Justin Weaver attended the WWE RAW live event last night in Rockford, Illinois and sent in the following report from the live event. The results are courtesy of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter:
The show was mostly a full house, though there were about two empty sections up top. Good, vocal crowd.
(1) Chris Masters d. Jack Swagger when he countered the Anklelock into a rollup for the pin. Masters did very well here, his improvement has been drastic.
(2) R-Truth & Miz d. Zack Ryder & Alex Riley when Miz pinned Riley after the Skull Crushing Finale. Truth & Miz cut a promo together vowing to take down the Triple H-led “conspiracy.” Miz tore up a fan’s Ryder sign. Riley got a nice pop. As is often the case with Ryder, a great many didn’t seem to know who he even was, but the fans he had were vocal. Ryder got beat down most of the match.
(3) Alberto Del Rio d. Kofi Kingston with the Cross armbreaker. Del Rio was tremendous in getting heat. He stalled the first several minutes of the match by working the ring count. They had a rather bad botch where Kofi was hitting a flurry of strikes and Del Rio fell down without getting hit, but the crowd didn’t seem to notice. Despite that, a very good match. Del Rio really shined.
(4) Kelly Kelly d. Brie Bella by pinfall to retain the Divas Championship. About as unimpressive as you’re accustomed to seeing on television. They really didn’t get much time. To her credit Kelly was more over than anyone not currently holding the WWE Championship.
(5) Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov d. David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty in a non-title match when Marella pinned McGillicutty after the Cobra. Marella did the move wearing basically a Mr. Socko of a cobra. Fine match, built mostly around Marella’s comedy.
(6) Dolph Ziggler d. Evan Bourne by pinfall with the Zig-Zag to retain the U.S. Title. Match of the night. Bourne is phenomenal live. Ziggler hit his finish after Bourne missed the SSP.
(7) CM Punk and John Cena fought to a no contest. Truth & Miz attacked both men, resulting in a draw finish. After the match Cena and Punk took them out together. They then repeated their schtick from Raw of raising each of their WWE Championship belts in the air to see who could garner the bigger crowd reaction. Despite being so close to Chicago the crowd, which was mostly kids, was easily at least 75% pro-Cena. They weren’t necessarily anti-Punk (who had a very vocal adult male fanbase) but Cena was far and away the crowd favorite of the night.
Biggest pops: (1) John Cena), (2) CM Punk, (3) Kelly Kelly
Biggest heat: (1) Alberto Del Rio, (2) R-Truth, (3) The Miz