Raw Fusion: Bigger Than Pac-Man
The 28th May 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video recapping the events of last week involving John Cena, John Laurinaitis, and The Big Show, followed by The Big Show making his way to the ring to kick off this episode.
The Big Show says that this is him doing his job, smiling, and that it was easy to make the fans smile, which he didn’t mind doing. However he says that it was a calculated business decision that he made a living out of, as he was a businessman who also happened to be a giant.
He says that all of that is over now and he doesn’t have to put on that smile is because he now has an iron-clad contract with a big fat bonus, which means that he is set for life and can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants and to whoever he wants, and he doesn’t have to be concerned about putting smiles on the faces of fans.
Show describes himself as not being an entertainer but a giant, and he says that there is nobody in his league, which he says may be why no Superstars came to his defence, but minutes after he was begging, “this” happened, as he then rolls footage of Brodus Clay, Cameron, and Naomi dancing in the ring with some kids two weeks ago.
He says that his tears weren’t even dry in the ring, but Clay was out there dancing. As for two guys that he thought were his friends – Kofi Kingston and R-Truth – they were “yukking it up” and having a good time, as were the crowd, who found it easy to move on.
Show calls the fans shallow and phony, but says that after all of that, there is one guy who disappointed him more than all of the fans, with that guy being John Cena. He says that he thought Cena was going to confront Laurinaitis and fight for him, his friend.
Instead however, he mocked John Laurinaitis by repeatedly calling him a loser, as he then shows footage of that taking place. He says that he guesses that is all he is to the fans, just one big joke, but he says that Cena hurt him when he decided that he didn’t care.
Show says that last week, he hurt Cena, as he knocked him out twice within twenty-four hours, and at No Way Out, what he does to John Cena won’t be pretty. He says that Cena won’t be standing across the ring from a businessman, but will instead be standing across the ring from an unstoppable giant.
He says that if anyone thinks that Cena suffered the greatest loss of his career against The Rock at WrestleMania, the worst beating of his life against Brock Lesnar, or the most embarrassing loss of his career against John Laurinaitis at Over The Limit, then Cena will suffer all three of those things in one night at No Way Out, which is something that puts a smile on Show’s face.
Next up, Alberto Del Rio takes on Santino Marella in a match which sees Del Rio get the victory, when he counters The Cobra and puts Marella in the cross-armbreaker, forcing him to tap out. Afterwards, Ricardo Rodriguez taunts Marella close-up with announcing Del Rio as the winner, and Del Rio shoves The Cobra into Marella’s mouth.
After an interaction involving Eve Torres, Alex Riley, and The Big Show, which sees Show sent a message and take Riley out by slamming him into the wall, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth are pitted against Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger (accompanied by Vickie Guerrero) for the WWE Tag Team Championship, in a match which sees R-Truth retain the titles for his team, when he hits Swagger with the jumping reverse STO for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Ziggler expresses frustration at the situation, and says that he is better than this as he then leaves without Swagger and Vickie.
After an interaction involving The Big Show and Santino Marella backstage, which is interrupted by Brodus Clay and sees Show agree to Clay’s suggestion to face him later on in the episode instead, John Laurinaitis makes his way to the ring with Eve Torres and David Otunga.
John Laurinaitis says that he has several announcements to make, with the first being that The Big Show will indeed face Brodus Clay, the second is to ensure no interference in the match between John Cena and The Big Show at No Way Out, so the match will be inside a steel cage.
The third announcement is that he has supposedly become the most popular WWE Superstar in history, and for proof he refers to WWE ’13 which is set to be released in October, as he says that there has been a ground-swell to have somebody new on the cover, somebody who embodies the true spirit of the WWE and “People Power”, and after asking for a drum-roll, he reveals the supposed cover of WWE ’13 featuring himself, with Laurinaitis saying that this game will be bigger than Pac-Man.
Laurinaitis starts to say more, but he is interrupted by CM Punk’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring, where Punk says that there wasn’t a ground-swell to put Laurinaitis on the cover of WWE ’13 and that he actually isn’t popular at all.
He says that being on the cover of WWE ’13 means a lot, so to someone as out of touch with reality as Laurinaitis, it will come as a big shock that the actual person featured on the cover of WWE ’13 is a hell of a lot bet looking, with pyro then going off and the real cover, which features CM Punk on the cover instead, dropping down into view as Punk’s music plays and he celebrates.
Punk says that he’s never been able to tell Laurinaitis this face to face, but his is a hell of a lot bigger than his, and he quips that he knows that Eve is looking at it. He says that he is sure that Laurinaitis’ business here is done, so suggests that he take the “Hoeski” and “Carlton” and get out of his ring.
John Laurinaitis appears to be about to say something, but CM Punk cuts him off and says that he knows what he is about to say. He says that he is going to try to put him in a “handicap gauntlet lumberjack no-disqualification falls count anywhere” match that has never been done before, but he has to beat Daniel Bryan, so repeats that he should get out of his ring.
He says that he knows that the WWE Board of Directors are watching, and that Laurinaitis shouldn’t give any more reasons for them to fire at him, to which Laurinaitis wishes Punk luck, only for Punk to tell him that luck is for losers
Now, CM Punk goes against Daniel Bryan in a match which sees AJ make her way to ringside during it, and which sees Bryan get the victory, when Bryan drops Punk onto the exposed turnbuckle head-first for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Kane appears and hits Bryan with a steel chair and then chokeslams him onto that same chair. He then starts to turn his attention to Punk, but AJ slides a steel chair into the ring to Punk, allowing Punk to take Kane out first, forcing Kane to retreat from the ring.
Next up, Cody Rhodes joins commentary as Christian takes on The Miz in a match which sees Christian get the victory, when he hits The Miz with the Killswitch and follows it up with a frog splash for the 3-count.
After an interaction involving Teddy Long, John Laurinaitis, David Otunga, and Eve Torres, which sees Laurinaitis put Otunga in a match with Sheamus later on in the episode, and also sees Eve spit iced coffee on Long, The Miz is still in the ring.
The Miz says that he wants the match stricken from the record books, and says that it wasn’t even for the title, which he questions as to why that was, as he was the one who won the match for “Team Johnny” at WrestleMania, then asking where his iron-clad contract and bonus is, his cover, and his championship match, and he says that he will not leave the ring until he is treated like the Superstar…
He is interrupted from finishing the sentence as Randy Orton’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he walks straight up to The Miz and hits him with an RKO, following it up by then celebrating in the ring, as Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero are shown watching on a monitor backstage, where Ziggler says that he wants to be out of the tag team and be by himself, as it should be him celebrating in the ring, not Orton, to which Vickie says to let her see what she can do.
Next, David Otunga is pitted against Sheamus in a match which sees Sheamus get the victory, when he hits Otunga with White Noise, and then follows it up with a Brogue Kick for the 3-count.
After photos and video recapping the events of Over The Limit and last week involving John Cena, The Big Show, and John Laurinaitis, Brodus Clay (accompanied by Cameron and Naomi) goes against The Big Show, but before the match takes place, Show has something to say.
The Big Show says that he is a big fan of Clay’s, and he thought he was a sell-out when he put in a diaper and wrestled Akebono at WrestleMania 21, but that it is nothing compared to Clay, because while Show did embarrassing things in his career for the sake of business, Clay does embarrassing things nightly.
He says that this is okay however, and tells Clay to keep embarrassing himself and then when the fans are tired of his dancing, he can find some clown make-up and be the next Doink The Clown. Show says that the difference between Clay and Doink is that Doink actually had talent.
Show then hits Clay with a spear and proceeds to attack him around the ring, with the bell never ringing to officially start the match. Kofi Kingston and R-Truth attempt to intervene, only for them to be taken out by Show throwing Kingston into Truth, and after breaking the announce table, Show then hits Clay with a piece of it a number of times.
Turning his attention to R-Truth and Kofi Kingston once again, he attacks them both, blocking what they try to do to him.
The Big Show and John Laurinaitis stand victorious on the stage and shake hands, as Raw goes off the air.