The January 10, 2011 Edition of RAW is a Professional wrestling television show of the WWE's RAW brand, which took place on January 10, 2011 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Shawn Michaels was the first 2011 WWE Hall of Fame inductee.
CM Punk continues to impose his self-righteous revolt upon the Raw roster. As the de facto leader of the "new" Nexus, The Second City Savior foiled a scheduled WWE Tag Team Title Match in order to satiate his ego. Punk led the band of outlaws in an attack on current tag champions Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov. He then sprang a surprise on his own minions. Every Nexus member, including himself, must undergo an initiation ritual to prove themselves worthy of the yellow and black band.
To establish his devotion, Michael McGillicutty was forced to endure the finishing move of each of his cohorts. The third-generation competitor reluctantly agreed, and by the time Punk delivered the final punishing maneuver, a GTS, McGillicutty appeared to be slipping in and out of consciousness.
One down, five to go.
La Verdad, or “The Truth” in Spanish, suffered another setback. For the second time in as many weeks, Alberto Del Rio emerged victorious in a bout against R-Truth. The Truth began to unravel when the SmackDown Superstar's personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, distracted him with taunts. After punishing Rodriguez, Truth could not manage a return to the ring in time to beat the 10-count.
Husky Harris faced a daunting test. In the second Nexus initiation of the night, the third-generation Superstar was required by CM Punk to undergo a series of strap lashings. As fellow Nexi cracked the leather slabs down upon his back, Harris writhed in pain. The ordeal finally ended at Punk's discretion, after he had deemed Harris worthy enough to remain in the group.
Tyson Kidd might want to think twice about hitching any wagons to Ted DiBiase’s star. The two paired up against United States Champion Daniel Bryan & Mark Henry in a tag bout and ended up fizzling under the heft of The World's Strongest Man.
Unenviable task, meet immovable object. Big Show dropped by Raw to brag to the WWE Universe that it would be he who was going to prevail at this month's Royal Rumble. During his tirade, however, The Nexus interrupted him. As if that weren't masochistic enough, David Otunga, in pursuit of carrying out his initiation, hesitantly stepped into the ring, faced The World's Largest Athlete and slapped him across the face. Needless to say, Show unleashed his wrath on a yielding Otunga and left him shattered on the canvas.
It appeared as if the guru had almost run out of greatness. John Morrison appeared to be getting absolutely clobbered by his recent rival Sheamus. Before The Celtic Warrior could claim victory, however, Morrison showed there was still some delight left in his Monday night fight when he flipped the script on the Irishman deep in the match and quickly edged out a win.
Not all Nexus initiations end with a brutal crescendo. When CM Punk insisted that Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel slug it out with kendo sticks in order to prove themselves worthy of the group, the two original members were clearly averse from the get-go. Although the two circled one another ominously, they eventually laid down their weapons and stormed out on The Second City Savior.
The first 2011 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee will be ... Shawn Michaels! Although his induction has always been a foregone conclusion, HBK's return to Raw still left everyone in the WWE Universe overwhelmed. Everyone, perhaps, except mouthy Mexican Alberto Del Rio. After criticizing The Showstopper, Del Rio felt pretty smug until the future Hall of Famer demonstrated just why he will be inducted into the esteemed hall – he leveled Del Rio with Sweet Chin Music!
Standing high on the TitanTron, CM Punk must have felt like the tops in Tennessee. Unfortunately for him, though, he turned out to be just a ninny in Nashville. Rather than take a leap of faith as he had promised, The Second City Savior instead laughed at the gullibility of the waiting audience, informing them he had no intention of jumping. He eventually made his way to the ring, where he joined the remaining disciples, who did follow through with their Nexus initiations: Michael McGillicutty, Husky Harris and David Otunga.
As Punk bragged about his supposed superiority, Cena flashed onto the TitanTron. The 2010 WWE Superstar of the Year promised to be at Raw live next Monday night and challenged his nemesis to a match. When the Nexus leader agreed to compete, Cena vowed he would destroy Punk then and there.
Alex Riley might want to think about a new gig. As assistant to WWE Champion The Miz, Riley has suffered his share of humiliation. This week proved no exception. Just three weeks until the WWE Title Match at Royal Rumble, Miz teamed with Riley in a tag team match against his Rumble opponent Randy Orton & Jerry “The King” Lawler.
Although The Viper has demonstrated how dangerous he can be, Miz has also been unable to pin Lawler as well. As a result, Riley saw a lot of action – and Orton took full advantage. WWE's Apex Predator laid out Riley with an RKO, but before he would pin the frat fiend, he offered The “Cleveland Screamer” a chance to rescue his partner. The Miz, selfish Superstar that he is, however, simply walked away and permitted Orton and Lawler the easy pin.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Alberto Del Rio defeated R-Truth by countout (1:45)
- Mark Henry & Daniel Bryan (w/ Bella Twins) defeated Ted DiBiase & Tyson Kidd (w/ Maryse) (2:40)
- John Morrison defeated King Sheamus (12:00)
- Randy Orton & Jerry Lawler defeated The Miz & Alex Riley (11:20)
- Dark Match: John Cena & Randy Orton defeated CM Punk & The Miz (with Michael Cole as Special guest referee
New Nexus initiation
- Michael McGillicutty - Beat down from all of Nexus. - PASSED
- Husky Harris - 3 strap lashings from each member of Nexus. - PASSED
- David Otunga - Let the Big Show beat him up. - PASSED
- Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel beat each other with Kendo sticks. - FAILED
Other on-screen talent