WWE Monday Night Raw Review: July 18, 2011

In case anybody reading this article didn’t watch, “Money in the Bank,” last night, all I can say is that you missed out big time. The main event between John Cena and CM Punk was an epic battle that long time WWE fans have been waiting for, for quite some time. The crowd was explosive in CM Punk’s hometown of Chicago and he emerged victorious, blew Vince McMahon a kiss goodbye and took off through the crowd with the prized WWE title.

Only later to go on twitter and put a picture on his account of the belt sitting in his refrigerator. Raw is sure to be an awesome show tonight!

The show starts with Vince McMahon coming out to the ring with John Laurinaitis, unfortunately he is not strutting to the ring. Vince starts off by telling the crowd that CM Punk walked out on the WWE universe and the superstars alike. Vince announces that there will be an 8 man elimination tournament for the WWE championship tonight. Vince does say that he will address John Cena tonight, and that it will be a night that nobody will ever forget. And we’ve never heard that one before.

The Miz vs. Alex Riley

Miz is once again getting his ass kicked by Alex Riley who as I have said before I am becoming a big fan of. Wow, five minutes after writing that first sentence, Riley is still whooping Miz’s ass, and almost forced Miz to tap out to a sharp shooter. With a quick counter the Miz pulls off the victory with his only bit of offense in the entire match.

R-Truth vs. Jack Swagger

Match starts with Jack Swagger in control, but not for long before R-Truth begins to gain control. I’m personally looking at this as somewhat of a waste of time, there is no way in Hell that either one of these two guys is going to be champion at the end of the night. Swagger is a pretty impressive wrestler but his character hasn’t been developed enough to entertain people if he became champion. Back to the match Swagger is in control until R-Truth gets a quick roll up and gets the pin fall victory. 

Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio begins by coming out to the ring and just talking about some crap, I couldn’t really tell you what it was about. I was busier looking at the picture that CM Punk just posted on twitter of the championship belt somewhere on Wrigley field in Chicago. Del Rio starts the match in control and goes for a quick pin fall but without succeeding. The match gets taken to the outside of the ring and Kingston does a pretty impressive dive over the second rope crashing into Del Rio. In my opinion, Del Rio was already given the opportunity to be a title contender and nobody was interested. His character is boring, and his accent is annoying.  As soon as I began typing that last sentence Kingston got a quick roll up and wins the match (thank God).

Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler starts the match throwing around Rey Mysterio, and goes for a quick roll up but obviously does not win it. I know I may stand alone on this one but I personally think that Ziggler would make a good champion. Granted I hate hearing Vicki Guerrero’s voice, but if youre talking charisma and entertaining, I believe Ziggler has got it. Back to the match Rey Mysterio begins to gain back control, and goes for a 619 but does not connect (I’ll be the first to say that I hate that move, and how everybody just so happens to trip and fall face first into the second rope to set him up for it). Just when it looks like we wont have to see Mysterio in the second round of this tournament, he lands the 619 and gets the win.

Crazy Diva Tag-Match


Once again we have a 14 diva match, and instead of typing every name I’ll just type as they enter the match (which are only two). Beth Phoenix and Rosa Mendez start the match. All of the sudden all Hell starts breaking loose on the outside of the ring when the other 10 divas start getting into a big sexy brawl . Beth Phoenix gets her finishing move and gets the pin fall. This match literally lasted about two minutes.

Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz

Kingston begins the match on the offense but the Miz counters it. Kingston is just over all the more impressive wrestler in this match. He has the ability to take the match to more areas of the ring than the Miz does. BUT OF COURSE….the Miz wins by landing the skull crushing finale. God forbid we give any new wrestler the chance to have the title. So at this point the champion at the end of the night is going to be R-Truth, Rey Mysterio, or The Miz.

R-Truth vs. Rey Mysterio

R-Truth is on the offense for most of the start of the match, and really until the midway point of the match as well. Rey Mysterio begins fighting back with a kick to the face of R-Truth, and Truth gets sent crashing to the outside of the ring. When the show returns, R-Truth has Mysterio in a head lock in the middle of the ring. After a number of near falls, and a failed 619. Rey Mysterio connects with a 619 and gets the pin fall victory to earn his title shot at the end of the show.

Vince McMahon then comes out and tells Rey Mysterio that due to the show running out of time that his match for the title will be postponed until next week. Vince goes on to call out John Cena to the ring. Cena comes out to the ring and Cena takes the mic from Vince and says that he wont go through what Shawn Michaels went through. He went on to say that Michaels whole career he carried the burden of being the person who screwed Brett Hart over in their match. Cena said that he wouldn’t ever be known as the person who screwed CM Punk.Just as Vince McMahon is about to fire him, HHH’s music hits and “the game,” comes walking down the ramp. HHH grabs the mic and said the board asked hunter to come and talk to Vince about a situation. He then says that the board is concerned about Vince. Hunter says the board filed an injunstion against vince with a vote of no confidence. He then says the board has appointed someone to take over the day to day operations of the WWE, and that person is Triple H. He then tells Vince McMahon that he has been relieved of his duties. Vince begins to cry, and HHH (his real life son-in-law) begins tearing up as well before he says, “I love you pop, and I’m sorry!”

The show ends with Vince standing in the ring, and the crowd chanting, “Thank you Vince!”

Overall, it was a good show, with a lot more matches than we usually see on an episode of Raw. Next week we will get to see The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio for the title!

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