clothesline to both dudes….not like two arms, one for each, but a clothesline – one arm, hitting both guys. We then get the double pick up into a Samoan Drop and a pin.
Winner: Ryback (NR)
As with any weekly squash, it needs to lead to something, otherwise it bores me.
According to the graphic and Justin Roberts, the next match requires a winner due to the inability to produce one the last two times Kane and Punk have faced off. Michael Cole lets us know that he needs to make a phone call. He is on the phone with Johnny Ace while King shills the Triple Threat. It’s a no go. Punk is introduced than Daniel Bryan makes his way down before the match begins. He wants to have a Q&A with the crowd. Has AJ gone nuts? YES! Will Kane destroy CM Punk tonight? YES! At No Way Out, will Daniel Bryan become the new WWE Champion? YES! YES! YES! Kane’s fire goes boom before the match, so this means he ain’t going to be winning, usually.
Match 4: CM Punk vs. Kane
Lockup and Kane sends Punk into the corner. Kane stomps after some rights, until the four count. Kane grabs Punk by the head and slams him head first into the turnbuckle then hits the kidney. Another right but to the head this time then a hip to the corner. Kane runs right into a boot from Punk, then a flying kick. Punk backs up against the ropes and Punk clotheslines him over, then suicide dives in between the ropes into Kane. He rolls into the ring then stands atop the turnbuckle and drops an axe handle onto Kane on the outside. Punk sends Kane back in the ring then hops up the steps and going up top yet again. Cross body. Pin for 1..2…NO! Punk with the kicks to the side of Kane, he hits the ropes, but Kane raisesa knee then dropkicks the face of the seated Punk. Kane with a cover for 2. Kane gets Punk in the corner and kind of just presses on his head. Punk is hanging over the ropes and Kane hits an uppercut on the outside then rolls back in. Kane with a kick to the kidney, then another to the midsection. Punk rolls over on his back and Kane drops a few elbows to the chest of Punk. Pin for 2 by Kane. Kane with a body slam. He hits the ropes then drops a leg onto Punk. Kane goes for the cover for 1…2..NO! Kane locks in a body scissors and chin lock but Kane elbows out of it. Both men u now and Punk chops then kicks then elbows his way into Kane. Punk hits the roopes but Kane catrches and Punk flies over then kicks Kane. One more, then a back elbow. Punk hits the ropes again but runs into Kane’s hands as he tosses him voer the top rope!
We’re back and Punk has the sleeper hold locked in!! It’s short lived though, because Kane hits a back suplex. Kane with a pin for 1…2..NO! Kane locks in a chin lock down on the mat. Kane is up, so is Punkk. Sidewalk slam and a pin for 1…2..NO! Kane is looking to fly. He’s atop the turnbuckle, but Punk runs up the turnbuckle and hits a really high knee! Both men are down on the mat. Kane falls to a standing position. Punk with the running knee into the bulldog! Pin for 1…2…NO! Punk off the turnbuckle with a clothesline and a pin for 1…2..NO! Punk is calling for the Go To Sleep. Kane is out of it! He calls fort the chokeslam!! Punk with the swinging neckbreaker and a pin for 1…2…NO!!! Punk is going to the corner. He’s looking for the elbow, but Kane is up with a right hand to Punk, crotching him on the corner. Kane is looking for a suplex. Punk fights out though, with some rights, then an ear smack! Punk is up top! He calls for it! He flies! Hits the elbow to the face of Kane. Pin for 1…2…NO! Kane rolls to the outside, so Punk hits a baseball slide. Both men are outsid, now and Bryan is watching at the announce booth. Kane sends Punk into the barricade right next to Bryan. Puk gets up to head into the ring and Daniel Bryan is up! He gives two hard kicks to CM Punk while the ref tries to hold Kane back. Bryan goes back to his seat as Kane grabs Punk and brings him back into the ring. Kane calls for the chokeslam! Goozle! But here’s Punk with a high kick!!!!
Here’s AJ!!!! She comes to tell the ref what Bryan did! Bryan is yelling for her to leave! Punk hits the ropes then flies into Bryan, sending him off the apron!! He rolls back into the ring and Kane is there to chokeslam Punk!!! Pin for 1…2…3!!!
Winner: CM Punk (***1/2)
This was better than Smackdown in my opinion, and had a great flow to it. I have high hopes for the Triple Threat, even though I know some aren’t looking forward to it.
AJ runs in to check on Punk as I realzie my assessment of Kane losing was obviously off. They got me. Kane stares down AJ. Bryan goes in the ring and Kane knocks him out of the ring. AJ stands up, looking cute. Meek. Adorable. Charming. She then smiles at Kane…Kane does the Michael Myers head tilt then leaves the ring, thinking to himself “Ah hells nah.”
After the break, we’re in the back with AJ. Mathews wants her to explain the “look” she gave Kane. AJ wants to know what look he’s talking about. She smiles, then grabs his tie. She says she likes when men look at her…then requires him to look at her. She says he seems uncomfortable. She’s still holding onto the tie, then pulls him in close and asks if he doesn’t like agressive women, because she does. She gets real close, pats him on the head and says he jusst might be her type. -le sigh-
Cole has a heartfelt plea, and wants us to use social media to assure he doesn’t have that match tonight.
Match 5: R-Truth and Kofi Kingston vs. Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins
We come back to the match already in progress. Hawkins knocks Kofi down and pins for two. Truth is bandaged and Kofi is too. Tag to Truth and we hit a double arm drag. Kogi with a kick and Truth does the splits, then hits a leg drop, no selling any possible injury he may be having. Curt goes for a tag and in comes Reks. Truth flies off the ropes, spinning elbow, then hits some rights in the corner. Hawkins with the distraction, and Reks pulls TRuth off the turnbuckle. I miss a high impact move and a pin from Reks which only gets 2. Tag to Hawkins and he’s in with a chin lock then a tag to Reks. Reks with a kick to the arm of Truth. Reks with an elbow, but Truth ffights back. Reks holds him up but Truth floats off and hits a high kick to the face of Reks. Tag to Kofi, and he comes in flyin. High clothesline, then the boom drop! Kofi calls for the Trouble in paradise, but Reks distracts. He knocks Reks off then hits a high cross body onto Hawkins. Pin for 1…2..Reks is in to breeak it up. Truth is in,, he sends Reks out. Curt flies into the corner and mises a splash. Kofi with Trouble in Paradise and a pin for 1…2…3!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth (*1/2)
The match was short and cut in half by the break. Truth didn’t sell ANYTHING.
John Cena comes out for his match, and before the match can start, Ace comes out on his scoot scoot. Ace says that it’s very clear that people want to see Cena vs Cole. But it’s also clear that Johnny Ace always delivers. So, tonight’s match will be a No Disqualification match, provided that Cena is victorious against….Lord Tensai.
Match 6: John Cena vs. Tensai
Lock up and Tensai sends Cole to the corner. SOme hard right elbows into the head of Cena until Tensai stomps Cena to the mat. Tensai with a hard headbutt as Cole screams on…Tensai with a nerve pinch then a boot to the face of Cena until the ref pulls him back. Slingshot into the ropes from Tensai and Cena is selling the 30 second beatdown like Lesnar just handled him. Tensai with some back elbows, but Cena fires back with some rights, then clotheslines Tensai to the outside. Tensai rolls Cena back in, though. And we get a commercial break.
We’re back and Cena is hitting a dropkick but Tensai is like “nope, won’t work” and lifts Cena up, sending him into the corner. Tensai with a whip to the corner followed by a splash and Cena falls. Tensai sends Cena to the corner, goes for a nother splash, but Cena lifts the leg up and hits a leg drop. He goes for a suplex but Tensai gets out and leg drops the arm. Clothesline and a pin for 1…2..NO! Tensai punches the shoulder of Cena then headbutts Cena, causing him to roll to the outside. Tensai follows out and Cole is calling shots. Tensai slams Tensai’s head to the announce booth and COLE SLAPS HIM!!! Haha. King sits him down. Cena is on the apron and Tensai headbutts Cena. Tensai back o the outside, and sends Cena into the steps, shoulders first. Tensai rolls back in as the ref counts. Cole will not shut up. The ref is at 8. Cena slides into the ring at 9 and Tensai gets him in a double underhook. He suplexes and pins for 1…2…NO! Tensai is calling for the end. He hits the roepes. Butt splash! But Cena moves. Shoulderblock. Another! He socks Sakumoto! Proto bomb to Tensai.YOu Can’t See Me. Five knuckle shuffle. Cena looking for the AA! He hits it and pins for 1…2…3
Winner: John Cena (**)
Does this officially end the Tensai experiment?
Cole looks worried and Cena looks tired. Cena realizes he is not done and smiles. The ref calls for the bell, and it’s time for the match. Cole reluctantly removes his headset then decides to make a run for it. He runs through the crowd and Cena follows, then catches him and gets him in a sidehead lock. Cena, playfully brings him back towards the ring, tosses him barricade, then grabs him from running again. Cole grabs a mic, then Cena sends him in the ring.
Match 5: Michael Cole vs. John Cena
Cole on the mic; we don’t have to do it this way, he says. He says that he and Cena go way back. They’ve been great friends. He’s supported Cena his entire career. He says they can shake hands, like what friends do. Cole removes the jacket. He doesn’t like that Cena thinks this is funny. Off comes the tie. Lavender shirt Cole is ready to go to town on Cena. He tells him to keep laughing. If he thought it was embarrassing when Johnny Ace beat him, but just imagine when Michael Cole beats Cena live on RAW. Ask Lawler what it’s like to be embarrassed. He pokes the chest of Cena and wants to remind Cena of who he is. Cena grabs the mic. He says that they’re going to remember Cole as the guy tonight who got his ass kicked. Cena rips the shirt of Cole then chops the chest. Cena then rips the pants off of Cole. Cena grabs the legs and stomps the little Coles. Cena with a front faced headlock, then sends Cole to the corner and calls for silence. Chop to the chest of Cole and even the ref is shocked. Cole, with a cravat from behind, and the mic. He says the Mania matchwas a joke, and Cole owes an apology to the King. Cole says he is sorry. Cena asks for another apology, and this one is for Jim Ross. Didn’t we see this before? Cole calls JR his mentor and his idol and he is sorry, like 5 times. Cena pimps the BBQ sauce and wants to hear Cole tell everyone how much he loves JR’s BBQ sauce. Cena wishes they had some…and lucky for us, King has some!! Three bottle’s worth! Well hunky-fuckin-dory! Cena mic checks Cole in the head then goes to get the sauce.
Cole gets sauced in the ring by Cena. Cena then grabs a nearby fire extinguisher and sprays Cole all over. For good measure, Cena lifts up Cole and goes for an AA. But here’s Tensai who decides to Baldo Bomb Cena. Cole scrambles over for the cover, but Cena kicks out. Cena is still a little out of it, so Cole grabs the fire extinguisher. He is looking to hit Cena with it! Cena ducks it and gets Attitude Adjustment ready. he hits it and pins for 1….2…3
Winner: John Cena (No Rating)
Credit: Tony Acero