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Whatsup guys and gals, and its the day after Christmas, so what are we all here for? WWE Raw, and its set to be a good show tonight. So stay tuned right here for all the results as they come, and don't forget to join us over at SNS Radio Network for live chat during the show.
John Laurinitus comes out to CM Punks music and even with his shirt on, and talks about being in Punks hometown and how John Laurinitus brought in the golden age of wrestling, as he said that Punks music hits and out he comes. Punk asks if John is poking the bear right now, and CM Punk asks the question that Chicago is wondering, why doesn't Punk kick Laurinitus face in. Laurinitus tells Punk hes going to give him something fun to do tonight, Punk has off tonight which illicits a chorus of boo's. Laurintus then says he is unpredictable, and Laurinitus says that tonight Punk will be in a match, then a 2nd match, then possibly a 3rd match. Punk will be in a gauntlet match, and if any of his opponents pin Punk, that person gets a future title match at next weeks Raw. Punk asks what happens when Punk wins the gauntlet match, what would happen? Laurinitus says he hadn't thought about that, but Punk said he has an idea, and asked if the WWE Universe wanted a 4th match and they said yes. Punk then goes to Laurinitus and says that if Punk wins, then tonight it will be Laurinitus vs Punk at the end of the night. But Laurinitus then goes through a list of reasons why they can't happen, and the Chicago crowd starts chanting, "You can't wrestle." Laurinitus then tells Punk that he leaves him with no other choice and says he is on, and walks out of the ring.
Cody Rhodes vs Booker T
Winner: Booker T
Backstage we see Zach Ryder talking to John Cena. Ryder tells Cena he owes him for everything, but Cena tells him he doesn't owe him nothing, he did it all himself. Ryder asks Cena about Kane and whats going on, and Cena says tonight will go off with a bang.
Opponents for CM Punk tonight
Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Mark Henry
If CM Punk can defeat all of them, he gets a match with John Laurinitus.
Backstage we see John Laurinitus, and Big Show walks in, John Laurinitus asks Show to explain the punch to Otunga. But Otunga starts saying stuff to Show and Show says that any day of the week, he can beat Otunga with 1 arm tied behind his back. And Laurinitus made that match tonight.
2nd match Mixed Tag Match
Eve/Zach Ryder vs Natalya/Tyson Kidd
Winner: Eve and Zach Ryder
Out comes John Cena to some very loud boo's. Cena talks about the history of Chicago, telling Chicago to let the world know and remember them as the end of 2011. That right now Cena is probably signing his own death warrant by calling out the devils favorite demon, Kane. Instead of Kane coming out, Miz comes out. Miz says right now, he wants to see one thing, Miz vs Cena, because they have some loose ends to tie up. Miz says his win at Wrestlemania was a little tainted because of the Rock, and Miz will not let 2011 end with a tainted win.
John Cena vs The Miz
During the match Miz slides out of the ring and says that the crowd is chanting the wrong persons name (They were doing the dueling chants, Cena sucks/Let's go Cena) Miz talks about walking out of the city, because hes the Miz and he's.....The Truth shall set me free. Out comes R-Truth and him and the Miz fight around ringside Miz getting thrown against the barricade, over the announcers table, and into the steel steps. And Truth goes over to pick up the mic, and continue to beat on Miz. Truth tells Miz he could finish it right now, but theres no fun in that. He said that Little Jimmy said its ok, and continues to beat on Miz, and tells Miz that in 2012, Miz and Truth will get to know each other very well because every week, Miz and Truth will see each other. Truth then grabs a bottle of water and smashes it over Miz's head.
4th match (Big Show must fight with one arm behind his back)
Big Show vs David Otunga
Winner: Big Show by DQ
During the match Mark Henry walked out and stepped into the ring while Big Show was still tied. Henry hit Show with a clothesline and as Henry went in for the kill, Daniel Bryan came running out, and reminded him who the champ was, as Henry went for Bryan, Bryan backed off, and Henry turned around into Show who had his right hand out, and was going to chokeslam Henry but David Otunga attacked Show, so Show grabbed Otunga and chokeslammed him as he stared down Mark Henry.
Alberto Del Rio comes out in a wheelchair being pushed by Roberto Rodriguez. Del Rio talks about winning everything in 2011, and then talks about tearing his groin in the main event match last week on Raw. The Bella Twins walk out and tell the crowd they need to give ADR some respect. Both twins start to argue about whos going to throw ADR a party when he comes back, but ADR starts yelling at them to get out of there. ADR says that its his new year resolution that when he comes back, he will be more vicious, and that he will be champion again.
5th match Gauntlet Match (If any of the gauntlet opponents win, they get a Title shot next week on Raw)
CM Punk vs Jack Swagger (1st opponent)
Winner: CM Punk
CM Punk vs Dolph Ziggler (2nd opponent)
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Before the match, Jack Swagger attacked CM Punk and attacked the knee. During the match John Laurinitus comes down and as soon as Punk got a pin on Ziggler, Laurinitus tells the ref about Vickie Guerrero interfering in the match by pulling on Punks leg. As Punk gets up to deal with Laurinitus, Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag on Punk and Laurinitus gets off the ring apron as Ziggler gets the pin and earns a title shot at next weeks Raw.
Out comes Kane who talks about the form standing there being his true essence. Kane continues to talk until John Cena walks out, but before Cena can get down the stage, Kane lights the stage on fire. Kane talks about Cena being his victim, because he has led the fans astray, that he asks them to rise above the hate. This world is a dark place, Kane says that humans are hateful by nature, deep down, everyone hates. Embrace it instead of turning away from it, consume it. People hate everyone, their bosses, their spouses, their neighbors, their miserable existence. Rise above is a fraudenlent myth led by John Cena. Hate is the seed from which all is born, it drives us, it motivates us, it fuels our impulses. Kane tells Cena he can feel it, he can feel it under his skin. That once Cena embraces the hate, he will become honest, he will become honest with himself, that Cena will become free. But with Cena's denial he grows weaker, that until he embraces that which he denys, he can never be free. Kane says he will help Cena, that the fans will help Cena on his path to elightenment, that the last image Cena will see this year, the last thing Cena will hear this year is the words that will tear Cena's soul apart. Those words? Cena sucks and the fans began chanting that as Kane says it. Cena begans looking around at the fans as they continue to chant Cena sucks, and finally Cena looks down and closes his eyes, and the camera fades to black.
Wow, can you say a very psychological end to Raw? The last Raw of 2011, and WWE did a very good job with it. I really liked it. How bout you guys? Well, thats it for Raw, and thats it for me for 2011. Thank you guys for being here at H2H. Unfortunately no Wrestling News Live or Unplugged this week, as the boys are taking the week off. But stay tuned to SNS and H2H. Thanks guys and gals, and have a great New Year. See you in 2012
25. Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes from WrestleMania XXVII 24. Yoshi Tatsu vs. Tyson Kidd from WWE NXT 23. Edge vs. Kane from Smackdown 22. CM Punk vs. The Miz vs. Alberto Del Rio from WWE TLC 21. Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes from SmackDown 20. WWE Champion The Miz vs. John Morrison from Raw 19. Smackdown Elimination Chamber Match 18. Randy Orton vs. CM Punk from Extreme Rules 17. Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio from Raw 16. Dolph Ziggler vs. Randy Orton from Raw 15. Mark Henry vs. Daniel Bryan from SmackDown 14. Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett from WWE TLC 13. Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk from Capitol Punishment 12. John Cena vs. The Miz vs. John Morrison from Extreme Rules 11. Mark Henry vs. Big Show from Vengeance 10. SmackDown Money in the Bank Ladder Match from Money in the Bank 09. Edge vs. Dolph Ziggler from Royal Rumble 08. John Cena and The Rock vs. Awesome Truth from Survivor Series 07. The 40-Man Royal Rumble Match 06. Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio from Extreme Rules 05. Rey Mysterio vs. John Cena from Raw 04. Raw Elimination Chamber Match 03. Randy Orton vs. Christian from Over the Limit 02. John Cena vs. CM Punk from Money in the Bank 01. The Undertaker vs. Triple H from WrestleMania XXVII
WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann has confirmed that Alberto Del Rio suffered a groin tear during the tag team main event of the Dec. 19 edition of Raw SuperShow. (PHOTOS)
"We were able to look at an MRI, and it appears as though he has a groin injury that’s severe enough to require surgery," Dr. Amann told WWE.com. "Fortunately for Alberto, the surgery is minimally invasive and the recovery time is usually four to six weeks."
There is a strong concern within WWE headquarters that the Network won't be ready, as far as quality and how smooth everything runs, when launch time comes in just a few months. Some fear that the Network could bomb within a year. At the same time, the top officials in the company remain positive about the Networks success.
WWE has offered some current employees the chance to work on the new Network and some have declined with no apparent backlash.
According to PWInsider.com, While it's assumed that a lot of Zack Ryder's current push comes from officials being impressed by what he's done on his own, it's said that CM Punk is mostly responsible. Punk has went to WWE management on numerous occasions and told them to get behind Ryder.