My Thoughts on June 28th’s Raw
On the June 28th Raw, Raw was heavily focused on two things: 1) the upcoming Money in the Bank PPV and 2) the NXT 7 which have been renamed the Nexus who keeps assaulting people.
Randy Orton, John Morrison, R-Truth & Evan Bournedef. Chris Jericho, Edge, Ted DiBiase & United States Champion The Miz
WWE Superstars, take note: Snakes don’t run in packs. As if to prove the point, The Viper, Randy Orton, turned his back on his partners to make a quick strike for the Money in the Bank briefcase after their Eight-Man Tag Team Match.
Orton was teamed with John Morrison, R-Truth & Evan Bourne in a bout against Chris Jericho, Edge, Ted DiBiase & United States Champion The Miz. In a prelude to the Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match, each of that match’s competitors fought in the tag match as arranged by Raw’s mystery GM. While each man attempted to showcase their dominance and gain a modicum of psychological advantage, it was Orton whose fangs sank deep when he leveled DiBiase with an RKO.
In the subsequent commotion, each of the competitors traded blows in an attempt to reach the Money in the Bank briefcase. It was Orton, however, who managed to slither to the top and grabbed the coveted case.
Divas Champion Alicia Fox & Maryse def. Eve & Gail Kim
One day, when scientists discover the center of the universe, Alicia Fox will be sorely disappointed to learn that she is not it. No matter. Ever since emerging victorious at Fatal 4-Way and capturing the Divas Championship, Fox has revealed herself to be positively unbearable. After teaming with Maryse against Eve & Gail Kim and scoring the pin for her team, Fox’s ego is sure to inflate beyond Marysian proportions.
The Nexus attacked Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and other WWE Legends
Is nothing sacred? Is No One Safe? WWE Hall of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat had taken to the ring to address the WWE Universe regarding his new DVD retrospective,Ricky Steamboat: The Life Story of The Dragon, when he was joined by fellow WWE Legends, who heaped praise on their friend and former colleague. That’s when the unthinkable happened.
With orders not to touch any active Superstars, The Nexus circled the ring and plucked the esteemed Legends, including Arn Anderson, Michael Hayes, Mike Rotundo, Dean Malenko and Jerry Lawler, from within, punishing them outside the ring. Finally, the group of six – leader Wade Barrett was conferencing with WWE officials to learn the fate of he and his group – entered the squared circle and surrounded Steamboat before reigning blows down upon him. The Nexus – defined by a group of connected beings, as described by Cole – continues to demonstrate their defiance and sedition.
Sidebar: From this moment, Michael Cole was rejoined by his colleague from NXT Josh Mathews at the broadcast table.
My Take: Is no one safe?
WWE Champion Sheamus def. Mark Henry
After a vague victory at Fatal 4-Way, WWE Champion Sheamus may have felt he had to prove himself a worthy champion. If so, what better evidence to submit than awin over Mark Henry? The Celtic Warrior rested his case by conquering The World’s Strongest Man in a non-title bout. An impressive victory, the win also bolsters the Irishman’s confidence rolling into his Steel Cage Match against John Cena at Money in the Bank.
My Take: Sheamus is trying to prove he is worth being WWE Champion. And I Hope that Cena stops with the mayonnaise jokes.
Raw host Rob Zombie revealed Raw’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match participants; Eight-Man Tag Team Main Event Match announced
Special guest host Rob Zombie knows from sick and twisted. After all, as a director, Zombie brought us House of 1000 Corpses, Devil’s Rejects and Halloween. So, it was with relish that Zombie announced the following eight Superstars prepared to sacrifice their bodies in Raw’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Randy Orton, United States Champion The Miz, R-Truth, Chris Jericho, Evan Bourne, Ted DiBiase, John Morrison and Edge, the first-ever Money in the Bank winner.
As The Rated-R Superstar was busy proclaiming his dominance, announcer Cole interrupted with a message from the mystery GM: The evening’s main event would be an Eight-Man Tag Team Match pitting Edge, Miz, DiBiase & Jericho against Bourne, Morrison, Truth & Orton.
Ranjin Singh revealed his frustration with Great Khali
During an interview with Josh Mathews, The Great Khali’s interpreter Ranjin Singh demonstrated his frustration with The Punjabi Playboy. When asked what punishment should await The Nexus, Singh told Mathews that Khali would run away if the seven Nexus members were present before the sideburn sporting sidekick stormed off.
My Take: Could this mean that Ranjin Singh ( who is in reality a WWE Writer) may lessen his appearances on RAW?
Vladimir Kozlov def. Santino Marella
Santino Marella has been dying to hitch his wagon to the star of Vladimir Kozlov. The Italian wrestled the Russian with the stipulation that if he won, Vlad would be his tag team partner. Long story short, they’re not partners – by a long shot. After Santino’s loss, however, William Regal climbed onto the canvas and began to pummel the spicy Superstar. Upon witnessing the ambush, Kozlov actually returned to the ring to defend his opponent and chase off the Brit. Santino and Kozlov even shook handsafterward, perhaps symbolizing a potential truce.
My Take: Great Sportsmanship from Vladimir. I am Impressed
The Usos & Tamina attacked Unified Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty & Natalya
The family warfare rages on. In a what was supposed to be a rematch from the Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view when Unified Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty & Natalya defeated The Usos & Tamina, it was the twin sons of Rikishi and the daughter of “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka who attacked before the bell. With the surprise beatdown, the trio took yet another step in cementing their place in WWE.
My Take: The Usos is cementing their place in WWE, by acting this way. I wonder what Rikishi and ‘Superfly’ Snuka would say about this.