One night after a shocking, unforgettable, and historic Royal Rumble event that saw the shocking returns of two former World Champions in Booker T. and Diesel during the Royal Rumble Match, as well as “The Mexican Elitist” Alberto Del Rio winning the 40-Man Royal Rumble Match and CM Punk & The New Nexus costing Randy Orton the WWE Title, the 923rd edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI. With the question of which title Alberto Del Rio will challenge for, either the WWE or World Heavyweight Title, at WrestleMania XXVII still unanswered, RAW would see the fallout of one of the most unforgettable Royal Rumble events in history!
- WWE Tag Team Championship: Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov (c) def. Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty by Santino Marella (c) pinning Husky Harris following the Cobra Strike to retain.
- Non-Title: Daniel Bryan def. Tyson Kidd by submission to the LeBell Lock.
- Champion Vs. Champion: “There Must Be A Winner”: Edge (with John Cena) def. The Miz by pin following the Spear.
- LayCool def. Eve Torres & Natalya by Layla pinning Eve Torres following the Face Lift.
- Tag Team Dance-Off: The Great Khali & Mark Henry and Jimmy & Jey Uso compete to a No Contest when Jimmy & Jey Uso attack The Great Khali & Mark Henry.
- RAW Rumble Match: WINNER- Jerry “The King” Lawler
Order of Entry
- John Morrison
- King Sheamus
- John Cena
- CM Punk
- Jerry “The King” Lawler
- Randy Orton
Order of Elimination
- Randy Orton elim. CM Punk
- R-Truth elim. Randy Orton
- John Cena elim. R-Truth
- King Sheamus elim. John Morrison
- King Sheamus (2) elim. John Cena
- Jerry “The King” Lawler (with John Cena) elim. King Sheamus
One night after winning the 2011 Royal Rumble Match and earning a guaranteed shot at either the WWE or World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania XXVII, the show kicks off with Ricardo Rodriguez, who brings out a mariachi band before the winner of the 2011 Royal Rumble Match makes his entrance into the arena as the show kicks off with Alberto Del Rio! Del Rio states that the fans “never listen” because he told them that it was his “destiny” to win the 2011 Royal Rumble Match and RAW will be his night of celebration! Del Rio then reveals that the mariachi band only plays for the Mexican president and himself before stating that, as the winner of the Royal Rumble, he has the option of facing either the WWE Champion or the World Heavyweight Champion for their title at WrestleMania and he will make that decision right now! Before Alberto Del Rio can make his announcement, Del Rio is interrupted by the arrival of the still WWE Champion The Miz and Miz’s “apprentice” Alex Riley as Miz states that he hopes that Del Rio chooses to face him at WrestleMania for the WWE Title because he will be the champion heading into WrestleMania, while Edge will not! Miz then tries to plant the seed in Del Rio’s head to face Edge at WrestleMania by saying that Edge was telling “anyone that would listen” that he would “embarrass” Del Rio at WrestleMania as Edge “mocked” Del Rio’s accent and that Del Rio’s cars are “rentals” before Alex Riley says that he gives Del Rio his “word” that he heard Edge say that Edge has “no respect for a second rate JBL meets Tito Santana knockoff like Alberto Del Rio”! Del Rio then calls out The Miz and asks the WWE Champion if he is “lying” to avoid facing him at WrestleMania and Miz states that he is telling the “truth” about Edge’s comments! After hearing all of this, the still World Heavyweight Champion Edge comes out and tells Alberto Del Rio that he does not “like” Del Rio nor does he “respect” Del Rio, but that anything he has to say to Del Rio, he will say to Del Rio’s face! Edge then vows that he will be the World Heavyweight Champion come WrestleMania and, if Del Rio opts to face him at WrestleMania, then he will lose! Del Rio then makes his decision by saying that, at WrestleMania, he will be the new World Heavyweight Champion! Edge then “congratulates” Del Rio and, as The Miz, Alex Riley, and the mariachi band quickly exit the ring, Edge pops Del Rio with the microphone, but Edge would become distracted by his opponent later on in the evening, The Miz, allowing Del Rio to make a definitive statement by blasting Edge in the shoulder with one of the mariachi band member’s guitars before locking in the cross armbreaker on the World Heavyweight Champion before referees come out to tend to Edge! What is the status Edge after this attack? Will Edge be able to compete in the Champion Vs. Champion rematch against The Miz in the main event?
An email from the anonymous General Manager of RAW would then come in as the GM announces the first ever RAW Rumble where seven Superstars will compete where the winning Superstar will advance to challenge WWE Champion The Miz at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view and the six losing Superstars will compete in an Elimination Chamber Match at the event before the GM reveals the participants in the RAW Rumble as “The Viper” Randy Orton, New Nexus leader CM Punk, “The Prince of Parkour” John Morrison, R-Truth, the 2010 King of the Ring Sheamus, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, and the 2010 Superstar of the Year John Cena! Who will earn the opportunity to challenge The Miz for the WWE Title at WWE Elimination Chamber and who will be entered into the demonic Elimination Chamber Match?
After defeating Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov in a non-title match last week, New Nexus members Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty would challenge Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov, with Tamina in their corner, for the WWE Tag Team Titles! In the end, it was Santino Marella hitting the Cobra Strike on Husky Harris en route to picking up the win and retaining the WWE Tag Team Titles! After the match, as Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov make their exit after successfully retaining the WWE Tag Team Titles, Randy Orton would rush into the ring and, fueled by anger after CM Punk & The New Nexus cost him the WWE Title at the Royal Rumble, Orton would deliver an RKO to Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty, but as Orton was ready to punt Husky Harris into oblivion, New Nexus leader CM Punk comes out with New Nexus members Mason Ryan & David Otunga who tells Orton to stop and “don’t do it” and warns Orton that, if he punts Husky Harris, there will be “serious consequences and repercussions”! Orton would then look to back off, but would look at the fans and then look at CM Punk before smiling and getting back into position before delivering a vile punt to the skull of Husky Harris! CM Punk & The New Nexus would then rush to the ring as Randy Orton made his exit through the crowd, leaving Punk & The New Nexus to tend to their fallen comrade! How will CM Punk & The New Nexus respond to Randy Orton taking out Husky Harris?
“The Fortunate Son” Ted DiBiase and girlfriend Maryse then comes out as DiBiase would address Hall of Famer and RAW commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler as DiBiase tells Lawler that Lawler’s “career is over” and that Lawler should make way for the “future” as DiBiase tells Lawler that he should give up his spot in the RAW Rumble! Fellow RAW commentator Michael Cole then opts to speak on Lawler’s behalf and calls Lawler a “scene stealer” and states that Lawler would not allow his “selfish, self-centered, narcissistic ego” take himself out of the RAW Rumble! Lawler then snatches the microphone from Cole and states that he is not giving up his spot in the RAW Rumble because his Road To WrestleMania has always been “under construction” as he is has been in the WWE for 18 years and he has never competed in a match at WrestleMania and, as far as he is concerned, his Road To WrestleMania begins on RAW before stating that he will compete in the RAW Rumble Match and he will win it! Lawler would then go to set the microphone down, but Ted DiBiase would push Jerry Lawler into Michael Cole and Lawler would respond by pursuing Ted DiBiase, but DiBiase would hide behind Maryse! Maryse would then realize that DiBiase just used her as a human shield as Maryse would deliver a slap to the face of DiBiase before storming off, leaving DiBiase unprotected as Jerry Lawler would deliver a hard right hand to “The Fortunate Son”! Can Jerry “The King” Lawler do the unthinkable and beat Randy Orton, CM Punk, John Morrison, Sheamus, R-Truth, & John Cena to get the opportunity to challenge The Miz for the WWE Title at WWE Elimination Chamber?
A mysterious promo would then air on RAW as a figure in black cowboy boots and a black overcoat is shown walking through the mud on a dark and stormy night before the mysterious individual walks onto an old, rickety wooden porch before walking into a small, old house where the lights flicker as the individual walks onto the porch before the date 2.21.11 appears in branding on the screen! What does this mean? Who or what is arriving the night after WWE Elimination Chamber?
With The Bella Twins guests on commentary, United States Champion Daniel Bryan, with girlfriend Gail Kim in his corner, would go one-on-one with “The Crowned Prince” Tyson Kidd in a non-title match! In the end, it was Daniel Bryan locking in the LeBell Lock on Tyson Kidd, forcing Kidd to tap out to win the match! After the match, The Bella Twins would enter the ring, sparking yet another brawl between the Divas that has to be broken up by Daniel Bryan and numerous referees!
After their match was ended inconclusively on last week’s RAW, the rematch would take place on RAW as, one night after retaining the WWE Title against Randy Orton, with a big assist by CM Punk & The New Nexus, WWE Champion The Miz would go one-on-one with World Heavyweight Champion Edge one night after Edge successfully retained the title against Dolph Ziggler and later in the night after he was attacked by Alberto Del Rio in a Champion Vs. Champion Match where the anonymous RAW General Manager has deemed that there “must be a winner”! After being eliminated from the Royal Rumble Match by The Miz, John Cena would get a measure of revenge on the WWE Champion as, when it looked like The Miz was closing in on a win over Edge, Cena would distract Miz by leading the fans in a chant of “Miz is awful”, which would allow Edge to hit the Spear on The Miz en route to picking up the win! How will The Miz respond to the distraction by John Cena?
As originally announced on WWE.com over the weekend, the announcement would be made on RAW that, when WWE Tough Enough returns on the USA Network after RAW on April 4, the reality show will be hosted by none other than the incomparable Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin! What does Stone Cold Steve Austin have in store for Tough Enough?
The acting General Manager of SmackDown Vickie Guerrero then makes an appearance on RAW to announce that, this Friday on SmackDown, Edge will defend the World Heavyweight Title in a way that the title has “never” been defended in before as World Heavyweight Champion Edge will team with Kelly Kelly to face “The Platinum Superstar” Dolph Ziggler & LayCool in a 3-on-2 Mixed Handicap Match where the World Heavyweight Title would be on the line! What will happen in this unique World Heavyweight Title match this Friday night on SmackDown?
One night after a controversial Divas Title match where she pinned Layla while Michelle McCool pinned Natalya, the second of which went unseen by the referee, the new Divas Champion Eve Torres would team with the former Divas Champion Natalya to face Layla & Michelle McCool! In the end, it was Layla hitting an impressive new maneuver called the Face Lift on Eve Torres en route to Layla pinning the Divas Champion to pick up the win for LayCool!
RAW would see a colossus new tag team in action as, with a combined weight of 838 lbs., The Great Khali would make his return to RAW to team with “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry to face Jimmy & Jey Uso, but before the match begins, the anonymous General Manager of RAW chimes in with an email that announces that, since The Usos are outmatches in size by Khali & Henry, he is changing the tag team match into a Dance Off! The Dance Off would then be brought to an end when Jimmy & Jey Uso would make the questionable decision to attack The Great Khali & Mark Henry from behind, which would result in Mark Henry hitting the World’s Strongest Slam and Great Khali hitting the Punjabi Plunge on The Usos!
Then it was time for the main event where “The Viper” Randy Orton, the leader of The New Nexus CM Punk, “The Prince of Parkour” John Morrison, the 2010 King of the Ring King Sheamus, R-Truth, Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, and the 2010 Superstar of the Year John Cena would compete in the first ever RAW Rumble Match where, like the Royal Rumble Match, two randomly drawn Superstars will begin the match and, every 90 seconds, another competitor would enter the match, which would go on until every Superstar has entered the match and elimination comes when a Superstar is thrown over the top rope with both feet touching the floor! The winner of the RAW Rumble Match would get the opportunity to challenge The Miz for the WWE Title at WWE Elimination Chamber while the six losing competitors will compete in the RAW Elimination Chamber Match at WWE Elimination Chamber with the winner of that match challenging for the WWE Title at WrestleMania! The #1 entrant would be revealed as “The Prince of Parkour” John Morrison and the #2 entrant would be a familiar rival in the 2010 King of the Ring King Sheamus! The #3 entrant would then be revealed to be John Cena, followed by the #4 entrant CM Punk and the #5 entrant R-Truth! Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler would then enter at #6, followed by the final entrant into the RAW Rumble Match, “The Viper” Randy Orton, but as Orton makes his entrance, CM Punk would escape the ring under the bottom rope and would hide under the ring, but Orton would drag Punk out from under the ring and throw Punk in before sending Punk over the top rope to the floor, scoring the first elimination, but R-Truth would come from behind and eliminate Orton! The next elimination would see John Cena hoist both R-Truth and John Morrison onto his shoulders, managing to eliminate R-Truth while John Morrison hangs on to remain in the match! After countless close calls with being eliminated, John Morrison would finally find himself eliminated following a Brogue Kick off of the ring apron by King Sheamus! The next elimination would see King Sheamus trying to eliminate John Cena as Cena was on the ring apron and Sheamus would throw Jerry Lawler into Cena, eliminating Cena from the match before King Sheamus would go for the Brogue Kick on Jerry Lawler, but Lawler would duck the move while Cena pulled down the top rope to eliminate Sheamus from the match and earn the Hall of Famer the biggest win of his legendary career! After a shocking upset to win the RAW Rumble Match, legendary wrestler and commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler will finally have his shot at immortality as Lawler will challenge The Miz for the WWE Title in three weeks’ time at WWE Elimination Chamber! Can Jerry “The King” Lawler do the unthinkable and unseat The Miz to win the WWE Title for the first time in his Hall of Fame career and punch his ticket to compete at WrestleMania for the first time ever?