Jun 6, 2011 was one of the wildest nights of Raw in some time, but next week could be even crazier.
The night started with Vince McMahon and Stone Cold Steve Austin in the ring as Austin declared Andy Levine the Tough Enough winner. It looked like Austin and McMahon were going to celebrate in the ring together when R Truth showed up dressed in a Confederate soldier uniform. He apologized for his assault of a fan last week as ordered by the general manager.
“I’m sorry for Big Jimmy, I’m sorry for Little Jimmy, I’m sorry for the soda I wasted; it was refreshing.”
“You oughta be sorry for dressing like a d*mnn jack**s,” was Austin’s response.
Truth replied that he was dressed as such because he was “seceding” from the WWE Universe like the South seceded 150 years ago, even though he was keeping his title shot.
Miz then came out and declared he deserved another title shot, only to have Alex Riley then say Miz only deserved “a third straight week of beatdowns”
Cena then came out and said Miz wasn’t getting another shot, that Riley earned his respect and that Truth needed to get out of his costume. At that point the Raw General Manager sent an email, but McMahon stopped Michael Cole from reading it and made his own match ‘” Truth and Miz against Riley and Cena with Austin as the referee.
Miz clearly wanted no part of Riley at the start; when Cena tagged in Riley, Miz immediately tagged Truth. Truth was the same way against Cena, tagging Miz once Cena was back in. At one time, Riley went out of the ring after Miz, only to receive a big clothesline from Truth when Miz lured him in. That was when Miz finally went after Riley, with him and Truth double-teaming Riley in their corner when possible. But when Miz started repeatedly kicking Riley in the corner and wouldn’t stop against Austin’s orders, Austin grabbed and threw him out of the corner. Riley then managed to get away from Miz’s charge, making him collide with the post, but he couldn’t tag Cena before Truth got back in and stopped him. Truth then began wearing down Riley, but when he tried to drop on him from the corner, Riley got his feet in Truth’s face and finally tagged Cena.
Cena went after Miz with his shoulder blocks and Five Knuckle Shuffle; Truth stopped him from hitting the Attitude Adjuster; Cena threw Truth out of the ring and put Miz in the STF, though Miz got to the ropes. Truth entered the ring with a chair only to have Cena kick him back out. As Austin got the chair out of the ring, Riley hit Miz with his old briefcase; Austin then re-entered and hit Miz with a Stone Cold Stunner and counted to three after Cena hit the AA.
The general manager, however, reversed the decision and disqualified Cena/Riley due to Austin’s interference, then declared Austin would be the guest general manager next week on Raw’s All-Star show. Austin responded by dragging Cole into the ring, poring beer on him and hitting him with a stunner before Cena hit Cole with an AA.
CM Punk claimed Rey Mysterio has never beaten him, which isn’t exactly true. And Mysterio put an end to that claim the same night.
Mysterio flipped Punk out of the ring and, when Punk caught his slide attempt, turned it into a head scissors. Mysterio later slipped onto the apron to avoid the Go To Sleep, but Punk then tripped him up and left him hanging in the corner so he could hit a running shot on his knee. Mysterio, though, eventually knocked Punk off the top corner and hit flying cross-bodies from the corner and the side ropes. Mason Ryan got in the way of a 619 try again, but Mysterio used Punk to help him spin-kick Ryan away, flipped him with the head scissors and finished him with the Frog Splash.
David Otunga and Mike McGillicutty may be Tag Team Champions, but Santino Marella got one on McGillicutty this night.
Marella went right after McGillicutty, slamming his head against multiple turnbuckles and delivering an atomic drop. He blocked all of McGillicutty shots until McGillicutty swatted away a drop kick and hit his own kick. Marella eventually came back when McGillicutty leaped into the turnbuckle, which Marella followed with a hip toss and his diving headbutt. Otunga tried to pull his partner away only to have Kozlov barrel him over. That gave Marella time to hit the Cobra Strike and pin McGillicutty.
Tough Enough trainer Booker T got his first action on Raw in four years, as Jack Swagger challenged the six-time world champion. But Swagger seemed to chicken out at the end of it.
Booker did look rusty at the start as Swagger tried to beat and kick him to the ground, clotheslined him out of the ring and rammed him into the walls. Booker eventually found his groove with a spinning kick and multiple chops in the corner; Swagger dodged the scissors kick, but another spinning kick sent him out of the ring. Swagger never re-entered the ring, letting himself get counted out, only to have Evan Bourne come out, knock him back into the ring let Booker hit the scissors kick and then hit Air Bourne, leaving Bourne and Booker alone to do the Spin-A-Roony together.
After beating Kofi Kingston last week, Dolph Ziggler threw Zack Ryder at the United States Champion.
Ryder first looked like he only wanted to punk Kingston with chest bumps and slaps to the face, but then he ducked away from Kingston’s leap into the corner and made him hit the turnbuckle. But Kofi then did the same thing to Ryder and then went for his flying clotheslines and Boom leg drop, eventually hitting Trouble in Paradise for the win.
Beth Phoenix has apparently been waiting to take on the Brie Bella for some time, and she got her chance as she and Kelly Kelly teamed against both Bellas. Both Bellas looked to wear down Kelly with frequent tags and the ropes, but Kelly eventually dodged a clothesline and tagged Phoenix, who went after Brie with springboard suplex. Nikki broke up the cover, only to get a bulldog from Kelly, allowing Beth to finish off Brie with the Glam Slam.