WWE brought Raw live to Richmond, Virginia and the USA Network on May 21, 2012. One night after Over The Limit, Big Show explained his actions in helping John Laurinaitis keep his job while Laurinaitis himself placed John Cena in a match with Big Show at next month’s pay-per-view No Way Out. By the end of the night, Cena was unconscious again.
- John Cena came out to start the show, dropping his usual comedy shtick for a more exasperated, angry approach. John Laurinaitis, riding a scooter due to his “injuries” at Over The Limit, soon met him. Laurinaitis explained that he had rehired Big Show and that Cena would meet the monster at No Way Out at the Izod Center in New Jersey.
- Big Show came out to let the WWE Universe know that since no one showed sympathy for him when he was fired last week, he had to do what was best for himself and align with Laurinaitis for his job. He also vowed to knock Cena out at No Way Out.
- David Otunga came out and challenged John Cena to a match. Cena beat him easily and was then jumped by Tyler Reks, Curt Hawkins, Titus O’Neil and Darren Young. This brought out World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, who helped Cena clear the ring. Laurinaitis announced that the two men would face three other men in a handicap lumberjack match in the main event of the evening.
- Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio had a good match going when Chris Jericho hit the ring and laid out Orton, declaring himself to be “the best in the world” as he has long stated. It would certainly help Jericho’s cause if he won a match here and there.
- Daniel Bryan came to the ring to discuss his controversial loss to CM Punk at Over The Limit. Bryan, convinced that he should have been the victor, challenged Punk to a rematch. Punk made his way out to remind Bryan that he scored the 1-2-3 on him and introduce him to his opponent, Kane. The match lasted about two minutes before Punk tricked Bryan into holding a steel chair, causing Kane to tee off on him. With Bryan down, Punk locked in the Anaconda Vice, causing Bryan to tap out.
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- Christian, fresh off of winning the Intercontinental Championship at Over The Limit, defeated Jinder Mahal. When talking about the benefits of Christian as a rock for the mid-card, working with Jinder Mahal wasn’t high on my list. Christian is simply better than this. A lengthy program with Dolph Ziggler has serious potential.
- Beth Phoenix defeated Kelly Kelly to apparently win another shot at the Divas Championship. There is really nothing that needs to be said about the Divas division at this point. Other than the fact that Brooke Hogan isn’t running it, it’s atrocious.
- The main event was a no-contest as the lumberjacks hit the ring to attack John Cena and Sheamus after a long match with Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and Lord Tensai. Sheamus played the victim for the majority of the match but the crowd was waiting for Big Show to arrive more than anything else. As a huge brawl broke out amongst the entire roster in the ring, John Cena made his way to the back looking for Big Show, only to be blindsided by a WMD from Big Show, knocking him unconscious.
- Combining tonight with Over The Limit, WWE has had two bad nights in a row, with plot holes and uninspired storylines running amuck. WWE needs a shake up at the top of the card, as the positioning of CM Punk below Cena is worrying. It is reminiscent of the early 2000s that saw HHH being the focal point of the company even without the WWE Championship. With confusing storylines surrounding Cena, it would be wise to position the athleticism of Punk and Bryan at the top of No Mercy. The fans simply aren’t into another round of Cena vs. Big Show.
View Slideshow: WWE Raw May 21, 2012
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