Raw Fusion: The Reunion
The 10th October 2011 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video recapping the walkout last week, followed by cameras showing the lack of Superstars and announcers, and then Triple H making his way to the ring.
Triple H talks about how those that walked out didn’t walk out on him, but rather on the WWE Universe, and says that the Superstars are in the parking lot holding a rally. He wonders if he should leave like they want him to, but he says that he’s not a quitter and will not be intimidated.
He says that he will give the fans a show come hell or high water, even if it means that he has to wrestle a broom, quipping that the broom might give him a better match than some of those in the parking lot who he has wrestled in the past.
John Cena makes his way out and talks about having a number of bosses before, and how Triple H is another boss and he is staying as he loves to wrestle for the WWE Universe. Sheamus is the next to come out and talks about how he took out Triple H, yet Triple H didn’t complain about it, only healed and came back to give him the biggest arse-kicking in his entire life, and says that he came to be a part of Monday Night Raw.
CM Punk is the next to appear, as “Cult of Personality” hits and he too makes his way to the ring. He talks about how he has been the centre of most controversial things in the WWE lately, and how he made it cool to walk out.
However he points out that those in the parking lot seem to have missed something – his contract was expiring, so he wasn’t breaking his contract, plus he was trying to prove his point to an entire company rather than just one man, so if anyone has a right to walk out, he is probably at the top of the list – but he’s not going to.
Triple H decides to make the first match, telling Sheamus that he will go against John Cena right now, with himself as the referee as he seems to be the closest thing to somebody wearing stripes. CM Punk on the other hand will be doing the announcing duties, plus ringing the bell.
The match ends up being interrupted by Vince McMahon’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring, where he asks Sheamus and Cena to exit the ring so that he can talk to Triple H, and CM Punk leaves the announce table too.
McMahon thanks them for standing up for what they believe in and pointing out that the Superstars in the parking lot are also doing so, as are those on Wall Street, and lastly Triple H himself, who Vince says that he believes in himself.
McMahon informs Triple H that the Board Of Directors are concerned where this walkout could lead, and that as a result, Triple H’s services of running Monday Night Raw are no longer required. He says that neither of them are going to run Raw and neither is any other member of the McMahon family, the board are looking for someone who is unbiased and has morals and ethics that are beyond reproach to become the permanent Raw General Manager.
Until they can find such a person however, he says that they have named an interim General Manager, someone who he says that Triple H will not like any more than he does, but the interim General Manager is revealed to be John Laurinaitis.
Laurinaitis greets the Superstars backstage as they re-enter the building, however John Morrison is not happy about Laurinaitis being named as the interim General Manager, saying that he should have been careful for what he wished for, as Triple H was a narcissist, but Laurinaitis absolutely sucks.
Laurinaitis’ response is to tell Morrison to head to the ring and wrestle in his street clothes, then asking Christian who is happy about the decision, to be the opponent for Morrison and also wear street clothes, to which Christian agrees.
“Good Ol’ J.R” Jim Ross, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and Michael Cole return to the announce table as John Morrison takes on Christian (accompanied by Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, and Dolph Ziggler) in a match which sees Christian get the victory when he hits Morrison with a spear for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Dolph Ziggler hits John Morrison with the Zig-Zag, Cody Rhodes hits Morrison with the Cross-Rhodes, and Jack Swagger hits Morrison with the gutwrench powerbomb.
Backstage, Laurinaitis is apparently talking to his wife on the phone when he is approached by an angry-looking Triple H. Laurinaitis explains that he was appointed just like Triple H was appointed, and they know that he is going to step up to the challenge. Triple H’s response is to just ask if he has ever tried to pick up his teeth with a bunch of broken fingers, before walking away.
Back in the arena, Mark Henry makes his way to the ring and talks about how it took him fifteen years to get to where he is now and how he will take on anyone at any time – as long as they are the number one contender. He says that The Big Show wasn’t, before showing footage recapping the events between Mark Henry and The Big Show last week on SmackDown! (click here for our SmackDown! report).
Henry says that he took all that punishment and pain but is still here, and that at Vengeance, vengeance will be his. Randy Orton’s voice is heard and he says that Henry is wrong about that, and that the vengeance is Orton’s.
Mark Henry is pitted against Randy Orton in a match which sees Orton get the victory as a result of a disqualification, when Cody Rhodes interferes and attacks Orton. Afterwards, Orton quickly get the upper hand and goes to hit Rhodes with an RKO, but has it reversed as he is then pushed towards Henry, who gives him a World’s Strongest Slam.
Henry doesn’t realise immediately that the match is already over, but when he does he takes his anger out on Orton with another World’s Strongest Slam, before exiting the ring and leaving with his World Heavyweight Championship.
Rhodes then sends a message to Orton by hitting him with Cross-Rhodes, and then placing a paper bag over his head. He says that if you cut the head off a viper, all the venom goes with it. He says that Orton has been humiliated and asks Orton if he’d like a receipt with his paper bag, before laughing maniacally.
After a video recapping the tag team match between the team of Kelly Kelly and Eve Torres and the team of Beth Phoenix and Natalya last week on Raw, Kelly Kelly and Eve Torres go against Rosa Mendes and Tamina in a match which sees Eve get the victory for her team when she hits Tamina with a moonsault for a 3-count.
After Beth Phoenix and Natalya are shown to have been watching on a monitor backstage, John Laurinaitis makes his way to the ring and invites Jim Ross into it too. Laurinaitis points out that it was Triple H who rehired Ross, yet he walked out on him last week, so he says that makes him an ingrate, and fires him.
J.R’s response is to simply tip his hat to Laurinaitis, before exiting in the ring and shaking Lawler’s hand at the announce table, and then walking up the ramp and leaving.
Next, Air Boom (Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne) and Mason Ryan take on David Otunga, Jack Swagger, and Dolph Ziggler (accompanied by Vickie Guerrero) in a Six-Man Tag Team match which sees Ryan get the victory for his team when he hits him with a swinging side slam for the 3-count.
After a trailer hyping John Cena’s upcoming movie “The Reunion”, Alberto Del Rio is pitted against CM Punk in a match which sees it end prematurely, when John Laurinaitis makes his way out onto the stage and orders for the match to be stopped.
Instead, he says that CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio will not team up for a tag team match, with them facing two men that he has now rehired – R-Truth and The Miz. Del Rio tags out to Punk during the match, and leaves while assisted by Ricardo Rodriguez, apparently claiming to have an injury.
Punk gets an apparent victory as a result of a disqualification, when Truth and The Miz attack him as a pair and ignore the referee’s calls to stop doing so. Afterwards, Triple H hits the ring to even up the odds, causing The Miz and R-Truth to high-tail it to escape Triple H and CM Punk.
Backstage again, David Otunga tells John Laurinaitis that he’s glad that he made the decision to bring back The Miz and R-Truth. Laurinaitis agrees and decides to make another decision, one to ask the board to make Triple H team up with CM Punk at Vengeance, to face The Miz and R-Truth.
Triple H and CM Punk continue to celebrate in the ring as Raw goes off the air.