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Sin Cara has us all seeing double; Triple-H hits Miz and R-Truth where it hurts.
Backstage, Alberto Del Rio is furious with Triple-H for booking Punk in his rematch with John Cena at Hell in a Cell. Cena came out victorious at last night’s PPV, making this his record-breaking 10th time as WWE Champ. Del Rio seems to have a serious mad-on for getting his title back and wants no extraneous obstacles standing in his way. His objections go nowhere with the new COO. “I pray for Mr. McMahon to come back and run this place again.” Del Rio sneers. “I’ve been inside Hell in a Cell,” the Game warns him. “You’re gonna need all the prayers you can take.”
Alberto Del Rio vs.
Really short match here. Del Rio unloads on Morrison for a few minutes and then John manages a quick reversal. Maybe I’m training myself to look for this too much but once again he seems to be paying an exorbitant amount of attention to his neck. After a jumping side kick to Del Rio Morrison hits the canvas then grabs his neck in pain.
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I keep getting the worst feeling Morrison’s injuries aren’t 100% healed. Yes I know “fully recovered” is a very subjective term in pro wrestling and some stars work while in constant pain, but still. From there Del Rio makes short work of Morrison, putting him in a punishing arm bar, forcing him to tap.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Special guest star, Hugh Jackman comes out to promote his new movie, ‘Real Steel’. (Or in other words, ‘Rock em Sock em Robots’ the movie.) Vickie Guerrero comes out with Dolph Ziggler in tow and shamelessly flirts with Jackman. Ziggler and Jackman have words and eventually the topic of conversation goes to underdogs. “Cleveland is the town of underdogs.” Ziggler says, to thunderous applause from the crowd. “We all know that underdog is just another word for loser.” he adds, to a wave of boos.
Dolph seems to be quietly progressing to becoming one of the most compelling stars on the WWE roster. Great mic skills and his in-ring work gets more impressive every week. It’s only a matter of time before he comes due for a really big push to the next level. His epic heeldom in this segment draws big heat from the crowd.
Jackman decides to teach Dolph a lesson about counting out underdogs and he promises to find an underdog from the back to come out and embarrass him in the ring. The crowd is apparently two steps ahead of Hugh and can’t wait to start chanting, “We want Ryder!” Hugh runs out to ringside and grabs a sign from an audience member. He returns to the ring and holds it up. Err… Am I the only one who notices the weird awkwardness in Jackman holding up a sign that says ‘Ryder > Wolverine’. Wait, Hugh Jackman’s an Aussie; they go by that wacky metric system, right? So maybe he has no idea that what the sign says in essence is ‘Zack Ryder pwns Hugh Jackman’.
But then I could be wrong, as I have virtually no idea how the metric system differs from the American one. Thanks again, public education. Anyway, guess this means we can look forward to a match from teh Champion of teh Intarwebz, Long Island Iced Z, Zack Ryder tonight. This Raw just gets better and better. Just so long as it’s not another crap squash match.
Backstage The Miz and R-Truth (aka ‘The Awesome Truth’, a team name neither as good as it could be, or as awful as it had the potential to be) apologize to Laurinaitis for their actions at Night of Champions. Laurinaitis tells them Triple-H wants to see them both right away.
Next up the WWE plays a flashback from last week’s Smackdown, where the two Sin Caras were face-to-face for the first time. Those of you who read TFW faithfully every week (and again, thank you all) already know that this is original Sin Cara, Luis Alverde vs. his replacement, Hunico.
Sin Cara vs.
Or at least, that’s what this match started out as. Things go quickly to pot however, when the 2nd Sin Cara makes an appearance. Cody mysteriously disappears from the ring and no further mention of him is made. The two identical wrestlers stand in the ring and stare each other down.
The WWE proper doesn’t make much of an effort to explain just why there are two Sin Caras In the ring. I’m not sure if this is just them nodding to the IWC again or them poorly explaining an angle to fans. Speaking as an abstract member of this aforementioned semi-mythical body of legion anonymous online fans, let me just say that the problem with in-references in general and internet culture in particular is they are only as good as the number of people who get them. I imagine scores of mainstream wrestling fans who just watch the show every week and don’t keep up with the behind the scenes stuff watching and having no clue what is going on. I won’t jump to conclusions so I assume that in the next few weeks or so they’re going to offer some sort of explanation. You’d think they’d offer some kind of perspective here though, to at least set the groundwork for the feud they have planned. But no, even the announcers act completely bewildered, as though they have no idea why there are two Sin Caras.
I dunno, maybe I notice stuff like this because it’s my job to. Maybe your average wrestling fan won’t think twice about it and is patient enough to merely wait it out, confident the WWE will soon provide an answer. Perhaps the perturbance I feel is only because I’ve heard the joke already and know what the punchline is going to be.
Now this is how you book Sin Cara. Put him in a match with someone who can accentuate his wrestling style and you have a thing of beauty. These two are magic in the ring together, pulling all manner of spinning, flipping, twisting and whirling moves on one another. With the WWE’s renewed focus on tag teams these two would make a devastating duo. Someone’s going to have to renounce the Sin Cara name eventually, be it the original Luis Alvirde or Hunico. That doesn’t mean we can’t all still be friends, right? Or hell, if it means more matches that look this good, let them be the bitterest of enemies. That’s fine too. Just figure out how to put them in a ring and get out of their way.
This one ends sort of anti-climactically, as one of the Sin Caras breaks off and leaves the ring. Slow start to the feud but I expect they’re saving most of the good stuff for this week’s SmackDown.
Backstage Miz and Truth try to apologize to Triple-H for interfering in his match at NoC. The Game fines them $250K apiece for attacking a WWE official, telling them he expects the money on his desk by next Monday. Oh, that’s fine, i’m sure they’ll have no trouble coming up with $25,000…
… wait, *What*? $250,000!!??
Lots of wrestlers complain about being grossly underpaid, but If upper-midcarders like these two are doing so well their fines start out in the quarter-million dollar range, i’ll venture to assume the WWE pays a little bit better than most. Game also puts them in the night’s main event, going up against CM Punk and John Cena. Hey now, this is interesting. Not only are the two getting a major boost to their tag team, their going up against the two biggest faces in the business can only be good for their respective careers. It’ll also be interesting to see how Punk and Cena function as cohesive members of the same unit.
Mark Henry comes to the ring as the new World Champion after flattening Randy Orton at Night of Champions. He has a huge grudge going for all the people he feels never supported him along the way. Tops on his list it seems, is Jim Ross. Wow, between Kharma’s story about him and now Mark Henry, J.R. has a very interesting track record for picking potential talent. Mark Henry puts a powerful vice grip on Ross forcing Jerry Lawler to intervene. When Lawler gets Henry to let J.R. go, Mark goes after him next. King puts up a fight but a big headbutt lays him flat. Henry takes him outside and puts him through the announcer’s table.
Continue reading for info on Long Island Iced Z’s big match with United States Champion Dolph Ziggler.