The Rock rocks Awesome Truth.
Six nights before Survivor Series, the 964th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW was a three-hour RAW Gets Rocked special and it came to you, live, from the TD Garden in Boston, MA. Before he returns to in-ring action for the first time in seven years to team with John Cena to face The Miz & R-Truth at Survivor Series, the one and only “Great One” The Rock would rock RAW on John Cena’s home turf of Boston. After two weeks of the challenge being put off, the Michael Cole Challenge would finally take place on the three-hour special as Hall of Famer Jim Ross faced the self-proclaimed “Voice of the WWE” Michael Cole in a challenge with rules made by Cole and, if J.R. wins, then Michael Cole will quit.
- Michael Cole Challenge: Round 1: Arm Wrestling Match: Jim Ross def. Michael Cole
- Michael Cole Challenge: Round 2: Dance Competition: Jim Ross def. Michael Cole
- Michael Cole Challenge: Final Round: Who Weighs Less Challenge: Michael Cole def. Jim Ross to keep his job.
- Cody Rhodes & Hunico def. Sin Cara & Kofi Kingston by Cody Rhodes pinning Kofi Kingston following Cross Rhodes.
- Non-Title: Mason Ryan def. Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) by DQ after Vickie Guerrero interferes.
- Sheamus def. Jack Swagger by pin following the Brogue Kick.
- Kelly Kelly (with Eve & Alicia Fox) def. Natalya (with Beth Phoenix) by roll-up.
- Alberto Del Rio & Mark Henry def. CM Punk & Big Show by Alberto Del Rio pinning CM Punk following the World’s Strongest Slam by Mark Henry.
- Captain vs. Captain: Randy Orton def. Wade Barrett by DQ after Cody Rhodes interferes.
The three-hour RAW extravaganza kicks off with the self-proclaimed “Voice of the WWE” Michael Cole as Cole makes his way to the ring. Cole says that, after two weeks, Jim Ross has finally shown some “guts” and agreed to take the Michael Cole Challenge. Cole then calls the Hall of Famer the closest thing the WWE has to a “cartoon float” before introducing Jim Ross. J.R. then makes his way to the ring to take the mystery challenge as Cole reveals that the Michael Cole Challenge will feature three challenges and, if J.R. wins, then he will get his seat back as the voice of RAW. Cole then unveils the first of three challenges, which is an Arm Wrestling Match. As Cole takes off his jacket and rolls up his sleeve for the challenge, J.R. does not feel it is necessary. After much unnecessary preparation and taunting, Cole was beat in the first challenge in a split second by the Hall of Famer. After losing the first challenge, Cole claims that he gave up because he could not stand J.R.’s breath.
With Jim Ross up 1-0, Michael Cole states that the second round of the Michael Cole Challenge is a challenge that he is “undefeated” in and, he is so confident that he will win, that he is going to let the crowd vote for the winner as they will compete in a Dance Competition. Cole was up first with a unique and embarrassing scarf dance, followed by J.R., who’s rump-shaking seemed to win the crowd’s approval, putting J.R. up 2-0 over Michael Cole. In the final round of the Michael Cole Challenge, a confident Cole unveils the Who Weighs Less Challenge, where the lighter of the two will win. Cole goes first and registers a weight of 200 pounds, followed by J.R., who weighs in at 239. Cole then proclaims himself the winner of the Michael Cole Challenge, meaning he gets to keep his job.
However, before Michael Cole’s celebration can get underway, he is interrupted by the #1 Contender for the WWE Title, “The Voice of the Voiceless” CM Punk. Cole shouts that Punk has “no business” being out there and that Punk is ruining his “celebration”. Punk simply tells Cole that Cole’s “time is up” and, when Cole announced the Michael Cole Challenge a few weeks ago, Punk and the fans knew that Cole was not going to give Jim Ross a legitimate shot at winning, he knew it was a “colossal waste of time”. Punk continues that J.R. is better at dancing and arm wrestling and, while Cole weighs less, J.R. is still a “better announcer”. Punk states that everyone already knew those things, thus the whole thing was a waste of time. Punk then tells Cole that Cole has had his “fifteen minutes of fame” and now he wants him to leave! Punk continues that, between Michael Cole, John Laurinaitis, and Alberto Del Rio, RAW is becoming “unbearable”, adding that the crowd wishes they could fast-forward through Michael Cole talking. Punk then states that RAW is a three-hour special and it already feels like Cole has been out there for six. Punk says that he wants RAW to be “interesting and entertaining”, which will happen once he becomes the WWE Champion at Survivor Series. Punk continues that, when he is WWE Champion, he will do whatever it takes, whether it be wrestle ten times in a night, commentate, referee, be the ring announcer, be the guest timekeeper, operate cameras, or hold microphones. Punk then states that he is going to start improving RAW by taking the spotlight off of Cole.
CM Punk is then interrupted by the Interim RAW General Manager John Laurinaitis, who says that, according to his 38,000 Twitter followers, they wanted to see the Michael Cole Challenge go off without interruption. Punk responds by telling the GM “screw you and your 38,000 Twitter followers”. The GM then states that he “cares” about his Twitter followers and the WWE fans before announcing that Punk will team with Big Show to face World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry and WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio. Michael Cole then takes the opportunity to mock Punk before saying that it is time for him to take care of his business. Cole then points his finger at Punk, demanding an apology from Punk. Punk responds by headbutting the brash commentator and locking Cole in the Anaconda Vice, making Cole scream for mercy! As a result, Jim Ross fills in for Michael Cole at the announce desk.
Backstage, a long stretch Hummer limousine pulls up in the parking lot as interviewer Matt Striker anxiously anticipates the arrival of The Rock. While the limo did contain a former WWE Champion, it was not The Rock, but instead, it was Mick Foley! The former tag team partner of The Rock states that he would not miss Rock’s return to RAW for anything, adding that he is there to make sure that it is a night that neither The Rock or John Cena will ever forget! What does Mick Foley have in store for The Rock and John Cena?
For the first time since being defeated and brutalized him in a Street Fight on SmackDown, Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes, without his protective mask, teamed with Hunico to face the team of Sin Cara and WWE Tag Team Champion Kofi Kingston just six nights before all four Superstars take part in a Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match. In the end, it was Cody Rhodes hitting Cross Rhodes on Kofi Kingston en route to picking up the win for himself and Hunico. Can Cody Rhodes achieve the same success as a part of Team Barrett this Sunday at Survivor Series?
Vickie Guerrero appeared on the RAW SuperShow to reiterate the news that Christian suffered a severe ankle sprain, rendering Christian unable to compete in the Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match. United States Champion Dolph Ziggler then makes the announcement himself that he will be replacing Christian on Team Barrett this Sunday.
At ringside, Interim RAW General Manager John Laurinaitis escorts an injured Michael Cole as the GM orders Jim Ross to leave so that Cole can return to the announce table.
Six nights before they are on opposing teams at Survivor Series, United States Champion Dolph Ziggler, with Vickie Guerrero in his corner, went one-on-one with Mason Ryan in a non-title match. With Mason Ryan dominating the United States Champion, Vickie Guerrero decides to get on the apron of the ring and slap Ryan, forcing the referee to call for the disqualification. Dolph Ziggler then tries to make a quick escape, but John Morrison emerges, throwing the United States Champion back into the ring, where Mason Ryan plants Dolph with a full nelson slam.
Then it was time for the return of a three-time WWE Champion as the one and only “Hardcore Legend” himself, Mick Foley, returns to RAW! Foley states that there is “no place like home” and, while he is glad to be at home where he belongs, he is there for “serious business”. Foley continues that he wishes people could see John Cena like he sees him, as one of the greatest performers in the WWE. Foley then introduces John Cena, who makes his way to the ring. Cena tells Foley that he and The Rock do not need to be friends to be a tag team. Foley tells Cena that the respect Cena shows for everyone backstage makes Cena a hell of a man. Foley continues that he thinks Cena is one of the “very best” to set foot in the ring. Foley then states that he wants to be the “thread” that brings Cena and Rock together before introducing a special “John Cena, This Is Your Life” presentation. Foley then shows highlights of Cena’s rise to stardom before Foley brings out Cena’s Little League Coach, Will Gray. The track suit adorned coach then makes his way to the ring, who hugs Cena before telling a story about striking out during a Little League game, which brought a young John Cena to tears.
Mick Foley then brings another blast from John Cena’s past to the ring as Cena’s old sidekick, the man known as B-2, former WWE Superstar Bull Buchanan. Buchanan states that Cena was the best tag team partner he ever had and teaming was the best night he’s ever had. Bull continues that, while Cena rose to stardom, Bull got fired, divorced, went broke, and got rabies from his dog, which ended his wrestling career. Bull then shouts that Cena ruined his life before storming out of the ring.
After two fails, Mick Foley brings out a sure-fire win in Cena’s father, John Cena, Sr., who addresses the fans, saying that Cena does not “suck”, the fans do! As an embarrassed John Cena looks on, his father continues that the fans are “losers” and they are not “one half the man” that Cena is. Cena then stops his father from continuing and, as his father exits the ring, Cena proclaims that the WWE is his life, adding that the whole segment was one of wrestling’s “biggest catastrophes”.
However, as Cena tries to leave, Foley vows that he is going to “salvage” it with his next guest, but before “This Is Your Life” can continue, “The People’s Champion” The Rock comes out and simply delivers the Rock Bottom to Mick Foley before leaving the ring!
Six nights before they are on opposite teams at Survivor Series, “The Great White” Sheamus went one-on-one with “The All-American American” Jack Swagger, with Vickie Guerrero in his corner. In the end, it was Sheamus blasting Jack Swagger with the Brogue Kick en route to picking up the win.
The Divas were in action on RAW as Kelly Kelly, with Eve and Alicia Fox in her corner, went one-on-one with Natalya, with Divas Champion Beth Phoenix in her corner. In a quick match, it was Kelly Kelly countering an attempted Sharpshooter into a roll-up, en route to picking up the win over Natalya.
Backstage, Interim RAW General Manager John Laurinaitis is on the phone with Brodus Clay, telling Brodus that he will debut next week. WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio then confronts the GM, telling Laurinaitis that his reign as champion will last longer than Laurinaitis’ reign as General Manager.
Backstage, CM Punk is on his way to the ring for his tag team match when he is blindsided by WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio, who sends Punk into the side of a production truck before a referee is able to restrain Del Rio!
Moments after assaulting his Survivor Series opponent, CM Punk, in the parking lot, WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio teamed with World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry to face the team of “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show and CM Punk, who takes part in the match despite the assault. At the end of a chaotic match, it was Mark Henry hitting the World’s Strongest Slam on CM Punk, but Big Show enters the ring and takes Mark Henry down before the two giants continue their brawl on the outside of the ring. Meanwhile, inside the ring, Alberto Del Rio takes advantage of Henry’s handiwork, pinning Punk for the win. After the match, Alberto Del Rio locks in the cross armbreaker on CM Punk, punishing the #1 Contender before Big Show chases the WWE Champion out of the ring. Can Alberto Del Rio retain the WWE Title against CM Punk this Sunday at Survivor Series or will CM Punk usher in a new era on RAW by winning the gold?
Santino Marella made an appearance on the three-hour RAW Gets Rocked extravaganza as Santino reminds everyone that it was in Boston that he nearly won the 2011 Royal Rumble Match. Santino continues that Boston will become known for the city where Santino gets his career back on track, adding that the next time he returns to Boston, he will be a champion. Santino is then interrupted by the arrival of the man who brutally assaulted Triple H and put him on the shelf a number of weeks ago, Kevin Nash. Nash tells Santino that he is a big fan of Marella before asking Santino to do Santino’s signature trombone dance. Santino complies and Nash blasts Santino with a big boot. Nash then tells Triple H that he is there and Triple H is not before Nash picks Santino back up and plants Marella with the Jackknife Powerbomb before leaving the ring.
With his Survivor Series team of Hunico, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, and Jack Swagger accompanying him to ringside, Wade Barrett went one-on-one with “The Viper” Randy Orton, who was accompanied by his team, which consisted of Sheamus, Sin Cara, Mason Ryan, and Kofi Kingston, in a Captain vs. Captain rematch from SmackDown. During the match, Cody Rhodes would attack Randy Orton, bringing an end to the match and sparking a brawl between all ten men. The brawl ends with Hunico being left in the ring alone with Team Orton as Orton hits the RKO on Hunico before Mason Ryan tosses Hunico to the outside, where he lands on Wade Barrett and Jack Swagger. What will happen this Sunday at Survivor Series when these ten men square off in a Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match?
Then it was time for “The Most Electrifying Man in Entertainment” to make his return to RAW as “The Great One” The Rock appears live on RAW. The Rock proclaims that, earlier in the day, he was driving a tank in New Orleans on the set of his new movie, “G.I. Joe”, but nothing beat him returning to RAW. After proclaiming that “finally, The Rock has come back to Boston”, Rock continues that six nights at Survivor Series is not tonight. Rock then states that he loves Mick Foley, but he could not stand in the back while Foley served up that pile of “hot garbage” earlier in the night. Rock then proclaims that he has become “The Most Electrifying Man in Twitter-tainment”, because when he tweets, it always trends, adding that “boots to asses” is trending on Twitter right now. Rock then proclaims that he is not waiting until Survivor Series because he wants to deliver an “awesome ass-whipping” to Awesome Truth right now!
This brings out Awesome Truth, The Miz & R-Truth, as Truth tells The Rock that RAW Gets Rocked is a “joke” because Rock is “delusional” if he thinks that he will do anything to them. The duo then proclaims that, whenever they are on RAW, RAW gets “awesome”. R-Truth then looks ready to fight, but The Miz tells The Rock that they do not care what Rock or the fans want because it is about what they want. Miz then proclaims that, at Survivor Series, The Rock will get “beat”. Before Awesome Truth can make their exit, The Rock’s tag team partner for Survivor Series, John Cena, makes his way to the ring. Cena states that The Rock thinks that he is the captain of Team Bring It, but the only thing that Rock has brought for the past seven years is a bunch of “crappy messages via satellite”. Rock then says that they will have to excuse John Cena because Cena is not accustomed to being supported by someone who has “already reached puberty”. Rock continues that Cena is so concerned with rising above hate, but he should be concerned about The Rock kicking him in his “lady parts”, adding that “Cena’s lady parts” is trending worldwide. Cena then says that, if The Rock lets his “ego” get in the way at Survivor Series, then “Cena bitch-slapped Rocky” will be trending worldwide.
The Miz then states that he is sick of “The Rock and John Cena show” before saying that, when they win at Survivor Series, it will never be forgotten. R-Truth then tells Cena & Rock that they will see them on Sunday. The Rock then makes good on his promise for some “boots to asses” as Rock & Cena pummel Awesome Truth with right hands before The Rock plants R-Truth with the Rock Bottom. Cena then goes for the Attitude Adjustment on The Miz, but The Rock takes The Miz off of Cena’s shoulders so that he can deliver the Rock Bottom to Miz as well before The Rock leaves the ring. After making it clear that they are far from friends and with The Rock stealing the spotlight from John Cena, can The Rock and John Cena co-exist this Sunday at Survivor Series or will The Miz & R-Truth pick up the biggest win of their careers?
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