Just one night after a controversial and hard-hitting Capitol Punishment, a special three-hour RAW Power To The People came to you, live, from the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD. For the entire three-hour extravaganza, the WWE fans would be in charge as fans the world over cast votes, via text message, to control the entire show.
- Divas Championship: Power To The People: Kelly Kelly def. Brie Bella (c) by roll-up to win the Divas Title.
- Power To The People: Mason Ryan def. Evan Bourne by pin following the House of Pain.
- Power To The People: Arm Wrestling Match: Kane def. Mark Henry by DQ.
- United States Championship: Power To The People: 2-out-of-3 Falls Match:
- Dolph Ziggler (c) (with Vickie Guerrero) def. Kofi Kingston by pin following the Zig Zag on the outside of the ring.
- Kofi Kingston def. Dolph Ziggler (c) by pin with the S.O.S.
- Kofi Kingston def. Dolph Ziggler (c) by DQ following a microphone shot. Dolph Ziggler (c) retains.
- #1 Contender’s Triple Threat Match for the WWE Title: Power To The People: Falls Count Anywhere: CM Punk def. Rey Mysterio & Alberto Del Rio by pinning Alberto Del Rio following the 619 and Splash by Rey Mysterio to become the new #1 Contender for the WWE Title.
- Power To The People: No Count-Outs: Daniel Bryan def. Cody Rhodes by roll-up.
- Dance Contest: Power To The People: Michael Cole def. Vickie Guerrero
- 6-Man Tag: Power To The People: Elimination Match:
Order of Elimination
- Christian elim. Alex Riley by pin following the Skull Crushing Finale by The Miz.
- John Cena elim. The Miz by pin following the Attitude Adjustment.
- Randy Orton elim. R-Truth by pin following the RKO.
- Christian elim. Randy Orton by pin following the Spear.
- John Cena elim. Christian by submission to the STF.
One night after picking up a big victory over Rey Mysterio at Capitol Punishment, the show kicks off with the leader of The New Nexus, CM Punk, as Punk declares that the fans cannot control his career before proclaiming that he is the “best wrestler in the world”. Punk then claims that, after “soundly” defeating Rey Mysterio at Capitol Punishment and “soundly” defeating WWE Champion John Cena last week, he is the new #1 Contender for the WWE Championship! CM Punk then tells the anonymous General Manager of RAW to inform everyone that he is the #1 Contender and that he will have his shot at the WWE Title in his hometown of Chicago at the Money-in-the-Bank pay-per-view! After a short wait, the anonymous RAW General Manager would chime in with an email that advises CM Punk to leave the ring, but after repeatedly refusing, the GM reveals that he was going to announce that CM Punk was the #1 Contender later in the night, but now Punk must compete in a Triple Threat Match against both Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio with the winner earning the #1 Contender’s spot! Can CM Punk defeat Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio to become the new #1 Contender for the WWE Title or will Del Rio or Mysterio earn that right?
The opening match of the night would see the Divas Championship placed up for grabs in the first Power of the People determined match of the night as Brie Bella, with Nikki Bella in her corner, defends the Divas Title against the fans’ choice of opponent, either Eve, Kelly Kelly, or Beth Phoenix. Garnering 53% of the votes, Kelly Kelly was the Diva selected to challenge Brie Bella for the gold. In the end, it was Kelly Kelly outmaneuvering Brie Bella and, before Nikki Bella could interfere, Kelly Kelly rolls up Brie Bella to pick up the win and become the new Divas Champion!
One night after notching a second victory over Jack Swagger at Capitol Punishment, the high-flying Evan Bourne was in action on RAW, but the opponent was up to the WWE fans as Bourne would face either Jack Swagger, Mason Ryan, or Sin Cara. With a total of 51% of the votes, Evan Bourne’s opponent was the powerhouse of The New Nexus, Mason Ryan. Despite an impressive effort by Evan Bourne, the power of Mason Ryan proved too much for Bourne as Ryan plants Bourne with the House of Pain en route to picking up the win.
Before going one-on-one with Kane, “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry speaks about sending Big Show through the Spanish announce table at Capitol Punishment. Henry states that, at Capitol Punishment, Big Show got “punished” before saying that, when Big Show walks the earth, the earth “shakes”, but when he walks the earth, the people “shake”. Henry continues, saying that “bigger is not always better” before stating that “someone’s gonna get their ass kicked”.
One night after demolishing Big Show by sending “The World’s Largest Athlete” through the Spanish announce table with the World’s Strongest Slam at Capitol Punishment, “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry faced “The Big Red Machine” Kane in the fans’ choice of match; a Body Slam Match, Arm Wrestling Match, or Over-The-Top Rope Match. The fans would end up casting 52% of the votes for an Arm Wrestling Match between Kane and Mark Henry. In the end, it was Mark Henry opting to throw out the match in favor of attacking Kane as the two monsters brawl before Mark Henry blasts Kane with the table used for the Arm Wrestling Match! Mark Henry then proceeds to dismantle Kane, sending “The Big Red Machine” spine-first into the steel ring post before dismantling the announce table and delivering the World’s Strongest Slam to Kane through the table! After destroying both Big Show and Kane, how will the giant former WWE Tag Team Champions respond? Who will Mark Henry go after next?
One night after a young John Cena fan would throw water in his face, costing him the WWE Title at Capitol Punishment, R-Truth appears on the three-hour RAW as Truth states that he got “okey doked” by “little Jimmy”, citing that all the “little Jimmies”, the “big Jimmies”, and the “Mama Jimmies”. Truth is then interrupted by Christian, who calls Power To The People a “joke”, saying that the fans caused him to lose the World Heavyweight Title five nights after winning it. Christian then “blames” the fans, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long, and the referee for the World Heavyweight Title match at Capitol Punishment. Christian then shows a picture of his foot being under the bottom rope at the conclusion of the World Heavyweight Title match, saying that it isn’t “fair” and he should be the World Heavyweight Champion. Christian then “demands” that “justice be served”, saying that he needs “one more” opportunity at the World Heavyweight Title. Truth tells Christian that at least Christian got to be champion while he was cost the title by a kid at ringside.
Former WWE Champion The Miz then interrupts as Miz states that his gripes are “legitimate” because the referee “handed” the match to Alex Riley at Capitol Punishment. Christian tells Miz that, while Miz faced his “apprentice”, he and Truth were in title matches. Miz then asks Christian “how dare you?” and Christian asks “how dare me?” and asks R-Truth “how dare you?” and Truth responds by asking “how dare me?” and “how dare you?” Miz, Christian, and Truth then exchange “really” to each other, which leads to Christian telling Miz “Riley” and Miz telling Christian “Randy” before R-Truth jumps in with “Jimmy”.
SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long then interrupts and announces a 6-Man Tag Match with Christian, The Miz, & R-Truth facing World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton, Alex Riley, & WWE Champion John Cena with a stipulation voted on by the WWE fans! What will be the stipulation of his huge main event?
One night after an assist by Vickie Guerrero allowed him to be crowned the new United States Champion, Dolph Ziggler, with Vickie Guerrero in his corner, defends the United States Title against former champion, Kofi Kingston, with the fans choosing the stipulation, either making the match a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match, a match with Vickie Guerrero banned from ringside, or a Submission Match. 51% of the votes would deem the match a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match between Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston for the United States Title. The first fall of the match would go to Dolph Ziggler as a distraction by Vickie Guerrero allows Dolph to hit the Zig Zag on Kofi Kingston on the outside of the ring before rolling Kofi into the ring and pinning Kofi for the first fall. Later on in the match, Kofi Kingston evens things up by hitting the S.O.S. on Dolph Ziggler to give each Superstar one fall a piece. After narrowly avoiding defeat by Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler heads to the outside of the ring, grabbing the United States Title belt, but Kofi ducks the belt shot, hitting Trouble In Paradise on Dolph. Despite this, Dolph was able to get two fingers on the bottom rope to prevent the pin from taking place. However, a desperate Dolph Ziggler lures Kofi Kingston to the outside of the ring again, where Dolph intentionally strikes Kofi with a microphone, getting himself disqualified to retain his United States Title. After the match, Kofi Kingston takes out his frustrations on Dolph Ziggler by blasting Dolph with Trouble In Paradise.
Before competing in a Triple Threat Match to determine the #1 Contender for the WWE Title, Alberto Del Rio states that Ricardo Rodriguez running over Big Show was just “destiny” and, when he defeats CM Punk and Rey Mysterio to become the new #1 Contender, it will not be an “accident”, it will be “destiny”.
Then it was time for the Triple Threat Match to determine the new #1 Contender for the WWE Title as the leader of The New Nexus, CM Punk, “The Master of the 619” Rey Mysterio, and “The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio with a stipulation determined by the fans as the match will either be a No DQ Match, a Falls Count Anywhere Match, or a Submission Match. The fans would ultimately cast 66% of their votes for a Falls Count Anywhere Match to determine the new #1 Contender for the WWE Title. In the end, it was Rey Mysterio hitting the 619 and Splash on Alberto Del Rio, but CM Punk would interrupt the pinfall and throwing Rey shoulder-first into the steel ring post before stealing the pin for himself to become the new #1 Contender for the WWE Title. After the match, CM Punk proclaims that July 17 will be a “historic day” for the WWE as, at WWE Money-in-the-Bank, he will defeat John Cena for the WWE Title in his hometown of Chicago.
The new #1 Contender for the WWE Title, CM Punk, then makes the earth-shaking announcement that July 17 is also the last day on his WWE contract and, when the clock hits midnight and July 17 becomes July 18, he is leaving World Wrestling Entertainment and he will be leaving with the WWE Championship! Can CM Punk really leave the WWE with the WWE Championship when his contract expires? Will we really never see CM Punk again after WWE Money-in-the-Bank?
After being attacked and having a paper bag placed over his head by Cody Rhodes on SmackDown last month, “The American Dragon” Daniel Bryan faces Cody Rhodes in either a Paper Bag Match, a No Count-Out Match, or a Collegiate Rules Match. The fans then vote 51% in favor of a No Count-Out Match between Cody Rhodes and Daniel Bryan. In the end, it was Daniel Bryan catching Cody Rhodes with a roll-up to pick up the win. After the match, Cody Rhodes tries to attack Daniel Bryan, but Bryan counters Rhodes, locking in the LeBell Lock on Rhodes. However, Ted DiBiase makes the save for Cody Rhodes as DiBiase and Daniel Bryan brawl before Cody Rhodes joins in as the two-on-one beat down allowed Cody Rhodes to hit the Alabama Slam and the Cross Rhodes on Daniel Bryan before placing a paper bag over Bryan’s head once again.
The Power To The People was not restricted to matches, however, as the fans would vote on a unique dance contest pitting Vickie Guerrero against the fans’ choice of Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler, or Booker T. Before the dance contest, Vickie Guerrero touts that she has “fifteen years” of dance experience and she is an expert of “ballet, jazz, and exotic dancing” and her stage name used to be “Peaches”. Vickie then takes her turn on the dance floor with the host of the competition, Matt Striker, dancing a little bit before laying a lip lock on Striker. The fans’ votes then reveal that 47% of the fans voted for Michael Cole. Cole then does his best version of dancing before mocking Booker T with a poorly executed Spin-a-rooni. Being judged by the loudest boos, the fans boo Michael Cole to victory, leading to Vickie delivering a slap to Cole.
It was announced during RAW that next week will see the return of RAW Roulette, where a spin of the wheel will decide the fate of the WWE Superstars and Divas. Not only will next week’s RAW feature the return of RAW Roulette, but it will feature the return to RAW of none other than 2011 WWE Hall of Famer “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels! What does Shawn Michaels have in store for next week’s RAW in Las Vegas?
Then it was time for the huge 6-Man Tag main event as WWE Champion John Cena, Alex Riley, and World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton face their respective rivals, R-Truth, The Miz, & Christian in either a One Fall To A Finish Match, a 20-Minute Time Limit Match, or an Elimination Match as voted on by the fans. The fans’ votes reveal that a unanimous 79% of the fans wanted to see an Elimination-style 6-Man Tag Match. During the match, all hell breaks loose in the volatile match as all six men are in the ring at the same time, but while the referee is detaining John Cena, The Miz catches Alex Riley from behind with the Skull Crushing Finale, allowing Christian to eliminate Riley from the match. The next elimination saw John Cena even things up by delivering the Attitude Adjustment to The Miz en route to eliminating Miz from the match. This was followed by Randy Orton hitting the RKO on R-Truth to eliminate Truth, but as soon as Orton turned around, he was blasted with the Spear by Christian as Christian pins the World Heavyweight Champion. However, the excitement over pinning Randy Orton costs Christian as John Cena hoists Christian up for the Attitude Adjustment, but Christian fights out of the move, but is unable to avoid the RKO of Randy Orton. After being hit with the RKO, Christian was then locked in the STF by John Cena as the WWE Champion forces Christian to tap out to win the match for his team!
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