WWE Monday Night Raw 7/25/11…A New Era Has Begun

Tonight, we will see The Miz taking on Rey Mysterio for the WWE Title, and what is going to happen in the new HHH-led Era, stay tuned, grab a seat, and as Nickelback would say, it’s time to burn down the ground tonight.

Raw tonight is in Hampton, Virginia, and we immediately start the show off with the WWE Title match between Rey Mysterio and The Miz.  The title doesn’t look anything differently, which is a bit disappointing.  I hate the spinner look.

The match is on now.

Rey Mysterio defeats The Miz with a 619 and a Drop the Dime to become the new WWE Champion.  A very good match here, and for those that say The Miz can’t wrestle, I say watch this match.  Rey becomes a WWE Champion for the first time in his career.

The Miz attacks Rey from behind, nails him in the post.

Alberto Del Rio’s music starts, he has his briefcase.  He wants to cash it in.

Rey gives him a tope through the ropes however, and the ring never sounds, so the match isn’t official, and Alberto grabs his briefcase.

HHH gives us his State of the WWE Address tonight.

Moments ago, we see what we just saw, Rey defeating The Miz to become new WWE Champion.

We see Rey backstage with the other wrestlers.  A Zack Ryder sighting, throwing Champaign all over Rey, you know it Bro.

John Cena congratulates Rey and walks off when Josh Matthews interviews Rey.

Rey said the sacrifice he had to make through the years, winning the gold makes it right.  He said he is bringing the gold home.

Footage is now being shown from last week when HHH lets Vince go from his duties.

Commercial break.

When we come back, we see Evan Bourne taking on Dolph Ziggler now.

Ziggler wins the match with a Zig Zag and a sleeper.  There goes Bourne’s push.  Dolph grabs the mic and challenges anyone to follow that performance.

Keith Stone, The Keystone Light guy is with Eve and The Bella Twins earlier today.  He said one thing he can’t stand is a fake, so he takes Brie aside, and has a magic marker, draws some ink on her so Eve and Kelly Kelly can tell the twins apart for their match.

I guess they were so embarrassed by it, that they left the building, and now we will see Eve and Kelly take on Maryse and Melina.

Kelly Kelly and Eve win when Kelly does the Famouser.  Since they haven’t given Kelly a name for it, we’ll call it that.

HHH is coming up next, he is having a discussion with R-Truth.  That might be entertaining.

Cee Lo Green is performing live at Summerslam.  It’s funny, TNA brought up his name last week on Impact, yet WWE has the real deal performing.

Here comes The Game.

HHH will be on Smackdown too this week.

HHH wants to acknowledge before he starts why we are all here, why we watch Wrestling on a global scale, and that is Vince McMahon, thank you Vince.

He’d like to congratulate Rey Mysterio for winning the WWE Title, but he will also defend his title tonight against John Cena.

Are you kidding me?

There is one man who HHH keeps hearing worldwide, and that person should be back on Raw.  He has contacted him and tried to re-sign him.  So if we can welcome him back to Raw.

No, it’s not CM Punk, it’s good ol’ J.R. Jim Ross.

About damn time.

Michael Cole is very upset about this, and he won’t even shake hands with Jim.

Uh-Oh, Cole has a mic.

No disrespect, HHH talks about moving towards the future, but Ross is like the walking dead.  He has done everything WWE has asked him to do since Wrestlemania.  But this is one thing he won’t do, sit with a one faced redneck from Oklahoma.

Now Cole degrades J.R.  even saying that Ross has kissed Vince McMahon’s ass, isn’t it the other way around?

Now he is saying Ross has an ego bigger than his gut.  He can’t work with him, and he won’t do it.

HHH asks him if he’s done.  He had a feeling Cole would be upset, his first instinct is to fire him.  But his contract has a huge severance package, it would cost more to fire him.

If he wants to leave, he understands it, but if he does, he would be a breach of contract, and he can leave the rest of the show tonight, and he has until Friday to let him know.  If he doesn’t, then he wishes him in future endeavors.

Cole said he will stay, and HHH said he understands it, if he wants to stay, but he is giving him the rest of the night off because he has a match.

He knew he doesn’t have gear, so he personally chose his gear himself, and his match is next.

As Cole leaves, here comes R-Truth.

He likes what he sees, he sees a new day, a new regime.

Truth is talking to himself, he wants to know what HHH will do for him.  “Little Jimmy” cost him his WWE Title match at Capitol Punishment.  Spiders and Ladders cost him his match at Money in the Bank.  So what is he going to do for him?

HHH wants to know if he is talking to him?

Now HHH is talking to himself.

Now Truth thinks he is joking.  He may be The Game, but he isn’t kidding.

He walks away, and HHH told him he signed someone else, and he said he wants a piece of him.

It’s John Morrison.

John just beats the crap out of Truth, and hits the Starship Pain.

Coming up next, Michael Cole will face a mystery opponent.  And, later tonight….John Cena taking on Rey Mysterio for the WWE Title.

Michael Cole is wearing HHH gear, complete with the water bottle too.  Very funny, and frightening at the same time.

It’s damn good to hear Jim Ross back.

Cole’s opponent is Zack Ryder….WOO WOO WOO….YOU KNOW IT!!!!

Ryder wins the match with a Rough Ryder.  Very quick match here.

Coming up next, Kofi Kingston taking on Alberto Del Rio.

Del Rio defeated Kofi with his Cross Arm Breaker in what was a good match, but it was also predictable.  They did have one good instance, where you thought Kofi would have Del Rio with a roll up, but Alberto hooked his arm around the ropes to break it. 

Coming up next, WWE Title match….John Cena Vs Rey Mysterio.

We are backstage with The Miz, talking to Josh Matthews.  He said tonight, Cena gets his title shot, yet he is the man who put us in this spot by losing to that “man we shouldn’t name”, (CM Punk).

Miz wants to know how Rey Mysterio can be a champion when he wears a mask.  Rey goes to talk shows, yet we won’t see his face, like we will this Wednesday night when The Miz is on The George Lopez Show on TBS.  Rey Mysterio shouldn’t be WWE Champion, and neither should be Cena, it should be the most “Must-See” WWE Champion in history.  This is a big mistake.

WWE Title match, and our main event…Rey Mysterio Vs John Cena is up now.

John Cena wins the match with an Attitude Adjustment, and that means John is the new WWE Champion.

Let’s just say Rey Mysterio will be known as a “Transitional Champion”.

We hear In Living Colour’s great classic “Cult of Personality”

And we see CM Punk with his WWE Title, coming to the ring to confront John Cena, and his WWE Title.

They both raise their titles high up in the air, and the show ends.

Kevin’s Thoughts:

There goes Punk’s vacation, but let’s be honest, we all knew that he would have signed a contract since he won the title.  Do we really think Vince would let him walk away with the title without a new contract?  Please.  But why bring him back this early?  I guess to put Summerslam is a big deal, because make no mistake about it, the main event will be Punk Vs Cena, title vs title.  But what is different about the title?  It looks the same.

But I loved tonight’s show, it was heavy on the wrestling too and kudos for Rey Mysterio, wrestling twice on the program and giving us two good matches.  Unfortunately though, he is an afterthought.

We also saw the return of Jim Ross, and it’s about damn time.  I just don’t want to see Michael Cole berate him every week.  It’s boring, but at this point, who cares.  Always great to hear him call matches.

A night of returns for sure, Punk, Jim Ross, and John Morrison.  I think we will see the two face each other at Summerslam, and nothing wrong with that.  As long as “Little Jimmy” doesn’t interfere.

It was good to see HHH back, and sure, his presence alone will be entertaining to watch, but I am interested in seeing if he is going to stay in a role, or just appear every now and then.

Overall, the show was fun to watch, and surely seeing Punk come back will be fun to watch.  Give him a mic, give him a match, and just sit back and watch.  What did you think of the show?  Give me your thoughts by emailing me at DJKevinGillman75@aol.com or drop me a line on the site.

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3 Responses to WWE Monday Night Raw 7/25/11…A New Era Has Begun

  1. Alan Zarek says:

    I too want a different belt..it doesn’t even spin anymore..they locked the mechanism a few years ago..damn Super Cena belt..

    I wondered why Stone Cold was drinking Keystone Light..now we know..probably the most blatent product placement ever on Raw..

    Send Cole to Smackdown and be done with it..and while they’re at it, how about sending Booker T back to TNA?

    I would have had Punk at a ROH Taping with the WWE belt..play it on the TitanTron..but I love that T shirt..thing of beauty..I want it..

    Did you notice that while the Raw GM computer was set up, we got not one message Monday night? When has that happened?

    And who were all the guys celebrating with Ray? Had not seen any of those guys..NXT guys maybe?

  2. Kevin Gillman says:

    The best thing was we didn’t hear that stupid computer buzz in. Seeing Jim Ross back was very refreshing.

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