Raw Fusion: Starring Brock Lesnar
The 30th April 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video recapping the comments from John Cena after his match against Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules (click here for our Extreme Rules report), followed by Justin Roberts welcoming us to “Monday Night Raw starring Brock Lesnar” and John Laurinaitis making his way to the ring.
John Laurinaitis says that the fans should thank him for having the foresight to bring the destructive force of a man whose face will be synonymous with the WWE for years to come, a man who in one night beat up John Cena so bad that Cena will never be the man he was and was proven to be a mere mortal, and that man he then introduces – Brock Lesnar.
Brock Lesnar says that the world got to witness him first-hand bringing the pain, doing exactly what he said he would do. Laurinaitis agrees and says that is exactly why he is the face of the WWE, but he is interrupted from saying anything more, as Triple H’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring.
Triple H tells Lesnar that his days of holding up the WWE are through, as he says that the benefits that Lesnar enjoyed will no longer be afforded to him, unless he wants to pay for it himself out of his own pocket.
He says that this is because John Laurinaitis never had the authority to agree to Lesnar’s demands last week without Triple H’s approval, approval which Triple H says that he will not be giving. Triple H says that nobody is bigger than the WWE, but that Lesnar will get everything that was agreed to in the contract originally negotiated when Lesnar first came back, that Triple H had approved.
Triple H says that everyone wants Lesnar to stay, and that everyone else does too, but that it is up to Lesnar what he wants to do from here in regards to staying, or packing up and leaving. Laurinaitis attempts to convince Triple H that they should honour the deal he agreed to last week, but Triple H will have none of it and warns Laurinaitis to shut up.
When John Laurinaitis persists however, Triple H turns to him, perhaps to reprimand him, but in doing so he turns his back on Brock Lesnar, which proves to be a bad thing as Lesnar then attacks Triple H.
Triple H manages to fight back momentarily, but it is for nought as Lesnar puts Triple H in the Kimura lock and takes him down to the mat, in which he then apparently breaks Triple H’s arm. Lesnar bails out of the ring after this, as R-Truth, The Big Show, and Sheamus hit the ring to stop anything more from being done.
Triple H ends up being helped to the back by the three wrestlers and medical personnel, wherein Triple H states to them that his elbow is completely out of its socket.
After Eve Torres announces that there will be some Beat The Clock matches on this episode to determine the number one contender to face CM Punk for the WWE Championship at Over The Limit, the first is set to happen right away, as The Miz takes on Santino Marella.
The match sees The Miz get the victory and establish a time of four minutes and eighteen seconds (4m 18s), when he hits Marella with the Skull-Crushing Finale for the 3-count.
Next, The Bella Twins (Nikki & Brie) are pitted against Layla in a Triple Threat match for the Divas Championship, which is over quickly and sees Layla retain her title, as Layla takes advantage of the argument between Nikki and Brie, and pushes one into the other, which sends one out of the ring, allowing her to roll up the other for the 3-count.
After images recapping the events of the Chicago Street Fight match between CM Punk and Chris Jericho at Extreme Rules, Chris Jericho goes against The Big Show in a Beat The Clock Challenge match which sees the match declared a no-contest as the time runs out before the ten-count can be completed.
Next up, “Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay (accompanied by Cameron and Naomi) takes on JTG in a match which sees Clay get the victory, when he hits JTG with a jumping body splash for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Clay, Cameron, and Naomi dance in the ring with some kids from the crowd.
After a video recapping the earlier events involving Triple H and Brock Lesnar, and an interaction involving John Laurinaitis and Eve Torres, in which she tells him that the WWE needs a leader and everyone is watching, Randy Orton is pitted against Jack Swagger (accompanied by Vickie Guerrero) in a Beat The Clock Challenge match which sees Orton get the victory with two seconds left on the clock.
After a video recapping the tag team match between the team of Primo and Epico and the team of Zack Ryder and Santino Marella last week, Primo and Epico (accompanied by Rosa Mendes) go against R-Truth and Kofi Kingston in a tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship which sees Kingston get the victory for his team to become the new WWE Tag Team Champions, when he hits Epico with Trouble In Paradise for the 3-count.
Backstage shortly after, an interaction involving Rosa, Epico, Primo, and Abraham Washington sees Rosa agree to talk, and Washington to say that if he had been given the opportunity to represent them, then what just happened would not have happened.
Back in the arena, Randy Orton watches on a monitor backstage as Kane takes on The Great Khali in a Beat The Clock Challenge match which sees it being declared a no contest, as the time runs out before a victory can be declared. Afterwards, Kane showcases his frustration with this by hitting Khali with a chokeslam and then leaving.
Next, Daniel Bryan is pitted against Jerry “The King” Lawler in a Beat The Clock Challenge match which sees Bryan get the victory with one minute and fifty five seconds left on the clock (1m 55s), when he forces Lawler to tap out to the Yes Lock.
Afterwards, Bryan celebrates as it means that it will be him who will face CM Punk for the WWE Championship at Over The Limit, but his celebration is interrupted by CM Punk making his way out onto the stage, where he applauds Bryan for his accomplishment, and then raises the WWE Championship above his head.
Now, John Cena’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring wearing a sling on his arm, where he talks about the earlier events involving Triple H and Brock Lesnar, as well as his own experience of last night against Lesnar.
He says that he thought that he would be in an emergency room in a cast, but he says that instead he is at Raw. Cena says that he will have to wear the sling for a while, but he gets to stay with the fans, and he says that X-Rays show that there were no breaks and that an MRI scan shows no tears.
Cena says that he has been in the WWE for a long time, and he has realised that there is a big difference between being injured and being hurt. He says that when injured, your are sent home, but when hurt then it means that you are in pain, but you get to come out and do what you do best, so that is why he is there.
John Laurinaitis’ music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he attempts to convince John Cena that he did what he did to motivate Cena, and that Cena should actually be thanking him, as he pushed him to limits that he hadn’t been before.
John Cena sarcastically thanks Laurinaitis and then calls him an idiot, but Laurinaitis then points out Cena’s earlier comment about the difference between being injured and hurt, and is about to introduce Cena’s opponent for Over The Limit.
Lord Tensai’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring with Sakamoto, where they approach Cena who looks ready to fight, but Cena is actually taken down by Laurinaitis himself, as he knocks Cena down with a microphone to the back of the head.
It is at this point that Laurinaitis announces that John Cena’s opponent at Over The Limit will be… John Laurinaitis. Laurinaitis then proceeds to attack Cena further with the aid of Tensai and Sakamoto, and the three then leave with Cena down in the ring, as Raw goes off the air.