WWE Capitol Punishment

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Capitol Punishment
Capitol Punishment (2011).jpg
Promotional poster depicting Rey Mysterio, Barack Obama and John Cena[1]
"Capitol" by Jim Johnston[2]
Promotion WWE
Brand(s) Raw
Date June 19, 2011
Attendance 9,850[3]
Venue Verizon Center
City Washington, D.C.
Pay-per-view chronology
Over the Limit (2011) Capitol Punishment Money in the Bank (2011)

Capitol Punishment was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by WWE, which took place on June 19, 2011 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.[4][5] Capitol Punishment received 170,000 buys, up from the 143,000 buys that WWE Fatal 4-Way received in the previous year. In 2012, this pay-per-view was replaced by the returning WWE No Way Out, and in 2013 with WWE Payback.


The professional wrestling matches at Capitol Punishment featured professional wrestlers performing as characters in scripted events pre-determined by the hosting promotion, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).[6][7] Storylines between the characters were produced on WWE's weekly television shows Raw and SmackDown with the Raw and SmackDown brands—storyline divisions in which WWE assigned its employees to different programs.[8]

Raw's main feud was between John Cena and R-Truth for the WWE Championship. The crazed R-Truth started to set his sights on the WWE Championship and John Cena. R-Truth had been scheduled to compete against The Miz and John Cena at Extreme Rules for the WWE Championship. John Morrison questioned Truth's ability to compete in the match and challenged him for his spot. Morrison won the match causing R-Truth to turn heel by attacking Morrison. R-Truth would cost Morrison the match at Extreme Rules. R-Truth claimed there was a conspiracy against him in WWE and announced he was done entertaining the fans. He repeatedly ranted about Cena's popularity and even harassed a young Cena fan and his father by throwing water in the father's face. The RAW General Manager announced a championship match between him and Cena at Capitol Punishment on the condition that R-Truth apologize for his actions. On the June 6 episode of RAW, R-Truth apologized for his actions and retained his title shot against John Cena.

Smackdown's main feud on the card was between former World Heavyweight Champion Christian and current World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton. Christian felt as though he deserved another shot at Randy Orton's title due to poor officiating at the Over the Limit pay-per-view. SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long didn't grant Christian his title match, but he placed Christian in a match as the Special Guest Referee between Sheamus and Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship. During the match, Christian refused to count "three" against Orton while Sheamus had his shoulders pinned to the mat. This angered Sheamus. Orton connected with an RKO on Sheamus and Orton retained the championship. When the match was over, Christian hit Randy in the face with the World Heavyweight Championship instead of giving him the belt. Christian then managed to taunt and mock Orton to the point that Orton agreed to another World Heavyweight Championship match at Capitol Punishment. Sheamus was going to be added to the match after winning a No Disqualification Match against Orton on SmackDown, thanks to interference from Christian. The match was Sheamus vs. Christian but Christian won the match. Afterwards, Randy Orton stormed to the ring but Christian escaped. Randy then settled on punt kicking Sheamus in the head, putting him out of action indefinitely.

Evan Bourne and Jack Swagger led a mini-feud leading up to Capitol Punishment. Bourne and Swagger exchanged a series of wins and losses.

But a more important feud on the card was between CM Punk and Rey Mysterio. Punk and Mysterio similarly exchanged a series of wins and losses like Evan Bourne and Jack Swagger did, but Punk and Mysterio were reigniting a feud dating back to WrestleMania XXVI. Punk enlisted the aid of his New Nexus cronies to help him win against Rey, but they were to be banned from ringside at the pay-per-view.

Ezekiel Jackson started to grow apart from The Corre, and wanted to pursue a singles career away from the group. Wade Barrett, Heath Slater, and Justin Gabriel didn't take kindly to Jackson's new aspirations, and promptly beat him down backstage. Jackson was given multiple opportunities at Wade Barrett's Intercontinental Championship, but each time he got Wade in the Torture Rack, his signature submission maneuver, Heath and Justin would run down and attack Jackson. This would make Jackson win the match by DQ, but titles can't change hands by disqualification. During a six-man tag team match against The Usos and Ezekiel Jackson on SmackDown, Wade abandoned Heath and Justin. He claimed he was preserving his own interests since he had a title match at Capitol Punishment against Zeke, but Justin and Heath were angered by his actions. Justin and Heath then announced to Wade that The Corre was no more and he could defend his title on Sunday without their help, effectively dissolving the group.

Big Show sat on Alberto Del Rio's luxury car, which angered Del Rio. When they lost the WWE Tag Team Championships to The New Nexus, Alberto Del Rio mocked The Big Show and Kane backstage during an interview segment. Del Rio even slapped Big Show across the face. Big Show then chased Del Rio into the parking lot, but Del Rio's personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez "accidentally" ran Big Show over with his car. This injured Big Show's leg and left Kane without a partner. Del Rio and Ricardo then made fun of Big Show by having Ricardo dress like him, mocking Big Show's weight. Big Show then ran down to the ring and beat Ricardo to a pulp, putting him in the hospital and leaving Del Rio without his ring announcer. Kane had to pull Show away to keep him from killing Ricardo. Despite his injury, Show still wanted a match against Del Rio, and was granted one at the pay-per-view by Stone Cold Steve Austin.

The Miz blamed Alex Riley for not regaining the WWE Championship. Miz fired Riley on Raw and Riley attacked Miz. Riley and Miz battled each other over the next few weeks, leading to a match between the two at the show.

The opening match was between Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston, who were feuding over the United States Championship after Dolph beat Kofi in a non-title match on Raw.


The set for Capitol Punishment

As WWE's 2011 June pay-per-view event, WWE Capitol Punishment replaced the 2010 WWE Fatal 4-Way themed event. Promotion towards this event was centered around the setting for the PPV, that being the United States capital, Washington, D.C. WWE produced a video to promote the event using actual press footage of President Barack Obama spliced and edited with footage that WWE recorded using actors. The video was intended to show Obama answering questions about Capitol Punishment in a press conference.[9] First airing on May 22 at Over the Limit, WWE received criticism for the video. To avoid legal complications with the U.S. government, WWE added a disclaimer at the start of the video for future airings. This included spelling out their acronym as "World Wrestling Entertainment", a name they ceased using earlier in the year.[10]

The parody of a White House Presidential press conference is intended to publicize WWE's (World Wrestling Entertainment) pay-per-view television event known as Capitol Punishment, which emanates from our Nation's Capital on Sunday, June 19.

— WWE, Disclaimer for WWE Capitol Punishment promotional video

The promotional poster for the event also featured the President, where Obama is acting as a referee in a confrontation between WWE Superstars John Cena and Rey Mysterio. WWE released a similar disclaimer for the artwork as they did for the video.[11] The event featured an appearance by U.S. President Barack Obama impersonator Reggie Brown.[12]


Preliminary matches[edit]

The event opened with Kofi Kingston defending the WWE United States Championship against Dolph Ziggler. The match ended when Ziggler applied a Sleeper Hold on Kingston, who passed out. Ziggler won the match by technical submission and the title.

Next, The Miz faced Alex Riley. Riley performed a Hawaiian Smasher to win the match.

After that, Big Show faced Alberto Del Rio. Before the match, Mark Henry attacked Big Show and delivered a World’s Strongest Slam through a broadcast table to Big Show. Del Rio won the match by technical knockout after Big Show could not continue.

In the fourth match, Wade Barrett defended the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Ezekiel Jackson. Jackson forced Barrett to submit to the Torture Rack to win the title.

In the fifth match, CM Punk faced Rey Mysterio. In the end, Punk attempted to perform a GTS on Mysterio but Mysterio countered the move and attempted to perform a 619 on Punk but Punk countered the move. Punk performed a GTS on Mysterio to win the match.

In thee sixth match, Randy Orton defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Christian. During the match, Orton attempted an RKO on Christian but Christian countered the move and performed a Falling Inverted DDT on Orton for a near-fall. Christian performed a Spear on Orton for a near-fall. The match ended when Orton performed an RKO on Christian to retain the title, despite Christian's foot being under the bottom rope (which the referee did not see).

Later, Jack Swagger faced Evan Bourne. In the end, Swagger applied an Ankle Lock on Bourne but Bourne rolled out of the hold and pinned Swagger with an Inside Cradle to win the match.

Main event[edit]

The main event was for the WWE Championship between John Cena and R-Truth. During the match, Cena applied the STF on R-Truth but R-Truth touched the bottom rope, forcing Cena to break the hold. R-Truth performed a Scissors Kick on Cena for a near-fall. Cena attempted to perform an Attitude Adjustment on R-Truth but R-Truth countered the move and performed a Shut Up on Cena for a near-fall. In the climax, R-Truth stole a hat and a drink from a fan. When R-Truth passed the drink back to the fan, the fan threw the drink at R-Truth. Cena performed an Attitude Adjustment on R-Truth to retain the title.


No. Results Stipulations Times
1D Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov defeated Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel[13] Tag team match Unknown
2 Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) defeated Kofi Kingston (c) by technical submission[14] Singles match for the WWE United States Championship 11:06
3 Alex Riley defeated The Miz[15][16] Singles match 10:13
4 Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez) defeated Big Show by technical knockout[17][18] Singles match 04:57
5 Ezekiel Jackson defeated Wade Barrett (c) by submission[19] Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship 06:36
6 CM Punk defeated Rey Mysterio Singles match 14:59
7 Randy Orton (c) defeated Christian[20] Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship 14:06
8 Evan Bourne defeated Jack Swagger Singles match 07:12
9 John Cena (c) defeated R-Truth[21] Singles match for the WWE Championship 14:45
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Capitol Punishment artwork". WWE. May 22, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ "WWE: Capital (Official PPV Theme Song/Capitol Punishment) – Single". iTunes Store. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Recent WWE Attendance Figures, Promotion Faking Appearances By Many Legends". Wrestleheat. Retrieved July 20, 2011. [unreliable source]
  4. ^ "WWE presents Capitol Punishment". WWE. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ "WWE presents Capitol Punishment Pay Per View". Verizon Center. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks. Discovery Communications. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Live & Televised Entertainment". WWE. Archived from the original on November 18, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ "WWE to make Raw and SmackDown! distinct TV brands" (Press release). WWE. March 27, 2002. Archived from the original on April 17, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Full Obama Promo". YouTube. June 14, 2011. Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ Caldwell, James (May 23, 2011). "WWE News: WWE issues disclaimer on mock Obama press conference promoting Capitol Punishment (w/Video)". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ "About WWE Capitol Punishment artwork". WWE. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Tonight's Three-Hour RAW, Identity of WWE's Obama, Shane McMahon News". UGO. Retrieved June 20, 2011. [unreliable source]
  13. ^ Tucker, Benjamin (June 19, 2011). "WWE News: Dark Match result at Capitol Punishment PPV – Raw vs. Smackdown tag match from D.C.". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  14. ^ Wortman, James. "United States Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler". WWE. Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  15. ^ Adkins, Greg. "Alex Riley vs. The Miz". WWE. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  16. ^ Varsallone, Jim (June 17, 2011). "Homecoming for WWE superstar Alex Riley at WWE Capitol Punishment". Miami Herald. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  17. ^ Wortman, James. "Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio". WWE. Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 2, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Wade Barrett vs. Ezekiel Jackson". WWE. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 
  20. ^ http://www.wrestleview.com/viewnews.php?id=1307508981
  21. ^ Wortman, James. "WWE Champion John Cena vs. R-Truth". WWE. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 

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