WWE Monday Night Raw 1/3/11

WWE open, “last week on Raw…” video.  Michael Cole says that John Cena will likely not be there tonight.  He hypes tonight’s show.  Raw open, pyro and ballyhoo.  We are LIVE from Phoenix, Arizona.  Justin Roberts is the ring announcer.  They show Miz attacking Jerry Lawler last week.  Because of that, Cole and Josh Matthews are the announcers.

Falls Count Anywhere Match for the WWE Championship: The Miz (c) (w/ Alex Riley) vs. John Morrison.  Miz meets Morrison in the aisle and they start brawling.  Morrison has to fight both Miz and Riley.  Morrison climbs up the WWE logo on the set and hits them both with a diving cross body.  Cover on Miz gets 2.  Morrison takes Miz to the ring.  Miz lands an elbow smash for 2.  Miz goes for a superplex, but Morrison fights him off and hits a missile dropkick for 2.  Morrison gets a cradle for 2.  They counter each other.  Morrison hits the Flying Chuck.  Cover, but Riley pulls Morrison out of the ring.  Morrison kicks his ass.  Morrison takes Riley out with a knee strike on the barricade.  Miz looks frightened.  Insta-commercials.  They’re fighting in the crowd.  Morrison takes a back body drop onto a section of barricade.  Ouch.  Cover gets 2.  Miz rams Morrison’s head into the stage.  Cover gets 2.  Miz slams Morrison on the ramp for 2.  Miz hits Morrison with… something at ringside for 2.  Back in the ring now.  They brawl.  Morrison makes his comeback.  A jumping kick gets 2.  Morrison hits a side Russian leg sweep and goes for the Starship Pain.  Miz avoids it, but Morrison lands on his feet.  Miz hits the backbreaker/neckbreaker for 2.  Morrison counters the Skull Crushing Finale.  Miz spears the post.  Morrison hits the Starship Pain.  Miz kicks out!  Miz ducks the knee strike and gets a schoolboy for 2.  Miz lands an elbow smash.  Morrison lands a Pele kick that knocks Miz out of the ring.  Morrison puts Miz on a table at ringside and goes for the Starship Pain again.  Miz moves and Morrison crashes through the table.  Cover, but MORRISON KICKS OUT!  Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale at ringside for the pin (14:24 shown).  Really, really good match.

Tonight, a #1 Contender Match in a Steel Cage!  Plus, a John Cena injury update!

The Phoenix Suns are in the crowd!  They play a sport in this city!

Phoenix!

Scott Stanford interviews WWE Champion The Miz and Alex Riley.

They show the recent problems between WWE Divas Champion Natalya and Melina.  Divas trios match is NEXT!

Melina, Maryse, & Alicia Fox vs. WWE Divas Champion Natalya, Eve Torres, & Brie Bella.  Maryse and Brie lock up.  Maryse bails.  Brie chases her back in the ring.  Maryse gets the jump on her coming back in.  Brie takes a bump outside.  Nikki is under the ring and they pull the switcheroo.  Maryse throws Nikki into the ring and goes after her.  Nikki hits a face buster.  Fox saves.  Fox and Natalya tag in.  They do shit.  Melina grabs Natalya’s foot.  Natalya gets away and hits a butterfly suplex.  Melina pulls Natalya’s head across the top rope.  Melain tags in and eats a discus lariat from Natalya.  Eve tags in and hits a neckbreaker on Melina for the pin in 2:54.  This was stupid.

Non-Title: Jimmy & Jey Uso vs. WWE Tag Team Champions Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov (w/ Tamina).  Kozlov schools Jey to start.  Jimmy and Santino tag in.  Santino schools Jimmy.  Jimmy drops Santino with an elbow smash.  Jey and Kozlov tag in.  Kozlov hits the battering ram headbutts.  Jimmy tags in and hits a diving chop for 2.  Usos try to get the heat on Kozlov, but it doesn’t hold.  Santino tags in and runs wild.  Santino hits the jumping heabdutt on Jey.  Jimmy saves.  Jimmy tries to low bridge Kozlov out of the ring and fucks it up.  He settles for clotheslining him to the floor.  Santino sends Jimmy out and goes for the Cobra.  Jey avoids it and hits a Samoan Drop for the pin in 3:54.  Kozlov beats up the Usos after the match.  Santino and Tamina give Jey the Cobra.  This was all very silly.

Tough Enough is coming back.  I’m not sure how I feel about that.

CM Punk is headed our way!

WWE.com plug.

CM Punk comes out to talk.  He talks about Cena not being there tonight.  He says he’s the new leader of Nexus.  They show the Nexus attack on Cena last week.  Wade Barrett comes out to the ring.  Barrett says he put Cena out at a house show last week and he’s still the leader of Nexus.  They argue.  The rest of Nexus come out.  Otunga starts to talk, but the iBooker dings in.  Cole reads that the #1 Contender Steel Cage Match tonight will face Miz for the title at the Royal Rumble.  The match will be Punk or Barrett vs. Sheamus vs. Randy Orton.  Barrett says he’ll take the spot.  Punk says that’s fine, he’s not going to fight Barrett.  He says if Barrett wins, he’ll prove that he’s the rightful leader of Nexus, but if he loses, he’s out and Punk is the leader.  Barrett agrees.

Steel Cage TONIGHT!

WWE bullshit fact of the night.

Earlier tonight, Miz and Morrison had a Falls Count Anywhere WAR!

Justin Roberts introduces Ricardo Rodriguez.  What the hell’s he doing on Raw?  He introduces Alberto Del Rio.  What the hell is HE doing on Raw?  Del Rio comes out and cuts a promo.  R-Truth comes out to retort and tells him to go back where he came from.  Smackdown or Mexico?  Del Rio laughs.  Truth slaps him.  It’s on!

Alberto Del Rio vs. R-Truth.  Truth jumps around a lot and hits a fancy kick.  He clotheslines Del Rio to the floor and hits him with a slingshot dive.  Insta-commercials.  Truth beats on Del Rio.  Truth hits a powerslam for 2.  Del Rio rallies and attacks Truth’s arm.  Del Rio works the arm for a while.  Truth avoids Del Rio charging the ropes and Del Rio sails out of the ring.  Rodriguez encourages Del Rio to recover.  Del Rio comes back in.  Truth makes his comeback.  Del Rio pulls Truth’s shoulder into the posts.  Del Rio locks in the Minoru Special for the win (6:50 shown).  Okay match.

Tonight, Orton vs. Sheamus vs. Barrett in a CAGE!

Wade Barrett lectures The Nexus backstage.  He warns them that CM Punk will just use them.  Punk comes in and wishes him luck tonight.  Barrett leaves.  Punk shakes hands with everyone.

Scott Stanford interviews Randy Orton.  He says he’s not going to show human compassion anymore.  As if he ever showed any.

The CAGE is NEXT!

The replay the highlights of Miz/Morrison.

Triple Threat Steel Cage Match to determine the #1 Contender to the WWE Championship: Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett vs. Randy Orton.  Barrett tries to escape immediately.  Orton and Sheamus beat him up.  Sheamus tries to escape while Orton beats on Barrett.  Orton stops him and kicks his ass.  Barrett cold cocks Orton with a big boot and goes for the Wasteland.  Orton counters and tries to escape.  Barrett and Sheamus stop him and beat on him.  This pattern continues on for a while.  Orton switches things up and tries to go through the door.  Sheamus and Barrett catch him.  Orton humps the mat to intimidate them.  Insta-commercials.  Orton comes very close to escaping and actually gets over the top of the cage, but Sheamus and Barrett manage to bring him back over.  Orton goes for the DDT OF MURDER on Sheamus, but gives him a reprieve to go stop Barrett from escaping.  Sheamus beats on Orton.  Sheamus tries to escape.  Orton stops him.  Barrett and Sheamus beat on Orton, then beat on each other.  Orton stops Barrett from escaping again.  Orton gives Barrett a superplex.  Sheamus hits the uranage backbreaker on Orton, then throws Barrett’s head into the cage repeatedly.  Sheamus tries to go through the door.  Orton stops him.  Sheamus stomps on Orton and tries to climb over the top.  Barrett cuts him off and brings him down.  Barrett beats up Sheamus and hits a pumphandle slam.  Orton goes after Barrett.  Barrett hits a sidewalk slam, then tries to climb out.  Sheamus tries to stop him, but Barrett sends him to the mat.  Barrett stupidly goes for a diving elbow drop.  Sheamus gets his knees up.  Orton explodes and makes his comeback on both of them.  Powerslams to both.  Angle Slam to Sheamus.  DDT OF MURDER on Barrett.  Sheamus catches Orton with a boot and tries to climb out.  Orton stops him.  They fight on the top rope.  Barrett kicks the rope and they both crotch themselves.  Barrett hits them with big boots.  Barrett tries to climb out.  CM Punk comes out, climbs the cage, and offers a helping hand.  He rips Barrett’s Nexus armband off and kicks him to the mat.  Sheamus gives Barrett the brogue kick and heads for the door.  Orton drops Sheamus with the RKO and escapes through the door to win it (15:53 shown).  All right match.

Okay show all together.  Nothing really lit my world on fire besides the Miz/Morrison match, which surprised me by being really good.

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