One week after the entire legacy of the WWE was changed forever with Vince McMahon being relieved of his near three decade duties as WWE Chairman and CEO by his son-in-law, Triple H, who was elected to take over as the new Chief Executive Officer by the WWE Board of Directors, the 948th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA. On the first RAW of the Triple H regime, the new WWE CEO would appear on RAW as the thirteen-time World Champion delivers his first State of the WWE Address. After surviving the best RAW had to offer last week, the Finals of the WWE Championship Tournament to crown a new WWE Champion would take place as former WWE Champion The Miz went one-on-one with two-time World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio with the winner being crowned the new champion.
- WWE Championship Tournament: Finals: Rey Mysterio def. The Miz by pin following the 619 and Splash to win the WWE Title.
- Non-Title: Dolph Ziggler def. Evan Bourne by submission to the sleeper hold.
- Kelly Kelly & Eve def. Maryse & Melina by Kelly Kelly pinning Melina following the K2.
- Zack Ryder def. Michael Cole by pin following the Rough Ryder Leg Lariat.
- Alberto Del Rio def. Kofi Kingston by submission to the cross armbreaker.
- WWE Championship: John Cena def. Rey Mysterio (c) by pin following the Attitude Adjustment to win the WWE Title.
On the first night of the regime of new WWE Chief Executive Officer, Triple H, RAW kicks off in a major way as the Finals of the WWE Championship Tournament saw former WWE Champion The Miz going one-on-one with “The Master of the 619” Rey Mysterio with the winner being crowned the new WWE Champion. At the end of a hard-fought match, it was Rey Mysterio taking advantage of The Miz re-injuring his knee on the second turnbuckle as Rey hit the 619 and following it up with a Splash en route to pinning Miz to become the new WWE Champion! After the match, a furious Miz attacked the new WWE Champion, Rey Mysterio, from behind, which left Rey seemingly prone for “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Alberto Del Rio to rush out and cash in his guaranteed shot at the WWE Title. However, the resilient champion prevented Del Rio from cashing in by diving to the outside onto “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” and, with the bell never ringing for the match to begin, Del Rio keeps his Money-in-the-Bank title opportunity and Rey Mysterio keeps his newly acquired WWE Championship! With a roster of capable challengers and “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Alberto Del Rio never far behind, how will Rey Mysterio fare as the new WWE Champion?
The United States Champion was in action on RAW as Dolph Ziggler went one-on-one with Evan Bourne in a non-title match. In the end, it was Dolph Ziggler locking in the sleeper hold on Evan Bourne, putting Bourne to sleep to win the match via submission.
The Divas were in tag team action on RAW as Divas Champion Kelly Kelly teamed with former Divas Champion Eve to face Maryse & Melina. In the end, it was Kelly Kelly hitting the K2 on Melina en route to picking up the win for her and Eve.
Then it was time for the first State of the WWE Address by the new man in charge, the new Chief Executive Officer of the WWE and thirteen-time World Champion, Triple H. The new WWE CEO starts by acknowledging the man who made the WWE what it is today as Triple H thanks his father-in-law, Vince McMahon, for his near thirty years spent creating and building the global juggernaut known as the WWE. Triple H then proclaims that they are not there to talk about the “past”, they are there to discuss the “future”. Triple H then congratulates Rey Mysterio on becoming the new WWE Champion before making the bombshell announcement that there will be a second WWE Title match on RAW! The new CEO continues that he has discussed it with “both men” and they have agreed that the match “needs to happen” before Triple H reveals that Rey Mysterio will defend his newly won WWE Championship against the man who got “screwed” out of his rematch, former WWE Champion John Cena!
WWE CEO Triple H continues that there is “something” that has been “bothering” him lately as there is “one man’s name” he hears everywhere he goes as of late before revealing that he has taken it upon himself to contact that man and “re-sign” him! Triple H then asks the fans to “help” him “welcome” this individual back to RAW before the man is revealed to be none other than the most legendary announcer in WWE history, Hall of Famer “Good Ol’ J.R.” Jim Ross! The Hall of Fame announcer then shakes the hand of Triple H before heading to his position at the announce table, where Jim Ross greets his longtime friend, Jerry “The King” Lawler, but when extending his hand to Michael Cole, a visibly confused and unhappy Cole turns his back to the Hall of Famer. Cole then slams his headset down on the table, grabs a microphone, and stands on top of the announce table. The self-proclaimed “Voice of the WWE” then addresses new WWE CEO Triple H, telling the new boss that Triple H mentioned looking to the “future”, but Jim Ross is the “walking dead”. Cole continues that, since WrestleMania, he has done “everything” that has been asked of him, including putting Jerry Lawler’s foot in his mouth and that he will do “anything” that the WWE asks of him, but he “refuses” to work with Jim Ross, who Cole calls a “fat hayseed” and “one-faced Oklahoma redneck”. Cole then asks Jim Ross if the Hall of Famer “needs the money” since J.R.’s chain of restaurants went “belly up” and asking if J.R. “ate all the profits”. Cole continues that J.R. spent his “whole career kissing Mr. McMahon’s ass” so J.R. is going to run in the ring and “kiss Triple H’s ass too”, adding that the only thing “bigger” than J.R.’s “ego” is his “gut”. Cole then shouts that he cannot work sitting next to J.R. because he “cannot stand him”.
Triple H then asks Cole if he is “done” before telling Cole to be careful because he might blow out his “O-ring”. Triple H then reveals that his “first inclination” was to “fire” Michael Cole and bring Jim Ross back, but after reviewing Cole’s contract, it would cost him “more” to fire Cole then it would be for him to “stay” because his “severance package is ridiculous”. Triple H continues that, if Michael Cole wants to leave, he can, but if he does, Cole will be in “breach of contract” and will have to “surrender any future earnings”, adding that he will give Cole the rest of the night off so that Cole can think it over and, on Friday, if Cole does not show up to SmackDown, then he will wish Cole “well” on his “future endeavors”. Upon hearing the consequences of his quitting, Michael Cole changes his mind, stating that he is “not quitting under any circumstances” before getting down from his perch and agreeing to do his job. Triple H responds by saying that it is “great” that Michael Cole has decided not to quit, but if Cole sits down, then it might make him late for his “match”! Cole laughs off the idea of him competing, telling Triple H that he is “retired”, and adding that his “gear” is in the “Hall of Fame” because he is “undefeated at WrestleMania”. Triple H tells Cole that he took the liberty of “personally selecting” some ring attire for him before advising Cole to “hurry up” because his match is next!
As Michael Cole reluctantly makes his way backstage to prepare for his match, R-Truth comes out to confront the new WWE CEO, Triple H. Truth states that he sees a “new day” and a “new regime” before asking Triple H what he is going to do for R-Truth. Truth tells the CEO that “little Jimmy” cost him the WWE Title at Capitol Punishment and “spiders and heights” cost him the RAW Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match before asking Triple H what he is going to do to “rectify the conspiracy”. Triple H then mocks R-Truth’s talking to imaginary people next to him and mentioning to his own imaginary friends that Truth “needs medication”, adding that his imaginary friend doesn’t like how R-Truth’s imaginary friend is looking at him. R-Truth then says that Triple H is “crazy”, saying that Triple H is “talking to people who don’t exist” and Triple H responds by saying that it is like he is “insane”. R-Truth then states that he is “not playing” before angrily leaving the ring. Triple H then stops R-Truth and Truth’s imaginary friends on the ramp and, after conversing with his own imaginary friends, the CEO reveals that he “re-signed another guy” and this individual said that he wants a “piece” of R-Truth! Triple H then brings out the Superstar who R-Truth injured on two different occasions, none other than “The Monday Night Delight” John Morrison!
Newly re-signed by WWE CEO Triple H, John Morrison wastes no time in getting a piece of R-Truth, delivering a right hand to Truth before diving to catch up to Truth on the outside. The fight then enters the ring where John Morrison gets the better of R-Truth, hitting Starship Pain on Truth, getting a measure of revenge over the man who put him out of action.
Per the orders of new WWE CEO Triple H, the self-proclaimed “Voice of the WWE” Michael Cole came out of his self-professed retirement to compete on RAW and, with no gear of his own, Triple H loaned Michael Cole some of his gear as Cole came out with Triple H’s signature ring gear on, complete with the Triple H entrance, for his match against the internet sensation, “Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder. As expected, the match did not last long as Zack Ryder made short work of Michael Cole, hitting the Rough Ryder Leg Lariat en route to picking up the easy win.
After failing to cash in his Money-in-the-Bank briefcase on new WWE Champion Rey Mysterio earlier in the night, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Alberto Del Rio went one-on-one with the man who beat him in an upset victory in the WWE Championship Tournament last week, Kofi Kingston. After working on the arm of Kofi Kingston throughout the match, Alberto Del Rio locked in the cross armbreaker on Kofi, leaving Kofi no choice but to tap out, earning “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” the victory.
On his first night as the Chief Executive Officer of the WWE, Triple H brought back Hall of Famer Jim Ross and “The Monday Night Delight” John Morrison, forced Michael Cole to compete, and made history by having the WWE Title defended twice in one night on RAW, the new WWE CEO will appear on SmackDown as the regime of “The Game” comes to Friday Nights. What will Triple H have in store for SmackDown this Friday Night?
Per the orders of WWE CEO Triple H, history was made on RAW as two WWE Title matches took place in one night for the first time in RAW history as new WWE Champion Rey Mysterio defended the prestigious title against former WWE Champion John Cena in the main event! At the end of a hard-fought match, it was John Cena coming out of nowhere with the Attitude Adjustment on Rey Mysterio en route to pinning Rey and being crowned the new WWE Champion! After the match, John Cena helped the former WWE Champion, Rey Mysterio, to his feet in a sign of respect by the new champion.
New WWE Champion John Cena’s celebration was short-lived, however, as an unfamiliar entrance theme blared throughout the arena, but it was followed by the shocking entrance of a familiar face as the one, the only, outspoken former WWE Superstar and former WWE Champion CM Punk shocked the world by coming out wearing the WWE Title belt to confront new WWE Champion John Cena! Upon coming face-to-face with CM Punk, John Cena lifted the WWE Title belt high above his head with CM Punk doing the same with his WWE Title belt. CM Punk has openly walked right back into the WWE to confront John Cena moments after Cena won the WWE Title from Rey Mysterio and, not only that, but Punk has brought the WWE Title belt he won from John Cena at Money-in-the-Bank mere minutes before his WWE contract expired. Is CM Punk laying claim to being the true WWE Champion having never lost the title? What does this mean for new WWE Champion John Cena? How will new WWE CEO Triple H react to CM Punk’s shocking return?
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