Raw Fusion: King Of The Ring
The 29th November 2010 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video recapping the match last week between Wade Barrett and Randy Orton as well as the aftermath with The Miz, followed by Alex Riley making his way out onto the stage.
Riley says that he is excited and honoured to say that he got to be a part of one of the most ground-breaking moments in the history of entertainment, and just like people would never forget where they were when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, everyone will remember how they felt the night The Miz cashed in his Money In The Bank contract.
He says that the way he sees it, there’s nothing left but to party – and that if we have been paying attention to the internet and CM Punk’s “god-awful” commentary last week, we’ll know that Riley isn’t afraid of the party, so as a result he plans of throwing The Miz one of the most over the top victory celebrations of all time, in other words Raw is all going A-Ry and it’s going to be Awesome.
Time for the first match for the King Of The Ring tournament, which has Alberto Del Rio taking on Daniel Bryan. The match ends with Del Rio getting the victory and advancing after Bryan is forced to tap out to the Cross-Armbreaker.
After showing a few of the past King Of The Ring winners, R-Truth makes his way to the ring and grabs a microphone before starting to talk about Cena being fired from the WWE and says that no matter what anybody says, he is still his friend and he went out like a champ.
He talks about trying to get Cena to quit earlier on his own terms, but he wouldn’t and ended up paying the piper too many times, costing him what he cared about the most – the WWE Universe. He says that The Nexus may have won the battle, but the war hasn’t even started yet and as a result challenges any member of The Nexus to face him.
Josh Mathews approaches Michael McGillicutty for a response but is told to shut up, before McGillicutty says that he heard what Truth said and says that he is about to show him what happens to somebody when they issue challenges to somebody from The Nexus.
As he starts walking through the halls, the cameraman appears to stop and drive the camera into his gut before it is dropped and we see McGillicutty being attacked partly off-screen, but some features visible enough to make it obvious that it is John Cena and the fact that when the attack is over, an arm dangles in front of the camera and does a “you can’t see me” motion.
Next up, “Dashing” Cody Rhodes is pitted against John Morrison in a match which sees Morrison advance in the King Of The Ring tournament when he hits Rhodes with a running knee to the temple for the 3-count.
Now, Drew McIntyre goes against Ezekiel Jackson in a match that ends in a Double Count-Out. Afterwards, Ezekiel has the last word when he takes McIntyre into the ring and clotheslines him back out of it as the commentators confirm that neither of them will be going through due to the Count-Out.
Backstage, Bryan is icing his shoulder when he is approached by Brie Bella and asks her what the deal was with her coming down the ramp before he got to the ring last week, but as she starts to explain, Nikki makes herself known on his other side and asks if the “stud” missed her.
Brie tells Nikki that she’s hurt, but is rebuffed by her response that he’s tough, so he’s fine – and handsome. Riley barges in and asks what they are doing with “this nerd” and says that he’d told them that they were in charge of the fifty dancing girls he had set up for The Miz’s celebration, before having to cut himself off from continuing as he seems to get a call from The Miz on his headset.
After talking to him for a short while and asking him if he is sure, he tells the girls that they are no longer needed at this time. Turning his attention to Bryan, he says that he missed out on the biggest opportunity of his life – having The Miz mentor him on NXT and he could have had all that which he himself is doing.
Bryan says that he thinks that he is doing okay, to which The Bella Twins agree but Riley says that he told them to leave, then tells Bryan to watch and learn, and “Welcome to Mizfest 2010” (causing a cheer from the crowd) before leaving.
After another showing of the earlier video recapping last week, The Miz makes his way to the ring with Alex Riley and grabs a microphone. The Miz says that he had a huge celebration planned but in the end didn’t need it, as he found something that summed up the worldwide reaction to him winning the WWE Championship.
First he says, there was shock – showing a picture of a fan from last week, and then there was anger – showing another picture of a fan from last week. He says that it is said that pictures are worth a thousand words, but those two images are worth a million celebrations, and that little girl will forever be known as the “Miz girl”.
The Miz says that he wants to thank her for reminding him of the struggle he had to go through to get there, reminding him about all the people who said he wouldn’t make it, such as the people at MTV, the WWE fans, and many of the Superstars in the locker room.
The John Bradshaw Layfields, Triple Hs and John Cenas, he says that “The Miz is WWE Champion”. Moving on to Randy Orton, he says that he’s not there due to a knee injury, which he disbelieves and says that the only thing injured on Orton is his pride as he personally embarrassed him last week by winning the WWE Championship so he’s afraid to show his face.
He says that he shouldn’t be though, as he is simply the first in a long list of people that he is going to demoralise as when he says that he is going to do something, he accomplishes it and to mark his words as he will be the longest reigning WWE Champion in history.
The Miz says that if we take anything from this speech, to take this – if anybody ever tells us that we can’t do something or can’t live our dream – believe them, because we can’t. He says it takes an exceptional person to prove somebody wrong and he did just that, so he’s nothing like any of us and is one in a billion as he actually has achieved his dream.
He says that two weeks ago, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper said that in his generation they went out and made things happen, but Roddy never made anything happen, and after showing a book of “The Rich History of the WWE Championship” says that Piper isn’t in it as he never won the WWE Championship, the same with Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and others.
Jerry “The King” Lawler interrupts and says that as a person whose name is not on the list of those not in the book, he wants to say this; congratulations are in order as he is the new WWE Champion, but let’s face it, he beat a guy who had been attacked by seven other people before he won the title.
He says that may make him clever or an opportunist, but in his and some others books, that doesn’t make him awesome. The Miz says that sounds like the ramblings of a bitter old man who fought for four decades and never did what he accomplished in one night.
Michael Cole grabs a microphone now and asks Lawler to stop, he says that it is bad enough that he is downplaying The Miz’s victory all night; at one point calling it a fluke, so as it’s The Miz’s night and celebration, he should just sit down and let him have his moment.
Lawler says that he’ll do that, but if The Miz is the champion he says he is, he would call out a guy who hasn’t already been beaten down by seven guys and give them a title shot. Cole says that he should stop as if he’s not careful, The Miz might make an example out of him; he may be that guy.
Lawler says that some people on the list of names that never became the WWE Champion are on the list because they never had a title opportunity, and he’s been in the WWE since 1993 and he hasn’t either, so then suggests that The Miz gives him a title shot.
The Miz says that it’s a great idea, but that he isn’t interested in defending his title tonight, which Lawler says verifies what he was saying; he may be a champion but he’s not awesome, he’s a coward.
The Miz says that all Lawler is is a person who has been in the business for forty years and never done anything and that he is a shell of a Hall Of Famer. The lights flash and the sound plays as Michael Cole informs us that he has received an email from the Anonymous Raw General Manager.
Quoting the General Manager, he congratulates The Miz and says that what he did last week was impressive – but that was last week, and this is tonight, so though he may not be interested in defending the title, he is, so later on The Miz will be defending the WWE Championship against Jerry Lawler – but there’s more as to kick off the countdown to the TLC Pay-Per-View, the match will be a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match.
Next, Sheamus takes on Kofi Kingston in a match which sees Sheamus advance in the tournament after he counters the cross-body attempt with a Brogue Kick for the 3-count.
Now, Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel are pitted against Mark Henry in Yoshi Tatsu, with John Cena making himself known at the front row with his tickets to the show. Henry gets the win for his team with the World’s Strongest Slam after catching Slater as he attempts a cross-body, but afterwards Cena jumps over the barricade and clears the announce table before pulling Slater out of the ring and giving him an Attitude Adjustment through the table and then running off.
Backstage, we see David Otunga, Husky Harris, and Justin Gabriel taking about the fact that though Cena was fired, it has made things worse as he has no restrictions, so they are basically sitting ducks. Wade Barrett makes himself known and says that it also means that there are no restrictions on what they do to him, so they are going to end it tonight on their terms as he’s going to go out there and call him out.
Elsewhere backstage, Arn Anderson approaches Lawler and says that though the title match is long overdue, TLC matches are dangerous and the chance of getting hurt are pretty good, so nobody would think anything less of him if he were to pass it up.
Lawler says that he’s never been in a TLC match, but he’s never been in a title match either, so he can’t pass this up, leaving Anderson to say that there’s only one thing left to do in that case – beat him.
Back in the arena, Alberto Del Rio goes against John Morrison in the Semi-Finals of the King Of The Ring tournament, the match ends with Morrison advancing after hitting a flash kick for the 3-count after Del Rio is distracted by Rey Mysterio sounding the horn on his Rolls Royce.
After a WWE Rewind video recapping the end of last week’s match between Barrett and Orton, Barrett makes his way to the ring and grabs a microphone. Addressing Cena, he says that he must think that he was born yesterday, but he can see through the plan as it is very transparent.
He says that he has heard from the General Manager that he is the only man on the planet with the power to get him his job back, so in his mind he’ll turn up invited and attack members of The Nexus and possibly himself, to get him so angry that he’d get him reinstated just to get his revenge on him.
Barrett says that is hard luck as he will make sure that he will never work in the WWE ever again, and though Cena has had the element of surprise so far, the surprise has now gone and The Nexus will get their hands on him and deliver to him the worst beating of his entire career.
Cena makes himself known on the Titantron and says that Barrett has it all wrong, it’s not about keeping his job but it’s about keeping his word as he’d promised to take out every one of The Nexus, job or no job.
Barrett says that he can’t be the only one who is seeing that he is clearly in the parking lot, and says that the security should do their job until Cena points out that he can’t be serious as it’s the same security that The Nexus beat the hell out of on their first night there, so they are not in a rush to do get rid of him, which he guesses means that it’s open season on The Nexus.
As Cena starts to back up and Otunga, Harris and Gabriel advance on him, Barrett says that he didn’t want the security to apprehend him, but to protect him from The Nexus, then ordering The Nexus to do their worst.
Cena says not to do anything foolish, as he’s not the only enemy that they’ve got around there, with them turning around to get attacked by a number of other Superstars, with Cena taking out Gabriel with an Attitude Adjustment onto a car, then telling Barrett that this doesn’t stop until he gets his hands on each and every one of them, which means he’ll see him next week.
Next up, after a video recaps the events between Tamina and Santino last week, she, Maryse, and Alicia Fox take on Natalya, Melina, and Gail Kim in a match which sees Tamina leave part of the way through it with Santino as he turns up with a guitar and tries to sing to her. The match ends with Natalya getting the win for her team after she forces Alicia to tap out to the Sharpshooter.
After a video recapping Jerry Lawler’s career, we see Ted DiBiase backstage looking at an Electrovision title before he is approached by Maryse, who berates him for playing with a toy instead of winning the real thing, then asking what’s wrong with him.
She says that when she looks at him, she sees a guy who tapped out twice to a geek smaller than her, and when he looks bad, he makes her look bad, then asking if he understands that before she starts to walk off. She starts to ask about what happened with Santino when he turns around and yells at her to shut up, then knocks over something before walking off.
We see Otunga and Harris walking elsewhere, constantly looking around in case they are going to get attacked, with Harris saying that this needs to stop as Cena took out three of them in one night. He says that Barrett’s never going to give him his job back, so none of them are safe, to which Otunga agrees but says that he thinks he has a way to put an end to all of this.
Josh Mathews interviews John Morrison and Sheamus to ask their thoughts on their match to determine the 2010 King Of The Ring, with Sheamus saying that he made a mistake in their match at Survivor Series, but this is King Of The Ring and he won’t let it happen again.
He says that Morrison has already competed twice, and as he is slim pickings. Morrison rebuffs this by saying that when the bell rings it doesn’t matter that Sheamus is stronger, fresher, or taller than him, or that he looks like powder, but what does matter is that only one of them is going to walk out as King Of The Ring, with both men then staring each other down.
Next, Justin Roberts introduces “Miss USA 2010” Rima Fakih as the Special Guest Ring Announcer for the King Of The Ring final between Sheamus and John Morrison. The match ends with Sheamus being crowned as the new King Of The Ring he hits the High-Cross on Morrison for the 3-count.
Once wearing his Royal regalia, he grabs a microphone and says that finally the Royal lineage to the High Kings of Ireland has been fulfilled, and long live the King.
Now, The Miz goes against Jerry “The King” Lawler in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the WWE Championship in a match which sees Riley sent through a table, as is The Miz, but thanks to Michael Cole entering the ring and interfering by impeding Lawler’s climb up the ladder, The Miz is able to recover. The match ends with Lawler being hit in the head with the title, causing him to fall from the ladder and The Miz take down the WWE Championship to retain it.
A video is shown recapping the match that has just taken place, after which we see The Miz recovering against the ropes and holding his title as Raw goes off the air.