With Hell in a Cell less than a week away, the Mexican aristocrat, Alberto Del Rio, left a major impression on both fans and two of WWE’s biggest Superstars Monday evening in Kansas City during Monday Night RAW.
After facing CM Punk in the night’s main event, Del Rio was able to get both Punk and WWE champ John Cena in the ring as a steel cage descended on them. Once ADR’s announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, took a beating from both Punk and Cena following the match, ADR went to work.
When all was said and done, both the champ and the crowd favorite had been laid out by the man who wants to regain his title come this Sunday night in New Orleans.
Whether or not ADR does just that remains to be seen, but he sure made his mark, including some of which were left on the backs of Cena and Punk, at the Sprint Center in Missouri Monday evening.
In the night’s other action:
- Cody Rhodes won a 10-Man Battle Royal for the Intercontinental Championship;
- Beth Phoenix & Natalya def. Divas Champion Kelly Kelly & Eve;
- Cena def. Christian by Disqualification;
- United States.Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Zack Ryder;
- WWE Tag Team Champions Air Boom & Ryder def. Ziggler, Jack Swagger & Mason Ryan;
- CM Punk def. Del Rio.
The return of Mason Ryan was interesting. The Welshman had not been in action in recent months due to a reported injury (more likely a “wellness’ program issue). Nonetheless, he was picked by Vickie Guererro to fill out the three-man team of Ziggler and Swagger.
Much to her unhappiness, Ryan showed Vickie and her co-horts that he wanted no part of them, attacking both Ziggler and Swagger, in turn allowing Air Boom and Ryder (used the Rough Rider move) to score the victory.
Meantime, since I always seem to have to harp about something, the Christian needing just “one more chance” storyline has really gotten old.
The former World Heavyweight champion will now face “The Great White” Sheamus inside Hell in a Cell this Sunday evening. Here’s hoping The Celtic Warrior puts him out of his misery for once and all.
My biggest complaint of the night, however, is reserved for WWE’s treatment of The Great Khali in recent months.
Yes, the man moves slower than a turtle in the ring, but with his dominating size, could you not use him in a more purposeful role than being a jobber Monday evening against World Heavyweight champ Mark Henry?
As dominant as Henry has been in recent months, this match deserved much more than the all of 45 seconds or so it got, with Henry attacking Khali from behind and then giving him the World’s Strongest Slam.
Thoughts my fellow WWE fans?