Raw Fusion: Mexico City Machinations
The 17th October 2011 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video recapping the events last week, followed by the Vice President of Talent Relations and Interim General Manager of Raw, John Laurinaitis, making his way to the ring.
Laurinaitis says that he made a mistake last week when he fired “Good Ol’ J.R” Jim Ross, and says that he received many messages on his Twitter account (@WWERawGM) that were mean-spirited and nasty.
He says that as a result, he listened to what the fans had to say and asks the crowd to welcome back Jim Ross, who then makes his way to ringside. Before Ross can put on his headset however, Laurinaitis invites him into the ring and hugs him.
Laurinaitis apologises for firing him last week, but says that he didn’t bring him to this episode of Raw to commentate, and after showing a video of Michael Cole’s actions during the commercial break after Ross was fired last week, says that he thinks that Cole and Ross should settle their differences right there in the ring. As a result, he says that the main event will be Michael Cole teaming up with WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio to face the tag team of Jim Ross and John Cena.
Next, Mark Henry, Cody Rhodes, and Christian take on Randy Orton, Sheamus, and John Morrison in a six-man tag team match which sees Henry get the victory for his team, when Henry hits Morrison with a World’s Strongest Slam for the 3-count.
After a video hyping Brodus Clay, John Laurinaitis is approached backstage by The Bella Twins, who say that they want to be sure that he knows how important they are to Raw, with him assuring them that he does know that.
Alberto Del Rio is next to approach him and expresses his displeasure with the main event, but Laurinaitis says that the winner of the match will pick the stipulation for the one-on-one title match between Del Rio and John Cena on Sunday at Vengeance.
Back in the arena, Eve Torres (accompanied by Kelly Kelly) is pitted against Natalya (accompanied by Beth Phoenix) in a match which sees Eve get the victory, when she hits Natalya with a moonsault for the 3-count.
Now, CM Punk goes against The Miz (accompanied by R-Truth), but before the match takes place, The Miz and R-Truth have something to say. The Miz says that they did what Punk could never do, and had Triple H removed from Raw, with Truth telling Punk to wipe the smile off his face.
The reason for the smile becomes apparent, as Triple H’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring to even up the odds. The match is interrupted momentarily when Laurinaitis makes his way out and says that they have an immigration problem, and Triple H ends up having to leave with Mexican Immigration officials, but Triple H gets in a shot that knocks down R-Truth when he tries to taunt him on his way up the ramp.
The match sees CM Punk get the victory, when he sends The Miz into R-Truth to knock him off the apron, and follows it up by rolling The Miz up for the 3-count. Afterwards, R-Truth re-enters the ring and both men start to attack Punk.
Punk is left downed in the ring, with The Miz and R-Truth immediately stopping their attack when a number of referees make their way to the ring to break things up. Unfortunately for Punk however, they change their mind shortly after leaving and re-enter it so that R-Truth can hit Punk with the jumping reverse STO, and The Miz follow it up with the Skull-Crushing Finale.
Next up, Jack Swagger (accompanied by Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero) takes on Zack Ryder. Before the match takes place however, Vickie claims she is supposedly the Angelina Jolie of Mexico City and says that John Laurinaitis has agreed to Ziggler and Swagger facing Air Boom (Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston) for the WWE Tag Team Championship at Vengeance.
Ziggler takes the opportunity to hype Jack Swagger, who then starts singing the US National Anthem, until the crowd make him lose his place and Zack Ryder decides to interrupt before it can go any further. The match sees Ryder get the victory, when he hits Swagger with the Rough Ryder for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger attempt to corner Ryder into being unable to escape, but Mason Ryan makes his way to the ring, causing Swagger and Ziggler to rethink things and start to leave. Before they can go backstage however, Ryan points out that he has a match with Ziggler, and suggests that he get ready for it.
Mason Ryan is pitted against Dolph Ziggler in a match which sees Ziggler get the victory as a result of a disqualification, when Ryan takes out his anger of being slapped by Vickie out on Ziggler. Afterwards, he knocks Swagger back out of the ring when he tries to stop what he is about to do, and Ryan hits Ziggler with a powerslam.
John Cena and Jim Ross are shown talking backstage and Ross tells Cena that he doesn’t want to mess things up for Cena, but Cena tells him not to worry as Del Rio can’t beat Cena anyway. As a result, Ross says that he would like to get his hands on Michael Cole, and Cena is only too happy to agree to make that happen.
After it is pointed out that SmackDown! has moved to second place on the list of longest-running TV shows (second only to Raw) and Josh Mathews joins Jerry “The King” Lawler ad the announce table, the announcers hype the matches to take place on Sunday at Vengeance.
Next, Alberto Del Rio and Michael Cole go against Jim Ross and John Cena in a match which sees Jim Ross get the victory for his team, when Cena hits Cole with an Attitude Adjustment before tagging Ross in, who applies the ankle-lock to force Cole to tap out.
Afterwards, Cena attacks Del Rio outside the ring and counts to ten, before re-entering the ring and announcing that he has chosen the terms for their match at Vengeance, saying that vengeance will be his as John Cena’s match against Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Championship will be a Last Man Standing match.
Cena celebrates in the ring as Raw goes off the air.