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# John Laurinaitis is in the back with HHH. He tells Trips that he had no idea that Lesnar was going to attack him and break his arm. HHH responds by saying that he’ll say what he has to say in the ring to the world.
The intro video and pyro hit to welcome us to RAW. HHH is in the middle of the ring and says that he is offended by the fact that Brock Lesnar said he needed to bring legitimacy back to the WWE. Trips scoffs at this idea and puts over his match against The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 28. HHH runs down a litany of stars and says that they are offended by Lesnar’s comments. HHH will always be a part of the WWE Universe. He talks about first meeting Brock and believing that he would be the next big thing. HHH says that when Brock was actually challenged he quit the WWE. HHH says that Brock left for the UFC where he used his god given talent to rise to the top. When Brock was beaten down he also quit that business. He returned to the WWE where he thought that he would run over Cena, but he was beaten. Lesnar came back to RAW and was making a myriad of demands but when they weren’t met and things got difficult he quit.
Paul Heyman’s music hits and he make his way down to the ring with a man that looks like a lawyer. Heyman says that the contract was legitimate and when HHH tore it up it was a breach of contract. Heyman says that he brought in a fighter and then they didn’t like that Lesnar wanted to fight. So HHH doesn’t get Lesnar, but he does get this – HHH is served with papers. Lesnar is suing him for the millions he is owed. Heyman says that Lesnar expected a fight from HHH, but instead he got a corporate sycophant. It’s a good thing that HHH’s left arm is broken because with his right arm he is going to sign the multi-million dollar check for Brock.
HHH grabs Heyman by the throat and pushes him into the ropes. Heyman asks what he is doing. HHH releases him, throws down the court papers, and says that Lesnar will get everything that is coming to him. HHH exits the ring. Heyman says that HHH will not be served with just one lawsuit, now he will face a second for assault and battery.
Video Recap: Big Show talking smack about John Laurinaitis backstage last week
CM Punk’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring.
CM Punk & Santino v. Cody Rhodes & Daniel Bryan
Rhodes and Punk lock up to start the match. Cody rakes the arm but gets scoop slammed. Punk stares at Bryan as he throws Cody into the corner. Punk throws Cody out of the ring. Bryan charges into the ring but also gets thrown out. Punk flies out of the ring with a suicide dive. Santino pantomimes doing the same but crashes into the second rope and decides against it.
Back from break, Santino is being punched by Cody. Bryan gets the tag and delivers a series of kicks to Santino. He slips behind and applies an arm hold. Santino tries to crawl to the bottom rope to break the hold, and eventually reaches. Bryan delivers a couple of sharp kicks and tags in Cody. Rhodes continues the assault and hits a scoop slam. Rhodes drops a rolling knee and goes for the cover. Santino kicks out. Bryan gets the tag and delivers a ton of kicks. Punk is mad and tries to get into the ring which allows his opponents to deliver a double team.
Santino leaps towards the corner but misses Punk. Santino finally reaches and comes in on the hot tag. Punk delivers a heel kick to Cody followed by a high knee in the corner and a bulldog. Punk signals for the GTS, but Rhodes scurries away. Punk delivers a kick to the skull, but Bryan charges into the ring. Punk tries to kick him, but Bryan slides out. Rhodes tries to attack from behind but Punk pushes him away. Rhodes looks at Santino but shies away from the cobra. Rhodes turns around and walks right into a GTS. This match is over!
Winners: CM Punk & Santino
Beth Phoenix v. Alicia Fox
Layla comes out during the match to watch from the entrance ramp.
Winner via Glam Slam: Beth Phoenix
After the match, Layla runs down to the ring and attacks Beth.
John Laurinaitis and David Otunga come down to ringside to watch the next match.
Big Show v. Kane
Kane is caught in a front headlock. He backs Big Show into the corner, but is reversed and thrown into the middle of the ring. Show charges at Kane in the corner, but he moves out of the way and Show crashes to the mat. Kane mounts Show from behind and starts to choke him. Show pushes him into the ropes and connects with a shoulder block. Show scoop slams the Big Red Machine and sets up for a second rope splash. Kane moves out of the way which causes Show to land knee first. Kane takes to the top rope, but Show catches him and prepares for a chokeslam. Kane pushes away but gets tossed out of the ring. Kane is sent crashing into the barricade. Show charges and hits a spear on the outside!
Show rolls Kane back into the ring and follows after. John Laurinaitis gets on the mic and demands that Show deliver an apology right now. Kane takes advantage and delivers a chokeslam! This match is over!
Winner via Choke Slam: Kane
JL gets into the ring with Otunga and demands that Show gets to his feet. JL says that it wasn’t smart to make fun of his voice given that he is the man in charge. He says that if Show does not apology to him right now he is going to fire him! Show gets a mic and begins to speak. Show says that when he broke into WCW he was only 23 years old, this has been his entire life. He has done it all, so there is a part of him that can walk away with his head held high and no regrets. But, the truth is that he loves what he does. It isn’t even just about the matches; it is about the friendships and the looks on kids’ faces when he performs for them. Show tells JL that if he wants to fine him or something then that is fine, but don’t fire him for something petty. If imitating his voice offended him, then he is sorry. He hopes that he will be able to continue to do what he loves.
JL says that he didn’t hear him say he is sorry. Show says that he did. John tells him that the people in the cheap seats and the back didn’t hear him. Show repeats himself. JL says that Show may have said it, but now he needs to prove it. He demands that Show drop to his knees and beg for his job. Show starts to drop, but is frustrated and doesn’t know what to do! He has tears in his eyes as he again tries to drop to a knee. The crowd boos and he hesitates. Show says that if he wants him to beg then he will. He says he is sorry but please, please don’t make him get to his knees. JL says that Show disgusts him as do all of the fans. John says that he is going to do what is right for business because that is what he always does so he will CONSIDER not firing him.
John and Otunga head up the ramp as Show is left crying in the ring. At the top of the ramp, John stops and says that he has reconsidered it and starts to fire Show. Show begs for him not to and drops to his knees in the ring. He says that he is sorry for making fun of his voice, is John happy now? John says no, so instead he wishes Big Show the best in his future endeavors! Show is left crying in the ring.
Brodus Clay, Kofi Kingston & R-Truth v. Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler & The Miz
Truth and Swagger start the match. Brodus quickly gets the tag and headbutts Swagger. Dolph runs into the ring but is tossed high into the air. Miz is clotheslined out of the ring by the entering Kofi and Truth.
Back from Dolph has a choke hold applied to Truth. AW & Mason Ryan are shown watching this match from a skybox. Dolph tries for a cover in the ring, but Truth kicks out. Miz gets the tag and applies a front headlock. Miz attacks Brodus on the apron which allows Truth to hit a spinning heel kick. Kofi gets the tag and knocks down Miz with a couple of clotheslines and a dropkick. Miz misses a punch and gets hit with a sloppy hurricarana. Brodus gets the tag as Kofi hits a Trouble in Paradise! Brodus hits a Dino Splash and this match is over!
Winners: Brodus Clay, Kofi Kingston & R-Truth
After the match, Brodus brings young fans into the ring to celebrate with a dance party.
# In the back, AJ Lee comes up to CM Punk. She wishes him well in his match against Bryan on Sunday. He says that he doesn’t want to get involved in between her and Bryan. He’s known Bryan for a long time and he doesn’t trust him. He has known her for a short amount of time and she seems pretty unstable.
Sheamus joins in on commentary for the next match.
Chris Jericho v. Randy Orton
Jericho takes it right to Orton with a couple of punches, but gets caught with a kick to the gut and a dropkick. Orton sends Jericho out of the ring as we head to commercial.
Back from the break Jericho has Orton in a headlock. Orton escapes with a hard headbutt. Jericho knocks him down and catapults in with a crossbody. Cover, but Orton powers out. Jericho backs him into the corner and connects with a bunch of kicks. Orton reverses and charges towards Jericho. Chris reverses and wrenches back on his arm. Orton hits his snap scoop slam and looks to end the match. Jericho throws him out of the ring and taunts Sheamus. Jericho picks up Jericho and throws him straight at Sheamus! Orton and Sheamus are both laid out. Jericho picks up Orton and slides him back into the ring. Sheamus pulls Jericho out of the ring which causes the referee to call for the bell.
Winner via DQ: Chris Jericho
After the match, Sheamus and Orton begin to bicker. A slew of referees get into the ring to break them up.
John Laurinaitis says that the fans decide who their favorite Superstar is. While Cena may be the favorite, he is a loser. Cena lost to The Rock, so he is a loser. Laurinaitis is better than Brock and Rock combined.
Cena’s music hits and he comes down to the ring. He mocks JL, and even imitates his voice. Cena then says that he hopes he doesn’t get fired for making fun of his voice. Cena runs down a list of things that JL has wanted to accomplish but failed at. Cena calls him a loser and doesn’t let him talk. Cena tells him that at Over the Limit he is going to continue being a loser. JL has stepped on every member of the WWE roster during his rise to power. Cena says that he should change people power to person power because the only person he cares about is himself. Cena asks the crowd for a show of hands for how many people want to punch JL. The crowd throws up their hands. Cena asks another question about beating JL and the crowd roars their approval. They then start up a big Yes chant. Cena says that it is time for him to deliver a wakeup call. JL goes to respond but Cena continues to cut him off. Laurinaitis says that the Pittsburgh Penguins are losers, much to the chagrin of the crowd. Cena points out there are a couple of Penguins here tonight, so – John Laurinaitis go “puck” yourself. Cena drops a puck onto the mat as he delivers the innuendo.
JL says that those are pretty tough words, but he is Big Johnny. He knows that he is taller and better looking which bothers Cena. As GM he can make and change matches. Eve comes down to the ring with a paper in hand and tries to interrupt. She is still wearing her amazing glasses. He reads the paper to himself. Cena snatches it, which tears it into a couple of pieces. It is a message from the Board. It says that the match at Over the Limit will be One on One. There will be no special guest referee and no one is allowed at ringside. Anyone who interferes in the match will be immediately fired. It continues to say that if JL loses the match, he will be fired! Cena asks what the big announcement was for tonight, but JL just slaps him across the face.
It was a great opening segment that surprisingly put over John Cena more than anybody else given the fact that he wasn’t even in the ring. Paul Heyman is a great addition to the company and just absolutely fantastic on the mic. It’s funny how when a guy like Heyman comes back it is such a stark contrast to the promo ability of the vast majority of the roster. It’s good to have you back Mr. Heyman.
CM Punk & Santino v. Cody Rhodes & Daniel Bryan was a pretty funny match. I know that the focus was probably supposed to be on Punk/Bryan, but I have to say that Santino was clearly the standout. He pulled out a couple of comedy spots which I haven’t seen from him before. The fake suicide dive spot was very well done.
Alicia Fox. Smh.
Props to David Otunga for color coordinating his sweater to his coffee mug.
Alright well I hate to say it but The Big Show segment didn’t work for me. I should have felt compassion but I found myself laughing at the absurdity of it. I mean on one hand yea, he poured out his heart, but how am I supposed to sink my teeth into an angle that’s built on the precipice of making fun of someone’s voice. Sorry, but it’s just dumb.
I have to think that the way Punk acted towards AJ is a pretty realistic portrayal of his real life personality.
It was an interesting close to RAW. I was a bit worried at first that the Board was going to cancel the match between the Johns, but thankfully they just wanted to ensure that there was no outside interference. John Cena was on an absolute roll tonight and it was good to see the crowd eating out of his palm.