Welcome loyal My Hollywood Dream readers. We are no longer also display at Hollywood The Game but hopefully our fans make the transition. And hopefully Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole don’t just kiss and make up with no drama. At the same time, let’s hope their interplay doesn’t take over the show. We open with a recap of the Miz/Lawler match. Cole is not out at the announce desk, but he shows up on the entrance ramp with a microphone. The crowd truly hates him but is that the right role for the lead announcer? Cole was the only one to support Miz from the beginning and Miz is like a son to him. Cole is sorry. Lawler still wants to kick his ass. Now Cole says Lawler is equally to blame. King is a journalist and is not supposed to be the headline. So, really, King owes Cole an apology. Yes, that’s logic.
The E-GM sends an e-mail and CM Punk is the only person left to read it. He will not allow violence between Cole and the King. He wants them to shake hands. King finally shakes hands, then holds on while Randy Orton makes his way out. Orton has a message for The Miz. He can’t blame The Miz for cashing in when he did. He would have done the same. But unlike The Miz, Orton has proved himself in the ring. And Orton plans to take back the title, tonight.
Here comes Miz and Alex Drunky. Miz points out Orton was in the same Money in the Bank match that Miz won. Orton has an injured knee and besides, Miz defended his title last week. So he’s off until the TLC PPV. Orton runs down Reilly so the apprentice challenges him. Orton accepts. Miz’s last surprise is he gets to pick the stipulation at TLC. Orton hits an RKO on Cole to show he still can, injured knee and all.
So no Cole, but we get Josh Matthews to maintain a three man team. Our first actual match, at the 23-minute mark, is mixed tag action. Maryse and Ted Dibiase face Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella. Nikki is jealous and comes to ringside. Nikki pulls the switch, without Bryan knowing, and Nikki rolls up Maryse. The relationship between Maryse and Ted looks to be ending.
They are supposed to interview Wade Barrett but David Otunga takes his place. Nexus needs to stay united, says the lone member. Cena arrives and it turns out Husky Harris is there too. Otunga bails and Cena takes down Harris no problem. The rest of Nexus are on their way to the arena where the tag champs have a four-way elimination title match ahead.
David Hart Smith finally gets a match with Tyson Kidd, but Kidd shows up with some seven foot guy backing him up. A Superplex is usually impressive and DHS’s is good, but Kidd shrugs it off pretty easily and wins with a roll-up counter. Smith tries for revenge but Kidd’s big backup comes to the rescue and DHS gets laid out.
Barrett and the tag champs are joined by a frightened David Otunga. Barrett is fighting to keep the troops calm, but Mr. Not-So-Perfect is out hurt, now Husky is hurt and Gabriel is still feeling the effects of Cena’s attack last week. Barrett will call out Cena and take care of business. Otunga warns of a mutiny. Santino and Koslov, the Usos and the Mark Henry and Yoshi Tatsu get their shot at the tag titles in an elimination match. Yoshi Tatsu goes early taking the World’s Strongest Man with him. Koslov soon finishes off the Usos who did not look bad tonight. Tamita, or is it Tamena? Anyway she stays behind in Santino’s corner. Santino does a split to avoid one shot, hits a stunner and, when Cena provides a distraction, hits the Cobra and wins the title! Man all the comedy wrestlers are getting titles lately.
Tribute to the Troops this year is in Texas. Sure it’s a huge base, but that’s less impressive than Afghanistan, which would have been. It’s good to know that as soon as Sheamus becomes King of the Ring they start dressing him like an idiot. We get another Irish history lesson. Sheamus is now calling himself the High King. RVD has a better shot at that. John Morrison shows up wondering where the elves, gnomes and satyrs are. Sheamus says he’s jealous. Morrison points out they are 1-1 in matches. Sheamus wants Morrison to bow and it ends in violence. Morrison beats Sheamus with his own sceptre and he’s the one standing at the end.
Adding LayCool to the announce team, for 5 in total, is just crazy. The focus is not on Natalya facing Melina. Natalya wins, of course. Then gets a two-on-one beatdown, of course.
Orton versus Reilly isn’t considered strong enough to end the show. That will be Barrett and Cena. Orton is supposed to have a real, but minor, injury so the fact he looks okay here is all we can expect. It’s not like Reilly can carry the match. Orton is set to win when Miz ambushes him with a Skull Crushing Finale. Miz then sets up a table, but before he can put Orton through it the #1 contender recovers. Miz almost goes through the table himself before he is able to flee. That leaves Alex Reilly at Orton’s mercy and a Powerbomb through a table should send a message. The question is, why would Miz stick with a Tables Match after this went this badly?
Barrett is out to chastise Cena for not accepting being fired. He calls Cena out and there are still four members of Nexus standing to back him up. Barrett still won’t rehire Cena; Cena says it’s still not about a job. It’s about making Nexus’s life Hell. Barrett finally gets fed up and orders Nexus to attack. One by one they all bail on him. We get a tease of an Attitude Adjustment through the announce desk but Barrett recovers enough to run. The fired Cena gets to parade around ringside making nice with the fans. The Nexus storyline appears to be coming to a final resolution as Barrett confronts the troops. They have an ultimatum. Rehire Cena or they’ll kick him out of Nexus.
This show went 13 minutes past the hour. Did it need to? The wrestling wasn’t particularly good and the promos could have been shorter. They’re trying to make Miz credible while they put the tag belts on the king of comedy. Miz choosing a Tables Match is out of nowhere. In fact, after Lawler put him through a table last week, it should be the last thing on his mind. Orton has a questionable knee, wouldn’t a ladder match make more sense? And, again, Miz came out on top of Lawler by knocking him off a ladder with the belt. It’s awkward writing when the little things matter more than ever. By no means a bad RAW… but nothing special either.