June 6, 2010- June 12, 2010
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The 889th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW would come to you, live, from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL. On a special three-hour Viewer’s Choice edition of RAW where the Superstars of RAW & SmackDown would converge under one roof, the WWE fans would have the power as the fans would vote for matches, stipulations, and more that would shape the special three-hour Monday Night RAW! In addition to the fans running RAW, the cast of The A-Team would serve as the Guest Co-Hosts of RAW as Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copely, & Quinton “Rampage” Jackson would be featured on RAW!
3-Hour Viewer’s Choice Edition of RAW (June 7, 2010)
Good Week For: Matt Hardy (was able to finally get his hands on Drew McIntyre)
Bad Week For: John Cena, CM Punk, Luke Gallows, Matt Striker, Jerry Lawler, & Justin Roberts (were just some of the victims of the ex-Rookie contingent)
The historic 3-hour Viewer’s Choice edition of RAW kicked off with the two men who made the night possible as the respective General Managers of RAW & SmackDown, Bret “The Hitman” Hart & Theodore Long! RAW General Manager Bret Hart speaks first and welcomes everyone to the first ever Viewer’s Choice edition of RAW and explains that the WWE fans can go to WWE.com and vote for the matches, stipulations, and opponents as they are announced live! SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long then adds that the fans are in charge of the Superstars of both RAW & SmackDown and that they could even decide the fate of the WWE Championship! Bret then announced that all four of the participants in the Fatal 4-Way WWE Title Match at WWE Fatal 4-Way will be in action on RAW and that the fans would choose who their respective opponents would be! Long then brings up Randy Orton, which brings out “The Viper” himself, who, with his arm in a sling due to a shoulder injury originally suffered at WWE Over The Limit and made worse by Edge last week, tells Bret to “forget” about Viewer’s Choice for a minute because he wants to face Edge, one-on-one, on RAW! Orton continues that, if he does not get his match, he is going to go backstage and make sure he “takes care” of Edge himself! This brings Edge out, who says that, if Orton wants a match with him that badly, then he should get it so that Edge can “finish” what he started! Theodore Long then discusses an idea with Bret Hart and Bret announces that, the fans in the American Airlines Arena would decide what Edge & Randy Orton should go one-on-one in with the choices being: a debate, a sit-up contest, or a one-on-one match where Edge would have one arm tied behind his back! Naturally, the fans roared their overwhelming approval for the third option, meaning that Edge would go one-on-one with Randy Orton and Edge would have his arm tied behind his back! With both Edge & Randy Orton only competing with one usable arm, who will emerge victorious from this Over The Limit rematch?
SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long then announces that their first match of the night will be a Viewer’s Choice match where Chris Jericho will go one-on-one with his former tag team partner, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show and the fans would vote what match they would compete in; an Over The Rope Challenge, a Submission Match, or a Body Slam Challenge! The polls then revealed that 48% of the votes ensured that Chris Jericho would go one-on-one with Big Show in a Body Slam Challenge where the only way to win is by body slamming your opponent! To no one’s surprise, Chris Jericho was unable to even come close to body slamming Big Show and “The World’s Largest Athlete” slammed Jericho with ease and, after the match, Big Show left the fans who voted for the other two options happy as he forced Chris Jericho to submit to the Colossal Clutch before tossing Jericho over the top rope! Can Big Show dominate in the Fatal 4-Way World Heavyweight Title Match like he did against Chris Jericho?
Unified WWE Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty were in action on RAW, but their opponents would be decided by the WWE fans as they would get to choose from the new RAW team that has devastated The Hart Dynasty the last couple of weeks, Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso, The Dude Busters, or the bizarre pairing of The Great Khali & Hornswoggle! The polls then revealed that 54% of the fans voted for the pairing of The Great Khali & Hornswoggle! In the end, it looked like Khali & Hornswoggle would pick up the upset, but Tyson Kidd was able to dodge the Tadpole Splash of Hornswoggle and pin Hornswoggle to pick up the win! After the match, The Usos & Tamina hit the ring and the two trios brawled in the ring with The Hart Dynasty sending the newcomers packing! With their eyes clearly set on The Hart Dynasty and the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles, when will The Usos get their shot at the gold?
Santino Marella was in action on RAW as Santino would go one-on-one with the Superstar he has been trying to recruit as his tag team partner, “The Moscow Mauler” Vladimir Kozlov and the fans would vote for the two of them to compete in a standard match, an arm wrestling competition, or a dance-off! The polls then revealed that an overwhelming 84% of the fans voted for Santino & Kozlov to square off in a dance-off! After the unique dance stylings of Santino Marella, Vladimir Kozlov shocked the world by tearing it up on the dance floor! Kozlov won the overwhelming support of the WWE fans, thus winning the competition!
The RAW & SmackDown Divas also took part in the Viewer’s Choice edition of RAW as the fans would vote to determine if the Divas would compete in a 6-Diva Tag Match, a Diva Battle Royal, or a Champion Vs. Champion match and the fans voted an overwhelming 73% of the fans voted for a Diva Battle Royal as Divas Champion Eve Torres, Maryse, The Bella Twins, Gail Kim, Alicia Fox, Kelly Kelly, Jillian, Rosa Mendes, Tiffany, and the self-proclaimed “co-Women’s Champions” Michelle McCool & Layla would all compete in the Diva bout! Rosa Mendes was the first to go as Rosa was double-teamed and eliminated by The Bella Twins followed by Lay-Cool eliminating Tiffany! Michelle McCool would eliminate Kelly Kelly and Gail Kim would eliminate herself in the process of eliminating Alicia Fox! Lay-Cool would then work together to eliminate both of The Bella Twins before Divas Champion Eve Torres threw Women’s Champion Layla into her best friend, Michelle McCool; eliminating both members of Lay-Cool! Then things came down to Divas Champion Eve Torres and two former Divas Champions in Maryse & Jillian and the two blondes managed to double-team and eliminate Eve! Jillian then celebrated with Maryse, trying to call themselves the “co-winners”, but Maryse did not want to share the spotlight as “The French-Canadian Diva” sent Jillian packing to win the Battle Royal!
Backstage, Sheamus is confronted by “The Big Red Machine” Kane who, in his continuing search for his brother, The Undertaker’s assailant, accuses Sheamus of assaulting The Undertaker to “make a name” for himself just like he did to Triple H and there is “no reason” to think that Sheamus did not do the same to The Undertaker! Sheamus responds that, if he did take out The Undertaker, he would let “everyone” see and know about it and states that he does “not take kindly to false accusations” to which Kane responds to by saying that he does “not take kindly to liars” and that he hopes to see Sheamus “real soon”!
After his intense confrontation with Kane, “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus was in action on RAW and his opponent would be determined by the WWE fans as the fans would vote for “The Big Red Machine” Kane, “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry, or Evan “Air” Bourne! The polls then revealed that, following their intense confrontation backstage, 88% of the fans wanted to see Sheamus go one-on-one with Kane! After being on the receiving end of a spine-rattling chokeslam, Sheamus rolled to the outside of the ring and, even after recovering, Sheamus opted not to get back in the ring with the revenge-seeking monster leading to Kane winning the bout via count-out! Who will Kane target next in his ongoing investigation into The Undertaker’s assault?
United States Champion R-Truth and The Miz would be in tag team action on RAW and the fans would get to vote to choose their tag partners as the choices for R-Truth would be “Captain Charisma” Christian, “The Ballin’ Superstar” MVP, or “The Monday Night Delight” John Morrison while the choices for The Miz would be “The Platinum Superstar” Dolph Ziggler, the 2008 King of the Ring William Regal, or “The Long Island Loudmouth” Zack Ryder! The fans voted and the partner for United States Champion R-Truth would be none other than R-Truth’s friend and former tag team partner as 58% of the fans voted for R-Truth to team with “The Monday Night Delight” John Morrison! The WWE fans would then determine the tag team partner of The Miz as 45% of the fans voted for “The Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder! In the end, it was The Miz hitting the Skull Crushing Finale on John Morrison en route to picking up the win for himself and Zack Ryder! Is The Miz one step closer to regaining the United States Title?
Then it was time for the Over The Limit rematch between Edge & Randy Orton, but in the Viewer’s Choice Special Attraction match, Edge would have one arm tied behind his back to even the odds with the injured Randy Orton as voted on by the WWE fans! The match was short-lived, however, as Edge got his arm lose from his back and assaulted Randy Orton relentlessly, leading to Edge getting himself disqualified! After the match, Edge was set to deliver the Spear to the injured Randy Orton, but Orton managed to counter with a kick to Edge and sent Edge to the outside with a second kick! Orton then followed Edge to the outside, but the malicious Edge grabbed a steel chair and drove it into the injured shoulder of Randy Orton and followed up by delivering a modified con-chair-to to the injured shoulder! What is the status of Randy Orton following another vicious attack at the hands of Edge?
Former Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre was in action on RAW and the fans would vote for his opponent as either Yoshi Tatsu, Goldust, or a mystery opponent would go one-on-one with “The Chosen One”! The fans voted an overwhelming 88% for the mystery opponent which turned out to be none other than the suspended Matt Hardy! After McIntyre protests that Matt is suspended so the match can not take place, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long comes out and reveals that Matt Hardy was suspended from SmackDown, not from RAW! With this declaration, the match got underway as Matt thoroughly assaulted McIntyre in and out of the ring before planting McIntyre in the middle of the ring with the Twist of Fate en route to picking up the win! After the match, Matt continued to assault McIntyre, but McIntyre narrowly escaped the wrath of Matt Hardy! Has Matt Hardy gotten all that he can get of Drew McIntyre or will Matt’s assault continue on “The Chosen One”?
Then it was time for the main event as WWE Champion John Cena would go one-on-one with an opponent selected by the WWE fans as “The Champ” would go one-on-one with World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger, “The Master of the 619” Rey Mysterio, or “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk! With 45% of the votes, the WWE fans selected none other than “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk! In the middle of the match, the winner of NXT season one, Wade Barrett, came out and slowly walked towards the ring and what would happen next will live in WWE infamy for years to come as one of the most devastating and shocking series of events in WWE history would take place. After Wade Barrett appears and approaches the ring, Michael Tarver is shown hopping the barricade, which leads to Daniel Bryan, Darren Young, Heath Slater, David Otunga, Justin Gabriel, & Skip Sheffield all hopping the barricade and the wild pack of former Rookies devastate and dismantle Luke Gallows before assaulting CM Punk and tossing Punk into the steel steps at ringside. The former Rookies then set their sights on the WWE Champion, John Cena, as the eight ex-Rookies maliciously beat down Cena before moving their devastation to the outside where Skip Sheffield levels Matt Striker with a boot to the face before Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel assault and leave Jerry Lawler laid out. Skip Sheffield then turns the entire announce table over on top of the Hall of Famer. Darren Young then kicks in a section of the ringside barricade and lays out the WWE Timekeeper Mark Yeaton. The former Rookies then turn their attention to RAW Ring Announcer Justin Roberts as they rip the shirt off of Roberts and Daniel Bryan then strangles the Ring Announcer with his own tie. The systematic destruction by the NXT season one Rookies then continues as the eight assailants completely rip apart the ring before setting their sights back to John Cena. CM Punk tried to bring an end to the insanity and relentless destruction by trying to stop the uprising, but CM Punk is beat down by the eight former Rookies and sent out of the ring. The unrelenting group of assailants then dismantle John Cena and, with Cena down, Daniel Bryan screams at the WWE Champion that Cena “is not better” than him before spitting in the face of Cena and delivering a vile kick to Cena’s skull. The leader of the revolution, Wade Barrett, then lays Cena out with the Barrett Wasteland which allows Justin Gabriel to hit the 450 Splash. With a look of hate on their faces, the contingent finally exits the arena as EMT’s rush to the ring to attend to John Cena as other crew members pull the announce table off of Jerry Lawler and check on Lawler, as well as Matt Striker, Justin Roberts, and the other helpless victims of the contingent’s brutal and unreal assault. The EMT’s then load John Cena onto a stretcher and roll the WWE Champion out of the arena as John Cena instills a small glimmer of hope as he gives a thumbs up. After such an unspeakable crime against the WWE, what is the status of all of the victims of the eight assailants? What has caused these eight former Rookies to launch such a heinous and unforeseeable strike against the WWE and its various employees?
The Season Two Premiere of WWE NXT came to you from the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Bay, FL. One night after the season one NXT Rookies invaded Monday Night RAW and destroyed and devastated everything and everyone in sight, the Season Two Premiere of NXT would be a new beginning for eight new NXT hopefuls as Kaval, Husky Harris, Percy Watson, Eli Cottonwood, Alex Riley, Lucky Cannon, Titus O’Neil, & Michael McGillicutty would make their debuts in NXT with their respective WWE Pros as Kaval will be mentored be the self-proclaimed “co-Women’s Champions” Michelle McCool & Layla, the third-generation Husky Harris would be mentored by the second-generation Cody Rhodes, Percy Watson would be guided by “The Ballin’ Superstar” MVP, Eli Cottonwood would be mentored by “The Monday Night Delight” John Morrison, Alex Riley would be mentored by the returning WWE Pro The Miz, Lucky Cannon would be under the tutelage of “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry, Titus O’Neil would be mentored by “The Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder, and the third-generation Michael McGillicutty would be mentored by Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston! The eight new NXT Rookies would be looking to not only impress the WWE Pros, but also the WWE fans as the fans will make up 50% of the vote that determines who stays and who goes!
Season Premiere of WWE NXT (June 8, 2010)
Good Week For: WWE Pros (sent a message to the season two NXT Rookies to not try what the season one Rookies did)
Bad Week For: NXT Rookies (were assaulted by the WWE Pros in a clear warning to not follow the actions of the season one Rookies)
Still feeling the effects of the savage attack by the season one NXT Rookies the night before on RAW, the show kicks off with NXT Host Matt Striker, who asks whether the second season of NXT will choose to “follow suit” to what the season one Rookies did before! The returning WWE Pro, The Miz, then comes out and introduces his NXT Rookie, Alex Riley, before walking to the ring with his Rookie! “The Monday Night Delight” John Morrison then introduces his bizarre 7’1” giant of an NXT Rookie, Eli Cottonwood followed by the second-generation Cody Rhodes introducing his third-generation NXT Rookie, Husky Harris! The self-proclaimed “co-Women’s Champions” Michelle McCool & Layla then introduces the world-renowned independent competitor, Kaval, as Lay-Cool actually makes Kaval carry their Women’s Title belts! “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry then introduces his NXT Rookie, Lucky Cannon followed by Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston introducing the third-generation NXT Rookie, Michael McGillicutty! “The Ballin’ Superstar” MVP then comes out and introduces his NXT Rookie, the charismatic and flamboyant “Showtime” Percy Watson and, finally, “The Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder brings out his NXT Rookie, the former football player Titus O’Neil! All the NXT Rookies and their WWE Pros stand in the ring as Matt Striker explains that the WWE Pros will only make up 50% of the vote and the WWE fans will make up the other 50% where they can vote for or against the NXT Rookies, via WWE.com! Striker then reveals that the second season of NXT will only be twelve weeks long and, in three weeks’ time, the WWE Pros and WWE fans will vote to establish the first Pros Poll and in six weeks’ time, the NXT eliminations will begin! Who will follow the season one winner, Wade Barrett, as the season two winner of NXT? How will the WWE Pros and their NXT Rookies get along in season two? How will the WWE fans holding half the power to keep or kick the Rookies affect season two of NXT?
The NXT Rookies would get their first chance to impress as the 7’1” monster known as Eli Cottonwood would team with his WWE Pro “The Monday Night Delight” John Morrison to face the former Florida Gator Titus O’Neil and his WWE Pro “The Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder! In the end, it was John Morrison hitting Starship Pain on John Morrison en route to picking up the win for himself and his NXT Rookie, Eli Cottonwood! After the match, WWE Pro The Miz commented that he was not impressed by the Rookies’ first outing and that they have “failed”! Does The Miz’s opinions reflect those of the other WWE Pros and the WWE fans?
As the NXT Rookies continue to try and impress the WWE Pros and the WWE fans, “Showtime” Percy Watson would team with his WWE Pro, MVP, to face the third-generation country boy Husky Harris and his WWE Pro, the second-generation “Uncommon Man” Cody Rhodes! In the end, it was Percy Watson hitting the Showtime DDT on Husky Harris en route to picking up the win for himself and his Pro, MVP!
With the WWE Pros and NXT Rookies all in the ring, NXT Host Matt Striker presents the footage of the vicious and unrelenting assault by the season one NXT Rookies that took place on RAW that saw WWE Champion John Cena having to be wheeled out on a stretcher and several others, including CM Punk, Jerry Lawler, & Matt Striker, incapacitated all in the wake of the utter destruction brought on by the season one NXT Rookies. Matt Striker asked Kaval his thoughts on the attack and Kaval said that the attack was “unbelievable” that the season one Rookies would do such a thing, but that is how you “make a statement” in the WWE! Lucky Cannon then calls the attack “cowardly”, but agrees that is how you “make a statement”, while Husky Harris states that he “does not care” because he is there to win NXT! Striker then asks Alex Riley his thoughts, but Riley just fakes a sneeze and says that he is “allergic” to Striker and Percy Watson says he does not find the attack “appropriate” and that a man should fight “one-on-one”! Eli Cottonwood states that John Cena “deserved every bit of it” and Titus O’Neil dares the season one Rookies to come out there and try it with them and if they want to “fight”, then make it a “fight”! Michael McGillicutty then states that all that matters is that an “impact” was made! Striker then states that there is a “prevailing concern” in the WWE locker room for the “safety” of the talent and states that, on behalf of everyone involved with the WWE, he would like to “officially welcome” the NXT Rookies! This leads to Michelle McCool & Layla both slapping their NXT Rookie Kaval, which kicks off the WWE Pros teaming together to dismantle and lay out their own NXT Rookies that ends with Mark Henry laying Titus O’Neil out with the World’s Strongest Slam in a clear cut warning to the season two Rookies! Did the message delivered by the WWE Pros get through to the season two Rookies? What else will happen in the aftermath of the shocking events that took place on RAW?
The 60th edition of WWE Superstars came to you from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL and from the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Bay, FL. In a non-title bout, Intercontinental Champion and new WWE Pro, Kofi Kingston, would go one-on-one with CM Punk’s right hand man, “The Straightedge Disciple” Luke Gallows! In tag team action, “The Bizarre Lonestar” Goldust would reunite with his former protégé, Yoshi Tatsu, to face the team of new WWE Pro “The Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder and Primo. The Divas would also be in action on WWE Superstars as former Women’s Champion Gail Kim would go one-on-one with Alicia Fox.
WWE Superstars (June 10, 2010)
Good Week For: Kofi Kingston (defeated Luke Gallows in the main event)
Bad Week For: Goldust (was caught off-guard by the Rough Rider leg lariat by Zack Ryder en route to losing the match)
The show kicks off with the Divas in action as former Women’s Champion Gail Kim would go one-on-one with Alicia Fox. In the end, it was Alicia Fox delivering her Fox Kick to Gail Kim, who was draped over the top rope that led to Fox picking up the win over the former Women’s Champion!
One of the WWE Pros for NXT Season Two, “The Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder would team with former Unified WWE Tag Team Champion Primo to face the reuniting team of “The Bizarre Lonestar” Goldust & Yoshi Tatsu! In the end, it was Primo and Yoshi Tatsu spilling to the outside, leaving Goldust and Zack Ryder in the ring and, with Goldust distracted by the action on the outside, Ryder hits the Rough Rider leg lariat on Goldust en route to picking up the win for his team!
Then it was time for the main event as Intercontinental Champion and WWE Pro for NXT Season Two, Kofi Kingston, would go one-on-one with the right hand man of CM Punk, “The Straightedge Disciple” Luke Gallows, in a non-title match! In the end, it was Kofi Kingston getting out of the Gallows’ Pole and hitting the S.O.S. en route to picking up the win!
The 564th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Bay, FL. Nine nights before they all square off over the World Heavyweight Championship in a Fatal 4-Way at WWE Fatal 4-Way, the four opponents would face off in singles action as, for the first time ever, World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger would go one-on-one with “The Master of the 619” Rey Mysterio and, also for the first time ever, “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk would go one-on-one with “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show!
Friday Night SmackDown (June 11, 2010)
Good Week For: Rey Mysterio (defeated World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger nine nights before WWE Fatal 4-Way)
Bad Week For: Christian (was laid out by Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer before being put down by Dolph Ziggler’s sleeper hold)
Before he went one-on-one with World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger, Rey Mysterio opens the show and says that he was given a “second chance” last week and he did the “impossible” by winning the Battle Royal to earn his way into the Fatal 4-Way World Heavyweight Title Match! Rey then proclaims that “when” he wins the World Heavyweight Title, it will not only be his title, but the fans’ title as well! This brings World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger out, who tells Rey that he did not “earn” anything and “never has” because he always “capitalizes” on the “misfortune of others” and, last week, he “capitalized” on the “misfortune” of The Undertaker! Swagger then states that, while Mysterio was in Mexico, he was training in America to one day become the World Heavyweight Champion! Rey responds by saying that all of Swagger’s “higher education” went to “waste” because what he just said sounded “stupid” and proclaims that he is just one 619 away from becoming World Heavyweight Champion for a second time! This brings out “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk, along with The Straightedge Society, who says that the NXT attack on him on RAW was an “assassination attempt”, but that he is there because he is “extraordinary” and proclaims that, at WWE Fatal 4-Way, he will become a four-time World Heavyweight Champion and the fans will have a “champion” in CM Punk! Rey responds by saying that he, and the fans, are tired of hearing Punk “run” his mouth and challenges CM Punk to remove his mask and show his bald head! This brings out “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show, who proclaims that he is going to walk out of WWE Fatal 4-Way as the World Heavyweight Champion and says that he will rip the mask off of CM Punk in their match later on! The lights then go red as “The Big Red Machine” Kane appears on the tron and says that, when he finds the “responsible party” for his brother, The Undertaker’s, assault, he will make sure they end up in a casket! Kane then alleges that it may have been a co-operative effort in a “diabolical plot” to take The Undertaker out before assuring everyone that there will be “vengeance”! Could Big Show, CM Punk, Rey Mysterio, or World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger be responsible for The Undertaker’s assault that left him in a “vegetative state”? What lengths will Kane go to in order to find his brother’s assailant?
Nine nights before he defends his gold in a Fatal 4-Way, World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger would go one-on-one with one of his three challengers at WWE Fatal 4-Way, “The Master of the 619” Rey Mysterio as the two would face off for the first time ever in the opening match of the night! In the end, it was Rey Mysterio hitting the 619 on Jack Swagger and following it up with a springboard leg drop that allowed Rey to pin and defeat the World Heavyweight Champion! After the match, Swagger blind-sided Rey and stomped away at Mysterio until “The Big Red Machine” Kane came out proceeded to deliver a thunderous chokeslam to Jack Swagger, as well as Rey Mysterio! Are the competitors in the Fatal 4-Way World Heavyweight Title Match Kane’s prime suspects to The Undertaker’s assault?
One-half of the self-proclaimed “co-Women’s Champions” Layla, along with Florida native Michelle McCool and their NXT Rookie, Kaval, was in action on SmackDown as Layla went one-on-one with Tiffany, with Florida’s own Kelly Kelly at ringside! In the end, it was a distraction by Michelle McCool that allowed Layla to hit the Lay Out on Tiffany en route to picking up the win!
“Captain Charisma” Christian was in action on SmackDown and SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero introduces Christian’s opponent as “the future of the WWE” Dolph Ziggler! In the end, it was Christian catching Dolph Ziggler with a sunset flip roll-up that allowed Christian to pick up the win in a hard-fought match! After the match, Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer entered the ring and Archer laid Christian out with the Archer’s Arrow before Hawkins hits the big elbow drop before exiting the ring having made their “impact” on their last night to do so! Dolph Ziggler then hones in on a defenseless Christian as Dolph locks in the sleeper hold on Christian! After putting Christian down with the sleeper hold, Dolph embraced SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero! What benefits will Dolph’s relationship with Vickie Guerrero bring?
Four nights after losing to the suspended Matt Hardy, via a loophole in the terms of Matt’s suspension stating that Matt Hardy was suspended from SmackDown and not RAW, “The Chosen One” Drew McIntyre made an appearance on SmackDown and a livid McIntyre demanded that SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long come to the ring! Long comes to the ring and starts to address Drew McIntyre, but McIntyre tells Long that Long will speak when McIntyre lets him and tells Long to watch the tron, which shows Matt Hardy’s distraction and attack on McIntyre on last week’s SmackDown, as well as Matt defeating McIntyre on RAW! After showing Long the video, Drew McIntyre announces that, per the order of WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon, Matt Hardy is suspended from “all WWE programming”! When Theodore Long tries to respond, McIntyre snatches the microphone and throws it to the mat before telling Long that he wants to see Long’s “face” when he tells Long his next bit of news! However, this announcement is interrupted by Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston, who says he and everyone else are “sick” of McIntyre’s “whining and complaining” before telling McIntyre to “shut up”! Kofi states that, when he “falls down”, he picks himself up “like a man” and, when he wants something, he goes about getting it “like a man” and when he doesn’t like someone, he does something about it! With this, Kofi pops McIntyre with the microphone and brawls with McIntyre before hitting Trouble in Paradise, knocking McIntyre off of the ring apron and to the floor! How will Drew McIntyre respond to this attack by Kofi Kingston?
Following his confrontation with Drew McIntyre, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long is backstage in his office trying to get WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon, but Drew McIntyre barges in and informs Theodore Long that, on next week’s SmackDown, Theodore Long will be forced to go one-on-one with McIntyre because, if Long does not show up for the match, then Long will be fired per the orders of Mr. McMahon! Can Theodore Long possibly survive the wrath of Drew McIntyre next week given no option but to compete?
Then it was time for the main event as, for the first time ever, “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk would go one-on-one with “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show nine nights before they are two of the three challengers for Jack Swagger’s World Heavyweight Title! During the match, Big Show was just about to pull the mask off of CM Punk, but Luke Gallows, Serena, and the masked ally of The Straightedge Society entered the ring and attacked Big Show as the entire Straightedge Society assaulted “The World’s Largest Athlete”! That was until “The Big Red Machine” Kane came out and, after CM Punk narrowly escaped, Kane planted both the masked ally and Luke Gallows with a chokeslam before delivering a mammoth chokeslam to Big Show! While Kane has been nothing short of destructive, is “The Big Red Machine” any closer to finding out who assaulted The Undertaker?
Superstar of the Week: Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston
Alumni Profile of the Week
Born On: February 21, 1979 in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Resides: Miami, FL
Trained By: Issac Rosario & Carlos Colon
WWE Run: October 7, 2004- May 21, 2010
One Time Intercontinental Champion
One Time United States Champion
One Time Unified WWE Tag Team Champion (w/ Primo)
One Time WWE Tag Team Champion (w/ Primo)
Did You Know?
While it is well known that Carlito is the son of legendary Puerto Rican wrestler, Carlos Colon, Carlito’s mother is actually from Canada.
Next Week’s WWE Television Schedule
Monday, June 14: RAW, LIVE from the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC (R-Truth’s Hometown)
Tuesday, June 15: WWE NXT from the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC
Thursday, June 17: WWE Superstars from Charlotte, NC & Raleigh, NC
Friday, June 18: The RBC Center in Raleigh, NC Hosts SmackDown