Survivor Series got a major shift in talent. This week’s show came to us from the United Kingdom.
The show opened with a look at the traditional Survivor Series match. It is set to be Team Punk vs Team Foley. Foley replaced himself in the battle with Ryback. Ryback ended up destroying Cody Rhodes during the final segment.
Miz argued with Paul Heyman about how C.M. Punk ran away, last week. Heyman said it was a strategic retreat. Heyman said Miz should get on the same page with him and Punk. Miz said he didn’t need Punk. Miz then quit Team Punk. Wow!
Roll the opening credits.
Brad Maddox would be out, later, to explain his actions. Also, more fuel would be added to the A.J./Cena “relationship”.
Birmingham, England was the home for this week’s special edition of Raw.
Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara and R-Truth vs Antonio Cesaro, Darren Young and Titus O’Neil
Six Man Tag Team Match
The Prime Time Players are officially “Jerks of the Month”. Cara and Cesaro to start. Sin with an Arm Drag into a Flying Headscissors. Truth made the tag. Antonio with a Headbutt and European Uppercut. Tag to Darren. The two locked up and went to the ropes. Shoulder Tackle by Truth, coming off the ropes. Truth blocked a Universal and blasted Darren. Tag to Rey. Slider Legdrop by Rey for a one count. Elbow Smashes by Rey. Darren laid out Rey and tagged to Titus. Titus stomped and kicked Rey. Rey used his speed to get free. Rey shifted his weight, out of a Powerbomb, to Drop the Dime on Titus. Los Mascaras worked together with Stereo Crescent Kicks to Titus. Tag to Truth. Truth with the Slider Dropkick. Raw went to break.
Flying Leg Lariat by Truth on Darren. Tag to Cara, who came off the top rope. Backspring Elbow was partially blocked. Cara stomped on the hand and hit an Arm Drag. Double Team by masked men. Darren ended up in the ropes. Antonio got the tag as Rey went to hit hte 6.1.9.. Antonio with a Tilt-a-Whirl Backbreaker. Tag to Titus. Gorilla Press into a series of Backbreakers. He barked like a goof and tagged to Antonio. Cesaro with a European Uppercut, while Titus still held Rey. Antonio with a Gut Wrench Suplex. 1-2-no. Cesaro spun over Rey’s back to put himself between Rey and his partners. Rey was shoved back into the enemy corner. Rey with a Drop Toe Hold. Rey crawled to his corner but Cesaro tried to stop him. Tilt-a-Whirl DDT. Truth got the tag. Discus Clothesline and regular Clothesline. Lie Detector by Truth. Truth helped Titus fly out of the ring. Flipping Jawbreaker by Truth. Cara with a wild 720 Spinning Headscissors. R-Truth with the Little Jimmy aka Facing The Truth on Cesaro to take the win for his team.
Your Winners: Sin Cara, Rey Mysterio and R-Truth
Grade: A (94%)
Next week, The King Returns!
Michael Cole sent it back to last week to see all the “evidence” that Vickie Guerrero had against A.J. Lee and John Cena. Yawn. I still think it’s hilarious that A.J. Styles got a shot in on the WWE on Impact (last Thursday) about how the WWE ripped off a TNA idea. Vickie Guerrero then came out to talk to the crowd. They booed her viciously. You could barely hear Vickie’s screechings. Vickie reviewed the “scandal”. Vickie tried to out-scream the crowd…and failed. She sent it to the video footage.
John Cena arrived to shut Vickie up. John was back in the green and white gear. Vickie told Cena that he was not going to stop her. Cena took a shot at his own lack of wrestling knowledge. Too funny. Five Moves of Death come to light. Cena talked about how Vickie had relationships with Edge and Dolph Ziggler. Cena used a few British phrases to insult Vickie. Vickie now had video footage of A.J. in a bathrobe, in a hallway. She went into a room. The room was John Cena’s, maybe. Cena stepped out into the hall, in a towel. The crowd cheered Cena. Cena was putting a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. Cena accused Vickie of manipulating the truth. Vickie demanded that A.J. join them in the ring. The crowd was rabid in cheering for A.J..
“We want A.J.” rang out. A.J. showed up on the TitanTron. A.J. refused to come out to the ring. She knew if she came to the ring, she would give Vickie the beating of her life. That would cost A.J. her job. Dolph Ziggler walked up and made a very crude comment about “Everyone knows what you (A.J.) like to do”. Cena darted to the back to confront Ziggler. In the ring, Vickie cackled like a chicken with a stuck egg.
Paul Heyman offered a spot as Miz’s replacement to… Wade Barrett. THe crowd popped huge when Wade’s face came on the Tron. Wade refused the offer because he didn’t trust Heyman. He stopped and reconsidered, on one condition. Wade said Heyman would “owe him” and he wanted it in writing.
Daniel Bryan and Kane came out to a volatile crowd. Love them Brits.
Daniel Bryan vs Cody Rhodes
The crowd was totally behind Bryan. Cody with a Goldustin Uppercut. Cody choked Daniel with the boot. Cody then punched the tag champ. Daniel ran the turnbuckles and hit a Flying Clothesline. Bryan with sharp kicks. Cody with a hard kick but Bryan flipped Cody over the top rope. I think the fans appreciate that Bryan was trained by William Regal. Damien Sandow attacked Kane, on the flor. Daniel Bryan then used a Tope Suicida to negate Sandow. Disaster Kick, on the apron, by Cody. Cody got back in the ring and planted Daniel with the CrossRhodes.
Your Winner: Cody Rhodes
Grade: B- (82%)
Cody got on the house microphone and crowed about how great the team of Team Rhodes Scholar are. Cody said Sandow could beat Kane, just as easily. Kane palmed Sandow’s head and drew him into the ring. Sandow scooted to the outside as Raw took a break.
Damien Sandow vs Kane
Kane was ripping at Sandow’s face as the show continued. Kane with an Elbow Drop. 2 count only. Back Body Drop by Kane. Kane with brutal punches, in the corner. Sandow kicked the knee nad punched away. Kane shoved Sandow away but Sandow came back to attack Kane. Back Elbow by Sandow. Sandow flew off the ropes and Kane dropped him. Cody tried to distract Kane but Daniel Bryan pulled him off the apron. Cody and Daniel darted through the ring. The ref sent Daniel to the back. Cody was also ejected. Sandow got a lot of time to breathe. Sandow tried to talk to Kane. Lotsa luck, skippy.
Kane sent Sandow to the corners and hit Clothesliens. Sidewalk Slam by Kane into the Kane Klothesline. Chokeslam! Count to 100, this bad boy’s a done deal.
Your Winner: Kane
Grade: B- (80%)
Michael Cole brought out Brad Maddox. Brad, who was trained by Earl Hebner, said what happened at Hell in a Cell was all his idea. He said he wanted to be a WWE Superstar. He has trained in both OVW and FCW as a wrestler. He said he tried, for years, to get his foot in the door. He ran down all the stuff that he has done to try and get a break, including spending $ 2,000 for a try-out. He mentioned working in developmental and getting passed over because he wasn’t as flashy as others. He whined about being told he would never get to the main roster. He wanted to prove everyone wrong. He said he would do whatever needed to get to WWE. He took the ref spot to get his foot in the door. Maddox swore Punk had no idea that Maddox was going to pull the move to make an impact. He wanted to be a somebody. He yelled about how famous he is, now. “Feed me More!” rang out. Brad said he still had the dream to be a WWE Superstar. He wanted a contract….and a match with Ryback! Really? Death wish?
Enter Vince McMahon! The crowd went absolutely nuts to see the Chairman. Vince mocked Brad’s desire for a contract and match with Ryback. Vince didn’t think Brad did this on his own and he would get to the bottom of it. Vince said he would give Brad a Million Dollar Contract, if he were to beat Ryback…next week. Vince then stepped to the back for a second.
He came back out with Vickie Guerrero. Vince asked Vickie if she felt Punk was involved in the Hell in a Cell mess. She reluctantly agreed. Vince said Punk should defend his WWE title at Survivor Series. Vickie thought Dolph Ziggler should face C.M. Punk. Vince was more interested in Ryback getting the shot. Vince wanted a Triple Threat Match. She started to say Dolph Ziggler but he threatened to fire her on the spot if he mentioned Dolph. Vickie didn’t think John Cena should get a shot, because of the scandal. Vince forced Vickie to put John Cena in as the third man in the fight.
Sheamus came out as Vickie and Vince headed to the back. Sheamus would fight The Miz, next.
Sheamus vs The Miz
Big Show followed Miz out from the back. They were not together. Show had the World title draped over his shoulder. Raw showed Sheamus catching Big Show in White Noise. That was incredible. Show joined the announce team for the match.
Sheamus with a Side Headlock into a Shoulder Tackle. Side Headlock Takeover by Sheamus. universal into a Clothesline by Sheamus. Miz bailed out of the ring to avoid the Crossfaces in the ropes. Back Heel Trip into Elbow Drops by Sheamus. Miz with a kick tothe chest and a corner mugging. Sheamus clubbed the back of Miz. Show said he would knock out Sheamus at Survivor Series. Celtic Plunge by Sheamus. Miz kicked Sheamus in the chest and nailed a Clothesline. Miz punched Sheamus in the face, over and over. Rear Chin Lock by Miz. Miz flipped out of a Back Drop Suplex. Sheamus and Miz blocked Suplexes. Sheamus dropped Miz over the top rope and then nailed the Crossfaces, in the ropes. Miz crumbled to the arena floor. Miz ran Sheamus into the announce table and then the ring post. Back in the ring, Miz with a Running Boot for two. Show giggled as Miz took control. Raw, on the other hand, took a break.
Miz reversed an Irish Whip into the Full Body Clothesline. Ax Bomber by Miz. Miz choked Sheamus on the ropes. Miz rammed Sheamus’ face into the ring apron. The two went to the floor and Miz whipped Sheamus into the steel steps. Show tried to intimidate Cole, which worked. The two were back in the ring and Miz jumped on Sheamus’ back to apply a Sleeper.
Sheamus got free, only to fall victim to the Reality Check by Miz. Miz kicked Sheamus’ ribs and stood on the throat. Miz choked and punched Sheamus. This match was getting a bit boring, according to the crowd. Miz went for another Full Body Clothesline but Sheamus exploded on Miz. Million Dollar Kneelift by Sheamus. Powerslam by Sheamus. Sheamus with a Battering Ram off the top turnbuckle. Miz escaped White Noise and rolled up Sheamus for two. DDT after kicking Sheamus in the knee. Miz missed a Running Knee Strike. Sheamus tried to lock in the Four Leaf Cloverleaf. Miz wanted the Skull Crushing Finale but Sheamus blocked it. White Noise by Sheamus. The crowd wanted the Brogue Kick…and they got it.
Your Winner: Sheamus
Grade: B (85%)
Big Show stood up and showed his World title to Sheamus.
Back at Mr. McMahon’s office, Dolph Ziggler paced. Vickie came out and said Dolph was now the new Team Captain of what had been Team Punk. C.M. Punk came up and complained that Vince was screwing him over. He said Vince has a habit of screwing people at Survivor Series. Vickie told Punk that he and Dolph would face John Cena and Ryback, in tonight’s main event. Punk wanted to know what was wrong with Vickie.
JR and Cole looked at the new footage that Vickie presented earlier. Good grief this is so lame.
Eve Torres and Aksana vs Layla and Kaitlyn
Aksana and Layla began the match. Aksana did a sexy little dance and then sent her knee into Layla. Layla with a Rolling Headlock. Booty Bump by Layla. Aksana reversed a whip. Eve hit the ropes to cause Layla to fall in her Float Over attempt. Horrible Hair Throw by Aksana. Is there any wonder why the Divas division is dying? The rowdy crowd went almost silent during this boring contest. Aksana teased the crowd and whipped Layla to her corner. Tag to Eve. Eve went to the top and did a Hangman’s Choke. Elbow Drop to Layla’s back. Front Face Lock by Eve. I need some stronger tea to stay awake for this one. Kaitlyn tried to get in but the ref pushed her back. Roll-up by Layla for two. Kneelift by Eve into a Hair Toss. Eve danced and Layla kicked Eve to the corner. Tag to Kaitlyn. Back Body Drop by Kaitlyn into a series of Clotheslines. Spear by Kaitlyn but Aksana made the save. Eve with the Eve of Destruction on Layla. Kaitlyn with a modified Slop Drop to beat Eve.
Your Winners: Kaitlyn and Layla
Grade: C (75%)
Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez were chatting, in Spanglish. Ricardo said it should be Team Del Rio. Alberto ran into Rosa, literally.
Kofi Kingston vs Alberto Del Rio
Ricardo did the introduction. Alberto came out in a James Bond-like Astin Martin DB9. Nice ride but I still prefer my pickup truck. Raw looked at the fight between Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio, on Smackdown, that ended up in catering. Even Matt Striker got a face full of cake. ADR frowned at seeing the footage.
Smackdown is doing a special Tuesday night edition, this week. It will also be “live” from England.
The two men locked up and went to the corner. ADR with a kick and a Side Headlock Takeover. ADR with a Shoulder Tackle off the ropes. Universal by Kofi into a Flying Elbow. Kofi worked over ADR’s arm. ADR reversed it and tried to injure Kofi’s arm. Kofi broke free. ADR with a Crescent Kick. ADR with stomps in the corner. Kofi reversed and Irish Whip and caught ADR in the Corner Lock. ADR punched away and whipped Kofi, right into a Headscissors and Dropkick from the champ. Kofi warned Ricardo to back off. ADR knocked Kofi off the apron.
The two fought on the floor and ADR rolled Kofi back in for a two count. Body Scissors by ADR. Kofi Elbowed free. Tilt-a-Whirl Backbreaker by ADR. Double Stomp by ADR to Kofi’s mid-section. Snap Suplex by ADR for two. ADr went back to the Body Scissors. Roll Up by Kofi for a two count. ADR punted the ribs of Kofi. ADR choked Kofi on the ropes. ADR fell back over the ropes to try and rip Kofi’s arm. ADR charged and hithte rng post. Controlled Frenzy by Kofi. Boom Drop! Kofi set for Trouble iN Paradise but missed. Del Rio went for the Cross Armbreaker but Kofi pushe dout. S.O.S. by Kofi! ADR shoved Kofi back into the corner. Kofi got the boots up but missed the Springboard Crossbody. As ADR prepared for the Cross Armbreaker, Randy Orton’s music and video played. Orton didn’t show up. Kofi with a Roll Up to beat Alberto Del Rio. This was almost identical to how ADR caused Orton to lose on Friday. After the match, Orton hit hte ring nad laid out Alberto with the RKO!
Your Winner: Kofi Kingston
Grade: A- (92%)
Santino Marella and Zack Ryder vs Primo and Epico (with Rosa Mendes)
Primo and Santino opened the match. They hooked up and Primo went after the arm. Santino reversed it, quickly. JR noticed Santino had new boots. Standing Switch by Primo. Santino with a Headlock into an Arm Drag. Primo with a sharp punch to Santino’s face. Santino Power Walked out of an Irish Whip. He Arm Dragged Primo. Tag to Zack. Zack with a Roll Up for two. Flapjack by Zack for two. Zack missed a Crossbody and struck the ropes. Primo beat on Zack and then tagged out to his cousin. Epico with a Suplex after a tag to Primo. Primo with a Springboard Senton for two.
Inside Cradle by Zack but Santino had the ref distracted. Tag to Epico, who nailed a hard Dropkick. Rear Chin Lock by Epico. Zack with a Fireman’s Carry. Zack tried to make a tag but was kept away. Tag to Primo as Rosa called Zack a “Tonto” (Spanish for Stupid Person or dummy). Snap Mare by Primo. 2 count. Primo with the Rear Chin Lock. Rosa yelled at Santino. Float Over Neckbreaker by Zack. Tag to Epico and Santino. Santino with the Splitz inot the Hip Toss. Diving Headbutt but Primo made the save. It broke down into chaos. Santino found the Cobra and it struck. 1-2-3.
Your Winners: Santino Marella and Zack Ryder
Grade: B (84%)
Brodus Clay (w/Funkadactyls) vs Wade Barrett
Wade got a huge pop from his countrymen. Cameron and Naomi weren’t happy that Brodus wasn’t very popular. The two locked up, a couple of times, and then decided to go into a fistfight. Running Kneelift into the Clutch Throw by Clay. Legdrop by Brodus. 2 count only. “Let’s Go Barrett!” rang out. Black Hole Slam by Barrett. Barrett stomped on Clay. Barrett slid out to the floor and nailed repeated Knee Strikes to Clay’s head.
Barrett got back in the ring and clamped on the Rear Chin Lock. Front Face Lock by Barrett. Clay with a mix of Running Headbutts and Clotheslines. Corner Splash by Clay. Clay missed the second Corner Splash. Souvenir!
Your Winner: Wade Barrett
Grade: B (82%)
Extra Points for crowd reaction.
Remember, The King comes home, next week.
Heath Slater (w/Jindar Mahal) vs Jey Uso (w/Jimmy Uso)
So, if Heath is Michael Hayes, I guess Jindar is Terry Gordy and Drew McIntyre gets to be Buddy Jack Roberts.
Heath did his silly little dance and Jey blasted him with an Uppercut. Scoop Slam by Jey. Irish Whip into a Flying Forearm by Jey. Heath with a kick to Jey’s chest. Jey tore into Heath. Heath with a kick to Jey’s face and chest. Elbow Drop intoa Rear Chin Lock by Heath. Heath threw Jey down by the hair. Heath reversed an Irish Whip to send Jey’s chest into the corner. Rear Chin Lock by Heath. Heath with a wicked kick to the side of Jey’s head. Rear Chin Lock by Heath as Jimmy rallied the crowd. Jey rolled under and then kicked Heath. Uppercut by Jey into a wicked version of a Superkick. Jey went to the top of the mountain and flew…into Heath’s knees. Heath took out Jey with the Smash Hit (Impaler DDT).
Your Winner: Heath Slater
Grade: B (85%)
Cole and JR looked at WWE 13. Maybe, if Santa leaves a PS3 under my tree, I’ll get myself a copy of the game. Actually, I’ve been playing Backyard Wrestling: Don’t Try This at Home. The game is nearly a decade old but it is still a lot of fun.
C.M. Punk (w/Paul Heyman) and Dolph Ziggler vs John Cena and Ryback
Punk came out and grumbled about how people said he had something to do with the actions of Brad Maddox. Punk said Vince was going to, again, screw his top talent at Survivor Series. Get him some cheese to go along with that whine. Punk said he was better than everyone in the company. He said he set the bar to a level that no one could reach. Punk said he would celebrate day 364 of his title reign, after Survivor Series finished. The other three men in the match arrived: Dolph, Cena and then Ryback.
Who should replace Ryback on Team Foley? Hmm…Foley himself, The Rock (nah), Undertaker (not likely), Miz?, Chris Jericho? Christian? It’s an open question that should be answered in the next few days.
Cena started against Punk. Collar and Elbow into a Side Headlock Takeover by Punk. Head Scissors by Cena. Side Headlock by Punk. Cena forced Punk down and then clamped on a Rear Chin Lock. The crowd cheered for Punk. Top Wrist Lock into a Side Headlock. Shoulder Tackle by Cena. Tag to Dolph. Deep Arm Drag by Cena. SNap Mare into a Bow and Arrow. Dolph got free and punched and kicked away. Charles Robinson moved Dolph back. Bulldog by Cena. Tag to Punk. Hip Toss by Cena. Punk with Elbow Drops and stomps.
Tag to Dolph. Wishbone of Cena’s legs by Punk and Dolph. Dolph with an incredible number of repeated Elbow Drops. It made me tired just watching it. 2 count. Cena with a pin attempt but only got a two. Clothesline by Dolph. Tag to Punk. Elevator Knee by Punk. Cena crumbled to the canvas. Knee Strikes by Punk. Punk wanted the GTS but Cena blocked it. Punk then countered the Attitude Adjustment to deliver a nasty Crescent Kick to the side of Cena’s skull.
Front Face Lock by Punk but Cena turned it into the AA. Dolph got a tag and rushed over to prevent Cena from reaching Ryback. Cena with a Back Elbow to the jaw. Both men went for a tag. Dolph changed gears and planted Cena with the Famouser. Tag to Punk. “Feed Me More” began to build as a chant from the Brits. Punk with a Figure Four around Cena’s neck. Ryback paced like a caged animal on the apron. Cena with the Electric Chair Drop to break the Figure Four. Ryback called for the tag. Punk denied him. Punk with martial arts strikes that sent Cena to the enemy corner. Snap Mare by Punk. Dolph with a measured kick to the face. Dolph went to the top turnbuckle. Punk wondered if Dolph knew what he was doing. Dolph missed the Missile Dropkick.
Tag to Ryback! Tag to Punk! Ryback exploded on Punk with a Back Body Drop. He also took out Dolph. Power Spinebuster to Punk. Ryback threw Dolph into the corner. Goriilla Press Drop of Dolph onto Punk. Meathook Clothesline version of the La Bandera Clothesline. Meathook Clothesline on Punk. Shell Shock!
Your Winners: Ryback and John Cena
Grade: B+ (88%)
Cean got back in the ring and there was a tense stand-off between the two men who will challenge C.M. Punk at Survivor Series.