May 22, 2012
By: Tom Herrera
Written: May 21, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. — The shock still hasn’t worn off for many members of the WWE Universe. John Laurinaitis is General Manager of both Raw and SmackDown, but will the GM be healthy enough to preach the word of “People Power” following his painful battle against John Cena at WWE Over the Limit? And what will The Cenation Leader have to say to Big Show after his stunning attack saved Laurinaitis from imminent termination? Stick with WWE.com for live results of Monday night’s Raw SuperShow as we look for answers in the wake of Over the Limit’s jaw-dropping conclusion.
John Cena called out Big Show; match made for No Way Out! (Watch Video)
One look at John Cena’s face and you could tell this is a dark day for The Cenation Leader. Cena opened the show in a state of rage and frustration over his loss to Laurinaitis at WWE Over the Limit. Cena, although clearly embarrassed by the defeat, fired back at his doubters who wondered why Cena took his time humiliating the General Manager during their contest. Cena then called out Big Show, claiming he sold out by coming to Laurinaitis’ aid and ruined the prime opportunity to get Laurinaitis terminated.
Executive Administrator Eve interrupted The Cenation Leader to introduce Laurinaitis, who sputtered out onto the stage aboard a “People Power” scooter (perhaps we’ll see that sold on an infomercial soon?). The GM cited his potential serious injuries that he sustained during his match against Cena and reminded WWE Superstars that they risk immediate termination if they lay a finger on him moving forward. Laurinaitis then announced that Cena will face the rehired Big Show at No Way Out on June 17!
The World’s Largest Athlete refused to apologize for his actions at WWE Over the Limit and said he “did what he had to do” while the crowd chanted, “You’re a sellout!” Big Show angrily shouted at Cena for judging him and threatened to knock him out at No Way Out. As Big Show stormed off, David Otunga came out and challenged Cena to a match and dedicated the one-on-one contest to Laurinaitis.
John Cena def. David Otunga; 2-on-3 Handicap Lumberjack Match made (Watch Video)
With his boss watching on, David Otunga tried his best to impress against John Cena. But Laurinaitis’ legal counsel quickly found himself overmatched and tapped out to the STF. Right after the bell rang, chaos erupted as numerous Superstars rushed to the ring and ganged up on Cena. As The Cenation Leader struggled to fight back, Sheamus rushed out to back up Cena. As The Great White cleaned house, Laurinaitis announced that the main event will be Raw’s first-ever 2-on-3 Handicap Lumberjack Match, with Cena and Sheamus joining forces to face three opponents of the GM’s choosing.
John Cena and Sheamus vs. Tensai, Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger ended in a No Contest (2-on-3 Handicap Lumberjack Match) (Watch Video)
From the early going, there was no doubt that John Cena and Sheamus had their work cut out for them. Isolating The Great White at a distance from his tag team partner, Tensai twisted and yanked on Sheamus’ head like it was a stripped screw. After Sheamus was tossed to the outside, the lumberjacks let loose with a flurry of punches and kicks, further weakening The Celtic Warrior. Every time Sheamus appeared closer to mounting a rally, the trio of Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and Tensai made sure to stop him right in his tracks.
Remarkably, Sheamus found the momentum he needed to tag Cena by executing a rolling senton against Ziggler, and The Cenation Leader followed with a couple of turbocharged shoulder blocks. The comeback wouldn’t last long, though, as the lumberjacks pulled Sheamus off the apron and promptly mauled The Great White before storming the ring to turn their attention to Cena. A huge brawl then broke out as the locker room emptied and a horde of Superstars rushed to the ring to exchange blows with the lumberjacks. Meanwhile, Big Show watched all the chaos unfold from the stage.
As the melee raged on, Cena went to the backstage area in search of The World’s Largest Athlete, but found himself face-to-face with Laurinaitis instead. The General Manager reiterated to Cena that he wasn’t allowed to lay a finger on him or else the Cenation leader would be terminated. As Cena turned away from Laurinaitis, he was knocked out cold by Big Show’s ferocious WMD for the second night in a row.