Raw Fusion: Workplace Invasion

by Firefly on 12th May 2013

The 6th May 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video recapping the tweets from earlier in the day from Paul Heyman, regarding himself and Brock Lesnar being at the WWE Headquarters in Stamford, CT, USA, as well as a video recapping the events of last week involving The Shield, Team Hell No, John Cena, and Ryback.

John Cena’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring to kick off this episode, where he says that you can sense the unrest in the WWE Universe, and that although competing in the main event last week was probably not the best decision for his heel, in no way will it stop him from defending the WWE Championship against Ryback at Extreme Rules.

He says that after Ryback refused to compete last week and chose to end Raw breathing heavy on the stage and gazing into Cena’s eyes, he thinks that Ryback is ready to “DTF” – which he says stands for “Do The Fandango” – and that the picture of him and Betty White is photoshopped.

Cena says that he is not a teacher, lawyer, or doctor, but what he is is a WWE Superstar and the WWE Champion. He says that as long as he is medically cleared, his job is to get into the ring every single week and do his job.

He says that at Extreme Rules, Ryback will realise that “The Champ is here”. He is interrupted from talking further by Vickie Guerrero making her way out to the ring and telling him that she is excited about Extreme Rules, which she then hypes, followed by her introducing Ryback.

Ryback’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where Vickie asks Cena what the stipulation for the match with Ryback should be. Cena says that he doesn’t care what the stipulation is, other than it not being a “Vickie Guerrero Granny Panties On A Pole match”.

Vickie asks Ryback what he wants the stipulation to be, and after he calls Cena stupid for giving up the chance to choose it, he says that the match at Extreme Rules between them will be a Last Man Standing match, and immediately leaves.

After a video recapping the events of SmackDown involving Randy Orton, Damien Sandow, and The Big Show, and Damien Sandow making fun of Randy Orton to the theme of Orton’s music, Damien Sandow takes on Randy Orton in a match which sees Orton get the victory, when he hits Sandow with an RKO for the 3-count.

Afterwards, the camera is focused on the announcers when their attention turns to the stage and it shows The Big Show standing tall over a downed Randy Orton, apparently having knocked him out as a replay of it happening is shown.

After a video recapping the events involving Chris Jericho and Fandango two weeks ago, Chris Jericho announces that he has put together a judges panel to critique Fandango’s performance on this episode, as he then introduces his fellow judges, “Tons Of Funk” Tensai and “Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay (accompanied by “Funkadactyls” Cameron and Naomi).

Fandango (accompanied by his original dance partner, rather than NXT Diva Summer Rae) is pitted against R-Truth, with the judges scoring Fandango’s entrance with 2’s and Truth with 10’s. The match sees Truth get the victory as a result of a count-out, when Fandango walks away due to being annoyed with the judges for the poor scores that they keep giving him.

After a video recapping the match between Ryback and Daniel Bryan on SmackDown, and the attack on Bryan by The Shield backstage afterwards, Josh Mathews’ interview with Daniel Bryan that is interrupted by Ryback and Kane, and a video recapping the Triple Threat Tag Team Match from SmackDown, Alberto Del Rio goes against Dolph Ziggler (accompanied by Big E Langston and AJ Lee).

Jack Swagger’s music hits and he makes his way to ringside with Zeb Colter during the match, with Colter joining commentary, and the match sees Del Rio get the victory as a result of a disqualification, when Big E Langston pulls Del Rio out of the ring and sends him flying into Jack Swagger.

Jack Swagger responds by sending Langston into the ring post, a clothesline to Del Rio, and then grabbing a ladder from underneath the ring. After knocking Ricardo Rodriguez down with it, he enters the ring with the ladder and hits Del Rio and Ziggler with it, before leaving with Colter.

After a video hyping the partnership between WWE and Yahoo, and an interaction backstage involving Kaitlyn, “Funkadactyls” Cameron and Naomi, Natalya, and The Great Khali, and a video recapping The Shield’s attack of Kane on SmackDown, “The Shield” Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns take on Kofi Kingston and “The Usos” Jimmy and Jey in a Six-Man Tag Team match.

The match sees Ambrose get the victory for The Shield, when Rollins pushes Kingston off the turnbuckle and Ambrose follows it up by hitting Kingston with a headlock driver for the 3-count.

After a video recapping the match between Kofi Kingston and Antonio Cesaro on Main Event, as well as the aftermath backstage, Antonio Cesaro is pitted against “Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder in a match which sees Cesaro get the victory, when he hits Ryder with the Neutralizer for the 3-count.

Afterwards, Cesaro says that there is nobody on any of the WWE shows that can handle what he can do in the ring, as he puts the W in WWE.

Next up, Justin Roberts introduces Paul Heyman via satellite, who rolls footage of his self-guided tour of the WWE Headquarters with Brock Lesnar, before he says that it is ironic that although he has a history with “Extreme”, he is usually the voice of reason when it involves Brock Lesnar.

However, Heyman says that since Triple H hit him with a Pedigree, he will no longer be the voice of reason for Lesnar, but will instead encourage Lesnar to do as much damage as possible. He is interrupted from continuing by Triple H’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring.

Triple H says that Heyman might want to get the guy who affixed the microphone to him to fix his hair, but that he himself knows something about extreme too, as he founded Degeneration-X, tore through many in the Attitude Era, and knocked out Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.

He says that he doesn’t buy the claim that they went to the WWE Headquarters looking for Triple H, when they know that Triple H is right there on Monday Night Raw. He says that he has two offices – the one that Lesnar tore up, and the office that he is standing in – the latter of which he says is where he became a man, which Lesnar never came.

Triple H says that if Brock Lesnar has anything to say to him, then he should say it to his face, as he is not very hard to find. He says that if Lesnar thinks that he’s walking into this office and doing what he did to the other one, unfortunately for Lesnar, in this office they fight back.

After another video hyping the “Total Divas” show, AJ Lee and “Bella Twins” Nikki and Brie go against Kaitlyn and “Funkadacytls” Cameron and Naomi in a Six-Diva Tag Team match which sees Kaitlyn get the victory for her team, when she takes advantage of the Bella Twins not wanting to be tagged in, and hits AJ with a spear for the 3-count.

After a segment involving Sheamus and Mark Henry, in which the events of the past few weeks are shown and they talk about their upcoming match at Extreme Rules, Mark Henry joins commentary as Sheamus takes on Wade Barrett in a match which sees Sheamus get the victory, when he hits Barrett with a Brogue Kick for the 3-count.

Afterwards, Mark Henry enters the ring and attacks Sheamus with a belt, which he ends with a World’s Strongest Slam to Sheamus on the floor at ringside.

Next, Ryback is pitted against Kane in a match which sees Ryback get the victory, when he hits Kane with a Shell-Shock for the 3-count.

Afterwards, The Shield’s music hits and they make their way to the ring, which Daniel Bryan quickly enters to even up the odds, followed shortly after by John Cena. The Shield surround the ring and start to attack, but the appearance of Ryback with a steel chair makes them back off slightly, especially as Ryback hits Cena with the chair.

Ryback stands over a downed Cena, as Raw goes off the air.

About the Author: Firefly

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Discovering WCW Monday Nitro in the 1990s, he has been hooked on wrestling ever since, later going on to also discover WWF (now WWE), and even later numerous independent promotions, TNA and now the very captivating challenger known as AEW.

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