Raw Fusion: No Confidence
The 3rd October 2011 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with Randy Orton taking on Drew McIntyre in a match which sees Orton get the victory, when he hits McIntyre with an RKO for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Orton celebrates before turning his attention to McIntyre once more, and hitting him with another RKO. As he goes back to his celebration, Mark Henry’s music hits and he makes his way down the ramp, with his taunt of raising his World Heavyweight Championship causing Orton to attack Henry, and both men having to be pulled apart a number of times by security at the direction of John Laurinaitis.
After a video recapping when Mark Henry took out the big show and the announcers hyping The Big Show’s return on this coming Friday Night SmackDown!, Mark Henry is pitted against John Morrison in a match which sees Henry get the victory, when he hits Morrison with the World’s Strongest Slam for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Henry decides to send a message as he hits Morrison with another World’s Strongest Slam, and telling him that he now knows what it is like to be in the ring with a beast. He says that Orton knows, and he defeated Orton to retain his title, so if Orton is listening to him, he is done with him.
Henry says that he just saw that Friday on SmackDown!, somebody will be looking for him, but he says that he won’t be hard to find – he will be the World Heavyweight Champion holding the World Heavyweight Championship, so when The Big Show shows up, it will be the shortest return in WWE history as he will be put on the shelf again as he will once again enter the “Hall of Pain”.
Going backstage, John Laurinaitis is talking with numerous Superstars including WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Vickie Guerrero, Dolph Ziggler, Christian and David Otunga, and he says that he understands that they all have their grievances.
He says that they are not the only ones, but addressing Otunga, he says that Triple H asks if he has anything to do with the lawsuit filed by The Miz and R-Truth. Otunga asks what if he did, he says that what he wants to know is what Triple H will do about the legitimate grievances, but Laurinaitis says that he doesn’t know, but he will talk to Triple H about it – Vickie says that they are going to go to the ring and present their case to the public.
Back in the arena, the aforementioned Superstars except Del Rio are in the ring, but he soon joins them and he says that at Hell In A Cell, he became the new WWE Champion (click here for our Hell In A Cell report).
He says that he got rid of John Cena and beat CM Punk, but unfortunately he couldn’t celebrate his victory as two people who were fired jumped the rail, entered the cell, and attacked him. Del Rio says that this is because of Triple H, and that he doesn’t know how to run the company.
Del Rio says that the moment that he won, the cell was magically raised, allowing John Cena to come back in, along with the “hooligans”, then it was “magically” lowered again. He says that only one man had the power to make that decision, and that man is Triple H.
Christian says that Triple H is the COO of the WWE and that it is fine, but that ever since he took over the day-to-day operations of the show, Raw has become an unsafe place to work, so he agrees with Del Rio and is sure that the others in the ring will also agree that they are not going to take it any more.
Cody Rhodes says that this is not a conspiracy, but that it is a fact, and that every single person in the ring has been a victim of Triple H’s reckless and negligent actions. He says that this is because of “someone’s” enormous ego. Dolph Ziggler says that Triple H’s actions or lack thereof have gone on unsupervised long enough, so they are going to do something about it and take action into their own hands.
Jack Swagger says that thanks to Triple H, his friends and family are concerned for him every time he steps foot in the ring on Raw. Vickie Guerrero says (while almost being drowned out by boos) that as a woman she feels especially vulnerable to Triple H being in charge.
David Otunga says that when he was a law student at Harvard, he studied cases that were specific to this situation, so when you are faced with an unsafe working environment, there are only two options. He says that they can either keep working and risk their livelihood, or they can band together and contemplate legal action.
Triple H has apparently heard enough, as his music hits and he makes his way out onto the stage. He asks what happened to the WWE, and says that there used to be a time where men stood in the ring and fought, and that it didn’t matter if they got beat up, jumped, or screwed over, they just got up and fought.
He says that they didn’t stand there whining and threatening lawsuits, but fought like men. Triple H says that he doesn’t give a damn about The Miz and R-Truth’s lawsuit, or the lawsuit from those in the ring, but what he does care about is later on this episode of Raw when all of them will walk back down to the ring and stand there along with Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, John Cena, CM Punk, and Sheamus.
Triple H says that he doesn’t want them to whine, or threaten to sue them, but what he wants them to do is stand in the ring and do what the WWE Universe pay them to do – shut up and fight.
Next, Kelly Kelly and Eve Torres go against Natalya and new Divas Champion Beth Phoenix in a tag team match which sees Beth apparently get the victory as a result of a disqualification, when Kelly takes out her anger on Beth by repeatedly bouncing her head off the announce table.
Afterwards, Kelly continues her attack on Beth, until she has to be pulled away and held back by Eve and the referee.
Backstage again, Triple H is on the phone when he is approached by John Laurinaitis. Laurinaitis apologises for what happened at Hell In A Cell, saying that The Miz and R-Truth had tickets to the show and he was responsible for having them kicked out, but afterwards they somehow got into the back.
He says that he knows that Triple H probably blames him, and he knows that he blames him for what happened at the end of the night, but he has been thinking about it and wants that apology back, citing Triple H knocking him down when he jumped the handcuffed R-Truth and The Miz.
John Laurinaitis says that he is a man and can take it, but that on this episode of Raw, Triple H needs to be a man, as the Raw locker room is in an uproar. He says that he thinks that Triple H needs to ask the talent for a vote of confidence.
He explains to Triple H that he thinks that he needs to ask them how they think he is doing at his job and see their response, as he says that it is different if Triple H is standing up to him, but can Triple H stand up to the talent and look in their eyes and accept the answers that they give – or is he scared?
Triple H grabs Laurinaitis’ tie and says that what he is afraid of is that the guy working closest to him is undermining everything that he does – either that or he is too stupid to do his job. He tells Laurinaitis to get them to the ring and he’ll look them in the eye and ask them, but he should make sure that he is there too.
Back in the arena once more, Jinder Mahal is talking when Santino Marella’s music hits and he makes his return. Marella makes fun of what Mahal is saying, until Mahal tells him “let’s go” and Marella says “ok”.
The match doesn’t last long and ends in a victory for Marella, when he hits Mahal with the Cobra for the 3-count.
After a video hyping Brodus Clay and a video recapping the events after the WWE Championship match at Hell In A Cell, another video is shown – this time one from YouTube by R-Truth and The Miz, where they say they want their jobs back and have filed a wrongful termination suit against WWE and Triple H, as well as assault charges against Triple H for attacking them when defenseless.
Next up, the team of CM Punk, John Cena, Sheamus, Mason Ryan, Kofi Kingston, and Evan Bourne are pitted against the team of Cody Rhodes, Alberto Del Rio, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, David Otunga, and Christian in a match which sees Sheamus get the victory for his team, when Sheamus hits Ziggler with the Brogue Kick for the 3-count.
Now, most of the Superstars and Divas from Raw and SmackDown!, as well as the referees and Jerry “The King” Lawler, make their way down to the ring and surround it for Triple H’s vote of confidence.
Triple H makes his way to the ring and says that they are out there to get a vote of confidence, so they will all get the opportunity to tell him how they think of the job he is doing as the COO. First of all however, he says that the job is a lot more difficult than he thought it would be, and that it is not one that he asked to have, but one that he was given.
He says that The Miz and R-Truth want to call him a hypocrite and say that he is mad at them for doing things that he would have done, and that they are saying they are sorry for “lawyering-up”. Triple H says that what they should be doing is apologising to the WWE Universe for being a bunch of babies.
Triple H says that he isn’t upset at what they did, but rather that they aren’t willing to accept their punishment. He says that if they are willing to do the crime, then they should be willing to do the time.
He says that he will admit to being “old-school” and enjoy confrontation and people beating each other up, as well as the battles and chaos that is Monday Night Raw and the WWE, and he would bet his life on the fact that the WWE Universe enjoys that also.
Triple H addresses those surrounding the ring and asks them if, at the end of the day, that is who they work for, the WWE Universe. He says that at the end of the day, it’s the WWE Universe who signs their paychecks.
He says that it is his responsibility every week to make sure that Raw is the best show that it can possibly be, and that he doesn’t work for the Superstars or Divas, that he works his ass off every week for the WWE Universe.
With that being said, Triple H says that he is curious to hear their opinions, so asks the crowd what they think. The response seems positive, but Wade Barrett says that he has been selected by a number of his colleagues to say a few words in regards to some legitimate grievances that they have had of late.
He says that they believe that Triple H has created an unsafe working environment for them, and that he believes he speaks for all of them when he says that the reason that they all came to the WWE was because they are all competitors and professionals who like to adhere to certain rules and regulations – which certainly doesn’t include being attacked by outside individuals in locations such as the parking lot.
Barrett says that they should not be subjected to that, and that they should not be subjected to an unsafe working environment just because Triple H can’t control his talent. He says that Triple H is incapable of doing his job and has admitted it himself when he said that he loves the chaos and watching people beat the hell out of each other.
He says that the reason for all this chaos is Triple H, and that it is Triple H who is completely out of control. Triple H points out Wade Barrett to the crowd as the man who lead The Nexus to tear down the set and try to shut the company down last year, so he suggests that the only reason Barrett isn’t happy with the chaos, is because he isn’t the one causing it.
Triple H asks for more opinions, and gets one, this time from Mike Chioda. He says that he has known Triple H for sixteen years, and would like to think of him as a friend, but in all his years as a WWE official, he has never seen the officials take so much abuse from WWE Superstars.
Chioda says that they are supposed to be unbiased officials, and that they are not Superstars, so asks how they are supposed to get any respect from the Superstars when doing their job. Triple H says that he hears what Chioda is saying, but says that he fired the guys who did it and asks what else they want him to do.
Mike Chioda points out that they got back into the arena at Hell In A Cell and caused havoc, and says that Triple H did nothing about Ricardo Rodriguez attacking Chad Patton. He says that for the first time of his twenty-three year career there, he is afraid to come to work.
Beth Phoenix makes her voice heard and says that the recent bedlam on Raw has the Divas worried that something might accidentally happen, or even intentionally. Triple H says that can understand where Chioda is coming from, but asks for one thing that has happened to the Divas since he has been in charged.
Beth says that she is pointing out that it could happen. Jerry “The King” Lawler to make his voice heard, and he says that he not speaking for anybody but himself. He says that he has heard everything that has been said, agreeing with some and completely disagreeing with others.
He says that one thing that he agrees with is that the show is spiralling out of control and that they have a point when they say that it is becoming a hazardous working environment, but the part that he disagrees with is that it is Triple H’s fault.
Lawler says that he thinks that it is exactly what CM Punk says it is – somebody behind the scenes who is pulling the strings, trying to sabotage Triple H’s job as COO. He says that the only problem with this is that everyone surrounding the ring – including himself – are paying the price for it.
He says that Triple H has to realise that somebody doesn’t want him running the company, so as long as Triple H is running the company, it is going to get worse. Lawler says that like it or not, as long as Triple H is in charge, he is the reason that this is happening.
Christian asks for the vote to happen right now, and says that on behalf of himself and his colleagues, they vote “no confidence”. Mike Chioda votes “no confidence” too, as does Beth Phoenix.
Lawler says that he isn’t sure if Triple H hears what they are saying, but he is saying “no confidence” too. He says that he has always heard that actions speak louder than words, and though he doesn’t know what anybody else is doing, right now he is reluctantly walking out.
Lawler does just that, soon followed by the other Superstars, Divas, and referees, and slowly but surely, all of those surrounding ringside leave, including Michael Cole, Booker T, and the cameramen.
Though it looks like Jim Ross is sticking by Triple H, he eventually leaves too. Afterwards, John Laurinaitis walks out onto the stage and looks at Triple H, before turning around and leaving once again.
The crowd continues to cheer Triple H, as Raw goes off the air.