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The WWE Raw SuperShow walkout: What you need to know
With all of the controversy and new developments coming out of Raw’s walkout on WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H following a near-unanimous vote of “no confidence” in his leadership abilities, WWE.com recaps the increasingly complicated road to this week’s WWE Raw SuperShow.
Inspired by the legal-minded David Otunga, WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio, Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes, U.S. Champion Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and Vickie Guerrero led the charge against Triple H last Monday, citing unsafe working conditions on WWE Raw SuperShow. With former Superstars The Miz and R-Truth’s ruthless actions at WWE Hell in a Cell still fresh in his mind, WWE’s EVP of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis, advised The Game to invite Superstars, Divas, officials and other WWE employees to the ring for a vote of confidence in his leadership abilities. This way, Laurinaitis reasoned, the COO could prevent the Raw locker room from imploding.
After an airing of grievances from Wade Barrett, Divas
Champion Beth Phoenix, longtime referee Mike Chioda and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry
“The King” Lawler, WWE Raw SuperShow issued a resounding vote of “no
confidence” in Triple H’s ability to handle day-to-day operations on Monday
nights. Though not legally binding, this essentially means that The Game is not
fit to lead and must surrender his day-to-day responsibilities on Raw. (PHOTOS)
WWE.com spoke with several of the walkout participants mere moments after this shocking turn of events, and while their opinions on Triple H were varied, the Superstars were united in their belief that something needs to change on WWE Raw SuperShow, and that their mass exodus was for the benefit of the WWE Universe as a whole. (SUPERSTARS ALSO SOUND OFF ON TWITTER)
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross – who was the final person at ringside on Monday night to turn his back on Triple H – said the walkout was “something he had to do.” This sentiment was indeed shared by many of those who reluctantly voted no confidence in Triple H. Others, however, relished the opportunity to unite against The Game.
After the walkout, however, the COO conveyed a mix of frustration and confusion with what had just transpired, recalling the days when problems in WWE were solved in the ring – not through protests. Affirming that he thinks the WWE Universe agrees with that assessment, Triple H added, with a tinge of anger, “I just don’t know what these guys are thinking anymore.”
Laurinaitis was approached for his reactions to the walkout, but the EVP of Talent Relations merely affirmed that he played no part in it, and that his loyalties remain with Triple H. (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)
Standing firm, The Game announced later in the week that he would not relinquish his power on WWE Raw SuperShow, vowing to continue running WWE’s flagship show even if Superstars, Divas, officials and broadcasters refused to come to work. Triple H also revealed that John Cena, CM Punk, Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show – five Superstars who were not present during the vote of confidence – would headline Monday’s telecast, emanating from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. (READ MORE)
In response to Triple H’s announcement that he would not back down, Christian revealed he would spearhead a “Solidarity Rally” outside the arena on Monday prior to the show. The protest will involve Superstars, Divas, referees, announcers and crew members. (FULL STORY)
What happens next? Find out by tuning in to WWE Raw SuperShow, Monday night at 9/8 CT on USA Network.