Raw Fusion: Raw Royalty
The 18th April 2011 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with R-Truth making his way to the ring in his usual way before talking about how he is not perfect, but he is happy to have a shot at the WWE Championship at Extreme Rules.
He says that he’ll walk out of the match as the WWE Champion, and be a fighting champion by defending it against anyone, anywhere and at any time (which sounds like the 24/7 Rule for the Hardcore title that Crash Holly started a number of years ago, before the title was retired).
John Morrison makes his presence known by making his way to the ring and talking about how luck was on R-Truth’s side, and contests his claim of being in the best shape of his life by showing a clip from Raw last week of him taking a drink of water while John Cena made his way to the ring.
Truth realises that Morrison is trying to goad him into putting his shot on the line – especially when the fact that he smokes comes up, but Truth seems to unwittingly fall into it anyway and Morrison calls for a referee to come to the ring.
The match between them sees Morrison get the victory and take Truth’s place in the Triple Threat match at Extreme Rules. Afterwards while Morrison celebrates, Truth attacks him and leaves him down on the outside. Truth then proceeds to have some water and then smoke a cigarette given to him from a fan – something which causes the crowd to chant “that’s illegal” as in the UK, smoking in public places is banned – and blows the smoke into the downed Morrison’s face and then leaves.
Next, Dolph Ziggler (accompanied by Vickie Guerrero and sporting a new haircut and hair colour) takes on Evan Bourne in a match which sees Ziggler hit the Zig-Zag for the 3-count after Bourne misses the shooting star press but still lands on his feet.
After a video recapping highlights of Sin Cara since his début, and another video recapping Edge’s career highlights and retirement speech, The Miz makes his way to the ring with Alex Riley. The Miz talks about how R-Truth made a disrespectful decision earlier and didn’t realise that it affected more than just him, as The Miz now has to face Cena and Morrison instead of Cena and Truth like he had been preparing for.
As it is also a Triple Threat Cage match and means that he could lose the title by Cena pinning Morrison in the ring while he escapes the cage, or Morrison escaping the cage while The Miz pins Cena in the ring, he says that he’s not going to move from the ring until the Anonymous Raw General Manager puts it right. After calling for Riley to fetch him a chair, he sits on it in the ring, waiting and talking.
The Miz says that at the end of the match he will still be the WWE Champion, because he’s The Miz, and he’s… being interrupted by Sin Cara. Sin Cara manages to clear the ropes with plenty of space when he enters the ring this time, but as he faces off against The Miz and Riley (the latter of which he is supposed to have a match against), John Cena’s music hits and he runs to the ring to apparently back Cara up, which causes The Miz and Riley to bail out of it.
Michael Cole receives an email from the GM on his iPad, and he says that the match will now be a Tag Team match pitting Sin Cara and John Cena against The Miz and Alex Riley, and will take place right now. The match sees Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Riley and Cara follows it up with a springboard moonsault that he botches by overshooting Riley and only actually landing his arm on him, but he still gets the 3-count anyway.
After another video hyping the début of the person formerly named Awesome Kong, this time of her ripping a doll apart, Eve Torres goes against Nikki Bella (accompanied by her Divas Champion twin sister, Brie) in a match which sees Brie taunt Eve on their way to the ring that she might not get her title shot as she might not be on Raw after the WWE Draft next week, and also sees Eve roll up Nikki for the 3-count after a kick to the face.
Afterwards, Cole insults the females of the WWE once again by saying “enough of this” and then talking about how he will be knighted “Sir Michael Cole” later on. After a video recapping the events of Raw last week and it’s aftermath as well as on SmackDown! last week involving Swagger and Cole, Cole introduces Swagger to the ring who appears to like him again.
Cole puts on a cape and Swagger reads a scroll (“Hear he, hear ye!”) and talks about how after tonight he will no longer be known as “Mr. WrestleMania” but “Sir Michael Cole”, and the WWE Universe will witness a knighting ceremony for the first time, before he then introduces “Queen Elizabeth” who comes out to “God Save The Queen”.
Obviously it is not really the Queen and the fans in attendance vocally show that with “who are you” chants. She knights Cole with a sword and Cole happily kisses her on the lips afterwards in celebration, causing not outrage but a smile from her, and she then leaves once more to “God Save The Queen” – as she does, Cole asks for a round of applause for him.
He also tries to get the crowd to chant “Sir Michael Cole”, but after each time the crowd chant “sucks”, so he tells them that they should be silent as they are now his peasants. He seems to think that being knighted makes you a member of the Royal family, and he says that he thinks that the “peasants” Jerry “The King” Lawler and Jim Ross should enter the ring and kiss his foot (which looks disgusting).
Lawler and Ross both enter the ring, but Lawler gets taken out by Swagger and thrown over the barricade, after which Ross gets attacked by Swagger and forced down to Cole’s foot when Swagger applies the ankle lock as Cole continues to taunt him, before which he addresses the crowd and says that it should be a lesson to all of them as he is “Sir Michael Cole”.
Next up, Santino Marella goes against Sheamus in a match which sees Sheamus first remind Marella that the last time they were in the UK, Marella embarrassed him with a tea party, so as he might not get the chance to do so after next week’s WWE Draft, the United States Champion is going to embarrass him instead. Sheamus hits Marella with the Brogue Kick to get the 3-count.
After a video recapping the earlier events between Morrison and R-Truth, and another video recapping the events of last week on Raw involving Randy Orton and The New Nexus, CM Punk takes on Randy Orton in a match where The New Nexus are banned from ringside.
The match ends with Orton rolling up Punk for the 3-count, but he doesn’t get much chance to celebrate as The New Nexus’ theme hits and Michael McGillicutty, Mason Ryan, and David Otunga run down and attack Orton.
Mason backs up to the corner and gets a crazy look like he’s going to hit Orton with his own punt, but Punk stops him and says that it’s a good idea, but this is his. Punk sets up to do it but the time it took allowed Orton to recover enough and counter it with an RKO before bailing out of the ring before The New Nexus could attack him again.
A groggy-looking Orton makes his way up the ramp and Punk has a tantrum in the ring, as Raw goes off the air.