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Friday it was the Royal Wedding, over the weekend it was Extreme Rules and last night it was announced that Osama Bin Laden is dead. Right in line with an $86m grossing of Fast Five comes the Birthday of The Great One! Ladies and gentlemen, we welcome you Live to Monday Night RAW!
RAW begins with a video package dedicated to the 9/11 attacks upon New York City and the people of the United States of America. Innocent people died, many cried and a lot of lives were lost. The greatest thing to perhaps show any silver lining though, was the unity of America and of the world against global terrorism. September 13th the WWE stood united to pledge allegience to their country's fine flag. Tonight, Live in Miami, Lilian Garcia is back to sing the United States National Anthem. This proud moment is one fitting for a victory for the US, ten years in the making, Finally Osama Bin Laden has been Rock Bottomed, Pedigreed and Stunned to be laid out and now he must meet his maker. Yes, the world is a safer place, but we are all human beings, let us all unite and celebrate this great victory together. The crowd in Miami chant 'U.S.A!' 'U.S.A!' as RAW's opening video hits and the pyro's go off - and the comms announce that not only is it The Rock's birthday celebration tonight, but we have new WWE Champion John Cena vs. The Miz for Miz's rematch Live tonight on Monday Night RAW!
The Rock enters and the crowd goes nuts! The Rock is back home in Miami, Florida and he looks in great shape as he wears an American flagged Brahma Bull vest. The Rock holds out both hands to the audience, a new salute from The Great One to the fans and you can join Team Bring It right here: http://www.facebook.com/Team.Bring.It.Forever After a long entrance, The Rock gets on mic to announce that "Finally, The Rock has come back... home!" Rock says that he has one thing to say before we get started: "We got him!" The Rock says "Thank you" to the proud men and women who continuously fight for their great country every day and every night. The Rock says that he has family in the military and he's proud of them and he is damn proud to be an American. The Rock and the millions worldwide then pledge allegience to the flag of the United States of America and this sends the crowd into a further frenzy! The Rock then jokes about being home, being born in Miami and coming out of his Mom's woumb where the docs looked at baby Rock and said "this child is definately named Johnson" (cue People's Eyebrow) ;-) . The Rock goes on to talk about his youth, his college years and how he first got into wrestling. The Rock is on fire as he sets to finish up, but then we hear *BLEEP* *BLEEP* and the annonymous RAW General Manager chimes in. Michael Cole stands in his Cole Mine to read out what the GM says, but The Rock interrupts him and suggests that Cole get in the ring to read out this message to The Rock's face. Cole declines so Rock says that either Cole gets in the ring to read him the message like a man, or he stands in his pod and reads it from his Mine like a "drunk hobbit jack-back bitch." The crowd love it, but then Michael Cole says he's not afraid of anything. He says that he's a winner and as an example, Cole removes his shirt to reveal a Boston Celtics NBA jersey! The crowd begin to chant 'Let's Go Heat!' and the boo the hell outta Cole. Cole then gets into the ring and tells The Rock that he needs to appologize to the RAW GM because of his actions the last time he was on RAW and because of his actions at WrestleMania. Cole then says that he too demands an appology and Rock really doesn't like all this because Cole keeps calling him Dwayne. The Rock says that Cole's right and he says "I'm sorry" whilst holding out an appologetic hand for a hand-shake with Cole. Cole shakes Rock's hand and says "Thank you" for the appology, but The Rock then says "Thank you, and Go Heat bitch!" and *BAM* Rock Bottom! Rock Bottom! followed by the most electrifying move in aaallllll of entertainment; The People's Elbow! The Rock's music hits, but he cuts it to introduce Mr 305 Pitbull! The fans go wild as Pitbull comes out on stage to big-up the audience and he begins Rock's birthday by singing a little and having a little dance with the Miami Heat cheerleaders! Woohoooooo!
After the break John Morrison vs. R-Truth! Truth cost Morrison the WWE Title at Extreme Rules, tonight JoMo wants his revenge!
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade give a video birthday message to The Rock. They say they're glad he's back and send out a "Happy Birthday" to the 39-year-old.
Good ol' JR joins commentary alongside Josh Matthews and Jerry 'The King' Lawler and they all concur that they're glad to see that Michael Cole's no longer out here.
R-Truth vs. John Morrison is scheduled, but Truth blindsides Morrison during his entrance and beats him up so much that the match can't even happen. Truth leaves Morrison laid out at ringside and four referee's have to help carry Morrison back up the ramp. Before they can advance though, Truth comes back onto the scene, jelousy in his veins after JoMo's performances over the past couple of weeks and Truth just seems possessed to take John Morrison out. The crowd boo as the refs see to Morrison again.
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Jimmy Kimmel video birthday message to The Rock. Kimmel jokes about having a candy ass by pulling a bag of candy from his erm, ass. "Happy Birthday Dwayne."
Maryse vs. Kelly Kelly - check out the Maryse/Kelly Kelly Tokyo-Draft poster HERE!
Oh here come the bubbles to my bath, Kelly Kelly vs. Maryse ladies and gents, but it lasts about three seconds before Kharma's music hits and the beast of a woman stalks her way to the ring. The comms remember what Kharma did to Michelle McCool and Kelly Kelly is petrified right now at the sight of Kharma aproaching. Maryse is laid out from a Kelly Kelly move prior, but Kharma picks up Maryse and targets her to lay her out with her move formerly known as the Implant Buster. Kharma exits the ring, she leaves Kelly be (thank God) and it seems that Kharma is just targetting the Diva's who have done wrong. Kelly Kelly sits shocked and scared by the corner as Kharma exits.
No result to the match.
Backstage The Miz asks Alex Riley where he was last night and Riley says that he'd been drafted to SmackDown, so what can he do. Miz says that Riley still works under him and tonight he better be at ringside when Miz tries/succeeds in regaining the WWE Title from John Cena.
Paul Walker, The Rock's co-star of Fast Five gives a birthday message and says that he may be a year older, but he can still see fine. "Happy Birthday Rock!"
Samuel L. Jackson, the dude in every movie ever made, gives a birthday message to The Rock and he says thet he'd always back Rock in a fight. "Happy Birthday, have a million more, you a superstar!"
Backstage The Great One is hanging out with the WWE Diva's (minus Maryse and Kelly Kelly). There's a party gathering with WWE talent etc and Vladimir Kozlov, Santino Marella, Hornswoggle and The Great Khali (dressed in a fairy outfit) all come onto the scene as Kozlov describes what's his new idea for a movie script. Hornswoggle's supposed to be the Scorpion King and Santino the cop that Rock played in Fast Five. Appropriately, The Rock's old Nation Of Domination leader Faarooq (yes that's my name too) comes onto the scene and finishes up with... "Damn!"
The Miz and Alex Riley are split-screen with John Cena on the other side, the WWE Championship is on the line; next!
Steve Carell says that he's being forced against his will to wish Dwayne Johnson a Happy Birthday. Carell jokes that he's not being paid for this, so he's just doing this against his will and against his better judgement. "Happy Birthday Dwayne Johnson."
The Miz w/ Alex Riley vs. John Cena (c)
WWE Championship match
The fans are split as ever in their views about John Cena and the Champ gets the first cover as he dropkicks Miz to the canvas. The Miz kicks out and Cena continues on top, but Miz gets back into the match and with a distraction by Alex Riley, Miz stays on top for quite some time, even dumping Cena to ringside to have Riley attack while the ref is distracted by The Miz. Miz then sends Cena against the steel steps before rolling him back in the ring for a Two on the cover. The Miz then goes top rope to crown Cena and take him down for another Two-cout and we go in and out of commercials and Miz is still on top, but he misses his clothesline in the corner and Cena fights back with his series leading up to the Five Knuckle Shuffle. The fans are still split as Cena sets for an Attitude Adjustment, but Miz boots Cena down. He goes at him, but Cena trips him into an STF and now Miz is in trouble, but he just about makes it to the ropes. The match goes on and Miz gets on top to DDT Cena to the canvas and get Two on the cover. A back and forth match continues as Miz exposes the steel of the turnbuckle and he tries throwing Cena to it, but Cena counters and tries getting on top, but The Miz puts on a neckbreaker and goes for the cover; One, Two - oooh that was close and Cena just about kicks out. The Miz then looks for the Skull-Crushing Finale, but Cena throws him off and Miz inadvertently takes out the referee. This leads to an STF and Miz taps, but the ref's not there so this allows Alex Riley to get in and he helps Miz. The Miz uses the steel briefcase as a weapon on Cena and he performs the Skull-Crushing Finale - but Cena kicks out at Two and three eights! The Miz is angry but he and Cena both get up at the same time and Cena lays Miz out with the Attitude Adjustment - but Miz kicks out! Alex Riley then makes a neusence of himself and distracts the ref and Miz takes Cena out with the WWE Title Belt. Miz gets Three on the cover and that's it.
Winner and New WWE Champion: The Miz!
Wait, the referee sees the Belt in the ring and he reverses the decision!
Winner and Still WWE Champion: John Cena!
The Miz blames Alex Riley, for some reason for that reversed decision and John Cena picks his spot to take both men out. Cena retains his Title and walks away celebrating, still WWE Champion.
Ellen Degeneres sends out a birthday message to The Rock and she says that she hopes this is The Rock's best year yet. "I Love ya, bye."
Tyler Perry from Madea's Big Happy Family also sends out a "Happy Birthday" to The Rock.
At the announcers table the comms tell that you can send your birthday wishes to The Rock on Twitter at @TheRock and you can follow KWF Blog Writer and WNS Live reporter Farook Razak @farook112 on the very same site. The comms then show us a clip of what happened after Extreme Rules last night when John Cena announced to the WWE Universe that the USA had conquered Osama Bin Laden. The announcement brought great unity and cheer from teh crowd and Cena saluted out the fans in Tampa.
Alberto Del-Rio makes an entrance to apparently watch the following tag match. he joins the comms at ringside.
Rey Mysterio & Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger & Drew McIntyre
Mysterio starts against Jack Swagg and JR and King talk of how decievingly strong Jack Swagger really is in the ring. Kofi and Rey tag well while Del-Rio talks about how he was screwed last night and how he should be World Heavyweight Champion. Swagger gets back into the match with Drew McIntyre running interference and the match goes in and out of commercials. When we come back Del-Rio is talking down at Rey Mysterio to perhaps reignite their rivalry. Drew McIntyre is in the ring against Kofi Kingston and he gets a Two on a unique cover. Kofi has to fight off both McIntyre and Swagger as they tag well to corner Kofi and Kingston cannot make the tag. Drew McIntyre and Jack Swagger stay in control for quite some time, but eventually Kingston is able to escape and Rey tags in to quicken the pace and quickly get a cover on McIntyre, but Swagger breaks the count. Mayhem ensues as Kofi takes Swagger out and then hits Trouble In Paradise on Drew and this leads to a 6-1-9 and a splash from Rey for the finish.
Winners: Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston.
Alberto Del-Rio tried to squander Rey's finish, but Mysterio saw him all the way and even befalled Del-Rio at ringside. It's 1-0 to Mysterio as he and Kofi celebrate and exit. Alberto Del-Rio is not impressed.
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The Rock's Fast Five co-star Ludacris sends Rock a "Happy Birthday my brother" birthday message.
Dan Marino sends The Rock his very own raised eyebrow and says "Happy Birthday Rock."
Backstage The Rock congratulates Christian on becoming World Champion. "Excuse Me!" Vickie Guerrero comes onto the scene and she and Dolph unveil a huge 'cake' and from behind that comes Mae Young in a swim-suit and Happy Birthday banner for The Rock. Rock tells a few truths to Vickie and Dolph before laying a kiss on the lips of Mae Young. Rock says to Dolph "The Rock gets more pie in one night than you do in a lifetime!" John Cena comes on to the scene and tells Rock that the WWE Title will be on the line between them come WrestleMania 28. The Rock says "Just Bring It!"
Up next one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions Kane will face the New Nexus' beast, Mason Ryan.
George Lopez sends out a Birthday message to The Rock and jokes to pick a fight with The Great One. He says "Happy Birthday Rock" and draws a huge raised eyebrow over his forehead.
Mason Ryan w/ CM Punk vs. Kane
Mason Ryan takes Kane down three times in the early going and he physically dominates one half of the Tag Team Champions. Kane hits a big time uppercut and gains some momentum. This leads to CM Punk running in and the ref calls it.
Winner by way of Disqualification (I think): Kane.
The rest of the New Nexus come down, but Kane does well to fend them off. he then sets Ryan for a chokeslam, but Mason Ryan pushes Kane's hand off and side-slams him to the canvas. Totally impressive to overpower Kane. Big Show enters to take down the re-swarming Nexus, but Mason Ryan then floors Big Show! Wow! A huge statement by Ryan and he walks alone as he exits and the New Nexus stand looking up the ramp at an enraged Mason Ryan.
Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa sned out a cheerful "Happy Birthday" to The Rock.
Craig Ferguson says "Happy Birthday Dwayne" and jokes that of all the people he's scared of, The Rock would be top of that list.
The Rock enters to thank the audience for making this one of the greatest nights in the history of his life. The Rock thanks his family in the arena and at home. He wants to thank his family and he then gives the fans his word that next year's WrestleMania will be the biggest and greatest WrestleMania of all time. Members of the audience are wearring party hats as they cheer Rock, but then out comes Mr McMahon! McMahon stays on stage and says "Happy Birthday Rock!" McMahon reminices about The Rock and tells him "thank you" for becoming everything that he said he would be. McMahon thanks Rock for his respect, for his passion, his humanity and his love of life and his devotion, but most importantly McMahon wants to thank Rock for being The Rock. The fans cheer as Vince then puts out a heartfelt "thank you for coming home." McMahon has a tear in his eye as Diddy Dirty Money's "Coming Home" plays over a video package chronicalling The Rock's career. We see many snaps from The Rock's childhood, many shots of Rock as a Hurricane, clips of his debut in 1996, pictures and video clips of The Rock and members of his wrestling family and numerous in-ring rivalries including the ones vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin and now John Cena.
Ladies and gentlemen here to sing Happy Birthday to The Rock, Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum recording artist Mya! Mya gets the fans to sing along as everybody sings Happy Birthday to The Rock and Monday Night RAW closes with The Rock applauding Mya and the fans. The Rock finishes by telling Team Bring It worldwide "Thank You, I Love You, If ya smmeeeelllllll what The Rock is cookiiinngggg!" Balloons and confetti fill the arena as the biggest birthday celebration known to man closes out the show.
Happy Birthday, Great One!