Cena survives and Triple H puts it all on the line.
The 954th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW was a RAW SuperShow where Superstars from both RAW and SmackDown would appear and it came to you, live, from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH. Thirteen nights before the Chief Operating Officer of the WWE, Triple H, returns to the ring to go one-on-one with CM Punk at Night of Champions, RAW promised to see things heat up between “The Game” and “The Cult of Personality”, as well as the controversial and enraged x-factor in the entire rivalry, Kevin Nash. With Night of Champions quickly approaching, the #1 Contender for the WWE Title, John Cena, continues to try and get his hands on WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio after “The Mexican Aristocrat” avoided his challenger on both RAW and SmackDown last week.
- Non-Title: Air Boom (Evan Bourne & Kofi Kingston) def. Jinder Mahal & The Great Khali by Evan Bourne pinning Jinder Mahal following Air Bourne.
- #1 Contender’s Match for the Divas Title: Beth Phoenix def. Eve by pin with the Glam Slam to become the #1 Contender for the Divas Title at Night of Champions.
- CM Punk def. R-Truth (with The Miz) by pin following the GTS.
- Zack Ryder & Jerry “The King” Lawler def. David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty by Zack Ryder pinning David Otunga following the Rough Ryder Leg Lariat.
- Non-Title: Randy Orton def. Heath Slater by pin following the RKO.
- 8-Man Elimination Tag Match: John Cena, Sheamus, Alex Riley, & John Morrison def. Christian, Wade Barrett, Jack Swagger, & Dolph Ziggler.
Thirteen nights before he goes one-on-one with the Chief Operating Officer of the WWE, Triple H, at Night of Champions, RAW SuperShow kicks off with “The Cult of Personality” CM Punk. Punk states that he is “different” and he does not have a “filter”, but being different makes him a target as he manages to make a lot of people angry. Punk continues that, while he has a scheduled match with R-Truth, he would rather kick Kevin Nash in the face, stating that, while he is different, Nash is the same “status quo”, adding that Nash has had the same entrance theme since 1996 and the same dyed hair and beard combo since the first Gulf War. Punk then states that, despite Nash shoving Triple H down on Super SmackDown Live, he still believes that Nash and Triple H are still the best of friends. Punk then challenges Kevin Nash to do something that is “new” for Nash, to come out there and face him like a man.
After almost giving up on Kevin Nash coming out, CM Punk got his wish as Nash comes out. Nash tells Punk that he pretty much does whatever he wants, just like he “stuck” Punk last week. Punk then interrupts, saying that Nash has more “excuses” than he has nicknames before referring to Nash by his former names, “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel, Vinnie Vegas, Bearded Giraffe, Oz, and Super Shredder. Nash responds by saying that, every time he and Punk are in the same ring, he leaves Punk laid out, adding that Triple H did Punk a “favor” by changing the match because he would have “killed” CM Punk. Punk then interrupts, telling Nash that Kevin Nash has not been “relevant” since 1994.
As Kevin Nash slowly makes his way to the ring, the Chief Operating Officer of the WWE and CM Punk’s Night of Champions opponent, Triple H, comes out. Nash tells the COO that Triple H should have gotten rid of CM Punk a long time ago, referring to Punk as a “cancer”. Triple H ignores what Kevin Nash has to say, walking past the big man to enter the ring and come face-to-face with CM Punk. “The Game” states that, normally, he would be inclined to get rid of CM Punk and he would be inclined to forgive Nash for putting his hands on him last week, but the COO states that this week is the week that he found out the “truth”! Triple H then reveals that, over the weekend, he received a call from the security at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (the site of SummerSlam) as the security found security camera footage. Triple H continues that the security footage shows an individual entering his office about the same time that Nash received the text message telling him to “stick the winner” of the main event. Triple H then reveals that the man who walked into his office and sent the text was none other than Kevin Nash himself!
Kevin Nash then gets in the ring and gets in the face of COO Triple H, admitting that he lied about the text message, but he did what Triple H should have done as he made the WWE “cool” and “exciting”. Nash then tells Triple H that the WWE is not big enough for both him and CM Punk before giving the COO the ultimatum that one of them has got to go. Triple H responds by saying that he does not have a problem with that, but he does have a problem with Kevin Nash because, despite his disdain for CM Punk, Punk has never lied to him like Nash has been doing. Triple H then tells Nash that he is inclined to get rid of someone, but before the COO can fire Nash, Nash interrupts, astonished that Triple H picked CM Punk to stay over him, his “friend”. Nash then asks Triple H if it was about him pushing Triple H down last week, saying that he got caught up in the moment before asking what Triple H is going to do about it.
Kevin Nash then proceeds to taunt Triple H, shoving Triple H with his finger repeatedly until the COO decks his former friend with a right hand! Triple H then sternly tells Nash that, maybe, they were once friends, but Nash is definitely fired! Triple H then storms out of the ring as CM Punk points and laughs at the fired Nash, sarcastically wishing Nash well in his “future endeavors”.
Backstage, moments after being fired by Triple H, Kevin Nash is shown getting into a car with the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis as the car leaves the arena.
The WWE Tag Team Champions were in action on RAW SuperShow as Evan Bourne & Kofi Kingston, Air Boom, faced Jinder Mahal & The Great Khali in a non-title match. During the match, Jinder Mahal held Kofi Kingston for The Great Khali to deliver a chop to Kofi, but Kofi ducks and Khali inadvertently strikes Mahal, allowing Evan Bourne to take advantage as Bourne hits the Air Bourne on Jinder en route to picking up the win for Air Boom.
Then it was time to determine the #1 Contender for the Divas Title as, with Divas Champion Kelly Kelly and Natalya guests on commentary, former Divas Champion Eve faced former Women’s Champion, “The Glamazon” Beth Phoenix, with the winner earning a shot at Kelly Kelly’s Divas Title at Night of Champions. As Natalya and Kelly Kelly hurled insults at each other on commentary, the powerhouse Beth Phoenix hit the Glam Slam on Eve in the ring en route to becoming the new #1 Contender for the Divas Title. After the match, Kelly Kelly went to tend to her fallen friend, Eve, but Natalya blasted the Divas Champion from behind, leaving the best friends laid out on the outside of the ring. Now that Beth Phoenix has another shot at the Divas Championship, can “The Glamazon” usher in a new era in the Divas Division by winning the title?
Before going one-on-one with CM Punk on RAW SuperShow, R-Truth says that CM Punk calls himself different, saying that, unlike Punk, he has been speaking the “real truth” his entire life. Truth continues that he needs to be a “good R-Truth” and buy a ticket to be in the audience at Night of Champions. Truth’s new associate, The Miz, then comes out as Miz states that they both know that there is a “conspiracy” in the WWE. Miz continues that Triple H is too busy making sure his “friends have airtime” instead of worrying about the “two best talents” in himself an R-Truth. Miz then proclaims that he is going to do his job for Triple H before announcing that he and R-Truth will challenge Air Boom, Evan Bourne & Kofi Kingston, for the WWE Tag Team Titles at Night of Champions! Can this new union of The Miz & R-Truth make a short reign for Air Boom at Night of Champions?
Thirteen nights before he goes one-on-one with WWE COO Triple H at Night of Champions, “The Cult of Personality” CM Punk went one-on-one with R-Truth, with The Miz in his corner. During the match, The Miz got physically involved in the match, chop-blocking CM Punk on the outside, but when Miz tripped up Punk later on in the match, Punk delivers a kick to Miz on the outside before the referee ejects Miz from ringside. With Punk distracted by Miz being ejected by the referee, R-Truth tried to take advantage with a shot from behind, but the ever resilient Punk manages to outmaneuver R-Truth, hitting Truth with the GTS en route to picking up the win.
After the match, WWE COO Triple H comes out to confront his Night of Champions opponent, CM Punk, as Punk tells Triple H that he still is not buying that the COO and Kevin Nash are not in it together. Triple H responds by telling Punk that he does not care what Punk believes is true before telling Punk that, if Punk wants “change”, then he has changed their match at Night of Champions. Triple H then tells CM Punk that he will not be “satisfied” just pinning CM Punk at Night of Champions because he wants to “hurt” Punk for all that Punk has said over recent weeks and that is why their match will have no disqualifications! Triple H then warns Punk that Punk better hope that he gets all of it out of his system or he might just “fire” CM Punk too. Triple H then tries to leave, but CM Punk calls the COO back, saying that he is glad that their match will have no disqualifications and he will agree to the stipulation if Triple H agrees to his. Punk then names his terms, stating that, if and when he beats Triple H at Night of Champions, then “The Game” will resign as the Chief Operating Officer of the WWE, a stipulation that Triple H agrees to! Now that their match at Night of Champions will have no disqualifications, will Triple H avenge his family by hurting CM Punk like he has vowed to do or will CM Punk defeat Triple H and force “The Game” to resign as the COO of the WWE?
After being confronted by former WWE Tag Team Champions David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty after referring to the tag team as being “boring”, Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler would face David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty in tag team action, but before the match, Lawler states that he never said that Otunga & McGillicutty were not good athletes, he said that they had no personalities. Lawler continues that his tag team partner is “bursting with personality” before the Hall of Famer brings out his tag partner, the self-proclaimed WWE Internet Champion, “The Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder. After hitting the legendary fist drop on David Otunga, Jerry Lawler tags in Zack Ryder, who hits the Rough Ryder Leg Lariat on Otunga en route to picking up the win for himself and Lawler.
Thirteen nights before he defends the World Heavyweight Title against “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry at Night of Champions, Randy Orton was in action on RAW SuperShow as the World Heavyweight Champion went one-on-one with “The One Man Southern Rock Band” Heath Slater in a non-title match. In the end, it was Randy Orton hitting the RKO on Heath Slater en route to picking up the win. Can Randy Orton be the one to stop the path of destruction of Mark Henry at Night of Champions or will Randy Orton be the latest one to join Henry’s “hall of pain”?
Two weeks before he challenges Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Championship at Night of Champions, John Cena made an appearance on RAW SuperShow. Cena states that, with Alberto Del Rio ducking him ever since he attacked Cena two weeks ago on RAW, he expects Ricardo Rodriguez to come out there to introduce Del Rio, who will come out in a rented car that he does not know the name of, adding that the WWE Champion to come out there and give some sort of “excuse” as to why he cannot fight Cena. Cena’s predictions then begin to come true as Ricardo Rodriguez comes out to introduce WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio, who drives out in one of his fancy cars. The WWE Champion tells John Cena that he is trying to give Cena a “fighting chance”, saying that is why he did not take Cena out two weeks ago. Del Rio then states that giving Cena a “fighting chance” is just the kind of champion before the champion gives the “excuse” Cena predicted as Del Rio states that he is not coming down to the ring because he is trying to “protect” Cena.
Alberto Del Rio then brings out a group of Superstars who he has been recruiting to help him against John Cena as Christian, Wade Barrett, Jack Swagger, and United States Champion Dolph Ziggler rush out, attacking John Cena. However, Alex Riley, Sheamus, and John Morrison come to the aid of John Cena, evening the odds in the fight. This brings out SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long, who reveals that COO Triple H has given him the authority to intervene, when necessary, before the SmackDown GM announces that the eight men out there will compete in an 8-Man Elimination Tag Match!
Per the orders of SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long, the #1 Contender for the WWE Title, John Cena, teamed with “The Great White” Sheamus, Alex Riley, and John Morrison to face the team of former World Heavyweight Champion Christian, Wade Barrett, Jack Swagger, and United States Champion Dolph Ziggler in an 8-Man Elimination Tag Match. During the match, Dolph Ziggler locked the sleeper hold on John Morrison, but even with Dolph in control, Jack Swagger tagged himself into the match, locking in the ankle lock on Morrison, forcing Morrison to tap out to eliminate Morrison. After this elimination, the manager of both Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler, Vickie Guerrero, makes her way to ringside. Later on in the match, Jack Swagger racked up his second elimination of the match by forcing Alex Riley to tap out to the ankle lock, leaving only Sheamus and John Cena on one team to face four. Later on, Sheamus blasts Wade Barrett with the Brogue Kick en route to eliminating Barrett. Shortly after this, both Sheamus and Christian found themselves brawling through the crowd an on the stage, leading to both men getting counted out, leaving John Cena to face Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler.
Later on in the match, the two-on-one advantage by Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger seemed to be working, but dissention between the reluctant tag partners led to their downfall as, after Dolph tagged himself into the match, Swagger and Dolph argues with each other. This allows John Cena the opportunity to catch Dolph Ziggler with the Attitude Adjustment en route to eliminating the United States Champion as Jack Swagger looked on. Swagger then jumps in, locking in the ankle lock on Cena, but the ever resilient John Cena manages to counter the hold into the STF, forcing Swagger to tap out to pick up the hard-fought win. Immediately after the match, Alberto Del Rio tried to ambush John Cena, but Cena catches the WWE Champion on the way in, delivering the Attitude Adjustment to his Night of Champions opponent. Can John Cena hit the Attitude Adjustment at Night of Champions and win the WWE Title or will Alberto Del Rio find a way to leave with the WWE Championship still in his possession?
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