WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 10/25: Complete "virtual time" coverage of live Raw following Bragging Rights, Bryan vs. Ziggler
Oct 25, 2010 - 10:10:27 PM
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WWE Raw Results
October 25, 2010 - Episode #908
Live from Green Bay, Wis.
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
Tonight's WWE Raw #908 episode started with Michael Cole introducing the show and announcing Smackdown won the Bragging Rights match-up last night. Cole said he's flustered over what happened. Lawler said he's shocked.
In-ring: Cue up Nexus's theme music to start the show. Out came Wade Barrett, followed by Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater. David Otunga was out fourth with the WWE Tag Title. John Cena followed out from a long distance as the crowd popped when they saw him walk out. Cena had his tag title belt as well. Barrett entered the ring and demanded a mic as Nexus's music stopped. Barrett waited out a "Cena" chant before thanking him and telling the crowd to simmer down. He gleefully introduced himself and the "most dominant group in WWE" going name-by-name before arriving at Cena. Barrett motioned Cena to come stand in line with the rest of them. Cena did the You Can't See Me hand wave in front of Barrett.
Barrett said Nexus did the unthinkable when their actions resulted in the burial of The Undertaker. Cue up footage from the Kane vs. Taker "Buried Alive" match showing still photos of Nexus helping bury Taker. Barrett addressed them getting involved in something they had no involvement in. He said it's none of the people's business and they had their reasons. Later on, Barrett said, he defeated Randy Orton. He told Cena to explain what happened. Cena asked if that's an order. Cena recapped that Barrett was about to get beat down by Randy Orton...pause for cheers...so he interfered and got Orton DQ'ed so Barrett won the match. "Congratulations," he said.
Barrett said it's a peculiar way of looking at things. He said he was well on his way to defeating Orton and becoming WWE champion when Cena inexplicably decided to enter the ring and lay his hands on him. They went back to a still shot of Cena hoisting up Barrett for the Attitude Adjustment. Barrett said Cena had the audacity to hand Orton the WWE Title. Another still shot. Cena recapped that Barrett told him he wouldn't be fired if Barrett won the match.
"So everything's fine, then, isn't it Cena?" Barrett asked sarcastically. Orton is still champ, Barrett won, and Cena hasn't been fired...yet. Suddenly, the Raw GM buzzed and the arena lights flickered. Heat on Cole announcing he just received an email. Cole stepped to the podium and read an email. The computer screen had an error message. Cole read that Barrett is entitled to a future re-match since he won the match vs. Orton. Cole read they will choose a special referee for said match. And the winner of tonight's main event gets to pick the ref. The match is Randy Orton vs. any member of Nexus. The crowd chanted for Cena, so Barrett selected Cena.
David Otunga said he has some unfinished business to attend to. Otunga said he was completely ignored by Cena and then took an AA from Cena. He said you're either Nexus or Against Us and it was clear Otunga was against him. Otunga told Barrett he needs to make Cena pay for it. Otunga offered a suggestion Cena should be fired right now. Barrett said Otunga is right they can't exist as tag champs. Barrett has booking powers now, apparently. He booked Otunga and Cena against the challengers, Slater and Gabriel. Lawler questioned Barrett making a tag title match. Ref Charles Robinson entered the ring and it was on as the crowd sat quietly after the curious turn of events. PYB (3) talk time: 8:10.
1 -- WWE tag champions JOHN CENA & DAVID OTUNGA vs. NEXUS (HEATH SLATER & JUSTIN GABRIEL) -- WWE Tag Title match
The bell sounded and Cena prepared to square off. Barrett then announced Nexus does not fight among themselves. He said someone has to do the right thing. Cena shook his head no. Barrett said that person is David Otunga. Barrett and Otunga exchanged words as Otunga said he doesn't do that. Barrett got on the ring apron to tell Otunga to enter the ring. There was no tag, but Otunga entered the ring and thought about what to do here. He went down to one knee to continue milking this. He eventually went flat on his back and told Slater to hurry up and do it. Slater with the cover and there are new tag champs.
Post-match: Cena left the ring and went halfway up the ramp to yell at Nexus. Otunga stood off in the corner as Slater and Gabriel celebrated their "victory." Barrett eventually consoled Otunga to wrap up the segment.
WINNERS: Slater & Gabriel at 2:50 to capture the WWE Tag Titles. Not that the tag titles even matter at this stage, but wouldn't Drew and Cody get the first crack at the titles with a guaranteed re-match? Anyways, a decent way to advance the Barrett-Otunga tension, but this whole first 15 minutes came across over-booked with the special ref stip, giving away Cena vs. Orton later in the show, the GM interruption, Barrett now with booking powers, etc. (n/a)
Announcers: Cole said it's "perhaps one of the biggest main events we've had on Raw" between Cena and Orton. That has to be about the sixth time we've heard that this year. He said the match helps decide Orton vs. Barrett in a WWE Title match in four weeks at Survivor Series.
Smackdown plug: this Friday, Kane condemns his brother, Undertaker, to eternal darkness with Taker's funeral.
On-stage: Back from break, out came Vickie Guerrero along with Kaitlyn to no music. Vickie complained about "favoritism" by WWE referees toward Raw last night when Dolph Ziggler (Smackdown) lost to Daniel Bryan (Raw). Vickie welcomed out her boyfriend, IC champ Dolph Ziggler. Cole, who was tooting the horn of Raw all last night, said he thought the ref was biased in Ziggler's favor last night. Such a mess with Cole's commentary. Ziggler made his way into the ring, then Daniel Bryan came out fresh off last night's victory. Before the bell sounded, C.M. Punk's music hit to bring out Punk dressed in a Cubs sweater and a D.A.R.E. t-shirt. Bryan looked over his shoulder before the bell sounded to begin the match.
2 -- U.S. champion DANIEL BRYAN vs. IC champion DOLPH ZIGGLER (w/Vickie Guerrero and Kaitlyn) -- champion vs. champion non-title match
Punk eventually made his way to commentary as Cole talked him up. In the ring, Bryan and Ziggler exchanged control as Punk said he's here to "entertain and scout some talent." Bryan landed a kick strike to Ziggler as Punk put over Bryan as a terrific wrestler. Bryan slapped on a surfboard stretch center-ring as Vickie screamed in horror. Bryan slapped on the surfboard and hung Ziggler up in the air, which drew a pop, before bending Ziggler's neck back for a near-submission. Punk said they talk about Shawn Michaels training Bryan, but no one gives William Regal credit. Punk said HBK just took $3,000 from him.
Bryan landed a flying dropkick and scored a nearfall before Ziggler landed a boot to the gut. Bryan then cleared Ziggler to the outside and came flying through the ropes with a suicide dive right into the announce table. Bryan played to the crowd to fire them up and walked over to Ziggler as they cut to break.
[Q3] Back from break, Bryan ducked a clothesline and ran over Ziggler with a flying forearm. Bryan followed with a dropkick in the corner for a two count as they replayed the suicide dive from before the break. Bryan then landed multiple kick strikes in the corner before measuring Ziggler for a kick strike. Ziggler sold nicely, but kicked out of a pin attempt. Bryan teased the LeBell Lock, but Ziggler reached the ropes for a break. Bryan took Ziggler up top for a huracanrana, but Ziggler countered into a sunset flip pin for a close two count. Bryan then missed with a kick strike, Ziggler tried a sleeper, but Bryan escaped, only to have Ziggler land a standing kick for a close two count.
The wrestlers reset with Ziggler missing with the Zig-Zag. Bryan then jumped onto Ziggler's shoulders for a forward roll pin attempt, but Ziggler countered into a pin attempt of his own for another close two count. They regrouped and started trading bombs until Ziggler landed an overhead throw for another nearfall. Punk said this match is the greatest thing to happen to Green Bay in forever. They reset again and Ziggler teased the sleeper, but Bryan countered into the LeBell Lock. They were too close to the ropes, though, and Vickie tried putting Ziggler's foot under the bottom rope behind the ref's back. Ziggler tapped out anyways and Bryan won the match.
Post-match: Vickie started screaming at the ref that Ziggler's foot was under the bottom rope. The ref didn't have enough conclusive evidence on the fumble in the endzone, so he waved off Vickie's complaint. Cole complained that Ziggler's foot was under the bottom rope and Lawler shot back, "She put it there." Meanwhile, Punk stood up and casually applauded Bryan, who returned the stare. Ziggler tried to sneak in the back door for an attack, but Bryan spotted him and chased Ziggler out of the ring.
WINNER: Bryan via submission at 11:02. That sure beats Sheamus squashing Bryan the night after a big PPV victory. Another excellent outing from Bryan and Ziggler, who have great chemistry in the ring. Bryan delivers a great dose of athleticism, striking, and unique offense that Raw needs to break from the mold of predictable, formula matches. Also, a nice story in-play with Punk "recruiting" talent. We'll see where this leads to. (***1/4)
Ringside: Members of the Green Bay Packers were shown ringside with their kids. Cole then fed to a video package on WWE tackling literacy through the "WrestleMania Reading Challenge."
Backstage: Original TNA celebrity Toby Keith was with the Bella Twins backstage to swap an album and a spinner title. Santino Marella walked in sporting a Cowboy outfit. Santino said he prepared a little song for Keith. He sang about not being ready for marriage going through Maria, Beth Phoenix, and Tamina. Keith complemented him on making it rhyme. Sheamus then walked in and stood over Keith while glaring down at Santino. He called Santino a disgrace and an embarrassment to Team Raw last night. Sheamus told Santino that he gets to prove he's not worthless by facing him tonight. "Tonight?" Santino asked. He said Sheamus is on. "It's a showdown." Sheamus grabbed Santino by the collar and told him to show up. Santino sold concern before asking Keith if he was "for really." Keith confirmed he was indeed. "Sumofagun," Santino said. Keith told him to hang in there.
Backstage: Cena screamed at Barrett that's bush league. Barrett cut him off and said Cena can find all the loopholes he wants in his obligations, but he could get him fired at any time. He said he's keeping Cena around because he's letting him. Cena said he's been trying for weeks to hold onto WWE, but he can't do it anymore. He said he doesn't just hand over WWE titles around here. Cena yanked off his Nexus armband to signal he quits, but Barrett told him he might have a solution. Barrett told Cena he will make him an offer he can't refuse if he beats Orton tonight. He said he'll be in Cena's corner. Intriguing.
In-ring: Lay-Cool, with another cross-over from the Smackdown brand, were in the ring back from break. Also already in the ring were Melina and Gail Kim.
3 -- LAY-COOL (Unified Divas champion MICHELLE MCCOOL & LAYLA) vs. MELINA & GAIL KIM
Cole noted he received a message from the GM that Santino vs. Sheamus has been confirmed for later in the show. Lay-Cool dominated, then used their numbers advantage for McCool to drop Melina with a kick to the head for the pin and the win. Cole went nuts applauding Lay-Cool while Lawler told him to calm down.
WINNERS: Lay-Cool at 1:04. Predictably short affair continuing to focus on Lay-Cool. No indication of who's next in line for a title shot. (n/a)
Announcers: Cole said next Tuesday is "one of the most important elections in the history of the nation." Since Cole's character is completely delusional during half of the show, that rings quite hollow. Lawler said in most states, tomorrow is the last day to register to vote. Lawler smirked and added that you should make sure you don't wear WWE clothing to the polls.
Backstage: The Miz and Alex Riley were shown walking backstage. Cole said Miz is going to tear Team Raw a new one after their performance at Bragging Rights last night.
In-ring: Back live, The Miz and Riley came out to the ring. They focused on a sign that read, "Hello, I'm average." Cole delusionally recapped what happened at Bragging Rights with Miz unable to get the victory by himself over Smackdown. Cole told Lawler to quiet down since "Lombardi" is about to speak. Miz dryly began his promo saying he has achieved more in his career than everyone else in this arena combined. He said he is not a miracle worker and last night, he endured adversity and was the last man standing for Team Raw. Miz said if the other stars had as much drive as he does, the trophy would be on Raw. Miz shook his head in disgust.
[Q5 -- second hour]
But, his talent doesn't just speak volumes. "It screams awesome," he said. Miz said that's why tomorrow when the Smackdown vs. Raw video game is released, he'll be on the cover. They flashed the cover with a shot of Cena in the front, Show on the left, and Miz on the right. Miz had a Photoshopped version showing three photos of him in action. Miz said he wishes he had seven Mizes last night at Bragging Rights. He blamed himself, Smackdown, and Rey Mysterio last night. He told Rey to step over to Raw next week. He said he's the reason people watch "Monday Right Raw." Miz said he's the only person on Raw who can call himself awesome.
Lawler noted the "Monday Right Raw" slip as Eve's music randomly interrupted. Eve walked out and Miz said he knows Eve is out here to apologize on behalf of all the Divas. He told her it wasn't their fault Raw lost last night. Eve said she didn't come out here to apologize. She said what he needs to be worried about is that everyone knows Miz is a 15-minute flash in the pan, brainless, half-witted, uninspired frog-faced loser. "Really?" Miz asked. The kids played along with Miz before telling them the Packers aren't going to the Super Bowl. As for Eve, Miz said he's amused the Raw stars sent a Diva out to the ring. Eve cut off Miz's catch phrase and said Miz is quite possibly the furthest thing from awesome. "And, you're ugly," she said.
Riley interjected and told Eve to shut the front door already. He said Eve's walking out here with her hair done, nails done, and acting fancy. Riley said the reason why the rest of Team Raw aren't out here is because they're all inching closer to unemployment. Riley said Miz could have beaten any one of them by himself. He told Eve to hit the dressing room and see if anyone wants to take a piece out of the captain.
Eve started to leave, then R-Truth's music hit to bring out Truth much to Cole's chagrin. Truth rapped his way to the ring and played to the crowd while Miz and Riley stood by with bewilderment written on their faces. Truth eventually entered the ring and asked Green Bay what's up. Truth said he would like to have a piece of Mizter Kermit. He said what Eve said is the truth and they all know the truth hurts. As a matter of fact, he doesn't have a problem showing Miz that it hurts. On cue, the Raw GM chimed in. Cole smirked and walked to the podium. The email read: "Ding, ding, ding." PYB (3) talk time: 10:15. Eve stood out on the mic, but this seemed to be aimed at the 6-12-year-old demo.
4 -- THE MIZ (w/Alex Riley) vs. R-TRUTH (w/Eve)
The bell sounded and Truth quickly cleared Miz to the floor. Cole shouted encouragement down to Miz to hurry up and get going as they cut to break.
Back from break, Miz was in control as Cole complained about Truth and Eve having the audacity to interrupt Miz. Cole continued to rip on Team Raw as Miz settled into a resthold. Of course, Punk was part of Team Raw and Cole was talking him up like his favorite wrestler earlier in the show when Punk was on character. Cole's character is a complete mess. Miz continued to dominate the match before Truth caught Miz with a boot in the corner. Truth followed with successive open-hand slaps before Miz responded with a boot to the gut.
[Q6] Truth mounted a full comeback and landed a flying leg whip to the mid-section on Miz. Truth then hit a facebuster and scored a nearfall. Eve encouraged Truth, who went to the corner and measured Miz for an attack, only to accept an elbow to the face. Miz then missed with a left arm lariat and took a unique leaping jawbreaker from Truth for a two count. The match slowed to a crawl before Truth bumped Miz off the ring apron into the announce table. Truth followed on the outside and rolled Miz back into the ring. Riley then rammed Truth into the ring apron from behind. Eve came aroung ringside and popped Riley in the mouth for good measure, which drew a pop.
Back in the ring, Miz tried to suplex Truth back into the ring, but Truth bounced off the ropes and dropkicked Riley through the ropes. Back in the ring, Truth scored a close nearfall on Miz. Truth then teased the Lie Detector, but Miz ducked and followed with the Skullcrushing Finale. Miz with the cover for the win.
WINNER: Miz at 10:25. One of those matches that was off at times, but was overall well-executed telling the story. They invested about 20 minutes of talk and in-ring time in these four characters, which was a strong endorsement for Miz & Riley and apparently shows they have high hopes for Truth & Eve. (*3/4)
DVD plug: Best of 2009-2010 Smackdown DVD.
T-shirt plug: Randy Orton, Triple H, Edge, The Undertaker.
In-ring: Justin Roberts introduced tonight's guest star on Raw, Toby Keith. The Bellas escorted Keith to the ring for him to talk and introduce the next match. Cole talked up Keith's music career before Keith took the mic in the ring. Keith said he was watching TV last night in Mexico and he was watching some football game on TV. So, he wasn't watching Bragging Rights? Keith, who could be confused with Dusty Rhodes, said the last time he was in Green Bay, he sang the National Anthem when the Packers won the NFC Championship to make it to the Super Bowl. Keith said if wrestling is going down in Green Bay, he needed to be there. Keith then introduced the next match and told them to bring out Sheamus. Sheamus entered the ring and glared at Keith before Keith introduced Santino. Santino hilariously poked his head out behind the curtain to see if it was okay to come out. Keith told him to come on out. Santino took his sweet time evaluating the situation before Keith finally dragged him into the ring.
5 -- SHEAMUS vs. SANTINO MARELLA
Santino fired himself up and entered the ring, but Sheamus dropped him with a kick to the gut before landing multiple knee drops to the back of the head. Sheamus then measured Santino for a kick to the head, but Santino kind of fell to the mat. Sheamus choked Santino across the middle rope, then John Morrison suddenly stormed ringside to check on Santino. Santino pulled himself up again, but fell down again. Morrison asked Sheamus what he's trying to prove. Sheamus told Morrison to watch. He airballed the Brogue Kick, though, then Santino rolled up Sheamus for a surprise three count. The crowd popped as Morrison quickly grabbed Santino and dragged him up the entrance ramp to get him away from an angry Sheamus. Santino woke up and started his trumpet salute as Sheamus sold that he was wanted to rip the top rope apart. "Nooooooo!" Sheamus shouted as they cut to break.
WINNER: Santino at 1:43. We'll see where this is going and if it actually means anything. (n/a)
"Knucklehead" DVD plug: After a two-day stay in theaters this weekend, the DVD comes out November 9.
Announcers: Cole encouraged their viewers to "Stand Up for WWE" against "inaccurate" and "negative" attacks. They rolled footage of the WWE stars talking in sit-down interviews about their dreams to become larger-than-life stars. They're all living their dream. It's not even a job. They're getting paid to have fun. They would all work for free. ... Back to Cole and Lawler talking about their memories of watching WWE growing up. Cole talked up Vince McMahon as an announcer and sounded like a kid on Christmas that so he's honored and privileged to be part of this. Lawler said the past 17 years he's been in WWE have been the greatest of his life.
Backstage: Nexus was having a good laugh with the tag titles, then David Otunga walked in and wanted one-on-one time with Wade Barrett. Otunga revealed a secret to Barrett...and everyone else watching that he might reveal the real reason why they attacked Undertaker on Sunday. Barrett said that's an interesting point and brought in Husky and McGillicuttty as the newest members of Nexus. He said he gets Otunga's frustration, but he needs to make a choice right now if he's with them or against them. Otunga thought things over and said, "I'm Nexus." The crowd booed. Barrett told Otunga to keep up the great work. He walked off, leaving Barrett with Husky and Hennig.
Backstage: They showed Cena and Orton on a split-screen walking toward the ring for the main event.
Smackdown plug: Undertaker has been buried alive and his soul has been taken. Kane condemns Taker to darkness with his funeral this Friday.
Next week: Pee Wee Herman guest stars on Raw.
In-ring: John Cena's music hit to bring out Cena with a big smile on his face, with Wade Barrett sauntering to the ring behind him. Barrett pointed at Cena, who shot back that he's got this. Lawler plugged Survivor Series coming up in four weeks. After a pause, Randy Orton's music hit to bring out Orton to a somewhat subdued reaction. Cole plugged Fan Appreciation Day in Hartford on Saturday night as Orton completed his ring intro. Barrett had final instructions for Cena before the bell sounded.
6 -- WWE champion RANDY ORTON vs. JOHN CENA (w/Wade Barrett) -- non-title match -- winner selects referee for Orton vs. Barrett at Survivor Series
Cena called it a renewal of one of the great rivalries in Raw history. Orton stood his ground glaring across the ring to Cena. They eventually locked up and Orton knocked Cena down. Classic start selling an even match-up. They locked up again and Cena grabbed a headlock. Cena then ran over Orton, who came to his feet and took a deep breath. The feeling-out process continued with Cena driving Orton to the corner. He tried a bulldog, but Orton shoved him away. Orton then put a boot to Cena's head and went on the attack while glaring down at Barrett. Cena tried his comeback routine early on and Orton had it scouted to duck down and avoid a flying shoulder tackle. Cena fell to the outside while Orton decked Barrett with a right hand on the floor. Orton glared at Barrett, who backed off as they cut to break.
Back from break, Cena was fading as Orton had him in a chinlock. Cena broke free with a show of strength before Orton landed a DDT for a two count. Orton glared back at Barrett before starting another methodical attack on Cena. Orton missed with a clothesline, though, and began his usual comeback routine. Cena rallied the fans and told Barrett You Can't See Me before dropping the Shuffle on Orton. Cena measured Orton for the Attitude Adjustment, but Orton expectedly slipped out. Orton then did his comeback routine with the powerslam and IED facials. Barrett sold concern as Orton booted Cena on the ring apron and set up the spike DDT, but Cena back-dropped Orton over the top rope to the floor.
[Q9 -- over-run] Barrett started to pick up Orton, but Cena ran to ringside and shoved Barrett down to the ground not wanting a DQ. Orton tried to sneak attack Cena, but Cena whipped Orton hard into the guardrail. Back in the ring, Cena went for a top rope guillotine drop and connected. Cena made a cover, but Orton kicked out. Cena came to his feet and the crowd chanted his name as he measured Orton. Cena wanted the AA again, but Orton grabbed the top rope and slingshot Cena across the top. Orton collected himself on the floor before slowly re-entering. Cena recovered and slapped on the STF as soon as Orton re-entered. Orton tried to make the bottom rope, but Barrett pulled the bottom rope away. Cena dropped the hold and screamed at Barrett.
Cena then re-entered the ring and took a dropkick from Orton. Orton followed right up with the spike DDT from the second rope and started to enter RKO world. Orton pounded the mat with his fists and stalked Cena, who wouldn't come to his feet. Orton waited and waited before missing with the RKO. Cena tried the AA and connected this time. He made a cover, but Orton kicked out just before three. The crowd thought it was three, then booed as everyone reacted to the close nearfall.
Cena regrouped and walked over to Orton to pick up his lifeless body. Orton suddenly sprung to life and hit the RKO out of nowhere. Cena rolled out of the ring, though, and Orton caught his breath in the ring. Barrett slowly paced around ringside as the referee took forever to begin a ten count. Orton eventually lifted Cena's dead weight back into the ring and re-entered. Orton stalked Cena again as the crowd became frightened when Orton set up for the Punt. Barrett suddenly yanked Cena to the outside and clotheslined him to the floor, causing the bell to sound. Cena was declared the winner via DQ, which was quite possibly the laziest finish on TV this year when Barrett could have done that 15 minutes earlier.
WINNER: Cena via DQ at 15:36. Good back-and-forth match between Cena and Orton continuing their series of strong matches. That was before the lazy finish that just defied any logic. The match served as a means to an end of setting up Survivor Series, but WWE has done this way too often this year booking non-finishes to TV main events that it doesn't carry the same effect of getting heat on a heel. It's just an eye-roller. (**3/4)
Post-match: Orton tackled Barrett and beat him down before Nexus stormed the ring to attack Orton. Cena then attacked Nexus and Barrett told Nexus to clear out of the ring. Barrett said he's decided who the special referee will be...John Cena. The crowd was silent. Barrett said Cena will be a very impartial referee, so impartial that if Barrett does not win at Survivor Series, Cena will be fired. Barrett said that when he wins the WWE Title at Survivor Series, Cena will be relieved of any and all duties as part of Nexus.
Cena dropped down to the corner and thanked his lucky stars over and over. Cena then realized he would have to cost Randy Orton the title and stared across the ring. "Randy Orton is screwed," Cole said. Cole closed the show at nine minutes past the hour saying Cena has no choice but to make sure Barrett is WWE champ at Survivor Series.
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